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CW Pulls Comedy Series ‘Backpackers’ & ‘Seed’, Moves Up Premiere of ‘Top Model’

By | Wednesday July 23, 2014 @ 12:53pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CW Pulls Comedy Series ‘Backpackers’ & ‘Seed’, Moves Up Premiere of ‘Top Model’The CW is pulling the plug on its latest attempt to launch scripted comedies. Online-to-TV transplant Backpackers and Canadian import Seed are coming off the schedule immediately. Next Monday, the CW’s lineup was already pre-empted for the Young Hollywood Awards. For the two following Mondays, the network will air Arrow repeats behind an original and encore of Whose Line Is It Anyway? On August 18, the CW logo21st cycle premiere of America’s Next Top Model will air in the hour, where the veteran reality series will spend six weeks before moving to its regular Friday 9 PM time slot. (Its lead-in will be Whose Line original and repeat on August 18 and magic series Masters Of Illusion and Whose Line rerun starting the following Monday.) Top Model originally was slated to return on August 22 it its Friday 9 PM berth. It now will  be double-pumped for the first six weeks, with repeats airing on Fridays.

Related: CW Fall Dates: Premieres Begin October 2 After IHeartRadio Music Fest

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Raising Hope’ Return & ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Finale Down, ‘Grimm’ Rises, CBS Wins Night

By | Saturday November 16, 2013 @ 10:02am PST

Even this late in the fall season, last night proved you can still have beginnings and endings. For beginnings, the action was on Fox as Raising Hope returned for a fourth season on a new night. With Jeffrey Tambor making a paternal guest appearance, the comedy aired back-to-back premiere episodes at 9 PM and 9:30 PM with both drawing a 0.7/2. To put it mildly, the move from Tuesdays to a new night did not raise ratings hope for Raising Hope – quite the opposite. The series was down 36% from the season debut of the now shuttered Fringe in the same time period. Compared to Raising Hope’s Season 3 Tuesday 8 PM debut on October 2, 2012, both of last night’s premiere episodes cratered 59% among adults 18-49 and 41% in total viewers. Raising Hope’s lead-in had a slightly softer ride. Moving to the 8 PM Friday slot previously occupied by MasterChef Jr, Bones (1.2/4) was down from the Gordon Ramsay’s little cookers 1.5/5 of last week’s finale. Bones was also down 43% from its prior average on Mondays. Overall, Fox pulled a 1.0/3 rating last night with 3.659 million watching.

In terms of who won the night overall – the crown went to CBS on Friday. With a 1.5/5 rating and 9.957 million viewers, the Read More »

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CW Makes It Official: 21st Cycle Of ‘America’s Next Top Model’

By | Friday October 18, 2013 @ 12:38pm PDT

The CW made it official: It’s ordered the 21st cycle of America’s Next Top Model. Casting is currently underway for the cycle, which will again feature men and women contestants. Dates for the start of production and premiere will be announced at a later date. From the announcement: Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Amidst NFL Football Pre-Emptions, ABC Wins Night, ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Up

By | Saturday August 10, 2013 @ 10:28am PDT

Just like Thursday, last night saw all of the Big 4’s primetime schedules taking pre-emptions from local coverage of NFL preseason games. That means, like the night before, that everything is inflated in preliminary ratings results. The CW also had football pre-emptions in about 11% of the country as Season 20 of America’s Next Top Model (07/2) went into its second week. The long running competition show had some would-be models of both sexes walking down a building in the rain, a wedding shoot and saw the contestants cut down to 14 with two sent home. As the players went down, the numbers went up for the Tyra Banks-led show last night. Friday’s 9 PM one-hour ANTM was up 17% among adults 18-49 and flat among adults 18-34 from last week’s two-hour premiere. The show also saw a viewership increase from 1.57 million watching on August 2 to 1.92 million last night. Of course with the football pre-emptions, expect those results to change when the final numbers come in Monday.

The only other originals on broadcast last night were Would You Fall For That? (1.5/5) and 20/20 (1.4/4) on ABC. Remembering the context of the football pre-emptions, the freshman hidden camera show was up a massive 67% from last week. The news mag show also rose, up 27% from its August 2 show. With that ABC won the night among adults Read More »

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CW’s Fall Premiere Dates: Network To Roll Out Lineup October 7, ‘Originals’ Held Back

Nellie Andreeva

Premiere week on the CW starts October 7, two weeks behind the official broadcast premiere week. As it did last year, the network is holding back its fall launch to avoid the onslaught of series and season debuts. The bulk of the network’s lineup will start the week of October 7. The big exception is the Tuesday duo of The Originals and Supernatural. The network is giving them an extra week because of The Originals’ tall order of going against ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD, which is being supported by a monster promo campaign. (ABC is yet to officially announce its fall premiere dates but the network traditionally rolls out its schedule during premiere week.) For an extra boost, the CW wants to use The Vampire Diaries season premiere on October 10 to promote the October 15 debut of spinoff The Originals. Last to get on the air is the second season of The Carrie Diaries, which will bow October 25, joining the conclusion of the summer cycle of America’s Next Top Model on Fridays. Here are the CW’s fall premiere dates: Read More »

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The CW Sets ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Debut For August

By | Wednesday June 5, 2013 @ 10:12am PDT

America’s Next Top Model is coming back for its 20th cycle on August 2, the CW announced today. With men as competitors for the very first time on the Tyra Banks hosted veteran reality series, the latest version of Top Model will debut with a two-hour episode at 8 PM on the Friday evening.  The series is produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment in association with The Tyra Banks Company. Banks, Ken Mok and Laura Fuest Silva are the executive producers. Top Model was created by Banks and developed by Mok and Kenya Barris.

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The CW’s ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Renewed For 20th Cycle To Air Next Summer

By | Tuesday October 16, 2012 @ 11:49am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE, 12:45 PM: The CW officially announced the Cycle 20 renewal of America’s Next Top Model for summer, which will feature a twist — for the first time, male models will be added to the group of contestants competing for the title. The change comes on the heels of veteran game show Price Is Right‘s recent decision to introduce male models.

EXCLUSIVE UPDATED: The CW‘s America’s Next Top Model will mark its 20th cycle in the summer. I hear the network has given the veteran reality series an order for another season. It will air next summer, which is where the series first launched in 2003 on the CW predecessor UPN. The unscripted series has since aired in-season, with fall and spring cycles. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Flat In Return

By | Saturday August 25, 2012 @ 10:13am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

With a revamped judging panel and on a new night, the premiere of America’s Next Top Model: College Edition drew 1.26 million viewers and a 0.6/1 in adults 18-49 last night. In adults 18-49, Top Model matched the debut of its most recent midseason cycle. It was up by a fraction in total viewers (1.26 million vs. 1.17 million) and down a tenth in 18-34. Given the series’ late August launch on the lower-trafficked Friday night, the numbers are not that bad but they dash hopes for a major rebound of the reality veteran whose last season premiere dove 45% year-to-year for the franchise’s lowest-rated opener. CBS is projected to win Friday with an NFL exhibition game.
Related: CBS Sports Names NFL Broadcasting Teams For Upcoming Season

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‘America’s Next Top Model’ Shakeup: Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel And J. Alexander Out

By | Thursday April 19, 2012 @ 11:46pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

America’s Next Top Model is cleaning house heading into its 19th cycle next fall. Leaving the veteran CW reality series are longtime co-stars Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel and J. Alexander. Top Model executive producer/star Tyra Banks confirmed the exits on Twitter. “Fierce & love 2 my Nigel, Jay & Miss J,” she wrote. “ANTM turned us in2 a family. Excited for what the future holds for us.”

The departures come on the heels of historically low ratings for the current cycle of Top Model dubbed British Invasion. Its season premiere dived 45% in adults 18-49 from the previous cycle to log the franchise’s lowest-rated opener ever. According to the New York Post, the trio’s contracts are not being renewed. Photo shoot director Manuel and runaway coach Alexander have been with the show since the first season, photographer/judge Barker since the second. Manuel also has been Banks’ long-time personal make-up artist. Barker addressed his departure in a blog post Thursday night. “Many of you have come to know me over the past eight years on the show, during which we have shared numerous amazing adventures,” he wrote. “It has been an exciting chapter in my life.”

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Survivor’ Up, Everyone Else Down As CBS Tops Night In 18-49

Nellie Andreeva

Fox and ABC, which have alternated at the top of the Wednesday 18-49 rankings this season, finished tied last night — but for second place, not first . Paced by Survivor, CBS (3.1/8) posted its first Wednesday demo win this season, edging Fox and ABC (3.0/8). Heading toward its season finale, Survivor: South Pacific (3.3/9) was up 6% from last week. Criminal Minds (3.4/8) was down 8% from its last original two weeks ago and CSI (2.5/7) was down 4%, with both series tying their season lows.

ABC’s series were up from the depressed ratings levels for their Thanksgiving Eve episodes, though those segments were labeled as specials and won’t count towards the shows’ season averages. Versus the most recent regular episodes on November 16, The Middle (2.8/8) was down a tenth fast national-to-fast national and Suburgatory (2.8/8) was flat (down a tenth from the final). Modern Family (5.0/13) was down 9% (11% from the final) to log its lowest-rated regular telecast to date, Happy Endings (2.9/7) was also down 9% and Revenge (2.4/6) was down 8%. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: So-So Debut For ‘I Hate My Teen Daughter’, ‘Harry’s Law’ Hits High

Nellie Andreeva

Fox hasn’t been able to successfully launch a comedy series behind American Idol. Can The X Factor do the trick? Results from last night’s debut of new multicamera comedy I Hate My Teenage Daughter after the singing competition are inconclusive. The sitcom drew a 2.8/7 in adults 18-49. That was down 20% from the last comedy to launch behind Idol, last spring’s Breaking In. (That series ended up being canceled by the network before getting miraculously resurrected over the summer.) Of course, Breaking In had a stronger lead-in from Idol (6.8 demo rating) than IHMTD had from X Factor (3.7/10), which was even with its last Wednesday edition two weeks ago and up 16% from the Tuesday outing last week. With ABC’s lineup led by megahit Modern Family (2.6/7) in repeats and CBS off-pattern, Fox (3.4/9, 9.9 million) won the night in 18-49 and total viewers. Meanwhile, ABC’s Happy Endings (2.1/5) scored its best repeat numbers. Read More »

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CW Announces Midseason Launch Dates

Nellie Andreeva

The CW has set return dates for its original series, which will go on hiatus next month. The network will roll out its lineup on January 5 with the Thursday duo of The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle. The final 13-episode season of One Tree Hill will launch on January 11 and will run on Wednesdays in tandem with new reality series Remodeled, which will serve as a bridge between the two cycles of America’s Next Top Model. Because Remodeled‘s order is shorter than that of OTH, the final episodes of OTH are expected to air with Top Model, whose midseason premiere date will be announced early next year. Here is a list of the CW’s midseason premiere dates: Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: All Originals Rise Against Repeats Led By ‘Happy Endings’ & ‘Revenge’

Nellie Andreeva

With all broadcast networks featuring repeats on their schedules last night, the originals perked up. ABC got the biggest lift with three shows posting double-digit gains from last week: Happy Endings (3.5/9) was up 17%, despite following a repeat Modern Family (4.4/12) vs. an original last week, to hit a series high. Revenge (2.8/7) was up 12% against all-rerun competition at 10 PM. Fellow rookie Suburgatory (3.4/9) was up 10%, building on its The Middle (3.1/10, up 3%) lead-in. CBS’ only original offering last night, Survivor: South Pacific (3.4/10, 11.6 million), posted the franchise’s largest audience since last December. In 18-49, it was up a tenth from last week to tie its highest rating this season, which was for the September premiere. If the veteran reality series is adjusted up in the final as it often does, it will post a season high. (UPDATE 1:30 PM: Survivor indeed went up a tenth in the finals to post the franchise’s best 18-49 number since December.) The CW’s America’s Next Top Model hit a cycle high in total viewers (2.2 million, up 15% from last week) and 18-49 (1.0/3, up 11%). Its lead-in, a Ringer repeat, also was up in total viewers and flat in the demo. NBC and Fox aired all repeats by choice (NBC) or necessity (Fox) as Game 6 of the World Series was postponed. Neither cracked the 1.0 rating in 18-49. ABC (3.3/9, 9.5 million) won the night … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Happy Endings’ & ‘Revenge’ Rise, ‘Up All Night’ & ‘CSI’ Slip

Nellie Andreeva

With baseball games on Fox and TBS, the other broadcast networks faced rather atypical competition but survived mostly unscathed. Most series were flat or very close to their levels from last week, with four exceptions. On the plus side, ABC’s sophomore Happy Endings (3.3/8 in adults 18-49), which featured Megan Mullally as a guest star, grew 14% from its fast national number last week, while its lead-in, Modern Family, was virtually unchanged. ABC’s gains carried over to the 10 PM hour where Revenge (2.7/7, 7.9 million viewers) was up 8% from its 18-49 fast national last week. (Both series were adjusted in the finals.) In the negative column, NBC’s rookie Up All Night (2.0/6) was down 9% from last week’s fast national, while CBS’ veteran CSI (2.6/7, 10.8 million) was down 10% to a season low and slipped to second place in the 10 PM hour among 18-49 behind ABC’s Revenge. CSI still topped the time period in total viewers.

Also noteworthy last night — both repeats of freshman series slated in the wake of last week’s cancellations did better than the shows they replaced: NBC’s Whitney (1.3 vs. 1.0 for Free Agents last week) and Ringer (0.4 in 18-34 and 18-49, up 33% in 18-34 and flat in 18-49; 1.2 million viewers, up 9%). Here are the numbers for the rest of the rest of the series. Read More »

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Live+7 Ratings For Premiere Week: ‘Modern Family’, ‘Supernatural’ & CBS Lead Gains

Nellie Andreeva

The Live+7 ratings for premiere week were released today, and they confirm what we already know: that people are time-shifting their TV viewing more than ever. For instance, an unprecedented three programs added at least 4 million viewers between Live+Same Day and Live+7, led by ABC’s Modern Family, which added 4.7 million and 4.6 million viewers, respectively, to the tally of its two-episode season premiere. CBS’ Two And A Half Men followed with 4.1 million. Modern Family was the champ in net gain both in total viewers and adults 18-49 (a 2.4 demo rating lift), where it also was followed by Two And A Half Men (2.3). The CW’s Supernatural topped the chart of the shows with the largest percentage gain with 63%, followed by CW’s America’s Next Top Model (57%) and Fox’s Fringe (53%). NBC’s struggling Harry’s Law got a much needed boost, up 42% in the demo, while the 38% lift for NBC’s canceled The Playboy Club came too late. The CW, whose target demo is on average the most digitally savvy, dominated the top of the percentage-gain rankings with six of the top 10 shows. That translated into a big lift for the CW in the network standings for premiere week, doubling the closest network in percentage gains. Among the Big 4, CBS posted the largest net and percentage gain in both 18-49 and total viewers. Here are the network rankings as well as lists of the Top 10 Programs in adults 18-49/total viewer net increase and 18-49 percentage growth for premiere week:

Adults 18-49 (rating)         Total Viewers (in 000)
L+SD      L+7 %Gain         L+SD   L+7      %Gain
Fox 3.4    4.0   18%          CBS  12,122  14,223  17%
CBS 3.1   3.8    23%         ABC   9,871   11,383  15%
ABC 2.8   3.4   21%          Fox    8,365    9,677   16%
NBC 2.6   3.0   15%          NBC   7,495    8,419   12%
CW  0.7    1.0  43%          CW     1,642    2,169   32%

Top 20 Series By Net Ratings Increase In 18-49

L+SD L+7 Net Gain % Gain
1 Modern Family SP ABC     6.2    8.6   2.4         39%
2 Modern Family ABC          6.0    8.3   2.3         38%
3 Two and a Half Men CBS  10.7  12.5   1.8         17%
4 Grey’s Anatomy ABC        4.1   5.8     1.7         41%
5 The Office NBC                 3.9  5.4     1.5         38%
6 New Girl FOX                   4.8   6.3    1.5          31% Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: No Boot Camp Bump For ‘X Factor’ But Fox Still Wins Night

Nellie Andreeva

We’ve yet to see the ratings growth on The X Factor that Simon Cowell keeps promising, but at least the show is maintaining its ratings levels. The first 90-minute edition of the singing series, which entered the boot camp phase of the competition, posted a 3.9/11 in adults 18-49 and 11.5 million total viewers, matching the fast nationals for the two-hour episode last week. (The show tends to go up one or two tenths in the finals.) A special showing at 9:30 PM of Raising Hope (2.3/6), which was down 21% from its regular airing behind New Girl on Tuesday, proved once again that talent competitions and comedies rarely mesh — a red flag for Fox’s new comedy I Hate My Teenage Daughter slated in the slot. Fox (3.5/10, 10.2 million) won Wednesday night in 18-49 for a third consecutive week.

ABC’s The Middle (2.7/9) was up a tenth from its fast national last week (flat with the final). In Week 2, new comedy Suburgatory (3.0/8) was down a modest 9% from its premiere and still built onto its lead-in. Modern Family (5.6/14) matched its fast national from last week (the series always goes up a tenth in the finals), but Happy Endings (2.9/7) was down 9% in its second airing behind the hit family comedy. At 10 … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Suburgatory’ Opens Well To Seal Comedy Genre’s Comeback

Nellie Andreeva

Comedy’s hot streak this fall continues with another solid opening for a new half-hour show, ABC’s Suburgatory. The comedy starring Jane Levy and Jeremy Sisto drew a 3.3/9 among adults 18-49 at 8:30 PM, up 27% from the premiere of Better With You in the slot last fall for ABC’s biggest comedy debut in the half-hour in eight years. It also grew significantly from its lead-in, The Middle (2.6/8), which was down 16% from its season premiere last week. Suburgatory joins Fox’s New Girl, CBS’ 2 Broke Girls and NBC’s Up All Night and Whitney as the latest new comedy this season to open well. That gives every major broadcast network at least one promising new comedy in a single season — something we haven’t seen in ages — sealing the comedy genre’s comeback after a long drought. And comedy is not done for the season, with at least two more buzzworthy new half-hour entries — ABC’s Tim Allen-starrer Last Man Standing and Apartment 23 – showing potential to break out.

In its third week, Up All Night (2.1/6) shed two tenths vs. its time-slot premiere last week. It still performed better than all other NBC series on the night: doomed freshman Free Agents (1.0/3, down 23%), equally endangered sophomore Harry’s Law (1.2/3, flat with its season premiere last week) and Law & Order: SVU (2.0/5, down 17%). Read More »

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