July 31, 2012 |
Here's what happens when a 17-year-old American swimmer wins her first gold medal: high TV ratings. Missy Franklin, the Pasadena native who took first place in the 100-meter backstroke, helped power NBC's fourth night of coverage of the London Olympics (the first night consisted of the Opening Ceremony, which more than 40 million saw). An average of 31.6 million total viewers tuned in, according to Nielsen. That's not quite as high as Sunday's figure (36 million), but it was nevertheless the best first Monday for a non-U.S.
August 12, 2013 |
"Breaking Bad," breaking records. The intense hype surrounding the final episodes of AMC' acclaimed "Breaking Bad" paid off big-time. The launch of the series' final eight episodes on Sunday was the most-watched in the drama's history, scoring 5.9 million viewers. The tune-in was 102% over the viewership for the fifth season premiere last summer, said the network. The ratings also gave a strong boost to the premiere of AMC's new police drama, "Low Winter Sun," which followed the "Breaking Bad" episode.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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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
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November 7, 2013 |
The Los Angeles Unified School District has lost a key round in a legal battle to keep the performance ratings of individual teachers confidential. The 2 nd District Court of Appeal declined this week to consider the case after a lower court ordered the school system to turn over the information to the Los Angeles Times. The newspaper had sought the ratings through a public records request. The school system withheld the information, citing the privacy rights of employees.