Posts Tagged ‘ratings’

Dead Air: Zombies or No Zombies, Sunday Broadcast Ratings Continue to Slump

April 7, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Now that The Walking Dead has staggered off for its customary six-month between-seasons break, broadcasters last night may have hoped to regain some of their lost potency in the Sunday 9 p.m. time slot. Didn’t happen. According to Nielsen fast national data, the three regularly-scheduled broadcast series that had previously gone head-to-head with AMC’s zombie apocaypse drama were either down or flat versus last week. On ABC, the supernatural drama Resurrection averaged 7.54 million viewers and a series-low 2.1 in the dollar demo, down 13 percent from a week ago. Fox’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey was flat with a 1.5 rating, while NBC’s midseason drama Believe continued to drop, notching a series-low 1.0 in the demo. (Since bowing to a torrid 3.8 rating on March 9, Resurrection has lost 45 percent of its target demo.) Instead of a new episode of The Good Wife , CBS at 9 p.m. aired the second hour of the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards. The middle third of the broadcast delivered 14.7 million viewers and a 3.6 rating, doubling the 1.8 rating served up by last week’s installment of The Good Wife.

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How I Met Your Mother Finale Soars

April 1, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Pop quiz: In the series finale of CBS’ How I Met Your Mother , the titular mom is revealed to be: a) a MacGuffin b) a red herring c) the Yellow [Umbrella] King d) a nice, limpid-eyed dead lady e) a burlap sack full of hissing eels Boy oh boy, did Craig Thomas and Carter Bays ever piss off Twitter last night. The creators of the popular sitcom, which for nine seasons chronicled the romantic foibles of five high-functioning alcoholics , threw fans a bit of an ontological curveball with the one-hour series finale. In doing so, Thomas and Bays opened themselves, and their show, up to a whole lot of this kind of thing . Leaving aside the question of whether the HIMYM writers owed loyal viewers the ending they apparently thought they deserved—SPOILER ALERT: no one in this life owes you anything , you poopy-pants crybabies, and certainly not the people who bring you free, over-the-air television—the finale certainly out-delivered where it mattered most. According to Nielsen fast national data, the one-hour HIMYM finale was watched by 12.9 million viewers and delivered a princely 5.3 among adults 18-49, making it the show’s all-time highest-rated episode. The HIMYM finale put up big numbers across the board, serving up a series-high 5.8 rating among the 18-34 set while matching its best 25-54 delivery with a 5.4.

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Josh Elliott Leaves Good Morning America

March 31, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

For the second time in the span of four months, ABC’s Good Morning America is weathering a defection in its ranks, as co-anchor Josh Elliott has left the show for a job at NBC Sports. Effective Monday, March 31, ABC News correspondent Amy Robach will assume Elliott’s GMA post, joining Robin Roberts,

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Ben Sherwood Named Top Dog at Disney/ABC Television Group

March 24, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The Walt Disney Co. announced today that it has named ABC News president Ben Sherwood the successor to Anne Sweeney. Effective Feb. 1, 2015, Sherwood will assume the title of co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group.

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Behind the Scenes of The Good Wife Shocker

March 24, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

If TV’s liveliest time slot weren’t already somewhat paradoxically a-crawl with death, last night’s episode of The Good Wife raised the ante on all things terminal. (Fair warning: Spoilers abound from here on in.) In a truly shocking development—and one that was kept under wraps for months—the creators of CBS’ Emmy Award-winning drama elected to kill off Will Gardner (Josh Charles), a character whose significance is matched only by that of Julianna Margulies’ Alicia Florrick.

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The Long Goodbye: Mad Men Cast Begins Victory Lap

March 22, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

While he wasn’t physically onstage during Friday night’s PaleyFest panel, Mad Men creator Matt Weiner cast a long shadow over the proceedings—so much so that the only potential spoilers leaked by the stars of the AMC drama were decidedly tongue-in-cheek. Addressing the obsessive online speculation about the fate of her character, Megan Draper—a T-shirt she wore onscreen in Season 6 had fans making grim associations between her and the doomed actress Sharon Tate—Jessica Par

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Lost Cast, Creators Celebrate Show’s 10th Anniversary

March 17, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The 10th anniversary Lost reunion panel at PaleyFest may have been short on both revelations and star power— No Jack! No Kate! No Locke! No Sayid! No Ben Linus! No Charlie ! No Claire!—but the show’s creators did offer a few definitive answers about what really happened on Smoke Monster Island. Appearing Sunday night at a packed session at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse joined castaways Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Yunjin Kim (Sun), Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), Ian Somerhalder (Boone), Maggie Grace (Shannon) and Malcolm David Kelley ( Walt ) in a discursive conversation about their experience on the hit ABC series. True to form, Lindelof and Cuse were rather cagey on the topic of the much-debated Lost finale. When moderator Paul Scheer first brought up the polarizing ending, Lindelof joked, “I’m going to go pee” while half-rising out of his seat. Cuse did confirm that the Losties weren’t actually dead throughout their tenure on the island, adding that the confusion about the characters’ ontological status had something to do with the misleading footage of the wreck of Oceanic flight 815 that appeared between the final scene and the last commercial pod. “We wanted to run a little buffer…between the end of the show and the commercial [break],” Cuse said. “But when people saw that shot of the plane and saw that there were no people, it exacerbated the problem.” Of course, given that the two EPs spent years trying to chase fans off the scent of the Purgatory reveal, going so far as to deny that any of the characters would be confined to that existential way station, it’s understandable that many viewers didn’t know what to believe. Cuse defended the saccharine nature of the finale, which culminated in a flash-sideways to Jack’s revelation that he “died too,” and his reunion at the church with the rest of the castaways. “Lost was metaphorically about these people looking for meaning and purpose in their lives,” Cuse said. “The ending had to be a spiritual one.” As Lindelof remembers it, the finale “answered a question the show never asked, [which is], ‘What is the meaning of life? And what happens when you die?’” For the most part, the panel was an excuse for Holloway to crack jokes with his former cast mates while the producers doled out bite-sized nuggets of Lost lore. For example: Daniel Dae Kim wasn’t terribly adept at speaking Korean (although “he eventually got very good,” according to Yunjin Kim) and Vincent the dog was actually a female.

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Bazinga! CBS Renews The Big Bang Theory Through 2016-17

March 12, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Nerds rejoice: CBS has renewed The Big Bang Theory for another three years, ensuring that Leonard, Sheldon and the rest of the gang will be yukking it up through the 2016-17 broadcast TV season. The duration of the pickup is not a shocker; when CBS last renewed Big Bang back in January 2011, it was for a three-season run. Now in its seventh season, Big Bang is broadcast’s top-rated scripted series, averaging a 5.3 in the adults 18-49 demo, per Nielsen live-plus-same-day data. (The Walking Dead is far and away the highest-rated show on the tube, averaging a whopping 6.7 in the dollar demo through the first 13 episodes of its fourth season on AMC.) With massive deliveries of advertiser-friendly viewers comes premium unit costs. According to media buyers, the average price of a 30-second spot in Big Bang during the upfront was a cool $326,260, making the show network TV’s most valuable scripted real estate . “Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and The Big Bang Theory is the biggest comedy force on television,” said Nina Tassler, chairman, CBS Entertainment, by way of announcing the renewal.

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Fox Cancels Raising Hope

March 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Fox on Monday said “nope” to a fifth season of Raising Hope . The network will air a two-part series finale on Friday, April 4, thereby bringing an end to the peripatetic Greg Garcia comedy. Since debuting in September 2010, Raising Hope has occupied no fewer than six different time slots. In its first three seasons, Hope ping-ponged across Fox’s Tuesday night schedule before being shifted to Thursday for its Season 3 finale … which aired a full month after its most recent original broadcast date. When Fox in advance of this season moved Hope to Fridays, the writing was on the wall for the daffy family comedy. Fox stacked back-to-back episodes of Hope for five weeks, whereupon it was paired with the freshman sitcom Enlisted . Season-to-date, Hope is averaging 2.16 million live-plus-same-day viewers and an anemic 0.7 in the adults 18-49 demo.

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Resurrection Breathes New Life Into ABC Sunday

March 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

ABC on Sunday night got a much-needed shot in the arm, as the series premiere of its supernatural drama series Resurrection put up big numbers at 9 p.m. In an already frenzied time slot, the one-hour premiere was the night’s most-watched, highest-rated broadcast, averaging 13.3 million viewers and a 3.6 rating in the adults 18-49 demo. Resurrection now stands as the season’s third highest-rated network debut, trailing only ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (4.7 on Sept. 24) and NBC’s The Blacklist (3.8 on Sept. 23). Per Nielsen fast affiliate data, Resurrection was the highest-rated midseason opener since NBC pulled back the curtain on Smash (3.8) in February 2012. Resurrection’s big opening night put an end to a series of weak performances on ABC. On Jan. 2, the now-cancelled spy drama The Assets bowed to a 0.7 in the dollar demo, while Killer Women fared only slightly better five nights later (0.9). Meanwhile, after bowing to a 1.1 in the demo on Feb. 25, the Kyle Killen lark Mind Games fell to a 0.6 the following Tuesday. When compared to the season opener of the previous time slot occupant, Revenge, Resurrection was up 57 percent in the demo. The premiere was ABC’s biggest Sunday night launch since October 2011, when Once Upon a Time bowed to a 4.0 rating. ABC put a lot of promotional elbow grease into the Resurrection launch, giving the show a leg up during its broadcast of the 86th Academy Awards.

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