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Reality Check: Nielsen Twitter TV Season Rankings Show Reality’s Strength

By | Friday June 13, 2014 @ 12:05pm PDT

Twitter-Logo__130513233830-150x150When Nielsen recently wrapped the TV season, it released a set of graphics breaking out the biggest of the big in its new Twitter TV Ratings, in which reality fared well. Among the biggest on the social-media site: the series finale of AMC’s Breaking Bad,  AMC’s zombie drama  The Walking Dead, the NFL and college football championships, the Oscars etc. Among the season’s Twitter records, however, is winner of Most Tweets and Tweets-Per-Minute: NBC’s The Voice. Viewers sent 1.92 million tweets on May 13, including a record 310,000 at 8:59 PM EST. 1.5 million tweets mentioned #VoiceSave. Here’s the season overview, which includes strong showings overall from ABC’s The Bachelor and Dancing With The Stars:

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What TV Series Do Rich And Smart People Watch? You Might Be Surprised

the-bachelor-season-18-juan-pabloIn the TV season just concluded, the highest indexing primetime broadcast series (non-sports) among demo viewers, in homes earning $150K+ per year, was ABC’s The Bachelor. This might come as a surprise to critics who’ve described Bachelor as that hook-up-in-a-hot-tub show, those who would have put money on the most upscale broadcast reality TV series to be something more along the lines of, say, ABC’s pitch-a-venture-capitalist series Shark Tank, or CBS’ tony, often-Emmy-winning world-traveling The Amazing Race, or NBC’s extremely popular singing competiton series The Voice. And, if you stop 10 people on the street, odds are eight of them would swear the season’s most upscale broadcast TV series in young-demo, high income homes would something along the lines of CBS’s lawyerly The Good Wife, or maybe ABC’s Washington-set soap Scandal. They would be wrong. Read More »

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ABC Renews ‘Shark Tank’, ‘The Bachelor’ & ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’

By | Friday May 9, 2014 @ 11:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

MARK CUBAN, BARBARA CORCORAN, KEVIN O’LEARY, LORI GREINER, ROBERT HERJAVECMore unscripted renewals at ABC. Getting a sixth-season pickup is MVP Shark Tank, which has been driving ABC’s demo ratings dominance on Friday and which has stepped in to fill any hole the network might have open with its well-performing repeats. Sony TV is producing. The Bachelor, from Warner Horizon, has been picked up for a 19th cycle after a controversial but well-rated season with bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis. And the oldest of them all, America’s Funniest Home Videos, has been renewed for a 25th (!), which longtime host Tom Bergeron said would be his last.

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ABC Goes Back To ‘Bachelor’ Well For Tropical ‘Bachelor In Paradise’

By | Friday March 21, 2014 @ 9:33pm PDT

ChrisHarrisonThe network that brought you The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad is taking its franchise on a likely humid vacation this summer. ABC has ordered Bachelor In Paradise, in which alums of the other shows shack up and chase love in some tropical location. The spinoff is from franchise creator Mike Fleiss and Warner Horizon TV. Chris Harrison is your host, the guy who has hosted every other Bachelor-related program. ABC_logo_2007The network has confirmed the order and released the official logline: “The romantic dating series will feature new twists, shocking surprises, unexpected guests and some of the most unlikely relationships in Bachelor history, plus all the usual romance, drama and tears we’ve come to expect from the Bachelor franchise. No airdate has been set, but the next edition of The Bachelorette kicks off May 19. It all comes together in the romantic television event of the summer.” Entertainment Weekly first reported the news.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Castle’ & ‘Blacklist’ Log Lows, ‘Almost Human’ Slips In Finale

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 9:27am PST
Nellie Andreeva

AlmostHuman1You can’t blame ABC for not trying hard with its new series. After midseason comedy Mixology flopped in its debut behind the network’s biggest comedy series, Modern Family, last Wednesday, ABC gave it extra sampling behind its top reality series currently on the air, The Bachelor. Hurt in the process was veteran drama Castle. The 90-minute The Bachelor: Women Tell All special (2.2) was down 12% from last week’s regular Bachelor episode and down 19% from last season’s two-hour Women Tell All special. With a repeat of the Mixology premiere dropping to a 1.1 at 9:30 PM, ABC’s Castle (1.6) slipped a tenth from last week when it aired directly after The Bachelor to a new series low.
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UPDATE: Sochi Olympics’ First Monday Ratings Down From Vancouver 2010, Even With Torino

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 1:50pm PST

SochiOlympicsNBC__131021180345__140123184857__140127203358UPDATE 1:50 PM: The results are in for NBC‘s primetime coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics last night. The tape-delayed 8-11:02 PM broadcast of the first Monday of the Sochi Games averaged a 12.8/20 national household rating and 22.4 million viewers. That’s down 10% from the 14.2/22 ratings for the almost-live coverage from Vancouver on the comparable day in 2010 (on the Presidents Day holiday) and an 11% drop from the 25.2 million viewers.

Based on the first few nights of the Games, a trend seems to be emerging: In the context of comparing the past two Winter Olympics, the gold goes to Vancouver. However, Monday night’s Sochi ratings and viewership were even with the 12.8/20 results NBC saw for the first Monday of Torino and up 6% in viewership with 21.1 million who watched on the same night eight years ago. Still, the 6.4 rating in adults 18-49 and viewership totals last night gave NBC the strongest primetime performance ever by any network against its rivals on a Monday. The network beat the combined totals of CBS, ABC and Fox by 35% in 18-49 and by 27% in viewers.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Following’ Slips To Low Post-Super Bowl, ‘Bachelor’ Rises

By | Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 9:07am PST
Nellie Andreeva

the-following-season-2The Super Bowl on Fox may have posted the biggest TV audience ever with 111.5 million, but no halo effect on Fox so far. A day after The Following scored a plum promo spots during the big game, the serial killer drama slipped to a new low. Following logged a 1.9 in adults 18-49 last night, down a tenth from last week’s series low of 2.0. The serialized drama had a stronger lead-in than last week, a new Almost Human (1.8), which too was down (-10%) from its last original on January 13. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Inches Up In Finale To Tie Lower ‘Blacklist’; ‘Bachelor’ Steady

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 9:34am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Sleepy HollowFox’s Sleepy Hollow had a solid finish to its breakout first season. The supernatural drama drew a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49 for its two-hour season finale, up a tenth from last week and a two-month high. It delivered a nightly win for Fox in the demo and tied fellow freshman standout, NBC’s The Blacklist, for the first time. (The 9 PM episode of Sleepy Hollow, which logged a 2.4, actually edged The Blacklist.) In its second airing without a Voice lead-in, The Blacklist (2.3) slipped another 8% to a new series low. It still won the 10 PM hour. NBC’s alternative comedy series Hollywood Game Night did OK with back-to-back episodes, drawing a 1.3 at 8 PM — even with the July series premiere and up 30% from the special airing on Christmas eve — and a 1.5 at 9 PM, a series high.

The weekend controversy over The Bachelor star’s Juan Pablo Galavis’ comments on gays continue to have little impact on the show’s ratings. After The Bachelor special on Sunday matched its rating the previous week, last night’s regular episode of The Bachelor, the first since the controversy, drew a 2.3 rating in 18-49, even with its final last week and up a tenth from the fast national. Castle (2.0) was up a tenth.
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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: ‘The Following’ Up In Return Following Big NFC Championship

By | Monday January 20, 2014 @ 12:50pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

thefollowing_season2UPDATE, 12:50 PM: The numbers for the NFC Championship Game are in, and the competitive matchup that came down to the game’s final drive drew 55.9 million viewers and a 28.5 household rating. That marks Fox’s most-watched non-overtime NFC Championship Game since 1995 and the highest-rated since 1997.

PREVIOUS: The NFL‘s penultimate game of the season — the NFC Championship Game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers — was the only game in town last night, delivering blockbuster ratings from 6:41-9:54 PM. It also powered Fox drama The Following to series highs. The dark thriller opened its second season to a 4.4 rating in adults 18-49 last night, airing at 10:18 PM following the postgame show. That was up 38% vs. Following‘s series premiere last January. It also outperformed significantly the Hawaii Five-0 episode (3.4), which aired on the same night last year following CBS’ coverage of the AFC Championship Game. Read More »

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UPDATE: ABC & ‘Bachelor’ Producers Condemn ‘Bachelor’ Star Juan Pablo Galavis’ Gay People Are “Pervert” Comments As “Careless”, He Apologizes

By | Saturday January 18, 2014 @ 4:54pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

galavinbigger2ND UPDATE: The damage control tour by The Bachelor star Juan Pablo Galavis continues with another apology, this time to the gay community through GLAAD. He also will be meeting with LGBT Latinos next week:

I have heard from many gay Latinos today who are hurt because of what I said and I apologize. I know gay parents and I support them and their families. They are good parents and loving families. I am a father and I know the feel of being a father, why wouldn’t I want my gay friends to also be happy parents? I also want gay and lesbian youth to know that it is fine to be who you are. Gay or straight, Black or White, Latin or American, what matters here is to respect who we are.

UPDATE, 1 PM: ABC, Warner Horizon and The Bachelor executive producers just issued a statement slamming Bachelor star Juan Pablo Galavis‘ statements that gay people are “pervert” and shouldn’t be allowed to be on The Bachelor. “Juan Pablo’s comments were careless, thoughtless and insensitive, and in no way reflect the views of the network, the show’s producers or studio,” the statement read. It mirrors A&E Network’s reaction to Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s controversial comments about gays — abclogobut the network and producers stopped short of reprimanding Galavis, a move that created a backlash for A&E, which suspended and then un-suspended Robertson. In the case of The Bachelor, all episodes of Galavis’ season have already been shot with the exception of the Women Tell All and After The Final Rose specials. It is unclear if ABC will proceed with them as planned. Galavis also issued a statement on Facebook, apologizing for his comments and insisting that they were taken out of context. He blamed the use of word “pervert” in reference to gay people on English being his second language and professed his “respect for Gay people and their families.” You can read his full statement under the post.

PREVIOUS 10:20 AM: It’s been what, a month, since the star of a hit reality show made controversial comments about gay people? Cue Juan Pablo Galavis, the popular star of the current cycle of ABC‘s The Bachelor. In an interview with TVPage at ABC’s TCA party last night, the single dad and a former Venezuelan soccer player was asked whether it would be a good idea to have a gay Bachelor. He was firmly against it. “I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV,” he said. “I don’t know if I’m mistaken or not, I have a lot of friends like that, but (gays) are more pervert [sic] in a sense, and to me the show will be too strong, too hard to watch on TV.” It remains to be seen what Galavis’ gay friends as well as ABC and The Bachelor producer Warner Horizon will say about those comments. While not as incendiary as last month’s statements by Phil Robertson, star of A&E’s juggernaut Duck Dynasty, Galavis’ stance on the sensitive topic is sure to raise eyebrows and could be damaging to the show. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Bachelor’ Premiere Up, ‘Hostages’ Ties Low In Finale

By | Tuesday January 7, 2014 @ 9:40am PST
Nellie Andreeva

the-bachelor-season-18-juan-pabloABC’s The Bachelor mounted a ratings rebound with its first Latino bachelor. The series’ 18th-season premiere last night drew a 2.7 in adults 18-49 and 8.5 million viewers — up 17% in the demo and 23% in total viewers. That is a three-year high for the show. The Bachelor‘s ratings resurgence began last season: After dipping to a premiere low, Cycle 17 ended on a high note, with the finale rising 14% year-to-year. The Bachelor posted season-high 18-49 rating for ABC in the Monday 8-10 PM time period, eclipsing every in-season episode of ABC’s other veteran competition reality series, Dancing With The Stars, which debuted a week early. At 10 PM, ABC’s Castle (1.8, 8.8 million) returned from a long hiatus down 14% in the demo from its last original on November 25. ABC still easily won the night against mostly repeat competition. ESPN will likely dominate Monday overall with the down-to-the wire BCS Championship Game. Read More »

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ABC Vows: ‘Bachelor’ Franchise’s First Ever Live Wedding Set For January 26

By | Monday October 14, 2013 @ 7:36am PDT

Only rarely does one of ABC’s Bachelor franchises result in a bona fide couple-hitching, and yet, the pick-a-mate reality competition continues to find a substantial audience on the network. ABC officially announced this morning that on Sunday, January 26, it will reward those viewers who keep watching in the face of all fact, with the franchise’s very first live wedding. Sean Lowe and Catherine Guidici are only the fourth couple in the history of the franchise — now more than a decade old — to actually tie the knot. They join Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter, Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney, and Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenberg.

Naturally the happy couple announced the news this morning, on ABC’s No. 1-rated morning infotainment program, Good Morning America. “We have set a wedding date,” Sean revealed, with his fiancee by his side. Sadly, ABC could not accommodate the happy couple with a February sweep wedding date — the sweep starts on January 30. Maybe that’s because Bachelor franchise weddings have taken a rose-petaled nosedive in the ratings over the years.

Back in ’03, an average of 17.1 million watched in fascination/horror as Trista married Ryan, which was actually a three-parter that opened with 12.1 million tuned in on Night 1. The  vow exchanging of Jason and Molly, about seven years later, failed to grip … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Bachelor’ Ends Up, ‘Biggest Loser’ & ‘Rules Of Engagement’ Hit New Lows, ‘Following’ Dips

By | Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 8:53am PDT

Sean Lowe has chosen his bride-to-be and America seems to approve. Watched by 9.99 million viewers as Lowe picked Catherine Giudici, the two-hour Season 17 finale of ABC’s The Bachelor (3.3/9) last night was up 14% from last year’s season ender. (It is worth noting that The Bachelor Season 16 finale went head to head with NBC’s The Voice last March.) Last night’s finale was up 18% from The Bachelor’s two-hour March 4 show. The Bachelor: After The Final Rose (3.8/10) was also up double digits. With 11.01 million total viewers, the post-series special rose 13% from last year. After debuting on January 7 with its lowest-rated season premiere to date, the reality series ended up having a solid season this year, up in viewership and all key demographics. The Bachelor last night actually went from 8-10:07 PM, with After The Final Rose running from 10:07-11 PM, so expect greater than usual adjustment in the final numbers later today. Hitting its highest-rated Monday since September 19, 2011, ABC won the night in total viewers and the adults 18-49 demographic. Read More »

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ABC’s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Adds ‘The Bachelor’ Star To Cast

By | Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 7:08am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC brass are trying hard to stem Dancing With The Stars‘ ratings decline. Following a solid ratings run for the just concluded cycle of The Bachelor, especially in the younger demos, the network announced this morning that its star, Sean Lowe, will be joining Dancing‘s upcoming season, which starts next Monday. Before last night’s finale, The Bachelor was up year-to-year in total viewers (+3%), adults 18-49 (+7%), adults 18-34 (+22%) and women 18-34 (+19%), though the reality series faced The Voice for the second half of its run last season. Meanwhile, Dancing has been hitting all-time lows with double-digit declines. Lowe joins celebrity contestants Wynonna Judd, Kellie Pickler, Aly Raisman, Dorothy Hamill, Victor Ortiz, D.L. Hughley, Andy Dick, NFL star Jacoby Jones, Lisa Vanderpump, Ingo Rademacher and Zendaya Coleman.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox’s ‘The Following’ Keeps Steady, Tops Slow Monday

By | Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 9:32am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Two Monday series found out their fate since their last airings, with Fox renewing The Following yesterday and the CW cancelling 90210 on Friday. Neither decision had an impact on the shows’ ratings last night as both The Following and 90210 matched their 18-49 ratings from last week. With CBS in mostly repeats, The Following (2.8/7, 8.7 million viewers) was the top program of the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers. Paired with veteran Bones (2.2/6), which was off a tenth, Fox won the night in 18-49.

ABC‘s The Bachelor had another solid showing this season, with the two-hour Women Tell All special posting a 2.7/7, up 8% from last year’s Women Tell All episode. A repeat Castle (1.4/4) won the 10 PM hour over an original Deception (1.1/3) and a Hawaii Five-0 rerun (1.3/4). NBC’s Deception was down 8% from last week to match its all-time low. The Biggest Loser (2.1/6) was even with its fast national last week, down a tenth from the final. The only original on CBS last night was Rules Of Engagement (2.2/6), which was down 19% from last week when it had an original How I Met Your Mother lead-in to hit a season low. On the CW, The Carrie Diaries (0.5/1) was up a tenth from last week, while 90210 (0.3/1) was flat.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ’2 Broke Girls’, ‘Mike & Molly’ & ‘Rules Of Engagement’ Hit Lows, ‘Bones’ & ’90210′ Up

By | Tuesday February 26, 2013 @ 9:23am PST

The Oscars are done, awards season is over and it is back to normal for the television schedule. Monday’s haven’t been much affected but there some shifts last night – at least ratingswise. How I Met Your Mother (3.4/10) started the night for CBS. The top show among the 18-49 demo last night for the first time this season, the comedy was flat with last week’s show. Following MotherRules of Engagement (2.6/7) was down 10% from its February 19 show while 2 Broke Girls slipped 9%. That was a season low for the former and a matching series low for the latter. Mike & Molly (2.7/7) took a southward turn as well. Falling 16% from last week, the comedy also hit a season low. CBS ended the night with a Hawaii Five-O (1.4/4) encore.

For ABC and NBC on a Monday, it was head-to-head reality. It was down to the final two contestants on last night’s two-hour The Bachelor (2.9/8).  Heading towards its 17th season finale on March 11, the ABC reality series dipped a slight 3% from last week’s show. Also on from 8 PM to 10 PM, NBC’s two-hour The Biggest Loser (2.1/6) on Monday saw the six remaining contestants thrown into a “Face Your Fears” contest. One of the two ratings jewels (along with The Office) in NBC’s current tarnished crown, last night’s Biggest Loser stayed up from its Season 14 low of two weeks ago to remain even with its February 19 show. For the second Monday in a row, ABC won the night in both total viewers (9.643 million) and among Adults 18-49.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Bachelor’ Hits Season High, ‘The Following’ & ‘Biggest Loser’ Up, ‘The Carrie Diaries’ Down

By | Tuesday February 19, 2013 @ 9:02am PST

Yesterday was Presidents Day but pretty much business as usual on TV. Monday night’s two-hour The Bachelor (3.0/8) saw hometown visits to Houston, Seattle, Fort Leonard Wood and LA with one bachelorette sent home without a rose. It also saw the dating reality show up 11% from last week, topping the February 11 airing’s season high. Castle (2.2/6) followed and rose 10% from last week, beating CBS’ Hawaii Five-O in the 10 PM time slot. That ties a season high for the crime drama, matching its October 29 and October 8 numbers. Fox’s 9 PM freshman drama The Following (2.8/7) was up 11% from last week’s season low. The Kevin Bacon-starring show also was up 6% in total viewers, to 8.3 million from 7.8 million. The Following’s lead-in, Bones (2.1/6), dipped a bit from last week, down 5% from February 11. NBC’s The Biggest Loser (2.1/5) put on a few ratings pounds to rise 5% from last week’s season low. At 10 PM, Deception (1.2/3) was flat with last week’s show.

With 9.376 million watching, ABC won the night in total viewers in a close race over CBS’ 9.234 million. The two networks tied in adults 18-49.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Following’ & ‘Biggest Loser’ Hit Lows, ‘Bachelor’ Hits Season High, ‘Deception’ & ‘Castle’ Rise

By | Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 9:14am PST

On a night where broadcast levels were down, it was partially a tale of two reality shows on TV on Monday. ABC kicked off primetime with a two-hour The Bachelor (2.7/7). After hitting a near season-low last week, the series rose 13% from its February 4 show to a season high. The same could not be said of NBC’s The Biggest Loser (2.0/5). Also two hours last night, the weight-loss show dipped 5% for a season low. Biggest Loser wasn’t the only show to hit a new low: Fox freshman The Following (2.4/6) was down 17% from last week to hit a series low. The Following’s lead-in, Bones was down too, slipping 8% from its February 4 episode. With 9.588 million watching, CBS won the night in viewers and the adults 18-49 demo. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bones’ Returns Up; CBS Comedies Hit Season Highs

By | Tuesday January 15, 2013 @ 9:13am PST

Fox’s Bones returned from its winter break with back-to-back episodes last night. In both its 8 PM (2.1/6) and 9 PM (2.1/5) airings, the forensically inclined drama, which was recently renewed for a ninth season, was up 11% from its last original  December 3. With 8.1 million watching its 8 PM broadcast, Bones also pulled in its biggest audience of the season so far for Fox.

On CBS, a slew of comedies returned from their winter breaks to give the network its best Monday of the season. How I Met Your Mother (3.8/10) started the night up 12% from its last original  December 17, hitting season highs in viewership (10.42 million) and in the adults 18-49 demo. A repeat of The Big Bang Theory (3.6/9) followed. With 11.43 million viewers, the encore was the night’s most-watched sho. 2 Broke Girls (4.1/10) was up 17% from its last original last month, matching its season-to-date demo high and also hitting a viewership season high (12.20 million., With 11.52 million viewers, Mike & Molly (3.5/9) hit a season viewership high as well, rising 6% from its last original December 17. Closing out the night for CBS, Hawaii Five-0 (2.4/6) was even with its last original December 17. With 10.735 million watching, CBS won the night in viewers and the demo.

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