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‘People Magazine Awards’ Sluggish In Debut, ‘Big Bang’ Tops Slow Thursday

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Another night of soft pre-holiday ratings. In repeat, CBS' The Big Bang Theory (2.3 in adults 18-49) still was the highest-rated program of the night. It is currently tied with sophomore comedy Mom, though CBS' 8:30 -11 PM lineup may undergo downward adjustment in the finals because of a local NFL pre-emption that is likely inflating the fast nationals. Mom (2.3), which aired an episode tackling domestic violence, is currently running down -12% from last week when it had… Read

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‘Survivor’ Finale On Par, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Closer Slips From Last Season

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TV networks continue to switch to a holiday mode, with more fall finales and holiday specials last night. CBS' Survivor ended its 29th season with a closer that spilled well into the 10 PM hour. In the 8-10 PM time period, which didn't include the winner announcement, Survivor averaged a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49. That is even with last week and down two-tenths from the finales of last season's two installments, currently the lowest ever for the veteran reality… Read

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#AskACop Tweets Backfire On CNN With Ratings Flatline – Video

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CNN Tonight urged viewers last night to follow along with its #CopsUnderFire special by sending questions on Twitter using #AskACop, so viewers could ask a police officer direct questions about issues raised by the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases and subsequent protests. It went off the rails: How many "I can't breathe's" does it take for a police officer to realize that someone possibly, maybe, perhaps…..can't breathe? #AskACop — Chris Rock (@ozchrisrock) December… Read

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HBO Joins Networks Insisting Press Abandon Live + Same Day Ratings Reports

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One day after HBO reported numbers for the series finale of The Newsroom based on early viewing stats, the premium channel announced to The Reporters Who Cover Television: Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, HBO will no longer be distributing or confirming LIVE+SD viewership for our programming.  HBO subscribers have available to them an array of entry points to watch our programming - HBO linear feeds, DVR, HBO On Demand and HBO GO -and a single airing is no longer representative of… Read

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‘MasterChef Jr.’ Finale Up, ‘Voice’ Finale Down From 2013, ‘NCIS: NOLA’ Hits Low

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Fox's decision to move MasterChef Jr. from Friday to Tuesday for Season 2 continues to pay off. Last night, the second season finale of Gordon Ramsay's cooking competition at 8 PM drew a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49, up +6% from last week and up +13% from the Season One finale, which aired on Friday. The reality series also drew its largest audience ever, 5.5 million, +14% vs last week and up +34% from last season's finale. Also impressive was MasterChef Jr.'s teen delivery… Read

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Justin Timberlake Visits ‘Tonight Show’, Ratings Hit 9-Month High – Video

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Justin Timberlake continues to be late-night ratings crack.  Timberlake visited Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night; he and Fallon traveled back to the 90's Camp Winnepesaukee again. Not coincidentally, the show delivered its top-rated night (3.5/9 in metered-market households) in nine months.  In adults 18-49 in the local people meters, it was the top Tonight (1.5/7) on a non-NFL night since Monday, March 24 (also a 1.5) and matched the show's best night since… Read

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Fox, Tribune, Univision Team To Address Local Market TV Measurement Deficiencies

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Local television broadcasting companies Fox, Tribune Media and Univision have joined forces with Timeline Labs to announce NewCoin LLC, a data venture they say addresses deficiencies in local market television audience measurement. NewCoin will use the available data-gathering power and “emerging” technologies to create a broader-based tool to measure audiences across the entire spectrum of linear and digital platforms. The Dallas market will be used to develop and beta… Read

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‘Jane The Virgin’ Winter Finale Ties Ratings Highs, ‘Hart Of Dixie’ Returns On Par

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Will the Golden Globes do for the CW's Jane The Virgin and its star Gina Rodriguez what they did for another new dramedy with a fresh faced female star 17 years ago? David E. Kelley's Ally McBeal was doing so-so in the ratings until a surprise double win at the Globes for best comedy and best actress, Calista Flockhart, helped it became a bona fide hit. Jane The Virgin is starting to feel a possible Golden Globes halo effect in the nominations stage where it too offered a… Read

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‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Final Season Ratings Hit All-Time High For FX

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The final ride turned out to rev some serious DVR ratings thunder for Sons Of Anarchy. The final episode of the Kurt Sutter-created series jumped up 44% from its Live+Same Day results to 9.26 million total viewers in Live+3 ratings to hit an all-time episode high. While the December 9 broadcast inched ahead of the previous SOA record holder of 9.25 million of the Season 7 debut on September 9 in total viewership, it fell just a little short of making it a double record… Read

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‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Soar, Fall For ‘Once Upon A Time’ Fall Finale & Barbara Walters Special

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It's almost always an event when the Dallas Cowboys play the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football (7.7/21) and the Lone Star State team's 38-27 victory wasn't the only solid win last night. NBC and the NFL saw a 26% rise among adults 18-49 from the fast nationals of last week's New England Patriots as they beat the San Diego Chargers. That Patriots winning game eventually scored a 7.1/20 in the final nationals. Like with all live events, last night's SNF numbers… Read

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‘Constantine’ Ratings Jump Up, ‘Cristela’, ‘Shark Tank’ & ‘Hawaii Five-O’ Down

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On a relatively quiet primetime, Friday remarkably saw no holiday specials and a number of declines and dips for regular scheduled programming. The exception to that trend was NBC's fantasy dramas. With a lead-in of Dateline (1.3/5), which was even with its last original, Grimm (1.3/4) had an 8% rise. That result is the best the fantasy procedural has done since its Season 4 premiere on October 24. The real surge, in relative terms, was for 10 PM's Constantine… Read

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‘Vampire Diaries’, ‘Mom’ & ‘Elementary’ Ratings Up, ‘Gracepoint’ Flat In Finale

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UPDATE 2 PM: The final numbers are in and, even with the downward adjustments due to local NFL pre-emptions, the 8:30 PM- 11 PM CBS series ended up posting ratings gains vs. last week, underscoring the critical importance of The Big Bang Theory, which aired an original last night vs. a repeat last Thursday. Big Bang was actually the only series to dip from its last original on Nov. 20 (3.9 in 18-49, down a tenth.) Mom (2.6) was up 30% from last week with an original… Read