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"Smash," NBC's ambitious series based on the mounting of a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, had a rough re-entry Tuesday -- only 4.5 million viewers and a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49.
This figure of course could and likely will go up when the so-called live-7 day rating is factored in. "Smash" normally is considered one of those shows that fans catch up with later.
Nevertheless, this was not what NBC was looking for. The problem? In this instance, probably a scheduling one. "Smash" had to go opposite an original "NCIS: Los Angeles," while its lead-in was Betty White's 2nd annual birthday special -- not what one would imagine to be an ideal companion too something like "Smash."
The show -- and it's a good one -- needs all the help it can get because it's now in a rebuild phase, with a new show-runner and new lease on life. Let's hope this worthy program gets up to where it belongs. I'm very much hoping it does. It's quality TV, and TV of course needs quality.
Out with the chickenpox, and recovering from a head injury, Barbara Walters called in to "The View" Wednesday to offer her prognosis and a prediction -- that she'd be back on the program "in about three weeks."
In other details, Walters said that her fall in Washington, on Jan. 19, had resulted in a cut that required six stitches, and that she had also suffered a concussion. Then came the diagnosis of chickenpox.
Readers with long memories may recall Fairchild Camera & Instruments, a major Long Island employer based in Syosset, and later bought by Schlumberger ... and why would it be part of a post on a TV blog? Because on Tuesday's “American Experience,” titled “Silicon Valley,” it assumes a starring role, as the company that funded a group of engineers -- including the legendary Robert Noyce -- who...Read more »
The ever colorful and occasionally controversial Bear Grylls of “Man vs. Wild" -- who happened to be one of the Discovery Channel's biggest stars until they went to war over a new contract last year -- is back, in a new series just announced by the network. (Note that there are no plans YET to air his series on TDC domestically, but that it will air around the globe. A matter of time until...Read more »
OK, let's talk "Smash," which returns tonight (WNBC/4, 9) for its sophomore season in an attempt to address a few matters, notably production turnover, backstage issues, and a few creative/narrative ones.
Below, I offer a few good clips from NBC, though hardly representative ones, for this reboot is somewhat less musical-driven, more narrative-driven.
Is it good? Should you...Read more »
Dave Grohl, frontman for the Foofighters, hosted - surprise - "Chelsea Lately" last night and apparently will do the honors all week. (Elton John is his guest tonight) New career? Hard to imagine but he is obviously enjoying himself. Check out last night's bit in which he explains the latest theory behind the Superdome blackout...;
And keeping with tradition (nine years running now) David Letterman had (will have) Joe Flacco on "Late Show with David Letterman" tonight. Flacco -- winning quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens, winner of Super Bowl XLVII, and congratulations to all of them -- talks about his contract in this generous clip.
Super Bowl XLVII: 108.41 million viewers.
Which seems like a lot of viewers. Which (darn it) is a lot of viewers. But ... not the most viewers. CBS said this was the third most-watched program in TV history, behind Super Bowl XLVI, with 111.3 million, and Super Bowl XLV, with 111.0 million.
But here's the reason for the "but": CBS did not wrap in viewership for the blackout -- about 40 minutes or so -- and there was a good reason for that. No ads aired during this portion of the game, so there was no reason to measure it. (CBS could not place ads during this part because there are long and hard negotiations about exactly where ads are supposed to air during the Super Bowl, and none of those discussions have anything to do with a "blackout contingency.") Would the rating have been even higher, when a few million more rubberneckers flew to the network to see what all the fuss was about? Possibly, but we may never know; CBS did say that metered market ratings did indicate a record.
CBS added that "Last night’s Super Bowl HH rating/share peaked at a 50.7/73 with an average of 113.92 million viewers from 10:30-10:47 p.m., ET."
So the great Superdome blackout of 2013 didn't really have much of an impact after all -- or maybe it had a huge one (let the debate begin): Super Bowl XLVII nailed down history Sunday in the overnight “metered” markets, scoring a 48.1 rating and 71 share.
Per CBS, that's a hair over last year's Giants' beatdown of the Patriots. Interesting note here: Baltimore got an 83 share of viewing (meaning 83 percent of all TV sets turned on there were tuned to the Super Bowl) while San Francisco and New York didn't even fall in the top 10.
The question now becomes, will this become the highest rated and most viewed in all of TV history? I think that's a good bet simply because CBS's station lineup is so potent and because CBS's core strength is in smaller, meaning unmetered, markets. Many of those may well exceed the bigger cities. So I'm thinking record all the way.
Impact of the blackout? One could argue now that it actually helped ratings because it was so freaky and even non-Super Bowl-viewers -- like viewers of the Puppy Bowl -- tuned in to see what was happening.
Hulu, which gets real time votes from viewers about their favorite ads, has announced a winner for Super Bowl XLVII: The Paul Harvey/Ram Trucks “Thank God for a farmer” spot.
I'm not surprised. It was one of my favorites, too, though in some of the Monday morning quarterbacking going on out there, there were some commentators who thought it didn't deserve a top billing because it was a redo of something already widely distributed online. To which I say, who cares! Most of us had never heard the Harvey speech; plus, given the context of game where the flood of ads were either jokey or tacky, this one felt fresh and like a blast of cool air. Once again, Chrysler (or its smart agency) overall has the best work in Super Bowl advertising. Go here to check out the Hulu results.
Meanwhile, what happened to Coke!? Its Mirage (showgirls versus cowboys versus whatever) barely registered on any ad feedback surveys, or at least the ones for public consumption. Back to the drawing board.