Posts Tagged ‘ratings’

Game of Thrones Is the Most Popular Show on HBO, Ever

June 5, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The adventures of Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow (among other characters, most of whom are probably dead now) have officially beaten out another HBO series with a lot of sudden deaths: The Sopranos. HBO confirmed that the series now boasts an average gross viewership (bear in mind that's across multiple airings of each show) of 18.4 million viewers, edging out Tony and Carmella's 18.2 million average. The show is such a ratings juggernaut that it's sapping a huge number of viewers from the ratings pool on Sunday evenings—and it's not just linear viewership, either. Without advertisements to deliver, HBO has been free to launch an app that now shows its original programs simultaneously with the linear broadcast. This has been great for the network's visibility but not as great for its servers, which crashed earlier this season when record viewer numbers flooded the app to find out who was next up for a beheading. It's also the most pirated show on television, according to peer-to-peer news site TorrentFreak , but as far as Time Warner chief Jeff Bewkes is concerned, that's a great thing . "That's better than an Emmy," he blithely told an analyst who informed him of the stat on an earnings call. Game of Thrones was recently renewed for not just a fifth season but a sixth as well . This

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It’s Official: ‘Game of Thrones’ is HBO’s Most Popular Series Ever

June 5, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Game of Thrones” has whacked “The Sopranos” off its ratings perch. As the fantasy drama nears the end of its fourth season, HBO reports that “Game of Thrones” is now the most popular series in the network’s history. Episodes of the show, which first air on Sunday nights, have an average gross audience of 18.4... Read more

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NBC Stays on Top in Primetime as Summer Gets Underway

June 4, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

NBC, coming off its strongest season in years, is off to a good start this summer too, winning last week in key demos behind the return of “America’s Got Talent,” a solid premiere for drama “The Night Shift” and decent-for-summer numbers for new comedy “Undateable.” “American Ninja Warrior” and “Last Comic Standing” also returned pretty... Read more

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AMC’s ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Opens to Small Crowd; ‘Game of Thrones’ Ties Series High

June 2, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire,” which was made available to viewers on a variety of platforms in the week leading up to its premiere, opened to a modest 1.2 million viewers on Sunday, according to Nielsen. The drama about the start of the computer boom came in well below Revolutionary War drama “Turn,” which bowed... Read more

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Community Might Still Get Its 6 Seasons and a Movie on Hulu

May 29, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Human beings rejoice: the intricate misadventures of Greendale Community College's strangest clique may not be over yet. Community, Dan Harmon's critically beloved and nearly viewer-free

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In Slow News Week, Fox Posts Second Smallest Demo Crowd Since Before 9/11

May 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Following a stretch of newsie weeks with the missing Malaysian flight and the fiasco surrounding Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the May 12-18 frame was a lackluster one for all the cable news networks. In total-day averages, Fox, CNN and MSNBC were all down about 20% week-to-week in the key news demo of adults... Read more

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Why AMC Wants You to Watch the Whole First Episode of Halt & Catch Fire Early on Tumblr

May 20, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

If AMC's corporate strategy has embraced a single ethos over the last few years, it's that more people watching is better, period. So it's probably not a surprise that the network elected to release the premiere episode of its new drama Halt & Catch Fire, a period show about the competitive 1980's personal computing scene, on Tumblr

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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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