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‘Homeland’ & ‘The Affair’ Ratings Solid In Season Starter Stats

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland

Homeland returned to solid numbers and The Affair climbed 61% versus last year’s premiere on Sunday night on Showtime. At 9 PM, the Season 5 premiere of Homeland delivered 1.66M viewers, a 3% climb compared to Season 4’s starting crowd of 1.61M. Over its various telecasts last night, the show clocked 2.1M viewers – a 5% increase compared to Season 4’s 1.99M. Meanwhile, The Affair’s Season 2 opener outscored last year’s unveiling by double digits. At 10 PM, it kicked off… Read


‘Quantico’ Holds Premiere Rating In Week 2, ‘CSI: Cyber’ Down In Season 2 Return


Snapshot: New series Week 2 retention – ABC's Quantico (1.9, 100%), Blood & Oil (1.2, 86%); CSI: Cyber Season 2 premiere (1.0) down 44%; Sunday Night Football marks fifth consecutive game to grow year-to-year for the first time. ABC’s Quantico (1.9 in 18-49, 6.9 million) has sealed a back order with an impressive 100% hold of its premiere demo rating. The network already was high on the conspiracy thriller, giving it encore airings in the Tuesday 10 PM slot for the first… Read


‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Up In Season Premiere With Miley Cyrus, Hillary Clinton


Last night’s Saturday Night Live Season 41 premiere was up +13% in Nielsen metered-market households over last year’s premiere (4.5 rating compared to 4.0) hosted by Chris Pratt. The opener, hosted by Miley Cyrus with an appearance by Hillary Clinton and a slew of Donald Trump jokes, marked the comedy show’s highest household rating since January 24, when country star and Voice coach Blake Shelton was the host and musical guest. The episode’s 2.0 rating among adults… Read


‘Dr. Ken’ Ratings Debut Solid, ‘Blue Bloods’ Viewership Rises, ABC Wins Night In Demo

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Now nearly two weeks in, the new TV season has started to settle in a bit. But that doesn't mean new shows aren't still making their debuts – even on Fridays. And the premiere of comedy Dr. Ken (1.4/6) was a nice jolt for ABC, in fact the sitcom was the top scripted show of the night. Coming off the second week of the latest season of Last Man Standing (1.2/5), which bopped up 9% from its September 25 show, the semi-autobiographical Ken Jeong-led show about a doctor with… Read


‘Quantico’ Gets 2nd Encore After Strong L3 Ratings, ‘Beyond the Tank’ Pushed

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Quantico, starring Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, has emerged as a potential breakout new series, and ABC is getting firmly behind it. Three days before the series premiere, the network last Thursday pushed the return of reality series Beyond the Tank, originally slated for Sept. 29, by a week to give the Quantico opener more sampling with an encore airing two days later in the Tuesday 10 PM slot (which actually was Quantico‘s original berth before ABC moved it to… Read


Premiere Week Live+3 Ratings: Scripted Series Take Charge As ‘Empire’, ‘Big Bang’ Overtake ‘Sunday Night Football’

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Here is another great indication of how rapidly and profoundly consumption of scripted programming is changing, with delayed/on-demand viewing’s share growing by the day. NBC’s Sunday Night Football dominated Premiere Week in Live+Same Day ratings, sitting at No.1 with a 8.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 22.07 million viewers, comfortably ahead of the closest finishers, Fox’s Empire (6.7 in 18-49) and CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (18.20 million viewers). But after only 3 days… Read


Fox News Channel Leads Cable News Nets As Oregon Community College Shooting News Breaks

Shooting At Umpqua Community College In Oregon Leaves Multiple People Dead

Fox News Channel was the most watched cable news network during 2-4 PM ET coverage of breaking news out of Oregon on Thursday, averaging 1.7 million viewers and 294K news demo viewers. That’s up 46% and 151%, respectively, compared with same day last year. CNN clocked 1.04M viewers, with 240K of them news demo viewers, as it covered the shooting at Umpqua Community College. CNN was up 107% and 67%, respectively, compared with same day in 2014. MSNBC’s Brian… Read


‘Today’ Wins First Premiere Week In Four Years

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NBC’s Today show is celebrating its first Premiere Week win in the news demo since 2011. ABC’s Good Morning America won Premiere Week in overall audience – its fourth Premiere Week win with viewers aged 2+.  But its 3-year streak taking the demo win the first week of the “official” TV season is ended, as NBC’s show continued its demo ratings momentum for a fourth consecutive week to include Premiere Week. The ratings, expected yesterday morning, were delayed until today… Read


‘Empire’ Slips, ‘Middle’ Inches Up In Ratings, ‘Code Black’ Has Modest Debut


UPDATE 2:50 PM: Survivor, Rosewood, Empire, Modern Family and The Goldbergs were adjusted up one tenth in the finals, while Nashville and Code Black slipped down a tenth. The story has been updated accordingly. Snapshot: New series premiere – CBS’ Code Black (1.6 in adults 18-49 in fast nationals, 1.5 in the finals); New series Week 2 retention – Rosewood (1.9, 79% in fast nationals, 2.0, 84% in the finals). Empire posted first significant slip (-18%); The Middle (2.2) bec… Read


Donald Trump And Carly Fiorina Win Premiere Week In Late Night TV

Donald Trump, Stephen Colbert

Donald Trump’s visit to CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert was the most watched late-night broadcast of Premiere Week. A huuuuuge 4.577 million people caught Trump’s appearance on Colbert’s Tuesday program the week of September 21. But Carly Fiorina’s visit to NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was tops in the 18-49 demographic most prized by advertisers in late night. About 1.5M folks in the age bracket watched Fiorina’s serenading of Fallon on Monday night… Read


Donald Trump Wins Cable TV For Bill O’Reilly


Bill O’Reilly clocked cable TV’s biggest audience last night, 3.3 million viewers, with Donald Trump. The GOP White House hopeful was the featured guest of Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor. The appearance famously ended the vow Trump made, way back a few days ago, that he would not be “doing any more Fox [News Channel] shows for the foreseeable future” because of that network’s “unfair” treatment of him dating back to the first GOP debate in early August. Armed with… Read


Trevor Noah’s Day 2 Ratings As ‘The Daily Show’ Host: 1.23M L+SD Viewers

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Trevor Noah’s second night hosting The Daily Show clocked a Live+Same Day audience of 1.231 million viewers in the show’s 11 PM ET Comedy Central time slot last night. That included 672K viewers in the 18-49 demo. One day earlier, making his debut as host, he’d logged 1.086 million viewers at 11 PM ET, but nabbed many more viewers in a major Viacom-wide simulcast across an additional 11 networks. Comedy Central, which, like many cable networks these days typically does… Read