Screen Junkies » ratings http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 04 Dec 2014 23:57:52 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘The Walking Dead’ Limps Towards Cable Ratings Record, Eats Its Brain http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-walking-dead-limps-towards-cable-ratings-record-eats-its-brain/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-walking-dead-limps-towards-cable-ratings-record-eats-its-brain/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:53:56 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=266090 The title is a colorful way of saying that 'The Walking Dead' premiere was the highest-rated cable episode ever.

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The Walking Dead season 5 premiere handily beat The Walking Dead season 4 premiere to become the highest rated cable show ever, with 17.9 million people tuning in to see if the gang would ever find poor little Sophia (I’m a few seasons behind, forgive me.) Those numbers topped the previous season premiere which clocked in at 16.1 million people.

The show, which undoubtedly, some people still have waiting on their DVR, will climb even higher in the +7 numbers that account for reruns and DVR viewership.

None of this is anything that should come as that big a surprise. AMC put a lot of marketing behind the premiere, and the show has managed to shake many of the creative criticisms that dogged it the first couple seasons.

It’s unlikely that the season will improve on its premiere, but the 10% jump indicates that this show, five seasons in, is still growing its fan base, which you normally don’t see. I mean, even 6.9 million people watched The Talking Dead last night, and that’s just people talking about a show that just aired. If The Talking Dead is getting 6.9 million viewers, does it justify a show following IT in which people discuss the discussions on The Talking Dead.

I say: Absolutely.

(Deadline)

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Bill Hader Hosted The Lowest-Rated ‘SNL’ Episode Ever http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/bill-hader-hosted-the-lowest-rated-snl-episode-ever/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/bill-hader-hosted-the-lowest-rated-snl-episode-ever/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:49:29 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=266043 In fairness to Hader, the show has been performing terribly since last season.

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SNL hasn’t been doing too hot since the exodus of the last generation of stars. This would include, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudekis, Bill Hader, and a few others. Though the show has gotten some decent critical acclaim (including the Hader episode) people just haven’t been tuning in. The Hader-hosted show on Saturday got the worst ratings in the 18-49 demo that the show has ever seen. Well, it tied for the worst ratings with last May’s Charlize Theron episode.

And if Charlize Theron can’t get eyesballs, there’s little hope for anyone else. The show was only slightly worse than the Sarah Silverman episode before that.

Sooooo, SNL is struggling. Of course, the show has always been subject to erratic ratings based on the state of its cast, so it’s premature to read too much into this. However, the lowest-rated episode of a show that’s been around for 40 years is pretty noteworthy, so you can bet that NBC is taking note.

(Deadline)

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Highest-Ever ‘Shark Week’ Ratings Prove People Still Enjoy Sharks In Non-Tornado Form http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/highest-ever-shark-week-ratings-prove-people-still-enjoy-sharks-in-non-tornado-form/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/highest-ever-shark-week-ratings-prove-people-still-enjoy-sharks-in-non-tornado-form/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:50:09 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264059 Maybe they should spin off proprietary weeks for things like "vegans" or "candlemaking." This has legs.

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Discovery Channel‘s Shark Week seems to be one of those things that gets discussed, praised, and shared far more than it actually gets watched. You know, like the last season of Arrested Development and that fun little shark-related jaunt Sharknado.

Judging by last night’s ratings, people are actually watching Shark Week. More people watched last night’s debut of Shark Week than EVER WATCHED ANY TELEVISION BROADCAST IN THE HISTORY OF THE MEDIUM. Just kidding. The Super Bowl and that M*A*S*H* finale are still pretty save. But it was the highest rating ever in the 27-year history of the annual Discovery Channel event. 27 years? They grow up so quick. If Shark Week was a person, it would already have graduated college, gotten its MBA, then moved back in with its parents because of the shitty job market.

Last night, the premiere pulled in (or “reeled in” if you want to be that way about things) 3.825 million viewers. While it’s possible that this year’s premiere night line-up was realyl strong, and marketed perfectly, I think this can simply be chalked up to the power of social media. Shark Week is one of those dumb things that people get all fired up about on The Twitter and The Facebook, tune in for an aggregate hour or so, then forgot the whole thing exists until next year, when people start hashtagging #hammerheadstrong or something like that.

Still, it managed to give us this, so…congratulations Shark Week, on all your success:

(Variety)

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‘The Expendables 3′ Gets Troublesome ‘PG-13′ Rating http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-expendables-3-gets-troublesome-pg-13-rating/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-expendables-3-gets-troublesome-pg-13-rating/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:48:35 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262669 Normally an R rating is the one to avoid. Not this time.

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The first two Expendables films were fairly well-received because they seemed to know their role. They were blatant nostalgia plays that harkened back to the halcyon days of the 1980′s with faces that had been largely M.I.A since then.

Well, that’s over. The Expendables 3 has pursued and received a PG-13 rating, meaning that we’re getting far less dumb violence, virtually no nudity, and (probably) pandering to a younger audience that might not even exist for this film.

BOOOOOOOOOO!

At least the young ones will have Kellan Lutz. He’s like a hybrid of the poor man’s Robert Pattinson and the poor man’s Channing Tatum. That should play well with the tweens. Wesley Snipes? Not so much.

The film comes out on August 15th, so maybe the producers are just counting on a heat wave and a power outage to drive people of all types to an air-conditioned theater to see…whatever.

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Last Night Oprah Begged For Ratings In A Very Un-Orpah-Like Fashion http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/last-night-oprah-begged-for-ratings-in-very-un-orpah-like-fashion/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/last-night-oprah-begged-for-ratings-in-very-un-orpah-like-fashion/#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:46:55 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245242 My prayers have been answered.

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If you were checking Oprah‘s Twitter feed during the Grammys, then at around 8:03 last night, you were asked by Ms. Winfrey to turn to her OWN station. Not because they had something good on, but because they REALLY wanted high ratings last night.

February marks sweeps for TV stations, which means that the ratings they garner during February are used to set their ad rates for the next few months. Rather than scheduling some compelling television, Oprah figured she would cut some corners and simply ask her minions to tune in in the most brusk way possible.

Further, she may have violated a contract made with the Nielsen company, who collects the data and creates the ratings for television stations. When stations team up with Nielsen, they pledge to not go out of their way to solicit viewers that have Nielsen boxes, which it appears Oprah very overtly did with this Tweet.

I’m sure very little will come of that breach, but more interesting is the wholesale consumption of her own pride in Oprah’s plea to the people. You’re coming off as a little desperate, Oprah.

Click here to enjoy Deadline’s objective analysis of OWN’s fare in the last line of this article.

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2011 Cable Ratings: More People Watching Good Shows, More People Watching Crap http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/2011-cable-ratings-more-people-watching-good-shows-more-people-watching-crap/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/2011-cable-ratings-more-people-watching-good-shows-more-people-watching-crap/#comments Thu, 29 Dec 2011 18:18:12 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=240961 20% more people are watching crap like '16 and Pregnant'.

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Though the top five didn’t change, 2011 served as a pretty eventful year for many cable channels. I would like to sit here and tell you that all the news is good; that good channels got more viewers, and bad channels continued their attrition.

I would like to tell you that. But I can’t.

Worthy (in this writer’s opinion, at least) channels like FX gained viewers, while the mass-marketed USA channel reigned supreme with shows like Suits, Burn Notice, and Barely Burned Suit Notice Legal Pains…PSYCH!. Unfortunately, MTV also experienced big gains, which means that more and more people are staring slack jawed at shows like 16 and Pregnant, Jersey Shore, and Awkward. Yay?

Here is the breakdown in terms of total viewers, with the percentages being the change over last year:

1. USA – 3.165 +0.3%
2. Disney Channel – 2.647 +3%
3. ESPN – 2.342 -2%
4. TNT – 2.232 -0.8%
5. History – 1.987 +21%
6. Fox News – 1.883 -7%
7. TBS – 1.614 -10%
8. A&E – 1.561 +7%
9. FX – 1.532 +21%
10. ABC Family – 1.462 +1%
11. Nick At Nite – 1.344 -22%
12. SyFy – 1.330 +11%
13. Discovery – 1.288 +2%
14. Adult Swim – 1.237 -9%
15. HGTV – 1.205 -2%
16. MTV – 1.189 +21%
17. AMC – 1.182 +8%
18. Food Network – 1.177 +3%
19. Comedy Central – 1.006 +3%
20. Bravo – 0.926 +6%

(Deadline)

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‘Conan’ Is A Hit, Insists Conan’s Agent and Conan’s Mom http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/conan-is-a-hit-insists-conans-agent-and-conans-mom/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/conan-is-a-hit-insists-conans-agent-and-conans-mom/#comments Wed, 26 Jan 2011 06:32:25 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=22383 When is a hit show possibly not a hit show? When everyone is DVRing it.

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When is a hit show possibly not a hit show? When everyone is DVRing it.

Some folks are saying Conan O’Brien‘s ratings aren’t very good, because he’s getting beaten regularly by rivals Jay Leno and David Letterman. First, please take a moment to “boo” the name Jay Leno out loud in front of your computer.

Done? Good. Now, here’s the problem: “Conan” on TBS seems to always have less total viewers and often less 18-49 year old viewers than the shows of his older counterparts. However, thanks to newfangled TV gadgets, we now have “plus 7 ratings,” which counts viewers who watch a show on DVR up to 7 days after recording it (and has nothing to do with sneaking way too many of your friends into a party).

If you factor in O’Brien’s plus 7, as his William Morris Endeavor agent Rick Rosen said he does in a recent statement, then Coco is a Hit-O.

“The ratings system needs to catch up to the viewing patterns and the world,” declared Rosen, adding: “To me it’s the most significant challenge to television today.”

Conan‘s audience is younger too. On average, O’Brien’s audience is a Twitter-Trackin’ 34, compared to Leno and Letterman’s Twitter-Fearin’ mid-50s. So maybe “size” isn’t everything. Being young and gangly counts for something too. (Hollywood Reporter)

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