Ratings - Monday

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Final Monday broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, February 25, 2013
TimeNetShow18-49rating18-49 ShareViewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PMCBSHow I Met Your Mother3.3108.59
ABCThe Bachelor (8-10PM)2.989.23
NBCThe Biggest Loser (8-10PM)2.265.75
CWThe Carrie Diaries0.411.00

8:30 PMCBSRules of Engagement2.777.89
9:00PMCBS2 Broke Girls3.3810.41
FOXThe Following2.878.58
9:30PMCBSMike & Molly2.779.79

CBSHawaii Five-O -R1.446.48
Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


REVIEW - The Walking Dead S03E20

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Following the fallout from the recent events that have taken place between the residents of the prison and Woodbury, this week’s episode slows down the pace and acts as the calm before the inevitable storm.

However, just because there is less action, doesn’t diminish how important and intriguing this episode proves to be thanks to a fine script from Angela Kang and steady direction from the show’s resident effects genius Greg Nicotero.

The focus is on Andrea as she tries to build a bridge between the two communities and not allow any perceived loyalty to affect her mission for peace. The episode also sees battle lines drawn between the two camps and their leaders and various people being forced to choose a side.

It is testament to the quality of the writing for this season that an episode like this can remain so utterly gripping. Characters that have been allowed to grow are making decisions of real consequence and dealing with issues that have been carefully laid out during the course of the season.

Laurie Holden is allowed to come into her own during the episode as Andrea tries to act as a peacemaker. She is conflicted between her old friendships with Rick and the group in the prison and her new allegiance to The Governor and the citizens of Woodbury. It is an excellent performance that fully conveys the difficult position she is in. There is also impressive work from David Morrissey as The Governor begins to manipulate and orchestrate his grand plan. Finally, there is an impressive turn from Scott Wilson as Hershel who shares key scenes with Michael Rooker’s Merle and Andrew Lincoln, who’s Rick needs the push from the wise old head to reassert his leadership on the group.

To emphasise the confidence that has been inherent during this run, the episode concludes with a haunting singsong showcasing a zombie-surrounded prison that perfectly encapsulates the mood of the episode.

It’s not the all out action of previous episodes but is still essential and captivating television nevertheless.

Review by Jonathan Gray


Ratings - Sunday

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The big TV event last night, the Oscars drew a whopping 13.0 which was up from last years 11.7 in the 18-49 demographics.
Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, February 24, 2013:

TimeNetShow18-49 Rating18-49 ShareViewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 PMABCThe Oscars: Red Carpet Live!5.015 19.343
CBS60 Minutes -R1.34 8.270
FOXBob's Burgers -R1.03 2.345
NBCDateline NBC -R0.82 4.084
7:30PMABCThe Oscars: Red Carpet Live!6.718 23.833
FOXThe Cleveland Show -R1.13 2.606
8:00 PMABCThe Oscars: Red Carpet Live!9.223 31.462
CBSThe Amazing Race1.84 6.774
FOXThe Simpsons -R1.64 3.506
NBCBetty White's Off Their Rockers -R0.82 3.450
8:30 PMABC85th Academy Awards (8:30-11:40PM)13.02840.300
FOXThe Cleveland Show -R1.43 2.934
NBCBetty White's Off Their Rockers -R0.82 2.967
9:00PMFOXFamily Guy -R1.53 3.133
CBSThe Mentalist -R0.72 4.438
NBCSaturday Night Live in the 2000's -R (9-11PM)0.82 1.949
9:30PMFOXAmerican Dad  -R1.33 2.705
10:00 PMCBSThe Good Wife-R0.61 3.293
Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


REVIEW - The Big Bang Theory S06E17 ‘The Monster Isolation'

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This weeks episode of The Big Bang Theory, 'The Monster Isolation,' picks up where last weeks episode left off, with Raj going out for coffee with Kate Micucci's character, Lucy. 

Lucy excuses herself to go to the bathroom, and Raj says aloud that he thinks their date is going well. We then see Lucy go past the window in the background, having snuck out the back.

Bernadette, Howard and Leonard go in search of Raj, not having seen or heard from him in days, and are alarmed to find him unkempt and depressed. They ask what happened, and Raj tells them about his disastrous date. He says that he is never going to leave his apartment again.

Howard, Leonard and Sheldon are at the comic book store, when Lucy comes in looking for Raj, a note for him in hand. Howard agrees to take the note to Raj for her. When Howard visits Raj, he finds both Raj and his apartment in a worse state than before. Raj does not want Lucy's note (which contains her phone number), and says he still wants to stay inside forever. Howard leaves, and Raj comes chasing after him (in his underwear), having changed his mind.

Raj calls Lucy, and she drops by his apartment to apologise for leaving during their date. Raj asks why she left, and Lucy confesses that she is "broken" and does not want Raj wasting his time with her. Raj tells Lucy that he is broken too, and convinces her to go out with him again.

I'm really glad that Lucy came back (and it looks like she will be back at least once more as well!), and cannot wait until next weeks episode to see how their date pans out. What did you think? Are you glad Lucy came back, and would you like to see more of her, or would you rather Raj find someone else/remain single?

Meanwhile, Sheldon asks Penny to star in his latest episode of 'Sheldon Cooper Presents Fun With Flags', and she gives him some good advice about his body language on camera. Amy tells Sheldon that he has to thank Penny for her help. Flattered, Penny asks Sheldon to attend a play she is starring in later that week. 

The second storyline this week could not compare with the Raj/Lucy one, but it was good to see Penny in another acting role. Of course not every actor can 'make it', but it's always nice to see Penny doing something different. What would you like to see Penny act in next, or do you think she should focus on school, or even find another job? Let me know in the comments below!

Review by Heather Bale.


Ratings - Tuesday

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Down, down, down seems to be the theme with Tuesday nights. Smash, Go On and the New Normal all crashing to series low numbers which is disheartening. NCIS and NCIS Los Angeles both down on CBS and Cult premiered to horribly low numbers on The CW

Broadcast primetime ratings for February 19, 2013
Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS NCIS 3.5/10 20.93

ABC The Taste 1.6/5 4.89

FOX Raising Hope 1.5/5 3.70

NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers 1.3/4 4.65

CW Hart Of Dixie 0.5/1 1.37

8:30 NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers 1.4/4 4.69

FOX New Girl - R 1.3/3 2.82

9:00 CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 2.7/7 16.34

ABC The Bachelor 2.6/7 8.14

FOX New Girl 2.2/6 4.36

NBC Go On 1.1/3 3.32

CW Cult - Series Premiere 0.3/1 0.94

9:30 FOX The Mindy Project 1.6/4 3.04

NBC The New Normal 1.0/2 2.83

10:00 CBS Vegas 1.5/4 9.67

ABC Body Of Proof - Season Premiere 1.2/3 6.66

NBC Smash 0.9/2 3.29

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


RATINGS - Monday

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CBS continues its comedy domination with How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly still hitting highs with audiences proving that sitcoms are alive and well. Over on ABC The Bachelor and Castle both were up this week and on The CW 90210 sunk to an all time low of 0.2 sending it to sure cancellation and The Carrie Diaries dipped a little to 0.4.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, February 18, 2013:
Time Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
8:00 CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.4/10 8.85

ABC The Bachelor  (8-10:00PM) 3.0/8 9.23

FOX Bones 2.1/6 8.32

NBC The Biggest Loser (8-10PM) 2.1/5 5.56

CW The Carrie Diaries 0.4/1 1.20

8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement 2.8/7 8.14

9:00 CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.4/8 10.11

FOX The Following 2.8/7 8.31

CW 90210 0.2/0 0.53

9:30 CBS Mike & Molly 3.1/8 10.33

10:00 ABC Castle 2.2/6 9.67

CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.0/5 8.99

NBC Deception 1.2/3 3.20


Ratings - Sunday

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Once Upon A Time only inches up a little from last weeks series low, as does Revenge, both ABC dramas are suffering the second season slump and hopefully should rise as they pass the mid season cliffhangers.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, February 17, 2013:
Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 ABC Amerca's Funniest Home Videos 1.5/4 6.91

CBS 60 Minutes 1.3/4 9.50

NBC Dateline 1.0/3 5.39

FOX The Simpsons - R 0.9/3 2.20

7:30 FOX The Cleveland Show 1.1/3 2.64

8:00 CBS  The Amazing Race (season premiere) 2.4/6 9.54

ABC  Once Upon A Time 2.3/6 7.50

FOX  The Simpsons 2.0/5 4.61

NBC  Betty White's Off Their Rockers - R 0.9/2 4.17

8:30 FOX Bob's Burgers 1.9/5 4.06

NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers - R 1.0/2 4.33

9:00 FOX Family Guy 2.4/6 4.85

ABC Revenge 1.8/4 5.99

CBS The Good Wife 1.4/3 8.48

NBC Saturday Night Live in the 90s  (9-11PM)- R 1.4/3 4.00

9:30 FOX American Dad 1.9/5 4.14

10:00 CBS The Mentalist 1.5/4 9.18

ABC Zero Hour - R 0.9/2 3.05
Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


REVIEW - The Walking Dead S03E10

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Life for the survivors has been well and truly shaken up following recent events. This week’s episode is built around one prominent idea: escalation. The Governor is seeking retribution for the attack on Woodbury, tension within the prison group is growing and Rick’s loosening grasp on reality is increasingly getting worse.

Elsewhere, two reluctant leaders are stepping up to the plate. Andrea is accepting greater responsibility in Woodbury, especially after her rousing speech to calm to townspeople amidst the chaos of last week. Meanwhile, with Rick continuing to hallucinate, it falls on Glenn to grasp the nettle in trying to protect the prison.

The episode is brilliantly constructed and builds to a barnstorming climax. There are plenty of careful character moments and plot developments to keep driving it forward allowing for a powerful and emotional pay-off at the episode’s denouement.

With Rick absent for a large portion of the episode, other characters get their moment in the spotlight. Glenn has come along way from the former pizza delivery boy he was when we first met him and this is an episode where he is brought front and centre, tackling his relationships with Maggie and Herschel and his role within the group. The brothers, Daryl and Merle, are also the subject for some concentrated focus as Daryl gets to showcase how he has evolved as a character, although there is a revelation that may come back to haunt him later as he returns to the group.

Credit must go the episode’s writer, Nichole Beattie, who serves up some major shocks and several moments that serve to keep the viewer on tenterhooks.

Season 3 continues to deliver and the wait for the next fix seems to get longer and longer with each passing week.

Review by Jonathan Gray


REVIEW - The Big Bang Theory S06E16 ‘The Tangible Affection Proof'

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It's all about love and relationship progress in this weeks valentines-themed episode of The Big Bang Theory, 'The Tangible Affection Proof'.

Leonard takes Penny for dinner at a nice restaurant. Howard's present for Bernadette falls through, so he and Bernadette tag along.

At dinner, Penny notices an ex-boyfriend of hers having a romantic evening with the woman he cheated on Penny with. Penny is furious that they are still together, and can't stop talking about it. Leonard is annoyed that she seems to be ruining their evening, and they dissolve into an argument. Howard and Bernadette, who have been fighting about household chores, quickly make up when they see how unhappy Leonard and Penny are, their own fight put into perspective.

When they get back from dinner, Leonard confronts Penny about her behaviour. Penny cites her commitment issues as the reason for her negativity that evening, and confesses she is scared at how quickly their relationship is moving. Leonard then suggests that, if she is ever ready, Penny be the one to propose.

I quite like the idea of letting Penny propose (this is not to say Leonard will not try again...), as it puts their relationship entirely in her hands, so she can go at her own pace, without feeling pressured by Leonard. It was also good to see them actually working through any issues they have, instead of just breaking up and/or having sex to avoid talking.

Meanwhile, Sheldon asks his assistant Alex (Margo Harshman), to find the perfect gift for Amy, but is disappointed with her offerings. Amy however, does find the perfect valentines gift for Sheldon, suggesting that they stay in, order pizza, and watch one of his favourite movies (as opposed to the more traditional fare of dinner in a nice restaurant, which Amy originally wanted to do). Here, Sheldon produces the goods and gives Amy her present: he has put Amy down as his emergency contact at the university.

This was a really sweet scene overall, but there were two standouts for me: the first was Amy's reaction to Sheldon's present (she is so touched that she begins to cry), and second, that Sheldon did something so sweet, and something so Sheldon for Amy.

Finally, Raj and Stuart (Kevin Sussman), decide to host a singles party in the comic book store on valentines day. At the party, Raj gives an impassioned speech about how none of them are really alone, since they have one another. A girl then approaches Raj (played by the adorable Kate Micucci, one half of the musical comedy duo 'Garfunkel and Oates'), and tells him his speech was "cool". Raj asks whether she would like to get a coffee with him, and they leave together.

Kate Micucci's character, for me, was probably the best part of this whole episode. Although both Penny and Leonard and Sheldon and Amy seemed to make some progress in their relationships (and Howard and Bernadette still remained boringly 'married'), I just loved seeing Raj meet somebody who he may actually have a relationship with! Sure, as Raj said, relationships are not everything (and he has had relationships before, but they generally don't last longer than one episode), but I really hope that she is back next week, and for many more weeks to come!

Review by Heather Bale.


Weekly Wrap Up

It's been a busy week on NovastreamTV, we have looked at some old tv shows, reviewed some new ones and seen some changes in the ratings. You can look at all of the articles posted this week via the links below.






Flashback February, Sabrina the Teenage Witch

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I remember running home from school and immediately plonking myself down in front of the television. I would sigh to myself at having managed to finish yet another day in prison and what would greet me? Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Yes, ladies and germs it’s the 90’s and a simpler time. A time when we could all enjoy a light-hearted quip from a teenager and a surreptitious witch just trying to make her way in the world, dammit!

Although, the screenplay wasn’t the most sophisticated writing I have ever encountered, there was something to be said about never-ending entertainment. Of course, lasting entertainment was something the show could never faulted on. Sabrina lasted seven seasons and not too mention the movies it spawned – Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Sabrina Goes To Rome, and Sabrina, Down Under. She certainly got around, I mean she is a witch after all.

Despite a few cheaps jokes here and there, I’m sure many people have just as good memories as I do of this classic.

The show debuted in 1996 and we where first introduced to the character Sabrina played Mellissa Joan Hart, her aunts Hilda and Zelda played by Caroline Rhea and Beth Rhoderick and her talking cat Salem. Is it just me or does it seem like a quintessential American TV family has to have a talking animal to be successful?

Sabrina was an average American teenager just to trying to get through high school and encountering witch-based mishaps along the way. I must admit that, had I not been introduced to this show as a child, I might not have such fond memories of it as it doesn’t seem like a show written for someone in their 20’s.

All the same, Sabrina is a show with charm (and spells – that’s right, bad puns in true Sabrina style) and I believe it will be remembered that way.

Review by Jemma Nott


REVIEW - The Walking Dead S03E09

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After what seems like an eternity, The Walking Dead is finally back and picking up from the thrilling climax that concluded the last episode.

To briefly recap, Rick had led his group in an attack on Woodbury to rescue Glenn and Maggie from the grasp of The Governor but Daryl got captured and forced to square off against his long lost brother, Merle.

The episode wastes no time and throws the viewer straight back into the action. It is a truly thrilling opening and the pace of the episode is carefully maintained only easing up for some crucial moments of character development.

The actions that took place in the previous episode have put the prison survivors and Woodbury, and more specifically Rick and The Governor, on a collision course, which will no doubt play out during the rest of the season.

The episode is concerned with dealing with the consequences of what has gone before meaning several characters are forced to confront their realities and face up to their responsibilities. Rick is being put under pressure like he never has before in order to protect his group while in Woodbury, Andrea is taking on a more prominent role after learning some of the facts that had been kept from her. These are only two examples but every major character is facing life-defining choices that they must confront.

The cast and production standards are as high as ever and it is refreshing to see certain secondary characters given dialogue exchanges that offer us an insight into their thoughts.

It is a relief to have the show back and see that the quality levels haven’t dropped. This is shaping up to be a very special season of television and the next episode cannot roll around quickly enough.

Review by Jonathan Gray