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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hotel Hell’ Returns Down, ‘Under The Dome’ Cracks, ‘Ninja Warrior’ & ‘MasterChef’ Rise, ‘Bachelorette’ Steady

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hotel Hell’ Returns Down, ‘Under The Dome’ Cracks, ‘Ninja Warrior’ & ‘MasterChef’ Rise, ‘Bachelorette’ SteadyHe’s back, not that he ever really went away. Fox’s favorite multitasker Gordon Ramsay returned with a new season of Hotel Hell (1.5/5) last night. Which of course meant that Fox was all Ramsay on Monday with the second-cycle debut of the reality series following his own MasterChef (2.1/7). Hotel Hell was a big hit for the network when it launched two years ago, if for no other reason than it was comfortingly reminiscent of Ramsay’s now-shuttered Kitchen Nightmares. The then-new Hotel Hell saw the often acerbic chef going into establishments in need of serious help and delivering it in his distinct fashion. Monday saw Ramsay in Las Cruces, NM, working on desert retreat that really isn’t working. The show was debut down a hard 21% from its August 13, 2012 Season 1 premiere. But don’t shed a tear for Gordon: Lead-in MasterChef shot up 17% among adults 18-49 from last week’s dip to hit a season high. It was also easily the top-rated show of the night, which helped Fox winthe night in the demo with 1.8/6 rating and among total viewers with 4.93 million.

All of the Big 4 and the CW aired originals last night. Once again CBS’ only new show of the night was Under The Dome (1.5/6). Like Hotel Hell, the 10 PM Steven Spielberg-produced drama also fell 21% from its July 14 show to hit a series low. Last week, Dome rose double digits from the previous series low of its July 7 episode. Read More »

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TCA: NBC Renews ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘American Ninja Warrior,’ ‘Last Comic Standing’

Nellie Andreeva

TCA: NBC Renews ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘American Ninja Warrior,’ ‘Last Comic Standing’Kicking off NBC’s TCA presentation, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt announced the renewal of summer reality series America’s Got Talent, American Ninja Warrior and Last Comic Standing. The pickups join the recent renewal of medical drama Night Shift, which turned from a summer burnoff to a breakout, tying CBS’ Extant as the highest-rated new series debut this off-season.

Greenblatt underscored NBC’s ratings success during the season, reminding everyone that the network finished 2013-14 as No.1, and did so again for the summer. NBC has won every week other than the two that ABC had with the NBA Finals, which Greenblatt in a lapse called “the NBC finals.” Last Comic Standing returned for an eighth cycle this summer after a four-year break, the second time the show has been revived. AGT is in its ninth season, averaging a 3.1/10 in adults 18-49 and 12.4 million viewers. Last Comic Standing is averaging a 1.7/6  in 18-49 and 5.1 million viewers. American Ninja Warrior, which is shared with corporate sibling Esquire, is delivering a 1.8/6 in 18-49 and 5.3 million viewers.

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Ratings Rat Race: NBC Rules With ‘American Ninja Warrior’

Ratings Rat Race: NBC Rules With ‘American Ninja Warrior’NBC was No. 1 for the night in the demo among broadcaster, thanks to American Ninja Warrior, which climbed 13% week to week (1.8 compared to 1.6 rating) and 17% in total viewers (5.5 million vs. 4.7 mil). The 5.453 million in total viewers is a season high for a regular Ninja and best since a special USA vs. Japan telecast on January 13 (5.537 million). In its second hour, Ninja finished ahead of CBS’ Under The Dome recap (0.8/3, 4.34 million viewers), which finished last in its time slot, and ABC’s Mistresses original episode (1.0/3, 3.66 million). NBC noted its Detroit affiliate pre-empted NBC programming for a fireworks special that could impact these prelim stats, particularly in this 10 PM hour.

With MasterChef (1.7/6, 4.93 million) and 24: Live Another Day (1.4/4, 5.72 million), Fox was the night’s most-watched network, also leading among viewers 18-34 and key male demos.

ABC was the second-most-watched network of the night, winning most female demos. At 8 PM, a two-hour broadcast of The Bachelorette was the night’s most watched TV program (5.9 million, 1.5/5) for its fourth consecutive two-hour telecast.

CBS slumbered, on a bed of reruns and Under The Dome recap.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC’s Returning ‘Mistresses’ Shows Up Flat In Demo But Sports Viewer Bump

ROCHELLE AYTES, ALYSSA MILANO, YUNJIN KIM, JES MACALLANABC’s sudsy Mistresses returned last night at 10 PM to tie CBS’ 48 Hours (1.2/4). Its second-season opener was its most-watched telecast yet, rising 2% (100,000 viewers over its first-season launch, 4.5 million vs. 4.4 million) while holding even in the demo. (ABC noted that during the show’s first season, Mistresses jumped 50% from its initially reported Live+Same Day number to its final Live+7 adults 18-49 rating, making it the second-biggest gainer for any summer broadcast series in 2013, behind only the network’s Rookie Blue.)

Earlier in the night, ABC’s The Bachelorette predictably rose sharply from its Sunday special – 21% in the demo and 30% in viewers. Bachelorette was up by 14% in total viewers over its year-ago telecast, and held even in the demo.

NBC’s 9-11 PM American Ninja Warrior spiked 19% week-to-week, from a 1.6 to a 1.9/6, to rank No. 1 for the night; among the shows it edged out were Fox’s 24: Live Another Day (1.8/6). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘MasterChef’ & ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Down In Return

By | Tuesday May 27, 2014 @ 9:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

MasterChef-5-26-14Jack Bauer…a ninja warrior? Fox’s 24: Live Another Day took on a new 9 PM competitor last night, NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, with the two shows tying to top a typically slow Memorial Day. Every original was down last night, including the two season premieres, Ninja Warrior from 9-10 PM (1.5 in adults 18-49, down 12% from last summer’s debut on July 1) and Fox’s MasterChef from 8-9 PM (1.4). The Gordon Ramsay cooking competition was down 33% from the 8-9 PM premiere episode last year when MasterChef launched on the final Wednesday of the season with two back-t0-back episodes. Fox originally had the reality series again returning just before the end of the season last Monday but pushed the premiere by a week to give 24: Live Another Day another week of Bones lead-in. Vs. the season finale of Bones last week, MasterChef was down 13%. 24 (1.5) was down 12% to a new low. Fox still won the night in 18-49. Also hitting series lows were the two other originals last night, ABC’s The Bachelorette (1.4, down 30% from last week’s season premiere) and CBS’ Friends With Better Lives (1.4, down 13%). The CW continues to be a movie network early in the summer, with a thematic entry last night, Memorial Day (0.3).

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NBC To Roll Out ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘American Ninja Warrior’ After May Sweep

By | Wednesday February 26, 2014 @ 10:42am PST

NAmerica's Got Talent - Season 8BC will bring out the next season of American Ninja Warrior on Monday, May 26, 8-10 PM, and America’s Got Talent the next night, Tuesday, May 27, 8-10 PM. Talent is returning with its judging/host cast intact — an increasingly rare occurrence on reality competition series these days, NBC having announced last November that Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel were returning as judges on the summer competition series, though Stern had made sure he was the headline by announcing his return to the show 24 hours ahead of the NBC announcement. Breaking the news on his SiriusXM radio program, Stern was sure to let listeners know he’s the BFD on AGT, saying, in response to radio sidekick Robin Quivers’ question as to whether Klum, B, and Mandel would be back: “Let’s put it this way: When they asked me if [returning] was conditional, I said … let them all come back.”

Meanwhile, NBC to air originals of Ninja and Esquire Network will run repeats, like last summer.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Celebrates Labor Day With Time Warner Cable Viewers And ‘Under The Dome’ Win

By | Tuesday September 3, 2013 @ 9:31am PDT

With Time Warner Cable viewers once again able to see CBS shows in three of the country’s top 5 TV markets, CBS’ Under The Dome dominated Labor Day Monday among English-language commercial broadcasters, with a slight uptick in the demo. Dome was dealt a 2.6 in the demo — up a tenth week to week — and 6.8 million viewers. NBC’s American Ninja Warrior led that network to a second-place finish with a 1.4 rating – a new high — and 4.3 million viewers. ABC trailed with 1.1 rating and 4.2 million viewers, ahead of Fox’s 0.7 rating and 1.8 million viewers and the CW’s 0.2 rating and 556,000 viewers. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: ‘Under The Dome’ Dominates Monday Despite Distribution Dilemma

By | Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 10:45am PDT

UPDATE, 10:30 AM: CBS’ Under The Dome dominated Monday in overall audience (10.81 million) and in both the 18-49 (2.5 rating) and 25-54 (3.4 rating) demos. Though Time Warner Cable continues not to carry CBS stations in three of the country’s Top 5 markets, affecting about 3.2 million customers, the Stephen King adaptation scored more than 5 million more viewers than the night’s closest competitor, NBC’s American Ninja Warrior (5.78 million viewers). Ninja and CBS’ How I Met Your Mother rerun tied in the demo at 8 PM (1.4 rating) but Ninja had the total-viewer edge (5.4 million) over HIMYM (4.5 mil). Ninja took over in both races at 8:30. For the full hour, Ninja enjoyed its top demo rating since its summer premiere — it also won the hour among men and women 18-34 and 25-54. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS’ ‘Under The Dome’ Still Down But Far From Out

By | Tuesday August 20, 2013 @ 9:44am PDT

In an August in which the big ratings story is Time Warner Cable’s shut-out of CBS in more than 3 million homes, CBS was understandably proud as punch this morning that Under The Dome remained Monday’s only program to clock viewers in the double digits 10.3 million viewers. Dome topped the night’s nearest competitor, NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, by more than 5 million viewers. Dome logged a 2.4 rating in the demo which, CBS noted, is unchanged from last week — no surprise, given that CBS was locked out of TWC homes last week as well.

Related: ‘Under The Dome’ Piracy Spikes In Regions Where CBS Is Blacked Out On TWC

Armed with Dome, CBS finished Monday in first place in the demo (1.4 rating) and with viewers of all ages (6.2 million). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Under The Dome’ Down, ‘Siberia’ Debuts Soft, ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Falls In Returns

By | Tuesday July 2, 2013 @ 9:11am PDT

The second week of CBS’ Under The Dome (2.8/8) saw a few cracks in the new drama’s strong ratings shell. Following its big debut last week, the Amblin TV/DreamWorks TV-produced show was down 15% on Monday — not altogether unrespectable retention levels for the series based on Stephen King’s 2009 novel. Under The Dome was easily the top-rated show of the night and by far the most watched with 11.52 million viewers. Otherwise, CBS was all repeats Monday. Like on most almost-holiday summer nights, usage was down 5% among adults 18-49 and dipped 4% from last week. CBS was tops for the night in adults 18-49 and in viewers with 7.08 million.

Related: ‘Under The Dome’ Gets DVR Lift In Live + 3 Read More »

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NBC & Esquire Network To Share ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Again This Summer

By | Monday April 8, 2013 @ 12:19pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

G4 may have transformed itself into Esquire Network, but some things are staying the same — like the cable network’s obstacle course competition series American Ninja Warrior airing in a shared window with sibling NBC. The show will air weekly on Esquire  and then NBC on consecutive days, with original episodes on each network. Former NFL player and sports analyst Akbar Gbaja Biamila (NFL Network) will join the show as host alongside Matt Iseman, who is returning to the show for its fifth season on Esquire and its second full season on NBC. Jenn Brown (ESPN) will serve as a co-host, providing commentary and competitor interviews. Following a 2011 experiment, when NBC aired ANW‘s two-hour third-season finale to decent ratings, the two networks began sharing the series last summer. American Ninja Warrior began production on its new season on Friday in Los Angeles, features a four-stage course modeled after the Mt. Midoriyama from the original Tokyo Broadcast System series Sasuke and a few format tweaks. Arthur Smith executive produces.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bachelor Pad’ Premiere Down Big, ‘Glass House’ Hits Low, ‘Ninja Warrior’ Finale Up

By | Tuesday July 24, 2012 @ 9:04am PDT

Bachelor Pad Season 3Monday was a night of beginnings and endings. With hot tubs and cold intrigue for a $250,000 prize, ABC had the two-hour Season 3 premiere of Bachelor Pad (1.4/4) at 8 PM. That was down 36% from the 2011 Season 2 premiere on August 8 and a series low. ABC followed at 10 PM with a new episode of the legally challenged The Glass House (0.8/2). The sixth week of the reality show tied again for a season low. NBC aired the two-hour Season 4 finale of American Ninja Warrior (2.0/5), up 11% from last week. On Fox, it was Gordon Ramsay’s night again with Hell’s Kitchen (2.6/8) and MasterChef (2.7/7). Kitchen was down to the final eight contestants and even with last week. On MasterChef, it was Part 1 of the top six cooking contestants competing, with the show rising 4% from last week. Fox won the night among adults 18-49 and total viewers. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’ & ‘Bachelorette’ Down; NBC Tops The Night

America's Got Talent RatingsThere were a lot of primetime repeats on Memorial Day, but NBC decided to go ahead with new stuff. A new one-hour 8 PM episode of America’s Got Talent (2.7/8) was down 16% from last week. But with brass bands and other auditions out of Tampa, Fla, the show’s 10.03 million total viewers still easily won the night. Following at 9 PM, American Ninja Warrior (2.0/5) was also new and also down. The sports battle show fell 17% from last week’s Season 4 premiere. Read More »

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NBC Sets Premiere Dates For ‘Saving Hope’, ‘Love In The Wild’ & ‘American Ninja Warrior’

By | Thursday March 15, 2012 @ 1:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC is firming up its summer plans, announcing premiere dates and slots for unscripted series Love In The Wild and G4′s American Ninja Warrior and Canadian drama import Saving Hope. Reality series Love In The Wild will open its second season hosted by Jenny McCarthy with a two-hour premiere from 8-10 PM on June 7, followed by the debut of Saving Hope. American Ninja Warrior, which will launch its season on G4 on Sunday, May 20, will debut on NBC the following night, May 21, from 9-11 PM. It will then begin its regular airing pattern on NBC with hourlong episodes in the Monday 9 PM slot, while also airing originals on G4. G4 will carry qualifying regional rounds that originate from six different areas within the U.S., while NBC will carry regional finals from each of the six regions, plus the finals from Las Vegas. In all, NBC will carry 9 episodes of American Ninja Warrior. Love In The Wild was renewed for a second season after a so-so freshman run, which drew an average of 1.8/5 share in 18-49 and 5.5 million viewers last summer. Saving Hope is a medical drama starring Erica Durance, Michael Shanks and Daniel Gillies. NBC has already announced a premiere date for its summer staple, America’s Got Talent, which debuts on May 14 with new judge Howard Stern. It will air Mondays 8-9 PM, leading into American Ninja Warrior, and Tuesdays … Read More »

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NBC & G4 To Share ‘American Ninja Warrior’

By | Tuesday January 24, 2012 @ 9:38am PST
Nellie Andreeva

With the broadcast networks struggling to successfully launch a reality series in the past couple of summers, NBC is reaching to its new corporate sibling G4 for original summer fare. NBC will share with G4 the upcoming fourth season of G4′s popular obstacle course competition series American Ninja Warrior. Last summer, NBC aired ANW‘s two-hour third season finale, which posted decent ratings. This year, NBC will be taking on a bigger role, with G4 carrying the preliminary rounds and the broadcast network airing the preliminary finals, as well as the grand finale. For the first time, each leg of the competition will be held entirely on U.S. soil after the original Japanese broadcaster, Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, helped bring the course and all different designs to the U.S. The finalists, vying for a $500,000 cash prize in the national finals in Las Vegas, will be selected at six regional qualifying competitions throughout the country. ANW, whose Season 3 debut ranked as G4’s most-watched original season premiere ever, is produced by A. Smith & Co.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Slips, NBC Plays Symphony With ‘Ninja Warrior’

Nellie Andreeva

Fox (2.6/7 in adults 18-49, 6.2 million viewers) once again topped Monday night with a Gordon Ramsay lineup. After MasterChef wrapped its season last week, the network aired back-to-back originals of Hell’s Kitchen (2.4/7 at 8 PM and 2.7/7 at 9 PM) last night. The 8 PM episode was down a tenth from the fast national rating for last week’s episode (down two tenths from the final), while the 9 PM episode was up 13% from what MasterChef posted in the hour last Monday.

ABC (1.8/5, 5.9 million) was second, paced by a two-hour Bachelor Pad (2.1/6), which is running flat vs. last week, but ABC’s fast nationals are inflated because of local NFL preemptions. Over at NBC, it was corporate synergy — or as Steve Burke prefers to call it, “symphony” — at work as the network aired the third-season finale of G4′s American Ninja Warrior (1.7/4, 4 million) from 9-11 PM. The reality show posted NBC’s best 18-49 rating in the time period in seven weeks, since Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, but we have to note that the network had not aired any originals in the slot since, just reruns and repurposed episodes of another NBCUniversal cable series, USA’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent. CBS aired reruns.

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TV News Roundup: Grammy Boycott, A New PAC Man & ‘Ninja’ Alert

A group of musicians protesting the Recording Academy’s move to drop 31 categories from the Grammy Awards is calling for a boycott of CBS, which airs the annual awards event, as well as the sponsors who advertise during the show, the Associated Press reported. The academy in April trimmed the number of categories from 109 to 78, saying the changes would hold for at least next year’s Grammys in February. …

Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert received approval today from the Federal Election Commission to start his own political action committee, which means he can raise money and produce and buy TV time for political ads. If the ads air anywhere but on his Viacom-owned show, they must disclose their funding sources. Colbert started the campaign to mock Citizens United, a PAC that won a Supreme Court case relaxing national campaign finance rules. “I don’t know about you but I do not accept limits on my free speech, I don’t know about you but I do not accept the status quo. But I do accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express,” he told a crowd in Washington DC after the ruling. …

NBC will televise the season finale of fellow Comcast network G4′s original series American Ninja Warrior on Aug. 22 as part of a two-hour primetime special. Read More »

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