The Numbers

Somebody Call 911: The Networks Flatline Over Holiday Weekend

How bad are things for the broadcast networks this summer? So bad, apparently, that entire groups of viewers have decided to abandon the networks completely. In what will likely be the low-water mark for the Big Four this summer, CBS…

Friday Ratings: ‘Virtuality’ Tanks, Jackson Specials Dominate as Networks Struggle to Find Viewers

Fox’s big budget "Virtuality" will likely remain an unsold pilot after a disastrously low-rated Friday broadcast. The two-hour movie/backdoor pilot, from one of the creators of "Battlestar Galactica," flatlined Friday with a 0.5 rating/2 share among adults 18-49. Of even…

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"America’s Got Talent" didn’t get a Susan Boyle bump– but it still dominated the ratings in its Tuesday premiere. "Talent" averaged a 3.2 rating/10 share and 11.3 million viewers, according to prelim national Nielsen numbers. That’s the lowest "Talent" premiere…

Ratings: Obama Can’t Match ‘Dance’; Speidi Sinks

President Obama is no match for Mary Murphy and "So You Think You Can Dance." Part two of Brian Williams’ primetime exclusive with the president came in a distant second Wednesday night behind Fox’s "Dance" juggernaut. According to Nielsen, the…

Syndie Sweeps Ratings: CTD Cleans Up

The May sweeps number for syndication are out, and CBS TV Distribution has notched eight of the top 10 spots among first run shows. The whole list is a golden oldies collection, however: No new shows made it into the…

Farrah Fawcett Special Wins the Night

“Farrah Fawcett: My Story” drew a big audience on NBC– at least by Friday night standards. The two-hour special, which mixed home video footage and interviews with Fawcett as she fights cancer, averaged a 2.4/8 in adults 18-49 and just…

Ratings Flash: Expanding ‘Loser’ Pays Off

Megasizing its reality shows has turned out to be a pretty good idea for NBC. Sunday’s three-hour swan song for “The Apprentice” helped the network stay very competitive on a tough night. And now, “The Biggest Loser” has wrapped its…

Ratings: ‘Gossip’ Spinoff Pops, ‘Deal’ Flops

Complete ratings coming later this morning from Sergio Ibarra, but a couple of quick flashes: —The CW’s “Gossip Girl” spinoff pilot delivered a nice little Nielsen pop. While the show matched last week’s numbers among adults 18-34, it was up…

Why ABC’s ‘Castle’ Just Got Renewed

The good folks at Nielsen, apparently in a generous mood, have decided to share some ratings data with the rest of the world this morning by releasing numbers for Monday night’s primetime shows. My colleague Sergio Ibarra will have a…

‘Chuck’ vs. Nielsen

Fellow TVWeek blogger Sergio Ibarra will have a full report later, but given TV MoJoe’s commitment to maximum/borderline obsessive coverage of all things “Chuck,” here’s an update on how the show’s season finale did in the ratings. Not bad. Not…