The Simpsons and Bob’s Burgers each hit multi-year highs Sunday following a heavily watched NFL playoff game. The halo extended to the rest of Fox’s lineup as well, with Family Guy and Rel also scoring well above their averages. The Simpsons delivered a 3.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.2 million viewers, the show’s best same-day numbers since a 4.7 in the demo and 10.62 million viewers (also following an NFL game) in January 2015.
The return of divisional playoff football to Los Angeles proved a winner for Fox, and NBC’s final NFL telecast of the season also posted stellar numbers as the NFL’s TV ratings comeback shows no signs of faltering. NBC was up 8% and Fox was up 25%.
The Americans and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel tied for top television winners in the Critics Choice Awards with three apiece. Maisel won the top comedy honor for the second year in a row, and series star Rachel Brosnahan also was a repeat winner for best actress in a comedy series.
For cord cutters and streaming lovers, 2019 will mean two things: A raft of new streaming services will hit the scene, and users will see major changes to viewing libraries. Two major new streaming services will launch this year from Disney and WarnerMedia. That means more movies, TV shows and originals, but also greater stratification. Here’s what to look out for this year.
New Fox, a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox, on Friday said it has no plans to bid for the 22 Fox regional sports networks that regulators have said Walt Disney must divest as part of its acquisition of large parts of 21st Century Fox.
The NBC premiere of Brooklyn Nine-Nine was a strong one, scoring the show’s best ratings in two years. The Universal TV comedy, which relocated to sister network NBC after five seasons on Fox, scored a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 Thursday. That’s the best showing for Brooklyn Nine-Nine since Jan. 1, 2017, when it had an NFL-asssted 1.3 on Fox, and the best same-day rating for any NBC Thursday comedy this season.
It’s been 20 years since those ducks landed in Tony’s pool. A flock of extraordinary shows followed. These are the best dramas since 1999.