Douglas J. Rowe


Rock Center Gets Big Story, Ratings Boost

Rock Center with Brian Williams

The newest show with the smallest audience in the Monday-at-10/9c time slot made the biggest news — and got a ratings boost.

In its third week on the air, Rock Center with Brian Williams scored its first big "get" as Bob Costas interviewed former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky about the child sexual abuse allegations against him, attracting 4.49 million viewers and posting a 1.3 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds — a 30 percent increase in the demo. It also marked the newsmagazine's biggest viewership yet, though that bar is low with audiences of 3.51 million and 4.13 million in its first two weeks.

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Ratings: Pan Am Up Slightly; Once Again Steady

Pan Am

Pan Am increased its viewership to 5.68 million Sunday night, up some 10 percent from last week's series low, Nielsen overnights show. 

It's a long way for the ABC series (which also rose slightly to a 1.8 rating among the 18-to-49 set) from the 10.87 million to which it premiered. ... read more

Ratings: CMAs Rout the Competition

Taylor Swift

The 45th annual CMA Awards led ABC to a resounding ratings victory Wednesday night as the three-hour program averaged 16.32 million viewers, outpacing its closest competition by some 5 million, Nielsen overnight data shows.

It also pasted rivals in the industry-prized 18-to-49 demo, scoring a 4.8 rating — a 2 percent rise over last year's CMAs (which hit an all-time low).

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Ratings: NCIS Hits Season High

NCIS

CBS' ratings juggernaut NCIS hit a season high with 20.31 million viewers Tuesday night, preliminary Nielsen data shows.

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Ratings: Terra Nova Up, Dancing Rebounds

Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn

On Monday night, Terra Nova attracted 7.67 million viewers and a 2.6 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds, up 16 percent in viewers and an impressive 24 percent in the demo, Nielsen's fast overnights show.

But the real winner Monday night was Dancing with the Stars, averaging 18.02 million and 3.3 demo rating — up 18 percent over last week's series low — over two hours starting at 8/7c. Over the same span, NBC's The Sing-Off pulled in 4.20 million (1.5).

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Ratings: Once Upon a Time Holds Strong

Ginnifer Goodwin

It's not happily ever after just yet.

Once Upon a Time, a consistent if not blockbuster performer for ABC, was down slightly for a second week in a row, to 11.37 million (compared with 11.64 million in Week 2 and 12.79 million for its debut) and a 3.7 demo rating. Amazing Race lured 9.98 million (2.6 demo rating, a season low).

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Ratings: The X Factor Establishing Itself as a Steady Performer

Lakoda Rayne

Fresh off the announcement of a second season renewal (despite delivering far fewer than the 20 million Simon Cowell prophesied), The X Factor  averaged 11.50 million viewers and 3.9 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds Wednesday night, preliminary Nielsen data shows.

Cowell's sucky soothsaying aside, the singing competition has settled in as a steady, even stalwart, ratings performer. It got 11.78 million for its last outing.

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Ratings: Man Up! and Tim Allen's Sitcom Continue to Slide

Man Up!

If life is tough for today's men, getting folks to watch that is even tougher.

ABC's tandem of Man Up! and Last Man Standing keeps losing viewers, though the downward spiral has stabilized. The half-hour ABC sitcom about guys grappling with what it's like to be a modern man rustled up 6.41 million people and notched a 1.8 rating among industry-prized 18-to-49-year-olds. Last week it rousted 6.75 million viewers — down about 13 percent from the 7.80 million who tuned in for its debut -- and it sank in the demo to a 1.9 rating from 2.4.

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Ratings: Rock Center Meets Low Expectations

Brian Williams, Jon Stewart

NBC kept ratings expectations low for Rock Center with Brian Williams — and met them. Well, maybe they surpassed them a little bit. read more

Ratings: Allen Gregory Debuts Weakly

Allen Gregory

Allen Gregory looks like he just might be a snotnose whom people dislike.

The latest entry in Fox's Animation Domination block debuted Sunday to modest 4.74 million viewers and a 2.4 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds at 8:30/7:30c, overnight Nielsen numbers showed.

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