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‘Murder’ Steady In Finale, ‘Mom’ Ratings On Par In New Slot, Swimsuit Special Soft

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How To Get Away With Murder ended its freshman run last night with a two-hour finale. It didn’t make a splash like the winter finale in November which posted a six-week high, but was steady, logging a 2.8 in adults 18-49 from 9-11 PM to match its fast national for the 10-11 PM episode last week. Murder also trumped NBC’s The Blacklist (1.8) in their first face-off at 9 PM and helped ABC deliver its fifth consecutive Thursday demo win. Not going against Scandal, Blacklist… Read

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Bill O’Reilly Flattens Obama In Timeslot Ratings Competition

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Bill O'Reilly pummeled President Obama last night in the ratings. The Fox News Channel star clocked 705,000 news demo viewers last night on The O’Reilly Factor – his biggest haul in that 25-54 age bracket this calendar year to date. Obama, meanwhile, appeared in O’Reilly’s timeslot on MSNBC; he was interviewed by Jose Diaz-Balart about immigration policy, at a town hall meeting held at Florida International University campus. He logged 129,000 news-demo viewers CNN’s AC 36… Read

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‘Empire’ Ratings Hit New Demo & Viewership Highs In Final Numbers – Update

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UPDATE, 2:01 PM: And things have just gotten higher and higher for the Fox series. With final numbers now in, Empire has broken its own record of this morning with a 5.4/15 rating and 13.90 million viewers. In adjusted numbers, that's up 3% from the final ratings of 5.2/15 from last week. In total audience, Empire rose up 7% from the 13.0 million of its February 18 show. Early ratings in the AM today had the Lee Daniels, Brian Grazer and Danny Strong-created drama with a… Read

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ABC’s ‘This Week’ Beats NBC’s ‘Meet The Press’ In February Sweep For First Time In 22 Years

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ABC’s This Week beat NBC’s Meet the Press in the news demo for the February sweep – the first time that’s happened in 22 years. The ABC Sunday Beltway show turned in its strongest sweep performance in the news demo in six years, and its smallest news demo gap against frontrunner, CBS’s Face the Nation, during a February ratings derby in four years. For the February sweep, This Week with George Stephanopoulos drew 3.017 million total viewers — 954,000 of them in the news… Read

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‘Parks & Recreation’ Ratings Soar In Series Finale, ‘MasterChef Jr.’ & ‘Agent Carter’ Finales Steady

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All things come to an end and last night's primetime saw a lot of shows do just that, some forever and some likely just for now. The big goodbye was, of course, the series ender of Parks and Recreation (1.6/5). Moved to the choice 10 PM slot right after the second night of the start of Season 8 of The Voice (3.8/11), the 1-hour finale of the Amy Poehler and Adam Scott-led comedy saw a not unexpected big big jump from from last week. Up 45% compared to its 8:30 PM show of… Read

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Final Oscar Ratings: Demo Stays Lowest Since 2008, Viewership Worst Since 2009

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FINAL UPDATE, 11:57 AM: Like the show itself, the ratings for the Oscars feel like they will never end. Now, two days after Hollywood's biggest night we have the final, final numbers for the 87th Academy Awards. While it is still the lowest performance among adults 18-49 since 2008 and the lowest viewership since 2009, the spread has tightened a touch. In final ratings, the Neil Patrick Harris-hosted Oscars on Sunday went up a bit to get an 11.0/26 rating in the key demo… Read

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‘The Voice’ Ratings Return Even, ‘Gotham’ Up, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Finale Falls, ‘Bachelor’ Even – Update

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UPDATE, 2:58 PM: The Season 8 debut of The Voice hit a slightly higher note after all in adjusted final ratings. Moving up to a 4.1/11 among adults 18-49 from a 4.0/11 in preliminary numbers, last night’s show is now tied with the Season 7 premiere of last September for the series’s lowest cycle debut. However in total viewers, last night’s Voice went up 2% from this morning’s results to an audience 13.97 million. That’s almost a million more viewers that what the… Read

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Brian Williams-less, ‘NBC Nightly News’ Grows Week To Week In Ratings

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Sighs of relief from the direction of 30 Rock: NBC Nightly News Minus Brian Williams posted week-to-week gains in total viewers (up 7%, translating to 673,000 viewers), the news demo (11%, or 262,000 viewers), and among 18-49 year olds (up 9%, or 147,000 viewers) the week of February 16. Sure, CBS and ABC evening newscasts also were up, across the board, week to week. But ABC and CBS newscasts didn’t have to pull their anchors while the network investigates disputed… Read

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‘Better Call Saul’ Steady On Monday In Week 2

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Better Call Saul rode The Walking Dead coattails for its launch but is now standing on its own, turning AMC into a formidable player on Mondays. The third episode of the Breaking Bad prequel delivered 5.8 million viewers, 3.7 million adults 18-49 and 3.6 million adults 25-54 in Live+3 viewing. That was up a fraction (+1% in viewers and 18-49, +4% in 25-54) from the dramedy’s Monday debut with its second episode, which followed the series premiere that aired behind the… Read

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‘Blue Bloods’ Ratings Hit High, ‘SNL 40′ Encore Gives NBC Big Lift, ‘Shark Tank’ Rises As ABC Wins Night In Demo

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The last Friday of February sweep was good for the Tom Selleck-led cop family drama, good for Undercover Boss' Season 6 finale, good for ABC and a very good indication of the staying power of SNL 40.   While everyone else had originals on last night, NBC filled its entire primetime with an encore of the live February 15 comedy superstar packed special and proceeded to score its best non-sports Friday results among adults 18-49 since the premieres of Grimm and the now… Read

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‘SNL 40′ Ratings Soar In Live+3

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Live+3 stats are in, and it’s really good news for SNL 40 and NBC. The Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special jumped to a 9.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 26.5 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen. The 9.16 rating in adults 18-49 is a +17% increase over the show's 7.83 in next-day Live+Same Day Nielsens. The 26.5 million is a +14% jump vs L+SD 23.1 million. As previously reported, excluding Super Bowl nights, this is now NBC's top-rated primetime… Read

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‘Two And A Half Men’ Finale & ‘The Odd Couple’ Premiere Deliver Solid Ratings

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After surviving one of the most dramatic dismissals of a series star ever, CBS' Two And A Half Men summoned some of the ratings magic of its glory days for its Charlie Sheen-themed (but Sheen-less) hourlong series finale last night. It drew a 3.1 rating in adults 18-49, up a whopping +48% from last week, and 13.2 million total viewers, the long-running comedy’s best numbers since May and April 2013, respectively. Underscoring the draw of star power in launching comedy… Read