Happy 2018 from The TV Ratings Guide!

2018 is here for the Eastern part of the US, and all of us here at the TV Ratings Guide wish all of our readers a very happy New Year. We hope that 2018 is even better for you that 2017. And let's hope you don't cheat on your New Year's resolution until at least January 7th!

Thanks again for the great 2017 you all helped The TV Ratings Guide have.

5 Memorable Guests on Wild ‘n Out

MTV’s Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘n Out is still going strong in its tenth season on MTV. Since we cover its ratings on the TV Ratings Guide Cable Database, I thought I would provide a list of five memorable guests who appeared on the freestyle comedy show throughout its ten seasons.

1. Chance the Rapper
Chance the Rapper came to play in the one hour ninth season premiere and won it all with a Kit Kat commercial and bars to spare.

2. Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart was on Wild 'n Out three times, two during season five (the premiere and the finale), and on the first episode of season seven. Not to mention, he appeared on 21 episodes of the show.

3. Kanye West
Kanye stole the show during season one of the show and freestyled through the whole thing, enough to win for the Black Squad.

4. Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg appeared in two episodes of Wild 'n Out. The first appearance was when he slams the Red Team during season four, and the second appearance was in season seven as the captain of the Platinum Squad, slaying Nick's team in the process.

5. Mariah Carey
Nick Cannon's ex-wife showed up to interrupt the party during an episode of season five while the game Let Me Holla commenced. She threatened to shut the whole show down. Nowadays, you can see Mariah Carey as part of a punchline.

There you have it. Five memorable guests of Wild 'n Out in no particular order. In this rate, I'll probably come up with part two.

Beyond the TV Grave - Harper’s Island

Beyond the TV Grave - Harper's Island

This is the 'Beyond The TV Grave' series where we shell out our thoughts on shows that were canceled after airing no less than 5 episodes and no more than 50. I will go through the good and bad and give a final verdict on whether or not I would have liked to see more.


Harper's Island was a short lived murder mystery slasher that aired on CBS back in the spring of 2009. Harper's Island took place on the titular island, where notorious killer, John Wakefield, went  on a killing spree and murdered several people, including series lead, Abby Mills' mother. Wakefield was supposedly killed by Abby's father, but there was no concrete evidence to prove this. After Abby's mother was killed, her father sent her away from the island - flashforward to seven years later, Abby returns to the murder plagued island to go to her best friend Henry's wedding. However, soon after she returns, the killing starts again, and with a handful of people on this deserted island, everyone is a suspect. While investigating the murders, Abby and the other wedding guests uncover all the secrets of the island and its history, all while trying to make it out alive.

The Good and the Bad:

As I have mentioned a few times before, I love horror  shows and movies, so you could imagine I adored this show. In my time, I have seen quite the few slasher shows too, and Harper's Island easily takes the cake for the best. To start off, the kills were simply amazing. They were so well done. Each one was different than the last and well done, but more importantly, they were realistic and not contrived just to be cool or fit the plot in a certain way. On a creative level, the writing was really, really good. It was smart and clever, and as the season went on and the characters' lives got more serious, so did the tone. I felt like I was right there on Harper's Island with the characters. Every episode was packed with tension, witty dialogue, amazing plot advances, and extremely likable characters.

However, my one complaint  was that the killer was extremely obvious. It's like the writers planned to pull the typical trope where they make a character look very guilty, and then switch it, but in Harper's case, they didn't. This easily heavily effected several episodes of the show after it became obvious who the killer was, but nonetheless, they were still entertaining. 

Scheduling and Cancellation:

The slasher show was given the shaft from CBS pretty much from the start. CBS held the drama for midseason, and the Elaine Cassidy led drama didn't even get a slot until April - already lowering its chances at success and a renewal. Harper's Island was scheduled Thursdays at 10, behind Survivor/CSI (incompatible, much?), and was pulled after two weeks. However, CBS premiered the show on April 9th with a two hour premiere, and then did not air it again until April 23rd. Ouch. The premiere was decently rated - at 2.6/2.2. Two weeks later, it fell to a 1.9, and CBS pulled the plug. Harper's was then moved to Saturdays on May 2nd as CBS began to burn off the remaining episodes. Ratings on Saturdays ranged from a 0.8 (in the dead of summer in June), to 1.1s. So you can see, the ratings held up really respectably in the move.

I think one of the major problems that led to the series' demise was being on CBS, the network known to only air procedurals. It was just a bad fit - and then CBS clearly couldn't have cared  less about it from their scheduling of it.

Final Thoughts:

While I do love Harper's Island and it holds a special place in my heart, but I do not know if I'd want  more episodes. At the end of the first season, the surivor(s) left the island, so more episodes would lose that really great setting. Also I'm afraid new characters wouldn't be able to live  up to the ones  in season one, and would the show even stay a slasher, murder mystery? I don't know where the plot would go, and it may not be good. If the writers could all return, and keep the same premise and  setting, I may ask for more, but that's unlikely.

Note: If you haven't seen the show, it's available on Amazon Video! Go watch it.

Did you watch Harper's Island? Do you miss it? Let us know in the comments below!

Saturday TV Ratings, 12/30/17: ’Ten Days in the Valley’ Slips, ’Dateline’ Dominates (UPDATED)

Here are the final broadcast ratings for Saturday, December 30, 2017.

Finals Update: All shows held their preliminary rating. 

18-49 Rating
Total Viewers  
 (In Millions)
Dateline NBC (NBC)

Hawaii Five-0 (R) (CBS)

The Bachelor (R) (ABC)

The Gifted (R) (FOX)

48 Hours (R) (CBS)

Match Game (R) (ABC)

Lethal Weapon (R) (FOX)

SNL Vintage (R) (NBC)

48 Hours (R) (CBS)

Ten Days in the Valley (ABC)
(R) = repeat

On an atypical Saturday night, NBC's 'Dateline' (0.8) easily topped the night. It lead into a solid 'SNL Vintage' (0.7).

ABC's 'Ten Days in the Valley' (0.2) inched down from already disastrous ratings and lost to repeats of 'The Bachelor' (0.3) and 'Match Game' (0.3).

CBS had a drama repeat (0.3) and 2 hours of '48 Hours' (0.3/0.6). The latter grew dramatically from 9 to 10. 

FOX had repeats of 'The Gifted' (0.2) and 'Lethal Weapon' (0.3). They were in-line with the non-NBC repeats. 

The Pop Culture Cosmos Guide to the Best (and Worst) Movies of 2017!

Written by Gerald Glassford

Daniel Kaluuya is emotional in more ways than one in Jordan Peele's masterpiece "Get Out" (Universal/Blumhouse Pictures)

This year in film has given us plenty to talk about. Whether it has been the polarizing thoughts on Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the failed implications of Justice League or the promise and creativity of films like Get Outthe year in cinema has brought so many different visions to the screen that has delighted audiences from around the world over the past 365 days. With that being said we here at the Pop Culture Cosmos have our thoughts on what the highs and lows were this year at the movies. If you prefer to hear straight from the horse’s (or whatever you wish to call Josh Pederson and I) mouth then our awesome PCC Multiverse on our Pop Culture Cosmos channel on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Mixcloud and many more outlets has our full detailed discussion (except for Coco which was seen after we recorded the program).

So without further adieu, let’s weigh in on the good and bad in cinema for 2017:
Josh Pederson’s top 10 movies (in no particular order with quotes from our show if available):
Blade Runner 2049– “Loved it.”
Dunkirk-FWhitehead01Dunkirk-“Liked it more than most.”
baby-driver-promo.jpgBaby Driver– “Loved it despite the Kevin Spacey thing.”
DSC_3663.nefLogan Lucky– “Fantastic movie.”
logan-movie-image.jpgLogan– “A real delight.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming
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wind_river_-_cat.jpgWind River-“Very startling.”
Beauty-and-the-Beast-2017-after-credits-hqBeauty and the Beast
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Gerald Glassford’s top 10 movies for 2017:
Honorary mention: Beauty and the Beast, The Big Sick, Logan Lucky, Baby Driver
10. Wonder Woman– Gal Gadot’s vehicle for super stardom was a fun movie from beginning to end.
9. Lady Bird– Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf create an on-screen chemistry that was better than any other movie duo in 2017.
8. Dunkirk– Not Christopher Nolan’s best but still a very beautiful and compelling movie based on actual events.
7. Spider-Man: Homecoming– A wonderful homage to the John Hughes teen flicks of the ’80’s, it also creates a solid foundation to come for the web slinger.
6. Logan– If this is indeed Hugh Jackman’s final performance as the Wolverine then it could not have gone out on a better note.
5. The Disaster Artist– James Franco’s brilliant performance helps make this movie almost as great as its cinematic inspiration The Room exists as a truly awful one.
4. John Wick 2– One of the best action movies in years and one of the rare times a sequel surpasses its very solid predecessor.
3. Coco– A truly magnificent animated piece that will tug at your heart (guitar) strings while it inspires with its representations of love, family and the Hispanic culture.
2. Get Out– Brilliant as both a horror movie and a film that sends a message of race relations that hopefully will help teach others about the injustices of our society and how we can learn to be better to each other moving forward.
1. Blade Runner 2049– Dazzling in its presentation and spectacle with great performances and a story that will stand up strong with its infamous 1982 cult hit precursor.
Now onto the films that stunk up the joint in 2017…
Josh’s choices (he had a countdown order for this one):
1. The Dark Tower-“Turned into a flaming pile of garbage.”
2. Alien: Covenant– “The more I thought about it, the more I didn’t like it.”
3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi– “Not the Star Wars movie that the true Star Wars fans deserve.”
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales– “Pretty much just Jack Sparrow being an idiot.”
5. Underworld: Blood Wars– “Not a good movie.”
Gerald’s worst five movies of 2017 (again in countdown order):
“Dis” Honorary mentions: Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, War for the Planet of the Apes
5. The Mummy– A movie which had the unique ability to single-handily kick-start and kill a movie franchise.
4. Geostorm– After watching the film it’s very apparent that director Dean Devlin went to study at Michael Bay 101 with a film that uses every one of the infamous director’s tropes that we’ve seen in Armageddon, The Rock, and all those God awful Transformer movies (I saved myself the punishment of seeing The Last Knight for now). By the way can Hollywood (except HBO) stop using Ed Harris as the villain all the time please? Once he’s on the screen, the instant reaction of “it’s him, he’s the bad guy” always follows.
3. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword– What happens when you mix bad CGI, bad camera work, bad acting, bad comedy, a bad romantic sub plot and a bad story overall? Guess what you get a BAD movie.
2. The Emoji Movie– No amount of product placement can save this turd. Insert poop emoji here thank you.
1. Smurfs: The Lost Village– A movie that almost systematically destroys nearly sixty years of animated prominence.
Well those are our picks for the best and worst on the silver screen in 2017. Agree with our picks? Disagree? Have your own best and worst picks? Let us know by commenting below, e-mailing us at popculturecosmos@yahoo.com or send us a note to Pop Culture Cosmos, Humannequin Media or Game Source on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks so much for reading our thoughts and here’s hoping for another great year in movies in 2018.

Best Cable Show of 2017 Competition (POLL)


We've had quite a year of TV in 2017, and with 2018 right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to hold a competition for readers to vote for the best show that aired in 2017.

Vote in the poll below for your favorite show that aired in 2017. The poll will close December 31st at 8/7C.

What did you vote for? What was your favorite cable show of 2017? Comment below!

Spinoff Stories -- The Last Saturday Sensations, The Golden Girls Make Miami Nice (Article IV)

Written Reveling in Saturday Programming by Bridger Cunningham
Four actresses above a certain age delivering America a top-10 favorite on a Saturday night?  Who would have thunk it!?  The dynamic chemistry of Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White and Estelle Getty gave NBC one if its three greatest hits of the 80's, and Saturday's last major draw known to American television history.    At the start of the 4th season, NBC sought creator Susan Harris' lucrative prowess to craft a spinoff featuring new character, Dr. Harry Weston (Richard Mulligan) as one if the ladies' neighbors in Empty Nest.  The spinoff succeeded, birthing a Miami-based franchise on NBC's Saturday night comedy block.
The Original Hit Machine -- Golden Girls (1985-92)
Golden Girls came into conception in 1985 and followed the simple presence of four senior ladies renting a home in an upscale Miami neighborhood.  Featuring the dry, sarcastic delivery of substitute teacher Dorothy Zbornak (Arthur), her outlandish mother, Sophia Petrillo (Getty), voracious, man hungry cougar Blance Devereaux (McClanahan) and dingbat Rose Nylund (Betty White), the nuclear chemistry of the four ladies never waned as the cast remained intact, delivering high ratings for its entirety.  Ratings delivered Top-10 winnings for its first 6 seasons, peeking in 4th Place for the 1987-88 season.  Even as the series "declined" in its last season, it managed to leave in the top 20.
Spinoff 1 -- Empty Nest (1988-95)
Image result for empty nest nbcDuring the series' 3rd season in 1987, NBC toyed with the idea of a backdoor pilot in an episode titled "Empty Nest" which neighboring couple George and Renee Coliss (Paul Dooley, Rita Moreno) are dealing with their last child leaving the home.  The premise was poorly received, but creator Susan Harris persisted and retooled the premise and created a new spinoff in the fall of 1988.  Never-before-mentioned pediatrician neighbor, Dr. Harry Weston (Richard Mulligan, of Soap fame) became the central focus of the series.  His grown daughters, divorcee Carol (Dinah Manoff, also of Soap fame) and police officer Barbara (Kristy McNichol, Family) moved home with Harry, centering the focus on his  home and private practice.  The family's larger than life pooch, Dreyfus, was also frequently featured.
Image result for empty nest nbcRounding out the cast were whacky neighbor Charlie Dietz (David Leisure) and sarcastic nurse Laverne (Park Overall).  The series regularly placed in the top-10 for its first three seasons following the ratings gold of its parent series.  Then, NBC experienced another collapse during the 1991-92 season (the same season Empty Nest birthed its own spinoff, Nurses), and Empty Nest dropped to 23rd Place.  Ratings continued to drop in subsequent seasons, plummeting to 48th, 65th and 118th Places, respectively.  It is theorized not having The Golden Girls as a lead-in harmed the series, as well as McNichol exiting the series in 1992 due to personal issues.  Frequent cast changes, including adding Getty and Marsha Warfield (of Night Court fame) and moving the premise to a new clinic failed to generate new interest in the series, and NBC cancelled it in 1995, the same season it made a comeback in the ratings.  
Image result for nurses nbcSpinoff 2 -- Nurses (1991-94)
NBC owned Saturday nights, with showrunner Susan Harris delivering top-10 hits Golden Girls and Empty Nest.  Speculating on Golden Girls ending in 1992, they asked her to create a new franchise, and she delivered Nurses, a spinoff of Empty Nest featuring medical professionals working in the same hospital as Dr. Harry Weston (Mulligan).  The diverse cast initially featured four female nurses and one male nurse (Jeff Altman, notorious for his 1980 flop The Pink Lady and Jeff).  As its parent and grandparent franchises both experienced ratings decay (along with the network, which dropped back to 3rd place its freshman season), Nurses delivered a modest 38th Place for the 1991-92 season.  In an effort to spruce up the ratings, comedian David Rasche was added to the cast as slippery Jack Trenton in 1992.
Image result for nurses nbcDespite efforts to improve the premise, ratings plummeted to 60th Place for the 2nd season (along with Empty Nest, which toppled to 48th).  The third season opened a space for WKRP In Cincinnati alum Loni Anderson as administrator Casey McAfee.  The ratings improved slightly to 57th Place, besting its predecessor Empty Nest which continued a freefall to 65th Place.  Despite improvement, demonstrated stability, being one season away from syndication and NBC's inability to populate a new hit in the sagging comedy block, the network axed Nurses in 1994.
Spinoff 3 -- The Golden Palace (1992-93)
Related imageAfter Golden Girls ended its run in 1992, the series continued on with the Golden Palace after jumping to CBS Fridays (sans Bea Arthur, who moved on).  The cast remains invested in a troubled hotel, with the only staff intact were hotel manager Roland Wilson (Don Cheadle) and chef Chuy Castillos (Cheech Marin).  The series never achieved the same acclaim or ratings glory, finishing the sseason in 64th Place with a 10.0 rating.  CBS cancelled the continuation series after one season.  However, after Lifetime acquired The Golden Girls' syndication rights, The Golden Palace was packaged with the parent series.
Unlike most spinoff franchises, it acquired frequent crossovers, mainly via middle-ground Empty Nest.  Mulligan and Leisure guest starred in a handful of appearances on The Golden Girls, but the Golden Girls all made appearances on Empty Nest throughout its run.  Getty also joined Empty Nest's cast in 1993 after The Golden Palace closed.  Mulligan also made appearances on Nurses, and the cast also made frequent appearances in his show.
Why These Spinoffs Experienced Moderate Success
Timing was key, and the premises were compatible with Golden Girls.  During the 1991-92 season, NBC's Saturday comedy block featured three sitcoms, all based in Miami and had associated characters, earning the evening's block the moniker "Miami Nice."  Empty Nest arrived at opportune timing as Golden Girls was on top of its game, and scheduling behind the parent series (similar to 2017's success with The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon) led to Nielsen success.  Eyeing the same benchmark as Golden Girls, Susan Harris branched out again during Empty Nest's 4th Season with the same formula.  Like its parent series, it featured new characters which integrated into the original.  Nurses, however was plagued with network decline and a frequently rotating roster.  Nurses' cancellation remains one of NBC's greatest fallacies, as it eventually outperformed its parent sitcom and may have aided the network as it burgeoned on its next comeback.

Friday TV Ratings, 12/29/17: ’Dateline’ Beats ’20/20’ on Last Friday of 2017 (UPDATED)

Here are the final broadcast ratings for Friday, December 29, 2017. 

Finals Update: All shows held their preliminary ratings 

(R) = repeat

Beyond the TV Grave - 666 Park Avenue

Beyond the TV Grave - 666 Park Avenue

This is the 'Beyond The TV Grave' series where we shell out our thoughts on shows that were canceled after airing no less than 5 episodes and no more than 50. I will go through the good and bad and give a final verdict on whether or not I would have liked to see more.


666 Park Avenue was a wonderfully addictive drama that starred Rachael Taylor and Dave Annable, that chronicled a couple who has just moved into a Manhattan apartment building (owned by the mysterious Gavin Doran) when they discover that it is possessed by a mysterious demonic force and murder, mystery, sex, lies, and dark supernatural forces lurk at every corner.

The Good and No Bad:

I know I am supposed to be going through the good and the bad of the show, but 666 Park Avenue was truly a masterpiece. To start off, the characters were amazing. They were all layered, and as each layer was torn away, another and more interesting layer was revealed and played with. I could never really trust one character or feel like I knew one character. And then there's the amazing plotting. Every episode introduced a whirlwind of new secrets and mysteries, as well as fascinating flashbacks that tied in with present day. For most supernatural shows, the stage is small. There's not many places they can go, or things they can do because of their premise - but 6PA had a whole world and several time periods to explore; something they did fantastically.

There wasn't a single plotline I didn't enjoy, whether it was one of the many dark and delicious supernatural plots, or one of the very real world plots, I was always on the edge of my seat, wanting more.


The epic and dark supernatural drama was scheduled behind the red hot Revenge (in its second season), Sundays at 10 where the Emily VanCamp show premiered to a massive 3.2, and 666PA premiered with a massive drop from that at a 2.1. Ouch.

While this was an amazing slot to be in, if you've seen both shows, you know the only thing they have in common is the sexiness draw. Plot wise, both shows were extremely different, and nobody from the real world set Revenge was going to dive into a show about demonic forces and a dark and supernatural world.

As mentioned above, Dave Annable was the male lead in the Devil's address. Annable previously starred in Brothers & Sisters with Emily VanCamp, who was now starring in the show's lead-in. The Alphabet thought that this pairing would draw those viewers to the night and watch both shows- however this was easily a shot in the dark and not destined to work. Another move ABC attempted at was taking advantage of another 666 star, Vanessa Williams, who previously starred in Sunday stable Desperate Housewives, for the previous few years. To quote Bridger, "ABC sought Sunday familiarity which never materialized with the common stars." The only thing that was destined to make 666 a hit would be pairing it with another  supernatural or fantasy drama. Perhaps, it would've worked (or at least better) paired with Once Upon a Time.


It's worth nothing that perhaps, 666 was destined to fail. Hurricane Sandy, which hit New York in fall 2012, severely damaged and delayed production; quite possibly a reason for ABC giving up on the show. Two extra scripts were even ordered but likely part of collateral of the hurricane and lagging ratings.


The week following the seventh episode airing of 666, ABC canceled the series, and and announced that they would air all thirteen episodes, but pass on the remaining two ordered (the finale was titled 'Lazarus - Part 1'. A few days later, producers announced that they had been given enough notice to be able to rework the finale episode and provide closure for the fans. As someone who watched the show and loved it, I cannot say I was content with the ending they made though. It was very rushed and many plots were dropped.

Final Thoughts:

I would pay money to see more of this addictive and amazing drama. I would pay all the money. It was so good, as I said before, simply addictive. There was so much that could have been done, so much more to explore. The cast and characters were amazing and breathtaking. While it may be dead, you can certainly give it a watch. I highly recommend it. Do it now.

Verdict: Gone too soon.

Did you watch 666PA? Do you miss it? Let us know in the comments below!

Retro Recommendations: I Love Lucy

Welcome to another day of Retro Recommendations. Today we are focused on the 1950s classic, I Love Lucy. The original series ran for six seasons, from 1951 to 1957. It was the most watched show in the United States for four out of the six seasons on the air and it was the first to end at the top of the Nielsen ratings. Then after the sixth season, thirteen hour-long episodes were aired from 1957 to 1960, and the show was known as the The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.

The series stars Lucille Ball and then-husband Desi Arnaz, with Vivian Vance and William Frawley rounding out the main cast. There were cast tensions behind the scenes, as Vance did not get along with Frawley near the end of the series.

The last episode of the complete series, "Lucy Meets the Moustache" was poignant. Filming was completed on March 2, and the day after that, Ball filed for divorce from Arnaz. We can look at the complete series chronologically and decipher the breakdown of a Hollywood love story and marriage.

And with that, ends this installment of Retro Recommendations. Stay tuned for more shows!

Thursday Cable Ratings 12/28/17: Movie Night with Karlie Kloss Strong for Freeform, Top Chef & Syfy Shows Tick Up

Below are the Top 25 programs on cable on Thursday, 12/28/17. Items of note include Movie Night with Karlie Kloss on Freeform, Top Chef on Bravo and Ghost Wars on Syfy.
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
College Football: Stanford v. TCUESPN1.174.33
College Football: VA Tech v. OKESPN1.044.32
NBA: Rockets v. CelticsTNT0.631.74
College Football ScoreboardESPN0.542.12
NBA: 76ers v. TrailblazersTNT0.541.31
College Football: VA v. NavyESPN0.482.05
Holiday Bowl: WA St. v. MI St.FS10.421.61
NBA Pre-GameTNT0.361.11
Top ChefBravo0.320.99
Movie Night with Karlie KlossFreeform0.320.79
Million Dollar Listing LABravo0.311.15
Tamar's TakeWe0.30.84
Inside the NBATNT0.290.67
Tamar & VinceWe0.290.80
The Perfect SuspectInvest. Discovery0.291.26
American Pickers: Best OfHistory0.281.51
OTL - First ReportESPN0.250.67
Two and a Half MenNick-At-Nite0.250.58
Nick Cannon's Wild 'n' OutMTV0.250.45
Beat Bobby FlayFood0.240.87
I Catfished My KidTLC0.240.64
The Rachel Maddow ShowMSNBC0.242.01
Two and a Half MenNick-At-Nite0.220.51
Off the chart, Ghost Wars was up to 0.11, with lead-in Van Helsing at 0.16 and Superstition at 0.08. MSNBC's The Last Word was at 0.17, with Morning Joe at 0.1 and Velshi & Ruhle at 0.1. Fox News's Hannity was at 0.17 and The Ingraham Angle was at 0.15. CNN's At This Hour was at 0.12. Wolf was at 0.14, with Erin Burnett OutFront at 0.15 and The Lead at 0.13.