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    What defines a hit show in 2016-17? The new TV math

    Before talking about the state of TV ratings today, let’s look at the state of TV ratings in the not-so-very-distant past. In its five seasons on the air, NBC’s “Chuck” was the poster child for shows perpetually on the bubble for cancellation. In its first season (which was also its highest-rated), it was fairly close to the average for the Big 4 networks, per Spotted Ratings. Every subsequent season, however, was 20 percent or more below that average, making each […]

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    Fall TV 2016: All premiere dates for ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX and NBC

    Here are all the announced premiere dates for ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX and NBC for fall 2016. All times are ET/PT unless noted, with new shows in italics. Thursday, Sept. 8 8 p.m. ET/5 PT “Sunday Night Football”/NFL kickoff (NBC) Sunday, Sept. 11 7 p.m. ET/4 PT “Football Night in America” (NBC) 8:20 p.m. ET/5:20 PT “Sunday Night Football” (NBC) Monday, Sept. 12 8 p.m. “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC) Wednesday, Sept. 14 10 p.m. “Blindspot” (NBC) Thursday, Sept. […]

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    Fall TV 2016: Comic-book shows are all over broadcast TV, but none of them are hits

    Shows based on comic books did not exist on network TV in the 2011-12 season, the year between the end of “Smallville” and the premiere of “Arrow” on The CW. Even during “Smallville’s” decade-long run, only three other shows based on comics aired on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and CW forebear The WB — the final two seasons of “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” “Birds of Prey” and “Human Target.” This season, there will be 10 shows based on comics, on […]

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    The 17 kinds of shows on network TV

    Cop shows and family comedies have existed practically since the beginning of commercial television. So it comes as no surprise that in the 2016-17 season, there will be loads of both across the broadcast networks. But a kind of show that basically didn’t exist on network TV in the late 20th century, and another one that as recently as five years ago was all but gone, will take up a sizable chunk of TV real estate this season. And a […]

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    The 17 kinds of shows on network TV: Where every show fits

    Here is the list of where every series on ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX and NBC fall into the 17 kinds of network shows. Crime dramas Total in 2015-16: 21 – “Blue Bloods,” “Bones,” “Castle,” “Chicago PD,” “Criminal Minds,” “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” “CSI: Cyber,” “Elementary,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Houdini & Doyle,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Limitless,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Person of Interest,” “Rosewood,” “Rush Hour,” “Scorpion,” “Shades of Blue.” Average same-day rating in […]

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    Fall TV 2016: Wednesday night forecast for ‘Empire,’ ‘Speechless,’ ‘Frequency’ and more

    The 2016-17 TV season begins in just six weeks. As fall approaches, TV by the Numbers will be looking at each night of the broadcast networks’ schedule to identify competitive timeslots, see which newcomers have a real shot at success and which veteran shows will keep their ratings up. Wednesday night features four new series, a couple of which have decent chances to succeed. It also features the No. 1 scripted show on broadcast TV, the No. 2 comedy and […]

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    Wednesday final ratings: ‘Masterchef’ adjusts up, ‘Wayward Pines’ adjusts down

    Final broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, July 6, 2016 FOX’s Wednesday shows followed their pattern of the last few weeks, with “Masterchef” (1.3 in adults 18-49) adjusting up a tenth of a point from the fast nationals and “Wayward Pines” (0.7) adjusting down a tenth. For “Masterchef,” the 1.3 ties a season high. A handful of repeats also adjusted up a tenth of a point: NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” recap (1.8) and ABC’s “Modern Family” (0.9) and “Fresh Off […]

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    TV Ratings Wednesday: ‘The Night Shift’ ties season high, ‘Big Brother’ leads

    Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, July 6, 2016 The numbers for Wednesday include a sizable jump for an NBC drama and steady ratings for CBS’ summer franchise: Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions) 8 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.9/8 6.10 America’s Got Talent (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – R 1.7/7 8.25 Masterchef (FOX) 1.2/5 3.96 The Middle (ABC) – R 0.8/3 3.87 Arrow (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.92 8:30 p.m. The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.8/3 3.08 9 […]

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    The CW and Netflix make a new streaming deal official

    The CW and Netflix have announced a new multi-year content licensing relationship that allows Netflix to remain the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for previous seasons of scripted series broadcast on The CW. As reported earlier, the new deal significantly shortens the window between a show’s broadcast finale and its debut on Netflix — starting with the 2016-2017 season, Netflix members will be able to stream full seasons of all current CW series and future programs produced for the network […]

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    Wednesday final ratings: ‘Big Brother’ and ‘Masterchef’ adjust up, ‘Wayward Pines’ adjusts down

    Final broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, June 29, 2016 A pair of unscripted shows had their adults 18-49 ratings bump up from Wednesday’s early numbers. CBS’ “Big Brother” (1.9) adjusted up a tenth of a point to tie its premiere rating. FOX’s “Masterchef” (1.2) also adjusted up a tenth. On the other side of the ledger, “Wayward Pines” adjusted down a tenth to 0.7, matching last week’s rating. Upward adjustments in adults 18-49 are in green; downward adjustments are […]