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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Steady In Move, Boosts ‘Taxi Brooklyn’; ‘Extant’ & ‘Motive’ Fall

By | Thursday July 24, 2014 @ 9:14am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Steady In Move, Boosts ‘Taxi Brooklyn’; ‘Extant’ & ‘Motive’ FallThe competitive landscape on Wednesday changed last night when NBC’s summer flagship America’s Got Talent relocated its original telecasts there from Tuesdays. In its first outing on the new night, the talent competition series drew a 2.3 in adults 18-49 from 8-10 PM, down just a tenth from its last Tuesday airing. Interestingly, the increased reality competition seemed to boost the other 8 PM unscripted offerings — both CBS’ Big Brother (2.3) and Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (1.1) were up from last Wednesday by 10%. Big Brother tied AGT as the highest-rated program of the night in 18-49. The arrival of AGT had a major impact on the race at 10 PM. With an original AGT lead-in vs. a repeat previously, NBC’s acquired drama Taxi Brooklyn (1.1) shot up 38% to a series high. That pushed down the other two original dramas in the 10 PM hour. In Week 3, CBS’ Extant (1.1) was down 27% from last Wednesday, while ABC’s Canadian import Motive (0.6) was down 25%. Both series hit lows. NBC won the night in 18-49 (1.9) and total viewers (8.6 million).

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Steady, ‘Food Fighters’ Debuts Soft, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Falls

By | Wednesday July 23, 2014 @ 8:46am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Steady, ‘Food Fighters’ Debuts Soft, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ FallsLittle person, big voice. The vocal gymnastics of 11-year old Mara Justine on a Whitney Houston tune proved to be a big success with the judges on America’s Got Talent (2.4/8) last night. While the Garden State native isn’t America’s next sweetheart yet, making it as one of the contestants to get through Judgment Week on the 2-hour NBC competition show on Tuesday certainly moved her a step towards that goal. Her next stop is of course the live shows at Radio City Music Hall where things will really heat up on AGT. Not that things weren’t hot last night with candidates in six categories like kid singers, magic and comedy competed to progress to those live shows. And that was OK for AGT. Back after weeks of repeats and recap specials, the show dipped 8% from it last original on July 1. On a night of scant original competition, the 2-hour AGT was the top rated and most watched show of the night with 10.3 million viewers.

Leading into AGT last night, NBC had the debut of Food Fighters (1.0/4) at 8 PM. Unlike his now postponed new Travel Channel series, this Adam Richman-hosted show went ahead despite the controversy over some of his comments on social media. Maybe that wasn’t the best idea as the cook-off game show was down 23% from the premiere of the comparable Hollywood Game Night on July 11 last year on NBC.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Night Shift’ Dips In Finale, Fox Wins Night With MLB All-Star Game, ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ Drops

By | Wednesday July 16, 2014 @ 9:20am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Night Shift’ Dips In Finale, Fox Wins Night With MLB All-Star Game, ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ DropsYes, we are already that far into the summer that seasonal shows are having their finales. Last night it was NBC freshman drama The Night Shift (1.2/4) taking its turn. Having debuted on May 27 and renewed fairly quickly for a second season on July 1, the medical show dipped 8% last night among adults 18-49 compared with its July 8 episode. With battle memories and scars, the finale was down 25% from the 1.6 its premiere drew in late May. Night Shift’s lead-in was an America’s Got Talent (2.0/7) audition recap special. The two-hour show was down 23% from the last original AGT on Tuesdays, which got a 2.6.

85th MLB All Star GameOf course, the really big game of the night was the baseball’s All Star-Game (3.0/10) on Fox. Final numbers will come from Fox Sports later today, but in preliminary ratings, last night’s victory by the American League over the National League at Target Field in Minneapolis was a bit of a repeat of last year. The game itself was up 3% from the July 16, 2013 match-up. This being live sports, expect the numbers to be adjusted later today. Last year’s game ended up averaging a 6.9/12 in the final numbers. Needless to say, even with the preliminary ratings, Fox won the night in the demo and among total viewers with 10,95 million.

Batting up against the All-Star Game, ABC had a full primetime of originals with Extreme Weight Loss (0.9/3) and Celebrity Wife Swap (1.0/3). … 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’s ‘The Night Shift’ Clocks 25% Ratings Spike After Second-Season Renewal News

By | Wednesday July 2, 2014 @ 9:20am PDT

Ratings Rat Race: NBC’s ‘The Night Shift’ Clocks 25% Ratings Spike After Second-Season Renewal NewsThe same day NBC announced it had picked up The Night Shift for a second season, the hospital drama jumped 25% from last week – from a 1.2 to a 1.5 demo rating– solidifying its 10 PM timeslot dominance. It was the night’s second highest-rated program, behind only its lead-in, America’s Got Talent (2.6/9). The Night Shift ginned up its biggest overall crowd (7.164 million viewers) since its May 27 premiere (7.669 million).

Fueling The Night Shift, America’s Got Talent was even with its most recent original in the time period (a repeat aired in the slot last week), beating its combined competition in the demo, while inching up from same night last year’s 2.4 demo ratings. NBC wound up with a 2.2/8 for the primetime night, and 9.686 million viewers. Next best was CBS tied with ABC, at 0.9/3 for the night. CBS clocked 6.22 million viewers to ABC’s 3.139 mil. CBS relied on repeats of NCIS (1.0/4, 9.967 million viewers), NCIS: LA (0.8/3, 11.927 million ), and Person Of Interest (0.7/2, 4.849 million). ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss, meanwhile, shed 10% of last week’s demo rating, for a slimmed down 0.9.3 (3.753 million viewers), after which Celebrity Wife Swap slipped 31% from last week, to a 0.9/3 (3.010 million).
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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Big Brother’ Comes Back Bigger

Ratings Rat Race: ‘Big Brother’ Comes Back BiggerCBS’s Big Brother posted year-to-year gains in viewers (6.64 million), adults 18-49 (2.3) and 18-34 (1.6) in its 8-9 PM season debut Wednesday — not surprisingly finishing as the night’s most watched program in overall audience and in both demos. Followed by reruns of Criminal Minds (1.3/4, 6.17 million) and CSI (0.8/3, 5.35 million), the network took Wednesday.

NBC’s two-hour America’s Got Talent repeat (1.3/5, 6.2 million viewers) gave BB its stiffest competition in overall crowd, but Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (1.4/5, 4.38 million) came closest in the demo, though Dance was down 18% from last week’s season high in adults 18-49 (while managing to hand Fox a win in all key female brackets). Talent, meanwhile, churned up NBC’s biggest overall audience in its slot since April 9.
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Ratings Rat Race: NBC Dominates With ‘America’s Got Talent’ Repeat

Ratings Rat Race: NBC Dominates With ‘America’s Got Talent’ RepeatAn encore America’s Got Talent finished first last night among broadcast programs in every key demo. The AGT rerun (1.9/7) retained 90% of the episode’s original run on Sunday, and matched its highest rating for a repeat since May 2012.  In total viewers (7.899 million), it was AGT‘s most watched repeat in three years.

ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap was the night’s closest competitor (1.3/4), winning its 10 PM slot by beating NBC’s AGT-fueled Night Shift (1.3/4 vs 1.2/4) with its second highest rating in a year, including an 18% pop with women 18-34 (though it dropped a tick in the demo from its most recent original episode — last week’s was a repeat). Wife Swap’s lead-in, Extreme Weight Loss (1.0/3), rose 25% week-to-week.

NBC took the night with a 1.7/6, followed by ABC’s 1.1/4. CBS’ night of NCIS franchise reruns finished third (0.9/3), followed by Fox’s comedy rerun lineup (0.6/2); the CW (0.2/1) was a few laps back.

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Ratings Rat Race: NBC’s ‘Talent’ Takes The Night; CW’s ‘Famous’ Falters

Ratings Rat Race: NBC’s ‘Talent’ Takes The Night; CW’s ‘Famous’ FaltersNBC’s America’s Got Talent (2.6/9 in 18-49, 11.3 million viewers from 8-10:01 p.m. ET) continues to dominate Tuesday nights, retaining 100% of last week’s demo rating –  though that had been the franchise’s smallest tally so far this edition. Talent won the time period among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in every key measure, and grew steadily throughout its two hours, by 32% in 18-49 the demo and nearly 2 million overall viewers. After Talent, Night Shift slid 7% (1.4/5, 6.6 million viewers).

CBS’ NCIS (0.9/3, 7.8 million viewers), NSIC: LA (0.9/3, 6.3 million viewers), and Person of Interest (0.8/3, 5.2 million viewers) all were repeats, but managed to finish No. 2 in their slots. ABC’s Tuesday slate should probably get a pass, since it was scheduled on short-ish notice, after the NBA Finals concluded Sunday night and made a Tuesday Game 6 unnecessary. That said, two hours of original Extreme Weight Loss logged a third-placed 0.8/3 (3.0 million viewers) at 8 PM and 0.8/3 (2.7 million viewers) at 9 PM.

Fox’s Family Guy repeat (0.8/3, 1.7 million viewers) was competitive at 8 PM – far less so the network’s live-action comedy reruns that followed, including back-to-back Brooklyn Nine-Nine episodes (0.4/2, 1.0 million viewers and 0.5/2, 1.2 million viewers) and The Mindy Project (0.4/1, 1.1 million viewers).

CW’s Famous in 12 (0.2/1, 628,000 viewers) — in which one lucky family seeks fame in 12 weeks with the help of TMZ — plunged 33% from previous week. From that lousy launchpad,  Supernatural (0.3/1, … Read More »

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Game On: NBC Throws ‘America’s Got Talent’, Daredevils Against ABC’s ‘Rising Star’ Premiere

By | Tuesday June 17, 2014 @ 6:13pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Game On: NBC Throws ‘America’s Got Talent’, Daredevils Against ABC’s ‘Rising Star’ PremiereNBC is taking new ABC singing competition Rising Star very seriously, using heavy artillery against the debut of the new reality series this weekend. NBC has slotted an original of its strongest summer series, veteran America’s Got Talent, which airs Tuesdays, directly opposite the two-hour premiere of Rising Star from 9-11 PM on Sunday. But the Peacock didn’t stop here: NBC just announced a special daredevil stunt throughout Sunday night, which is being billed as “Show-Stopping Sunday.”

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agtmanelBoth stunts, hosted by AGT judge Howie Mandel, will aim at breaking Guinness world records — for fastest jump over three moving cars and the highest shallow dive into fire. They will be chronicled in the form of interstitials that will air during American Ninja Warrior, which airs from 7-9 PM and AGT from 9-11 PM. Such stunting is vintage Jeff Bader. One of his first moves after jumping from ABC to NBC to head scheduling in 2012 was to add a third, Wednesday installment of The Voice‘s premiere week to go head-to-head against the hyped Season 2 premiere of Fox’s The X Factor that introduced new judge Britney Spears. The stunt didn’t go very well with X Factor boss Simon Cowell, who called it “a cynical, cold-hearted, unprofessional way of doing business.” But it worked in taking sizzle away from the X Factor debut. Read More »

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Reality Check: Trish Kinane On ‘American Idol’ Ratings, Simon Cowell & Harry Connick Jr & The Next Big Thing

Trish Kinane Photo Credit: Michael Becker/FOXSome people truly love a challenge. When FremantleMedia named Trish Kinane the President of Entertainment Programming, North America in July 2012, the Brit reality veteran not only took over executive producer duties on Fox’s American Idol but also The X Factor and NBC’s America’s Got Talent. In short, mega-properties each. Since then Idol has gone through a number of changes, Simon Cowell’s X Factor has closed up shop in the U.S., and AGT has come back this season solid.  Formerly Fremantle’s president of worldwide entertainment and based in the UK, Kinane comes from both the indie and network world with tenure at Action Time and Channel 4. The EP of two of the heavyweights of reality TV believes Idol took a hit from the Winter Olympics on NBC, that honestly is the best policy for judges, and that tech made Idol possible. She also has something new cooking, maybe the next big thing.

DEADLINE: Last year at a speech at NAB, you spoke of Idol as being the gold-standard show in terms of format and how the series was one of the first to adapt interactivity with viewers since it debuted in the summer of 2002. A lot has changed since Idol premiered.
TRISH KINANE: I think Idol is the, sort of, classic gold-standard format, in terms of these music shows, and I still do. It’s the simple story, it’s the simple transition of a kid from nowhere who comes through the process, and ends up, hopefully, not always, but often, in the case of Idol, having a career. AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Logo.Having said that, you know, you’ve got to do things, you’ve got to keep it fresh, you’ve got to try to keep it relevant. Last year, there were problems with the panel, which I think were fairly public, so we put a new panel in place. The panel for the last season has been incredibly successful. We wanted people who knew what they were talking about, people who had a right to be there, people who could offer genuine advice to these kids, people who really cared about these kids, and I think in Harry, Keith, and Jennifer, we’ve absolutely got that.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBA Finals Game 3 Inches Up, ‘Talent’ Slips, ‘Night Shift’ Steady

By | Wednesday June 11, 2014 @ 8:43am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

nbagame32014The San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat continue to follow the script of their NBA Finals showdown last year, with the Spurs winning Game 3 last night to take a 2-1 lead in the series. The game on ABC drew a 10.3 overnight rating in the metered market households, up a tenth from Game 2 and up 3% from last year’s Game 3 as last night’s score, 111-92, was slightly more competitive than Spurs’ 113-77 drubbing of the Heat in 2013. ABC is projected to easily win the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ Beats Combined Competition, ABC’s ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Wraps Season With Gains

By | Wednesday June 4, 2014 @ 9:13am PDT

nightshiftWith the No. 1 and No. 2 shows of the night, NBC handily won Tuesday. The network’s America’s Got Talent was the only primetime program to top the 1′s in demo ratings, scoring a 2.8/10 for its two hours. AGT was so dominant it beat combined competition that included ABC Extreme Weight Loss (1.1/4), CBS’ NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles repeats (1.0/4), and Fox’s Riot (0.4/2) and I Wanna Marry ‘Harry’ (0.4/1) combo. AGT retained 93% of previous week’s 3.0 premiere rating, and finished within 0.2 of a point of last year’s second episode, which had aired later in primetime in order to enjoy a The Voice lead-in.

NBC’s The Night Shift (1.5/5), while losing more than a ratings point off its AGT lead-in, did retain 94% of its previous week’s premiere, which had been NBC’s top summer drama debut in five years. Fox’s Riot, meanwhile, tumbled 33% from the previous week, though it held steady in the adult 18-34 demo. I Wanna Marry ‘Harry’ held steady compared to previous week. Read More »

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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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‘America’s Got Talent’ Other Judges Returning To Sit With Howard Stern Next Season

By | Wednesday November 20, 2013 @ 9:46am PST

The news that Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel were returning as judges on NBC‘s summer competition series America’s Got Talent came complete with carefully crafted quotes from the network’s reality-TV chief and the show’s exec producer. The announcement was greeted with — yawns, Stern having 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.” Here’s the full release:

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NEW YORK, NY — Nov. 20, 2013 — Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel are set to return as judges to NBC’s top-rated summer competition series “America’s Got Talent.” Nick Cannon will also return as host.

The announcements were made by Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late-Night Programming, NBC Entertainment.

“Howard, Heidi, Mel and Howie have proven that they are a dynamic quartet of judges who aren’t afraid to share their opinions, while at the same time creating fireworks of their own,” Telegdy said. “Along with Nick serving as an incomparable host, our talent on ‘Talent’ is among the finest on all of television.”

“The judges on ‘America’s Got Talent’ this past season were fun, astute and really knew how to spot talent,” said Trish Kinane, Executive Producer and President of Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America. “We are delighted to have this vibrant group of diverse, discerning personalities returning to take the show to new heights next season.”

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‘Got Talent’ & ‘X Factor’ Franchises Get Global YouTube Channels: Video

FremantleMedia and Simon Cowell and Sony’s Syco Entertainment are launching one-stop-shop YouTube channels for the Got Talent and X Factor franchises. Although the various versions around the world — 55 for Got Talent and 25 for X Factor — have their own dedicated channels, the new outlets will draw fans to a single destination for the first time. That’s eyed as a big opportunity for brands to target a massive worldwide audience in one place. Each channel will curate viral clips from the local shows, which Fremantle and Syco say number in the billions of views per year. The companies will also produce original content including spinoffs and roundups. Here’s a teaser:

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Survivor’ Hits Lowest Fall Debut Ever, ‘X Factor’ Even, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Finale Up Slightly, ‘Big Brother’ Finale Dips

By | Thursday September 19, 2013 @ 9:08am PDT

It was a night of winners and wannabe winners Wednesday, with NBC’s America’s Got Talent (2.5/7) and CBS’ Big Brother (2.4/7) wrapping their latest cycles just in time for the fall season, On CBS it was veterans night as Big Brother’s Season 15 came to an end and Survivor (2.6/8) started its 27th cycle with 90-minute episodes each. After a season marred by racial slurs among its contestants, the Julie Chen-hosted Big Brother found its $500,000 grand prize winner. Although the 9:30-11 PM finale dipped just 4% compared with its Season 14 finale on September 19, 2012 and week-to-week it bopped up 4% from its September 11 show, last night ended up being the show’s lowest finale of the last six seasons. With a few new twists on the formula, Survivor: Blood & Water, on the other hand, took a real tumble compared to its Season 25 opener on September 19, 2012. Marking the show’s 400th episode and the top-rated show of the night, last night’s 8-9:30 PM Survivor fell 19% from its previous fall premiere. That makes last night the show’s lowest fall debut in its long long history. Compared to its 90-minute Season 26 opener on February 13, the Mark Burnett-produced show saw an 8% rise among the key demo. With a 2.5/8 rating CBS won the night among adults 18-49 and NBC topped the night in viewers with 9.203 million.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Decent Openings For ‘Dads’ & ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’, ‘Mindy’ Down

By | Wednesday September 18, 2013 @ 9:27am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Addressing the rampant criticism of Fox’s racy new comedy Dads, Fox chief Kevin Reilly at TCA read a potpourri of scathing reviews CBS megahit The Big Bang Theory had received before its launch. Judging by its opening last night, Dads maybe better compares to another multi-camera sitcom that was universally panned, ABC’s Work It. Fox’s sons-fathers comedy opened with a 2.1/7 in adults 18-49 last night. Given all the backlash and the fact that Dads was a self-starter at 8 PM, that was a decent number, in line with Work It’s debut last year (2.0) and short of Big Bang‘s opening (3.7 in 2007). Fox’s best reviewed new comedy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2.5/8) built on its lead-in, and both Dads and Brooklyn were up from the openers of Raising Hope (1.7) and Ben & Kate (2.1/6) in the 8 PM and 8:30 PM slots last fall. But the latter opened against regular competition while Dads and Brooklyn ran virtually unopposed last night, and Brooklyn boasts popular former SNL star Andy Samberg as the lead. Is their start strong enough to withstand NCIS, boosted by the pending departure of fan favorite cast member Cote de Pablo, and ABC’s heavily promoted Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.? New Girl (2.9/8) was up a tenth from last year’s opener, which aired during premiere week. Meanwhile, despite Fox’s efforts to bring new audiences to The Mindy Project — with a big-for-a-sophomore-series marketing campaign that included early release of the premiere episode online — the off-beat comedy returned to a 1.9/5, down 21% from its series debut last year and the lowest-rated member of Fox’s new Tuesday comedy block. New Girl and Mindy will face The Voice next week. With the all-original lineup, Fox won the night in adults 18-49. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘X Factor’ Hits Series Low With Season 3 Debut, ‘MasterChef’ Finale Dips, ‘Million Second Quiz’ Falls

It was a night of beginnings and endings on Fox on Wednesday. First off, The X Factor (2.1/7) was back for a third season at 8 PM. With an “everything’s good brother” and “that’s the easiest ‘Yes’ I’ve ever given in my life” from Simon Cowell, the show saw returning judge Demi Lovato, new additions Paulina Rubio and Kelly Rowland and a first round of auditions in LA. Hitting a series low and beaten by CBS’ Big Brother (2.2/7) in the time slot, X Factor’s first one-hour premiere also saw the show down 22% in fast nationals from the comparable hour from last year’s September 12, 2012 premiere. The previous low was a 2.3 on November 8, 2012. In comparing premiere to premiere, the 8-9 PM hour of last year’s two-hour debut drew a 2.7/9 in fast nationals, which went up to a 2.9/9 in the final numbers. (Overall, the 8-10 PM start of the second cycle got a 3.3/10 in fast nationals and went up to a 3.4/10 in the finals.) Also, unlike last year, when X Factor matched up against the third episode of Season 3 of The Voice in the 8 PM slot, Season 3 of the Fox show had the much weaker The Million Second Quiz as its competition on NBC. X Factor was down 17% in viewers to 6.2 million from a year ago. Still with a 2.2/7 rating, Fox was No. 1 for the night in adults 18-49 and in viewers with 6.177 million. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Hits Finale Low, ‘Million Second Quiz’ Down As NBC Wins Night

There was no NFL but there was a lot of live TV last night. And not just President Barack Obama’s 15-minute Syria speech that the networks cut to at 9 PM ET. Over on Fox, it was the Season 10 finale of So You Think You Can Dance (1.4/4) from 8-10:30 PM. Interrupted by Obama, the live show saw Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy joined by guest judges Paula Abdul, Rock Of Ages director Adam Shankman and tWitch Boss. It also saw Lythgoe announce on air that SYTYCD will be back for an 11th season and a male and female winner selected. In a season of ratings ups and downs, this year’s finale was down 13% from Season 9’s ender on September 19, 2012, a finale low for the veteran dance show. SYTYCD’s previous finale low was last year, when the show faced off against Week 2 of NBC’s The Voice. Despite the new low, last night’s show was even with its September 3 airing and saw a small 2% rise in viewership to 4.3 million. Because of Obama’s speech, ratings results after 9 PM ET will likely see even greater adjustments than usual in the final numbers later today.

Meanwhile, the second night of NBC’s The Million Second Quiz (1.5/5) saw the 8 PM ET live game show raise the stakes monetarily, some changes on Winner’s Row and that faltering app of theirs function significantly better than on Night 1. Still, the Ryan Seacrest-hosted show took a downward turn, falling 12% from its September 9 debut. 

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