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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Debuts Soft, ‘Revenge’ Finale Down, ’60 Minutes’ Up, ‘Cosmos’ Falls

COLIN O'DONOGHUE, JENNIFER MORRISONThe Big 4 are starting their upfronts in NYC today but the 2013-2014 TV season is still going through its final paces with finales and specials. It was ABC who held the finale cards among the networks last night. With a chilly blockbuster surprise at the very very end of Once Upon A Time (2.2/7), the fairy tale drama wrapped its third season. The two-hour finale bopped up 5% from last week to match its best result among adults 18-49 since April 6. The last episode of the season was basically steady with its previous finale, with just a 4% slip from that one-hour broadcast on May 12, 2013. Once Upon A Time also has a tendency to rise a tenth in the final EMILY VANCAMPnumbers, so expect an adjustment later. No spoilers except to say it was a scorched Earth policy of a night and some new beginnings on Revenge (1.5/4) as the high-end soap also ended its third cycle. The one-hour finale rose 15% in the key demo from its May 4 episode and series low tie. However, compared with its two-hour Season 2 finale on May 12, 2013, Revenge took an 11% downward turn. ABC started the night with America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.5/6), which saw a 6% dip from last week. Add it all up and ABC won the night for the third Sunday in a row in the demo with a 1.8/6 rating.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bob’s Burgers’ & ‘Once Upon A Time’ Rise, ‘The Mentalist’ & ‘The Simpsons’ Down

Bob's Burgers April 27There were no awards shows and no sporting events nationally on the networks in primetime last night, but it was a full house of originals across the board on the first Sunday of the May sweep. With everyone fielding a team for the first time in two weeks, on Fox the animation-heavy night started on fire. Coming off a series low on Easter Sunday last week, Bob’s Burgers (0.8/3) had a massive surge of 83% in the adults 18-49 demo. That remarkable rise was followed by American Dad (1.2/4), which grew 9% from its last original April 13. The Simpsons (1.5/5) unfortunately did not get the same benefit, suffering a 12% drop from its last original two weeks ago. There were young lovers on the run on last night’s Family Guy (2.1/6) and the not-always best of pals Jerome and Peter had to find them; the episode was even with its last original. Tied with Once Upon A Time for the night’s highest-rated show, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (1.4/4) was also even week-over-week.

The winner of the night among Adults 18-49 with a 1.7/5 rating, ABC had a pretty good start to its Sunday too. America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.6/6) was up 23% from it last new show on April 13. The good time weren’t just limited to unscripted TV for ABC as Once Upon A Time (2.1/6) flew 24% from its show last week. That’s a 3-week high for Once, … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Cosmos’, ‘Once Upon A Time’ & ‘Dateline’ Fall, ‘Crisis’ Up, ‘Resurrection’ Dips

By | Monday April 14, 2014 @ 9:23am PDT

There was a lot of competition from cable last night with the return of AMC‘s Mad Men, Showtime’s Californication and Nurse Jackie and Week 2 of the latest season of Game Of Thronesplus Silicon Valley and Veep on HBO. However the networks weren’t letting down their game with a slate of originals from everyone. Still, almost everyone was down in adults 18-49 from last week.

COSMOS APRIL 13Fox started the night with its usual animation block of Bob’s Burgers (0.8/3) and American Dad (1.1/4). The two ‘toons were down 11% and 8%, respectively, from their April 6 airings. They were followed by The Simpsons (1.6/5) and Family Guy (2.1/6), which fell 16% and 9% respectively. However, the latter was the highest-rated show on primetime last night. The biggest blow of the night for Fox was for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (1.2/3). Up against GoT and more, the sixth episode of the Neil deGrasse Tyson-hosted series took a 20% dive from last week in the key demo. That’s a low for the rebooted science show. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Academy Of Country Music Awards Falls, ‘Resurrection’ & ‘American Dream Builders’ Hit Lows

blake shelton shakira academy of country music awards 2014On a night that saw a lot of action on cable with premieres (Welcome back Game Of Thrones and Veep) and season finales (Shameless and House Of Lies), CBS and the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards (3.3/9) took a hit from last year’s more than a decade-long high. With performances from The Voice’s Blake Shelton and Shakira, plus Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, an appearance by Garth Brooks and big wins for George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and Kacey Musgraves, the 8 PM – 11 PM awards show fell 23% from its April 7, 2013 show. Having lost out on the promotion platform of the NCAA Tournament the night before (the basketball was on Turner not CBS), the ACM also saw a dip of 8% in terms of total viewership from 2013’s 15.38 million to 14.14 million last night. CBS started the night with a new 60 Minutes (1.3/4) that was down 54% from last week, which saw overruns from the college basketball tournament. Still, even with those big stumbles, overall the network won the night in terms of the key demo (2.8/8) and total viewers 13.10 million. Read More »

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ABC’s ‘Resurrection’ Rises, As Does Fox’s ‘Cosmos’ In Significant Live+3 Viewing

SAMAIRE ARMSTRONG, MARK HILDRETH, DEVIN KELLEY, KURTWOOD SMITH, OMAR EPPS, LANDON GIMENEZ, FRANCES FISHER, NICHOLAS GONZALEZ, MATT CRAVENABC’s Resurrection rose on the third day of DVR viewing  to bring in additional 3.1 million viewers who, added to the 13.9 million who watched the show’s premiere on a Live+Same Day basis, brings its opening tally to 17 million viewers. More important to ABC, the new drama series’ launch saw a demo spike from a 3.8 L+SD rating to a 5.0 with three days of delayed viewing factored in.

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Meanwhile, Fox’s premiere of Seth MacFarlane’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey jumped 33%, from a 2.1 demo rating to a 2.8 with Live+3 Day viewing. In overall audience, Cosmos climbed from 5.770 million viewers to 7.536 million — not bad for a science show. In addition to its Fox broadcast network play, the launch of the Neil de Grasse-hosted show aired on nine other networks, including NatGeo.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Strong Start For ABC’s ‘Resurrection’, Fox’s ‘Cosmos’ Solid

By | Monday March 10, 2014 @ 1:12pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

LOGO_-ONAIR_Resurrection_57778_302UPDATE 1:20: Cosmos‘ premiere totals came in. Across the 10 Fox-owned US networks, led by FBC, the science program drew 8.5 million total viewers and a 2.9 in adults 18-49.

PREVIOUS: This is the type of premiere ratings ABC had been praying for. After a string of disappointments – Lucky 7 and Betrayal in the fall and most recently The Assets, Killer Women and Mind Games – new drama Resurrection last night opened to a 3.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 13.3 million total viewers, the highest rating for a midseason drama launch in two years and the highest-rated and most-watched broadcast program last night. A lot had been riding on Resurrection, with ABC going all in on promoting the supernatural drama it considered its last and best hope for a ratings success. (Had it failed, all those Am I Dead? #ABC billboards would’ve taken on a whole new meaning.) 

Related: ABC Hopes For Ratings ‘Resurrection’ With New Drama Amid Freshman Show Struggles

abc46The best news for Resurrection was that it broke out on its own at 9 PM, spiking from its lead-in, Once Upon A Time (2.3 in 18-49, 7.3 million), whose midseason premiere was up 21% in the demo from the fall finale on December 15. That is a great number given that it fell on the first night of daylight savings time when viewers are still adjusting. At 10 PM, Revenge (1.9, 6.5 million) didn’t take advantage of its big Resurrection lead-in, though riding its coattails was enough for a 46% jump in 18-49 from the show’s most recent original on January 19. Resurrection‘s strong premiere marks another success for the pilot’s director Charles McDougall, who previously helmed the pilot for another ABC Sunday 9 PM series that helped changed the network’s fortunes, Desperate Housewives (as well as CBS’ The Good Wife). McDougall is back at ABC this season, helming pilot Secrets & Lies. Resurrection also marks a successful first series launch for Brad Pitt’s Plan B, which is producing with Brillstein Entertainment, just a week after the company landed a Best Picture Oscar for 12 Years A Slave. Paced by Resurrection, ABC posted rare Sunday night ratings wins in 18-49 and total viewers with regular programming for a second Sunday victory in a row, following the Oscars the previous week. Read More »

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President Obama’s ‘Cosmos’ Introduction On 10 Fox Networks Group Channels: Video

By | Sunday March 9, 2014 @ 6:32pm PDT

“America has always been a nation of fearless explorers who dream big and reach farther than others imagine,” President Obama said as he Cosmosintroduced the series premiere episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey tonight on 10 Fox Networks Group Channels, including Fox broadcast network and National Geographic Channel. “Today we’re doing everything we can to bring that same sense of possibility to a new generation, because there are new frontiers to explore and we need Americans eager to explore them,” he said in the video message leading into the premiere episode.  Yesterday the networks announced their reboot of Carl Sagan’s classic Cosmos series  was getting a White House lift-off. A preview of the series screened at the White House as part of their inaugural White House Film Festival on Friday, February 28.

More than three decades after the debut of Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Sagan’s iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science, Seth MacFarlane has teamed with Sagan’s original creative collaborators to conceive the 13-part series to serve as a successor to the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning original series. Sagan’s original series Cosmos was first broadcast in 1980 and remains the most globally successful American public television series of all time. Seen by more than 750 million viewers, Cosmos has remained popular throughout the world.

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Fox & Nat Geo To Preview ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’ At Inaugural White House Film Festival

CosmosSeth MacFarlane’s passion project will get an unprecedented global launch next month, but first it has a date in D.C. Fox and National Geographic Channel said today they will screen a preview of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on Friday as part of the inaugural White House Film Festival. Writer-director-exec producer Ann Druyan will introduce the screening. The 13-part series, a sequel to Carl Sagan’s influential Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1980), premieres March 9 on multiple Fox Network Group outlets then continues on subsequent Sundays on Fox on with expanded editions Mondays on Nat Geo. In other White House film fest news, the American Film Institute said today it will collaborate on the event, which screens winning short films created by K-12 students. President Obama will deliver the opening remarks Friday to a crowd of more than 100 students, teachers and parents in the East Room.

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TCA: Seth MacFarlane & Fox Looking To Bring Science To The Masses With ‘Cosmos’

By | Monday January 13, 2014 @ 6:05pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

TCA In describing Seth MacFarlane, the king of such lowbrow fare as the hit series Family Guy and blockbuster feature Ted, “educator” is hardly a word that comes to mind. But he is taking on such a role with Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a reboot of the popular PBS series by the late Carl Sagan. In addition to his love for the original, which he had been a fan of since childhood, MacFarlane is bringing a lot of expertise to the Fox project. That includes animation, which will be an important component of the new 13-episode series he described the show as a “visual feast.” Scientists will get the animated treatment, and it will be used to “bring history sequences into the new millennium,” he said. MacSeth MacFarlane Cosmos TCAFarlane also is lending lead-in supports to Cosmos, which premieres March 9, with his Family Guy serving as  launching pad for it on Sunday nights. He sees a lot of cross-over audience from animated comedies to Cosmos and dismissed a suggestion that it would be for sci-fi fans only — or, as one critic described them, “nerds tuning in on Friday night.” MacFarlane jumped in, “And f**k you.” He said that was the reason the show was pitched to Fox. “National Geographic and Discovery are great networks, but instead of pleading to the converted, wouldn’t it be nice to broaden [the reach]?”

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During his Q&A session at TCA today, MacFarlane had another quick comeback when someone suggested that he may have had to withhold some of his shows from Fox to force them to pick up Cosmos. “What do you think happened to The Flintstones?” he deadpanned, referring to his aborted reboot. Every episode of Cosmos will profile a hero from the world of space exploration, which will bring a welcome change from the current entertainment environment. “We are in the age of the anti-hero where everything has to be dark and dystrophy and depressing,” he said.

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