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By | Thursday May 22, 2014 @ 4:40pm PDT

Sunday Night Football Top RatedNBC has won the 2013-14 TV season — but you already knew that — with Sunday Night Football finishing the season as the No. 1 show in primetime in total viewers (21.528 million viewers) and among adults 18-49 (9.971 million viewers), based on Live+Same Day data from Nielsen. NBC’s The Blacklist and ABC’s Resurrection are the only freshman series to make the Demo Top 1o List for the season that officially wrapped last night. And Blacklist alone makes the Total Viewer Top 10 among newbies. NBC20Historically, Fox’s American Idol fell off both lists, making room for adds. In its defense, Idol’s two nights landed in the Top 20 in the demo — and Top 25 in total viewers — which puts it ahead of most broadcast primetime programming. Meanwhile, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, in its seventh season, maintained its No. 2 status in overall audience (19.960 million viewers) and the demo (7.88 million), and rose to No. 2 in the demo — behind only NBC’s football in both.

Related: NBC Poised To Win 2013-14 Demo For First Time In 10 Years

Sunday Night Football mopped up this season the franchise not only finished No. 1 for the season, in 2+ and the demo, but also among adults 18-34 and 25-54 — which included season wins not only with men 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54 but also with women 18-34 and 18-49. NBC also notes that 12 SNF games averaged at least 20 million viewers, tying the network’s Sochi Winter Olympics for most primetime telecasts with an average of 20 million viewers tuned in (not including pre-/post-shows).

Related: ABC To Win May Sweep For First Time In 14 Years

LOGO_-ONAIR_Resurrection_57778_302As usual, the TV Season Rankers Lists are full of inequities. ABC’s Resurrection, for instance, makes the Demo Top 10 (and barely misses the Total Viewer Top 10 at No. 11), in part because it ran zero repeats in its time slot; other freshman dramas saw their season averages tugged downward by encore-episode ratings in their slots. I know — cry me a river. Yes, we did not include pre- and post-game shows — and yes, we went with actuals in the demo this year, eliminating all those pesky three- and four-way ties. And yes, the lists are a bit beauty-pageant,  given that a series’ success tends not to be based on whether it finished the season as the country’s 33rd-most-watched series, but whether it improved the network’s ratings performance in its time slot, how much it costs to make, who owns it, ancillary market potential, etc.

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Flex Option For ‘Sunday Night Football’ To Start 6 Weeks Earlier As NFL Unveils 2014 Schedule

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 5:06pm PDT

nfl-logo1The NFL is coming off most-watched program in U.S. TV history with the Super Bowl, and its just-released 2014 schedule arrives today with a couple key differences from last year – one of which is bound to make NBC execs smile. The league said that its “flex” scheduling for the Paeaock’s Sunday Night Football games can begin as early as Week 5, moving up from Week 11 in the past. That means the NFL can move any scheduled day game into primetime to air on what has been the No. 1 show in primetime viewership for four consecutive years and tops in the adults 18-49 demo for six straight. But there is a catch: The flex option can be exercised only twice between Weeks 5 and 10, whichSunday_night_football means Fox or CBS won’t have to give up their best matchups every week during that span. The flex-scheduling say-so remains with the league, which must make the call no fewer than 12 days ahead of time. (Regular Sunday night flex scheduling remains in play after Week 10.) Meanwhile, the NFL also is introducing a plan to “cross flex” Sunday day games on CBS and Fox, which have over-the-air rights to the AFC and NFC, respectively. In previous years, a game between two AFC teams had to be on CBS, but now the league can choose to move those games to Fox (and vice versa). This could help during weeks when one network happens to have the potentially biggest games.

Related: ESPN To Air Cable’s First NFL Playoff Game

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Primetime Emmys To Air On August 25 — And It’s A Monday

By | Tuesday January 28, 2014 @ 2:04pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Emmy Awards 2014 Date August 25UPDATED: NBC and the TV Academy have set the date for the 66th Primetime Emmys, August 25. As usual when the Emmys are on NBC, the ceremony will air a month earlier than its normal late-September date. But this year the network and the TV Academy are throwing a curveball by scheduling the show on a Monday instead of its traditional Sunday berth. The last time the Emmys had aired on a Monday was almost 40 years ago, on May 17, 1976. The 66th Primetime Emmys will air live coast-to-coast from 8-11 PM ET from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be held on Saturday, August 16. The announcement has observers scratching their heads. In the past, NBC had aired the Primetime Emmys in August because of the early start of its Sunday Night Football franchise. But an August airdate for the Emmys when the show is not even airing on a Sunday is puzzling. According to NBC, the date was picked because of possible scheduling conflict with preseason NFL games, but the network would not elaborate further. (The NFL has not released its schedule for the 2014-15 season, but the regular season usually starts on the first Thursday of September, with primetime games starting the following Sunday and Monday.) I hear NBC originally aimed for Sunday, Aug. 24, but opted against it so the … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Kennedy Center Honors’ Hits All Time Low Against Football

By | Monday December 30, 2013 @ 9:48am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Kennedy Center Honors24NFL football boosted NBC, Fox and CBS last night. But CBS’ overrun didn’t help the network’s Kennedy Center Honors special. Airing from 9-11 PM, following a 60 Minute rerun (1.5 in 18-49, 9.2 million), the ceremony drew a 0.9 demo rating, down 36% from last year when it aired on Wednesday with no football competition and an all time low. (The Kennedy Center Honors averaged 7 million viewers).

NBC of course won the night with Sunday Night Football. The Philadelphia Eagles’ down-to-the-wire 24-22 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in a “win-and-in” game for the NFC East posted a 16.8 overnight rating from 8:30-11:30 PM, way up from last week to rank as the seventh-highest Sunday overnight for a regular primetime game on NBC and the third highest rated this season. But it was down 10% from last year’s Week 17 game, Redskins’ 28-18 victory in “win-and-in,” which stands as the highest regular-season primetime football overnight on any network in 15 years.

ABC rebroadcast of Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone (1.1) was up 38% from last year’s Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix broadcast. The films are part of the last big broadcast movie package deal ABC made before the tentpole franchises migrated solely to cable.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Sunday Night Football’ Down, ‘Survivor’ Hits Finale Low, ‘Once Upon A Time’ Down, ‘Family Guy’ Up

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 9:21am PST

134035_7517Nothing says winter finale like a wedding, and that is what they had on Revenge (1.5/4) last night. Despite a bloodied bridal dress, gunshots and all the twists you’d expect from the soap’s third-cycle midseason ender, Sunday’s fast-paced episode dipped 6% from last week. Sunday also saw the midseason finale of Revenge’s lead-in Once Upon A Time (1.9/5). The fairytale drama fell 14% from last week to tie the series low of December 1. Revenge’s lead-out,  Betrayal (0.8/2), had a better night: The freshman ended ABC’s evening up 14% in adults 18-49 for its highest-rated episode since its second show October 6. ABC started the night with America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.4/5), which was down a tenth from last week’s season high. Betrayal, Revenge and America’s Funniest Home Videos are all back January 5, while Once Upon A Time doesn’t return for the rest of its third season until March 9.

Cincinnati Bengals v Pittsburgh SteelersThe battle for the AFC took another twist last night as NBC’s Sunday Night Football ( 4.9/13) saw the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 30-20. The game at Heinz Field was a blowout by halftime, and it saw an 18% drop in fast nationals from last week’s 6.0/14, which later rose to a 6.9/17 in its 8:31-11:18 PM slot. That could end up being the lowest-rated SNF so far this season. Down 14% from the 12.7/20 metered market results of last week’s Carolina Panthers-New Orleans Saints matchup, last night’s game pulled in a 10.9/18 rating in metered markets households; Pittsburgh topped the  local markets with a 39.4/54. Cincinnati was second with a 33.2/48, followed by Dayton 22.2/33; Baltimore, 17.1/27; and Las Vegas 15.4/24. As always with NFL games and other live sports, expect an adjustment in the final numbers later today. NBC was a near No. 2 in adults 18-49 last night with a 4.0/11 rating, just behind Fox’s 4.1/11. Still the Peacock took the night in total viewers with 12.2 million. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Football Wins Night For NBC & CBS On Slow Sunday, ‘Once’ Flat

By | Monday December 2, 2013 @ 9:32am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Giants Redskins FootballLast night was a big letdown on broadcast TV following last Sunday’s blockbuster ratings for the Patriots-Broncos thriller on Sunday Night Football and the American Music Awards. NBC is still on track to win the night with SNF, but last night’s Giants-Redskins game posted a 12.1 overnight household rating, down 29% from last week. ABC’s lineup came nowhere near the 4.5 18-49 rating for last week’s AMAs. Once Upon A Time (1.9) was even with its last original two weeks ago, tying a series low. The Hallmark Hall Of Fame movie Christmas In Conway (1.1) was down 39% from last year’s HHF holiday movie Christmas With Holly and matching HHF’s lowest rating to date with this year’s The Makeover. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Sunday Night Football’ Big, AMAs Stage Major Comeback

By | Monday November 25, 2013 @ 8:18am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Tom Brady’s heroics last night delivered big ratings for NBC’s Sunday Night Football in what already had been billed as a marquee “Manning-Brady XIV” matchup. The 14th face-off between the NFL superstars — which featured an epic comeback for the Brady-led Patriots over Peyton Manning’s Broncos from a 24-0 halftime deficit to a thrilling overtime win — drew a 17.0 overnight household rating from 8:30 PM-12:30 AM. That was the highest primetime overnight for a November game in 17 years, the second-highest-rated SNF game this season behind the 17.3 for Manning’s return to Indianapolis on October 20, and the fifth-highest-rated game overall in SNF’s eight-year history.

Even with that level of competition that bled deep into West Coast’s primetime, ABC’s American Music Awards (4.5 in adults 18-49) posted big gains vs. last fall when it faced a football game that only averaged a 12.2 in the overnights. Boosted by wide promotion and buzzy music acts like Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and One Direction, the AMAs soared 32% above last season’s all-time low to a four-year high — since 2009. In total viewers, the awards show averaged 12.9 million, up 30% from last year and its second-largest audience in 11 years. In teens, the AMAs surged 86% year to year to hit a 9-year high. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Almost Human’ Solid In Debut, ‘Revenge’ Rebounds, ‘Once’ Hits Low

By | Monday November 18, 2013 @ 9:56am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Almost Human Ratings Premiere FoxDramas’ strong fall continued last night with the debut of Fox’s Almost Human. Boosted by NFL overrun on the East Coast but facing a highly rated Sunday Night Football game on NBC, Almost Human drew a 3.1 in adults 18-49 and 9.1 million viewers. It follows the strong fall debuts of ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (4.6 in fast nationals), NBC’s The Blacklist (3.8) and Fox’s Sleepy Hollow (3.4). Fox is on somewhat of a drama streak with three consecutive solid launches: The Following (3.1) last January, Sleepy Hollow and now Almost Human, which will be paired with Sleepy Hollow starting tonight. Fox’s abbreviated 9-10 PM Sunday animated comedy block featured veterans The Simpsons (1.8, even with last week when it aired at 8 PM) and Family Guy, (2.2), which benefited from the stronger lead-in, up 10%.

NBC is set to win Sunday night in all key measures with the Kansas City Chiefs-Denver Broncos game, which averaged a 16.7/27 in metered-market households from 8:30-midnight ET, the highest rating for a November primetime NFL game in 17 yearssince November 25, 1996. Most of ABC’s Sunday shows were actually up against the big game. America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.4) was up 8%, while Revenge (1.5) and Betrayal (0.9) both rebounded from last week’s series lows, up 15% (0.2) and 13% (0.1), respectively. But Once Upon A Time (1.9) was down 10% to a series low. Read More »

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NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ Snaps ‘Walking Dead’ Demo Winning Streak

By | Monday November 11, 2013 @ 11:35am PST

Last night’s episode of AMC’s zombie apocalypse series had some surprises, the return of one vital character and some very serious father/son firepower bonding. However, The Walking Dead did not have the upper hand over NFL Sunday Night Football. After wins among adults 18-49 for two weeks in a row, the cable blockbuster was beaten in the key demo last night by the New Orleans Saints 42-17 whooping of the Dallas Cowboys on NBC. The fifth week of Dead’s fourth season saw the series receive a 6.2 rating last night to SNF‘s 7.7. Although the Saints smacked the Cowboys down, with two of the NFL’s top-draw teams playing, last night’s game was up a strong 23% in fast nationals over the week before. The Walking Dead had 7.9 million viewers in the demo to SNF’s 9.9 million on Sunday. Overall the 9 PM airing of the AMC show got 12.2 million total viewers last night to SNF‘s 19.30 million for the night’s game. For The Walking Dead, that’s down from last week’s 8.7 million among the 18-49s and its 13.3 million total viewers.

Related: RATINGS RAT RACE:  NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ Surges

With a 6.8 rating to the NBC NFL game’s 6.3, early numbers from November 3 had the telecast of the AMC show topping the 8.1 million adults 18-49 who watched the Indianapolis Colts’ 27-24 victory over the Houston Texans that night. That … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ Surges, ‘Revenge’ & ‘Betrayal’ Tie Lows, ‘Simpsons’ & ‘Family Guy’ Down

By | Monday November 11, 2013 @ 9:06am PST

It was a good Sunday to be in New Orleans for the Saints and for NFL Sunday Night Football (7.0/17) last night. Week 10 of the season saw NOLA’s Saints take the Dallas Cowboys to the cleaners last night in a 49-17 victory and a NFL record-breaking 40 first downs. It also saw a strong 23% rise in fast nationals from last week’s Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans game. In the 8:30 PM – 11 PM block, that November 3 battle got a 5.7/14 rating, which rose to a 6.3/16 for its 8:31 PM – 11:35 PM play in the final numbers. With their 7-2 season so far and team best record of 625 total yards last night, Sunday’s lopsided success was the Saints’ 12th straight primetime win at home in the Superdome. Sunday’s game was watched by 19.30 million viewers, up from last week’s  15.34 million. With live events like last night’s NFL game on NBC, all non-time zone adjusted fast nationals will likely shift when the finals come in later this Veterans Day. In metered market results, the game drew a 13.0/21 during the 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM block. That’s up from the 11.4/19 that Week 9’s much closer 27-24 Colts-Texans game pulled in but down from the 13.5/22 that the Cowboys’ October 13 match-up against the Washington Redskins had. Last night saw New Orleans (56.2/73) as the top metered market for the game, followed by Dallas (30.3/47), San Antonio (22.6/34), Austin (21.5/35 and a tie for fifth place between Albuquerque (20.1/30) and Richmond (20.1/29). With a 5.7/15 rating, NBC won the night in terms of the adult 18-49 demo. It also took the top spot in total viewers with 15.797 million watching.

Related: ‘Walking Dead’ Slays NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ Again In Demo
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‘Walking Dead’ Slays NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ Again In Demo

By | Monday November 4, 2013 @ 12:01pm PST

That’s two in a row on top for the zombie apocalypse. For the second consecutive week AMC’s The Walking Dead has beaten NBC’s NFL Sunday Night Football in the key 18-49 demo to reign supreme in the ratings. In early numbers, the fourth week of the fourth season of the 9 PM ratings powerhouse pulled in 8.7 million viewers among the 18-49s. SNF drew in 8.1 million adults for the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 victory over the Houston Texans last night. That 8% spread is the same as early numbers had last week when The Walking Dead had 8.6 million viewers in the demo compared to 8 million who watched the Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings game on Sunday Night Football. The Walking Dead delivered a 6.8 rating last night while the NBC NFL game got a 6.3. Overall, The Walking Dead attracted 13.3 million viewers, up from last week’s 12.9 million. Preliminary numbers have the viewership for last night’s SNF at 15.34 million. Due to the nature of live events like sports, those SNF numbers could change in the finals later today. The Walking Dead shattered cable records with its Season 4 debut last month.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ Steady, ‘Simpsons’ Down, ‘Revenge’ & ‘Betrayal’ Rise

By | Monday November 4, 2013 @ 9:17am PST

There was drama both on and off the field during last night’s NFL Sunday Night Football (5.7/14) Week 9 game. Houston Texans head couch Gary Kubiak had to be taken to a hospital after collapsing during halftime. The team didn’t reveal what was wrong except later to say Kubiak didn’t have a heart attack and was in stable condition. The same could not be said for the Texans who were defeated at home 27-24 by the Indianapolis Colts in a second half rally. Week 9 saw a slight 2% rise from the fast nationals of last week’s Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings game. In terms of viewers, Sunday Night Football was far and away the most watched regularly scheduled show of the night with 15.34 million viewers. As always with live events like sports, all non-time zone adjusted fast nationals will likely shift when the finals come in later in the day. Still for NBC, as it stands, it was another easy win among adults 18-49 with a 4.6/12 rating on Sunday night. However, NBC came in second place to CBS among total viewers, as the latter pulled in 14.35 million to the former’s 12.62 million. CBS’ prime was all over the place due to regional NFL overruns that pushed its start time back to 8 PM.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox Wins Night As World Series Rises, NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ Falls, ‘Revenge’ & ‘Amazing Race’ Hit Lows

By | Monday October 28, 2013 @ 8:54am PDT

It was a double win last night for Major League Baseball in primetime as the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals to even the World Series and Fox won the night over NBC and the usually unbeatable Sunday Night Football. Fox drew a 5.1/13 rating with 16.68 million viewers, while No. 2 NBC drew a 4.5/11 and 12.31 million viewers. After a stellar lead-in of NFL overruns — the Denver Broncos-Washington Redskins game (7.8/23) and Fox’s The OT (6.2/17) — the 8-11 PM World Series (4.4/11) Game 4 in St. Louis was up 10% from the fast nationals of last year’s series-ending Game 4 featuring the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers. The latest wild finish for this Series included a three-run homer from Jonny Gomes who wasn’t even supposed to play, and Boston’s closer picking off St. Louis’ Kolton Wong for the game’s final out. Last night’s game also saw an 18% rise in total viewers for Fox compared with October 28, 2012’s Game 4 with 15.4 million watching Sunday. After the Red Sox’s 4-2 win, the Series returns tonight for Game 5. That’s nothing but gravy and good news for Fox as last year’s series ended after a four-game sweep by the Giants that averaged a 3.6/10 rating and 12.7 million viewers. With teams that draw bigger audiences and all the wild finishes, the ratings for this year are also up double digits game-over-game from last year’s lows. Like other live events, fast nationals for the World Series and Sunday Night Football are approximate and will likely change in the final numbers.

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NBC’s Sunday Night Football (5.6/13) saw the Green Bay Packers thrash the Minnesota Vikings 44-31 last night. Up against the World Series for the first time this season, the Week 8 matchup saw Aaron Rodgers and the Packers against the struggling Vikings register a harsh 41% fall from the 9.5/23 of the fast nationals of last week’s Denver Broncos-Indianapolis Colts game. That October 20 battle, which rose to a 10.0/27 in the final numbers, proved to be the highest-rated October primetime NFL broadcast in a decade and a half
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AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ Slips In Week 2, Still Tops Demo Over All Other Non-Sports Programs

By | Monday October 21, 2013 @ 12:06pm PDT

After smashing through cable records with new highs in its Season 4 premiere last week, The Walking Dead settled down a bit last night – though not much. Up against the competition of the ratings powerhouse of the Bronco-Colts game on NFL Sunday Night Football last night, Week 2 of the AMC zombie apocalypse series saw a 12% overall viewership drop from its October 13 show. That’s 13.2 million viewers overall last night from the 16.1 million who watched last week. In terms of the adults 18-49 demo, The Walking Dead got 9.1 million in the category, 13% down from the stellar 10.1 million it had for last week’s season debut. That’s pretty much the same as the dip that the show saw in Week 2 of Season 3 on October 21 last year. However, last night’s viewership and demo result are the show’s second best ever, knocking the March 31 Season 3 finale of the drama down to No. 3 spot in the series’ history. Up until last week that Season 3 finale was The Walking Dead’s best result in both viewership and the key demo. The top Sunday night NFL game of the season so far, Sunday Night Football last night pulled in 25.87 million viewers overall and 12.0 million in the demo, according to fast nationals. However, the 7.12 rating that last night’s Season 4 Week 2 delivered beats everything else non-sports related on TV on Sunday with … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ Scores With Broncos-Colts Game, ‘Mentalist’ Hits Low, ‘Betrayal’ Rises

By | Monday October 21, 2013 @ 9:04am PDT

Everybody knew there would be interest in Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis on Sunday Night Football (9.5/23) last night — but there really was a lot of interest it turns out. The Colts’ 39-33 victory over Manning’s favored Denver Broncos surged up 30% over the fast nationals of last week’s Cowboys-Redskins game, which is commonly one of the top draws in the NFL. In the 8:30-11 PM block, Broncos-Colts was watched by 25.87 million viewers, up 6 million from the 19.65 million who tuned in last week. In metered market households, last night’s game pulled in a 17.3/29, up 28% over last week’s metered market result and 48% over the 11.7 of last season’s Week 7 game (Pittsburgh-Cincinnati). The 8:30 PM-12:15 AM game pulled a 10.0 rating among adults 18-49, 64% better than what the No. 2 demo show — AMC’s The Walking Dead — got with its 6.1. It was also the fourth-best metered-market result in the 8 years NBC has had its primetime NFL package (No. 1 remains the 18.3 of the Cowboys-Redskins NFC East title game on December 30, 2012) and the best October primetime NFL game result since the 17.5 Minnesota-Green Bay drew on October 5, 1998. As always with live events like sports, expect an adjustment in the final numbers later today. Having said that, there’s little doubt NBC will retain its top spot among adults with a 7.8/20 rating and 21.45 million in total viewers for Sunday night. CBS was second with a 2.7/7 rating and 12.27 million viewers. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ & MLB Up On Big Sports Night, CBS & ABC Shows Hit Lows

By | Monday October 14, 2013 @ 9:11am PDT

Yes, The Walking Dead was back on cable but it was an even split on the Big 4 between sports and non-sports last night – and, like the Dallas Cowboys and the Red Sox, sports won. In terms on NBC’s Sunday Night Football (7.3/18), it wasn’t quite the rout of last week’s 49ers 34-3 win over the Texans, but Dallas beat the Washington Redskins a pretty convincing 31-16 Sunday thanks to Dwayne Harris and a very solid defense. Easily the No 1. show on Sunday, the game was up 28% in fast nationals over last week. The SF/Houston game rose to 7.0/19 in finals last week. Between 8:30 PM and 11 PM, last night’s game was watched by 19.65 million viewers. Last night’s Cowboys/Redskins game got a 13.5/22 in metered markets. That’s up 7% from Week 6 last year and up 21% over the comparable week in 2011. Up against Boston vs. the Detroit Tigers on Fox, last night’s Sunday Night Football was also the best MM result for a primetime NFL game against a MLB Championship game since October 13, 1997. Not unexpectedly, Dallas was the top local market for the NFL match-up on Sunday. With a 35.5/52, DC was No. 2 with a 34.1/52 with Richmond (32.7/45, Norfolk (25.4/35) and San Antonio (25.1/39) filling out the top 5. Fast affiliate ratings are not time zone adjusted, so expect Sunday’s sports numbers to change later in the day. With a 6.0/16 rating and 16.032 million watching, NBC topped the night with Fox coming in the No. 2 spot with a 3.6/9 rating and 11.36 million viewers.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Sunday Night Football’ Tops, ‘Betrayal’ Drops

By | Monday October 7, 2013 @ 9:18am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

This is why the NFL will continue to extract billions of dollars from the TV networks — even a lopsided game with no suspense or intrigue like San Francisco’s 34-3 rout of Houston last night dominated everything else in primetime. In the metered markets, NBC’s Sunday Night Football averaged an 11.6/11, only 1% below the corresponding game last fall, and is expected to deliver a nightly win for the network in adults 18-49.

Betrayal is following in the footsteps of fellow new ABC drama Lucky 7 on a path toward early cancellation. In its second week, the infidelity drama posted a 1.1, down 27% from its underwhelming premiere. Its lead-in, Revenge (1.9), also was down double-digits (17%) from its third-season debut as its reboot under a new showrunner is yet to take hold, while Once Upon A Time (2.5) held steady, down a tenth (4%). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Sunday Starts Slow With Declines, Low Debut For ‘Betrayal’

By | Monday September 30, 2013 @ 9:10am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Last night was chock-full of premieres on the broadcast networks, HBO and Showtime, and yet it was a finale that stole the spotlight — the closing episode of Breaking Bad. No numbers for the AMC drama yet but it is certain to set one more and final series high. As for the broadcast networks, they kicked off Sunday night of the 2013-14 season on a low note.

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The ratings for CBS are scrambled because of a 15-minute football overrun in several East Coast markets including New York, but the network’s series are looking at double-digit year-to-year drops and new premiere lows for The Amazing Race, The Good Wife and The Mentalist for a second consecutive year. ABC and Fox too logged double-digit declines across the board with premiere lows for Once Upon A Time, Revenge, The Simpsons and American Dad. The third-season premiere of ABC’s Once Upon A Time (2.6/7 in adults 18-49) was down 33%, while Revenge (2.4/6) was down 25%. ABC’s struggle to launch a Sunday 10 PM series continued with new drama Betrayal which opened low with a 1.5/4, 29% below the debut of the now defunct 666 Park Ave and tying fellow cancelled Red Widow for ABC’s lowest in-season Sunday debut ever. Fox’s The Simpsons (2.8/8) was down 26% from last fall’s opener, recently … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Wins Night As NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ Slips From 2012

By | Monday September 9, 2013 @ 8:57am PDT

The Texan boys were truly back in town last night on the NFL on NBC. The network’s debut Sunday Night Football (9.1/23) of the regular season saw the Dallas Cowboys best the New York Giants 36-31. With Dallas forcing turnovers to clinch the victory over Eli Manning and NY at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and 23.25 million watching between 8:30 PM – 11 PM, the match-up dipped 7% from the fast nationals last season’s first Sunday regular game between the Denver Broncos and the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 9, 2012. It was also down from the final nationals rating of 11.0/28 that last year’s game garnered. That 2012 result is the all-time record for Sunday Night Football. Last September’s first Sunday regular season game pulled in 27.567 million viewers overall, the third best result SNF has ever had. The top SNF viewership is 30.281 million that the December 30, 2012 Dallas Cowboys-Washington Redskins received with the January 1, 2012 Cowboys-Giant battled coming second with 27.624 million watching. Last year, the Cowboys and the Giants were the September 5 opening game of the regular season facing off against Bill Clinton and the Democratic National Convention. In metered-market results, Sunday’s game got a 16.6/27 for the 8:30 PM – 11:45 PM game. That’s down from the record breaking 18.0/29 that last year’s Sunday opener pulled in in the time adjusted results. Running prior … Read More »

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