Thursday, May 28, 2020

TV Ratings: Tuesday May 26, 2020

On a very low-rated Tuesday, NBC's 'America's Got Talent' (1.45 rating in 18-49, 9.9 million viewers) and 'World of Dance' (0.97 rating, 5 million) were the sole bright spots and the only two programs on either broadcast or cable to average a rounded 1.0 rating. Reruns on both ABC and CBS scored 0.5s including 'The Connors,' 'NCIS,' 'FBI,' and 'FBI: Most Wanted, but originals were lower. ABC's 'Our New Reality' (0.40, 2.57 million) and 'Genetic Detective' (0.37, 3.26 million) were modest, but generally unimpressive while CW's 'Stargirl' (0.27, 1.19 million) and 'Legends of Tomorrow' (0.19, 760,000) were downright disappointing. 

TV Ratings: Monday May 25, 2020

Broadcast TV was all reruns on Memorial Day Monday except for NBC where 'Titan Games' (0.71 rating in 18-49, 3.44 million viewers) brought in the day's best numbers on either broadcast or cable. Lead-out, 'Songland' (0.47, 2.28 million) was also new though it tied two reruns of ABC's 'Celebrity Family Feud' in the rounded demos and had fewer viewers. The highest viewed program on either broadcast or cable was a 10pm rerun of 'Bull,' on CBS, which found 3.62 million. The summer season is in full swing.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Bellevue (WGN America): Ratings Recap

'Bellevue' premiered January 23, 2018 to a 0.05 adults 18-49 rating with 412,000 viewers on WGN America. It remained quite stable in the throughout its run, averaging a 0.04 rating over 8 episodes. However, viewership dropped after the first episode and the series concluded with just 184,000 viewers. It was not renewed for a second season. 

Carter (WGN America): Ratings Recap

WGN America's 'Carter' premiered August 7, 2018 to a low 0.04 adults 18-49 rating and 290,000 viewers. Its next two episodes both did quite well, hitting a series-high in the demo with episode 2 (0.05) and a series-high in viewers with episode 3 (361,000). It dropped after that point, averaging a 0.04 rating and 240,000 viewers in its first season. A second season aired in 2020 and barely registered, averaging just a 0.01 rating and 91,000 viewers over its 10 episodes. It has not yet been renewed for a third season, nor has it been cancelled. 

Those Who Kill (LMN): Ratings Recap

'Those Who Kill' premiered Monday March 3, 2014 on A&E Network to a strong 0.51 A18-49 rating and 1.44 million viewers, but tumbled in week 2 to 0.3 in the demo with 838,000 viewers. After the second episode, A&E decided to move the program over to Lifetime Movie Network (LMN) beginning Sunday March 30. It aired its last 8 episodes on LMN and averaged a 0.11 rating there and 424,000 viewers (averaged in the table are inflated by the first 2 episodes). Though it was not officially cancelled, it wasn't renewed either.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Various Programs (Netflix and Amazon): Ratings Recaps

Below are ratings charts for a variety of different programs on both Netflix and Amazon with data from Nielsen Media Research. The data provided differs by show, so the tables will look different from program to program, though every program has a column for total viewership. Top performances include the season 3 premiere of 'Stranger Things' which notched an impressive 19.2 million U.S. viewers within 3 days of its release - up from 15.8 million which saw the season 2 premiere within three days. 'Tiger King' delivered nearly 19 million U.S. viewers within its first 10 days while 'Bird Box' notched nearly 35 million in that same frame. The third season of 'Ozark' was a bit lower, at just 8.7 million viewers in its first 10 days, but the sixth season of 'House of Cards' was even worse, logging a disappointing 2.9 million viewers for its season premiere within the first week of its release.  

Treme (HBO): Ratings Recap

HBO's 'Treme' premiered April 11, 2010 to a strong 0.4/1 adults 18-49 rating/share and 1.13 million viewers and hit its series-high of a 0.6/2 and 1.17 million viewers near the end of the first season. The show dropped from a 777,000 season 1 average to 574,000 in season 2 (2011), but showed remarkable season-to-season retention in season 3 (2012) where it averaged 533,000. A shortened fourth and final season aired in December 2013, falling further to 454,000 viewers, but stayed relatively even in the demo from season 3 (0.17 to 0.18). A total of 36 episodes aired over the course of its 4 seasons.

Copper (BBC America): Ratings Recap

'Copper' premiered August 19, 2012 on BBC America to a 0.36 A18-49 rating and 1.11 million viewers - strong numbers for that network. It hovered just below 1 million viewers and above a 0.2 rating for the next few episodes before dropping to 0.15 with 523,000 viewers for its first season finale. It was renewed for a second season which premiered in 2013 to a 0.13 rating with 510,000 viewers and continued falling - hitting a series-low 0.06 in the demo and 350,000 viewers near the end of the season. The second season averaged just a 0.09 rating and 414,000 viewers (down from 0.21/692K for season 1) which was not enough to warrant a third season. The show aired a total of 23 episodes over the course of its 2 seasons.

Atlantis (BBC America): Ratings Recap

BBC America's 'Atlantis' premiered November 23, 2013 to a decent 0.26 A18-49 rating and 631,000 viewers. Unfortunately, it dropped heavily in week 2 and never recovered, averaging a 0.09 rating and 311,000 viewers in its first season. Removing the first episode, that average drops down to 0.08 in the demo and 285,000 viewers. Nevertheless, it was renewed for a second season which premiered November 15, 2014 to a 0.09 rating with 390,000 viewers - on par with the first season. For unknown reasons, BBC America decided to split the season in half, airing the first 6 episodes in fall 2014 and the last 7 in summer 2015. Those first 6 episodes actually didn't perform too terribly, at 0.07 in the demo and 270,000 viewers, but the summer 2015 episodes fell to micro-level, averaging just a 0.03 rating and 139,000 viewers. Needless to say, the program was not renewed for a third season.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

True Blood (HBO): Ratings Recap

HBO's 'True Blood' premiered September 7, 2008 to a 0.7/2 adults 18-49 rating/share and 1.44 million viewers. It hit a first season high of 1.5 in the demo (more than twice its premiere audience!) and 2.7 million viewers and saw huge growth in its second season where it averaged a 2.3 rating and 4.28 million viewers (a more than 100% jump in from season 1). It continued growing in season 3 where it peaked at 2.85 in the demo and 4.97 million viewers. The show remained above a 2.0 rating and 4 million viewers throughout its fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons, before finally dropping in its seventh season to 1.84 in the demo and 3.5 million viewers. It concluded on August 24, 2014 to a 2.1 rating with 4.04 million viewers.

Dark Blue (TNT): Ratings Recap

TNT's 'Dark Blue' premiered July 15, 2009 to a 0.9/3 adults 18-49 rating/share and 3.54 million viewers - retaining most of its lead-in - the second season premiere of 'Leverage' (1.0/3, 3.89M). The first season finale aired without a 'Leverage' lead-in, and tumbled hard to 1.61 million viewers, though with a first season average of 0.7 in the demo and nearly 2.6 million viewers, it was apparently enough to warrant a second season. The second season premiered in 2010 with a double episode which was on par with its first season average, but by the end of the season, the show began to regularly dip below 2 million viewers and finished its run with 1.82 million. It was not renewed for a third season, and a total of 20 episodes aired over the course of its 2 seasons.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family): Ratings Recap

ABC Family's 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' premiered July 1, 2008 to a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, a 6.5/24 rating/share in females 12-17, and 2.82 million viewers. By week five, the program hit (what was at the time) the highest viewership ever for an ABC Family series (3.58 million), and continued its upward trajectory, hitting a series-high 4.68 million viewers for its second-season premiere in 2009. Seasons one and two averaged over 3 million viewer, seasons 3 and 4 averaged over 2 million, but season 5 dropped sharply - averaging only 1.22 million viewers. The show concluded June 3, 2013 after airing 121 episodes over the course of five seasons. Viewership for all 121 episodes are included below, and 18-49 ratings were available for all but five of the episodes. Below the normal ratings charts are sub-demo charts that include the females 12-17 rating/share for the 5 available episodes from season 1, and teens 12-17 ratings for the second-half of season 2 and all of season 3.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending February 21, 1999

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 23rd week of the 1998-99 television broadcast season; reruns are excluded from the list. Cable viewership (persons 2+) was not available this week, but household data was available, as usual, for the top 15 shows. Viewership to 2-decimal places was only available for the top 86 shows. Available 18-49 data is included in a separate chart below the cable ratings.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending February 14, 1999

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 22nd week of the 1998-99 television broadcast season; reruns are excluded from the list. The bottom charts have ratings for programs that aired on cable during the week. Cable viewership (persons 2+) was only available for the top 5 shows this week, but household data was available, as usual, for the top 25 shows. Available 18-49 data is included in a separate chart below the cable ratings.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Top of the Week Ratings: Monday & Tuesday May 4-5, 2020

FOX led the Monday 8pm hour on Broadcast with a new episode of '9-1-1' which scored a night's best 1.27 adults 18-49 rating/7 share and just shy of 7 million viewers, second only to NBC's 'The Voice' (7.4 million). The program saw solid returns in adults 18-34 (0.7/6) and women 25-54 (2.3/9) with the night's best figures in both. In Live+3, the show rose to 1.88 in the demo with 10.5 million viewers. 'Voice' (1.03/6) ranked second on the hour, just ahead of CBS's 'The Neighborhood' (0.93/5, 6.7 million); though both programs tied for second in adults 18-34 (0.6/5). Over at ABC, 'The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart' (0.57/3, 2.7 million) took a distant fourth, but was still miles ahead of CW's 'Whose Line it is Anyway' (0.19/1, 766,000). Those 2 programs were the youngest-skewing on the hour though at 58.9 and 56.6.

World Series Ratings (2009-2019)

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the last 11 years of World Series games. Local market ratings for both of the competing teams are also available for every game except for games 2 and 3 of the 2012 World Series (however, the average does reflect all 4-games). The color-coding works as follows: all of the local market ratings are compared against each other, all of the A18-49 ratings are compared against each other, and the same for M18-49, Median age, and total viewers. Overall, the "greener" the chart, the better the ratings. 

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Weekend Ratings: Saturday May 2 & Sunday May 3, 2020

CBS's '60 Minutes' led the 7pm hour notching a 0.77 adults 18-49 rating/5 share and 9.3 million viewers. The program also delivered a massive 16 share in people over 50 and average viewing age of 69.5. ABC was second on the hour with 'America's Funniest Home Videos' (0.71/5, 5.3 million), and NBC was third with 'Little Big Shots' (0.27/2, 2.5 million).

The White Queen, The White Princess, & The Spanish Princess (Starz): Ratings Recaps

Below are the ratings for three programs on Starz that aired in 2013, 2017, and 2019. 'The Spanish Princess' (2019) is a sequel to 'The White Princess' (2017) which itself is a sequel to 'The White Queen' (2013) hence why they appear in the same ratings recap. Eight additional episodes of 'The Spanish Princess' are expected to premiere in the fall of 2020.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending February 7, 1999

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 21st week of the 1998-99 television broadcast season; reruns are excluded from the list. Cable viewership (persons 2+) was not available this week, but household data was available, as usual, for the top 25 shows. Available 18-49 data is included in a separate chart below the cable ratings.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Friday May 1, 2020 TV Ratings Recap

ABC's 'Shark Tank' led the Friday night 8pm hour with a 0.8 rating/5 share among adults 18-49 (about 993,000 in that demo) and 4.8 million viewers. CBS took second with 'MacGyver' (0.6/4 with 5.9 million), followed by NBC with 'The Blacklist' (0.5/3, 4.5 million), and FOX with 'WWE Smackdown' (0.5/3, 1.9 million). Though 'Blacklist' and 'Smackdown' technically tie in the rounded ratings, the former edged out the latter in 18-49 viewers (671K to 639K). CW's 'Charmed' (0.2/1, 581,000) took the bottom spot, though it did have the night's youngest audience at 53.7 years. 

In the 9pm hour, CBS's 'Magnum PI' (0.7/4, 7.2 million) took the top spot, just edging out NBC's 2-hour 'Dateline' (0.7/4, 4.6 million) in 18-49 viewership (930K to 874K). 'PI' also averaged a much older audience, pulling an 11 share in adults 50+ compared to 'Dateline's' 7 share, with an average audience age of 67 (to 61.7).  Also airing was 'Dynasty' which was a speck with just 98,000 18-49 viewers (0.1/0) and 323,000 overall. The program had a 0 share in all major subdemos. 

Finally, at 10pm, the oldest-skewing show on television, 'Blue Bloods' (0.7/4, 8.5 million), was uncontested. It notched 14 share in people over 50 and had an average audience age of almost 70 (69.7). Despite this, it still pulled in a respectable rating in adults 18-34 (0.4) tying its 'PI' lead-in. 

On the cable side, 'Live PD' on A&E notched the day's best ratings in adults 18-49 (0.48), women 18-49 (0.52), men 18-49 (0.43), and adults 25-54 (0.66). It was second in females 12-34 (0.28) and averaged 1.85 million viewers overall. 'Live PD: Wanted' was at 0.37/0.42/0.33/0.51/0.19 in those demos with 1.3 million viewers. 

Over on VH1, 'RuPaul's Drag Race' scored the day's best numbers in people 18-34 (0.36), females 12-34 (0.30) and males 12-34 (0.31) with 701,000 viewers. 'RuPaul's Secret Celebrity' was at 0.25/0.2/0.22 in those demos with 551,000 viewers. Closing out the night was 'Untucked' which managed just 304,000. 

On Bravo, 'Shahs of Sunset' found its best numbers with women 18-49 (0.35 rating) and females 12-34 (0.2) and had 912,000 viewers. WEtv's 'Mama June: Hot or Not' was virtually identical at 0.35/0.19 in those demos with 962,000 viewers. 

Other programs of note include HBO's 'Real Time' (1.2 million) & 'Betty' (158,000).

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending January 31, 1999

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 20th week of the 1998-99 television broadcast season; reruns are excluded from the list. The bottom charts have ratings for programs that aired on cable during the week. Of note, 'Super Bowl XXXIII' averaged a 36.4 A18-49 rating. Available 18-49 data is included in a separate chart below the cable ratings.

Thursday April 30, 2020 TV Ratings Peek

At 8pm, CBS's 'Young Sheldon' took victory, averaging a 1.1 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 10.1 million viewers. The program skewed very old with a 15 share in people over 50 and just a 0.5 rating in people 18-34. 'The Paley Center Salutes,' on NBC, was down just a tenth in the demo (1.0/5, 3.25 million), and ABC's 'Millionaire' (0.8/5, 6.2 million) took third. Finally, 'Katy Keene', on the CW, was invisible at just 0.1/1 (119,000 people in the demo) with 401,000 viewers. 

'Man with a Plan' notched a modest 0.7/4 at 8:30 with 6.6 million viewers.  

At 9pm, NBC's 'Parks and Recreation' took an easy victory, averaging a 1.4 rating/7 share in the adults 18-49 demographic and 3.6 million total viewers (1.7 million in the demo). The special was the youngest-skewing program on broadcast, scoring the day's best 18-34 rating (1.2) with an average viewing age of just 47.9 (for comparison, the next youngest was a FOX rerun at 55.8). In people over 50, the show had only a 3 share.

Elsewhere at 9pm, ABC's 'Station 19' (0.9/5, 5.6 million) was second on the hour and performed well in women demos, 18-49 (1.2/6) and 25-54 (1.7/6). A second episode of 'Man With a Plan' (0.7/4, 6.1 million) retained most of its lead-in (960,000 v. 897,000 in the demo); both episodes scored 9 shares in people 50+. In a distant last-place was CW's 'In the Dark' which mustered only a 0.1/0 rating (102,000) and 394,000 viewers. The show scored a 0 share in all major sub-demographics except for women 25-54 where it found a 1 share. 

A new episode of 'Broke' at 9:30 was marginal at 0.6/3 in the demo with just under 5.1 million viewers. 

Finally at 10pm, 'How to Get Away with Murder' (0.6/4, 2.8 million) took victory, up a tenth from second-place 'Tommy' (0.5/3, 5.1 million), and up three-tenths from third-place NBC drama 'Council of Dads' (0.3/2, 2 million). 'Murder' also found its usual success in key women demos, pulling a 0.9/5 in W18-49 and 1.2/5 in W25-54. 'Tommy' skewed extremely old: it had a 9 share in people over 50 and an average audience age of 67.9 - the highest for the night. As for 'Council,' it's low 18-49 rating cannot be fully attributed to an older audience, as the show managed only a 2 share in people over 50 and its median age of 60.9 is well below the CBS averages. 

Cable highlights for the night include MTV's 'Jersey Shore' which ranked #1 in F12-34 (0.4 rating) and #2 in W18-49 (0.57), just one-hundredth behind Bravo's 'Real Housewives of NYC' (0.58). In total viewers, those two programs were at 895,000 and 1.2 million respectively. 'Families of the Mafia,' which followed 'Shore' had poor retention at 0.15/0.19 in those demos and only 355,000 viewers. 

E!'s 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' was ranked #2 in F12-34 (0.37 rating) and #3 in W18-49 (0.47), with 810,000 viewers. 'Total Bellas' was at 0.3/0.33 in those demos with 600,000 viewers, and 'Kards Konfidential' had just 307,000. 

Two episodes of 'Shaq Life' on TNT were virtually even between men and women 18-49 (both at 0.2 for the 9pm episode and 0.18/0.17 at 9:30), but lost 100K viewers, from 601,000 at 9pm to 508,000 at 9:30. 

Other programs of note include WEtv's 'Growing Up Hip Hop' (413,000), Freeform's 'Siren' (340,000), UP's 'Bringing Up Bates' (356,000), FX's 'Better Things' (186,000), and Showtime's 'Desus & Mero' (61,000). 

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending January 24, 1999

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 19th week of the 1998-99 television broadcast season; reruns are excluded from the list. The bottom charts have ratings for programs that aired on cable during the week. Available 18-49 data is included in a separate chart below the cable ratings.