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Broadcast TV Ratings for Tuesday, March 24, 2009 March 25, 2009 3:27 pm

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Broadcast TV Ratings for Friday, March 20, 2009 March 21, 2009 6:56 pm

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Daily Show Gets Boost with Cramer Appearance March 14, 2009 11:51 pm

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dailyshowstewartcramer-031409Thursday’s episode of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, featuring the highly anticipated interview with CNBC’s Jim Cramer, drew the show’s second largest audience of the year.  An average audience of 2.3 million viewers tuned in, ranking second only to January’s inauguration day episode, which delivered 2.6 million viewers.

Overall, the episode ranks in the all-time top 10 for the show, which scored a record-high 3.6 million viewers for an October episode that had Stewart conduct a one-on-one interview via satellite with then-candidate Barack Obama.

Source: Variety

Broadcast TV Ratings for Monday, March 9, 2009 March 10, 2009 4:11 pm

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ABC’s Dancing With the Stars returned strong last night (click here to see the score results of night one and vote for who you believe was the best), improving upon the show’s last season premiere by a solid 11% in adults 18-49 rating.

Meanwhile, the series premiere of Castle drew only so-so ratings, drawing 11.60M viewers and a 3.3 A18-49 rating.  That’s merely okay.  Half-hour to half-hour double-digit declines and sub-50 percent retention from the last half-hour of Dancing With the Stars is concerning.

Second place was heavily contested, with CBS coming out on top among households, but Fox narrowly finishing ahead in viewers and adults 18-49.  Both networks, however, experienced week-to-week declines in the face of stiff competition from Dancing With the Stars.  All four comedies on CBS (from 8:00-10:00pm) experienced double-digit week-to-week declines among households and viewers, while House drew lower than average numbers.  While its lead-in was down, 24 managed to remain even from the week prior, even managing a slight, but noteworthy, nine percent gain from the week prior in A18-49 rating.  Over on CBS, the network saw its best performance at 10:00pm with a new episode of CSI: Miami which easily bested its fellow competition.

Fourth place went to NBC, which had very little to be happy about last night.  Most concerning was the continued slide from Heroes, which yet again hit series lows among households, viewers AND adults 18-49.  Not good (be sure to check out my extensive feature on the show’s ratings decline at this link).

The CW, the only network running repeats, was last place.

Full ratings and breakdown’s, including my full analysis, week-to-week comparisons, etc., follow after the jump.
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Morena Baccarin Cast in ABC’s V March 9, 2009 5:00 pm

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morenabaccarin-030909Morena Baccarin (Stargate SG-1, Firefly) has been cast as one of the leads in the ABC drama series V.  From Warner Bros. TV, V is a re-imagining of the 1980s miniseries of the same name about an invasion of aliens known as Visitors and the resistance against them.  According to THR, Baccarin will be playing Anna, the leader of the Visitors who is remarkably knowledgeable about human culture and media manipulation.

ABC ‘Pulling’ For Success March 9, 2009 4:44 pm

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abclogo-513ABC is importing another British series.  The network has closed the deal for Pulling, a single-camera pilot based on the 2006 British series of the same name.  To be produced by ABC Studios, Pulling revolves around three single thirtysomething women who live together after one breaks off her engagement the day before her wedding.  The pilot was written by Rob Hanning (Courting Alex) and will be directed by Elliot Hegarty.

Stacy Traub ins on board as show runner and will executive produce with Francie Calfo and the creators of the original BBC Three series Sharon Horgan and Dennis Kelly.

Source: THR

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Trailer March 5, 2009 11:11 pm

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Warner Bros. has released a new full trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Watch it below.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits theaters on July 17, 2009.

Watchmen Character Profile: Rorschach March 2, 2009 10:28 pm

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The second exclusive Watchmen character profile (discussed in this post) for Rorschach has aired on NBC during the network’s telecast of Heroes and is now available to watch online at http://www.nbc.com/watchmen/.

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Motivated by a traumatic childhood and an unwavering sense of right and wrong, Walter Kovacs became the costumed hero Rorschach, wearing a trench coat, a fedora, and a mask with a shifting, mirrored pattern of black shapes on a white background. Highly skilled in physical combat and able to turn almost anything to hand into a makeshift weapon, Rorschach worked as a team with the second Nite Owl until costumed vigilantes were outlawed. Nite Owl retired, but Rorschach refused to follow suit, operating illegally and becoming increasingly paranoid. His journal is the regular record of all of his activities and his increasingly misanthropic musings.

Click the image below to watch the character profile clip.

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Four New Watchmen Featurettes February 27, 2009 6:28 pm

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I’m not sure if these are the clips that I wrote about in the post immediately preceding this one, but Live For Film was sent four new featurettes for Watchmen.  The four featurette’s focus on Dr. Manhattan, Silk Spectre II, Nite Owl II, Rorschach, The Comedian, Ozymandias, as well as director Zack Snyder and illustrator Dave Gibbons.  I’ve embedded one below.  Click through the jump to check out the other three.

Dr. Manhattan / Silk Spectre.

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Broadcast TV Ratings for Sunday, February 22, 2009 February 23, 2009 3:36 pm

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Sandra Bullock to Star in The Blindside February 19, 2009 7:51 pm

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sandrabullock-021908Sandra Bullock has been cast to star in the football drama/comedy The Blindside for Warner Bros.  Via Variety:

Project’s based on The Blind Side: Evolution of the Game, by Michael Lewis (Moneyball). Story follows Michael Oher, projected to be one of the first players selected in this year’s NFL draft. He was homeless as a teen and was taken in by a well-to-do family. Bullock will portray the matriarch of the conservative suburban household Oher joins.

Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd in Talks to Co-star with Reese Witherspoon in New Comedy February 18, 2009 9:26 pm

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wilsonrudd-021808Variety reports that Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd are in talks to co-star with actress Reese Witherspoon in James L. Brooks’ untitled romantic comedy for Columbia Pictures. Columbia Pictures is eying an early summer start date for the film which has a working title of How Do You Know?.

Broadcast TV Ratings for Sunday, February 15, 2009 February 16, 2009 6:05 pm

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Rescue Me Season Five Premiere Date Set February 16, 2009 12:23 pm

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rescueme-021609FX has announced that the fifth season of the Denis Leary firefighter drama Rescue Me, will kick off on Tuesday, April 7th at 10pm ET.  The 22-episode fifth season will air uninterrupted, with the season finale scheduled to air on September 8th.

Broadcast TV Ratings for Saturday, February 14, 2009 February 15, 2009 5:27 pm

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Broadcast TV Ratings for Friday, February 13, 2009 February 14, 2009 4:24 pm

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Broadcast TV Ratings for Thursday, February 12, 2009 February 13, 2009 6:20 pm

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Three 60-Second Wolverine Spots to Air on Fox February 12, 2009 9:30 pm

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xmenoriginswolverinesmall-42520th Century Fox has announced that beginning on Sunday, February 15th, the studio will debut an exclusive, three-part reveal of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

For this unprecedented promotional event – which is too big for one night – the studio has created three special 60-second spots that will air over the course of three nights on Fox. Together, with one spot leading into the next, the spots will form a narrative revealing the origins of Wolverine, and the epic revolution that pits him and other legends of the X-Men universe against powerful forces determined to eliminate them.

The first spot will air on Sunday, February 15 during an episode of Family Guy (which airs from 9:00-9:30 pm ET/PT), following by the second on Monday, February 16 during an episode of House (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT) and the third the following day, Tuesday, February 17, during an episode of American Idol (8:00-10:00pm ET/PT) on Fox.

If you don’t happen to catch the spots during their airing, don’t fret, all three spots will be released on Yahoo! following Tuesday’s final broadcast.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine hits theaters on May 1, 2009.

via ComingSoon.net

Broadcast TV Ratings for Wednesday, February 11, 2009 February 12, 2009 6:14 pm

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Broadcast TV Ratings for Tuesday, February 10, 2009 February 11, 2009 9:52 pm

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CBS’s impressive procedural lineup of NCIS, The Mentalist and Without a Trace managed to push the network to first place for the evening among households, beating Fox by nearly one full rating point (10.9 vs. 10.0).  Among viewers, the network was second, but just barely (17.39M vs. 17.49M).

Moving to Fox, American Idol declined from last week’s numbers  but it was the numbers of Fringe that were more concerning.  The show’s retention fell to below 50% among both viewers and adults 18-49 with week-to-week declines of 18% among viewers and 14% among adults 18-49.

Although in third place overall, NBC was competitive among adults 18-49, finishing in a tie for second place with CBS in the demo thanks in large part to another solid outing from the two-hour Biggest Loser and better-than-normal numbers from a special episode of Dateline.

Rounding out the rest of the evening, ABC was in fourth place with two ‘Charlie Brown‘ specials, each of which performed poorly, back-to-back episodes of Scrubs (which has unfortunately not been able to capture any significant audience) and True Beauty, which away from normal lead-in The Bachelor, performed very poorly.  The CW’s lineup of 90210 and Privileged failed to break even 2 million viewers.  My full analysis of the night’s ratings follow after the jump.

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Broadcast TV Ratings for Monday, February 9, 2009 February 10, 2009 11:53 pm

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020909piechart-viewers The 8:00pm hour featured the first press conference of President Barack Obama. Airing on all four major nets, the conference averaged a 23.4 household rating, 36.94 million viewers and a 12.4 rating among adults 18-49.  ABC drew the largest portion of that audience (11.49 million viewers and a 4.1 A18-49 rating) while Fox drew the smallest share (5.92 million viewers and a 2.2 A18-49 rating).  Here’s the breakdown:

ABC: 7.5/11 HH rating/share, 11.49M viewers, 4.1/10
CBS: 6.2/9 HH rating/share, 9.78M viewers, 3.0/8
NBC: 6.0/9 HH rating/share, 9.75M viewers, 3.1/8
FOX: 3.7/6 HH rating/share, 5.92M viewers, 2.2/6

Elsewhere on the evening, The Big Bang Theory posted series high ratings airing out of an original episode of Two and Half Men.  The second-year comedy managed to retain an impressive 98% of its lead-in’s A18-49 demo rating and 88% of its viewers.  CSI: Miami then closed the night for CBS as the evening’s second most-watched program, rounding out another solid Monday night lineup for CBS.

Following in second place for the night was ABC, which as noted above, was paced by President Obama’s press conference. The Bachelor, airing one hour later than normal, managed to retain nearly all of its viewers and adults 18-49 rating from the week prior (-1 and -2 percent, respectively).

NBC finished in third this week, one spot better than last week’s outing, but the network saw disappointing ratings from both Heroes (which is now back to where it was before its post-Super Bowl episode) and Medium. Both shows were off by upper single digits.

With no lead-in support an original episode of 24 dipped by 7% among viewers and 8% in adults 18-49 rating, falling slightly below its more usual numbers.

And rounding out the night, The CW decided to run repeats of both Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill.

My full analysis follows after the jump.

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Broadcast TV Ratings for Sunday, February 8, 2009 February 9, 2009 11:48 pm

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Broadcast TV Ratings for Saturday, February 7, 2009 February 8, 2009 9:55 pm

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Broadcast TV Ratings for Friday, February 6, 2009 February 7, 2009 6:35 pm

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Broadcast TV Ratings for Thursday, February 5, 2009 February 6, 2009 1:59 pm

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With CBS out of the loop (the network aired a full lineup of repeats), ABC easily won the night across all three main categories, with growth from two of the network’s three shows (Ugly Betty was down). Grey’s Anatomy led the network (as the night’s most watched program among households, viewers and adults 18-49) with more than 15 million viewers, leading into a crossover-themed episode of Private Practice, which held onto a strong 85% of its total lead-in audience and an even more impressive 91% of its A18-49 audience.

In second place for the evening was Fox, which was led by timeslot winner Bones among households and viewers.  It seems like no matter where Fox places the show, it performs solidly.  The show posted gains from its timeslot premiere by more than 750,000 viewers. Lead-out Hell’s Kitchen declined by double-digits from the week prior (when it aired out of an original episode of American Idol) but managed to grow from its lead-in by 9% in the key A18-49 demographic, placing a competitive third place for the hour in that demo.

The biggest disappointment came from NBC.  The network’s attempts to heavily advertise their Thursday night lineup during the Super Bowl (which as everyone knows included airing The Office directly after the Super Bowl/postgame) failed and failed badly.  Every single episode for the evening declined from their last original airings including The Office. This was NOT the result that NBC wanted from their advertising push.  I mean, a loss of viewership from the Super Bowl episode of The Office was expected, but for the show to have returned even below its last original episode — even if by just a little bit (-4% among viewers and -6.5% among adults 18-49) — is just horrible, horrible news.

Rounding out the night’s remaining programs, CBS followed in third place for the evening among viewers and fourth place among adults 18-49, while The CW held up decently against strong competition with its lineup of Smallville and Supernatural (more so Smallville).

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