Two new shows launched in the same midnight timeslot during the last two weeks, and the rating are in for the initial episodes of Comedy Central's Chris Hardwick-fronted game show @midnight and TBS's The Pete Holmes Show. Last week, @midnight debuted to 549,992 total viewers and 260,876 adults 18-49, while Pete Holmes' first episode this week to 407,000 total viewers and 245,000 adults 18-49.
That said, @midnight benefits from having a stronger lead-in in The Colbert Report (628,000 in the 18-49 demo) compared to Pete Holmes's lead-in, Conan (482,000 in 18-49).
While both hosts are technically competing in the ratings, they've been friends for years and don't see it that way (Holmes even has [...]
The new season is still kicking off, but already many new TV shows are pretty much doomed. Broadcast networks fill their schedules with the knowledge that some of the shows won't make it past a few episodes, and even fewer will make it to a second year. Cancellation decisions are based not just on the overall number of viewers and the viewership of the prime 18-49 demographic, but also in comparison to the ratings of the network's other programs. The flood of numbers from Nielsen ratings can be overwhelming, so here's a quick look at how all of the new sitcoms on network TV are doing, and which [...]
Robin Williams' new sitcom The Crazy Ones debuted on CBS last night after uber-hit The Big Bang Theory and did very well for itself, drawing 15.6 million viewers overall. Though it didn't hold onto to all of Big Bang's 18.9 million viewers, it easily beat its NBC competition, the premiere of The Michael J. Fox Show, which pulled in 7.3 million people. The Michael J. Fox Show's lead-in, the always ratings-challenged Parks and Recreation, managed only 3.3 million viewers, while CBS's 9:30 show Two and a Half Men drew 11.54 million people.
The CW network's choice to reboot the short-form improv game show Whose Line Is It Anyway? turned out to be a smart one. The back-to-back premiere episodes that aired last night earned surprisingly high ratings. The show got a 1.1 rating for adults 18-49 (meaning that an estimated 1.1% of households with TVs were watching). That doesn't sound like a lot of viewers, but the show scored a bigger audience than any original show for NBC or ABC this summer and was The CW's highest-rated premiere since its series Arrow last fall. If these ratings keep, I wouldn't be surprised if The CW renewed Whose Line for the regular [...]
After a two month-long forced hiatus from ABC, critically-acclaimed sitcom Happy Endings returned to the airwaves Friday night with two back-to-back episodes. The ratings on those episodes were just as low as you'd expect from a show that's been moved around and taken off the schedule for months now. The episodes drew a 0.9 and a 0.7 rating, respectively, with adults 18-49 and 3 million and 2.4 million total viewers. Those are low scores, but Friday night, dubbed the "Friday Night Death Slot," is typically an underwatched night in TV and it's probably hard for fans of Happy Endings to keep track of when the show's on at [...]