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It's hard to imagine that The Simpsons will ever be cancelled. Despite a decline in the ratings last season, it remained one of Fox's top-rated shows. Will the numbers go up this year or continue to sag? We'll see.
On The Simpsons, the yellow family that never gets older continues to wreak their own kind of havoc on the strange town of Springfield. The voice cast includes Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, and Harry Shearer.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- typically the following morning, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest.
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Sunday, September 28, 2014 ratings -- New episodes: The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, Once Upon a Time, Resurrection, Revenge, CSI, Madam Secretary, 60 Minutes, and The Good Wife. Sports: Football Overrun, The Ot, Football Night in America and Sunday Night Football: New Orleans at Dallas. Specials: Once Upon a Time: Storybrooke Has Frozen Over. Reruns: (none).
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ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” opened its fourth season impressively and Fox’s “Family Guy” delivered its best ratings since early 2011 with the show’s crossover event with “The Simpsons” on Sunday, a night that also saw CBS’ “Madam Secretary” fall off from its football-boosted premiere, though it built nicely on its “60 Minutes” lead-in.
NBC, of course, won the opening Sunday of the television season with its NFL “Sunday Night Football” matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys. It generated a 13.7 overnight household rating/23 share in Nielsen’s metered-market overnights, up 5% from the 13.0 rating the teams did when they met each other on “Snf” last November.
The game, dominated by the Cowboys, averaged a 7.6 rating/21 share in adults 18-49 and 20.7 million viewers overall on NBC’s stations from 8:30 to 11 p.m., with these numbers expected to rise by more than 10% in the nationals.
The season premiere of “The Simpsons, »
- Rick Kissell
Go figure. Once Upon a Time‘s decision to incorporate the buzziest Disney characters in a great while paid off in the ratings on Sunday night, as the Season 4 premiere – drawing 9.4 million total viewers and a 3.4 demo rating, and earning a “B+” grade from TVLine readers — surged 11 and 31 percent versus last year’s opener.
That marks Once‘s best numbers since Nov. 4, 2012 (Season 2’s “Tallahassee”).
Related Once Upon a Time Premiere Recap: Do You Want to Fight a Snowman?
Continuing ABC’s night, Resurrection “returned” to 7.6 mil and a 2.2 (average grade: “B”), down a good 40 percent from its March premiere »
Sunday night had two much-anticipated premieres with major brand cross-over elements and both stunts paid off big time: There was Fox’s Family Guy crossing over with longtime animated frenemy The Simpsons in a one-hour episode at 9 p.m., and the fourth season return of Once Upon a Time introducing its arc based on the Disney hit Frozen at 8 p.m.
Both shows jumped in the ratings compared to last fall, with Fox’s animated series coming out on top: Family Guy (8.4 million, 4.5 rating among adults 18-49) bounced a whopping 73 percent from last season’s premiere and ranked as the night’s No. »
- James Hibberd
So how are your DVR's doing after tonight? There were about a million things on – including the much-hyped season premieres of Revenge and Once Upon a Time – and we've got opinions on all of it. For the second time ever, we humbly present to you our comprehensive list of tonight's TV-related Rants and Raves. Rave: Revenge: It's baaaack! We loved Victoria's journey tonight, from stylish mental patient (alongside The Simpsons' Yeardley Smith) to stylishly escaping mental patient to being stylishly chloroformed after discovering that her former lover David Clarke is still alive. Rant: Revenge: Why does Charlotte Grayson/Clarke consistently have to date the least appealing »
“The Simpsons” boss worries Sunday’s major death may be overhyped: We never said we’re killing off an “iconic” character “I’ve done everything I can to temper any disappointment by saying that, although the press is claiming this is an ‘iconic’ character, we never said that,” says executive producer Al Jean, in an interview with TVLine. “We just said it’s a ‘beloved’ character. I think it may have become overhyped, though I’ve never heard the term ‘underhyped’ before. Either way, it’s an emotional story, and it’s one we’re really proud of.” Plus: What TV critics said of “The Simpsons” when it debuted, and how “The Simpsons” looks at night -- illustrated. “Family Guy’s” crossover with “The Simpsons” is alternately fascinating, frustrating, amusing and annoying In other words, it’s your typical “Family Guy” episode. “Family Guy” Season 13: Stewie will get pregnant »
- Norman Weiss
Among the many gratifying aspects of Fxx's recent Every "Simpsons" Ever marathon was the way that it helped shift the overall critical narrative about the series ever-so-slightly away from the conventional wisdom that the series is a shell of its former self — that "The Simpsons" should have gone away after season 9, and that its legacy is forever tarnished because it kept on going and going and going. I've written before of my strong disagreement with that idea — that if the show isn't as consistently great as it was in, say, seasons 4 or 5, that it's still capable of greatness a few times a season, and still one of the more satisfying comedies on television even outside its best recent outings — and was pleased to see so many critics and fans continue watching the marathon in its later days and admitting that, hey, "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind" or "500 Keys" or »
- Alan Sepinwall
The flesh-eating creatures from AMC’s gory “The Walking Dead” have started to eat into football’s pricing power, according to Variety’s annual analysis of primetime TV advertising costs.
Advertisers are willing to pay more for a package of spots across multiple airings of “Dead” than they are for a 30-second spot in a broadcast of Espn’s “Monday Night Football.” The Espn pigskin showcase was the second most-expensive program for advertisers in last year’s survey, coming in just behind NBC’s ”Sunday Night Football.” This year it ranks No. 4.
The average cost of a 30-second ad in “Monday Night Football” is an eye-popping $397,898, according to the Variety analysis, which uses estimates collected from as many as six different media-buying firms as well as other sources. No scripted program on broadcast can top it. Yet the cost of a package on “Dead” comes to an average of $413,695. The »
- Brian Steinberg
This morning, Amazon released the entire first season of “Transparent,” a great new dramedy starring Jeffrey Tambor as a transgender woman coming out to her family and beginning her full gender transition at an advanced age. I already published my review, as well as an interview with Tambor, and now I have an interview with the show’s creator, “Six Feet Under” and “United States of Tara” veteran Jill Soloway. It’s a deep dive into the world of trans politics — including the question of whether it’s ideal to have a cis male (aka someone born a man) like Tambor playing this role — how Soloway’s professional past and family history shaped the series, the prospect of people watching all 10 episodes at once, and more. As I said in my review, it may take me a little time to finish the rest of the season, given what a busy »
- Alan Sepinwall
Listen up, Netflix.
You've given us countless hours of binge-watching splendor, but we want more. Sure, your exclusive series are great ("House of Cards"! "Orange Is the New Black"!) and the fact that you have every season of "The Walking Dead" available to watch 24/7 is killer, but there are still a few cherished TV series that are missing from your reasonably priced, wonderfully accessible streaming service. And that, my lost weekend-inducing friend, is a crime.
So here, Netflix, are 34 TV shows -- in no particular order -- that deserve your immediate consideration. (Please stop denying us the ability to relive the '80s and '90s.)
3. "Will & Grace"
4. "Golden Girls"
5. "Designing Women"
6. "The Cosby Show"
10. "My So-Called Life"
11. "St. Elsewhere"
12. "Babylon 5"
13. "Veronica Mars"
14. "The O.C."
15. "Hill Street Blues"
16. "Beverly Hills, 90210"
17. "The Shield"
19. "Battlestar Galactica"
20. "NYPD Blue"
21. "I Love Lucy"
22. "Full House"
23. "Dawson's Creek »
- Tim Hayne
Nina Dobrev is heading to “The Originals” “The Vampire Diaries” star will play original doppelgänger Tatia in the "Vampire" spinoff’s 5th episode of the season. If she accepts the "True Detective" job, Rachel McAdams will play a no-nonsense Monterey Sheriff The character, Ani Bezzerides, is a professional on the job and a drinker and gambler in her private life. Why “SNL” writers love Kenan Thompson Adding the line “Kenan Reacts” will get a script extra laughs, says co-head writer Bryan Tucker. “In my nine seasons at ‘SNL,' Kenan has been one of the few cast members who writers lean on,” he explains. "Put him in your sketch somewhere, anywhere, and your sketch will get better. Because Kenan knows how to take ordinary lines and make them funny, and take funny lines and make them special.” Click Read Full Post For More NFL fumbles a breast cancer awareness PSA »
- Norman Weiss
One reason “The Simpsons” has run long enough to sustain an uninterrupted 12-day marathon is that nothing much changes around Springfield. The kids don’t age, and what happened, oh, 17 years ago doesn’t have any bearing on this week’s events.
But the days of the footloose, utterly self-contained episode are slowly fading. In fact, the heavy serialization of TV — and the pleasures of a novelistic relationship with shows — has bled into the sitcom and the dramatic procedural formats, which once derived much of their power from offering audiences a similar experience time and again. So much for “Bonanza’s” Cartwright boys bringing order to the Ponderosa in an hour, and starting all over again next week.
Place some blame for this on “The Blacklist,” the NBC drama that has successfully mixed catching a bad guy every week (chosen from a convenient inventory, no less) with a deeper, ongoing »
- Brian Lowry
Update: In more reliable time zone-adjusted fast nationals ordered by CBS, “Madam Secretary” edged up to a 2.0 rating in adults 18-49 (up from 1.9) and 14.7 million viewers (up from 14.3 million). This means it matches the premiere scores of “Utopia” and “The Mysteries of Laura,” both of which bowed in special timeslots.
The numbers are somewhat murky due to its late start in most of the country, but CBS’ “Madam Secretary” — the first of four dramas to bow on the network this fall — looked solid enough in its premiere on Sunday night.
CBS used a big NFL game as a lead-in to its Sunday lineup, but the Denver Broncos-Seattle Seahawks matchup didn’t end until about 8 p.m. in the East, meaning that the Tea Leoni-fronted “Madam Secretary” didn’t air until about 9.
According to affiliate-based Nielsen estimates for the 9 o’clock hour, which don’t accurately reflect West Coast viewing »
- Rick Kissell
It’s that time again, and the Fall TV schedule is packed this year. It somehow seems that there aren’t as many new shows hitting, but there are some big ones.
On the other hand, that’s a good sign for the popularity of returning shows, even if some of them may be pushing their luck at this point. Sticking with shows that work is great, but at some point we’re milking things, and don’t actually have fresh ideas to work into the routine. I’m oddly curious to see how some of these long-running series perform, especially with the cable networks throwing out a lot of great shows.
At any rate, there’s a lot going on, so let’s just jump into the mix.
Links in the schedule are to reviews, and this page will be updated as reviews become available. New shows are in blue. »
- Marc Eastman
As Fox’s Gotham swoops onto TV screens this Monday at 8/7c, you will in short order be introduced to a bevy of denizens of the titular city.
Photos Fall TV’s Breakout Stars: Gotham‘s Penguin, a Virgin and 12 Others!
Chronicling the rise of Gotham Pd detective/one day commissioner James Gordon (played by Southland‘s Ben McKenzie), the DC Comics-based drama also stars Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy) as Jim’s begrudging partner Harvey Bullock, while Daviz Mazouz (Touch) fills the iconic role of young Bruce Wayne, who has a dynamic destiny awaiting him.
Among the rogues »
A king and a witch are counseling Beauty and the Beast.
Related Fall TV Spectacular: Exclusive Scoop and Photos on 42 Returning Favorites!
Van Sprang and Henstridge will play Homeland Security agents Bob and Carol, a perfectly in-sync married couple who, as mirror images of Vincent and Catherine, offer the engaged pair some relationship advice. Unfortunately, the beauty and the beast begin to discover that there’s more than meets the eye when »
Aubrey Plaza to voice Grumpy Cat for Lifetime In a match made in heaven, the deadpan “Parks and Rec” star has been tapped for "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever” after Jane Lynch reportedly backed out after winning an Emmy. Les Moonves: There’s a “very strong possibility” Showtime will be offered to non-cable subscribers “And possibly with CBS as well,” the CBS chief, who oversees Showtime, told investors today. “Friday Night Lights” alum Zach Gilford to play Jennifer Carpenter’s love interest on USA’s “Stanistan” He’ll play an infrastructure manager for Usaid in the drama about an American compound in the Middle Eastern country of Stanistan. Click Read Full Post For More TBS will celebrate Monday’s 20th anniversary of “Friends” with a 20-episode marathon The 20 episodes will consist of fan favorites. Bill Clinton to return to “The Daily Show” The former president will make his 9th appearance on Thursday. »
- Norman Weiss
Smith will play Dr. Carolyn King, an Ob-gyn who Mindy has to blackmail to get Danny’s mom (Cheers alum Rhea Perlman) an appointment.
Aside from her long-running gig on The Simpsons, which returns Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. on Fox, Smith will also appear in the season premiere of ABC’s Revenge (returning Sept. 28 at 10 p.m.) as a fellow patient at the mental hospital where Victoria is interned. »
- Natalie Abrams
Minorities and women haven’t achieved significant progress in directing series TV, according to a survey from the Directors Guild of America, with Caucasian directors accounting for 81% of all primetime episodes while female directors were hired on only 14% during the past season.
The DGA survey covers more than 3,500 episodes and includes broadcast, basic cable, premium cable, and high budget original content series made for the Internet.
The report also showed that Caucasian males directed 69% of all episodes; minority males directed 17%; Caucasian females directed 12% and minority females directed 2% of all episodes.
The 14% figure for female directors matches the number for the 2012-13 season.
“Unfortunately, it can be shockingly difficult to convince the people who control hiring to make even small improvements to their hiring practices,” said DGA president Paris Barclay. “But the end result is something worth fighting for. This should matter to all of us, as a culture, as an industry, »
- Dave McNary
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