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Ratings Rat Race: World Series Ends With A Bang; What Comedies Will ABC Pick Up?

By | Thursday October 31, 2013 @ 2:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 2:30 PM: The finals are in, and Game 6 of the World Series went up to 19.2 million viewers and a 5.7 in 18-49. World Series 2013 averaged 14.9 million viewers and a 4.2 in 18-49, both up 17% from last year. Also, Super Fun Night and CSI went down a tenth to a 1.7. The Middle and Arrow were adjusted up a tenth.

PREVIOUS 9:30 AM: First off, congratulations to the Boston Red Sox for winning their first World Series on home turf in almost a century. Fox sure wouldn’t have minded a seventh game in this highly rated series, but the six games it got were two more than the last time the Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals faced off in the Series nine years ago — a 4-0 sweep for Boston. Last night’s Game 6 drew 18 million viewers and a 5.4 rating in 18-49 in the fast nationals, a high for the series that will go even higher in the finals (Game 5 was adjusted up 5%). It gave Fox a big nightly win in viewers and 18-49 and total viewers to log Fox’s most watched Wednesday in more than year.

Outside the World Series decider, the most intriguing developments last night were on ABC where The Middle (2.1) and Back In The Game (1.7) held onto their fast nationals ratings from last week when they faced Game 1 of the World Series, while Super Fun Night (1.8) fell 14% to a new low following a Modern Family repeat vs. an original last week. The results are significant because ABC is nearing a decision on which freshman comedies to pick up for the rest of the season. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘2 Broke Girls’, ‘Hostages’ & ‘Blacklist’ Inch Up Against World Series

By | Tuesday October 29, 2013 @ 1:41pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 1:30 PM: Things are looking brighter for 2 Broke Girls, which was adjusted up a tenth to a 2.7, the best Live+Same Day rating to date in the new 8:30 PM slot and only a tenth off the series’ season high number posted in the September opener. Also up .1 in the finals are the usual suspects, The Voice (4.3), How I Met Your Mother (3.0) and Dancing With The Stars (2.1). But Hostages couldn’t hold on, slipping to a 1.2 to match its rating for the past couple of weeks. Meanwhile, the CW’s series retained their fast nationals despite an NFL pre-emption. Baseball was adjusted up, lifting Fox (4.1) past NBC (3.9) to an outright No.1 finish for the night in 18-49.

PREVIOUS: Proving that sports largely bring new audiences to TV and don’t cannibalize existing ones, ratings for NBC, CBS and ABC were virtually unaffected by Game 5 of the World Series on Fox, which is expected to bag a nightly victory in adults 18-49 (possibly tied with NBC) and total viewers. NBC’s The Voice (4.2 in 18-49) was even with its fast national last Monday, while The Blacklist (3.1) was up a tenth and has a good chance of holding on to that number — a three-week Live+7 Day high — in the finals despite a minute of a Voice overrun. Another Monday freshman drama, CBS’ Hostages (1.3), saw a much-needed uptick (+.1), posting its best 18-49 result in a month. The series has a limited first-season order and doesn’t need a Back 9 pickup, but any improvement helps to justify CBS’ decision to keep the show in its Monday 10 PM slot. Hostages picked up 8% despite its lead-in, Mom (2.1) slipping 9% from last week. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox Wins Night As World Series Rises, NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ Falls, ‘Revenge’ & ‘Amazing Race’ Hit Lows

By | Monday October 28, 2013 @ 8:54am PDT

It was a double win last night for Major League Baseball in primetime as the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals to even the World Series and Fox won the night over NBC and the usually unbeatable Sunday Night Football. Fox drew a 5.1/13 rating with 16.68 million viewers, while No. 2 NBC drew a 4.5/11 and 12.31 million viewers. After a stellar lead-in of NFL overruns — the Denver Broncos-Washington Redskins game (7.8/23) and Fox’s The OT (6.2/17) — the 8-11 PM World Series (4.4/11) Game 4 in St. Louis was up 10% from the fast nationals of last year’s series-ending Game 4 featuring the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers. The latest wild finish for this Series included a three-run homer from Jonny Gomes who wasn’t even supposed to play, and Boston’s closer picking off St. Louis’ Kolton Wong for the game’s final out. Last night’s game also saw an 18% rise in total viewers for Fox compared with October 28, 2012’s Game 4 with 15.4 million watching Sunday. After the Red Sox’s 4-2 win, the Series returns tonight for Game 5. That’s nothing but gravy and good news for Fox as last year’s series ended after a four-game sweep by the Giants that averaged a 3.6/10 rating and 12.7 million viewers. With teams that draw bigger audiences and all the wild finishes, the ratings for this year are also up double digits game-over-game from last year’s lows. Like other live events, fast nationals for the World Series and Sunday Night Football are approximate and will likely change in the final numbers.

Related: How ‘Bout Those Bearded Bosox?

NBC’s Sunday Night Football (5.6/13) saw the Green Bay Packers thrash the Minnesota Vikings 44-31 last night. Up against the World Series for the first time this season, the Week 8 matchup saw Aaron Rodgers and the Packers against the struggling Vikings register a harsh 41% fall from the 9.5/23 of the fast nationals of last week’s Denver Broncos-Indianapolis Colts game. That October 20 battle, which rose to a 10.0/27 in the final numbers, proved to be the highest-rated October primetime NFL broadcast in a decade and a half
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The Longer The World Series Goes, The Longer Those Neck Pelts Grow. How ‘Bout Those Bearded Bosox?

By | Sunday October 27, 2013 @ 8:22am PDT
Mike Fleming

Last night, the Boston Red Sox lost on a controversial game-ending call that put the team down two games to one to the St. Louis Cardinals in what has been a thrilling World Series. Despite being an avowed Yankees fan, I am praying this series goes to seven games, just so we can see how spectacularly atrocious the Bosox Beards will get. Because once the series is over, there is no way those Bosox wives won’t make their husbands shave.

For obnoxious factor, the team has already grown past the facial hair of the Geico Cavemen. It has gotten to the point where when watching the Fox telecast, it’s difficult to focus on baseball. It’s impossible, when Dustin Pedroia or Mike Napoli come to the plate.

All I can think of is, did someone change the channel to one of those Amish reality shows? Or, aren’t these the guys who invented those cherry lozenges my mother gave me when I was a kid with a cough?

My question: while they are clearly trying to outdo each other, which Bosox player is swinging the biggest ugly stick, in … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Under The Dome Syndrome For NBC, ‘Reign’ Slips In Week 2

By | Friday October 25, 2013 @ 9:41am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It feels like NBC’s Thursday night has developed its own electromagnetic field affecting every program that enters it so it cannot go above a 1.3 in adults 18-49. That was the high-water mark logged by Parks And Recreation and Parenthood last week, and it was the case again last night. The network didn’t see any significant improvement after pulling Welcome To The Family last week. The Voice repeat in the 8 PM hour matched Parks And Recreation‘s 1.3 from last week (though did better than Welcome To The Family‘s 0.9). Sean Saves The World, The Michael J. Fox Show and Parenthood matched their deliveries from last week — 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3, respectively — as NBC’s lineup appears isolated from the rest of the world and impervious to competition.

And competition did change last night, with Fox airing Game 2 of the World Series, which continues to run ahead of last year’s Series with a better matchup. The Boston-St. Louis face-off drew a 3.4 in preliminary non-time-zone adjusted ratings, up 17% vs. Game 2 last fall. Baseball ratings will go up in the finals, giving Fox a nightly demo win. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: MLB World Series Game 1 Surges From 2012′s All-Time Low, ‘Survivor’ Hits Series Low, ‘CSI’ Rises, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Falls

By | Thursday October 24, 2013 @ 8:59am PDT

UPDATE, 8:59 AM: Game 1 of the World Series last night not only saw a win by the Boston Red Sox over the St. Louis Cardinals but also for Fox who was easily No. 1 with a 4.1/11 rating and 13.730 million viewers. The Fenway Park match-up Wednesday between the 2004 World Series competitors hit a home run for the network with a 28% rise in fast nationals from last year’s all-time low of 3.2/9, which went up to 3.6/10 in the final numbers. With big audience draws like the Red Sox and the Cardinals, this year’s Game 1 also rose 25% in fast national viewership to 13.73 million over 2012’s 11.0 million, which went up to 12.2 in the final numbers. And as good as that is for Fox, there’s a little bit of historical wind at the Red Sox’s back too – every team that has won Game 1 since 1993 has gone on to win the World Series. Also, the Red Sox have won their last 9 World Series games (2004, 2007 and last night) in a row and the last time these two teams faced off in the World Series 9 years ago, Boston swept the series. As always with live events like the start of the 109th World Series, fast nationals are not time zone adjusted, so expect shifts in the final numbers later in the day.

Related: World Series And Much More MLB Coming To Europe Via Fox International Channels

Facing the World Series almost everything else on TV last night was down from last week. Airing its 300th episode, CSI (2.1/6) saw the return of Marg Helgenberger to the show on CBS last night. The 10 PM show also was the one rise of the night among the non-World Series telecasts with a 5% bop over last week to match its October 2 season high. Wednesday’s strongly promoted CSI also had its best viewership numbers of the season so far with 10.37 million watching. The same upturn could not be said for Survivor: Blood vs Water (2.3/7). The reality series saw a challenge mix up and an unretrieved fishing trap last night as well as a 12% drop to hit a series low excluding specials and recaps shows.  At 9 PM, Criminal Minds (2.7/7) held even with its October 16 show. CBS was No. 2 last night with a rating of 2.4/7 and 10.37 million viewers.
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World Series And Much More MLB Coming To Europe Via Fox International Channels

The World Series got under way tonight, so Fox International Channels figured it’s a good time to unveil a long-term deal to air MLB games in more than 30 European countries, starting with this year’s Fall Classic. The exclusive, multiplatform pact with Major League Baseball International gives FIC the rights to all MLB games: regular season, playoffs and the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby, along with baseball-related programming from Fox and MLB. Meanwhile, back in the States: Fox likely isn’t thrilled about that 5-0 lead the Red Sox built early and have held against the Cardinals in Game 1 of the Series. Baseball blowouts in primetime don’t exactly enthrall the demo.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Sunday Night Football’ Tops World Series, ‘Once’ Gains

By | Monday October 29, 2012 @ 9:47am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox did not catch a break with the World series this year. First, none of the big TV audience draws, The Yankees or the Red Sox, made it to the final, sending ratings down double-digits for the opening games. Then the Giants swept the series in four games. The NLCS championship series at least went to seven games, but Fox could’ve used three more nights of World Series ratings instead of reruns in a fall season it’s been struggling, down double-digits from last year. To make things worse, the deciding Game 4 went against football on NBC, which won the face-off. In the time-adjusted metered market households, Sunday Night Football drew a 11.4 rating/17 share vs. 10.6/16 for the World Series. The Broncos-Saints SNF game was virtually even with last week’s 11.7 rating against Game 6 of the NLCS series. Fox still won the night in 18-49 with help from an NFL overrun. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Scandal’ Inches Up, ‘Last Resort’ Drops, ‘POI’ Tops ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

By | Friday October 26, 2012 @ 9:31am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Scandal Ratings ABCABC’s lineup last night featured two series anxiously awaiting word on a back order: dramas Last Resort and Scandal. One of them got good news. Scandal (2.0/5 in adults 18-49), which had been all but assured a back-nine order, sealed the deal with a ratings uptick of 5% from last week. (It was up across all key demographics, including 18-34, where it spiked 15%). And Scandal did it with its lead-in, Grey’s Anatomy (2.9/8), down 15% from last week to a season low. Airing against Game 2 of the World Series, ABC’s male-skewing Last Resort (1.3/4) tumbled 24% from last week to a series low despite ABC putting extra promotional muscle behind the episode. Baseball was a mitigating factor, and Last Resort is a major DVR gainer but the Live+Same Day delivery was nevertheless disappointing.

CBS’ male-skewing The Big Bang Theory and Person Of Interest did not get dinged by baseball. Big Bang (4.8/14) was up a tenth from its fast national last Thursday, even with the final, to again lead the night. Person Of Interest (3.0/8) was up 7% to match its season high and top Grey’s for the first time this season. The hammock show between the two, veteran Two And A Half Men (3.7/11), slipped 7% from last week’s highly rated Miley Cyrus episode but was still 6% above the episode from two weeks ago, indicating some of the Cyrus ratings gains have stuck. At 10 PM, Elementary (2.2/6) shed another tenth for a new low but still topped the 10 PM hour. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Chicago Fire’ Rises, ‘Nashville’ Flat, World Series’ Game 1 Down

By | Thursday October 25, 2012 @ 9:53am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

There was encouraging news for freshman dramas Chicago Fire (1.8/5 in adults 18-49, up 20% from last week) and Nashville (2.0/6, flat) last night after those alarming 21% and 29% second-week drops last Wednesday. Both shows are still a ways off from challenging 12-year-old CSI (2.4/6 in 18-49, up 4%) for the top spot in the 10 PM hour. But finding the bottom or, in the case of Chicago Fire, bouncing back in Week 3 is a good sign, especially against the World Series. Chicago Fire was helped by its lead-in, the 300th episode of Law & Order: SVU (1.8/5), which was up 13% from last week.

Fox is expected to win Wednesday with Game 1 of the World Series. Time zone-adjusted ratings won’t be available until later today, but in the fast nationals the game between the Giants and the Tigers (3.2/9 in 18-49) is down 18% from last year’s opening game and is expected to stay in negative territory. Last fall’s Game 1 of the World Series also was down year-to-year, by 11% in 18-49, as neither series has featured a big audience draw like the Yankees or Red Sox. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Epic Game 6 Boosts Fox, ‘Prime Suspect’ Hits Low

Nellie Andreeva

After a lousy ALCS championship series and a slow start to the World Series, Fox got cooking last night with a thrilling 11-inning Game 6, which forced a rare World Series Game 7 (we hadn’t had one in nine years). It’s a dream come true for Fox executives and a nightmare for NBC ones whose Friday premieres of Grimm and Chuck tonight will have to face that game. (CBS has opted to sub its originals with repeats at the last minute.) The big game last night, which will propel Fox to an easy nightly win in 18-49 and total viewers when time-adjusted ratings are released, impacted the competition in a typical pattern, pushing down male-skewing shows like CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and Person Of Interest and NBC’s Community and The Office, while boosting female-oriented series such as ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, NBC’s Whitney and the CW’s The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle.

Maybe ABC should’ve tried a Charlie’s Angels series with Charlie Brown as the boss. Last night, a rerun of the 45-year-old cartoon It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown at 8 PM drew a 2.3/6 among 18-49, which was higher than any episode of the canceled Charlie’s Angels in the slot. Vs. last year, the Charlie Brown animated special was up 5%. Grey’s Anatomy (3.7/9) was up 3% from last week, and Private Practice up 4%. Read More »

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Grim Reality: ‘Grimm’ Premiere To Face Game 7 Of The World Series

By | Thursday October 27, 2011 @ 11:19pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Uh-Oh: ‘Grimm’ & ‘Chuck’ Premieres May Face Game 7 Of The World Series

It was a possibility that arose when Game 6 of the World series was postponed because of bad weather, shifting the schedule for the remaining two games by a day. Still, given the fact that no World Series had gone to seven games in nine years, the odds were against baseball interfering with the tomorrow’s premiere of NBC’s new series Grimm. But the Cardinals’ stunning 11th-inning victory tonight was bad news for NBC, which will have the series premiere of Grimm and the final season premiere of Chuck go against MLB’s championship game. Can’t NBC catch a break once this fall?!

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Uh-Oh: ‘Grimm’ & ‘Chuck’ Premieres May Face Game 7 Of The World Series

By | Wednesday October 26, 2011 @ 2:42pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has already had its share of bad luck (and bad ratings) this fall. Now there may be more on the way. MLB’s decision to postpone tonight’s Game 6 of the World Series to tomorrow night because of bad weather means that if the series goes to a seventh game, it will likely air on Friday — against the series premiere of Grimm and the final-season premiere of Chuck on NBC. NBC already pushed the shows’ debut by a week to create a Halloween-themed block on Thursday and Friday this week, so another delay seems unlikely. As for Fox, it had already cleared both Wednesday and Thursday night for baseball, so it will air Glee repeats tonight. If a seventh game is needed, the network will preempt the originals of Kitchen Nightmares and Fringe, currently slated for Friday.

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Ratings Rat Race Update: ’2.5 Men’ Reverses Downward Trend As All CBS Comedies Gain

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 2:45 PM: As expected, most CBS series were adjusted down in the finals after a bump in the fast nationals from a NFL pre-emption in Baltimore. But even with the adjustment, all CBS comedies posted gains vs. last week. The news is especially important for Two And A Half Men, which had been sliding every week since its hugely rated season premiere. Last night, Men logged a 5.5/13 in 18-49, up 4% from last week, and 15.3 million viewers, up 1%. The comedy starring Ashton Kutcher is still comfortably ahead of the performance the same week last fall with leading man Charlie Sheen, up 25% in 18-49. Mike & Molly (4.2/10 in 18-49) was up 8% week-to-week, 2 Broke Girls (4.5/11) was up 2% and How I Met Your Mother (4.3/12) also was up 2%. Hawaii Five-0 (3,1/8) was flat. For the night, CBS (4.1/10) edged Fox (3.9/10) in 18-49. Fox’s coverage of Game 4 of the World Series stretched beyond primetime, averaging a 4.2/11 from 8-11:40 PM. Read More »

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TV TEASER: ‘American Idol’ Preview

By | Monday October 24, 2011 @ 1:00pm PDT

Fox used its World Series platform last night to debut the first promo for Season 11 of American Idol, which features the judges walking around town collecting potential contestants for auditions (The network’s ratings juggernaut returns to the air January 22). So what’s with singing-competition judges and walking? Remember The X Factor‘s promo that debuted during the summer’s baseball All-Star Game?

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Strong Start For ‘Once Upon A Time’, World Series Tops Football

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Launching in the Sunday 8 PM slot once occupied by The Wonderful World Of Disney, ABC’s fairytale drama Once Upon A Time got off to a great start last night, pulling in a 3.9 rating/10 share among adults 18-49 and 12.8 million viewers against NFL football on NBC and the World Series on Fox. This is ABC’s highest-rated new series premiere this fall and the season’s No. 1 drama debut in 18-49 on any network. Once Upon A Time more than doubled last week’s delivery of its predecessor in the time slot, reality veteran Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (1.9/5). It also more than doubled its lead-in last night, America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.5/4), which was flat with last week. The big opening for Once Upon A Time helped veteran Desperate Housewives (3.0/7) post a 11% week-to-week increase for its best demo number this season since the premiere. The halo effect didn’t stretch to 10 PM, where freshman Pan Am (1.8/5) was even with last week. The period drama is yet to get word on a back order as ABC wanted to see how the show performs with Once Upon A Time in the lineup. The result is inconclusive, but more on the disappointing side. Still, I hear ABC brass continues to support the 1960s series and did another promo photo shoot for it this past weekend. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: Strong Start For ‘Rules’, ‘Big Bang’ Poised To Post Thursday High

Nellie Andreeva

This is a nice vindication for a series that never had a permanent time slot or launch date, shuffled around the schedule and bounced between fall and midseason. Getting a last-minute upgrade to Thursdays from its original Saturday(!) time slot this fall, veteran CBS utility player Rules Of Engagement (3.7/12, 11.5 million) posted its best fall premiere in four years last night. Compared with last fall, when Rules aired Mondays at 8:30 PM, the veteran comedy was up 19%. Rules delivered far stronger numbers than the comedy it replaced, rookie How To Be A Gentleman, which posted a 2.5/7 in its last Thursday airing, and matched the demo performance in the Thursday 8:30 PM slot last week of a Big Bang Theory repeat. The Big Bang Theory (4.9/15, 14.7 million) had a great night, up 11% from its demo fast national last week to match its best Thursday demo rating with a regularly scheduled telecast and post its second-biggest audience on the night. Big Bang is expected to break the tie and post its best Thursday number when the finals are announced this afternoon as the hit comedy always gets adjusted up. UPDATE PM: It’s official – a new Thursday high for Big Bang, which rose to a 5.1 rating in 18-49 in Live+Same Day. Big Bang once again ranked as the top program on Thursday in 18-49 and total viewers. At 9 PM, Person Of Interest (2.7/7) matched its fast national from last week, as did The Mentalist (2.5/7) at 10 PM. CBS (3.2/9, 12.6 million) is expected to finish second for the night behind Fox’s coverage of Game 2 of the World Series. There is no time-adjusted data for the game, but, just like Game 1 on Wednesday, it appears to be down from the corresponding telecast last year. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: World Series Opens Lower, ‘Happy Endings’ & ‘Revenge’ Slip

Nellie Andreeva

The lackluster baseball postseason on Fox continued last night with Game 1 of the World Series. Time-adjusted ratings for the game won’t be available until later today, but in the fast nationals the face-off between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals is tracking lower than the comparable numbers for last year’s Game 1 between the Rangers and the San Francisco Giants. Still, Fox is projected to win Wednesday night in both adults 18-49 and total viewers.

It was a case of ratings gods giveth and taketh away for ABC’s Happy Endings (3.0/7, 6.9 million) and Revenge (2.5/7, 7.9 million). After posting demo-rating increases of 14% and 8%, respectively, last week, both series gave back most of the gains, down 9% and 7%, respectively, from their fast nationals last Wednesday. (Happy Endings was adjusted down last week.) The rest of the ABC lineup was mostly status quo: The Middle (2.9/9, 9 million) and Suburgatory (3.1/8) were each up a tenth from their fast nationals last week, and Modern Family (5.6/14, 12.9 million) was down a tenth but still ranked as the top program of the night in 18-49. Read More »

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