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High-wire act gets high ratings for ABC

Nik Wallenda’s high-wire walk over Niagara Falls propelled ABC to a big win Friday. The net easily dominated in total viewers (8.7 million) and adults 18-49 (2.1 rating/8 share).

It was ABC’s most-watched Friday since November 2007.

During the 8 o’clock hour, ABC’s Countdown to Niagara: The Greatest Megastunts of All Time led in viewers (5.7 million) and 18-49 (1.2/5). From 9-11 p.m., the actual stunt was the No. 1 TV program overall in viewers (10.1 million) and 18-49 (2.5/9).

Summer ratings: 'MasterChef,' 'Got Talent,' more

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We’ve been hard at work on EW’s big Summer TV Preview issue that’s on stands this week and have admittedly been slipping on covering the morning broadcast ratings. We can’t let Gordon Ramsay off the hook that easily!

Here’s what you may have missed this week:

America’s Got Talent (12.2 million, 3.4 adults 18-49 rating): NBC’s nutty talent show continues to lead the pack in the ratings. While Monday’s episode was up 14 percent from Memorial Day weekend, Tuesday’s hour slipped 8 percent.

MasterChef (4.8 million, 2.1): Can anybody try out for this show without first taking the stage like a cocky cartoon character and then meekly bursting into tears at the prospect of not getting an apron? Which isn’t to say the dramatics are not effective. The third season of the cooking competition returned Monday, rising an impressive 28 percent from last summer’s premiere. Tuesday’s second episode fell 16 percent from its debut, but was still up 11 percent from last year’s Night 2. READ FULL STORY

'Hatfields & McCoys' rustles up big-time ratings

Perhaps viewers were feeling the nostalgia on Memorial Day, or perhaps the onslaught of repeats and marathons created a hunger for original programming. Maybe the temptation of Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton’s bedraggled beards was too great. Whatever it was, the Monday kick-off to History’s Hatfields & McCoys was impressive. The miniseries was watched by 13.9 million viewers total, making it the No. 1 non-sports telecast in ad-supported cable television history.

As part of those ratings, the first night of the three-night event picked up 5.8 million viewers in the 25-54 demographic, and 4.8 million in the 18-49 range. In total, the debut airing and the same-night encore was seen by more than 17 million people. Said Nancy Dubuc, the network’s president and general manager, “With all the success we have had at History, we felt strongly for some time that we should own historical drama, and in true History fashion, we have done it, with — pardon the pun — guns ablazin’!”

Read more:
Ken Tucker’s ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ review
‘Hatfields & McCoys': 5 things to expect from History’s miniseries
‘Hatfields & McCoys’ miniseries: See the Kevin Costner-Bill Paxton brawl! — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

'American Idol' finale lowest rated ever

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Nobody was certain who would win Fox’s American Idol, but you could easily predict the show’s finale would mark its lowest-rated closer yet.

Given that Idol is down about 29 percent this season, there was no way Wednesday night’s climactic reveal would overtake last May’s finale, which represented the show’s previous finale low.

Last night, Fox says 21.5 million viewers tuned in to watch Phillip Phillips take the top prize, with a 6.3 rating in the adult demographic. That’s down 32 percent from last year, though up 43 percent from last week’s results show. READ FULL STORY

Eliot Spitzer tanks in Keith Olbermann's old time slot

After the sudden, inglorious exit of rabble-rousing pundit Keith Olbermann from Current TV last Thursday, Viewpoint With Eliot Spitzer debuted the next night in Olbermann’s former time slot to ominous ratings. The former New York governor’s program scored only 47,000 viewers total, slightly more than a quarter of the network’s March average for that time slot. In the make-or-break 25-54 demographic, Viewpoint landed only 10,000 viewers. The network previously bungled promotion for the show when they encouraged fans to follow Spitzer on Twitter. Spitzer does not have a Twitter account.

Read more:
Keith Olbermann fired by Current TV, threatens lawsuit
Keith Olbermann clashes with Current TV, media, and Twitter followers
Keith Olbermann calls Fox News ‘political whorehouse’

'Walking Dead' finale draws record ratings

AMC’s The Walking Dead finale set a ratings record for the network, clocking a truly impressive 9 million viewers.

The second season closer was the show’s highest-rated episode ever (and AMC’s most-watched episode of regular series television ever). A full 6 million of those viewers were among adults 18-49, too, which is quite a trick to pull off. Walking Dead ranks as the top-rated show in cable history among the adult demo. (Watch, now AMC executives will think: “If we cut the budget again, the ratings will go up even higher!”)

I got to see last night’s episode at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin where fans literally cheered Rick saving Herschel and the appearance of Michonne. For more, check out EW’s interview with writer-producer Robert Kirkman about the finale, and see our item about which actress is going to be under the hood to play a sword-wielding badass.

'Ghost Hunters' shocking Grant Wilson announcement translates into ratings bump

The announcement last night that Ghost Hunters‘ co-lead investigator Grant Wilson will be departing the series translated into a big ratings win for the show’s winter finale.

Last night’s hour-long episode drew 2.2 million total viewers, the show’s highest ratings in 15 months. In adults 18-49, Ghost Hunters drew 1.1 million, making it the series’ top performance in that measure since October and a season high. That 18-49 number reflects grown of 36 percent from the last finale episode, on Dec. 7.

Wilson told the audience last night that he would be leaving the show after the upcoming season. “It is with mixed emotion that I am announcing my departure from the cast of Ghost Hunters,” he said. “While paranormal investigating has always been and will remain a passion for me, after enjoying nearly eight successful seasons on television, I have made the decision to leave the series in order to focus on other aspects of my personal life.”

Wilson isn’t totally done yet, though: He’ll figure into six new episodes, beginning in April, culminating with a final new episode of Ghost Hunters on Wednesday, May 16 at 9 p.m. Twenty new episodes of the series remain for 2012. Taking Ghost Hunters timeslot in the interim is — not shockingly — Ghost Hunters International, which returns to SyFy on Feb. 22 with seven new episodes.

Read more:
‘Ghost Hunters’ investigator Grant Wilson exits

Most (and least) watched shows of fall -- UPDATED

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Now that we’re in rerun hell, it’s high time to take stock of what we liked (and loathed) from September to December. Below is a list of every network show and how many viewers each one averaged.

While these numbers aren’t a key piece of the puzzle for the broadcast nets when they are setting ad rates and deciding whether to renew a series, they definitely help to tell a story of a program’s true popularity.*

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Taiwanese animators explain NBC ratings woes by executing Playboy bunny -- VIDEO

The annual NBC media pile-on has begun in earnest this week, as the perpetual fourth-place network sunk 17 percent below its performance last fall. NBC is averaging a 2.5 in the adult demo (and that’s aided by Sunday Night Football), compared to ABC’s 2.7 (down 7 percent), CBS’ 3.3 (down 8 percent) and Fox’s 3.4 (up 17 percent) and The CW’s 0.9 (down 31 percent). We could run down the new fall shows that didn’t work, the struggling returning shows, the hopes for midseason turn-around, blah blah blah. But I’d really rather just show you NMA’s Taiwanese animation take on NBC’s fall performance:  READ FULL STORY

Favorite returning TV shows in trouble

After we analyzed which new fall shows were in ratings jeopardy, readers keep asking: What about the returning shows? Fringe? Community? House? Gossip Girl? Your wish for additional stress, granted: Here are some veteran series that returned weak in the ratings this fall and could be in danger when networks make their renewal decisions next year: READ FULL STORY

Michael Emerson to former 'Lost' co-star Terry O'Quinn: I won't quit you, either!

Our ongoing lobbying coverage of a potential John Locke/Benjamin Linus TV reunion continues! Last week, Terry O’Quinn (now guest-starring on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 with ex-Oceanic 815er Daniel Dae Kim) told EW he still wants to work with fellow Lost co-star Michael Emerson (now on CBS’ Person of Interest), even though plans for a J.J. Abrams-produced action-drama vehicle fell apart earlier this year. Said O’Quinn: “I was actually looking to do a series after Lost. … Michael and I fiddled around with one and we sort of got through the process of generating some interest in it, and we just didn’t come up with a script that everyone agreed on. Michael and I stay in touch; we still talk about that. Maybe we’ll make it happen before we get too creaky. I would love to have at least one more good experience like Lost.”

“I feel very much the same way,” Emerson tells EW.com. “I was very gratified to read that in the press. We’ve both told each other that even though there may be some bumps along the road, sooner or later, we’re going to work together.” For fans of Emerson’s new show with Jim Caviezel (and there could be a lot of them: Person of Interest launched last week to 13.2 million viewers), the actor has some scoop about tonight’s episode (airing at 9/8 c): READ FULL STORY

'New Girl' gets full season order

Looks like it’s not so bad being the new girl.

Fox just announced it has ordered an additional 11 episodes of its freshman comedy, New Girl, bringing the full order to 24 episodes.

The Zooey Deschanel show, which premiered last week and was Fox’s highest-rated sitcom debut ever, held up this week in the ratings, retaining 92 percent of its premiere audience. It also earned an impressive 5.2 rating in the all-important 18-34 demographic.

Read more:
Ratings: ‘New Girl’ keeps her cool in second week
Zooey Deschanel on her ‘New Girl’ role: ‘If I had read this character in a movie script, I would’ve jumped on board immediately’
EW’s ‘New Girl’ recaps

Cable shows: Hottest program this summer was...

Who cared about broadcast shows like America’s Got Talent or So You Think You Can Dance? Cable programs had no trouble drumming up the eyeballs this summer, which is probably why viewership levels were up year-to-year among ad-supported basic nets like TNT, USA, History and MTV (4 percent) versus what the Big Four broadcasters were attracting (down 3 percent).

Did your favorite ad-supported cable show make the top 10 cut? (We’re talking just the nets with commercial, people. Not HBO or Showtime). Check out the charts below which take into account the top 10 new and returning shows on ad-supported cable among viewers through Aug. 21. (Note to tweeners: Kiddie nets were excluded). And one other thing: Who knew there was a show called Mounted in Alaska? READ FULL STORY

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