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Fox 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 …
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 …
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 …
On a Friday night ruled by repeats, news magazine shows and nothing at all if you have Time Warner Cable and wanted to watch CBS in LA, NYC, Dallas and several other markets, there still was a …
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.
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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 …
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.
Last time we checked on Grimm the week before the Thanksgiving holiday, the rookie NBC drama seemed to be bottoming out, holding steady week-to-week to stop its post-premiere slide. But then the fairytale procedural was benched once for the holiday, which is understandable, and then again last night for original movie Game Of Your Life, which is not so much. Last night, the latest of the Procter & Gamble/Walmart-funded family movies that air on NBC as time buys drew a meager 0.5/2 in adults 18-49 from 8-10 PM and 2.2 million viewers. It is tied as the lowest-rated such movie to air on NBC on Friday or Saturday, in- or off-season. The first one, Secrets Of The Mountain, averaged a respectable 1.3/5 in 18-49 and 7.8 million viewers in April 2010. The Jensen Project posted a 0.9 and 3.9 million in summer 2010. Both aired on Friday. Field Of Vision (0.5/2, 2.7 million) and A Walk In My Shoes (1.3/4, 4.9 million) aired on Saturday this past summer. To keep airing those movies, NBC no doubt is making money on the time buys (and let’s face it, it’s not that NBC has cupboards stacked with originals after a brutal fall riddled with cancellations). But I’d question the scheduling choice for Game Of Your Life, which extends unnecessarily the hiatus of a freshman series so early into its run. With Dateline (1.0/3, 4 million) at 10 PM, NBC finished fourth for the night in 18-49.
CBS’ Monday lineup posted across-the-board gains for a second straight week. How I Met Your Mother (4.5/12 in adults 18-49, 10.4 million total viewers) was up a tenth in 18-49 from last Monday, 2 Broke Girls (4.8/12, 11.7 million) was up 7% from its fast national last week to post its best 18-49 rating in the 8:30 PM slot, Two And A Half Men (5.3/12, 14.6 million) was up 4% to once again rank as the top program of the night in 18-49, and Mike & Molly (4.4/10, 12.2 million) was up 5%. Hawaii Five-0 (3.3/8, 11.5 million) flourished without scripted broadcast competition in the 10 PM hour, up 10% in the demo from its fast national last week to post its best demo and total viewer number since the season premiere. Hawaii will likely tie its season-high opener in the finals if it’s adjusted up a tenth as it normally is. CBS (4.2/10, 12 million) easily won the night in 18-49.
NBC’s Rock Center With Brian Williams (1.3/3, 4.5 million) last night boasted the biggest news “get” of the moment, an exclusive interview with former Penn State football coach and accused child molester Jerry Sandusky. The one-on-one with Bob Costas boosted the struggling newsmagazine to its highest rating to date, up 30% from the 1.0 Rock Center posted in its first two weeks. Still, the show was dwarfed in the 10 PM hour by another newsmagazine, ABC’s special edition of 20/20 (2.8/7, 13.4 million) featuring Diane Sawyer’s interview with recovering shooting victim U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, as well as CBS’ Hawaii Five-0. Rock Center also ranked as the lowest-rated program on the Big 4 networks, and its fast national numbers may have been inflated by a local NFL pre-emption in Minneapolis, so an adjustment down is likely.
The fast nationals for last night were delayed by Nielsen this morning … or was it sabotage at the hands of Fringe fans trying to delay the bad ratings news? The Fox sci-fi drama (1.1/3 in adults 18-49) was down 15% from last week to post a series low. That was despite its lead-in, Kitchen Nightmares (1.6/5), rising a tenth. You can’t blame slot rival NBC’s Grimm (1.5/5) for Fringe‘s misfortune — the fairytale-themed NBC drama continued its slide following the strong premiere three weeks ago, down 17% from last Friday. At 8 PM, NBC’s Chuck (0.9/3) was up a tenth from last week’s fast national, flat with the final. Dateline (1.4/4, 4.9 million) was up 17%. CBS’ A Gifted Man (1.2/4, 8.3 million) matched its soft performance from the past few weeks. CSI: NY (1.7/5, 10.2 million) was up a tenth and beat Grimm in the demo after losing to the rookie in their first face-off last week. Blue Bloods (1.7/5, 11.2 million) was down 19% in 18-49 from last Friday’s season high. CBS (1.5/5, 9.9 million) won the night in both 18-49 and total viewers. It edged in the demo Fox (1.4/4, 3.5 million), which finished second; NBC (1.3/4, 4.4 million); and ABC (1.1/3, 5.2 million).
Following its surprisingly strong debut against Game 7 of the World Series last week, NBC’s new fairytale-themed drama Grimm (1.8/5 in 18-49, 5.92 million viewers) dropped a modest 14% in its second airing. It won the 9 PM hour in the demo and ranked as the second-highest-rated program of the night behind the CBS drama Blue Bloods. Things looked much gloomier for NBC’s departing dramedy Chuck (0.8/3, 3.1 million), which was the lowest-rated and least-watched program on the Big 4 — down 20% in the demo from its season premiere last week for a new series low. Dateline (1.2/4, 4.1 million) closed out the night for NBC, down a tenth from last week.
How bad is the current economic recession? Viewers are flocking to fairy tales, one of the most popular entertainment genres during the Great Depression. After the surprisingly strong launch on Sunday of ABC’s Once Upon A Time — which became the top-rated new drama series with a 4.0 Live+Same Day 18-49 rating — the other fairytale-themed new series, NBC’s Grimm, also exceeded expectations, premiering on Friday and against Game 7 of the World Series no less. The drama drew a 2.1/6 fast national rating among adults 18-49 last night (6.5 million total viewers), which is certain to go up in the finals. It was by far the highest-rated NBC drama premiere this season and the highest-rated Friday non-sports telecast on any network since Dec. 31, 2010 (ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve). For NBC, it was the highest 18-49 rating in the Friday 9 PM slot in almost two years. And Grimm accomplished that with no help from its lead-in, the final season premiere of Chuck, which managed only a 1.0/3 in 18-49 and 3.4 million viewers, a series low.
Just like it happened the same time last year, once ABC dropped repeats on Friday to go for a lineup of reality series and newsmagzines, it became an instant formidable rival to CBS for the top spot on the night among adults 18-49. Last year, it started with a tie before ABC posted a couple of outright victories in the demo. And last night, in its first outing with an all-original Friday lineup, ABC (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.2 million) tied CBS in 18-49. ABC also boasted the highest-rated program of the night among adults 18-49: newsmagazine 20/20 (2.1/6, 7.6 million total viewers), which was up a whopping 75% in the demo from last week with headline-grabbing interviews featuring the daughter-in-law of convicted Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff and Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey and their twins. 20/20 also was helped by a stronger lead-in from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The veteran reality series started its Friday debut slow, posting a 1.1/4 in 18-49 at 8 PM. But its second episode at 9 PM (1.7/5) picked up significantly, off only by two tenths from the series’ most recent airing on Sunday last week.
Another Friday with mostly minor adjustments of a tenth of a 18-49 rating. CBS’ 10 PM drama Blue Bloods (1.7/5 in adults 18-49, 10.9 million viewers) posted the biggest drop from last week — two tenths in 18-49. It …
Last November, when ABC beat CBS’ scripted Friday lineup multiple times in adults 18-49 with a mix of reality shows and newsmagazines, I wondered whether the concept of putting scripted series on Friday was doomed. Well, looking at the numbers last night, it certainly seems that way, particularly if you program for the advertiser-friendly adults 18-49 set. Fox’s reality series Kitchen Nightmares (1.6/6 in adults 18-49, 4 million viewers) and ABC’s newsmagazine 20/20 (1.2/4, 4 million) were the only programs on the Big 4 networks last night not to drop from premiere week in adults 18-49, with all scripted shows down. While this may not be particularly disconcerting for CBS — which is putting an older-skewing fare on the night that can pack 10 million viewers despite low 18-49 numbers — it has got to be alarming for NBC, which is about to unspool two younger-skewing shows on the night, Chuck and Grimm.
Following Kitchen Nightmares, Fringe (1.2/4, 3.1 million viewers) was down 20% from its low season premiere last week. Granted the series grows some 50% in DVR viewing, this is still a very low base to start from, making it unlikely that the sci-fi drama can cheat cancellation one more time.
Like Fringe, CBS’ rookie A Gifted Man (1.2/4, 8.1 million) is fading, down 14% from its debut last week and tied with Fringe and 20/20 as the lowest-rated first-run program last night. CSI: NY (1.6/5, 10 million) was down 11% from last week in 18-49, while Blue Bloods (1.8/6, 11.2 million) was down 10% but still ranked as the highest-rated program on Friday in both 18-49 and total viewers.
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