Ratings Archive: 3 LBS (Season 1)

3-lbs-logo CBS promoted their next medical drama as the “next best medical drama”, which happened to replace the short-lived drama SMITH, which was only on the air for three episodes. As this “next best medical drama” turned out to be a bust as well, CBS also cancelled 3 LBS, effectively giving CBS some nightmares , because two of their dramas have been killed within weeks. 3LBS starred Stanley Tucci and mark Feuerstein, portraying brain surgeons, and therefore giving interested viewers an opportunity to take a peek inside a medical business no one really cared about.

The original pilot starred Dylan McDermott and Reiko Aylesworth, giving the latter a chance to continue starring on television, after her beloved character on 24 got killed off in a car explosion in the Fall of 2005. But as it seems, McDermott and Aylesworth were the lucky ones, since they don’t have to be connected with a quickly cancelled show. CBS was patient enough to still air another episode, after the ratings for episode 2 already dropped a little bit, but after the third week, the network pulled the plug, and everyone else forgot about the show. The five unaired episode have been made available on Amazon Unbox, meaning 3 LBS was at least good enough to be burned off somewhere outside of television.

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Ratings Archive: SCARLETT

scarlett-logoThe sequel to GONE WITH THE WIND founds its way to CBS in 1994, in the form of an 8-hour miniseries, aired over the course of five days, which seems to be a rare thing to do for broadcast networks. Spanning a six-year storyline, SCARLETT dealt with its titular heroine on a mission to win back her dashing husband, but not without living through some emotional moments and live events in the process. For miniseries standards, SCARLETT was a complex shoot, filming in more than 50 locations domestic and international, and housing a very juicy cast of big names, with Joanne Whalley-Kilmer leading the ensemble that consisted of Timothy Dalton, Sean Bean, Camden predator Stephen Collins, Colm Meaney, Annabeth Gish, Jean Smart, Ray McKinnon (the guy who created RECTIFY, your favorite-ever Sundance original series) and Paul Winfield, and that’s just the names I know and can connect with a face.

The miniseries was a smashing success for CBS. Even though the airing of the first part (on a Sunday) was the highest-rated of the four-pack, the miniseries stayed constantly high in the charts following the first part, and constantly solid as well. I guess when Americans knew they could start watching a series, knowing it will end in a couple of days, they will tune in.

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category-7-the-end-of-the-worldTwo-part miniseries were starting to become extinct in the 21st century, but when some networks had the opportunity to produce a two-parter, they weren’t necessarily airing on back-to-back days. Because CBS had a lot of programming they didn’t want to give up during the November sweeps, their 2005 miniseries disaster offering CATEGORY 7: THE END OF THE WORLD, aired on two consecutive Sundays, giving the viewers an opportunity to forget all about the first part when tuning in for the second part. The premise of the four-hour disaster movie was simple: A category 7 hurricane is potentially destroying the world, after a couple of category 6 storms that were depicted in CATEGORy 6: DAY OF DESTRUCTION (which makes this miniseries a sequel), form into this apocalyptic storm, ready to blow everything out of proportion.

The two parts aired on Sundays at 9:00pm, and turned out to be the top-rated miniseries of the 2005/2006 TV season. Which doesn’t have to mean a lot though, since miniseries were living through an extinction event themselves. Of course, before CATEGORY 7: THE END OF THE WORLD was aired, critics were already panning CBS for airing the miniseries shortly after almost a handful of real-life hurricanes were throwing up on America. Katrina and Rita have already been hit while Wilma was hitting the US the same month CATEGORY 7: THE END OF THE WORLD was slated to air. I guess CBS didn’t really care whether real-life idiots cared about global warming, and waiting for a miniseries to air when there are no more hurricanes in the US is pretty much stupid.

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Ratings Archive: THE INVADERS

the-invaders-logoFOX’s 1995 remake of the 1960s science-fiction alien invasion show THE INVADERS aired as a two-part event on Sunday, November 12 and Tuesday, November 14, 1995. While the two-season show was suddenly cancelled, even though it sort of delivered a round ending (maybe it didn’t, I just read that from Wikipedia), FOX’s version was only three hours long and starred future Enterprise captain Scott Bakula, who is the one person on this planet to stop the titular invaders, before they destroy the Earth, because maybe that’s what all alien invaders wanna do at some point.

As usual, two-part miniseries were able to get higher ratings with the second part for some reason (someone needs to do research on that, because why would people watch a second part when they haven’t watched the first part, especially in the 1990s?), but THE INVADERS, which is also known under the title “The New Invaders”, did not manage to be part of that series of ratings successes. THE INVADERS lost two and a half million viewers over the two days, though the ratings were still acceptable enough for FOX to consider the miniseries “mediocre”. As FOX only seemed to have with their sitcoms on Sundays and THE X-FILES, any program that pushes FOX off the bottom 10 of the weekly Nielsen charts could be considered a major success. And THE INVADERS did exactly that, though the second part was close to kissing the bottom rows.

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Ratings Archive: PROJECT RUNWAY: JUNIOR (Season 1)

project-runway-junior-s1-logoI guess I won’t have any trouble at all filling this blog with ratings PDFs, when cable networks were shitting out one show after another during the second decade of the 21st century, and as soon as one of the shows is successful enough, a spin-off has to air immediately. I haven’t looked at any ratings of PROJECT RUNWAY yet, but here are the first-season ratings of its teenage spin-off, which decided to take a look at how minors make it in the world of fashion, pretty much forcing them into the same world like their adult versions. Okay, I haven’t seen a single episode of PROJECT RUNWAY, but from what I know and have seen on AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (I actually watched an entire season of that show), the fashion world doesn’t make you a nice person. By the way: PROJECT RUNWAY: JUNIOR is the eight (!) direct spin-off of PROJECT RUNWAY. Talking about airing a show to death…

For Lifetime, PROJECT RUNWAY: JUNIOR was solid enough. Not quite successful to smash any kind of ratings record, but successful enough to not crash and burn. Lifetime might have been unable to up the timeslot average on Thursdays, but viewers were obviously interested in teens making clothes for pretty people only. On the plus side: The season, which was interrupted by the holidays in December 2015, ended on a high note. Also: Even though the viewers crashed down below one million viewers at one point, the ratings stayed steady. It looks like Lifetime has another show on their hands they can air to death. A second season was ordered.

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the-big-one-the-great-los-angeles-earthquake-logoOne year after the Loma Pietra earthquake hit Los Angeles (October 1989), which famously interrupted the pre-game ceremonies of a World Series game and was therefore rarely captured on television (in fact, the first earthquake captured live on television – clips can be found on Youtube), American interest in all things earthquakes seemed to spike going into 1990. In addition, seismologists were predicting that the an earthquake among the New Madrid faultline would eventually happen – not to forget the actual big one that has been predicted to destroy everything on top of the San Andreas faultline. To jump on the earthquake hype after the October 1989 World Series earthquake, NBC quickly ordered a two-part disaster movie that would deal with the titular “big one”, and kill dozens of main characters (probably) in the process.

THE GREAT LOS ANGELES EARTHQUAKE found its airing on Sunday and Monday, November 11 and 12 of 1990. As usual, it was airing against movie fare on Sundays, and MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL on Mondays (in which Philadelphia beat Washington). And NBC won both timeslot duels with their two-part earthquake disaster, even going so far as placing #4 in the weekly Nielsen charts with the second part, being the most successful drama entry of that week. And once more it looks like 2-part miniseries can get an even larger audience and better ratings with their second parts. Or to be exact, with their Monday airings.

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Ratings Archive: GEEK CHARMING

geek-charming-logoThe Disney Channel decided on November 11, 2011 that the geeks shall inherit the Earth. In this version of the old geek/popular love story, the popular girl drops a designer handbag into a mall fountain, and the geek, who wants to shoot a documentary in his school, picks it up. Love ensues, and at the end GEEK CHARMING, which is based on the same-titled novel) is just another teenage love story set in a high school, starring a couple of pretty faces who might end up on a The CW show a few years later.

On that Friday night, GEEK CHARMING collected 4.91 million viewers in front of the television, and was that day’s highest-viewed telecast among kids of all ages, as well as Cable television’s most-viewed telecast of that Friday. Among Kids 6-11, 2.2 million tuned in (9.0 rating), and among Tweens 9-14, 1.9 million decided to show up for this high school romance (8.1 rating). With adults 18-49, because they turn into the Disney Channel as well, the TV movie delivered a 0.8/2. among persons 12-34, GEEK CHARMING did an even better 1.7/7 (also best of the night). And honestly, now that I have read about this movie, I kind of get the urge to watch it. Maybe it’s because I have been constantly thinking about watching a couple of TV moves Im archiving here, since some of them can be found on YouTube.