Posts Tagged ‘ratings’

TV’s 10 Worst Time Slots

October 21, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

If a TV series is placed in a terrible time slot and no one is around to watch it, does it make a noise in the ratings? Of course not, which is the conundrum of network TV scheduling: every show, no matter how good or bad, is ultimately at the mercy of its time slot, especially when it’s put one of the spots that routinely repels audiences. As CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler explained to me recently, “You get into the room with a bunch of options, and it is moving pieces around on the chessboard.” Except that on TV, some of the chessboard squares are more like black holes, where series after series quickly disappear without a trace. One ABC time slot was so toxic that it took down three shows last season, and that radioactivity can linger for years. Those scorched earth time slots are once again wreaking havoc on new shows this fall. While two long-doomed spots seem to be safe for viewers again—the Mysteries of Laura has reclaimed Wednesdays at 8 p.m. for NBC, while a relocated Grey’s Anatomy has brought audiences back to ABC on Thursdays at 8 p.m.—others have already slid into television’s equivalent of death row. Here are the 10 worst timeslots on broadcast television. Abandon hope, all ye who are scheduled here:

Read More

The Walking Dead Ate the Face off Everything on Broadcast This Season So Far

October 13, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The Walking Dead is back, and with it, viewers in the dollar demo. Broadcast watchers have stayed away in droves this season. But with the dead resurrected yet again, everyone who loves TV stayed home Sunday night to see what would happen to Rick and the gang during "No Sanctuary," the huge premiere episode for the fifth season of the show. (It involved face-eating. Also fire.) Oh yeah, and the ratings? An 8.7 in the demo with 17.3 million total viewers tuning in (in actual people, that 8.7 works out to 11 million 18- to 49-year-olds). The series was already the biggest show on TV; now it's the biggest show on TV in a walk, with declines for Duck Dynasty. FX is also doing very well with American Horror Story, and of course HBO's various projects, but the latter aren't ad-supported. October's crop of scary stuff is clearly resonating a lot more strongly with viewers than anything else on the dial. We outlined earlier today

Read More

‘Stalker’ Solid As CBS Wins Wednesday; ‘Black-ish’ Falls in Week Two, ‘Red Band’ Steady

October 2, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

CBS has won the second Wednesday of the television in key demos behind “Survivor” and the creepy crime tandem of “Criminal Minds” and “Stalker,” the latter of which had a solid but unspectacular premiere and won its timeslot. ABC’s “Modern Family” remained the night’s top show in young adults, but lead-out “Black-ish” took a bit... Read more

Read More

Showtime’s ‘Ray Donovan’ Closes Second Season With Series-High Ratings

September 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” which picked up ratings steam midway through its second season, wrapped Sunday with the show’s largest audience to date. According to Nielsen estimates, the Liev Schreiber starrer “Ray Donovan” averaged about 2 million viewers for its regular-timeslot airing — a big 40% gain over its first-season finale (1.4 million) and 61% higher... Read more

Read More

Fox’s ‘Utopia’ Has Quiet Friday Debut Opposite Soft Competition

September 13, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fox’s ambitious new reality series “Utopia” was hoping to recruit some new viewers opposite softer competition on Friday, but its premiere on the night produced more low numbers. Ratings for Friday shows are generally lower than other nights because fewer people are watching television, but last night also marked the first time that “Utopia” didn’t... Read more

Read More

Emmys Earn Second Best Overnight Rating in Eight Years

August 26, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Despite airing on a Monday for the first time in nearly 40 years, the Primetime Emmy Awards delivered strong ratings for NBC last night, coming in lower than last year’s football-boosted affair as expected but still delivering the kudocast’s second best overnight number in eight years. According to Nielsen metered-market overnights, the Seth Meyers-hosted Emmy... Read more

Read More

TV’s Top 5 Naked Moments

August 24, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

So yes, there’s a trend of nude reality shows all over TV these days. But nudity on TV is nothing new, especially if your parents had a subscription to Skinemax anytime over the last 20 years. And even broadcast TV has gotten in the skin game. Here are our picks of the top 5 nudie moments on TV. Take that, National Geographic!

Read More

ABC’s ‘The Quest’ Off to Slow Start Thursday; CBS’ ‘Big Brother’ Tops Night

August 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

ABC’s fantasy-themed reality series “The Quest” opened to small numbers on Thursday, a night that saw fairly typical results for the original programs on all the broadcasters — led as usual by CBS’ “Big Brother.” According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “The Quest” averaged a 0.7 rating/3 share in adults 18-49 and 2.8 million... Read more

Read More

FX Sets Precedent By Delaying Release of Ratings For Hot New Drama ‘The Strain’

July 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

FX drama “The Strain” has delivered impressive ratings since its Sunday night premiere, emerging as the biggest new cable drama in young adults this summer and perhaps the biggest ever for the network. But perhaps a bigger story is that it took FX this long to tout its performance. In a first for a TV... Read more

Read More

MTV’s ‘Finding Carter’ Solid in Debut; ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Still Hot at 100, ‘Rizzoli’ Rises

July 9, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

MTV’s new scripted drama “Finding Carter” opened to solid ratings on Tuesday, a very busy night in cable for scripted originals that also included season highs for TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles” and ABC Family’s “Chasing Life” and week-three gains for FX’s “Tyrant.” According to Nielsen estimates, “Finding Carter” averaged a 0.73 rating in adults 18-49... Read more

Read More