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‘Person Of Interest’ Final Season Opens OK, ‘The Voice’ Is Testing Ratings Lows

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Exactly one year after Person of Interest‘s fourth season finale aired, the CBS drama last night opened its fifth and final season with 7.4 million total viewers and a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49. That was up a tick in the demo from the POI Season 4 finale and last week’s freshman season closer of Limitless in the time slot (both 1.1) but below POI‘s Season 4 average (1.5). It was a sluggish night for the broadcast networks who went up against an eventful Indiana primary… Read

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CNN Wins White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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CNN ranked No. 1 in the news demo among cable news networks in primetime last week, Monday through Sunday. That makes it three consecutive wins, which CNN has accomplished just three times in the past 15 years. CNN’s coverage of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner –  President Barack Obama’s last and likely Larry Wilmore’s too – ranked No. 1 in both overall audience and in the news demo through Saturday evening. During the 10 PM hour, when Obama killed and Wilmore… Read

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‘NCIS: LA’ Ratings Steady In Finale, ‘Houdini & Doyle’ Opens Soft, ‘DWTS’ Even

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Another Monday and another round of debuts and departures on the primetime midseason schedule, with among them NCIS: Los Angeles (1.3/4) wrapping its seventh season. The Odd Couple (1.3/4) meanwhile made its new time-slot premiere and Houdini & Doyle (0.7/2) started its run. On one level, it was a pretty steady season ender for the CBS spinoff, with a rise of 8% among adults 18-49 from last week and a dip of 7% from its Season 6 finale on May 18, 2015. However, in the… Read

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‘American Country Countdown Awards’ Ratings Steady, ‘Carmichael Show’ Rises, ‘Good Wife’ Even

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Merle Haggard and Prince were remembered, Carrie Underwood sang, Chris Stapleton snagged Album of the Year and Brooks & Dunn were given an Icon award at the 2nd American Country Countdown Awards (1.0/4). While the show from dick clark productions didn't break ratings records, Fox must be breathing a bit easier as this year's ACCA saw an uptick of 11% among adults 18-49 from the soft debut of the ceremony on December 15, 2014 – a Monday. With a heavily anticipated reveal… Read

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‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Finale Ratings Steady With 2015, ‘Shark Tank’ & ‘Originals’ Rise

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There were NBA Playoffs on ESPN and Day 2 of the 2016 NFL Draft on the NFL Network last night but neither seemed to score much over the Big 4 and the CW. Though on another level, things will be simmering a bit less on Friday nights with the Season 15 finale of Hell's Kitchen (1.0/4). Up a tenth from last week among 18-49, the Gordon Ramsay cooking competition picked a winner but also held pretty steady with its last ender too. Usually dropping a show onto Fridays is the… Read

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Ratings Now Even, ‘Big Bang’ Up, ‘Mom’ & Game Of Silence’ Adjusted Down In Final Numbers – UPDATE

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UPDATE, 2:24 PM: We saw more adjustments than usual with the final ratings for Thursday night. ABC and TGIT can breathe a little easier as Grey’s Anatomy moved up to a 2.0/7, which makes it even with last week and no longer matching a series low. CBS’s The Big Bang Theory still the top show of the night but the comedy blockbuster was adjusted up a tenth to a 3.4/12 or 6% over last week. CBS comedy Mom and NBC drama Game Of Silence both went down a tenth to 1.7/6 and a… Read

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NFL Draft Day 1 Viewership Down From 2015; ‘Big Bang Theory’ Wins Demo

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UPDATED, 1:35 PM: There will be more picks tonight, but the final numbers are in for Day 1 of the 2016 NFL Draft and it was not a win for ESPN. Down double digits from last year, the three-hour-plus broadcast of Round 1 from Chicago drew a total of 6.29 million total viewers and a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49. While easily the top show on cable on Thursday, last night's Draft Day 1 is down 10% in overall audience and sacked by 11% in the key demo from last year. Unlike… Read

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‘Empire’ Ratings Halt Decline, ‘Beyond Borders’ Dips, ‘Arrow’ & ‘Heartbeat’ Up

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There was a lot of corporate jockeying on Empire (3.7/12) last night as the question of who would be CEO of Lyonland was finally answered. There wasn't as much ratings movement on Fox drama – and that's relatively a good thing. After weeks of declines, Empire was even last night with its April 20 show among adults 18-49 and even saw a 3% rise in viewership to 9.85 million. While these are still near low numbers for the Lee Daniels- and Danny Strong-created blockbuster… Read

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CNN & Fox News Channel Split Ratings Win For Super Tuesday 4

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CNN bagged most news-demo viewers who tuned in to watch Donald Trump mop up in all five states on Super Tuesday 4, while Fox News Channel clocked the biggest audience overall. In primetime, CNN logged 929K viewers between the age of 25 and 54. That’s a 31% edge over Fox News (707K) and a 139% lead over MSNBC (388K). But, in total viewers, Fox News won primetime with 3.253M viewers – 633K more than CNN (2.62M) and 1.77M more than MSNBC… Read

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‘Limitless’ Ratings Even In Finale, ‘Containment’ Rises, ‘The Voice’ Steady

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As another round of primary wins for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton played out on cable news, it was night of ratings rises across most of the Big 4 and the CW on Tuesday with The Voice (1.9/7) leading primetime. Facing a NCIS (1.2/4) encore this week, the singing competition series bopped up 6% among adults 18-49 from its April 19 show. Helping NBC to win Tuesday with a 1.8/6 rating and 9.05 million viewers, The Voice also was steady viewership-wise with a small 1.4%… Read

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‘Scorpion’ Ratings Down From 2015 Finale, ‘DWTS’ Rises, ‘Reign’ Struggles

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As is common this time of year, there were season enders and some returns last night on the Big 4. That was a mixed blessing for CBS' Scorpion (1.6/5). The Season 2 finale of the genius misfits drama was up a tenth over last week but took a real sting with a 27% drop among adults 18-49 from its Season 1 ender of April 20 last year. Part of the weaker demo for the 9 PM Scorpion had to come from the fact it had a The Big Bang Theory (1.2/4) repeat as an immediate lead-in… Read

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Ratings Steady With 2015, ‘Silicon Valley’ Down, ‘Veep’ Up

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There were deaths, reunions, vows of revenge and revelations of real identities and of course intrigue on the return of Game Of Thrones on Sunday – there were also a lot of people watching. In its 9 PM Season 6 debut and on a free preview weekend from HBO, the blockbuster snared 7.94 million total viewers and a 4.2 rating among adults 18-49. Though snapping the debut growth spurt the series based on George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels, that April 24 result… Read