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ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2012 | By Meg James
Wall Street analysts are nervous about Viacom Inc.'s short-term growth amid a ratings slump at the company's key television networks. Ratings are down about 30% this season at MTV, the company's signature cable channel. The youth-skewing network also is losing its juggernaut franchise "Jersey Shore," which could make matters worse.  And for the last year, Viacom's other major cash cow, Nickelodeon, has been struggling to stop the flight of young viewers. TV networks provide about 90% of the Viacom's profits.  On Thursday, Wells Fargo media analyst Marci Ryvicker was blunt during a conference call with analysts to discuss the company's fiscal fourth quarter.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2013 | By Greg Braxton and Yvonne Villarreal
OWN's first scripted drama, Tyler Perry's "The Have and the Have Nots," got off to a great start among viewers, scoring record ratings, but was blasted by some critics. The creative marriage between Perry and Oprah Winfrey -- at least for now -- seems to be a match made in ratings heaven for Winfrey's OWN. Tuesday's back-to-back episodes of “The Haves and the Have Nots” were the network's highest-rated premiere “ever,” according to a release from OWN. The 9 p.m. airing delivered 1.77 million viewers (1.57 million of them women age 25-54)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
An average of 3.5 million viewers tuned in for Sunday's season finale of "True Detective," the HBO crime anthology starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, according to Nielsen. That's the biggest audience ever for the 9 p.m. cable drama and 50% higher than the 2.3 million who watched the show's premiere.  The show's big closer faced heavy competition on cable and broadcast networks, including the premieres of ABC's "Resurrection" and Fox's "Cosmos," along with an episode of the AMC hit "Walking Dead.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Time Warner Cable's blackout of CBS signals, resulting from an ongoing carriage dispute, has had a minimal effect on the network's ratings, CBS said Monday.  Through the first three nights of the outage, which began Friday, the network's ratings have been down by about 1%, according to CBS' estimates.  CBS-owned media outlets went dark for Time Warner Cable customers in several markets, including Los Angeles and New York, affecting about...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2012 | By Joe Flint
"American Idol"continued to suffer a ratings drop as it headed into its season finale Wednesday night and prepared to crown either Phillip Phillips or Jessica Sanchez the winner. According to preliminary ratings, the Tuesday night episode of the Fox show drew 14.3 million viewers. That was enough for an easy win, and the show also was first in the advertiser-coveted demographic of adults ages 18 to 49. "American Idol's" overall numbers, however, are inching downward. Last season, "American Idol" averaged almost 25 million viewers; this season is typically attracting around 19 million, according to Nielsen.
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