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'True Detective' finale hits ratings high

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson went out with a bang: Sunday’s finale of True Detective posted record ratings for HBO.

The final episode of the anthology averaged a series high of 3.5 million viewers — up over 50% from the premiere (2.3 million). Across three telecasts on Sunday, the series also hit a record 4.9 million viewers.

Season-to-date, the gross audience for the drama was 11 million viewers. True Detective represents HBO’s most-watched freshman series since Six Feet Under’s premiere in 2001 (11.4 million).

True Detective has already been picked up for another season. Creator Nic Pizzolatto told EW that he’s still fleshing out the idea but the basic idea is “hard women, bad men, and the secret occult history of the U.S. transportation system. I was well on my way in the writing but there’s been a lot noise and work around the end of the first season that got in the way.”

CBS comedies shine; good night for 'Reign'

The continued strength of The Big Bang Theory and the new comedy The Millers helped CBS to take Thursday in the key demo and viewers. Bang posted a 5.2 rating, up 4% from last week, which provided a sweet lead-in for The Millers (3.0, 11% from last week), according to Nielsen.

Even though The Crazy Ones at 9:30 tied its series low at 1.7, CBS still won the night in 18-49 with a 2.7 and with viewers (10.6 million).

ABC was second in the demo with a 2.1, thanks to the strength of the Shonda Rhimes drama block. Grey’s Anatomy earned a 2.6 and Scandal got a 2.8. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, however, tied its series low with a .8. Uffda. READ FULL STORY

'The Little Couple' posts big ratings

The return of The Little Couple on Tuesday scored big for TLC, which finished the night at No. 1 cable net among viewers and women 25-54, Nielsen says.

The premiere of the episode “Zoey Makes 4″ —  in which the couple flies to India to pick up their adopted daughter — was the series highest-rated episode ever among women 25-54 (2.3) and viewers (3.9 million). It was also TLC’s highest-rated telecast among women 25-54 since November 2012.

In the March 11 episode of The Little Couple, Jen realizes how ill she is and is forced to make a difficult decision.

Ellen's post-Oscar talk show breaks records


Did everyone tune in to hear how she pulled off the pizza gig?

Ellen DeGeneres’ first daytime show after the Oscars posted its highest ratings ever, averaging a 4.8 rating/11 share in overnights, according to Nielsen. The show is 11 years old.


That’s a full ratings point higher than the series previous high that DeGeneres earned a decade ago (3.8 on Jan. 26, 2004).

DeGeneres hosted a live Post-Oscar episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday and welcomed Academy Award winners Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong’o. She also chatted about the big night and how she pulled off the selfie that broke Twitter records. The star-studded shot that DeGeneres took in the aisle of the Dolby Theater was retweeted 3.14 million times.

She also talked with pizza delivery man Edgar Martirosyan, who received $600 in tips that she collected the night before. She also added another $400. (Lucky dude!) See it below: READ FULL STORY

Seth Meyers boosts 'Late Night' averages

A fair share of lookee-loos are checking out the new host of Late Night on NBC — which has given Seth Meyers some promising ratings for his first two days on the job.

The second telecast of Late Night with Seth Meyers averaged a household rating of 2.2 rating/8 share in 56 metered markets, according to Nielsen ratings, which marks the franchise’s highest Tuesday performance in five years (since Dec. 23, 2008, when it scored a 2.4/7). Meyers saw a bit of a drop from his Monday premiere, when he posted a 2.6/9. Still, an 85% retention rate isn’t too shabby for the ex-SNLer.

Meyers was up 38 percent versus the franchise’s season average (2.2 versus 1.6). Though he only held onto 58% of Jimmy Fallon’s lead-in with The Tonight Show, Meyers still beat Nightline (1.0/3) and Craig Ferguson (1.1/4) combined.

Meyers hosted Kanye West, Russell Wilson and writer Robyn Doolittle. Tonight he’ll have Kelly Ripa and Brad Paisley.

At 11:30, Fallon held strong in the winner’s circle, averaging a household rating of 4.0/10, beating Late Show with David Letterman (2.3/6) and Jimmy Kimmel Live (1.7/4). NBC says Fallon is up 38% versus the franchise’s “non-Olympic” season average, which was at 2.9.

Final ratings for Fallon’s first week on the job will come out later this week.

'The Voice' premiere ratings steady, no Olympics boost


Despite all those ads pushing The Voice to tens of millions during the Olympics, the NBC singing competition didn’t see any improvement from last year. NBC’s two-hour premiere delivered 15.7 million viewers and a 4.7 rating among adults 18-49 on Monday night. That’s a fine number, though down a tad from last spring when the show wasn’t getting that extra marketing.

While NBC wasn’t helped by its Sochi coverage, Fox notably wasn’t helped by the lack of Olympics competition last night — Almost Human and The Following were both down a tenth from last week when they faced NBC’s coverage.

On CBS, the comedy block was all down between 5 and 22 percent from their last original episodes in early February, with HIMYM holding up the best and Mom dropping 21 percent to tie its series low. Intelligence was unchanged. ABC’s Bachelor perked up 9 percent, while Castle was steady. The CW’s Star-Crossed did not improve from last week’s launch. Full chart: READ FULL STORY

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


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

Olympic viewership remains steady; 'Idol' boys drop

Day 14 of the NBC’s Olympic coverage Wednesday remained steady in viewers (20.1 million) versus the 2010 Vancouver Games (20.3 mil), but 18-49 ratings dropped 9% for the night to 5.0, according to Nielsen. Still, those numbers were wildly better than what the competish averaged, with ABC flat-out waiving the white flag by airing mostly repeats.

Let’s start with NBC and where it stands as it prepares to wrap up its Olympic coverage. Overall, Sochi is down from Vancouver by 13% in 18-49 (5.9 vs. 6.8) and 10% in viewers (22.5 vs. 24.9 million), as well as down 6% from Torino in 18-49 (5.9 vs. 6.3).

Fox — aka American Idol and the Top 10 boys — finished second in the key demo with a 2.6 rating, down 4% from Tuesday’s Top 10 girls performance. That’s up, however, in viewers (9.9 million vs. 9.7 million).

CBS finished third in the demo with a 1.8 after airing a repeat of Hawaii Five-0, and originals of Criminal Minds (2.4) and CSI (2.0). ABC came in fourth with a mere .8, after airing repeats of The Middle, Suburgatory, Modern Family and Nashville. That was the season finale of Super Fun Night, but it only notched a .9 rating, down 31% from last week to a series low. It was kinda fun while it lasted, gals.

'Judge Judy' continues to rule in ratings

It’s still a standing-room only courtroom for the syndicated Judge Judy.

The long-running daytime strip featuring the gavel-swinging Judy Sheindlin just posted her highest-rated week in 11 years. According to Nielsen data for the week ending Feb. 9, Judge Judy averaged 11.91 million daily viewers — her best audience since the week ending Feb. 17 in 2003. She’s also up 13% in viewers versus last year (11.91 versus 10.53 million).

Judge Judy first premiered in 1996.

When she’s not presiding over her arbitration-based court show, Sheindlin is also helping to find new shows for CBS Prods. The studio is running with an idea she recently pitched called Hot Bench, which focuses on a three-judge courtroom. It’s already been sold in 75% of the country.

Fallon day 2 beats combined ratings of Letterman, Kimmel

Jimmy Fallon has snagged The Tonight Show’s best overnight ratings on a Tuesday in seven years. Day 2 of Fallon’s debut week — which featured a pretty nifty rendition of R. Kelly’s “Ignition”– averaged a 5.3 rating in homes, according to Nielsen’s sweep of 56 local markets.

That’s Tonight’s biggest Tuesday since Feb. 13, 2007, when it also scored a 5.3.

The midnight start didn’t seem to hurt Fallon either; he topped the combined scores of Late Show with David Letterman (2.2) and Jimmy Kimmel Live (1.9) by 29% (5.3 vs. a combined 4.1). Here’s the most interesting stat, provided by NBC (of course): Fallon’s second outing retained 75% of the show’s premiere rating in overnights (5.3 vs. 7.1), up from a 70% retention rate for night two of Conan O’Brien when he headlined the show on June 1, 2009 (5.0 on June 2 vs. 7.1 on June 1, 2009). Yep, they will go there.

Because of NBC’s Olympics coverage, Fallon will air at midnight until Friday, when he’ll move to the traditional 11:35 p.m. start.

One of last night’s guests was Harry Styles (played by Kristen Wiig).

Leno hits another ratings high as end nears

Jay Leno, no surprise, is pulling in great ratings in anticipation of his Feb. 6 goodbye. Last night’s installment of The Tonight Show equaled its best overnight rating in 15 months: Leno scored a 3.9 rating in metered markets, his best performance since Oct. 24, 2012, according to Nielsen.

Last night’s episode, which featured a visit by heir apparent Jimmy Fallon, was also the highest Monday rating since March 1, 2010 (when it earned a 5.4).

Afterwards, Fallon earned a 2.0 in overnights, his highest rating for a Monday since March 1, 2010.


HBO cancels 'Hello Ladies' and 'Family Tree'

HBO has decided not to move ahead with new seasons of Hello Ladies and Family Tree, two comedies that launched last year to favorable reviews but failed to capture the zeitgeist like Girls.

Hello Ladies was adapted by Stephen Merchant’s stand-up show of the same name. It starred the comedian as an Englishman looking for love in L.A. The series will end with a special.

Family Tree is a documentary-style comedy from Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock. It bowed in May and starred Chris O’Dowd as a young man investigating his lineage.

'American Idol' leads, ABC comedies keep up laughs

Though initially dogged by Ratings are Down! headlines, American Idol kept up the good fight Wednesday and still did what it does best — beat the competition. The third night of the talent show earned a 4.0 rating in adults 18-49, according to Nielsen.

The show also ruled in viewers (13.2 million) and the obvious demos like teens (2.5), despite enduring a 13% drop from last week’s premiere in 18-49. For what it’s worth, Fox expects its 18-49 performance to jump at least 20% to a 5.0, once folks start playing back those DVRs. (Make sure to fast-forward to the chick who started her audition with an accent, then lost it, then STILL got to go to Hollywood. An outrage!)

ABC came in second with a nifty 2.0 rating, with all of its comedies showing gains from last week. The Middle was up 22% to 2.2; Suburgatory, up 13% to a 1.8;

  • Modern Family up 9% to a 3.5;

Super Fun Night, up 13% to a 1.7; and Nashville, up 8% to a 1.4.


NBC came in third with a 1.7, and also boasted gains across the board. Revolution was up 15% to a 1.5; Law & Order: SVU, up 29% to a 1.8; and Chicago P.D., up 7% to a 1.6. CBS finished fourth with a pair of repeat comedies, followed by Criminal Minds (2.2) and CSI (1.6).



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