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RATINGS RAT RACE: Macy’s July 4th Fireworks Fizzle Against 2013 ‘Spectacular’

By | Saturday July 5, 2014 @ 10:47am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE: Macy’s July 4th Fireworks Fizzle Against 2013 ‘Spectacular’The Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks Spectacular (1.1/6) wasn’t the only original programming on last night but the NBC special was the only one truly in the Independence Day holiday spirit. However, despite being given a pass by the weather on the East Coast, the 2-hour show hosted by America’s Got Talent’s Nick Cannon did not attract the audience of last year. Featuring performances from NYC and elsewhere by Miranda Lambert, Ariana Grande, Lionel Richie, Enrique Iglesias and the Zac Brown Band as well as lighting up the Manhattan skyline, the Fireworks Spectacular was down 27% among Adults 18-49 from last year’s show. In total viewers, last night’s show drew just 5.3 million compared to the 7.2 million of last year. Of course, July 4, 2013 fell on a Thursday not a Friday, where viewership is always lower so a drop was almost inevitable this year. We also might see adjustments to the live event when the final nationals come in early next week.

Having said that, while overall last night’s fireworks were a slide for NBC, there is a bright side in the sky and ratings for the network. The last time July 4th was on a Friday was back in 2008 when the fireworks were a 1-hour show from 9 – 10 PM. NBC didn’t extend the show to 2-hours until last year. Comparing hour to hour from last night to 6 years ago, the 2014 Fireworks Spectacular was actually up 18% among the key demo and 20% in … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: Barbara Walters’ ’20/20′ Interview With Elliot Rodger’s Father Propels ABC Friday Night

By | Saturday June 28, 2014 @ 10:21am PDT

Ratings Rat Race: Barbara Walters’ ’20/20′ Interview With Elliot Rodger’s Father Propels ABC Friday NightBarbara Walters’ 20/20 interview with Elliot Rodger’s father was the cornerstone of Friday night’s scant original programming, drawing 6.2 million total viewers and rallying ABC in the evening’s win among all broadcast networks to 5.1M total viewers besting CBS (4.9M), NBC (3.3M), Fox (2.05M) and CW (898K).  Though 20/20 was the number two show among total viewers, notching just behind CBS’s repeat of Blue Bloods (6.3M) –the top show of the night — it managed to be the number one in both adults 18-49  (1.3/5) and 25-54 (1.7/6).

Nonetheless, among Walters’ 20/20 greatest hits in the ratings annals, the Peter Rodger interview ranks behind her May 2nd interview with Donald Sterling girlfriend V. Stiviano which drew 7.14 million and a 1.7 rating in Adults 18-49.  The most watched Barbara Walters interview on 20/20  ever was her March 3, 1999, interview with Monica Lewinsky. That edition of 20/20 was watched by an estimated 70 million viewers — a record  for a news program.

20/20 saw double digit week-to-week gains across the board in total viewers (+24%), A18-49 (+18%) and A25-54 (+13%).  The news show more than doubled NBC’s audience at 10 P.M. for its original air of Crossbones in total viewers (2.3M) and more than tripled in A18-49 (0.4/2).  For the 2013-14 season 20/20 registered 6.3 million total viewers in live + same day averages, with 1.5/5 in A18-49 and 2.1/6 in A25-54.

With mostly repeats rounding out most of the night, NBC’s news special A Leap of Faith: A Meredith Vieira Special  was another fresh telecast of the night drawing 3.8M viewers from 8-10 … Read More »

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Barbara Walters Back Already With Big Get

By | Monday June 9, 2014 @ 12:28pm PDT

Barbara WaltersBarbara Walters will interview Peter Rodger, the father of Santa Barbara shooting suspect Elliot Rodger, for an upcoming special edition of ABC’s 20/20.  News of the segment with Rodger, a second-unit director on The Hunger Games, will air on an upcoming Special Edition of 20/20 and other ABC News platforms and comes less than a month after Walters appeared on her last episode of The View after 17 years, ending her day-to-day journalism career.  On May 23, Elliot Rodger killed six people, injured 13 and then killed himself near the campus of UC Santa Barbara.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Crossbones’ Debuts OK, ‘What Would You Do?’ Down

By | Saturday May 31, 2014 @ 10:09am PDT

crossbones 2Last Friday the only original drama on television was the Season 2 finale of NBC’s Hannibal. Last night, the only original drama on television was also on NBC and it was the debut of Crossbones (1.1/4). Originally intended to premiere midseason and be paired with Grimm, the lush action-adventure pirate series from Luther creator Neil Cross and toplined by John Malkovich was plunked over to the summer in February and Hannibal’s second season got the spot. Now it is Crossbones’ time to have Fridays at 10PM, though on the surface the once 10, now 9-episode show’s comparisons to Hannibal are apparent. For one, both are bloody and beautiful to look at, though the Bryan Fuller-created show is more textured in both regards. From a numbers POV, the Blackbeard re-telling debuted with exactly the same ratings as the Season 2 premiere of Hannibal did back on February 28 in the 10 PM slot. In fact, last night’s result was the best NBC has done in the slot since the debut of Hannibal’s latest cycle and saw a 38% rise from Hannibal’s S2 ender last week. It was also better than Fox’s recent debut of Gang Related on May 22. Crossbones’ start was however down from the now cancelled Dracula which opened in the same slot on NBC on October 25 last year with a 1.8 rating among Adults 18-49.

Related: EMMYS: Bryan Fuller Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Shark Tank’ Ties High, ‘Hart Of Dixie’ Ties Low, ‘Unforgettable’ & ’20/20′ Up, ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ Down

By | Saturday May 3, 2014 @ 9:53am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

140424_2020_shark_promo_16x9_992There was a lot of up-and-down movement last night. ABC was the biggest gainer, winning with an average of 1.8 rating in adults 18-49, a Friday season high and the network’s best result on the night in year-and-a-half, since Nov. 9, 2012. Opening things at 8 PM was the special Shark Tank: Swimming With Sharks (1.5), matching ABC’s season high for the time slot. It boosted Shark Tank (2.2), which was up 22% from last week to tie a season high. The gains carried over to 10 PM’s 20/20 (1.7, up 21%, 7 million viewers). It featured Barbara Walters’ headline-making interview with Donald Sterling’s confidante V. Staviano though the sit-down came together so last minute that ABC had no time to promote it for bigger ratings. It is getting a major online play.

Related: One Last Get: Barbara Walters Lands V. Stiviano Interview

Look who is getting in the renewal consideration game: CBS’ Unforgettable (1.1) shot up 22% from last week. Given its trimmed budget and half CBS ownership, if it can maintain these levels, a summer/midseason run is not as out of the question as it seemed. Hawaii Five-0 ( 1.2) did only marginally better, down a tenth from last week. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ Falls, ‘Hannibal’ Surges, ’20/20′ Up As ABC Wins Demo For Friday

By | Saturday April 19, 2014 @ 9:58am PDT

kitchen nightmares april 18There was a lot cooking on primetime last night and Friday’s menu was a mix of the undercooked and the more-than-just-right. The second week of Season 6 of Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares traveled to the troubled Old Neighborhood Restaurant in Arvada, CO and to a Greek joint in Queens, NY, where the owner couple were in almost as much trouble as their establishment. Unfortunately for the two-hour reality show, the trouble didn’t stop there: the Gordon Ramsay series took a 17% dive from its 8 PM (1.0/4) premiere April 11 and an 18% drop from its 9 PM (0.9/3) broadcast last week. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Shark Tank’ & ‘20/20’ Rebound Post-Olympics; ‘Hannibal’ Soft In Return; CBS Lineup Down

By | Saturday March 1, 2014 @ 10:07am PST
Nellie Andreeva

hugh-dancy-hannibal-season-2-premiere-recap-nbcWith the Olympics over, ABC returned to its dominant self on Friday, paced by Shark Tank (2.1 in adults 18-49, up 24% from last week) and 20/20 (1.8, up 29%), which were back to finishing 1-2 for the night. Shark Tank drew its second largest audience ever (7.8 million). ABC’s comedies returned lower from their last originals, Last Man Standing (1.2, down 20%) and The Neighbors (1.0, down 9%). Still, ABC easily top the night, equaling its season high in the demo (1.7)

On NBC, Grimm returned from hiatus to a 1.4, down a tenth from its last original on Jan. 24. It led to the second season premiere of Hannibal, which posted a 1.1 demo rating. That was down from Hannibal‘s series premiere (1.6) in the Thursday 10 PM slot last season and the debut of Dracula (1.8) in the Friday 10 PM hour earlier this season. NBC points out that Hannibal’s Season 2 premiere topped the last five episode of Hannibal‘s first season. But those five episodes aired after the end of the season with very low HUT levels and in a vacuum, with no programming support. For instance, the Season 1 finale of the drama series posted a 0.8 in 18-49 behind an hourlong rerun of The Office, which manged a 0.5 in the demo. Last night, it followed … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Low Start For Fox’s ‘Enlisted’, ABC & CBS Series Up In Return

By | Saturday January 11, 2014 @ 9:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EnlistedpilotFox pushed the original Nov. 8 premiere date for Enlisted to January so the slapstick single-camera comedy about three brothers and a group of misfits on a small Army base could get more promotion on the network’s highly rated NFL coverage. That didn’t seem to have help much as Enlisted launched to a 0.7 among adults 18-49 last night, tying ABC’s ill-fated limited series The Assets as the lowest debut on the Big 4 networks. The expectations for Enlisted weren’t high. It is paired with Fox comedy Raising Hope which, once a solid anchor on Tuesday, has been wilting in its new Friday home. The veteran managed a 0.8 in 18-49 at 9 PM last night, holding onto half of its Bones (1.5, down 12% from its last original on Dec. 6) lead-in. Enlisted‘s underwhelming 0.7 at 9:30 PM was on par with what Raising Hope had been delivering in the time period.

ABC won the night in adults 18-49 powered by the two top programs in the demo, Shark Tank (2.1/6) and 20/20 (1.7/5), both delivering season highs. Its comedy Last Man Standing (1.5) finished tied for No.3 for the night among 18-49. ABC’s entire entertainment Friday lineup returned higher from a month-long hiatus. Last Man Standing at 8 PM was up 25% from its last original on Dec. 13, Neighbors (1.1) was up 22%, … Read More »

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ABC News: Elizabeth Vargas Being Treated for Alcohol-Related Illness

By | Wednesday November 6, 2013 @ 2:18pm PST

ABC’s 20/20 co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas, who has not been seen on the air since October 18, is being treated in a rehab facility for alcohol dependency, the news division confirmed this afternoon. “We are proud of the steps Elizabeth has taken and are pulling for her recovery,” ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said in a statement. “We look forward to having her back home at ABC News, where she has done so much distinguished work over the years. Elizabeth is a member of our family, and we will support her in every way we can.”

Vargas began treatment shortly after her last appearance on ABC. Before joining 20/20, Vargas and Bob Woodruff were named permanent co-anchors of ABC’s evening newscast in December 2005 following the death of Peter Jennings. Vargas solo-anchored for a period after Woodruff was badly injured in Iraq in early ’06. On May 23, 2006, Vargas officially resigned from World News Tonight and Charlie Gibson became the show’s anchor. At the time, Vargas said her doctors wanted her to cut back her schedule because she was having a difficult pregnancy. In late 2006, Vargas returned as co-anchor of 20/20; she also anchors ABC News specials.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Amidst NFL Football Pre-Emptions, ABC Wins Night, ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Up

By | Saturday August 10, 2013 @ 10:28am PDT

Just like Thursday, last night saw all of the Big 4’s primetime schedules taking pre-emptions from local coverage of NFL preseason games. That means, like the night before, that everything is inflated in preliminary ratings results. The CW also had football pre-emptions in about 11% of the country as Season 20 of America’s Next Top Model (07/2) went into its second week. The long running competition show had some would-be models of both sexes walking down a building in the rain, a wedding shoot and saw the contestants cut down to 14 with two sent home. As the players went down, the numbers went up for the Tyra Banks-led show last night. Friday’s 9 PM one-hour ANTM was up 17% among adults 18-49 and flat among adults 18-34 from last week’s two-hour premiere. The show also saw a viewership increase from 1.57 million watching on August 2 to 1.92 million last night. Of course with the football pre-emptions, expect those results to change when the final numbers come in Monday.

The only other originals on broadcast last night were Would You Fall For That? (1.5/5) and 20/20 (1.4/4) on ABC. Remembering the context of the football pre-emptions, the freshman hidden camera show was up a massive 67% from last week. The news mag show also rose, up 27% from its August 2 show. With that ABC won the night among adults Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Survivor’, ‘The Middle’, ‘CSI’ & ‘Guys With Kids’ Up, ‘Idol’ Dips

By | Thursday February 21, 2013 @ 9:06am PST

The second week of Survivor‘s 26th season saw fewer people in the competition but more people watching. Wednesday’s one-hour Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites (2.5/7) bopped up 4% from last week’s two-hour premiere. While small, that slight rise is up from the series’ lowest-rated premiere ever February 13. About 9.45 million viewers watched the show last night, up from the 8.96 million who watched last week. American Idol (4.1/11), meanwhile, saw a dip last night: As the show went into sudden-death mode in Las Vegas, it also was down 5% from last week. In the first of a four-show run, 10 songs were belted out in two hours, and half of the female contestants were sent home by the end. Actual viewership was up 6% from February 13 with 14.24 million watching. Idol was easily the most-watched show of the night, ahead of its nearest rival Criminal Minds by almost 3.5 million viewers. Fox topped Wednesday in total viewers and in the adults 18-49 demo. Read More »

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Lindsay Lohan’s New PR Team Rogers & Cowan Pulls Her Out Of Barbara Walter’s ’20/20′ Interview At The Last Minute

By | Thursday November 8, 2012 @ 9:15pm PST

Few in Hollywood pull out of Barbara Walter’s interviews, especially when they have an upcoming project. But Lindsay Lohan’s new PR representatives Rogers & Cowan confirmed tonight that the actress will not be appearing on ABC’s 20/20. Lohan was scheduled to be on the show November 16 for an interview with Walters. A source tells Deadline that Lohan’s new flackery was dissatisfied with the direction ABC wanted to take the interview. The 20/20 stint was to promote Lohan’s upcoming  Lifetime movie Liz & Dick in which she portrays Elizabeth Taylor and her stormy romance to two-time husband and co-star Richard Burton, played by Grant Bowler. Liz & Dick premieres November 25th. Meanwhile, what a Herculean task it must be to flack Lindsay Lohan.

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Lindsay Lohan To Sit With Barbara Walters On ’20/20′

By | Monday October 15, 2012 @ 9:53am PDT

The Lindsay Lohan-Barbara Walters interview is scheduled to air November 16 on ABC’s newsmagazine 20/20, just ahead of the premiere of Lifetime’s Liz & Dick, which stars Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor. Walters confirmed the booking this morning on The View. Lohan is trying to revive her acting career after being derailed by personal issues and the law the past few years and is doing her part promoting the Lifetime telepic, which co-stars Grant Bowler as Richard Burton and centers on the couple’s longtime passionate and stormy love affair. (FYI, even Lifetime parent company boss Nancy Dubuc said she warned Liz & Dick with Lohan would be a risk.) Lohan also is starring in the indie pic The Canyons and scored points with her hosting job on Saturday Night Live in March, steering the show’s highest-rated episode of the season.

Related: Lifetime’s ‘Liz & Dick’ To Premiere November 25

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Fringe’ Bounces Back, ’20/20′ Hits Two-Year High, ‘CSI:NY’ Returns

By | Saturday March 31, 2012 @ 9:56am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

There are not that many cases when a 1.2 demo rating wold be a cause for celebration. This is one of them — last night Fox’s bubble sci-fi drama Fringe  posted a 1.2/4 in adults 18-49, shooting up 33% from the series low it posted in its return from hiatus last week. Fringe also matched its lead-in, Kitchen Nightmares, which also recovered from its all-time low of a 1.0 rating last week.

CBS’ lineup returned to normal after two weeks of NCAA basketball, bringing with it CSI: NY, back after a midseason break to a 1.6/5 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers, down a tenth in the demo from its last original almost 2 months ago. Undercover Boss (1.8/7, 8.1 million) was down 10% from its most recent episode 3 weeks ago when both Undercover Boss and Blue Bloods underwent significant downward ratings adjustment in the finals. Blue Bloods (1.6/5, 10.6 million) was even with that final demo rating and once again ranked as the most watched program of the night.

Highest-rated among adults 18-49 was ABC’s 20/20 (2.1/7, 6.9 million), which had its best demo delivery in more than 2 years (since 1/8/10) with a program devoted to the Mega Millions lotto frenzy. Primetime: What Would You Do? (1.5/5) also was competitive, but with Shark Tank a repeat (1.2/5), ABC (1.6/5, 5.6 million) was edged by CBS (1.7/6, 9.4 million) for the top 18-49 spot for the night. CBS also won in … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Strong Friday Start For ‘Boss’, ABC Has First Nightly Win Over CBS

By | Saturday February 18, 2012 @ 9:48am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Last night’s ratings provided more ammunition for the theory that scripted programming may be doomed on Friday. The two highest-rated programs on the night in adults 18-49 by a mile were a a reality series, CBS’ Undercover Boss (2.4/8), and a newsmagazine, ABC’s 20/20 (2.0/6). The former made a very strong entry on Friday, drawing not only the highest 18-49 rating of the night but also the largest audience (10.7 million), edging the usual Friday winner in total viewers, CBS drama Blue Bloods (10.3 million, 1.6/5 in 18-49). Seeing an unscripted show almost double the delivery of a high-end drama (A Gifted Man) in the 8 PM hour has got to give CBS, the staunchest supporter of maintaining an all-scripted Friday lineup, a pause. Especially since Undercover Boss not only outperformed A Gifted Man but posted CBS’ largest audience and 18-49 rating in the hour in three years — since the March 6 and May 1 episodes of Ghost Whisperer, the last CBS scripted series to worked in the Friday 8 PM slot. A Gifted Man (9.5 million, 1.5/4) didn’t do much with the better 9 PM time period and big lead-in from Boss, only matching its best 18-49 delivery to date. Read More »

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