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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Million Second Quiz’ Finale Rises, ‘X-Factor’ Hits Low, CBS Encores Win Night

It was the battle of the American Idol alumni last night and Simon Cowell took Ryan Seacrest down. Beyond that, host Seacrest was probably just glad that a $2.6 million winner was declared on The Million Second Quiz (1.4/4) and the show’s time was up after 11 days. And compared to the week before and the night before, MSQ ended up. The live multi-night multi-platform ratings flop came to an end last night with a two-hour show that rose 27% from both its September 18 and its September 12 show last week. In preliminary numbers, Thursday’s result was the best the limp MSQ has done in since its second night on September 10. As an additional programing note, the Kansas City Chiefs match-up with the Philadelphia Eagles was shown on NBC’s KC affiliate and by an ABC station in the City of Brotherly Love so expect an adjustment in the final numbers later today. With those inflations likely going down, there’s going to be a lot of ground to cover. With The Big Bang Theory and Two and A Half Men encores double shots the top four rated shows of the night, CBS won Wednesday with a 1.6/5 among adults 18-49 and in 6.7220 million in total viewers.

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Deadline’s Best TV Stories Of The Week

Did you miss Deadline’s top TV stories of this week? Check them out here now:

Ben Affleck & Glenn Gordon Caron Crime Drama Gets Fox Pilot Order, Affleck To Helm
By Nellie Andreeva - EXCLUSIVE: One of the hottest filmmakers, Oscar winner Ben Affleck, and one of the best-regarded series creators, Glenn Gordon Caron, have teamed for The Middle Man, a crime drama series.

‘SOA’ Creator Kurt Sutter Reacts To PTC Outrage Over Season Debut
By Lisa De Moraes – Kurt Sutter responded this afternoon to those who have savaged his Sons of Anarchy season debut over its school shooting scene.

Related: FX’s ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Season 6 Premiere Hits Series High

‘Breaking Bad’ Saul Goodman Spinoff A Go At AMC, Will Serve As Prequel To Original
By Nellie Andreeva – Breaking Bad‘s Saul Goodman will live on at AMC. After lengthy negotiations, the cable network and Breaking Bad producer Sony Pictures TV have reached a licensing agreement…

Angry ‘Breaking Bad’ Fan Sues “Deceptive” Apple Over iTunes Season Pass
By Dominic Patten – In a clumsy cash grab, Apple has rubbed one Walter White fan the wrong way and it could come back to haunt the tech company to the tune of big bucks.

USA’s Jeff Wachtel Named President & Chief Content Officer, NBCU Cable Entertainment; Chris McCumber Becomes USA President
By Nellie Andreeva - EXCLUSIVEUSA Network veteran Jeff Wachtel is getting a bigger role in the recently merged NBCUniversal entertainment cable operations under chairman … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox Wins Night As ‘X Factor’ Dips, ‘Million Second Quiz’ Hits Low, ‘Rookie Blue’ Finale Up

By | Friday September 13, 2013 @ 9:07am PDT

After hitting a series low with its one-hour Season 3 premiere on Wednesday, the two-hour The X Factor (2.2/7) last night saw a 5% slip when compared hour-to-hour to the previous night’s debut. Thursday’s X Factor drew a 2.0/7 in the 8-9 PM hour, whereas the Wednesday show got a 2.1/7. Night 2 actually saw a small 3% rise in overall viewership to 6.4 million over Night 1 in the comparable hour. With a lot less competition Thursday, a direct night-to-night comparison has last night’s show up 5% from the September 11 debut among adults 18-49 and up 10% in total viewers. Year-to-year in the 8-9 PM comparison, X Factor was down a hard 35% last night from the 3.1/10 that the one-hour Night 2 of its second season drew on September 13, 2012. Last night’s 8-10 PM show continued with auditions — now in Denver and Long Island, with Simon Cowell himself even singing a bit — and a total viewership of 6.8 million. Fox won the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers. CBS was second with a 1.9/6 rating and 6.687 million watching.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘X Factor’ Hits Series Low With Season 3 Debut, ‘MasterChef’ Finale Dips, ‘Million Second Quiz’ Falls

It was a night of beginnings and endings on Fox on Wednesday. First off, The X Factor (2.1/7) was back for a third season at 8 PM. With an “everything’s good brother” and “that’s the easiest ‘Yes’ I’ve ever given in my life” from Simon Cowell, the show saw returning judge Demi Lovato, new additions Paulina Rubio and Kelly Rowland and a first round of auditions in LA. Hitting a series low and beaten by CBS’ Big Brother (2.2/7) in the time slot, X Factor’s first one-hour premiere also saw the show down 22% in fast nationals from the comparable hour from last year’s September 12, 2012 premiere. The previous low was a 2.3 on November 8, 2012. In comparing premiere to premiere, the 8-9 PM hour of last year’s two-hour debut drew a 2.7/9 in fast nationals, which went up to a 2.9/9 in the final numbers. (Overall, the 8-10 PM start of the second cycle got a 3.3/10 in fast nationals and went up to a 3.4/10 in the finals.) Also, unlike last year, when X Factor matched up against the third episode of Season 3 of The Voice in the 8 PM slot, Season 3 of the Fox show had the much weaker The Million Second Quiz as its competition on NBC. X Factor was down 17% in viewers to 6.2 million from a year ago. Still with a 2.2/7 rating, Fox was No. 1 for the night in adults 18-49 and in viewers with 6.177 million. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Hits Finale Low, ‘Million Second Quiz’ Down As NBC Wins Night

There was no NFL but there was a lot of live TV last night. And not just President Barack Obama’s 15-minute Syria speech that the networks cut to at 9 PM ET. Over on Fox, it was the Season 10 finale of So You Think You Can Dance (1.4/4) from 8-10:30 PM. Interrupted by Obama, the live show saw Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy joined by guest judges Paula Abdul, Rock Of Ages director Adam Shankman and tWitch Boss. It also saw Lythgoe announce on air that SYTYCD will be back for an 11th season and a male and female winner selected. In a season of ratings ups and downs, this year’s finale was down 13% from Season 9’s ender on September 19, 2012, a finale low for the veteran dance show. SYTYCD’s previous finale low was last year, when the show faced off against Week 2 of NBC’s The Voice. Despite the new low, last night’s show was even with its September 3 airing and saw a small 2% rise in viewership to 4.3 million. Because of Obama’s speech, ratings results after 9 PM ET will likely see even greater adjustments than usual in the final numbers later today.

Meanwhile, the second night of NBC’s The Million Second Quiz (1.5/5) saw the 8 PM ET live game show raise the stakes monetarily, some changes on Winner’s Row and that faltering app of theirs function significantly better than on Night 1. Still, the Ryan Seacrest-hosted show took a downward turn, falling 12% from its September 9 debut. 

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Ryan Seacrest Crosses His Fingers As ‘Million Second Quiz’ Returns After Epic App Crash

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 5:36pm PDT

“Last night so many of you were playing along on your MSQ apps that you actually crashed the system,” Ryan Seacrest raved at the top of tonight’s Million Second Quiz the new game show that was supposed to showcase NBC’s social TV cutting-edge-ness but instead embarrassed the network in its premiere one night earlier. “The good news is you made us the No. 1 free app on iTunes,” the host added. Wild applause from the live audience. “But wait, there’s more good news,” said Seacrest, who is maybe the only live-TV host who could pull off that gag with a straight face after last night’s debacle. “They tell me it’s actually fixed –  I hope so,” he added, hedging his bets. An NBC exec told Deadline tonight they’d decided to have Seacrest address the snafu at the top of the second show because, “We want to be as transparent with the audience, especially when breaking new ground on network TV with second-screen applications.”

“Breaking new ground” is what NBC did when its app crashed about halfway through the East Coast premiere Monday night. The network had hoped to get the app back up in time for the premiere’s West Coast feed, but that never happened. The app — with which viewers were supposed to not only play along with the live show but continue to play round-the-clock in hope of qualifying to become a contestant on the broadcast competition — did not return until late this morning. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: ESPN Wins Night As ‘Monday Night Football’ Hits New Highs

UPDATE, 3:30 PM: The final numbers are in, and it was a touchdown for ESPN last night. The sports network’s Monday Night Football doubleheader not only took Monday primetime among all broadcast and cable networks in key demos and viewers but also set some opening-game records. The Philadelphia Eagles’ 33-27 victory over the Washington Redskins pulled in a 10.1 rating last night. That 6:58-10:45 PM ET game was watched by 16.52 million viewers, another record for MNF since its 2006 debut on ESPN. The Eagles-Redskins game hit its peak from 10-10:15 PM with a 12.7 rating and 20.92 million viewers. The previous ESPN MNF season-opener record holder was the 2010 New York Jets-Baltimore Ravens game, which got a 9.4 rating and had 14.97 million viewers.

Related: Arsenio Hall Gets Good Sampling In Return To Late-Night TV
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It’s Official: Ryan Seacrest Will Host NBC’s ‘Million Second Quiz’

By | Monday August 5, 2013 @ 7:19am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ryan SeacrestThe American Idol host has closed his deal to host and executive produce NBC’s upcoming live interactive game show The Million Second Quiz, which will feature contestants playing head-to-head trivia bouts inside a massive outdoor hourglass-shaped structure in midtown Manhattan and competing non-stop for a million seconds (11 days, 13 hours, 46 minutes and 40 seconds).

Related: Ryan Seacrest To Host NBC’s ‘Million Second Quiz’

The Million Second Quiz premieres Monday, September 9 and continues through Saturday, September 14. It will then resume on Monday, September 16 and will air each night until the finale on Thursday, September 19. The show is produced by All3 Media America, Studio Lambert and Universal Television. Stephen Lambert, Eli Holzman, David A. Hurwitz and Seacrest serve as executive producers. Million Second Quiz will not interfere with Seacrest duties on Idol, where he is in the final year of his current contract, which is the richest for a show’s host. The NBC series falls within the framework of a wide-ranging deal he has with NBCUniversal that includes on-air broadcasting and producing duties across the NBC and E! networks. NBC had been looking for opportunities to put Seacrest in primetime.

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NBC’s ‘Million Second Quiz’ Set For September Debut

By | Tuesday June 4, 2013 @ 12:00pm PDT

The Million Second QuizThe Million Second Quiz will hit the small screen on September 9 at 8 PM, NBC announced today. The contest, where time equals money, will last 1,000,000 seconds or nearly 12 days. With more than $1 million cash as the grand prize, the live competition show will air each night at in the same time slot until September 14 and then pick up again on September 16 until its two-hour September 19 finale. The Million Second Quiz will originate from a gigantic hourglass-shaped structure built in the heart of Manhattan. Its walls will be made out of glass so the contestants and the game play is visible from the street. The four contestants that stay in the game the longest will also live in the structure, literally playing the game 24 hours a day. NBC also says that viewers at home will be able to participate as well by playing along and sync with the primetime show. Successful home players will have a chance to win a trip to NYC to appear on the show. NBC affiliates can also get in on the action by featuring local players from their area. The Million Second Quiz is produced by All3 Media America, Studio Lambert and Universal Television. Stephen Lambert, Eli Holzman and David Hurwitz serve as executive producers.

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NBC Orders 12-Day, 24/7 Live Competition Series For Fall, Cash Prize Up To $10 Million

By | Wednesday April 24, 2013 @ 3:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC this fall will be mounting one of the most ambitious unscripted efforts ever attempted. The network has ordered The Million Second Quiz, a new live competition that combines trivia knowledge and endurance. The contest, where time equals money, will last 1,000,000 seconds or 12 days (11.57 days to be precise.) It comes from All3Media America (formerly Studio Lambert USA), the company behind CBS’ Undercover Boss, and Universal TV. Created by Stephen Lambert, The Million Second Quiz will air live in primetime and on NBCUniversal’s digital platforms the rest of the time in a type of coverage reserved for major sporting events like the Olympics. The Million Second Quiz will originate from a gigantic hourglass-shaped structure built in the heart of Manhattan. Its walls will be made out of glass so the contestants and the game play is visible from the street, somewhat in the vein of David Blaine’s stunts.

The four players who have remained in the game the longest at any time serve as reigning champions and get to live in the hourglass. To avoid being unseated in the primetime show where one of the reigning champions gets challenged, the four must continue to play 24 hours a day, taking strategic breaks to rest and sleep. Read More »

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