A recent article in the New York Times cites popular shows like “HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire” as those that attract the commander-in-chief, in addition to AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and “Homeland” on Showtime.
*It appears as if the addition of Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban to “American Idol” did nothing to bring in new viewers.
In fact, it’s driving people away.
The Fox singing competition continues to tumble in the ratings, logging a third consecutive week of in-season Wednesday lows, according to Nielsen. Among adults 18-49, last night’s two-hour show drew 13.1 million viewers, down 8% from last week.
Overall, it was “Idol‘s” worst Wednesday performance since the show’s very first cycle, which aired in summer 2002. It was also the smallest audience since August 14, 2002 and had the lowest adults 18-49 rating since July 3, 2002. Additionally, it matched all-time Wednesday lows in adults 18-34.
In the 9 p.m. hour, ABC’s “Modern Family” posted its first 18-49 win over “Idol,” leaving “Modern Family” as No. 1 for the night.
Meanwhile, “Today” rival “Good Morning America,” buoyed by the return of Robin Roberts, posted the largest total viewers lead over Today in nearly 19 years last week, 1.1 million.
“GMA” also saw its most-watched week in more than 19 years and its best news demo performance in 4 years.
“Today’s” ratings are so dismal these days that it was beaten in its home market of New York last week by Fox’s “Good Day New York” for the first time since the introduction of the Local People Meters in 2003.
*USA Network has cast Kevin Daniels among the four leads in Denis Leary’s new comedy pilot “Sirens,” reports Deadline.
The show follows three of Chicago’s best EMTs, Hank (Daniels), Johnny (Michael Mosley) and Brian (Kevin Bigley), whose sometimes self-loathing, other times narcissistic, and always downright self-destructive personalities make them unqualified for sustaining relationships, friendships and most occupations. They are, however, uniquely qualified for saving anyone unlucky enough to wind up in their ambulance.
Co-created by Leary and Bob Fisher, Johnny is a good-looking, sports-loving, Chicago EMT working with his best friend Hank. Brian is a wide-eyed and excitable new EMT who still lives with his parents.
Daniels is currently a recurring character on ABC’s “Modern Family” as Cam and Mitchell’s friend Longinus.
The “Sirens” pilot, produced by Fox TV Studios, will shoot in Chicago later this month.
*It’s that time of year again.
Barbara Walters today begins the teasing of her annual “The 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year” special, which premieres Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 9:30/8:30c on ABC.
The 90-minute program, the 19th annual edition, will feature producer/judge extraordinaire Simon Cowell, Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson who play the loveable gay couple on Modern Family, New York Yankees’ shortstop Derek Jeter, business mogul Donald Trump, pop star Katy Perry, reality TV family, The Kardashians, and royal relative (most eligible bachelorette) Pippa Middleton.
Walters will reveal the complete list and who snagged the No. 1 spot on the show.
He’ll be Andre, a physician and new neighbor of Phil Dunphy. When he begins production, he’ll be starring alongside former “Soul Plane” co-star Sofia Vergara.
Recently, the Philadelphia native and his Hartbeat Productions pulled off an unexpected victory at the box office with his debut standup film “Laugh at My Pain,” which follows his recent national tour run.
It debuted inside of the box office top 10 ranking and pulled in nearly $2 million, in just 97 theaters, for an impressive per-location gross of $20,619. The film only cost $750,000 to make.
*The Emmy nominations were announced this morning “Mad Men” leads the series pack with 19 bids, including best drama.
The 1960s-set show about an advertising agency in Manhattan received 19 Emmy nominations Thursday and has a chance to repeat for a fourth time as TV’s best drama. Stars Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss are up for lead acting honors.
The top nominee overall is the miniseries “Mildred Pierce,” which also earned a bid for star Kate Winslet. Other leading nominees include the Prohibition-era drama “Boardwalk Empire,” sitcom “Modern Family,” ”Saturday Night Live” and fantasy saga “Game of Thrones.”
The Emmy ceremony is scheduled to air on Fox on Sept. 18.
Nominations by network/channel: HBO – 104, CBS – 50, NBC – 46, PBS – 43, FOX – 42, ABC – 40, AMC – 29, Showtime – 21, Comedy Central – 11, ReelzChannel – 10, Starz – 9, History – 7, FX Networks, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network – 6
Nominations by show: 21 Nominations, Mildred Pierce; 19 Nominations, Mad Men; 18 Nominations, Boardwalk Empire; 17 Nominations, Modern Family; 16 Nominations, Saturday Night Live; 13 Nominations, Game Of Thrones, 30 Rock; 12 Nominations, Glee; 11 Nominations, Downton Abbey (Masterpiece), Too Big To Fail; 10 Nominations, American Idol, The Kennedys; 9 Nominations, 83rd Annual Academy Awards, Cinema Verite, The Good Wife; 8 Nominations, So You Think You Can Dance; 7 Nominations, The Amazing Race, American Masters, Dancing With The Stars, Gettysburg, The Pillars Of The Earth; 6 Nominations, The Borgias, The Killing, Upstairs Downstairs (Masterpiece); 5 Nominations, The Big Bang Theory, Dexter, The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, How I Met Your Mother, Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden.