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Super Bowl Underwhelmed in Another Way

The Brady-Mahomes matchup only pulled in 96.4M viewers

(Newser) - So just how many people were eager to watch veteran quarterback Tom Brady take on hungry new QB Patrick Mahomes on Super Bowl Sunday? Not a heck of a lot, relatively. Ratings for the NFL's biggest day of the year are in, and CNBC reports the matchup between the...

Biden Inauguration Beats Trump's in the Ratings

Preliminary Nielsen figures show an approximately 4% increase

(Newser) - President Biden's inauguration Wednesday may have had a limited in-person audience thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but when it came to those watching at home, its audience was larger than that for former President Trump's inauguration in 2017. Variety reports the early numbers from Nielsen show about 39....

Competing Network Delivers 'Serious Shock' to Fox

In small victory, Newsmax won in the ratings over Fox, thanks to 'Greg Kelly Reports'

(Newser) - President Trump has spent weeks directing followers to Newsmax TV, apparently with results. On Monday, the network recorded its first ratings win over Fox News. Greg Kelly Reports at 7pm ET averaged 229,000 viewers in the key 25- to 54-year-old demographic, while an average of 203,000 viewers in...

Biden Looks Like the Winner in TV Ratings

He's got bigger numbers than the president

(Newser) - Donald Trump often has been a TV ratings hit , but maybe not this time. Preliminary results from his nearly head-to-head matchup Thursday night with Joe Biden show the president bringing up the rear, Variety reports. Biden, whose 90-minute event was carried by ABC, is averaging 13.9 million total viewers...

If Opener Is a Sign, NFL Might Have Ratings Trouble

In first results from Thursday night, numbers are down double digits from last year

(Newser) - If NFL execs expected the masses to tune in to Thursday night's season opener, they're going to be disappointed. The first look at ratings shows that viewership sank by double digits from last year's opener, reports Deadline . In ratings-speak, the game between the Chiefs and the Texans...

In One Way, Colbert Is New King of Late Night

'Late Show' beat NBC's 'Tonight Show' with Jimmy Fallon for the adults-under-50 set

(Newser) - Not since David Letterman's early days at CBS as host of the Late Show has the network reigned over a key segment of the late-night domain. That just changed, according to Nielsen's newest ratings. Per the Hollywood Reporter , the Late Show With Stephen Colbert just assumed the No....

Game of Thrones Finale Smashed HBO Record

It's the most popular show in the network's history

(Newser) - The controversial finale of Game of Thrones has managed to knock Tony Soprano off the ratings equivalent of the Iron Throne. Sunday night's episode had 13.6 million viewers when it aired at 9pm, breaking the record set by the fourth-season premiere of The Sopranos in 2002, which had...

Return of Game of Thrones Smashes Ratings Record

It was HBO's most-watched show ever

(Newser) - The season premiere of Game of Thrones has smashed an HBO ratings record set by the previous episode of Game of Thrones. The show's return had 17.4 million viewers, compared to 16.9 million for the last episode of Season 7 almost two years ago, reports Deadline , which...

Oscars Get a Bounce in Ratings, But...

...broadcast will still come in as 2nd-lowest, ahead of last year's show

(Newser) - Who needs a host? Preliminary TV ratings for the Oscars suggest the broadcast rebounded from last year's all-time low, reports Deadline . The 2019 show is on track to come in as the second-lowest in history, but it will at least be nearer to the 2008 show hosted by Jon...

Low-Scoring Game Results in Lower Ratings

Relative to the Super Bowl, anyway

(Newser) - A lot of people watched the Super Bowl Sunday night—just not as many as usual, according to early numbers. Deadline reports that preliminary figures suggest the Patriots-Rams game might end up being the lowest-rated game in 10 years. The overnight rating was 44.9, which translates to the percentage...

Here's the New Most-Watched Cable News Host

Rachel Maddow beat Sean Hannity in March

(Newser) - Rachel Maddow is the most-watched cable news host, at least for now. The Rachel Maddow Show was the highest-rated show in cable news in March, with an average total audience of 3.058 million viewers compared to Sean Hannity's 3 million, Forbes reports. This is a big deal considering,...

Oscar Ratings Plunge to Record Low

They were down 20% from last year

(Newser) - Viewership for the Academy Awards plunged 20% from last year to a record-low 26.5 million, the first time on record the Oscars reached fewer than 30 million people, the AP reports. The Oscars are often the most-watched TV show after the Super Bowl. Not this time: the opening ceremonies...

Olympics Ratings Are Significantly Down

And that could be bad news for NBC

(Newser) - Was NBC's $12 billion investment in the Olympics a good idea? Based on the ratings from the Pyeongchang games, it's not clear. Viewership in the coveted 18-49 demographic is down 24% compared to the winter games in Sochi four years ago, CNN reports, though NBC points out it'...

Grammys Ratings Are Awful

Early numbers suggest a 24% drop from last year

(Newser) - It was a great night for Bruno Mars , and a pretty bleak one for CBS. The first ratings numbers are in for Sunday night's Grammys, and they are rough indeed. An estimated 19.8 million people watched, down 24% from 2017, reports Deadline . In fact, the show may end...

The Ratings Are In for Megyn Kelly Today

And they aren't stellar

(Newser) - The ratings for Megyn Kelly's first week as an NBC host are in, and they are likely to be a disappointment for the network. Megyn Kelly Today debuted last Monday with 2.9 million viewers, dropped to 2.3 million Wednesday, then recovered slightly for an average of 2....

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),...

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...

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...

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...

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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