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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Hits New All-Time Low, ‘American Baking Competition’ Steady, ‘Family Tools’ Falls To Season Low

By | Thursday July 4, 2013 @ 10:03am PDT

There really wasn’t a lot new on TV on the eve of the July 4th holiday but the ratings for what was on weren’t pretty. Cratering 25% from the 2.2/7 of its Season 15 debut last week, Big Brother (1.6/6) hit a new series low on Wednesday. Vexed off air by recent controversy from online homophobic and racist comments by this season’s contestants, BB’s results last night saw a two tenths drop from the previous tied low of 1.8/5 that veteran reality show had achieved just the day before on July 2. The 8 PM live elimination BB was the highest rated and most watched show of the night with 5.35 million viewers. An America’s Got Talent (1.1/4) repeat on NBC from 8 PM to 10 PM was the second most watched show on Wednesday. The third most watched show of the night was The American Baking Competition (1.2/4) at 9 PM. The Jeff Foxworthy-hosted show drew 4.67 million viewers. Despite the fall of its BB lead-in, the durable reality show stayed steady among the key demo for the fourth week in a row. CBS ended the night with a CSI (0.9/3) encore, which was the fourth most watched show of the night with 4.63 million tuning in. Really the only network with a block of original shows on Wednesday, CBS won the night among adults 18-49 and in total viewers with 4.887 million watching.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Ties Season Premiere Low, Fox Wins Night, ‘How To Live With Your Parents’ Finale Hits Low

By | Thursday June 27, 2013 @ 8:46am PDT

Back with a bigger cast, colorful challenges, new voting twists, that $500,00 grand prize and for a longer season, Big Brother (2.1/7) returned last night for its 15th cycle. The CBS reality show took a hit right out of the gate. Watched by 6.1 million viewers, the veteran Julie Chen-hosted series was down 19% adults 18-49 from its July 12, 2012 season debut. That ties the series’ lowest season premiere ever (the July 13, 2008 season bow also pulled a 2.1/7). The Season 14 premiere had dipped 7% from the previous cycle’s bow but pulled in a four-year premiere viewership high with 7.09 million viewers. The viewership for last night’s debut was the lowest since 2008. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Stanley Cup Finals Game 1 Hits 16-Year High, ‘American Baking Competition’ Rises

The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 last night in triple overtime in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, but it was NBC who really scored. Going from 8 PM-1:06 AM ET, the game drew a 4.8 overnight rating, which is up 100% from the 2.4 overnight rating of last year’s Game 1 between the LA Kings and New Jersey Devils. Wednesday’s result was also the best overnight rating for an Stanley Cup Final Game 1 since the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers in 1997, which drew a 5.2 overnight rating on Fox. Up 140% from the fast nationals 1.0/3 of last year’s Game 1, preliminary ratings have Wednesday’s game between two of the league’s Original Six garnering 2.4/7 among Adults 18-49. The game was watched by 6.42 million viewers overall based on time slots across the country. As is typical with live events like sports, those results will likely be adjusted in the final numbers later today. NBC topped the night among Adults 18-49 with encore heavy CBS No. 1 in total viewers.

Some other numbers from last night’s game in the Windy City: There were 117 shots on goal, and with 52.08 minutes of overtime last night’s barnburner was the fifth-longest Stanley Cup Finals game ever. The Bruins also played in the longest Stanley Cup Finals game ever, on May 15, 1990 against the Edmonton Oilers.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘MasterChef’ Wins Night For Fox, ‘American Baking Competition’ Even, ‘Dateline’ Ties Low

By | Thursday June 6, 2013 @ 9:04am PDT

As broadcasters ease into summer, Wednesday once again saw a whole lot of cooking on TV. On Gordon Ramsay’s two-hour MasterChef (2.2/7) on Fox, variety seemed to be the spice of the night. In the first hour, the 18 remaining contestants competed as teams cooking a well-balanced meal for 300 picky elementary school students and a cheesecake challenge that saw one hopeful sent home. Then for its second hour MasterChef took the 17 cooks back to the kitchen to work against host Ramsay himself from the ingredients of a mystery box. Of course Ramsay didn’t break a sweat as the cooks went into a frenzy and whipped together his meal in half the allocated time. In the end, it was all about cupcakes and one more cook was sent home. Last summer cycle, MasterChef was the only unscripted show to grow year over year. This season, while down in its debut, the ratings have remained pretty solid for Ramsay’s crew. While even with last week’s fast nationals, the third week of Season 4 of MasterChef saw the show dip 4% from the final numbers for its May 29 show. That 4% figure was also the same amount that TV usage was down among Adults 18-49 last night from 8 PM to 10 PM. The highest-rated and the second most watched show of the night after CBS’ CSI repeat, MasterChef won Wednesday for … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Oklahoma Relief Concert Tops Night In Viewership, ‘American Baking Competition’ Debuts Low, ‘Masterchef’ Wins Demo, ‘Dateline’ Up

Pulled together in just over a week, Wednesday night saw NBC broadcasting the Healing In The Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert (1.9/6) for victims of the tornado that hit Oklahoma. Headlined by Voice judge and Oklahoma native Blake Shelton, the one hour live show for the United Way at Oklahoma City’s 14,000-capacity Chesapeake Energy Arena saw performances not just from Shelton and fellow The Voice judge Usher but also Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic. Jimmy Fallon, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Alicia Keys appeared via video. Running from 9 PM to 10 PM, Healing In The Heartland was watched by 8.6 million viewers on NBC last night. That made it the most watched show of the night and the most watched show in the time slot since November 7, 2012. The special concert, which played where a Law & Order: SVU encore had been previously scheduled, also aired on Style, CMT, G4, Bravo, E! and Palladia either live or delayed. Before the concert, NBC aired a new Dateline (1.6/5). Up 14% over last week’s show, the news magazine hit a Wednesday season high last night. Fox was No. 1 among Adults 18-49 while NBC won the night in terms of total viewers. Read More »

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Jeff Foxworthy To Host CBS’ Summer Baking Competition Reality Series

By | Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 12:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: CBS has tapped comedian Jeff Foxworthy to host its upcoming summer baking reality series, which now has a title, The American Baking Competition. The network also has locked in judges for the reality competition series, based on the UK hit The Great British Bake Off, which premieres Wednesday, May 29.

Paul HollywoodMarcela ValladolidPaul Hollywood, the star UK baker and judge of the British series, will reprise his role on the US version, joined by chef Marcela Valladolid. The American Baking Competition features skilled amateurs competing in baking challenges with one ultimately being crowned the winner. Foxworthy hosts GSN’s The American Bible Challenge. He previously emceed game show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader and has the upcoming animated show Bounty Hunters set to debut this summer. The American Baking Competition is executive produced by Richard McKerrow and Jay Bienstock and produced by Love Prods.

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