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Fox Wraps Upfront Sales With Fewer Dollars, Higher Rates

By | Wednesday June 25, 2014 @ 12:30pm PDT

Fox Wraps Upfront Sales With Fewer Dollars, Higher RatesBlah ad sales results for the network, although it could have been worse considering how much Fox‘s ratings fell last season — especially at former juggernaut American Idol and other shows including The X Factor and Glee. The dollar volume for the primetime season that begins in the fall fell from last year’s nearly $1.8B, we’re told. The price per thousand viewers rose anywhere from 2.5%-3.5%, and Fox sold somewhere between 75%-80% of its inventory, about average. Multiple agencies bought spots based on the number of viewers who watch them over a seven-day period after their air, up from the conventional three days. Read More »

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DeadlineNow Morning Report: UK Hacking Verdicts, UTA Sues ‘Unforgettable’ Star, ‘American Idol’ Judges Return (Video)

By | Tuesday June 24, 2014 @ 11:43am PDT
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Morning Report, Tuesday June 24

The verdict is split in the UK phone hacking scandal, UTA takes Poppy Montgomery to court, no judging changes for Season 14 of 'American Idol'. Deadline's Dominic Patten reports.

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‘American Idol’ Season 14: J.Lo, Keith Urban & Harry Connick Jr Returning As Judges; Ryan Seacrest Back As Host

By | Monday June 23, 2014 @ 5:59pm PDT

‘American Idol’ Season 14: J.Lo, Keith Urban & Harry Connick Jr Returning As Judges; Ryan Seacrest Back As HostNo big surprise here: Fox said tonight that its principal on-camera folks will be back on American Idol next season. Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. will return as judges and Ryan Seacrest will host the show’s its 14th season. Seacrest closed his deal in May — two days after Fox announced the series renewal — and Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva reported last month that the judge trio was likely to be back. “Jennifer, Keith, Harry and Ryan are the very best in the business at what they do, and I’m thrilled that they are returning to American Idol for another season,” said David Hill, Senior EVP of 21st Century Fox. “Each brings unique qualities and expertise to the team, but they all share the same passion for helping undiscovered singers achieve the American dream.” The singing reality competition wrapped its 13th season May 21 down from the previous year.

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Reality Check: Trish Kinane On ‘American Idol’ Ratings, Simon Cowell & Harry Connick Jr & The Next Big Thing

Trish Kinane Photo Credit: Michael Becker/FOXSome people truly love a challenge. When FremantleMedia named Trish Kinane the President of Entertainment Programming, North America in July 2012, the Brit reality veteran not only took over executive producer duties on Fox’s American Idol but also The X Factor and NBC’s America’s Got Talent. In short, mega-properties each. Since then Idol has gone through a number of changes, Simon Cowell’s X Factor has closed up shop in the U.S., and AGT has come back this season solid.  Formerly Fremantle’s president of worldwide entertainment and based in the UK, Kinane comes from both the indie and network world with tenure at Action Time and Channel 4. The EP of two of the heavyweights of reality TV believes Idol took a hit from the Winter Olympics on NBC, that honestly is the best policy for judges, and that tech made Idol possible. She also has something new cooking, maybe the next big thing.

DEADLINE: Last year at a speech at NAB, you spoke of Idol as being the gold-standard show in terms of format and how the series was one of the first to adapt interactivity with viewers since it debuted in the summer of 2002. A lot has changed since Idol premiered.
TRISH KINANE: I think Idol is the, sort of, classic gold-standard format, in terms of these music shows, and I still do. It’s the simple story, it’s the simple transition of a kid from nowhere who comes through the process, and ends up, hopefully, not always, but often, in the case of Idol, having a career. AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Logo.Having said that, you know, you’ve got to do things, you’ve got to keep it fresh, you’ve got to try to keep it relevant. Last year, there were problems with the panel, which I think were fairly public, so we put a new panel in place. The panel for the last season has been incredibly successful. We wanted people who knew what they were talking about, people who had a right to be there, people who could offer genuine advice to these kids, people who really cared about these kids, and I think in Harry, Keith, and Jennifer, we’ve absolutely got that.

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EMMYS: The Veterans, Sure Bets & Wild Cards Vying For 2014 Reality TV Noms

Nellie Andreeva

Awardsline logo_use this oneWhile the docureality genre has exploded on cable over the past decade—thanks to Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Duck Dynasty, Pawn Stars, Jersey Shore and the various Real Housewives—the reality competition field has been incredibly stagnant with the same veterans ruling the field year after year. In the 11 years since the category was introduced, only 10 series have been nominated, five as many as seven times. The Amazing Race alone has 11 straight nominations and nine wins.

The Voice JudgesSince the competition category was expanded from five to six slots in 2011, there has been only one change, when The Voice replaced American Idol on the list of nominees in 2012. The Voice went even further last year when it became only the second show to upset The Amazing Race and win the Emmy. But with the drought in the competition reality genre continuing with no new breakouts in the past year (ABC has high hopes for its summer entry Rising Star), a major shakeup in the roster of nominees is once again unlikely. Here’s how this year’s crop of all-too-familiar contenders stands:

The Age Effect
The Gladiators Are Here!The first singing show to win a reality competition Emmy, and only the second ever to beat The Amazing Race, The Voice is a relative newcomer. Youth is on its side as, at three years of age, it is at least five years younger than its main competitors. For the first time, it is the show to beat.

The Amazing Race, CBS’ globe-trotting series, has nabbed the Emmy nine out of 11 years, only bested last year by The Voice and in 2010 by Top Chef. It is still a gold standard, and a nomination is all but guaranteed. But it also is the oldest among the top contenders. Would it be able to reclaim its Emmy crown? Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ Finale Down From Last Year, ‘Modern Family’ & ‘Middle’ Finales Solid, ‘Revolution’ Ends Low

By | Thursday May 22, 2014 @ 9:34am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

idolfinaleThe shows that ushered in the current wave of competition reality series on broadcast TV, CBS’ Survivor and Fox’s American Idol, went head-to-head with their finales for the first time last night, resulting in a possible photo finish as both series went into overtime. Idol, which aired from 8-10:06 PM, drew a 2.6 in adults 18-49 and 10.1 million viewers from 8-10 PM, up 24% from last Wednesday in total viewers and up 15% in total viewers. But from last year’s finale, it was down 28% to mark the reality veteran’s lowest-rated closer. Survivor: Cagayan, which aired from 8-10:13 PM, averaged a 2.5 from 8-10 PM. That was down a tenth from last week’s hourlong episode and down two tenths from last spring’s finale, which aired in Survivor closers’ traditional home on Sunday. Both Idol and Survivor will get upward adjustments in the finals, with Idol likely to edge its longtime rival when the dust settles. Fox is expected to win the night in 18-49 and total viewers.

modernweddingThe Disney World-set hourlong season finale of ABC’s The Middle (2.0) was up a tenth from last week and even with last season’s closer despite facing more competition this year. The heavily promoted season finale of Modern Family featuring Cam and Mitchell’s wedding drew a 3.6 in adults 18-49 and 10.2 million viewers, up 13% and 12%, respectively, from last week … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ & ‘Dancing’ Finales Down From Last Year, ‘Supernatural’ Closer Up, ‘Idol’ Slips, ‘Harry’ Debuts Low

Nellie Andreeva

the-voice-winner-josh-kaufman-usher-billboard-650NBC and ABC synched up their schedules last night, both airing hourlong recap specials leading to the two-hour finales of their talent competition series The Voice and Dancing with the Stars, respectively. The nets split the night, with NBC taking adults 18-49 (2.8) and ABC winning in total viewers (13.7 million) with its largest audience in a year and a half. The two finales had something dancingfinaleelse in common — both were down year-to-year. The Voice (3.3 in 18-49, 11.6 million total viewers) posted an eight-week high for a Tuesday telecast in 18-49 but was down 25% from last spring’s finale, which aired in June to mark the third consecutive cycle of finale ratings declines. Dancing (2.4) was down 11% from last spring’s season finale to tie last fall’s cycle as the lowest-rated finale. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Elementary’ & ‘Vampire Diaries’ Finales Fall, ‘Big Bang Theory’ Hits Finale Viewership High, ‘American Idol’ Up Again

ELLEN POMPEO, SANDRA OHChaucer said that “there is an end to everything, good things as well.” So the Middle Ages poet was right of the 2013-2014 television season and of Sandra Oh‘s stint on Grey’s Anatomy (2.5/8) after 10 seasons. There were explosions, both emotional and literally, and there was fallout as well as dancing as Dr. Cristina Yang left Seattle Grace Hospital. Ratingswise it was a bit of a flat line for ABC and the Shonda Rhimes-created show, with Grey’s staying even with last week’s show. While Grey’s overall season bopped up 5% among adults 18-49 from Season 9 to garner the series’ best demo result in three years, last night’s finale was down double digits from the previous finale on May 16, 2013. With a repeat as a lead-in, the end of Season 10 saw a 19% drop from the Season 9 ender to hit a season-finale low. But with that said, if precedent is any indication, Grey’s could see an adjustment upward in the final numbers later today. Lead-out Black Box (1.1/4) saw its fourth-week numbers dip 8% from its May 8 results; granted, it was postponed in the San Diego market for news coverage of the fires there but that’s also the third week in a row the newbie show has gone down.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Arrow’ & ‘Nashville’ Finales Down, ‘Idol’ Surges, ‘Criminal Minds’ Finale Steady, ‘Chicago P.D.’ Up

By | Thursday May 15, 2014 @ 9:32am PDT

arrow season 2 finaleAnother primetime and another set of finales for the 2013-2014 television season. Over time, there’ll be loads of looking back at what this season meant to TV and what indications for the future it contained but certainly this has been the first week in many years that two superhero related series have wrapped up their seasons. On Tuesday, we had ABC’s first move into the big screen blockbuster Marvel Universe coming to a seasonal end with the renewed Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.  ending its first cycle. Next season there will be even more with Marvel’s Agent Carter on ABC and The Flash on The CW. Last night on The CW, it was Arrow (0.8/3) reaching the end of its second season with one of those finales that ties up a lot of loose ends but also unravels a lot of new string for Season 3. Like S.H.I.E.L.D., the avenging archer series was even with its previous show last week. However, unlike the freshman ABC series, Arrow also took an 11% hit from its Season 1 finale on May 15 last year. Unlike last year, Arrow’s lead-out wasn’t Supernatural last night but newbie The 100

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‘American Idol’ Hours To Get Trimmed In Season 14, All Judges Likely To Return

By | Sunday May 11, 2014 @ 5:21pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

idoljudgesSinging reality shows will have a smaller presence on Fox next season. In addition to the axing of The X Factor in February, the network’s veteran American Idol would air fewer hours in its recently picked up fourteenth season. (American Idol had been airing about 60 hours a season.) Discussions are still under way but I hear we will likely see a mix of one show per week and two editions, which had been the case since the show’s start in 2002. While the air pattern will likely change next season, the stars of American Idol are expected to stay the same. Ryan Seacrest just closed a deal to return, with current judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. are in different stages of negotiations and are all likely to come back. Airing one episode a week is not that unusual for a singing competition — that is how The Voice started in Season 1 before expanding to a second night the following season.

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Ryan Seacrest Closes Deal To Return To ‘American Idol’

By | Friday May 9, 2014 @ 9:47am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

seacrestidolAmerican Idol, just renewed for a 14th cycle, will return with its original host. I have learned that Ryan Seacrest has closed a new deal to continue on the Fox reality series, which launched his TV career. I hear his contract is for the next season with an option for another. Seacrest remains in discussions with NBCUniversal, where his wide-ranging deal spanning Today, the Olympics and E! also is up. He will likely reach a new agreement with NBCU, though its scope is still in flux because Seacrest is busy on so many fronts. He also has a major deal with Clear Channel, where he has his radio show and has been involved in the iHeartRadio franchise as host and producer.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Two And A Half Men’ Finale Falls, Last ‘Surviving Jack’ Up, ‘American Comedy Awards’ Debuts Weak, ‘Big Bang Theory’ & ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Down

surviving jack finale 2With the NFL Draft providing significant competition, for the Big 4 on Thursday it was a primetime with a couple of endings — one permanent. After just more than a month on the air, Fox put Surviving Jack (1.2/3) out of its ratings misery yesterday as one of a group of comedy cancellations. and its short run wrapped with a 20% jump up from last week’s rating in adults 18-49.  Maybe news of the cancellation got Jack some juice as did the 7% rise American Idol (1.6/5) saw last night with its live half-hour result show as the lead-in. Fox’s night started off with Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen (1.5/5), which dipped 6% from its May 1 show.

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two-and-a-half-menTwo And A Half Men (2.1/6) finished its 11th season last night with a wedding and the usual sitcom shenanigans that accompany such a TV event. The Chuck Lorre series was even with its May 1 show but took a steep divorce of 40% from last year’s season ender on May 9, 2013. Maybe that was a result of the NFL Draft, but CBS had downs and dips almost all night starting with The Big Bang Theory (3.7/13). Despite being the highest-rated and most-watched show of the night (14.17 million), the other Lorre series fell 18% to hit a season low in preliminary numbers. Two And A Half Men’s lead-out The Millers (2.0/6) was even with its May 1 show and hence tied a series low. Freshman Bad Teacher (1.3/4) slipped 7% from last week while Elementary (1.5/4) stumbled 6% to tie a series low. Like last Thursday, CBS won the night among adults 18-49 (2.0/6 rating) and total viewers (8.78 million.) That’s a slight 9% drop from May 1. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘CSI’ Season Finale & ‘Idol’ Steady, ‘Arrow’, ‘Revolution’ & ‘The Middle’ Down, ‘Modern Family’ Even

By | Thursday May 8, 2014 @ 9:11am PDT

urlThere was reality show drama, heartfelt tunes, an appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama and the departure of a longtime character on primetime TV last night as the 2013-2014 season drilled into its final two weeks. No spoiler here, but the departure came on the season finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (1.9/6). Wrapping its 14th cycle, the still-strong crime drama rose 12% from last week’s spinoff setup show. Perhaps more importantly, especially on a competitive night of originals, CSI was basically even with its Season 13 ender of May 15, 2013 with just a 5% slip. While one character many be gone, CSI of course is not — CBS renewed the show in late March with leading man Ted Danson coming back too.

CBS’ Wednesday started off with Survivor (2.4/8) which bopped up 4% from last week. That small lift helped lead-out Criminal Minds (2.3/7), which saw a 5% rise from its April 30 episode. Once again, in its head-to-head hour with the two-hour live American Idol (1.7/6), the CBS series finished well ahead. Idol drew a 1.7 and 7.64 million viewers in the 8 PM slot compared with Survivor and its audience of 9.82 million, while drawing a 1.8 and 8.05 million viewers in the 9 PM hour against Criminal Minds and its 10.43 million viewers, which made Criminal Minds the night’s most-watched show. Overall, CBS won Wedensday in adults 18-49 (2.2/7) and total viewers 10.06 million. Read More »

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It’s Official: ‘American Idol’ Renewed For 14th Season

By | Wednesday May 7, 2014 @ 7:48pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

American_Idol_logoEven with the ratings declines, there had been no doubt that American Idol would return next season. Fox has made it official, announcing auditions in 15 cities for Season 14. Host Ryan Seacrest had been in negotiations to return. For the past three years, American Idol had alternated with The X Factor on the midseason and fall schedule. With The X Factor cancelled, Fox might use another unscripted series, like new social experiment Utopia, in the fall.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘iHeartRadio Music Awards’ Debuts Soft, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Rises, ‘Bad Teacher’ Falls, ‘Idol’, ‘Vampire Diaries’ & ‘Black Box’ Down

2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards - ShowBetween the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards (5.4 million viewers, 1.7/5 rating in adults 18-49) on NBC and American Idol (1.5/5) on Fox, there was a lot of music on TV last night. There was also a lot of Jennifer Lopez and a ton of Ryan Seacrest as the Idol judge and host did double-duty with appearances on both shows. Of course, the fact that Seacrest’s company was also co-producing the live three-hour awards ceremony with Clear Channel – one of his other employers along with NBCUniversal – probably fueled Seacrest’s rush over to the Shrine Auditorium to hand Rihanna the Artist of the Year award with J-Lo. Still, for a show simulcast on 150 radio stations across the country and performances from new Voice coach Pharrell Williams and Acrade Fire among others, the iMAs was far behind the 9.9/25 rating and 28.50 million viewers this year’s Grammys drew in late January. The debut of the newest music awards show on NBC was also well behind the 2013 Billboard Awards, which pulled in a 3.5/10 rating among adults 18-49 with 9.48 million viewers overall on May 19 (a Sunday) last year. This year’s Billboard Music Awards is set to air live on ABC on May 18. No word when the next iMA is.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’, ‘Modern Family’ & ‘SVU’ Down, ‘Arrow’ & ‘Chicago P.D.’ Rise

By | Thursday May 1, 2014 @ 9:13am PDT

Idol judges april 30They packed a lot of action into last night’s 2-hour live American Idol (1.8/6) on Fox with visits from New Girl‘s Zooey Deschanel, Jason Mraz’s debut as a mentor and the final Top 5 belting out tunes picked by viewers (including according to judge Keith Urban an “awesome” rendition of Whitesnake’s Still Of The Night). However, after seeing upward traction last week, last night’s singing competition fell 14% from its April 23 episode. As preliminary ratings stand right now, Idol hit an all-time Wednesday low last night, though that could change in adjustments later today.

The other long-running reality show of the night might not have seemed as busy as Idol, but Survivor (2.2/7) did have an immunity idol, an auction and of course someone went home from the Tribal Council. That said, the show dipped 4% from last week. In preliminary numbers that’s a season low for Survivor but the show commonly adjusts upward a tenth in the final numbers so don’t be surprised if there’s a change there too. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ & ‘Modern Family’ Rise

By | Thursday April 24, 2014 @ 9:52am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NOLAN GOULD, AUBREY ANDERSON-EMMONS, ED O'NEILL, SARAH HYLAND,  TY BURRELL,With the Top 6 performing, Fox’s American Idol (2.1) last night reversed the recent downward ratings trend, up 11% from last Wednesday’s fast nationals. The singing competition closed the gap with CBS’ Survivor (2.2, even with last week’s fast national) but the CBS reality veteran kept its two-month winning streak over the Fox singing show alive.

ABC’s returning Wednesday comedies came back to originals after a two-week break. Fast nations to fast nationals, The Middle (1.8) was down a tenth from its most recent original on April 2, while Suburgatory (1.6) held steady. Going out of town once again worked for Modern Family. After its Las Vegas episode delivered a ratings bump last month, last night’s Australian episode (3.4) too posted an uptick, +6% from the series’ last original. After being left to fend for itself with no original support for the past two weeks, new comedy Mixology (1.5) perked up with an original lead-in, up 25% from last week but a tenth below its last episode that followed a new Modern Family. ABC aired a Nashville concert special (1.0) at 10 PM, with CBS’ and NBC’ dramas also in repeats. Fox won the night in 18-49 and total viewers.
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Ryan Seacrest Nears Deal To Continue On ‘American Idol’, Likely To Stay In NBCU Fold

By | Friday April 18, 2014 @ 3:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ryan_seacrest_20110720152348Ryan Seacrest will split his allegiances on May 1 when Fox‘s American Idol, which he hosts, airs against NBC‘s iHeartRadio Music Awards, which his company produces with Clear Channel. The programs involve all three of Seacrest’s major employers: Fox, where he has been making $15 million a year hosting Idol; NBCUniversal, where he has a wide-ranging deal spanning Today, the Olympics and E!; and Clear Channel, where he has his radio show and has been involved in the iHeartRadio franchise as host and producer. Two of the three deals — the Fox and NBCU ones — are coming up in the next few weeks, while the Clear Channel radio pact has another year on it. It seems neither Fox nor NBC has objections to Seacrest promoting programs that compete against each other as both companies are looking to extend their relationship with him. Seacrest is near a deal with Fox to continue on Idol, which is set to return for a 14th season next year despite its ratings slide. He also is expected to reach a new agreement with NBCU, though its scope is still in flux. Seacrest has a long history at both places, which launched his TV career, and loyalty has marked a lot of his business decisions so far.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Arrow’ Down, ‘Survivor’ & ‘Idol’ Steady,’The 100′ Rises

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 9:22am PDT

SURVIVOR APRIL 16On a night of a lot of repeats on the networks, it was primetime battle between veteran reality shows last night. And though Survivor (2.2/8) dipped 8% from last week, the CBS show again was the reality TV victor. With 9.28 million viewers watching between 8-9 PM, the 28-season-strong series topped the 8.25 million total viewers and 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 American Idol had in their common hour. This is the fourth week in a row Survivor has beaten Idol in viewership and the sixth consecutive week the CBS show has come out on top in the demo in the 8 PM slot. Still, it wasn’t a stain-free victory march — as the numbers stand now, Survivor has hit a series low. That could change when the final numbers come in later today. Otherwise, CBS was all encores with Criminal Minds (1.4/4) and CSI (1.2/4). Read More »

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