Discussion of US television ratings.
The final season premiere of American Idol got off to a good start with 10.85 million viewers. Its 18-49 rating of 2.9 was down from last year’s 3.3.
One night earlier, the NCIS/NCIS: New Orleans crossover boosted the two shows’ 18-49 ratings to new season highs (2.6 for NCIS and 2.4 for NCIS: NO).
NBC police drama Shades of Blue, starring Jennifer Lopez, had a solid premiere with a 18-49 rating of 1.8, the network’s best in-season, regular series rating in that timeslot in close to four years. Shades of Blue attracted 8.57 million viewers.
CBS comedy Angel from Hell also had a solid debut with a 18-49 rating of 1.6 and 8 million viewers at 9.30pm.
Ricky Gervais’ return to host the Golden Globe Awards saw its 18-49 ratings dipping from 5.8 last year to 5.5 this year. It still attracted a massive audience of 18.5 million viewers.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow had a solid debut on The CW on Thursday with an 18-49 rating of 1.2 and 3.21 million viewers. The show started in Australia on Fox8 last night but we won’t find out the ratings until next Monday.
In the same 8pm timeslot, Heroes Reborn finished with a rating of 1.0 but slightly more viewers (3.83 million viewers).
The 6-part X-Files mini-series got off to a good start, boosted by NFL lead-in. The first episode attracted 18-49 rating of 5.1 and 13.47 million total viewers. It was later revised up to 6.1 rating and 16.19 million viewers.
The X-Files lost half of its 18-49 rating from the premiere, against stronger competition on Monday, but 3.2 is still a good result. 9.67 million saw the second episode.
Lucifer, based on DC Comics character, pulled a rating of 2.4 on debut, the night’s second highest rating.
Grease: Live was easily the top rated program on Sunday. The three-hour musical got a 18-49 rating of 4.3 and 12.18 million viewers, with a 7pm start. Nine will show it tonight from 8.30pm to midnight, and the late finish mean it may not get a big audience here.
But might get some really decent late shares
NFL Super Bowl is still the most-watched TV program in America year after year. Sunday’s match attracted 111.9 million viewers, the event’s third-highest audience after last year’s 114.1 million. The 18-49 rating was a whopping 34.1!
A special post-game episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert pulled 21.14 million viewers with a 7.9 rating, the biggest audience in franchise history.
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NFL Super Bowl once demonstrated why it is the most-watched TV program in America year after year.[/quote]
It once demonstrated this and no longer does?
You could have just said “NFL Super Bowl is still the most-watched TV program in America every year …blah, blah, blah”
ABC’s Thursday line-up of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder returned from their winter break and all their 18-49 ratings were down from their fall finales.
They were still up from the season average so I doubt they’ll be too concerned.
The 28th season of The Amazing Race started on Friday, and its 18-49 rating of 1.2 was level with last season’s premiere in September.
The Grammy Awards pulled a huge 18-49 rating of 7.7 on Monday, but it was still down on last year’s 8.5 when the event aired on a Sunday. Monday’s broadcast was watched by 24.95 million viewers.
Sunday TV was dominated by the midseason return of sixth season of The Walking Dead. The Walking Dead pulled a big 18-49 rating of 6.8 and 13.74 million viewers. HBO drama Vinyl did not do so well on debut, getting only a rating of 0.2.
The first episode of Survivor: Kaoh Rong on Wednesday got an 18-49 rating of 2.0 and 8.35 million viewers, down from 2.5 for the premiere of Survivor: Cambodia in September last year.
The 200th episode of The Big Bang Theory had an 18-49 rating of 3.7 and 15.68 million total viewers on Thursday.