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Starz’s ‘Black Sails’ Ratings Steady In Season 2 Debut

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There certainly was some breeze at the back of the Treasure Island prequel when it returned on January 24 – a Scottish breeze, some might say. The Season 2 debut of Starz’s Black Sails at 9 PM that night was preluded by a hyped sneak peek look at the April 4 return of Outlander. While it wasn't a viewership gale, the 1-minute glimpse of the time-traveling romance helped bump up the Black Sails S2 opener to 860,000 total viewers. That's about 2% better than the first… Read


‘Parenthood’ Ends Run On High Ratings Note, ‘Scandal’ Up In Return, Pushes ‘Backstrom’ Down In Week 2


Parenthood has always been a quiet show but the underrated family drama made some noise in its series finale last night, which delivered a 1.7 in 18-49 and 5.5 million viewers overall at 10 PM. That was up +31% from last week in 18-49 and +24% in viewers  (+31% in 18-49 and +37% in viewers from last season’s finale) to generate the series’ best ever Thursday results, its biggest overall audience since Dec. 11, 2012, Tuesday, and its highest 18-49 rating since its season… Read


‘The Americans’ Ratings: Season 3 Debut Steady With Last Year

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It's 1982, Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev has died and the Cold War is getting hotter than ever on The Americans. That's the backdrop as Season 3 of the FX series debuted last night to 1.9 million viewers and 796,000 among adults 18-49 at 10 PM last night, according to Nielsen. That must be all good over at FX as Wednesday's season premiere was even among total viewers with the Season 2 debut on February 26 last year with a 7% dip in the key demo. The S2 opener of  the… Read


‘Empire’ Viewership Hits High, ‘Mentalist’ & ‘Idol’ Down, ‘The 100′ Rises


There was more drama, more Mommy issues, more Naomi Campbell and more lack of brotherly love on Empire (4.3/12) last night. All of which meant there were a lot of eyeballs on the Lee Daniels and Danny Strong-created freshman hit. Not only was Empire almost right on the money of last week's demo high with just a 2% dip, but it actually hit a viewership high with 11.3 million tuning in. That made it the most watched show of the night with a 4% rise over last week. Among… Read


‘Sons Of Liberty’ Ratings: Finale Draws Steady 3.3 Million Viewers

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History’s three-part miniseries Sons Of Liberty wrapped last night, with 3.3 million total viewers tuning in to see the finale — 1.1 million of those in the adults 18-49 demo. The network said it was the night’s most-watched cable show in total viewers, and those numbers are mostly even with Night 1 of the mini on Sunday, which drew 3.3M viewers and 1.4M in the demo. The mini, which took an action angle on historical figures including Sam Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere… Read


‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’ & ‘MasterChef Jr’ Ratings Down, Special ‘CSI’ Hits Season High, ‘Flash’ Slips


It was a mixed night of encores and originals on the networks last night with a loss of traction in the superhero worlds. Almost halfway through its eight-episode run and last week's State of the Union preemption, Marvel's Agent Carter (1.3/4) really started extending its reach into the greater Marvel Universe last night with the return of Howard Stark, a bloody discovery, some surprising moves by a neighbor, and an inevitable Stan Lee cameo. Compared to its last original… Read


Did Fox News’ Blackout On Dish Help CNN Ratings In January?

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Did Dish Network give CNN a helping hand this month? CNN posted a hefty 48% total viewer gain (602,000 viewers) in primetime for the month of January compared with January 2014, and a 72% primetime news demo gain (225,000). Nielsen’s January ratings period (December 29-January 25) will be remembered in cable news circles as the month in which Fox News Channel was blacked out of Dish customers' homes for nearly three weeks (the blackout started before the ratings period… Read


‘The Bachelor’, ‘Super Bowl Commercials’, ‘The Originals’ Eye Ratings Highs


For a second consecutive night, viewers went for about pageantry and a clip show. On Sunday, Miss Universe and America’s Funniest Home Videos finished No.1 and No.2 in adults 18-49 with their best numbers in awhile, last night it was The Bachelor and Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials. (Some Tuesday fast national results may have been impacted by local weather-related preemptions on the East Coast.) ABC’s The Bachelor (7.9 million, 2.2 in 18-49) posted increases for a… Read


SOTU And Sunday Night Event Pileup Overstuff Twitter TV Ratings

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Sunday evening’s pileup of prominent TV events – including the NFL Pro Bowl, the SAG Awards, the Miss Universe pageant and a WWE pay-per-view – pushed past all but one thing to fill up the week’s Twitter TV Top 10 ratings by Nielsen. That one other thing, however, was President Obama’s State of the Union speech five days earlier, which easily attracted the most social-media conversation of the week, nearly 2,600 tweets that reached an unduplicated audience of more than… Read


‘Sons Of Liberty’ Scores 3.3 Million Viewers In Premiere

Sons of Liberty History Channel

About 3.3 million viewers signed on to the first night of History’s three-part miniseries Sons Of Liberty last night. SoL delivered 1.4 million adults 25-54 and 1.2 million adults 18-49 at 9 PM, according to Fast Cable Nielsen Ratings. Elsewhere, these numbers might be filed under Not Bad, but on History the bar is set very high. Back in May 2012, History entered the original scripted arena in a big way, when the premiere of its miniseries Hatfields & McCoys drew a… Read


‘Miss Universe’ & ‘AFV’ Hit Ratings Highs, ‘Galavant’ & ‘Resurrection’ Up In Finales


On a quiet Sunday between the AFC Championship game and the Super Bowl viewers gravitated towards pageantry and silly videos. NBC’s three-hour broadcast of the 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant (2.0/6 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers) was the top program of the night in the demo and earned the beauty pageant its top 18-49 rating since 2009 (August 23) and largest audience since 2006 (July 23). Accurate year-to-year comparisons for the event are difficult as it has bounced… Read


‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Rise With Host Blake Shelton

From the Set: Blake Shelton

Never underestimate the power of country stars’ followings. Carrie Underwood may not have impressed critics with her performance in NBC’s The Sound Of Music but she made it a ratings blockbuster. Reaction also appears to be mixed to last light’s episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Blake Shelton (the material he was stuck with didn’t do him any favors). But, just like Underwood, Shelton was a ratings hit. With him as host and musical guest, SNL drew a 4.7 household… Read