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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

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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

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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

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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

Empire’s Ratings Continue To Rise

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FOX’s breakout hit continues to break every TV ratings growth rule. This ‘cookie’ isn’t going to crumble anytime soon.

Since its premiere, the total viewers for Empire have risen every single week. Last night, it hit 12.9 million viewers. With regards to the coveted 18-49 demo, the hip-hop drama notched a huge 5.1 rating, up 6 percent from last week.

When EW.com asked one broadcast analyst for a historic comparison, they replied, “Don’t have any new historical references for its post-premiere growth. It has literally exceeded all Nielsen total viewer records to date.” Last week, Empire broke the last existing record when it posted more consecutive ratings gains than any other new broadcast show in at least 23 years. We’re now in uncharted territory folks.

When Empire first premiered, I instantly fell in love. I just hoped the ratings would be solid enough for FOX to renew it for a second season. No need to worry about that anymore. Taraji P. Henson isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. Thank God. I live for Cookie Lyons.

Just in case you missed last night’s performances including one from Courtney Love, check them out below. My favorite, though, is the Dire Straits cover though.

watch last night’s performances after the jump

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SCHWING!!! NBC’s decision to devote the entire night to Saturday Night Live proved to be a wise decision. It generated huge ratings for the peacock network.

Not including Super Bowls, the SNL 40th Anniversary Special netted 23.1 million viewers and a 7.8 rating among adults 18-49. Those numbers give the special the honor of being NBC’s s most-watched prime-time entertainment in more than 10 years since the ER finale in 2004. With regards to the coveted demo, it’s the best since the Will & Grace finale in 2006.

The special broadcast also broke records on Twitter. According to Nielsen Social, 1.3 million tweets were sent with 9.1 million viewing them. Guess Amy Poehler’s comment during her return to the Weekend Update desk proved prophetic.

I’m sure the cold weather on the East Coast helped bolster numbers since people were advised to stay indoors. Did you watch the special? Favorite moments? Weigh in below.

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