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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 | 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.
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."
January 16, 2014 | By Scott Collins
Not even Harry Connick Jr. could save "American Idol" from another disappointing season opener. Wednesday saw the season 13 premiere of Fox's singing sensation with crooner Connick added to the judging panel, along with Keith Urban and a returning Jennifer Lopez, who took last season off. But fewer viewers came along for the ride. "Idol" drew 15.2 million viewers, down 15% compared with last year's premiere and the lowest regular-season launch ever for "Idol. " (The season 1 premiere drew just under 10 million, but it aired in June 2002, outside of the September through May TV season.)
January 29, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Magic Johnson apparently isn't the only one who thinks the Lakers are unwatchable. The Lakers' ratings on Time Warner Cable SportsNet declined 37.5% over the team's first 40 games versus the same period last season, according to Nielsen ratings in the Los Angeles market. Lakers games averaged a 2.72 rating over those games, down from a 4.35 last season, TWC's first as the team's broadcast partner. "I wouldn't be overly concerned about it, but I certainly would keep an eye on it," said David Carter, executive director of the USC Sports Business Institute.
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.
February 13, 2013 | By Scott Collins
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.)
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.
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