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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘You Deserve It’ Off To Soft Start, ‘Rock Center’ Hits Series Low

Nellie Andreeva

With Thanksgiving trips and meals on viewers’ minds, watching TV is taking a back seat as most programs last night were down week-to-week. Additionally, ABC’s lineup is headed to a downward adjustment in the finals as its fast nationals were inflated by local NFL pre-emptions. Even with that, Part 1 of the season finale of Dancing With The Stars (3.6/9) was down 27% from the corresponding telecast last fall. The debut of new game show You Deserve It (2.1/5) was down 13% from the premiere of Skating With The Stars, which followed Part 1 of the Dancing finale last November. ABC’s Castle once again swam against current, dropping when everyone else grows and rising when others fall. Last night, the mystery dramedy (2.7/7) posted a 13% increase vs. its last original 2 weeks ago. It will likely relinquish some of the gains in the finals due to NFL-fueld inflation. ABC (2.8/7, 14 million) currently runs second on the night in 18-49 and first in total viewers.

All CBS series were down from last week when 3 comedies, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly and Hawaii Five-0 posted their best demo numbers since their premieres. How I Met Your Mother (4.3/12, 10.1 million) was down 7% in 18-49, 2 Broke Girls (4.4/11, 11.2 million) down 8%, Two & A Half Men (5.2/13, 15.7 million) down 4%, Mike & Molly (4.2/10, 13.1 million) down 5% and Hawaii Five-0 (2.8/7, 10.3 million) down … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Series Rebound From Halloween Drops, ‘Rock Center’ Stays At 1.0

Nellie Andreeva

After Halloween festivities pushed TV usage and ratings down last Monday, most series rebounded last night. Fox’s family-friendly Terra Nova (2.6/6 in adults 18-49), which was hit hardest by trick-or-treating, posted the biggest week-to-week gain, 24%. House (2.7/6) was up 8%. (The two dramas also led all series in Live+3 increases for their Halloween episodes, up 48%.) Fox finished third for the night in 18-49.

Topping the night in that demo was CBS (4.0/10 in 18-49, 11.4 million viewers). How I Met Your Mother (4.4/12) and 2 Broke Girls (4.5/11) were both up 7% from their fast nationals last week, Two And A Half Men (5.1/12) was up 9% to rank as the top program of the night in the demo, and Mike & Molly was up 11%. Hawaii Five-0 (3.0/8) was up a tenth from its fast national, flat with the final. Read More »

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Academy Dinner Honors 2011 Nicholl Fellowship Winners

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Academy Announces Winners Of 2011 Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships

Although they are certainly best known for those other awards they hand out in February, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences do a lot more throughout the year. One of its prized events happened Thursday evening at a dinner at the Beverly Wilshire, where the 26th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships were awarded to what Academy president Tom Sherak described as the “Academy’s Magnificent 7.”

The Nicholl Fellowships were established in 1985 and are now chaired (and hosted) by new Academy governor Gale Anne Hurd, who told me she’s been on the Nicholl committee since 1989. Each of the writing fellows (or teams) will receive a $35,000 prize in order to continue developing their scripts (checks are handed out in installments with the understanding that the recipients will  complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year), and the Academy is not involved otherwise commercially with the scripts in any way and holds no rights to them. Even with the Oscars in the mix, Sherak opened the program by saying: “This is my favorite event. It’s nights like this that I wish I were an agent. You want to sign every one of them.” He added these few winners were chosen from among a record 6,730 entries by the 24 judges and committee members who read everything.

It was quite a night that also included a rousing keynote address from David Seidler, this year’s reigning Best Original Screenplay winner for The King’s Speech and “new Academy member” at age 74. At the reception before the dinner, I asked Seidler how the Oscar has changed his life at this age. He joked, “Producers now owe me more, but it takes them longer.” Seidler is red-hot, though, having completed two new scripts over the summer and now embarking on two rewrites. He asked me who I thought was the front-runner to win Original Screenplay this year and I suggested probably Woody Allen for Midnight In Paris. “Well, he has me beat then,”  Seidler said.  Allen at 76 would usurp Seidler as the oldest winner ever in that category, meaning that Seidler’s record could be short-lived. His speech, which he said was working on right to the last minute, won over the crowd and certainly provided inspiration for the writers in attendance. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC’s ‘Rock Center’ Starts Low, ‘Castle’ Up In Sea Of Declines

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Brian Williams’ new primetime newsmagazine Rock Center appears not to be the answer to NBC’s ratings woes. Halloween played a ratings trick on the new show, which opened with a low 1.0/3 in 18-49 and 4.1 million viewers at 10 PM last night. That is below the average for the canceled The Playboy Club that Rock Center replaced (down 38% in the demo from The Playboy Club premiere last month) and lower than the performance of NBC’s veteran newsmagazine Dateline on the less-trafficked Sunday night. It marked NBC’s lowest Monday debut ever. Rock Center‘s lead-in, The Sing-Off (1.4/4), was down 7% from last week to log its lowest rating ever. NBC (1.2/3, 4.3 million) once again finished fifth on Monday among adults 18-49 behind the other major English-language broadcast networks and Univision. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race Update: ’2.5 Men’ Reverses Downward Trend As All CBS Comedies Gain

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 2:45 PM: As expected, most CBS series were adjusted down in the finals after a bump in the fast nationals from a NFL pre-emption in Baltimore. But even with the adjustment, all CBS comedies posted gains vs. last week. The news is especially important for Two And A Half Men, which had been sliding every week since its hugely rated season premiere. Last night, Men logged a 5.5/13 in 18-49, up 4% from last week, and 15.3 million viewers, up 1%. The comedy starring Ashton Kutcher is still comfortably ahead of the performance the same week last fall with leading man Charlie Sheen, up 25% in 18-49. Mike & Molly (4.2/10 in 18-49) was up 8% week-to-week, 2 Broke Girls (4.5/11) was up 2% and How I Met Your Mother (4.3/12) also was up 2%. Hawaii Five-0 (3,1/8) was flat. For the night, CBS (4.1/10) edged Fox (3.9/10) in 18-49. Fox’s coverage of Game 4 of the World Series stretched beyond primetime, averaging a 4.2/11 from 8-11:40 PM. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Two And A Half Men’ Slides As Most Series Rise, CBS Wins Night

Nellie Andreeva

Broadcasters largely rebounded last night after being hit by a double whammy last Monday with a big NFL game on ESPN and baseball playoffs bleeding into primetime on Fox. The only series to buck the upward trend was CBS’ Two And A Half Men (5.2/13, 14.9 million), which is still finding the bottom after a blockbuster fall relaunch with new star Ashton Kutcher. The comedy was down 10% from its fast national last week when all CBS series hit season lows (down 12% from the final) but was still the highest-rated program of the night in 18-49. Veteran How I Met Your Mother (4.1/12) continues its rocking seventh season, up two tenths from its fast national last week (a tenth from the final). 2 Broke Girls was up a tenth from the fast national (flat with the final), and Mike & Molly (3.9/9) was also flat with its final last Monday but down a tenth from its fast national. Male-centric 10 PM drama Hawaii Five-0 (3.1/8), which was the hardest hit last Monday with a 19% decline, posted the biggest rebound this week, up 15%. Its time-slot rival, ABC’s Castle (2.6/7), was also up — 8% from its fast national and 24% from the final (the series’ fast nationals are often inflated by Dancing With The Stars overruns, so fast national-to-final comparisons are always skewed). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Broadcasters Hit By Baseball Overrun/Football Double Whammy

Nellie Andreeva

This was supposed to be Fox’s strong baseball postseason year as it’s the network’s turn to carry the American League Championship Series, a big audience draw with marquee teams the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. But both the Yankees and Red Sox were eliminated early, and now the ALCS has been hit with bad weather. Game 2 was rained out Sunday, leaving Fox scrambling to fill primetime with repeats at the last minute. And then a 52-minute overrun from the rescheduled Game 2 wreaked havoc on the network’s Monday primetime lineup, with both rookie Terra Nova and veteran House significantly impacted. The currently available non-time-zone-adjusted fast nationals for 9-10 PM (2.6/6), where most of Terra Nova aired, and 10-11 PM (2.3/6), where the bulk of House ran, are both expected to rise in the finals.

It was a rough night all around as the broadcast networks had to deal with baseball overrun as well as a strong Monday Night Football game on ESPN, where the Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions posted a 11.3 metered market average, the second-best rating so far this season. ABC’s Dancing With The Stars (3.1/8, 17 million total viewers) was flat with last week but may end up being down in the finals. ABC’s fast nationals were possibly inflated as the network’s Detroit station carried the football game. That doesn’t bode well for Castle (2.4/6, 10.2 million), which currently runs 8% below its fast national from last Monday. ABC (2.9/7, 15.1 million) seems on track to top the night in total viewers, while CBS (3.9/9, 11.1 million) is projected to win in 18-49. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Terra Nova’ Holds In Week 2, ‘House’ OK In Return, CBS Rocks

Nellie Andreeva

After its lackluster debut last Monday, there has been a series of encouraging news for Fox’s Terra Nova in the past 24 hours. First, the prehistoric drama yesterday rose to the top spot in 18-49 among all new drama series premieres in Live+3 ratings. Then the data from the international markets came in, showing a strong launch for Terra Nova in almost every territory. In Canada, the two-hour opener drew 1.4 million viewers on CityTV to become the most-watched drama in the network’s history. And then the first ratings for last night were released this morning with more good news for the rookie drama: In its second outing on Fox, Terra Nova (3.0/8) matched the fast national for its two-hour premiere despite airing from 8-9 PM vs. 8-10 PM last week. (Last week, the premiere was adjusted up in the finals, which will probably happen again today, so the 100% hold will likely carry on in the final ratings.) UPDATE 9:25 AM: Fox just released final numbers for Terra Nova, and it indeed rose to a 3.1 rating. This is the best Week 1-to-Week 2 retention for a new series this fall. At 9 PM, veteran House (3.9/9) was down a modest 7% from last fall when it aired in the more challenging 8 PM hour. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ’2.5 Men’ Still Big, ‘Terra Nova’ Premiere Just OK, ‘Playboy’ Dives

Nellie Andreeva

PREMIERE WEEK: Comedies In Comeback, Dramas Mixed While NBC & CW Struggle
CBS’ comedies stayed red-hot in Week 2 of the season. Two and a Half Men (7.2/17 in adults 18-49, 20 million viewers) was down 30% from its gigantic season premiere for a demo number that is still way higher than any scripted series can score in Live+Same Day these days. It boosted the second-season premiere of Mike & Molly (4.9/11, 14 million) to series highs in 18-49 and total viewers, up 26% from its series premiere last fall. At 8 PM, How I Met Your Mother (4.4/12, 10.6 million) continues to excel in its seventh season, down only 6% from its biggest season premiere ever last week. 2 Broke Girls (4.5/11, 11.6 million) settled nicely in its new 8:30 PM slot. It was down 37% from its big debut behind Men last week but did something that CBS hammock shows have rarely done — build on its HIMYM lead-in. At 10 PM, Hawaii Five-0 (3.3/8) was down only a tenth from its season premiere last week. CBS (4.6/11, 13 million) won every half-hour in primetime in both 18-49 and total viewers.

The two-hour premiere of Fox’s dinosaur drama Terra Nova drew a 3.0/7 and 9 million viewers, which was OK but slightly below expectations. In its defense, the male-skewing drama had to face the Washington-Dallas Monday Night Football game on ESPN. And it stayed consistent throughout the night, logging a 3.0 rating at 8 PM, 8:30 PM and 9 PM and climbing to a 3.1 at 9:30 PM. Speaking of the MNF game, it drew a 11.9 metered market household average. UPDATE: In the finals, Terra Nova was adjusted up to a 3.1 rating in 18-49.

NBC’s Monday lineup already started very low last week. It dropped even further last night. The Sing-Off (1.7/4) was down a relatively modest 11%, but The Playboy Club (1.3/3) plunged 19% to reach Lone Star ratings levels and join fellow new NBC series Free Agents on the cancellation block. Read More »

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‘Two And A Half Men’ Premiere Is Huge, ‘Playboy Club’ Debut Dangerously Low

Nellie Andreeva

‘Two And A Half Men’ Premiere: What Did You Think?, ’2.5 Men’ Premiere Is A Hit In Canada Too

UPDATED: The debut of Two and a Half Men with new star Ashton Kutcher lived up to the hype ratings-wise, while NBC hit a major bump on the opening night of the season. The ninth-season premiere of Two and a Half Men last night drew 27.7 million viewers and posted a 10.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic in the fast-nationals, numbers rarely seen for show not named American Idol these days and a series record for Men by a large margin. (UPDATE: In the final ratings, which include same-night DVR viewing, Men‘s premiere climbed to 28.7 million viewers and 10.7/5 in 18-49). In 18-49, Men more than doubled its season-premiere number last fall, up 110%. This was the highest-rated season premiere on any network in six years, since Desperate Housewives‘ second-season opener in September 2005.

Two and a Half Men provided a great lead-in for CBS’ new comedy 2 Broke Girls, which drew a 7.0/13 in 18-49 and 19.5 million viewers in its premiere behind Men before it moves to the 8:30 PM slot next week. (In the finals, the numbers were adjusted to a 7.1/16, 19.4 million). The comedy starring Kat Dennings posted the largest audience for a fall comedy debut in 10 years, since NBC’s Inside Schwartz, which launched behind mega-hit Friends.

And while Men is bound to steal all ratings headlines today, another veteran CBS comedy, How I Met Your Mother, also was off to a very hot start. It opened the night at 8 PM with a 4.7/13 in 18-49. That was the comedy’s highest-rated season premiere ever, up a whopping 31% from last fall, a surge rarely seen for a series in its seventh season. A second HIMYM episode at 8:30 PM rose even further to a 5.1/13 (5.2/13 in the finals). And if it starts to seem like the Two and a Half Men tide was lifting all the CBS boats last night, that wasn’t quite the case. Somewhat surprisingly, the second-season premiere of Hawaii Five-0 at 10 PM (3.4/8) was down 13% from its series debut last year despite having a lead-in twice as big as last fall’s. Two and a Half Men and CBS easily dominated the opening night of the 2011-12 season. But, because of the big curiosity factor associated with the public firing of former Men star Charlie Sheen and his replacement Kutcher, the show was expected to open well. The question is where it will settle when the novelty wears off. As for Sheen himself, we’re awaiting to see the ratings for his roast on Comedy Central, which also aired last night. (UPDATE: Comedy Central’s Roast Of Charlie Sheen Highest-Rated In Franchise History)

On the other broadcast networks last night, NBC’s The Playboy Club got off to a disappointing start with a 1.6/4 in 18-49 and 5 million viewers at 10 PM. It was down 30% from the premiere of NBC’s short-lived drama Chase in the same slot last year and did only a little better than last fall’s big flop, Fox’s Lone Star, which opened with a 1.3/3 and 4.1 million. The Playboy Club tied another short-lived show, Crusoe, as NBC’s lowest-rated fall drama premiere ever. The Playboy Club didn’t get much help from its lead-in, a two-hour The Sing-Off, which managed a 1.9/5 in the demo and 5.2 million viewers. (Chase had a stronger lead-in last year from The Event.) Sing-Off, whose only previous run was as a limited holiday series, was down 32% from its December debut to log the show’s lowest-rated telecast. Overall, NBC’s Monday lineup was down 30% from last fall, a troublesome sign for the network, which is looking to mount a ratings turnaround. Read More »

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TNT Acquires Off-Network Rights To ‘Castle’

By | Wednesday June 8, 2011 @ 1:35pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: In the second high-profile drama off-network sale this year following TNT’s recent acquisition of Hawaii Five-0, TNT has picked up the rights to ABC’s crime dramedy Castle, which is heading into its fourth season in the fall. The first 2 seasons of series starring Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic will begin airing on TNT in the summer 2012 and will also be available online through TV Everywhere. The license fee for Castle, sold by Disney-ABC Domestic TV, is said to be in the $1.5 million per episode range, less than what TNT recently agreed to pay for CBS’ freshman Hawaii Five-0, just north of $2 million. (Ironically, Castle started beating Hawaii in the ratings towards the end of the season as the two shows faced off in the Monday 10 PM slot.). In 2009, TNT also shelled out a little over $2 million an episode for CBS’ The Mentalist, which recently launched in the 7-9 PM slot on the cable network. But I hear that the deals for The Mentalist and Hawaii are exclusive, while the Castle pact is non-exclusive, allowing ABC to add to its off-network haul with a weekend broadcast syndication sale. With its setup, a handsome, quirky male consultant paired with a hot, no-nonsense female detective, The Mentalist and Castle seem like good potential companions. They also both look more like USA, not TNT shows, but they may be too close to USA’s own brand … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Leads ABC Against Finales

ABC’s Dancing With the Stars spoiled the party for a slew of shows offering their season finales Monday in primetime, drawing a preliminary 21.4 million viewers and a 4.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic. It provided a solid lead-in for the season finale of Castle, which got a 3.3 rating at 10 PM, and gave ABC an easy win on a night where the broadcast networks didn’t have to compete against the NBA playoffs.

Fox’s House was one of the few shows to withstand the Dancing heat, posting a 3.5 rating, up 17% from last week and its highest demo number since March 21.

As for CBS, How I Met Your Mother closed its season with a 3.0 in the demo, the show’s lowest-rated finale since Season 2. The series finale of canceled Mad Love (2.1) and the season finales of Mike & Molly (2.5) and Hawaii Five-0 (2.5) all grew a couple of tenths.

NBC’s Chuck (1.5, up a tenth) and the CW’s 90210 (0.8) and Gossip Girl (0.7) also wrapped their season runs.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Hits Low; ‘Castle’, ‘Chicago Code’ Only Gainers Amid Declines

Nellie Andreeva

A competitive NBA playoff game on TNT that went into overtime, Miami vs. Boston, took a toll on the broadcast networks last night, with most series down from last week. The disintegration of CBS’ once-formidable Monday lineup continues. How I Met Your Mother (2.5/8) was down 11% from last week to tie its series low. Mad Love (1.8/5) was down 18% for a series low, Mike & Molly (2.2/5) and Hawaii Five-0 (2.3/6) were both down 8%. Both Mike & Molly and Hawaii Five-0 also hit new series lows for a second consecutive week. Once a demo leader on Mondays, CBS (2.1/6, 7.3 million) finished third behind ABC (3.8/10, 17.7 million) and Fox (2.3/6, 6.7 million).

ABC’s Dancing With the Stars (4.1/11) was down 9% from last week, while Castle (3.1/8) was up 7%. Castle was joined in the plus ratings column by Fox’s The Chicago Code (1.7/4, up 6%). Its lead-in, freshly renewed House (2.9/9) was flat, tying last week’s season low.

NBC’s bubble shows Chuck (1.3/4) and Law & Order: LA (1.2/3) didn’t boost their chances to come back with last night’s ratings performances, down 7% and 14%, respectively, and Chuck tying its series low. The Event (1.1/3), which is beyond the bubble and into graveyard territory, was down 15% and tied as series low.

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘House’, ‘Chicago Code’, ‘Mike & Molly’ & ‘Hawaii Five-0′ Hit Lows

Nellie Andreeva

CBS has got to fix its Monday 9 PM problem as it is starting to seriously impact the 9:30 PM and 10 PM shows. Last night, freshmen Mike & Molly (2.3/6) at 9:30 PM and Hawaii Five-0 (2.4/6) at 10 PM both hit series lows, down 12% and 14%, respectively, from last week. They followed a Two and a Half Men rerun (2.2/6). Things looked better in the 8 PM hour, where How I Met Your Mother (2.7/8) was up 8% from its last original April 18, while midseason comedy Mad Love (2.2/6) was up 10% from last week when it was the sole original in a lineup of repeats.

This will not help UMS in its drawn-out difficult negotiations with Fox for a House pickup — last night the medical drama hit a new season low with a 2.9/8 in 18-49, down 9% from its last original two weeks ago. The Chicago Code (1.6/4) also hit a low, down 11%, as its chances for renewal are slipping away.

ABC (3.9/10, 18 million viewers) won another Monday with a potent Dancing With the Stars (4.4/12, down 6%) against a weakened CBS Monday lineup without Two and a Half Men originals. Castle (2.9/7, 12.2 million) was down a tenth from its last original April 11 but dominated the 10 PM hour in both 18-49 and total viewers. NBC’s Chuck (1.4/4) and Law & Order: LA (1.4/4) both climbed 8% from their most recent originals, … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NCAA Championship Game, ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Down

Nellie Andreeva

It was all about hoops and hoofs last night as the NCAA men’s basketball championship game and ABC’s Dancing with the Stars were the two main attractions, while  Univision (1.6/4 in adults 18-49) pulled off another No. 3 finish in adults 18-49. No time-zone-adjusted viewer or demo numbers for the game are available yet, but CBS is expected to carry the night in 18-49, while ABC (4.0/10, 18.2 million) may have the edge in total viewers.

The NCAA final between UConn and Butler was down from last year’s face-off between Duke and Butler. In the metered market household ratings, last night’s game pulled a 13.3/21, down 17% from last year’s title game but up from the 2009 and 2008 finals. With NCAA men’s basketball coverage expanding to four networks this year as TNT, TBS and truTV joined CBS, the combined tournament household rating average was the highest since 2005.

Dancing (4.6/12 in 18-49) took a fall, and it was not limited to Kirslie Alley’s tumble on the dance floor (video below). Against the basketball game, the reality competition was down 12% in the demo from last week. Ditto for Castle (2.9/7), down 9% and bound for a double-digit decline in the finals as its fast national numbers are inflated by Dancing overrun.

Following a Chuck rerun (0.6/2), The Event (1.2/3) held steady at its series-low mark, while the season finale of Harry’s Law (1.3/3) was down 19% in the … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC Easily Tops Rerun-Heavy Monday, Univision Third

Nellie Andreeva

ABC dominated Monday night with Dancing with the Stars and Castle. Dancing (5.1/14 in 18-49, 22.3 million in the fast-national Nielsen ratings) was flat with the fast-national ratings for its season premiere last week, as was Castle (3.3/8, 12.8 million). Because DWTS rises in the finals and Castle drops when following the reality juggernaut, vs. the final numbers last week, DWTS was down 4% and Castle was up 6%. For the night, ABC averaged a 4.5/12 in 18-49 and 19.2 million viewers.

CBS (1.9/5, 6.2 million), whose only original last night was midseason comedy Mad Love (2.1/6, 5.6 million), finished second, paced again by a Two and Half Men repeat (2.3/6, 7.6 million) as its top performer.

Spanish-language broadcaster Univision (1.7/4 in 18-49) was third for the night in the adult demo, ahead of NBC’s all-original lineup and Fox and the CW, which aired all repeats.

NBC’s special saluting President George H.W. Bush (0.9/3, 4.2 million) barely registered at 8 PM. The Event (1.2/3, 4.4 million) and Harry’s Law (1.6/4, 8.2 million) were both even with last week’s series lows in 18-49.

Note: Starting with last night’s ratings, Nielsen is now reporting duplicate viewing, meaning that if the same viewer watches a show live and then again in playback, that second viewing counts towards the program’s Live+same day rating.  The same applies if a viewer rewinds and re-watches content on their DVR.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Down, Slew Of Shows Hit Lows

Nellie Andreeva

The season premiere of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (5.1/15 in adults 18-49, 22.3 million viewers) was down 20% from the March premiere last year to rank as the show’s lowest-rated spring premiere since Season 2 in 2006. But vs. the fall cycle’s debut, Dancing was flat and easily the top program of the night in 18-49 and total viewers. Buoyed by a Dancing lead-in (and probably some overrun), Castle (3.3/9) at 10 PM was up 18% from its last original Feb. 28, when it followed The Bachelor. ABC easily won the night in 18-49 (4.5/13) and viewers (19.1 million).

All NBC series hit series lows. Chuck (1.5/4) was down 6% from last week, The Event (1.2/3) was flat and tied its series low, and Harry’s Law (1.6/4) was down 11%.

At CBS, the first Daylight Saving Time original of How I Met Your Mother (2.9/9) was down from the last fresh episode Feb. 28 for a season low. With a new HIMYM as a lead-in vs. a repeat last week, Mad Love (2.3/7) was up 10% from last week. Following a Two and Half Men (2.6/7) repeat, Mike & Molly (3.0/8) was down 12% from its last original Feb. 28 (also following a Men rerun) for a series low. But that didn’t affect Hawaii Five-0 (2.9/8), which was up 4% from its last original Feb. 21.

Fox’s House (3.4/10) was down a tenth (3%) from last week, while The Chicago Code (1.9/5) … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC, CW And Fox Up, CBS Down, NBC Flat On Monday

Nellie Andreeva

After getting a ratings hit on Valentine’s Day, ABC’s female-friendly Monday lineup had a rebounded nicely last night. The Bachelor (3.3/9 in adults 18-49, 10.3 million viewers) was up 14% from last week in the demo for a season high. Castle (2.6/7, 9 million) was up 18%. With CBS’ flagship Monday series, Two and a Half Men, in repeat, ABC edged CBS for the top spot in adults 18-49 (3.1/8), scoring its best Monday numbers in the demo and total viewers (9.9 million) in 3 months.

CBS’ midseason comedy Mad Love (2.8/7, 8 million) slipped 7% from its so-so premiere last week. Its lead-in, How I Met Your Mother (3.6/10, 9.4 million) was down 3%. With its lead-in, Two and a Half Men (3.0/8, 11.5 million), a repeat after airing its last original completed before the current hiatus last week, Mike & Molly (3.2/8, 11.3 million) was down 16% from last week when it drew its largest audience ever. At 10 PM, Hawaii Five-0 (2.7/8, 10.2 million) was less impacted, down 4% from last week in the demo. The action drama won the 10 PM slot by a razor-thin margin in the demo and comfortably in total viewers. CBS (3.0/8, 10.1 million) finished first for the night in total viewers and close second in 18-49.

Fox’s dramas were up slightly after … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Men’ Tops, ‘Mike & Molly’ Pops, ‘Mad Love’ Slow, ‘Chicago Code’ Down

Nellie Andreeva

Most programs were down last night, as overall TV viewership was impacted by the Valentine’s Day holiday. (Adult 18-49 TV usage was off by 6% from last week.) Most affected was Fox, which had gotten a post-Super Bowl boost last Monday. Veteran House (3.4/10, 9.9 million) was down 21% in the demo, while new cop drama The Chicago Code (2.0/5) was down 17% from its premiere last Monday.

The last original episode (for now) of CBS’ Two and a Half Men (4.2/11, 14.5 million) was down 5% from last week and tied as a season low. But the comedy starring Charlie Sheen was far and away the highest-rated program on the night in 18-49 and total viewers. (CBS plans to air Men reruns in the 9 PM slot for the foreseeable future while the show is on hiatus.) Men‘s lead-out, Mike & Molly (3.8/10, 13.1 million) bucked the down trend on the night, up 9% in the demo, and posted its largest audience ever.

News wasn’t as great for CBS’ other new half-hour entry on Monday, Mad Love. In its premiere last night (3.0/8, 8.8 million), the midseason comedy did OK by holding onto 81% of its How I Met Your Mother (3.7/11, down 3%; 9.6 million) demo lead-in. But it didn’t improve CBS’ performance in the 8:30 PM slot, as … Read More »

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