RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Premiere Slips, ‘The Taste’ Finale Hits Low, ‘Smash’ Up, ‘Body of Proof’ & ‘Off Their Rockers’ Hit Series Lows

By | Wednesday March 13, 2013 @ 10:01am PDT

Like a reality TV bat out of Hell, Gordon Ramsey returned Tuesday for Season 11 of Hell’s Kitchen (2.2/6). Taking over Fox’s primetime last night, the two-hour cooking competition premiere saw 20 aspiring restaurateurs putting forth their signatures dishes to Ramsey and, in a new twist this season, a live Las Vegas audience. It also saw the show slip 8% from its Season 10 premiere on June 4. However, last night’s Hell’s Kitchen garnered pretty much the same number of viewers with 5.4 million compared to last year’s 5.5 million, and it was the highest-rated show of the night in the adults 18-49 demographic. Fox won the night overall in the key demo, while CBS topped in total viewers with 11.15 million.

As one reality gastronomy series started up, another ended. After eight episodes, the first season of ABC’s The Taste (1.1/3) crowned a winner with Charlie Sheen’s private chef Khristianne Uy taking the top spot. The one-hour finale of the freshman show, which will see a Dancing With The Stars special in its slot next week, dipped 8% from last week to hit a series low. ABC started off the night with Celebrity Wife Swap (1.6/5), which rose 7% from the big drop-off its March 5 show saw from the previous week’s premiere. Falling 8% from last week, the struggling Body Of Proof (1.2/3) ended primetime for the network as it tied a series low.
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UK’s Tinopolis Acquires Passion Distribution

By | Monday December 3, 2012 @ 8:09am PST

Sally Miles’ UK-based Passion Distribution exclusively distributes content for U.S. broadcasters and producers including Scripps Network International, Sundance Channel, OWN, The Weather Channel and World of Wonder. Growing indie producer/distributor TinopolisRead More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Even Post-Olympics, ‘Hotel Hell’ Rises, ‘N.Y. Med’ Way Up

By | Wednesday August 15, 2012 @ 9:13am PDT

There were no brand new shows premiering last night but as summer television settles back into non-Olympic normalcy there were some heavy hitters returning to the ring. America’s Got Talent (2.7/8) was back for the first time … Read More »

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UPDATE: RATINGS RAT RACE: Olympics Day 3 Best in 36 Years, ‘Bachelor Pad’ & ‘Glass House’ Hit Lows

By | Tuesday July 31, 2012 @ 2:45pm PDT

Missy Franklin NBC RatingsUPDATE, 2:45 PM: Missy Franklin helped last night’s Olympics become the most-watched in 36 years with 31.6 million viewers. NBC’s Monday primetime broadcast of the London Olympicswas the most-watched first Monday … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bachelor Pad’ Premiere Down Big, ‘Glass House’ Hits Low, ‘Ninja Warrior’ Finale Up

By | Tuesday July 24, 2012 @ 9:04am PDT

Bachelor Pad Season 3Monday was a night of beginnings and endings. With hot tubs and cold intrigue for a $250,000 prize, ABC had the two-hour Season 3 premiere of Bachelor Pad (1.4/4) at 8 PM. That was down 36% from the 2011 Season 2 premiere on August 8 and a series low. ABC followed at 10 PM with a new episode of the legally challenged The Glass House (0.8/2). The sixth week of the reality show tied again for a season low. NBC aired the two-hour Season 4 finale of American Ninja Warrior (2.0/5), up 11% from last week. On Fox, it was Gordon Ramsay’s night again with Hell’s Kitchen (2.6/8) and MasterChef (2.7/7). Kitchen was down to the final eight contestants and even with last week. On MasterChef, it was Part 1 of the top six cooking contestants competing, with the show rising 4% from last week. Fox won the night among adults 18-49 and total viewers. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, ‘MasterChef’, ‘Love In The Wild’ Up, ‘Talent’ Down, ‘Wipeout’ Falls To Low

By | Wednesday July 18, 2012 @ 9:22am PDT

Paula Deen MasterChefFox was cooking Tuesday night, with Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen (2.4/8) rising 20% from its previous Tuesday episode two weeks ago. Following at 9 PM, MasterChef (2.5/7) continued the upward trend, growing 25% from two weeks ago as Paula Deen joined Ramsay and fellow judges Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot to talk grits and Southern cuisine. (Neither Hell’s Kitchen nor MasterChef aired last week due to the MLB All-Star Game.) Meanwhile, NBC’s live two-hour America’s Got Talent (2.6/8) was down 7% from last week. Last night’s penultimate episode of Love In The Wild’s (1.3/4) second season trimmed down to its final two couples and rose 8% from last week. Fox was No. 1 among adults 18-49 and NBC won the night in viewers. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bachelorette’ Hits Low, ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Up Big, ‘Fear Factor’ & ‘MasterChef’ Rise

By | Tuesday July 17, 2012 @ 9:06am PDT

Bachelorette RatingsThe Bachelorette (2.2/6) had its tell-all episode last night with the guys who didn’t make Emily Maynard’s cut. The show was down 12% from last week and tied a season low (with the exception of specials). Still, last night’s episode – the last before July 22’s finale — was Monday’s most-watched show with more than 7 million viewers. Meanwhile, the fifth week of The Glass House (1.0/3) was flat with last week and tied a season low. ABC won the night in viewers and Fox won in adults 18-49. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Down, CBS Takes Night With Repeats

By | Wednesday July 4, 2012 @ 9:09am PDT

On Fox there were some contestant tears last night on Hell’s Kitchen (1.9/7) but Gordon Ramsey held it together even though the show was down 17% from last week. On MasterChef  (2.0/7), eyes stayed dry but the show was also down, 13% from last week. Fox took the night among adults 18-49, but CBS’ repeats won in total viewers with an audience of 6.6 million. CBS went with NCIS (1.0/4), NCIS: Los Angeles (0.8/3) and 48 Hours Mystery (1.1/3) ABC also ran repeats with Wipeout (0.9/3) and Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (0.7/2). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBA Finals Up, ‘Love In The Wild’ Slides To Season Low

By | Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 9:13am PDT

NBA Finals RatingsThe Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder last night and the NBA Finals scored pretty nicely as well. Game 4 (6.0/17) was up 9% from last year’s Game 4 battle between the Heat and the Dallas Mavericks. In fast nationals, Tuesday’s game drew 13.97 million viewers and garnered an overnight rating of 12.4, the highest-rated Game 4 since the 14.5 of 2004′s LA Lakers-Detroit Pistons court battle. The series so far is averaging an 11.6 overnight rating, ABC’s highest since 2004 and the second highest since the network began broadcasting the NBA Finals.

The news was not so upbeat at NBC: After double America’s Got Talent repeats at 8 PM (1.5/5) and 9 PM (1.8/5), Tuesday’s new episode of Love In The Wild (1.3/4) was down 13%. That marks the lowest rating for the Jenny McCarthy-hosted reality show since the 1.6/4 of its season premiere June 5. Last night’s episode drew 4.1 million viewers. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Stanley Cup Scores Low, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, ‘MasterChef’ & ‘Bachelorette’ Rise

By | Tuesday June 12, 2012 @ 9:18am PDT

It was a good night for the LA Kings – they won the Stanley Cup for the very first time. But for NBC, the Stanley Cup Game 6 (1.6/5) battle between the Kings and the New Jersey … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘MasterChef’ Up Again, ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ ‘America’s Got Talent’ & ‘Love in the Wild’ Premiere Down

By | Wednesday June 6, 2012 @ 9:16am PDT

Day 2 of the Gordon Ramsay premiere showcase on Fox had ups and downs. Hell’s Kitchen (2.1/7) was down 16% from last year’s second-night premiere, which at 9 PM MasterChef (2.1/6) was up 11% from last year’s second-day premiere. Over on NBC, America’s Got Talent (3.4/11) was down 8% from last week but still the biggest draw of the night with 12.2 million viewers. The two-hour season premiere of Love In The Wild (1.6/4) at 9 PM was also down, with the Jenny McCarthy-hosted reality show falling 27% from its debut last year. Still, NBC won the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers. Read More »

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Fox’s ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Renewed For 2 More Seasons

By | Thursday April 12, 2012 @ 10:25am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has ordered two more seasons of the Gordon Ramsay culinary competition series Hell’s Kitchen. For those keeping score, those are cycles No. 11 and 12. The upcoming 10th season of Hell’s Kitchen premieres on May 29. The series is … Read More »

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‘Two And A Half Men’ Premiere Is Huge, ‘Playboy Club’ Debut Dangerously Low

Nellie Andreeva

‘Two And A Half Men’ Premiere: What Did You Think?, ’2.5 Men’ Premiere Is A Hit In Canada Too

UPDATED: The debut of Two and a Half Men with new star Ashton Kutcher lived up to the hype ratings-wise, while NBC hit a major bump on the opening night of the season. The ninth-season premiere of Two and a Half Men last night drew 27.7 million viewers and posted a 10.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic in the fast-nationals, numbers rarely seen for show not named American Idol these days and a series record for Men by a large margin. (UPDATE: In the final ratings, which include same-night DVR viewing, Men‘s premiere climbed to 28.7 million viewers and 10.7/5 in 18-49). In 18-49, Men more than doubled its season-premiere number last fall, up 110%. This was the highest-rated season premiere on any network in six years, since Desperate Housewives‘ second-season opener in September 2005.

Two and a Half Men provided a great lead-in for CBS’ new comedy 2 Broke Girls, which drew a 7.0/13 in 18-49 and 19.5 million viewers in its premiere behind Men before it moves to the 8:30 PM slot next week. (In the finals, the numbers were adjusted to a 7.1/16, 19.4 million). The comedy starring Kat Dennings posted the largest audience for a fall comedy debut in 10 years, since NBC’s Inside Schwartz, which launched behind mega-hit Friends.

And while Men is bound to steal all ratings headlines today, another veteran CBS comedy, How I Met Your Mother, also was off to a very hot start. It opened the night at 8 PM with a 4.7/13 in 18-49. That was the comedy’s highest-rated season premiere ever, up a whopping 31% from last fall, a surge rarely seen for a series in its seventh season. A second HIMYM episode at 8:30 PM rose even further to a 5.1/13 (5.2/13 in the finals). And if it starts to seem like the Two and a Half Men tide was lifting all the CBS boats last night, that wasn’t quite the case. Somewhat surprisingly, the second-season premiere of Hawaii Five-0 at 10 PM (3.4/8) was down 13% from its series debut last year despite having a lead-in twice as big as last fall’s. Two and a Half Men and CBS easily dominated the opening night of the 2011-12 season. But, because of the big curiosity factor associated with the public firing of former Men star Charlie Sheen and his replacement Kutcher, the show was expected to open well. The question is where it will settle when the novelty wears off. As for Sheen himself, we’re awaiting to see the ratings for his roast on Comedy Central, which also aired last night. (UPDATE: Comedy Central’s Roast Of Charlie Sheen Highest-Rated In Franchise History)

On the other broadcast networks last night, NBC’s The Playboy Club got off to a disappointing start with a 1.6/4 in 18-49 and 5 million viewers at 10 PM. It was down 30% from the premiere of NBC’s short-lived drama Chase in the same slot last year and did only a little better than last fall’s big flop, Fox’s Lone Star, which opened with a 1.3/3 and 4.1 million. The Playboy Club tied another short-lived show, Crusoe, as NBC’s lowest-rated fall drama premiere ever. The Playboy Club didn’t get much help from its lead-in, a two-hour The Sing-Off, which managed a 1.9/5 in the demo and 5.2 million viewers. (Chase had a stronger lead-in last year from The Event.) Sing-Off, whose only previous run was as a limited holiday series, was down 32% from its December debut to log the show’s lowest-rated telecast. Overall, NBC’s Monday lineup was down 30% from last fall, a troublesome sign for the network, which is looking to mount a ratings turnaround. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bachelor Pad’ Rises, ‘Kitchen’ Slips, ‘Miss Universe’ Hits Low

By | Tuesday September 13, 2011 @ 8:55am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NFL games last night had opposite ratings effects on Fox and ABC in the fast nationals. Airing against Monday Night Football, Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen (2.4/6) at 9 PM was down 11% from last Monday, which was Labor Day. Still, Gordon … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Slips, NBC Plays Symphony With ‘Ninja Warrior’

Nellie Andreeva

Fox (2.6/7 in adults 18-49, 6.2 million viewers) once again topped Monday night with a Gordon Ramsay lineup. After MasterChef wrapped its season last week, the … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC’s ‘Bachelor Pad’ Slips, Fox’s Gordon Ramsay Block Tops

By | Tuesday August 16, 2011 @ 9:31am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

With CBS and NBC in all repeats, it is a two-way race on Monday between Fox and ABC these days. Fox posted another dominating performance from Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen (2.8/8 in 18-49, even with last week, 6.8 … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Gordon Ramsay’s Series Steady, ‘Talent’ & ‘Wipeout’ Slip

Nellie Andreeva

Fox (2.6/8 among adults 18-49, 6.2 million viewers) won Tuesday in 18-49 with Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen (2.7/9, 6.3 million) and MasterChef (2.5/7, 6.1 million), both flat vs. last week in the demo, while MasterChef drew its largest audience ever. … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bachelor Pad’ Steady In Return, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Rises & Tops Night

By | Tuesday August 9, 2011 @ 9:26am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

TV specials, especially telecasts of award shows and live events, often run for three hours in primetime, but airing a three-hour episode of a regular show is rather unusual. That is what ABC did last night with the season premiere … Read More »

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