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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘MasterChef’ Hits Season Low But Fox Wins Night, ‘America’s Got Talent’ & ‘Big Brother’ Rise, ‘The Lookout’ Finale Up Big

By | Thursday September 5, 2013 @ 9:03am PDT

Things got very hot in the kitchen last night on MasterChef (2.0/6) as the last four contestants were sliced to the final two. Not sure if it was “The most. Explosive. Episode in history” as Gordon Ramsay’s voice-over promised, but for wannabe winners Luca Manfe and Natasha Crnjac it must have been a nail-biter as they head toward next week’s Season 4 finale. The two-hour MasterChef dropped 13 from its August 28 show, a season low for the fourth cycle’s two-hour block. Even so, Fox took the top spot in adults 18-49 on Wednesday with a 2.0/6 rating. That marks the 13th of the past 16 Wednesdays that Fox has won the demo with MasterChef this summer. On the viewership side, NBC was No. 1 with 6.519 million watching. NBC came in second in the key demo with a 1.6/5 rating, while CBS took No. 2 among viewers with 5.681 million. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Wins Night With Rising ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ Finale Even, ‘Capture’ Hits Low

Summer has come to an end and so did Season 3 of Extreme Weight Loss (1.2/4) last night. True to its name, the ABC reality show saw this year’s winner drop a record-breaking amount of weight, losing half his poundage. On the other hand, the 8-10 PM finale remained even with last week’s show and the 1.2/3 of last year’s 9-11 PM season ender on August 19, 2012. In terms of viewers, last night’s season finale got the best numbers since this year’s debut May 28 with 4.1 million tuning in. It was up 11% from the viewership of last year’s finale. Overall, this season of EWL has essentially been on par with Season 2 among adults 18-49, both of which were down from Season 1.

It was week 2 of the semifinals on America’s Got Talent (2.3/7) last night. The live one-hour show had Howard Stern in a three-piece suit and tie, host Nick Cannon in an unusually understated tux and another dozen acts trying to make it through to snag that $1 million prize and a headlining spot performing in Las Vegas. The most watched and highest-rated show of the night, AGT bopped up 5% from last week’s Tuesday series low. NBC took the top spots in both the demo and viewership with a 1.9/6 and 7.119 million watching, respectively. Univision was No. 2 among adults 18-49 on Tuesday with a 1.6/5 with an all repeat CBS was second in viewership with 6.968 million watching. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox Wins Night With ‘MasterChef’, ‘Big Brother’ Dips, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Up Slightly

By | Thursday August 29, 2013 @ 9:06am PDT

Last night’s double shot of Fox’s MasterChef saw judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot bring their kids on-air as well as a long-ago filmed cameo by the disgraced Paula Deen rear its head. Even with last week, the 9 PM MasterChef (2.4/7) was again the top show of the night in adults 18-49. As things heated up with the final four heading toward the September 11 season finale, the show was also up 13% in viewers to 6.3 million. Back after a month and a half, the 8 PM MasterChef (2.0/7) slipped 9% from its previous original July 10 but stayed about even with its last viewership numbers with 5.3 million watching. Pulling in a 2.2/7, the two-hour MasterChef block was down 4% overall from its last airing July 10, which scored a 2.3/7. However, with that 2.2/7, Fox won the night in the key demo while NBC was tops in viewers with an audience of 6.402 million. NBC finished a far second in adults 18-49 with a 1.5/5 while Fox was No. 2 in viewers with 5.820 million. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC’s ‘Talent’ Takes Another Tuesday

NBC took Tuesday with America’s Got Talent, coming in 69% ahead of the night’s No. 2-ranked telecast, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. Dance climbed 8% compared to last week in the demo (1.3 rating) and 5% in viewers (4 million). Talent was flat in the demo (2.2 rating) to tie its lowest Tuesday telecast on record, but up a tick in viewers (8.531 million). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox’s ‘MasterChef’ Wins Demo Race For 11th Time In 13 Weeks

By | Thursday August 22, 2013 @ 8:59am PDT

Fox’s MasterChef again took Wednesday night in the 18-49 and 18-34 demos among English-language broadcasters. Fox has ranked tops in 18-49 on 11 of the past 13 Wednesdays, since MasterChef debuted. But NBC won Wednesday in total viewers with America’s Got Talent. Versus same night last year, Talent originals are up 7% in total viewers — 9.2 million compared to 8.6 million last year — but down a tick in the demo year to year, which is typical of an aging competition series. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: NBC First In Key Demos Tuesday With ‘America’s Got Talent’ And ‘Hollywood Game Night’

By | Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 8:47am PDT

NBC finished in first place for the night in every key ratings category Tuesday among English-language broadcast networks. America’s Got Talent was top of the pile by a 69% margin in 18-49 (2.2 rating) over the No. 2-ranked broadcast show, ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss (1.3). And yet, following a repeat of the recently renewed Hollywood Game Night, Talent scored its lowest-rated Tuesday telecast ever, –8% from last week. An encore Hollywood Game Night (1.0 at 8 PM) grew in its second half-hour to pull within a tenth of a point of originals of So You Think You Can Dance and Extreme Weight Loss for the 8:30-9 PM half-hour (to a 1.1 vs. 1.2s that half-hour for SYTYCD and EWL). ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss scored its top rating in more than a year in the demo, pulling in a bigger rating then did Fox’s two-hour So You Think You Can Dance for the first time; Dance was down a tenth of a rating point week-to-week. ABC’s fat farm series grew in each half-hour of its telecast, rising by double digits from start to finish in viewers (11%) and in the demo (27%). NBC took primetime with a 1.8 rating and 6.7 million viewers. Fox followed in the demo with a 1.2 rating; CBS finished second among all viewers with 6.3 million tuned in.

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Masterchef’ Whips Up Ratings Win For Fox

By | Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT

Fox’s Masterchef Wednesday finished first in the demo (1.6 rating), while America’s Got Talent put NBC in the front seat with overall viewers (6.3 million). At 8 PM, CBS’s Big Brother led the pack in the demo (2.0 rating) and viewers (6.2 million). At 8:30 PM BB hung on to its demo lead (1.9 rating) but NBC’s America’s Got Talent rerun took over with viewers of all ages (6.1 million). When BB wrapped for the night on broadcast, Fox’s Masterchef assumed the top spot in the demo (2.1 rating), conceding total viewers to Talent (9 million). Same story at 9:30 PM with slightly different stats: Masterchef 2.3 rating, Talent 9.6 million viewers – making it the night’s most watched program with an average of 9.3 million viewers overall, though it hit a season low in NBC’s key sales demo.

At 10, CBS and NBC tied in the demo (1.1 rating) but CBS’s CSI rerun (6.2 million) outstripped NBC’s Camp (4.3 million) overall. That gap widened at 10:30 and CSI also took over in the demo (1.1 rating) when Camp slipped to a 0.9.

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Ratings Rat Race: NBC’s ‘Talent’ Tops

By | Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 8:55am PDT

NBC took Tuesday primetime in the demo (1.9) and total viewers (6.9 million). That’s mostly thanks to America’s Got Talent (2.4 rating, 8.5 million viewers overall) which was the night’s No. 1 broadcast of the night in both categories, logging  an 85% lead over the No. 2-ranked show in the demo. That said, the talent show tied its season low. At 8 PM, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance won in demo (1.3) and CBS’s NCIS rerun had the tonnage (8 million viewers). At 8:30 PM, Dance continued its demo win (1.4) and NCIS kept older viewers happy (7.9 million). At 9 PM, NBC’s America’s Got Talent took over on both counts (2.2 rating, 8.3 million viewers). Same story at 9:30 (2.3, 8.7 million), at 10 (2.5 rating, 8.7 million), and 10:30 (2.4 rating, 8.4 million).

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Wins Night With ‘America’s Got Talent,’ ‘Big Brother’ Even, ‘Camp’ Up, ‘MasterChef’ Dips

By | Thursday August 8, 2013 @ 8:55am PDT

After the usual recap show (1.5/5) at 8 PM, Wednesday’s live America’s Got Talent (2.5/7) got down to the business of elimination at 9 PM as another round of 12 were cut down to four. With a performance by Jason Derulo and a very bright suit worn by host Nick Cannon, the American Spouses Choir, singer Jonathan Allen, dancer/martial artist Kenichi Ebina and dance troupe Chicago Boyz all made the cut and moved on to this season’s semifinals. AGT itself made the cut too with a 4% rise from its season low July 31 show. As is typical with live shows like last night’s AGT was on the East Coast, expect an adjustment later in the final numbers. The highest-rated and most watched show of the night with 10.03 million viewers, Wednesday’s AGT was up a solid 25% from the comparable results show from last year on July 18, 2012. AGT’s lead-out Camp (1.2/4) also saw a rise. The Australian dramedy was up 9% among adults 18-49 for a three-week high of its own. NBC won the night among adults 18-49 with a 1.7/5 and in total viewers with 6.790 million watching. Fox was No. 2 in the demo on Wednesday with a 1.6/5 while CBS was second in viewers with an audience of 5.628 million. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Down, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Dips, ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ Ties High, ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ Up

There were no original dramas in primetime last night but there was a lot of drama on TV. With two more contestants eliminated Tuesday, they’re down to the Top 10 on So You Think You Can Dance (1.3/4). Choreographer Kenny Ortega joined Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy at the judge’s table as the two-hour show saw Malece Miller and Alan Bersten sent home. While dipping a bit to 4.04 million viewers, SYTYCD also saw a drop of 13% from its July 30 among adults 18-49.

Over on NBC, America’s Got Talent (2.5/7) also saw a bit of a downward turn. The live two-hour third round of contestants trying to get in the semifinals slipped 7% from last week’s show. However, AGT was still the highest rated and most watched show of the night with 6.29 million viewers. In their 9 PM to 10 PM match-up hour, AGT triumphed over SYTYCD with the NBC show garnering a 2.3 rating over the Fox show’s 1.3 rating result among adults 18-49. The former had 8.800 million viewers to the latter’s 3.714 million. NBC won the night among adults 18-49 with a 2.0/6 and in terms of total viewers with 7.433 million watching. Univision came in second in the demo with a 1.3/4 while an all repeat and Time Warner Cable blacked out in NY, LA and Dallas CBS came in second in viewers with 6.251 million watching.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Hits Low, ‘MasterChef’ Dips, ‘Big Brother’ Down, ‘Camp’ Rises

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 8:51am PDT

With Hell’s Kitchen having wrapped up its latest season last week, Fox is down to only one Gordon Ramsay show on the air right now. Not that things have simmered much on MasterChef (2.2/7) with Ramsay and fellow judges Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich, with last night’s show slipping a mere 4% from its July 24 airing. The second-highest-rated show of Wednesday’s primetime among adults 18-49, the 9 PM one-hour MasterChef saw former NFL player Eddie Johnson eliminated as the fourth season of the cooking competition trimmed to six remaining contestants. MasterChef will conclude its Season 4 with a winner September 11.

It was results night on America’s Got Talent (2.3/7) again and eight acts saw their dreams of that $1 million prize and Vegas show come to an end. Following a performance recap show, last night’s live AGT saw Robin Thicke and Brad Paisley take the stage at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall and four contestants move on to the semifinals. Even with last week’s fast nationals results, last night’s AGT dipped 4% from the final numbers of its July 23 show to hit a season low. Having said that, last night’s second results show was the night’s highest-rated and most-watched show. It was also up 15% from the comparable episode last year on July 11, 2012. As is common with live shows, expect to see an adjustment in the final numbers later today. AGT was followed by a new Camp (1.2/4). The freshman Australian dramedy was dramatically up double digits from last week’s show with a 20% rise in 18-49. NBC won the night in the demo with a 1.7/5 and in total viewers with 6.909 million. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Wins Night With ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Even, ‘Capture’ Debuts Steady

It’s hard to tell what was more effusive on America’s Got Talent (2.7/8) last night – Howard Stern’s praise for back-flipping shirtless sword swallower Alexandr Magala or host Nick Cannon’s outfit. What is certain is that the two-hour live semifinals show from NYC’s Radio City Music Hall delivered the night to NBC. America’s Got Talent was Tuesday’s highest-rated and most-watched show (9.66 million viewers), dipping just 4% from its July 23 episode, which was the season’s first live show. The network won the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers with 7.642 million watching.

On Fox, they were pitch perfect on So You Think You Can Dance (1.4/5). Starting at 8 PM, that live two-hour show saw actress Anna Kendrick join Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe as guest judge as the Top 12 contestants strutted their stuff. In the 9 PM hour, where AGT and SYTYCD went head-to-head, the NBC show pulled in a 2.6 compared with the dance competition’s 1.4. Still, the night’s second-highest-rated show remained even with last week. Extreme Weight Loss (1.1/4) was also even with its July 23 episode. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RATE: ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘Camp’ Drop, ‘Masterchef’ Inches Up

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 8:57am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After hitting a high note with its first live show Tuesday, NBC’s America’s Got Talent hit a low one with its first live result show last night — as in a season low. The 9-10 PM telecast drew a 2.3/7 in adults 18-49, down 21% from last week but even with the same episode last year. Subsequently, AGT‘s lead-out, summer dramedy Camp (1.1/3), fell 15% from last week. Meanwhile, Fox’s Masterchef (2.3/7) was up a tenth from last Wednesday and led Fox to a nightly win in the 18-49 demo as it only aired two hours of primetime programming, along with a Masterchef recap (1.2/4). NBC also had an AGT recap at 8 PM (1.6/5). CBS’ Big Brother (2.2/8) was flat. Still pretty good to see three broadcast programs post demo ratings over 2 on a summer night. ABC’s The Lookout (0.8/3) was even with last week following comedy repeats.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Climbs, ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ Slides

By | Wednesday July 24, 2013 @ 9:40am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC won last night paced by summer staple America’s Got Talent (2.8/8 in adults 18-49, 10.2 million viewers), which was the top program of the night by a wide margin. In fact, this was the best non-sports 18-49 delivery for an English-language broadcaster in more than a month, since The Voice finale on June 18.

After a great start last week, the CW‘s revival of Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.9/3, 2.4 million) dropped 18% to still respectable numbers. Whose Line dwarfed its companion, Perfect Score (0.3/1, 950,000), down 25% (.1) from its premiere last Tuesday. Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (1.4/4) was down a tenth from the last original two weeks ago. ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss (1.1/4) was flat with last week, while the latest Royal baby special logged a 0.9/3 at 10 PM.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ESPYS Up, ‘MasterChef’ Slips, ‘Big Brother’ Rises Slightly, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Even

By | Thursday July 18, 2013 @ 9:09am PDT

On the eve of the Emmy nominations and with the ESPYS over on ESPN, it was relatively quiet on the Big 4 on Wednesday. On ESPN, the Jon Hamm-hosted sports award show was up 19% over last year with a 1.9 overnight rating. With a repeat of the Gordon Ramsay-led reality show kicking off Fox’s night, a one-hour MasterChef (2.1/7) at 9 PM was the network’s sole offering last night. A Mystery Box Challenge win by former NFL player Eddie Jackson shook things up as the show slimmed things down to eight remaining contestants. Tied with Big Brother for being second highest rated show of the night, MasterChef dipped 9% on Wednesday from its July 10 show but stayed steady in viewership with 5.55 million watching.

CBS’s only original of the night was Big Brother (2.1/8). The reality series was also up a 5% notch from last week among adults 18-49 and saw a 6% rise is viewers to 6.31 million. ABC was all encores except for a new Nightline: The Lookout (0.8/2) that was up a tenth form the low it hit last week. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: MLB All-Star Game A Win For Fox, ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ & “Perfect Score’ Debut Strong

By | Wednesday July 17, 2013 @ 9:05am PDT

After three losing years, the American League beat the National League 3-0 last night in the MLB All-Star Game (2.9/9). That wasn’t the only win as the Yankees’ Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect 8th inning in the game too and Fox took the night among adults 18-49 and total viewers with 10.28 million watching the game in primetime. As is typical for such live sporting events, expect an adjustment in the numbers later today but as it stands right now last night’s All-Star Game is even with fast nationals from last year’s match-up.

Related: Fox Using MLB All-Star Game To (Sorta) Promote Its Fall  Primetime Sked

Almost a decade after Whose Line Is It Anyway? wrapped up its run on ABC, the improv comedy series started its new life on The CW last night. Aisha Tyler of The Talk takes over as host for this 12-episode season but Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady and Ryan Stiles were back. And out of the gate, WLIIA is working for the CW. The 8 PM premiere of WLIIA (1.1/4) was up a whooping 120% from the 0.5/2 of last summer’s Oh Sit premiere on August 15, 2012. The show was the CW’s most watched unscripted premiere since The Pussycat Dolls Present debuted back on March 6, 2007 and delivered the network its best 18-49 result since February 1, 2011. Read More »

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NBC Sets September ‘America’s Got Talent’ Finale

By | Thursday July 11, 2013 @ 1:59pm PDT

Judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Melanie Brown and Howie Mandel will bring Season 8 of America’s Got Talent to an end on September 18, NBC announced today. The Nick Cannon-hosted competition series will wrap up its current cycle crowning a winner in a two-hour live show from NYC’s Radio City Music Hall. Down this year but still a dominating presence on NBC’s schedule, AGT is produced by Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America with Simon Cowell, Jason Raff, Sam Donnelly, Trish Kinane and Rob Wade the executive producers. The network also announced that reality show American Ninja Warrior and freshman faux reality series Siberia will end their seasons with one-hour episodes September 16.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘MasterChef’ Down, ‘Big Brother’ Up, ‘Camp’ Debuts Soft, ‘American Baking Competition’ Finale Even

By | Thursday July 11, 2013 @ 9:01am PDT

Having taken a week off for the 4th of July holiday, MasterChef (2.1/7) came back with its kitchen knives sharpened last night. There was a Mexican Freshness Challenge and a guest judge appearance by Eva Longoria joining Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot as the show went head-to-head with America’s Got Talent in its second hour. The Fox cooking competition also saw its contestants trimmed down to the final 9 and its pull among adults 18-49 drop 13% from its June 26 show. However, Fox still won the night among the key demo as NBC took the top spot among overall viewers.

And NBC had a lot of talent on TV last night – by that I mean America’s Got Talent. First there was an AGT encore at 8 PM (1.3/5) and then the first Wednesday edition of this season ran at 9 PM (2.7/8). Up 4% from its July 2 show, not only was the original AGT the top rated and most watched (6.2 million) show of the night but it was NBC’s best result in the slot since November 28, 2012 when the network ran a two-hour Saturday Night Live Christmas special that got a 2.8 in the hour. After that, NBC debuted the Australian dramedy Camp (1.5/5) at 10PM. With a big drop off from it’s AGT lead-in in both the key demo and overall viewers (5.22 million), the soft kick-off … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Even, ‘Off Their Rockers’ Up Big, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Sees Slight Rise, ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ Up

It’s almost a rule of reality thumb – put Paula Abdul on a judging panel and you are guaranteed to see some sparks. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite turn out that way ratingswise for So You Think You Can Dance (1.5/5) last night on Fox. The former American Idol judge and choreographer joined Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, as well as fellow guest judge Erin Andrews on the dance competition show on Tuesday but the ratings on the two-hour broadcast stayed flat with last week as one dancer was eliminated and one withdrew.

Related: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Turns To Paula Abdul For Ratings Jolt

There were no guest judges but there was a slight upward turn on America’s Got Talent (2.5/7) on Tuesday. The highest rated and most watched show of the night with 9.49 million viewers, the two-hour AGT was up 4% from last week’s season low. That was slim pickings compared to the rise of Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (1.0/3) at 8:30 PM. After hitting a series low on July 2, the season finale of the hidden camera show was up 25% this week. While last night’s finale was down 33% among adults 18-49 from the season ender on May 23 last year, it is important to note that last year had an original lead-in, unlike last night, and was in-season. Having said that, Read More »

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