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Jimmy Fallon Laps Late-Night Competition In Post-Rio Games Return To NBC Schedule

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NBC’s Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, returning after a Rio Olympics-fueled hiatus, doubled ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live in the demo, and more than doubled CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert in the daypart’s key demographic. Fallon’s show featured Robert De Niro,  Kimmel booked Hillary Clinton, and Colbert snagged an “interview” with Olympian Ryan Lochte.  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, Fallon clocked 0.8/5 in the 18-49 age bracket, Kimmel a 0.4/2 and… Read

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‘Power’ Ratings Surge Against Olympics Closing Ceremony; ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Returns Down

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The Rio Olympics may have proved less than medal-worthy for NBC in the ratings, but it was a mixed result on cable Sunday with Starz's Power jolting double-digits in viewers, and the midseason return of AMC's Fear The Walking Dead getting a bite taken out of it. In overall numbers, the Season 2 return of The Walking Dead spinoff after three months away was still a powerhouse, with 3.86 million total viewers and a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 in the 9 PM hour on August… Read

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‘Ninja Warrior’, ‘Running Wild’, ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Ratings Rise Post Olympics

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After 16 nights dominated by Olympics coverage on NBC, the broadcast networks’ primetime returned to its normal pattern last night. NBC’s unscripted series American Ninja Warrior (1.9 among adults 18-49, 7.0 million viewers in the fast nationals) and Running Wild with Bear Grylls (1.3, 4.1 million) rode post-Olympics momentum after getting promoted during the network’s Olympics programming. Ninja Warrior was up +19% in the demo from its last pre-Olympics telecast to match… Read

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Rio Olympics Closing Ceremony Ratings Lose Almost 50% Of London 2012 Viewers

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UPDATE, 8:31 AM: On the Tube in London there's a sign saying “Mind The Gap” to warn riders to be careful when stepping on the train – NBC might want to pay attention to the expression when it comes to Olympics ratings. With a 4.0/14 rating among adults 18-49 and 16.85 million viewers for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio Games, NBC is looking at the worst Summer Olympics results in decades. Not only are fast affiliates down to the second lowest result of the 2016 Olympics… Read

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Olympics Ratings Fall To Rio Low As Ryan Lochte Says Sorry Again

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We haven't had tonight's undoubtedly festive Closing Ceremonies yet, but it looks like the Rio Olympics is going out with a whimper and nowhere near a bang – at least in NBC primetime. Saturday's mix of host Brazil's victory over Germany in men's soccer, a women's 4X400-meter relay victory by Team USA, more track and field, diving, and a much-promoted sneak peek at a now brunette and tearful Ryan Lochte telling Matt Lauer how really really sorry he was, made up NBC's… Read

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Olympics Ratings Hit New Rio Low For NBC, ‘Superstore’ Gets Big Bounce

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The Rio Olympics may have been heading into the final stretch on Friday, but Usain Bolt certainly wasn't slacking, even if the Ryan Lochte scandal seemed to be heading toward the inevitable next round of apologies. The world's fastest man scored his ninth gold medal yesterday as he helped the Jamaican team take first place in the men's 4x100m relay. That victory plus a historic fifth gold for Allyson Felix and diving dominated NBC's packed primetime coverage last night… Read

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Larry Wilmore Wraps ‘The Nightly Show’ Run With Ratings Gains

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Larry Wilmore’s final The Nightly Show telecast, in which Jon Stewart stopped by to say so-long, clocked 625K Live + Same Day viewers. And, 126K of them fell into the 18-34 age bracket. It was Wilmore’s second biggest crowd of the week – behind  the 665K he logged on Monday, hours after Comedy Central announced it was cancelling the late-night program. Previous Thursday, Nightly averaged 436K viewers. But the Nightly finale marked the show’s smallest number of the week… Read

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Usain Bolt Wins Another Gold But Olympics Ratings Hit Near Low

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Exhibiting nothing less than the speed, precision and showmanship we've come to expect from Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man grasped more history Thursday at the Rio Olympics with a third consecutive gold medal in the men's 200 meters. However, for NBC's packaged primetime coverage as the end of the 2016 Games nears, that win was very close to a ratings loss. With a 5.7/21 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 20.50 million viewers in fast affiliate results… Read

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American Track Sweep & Beach Volleyball Drive NBC Olympics Ratings Day 12

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The U.S. swept the podium in the women's 100m hurdles Wednesday, with Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin winning gold, silver and bronze, respectively, and NBC clocked a 14.4/24 with primetime coverage, including a demo rating of 7.0. NBC's Rio Olypmics Day 12 coverage more than doubled the combined efforts of ABC, CBS and Fox; in the demo, NBC tripled the total tally of ABC, CBS, Fox and CW. Top local markets for NBC on Wednesday night: Salt Lake City, 18.4/36… Read

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Simone Biles’ Historic Gold Brings No Glory To NBC’s Olympics Ratings

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Breaking a historic barrier and the highlight of NBC's primetime Rio coverage, Simone Biles on Tuesday became the first American woman to win four gold medals in one Olympics in gymnastics. Biles' fourth gold and her fifth medal overall this Summer Games, plus volleyball and track and field, comes a week after NBC scored its best Rio ratings results so far. With a 6.8/24 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 23.82 million viewers in fast affiliate results Tuesday in… Read

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NBC’s Olympics Ratings Slip Slightly On Monday

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NBC’s Monday Rio Olympics clocked a primetime crowd of 24.3 million viewers. The evening featured gymnast Simone Biles’ balance beam gold-medal bid, men's beach volleyball and a desperate dive that cost Allyson Felix the gold in the women’s 400 meter race. In the demo, the Games broadcasts logged a 7.0 rating. NBC’s tally was nearly 15M viewers ahead of its combined broadcast competition. But it was NBC’s smallest haul for the Rio Games since Friday, and the third… Read

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Olympics Ratings Don’t Pick Up The Pace Despite Usain Bolt Win; Down From 2012 & Last Week

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The world's fastest man made history again yesterday as Usain Bolt whipped to an unprecedented third straight Summer Games victory in the men's 100-meter final at the Rio Olympics. Add to NBC's primetime package another gymnastics gold for Simone Biles and it was winning television all round – except in the ratings. On a night that actually saw competition from some of the other nets, NBC's 7 – 11 PM Rio coverage received a 7.8/26 rating among adults 18-49 and 26.50… Read