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'Grey's Anatomy' Hits Ratings Low: Fans Share Why

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 7th 2011 1:15PM
MerDer: Are they over? Do you care?Now in its eighth season, 'Grey's Anatomy' seems like the Shonda Rhimes engine that could, but have fans had enough of the drama at Seattle Grace?

Last night's ratings were the series' lowest ever, with 8.5 million viewers and a 3.0 rating, down 17 percent, leaving the show in third place for the hour behind 'Person of Interest' on CBS and Fox's 'The X Factor.'

So what gives? Is it just general fatigue, or are there certain storylines that fans aren't on board with? Was this a fluke, or a sign of the end? And can we just keep blaming it all on that musical episode?

With speculation about cast departures still in the air (Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo have both waffled about whether or not they'll return after this season), it's possible that fans are giving up on the show before their favorite stars do. But it's also just as likely the the MerDer relationship has just gone back and forth one too many times.

So I took to Twitter to hear the reasons straight from 'Grey's' fans ...

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'Homeland,' 'Dexter' Debut Big for Showtime

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 3rd 2011 4:10PM
Homeland, Dexter RatingsThe premiere of 'Homeland' gave Showtime its best drama numbers since 'Dead Like Me' in 2003.

According to Showtime, the new Claire Danes drama was seen by 1.1 million viewers at 10 PM. Meanwhile, the Season 6 premiere of 'Dexter' was watched by 2.2 million viewers, the show's biggest premiere ever.

'Homeland' was put online and On Demand since Sept. 13. Since then it has been watched by 1.4 million viewers. With repeat airings and On Demand/online figures added, the show was watched by about 2.8 million viewers.

The 'Dexter' premiere was watched by 2.2 million viewers at 9PM ET. Repeat airings bring the total to around 2.8 million viewers as well.

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Ratings Report: 'How to be a Gentleman' Premieres Soft, 'Charlie's Angels' Down

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 30th 2011 2:15PM
Will How to be a Gentleman'How To Be a Gentleman' teach its fellow new fall shows how to be the first one canceled? The new CBS comedy debuted to roughly 9 million viewers. It easily beat NBC's comedies, but lost a good chunk of its 'Big Bang Theory' audience. With a 2.7 ratings in the 18-49 demographic, it debuted more than 30 percent lower than the axed '$#*! My Dad Says,' which had a 4.0. Yikes.

Elsewhere on CBS, 'The Big Bang Theory' was down 2 percent, but still had 14.5 million viewers, 'Person of Interest was steady' at 12.4 million and 'The Mentalist' had 12.7 million viewers.

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NBC Not Cancelling 'Playboy Club' and 'Free Agents' (Yet)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 30th 2011 8:20AM
'The Playboy Club' cast'The Playboy Club' launched on NBC this fall amid much fanfare and some controversy. After its ratings verged from bad to disastrous, we'd normally be expecting to report that the fledgling drama had been cancelled right about now.

However, NBC boss Robert Greenblatt is reportedly going to stay the executioner's hand. For now, anyway.

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'New Girl' Continues Ratings Hot Streak

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 28th 2011 1:50PM
New Girl RatingsSeems like audiences are quite smitten with Zooey Deschanel's 'New Girl.'

According to Fox, the show had a 4.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic and fast nationals of 9.3 million viewers. Look for the number to be adjusted up when the final ratings come through. The typically female-skewing show was also No. 1 among male teens and men in the 18-34 demographic. It premiered to 11 million viewers and a 4.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic last week.

'Glee' had a total of 8.3 million viewers, also steady compared to last week. 'Raising Hope' was seen by 6.7 million people.

On The CW, 'Ringer' had 2 million viewers and a 0.9 rating in the 18.49 demographic, level with last week.

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'The X Factor' Bested by 'The Big Bang Theory' in Ratings

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 23rd 2011 12:30PM
The Big Bang Theory Beats The X FactorFox's 'The X Factor' dipped in its second night, but not by much.

The new singing competition was watched by 12.5 million viewers with a 4.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic on Thursday. Comparatively, the Sept. 21 premiere was watched by 12.5 million viewers for a 4.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

'The X Factor' was bested by CBS's 'The Big Bang Theory' premiere, which drew 14.4 million viewers for a 4.9 rating. The new entry on CBS's Thursday nights, 'Person of Interest,' was watched by 13.2 million with a 3.1 rating.

As for the other big debut of the night, ABC's 'Charlie's Angels' reboot was seen by 8.7 million viewers (a 2.1 18-49 rating). It's not a very big number, but better than 'My Generation' did last year. The two-hour premiere of 'Grey's Anatomy' had 10.3 million viewers with a 4.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

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'Modern Family' Beats 'The X Factor' in Ratings

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 22nd 2011 12:20PM
Modern Family Beats The X Factor in Ratings'The X Factor' is Fox's biggest fall series debut in five years, but it wasn't exactly a ratings hit.

The network says the reality singing competition premiered to 12.5 million viewers, 4.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Comparatively, January's 'American Idol' Season 10 premiere -- the first without Simon Cowell -- was watched by 26.2 million viewers and had a 9.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

In the 9PM hour, 'The X Factor' was bested by ABC's one-hour Season 3 premiere of 'Modern Family,' which had a 6 rating in the 18-49 demo and a total of 14.3 million viewers. Helped by the buzz after multiple Emmy wins, the series even outperformed CBS's stalwart 'Criminal Minds.'

'Modern Family' co-creator Steve Levitan took to Twitter to share his joy about the ratings news.

"It's extremely gratifying that a scripted comedy finally beat an overhyped karaoke contest," he said. "Thank you, #ModernFamily fans!"

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'New Girl' Premieres Huge, Beats 'Glee'!

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 21st 2011 1:50PM
New GirlAmerica, no matter your thoughts on the word "adorkable," you like Zooey Deschanel. You really, really like her.

Around 11 million viewers tuned in to 'New Girl' for the actress' series regular TV debut Tuesday night, making the new Fox sitcom the highest-rated show for the night with a 4.8 rating among adults 18-49. The comedy, about a woman who moves in with three dudes after a bad breakup, fared even better among women 18-34, scoring a 6.6 rating in that demo.

'New Girl' is Fox's biggest fall sitcom debut since 'Cedric the Entertainer Presents' in 2002. (Though let's hope 'New Girl' fares better than that one-season wonder.)

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Ashton Kutcher's Debut Boosts 'Two and a Half Men' Ratings, 'The Playboy Club' Fizzles

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 20th 2011 11:40AM
Ashton Kutcher, Two and a Half Men ratingsJust how many people tuned in to watch the new 'Two and a Half Men'? More than 28 million.

Ashton Kutcher's debut was seen by 10.7 million people in the 18-49 demographic and a total of 28.7 million viewers.

Last season's debut was seen by 14.7 million viewers, which means that Ashton's debut nearly doubled the Season 8 premiere ratings.

Charlie Sheen's last episode in February was watched by 14.5 million viewers.

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Emmys Ratings 2011: Level With Last Year

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 19th 2011 2:00PM
Emmys 2011 openerConsidering that the 2011 Emmy Awards ceremony was, by all accounts, a perfectly fine, not-so-eventful telecast, it's fitting that the ratings for the Fox-produced show are also totally okay.

According to early Nielsen numbers, the 2011 Emmys were right on par with last year's NBC-produced telecast. TV By the Numbers reports that Sunday's 63rd Annual Emmy Awards garnered a 4.2 rating among adults 18-49, up from last year's 4.1. Although the total number of viewers was slightly down (12.4 million versus 13.5 million), it's still a pretty strong performance.

One thing to note: The 2010 ceremony was held earlier, which means that Sunday Night Football wasn't on yet to compete with the awards show. Last night, football grabbed a 9.2 adults 18-49 rating and 21.5 million viewers. But what would Fox's ratings have been like if the Emmys had been held at the end of August?

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'Up All Night' Off to a Nice Start in Ratings

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 15th 2011 2:00PM
Up All NightViewers stayed up and gave 'Up All Night' a chance on NBC.

The comedy's debut episode, which aired at 10PM ET following the 'America's Got Talent' finale, was seen by 10.9 million viewers.

The show moves to its normal timeslot next Wed., Sept. 21 at 8PM ET.

However, NBC's other new offering, 'Free Agents,' was seen by 6.3 million viewers, wuite a big drop from 'Up All Night.' The series moves to Wednesdays at 8:30PM ET on Sept. 21. The 'America's Got Talent' finale was seen by 14 million viewers.

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'Ringer' Ratings: OK, But Not Great

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 14th 2011 12:45PM
Ringer'Ringer' premiered to an audience of 2.7 million viewers, pretty good -- but not great -- by CW standards. The show's first episode was watched by 1.2 million adults in the 18-49 demographic.

Sarah Michelle Gellar's
return to TV sees the 'Buffy' veteran pulling double-duty. She plays twin sisters, Bridget and Siobhan, both with ties to some unsavory figures.

It's too early to talk about cancellation, the show has yet to go up against ratings champs 'Dancing With the Stars' and 'NCIS: LA.' The CW's '90210' premiere was watched by 1.6 million viewers, 0.8 in the 18-49 demographic. It was down 11 percent compared to last year's premiere.

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2011 Video Music Awards are MTV's Highest Rated Ever

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 30th 2011 12:40PM
Beyonce, VMAs, Video Music Awards
This year's Video Music Awards saw Lady Gaga in drag, a tribute to Britney Spears, a surprise performance of 'Otis' by BFFs Jay-Z and Kanye West, and an epic performance of 'Love on Top' complete with pregnancy announcement by Beyonce -- and more than 12 million people tuned in to watch.

The 2011 VMAs were the highest-rated ceremony for the network ever, according to Deadline. In MTV's target 12-34 demographic, the telecast earned a 10.8 rating with 8.5 million people watching. Overall viewership increased 9 percent from last year's show, making the 2011 VMAs the most-watched non-sports cable show of the year.

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'Jersey Shore' Italy Nabs Highest Premiere Ratings Yet

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 5th 2011 5:30PM
Jersey ShoreAmerica's fist-pumping arm is officially back in action: MTV announced today that the fourth season premiere of 'Jersey Shore' -- a.k.a. "a bunch of self-professed guidos take a free trip to Italy" -- scored a total of 8.8 million viewers for its highest-rated season premiere ever.

Snooki, J-Woww, The Situation and the rest of the Macaroni Rascals drew a fraction fewer viewers than the series' top-rated episode (the Jan. 20, 2011 installment) with 8.9 million, but it was close.

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Nancy Grace's Coverage of the Casey Anthony Trial Posts Record Ratings for HLN

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 6th 2011 6:30AM
Nancy GraceNancy Grace's outraged disbelief at the verdicts in the Casey Anthony trial led many to question if her head would, actually, explode on-air. It did not. However, her stunned reaction -- "somewhere out there, the devil is dancing tonight" -- did set the Twitterverse afire.

Grace has been covering the story on her eponymous primetime show since two-year old Caylee Anthony was reported missing in mid-2008.

Her intense, often controversial, scrutiny of the case produced record ratings for CNN's Headline News and may also have influenced the other TV networks' coverage as they acted in the wake of her escalating ratings.

'The Wrap' reports that Grace's single-minded pursuit of the "truth" about Caylee Anthony's death put HLN in second place during June, the 29-year-old channel's best ratings month ever. And it also helped the network challenge Fox News in the coveted adults aged 25-54 demographic during primetime.

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