It was the beginning of Week 2 of the battle rounds on The Voice (4.8/13) last night. With the teams taking shape, a last-minute steal by judge Usher brought one contestant’s ambitions back to life. However, despite that drama, the two-hour show slipped 8% from the year-high of last week’s show. Even though The Voice stumbled on the week-to-week growth it has seen since its season debut, the singing competition series was Monday’s highest-rated and most-watched show with 13.90 million viewers. After The Voice, Revolution (2.2/6) was back. Pre-empted last week due to NBC News’ coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, the post-apocalyptic drama was even with its last original April 8 to tie a series low. NBC won the night in adults 18-49, but ABC took the top viewership spot with 12.959 million. READ MORE »
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ & ‘DWTS’ Dip, ‘The Following’ & ‘Castle’ Up, ‘Rules Of Engagement’ Hits Series Low
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Hits Year High, ’2 Broke Girls’ & ‘Hawaii Five-0′ Hit Series Lows, ‘DWTS’ Up
After an afternoon of comprehensive coverage on all networks of the bombing at Monday’s Boston Marathon and pre-emptions in various markets, last night’s primetime was relatively normal, with NBC the only network to make changes to its schedule. After three weeks of blind auditions, The Voice (5.1/4) finally began its battle rounds, with mentors Pharrell Williams, Sheryl Crow, Hilary Scott and Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden joining the show to help lead the judges’ teams to victory. The Voice was the most watched show of the night with 14.29 million viewers and posted its best numbers since March 12. 2012. It rose 2% from last week in adults 18-49 and viewers. The scheduled Revolution that was supposed to air at 10 PM was replaced by NBC News’ Terror In Boston (3.1/8), which was watched by 8.856 million and was up 41% from what Revolution drew last week. However, the special did not run in consistent time zones and its results likely will be adjusted in final numbers. NBC won the night in total viewers and the demo.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Hits Low, ‘Voice’ Hits Season High, CBS Wins Night With NCAA Final, ‘Carrie Diaries’ Finale Strong
Between reality and college basketball, there was a lot of live on TV on Monday night. Running from 8 PM-10:01 PM, Dancing With The Stars (2.0/5) kicked off things on ABC. The live two-hour performance show saw some gymnastics, tears and stumbles. Up against the NCAA Tournament championship game and The Voice, it also saw a 9% drop from its April 1 show to hit a season low. That marks the the lowest performance episode ever for the 16-season show. A Castle repeat (1.3/5 ) followed.
The NCAA title game dominated CBS’ primetime. In fast nationals, the NCAA Playoffs Pre-Game (4.4/11) was even with last year, while the game (7.5/19) was down 1% from the final numbers of the final last year and up 7% from the fast nationals for the April 2, 2012 final. Due to the nature of live sports, the numbers are approximate at best and will likely see a larger than usual adjustment in the final numbers. The matchup between winning Louisville and Michigan was up 18% in average overnight household rating/share over last year’s final. In addition to the game, CBS had a double comedy shot with repeats of 2 Broke Girls (2.7/8) and The Big Bang Theory (3.3/9). CBS won the night in total viewers and the adults 18-49 demo.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Rises Slightly, ‘New Normal’ Finale Up, ‘Splash’ Down, ‘Golden Boy’ Hits Tuesday Low
The second show of the second week of The Voice (4.3/13) on Tuesday saw the fourth night of blind auditions. There was some singing of an Adele tune, a model-turned-singer, some chairs turned around, judge Blake Shelton’s offer to adopt a contestant, and a few fine dance moves from Usher. The one-hour episode was up 5% from the March 26 show’s final numbers and up 10% from last week’s fast nationals of 3.9/12. So don’t be surprised if today’s final number sees a bump. In that long road back from its ratings hell, NBC is taking pride that the fast national for last night’s Voice is the best result for any show on NBC, ABC, CBS or Fox in Tuesday primetime since The Voice Season 3 finale on December 18. NBC won Tuesday in the adults 18-49 demo, with CBS taking the top spot in total viewers with 9.544 million.
Also on NBC last night, the season finale of The New Normal heard a bit of John Lennon’s Beautiful Boy and saw a birth. It also came in two parts: One at 9 PM (1.9/5), where the Thursday-headed Go On is usually slotted, the other during its regular 9:30 (1.4/4) slot. Benefiting from its Voice lead-in, the 9 PM episode of the Ryan Murphy-produced show was even with the last week’s Go On, which saw a ratings surge coming on after the singing show. The 9:30 show was up 8% from last week. Smash (0.9/3), about to be moved to Saturday nights starting this week, saw its final Tuesday episode fall 10%. With 3.1 million watching, the series that is almost certain to not be renewed did hit its highest viewership total since February 19.
One week after returning for a new season and attempting to put the brakes on NBC’s ratings freefall, The Voice (4.6/13) was back with more blind auditions last night. Judge Adam Levine even scooped up a country act from fellow judge Blake Shelton. The two-hour episode of the singing competition series ruled its 8-10 PM time slot Monday, beating ABC and Fox by 119%. However unlike last season’s 12% rise, The Voice did not go up from Week 1 to Week 2 of its new season. In fast nationals, Voice dipped 4% from the final numbers (4.7/12) of March 25’s Season 4 premiere. That number could rise later today in the finals as last week’s show did. The Voice was down 23% from the comparable second Monday of its last spring season, when the show had come off being premiered after the Super Bowl the Sunday before. It was also down a slight 2% from the second Monday of its fall cycle.
Week 2 of the return of Revolution (2.3/6) from an extended break saw the post-apocalyptic series’ ratings power wane. Even with a minute of The Voice slipping over into its 10 PM slot, the J.J. Abrams-produced show was down 12% from last week to hit a series low. NBC won the night in adults 18-49, and ABC was tops in total viewers with 13.103 million.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Down From Monday Premiere, ‘Splash’ Sinks, ‘Go On’ & ‘New Normal’ Surge, ‘NCIS: LA’ Hits Low
UPDATE, 1:55 PM: Tuesday’s The Voice got a bump up to a 4.1/2 in the final numbers today from this morning’s fast nationals of 3.9/12. That pushes last night’s show up 3% among Adults 18-49 from Season 3’s first Tuesday last September where it was 3% down in fast nationals. Following The Voice, NBC’s Go On came down from the 110% surge fast nationals gave the comedy over last week’s show to a 90% boost or 1.9/5 in final numbers. The New Normal also came down from its 100% jump to an 86% jump of a 1.3/3 in final numbers. CBS’ NCIS, ABC’S Dancing With The Stars and Splash and Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen each went up a tenth in the final ratings as well.
PREVIOUSLY, 9: 14 AM: It was night two of Season 4 for The Voice (3.9/12) on Tuesday. The first one-hour episode of the singing competition series saw more blind auditions and the judges in the same outfits they wore in the season premiere. Voice took a slight dip from last year and fell from Monday’s debut, down 19% in adults 18-49 and 12% in total viewers. Compared with last season’s second night in September, it was off 3% in the demo but up 5% in total viewers. Last spring, The Voice didn’t have multiple weeknight broadcasts of the blind auditions, so direct comparisons are a bit apples and oranges especially because it also followed the Super Bowl, the most-watched US TV program ever.
The return of The Voice has already proved a balm to ratings-scorched NBC. After The Voice lead-in and a heavily promoted guest appearance by former fellow Friends star Courtney Cox on Matthew Perry’s Go On (2.1/5), the freshman comedy surged 110% in adults 18-49 from last week’s low. However, Go On was down 16% from its last Voice lead-in last year, on December 4. The New Normal (1.4/4) also benefited: The comedy was up 100% from the 0.7/2 low it got last week. Like Go On, New Normal was down — in this case 18% — from the last Voice lead-in night. After weeks of second-season ratings stumbles, Smash (1.0/3) was up 43% from the series low of its March 19 show. That’s the second-best rating the Broadway-based drama has received since its February 5 season debut.
ABC’s Dancing With The Stars is even more buzz-challenged than usual this 16th cycle. Now it’s losing what few stars it has. Former figure skating Olympian gold medalist Dorothy Hamill tonight voluntarily withdrew citing a potentially irreparable spinal injury. The show returned for its new season last week.
Dancing With The Stars just returned this week for its 16th cycle, and today ABC announced that the reality competition series will head off the dance floor this season May 20 with a performance show and on May 21 with a live two-hour results show. Additionally, new reality series Splash will end its freshman season May 7, Revenge will wrap its second season May 12 and fellow drama Red Widow will end its first season May 5. The network announced other shows’ season enders: Check out the full list so far from ABC here:
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Premiere Hits Low, ‘Biggest Loser’ & ‘Deception’ Finales Up, ’2 Broke Girls’ & ‘Mike & Molly’ Hit Lows
One reality competition veteran began its season last night as another ended its latest one. ABC’s Dancing With The Stars (3.1/8) returned for Season 16 with a two-hour debut Monday as The Biggest Loser (2.6/7) wrapped up its 14th cycle. Coming off record lows and double-digit declines a season ago, DWTS is hoping to pull out all the stops to find its footing. (One such attempt was the addition of The Bachelor star Sean Lowe last week to this year’s celeb contestants.) DWTS also didn’t have to face NBC’s The Voice like it did for last spring’s season premiere. The dance series’ season debut last night was up 24% over its Season 15 premiere on September 24, making it the highest-rated show of the night among adults 18-49 and the most-watched show overall with 16.76 million viewers. However, head-to-head with Biggest Loser and CBS’ comedy lineup, DWTS was down 11% from last year’s Season 14 premiere on March 19, marking the lowest spring debut ever for the long-running series. And the landscape will change even more next week when ratings heavyweight The Voice and the J.J. Abrams-produced Revolution return to NBC.
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The season finale “didn’t work out” and symbolized the kinds of ratings troubles that ABC and other major broadcasters have seen recently, Disney CFO Jay Rasulo says. “Most of the networks are down and frankly a lot has to do with single shows” as opposed to troubles at ongoing series, he told the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference. When Dancing With The Stars decided to bring back celebrities from previous seasons “we thought it was a great idea,” Rasulo says. “Turns out people didn’t want to see people who could dance. They wanted people who couldn’t dance. So it’s not easy to be a taste-master in programming a network.” Unlike CBS’ Les Moonves, Rasulo doesn’t blame DVRs for the networks’ troubles. Although DVR penetration is up about 7 percentage points this year, “the number of individuals who are fast-forwarding through ads has declined, so it’s had a net benefit.”
With the distractions of Thanksgiving Week gone, viewers are returning to television in droves. After most Monday shows posted healthy week-to-week gains, their Tuesday brethren followed suit last night. Too bad shows are starting to go on hiatus as another holiday is just around the corner. But let allow network executives enjoy the current ratings upswing while it lasts. Ironically, the only series to post week-to-week declines last night was CBS’ Vegas (1.6/4 in adults 18-49) — one of only two series in positive territory last week when most shows were down or flat. The freshman drama dropped 11% to tie a series low as it faced atypical competition on ABC — the Dancing With The Stars finale vs. Private Practice last Tuesday. But the other two CBS dramas were up. NCIS (3.5/10, 19.6 million viewers) spiked 17% from last week in the demo, while NCIS: LA (2.9/7) inched up 4%.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Mindy Project,’ ‘Apt. 23′, & ‘New Normal’ Hit New Lows, ‘Vegas’ Up, ‘The Voice’ Down
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Hits Low, ‘Dancing With The Stars’, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ & ‘Mob Doctor’ Up,
For the ninth consecutive in-season week, NBC topped the adults 18-49 demographic in every half hour of Monday’s primetime, with The Voice (3.7/9) the night’s No. 1 show in the demo. The Monday streak is NBC’s longest run at the top since Nielsen started its people meter sample back in 1987. However, the singing competition series continued its downward trend, falling 16% from last week to a season low for the night. It’s lead-out, Revolution (2.6/7), tied last week’s season low. Over on ABC, Dancing With The Stars (2.3/6) was up 10% from last week and Castle (2.0/5) was up 5%. DWTS was the most-watched show of the night with 14.1 million total viewers; ABC won the night in total viewers with 12.9 million, while NBC was second with 9.4 million.
There was encouraging news last night for modestly rated freshman CBS comedy Partners. As the CBS Monday lineup returned from a three-week break, Partners (2.1/5) was even with its most recent airing while all other CBS series were down. The hold may be enough to clinch the series a back episodic order. Partners is the only new fall series that launched early in the season not to get a script or episodic pickup. Of the other CBS shows last night, How I Met Your Mother (2.8/7) was down 13% from three weeks ago to a season low, 2 Broke Girls (3.3/8) was down a tenth to tie its series low, Mike & Molly (2.8/7) was down 7% and Hawaii Five-0 (2.0/5) was down 5%.
NBC once again topped the night in adults 18-49, though its fast nationals may be inflated because of an NFL pre-emption in New Orleans. The Voice (4.5/11) was down 6% from last week, while Revolution (2.9/8) was down a tenth to a series low.
Last night, President Obama and Mitt Romney faced their biggest debate challenge yet. No, it wasn’t moderator Bob Schieffer’s questions or trying to restrain themselves from punching each other when seated within arm’s reach. For the first time in three Presidential and one Vice Presidential debate, it aired against football: Monday Night Football on ESPN. To make things even more competitive, the San Francisco Giants needed a Game 7 in the National League Championship Series to clinch a spot in the World Series, so the debate faced that face-off too on the East Coast. Because the NCLS went the distance, Fox did not carry the debate last night, the first time it’s done so this fall. Because of that, cume ratings for the third Presidential debate on the broadcast networks are running down double digits from the second debate in early estimates. Time-adjusted ratings for the debate will be available in a few hours. (UPDATE: Fox News set a viewership record.)
To accommodate the debate, NBC’s The Voice and ABC’s Dancing With The Stars were condensed to an hour, running from 8-9 PM. For Dancing (2.4/6), that actually boosted ratings as the dancing competition rose 14% from last week’s two-hour edition. However, ABC carried an NFL game in Detroit, so the the network’s fast nationals are likely inflated. The Voice (4.2/11) suffered from going down to one hour, dropping 29% from last Monday’s 8-10 PM telecast. It also was down 10% from its Tuesday edition last week, which, like last night’s episode, aired from 8-9 PM.
There was an hour of entertainment programming last night, followed by coverage of the second Presidential debate. (Although, with its testiness, the debate did rival such reality staples as the Real Wives franchise in bickering and fighting.) Reliable ratings for the debate won’t be available until later today (check Deadline for updates), but judging by the fast nationals, it seems to have drawn overall audience/demos on par with the first debate, with NBC leading coverage by a wider margin this time due to its big lead-in from The Voice.
The Voice (4.6/13 in adults 18-49) was up two tenths from its fast national last week, leading NBC to another Tuesday demo victory. ABC’s Dancing With The Stars results (2.1/6) matched its fast national last week despite moving from 9 PM to 8 PM to accommodate the debate. Fox’s Raising Hope (1.7/5) was down one tenth but freshman Ben And Kate (1.2/3) stumbled, down 20%.