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USA tops 2009 cable ratings

30 December 2009 8:06 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

USA Network made a clean sweep of the 2009 ratings race, marking the fourth consecutive win for the NBC Universal powerhouse. Per Nielsen ratings data (a blend of live-plus-seven-day and two weeks of live-plus-same-day numbers), USA drew a record 3.27 million viewers in primetime, a 14% improvement over its year-ago delivery.

For the period spanning Dec. 29, 2008, through Dec. 27, 2009, USA swept ad-supported cable's three top TV demos, averaging 1.49 million adults 25-54, an increase of 11% versus 2008, while serving up 1.32 million viewers 18-49 (up 5%). The network also held off TBS to take the younger set, drawing 616,000 viewers 18-34.

USA effectively shattered the records it set in 2008, when it averaged 2.86 million total viewers, 1.34 million adults 25-54 and 1.32 million viewers 18-49.

(When factoring in all basic-cable nets, this year marks USA's second straight win among total viewers. In 2007, non-ad-supported Disney Channel topped the total cable universe with 2.7 million total viewers, edging USA's 2.68 million in the same period.)

On the year, »

- By Anthony Crupi, Mediaweek

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USA Network Rules the Basic Cable Roost in 2009

29 December 2009 10:34 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

In the world of basic cable TV, the USA Network is king. The network, thanks to its returning hit “Burn Notice” and new hits “Royal Pains” and “Blue Collar”, topped the competition with the most-watched basic cable viewership for the year. The breezy, easy going net was tops among the heavily sought-after adults 18-49 demo (that’s up 29% from its 2008 numbers), with “Burn Notice” second in total viewers (a whopping 7.19 million) only to TNT’s veteran cop show “The Closer” (queen of the cable nets with 7.75 million), according to 2009 averages. Besides USA, the FX Channel also saw strong numbers for 2009, literally riding original shows like the dramatic powerhouse “Sons of Anarchy” and the comedies “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and newcomer “The League” to higher numbers. Overall, the channel was up 10% from its 2008 numbers. Espn, meanwhile, used the addition of Monday Night Football to give it the second highest »

- Nix

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TV Ratings: CBS repeats battle 'Pirates' on Monday

29 December 2009 8:32 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Fast National ratings for Monday, December 28, 2009.   Maybe most television viewers were watching a Monday Night Football thriller on Espn, but Monday proved to be the sort of ratings night on which ABC very nearly won the key demographic on the strength of a bloated "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequel.   Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 2.3 rating, nipping the 2.0 rating for ABC in the all-important age range. Fox was third with a 1.5 rating, with NBC's 1.0 rating and the 0.3 rating for The CW trailing.   Overall, CBS was in a bit more control, averaging »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Ratings: 'Sing-Off' Sounds Like a Winner

16 December 2009 9:35 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

By Josef Adalian

NBC's "The Sing-Off" is climbing up the Nielsen charts and could be turning into a modest holiday hit for the network.

Tuesday's second episode of the Sony-produced reality competition averaged a 2.6/7 among adults 18-49, according to preliminary fast national data. That's up 13 percent from the show's Monday premiere.

With "Monday Night Football" not in the mix, "Sing" also improved sharply among men 18-34 (up 29 percent). And unlike Monday, when "Sing" lost audience over its two-hour run, Tuesday's episode upticked from a 2.2 rating in »

- Adalian

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Espn tops weekly cable ratings

15 December 2009 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Espn powered its way to another ratings sweep as "Monday Night Football" and a one-hour Heisman Trophy presentation special kept the sports network atop cable's primetime ratings heap.

Per Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, Espn averaged 3.3 million total viewers in primetiime during the week ending Dec. 13. It also ran away with the three major TV demos, drawing 1.63 million viewers 18-49 and adults 25-54 and serving up 801,000 viewers 18-34.

Espn's "Mnf" telecast of the Green Bay Packers' victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 7 drew 13.5 million viewers. Season-to-date, the franchise is averaging 14.5 million viewers, up 21%% from a year ago.

Also putting up big numbers was Espn's Heisman Trophy handoff, which drew 5.4 million viewers Saturday at 9 p.m.

USA Network held onto second place last week, drawing 2.8 million viewers, of which 1.63 million were members of the adults 25-54 demo. USA also took second among 18-49s (1.28 million) and 18-34s (625,000). (Among the younger demo, »

- By Anthony Crupi, Mediaweek

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Kanye West Lampooned On WWE Slammy Awards Show

15 December 2009 8:38 AM, PST | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

One of the great benefits of the hyperactive media culture is that you can do something embarrassing and people move on with their lives pretty quickly. Cultural memory has gotten much shorter, which means that it's much easier for stars to shrug things off and movie on with their lives. It takes an incredible incident to take permanent residence in the public's hive mind. Unfortunately for Kanye West, his interruption of Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards is one of those events, and it continues to live on in Internet memes and television parodies. Taylor Lautner poked fun at West during his opening monologue on this past Saturday's (December 12) episode of "Saturday Night Live," and last night the WWE poked fun at the incident during their annual awards show, which they call the Slammy Awards.

Monday night's episode of "WWE Raw" featured the annual Slammy »

- Kyle Anderson

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TV Ratings: Even in defeat, Brett Favre wins Sunday for NBC

7 December 2009 8:47 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Fast National ratings for Sunday, December 6, 2009.   As "Monday Night Football" ratings-watchers can tell you, America loves Brett Favre. And on Sunday night, America got to watch Brett Favre lose to the Arizona Cardinals, which didn't benefit the Minnesota Vikings, but certainly helped NBC to a ratings win.   Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 5.6 rating, comfortably ahead of the 3.9 rating for Fox and ABC's 3.4 rating in the key demographic. CBS was fourth with a 2.4 rating.   Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 15.1 million viewers in primetime to go with a 9.1 rating/14 share. ABC »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Espn and Jon Gruden reach multi-year extension

16 November 2009 7:27 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Super Bowl-winning head coach John Gruden has struck a new deal with Espn. The Monday Night Football analyst will now add NFL Draft and Super Bowl Week roles to his schedule; and he will call the 2010 Rose Bowl and Bcs Title Game on Espn Radio with Mike Tirico. Gruden, who joined Espn in May as a Monday Night Football analyst, has agreed to an exclusive multi-year agreement with the company. Espn released a statement saying that in addition to his Mnf role alongside play-by-play commentator Mike Tirico and analyst Ron Jaworski, Gruden will appear on Espn.s NFL Draft and Super Bowl week coverage, among other platforms, and he will call the 2010 NFL Pro Bowl in South »

- April MacIntyre

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USA, ESPN split cable ratings crown

10 November 2009 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York -- USA Network last week won the overall cable ratings crown, averaging 3.2 million viewers in primetime, but for the second consecutive week, the general-entertainment channel couldn't top Espn among the core demos.

For the week ended Nov. 8, Espn retained its hold on adults 25-54 (1.46 million), viewers 18-49 (1.47 million) and viewers 18-34 (709,000), as "NFL Monday Night Football" helped fend off another USA challenge.

While Espn once again walked away with the week's most-watched program on cable, averaging 12.4 million viewers with the Nov. 2 Saints-Falcons NFL matchup, "Mnf" took a hit from the World Series. Game 5 of the Yankees-Phillies tilt drew 17.1 million viewers to Fox, according to Nielsen ratings data.

Faced with what would prove to be the most-watched World Series Game 5 since 2003, the Saints-Falcons game drew the second lowest-rated "Mnf" telecast of the year. That said, "Mnf" still accounted for the week's biggest demo deliveries, serving up 6.77 million viewers 18- »

- By Anthony Crupi, Mediaweek

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Best. Gay. Week. Ever. (November, 06, 2009)

5 November 2009 10:29 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Knock, Knock. Who's There? The Closet. you're Still Around? You Better Believe It!

There's been a great deal of discussion on the site over the past couple of weeks about gay celebrities, the closet and what constitutes being "out." And even though we've discussed the issue numerous times before, it seems like it is once again time to revisit the topic. And it's a subject that is as tricky as ever and that can have real consequences for the celebrities involved.

Perez kicked the latest round of debate off when he posted an item about White Collar's Matthew Bomer. Without citing a source or saying how he knew, Perez simply claimed Matt was an out gay man. If true, we were certainly interested in writing about Matt and his show, but as we aren't a gossip site, I wasn't going to simply repeat Perez's claims — for lots of reasons. »

- michael

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CBS High Fives Jenna Elfman's Sitcom

3 November 2009 12:56 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

By Josef Adalian

 CBS is showing a little love to "Accidentally on Purpose."

The network has ordered five more episodes of the Jenna Elfman half-hour, insiders confirmed Tuesday. That's short of a full-season pickup but still a modest vote of confidence in the series.

Critics were mixed in their reviews of "Aop," but viewership has been steady. It's been retaining between 80-90 percent of its "How I Met Your Mother" lead-in. Last night, it delivered its best ratings since its premiere (though a CBS affiliate carried Monday Night Football, potentially skewing »

- Adalian

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USA, ESPN share cable spoils

3 November 2009 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

While USA Network last week returned to its customary perch atop the cable ratings heap, averaging 3.5 million viewers in prime, the NBC Universal network couldn't hold off ESPN in the core demos.

For the week ending Nov. 1, ESPN retained its hold on adults 25-54 (1.6 million), viewers 18-49 (1.5 million) and viewers 18-34 (717,000), as pro and college football helped stave off USA's strong original-series numbers.

The sports network might have been hampered by a mediocre "Monday Night Football" draw in the Oct. 26 Eagles-Redskins matchup. Philadelphia's Eagles dispatched a crumbling Washington team 27-17 in an NFC East contest that featured just seven points scored in the second half.

Drawing 12.8 million viewers, the Eagles-'Skins game ranks as the second-lowest-rated "MNF" telecast of the year, trailing only the second game of the season-opening doubleheader, a Chargers-Raiders pairing that drew 11.9 million viewers Sept. 14.

That said, "MNF" still accounted for the week's biggest demo deliveries, serving up »

- By Anthony Crupi, Mediaweek

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Espn NFL Countdown features Brett Favre's return, ex teammates speak out

29 October 2009 7:45 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

NFL Countdown airs this Sunday at 11 a.m. on Espn. Brett Favre has been gone from Green Bay for 1-1/2 seasons. He has played for two other teams. He has played against, and beaten, the Packers on Monday Night Football. But according to Espn producers, Favre comes back to Lambeau Field wearing another team's jersey as another team's quarterback, to face a welcome of a different kind. If fans are conflicted about his return, they're not the only ones. Tom Rinaldi sits down with former Packers -- Favre's old teammates, and retired Green Bay legends -- to discuss their feelings on Favre coming back as, of all things, a Viking. From the piece: "In that uniform, »

- April MacIntyre

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ESPN on track to win October

27 October 2009 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Buttressed by strong "Monday Night Football" deliveries, Espn is on track to win its second straight monthly ratings race. Through Oct. 25, the sports network averaged 3.73 million total viewers in prime time, a 28% improvement over its year-ago delivery (2.92 million).

Per Nielsen ratings data, Espn swept the three core TV demos, drawing 1.9 million adults 25-54 (an increase of 31% versus October 2008), while serving up 1.88 million viewers 18-49, up 28% from 1.47 million. The net also drew 855,000 viewers 18-34, a 21% lift from 703,000.

Espn started the month on a tear, as the Oct. 5 installment of "Mnf" set the record as the most-watched telecast in cable TV history, drawing 21.9 million total viewers. Wrangler

shill/Vikings Qb Brett Favre led the Minnesota Vikings to a 30-23 victory over the Green Bay Packers, establishing bragging rights over the Nfc North and knocking off the previous record of 18.6 million viewers, set by Espn on Sept. 15, 2008 (Eagles-Cowboys).

Through the first six weeks of the 2009-10 NFL season, »

- By Anthony Crupi, Mediaweek

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Best. Gay. Week. Ever. (October 23, 2009)

23 October 2009 5:03 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Adam Lambert (Sort Of) Kissed A Girl ... And No One Could Stop Talking About It

The big gay news of the week is that one big gay icon did something not so gay and set the gay blogosphere abuzz. That's right, Adam Lambert posed for some racy pictures with a nekkid girl and the reaction of our readers was all over the place as demonstrated by the nearly 70 comments folks posted. Our follow-up poll the next day registered nearly 2,000 votes and generated another 50+ comments.

As for the poll results — it was a dead heat with 41% of folks loving the pics and 41% saying "Ew" and believing that someone was trying to give Adam a "hetero" make-over. I'll say one thing; you folks had a ton of passionate, mostly articulate things to say about the topic.

Personally, I see the whole issue as being a nice little zeitgeist-y moment in how we »

- michael

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'Friday Night Lights': Exec producer Jason Katims teases season 4

21 October 2009 3:07 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Are you ready for some football? No, not Monday Night Football—we're talking Friday Night Lights! Given that season 4 kicks off just one week from tonight (Oct. 28 at 9 p.m. on Directv; NBC will air these episodes in 2010), Fnl exec producer Jason Katims offers up the following teasers to get you fired up. Let us issue a Spoiler Alert and proceed: • Dillon will live every week like it’s Rivalry Week now that East Dillon High School has reopened. “The whole idea of this season is about this town being divided in two because of this new team,” says Katims. »

- Dan Snierson

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Espn wins with pro, college football

20 October 2009 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Espn last week bounced back to take the primetime ratings race, gutting out a victory against TBS and its postseason baseball coverage.

Espn averaged 3.77 million total viewers and swept the core demos during the week ended Oct. 18. According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day ratings data, the sports network delivered an average of 1.88 million adults 25-54, 1.83 million viewers 18-49 and 827,000 viewers 18-34.

Espn's sixth "Monday Night Football" telecast this season drew 13.1 million viewers. The Jets-Dolphins battle marked the second-lowest rated telecast of the 2009-10 NFL campaign, topping the Sept. 14 late game, a Chargers-Raiders tilt that drew 11.9 million viewers.

College ball also gave Espn a lift, as Saturday night's SEC showdown between No. 2 Alabama and No. 22 South Carolina drew 4.62 million viewers between 7:41-11:08 p.m.

On the heels of setting its weekly ratings record with 5.41 million viewers, TBS cooled quite a bit, drawing 2.99 million. The Turner net took second place among the demos, »

- By Anthony Crupi, Mediaweek

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TV Review: ‘30 Rock’ Returns With Two Perfect Episodes

15 October 2009 11:03 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – NBC sent over the first two episodes of the fourth season of the Emmy-winning “30 Rock” and, believe it or not, the show may actually be better than when it left the air last spring. Tonight’s premiere is good but next week’s episode is even better with some of the strongest comedy writing of the year to date and amazing work by the standard cast and one of their most talented regular guest stars, Will Arnett.

Television Rating: 4.5/5.0

Tonight’s episode, the fourth season premiere, is a clever satire of not just the show itself but the entire network. (A show-closing jab at “The Jay Leno Show” is a true gem.) “30 Rock” has never set the ratings on fire, appealing more to critics than actual viewers. It doesn’t really have that big a following or audience. And the season premiere brilliantly and subversively plays off the popularity, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Batter up

13 October 2009 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Despite a record turnout for "Monday Night Football," baseball ruled the week as TBS' coverage of the Mlb playoffs earned cable's top spot in primetime. Full story »

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TBS rules primetime cable ratings

13 October 2009 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Despite a record turnout for "Monday Night Football," baseball ruled the week as TBS' coverage of the Mlb playoffs earned cable's top spot in primetime.

For the week ending Oct. 11, TBS enjoyed its best deliveries in its 33-year history, averaging 5.4 million total viewers, according to Nielsen live-plus-same-day ratings data. The Turner network also put together a record demo performance, averaging 2.5 million adults 25-54, 2.5 million viewers 18-49 and 1.1 million viewers 18-34.

Among total viewers, TBS' average delivery marked a 232% improvement over its prior-week average of 1.63 million.

TBS laid claim to seven of the week's 10 most-watched telecasts, including Game 3 of the Yankees-Twins American League Division Series (6.8 million viewers); Game 1 of that series (6.6 million); and the Tigers-Twins play-in game, which drew 6.5 million.

Other big draws were Game 2 of the Yankees-Twins (6.5 million viewers), Game 2 of the Cardinals-Dodgers National League Division Series (5.2 million), Game 2 of the Red Sox-Angels Alds (5.1 million) and Game 1 of the Cardinals-Dodgers »

- By Anthony Crupi, Mediaweek

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