‘Justified’ Penultimate Season Finale Posts 2.37 Million Viewers For FX

By | Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 2:16pm PDT

justified-fx-premiere_20110325043645__130202011907-275x143The fifth, and penultimate, season finale of FX‘s drama Justified copped a crowd 2.37 million strong, according to Nielsen. That’s a 5% uptick compared with the show’s Season 4 finale, back when viewers did not know it was coming to an end at Season 6. Ditto the demo numbers — a 0.8 rating compared vs 0.7 a year ago. But the season wrapper was no match for the season starter in January; that clocked 2.84 million viewers and a 1.1 demo rating.

Related: TCA: ‘Justified’ EP On Final Seasons, Life Without Elmore Leonard

Justified, like other FX original drama series, jumps noticeably when delayed viewing is added to the mix. Last April, when the dust settled, more than 3.82 million viewers had watched that Season 4 finale, according to Nielsen’s Live+7 numbers ( a 70% jump over the 2.25 million initially reported).  That Season 4 finale nonetheless wound up short of the 3.95 million who watched the Season 3 ender. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NCAA Final Slips, Still Tops, ‘Dream Builders’ Soft Behind ‘Voice’

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It was a Cinderella story in last night’s NCAA basketball tournament championship, NCAA Championship Ratings UConn Kentuckywith Connecticut and Kentucky making it to the title game in a matchup of two of the lower-seeded teams in history to make it … Read More »

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‘River Monsters’ Scares Up Biggest Season Debut In Animal Planet History

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 2:12pm PDT

River MonstersAnimal Planet‘s best-performing series returned Sunday with the network’s most-watched season debut ever — 1.7 million viewers. That includes the network’s best debut stats among 25- to 54-year-olds (915,000). Following the two-hour River Monsters season premiere, at 11 PM, … Read More »

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AMC’s Revolutionary War Spy Drama ‘Turn’ Unfurls With 2.1 Million Viewers Watching

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 12:18pm PDT

On a very competitive night that included HBO’s Game of Thrones season opener, CBS’s Academy of Country Music AMC's TurnAwards and, yes, WrestleMania 30 on pay-per-view, AMC‘s new crunchy-gravel drama Turn logged a hefty 2.1 million viewers at 9 PM last night. With the repeat viewing at 10:30 PM, that crowd grew to a cumed 3 million viewers.  Among the premiere telecast’s 2.1 mil were 669,000 demo viewers; with the 10:30 PM repeat factored in, that stat grows to  1.1 million. Even better, the quarterly stats throughout the 90-minute premiere remained consistent, which means viewers did not look at a few minutes of the period piece and respond “Yikes!” Read More »

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 4 Premiere Hits New High, ‘Silicon Valley’ Debuts Strong, ‘Veep’ Returns Down

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 12:17pm PDT

game of thrones season 4 debut 2With swords in hand and palace intrigue in the shadows, HBO’s Game Of Thrones was back for its fourth season last night with a record-breaking 6.6 million viewers. That’s up 52% over the 4.4 million who tuned in for the Season 3 debut on March 31, 2013 – no wonder GoT crashed HBO Go last night. Sunday’s viewership result is not only the most watched GoT episode ever but is the second-best result HBO has seen since the 11.9 million who watched the series finale of The Sopranos back in 2007. The Season 4 opener also soared 23% up from the 5.4 million viewers the Season 3 finale drew on June 9. Until last night, the most-watched GoT episode ever was the May 5, 2013, airing that pulled in an audience of 5.5 million. With two more plays last night, GoT had a gross audience of 8.2 million on Sunday.

Related: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Gets “Welcome Back” From ‘House Of Cards’

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Showtime’s ‘Shameless’ & ‘House of Lies’ Log Record Finales

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 10:44am PDT

shameless-season-4In the face of stiff competition, Showtime‘s Shameless and House Of Lies wrapped their fourth and third seasons, respectively, with best-yet wrap-up stats. Shameless’s surprise finale — in which, during closing credits (SPOILER ALERT) Jack pulls up to the Gallagher household, looking for all the world like a resurrected Jimmy/Steve — delivered its biggest telecast of the season and highest-rated finale ever with 1.93 million viewers at 9 PM and 2.83 million viewers for the night, outperforming the Season 3 finale by 18% (2.39 million) and its Season 4 premiere by 23% (2.3 million). House Of Lies, meanwhile, ended its third season with 731,000 viewers at 10 PM and 1.4 million viewers for the night — the show’s  best finale night ever,  outperforming its Season 2 finale and Season 34 premiere by 16%; both had delivered 1.2 million viewers. It too was fraught with drama including (SPOILER ALERT) busy Marty Kaan about to be indicted and having admitted love to Jeannie, who comes off looking pretty bad. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Academy Of Country Music Awards Falls, ‘Resurrection’ & ‘American Dream Builders’ Hit Lows

blake shelton shakira academy of country music awards 2014On a night that saw a lot of action on cable with premieres (Welcome back Game Of Thrones and Veep) and season finales (Shameless and House Of Lies), CBS and the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards (3.3/9) took a hit from last year’s more than a decade-long high. With performances from The Voice’s Blake Shelton and Shakira, plus Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, an appearance by Garth Brooks and big wins for George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and Kacey Musgraves, the 8 PM – 11 PM awards show fell 23% from its April 7, 2013 show. Having lost out on the promotion platform of the NCAA Tournament the night before (the basketball was on Turner not CBS), the ACM also saw a dip of 8% in terms of total viewership from 2013’s 15.38 million to 14.14 million last night. CBS started the night with a new 60 Minutes (1.3/4) that was down 54% from last week, which saw overruns from the college basketball tournament. Still, even with those big stumbles, overall the network won the night in terms of the key demo (2.8/8) and total viewers 13.10 million. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Unforgettable’ Return, ‘Hannibal’ & ‘Neighbors’ Down, ‘Raising Hope’ Finale Up, ABC Wins Night In Demo

By | Saturday April 5, 2014 @ 9:59am PDT

UNFORGETTABLE APRIL 4 CBSThe end of the workweek was a night of new beginnings and a final farewell on primetime last night. The beginning was the return of Unforgettable (1.0/4) for the last six episodes of its second season on CBS. The Sony TV-produced procedural starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh is in some ways, the show that will never die – having cancelled once and then brought back to life again in summer 2012 with a new pick up. Last night, however, Unforgettable took a hit in its latest return. Already renewed for a third season set to start in June, the show fell 23% last night from its Sunday July 28 Season 2 debut of last year. While even with its last show on September 8 last year, last night’s Unforgettable actually saw a small 4% total viewership rise from its Season 2 debut to an audience of 7.50 million. Back with their first originals since March 14, Hawaii Five-0 (1.3/5) and Blue Bloods (1.5/5) were down and up 7% respectively, with the latter the most watched show of the night with 11.40 million viewers. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Wonderland’ Finale Down, ‘The Millers’ Surges, ‘Surviving Jack’ Slips & ‘Community’ Hits Series Low

132937_GROUP_FINALr2David Letterman’s announcement yesterday of his retirement was the big news in TV and certainly the end of an era for late night. However, in primetime, there was another end. Officially cancelled last week by ABC, limited run Once Upon A Time In Wonderland (0.9/3) wrapped its first and only season last night. Having debuted on October 10 last year with 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 and soon dipping below a 1.0, the fantasy drama spinoff of Once Upon A Time was down 10% from its result of last week. The rest of ABC’s night with dramas Grey’s Anatomy (2.6/7) and the ever intrigue-filled Scandal (2.8.9) saw the Shonda Rhimes-produced shows even and down 10% respectively from last week. That’s a season low tie for Scandal. Read More »

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David Letterman Tops Ratings With Retirement Announcement

By | Friday April 4, 2014 @ 7:40am PDT

lettermanWord that Dave Letterman would announce his retirement on his show last night drove viewers to the broadcast, putting Dave on top in early stats. In the country’s 56 metered markets, the CBS Late Show With David Letterman logged a household  3.2/8, besting Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’s 2.4/6 on NBC and Jimmy Kimmel Live’s 2.4/6 on ABC. For Letterman, it marked his highest local rating since October of ’12. Some of Fallon’s older viewers appear to have switched camps to catch Dave’s big announcement, because Fallon’s household rating was a low for him on Tonight. That said, in the 25 markets with Local People Meters, Fallon dominated in the demo according to prelim stats, despite Dave’s big announcement and Kimmel’s popular Thursday Scandal tie-in, with a 1.0/5, followed by Kimmel’s 0.9/4 and Dave’s 0.6/3.

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‘Good Morning America’ Celebrates First Quarterly Demo Win With ‘Today’ At Olympics

robin-roberts-webThe same day ABC’s Good Morning America officially said so long to news anchor Josh Elliott, it announced it had delivered its most watched quarter in more than 22 years in first quarter 2014. The show also celebrated its … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Dramas, ‘Criminal Minds’ & ‘Nashville’ Rise, ‘Modern Family’ & CW Dramas Slip

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 9:20am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Criminal_Minds_Season_9_Episode_20NBC’s Wednesday lineup returned refreshed from a break. Revolution (1.3) was up a tenth from its last original on March 19, Law & Order: SVU (1.7) was up 13%, and Chicago PD (1.6) was up 14%. On the opposite side, the CW dramas were down. Arrow (0.8) fell 11% from last week. After a promising start, new drama The 100 (0.6) posted a second week of double-digit declines, down 14% and falling under 2 million viewers (1.9 million). There was little change at the other networks. Fox’s two-hour American Idol (2.1) matched last Wednesday’s fast national. CBS’ Survivor (2.2) slipped a tenth from last week but still edged Idol in the demo for a fourth consecutive week. Criminal Minds (2.5) was up 14% from its last original two weeks ago and is poised to edge Idol in 18-49 in the 9 PM hour for the first time, while CSI (1.9) was down a tenth. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘NCIS’ Slips, ‘Mindy Project’ Craters, ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ & ‘The Voice’ Down

NCIS APRIL 1Looks like the next NCIS (2.3/8) spinoff has gotten off to a slightly unsteady start. After seeing a small rise last week, Tuesday’s second episode of the “Crescent City” two-parter with Scott Bakula dipped 8% from its March 25 episode. On a night that didn’t give big jumps to anyone, that’s a season low for the long-running procedural. The setting up of a Big Easy-based version of NCIS was again the night’s most-watched show, with 16.84 million tuning in, though down a slight 2% from last week. A little bit ahead of its lead-in in the adults 18-49 demo, NCIS: LA (2.4/7) remained even with it March 25 airing. Coming off a big gain last week, Person Of Interest (1.9/6) dipped 5% last night from its previous episode. With all that, CBS took the night in the demo (2.2/7) and in total viewers with 14.49 million.

On Fox’s Glee (0.9/3) it was all New York, New York with the former McKinley High gang starting to strut their stuff in the city that never sleeps. It was a move that didn’t seem to garner much goodwill among the demo: The 102nd episode of the series fell 18% from last week to tie a series low. If Glee’s fall stung, the cratering of The Mindy Project hurt worse. Back for the first time in two months, a double dose of the comedy at 9 PM and 9:30 each drew a 1.0/3 result in 18-49 – that’s a 33% free-fall from the series’ last 9:30 PM original January 31. Read More »

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‘Shameless’ Scores Series Best Stats On Sunday

By | Tuesday April 1, 2014 @ 11:57am PDT

shameless-season-4Despite stiff competition across broadcast and cable, Showtime‘s Shameless copped its biggest episode premiere crowd ever on Sunday — 2.8 million viewers, surpassing previous high, aka Episode 6 of this season. It was a pretty eventful episode — SPOILER … Read More »

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CNN Hits Near Low In Q1 Ratings, Fox News On Top Again For 49th Time, MSNBC Down

By | Tuesday April 1, 2014 @ 11:04am PDT

cnnlogo4__140310195953They may have had a March ratings surge with their constant coverage of the missing Malaysian Airliner but it wasn’t enough to save CNN from one of their worst quarterly primetime results ever. Between December 30, 2013 and March 28, … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Finale Sets Series Highs, ‘Friends With Better Lives’ Gets Sampled

Nellie Andreeva

himymfinaleUPDATE: Here are the final Live+Same Day ratings for the How I Met Your Mother series finale: 5.4 rating among adults 18-49, up a tenth from the fast national, and 13.13 million total viewers. The Friends with Better Lives premiere was adjusted down a tenth to a 2.6 in 18-49. ABC’s Dancing With the Stars inched up to a 2.3.

PREVIOUS: How I Met Your Mother may have divided fans but it sure brought them to TV in a big way — especially the series’ core younger demographics. Last night’s hourlong farewell episode of the long-running CBS comedy series set across-the-board series highs, drawing 12.94 million total viewers, a 5.3 rating in adults 18-49 (up 51% from last week), and a 5.8 in 18-34, with its ratings certain to go even higher in the finals. Given how rare such beloved comedy series are these days, it was somewhat surprising that CBS didn’t make an event of its farewell. For instance, the finales of NBC’s Friends and The Office and CBS’ Everybody Loves Raymond all were preceded by retrospective specials, goosing up the numbers for the closing episodes. Instead, the HIMYM finale was a self-starter at 8 PM.

Related: The Quiet Groundbreaker: How ‘HIMYM’ Pushed The Sitcom Form

After such an emotional experience from 8-9 PM, friendswithbetterlivesmany HIMYM fans admitted online that it was hard for them to stick around for the premiere of CBS’ Friends With Better Lives. Under the circumstances, the new comedy got OK sampling, drawing 8 million viewers, a 2.7 in 18-49 and 2.5 in 18-34. (Its numbers may be adjusted down in the finals because of a minute of a HIMYM overrun.) Its real test will be when it debuts in its regular time slot behind 2 Broke Girls. Unfortunately, that won’t happen for two weeks as the network’s Monday lineup is preempted next week. Read More »

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‘The Walking Dead’ Hits Another Season Finale Record With 15.7M Viewers

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 11:06am PDT

Walking Dead Season 4 Finale RatingsWith a reunion of sorts and a mouthful of blood and vengeance for Rick Grimes, last night’s The Walking Dead Season 4 finale on AMC drew 15.7 million viewers. That’s up from the 12.4 million who watched the then record-breaking Season 3 finale on April 1 last year and another new finale total viewership record for the blockbuster zombie apocalypse series. Last night’s Walking Dead also pulled in 10.2 million viewers in adults 18-49, a 25% rise from the 8.1 million in the demo who watched the Season 3 finale and a demo finale high. Based on the comic series co-created by executive producer Robert Kirkman, Walking Dead’s Season 4 premiere October 13 last year shattered that Season 3 finale result with staggering series and cable viewership records of 16.1 million viewers, 10.4 million adults 18-49 – those remain the all-time highs for the series. While not matching those numbers in subsequent episodes, Walking Dead did continue to slay almost everything else on TV, leaving major players like The Big Bang Theory and The Voice in the demo dust. With an average of 13.3 million total viewers per episode and 8.6 million adults 18-49, the show’s fourth season is up 24% in total viewers and 22% among the demo over Season 3 for its best result ever.

Related: ‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Talks Bloody Finale, Teases “Action-Heavy” Season 5

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Crisis’ Falls Sharply, ‘Believe’ & ‘Resurrection’ Hit Lows, ‘Cosmos’ & ‘American Dream Builders’ Fall

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 9:28am PDT

The Good WifeWhile AMC’s The Walking Dead wrapped its fourth season last night, there were no premieres or finales on primetime broadcast TV on Sunday, but there sure was a lot of action. For one thing, CBS‘ primetime was pushed back more than 20 minutes on the East Coast and the Central time zone due to overruns from the NCAA Tournament. That slide means the networks’ ratings are all over the court and likely to see greater-than-usual adjustments when final numbers comes in later today. As it stands right now, 60 Minutes (2.5) started off the night at 7:30 PM, with The Amazing Race (2.0) at 8:30 PM and The Mentalist (1.6) at 10:30 PM. A week after the sudden and shocking death of male lead Josh Charles’ Will Gardner, The Good Wife (1.7)  faced the fallout. As Julianna Margulies’ Alicia Florrick struggled with the loss of her former lover, the show was up from last week’s 1.5 to match its second-best result among adults 18-49 of the season so far and, with 10.39 million watching, hit its second-best total viewership of the cycle. Of course, expect that to change in final numbers. Preliminary ratings have CBS winning the night with a 2.3/6 rating and 11.729 million watching.

Related: ‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Talks Bloody Finale, Teases “Action-Heavy” Season 5
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hannibal’ Surges, ‘Rake’ Hits New Low, ‘Whose Line’ Down, CBS Wins Night With NCAA Basketball

By | Saturday March 29, 2014 @ 10:37am PDT

Hannibal - Season 2It was a primetime of blood, basketball and some serious shaking out on the West Coast last night. The latter was the 5.1 earthquake that rocked southern Californian just after 9 PM PT on Friday. In terms of … Read More »

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