"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 New York Times reports that ABC has given late night host Jimmy Kimmel a two-year contract extension, keeping him on the network through January 2017. This move shows that ABC has faith in Kimmel to go head-to-head with some stiff competition between Jimmy Fallon on NBC and, come next year, Stephen Colbert on CBS. According to THR, Kimmel's rising ratings success factored into NBC's decision to move Fallon to the 11:35pm time slot, but while Kimmel's been holding strong with his 917,000 viewer demo average, Fallon's Tonight Show has been drawing more ratings in the key 18-49 demo than Kimmel and Letterman combined, averaging 4.6 [...]
"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 [...]