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NBC Cancels ‘Revolution’ After Two Seasons

By | Friday May 9, 2014 @ 11:35am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

revolution1After a flying start two years ago when it was the key piece at NBC‘s upfront presentation, Revolution has just been cancelled. The JJ Abrams/Eric Kripke post-apocalyptic drama is long ways from where it was last season when it was riding high with a lot of buzz and solid ratings behind The Voice on Mondays. The heavily serialized series started to lose steam after the long hiatus between the fall and spring half-season in its freshman year. And it has been a ho-hum performer in the low-trafficked Wednesday 8 PM slot this season, a shadow of its former glory. It has been stable, keeping the lights on in the hour. That wasn’t enough, especially given the high price tag on the show. Hope for Revolution getting a 13-episode final chapter took a further hit yesterday when NBC picked up two new series from series producer Warner Bros. TV, including comic book drama Constantine, which had been considered a potential replacement for Revolution. Keeping Revolution was important to studio WBTV, while NBC was open to letting it go, and it just did.

Related: NBC Cancels ‘Community’ After Five Seasons

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘CSI’ Season Finale & ‘Idol’ Steady, ‘Arrow’, ‘Revolution’ & ‘The Middle’ Down, ‘Modern Family’ Even

By | Thursday May 8, 2014 @ 9:11am PDT

urlThere was reality show drama, heartfelt tunes, an appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama and the departure of a longtime character on primetime TV last night as the 2013-2014 season drilled into its final two weeks. No spoiler here, but the departure came on the season finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (1.9/6). Wrapping its 14th cycle, the still-strong crime drama rose 12% from last week’s spinoff setup show. Perhaps more importantly, especially on a competitive night of originals, CSI was basically even with its Season 13 ender of May 15, 2013 with just a 5% slip. While one character many be gone, CSI of course is not — CBS renewed the show in late March with leading man Ted Danson coming back too.

CBS’ Wednesday started off with Survivor (2.4/8) which bopped up 4% from last week. That small lift helped lead-out Criminal Minds (2.3/7), which saw a 5% rise from its April 30 episode. Once again, in its head-to-head hour with the two-hour live American Idol (1.7/6), the CBS series finished well ahead. Idol drew a 1.7 and 7.64 million viewers in the 8 PM slot compared with Survivor and its audience of 9.82 million, while drawing a 1.8 and 8.05 million viewers in the 9 PM hour against Criminal Minds and its 10.43 million viewers, which made Criminal Minds the night’s most-watched show. Overall, CBS won Wedensday in adults 18-49 (2.2/7) and total viewers 10.06 million. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’, ‘Modern Family’ & ‘SVU’ Down, ‘Arrow’ & ‘Chicago P.D.’ Rise

By | Thursday May 1, 2014 @ 9:13am PDT

Idol judges april 30They packed a lot of action into last night’s 2-hour live American Idol (1.8/6) on Fox with visits from New Girl‘s Zooey Deschanel, Jason Mraz’s debut as a mentor and the final Top 5 belting out tunes picked by viewers (including according to judge Keith Urban an “awesome” rendition of Whitesnake’s Still Of The Night). However, after seeing upward traction last week, last night’s singing competition fell 14% from its April 23 episode. As preliminary ratings stand right now, Idol hit an all-time Wednesday low last night, though that could change in adjustments later today.

The other long-running reality show of the night might not have seemed as busy as Idol, but Survivor (2.2/7) did have an immunity idol, an auction and of course someone went home from the Tribal Council. That said, the show dipped 4% from last week. In preliminary numbers that’s a season low for Survivor but the show commonly adjusts upward a tenth in the final numbers so don’t be surprised if there’s a change there too. Read More »

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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 study (read it: here), the PTC says, “The volume and degree of violent content shown on broadcast and cable television are virtually indistinguishable,” and that broadcast TV shows “consistently underrated graphically-violent content as appropriate for 14-year-old children, even though similar content on the cable networks was rated for mature audiences only.” The PTC is especially concerned with NBC’s Revolution, which, it says, contained an average 91.5 acts of violence per episode over four installments considered.

Related: Gun Violence In U.S. Movies On The Rise; PG-13 Levels Exceed R-Rated Films: Study

revolution1Among cable shows included in the study were American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, Sons Of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, Copper, Justified, and Bullet In The Face. They were compared with broadcast dramas like Criminal Minds, Revolution, The Blacklist, Supernatural, Sleepy Hollow, CSI, and Law & Order: SVU. According to the findings, 37% of all graphic violence in the study aired on broadcast.

About a year ago, the watchdog blasted ABC’s Scandal for what it termed a “brutal” torture scene during an episode that was rated TV-14. At the time, PTC president Tim Winter argued, “It is … 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 up 71% among adults 18-49 over the 8 PM – 11 PM 1.4/4 fast nationals of the NLCS Game 4 on October 18, 2012. Last night’s game, which actually ran from 8:03 PM to 11:35 PM, was watched by 8.1 million viewers, up big over the 6.0 million who watched last year’s the NLCS Game 4, which pulled a 1.6/5 in final numbers for its 8:05 PM -11:20 PM slot. With the Tigers’ Game 4 win and the ALCS now even, the teams play again tonight and Fox will be showing that too. As always with live events like sports, fast nationals are not time zone adjusted, so expect shifts in the final numbers later in the day. With a 2.4/7 rating each, Fox, CBS and ABC were tied for the top spot among adults 18-49 with CBS No. 1 in total viewers with 10.089 million watching.

Four weeks now into its second season, Revolution (1.4/4) hit a new series low last night. The NBC dystopian drama slipped 7% from the 1.5 series low of last week, which wasn’t adjusted up in final numbers. Law & Order: SVU (1.7/5) was up 6% from its October 9th show while struggling newbie … 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 on a collision course with Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito).

French actress Louise Monot and Sam Littlefield have been added to Chris Carter’s Amazon drama pilot The After. Produced by Georgeville TV, it takes place at the moment of apocalypse. In her first US TV role, Monot, repped by Olivia Bell Management in London, Artmedia in Paris and Radius Entertainment in LA, will play Gigi, a woman caught up in the midst of the action. Her feature credits include Michel Hazanavicius’ OSS 117: Lost in Rio, Guillaume Canet’s Little White Lies and German pic Girl On A Bicycle. Littlefield, repped by Bold and attorney Chad Christopher, will play the mysterious Dark Shadow.

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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 for the Broadway actress, repped by Joan Sittenfield Management. Coming off a strong first season, Orange has promoted two other recurring players, Taryn Manning and Danielle Brooks.

Steven Culp (Grey’s Anatomy) has landed an arc on the second season of NBC’s post-apocalyptic drama Revolution. He will play clean-cut Edward Truman, a dignified authority figure. Culp is with Domain and Miriam Milgrom Management.

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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 in the Broadway production of Streetcar Named Desire.

Roger Cross has booked a recurring role in the FX pilot The Strain, directed by Guillermo del Toro. The project, which del Toro co-wrote with Chuck Hogan based on their vampire novel trilogy, tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team who are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. Cross, repped by Red Management and KLWGN, plays Mr. Fitzwilliams, Palmer’s (Jonathan Hyde) Head of Security, as well as, his caregiver. Cross has been recurring on CW’s Arrow, Syfy’s Continuum and ABC’s Motive.

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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 Girl and USA’s Royal Pains. On the big screen he recently appeared in IFC Films’ Frances Ha. Revolution returns in its second-season premiere on September 25. Heusinger is repped by Gersh.

Fabrizio Guido has been cast in NBC’s Welcome to the Family. He’ll play the role of the younger brother of the series’ male lead, Joseph Haro, on the single-camera comedy from Mike Sikowitz and Sony TV debuting October 3. He replaces the originally cast Aramis Knight. Guido recently made his feature film debut in World War Z opposite Brad Pitt. He’s repped by Jaime Ferrar Agency.

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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 Adults 18-49. The dystopian drama rose 30% to a 4.3 from the strong 3.3 L+SD rating of its June 25 debut. That also ties Under The Dome with the Live + 3 result that the premiere of Fox’s The Following received earlier this year. The Following’s 34% rise from its 3.2 L+SD rating also came with a heavy “Set Your DVR” campaign by Fox during the lead up to the series’ launch. A tactic that CBS did not repeat with Under The Dome. However, despite its boost, Under The Dome did not hit the high that Revolution received in its Live + 3 debut numbers last year. The NBC dystopian drama garnered a 5.45. Up 33% over the L+SD of its September 17, 2012 debut, the 1.36 ratings points jump was a time shifting record for the both NBC itself and any series debut on any of the Big 4. In other numbers, Under The Dome saw a 1.2 Live + 3 ratings point increase among Adults 25-54 from 4.5 to 5.7. In terms of viewers, Live + 3 results saw the new CBS series rise by 3.16 million viewers to 16.69 million.

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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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