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NBC’S SMASH CRASHES IN SEASON DEBUT

February 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS executives, who had continued to sing the praises of its lets-put-on-a-show series Smash, even while no one else was doing so, were no doubt chagrined and chastened when they checked the overnight ratings for the season premiere. The two-hour opener drew just 4.47 million viewers. While the first hour attracted 5.21 million, only 3.96 […]

CNN’S AUDIENCE PLUMMETS AS BROADCAST NETWORKS’ SOARS

May 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A lot of people were watching television Tuesday night. The season finale of NCIS was the most watched, with 19.05 million viewers, according to final figures from Nielsen Research. Its sibling spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles captured 15.19 million viewers, despite airing opposite Dancing with the Stars with 13.23 million. America’s Got Talent, though down in […]

AND THE WINNER IS … ABC

February 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Thanks to its annual broadcast of the Oscars, ABC wound up in first place on the Nielsen ratings chart for last week, averaging 10.68 million viewers. That figure was skewed by the 39.34 million who tuned in to Sunday night’s Oscar telecast, the No. 1 program of the week. After the awards show and the […]

NCIS FELLS AMERICAN IDOL

February 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

For the first time, a regularly scheduled entertainment show has knocked American Idol off its perch at the top of the Nielsen ratings chart as the most-viewed show among total adults. According to final figures, NCIS, now in its ninth season on CBS and seemingly growing stronger every season, averaged 19.59 million viewers last week, […]

NCIS DRAWS 20 MILLION VIEWERS ENTERING NINTH YEAR

January 4, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

CBS’s NCIS wasn’t showing the slightest signs of faltering in its old age as Tuesday’s episode attracted 20 million viewers. Against it, the series debut of ABC’s cross-dressing comedy Work It didn’t stand a chance. (Awful reviews didn’t help either. Time magazine’s James Poniewozik called it “the kind of bad dumb show you will use […]

SO WHAT DID XMAS SHOPPERS WATCH ON THEIR NEW TV’S?

December 29, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

The week before Christmas featured nearly as many reruns on primetime TV as a typical week in midsummer — with commensurate low ratings. There were a few exceptions. A repeat of CBS’s NCIS drew 12.4 million viewers to finish in third place behind NBC’s Sunday Night Football telecast (Chicago vs. Green Bay) with 24 million […]

DWTS SEASON FINALE TRIPS UP

November 23, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

It’s hard to call any TV show that attracts 19.5 million viewers a disappointment, but that’s the case with entertainment reporters’ assessments of Tuesday night’s season finale of Dancing with the Stars. That figure, most of them noted, represented the smallest number of viewers to watch a fall finale of the dance contest to date. […]

WORLD SERIES IS AN MVP FOR FOX

October 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Game 5 of the World Series, in which the Texas Rangers beat the St. Louis Cardinals, aided by a spectacular bat-and-glove performance by Rangers catcher Mike Napoli, averaged 14.3 million viewers Monday night, peaking in the final 10 minutes with 19.7 million, according to Nielsen Research. The game also gave Fox a win for the […]

RATINGS FOR ENTERTAINMENT SHOWS FALL BELOW NEWSCASTS’

August 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

For the second week in a row, television executives might have been wishing that their entertainment programs were drawing the sizable audiences that their evening newscasts were. While NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams averaged 7.87 million viewers, NBC’s primetime programming averaged 4.56 million (the average was ballooned by high ratings for America’s Got Talent; […]

NEWS BEATS ENTERTAINMENT IN RATINGS

August 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

More TV viewers were watching reports about the budget crisis last week than most entertainment programs. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams averaged 7.9 million viewers for the week. That would have put it at seventh place on the Nielsen primetime ratings list. ABC World News with Diane Sawyer with an average of 7.4 million […]

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