Fans of the Pearson family made sure they didn’t miss the midseason finale of This Is Us on Tuesday. The NBC family drama topped the night with its emotional Thanksgiving episode and ticked up two tenths from last week, earning a 1.5 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and netting 7.27 million viewers.
In addition to This Is Us, NBC had a good night with The Voice 1.3, 8.25M holding steady and New Amsterdam 0.8, 5.51M, which was up a tenth. NBC won the night overall in the demo and was second to CBS in total viewers.
The night’s most-watched program, NCIS 1.0, 11.01M remained stable for CBS, with both FBI 0.8, 8.83M and NCIS: New Orleans 0.7, 6.85M ticking up a tenth.
After a week off, ABC’s freshman sci-fi drama Emergence 0.4, 2.30M returned and slipped three tenths to a new low in the demo. Still, the network had a fairly decent night with The Conners 1.0, 5.65M, Bless This Mess 0.6, 3.41M and Mixed-ish 0.6, 2.63M all on par with last week. Out of the entire Tuesday night lineup, only Black-ish 0.6, 2.41M received a boost, ticking up a tenth.
Over at Fox, Empire 0.7, 2.66 earned numbers nearly identical to last week, while The Resident 0.8, 3.90M took a step up.
The superhero block on the CW saw The Flash 0.5, 1.30M gain some speed and Arrow 0.2, 743,000 hold steady.
Once again everyone’s eyes were on the Pearsons, who took the top spot in Tuesday’s primetime ratings. NBC’s season finale of This Is Us delivered a 1.7 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 6.92 million viewers, gaining three tenths in the demo over last week. Those numbers gave the drama its best rating since October, tying it with September’s season premiere. It also was the most watched episode since that Season 4 starter.
NBC won the night overall in the demo with Ellen’s Game of Games 1.4, 6.92M ticking up again. The network also debuted its midseason drama Council of Dads 0.7, 2.95M at 10 PM.
CBS was the night’s most watched network led by NCIS and its FBI franchise crossover. FBI 1.1, 10.78M kicked off the back-to-back episodes with its best demo number and largest audience since November 2018. FBI: Most Wanted 1.0, 9.48M followed, hitting a season high. NCIS 1.3, 13.08M delivered its largest audience in more than a year.
At ABC, The Conners 1.1 6.40 saw a dip in the demo as did Mixed-ish 0.6, 2.99M. Bless this Mess 0.7, 4.08M, Black-ish 0.6, 2.64M and 10 PM drama For Life 0.6, 2.40M held steady.
Fox’s The Resident 0.8, 4.43M and Empire 0.7, 2.79M both stayed on par with last week. On the CW, a fresh DC’s Legends of Tomorrow 0.1, 413,000 slipped in the demo coming out of a repeat of The Flash.
The ATX Television Festival and Alamo Drafthouse have partnered to expand their reach beyond Austin and the Lone Star state with their newly launched nationwide event series “TV at the Alamo presented by ATX.”
The new series will bring TV series to theaters by showcasing screenings and panels across the country. Major networks such as AMC and The CW are set to participate with more to come.
“Alamo Drafthouse has been our home in Austin since the start of ATX TV Festival in 2012, so to now move our partnership to year-round opportunities on a national scale is truly an exciting evolution,” said Caitlin McFarland, co-founder of ATX Television Festival. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring our two brands together to reach TV fans coast to coast and expand our partnerships with Studios and Networks beyond June in Austin.”
Henri Mazza, VP of Content, Sponsorship and Events for Alamo Drafthouse adds “By building this larger partnership, we anticipate being able to bring fans together to celebrate more serialized content in theaters across the U.S., and ultimately that's what the Alamo Drafthouse is about.”
The news comes ahead of Season 9 of the ATX Television Festival which takes place June 4-7. The partnership is already in full swing as it started on January 22 in Los Angeles with a screening of ABC's A Million Little Things which was followed by a Q&A with creator DJ Nash. On January 26, they brought a sneak peek of The CW’s Katy Keene to Brooklyn which was live-streamed in Alamo Drafthouse locations in 13 major markets nationwide. On March 31, they will screen AMC's Better Call Saul in Los Angeles.
Another cinematic partnership has sprouted up between ArcLight Cinemas and Slamdance. The pair have teamed for Emergence, a four day festival of screenings, workshops, panels and happy hours dedicated to the discovery of new filmmakers. The fest is set to take place March 26-29 at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood.
“Slamdance is known for discovering groundbreaking filmmakers and ArcLight Cinemas has been providing a year-round place for us to do that,” said Peter Baxter Slamdance Co-founder and President. “We've realized it's time to take our partnership to the next level, to do more for emerging artists and increase programming diversity. We believe Emergence is a great festival opportunity for the entertainment capital of the world.”
Emergence marks another partnership between ArcLight and Slamdance as they have collaborated for the Slamdance Cinema Club screening series. The festival's inaugural lineup will feature submissions from this year’s Slamdance Park City. It will feature a mix of premieres, Slamdance alumni, new voices and have...
Warning: Spoilers about this week’s The Walking Dead episode will definitely be found below.
We have seen a lot of strange things on The Walking Dead over the last 10 seasons. We’ve seen tiger attacks. We’ve seen the use of wire tie between two cars to decapitate zombies en masse. We’ve seen a woman kill herself so that her zombified form could kill an enemy. We’ve seen cannibals eat a man’s leg in front of him. We’ve seen a man kill his best friend. We’ve even seen a boy eat a gallon of chocolate pudding.
But what happened in this week’s The Walking Dead is a first, not just for the zombie series but for, like, humanity. And now we understand why this week’s episode needed a rare sexual content rating.
The bulk of this week’s episode concerned Daryl and Company’s efforts to escape the cave - and we’ll cover that fully in the episode recap - but the B-story concerned Negan and Alpha. There’s a mole Gamma among the Whisperers, and Negan knows exactly who it is. In the midseason premiere, Negan sold the mole out to Alpha, and in return, Alpha led Negan out into a secluded area in the woods. Alpha insisted that Negan face forward during the entire walk, and Negan assumed that his days were numbered. It was one of the rare moments in Negan’s time on the show where he actually looked legitimately frightened.
When Alpha asked Negan to remove his clothes, Negan actually seemed resigned to his death, and delivered what started to feel like his final words. “I made something. My name meant something.” And then Alpha asked him to turn around.
“You’re a crass man,” Alpha said, standing before him completely naked, save for a skin mask. “I reckoned you might appreciate a crass reward.”
Alpha propositioned Negan. And Negan accepted. “Are you just going to leave that mask on?” Negan asks.
“Does my true skin disturb you?” Alpha asks.
“Not at all. Weirdly the opposite,” Negan says to her.