Posts Tagged ‘night’

Hump Day Dump Day: Wednesday Ratings Drop

September 26, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

But for bounce-back performances from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and The X Factor , every returning Wednesday night broadcast series lost ground. In some cases, the regression was downright ugly. First the good news: According to Nielsen fast national data, a special two-hour premiere of Law & Order: SVU delivered 9.5 million viewers and a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49, marking a 29 percent improvement versus last year’s 2.1. Earlier in the night, Fox’s musical competition series drew 7.61 million viewers and a season-high 2.5 in the dollar demo, up 14 percent from last Wednesday’s 2.2 rating. Unfortunately, the rest of the night was a war of attrition. After shifting out of its plush post-Voice berth to the Wednesday 8 p.m. time slot, NBC’s Revolution took a huge hit, falling 56 percent in the demo to a series-low 1.8 rating. A year ago, Revolution bowed to 11.7 million viewers and a 4.1 rating , making it the biggest series opener of the 2012-13 campaign. While Revolution was expected to fall off without its lead-in—even with The Voice doing much of the heavy lifting, the final seven episodes of Season 1 never broke the 2.0 barrier—the weak start is cause for concern. One positive takeaway is that Revolution’s poor showing seemed to have little impact on L&O: SVU, which actually outdelivered the anchor by 50 percent. (New drama series Ironside bows Oct. 2 in the 10 p.m. slot.) Last season, Revolution was given a back-nine order after just three episodes. ABC won the night with an average 2.8 in the demo, but the network sustained ratings declines across the board

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‘Breaking Bad’s’ Crowning Night is an Ode to Quality

September 23, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Other than “Behind the Candelabra,” anointing “Breaking Bad” as TV’s best drama felt like about the only sure thing on an Emmy night that was largely filled with surprises. Yet the show’s crowning moment is the sort of rare success story that promises to be analyzed more closely than a batch of Heisenberg’s product in... Read more

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Emmy Weekend: Saturday Night Fever

September 22, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The song of the summer — Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” — was appropriately the song of the night at Saturday’s pre-Emmy party swirl. By this time, those of us on the circuit had seen one another four or five times during the last 36 hours, so we dispensed with the small talk and got right... Read more

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Decent Start for Dads, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

September 18, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Fox’s second stab at a two-hour Tuesday night comedy block got off to an encouraging start, as three of the four sitcoms outperformed the year-ago time slot occupants. According to Nielsen fast national data, the new Seth MacFarlane comedy Dads earned a decent sampling at 8 p.m., drawing 5.57 million viewers and a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49. That marked a 24 percent improvement over the 1.7 rating notched by the season premiere of Raising Hope. Building on the Dads lead-in was the new Andy Samberg comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine , which drew 6 million viewers and a sturdy 2.5 in the demo—up 19 percent from the year-ago series premiere of Ben & Kate (2.1). At 9 p.m., the Season 3 premiere of the hit New Girl delivered 5.56 million viewers and a 2.9 in the demo, up a tick from last season’s opener. For Fox, the only bump in the road came at the end of the night, as the sophomore comedy The Mindy Project drew just 3.95 million viewers and a 1.9 in the demo. While Mindy was up sixth-tenths of a ratings point from its May 14 season finale, last night’s episode represented a drop of 21 percent versus the show’s premiere delivery (2.4). If neither of the new comedies put up spectacular numbers—two years ago, New Girl arrived on the scene with an audience of 10.3 million live-plus-same-day viewers and a massive 4.8 rating —it’s certainly not a shabby start for Dads and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

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AMC Scares Up a Walking Dead Spinoff

September 16, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

AMC is doubling down on the dead, putting into motion a plan that will bring a spinoff of TV’s top-rated series to the network in 2015. According to AMC president and general manager Charlie Collier , AMC is developing a companion series to The Walking Dead , the apocalypse drama that annihilated ratings records in its third season. Usual suspects Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert are all on board as executive producers of the project, which will be produced in-house by AMC Studios. “Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer,” Collier said, by way of announcing the development. “We look forward to working with Robert, Gale and Dave again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters. It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.” Per Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, Season 3 of The Walking Dead averaged a staggering 11.4 million viewers per episode, of which 7.31 million were members of the all-important dollar demo.

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Rebel Wilson Sings Queen in the Year’s Most Quirky Sitcom Promo

September 13, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Actress and comedian Rebel Wilson is a quirky rule breaker, so why should she adhere to some old-school network-TV model for promoting a sitcom? She shouldn't, ya hear? Regular 30-second promo spots? Pshaw. Wilson, who stars in, writes and co-executive produces ABC's upcoming series Super Fun Night, conceived the idea of a full-length music video to hype the show. The Aussie, who broke out to U.S. audiences in Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids, wanted to show her vocal chops and give a snapshot of the lovable nerdiness of the fall comedy, which isn't, in fact, a musical. It is, however, self-deprecating in the extreme, with Wilson coining the term "eye broccoli" to describe herself and her pals in the pilot. The music vid, from Stun Creative, a Los Angeles marketing and promo shop that's now producing its own original content, uses Queen's anthemic "Don't Stop Me Now" to let Wilson and co-stars strut, sing, pose and perhaps stand out from the pack of new TV series debuting in the coming weeks. Super Fun Night revolves around Wilson, a Manhattan office worker sporting an American accent, and her longstanding weekly date nights with her two geeky besties. Catch the awkward hilarity starting Oct. 2.

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Manning, Denver Scare Up Huge NFL Kickoff Ratings for NBC

September 6, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Despite a half-hour rain delay and a comprehensive butt-whuppin’ that threatened to send East Coast football fans off to bed early, the 2013 NFL Kickoff Game put up huge numbers for NBC. Per Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, Denver’s 49-27 stomping of Super Bowl champs Baltimore averaged 25.1 million viewers and a 10.3 rating in the 18-49 demo, making it the third most-watched season opener since NBC began broadcasting the game back in 2005. Only the 2010 defensive slugfest between the Saints and Vikings (27.5 million viewers) and the following year’s 76-point Packers-Saints scoregasm (27.1 million) have put up bigger numbers than last night’s game. While rain and lightning pushed the opening kickoff 33 minutes behind schedule and Peyton Manning ruthlessly disemboweled the Ravens’ secondary with a record-tying seven TD passes, fans remained riveted to their television screens. Because: Football . Thursday night’s table setter topped the deliveries for the 2012 Cowboys-Giants hate fest (23.9 million viewers) by 5 percent, while doubling the prime time averages of CBS, ABC and Fox combined. NBC also nearly tripled its rivals in the 18-49 demo, averaging a 9.0 rating in prime compared to an aggregate 3.1 for the other three broadcasters. Ratings peaked in the 10-10:30 p.m. slot, when NBC notched a 14.9 household rating/26 share.

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‘Under the Dome’ Hits Three-Week High as CBS Cruises on Monday

August 27, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Three weeks from its finale, CBS summer hit “Under the Dome” was on the rise Monday, hitting a three-week high in young adults and easily standing as the night’s No. 1 program. According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Under the Dome” averaged a 2.5 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 and 10.8 million viewers overall... Read more

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NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ Dips, Still Dominates Tuesday

August 7, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Two-hour reality contests “America’s Got Talent” on NBC and “So You Think You Can Dance” on Fox were the top performers in young adults Tuesday, even though both were down from last week. According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, NBC won the night behind a repeat of “Hollywood Game Night” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.8... Read more

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Blackout Has Negligible Impact on CBS Ratings

August 6, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

While the four-day blackout of the CBS signal in select Time Warner Cable markets thus far has had a negligible impact on prime time ratings, the broadcaster did see some shrinkage in deliveries of its new summertime hit. According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, CBS’ Under the Dome on Monday night saw its overall deliveries drop 9 percent to 10.4 million viewers, down from 11.4 million the previous week. Adults 18-49 fell 7 percent, or two-tenths of a ratings point, to a 2.6, while the target demo (adults 25-54) dropped 11 percent to a 3.4. The declines would hardly be worth mentioning if Dome weren’t such a model of consistency. In four consecutive weeks (July 8-July 29), Dome has drawn a 2.7, 2.7, 2.8 and 2.8 in the 18-49 demo while delivering a 3.5, 3.5, 3.7 and 3.8 among the 25-54 set. For all that, the ratings losses had very little impact on CBS’ nightly numbers. Per Nielsen, the network on Monday night averaged a 1.5 in the 18-49 demo, an identical result to its prime time average on July 29. Overall deliveries dropped just 3 percent from an average 5.65 million viewers a week ago to 5.49 million on Monday night. It’s also worth noting that Under the Dome faced stiffer competition on ABC. The post-Bachelorette wrap-up, After the Final Rose, drew 8.31 million viewers and a 2.5 in the demo in the 10 p.m. hour

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