Posts Tagged ‘ratings’

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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5 Time Slot Brawls to Watch This Fall

May 19, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

With radically altered prime-time lineups at ABC and Fox, football on Thursday at CBS, and an NBC slate without its Thursday comedy block, the season is shaping up to be anything but the same old story. The only network that didn’t really change much was The CW, which is sticking with its costumes-and-cheekbones formula. Here are our matchups to keep an eye on:

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Upfront Upheaval: ABC Creates an All-Shonda Rhimes Thursday Block

May 13, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

It’s Shonda Rhimes’ world ; everyone else just lives in it. The creator of the ABC franchise drama Grey’s Anatomy and the scorching Beltway caper Scandal is getting her very own night, as the network is slotting her new series, How to Get Away with Murder, in the Thursday 10 p.m. slot. Scandal will take a step back to 9 p.m., thereby pushing Grey’s Anatomy to 8 p.m. 

 Rhimes on Tuesday signed a four-year contract extension that will keep her at ABC Studios through May 2018. (Interestingly enough, ABC has a history of going all-in on a single producer, having stacked three Aaron Spelling shows together on Saturday nights back in the early 1980s. The answer to that particular trivia question: T.J. Hooker, The Love Boat and Fantasy Island.)

 Written by executive producer Peter Nowalk, How to Get Away with Murder stars Viola Davis as a law professor who gets into all sorts of entanglements with four of her students. While the show would appear to have a clear path to victory, what with Rhimes’ bona fides and a fairly weak competitive set—Murder goes up against NBC’s low-rated Parenthood and (presumably), CBS’ Elementary—it will face a greater challenge in February, when the Peacock shifts The Blacklist to the Thursday 10 p.m. slot. Meanwhile, having propped up no fewer than eight comedies over the last four seasons, Modern Family is getting yet another lead-out in Black-ish , a family comedy starring Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne. (Comedy Central recently named Black-ish showrunner Larry Wilmore as the successor to Stephen Colbert.) Along with Murder and the new comedies Fresh Off the Boat and Cristela, Black-ish represents ABC’s commitment to develop programming that reflects the diverse viewing population. Black-ish beat out Kevin Hart’s multi-camera pilot,

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Upfront Uproar: NBC Guts Thursday Night Comedies, Shifts The Backlist

May 11, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

On the verge of winning its first seasonal ratings crown in a decade, NBC still has a lot of work to do if it’s going to repeat its title run in 2014-15. To that end, the Peacock has made sweeping changes in its prime time lineup, most notably on Thursday nights. Once the strongest block on the tube, NBC’s Must-See TV roster has been anything but since ER flatlined back in 2009. For years, the network’s signature brand of brainy, uproarious comedies (Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, Community, et al) failed to draw a crowd, and last season’s bid to go broad with family-oriented sitcoms (The Michael J. Fox Show, Sean Saves the World ) belly flopped as well. Rather than adhere to its longstanding two-hour comedy block, NBC is getting more focused.

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‘American Idol’ May Have Tumbled in the Ratings, But Its Renewal Is No Surprise

May 8, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It was a no-brainer that Fox would renew “American Idol” for a 14th season, but the show’s ratings trajectory suggests that this decision will be more difficult in the near future. The music competition series is averaging a 3.4 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 12.3 million viewers overall for its two-hour Wednesday performance shows... Read more

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Decent Turnout for 24: Live Another Day

May 6, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Jack Bauer’s return to prime time was met with a reception that hovered somewhere between a bang and a whimper. Per Nielsen time zone-adjusted ratings, the premiere of Fox’s limited series 24: Live Another Day delivered 8.1 million viewers and a 2.6 in the adults 18-49 demo, and while that paled in comparison to the 3.8 rating generated by the Season 8 opener, it was still a strong enough showing to make this one of the biggest launches of the 2013-14. The 24 refresh now stands as the season’s fourth highest-rated drama debut, trailing only Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (4.7),

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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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Fox Bursts Almost Human’s Bubble

April 30, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Having earned bragging rights as the season’s fifth highest-rated new drama, Almost Human would seem to be a prime candidate for a renewal. Instead, the J.J. Abrams sci-fi procedural has been shipped off to a nice farm upstate, where it can cavort and romp with the likes of Terra Nova and Alcatraz. According to Nielsen C3 data, Almost Human over the course of its run on Fox averaged 2.39 million adults 18-49, which translates to a 1.9 rating in the dollar demo. Of the 18 freshmen dramas that were launched during the 2013-14 campaign, only a handful out-delivered the futuristic cop show: NBC’s

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NBA Bans Donald Sterling for Life

April 29, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In taking swift and decisive action against racist Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, NBA commissioner Adam Silver on Tuesday effectively dismantled a nuclear-grade suitcase bomb. Speaking at a press conference in New York this afternoon, Silver brought the hammer down on the 80-year-old billionaire bigot, whose personal conduct has long been an embarrassment to the league . “Effective immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA,” Silver said.

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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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