RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Dramas, ‘Criminal Minds’ & ‘Nashville’ Rise, ‘Modern Family’ & CW Dramas Slip

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 9:20am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Criminal_Minds_Season_9_Episode_20NBC’s Wednesday lineup returned refreshed from a break. Revolution (1.3) was up a tenth from its last original on March 19, Law & Order: SVU (1.7) was up 13%, and Chicago PD (1.6) was up 14%. On the opposite side, the CW dramas were down. Arrow (0.8) fell 11% from last week. After a promising start, new drama The 100 (0.6) posted a second week of double-digit declines, down 14% and falling under 2 million viewers (1.9 million). There was little change at the other networks. Fox’s two-hour American Idol (2.1) matched last Wednesday’s fast national. CBS’ Survivor (2.2) slipped a tenth from last week but still edged Idol in the demo for a fourth consecutive week. Criminal Minds (2.5) was up 14% from its last original two weeks ago and is poised to edge Idol in 18-49 in the 9 PM hour for the first time, while CSI (1.9) was down a tenth. Read More »

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PTC: Violence Levels On Broadcast And Cable “Virtually Indistinguishable”

By | Monday December 9, 2013 @ 5:19am PST

PTC_logo110916212735-150x150A few weeks after American and Dutch researchers found that violence in PG-13 films has now exceeded R-rated levels, the Parents Television Council has come up with a violence scorecard for broadcast vs cable. In a new … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Dominates, ‘Nashville’ Inches Up, ‘Revolution’ Wraps

By | Thursday November 21, 2013 @ 9:55am PST
Nellie Andreeva

CBS’ Wednesday lineup continues to assert its dominance. The network doesn’t have the top program of the night in 18-49 — that would be ABC’s Modern Family — but is solid throughout primetime, winning every hour in 18-49 and total viewers. Survivor (2.4) last night was even with its fast national last Wednesday, while Criminal Minds (2.8) and CSI (2.1) posted gains for a second straight week. Criminal Minds was up a tenth in 18-49 and drew its largest audience of the season (12.3 million), while CSI was up 11% and also hit a viewership season high (11 million).

If ABC needed a validation for its decision this week to try another comedy behind Modern Family in midseason, it got it last night. The slot’s current dweller, Super Fun Night (1.9) was down 10% from last week’s fast national to log the freshman’s lowest rating behind an original Modern Family. (Last week, the show was adjusted down a tenth in the final, which may happen again because of a minute of Modern Family overrun.) Modern Family itself (3.3) was down 13% from last week to its lowest fall result since its first season. The Emmy-winning comedy is showing vulnerability this fall, not helped by new 8:30 PM entry Back In The Game (1.6, down 11% from last week to a series low). The network is shaking things up in midseason, bringing Suburgatory back in the 8:30 PM slot where it performed best. 8 PM anchor The Middle (2.2) was down 8% to tie a season low. A lot has been said about the behind-the-scenes struggles on Nashville, with the network pushing for a soap, and the producers trying for a more realistic portrayal of the country music industry. Nashville has been aggressively ramping up its soapy quotient in Season 2, and it seems to pay off in the ratings as the drama (1.6) inched up a tenth for a second consecutive week to equal a 7-week high 18-49 rating and draw its largest week in 5 weeks (5.6 million).

Related: ABC Midseason: ‘Mixology’ In Post-‘Modern Family’ Slot, ‘Revenge’ Slides To 10 PM Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: ‘X Factor’ Rebounds, ‘Criminal Minds’ & ‘Arrow’ Post Highs

By | Thursday November 14, 2013 @ 3:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE, 3 PM: Revolution‘s 1.4 streak is over. After logging a 1.4 18-49 rating for four consecutive weeks, the NBC drama inched up in the finals to a 1.5 today. Also adjusted up a tenth were Arrow, which matched its season high, and Survivor, while Super Fun Night was adjusted down a tenth.

PREVIOUS 9:30 AM: The X Factor (1.7) rebounded slightly from the then-series-low 1.5 the Fox music competition posted last Wednesday against the CMA Awards. After two weeks off, ABC’s Modern Family (3.8) matched the fast national for its most recent original on October 23. The Middle (2.3) was up 10% vs. the fast national for its most recent episode two weeks ago. Back In The Game (1.8) inched up a tenth, while Super Fun Night (2.1) was up 24% from October 30 when it followed a Modern Family repeat but down a tenth vs. when it last aired behind an original Modern Family on October 23. It will likely be adjusted down in the finals because of a minute of Modern Family overrun. Nashville (1.5) was up a tenth. NBC’s Revolution made it five consecutive weeks at a 1.4, earning a free refill next Wednesday. Law & Order: SVU (1.6) perked up 7%. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: MLB World Series Game 1 Surges From 2012′s All-Time Low, ‘Survivor’ Hits Series Low, ‘CSI’ Rises, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Falls

By | Thursday October 24, 2013 @ 8:59am PDT

UPDATE, 8:59 AM: Game 1 of the World Series last night not only saw a win by the Boston Red Sox over the St. Louis Cardinals but also for Fox who was easily No. 1 with a 4.1/11 rating and 13.730 million viewers. The Fenway Park match-up Wednesday between the 2004 World Series competitors hit a home run for the network with a 28% rise in fast nationals from last year’s all-time low of 3.2/9, which went up to 3.6/10 in the final numbers. With big audience draws like the Red Sox and the Cardinals, this year’s Game 1 also rose 25% in fast national viewership to 13.73 million over 2012’s 11.0 million, which went up to 12.2 in the final numbers. And as good as that is for Fox, there’s a little bit of historical wind at the Red Sox’s back too – every team that has won Game 1 since 1993 has gone on to win the World Series. Also, the Red Sox have won their last 9 World Series games (2004, 2007 and last night) in a row and the last time these two teams faced off in the World Series 9 years ago, Boston swept the series. As always with live events like the start of the 109th World Series, fast nationals are not time zone adjusted, so expect shifts in the final numbers later in the day.

Related: World Series And Much More MLB Coming To Europe Via Fox International Channels

Facing the World Series almost everything else on TV last night was down from last week. Airing its 300th episode, CSI (2.1/6) saw the return of Marg Helgenberger to the show on CBS last night. The 10 PM show also was the one rise of the night among the non-World Series telecasts with a 5% bop over last week to match its October 2 season high. Wednesday’s strongly promoted CSI also had its best viewership numbers of the season so far with 10.37 million watching. The same upturn could not be said for Survivor: Blood vs Water (2.3/7). The reality series saw a challenge mix up and an unretrieved fishing trap last night as well as a 12% drop to hit a series low excluding specials and recaps shows.  At 9 PM, Criminal Minds (2.7/7) held even with its October 16 show. CBS was No. 2 last night with a rating of 2.4/7 and 10.37 million viewers.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: MLB Up, ‘Revolution’ Hits Series Low, ‘Arrow’ Rises, ‘Super Fun Night’ Tumbles, ‘Tomorrow People’ Down

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 8:57am PDT

It was a big baseball night on Wednesday (hey there Dodgers fans) and for Fox, the Detroit Tigers’ victory over the Boston Red Sox was a win. Wednesday’s MLB American League Championship Series Game 4 (2.4/7) was … Read More »

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Christopher Cousins Joins ‘Revolution’, Duo Cast In Amazon Pilot ‘The After’

By | Monday October 14, 2013 @ 6:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Breaking Bad alum Christopher Cousins has joined sophomore NBC drama Revolution as a recurring. The actor, repped by SDB Talent and manager Lisa DiSante-Frank, will play high-ranking Patriot Victor Doyle, who’s … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Super Fun Night’ & ‘Ironside’ Drop In Week 2, ‘Arrow’ Down In Return, ‘Tomorrow People’ Debuts OK

By | Thursday October 10, 2013 @ 9:31am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It was one of those “in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king” nights when everyone was down, so flat ratings were considered a victory. Week 2 was not kind to new series Super Fun Night and Ironside. ABC’s Super Fun Night (2.5/7) was down 22% from its premiere last week. Its lead-in, Modern Family (3.8), was down 10% and the highest-rated program of the night. The Middle (2.2) was even from its fast national last week, while newbie Back In The Game (1.7) was down a tenth. It tied Nashville (down 11%) as the lowest-rated program on ABC, which in turn tied CBS for the top Wednesday spot in adults 18-49.

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NBC’s Ironside has some excuse for its Week 2 drop — it aired in the 10 PM hour against the premiere of FX’s new American Horror Story installment. Still, a 1.1 18-49 rating (down 21% from the fast national for its premiere) is not going to cut it. Ironside could slide another tenth in the finals as its fast nationals include a minute of a Law & Order: SVU overrun. (It also was adjusted down last week.) SVU (1.6) posted a second consecutive double-digit week-to-week drop, down 20%. But NBC’s 8 PM anchor, Revolution (1.5), held steady, matching its fast national from last week but continues to flirt with a series low. The show was adjusted up in the finals but if it doesn’t this week, it will post an all-time low. 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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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘SVU’ & ‘X Factor’ Up, ‘Modern Family’ Down, ‘Revolution’ Moves

By | Thursday September 26, 2013 @ 8:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Producers of NBC’s drama Revolution were likely bracing for the worst when their show was moved from the cushy post-Voice Monday slot to Wednesday 8 PM. The transition wasn’t that bad and certainly a lot smoother than that of the previous NBC series to relocate from the Monday 10 PM slot, Smash. The second-season premiere of Revolution last night drew a 1.8 in adults 18-49, tying a series low. Still, it was down a modest 10% from Revolution‘s first-season finale behind The Voice, while Smash dropped 39% in its second-season opener. Comparisons to Revolution‘s series premiere behind the season debut of The Voice last fall are pretty much meaningless, but for the record: the drama was down 56% vs. 71% for Smash. Law & Order: SVU kicked off its 15th (!) season by resolving the May finale cliffhanger and drew a 2.7 18-49 rating for the two-hour premiere, up 29% from the year-ago debut in the same time slot.

The Voice does an The X Factor good? The introduction of two more nights of singing competition to the weekly schedule with the return of NBC’s The Voice and premiere week competition didn’t dent Fox’s X Factor. It posted a 2.5 18-49 rating last night, up 14% from last Wednesday’s season opener. Read More »

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Uzo Aduba Upped To Regular On ‘Orange Is The New Black’, Steven Culp In ‘Revolution’

By | Thursday August 8, 2013 @ 11:14am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Orange Is The New Black‘s recurring player Uzo Aduba, who plays fan favorite Crazy Eyes, has been made a series regular for the second season of the Netflix/Lionsgate comedic drama. This marks the first series regular role … Read More »

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Nicole Ari Parker To Recur On ‘Revolution’, Roger Cross Joins FX Pilot ‘The Strain’

By | Wednesday July 24, 2013 @ 12:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Nicole Ari Parker is set as a recurring guest star in season 2 of NBC’s drama Revolution. She plays Secretary Justine Allenford, a strong and smart leader. Parker, repped by Gersh and KLWGN, recently starred … Read More »

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‘Revolution’ Adds Patrick Heusinger, Fabrizio Guido Joins ‘Welcome To The Family’

By | Monday July 1, 2013 @ 5:30pm PDT

NBC‘s Revolution has tapped Patrick Heusinger for a recurring guest role on the postapocalyptic sci-fi series. Heusinger will play Adam, a handsome and outgoing thirtysomething. Heusinger’s credits include guest runs on the CW’s Gossip GirlRead More »

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CBS’ ‘Under The Dome’ Gets DVR Lift In Live + 3; Ties Fox’s ‘The Following’

By | Saturday June 29, 2013 @ 9:59am PDT

The Live + 3 results of the premiere of the series from Steven Spielberg and Stephen King didn’t shatter any glass ceilings but it did add a full ratings point to Under The Dome’s pull among … Read More »

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Texas Goes Large, Triples Film & TV Production Incentive

By | Thursday June 6, 2013 @ 12:51pm PDT

The Lone Star State just ponied up some serious bucks to bring film and TV production to Texas. Last week the state Legislature voted $95 million for use by its Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program for the next two years. That’s a jump of $63 million from the program’s present level. Senate Bill 1 now moves to Gov. Rick Perry to sign into law. The state’s program was set to expire in August if it had not been refunded.

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The bounce up from the program’s current $32 million level was in part due to $68 million allocated from the state’s Hotel Occupancy Tax. Like many states around the country, Texas has started offering lucrative incentives in recent years to lure production. The $95 million is the most Texas has ever committed to its TV and Film incentive program. The previous high was $63 million allocated in 2009 only to be cut to $32 million is statewide program budget cuts in 2011. While nowhere near the $420 million that New York offers annually, the newly approved Texas’ program is just a nose behind the $100 million that California awards producers and filmmakers every year under a lottery system. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Revolution’ Rises In Finale, ‘Mistresses’ Debuts Soft, ‘The Voice’ Even, ‘Bachelorette’ Hits Low

By | Tuesday June 4, 2013 @ 9:03am PDT

The revolution was televised after all — or at least the first season of it. With blood, guts, power and a true blast of a cliffhanger, NBC’s Revolution (2.0/5) wrapped its freshman cycle last night with a 5% bump over last week. Despite a big break over the winter, the JJ Abrams-produced post-apocalyptic drama was the second-highest-rated new show of the 2012-2013 season after Fox’s The Following in the adults 18-49 demo. Not counting last night’s finale, the show’s most current season averages are a 4.2/11 rating with 10.9 million viewers overall. It helped NBC win Monday in total viewers and the demo.

On ABC and also at 10 PM,Mistresses (1.2/3) began its summer run after being pushed back from its scheduled May 27 debut. The steamy soap starring Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim, Rochelle Aytes and Jes Macallan was watched by just 4.42 million viewers and was the lowest scripted debut for ABC in almost two years — since the one-season Combat Hospital premiered on June 21, 2011. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Hits Low, ‘HIMYM’, ‘Castle’ & ‘2 Broke Girls’ Finales Down, ‘DWTS’ Ties Series Low

By | Tuesday May 14, 2013 @ 10:44am PDT

With upfronts happening in NYC this week, it feels like a lot of the TV action is occurring off-screen. But the reality wars and multiple finales Monday proved the small screen still has a lot of moving and shaking going on. Coming off three nights last week of the live playoff round and a season low, The Voice (3.6/10) took a hit last night — and not just because the AC wasn’t working in the studio for the first part of the show. The Voice was down 12% to hit a performance low for this season, and while it was the night’s top-rated show, CBS’ How I Met Your Mother bested it for the first time in their overlapping half hour. Of course, with a live show expect to see those numbers adjusted in final ratings. The Voice’s lead-out Revolution (1.9/5) was also down, but only 5% from last week. NBC still won in the adults 18-49 demo, while ABC was tops in total viewers.

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NBC’s 2013-14 Schedule: ‘Revolution’ Moves To Wednesday, ‘Parenthood’ To Thursday, ‘Blacklist’ Gets Post ‘Voice’ Slot

By | Sunday May 12, 2013 @ 2:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Family comedies and action dramas dominate NBC‘s new series additions for next season. NBC is introducing six series in the fall — comedies Welcome to the Family, Sean Saves the World, and The Michael J. Fox Show; and dramas The Blacklist, Ironside and Dracula; with five more set for midseason– comedies The Family Guide and About A Boy, and dramas Believe, Crisis and Crossbones. (Dracula and Crossbones were carried over from last upfront/off-season). Not scheduled yet are newly picked up dramas Chicago PD and The Night Shift and comedy Undateable as well as last-minute renewal Community. On the returning series side, missing from the announcement are long-time reality staple Celebrity Apprentice and well reviewed freshman drama Hannibal as NBC is yet to make a pickup decision on both. Here is NBC’s fall and midseason schedules with analysis and new series descriptions underneath. As expected, the network is spreading its launches between the fall and spring, tied to its Winter Olympics coverage:

NBC FALL 2013-14 SCHEDULE
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)

MONDAY
8-10 p.m. – “The Voice”
10-11 p.m. – “THE BLACKLIST”

TUESDAY
8-9 p.m. – “The Biggest Loser” (New Day and Time)
9-10 p.m. – “The Voice” (New time)
10-11 p.m. – “Chicago Fire” (New Day and Time)

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m. – “Revolution” (New Day and Time)
9-10 p.m. – ”Law & Order: SVU”
10-11 p.m. – “IRONSIDE”

THURSDAY
8-8:30 p.m. – “Parks and Recreation” (New time)
8:30-9 p.m. – “WELCOME TO THE FAMILY”
9-9:30 p.m. – “SEAN SAVES THE WORLD”
9:30-10 p.m. – “THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW”
10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood” (New Day and Time)

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”
9-10 p.m. – “Grimm”
10-11 p.m. – “DRACULA”

SATURDAY
Encore programming

SUNDAY
7:00-8:15 p.m. – “Football Night in America”
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ & ‘HIMYM’ Hit Season Lows, ‘DWTS’ Falls To Series Low, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ & ‘Revolution’ Up

By | Tuesday May 7, 2013 @ 9:02am PDT

The pre-tapes are over and it’s all live, live, live this week. Monday was the first night of the live playoff round on The Voice (3.9/11), which was the night’s highest-rated show. But it dipped 9% from last week’s season-low tie to hit a new season low. Spread out over three nights this week and four contestants from each of the four coaches teams’ performing, this round will end with two singers per team moving forward. As judge Usher said Monday, “Teamwork makes the dream work.” To that end, last night’s two-hour episode started as Team Adam and Team Usher took tp the stage. It also saw Usher and Adam Levine perform Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.” Afterward, lead-out freshman drama Revolution (2.1/6) rose 17% from its season-low tie April 29 show. However, coming off a live show, those numbers could see adjustment in the final ratings. NBC won the night in adults 18-49, while ABC was No. 1 in total viewers with 12.22 million.
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