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'Marry Me' Star Ken Marino on Why Comedy Gets Lower Ratings Than Drama

"I think the reason that comedy maybe gets lower ratings than the reality shows or dramas is that there's a lot of different places you can do comedy, you can get comedy elsewhere, you can find comedy online. I think that what's nice about our show is that … there are people who look for alternative stuff that I think will appreciate this show as well as people that [like] big, straight-up network comedy. It's sort of a mixture of both."

- Star of NBC's new comedy Marry Me Ken Marino explains why comedies have the biggest ratings struggle to The Wrap.

CBS CEO Les Moonves Calls Overnight Ratings "Virtually Irrelevant Now"

It looks like the head honchos of the major networks — or CBS, at least — are finally coming to terms with how outdated overnight Nielsen ratings have become thanks to the rise of streaming shows and later-day viewing. Speaking at an event in New York, CBS CEO Les Moonves called overnight ratings "virtually irrelevant" and "almost meaningless," citing the crime drama series Elementary — which averages nine million viewers per episode and an additional five million in later-day viewers as an example. Moonves also said he hopes that Nielsen will create a "C-Infinity" rating, where viewership for shows is calculated not just from Live+7 ratings but [...]

Amy Poehler Puts People Who Don't Have a Nielsen Box in Their Place

"Sometimes I have to go to fancy parties like this. And if there’s just anything you can take away from today’s event, it’s that being an actor is very, very hard. [Someone in the crowd claps.] Thank you. Thank you, sir. You understand. I appreciate you. Do you have a Nielsen box? No? Then fuck off, I don’t care."

- Undoubtedly the best part of Amy Poehler's speech at yesterday's New York Restoration Project spring picnic.

'The Simpsons' Hits All-Time Ratings Low

Last night's episode of The Simpsons didn't do so well in the ratings. According to EW, the episode was the show's lowest-rated ever for a regular episode on a Sunday night and it received only 3.4 million viewers and a 1.5 rating from adults 18-49, which, to be fair, is still better than the average ratings for a lot of primetime shows these days. The Simpsons, currently in the tail end of its 25th season, has been renewed for a 26th set to premiere this fall.

Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' Is Still Killing It in the Ratings

According to Variety, while Fallon was expected to do well as new host of The Tonight Show, just how well he's been doing has risen far above previous expectations. Last week's late night Nielsen ratings have come in, and The Tonight Show raked in an average of 4.26 million viewers, easily beating out Kimmel (2.83 million) and Letterman (2.78 million) and up ahead of Leno's ratings from a year ago by 27% in total viewers. Kimmel's final Austin show fared pretty well with a 3.46 viewers average, making it his third most watched episode ever behind the 2013 Matt Damon takeover and last month's Scandal return episode. [...]

'Mulaney' Scores the Lowest Series Premiere Ratings This Fall

John Mulaney's new Fox sitcom premiered last night, and unfortunately the overnight ratings are just as bad as the reviews. According to Variety, the series premiere drew the lowest score of every fall series premiere this year with just 2.3 million viewers — just over 50% of its Family Guy-lead in, which itself was down 50% from last week's Simpsons/Family Guy crossover premiere. Compared to Mulaney, Fox's other comedies did notably better and at least broke the 3 million mark — The Simpsons (4.1M), Bob's Burgers (3.2M), Family Guy (3.7M), and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (3.3M) — so hopefully Mulaney finds a way to rebound next week before getting [...]

The 'Simpsons' Marathon Increased FXX's Average Audience by 500%

FXX's wildly successful Simpsons marathon ended on Monday night, and now that the ratings for all 12 days have come in, the once-fledgling network can officially call itself 500% more popular. Bill Carter at The New York Times broke down the complete marathon ratings, which averaged 1.32 million viewers during prime time (up 500% from its previous average of 206,000) and upped FXX's rank among cable networks in the 18-49 demo from 49th to third, which is especially notable considering that FXX is only available in 74 million homes. Between the success of the nonstop episodes and live updates from writers, producers, and the @EverySimpsons Twitter account, [...]

'The Maya Rudolph Show' Did Well in the Ratings Last Night, So There Will Probably Be More of It

Last night, NBC aired The Maya Rudolph Show, a one-off variety show special hosted by SNL alum Maya Rudolph that's doubles as a pilot for a potential series. Ratings are in and The Maya Rudolph Show performed well, winning its hour and scoring 7.2 million viewers and a 2.2 rating with adults 18-49. The show beat out its competition, a Criminal Minds rerun on CBS and the second half of ABC's The Bachelorette premiere; however Rudolph Show lost a good amount of ratings from its lead-in, The Voice, and dropped 21% after the first half-hour.

Despite that, this was still a pretty good showing for the special, which featured [...]

'Inside Amy Schumer's Premiere Beat Everything Else on TV in Its Key Demo

Last night's second season premiere of Inside Amy Schumer did super well in the ratings. The Comedy Central sketch show received 2.0 million viewers in the 18-34 demographic, making it the most-watched show on both broadcast and cable. The series actually improved on the ratings of Tosh.0, which airs before it and received 1.9 million in that same demographic, effectively beating one of the network's most popular shows.

Jimmy Fallon's First 'Tonight Show' Week Draws Biggest Audience Since Johnny Carson Left

It turns out that Jimmy Fallon's first week at The Tonight Show succeeded even more than first thought. Nielsen released the "live plus three day" ratings yesterday, which included an additional two million people who watched the show via DVR playback. This totals Fallon's premiere week audience at 10.42 million viewers, the largest audience for the venerable late night talk show since Johnny Carson's final week in 1992 well before the age of DVR and next-day online viewing. Unsurprisingly, Fallon's Tonight Show also raked in the youngest audience in the show's history, shifting the median viewer age for the show from 58.1 to 52.6.

'New Girl' and 'The Mindy Project's Season Premieres Drew Less Viewers Than Last Year

Returning Fox comedies The Mindy Project and New Girl aired their respective third and fourth season premieres last night, but they lost steam with viewers. According to Entertainment Weekly, both premieres dropped significantly in ratings compared to their last season premieres; New Girl dropped 45% with only 3.1 million viewers, while The Mindy Project dropped 32% with 2.8 million viewers — not far off from its season 2 finale of 2.4 million, but significantly less than the season 2 premiere, which drew 4 million viewers. Both shows suffered a weak lead-in this season with the reality program Utopia compared to Dads and Golden Globe-winning Brooklyn Nine-Nine [...]

Last Night's Emmy Awards Scored the Second Highest Ratings in Eight Years

The ratings for last night's Emmy Awards are in, and Seth Meyers's turn at the hosting gig raked in a big audience. A total of 15.6 million viewers watched the live ceremony on NBC, making it the most-watched night on network TV since the Oscars in March as well as the highest viewed Emmys in the last eight years, second only to last year's ceremony hosted by Neil Patrick Harris that aired in September on a Sunday night with an NFL lead-in. Neither have met the 16.2 million viewer audience of the 2006 Emmys toplined by multiple-time host Conan O'Brien, the true king of the awards [...]

Last Night's 'Big Bang Theory' Was Its Most Watched Season Finale Ever

The seventh season finale of CBS smash hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory aired last night, and EW reports that the resulting ratings have made it its most watched season finale ever. Big Bang pulled in a 4.8 rating with 16.3 million viewers; to put it into perspective, over at NBC The Office's series finale last year scored a 3.2 rating and 5.4 million viewers, while Community's recent finale brought in a measly 1.0 rating with just 2.9 million viewers. The only difference is that last night's finale was far from the end for Big Bang; with its recent triple-season renewal, you can count on [...]

Mike Schur on Overnight TV Ratings

"First of all, those overnight ratings are very silly, and we all need to stop reporting them and caring about them … Obviously, what matters is how networks can make money from ratings, but this is the system we have invented, where you can watch episodes of most shows on many different platforms at your absolute leisure, and yet we are still using a system that measures only the people who watched it the second it aired. It's like measuring album sales based on who bought the album within ten minutes of its release."

-Mike Schur, co-creator of Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, to Hitfix on how meaningless overnight [...]