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World Cup opener a ratings high for ESPN

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is setting records for ESPN, which scored its highest-rated World Cup opener when 4.435 million viewers tuned into the Brazil-Croatia telecast on Thursday.

It marked the fourth-highest-rated match of all group play games dating back to 1994 for the network, and was ESPN’s best non-U.S. game. Brazil’s 3-1 victory also became the most-watched event on the digital platform WatchESPN, bringing in 1.1 million unique viewers.

Meanwhile, Univision Deportes — the Spanish-language network broadcasting matches in the U.S. — is outdelivering the venerable sports network’s coverage of the World Cup in a number of markets and outpacing its own coverage of the 2010 soccer tournament.

Through the first four matches, Univision Deportes is beating ESPN/ESPN2 by 34 percent among total viewers. The best-performing markets for the network during World Cup broadcasts so far have included Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, and Sacramento. 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

'The Normal Heart' ratings solid

The Sunday premiere of The Normal Heart — Ryan Murphy’s stellar adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play about the HIV-AIDS crisis in early ’80s New York City  —  was a solid hit for HBO. 

The movie, which starred Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer, averaged 1.4 million viewers across two plays Sunday. The premiere at 9 averaged just under one million viewers, with an additional 434,000 at 11:15.

Its premiere ranks fifth in viewership among the 17 films that HBO has premiered since 2010.

 

Top 50 most-watched shows of 2013-14

Which show had you gathering around the TV the most this season? The results probably won’t surprise you Mark Harmon lovers, but there are plenty of bragging rights to go around for the James Spader and Blake Shelton fan clubs.

Here are the top 50 most-watched shows among viewers (not to be confused with the top 50 shows in the 18-49 demo, which you can see by clicking here): READ FULL STORY

Top 50 broadcast TV shows of 2013-14

The 2013-14 TV season for the broadcast nets ends this week — and no surprise, football continues to reign supreme for NBC. Here are the top 50 top 55 shows (because lots are tied) among adults 18-49 for the TV season that began Sept. 23.

Each rating point in the 18-49 demo equals 1.3 million viewers.  READ FULL STORY

'The View' farewell to Barbara Walters rates big

Barbara Walters’ last day on The View was a ratings bonanza: The star-studded show that featured appearances from Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey averaged 5.2 million viewers — the show’s fourth-ranked broadcast of all time, Nielsen says.

It was also the most-watched telecast in over a year and a half among women 18-49 (818,000) and women 25-54 (1 million).

Thursday’s telecast averaged 4.2 million and featured 11current and former View co-hosts for the first time on stage together.

On Friday, several female TV journalists filled the stage to pay tribute to Walters, including Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Jane Pauley, Connie Chung, Joan Lunden, Paula Zahn and Robin Roberts.

 

Billboard Music Awards most watched in 13 years

ABC took the winner’s trophy on Sunday thanks to a decent turnout for the Billboard Music Awards. The two-hour ceremony was the No. 1 show of the night in viewers (10.4 million) and adults 18-49 (3.5 rating), Nielsen says. It was also the most-watched Billboard telecast in 13 years.

CBS just edged out a second place spot in 18-49 (at least according to early estimates) by airing the season finales of The Amazing Race (1.7/5); The Good Wife (1.2/3, down 25% from last season’s finale) and The Mentalist (1.5/4, down 12% from last season’s finale). CBS’ most-watched show of the night was 60 Minutes at 9.8 million.

Fox had the second-highest rated program on the night in 18-49 in Family Guy (2.0). Bob’s Burgers got a .9, American Dad a 1.2; The Simpsons a 1.6, and Cosmos a 1.1. At 3.8 million, Family Guy was the net’s most-watched show.

NBC came in fourth with the special Coldplay: Ghost Stories (.4), American Dream Builders (.4) and the repeat special Women of SNL (.8), which was also the net’s most-watched show for the night at 2.8 million.

 

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

'Penny Dreadful' ratings best 'Homeland' series premiere

Penny Dreadful‘s ratings are off to a pretty delightful start.

The Showtime drama debuted last night to 1.44 million total viewers, topping the series premieres of Homeland and Masters of Sex, the network said. That figure does not include the 900,000 who watched the premiere early via Showtime On Demand and the network’s app, where the episode was made available two weeks prior to its debut. 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.

Full chart:
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'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.

Good night for 'Scandal,' bad one for 'Community'

ABC and CBS tied in the 18-49 demo Thursday, with shows like Big Bang Theory and Scandal rustling up most of the viewers, says Nielsen.

The CBS sitcom, with a 4.6 rating and 15.9 million viewers, was not only the most-watched show for the night but it spread its good will the shows that followed: The Millers earned a 2.6 and 10.2 million and Two and a Half Men grabbed a 2.4 and 9.6 million. Eye viewers dispersed from there, however: The Crazy Ones tied its season low by posting a mere 1.7 (even though Mindy reunited with Mork!), the same rating earned by Elementary.

On ABC, Scandal topped Grey’s Anatomy in both 18-49 (3.0 vs. 2.5) and viewers (9 mil vs 8 mil). That was a special run of Shark Tank at 8, which earned a 1.6  down 20% from its last original on April 4. READ FULL STORY

Ratings hoop dreams for CBS; 'Voice' holds steady

The NCAA finals on Monday rocked for CBS, which ended the night with a 4.9 rating in 18-49, according to Nielsen. The game was down 20% from last year but more than enough to give CBS a sizable win in both the demo and viewers (14.6 million).

The Big Bang Theory started the evening with a 3.0 and 9.8 million viewers, followed by the pre-game telecast (2.1). The game earned a 6.0, down from last year’s 8.4.

NBC came in second with a 2.8. The Voice (3.4, 11.7 million) managed to hold steady over last week and averaged 11.7 million. At 10, a special run of American Dream Builders earned a 1.6 and 5.4 million viewers.

ABC was third with a 1.8. Dancing with the Stars earned a 2.1, down 9% from last week. It averaged 13.8 million viewers. The episode of Castle was a repeat.

Fox was fourth with a 1.5. Bones earned a 1.6 and 6.4 million, and The Following, a 1.4 and 4.4 million.

 

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