Wednesday TV Ratings: BLACK-ISH Starts Strong; RED BAND SOCIETY and MYSTERIES OF LAURA Drop

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The Fall 2014-15 TV season is upon us, which means regular TV ratings roundups have returned to Collider.  While live ratings are becoming less important as DVR playback, VOD, and digital media are transforming the television viewing landscape, they are still the major determining factor in which network shows succeed and fail.  Apologies for the late start this week, but here are the highlights from Wednesday, September 24th:

  • The new ABC comedy black-ish debuted rather strong with a 3.3 rating in the 18-49 demo, scoring 10.79 million viewers and retaining a hefty amount of the preceding Modern Family audience.  Might ABC have finally found a strong series to pair with its number one comedy?
  • Fox’s cancer-centric drama Red Band Society fell three tenths in its second week to a 1.0 rating and 3.4 million viewers.
  • NBC’s critically derided The Mysteries of Laura was down half a ratings point in its second week, as the Debra Messing-fronted drama earned a 1.5 rating in the demo and scored 9.9 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Wednesday, September 24th including Modern Family, The Goldbergs, Nashville, and more.

Watch Weird Al Yankovic Sing New Theme Songs for GAME OF THRONES, MAD MEN, SCANDAL, HOMELAND, and MODERN FAMILY at the Emmys

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With a traditional host like Seth Meyers at the helm, the 2014 Emmy Awards ceremony was steadily amusing but mostly unmemorable.  With that as the standard, it was a delightful treat when Weird Al Yankovic came out on stage to perform his version of the theme songs for Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Scandal, Homeland, and Modern Family.  Weird Al’s lyrics were appropriately silly and the jolt of musical energy was a breath of fresh air for the telecast.

Hit the jump to watch the Weird Al clip, plus Meyers’ introduction monologue, the “Billy on the Street” segment, and the audience questions bit.

2014 Emmy Award Winners: BREAKING BAD Wins Best Drama; MODERN FAMILY Wins Best Comedy

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The 2014 Emmy Award winners were announced tonight.  The ceremony was effectively dedicated to Breaking Bad, winning Best Drama for its final season.  It was widely presumed Matthew McConaughey would continue his awards run with an Emmy win for True Detective, but Bryan Cranston triumphed once again with his fourth Best Actor award.  Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul won for their supporting roles and Breaking Bad also took home Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.

Modern Family won Best Comedy, joining Frasier as the only series to win the award five times.  Hit the jump for the full list of 2014 Emmy Award Winners.

Julie Bowen Talks PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE, Getting Involved with the Sequel, Working inside the Recording Booth, and Her Most Bizarre Fan Encounter

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Julie Bowen gives voice to Dipper, the friendly, spirited air tanker in Disney’s new animated adventure-comedy, Planes:  Fire & Rescue, directed by Bobs Gannaway from a screenplay by Jeffrey Howard.  Dipper is a full-figured gal skilled at skimming lakes, scooping up thousands of gallons of water and dousing angry fires.  She’s also an avid air-racing fan with a major crush on the world-famous Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook).  When she learns he’s joining the fire and rescue squad at Piston Peak, she’s head-over-wheels with excitement.  Opening July 18th, the film also features the voices of Curtis Armstrong, Ed Harris, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Regina King, and Wes Studi.

At a recent roundtable interview, Bowen spoke about her character, when she first became involved, how she’s gotten huge cool points from her kids for being in the movie, why she didn’t practice the voice around the house, what it was like working inside the recording booth, how Shaun Cassidy inspired the mindset of her hopelessly romantic character, what it was like meeting Dane at the cast and crew screening, her most bizarre fan encounter, and the impact the syndication of her ABC comedy, Modern Family, has had on how people see her. Hit the jump to read the interview.

2014 Emmy Nominations Announced; TRUE DETECTIVE, FARGO, THE NORMAL HEART, and More Score Multiple Nods

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The 2014 Emmy Nominations were announced this morning, and they were about as surprising/disappointing as I expected.  We’re in the Golden Age of Television™, but no one seems to tell the Emmys.  Yes, True Detective and Fargo got some love, but so did the awful awards-bait The Normal Heart, which picked up four out of six nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.  Then there are the usual suspects: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, etc.  Among tge acting nominations, I would say I’m pleasantly surprised about Andre Braugher getting attention for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Brooklyn Nine-Nine and shocked that Kate Mara picked up an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series nomination when really her CGI stunt double deserves all the credit.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of the major Emmy nominations.  The Emmy Awards will air live on NBC, Monday, August 25th at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

Wednesday TV Ratings: ARROW Finale Down from Season 1; MODERN FAMILY and NASHVILLE Rise

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TV ratings for Wednesday, May 14th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The season two finale of The CW’s Arrow was even with last week’s 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.33 million viewers, though it was down 11% from the season one finale’s 0.9 rating.  The 100  matched last week’s 0.6 rating and notched 1.77 million viewers.  Read Dave’s recap of Arrow here.
  • ABC’s Modern Family was up 7% with a 3.1 rating and 8.79 million viewers, The Middle rose 19% to a 1.9 rating and 6.85 million viewers, Mixology matched last week’s 1.3 rating and garnered 3.92 million viewers, the season finale of Nashville was up one tenth to a 1.3 rating and 5.02 million viewers, and the series finale of Suburgatory rose 15% to a 1.5 rating and 5 million viewers.
  • NBC’s cancelled Revolution was even with last week’s 1.1 rating and notched 4 million viewers, Law & Order: SVU held stead with a 1.5 rating and 5.29 million viewers, and Chicago P.D. rose 14% to a 1.6 rating and 6.06 million viewers.
  • The season finale of Criminal Minds on CBS hit a 2.7 rating and pulled in 11.96 million viewers for a rise of 17%.

ABC Renews ONCE UPON A TIME, RESURRECTION, SCANDAL, and More; Orders HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER and Others to Series

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It’s ABC’s turn to get in on the renewal/pilot order fun, as the network has renewed three dramas and ordered a few others to series.  Briefly:

  • ABC has renewed the drama series Scandal (duh), Modern Family (more duh), Once Upon a Time, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Revenge, The Goldbergs, The Middle, and freshman show Resurrection to return next season.
  • The network has also ordered three new dramas to series: the Viola Davis-fronted legal thriller How to Get Away with Murder from creator Shonda Rhimes, the racially charged American Crime from 12 Years a Slave scribe John Ridley, and the alien-invasion show The Whispers from executive producer Steven Spielberg.
  • On the comedy side, the pilots for Anthony Anderson’s Black-ish, the Karen Gillan-fronted Selfie, the romantic comedy Manhattan Love Story, and creator Dan Fogelman’s (The Neighbors) musical fairy tale Galavant have been ordered to series.

Hit the jump for synopsis and casting info for the new series.

Wednesday TV Ratings: ARROW Rises; NASHVILLE Returns to Series Low

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TV ratings for Wednesday, April 30th are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • The CW’s Arrow rose 14% from last week’s series low 0.7 rating to a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo, garnering 2.25 million viewers.  The 100, meanwhile, was even with last week’s 0.6 rating and scored 1.9 milion viewers.  Read Dave’s Arrow recap here.
  • ABC’s Nashville returned to a series low 1.2 rating and 4.49 million viewers, which is down 20% from its last original episode’s 1.5 rating.

Hit the jump for the rest of the ratings report, including Revolution, Modern Family, CSI, and more.

Wednesday TV Ratings: ARROW Matches Series Low; MODERN FAMILY Ticks Up

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TV ratings for Wednesday, April 23rd have been released.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The CW’s Arrow was even with last week’s series low 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.19 million viewers, despite apparently game-changing events occurring.  Read Dave’s recap here and click here for our interview with the show’s executive producer about the fallout from the episode.  Elsewhere on The CW, The 100 rose a tenth to a 0.6 rating and notched 1.94 million viewers.
  • ABC’s Modern Family ticked up a tenth to a 3.4 rating and scored 9.25 million viewers, The Middle dropped two tenths to a 1.8 rating and 6.85 million viewers, Suburgatory was down a tenth to a 1.6 rating and 5.25 million viewers, and Mixology rose three tenths to a 1.5 rating and garnered 4.15 million viewers.

Wednesday TV Ratings: ARROW and MIXOLOGY Rise; THE 100 Drops

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TV ratings for Wednesday, March 26th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The CW’s Arrow rose a tenth from last week to a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.57 million viewers, while The 100 dropped two tenths to a 0.7 rating and scored 2.26 million viewers.  Read Dave’s Arrow recap here.
  • ABC’s The Middle dipped one tenth to a 1.9 rating and 7.07 million viewers, Suburgatory dropped two tenths to a series low-tying 1.4 rating and 4.87 million viewers, Modern Family ticked up a tenth to a 3.5 rating and 9.69 million viewers, Mixology rose half a ratings point to a 1.7 rating and scored 4.90 million viewers, and Nashville dropped one tenth to a 1.3 rating and scored 5.06 million viewers.

Ty Burrell Talks MUPPETS MOST WANTED, What it Was Like Working with the Muppets, FINDING DORY, MODERN FAMILY, and More

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With Muppets Most Wanted now in theaters, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with Ty Burrell.  In the sequel, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit gets mistaken for his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine.  The film stars Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and features a ton of celebrity cameos.  For more on the film, watch 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, or check out all our previous coverage which features TV spots, clips, interviews, and more.

In my interview with Burrell he talked about how quickly he signed on to the film, how he was offered the role, what it was like working with the Muppets, how they’re incredible improvisers, Finding Dory, Modern Family, and more. Hit the jump to watch.

Wednesday TV Ratings: MODERN FAMILY Ticks Down; REVOLUTION Steady at Series Low

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TV ratings for Wednesday, March 12th have arrived.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • ABC’s Modern Family notched a 3.3 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 9.08 million viewers for a drop of one tenth from last week’s rating.  Elsewhere at the network, The Middle was even with last week’s 1.9 rating and scored 7.17 million viewers, Suburgatory dropped three tenths to a series low-tying 1.4 rating and 5.18 million viewers, Mixology dropped two tenths to a 1.5 rating and 4.22 million viewers, and Nashville closed out the night down one tenth to a 1.4 rating and 4.93 million viewers.
  • Over on NBC, Revolution was even with last week’s series low 1.3 and garnered 4.69 million viewers, Law & Order: SVU matched last week’s 1.6 rating and scored 6.25 million viewers, and Chicago PD rose a tenth to a 1.6 rating and brought in 5.85 million viewers.
  • Fresh off renewals for both series, CBS’ Criminal Minds hit a 2.3 rating and 10.72 million viewers for a drop of three tenths and CSI rose three tenths to a 2.0 rating and 10 million viewers.

Wednesday TV Ratings: ARROW and TOMORROW PEOPLE Drop to Series Lows; MODERN FAMILY Ticks Up

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TV ratings for Wednesday, March 5th, are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The CW’s Arrow was down 22% to a series low 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.19 million viewers.  The Tomorrow People also hit a series low, dropping 20% to a 0.4 rating and 1.33 million viewers.  Read Dave’s recap of Arrow here.
  • Over on ABC, The Middle was up 12% to a 1.9 rating and 7.15 million viewers, Suburgatory rose 21% to a 1.7 rating and 5.57 million viewers, Modern Family ticked up 6% to a 3.3 rating and 9.01 million viewers, Mixology dipped 6% to a 1.6 rating and 4.48 million viewers, and Nashvile rose 8% to a 1.4 rating and 4.85 million viewers.
  • NBC’s Revolution matched last week’s series low 1.3 rating and scored 4.77 million viewers, Law & Order: SVU dropped 20% to a 2.0 rating and 6.03 million viewers, and Chicago P.D. dropped 15% to a series low-tying 1.5 rating and 6.07 million viewers.
  • CBS’ Criminal Minds garnered a 2.6 rating and 11.37 million viewers for a rise of 18%, while CSI was down 15% to a 1.7 rating and 9.19 million viewers.

Wednesday TV Ratings: ARROW Dips, REVOLUTION Matches Series Low, and MIXOLOGY Debuts Soft

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TV ratings for Wednesday, February 26th, are in.  Briefly:

  • The CW’s Arrow hit a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.46 million viewers, dipping one tenth from its last episode.  The Tomorrow People, on the other hand, matched its last episode’s 0.5 rating and garnered 1.51 million viewers.  Read Dave’s recap of Arrow here.
  • Over on NBC, Revolution matched its last episode’s series low 1.3 rating and notched just 4.59 million viewers, Law & Order: SVU was up two tenths to a 2.0 rating and 7.7 million viewers, and Chicago PD rose half a ratings point to a 2.2 rating and 8.03 million viewers.
  • ABC’s series premiere of Mixology was the lowest-rated premiere in the post-Modern Family slot ever, hitting only a 1.8 rating and 5.22 million viewers.  Elsewhere on the network, Modern Family dropped to a season low 3.1 rating and 8.57 million viewers, Suburgatory dropped to a season low-tying 1.5 rating and 5.3 million viewers, and The Middle also tied its season low with a 1.8 rating and 7.1 million viewers.
  • CBS’ Criminal Minds dropped two tenths to a 2.3 rating and 9.5 million viewers.

Wednesday TV Ratings: ARROW Down, NASHVILLE Ties Series Low, and SUPER FUN NIGHT Rises

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TV ratings for Wednesday, February 5th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Last night’s episode of Arrow dropped 9% from last week to a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo, scoring 2.75 million viewers.  Elsewhere on The CW, The Tomorrow People fell 29% to a series low 0.5 rating and drew 1.37 million viewers.  Read Dave’s recap of Arrow here.
  • The 200th episode of CBS’ Criminal Minds notched a 2.8 rating and garnered 12.81 million viewers, rising 27% from its last original episode, and CSI rose 25% to a 2.0 rating and 11.02 million viewers.
  • Over on ABC, The Middle dipped 4% to a 2.2 rating and 8.67 million viewers, Suburgatory rose 13% to a 1.7 rating and 6.22 million viewers, Modern Family ticked up 3% to a 3.5 rating and 10 million viewers, Super Fun Night rose 23% to a 1.6 rating and 4.98 million viewers, and Nashville dropped 13% to a series low-tying 1.3 rating and 5.11 million viewers.
  • NBC’s Law & Order: SVU dropped 10% to a 1.8 rating and 6.36 million viewers, while Chicago P.D. was even with last week’s 1.7 rating and scored 6.13 million viewers.
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