Wednesday was a good night for ABC, as comedies The Middle, Suburgatory and Happy Endings all hit series highs in total viewers and in the 18-49 demo by which broadcasters measure their success.
To boot, freshman series Revenge posted its second-highest numbers with viewers and young adults.
Dancing With The Stars
Dancing with the Stars stomped Game 5 of the World Series, averaging 17.17 million fans vs. 14.32 million.
In the 18-to-49 demographic, though, Fox's baseball coverage beat ABC's program, which was spiced up Monday night by a spat between Maksim Chmerkovskiy and judge Len Goodman, 4.2 to 3.2. NBC's The Sing-Off pulled in 4.18 million (1.6) over two hours, Nielsen data shows.
Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas
Once Upon a Time gave ABC its highest demo rating for a scripted series in a couple of years, entertaining 12.79 million people while posting a 3.9 among 18-to-49-year-olds, according to Nielsen data.
That's the best rating in the industry-prized demo for the network since V, Cougar Town, FlashForward and Modern Family each hit or surpassed 4.0 in 2009.
Jason Motte of the St. Louis Cardinals
Game 1 of the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers pulled in nearly 13 million fans, preliminary Nielsen data shows. It also scored a 3.8 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds.
Still, the overnight ratings for the Series — which have dwindled over the years — were 8 percent below last year's overnights for Game 1. Fox can only hope the Fall Classic will go beyond four or five games, because interest substantially builds for sixth and seventh games
Fugitive Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi was killed Thursday when rebels took over his hometown, and cable news networks aired a photo of his bloodied body.
"We have been waiting for this moment for a long time," Mahmoud Jibril, Libya's prime minister, said in the capital Tripoli, confirming the death.
The CBS Eye turns 60 Thursday. And it's still not showing its age.
While various network logos have evolved over the years, including NBC's peacock, CBS' Eye has undergone just a few, small tweaks. It premiered during the network's station breaks on Oct. 20, 1951. CBS announced that it will mark the anniversary of the logo on the air, CBS.com and CBSNews.com. Thursday's prime time will start with an on-air spot showcasing the various CBS logos throughout the years. At the top of the two subsequent hours, the original logo and the date it first aired will be shown.
Mather Zickel. Teri Polo
Man Up! Ratings meh! Last Man Standing? Nearly 3 million standing ... and walking away.
The debut of the ABC sitcom about three guys (Christopher Moynihan, Mather Zickel and Dan Folger) sussing out what it takes to be a modern man (and whether it includes using pomegranate body wash) grabbed 7.8 million viewers at 8:30/7:30c, posting a 2.4 rating among industry-prized 18-to-49-year-olds — third in its time slot by both measures. Reviews deemed the show insultingly bad.
At 8/7c, a week after Tim Allen's new sitcom debuted to 12.95 million viewers, the show had 10.20 million tuning back in — a 21 percent drop. It also garnered a 3.0 demo rating, down from 3.5 a week ago.
Castle nabbed the most viewers in the final hour of Monday's prime time for the fifth straight week — 11.50 million vs. 10.87 million for CBS' Hawaii Five-0, which nonetheless won in the 18-to-49 demographic, 3.1 to 2.6. NBC, meantime, again ran a repeat of Prime Suspect in the former time slot of the canceled The Playboy Club, which 2.74 million people (0.8) watched.
Bunnies and angels and stewardesses, oh my! Pan Am continues its descent, proving that it has not been a good season for fake feminism.