Cable Ratings: ‘Khloe & Lamar’ Starts OK, ‘Merlin’ Ends Solid, ‘Killing’ Holds Up Well

By | Monday April 11, 2011 @ 5:20pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The series premiere of Khloe & Lamar on E! last night drew almost 2.6 million total viewers. The show, starring Kardashian and L.A. Lakers forward Odom, fell short of the recent debut of Kourtney & Kim Take New York, which logged a record 3 million total viewers, but was in … Read More »

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HRTS Cable Chiefs Panel: Serialized Dramas Face Uncertain Future On Basic Cable

By | Wednesday February 23, 2011 @ 5:12pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

No big headlines from today’s HRTS luncheon featuring several cable chiefs: FX’s John Landgraf, Showtime’s David Nevins, USA Network’s Jeff Wachtel and BET’s Loretha Jones.

Landgraf spoke candidly about the difficulty of making serialized dramas work on basic cable. He noted that viewers seem to watch only reality series and sports … Read More »

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CABLE RATINGS: Amanda Knox Does OK But No Match For Craigslist Killer

Nellie Andreeva

Amidst controversy, Lifetime’s original movie Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy debuted last night with solid though unspectacular 2.8 million viewers. That was up 5% over the 2010-11 Lifetime original movie average but down from Lifetime’s first original … Read More »

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FX’s ‘Justified’ Returns To Solid Numbers

By | Thursday February 10, 2011 @ 4:26pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Much needed good ratings news for drama series at FX following the so-so numbers for Terriers and Lights Out: the second season premiere of network’s series Justified last night drew 3.5 million viewers, 1.7 million of them in the 18-49 demographic. That is down from the highly-rated series premiere last … Read More »

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Cable Ratings: SAG Awards, ‘Shameless’ Up

By | Tuesday February 1, 2011 @ 11:29am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Sunday SAG Awards may have been predictable and even a tad boring with no upset wins but they scored solid ratings for TNT and TBS. The simulcast of the 17th Annual SAG Awards, highlighted by the surprise appearance of Dicky … Read More »

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‘Daily Show’ Claims First Weekly Ratings Victory Over ‘Conan’ In Young Demos

Nellie Andreeva

Possibly boosted by State of the Union coverage, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart posted its first weekly win over TBS’ Conan in adults 18-34, according to the network. Conan had a huge premiere in November, dominating the cable and broadcast late-night field for its first couple of weeks on the air, but The Daily Show has been steadily chipping away at Conan‘s ratings lead for the past two months. It has beaten Conan in total viewers every week since the beginning of December and in 18-49 every week since the beginning of January. For the month of January, The Daily Show is tops in viewers and 18-49, while Conan still has the edge in the 18-34 demo. However, Conan is hourlong and The Daily Show is a half-hour. If compared to the Daily Show/Colbert Report combo that airs in the same 11 PM-12AM slot, Conan is ahead in 18-34 and 18-49 while behind to the Comedy Central shows in total viewers. An interesting footnote – Versus January 2010, The Daily Show is up 9% in total viewers, while Conan is down 3% vs. the January 2010 performance of Lopez Tonight. Here are the standings of the cable late-night talk shows for January as released by Comedy Central (only original telecasts are included as Conan returned from the holiday a week later than most of the other shows, including The Daily Show): Read More »

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CABLE RATINGS: Solid Debut For ‘Working Class’, ‘Jerseylicious’ Sets Record

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CABLE RATINGS: ‘Archer’ & ‘Jersey Shore’ Slightly Down, Piers Morgan Not So Slightly

Nellie Andreeva

The second season premiere of FX’s animated comedy Archer last night drew 1.5 million viewers, 986,000 of them in the adults 18-49 demographic. It was down 16% from the series premiere last year but significantly outperformed its first season average. … Read More »

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MSNBC’s Post-State Of The Union Address Coverage Down 24% Without Olbermann

Nellie Andreeva

MSNBC did pretty well with its State of the Union telecast, drawing 2.5 million viewers, up 4% from last year’s address, and the only cable news network to increase its audience year-to-year. It was also on par with last year’s … Read More »

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UPDATE: State Of The Union Address Draws 42.8 Million, Down 11% From Last Year

Nellie Andreeva

Nielsen just released aggregated numbers for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address last night. The speech drew 42.8 million viewers across 11 networks on broadcast and cable. This is Obama’s least watched State of the Union address – down 11% from last year and 18% from his 2009 speech. But  it was up 14% vs. George W. Bush’s final State of the Union address in 2008. Read More »

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OPRAH RATINGS: Her Syndication Show Is Up, Her Cable Network Is Down

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CABLE RATINGS: ‘Jersey Shore’ Hits A New Record, USA’s ‘Fairly Legal’ Debuts OK

Nellie Andreeva

Another week, another ratings record for Jersey Shore. The red-hot MTV reality phenomenon drew 8.9 million viewers last night, beating last week’s record of 8.6 million. In adults 18-49, it averaged a 4.7 rating, also a new record, making it the second highest-rated program on TV last night behind Fox’s Read More »

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Piers Morgan Falls To Third Place On Day 3

Nellie Andreeva

Piers Morgan started off promisingly as a close No. 2  cable news program at 9PM in its Monday premiere, then fell 40% on Tuesday but still finished second. Last night, Piers Morgan Tonight (1 million total viewers, 239,000 of them in the 25-54 demographic) slipped further to finish behind the time slot leader, Fox News’s Sean Hannity (2 million, 565,000 in 25-54) and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow (1.1 million, 221,000 in 25-54). In the demo, Morgan edged Maddow to finish second after topping Hannity with the Howard Stern interview on Tuesday. Between his premiere and his third airing, Morgan lost half of his audience (1 million viewers.) Last night, Morgan featured his first non-showbiz guest, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Tonight he is back to entertainment with controversial Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais. Here are the standings at 9 PM for the past 3 nights: Read More »

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Solid Ratings Start For Piers Morgan On CNN: 2.1 Million Viewers Tune In

Nellie Andreeva

In his heavily publicized debut last night, CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight drew 2.1 million viewers, 520,519 of them in the 25-54 demographic. Morgan couldn’t dethrone the reigning king in the 9 PM slot, Fox News’s Sean Hannity (2.4 million, 599,800 … Read More »

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‘Tosh.0′ Makes Record-Breaking Return

By | Thursday January 13, 2011 @ 9:40am PST
Nellie Andreeva

It’s a new season, new time slot, and the same red-hot Tosh.0. After posting a string of ratings records during its summer run, the third season premiere of the Comedy Central series in its new Tuesday 10 PM slot drew … Read More »

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Slow Start For FX’s Latest ‘Lights Out’

Nellie Andreeva

FX’s latest series Lights Out premiered to mostly disappointing ratings last night. The boxing drama starring Holt McCallany, which had gotten strong reviews, averaged 1.5 million viewers at 10 PM, 793,000 of them in the adults 18-49 demographic. The audience … Read More »

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DVR Viewing Boosts ‘Conan’ To The Top In Young Demos

Nellie Andreeva

According to TBS, Conan got a significant lift from DVR viewing for the period from its Nov. 8 premiere til the end of the year, adding some 361,000 18-49 viewers and 236,000 viewers in the 18-34 demographic. With the time-shifted viewer numbers included, Conan is topping the rankings of all late-night shows on broadcast or cable in the 18-49 and 18-34 demos. (He is behind his broadcast counterparts in total viewers.) Here are the lists: Read More »

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Solid Start For Showtime’s Sunday Series

Nellie Andreeva

Showtime’s series were off to a good start last night. Leading the way was new racy drama Shameless, a remake of the acclaimed British series, which drew 982,000 at 10 PM (1.3 million overall for the 2 runs) to rank … Read More »

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CNN To Post Lowest Rated Year In 2010

Nellie Andreeva

The pressure on CNN’s new primetime anchor Piers Morgan to deliver ratings can’t be bigger – according to preliminary Nielsen estimates, 2010 will mark CNN’s lowest rated year since at least 1997 in total viewers and the target demographic of … Read More »

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