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February 12, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
U.S. snowboarder Shaun White proved to be a powerful draw for Olympics viewers, according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen. White's unsuccessful bid for another men's halfpipe medal helped draw an average of 23.6 million viewers to NBC's prime-time sports coverage Monday night, up 16% from the comparable night of the 2010 Vancouver games.  The Olympics, which also prominently featured pairs short-form figure skating, garnered a rating of...
February 6, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
It looks like the biggest bombshell to come out of NBC's "Smash" is its ratings hit. The sophomore behind-the-scenes Broadway drama returned with a two-hour premiere Tuesday night -- and its reception fell way short of a standing ovation, averaging 4.5 million viewers and a 1.1 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. It took a 71% dive from its debut last year, which fetched a 3.8 rating (to be fair, it had made its bow with a strong lead-in from "The Voice").  The dip was less drastic -- but still significant-- when compared to its May season finale, down 39%. For even more context: its lead-in, "Betty White's Second Annual 90th Birthday Special," outperformed the heavily promoted drama, drawing 6 million viewers and a 1.5 rating in the demographic.
March 26, 2013 | By Scott Collins
The funeral march is over for NBC -- "The Voice" is back. The singing contest returned Monday night with two new judges, Shakira and Usher, and the kind of ratings that hit-bereft NBC hasn't seen much of lately. An average of 13.6 million total viewers tuned in, making NBC competitive with ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" (14.5 million), according to Nielsen. Last fall, "The Voice" premiered its Season 3 to 12.3 million. And those results don't tell the best side of the story for NBC. Unlike "DWTS," "The Voice" has a relatively youthful audience, so it was the clear winner for the night among viewers ages 18 to 49 (4.8 rating/13 share)
November 29, 2012 | By Scott Collins
"Duck Dynasty" is ascending the TV ratings throne. The 10:30 p.m. Wednesday episode of the A&E series about a once-poor Louisiana family whose fortunes were transformed by their duck-call business hit a record 4.9 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. That's the type of number very few reality series see on basic cable. By comparison, TLC's notorious "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" -- about a rural Georgia family and their precocious pageant participant daughter -- hit a high of 3 million viewers earlier this year.
November 8, 1991
Help! If Americans rate Reagan "average," America needs help. A twice-elected President has to be good, not just average. Oh yes, he was nice. SOPHIE BINGHAM, Laguna Hills
May 26, 2001
Regarding Paul Brownfield's "Gee, With 'Friends' Like This . . ." (May 19), commenting on the "hammock" time slot between "Friends" and "Will & Grace": It would seem that success in ratings is in the eye of the network. I worked on the first season of "The Single Guy," 1994-95, and we all followed the ratings assiduously. At that time, the time slot was between "Friends" and "Seinfeld." At that time, the NBC execs felt that the show wasn't, in the parlance of the network, " 'must-seeish' enough."
August 7, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Nothing like a visit from the president to boost ratings. President Obama's appearance Tuesday on the "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," in which he criticized Russia for granting temporary asylum to ex-National Security Agency consultant Edward Snowden and for its anti-gay legislation, lifted the show's ratings to its highest level in nine months.  PHOTOS: Classic 'Tonight Show' moments The NBC show scored a rating of 3.8 in...
April 1, 2014 | By Scott Collins
Maybe "How I Met Your Mother" fans don't mind their comedy laced with a little divorce and death.  CBS' sitcom signed off after nine seasons with a one-hour finale Monday night that surprised fans with some failrly downbeat story twists, at least by the standards of network TV. No spoilers here, but let's just say that not everyone's marriage was built to last. But a lot of fans turned out to see how it ended: A series record of 12.9 million tuned in, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
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