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The 2012 Daytona 500 is most-watched in Fox history; Averages 13.7M total viewes

A total audience of over 36.5 million Americans watched last night’s race, according to fast national ratings issued today by Nielsen Media Research, making 2012 Daytona 500 the most-watched in FOX history. The 36.5 million total viewers, a measure of the audience that saw at least a portion of the race, is +22% higher than last year’s total audience of 30 million and +22% better than 2010’s 29.8 million. Yesterday’s total audience is the second best ever for a Daytona 500 on any network behind 37.0 million viewers in 2006 on NBC.

The 2012 Great American Race, which included a fiery crash caused when Juan Pablo Montoya hit a safety truck/track-drying engine and red flagged the race for over two hours, earned an 8.0/14 rating/share and averaged 13.7 million viewers. While down slightly from last year’s Sunday afternoon race that occurred without any significant delays, (-8%, 2011 Daytona 500 – 8.7/20), Monday night’s race was up +4% when compared to the 2010 event (7.7/16), which saw lengthy delays for pothole repairs to the track.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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FX renews Archer for a fourth season

FX has ordered season four of its Emmy® and Annie Award nominated animated series Archer, and FX Productions closed an overall production deal with the series’ Executive Producers, Adam Reed and Matt Thompson, and their animation studio, Floyd County Productions, it was jointly announced by Nick Grad, Executive Vice President of Original Programming for FX and Eric Schrier, Executive Vice President, FX Productions and Head of Series Development for FX.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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The Walking Dead’s global mid-season return sets new records with 16.9M viewers

Following last week’s global premieres of The Walking Dead on FOX International Channels’ (FIC) networks around the world, the group today announces record-breaking ratings for the hit’s return. An average of 16.9 million-viewers tuned in to watch the mid-season premiere outside of the US. The show was the highest rated program on pay television of the night in most of FIC’s major markets; winning its time period among all Pay TV. The mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead debuted in 122 countries across Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, speaking 35 languages.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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History’s Top Gear delivers record 2.1M total viewers

HISTORY’s premiere of “TOP TUESDAYS'” delivered record numbers for the network with all new episodes of Top Gear and the season four premiere of Top Shot .

The Tuesday, February 14 at 9 pm ET premiere of Top Gear delivered 2.1 million total viewers, 1.1 million Adults 25-54 and 1.2 million Adults 18-49. Among Adults 18-49 it was the best telecast yet for the series.

The fourth season premiere of Top Shot targeted 1.8 million total viewers, 1 million Adults 18-49 and 1.1 million Adults 25-54 (+19% vs. Season 3 premiere).

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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AMC’s The Walking Dead mid-season two premiere returns with record 8.1M viewers; Strongest drama telecast in basic cable history with key demos

Last night, AMC’s mid-season premiere of “The Walking Dead” became the strongest telecast for any drama in basic cable history against key demos including 5.4 million adults 18-49 and 4.4 million adults 25-54. These results shatter the previous record, which was held by the series two premiere from October 16th with increases of +12% and +6% respectively. The show delivered 8.1 million viewers for its 9pm premiere and delivered 10.1 million viewers for the night (9pm premiere and 11pm and 12:30 am encores). At 10pm, AMC also premiered its newest unscripted series, “Comic Book Men,” executive produced by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Chasing Amy), Charlie Corwin’s Original Media (LA Ink, Storm Chasers, Swamp People) and Elyse Seiden (Red State). The series delivered 2 million total viewers.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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The 54th Annual Grammy Awards delivers largest audience since 1984 with 39.9M total viewers

Last night’s broadcast of the 54TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® delivered more than 39.9 million viewers, the largest Grammy audience since 1984 and the second-largest in history, according to Nielsen updated live plus same day ratings for Sunday, Feb. 12.

From 8:00-11:33PM, THE GRAMMY AWARDS® (S) posted a 21.7/33 with 39.91m viewers, 16.0/33 in adults 25-54, 14.1/32 in adults 18-49 and 12.1/31 in adults 18-34.

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History’s season 3 premiere of Swamp People attracts 4.7M viewers

HISTORY® continues its phenomenal ratings success! The season 3 premiere of Swamp People delivered 4.7 million total viewers and increased 21% vs. the season 2 premiere. New series MUDCATS launched with 3 million total viewers. Swamp People also captured 2.5 million Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Super Bowl XLVI reached 166.8M viewers in the U.S.

The 2011 NFL season concluded with another television milestone as Super Bowl XLVI on NBC reached a total audience of 166.8 million viewers, making it the most-watched show in U.S. television history according to The Nielsen Company.

The Giants-Patriots championship game topped the previous record of 162.9 million total viewers set last year (Packers-Steelers in Super Bowl XLV) and marks the fifth consecutive record-setting total audience for the Super Bowl. Super Bowls account for the 21 most-watched programs in history in terms of total audience.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Super Bowl XLVI is most-watched television show in U.S. history with 111.3M total viewers + The Voice draws 37.6M total viewers

Super Bowl XLVI is the most-watched television program in U.S. history and the highest-rated Super Bowl in 26 years, according to fast national data released today by The Nielsen Company.

The game, in which the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots, 21-17, was seen by a record 111.3 million viewers (6:31-9:58 p.m. ET), topping last year’s 111.0 for Super Bowl XLV on Fox and is the biggest audience to watch a television program in U.S. history.

NBC’s Super Bowl lead-out The Voice averaged 37.6M viewers and a 16.3 A18-49 rating, making it the highest-rated entertainment program in 18-49 in six years–since ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy post-Super Bowl telecast on February 5, 2006.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Tosh.0 season premiere pulls in 3.1M total viewers; New series Key & Peele debuts to 2.1M total viewers.

No translators needed to understand these numbers. On the night he announced the Tosh Tour Twenty Twelve, Daniel Tosh returned to COMEDY CENTRAL for the 4th Season Premiere of “Tosh.0” and recorded the series’ biggest premiere among young men, dominating the night across all of television. Immediately following “Tosh,” new sketch series “Key & Peele” provided the all-comedy channel with its biggest series launch since 2009.

“Tosh.0” drew 3.1 million total viewers to its season premiere, along with a 2.3 adult 18-49 rating, 4.1 men 18-34 rating and a 4.6 men 18-24 rating. A huge hit with young men, “Tosh.0” was the #1 series in Prime on Tuesday night across all of television with men 18-34 and men 18-24, scoring the best rating among men 18-24 for any of the series’ season premieres.

Scoring COMEDY CENTRAL’s best launch since 2009, “Key & Peele” drew 2.1 million total viewers to its series premiere and also resonated among young men, earning a 2.6 men 18-34 rating and a 3.3 men 18-24 rating to finish as #1 in its timeslot with both demographics across all of television. For the night, the inaugural episode of the new hit series finished behind only “Tosh.0” in all of television for Tuesday Prime among men 18-24. In addition, #KeyAndPeele was the #1 trending topic on Twitter during its premiere play.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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37.8M watch President Barack Obama’s 2012 State of the Union

President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address.  The address was carried live from 9:00PM to approximately 10:15 PM on 14 networks.  The sum of average audience for those networks was 37,752,613 viewers, with a combined household rating of 24.0.  The networks carrying the address were ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNBC, CNN, FBN, FOXNC, GALA, MSNBC, MUN2 and on tape delay on TEL, TF and UNI.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Most-watched NFL Conference Championship Sunday in 30 years; 53.7M viewer average

Football fans across America continue to tune in to NFL games, resulting in the most-watched conference championship Sunday in 30 years. An average of 53.7 million viewers watched NFL games last weekend, the most for an NFL conference championship Sunday since January 1982 (game-by-game comparison below).

The New York Giants-San Francisco 49ers NFC Championship Game on FOX drew 57.6 million viewers to rank as the third most-watched conference championship game ever (chart below).

The Baltimore Ravens-New England Patriots AFC Championship Game on CBS drew 48.7 million viewers. The conference championship games are television’s two most-watched shows since Super Bowl XLV.

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