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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bob’s Burgers’ & ‘Once Upon A Time’ Rise, ‘The Mentalist’ & ‘The Simpsons’ Down

Bob's Burgers April 27There were no awards shows and no sporting events nationally on the networks in primetime last night, but it was a full house of originals across the board on the first Sunday of the May sweep. With everyone fielding a team for the first time in two weeks, on Fox the animation-heavy night started on fire. Coming off a series low on Easter Sunday last week, Bob’s Burgers (0.8/3) had a massive surge of 83% in the adults 18-49 demo. That remarkable rise was followed by American Dad (1.2/4), which grew 9% from its last original April 13. The Simpsons (1.5/5) unfortunately did not get the same benefit, suffering a 12% drop from its last original two weeks ago. There were young lovers on the run on last night’s Family Guy (2.1/6) and the not-always best of pals Jerome and Peter had to find them; the episode was even with its last original. Tied with Once Upon A Time for the night’s highest-rated show, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (1.4/4) was also even week-over-week.

The winner of the night among Adults 18-49 with a 1.7/5 rating, ABC had a pretty good start to its Sunday too. America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.6/6) was up 23% from it last new show on April 13. The good time weren’t just limited to unscripted TV for ABC as Once Upon A Time (2.1/6) flew 24% from its show last week. That’s a 3-week high for Once, … Read More »

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Fox’s ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Renewed For Fifth Season

By | Thursday September 26, 2013 @ 3:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox sure likes its burgers. The network has renewed Bob’s Burgers for a fifth season with a 22-episode order ahead of the animated comedy’s fourth-season premiere Sunday. While not a big and noisy show like Family Guy or The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers has hung in there, developing a loyal following and enjoying the support of Fox brass. Their patience was rewarded, with Bob’s Burgers becoming one of only two broadcast comedies last season to post year-over-year gains (2.3/6 in adults 18-49, up 10%). Additionally, it is among the Top 10 comedies in male demos and has landed two consecutive best animated program Emmy nominations. “Bob’s Burgers is one of those rare finds that just continues to outdo itself, creatively,” said Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly. “The show has become a key member of our Sunday Animation Domination family, and we’re looking forward to attracting new fans with another season.” A 20th Century Fox TV and Bento Box Entertainment production, Bob’s Burgers was created by Loren Bouchard  who exec produces with Jim Dauterive.

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‘Bob’s Burgers’ Writers Wendy and Lizzie Molyneux Inks Overall Deal With 20th TV

By | Monday August 12, 2013 @ 2:49pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Sibling writing team Wendy and Lizzie Molyneux, who work on Bob’s Burgers, have inked a two-year overall deal with the studio behind the Fox animated comedy, 20th Century Fox TV, to develop and produce new projects. The Molyneuxs have been on Bob’s Burgers since the beginning. The series, which is nominated for a best animated program Emmy, will be entering its fourth season this fall. “Liz and Wendy are funny, brash, big voices who we immediately responded to and wanted to develop with,” said Jonathan Davis, 20th TV EVP Comedy and Animation. Read More »

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Comic-Con: Fox’s ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Gets Comic Book Treatment

By | Wednesday July 17, 2013 @ 9:50am PDT

One of the staples of Fox’s Sunday primetime Animation Domination block is coming to a newsstand near you. Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Dynamite Entertainment announced today that they’ve partnered to develop a comic based on Bob’s Burgers. “We could not be more pleased to add Bob’s Burgers to the our line of comics,” said Dynamite CEO Nick Barrucci, in a statement Wednesday. “It’s stylish and hilarious, a feel-good concept that can be both heartwarming and mischievous at the same time. When we told our team that we were approaching Fox for the license, everyone lit up at the opportunity.  We look forward to working with our partners at Fox to put out a fantastic product that will appeal to readers of all ages.” The announcement today isn’t the only Comic-Con presence Bob’s Burgers, which debuted on Fox in 2011, will have in San Diego this year. There’s a Bob’s Burgers Comic-Con panel scheduled for July 19 with creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard, executive producer Jim Dauterive and members of the cast.

Related: Adult Swim Acquires ‘Off-Network Rights To Bob’s Burgers

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Animation Studio Bento Box Enters Original Programming, Taps Mike Clements To Run It

By | Friday June 21, 2013 @ 10:27am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Primetime television animation studio Bento Box Entertainment, which provides animation for such series as Fox’s Bob Burgers and Comedy Central’s Brickleberry, is expanding its business into developing and producing original animated content. The company, founded in 2009 by Mark McJimsey, Joel Kuwahara and Scott Greenberg, has formed Creative Development and Original Programing Division, which will be headed by veteran comedy executive Mike Clements.

“At this point in time, we were looking to find somebody who can help elevate us in the marketplace, and Mike has great relationships with creative talent,” Greenberg said. “The company’s expansion shows the industry that we’re serious about our commitment to grow and be an independent studio while still working closely with partners to make their shows.” Read More »

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Adult Swim Acquires Off-Network Rights To ‘Bob’s Burgers’

By | Wednesday May 1, 2013 @ 9:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Adult Swim has closed a deal with Twentieth Television for exclusive off-network cable rights to 20th Century Fox TV’s animated comedy series Bob’s Burgers, now in its third season on Fox and renewed for a fourth. The deal includes Seasons 1-3 of Bob’s Burgers, which will begin airing on Adult Swim this summer. I hear the license fee is just shy of $500,000 an episode, in line with what TBS and Adult Swim paid for Twentieth TV’s animated comedy The Cleveland Show in 2010. In addition to Cleveland, Bob’s Burgers will join two other current/former Fox animated comedies on Adult Swim, Family Guy and King Of The Hill.

While not a breakout for Fox, Bob’s Burgers has been an OK ratings performer and quickly has achieved cult status. It also has been well received by critics and landed an Emmy nomination for best animated program last year. The timing of the show’s rollout on Adult Swim, ahead of the broadcast fall launch, could give it a boost on Fox as many series experience a ratings resurgence as a result of additional exposure on cable. Read More »

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20th Century Fox TV Head Of Animation Jennifer Howell Exits

By | Tuesday February 19, 2013 @ 1:21pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Howell, head of 20th Century Fox TV‘s animation department, is leaving the studio to pursue other opportunities. I hear her contract is up in May and is not being renewed. Howell has headed the department since 20th TV created it in 2008. The series developed on her watch include Fox’s Bob’s Burgers, the recently picked up Murder Police as well as Napoleon Dynamite and Allen Gregory. 20th Century Fox TV  chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman are expected to find a replacement.

Additionally, Howell ran the joint Fox/20th TV Fox Inkubation initiative focused on breaking new animation talent by evaluating potential toon series through fully-formed 2-minute shorts rather than by traditional script development. The program, also started in 2008, developed a number of projects though none got on the air. It was dissolved last year after Fox shifted its attention to the launch of a late-night animation block, bringing in former Adult Swim head Nick Weidenfeld to oversee it. Before joining 20th TV, Howell was EVP of Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s production company Important Films and a former supervising producer on South Park. In other personnel changes at 20th TV’s animation department, director Evan Shames is segueing to a writing career.

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Fox’s Animated Comedy ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Renewed For Fourth Season

By | Tuesday October 16, 2012 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox brass has given another vote of confidence to animated comedy Bob’s Burgers with a 22-episode fourth-season order. The pickup comes on the heels of a six-script order for the comedy in August. “We love Bob’s,” said Fox chairman Kevin Reilly. “We are really proud of the way the show has grown over the past three seasons — without losing the unique voice at its core — and we know that the best is yet to come for Bob’s Burgers and its fans.” Read More »

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Fox’s ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Gets 6-Script Order

By | Thursday August 23, 2012 @ 2:02pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Fox has ordered 6 additional scripts from animated series Bob’s Burgers. The network renewed the comedy for a third season with a 13-episode order back in January, before the series’ second season premiere in March. The additional scripts will go towards a back order, bringing the total number of scripts for Season 3 to 19. Bob’s Burgers, which also has 13 leftover unaired episodes from Season 2 to run this fall, is currently in production on its Season 3 order, and the 6-script pickup will keep its writers working.

While not a breakout ratings performer, Bob’s Burgers has been a solid show and a favorite of Fox’s brass. Additionally, it just landed its first outstanding animated program Emmy nomination. Bob’s Burgers third season premieres on Sept. 30, marking the first time the comedy has launched in the fall. Upcoming guest voices include Zach Galifianakis as Chet, a former department store window dresser pining for his estranged wife, who happens to be a  mannequin; and Nick Offerman and real-life wife Megan Mullally as a pair of married hippie farmers who hire the Belcher kids as “weed pickers.” Also, Kevin Kline returns as Bob’s eccentric landlord “Mr. Fischoeder,” who purchases an unpredictable mechanical shark as an attraction for the pier; and Jeffrey Tambor voices “Captain Flarty,” a crazed cruise ship captain who shanghais Bob and his family. Other returning guest voices include Aziz Ansari, Bill Hader and Sarah … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Rises, ‘GCB’ & ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Drop

By | Monday March 19, 2012 @ 9:54am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Bob's Burgers TV RatingsCBS is expected to win Sunday night in total viewers and adults 18-49. Its fast nationals are scrambled due to a 44-minute NCAA basketball overrun that boosted the otherwise sleepy Sunday 7-8 PM hour.

ABC’s Once Upon A Time (2.9/8 in adults 18-49, 8.6 million total viewers) was up a tenth from its 18-49 fast national last week, even with the final, which was a series low. Desperate Housewives (2.8/7, 9 million) was even with its fast national, down a tenth from the final, and posted its largest audience in four months. After a promising second-week bump, newbie GCB (2.0/5, 6.3 million) fell 13% in Week 3 to a series low.

On the flip side, after a disappointing second-season premiere, Fox’s animated comedy Bob’s Burgers (2.1/5) was up 11% in its second airing last night. Its lead-in, The Simpsons (2.4/7), was up 4%, while from 9-10 PM Family Guy (2.8/7) and American Dad (2.2/5) were flat.

NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice (1.8/4) was down 10% from last week to match the celebrity reality series franchise’s lowest demo rating ever. Harry’s Law held steady at a 1.1/3.

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Once Upon A Time’ Drops With Clock Change, ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Off To Soft Start, ‘Wife’ Hits Low, ‘GCB’ Inches Up

By | Monday March 12, 2012 @ 9:46am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

GCB TV RatingsOn the first night of daylight savings time, usage levels from 7-10 PM were down 7.3% from last week. ABC’s family-friendly 7 PM and 8 PM programs were the worst hit — America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.3/4 among adults 18-49) was down 41% from last week, while Once Upon A Time (2.8/8) was down 18% to a series low. With extra publicity for last night’s episode of Desperate Housewives (2.5/6), whose major plot twist was revealed at the Nicollette Sheridan-Marc Cherry jury trial on Thursday, the dramedy kept steady with last week. Encouraging news for midseason entry GCB (2.3/6) at 10 PM: after a so-so premiere, it avoided the dreaded second week-slump, instead going up a tenth last night. ABC (2.3/6, 7.8 million) won the night in 18-49. CBS (2.1/6, 10.1 million) was tops in total viewers. Read More »

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Fox Gives Back-Nine Order To Animated Series ‘Bob’s Burgers’

By | Monday October 31, 2011 @ 9:06am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has given animated comedy Bob’s Burgers a back-nine order ahead of the series’ second-season launch in January. Bob’s Burgers premiered in midseason and its initial second-season renewal was for 13 episodes. “Last season, Bob’s Burgers infused our Sunday lineup with a fresh new voice that was fully embraced by our Animation Domination fans,” Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said. “Loren Bouchard, Jim Dauterive  and the team have done an amazing job with the show.” Bouchard created the series, from 20th TV, and is executive producing/writing with Dauterive. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Season Finale Down From Last Year

Nellie Andreeva

After announcing on Monday that he won’t run for U.S. president, Donald Trump returned to NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice for the season finale last night. It drew a 2.9 rating in 18-49, up 16% from last week but down 15% from last spring to rank as the lowest-rated spring Apprentice finale ever. Still, Celebrity Apprentice was the second-highest-rated program of the night in 18-49, tied with the 2011 Billboard Music Awards on ABC, which returned from a five-year hiatus up 7% vs. its last telecast in 2006 and helped ABC win the night in 18-49. Topping the demo ratings leader board last night was Fox’s Family Guy, whose season finale was down 6% from last week and 3% from last season’s finale. The finale of American Dad (1.6) was down 11% from last week, Bob’s Burgers finished its freshman season with a 2.1, down a tenth from last week, and veteran The Simpsons (2.5) was even with last week and last year’s finale. On CBS, the latest Jesse Stone movie, Innocents Lost, drew a typically for star Tom Selleck’s large but older crowd: a paltry 1.3 rating in 18-49 but a sizable audience of 13.3 million viewers.

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Fox Renews ‘Bob’s Burgers’ For Season 2

By | Thursday April 7, 2011 @ 10:53am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has just given an early second-season pickup to animated comedy Bob’s Burgers. This is the third scripted series to be renewed for next season, following the January pickup of another freshman comedy, Raising Hope, and Fringe. Bob’s Burgers has proved to be a perfect neighbor to our slate of fan-favorite animated families this year,” said Fox’s entertainment president Kevin Reilly. “The series has found its own really unique, irreverent voice and is doing consistent business for us on Sundays, so we’re excited to serve up another season to the fans.”

After a big premiere boosted by an NFL overrun, Bob’s Burgers settled into a so-so ratings territory, posting a 2.2 in adults 18-49 for its most recent original. Fox’s decision to renew Bob’s Burgers is also interesting as the network has two new animated series on tap for next season, Allen Gregory and Napoleon Dynamite. But, with a 13-episode order, Bob’s Burgers can split the season with the newcomers, whose combined order is for 13 half-hours. Bob’s Burgers, from 20th TV, was created by Loren Bouchard who executive produces and writes with Jim Dauterive.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Hits Season High

Nellie Andreeva

A 17-minute NCAA overrun pushed the start of CBS’ primetime lineup, so the network’s ratings are approximate. From 7-8 PM, basketball and 60 Minutes averaged a 3.7/12 in adults 18-49. At 8 PM, 60 Minutes/The Amazing Race drew a 3.1/9. At 9 PM, Amazing Race/Undercover Boss posted a 3.2/8, and at 10 PM, Boss/CSI: Miami did a 2.8/8. The network is expected to top the night when final ratings are released tomorrow.

On NBC, America’s Next Great Restaurant (1.3/4) was up 8% from last week. From 9-11 PM, Celebrity Apprentice (3.0/8) was up 7% for a season high.

ABC and Fox aired a mix of originals and repeats. ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.6/5, down 6% from March 13) and Secret Millionaire (2.7/7, up 8% from last week’s low) were followed by reruns of Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters. At Fox, The Simpsons (2.8/8) was up 12% from March 13′s original. Bob’s Burgers (2.2/6) was flat with last week. Following a Family Guy repeat (2.8/7), a new American Dad (2.5/7) was up 25% from its last original on Feb. 20 in the low-trafficked 7:30 PM slot.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Golden Globes On Par With Last Year, ‘Housewives’ Hits Low

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: The Golden Globes last night were an award show producers’ dream, with a hugely popular movie (The Social Network) and series (Glee) dominating the awards. Did that translate into ratings? According to NBC’s time zone-adjusted fast nationals, last night’s three-hour ceremony drew 17 million viewers and a 5.2 rating in adults 18-49, winning the 8-11 PM slot in viewers and adults 18-49. That was pretty much in line with the award show’s performance last year: down  5% in 18-49 (5.2 vs. 5.5) and up a fraction in total viewers (16.998 vs. 16.984). That was consistent with the metered-markets overnight ratings released early in the morning that had the Golden Globes averaging an 11.8 rating/18 share, retaining 99% of last year’s 11.9/18.

Once again, the coverage of the NFL divisional playoffs bled into primetime and is expected to push CBS to a nightly win in adults 18-49. It buoyed 60 Minutes to a 4.1/10 in 18-49, up 173% from last week. Undercover Boss (3.3/8) was up 10%, while CSI: Miami (2.3/6) was down 8% from its airing at 8PM last week. ABC and Fox took a ratings hit. With no big football lead-in this week, Fox’s series were down across the board. The Simpsons (3.1/8) was down 46%. Bob’s Burgers (2.6/6) was down 42% from its premiere number last week (though it improved its Simpsons lead-in retention to 84% from 79% last week). Family Guy (3.7/9) was down 21%, and The Cleveland Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Has Big NFL-boosted premiere, ‘Cape’ Debut OK

Nellie Andreeva

With NBC’s Sunday Night Football ending its season last week and Fox getting a massive NFL Wild Card runover, Fox posted its first Sunday ratings victory this season highlighted by the strong premiere of new animated comedy Bob’s Burgers. Bob’s Burgers (4.5/11 in adults 18-49) was sandwiched between The Simpsons (5.7/14) and Family Guy (4.7/11). With the NFL overrun (13.0/34) and overtime (11.0/28) as a lead-in, The Simpsons, Family Guys as well as Cleveland (3.5/8), in its new post-Family Guy slot, hit season highs, and Bob’s Burgers delivered the highest-rated new series debut on any network this season in the 18-49 demo.

Following a two-hour Dateline (1.1/3), which was down 21% from its comparable telecast last January but built 114% from 7 to 9:30 PM, the two-hour preview of new drama The Cape drew a 2.6/6 in 18-49, a non-spectacular but solid opening, keeping steady throughout the 9-11Pm period and finishing second in the male demographics. At 10 PM, The Cape ranked first in 18-49.

ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.8/5) was down 14% from last week; Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.6/6) was down 4%; Desperate Housewives (3.8/9) and Brothers & Sisters (2.3/6) were flat.

CBS’ 60 Minutes (1.6/4) was down 24%; CSI: Miami (2.5/6) was up 14% as it is settling in the new 8 PM slots and benefited from the departure of football from Sunday’s primetime; Undercover Boss (3.0/7) was flat. A Criminal Minds rerun (1.8/5) aired at 10 PM.

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