Corporate synergy with 50% owner CBS already has done well for TVGN, which saw triple-digit ratings increases from last fall’s broadcasts of CBS properties Big Brother After Dark and The Young & The Restless. Now it is …
An all-star edition of The Amazing Race, featuring eleven former teams, will launch against the Winter Olympics’ closing ceremony on February 23. The 28th cycle of Survivor, which recently was renewed for a milestone …
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Sunday Night Football’ Down, ‘Survivor’ Hits Finale Low, ‘Once Upon A Time’ Down, ‘Family Guy’ Up
Nothing 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.
The 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.
The doyen of reality competition series, CBS’ Survivor, is turning 30. CBS has ordered two more editions of television’s longest running reality competition series for the 2014-2015 season, its 29th and 30th. Five-time Emmy winner Jeff Probst, who has been …
RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: MLB World Series Game 1 Surges From 2012′s All-Time Low, ‘Survivor’ Hits Series Low, ‘CSI’ Rises, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Falls
UPDATE, 8:59 AM: Game 1 of the World Series last night not only saw a win by the Boston Red Sox over the St. Louis Cardinals but also for Fox who was easily No. 1 with a 4.1/11 rating and 13.730 million viewers. The Fenway Park match-up Wednesday between the 2004 World Series competitors hit a home run for the network with a 28% rise in fast nationals from last year’s all-time low of 3.2/9, which went up to 3.6/10 in the final numbers. With big audience draws like the Red Sox and the Cardinals, this year’s Game 1 also rose 25% in fast national viewership to 13.73 million over 2012’s 11.0 million, which went up to 12.2 in the final numbers. And as good as that is for Fox, there’s a little bit of historical wind at the Red Sox’s back too – every team that has won Game 1 since 1993 has gone on to win the World Series. Also, the Red Sox have won their last 9 World Series games (2004, 2007 and last night) in a row and the last time these two teams faced off in the World Series 9 years ago, Boston swept the series. As always with live events like the start of the 109th World Series, fast nationals are not time zone adjusted, so expect shifts in the final numbers later in the day.
Facing the World Series almost everything else on TV last night was down from last week. Airing its 300th episode, CSI (2.1/6) saw the return of Marg Helgenberger to the show on CBS last night. The 10 PM show also was the one rise of the night among the non-World Series telecasts with a 5% bop over last week to match its October 2 season high. Wednesday’s strongly promoted CSI also had its best viewership numbers of the season so far with 10.37 million watching. The same upturn could not be said for Survivor: Blood vs Water (2.3/7). The reality series saw a challenge mix up and an unretrieved fishing trap last night as well as a 12% drop to hit a series low excluding specials and recaps shows. At 9 PM, Criminal Minds (2.7/7) held even with its October 16 show. CBS was No. 2 last night with a rating of 2.4/7 and 10.37 million viewers.
RATINGS RAT RACE: MLB Up, ‘Revolution’ Hits Series Low, ‘Arrow’ Rises, ‘Super Fun Night’ Tumbles, ‘Tomorrow People’ Down
It was a big baseball night on Wednesday (hey there Dodgers fans) and for Fox, the Detroit Tigers’ victory over the Boston Red Sox was a win. Wednesday’s MLB American League Championship Series Game 4 (2.4/7) was …
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Survivor’ Hits Lowest Fall Debut Ever, ‘X Factor’ Even, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Finale Up Slightly, ‘Big Brother’ Finale Dips
It was a night of winners and wannabe winners Wednesday, with NBC’s America’s Got Talent (2.5/7) and CBS’ Big Brother (2.4/7) wrapping their latest cycles just in time for the fall season, On CBS it was veterans night as Big Brother’s Season 15 came to an end and Survivor (2.6/8) started its 27th cycle with 90-minute episodes each. After a season marred by racial slurs among its contestants, the Julie Chen-hosted Big Brother found its $500,000 grand prize winner. Although the 9:30-11 PM finale dipped just 4% compared with its Season 14 finale on September 19, 2012 and week-to-week it bopped up 4% from its September 11 show, last night ended up being the show’s lowest finale of the last six seasons. With a few new twists on the formula, Survivor: Blood & Water, on the other hand, took a real tumble compared to its Season 25 opener on September 19, 2012. Marking the show’s 400th episode and the top-rated show of the night, last night’s 8-9:30 PM Survivor fell 19% from its previous fall premiere. That makes last night the show’s lowest fall debut in its long long history. Compared to its 90-minute Season 26 opener on February 13, the Mark Burnett-produced show saw an 8% rise among the key demo. With a 2.5/8 rating CBS won the night among adults 18-49 and NBC topped the night in viewers with 9.203 million.
Global Showbiz Briefs: No Charges Yet In French ‘Survivor’ Player’s Death; ‘Game Of Thrones’ Sets UK Streaming Record; More
Prosecutors: Charges Not Imminent In Death Of French ‘Survivor’ Contestant
French prosecutors in the Parisian suburb of Creteil have denied reports that they plan to open a criminal investigation into the March death of reality show contestant Gérald Babin. Babin suffered a heart attack during the first day of shooting on Koh-Lanta, France’s local version of Survivor, and a preliminary manslaughter inquiry was later opened. At the time, anonymous sources called into question the show’s handling of Babin’s collapse. But reports that surfaced in the French media this morning, which said the opening of an official judicial investigation was imminent, are incorrect. “You cannot set a timetable. No decision has been made,” prosecutors told AFP. Babin’s death preceded the April suicide of the show’s physician Dr. Thierry Costa, who left a note saying he was confident he had treated Babin “as a patient and not a contestant” but that he was distraught by “false accusations and assumptions” in the media. Koh-Lanta started airing in 2001 and is one of leading network TF1′s flagship series, drawing an average of 7.4M viewers. The network promptly shelved the 16th season and has yet to make a decision about the series’ long-term future.
‘Game Of Thrones’ Sets Streaming Record In UK
The third season of Game Of Thrones just became available on UK streaming service Blinkbox, resulting in a sales record with a 632% increase in revenue versus the same day last year. Owned by retail giant Tesco, Blinkbox is the only service currently carrying the season. The show airs on Sky Atlantic in the UK and holds the top three spots in Blinkbox’s rankings. Much as UKTV did with its giant lake-bound Mr. Darcy in celebration of the launch of its Drama channel, Blinkbox installed a giant dragon skull on a Dorset beach to promote the S3 release of Game Of Thrones.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Survivor’, ‘Revenge’ & ‘Once Upon A Time’ Finales Down, ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Hits Season Low, ’60 Minutes’ Up
As the Upfronts prepared to kick off in New York, the networks wrapped up several of their shows for the season on Sunday night. On CBS, they had a winner on Survivor: Caramoan (2.6/8) as the reality series ended its 26th season. After a finale puzzle challenge, it was down to the three finalists, running to about 10:09 PM when the winner was announced. The highest-rated broadcast of the night, the live two-hour plus show, which has usually run on Wednesdays this season, was even with its May 8 airing. However Survivor was down 19% from its Season 25 finale on December 16, 2012 and down 10% from it last Spring season finale on May 13, 2012. Immediately after the season finale, a special live Reunion Show (2.2/6) with all the contestants from both the Fan and the Favorites tribes aired. Last night’s Reunion Show bopped up 5% from last season’s version but was down a slight 4% from its Season 24 show last spring. As is common with live shows like this, expect an adjustment in the final numbers later today. The network actually had more than Survivor on last night. The most watched show of the night with 10.12 million viewers, 60 Minutes (1.5/6) started things off at 7 PM. The news magazine show was up a solid 25% from last week. With the 60 Minutes and Survivor combo, CBS won the night in total viewers and among Adults 18-49.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Hits Series Low, ‘Idol’ Dips, ‘CSI’ Up, ‘Family Tools’ Down, ‘Modern Family’ Hits Season Low
Wednesday saw The Voice (2.7/8) and American Idol (2.8/8) go head-to-head with live shows for the first time. While the NBC show bested the Fox series in their common hour, with Idol pulling in a 2.5/8, the night saw both shows hit new lows. Last night’s one-hour live The Voice had host Carson Daly announcing that technical glitches forced all online and text votes from viewers disregarded. It also saw the NBC show hit a series low with its 2.7. While up from the 1.6/5 of last Wednesday’s season-so-far recap show, last night’s show was down a hard 27% from Tuesday’s two-hour live performance show. The Voice wrapped its second week of special Wednesday shows with this season’s top 12 contestants being picked as well as performances Rod Stewart and former judge Cee Lo Green. Having the live Voice as a lead-in was good for Law & Order: SVU (1.9/5), which saw a 27% upward turn from last week for the series’ best result since January 9. Unlike Law & Order, Chicago Fire (1.8/5) was up last week, and the freshman drama repeated that this week, rising 6% from its May 1 show.
Idol was the most-watched show of the night with 10.82 million viewers over its two hours, but it hit another all-time low. The Fox show was even with last week’s fast nationals but down 3% from the final numbers of its May 1 show (2.9/9 ). On last night’s two-hour Idol, the show took its three finalists back to their hometowns and had them sing three songs each as they headed toward someone being eliminated tonight and next week’s season finale. By the nature of these live shows, expect to see ratings for both Idol and The Voice adjusted in the finale numbers later today. With that and the competition, Fox won the night in the adults 18-49 demographic and total viewers.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ Falls To New Low, ‘Family Tools’ Debuts Soft, ‘Survivor’ & ‘CSI’ Hit Series Lows, ‘How To Live With Your Parents’ Up
The May sweep stepped it up a notch last night with American Idol (2.8/8), The Voice (1.6/5) and Survivor: Caramoan (2.3/7) going head-to-head-to-head. While not the first time Idol and The Voice have faced off directly (they overlapped on April 27, 2011), and the NBC show a season-so-far recap, it was their debut matchup this season. With Harry Connick Jr joining as guest mentor and a “you’re a superstar” shout-out to contestant Amber Holcomb from judge Nicki Minaj, Wednesday’s American Idol fell 13% from last week’s fast nationals and 15% from April 24’s final numbers to hit an all-time Wednesday low. Still, Idol still was the most watched show of the night with 11.08 million viewers, and Fox took Wednesday in the adults 18-49 demographic and total viewers with 11.075 watching on a night when usage slipped 4% in the demo.
In its first Wednesday broadcast of the sweep, The Voice: The Road To Live show was essentially a greatest clips of the show’s fourth season so far. A lead-in and perpetual tease to next week’s three nights of live shows, the one-hour episode was up 19% from the 1.3/4 that Dateline received in the same time slot April 24. With The Voice recap show as a lead-in, Law & Order: SVU (1.5/4) saw a drop of 21% from last week. Following at 10 PM, Chicago Fire (1.7/5) bopped up 6% from its last new show April 3.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘How To Live With Your Parents’ Falls, ‘Idol’ Dips, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ & ‘Supernatural’ Up
She hasn’t been shy with her enthusiasms during her debut season on American Idol (3.2/9), but sometimes judge Nicki Minaj really outdoes herself. “You came out tonight to snatch some wigs off some heads! Tonight was your night,” she told contestant Angie Miller on Wednesday, setting this season’s catchphrase bar at a new height. Otherwise, it was down to the final four on Idol with one-hit wonders, duets and a song of personal choice in the two-hour live show. Last Wednesday, Idol rose 3% from its previous week’s numbers. This week it dipped 3% from last week’s fast nationals and 6% from April 17’s final numbers. It still was well ahead of its heavily encored rivals with 12.184 million viewers, and Fox won the night overall in total viewers and the adults 18-49 demographic.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ Continues To Rise, ‘Suburgatory’ Finale Slips, ‘Dateline’ & ‘Survivor’ Even With Last Week
Did you know that a woman hasn’t won American Idol (3.3/9) in six years? That will not be the case this year with the five remaining finalists all female. Which is why it was Ladies Night on Idol on Wednesday. What that actually meant for the live two-hour show was that Angie Miller, Janelle Arthur, Candice Glover, Kree Harrison and Amber Holcomb sang songs from the 1989 to 1994 years of their respective births. It also meant there was some more tension between female judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey with the former disagreeing with the latter’s assessment of one contestant with a “simmer down, sir.” Last night’s Idol was also up from last week. It rose 3% from the fast nationals of its April 11 show and, because there was no change last week, the same from that broadcast’s final numbers. This is the fourth broadcast in a row that Idol has seen consecutive growth. Hitting 12.4 millon viewers on Wednesday, Idol was also up 2% in overall viewers from last week’s final numbers. With the 8 PM to 10 PM Idol, Fox took top spot for the night in total viewers and among Adults 18-49.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘How To Live With Your Parents’ & ‘Modern Family’ Down, ‘American Idol’ Up Slightly, ‘Survivor’ Ties Low
Last night’s American Idol (3.2/9) had the Final 6 contestants doing double duty with a Burt Bacharach and Hal David tune and one they wished they’d written themselves. The two-hour live show saw finalist Candice Glover perform a stunning version of the Cure’s Lovesong, and it saw Lazaro Arbos … well, he didn’t have such a good night. Idol itself on the other hand did have a better night than last Wednesday, when it hit a new low in fast nationals. Last night saw the show up 7% versus April 3’s fast national and up 3% against last week’s 3.1/9 final numbers. We might see that go up even more as Idol is commonly adjusted upward in final numbers. Idol pulled in an audience of 11.98 million last night, a 4% gain, to become Wednesday’s most-watched show. CBS’ Criminal Minds was second with 11.29 million viewers. Fox won the night in total viewers and the adults 18-49 demo.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ Hits New Low, ‘How To Live With Your Parents’ Debuts Solid, ‘Modern Family’ & ‘Dateline’ Up, ‘Survivor’ Matches Low
It was an all-new night on the networks on Wednesday — no repeats at all. On Fox’s American Idol (3.0/9), it was Rock Night with the remaining finalists belting out Rolling Stones, Queen and Bon Jovi songs among others. Coming off last week’s all-time Wednesday low, the live two-hour show again hit a new Wednesday low in the adults 18-49 demographic. However, as Idol tends to see upward movement in its final numbers, the low might not hold. Last night’s Idol dipped 3% from last week’s fast nationals result and 6% from the final numbers. With 11.48 million watching, Idol also dipped to its smallest Wednesday audience since August 7, 2002, during its first season. Fox still won the night in total viewers and the demo.
ABC aired the series premiere of How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life) (2.9/7) in Suburgatory’s old 9:30 PM slot. With ABC slipping a minute of lead-in Modern Family (4.1/11) into the slot, the new sitcom about a divorced Mom who moves back home was even with the last year’s April 11 debut of the now-cancelled Don’t Trust The B— In Apt 23. It was also up from the season average Suburgatory saw in the slot, resulting in the network’s best performance in the time slot since November 7.
In what’s become an increasingly grim couple of weeks for reality television, a doctor working on TF1‘s Koh-Lanta, France’s version of Survivor, has committed suicide. Dr. Thierry Costa’s death comes a little over a week after …
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ Hits All-Time Wednesday Low, ‘Whitney’ Finale Down, ‘Modern Family’ & ‘Nashville’ Hit Lows
The return of The Voice took up two nights of primetime this week for NBC, now it’s American Idol’s (3.1/9) turn for Fox. To celebrate judge Mariah Carey’s birthday and with Smokey Robinson as mentor, Wednesday’s two-hour live performance show paid homage to the music of Detroit Motor City. But the show was down 14% from last week’s final numbers and down 11% from its March 20 fast nationals — hitting an all-time Wednesday low. Both numbers are relevant because Idol has a tendency to adjust more than most in final numbers. Idol was watched by 12.03 million viewers last night. Oh, in case you forgot: The Voice and Idol will go head-to-head at least once this season on May 8 when the NBC show has scheduled a one-hour episode. Fox still won Wednesday in total viewers and the adults 18-49 demo.