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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

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).

 

Great night for 'Supernatural, not so for 'Killer Women'

Was it the crappy weather back east? Ratings hovered around a 1 on Tuesday night for most broadcast shows. The saddest performance came from Killer Women, ABC’s new drama that only cracked a .7 in 18-49, according to Nielsen. That’s actually flat from last week but a pink slip is sure to come soon, right?

Let’s start with the night’s winner. NBC squeaked to the top with a 1.9, thanks to decent shows by The Biggest Loser (1.9 from 8-10) — up 12% from last week — and the hunks on Chicago Fire (1.8 at 10). The women of our great nation thank you, NBC, for giving me a reason to post the above photo.

Fox was second in the demo with a 1.7, with a decent show by comedies Dad (1.5), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.9), New Girl (1.8) and The Mindy Project (1.5/4).

CBS and repeats of the NCIS shows came in third with a 1.5. ABC trailed with a rerun of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (.9), which ended up sucking for The Goldbergs (1.5, down 17% from last week) and Trophy Wife (1.0, a series low).

But lookee here at Supernatural! Last night’s episode was the series’ most watched (2.7) in more than three years. The boys were also up 22% in viewers from last week, as well as up 10% in women 18-34 (1.1/3) and adults 18-49 (1.1/3). It even out-rated the originals on ABC in the 9 p.m. hour.

'Flowers in the Attic' ratings bloom for Lifetime

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Bad Grandma, good ratings!

The Lifetime movie Flowers in the Attic — which is based on V.C. Andrews’ controversial book about child abuse and incest — averaged an impressive 6.1 million, making it the most-watched original movie since November 2012, according to Nielsen.

It was also cable one’s No. 1 original movie performance since the July premiere of Disney Channel’s Teen Beach Movie. It averaged 2.4 million among adults 18-49 and 1.9 million women 18-49.

Flowers was even big on Twitter, as it was the second-most talked about topic in social media next to the Screen Actors Guild Awards, claims SocialGuide.

Lifetime will repeat the movie this Saturday night at 10, immediately following the premiere of Lizzie Borden Took An Ax.

In the meantime, the network already announced that its developing Andrew’s second novel in the series, Petals on the Wind. Screenwriter Kayla Alpert told reporters at the Television Critics Tour that it takes place 10 years after the first film, “and I’ll just say its a very juicy and compelling revenge drama.”

'Klondike' gives Discovery best-ever Monday

Discovery’s first-ever miniseries Klondike that stars Games of Thrones’ Richard Madden turned into a gold mine for the cabler. The event program that focuses on the last great Gold Rush averaged 3.4 million viewers on Monday — giving Discovery its most watched Monday in prime time ever, according to Nielsen.

Klondike also broke records among men over 18 (2.23 million), and achieved its highest rated Monday in over a decade among persons 25-54 (1.80 million).

The miniseries also stars Abbie Cornish (RoboCop), Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction) and Sam Shepard (August: Osage County). Part one will repeat tonight at 7 followed by the premiere of part two at 9.

The third and final installment of the mini-series will air Jan. 22.

'Sleepy Hollow' gives wake-up call to 'Blacklist'

The two-hour season finale of Sleepy Hollow on Fox did a number on NBC’s The Blacklist Monday. For the first time, the Fox drama squeaked by the James Spader series in adults 18-49 (2.4 versus 2.3) and finished the night at No. 1, according to Nielsen results.

The Fox drama also boasted some nice little gains from the week before, like jumping up 5% in 18-49 and 6% in total viewers (6.9 million versus 6.5 million).

In its defense, Blacklist had some particularly weak lead-ins. NBC tried to showcase its (fun!) Jane Lynch-hosted game show Hollywood Game Night and 8 and 9 but the results were disappointing: 1.3/4 and 1.5/4, respectively. Those were better numbers than some previous telecasts but it did no favors to Blacklist, which was down 8% to a series low. NBC, as a result, came in fourth for the night in the important demo (1.7/4).

ABC was a close second to Fox with a 2.2/6. An original of The Bachelor — the first one to air since Juan Pablo Galavais’ anti-gay comments made headlines — averaged a 2.3/6 (even with last week). Castle posted a 2.0/6, which was up 5% from last week.

CBS came in third for the night with How I Met Your Mother earning a lovely 3.0/8, followed by 2 Broke Girls (2.7/7) Mike & Molly (2.1/5) and Mom (1.9/5). And damn, look at this number for Intelligence — a 1.1/3, down 8% from last week. (It averaged 5.5 million viewers). So much for that stellar debut.

 

'The Following' enjoys huge NFL boost (thanks, Richard Sherman!)

A brutal but exhilarating NFC Championship that ended with a crazy diatribe by Seahawks corner Richard Sherman did a serious solid for the return of The Following.

The Kevin Bacon drama that aired from 10:18-11:18 p.m. averaged a 4.4 rating among adults 18-49 — a 38 percent increase from last year’s premiere (2.2/8 on Jan. 21), according to Nielsen. The drama was also up 63% versus the season one finale on April 29 (2.7/7).

That, and the game, and Sherman, gave Fox its highest-rated night in the demo in two years. (Football finals will come later). Here is Sherman’s big moment, in case you didn’t see what ended up exploding on social media: READ FULL STORY

'Chicago P.D.' sets off a few alarms (but not many)

Reception to NBC’s new drama Chicago P.D. wasn’t quite as cold as the temps these days in the windy city: The latest law drama from Dick Wolf only generated a 2.0 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, according to Nielsen. Still, that’s flat with the debut last January of Deception, that amusing little Revenge ripoff with Victor Garber, Tate Donovan and I can’t remember who else.

It wasn’t the easiest night to premiere: the drama that stars the (still smoking) Jason Beghe and the is-she-seriously-playing-a-detective? Sophia Bush had CBS’ popular People’s Choice Awards for competition. The show that named Sandra Bullock a favorite drama AND comedy movie actress earned a 2.3/7, even though it was down 15% from last year’s telecast on Jan. 9.

But NBC did have two of its shinier dramas as Chicago’s lead-in (even though only one of them performed admirably). Revolution pulled in a mere 1.6/5 (though that was up 14% from its last original on Nov. 20) while Law & Order: SVU earned a 2.1/6, up 31% from its last original on Nov. 20. Still, NBC felt its new drama gave them something to boast about, as it scored the No. 2 debut rating among nine new 10 p.m. dramas so far this season on the Big Three Nets in 18-49, second only to The Blacklist (3.8).

ABC had a good news-bad news night with its comedies. The Middle earned a 2.2/7, up 10 percent from its last original, while Modern Family grabbed a 3.5/10, but Super Fun Night only scored a 1.5/4 in a special time at 8:30 p.m. and a 1.8/5 behind MF at 9:30. Sorry, Rebel. That repeat of David Blaine: Real or Magic hobbled in at 10 with a 1.4/4.

Fox phoned it in with its telecast of the movie Step Brothers, which averaged a 1.2/3.

 

 

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