RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Wonderland’ Finale Down, ‘The Millers’ Surges, ‘Surviving Jack’ Slips & ‘Community’ Hits Series Low

132937_GROUP_FINALr2David Letterman’s announcement yesterday of his retirement was the big news in TV and certainly the end of an era for late night. However, in primetime, there was another end. Officially cancelled last week by ABC, limited run Once Upon A Time In Wonderland (0.9/3) wrapped its first and only season last night. Having debuted on October 10 last year with 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 and soon dipping below a 1.0, the fantasy drama spinoff of Once Upon A Time was down 10% from its result of last week. The rest of ABC’s night with dramas Grey’s Anatomy (2.6/7) and the ever intrigue-filled Scandal (2.8.9) saw the Shonda Rhimes-produced shows even and down 10% respectively from last week. That’s a season low tie for Scandal. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Return & ‘Scandal’ Steady, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ & ‘Community’ Tie Lows, ‘Idol’ Even

By | Friday March 14, 2014 @ 9:16am PDT

HELL'S KITCHEN MARCH 13 DEBUTHe’s back and already it’s like Gordon Ramsay never left. The Season 12 premiere of Hell’s Kitchen (1.9/7) last night saw Fox’s favorite screaming cook return to train, torture and systematically eliminate another set of aspiring chefs. With a move from last year’s Tuesday debut to Thursday and down to one hour from the two-hour premiere last year, Hell’s Kitchen was basically steady last night compared with the Season 11 opener. Dipping just 5% from the 2.0/7 of March 12, 2013, HK actually saw a 4% bop up in viewership from last year to 5.3 million. However, last night was down 13% from the 2.2 rating of its two-hour Season 11 finale on July 25 last year — a Thursday. In another move announced last week for Thursdays on Fox, American Idol (2.2/6) shifted from 8 PM to the 9 PM slot previously occupied by the floundering Rake. The move was neither a benefit nor hindrance for the one-hour live results show as Idol was even with last’s week’s all-time low among the key demo. Overall, CBS won the night with a 2.5/8 rating and 10.60 million viewers.

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Fox’s ‘Rake’ Moves To Fridays, Thursday’s ‘American Idol’ Shifts To 9 PM, Paired With ‘Hell’s Kitchen’

By | Monday March 3, 2014 @ 6:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

rakefoxFox‘s new drama Rake has faced the inevitable after the new series low of 0.8 in adults 18-49 last Thursday. The network is moving the underperforming series to Fridays beginning next week. Season 12 of Gordon Ramsay’s utility … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Ecosse Films Inks 3-Year Deal With Shine International; Film4′s Katherine Butler Headed To UK’s Raw; More

Ecosse Films Inks First-Look Deal With Shine International
The UK’s Ecosse Films has pacted with Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine International in a three-year, first-look deal that will see the latter handle thmistresses_show_thumb_01_webe producer’s TV sales and distribution. Ecosse’s TV credits include three seasons of Mistresses for BBC One (the U.S. remake was recently renewed for a second season by ABC); Life Of Crime for ITV and biopic Fleming for Sky Atlantic HD. Ecosse also has feature credits that include Diana, Becoming Jane and Nowhere Boy. Shine will rep finished tape and format rights for Ecosse Films’ new television output from January 1 onward.

Katherine Butler Leaving Film4 For UK Producer Raw
Film4 Deputy Head of Film Katherine Butler is leaving to join UK producer Raw. She will head up the film and TV drama division. Traditionally a factual producer, Raw launched a film and drama wing in 2012. Its series include Gold Rush for the Discovery Channel, Locked Up Abroad for National Geographic, and Paranormal Witness for Syfy. On the drama side, Raw has five projects in development with Film4, including Bart Layton’s American Animals. While at Film4, Butler executive produced numerous titles including Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur, Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers, Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio, and Clio Bernard’s BAFTA-nominated The Selfish Giant. Raw and Film4 maintain strong ties. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ & ‘Hollywood Game Night’ Up, ‘Wipeout’ Slides

By | Friday July 26, 2013 @ 9:22am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox won Thursday night with the two-hour season finale of Hell’s Kitchen (2.2/7 in adults 18-49). The reality stalwart was up a tenth from last week. Vs. last season’s finale, last night’s episode was … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Winning With Bad Behavior

By | Friday July 19, 2013 @ 9:37am PDT

Here’s what’s happening this summer with CBS’ Big Brother:

What The Reporters Who Cover Television are saying: This season’s Big Brother housemates are the most heinous, tossing out racial slurs like party favors, or we’re just paying more Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hollywood Game Night’ Debuts Soft, ‘Big Brother’ & ‘The Winner Is’ Down, ‘Wipeout’ Hits Low

By | Friday July 12, 2013 @ 9:06am PDT

There was a lot of talk about Syfy’s Sharknado on social media on Thursday night but on NBC it was game night. Hollywood Game Night (1.3/4) actually. Hosted by Glee’s Jane Lynch, the Sean … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Steady, Fox Wins Night, ‘Wipeout’ & ‘Motive’ Hit New Lows

By | Friday June 28, 2013 @ 8:52am PDT

There wasn’t an NBA Finals game last night like last Thursday, but there was still heat on Hell’s Kitchen (2.0/7). Up against a surprisingly strongly rated NBA Draft over on on ESPN, which ran well past primetime, the Gordon Ramsay series pitted past winners against this season’s final five. In the end no one was eliminated, and the series was even with its June 20 show in adults 18-49 and saw a 4% bump in total viewership to 5.4 million. That’s the best the cooking show has done in viewers this year since the 5.6 million who watched its Season 11 premiere May 23. Following Ramsay was the season finale of Does Someone Have To Go? (0.9/3). The workplace reality show where employees take over their companies and hand out pink slips started off unimpressively on May 23 and pretty much stayed there during its short run. Its season end was even with last week’s show, with a 5% rise in viewership to 2.3 million – less than half its Hell’s Kitchen lead-in. With Hell’s Kitchen the highest-rated show of the night, Fox won Thursday in the demo, with CBS pulling in the most viewers. The latter network’s 8 PM repeat of The Big Bang Theory was the most-watched show of the night with 7.87 million viewers.

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UPDATE: RATINGS RAT RACE: NBA Finals Game 4 Dips From 2012, ‘Kimmel’ Up

By | Friday June 14, 2013 @ 2:54pm PDT

UPDATE, 2:54 PM: The final score is in and last night’s Game 4 of the NBA Finals proved a close loss for ABC compared to last year. With a 6.7/12 rating and 16.2 million total viewers the battle between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs dipped 7% in viewers and 9% among Adults 18-49 from last year’s Game 4. The Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder game on June 19, 2012 pulled in 17.4 million viewers and a 7.4 in the demo. Still last night’s game garnered the best numbers in viewership and key demos for the network for the 2013 series to date. It also saw ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night special up over last year’s comparable night with a 13% rise in viewers and 10% among Adults 18-49 to 3.5 million watching and a 1.1/4 rating.  In final numbers, the NBA Countdown pre-game show drew 5.7 million total viewers and a 2.0/7 rating. That’s up 2% in viewers and a slip of 9% among Adults 18-49 from the June 19, 2012 broadcast.  Read More »

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UPDATE: RATINGS RAT RACE: NBA Finals Game 1 Down Double Digits From 2012

By | Friday June 7, 2013 @ 1:31pm PDT

UPDATE, 1:31 PM: The final numbers are in for Game 1 of the NBA Finals and it remains a loss for ABC. Running from 9 PM – 11:39 PM ET, the match-up between the San Antonio … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Does Someone Have To Go’ Drops In Week 2, Delayed ‘Mike & Molly’ Finale Low

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 9:15am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

If there was any doubt whether American viewers were interested in watching people getting pink slipped, the answer is no. Last night’s second episode of Fox‘s new reality series Does Someone Have To Go drew a … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hannibal’ Hits Low, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Rises, ‘Save Me’ & ‘Does Someone Have To Go?’ Debut Low

The 2012-2013 TV season ended on Wednesday and here comes the new shows. With the exception of season winner CBS, who ran repeats last night, everyone had a premiere on Thursday. Having said that, CBS’s The Read More »

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CMT Buys Off-Net Rights To ‘Hell’s Kitchen’

By | Thursday May 23, 2013 @ 8:02am PDT

LOS ANGELES – May 23, 2013 – CMT has reached a multi-year licensing deal with distributor Debmar-Mercury to become the exclusive cable partner for off-network episodes of HELL”S KITCHEN, produced by ITV Studios America, it was announced today by Katie Buchanan, senior vice president of programming strategy, CMT. The series will debut weekdays beginning this Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, at 12 p.m. ET/PT on CMT and will also be available on CMT VOD.

“The high energy and drama Gordon Ramsay brings to this series is a perfect companion to the CMT brand and complements our action-packed summer lineup nicely,” said Buchanan.

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Say It Ain’t So: Fox To Air Yet More Gordon Ramsay With New Deal and ‘Masterchef’ Spinoff

By | Friday May 10, 2013 @ 10:54am PDT

Gordon Ramsay‘s worldwide restaurant empire is in shambles with splashy eateries closing left and right or sitting empty. But Fox continues to prop up his image by signing a new multiyear deal with the bad-tempered, foul-mouthed chef and ordering a new Masterchef spinoff for the 2013-2014 season as well as additional season orders for Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef. This now brings to five the number of stale Ramsay shows which Fox will air, demonstrating how unscripted TV czar Mike Darnell is utterly devoid of new ideas and new faces:

FOX has picked up JUNIOR MASTERCHEF, a new culinary competition series for talented kids between the ages of eight and 13 who love to cook, as part of a new multi-year deal with award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, it was announced today by Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.

As part of Ramsay’s new deal, FOX also has picked up one additional season of HELL’S KITCHEN and two more seasons of MASTERCHEF. The deal will extend HELL’S KITCHEN to a 13th season and bring MASTERCHEF to a fifth and sixth season. The addition of JUNIOR MASTERCHEF brings the total number of Ramsay-led shows airing on FOX to five, including MASTERCHEF, HELL’S KITCHEN, HOTEL HELL and KITCHEN NIGHTMARES.

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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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Global Showbiz Briefs: ITV’s ‘Breathless’ Adds Cast; K5 International; Reprieve For Bollywood’s Sanjay Dutt; ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ In Finland; A+E UK & More

By | Wednesday April 17, 2013 @ 7:14pm PDT

ITV’s ‘Breathless’ Rounds Out Cast
Six-part ITV drama Breathless has added cast to join the previously announced Jack Davenport-starrer. Natasha Little (Vanity Fair), Oliver Chris (One Man Two Guvnors), Zoe Boyle (Downton Abbey, Sons Of Anarchy), Joanna Page (Gavin & Stacey), Shaun Dingwall (Above Suspicion) Catherine Steadman (The Tudors, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen), Sarah Parish (Hatfields & McCoys), Pippa Haywood (Mr Selfridge) and Iain Glen (Game Of Thrones) have all boarded the ITV Studios drama about a group of doctors and nurses working in a London hospital in the 60s. Shooting is underway this month on Breathless which is produced by Jolyon Symonds with Kate Bartlett and director Paul Unwin exec producing. 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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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Splash’ Debuts Strong, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ & ‘NCIS’ Dip, ‘Body Of Proof’ Hits High, ‘Go On’ & ‘New Normal’ Hit Lows

By | Wednesday March 20, 2013 @ 9:19am PDT

Tuesday saw the series premiere of ABC’s celebrity competition series Splash (2.6/8). Hosted by Joey Lawrence and ESPN’s Charissa Thompson and judged by Olympic gold medalist David Boudia and U.S. Dive Team director Steve Foley, the reality series saw The Cosby Show’s Keshia Knight Pulliam lose the dive-off and become the first celeb to leave. Bad start for her but good start for Splash. The new show was up 13% from the debut of Celebrity Wife Swap last year on January 2, 2012. In fact, there might be something in the water because Splash had the highest unscripted debut on the network in more than two years and the best on any network since The X Factor premiered on Fox in September 2011. Splash saw growth in both viewership (up 3%) and young adults (up 8%) from its first half-hour to its second. Read More »

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TV Weekly Warfare: Fox Tops Ratings In Demo, CBS Wins Viewership

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 4:13pm PDT

Looks like American Idol and a dash of Gordon Ramsay still have ratings firepower. Even with the traditionally downward turn brought on by Daylight Savings, the combo of Idol’s live performances and the Season 11 premiere of Hell’s Kitchen kept Fox in the top spot among the networks in the key adults 18-49 demographic for the week of March 11. Fox garnered a 1.9/6 in the demo for the 25th week of the 2012-2013 season, and with March 13’s Idol coming in at #2, Fox had eight shows in last week’s Top 20. However, that rating was down from the 2.3/7 the network scored the week before and it barely squeezed out a win for the network. CBS and ABC were close behind, tied for second with a 1.7/5 two-tenths of a ratings point behind. (The tie was not the first such result this season — CBS and NBC tied for first in Week 10 with a 2.6 rating.)

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