RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Shark Tank’ & ‘20/20’ Rebound Post-Olympics; ‘Hannibal’ Soft In Return; CBS Lineup Down
There was a lot of movement last night. CBS returned to originals, with all programs exceeding their most recent deliveries. Undercover Boss (1.7) continues to show resilience, up a tenth from its last original two weeks ago and drawing its largest audience (9.23 million) in a year. The reality series was also up when it returned from a monthlong hiatus two weeks ago only to be pre-empted again last Friday. The lack of drama competition on NBC boosted CBS’ procedurals. Hawaii Five-0 (1.7, up 13%, 11.13 million) posted season highs in 18-49 and total viewers. CBS would love to see those numbers at 10 PM on Monday where Hawaii‘s successors Hostages and Intelligence have grossly underperformed. Blue Bloods (1.6, up 14%, 12.79 million) delivered its largest audience since the series premiere three and a half years ago.
CBS won the night in total viewers (11.05) but was edged by ABC (1.7 to 1.6) in adults 18-49, which was paced again by Shark Tank (2.1).
Very encouraging news for Fox’s new comedy Enlisted. After launching to a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49 and dropping to a 0.6 in Week 2, the comedy jumped 67% in its third outing last night to a 1.0. The radical improvement was the result of a scheduling move, with Fox swapping Enlisted and Raising Hope to give the newbie a better lead-in from Bones. Some of the ratings gains for Enlisted vs. Raising Hope in the 9 PM time period were organic and some were because Bones (1.8) itself was up this week, by 20%. Enlisted‘s lead-in retention was 56% vs. 46% for Raising Hope last week. As for Raising Hope, it logged a 0.8 in its new 9:30 PM slot, also an improvement over last week’s 0.7.
Viewers already are frustrated with the broadcast schedule that constantly switches between originals and reruns, making it hard to know when your show is on (unless your DVR does it for you.) So it is hard to explain CBS’ decision to bring Undercover Boss from a monthlong hiatus last Friday only to air a rerun again last night. The unscripted series showed resilience in its return last week, posting a 14% gain vs. its last original on Dec. 16 but who knows how long it can keep up with the scheduling shell game.
CBS’ Undercover Boss showed no signs of rust in its return from a monthlong hiatus, logging a 1.6 at 8 PM last night, up 14% from its last original on December 16. But that had little impact on the rest …
Fox pushed the original Nov. 8 premiere date for Enlisted to January so the slapstick single-camera comedy about three brothers and a group of misfits on a small Army base could get more promotion on the network’s highly rated …
CNBC announced today its New Year’s Day marathon of off-net Shark Tank repeats drew its largest average audience in the news demo in six years — something you’d think CNBC would scarcely admit unless it knew it could be provided against it. And yet, there CNBC was, boasting its New Year’s Day marathon had drawn more than 4.2 million unique viewers, averaging more than 540,000 total viewers and 240,000 adults 25-54 from 8PM-2AM ET. During its peak hours, CNBC said with pride, it averaged nearly 700,000 total viewers and 300,000 adults 25-54, ranking No. 1 during the 10 PM hour among all cable news networks in 18-49, 25-54 and 35-64 demos. The 10 PM telecast was CNBC’s most-watched program in three years, while the 9 PM telecast was CNBC’s highest-rated among adults 25-54 in three years, the network bragged.
You can’t have high expectations when you schedule a series finale on Friday night between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. In that context, the series closer of the CW drama Nikita did as well as could have …
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Grimm’, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ & ‘Nikita’ Hit Series Lows, ‘Shark Tank’ Steady, ’20/20′ Up As ABC Wins Night
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Grammy Noms Concert’ Falls, ‘Shark Tank’ Hits Viewership High, ‘Dracula’ & ‘Raising Hope’ Up
It was almost a full press from all the networks on Friday night with only CBS not airing a full original line-up. After some holiday specials with …
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Nikita’ Returns With Premiere Low, ‘Bones’ Rises, ‘JFK’ Special Solid, CBS & ABC Tied To Win Night
The final Friday of the November sweep was a night of return and remembrance. The return was with the fourth and final season premiere of The CW’s Nikita (0.2/1). Back for just six final episodes, the spy drama fell a hard 33% among adults 18-49 from its October 19th Season 3 debut last year. That’s a premiere low for Nikita. Added to that was the fact that last night’s result also cratered 60% from the season finale of America’s Next Top Model in the same slot last week. In terms of overall viewers, Nikita was also down sharply from 947,000 watching last year’s season debut to 732,000 watching last night. A modest but steady Friday night performer for the CW over its run so far, Nikita has done well in DVR viewing so expect so uptick there as Live+3 and Live+7 results trickle in. Nikita’s lead-in, The Carrie Diaries (0.3/1), was even with last week.
In terms of remembrance, NBC commemorated the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy with Where Were You: The Day JFK Died (1.1/5) at 9 PM hosted by Tom Brokaw. The two-hour special featured the likes of Steven Spielberg and Dan Rather
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Raising Hope’ Return & ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Finale Down, ‘Grimm’ Rises, CBS Wins Night
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘MasterChef Jr’ Finale Up, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ Tops ‘Grimm’, ‘Dracula’ Bites, ABC & CBS Tied To Win Night
It was an East Coast vs. West Coast battle on the season finale of MasterChef Jr. (1.5/5) last night. After a 7-episode run, NYC’s 13-year old Alexander Weiss and Culver City’s 12-year old Dara Yu faced off for the trophy and the $100,000 grand prize. For Fox, the latest Gordon Ramsay show has proven a winner too. A solid Friday night ratings return since its September 27 debut, MasterChef Jr was up 15% among adults 18-49 last night and bopped up 5% among total viewers to 4.2 million. All of which gave the freshman its best demo and viewership results since its premiere. While not officially renewed for a second season yet, MasterChef Jr. looks to be a sure bet to back on the network that seemingly can’t get enough Ramsay. Additionally Ramsay beat Ramsay as MC Jr.’s finale brought the network a 25% jump over the same night last year when Kitchen Nightmares pulled in a 1.2/4 on November 9, 2012. With a Sleepy Hollow (0.6/2) encore ending its night, Fox got a 1.0/3 rating Friday.
In terms of who won the night in the key demo on Friday, it was a 1.5.5 ratings tie between ABC and CBS. The latter came in first in total viewers with 9.89 million viewers to the former’s 6.197 million.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dracula’, ‘Grimm’ Openers Solid; ‘The Carrie Diaries’ Soft In Return; ‘Shark Tank’ Hits Viewership High
Genre is working well for NBC on Fridays. New vampire drama Dracula opened with a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 at 10 PM last night, tying the third season premiere of supernatural crime drama Grimm as the two highest rated scripted programs of the night and second highest overall behind ABC‘s Shark Tank (2.0). Despite airing on the low trafficked Friday night, which is traditionally older skewing, Dracula ranked as the No.2 launch for a 10 PM drama in 18-49 this fall behind NBC’s The Blacklist (tied with CBS‘ Hostages). It logged the best 18-49 result for a Friday drama debut since Grimm in October 2011 (2.1). Grimm was even with its Friday premiere last fall (The show’s second series premiere aired on Monday to a 2.0). With Dateline at 8 PM (1.3) flat with last week, NBC won the night in 18-49.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Undercover Boss’ Surges, ‘Shark Tank’ & ABC Comedies Up, ‘MasterChef Jr.’ Down, CBS Win Night
A Texas federal jury took less than four hours to reject the SEC‘s claim that the sports and media entrepreneur, and star of ABC’s Shark Tank, had engaged in insider trading in 2004 when he sold his stock in Canadian search engine Mamma.com. “The SEC regulates through litigation, and that’s its own problem,” Dallas Mavericks owner and investor Mark Cuban said at a news conference after the decision was announced. “This is a horrific example of how the government does work.” The government said that Cuban broke the law — and saved himself $750,000 in potential losses — when he made the sale after Mamma.com CEO Guy Faure told him that he planned to dilute the public shares with a private stock offering. The SEC said Cuban had promised to keep the information secret; the exec said he made no such vow. Jurors had to sort through that question, and whether — if Cuban had made a promise — it also meant that he couldn’t sell his stock. The trial started September 30, just 10 days after Shark Tank returned for a fifth season. The decision today to side with the billionaire who controls cable network AXS TV, Landmark Theatres, Magnolia Pictures, and the the NBA team is a setback for SEC Chair Mary Jo White’s effort to show that her agency can effectively attack white-collar crime.
First of all, let’s give credit where Friday night primetime credit is due. While it wasn’t the highest rated show of the night (Hello Shark Tank) nor was it the most watched (Salute Blue Bloods), Fox’s MasterChef Jr. (1.4/5) was the only show last night to actually go up over last week. With judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot getting doused in cream on Friday’s 8 PM show, MC Jr. bopped up 8% over their October 4 show, the second week of the new series. The freshman kid cooking show, which pulled in a 1.6/6 on its September 27 debut, was Fox’s only original of the night with an encore of Sleepy Hollow (0.7/2) following at 9 PM.
With a full night of originals, CBS topped Friday’s primetime in both the ratings with a 1.4/5 and, very important on the often older leaning night, in overall viewers with 9.03 million watching. On the whole CBS saw just some dips from last week with Undercover Boss (1.3/5) and Hawaii Five-O (1.4/5) both down 7% from their October 4 shows. Audience magnet Blue Bloods (1.4/5) saw a viewership drop from last week’s 11.1 million to last night’s 10.19 million but the Tom Selleck-lead cop drama was even among adults 18-49 with its last showing.
CNBC has licensed off-network cable rights to ABC’s primetime series Shark Tank. CNBC will begin telecasting the reality series repeats in January of ’14 with an expanded schedule in fall of ’14. Also under the …
Kids with knifes edged bosses in disguise last night as the series premiere of Fox’s Masterchef Jr. (1.6/6 in adults 18-49) won the 8 PM hour, squeaking past the season premiere of CBS’ Undercover Boss (1.5/6). …
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Shark Tank’ Returns Steady, ‘Last Man Standing’ Down, ‘The Neighbors’ Hits Series Low
The fall season has not quite officially started, but ABC rolled out its Friday lineup in force last night. It was a wild night but let’s start off with the less-than-bad news: Shark Tank (1.7/6) returned for its fifth season and pretty much held its ground. The entrepreneurial reality series saw a 6% dip from its September 14, 2012 Season 4 premiere. It also saw a 5% rise in viewership from last year’s opener to become the show’s most watched season debut yet. Building 42% on its 8:30 PM The Neighbors lead-in, Shark Tank was the highest rated and, with 6.68 million tuning in, most watched show of the night. However, despite significant growth over the past couple of seasons and formidable repeat results, the series’ Season 5 debut was down 11% from the finale of its previous cycle on May 17. It was also down from its Season 4 average of 1.9/6 in adults 18-49. Last night Shark Tank did beat its Season 4 viewership average of 6.54 million watching.
Last Man Standing (1.5/6) was first out of the gate from ABC at 8 PM with its Season 3 debut. Despite an appearance by some of the cast of A&E’s ratings blockbuster Duck Dynasty, the Tim Allen-led comedy fell 25% from its Season 2 debut on November 2, 2012. Compared to its March 22 season finale, which pulled in a 1.6/6 with 7.83 million watching, last night’s Last Man Standing dipped 6% among adults 18-49. Also, while a drop debut-to-debut, last night’s premiere was in line with Last Man’s season average last year. Moving from Tuesdays to Fridays last season, Last Man averaged a 1.5/5 and 6.88 million viewers.