RATINGS RAT RACE: NBA Games Up On ESPN, Down On ABC

By | Thursday December 26, 2013 @ 9:32am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Miami Heat v Los Angeles LakersThe NBA‘s five-game Christmas Day marathon on ABC and ESPN was a mixed bag this year, with strong results on ESPN and soft numbers on ABC. The tripleheader on ESPN posted an all-time high for a second consecutive year: It averaged a 2.3 overnight rating, up 10% from 2012. ESPN’s coverage started slower, with the Chicago Bulls-Brooklyn Nets game at 12 PM logging a 2.3 rating, down 15% from last year’s Boston Celtics-Nets matchup.espn But it picked up speed later in the day with the primetime doubleheader averaging a 2.3 rating — up 21% from last year and the highest-rated NBA Christmas Day primetime doubleheader ever. It was led by the Houston Rockets-San Antonio Spurs game, which scored a 2.4  rating at 8 PM, an all-time best for an NBA Christmas Day primetime game and up 41% from last Christmas’ 8 PM game between the Rockets and Chicago Bulls. The 10:30 face-off between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors (2.3) was up 15% from last year’s Denver Nuggets-Clippers game.

When the NBA TV schedule was set in the summer, nobody could’ve predicted that both Christmas Day games on ABC would be missing two of the league’s biggest stars. With the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony and the LA Lakers’ Kobe Bryant sidelined with injuries, ratings for ABC’s coverage — which featured the same four teams as last year — took a tumble. The early afternoon game, Oklahoma City’s lopsided victory over the Knicks, posted a 3.7, down 37% from last year’s Lakers-Knicks matchup. The second game, in which the Heat defeated the Bryant-less Lakers, drew a 4.9 rating, down 18% from last year’s Thunder-Miami Heat matchup. It was the lowest rated early game in four years, since 2009, and the lowest rated second game in six, since 2007. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘I Love Lucy Christmas Special’ Tops Night, CBS & ABC Tie For Win

By | Saturday December 21, 2013 @ 10:07am PST

LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIALIt was truly old school last night on TV and once again America loved their Lucy. CBSI Love Lucy Christmas Special (1.4/5) topped an encore and holiday special heavy night Friday. The only network … Read More »

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CBS Sets Record Straight On Its Colorized ‘I Love Lucy’ Christmas Special

By | Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ 6:00pm PDT

The Internet was abuzz today with a report that grinchy old CBS was getting that warm, cuddly holiday feeling and had announced it would air back-to-back episodes of I Love Lucy, colorized and without commercial interruption, and call it The I Love Lucy Christmas Special, on December 20.

Portions of that report were true.

The I Love Lucy Christmas Special will feature colorized episodes of the 1950s CBS comedy series: the seldom-seen “Christmas Episode,” and “Lucy’s Italian Movie” (aka The Grape Stomping Episode). The network said the episodes were “colorized with a vintage look,” for all you purists out there, “in a nod to the 1950s period in which the shows were filmed.” That would be The Black-and-White TV Period, but we’ll let it go. “The Christmas Episode” finds the Ricardos (Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz) and Mertzes (Vivian Vance and William Frawley) decorating Lucy and Ricky’s Christmas tree and reminiscing about how their lives have changed since the arrival of the Ricardos’ son, Little Ricky. Flashbacks are in black-and-white — to emphasize the time lapse, CBS explained. Flashbacks recall the night Lucy tells Ricky she is pregnant, the time she shows up unexpectedly as part of a barbershop quartet, and the day Ricky and the Mertzes rehearse taking Lucy to the maternity ward. “The Christmas Episode” was first presented as part of the series in December 1956. The episode wasn’t included in the series’ long history of rebroadcasts, first on CBS Daytime and later in syndication, the network noted, adding that it was thought to be “lost” until CBS “found” it — in 1989. Read More »

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