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December 2, 2009
The Nielsen Co. list of prime-time television ratings that normally appears on Wednesdays is delayed this week because of the Thanksgiving holiday. It will be published in Calendar later this week.
April 24, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
"American Idol" rose in the ratings Wednesday according to early numbers from Nielsen, orchestrating a weeknight win for Fox.  The veteran singing contest, Fox's only program for the night, earned a 2.1 average rating among key 18-to-49-year-old viewers, up 11% from a week ago.  The second-place network among young adults, ABC, was the one with the highest-rated show in the key demo: "Modern Family. " The sitcom scored a 3.4 in 18-to-49, up slightly from its most recent episode, while "The Middle" and "Suburgatory" each fell a bit. The new comedy "Mixology" rose 25% to a 1.5.  CBS' "Survivor" was the night's most-watched show, with 9.3 million viewers overall and a 2.2 in 18-to-49, down 4%.  NBC showed only reruns.  ALSO: William Hurt pulls out of 'Midnight Rider' 'Last Comic Standing' editors return to work FX Network brews up sponsorship deal with MillerCoors Twitter: @rfaughnder MORE ON LOCATION: People and places behind what's onscreen PHOTOS: Biggest box office flops of 2013 PHOTOS: Celebrity production companies  
January 26, 2003
Super Bowl television ratings and shares, including network (both NBC and CBS televised the first Super Bowl). The rating represents the percentage of televisions tuned in to a program. The share is the percentage of televisions on at the time: *Both networks broadcast the game. *--* Year Network Rating Share 2002 FOX 40.4 61 2001 CBS 40.4 61 2000 ABC 43.2 62 1999 FOX 40.2 61 1998 NBC 44.5 67 1997 FOX 43.3 65 1996 NBC 46.1 72 1995 ABC 41.3 63 1994 NBC 45.4 66 1993 NBC 45.1 66 1992 CBS 40.
April 23, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
NBC's new comedy "About A Boy" rose week-to-week in the ratings, even with a diminished showing from its big lead-in, "The Voice. "  According to early numbers from Nielsen, "About A Boy" earned a rating of 1.9 among key 18-to-49-year-old viewers, up 6% from the last episode, marking the second week in a row that the show has grown. Singing contest "The Voice," Tuesday night's highest-rated show, fell 10% to a 2.7, its lowest ever, not counting specials. "Growing Up Fisher" was flat at a 1.5. NBC was the top network, turning in an average of 1.8 in the 18-49 demographic, where a ratings point equals about 1.3 million viewers.  PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV CBS showed only reruns but was still the most-watched network, averaging 9.4 million viewers, versus NBC's 7.3 million.  On ABC, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
October 25, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
As expected, Fox ruled Thursday night in the television ratings with the World Series as the St. Louis Cardinals came back from a sloppy Game 1 to tie the series with a 4-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox.  According to early numbers from Nielsen, Fox was the top network of the night, with a rating of 3.4 in the key 18-49 age demographic and an average viewership of 12.7 million. Against the heavy competition, CBS came in second with a 2.7 in the advertiser-coveted demo and a total audience of 10.3 million, with "Big Bang Theory" the most-watched telecast, bringing in 16.5 million people.  "Big Bang Theory" fell a bit in 18-49 to a 4.9, while the first-season Will Arnett comedy "The Millers" fell 13% compared with last week, drawing 10.9 million viewers.
April 22, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
James Spader and wannabe pop stars ruled Monday night for NBC, even though "The Voice" fell week-to-week, according to early numbers from Nielsen. "The Voice" earned a 2.9 among 18- to 49-year-old viewers, down 14% from last week. Monday's episode, on which the top 12 contestants faced off, drew 11 million viewers overall. The NBC FBI drama "The Blacklist," starring  Spader , earned a 2.8 at 10 p.m., nearly matching its big singing contest lead-in and holding steady with its most recent original episode.   "The Voice" and "The Blacklist" were the night's No. 1 and 2 shows, respectively, among key young adults.  PHOTOS: Who's still in the running for 'Dancing With the Stars'?
April 21, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
ABC's "Once Upon a Time" and CBS' "Good Wife" posted some of the biggest numbers on Easter Sunday, but Fox's "Cosmos" reboot was one of the only shows to improve on its ratings from last week.  "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, earned a rating of 1.4 in the key 18- to 49-year-old demographic, up 8% week-to-week, according to early numbers from Nielsen. In 18-49, a ratings point equals roughly 1.3 million viewers. Overall, the science documentary averaged 3.7 million viewers.
April 18, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The third season finale of ABC's Beltway drama "Scandal" was high in emotion and ratings.  According to early numbers from Nielsen, Thursday's season closer drew 10.5 million viewers overall and a rating of 3.4 among key 18-to-49-year-olds, marking the series' highest rated finale yet and its second highest rated episode ever. The series high was the Season 3 premiere, in which the show returned from a major cliffhanger.  'SCANDAL' RECAP: Olivia flies off into the sunset ... for now Compared with the Season 2 finale, Thursday night's episode was up 15% in total viewership and 6% in 18-49.  ABC won the night in the 18-49 demo, notching an average of 2.2 -- where a ratings point equals roughly 1.3 million viewers -- driven by "Scandal," which posted Thursday's best 18-49 rating.
April 16, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap" probably wishes it could trade in the ratings for its third season premiere. According to early numbers from Nielsen, the Tuesday 10 p.m. reality show earned a rating of 1.0 among key 18- to- 49-year-olds and 3.1 million viewers overall for the episode that featured a spouse-switch between Daniel Baldwin and Jermaine Jackson. In the advertiser-coveted demographic, it was down by more than half from last year's season opener (which aired at 8 p.m.) for the lowest "Wife Swap" or "Celebrity Wife Swap" premiere rating ever.   The better news for ABC came from "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
April 15, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" grooved its way to the top as the most watched TV program on Monday, making ABC the most watched network of the night. With 14.2 million viewers, the reality show, which increased its viewership 5% from last week, was No. 1 for the fifth week in a row, according to early numbers from Nielson. NBC's "The Voice," which was second in overall viewership, nabbed the No. 1 spot among the key 18-to-49-year-old viewers with a rating of 3.3. In 18-49, a ratings point equals roughly 1.3 million viewers.
April 14, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Fox's "Family Guy" and ABC's "Resurrection" were Sunday night's highest-rated network shows among key young adults, though it appears that golf-boosted CBS had the best ratings overall.  "Family Guy" scored a rating of 2.1 among key 18- to 49-year-old viewers, according to early numbers from Nielsen. Though Peter Griffin et al were down 9% from last week, the animated comedy was the top nonsports program on the major networks in the advertiser-coveted age group.  In 18-49, a ratings point equals roughly 1.3 million viewers.  PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV "Resurrection," ABC's drama in which residents of Arcadia, Mo., are visited by dead relatives, earned a 2.0, down 9% week-to-week.
April 11, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
ABC and CBS virtually tied in the key 18- to 49-year-old demographic Thursday night, according to early numbers from Nielsen.  Fox's "Hell's Kitchen," the Gordon Ramsay chef show, fell 18% to a 1.4 in 18-49, its lowest number yet for a regularly scheduled episode. After that, the "American Idol" results show that revealed the top seven contestants garnered a 1.7, flat with last week's lowest-ever. The new comedy "Surviving Jack" was also flat, at a 1.2.  Meanwhile, it was not a good night for Greendale Community College; Pawnee, Ind.; or the Braverman family on NBC, as "Community," "Parks & Recreation" and "Parenthood" hit or tied their series lows.  PHOTOS: WGA's top 101 shows of all time "Community" slipped to a low of 0.8 in 18-49, in which a point equals about 1.3 million viewers.
April 10, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Nineteen-eighties musical nostalgia on Fox couldn't beat CBS.   It was '80s night on "American Idol" as the remaining eight contestants performed classics of the bygone decade and the aging show's ratings changed little from last week, pulling in 8.8 million viewers total. "Idol" registered a 2.0 in the key 18-to 49-year-old demographic, down 5% from last week, though the series' figures tend to increase slightly in the final counts.   RELATED: Gave up on 'American Idol'?
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