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‘This Is Us’, ‘Bull’ & ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Lead Tuesday Live+3 Gains

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This Is Us solidified its position as the breakout new hourlong series of the fall 2016 broadcast season with a big Live+3 lift. The premiere of the ensemble dramedy added a +1.4 adults 18-49 rating between Live+same day and Live+3, the biggest for any new series on any network in 20 months, since the debut of Fox mega hit Empire, which logged a L+3 gain of +1.5 in January 2015. With the +50% 18-49 lift, This Is Us, which already topped the Live+Same Day standings for new… Read


‘MacGyver’ Off To Strong Ratings Start On Friday, ‘The Exorcist’ Modest In Debut


Snapshot: New series premieres: CBS’  MacGyver (1.7 in 18-49, 10.9 million), the highest-rated and most watched program of the night; Fox's The Exorcist (1.0, 2.9 million). Returning series: MacGyver-boosted Hawaii Five-0 was up, and ABC’s Last Man Standing and Blue Bloods were even; everything else was down.  Do the broadcast networks need extensive development season and pilots? In May, CBS put MacGyver on the fall schedule on a title, wing and a prayer after discarding… Read


‘Notorious’ & ‘Pitch’ Off To Slow Ratings Start, ‘Rosewood’ Hits Low, ‘Grey’s’ Solid

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Snapshot (updated with finals): New series premieres: ABC's Notorious (1.1 in 18-49, adjusted down -0.1, 5.4 million), Fox's Pitch (1.1, 4.2 million); Returning series premieres all down, with Rosewood (0.7) hitting series low, Chicago Med (1.4) tying series low; ABC’s Grey‘s Anatomy (2.5, adjusted up +0.1, 8.8 million viewers) is top entertainment program, CBS’ Thursday Night Football wins overall.  The honeymoon is over. After three nights of consistently solid new… Read


‘Designated Survivor’, ‘Lethal Weapon’ & ‘Speechless’ Log Solid Ratings Debuts Amid High Expectations, ‘SVU’ Impresses


Snapshot (updated with finals at 2 PM): New series premieres: ABC’s Designated Survivor (2.2 in 18-49, 10 million, adjusted down in the finals from 2.3), Fox’s Lethal Weapon (2.2, 7.9 million), ABC’s Speechless (2.0, 7.4 million); Returning series premieres all down exception for Law & Order: SVU (1.8); Fox”s Empire (4.2 in 18-49, 10.9 million viewers, adjusted up from 4.1) tops night. Three days and seven new series premieres in, we have yet to see a freshman series… Read


Michelle Obama Brings Stephen Colbert Biggest Tuesday Crowd In Year

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.  With guest Michelle Obama during Tuesday's 9/20/16 show in New York. Photo: Scott Kowalchyk/CBS ©2016CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Michelle Obama’s visit to Stephen Colbert brought Late Show its largest Tuesday crowd in nearly a year and its best demo ratings since May. After Colbert’s show, Late Late Show with James Corden scored its biggest Tuesday tally in a year. Colbert clocked 3.32M viewers, and a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demo as well as a 0.8 with adults 25-54. Obama visited Late Show to promote her Let Girls Learn initiative and to reminisce about her FLOTUS years. Asked, by Colbert if she had… Read


‘This Is Us’ Opens To Strong Ratings, ‘Bull’ Solid As Newbies Continue To Impress

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Snapshot (updated with finals): New series premieres: This Is Us (2.8 in 18-49, 10 million), Bull (2.2, 15.6 million); Returning series premieres all down; NBC's The Voice (3.4 in 18-49) and CBS’ NCIS (16.0 million viewers) top night. The 100 million-plus views for the trailer of This Is Us translated into eyeballs for the premiere of the NBC dramedy from Dan Fogelman, which opened with a 2.8 in adults 18-49 and 10 million viewers at 10 PM. It was one of two solid series… Read


‘AHS: Roanoke’ Premiere Ratings Lower But Still Franchise’s 3rd-Most-Watched Episode

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The premiere of American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare has logged 8.3 million total viewers and 5.6M viewers in the 18-49 demographic on a Live+3 basis, making it the third-most-watched telecast in the franchise’s history in both metrics. It’s the sixth-season starter for the Ryan Murphy anthology series that reboots each year. Compared with the premiere telecast of Season 5, AHS: Hotel, Roanoke was down 8% in the demo (5.6M vs. 6.1M) and down 9% in total viewers… Read


‘Kevin Can Wait’ & ‘The Good Place’ Off To Solid Ratings Start As TV Season Begins

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Snapshot, updated with final numbers: New series premieres: Kevin Can Wait (2.6 in 18-49), The Good Place (2.6 at 10 PM, 2.0 at 10:30 PM, preview); Returning series premieres all down, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (3.8, -19%, 15.8 million) tops night. With little fanfare, the broadcast networks are kicking off another season, bracing for another decline in Live+Same Day linear ratings, projected to be around -6%, in line with the year-to-year slippage last fall. The declines… Read


Hillary Clinton Beats Donald Trump … In ‘Tonight Show’ Preliminary Ratings

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With Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as his first guest, Jimmy Fallon bagged his best Monday Tonight Show rating in five months in metered-market households (2.8). Clinton’s latest appearance on the late-night show, the week after GOP rival Donald Trump stopped by, also delivered Tonight’s highest Monday adults 18-49 rating in the Local People Meters in four months, and equaled its best Monday in the demo in seven months. Anticipating your question… Read


JonBenet Ramsey Murder Series Scores Record Ratings For ID Network


Investigation Discovery network’s JonBenet: An American Murder Mystery is the most-watched series in the history of the Discovery Communications network, averaging 2.6M viewers and 1.1M in the news demographic across its three-night premiere, according to L+3 stats. Investigation Discovery’s project from Weinstein Television, American Media, Inc. and Jupiter Entertainment, aired Monday through Wednesday of last week at 10 PM. It peaked with Episode 2, which topped… Read


Emmy Awards Hits All-Time Low Of 11.3M Viewers; Down Hard From 2015 In Demo

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2nd UPDATE, 11:20 AM: When it comes to Emmys ratings this year, to paraphrase that famous political quip, it isn't the show that gets you, it's the competition. Facing a Sunday Night Football match-up between the nationally followed Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers plus a strong performance from Part 1 of the two-night The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey on CBS, the final nationals for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards has the ceremony pulling in 11.3 million viewers… Read