Winter Wipeout continues to be a hit for ABC. The second episode of the show aired last night to strong ratings and boosted the network to first place on a night when reruns were rampant. Wipeout averaged a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating, down 5% from last week’s premiere and dominating its 8 p.m. timeslot.
President Barack Obama’s speech at the Arizona shooting victims’ memorial last night was covered by the Big Four networks, and it knocked their shows around on the schedule. The speech aired from 8:39 to 9:20 p.m., forcing the networks to rearrange programming in two hours. The result was a disjointed and somewhat confusing night that ABC dominated thanks to an original Modern Family.
Without a new Glee to compete against, CBS’s NCIS rose to a season high last night. The hit drama averaged a 4.5 adults 18-49 rating at 8 p.m., for its first new episode of the new year.
ABC won a very slow Monday last night, with only two Big Five networks running originals. With The Bachelor and Castle, ABC averaged a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating and 6 share in primetime, 23% ahead of second-place CBS, which aired all reruns and averaged a 2.0/5.
The new animated series Bob’s Burgers served up the biggest debut for a new show yet this season, with a huge assist from the NFL. Burgers averaged a 4.5 adults 18-49 rating at 8:30 p.m. on Fox last night, unseating previous top debut $#*! My Dad Says, which averaged a 4.0 last September.
Winter Wipeout is a hit. The ABC summer series returned for its first regular-season run last night and boosted ABC to a season high in the 8 p.m. timeslot, also improving over its premiere last June and nearly setting a series high. Wipeout averaged a 3.7 adults 18-49 rating, up 19% a 3.1 for its Thursday debut last summer and tying its second-best rating ever.
In its second outing, CBS’s Live to Dance stumbled, and it took down the People’s Choice Awards along with it. Dance averaged a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating at 8 p.m. last night, off 25% from Tuesday night’s premiere.
Paula Abdul’s new reality show had a rather blah premiere last night. It didn’t do great, but it didn’t bomb, either. Live to Dance averaged a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 10 p.m., placing second in the timeslot to the premiere of NBC’s The Biggest Loser, which averaged a 3.3.
The women of America may still be angry with Brad Womack. His second, controversial run as The Bachelor began last night and it resulted in the show’s second-lowest-rated premiere. Bachelor averaged a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating on ABC from 8 to 10 p.m., down 12% from last year’s debut, when it did not air against originals on CBS.
It may not have been a barn burner, but NBC’s Sunday Night Football matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams was enough to give the net an easy win on a night of reruns. ABC came in third place despite scoring one of its best Sunday performances of the season.
Undercovers reached another series low Wednesday as NBC continues burning off the remaining episodes of the canceled spy drama. Elsewhere, the rest of the night’s broadcast lineup was filled with repeats, with ABC and CBS splitting the win.
Football dominated a night of mostly repeats Tuesday, easily giving NBC the win in primetime. The NFL preshow and matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings — which was originally scheduled for Sunday but got postponed because of the East Coast blizzard — averaged a 7.3 rating in the adults 18-49 demo and 21.5 million total viewers. The game marked the NFL’s first to be played on a Tuesday since 1946.
The finale of Univision’s hot telenovela Soy Tu Duena led the Spanish-language broadcaster to a nightly win among all broadcast networks on Monday in the adults 18-49 demographic. Univision’s 2.0/6 edged out all-repeat CBS at a 1.9/5.
Fox won a particularly quiet Sunday when much of the Northeast was socked in by a snowstorm, prompting the NFL to cancel the Philadelphia Eagles-Minnesota Vikings game that would have aired on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
Younger viewers got into the Christmas spirit last night, with ABC’s rebroadcast of the Jim Carrey-starring Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas ranking as the highest-rated program on Thursday night in adults 18-49 by a mile. With Grinch at 8:30-11 and companion, the animated special by the same name at 8-8:30, ABC finished as No.1 for the night in 18-49.
NBC posted another win Tuesday night with game show Minute to Win It and a rerun of the two-hour Saturday Night Live special A Very Gilly Christmas. The net posted a 2.3 in the 18-49 demographic followed by CBS (1.9), which had reruns of Tuesday dramas NCIS (2.2, 12.3 million), NCIS: Los Angeles (2.1, 11.3 million) and The Good Wife (1.3, 6.7 million).
NBC’s a capella competiion averaged a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 10 p.m. last night, according to Nielsen overnights, down 18 percent from last week’s series-high 3.3.
The Survivor finale isn’t quite the ratings draw it once was, but it still boosted CBS to a solid No. 2 Sunday night behind usual leader NBC. The two-hour Survivor season ender averaged a 4.1 adults 18-49 rating from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., down 7% from last fall’s finale and off 2% from last spring.
With most of the broadcast networks going into holiday hibernation mode, CBS earned an easy victory yesterday with the only two original shows on the Big Five, on a night it usually wins anyway. CBS averaged a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating and a 7 share in primetime, well ahead of No. 2 Univision at 1.5/5. Not coincidentally, Univision also had some original content on a night that reruns dominated.
The Sing-Off stayed on-key for NBC last night, rising over last week and boosting the network to second place behind CBS. Sing-Off averaged a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating, up 7% over last week’s 2.7, though down from a series-high 3.3 on Monday night. It was the network’s best rating in the 8 to 10 p.m. timeslot since September.
The Biggest Loser lost a bit of heft from last year, but it still delivered a stellar finale for NBC. The weight loss competition jumped to a season-high 4.9 adults 18-49 rating from 9 to 11 p.m. last night, down 20% from last fall.
NBC’s The Sing-Off scored mediocre ratings in its first appearance last year, but it’s growing into a surprise success for the network this year. The singing competition hit a new series high last night, averaging a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 10 p.m., up 18% from last week’s 2.8 for its debut.
NBC’s Sunday Night Football has set another record, and not surprisingly, the Dallas Cowboys were once again involved. Last night the network registered a 16.5 household rating for the Philadelphia Eagles-Cowboys game, tying with last year’s Cowboys-New York Giants game for best in the five-year history of the show.
With usual victor CBS in reruns, ABC and Univision tied for No. 1 on Friday night, though Univision easily scored the night’s top show with Soy Tu Dueña. ABC and Univision each averaged a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating and 5 share Friday, with NBC third at 1.3/4.
CBS earned a narrow victory over ABC last night with its regular lineup, while ABC was loaded up with specials. CBS averaged a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating and an 8 share, with ABC in second at 2.7/8.
It looks like The Sing-Off will indeed be a modest success for NBC this holiday season. Though the two-hour show dipped slightly in its second outing last night, it still produced season-best numbers for the third-place network in the timeslot and was up from last year. Sing-Off averaged a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 10 p.m., up 24% from a 2.1 for last year’s Wednesday episode.
It was a merry Christmas for Fox last night as Glee led the network to yet another Tuesday victory. The Glee Christmas episode averaged a 4.4 adults 18-49 rating, easily the night’s top show and boosting Fox to a 3.3 rating and 9 share in the demo for the night. That was 22% ahead of second-place NBC, which averaged a 2.7/8, though Glee was actually down slightly from last week, when it averaged a 4.6.
It didn’t draw Glee– or American Idol-size numbers, but the second-season debut of NBC’s The Sing-Off performed well enough to boost the network to second last night and bettered what timeslot occupants Chuck and The Event have been averaging recently. Sing-Off averaged a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 10 p.m., up 22% over last year’s premiere, which drew a 2.3.
It was a bloody game for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who pulled out a 13-10 victory over the Baltimore Ravens as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger played with a broken nose, and a big win for NBC. The network dominated Sunday night with the Steelers-Ravens Sunday Night Football game, which averaged a 7.3 from 8:30 to 11 p.m. last night.
With CBS in reruns, ABC took Thursday night easily, though it was a pretty slow night overall. ABC averaged a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating and 8 share, 41% ahead of second-place NBC at 2.2/6. ABC was paced by Grey’s Anatomy, the evening’s No. 1 show with a 4.0 rating, finishing just ahead of NBC’s The Office with a 3.7.
It was a slow night for broadcast, with Survivor and the season finale of the CW’s America’s Next Top Model the only shows to see much traction. CBS’s Survivor was the night’s top show with a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating at 8 p.m., easily the night’s top show and boosting CBS to victory for the night.
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show had the same amount of bared skin as last year, but it attracted more viewers. The CBS special averaged a strong 3.4 adults 18-49 rating at 10 p.m. last night, likely CBS’s best performance of the year in the timeslot and topping competition including the final hour of NBC’s The Biggest Loser finale.
In its timeslot debut, ABC’s Skating with the Stars went clattering to the ice last night. The new reality show managed a mere 1.2 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 9:30 p.m., losing half of last week’s rating.
NBC cruised to another easy victory on Sunday night, capping a slow Thanksgiving holiday for broadcast. The network averaged a 4.9 adults 18-49 rating in primetime, topping No. 2 Fox’s 4.3/11. Sunday Night Football was easily the night’s No. 1 program with a 6.0 from 8:30 to 11 p.m.
One of the most exciting Iron Bowls in years boosted CBS to the best college football ratings in years, too. Friday afternoon’s showdown between undefeated Auburn and defending national champ Alabama averaged a 7.5 household rating, up 56% over last year’s 4.8 rating.
It was a quiet Thanksgiving Eve on Wednesday night, with another soft night for the networks. Fox’s Human Target, which premiered last week and introduced new female characters, lost over a million viewers in its second episode. It was a night of reruns and recap episodes, and with the day before Thanksgiving being a popular night for both traveling and bar-hopping, its no surprise that the only show to break a 3.0 in the key demo was ABC’s Modern Family with a 3.7.
ll the hype over Bristol Palin’s controversial appearance in the Dancing with the Stars finals paid off for the long-running reality show. The season 11 finale last night averaged 24.1 million total viewers at 9 p.m. on ABC, and a 5.3 adults 18-49 rating, the latter up 23% over last fall’s finale. It marked its best finale in total viewers in six seasons and its best among 18-49s in five.
ABC’s penultimate episode of Dancing with the Stars drew a big crowd last night, but apparently not many of them were interested in sticking around for the debut of Skating with the Stars. Dancing averaged a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 9:30 p.m., up 15% from a 4.0 for last fall’s final performance episode and the night’s top show. It also drew 22 million total viewers.
With a highly anticipated showdown between NFC East rivals the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles, NBC’s Sunday Night Football scored its fourth-best rating ever last night. The game averaged a 15.9 household rating from 8:30 to 11:45 p.m., as the Eagles won 27-17 and moved into first in the division.
With its entire lineup seeing improvements over last week, CBS won the fourth Thursday of sweeps by a small margin over ABC. CBS averaged a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating and 9 share, with ABC in second place at 3.1/9, 6% behind CBS.