Archive | January, 2018

The Bare Mechanics of a Lady

31 Jan

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I was hoping that my Native American friend, Zak Alvarez was going to be provided me with a series of texts of what he thought of the latest Scott Cooper frontier western, “Hostiles” which opened wide last Friday. I had gotten a message that he bought a ticket to a matinée showing, but I guess he needed more time to assemble his thoughts. Which I’m cool with. We’ll get to you all in time for the Oscars – UNTIL I suddenly realized after last week’s early morning announcement  that it was nominated for fucking zilch.

Which is a shame. Because it’s a movie with a very powerful message. (I saw it a month ago at a private screening) and I hope that Zak is able to relate that same message that’s swimming the backstroke inside my head

So, in the meantime, here’s a small back up blog to tide you all over.

Harking back to one of my FREE COMIC BOOK DAY entries, I developed a quick fondness for one of the books I sampled when I stumbled across it at a booth at either Wonder Con, Comikaze, San Diego Comic Con International, or whatever fucking giant comic book convention you may find me wandering around in a somnambulistic haze – and I barely recognized it until the lovely saleswoman (most likely the creator’s wife) said to me that you must have this and we’re selling the first two trades at half off.  So I picked up the first two volumes of Lady Mechanika published by Benitez Productions for a paltry $20.00 and after reading them, I instantly fell in love with it, her, or whatever the whole steampunk approach maybe to the character. The books’ settings just somehow made me feel what I have been missing in an independent offering in a very, very long time: grandiose concept and near flawless execution.

It’s destined to be an either a television series or a blockbuster movie. At least that’s what her creator Joe Benitez, former artist of Top Cow’s The Darkness and several DC Comics tells me as the ongoing series of mini-series has been in option purgatory ever since he put out the first issue.

The concept is rather very simple as explained in Wikipedia: “Lady Mechanika is a detective in England at the turn of the 20th century. She is part human, part machine and is proficient with many weapons. She suffers from amnesia about her past and works to unravel the mysteries surrounding it”.

A typical Lady Mechanika starts out as a mini-series ranging from three to six issues, with the whole standard traditional variant covers and such and are then collected in trade paperback. There are so far, 4 trade paperbacks collecting each min-series story arc:

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.Volume 1 (shown at top of page) is the Lady Mechanika collecting the first mini-series and 0 issue.

Volume 2 (above) is The Tablet of Destinies which by the way, is my personal favorite. Besides a steampunk influence, there also occurs a great amalgamation of Indiana Jones meeting Lawrence of Arabia.

Volume 3, The Lost Boys of West Abby  is a short two issue collection dealing with a diabolical kidnapping of children and transforming them into mechanical killing machines along a gallery of alternative covers and sketches by Benitez and other contributors.

Volume 4, La Dama de la Muerte is another change of pace adventure that takes Lady Mechanika to Mexico in search of seclusion but is then faced with cultural conflict in eliminating a legendary horrific mythical tradition.

Joe Benitez’s heroine isn’t the first foray in what the genre would call “steampunk” (usually time and setting taking place in late nineteenth century Victorian London providing you leave with your intestines intact without interference from Jack the Ripper) in the pages of comics. There have been attempts in the past, (largely unsuccessful or none resonating with staying power). Back when I was manager for the small independent comic book store, Rookies & Allstars in North Hollywood, there were two titles that tried to make a lasting imprint – but both folded within the span of two years.

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One was Tekno Comix from Baca Raton, Florida that managed to get prestige science fiction and fantasy writers to lend their name to projects such as Isaac Asimov (I Bots), Tad Williams (Mirror World), and Gene Roddenberry ( Xander in the Universe) – but the one in particular that I used to order and did make an impression on us was Neil Gaiman’s  Mr. Hero, The Newmatic Man which chronicled the adventures of a stream powered automaton resurrected from the 1880’s and built for sparring with boxers ran a near healthy seventeen issues before the company folded up in 1997.  Twenty years on, I’ve heard that the series was finally collected in a trade paperback, but search me if I know who took over the rights. Neil Gaiman created the character and concepts but the main writing and art chores were contributed by writer James Vance and embellishments by Ted Slampyak who went on to fame working on the Little Orphan Annie strip.

Another company who jumped on the steampunk bandwagon was Penny-Farthing Press from out of Houston, Texas published a series called The Victorian detailing the exploits of two friends who take a anti aging serum at the turn of the twentieth century that somewhat lasted an impressive 25 issues with some help from few notable creators such as Howard Chaykin, Len Wein and Glen Orbik.

Both those titles are long gone now but it seems as Joe Benitez has got longevity beat as far as his concept goes. He’s been working on and off with Lady Mechanika since her inception in 2010. I spoke a little with Joe when I saw him at a recent downtown LA comic book convention and I was asking him how does he get perfect pitch dialogue that harks to the Victorian era? Joe told that he hires linguistic experts to help write and consult on all his Lady Mechanika projects and I imagine now having read the fourth volume (and eagerly awaiting the release of the fifth mini-series collection, The Clockwork Assassin) – that he hired someone to translate perfect late nineteenth century Spanish in the fourth volume, La Dama de la Muerte which I easily bought from his booth and devoured within a week.

Anyway, if you’re looking for high-flying imaginative adventure, light humor, and gorgeous detailed artwork that instantly transforms you to a wondrous era of 1880’s and 1890’s peaks of majesty, then Lady Mechanika would be your perfect go to gal pal guide. She’s subtle, she’s sweet, but oh so deadly.

 

 

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The Numb Knuckle Sandwich of the Nimble Comic Book Show November Sweeps of 2017

16 Jan

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Opening blog salvo of 2018 per usual is our delightful coverage of last year’s November Sweeps 2017 AS IT PERTAINS to the comic book show genre.  Lots of twists and turns this time as more new shows such as Marvel’s The Inhumans, Marvel’s The Gifted, and Syfy’s adaptation of Image Comics’ Happy! join at the holiday Turkey day table to help stir up the gravy pot.

Since I’m composing this just before mid-season goes into full swing – THERE are even more shows set to debut in a few weeks including Black Lightning on The CW (forcing one of the other Arrowverse related shows to give up one of its’ timeslots, therefore having the Mondays 8PM space to alternate between Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow with Supergirl’s current season running way into summer. Syfy is also adding another comic book based show on late Fridays based on the ancient Kryptonian legends, titled Krypton and is supposed to feature the computer cybernetic villain, Brainiac, Zeta Beam planet hopper Adam Strange, and a few Hawkmans and Green Lanterns scattered here and there as part of its’ revolving supporting cast. iZombie also is returning for its’ fourth season on February 26th.

A freshman show emerging into its’ sophomore year that is gaining more viewership and popularity thanks to it’s binge all episodes and a encore performance on the CW on a different night of its’ first season’s thanks to Netflix last summer is Riverdale. Its’ second season debut episode more than nearly doubled its’ initial audience due to those platforms. As we delve deeper into this year’s results, we’ll see how the show’s renewed energy has made it a stiff competitor to stand amongst the reigning giants.

Well, except for the King of all comic book shows that operates in its’ own little blockbuster world. Word came down this past MLK weekend that the Walking Dead has been renewed for a ninth season – with the exception of Scott Gimple no longer being the showrunner.

Syfy debuted Happy! in December of last year, so it’s immediately disqualified for competition, as well as broadcast top dog L+7 performer Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which waited for The Inhumans to end its’ debut run. No doubt, come February sweeps, Agents of SHIELD will indeed be a heavy contender.

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Reminder: Live + 3 (L +3) ratings & Live +7 (L+7) are ratings based on DVR usage of taping a show from its’ initial network debut and viewing it up to its’ first seven days. Viewership from streaming platforms such as Hulu can also factor in that rating If you wait and keep the show on your queue for days and months on, chances are, you viewing the show will not factor in the national rating. So after seven days, don’t waste your stupid time.

As tradition goes, to keep all warm blooded breathing pubescent males interested and alert throughout the calculation of these television delayed events – cheesecake photos of your favorite female cast members of these comic book shows have been provided to keep you at STRICT ATTENTION. This month we feature the actresses of Riverdale WHO are of LEGAL AGE in skimpy tight revealing outfits.

The November sweeps for the 2017 – 2018 television season took place from October 26. 2017 – November 22, 2017.

Most of the rating data has been compiled from tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com.

And away we go….

WALKING DEAD CABLE L +3 & L +7 NOVEMBER 2017

Episode 2 of “The Walking Dead” (5.6) stayed at No. 1 in adults 18-49 and passed “Monday Night Football” to take over the top spot in total viewers.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Oct. 23-29, 2017

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 5.6 1.6 40%

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for Oct. 23-29, 2017

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC  L +3 viewers (000’s) 12,247 Gain vs. Live +SD (000’s) 3,313  % Gain vs. Live +SD 37%

The Walking Dead” gained 2.0 points in adults 18-49 and 4.16 million viewers with seven days of playback, not far from the gains for its premiere a week earlier (2.2 and 4.28 million).

Here are the top cable shows in the Live +7 rankings for Oct. 23-29, 2017. Rankings include original series, movies and specials only, not repeats.

Viewers – total gain

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L+SD (000s) 8934 L+7 (000s) 13096 7-day increase 4162 7-day % increase 47%

“The Walking Dead’s” Nov. 5 episode was down a little week to week in the same-day ratings. It made up that deficit, however, with three days of DVR and on-demand viewing.

The AMC show is the clear leader among both adults 18-49 and total viewers in the Live +3 ratings for Oct. 30-Nov. 5. Its 5.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic is even with the previous week’s mark.

In viewers, “The Walking Dead” passed “Monday Night Football” to take over the top spot with 12.09 million. That’s a little behind the 12.25 million for the previous week.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2017

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L+3 18-49 rating 5.6  Gain vs. Live + SD 1.8 % gain vs. Live + SD 47%

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2017

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L+3 viewers (000s) 12,086 Gain vs. Live + SD (000s) 3,553 % gain vs. Live + SD 42%

Per usual, “The Walking Dead” was the biggest total gainer in both adults 18-49 (+2.2) and viewers (+4.77 million).

Here are the top cable shows in the Live +7 rankings for Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2017. Rankings include original series, movies and specials only, not repeats.

Adults 18-49 – total gain

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L + SD 3.8 L +7   6.0  7-day increase 2.2  7-Day % increase 58%

Viewers – total gain

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC  L+SD (000s)  8533  L+7 (000s) 13007 7-day increase 4474 7-day % increase 52%

The gains “The Walking Dead’s” Nov. 12 episode after three days of delayed viewing were almost identical to what the show did the previous week.

The episode added 1.8 points to its initial adults 18-49 rating (3.9 to 5.7), even with the previous week’s bump. It also grew by 3.66 million viewers, slightly more than 3.55 million the Nov. 5 episode added after three days.

Since the Nov. 12 episode’s same-day ratings were a little higher than the prior week, the show maintained that growth through Live +3.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Nov. 6-12, 2017

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC  L+3 18-49 rating  5.7 Gain vs. Live + SD 1.8 % gain vs. Live + SD 46%

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for Nov. 6-12, 2017

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L+3 viewers (000s) 12,361 Gain vs. Live + SD (000s) 3,661 % gain vs. Live + SD 42%

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Nov. 20-26, 2017

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC  L+3 viewers (000s) 5.3 Gain vs. Live + SD (000s) 1.7 gain vs. Live + SD  47%

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for Nov. 20-26, 2017

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC  L+3 viewers (000s) 11,878 Gain vs. Live + SD (000s) 3,586 gain vs. Live + SD 43%

The Walking Dead’s” seven-day ratings gains for the Nov. 26 episode were in line with what it’s been doing most of the season: It grew by 2.1 points in adults 18-49 (3.6 to 5.7) and by 4.44 million viewers.

Here are the top cable shows in the Live +7 rankings for Nov. 20-26, 2017. Rankings include original series, movies and specials only, not repeats.

Adults 18-49 – total gain

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC L+SD 3.6  L +7  5.7  7-day increase  2.1  7-day % increase 58%

Adults 18-49 – percentage gain

Viewers – total gain

1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC  L+SD (000s)8292 L+7 (000s) 12727  7-day increase 4435 7-day % increase  53%

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BROADCAST LIVE + 3 & LIVE + 7

Now we get into some hardcore shit: the supremacy for second place in the comic book show sweepstakes since The Walking Dead is in a class ranking all its’ own and can’t find anything to compete with it.

This time, I decided to bunch the L +3 and the L +7 rating together instead of separating them. 5 lightning rounds and the winner gets a….well, for those not familiar- you’ll find out eventually.

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Oct. 23-29, 2017

21 THE GIFTED FOX L+3 18-49 rating 1.9  Gain vs. Live + SD 0.9  % gain vs. Live + SD 90%

Just a side note: more of our comic book based shows are watched mostly within the Live +7 parameters – however, Fall newbie freshman, Marvel’s The Gifted has proven to be the exception to the rule – pushing reigning king, Lucifer entirely out of its’ L +3 limelight. IT is in fact, Lucifer being the lead in to Marvel’s The Gifted is the reason this show is performing so well, that it stands in the category all on its’ own.

Here are the Live +7 rankings for Oct. 23-29 2017. The rankings include first-run series and specials only, not repeats

Adults 18-49 – Total gain

8. THE GIFTED FOX  L+SD 1.0  L+7 2.1 7-day increase 1.1 7-day % increase 110%

16. THE FLASH CW  L+SD 1.0  L+7 1.8 7-day increase 0.8 7-day % increase 80%

Adults 18-49 – Percentage gain

4 THE GIFTED FOX L+SD 1.0 L+7 2.1 7-day increase 1.1 7-day % increase 110%

7. RIVERDALE CW L+SD 0.6 L+7 1.2 7-day increase 0.6 7-day % increase 100%

10. INHUMANS ABC L+SD 0.5 L+7 1.0 7-day increase 0.5 7-day % increase 100%

19 THE FLASH CW L+SD 1.0 L+7 1.8 7-day increase 0.8 7-day % increase 80%

20. ARROW CW L+SD 0.5 L+7 0.9 7-day increase 0.4 7-day % increase 80%

21. SUPERGIRL CW L+SD 0.5 L+7 0.9 7-day increase 0.4 7-day % increase 80%

22. LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW L+SD 0.5  L+7 0.9  7-day increase 0.4  7-day % increase 80%

Viewers – Total gain

21 THE GIFTED FOX  L+SD (000s) 3360  L+7 (000s) 6198 7-day increase  2838 7-day % increase 84%

Viewers – Percentage gain

3 THE GIFTED FOX  L+SD (000s) 3360  L+7 (000s) 6198  7-day increase 2838  7-day % increase  84%

4 RIVERDALE CW  L+SD (000s) 1617  L+7 (000s) 2934  7-day increase 1317  7-day % increase 81%

5 ARROW CW  L+SD (000s) 1337  L+7 (000s) 2384  7-day increase 1047 7-day % increase 78%

8 THE FLASH CW L+SD (000s)  2619 L+7 (000s)  4461 7-day increase  1842 7-day % increase 70%

9. INHUMANS ABC  L+SD (000s) 2045  L+7 (000s) 3478 7-day increase 1433 7-day % increase 70%

11 LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW  L+SD (000s) 1427  L+7 (000s) 2375 7-day increase 948  7-day % increase 66%

14 GOTHAM FOX  L+SD (000s) 2869 L+7 (000s)  4615  7-day increase 1746  7-day % increase 61%

18 SUPERGIRL CW  L+SD (000s) 1762  L+7 (000s) 2780  7-day increase 1018 7-day % increase 58%

21. LUCIFER FOX L+SD (000s) 3263  L+7 (000s) 5131  7-day increase 1868  7-day % increase  57%

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WINNER, WINNER!! SWANSON’S TV CHICKEN DINNER!! goes to…. The Gifted!!

 

 

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Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2017

22 THE GIFTED FOX  L+3 18-49 rating  1.7  Gain vs. Live + SD 0.6 %  gain vs. Live + SD 55%

The other shows that at least doubled their numbers are, “Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash,” and “Inhumans”.

Here are the Live +7 rankings for Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2017. The rankings include first-run series and specials only, not repeats.

Adults 18-49 – Total gain

12 THE GIFTED FOX  L+SD 1.1  L+7 2.0  7-day increase 0.9  7-day % increase 82%

25. THE FLASH CW  L+SD 0.7  L+7 1.4  7-day increase 0.7  7-day % increase 100%

Adults 18-49 – Percentage gain

4 LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW  L+SD 0.4  L+7 0.9 7-day increase  0.5 7-day % increase 125%

10. THE FLASH CW  L+SD 0.7  L+7 1.4  7-day increase 0.7  7-day % increase 100%

12. INHUMANS ABC  L+SD 0.5  L+7 1.0  7-day increase 0.5  7-day % increase 100%

20 RIVERDALE CW  L+SD 0.6  L+7 1.1  7-day increase 0.5  7-day % increase 83%

21 THE GIFTED FOX  L+SD 1.1  L+7 2.0  7-day increase  0.9  7-day % increase  82%

23 SUPERGIRL CW  L+SD 0.5  L+7 0.9  7-day increase  0.4  7-day % increase 80%

24. ARROW CW  L+SD  0.5  L+7 0.9  7-day increase 0.4  7-day % increase  80%

Viewers – Total gain

24 THE GIFTED FOX  L+SD (000s) 3427  L+7 (000s) 5954  7-day increase  2527  7-day % increase 74%

Viewers – Percentage gain

2 THE FLASH CW  L+SD (000s) 1995  L+7 (000s) 3789  7-day increase 1794  7-day % increase 90%

3 RIVERDALE CW  L+SD (000s) 1502  L+7 (000s) 2793  7-day increase 1291  7-day % increase 86%

8 LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW  L+SD (000s) 1383  L+7 (000s) 2422  7-day increase 1039  7-day % increase  75%

9 THE GIFTED FOX  L+SD (000s) 3427  L+7 (000s) 5954  7-day increase 2527  7-day % increase 74%

11. ARROW CW  L+SD (000s) 1326  L+7 (000s) 2228  7-day increase 902  7-day % increase 68%

14 INHUMANS ABC  L+SD (000s) 1965 L+7 (000s) 3229  7-day increase 1264 7-day % increase 64%

16 SUPERGIRL CW  L+SD (000s) 1823  L+7 (000s) 2960  7-day increase 1137  7-day % increase 62%

22 GOTHAM FOX  L+SD (000s)  2747 L+7 (000s) 4321 7-day increase 1574  7-day % increase 57%

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WINNER, WINNER!! SWANSON’S TV CHICKEN DINNER!! goes to…. THE GIFTED! (again)

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Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Nov. 6-12, 2017

28. THE GIFTED FOX  L+3 18-49 rating 1.7  Gain vs. Live + SD 0.7  % gain vs. Live + SD 70%

Here are the Live +7 rankings for Nov. 6-12, 2017. The rankings include first-run series only, not repeats or specials.

Adults 18-49 – Total gain

12. THE GIFTED FOX  L+SD 1.0  L+7 1.9  7-day increase 0.9  7-day % increase 90%

16. THE FLASH CW  L+SD 0.9  L+7 1.7  7-day increase 0.8  7-day % increase 89%

24. GOTHAM FOX  L+SD 0.9  L+7 1.6  7-day increase 0.7  7-day % increase 78%

Adults 18-49 – Percentage gain

7. INHUMANS – Finale ABC  L+SD  0.5 L+7  1.0  7-day increase 0.5 7-day % increase 100%

9. RIVERDALE CW  L+SD 0.5 L+7  1.0  7-day increase 0.5  7-day % increase 100%

10. SUPERGIRL CW L+SD 0.5  L+7 1.0 7-day increase  0.5  7-day % increase 100%

13. THE GIFTED FOX L+SD 1.0  L+7  1.9  7-day increase 0.9  7-day % increase 90%

14 THE FLASH CW  L+SD 0.9  L+7 1.7  7-day increase 0.8  7-day % increase 89%

19. ARROW CW L+SD 0.5  L+7 0.9  7-day increase 0.4  7-day % increase  80%

20. LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW  L+SD 0.5  L+7 0.9  7-day increase 0.4  7-day % increase 80%

23. GOTHAM FOX  L+SD 0.9  L+7 1.6  7-day increase 0.7  7-day % increase 78%

Viewers – Total gain

24 THE GIFTED FOX  L+SD (000s) 3173  L+7 (000s) 5671  7-day increase 2498  7-day % increase 79%

Viewers – Percentage gain

3 RIVERDALE CW  L+SD (000s) 1469  L+7 (000s) 2701  7-day increase 1232 7-day % increase 84%

4. ARROW CW  L+SD (000s) 1293  L+7 (000s) 2374  7-day increase 1081 7-day % increase 84%

7 THE GIFTED FOX  L+SD (000s) 3173  L+7 (000s) 5671 7-day increase 2498 7-day % increase 79%

8 THE FLASH CW  L+SD (000s) 2378  L+7 (000s) 4223  7-day increase 1845  7-day % increase 78%

9 INHUMANS Finale ABC L+SD (000s) 1946  L+7 (000s) 3355  7-day increase 1409 7-day % increase 72%

13 LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW  L+SD (000s) 1519  L+7 (000s) 2536  7-day increase 1017  7-day % increase  67%

14 GOTHAM FOX  L+SD (000s) 2704  L+7 (000s) 4488  7-day increase 1784  7-day % increase 66%

20. SUPERGIRL CW  L+SD (000s) 1870  L+7 (000s) 3014  7-day increase 1144  7-day % increase 61%

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WINNER, WINNER!! SWANSON’S TV CHICKEN DINNER!! goes to….. RIVERDALE!!

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Here are the Live +7 rankings for Nov. 13-19, 2017. The rankings include first-run series only, not repeats or specials.

Adults 18-49 – Total gain

14. THE GIFTED FOX  L+SD 1.0  L+7 1.9  7-day increase 0.9  7-day % increase 90%

22. THE FLASH CW  L+SD 1.0  L+7 1.7   7-day increase 0.7  7-day % increase 70%

Adults 18-49 – Percentage gain

10. LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW  L+SD  0.5  L+7 1.0  7-day increase 0.5 7-day % increase 100%

11. RIVERDALE CW  L+SD 0.5  L+7 1.0  7-day increase 0.5  7-day % increase 100%

12 THE GIFTED FOX L+SD 1.0 L+7 1.9  7-day increase 0.9 7-day % increase 90%

21 SUPERGIRL CW  L+SD 0.5  L+7 0.9  7-day increase 0.4  7-day % increase 80%

Viewers – Total gain

Viewers – Percentage gain

4. RIVERDALE CW  L+SD (000s) 1432 L+7 (000s) 2657  7-day increase 1225  7-day % increase 86%

5 THE GIFTED FOX  L+SD (000s) 2996  L+7 (000s) 5415  7-day increase 2419  7-day % increase 81%

6 THE FLASH CW  L+SD (000s) 2456  L+7 (000s) 4286  7-day increase 1830 7-day % increase 75%

7 ARROW CW  L+SD (000s) 1279  L+7 (000s) 2203  7-day increase 924  7-day % increase 72%

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW  L+SD (000s) 1531  L+7 (000s) 2590  7-day increase 1059  7-day % increase 69%

18 GOTHAM FOX  L+SD (000s) 2617  L+7 (000s) 4170  7-day increase 1553 7-day % increase 59%

20 SUPERGIRL CW  L+SD (000s) 1894  L+7 (000s) 2953  7-day increase 1059 7-day % increase 56%

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WINNER, WINNER!! SWANSON’S TV CHICKEN DINNER!! goes to… RIVERDALE!! (again)

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Nov. 20-26, 2017

25 THE GIFTED FOX  L+3 18-49 rating 1.4  Gain vs. Live + SD 0.5  % gain vs. Live + SD 56%

30. THE FLASH CW  L+3 18-49 rating 1.4  Gain vs. Live + SD 0.6  % gain vs. Live + SD 75%

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Top 25 broadcast shows in Live +3 viewers for Nov. 20-26, 2017

Thanksgiving-night episodes of “Supernatural” and “Arrow” topped the percentage charts. Both shows started with low o.3 ratings in adults 18-49 but grew to 0.8, a gain of 167 percent. They also each grew by 98 percent in total viewers

Here are the Live +7 rankings for Nov. 20-26, 2017. The rankings include first-run series and specials only, not repeats.

Adults 18-49 – Total gain

9. THE GIFTED FOX  L+SD 0.9  L+7 1.8  7-day increase 0.9  7-day % increase 100%

10. THE FLASH CW  L+SD 0.8  L+7 1.6  7-day increase 0.8  7-day % increase 100%

25. LUCIFER FOX  L+SD 0.9  L+7 1.4  7-day increase 0.5  7-day % increase 56%

28. SUPERGIRL CW  L+SD 0.5  L+7 1.0  7-day increase 0.5  7-day % increase 100%

30. ARROW CW  L+SD 0.3  L+7 0.8  7-day increase 0.5  7-day % increase 167%

Adults 18-49 – Percentage gain

2. ARROW CW  L+SD 0.3  L+7 0.8  7-day increase 0.5  7-day % increase 167%

5. THE GIFTED FOX  L+SD 0.9  L+7 1.8  7-day increase 0.9  7-day % increase 100%

6. THE FLASH CW  L+SD 0.8  L+7 1.6  7-day increase 0.8 7-day % increase 100%

11. SUPERGIRL CW  L+SD 0.5  L+7 1.0  7-day increase 0.5  7-day % increase 100%

13. LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW  L+SD 0.5  L+7 0.9  7-day increase 0.4  7-day % increase 80%

23 LUCIFER FOX  L+SD 0.9  L+7 1.4  7-day increase 0.5 7-day % increase 56%

Viewers – Total gain

19 THE GIFTED FOX  L+SD (000s) 2900  L+7 (000s) 5162  7-day increase 2262  7-day % increase 78%

21 THE FLASH CW  L+SD (000s) 2195  L+7 (000s) 4277  7-day increase 2082  7-day % increase 95%

24 LUCIFER FOX  L+SD (000s) 3263  L+7 (000s) 4987  7-day increase 1724 7-day % increase 53%

Viewers – Percentage gain

1 ARROW CW  L+SD (000s) 1094  L+7 (000s) 2165  7-day increase 1071  7-day % increase 98%

3. THE FLASH CW  L+SD (000s) 2195  L+7 (000s) 4277  7-day increase 2082 7-day % increase 95%

5 THE GIFTED FOX  L+SD (000s) 2900 L+7 (000s) 5162  7-day increase 2262 7-day % increase 78%

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW  L+SD (000s) 1485 L+7 (000s) 2567  7-day increase 1082 7-day % increase 73%

11 SUPERGIRL CW  L+SD (000s) 1923 L+7 (000s) 3169  7-day increase 1246 7-day % increase 65%

19. LUCIFER FOX  L+SD (000s) 3263 L+7 (000s) 4987  7-day increase 1724 7-day % increase 53%

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WINNER, WINNER!! SWANSON’S TV CHICKEN DINNER!! Goes to…. Arrow!! (Thanksgiving episode was not highly publicized which got a giant boost percentage wise in delayed viewing)

Disclaimer: The four episode mega event, Crisis on Earth X that occurred across all four related CW Arrowverse shows aired after Sweeps period.

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Amazon’s The Tick ratings research

screencrush.com reports creator Ben Edlund on why the first season was split into two parts.

The Binge Watching issue is… I see it as it’s a perfect dive from a high board, and there’s no splash. It just goes in and goes out when you experience it as a culture, it comes and goes. [Ben, David, and Barry] We’re all sort of veterans of the opposite of that. Fan energy wants to have a culture to express itself in. So if you split a season, and give a gap in-between, you get anticipation, you get people are able [to] talk about what happened, are able to kind of set their watches for what happens next. It helps us win back some of what is lost when we lose, inevitably, the week to week sort of broadcast basis of storytelling.

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Marvel’s Iron Fist & The Defenders ratings research.

Turns out that as a crime-fighting quartet, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist together may be weaker than they are as solo vigilantes.

“Marvel’s The Defenders,” featuring the street-hero characters, was the least-watched Netflix Marvel original series premiere in the U.S. as measured over the first 30 days of viewership, according to an analysis by Jumpshot, a marketing-analytics firm.

For the comparison, Jumpshot created an index benchmarking each of the Netflix Marvel series against the top-viewed of the bunch, which was “Daredevil” season 2 in March 2016. Following its Aug. 18 premiere, “The Defenders” clocked in with just 17% of the viewership that “Daredevil” season two received in the first 30 days. The study looked at Netflix U.S. subs who watched at least one episode of each series.

Compared with “The Defenders,” the previous premieres of “Iron Fist,” “Luke Cage” and “Jessica Jones” performed relatively equally in the first 30 days, accounting for 28%, 27% and 26% of “Daredevil” season 2’s viewership, respectively. In addition to being the least-viewed of the group, “The Defenders” also had the largest week-over-week drop in viewership, declining by 67%, 48% and 41%, respectively, over the 30-day period, per Jumpshot.

Netflix doesn’t release viewing data, leaving industry players to rely on estimates from third parties. But execs from the streaming-video company have routinely questioned the validity of attempts to gauge consumption on its global platform.

Moreover, Netflix evaluates the full performance of its content on its VOD service over a longer span than just 30 days. But the initial consumption of a series is often a good indicator of its long-term performance, and it’s worth noting that “The Defenders” showed a significant drop in viewers in the first month on the service.

The eight-episode miniseries “Marvel’s The Defenders” tells the story of Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones), who reluctantly band together to save New York City from criminal mastermind Alexandra Reid (Sigourney Weaver).

Why did “The Defenders” mashup get a colder shoulder than its predecessor series? One explanation may be that each of the individual street heroes appeals to different kinds of viewers, at least among Netflix members who had never watched content tagged as in the “superhero” genre before.

According to a Netflix news release, one-eighth of the viewers for the Marvel street-hero series were new to the comic-book genre. Among this group of newbies, “Daredevil” viewers gravitate toward storylines featuring antiheroes and moral ambiguity; “Jessica Jones” attracted those attuned to “sharp humor and dark crime”; “Luke Cage” watchers tended to prefer stories about “dangerous worlds and complex consequences”; and “Iron Fist” drew in fans of coming-of-age tales.

For the data on Netflix originals, Jumpshot looked at the viewing behavior and activity of the company’s U.S. members. The San Francisco-based company analyzes anonymized click-stream data from a panel of more than 100 million internet consumers, amounting to some 160 billion individual data points per month. The data excludes viewing that occurs on connected-TV platforms or Netflix mobile apps, but Jumpshot says its benchmark analysis reflects aggregate viewing on the platform.

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Marvel’s The Punisher and Marvel’s Runaways on hulu have both been renewed for a second season.

The 2nd season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones drops on March 8th. Filming is underway for the third season of Daredevil and the 2nd season of Luke Cage.