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ABC Gives Full Season Orders To ‘Trophy Wife’ & ‘Goldbergs’, Partial Order To ‘Super Fun Night’, Cancels ‘Back In The Game’

By | Friday November 1, 2013 @ 6:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC this afternoon has made its comedy pickup calls, giving Back 9, full-season orders to The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife and a Back 4 order (four additional episodes) to Super Fun Night. The network is not picking up more episodes of its fourth freshman comedy, Back In The Game, which won’t be pulled and will air the remainder of its original 13-episode order.

Related: ABC Orders 3 More Scripts Of ‘The Goldbergs’ & ‘Trophy Wife’

ABC put the biggest promotional muscle on the comedy side behind The Goldbergs, from Sony TV, which was a favorite of the network brass and considered most likely to continue. The pickup was sealed after the 1980s comedy became the only ABC freshman half-hour to build on its lead-in this Tuesday, going up 42% from a Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. repeat and holding its rating from the previous week despite its lead-in shrinking dramatically.

Related: ABC’s ‘Back In The Game’ & ‘Super Fun Night’ Get Script Orders

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Ratings Rat Race: World Series Ends With A Bang; What Comedies Will ABC Pick Up?

By | Thursday October 31, 2013 @ 2:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 2:30 PM: The finals are in, and Game 6 of the World Series went up to 19.2 million viewers and a 5.7 in 18-49. World Series 2013 averaged 14.9 million viewers and a 4.2 in 18-49, both up 17% from last year. Also, Super Fun Night and CSI went down a tenth to a 1.7. The Middle and Arrow were adjusted up a tenth.

PREVIOUS 9:30 AM: First off, congratulations to the Boston Red Sox for winning their first World Series on home turf in almost a century. Fox sure wouldn’t have minded a seventh game in this highly rated series, but the six games it got were two more than the last time the Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals faced off in the Series nine years ago — a 4-0 sweep for Boston. Last night’s Game 6 drew 18 million viewers and a 5.4 rating in 18-49 in the fast nationals, a high for the series that will go even higher in the finals (Game 5 was adjusted up 5%). It gave Fox a big nightly win in viewers and 18-49 and total viewers to log Fox’s most watched Wednesday in more than year.

Outside the World Series decider, the most intriguing developments last night were on ABC where The Middle (2.1) and Back In The Game (1.7) held onto their fast nationals ratings from last week when they faced Game 1 of the World Series, while Super Fun Night (1.8) fell 14% to a new low following a Modern Family repeat vs. an original last week. The results are significant because ABC is nearing a decision on which freshman comedies to pick up for the rest of the season. Read More »

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ABC’s ‘Back In The Game’ & ‘Super Fun Night’ Get Script Orders

By | Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ 5:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC has ordered two extra scripts each of new Wednesday comedy series Back In The Game and Super Fun Night. The move follows the three-script orders last week for the network’s two other new comedy series, The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife. None of ABC’s freshman comedies has broken out this fall. In their most recent airings, Back In The Game, which stars James Caan and Maggie Lawson, logged a 1.9 among adults 18-49 in Live+Same Day, while Rebel Wilson starrer Super Fun Night, which airs behind Modern Family, posted a 2.1. ABC’s only episodic pickup so far this season has been to new drama Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., which received a full-season order. Fellow new drama Lucky 7 already has been cancelled, while Betrayal and Once Upon A Time In Wonderland have first-season story arcs set for 13 or so episodes, like Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, so ABC has time before having to make a call on the low-rated dramas.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘SVU’ & ‘X Factor’ Up, ‘Modern Family’ Down, ‘Revolution’ Moves

By | Thursday September 26, 2013 @ 8:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Producers of NBC’s drama Revolution were likely bracing for the worst when their show was moved from the cushy post-Voice Monday slot to Wednesday 8 PM. The transition wasn’t that bad and certainly a lot smoother than that of the previous NBC series to relocate from the Monday 10 PM slot, Smash. The second-season premiere of Revolution last night drew a 1.8 in adults 18-49, tying a series low. Still, it was down a modest 10% from Revolution‘s first-season finale behind The Voice, while Smash dropped 39% in its second-season opener. Comparisons to Revolution‘s series premiere behind the season debut of The Voice last fall are pretty much meaningless, but for the record: the drama was down 56% vs. 71% for Smash. Law & Order: SVU kicked off its 15th (!) season by resolving the May finale cliffhanger and drew a 2.7 18-49 rating for the two-hour premiere, up 29% from the year-ago debut in the same time slot.

The Voice does an The X Factor good? The introduction of two more nights of singing competition to the weekly schedule with the return of NBC’s The Voice and premiere week competition didn’t dent Fox’s X Factor. It posted a 2.5 18-49 rating last night, up 14% from last Wednesday’s season opener. Read More »

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TCA: Cullen Bros Create Homage To Their ‘Horrifing’ Coach/Dad in ‘Back In The Game’

By | Sunday August 4, 2013 @ 5:39pm PDT

Robb Cullen said this afternoon that he and his brother wrote the Dad/Grandpa role in their new ABC comedy Back in the Game specifically for James Caan, and modeled him after their own father, who was their baseball coach when they were kids, and “was a horrifying person.” By way of illustrating his point, Cullen mentioned that during one game, when he was hit on the leg by a wild pitch, his father told him if he did not hit the kid in the face with a pitch of his own, “You’re not getting in the car” to go home at the end of the game. “So I hit him in the head,” Robb confessed to TV critics at Summer TV Press Tour 2013.

“And we became comedy writers,” added Mark.

Caan, in turn, took the role, because of “bad movies,” he explained. “This was far more exciting and fun than anything I’d been doing… Nobody’s head has turned around and spit out pea soup yet,” he added, optimistically. Back in the Game is about a woman whose loutish father, played by Caan, raised her to be the son he always wanted/never got. She marries, has a son, divorces loser husband, moves back in with Dad. When Junior, who has no athletic ability, decides to play baseball, she coaches him and his team of athletic misfits with help from Dad.

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ABC Sticks To Premiere Week For New Season Rollout

ABC finally unveiled its pretty-straightforward premiere-date plans for the 2013-2014 season, launching a handful of programs — newsmag 20/20, three Friday series, and Monday’s Dancing With The Stars — in advance of the September 23 Premiere Week. Here’s the schedule, with new shows in bold: Read More »

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