Posts Tagged ‘ratings’

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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Game of Thrones Sets Another Ratings Record

April 28, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Whether they’re going up against zombies or dragons, the broadcast networks can’t seem to catch a break in the Sunday night 9 p.m. slot. According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, last night’s installment of HBO’s Game of Thrones scared up a staggering 6.9 million viewers, breaking the previous record (6.64 million) it set during the April 6 season premiere . Titled “Oathkeeper,” the episode averaged a 3.7 in the adults 18-49 demo, up one-tenth of a ratings point from the season opener’s 3.6 rating. All told, Game of Thrones beat CBS, NBC and Fox combined in the demo. The uptick in Thrones’ deliveries—last night’s show was up 5 percent versus the April 20 telecast—coincided with another weak performance by the Big Four. ABC’s Resurrection dropped another 10 percent in the demo, notching a series-low 1.9 rating, while CBS’ The Good Wife was flat with a 1.3. And while NBC’s Believe improved 9 percent to a 1.2, its overall time-slot average (also a 1.2) doesn’t bode well for a renewal. (That said, it’s worth noting that there was an NBA preemption in Portland, Ore., the nation’s No. 22 DMA.) Fox’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey was unchanged with a 1.4 in the dollar demo

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Sluggish Debuts for Bad Teacher, Black Box

April 25, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

With just a month to go before the 2013-14 broadcast TV season slinks off into the murk of history, the networks on Thursday night launched a pair of last-gasp series. As one may well expect from a couple of shows that were reserved for a late-April premiere, the results were unspectacular. According to Nielsen fast national data, CBS repolishing of the 2011 theatrical Bad Teacher generated a fair amount of sampling, delivering 7.87 million viewers and a 2.1 in the adults 18-49 demo. Bad Teacher retained 84 percent of its Two and a Half Men lead-in (2.5). At any network but CBS, north of a 2.0 for a spring comedy debut would be cause for subdued celebration. Unfortunately, Teacher now stands as CBS’ second lowest-rated in-season sitcom premiere, trailing only the fall flop We Are Men, which drew a 2.0 on Monday, Sept. 30. If the 2.1 rating sticks, Teacher will rank as the season’s 13th highest-rated comedy premiere. Thus far, the networks have launched 20 new sitcoms; the only remaining comedies on the launch pad are the NBC summer strip Undateable (May 29) and Fox’s Us & Them, which is unlikely to ever see the light of day. As Teacher was signing off, ABC began unveiling its new physician-heal-thyself drama, Black Box. Leading out of Grey’s Anatomy , the pilot drew 6.59 million viewers and a 1.5 in the dollar demo, and while that marked a 15 percent improvement versus last spring’s debut of Motive (1.3), it was down 52 percent when compared to time slot predecessor Scandal’s season average (3.1). Black Box frittered away 35 percent of its Grey’s lead-in, although it did give CBS’ Elementary a run for its money in the 10 p.m. slot. The Sherlock Holmes drama eked out a 1.6 in the 18-49 demo.

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Rivalries Abound in CBS Thursday Night Football Slate

April 24, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The National Football League on Wednesday night took the wraps off its 2014 regular season schedule, and while CBS’ inaugural Thursday Night Football slate is packed with divisional rivalries, some of the matchups are strictly from nostalgia. Kicking off CBS’ TNF roster is the Week 2 (Sept. 11) grudge match between the AFC North’s Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. When last these two teams met on national television, they drew 21.1 million viewers and an 11.0 household rating, down 13 percent from NBC’s full-season Sunday Night Football average (12.6). The Ravens stole a victory from the visiting Steelers in a 22-20 squeaker that was played on Thanksgiving night. While Turkey Day generally offers a captive audience of tryptophan-doped football fans, the two antagonists actually put up bigger numbers in an earlier late national game on CBS.

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