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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


Scream Queens was poised to open big given its star-studded cast, slick ad campaign and strong tracking numbers. However, Ryan Murphy’s latest offering sorta stumbled out of the gate. It only attracted 4 million viewers with a 1.7 rating in the coveted demo. Meanwhile, fellow newcomers ABC’s The Muppets and CBS’ Limitless notched 8.9 million (2.8 rating) and 9.8 million (1.8) respectively.

There is some silver lining to Scream Queens‘ premiere though. The ratings throughout the two hour premiere remained steady, which means those who tuned in, stayed tuned in. I’m also certain, the FOX comedy horror will skyrocket when DVR playback is factored in.

Murphy has promised a death in every episode of this season. What the producer needs to promise is guaranteed shirtless male eye candy. Not that the premiere didn’t have its fair share. Glen Powell and Diego Boneta bared their chest, but it was Nick Jonas who stole the show. From his snuggling antics and shirtless workout, his gay character took the spotlight.

Check out that montage below, along with my quick thoughts on the show. Minor spoilers ahead for those who haven’t seen the episode.

watch montage clip after the jump


Let the 2015-16 season officially commence. NBC’s Blindspot, FOX’s Minority Report and CBS’ Life In Pieces all made their debuts last night. I checked out both Blindspot and Minority Report but ignored the CBS comedy. FOX’s offering I enjoyed more than Blindspot but it seems like I was in the minority.

NBC’s mystery thriller stormed out of the gate in a big way, generating 10.6 million viewers and a 3.1 rating among adults 18–49, easily beating all of its 10 p.m. rivals. I’m sure the marketing of a naked tattooed Jamie Alexander and The Voice lead-in helped bolster those numbers. Blindspot was down slightly from The Blacklist’s premiere last year, but fared better than Katherine Heigl’s State Of Affairs. Both of which aired in the same time slot.

see how the other new shows fared after the jump

2015 Primetime Emmys Yields Smallest Audience Ever

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Game of Thrones set a record for most wins for a series in a single year when it scored 12 Emmy Awards, including Best Drama for the first time. Viola Davis became the first African-American woman to snag Best Actress for a drama. Uzo Aduba also set a record for becoming the first woman to win both a drama and comedy award for the same role — an honor previously held only by the actor Ed Asner. Jon Hamm finally snagged a Best Actor statue after several nominations for his portrayal of Don Drapper on Mad Men.

Despite the night’s historic events, and Tracy Morgan’s triumphant Emmy return, the telecast scored it’s smallest audience to date. The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards drew 11.9 million total viewers and a 3.6 demo rating, down 24 and 16 percent from last year’s numbers and just landing beneath the smallest audience previously held by the 2008 ceremony. Remember that one hosted by reality television hosts?

While, I admit the Andy Samberg-hosted telecast wasn’t the most entertaining, it wasn’t a trainwreck either. Did you watch last night’s telecast? What was your favorite and least favorite moment? For me, the highlights were Viola Davis‘ epic speech, Veeps Anna Chlumsky going nutballs excited anytime someone won from her show and Samberg’s opening monologue. The least favorite was the entire middle hour. I literally dozed off a couple of times. Weigh in below.

rewatch Viola’s epic speech and all the winners after the jump

Fear The Walking Dead Premiere Breaks Cable History

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The 90-minute series premiere of Fear the Walking Dead not only delivered the best premiere for AMC but also broke the record for biggest series premiere in cable TV history in both total viewers and key demos. It passed the previous record holder, the spin-off of Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, which debuted with 6.88 million earlier this year.

The Walking Dead companion series attracted 10.1 million viewers and a massive 6.3 rating among adults 18-49. Five years ago in 2010, The Walking Dead opened to 5.4 million viewers. The spin-off has still a considerable way to go to match its predecessor’s record of 17.3 million for the Season 5 premiere.

Not surprisingly, the network has confirmed a 15-episode second season to follow the current six-episode first season. Did you watch the series premiere last night? Did it deliver or were you disappointed? Sound off below.

read the statement from the network after the jump


The 2014-15 television season has officially come to an end. CBS remains the the most watched broadcast network with NBC winning the coveted demo for the second year in a row. However, when you remove sports events out of the equation, ABC did quite well. It landed seven programs in the Top 20.

Speaking of the alphabet network, they exceeded in terms of diversity. Scandal was the top returning drama in the coveted 18-49 demo while black-ish and How To Get Away With Murder was the top new comedy and second top new drama respectively in the demo. All of which had African-American leads. FOX’s Empire, though, took top honors as the best new program of the season.

Dancing with the Stars was the top reality show, while NCIS and The Big Bang Theory were the top drama and top comedy respectively with regards to overall viewers. Check out the Top 50 shows from the past season below.

check out the list after the jump


The inaugural season of Empire finished off with a bang. Not only did the two-hour event drop major bomb after another, its ratings exploded off the charts. The hip-hop FOX drama delivered 16.5 million viewers and a 6.4 rating among adults 18-49.

I knew the series could eventually past the 6.0 rating mark. In fact, it almost reached 7.0 in the 9-10 hour. It narrowly missed at 6.9. Insane.

The Empire Season 1 finale is the highest-rated freshman series finale since Grey’s Anatomy’s debut season in 2005. It also now earns the title as the top-rated TV series in the adult demo airing now, beating The Big Bang Theory.

Speaking of the finale, what was your favorite OMG moment. While I literally gasped when I saw Anika (Grace Gealey) and Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) hook up, the highlight of the night was by far, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and Anika’s catfight. Poor Boo Boo Kitty and her pearls never saw it coming.

I love how they tussled on the pool table. Great catfights always find the ladies plunging into a swimming pool. When there isn’t one around, a pool table is a perfect stand-in. Relive the scratching and pulling below and find out which other memorable catfight it reminded me of.

rewatch the catfight after the jump and Vivica’s vintage one

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