*Viewership for WE tv’s “Braxton Family Values” shows no signs of slowing down in its third season.
The reality show’s mid-season premiere on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, delivered 1.3 million total viewers, a 27% increase from the season’s March 14 start, and the series’ strongest premiere ever.
The episode – which saw Traci dealing with infidelity, Trina’s divorce from husband Gabe, Toni recording her duet album with Babyface and Tamar promoting her new album – also ranked No. 3 among women 18-49 (586,000) and No. 5 among women 25-54 (570,000) among all ad-supported cable for the night.
“‘Braxton Family Values’ is one of WE tv’s signature shows, and continues to grow well into its third season,” said Marc Juris, president and general manager, WE tv. “We are so pleased to have the Braxtons back on the network for 13 new and exciting episodes, and clearly so are WE tv viewers.”
In social media, the premiere ranked No. 1 on Social Guide among primetime reality cable shows.
“Braxton Family Values” airs Thursday nights at 9 pm ET/PT. Below, watch the last week’s mid-season premiere in its entirety.
Hosts Van Jones and S.E. Cupp on CNN’s “Crossfire”
*CNN is sinking deeper by the day.
First the cable news company had its worst single primetime in over a year on October 30, then it had its worst week since Jeff Zucker took over — and now the relaunched “Crossfire” has hit new lows, reports Deadline.com.
Resuscitated on Sept. 9 after eight years off the air, the political debate show pulled in just 233,00 viewers overall and a mere 59,000 among adults 25-54 between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday.
Full-hour time-slot rivals on Fox News Channel and MSNBC did a lot better — to put it mildly. FNC’s “Special Report” had 2.44 million viewers with 411,000 in the key news demo, while MSNBC’s Al Sharpton-hosted “PoliticsNation” had 707,000 total viewers and 170,000 among the 25-54s.
Monday’s results represent a significant drop from the October 3 high the Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter, S.E. Cupp and Van Jones hosted show hit with 891,000 total viewers and 326,000 in the demo.
“Crossfire’s” previous viewership low was on Oct. 25 when it had 251,000 total viewers. The previous demo low was on Sept. 20 when it drew just 66,000 viewers among adults 25-54. The Sept. 9 debut of the show earlier this year had a modest 581,000 viewers and 171,000 in the demo.
*The October 23rd episode of “Preachers of L.A.” gave the Oxygen network its best Wednesday primetime ever with adults 18-49 and delivered 1.2 million total viewers.
The episode was also the highest-rated episode of the series so far, and performed well on social media with #PreachersofLA and #BishopJones trending.
PREACHERS OF L.A. – Pictured: (l-r) Bishop Noel Jones and his “friend” Loretta Jones
#BishopJones, a.k.a. Bishop Noel Jones, was shown in the episode preparing his lady friend – whom he refers to as just “friend, period” – to face the possible interrogation of their relationship by the show’s first ladies (and one first lady to be) at an upcoming tea.
*VH1 went into beast mode with its original movie “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” which became the network’s highest-rated telecast in more than five years.
The 9 p.m. premiere last night averaged 4.5 million total viewers and ranks as the No. 1 original cable movie this year in adults and women 18-49. It’s also VH1’s highest-rated original movie ever, and according to SocialGuide, was the most tweeted program last night with 1.92 million tweets generated — four times greater than the No. 2 program, “Monday Night Football,” where the New York Giants finally won a game.
“CrazySexyCool,” which follows TLC’s rise to fame in the 1990s, stars KeKe Palmer as Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Lil Mama as Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Drew Sidora as Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins.
Blair Underwood attends the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles
*Tonight may be the your last chance to see Blair Underwood’s new NBC drama “Ironside.”
Its October 2 bow tied for the lowest rated premiere of a new drama with just 6.8 million viewers, while last Wednesday’s episode dropped to 5.2 million, according to Nielsen. By comparison, 8.8 million watched “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” the winner of Wednesday’s 10 p.m. time slot.
NBC has yet to make any announcement about the series, and may choose to keep it around in hopes that Underwood’s appeal will eventually kick in. The blog “TV By the Numbers,” however, left no room for optimism in its story Tuesday, titled, “NBC: Ironside is Certain to be Cancelled.”
So what is the disconnect with audiences? Are viewers simply growing weary of TV remakes? Are there too many cop dramas already?
Is it the wheelchair?
In August, Underwood spoke at length about the amount of time he spent with a technical advisor in becoming believable as a paraplegic police detective.
Below, a preview of the episode airing Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 10 p.m.
Jenny McCarthy debuted last month as the newest host of “The View,” replacing original co-host Joy Behar, and rumors have already started that she’s on her way out.
According to Radar Online, the former Playboy model is proving less popular with viewers than former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck according to new figures, allegedly prompting ABC to consider letting her go.
“ABC has begun doing deep research on Jenny’s work on the show and the initial findings are that viewers want to tune out the second she opens her mouth,” a source told RadarOnline.com. “The data has revealed that she is far more off-putting than Elisabeth.”
The decision about whether to fire McCarthy is said to lie entirely with head honcho Barbara Walters, 84, who is retiring from the show next summer.
The production insider added: ”[Barbara] isn’t looking for a replacement for Jenny yet, she is obsessed with ratings and the longevity of the show, so Jenny needs to turn it around or she will be gone.
“If Barbara wants her out, they will buy out her contract. Right now they’re just trying to adjust Jenny’s performance on the show so that she comes off as more appealing, but that’s an uphill battle.”
Before McCarthy’s first day, she was under fire for claiming her nine-year-old son Evan’s autism was caused by childhood immunizations.
According to The Wrap, “The View” has seen minor dips in viewing figures since Jenny joined, averaging at 3.023 million total viewers compared to the 3.239 million it had in the first three weeks of its last season.
*The series premiere of Oxygen’s new reality series, “Preachers of L.A.” delivered 1.1 million total viewers, which for Oxygen, is big numbers.
It marks the network’s strongest Wednesday season premiere ever according to Nielsen, and delivered Oxygen’s second highest rated series premiere among the targeted female 25-54 demo(426,000).
In the 10 p.m. hour, Oxygen was the #5 cable network among F25-54 and compared to the prior four week time period average, the series premiere saw triple digit growth, up 282 percent in total viewers.
Also, “Preachers of L.A.” was the No. 2 most social cable reality program and #3 most social reality program in primetime with #PreachersofLA trending in the U.S. on Twitter during the premiere.
The first episode was made available on VOD and Oxygen.com a week early and garnered over 180,000 full episode streams and over 1.1 million page views since the launch of the show site (6/27/13).
On next week’s episode, airing on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Bishop Gibson and First Lady LaVette invite DeitrickHatton and fiancé Dominique to dinner to question them on whether they are marrying for the right reasons. Meanwhile, Pastor Jay Haizlip seeks divine wisdom in dealing with a transgender former church member.
*Leave it to that some black magic to stir up ratings gold for the “American Horror Story” franchise.
Wednesday’s season premiere of the witch-themed “American Horror Story: Coven,” co-starring newcomers Angela Bassett and Gabourey Sidibe, was the most-watched telecast ever of the franchise with 5.54 million total viewers – a gain of 44 percent over last season’s “AHS: Asylum” premiere.
It was the No. 1 show among adults 18-34 in primetime (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.) and it could rank as the most -watched program in FX history (That data was still pending at press time.)
Angela Bassett as Marie Laveau in “American Horror Story: Coven”
“American Horror Story: Coven” tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. Over 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves.
Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona (Jessica Lange), the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town, determined to protect the Coven and hell-bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way.
*Four weeks into its run, Arsenio Hall‘s syndicated late-night show is making a behind-the scenes change, reports Deadline.com.
Neal Kendall has stepped down as an executive producer of the CBS TV Distribution (CTD)-produced broadcast, according to a source close to the production. His last day was reportedly Friday.
According to sources, the switch was done as a proactive move to shore up the show’s long-term prospects with the right fit in the key position. Kendall was tapped as EP of “Arsenio” in February after a 10-year stint on Tavis Smiley.
In the interim, Kendall will be replaced on by CTD SVP Programming and Development Eric Pankowski, who has been overseeing “The Arsenio Hall Show” since he joined the company in May. He’ll work alongside executive producers Hall and his manager, Octagon’s John Ferriter.
(L-R) Executive producer Neal Kendall, host/executive producer Arsenio Hall and executive producer John Ferriter speak onstage during “The Arsenio Hall Show” panel discussion at the CBS, Showtime and The CW portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2013 in Beverly Hills
After a blazing-hot start, “Arsenio” has cooled off a bit in the ratings but has been relatively stable and still does OK in the key demos. (although the show hit a 18-49 low in the metered markets on Thursday, the day before Kendall exited.)
“You have to be twice as good as them to get half of what they have!” Rowan (Joe Morton) to Olivia (Kerry Washington) in “Scandal” Season 3 Premiere “It’s Handled”
*ABC’s explosive drama “Scandal” returned to the 10 p.m. hour Thursday with a series-high 10.5 million viewers, plus lots of questions answered (Who leaked Olivia’s name to the press?) and some burning questions asked (What’s in the folder about Fitz and Jake’s military history that made Cyrus freak out?).
[Caution! Spoilers ahead.]
The show picked up 22 minutes after Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) was outed as President Fitzgerald Grant’s (Tony Goldwyn) mistress — and after viewers learned that B613 head Rowan (Joe Morton) is her daddy.
One of the shows standout scenes came early in the episode in a tense verbal exchange between Rowan and Olivia in an airport hangar. Pops yells at her for being so “mediocre,” and not aiming any higher than wanting to be a “first lady.” Then, he said a phrase that has been echoed in many an African American home through the centuries. Without mentioning race, Rowan leans in and reminds the cowering Olivia what he told her as a child – she had to be “twice as good as them to get half of what they have.”
Pops plan to fix her mess is to pay off her employees and put her on a plane to some faraway island with a new identity and a Swiss bank account. There, she’ll wait for eight months, then he’ll ship her off to Brussels or Johannesburg.
Of course, she gets off the plane – and season 3 is off and running. [Watch below.]
NBC’s much-hyped remake of “Ironside,” with Blair Underwood replacing Raymond Burr in the wheelchair, is now tied with ABC’s “Lucky 7” as the lowest-rated new series premiere this fall.
The hour drew 6.8 million total viewers and a 1.4 demo rating — down 16 percent in the demo from “Chicago Fire’s” year-ago debut in the 10 p.m. Wednesday slot.
“Ironside” shed 30 percent of its “SVU” lead-in and represented NBC’s lowest-rated fall drama debut ever.
By comparison, the night’s other newcomer, ABC’s “Super Fun Night,” with comedian Rebel Wilson, drew 8.2 million, giving ABC its best Wednesday comedy debut in four years and standing as this fall’s No. 2 comedy launch (trailing CBS’ “The Crazy Ones” with Robin Williams).
*It was a beautiful morning for “Good Morning America” today.
ABC News announced that its long-running morning show has won the ratings war against “Today” for a full TV season, reports Deadline.com.
It marks “GMA‘s” first victory since the 1992-93 season in the news demographic, and in total viewers for the first time since the 1993-1994 TV season when the show was co-hosted by Charlie Gibson and Joan Lunden.
How did GMA do it? Deadline’s TV criticLisa De Moraes gives a chunk of the credit to the incredible journey of co-anchor Robin Roberts. Last week on the show she celebrated the one-year anniversary of the bone marrow transplant she underwent as part of her treatment for MDS – myelodysplastic syndrome (see the video clips below). Doctors told her she got MDS as a result of her treatment for breast cancer five years earlier.
GMA not only won every week of the season in total viewers (it won 43 weeks in the news demo), it also copped the No. 1-rated telecast of each of those weeks. For the full 51-week season (Nielsen specialed-out Hurricane Sandy Week owing to massive schedule, and reception, interruption), “GMA” clocked about 5.3 million total viewers and nearly 2 million adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Growing for a third straight year — up 9% compared to last season’s total viewer average of around 4.9 million — “GMA” won the 2012-13 season with its largest overall audience and largest season margin (about 680,000 viewers) over No. 2-ranked “Today” in more than 21 years. In adults 25-54, “GMA” also increased for the third year in a row — up 4% compared to last season’s demo average of 1.897 million — to deliver its strongest news demo performance in 5 seasons, and beat “Today” by its biggest news demo gap — nearly 90,000 – in 21 years.
Below, “GMA” celebrates the one year anniversary of Robin’s live-saving bone marrow transplant with a surprise “birthday” party.
*The Tyler Perry train just picked up steam at OWN with season 3 of his TBS sitcom “For Better Or Worse” premiering huge on Oprah Winfrey’s cable channel Wednesday night.
According to Nielsen, the Perry produced and directed sitcom gave OWN its most watched Wednesday night in the outlet’s almost three-year history with 1.124 million. That was driven mostly by the 9 p.m. third cycle debut, which drew 1.5 million total viewers and the 9:30 p.m. episode pulled in 1.6 million viewers with 1.23 and 1.29 ratings respectively among women 25-54.
The previous Wednesday high for OWN was May 29, 2013 when the network got 1.092 million. That was the same night Perry’s comedy “Love Thy Neighbor” debuted on OWN.
Based on Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married” movies, “For Better Or Worse” was the third sitcom Perry did with TBS and Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury under the 10-90 model. All three received back orders from TBS after the original 10-episode runs, but “For Better Or Worse‘s” was smaller than the others with just 35 episodes picked up in February 2012.
Deadline reported earlier this year that after a total of 45 episodes, TBS passed on ordering more. That’s when Perry took “For Better” to OWN.
Watch a clip below.
Going to the Chapel…but Will Leslie Get Married?
Although Leslie is concerned about her ex-boyfriend Joseph’s injuries, she grows increasingly upset when she realizes that he may have jeopardized her marriage to Chris. Leslie decides to go through with the wedding and rushes out of the hospital, but will she make it to the church on time to marry Chris?
*Following largely positive reviews, Sony TV‘s “The Queen Latifah Show” opened with a 1.7 household rating yesterday and a 0.9/5 in women 25-54. That was double the delivery for the premiere of the other new daytime syndicated talk show this fall, “Bethenny,” last Monday.
It was just shy of the debut of Arsenio Hall’s late-night syndication talker (1.9 HH) last Monday and trailed last fall’s premiere of “Katie” (2.8, 1.6), but “Latifah” improved “Katie’s” time periods and built on its lead-ins by double digits, especially in the key Women 25-54 demo where her show was up 80% from last year’s time period and up 29% from its lead-in.
“The Queen Latifah Show” opener, which featured guest John Travolta and performance by Willow Smith, daughter of the show’s executive producers Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, did very well in the two top markets, improving its time periods by 60% in New York and 200% in Los Angeles.
As for the other freshmen, “Bethenny” (0.8 HH, 0.4 W25-54) and “The Test” (0.8 HH) held steady while “Arsenio” dropped to a 0.9 HH rating. “Steve Harvey” opened the second season with a 1.4 HH rating.
Meanwhile, the premiere of “Sleepy Hollow,” starring Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison, was the highest-rated show in primetime on Monday, and Fox’s highest-rated fall drama premiere in seven years. In Nielsen talk, the highest-rated doesn’t necessarily mean the most-watched.
“Sleepy Hollow’s” 10.1 million viewers came in second to the 16.2 who tunred in for the premiere of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.’”
*CNN’s ratings woes continue, the latest drop courtesy of its revived debate program “Crossfire.”
Friday numbers show it falling 47% in overall audience and 40% in adults 25-54 from its Monday premiere, according to Deadline.com, citing Nielsen.
The show features President Obama’s former White House advisor for Green Jobs Van Jones and Stephanie Cutter on the left and Newt Gingrich and S.E. Cupp on the right.
For Monday’s unveiling, 581,000 people tuned in — 171,000 of them in the news demo. By Friday 309,000 were watching – 103,000 in the demo. Compared to the previous week in the same timeslot on CNN, Crossfire fell 14% overall and 7% in the demo.