Donald Trump’s State of the Union address was all anybody could talk about on Tuesday, but “Ellen’s Game of Games” showed up for NBC too.This third SOTU from the 45th president of the United States of America is currently down 26% in Big-4 broadcast viewers from his second. According to early Nielsen returns, CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox drew a combined 16 million viewers for the 2020 address. That tally is preliminary, however, and should be considered subject to (upward) adjustment.The comparable initial tally last year was 21.6 million across those four networks.Also Read: Mike Pence Says Pelosi Hit a 'New Low' When She Tore Up Trump's State of the Union SpeechNBC and Fox tied for first in ratings, both with a 0.9 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. NBC was second in total viewers with an average of 4.4 million, according to preliminary numbers, Fox was fourth with 3.2 million.For NBC, “Ellen’s Game of Games” at 8 p.m. posted a 1.0/5 and 5 million viewers. From 9 to 10, the Trump address pulled in a 0.9/4 and and 4.4 million viewers. The conclusion of his speech mixed with the channel’s analysis and the democrat response in the 10 p.m. hour averaged a 1.0/5 and 3.8 million viewers.For Fox, “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” at 8 got a 0.8/4 and 3.1 million viewers. At 9, the State of the Union received a 0.9/4 and 3.2 million viewers.Also Read: Ratings: Heavy Super Bowl LIV Promotion Powers '9-1-1: Lone Star,' 'Prodigal Son' to 30% GrowthCBS and ABC tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.5/3. CBS was first in total viewers with 4.8 million, ABC was third with 3.5 million.For CBS, following a rerun, the SOTU at 9 put up a 0.5/3 and 4.6 million viewers. The conclusion of Trump’s speech, the CBS analysis, and the democrat response in the 10 p.m. hour averaged a 0.5/3 and 3.9 million viewers.For ABC, following repeats, the Trump address had a 0.5/2 and 3.5 million viewers. The SOTU stuff from 10-11 received a 0.6/3 and 3.4 million viewers.Also Read: Fran Drescher Says Trump Demanded a Line Be Changed About His Net Worth When He Guest-Starred on 'The Nanny' (Video)Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million. The CW and Telemundo tied for sixth in ratings, both with a 0.3/2. The CW was sixth in total viewers with 1.04 million, Telemundo was seventh with 1.02 million.For The CW, “The Flash” at 8 had a 0.4/2 and 1.3 million viewers. At 9, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” got a 0.2/1 and 788,000 viewers.Read original story Donald Trump’s 3rd State of the Union Address Tumbles in Broadcast TV Ratings At TheWrap
Super Bowl LIV drew 102 million total viewers on Sunday, counting Fox, Fox Deportes and Fox’s, the NFL’s and Verizon’s digital properties. A(nother) postseason comeback victory by the Kansas City Chiefs kept eyeballs glued to the screen.Sunday’s all-in audience was about 1.3% higher than 2019’s comparable number. The 102-million tally made yesterday’s contest the 10th most-watched Super Bowl in history.Last year’s Super Bowl LIII received 98.2 million viewers on CBS alone, according to Nielsen, marking the first time since 2009 the big game hadn’t surpassed 100 million viewers. Counting streaming, the 2019 game tallied 100.7 million viewers. Those numbers were (both) down 5% from Super Bowl LII.Also Read: What Cable Show Is the Most Watched on Super Bowl Sunday?The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, 31-20. Read our full game recap here.Super Bowl LIV took place in Miami, Fla., with the Chiefs representing the AFC and 49ers the NFC. San Fran had finished the regular season at 13-3, Kansas City was 12-4.This was the first Super Bowl win for the Chiefs in 50 years. It was the first for head coach Andy Reid, who previously coached the Philadelphia Eagles.Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes would shake off a rocky start and go on to become the game’s MVP. Each year, the Super Bowl is the MVP among all TV shows. The Oscars, which air on ABC this coming Sunday, will finish runner-up.Also Read: 'The Masked Singer' Season 3 Premiere Lands 23.7 Million Viewers After Super Bowl LIVThe 2020 Super Bowl kicked off around 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. It ended at roughly 10:11 p.m. ET/7:11 p.m. PT.Fox’s Season 3 premiere of “The Masked Singer” followed last night’s Super Bowl. Read that recap — including the big reveal of who donned the Robot costume — here.“The Masked Singer” posted 23.7 million viewers and an 8.1 rating among adults 18-49. Not surprisingly, those numbers mark the unscripted series’ highest rating and largest audience of all time. They were improvements from last year’s debut of “The World’s Best” on CBS.Read original story Super Bowl LIV Scores 102 Million Viewers At TheWrap
Fox’s Season 3 premiere of “The Masked Singer” landed 23.7 million total viewers on Sunday, immediately following Super Bowl LIV.See where that ranks historically by clicking here.Last year, CBS launched “The World’s Best” out of Super Bowl LIII. The James Corden-hosted competition series drew 22.22 million total viewers. That was down 18% from the prior year’s “This Is Us” on NBC.On Sunday, Super Bowl LIV scored 102 million total viewers. Each year, the big game provides (by far) the biggest lead-in on all of television. Find our recap of the big game here. A(nother) late comeback victory by the Kansas City Chiefs kept eyeballs glued to the screen.Also Read: 'The Masked Singer' Season 3 Unmasks Its First Celebrity Masked Singer: And the Robot Is... (Video)Last night, rapper Lil Wayne was the first celebrity booted from Fox’s oddball singing competition. He was revealed to be the Robot. The emcee’s new album, “Funeral,” came out on Friday.“Beat Shazam” host Jamie Foxx was a guest judge on the premiere episode of Season 3.The third season lineup of “Masked Singer” contestants includes Llama, Banana, Miss Monster, Frog, Mouse, Robot, Kangaroo, White Tiger, Turtle, Astronaut, Swan, Kitty, Bear, Elephant, Rhino, T-Rex, Night Angel and Taco. Between those 18 competitors they’ve “amassed a combined 69 Grammy Award nominations, 88 Gold records, 11 Super Bowl appearances, three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, more than 160 tattoos and one title in the Guinness Book of World Records,” according to Fox.Also Read: Super Bowl LIV Scores 102 Million ViewersAccording to Fox, the format will be changing slightly in season three. “The contestants will be split into three groups of six – Group A, B, and C. Group A will kick off the first three episodes as they whittle down from 6 to 3 singers,” the studio said in a statement. “Then we will meet Group B as they go from 6 to 3, then Group C. The final 9 contestants from these three groups will then come together and battle it out the rest of the season for the golden mask trophy. As always, one celebrity will still be unmasked in every episode, including the premiere.”A new episode of “The Masked Singer” will air Wednesday at 8/7c on Fox, which is the show’s regular night and time for the rest of the season.Read original story ‘The Masked Singer’ Season 3 Premiere Lands 23.7 Million Viewers After Super Bowl LIV At TheWrap
As “Empire” heads into its final stretch, speculation is sure to heat up that Jussie Smollett might make one final return to the series that he exited nearly a year ago. But according to Fox entertainment boss Michael Thorn, that’s not going to happen.“He will not be coming back,” Thorn said. “As you would expect when you’re finishing an iconic series like ‘Empire,’ that Brett, as the showrunner, along with his producing partners, would certainly have discussions about what’s the best way to finish the show. In this case, Jussie will not be coming back for the finale.”Smollett left the show toward the end of last season, shortly after Chicago law enforcement accused Smollett of staging a high-profile hate crime against himself. The producers, responding to intense public pressure, wrote Smollett out of the final episodes of Season 5 despite protests from Smollett’s supporters on the cast.Also Read: 'Empire' Showrunner Tells Us It Would Be 'Weird' to End the Series Without Jussie SmollettThe show’s producers have never given serious indication that Smollett or his character, Jamal, would return — Fox said prior to the start of the current season that there were “no plans” for him to reappear — but showrunner Brett Mahoney recently told TheWrap that given the show’s nature as a family drama, it would be “weird and particularly challenging to do [the finale] without him.”“Our hope at Fox — and I know the producers feel the same way — is that the show, to us, is much bigger than some of the personal stuff that’s unfortunately happened for Jussie, where we just want the ending to be as epic as the beginning,” Thorn said.“Empire” is currently midway through its final season, with the last run of episodes set to air later in the spring. Smollett’s absence throughout the season has been explained away by his character’s move to Paris.Also Read: Jussie Smollett Files Counterclaim Against Chicago for Malicious ProsecutionWhen it first debuted in 2015, “Empire” was a phenomenon, putting up impressive viewership numbers throughout its first season. However, ratings have declined sharply over the course of the show’s run, and a surprise return for Jamal would surely boost viewership for the final stretch of episodes.“I will tell you on all of our shows we always talk about how do you boost ratings and in this marketplace it’s very challenging,” Thorn said. “When you’re a pop-culture phenomenon, like ‘Empire’ was, you burn bright for as long as you can. Unfortunately, when you’re doing 18 episodes a year … some viewer attrition is just unfortunately inevitable. But we think this season has been fantastic. Have we talked about how to goose ratings? Of course. Did we talk about exploiting Jussie’s situation to do so? No.”“What I will tell you is what Brett and Danny and Lee and Imagine [Entertainment] have planned is awesome,” he continued. “And I’m really excited. It’s bittersweet, obviously, for the show to end, but I’m really excited, ’cause I think they have an incredible creative plan for the finale and I hope people come in droves.”The sixth and final season of “Empire” returns this spring on Fox.Read original story Fox’s Michael Thorn Says Jussie Smollett ‘Will Not Be Coming Back’ for ‘Empire’ Series Finale At TheWrap
Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg has purchased a 60-second commercial slot during Fox’s broadcast of Super Bowl LIV next month, a rare move for a presidential campaign given the plus-size cost for advertising on TV’s most-watched show.A rep for Bloomberg’s campaign confirmed that it decided to launch a one-minute commercial during the Super Bowl after learning that Donald Trump’s re-election campaign had booked its own 60-second spot which was reported by Politico. The Trump campaign later confirmed on its official Twitter account that it had purchased the ad time.“The biggest point is getting under Trump’s skin,” Michael Frazier, a spokesman for the Bloomberg campaign, told The New York Times, which first reported the ad buy. “The ad is part of Mike’s strategy of running a national campaign that focuses on states where the general election will be decided, parts of the country that are often overlooked.” Frazier did not say how much the campaign spent on the ad, only that it was “market rate,” according to the Times.A rep for Fox did not respond to a request for comment. Typically, the network that airs the Super Bowl does not divulge who buys ad time for the big game.Also Read: The Super Bowl Has Generated $3.6 Billion-Plus in Ad Revenue in the Past 10 YearsFox had previously stated that 30-second commercial spots for the Super Bowl were going for north of $5 million, which would put Bloomberg’s ad buy at more than $10 million.The Super Bowl will be held Sunday, Feb. 2. The first primary is set for Feb. 3 with the Iowa Caucus, followed by New Hampshire on Feb. 11, Nevada (Feb. 22) and South Carolina (Feb. 29). The Super Bowl is annually watched by more than 100 million viewers (though last year’s game fellow below that mark on TV).The first week of Bloomberg’s candidacy included more than $30 million in TV ads from Nov. 25-Dec. 3, the most ever for most ad dollars ever spent by a political candidate in a single week. It far outpaced the old record of $24 million by Barack Obama during the last week of his 2012 re-election campaign.Bloomberg, a media mogul whose net worth Forbes has pegged at $54 billion, is largely self-financing his long-shot presidential campaign.Also Read: Why the 2020 Election Will (Briefly) Stem the Tide of Television's Declining Ad RevenuePolitical advertising spending is expected to near $10 billion in 2020 (a 63% increase from 2016), with TV looking to get the biggest chunk. The influx of campaign money has led GroupM, the largest media-buying firm, to predict that TV ad revenue will increase by more than 5% in 2020. That $10 billion may only be the tip of the iceberg. By the time we hit Election Day in November, that amount could be much, much higher.Typically, political TV ad dollars are funneled towards local TV — GroupM’s Brian Wieser says “maybe half” of all political TV ad spending will be on the local level — and targeted towards primary voters, and then later, voters in swing states like Wisconsin, Florida and Ohio. Then you factor in elections on the local level, from Senate and House seats to State Legislatures. But Wieser says the deep-pocketed Bloomberg is taking on a different tactic.“It looks like that campaign’s play is to go for Super Tuesday. That means you’re going to run ads nationwide, and that means national TV may very well be a primary beneficiary,” he said.Read original story Mike Bloomberg Buys a 60-Second Super Bowl Ad for $10 Million At TheWrap
The Season 8 — and Thursday — premiere for Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing” halved the demo rating the sitcom opened to last time.To be fair to Fox, the previous season premiere marked the comedy’s highly anticipated comeback after ABC’s cancellation. It was also scheduled for the fall, not winter, which is generally the higher-rated portion of the traditional television season. But the Season 7 opener aired on a Friday, which is generally lower-rated than Thursday nights.Finally, last night’s season premiere was one hour long, the (semi-)comparable one in September 2018 was just 30 minutes.So it all depends on how you look at it.Also Read: Golden Globes 2020: Can the Awards Show Buck Ratings Trends Again?Anyway, Fox won primetime in the key demo but finished second in terms of total viewers. And “Last Man Standing” still provided a decent lead-in for new series “Deputy,” which did just fine.Fox was first in ratings with a 0.8 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 4.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Last Man Standing” at 8 premiered to a 0.9/5 and 5.2 million viewers. Those are down from September 2018’s 1.8 rating and 8.1 million total viewers. At 9, the debut of the new series “Deputy” had a 0.7/4 and 4.6 million viewers.ABC was second in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 5 million. “What Is Jeopardy!” at 8 received a 0.9/5 and 7.8 million viewers. “The Great American Holiday Baking Show” from 9 to 11 closed out primetime, averaging a 0.6/3 and 3.5 million viewers.Univision was third in ratings with a 0.5/3 and fifth in viewers with 1.5 million. CBS was fourth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and third in viewers with 3.4 million, airing all reruns.Also Read: Ratings: New Year's Day 'Flirty Dancing' on Fox Falls Flat on Its FaceNBC and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.3. NBC had a 2 share, Telemundo had a 1. NBC was fourth in total viewers with 1.9 million, Telemundo was sixth with 840,000.For NBC, between reruns, “The Paley Center Salutes Law & Order” in the 9 o’clock hour got a 0.3/1 and 1.7 million viewers.The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.1/1 and in viewers with 553,000, airing repeats.Read original story Tim Allen’s ‘Last Man Standing’ Premiere Plummets in Ratings From Last Season At TheWrap
Disney have been disappointed by the box office performance of Fox's recent releases, but co-chairman Alan Horn still has faith in the studio.
ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” grew its overall audience last night with former White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s elimination, but Fox finished first in the key adults 18-49 demographic.Fox was first in ratings with a 1.1 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and third in total viewers with an average of 4.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 8 p.m., “9-1-1” earned a 1.3/5 and 6.5 million. “Prodigal Son” at 9 received a 0.8/3 and 3.4 million.ABC and NBC tied for second in ratings, both with a 1.0/4. ABC was first in total viewers with 6.8 million, NBC was second with 6.3 million.Also Read: Sean Spicer Eliminated From 'Dancing With the Stars'For ABC, “DWTS” from 8 to 10 averaged 1.0/5 and 7.2 million viewers. “The Good Doctor” at 10 got a 0.8/4 and 6 million viewers. Tuesday marked the first day of ABC’s plan to no longer report Live + Same Day TV ratings.For NBC, “The Voice” from 8-10 landed a 1.2/5 and 7.5 million viewers. At 10, “Bluff City Law” managed a 0.5/2 and 3.7 million viewers.CBS was fourth in ratings with a 0.6 and in viewers with 4.3 million, airing all reruns.Also Read: ABC Follows Fox (4 Years Later) in Swearing Off 'Live + Same Day' TV RatingsTelemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.4 million.Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.3 million.The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 739,000. “All American” at 8 had a 0.2/1 and 760,000 viewers. At 9, “Black Lightning” got a 0.2/1 and 718,000 viewers.Read original story Ratings: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Viewership Rises With Sean Spicer’s Elimination At TheWrap
“Beverly Hills, 90210” meta-revival series “BH90210” will not return for another season, Fox announced on Thursday.“We are so proud to have reunited in a very special summer event one of the network’s legacy series and casts with ‘90210’ fans across the country,” Fox said in a statement. “Profound thanks to and respect for Brian, Gabrielle, Ian, Jason, Jennie, Shannen and Tori, who, along with the entire crew and everyone at FOX and CBS Television Studios, poured their hearts and souls into this truly inventive and nostalgic revival.”The six-episode show, marketed as an “event series” by Fox from the start, premiered Aug. 7 and aired its finale on Sept. 11. The story followed original cast members Tori Spelling (Donna Martin), Brian Austin Green (David Silver), Shannen Doherty (Brenda Walsh), Jason Priestley (Brandon Walsh), Jennie Garth (Kelly Taylor), Ian Ziering (Steve Sanders) and Gabrielle Carteris (Andrea Zuckerman) playing fictionalized versions of themselves — “with a healthy dose of irreverence” — as they try to get a revival of their old show off the ground.Also Read: 'BH90210' Ratings Have Declined More Than Any Other Show This SummerWhile “BH90210” debuted to a strong 1.5 rating among adults 18-49, the most-coveted demographic among advertisers on entertainment programming, it suffered a steep “live” ratings drop over the course of its six-week run. Throughout the summer, the show averaged a 1.4 rating in the key demo and 3.5 million total viewers, according to Nielsen data through Sept. 15, which included a week’s worth of delayed viewing where available.The original “Beverly Hills, 90210,” created by Darren Star and produced by Tori Spelling’s father, Aaron Spelling, ran for 10 seasons on Fox between 1990 and 2000. It starred Tori Spelling, Doherty, Priestley, Green, Garth, Ziering, Carteris and Luke Perry (who died in March) as Dylan McKay. “90210” led to multiple spinoffs, most notably “Melrose Place.”Paul Sciarrotta and “BH90210” co-creators Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler were co-showrunners on the series.“BH90210” series is based on a concept by Alberghini, Chessler, Spelling and Garth. Cast members Carteris, Doherty, Green, Priestley and Ziering also served as executive producers. The show was produced by CBS Television Studios.Read original story Fox’s ‘BH90210’ Will Not Return for Season 2 At TheWrap
Pro Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter is out at Fox Sports, where he was the co-host of Fox Sports 1’s morning debate show, “First Things First.”“Cris Carter is no longer with Fox Sports,” said Fox Sports in a statement. “There is no further comment at this time.”Carter has not appeared on the Fox Sports 1 morning show since Oct. 30. The Big Lead reported on Sunday that Carter had been suspended from Fox following an investigation, though the nature of that investigation was not known.Also Read: 3-Time Super Bowl Champion Rob Gronkowski Joins Fox Sports as NFL AnalystFront Office Sports reported that Carter had it out with FS1 bosses over not being included on Fox’s “Thursday Night Football” coverage. Former New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski and “Fox NFL Sunday” analyst Tony Gonzalez have appeared on Fox’s “TNF” pregame coverage in recent weeks.Carter joined Fox Sports in 2016 and had hosted “First Things First,” alongside Nick Wright since 2017. The network did not announce who will replace Carter on the show. Chris Canty has been filling in for Carter alongside Wright and Jenna Wolfe over the past week.Prior to his stint with Fox, Carter appeared on HBO Sports’ “Inside the NFL” and ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown.” Carter was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013 and is primarily known for his time with the Minnesota Vikings. He also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami DolphinsRead original story Cris Carter Out at Fox Sports At TheWrap
Now that the houses of Fox and Disney have joined, superhero fans are now chomping at the bit to see the Marvel characters previously owned by Fox join their compadres owned by Disney.
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