Midwest Mark’s 5 Worst of 2013

January 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

To provide a bit of counterbalance to last week’s Best of 2013 post, here are my picks for the 5 worst of 2013.  I make a point to not watch a ton of bad TV, but every now and again a bad show slips through to offend my better sensibilities.  This year included a couple of bad new shows and a few continuing series that continue to decline in quality. MTV’s BUCKWILD would probably take the cake for worst show I’ve ever seen in my entire life, but that is too easy and I ...Click for More

The Walking Dead Scores ‘Freaky Good’ Ratings

November 4, 2013 // 0 Comments

Perhaps you could say it… killed the competition.  Or maybe it walked away the winner?  Or how about this: a lot of people watched it.  There’s the cleverest headline of them all.  With an amazing 8.7 million adults tuning in this past Sunday, it won even up against the NFL. So let’s throw out a hypothetical here.  Where would this show be right now if it was actually good?  Not saying that THE WALKING DEAD is bad, it’s just unreliable.  This season is a marginal ...Click for More

Low Winter Sun – Premiere Review

August 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

Shall we call AMC’s ‘new’ series LOW WINTER SUN a premiere or a remake?  Fun fact of the day: LOW WINTER SUN is based on another miniseries from 2006 by the same name starring the same lead character played by MARK STRONG only changing the original setting of Edinburg, Scotland to Detroit, Michigan.  Is your mind blown yet? For a new series to be a sure fire hit, at least two characteristics out of four needs to exist for me:  either 1) well casted and unique characters, 2) ...Click for More

Twitter & Nielsen are Changing the Ratings Game

December 17, 2012 // 1 Comment

I’ve talked here before about how TV executives and advertisers are trying to figure out how the TV watching market is changing due to DVR and online TV viewing.  Gone are the days when advertisers could look at Nielsen ratings alone to get a good reading on how many of their target market are watching any given TV show. Twitter and Nielsen announced today a partnership to start figuring out how to put a ratings number on social chatter about TV shows.  The new rating, called the ...Click for More

What Shows Get DVR’d the Most?

November 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

I normally post the weekly TV ratings since they come out on Tuesdays but since I’m on vacation this week and I’m on the internet much earlier than usual, the weekly ratings haven’t been published  yet.  So what is a MWTVG to do?  Do I let my readers suffer?  Of course not.  As a professional, I know that the show must go on.  If the Nielsen company can’t get their act together for the readers at MWTVG, then it is up to me to come through (while still using other ...Click for More

Weekly Network TV Ratings

November 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

Here are the weekly network TV ratings for the week ending 11/11: Primetime Broadcast Adults 18-49 Viewers for the week ending November 11, 2012: Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net 18-49rating 18-49 Viewers (000) 1 NBC Sunday Night Football– 11/11 NBC 7.9 10011 2 Big Bang Theory, THE-11/08 CBS 5.1 6475 3 Modern Family-11/07 ABC 4.8 6100 4 VOICE-11/05 NBC 4.5 5634 5 DECISION’12-ELECT PRIME-11/06 SG NBC 4.3 5453 6 Two and a Half Men-11/08 CBS 4.0 5070 7 VOICE 11/7-11/07 S ...Click for More

Last Week’s Network TV Ratings

October 30, 2012 // 0 Comments

Here are the ratings for network TV for last week: Primetime Broadcast Adults 18-49 Viewers for the week ending October 28, 2012: Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net 18-49 rating 18-49 Viewers (000) 1 NBC Sunday Night Football-10/28 NBC 7.0 8808 2 Big Bang Theory, THE-10/25 CBS 5.0 6314 3 Modern Family-10/24 ABC 4.9 6263 4 FOX World Series GM4-PRE-10/28 S FOX 4.9 6231 5 FOX World Series GAME 4-10/28 S FOX 4.7 5888 6 VOICE-10/22 NBC 4.3 5438 7 VOICE-TUE-10/23 NBC 4.3 5390 8 FOOTBALL NT ...Click for More