RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Finale Lowest Ever, ‘The Voice’ Hits New Low, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Even

By | Wednesday May 22, 2013 @ 9:02am PDT

The second-to-last night of the season featured the Season 16 finale of Dancing With The Stars (2.6/7). In the first finale with four remaining contestants, it came down to former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler, Disney star Zendaya, Olympian Aly Raisman and the Baltimore Ravens’ Jacoby Jones. Musical performances came from rapper Pitbull, Psy and former contestant Wynonna Judd. The two-hour live results show was up 44% from last week, but it was the lowest-rated finale for DWTS ever, down 13% from the last cycle ender on November 27, 2012 and down 21% from its last spring finale May 22. The show was the second-highest-rated of the night behind The Voice but the most-watched by far with 14.96 million viewers. With a live show like this, expect an adjustment later in the day when final numbers come in.

Ahead of the season premiere of The Bachelorette on May 27, a special one-hour recap of the funniest moments from The Bachelor (1.2/4) aired before DWTS last night. ABC won the night in total viewers, with NBC topping adults 18-49. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Up Strong, ‘Voice’ Hits Low, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ Finale Down, ‘Motive’ Debuts Soft

By | Tuesday May 21, 2013 @ 9:08am PDT

Monday saw a primetime mix of live shows, encores, finales, premieres and prayers for those in the path of the tornado in Oklahoma. On ABC, the last performance show of Dancing With The Stars (2.5/7) before tonight’s Season 16 results finale saw the final four couples strut their stuff once last time. DWTS certainly flexed some muscle as the show was up 25% from its series performance low tie of May 13. The most watched program of the night with 14.73 million viewers, the two-hour show was down 14% from its one-hour May 21, 2012 performance finale and dipped 7% from its last performance show of last season on November 26, 2012. Although the show was up from last week, it appeared last night like the total votes might be down. Online “technical difficulties” saw voting on ABC’s website temporarily suspended, forcing viewers to cast their ballots via text, Facebook and phone. The online voting was restored before the show was over and viewers were encouraged to hit the website to decided who gets the Mirrorball trophy. Afterward, new crime procedural Motive (1.4/4) did not benefit from its lead-in. The Canadian import was down sharply from the 2.2/6 of Castle’s season finale last week and down 30% from Scandal’s April 5, 2012 debut. ABC won the night in total viewers and in adults 18-49.

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ABC 2013-14 Schedule: Rebel Wilson Gets Post-‘Modern Family’ Slot, ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ On Tuesday, ‘Dancing’ Shrinks To One Night

By | Tuesday May 14, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC is launching eight new series in the fall and taking some big swings, including a Tuesday lineup of all-new series, anchored by Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Rebel Wilson’s hot streak continues, with the rising star landing the post-Modern Family slot for her comedy Super Fun Night. ABC is looking to stem Dancing With The Stars‘ ratings decline by eliminating the Tuesday edition, with the Monday 8-10 PM show incorporating both performances and results. Dancing, as well as The Bachelor, Shark Tank and The Taste have been formally renewed for next season. Here is ABC’s fall schedule, analysis and descriptions of all 13 new series for next season, including newly picked up adventure reality series The Quest from The Amazing Race creators Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri:

Related: ABC To Air Some Dramas In Two Batches Of 12 Episodes

ABC FALL 2013-2014 SCHEDULE
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET/PT)

MONDAY
8 PM – Dancing With The Stars
10 PM – Castle

TUESDAY
8 PM – MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
9 PM – THE GOLDBERGS
9:30 PM – TROPHY WIFE
10 PM – LUCKY 7

WEDNESDAY
8 PM – The Middle
8:30 PM – BACK IN THE GAME
9 PM – Modern Family
9:30 PM – SUPER FUN NIGHT
10 PM – Nashville

THURSDAY
8 PM – ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND
9 PM – Grey’s Anatomy
10 PM – Scandal

FRIDAY
8 PM – Last Man Standing
8:30 PM – The Neighbors
9 PM – Shark Tank
10 PM – 20/20

SATURDAY
8 PM – Saturday Night College Football

SUNDAY
7 PM – America’s Funniest Home Videos
8 PM – Once Upon A Time
9 PM – Revenge
10 PM – BETRAYAL

From ABC’s returning series, left off the schedule are comedy Suburgatory and reality series The Bachelor, which comes on in midseason, and The Taste.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ & ‘HIMYM’ Hit Season Lows, ‘DWTS’ Falls To Series Low, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ & ‘Revolution’ Up

By | Tuesday May 7, 2013 @ 9:02am PDT

The pre-tapes are over and it’s all live, live, live this week. Monday was the first night of the live playoff round on The Voice (3.9/11), which was the night’s highest-rated show. But it dipped 9% from last week’s season-low tie to hit a new season low. Spread out over three nights this week and four contestants from each of the four coaches teams’ performing, this round will end with two singers per team moving forward. As judge Usher said Monday, “Teamwork makes the dream work.” To that end, last night’s two-hour episode started as Team Adam and Team Usher took tp the stage. It also saw Usher and Adam Levine perform Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.” Afterward, lead-out freshman drama Revolution (2.1/6) rose 17% from its season-low tie April 29 show. However, coming off a live show, those numbers could see adjustment in the final ratings. NBC won the night in adults 18-49, while ABC was No. 1 in total viewers with 12.22 million.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bones’ & ‘The Following’ Finales Up, ‘The Voice’ & ‘Revolution’ Hit Season Lows, ‘DWTS’ Down

By | Tuesday April 30, 2013 @ 9:12am PDT

It was a full house on all the networks as we’re now in the first full week of the May sweep. On Fox, there also were finales for Bones (2.1/6) and The Following. The Season 8 finale of the crime comedy-drama Bones was up both from last year and last week, besting its previous season-ender from May 14, 2012 by 11%. Bones was also up 5% in adults 18-49 from its April 22 show. In terms of viewers, the 7.1 million who watched last night was almost even with the 7.2 million of last year’s closer and matched the number who tuned in last week. After a season of ups and downs, freshman The Following (2.6/7) ended high. The Kevin Bacon-starrer was up 8% from last week’s show to hit its best 18-49 rating since March 11. In terms of network rivalry, last night saw The Following beat NBC’s Revolution in the key demo for a second week in a row. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ & ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Down, ‘DWTS’ Dips, CBS Wins Night

By | Wednesday April 24, 2013 @ 9:12am PDT

There was a lot of reality on television last night, with some shows faring far better than others. On NBC’s The Voice (4.0/12), the battle rounds came to an end as judge Usher used his final steal in the hourlong show’s final minutes, Team Adam saw Sarah Simmons nail a Lady Antebellum tune, and fellow judge Shakira forced the two Latina singers on the show to face off against each other performing one of her songs. But as previous seasons of The Voice have shown, battle rounds are not blind auditions, and while The Voice was Tuesday’s highest-rated show, the ratings powerhouse stumbled. Up against a new NCIS on CBS, it was down 13% from its April 16 broadcast. The third-most-watched show of the night, The Voice garnered 12.45 million viewers on Tuesday. As The Voice fell, the now-canceled Ready For Love (1.2/3) had a final new episode on Tuesday. The 9:01-to-11 PM broadcast was flat with last week’s show. Starting next Tuesday, Grimm will occupy The Voice lead-out slot. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ & ‘DWTS’ Dip, ‘The Following’ & ‘Castle’ Up, ‘Rules Of Engagement’ Hits Series Low

By | Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 9:23am PDT

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 »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Hits Year High, ’2 Broke Girls’ & ‘Hawaii Five-0′ Hit Series Lows, ‘DWTS’ Up

By | Tuesday April 16, 2013 @ 9:27am PDT

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.

Related: NBC’s Pre-Emption For Bombing Coverage Creates ‘Revolution’ Conundrum
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Hits Low, ‘Voice’ Hits Season High, CBS Wins Night With NCAA Final, ‘Carrie Diaries’ Finale Strong

By | Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 9:12am PDT

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.

Related: NCAA Title Game Up 18% Over Last Year

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. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Rises Slightly, ‘New Normal’ Finale Up, ‘Splash’ Down, ‘Golden Boy’ Hits Tuesday Low

By | Wednesday April 3, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT

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.

Related: TV Weekly Warfare: NBC Gets Expected ‘Voice’ Boost; CBS Stays On Top

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.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Dips, ‘Revolution’ & ‘DWTS’ Hit Lows, ‘Bones’ & ‘ Castle’ Up

By | Tuesday April 2, 2013 @ 9:07am PDT

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. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Down From Monday Premiere, ‘Splash’ Sinks, ‘Go On’ & ‘New Normal’ Surge, ‘NCIS: LA’ Hits Low

By | Wednesday March 27, 2013 @ 9:14am PDT

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. Read More »

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Dorothy Hamill Voluntarily Exits ‘DWTS’

By | Tuesday March 26, 2013 @ 11:05pm PDT

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.

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ABC Announces Season-Finale Dates For ‘DWTS’, ‘Revenge’, ‘Modern Family’ & More

By | Wednesday March 20, 2013 @ 3:13pm PDT

ABCDancing 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: Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Premiere Hits Low, ‘Biggest Loser’ & ‘Deception’ Finales Up, ’2 Broke Girls’ & ‘Mike & Molly’ Hit Lows

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 9:04am PDT

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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ABC’s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Adds ‘The Bachelor’ Star To Cast

By | Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 7:08am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC brass are trying hard to stem Dancing With The Stars‘ ratings decline. Following a solid ratings run for the just concluded cycle of The Bachelor, especially in the younger demos, the … Read More »

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‘Dancing With The Stars’ Cast: Wynonna Judd, Aly Raisman, Dorothy Hammil, Jacoby Jones, Victor Ortiz & D.L. Hughley

By | Tuesday February 26, 2013 @ 6:42am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The new celebrity cast of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars will include country singers Wynonna Judd and Kellie Pickler; Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman; figure skating great Dorothy Hamill; professional boxer Victor Ortiz; comedians D.L. Hughley and Andy Dick (the … Read More »

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‘Dancing With The Stars’ Contributed To ABC’s Ratings Woes, Exec Says: UBS

By | Wednesday December 5, 2012 @ 11:09am PST

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.”

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Tuesday Comedies, ‘The Voice’ & ‘NCIS’ Post Ratings Gains

By | Wednesday November 28, 2012 @ 9:47am PST
Nellie Andreeva

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%. Read More »

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