February 11, 2014 |
All original broadcast shows felt the cold wind of the Olympics on Monday as NBC won the night again with skiing and speed skating. The Sochi Winter Olympics drew an average of 22.2 million viewers, down about 13% from the comparable night for the 2010 Vancouver Games, according to early numbers from Nielsen. In the key 18-49 demographic, the sports telecast garnered a 6.4 rating, easily topping ABC, CBS and Fox. A point in 18-49 equals a little less than 1.3 million viewers. ABC came in second place with "The Bachelor," which dropped 12% from last week to a 2.3 rating among 18- to 49-year-olds, though it was still the top-rated nonsports show.
February 7, 2014 |
NBC carried "bonus" coverage of the Winter Olympics ahead of Friday's opening ceremony in Sochi, Russia, easily beating the other broadcast networks, though other high-rated shows including "American Idol" and "Big Bang Theory" held relatively steady against the sports competition. Time zone-adjusted numbers haven't been released yet, but in Nielsen's 56 metered markets, the Olympics garnered an 11.8 rating (18% share of households watching TV) in prime time. That's the best broadcast metered market result for a Thursday night since NBC's coverage of the 2013 NFL kickoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos.
February 6, 2014 |
"American Idol" kicked off its Hollywood stint Wednesday night to higher viewership and its first week-to-week gain among key young adults this season. "Idol," now in its 13th season, drew 13.3 million viewers overall, up 7% from last week's episode, according to early numbers from Nielsen, making it the most watched program of the night. More importantly, it posted a 3.9 rating among advertiser-preferred 18-to-49-year-olds, an improvement of 3% from last Wednesday. While that's a tiny increase, it could be a positive omen for a show that last year didn't post a weekly uptick until Week 13. Ratings for the veteran singing contest have fallen over the years and the show is trying to regain viewers with its revamped roster of judges, Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez.
February 5, 2014 |
There was an evening at the recent U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston when it felt like a time warp. The crowd for the Saturday night women's final, the marquee event at the nationals, made the big arena feel full. Even though the 13,980 in attendance fell about 3,000 short of the TD Garden capacity, it was the largest single-session crowd at the nationals since the 18,035 in Los Angeles for the women's final in 2002. TV ratings were up more than 20% over last year. "I feel skating is poised to make a huge comeback," 1992 Olympic silver medalist Paul Wylie said.
February 4, 2014 |
Monday night was a virtual dead heat in the ratings between a "Bachelor-" and "Castle"-fueled ABC and a comedy-driven CBS. According to early numbers from Nielsen, both major networks earned a rating of 2.4 among 18-to-49-year-olds, the demographic most desired by advertisers. ABC and CBS were also neck and neck in total viewership. ABC had a slight edge, averaging just under 8.8 million viewers, while CBS drew 8.77 million. Monday night's episode of "The Bachelor" drew 8.2 million viewers overall and a 2.6 in the key demographic, up 4% from last week, while "Castle" rose 5% to a 2.1. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" was the highest-rated broadcast program in the demo, though it fell 13% week-to-week to a 3.3. "2 Broke Girls," "Mike & Molly" and "Intelligence" were all flat from last week, while "Mom" fell slightly.
February 3, 2014 |
Sunday night's Super Bowl XLVIII may have been a disaster for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, but not for Zooey Deschanel or Andy Samberg. Fox aired new episodes of "New Girl" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" after the game to win new fans for the sitcoms and, as expected, plenty of viewers stuck around after the 43-8 rout of the Broncos by the Seattle Seahawks. The Prince-featuring episode of "New Girl" drew an average of 25.8 million viewers, according to Nielsen, followed by 14.8 million for the surprise double Golden Globe winner "Brooklyn Nine-Nine.