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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’, ‘Extreme Makeover’ & ’2 Broke Girls’ Down; ‘Castle’ Hits Low

By | Tuesday December 4, 2012 @ 9:04am PST

Monday saw all the networks take a hit as the holiday season began and ESPN had Monday Night Football in primetime with the New York Giants playing the Washington Redskins. It was double performances from the final six contestants on The Voice (3.9/10) last night, but the singing competition was down 7% from last week. With strong numbers, Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas (2.8/7) added  more Voice to the NBC lineup. Almost matching Revolution’s fall finale numbers from last week, the special saw the country singer mix skits and songs with appearances by Jay Leno, Reba McEntire, spouse Miranda Lambert and fellow Voice judge Christina Aguilera. With 10.98 million watching, NBC won the night in total viewers and the adults 18-49 demographic. Read More »

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What Hell Hath Disney-Lucasfilm Wrought? ‘Star Wars’ Meets ‘Extreme Makeover’

2ND UPDATE: I always thought reversing fanboy disgust over George Lucas’ unbridled filmmaking greed and turgid storylines and stilted direction would be the most difficult job facing Kathleen Kennedy and Bob Iger after their deal bringing Lucasfilm to Disney was announced a month ago. Ah, silly me. Because it’s oh-so-apparent that the truly Herculean task ahead will be assuring fanboys that Disney and Luscasfilm don’t further eff up the Star Wars franchise through unnecessary synergy. Disney doesn’t even technically own Lucasfilm yet. But already ABC ensnared Star Wars characters a year ago into last night’s treacly Christmas-themed special episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. “I just saw the opening two minutes and they had Darth Vader and his Storm Troopers helping build a new house!” one Star Wars fanboy complained to me. “This is disgusting and it’s exactly what people were afraid of with Disney buying Star Wars. They are ruining the franchise by using it for trivial bullshit. Please write about this. It’s outrageous and it’s totally wrong.” I’m ubercynical, but hear the details and see this photo from the taping and judge for yourself (contd):

Maybe someone at Disney and ABC might have thought better of angering the already put-upon Star Wars fanboys with this episode. (They still recall with disgust that Star Wars Holiday Special back in 1978…) But noooooooo. According to my intel, host Ty Pennington visited the Zdroj family after the female firefighter volunteer’s own home was destroyed by the largest wildfire in Texas history. The episode featured an appearance by BMX biker Matt Hoffman, Oprah-famed chef Art Smith and “some special guests from Star Wars“. Turns out a handful of Star Wars re-enactors “including an Imperial Officer, Storm, Sand, Snow, and Clone Troopers” showed up for the taping a year ago. They were from the Central Texas 501st Legion, also known as Vader’s Fist, which is a Lucasfilm-pproved organization that coordinates do-good visits and events. “All of the Legion’s members Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Chuck’ & ‘Grimm’ Slip, Univision Ties NBC For No. 1 In 18-49

By | Saturday December 17, 2011 @ 10:44am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Just like it did last December, Spanish-language broadcaster Univision is starting to log nightly victories in adults 18-49 over its English-language competitors who are opting for pre-holiday fare of specials and repeats. Univision did it last night, tying NBC for the top demo spot with a 1.2/4 among adults 18-49. NBC’s Chuck (0.9/3) and Grimm (1.5/5) each shed a tenth of a rating point from last week. With CBS’ dramas in reruns, Grimm was the highest-rated program of the night in 18-49. At 10 PM, Dateline (1.3/4) was down 19%. It was a down night for newsmagazines all around, with the special edition of ABC’s 20/20 anchored by Diane Sawyer (0.9/3) down 31% from last week. It was preceded by back-to-back episodes of freshly canceled reality series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (1.2/4, 1.3/4), which were down 10% and up 13%, respectively, from last week’s 8 PM and 9 PM episodes. With its dramas in repeats, CBS (0.9/3, 6.1 million) still won the night in total viewers. Fox ran a mix of holiday animated specials and a The Simpsons rerun.

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ABC Cancels ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ As Regular Series, Will Air Specials

By | Thursday December 15, 2011 @ 1:25pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC has canceled long-running reality series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The feel-good/tearjerker series will end its nine-season run with two episodes on January 6 and January 13, including the show’s 200th, in which the team builds 7 homes in 7 days for tornado victims in Joplin, Mo. ABC plans to keep the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition franchise alive through specials after this season. The series, produced by Endemol USA and hosted by Ty Pennington, was a long-time staple in ABC’s Sunday 8 PM slot. Following a steep ratings decline in the fall of 2010, ABC benched the reality veteran in the spring for rookie Secret Millionaire. And this fall, the network found a new Sunday 8 PM anchor in freshman drama Once Upon A Time, moving EMHE to Fridays. Pennington, who will segue to ABC’s new daytime show The Revolution, commented on the end of EMHE in a post on his Web site titled The Greatest Job Of My Life. “I am incredibly grateful for having been part of a television show that changed the lives of so many people,” he wrote. “It has been an honor to work side by side with the EMHE families, builders, and thousands of volunteers who have proven that good hearts can and do change the world.”

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘X Factor’ Makes Sunday Appearance, ‘Pan Am’ Sheds Another Tenth

Nellie Andreeva

After a couple of weeks of declines, ABC’s Sunday lineup stabilized, though probably not at levels the network would’ve liked. America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.5/4) was up a tenth from last week’s fast national; Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (1.9/5) was down a tenth; Desperate Housewives was flat with its most recent fast national, which tied a series low (down a tenth from the final); and Pan Am (1.8/4) was down a tenth. While the 5% week-to-week drop for Pan Am was a vast improvement over last week’s 27% tumble, the rookie has to reverse its downward course if it hopes to stick around for a while.

Fox’s The X Factor (3.3/8) was down 8% from its fast national rating on Thursday. There were  mitigating factors: The series aired out of pattern and the network had 24 hours to promote it after the ALCS baseball playoff series wrapped on Saturday in six games, allowing the network to slide in X Factor on Sunday, which had been left open for a potential seventh game. There was also the deciding baseball playoff Game 6 on TBS. On the flip side, X Factor last night had a stronger-than-normal lead-in from the afternoon football game overrun. Still, X Factor was the highest-rated entertainment program of the night. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Pan Am’ Drops 27%, ‘Desperate Housewives’ Ties Series Low

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: There is no final-season bump for ABC’s Desperate Housewives. Last night’s episode of the veteran dramedy (2.7/6 in adults 18-49, 8.5 million viewers ) was down 10% in the demo from last week. It matched the series low in 18-49 and hit a new one in total viewers. Pan Am (1.9/5, 6.4 million) tumbled 27% in 18-49 from last week, becoming the latest new drama this season to drop to dangerously low ratings levels. The other ABC shows also slipped but not as much: America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.4/4) was down 7%, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.0/5) was down 5%.

Last night’s Sunday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons, which saw the Packers extend their winning streak, drew a 14.0 overnight rating/22 share. That was up 20% from last year’s Week 5 game between the Eagles and 49ers to mark the highest Week 5 overnight rating in the six-year history of SNF. NBC easily won Sunday in both adults 18-49 and total viewers.

CBS’ lineup slid once again due to NFL overrun, with 60 Minutes kicking the night off at 8:36 PM on the East Coast. Ratings for the network’s shows are approximate but The Amazing Race (2.7/7) appears to be slightly down from last week (3.0/7), while The Good Wife (2.2/5) kept steady. Game 2 of ALCS on Fox was rained out, so the network stayed out of contention with … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Pan Am’, Everything Else Down On Sunday

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: After a promising start, ABC’s 1960s drama Pan Am (2.5/8 in adults 18-49) fell 19% in Week 2. It closed a night of across-the-board declines for ABC. America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.5/4) set the tone with its season premiere at 7 PM, down 21% from last fall. Unscripted veteran Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.1/5) and departing Desperate Housewives (2.9/7) were both down a more modest 9% from their premieres last week.

With the late Sunday football game ping-ponging between Fox and CBS, week-to-week comparisons for the two networks are rather meaningless in the fall, especially for the shows immediately following the overrun. Fox, whose comedy lineup was boosted by the late game last week, saw expected across-the-board declines: The Simpsons (3.0/8, down 23%), The Cleveland Show (2.6/6, down 16%), Family Guy (3.5/8, down 15%) and American Dad (2.7/6, down 10%). Family Guy was the highest-rated non-sorts program of the night in 18-49.

We’re yet to get reliable Sunday overnight ratings for CBS this season. The network had local NFL overruns on Premiere Sunday, and last night, the network carried the late NFL game, which pushed its primetime lineup to a 7:23 PM start. Here are approximate ratings for last night: Following the NFL overrun (5.5/16) was 60 Minutes, featuring the final regular appearance of Andy Rooney (3.5/9); The Amazing Race (3.0/7); The Good Wife (2.1/5); and CSI: Miami (2.3/6). Besides 60 Minutes, which saw a major bump from football, the … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ And ‘Brothers & Sisters’ Lead Easter Gains

Nellie Andreeva

The Easter tale of resurrection also translated to primetime TV, with most shows rebounding nicely on Easter Sunday after across-the-board declines last week. ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.2/6) was up 10% from last Sunday, Desperate Housewives (2.9/8) up 7% and Brothers and Sisters (1.9/5) up 12%. The increases were especially important for veterans EMHE and Brothers & Sisters, which are on the bubble list. ABC won the night  in the demo with an average of 2.2/6. It drew 7.7 million viewers, second to CBS’ 9.1 million. In the 18-49 demo, the eye network finished third, with The Amazing Race (2.5/7), up 7%, and the movie Hallmark Hall of Fame: Beyond The Blackboard (1.3/3). NBC’s America’s Next Great Restaurant (1.2/3) was flat with last week, while Celebrity Apprentice (2.9/8) was up 12% from last week’s series low as its star Donald Trump continues to make headlines with his presidential ambitions. Fox had a The Simpsons-themed night with two back-to-back reruns of the veteran series (0.9/3) and a rebroadcast of The Simpsons Movie (1.4/4).

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Everyone Was Down Sunday, ‘Undercover Boss’ The Most

Nellie Andreeva

Maybe it was it ESPN’s and TNT’s coverage of Game 1 of the NBA playoffs and MLB or it was too many original offerings on cable, including the premieres of HBO’s Game of Thrones and USA’s Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe, but the broadcast networks took a serious beating last night. How bad was it? The highest-rated network in adults 18-49, ABC, drew a 2.0/6 demo rating. That’s with an all-original lineup.

Series were down across the board. ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was low in its return from a two-month hiatus to make room for Secret Millionaire. The veteran reality series pulled in a 1.9/5, down 21% from its last fresh episode Feb. 20. Desperate Housewives (2.7/7) was down 7% from its last original two weeks ago to tie its series low. Brothers and Sisters (1.7/4) was down 6% from last week’s two-hour episode and is also tied as a series low.

Following 60 Minutes (1.3/5), which was down 41% from last week, when CBS’ primetime was boosted by Masters golf overrun, The Amazing Race (2.3/7) was down 21%. Undercover Boss (1.9/5) posted the steepest decline for any program last night, 39%, for a series low. CSI: Miami (2.2/5) held well under the circumstances, down only 4%. CBS (1.9/5, 9.5 million) finished No. 1 in total viewers for the night and tied for second place in 18-49 with Fox. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Amazing Race’ Starts Slow On Slow Presidents Weekend Sunday

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s comedy block edged out competition on a quiet Sunday night, which was probably impacted by viewers’ Presidents Day weekend-related activities. It was a photo finish demo race, with Fox averaging a 2.4/7 in 18-49, ABC a 2.3/7 and CBS a 2.2/6. With no football, NBC was a distant fourth with a 1.6/5 (It aired Dateline and an SNL special). In total viewers, CBS was once again far ahead with 10.4 million viewers.

The spring cycle of CBS’ The Amazing Race (2.4/7, 9.1 million) was down 14% from the February season premiere last year. It was tied in the 8 PM hour with another reality veteran, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.4/7, 9.5 million), which was up a big 50% from last week’s low against the Grammy Awards. CBS’ Undercover Boss (2.6/7, 10.6 million) was down 21% from its most recent original on Jan. 16 when the show aired against NBC’s Golden Globes but CBS’ lineup benefited from a football lead-in that night. CSI: Miami (2.2/6, 10.5 million) was down a tenth in the demo from its most recent original on the same night, Jan. 16.

After hitting two consecutive series lows with its two most recent originals that aired against the Golden Globes (3.1/8) last month and the Grammys (2.6/6) last week, ABC’s Desperate Housewives (3.1/8, 10.5 million) rebounded 15% from last week to match its second lowest-rated telecast. Brothers & Sisters (1.9/5, 6.9 million) was up a tenth in the … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Wins With ‘Sunday Night Football’, ABC’s Lineup Up

Nellie Andreeva

Once again, 3 of the 4 major networks, NBC, CBS and Fox, got a ratings boost from football on Sunday, and once again NBC easily topped the night with Sunday Night Football. SNF is wrapping its red-hot season in style, with the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the St. Louis Rams drawing a 12.6 overnight rating/19 share, the best overnight rating for an NFL season-ending game in 9 years (since Min-Bal’s 13.4/21 on ABC in 2002) and highest ever for SNF, up 11% from last year. With a big NFL overrun, Fox is expected to finish second in adults 18-49 despite airing all reruns for the rest of the night.  (Its fast national averages are approximate because of live sports.) ABC, the only network that didn’t get ratings help from football, was No. 3 in 18-49 (2.7/7) and total viewers (9.4 million) with its lineup returning to first-run episodes. America’s Funniest Home Videos (2.1/6) was up 11% from its most recent original on Dec. 5, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.7/7) was up 13% from its last original on Dec. 12 to hit a season high. Desperate Housewives (3.8/9) was up 6% vs. Dec. 12, while Brothers & Sisters (2.4/6) was down 4%. CBS’ primetime lineup was pushed to 7:16 PM by a football overrun. Its fast nationals were as follows: 7 PM (NFL Overrun/60 Minutes): 2.7/7; 8 PM (60 Minutes/CSI:Miami): 2.1/5; 9 PM (CSI: Miami/Undercover Boss): 2.9/7 and … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘SNF’ Ties Franchise Record To Dominate Sunday

Nellie Andreeva

NBC’s hot football season continued with last night’s Eagles-Cowboys game. With a 16.5/25 overnight rating, the game delivered the best overnight rating in the five-year history of Sunday Night Football, tied with last fall’s Week 2 game between the Giants and the Cowboys that marked the debut of the new Dallas Cowboys stadium. The two games’ overnights also rank as the highest for a Sunday/Monday NFL primetime game in 12 years, since Broncos-Dolphins on Dec.21, 1998 on ABC (17.4/27). Versus last year’s Week 14 game, the Eagles-Cowboys face-off was up 20% and delivered another dominating Sunday win for NBC. Just how hot this year’s football coverage on NBC has been? Five SNF games this season rank among the top six NBC primetime games ever.

Following America’s Funniest Home Videos (2.2/6 in adults 18-49), which hit a season high, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.4/6) was up 9% from last week, but the fall finale of Desperate Housewives, which featured a Dallas-style (Who shot Paul Young?) cliffhanger was down a tenth to tie its season low. (BTW, J.R. aka Larry Hagman, is set to make a guest appearance on Desperate Housewives later this season.) Brothers & Sisters (2.5/6) rebounded nicely from last week’s series low with its holiday-themed episode, up 19% from last week.

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