Posts Tagged ‘ratings’

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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Fox Renews New Girl, The Mindy Project, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Following

March 8, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Fox late Friday gave fans of its Tuesday night comedies something to cheer about, announcing it has picked up the gloriously goofy Golden Globe Award-winning ensemble Brooklyn Nine-Nine for a second season, while booking return engagements for veteran sitcoms New Girl and The Mindy Project. The network did not indicate exactly how many episodes of each series it has ordered, saying only that they all would be back on the schedule in the 2014-15 broadcast TV season. Also getting a new lease on life is the sophomore thriller The Following . While none of the four shows is exactly a ratings giant (more on that in a moment), Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly characterized them as “core assets within our…portfolio of content,” adding that the programs are “some of the best and [most] acclaimed” on TV. Fox cautioned that announcements on other pickups have yet to be made, but that will be of little solace to the cast of its 8 p.m. sitcom, Dads. Over the course of its 18-episode run, Seth MacFarlane’s live-action comedy averaged just 3.51 million live-plus-same-day viewers and a 1.4 in the adults 18-49 demo. A newcomer with a far better shot at a renewal is J.J. Abrams’ futuristic cop show, Almost Human. Averaging 6.23 million viewers and a 1.9 in the dollar demo, Human may be worth risking another 13-episode arc.

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Drinking With H. Jon Benjamin and Eugene Mirman

March 7, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

When Bob’s Burgers returns to Fox’s Sunday night lineup this weekend, it will do so after a five-week hiatus—and in a new time slot. Bumped back to 7 p.m. to make room for the new science education series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey , the cult-fave animated series will literally be the only first-run comedy option on the tube at that time. Because most of Fox’s promotional dollars are falling Cosmos’ way, the cast of Bob’s Burgers is getting the word out about the time slot shift on the cheap. As is their wont, the voice actors broke into song in a special promo , crooning that the move to 7 p.m. is “not our faaaaaaaaaaault!” Last week, two New York-based Bob’s actors sat down with Adweek at the Flatiron hipster enclave that is the lobby of the Ace Hotel . (Seriously, this place is like a microcosm of Boho Boutique Brooklyn, only it’s on the wrong side of the river. Alexa Chung doppelgangers speaking Italian? Check. Guy with a Bichon Frise tucked inside the folds of his Moncler Gaston jacket? You bet.) H

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Bumpy Start for Oscars Live Streaming Initiative

March 3, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

ABC’s first pass at live-streaming the Academy Awards didn’t exactly go off without a hitch last night, as user demand knocked the service out of commission. The live video feed streaming on the WatchABC app conked out during the network’s Red Carpet coverage, an outage ABC chalked up to “a traffic overload” caused by demand that exceeded expectations. The service was up and running again at around 10:45 p.m. EST. ABC’s pilot program was limited to its eight owned-and-operated stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham, N.C. and Fresno, Calif. The live-stream also was available only to subscribers of a handful of cable and/or telco-TV services, including Comcast, Cox Communications, Charter, Cablevision, Google Fiber and AT&T U-verse. Thus, if you met one condition—say, you live in the greater New York metropolitan area and are served by the flagship WABC-7—you were still out of luck if you also happen to be a Time Warner Cable, DirecTV or Dish Network subscriber. According to Nielsen fast national data, the 86th Annual Academy Awards averaged 40.2 million total viewers, up 9 percent from 37 million a year ago. The ceremony drew a 12.1 rating among adults 18-49, even with last year’s preliminary numbers .

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Walking Dead Breathes Life Into AMC Networks

February 27, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Powered by the voracious and indefatigable phenomenon that is The Walking Dead , AMC Networks enjoyed a strong fourth quarter, boosting ad sales revenue 31 percent to $205 million. Advertiser demand for the AMC zombie apocalypse drama and solid distribution gains helped lift the company’s net income by 133 percent to $35.4 million, up from $15.2 million in Q4 2012. Affiliate fees grew 9 percent in the quarter to $199 million. All told, the domestic networks segment ( AMC , IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv) generated $404 million in overall revenue during the last three months of the calendar year, an improvement of 19 percent versus the year-ago period. AMC in Q4 aired eight episodes of The Walking Dead, which is now in the midst of its fourth season. The Oct. 13 premiere, “30 Days Without an Accident,” smashed all sorts of cable ratings records, scaring up 16.1 million viewers and a staggering 8.2 in the adults 18-49 demo . (Upon application of seven days of DVR playback, the episode delivered 20.8 million viewers and a gaudy 10.7 rating.) The one major drag on AMC’s performance was a $52 million write-off primarily related to the cancelation of two original series at the flagship network. “We were not happy with the performance of Low Winter Sun, which ran for one season, and The Killing, a show that ran for three seasons,” said AMC Nets president and CEO Josh Sapan, during a call with investors

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Piers Morgan Never Really Arrived on CNN and Now He’s Leaving

February 24, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Piers Morgan's daily show at 9 p.m. on CNN is ending, the host told the New York Times' David Carr . Morgan is one of the few remaining high-profile hires from Jonathan Klein's era at the cable network, which featured everything from a prime-time talk series hosted by recently resigned and disgraced New York governor Eliot Spitzer to an 8 p.m. show hosted by Campbell Brown (another show that didn't hit). Morgan was in the unique position of having almost nowhere to go but up: he was hired to replace Larry King, and King's ratings bottomed out at around 63,000 viewers in the demo in the fall of 2010 just before he passed the torch to Morgan. Morgan managed to beat that record last week with 50,000 demo viewers on Feb. 18 (the show sunk even lower last year). "[L]ately we have taken a bath in the ratings," Morgan told Carr frankly. (For the same day, Rachel Maddow logged 227,000 viewers and Megyn Kelly clocked 354,000 in that hour) A few factors may have helped to usher Morgan into the tub: first, beyond a stint as a judge on NBC's reality competition show America's Got Talent, Morgan is much better known in the U.K., where his brash persona and Twitter-based Arsenal hooliganism inspire more passionate reaction. In the colonies, he's another British newsguy a lot like Martin Bashir, and his long segments on gun rights have frequently seemed like monlogues that would be more at home on MSNBC than CNN (now significantly less political after a year of CEO Jeff Zucker's leadership). It also doesn't help that Morgan's journalistic reputation was seriously tarnished by a stint at the Daily Mirror when, while the British military was in Iraq, he published a faked photo of soldiers appearing to abuse a prisoner. Morgan refused to apologize, was dismissed in 2004, and continued to refuse to apologize . Carr wrote that Morgan's show is likely to end "sometime in March." What will take its place is a mystery but Zucker has been on a hiring spree of late and the network has benefited from infusions of fresh talent, so expect a new face. There have been rumors around Bill Weir, hired from ABC News to the network in October amid enough fanfare that the network issued a statement saying that "Bill Weir was not brought to CNN to replace Piers Morgan," which, we feel the need to point out, absolutely does not say that Weir will not end up replacing Morgan. Another candidate for the position: Jay Leno, whom Zucker has often said he likes and whose long stint at the Tonight Show recently came to a close. 9 p.m. is a prime spot, and Zucker is likely to look for a big-ticket hire—CNNers have told Adweek that for the moment, "Money is no object." Under Jim Walton, there were more rules and regs around who could report a story, how much they could do, and what kind of crew they'd need. Today, said one newsman, "If we hear in the morning meeting that he wants something covered, we go cover it." That same philosophy seems to be in place when it comes to acquiring talent.

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Jay Leno’s Final Week on ‘Tonight’ Was Show’s Most Watched in 20 Years

February 13, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Jay Leno accomplished his goal of going out on top — in a big way. The final week of his “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” drew its largest overall audience (averaging 8.29 million) in the more than 20 years since the week of the “Cheers” finale, according to Nielsen estimates — a frame that came... Read more

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Moonves: Big Bang Theory Will Move to Accommodate NFL Games

February 13, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In a bid to accommodate the hulking bruiser that is the National Football League, Leonard, Sheldon, Penny and the rest of The Big Bang Theory crew next fall will be moving out of the Nerdvana of Thursday night for a slot earlier in the week. Speaking to investors during CBS Corp.’s fourth quarter earnings call, CEO Les Moonves confirmed that broadcast’s No. 1 scripted show would temporarily step aside to make way for the network’s new eight-game NFL package . “What we will do with our Thursday night is, we have some big shows, such as The Big Bang Theory … and we’re not going to wait until November to launch that,” Moonves said. “That’s going to be on the air on some other night, which will grow the ratings and the rates on some other night.” (That answers one question .) Moonves added that the sophomore drama Elementary is also likely to shift to another night, and while he did not offer a specific target destination, the smart money’s on Monday. Such a move would be a homecoming of sorts for Big Bang, which in its first three seasons occupied various time slots during the night before moving to the Thursday anchor position in fall 2010. CBS could also use a boost from Elementary, which if nothing else might stanch the bleeding in the network’s Monday 10 p.m. slot. In a rare stumble, two new CBS dramas have faltered in that position; the serialized thriller Hostages averaged just 5.16 million live-plus-same-day viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49, while successor Intelligence is faring only slightly better against NBC’s The Blacklist. While no decisions have been made on its Thursday freshman comedies The Millers and The Crazy Ones, CBS is all but certain to cancel the long-in-the-tooth Two and a Half Men. Now in its eleventh season, the Chuck Lorre sitcom has plummeted 44 percent in the demo and features one of TV’s priciest casts. (Leads Ashton Kutcher commands on the order of $700,000 per episode for his work on Men, while Jon Cryer rakes in $600,000 for any given show.) After acknowledging that the competition for the new Thursday night NFL show case was “pretty fierce,” Moonves suggested that CBS was really the only proper fit for the league’s purposes. “At the end of the day, it really wasn’t about money,” he said. “The NFL was more interested in establishing their Thursday night and being in partnership with a brand, a company, a network that would do a better job of establishing that into the future.” Moonves went on to note that much as it does already on Sunday afternoons, football will serve as a powerful promotional vehicle for CBS’ fall schedule. He then added that the network hopes to extend the deal beyond the single year for which CBS is contracted. (The NFL has the right to add a second season of Thursday Night Football at its discretion.) “I am extremely pleased to have this.

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4 Burning Questions About CBS’ New NFL Package

February 6, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In securing the rights to the National Football League’s new Thursday night franchise , CBS effectively pulled the rug out from under its broadcast competition. While it’s no secret that NBC has been having a rough time of it on the crucial night, Fox isn’t faring all that well on fall Thursdays, either. (While its 8 p.m. time slot remains a quandary, ABC’s battery of the indefatigable Grey’s Anatomy and the smash hit Scandal make it bulletproof, especially among female viewers.) Those who were absolutely convinced that NBC would spend its way to a rights win remain perplexed by how the Peacock let itself get outflanked by CBS. But according to sources with insight into the auction, CBS’ offer, which was estimated to be around $275 million, actually did not overshadow its rivals—in fact, one suitor suggests that NBC’s bid was the highest of the five. Instead, the network’s dominance on Thursday nights and its willingness to shoulder the load on the production costs for all 16 games (this includes the eight telecasts that will run on NFL Network in the second half of the season) gave CBS the edge. And while the impact of erecting another broadcast NFL tent pole will be significant, CBS faces some uncertainty as it plans its fall schedule. Here are five of the biggest questions facing the network as of today: 1) What’s going to happen to The Big Bang Theory? It’s a ratings monster and generates tremendous amounts of ad sales revenue , but the endearingly nerdy sitcom’s 8 p.m. start time is likely to overlap CBS’ pre-game show. (NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football games kick off at 8:29 p.m. ET.) So, while CBS could just as soon bench The Big Bang Theory until Nov. 6, it’s more likely to shift the show to Monday night in the slot currently occupied by the departing How I Met Your Mother

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