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Broadcast TV Ratings for Wednesday, February 4, 2009 February 5, 2009 7:21 pm

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Broadcast TV Ratings for Tuesday, February 3, 2009 February 4, 2009 2:08 pm

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Fox easily won the night, outpacing #2 CBS by nearly six million among viewers and NBC by nearly 4 rating points among adults 18-49.  The network saw week-to-week growth for both American Idol, and Fringe, more specifically Fringe, which grew by double-digits among households and viewers and more than 8% among adults 18-49.

CBS followed in second place, but perhaps more impressive, is that the network had just one original show air for the evening, 10pm time slot winner (among households and viewers), Without a Trace.  Any network that manages to draw over 14 million viewers for two repeats, both of which outpaced the original program at 10pm, deserves major kudos.

Finishing in third place was NBC, which actually managed a second place finish among adults 18-49 thanks to strong showings from both Biggest Loser, which continues to hold up strongly against American Idol (with just slight week-to-week declines) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which won its time slot among adults 18-49 by a comfortable margin, despite losing out among viewers by more than 1.5 million.

ABC was in fourth place, with not much good news to report.  All of the networks programs were below 6 million viewers.

In terms of overall audience, The CW, always in fifth place these days, performed quite poorly — the networks best show was 90210 which drew 2.40 million viewers.  However, was actually an improvement over the last original episode and the show posted an improvement of 18% in the demo.  My full analysis follows after the jump. (more…)

Dead Space Coming to the Wii February 3, 2009 6:41 pm

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electronicartslogo-020309During the company’s fiscal third quarter earnings call today, Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello announced that a Wii version of last year’s horror shooter Dead Space, which was released on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC last October, is on the way.

“We’re bringing core intellectual property to the Wii,” Riccitiello said. “Wii is the market leader — they’re getting half of our emphasis in terms of title count.”

IGN additionally revealed that it will be an original take on the game that will make full use of the Wii remote.

New Image of Terminator Salvation’s T-600 February 3, 2009 6:06 pm

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As part of GamePro’s March preview of the upcoming Terminator Salvation video game, the magazine has a new look at the T-600 from the film.  Click the above image to check out the magazine’s cover.

Super Bowl XLIII Most-Watched Ever February 3, 2009 5:46 pm

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superbowlxliiilogo-010909NBC’s telecast of Super Bowl XLIII Sunday night was actually the most-watched ever, and second most-watched television telecast of all-time drawing 98.73 million viewers (when taking into account people who watched some or all of the program, that number climbs to a TV record of 151.6 million).  It was originally believed the program was only the second most-watched ever.

A portion of NBC’s press release follows after the jump.

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Broadcast TV Ratings for Monday, February 2, 2009 February 3, 2009 4:45 pm

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Despite heavy promotion during their telecast of the Super Bowl on Sunday night, NBC saw only a  minimal increase in viewership for its lineup, placing a disappointing fourth place for the evening. Both Chuck and Heroes improved by an average of 9% among viewers and 9.5% among adults 18-49.   Medium drew the largest audience for the network, but actually failed to match its season four premiere numbers (down 11% among viewers and 12% among adults 18-49).

As for the rest of the evening, CBS and FOX split first place, with CBS taking households and viewers with its amazingly strong comedy lineup and original episode of CSI: Miami and Fox taking Adults 18-49 (although the network did experience a weekly dip in both measures).

CBS had the most-watched show for the evening among households (a 10.2 rating for CSI: Miami) and viewers (16.52 million for Two and a Half Men) while the network tied with Fox for the night’s most watched show among adults 18-49 (Two and a Half Men had a 5.5 rating in the demo, tied with Fox’s House).

ABC meanwhile placed third, with another solid performance for The Bachelor (which continues to tick upward) and okay numbers for True Beauty.

And finally, after a one-week break, The CW’s Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill both returned on track with their most recent performance, but failed to break 2.3 and 2.6 million, respectively, resulting in a poor performance overall.  My full analysis follows after the jump. (more…)

Super Bowl XLIII Second Most-Watched Ever February 2, 2009 7:37 pm

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UPDATED ON 2/3/2009 AT 5:46PM:
The Super Bowl actually drew an all-time record 98.73 million.  Click here for an updated look at the ratings.

superbowlxliiilogo-010909NBC’s telecast last night of Super Bowl XLIII drew 95.4 million viewers, making it the second most-watched Super Bowl in history, trailing only last year’s telecast, which drew 97.5 million viewers.

“The Super Bowl, once again, proved its ability to captivate America,” said Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC Universal Sports. “The National Football League should feel a great sense of pride in providing a day of enjoyment to American families — especially those who are struggling in these difficult times. Many people doubted this matchup, but it’s the Super Bowl not the matchup that draws an enormous audience.”

“We are in a great place to be in relation to last year’s historic and unimaginable game when an undefeated powerhouse was upset by an underdog from the country’s largest media market,” he added. “Recording the two biggest Super Bowl audiences in history in two consecutive years proves that the NFL is stronger than ever.”

Lead-out The Office while impressive (it drew 22 million viewers and a 10.6 rating among adults 18-49), drew less viewers than more recent post-Super Bowl shows, including last year’s House on Fox which drew over 29 million viewers.  The show did, however, improve by more than double over its previous series high.  It’s the least watched post-Super Bowl episode since 2005 when Fox aired an hour of The Simpsons and American Dad.

Broadcast TV Ratings for Sunday, February 1, 2009 February 2, 2009 12:47 pm

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UPDATED ON 2/3/2009 AT 5:35 PM:
I’ve edited my analysis to reflect the final national numbers and have edited in the final numbers for NBC and ABC, the two networks that aired original programming for the evening.

According to final national numbers, Super Bowl XLIII on NBC drew 98.73 million viewers and a 36.7/72 rating/share among adults 18-49, making the telecast the most-watched Super Bowl of all-time, and second most-watched program of all time.  Overall, the game was up 1% or 1.28M among viewers, while down slightly among adults 18-49 from last year’s game (-2%) over last year’s numbers (97.45M viewers and a 37.5/73 A18-49 rating/share).

Meanwhile, The Office drew a series high 22.91 million viewers and an 11.0/28 rating/share among adults 18-49.  Those are impressive numbers, but it rates on the lower end of post Super Bowl shows, and is in fact the lowest rated such episode since ABC’s 2003 airing of Alias (17.36M).

Elsewhere on the evening, the only original programming came from ABC (which placed third on the evening) who aired Wipeout Bowl I: Cheerleaders vs. Couch Potatoes which managed to actually improve upon its season one finale by a healthy 20% among adults 18-49 (from a 2.0 to a 2.4 rating).  It’s performance among viewers was flat (+1%).

The non-Super Bowl winner on the evening (with the exception of The Office) was a repeat of The Mentalist on CBS.  While the show skewed older, it managed a very healthy overall audience.

Fox was fourth with repeats of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? and animated comedy repeats, while The CW was a dead last with a repeat of Jericho and the movie Throw Momma from the Train, each of which failed to drew more than 700,000 viewers.  My full analysis follows after the jump. (more…)

Broadcast TV Ratings for Saturday, January 31, 2009 February 1, 2009 11:46 pm

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Broadcast TV Ratings for Friday, January 30, 2009 January 31, 2009 9:21 pm

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Broadcast TV Ratings for Thursday, January 29, 2009 January 30, 2009 1:55 pm

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Madea Goes to Jail Final Poster + 2 New Images and TV Spots January 29, 2009 11:58 pm

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Lionsgate has released the final poster for Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail, which hits theaters on February 20th. Click to enlarge. I’ve also got two new images from the film, as well as two new TV spots. Check those out after the jump.

Synopsis
After a high-speed freeway chase puts Madea (Tyler Perry) in front of the judge, her reprieve is short-lived as anger management issues get the best of her and land her in jail. A gleeful Joe (Tyler Perry) couldn’t be happier at Madea’s misfortune. But Madea’s eccentric family members the Browns (David and Tamala Mann) rally behind her, lending their special “country” brand of support. Meanwhile, Assistant District Attorney Joshua Hardaway (Derek Luke) is on the fast track to career success. But Hardaway lands a case too personal to handle – defending young prostitute and former drug addict Candace Washington (Keisha Knight Pulliam)—and asks his fiancé and fellow ADA Linda Holmes (Ion Overman) to fill in on his behalf. When Candace ends up in jail, Madea befriends the young woman, protecting her in a “motherly” way as only Madea can. (more…)

Broadcast TV Ratings for Wednesday, January 28, 2009 January 29, 2009 8:17 pm

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Broadcast TV Ratings for Tuesday, January 27, 2009 January 28, 2009 5:46 pm

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Broadcast TV Ratings for Monday, January 26, 2009 January 27, 2009 6:48 pm

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Broadcast TV Ratings for Sunday, January 25, 2009 January 26, 2009 9:47 pm

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Scott Bakula To Guest Star on NBC’s Chuck January 26, 2009 6:05 pm

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NBC has confirmed (EW reported this bit of casting news a little more than a week ago) that scottbakulachuck-012609Scott Bakula (Star Trek: Enterprise, Quantum Leap) will be guest-starring as Chuck and Ellie’s (Zachary Levi and Sarah Lancaster) estranged father on NBC’s action-comedy series Chuck.  Bakula will appear on the show in a multi-episode arc scheduled for broadcast later this spring.  He joins Chevy Chase, who was also recently cast in the series in a guest starring role.

In the storyline, Chuck made a promise to his sister, Ellie that he was going to find their dad in time for her wedding. But when he does find him, Chuck discovers that his dad is not necessarily a guy who wants to be found. He’s living in a trailer, he’s disheveled, he’s paranoid and he’s claiming constantly that Ted Roark (guest star Chevy Chase) — who he used to work with — stole all his ideas from him. In addition, Ted Roark has now become a super-successful software billionaire while Chuck’s dad has become an eccentric, living in the shadows.

Chuck returns to NBC with new episodes on Monday, February 2nd.  The full press release follows after the jump. (more…)

Broadcast TV Ratings for Saturday, January 24, 2009 January 25, 2009 5:19 pm

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Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Pete Wentz To Guest Star on CSI: NY January 25, 2009 5:12 pm

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cbslogo-513CBS has announced that Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Pete Wentz are set to guest star as “Bonnie and Clyde wannabes” on an upcoming episode of CSI: NY.  The episode will be broadcast on Wednesday, March 18th (10:00-11:00pm ET/PT).

The full press release follows after the jump.

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Broadcast TV Ratings for Friday, January 23, 2009 January 24, 2009 5:44 pm

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Broadcast TV Ratings for Thursday, January 22, 2009 January 23, 2009 4:37 pm

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Broadcast TV Ratings for Wednesday, January 21, 2009 January 22, 2009 4:54 pm

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81st Annual Academy Awards Nominations January 22, 2009 10:46 am

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academyawards-012109The biggest news, I feel, about the just-announced nominations for the 81st Academy Awards is that The Dark Knight was not nominated for best picture, best director OR best writing.

Heath Ledger did get a nomination for best supporting actor, but I find it absolutely extraordinary that The Dark Knight was relegated to one acting nomination and a bunch of technical nods.

Having seen all the films nominated for Best Picture — save The Reader which I’ll check out shortly — I’m just baffled that The Dark Knight didn’t get nominated.  The film was good enough for the producers and the writers and the directors, but the Academy didn’t see fit to award it with any of those nominations?

Heck, if The Dark Knight wasn’t your thing, then what about The Wrestler?  Snubbed for best director, best picture, best writing and even best original song for Bruce Springsteen?

It’s all just odd, and an absolute shame.

So it’ll be The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader and Slumdog Millionaire for best picture.  Enough of my rambling, full list of nominations follows after the jump. (more…)

Broadcast TV Ratings for Tuesday, January 20, 2009 January 21, 2009 6:49 pm

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CNN Tops Cable Networks In Inauguration Ratings UPDATE: Inauguration Draws 37.8 Million January 21, 2009 6:18 pm

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UPDATED ON 1/22/2009
Nielsen reports that from 10am to 5pm ET, an average 37,793,008 tuned into the ceremony, swearing in, speech and coverage of the Inauguration.  That’s the second-most ever, slightly below the 41,800,260 who watched Reagan’s nomination in January 1981.

Keep in mind that the number does not include any online viewers or radio listeners and this covers a very large time period (President Obama’s oath took place shortly after noon and his speech lasted about 20 or so minutes ending shortly before 12:30pm).  The amount of Americans who tuned into that segment was decidely larger.

It must have been, because Gallup has releaed a poll indicating that a massive 60% of the nation tuned into all of the address.  Do the math and you’ll see there’s a large discrepency between the two numbers.

Original article follows below.

CNN was the ratings winner among cable-news networks during coverage of Tuesday’s inauguration of President Barack Obama, according to data released today by Nielsen.

For the swearing-in ceremony and Inaugural Address in Washington — from noon to 12:30pm — CNN drew 8.5 million total viewers, well ahead of Fox News Channel (5.5 million total viewers) and MSNBC (3.1 million total viewers).

Breaking out the numbers more fully, CNN was also first from 11am to 2pm Tuesday, with 6.9 million viewers, followed by Fox News Channel (4.4 million viewers) and MSNBC (2.6 million viewers). CNN’s numbers are the most ever 11am to 2pm average in its history.

And finally, for the total day of the inauguration — 6am to 3am — CNN placed first with an average of 4.0 million total viewers, with Fox News following in second with 2.5 million viewers and MSNBC in third with 1.7 million viewers.

Demo data — which CNN also dominated (beating Fox News and MSNBC combined) — follows after the jump. (more…)