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 [...]
CBS is dominating the Thursday night comedy ratings, with Robin William's freshman sitcom The Crazy Ones once again doing very well, pulling in 11.8 million viewers and easily beating the premier of Sean Hayes new NBC sitcom, Sean Saves the World, which only managed 4.9 million viewers. The Big Bang Theory is still doing quite well for CBS, getting 17.8 million viewers, while Will Arnett's new CBS show The Millers got 13.2 million. Over on NBC, the second episode of The Michael J. Fox Show garnered 5.9 million viewers, while Parks and Recreation and Welcome to the Family brought in 3.5 million and 3.3 million viewers, respectively.
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 [...]
Seth Rogen and longtime writing partner Evan Goldberg are making their directorial debut with the apocalyptic comedy This Is the End, which comes out next week, and the two revealed today that they were aiming for an NC-17 rating. The movie, which stars Rogen and pals James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson as fictional versions of themselves fighting to survive the end times, features a ton of violence, drug use, and profanity, but the sexual content is what the directors felt was pushing it. Rogen and Goldberg told The LA Times that they purposefully shot for an NC-17 rating by making the movie [...]
Hot on the heels of reports that NBC wants to replace Tonight Show host Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon comes a New York Times story about NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt being offended by some of Leno's monologue jokes about the network. Late Shift author Bill Carter, who wrote the Times piece, reports that three executives say Greenblatt was so offended by Leno's jokes about NBC falling to fifth place that he emailed the Tonight Show host to complain. Leno and Greenblatt exchanged emails debating the issue, with Leno standing by his zingers and arguing that making fun of one's network is a late night tradition. [...]