Posts Tagged ‘ratings’

Golden Globes Rule Sunday Night

January 13, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

NBC on Sunday posted a 10-year high with its presentation of the

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Football Fuels NBC, ESPN to Top of Week’s Ratings Scorecard

January 8, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

As it does every year at this time, football decided the winners and losers in last week’s ratings race. Season leader NBC, whose final NFL game of the season last Saturday was far and away the top primetime program of the Dec. 30-Jan. 5 frame, dominated the week in all demos as well as total... Read more

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Dallas Cowboys Are Tops on TV, if Not in Your Hearts

January 7, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Love ‘em or loathe ‘em—and according to a recent poll , most of us fall into the latter camp—the Dallas Cowboys always draw a crowd. So much so that five of the top 10 most-watched regular season NFL games featured Jerry Jones’ minions. According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, Dallas suited up for the biggest showcase of the 2013 campaign, drawing 31.7 million viewers on Thanksgiving Day with its 31-24 win over Oakland. While that was the regular season’s biggest TV turnout, with a 14.3 household rating, it was not the highest-rated game. That honor went to CBS’ late national game on Dec. 1, a Broncos-Chiefs air war that delivered a massive 16.7 rating. Dallas also put up big numbers with an assist from the NFL’s two other top draws. On Oct. 6, in another CBS late game, the Cowboys hosted the Broncos in front of a national TV audience of 28.3 million viewers. The broadcast, which was available in every market but Phoenix, was the fourth most-watched NFL game of the season and delivered a 16.6 rating. As was the case with Denver, Green Bay appeared in three of the top NFL broadcasts, including the No. 2 (Packers-49ers, 28.5 million viewers) and No. 3 game (Packers-Lions, 28.3 million)

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A&E Ducks Further Controversy, Reinstates Phil Robertson

December 28, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Call it a Christmas miracle, or simply an attempt to limit the collateral damage that comes with a culture war, but the 10-day feud between A&E and Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson is over. In a statement issued Friday evening by parent company A+E Networks, the cable channel said its has welcomed Robertson back into the fold, with an eye toward resuming production on the hit reality show sometime in spring 2014. The network benched Robertson on Dec. 18 after he made inflammatory remarks about gays in an interview with GQ writer Drew Magary. “After discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family,” the network said, by way of announcing the detente. Over the past several days, fans of Robertson and Duck Dynasty have called for a boycott on everything from A&E to part-owner Walt Disney Co. to the network’s sponsors. Because the controversy raged around the subjects about which Americans are particularly passionate—religion, sexuality and politics—what may have otherwise been a scrap between a reality star and a basic-cable network quickly found itself splashed all over the op-ed pages and across social media. Among the political figures who

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ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football’ Finishes Season at Three-Year Highs

December 26, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Some highly rated December games, including this week’s Atlanta-San Francisco matchup, has helped ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” finish its season with the franchise’s best numbers in three years. Nielsen estimates that “Monday Night Football” averaged 13.68 million viewers for its 17-game slate this season — up 7% from last year (12.83 million) and the best... Read more

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‘Ellen’ Show Gets Highest Ratings in Series History

December 24, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Although she’s prepping to host the 2014 Oscars, Ellen DeGeneres is not slacking on her day job: Her eponymous talkshow recently earned its highest total viewer ratings since the show’s 2003 debut. The syndicated daytime show averaged 4.4 mil viewers for week of December 9, when guests included Jake Gyllenhaal, Lea Michele and Tom Hanks. It... Read more

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NBC’s ‘Sound of Music Live’ Draws Nearly 22 Million With DVR Playback

December 23, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live,” which scored boffo ratings in its premiere telecast earlier this month, added more than 6 million viewers in DVR playback to stand as the most-watched primetime program of its week. According to Nielsen’s Live+7 estimates, which include same-night viewing and DVR playback for seven days, the live performance of... Read more

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Fox’s National NFL Games Are the Biggest Draw on TV

December 11, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Sunday Night Football may rule the prime-time roost, but it’s the late national games on CBS and Fox that boast TV’s biggest deliveries. According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data (Sept. 5-Dec. 9), the 4:25 p.m. NFL broadcasts once again are eclipsing the formidable Sunday night franchise. With eight games on the books, including an early-afternoon Thanksgiving contest, Fox and its America’s Game of the Week broadcast is leading the pack, averaging a whopping 27.3 million viewers and a 15.7 household rating. (Unlike the vast majority of general entertainment programs that are structured around the adults 18-49 and 25-54 demos, guarantees for NFL games and big-ticket sports in general are made against household ratings.) With one final national game (Packers-Cowboys, Dec. 15) set to kick off before the NFC playoffs begin, Fox is up 9 percent in total viewers and 8 percent in the HH rating metric. CBS’ late-game package is also putting up huge numbers, averaging 26.7 million total viewers over the course of eight broadcasts, while notching a 15.3 HH rating

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Twitter Dethrones Facebook as 2014′s Best Tech Company to Work For

December 11, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Sorry, Facebook — you can’t win ‘em all. Twitter took the top spot as best tech company to work for in 2014, according to job-listings and ratings site Glassdoor, ending Facebook’s three-year streak as champion. The social giant was bumped to third place, while professional networking site LinkedIn climbed to the second slot. The deciding factors? Some of the ratings on Glassdoor — which allows current and former employees to weigh in on their experience of working at a company — have said that the feel at Facebook has changed in recent years, likely due to the rapid scaling-up of the company. Also, a number of senior employees had left the company after it debuted on the Nasdaq in 2012. Of the Top 50 companies that made the list, nearly half of them were tech employers — including eBay (21), Google (6), Salesforce (22) and Apple (16). Nothing gold can stay, however. I imagine that Twitter, now a public company, will see similar scaling and departure themes, just like Facebook did in the months after its IPO

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Simulcast of Bonnie & Clyde Nabs 4.2 Million Demo Viewers

December 9, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The body count for A+E Networks' roadblock broadcast of its period drama Bonnie & Clyde is high: 9.8 million viewers across all Lifetime, A&E and History, with a demo viewership (among 25-54 year-olds) of 4.2 million. The second part of the two-night event will air this evening. By network, the story was surprisingly even: 3.7 million on History, 3.1 million on Lifetime, and 3 million on A&E. Ad sales were tweaked across the networks, with companies placing their dollars where they thought they'd do the most good among the cablers. It's easily A+E's most-promoted event of the fall season. Manhattanites can't cross the street without seeing a subway poster or a bus covered in branding for the crime-and-passion miniseries. Reviews for the program were mixed—The New York Times' Mike Hale praised Bruce Beresford's direction, though he didn't have much use for the performances, while Slate, Vulture and the A.V. Club were all less than enthusiastic (Slate's Willa Paskin called the show's portrayal of Bonnie Parker " misogynistic "). Still, you can't argue with success, or if you can, it makes more success happen: Nielsen's SocialGuide ranked the show the most talked-about of the day (excluding sports) and the crime-spree duo topped Google Trends, too.

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