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It’s no secret that Hamilton tickets are almost impossible to score, No doubt, the opportunity to watch a couple of free performances from the hit musical helped buoy ratings for the Tony Awards. Viewers who tuned in, certainly weren’t disappointed. The show kicked off and ended with cast members from the smash musical performing.

Broadway’s biggest night had its best showing in over a decade. The CBS telecast delivered 8.7 million total viewers and a 1.6 demo rating, up 35 and 60 percent from last year to mark 15 and 13-year highs.

While it was a big night for Hamilton, it wasn’t a record-breaking one. Its 11 wins was just short of The Producers‘ record 12 wins back in 2001. Still, Hamilton had plenty of reason to celebrate. Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda won Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score, while three of the Hamilton cast walked away with three of the four Best Acting Musical statues. It’s also worth noting, all four musical acting awards were won by African Americans. As James Corden jokingly mentioned at beginning of the show, the Tonys are the Oscars but with diversity. True dat!!!

Check out all the show-stopping performances below. If you don’t have time to watch all of them, the opening number, Gloria Estefan during On Your Feet and naturally, all the Hamilton performances are ones to watch.

check out all the performances after the jump

Super Bowl 50 Ratings Huge, But No Record Ratings

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100+ million viewers isn’t anything to cry about, but I’m sure haters will find a way to blame Coldplay, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Eli Manning, Cam Newton choking or anything else involved with the telecast for not breaking the record. People love to bitch 😉

Super Bowl 50 generated a whopping 111.9 million viewers on Sunday night. That number is just shy of the all-time record of 114.1 which last year’s game attracted. According to Nielsen, the game peaked with 115.5 million during the 8:30-9:00 portion. The game did, however, set a record when it came to streaming. Reportedly, 3.96 million tuned in online to watch the live stream.

find out how The Late Show and Late Late Show did after the jump

Grease Live: Huge Ratings & My Five Favorite Numbers

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Grease was definitely the word on Sunday night. FOX’s first live musical production hit all the right notes, scoring with critics and viewers alike.

Grease: Live danced away with 12.2 million viewers and an impressive 4.3 rating among adults 18-49, beating NBC’s last two live productions. The Wiz Live and Peter Pan Live scored 11.5 million and 9.2 million respectively. It did fall short, however, of The Sound of Music Live which delivered a whopping 18.3 million viewers. FOX, though, should be very proud. The network proved you could stage a live production without making it a hate-watching event.

Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the three-hour extravaganza. There were so many moving parts (multiple sound stages, live audience and rainy weather) to the elaborate production. FOX really set the bar high for all following live musicals. This one will be hard to beat.

According to The Wrap, Vanessa Hudgen’s standout number, “There Are Worse Things I Could Do,” was the most re-watched scene during the live telecast. While Hudgen’s Rizzo cover ranked in my Top 5, it wasn’t my favorite. Find out which scene was below.

check out the Top 10 rewatched moments after the jump

The X-Files Revival Gets Off To A Stellar Start

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Final numbers won’t be released until later today, but the preliminary ones are quite promising for the return of The X-Files.

The limited series revival drew an impressive 13.5 million total viewers on Sunday night during its first half-hour. When final national numbers are tabulated, experts are predicting the number of viewers will fall between in the 15 million-to-16 million range. Not too shabby.

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Ratings For Wicked City Not So Wicked

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Poor Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick. The guys of Gossip Girl aren’t having the best fall. Crawford’s Blood & Oil stumbled out the gate and recently got its episode order cut from 13 to 10. In other words, it’s pretty much canceled.

Westwick’s future on ABC doesn’t look that bright either. Wicked City premiered last night to lackluster ratings. The serial killer drama snagged just 3.3 million viewers and a 0.9 rating. That paltry number is even smaller than last season’s Forever who previously occupied the slot. It was down 47% from the Ioan Gruffudd drama’s premiere.

Clearly, viewers weren’t in the mood for violence porn. Did you watch the series premiere? I did and thought it was average. Westwick and Erika Christensen were the best part, along with the 80s soundtrack playing in the background. Weigh in below.

Supergirl Scores Biggest Series Premiere This Fall

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Supergirl, arguably, was the fall’s most highly-anticipated new offering. CBS promoted the heck out of it and gave the superhero series a plum timeslot for its debut. The eye network must be breathing a sigh of relief today. The push paid off. Supergirl took flight, and in a big way.

Prior to the action adventure series’ debut, CBS’ Life In Pieces netted the biggest audience among new shows with 11.3 million viewers, while NBC’s Blindspot scored the highest rating in the coveted 18-49 demo (3.1). Supergirl launched with 14 million viewers and snagged a 3.2 rating. Pretty impressive, given the pilot leaked months ago.

Time will tell if Superman’s cousin can maintain those numbers. High-concept serialized superhero shows can drop off sharply after debuting big. Just look at FOX’s Gotham. Speaking of superheroes, Supergirl is the first female-focused costumed superhero show to hit a Big 4 broadcast network in decades. Shocking right?

Did you watch Supergirl? I actually quite enjoyed the balance of drama and comedy elements. Plus, I love me some Calista Flockhart. Did you see that twist at the end coming? #gamechanger. Weigh in below.


By far, Quantico was the new series I was most looking forward to watching. Thankfully, it didn’t disappoint. I’m already hooked and can’t wait to see how the terrorism thriller plays out. The first episode already had several insane twists. And can we just take a moment to awe at the beauty that is Priyanka Chopra. Absolutely stunning.

It appears I wasn’t the only one curious about ABC’s highly-anticipated drama. Quantico attracted 7.1 million viewers and a 1.9 in the coveted demo. That may not seem like a huge number but it represents the timeslot’s highest showing since May 2012. Also, the network predicts the demo will jump to 3.1 once DVR playback is factored in.

find out how Blood & Oil and CSI did after the jump

Empire’s Ratings Still Roar For Season 2

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Up until Wednesday night, FOX’s performance this television season has been lackluster to say the least. Thankfully, Empire returned and did it in a big way. I’m sure network execs are breathing a sigh of relief that people are still invested in the hip-hop drama.

To refresh your memory, Empire stunned the industry with its unprecedented growth last season. It rose every week for its 12-episode run, culminating to 17.6 million viewers and a 6.9 rating for the season finale. From the looks of it, Cookie Lyon and company need not worry about suffering the dreaded sophomore slump.

The breakout hit continued right where it left off, delivering a whopping 16.2 million viewers and a 6.7 rating among adults 18-49. That’s up a staggering 81 percent from the show’s series premiere this last January. The rating is only slightly lower than its all-time high.

find out how the night’s only new show performed after the jump

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