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Halle Berry’s TV Sci-Fi Drama, ‘Extant’, Pulls In High Ratings For Debut

July 16th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Halle Berry’s movies may be hit-or-miss at the box office these days, but television seems to like her.  The Academy Award winner just took home first place in the television ratings for her summer drama Extant. The limited-run series pulled in 9.6 million viewers for its first episode on CBS last week, according to Nielsen.

In Extant, Berry plays an astronaut who mysteriously comes back from a solo space mission pregnant. The drama was the most-watched prime-time show during the week. “By comparison, the second-season debut of ‘Under the Dome’ a week earlier had 9.4 million viewers, a number considered disappointing given its hit status a year earlier,” reports Black American Web.

The long July 4th holiday weekend helped increase the total viewership for Extant to 11.9 million.

The scary sci-fi drama also stars Pierce Gagnon as Ethan, a boy robot who may be murderous.

The show has been already called a breakout hit. This is a far cry from her films as of late, which, to put it politely have bombed. When looking at her resume following her Oscar winning performance in Monster’s Ball, her only hits have been the X-Men series of films.

“Outside of those movies, she’s had a string of either very bad luck or she’s made some very bad decisions. 2004′s Catwoman was a disaster bringing in only $82 million at the global box office…2010′s Frankie & Alice, where Berry played a woman with multiple personality disorder, was ignored by audiences and derided by critics. The film earned a terrible 14 out of 100 on Rotten Tomatoes,” reports Forbes. Then Cloud Atlas, though much-hyped and supported by a big budget and co-star Tom Hanks, only earned $121 million at the global box office.

Forbes speculates that being a 47-year-old black actress stacks the odds against Berry in the white male dominated world of Hollywood. “Studios just aren’t looking to finance movies that star middle-aged black women no matter how beautiful they are. They’re not financing many movies starring white middle-aged women either so it’s not even like there are color blind roles that Berry could be getting,” reports the magazine.

Maybe Extant will translate into a box office win for Berry’s next feature film.

CBS won the week in prime time, averaging 5.6 million viewers. NBC came in second with 4.6 million, ABC had 4.3 million, Univision had 2.8 million, Fox had 2.7 million.

Did you watch Extant?

Billboard Music Awards Draws Largest Audience In 13 Years

May 20th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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The host of this year's BMAs, Ludacris. Judy Eddy/

The host of this year’s BMAs, Ludacris. Judy Eddy/

The Billboard Music Awards were a hit this year, drawing the largest audience in 13 years for the Sunday night broadcast. It was the most watched program of the night with 10.5 million viewers.

While the awards were on par with last year’s viewership numbers for the 18 -to-49 age group, it made gains among teenagers, reaching a 10-year high. The largest audience came in the 10pm to 11pm hour. That’s when Jennifer Lopez got her Icon Award.

mj hologram tweetBut actually it was the Michael Jackson hologram performance that was, of course, one of the most talked about parts of the show. While there were people in the BMA audience who seemed thrilled to have another glimpse of the King of Pop on stage, some even shedding a tear during the performance, others were a little more mixed in their reaction.

Everyone also buzzed about Kendall Jenner’s inability to read. She tweeted about her nerves and said she left her contacts home. But that didn’t stop the hashtags from coming, notably #kendallyouhadonejob. She flubbed the intro for the band 5 Seconds of Summer, nearly calling them One Direction.

But, we did hear a few people note the lack of big names at the event. It didn’t seem to hurt the ratings at all, but was that something you noticed?

h/t CNN

Olivia Pope Has Left The Building! ‘Scandal’ Season Finale Pulls In Great Ratings

April 25th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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scandal-abc-finale featSpeaking of Scandal…

It’s been a season of highs and lows for Shonda Rhimes’ series, but it definitely ended on a high. The season three finale of Scandal was watched by 10.5 million viewers, according to E! Online.

The episode was also a hit with the coveted 18-to-49 demographic, pulling in a 3.4 rating for that set. The ABC show also blew its competition away. Parenthood‘s season finale on NBC drew only 3.7 million viewers and a 1.3 rating. A rerun of CBS’ NCIS had six million viewers and a 1.0 rating.

Spoiler alert if you’re still catching up on your DVR!!!

The Scandal cliffhanger: Olivia Pope up and quit her job! And this final scene ended up being quite telling.

But while “Olivia ultimately wound up jetting off for parts unknown,  Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes teased that the professional fixer might come back,” reports Black America Web. (Umm… yeah, she’ll be back.)

“She did quit her job; you might watch her on the beach somewhere. We’ll have to see next season,” Rhimes told Jimmy Kimmel. “There’s that last look after she chooses to ignore the phone call from the White House when she sort of says she’s sure to Jake and then she looks out the window when you can really see that she’s not so sure.”

Then there are questions about Quinn. Papa Pope. B6-13. And will Jake come back with Liv? And what about Fitz and Mellie?! So many questions. But one thing is for sure: Kerry Washington will be a new mom and we can stop with the crazy belly covering from floating lamps and folders full of papers. Oh yeah… and Harrison.

What do you think will happen next season?

The Award Goes To…The Oscars: This Year’s Broadcast Was Ratings Winner, Dominated Twitter

March 4th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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It was a winning night all round for the Oscars. Besides the many firsts–such as the first film by a black  director taking home Best Picture (12 Years A Slave) and the first African actress to win “Best Supporting Actress” (Lupita Nyong’o) — the Oscar broadcast pulled in its biggest audience in a decade.

Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, the 86th Academy Awards on ABC averaged 43 million viewers for its loooong duration, according to Nielsen. It was a six percent jump from last year’s show, which was hosted by Seth MacFarlane and had 40.4 million viewers, reports The Los Angeles Times. In the key 18-to-49 age demographic, the broadcast was largely flat.

The record is held by the 1998 Oscar broadcast, which had 55.3 million viewers, during which the blockbuster Titanic won 11 Oscars, including Best Picture.

There was a big growth in social media attention, thanks to DeGeneres, who tweeted a star-studded selfie.

“At her urging, the resulting post quickly became the most retweeted in the platform’s history, knocking Twitter out of commission for a few minutes. As of Monday afternoon, it had been retweeted nearly 2.9 million times,” reports Variety.

The selfie tweet was done in conjunction with show sponsor Samsung, supplier of the Galaxy Note 3 phone DeGeneres used.  (When she tweeted from backstage, she used an iPhone, however.)

In all, according to Nielsen’s Social Guide, the Oscars 2014 had a whopping 11.2 million tweets from 2.8 million users of the social media site. This was a 75 percent increase in tweets related to the show compared to 2013.

“About 13.9 million people viewed a total of 1.04 billion Twitter TV impressions about the Oscars, which aired on ABC, according to Nielsen’s SocialGuide, which works with Twitter to compile the data,” reports the Hollywood trade magazine. Considered the “Super Bowl for women,” the Oscars were beaten by Super Bowl XLVIII, which generated 1.8 billion Twitter impressions and reached 15.3 million households, SocialGuide estimated.

When looking at Facebook, 11.3 million users had a total of 25.4 million interactions focusing on Oscars during the Sunday telecast. Women 18-to-34 represented the top demo. And according to Facebook, the top social moments while the show was broadcasting were: 12 Years a Slave winning Best Picture; Jared Leto winning Best Supporting Actor and thanking his “high school dropout, single mom”; Matthew McConaughey earning Best Actor; Bette Midler performing “Wind Beneath My Wings”; and DeGeneres having pizza delivered at the theater.

As far as Twitter, the highest-volume Oscar moments were: DeGeneres’ selfie post (10:07 p.m. ET), which had 254,644 tweets per minute; the pizza delivery (10:24 p.m. ET), 158,159 tweets per minute; and Gravity winning its sixth Oscar, for film editing (10:31 p.m. ET), at 135,330 tweets per minute.

Oprah’s OWN Celebrates Its Most-Watched Month; Fastest Growing Cable Network For Women Ages 25-To-54

February 27th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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After years of struggling to lure viewers, Oprah’s OWN pulled off the most-watched month in network history in primetime for February, reports EURWeb. It attracted 538,000 total viewers. And Winfrey has her deal with Tyler Perry to thank in part.

February marked a six-month high for OWN’s viewership in the women aged 25-54 demo, with an increase of 11 percent in comparison to January. And it was a boost of an incredible 86 percent from the previous year. All this makes OWN the fastest-growing cable network for this viewer group.

It was Perry’s programs that pumped up the ratings. His OWN drama The Haves and the Have Nots is cable’s most-watched show on Tuesday nights. And it is also the No. 1 original cable series that African-Americans tune in to watch. The Haves and the Have Nots is also one of the top 10 original primetime series overall on ad-supported cable networks among this female group. This makes OWN Tuesday nights the No. 2 cable network for that demo, almost tying with TBS.

Perry’s comedy series Love Thy Neighbor was Wednesday night’s No. 1 original cable series for African-American women ages 25-to-54 and for total viewers, also helping OWN win the ratings war.

Perry’s OWN programs got some help from the second season of Kym Whitley’s reality series Raising Whitley and the new reality show Mom’s Got Game, featuring  former WNBA player Pamela McGee and her son, Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee. They are Saturday night’s top two original series for African-American women ages 25-to-54.

Have you been tuning in?

Did NBC Pull Off A Winning Performance With Its Sochi Winter Olympics Coverage?

February 24th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Closing Ceremony: 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium ( ATP/

Closing Ceremony: 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium
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Did you watch the trouble-ridden Sochi Olympics? NBC Universal is hoping it scored a perfect 10 for its coverage.

It wasn’t just about televising the Olympics for the network. The Sochi coverage also allowed NBC to popularize streaming video, develop a cable sports network and launch entertainment programs, reports the The Huffington Post.

But it boils down to ratings. Millions tuned in; NBC’s prime-time viewership has averaged 22.1 million people. And in terms of past Olympic coverage, the 2010 Vancouver games averaged 24.4 million (which benefited from live prime-time events) and the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy average 20.2 million. And the viewing audience was older for these Games. “The median age of the Olympic viewer increased from 50.9 in 2006 to 55.1 this year, despite the addition of snowboard and halfpipe events designed to appeal to young people,” reports HuffPo.

There was a lot of competition this year, including such popular rival shows as Grey’s Anatomy, American Idol and Dancing With the Stars. But NBC came out on top. All three programs beat the games four  years ago.

Audiences were also able to catch all the action online with NBC streaming all Sochi competition live, in all more than 1,000 hours. Turin’s coverage only included three hours of streaming video. Although some fans were upset about cable or satellite subscription requirement, there was a record set for most-streamed event three consecutive days. The U.S.-Canada men’s hockey semifinal had 2.1 million streams.

“This is the most dominant Olympics in prime-time ever,” said Jim Bell, executive producer of the Olympics for NBC. “That’s a pretty big deal and a pretty big statement to make, given some of the decisions we made that were not easy ones.”

And as far as revenue the network will turn a profit. NBC’s parent Comcast Corp. paid $775 million for the rights to the games and expenses were about $100 million. When the games started national ad sales had already exceeded $800 million, said NBC. And more money kept flowing in.

Although Vancouver had higher ratings, NBC lost more than $200 million on those Games.

NBC also made the most of social media.  While some people used the networks to complain about the coverage–the hashtag #nbcfail, which was started during the London games in 2012, reemerged–all in all NBC pulled off a great performance all round for its Olympic coverage.

Did you enjoy the Games?

Pillow Talk Fight Aftermath Makes For RHOA’s Most Viewed Episode Ever

February 12th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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RHOA's Most Viewed Episode EverSunday night was a great night for Bravo Media’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”  People really wanted to see what would happen following the much-talked about pillow talk saga last week, which is why the February 10th episode was the most-watched in “The Real Housewives” franchise history, according to a Bravo press release. More than 4.6 million total viewers tuned in Sunday night and in 18-49 year-old demos, more than 2.6 million people watched, an increase of 18 percent in both demos from the previous episode (1/26/14), according to Nielsen.

RHOA was even successful that night online. The site’s page had a 26 percent increase in page views, 45 percent jump in page views per unique visitor and 17 percent boost in streams from the prior week’s premiere day. Again, another record–its best Sunday of the season to date for page views and video streams on It was also the #1 most social cable entertainment premiere of the day for tweets per unique author as well as the #1 most tweeted cable entertainment reality premiere of the day with almost 194,000 tweets and almost 48,000 unique authors.

So will the next episode continue the boost in viewership? From the messiness expected it seems likely. In the Feb 16th episode we’ll see Kenya planning a grand masquerade ball and trying to patch things up with NeNe, the guest of honor.  Kenya also plans a  bachelors’auction for NeNe’s favorite charity, but of course things go astray when it appears NeNe might not show up. Porsha, meanwhile, is preparing for her make-or-break audition for Kandi’s musical as Mama Joyce returns to turn up the drama yet again and stick her nose in Kandi and Todd’s relationship. Will you be watching?

‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ Dips In Ratings, Top Exec Steps Down

October 9th, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Source: WENN

Source: WENN

Well the hype for The Arsenio Hall Show didn’t last very long. Talk-show veteran Arsenio Hall just couldn’t hold the interests of his viewers — even after a stellar first week on the air.

Adding more to Hall’s troubles, Neal Kendall who has handled American Horror Story, Game of Thrones, Dexter and New Girl – all television gold — stepped down as executive producer of The Arsenio Hall Show, Indie Wire reports.

Could it be that both Arsenio and Neal were clashing when it came to the direction of the show? “A source indicated that Kendall’s exit was spurred in an effort to find a better creative fit for the comedian,” Variety says.

For now,  Eric Pankowski — lead writer for the WWE — is stepping in as the interim executive producer.

According to Indie Wire, it’s the dip in ratings for the late-night program that “likely prompted this change.”

“It’s just not funny enough (his opening monologue and the numerous skits inserted throughout each show); and also the interviews haven’t been all-that interesting, and I recommended that he reconsider his writing staff or style, and maybe even the show’s overall format,” the site says.

It seems like Paula Patton’s twerking, A$ap Rocky’s performance, an interview with New Girl‘s Max Greenfield, and Billy Ray Cyrus‘ appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show just wasn’t enough to retain his viewers.

Ya’ll Really Like This Show! Season 3 Premiere of ‘Scandal’ Reels in Historic Ratings

October 8th, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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olivia and fitz 2Last Thursday’s premiere of Scandal’s third season slayed!

Olivia Pope’s shenanigans debuted at No. 2 right behind The Big Bang Theory and before Grey’s Anatomy – a cushy spot to be in –  reeling in 10.5 million viewers, IndieWire announced.

These are the largest figures that Scandal has ever pulled; season one grabbed 7.3 million viewers while season two dipped down to 6.7 million viewers.

It gets better! The ABC drama series was No.1 on social media. On Thursday, the premiere fueled the largest influx of tweets in Scandal history: 712,877 postings about the show on Twitter!

With these stats, some critics — like the writer at Indie Wire — agree that Kerry Washington will remain on screen for a while. “[W]hile I’d posit that the series’ audience comprises heavily of black women, I’m sure there are also quite a few non-black white women (and men) who tune in as well,” the site says. “I won’t be surprised if ABC announces, before the season is over, that Scandal has been renewed for a 4th season, with numbers like this, that only seem to continue to improve.”

Other critics, including an African-American writer at The Washington Post, see Scandal as a twitter sensation—but not award-worthy material. “‘Scandal’ is not brilliant,” the paper says. “It’s a mostly watchable, sometimes painfully acted nighttime soap opera with lots of suspenseful music dubbed over the dramatic bits, and that’s a perfectly acceptable thing for it to be. But Emmy material? Err, folks, are we watching the same thing.”

Whatever. What’s your take on the Season 3 premiere of Scandal?

Queen Latifah’s Daytime Talk Show Debuts With Record-Setting Ratings

September 23rd, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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Queen Latifah has always been a game changer and her new daytime television is no different. For its debut last week, it pulled in ratings so strong that they actually made history. The syndicated talk show debuted with audience figures that made it highest-rated talk show premiere since Dr. Oz bowed in 2009, reports Target Market News. 

“The Queen Latifah Show” had a strong 1.7 households rating and a 5 share. “That represented double- and triple-digit increases over the same time period a year ago in a number of major markets. Among women 25-54, the show measured a .9 rating, and averaged an 80 percent increase in the time period from a year ago,” reports Target Market News.

This is Latifah’s second go-round in daytime TV. Her first show ran only from September 1999 to August 2001. This time is already turning out to be more successful.

Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment executive produced, along with Sony Pictures TV and her own Flavor Unit production company.

During its premiere week, Latifah’s new show depended on star power. Among her guests were  Will Smith, his daughter Willow Smith, actor John Travolta, Jamie Foxx and Sharon Stone, among others.

The CBS show airs nationally in 56 Nielsen metered markets.

Did you watch?