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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ & ‘Golden Boy’ Hit New Lows, ‘Hart Of Dixie’ Finale Even, ‘Splash’, ‘NCIS: LA’ & ‘DWTS’ Up

By | Wednesday May 8, 2013 @ 9:04am PDT

There was lot of reality and two finales in primetime Tuesday night. ABC’s struggling Splash (1.0/3) took its final dive for the season as the three remaining celeb finalists got wet for the pool crown. The freshman unscripted show was up 11% from last week’s season low. Also on ABC, a live Dancing With The Stars (1.7/4) results show saw this season’s last pair eliminated before moving into the semifinal rounds and the May 21 finale. Like Splash, DWTS was up from a low, rising 13% from April 30’s series low. Pre-empted last week by an ABC News special, Body Of Proof (1.4/4) returned to end the night, down 13% from its last original April 23. On the CW, Hart Of Dixie (0.5/2) wrapped up its second season, with the recently renewed drama even with last week’s show with a 4% rise in viewers.

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It was night 2 of the live playoff round on The Voice (3.6/10) on Tuesday. Coming off Monday’s fast nationals season low, which rose in final numbers, Team Shakira and Team Blake took to the stage in the two-hour show as did their coaches on a duet of a Lady Antebellum tune. Still, The Voice declined again, dipping 8% from last week’s final numbers to hit a new season low. The singing series was down from the 3.7 of April 30’s fast national and the 3.9 the show drew in that night’s final numbers. Of course, as happened on Monday, those numbers could see an adjustment upward once the final ratings come in later. In its second week on Tuesdays, Grimm (1.9/5) was flat with last week. NBC won the night in adults 18-49, but CBS was tops in total viewers with 12.380 million.  Read More »

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Will ‘Splash’ Injuries & China Death Force ABC To Evaluate Diving Show Dangers?

By | Sunday April 21, 2013 @ 3:04pm PDT

ABC‘s new injury-plagued Splash isn’t the only reality diving show hampered by safety concerns. Xinhua News Agency reports 18-year-old Peng Jiaxuan, assistant to martial artist/contestant Shi Xiaolong on China’s Celebrity Splash China, drowned in a pool during a training session April 19. The show broadcast on China’s Zhejiang TV and ABC’s Splash are both spin-offs of the original Dutch format. The death happened a day after US Splash contestant Nicole Eggert was injured on the set of ABC’s American version and subsequently hospitalized. In recent weeks fellow contestant Rory Bushfield ruptured an eardrum and Louie Anderson suffered bruised ribs in training, while show-related injuries forced Katherine Webb and Chuy Bravo to quit the show in its first month on the air.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Ready For Love’ & ‘Splash’ Drop, ‘Voice’ & ‘Dancing’ Inch Up

By | Wednesday April 17, 2013 @ 9:12am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Launching a successful reality series is proving even more difficult for the broadcast networks than finding scripted hits. Their latest efforts, NBC’s Ready For Love and ABC’s Splash, appear headed to the list of recent broadcast unscripted disappointments. After an unimpressive debut last week, NBC’s new dating series Ready For Love fell 13% in its second airing last night to 1.3/4 in adults 18-49. The series executive produced by Eva Longoria was recently upgraded to one of NBC’s best time slots, following the Tuesday edition of The Voice, but it doesn’t seem to be getting traction, keeping only a small fraction of The Voice audience. Last night, the hot singing competition logged 4.5/14 in 18-49, up 7% from last week’s fast nationals (2% from the finals) to match its Tuesday season high. Despite Ready For Love‘s sub-par delivery, NBC won the night in 18-49. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ Falls To Series Low, ’1600 Penn’ Finale Hits Low, ‘Raising Hope’ Finale Dips, ‘Wife Swap’ Down

By | Friday March 29, 2013 @ 9:18am PDT

American IdolThe Motown of Wednesday was sweet on American Idol (2.7/9) but it all came down to seeing who made the cut last night. On an evening when TV viewership was down 7% from 8 PM to 10 PM, Idol’s 450th show saw a performance from judge Keith Urban and an elimination bringing the finalists down to seven on Thursday’s one-hour live Idol results show. It also saw the show hitting a new all-time regular telecast low for any night of American Idol. Slipping below last week’s previous all-time low, the show dipped 7% from last week’s final numbers of 2.9/9 among Adults 18-49 and slipped 4% from March 21’s fast nationals of 2.8/9. As Idol often sees an adjustment upward, that could change in the final numbers. Idol actually has done worse but that was with two specials in 2004 on New Year’s Day and Thanksgiving that garnered a 2.6 and a 2.2 respectively. Fox won the night in total viewers but ABC and CBS were tied for the top spot among Adults 18-49. This is the first time that ABC has beaten Fox on a Thursday since Idol started airing on the night three years ago.

It was all college ball on CBS last night. For the second Thursday in a row, the 2013 NCAA College Basketball Championships (2.3/7) took over Read More »

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ABC Announces Season-Finale Dates For ‘DWTS’, ‘Revenge’, ‘Modern Family’ & More

By | Wednesday March 20, 2013 @ 3:13pm PDT

ABCDancing With The Stars just returned this week for its 16th cycle, and today ABC announced that the reality competition series will head off the dance floor this season May 20 with a performance show and on May 21 with a live two-hour results show. Additionally, new reality series Splash will end its freshman season May 7, Revenge will wrap its second season May 12 and fellow drama Red Widow will end its first season May 5. The network announced other shows’ season enders: Check out the full list so far from ABC here: Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Splash’ Debuts Strong, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ & ‘NCIS’ Dip, ‘Body Of Proof’ Hits High, ‘Go On’ & ‘New Normal’ Hit Lows

By | Wednesday March 20, 2013 @ 9:19am PDT

Tuesday saw the series premiere of ABC’s celebrity competition series Splash (2.6/8). Hosted by Joey Lawrence and ESPN’s Charissa Thompson and judged by Olympic gold medalist David Boudia and U.S. Dive Team director Steve Foley, the reality series saw The Cosby Show’s Keshia Knight Pulliam lose the dive-off and become the first celeb to leave. Bad start for her but good start for Splash. The new show was up 13% from the debut of Celebrity Wife Swap last year on January 2, 2012. In fact, there might be something in the water because Splash had the highest unscripted debut on the network in more than two years and the best on any network since The X Factor premiered on Fox in September 2011. Splash saw growth in both viewership (up 3%) and young adults (up 8%) from its first half-hour to its second. Read More »

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ABC Picks Up 3 More Episodes Of ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ For Six-Episode Summer Run

By | Friday March 8, 2013 @ 2:54pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Celebrity Wife SwapEXCLUSIVE: ABC has ordered three more episodes of Celebrity Wife Swap. That brings the total episode count for this cycle to nine. Three have been scheduled and have been airing Tuesdays 8 PM until new reality series Splash premieres March 19. The three additional episodes, along with the three remaining ones from the current order, will make for a six-episode cycle that is expected to air over the summer. Additionally, seven episodes of the original, non-celebrity Wife Swap, will start airing on Thursdays at 8 PM beginning March 21. The current Celebrity Wife Swap mini-cycle started off strong with the February 26 episode featuring reality/tabloid stars Kate Gosselin and Kendra Wilkinson, which nabbed a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49. The second episode, featuring singers Coolio and Mark McGrath, didn’t fare as well. Still, Celebrity Wife Swap is improving ABC’s time period by 25% vs. last year in 18-49. The next and final installment in this run, headlined by comedian Gilbert Gottfried and actor Alan Thicke, airs next Tuesday. Celebrity Wife Swap is produced by Bruce Toms for Zodiak USA. Natalka Znak, Claire O’Donohoe and Bruce Toms serve as executive producers.

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