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 [...]
"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 [...]
Proof that @midnight is on a steady rise now extends beyond all the glowing reviews and to the show's ratings, which Deadline reports have been on the rise since the show's return to its 40-week renewal in January. Despite the blockbuster late night episodes on NBC last week with Fallon's turn at The Tonight Show, @midnight enjoyed its highest-rated week ever with an average of 731,000 total viewers and barely beat out Comedy Central high ratings stalwart The Daily Show as the #1 cable talk show of the week with younger viewers. @midnight's second highest rated week was during Jay Leno's final week on The Tonight Show [...]
Last night, Fox gave its coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot to sitcoms New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and both shows got a lot of viewers, like shows that air after the Super Bowl always do. According to Nielsen ratings, New Girl, which aired first and featured Prince as a guest star, received 25.8 million viewers and an 11.8 rating with adults 18-49, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which had guests Adam Sandler and Fred Armisen, got 14.8 million and a 6.7. This is the first time a sitcom aired after the Super Bowl since The Office in 2009, which received 22.9 million viewers. Although Brooklyn Nine-Nine's two recent Golden Globe wins [...]