The NBC comedy, supersized to 50 minutes last night for clueless boss Michael Scott’s departure, surged 28% over last week to a 4.1 adults 18-49 rating at 9 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, which came out about an hour later than usual today due to an unspecified Nielsen issue. Note, that rating is not exact. Nielsen measures only timeslot data, and The Office technically finished up about 10 minutes shy of 10 p.m., so the final number will likely adjust up a bit. The show won its timeslot by a half point over ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, finishing as the evening’s No. 2 show behind American Idol, and it was the highest-rated episode of Office in months.
Happy Endings got a small boost to its chances of renewal last night. The new ABC comedy rose in week three after declines in its second week, airing against repeats in the 10 p.m. timeslot yesterday. Endings averaged a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating at 10, up 24% over back-to-back episodes in the hour last week that averaged a 1.7.
NBC’s new singing reality show The Voice began on a high note last night, recording the top debut for a new show this year. The two-hour bow averaged an impressive 5.1 adults 18-49 rating at 9 p.m., the top-rated show on broadcast so far this week and easily tops for the night despite airing opposite two of this year’s biggest hits, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Results and Fox’s Glee.
Airing opposite mostly repeats on CBS and Fox, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars dominated its timeslot last night and boosted the network to an easy victory on the evening. ABC averaged a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating and 8 share in primetime, 68% ahead of No. 2 CBS at 1.9/5.
Easter Sunday is usually a slow night for broadcast, but in fact many of yesterday’s primetime shows were up over the previous week, notable for a night where ratings have been sliding for weeks. ABC won the evening with a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating and 6 share, just ahead of second-place NBC at 2.0/6.
Things aren’t looking good for NBC’s The Paul Reiser Show. After debuting with anemic ratings, the half-hour comedy sank even lower on Thursday, drawing 2.5 million viewers and a 0.9 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, down 18%. Fox won the night in the demo (4.4) and viewers (15.3 million) with American Idol (19.6 million, 5.6) paving the way, retaining 96% of its audience from last season in 18-49.
Without a cushy lead-in from Modern Family, Happy Endings slid to some sadder numbers last night. The new ABC sitcom aired back-to-back episodes at 10 p.m. that averaged a 1.8 and 1.6 adults 18-49 rating respectively. That was down from last week, when Endings averaged a 2.7 and 2.3 at 9:30 and 10, though it did mark an improvement over recent ratings for timeslot occupant Off the Map on ABC.
In its season finale, NBC’s Parenthood showed a ratings bump that should secure a third-season order. The drama won its timeslot against new ABC drama Body of Proof for the first time and drew its best rating since September. Parenthood averaged a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating at 10 p.m., up 19% from a 2.1 last week.
On another slow night for broadcast, NBC’s new drama Law & Order: Los Angeles dipped even lower than last week, when it returned from a months-long hiatus with a new look. LOLA averaged a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating at 10 p.m., off 27% from a 1.5 for last week’s two-hour episode and a new series low. The first-year show actually finished fifth in the timeslot, behind even Univision and Telemundo, and its prospects of renewal dimmed further.
Apparently no one was missing Paul Reiser since Mad About You left the air more than a decade ago. His new sitcom, The Paul Reiser Show, debuted to terrible numbers last night on NBC. Reiser averaged a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating at 8:30 p.m., finishing sixth in the timeslot behind even Univision and the CW.
The new ABC sitcom Happy Endings got pretty decent reviews, and it had a pretty decent debut as well, thanks mostly to lead-in Modern Family. Endings averaged a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating at 9:30 p.m. last night, holding 71% of Family‘s 3.8 at 9 p.m.
The second-season premiere of ABC’s Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution wilted compared to season one. The show averaged a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating at 8 p.m. last night, according to Nielsen overnights, down 46% from the season one premiere last year.
Mike & Molly is no Two and a Half Men. Holding the 9 p.m. anchor spot for the first time this season, and facing tough competition against ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, an original Mike posted a season low in the first week of an experiment that moved Men reruns back to 9:30 p.m., effectively flipping the two shows. Mike” averaged a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, down 17% from its most recent original episode last month, when it aired at 9:30 p.m. behind a Men repeat.
Boosted by a slight runover from the Masters golf tournament, CBS cruised to an easy victory Sunday night, with Undercover Boss the night’s No. 2 show behind Fox’s Family Guy. CBS averaged a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating and 7 share in primetime, 24% ahead of No. 2 Fox at 2.1/6.
Last night’s shocking result on American Idol was seen by fewer people than last week, but Fox still dominated the night. Idol averaged a 6.1 adults 18-49 rating, off 8% from last week’s 6.6. It was easily the night’s highest-rated show, well ahead of CBS’s The Big Bang Theory with a 3.6, and the results are getting a lot of buzz online this morning.
The premiere of Breaking In did pretty well for Fox last night, as most shows that air after big hit American Idol tend to do. Breaking averaged a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating at 9:30 p.m., retaining about half its Idol lead-in. But the show will have to maintain around that rating next week to be considered a success.
ABC’s new drama Body of Proof fell in its second week, but it still dominated its 10 p.m. timeslot against second-year shows on NBC and CBS. Proof averaged a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating at 10 p.m. last night, down 20% from last week’s 3.0 for its premiere.
Airing opposite the NCAA men’s basketball title game on CBS, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars slid 12% in its third week to a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating. That’s still a strong rating, putting it second behind the game for the night. And Stars actually pulled its biggest audience ever against the annual CBS broadcast, 21.4 million viewers, though that was down more than a million from last week.
The latest country music awards show boosted CBS to an easy victory last night against original competition on ABC and NBC. The Academy of Country Music Awards averaged a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 11 p.m., up 3% over last year’s telecast. The ACMAs won all but one half-hour during the broadcast, falling behind NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice by 0.2 during its final half hour.
The much-hyped musical episode of Grey’s Anatomy gave the long-running ABC show a ratings boost, even against a good premiere for the new Fox show Mobbed. Grey’s averaged a 4.8 adults 18-49 rating in the 9 p.m. timeslot last night, up 33% over last week’s rating, when the show faced NCAA basketball games.
American Idol dipped a bit from last week but it still dominated, lifting Fox to an easy victory last night. Idol averaged a 7.5 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 10 p.m., down 5% from the previous week. Fox still managed to better the combined total of the other Big Five networks for the night, however, and Idol more than doubled the rating for the evening’s No. 2 show, CBS’s Criminal Minds, which averaged a 3.4.
With a strong lead-in from Dancing with the Stars, ABC’s new drama Body of Proof notched a promising premiere last night. Proof averaged a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating in the 10 p.m. timeslot, dominating the timeslot over a pair of second-year dramas. NBC’s Parenthood and CBS’s The Good Wife tied for second at a 1.9 apiece.
ABC’s Dancing with the Stars didn’t miss a step in its second week, seeing only a small decline in adults 18-49 and total viewers while leading ABC to a nightly win. Stars averaged a 5.1 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 10 p.m., down 4% from a 5.3 for last week’s premiere.
With a big boost from basketball, CBS earned an easy victory last night. The network averaged a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating and 9 share in primetime, 45% ahead of second-place Fox, which averaged a 2.2/6 with a mix of originals and reruns.
Daylight savings time is taking its toll on TV ratings. TV usage was down 6 percent in the 8 p.m. hour last night, and three of the Big Five networks saw ratings decline for the night versus last Tuesday. Fox led with a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating and 9 share last night, according to Nielsen overnights, down 12 percent from last week’s 3.4/10.
Brad Womack picked Emily Maynard as his future bride, and ABC picked up a win last night with the season finale of The Bachelor. The 15th edition of the ABC reality show averaged a season-high 4.5 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 10 p.m., dwarfing its previous season high of 3.4 earlier this month.
With usual leaders Fox and ABC at least partially in reruns last night, CBS jumped past NBC for the nightly victory. The network averaged a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating and 7 share, 25% ahead of second-place NBC at 2.0/6.
Fox’s American Idol continues to hold up pretty well with new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. Last night’s episode, which saw Ashton Jones become the first of this year’s 13 finalists to be eliminated, averaged a 6.5 rating among viewers 18-49 in the 8 p.m. hour. That’s off just a tick from a 6.6 for last season’s first elimination episode of the finals. But last night’s episode also averaged 21.73 million total viewers, up from 20.05 million last year, and it did so versus tougher competition.
In the first “live” performance episode of the season (which was really taped earlier in the day just in case of flubs by new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler), American Idol saw ratings rise over last week. The two-hour show averaged an 8.0 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 10 p.m., up 4% over last week’s 7.7 for a 90-minute episode.
The return of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Holly Holiday gave Glee a boost over its most recent outing, and it led Fox to an easy win on a night littered with repeats on the other networks. Glee averaged a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating at 8 p.m. last night, up 5% over its most recent original two weeks ago, which averaged a 4.4. Glee also averaged 12 million total viewers, its biggest audience (excluding the post-Super Bowl episode) since week two of this season.
NBC’s The Event returned with a whimper last night after nearly four months off the air. The two-hour episode averaged a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating at 8 p.m., down 26% from its most recent episode in late November, which averaged a 1.9.
Perhaps all Secret Millionaire needed was a change of scenery. The show, which had a short, modestly rated run on Fox a couple years ago, returned on a new network last night with solid ratings. Millionaire, which follows undercover millionaires in much the same way as Undercover Boss, averaged a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating in its 8 p.m. premiere. The show was No. 2 for the night behind lead-out Desperate Housewives (3.4). And it bettered usual timeslot occupant Extreme Makeover: Home Edition‘s average by a full point.
American Idol dominates the competition on nights when the competition is original, so its domination was even more thorough last night, when the other networks were in reruns. With Idol the only non-repeat on the Big 5 networks, No. 1 Fox quadrupled the average for the night’s No. 2 network, CBS. Fox averaged an 8.1 adults 18-49 rating and 23 share for the two-hour Idol from 8 to 10 p.m., up from a 7.2 for last week’s show as the 13 finalists were set.
Fox wrapped up an easy February sweeps victory with a win on the final night of the four-week period used by local stations to set rates for advertisers. Powered by a 90-minute American Idol, Fox averaged a 6.5 adults 18-49 rating and 18 share, more than doubling No. 2 CBS on the night.
Despite Charlie Sheen’s seeming omnipresence on television of late, viewers aren’t tiring of him. ABC scored strong ratings with Sheen’s second primetime interview in as many nights. A special edition of 20/20, “Charlie Sheen: In His Own Words,” averaged a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating in the 10 p.m. timeslot. ABC’s second-best ratings of the season in the timeslot behind the finale of Dancing with the Stars in November.
With Bachelor Brad Womack down to his final few choices and ABC introducing the new cast of Dancing with the Stars on last night’s Bachelor commercial breaks, ABC earned a win on the final Monday of February sweeps. The network averaged a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating and 9 share for the night, with Bachelor matching last week’s season high with a 3.4 rating.
Last night’s Oscars telecast slid a bit in the ratings compared to last year, but it was still well ahead of the 2009 and 2008 ceremonies, based on early ratings from Nielsen. From 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., the ceremony averaged a 24.6 household rating and 37 share on ABC, down 7% from a 26.5/40 last year. But it was up nicely over 2009, when the ceremony averaged a 23.3 rating, and 2008, when it managed just an all-time-low 21.9.
A two-hour American Idol dominated the competition on the final Thursday of the February sweeps. Idol averaged a 7.2 adults 18-49 rating, peaking with a 7.5 in its final half hour at 9:30 p.m. Idol, though down from a 7.5 last week, was up 11% over the comparable night last year.
Most new shows are expected to lose viewers in their second outing, but they’d prefer if the declines weren’t quite this steep. The second episode of CBS’s spinoff Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior averaged a 2.5 rating among viewers 18-49 in its 10 p.m. timeslot last night, off 24% from the 3.3 its premiere averaged last week.
CBS’s NCIS finished ahead of Fox’s Glee in the 8 p.m. timeslot for the first time this month last night, and that helped CBS to its first Tuesday night win of this February sweeps. NCIS posted a 4.4 rating among viewers 18-49 last night, up 19% from a 3.7 last week and pushing just ahead of Glee‘s 4.3. For the night CBS averaged a 3.4 overnight rating and 9 share, up 13% from a 3.0/8 last week.