"High School Musical 2" socks competition

To the tune of 17.2 million viewers for the Disney Channel last night, according to Nielsen, topping the 7.8 million viewers the original had. Not only that, it broke ratings records in kids 6-11 and the highest Friday viewership for any show – broadcast and cable – in the last five years. One word to describe this: Phenomenon.

Cubs beat "Singing Bee"

On Wednesday night, Chicagoans had a choice between the Cubs and Joey Fatone. Chicagoans made the right decision. The Cubs-Phillies games on Comcast SportsNet drew a 6.9 Nielsen rating in prime-time on Wednesday night (second item), making it the top-ranked network (broadcast and cable), beating the news coverage of the bridge collapse in Minneapolis on the cable news networks (whose […]

Are Detroit advertisers getting ripped off by TV?

A ratings decline of 24 percent for local newscasts over the last ten years on Detroit’s television stations haven’t stopped ad rates for those newscasts from escalating, according to Crain’s Detroit Business. Ratings are down for the early-fringe and 11 p.m. newscasts on the market’s three stations that does late news: Fox owned-WJBK-TV, Post-Newsweek’s NBC affiliate WDIV, and Scripps’ ABC […]

All Star Game takes a hit

Ratings for the MLB All-Star Game were down 13 percent from last year to 12.53 million total viewers, joining the continuing trend of viewers abandoning sporting events (except the NFL) for other fare. This time, that fare is some stupid show called The Spelling Bee, a karaoke contest in with contestants try to sing the words to songs. The baseball […]

Must Flee TV

With the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Finals, two events that also tanked in the ratings, at least you had teams compete for a championship. But the Chicago White Sox aren’t even close to doing that this year – and games on Comcast SportsNet are averaging a 1.6 Nielsen rating – down 40 percent from last year (last item). It’s […]

A nobody’s watching hat trick

The 2007 NBA Finals will go down as the least watched finals ever – The San Antonio Spurs-Cleveland Cavilers matchup drew just a 5.5 Nielsen household rating last night, and a 6.2 for the entire series, in which the Spurs swept the Cavs in four. Along with record-low ratings for the World Series (between Tigers-Cardinals) last fall and the Stanley […]

"House of Payne" rocks in debut

In what could be a very good sign for broadcast stations (such as WCIU) who bought the show (and for Lionsgate-owned syndicator Debmar-Mercury), Tyler Perry’s House Of Payne premiered to big numbers last night on TBS – with a 3.2 household Nielsen rating and 5 share, up 94 percent from its Everybody Loves Raymond lead-in (1.6/3). Not only that, the […]

NBC scores lowest ratings in history last Saturday

With what else? The Stanley Cup Finals, of course. And the Canadian posters are blaming the United States’ love of mindless dramas and even more mindless reality TV for the very low Stanley Cup ratings, never mind that eight of the top ten highest-ranked programs on Canadian TV two weeks ago were U.S. programs like American Idol and CSI. Of […]

NBC’s prime-time costs WTMJ 10 p.m. win

WISN-TV, Hearst-Argyle’s ABC affiliate in Milwaukee, beat NBC affiliate WTMJ-TV at 10 p.m. for the first time in seven years in the recent May sweeps, proving once again that prime time on NBC these days is a drag on its local stations. Meanwhile, Bart is also watching The King of Queens in Milwaukee, because the off-network sitcom beat The Simpsons […]

Stanley Cup clipped

More bad ratings news for sports: The Stanley Cup Finals have been a complete disaster for Versus and the NHL, drawing just 466,000 viewers for Game 2 between the Anaheim Ducks and the Ottawa Senators. Ratings are down 22 percent in households from a year ago. Of course, when the NHL commissioner is as stupid as the Blackhawks’ owner is, […]

Cable ratings down too in May

Cable, like broadcast, is in a slump too – but hey, isn’t everything nowadays? You know- sitcoms, ratings for the NBA playoffs, the economy, government, the Cubs, the White Sox, etc…

Basketball bouncing down

The Jazz-Spurs NBA Western Conference Final was a ratings flop, and the San Antonio Spurs advancing to the Finals won’t help the NBA or ESPN. But at least they won’t have the numbers the NHL and NBC will have for the Ducks-Senators Stanley Cup matchup. Sadly for the NBA, that’s the only positive thing out of all this. Meanwhile, the […]

Idol helping late news on Fox affiliates

While Fox has become very competitive with American Idol, Fox affiliates’ prime-time newscasts – which usually trail the big three network stations in any given market – now often beats them on nights when Idol is on, particularly in adults 18-49. WBFF is an example of this – the Sinclair-owned Fox affiliate in Baltimore beats market leaders NBC affiliate WBAL-TV […]

The Ten’s ratings problem exposing problems at another station

WFLD-TV’s new 10 p.m. newscast called The Ten is clearly struggling in the ratings – but the program is skewing younger, and is exposing problems at crosstown rival WBBM-TV with their 10 p.m. newscast. According to an article in the Sun-Times today, The Fox-owned station’s newscast has surprisingly beat the CBS-owned station’s late newscast in the household ratings on some […]

Idol finale slips 19 percent from last year

Just 29.5 million tuned in to last night’s Blake-Jordin showdown, down from 36.4 million last year. Among adults 18-49, Idol nabbed a 11.1, below its season average. In Chicago, Idol nabbed a 28 household share, but it was outdrawn by Dancing With The Stars with a 30 household share. But to put it all in perspective, this year’s NFC Championship […]