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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ Pulls Even With Last Season

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s hourlong American Idol (8.9/24 in adults 18-49, 24.9 million) once again held steady, down 3% in the demo from last Wednesday’s two-hour episode and up 3% vs. that episode’s comparable 8-9 PM hour. What is probably even more important for Fox is that, while Idol started off down by double digits from its last season, it has now pulled even. Compared to last year’s third Tuesday episode, last night’s show was flat in 18-49 and up 2% in viewers. If only the 8-9 PM hour of last year’s episode is counted, last night’s 8-9 PM episode was slightly up.

Following its surprisingly strong performance on Monday, Human Target disappointed last night despite posting its best numbers in a year, 2.6/7 in 18-49. That was up from the 2.1 rating the show pulled on Monday at 8 PM but it had no lead-in there and the largest possible lead-in, Idol, last night. Then again, scripted shows don’t do well behind Idol. Still, in its first airing after Idol on Thursday, Bones averaged a so-so 46% retention. Human Target‘s was 29%.

In a rare occurrence this season, it was all good news for NBC last night. A two-hour Minute To Win It (2.4/6) was up a whopping 71% from its hourlong edition last week, while Law & Order: SVU (2.9/8) was up 26% vs. its last original 2 weeks ago. Minute grew steadily throughout the two hours and set a season high for … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bachelor’ Up, ‘Harry’s Law’ Steady While ‘Human Target’ Pops

Nellie Andreeva

This is a good way for a bubble show to finish the season. Fox’s Human Target popped up on Monday last night and drew a 2.1/6 in 18-49 and 7.8 million viewers at 8 PM, up 75% in the demo from its last telecast in the Friday 8 PM slot and up 24% from its last airing in its former regular Wednesday 8 PM berth. Fox had several extra original episodes of the comic book adaptation series left, so it put 2 on Fridays and then subbed a House repeat with another one last night. That last stint proved surprisingly successful, lifting Human Target to season highs in 18-49 and total viewers. And those highs may soon be surpassed as the show’s last 2 episodes of the season are set to air behind American Idol on Wednesdays. Fox’s Lie to Me (2.2/5) had a solid season finale. It was down 12% from last week’s inexplicable season high when the show posted 39% week-to-week ratings jump but Lie to Me had an original House as a lead-in then that almost doubled Human Target‘s numbers from last night. It was Lie to Me‘s second highest-rated episode this season (a tie), and the drama was up 16% from its Season 2 finale, which aired in August.

NBC’s midseason series Harry’s Law (2.1, 10.8 million) held steady in Week 3, even with its Week 2 demo rating, off only by a tenth from its premiere … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Scripted Shows Up, Reality And People’s Choice Awards Down

Nellie Andreeva

Viewers went out looking for fresh scripted programming last night, with all scripted series posting double-digit gains in their return to originals. Topping the gain list (although off a small base) was Fox’s drama Human Target, whose 2 back-to-back episodes drew a 1.7/5 in adults 18-49, up 21% from the comic book adaptation’s last first-run episode at 8 PM on Dec. 22. Fox (1.7/5, 6.3 million) finished fourth for the night.

Among ABC’s Wednesday comedies, The Middle (2.8/9) was up the most, 17% vs. its last original on Dec. 8. Better with You (2.5/7) was up 14%, the same as flagship series Modern Family (4.8/13), which was the top-rated program on the night by a mile. At 9:30 PM, Cougar Town (2.9/8) was up 12%. ABC’s demo average was dragged down by the 10 PM Primetime special Extreme Weight Loss: Celebrities Tell All (1.6/5). The network (2.7/8, 7.4 million) still managed to finish as No.1 in 18-49, tied with NBC (2.7/8, 9.4 million), which was tops in total viewers. NBC aired Minute to Win It (2.1/6), which was down 5% from its last original on Dec. 21 but beat CBS’ Live to Dance in the demo, and a two-hour Law & Order: SVU (2.9/8, 10.7 million), which was up 16% vs. Dec. 1 to post its highest 18-49 rating since premiere … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox Tops Slow Night, Univision Edges English-Language Rivals

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: With Christmas fast approaching,  viewers stayed largely away from TV last night with all originals posting double-digit declines. The highest-rated program of the night in 18-49 was a rerun of ABC’s hit comedy Modern Family (2.0/6). Fox (1.5/5, 5.3 million) won the night in the demo among the English-language networks with original Human Target (1.4/5), which was down 13% from last week to tie its all-time low, and new game show Million Dollar Money Drop (1.6/5), down 20% from its Tuesday telecast for its lowest-rated outing to date.

Overall, Univision topped the night in the 18-49 demo with a 1.6/5, powered by telenovela Soy Tu Duena (2.3/7). (In the total viewers, Univision finished fourth.

CBS’ 12th Annual Home For The Holidays special (0.7/2) was down 36% from its 2009 edition. Reruns of Criminal Minds (1.5/4) and The Defenders (1.1/3) followed. CBS (1.1/3, 5.5 million) edged Fox as the most watched network of the night.

NBC aired a first-run episode of canceled spy drama Undercovers (1.1/3), down 15% from the last original on Dec. 1 for its lowest-rated telecast ever. Repeats of Law & Order: SVU (1.2/4, 1.7/5) did better at 9PM and 10PM. ABC’s all-repeat lineup also included The Middle (1.5/5), Better With You (1.5/5) and CMA Country Christmas (1.1/3). ABC and NBC finished tied for second place in the 18-49 demo with a 1.3/4.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Wins, ‘Modern Family’ & ‘Cougar Town’ Hit Season Lows

Nellie Andreeva

After taking a break on Tuesday where it would’ve clashed with Glee, the scripted series that helped it get on the air, NBC’s reality series The Sing-Off returned last night for its second airing. It averaged a 2.6/7 in adults 18-49 and 7.6 million viewers overall from 8-10 PM, down 7% from the Monday premiere but a season high for the network in the slot. The a cappella singing competition was up 24% from  the same Wednesday night last year and flat with its second episode, which aired on Tuesday last December. A rerun of Law & Order: Special Victim Unit (1.8/5, 6.2 million) ran at 10 PM, the series’ new permanent home as of Jan. 5.

ABC’s comedy block was down across the board: The Middle (2.5/7) was down 11% to tie its season low, Better With You (2.2/6) was down 4%, Modern Family (4.1/11) was down 15% for a season low and Cougar Town (2.6/7) was down 13%, also a season low. Modern Family still ranked as the highest-rated program of the night in the 18-49 demo. Like NBC, ABC’s lineup in the 10 PM hour was a dry run for midseason when it will feature comedies. Repeats of Modern Family (1.9/5) and Cougar Town (1.3/4) last night outperformed significantly the original Whole Truth (0.9/3) in the hour last week.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Law & Order’ Series And ‘Top Model’ Finale Up

Nellie Andreeva

CBS won a third consecutive night this week with a lineup that featured repeats. With ABC’s comedy block in reruns, CBS’ Survivor: Nicaragua (3.6/10, 12.2 million) was up a tenth from its last original 2 weeks ago to rank as the highest rated program on the night by a mile in 18-49 and total viewers. Following a Criminal Minds repeat (2.2/6, 9.1 million) CBS aired a Grammy Awards nominations special (1.7/5, 5 million), which was down 26% from last year’s telecast. NBC’s Law & Order dramas benefited from the decreased competition to log their best numbers in more than a month. Law & Order: SVU (2.5/7, 9.2 million) was up 19% in the demo from its last telecast 2 weeks ago; Law & Order: Los Angeles (2.2/6, 9.1 million) was up 16% to top the 10 PM hour. Fox’s lineup was up from last week when it was impacted by the Thanksgiving holiday. Human Target (1.6/5) was up 14%, while Hell’s Kitchen (2.6/7) was up 18% and won its 9 PM time period. And two meaningless ratings results: NBC’s soon-to-depart Undercovers (1.3/4) was up 8% from its last original 3 weeks go, while, in its brief return before its permanent exit from the schedule, ABC’s The Whole Truth (0.9/3) was down 18% from its last original more than a month ago for an all-time low. ABC’s comedy repeats were led by Modern Family (2.3/6, 7 million). The CW’s America’s Next Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC Tops Wednesday

Nellie Andreeva

With CBS assured of its first top November sweep win among 18-49 in 5 years (tied with Fox), the network put on repeats and a Survivor clip show on the final night of the sweep. That allowed ABC to completely dominate the night in the demo with its comedy block and a Primetime special on celebrity plastic surgery. All series posted double-digit declines from last week but that is to be expected on a night when a large portion of the audience were en route to their holiday destination. Versus the same night last year, ABC was up by 35% in 18-49 and 42% in total viewers. ABC’s Modern Family (3.7/12, 10.5 million) was the top program of the night in 18-49 and total viewers. Topping their slots in 18-49 were ABC’s The Middle (2.1/7), Cougar Town (2.5/8) and Primetime: Celebrity Plastic Surgery Gone Too Far? (1.8/6). CBS’ Survivor: Nicaragua recap (2.0, 8 million) took the 8:30 PM hour. In its second airing, Fox’s Human Target drew a 1.4/5 vs. 1.8/5 for its season premiere last week, in line with the week-to-week declines for the ABC comedies.  Hell’s Kitchen finished second in the demo in the 9 PM hour with a 2.1/7. For the night, ABC averaged a 2.3/7 in 18-49 and 7.4 million. Fox (1.8/6, 5.3 million) was second in the demo, while CBS (1.7/6, 8.2 million) was third and tops in total viewers. NBC (1.6/5, 5.2 million) … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Dramas Up; Fox’s ‘Human Target’ Debut Soft

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s Human Target (1.8/5) had a quiet second season premiere last night in the Wednesday 8 PM slot it was upgraded to after Lie to Me was summoned to Mondays. It is unfair to compare the premiere to the show’s series debut after a big football game last season (it was down 38% from that), but the season opener was down from what Hell’s Kitchen has been doing in the hour this fall and down a tenth from its first season finale. Hell’s Kitchen (2.6/7), now abbreviated to one hour, was flat with its two-hour edition last week.

ABC’s comedy block returned after a preemption for the American Music Awards a tiny bit lower. The Middle (2.8/9) was down a tenth, Better with You (2.3/7) was down 8%, Modern Family (4.7/13) was down a tenth and Cougar Town (3.0/8) was flat. The Kim Kardashian-hosted special People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive did a 1.5/5.

CBS’ Wednesday lineup rebounded after taking a hit against the AMAs last week when all series posted season lows. Survivor: Nicaragua (3.5/10) was up 9%, Criminal Minds (3.7/10) up 19% and The Defenders (1.9/6) up 6%. CBS locked another Wednesday win in adults 18-49 (3.0/9) and total viewers (11.9 million)

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Fox’s ‘Human Target’ Moves To Wednesdays

Nellie Andreeva

In the fallout of the Lone Star cancellation, Fox’s drama Human Target will move from Fridays to Wednesdays, taking over the slot originally given to Lie To Me. Lie to Me was to premiere on Nov. 10 and run in the Wednesday 8 PM slot, leading into an one-hour Hell’s Kitchen. But as the crime procedural was summoned yesterday to take over the Monday 9 PM period vacated by the cancelled Lone Star staring next week, Human Target will now take its place on Wednesdays. It will premiere Nov. 17. A two-hour Hell’s Kitchen will air on Nov. 10. Instead of launching Human Target‘s second season this past Friday as first planned, Fox held back, airing a Human Target rerun instead, followed by the season debut of The Good Guys. The network will now run House repeats in the Friday 8 PM hour.

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Fox’s ‘Human Target’ Taps Female Lead

Nellie Andreeva

indira-varmaI hear Fox’s action drama Human Target is adding a female lead for Season 2 and has cast British actress Indira Varma for it. The series, based on the DC Comic about unorthodox bodyguard Christopher Chance (Mark Valley), stood out in its first season with an all-male regular cast of 3, Valley, Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley, probably the smallest core cast I’ve seen on a drama series in a long time. Now the show is adding a fourth regular, Varma. Read More »

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