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CW Announces Fall Premiere Dates

Nellie Andreeva

The CW today was the first broadcast network to announce its fall premiere dates. The network will launch three nights — Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday — the week before the Sept. 19 official start of the fall season, Friday during premiere week and Monday’s lineup the week after. With the exception of Friday, which pairs sophomore Nikita and veteran Supernatural, all other nights feature a returning series and a newbie. Here is CW’s premiere schedule: Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Leads ABC Against Finales

ABC’s Dancing With the Stars spoiled the party for a slew of shows offering their season finales Monday in primetime, drawing a preliminary 21.4 million viewers and a 4.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic. It provided a solid lead-in for the season finale of Castle, which got a 3.3 rating at 10 PM, and gave ABC an easy win on a night where the broadcast networks didn’t have to compete against the NBA playoffs.

Fox’s House was one of the few shows to withstand the Dancing heat, posting a 3.5 rating, up 17% from last week and its highest demo number since March 21.

As for CBS, How I Met Your Mother closed its season with a 3.0 in the demo, the show’s lowest-rated finale since Season 2. The series finale of canceled Mad Love (2.1) and the season finales of Mike & Molly (2.5) and Hawaii Five-0 (2.5) all grew a couple of tenths.

NBC’s Chuck (1.5, up a tenth) and the CW’s 90210 (0.8) and Gossip Girl (0.7) also wrapped their season runs.

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CW’s ’90210′ Taps New Showrunners

By | Thursday May 12, 2011 @ 9:54am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Writing duo Patti Carr and Lara Olsen have landed their first showrunner gig – they have signed on to executive produce and run the CW’s drama 90210 next year.Carr and Olsen will succeed Rebecca Sinclair who recently left the teen soap, which has been renewed for next season. Once again, the CW went to the talent bench of its own series to recruit a new showrunner for 90210.  Carr and Olsen were most recently co-executive producers on the CW’s praised but short-lived Life Unexpected, while Sinclair was a co-executive producer on Gilmore Girls. Carr and Olsen, repped by CAA and attorney Patti Felker, started off in comedy, with stints on such sitcoms as Reba and ‘Til Death, before segueing to hourlong series, including serving as co-executive producers on Private Practice. The two landed a pilot order in 2009 for their adaptation of the U.K. series Ny-Lon at CBS.

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CW Renews 5 Series: ‘Top Model’, ‘Vampire Diaries’, ‘Gossip Girl’, ’90210, ‘Supernatural’

Nellie Andreeva

The CW Network just gave early pickup to almost all of its returning series, including reality veteran America’s Next Top Model, which has been renewed for 2 more cycles, including its first ever All-Star edition in the fall. On the scripted side, picked up for next season are the CW’s flagship series The Vampire Diaries, the Monday duo of 90210 and Gossip Girl and sci-fi veteran Supernatural. The only returning series besides departing Smallville not to get an early renewal is veteran One Tree Hill, which is back on the bubble where it was also last year before snagging a last-minute 13-episode order that was later expanded for a full-season 22-episode pickup. Also missing from the list  are the CW’s 2 scripted freshmen, Nikita and Hellcats, which are also very much on the bubble. But, judging by the CW’s renewal patterns in the past, there is a very good chance that 2 of the 3  bubble series will eventually make the cut. All five newly renewed series will return in Fall 2011.

According to the CW, the All-Star Edition of Top Model will “feature the models who became breakout characters and who had the most memorable stories from past cycles.”  Additional details about the cast, judges and prizes for the All-Star cycle will be announced later. Now in its second season, Vampire Diaries remains the CW’s most-watched show (4.0 million viewers) and top-rated show among the network’s target audience … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Freshman Monday Dramas Up, Still Low

Nellie Andreeva

How underperforming is NBC Monday’s lineup? Even if the other networks air color bars in primetime, it probably won’t crack the 1.5 demo rating mark. With CBS and Fox largely in reruns last night, NBC’s originals The Event and Law & Order: Los Angeles both drew a 1.3/3 in 18-49. On the bright side, that was up 18% from the 1.1/3 the two dramas posted last week, and The Event jumped 27% from the first half-hour, when it faced ABC’s Dancing With the Stars performance show, to the second half-hour, when it ran against comedy Better with You. But even against all-rerun competition at 10 PM, LOLA still finished distant third in adults 18-49 (1.3/3) total viewers (5.8 million). Such low levels of viewership last night certainly wouldn’t help NBC’s new reality series The Voice, which launches tonight.

ABC’s Dancing (4.5/13) was up 13% from last week’s season low. A new Better Than You (2.6/6) at 9:30 PM was up also by 13% from what an original Cougar Town did in the slot last week in the fast nationals (the shows following Dancing tend to drop a tenth in the finals because of overrun.) CBS’ only fresh offering last night was comedy Mad Love (2.0/5) at 8:30 PM, which was flat with last week. CBS continues to do tryouts in the 9 PM slot given the uncertain future of Two and a Half Men. Last night, a Big Bang Theory rerun (2.3/6) did 15% better than the Two and a Half Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CW Monday Dramas Return Higher, NBC Lineup Hits Season Low

Nellie Andreeva

It was another sad Monday ratings performance for NBC, which hit another season low on the night with all original programming. Chuck (1.3/4) was even with last week, tying its series low. But it also delivered NBC’s highest demo rating last night. The Event (1.1/3) was down 13% from its last original two weeks ago for a series low. And the relaunch of Law & Order: Los Angeles continues to sputter. In its second week since the series’ return last Monday, the Law & Order spinoff drew a 1.1/3, down a steep 27% from the two-hour midseason premiere last week. Such an underwhelming performance bodes well for David E. Kelley’s Harry’s Law, which did better in the slot earlier this midseason.

ABC’s Dancing With the Stars performance show (3.9/11) was down 13% from last week to rank as the lowest-rated spring performance telecast ever for the venerable reality franchise. In its special airing after Dancing, a new Cougar Town (2.3/6) was down 15% from its last original Feb. 2. Proving that comedy series do better in a block, even with a weaker lead-in, that last original followed a Modern Family repeat. The first of a slew of specials about the upcoming Royal Wedding, ABC News: William & Catherine: A Modern Fairytale, averaged a 1.7/4 at 10 PM. Read More »

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’90210′ Showrunner Rebecca Sinclair Exits

By | Thursday March 17, 2011 @ 4:43pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

There will be a change at the helm of CW’s drama 90210. Rebecca Sinclair, who took the reins of the show toward the end of its rocky first season and is credited with turning it around, is leaving. The news first broke on TVLine. No replacement for Sinclair has been named yet. While not picked up yet, 90210‘s renewal for next season is considered a sure thing.

Following her stint as co-executive producer on Gilmore Girls, Sinclair was focused for the first time on her own development in the summer of 2008 when she was approached about joining then-new series 90210 as an executive producer under an overall deal with the soap’s producer CBS TV Studios. Under the pact, she was supposed to eventually segue to development, but she instead became showrunner and ran the series for the past two seasons. (Production on Season 3 of the show just wrapped.) I hear CBS TV Studios approached Sinclair with a generous offer for a new deal, but she declined. The reason? For the past season, Sinclair brought her infant daughter to work every day and felt she wanted to spend more time with her at home. But more than anything else, “it was a creative decision,” Sinclair said. “I’m eager to write my own stuff. I’m going to try to write a novel — something I’ve been wanting to do since college — a pilot and a movie. Working on 90210 has … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dancing’ And ‘Mike & Molly’ Up, ‘Chase’ Way Down On Monday

Nellie Andreeva

The big Monday Night Football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants on ESPN had an impact on the broadcast networks last night, with male-skewing shows down across the board, including series lows for recently renewed freshmen The Event, Chase and Hawaii Five-0, while female-friendly fare did just fine, with ABC’s Dancing with the Stars up week-to-week and CW’s 90210, scoring its most watched episode of the season. As for MNF, it drew a 12.3 metered market rating, its best this fall, peaking at 10 PM when it was up 93% from last week’s game.

Dancing (4.2/11) was up 5%, while Castle (3.0/8) posted another fast national inflated by a Dancing overrun. Expect Castle to go down by a couple of notches and Dancing to possibly go up a tenth in the finals.

Some disturbingly low numbers for NBC, whose Monday night is unraveling. At 2.0/5 The Event, which was down 9%, actually ranked as the network’s highest-rated telecast last night, ahead of Chuck (1.9/5), which was flat in 18-49 and saw an uptick in total viewers, and Chase (1.3/4), which was down a steep 19% to ratings levels that doomed fellow newcomers Lone Star, My Generation and The Whole Truth. Both The Event and Chase hit series lows. Read More »

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LIVE+7 TV RATINGS: ‘Grey’s’ Tops Premiere Week; ’90210,’ ‘Gossip’ & ‘Fringe’ Gain Big

Nellie Andreeva

Live+7 and C3 ratings for premiere week were released today, with most series posting double-digit increases when 7 days of DVR viewing was added to their original premiere week tally. In Live+Same day premiere week rating, no series cracked the 6 rating among adults 18-49. In Live+7, 4 series did that: ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (6.8 rating, +25.9%), which surpassed Fox’s Glee (6.6, +17.9%) was the highest-rated program of premiere week among adults 18-49. ABC’s Modern Family (6.4, +25.5%) and CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (6.00, +22.4%) followed. On a percentage basis, CW’s 90210 (1.3) was the biggest gainer, up 44.4%, followed by Fox’s Fringe (3.1), up 40.9% and CW’s Gossip Girl (1.4), up 40%. Overall, returning series gained more than freshmen as viewers went primarily for old favorites when programming their DVRs. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Mike & Molly’ Perks Up In Week 3 While ‘The Event’ Drops

Nellie Andreeva

In its ratings pattern, NBC’s new serialized drama The Event begins to resemble more ABC’s last season sci-fi misfire FlashForward than the network’s long-running mystery drama Lost. In its third airing last night, The Event drew a 2.4/6 among adults 18-49, down 17% from last week and 33% from its series premiere 2 weeks ago. The sci-fi-tinged conspiracy thriller is among the biggest gainers from time-shifted viewing, so its ratings will go up a bit but still, those are not declines you want to see week after week. Also sliding precipitously is NBC’s new 10 PM drama Chase (1.7/5), down 19% week-to-week and 26% from the premiere. NBC’s 8 PM dramedy Chuck (1.9/5) was down 5%. With all the declines, NBC finished distant fourth on what was expected to be one of the network’s strongest nights this season built around new tentpole The Event.

Despite most of its Monday line-up being down week-to-week, CBS had a big reason to smile this morning: its new 9:30 PM comedy Mike & Molly (3.8/9) was up 3% from last week despite its lead-in, Two and a Half Men (4.5/11) being down 6% (That is an excellent hold of more than 84%.). Overall, all declines for CBS’ series last night were pretty minimal, How I Met Your Mother (3.4/10, -13%), Rules of Engagement (3.0/8, -6%) and Hawaii Five-0 (3.5/9, -3%).

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The CW Announces Fall Premiere Dates

Nellie Andreeva

The CW today became the first broadcast network to announce premiere dates for its fall lineup. As usual, the CW will roll out the bulk of its schedule ahead of the traditional fall premiere week, starting on September 8 with the debut of new drama Hellcats.

cw logo 2On Wednesday, September 8, Cycle 15 of  AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (8:00-9:00 p.m.) kicks-off the 2010-2011 season, followed by the series premiere of new drama HELLCATS (9:00-10:00 p.m.).  HELLCATS is a drama about a young pre-law student (Aly Michalka) whose world is turned upside-down when she loses her scholarship and has to join the college’s competitive cheerleading squad. Ashley Tisdale also stars as a young woman who is totally committed to the cheerleading squad to realize her dreams.

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