Check Out Our New Look

ABC Renews ‘Shark Tank’, ‘The Bachelor’ & ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’

By | Friday May 9, 2014 @ 11:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

MARK CUBAN, BARBARA CORCORAN, KEVIN O’LEARY, LORI GREINER, ROBERT HERJAVECMore unscripted renewals at ABC. Getting a sixth-season pickup is MVP Shark Tank, which has been driving ABC’s demo ratings dominance on Friday and which has stepped in to fill any hole the network might have open with its well-performing repeats. Sony TV is producing. The Bachelor, from Warner Horizon, has been picked up for a 19th cycle after a controversial but well-rated season with bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis. And the oldest of them all, America’s Funniest Home Videos, has been renewed for a 25th (!), which longtime host Tom Bergeron said would be his last.

Comments (3)

ABC Renews ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ And ‘Wife Swap’

By | Friday May 11, 2012 @ 11:29am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC is picking up this morning where it left off last night. After renewing reality series Dancing With The Stars, The Bachelor and Shark Tank last night, this morning the network continued with the pickups of two other long-running reality series, America’s Funniest Home Videos and Wife Swap. The 13-epsisode order to Wife Swap includes both regular and Celebrity Wife Swap episodes. Now in its 22th season, AFHV has been a solid anchor for ABC on Sunday, providing lead-in support to breakout hit Once Upon A Time. Last Sunday, it shot up 33% week-to-week to a 2.0/7 demo rating to dominate the 7 PM hour and rank higher than any series on NBC that night. Wife Swap has been on ABC since 2004 and introduced a celebrity version earlier this season.

Comments (17)

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Once Upon A Time’, ‘Allen Gregory’ Hit Series Lows, ‘Hallmark Hall Of Fame’ Barely Registers On New Net

Nellie Andreeva

As Americans were wrapping up the four-day Thanksgiving weekend last night, some stayed away from their TVs, leading to depressed ratings for the broadcast networks. (We’ve yet to get numbers for The Walking Dead fall finale on AMC.) ABC may be having second thoughts about picking up the Hallmark Hall Of Fame original movie franchise after it was dropped by CBS at the end of last season. In the franchise’s first ABC outing, the telefilm Mitch Albom’s Have A Little Faith posted an underwhelming 1.1/2 in 18-49, down a whopping 48% from November Christmas, which aired on CBS on the same night last year. In 18-49, Have A Little Faith was by far the lowest-rated program of the night despite having the night’s highest-rated entertainment program as a lead-in: freshman drama Once Upon A Time, which slipped 11% from its last original two weeks ago to a series low but still robust 3.4/8. At 7 PM, America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.8/4) was up 6%.

Following an NFL overrun, Fox’s The Cleveland Show (1.9/5) was up 6% from its 7:30 PM time slot premiere last Sunday. The Simpsons (2.6/6) was down a tenth, while rookie Allen Gregory (1.5/3) accelerated its ratings descent, down 15% to a new series low. How long before Fox swaps Allen Gregory and Cleveland? At 9 PM, Family Guy (2.8/6) was down 13%, and American Dad (2.2/5) was down 8%. Read More »

Comments (15)

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Once Upon A Time’ Still Strong, ‘Desperate Housewives’ Rises

Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s Once Upon A Time continued its impressive freshman run last night, posting a 3.8/9 in adults 18-49. That was up a tenth from the fairytale drama’s fast national the previous week (flat with the national) and the highest demo mark for any non-sports program last night. Even more impressive, Once Upon A Time accomplished that with the lowest-rated Sunday broadcast program as its lead-in, America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.7/4, up 13% from its most recent episode three weeks ago). Desperate Housewives (3.0/7) ended a run of originals on a high note, up 7% from last week, as the dramedy heads into a three-week hiatus. Rookie Pan Am (1.8/4), which is expected to find out its fate this week, posted yet another 1.8 fast national demo rating (it was adjusted down a tenth last Sunday).

NBC once again dominated Sunday’s primetime with Sunday Night Football‘s Patriots-Jets came, which drew a 14.5 overnight rating/23 share, up 2% from last week and from last year’s Week 10 game between the Patriots and Steelers. In another repeat from last Sunday, Fox’s comedies had an NFL overrun as a lead-in, making week-to-week comparisons fair: The Simpsons (3.5/8) was down 5%. Allen Gregory (2.0/5) shed another tenth as the newbie is yet to bottom out. Family Guy, which featured a controversial 9/11 storyline, was up a tenth from the show’s fast national last Sunday (flat with the national). American Dad was down a tenth. Read More »

Comments (7)

Ratings Rat Race: ‘X Factor’ Makes Sunday Appearance, ‘Pan Am’ Sheds Another Tenth

Nellie Andreeva

After a couple of weeks of declines, ABC’s Sunday lineup stabilized, though probably not at levels the network would’ve liked. America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.5/4) was up a tenth from last week’s fast national; Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (1.9/5) was down a tenth; Desperate Housewives was flat with its most recent fast national, which tied a series low (down a tenth from the final); and Pan Am (1.8/4) was down a tenth. While the 5% week-to-week drop for Pan Am was a vast improvement over last week’s 27% tumble, the rookie has to reverse its downward course if it hopes to stick around for a while.

Fox’s The X Factor (3.3/8) was down 8% from its fast national rating on Thursday. There were  mitigating factors: The series aired out of pattern and the network had 24 hours to promote it after the ALCS baseball playoff series wrapped on Saturday in six games, allowing the network to slide in X Factor on Sunday, which had been left open for a potential seventh game. There was also the deciding baseball playoff Game 6 on TBS. On the flip side, X Factor last night had a stronger-than-normal lead-in from the afternoon football game overrun. Still, X Factor was the highest-rated entertainment program of the night. Read More »

Comments (18)

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Pan Am’ Drops 27%, ‘Desperate Housewives’ Ties Series Low

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: There is no final-season bump for ABC’s Desperate Housewives. Last night’s episode of the veteran dramedy (2.7/6 in adults 18-49, 8.5 million viewers ) was down 10% in the demo from last week. It matched the series low in 18-49 and hit a new one in total viewers. Pan Am (1.9/5, 6.4 million) tumbled 27% in 18-49 from last week, becoming the latest new drama this season to drop to dangerously low ratings levels. The other ABC shows also slipped but not as much: America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.4/4) was down 7%, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.0/5) was down 5%.

Last night’s Sunday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons, which saw the Packers extend their winning streak, drew a 14.0 overnight rating/22 share. That was up 20% from last year’s Week 5 game between the Eagles and 49ers to mark the highest Week 5 overnight rating in the six-year history of SNF. NBC easily won Sunday in both adults 18-49 and total viewers.

CBS’ lineup slid once again due to NFL overrun, with 60 Minutes kicking the night off at 8:36 PM on the East Coast. Ratings for the network’s shows are approximate but The Amazing Race (2.7/7) appears to be slightly down from last week (3.0/7), while The Good Wife (2.2/5) kept steady. Game 2 of ALCS on Fox was rained out, so the network stayed out of contention with … Read More »

Comments 55

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Steady, ‘Same Name’ Perks Up

Nellie Andreeva

CBS easily won Sunday night with the two highest-rated programs of the night in adults 18-49: Big Brother (2.8/9, 7.8 million) at 8 PM, which was even with last week, and Same Name (1.6/4, 5.1 million) at 9 PM, which was up a whopping 23%. With 60 Minutes (1.2/4, 8.7 million) and a CSI: Miami rerun (1.2/3, 5 million) solid as bookends (60 Minutes was the most-watched program of the night), CBS dominated the night with an average of 1.7/2 in 18-49 and 6.4 million viewers. Also worth noting is the solid performance of a rerun of ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos at 7 PM (1.3/4, 5.3 million), which drew the third-highest ratings for the night in 18-49 and total viewers, significantly outperforming the Ty’s Great British Adventure special (1.0/3, 3.8 million) that followed it on ABC. Fox aired comedy reruns leading into the 2011 Teen Choice Awards (1.1/3), hosted by The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco, which were down 27% in the adults 18-49 demo though up 4% in the core teen demo (2.8/8) to post the award show’s best teen numbers in three years. NBC aired low-rated reruns (Dateline, 0.5/2 & It’s Worth What?, 0.7/2) followed by two back-to-back episodes of The Marriage Ref at 9 PM (0.9/2) and 10 PM (1.0/3). The first episode was even and the second up a tenth from last week’s show, which … Read More »

Comments (0)

RATINGS RAT RACE: Country Music Awards Strong, ‘Housewives’, ‘Body Of Proof’ Down

Nellie Andreeva

CBS won the ratings race last night with the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (3.3/9 in adults 18-49,  13 million viewers), which up 3% from last year in adults 18-49, up 19% in the younger 18-34 demographic and flat in total viewers.

ABC’s Desperate Housewives (2.8/7, 8.8 million) returned from a month-long hiatus down 18% in the demo from its most recent original March 6. After a promising start behind the Dancing with the Stars result show on Tuesday, ABC’ midseason drama Body Of Proof didn’t fare as well in its special airing last night after Housewives, the slot that successfully launched Grey’s Anatomy and Brothers and Sisters. The forensic drama starring Dana Delany drew a 2.0/5 in 18-49, down 35% from the Tuesday debut, holding onto 71% of its Housewives lead-in. That was still better than the average hold of 64% for the slot’s regular occupant, Brothers and Sisters. In total viewers, Body of Proof performed stronger, with 8.3 million viewers, a 96% lead-in retention. ABC opened the night with America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.6/5, flat vs. last week) and Secret Millionaire (2.6/7, down 4% from last week.)

NBC’s America’s Next Great Restaurant (1.4/4) was up 8% from last week, while Celebrity Apprentice (3.0/8) was flat. Fox aired a rerun-heavy comedy lineup featuring two originals: American Dad at 7:30 PM (1.6/5), down 20% from Feb. 20, and The Cleveland Show (2.2/5), down 15% from March 20, when both shows had first-run … Read More »

Comments (12)

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Hits Season High

Nellie Andreeva

A 17-minute NCAA overrun pushed the start of CBS’ primetime lineup, so the network’s ratings are approximate. From 7-8 PM, basketball and 60 Minutes averaged a 3.7/12 in adults 18-49. At 8 PM, 60 Minutes/The Amazing Race drew a 3.1/9. At 9 PM, Amazing Race/Undercover Boss posted a 3.2/8, and at 10 PM, Boss/CSI: Miami did a 2.8/8. The network is expected to top the night when final ratings are released tomorrow.

On NBC, America’s Next Great Restaurant (1.3/4) was up 8% from last week. From 9-11 PM, Celebrity Apprentice (3.0/8) was up 7% for a season high.

ABC and Fox aired a mix of originals and repeats. ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.6/5, down 6% from March 13) and Secret Millionaire (2.7/7, up 8% from last week’s low) were followed by reruns of Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters. At Fox, The Simpsons (2.8/8) was up 12% from March 13′s original. Bob’s Burgers (2.2/6) was flat with last week. Following a Family Guy repeat (2.8/7), a new American Dad (2.5/7) was up 25% from its last original on Feb. 20 in the low-trafficked 7:30 PM slot.

Comments (14)

RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Wins With ‘Sunday Night Football’, ABC’s Lineup Up

Nellie Andreeva

Once again, 3 of the 4 major networks, NBC, CBS and Fox, got a ratings boost from football on Sunday, and once again NBC easily topped the night with Sunday Night Football. SNF is wrapping its red-hot season in style, with the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the St. Louis Rams drawing a 12.6 overnight rating/19 share, the best overnight rating for an NFL season-ending game in 9 years (since Min-Bal’s 13.4/21 on ABC in 2002) and highest ever for SNF, up 11% from last year. With a big NFL overrun, Fox is expected to finish second in adults 18-49 despite airing all reruns for the rest of the night.  (Its fast national averages are approximate because of live sports.) ABC, the only network that didn’t get ratings help from football, was No. 3 in 18-49 (2.7/7) and total viewers (9.4 million) with its lineup returning to first-run episodes. America’s Funniest Home Videos (2.1/6) was up 11% from its most recent original on Dec. 5, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.7/7) was up 13% from its last original on Dec. 12 to hit a season high. Desperate Housewives (3.8/9) was up 6% vs. Dec. 12, while Brothers & Sisters (2.4/6) was down 4%. CBS’ primetime lineup was pushed to 7:16 PM by a football overrun. Its fast nationals were as follows: 7 PM (NFL Overrun/60 Minutes): 2.7/7; 8 PM (60 Minutes/CSI:Miami): 2.1/5; 9 PM (CSI: Miami/Undercover Boss): 2.9/7 and … Read More »

Comments (3)

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘SNF’ Ties Franchise Record To Dominate Sunday

Nellie Andreeva

NBC’s hot football season continued with last night’s Eagles-Cowboys game. With a 16.5/25 overnight rating, the game delivered the best overnight rating in the five-year history of Sunday Night Football, tied with last fall’s Week 2 game between the Giants and the Cowboys that marked the debut of the new Dallas Cowboys stadium. The two games’ overnights also rank as the highest for a Sunday/Monday NFL primetime game in 12 years, since Broncos-Dolphins on Dec.21, 1998 on ABC (17.4/27). Versus last year’s Week 14 game, the Eagles-Cowboys face-off was up 20% and delivered another dominating Sunday win for NBC. Just how hot this year’s football coverage on NBC has been? Five SNF games this season rank among the top six NBC primetime games ever.

Following America’s Funniest Home Videos (2.2/6 in adults 18-49), which hit a season high, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.4/6) was up 9% from last week, but the fall finale of Desperate Housewives, which featured a Dallas-style (Who shot Paul Young?) cliffhanger was down a tenth to tie its season low. (BTW, J.R. aka Larry Hagman, is set to make a guest appearance on Desperate Housewives later this season.) Brothers & Sisters (2.5/6) rebounded nicely from last week’s series low with its holiday-themed episode, up 19% from last week.

At Fox, The Read More »

Comments (2)

RATINGS RAT RACE: Football Rules Sunday

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 10 PM: NBC just released the overnight ratings for last night’s Sunday Night Football game between the Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers. It scored a big 16.0/25 rating, the best for an October NFL primetime game in 12 years, since, coincidentally, another matchup between the Minnesota and Green Bay on Oct. 5 1998  on ABC. This was the third-best SNF overnight rating ever, up 54% from last year’s Week 7 game.

PREVIOUS 9 AM: No major movement last night, with primetime once again dominated by football. There are no metered market ratings for last night’s Sunday Night Football on NBC this morning, but judging by the fast nationals, it was pretty big. The 18-49 fast national rating for the Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers game was 8.6 vs. a 6.5 for the game last week. It will certainly adjust up significantly – last week, SNF‘s rating went up by almost a rating point to a 7.4 in the finals. NBC is guaranteed another Sunday win in 18-49 and total viewers.

As it does every other week, CBS’ lineup was time shifted and boosted by an NFL overrun. The 7 PM hour (4.3/13) featured 17 minutes of NFL overrun and 43 minutes of 60 Minutes (it is ironic, isn’t it?). The 8 PM hour, which included the conclusion of 60 Minutes and the bulk of The Amazing Race did a … Read More »

Comments (4)

RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS’ ‘Big Brother’ Up, ABC’s ‘Scoundrels’ Hits Another Low

Nellie Andreeva

We might have seen the last episode of Scoundrels on Sunday after ABC’s original scripted drama sunk to a 0.6 rating/2 rating in adults 18-49 at 9 PM last night, down 14% from last week. That was an all-time low for the show and matched the 0.6 18-49 rating fellow ABC drama Happy Town pulled before being yanked from the schedule. ABC’s other Sunday scripted summer series, The Gates (0.9/3) at 10 PM, seems to have leveled off after the initial decline and was flat from last week. ABC’s highest-rated program for the night was 7 PM leadoff America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.4/5 in rerun), followed by 8 PM anchor Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (1.2/4, also in rerun). CBS’ Big Brother (2.5/8) was up 9% from last week, followed by repeats of Undercover Boss (1.4/4) and Cold Case (0.8/3). Fox won the night with comedy reruns, led by back-to-back Family Guy episodes at 9PM (2.3/7) and 9:30PM (2.5/7). Its original Sons of Tucson at 7PM tied Scoundrels as the lowest-rated program of the night. Fox still won the night in adults 18-49. NBC aired all-repeats, with an America’s Got Talent (1.0/3) encore winning the 9-11 PM time period.

Comments (12)