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During the Ultimate Fighting Championships, Anderson Silva had only lost one fight up until now -- to Chris Weidman, back in July when Weidman knocked out Silva in a fight when Silva was doing what some would call showing off.
Saturday (Dec. 28) the fight ended with a much more gruesome outcome. Silva was defeated by Weidman when, roughly 90 seconds into the second round, Silva kicked against Weidman and Weidman blocked. But the block resulted in a broken leg for Silva. Many on Twitter were calling it the most gruesome Ufc injury of all time.
Weidman said after the match, "The goal is to get your knee up and allow them to make contact with their shin right there. As soon as he hit me with that kick and moved backwards I knew right away. There's no real excitement in a fight finishing like that because you never want to see anyone get hurt like that. »
Some highly rated December games, including this week’s Atlanta-San Francisco matchup, has helped Espn’s “Monday Night Football” finish its season with the franchise’s best numbers in three years.
Nielsen estimates that “Monday Night Football” averaged 13.68 million viewers for its 17-game slate this season — up 7% from last year (12.83 million) and the best since the 2010 season, which drew 14.66 million. This season ranks third among the eight seasons since “Mnf” moved to Espn in 2006, behind 2009 and 2010.
This is the eighth straight year that “Monday Night Football” has been the most popular cable series in same-night viewing, according to Nielsen, finishing above everything, including AMC’s “The Walking Dead” (12.20 million). But “Dead,” which had its biggest year to date in 2013, averaged more viewers if all same-week DVR playback is counted (16.48 million).
Flexible scheduling, which can be used to change times of Sunday games two weeks in advance, is not available for “Mnf, »
- Rick Kissell
NBC closed out a strong fall last week with another victory in key demos, this time blowing away the competish behind “Sunday Night Football” and the cycle finale of “The Voice.”
The Peacock also got solid perfs from limited-run series “The Sing-Off” and kept the lights on with encores of holiday faves like “SNL Christmas” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
CBS, which still had enough to win in total viewers, aired original episodes of its scripted series on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, but otherwise Fox’s “Almost Human” was the only other firstrun comedy or drama on the Big Four or CW.
According to Nielsen, NBC finished on top in adults 18-49 for the 12th time in 13 weeks this season, pacing the Dec. 16-22 sesh with a 2.4 rating/7 share, followed by CBS (1.7/5), ABC (1.2/4) and Fox (1.1/4) and Univision (1.0/3). The Peacock also led in adults 25-54 with a 3.0 rating/8 share, well »
- Rick Kissell
With Espn's coverage of Monday Night Football airing on affiliates in Atlanta (ABC) and San Francisco (CBS), both networks are subject to adjustments in final returns. But as it stands, ABC topped the night with holiday specials Shrek the Halls, A Chipmunk Christmas and the finale of The Great Christmas Light Fight (1.4 rating adults 18-49). The latter, up 40 percent from its last showing, gave the network a 1.3 adults rating and 5.1 million viewers for the night. The Sing-Off (1.3 adults) was down seven-tenths of a point from last Monday and
- Michael O'Connell
Fast National ratings for Monday, Dec. 23, 2013
"The Sing-Off" went out on a low note Monday, recording the smallest finale in its four seasons on NBC. It might, however, still end up as the night's top show in adults 18-49.
That honor currently belongs to ABC's finale of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" and reruns of "2 Broke Girls" and "Mike & Molly" on CBS. Both of those networks, however, had local pre-emptions for the "Monday Night Football" game, so their ratings may come down in the final nationals.
The only other original show on Monday was a special "Hollywood Game Night" on NBC, which finished second in its hour in adults 18-49.
ABC currently stands at 5.05 million viewers and a 2.9 rating/5 share in households, pending updates for the NFL pre-emption. CBS (4.9 million, 3.1/5) is second, also pending updates. NBC averaged 4.6 million viewers and a 2.9/5, followed by Fox (2.15 million, 1.4/2) and The CW (979,000, 0.7/1).
Among adults »
There weren’t many ratings fireworks on the broadcast networks Monday night, with ABC and NBC faring best with the two-hour conclusions to their limited-run competition series “The Great Christmas Light Fight” and “The Sing-Off,” respectively.
Espn was expected to crush the competition on the night with its season finale of “Monday Night Football.” The San Francisco 49ers’ 34-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons scored an overnight household rating of 8.5 — more than double any broadcast program on the night.
ABC’s numbers could be adjusted in the nationals as its preliminary estimates include a preemption in Atlanta for the Falcons’ game. In the Nielsen prelims, “The Great Christmas Light Fight” saw a rise with its finale (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall), matching its premiere score of two weeks ago and beating its ABC and CBS competition in 18-49 for the 9-11 p.m. block. (“Christmas Light Fight” edged out NBC »
- Rick Kissell
Fast National ratings for Monday, December 23, 2013. A couple holiday season limited series came to their end on Monday night and, at least in preliminary figures, the finale for "The Great Christmas Light Fight" appears to have topped the finale for "The Sing-Off," helping ABC to narrow Monday night wins. ABC, meanwhile, had solid performances from Christmas encores featuring Shrek and The Chipmunks, while NBC's "Hollywood Game Night" return was soft. There's a catch, of course. ABC had the Monday Night Football preemption in Atlanta (CBS had the game in San Francisco) and the network's margins of »
- Daniel Fienberg
Review James Stansfield 18 Dec 2013 - 22:00
Wonderfully written, acted and filmed, The Tunnel concludes its first series with a complex and powerful finale...
This review contains spoilers.
A wise man once said “Just because you know how something’s going to end, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it”. Actually it was Ted Mosby on the ‘Monday Night Football’ episode of How I Met Your Mother but it’s a philosophy that can easily have been applied to The Tunnel for those who’d already seen it’s predecessor The Bridge. The French/English take on the Danish/Swedish drama has never strayed too far from the path but it’s been put together so well that it’s been easy for viewers new and familiar to lose themselves in this complex story. The finale was no exception.
If anything though, this episode felt like a train slowing down »
NBC kept the momentum going last week, winning the primetime ratings race among young adults despite a season low for “Sunday Night Football.”
The Peacock’s music contest “The Voice” won its hours in adults 18-49 on Monday and Tuesday while football still ruled in primetime to pace the net to its 11th victory in 12 weeks this season (including ties). CBS, behind “The Big Bang Theory” and a strong Tuesday, tied NBC in adults 25-54 while winning for the 10th time this fall in total viewers.
It was a big week overall for football as three games ranked among the top 10 programs in 18-49, according to Nielsen, led for the first time this season by Espn’s “Monday Night Football.” The cable net’s matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears (pictured) delivered the franchise’s best numbers of the season (5.7/15 in 18-49, 16.19m), ranking No. 1 in 18-49 for the week and No. »
- Rick Kissell
The Khloe Kardashian-Matt Kemp hookup rumors are true -- and even though it's very early going ... we gotta ask: Is this a good idea? He's been with a bunch of famous chicks, and she's Just getting divorced. Too soon?Plus, Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker dominated Monday Night Football -- and made fantasy football geeks everywhere drool over his stats ... and he's not afraid to brag about it! Little too much talk from a kicker? »
- TMZ Staff
Espn's coverage of Monday Night Football saw broadcast net preemptions in Baltimore (NBC) and Detroit (ABC), so Fast National returns are approximate. That said, The Voice led the night with a 3.3 rating among adults 18-49. Down a tenth of a point from the prior Monday, the episode was down nine-tenths of a point from last December's penultimate episode -- a series low for performance finales. The Sing-Off (2.2 adults) was down two-tenths of a point from its showing last Monday, and NBC led the night with an average 3.0 rating among adults 18-
- Michael O'Connell
NBC is singing a happy tune as “The Voice” and “The Sing Off” helped the net dominate Monday’s ratings race, delivering roughly the same number of young adults as the next two closest broadcasters combined.
Espn figures to again win the night with its “Monday Night Football” matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions, which did a 9.7 overnight household rating. This should translate to something in the vicinity of 14 million viewers, and nearly a 5 demo rating.
Ratings for the Peacock programs could be adjusted a bit in the nationals, as the net’s preliminary averages include Ravens football action in Baltimore. But in the early results, the live final performances of “The Voice” averaged a 3.3 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 12.7 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., nearly in line with last week’s one-hour average and Monday’s No. 1 entertainment program in 18-49.
It’s likely, »
- Rick Kissell
Fast National ratings for Monday, Dec. 16, 2013
The final performances on "The Voice" carried NBC to a ratings win Monday, but the show will likely be down from last week (the network's Baltimore affiliate carried the "Monday Night Football" game) and off significantly from last fall's final performance episode. It did, however, help "The Sing-Off" score better ratings than its last few outings.
Elsewhere Monday, "Mike & Molly" grew by a couple tenths of a point in adults 18-49 on CBS and scored its biggest overall audience since its season premiere. "Hostages" ticked up as well. Fox's "Almost Human" was down vs. last week.
NBC brought in 11.1 million viewers and a 6.8 rating/11 share in households, pending updates for the local NFL telecast. CBS (6.9 million, 4.5/7) came in second. ABC (4.4 million, 2.8/4) currently sits in third, also pending updates for a local "Monday Night Football" broadcast in Detroit. Fox (3.9 million, 2.5/4) finished fourth, and The CW (1.1 million, »
8 pm Almost Human (Fox) | Fall finale: Kennex and Dorian investigate the death of a man who knew exactly when he would die, uncovering a black market for vital organs in the process.
The duo will be honored at the 66th Annual DGA Awards on Jan. 25 at the Century Plaza.
The Capra award is given to an assistant director or unit production manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the DGA. The Schaffner award goes to an associate director or stage manager.
Blaine joined the DGA in 1990 and has worked on thousands of commercials and hundreds of music videos. In 1999, he was elected chair of the Western Ad/Upm Commercial Committee and served four times on the commercial contract negotiating committee.
DeDario joined the DGA in 1969 and spent the next three decades working for ABC on the broadcasts of sporting events including the Olympics; the Super Bowl; Monday Night Football; the World »
- Dave McNary
There’s a premium on live and special event programming these days, and NBC tapped into that in a big way last week in dominating the frame with one of its most impressive performances in years.
The Peacock, which is powered in the fall by the one-two punch of DVR-proof “Sunday Night Football” and the mostly live music competition series “The Voice,” added another watch-me-now event to its roster with a live presentation of “The Sound of Music.”
The Carrie Underwood-fronted project, from exec producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and based on the Broadway musical, delivered very impressive Nielsen numbers, including NBC’s best non-sports 18-49 score for a Thursday (4.6 rating/13 share) since the night of the “ER” finale in 2009, and its largest overall non-sports audience on the night (18.62 million) since 2004.
NBC also points out that “Sound of Music Live” attracted plenty of “upscale” viewers, earning a 6.8 rating »
- Rick Kissell
Football, a sport generally associated with cinematic glory — cheering crowds, hoisting the quarterback up in victory, that thing where people dump gatorade on their coaches when they win — is about to get a somber wake up call. League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth, written by brothers and Espn reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, is an in-depth report of football-related head injuries and the NFL’s inability to protect its players from those concussions. Now the book is getting a movie and television development deal after serving as the basis for the critically acclaimed PBS Frontline documentary The League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis, which shined a bright light on the issue — to the point where Espn withdrew from their investigatory partnership with PBS before the documentary aired. Allegedly, according to Deadline, the network succumbed to pressure from the NFL, to which it pays upward of $1b each year for »
- Samantha Wilson
A pair of NFL contests powered NBC to a rather easy victory in the young-adults demo during Thanksgiving week, a frame that saw mixed returns for a handful of specials.
This is the time of the year that football can be especially dominate the week’s ratings race, and a special extra helping of pigskin on Thanksgiving night proved too much for NBC’s rivals to overcome. Pro football action actually accounted for three of the week’s top four primetime programs in adults 18-49, as Espn’s “Monday Night Football” moved up to fourth.
The week’s top entertainment series in demos were AMC’s midseason finale of “The Walking Dead” (6.1/14 in 18-49, 12.05m), NBC’s Monday edition of “The Voice” (3.4/9), a Thanksgiving night repeat of CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory” (3.3/11 in 18-49, 11.16m) and NBC’s Monday drama “The Blacklist.”
CBS’ “60 Minutes” also ranked in the top »
- Rick Kissell
There was a stoppage of play in last night's Monday Night Football game between the Seahawks and the Saints. Why, you ask? Well, I'll let NFL ref Ed Hochuli explain that... because I really don't... I don't even... uh... I think you were supposed to do that before the game, Ed... or maybe after it. Depends on what your schedule is like. For more NFL, check out the recap gallery below! »
Hollywood is still weighing in on the drone delivery service Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled on Sunday night's 60 Minutes. But Stephen Colbert's late-night host character loves it. On Monday night's show he praised Bezos' innovative idea, noting that it solves the fatal flaw of Amazon's overnight delivery service: "It takes for-evah!," Colbert said, rolling his eyes. Story: Amazon CEO Reveals Plan for Drone Delivery on '60 Minutes' "If I have to wait until tomorrow for my items to arrive, there goes tonight's plans to watch Monday Night Football while doing backflips on my trampoline," Colbert
- Hilary Lewis
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