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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: NBC Scores! Stanley Cup Finals Most Watched In 19 Years

UPDATE, 4:08 PM: The battle for the NHL‘s Stanley Cup is over, and the Chicago Blackhawks were the victors Monday night. Now the final numbers are in and NBC looks to be a winner too with this year’s Stanley Cup Final turning out to be the most watched since 1994, when data first became available. The six-game series between the Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins averaged a 3.3 household rating with 5.76 million viewers on NBC and NBC Sports Network. That’s up 83% in household ratings and 91% million in viewers from the LA Kings-New Jersey Devils series in 2012. Individually, Monday’s 8:15–11 PM ET Game 6 pulled a 3.3/10 rating, up 65% from last year’s 2.0. In terms of household ratings, last night’s game received a 4.7 and was watched by 8.16 million viewers. That’s a rise of 52% and 66%, respectively, from last year’s series-clinching Game 6, resulting in the second-most watched Game 6 since 1994. The Blackhawks’ Cup-clinching on June 9, 2010, against the Philadelphia Flyers was the most-watched Game 6 with 8.28 million viewers. Overall, this year’s NHL playoffs averaged 1.47 million viewers across 84 games on NBC, NBC Sports Network and CNBC. That result is the most-watched playoffs since ESPN, ESPN2 and Fox aired the Stanley Cup in 1997. Compared with the 1.24 million who watched last year’s playoffs on average, the 2013 Stanley Cup was up 18% in viewership.

The Top 10 markets for Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final were:
1. Boston (33.0)
2. Chicago (30.2)
3. Providence (22.5)
4. Buffalo (12.5)
5. Pittsburgh (7.8)
6. Minneapolis-St. Paul (7.3)
7. Milwaukee (7.0)
8. Hartford-New Haven (6.8)
9. Fort Myers (6.3)
10. St. Louis (5.8)
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bachelorette’ Premiere Hits Series Low, ‘Voice’ Falls To New Low, ‘Goodwin Games’ Flat

By | Tuesday May 28, 2013 @ 8:52am PDT

The first full week of the summer season has begun and for two of the Big Four that meant a full slate on Memorial Day. On ABC, The Bachelorette (1.9/5) was back with a two-hour Season 9 premiere. The beginning of former Bachelor contestant Desiree Hartsock’s search for love started off down 27% from Season 8′s 90-minute premiere on May 14, 2012. That show was a lead-out from Dancing With The Stars. Head-to-head with NBC’s The Voice on Monday, last night’s Bachelorette was the lowest season debut in the show’s history. Monday’s season debut was also down from the 3.0/9 of Season 8’s finale on July 22. The Bachelorette season premiere was followed by a 20/20 (1.3/4) special hosted by Barbara Walters. 

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On NBC, The Voice (3.1/9) had judge Blake Shelton performing his new single, a rendition of Adele’s Skyfall Bond theme from one of the contestants, and more from the remaining finalists in anticipation of tonight’s chopping of the last 8 to 6. Continuing six straight weeks of decline, Monday’s Voice was down 11% from last week’s show. That’s a new all-time series low for a performance episode. However, the show was the highest-rated and most-watched (10.88 million viewers) of the night. Also, by the nature of live events, expect an adjustment in the final ratings later today. Following The Voice as usual, Revolution (1.9/5) was even with its May 20 episode. NBC won the night in total viewers (9.410 million) and adults 18-49.  Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Up Strong, ‘Voice’ Hits Low, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ Finale Down, ‘Motive’ Debuts Soft

By | Tuesday May 21, 2013 @ 9:08am PDT

Monday saw a primetime mix of live shows, encores, finales, premieres and prayers for those in the path of the tornado in Oklahoma. On ABC, the last performance show of Dancing With The Stars (2.5/7) before tonight’s Season 16 results finale saw the final four couples strut their stuff once last time. DWTS certainly flexed some muscle as the show was up 25% from its series performance low tie of May 13. The most watched program of the night with 14.73 million viewers, the two-hour show was down 14% from its one-hour May 21, 2012 performance finale and dipped 7% from its last performance show of last season on November 26, 2012. Although the show was up from last week, it appeared last night like the total votes might be down. Online “technical difficulties” saw voting on ABC’s website temporarily suspended, forcing viewers to cast their ballots via text, Facebook and phone. The online voting was restored before the show was over and viewers were encouraged to hit the website to decided who gets the Mirrorball trophy. Afterward, new crime procedural Motive (1.4/4) did not benefit from its lead-in. The Canadian import was down sharply from the 2.2/6 of Castle’s season finale last week and down 30% from Scandal’s April 5, 2012 debut. ABC won the night in total viewers and in adults 18-49.

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Fox Sets Finale & Summer Premiere Dates

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 2:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has officially slotted new unscripted series Does Someone Have To Go, burn-off comedy The Goodwin Games, Season 10 of So You Think You Can Dance and the fourth season of Masterchef. Additionally, the network has set the season-finale dates for its current series.

Related: Fox’s ‘Goodwin Games’ Gets May Premiere

Does Someone Have To Go, in which employees of troubled companies are given the opportunity to shake things up, including firing co-workers, will get a preview May 15 behind Part 1 of American Idol‘s finale before moving into its Thursday 8 PM slot May 23. Season 10 of So You Think You Can Dance kicks off May 14, taking over Fox’s Tuesday primetime where the network has been airing a comedy block this season. Displaced comedies will relocate to Mondays beginning May 20, joined by The Goodwin Games, which will air its seven-episode order. Fox has slated repeats of New Girl, Raising Hope and The Mindy Project, giving the three shows very good odds at renewal. (Networks often don’t air repeats of cancelled series over the summer.) Masterchef returns May 22 with a two-hour premiere. The network is not saying what the cooking series will be paired with it afterward. As previously announced, Fox’s new alternative animated programming block will premiere July 27, airing in the Saturday 11 PM-12:30 AM slot. Here is a rundown of Fox’s season finale and summer premiere dates: Read More »

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Fox’s ‘Goodwin Games’ Gets May Premiere

By | Wednesday February 27, 2013 @ 3:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s midseason series The Goodwin Games has finally been assigned a premiere date. The comedy will have a summer run, launching on May 20 at 8:30 PM and running for seven consecutive weeks. While not officially cancelled, Goodwin Games is considered dead, and its cast members were allowed by Fox to take other jobs. T.J. Miller and Melissa Tang have booked pilots, while Scott Foley is recurring on ABC’s Scandal with an option to become a regular.

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Fox Reduces Order Of Midseason Comedy Series ‘The Goodwin Games’ To 7 Episodes

By | Friday November 2, 2012 @ 8:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has cut the 13-episode midseason order to new single-camera comedy The Goodwin Games to 7 episodes. The series will wrap production today when it finishes filming Episode 6 to fulfill its reduced pickup of six episodes plus the pilot. Fox already ordered supersized 24-episode seasons of Raising Hope, New Girl and freshman The Mindy Project as well as 19 episodes of new fall comedy Ben And Kate. The reduced order for Goodwin Games, which will likely alternate with Ben And Kate, will ensure 24-26 originals for each half-hour time period of Fox’s fledgeling Tuesday comedy block this season (unless the network opts for more trimming of current orders). Read More »

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Fox’s ‘New Girl’ & ‘Raising Hope’ Get Orders For Two Extra Episodes

By | Monday October 22, 2012 @ 11:25am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

New Girl Extra Episodes FoxOn the heels of freshman The Mindy Project getting a pickup for two more episodes, bringing its first season order to 24 episodes, Fox has done the same with its two returning live-action comedies: New Girl and Raising Hope. With struggling newcomer Ben And Kate‘s order at 19 episodes vs. 24 for the rest of Fox’s Tuesday comedies, it is clear Fox plans to sub Ben And Kate with The Goodwin Games in midseason.

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T.J. Miller To Play Lead On New Fox Comedy Series ‘Goodwin Games’ In Recasting

By | Thursday June 7, 2012 @ 4:40pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Actor-comedian T.J. Miller has been tapped as the third lead opposite Becki Newton and Scott Foley in The Goodwin Games, Fox’s single-camera comedy from the How I Met Your Mother trio of Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Chris Harris. The role has been recast. The 20th TV-produced project revolves around three siblings (Newton, Foley, Miller) who reconnect after the death of their father when he leaves them his fortune — but only if they agree to his terms. Miller will play the youngest Goodwin sibling Jimmy, a scruffy petty thief described as “all heart, zero impulse control” who is has just gotten out of jail – yet again. He replaces Jake Lacy who played the role in the pilot. 20th TV and Fox originally cast Miller as one of the two leads of the off-cycle comedy pilot Little Brother where he played a similar character, a boisterous, unpredictable ex-con who moves in with his level-headed brother and his family. I hear both the network and the studio loved Miller in the role and, when Little Brother didn’t go to series, looked for ways to keep him in the fold. Miller, whose feature credits include Cloverfield, Our Idiot Brother and Yogi Bear, hosts Mash Up, a new, half-hour stand-up series for Comedy Central. He is with WME and 3 Arts.

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FOX First Look Teasers: 2012-13 New Shows

By | Monday May 14, 2012 @ 3:35pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s Ben And Kate - Comedy
Produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Chernin Entertainment. From creator/writer/executive producer Dana Fox and executive producer/director Jake Kasdan and executive producers Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope:

Fox’s The Mindy Project – Comedy
Produced by Universal Television and 3 Arts Entertainment. From creator writer/producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling. Executive producers Howard Klein and B.J. Novak (pilot). Executive producer/director Charles McDougall (pilot):

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Jake Lacy Lands ‘Goodwin’ Lead, Caitlin Fitzgerald Cast In ‘Masters Of Sex’, David Eigenberg & F. Murray Abraham Join Pilots

By | Monday February 27, 2012 @ 6:29pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Jake Lacy, who got his break as one of the leads on the ABC comedy Better With You, has landed the third lead opposite Becki Newton and Scott Foley in The Goodwin Games, Fox’s single-camera comedy from the How I Met Your Mother trio of Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Chris Harris. The 20th TV-produced project revolves around three siblings (Newton, Foley, Lacy) who reconnect after the death of their father when he leaves them his fortune — but only if they agree to his terms. Lacey plays the youngest Goodwin sibling Jimmy, a scruffy petty thief who is has just gotten out of jail – yet again.  Peyton Reed is directing.

Caitlin Fitzgerald has joined Showtime’s drama pilot Masters Of Sex. The project, written by Michelle Ashford and directed by John Madden, is an adaptation of Thomas Maier’s book. It chronicles the lives, romance and pop culture trajectory of William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), whose research touched off the sexual revolution. ICM-repped Fitzgerald will play the third wheel in their relationship, Masters’ wife Libby Masters. She was recently seen in the feature Newlyweds and did an arc on Gossip Girl.

Sex And The City alum David Eigenberg has been cast in the NBC drama pilot Chicago Fire. On Wolf Films/Universal TV’s action-driven drama about the complex … Read More »

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