Posts Tagged ‘ratings’

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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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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