Sunday TV Ratings: FAMILY GUY Tops the Demo; ONCE UPON A TIME Falls to Series Low

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TV ratings for Sunday, April 13th are in, though CBS’ early numbers aren’t helpful since the programming suffered a delay due to The Masters tournament.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Fox’s Family Guy scored the night’s highest ratings in the 18-49 demo with a 2.1 rating and 4.28 million viewers, though it was down 9% from last week’s episode.  Elsewhere on the network, Bob’s Burgers fell 11% to a 0.8 rating and 1.89 million viewers, American Dad dropped 8% to a 1.1 rating and 2.33 million viewers, The Simpsons dipped 16% to a 1.6 rating and 3.59 million viewers, and the excellent Cosmos notched a 1.2 rating and 3.5 million viewers for a drop of 20%.
  • ABC’s Once Upon a Time was down 21% to 1.9 rating and 6.25 million viewers, which ties its series low.  Resurrection dropped 9% to its own series low 2.0 rating and 7.12 million viewers, and Revenge matched last week’s series low with a 1.3 rating and 5.11 million viewers.
  • Over on NBC, Believe was even with last week’s series low 1.0 rating and scored 4.36 million viewers, while Crisis ticked up 10% to a 1.1 rating and 4.02 million viewers.

Sunday TV Ratings: GAME OF THRONES Premiere Scores Highest HBO Ratings Since THE SOPRANOS Finale

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TV ratings for Sunday evening are in, and unsurprisingly HBO has a stellar night.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • The season four premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones scored a record 6.6 million viewers, which is up a whopping 2.2 million from last year’s 4.4 million premiere.  Adding in the encore’s 1.6 million viewers, the show totaled 8.2 million viewers on Sunday night.  The opener topped the previous Game of Thrones record of 5.5 million, which it hit in the third episode of season three, and last night’s episode was the most-watched HBO telecast since the series finale of The Sopranos.
  • Additionally, the series premiere of the excellent new comedy series Silicon Valley brought in 2 million viewers, scoring the network’s biggest half-hour launch since 2009’s Hung.  The season three premiere of Veep (also fantastic) averaged 1 million viewers, which is even with its season two finale.

Hit the jump for the rest of the ratings report for Sunday, April 6th, including Once Upon a Time, Believe, Crisis, Family Guy, and more.

Sunday TV Ratings: THE WALKING DEAD Ends Season with Strong 15.7 Million Viewers, But Down from Premiere; BELIEVE and CRISIS Drop

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TV ratings for Sunday evening are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • AMC closed out its fourth season finale of The Walking Dead last night to the tune of 15.7 million viewers, which is a finale record for the show.  This is the first time in the series’ history that its finale numbers were lower than its premiere numbers, as the season four premiere scored 16.2 million viewers.  That said, 15.7 million viewers is nothing to scoff at—especially on cable TV.  Read Dave’s full recap here.
  • NBC’s new drama series, however, did not do so hot.  Believe dropped 8% to a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 4.81 million viewers, and Crisis was down 23% to a 1.0 rating and 4.32 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the rest of the ratings report for Sunday, March 30th, including Resurrection, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, Once Upon a Time, and more.


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TV ratings for Sunday, March 23rd are in, though CBS’ programming was delayed due to NCAA basketball so those initial numbers are inaccurate at the moment.  Here’s the brief rundown for the rest of the networks:

  • Fox’s Animation Domination kicked off with a new episode of Bob’s Burgers, which ticked up one tenth to a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.54 million viewers.  American Dad was down a tenth to a 1.3 rating and notched 2.71 million viewers, The Simpsons matched last week’s 1.9 rating and raked in 3.93 million viewers, Family Guy was down a tenth to a 2.2 rating and 4.28 million viewers, and Cosmos dropped three tenths to a 1.7 rating and garnered 4.23 million viewers.
  • Over on NBC, new drama series Believe dropped three tenths to a 1.2 rating and 5.06 million viewers, while new drama Crisis was also down three tenths to a 1.3 rating and 5.04 million viewers.
  • ABC’s new drama Resurrection also dropped, waning six tenths to a 2.5 rating and 9.22 million viewers.  Once Upon a Time was down four tenths to a 2.0 rating and 6.61 million viewers, while Revenge dipped one tenth to a 1.6 rating and 5.71 million viewers.

Sunday TV Ratings: RESURRECTION Drops Slightly for Solid Hold; BELIEVE Plummets

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TV ratings for Sunday, March 16th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • ABC’s new series Resurrection dropped 21% from its premiere with a 3.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and 10.8 million viewers, but it still remained the top program of the night.  Elsewhere on the network, Once Upon a Time dropped 4% to a 2.3 rating and 7.47 million viewers, while Revenge was down 11% to a 1.7 rating and 6.17 million viewers.
  • Over on Fox, Bob’s Burgers rose 22% to a 1.1 rating and 2.49 million viewers, American Dad dipped 13% to a 1.3 rating and 2.75 million viewers, Family Guy rose 5% to a 2.3 rating and 4.59 million viewers, and Cosmos dropped 10% to a 2.1 rating and 4.91 million viewers.
  • NBC’s Believe suffered a massive drop following last week’s premiere, dipping 48% to a 1.4 rating and 6.17 million viewers.  The premiere of Crisis hit a 1.6 rating and scored 6.51 million viewers.
  • CBS’ The Good Wife was even with last week’s 1.3 rating and scored 8.38 million viewers, while The Mentalist dropped 19% to a 1.3 rating and scored 8.66 million viewers.

Monday TV Ratings: HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Drops, THE FOLLOWING Hits Another Series Low, and BELIEVE Premieres Soft

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TV ratings for Monday, March 10th, are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The series premiere of NBC’s new drama Believe, with a pilot directed by Alfonso Cuaron, garnered a 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 10.7 million viewers.  This marks the lowest-rated Monday drama debut in the post-The Voice timeslot.
  • CBS’s How I Met Your Mother suffered a ratings drop of half a point with a 2.7 rating and 7.7 million viewers.  Mike & Molly hit a series low 1.8 rating and scored 7.67 million viewers for a drop of four tenths, and Intelligence ticked up a tenth to a 1.3 rating and 6.53 million viewers.
  • Over on Fox, Bones scored a 1.7 rating and 6.51 million viewers for a dip of one tenth, while The Following hit yet another series low with a 1.5 rating and 4.88 million viewers.  That’s down one tenth from last week’s episode.
  • The CW’s Star-Crossed dropped one tenth to a 0.3 rating and 1.04 million viewers, while Beauty and the Beast dipped one tenth to a series low 0.2 rating and 810,000 viewers.

Watch the 2-Minute Opening Shot from Alfonso Cuarón’s NBC Series BELIEVE

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Filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón just won the Oscar for Best Director, but you don’t have to wait long to see the talented director’s next project.  In the midst of the very lengthy post-production process on Gravity, Cuarón made his first foray into television by writing and directing the pilot for NBC’s new drama series Believe.  The network has now released the first two minutes of the show online ahead of its Monday premiere, and it’s fittingly one of the director’s signature long, unbroken shots.  The story centers on a wrongfully-imprisoned death row inmate who is broken out of jail in order to protect a young girl with powerful abilities.  Cuarón also serves as an executive producer on the show alongside J.J. Abrams, and this is definitely a promising opening for the show.

Hit the jump to watch the first two minutes of the series.  The show stars Johnny SequoyahDelroy Lindo, and Kyle MacLachlanBelieve premieres on NBC Monday, March 10th at 10pm ET.

Friday Box Office: FROZEN Takes First From THE HOBBIT 2; New Releases Struggling

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We’ve seen five new releases in three last three days, but not one of them are playing for first place this weekend.  In fact, only one of them made it into Friday’s top five (The Wolf of Wall Street), and two of them missed the top ten altogether.  The real action this weekend is between blockbuster holdovers The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Frozen.  Estimates put Disney in front on Friday, though it looks like Bilbo may still be able to pull off a third weekend on top of the domestic box office.  Here’s a look at the top ten, as of Friday’s estimates.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Frozen $10,254,000 $229.8
2.  The Hobbit 2 $10,110,000 $170.5
3.  Anchorman 2 $7,143,000 $71.1
4.  American Hustle $6,400,000 $46.8
5.  The Wolf of Wall Street $6,257,000 $22
6.  Saving Mr. Banks $4,721,000 $28.5
7.  Secret Life of Walter Mitty $4,540,000 $17.1
8.  Catching Fire $3,400,000 $384.3
9.  47 Ronin $3,400,000 $14.1
10.  Walking With Dinosaurs $2,500,000 $16.1

Details after the jump.

Director Jon M. Chu Talks JUSTIN BIEBER’S BELIEVE, Comparing Concert Tours to Feature Films, G.I. JOE 3, RUN, MATCHED, and More

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Whether it’s the G.I. Joe films, the Step Up franchise, Justin Bieber documentaries or the web series The LXD, director Jon M. Chu brings a stunning visual style to all of his work.  In the latest Justin Bieber documentary Believe, the 19-year-old is both unfiltered and brutally honest.  Including brand new interviews with the pop star, the movie reveals long-awaited answers to questions about his passion to make music, relationships and coming of age in the spotlight, as well as never-before-seen concert footage and unprecedented behind-the-scenes access.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, filmmaker Jon M. Chu talked about what he wanted to achieve with this new Bieber documentary, how his motivation was to show the pop star as a human being, whether he thinks Bieber will ultimately take the right path, how being the creative director of a concert tour compares to directing films, where his creative inspiration came from, growing up, and how many more Bieber documentaries there could be.  He also talked about what made him want to direct G.I. Joe 3, how they’re in the middle of designing and creating the world right now and writing the script, with a goal to start shooting in 2014, how he loves getting feedback and input from fans, what ultimately made him drop out of directing Masters of the Universe, and how he’d like to be able to direct two movies a year.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

First Trailer for Documentary JUSTIN BIEBER’S BELIEVE

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The first trailer for director Jon M. Chu’s documentary Justin Bieber’s Believe has been released online.  The film, which was shot quickly and quietly, marks the documentary follow-up to Chu’s previous Bieber documentary Never Say Never and is his next feature film after helming the blockbuster sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  Surprisingly, this trailer teases a film that appears to be more than simply glorifying a teen idol, as Chu is seen asking Bieber candid questions that address the singer’s more salty behavior.  At the end of the day, though, this documentary is for the fans, and there’s also plenty of singing, dancing, and shirtless Bieber to keep them happy.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Justin Bieber’s Believe opens on Christmas Day.

First Trailer for Alfonso Cuaron and J.J. Abrams’ New NBC Drama Series BELIEVE

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Last week we saw a number of trailers and images for all of the networks’ new series that will debut this fall, but one was curiously left out: NBC’s Believe.  The series’ trailer has now landed online, and the story centers on a wrongfully-imprisoned death row inmate who is broken out of jail in order to protect a young girl with powerful abilities.  The pilot was written and directed by Alfonso Cuaron, who also executive produces the series alongside J.J. Abrams.  Unsurprisingly this trailer makes Believe look very promising, and I’m really looking forward to seeing more from the show in the near future.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The series stars Johnny Sequoyah, Delroy Lindo, and Kyle MacLachlanBelieve will premiere on NBC midseason, so don’t expect it on the airwaves until sometime after the new year.


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While everyone associates Bad Robot with J.J. Abrams, he actually has a producing partner that rarely does press and usually stays out of the limelight: Bryan Burk.  If you look over his IMDb profile, you’ll see he’s tremendously involved in all Bad Robot productions and was a key component in both Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness.

With the movie getting ready to premiere around the world, I recently landed an exclusive interview with the busy producer.  During our wide-ranging interview, we talked about making the sequel, the editing process, the secrecy, the title, if we’ll get Star Trek 3 in less than four years, whether a new Star Trek TV show could happen in the near future, and more.  We also talked about other Bad Robot productions like Star Wars, Mission: Impossible 5, Infinitely Polar BearPerson of Interest, Revolution, Alfonso Cuaron‘s pilot Believe, Karl Urban‘s pilot Almost Human, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

NBC Orders J.J. Abrams/Alfonso Cuaron’s BELIEVE, Jason Katims’ ABOUT A BOY, Gillian Anderson Drama CRISIS, and Sean Hayes Comedy to Series

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The networks are gearing up to announce their fall schedules next week at the upfronts, but this week we’re starting to learn which pilots have been picked up to series.  We saw Fox’s orders last night, and here’s a look at some of the series moving ahead at NBC:

  • BelieveKyle MacLachlan, Johnny Sequoyah, and Delroy Lindo star in this supernatural drama series that follows the unlikely friendship between a gifted young girl and a man recently released from prison.  Alfonso Cuaron, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, and Mark Friedman will executive produce, and Cuaron directed the pilot.
  • CrisisGillian Anderson, Dermot Mulroney, and Rachel Taylor star in this drama series about Washington’s government being pulled into an international conspiracy.  Rand Ravich and Far Shariat (Life) will executive produce.  Phillip Noyce directed the pilot.
  • About a BoyDavid Walton, Minnie Driver, and Al Madrigal star in this comedy series adaptation of the Nick Hornby book and subsequent 2002 film.  Jason Katims (Parenthood, Friday Night Lights) will executive produce, and Jon Favreau directed the pilot.
  • Sean Saves the WorldSean Hayes, Linda Lavin, and Thomas Lennon star in this multi-camera sitcom about a man trying to parent his teenage daughter and appease his boss.  Victor Fresco (Better Off Ted) and Todd Milliner (Hot in Cleveland) will executive produce.

Hit the jump for news regarding the other two comedy pilots order to series, as well as full synopses for all six shows.

J.J. Abrams Receives Pilot Orders for BELIEVE and Untitled Cops & Robots Series

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Before he landed the job of directing the next Star Wars movie, J.J. Abrams was responsible for producing a television show or two. Now he’ll get a chance to bring two more into your living room as Abrams has landed pilot orders for a pair of sci-fi series.  The first, titled Believe and co-written by Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Friedman, centers on young girl with powers who is protected from those who hunt her by an ex-con.  The second untitled show involves law enforcement officers of the LAPD, some of whom happen to be androids.  Abrams will re-team with Fringe writer/director J.H. Wyman on this one.  Hit the jump for more.

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