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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Blacklist’ Ends Fall Run On High Note, ‘Almost Human’ Slips Again

By | Tuesday December 3, 2013 @ 9:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

blacklistfinale2It was an encouraging finish for NBC‘s new drama The Blacklist. Part 2 of its fall closer (3.5 in adults 18-49) tied its lead, The Voice, for the first time in the demo. (It actually built on the last half-hour of The Voice in total viewers.) In fact, this was the first time a scripted NBC show following the hit reality series has been able to match or build on a Voice original. There will be some adjusting down in the finals for both The Voice and Blacklist (likely 0.1-0.2) as the network’s programming was pre-empted for a football game in New Orleans. Still, Blacklist, currently up 17% from last week, is expected to set or tie its second best 18-49 rating since the premiere and post its second largest audience ever (12.3 million in the fast nationals). The Voice is currently 6% ahead of last week’s 3.3, which was a fall Monday low for the singing show.

The strong football game last night, up from last week, did not make things easy for Fox’s Almost Human (1.7), which was down 11% from last Monday to post its third consecutive decline since the premiere. CBS’ Monday block was largely status quo with some slippage in the middle. The network’s highest-rated How I Met Your Mother (2.9) and 2 Broke Girls (2.7) and lowest rated Hostages (1.1) were even with last week, while Mike & Molly (2.4) … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘X Factor’ Finale Down From Season 1, ‘CMA Country Christmas’ Falls

By | Friday December 21, 2012 @ 9:08am PST

Thursday saw The X Factor (3.1/9) wrapping its second season with country singer Tate Stevens declared the winner of a $5 million recording contract. Watched by 9.646 million viewers, the 8-10 PM live finale was up 29% from last Thursday’s show. However, like Wednesday’s performance finale, X Factor’s season-ender last night was down 18% from the 3.8/11 for its Season 1 finale December 22, 2011. Despite the boost expected from the addition of Britney Spears and Demi Lovato to the judges’ panel this year, X Factor found itself battered in the ratings during its second season. NBC’s The Voice, which went to its first fall season this year, drew a 4.9/13 for its two-hour Season 3 finale on Tuesday. Last night’s X Factor was not even the night’s most-watched show: An 8 PM repeat of The Big Bang Theory on CBS pulled in 10.923 million viewers. Fox did win Thursda night in total viewers and the adults 18-49 demo. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Community’ & ‘Prime Suspect’ Rise, ‘Parks & Recreation’ Slips

Nellie Andreeva

Against lighter competition, The X Factor‘s Top 7 results show last night (3.1/9) was even with its last Thursday episode two weeks ago and up 19% from last week’s results edition, which aired on Wednesday. Bones (2.8/7) was up a tenth from two weeks ago. Fox (3.0/8, 9.5 million) won the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers. NBC was the only other broadcast network to air its regular lineup in originals last night. For a second consecutive time since NBC announced it was benching Community for midseason, the off-beat comedy (1.7/5) went up a tenth, matching its best demo delivery in two months. But after rising by two tenths in its last original airing two weeks ago, Parks And Recreation (1.8/5) dropped as much last night. The Office (2.9/8) and Whitney (1.9/5) were both flat with their most recent originals and tied as season/series low. With no original series competition at 10 PM, canceled Prime Suspect (1.3/4) was up two tenths (13%) from two weeks ago. With all originals, NBC (1.8/5, 4.4 million) still finished behind CBS (1.9/5, 8.4 million), which aired all reruns. ABC ran holiday specials Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (2.2/6) and CMA Country Christmas (2.1/5). The CW aired repeats.

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ABC Signs 10-Year Deal For CMA Awards

By | Wednesday November 9, 2011 @ 2:42pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

In a competitive situation, ABC has signed a new 10-year deal with the Country Music Association to keep the CMA Awards on the network through 2021. The announcement was made hours before tonight’s broadcast of the 45th Annual CMA Awards on ABC. The awards show aired on NBC for its first four years, switching to CBS in 1972 for a 34-year run until ABC nabbed the rights in 2006. The deal with the CMA also covers franchise extensions CMA Festival: Country’s Night To Rock, which launched in 2004, and CMA Country Christmas, which started last year, which also will air on ABC for another decade. “ABC has demonstrated a passion for the format and our television properties,” CMA CEO Steve Moore said. “We have seen the CMA Music Festival special grow to three hours; we have added a holiday special, CMA Country Christmas; and our crown jewel, the CMA Awards, has reached a new, enthusiastic audience.” Last year, CMA averaged 17 million viewers. The second edition of the two-hour CMA Country Christmas special is scheduled to air December 1.

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