The 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).
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Steady In Move, Boosts ‘Taxi Brooklyn’; ‘Extant’ & ‘Motive’ Fall
It was a half-and-half night among the Big 4 in primetime Sunday. CBS and ABC were almost all originals, while NBC and Fox were all encores. For Big Brother (2.1/8), that literally meant a bit of chess match among the usual housemate intrigue. Although the fourth Sunday broadcast of Season 16 of the vet reality show dipped 5% among adults 18-49 from last week, preliminary ratings have BB as the top-rated show of the night and, with 6.38 million tuning in, the night’s second-most-watched show — following the audience of 7.72 million for a repeat of 60 Minutes (0.9/4) that started the night. New episodes of Unforgettable (1.0/3) and freshman Reckless (0.6/2) followed BB to round out the night. Last night saw another double-digit rise for the Poppy Montgomery starrer as it grew 11% from its July 13 show. The latter took an even bigger jump with a 20% rise from last week, when it was flat with the week before. CBS topped the night in18-49 with a 1.1/4 rating and in total viewers with 6.147 million watching.
Even though it was all repeats, Fox was second in ratings (1.0/4) while ABC was No. 2 in viewers with 4.073 million. With a 1.5/5 rating, Fox’s 9 PM Family Guy encore was the night’s second-highest-rated show.
RATINGS RAT RACE: Univision Wins Primetime Demo, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Rises, ‘Big Brother’ Even, ‘Black Box’ Down
Let’s just call Thursday’s primetime by the moniker “Elimination Night,” why don’t we? Because with a thinning of the contestants on both Hell’s Kitchen (1.7.7) and Big Brother (2.1/8), that’s exactly what was going on for the two top-rated Big 4 shows of the night. While the vet CBS reality show was even with last week, the penultimate episode of Season 12 of Gordon Ramsay’s cooking competition show was up 13% from its July 10 airing. That’s another double-digit rise for the Fox series in as many weeks as HK head towards its July 24 finale. That traction on HK was a nice lead-in to 9 PM, Gang Related (0.9/3) that saw another rise itself. This week the freshman drama jumped 29% from last week’s show.
As impressive as that is, Fox did not find itself in the top spot ratingswise or in terms of viewership. In fact, none of the Big 4 was No. 1 among Adults 18-49. Airing the 11th annual Premios Juventud youth awards for all of primetime, Univision was first in the ratings with a 1.7/5. Tied with Fox with a 1.3/5 rating, CBS was No. 1 in viewership last night with 5.105 million viewers.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Extant’ Steady In Week 2, ‘SYTYCD’ & ‘ Motive’ Down, ‘Big Brother’ Tops Night In Demo
CBS has made a bet that it can own Wednesdays this summer with its teaming of veteran reality show Big Brother (2.0/8) and freshman sci-fi thriller Extant (1.5/5). If last night was any gauge, the network might be holding a winning ticket. Now granted, with the exception of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (1.04) there wasn’t a lot of competition against CBS’ originals. Still, the network easily won primetime both among Adults 18-49 with a 1.5/5 rating and 6.54 million viewers. Univision was the second highest rated network with its 1.2/4 result while audiencewise NBC came in the No. # 2 spot with 5.55 million viewers. Individually, BB at 8 PM was up 5% from its July 9 show while the 9PM Halle Berry starrer series dipped a slight 6% from its heavily promoted debut last week. While down over 1.2 million viewers from those who watched its premiere, the audience of 7.87 million who tuned in for Extant last night made it primetime’s most watched show. Big Brother was the highest rated show of the night. CBS ended the night with a Criminal Minds (1.1/4) repeat.
CBS’ bet seems to also have a healthy dollop of digital afterlife. With Live+3 numbers, last week’s premiere of the Steven Spielberg executive produced CBS astronaut series saw a 37% jump among Adults 18-49 to 2.2 from its Live+SD 1.6 result. In terms of viewers, Extant’s launch rose 24% from 9.58 million to 11.88 million in its DVR life.
Elsewhere on TV last night, SYTYCD saw …
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’& ‘Rising Star’ Up, ‘Unforgettable’ Soars, ABC Tops Sunday Among Demo
On a busy TV Sunday that saw the World Cup final on ABC and cable debuts and season returns, CBS was the only one of the Big 4 to offer almost a full slate of originals. Coming off a 60 Minutes (1.0/4) repeat, the third Sunday broadcast of Season 16 of Big Brother (2.1/7) saw a Harry Potter inspired block competition that resulted in some very fetching outfits on the contestants. It also saw the 1-hour BB rise 11% over its July 6 show. Big Brother was the top show ratingswise and the second highest after the 60 Minutes repeat’s 8.10 million, in overall viewers with 6.66 million watching. The rest of CBS’ night wasn’t so bad either with Unforgettable (0.9/3) soaring 29% from the double-digit drop of last week. The network ended the night with freshman Reckless (0.6/2), which was even with its July 6 show.
Not even at all, at least in preliminary ratings, was ABC’s new high tech, high concept competition show Rising Star (1.4/4). After declining since it June 22 debut and then stabilizing last week, the 2-hour live on the East Coast show took a step upward last night with a 17% rise from the week before- that’s the best result since the show’s premiere. Couldn’t hurt that its lead-in Wipeout (1.3/4), the only other original on ABC last night, was up almost the same with a 17% jump over its not so strong July 6th show to a season high. ABC won the night with a 1.2/4 …
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Rises, ‘Welcome To Sweden’ & ‘Working The Engels’ Debut Soft, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ & ‘NY Med’ Up
The television world was very busy yesterday with the announcement of the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations, but it also was pretty packed in primetime last night as well. After a quiet Thursday last week because of the July 4th holiday, all of the Big 4 were playing originals last night. With just Big Brother (2.0/7) on, CBS was the lightest of all the networks originals-wise. Having said that, the second elimination of the voyeuristic reality show’s 16th season proved the heavyweight of the night. The 1-hour BB was the top show of the night among Adults 18-49 and the second-most-watched show of Thursday’s primetime with 6.15 million viewers after the 7.86 million who tuned in for a Big Bang Theory (1.7/9) encore. However, the real news is the demo leap that Big Brother made out of last week’s holiday airing – the show was up 25% over its slumped July 3 broadcast, which was a series low. It was also up 11% from its June 26 show among the 18-49s. All of which meant, with the BBT and The Millers (1.3/5) encores and a repeat of the debut of the new Halle Berry sci-fi thriller series Extant (0.7/2), that CBS took the night both in the 18-49 demo with a 1.4 rating and in total viewers with 5.61 million watching.
Migrating movie stars did very well in today’s Emmy Awards nominations, so this time next year might be very bright for Halle Berry and her new sci-fi thriller Extant (1.7/6). However, sticking to the present for now, while the best debut of the summer so far and the highest rated show of the night, the launch last night of the Steven Spielberg executive produced CBS astronaut series didn’t exactly soar in a 9 PM time slot with only the second hour of So You Think You Can Dance (1.2/4) as original competition.
Compared to CBS’ last big summer drama debut, Under The Dome, Extant was down 48%. Also produced in part by Spielberg and also straight to series, Dome got a 3.2/9 preliminary rating and 13.14 million viewers for its June 24, 2013 premiere. That went up to a 3.3/9 and 13.53 million in the final numbers. Having said that, while similar in many ways to the debut of Extant, which got 9.424 million viewers last night, Under The Dome’s 10 PM premiere also faced off against a much more competitive schedule of the last hour and a bit of the last game of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final on NBC. Scoring a 3.3/10, the Chicago Blackhawks winning Game 6 hockey match up against the Boston Bruins was a big win for the peacock and helped make the finals the most watched on ice series since 1994. Compared to the 2.1/7 Adults 18-49 final numbers of Dome’s Season 2 …
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Unforgettable’ Falls, ‘Big Brother’ & ‘Rising Star’ Even, Miley Cyrus Special Low
The end of the July 4th holiday weekend was almost a full house in primetime. While CBS was the only one of the Big 4 to have the closest to full schedule of new shows, ABC and NBC threw their hats somewhat into the ring as well. On a night that saw TV usage down 5% from June 29, Fox went for all animation encores and a Brain Game (0.5/2) special at 7 PM. They might have wanted to make it all encores as Brain Game was down a hard 50% from its last special on May 24.
The almost full slate proved a winning option for CBS with the network coming out on top in terms of total viewers with 6.136 million watching. They kicked things off with a 60 Minutes (1.0/4) repeat that proved the most watched show of the night with an audience of 8.45 million. Then it was the second Sunday broadcast of this season of Big Brother (1.8/6). The highest-rated broadcast of the night, the vet reality show was even with last week and hence right now tied for a Sunday series low. The news got better for freshman Reckless (0.7/2) which was up 17% among Adults 18-49 from last week’s debut. However, the good times did not continue. Lead-out Unforgettable (0.7/2) took a big hit from its June 29 airing with a 22% fall in the demo.
Fireworks in Boston, and a hurricane in the Carolinas, created challenges for stat spinners this morning.
Big Brother‘s first elimination of its 16th season finished first in overall audience (5.12 million viewers) and, if ratings hold, in the demo (1.6). (Two nights earlier, the fourth episode of the 16th season of Big Brother clocked a 1.8 demo rating, and 5.61 million viewers — the demo performance being a 22% drop from previous week, maybe because the episode featured a spelling bee, as well as the usual internecine shenanigans.) Last night’s 9 PM episode — in which SPOILER ALERT! Joey Van Pelt became the first BB householder to bite the dust, by unanimous vote — was pre-empted in Boston for that city’s annual July 4th Boston Pops concert (12.6) followed by traditional Boston Post-Pops July 4 Fireworks (15.2), CBS noted, adding that there also may have been pre-emptions in some markets for Hurricane Arthur coverage, which may also have affected other broadcasters.
As the nation prepares to celebrate the 4th of July, the networks basically stayed on schedule and went for reality last night in primetime. Not everyone had unscripted, but everyone but ABC had new skin in the game. On the fourth episode of the 16th season of Big Brother (1.8/7) it was spelling bee night. Besides bringing us an evolution of the English language with “caltoru,” there was scheming and shuffling for positioning on the vet CBS reality series. There was also a 22% drop from last week, which ties it with Sunday’s episode for the lowest-rated so far this season. Having said that, on a night when America started to turn off its TVs and go into holiday mode and TV usage was down around 4.5% from last week, Big Brother was the highest-rated and the second-most-watched show of the night with 5.61 million tuning in.
CBS’ 8 PM return of Big Brother to Sunday night (1.8/6, 5.76 million viewers) came in 22% short of last Thursday’s time period premiere to tie its lowest-rated Sunday launch to date. It was, nonetheless, the night’s top rated broadcast in the demo, as well as 18-34 and 25-54.
After BB, CBS’ Reckless unveiling (0.7/2) tumbled 79% from last summer’s highly hyped premiere of Under The Dome (3.3/9). Following Reckless, Unforgettable (0.9/3) bounced 13% from its most recent telecast (0.8/3), and on par with its in-season debut on April 4. CBS finished first among viewers (6.1 million) for the night, but tied ABC in the demo (1.1/4).
UPDATE, 3:30 PM: ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the 2014 NBA draft on Thursday snagged an average of 3.451 million viewers, making it the most-watched NBA Draft across all networks since 1995 (3.626 million) and the most-watched NBA Draft ever on ESPN. The event, which began its telecast at 7 PM ET, came in 15% better than last year’s telecast ( 2.999 million) in overall audience.
Additionally, the NBA Draft on WatchESPN saw 327,000 unique viewers (up 166% over last year), 6.3 million total minutes (up 12% over last year) and an average minute audience of 22,856 (up 18% over last year).
The 2014 NBA Draft on ESPN was the most-talked-about TV program on Twitter yesterday, with 2.7 million tweets, according to Nielsen Social. The event was the fourth most-talked about NBA telecast of the year behind Game 5 (6.4 million), Game 1 (3.1 million), and Game 4 (2.9 million) of The Finals.
PREVIOUS: Night 2 of CBS’ Big Brother was as strong as the first. The reality series posted a 2.3 rating in the adults 18-49 demo Thursday, even with its season premiere the night before to again finish as the night’s top-rated and most-watched show on broadcast. That, plus a Big Bang Theory rerun, helped give CBS back-to-back nightly wins in total viewers and the demo.
ABC landed in second place overall in viewers, thanks to the second-season premiere of NY Med (0.9), which fell 25% from its series premiere in 2012 in the demo, but landed its biggest overall crowd, with 5.5 million viewers. Earlier Thursday, ABC aired Rookie Blue (0.8) and Black Box (0.6), the latter of which dropped 14% from its series debut a week ago to tie a series low, while the former tumbled 27% from its season premiere last week to also tie a series low.
CBS’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.
Endemol-owned UK production company Initial‘s credits include hit reality shows Big Brother UK and Your Face Sounds Familiar. After promoting Nick Samwell-Smith to managing director in September, the outfit has now hired Mirella Breda as creative director. Breda will join Initial in February after a long stint at the BBC where she has been executive editor of BBC Entertainment commissioning since 2007. Her tenure has included developing and exec producing Masterchef, Dragons Den, Comic Relief and Initial’s Total Wipeout. At Initial, she will look to expand entertainment output with new formats for the UK and international markets.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Survivor’ Hits Lowest Fall Debut Ever, ‘X Factor’ Even, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Finale Up Slightly, ‘Big Brother’ Finale Dips
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.
RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox Wins Night As ‘X Factor’ Dips, ‘Million Second Quiz’ Hits Low, ‘Rookie Blue’ Finale Up
After hitting a series low with its one-hour Season 3 premiere on Wednesday, the two-hour The X Factor (2.2/7) last night saw a 5% slip when compared hour-to-hour to the previous night’s debut. Thursday’s X Factor drew a 2.0/7 in the 8-9 PM hour, whereas the Wednesday show got a 2.1/7. Night 2 actually saw a small 3% rise in overall viewership to 6.4 million over Night 1 in the comparable hour. With a lot less competition Thursday, a direct night-to-night comparison has last night’s show up 5% from the September 11 debut among adults 18-49 and up 10% in total viewers. Year-to-year in the 8-9 PM comparison, X Factor was down a hard 35% last night from the 3.1/10 that the one-hour Night 2 of its second season drew on September 13, 2012. Last night’s 8-10 PM show continued with auditions — now in Denver and Long Island, with Simon Cowell himself even singing a bit — and a total viewership of 6.8 million. Fox won the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers. CBS was second with a 1.9/6 rating and 6.687 million watching.
CBS’ summer staple Big Brother will return next year for a 16th cycle. Additionally, live, late-night companion show Big Brother: After Dark, which moved from Showtime to new CBS sibling TVGN this summer, has been renewed for another installment on the basic cable network (form. TV Guide Network.) Big Brother, which recently marked its 500th episode, is averaging 7.29 million viewers and 2.6 ratings in adults 18-49 this summer. Despite impact from the prolonged blackout on Time Warner Cable, the reality veteran is up +11% in viewers and +8% in adults 18-49 vs. last summer. The current 15th season of Big Brother will conclude with a 90-minute finale next Wednesday at 9:30 PM, immediately following the season premiere of another long-running CBS reality series, Survivor. Big Brother is executive produced by Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan for Fly on the Wall Entertainment, in association with Endemol USA.
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.
The Texan boys were truly back in town last night on the NFL on NBC. The network’s debut Sunday Night Football (9.1/23) of the regular season saw the Dallas Cowboys best the New York Giants 36-31. With Dallas forcing turnovers to clinch the victory over Eli Manning and NY at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and 23.25 million watching between 8:30 PM – 11 PM, the match-up dipped 7% from the fast nationals last season’s first Sunday regular game between the Denver Broncos and the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 9, 2012. It was also down from the final nationals rating of 11.0/28 that last year’s game garnered. That 2012 result is the all-time record for Sunday Night Football. Last September’s first Sunday regular season game pulled in 27.567 million viewers overall, the third best result SNF has ever had. The top SNF viewership is 30.281 million that the December 30, 2012 Dallas Cowboys-Washington Redskins received with the January 1, 2012 Cowboys-Giant battled coming second with 27.624 million watching. Last year, the Cowboys and the Giants were the September 5 opening game of the regular season facing off against Bill Clinton and the Democratic National Convention. In metered-market results, Sunday’s game got a 16.6/27 for the 8:30 PM – 11:45 PM game. That’s down from the record breaking 18.0/29 that last year’s Sunday opener pulled in in the time adjusted results. Running prior …
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