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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Extant’ Steady In Week 2, ‘SYTYCD’ & ‘ Motive’ Down, ‘Big Brother’ Tops Night In Demo

By | Thursday July 17, 2014 @ 9:01am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Extant’ Steady In Week 2, ‘SYTYCD’ & ‘ Motive’ Down, ‘Big Brother’ Tops Night In DemoCBS has made a bet that it can own Wednesdays this summer with its teaming of veteran reality show Big Brother (2.0/8) and freshman sci-fi thriller Extant (1.5/5). If last night was any gauge, the network might be holding a winning ticket. Now granted, with the exception of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (1.04) there wasn’t a lot of competition against CBS’ originals. Still, the network easily won primetime both among Adults 18-49 with a 1.5/5 rating and 6.54 million viewers. Univision was the second highest rated network with its 1.2/4 result while audiencewise NBC came in the No. # 2 spot with 5.55 million viewers. Individually, BB at 8 PM was up 5% from its July 9 show while the 9PM Halle Berry starrer series dipped a slight 6% from its heavily promoted debut last week. While down over 1.2 million viewers from those who watched its premiere, the audience of 7.87 million who tuned in for Extant last night made it primetime’s most watched show. Big Brother was the highest rated show of the night. CBS ended the night with a Criminal Minds (1.1/4) repeat.

CBS’ bet seems to also have a healthy dollop of digital afterlife. With Live+3 numbers, last week’s premiere of the Steven Spielberg executive produced CBS astronaut series saw a 37% jump among Adults 18-49 to 2.2 from its Live+SD 1.6 result. In terms of viewers, Extant’s launch rose 24% from 9.58 million to 11.88 million in its DVR life.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS’ Halle Berry-Starrer ‘Extant’ Debuts OK

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 8:21am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS’ Halle Berry-Starrer ‘Extant’ Debuts OKMigrating movie stars did very well in today’s Emmy Awards nominations, so this time next year might be very bright for Halle Berry and her new sci-fi thriller Extant (1.7/6). However, sticking to the present for now, while the best debut of the summer so far and the highest rated show of the night, the launch last night of the Steven Spielberg executive produced CBS astronaut series didn’t exactly soar in a 9 PM time slot with only the second hour of So You Think You Can Dance (1.2/4) as original competition.

Compared to CBS’ last big summer drama debut, Under The Dome, Extant was down 48%. Also produced in part by Spielberg and also straight to series, Dome got a 3.2/9 preliminary rating and 13.14 million viewers for its June 24, 2013 premiere. That went up to a 3.3/9 and 13.53 million in the final numbers. Having said that, while similar in many ways to the debut of Extant, which got 9.424 million viewers last night, Under The Dome’s 10 PM premiere also faced off against a much more competitive schedule of the last hour and a bit of the last game of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final on NBC. Scoring a 3.3/10, the Chicago Blackhawks winning Game 6 hockey match up against the Boston Bruins was a big win for the peacock and helped make the finals the most watched on ice series since 1994. Compared to the 2.1/7 Adults 18-49 final numbers of Dome’s Season 2 … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Falls, ‘SYTYCD’ Steady, ‘Taxi Brooklyn’ Rises

By | Thursday July 3, 2014 @ 8:59am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Falls, ‘SYTYCD’ Steady, ‘Taxi Brooklyn’ RisesAs the nation prepares to celebrate the 4th of July, the networks basically stayed on schedule and went for reality last night in primetime. Not everyone had unscripted, but everyone but ABC had new skin in the game. On the fourth episode of the 16th season of Big Brother (1.8/7) it was spelling bee night. Besides bringing us an evolution of the English language with “caltoru,” there was scheming and shuffling for positioning on the vet CBS reality series. There was also a 22% drop from last week, which ties it with Sunday’s episode for the lowest-rated so far this season. Having said that, on a night when America started to turn off its TVs and go into holiday mode and TV usage was down around 4.5% from last week, Big Brother was the highest-rated and the second-most-watched show of the night with 5.61 million tuning in. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Big Brother’ Comes Back Bigger

Ratings Rat Race: ‘Big Brother’ Comes Back BiggerCBS’s Big Brother posted year-to-year gains in viewers (6.64 million), adults 18-49 (2.3) and 18-34 (1.6) in its 8-9 PM season debut Wednesday — not surprisingly finishing as the night’s most watched program in overall audience and in both demos. Followed by reruns of Criminal Minds (1.3/4, 6.17 million) and CSI (0.8/3, 5.35 million), the network took Wednesday.

NBC’s two-hour America’s Got Talent repeat (1.3/5, 6.2 million viewers) gave BB its stiffest competition in overall crowd, but Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (1.4/5, 4.38 million) came closest in the demo, though Dance was down 18% from last week’s season high in adults 18-49 (while managing to hand Fox a win in all key female brackets). Talent, meanwhile, churned up NBC’s biggest overall audience in its slot since April 9.
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Ratings Rat Race: Fox’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Pulls Off Week-To-Week Grand Jeté

By | Thursday June 19, 2014 @ 9:35am PDT

Ratings Rat Race: Fox’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Pulls Off Week-To-Week Grand JetéFox’s So You Think You Can Dance leaped 31% in the demo last night compared to last week, and tapped off with the top spot (1.7/6), also taking teens, and adults 18-34. It was Dance’s fourth broadcast of this summer, and its highest rated too.

CBS’ lineup of procedural crime drama reruns bagged the biggest overall crowd – 5.5 million viewers, edging out Dance’s 5.27 mil, though Dance also rose 20% compared to last week. CBS was locked in a virtual three-way tie for second place in the demo – with a 1.0/3 to NBC’s 1.0/3 and ABC’s 1.0/4. ABC wound up third (4.206) with comedy reruns and Canadian cop drama Motive; NBC (3.897 million) followed, when back-to-back Law & Order: SVU repeats (1.1/4 and 1.2/4; 4.259 million and 4.471 million)  were competitive from 8-10 PM, but a rerun episode of Chicago PD (0.8/2, 2.96 million) was less so. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC’s Stanley Cup Final Game 1 Scores Night’s Biggest Number

By | Thursday June 5, 2014 @ 9:32am PDT

2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game OneNBC led Wednesday among broadcasters with Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final (1.7/6) in which the Los Angeles Kings turned a two-goal deficit against the New York Rangers into a 3-2 overtime win. Even so, the game was down 29% compared to last year’s fast nationals (2.4/7 with Boston-Chicago). Fox (1.5/5) followed for the night, leading ABC (1.2/4), CBS (1.0/3) and the CW (0.5/2). But CBS logged the night’s largest crowd  — 5.595 million viewers — and Fox followed with 4.985 million, besting NBC’s 4.530 million, ABC’s 4.849 milion, and the CW’s 1.510 million. CBS did so with reruns of Undercover Boss (4.853 million, 1.0/4), Criminal Minds (6.040 million, 1.1/4), and CSI (5.893 million, 1.0/3). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Slips In Return, ‘The 100′ Inches Up

By | Thursday May 29, 2014 @ 9:17am PDT
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sytycdbieberAnother summer staple, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, returned last night for an 11th season. The two-hour season premiere featuring an appearance by Justin Bieber, drew a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49, down 16% from last season’s season opener, which aired in mid-May when viewing levels were stronger but so was the competition with a slew of finales. In total viewers, the dance competition averaged 5.3 million viewers, a 4% uptick from last year. Despite the year-to-year decline in 18-49, given the dire ratings straits Fox is in, SYTYCD did well. It posted the highest 18-49 fast national on Fox so far this week, edging 24: Live Another Day and quadrupling the number for Tuesday night’s I Wanna Marry “Harry” and delivered a nightly win in 18-49 against mostly repeat competition.
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Paula Abdul Lands ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judge Gig In Australia

By | Monday October 21, 2013 @ 7:57am PDT

Little more than a month after her final appearance as guest judge/international edition judge-in-training on Fox‘s summer competition series So You Think You Can Dance, Paula Abdul was announced as a judge on the Australian version of the series starting in 2014. Abdul will be head judge on the show. Last July, in the reality-TV equivalent of a Hail Mary pass, the American version of So You Think You Can Dance cast Abdul as guest judge. Dance‘s overall audience was then down about 27% compared to the previous summer. Abdul, meanwhile, was a resident judge for eight seasons on American Idol back when it was the country’s most popular series by a wide margin. She left the show in a contract-renewal dispute, which, at the time, we all thought was a pretty dumb move but which now looks less stupid because she can say she was involved with the singing competition during its cultural-phenom years instead of the penny ante-stuff it has become. Abdul also was a judge/mentor on the first season of The X Factor, when it brought in about half the crowd creator Simon Cowell had boasted it would average — and numbers X Factor would kill for now. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Hits Finale Low, ‘Million Second Quiz’ Down As NBC Wins Night

There was no NFL but there was a lot of live TV last night. And not just President Barack Obama’s 15-minute Syria speech that the networks cut to at 9 PM ET. Over on Fox, it was the Season 10 finale of So You Think You Can Dance (1.4/4) from 8-10:30 PM. Interrupted by Obama, the live show saw Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy joined by guest judges Paula Abdul, Rock Of Ages director Adam Shankman and tWitch Boss. It also saw Lythgoe announce on air that SYTYCD will be back for an 11th season and a male and female winner selected. In a season of ratings ups and downs, this year’s finale was down 13% from Season 9’s ender on September 19, 2012, a finale low for the veteran dance show. SYTYCD’s previous finale low was last year, when the show faced off against Week 2 of NBC’s The Voice. Despite the new low, last night’s show was even with its September 3 airing and saw a small 2% rise in viewership to 4.3 million. Because of Obama’s speech, ratings results after 9 PM ET will likely see even greater adjustments than usual in the final numbers later today.

Meanwhile, the second night of NBC’s The Million Second Quiz (1.5/5) saw the 8 PM ET live game show raise the stakes monetarily, some changes on Winner’s Row and that faltering app of theirs function significantly better than on Night 1. Still, the Ryan Seacrest-hosted show took a downward turn, falling 12% from its September 9 debut. 

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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Renewed For 11th Season

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 6:49pm PDT

Fox confirms what Nigel Lythgoe revealed during the dance competition’s live season finale: The network has greenlighted an 11th go-round for So You Think You Can Dance. Last week’s final performance show drew a 1.3/4 among adults 18-49, even with the previous week’s show but a slight 2% improvement in viewers to 4.1 million watching. Paula Abdul was among the guest judges last week, reprising the role she played earlier this summer.

Related: Nigel Lythgoe: “Personality Wins Over Technique” On ‘SYTYCD’

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Wins Night With Rising ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ Finale Even, ‘Capture’ Hits Low

Summer has come to an end and so did Season 3 of Extreme Weight Loss (1.2/4) last night. True to its name, the ABC reality show saw this year’s winner drop a record-breaking amount of weight, losing half his poundage. On the other hand, the 8-10 PM finale remained even with last week’s show and the 1.2/3 of last year’s 9-11 PM season ender on August 19, 2012. In terms of viewers, last night’s season finale got the best numbers since this year’s debut May 28 with 4.1 million tuning in. It was up 11% from the viewership of last year’s finale. Overall, this season of EWL has essentially been on par with Season 2 among adults 18-49, both of which were down from Season 1.

It was week 2 of the semifinals on America’s Got Talent (2.3/7) last night. The live one-hour show had Howard Stern in a three-piece suit and tie, host Nick Cannon in an unusually understated tux and another dozen acts trying to make it through to snag that $1 million prize and a headlining spot performing in Las Vegas. The most watched and highest-rated show of the night, AGT bopped up 5% from last week’s Tuesday series low. NBC took the top spots in both the demo and viewership with a 1.9/6 and 7.119 million watching, respectively. Univision was No. 2 among adults 18-49 on Tuesday with a 1.6/5 with an all repeat CBS was second in viewership with 6.968 million watching. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC’s ‘Talent’ Takes Another Tuesday

NBC took Tuesday with America’s Got Talent, coming in 69% ahead of the night’s No. 2-ranked telecast, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. Dance climbed 8% compared to last week in the demo (1.3 rating) and 5% in viewers (4 million). Talent was flat in the demo (2.2 rating) to tie its lowest Tuesday telecast on record, but up a tick in viewers (8.531 million). Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: NBC’s ‘Talent’ Tops

By | Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 8:55am PDT

NBC took Tuesday primetime in the demo (1.9) and total viewers (6.9 million). That’s mostly thanks to America’s Got Talent (2.4 rating, 8.5 million viewers overall) which was the night’s No. 1 broadcast of the night in both categories, logging  an 85% lead over the No. 2-ranked show in the demo. That said, the talent show tied its season low. At 8 PM, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance won in demo (1.3) and CBS’s NCIS rerun had the tonnage (8 million viewers). At 8:30 PM, Dance continued its demo win (1.4) and NCIS kept older viewers happy (7.9 million). At 9 PM, NBC’s America’s Got Talent took over on both counts (2.2 rating, 8.3 million viewers). Same story at 9:30 (2.3, 8.7 million), at 10 (2.5 rating, 8.7 million), and 10:30 (2.4 rating, 8.4 million).

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Down, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Dips, ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ Ties High, ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ Up

There were no original dramas in primetime last night but there was a lot of drama on TV. With two more contestants eliminated Tuesday, they’re down to the Top 10 on So You Think You Can Dance (1.3/4). Choreographer Kenny Ortega joined Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy at the judge’s table as the two-hour show saw Malece Miller and Alan Bersten sent home. While dipping a bit to 4.04 million viewers, SYTYCD also saw a drop of 13% from its July 30 among adults 18-49.

Over on NBC, America’s Got Talent (2.5/7) also saw a bit of a downward turn. The live two-hour third round of contestants trying to get in the semifinals slipped 7% from last week’s show. However, AGT was still the highest rated and most watched show of the night with 6.29 million viewers. In their 9 PM to 10 PM match-up hour, AGT triumphed over SYTYCD with the NBC show garnering a 2.3 rating over the Fox show’s 1.3 rating result among adults 18-49. The former had 8.800 million viewers to the latter’s 3.714 million. NBC won the night among adults 18-49 with a 2.0/6 and in terms of total viewers with 7.433 million watching. Univision came in second in the demo with a 1.3/4 while an all repeat and Time Warner Cable blacked out in NY, LA and Dallas CBS came in second in viewers with 6.251 million watching.

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TCA: Nigel Lythgoe Admits “Personality Wins Over Technique” On ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

By | Monday August 5, 2013 @ 12:03pm PDT

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Nigel Lythgoe, ousted in June as an EP of American Idol, did not offer comment about that show during this morning’s TCA panel on So You Think You Can Dance, where Lythgoe serves as a judge.

But at the panel (held on the SYTYCD stage at CBS Television City) he did offer a friendly dig at the dance competition’s network, Fox. Joining the other producers in talking about the longevity of the show, now in its 10th season, Lythgoe dryly lauded the dance show for “providing Fox with over half of its Emmy nominations this year.” (SYTYCD got 7, including a host nom for Cat Deeley).

Related: Fox Taps Executive Producer Of Swedish ‘Idol’ As New ‘American Idol’ EP; Nigel Lythgoe Says “It Has Been A Great Ride”

Lythgoe was also asked to comment on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars‘ plan to reduce its competition shows from two nights to one. “I didn’t know of that,” he said but called it “a shame” that the actual dancing and the announcement of who’s getting axed will now necessarily be on the same program.

“I won’t lie to you. I hate doing the results,” Lythgoe said. He said fans didn’t like hearing the bad news before the dancing on SYTCD so they moved their own announcements to the end of the show. “It’s horrible,” Lythgoe said, adding of DWTS: “I don’t know why they’ve gone to once a week, but I think it’s a shame.”

Related: Even ‘American Idol’s Nigel Lythgoe Gets Weary of Product Placement

Lythgoe was also blunt about what makes a winner on SYTCD: personality, not dance technique. “We are an entertainment show. Dance is a very niche market,” he said. “We need to bring as many people to the party as possible.” Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Wins Night With ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Even, ‘Capture’ Debuts Steady

It’s hard to tell what was more effusive on America’s Got Talent (2.7/8) last night – Howard Stern’s praise for back-flipping shirtless sword swallower Alexandr Magala or host Nick Cannon’s outfit. What is certain is that the two-hour live semifinals show from NYC’s Radio City Music Hall delivered the night to NBC. America’s Got Talent was Tuesday’s highest-rated and most-watched show (9.66 million viewers), dipping just 4% from its July 23 episode, which was the season’s first live show. The network won the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers with 7.642 million watching.

On Fox, they were pitch perfect on So You Think You Can Dance (1.4/5). Starting at 8 PM, that live two-hour show saw actress Anna Kendrick join Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe as guest judge as the Top 12 contestants strutted their stuff. In the 9 PM hour, where AGT and SYTYCD went head-to-head, the NBC show pulled in a 2.6 compared with the dance competition’s 1.4. Still, the night’s second-highest-rated show remained even with last week. Extreme Weight Loss (1.1/4) was also even with its July 23 episode. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Even, ‘Off Their Rockers’ Up Big, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Sees Slight Rise, ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ Up

It’s almost a rule of reality thumb – put Paula Abdul on a judging panel and you are guaranteed to see some sparks. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite turn out that way ratingswise for So You Think You Can Dance (1.5/5) last night on Fox. The former American Idol judge and choreographer joined Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, as well as fellow guest judge Erin Andrews on the dance competition show on Tuesday but the ratings on the two-hour broadcast stayed flat with last week as one dancer was eliminated and one withdrew.

Related: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Turns To Paula Abdul For Ratings Jolt

There were no guest judges but there was a slight upward turn on America’s Got Talent (2.5/7) on Tuesday. The highest rated and most watched show of the night with 9.49 million viewers, the two-hour AGT was up 4% from last week’s season low. That was slim pickings compared to the rise of Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (1.0/3) at 8:30 PM. After hitting a series low on July 2, the season finale of the hidden camera show was up 25% this week. While last night’s finale was down 33% among adults 18-49 from the season ender on May 23 last year, it is important to note that last year had an original lead-in, unlike last night, and was in-season. Having said that, Read More »

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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Turns to Paula Abdul For Ratings Jolt

In the reality-TV equivalent of a Hail Mary pass, So You Think You Can Dance has cast Paula Abdul as guest judge tomorrow night. Dance‘s overall audience is down about 27% this summer, compared to last. Abdul, meanwhile, was a resident judge for eight seasons on American Idol back when it was the country’s most popular series by a wide margin. She left the show in a contract-renewal dispute, which, at the time, we all thought was a pretty dumb move, but which now looks less stupid because she can say she was involved with the singing competition during its cultural-phenom years, instead of the penny ante-stuff it has become. Abdul also was a judge/mentor on the first season of The X Factor, when it brought in about half the crowd creator Simon Cowell had boasted it would average — and numbers X Factor would kill for now. Cowell replaced Abdul with Britney Spears, who spent one season making Abdul look really good at it, before discovering she, BritBrit, was neglecting her music career and bowed out.

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