Ratings: Did Kanye's Apology Help Boost Leno's Numbers?

Kanye West and Jay Leno

The Jay Leno Show debuted with strong numbers, perhaps because the show featured Monday's most talked-about celebrity: rapper Kanye West.

Read our take on Leno's first show

After two online apologies, West made a public apology on Leno's show for interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards.

"Obviously, I deal with hurt, so many celebs, they don't take the time off; I've never taken the time off," West said. "I'm ashamed ... read more

Ratings: Vampire Diaries Premiere Sets CW Record

Vampire Diaries

It's not all bad news for the CW: After the premiere of Melrose Place fizzled, The Vampire Diaries became the most-watched series premiere in the network's history.

Diaries' first episode was watched by 4.8 million viewers, enough to top 90210's 2008 debut. The fifth-season-opener of Supernatural, however, didn't hold on to the great lead-in. It drew 3.4 million viewers, a loss of 500,000 from last season's premiere.

The night was still dominated, however, by football. NBC's coverage ... read more

Ratings: Glee's Premiere Numbers Are Worth Singing About

Barack Obama, Matthew Morrison

Fox's relentlessly promoted Glee series premiere opened to the tune of 7.3 million viewers, and ruled the night in the key demographics.

Glee got a bit of a head start thanks to President Obama's congressional address running into the 9 o'clock hour. The Obama speech pushed ABC's Wipeout back an hour, where it came in well below its average with 5 million viewers. Similarly, America's Got Talent pulled its lowest numbers this season, though its 9.7 million viewers was still enough to win the night overall.

Not benefiting from the Obama address as much as perhaps expected were the fall debuts of So You Think You Can Dance and America's Next Top Model. The latter was watched by ... read more

Ratings: 90210 and Melrose Kick Off TV Season with Middling Numbers

Melrose Place, 90210

Melrose Place's swimming-pool-murder premiere failed to make a splash.

Melrose: Compare the new cast to the old

The CW's newest tenant drew 2.3 million viewers in the 9/8c hour, a number typical for the CW, but no doubt below expectations for a buzzed-about series premiere. (Last year's 90210 premiere, for example, drew 4.9 million viewers.)

The Melrose reboot did, however, hold onto most of 90210's second-season premiere audience. The high school drama was watched by.... read more

Wizards Casts Ratings Spell for Disney

Selena Gomez

Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie earned magical ratings this weekend, becoming the most-watched cable telecast of the year.

See what the producer and co-star had to say about the film

The movie pulled in 11.4 million viewers, 4 million of which were in the tween (9-to-14) demographic. The telecast ranks as the second-most-viewed original movie in the cable channel's history behind High School Musical 2.

This is the second big hit for Disney ... read more

Ratings: Viewers Go Mad for Mad Men

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

All the buzz surrounding the third-season premiere of Mad Men has apparently paid off: The critically acclaimed AMC series drew its biggest audience ever.

Sunday's episode was watched by 2.8 million viewers, a 33 percent increase from last season's premiere, according to The Hollywood Reporter. When factoring in repeat airings, nearly 4 million viewers saw the premiere, a 29 percent bump from the cumulative total a year ago.

The show's numbers increased most dramatically ... read more

Jon & Kate Ratings Plunge with Post-Split Return

Jon & Kate Plus 8

Jon & Kate Plus 8's ratings tumbled during its return episodes, losing about 6 million viewers from its highly buzzed divorce announcement show in June.

Monday's first half hour averaged 4.0 million viewers, while the second episode grew to 4.2 million, according to TLC. The ratings dropped 61 percent from the June 22 episode, which featured the couple announcing their separation. That episode, which kicked off a six-week hiatus, was seen by 10.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched episode in the series' history.

See photos of the kids on Jon & Kate Plus 8

Though the most recent episode is... read more

Ratings for Kings' Royal Send-Off, Dirty Sexy and More


Ratings highlights from the weekend:

The series finale of NBC's Kings commanded 1.81 million total viewers, gaining 15 percent week-to-week. ABC's Dirty Sexy Money played to 1.83 mil, dropping 15 percent from its first (questionable) episode back. 

With an audience of 6.17 million viewers, Big Brother 11 was up 590K from its previous nomination ceremony and was the night's second-most watched program, trailing only its lead-in, 60 Minutes

NBC's Merlin held steady at 4.2 mil, while lead-out The Storm (starring James Van Der beek and David James Elliot) premiered Part 1 to 4.9 mil, which is on par with the debut of time-slot predecessor Meteor.

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Ratings: Samantha Who? Bids Us Adieu

Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?

Thursday's ratings recap:

8/7 CT
Big Brother 11 topped the hour with an audience of 6.42 million total viewers, up 15 percent week-to-week. The final two episodes of Samantha Who? averaged 3.39 million viewers, placing third behind a Bones repeat.

9/8 CT
So You Think You Can Dance's 100th-episode celebration — featuring a blink-and-you-missed-it performance by Katie Holmes — drew 8.42 million viewers, a 20 percent surge from last week.

10/9 CT
A Mentalist repeat was the night's most watched program, with 9.54 million viewers. NBC's final broadcast airing of The Listener delivered 3.38 mil, dropping 500K. (NBC.com will stream the series' final five episodes in August. )

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Ratings: Obama Dips from Previous Press Conference

President Barack Obama

Wedneday's ratings recap:

8/7 CT
President Obama's press conference drew 16.5 million total viewers across ABC, CBS and NBC — a 13 percent decrease from his previous such prime-time appearance (which aired April 29).  Fox's So You Think You Can Dance, meanwhile, averaged 7.32 mil over its two-hour run, up 370K week-to-week.

TVGuide.com poll: Viewers prefer regular shows to Obama

9/8 CT
America's Got Talent topped the night with an audience of 11.5 million viewers, dipping 330K week-to-week. ABC's Wipeout (6.18 mil), airing an hour later than usual, plunged 22 percent.

10/9 CT
NBC's The Philanthropist (4.74 mil) enjoyed a 400K gain, while ABC's I Survived a Japanese Game Show held steady at 3.84 mil.

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