[09/18/03 - 12:00 AM]
Hbo, FX and Spike TV Originals Still Hot
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

CHICAGO (thefutoncritic.com) -- With the 2003-04 season officially kicking off next week, the various cable networks are clamouring to get themselves noticed before the broadcast networks start to steal their thunder. Here's a look at the results from some of cable's latest originals:

-- The summer finale of HBO's "Sex and the City" saw the comedy hit a season high 7.7 million viewers, up from its previous peak of 7.4 million for its season premiere. Even better, "Sex" managed a 4.0 rating and 10 share in adults 18-49, good enough to take the 9:00/8:00c half-hour across all networks, broadcast and cable. Look for the final eight episodes of the comedy in January.

-- "Sex's" strong finish helped the launches of HBO's latest entries "Carnivale" and "K Street." 5.3 million viewers watched the opener to the former, making "Carnivale's" start the most watched in HBO's history, beating the previous network record of 5.0 million for the premiere "Six Feet Under." Among adults 18-49, "Carnivale" scored a 2.6 rating and 7 share, falling short of only NBC and CBS across all networks. The pay channel closed the night with 3.0 million viewers for "K Street," on par with former time slot holder "Project Greenlight's" average there this summer. The second season of "Greenlight" opened to 3.5 million viewers and wrapped with 2.6 million.

-- Despite being in its third week, Spike TV's "The Joe Schmo Show" audience grew to 1.2 million viewers, up 54% from its debut. Among Spike TV's target demographic, men 18-49, "Joe" nabbed a 1.1 rating (556,000 viewers), up 20% for its second consecutive week. "Joe" also fared well in adults 18-49, scoring a 0.8 rating (848,000 viewers), up 33% from last week and 60% from its premiere. The series airs Tuesdays at 9:00/8:00c.

-- Meanwhile, FX's "Nip/Tuck" continued to amaze this week as the show's eighth episode on Tuesday almost won its time slot in adults 18-49 (2.4 million viewers) and adults 25-54 (2.3 million), as it finished second only to NBC's repeat of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." Overall, "Nip/Tuck" pulled in 3.5 million viewers, making it the most-watched show on cable that night. Since bowing in July, the series has averaged a stellar 2.2 million viewers in adults 18-49, 2.2 million in adults 25-54, and a 3.04 household rating.

  [september 2003]  


[10/10/15 - 09:01 AM]
ABC Family's New Saga Series "Shadowhunters" to Premiere on Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Plus: ABC Family will be airing "Beyond the Shadows: The Making of Shadowhunters" on Sunday, December 6 at 9:30/8:30c.

[10/10/15 - 08:43 AM]
ABC Leads Friday with the Top Shows - "Dr. Ken" Holds Strong in Week 2
ABC spins the numbers for Friday, October 9.

[10/10/15 - 08:35 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Holds Onto Demo Crown
"Last Man Standing" grows week-to-week for the Alphabet among adults 18-49.

[10/10/15 - 08:28 AM]
"Blindspot" Grows by 62% in 18-49 in Live + 3 Day Ratings and by 4.3 Million Viewers Overall
NBC further spins the numbers for Monday, October 5.

[10/10/15 - 08:27 AM]
Third Season Debut of "Undateable" Matches NBC's Top 18-49 Rating in Its Time Period in the Last 18 Weeks
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, October 9.

[10/09/15 - 04:00 PM]
NBC Picks Up the Back Nine Episodes of "Blindspot"
The drama has scored as the fall season's #1-rated new series in adults 18-49.

[10/09/15 - 03:50 PM]
MTV's "Teen Wolf" Sinks Teeth Into New York Comic Con, Reveals New Trailer, New Night and a Shocking Return
The series will return to MTV for the second half of season five on a brand new day Tuesday, January 5 at 9:00/8:00c.

[10/09/15 - 02:35 PM]
CBS Orders "American Gothic," A New Drama Series from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios, For Broadcast in Summer 2016
Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank of Amblin Television, James Frey of Full Fathom Five and Corinne Brinkerhoff, who is writing the script, will serve as executive producers.

[10/09/15 - 01:27 PM]
"Blindspot" Is Television's #1 Gainer in Total Viewers for a 2nd Straight Week
NBC further spins the numbers for Sunday, October 4 and Monday, October 5.

[10/09/15 - 12:51 PM]
Disney XD Orders Second Season of Animated Series "Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy"
"Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy" season two is currently in production and slated to premiere in 2017.

[10/09/15 - 12:36 PM]
Pop on Over to Joy Behar's Place for Some "Late Night Joy" on TLC
The series is produced by True Entertainment and Behar's JoyBee Productions.

[10/09/15 - 12:24 PM]
Academy Award Nominee Bradley Cooper Returns as Sen. Edward Morra, On "Limitless," Tuesday, Oct. 27
The news was announced today by executive producer Craig Sweeny at the series' New York Comic Con panel at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

[10/09/15 - 10:55 AM]
CBS News Continues to Grow in Audiences and Key Demographics
CBS News spins the numbers for the week of September 28-October 4.

[10/09/15 - 10:41 AM]
ABC to Bump "Beyond the Tank" Indefinitely; "Shark Tank" Repeat Set for Tuesday, October 13
The Alphabet will encore the season premiere of the parent series this Tuesday at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/09/15 - 10:18 AM]
Esquire Network Orders New High-Octane Competition Series "Team Ninja Warrior"
For the first time in ninja history, the mother of all obstacle courses is now built for two.