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NASCAR 600 Ratings Slow Down, ‘Battle Creek’ Ends Even, ‘A.D.’ Ratings Dip

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The first Sunday after the 2014-15 television season officially ended was fairly light on originals with repeats all over the schedule and some intense NBA Playoff action over on cable. But that didn't mean there wasn't a finale on broadcast plus some very very fast cars and some ongoing freshman newbies on NBC. With the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 (1.4/9) dominating their night, FOX took the top spot both among adults (1.4/5) and in total viewers (6.12 million) on… Read

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‘Kardashians’ Bruce Jenner Special & ‘The Royals’ Finale Elevate E! Live+3 Ratings

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E!'s special Keeping Up With The Kardashians: About Bruce, which debuted Part 1 on May 17 at 9 PM, delivered 2.8 million demo viewers and 4.2 million total viewers in Live+3 ratings, making it the network’s most-watched premiere since September 2012. The special finished as the No. 1 ad-supported cable program for the night in the demo, women 18-39 and in persons and women 18-34, Read

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‘Wayward Pines’ Ratings Rise, ‘500 Questions’ Down, NBA Playoffs Up For ESPN

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The first night after the 2014-15 season, which of course ended Wednesday, was packed with encores, but there was also some very good intentions and a couple of second chances as well. The first of those second chances was the second week of Wayward Pines (1.2/4), which had a double-digit good night. Without the dramatic competition of the Scandal and The Blacklist season finales its premiere faced, the second episode of Fox’s 10-episode limited series saw a rise of 20%… Read

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‘Mad Men’ Series Finale Hits Viewership & 25-54 Highs In Live+3 Results

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AMC said that they weren't going to be talking ratings for the end of the Matthew Weiner drama until the Live+3 numbers came in. And despite that very serious look on Don Draper’s meditating face, they are probably really glad today that they did. While May 17 finale of Mad Men hit season-ender demo and viewership highs in Live+Same Day results, the Live+3 numbers have the much hyped and very heavily promoted departure jumping double-digits and breaking viewership and… Read

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David Letterman & Twitter: How #ThanksDave Did In The Past 24 Hours

David Letterman at the end of the final taping of the Late Show with David Letterman, Wednesday May 20, 2015 on the CBS Television Network. After 33 years in late night television, 6,028 broadcasts, nearly 20,000 total guest appearances, 16 Emmy Awards and more than 4,600 career Top Ten Lists, David Letterman says goodbye to late night television audiences. The show was taped Wednesday at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.  Photo: Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS �©2015 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved

David Letterman fans and detractors took to social media to express well wishes/good riddances in the hours leading up to, during and after last night’s Late Show bow-out, wrapping a 33-year career hosting broadcast late-night TV. According to social web tracker Topsy.com, 145,578 tweets in the past 24 hours used the hashtag #thanksdave. Also, 216,000 tweets were sent… Read

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Full 2014-15 TV Season Series Rankings: Football & ‘Empire’ Ruled

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NBC has won the 2014-15 TV season in the 18-49 demographic for a second consecutive year, thanks to Super Bowl XLIX. Though if you subtract Super Bowl Sunday, CBS notes, it has a slight edge for the season — which is like a trick question because, of course, there is no universe in which there is no Super Bowl Sunday. Anyway, you’ve probably heard the one about NBC dropping 11% compared to last year, Fox’s 24% crash from No. 2 to No. 4 despite freshman hit Empire, and CBS… Read

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‘Modern Family’ Ratings Hit Finale Low, ‘Survivor’ Down From 2014, ‘Mysteries Of Laura’ Rises

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UPDATE 2:34 PM: The final numbers are in and the tied top two finales of Wednesday night both saw a move upward – though they are still even with each other. Both the Season 30 ender of Survivor and the Season 6 finale of Modern Family rose a tenth to a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49. For the ABC show that means that last night's ratings not only a finale low but an all-time low for the series, which had newbie game show 500 Questions as a lead-in. With the adjusted result… Read

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‘The Voice’ Finale Ratings Fall To All-Time Low, ‘Dancing With The Stars’ & ‘Flash’ Finish Steady, ‘iZombie’ Rises

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The winner's circle was looking pretty packed on primetime last night as both The Voice (2.8/9) and Dancing With The Stars (2.3/7) crowned victors. With performances from the Final 4 plus coach Adam Levine's Maroon 5 and Ed Sheeran, among others, the Mark Burnett produced series hit a strong note with a 33% rise among adults 18-49 from last week for its Season 8 2-hour finale. Still, as NBC look to squeak out a demo win for the 2014-15 season over CBS, they might want to… Read

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Bill Murray Gooses David Letterman Ratings On Penultimate ‘Late Show’

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Last night's penultimate broadcast of Late Show With David Letterman clocked a household 4.9/12 in metered markets – its best local rating since September 21, 2009. With Bill Murray bursting from a cake and Bob Dylan “crooning” a ’40s tune made popular by Frank Sinatra, Letterman’s early ratings jumped 48% from last week (3.3/09) and 145% from a year ago (2.0/05). That, in turn, boosted Dave’s lead-out, Late Late Show (2.0/7), now hosted by James Corden, to its best local… Read

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‘Wayward Pines’ Surges In Live+3 Ratings To Fox’s Best Debut Result

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The limited event series may have had a soft start when it debuted on very competitive May 14 of NBA playoff games and network finales, but Wayward Pines has made the jump to light speed in Live+3 ratings.With the highest percentage gain of any Fox debut ever in time-shifted numbers, the M. Night Shyamalan-directed premiere rose 90% from its Live + Same Day result among adults 18-49 to a 1.9/6 rating. Viewershipwise, the series starring Matt Dillon, Melissa Leo,Carla… Read

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David Letterman’s Final Week: Tom Hanks Delivers 5-Year Local Rating High

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With Tom Hanks as his guest and Eddie Vedder performing, David Letterman clocked his highest local rating in more than five years for CBS’s Late Show.  In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, Letterman logged a household 4.1/11, thumping NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2.2/6) and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live (2.1/6). Letterman was up 37% from last week (3.0/8) in households, and 78% from a year ago (2.3/6). It was Dave’s best local market rating since February 9, 2010… Read

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‘The Following’ Ratings Fall In Series Finale, ‘Bachelorette’ Debuts Steady, ‘NCIS: LA’ Down From 2014

THE FOLLOWING: Ryan (Kevin Bacon, L), Max (Jessica Stroup, C) and Lisa Campbell (guest star Diane Neal, R) come up with a plan in the special two-hour "Dead or Alive/The Reckoning" Series Finale episode of THE FOLLOWING airing Monday, May 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Giovanni Rufino/FOX

On a night of half a dozen finales and one debut, ABC took the long held Monday top spot away from NBC among adults 18-49. With a 2.2/7 rating to NBC's 2.1/7, a Dancing With The Stars (2.2/8) and Season 11 premiere of The Bachelorette (2.1/7) driven ABC also snagged the most watched network Gold medal for the night with 9.53 million watching. All things considered it was actually a fairly steady night for ABC with Part 1 of the finale of this year's DWTS even with its May… Read