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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 [...]

'Tonight Show,' 'Late Night,' and '@midnight' Score Strong Ratings

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 [...]

'New Girl' and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Post-Super Bowl Episodes Got the Big Ratings You'd Expect

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 [...]

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. [...]

'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' Hits Big Premiere Ratings with 11.3 Million Viewers

Jimmy Fallon made his Tonight Show debut under unusual circumstances last night with an Olympics lead-in and slightly later midnight time slot, but the long wait paid off big in the ratings. According to Variety, Fallon's Tonight Show earned a 7.1 rating, beating out the combined ratings of Letterman and Kimmel by 80% and doubling the average ratings of Leno's final week as host at the end of January. To put it into perspective, Fallon's final Late Night episode was his highest rated ever with a 2.2 rating and 6.6 million overall viewers. Exact viewer numbers have not yet been released, but the total is expected to [...]

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Ratings Don't Improve Despite Two Golden Globe Wins

Fox's acclaimed new comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine won some big awards this weekend, but that didn't effect its ratings for its first episode since the wins. At Sunday's Golden Globes, Brooklyn won more awards than any other comedy, taking home the "Best TV Series – Musical or Comedy" and the "Best Performance in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy (Actor)" award for star Andy Samberg. The show's new episode last night didn't reflect the awards attention, earning a 1.4 rating with adults 18-49, down 10% from its previous new episode, although part of the low ratings are due to its unpopular lead-in, Dads. Maybe the show's big [...]

'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.

Jay Leno's Final 'Tonight Show' Draws Highest Ratings Since 1998

Despite Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O'Brien's attempts to steal some of Leno's grand finale viewers, Variety reports that early ratings show last night's Tonight Show brought in its highest ratings in five years — the last time he hit the same amount of viewers was his return to The Tonight Show following Conangate in 2009. Last week's Tonight Show ratings beat out Letterman and Kimmel with an average of 4.99 million, compared to Letterman's 3 million and Kimmel's 2.4 million, and Leno's departure from the show comes off of a 67-week winning streak in total viewers compared to his late night competition. Not a bad way [...]