‘Castle’ Hits New Highs, ‘Scorpion’ Continues Strong

Castle hit a three year high with its premiere last night. Castle returned to 11.3 million viewers, and a 2.4 in the demo. That’s a total viewership down from Dancing With The Stars (12.7M), but up in the demo (1.9).

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory continued to dominate with 16.2 million viewers and a 4.7 in the demo, followed by Scorpion with 13.2 million viewers and a 3.0 in the demo (down only slightly). NCIS Los Angeles showed how hard the timeslot is when it returned down to 9.4 million viewers (it used to pull in over 16 million), and only a 1.9 in the demo. However, the numbers are still an improvement over Hostages and Intelligence.

On FOX, Gotham slipped a bit to 7.3M and 2.8 in the demo, while Sleepy Hollow did 5.1M and 1.7 in the demo.

On NBC, The Voice continued strong with 12.7M and 3.9 in the demo, followed by The Blacklist at 10.7M and 2.8 in the demo, down a bit with added competition.

I’m concerned for Sleepy Hollow, but Scorpion is headed to a very quick full season order.

Once Upon A Time

‘Revenge’ and ‘CSI’ Disappoint, ‘Once’, ‘Simpsons’, and ‘Family Guy’ Surprise

Once Upon A Time hit a series high in almost 2 years with the introduction of the Frozen characters. 9.4 million people tuned in and it got a 3.4 in the demo. Following that was Resurrection, which was OK at 7.6M and 2.2 in the demo, and then Revenge at a disappointing 5.3M and 1.3 in the demo. I can’t see Revenge surviving past this season with those ratings.

Madam Secretary had a good second week with 12.7M, but only a 1.4 in the demo. The Good Wife had 11.2M and 1.3 in the demo, and CSI followed with 9.7M and a 1.4 in the demo. Madam Secretary is doing good enough to get a full season.

The Simpsons did well with 8.5M and a 3.9 in the demo, followed by Brooklyn Nine Nine with 5.5M and 2.6 in the demo. Family Guy was also up, along with The Simpsons, with 8.4M and 4.5 in the demo. That 4.5 in the demo is pretty spectacular.

The Equalizer

Weekend Box Office: Denzel Blows Away The Competition

Denzel Washington scored the 4th highest September opening ever this weekend, and the 3rd highest opening of his career with The Equalizer. Audiences loved it, giving it an A- cinemascore, suggesting the film might also have legs. The other new release was The Boxtrolls, which did alright for a stop-motion animation film, and got a B+ from audiences.

Last weeks new films were mixed this weekend. This Is Where I Leave You had the softest drop at 39% (second best in the top 10), while The Maze Runner dropped a respectable 46%. Not so respectable? A Walk Among The Tombstones which dove 66% in week two. Also, Tusk dove 67%.

In limited release, The Skeleton Twins almost cracked the Top 10 in only 385 screens. A great 3,278PSA should help it moving forward. That PSA is higher than every film in the Top 10 except the top 3. Also of note, the British import Pride opened with an OK 14K average in week 1. It didn’t explode, it just landed OK. Perhaps word of mouth will build. Christian drama The Song bombed with only 1,765PSA, which is less than No Good Deed pulled in per screen this weekend.

Next weekend, the highly anticipated Gone Girl finally opens, against The Conjuring spinoff Annabelle, and Left Behind.

1) The Equalizer- 35.0M Weekend, 35.0M Total

2) The Maze Runner- 17.5M Weekend, 58.0M Total

3) The Boxtrolls- 17.2M Weekend, 17.2M Total

4) This Is Where I Leave You- 7M Weekend, 22.5M Total

5) Dolphin Tale 2- 4.8M Weekend, 33.6M Total

6) No Good Deed- 4.6M Weekend, 46.6M Total

7) A Walk Among The Tombstones- 4.2M Weekend, 20.8M Total

8) Guardians Of The Galaxy- 3.7M Weekend, 319.1M Total

9) Lets Be Cops- 1.5M Weekend, 79.6M Total

10) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- 1.4M Weekend, 187.1M Total

11) The Skeleton Twins- 1.2M Weekend, 2.3M Total

12) The Drop- 1.0M Weekend, 9.6M Total

??) The Song- 0.6M Weekend, 0.6M Total

??) My Old Lady- 0.5M Weekend, 1.4M Total

??) Tusk- 0.2M Weekend, 1.4M Total

??) Hector and the Search For Happiness- 0.2M Weekend, 0.2M Total

??) Love Is Strange- 0.2M Weekend, 1.8M Total

??) The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby- 93K Weekend, 436K Total

??) Pride- 84K Weekend, 84K Total

The Equalizer

Friday Box Office: Told Ya. ‘Equalizer’ On Target

1) The Equalizer- 12.5M Friday, 35M Weekend

2) The Boxtrolls- 4.8M Friday, 17M Weekend

3) The Maze Runner- 5M Friday, 16.5M Weekend

4) This Is Where I Leave You- 2.1M Friday, 7M Weekend

5) Dolphin Tale 2- 1.5M Friday, 5M Weekend

6) No Good Deed- 1.2M Friday, 4.5M Weekend

7) A Walk Among The Tombstones- 1.3M Friday, 4.5M Weekend

8) Guardians Of The Galaxy- 1M Friday, 3.5M Weekend

9) Lets Be Cops- 0.4M Friday, 1.5M Weekend

10) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- 0.3M Friday- 1M Weekend

how to get away with murder

Shonda Rhimes Owns Thursday

Shonda Rhimes had three dramas on ABC Thursday, and they all did extremely well. Grey’s Anatomy started off the night with 9.8 million viewers and 3.0 in the demo, followed by Scandal with 11.9 million viewers and 3.8 in the demo, and the premiere of How To Get Away With Murder, which actually built on Scandal for 14 million viewers and a 3.8 in the demo. There can only be 15 episodes a season for How To Get Away With Murder, so the bigger question is “how fast will ABC order a second season?”

Over on NBC, Parenthood only saw 4.3 million eyes for its final season opener, with a 1.4 in the demo. It was “murdered” by Shonda Rhimes. On FOX, Bones drew 6.2 million viewers (for a very controversial episode), and a 1.6 in the demo.

Next Thursday, The CW debuts their lineup of Reign and The Vampire Diaries, and FOX adds Gracepoint, while NBC adds A To Z and Bad Judge.

The 100

Coming To Netflix In October

October 1st:

Annie (1982)

Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle

Chicken Run

Ernest Saves Christmas

Finding Forrester

Galaxy Quest

Gilmore Girls: Complete Series

Hostages: Season 1

Jimmy Neutron

Kramer Vs Kramer

My Father The Hero

Paths Of Glory

Rescue Dawn

Romeo and Juliet

Shadow Of The Vampire


Sleepless In Seattle

The Phantom Of The Opera

Team America


The Wedding Planner

October 2nd


Reign: Season 1

The Vampire Diaries: Season 5

October 3rd

The Originals: Season 1

October 4th

Little Man

October 7th

In A World…

Raising Hope: Season 4

Supernatural: Season 9

The Following: Season 2

October 8th

Arrow: Season 2

October 9th

A Long Way Down

The Tomorrow People: Season 1

October 10th:
Chelsea Handler: Uganda Be Kidding Me

October 18th:

Last Man Standing: Season 3

Liberal Arts

October 22nd:

The 100: Season 1

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

October 25th:

The Carrie Diaries: Season 2

Django Unchained

Sons Of Anarchy: Season 6

October 28th:

Rain Man


Shawshank Redemption

This Weeks Anniversaries

The Shawshank Redemption turns 20 this week. In its first week, it only made 727K from 33 screens. It finished with 28.3M domestic. Of course, we all know if didn’t stop there. It is currently #1 on the IMDB Top 250. It was also nominated for 7 Oscars, including for Picture, and Morgan Freeman, winning none. It also has an impressive 91% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 9.3 on IMDB. This might just be the best film ever made, or at least, that’s how IMDB users feel.

This is the 15th Anniversary of Double Jeopardy, the revenge thriller that really helped launch Ashley Judd (along with Kiss The Girls). It opened to 23.1 million, and went on to gross 116.7M domestic (a really strong multiplier), and 177M worldwide. Double Jeopardy has a 6.3 on IMDB and a 25% on Rotten Tomatoes.

We are also celebrating the 10th Anniversaries of The Forgotten and Shaun Of The Dead. The Julianne Moore frightfest opened to a strong 21M, going to 67M domestic and 117M worldwide. It only has a 5.8 on IMDB and a 31% on Rotten Tomatoes. Shaun Of The Dead, however, made less money (13.5M) but is much more beloved with an 8.0 on IMDB and a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.

This is also the 5th Anniversary of Paranormal Activity. The low budget horror fest revived the “found footage” genre. Originally, it opened to 77K on 12 screens, and eventually made 107.9M domestically, off a production budget of 15K. It has a 6.4 on IMDB and an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes.



‘Black-ish’ Premieres Strong, ‘Laura’ Dips A Bit

Black-ish launched last night to 10.8 million viewers, with a 3.3 in the demo. Modern Family was the lead in, and it got 10.9 million and a 3.7 in the demo, so Black-ish had an amazing retention rate. The Middle saw 7.4 million and 2.1 in the demo, while The Goldbergs had 7 million and 2.3 in the demo. Nashville faded a bit, down to 5.6 million and 1.5 in the demo. It’s important to note that Nashville has a sizeable DVR audience.

Survivor launched to 9.6 million and a 2.7 in the demo, which was an OK launch. It’s not the powerhouse it once was.

The Mysteries Of Laura moved to 8PM and saw 9.9 million viewers, and a 1.5 in the demo. The total viewers is OK, but that demo is low. SVU followed with 10.1 million and 2.1 in the demo. Chicago PD closed out the night for NBC with 8.4 million and a 1.9 in the demo, matching what it did last season.

Red Band Society was down this week, with only 3.4 million viewers and a 1.0 in the demo. This drama isn’t going to survive. FOX is having an awful fall season so far. Sleepy Hollow, The New Girl, and The Mindy Project are all down, Utopia is a huge flop, and Red Band Society is a disappointment.


The Equalizer

Box Office Predictions: Denzel Set To Equalize The Box Office

1) The Equalizer- 35M Weekend, 35M Total

Reviews have been pretty good, and Fandango claims this is selling faster than Safe House, which opened to 40M. Add in the fact that this is opening in IMAX, which is a boost to ticket prices, then we should be seeing a rather uncharacteristic number for September. 35 million sounds about right. Denzel is one of the most bankable actors around. He hasn’t had a wide release below 20 million since The Great Debaters in 2007, and before that it was Out Of Time in 2003. He consistently hits 20M, and has broken 30M three times since 2007. The studio is banking hard on this,  and a sequel is already in pre-production.

2) The Maze Runner- 18M Weekend, 58M Total

A decent fall could be in store, but The Maze Runner is still likely to finish 2nd.

3) The Boxtrolls- 14M Weekend, 14M Total

Stop-motion animation doesn’t really light fire at the box office. The Boxtrolls is likely to do about the same as ParaNorman and Coraline, even though it has very little competition.

4) A Walk Among The Tombstones- 7M Weekend, 24M Total

5) This Is Where I Leave You- 6.5M Weekend, 22M Total

6) No Good Deed- 5.5M Weekend, 47M Total

7) Dolphin Tale 2- 5M Weekend, 33M Total

8) Guardians Of The Galaxy- 4M Weekend, 319M Total

9) Lets Be Cops- 1.5M Weekend, 79M Total

10) The Song- 1.5M Weekend, 1.5M Total

A christian movie about country singers could do OK business. It’s opening about the same time that Fireproof and Courageous did really good business. On 300 screens, The Song might do enough to round out the Top 10.


‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Is A Hit

NCIS New Orleans kicked off what is sure to be a long run on TV with 17.1 million viewers last night and a 2.5 rating in the demo. It was the lead out for NCIS, which managed 18 million and a 2.8 in the demo. At 10PM, Person Of Interest lost a huge chunk of the NCIS audience to drop to 10.7 million and 1.8 in the demo. Uh oh.

The Voice hit 13 million and 4.0 in the demo. Chicago Fire followed with 9.4 million and 2.7 in the demo, which matched its all time high. It’s a series on the rise.

Dancing With The Stars results had a 9.6M and 1.6 in the demo. Agents Of SHIELD followed with 5.6 million and 1.9 in the demo, which is kinda low, especially the “in the demo” rating for a show that should skew young. Forever did 6.5 million and 1.7 in the demo. It was down from Monday, but it was the best Tuesday night at 10PM premiere since Detroit 187 in 2010.

Utopia is still crap, with only 1.9 million viewers and 0.8 in the demo. The New Girl had 2.3 million viewers, which still puts it down, and 1.3 in the demo. The Mindy Project landed 2.1 million, and 1.0 in the demo.



‘Gotham’ has a good debut, I suppose

I can’t help but be a little disappointed at the total amount of viewers that Gotham pulled in. 8 million seems low, for a show about Batman, even if the 3.2 rating in the demo is worth being excited about. That 3.2 rating is the kind of rating Gotham needs to get a swift season 2 order. If it can hold that audience, it’ll be fine.

I’m disappointed, because The Big Bang Theory returned to 17.9 million viewers (more than double Gotham), and a 5.3 in the demo. Gotham should have taken a bigger chunk, but it didn’t.

Scorpion was viewed by 14 million new eyes, which is a solid hold from its lead in, and had a 3.3 in the demo. Sleepy Hollow was against Scorpion, and was down to 5.5 million viewers and a 2.0 rating in the demo, down 43% from last season.

The Voice returned to solid ratings, 12.7 million viewers and a 3.9 rating in the demo. Following The Voice, The Blacklist saw 12.5 million viewers (still going strong). It faced off against Forever, which was seen by 8.3 million, but only a 1.3 rating in the demo. Uh oh. ABC’s Forever may not be around for… forever.

Fans of Sleepy Hollow should be concerned… as should anyone who enjoyed Forever. Providing they don’t drop in the ratings, the numbers for Gotham and Scorpion are both good enough to get full seasons. Sleepy Hollow has always benefited from a large DVR audience, so it’s not in any immediate danger (unless that audience went away), but they are on notice.

Z Nation

So How’s ‘Z Nation’ Doing?

Syfy’s latest series Z Nation has had two episodes, and enough time for audiences to have an opinion on the show. The last episode pulled in 1.6 million viewers and a 0.5 rating in the target demo (18-49). You could chalk that up to being a Friday show, but Girl Meets World pulled in 2.4 million and 0.7 in the demo. Mind you that the demo starts at 18, and Girl Meets World is targeted at below 18 year old kids, and it is still outpacing Z Nation.

In comparison, FOX’s megaflop Utopia was watched by 1.5 million viewers and also pulled in a 0.5 rating in the demo. So either Z Nation is a hit, or Utopia needs to be cancelled for almost losing to Z Nation.

It’s unclear who the audience is, as the show has a 4.9 on IMDB, a 53% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 48 on Metacritic. So the question is, was Syfy’s experiment in copying The Walking Dead worthwhile? Will it survive the season?


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