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‘Scandal’ So-Long Builds On Last Year’s Season Finale Ratings To Dominate 10 PM

The swan song of ABC’s much-ballyhooed Washington-set political soap Scandal improved on last season’s wrapper and won its timeslot, but broke no records. The one-hour Scandal  scored 5.4 million viewers and a 1.3 in the demo in the 10 PM timeslot. That tops its year–ago season closer. Last May, the two-hour Scandal Season 6 wrapper averaged 5.2 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating which matched its season-finale demo low. But, as was to be expected, the wrapper… Read

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Jimmy Kimmel ‘Scandal’ Wrapper-Themed Show Scores Demo High

Jimmy Kimmel’s all-things-Scandal-finale late show broadcast topped the demo derby Thursday night. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, Jimmy Kimmel Live clocked a 0.6 demo rating – matching its highest demo rating since early March.  Same timeslot on Thursday, NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Kimmel logged a 0.5 rating, as did CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, Kimmel averaged a 2.2 household rating, to Colbert’s… Read

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Stormy Daniels Gooses ‘The View’ Ratings Unveiling Sketch Of Man She Says Threatened Her Over Donald Trump Claims

Stormy Daniels boosted The View ratings Tuesday when she showed up to unveil the forensic sketch of a man she claims threatened her over her claims about an affair with Donald Trump. The daytime talk show averaged 3.34 million total viewers, 554K women 25-54 and 351K women 18-49 on Tuesday in Live+Same Day stats. That’s the show’s most watched episode in three months and its most watched Tuesday in 15 months. Daniels, accompanied by her attorney Michael Avenatti, revealed… Read

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‘Roseanne’ Holds Steady In Ratings, Continues To Dominate As Season’s Top Program, ‘Black Lightning’ Even In Finale

Roseanne last night featured the return of two popular characters from the original series, Johnny Galecki’s David and Estelle Persons’ Beverly. In week 4, the revival drew a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating (Live+same day). That was even with the fast national last week despite facing new episodes of The Voice and NCIS at 8 PM this week vs. clip show/rerun last Tuesday. In total viewers, Roseanne drew 13 million viewers, down 500,000. Roseanne was the No.1 program on Tuesday in… Read

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James Comey Delivers Stephen Colbert’s Third Biggest ‘Late Show’ Ratings Ever

Former FBI Director James Comey’s first late-night TV interview since being sacked by President Donald Trump clocked Stephen Colbert’s third highest Late Show overnight household ratings ever, behind only Colbert’s 2015 Late Show launch, and Donald Trump’s one and only visit to the show. Comey’s sit-down nabbed a preliminary 3.5 household rating; then-candiate Trump’s visit, shortly after show’s launch in September of ’15, had clocked an initial 3.7 HH rating. Will Trump… Read

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‘American Idol’ Sees Monday Low, ‘Supergirl’ Slips, NBC Wins With ‘The Voice’

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NBC’s The Voice (1.7 rating in 18-49 demographic, 2.93 million viewers) was No. 1 for the night, besting ABC’s American Idol (1.3, 6.85M) by 31% in the demo and 2.4M total viewers in primetime. On its penultimate Monday before becoming a Sunday-only broadcast to make way for Dancing With the Stars, ABC’s singing competition reboot dropped 19% from its previous Monday and tied its Monday series low in Live+Same Day, though ABC noted the previous Monday's Idol adjusted up a… Read

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‘The Walking Dead’ Finale Ratings Fall To Lowest Since Season 1; ‘Fear’ Debut Rises

No one’s going to start writing an obituary for The Walking Dead anytime soon, but compared with past years, Sunday’s Season 8 finale was almost the least-watched of the AMC zombie apocalypse series. On the flip side, spinoff Fear the Walking Dead opened its fourth season right after with viewership it hasn't seen since 2016. Pulling in 7.9 million viewers, the April 15 "Wrath" episode of TWD that saw the All-Out War showdown between Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and the… Read

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James Comey No Match For Stormy Daniels In Donald Trump Tell-All Ratings, ‘American Idol’ Hits Low

An average 9.8 million viewers watched James Comey declare President Donald Trump morally unfit to be POTUS on Sunday night on ABC’s 20/20. That’s ABC News’ biggest crowd since its Caitlyn Jenner interview in April 2015. It’s also a 3.6 million-viewer improvement on ABC’s previous week performance in the Sunday 10 PM time slot where Comey’s pre-taped interview aired. But Comey’s 20/20 special interview with George Stephanopoulos was no match for porn star Stormy Daniels… Read

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Slip To Lows With Host John Mulaney

NBC's Saturday Night Live took a chance with long-time behind-the-scenes MVP John Mulaney as host this week. While he is also an actor, Mulaney doesn’t have the name recognition of most SNL hosts. Not surprisingly, ratings dropped from last week’s show hosted by Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman. SNL, featuring musical guest Jack White, drew a 3.9 Live+Same Day rating in the metered market households last night and a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating in the markets with local… Read

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NBA Playoffs Post Best Opening Saturday Ratings In Five Years

In a year when even a mainstay like NFL football saw ratings declines, the NBA remains on a hot streak. Yesterday’s start of the NBA Playoffs put up the best opening Saturday numbers in five years across ESPN and ABC, the Disney-owned networks said. Coverage increased 17% over last season’s start, according to metered market ratings from Nielsen. The four-game slate averaged a 2.7 metered market rating.  The ESPN broadcast of the Philadelphia 76ers’ win over the Miami… Read

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CBS Conquers Friday Interrupted By Donald Trump For Syria Bombing News

CBS continued to dominate a Donald Trump-interrupted Friday, with Hawaii Five-O taking honors in the key 18-49 age bracket and Blue Bloods topping the night in total viewers. It marked CBS’s 21st Friday win of the season in total viewers. It also scored the network’s 20th Friday victory in the demo, where the network stayed steady. MacGyver (0.8 demo rating, 6.46 million viewers) took 8 PM in both metrics, with an 87% over closest competitor in overall audience. NBC's Take… Read

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Final NBA Regular Season Ratings Up On ESPN As Playoffs Set To Start

The National Basketball Association’s so-called “real season,” i.e., “the playoffs,” is about to start, the time when even casual fans jump on the hoops bandwagon and pay attention. This year, the playoff games have strong winds at their backs, as ESPN is reporting that NBA viewership for the 2017-18 regular season was up across all platforms as measured by Nielsen. New young talent emerging in Philadelphia and Minnesota, stalwarts like LeBron James and James Harden… Read