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Chris Rock's episode of 'Saturday Night Live' marks ratings high

Chris Rock might not have been the best host this time around on Saturday Night Live, but ratings-wise, he brought viewers in: The evening’s audience was bigger than it has been since the show’s Feb. 1 episode when Melissa McCarthy hosted.

Besides scoring the show’s highest ratings in metered-market households since that McCarthy episode, the show also ranked high in the target 18-49 demographic, bringing in more viewers than it has since Jim Parsons’ March 1 episode.
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Was 'Jane the Virgin' the ratings miracle The CW was hoping for?

Jane the Virgin got off to a decent start in the ratings, giving The CW its most-watched Monday in nearly three years.

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'Walking Dead' season 5 premiere is show's highest-rated episode ever

The Walking Dead is very much alive.

The show’s season 5 premiere marked the series’ highest-rated episode ever with 17.3 million viewers, up 7 percent from the previous record-holder, the season 4 premiere. The show was also up 6 percent in adults aged 18-49 with 11 million viewers.

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'Once Upon a Time' slips, 'Mulaney' grows in ratings

Once Upon a Time slipped in the ratings in its third outing, but by how much remains to be seen since Nielsen has yet to send out updated numbers after finding an error in its system.

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Nielsen reports technical error in ratings data

Today, Nielsen announced that on Oct. 6, they discovered a technical error that impacted national network ratings over the past several months, EW has confirmed.

According to Nielsen’s press release, the technical error came up on March 2, 2014, and went unnoticed until noticing the high viewing levels during fall premiere week. As a result of the error, small viewing segments were miscounted. Cable network and local TV ratings were not affected by the error. The problem was corrected on Oct. 9, and all ratings data from that point forward is correct.

As a result of the error, all released data from Sept. 22 onward will be reprocessed and reissued by Oct. 17, and data going back to Aug. 18, the start of the current fall TV season, will be reprocessed and released by Oct. 31.

The error was due to the AOT with code data (all other tuning with code), which counts for 0.1 percent to 0.25 percent of all viewing minutes nationwide. Usually, the statistical impact of the error is generally small, although the impact is larger in “a handful of cases.”

'Arrow' returns up, 'Stalker' and 'Red Band Society' down in ratings

The CW celebration continues. After a stellar premiere of The Flash on Tuesday, flagship series Arrow returned up on Wednesday night.

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'The Flash' gets off to a super start in the ratings

The Flash debuted to strong numbers on Tuesday night and became The CW’s most-watched and highest-rated series premiere since The Vampire Diaries launched in 2009.

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'Murder' strong; 'Bad Judge,' 'A to Z' and 'Gracepoint' all start off modest

New NBC comedies Bad Judge and A to Z, along with Fox’s Broadchurch adaptation Gracepoint, all got off to a slow start on Thursday night, but there was good news for at least one network: How to Get Away with Murder stayed strong for ABC in its second week.

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'Stalker' fares okay in ratings, 'Black-ish' takes a big hit

Despite heavy criticism about the gratuitous violence against women, Stalker actually fared okay in its series debut, but the same can’t be said for week two of what ABC’s been touting as the No. 1 new comedy, Black-ish.

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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.”

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