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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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.

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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 … Read More »

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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 … 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 Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Hits Low, ‘SYTYCD’ & ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ Down, ‘Big Brother’ Ties Series Low

It was almost all reality all the time last night in primetime. In fact, unscripted TV made up all the originals that were on Tuesday night and there were some heavyweights in the ring together. With Big Brother (1.8/5) on Tuesdays for the first time this summer, the veteran … Read More »

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‘Afghanistan’s Got Talent’ Is Latest Local Version In Simon Cowell Franchise

FremantleMedia and Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment are hitting a milestone with the latest local adaptation of their Got Talent format. In what the companies claim is a record for a talent show, the franchise will … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Hits Low, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ & ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ Rise

The NBA and NHL playoffs are over and The Voice has wrapped for the season, but the network reality battles were in full flight last night. Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (1.6/5) had its first live show of the summer season. With the Top 20 dancers making their moves and Wayne Brady joining Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy at the judges’ table, the two-hour show rose 14% from last week. That wasn’t the only double-digit rise for SYTYCD — the show was up 16% in viewers to 4.4 million. After being off for three weeks because of the NBA Finals, Extreme Weight Loss (1.2/4) packed on some ratings pounds in its return. Tied with its May 28 premiere for a season high, the two-hour show was up 20% from its June 4 show. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Finale On Par With Last Spring Against Big NBA Game

By | Wednesday June 19, 2013 @ 8:13am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: It was great news all around for ABC last night. First, the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs staged an overtime thriller that scored a 14.7 overnight rating, up 29% from Game 5, the second-highest-rated … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBA Finals Game 3 Down, ‘The Voice’ Hits All-Time Low, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Steady

Between basketball and the reality shows there was a lot of competition on TV on Tuesday — literally and figuratively. With 11.95 million watching, the San Antonio Spurs thrashed the Miami Heat 113-77 last night in Game 3 of the NBA Finals with the third-largest margin of victory in Finals history. But ABC still took a tumble: Tuesday’s 9-11:45 PM ET game posted a 10.0 overnight rating, down from the 10.4 result of last year’s Game 3, when the Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on June 17. Meanwhile, the live one-hour semifinal results show of NBC’s The Voice (2.7/9) also wobbled last night, falling 13% from its June 4 episode to hit an all-time low for the show excluding recaps.

Last night’s Heat-Spurs game hit a 37.5 local market rating in San Antonio, marking the best local rating of the 2013 NBA Finals so far; the game drew a 28.4 in the Miami market. The series is averaging a 10.3 overnight rating so far, down from the 11.3 last year’s series had at this point. In primetime fast nationals, the NBA Finals Game 3 (4.9/14) was down 14% from last year’s Game 3 between the Heat and Thunder. Typical of live events, expect adjustments in the final numbers later today. The Spurs lead the series 2-1, with the next game Thursday.

Before the game, ABC aired Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night (2.4/8) and NBA Countdown (2.3/7). In fast nationals, the former was up 26% against the comparable night last year while the latter was down 12%. In overnight ratings, though, Countdown was up 46% from the comparable night during last year’s Finals with a 3.8 vs. 2012’s 2.6. ABC won the night in adults 18-49, with NBC tops in viewers.  Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Hits Premiere Low, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Down, ‘Voice’ Falls To New Low

By | Wednesday June 5, 2013 @ 8:49am PDT

It was reality Tuesday on TV last night where everything original was unscripted. Back on Tuesdays after debuting on a Monday last season, America’s Got Talent (3.1/9) returned at 9 PM for … Read More »

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‘America’s Got Talent’s 3 Votes Rule; New Judges Heidi Klum & Mel B Defend Their “Honesty”: NBC Press Day

By | Monday April 22, 2013 @ 4:54pm PDT

Diane Haithman is a Deadline contributor.

When America’s Got Talent returns on June 4, we know there will four judges instead of the former three. Replacing Sharon Osbourne alongside Howard Stern and Howie Mandel are Heidi Klum and Mel B. But at today’s NBC Press Day, co-host Mandel revealed another wrinkle: It will now take three votes, not two, for a contestant to go through. “Two people like it and two people hate it, that’s a no,” Mandel said. “Two yeses go home”. And will it be tougher to get those three votes now that Heidi and Mel have replaced Osbourne? Klum is, after all, noted for her hard-edged phrase: “You are out!” on Project Runway. And Mel B.’s name has popped up in the press more than once for being booed by audiences during the live competition rounds. Read More »

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NBC Sets Summer Premiere Dates For Bear Grylls Reality Series & ‘American Ninja Warrior’, Scripted Series ‘Camp’ & ‘Save Me’

By | Monday April 15, 2013 @ 3:02pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has firmed up its summer schedule, setting premiere dates and slots for four more series, unscripted Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls and American Ninja Warrior and scripted Camp and Save Me.

As previously announced, America’s Got Talent returns for an eighth season on Tuesday, June 4. The veteran variety series will add Wednesday 9-10 PM editions on July 10 when it will be followed by the premiere of Camp, a new summer lower-budget dramedy set at a summer camp, shot in Australia and featuring all-Australian cast. Airing in the Wednesday 10 PM slot, it stars Rachel Griffiths and hails from creators Liz Heldens and Peter Elkoff, Matchbox Pictures and BermanBraun. Read More »

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NBC Announces ‘America’s Got Talent’ Return Date & Season Finales

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 1:16pm PDT

With new judges Heidi Klum and former Spice Girl Mel B joining Howard Stern and Howie Mandel, America’s Got Talent will return for its eighth season June 4, NBC said today. Live episodes will start July … Read More »

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Heidi Klum To Join ‘America’s Got Talent’ As Fourth Judge

By | Monday March 4, 2013 @ 6:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE MONDAY 6:30 AMNBC has officially announced Heidi Klum as a new judge on America‘s Got Talent, marking – marking the first time that the summer series reality has added a fourth judge. “As we look to develop an act that will get the world’s attention, we and the contestants will benefit from Heidi’s international sensibility and understanding of what works in today’s global entertainment industry,” NBC’s head of alternative Paul Telegdy said.

PREVIOUS SUNDAY 1 PM: NBC is expanding the judging panel of America’s Got Talent to four judges with the addition of Project Runway host Heidi Klum for the upcoming eighth season. NBC is expected to make an official announcement soon. Klum joins returning judges Howie Mandel and Howard Stern and new judge Melanie Brown aka Mel B. For its first seven seasons, AGT had a three-person judging panel, most recently with Stern, Mandel and Sharon Osbourne last season. Read More »

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‘America’s Got Talent’ Adds Spice Girl Mel B To Replace Sharon Osbourne

By | Wednesday February 20, 2013 @ 5:59pm PST

Looks like America’s Got Talent is sticking with the Brit – or at least one Brit. NBC has confirmed that Spice Girl Mel B will be replacing departing judge Sharon Osbourne on the series this season. … Read More »

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Howie Mandel To Return To ‘America’s Got Talent’

By | Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 2:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Howie Mandel will re-join Howard Stern at the judging panel for the upcoming season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. The network has confirmed that Mandel is set for his fourth stint as a judge on … Read More »

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