Broadcast Network Ratings Roundup: Feb. 11-17

'Downton' Gets Viewers, If Not Fan Approval

Sunday's last episode of the season left many Downton Abbey fans up in arms because of the surprise demise of a popular character. CBS had 15 of the 20 most-watched shows on broadcast television last week, not an unusual showing for television's most dominant network. The network had one failure, though: the new reality show The Job was fired after only two episodes. Last week's episode had 3.3 million viewers.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Not everyone liked it, but 8.2 million people watched the finale to the third season of PBS'"Downton Abbey."

Sunday's last episode left many fans up in arms because of the surprise demise of a popular character, unnamed here to protect fans who haven't seen it yet. The show's third season is the most-watched series on PBS since Ken Burns' 1990 series, "The Civil War."

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In further evidence of how TV viewing is changing, "Downton Abbey" and two programs that aired on cable networks Sunday — "The Walking Dead" on AMC (11.1 million) and the NBA All-Star Game on TNT (8 million) — had more viewers than anything on ABC, Fox and NBC that night. "60 Minutes,""The Mentalist" and "Amazing Race" all had more than 9 million viewers for CBS on Sunday, the Nielsen company said.

CBS had 15 of the 20 most-watched shows on broadcast television last week, not an unusual showing for television's most dominant network. The network had one failure, though: the new reality show "The Job" was fired after only two episodes. Last week's episode had 3.3 million viewers.

For the week in primetime, CBS averaged 8.8 million viewers (5.6 rating, 9 share). Fox was second with a 6.6 million average (3.9, 6), ABC had 6.1 million (3.9, 6), NBC had 4.4 million (2.9, 5), the CW had 1.5 million (1.0, 2) and Ion Television had 1.2 million (0.8, 1).

Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision led with a 3.8 million primetime average (2.0, 3), Telemundo had 1.2 million (0.6, 1), UniMas had 650,000 (0.3, 1), Estrella had 210,000 and Azteca 110,000 (both 0.1, 0).

Brand Connections

NBC's "Nightly News" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9 million viewers (6.0, 11). ABC's "World News" was second with 8.3 million (5.5, 11) and the "CBS Evening News" had 7.2 million viewers (4.9, 9).

A ratings point represents 1,147,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation's estimated 114.7 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show.

The Top 20

Primetime viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Feb. 11-17. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

1. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 17.89 million.

2. "Person of Interest," CBS, 14.87 million.

3. "Two and a Half Men," CBS, 13.69 million.

4. "American Idol" (Wednesday), Fox, 13.45 million.

5. "American Idol" (Thursday), Fox, 12.59 million.

6. "Elementary," CBS, 10.98 million.

7. "2 Broke Girls," CBS, 10.9 million.

8. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 10.73 million.

9. "Mike & Molly," CBS, 10.5 million.

10. "Modern Family, ABC, 10.05 million.

11. "60 Minutes," CBS, 9.73 million.

12. "Hawaii Five-0," CBS, 9.64 million.

13. "Amazing Race 22," CBS, 9.57 million.

14. "The Mentalist," CBS, 9.42 million.

15. "NCIS: Los Angeles (Tuesday, 8 p.m.), CBS, 9.23 million.

16. "How I Met Your Mother," CBS, 8.98 million.

17. "Castle," ABC, 8.97 million.

18. "Survivor: Caramoan," CBS, 8.94 million.

19. "Bones," Fox, 8.82 million.

20. "CSI: NY," CBS, 8.59 million

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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for September 26, 2016
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Source: Nielsen

Reviews

  • Rob Owen

    Easily fall’s best broadcast network comedy pilot, NBC’s The Good Place offers a clever high-concept premise that’s complemented with intelligent, sometimes absurdist humor. Created by Michael Schur, co-creator of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, The Good Place is a highly serialized series that’s essentially set in heaven and stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. NBC made five episodes of The Good Place available for review, and the show not only holds up, but also it improves, deepening characters that initially feel one-note and frequently leaving viewers guessing with cliffhanger endings to many of the episodes. The combination of snappy dialogue and winning but flawed characters makes The Good Place a great bet for fans of smart TV comedy.

  • Maureen Ryan

    Pitch has swagger, for good reason. It gets the big things right; the Fox drama about the first female baseball player in the Major Leagues is one of the year’s most assured and exciting debuts. But part of what impresses about the pilot is also the way it confidently strings together so many small but telling details. Ginny (Kylie Bunbury) is the first woman to be called up from the minors to the big leagues, and no show since Friday Night Lights has done a better job of portraying the internal and external pressures that weigh heavily on young athletes asked to do much more than merely succeed on the field. Pitch will likely do a good job of getting viewers to root for it. The hope is that the show won’t be an impressive, short-lived curiosity, but rather a long-term phenomenon.

  • Kevin Fallon

    In a fall TV season that’s already making a splash for championing diverse, distinctive voices in an array of projects that they created, wrote, and starred in, Better Things on FX stands out. The show is created by, written by, and starsPamela Adlon. She plays Sam Fox, the single mother of three daughters modeled after her own reality-show-ready experience raising three girls in Los Angeles following a divorce. Sam is also, like Adlon, a working actress — on shows both raunchy, a la Californication, and animated for children, like her role on Recess. It’s a refreshingly blunt take on single motherhood without sacrificing the warmth of parental love, portraying the dance between selfishness and selflessness that’s at the heart of being a parent — especially one weathering the hormonal fireworks of a household of four women at different ages.

  • David Wiegand

    The fall TV season doesn’t count as much as it used to — we already know that. But no matter how many retreads the broadcast networks throw at viewers in the next few months, this fall will be memorable because of the premiere of Atlanta on Tuesday, Sept. 6, on FX. The half-hour comedy created by and starring Donald Glover (Community), simply and brilliantly recalibrates our expectations of what a TV comedy is and how black lives are portrayed on the medium.

  • Louisa Ada Seltzer

    The second reboot of the 1980s John Candy movie Uncle Buck, bumped by ABC from midseason, has the same tired jokes you'll find on any second-rate sitcom. Too bad, because Mike Epps is appealing and ABC would be wise to keep him around for future shows, but there’s just not enough to this show to suggest it will last past summer. It also airs against NBC’s America’s Got Talent, summer’s No. 1 program on broadcast, which may make it even harder to find an audience.

  • Neil Genzlinger

    Bryan Cranston brings his Tony Award-winning interpretation of President Lyndon B. Johnson to television in an adaptation of the Robert Schenkkan play All the Way, and it’s still quite a sight to behold, just as it was on Broadway in 2014. Nothing beats witnessing this kind of larger-than-life portrayal onstage, of course. But the television version, presented by HBO, offers plenty of rewards, allowing Cranston to work the close-ups and liberating him from the confines of a theater set. Cranston’s performance is a gem — in his hands, this accidental president comes across as an amazing bundle of contradictions, someone who seems at once too vulgar for the job and just right for it.

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