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 …
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.
UPDATE, 1:25 PM: The final score is in for last night’s NFL regular season opener on NBC. The numbers saw a slight rise that brought Thursday game within tackle distance of the best result of the past 11 years. In time zone-adjusted final ratings last night’s 9:15 PM-12:25 AM blowout victory by the Denver Broncos pulled in a 10.3/27 among adults 18-49. Fast nationals earlier today had the game getting a 10.0/27 ratings. Today’s final number is a 6% bump over last season’s 9.7/26 final numbers for the regular-season opener between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. Last night’s game was the third best result since the Thursday kickoff started back in 2002. Not that it was that far behind the top spot. The top two Kickoff results in the key demo are the 10.9 rating that 2011’s September 8 season opener between Green Bay Packers and New Orleans drew and the 10.7 rating that 2010′s New Orleans-Minnesota game pulled. Viewership from last night’s game was also up over 2012. The Broncos-Ravens game garnered 25.133 million viewers. Without Bill Clinton’s speech at last year’s DNC as competition, that’s up 5% from the 23.886 million who watched the Cowboys-Giants game. Last night’s game was also the third-most-watched NFL Kickoff in the last 11 years behind the 27.5 million of 2010’s New Orleans-Minnesota game and the 27.1 million of 2011’s Green Bay-New Orleans matchup.
PREVIOUSLY, 8:42 AM: What a difference a year makes. Last September 5th, the NFL regular season opened on NBC facing Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention. Last night’s season opener (10.0/27) featuring the Denver Broncos soundly beating the Super Bowl champ Baltimore Ravens 49-27 didn’t face any such competition. Neither did NBC as it easily won the night in adults 18-49 with a 9.2/26 and among total viewers and 23.190 million watching. CBS came in second with a 1.5/5 rating and a viewership of 5.891 million.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘MasterChef’ Hits Season Low But Fox Wins Night, ‘America’s Got Talent’ & ‘Big Brother’ Rise, ‘The Lookout’ Finale Up Big
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.
RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Wins Night Amid NFL Pre-Emptions, ‘Hollywood Game Night’ & ‘Motive’ Finales Rise
The end of summer saw the end of the two summer series last night with freshmen Hollywood Game Night (1.5/5) and Motive (1.4/4) wrapping their seasons. With NFL pre-season football pre-emptions across the country, expect the inflated ratings for the broadcast networks to be adjusted downward in the final numbers later today. Having said that, with Terry Crews, Tom Arnold, Emilie de Ravin, David Giuntoli, Entourage’s Jerry Ferrara and morning-show host Hoda Kotb in the mix, NBC’s 10 PM Jane Lynch-hosted Game Night was up 25% over last week. That number will come down to Earth later, but Hollywood Game Night has already won the prize of another season with its renewal by NBC on August 20.
Last night’s live one-hour Big Brother (2.6/8) elimination episode saw an appearance from Season 10 winner Dan Gheesling and addressed some of the racial slurs that had stained this season. It also saw the veteran reality series rise 24% from its Thursday season low of August 22. Big Brother was not only the highest-rated show of the night but, with 8.36 million viewers, it also was the most watched. Otherwise, CBS was all repeats with a double of Two And A Half Men at 8 PM (1.8/6) and 8:30 PM (1.9/6) plus an Elementary (1.4/4) encore at 10 PM. CBS had NFL pre-emptions in 40% of the country, but in fast nationals it won the night with a 2.0/6 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.219 million viewers. CBS is of course still blacked out to 3.2 million Time Warner Cable subscribers in the LA, NYC and Dallas markets going on nearly a month. NBC was second in the key demo last night with a 1.5/5 and ABC was No. 2 among viewers with 6.264 million watching.
RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox Wins Night With ‘MasterChef’, ‘Big Brother’ Dips, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Up Slightly
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.
Comedy repeats and badly behaved Big Brother residents put CBS on top in the ratings Thursday night, in the demo and overall crowd. CBS’ lineup is still being blacked out by Time Warner Cable in three …
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.
ABC‘s reality series The Glass House is long forgotten following a low-rated run last summer, but the legal battle that it triggered is just now coming to an end. CBS announced this morning that the …
Fox ranked No. 1 for Sunday night in 18-49, 18-34, teens, and all key male demos with it NFL preseason game featuring the Indianapolis Colts against the New York Giants, according to very early stats. The game was the No. 2 program of the night in 18-34 and all key male breaks. According to fast nationals — not so accurate with live-across-country sporting events — the game clocked nearly 6 million viewers and a 1.9 in the 18-49 demo. Against the game in many various time zones, ABC’s rerun America’s Funniest Home Videos grew week to week by 5% in viewers (4.6 million) and 13% in 18-49 (0.9) to draw its biggest overall audience and match its best demo rating in four weeks. ABC’s Secret Millionaire also grew week to week by 9% in the demo (1.2) to equal its highest number in more than a year. The net’s 9 PM Whodunnit season finale was up 27% compared to last week in the demo (1.4) to mark a series high; it was also the show’s second-most-watched telecast (3.7 million).
The elimination votes came last night on Big Brother (2.5/8) and they doubled everyone’s expectations. The live one-hour airing of the veteran reality series saw not one but two contestants given the boot on Thursday. The other change of the night was NFL Pre-season football pre-empting the Big 4’s primetime in approximately 15% of the country. That means that last night’s likely inflated fast nationals will probably see a larger adjustment than usual later today. However, with that and the continuing blackout on Time Warner Cable in NY, LA and Dallas in mind, Big Brother remained even with last week’s season high show among adults 18-49. The show also had its second highest viewership of Season 15 so far with 7.08 million watching. Besides BB, CBS was all encores last night. The network won the night both among the key demo with a 1.9/6 and in terms of total viewers with 6.637 million watching.
RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Wins Night With ‘America’s Got Talent,’ ‘Big Brother’ Even, ‘Camp’ Up, ‘MasterChef’ Dips
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.
RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Scores With NFL Preseason, ‘Secret Millionaire’ Hits Premiere Low, ‘Unforgettable’ Dips To Series Low
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Hits Viewership High, ‘Hollywood Game Night’ Ties Low, ‘Wipeout’ Rises
It was elimination night on Big Brother (2.5/8) on Thursday and the fifth house guest of the reality show’s 15th season was evicted. All of which meant a good night for the live one-hour show as Big Brother garnered its biggest viewership of the season with 7.04 million watching. The highest-rated show of Wednesday’s primetime, Big Brother was even with last week’s show to match its July 21 and July 25 shows for its best result of this cycle among adults 18-49. It could end up as the highest-rated show of the season among the key demo; as is typical of live shows, expect an adjustment in the final numbers later on today. Otherwise, CBS showed encores of The Big Bang Theory (2.1/8), which was the most-watched show of the night with 7.84 million viewers, and Two And A Half Men (1.7/6), with an Elementary (0.9/3) repeat ending the night. CBS won the night in total viewers with 6.267 million and in the demo with a 1.8/6. Univision was second in the demo with a 1.2/4, and ABC took the No. 2 spot in overall viewers with 4.662 million.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Hits Low, ‘MasterChef’ Dips, ‘Big Brother’ Down, ‘Camp’ Rises
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.