October 23, 2013 |
Fox is hoping history repeats itself when the Boston Red Sox face off against the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, which starts tonight. In 2004, when the Red Sox swept the Cardinals in four games to win their first series since 1918, the average audience for Fox was 25.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen. At that time, it was the biggest audience for a World Series since the Atlanta Braves beat the Cleveland Indians in 1995. Of course, there were some extenuating circumstances that helped boost the ratings for the 2004 World Series into the stratosphere.
September 17, 2012 |
The third season of "Downton Abbey" premiered across the pond Sunday night, and the sky-high ratings suggest that fans haven't tired of the soapy period piece. Approximately 8.6 million viewers tuned into to ITV1, the network that airs "Downton Abbey" in Britain, to watch Shirley MacLaine make her first appearance as Martha Levinson, the wealthy American mother of Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern). Those numbers would be impressive stateside, but they're even more dazzling given the much smaller size of the British television audience.
July 13, 2012 |
A bit of ratings counseling is in need for Charlie Sheen's TV comeback: His FX series"Anger Management" saw another double-digit drop in viewership in its third week. Its fourth episode, which aired Thursday night, delivered 2.4 million total viewers, according to Nielsen figures - down 28% from the previous week and 27% in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demo. The viewership dive is all the more troubling considering its second week had already experienced a drop of 2 million viewers.
October 1, 2012 |
Looks like there is an Emmy ratings bounce. "Homeland," fresh from its surprise Emmy win for drama last month, scored with its Season 2 premiere on Sunday, delivering 1.7 million total viewers for Showtime, according to Nielsen. That was a 60% jump compared to the Season 1 premiere last year. PHOTOS: 2012 Emmys winner gallery With the program running three times Sunday night, the entire audience was 2.1 million -- giving the show its highest viewership total ever.
March 26, 2013 |
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)
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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
February 6, 2013 |
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.
February 13, 2013 |
Live coverage of the standoff with a suspect believed to be the fugitive Christopher Dorner on Tuesday turned into a ratings monster, with Los Angeles TV stations at least doubling their usual viewership and even national outlets covering the drama. More than 2 million Los Angeles-area viewers were watching 5 p.m. newscasts across the five major local outlets, hours after former LAPD cop Dorner allegedly traded gunfire with police at a cabin near Big Bear (the stations started their live coverage about 1 p.m.)
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."