Posts Tagged ‘night’

Billboard Music Awards Stomps Good Wife, Amazing Race Finales

May 20, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The week got off to a good start for ABC: the network's Sunday broadcast of the Billboard Music Awards won out handily over season finales of The Good Wife and The Amazing Race on CBS, both of which were flat in 18-49. The Billboard show hit a 13-year audience high—a rarity in an age of increased fragmentation. Billboard, like Adweek, is owned by affiliates of Guggenheim Partners.

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Austrian Drag Queen Conchita Wurst Wins Eurovision Song Contest

May 10, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — The Eurovision Song Contest, which played to a TV audience of more than 120 million Saturday, was won by bearded Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst. Wurst said: “This night is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom. You know who you are — we are unity and we... Read more

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‘Shark Tank,’ ’20/20′ Power Strong Friday for ABC; ‘Blue Bloods,’ NBC Dramas Rise

May 3, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Shark Tank” and “20/20,” carried ABC to an easy victory among young adults on Friday, but the night also featured ratings gains for scripted series on CBS and NBC. ABC logged its highest adults 18-49 average on a Friday (1.8 rating/6 share) since November 2012, led by “Shark Tank” (2.2/8 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers... Read more

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ABC’s ‘Dancing’ On the Rise, CBS’ ‘Friends’ Looks Solid on Monday

April 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

NBC won another Monday behind “The Voice” and “The Blacklist,” but the story of the night was the resurgent “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC, which was the night’s No. 3 program in young adults and was the closest in demos it’s been this season to the Peacock’s music contest. Also of note was the... Read more

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Thailand’s ‘Concrete Clouds’ Forecast for U.K. Release

April 25, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Indie distributor Day For Night will give a U.K. outing to its fourth Thai acquisition

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Letterman, Seinfeld, Scorsese to Headline Spike’s Rickles Tribute

April 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Some of the biggest names in comedy, TV and film will be on hand to fete funnyman Don Rickles during the Spike TV special “One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles.” David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Tracy Morgan, Jimmy Kimmel, John Stamos, Bob Newhart, Regis Philbin, Ray... Read more

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Mad Men Drops in Season 7 Premiere

April 14, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

AMC may have been hoping that the so-called “Netflix Effect” would boost the ratings for the Season 7 premiere of Mad Men , but in a highly competitive Sunday 10 p.m. slot, Matt Weiner’s period piece put up its worst opening numbers since 2008. According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, the first installment of the bifurcated final season of Mad Men delivered 2.3 million viewers and a 0.8 in the 18-49 demo, marking a decline of 32 percent and 27 percent, respectively, versus last season’s two-hour opener. Not since Season 2, when Mad Men drew 2.06 million viewers, has the moody drama debuted to a smaller audience. (That episode also delivered a 0.8 in the dollar demo.) While never a ratings juggernaut—last season averaged just 2.42 million viewers and a 0.8 in the dollar demo—the year-over-year decline was unexpected. That said,

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‘Big Bang Theory,’ ‘Scandal’ Top Thursday; ‘Surviving Jack’ Steady for Fox

April 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” and ABC’s “Scandal” remained the hottest shows on Thursday this week, ranking as the top draws among young adults as the nets tied for the demo lead. ABC helped its cause by airing a special “Shark Tank” leading off the night. According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “The Big... Read more

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David Letterman Announces His Retirement During Late Show Taping

April 3, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Wake the kids and phone the neighbors, because David Letterman is hanging it up after his contract expires at the end of next year. The 33-year late night veteran and host of CBS’ flagship Late Show with David Letterman broke the news to his studio audience during the taping of Thursday night’s show. Letterman in October extended his contract with CBS for a single year, committing to the show through 2015. At the time , Letterman joked that he needed the extra year to ensure that his final bridge was burned behind him.“[CBS Corp. CEO] Les [Moonves] and I had a lengthy discussion, and we both agreed that I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground,” Letterman cracked. The duration of the new deal seemed a sure sign that the clock was ticking on Letterman’s late night tenure. Two years prior to signing the extension, the host had agreed to a two-year deal . In a nicely odd twist, news of Letterman’s announcement was tweeted out by former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, who is a guest on tonight’s show.

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Resurrection Returns Strong for ABC

March 17, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

ABC on Sunday night notched a significant victory in the prime-time ratings race, as the second installment of its new supernatural drama series, Resurrection , dominated the fiercely competitive 9 p.m. time slot. According to Nielsen fast national data, Resurrection scared up 10.8 million viewers and a 3.0 in the 18-49 demo, making it the night’s top-rated program. Resurrection retained 83 percent of its inaugural delivery (3.6), thereby putting a crimp in the time-slot premiere of NBC’s Believe . (When adjusted to reflect live-plus-same-day deliveries, the Resurrection premiere drew a 3.8 in the demo.) After premiering in the 10 p.m. window behind NBC’s The Voice, the J.J. Abrams thriller Believe fell sharply upon taking up residence in its official slot. Last night’s installment of Believe lost nearly half (48 percent) of its opening rating , averaging a 1.4 in the dollar demo.

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