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'True Detective' ratings climb to best yet: Will HBO announce season 2?

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This is so not surprising to anybody who’s watching HBO’s True Detective: The freshman drama’s ratings have climbed to a series high.

Sunday’s episode of Detective had a best-yet 2.6 million viewers for its first airing at 9 p.m., up 13 percent from its previous high, which was the crime  anthology’s Jan. 13 season premiere. Across three plays for the night, Detective racked up 3.6 million, also a new best. During the season to date, Detective has an average audience of 10.9 million viewers across all HBO plays and platforms.

While dramas on broadcast network often launch to high ratings, given their big platform and heavy publicity, and then ebb steadily downward, dramas that debut on cable networks like HBO often launch to modest numbers and then slowly gain viewers. At least, that’s what the successful ones do. READ FULL STORY

'Dracula' ratings rise for finale, 'Shark Tank' amazes

NBC’s Dracula ended on a sucky-yet-improved note Friday night.

The ratings-challenged horror-drama delivered only 3.1 million viewers and a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating at 10 p.m. That’s actually the best number for the show in at least a month, and Dracula has actually improved its performance for its last couple episodes. The series is considered very on-the-bubble for a return, though NBC does seem committed to figuring out some kind of horror-drama block on Fridays with Grimm serving as the anchor — the promising second season of Hannibal moves into the evening next month.

Meanwhile ABC’s Shark Tank‘s had its best viewership and rating in the show’s history at 9 p.m. Check this out: 8.1  million viewers and a 2.2 rating in the adult demo. That’s pretty amazing. This is the show’s fifth season and it’s on Friday night its lead in is The Neighbors (which has a 0.9 rating, so Shark Tank is improving upon its lead in by 144 percent). Everybody talks of Fridays as the night where shows go to die, but Shark Tank proves it’s possible to grow nearly every season on the least-watched weekday.

Britney Spears documentary tanked in ratings

Britney Spears’ residency at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino begins tonight, and while people may be anticipating the show, they weren’t that excited about E!’s two-hour documentary, I Am Britney Jean, following the four months of preparation for it. USA Today reports the Dec. 22 premiere garnered just 706,000 viewers. As of now, you can catch the full documentary here, though the first riveting question Spears is asked — “What’s your favorite bubble gum?”* — may have you switching YouTube channels. READ FULL STORY

Fall TV: Six toughest time slot battles (and which show will win)

It’s war! Next week broadcasters shove the bulk of their new shows into the spotlight and anxiously count how many viewers show up to watch. Even in this era of heavy DVR use, a show’s time slot still matters plenty — just ask NBC’s Revolution, which was hugely boosted whenever it ran behind original episodes of The Voice last season (or any show that runs against The Voice, for that matter). Here are six of the most interesting new top time-period battles this fall — and who we think will win.

'Sons of Anarchy' premiere is Tuesday's No. 1 show

Sons of Anarchy‘s shocking season 6 premiere paid off as far as ratings are concerned. Coming in as Tuesday’s No. 1 show, according to Nielsen ratings, SOA topped all broadcast and cable programs in the following demographics: Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, Adults 25-54, Men 18-49, Men 18-34, Men 25-54, Women 18-49 and Women 18-34.

Last night’s episode also set a series high across those demographics on a live and same-day basis with 5.87 million total viewers. Adding in encore telecasts, the total rises to 8.09 million viewers.

The show’s ratings saw a significant improvement from its season 5 debut, with an increase of 13 percent in Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54, a 43 percent increase in Women 18-34, and a 35 percent increase in Women 18-49.

Awaiting more data, the episode is likely to become FX’s top-rated single telecast in history.

More than 40 million tuned in for end of Boston manhunt

Nearly 42 million people watched the last hour of Friday’s manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect on television.

The Nielsen company said that was the number of people watching ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel or MSNBC during the hour that ended at 9 p.m. on the East Coast. That’s when police announced that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-KHAR’tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) had been taken into custody after hiding in a boat. READ FULL STORY

Nielsen to begin counting broadband viewing homes

The company that measures television viewership said Thursday it will soon begin counting people who watch programming through broadband in addition to the traditional broadcast or cable hook-up.

Nielsen’s move is a significant step toward recognizing a world where the definition of TV viewing is swiftly changing and toward satisfying clients concerned that the company isn’t keeping up with those changes. Separately, Nielsen is developing ways to track content on tablets and mobile phones.

For many years, roughly 99 percent of homes in the U.S. had televisions that received service through broadcast, cable or satellite signals.
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'Walking Dead' premiere gets fall's biggest rating

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The third season premiere of a basic cable zombie drama just delivered a bigger rating in the adult demo than any entertainment series this fall — including all broadcast shows.

Sunday night’s third season premiere of The Walking Dead delivered a huge 10.9 million viewers for its first telecast. But what’s really impressive is the show’s adults 18-49 demo rating of a 5.8.

That’s stunning.

The closest broadcast entertainment programs has gotten this fall to that number is ABC’s Modern Family season premiere that pulled a 5.5 (all these are apples-to-apples next-day ratings, not including DVR). Football has delivered bigger numbers, but that’s sports and we’re talking entertainment programming. And AMC accomplished this rating with an extra disadvantage — not having one of its major distributors, Dish Network, on board due to its carriage contract dispute (imagine how many more viewers the episode might have had with Dish). And of course that’s aside from AMC’s other major disadvantage of being a cable network that’s only in a fraction of U.S. households compared to the Big Four broadcasters. READ FULL STORY

Ratings: Mitt Romney (and Clint Eastwood) help Fox News win the night, but it's not 2008 anymore

Mitt Romney has always had to work hard to prove himself to the heart of the Republican Party, but more than 25.2 million people tuned in to the major networks and cable news stations to witness his well-received acceptance speech, making his the most watched hour of the convention, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Enthusiasm — at least from a television perspective — continued to lag behind 2008, when John McCain and Sarah Palin were on the Republican ticket. McCain spoke to almost 39 million television viewers when he accepted his party’s nomination four years ago. This isn’t the 2008 election, which was unusual and highly contentious, in part because it was the first election that did not feature an incumbent or sitting vice-president in 40 years and in part because it featured two trailblazing candidates: Palin and Barack Obama. It will be interesting to see how the softer ratings impact the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. next week.

In the race for ratings, Fox News was again the big winner, drawing 9.1 million viewers during the 10 o’clock window that featured special guest Clint Eastwood, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and Romney. In a distant second, ABC received a huge boost, with 55 percent more viewers — 4.4 million — tuning in compared to Wednesday night’s audience, when Rep. Paul Ryan made his speech. Their gains seemed to be at the cost of NBC, which surprisingly saw its viewership sag from Wednesday night.

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NBC ratings huge for Women's Team Gymnastics final

Viewers seem to be holding no bad blood toward NBC after their Monday night Olympics foiler.

Last night’s coverage, which included a gold medal win for the women’s gymnastics team, netted a whopping 38.7 million viewers and a 21.8 rating. That’s the best rating in any summer Olympics since 1996 and the best Tuesday night on any network since the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics. That rating also bests the first Tuesday of the Beijing Games by nine percent. (Read our recap of the night here.)

Over the first five nights of the Games, the network has averaged 35.6 Million viewers and a 19.5 rating. NBC’s time-delay practices have gotten much flack in these first few days of the London Games, but perhaps it’s the network that will be taking the biggest victory lap this year?

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Oprah's Kardashian interview part two sees ratings rise

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The second part of Oprah Winfrey’s interview with the Kardashian family delivered even bigger ratings than the first. Sunday’s Oprah’s Next Chapter scored 1.2 million viewers, up 9 percent from last week.

Oprah has been getting better ratings lately with her network, posting two consecutive quarters of ratings growth, the most recent second quarter up 11 percent to average 283,000 prime-time viewers. Oprah’s Next Chapter has been booking popular figures such as the Kardashians, Joel Osteen, Whitney Houston’s family, 50 Cent and, in August, Rihanna. The host recently admitted she’s booking guests that will spur ratings, though Kim Kardashian wasn’t nearly so honest. The reality star claimed to Oprah that on her E! show, “We don’t do anything for ratings.” Uh huh…

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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

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