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UPDATE: RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Adjusted Up To Bigger Series High

By | Friday January 4, 2013 @ 2:51pm PST

UPDATE, 2:50PM: CBS’ The Big Bang Theory has proven a bigger bang than ever. In final Thursday ratings, the comedy has adjusted upwards to hit even higher new series highs with 19.25 million viewers and a 6.1/18 rating. In fast nationals this morning, Thursday’s Big Bang Theory had already garnered a series high of 18.98 million and a rating of 6.0/17.

PREVIOUSLY, 8:49 AM: The winter break is definitely over at CBS. The network saw a full slate of original shows return strong on Thursday after their holiday hiatus. The Big Bang Theory (6.0/17) came back with a bang, delivering its largest audience ever with 18.98 million viewers. The science geek comedy’s previous viewership high was 17.63 million, set on November 15. Now in its sixth season, the series also matched its all-time high in the adults 18-49 demographic, up 11% from its last original show December 13. The riches were spread among the rest of CBS’ primetime last night: Two And A Half Men (4.6/12) had a season high in viewers, with 15.39 million, and in the demo. The other Lorre comedy was up 12% from its December 13 show. Now in its second season, Person Of Interest (3.4/9) hit a series high in viewers with 16.14 million and matched its series high in 18-49, up a solid 17% from its last original three weeks ago. At 10 PM, Elementary (2.5/7) had its biggest audience since its September 27 debut with 11.36 million. The modernized Sherlock Holmes was up 9% from its last original show on December 13. CBS won the night among overall viewers (14.895 million) and in adults 18-49.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Chicago Fire’ Hits High, ‘Mobbed’ Down, NBC Wins Night

By | Thursday January 3, 2013 @ 9:10am PST

NBC wasted no time kicking off the New Year in primetime. The network ran a full lineup of new broadcasts last night with double-digit jumps across the board. Whitney (1.8/5) started the night with its highest rating since its Wednesday debut almost a year ago. The sitcom was up 29% from its last original December 12. A new Guys With Kids (1.7/5) followed, up 21% from its last new show December 5, a time slot 18-49 demo high for the series. After that was Law & Order: SVU (2.1/5): The procedural was up a solid 31% from its last original almost a month ago and tied its highest rating since November 30, 2011. Capping off the night for NBC was Chicago Fire (2.4/6), up 26% from its last original episode December 19. That’s a season high for the freshman drama, beating its previous November 7 record. Chicago Fire also had a viewership high of 8.41 million Wednesday, besting its previous record of 7.2 million on December 5. With an audience of 6.942 million, NBC won the night in total viewers and adults 18-49.

Fox also had new programming with back-to-back episodes of Mobbed at 8 PM (1.0/3) and 9 PM (1.1/3). The return of the Howie Mandel-hosted hidden camera and flash mob-themed reality series fell hard from the 3.0 rating its last original episode garnered on February 8, 2012. Of course, back then Mobbed had American Idol as a lead-in, which was not the case last night. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ Slips, ‘Whitney’ And ‘Chelsea’ Rise

By | Thursday February 2, 2012 @ 9:33am PST
Nellie Andreeva

American Idol‘s ratings slide continues. Last night’s episode posted a 5.9/17 in 18-49 and 18.2 million viewers, down 8% in the demo from last Wednesday’s fast national. Compared with the same week last year, the veteran singing competition was down 34%. Idol was followed by Mobbed (2.9/7), which was up 123% from its previous original two weeks ago. But that original followed a Mobbed repeat, so last night, the flash mob series’ lead-in went up 500%, and it was able to capitalize only on a fraction of it. It was down 19% from what the Touch preview logged in the hour last week. Fox (4.4/12, 13.1 million) won the night in 18-49 and total viewers against mostly rerun competition on the Big 3 networks. Read More »

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Fox Picks Up ‘Mobbed’ Reality Special To Series With 8-Episode Order

By | Friday April 1, 2011 @ 11:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Great news for flash mob fans. Fox has picked up Howie Mandel’s reality special Mobbed to series with an eight-episode order. The order follows the solid ratings performance of the special last night. Airing behind American Idol, Mobbed, which featured an elaborate surprise marriage proposal involving a large group of singers and dancers, drew a 3.8/10 in adults 18-49 and 10.8 million viewers, scoring the largest audience and the highest 18-49 retention for a reality show airing after Idol in two years. Based on a format created by Mandel, Darryl Trell and Howard Kitrosser, Mobbed puts a hidden-camera spin on the “flash mob” phenomenon (large groups of people suddenly showing up in public places to perform a pre-rehearsed dance number). It features people throwing elaborate surprises for friends, family members, loved ones or co-workers. Mobbed is produced by Alevy Productions and Angel City Factory. Mandel, Trell, Kitrosser, Chris Cowan, Jean-Michel Michenaud, Michael Rotenberg, Mike Marks and Kevin Healey are executive producing.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Soars With Musical Episode, ‘Mobbed’ Solid

Nellie Andreeva

Singing was king last night as both American Idol and the musical episode of Grey’s Anatomy scored big in the ratings.

ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (4.8/12, 12.7 million) was up from last week by a whopping 30% in 18-49 and 2.4 million viewers, despite its lead-in, Wipeout (1.9/8), falling 17% to tie its season low. Not much of a Grey’s bump for Private Practice (2.7/7), which was up only 4% from last week.

American Idol’s result show (6.7/10, 22 million) was also up from last week, by 5% in 18-49 and 3% in total viewers. Howie Mandel’s new flash mob reality special for Fox Mobbed (3.8/10) drew the largest audience and posted the highest retention for a reality show following Idol in two years.

CBS’ series were down across the board. The Big Bang Theory (3.6/12) was down 5% from its last original on March 10 for a season low. Rules of Engagement (2.3/7) was down 18%, also for a season low. CSI (2.8/7) was down 10%, The Mentalist (2.8/7) down 3%. NBC aired only one original, comedy Perfect Couples (1.0/3) at 8:30 PM, which was down 38% from last week, when it had an original lead-in, to post a series low.

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