As the 4th of July weekend nears, viewers went on early vacation mode on Thursday night. ABC topped the ratings in the ad-preferred adults 18-49 demographic, helped by the highest-rated program, Wipeout (6.5 million, 1.9). The reality series beat out Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance results show (5 million, 1.6) in the time period — though all of Thursday’s original programs were down.
It seems the final singing performances were more of a draw than crowning the actual winner of the first season of NBC’s The Voice. The show drew a decent rating for last night’s finale, but it was well off from Tuesday night, when the contestants gave their final performances. Voice averaged a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating, down 19% from a 4.3 for Tuesday’s penultimate episode. And it wasn’t the highest-rated show of the night; that honor belonged to America’s Got Talent, which aired at 9 p.m. and drew a 4.0.
The Voice drew a big audience for its penultimate episode last night, lifting NBC to a dominant victory in primetime. Voice averaged a 4.3 adults 18-49 rating from 9 to 11 p.m., even to last week and easily the night’s top-rated show. Among total viewers the show drew 12.5 million, its best audience since May 31.
Mondays continue to belong to ABC, and last night both its reality shows were up over the previous week. The network won its 12th straight Monday night, dating back to the regular season, and giving it its longest Monday streak since 1991. ABC averaged a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating and 7 share, 50% ahead of No. 2 Fox at 1.6/5.
NBC’s The Marriage Ref returned to lower ratings last night, albeit on a slow Sunday where it still ranked as the No. 2 program of the night. Ref averaged a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating in its second-season premiere, well down from a 4.9 for its premiere in March 2010, when it debuted behind the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.
ABC is now the network to beat on Thursday night. With a solid premiere for the new show Expedition Impossible, the network earned an easy victory over No. 2 Fox last night, averaging a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating and 6 share in primetime. Impossible averaged a 2.3 at 9 p.m., tying with lead-in Wipeout as the night’s top show. And the new adventure program from Mark Burnett held 100% of Wipeout‘s lead-in, always a good sign for a debut.
ABC’s new Tuesday lineup got off to a slow start opposite NBC’s strong reality lineup last night, with Wipeout falling to its lowest-ever summer rating with a sneak-peek episode in advance of tomorrow night’s premiere. Wipeout averaged a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, which were delayed several hours by Nielsen for unknown reasons. The hit ABC show finished third in its 8 p.m. timeslot behind NBC’s America’s Got Talent with a 3.2 and Fox’s MasterChef with a 1.8.
ABC extended its Monday winning streak to 11 straight weeks among adults 18-49 last night on the winning combination of The Bachelorette and Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. The network averaged a 2.2 18-49 rating and 6 share, 29% ahead of No. 2 Fox at 1.7/5.
A better timeslot, and less competition, gave Donald Trump’s Miss USA beauty pageant a nice kick in the ratings last night. Miss USA averaged a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating from 9 to 11 p.m., up 57% from last year’s 1.4, when the pageant ran during the regular TV season against such tough competition as CBS’s Survivor finale and ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance faced less competition last night with the NBA finals over, but ratings for the year’s first results show still dipped from last week. Dance averaged a 2.1 among adults 18-49 from 8 to 9 p.m., off 16% from last week, when the long-running reality show faced the NBA finals on ABC.
Both the Boston Bruins and NBC scored big last night with game seven of the Stanley Cup finals. The network averaged a 5.7 household rating, tying a 2003 contest between the Anaheim Ducks and New Jersey Devils for the best game seven rating in NHL history, as the Bruins posted a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks to claim the Stanley Cup title.
On Tuesday nights there is NBC and there is everyone else. The network earned another dominant victory last night with the combination of America’s Got Talent and The Voice, by far the top two shows of the summer. NBC averaged a 4.1 adults 18-49 rating and 12 share, more than double the night’s No. 2 network, Fox, with a 1.5/5.
ABC ran its Monday win streak to 10 straight, dating back to the regular season, on the strength of two reality shows. ABC averaged a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating and 6 share in primetime, down 12% from last week but 16% ahead of No. 2 NBC with a 1.9/5 for the Stanley Cup finals.
All the buzz over South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s raunchy Broadway smash The Book of Mormon helped CBS’s Tony Awards grow over last year. Last night’s ceremony, hosted by How I Met Your Mother‘s Neil Patrick Harris, averaged a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 11 p.m. last night, up 9% over last year’s 1.1. Of course, the Tonys’ audience was dwarfed by the decisive game six of the NBA finals on ABC.
The Dallas Mavericks took a 3-2 lead in the NBA finals last night, giving ABC a big lead over the competition as it more than doubled No. 2 Fox’s rating. Dallas’ 112-103 victory averaged a 6.3 adults 18-49 rating from 9 to 11 p.m., up 17% over a 5.4 for last year’s game five between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics.
America’s Got Talent continued its hot streak last night in its Wednesday night debut, boosting NBC into a tie for first place with Fox, the only other Big Four network with original episodes. Talent averaged a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating from 9 to 11 p.m., its best non-finale showing on a Wednesday since 2006 and up 24% over last year’s Wednesday debut.
Opposite another highly rated NBA finals game, NBC’s The Voice and America’s Got Talent held up well in their second week together. NBC averaged a 4.2 adults 18-49 rating for the two programs, down from last week but still easily the night’s highest-rated non-sports shows. In fact, they’ll probably be the week’s highest-rated non-sports shows as well.
Just as in the regular season, ABC will be the network to beat this summer on Mondays. ABC dominated the competition last night with The Bachelorette and week two of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, continuing the winning streak that began while Dancing with the Stars was airing on Mondays during the regular season. ABC averaged a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating and 7 share in primetime last night, 60% ahead of No. 2 Fox, which averaged a 1.5/4.
Another close game between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks boosted ABC to No. 1 in primetime. The Heat took a 2-1 series lead with last night’s 88-86 victory, which produced the second-best game three ratings in the past seven years. The contest averaged an 11.1 household rating, according to Nielsen metered-market ratings, trailing last year’s game three between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics by 0.4 ratings points.
The Dallas Mavericks tied up the NBA finals 1-1 last night after a dramatic rally from 15 points down in the fourth quarter, boosting ABC to an easy Thursday night victory. The game averaged a 10.5 metered-market household rating, down from a 10.9 for last year’s game two between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. But it was the second-highest-rated game two in the past seven years, behind only last year’s contest.
It looks as though NBC’s America’s Got Talent and The Voice are a very on-key combination on Tuesday nights. Talent had its best-ever premiere among total viewers and lead-out Voice hit a series high in viewers despite airing against tough competition from ABC’s NBA finals. Talent averaged 15 million viewers from 8 to 10 p.m., up 21% from last year, when it faced the premieres of Wipeout and Hell’s Kitchen.
The two-hour premiere of So You Think You Can Dance delivered Fox an easy ratings win on Thursday night against a broadcast slate rife with reruns. Dance averaged a 3.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 9.1 million viewers overall. That was up 7% compared to last season’s debut for the highest-rated premiere in three years and the most-watched debut in four years.
For the first time in five years, the season finale of Fox’s smash American Idol grew compared to the previous year among adults 18-49. The show also hit a season high among total viewers as Scott McCreery beat out Lauren Alaina in the all-teenager final on the final night of the regular season. Idol averaged an 8.9 18-49 rating from 8 to 10 p.m., up 9% over last year and the first time since 2006 that the show has seen year-to-year growth for its season ender. The show also drew 28.2 million total viewers, a season high.
On one of the most competitive nights on broadcast in recent memory, unscripted shows ruled the evening, with ABC, Fox and NBC programs all earning strong ratings. Fox rose to No. 1 on the night on the strength of American Idol, the night’s highest-rated show with a 6.2 adults 18-49 rating at 8 p.m. That was down 7% from a 6.7 for last year’s penultimate episode.
Part one of the two-part season finale of ABC’s reality show Dancing with the Stars drew strong ratings last night, though not quite as strong as the comparable show last fall. Stars averaged a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating at 8 p.m., easily the highest-rated show of the night. It was down 6% from a 4.9 last fall, not bad considering that show had controversy magnet Bristol Palin.
The Billboard Music Awards drew solid ratings last night, strong enough to lift ABC to No. 1 past other networks airing season finales. Billboard averaged a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 11 p.m., boosting ABC to a 2.6 rating and 7 share for the night, 18% ahead of second-place Fox’s 2.2/6. The Billboard awards hadn’t aired on broadcast since a 2006 showing on Fox, and they were up a bit, 7%, over that most recent showing.
With a herd of celebrity guests, The Office‘s ratings rebounded from a two-week decline following Steve Carell’s exit last month. The season finale of the NBC comedy was last night’s top scripted show, impressive considering The Big Bang Theory and Grey’s Anatomy both aired their season-enders last night as well, and finished behind only Fox’s American Idol on the night. Office averaged a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating for the one-hour episode at 9 p.m., up 18% over last week’s 3.2 and 12 percent better than last year’s finale.
With just one week until the winner of American Idol is crowned, the Fox reality show is heating up. Its ratings rose for the second straight week as the show expanded from 90 minutes to two hours last night, giving Fox an easy victory on the night. Idol averaged a 7.2 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 10 p.m., up 4% over last week’s 6.9 rating as the top three remaining contenders performed.
It’s amazing what not having to face American Idol can do for a show’s ratings. The season finale of CBS’s NCIS grew 15% last night compared to last year, when it faced Idol, which has since moved from Tuesday to Wednesday. NCIS averaged a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating at 8 p.m., and also beat the other hit show in the timeslot, Fox’s Glee, which averaged a 3.5. CBS’s other dramas also saw their season finales grow compared to last year.
Dancing with the Stars‘ ratings heated up for last night’s semifinal performance as a number of broadcast shows saw their numbers climb on an evening full of season finales. Dancing was the night’s top-rated show with a 4.4 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 10 p.m., up from a 4.2 last week and leading ABC to an easy victory on the night, 52% ahead of No. 2 Fox.
Viewers seem to be drifting away from The Office without Steve Carell, although it remains NBC’s highest-rated show on Thursday night. Office averaged a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating last night at 9 p.m., down 9% from the previous week and off 24% from the episode two weeks ago, when Carell exited to a three-month high. Office still tied for the No. 3 show of the night overall with CBS’s The Big Bang Theory behind Fox’s American Idol and Bones.
Audiences went gaga for pop culture phenom Lady Gaga last night. She helped boost ratings as a mentor on Fox’s American Idol, and a Gaga-themed episode of ABC’s Modern Family saw its numbers grow, too. Idol was the night’s top show with a 6.9 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 9:30 p.m., up 5% from last week and 1% better than the equivalent night a year ago.
After growing in week two, NBC’s The Voice took a tumble in week three when it pulled back from two hours to one. Voice was still easily the night’s No. 1 show, and it completely dominated its 10 p.m. timeslot. But it may have lost some viewers who did not realize it started at 10 rather than 9. Voice averaged a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating, down 19% from a 5.7 last week from 9 to 11.
Undoubtedly last night’s exciting playoff game between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics, which went into overtime on TNT, drew a lot of eyeballs away from broadcast, as a number of shows hit season or series lows. ABC still dominated the other networks for yet another Monday win, averaging a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating and 10 share during primetime. That was 65% ahead of second-place Fox, which drew a 2.3/6.
60 Minutes landed a big scoop with President Barack Obama’s first interview after the killing of Osama bin Laden, and it delivered a big audience. 60 Minutes averaged 13.8 million total viewers at 7 p.m. last night, up 29% over the 10.7 million who tuned in last week.
The interview was easily Sunday night’s most-watched show on broadcast, with the No. 2 program, ABC’s Desperate Housewives, drawing about 4 million fewer viewers.
American Idol saw a bump while The Office slid after last week’s exit of Steve Carell on the second Thursday of the May sweeps last night. Idol averaged a 6.1 adults 18-49 rating at 8 p.m., up 7% from last week and leading Fox to an easy victory on the night, 88% ahead of second-place CBS.
Despite a dip from last week, American Idol led Fox to a big ratings victory last night, as the network dominated the rather lackluster competition on the other Big Three networks. Fox averaged a 5.4 adults 18-49 rating and 15 share in primetime, nearly double No. 2 CBS’s 2.8/7.
It seems broadcast finally has a hit new show this season. NBC’s The Voice grew even stronger in its second week following an impressive debut, becoming the night’s top show and besting Fox’s hit Glee, the evening’s No. 2 show, by 56%. Voice averaged a 5.6 adults 18-49 rating from 9 to 11 p.m., up 10% from last week, when it became the No. 1 new show of the season. Voice also drew 12.4 million total viewers.
Dancing with the Stars boosted ABC to an easy victory last night on the first Monday of sweeps as the network won all three hours and finished 63% ahead of No. 2 CBS among adults 18-49. ABC averaged a 3.9 rating and 10 share in the demo during primetime, with CBS posting a 2.4/6.
On a night when regular programming was interrupted late in the 10 p.m. hour on the East Coast with news that Osama bin Laden had been killed, ABC pulled out a close win over NBC. The network averaged a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating in primetime, with NBC drawing a 2.4/7.