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RATINGS FADE FOR PRO-BOWL TELECAST

January 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

As football telecasts go, the annual Pro Bowl game has never grabbed big ratings. Sunday’s contest was no exception, as the contest averaged 9.9 million viewers, peaking in the 8:00 p.m. hour with 12.1 million, but fizzling to 7.1 million by the time the 10:00 p.m. hour came around, when it was overtaken by CBS’s […]

CBS BECOMES THE NEW “MUST SEE TV” ON THURSDAYS

December 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

As far as the Nielsen ratings go, CBS’s Thursday-night comedy lineup clearly has become the equivalent of what NBC used to call Must See TV for the same night. And its 10:00 drama The Mentalist is the equivalent of NBC’s onetime powerhouse ER. Rarely, since NBC’s glory days, has a network dominated on a single […]

YOU ARE WATCHING BIG BROTHER

September 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

NFL preseason games televised on cable in local markets probably drew viewers away from broadcast television Thursday night — because of the holiday, ratings for the games may not be disclosed until next week — but CBS recorded solid numbers anyway, leading in total adults and in the 18-49 demo in every half hour, peaking […]

NBC: LEAST-SEEN TV?

July 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC, which once attracted 25-30 million viewers or more on Thursday nights with its Must-See TV comedy lineup and E.R., barely drew a tenth of that audience this week. Reruns of its comedies between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. averaged just 2.16 million viewers, while a repeat of Law and Order: SVU at 10:00 p.m. […]

NBC OWNS HALF OF TOP-TEN RATED SHOWS

June 29, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Time was when NBC’s Thursday lineup alone would provide five contenders or more for Nielsen’s list of the top ten television shows of the week. These days, however, it is extraordinary when any five NBC shows land in the top-ten. But that’s what happened last week. Of course three shows were titled America’s Got Talent, […]

PEACOCK ROOSTS ATOP RATINGS AGAIN

June 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In her TV column in today’s (Wednesday) Washington Post, Lisa de Moraes writes, “Once upon a time, when NBC did not win a week, it was big news. Now, NBC’s winning a week is the big news. Like last week.” NBC returned to the winner’s circle — at least among the key demo group of […]

IDOL, SEASON FINALES TOPS ON THURSDAY

May 20, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The penultimate results episode of this season’s American Idol attracted 21.16 million viewers Thursday night. The Fox talent show easily outdistanced every other show in the Nielsen ratings for the night, but some season finales on CBS also drew impressive numbers. At 8:00 p.m., the season finale of The Big Bang Theory posted 11.12 million […]

WIPEOUT KNOCKS OVER CBS’S TOP COMEDIES

January 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

ABC’s reality show Wipeout took on CBS’s comedy hits The Big Bang Theory and $#!? My Dad Says Thursday night, and, for the second week in a row, wiped them out in the ratings — certainly among adults 18-49. Wipeout attracted 10.65 million viewers while the two comedies averaged 10.30 million, but its numbers were […]

CBS RULES ALL-RERUN NIGHT

December 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

All four major networks aired a full schedule of reruns Thursday night. The somewhat surprising result is that CBS managed to do quite well with its mix of comedies and dramas, taking first place in total adults in every half hour of primetime — as well as first in adults 18-49 in every half hour […]

LIVE 30 ROCK ROCKS!

October 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Thursday night’s special live edition of NBC’s 30 Rock may not have provided much that could be considered special, TV writers observed today (Friday), but it did boost its audience by 43 percent from last week to 6.63 million. Nevertheless, it remained in third place in its time period, well below the 10.14 million viewers […]

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