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RATINGS RAT RACE: Low Start For Fox’s ‘Enlisted’, ABC & CBS Series Up In Return

By | Saturday January 11, 2014 @ 9:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EnlistedpilotFox 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 NFL coverage. That didn’t seem to have help much as Enlisted launched to a 0.7 among adults 18-49 last night, tying ABC’s ill-fated limited series The Assets as the lowest debut on the Big 4 networks. The expectations for Enlisted weren’t high. It is paired with Fox comedy Raising Hope which, once a solid anchor on Tuesday, has been wilting in its new Friday home. The veteran managed a 0.8 in 18-49 at 9 PM last night, holding onto half of its Bones (1.5, down 12% from its last original on Dec. 6) lead-in. Enlisted‘s underwhelming 0.7 at 9:30 PM was on par with what Raising Hope had been delivering in the time period.

ABC won the night in adults 18-49 powered by the two top programs in the demo, Shark Tank (2.1/6) and 20/20 (1.7/5), both delivering season highs. Its comedy Last Man Standing (1.5) finished tied for No.3 for the night among 18-49. ABC’s entire entertainment Friday lineup returned higher from a month-long hiatus. Last Man Standing at 8 PM was up 25% from its last original on Dec. 13, Neighbors (1.1) was up 22%, … Read More »

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‘Shark Tank’ Marathon Snags CNBC’s Biggest Numbers In Six Years

By | Monday January 6, 2014 @ 12:52pm PST

CNBC announced today its New Year’s Day marathon of off-net Shark Tank repeats drew its shark tanklargest 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. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Nikita’ Flat In Finale, Univision Tops English-Language Networks

By | Saturday December 28, 2013 @ 9:24am PST
Nellie Andreeva

CanceledYou 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 been expected. The finale managed a 0.2 in adults 18-49, even with the last two airings that followed an original lead-in and tied for a series low. The only other original offerings on the 5 English language broadcast networks were ABC News 20/20, which pulled a 1.1, down 8% from last univisionweek, and the NBC News special What We Wasted Our Year On, which too looked like a wasted opportunity with a meager 1.0 rating. With a repeat of ABC’s Shark Tank (1.2) as the highest-rated program last night, it’s no surprise that the English-language networks were edged by Spanish language broadcaster Univision, which averaged a 1.1 18-49 rating in primetime, with ABC and CBS (1.0) tied for second place.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Grimm’, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ & ‘Nikita’ Hit Series Lows, ‘Shark Tank’ Steady, ’20/20′ Up As ABC Wins Night

By | Saturday December 14, 2013 @ 9:44am PST

EVAN MENDELSOHN, NICK MORTON (TIPSY ELVES)Friday was a bit unusual in that it was one of the few nights of the past couple of weeks when a holiday special of some sort wasn’t on TV. Not that Christmas was absent from the small screen just two weeks from the big day, though some shows had less cheer than others. On Shark Tank (2.0/7), ugly Christmas sweaters reared their often ironic heads as is common this time of year. Not that it caused anyone to look away as the entrepreneurial reality show stayed steady with last week’s season high among adults 18-49 and was once again the top rated show of Friday night. The rest of ABC’s line-up was a bit more of a roller coast with Last Man Standing (1.2/5) down 14% from its December 6 show while The Neighbors (0.9/3) was steady with last week and 20/20 (1.4/5) shot up 27% in the key demo. While the news mag series will still be in originals for the next couple of weeks, last night was the last new shows of the year for the rest of ABC’s Friday prime time with everyone returning on January 10. At least ABC can take some Christmas cheer that, with a 1.5/5 rating, they won the night again among the 18-49s. With 8.090 million watching, CBS had the highest viewership of Friday night and was No. 2 in the demo … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Grammy Noms Concert’ Falls, ‘Shark Tank’ Hits Viewership High, ‘Dracula’ & ‘Raising Hope’ Up

By | Saturday December 7, 2013 @ 9:43am PST

The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! Countdown to Music's Biggest Night - ShowIt 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 Frosty The Snowman (1.6/5) and Yes Virginia (1.4/4), plus an encore NCIS:LA (0.8/3), the network had its sixth annual Grammys Nomination Concert Live! (1.1/3) with NCIS:LA‘s LL Cool J hosting. Long story short, despite a plethora of performers, including Taylor Swift, and nods for music’s self-described biggest night, the 10 PM Grammy concert was down a hard 27% among Adults 18-49 from the 10 PM December 5 airing of last year. That show, which was on an always more watched Wednesday, had 5.4 million viewers compared to the 5.30 million who tuned in last night. The Grammy show was also no Garth Brooks. The one-hour show was down from what the country superstar pulled in last week for CBS in his Vegas special with a 1.8 rating and 8.8 million viewers.

MARK CUBAN, DAYMOND JOHN, KEVIN O'LEARY, BARBARA CORCORAN, ROBERT HERJAVICOn the other hand, there were high notes to be hit for ABC on Friday. The top rated show of the night once again, the network’sShark Tank (2.0/6) had its highest fast national result of the season, tied … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Nikita’ Returns With Premiere Low, ‘Bones’ Rises, ‘JFK’ Special Solid, CBS & ABC Tied To Win Night

By | Saturday November 23, 2013 @ 9:49am PST

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.

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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 Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Raising Hope’ Return & ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Finale Down, ‘Grimm’ Rises, CBS Wins Night

By | Saturday November 16, 2013 @ 10:02am PST

Even this late in the fall season, last night proved you can still have beginnings and endings. For beginnings, the action was on Fox as Raising Hope returned for a fourth season on a new night. With Jeffrey Tambor making a paternal guest appearance, the comedy aired back-to-back premiere episodes at 9 PM and 9:30 PM with both drawing a 0.7/2. To put it mildly, the move from Tuesdays to a new night did not raise ratings hope for Raising Hope – quite the opposite. The series was down 36% from the season debut of the now shuttered Fringe in the same time period. Compared to Raising Hope’s Season 3 Tuesday 8 PM debut on October 2, 2012, both of last night’s premiere episodes cratered 59% among adults 18-49 and 41% in total viewers. Raising Hope’s lead-in had a slightly softer ride. Moving to the 8 PM Friday slot previously occupied by MasterChef Jr, Bones (1.2/4) was down from the Gordon Ramsay’s little cookers 1.5/5 of last week’s finale. Bones was also down 43% from its prior average on Mondays. Overall, Fox pulled a 1.0/3 rating last night with 3.659 million watching.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘MasterChef Jr’ Finale Up, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ Tops ‘Grimm’, ‘Dracula’ Bites, ABC & CBS Tied To Win Night

By | Saturday November 9, 2013 @ 10:01am PST

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.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dracula’, ‘Grimm’ Openers Solid; ‘The Carrie Diaries’ Soft In Return; ‘Shark Tank’ Hits Viewership High

By | Saturday October 26, 2013 @ 10:17am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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Mark Cuban Cleared Of Insider Trading Charges

By and | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 2:52pm PDT

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. Mark Cuban TV“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. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘MasterChef Jr.’ Up, ‘Shark Tank’ Tops Demo, CBS Wins Night

By | Saturday October 12, 2013 @ 9:36am PDT

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.

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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.
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‘Shark Tank’ Swims Over To CNBC

By | Tuesday October 1, 2013 @ 11:42am PDT

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 deal, CNBC will add a selection of Shark Tank episodes to its TV Everywhere campaign, including on demand via TV, online and mobile to authenticated subscribers. “The ‘Sharks’ are self-made mega successes and the contestants seek their money and counsel as they plot their own paths to the American dream,” Mark Hoffman, President and CEO of CNBC, said in today’s announcement. “That practical knowledge and aspirational theme is pitch perfect for CNBC at night.” Now in its fifth season on ABC, the series dominates its Friday competition in all key demos and is consistently No. 1-ranked in its time period in the 18-49 and 25-54 demos. On its fifth season premiere, this past September 20, Shark Tank opened as the night’s No. 1 show, with the series’ most-watched season premiere ever, and was up double-digits in all key demos.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Shark Tank’ Tops, ‘Masterchef Jr.’ Opens Solid, ‘Hawaii’ Moves

By | Saturday September 28, 2013 @ 9:52am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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). Masterchef Jr. dwarfed the fall premiere of Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares in the slot in October (0.9/3), while Boss was down 21% from its November debut last season. In its Friday premiere, Hawaii Five-0 did a 1.5/6, down 17% from its season opener last night in the Monday 10 PM slot. The drop was far more modest than that for the previous procedural CBS relocated to the Friday 9 PM slot, CSI: NY, which lost 50% in 18-49 year-to-year in the move. And in total viewers, CBS’ main currency on Friday, Hawaii (9.4 million) actually was up 18% from last fall’s opener, while CSI: NY dropped 31%. Blue Bloods (1.7/6) was up 13% from last season’s premiere when the cop drama was hurt by a weaker lead-in, Made In Jersey (1.2). The Tom Selleck drama was once again the biggest draw on the night with 11.4 million viewers. The Friday top honors in adults 18-49 went to ABC’s Shark Tank (1.9/6) for a second straight week. The reality series actually ticked up by a tenth from its season premiere last Friday. But the … Read More »

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‘Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban Called As Witness In Insider Trading Case

By | Tuesday September 3, 2013 @ 11:48am PDT

For one side or the other, it looks like a Shark is going to take the stand in his own insider trading trial this fall. Both Shark Tank judge Mark Cuban’s lawyers and attorneys for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission late last week named the entrepreneurial reality series judge as a witness in the upcoming trial. The trial is set to start on September 30 in Texas, 10 days after Season 5 of Shark Tank debuts. Cuban was one of six “will call” individuals named by the SEC (read it here). After naming seven certain witnesses, the Dallas Mavericks and AXS TV chairman’s lawyers said “Mr. Cuban may call the following witnesses if the need arises” including himself in the list of eight (read it here). The federal court trial emerges out of the federal government’s contention that on June 29, 2004 Cuban avoided more than $750,000 in losses by selling 600,000 shares in search engine Mamma.com Inc. The sale allegedly came the day after the CEO of the Canadian-based company confidentially told Cuban that a planned public equity offering on June 29 would dramatically dilute the worth of his stock. Cuban made the sale before the announcement and the nearly 10% drop in the company’s share price. The billionaire denied the charges, saying it was all above board and public.
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TCA Awards: ‘House Of Cards’ Snubbed As AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad,’ FX’s ‘The Americans’ Nab Top Honors – Winners List

TCA Awards 2013Netflix‘s House of Cards – the prettiest dress in the TV store these days – got shut out of the TCA Awards tonight. It had been up for Outstanding New Program and Program of the Year, but those wins went instead to FX‘s The Americans and AMC‘s Breaking Bad, respectively. (Scroll down for the full winners list.)

“Three nights ago we were in New York, and had this New York premiere and we had the pleasure of seeing Warren Buffet shake hands and have his picture taken with Keith Richards and that was fucking awesome,” said Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, picking up his show’s trophy for Program of the Year. He said he remembered at the time thinking, “‘How the heck did it come to this?’ I’ll tell you how it came to this – folks like you guys. A great many of you who, back in season one when our official number was 117 viewers – folks like you guys spread the word about Breaking Bad.”

“Boy this is awfully nice… it is,” said Individual Achievement in Comedy winner Louis C.K., eyeing the trophy and noting if he ever opens a diner he can put the list of cocktail specials on it. “No, it’s beautiful. It’s literally a plastic … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Shark Tank’ Finale Up, ‘Undercover Boss’ Finale Down, ‘Rock Center’ Up, ABC Wins Friday Night

By | Saturday May 18, 2013 @ 10:27am PDT

Nothing says Disney like crossover and that’s what the Season 4 finale of Shark Tank (1.9/7) saw last night on the last Friday of the 2012-2013 TV season. Dr. Heinz Doofenshmitz of Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb showed up to give the Sharks a pitch last night on the Disney-owned ABC, though they weren’t really biting. With an online dating service looking for some investment plus a grilled cheese franchise in the making too, Friday also saw the entrepreneurial reality series rise. Shark Tank was up 6% from last week’s show and up 19% from its Season 3 finale on May 18, 2012. The 9 PM Shark Tank finale was both the highest rated show of the night and the most watched with 6.57 million tuning in. Preceded by a special Shark Tank (1.2/5) in the 8 PM slot where Happy Endings sat this season, the finale of the unscripted series was followed at 10 PM by 20/20 (1.5/5) The ABC newsmagazine show was down 12% from its May 10 show among Adults 18-49 but up 25% the final Friday of last season. ABC won the night among adults 18-49 and, with 5.720 million watching, total viewers.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Happy Endings’ Finale Up, ‘Undercover Boss’ & ‘Shark Tank’ Down, ABC Wins Night In Demo

By | Saturday May 4, 2013 @ 9:41am PDT

No definite word yet where it could end up next year but last night was, without putting too fine a point on it, a happy ending for the third season of ABC’s Happy Endings. The 8 PM (0.8/3) airing of the Windy City-based thirtysomethings comedy rocketed it up 33% from last week’s series low. The actual season finale at 8:30 PM (0.7/3) rose 17% from its April 26 show, which had been even with the prior original two weeks before. So now the question for ABC’s ratings challenged but youngest skewing show is will the network bring Happy Endings back, will it die or is it heading over to USA Network? Otherwise, the rest of ABC’s night was a bit of a mix. While the highest rated show of the night, Shark Tank (1.7/5) fell 15% from last week. However, at 10 PM, the “True Confessions” episode of 20/20 (1.6/5) repeated one of the Happy Endings shows’ results and shot up 33% from its April 26 show. That also ties the news magazine series best performance in the 25-54 demo since November 30 last year. ABC won the night among adults 18-49 but CBS took the top spot in terms of total viewers.

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