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NBC Wins 2016-17 Season In Ratings Demo; CBS Takes Total Viewers

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NBC will finish the 2016-17 TV season at No. 1 in the key 18-49 demographic group for the third time in four years. The victory marks the first time in five years any network has finished on top without the Super Bowl – or even an Olympics. CBS will finish the season as the country’s most-watched network, hanging on to its crown for a ninth consecutive season – and 14 of the past 15. The current TV season doesn’t officially wrap until midweek, but the all-but-final… Read


Stephen Colbert Wins 2016-17 TV Season In Late-Night, Taking On Donald Trump

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: hated by President Donald Trump; loved by viewers. Colbert’s CBS Late Show will win the 2016-17 TV season in total viewers – CBS’ first win over NBC’s The Tonight Show in overall audience with a season-long host since the 1994-95 TV season. The qualifier excludes the 2009-2010 TV season when NBC replaced Conan O'Brien with Jay Leno midway through the season. Trump recently called Colbert “a no-talent guy… There's nothing funny about… Read


Madoff Movie ‘Wizard Of Lies’ Draws Largest Premiere Viewership For HBO Film In 4 Years

The Saturday night debut of HBO’s The Wizard Of Lies logged 1.5 million viewers for its 8 PM linear premiere. With additional replays on the premium cable network and viewing on HBO GO/NOW, the film’s premiere weekend total grew to 2.4 million viewers. That is up from the recent debut of HBO Films’ The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (1.1 million) and is the most watched premiere for an HBO movie since 2013’s Behind the Candelabra and the the third most watched since… Read


Warriors Win Push NBA Playoffs Series Ratings Up, ‘Bachelorette’ & ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Return Down

On a night of finales across many of the networks, specials and The Bachelorette (1.8/7) debut on ABC, it was an end and a beginning for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Playoffs on Monday. With a 129-115 win over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, the Bay Area team are heading to the NBA Finals for the third year in a row. Facing either current champions the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Boston Celtics on June 1, depending who wins the… Read


‘Twin Peaks’ Debut Soft For Showtime In Linear Viewership

Back on the small screen after a 26-year absence, Twin Peaks' Showtime debut was surrounded in "exposure but not too much exposure," to quote cable boss David Nevins, and secrecy ahead of its Sunday premiere. With that, 506,000 viewers watched the two-hour, two-episode 9 PM premiere of the David Lynch and Mark Frost series Sunday, according to Nielsen. Among adults 18-49, the return of Agent Dale Cooper, Laura Palmer and more of the mystery of the Pacific Northwest town… Read


Billboard Music Awards Eyes Ratings Declines, Still Dominates, As Most Finales Slip

The Billboard Music Awards aired live across the country, so accurate fast-national ratings won’t be available until later this morning, but in the non-time-zone-adjusted early numbers, the three-hour ceremony logged a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating, down 20% from the comparable preliminary rating last year. Still, the music special dominated a quiet Sunday night, giving ABC a nightly win and likely putting a dent on a number of season finales, which trended down. CBS’ Elementar… Read


‘Saturday Night Live’ Has Most Watched Finale In 6 Years With Host Dwayne Johnson; Ratings Slip A Bit But Top Week

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NBC’s Saturday Night Live closed out its most-watched season in 23 years with a finale hosted by Dwayne Johnson and musical guest Katy Perry, which averaged 8.272 million viewers overall and a 2.32 rating in adults 18-49 in "fast official" Live+Same Day ratings. That was off last week’s episode hosted by Melissa McCarthy (10.337 million, 2.74 in 18-49) but marked the second best numbers since SNL went live coast to coast last month. It was the fourth most-watched and… Read


Comedy Central’s ‘Daily Show With Trevor Noah’ Scores Most-Watched Week Ever

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah has recorded its most-watched week ever (Live+Same Day), with a delivery of 1.045 million total viewers P2+ for the May 15 week. That surpasses Noah's premiere week as host of the Comedy Central cornerstone in September 2015 (1.019 million). The late-night comedy show also recorded its most-watched and highest-rated quarter since Noah took the reins from Jon Stewart, and was up +36% year-over-year in total viewers and up +18% with the… Read


‘Scandal’ & ‘Blacklist’ Ratings Hit Finale Lows, ‘Supernatural’ Up From ‘Riverdale’

Packed with a convincing presidential inauguration, power grabs, parental issues and not having to face an NBA Playoffs game, Scandal (1.2/5) came to the end of its penultimate season last night with a new record it probably wasn't aiming for. Coming straight off the Season 13 finale of Grey's Anatomy, which had a pretty big exit of its own, the two-hour finale of the other Shonda Rhimes show hit a season finale low among the key demo. Down 14% among adults 18-49 from its… Read


‘Empire’ Ratings Steady, NBA Playoffs Strong Again, ‘Downward Dog’ Debuts OK

On a night that saw the penultimate episodes of Season 3 of Empire (2.1/3) and Season 5 of Arrow (0.5/2), plus finales for Designated Survivor (1.1/4) the now-canned Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (0.7/3) and Blindspot (0.8/3), the Boston Celtics may have felt their NBA playoff hopes heading towards a conclusion too. Confidently beaten 117-104 by reigning champ Cleveland in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Celtics can take solace in the fact that TNT scored a… Read


‘NCIS’ Finale Ratings Fall From 2016, NBA Playoff Steady In Blowout, ‘Voice’ Down

Going straight for the old-school cliffhanger, NCIS (1.4/6) ended its 14th season last night as a slew of series wrapped their seasons and the Golden State Warriors thrashed the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA playoffs on ESPN. Snagging a 4.3 in metered market results, the Warriors’ 136-100 victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals could have been a big loss for the sports cabler. Instead, last night’s game was steady with ESPN’s airing of the comparable May 19… Read