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Ratings: ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’ Hits Fall High, ’20/20′ Up With Trump

21 November 2015 9:42 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It took a while for ABC’s “Shark Tank” to get going this fall, but the reality veteran has picked up steam of late and last night it matched a season high. It combined with an above-average “20/20” and solid results for “Last Man Standing” and “Dr. Ken” to keep the network comfortably atop the night’s demo leaderboard.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ABC opened its winning night with comedies “Last Man Standing” (1.2/5 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall) and “Dr. Ken” (1.2/5 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall), with the former down a tick and the latter steady week to week in the demo while rising to a seven-week high in total viewers with its Thanksgiving episode; both led their half-hours in 18-49. In Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates, last week’s episode of “Last Man Standing” hit a season high.

Shark Tank” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall) was up »

- Rick Kissell

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Ratings: ABC Comedy Block Strong Wednesday; Fox’s ‘Empire’ Up From Season Low

19 November 2015 9:16 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

As it nears its fall finale, Fox’s “Empire” picked up some ratings steam last night, rising from last week and topping the night’s next highest-rated performer in the young adults demo — ABC’s “Modern Family” — by more than 50%. “Modern” and the rest of the ABC comedy block had a good night with Thanksgiving episodes, posting some of their best numbers since September.

According to preliminary “live plus same-day” nationals from Nielsen, “Empire” averaged a 4.4 rating/14 share in adults 18-49 and 11.2 million viewers overall, up 5% (0.2) from last week’s season low and expected to again finish as the week’s No. 1 broadcast entertainment series (and No. 2 overall to AMC’s “The Walking Dead”). It’s a good sign for the soap, though an episode scheduled for next week on lighter-watched Thanksgiving Eve could thwart its momentum; the show will wrap the first half of its season on Dec. 2 and »

- Rick Kissell

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Late-Night Ratings: NBC Stays on Top But CBS Sees Big Gains With Stephen Colbert

1 October 2015 10:08 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” comfortably won the late-night ratings race in the young-adult demo during the opening week of the television season, coming within 5% of last year’s result even though CBS saw significant improvement for its “Late Show” with Stephen Colbert.

The new CBS host is clearly bringing a younger audience than the network is accustomed to seeing in late-night, and that’s reflected in the fact that its year-over-year gains vs. David Letterman’s performance a year ago are considerably larger in key demos than total viewers. Last week, “Late Show” got a boost from Tuesday’s appearance by Donald Trump, which was Colbert’s second highest-rated night to date.

According to Nielsen estimates for the Sept. 21-25 frame, “Tonight” averaged a 1.05 rating in adults 18-49 — down just a little from last year’s winning 1.10 average and the highest score for Fallon during a full five-day week since April. »

- Rick Kissell

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Upfront 2015: Advertisers Rush To Latenight To Catch Colbert, Fallon, Kimmel

30 June 2015 12:17 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Madison Avenue is rushing to stay up late.

Advertiser interest in latenight television is more intense than it has been in years, media buyers say – so much so that sponsors are willing to pay bigger price increases to advertise on latenight TV shows than they are in primetime.

“I just think latenight is the hot daypart,” said Billie Gold, vice president and director of buying and programming research at Carat, a large media-buying firm. “There are days when latenight’s 18-to-49 numbers are higher than shows in primetime.”

To be sure, advertiser interest in the category has already been heightened in recent years, owing to the debut of Jimmy Kimmel in the 11:35 p.m. slot at ABC in 2013 and Jimmy Fallon’s well-received reworking of NBC’s venerable “Tonight Show” in 2014. Now, CBS is ratcheting up the fray by introducing two new entrants. James Corden has already launched his »

- Brian Steinberg

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Late Night Ratings: NBA Finals Boost ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ to 19-Month High

18 June 2015 1:27 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Big numbers from the NBA Finals on ABC helped boost the net’s latenight program “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to its highest-rated night ever in the young-adults demo and its best weekly average in 19 months.

Kimmel, who gains additional exposure at this time of year with his special NBA-themed “Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night” specials, averaged 1.03 million adults 18-49 (0.81 rating) in latenight for the week of June 8-12, up 25% from the previous week. According to Nielsen, this was the top weekly rating for the program since November 2013.

The two NBA nights of “Jkl,” both of which started later than usual due to the late-running basketball, were the week’s top two latenight telecasts in 18-49. Thursday’s show, following Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, set a series record for the 12-year-old “Jimmy Kimmel Live” with 1.755 million adults 18-49. And Tuesday’s “Jkl,” which »

- Rick Kissell

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Vox Media’s Newest Series Profiles ‘Courageous Leaders’ Who Have Made It Big

1 June 2015 10:45 AM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

As Vox Media continues to devote more resources to its online video operations, it has launched a series that profiles creative, thoughtful individuals who have found success in the business world. The media company whose owned-and-operated sites include Curbed, The Verge, and Sb Nation has launched Courageous Leaders, a docu-series in which notable entrepreneurs share their secrets.

The six episodes released across Vox’s network profile the people behind successful ventures in fields like tech, marketing, and interior design. Here’s one of those installments, featuring a chat between series host Hartley Sawyer and Thrillist co-founder Ben Lerer:

Hiscox, an insurance company that works with small businesses, sponsored the series. It enlisted Wilson Cleveland, with whom it has previously worked for projects like Leap Year, as the producer of Courageous Leaders. Cleveland in turn recruited Sawyer, a frequent collaborator of his over the past year, as host. “Creatively, I saw »

- Sam Gutelle

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Tuesday Ratings: ‘Chicago Fire’ Stays Hot with Backdoor ‘Med’ Pilot

8 April 2015 9:23 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC won the first Tuesday of April in key demos behind a two-hour edition of “The Voice” and a winning performance from “Chicago Fire,” which aired its backdoor pilot for “Chicago Med.” Also of note was a good performance by CW’s “iZombie,” which held steady in its fourth week despite tougher competition and a repeat lead-in.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “The Voice” averaged a 2.7 rating/9 share in adults 18-49 and 10.9 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., about even with its most recent Tuesday original of two weeks ago; it was the night’s No. 1 program in 18-49 and 25-54 (3.6/10). And at 10 p.m., “Chicago Fire” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) was up 25% (0.4) from its prior original on March 17 and won its hour among the Big Four in 18-49 by a healthy 53% margin over CBS’ “Person of Interest.” Tuesday’s episode of “Chicago Fire” introduced characters »

- Rick Kissell

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