RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Touch’ & ‘The Job’ Fall Week 2, ‘CSI:NY’ Matches Low, ‘Kitchen Nightmare’ Up, ‘Malibu Country’ Down

By | Saturday February 16, 2013 @ 9:38am PST

One week after its second season debut, Fox’s Touch (0.7/2) took a hit last night. The Kiefer Sutherland drama fell 22% from its two-hour February 8 premiere. Touch’s overall viewership headed southward as well, down to 2.52 million from the 3.77 million who watched last week’s debut. Touch wasn’t the only show dealing with the second week straits Friday night. CBS’s new reality show The Job (0.7/2) also took a blow. The Mark Burnett and Michael Davis produced series about seeking your dream job also fell 22% last night. The 8 PM airing of The Job was watched by 3.37 million on Friday night, down from last week’s 4.11 million.
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CBS’ Nina Tassler On Pending ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Renewal, Jennifer Esposito’s ‘Blue Bloods’ Exit: TCA

By | Saturday January 12, 2013 @ 10:32am PST
Nellie Andreeva

No doubt CBS would’ve liked to announce a ninth season renewal for How I Met Your Mother at TCA today but it didn’t as the network and producer 20th Century Fox TV are still haggling over some license fee deal points. (The pacts with creators/showrunners Craig Thomas and Carter Bays and the cast, including Jason Segel are done.) Things are very close. “I will be happy to report in a very few days (a renewal),” CBS’ Nina Tassler said. “I’m confident and excited that all will be resolved. Almost everything is completed.” As for where the show will go next season story-wise, “(Bays and Thomas) had two CBSplans in place — if they had to resolve this year and or if they came back next year,” Tassler said after the session. “So we’ll sit down and talk to them in about a month about their plans for next year.” She assured that “this would be the end as designed by Carter and Craig.

Tassler was asked about the network’s reputation of being tough on actors on procedural dramas in light of the recent decision to sideline and eventually drop Jennifer Esposito from Blue Bloods. “Oh, I don’t think we are tougher on our actors,” she said. “We employ them for many, many years. In a situation like this we are sorry to see her go, we tried to resolve it, it didn’t quite work out and we wish her the best.”

Related: CBS’ Nina Tassler: TV Violence Conversation Shouldn’t “Devolve Into Discussion Of One Show Vs. The Other”

CBS gave a rare “shout out” to veteran Rules Of Engagement, which has been used to successfully plug holes on the schedule for most of its run, summoned to do it again this midseason on Mondays where it will replace cancelled Partners. “A show that serves us well, it is the best utility warrior on television.”

Asked whether there is a point where CBS would ask 2 Broke Girls executive producer Michael Patrick King to curb the racy content on the show, Tassler said, “I say to Michael as long as you keep us laughing, and as long as we vet stuff through standards and practices, we’re good. It’s an adult comedy. People enjoy it.”

Tassler spent a long time talking about summer series Under The Dome, a Steven Spielberg-produced adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, which was originally developed for sibling pay cable network Showtime. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox Scores With Cotton Bowl; CBS & ABC Originals Slip

By | Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 10:18am PST

It was a total touchdown for Fox on Friday night. The network took the night with the Cotton Bowl (3.1/9) as Texas A&M soundly beat their former Big 12 rival Oklahoma. … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dateline’ Up, ‘Blue Bloods’ & ‘Last Man Standing’ Down, ‘Fringe’ Steady

By | Saturday December 8, 2012 @ 10:09am PST

With the exception of a repeat of last week’s SNL Christmas (1.5/5) special, Friday night was light on holiday fare. At 10 PM, CBS‘ police family drama Blue Bloods (1.4/4) was down a tenth from … Read More »

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Jennifer Esposito Tells Fox News That CBS “Illegally” Sidelining Her From ‘Blue Bloods’

By | Sunday November 18, 2012 @ 10:08am PST

Blue Bloods’ Jennifer Esposito blasted CBS TV Studios for putting her on medical leave in an interview today with Fox News Channel. “What happened was ugliness,” the actress told FNC’s Arthel Neville in a segment scheduled to run on FOX Files tonight. CBS TV Studios made their … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Malibu Country’ & ‘Last Man’ Drop In Week 2, ‘Undercover Boss’ Up

By | Saturday November 10, 2012 @ 9:46am PST
Nellie Andreeva

After giving comedies a warm welcome back to Friday last week, viewers turned a cold shoulder last night. In their second week, Last Man Standing (1.6/5) was down 16% from last Friday’s fast national, while Malibu Country (1.6/5) tumbled … Read More »

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Hurricane Sandy Delays Jennifer Esposito’s Leave From CBS’ ‘Blue Bloods’

By | Wednesday October 31, 2012 @ 5:52pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jennifer EspositoThis Friday, November 2, CBS was slated to air the episode in which Jennifer Esposito’s character Jackie Curatola is being put on a leave of absence, and the first temporary new partner for Detective Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg), played by Megan Ketch, is introduced. However, I hear Hurricane Sandy delayed post-production on the episode of the drama, which is based in New York. As a result, Blue Bloods will air another original on Friday, a standalone episode featuring Danny working protection detail for an infamous photographer who is a witness for Danny’s sister, prosecutor Erin Reagan-Boyle (Bridget Moynahan). Esposito does not appear in the episode (she also was not in the episode that aired last Friday). Esposito’s last episode (for now) has been rescheduled for next Friday. Read More »

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Megan Boone To Do Arc On ‘Blue Bloods’ As Danny’s Partner, Subs For Jennifer Esposito

By | Thursday October 25, 2012 @ 7:10pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: CBS and CBS TV Studios have recruited another actress to fill the void left by co-star Jennifer Esposito being sidelined with Celiac disease. Law & Order: LA alumna Megan Boone has been tapped to play a … Read More »

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UPDATE: Jennifer Esposito On Leave From ‘Blue Bloods’, Calls CBS’ Sidelining Her “Shameful Behavior”, Guest Stars To Fill

By | Saturday October 20, 2012 @ 6:44pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: On Twitter, Jennifer Esposito disputed CBS TV Studios’ account of why she is going on a leave, slamming them for sidelining her and callling it ”absolutely shameful behavior”.

“CBS PUT me on unpaid leave and has blocked me from working anywhere else after my doctor said you

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CAA Signs Blue Bloods’ Sami Gayle

By | Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 10:11am PDT
Mike Fleming

CAA has signed Sami Gayle, the young actress who is a regular on CBS’ Blue Bloods series, and who recently appeared in the Tony Kaye-directed Detachment and next will be in Stolen opposite Nicolas Cage and Malin Akerman, and … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Finder’ Low In Friday Debut, ‘Fringe’ Down

By | Saturday April 7, 2012 @ 10:09am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Did this seal the fate of The Finder? In its Friday debut last night, the Bones spinoff pulled in a 1.1/4 among adults 18-49 at 8 PM, down 52% from its most recent airing on Thursday behind American Idol. At … Read More »

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CBS Renews ’2 Broke Girls’, ‘Mike & Molly’, ‘Person of Interest’, ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘Good Wife’, ‘Hawaii’, ‘CSI’, ‘Mentalist’, ‘Bloods’

By | Wednesday March 14, 2012 @ 11:15am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS Blue BloodsUPDATE 11:15AM: In one fell swoop, CBS has renewed 15 series for next season. The list includes two comedies, breakout hit 2 Broke Girls and sophomore Mike & Molly and nine dramas, freshman Person of Interest, … Read More »

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