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After two weeks of flooding the market with new releases, the studios took a bit of a breather last week.
The highest-profile new release was Universal Studios’ “Neighbors,” a comedy about a young couple living next to a frat house that earned a not-too-shabby $150.1 million in U.S. theaters.
The film, which stars Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, debuted at No. 1 on both national home video sales charts the week ending Sept. 28, bumping Warner’s “Godzilla,” which bowed at No. 1 the prior week, down to No. 3.
Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox’s “The Fault in Our Stars,” a romantic drama that earned $124.8 million in theaters, held up remarkably well its sophomore week, remaining at No. 2 on Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined. According to Nielsen data, the film easily outsold “Godzilla” during the pair’s second week in stores, by »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Last season, CBS tried to establish new shows but almost all of them were cancelled due to low ratings. No new dramas survived and only two sitcoms did. Which shows will be cancelled or renewed this time? We'll have wait and see.
CBS shows this season (so far): 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Person of Interest, Scorpion and Survivor.
There's lots of data that CBS looks at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are typically the biggest piece. Here's how the network's shows are doing so far.
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ABC, which had more top-rated entertainment series among young adults in premiere week than any other network, is also off to a good start in attracting “upscale” viewers.
In Nad data (Nielsen Audience Demographics) for premiere week, the Alphabet had seven of the top 15 regularly scheduled entertainment series among adults 18-49 living in homes with an annual income of $100,000 or more — a desirable category for advertisers.
ABC’s “Modern Family” tops the list (6.59 rating), edging past CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” (6.56), which was the clear No. 1 entertainment series in overall 18-49 rating. Other ABC shows in the top 15 were “Scandal” (No. 6, 4.11), “Black-ish” (No. 7, 4.09), “Once Upon a Time” (No. 9, 4.02), “The Goldbergs” (No. 11, 3.72), “The Middle” (No. 13, 3.69) and “How to Get Away With Murder” (No. 14, 3.40).
NBC claims three of the top four spots on the list with installments of “The Voice” on Tuesday (No. 3 with a 4.83 rating) and Monday (No. 4, 4.57) as well as “The Blacklist” (No. »
- Rick Kissell
Update: In updated Nielsen national estimates released late Wednesday, the series premieres of ABC comedies “Selfie” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.31 million viewers overall) and “Manhattan Love Story” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 4.70 million viewers overall) looked a little healthier by getting a two-tenths upward adjustment. The nets dramas “Marvel’s Agents of Shield” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 5.05 million viewers overall) and “Forever” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 5.96 million viewers overall) both rose by 0.1, meaning the latter finished down 22% from its week-earlier timeslot premiere (1.8).
NBC saw its typical adjustment pattern, with “The Voice” gaining a tenth (4.1/13 in 18-49, 13.73 million viewers overall) and “Chicago Fire” losing a tenth (2.3/7 in 18-49, 8.71 million viewers overall).
There were no demo changes for the CBS shows: “NCIS” (2.6/9 in 18-49, 18.84 million viewers overall), “NCIS: New Orleans” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 16.57 million viewers overall) and “Person of Interest” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 10.72 million viewers overall).
At Fox, “New Girl” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 2.37 million viewers overall) was revised up a tenth to match its week-ago score, »
- Rick Kissell
The Big Bang Theory renews itself with the slightest of changes this week. Here's Caroline's review of The First Pitch Insufficiency...
This review contains spoilers.
8.3 The First Pitch Insufficiency
As divisive as The Big Bang Theory has become over the years, or as aggravating as some of its quirks now are, the show has always justified its continued success with the way it treats its characters and the relationships between them. When things first started to feel a bit stale, we were treated to two new female characters thrown into the mix and, even now that all four of the original guys are paired up, it somehow always finds new stories to tell with them.
One thing that I’ll always appreciate the show for is the way Penny and Leonard have been portrayed. Penny may have started off as the ditsy blonde to Leonard’s socially awkward nerd-guy-next-door, but »
In an overall pretty good first week of the television season for the broadcast biz, NBC ruled in all key demos and CBS prevailed in total viewers — while third-place ABC was arguably the most impressive of all the networks.
It was mostly slow going for Fox, though it book-ended its week nicely with newcomer “Gotham” and its “Simpsons”-“Family Guy” crossover episode.
The networks combined were down 2% in adults 18-49 rating vs. their premiere week of 2013 (9.6 vs. 9.8), according to Nielsen “live plus same-day” numbers, but they could erase that deficit in “live plus-3″ results. CBS, which added “Thursday Night Football” to its early-fall schedule, was the only network up vs. last year in 18-49.
In total viewers, a category skewed by tune-in among adults 50 and older, the networks held up better. Their combined audience of 34.39 million was up 1% from last year’s 34.11 million, with ABC, CBS and NBC all up a bit. »
- Rick Kissell
Which TV shows are doing the best? The worst? Wondering how your favorite series are doing in the ratings? Here are the season average ratings of the 2014-15 network TV shows -- through the end of week one (Sunday, September 28, 2014).
ABC shows (so far): 20/20, Black-ish, Dancing with the Stars, Forever, The Goldbergs, Grey's Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Marvel's Agents of Shield, The Middle, Modern Family, Nashville, Once Upon a Time, Resurrection, Revenge, Shark Tank, and Scandal.
CBS shows (so far): 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, Person of Interest, Scorpion, and Survivor.
ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder may be shaping up to be an even more impressive success story than first reported. Building on its already impressive same-day audience of 14.3 million viewers, Nielsen today reported that, through Sunday, an additional 6 million people have caught the show via DVR, pushing the show’s tally above 20 million viewers. That’s the biggest three-day viewership jump in the short history of Nielsen DVR history. What’s more, Vulture has obtained exclusive data from Comcast showing the Viola Davis–led legal thriller was also last week’s most-viewed broadcast show on the cable giant’s Xfinity video on demand (VOD) platform, surpassing even CBS’s The Big Bang Theory. “Early results have How to get Away With Murder leading the pack as the most watched premiere in the history of Xfinity On Demand,” Stephen Meyer, executive director of video strategy and analysis told Vulture. »
- Josef Adalian
There's certainly no chance of The Big Bang Theory being cancelled any time soon. The very popular sitcom's already been renewed through season 10. Will season eight be the series' biggest or worst season yet? Stay tuned.
The Big Bang Theory revolves around a group of geeky scientists, their friends and significant others. The castmembers are Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch, and Mayim Bialik.
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 -- usually the next day, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest.
9/30 update: You can see the rest of the latest night's ratings. »
Monday, September 29, 2014 ratings -- New episodes: Castle, NCIS: Los Angeles, Gotham, The Big Bang Theory, The Voice, Sleepy Hollow, Scorpion, Dancing with the Stars, The Blacklist, and America's Next Top Model. Reruns: The Big Bang Theory and Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
Note: Football coverage by ABC in the Philadelphia and Kansas City markets has likely inflated its fast-national results.
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Pirates have swarmed all over “Gotham,” the Batman prequel series that debuted on Fox last week, giving it the dubious distinction of far exceeding file-sharing activity of any other new fall TV show.
From Sept. 17 to Sept. 29, the pilot episode of “Gotham” was downloaded via torrent networks worldwide 1.33 million times, with 600,000 of those coming a day after its season premiere last Monday, according to data provided by piracy-tracking firm Excipio.
That was more than five times any of this season’s other freshman U.S. TV series. Of the six top-rated fall premieres from last week, ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” clocked in with 259,432 downloads over the same period, per Excipio’s analysis. That was followed by CBS’s “Madam Secretary” (195,528), CBS’s “Scorpion” (168,091), NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura” (100,792) and ABC’s “Black-ish” (45,476).
The popularity of “Gotham” among pirates spanned the globe, with the U.S. »
- Todd Spangler
ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder,” which was a big hit in same-night ratings when it bowed last week, has padded its premiere totals with a DVR-playback record 6 million viewers — pushing its three-day total above the 20-million mark.
This is the second straight year that a rookie drama has set the DVR playback mark, according to Nielsen, as NBC’s “The Blacklist” had held the previous record in total-viewer gains, rising 5.6 million with its Jan. 27 episode.
In the originally reported numbers, “How to Get Away With Murder” drew 14.34 million viewers for its Thursday 10 p.m. premiere, and its three-day DVR lift has vaulted it to 20.3 million.
In adults 18-49, “How to Get Away With Murder” spiked a huge 1.9 ratings points to hit a 5.8 rating — the second biggest lift of all series during Premiere Week, behind only CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” (2.0). Fox’s “Gotham” was also a big gainer in the demo, »
- Rick Kissell
Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting sure doesn’t go for a schlubby look to the gym! The Big Bang Theory actress, 28, was spotted leaving her yoga class on Monday, Sept. 29, in a rock and roll gym ensemble worth a whopping $250. The blonde beauty, who recently lightened her pixie to a platinum hue, left the Sherman Oaks studio in some ultra-cool pieces: She rocked the star-bedecked “Grateful Riley” sleeveless tank top with the Grateful Dead’s logo on the front by Lauren Moshi, which retails for $88. On the bottom, she wore [...] »
Premiere week ratings are in: NBC and CBS have reasons to celebrate while Fox’s numbers are far from utopian.
NBC led the first week of the 2014-15 broadcast season by a wide margin in the key adults 18-49 demo, while CBS was tops among total viewers. Though NBC’s demo victory is more enviable from an advertiser perspective, CBS has the important bragging point of being the only network to show a gain among 18-49 compared to last fall—CBS was up 9 percent in the demo, while NBC, ABC and Fox were down between 3 and 9 percent each (full charts »
- James Hibberd
TV ratings for Monday, September 29th are in. Here’s a brief rundown: Fox’s Gotham showed a fairly strong hold of its audience in week two (read Dave’s recap here), scoring a 2.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 7.33 million viewers. That’s a drop of just 13% from last week’s premiere and marks a solid retention of its audience. Sleepy Hollow, on the other hand, was down 15% from last week with a disappointing 1.7 rating and 5.1 million viewers. The strongest hold for a new show this week, however, goes to CBS’ Scorpion (read Dave's recap here), which dipped only 6% from its premiere and garnered a 3.0 rating and 12.23 million viewers. It was second only to The Big Bang Theory as far as scripted programming goes, with the comedy hitting a towering 4.7 rating and 16.18 million viewers for a drop of 13% from last week. Elsewhere on CBS, NCIS: Los Angeles stumbled 37% from »
- Adam Chitwood
With shows like Castle, The Big Bang Theory and WWE Raw all vying for the attention of television viewers last night, Gotham continues to do well suffering a drop of only 13% (though some sites say it is was low as 11% or 12%). This is considered "standard second-week slippage" according to Entertainment Weekly, and though the Network would liked to have seen a great retention of viewers, this is by no means a bad result. Those DVR figures for the series premiere last week showed what a difference thy can make too. Total viewership was 7.3 million viewers, 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, and it's worth noting that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. suffered a second episode drop of a whopping 34% last year, so Gotham is doing just fine! Did you tune in last night? »
NBC's “The Voice” remained steady with last week's premiere to give the network a win in the key 18-49 demographic on Monday, though CBS's “The Big Bang Theory” was the night's top-rated and most-watched program, helping to make CBS the most-watched network of the night. Meanwhile, freshman dramas ‘Gotham” from Fox and “Scorpion” from CBS held up well compared to their series premieres last week, according to preliminary numbers. Also read: ‘Gotham’ Brings Catwoman Into the Fold With Actual Speaking Lines NBC took first place among the 18-49 crowd with a 3.5 rating/10 share and came in third among total viewers with. »
- Tim Kenneally
Update: In updated national estimates from Nielsen, the good news for CBS’ “Scorpion” got even better, as it was revised up a tick (3.1/9 in 18-49, 13.36 million viewers overall); as a result, it ended up retaining 97% of its premiere in both 18-49 and total viewers. And that put it solidly ahead of “Gotham” and “The Blacklist,” both of which held at a 2.8.
Leading off the night for CBS, “The Big Bang Theory” was revised up a tenth (4.8/15 in 18-49, 16.38 million viewers overall).
NBC’s “The Voice” went up a tenth (4.0/11, 12.94m) to move ahead of its week-ago season premiere — the first time in four cycles it has improved on its second Monday.
As expected, ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 12.50 nmillion viewers overall) and “Castle” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 10.75 million viewers overall) were revised downward due to preemptions for football in the Boston area and Kansas City. The drama still managed to match its year-ago premiere. »
- Rick Kissell
ABC’s Castle — with football preemptions now factored out — on Monday night returned to 10.8 million total viewers and a 2.2 rating (per finals), matching its previous premiere (11.5 mil/2.2) in the demo and up from its May finale (10.6 mil/2.1). TVLine readers gave the episode an average grade of “B+.”
Castle matched its highest-rated premiere since 2011 and equaled its highest-rated episode since April 2013 (Season 5’s “The Squab and the Quail”).
Related Castle Premiere Recap: When the Mystery Writer Becomes the Mystery
Opening ABC’s night, Dancing With the Stars (12.5 mil/1.8) was down 18 percent in the demo week-to-week. (Read recap.)
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After bowing to big numbers last Thursday, freshman series "How to Get Away with Murder" is continuing its hot streak by adding 6 million more viewers to its total ratings haul -- and breaking DVR records.
The Shonda Rhimes-produced drama scored 14 million sets of eyeballs last week, but when live plus three data was accounted for, its new total settled around 20.3 million, a whopping number that should make Shondaland pretty happy. For those keeping score at home, that's the highest DVR viewership increase ever, beating out previous L+3 champ "The Blacklist," which set a DVR record back in January with an additional 5.6 million watching a recorded episode of the show.
And the good news doesn't stop there for the Viola Davis vehicle: "Murder"'s 6 million additional viewers placed the show second only to CBS juggernaut "The Big Bang Theory" in terms of the percentage growth of the total size of the audience. »
- Katie Roberts
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