RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ & ‘Voice’ Adjusted Up, ‘Chicago Fire’ & ‘About A Boy’ Down

By | Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 2:22pm PDT

BRETT DALTON, CHLOE BENNET, CLARK GREGGUPDATE, 2:22 PM: The final numbers are in and Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. has seen a rise of two tenths for a second week in a row. While still down from last week’s 2.0/6, last night’s 1.9/6 is not the series low for ABC’s superspy agency drama as preliminary numbers indicated this morning. S.H.I.E.L.D.’s all-time low was a 1.8 on March 4. NBC’ also saw adjustments in its lineup with The Voice up a tenth to 2.9/9 to tie a low for a regularly scheduled show, and About A Boy and Chicago Fire down a tenth each for the latter to hit a season low.

Related: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Smashes April Opening Record

PREVIOUS, 9:05 AM: After tease after tease this season, Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1.7/6) last night finally plunged full force into the greater Marvel Universe with a crossover to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Even with the heavily promoted crossover, plus betrayals and revelations galore, the superspy agency series didn’t see the blockbuster results of the just-released superhero pic.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘NCIS’ Slips, ‘Mindy Project’ Craters, ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ & ‘The Voice’ Down

NCIS APRIL 1Looks like the next NCIS (2.3/8) spinoff has gotten off to a slightly unsteady start. After seeing a small rise last week, Tuesday’s second episode of the “Crescent City” two-parter with Scott Bakula dipped 8% from its March 25 episode. On a night that didn’t give big jumps to anyone, that’s a season low for the long-running procedural. The setting up of a Big Easy-based version of NCIS was again the night’s most-watched show, with 16.84 million tuning in, though down a slight 2% from last week. A little bit ahead of its lead-in in the adults 18-49 demo, NCIS: LA (2.4/7) remained even with it March 25 airing. Coming off a big gain last week, Person Of Interest (1.9/6) dipped 5% last night from its previous episode. With all that, CBS took the night in the demo (2.2/7) and in total viewers with 14.49 million.

On Fox’s Glee (0.9/3) it was all New York, New York with the former McKinley High gang starting to strut their stuff in the city that never sleeps. It was a move that didn’t seem to garner much goodwill among the demo: The 102nd episode of the series fell 18% from last week to tie a series low. If Glee’s fall stung, the cratering of The Mindy Project hurt worse. Back for the first time in two months, a double dose of the comedy at 9 PM and 9:30 each drew a 1.0/3 result in 18-49 – that’s a 33% free-fall from the series’ last 9:30 PM original January 31. Read More »

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‘Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Crossover With ‘Captain America’ Sequel Revealed: Video

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight’s episode of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Captain America CrossoverWe knew S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Agent Sitwell was in the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but tonight on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. we learned how he got there. Is this the crossover between the TV series and the about-to-be-released big-screen sequel that Marvel’s been teasing fans about for weeks? Nobody’s talking in secretive Marveland, but in a sense the truth was already out there  – though probably only the hardcore fanboys picked up on it tonight. Amidst all the SAFFRON BURROWS, TITUS WELLIVER, MAX HERNANDEZusual S.H.I.E.L.D. high-tech shenanigans and drama, tonight’s episode, titled “End Of The Beginning,” opened with a number of agents from the superspy org gathering along with the show’s regular team. Among them is Agent Hand, who was on the series earlier in the season; Agent Blake, who was introduced in the direct-to-video Marvel One-Shot Item 47; and the bespectacled Agent Sitwell.

Related: PaleyFest: ‘S.H.I.E.L.D’ Teases ‘Captain America’ Crossover

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PaleyFest: ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Teases ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ Crossover

By | Sunday March 23, 2014 @ 4:15pm PDT

© Kevin Parry for Paley Center for Media More Marvel Cinematic Universe crossovers are in store next month as ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. heads into its final season 1 stretch with some added Marvel juice. The ABC superhero spinoff series returns to air Thursday, April 1 ahead of the Friday, April 4 theatrical debut of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Today’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. PaleyFest panelists hinted at Captain America crossovers with S.H.I.E.L.D., which will be back for seven episodes in a row starting April 8 culminating in the Season 1 finale, said exec producer Jeph Loeb. He danced around officially spilling on how the show will overlap with Captain America, but since they already welcomed Thor: The Dark World film co-star Jaimie Alexander on a ratings-lifting crossover episode following the events of that film earlier this month, “it wouldn’t surprise anyone if [events from] the movie you mentioned were to happen in the show we’re talking about,” he teased.

Paleyfest 2014 logoThe series has yet to be renewed for a second season, and Loeb made an effort during PaleyFest’s fan-centric panel to thank ABC’s Andy Kubitz for scheduling their final seven episodes without further scheduling breaks. He and fellow EPs Jeff Bell, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jed Whedon are heading into production on the season finale (“It’s a long season and everybody’s running on fumes,’ said Tancharoen) and they’re still holding out for an official Season 2 renewal. “Who do I have to shank?” asked one fan in the audience, inquiring after the show’s Season 2 prospects while holding a Thor plush in one hand.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ & ‘Mind Games’ Rise, ‘About A Boy’ & ‘The Voice’ Fall, ‘Glee’ Ties Low

By | Wednesday March 12, 2014 @ 3:02pm PDT

JAIMIE ALEXANDER, CLARK GREGGUPDATE, 3:02 PM: Looks like Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.  had an even better Tuesday than preliminary fast nationals first indicated. The superspy agency series drew a 2.1/7 among adults 18-49 in final fast nationals. That’s a rise of a tenth from earlier. The only other change on ABC was newbie Mind Games who slipped a tenth to 0.8/3. Over on NBC,  The Voice  was adjusted up a 3% to 3.5/12, which is still a season low among the key demo for the singing competition. Freshmen comedies About A Boy and Growing Up Fisher both dropped a tenth from their preliminary fast nationals to 2.0/6 and 1.7/5. Chicago Fire also went down a tenth to 1.9/6

PREVIOUS, 9:20 AM: It wasn’t Captain America, Iron Man or Thor, but the bigger Marvel universe reared its superpowered head on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. last night. Asgardian Lady Sif from the Thor pics, played by Jaime Alexander, showed up to work with Coulson and the team against villainess Lorelei, who appeared on Earth last week to get up to no good. These kind of Marvel properties crossovers are what the company has come to excel at on the big screen and, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening soon, has long been many a fanboy’s dream for the freshman ABC TV show. Iit certainly gave S.H.I.E.L.D. a much-needed lift: Last night’s show was up 11% in adults 18-49 from the series low the ratings roller-coastering S.H.I.E.L.D. hit last week.
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TCA: Deathlok & Lorelei Characters Joining ‘Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 4:42pm PST

TCADeadline__140109155905The Marvel Comics character Deathlok will appear on ABC‘s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. beginning next month, Marvel TV chief Jeph Loeb said today during the show’s TCA set visit presentation. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Ends Fall Run On Low, ‘Victoria’s Secret’ & CBS Win Night, ‘American Country Awards’ Steady

2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - ShowOne thing about last night’s primetime – it was full of Taylor Swift. The music superstar was on Fox’s American Country Awards (1.4/4) with a taped speech from Australia, where she is on tour. She was also on CBS’ The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (3.4/10), the headline performer amid the winged lingerie models. Although the 10 PM VSFS was the top-rated show of the night (it actually took place November 13 in NYC), it saw a 6% slip from its December 4, 2012 show to hit its lowest result since 2010. The runway show’s 9.71 million viewers Tuesday was its third-best audience ever after the 10.50 million of its debut in 2002 and 10.39 million in 2011. Before the models, CBS had NCIS (2.8/8) and NCIS: LA (2.4/6). Back after two weeks, the former dipped 7% from its last original November 19 to tie a season low, while the latter was even with its most recent new show November 26 to tie a series low. Still, with 18.83 million total viewers, NCIS was the most-watched show of the night by far. NCIS: LA was the second-most-watched show in primetime with 14.71 million viewers. With a 2.8/8 rating, CBS won the night in the key demo and in total viewers with 14.42 million.

CLARK GREGG, J. AUGUST RICHARDSABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2.0/6) headed into its winter break last night. With the prerequisite cliffhanger, last night’s midseason finale was down a hard 23% from its last original two weeks ago. That’s a season low for the freshman secret agent show, which has had a roller-coaster ratings ride since its debut. Tuesday was a better night for new comedies The Goldbergs (1.7/5) and Trophy Wife (1.2/3), which were up 21% and 9, respectively, from last week’s low and low tie. In the second week of a short stint, What Would You Do? (0.9/3) was down 10% from its December 3 episode to a series low. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ABC Scores With David Blaine Special, CBS Nabs First Tuesday Win

By | Wednesday November 20, 2013 @ 9:57am PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC needed some ratings magic this fall and it got it last night from a professional. David Blaine’s Real Or Magic celebrity special from 9:30-11 PM drew a 2.5 rating in 18-49, winning its time period, posting ABC’s best numbers in the time frame this season and helping the network score its best 18-49 finish on the night since premiere week. (Check out a clip of Blaine wowing Ricky Gervais below.) Even more impressive, Blaine topped Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2.3) as ABC’s highest-rated program of the night on a fraction of the budget of the superhero drama. It also did better than ABC’s scripted magic franchise, Once Upon A Time, has been doing this fall. Since TV is a copycat business, expect more magic specials to pop up soon. Fox already has one in the can with close-up magician JB Benn, which could be scheduled soon.

Here’s a clip of Blaine needling Ricky Gervais last night:

There was more good news for ABC last night, as S.H.I.E.L.D. finally posted a week-to-week uptick (.1) after slipping since the premiere, an indication that the freshman drama may have bottomed out. But sandwiched between S.H.I.E.L.D. and David Blaine, The Goldbergs (1.6) was down 6%.

By looking at the ratings for CBS’ Tuesday dramas, you wouldn’t tell how eventful they were, with NCIS introducing new main character Ellie Bishop (played by Emily Wickersham) to replace Ziva, and Person Of Interest bidding a shocking farewell to one of its main characters. NCIS (3.0) was even with last week (up a tenth from the fast national), POI (2.0) too was flat, while NCIS: LA (2.5) was up a tenth. POI still won the 10 PM hour, topping NBC’s Chicago Fire (1.9) for a second time. The firefighter drama dropped 14% to a season low. Its lead-in, The Voice (3.1), also was down, by 9%. The Biggest Loser (1.9) was flat. With NBC’s 9-11 PM declines, CBS’ steadiness paid off — the network logged its first outright Tuesday night win in adults 18-49 (2.5) this season and was once again the most-watched network with 15.5 million. Read More »

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Fall 2013 Freshman Series Scorecard: Time Slot Gainers and Slackers

By | Friday November 8, 2013 @ 8:48am PST
Nellie Andreeva

In scheduling their new series in May, network executives always face the dilemma whether bumping off an existing show for a newcomer is worth it. Networks’ goal always is to improve their schedules, but inevitably, their bets not … Read More »

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‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ November Sweep Episode To Feature ‘Thor’ Crossover

By | Friday November 1, 2013 @ 6:18pm PDT

ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues to serve as a promotional platform for Marvel’s movies. Eleven days after the release of the next Marvel/Disney movie, Thor: The Dark World,  the November 19 episode of ABC’s freshman series … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Person of Interest’ Tops ‘Chicago Fire’, ‘Goldbergs’ Ticks Up

Nellie Andreeva

While ABC’s flashy newcomer Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and NBC’s hot transplant Chicago Fire have been drawing a lot of attention on Tuesday, CBS’ Person Of Interest has quietly settled into its new Tuesday 10 PM slot. In a workmanlike manner, the mystery drama has ticked up by a tenth in the fast nationals for the past two weeks, logging a 2.2 in adults 18-49 last night to top the Tuesday 10 PM hour in the demo for the first time, edging NBC’s Chicago Fire (2.1, down 13% from its fast national last week.) In typical CBS fashion, the network’s lineup weathered the big Tuesday launches on the other networks and are now taking charge. At 8 PM, veteran NCIS (3.0) held its fast national rating from last week to top Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2.6) for a second consecutive Tuesday, widening its margin of victory to 15%. NCIS: LA logged a 2.6 for a third straight week.

NBC’s The Voice (4.0) ticked up a tenth compared with its fast nationals last Tuesday despite its lead-in, The Biggest Loser (2.0), dipping 9% from its season premiere last week. While Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. slipped to a new low, its lead-out, new comedy The Goldbergs, ticked up a tenth from its low last week. But its companion, fellow newbie Trophy Wife, went down another tenth to a new low of 1.2. Both series received orders for three additional scripts last week. How good of a utility player is Shark Tank? A rare repeatable reality franchise, the contraption competition pulled in a 1.1 with a rerun at 10 PM last night, topping the Scandal repeats that had been airing in the slot as well as the last Lucky 7 originals. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Biggest Loser’ Hits Debut Low, New ABC Comedies Down, ‘The Originals’ Up Strong

By | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 9:09am PDT

In one of the last premieres of the new season, The Biggest Loser (2.2/7) was back on NBC for Season 15 last night. The trio of trainers picked the 15 contestants for the cycle, including their first … Read More »

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ABC’s ‘Modern Family’ Starts Season As Top Entertainment Show With Upscale Young Viewers

ABC did best during Premiere Week with primetime entertainment shows at attracting upscale 18-49-year-olds, Nielsen reported today. ABC’s first-place status was powered by returning Modern Family and the premiere of Marvels Agents Read More »

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The Big Story Of Premiere Week So Far: NBC

ABC’s gloppiest-named new series, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may be the hottest launch of the three-day-old broadcast TV season, but The Big Story so far in Premiere Week ?

NBC.

NBC is up with every single one of its series on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights compared to Premiere Week 2012. The network has won seven of nine hours in the demo among broadcasters. In total viewers, it’s won six of the week’s first nine primetime hours and has moved from third place to first — making those Comcast guys look pretty clever for having re-upped NBC programming chief Bob Greenblatt’s contract without waiting for Premiere Week numbers.

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ABC Will Repeat ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ On Thursday

By | Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 12:33pm PDT

ABC says it’s going to rerun the pilot episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at 8 p.m. Thursday, instead of the scheduled Shark Tank repeat — a no-brainer. S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered as TV’s Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Strong Premiere For ABC’s ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’, ‘Lucky 7′ Flops, NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire’ Hits Highs

By | Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Nine years after Lost, another ABC drama series got off to a big start at 8 PM. The network’s heavily promoted Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. drew 11.9 million live viewers and a 4.6 rating in adults 18-49 in its debut last night. It was television’s highest-rated premiere in 18-49 in nearly 4 years, since November 3, 2009. The rest of ABC’s all-new Tuesday lineup couldn’t keep up. The most promising newcomer was comedy The Goldbergs, which opened with a 3.2/9 immediately following S.H.I.E.L.D. The premiere of fellow new comedy Trophy Wife slipped to 2.3/6 while new drama Lucky 7 (1.3/4) was dead on arrival as the lowest rated fall drama premiere in ABC history.

NBC’s The Voice continues to impress. After winning an Emmy on Sunday and returning higher on Monday, the singing competition managed to stay up year-vs-year even last night airing against S.H.I.E.L.D. and the season premiere of CBS’ NCIS. The Voice (4.6 in 18-49) tied S.H.I.E.L.D. as the highest-rated program of the night in the demo, up 15% from last fall’s Tuesday debut (down 10% from Monday). It boosted new lead-out Chicago Fire (2.8, 9.2 million), which posted series high in 18-49 and total viewers, up 47% in the demo from last fall’s series premiere on Wednesday behind SVU and up 27% from the one time last fall it aired after The Voice. For the first time in eight years, NBC won Tuesday night of premiere week in 18-49, ranking as No. 1 in the demo in every hour of primetime. Read More »

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2013-2014 Broadcast Season: The One Thing Each Network Must Pull Off To Claim Success

The most CBS-ish new series of the 2013-14 TV season got off to a strong start last night, while the most NBC-like new series floundered. Nothing new there. Lucky for NBC, it aired the CBS-ish one — the new procedural crime drama The Blacklist, starring James Spader. Unfortunately for CBS, it aired the NBC-like, highly serialized event series that bellyflopped in same time slot as The Blacklist — the Toni Collette-Dylan McDermott starrer Hostages.

Related: RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Blacklist’ Debuts Strong, ‘Hostages’ OK

Good news for both networks: Blacklist was the One Big Thing NBC needed to accomplish this season, but Hostages does not hold the same position for CBS.

Related: 2013-14 Broadcast Season Preview: Challenges The Networks Face

Once upon a time, long before DVRs, Netflix and original scripted cable programing, broadcast network execs eagerly anticipated the start of their new TV season to see which of the many, many new series they’d thrown against the wall would stick. These days, each network has one key new series it needs to work — really work, not “Vegas is the No. 1 new drama” work — to call a season successful.

ABC, for instance, needs to launch Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. If it clicks, nothing else matters. Super Fun Night? It can bomb — which is good because ABC has already decided to premiere the show with its second episode and that’s never a good sign. And Lucky 7 may be the series that demonstrates America will not watch a show about how winning the lottery messes you up — because that is their financial strategy. Weeks before S.H.I.E.L.D.’s scheduled unveiling, The Reporters Who Cover Television were already squealing with delight after being treated to its super-secret screening at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013, though there have been disturbing reports of subsequent scripts coming in so not-good that Joss Whedon had to take a break from the 85 other projects he’s working on to step in and do last-minute rewrites.

NBC, meanwhile, needs a 10 PM drama that isn’t flukey, isn’t serializes and doesn’t start to come apart at the seams in the second half of the season, like Revolution did last season. No matter how much you read about NBC badly needing to re-establish itself in comedy on Thursday nights (it’s over, get over it), Monday at 10 is NBC’s Must Fix TV. A Blacklist hit gives NBC the bright shiny 10 o’clock light with which to dazzle affiliate station execs grousing about the lousy lead-ins they’ve been getting for their late local news. The Blacklist needs to look as good ratings-wise, five or six weeks from now, as it did last night. Read More »

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ABC’s ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Surpasses 1 Million Facebook Fans Ahead Of Premiere

By | Sunday September 22, 2013 @ 11:40am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

This will be the highest-profile test to date whether big prelaunch online buzz and awareness translates into big ratings. ABC‘s upcoming drama series Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. yesterday crossed the 1 million Facebook fans mark, … Read More »

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‘Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Director Sues ‘Big Time Rush’ EP Over ‘Johnny Test’

By | Tuesday September 17, 2013 @ 5:53pm PDT

It took him a while to find out about it but David Straiton wants his money from the animated show he says he co-created and he wants to put his former business partner in front … Read More »

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