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MSNBC Just Scored an Unprecedented Victory

On Wednesday, it finished No. 1 in cable ratings for first time

(Newser) - A controversial week in DC has led to bragging rights for MSNBC. On Wednesday, the network finished with the highest ratings in the cable-network universe, which Variety reports is a first for the network. MSNBC averaged 1.52 million viewers for the "total sales day" (meaning the 6am-2pm period),... More »

A First for MSNBC in the Nielsens

Largest prime-time weekday audience on cable, across all networks (not just news)

(Newser) - Since it first took to the air in 1996, MSNBC has been deep in the fray, vying for coveted ratings in the fiercely competitive cable-television arena. Twenty-one years later, it has finally nabbed a big one: the biggest weekday prime-time cable audience, not only against news networks, but all networks... More »

Fox News Still on Top in Ratings War

Fox holds its 15-year-run at No. 1—but MSNBC is gaining

(Newser) - Despite sexual-harassment scandals that prompted marquee-name resignations, Fox News is still on top. Rupert Murdoch's network clinched the most prime-time viewers among cable news networks, reports the Wall Street Journal , and even increased its hold among the much-desired demographic of 25- to 45-year-olds in the latest Nielsen ratings ending... More »

Here's How Many People Watched Comey Testify on TV

'Washington's Super Bowl' didn't disappoint

(Newser) - A whole lot of people watched James Comey call President Trump a liar while testifying in front of Congress on Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to Nielsen estimates, 20 million viewers tuned in to watch the former FBI director on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, and... More »

2 Tough Headlines for Fox News

Bad news in the ratings department and the lawsuit department

(Newser) - Tuesday isn't shaping up to be a great news day for Fox News. Harassment lawsuits and sinking ratings are both making headlines:
  • Three new lawsuits filed Monday allege racial discrimination or sexual harassment at Fox News, deepening the network's legal woes, the AP reports. The cases increase to
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Schwarzenegger Pens Gracious Reply to Trump's Twitter Slam

'We are not enemies, but friends'

(Newser) - Arnold Schwarzenegger seems to think Donald Trump needs a lesson in making friends after the president-elect chose to criticize his Celebrity Apprentice successor. "Wow, the ratings are in and [new host] Arnold Schwarzenegger got 'swamped' (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT," Trump tweeted Friday... More »

NFL Ratings Are Tumbling

One theory is that the election is stealing interest

(Newser) - The NFL has endured criticism about concussions , allegations about domestic violence among its players, and Tom Brady's DeflateGate , and yet the viewers kept coming back to the networks for more gameplay every Sunday (and Monday and Thursday and Saturday). Until now, per the Wall Street Journal , which reports on... More »

New Comedy Atlanta Already Looking Like Massive Hit

3M watched premiere of Donald Glover's new show

(Newser) - It turns out we've all been waiting for a show about the Atlanta music scene and didn't even know it. Donald Glover's new comedy about an up-and-coming rapper and his manager in the titular city had the best premiere for a basic cable comedy in the "... More »

Supergirl Just Flew Away With a Ratings Record

CBS show was most-watched, highest-rated new show this fall

(Newser) - It's been 40 years since Lynda Carter brought Wonder Woman to the small screen—and 40 years since the debut of any other show centered on a female superhero on a "Big Four" network (CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox). Monday night changed all that with the CBS premiere... More »

SNL's 40th Snags Monster Ratings

23.1M tuned in for 3.5-hour extravaganza

(Newser) - Some 23.1 million Americans tuned in last night for Saturday Night Live's three-and-a-half-hour 40th anniversary tribute to itself , reports Deadline , in the biggest ratings coup for an NBC primetime entertainment special in the decade since a Friends clip show pulled in 36.9 million people on the night... More »

Super Bowl Snags Best Ratings in TV History

But viewership peaked when Seattle took a commanding 22-0 lead

(Newser) - Did a blowout victory get in the way of America's great TV love affair? Not at all: Brushing aside initial reports of low ratings, Deadline reports that Super Bowl XLVIII drew 111.5 million viewers—the most of any show in US history. And Bruno Mars' half-time performance with... More »

NBC to Make Live Musicals a Thing

NBC preps one for next year ... and likely the next and next

(Newser) - NBC's live version of The Sound of Music may not have wowed critics , but it pulled in 18.6 million viewers—the most to watch the network on a Thursday night since the Frasier finale in 2004, the Huffington Post notes (that is, if you don't count sports).... More »

Breaking Bad Finale Breaks Ratings Records

Most watched basic cable series finale ever with 10.3M viewers

(Newser) - Most TV shows tend to lose viewers as they wind down into their final seasons, but Breaking Bad was never most TV shows. It just kept getting more popular. Last night's acclaimed series finale pulled in a massive 10.3 million viewers, smashing the show's own record of... More »

Eva Longoria's Unlovable Show Bombs

Neither audiences nor critics loved 'Ready for Love'

(Newser) - Eva Longoria, apparently, is not enough of a draw to make her new reality series a success. Ready for Love premiered last night to big expectations, but actual viewers averaged just 3.7 million, according to Nielsen. NBC used The Voice as a lead-in, but Longoria's dating show—which... More »

A TV First: NBC Finishes Last in Sweeps

Worse, network fell behind Univision, too, says report

(Newser) - If there are four big networks and you finish fifth in the ratings, that's not good, right? Such is the fate of NBC in the February sweeps, reports Deadline . In the 20-day period, it had an average rating of 1.2 among the 18-49 set, which trails not only... More »

Nielsen to Add iPads, Xbox, Streaming to TV Ratings

It hopes to have new software in place this year

(Newser) - With fewer people watching TV in the traditional manner and more turning to broadband, iPads, and even the Xbox or PlayStation, the Nielsen Co. plans to expand how it measures program ratings, reports the Hollywood Reporter . By September, Nielsen expects to have new hardware and software in its 23,000... More »

Record Low TV Ratings for World Series

Previous record held by 2008, 2010 series

(Newser) - The San Francisco Giants' sweep of the Detroit Tigers set a record low for the World Series' television ratings. The four games on Fox averaged a 7.6 rating and 12 share, Nielsen Media Research says. The previous low was an 8.4 for the 2008 Phillies-Rays and 2010 Giants-Rangers... More »

Anderson Gets the Ax

Anderson Cooper's afternoon talkie wlll bow out next year

(Newser) - Looks like Anderson Cooper will stick to hard news for a while: Warner Brothers' syndication arm has decided not to renew the CNN host's afternoon show, Anderson, after next summer, the Media Decoder blog reports. Low ratings dogged the show from its first season, and changes including same-day tapings... More »

Third Debate Sets Ratings Record for Fox

11.5M watched on the channel, 59.2M overall

(Newser) - The third presidential debate proved to be a record-setter for Fox News. Nielsen says 11.5 million people watched on the channel, making it the network's most-watched show ever, reports AP . Overall, 59.2 million checked in, down from debates one (67.2 million) and two (65.6 million),... More »

Honey Boo Boo, DNC in Ratings Tie

RNC fell short of child beauty queen's reality show

(Newser) - There's only one real way to tell which party's convention was the bigger success: Stack it up against Honey Boo Boo . By that measure, at least, Democrats come out victorious. Bill Clinton's speech to the convention tied TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo in ratings, while... More »

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