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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Rises, ‘Welcome To Sweden’ & ‘Working The Engels’ Debut Soft, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ & ‘NY Med’ Up

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Rises, ‘Welcome To Sweden’ & ‘Working The Engels’ Debut Soft, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ & ‘NY Med’ UpThe television world was very busy yesterday with the announcement of the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations, but it also was pretty packed in primetime last night as well. After a quiet Thursday last week because of the July 4th holiday, all of the Big 4 were playing originals last night. With just Big Brother (2.0/7) on, CBS was the lightest of all the networks originals-wise. Having said that, the second elimination of the voyeuristic reality show’s 16th season proved the heavyweight of the night. The 1-hour BB was the top show of the night among Adults 18-49 and the second-most-watched show of Thursday’s primetime with 6.15 million viewers after the 7.86 million who tuned in for a Big Bang Theory (1.7/9) encore. However, the real news is the demo leap that Big Brother made out of last week’s holiday airing – the show was up 25% over its slumped July 3 broadcast, which was a series low. It was also up 11% from its June 26 show among the 18-49s. All of which meant, with the BBT and The Millers (1.3/5) encores and a repeat of the debut of the new Halle Berry sci-fi thriller series Extant (0.7/2), that CBS took the night both in the 18-49 demo with a 1.4 rating and in total viewers with 5.61 million watching.
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UPDATED Ratings Rat Race: NBA Draft Scores Biggest Stats Ever On ESPN

By | Friday June 27, 2014 @ 3:50pm PDT

UPDATED Ratings Rat Race: NBA Draft Scores Biggest Stats Ever On ESPNUPDATE, 3:30 PM: ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the 2014 NBA draft on Thursday snagged an average of 3.451 million viewers, making it the most-watched NBA Draft across all networks since 1995 (3.626 million) and the most-watched NBA Draft ever on ESPN. The event, which began its telecast at 7 PM ET, came in 15% better than last year’s telecast ( 2.999 million) in overall audience.

Additionally, the NBA Draft on WatchESPN saw 327,000 unique viewers (up 166% over last year), 6.3 million total minutes (up 12% over last year) and an average minute audience of 22,856 (up 18% over last year).

The 2014 NBA Draft on ESPN was the most-talked-about TV program on Twitter yesterday, with 2.7 million tweets, according to Nielsen Social. The event was the fourth most-talked about NBA telecast of the year behind Game 5 (6.4 million), Game 1 (3.1 million), and Game 4 (2.9 million) of The Finals.

PREVIOUS: Night 2 of CBS’ Big Brother was as strong as the first. The reality series posted a 2.3 rating in the adults 18-49 demo Thursday, even with its season premiere the night before to again finish as the night’s top-rated and most-watched show on broadcast. That, plus a Big Bang Theory rerun, helped give CBS back-to-back nightly wins in total viewers and the demo.

ABC landed in second place overall in viewers, thanks to the second-season premiere of NY Med (0.9), which fell 25% from its series premiere in 2012 in the demo, but landed its biggest overall crowd, with 5.5 million viewers.  Earlier Thursday, ABC aired Rookie Blue (0.8) and Black Box (0.6), the latter of which dropped 14% from its series debut a week ago to tie a series low, while the former tumbled 27% from its season premiere last week to also tie a series low. Read More »

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ABC News Launches ‘NY Med’ On June 24

By | Wednesday May 7, 2014 @ 6:40am PDT

abcnews__130401171754-150x62ABC News announced a return date for its hospital docu-series franchise, this time called NY Med: Tuesday, June 24 at 10 PM ET. The eight-part series, the news division says, toggles between “the orderly operating rooms of Manhattan’s New York-Presbyterian Hospital – the primary venue for the series – where renowned surgeons perform feats of medical brilliance, and the sometimes hectic trauma wards of Newark’s University Hospital where skilled doctors gallantly struggle to treat a flood of gunshot, stabbing and life-threatening trauma cases”. It’s from the producers of ABC News’ Hopkins, and Boston Med.

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