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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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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
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
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
March 18, 2013 | By Joe Flint
There are two ways to look at the ratings for the season finale of HBO's "Girls. " The old way would be to see that 632,000 people tuned in on Sunday night at 9 p.m. to watch "Girls," which is a decline of almost 40% from last season. But that won't really tell you how many people ultimately saw the show. PHOTOS: Scenes from 'Girls' Season 2 For a more accurate reading, one has to include the two other times HBO ran "Girls" on Sunday night. Do that, and the number grows to 1.1 million.
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
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.
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...
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