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Sunday, April 13, 2014 ratings -- New episodes: Once Upon a Time, Bob's Burgers, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Dateline, American Dream Builders, Crisis, Believe, The Mentalist, The Good Wife, The Amazing Race, and 60 Minutes. Specials: It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown and In My Dreams (movie). Reruns: The Simpsons, American Dad!, and Family Guy.
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The Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise remains a shadow of its former self, with Sunday’s premiere of “In My Dreams” drawing tiny numbers for ABC while providing an opening for NBC’s “Believe” to show some gains. CBS won the night with its regular lineup, led in demos by “The Amazing Race” and in total viewers by “The Good Wife.”
On an Easter Sunday when ABC preempted “Resurrection” for the Hallmark movie, NBC’s “Believe” averaged a 1.2 rating/3 share in adults 18-49 and 4.7 million viewers overall — winning head to head over “In My Dreams,” which averaged a 1.0/3 in 18-49 and 4.6 million viewers overall for its two hours. While still not good numbers for “Believe,” last night’s demo rating was up 20% (0.2) from the previous week when it faced “Resurrection” on ABC and at a four-week high; “Resurrection” and “Believe” are not that dissimilar in theme, so it makes sense »
- Rick Kissell
Fast National ratings for Sunday, April 20, 2014. On a sluggish Easter Sunday, "The Amazing Race" helped CBS claim victory among young viewers, while "Good Wife" led the network to its usual overall victory. Even though it was down week-to-week, ABC's "Once Upon a Time" was actually Sunday's top show in the key demographic, but Hallmark continued not to be a successful brand for ABC, as "In My Dreams" was the network's latest Hall of Fame flop. "In My Dreams" took the place of spring success "Resurrection" and the lack of 9 p.m. hour competition helped both Fox's "Cosmos" and NBC's "Believe" post week-to-week gains. Note that this was the rare Sunday without any sports overrun for CBS, which gives the rare opportunity to look at the semi-actual numbers for the network's Sunday shows. On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 1.4 rating for Sunday night, beating ABC's 1.1 rating in the key demographic. »
- Daniel Fienberg
More than three decades after the debut of Carl Sagan’s groundbreaking and iconic series, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, host and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is exploring the infinite expanse of the universe in the new series Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey for an epic 13-episode run. During this recent interview to promote the return of this epic series, executive producer/writer/director Ann Druyan and host Neil deGrasse Tyson talked about how the public appetite for science has changed since the original series aired, why it’s important for everybody to study science, what they did to make all of this information easier for people to understand, exploring the subject of intelligent life outside of our solar system, why knowing about science can be both profound and liberating, and how they’re telling the biggest story ever known in 13 episodes. Check out what they had to say after the jump. »
- Christina Radish
The stars and planets have aligned to bring Neil deGrasse Tyson's and Carl Sagan's Cosmos together, at last. Neil, the Internet's favorite astrophysicist, is the host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which airs Sundays at 9 p.m./8 p.m. Central on Fox (primetime!) and Mondays at 10 p.m./9 p.m. Central on National Geographic Channel. We spoke to Neil before his South by Southwest keynote, and he geeked out about seeing the show's visuals for the first time and his favorite on-location shoot. In this episode of The Sync Up, find out what's extraordinary about Cosmos 2.0, airing on a major network. Loving @SethMacFarlane 's new science series Cosmos. Nerd chic fantastic. Makes my brain work, too! Trailer: http://t.co/wDCSfdixJV — Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) March 14, 2014 »
- Nicole Nguyen
Feature Louisa Mellor 14 Mar 2014 - 07:02
If you expressed disbelief at The Day After Tomorrow’s unfrozen penicillin, furrowed your brow at Independence Day’s alien-tech compatible code or laughed knowingly at Dara O’Briain’s stand-up routine on 2012’s mutating neutrinos, then chances are you’re of a mind with astrophysicist Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson.
A familiar face on the Us chat show circuit, Tyson is the director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium, a research associate of the American Museum of Natural History, and currently the presenter of Fox’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a sequel to Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan’s seminal 1980 PBS series, Cosmos: A Personal Journey. He's also appeared as himself in episodes of Stargate Atlantis and The Big Bang Theory »
Interview Louisa Mellor 14 Mar 2014 - 07:00
In 1980, PBS aired the TV series that made Us cosmologist, astronomer and writer Carl Sagan's name. Cosmos: A Personal Voyage was a thirteen-hour exploration of the universe, a wide-reaching, poetic tale of scientific discovery through the centuries, tracking the progress of life on Earth and the possibility of it elsewhere.
Cosmos returns to television this weekend as sequel A Spacetime Odyssey. Writer and producer Ann Druyan, who co-wrote the original series with Sagan, is back driving thirteen new episodes of scientific storytelling for a new audience. Presenting the series is Us astrophysicist Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson, supported this time around by the gloss and VFX of a blockbuster movie (The Matrix series and Spider-Man 2 cinematographer Bill Pope directs, »
I finally caught up with the premiere episode of Fox's reboot of Cosmos, the late Carl Sagan’s iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science, which is now hosted by renowned African American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. In short, I loved it! It's was the first episode, so the content was really a general introduction to the known universe. But I'm a science geek, so I was engaged, and still amazed by how expansive our universe is, and how relatively insignificant we here on planet earth are, even though these are realities I've been fully aware of since I was a kid in grade school. Also, Neil deGrasse Tyson knows his stuff (obviously, otherwise he certainly won't be hosting the series), and it's clear that he loves what he's doing, which helps. It infectious. He's engaging enough. And based on the strong premiere ratings, there was certainly a lot of interest, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
I finally caught up with the premiere episode of Fox's reboot of Cosmos, the late Carl Sagan’s iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science, which is now hosted by renowned African American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. In short, I loved it! It's was the first episode, so the content was really a general introduction to the known universe. But I'm a science geek, so I was engaged, and still amazed by how expansive our universe is, and how relatively insignificant we here on planet earth are, even though these are realities I've been fully aware of since I was a kid in grade school. Also, Neil deGrasse Tyson knows his stuff (obviously, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
It's been quite awhile since Fox programmed anything but animated shows on Sunday nights -- and there certainly hasn't been anything like Cosmos on the network before. Will their gamble pay off and bring in bigger ratings or, will it be a disappointment? We'll see.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is a follow up to the Carl Sagan series from 1980 and is hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. The series follows how humans discovered the laws of nature and the quest for knowledge.
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Apparently there is an audience for science in primetime, as Fox’s 10-network roadblock premiere of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” attracted a sizable 8.5 million viewers on Sunday night — despite facing tough competition from entertainment series like AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and ABC’s new “Resurrection.”
The Fox network broadcast averaged about 5.8 million viewers in Nielsen’s affiliate-based estimates for the 9 o’clock hour Sunday, as well as a 2.1 rating/5 share in adults 18-49. The under-50 audience was comprised of roughly 60% men.
Viewing on other networks raised these totals to 8.5 million and a 2.9 rating in the demo, according to Nielsen.
In addition to the broadcaster, the premiere of “Cosmos” aired across nine Fox networks: National Geographic Channel, FX, Fxx, Fxm, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and Fox Life.
Fox projects that the global total-viewer number for the “Cosmos” premiere will top 40 million.
- Rick Kissell
Network: Fox, National Geographic Channel
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: March 9, 2014 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
Performers include: Neil deGrasse Tyson (host).
TV show description:
This documentary series is a follow-up to Carl Sagan's 1980 television series, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Executive produced by Seth MacFarlane and Ann Druyan (Sagan's widow), this version is hosted by renowned astrophysicist Doctor Neil deGrasse Tyson.
The series follows how humans discovered the laws of nature and found coordinates in space and time. The series brings to life never-before-told stories of the quest for knowledge, transporting viewers to new worlds and across the universe for a vision of the cosmos on the grandest -- and the smallest -- scale.
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"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" was a big event for TV on Sunday (March 9). It was so big, in fact, that the President of the United States, Barack Obama, recorded an introduction for the science program. Watch the video here.
The focus of this introduction is on discovery, invoking explorers of the past and linking them to Carl Sagan's original "Cosmos" program of three decades ago -- much like this new "Cosmos," now hosted by astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson, does.
Related: 'Cosmos': Brilliant science, questionable history
There's nothing like high-profile science programming to get a President to talk about TV. And there really is no advertising better than an endorsement from the leader of the country.
"Cosmos" airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on Fox. »
Sunday's incredibly crowded TV schedule saw Fox pitting science against scripted heavy-hitters like The Walking Dead, True Detective and ABC's impressive launch for Resurrection. The broadcast net's follow-up to Carl Sagan's 30-year-old Cosmos: A Personal Voyage brought in 8.5 million viewers across 10 networks -- including Fox's cable nets and the National Geographic Channel. It's a modest haul, given the scope of the launch, but Fox cited global projections north of 40 million viewers for the first week. Among adults 18-49, Cosmos grossed a 2.9 rating. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, produced by Seth MacFarlane
- Michael O'Connell
Fast National ratings for Sunday, March 9, 2014. ABC's relentless promotion of the midseason drama "Resurrection" paid off in a surprisingly huge debut on Sunday night, combining with "Once Upon a Time" and a boosted "Revenge" to help the network win the night among young viewers. "Resurrection" had the second-biggest overall premiere for any new drama this year, behind only CBS' preview airing of "Intelligence" out of "NCIS." That didn't work so well. It was the top midseason drama among young viewers since the 2012 launch of "Smash." That also didn't work so well. The key difference is that unlike those two premieres, "Resurrection" was effectively a self-starter, building dramatically on its lead-in. Overall, CBS got a bounce-back performance from "The Amazing Race: All-Stars" and an hour-winning return from "The Mentalist" to win the night in total viewers. Sunday's other major notable was Fox's premiere of "Cosmos." The Seth MacFarlane-produced update on »
- Daniel Fienberg
President Obama led into the first episode of the new reboot of “Cosmos” with a message encouraging the American people to open their eyes and imaginations to the possibilities of the unknown. It was a nice trade: Obama got some uninterrupted face time with a national TV audience and an opportunity to boost his administration's emphasis on science and math; Neil deGrasse Tyson and Seth MacFarlane, meanwhile, netted an endorsement for their reboot of the beloved Carl Sagan series that is way more important than anything a TV critic can offer. Also read: Watch: Fox's Live ‘Cosmos’ Q&A With Neil DeGrasse Tyson. »
- Jordan Zakarin
Nearly 35 years after Carl Sagan’s original Cosmos, this landmark expedition through the wonders of space and science has returned in a much-anticipated fancy modern reboot with astrophysicist, hero of the internet, and possible real-life Santa Claus Neil deGrasse Tyson sturdily at the helm.
The premiere simulcast event spanned 1165 different networks in the Fox family in an entirely unnecessary display of broadcast might (who is watching this show on Fox Sports 2?), but hey, the more attention the better. We even got an introduction from the president, so suck on that shows that don’t claim to be educational!
As someone who loves all manner of space documentaries, I truly want this show to be good, but I approached watching Cosmos with the same attitude I approached NBC’s live Sound of Music last year– in that even if it ends up being horrible mess, I still want it to be »
- Spencer Barnes
“America has always been a nation of fearless explorers who dream big and reach farther than others imagine,” President Obama said as he introduced the series premiere episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey tonight on 10 Fox Networks Group Channels, including Fox broadcast network and National Geographic Channel. “Today we’re doing everything we can to bring that same sense of possibility to a new generation, because there are new frontiers to explore and we need Americans eager to explore them,” he said in the video message leading into the premiere episode. Yesterday the networks announced their reboot of Carl Sagan’s classic Cosmos series was getting a White House lift-off. A preview of the series screened at the White House as part of their inaugural White House Film Festival on Friday, February 28. More than three decades after the debut of Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Sagan’s iconic exploration of »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" is one of the most interesting, accessible and beautiful pieces of scientific television to appear in decades -- basically since the original "Cosmos" with Carl Sagan. Revived by host (and astronomer) Neil deGrasse Tyson, Seth MacFarlane (yes, the "Family Guy" guy) and Ann Druyan (Sagan's widow), the new "Cosmos" aims to bring the universe's beauty and wonder to audiences.
Does it succeed?
As long as "Cosmos" sticks to the science it knows best, yes. "Cosmos" is almost as scientifically amazing as it is beautiful. This is no dry textbook -- it's a fun and informative look at the universe.
When "Cosmos" falters -- possibly fatally for some -- is in taking tentative steps away from science and into realms like history and religion. Possibly offensive to some, certainly confusing to many and occasionally inaccurate, "Cosmos" isn't so great in these areas.
But let's look at the show's considerable success first. »
If you wanted to remake the greatest science TV programme of all time, Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, your first choice of producer might not be Seth Macfarlane. But Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, about the history of the known universe and everything in it, which begins next Sunday, would not have happened without the Family Guy producer's sweary cartoon creations.
Macfarlane decided to enter science broadcasting after meeting astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson at a regular lunch for Hollywood producers and scientists, who get together to discuss making the science in movies as accurate as possible. With the proceeds of Family Guy and the even more foul-mouthed film Ted burning a hole in his pocket, Macfarlane wanted to give something back. He wondered out loud to Tyson whether »
- Alok Jha
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