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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Night Shift’ Steady As NBC Wins Night, ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ Gains

By | Wednesday July 9, 2014 @ 9:05am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Night Shift’ Steady As NBC Wins Night, ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ GainsHeading into the debut of CBS’ Halle Berry sci-fi thriller Extant tonight and the whirlwind of the Emmy nominations announcement on Thursday, it was a quiet summer primetime on the Big 4 last night. As in previous weeks, an encore of America’s Got Talent (1.7/6) was the highest-rated show of the night. Following that was The Night Shift (1.3/7), NBC’s only new show of the night. Featuring a heavily armed guest appearance by Ray Donovan’s Steven Bauer, the penultimate episode of the first season of the medical drama slipped 7% from its July 1 show – which had been a big leap up from the week before. With a strong lead-in from AGT, Night Shift was the second-highest-rated show of the night among adults 18-49. Overall, NBC won Tuesday both among the key demo with a 1.6/5 rating and 7.416 million viewers.

ABC was the only network to have a full slate of originals with first Extreme Weight Loss (1.0/4) and then Celebrity Wife Swap (1.0/3). With former SNLer Joe Piscopo and The Brady Bunch’s Barry “Greg” Williams doing the honors on the latter, CWS was even with last week while its two-hour lead-in was up 11%.

Both CBS and Fox were all repeats with the latter’s NCIS encore proving the most-watched show of the night with 7.95 million viewers.

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Ratings Rat Race: NBC Dominates With ‘America’s Got Talent’ Repeat

Ratings Rat Race: NBC Dominates With ‘America’s Got Talent’ RepeatAn encore America’s Got Talent finished first last night among broadcast programs in every key demo. The AGT rerun (1.9/7) retained 90% of the episode’s original run on Sunday, and matched its highest rating for a repeat since May 2012.  In total viewers (7.899 million), it was AGT‘s most watched repeat in three years.

ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap was the night’s closest competitor (1.3/4), winning its 10 PM slot by beating NBC’s AGT-fueled Night Shift (1.3/4 vs 1.2/4) with its second highest rating in a year, including an 18% pop with women 18-34 (though it dropped a tick in the demo from its most recent original episode — last week’s was a repeat). Wife Swap’s lead-in, Extreme Weight Loss (1.0/3), rose 25% week-to-week.

NBC took the night with a 1.7/6, followed by ABC’s 1.1/4. CBS’ night of NCIS franchise reruns finished third (0.9/3), followed by Fox’s comedy rerun lineup (0.6/2); the CW (0.2/1) was a few laps back.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ Beats Combined Competition, ABC’s ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Wraps Season With Gains

By | Wednesday June 4, 2014 @ 9:13am PDT

nightshiftWith the No. 1 and No. 2 shows of the night, NBC handily won Tuesday. The network’s America’s Got Talent was the only primetime program to top the 1′s in demo ratings, scoring a 2.8/10 for its two hours. AGT was so dominant it beat combined competition that included ABC Extreme Weight Loss (1.1/4), CBS’ NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles repeats (1.0/4), and Fox’s Riot (0.4/2) and I Wanna Marry ‘Harry’ (0.4/1) combo. AGT retained 93% of previous week’s 3.0 premiere rating, and finished within 0.2 of a point of last year’s second episode, which had aired later in primetime in order to enjoy a The Voice lead-in.

NBC’s The Night Shift (1.5/5), while losing more than a ratings point off its AGT lead-in, did retain 94% of its previous week’s premiere, which had been NBC’s top summer drama debut in five years. Fox’s Riot, meanwhile, tumbled 33% from the previous week, though it held steady in the adult 18-34 demo. I Wanna Marry ‘Harry’ held steady compared to previous week. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ & ‘Glee’ Dip, ‘Supernatural’ Surges, ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ & ‘About A Boy’ Steady

shakira april 22There were spies on ABC but it was truly show time on Fox and NBC last night. With its first live elimination show of Season 6, last night’s The Voice (2.7/9) rolled out a sizzling performance from mentor Shakira as well as cutting two contestants. Coming off its lowest Monday result ever and with the return of the Twitter instant save for a second season, the singing competition show was down 10% from last Tuesday. That’s a new low for the show in terms of regular episodes. Still, The Voice was the top-rated and most watched show of the night with 10.95 million watching. While NBC likely doesn’t want those standings to change, it might see a change in The Voice’s 18-49 rating later in the day when the final numbers come in – the show has commonly seen an adjustment upward from the preliminaries. With its 9:01 PM Voice spillover start, freshman About A Boy (1.9/6) saw a 6% bop up from last week in preliminary ratings. Fellow newbie Growing Up Fisher (1.5/4) was even with last week’s low.  Getting a 1.8/5 among the 18-49s, NBC was No. 1 last night with an all-encore CBS coming in tops in total viewers with 9.41 million watching. CBS’ NCIS repeat was the second-most-watched show of Tuesday’s primetime after The Voice with an audience of 10.42 million.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ & ‘About A Boy’ Inch Up, CBS Dramas Slip, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Season Debut Soft

By | Wednesday April 16, 2014 @ 9:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 2:30 PM: A ton of adjustments: The Voice, NCIS, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., New Girl, Person Of Interest and The Originals were each adjusted up a tenth among adults 18-49 while About A Boy, Growing Up Fisher and Supernatural were adjusted down a tenth.

PREVIOUS: ABC’s scheduling stunt with a Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. block paid off. Airing at 9 PM with last week’s episode as a lead-in, the comic book series last night drew a 2.0 in adults 18-49, up 18% from its fast national last week and up 5% from the final to tie a five-week high. It is currently running behind CBS’ NCIS: LA (2.1) in the hour, but the ABC drama tends to get an upward adjustment in the finals, so it will likely end up in a tie or could even pull ahead.

celebritywifeswapIf you were scratching your head over the pairing of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Celebrity Wife Swap and banishing the family reality show to 10 PM, you were not alone. In its season premiere in the challenging for ABC Wednesday 10 PM slot, the unscripted series managed a 1.0, down a steep 58% from the last season premiere in the far more family-viewing-inducing 8 PM hour to mark the lowest premiere for the Wife Swap franchise. Still, underscoring ABC’s nightly struggles in the hour, that was a seven-week high for the network in the time period. Read More »

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ABC’s ‘Mind Games’ Cancelled, To Be Replaced By ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ & ‘Resurrection’ Repeats

By | Thursday March 27, 2014 @ 5:40pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

mind-gamesABC has pulled the plug on midseason drama Mind Games after five low-rated airings. For the next two weeks, the network will use the Tuesday 10 PM slot for extra sampling of its promising midseason Sunday drama Resurrection, which will air repeats in the slot. Beginning April 15, ABC will launch Season 3 of utility player Celebrity Wife Swap in the q0 PM hour. The writing has been on the wall since Mind Games debuted to a 1.1 demo rating only two days after ABC’s Oscar telecast, where the procedural starring Christian Slater and Steve Zahn was promoted. It dived to a 0.6 in its second week, matching that rating again this Tuesday when it was hampered by the the lack of original lead-in. Mind Games became the third ABC drama casualty in the Tuesday 10 PM slot this season, joining cancelled freshmen Lucky 7 and Killer Women.

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ABC’s ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Renewed For Third Season

By | Wednesday July 31, 2013 @ 10:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: ABC has ordered a 13-episode third season of Celebrity Wife Swap, from  Zodiak USA. Season 2 of the reality series, an offshoot of Wife Swap, featured switcheroos that included reality TV stars Kate Gosselin and Kendra Wilkinson; 1990s music stars Gerardo Mejia and Sisqo; as well as TV mother-daughter duo Joan and Melissa Rivers swapping lives with Bristol and Willow Palin, daughters of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The season averaged more than 4.1 million total viewers. “The format is timeless,” said Bruce Toms, executive producer for Zodiak USA. “Each celebrity brings their own fun and comedic approach to this classic fish-out-of–water experience.” In the series, two mothers of celebrity families, each with opposing values, trade households, lifestyles and children for a week. Toms executive produces for Zodiak USA with Tony Yates. The Wife Swap franchise has been successful, producing more than 120 episodes combined for the civilian and celebrity versions. The future of the original Wife Swap series on ABC is unclear.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Unforgettable’ Returns Soft, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Finale Falls, ‘Whodunnit’ Up, ‘Big Brother’ Down

By | Monday July 29, 2013 @ 9:04am PDT

Back from the almost-dead for a second season, Unforgettable (1.3/4) returned last night to anchor CBS’ summer Sundays. The police procedural starring Poppy Montgomery as the remembers-everything Detective Carrie Wells and Dylan Walsh as Lt. Al Burns, started off its new 13-episode run down 55% from the 2.9/8 that its Season 1 premiere drew nearly two years ago. However, a lot has changed for Unforgettable since that September 20, 2011 premiere: The show, which was second in its time slot last night and tied with a Bob’s Burgers encore for the fifth highest rated show of the Big 4′s Primetime, has shifted from Tuesdays to Sundays, from a 10 PM time slot to 9 PM, and from being in season and having NCIS: LA as a lead-in to the summer with Big Brother as its lead-in now. While hitting a series low last night, Unforgettable, which CBS cancelled in May 2012 and then resurrected a month later, certainly bested its time-slot predecessor, up 160% in the adults 18-49 demo from encores of The Good Wife previously in the 9 PM Sunday slot this summer. With 7.02 million watching, it was also up 120% in viewers over Good Wife’s averages. With a cameo by Montgomery, Big Brother (2.2/7) kicked off the originals on CBS on Sunday. The highest-rated show of the night fell 12% from its July 22 episode. CBS started the night with a 60 Minutes (1.0/4) repeat, which was the most-watched show on Sunday night with 8.23 million viewers. With a 1.3/4, CBS tied with Univision for the top spot overall in the demo and was No. 1 among viewers with 6.665 million.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Up, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Hits New Low, ‘Whodunnit’ & Crossing Lines’ Even

By | Monday July 8, 2013 @ 8:52am PDT

The first Sunday after the July 4 holiday saw primetime originals on every network except Fox. The biggest kid on the block was Big Brother (2.1/6). With some of last week’s online controversy addressed on air, the vet reality series was up 11% from its June 30 broadcast. The highest-rated show on the Big 4 last night was also the second-highest-rated Big Brother episode this season behind its 2.2 from the June 26 premiere. Big Brother was the second-most-watched show Sunday night with 6.25 million viewers; a 60 Minutes encore at 7 PM was the most watched overall with 7.55 million viewers. According to preliminary results, the second-highest-rated show Sunday was Fox’s Family Guy (1.7/5) repeat at 9 PM. Overall, CBS and Fox tied for the top spot in adults 18-49 with both scoring a 1.2/4. Among total viewers, CBS was No. 1 with 5.426 million watching.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Whodunnit’ Debuts So-So, ‘Crossing Lines’ Opens Low

By | Monday June 24, 2013 @ 9:13am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Last night featured three premieres, but to put things in perspective, let’s start off by saying that a repeat of Family Guy on Fox (1.5/4) was the No. 1 program of the night among adults 18-49. An American Dad rerun (1.4/4) was No. 2. Now to the newcomers, none of whom made an impact as the broadcast networks’ summer is still looking for a breakout. ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap (1.3/4) returned to the schedule down 19% from its last original on Tuesday this past spring. It was followed by the debut of Whodunnit (1.3/4), the new unscripted mystery series from CSI creator Anthony Zuiker. That was a soft number but, given the lackluster performances this summer, it actually tied Fox’s Does Someone Have To Go? as the highest-rated reality debut. NBC’s drama acquisition Crossing Lines managed a 0.7/2 for its two-hour premiere. It was down from the recent openers of ABC’s Motive and Mistresses (1.2) and tied another NBC import, last summer’s Saving Hope, as the lowest drama debut on a Big 4 network ever. Tonight is CBS’ turn to try and beat the summer doldrums with Under The Dome.

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ABC Picks Up 3 More Episodes Of ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ For Six-Episode Summer Run

By | Friday March 8, 2013 @ 2:54pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Celebrity Wife SwapEXCLUSIVE: ABC has ordered three more episodes of Celebrity Wife Swap. That brings the total episode count for this cycle to nine. Three have been scheduled and have been airing Tuesdays 8 PM until new reality series Splash premieres March 19. The three additional episodes, along with the three remaining ones from the current order, will make for a six-episode cycle that is expected to air over the summer. Additionally, seven episodes of the original, non-celebrity Wife Swap, will start airing on Thursdays at 8 PM beginning March 21. The current Celebrity Wife Swap mini-cycle started off strong with the February 26 episode featuring reality/tabloid stars Kate Gosselin and Kendra Wilkinson, which nabbed a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49. The second episode, featuring singers Coolio and Mark McGrath, didn’t fare as well. Still, Celebrity Wife Swap is improving ABC’s time period by 25% vs. last year in 18-49. The next and final installment in this run, headlined by comedian Gilbert Gottfried and actor Alan Thicke, airs next Tuesday. Celebrity Wife Swap is produced by Bruce Toms for Zodiak USA. Natalka Znak, Claire O’Donohoe and Bruce Toms serve as executive producers.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Golden Boy’ Debuts Soft, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Returns With Series High, ‘Smash’, ‘Body Of Proof’ & ‘Go On’ Tie Lows

By | Wednesday February 27, 2013 @ 9:25am PST

After having been previewed online for a week, CBS’ Golden Boy (1.8/5) premiered on TV last night. It won its 10 PM slot, but the news was not all good. The midseason cop drama was up 20% in the slot from last week’s Vegas, which had tied a season low, but it was also down 28% from the Vegas premiere in the same time slot September 25. Watched by 10.46 million last night, Golden Boy did debut stronger than the 1.3/4 garnered by ABC’s new conspiracy drama Zero Hour when it premiered on Valentine’s Day, but it fell short of the 2.0/5 NBC’s Deception received for its January 7 debut. Golden Boy’s 10 PM Tuesday slot is just temporary; after one more Tuesday airing next week, it moves to Fridays at 9 PM.

Of course, part of Golden Boy‘s scheduling arrangement is to give it a boost from Tuesday heavyweights NCIS (3.4/10) and NCIS: LA (2.9/8). Last night’s most-watched show with 20.48 million viewers, the former slipped 3% from last week, while the latter was up 7% and drew 16.81 million viewers. With 15.917 million watching and a 2.7/8, CBS won the night in total viewers and in the adults 18-49 demographic.

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By | Wednesday February 1, 2012 @ 9:33am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox topped a quiet pre-February sweep night where it was the only network, along with the CW, to air an all-original lineup. The heavily promoted Michael Jackson-themed episode of Glee (3.6/10) was up 16% from the dramedy’s last original two weeks ago. It was a rare No. 1 demo finish on the night for Glee this season. Fox’s freshman New Girl (3.5/9) was up a tenth from two weeks ago, while Raising Hope (2.1/5) was down 9%. Fox (3.2/8, 7.5 million) won the night in 18-49, while CBS’ all-rerun lineup (1.7/5, 10.6 million) was tops in total viewers. ABC and NBC had one original offering each. Following Last Man Standing repeats, the season finale of Celebrity Wife Swap (1.9/5) posted a series low. NBC’s The Biggest Loser (2.1/6) was even with last week’s hourlong episode to tie a season low. The CW’s Ringer (0.6/1) returned from an eight-week hiatus even with its last original in November, which was a series low. Its lead-in, 90210 (0.7/2), was flat with last week in 18-49 and up 14% in 18-34 (0.8/3).

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Work It’ & ‘Biggest Loser’ Off To Soft Starts, CBS Dramas Hot In Return

By | Wednesday January 4, 2012 @ 9:48am PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s new series Work It didn’t set the world on fire in its premiere last night, but it didn’t crash and burn either. The cross-dressing comedy opened with a 2.0/5 among adults 18-49 and 6.1 million viewers. That was down 17% in 18-49 from the premiere in the time slot of the now defunct Man Up!, but in terms of retaining the Last Man Standing lead-in, Work It! did actually a little better than Man Up! with 83% vs. 80%. Of course, matching the performance of a swiftly canceled series is not that reassuring. Last Man Standing (2.4/6) was up 9% in 18-49 from the series low it posted with its most recent original three weeks ago. In its regular slot premiere, Celebrity Wife Swap (2.2/5) was down 8% from its preview behind The Bachelor on Monday, while Body Of Proof (1.5/4) tied the series low rating it posted with its last original four weeks ago. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Bachelor’ Down In Return, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ OK In Preview

By | Tuesday January 3, 2012 @ 9:58am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The broadcast lights started to turn on last night with three out of five English-language networks — ABC, CBS and NBC — airing all-original lineups. ABC’s The Bachelor opened its new cycle with a 2.4/6 in adults 18-49 and 7.7 million total viewers. It was down 17% from the January premiere last year. The preview of Celebrity Wife Swap (2.4/6, 6.2 million) received solid sampling ahead of its premiere tonight, holding 100% of the Bachelor demo lead-in.

The broadcast networks faced the Fiesta Bowl, which aired in primetime on the East Coast and may have affected the more male-skewing CBS and NBC lineups. CBS’ How I Met Your Mother (3.9/9, 10.2 million) was down 13% from its most recent original three weeks ago. 2 Broke Girls (4.3/10, 12 million) appears well underway to become the new top-rated Monday program among adults 18-49. The rookie was up a tenth from its last original and finished only a tenth behind CBS’ flagship Monday series Two  And A Half Men (4.4/10, 13.8 million), which was down 6%. Mike & Molly (3.8/9, 11.9 million) was down 5% in 18-49, while Hawaii Five-0 (2.9/7, 11.7 million) was up a tenth. CBS swept every half-hour of primetime for a dominating nightly victory in 18-49 (3.7/9) and total viewers (11.9 million). NBC’s Who’s Still Standing? (1.5/3, 5.6 million) was even with last week, while Fear Factor (2.4/5, 5.9 million) was down a tenth. Rock Center With Brian Williams (1.2/3, … Read More »

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