What Doctor Who is telling us about the changing ways we watch TV

Earlier today, the BBC released new internal ratings figures for Doctor Who's most recent season, and they show it's becoming a growing trend that less and less people are watching live. But this isn't just happening to Doctor Who, it's happening for TV all over - especially when it comes to genre TV. » 11/28/14 6:03pm 11/28/14 6:03pm

Nielsen: We've Been Getting TV Ratings Wrong Since March

Nielsen, the far-too-powerful institution that measures television ratings—and by association, is the governing body by which hundreds of thousands working in the television industry are beholden to for their very livelihood—announced today a major fuck-up: A system error has resulted in faulty ratings reports since… » 10/10/14 1:54pm 10/10/14 1:54pm

The Thriving Industry That Helps Encourage Book Censorship

We have rating systems for movies, television shows, and video games—so why not rating systems for books? That's the thought behind services that rate books with the aim of helping parents and protecting children. But these services are contributing to censorship in schools—and harming public education in the process. » 10/01/14 12:09pm 10/01/14 12:09pm

Outlander set a ratings record for Starz and, defying stereotype, the audience was 45% male. 720,000 watched the premiere on Saturday, reaching 2.3 million over the weekend. Add in 1.4 million from online and VOD airings and the total audience is 3.7 million. [TV Line] » 8/11/14 7:43pm 8/11/14 7:43pm

Don't get too attached to Intelligence -- its ratings are in freefall

Television shows often seem to experience huge ratings drop-offs after their first episodes. But even so, this is really something. Intelligence went from 16.6 million viewers in its first week to 6.1 million in its second. » 1/27/14 10:09am 1/27/14 10:09am

Torchwood: Miracle Day ratings drifting into apocalyptic territory?

When Torchwood: Miracle Day premiered on Starz, the show was getting in the neighborhood of 1.5 million viewers, which was respectable but about the same as Starz' recently-cancelled Camelot. With the second episode, the show dipped to about 1.4 million, and Entertainment Weekly warned that if it dipped much further,… » 8/25/11 11:30am 8/25/11 11:30am

Doctor Who's season opener was the show's worst-rated debut since its…

Only about 6.4 million Brits watched the first episode of Doctor Who season six, "The Impossible Astronaut," according to overnight ratings, versus 8 million for last year's "The Eleventh Hour." » 4/25/11 2:34pm 4/25/11 2:34pm

Five comic book characters whose movies should be rated R

No matter what Rob Liefeld thinks, we're not sure that Deadpool needs an R rating. But there are some characters we're dying to see in salty, untamed R-rated action. Here are five comic-book heroes whose movies shouldn't be for kids.

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What went wrong with Caprica?

Producer David Eick promised we'd know the fate of Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica by August 15, but there's been no word. Is the show doomed? We hope not. But it hasn't gotten BSG-level ratings. What do you think went wrong? » 8/18/10 9:30am 8/18/10 9:30am

Futurama leads Comedy Central to its best Thursday night ever

Comedy Central gambled on bringing back Futurama, and it's already paid off, big time. Thursday was the channel's best night of the year, and its best Thursday evening ever. Futurama got 2.9 million viewers and ruled among key demographics. » 6/28/10 4:20pm 6/28/10 4:20pm

What Will The Post-Lost, Post-Heroes Era Look Like?

Two genre TV shows really broke out of the pack and captured the popular imagination in the past half-decade: Lost and Heroes. They both showed how genre TV can rule the DVR era. What's going to happen when they're gone? » 3/02/10 1:37pm 3/02/10 1:37pm

Heroes' Season Finale Beats Jay Leno's Ratings... Barely.

Heroes "failed to see a bounce" for its story's climax, says Variety. The show got 4.4 million viewers, barely beating the 4.3 million who tuned into Jay Leno's almost-final 10 PM show. But Heroes still might get a fifth season. » 2/09/10 11:00am 2/09/10 11:00am

Caprica's Ratings Slide Verges On The Apocalyptic

We loved the second week of the Battlestar Galactica prequel, but viewers didn't. Only about 1.4 million viewers watched it on Friday night, down from 1.6 million the first week. (For an episode that wasn't available on DVD beforehand.) [TVByTheNumbers] » 2/01/10 3:00pm 2/01/10 3:00pm

Caprica's Ratings: Much Worse Than BSG Or Stargate Universe

Nobody should be surprised that Caprica's debut pulled in weak ratings on Friday. The pilot was on DVD for months, and viewable online. And the show was opposite a Haiti fundraiser telecast. The real test? This Friday's all-new episode. [THR] » 1/25/10 2:30pm 1/25/10 2:30pm

Light The Tiki Torches And Celebrate! Chuck's Back On Top!

The return of Chuck garnered its best ratings since its 3-D episode, with an estimated 7.7 million viewers watching the first hour and 7.2 million the second... making Chuck one of NBC's most successful scripted dramas. Recap coming tomorrow. [THR] » 1/11/10 12:30pm 1/11/10 12:30pm

Official: SGU Bigger Than Dollhouse... For Now

Despite being on a cable channel versus broadcast network, Syfy's Stargate Universe won the first round of its timeslot clash with Fox's Dollhouse on Friday, delivering the most viewers for the Stargate franchise in four years. » 10/04/09 7:00am 10/04/09 7:00am

Friday Ratings Disappoint For Dollhouse, Smallville

Not a good sign for Dollhouse or Smallville last night; both shows' premieres averaged around 2.5 million viewers (with Dollhouse slightly ahead), a drop compared with last season's final episodes. Time to start the deathwatches again, perhaps? [Mediaweek] » 9/26/09 9:00am 9/26/09 9:00am

Heroes Takes A Steep Dive In The Ratings

Only six million people watched last night's two-hour season premiere of Heroes, down 46 percent from last year's season premiere. House, meanwhile, rose 14 percent from last year, hitting 16.5 million, and Big Bang Theory soared 28 percent. [THR] » 9/22/09 11:30am 9/22/09 11:30am

Warehouse 13's Debut Is A Ratings Win, But Can It Beat Eureka?

The first episode of storehouse-of-weirdness show Warehouse 13 was the top-rated cable show of the night, with 3.5 million viewers. That doesn't beat Eureka's 4.1 million debut. » 7/09/09 1:18pm 7/09/09 1:18pm

Terminator's Survival Instincts Kick In

Don't call it a comeback, but the audience for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has grown for the second week running. Has the show turned a corner in its ratings woes? » 3/23/09 6:30am 3/23/09 6:30am