NCAA Basketball Tops Friday Ratings; ‘The Originals’, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Tick Up In Demo
CBS scored with the NCAA men’s basketball tournament coverage on Friday. In the non-time adjusted fast affiliate ratings, the network’s sports coverage drew a 2.4 adults 18-49 and 7.92 million viewers. That was up from Thursday’s NCAA telecast (2.0 in 18-49), from last Friday’s (1.5, 4.9 million), and the corresponding Friday last year (1.6). CBS was the dominant No.1 for the night in 18-49, equaling the 18-49 fast national deliveries of the other four English-speaking… Read
CBS’ March Madness Prevails In Thursday Primetime; ABC’s TGIT Tops Non-Sports Fare
CBS’ coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament regional semifinals delivered a significant week-to-week ratings bump, dominating Thursday’s primetime as expected.
Early nationals indicate a 2.0 demo rating and 6.62 million total viewers, but those stats will change significantly because they are not time zone-adjusted. In metered-market results, CBS' primetime clocked a 4.5 household rating, which is up 2% from last year's 4.4 on the comparable Thursday.
ABC's TGIT… Read
‘Empire’ Prevails, ‘Shots Fired’ Misses Mark In Wednesday Openings
Empire ruled the night in its return to Fox's lineup, clocking a 2.8 demo rating, which was up a notch from the 2.7 logged by its fall finale in the 8 PM hour back on December 14, and up 12% compared to its last fall original in its regular timeslot (2.5) last December 7. But Empire tumbled a precipitous 42% from its year-ago spring return, when it registered 4.8 at 9 PM on March 30, 2016, according to Nielsen’s fast-national stats.
Empire could have used a stronger… Read
‘Bones’ Ratings Rise For Penultimate Episode; ‘Voice’ Down & ‘Flash’ Even
There was no This Is Us last night, but it was a primetime with a bit of song and dance, some explosions and a lot of encores.
The second-to-last episode of the often-comedic crime procedural Bones (0.8/3) saw a blast go off and ratings rise. Coming off a New Girl (0.8/3) that was even with its March 14 show and an episode of The Mick (0.8/3) that was down a tenth from its last original February 28, Bones, which is wrapping 12th season, was up 14% among adults 18-49… Read
Nielsen & Fox Television Stations Renew Local Ratings Deal
Nielsen and Fox Television Stations have renewed their local television ratings agreement. Under terms of the multiyear deal, Nielsen will continue to provide measurements to all of Fox’s owned-and-operated stations across 28 stations in 17 markets.
The new pact includes Fox’s Charlotte O&O WJZY/WMYT, which had not been repped under the previous agreement. The deal also includes Fox Station Sales, the national sales representative arm, and Nielsen’s Portable People Meter… Read
‘Big Little Lies’ Inches Up To Season Highs While ‘The Walking Dead’ Slips, ‘Into the Badlands’ Returns Down
Against NCAA basketball competition on CBS, HBO’s limited series Big Little Lies logged 1.17 million viewers and a 0.44 adults 18-49 in Live+same day for its fifth episode on Sunday, up slightly from the previous week to record the series’ highest L+SD marks to date, edging the premiere (1.134 million). Across all platforms, the premiere has amassed close to 8 million viewers to date.
At 9 PM, Big Little Lies faced AMC’s juggernaut The Walking Dead (10.382 million, 4.72… Read
‘Dancing With The Stars’ Ratings Return Up, CBS Comedies & ‘Taken’ Hit Lows
There were certainly awkward moments and some less than smooth moves, but with Olympic champion Simone Biles, the legendary Charo, Nancy Kerrigan, just-engaged Bachelor Nick Viall and Mr. T among the celebs, the latest season opener of Dancing With The Stars (2.0/7) had a sure step last night.
Now, the two-hour DWTS wasn't the night’s top-rated show — that went to a two-hour The Voice (2.4/8) — but the ABC competition series did have that rare Big 4 honor of actually… Read
NCAA Tournament Ratings At 24-Year High Through First Weekend
A spate of upsets especially in the weekend games helped the NCAA Tournament grow its ratings to the highest viewership it has seen in more than two decades through Sunday. Yesterday, which featured upset losses by a pair of No. 2 seeds in Duke and Louisville, drew 11.9 million viewers, up 34% compared with last year and the most-watched first Sunday since 1993.
Overall, the tournament, aired across CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV, has averaged 9.325 million viewers, up 10% from… Read
CBS Wins Friday Demo Ratings Race With NCAA Basketball, ABC Tops Viewership, ‘The Originals’ OK In Return
CBS drew a younger but smaller crowd with its NCAA Tournament coverage than it does with its regular Friday drama lineup. The network won the night in adults 18-49 with a 1.5 rating for its college basketball telecast, up 36% from last week, when it aired drama originals, and it was No. 1 for the night in that metric by a wide margin. But its total viewership shrunk 45% to 4.9 million for a rare No. 2 finish on the night behind ABC (5.5 million).
ABC benefited from the… Read
VH1 Hip Hops Over Cable Rivals With Monday Premieres
There were good ratings behind the music Monday on VH1. The cable net was the most watched nonsports cable network in primetime on March 13, fueled by Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta and the series bow of game show Hip Hop Squares.
The Viacom-owned VH1 drew more than 3 million viewers and a 2.35 Live+same day demo rating for the second episode of Season 6 of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, and its lead-out Hip Hop Squares drew a combined 1.49 L+SD demo rating for its two-episode… Read
NCAA Tournament Ratings Steady On Opening Day, Viewership Up For CBS
It was an 76-56 victory for defending champion Villanova over Mount St. Mary's and a similar 84-74 victory for Wisconsin over Virginia Tech in primetime on the opening day of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
For CBS, the beginning of the tourney was exactly the same in unadjusted fast affiliates as last year, with a 1.3/5 rating for the first game and the second game in their 8-9:30 PM ET and 9:30-11 PM slots – which is a win of sorts after the decline of the opening day of… Read
‘Star’ Ratings Rise In Finale, ‘Designated Survivor’ Even, ‘Arrow’ Down
It turned out to be a case of double your luck for the Season 1 finale of Star (1.3/4) last night on Fox. Not only did the Lee Daniels co-created series have Outkast's Big Boi on as a guest star but the ratings gods shined down a pinch of stardust on the musical drama too.
Which meant, coming off a Lethal Weapon (1.3/5) finale that was up a tenth, Star rose 8% among adults 18-49 from last week – not a bad send-off to next year for the recently renewed show and a bit of… Read