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ABC 'Black-ish' premieres strong as 'Survivor' surprises

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ABC’s launch of the first black family sitcom on a major broadcast network in years got off to a good start Wednesday night. The boldly titled Black-ish, starring Anthony Anderson, opened to strong numbers after the return of Modern Family and ranked as the night’s second highest-rated show.

Black-ish had 10.8 million viewers and a 3.3 rating among adults 18-49 at 9:30 p.m. The big mitigating factor here is the size of its lead-in from Modern Family (10.9 million and a 3.7)—last year’s Super Fun Night, for instance, opened to a 3.2 in this slot and quickly faded. Yet ABC points out Black-ish had the highest-ever retention of Modern Family viewers for a regular comedy debut in this slot.

Opening acts The Middle (7.4 million, 2.1) and The Goldbergs (7 million, 2.3) performed well, while 10 p.m.’s Nashville season 3 opener (5.6 million, 1.5) was down 25 percent from last year. ABC is particularly happy with The Goldbergs, since this is a new timeslot for the show on a different night—yet its rating was the 1980s-set comedy’s second-best ever. READ FULL STORY

'Red Band Society' gets sickly ratings

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Fox’s earnest teen hospital drama got off to a weak start in the ratings Wednesday night, while NBC’s preview of Debra Messing’s cop dramedy delivered a healthy sampling.

The Steven Spielberg-produced Red Band Society had only 4 million viewers and an anemic 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 at 9 p.m., slipping a tad from its Hell’s Kitchen lead-in. Red Band Society follows a group of teens who cheerfully endure various medical hardships and live in a pediatric hospital ward run by tough-love nurse (Octavia Spencer). Industry insiders have been skeptical that the concept would be a reliable draw, despite the topicality of the similarly themed book and film The Fault in Our Stars. (“Nobody wants to watch sick kids in primetime,” one top studio chief told us.)

Over on NBC, the premiere of The Mysteries of Laura, about a detective (Messing) juggling busting criminals and raising a family, had a healthy 10.4 million viewers and a 2.1 rating. The delivery was doubtlessly helped by its big two-hour America’s Got Talent lead-in (12 million, 2.3), and the show is expected to face a tougher challenge when it shifts to its regular 8 p.m. time slot next week. Still, NBC has to be happy with this turnout. READ FULL STORY

FXX sees ratings boom thanks to 'The Simpsons' marathon

Having taken the crown as the longest TV marathon ever, The Simpsons can add another achievement to its trophy case—launching FXX as a viable network.

While many at FX expected the “Every Simpsons Ever” marathon to draw viewers, the results proved to be beyond anyone’s expectations. Bill Carter at The New York Times has a breakdown of the 12-day marathon’s viewership, and the results would even make Comic Book Guy crack a smile.

Simpsons episodes screened in prime time averaged 1.32 million viewers over the course of the marathon, a huge jump from the network’s previous average of 206,000 viewers at the same time. These numbers not only catapulted FXX to third place among all cable networks in the 18-to-49 demo during the marathon, but it also made it the highest rated network in all of cable television for three out of the 12 nights.

Somewhere, Mr. Burns is whispering “Excellent” to himself as he looks over the marathon’s results.

The marathon also proved to be a hit with fans. The Every Simpsons Ever Twitter profile tweeted along with each episode, retweeting viewer photos and tweets from Simpsons writers, artists, and others involved with the show’s production.

Only a year old, FXX was, prior to the marathon, a struggling network that took over what had previously been Fox Soccer. The Simpsons marathon gave the channel a needed jolt in the ratings and paved the way for FXX’s nightly programming in the months to come.

Visit the Times for a full analysis of the ratings, along with input from FX executives and James L. Brooks, who helped develop the show with Matt Groening and described viewer affection for the marathon as “emotional in ways that we didn’t anticipate.”

'Sharknado 2' becomes Syfy's most watched original movie

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Sharknadoes might not be good for humankind, but they’re definitely good for ratings: 3.9 million viewers tuned in to Syfy Wednesday night to watch the premiere of Sharknado 2.

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Tony Awards battle Miss USA for ratings

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Sunday’s broadcast ratings race had a clear winner: ABC’s NBA Finals coverage of Game 2, up 9 percent from last year.

But the tighter and perhaps more interesting fight was among CBS’s presentation of the 68th Annual Tony Awards and NBC’s coverage of the Miss USA Pageant.

The Tonys were steady with last year’s rating among adults 18-49, though the telecast climbed among total viewers to hit its second biggest audience in the last five years. Meanwhile, Miss USA went up 8 percent from last year to have the overall edge in the demo (Tonys led among total viewers).

Also in the mix: The season finale of Fox’s Cosmos, which dipped against the increased competition. All told, Cosmos is ending its run with an season average of a 1.5 rating in the demo and 3.9 million total viewers. That demo number is very much not bad for this project (the show skewed surprisingly young), and hopefully Fox will take chances on entertainingly produced science programming again in the future (not likely, perhaps, but one can hope). Full chart: READ FULL STORY

'Ninja Warrior' ratings leap over rivals

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NBC’s American Ninja Warrior jumped over rivals for its second week on the air this summer, muscling out ABC’s Bachelorette and Fox’s MasterChef. The world’s toughest obstacle competition was up 19 percent to rank as Monday’s top-rated show in the demo.

It’s a nice headline for a series that started as an addictive Japanese sensation (Sasuke) airing on the network formerly known as G4. Ninja Warrior spawned a U.S. version that was gradually promoted up the network ranks to air on NBC in 2011. Thankfully, the NBC edition has maintained the Japanese original’s extreme level of difficulty (nobody has yet finished the final U.S. course) and focus on the athletic prowess of the contestants rather than the falls (unlike ABC’s silly take on this genre, Wipeout).

Since Monday, May 26 was Memorial Day, it’s perhaps no surprise that shows went up across the board this week: Fox’s MasterChef was up 21 percent, 24 was up 20 percent, Bachelorette was up 6 percent. ABC’s Mistresses also returned with the same debut number as last year.

Last, but certainly not least: The CW’s Beauty and the Beast returned from hiatus to post its most-watched episode in more than a year. Full chart: READ FULL STORY

Dammit! Fox's '24' ratings fall

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The second week of Fox’s 24: Live Another Day reboot fell in the overnight ratings. 24 was down almost 24 percent in the adult demo for its hour-long 9 p.m. airing compared to last week’s two-hour kick-off, which returned Jack Bauer to prime-time after a four-year absence.

Also Monday: The CW’s doomed Star-Crossed series finale was up 33 percent, NBC’s Blacklist season finale easily won 10 p.m., ABC’s Castle finale was up  25 percent from last week, and CBS’ Mike & Molly was up 18 percent.  Full chart: READ FULL STORY

NBC's 'Rosemary's Baby' in ratings hell

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It’s a bouncing baby bomb: Part 1 of NBC’s high-profile Rosemary’s Baby miniseries performed surprisingly poorly in the overnight ratings. The Mother’s Day remake of the classic horror novel and 1968 film  delivered only 3.7 million viewers and a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 across its two-hour debut. In the 9 p.m. hour, it was firmly beaten by the second half of ABC’s two-hour Once Upon a Time finale and tied by Fox’s Cosmos. In the 10 p.m. hour, Rosemary’s was edged out by both ABC’s Revenge and CBS’ The Mentalist.

Rosemary’s Baby starred Zoe Saldana in the role made famous by Mia Farrow. Though reviews were mediocre (ranking only 53 out of 100 on Metacritic), one would have expected bigger numbers, if only due to its well-known title and receiving a fair amount of promotion. Perhaps between Once being extended across 9 p.m. this week and HBO blowing up its ratings with Game of Thrones in the same hour, it was tough for a new genre program to convince viewers to flip over. Speaking of which: Did Thrones set another ratings record? That number won’t be out until later today or tomorrow.

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Bryan Singer's new ABC drama is no 'Scandal'

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ABC’s newest medical soap got off to a fairly modest start in the ratings Thursday night. Black Box, the somewhat bizarrely conceptualized and unfortunately titled drama from executive producer Bryan Singer, opened far below the 10 p.m. bar set by ABC’s mega-hit Scandal.

The first episode delivered 6.6 million viewers and a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49, roughly half of Scandal‘s demo average in the hour. The premiere was also edged out by the latest episode of Elementary, despite the CBS drama having a weaker lead-in. ABC noted, however, that among total viewers, it was the most-watched 10 p.m. drama launch on the network since Nashville two years ago. (Of course, ABC’s other 10 p.m. drama launches since then have almost all been canceled, and this is the network’s best-supported slot given its Grey’s Anatomy lead-in.) While Singer is a producer on Black Box, Deadline reported his name was taken off ABC’s ads in the wake of the headline-making lawsuit against the director. READ FULL STORY

'Orphan Black' ratings set DVR record

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Orphan Black didn’t only clone more viewers for its season 2 premiere — it’s breaking DVR playback records in the days since.

Saturday’s return of the BBC America thriller nearly doubled its 18-49 viewership in its first three days of time-shifted viewing. The ratings went up 97 percent  compared to its first-night tally. That’s more than any TV drama premiere — cable or broadcast — this season. The first episode is up to 1.6 million viewers and 746,000 in the demo.

When Orphan Black‘s season 2 premiere ratings came out earlier this week, I noted that the show “will likely defer a ton of DVR playback from busy viewers” given its time slot and relatively young target audience. BBC America GM Perry Simon said: “Our viewers are some of the most affluent and tech savvy in television, and clearly a huge number of them set their DVRs to make sure they didn’t miss it.” Of course, the network could just premiere Orphan Black on a day of the week that U.S. viewers are actually home to avoid some of the ratings roller coaster.

'Shameless' and 'House of Lies' season finales earn record ratings

Showtime comedies Shameless and House of Lies had good Sunday nights: The two shows scored their highest finale ratings ever.

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'The Walking Dead' sets new finale ratings record


Viewers cannot stop feasting on The Walking Dead as the season 4 finale nabbed 15.7 million viewers, with 10.2 million of them coming in that coveted 18-49 demo. Both of those marks shatter the previous finale records for the show, which were set with 2013’s season 3 ender, which scored 12.4 million total viewers and 8.1 million in the 18-49 range. However, the finale just missed becoming the most-watched episode in the series’ history, falling short of the 16.1 million that took in the season 4 premiere, 10.4 million of which were ages 18-49.

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'Arrow' ratings up for Huntress return

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The return of The Huntress to The CW’s Arrow coincided with an uptick in the ratings Wednesday night for its “Birds of Prey” episode. Arrow was up 12 percent in the adults 18-49 demo and beat NBC’s Prince Harry special. But The CW’s newest drama, The 100, dipped 22 percent in the demo for its second episode. (Hang in there: I’m told the freshman sci-drama picks up considerably with some game-changing twists in the next couple weeks.)

Over on CBS, Survivor had the most-watched episode of its current Cagayan cycle Wednesday night and also beat Fox’s American Idol. Yet Survivor actually fell two tenths in the demo despite hitting a viewership high, which is a little odd. Idol was down a notch.

On ABC, new comedy Mixology jumped up 42 percent since it had an original Modern Family fueling its slot this week instead of a repeat. The Middle and Suburgatory were down slightly, as was Nashville. The rest of the grid was a lot of repeats. Full chart: READ FULL STORY

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