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‘Big Brother’ Ratings Steady, Michael Phelps’ Olympic Trials Win Spurs Viewership Race

US Olympic Swim Team Trials, Omaha, USA - 28 Jun 2016

With 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps finishing first in the men's 200-meter butterfly last night, securing a historic fifth Team USA spot and heading to Rio, it was a viewership race between NBC's Olympic Trials: Swimming (1.2/5) and CBS’ Big Brother (1.8/7). In early numbers, it was a win for the long-running reality show with 6.02 million viewers to the 5.67M of NBC's Olympic trials coverage. It was also a win for Big Brother among adults 18-49s, with the series… Read


‘Zoo’ Returns With Less Ratings Roar, ‘America’s Got Talent’ & ‘Uncle Buck’ Up

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The animals are truly on the loose in the Season 2 opener of Zoo (0.9/3), but unfortunately that apocalypse returned with a lot less roar and bite than last year. Clocking in at two hours on Tuesday, the narratively shameless CBS series based on James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge's 2012 book was down 25% among adults 18-49 from its one hour Season 1 premiere June 30 last year. In fact, in early numbers, the Season 2 opener of Zoo is matching its September 15, 2015… Read


Fox News Having Highest-Rated Year Ever; Tops Cable Primetime So Far

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Fox News Channel first hit the air on October 7, 1996, and this is looking like it might be the best birthday year yet for the cable news network. With unprecedented interest in Presidential politics pumping up the numbers by double digits, the nearly 20-year old Fox News is currently in the No. 1 primetime spot for all of cable with 2.2 million viewers. For its most-watched year ever so far, that’s a jump from the No. 5 spot it held at this point in 2015. Now, all cable… Read


‘Bachelorette’ Ratings Slip, ‘Ninja Warrior’ & ‘SYTYCD’ Up, ‘BrainDead’ Even

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The last night of voting for Emmy nominations saw The Bachelorette (1.9/7) hedge its bets with a two-on-one date and more than one rose at the end of the show. Extravagance or indecision aside, it wasn’t exactly a winning move ratingswise for the ABC romance reality show. The Bachelorette saw a 10% decline vs. last week's season high among adults 18-49. Now, that June 20 show did see The Bachelorette rise a tenth in the final numbers so there might be some ground made up… Read


‘Game Of Thrones’ Ratings Hit Series High With Season 6 Finale

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Game of Thrones' Season 6 finale had revenge, hollowed monarchies, a lot of death, parentage revelations and new alliances packing its nearly 70-minute run on June 26. The David Benioff and D.B. Weiss written “The Winds of Winter” episode also had 8.89 million viewers – an all-time high for the HBO series. With this season having sped ahead of the George R.R. Martin books on which the blockbuster series has been based, Sunday's finale was up 16% over the war heavy "Battle… Read


Subscription Video Availability Now Equals DVR Penetration, Nielsen Says; Media Consumption Up An Hour Per Day


Nielsen’s 1st-quarter 2016 Total Audience Report marks what the company is calling a milestone in U.S. media: Availability of SVOD – subscription video on demand – is now equal to DVR penetration, with both available in 50% of U.S. TV households. That’s great news for services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime, with Nielsen noting that SVOD penetration is growing while DVRs have leveled off. Traditional platforms continue to make up the largest segment of TV media… Read


BET Awards Viewership Rises Over 2015 With Simulcast On 12 Viacom Nets

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There was a showstopper of an opener by Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar on the BET Awards last night, plus a passionate call to action from Grey's Anatomy's Jesse Williams, a full tilt tribute to Prince performed by Bilal, Erykah Badu and The Roots, and strong words for Donald Trump from Best Actress winner Taraji P. Henson of Empire. Also, the late great Muhammad Ali was praised by daughter Laila and Samuel L. Jackson was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by his Ju… Read


‘Pyramid’ Leads Solid Ratings Launch For ABC’s Sunday Game Show Lineup


In its second-season opener Sunday, Celebrity Family Feud was down from its breakout debut last summer but did solid business for ABC, flanked by the series premieres of two other classic game show reboots, $100,000 Pyramid and Match Game. $100,000 Pyramid, hosted by Michael Strahan — who has been in the headlines a lot over his messy transition from Live! to Good Morning America — was the standout at 9 PM with a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 (Live+Same Day) and 8 million… Read


‘BattleBots’ Ratings Down From 2015, ‘Big Brother’ Tops Night, ‘Bones’ Rises

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Back for its seventh season last night, ABC's BattleBots (1.0/4) took a big hit from its 2015 revival – and we're bot talking about two robots smashing into each other kind of hit. The 2-hour mechanical competition show was down 47% among adults 18-49 from its 1-hour debut on the Disney-owned net on June 21, 2015 – a Sunday where BattleBots followed the series launch of a very strong Celebrity Family Feud. Last week, of course, ABC had Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals… Read


‘Big Brother’ Return Dominates Wednesday Ratings; ‘American Gothic’ Starts Starkly

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CBS’s two-hour Big Brother return controlled Wednesday night ratings with a 1.8 demo rating and 6.14 million viewers, taking every half hour in those and other key metrics.  Not such a strong performance from the network’s launch of American Gothic, which fell to a 0.7 in the demo off its BB leadin (though a 1.0 among adults 25-54) and 3.53M viewers. BB dominated competitors both its hours. That included Fox’s Masterchef (1.0, 3.7M) and Wayward Pines (0.7, 2.4M); ABC’s… Read


‘Pretty Little Liars’ Falls To Season Premiere Viewership Low

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The return of Pretty Little Liars last night with the search for Ashley Benson's kidnapped Hanna in full swing as a 24-hour deadline, killing, some texts and an escape propelled the Freeform show. With all the action on-screen for the Season 7 debut of PPL, the I. Marlene King created series hit new premiere lows. No longer topping cable as in past years, thanks to the Oprah-starring Greenleaf, Pretty Little Liars snared 1.42 million viewers and 847,000 among adults 18-49… Read


Oprah-Starring ‘Greenleaf’ Delivers OWN’s Best Debut Ratings Ever

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“Add Oprah Winfrey and they will come” might become the new adage for OWN after the success of Greenleaf's debut last night. The 10 PM premiere of the megachurch family drama starring Merle Dandridge, Keith David, Lynn Whitfield and Oprah herself drew 3.04 million viewers and a 2.18 rating in OWN’s target market of women 25-54. That makes Greenleaf the biggest series launch in OWN’s five-year history. It also makes Greenleaf the most-watched show on cable last night and… Read