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A shift to Sunday helped NBC’s annual “Miss Universe Pageant” produced big ratings gains this year, as the event stood as the night’s top broadcast in key demos with some of its best numbers in years. Also of note on the final Sunday of the month were modest exits for ABC’s “Galavant” and “Resurrection.”
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, NBC won Sunday among the broadcasters thanks to the live, three-hour “Miss Universe Pageant” from Miami (2.0/6 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall), which was the night’s No. 1 entertainment program in 18-49 as well as both persons 12-34 (1.5/6) and adults 25-54 (2.3/6). It grew with each half-hour, peaking with a 2.4 demo rating and 8.8 million total viewers from 10:30 to 11.
The telecast, which saw Miss Colombia come away the winner, hit a six-year high in adults 18-49 and a nine-year high in total viewers. Last year’s event got »
- Rick Kissell
ABC’s “Galavant” and “Resurrection” enjoy healthy increases
Feel free to put on the crown and take a victory strut, NBC.
While Miss Colombia Paulina Vega won the Miss Universe Pageant in Miami on Sunday, NBC scored its own honors with its airing of the pageant, which put the network in first place among the key 18-49 demographic for the night, according to preliminary numbers.
Meanwhile, ABC’s “Galavant” and “Resurrection” saw healthy increases.
See photos: 23 Eye-Popping and Outrageous Stills from the Miss Universe 2015 Costume Contest
NBC was first place in the demo with a 1.8 rating/5 share and second in total viewers with 7.4 million. »
- Tim Kenneally
NBC’s broadcast of the Miss Universe pageant (do we still call it that?) on Sunday night drew 7.6 million total viewers and a 2.0 demo rating, more than doubling the previous coronation ceremony (3.9 mil/0.9, on a Saturday) and marking eight- and five-year highs.
ABC | Galavant‘s double-episode finale averaged 4.3 mil/1.1, up 26 and 22 percent week-to-week. Resurrection‘s finale (3.7 mil/1.0) popped 12 and 25 percent, while Revenge (3.7 mil/0.9) slipped 10 percent and audience/was flat in the demo.
CBS | Leading out of a special Undercover Boss (8.8 mil/1.5), a double-pump of CSI averaged 8.2 mil/1.3, on par with its most recent outing.
Fox | With football nowhere in sight, »
Photo: Screen Actors Guild It's the first major industry award show of the year as the media has weighed in with their thoughts at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards, but tonight the Screen Actors Guild announce the winners of the 2015 SAG Awards and Laremy and I are back at the helm, live-blogging the awards just as we did with the Golden Globes. As far as the current awards race is concerned, with Birdman winning the Producers Guild Awards last night, all eyes will be on the ensemble category as Boyhood will be looking to gain back that edge and remain the Oscar frontrunner. However, should Birdman take tonight's top prize don't be surprised to see Birdman swing into that top spot in my Best Picture predictions. We'll see how things turn out... You can check out the full list of feature film nominees right here and we'll be »
- Brad Brevet
Denise Richards and Francia Raisa have new reps as Abrams Artists Agency has inked them both. Richards most recently starred on the ABC Family series Twisted, and her recent TV credits also include Lifetime telepic Fatal Acquittal, Anger Management, 30 Rock, Blue Mountain State and Kickin’ It. She also has appeared in such features as Scary Movie 3, The World Is Not Enough and Wild Things. She continues to be managed by Link.
Raisa was a regular on ABC Family’s The Secret Life Of The American Teenager throughout its five-season run and appeared in the telefilms A Snow Globe Christmas and Christmas Bounty. Other TV gigs include The Mindy Project, CSI and In Plain Sight. She next appears in the Lifetime series Un-Real and the features Dirty Lies and Beyond Paradise. She continues to be managed by Untitled.
- The Deadline Team
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* All 10 episodes of Golden Globe Award winner Transparent will be available to watch for free on Amazon Prime Instant Video this Saturday.
Twenty-five years ago, the first episode of The Simpsons aired in the Sunday, 8 p.m., time slot that the show still occupies today and has for most of its quarter-century run. In the past 25 years, the show has generated laughs, riffed on countless pop culture sources, and even introduced whole words to our language. However, The Simpsons has also had more tender, human moments than one might expect from a show starring cartoons with massive overbites. Check out 25 moments when the show reminded us that there's some genuine heart beneath all that yellow. 1. 'And Maggie Makes Three'In a flashback, Homer »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
It looks like Zoe’s plan to frame Frankie as the nude photo ringleader is about to blow up in her face — and just in time for Degrassi‘s midseason finale!
TVLine has an exclusive clip from Tuesday’s episode (TeenNick, 9/8c) which finds Zoe’s fellow cheerleaders questioning whether she was the one who threw Frankie under the bus. And here’s the weirdest part: Zoe actually comes clean!
“I did what I had to do to protect us,” she insists. “It was the only way.”
She also tries to win back the girls’ favor with a surprise gift »
"...'Bart' has a new accomplice and best friend when 'Homer' is hypnotized at the circus and believes he is a young boy again..."
Voice cast includes Dan Castellaneta as 'Homer Simpson', Julie Kavner as 'Marge Simpson, Nancy Cartwright as 'Bart Simpson' and 'Nelson', Yeardley Smith as 'Lisa Simpson', Hank Azaria as 'Moe', Harry Shearer as 'Skinner', Tress MacNeille as 'Dolph' and Pamela Hayden as 'Milhouse'.
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- Michael Stevens
On Sunday, Fox will air an episode of The Simpsons scripted by Judd Apatow, which just so happened to be penned back in 1990 when the Knocked Up filmmaker’s career was in its infancy and the classic animated sitcom was still in its first season. Speaking to TV Guide, Apatow has discussed ‘Bart’s New Friend’, and how it finally became a reality after all these years:
“I was 22, a huge fan of The Simpsons, and hoping for a TV writing career,” states Apatow. “At the time I was a fledgling standup comic and people said, ‘If you want to write for sitcoms, you need to do spec scripts.’ Only six episodes of The Simpsons had aired at that point but I tried to copy the style and did a spec script where Homer gets hypnotized and thinks he’s a 10-year-old. He has such a great time being Bart »
- Gary Collinson
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. (more…) »
Sunday, January 4, 2015 ratings — New episodes: America's Funniest Home Videos, Galavant, Resurrection, Revenge, 60 Minutes, Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, CSI, The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, and The Celebrity Apprentice. Sports: NFL Playoffs: Lions at Cowboys. Reruns: Dateline NBC.
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Fox dominated Sunday’s primetime ratings race behind NFL action and above-average scores for its comedies, but NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” shined late as it returned to the lineup with nice gains over its most recent premiere. And at ABC, four-week musical comedy experiment “Galavant” posted solid numbers in its launch.
According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Celebrity Apprentice” (2.3 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall) bowed with timeslot-winning numbers in the 18-49 demo, rising 35% (0.6) above its most recent season opener in March of 2013. In the demo, it beat the combined scores of CBS and ABC from 9 to 11.
Opening the night for NBC was “Dateline” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall), which built throughout its telecast and provided a solid lead-in for “Celebrity Apprentice.” This was the most-watched Sunday »
- Rick Kissell
The Dallas Cowboys squeaked out a victory over the Detroit Lions early in primetime on Sunday. On the Nielsen ratings sheets, however, the competition wasn’t close at all.
Fox easily bested the rest last night, despite NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” getting off to a hot start and ABC’s musical comedy “Galavant” opening to nice numbers as well. The second half-hour of “Galavant,” however, dipped two-tenths from the first. Due to the nature of live sports, numbers for Fox are subject to change.
Also Read: 7 Super-Intense ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Feuds (Photos)
Fox was first in ratings with a 6.2 rating »
- Tony Maglio
The Celebrity Apprentice on Sunday night returned to 6.8 million total viewers and a 2.3 demo rating, rising 31 and 35 percent from its previous premiere (circa March 2013) and giving NBC its best non-Globes, non-sports performance in the time slot in two years.
ABC | Galavant — which TVLine readers gave an average grade of “B+” — averaged 7.3 mil and 2.0 across its two half-hour airings (7.9 mil/2/1 > 6.8 mil/1.9) , up 28 and 18 percent from Once’s midseason finale. Resurrection (4.1 mil/1.0) was flat, while Revenge (3.9 mil/0.9) dropped 15 and 25 percent.
If you’re looking for excuses not to watch "Downton Abbey," the show has given you plenty over the course of its four previous seasons. The show has careened wildly from disappearing heirs, to in flagrant expirations, to its wanton wholesale killing of members of the poor Crawley family; from magically resolved murder plots to unfortunate sex crime subplots. Despite all this, “Downton Abbey” deserves one more chance from those who loved it once, not without cause. It’s flaws have been many but like the old pile the family occupies, its charm stands untouched. To start with "Downton Abbey” may be merely a soap opera but at least it wears its sudsiness on its sleeve. In these days of niche TV, what falls under the quality-banner is expected to do more than mere story-telling. A show is considered Highbrow if it ignores telling stories in favor of brooding, elliptical »
- Richard Rushfield
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