Good News for superhero fans! Supergirl’s premiere last night was the most watched debut of the fall season so far. The pilot, which we loved, was watched by 12.9 million viewers last night, also making it the most-watched superhero show of the 21st century.
The PG-13 rating wasn’t introduced Motion Picture Association of America’s film rating system until 1984, but why and how did it impact the ways that sex and violence are portrayed in mainstream American films? This video from Pitchfork takes a quick look at the history of PG-13 cinema.
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.
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…
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.
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]
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.
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,…
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."
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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]
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]
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.
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]