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One of the most parodied segments from the GenX-loved classic "Schoolhouse Rock!" has been Dave Frishberg's "I'm Just a Bill," featuring vocals from Jack Sheldon as a bill trying to teach his son the steps necessary to become a law. You may recall the "Simpsons" parody "I'm an Amendment To Be," as well as a "Family Guy" homage, both featuring Sheldon doing the voice. "Robot Chicken," "Johnny Bravo" and "MadTV" also have referenced the animated segment. While "Saturday Night Live" couldn't get Sheldon -- He's 82, but apparently still alive -- Kenan Thompson is definitely channeling his vocal stylings as an Immigration Bill chronicling the near-impossible task of gaining passage in today's Congress. Yes, President Obama pops up, introducing Executive Order, who becomes a law through a much simpler process. Check out the music-and-animation-filled Cold Open from Saturday (November 22) night's "Saturday Night Live": »
- HitFix Staff
A few years ago, Fox had some of the top-rated TV shows on the air. Now, the network is struggling. Which series will be cancelled and which will be renewed? Stay tuned.
How do the execs decide what to cancel or keep? They look at a lot of different factors but the ratings play a very large role. The higher the ratings, the better chances a show has of surviving.
Fox shows this season (so far): Bob's Burgers, Bones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, Gotham, Gracepoint, Hell's Kitchen, MasterChef Junior, The Mindy Project, Mulaney, Red Band Society, New Girl, The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow, and Utopia.
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Despite a drop in viewers compared with Thursday's show, I'm a Celeb attracted a healthy 34.5% audience share. A further 424k (2.6%) watched on ITV+1, while 745k (5.4%) watched ITV2's 10pm spinoff show.
Elsewhere on ITV, Secrets from the Sky was seen by an average audience of 2.65 million (12.4%) at 8pm.
The evening continued with 2.78 million (12.7%) for Citizen Khan at 8.30pm; an evening high of 3.77 million (16.1%) for Have I Got News for You at 9pm; and 3.14 million (13.7%) for Not Going Out at 9.30pm.
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Kudos to Fox for milking two days of news reports out of an otherwise unified announcement of its midseason schedule. After we reported yesterday that "American Idol" and "Empire" will premiere on January 7, Fox rolled out its entire midseason overhaul, including premiere dates for new drama "Backstrom," new comedies "The Last Man on Earth" and "Weird Loners," a new reality offering called "World's Funniest Fails" and returns for new seasons of "MasterChef Junior," "The Following" and "Hell's Kitchen." Fox also revealed plans for the final season of "Glee." After a fairly rough fall -- "Gotham" and "MasterChef Junior" are among the few unvarnished positives -- it's no wonder that Fox's changes touch every night of primetime. Let's look at the winter/spring premieres, jumping between chronological order and night-by-night. There will be a handy, but complicated, chart at the bottom of the page when this confuses you. Up first is »
- Daniel Fienberg
Sanaa Lathan (like so many other black actresses) simply doesn't work as much as I think she should, especially in starring roles. It seems like it's been so long since we last saw her on the big screen - although, she was in "Best Man Holiday" last year. In recent years, she's mostly been giving voice to cartoon characters in TV series like "Family Guy" and "The Cleveland Show," which, I'm sure, help pay the bills. But I assume, like any other performer series about their craft, she'd like to actually appear on screen and be given opportunities to use her skills, better them and grow over time. She'll get to do just that in the sequel to "Now You See »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The Simpsons vs. Family Guy debate has been raging for decades now, with the recent crossover lightly poking the fire. But despite all the discussion no general consensus has been reached. And frankly, there likely never will be any agreement – but it’s worth trying to figure it out, arguing and debating, because, after all, they’re shows we love.
Now, keep in mind that the question here is “which is better?” not “while gives you more laugh out loud moments.” That may seem odd when talking about comedies, but there are a lot of other factors in judging the two shows. Family Guy tells you right in its opening sequence that the aim is to make you both laugh and cry, after all. The Simpsons is well known for producing some heart-warming, tear-jerking moments; both have the ability to go the dramatic route as well as the comedic. »
- Jay Anderson
NBC took the sweeps staple of crossover storylines to a new level last week, as a running plot involving characters from the net’s three Dick Wolf dramas produced a ratings surge for each show. The stunt, along with “Sunday Night Football,” “The Blacklist” and three nights of “The Voice” carried the Peacock to a ratings victory in key demos.
In a down week for CBS, NBC also scored a rare victory in total viewers — its first for a full week in the November sweep since 2002, and its first in any sweep month (excluding Olympics weeks) since the week of the “Friends” finale in May 2004.
“Sunday Night Football,” featuring a great quarterback matchup between Tom Brady’s New England Patriots and Andrew Luck’s Indianapolis Colts produced strong ratings (7.1/19 in 18-49, 20.82 million viewers overall), standing as the week’s No. 2 primetime show in 18-49 and No. 1 in total viewers, according to Nielsen. »
- Rick Kissell
TBS has ordered another season of “American Dad,” the cheeky toon that relocated to the cabler last month from Fox.
The Seth MacFarlane comedy has been a solid performer for TBS and in its airings on Adult Swim since premiering in October. The 20th Century Fox TV series revolves around a conservative CIA agent and his nutty family life in Langley, Va. MacFarlane created the show with Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman. Brian Boyle is showrunner.
“We are thrilled with American Dad!’s performance to date and are confident the show is going to continue its tremendous success,” said Deborah K. Bradley, exec VP and head of program acquisitions, content strategy and licensing for Turner Broadcasting.
“American Dad” cheated death in 2013 when it was canceled by Fox after an eight-year run, only to be quickly snagged by TBS. That development echoed the trajectory of MacFarlane’s “Family Guy,” which was »
- Cynthia Littleton
Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – TV measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar – TV, scroll to the bottom of the article.
Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – TV Broadcast Monday Nov 10, 2014 – Sunday Nov 16, 2014 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 The Voice 18,531 2 2 America’s Got Talent 4,901 3 3 The Simpsons 3,635 4 4 Dancing With the Stars 3,407 5 5 America’s Funniest Home Videos 2,983 6 7 The Big Bang Theory 1,415 7 6 Supernatural 1,321 8 - Grey’s Anatomy 1,244 9 9 The Flash 1,205 10 - Family Guy 1,130 -
Cable/Streaming Monday Nov 10, 2014 – Sunday Nov 16, 2014 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 Key and Peele 7,597 2 2 The Walking Dead 5,554 3 3 Top Gear 4,364 4 4 Pretty Little Liars 2,198 5 6 Sons of Anarchy 2,035 6 5 American Horror Story 1,448 7 8 WWE Raw 1,281 8 - South Park 1,272 9 10 Impact Wrestling 1,134 10 - Naked and Afraid 970 -
Late Night Monday Nov 10, 2014 – Sunday Nov 16, 2014 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 30,325 2 2 Jimmy Kimmel Live 19,791 3 4 Conan 8,885 4 3 Last Week Tonight With John Oliver »
- Jason Klein
It seemed inevitable that Seth MacFarlane was going to star in a movie. After his success with Ted (which he wrote and directed and which made over half a billion worldwide), after hosting both Saturday Night Live and the Oscars, it seemed he wanted to be in front of the camera, no longer just writing and providing voice work for such television shows as Family Guy and American Dad. That shot was A Million Ways to Die in the West, which he also wrote, produced and directed, and it did not have the sort of success that would suggest he’ll get to star in another. The film barely made $40 million domestically, and was roundly panned. The film has its moments, and will probably get a better reputation when it’s viewed with the lowered expectations that come with home viewing, though it’s the definition of indulgent. Co-starring with Charlize Theron and Liam Neeson, »
- Andre Dellamorte
The ratings for Family Guy keep coming down but the Fox series continues to be a cash cow for the studio. Will it ever be cancelled (for the second time)? Move to a cable channel like American Dad! did? Will it return for the 2015-16 season? Stay tuned.
On Family Guy, Peter Griffin and his family and friends continue to have crazy mishaps in the Rhode Island town of Quahog. The voice cast includes Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, and Mike Henry.
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.
Sunday, November 16, 2014 ratings -- New episodes: America's Funniest Home Videos, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, 60 Minutes, Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Sports: Football overrun: Eagles at Packers, The Ot, Football Night in America and Sunday Night Football: Patriots at Colts. Reruns: (none).
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TV ratings for Sunday, November 16th are in. Here’s a brief rundown: Fox had a fairly solid night, as a very funny Brooklyn Nine-Nine was up three tenths to a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 4.5 million viewers, Family Guy also rose three tenths to a 2.2 rating and scored 4.40 million viewers, and Bob’s Burgers was up two tenths to a 1.7 rating and 3.34 million viewers. The Simpsons was down a tenth from last week, but still hit a 2.9 rating and 6.64 million viewers. ABC’s two-hour Once Upon a Time dipped a tenth to a 2.4 rating and scored 6.60 million viewers, while Revenge was up two tenths to a 1.5 rating and garnered 5.22 million viewers. Over on CBS, Madam Secretary ticked up a tenth to a 1.5 rating and scored 12.71 million viewers, The Good Wife was down a tenth to a 1.3 rating and 12.71 million viewers, and CSI was up one tenth from »
- Adam Chitwood
Fast National ratings for Sunday, November 16, 2014. The NFL action between the Patriots and Colts helped NBC roll to an easy Sunday night ratings win in all key measures, holding off NFL-boosted Fox and slightly NFL-boosted CBS both in the key demo and overall. Because of the football it's hard to say whether or not "Bob's Burgers" benefitted from its new post-"Family Guy" time period. And, as always, it's hard to get a sense or comparative performance from CBS' Sunday drama, though it's worth noting that CBS' NFL delays/preemptions were minimal. The night's other variation was ABC's two-hour block of "Once Upon a Time," which came in collectively below last week's single episode, but still easily improved the 9 p.m. hour and helped "Revenge" to some small growth. On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 5.1 rating for Sunday night, far ahead of Fox's 3.1 rating in the key demographic. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Sunday's matchup between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts brought victories across the board for NBC. Ahead of time zone adjustments, preliminary returns give the NFL game a 6.2 rating among adults 18-49 — completely in line with last week. The race for No. 2 went to Fox, bolstered by an NFL lead-in. The Simpsons (2.9 adults) held steady with its last outing, while Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2.2 adults) and Family Guy (2.2 adults) improved by three-tenths of a point. Brooklyn Nine-Nine may be singing a slightly different tune once
- Michael O'Connell
NBC dominated last night’s ratings race behind an above-average result for “Sunday Night Football,” but Fox’s comedy block held up well and was bolstered by “Bob’s Burgers” in its new timeslot, while ABC’s “Revenge” benefited from a special “Once Upon a Time” lead-in to achieve a season high.
NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” matchup between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts averaged a 13.6 household rating/21 share in Nielsen’s metered-market overnights — up sharply from last week’s season low (11.1/18) and the second best result for the franchise in the last seven weeks. The game netted a 40.2/57 in Boston (the second best “Snf” overnight in the market) and a 37.1/54 in Indianapolis.
Sunday’s contest, won 42-20 by the visiting Patriots, averaged a 6.2 rating/16 share in adults 18-49 and 17.7 million viewers overall on NBC’s stations from 8:30 to 11 p.m., with the program’s average expected »
- Rick Kissell
Fox’s Bob’s Burgers christened its new Sunday time slot with 3.3 million total viewers and a 1.7 demo rating, up 65 and 89 percent from predecessor Mulaney’s most recent performance.
ABC | Once Upon a Time‘s two-hour outing averaged 6.6 mil and a 2.4, down 11 percent and a tenth. (For those curious about the half-hours: 2.5 > 2.3 > 2.3 > 2.3.) Revenge (5.2 mil/1.5) ticked up a tenth in to a season high/best-since-March demo rating.
Children in Need peaked with 9.81 million viewers on BBC One last night (November 14).
The annual fundraiser attracted an average audience of 8.29 million (35.9%) from 7.30pm until 10pm.
Average viewing figures dropped to 4.21 million (21.8%) when it switched to BBC Two for 45-minutes at 10pm, while the final few hours were seen by 2.76 million (34.6%).
Over on ITV, Secrets from the Sky was seen by 2.36 million (10.4%) at 8pm, while drama series Lewis reeled in 3.51 million (15.1%) at 9pm.
BBC Two's evening kicked off with 860k (4.1%) for The Home That Two Built at 7pm, followed by 1.27 million (5.5%) for Mastermind, 930k (3.9%) for Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes and 1.10 million (4.7%) for The Fish Market: Inside Billingsgate.
Andy Naylor reviews Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham…
If you’re not under the age of 12, Lego games have been pretty hit and miss, at least critically, financially they are some huge money gathering juggernaut that shows no sign of stopping any time soon. Lego Star Wars was a complete success on every level. It appealed to the kids, allowed the adults to reminisce and did something very new and unique to the platform genre.
Fast forward 9 years since Lego Star Wars’ debut and there have now been nearly 20 Lego games that follow a similar model. The games have evolved somewhat, all be it on a minimal level – gone is the silent movie treatment to the cut-scenes, voices have now incorporated into the narrative – but basically the same game is created with a different story and different art. It’s a very cynical model, no different from your sports franchise games really, »
- Andy Naylor
Shortly after revealing details on Game of Thrones, Telltale Games has changed gears to focus on another of the studio’s episodic titles currently brewing in development: Tales from the Borderlands.
Inspired by Gearbox Software’s wonderfully meta franchise, the series was initially revealed late last year and since then, we’ve gradually learned more about Telltale’s space-faring adventure, after details on the game’s rather eye-catching voice cast emerged. Now, though, the studio has revealed the first footage for Tales from the Borderlands, which hints at the vault hunting storyline that will underpin Telltale’s new franchise.
Maintaining the gleefully violent nature from its galactic forebearers, the trailer also reveals some of the leading stars of the upcoming series, which is to take place on Pandora after the events of Borderlands 2. Here’s a round-up of the voice actors:
Troy Baker (Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, The Last »
- Michael Briers
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