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‘Bones’ Renewed For Season 10, Will Return To Mondays In March

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 3:40pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Bones110916155920Bones keeps going on Fox. The crime dramedy, now in its ninth season, has been picked up for a tenth. Currently airing on Fridays, Bones will return to its Monday 8 PM slot on March 10, following the March 3 season finale of freshman Almost Human, which will have completed its 13-episode order. “Over the course of nine seasons, Bones has grown from a hit crime procedural into a beloved pillar of our lineup that resonates with fans in a way that only the best of shows can,” said Fox’s Kevin Reilly. “Our viewers have embraced Emily, David and the entire cast and characters of Bones as their very own, and I think they are going to love what Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan have planned for Season 10!” Bones veteran Nathan will run Bones next season as creator/showrunner while Hanson focuses on his newly picked up Fox series  Backstrom. Bones will air an original this Friday before going on hiatus until its Monday return. Fox has slotted the sixth season of Kitchen Nightmares in the Friday 8 PM hour starting February 28, after a Kitchen Nightmares rerun on February 21.

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Fox Moves ‘Enlisted’ To Friday 9 PM Slot

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 1:21pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Enlisted-Pilot_SC27_0157At TCA last week, Fox chairman Kevin Reilly admitted he was disappointed by the early ratings performance of new comedy Enlisted but vowed to stick with the show for its 13-episode order and give it a shot. Now the network is giving the military comedy a better chance with a stronger lead-in by moving it to 9 PM where it will follow veteran Bones. Beginning this Friday, Enlisted and Raising Hope will swap slots, with Enlisted at 9 PM and Raising Hope at 9:30 PM. Bones has been consistently delivering a solid 1.5 or higher among adults 18-49 in the Friday 8 PM slot, half of which has been squandered by Raising Hope, which most recently managed a 0.8 at 9 PM, leading to Enlisted (0.7). For Raising Hope, the time-period downgrade is an ominous sign that the family comedy may end its run after four seasons.

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TCA: Fox In Talks For Season 10 Of ‘Bones’, Kevin Reilly Bullish On ‘The Mindy Project’ Renewal, Wishes ‘The Voice’ Goes Away

By | Monday January 13, 2014 @ 12:19pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

TCA UPDATED: The move to Friday didn’t dent Bones‘ longevity one bit. “We are in negotiations on another season of Bones and expect it would be back (for a 10th season),” Fox chairman Kevin Reilly said during the executive session today, indicating that Season 10 will likely be the show’s last. He confirmed Bones110916155920what we had already reported: that Bones creator/showrunner Hart Hanson will move onto his newly picked up Fox series Backstrom, with his top Bones lieutenant Stephen Nathan, who has performed day-to-day showrunner duties on the long-running Fox procedural, taking over next season. Hanson still will be involved in major decisions.

Reilly also spoke of the renewal chances of softly rated sophomore comedy The Mindy Project, which is going on hiatus in the spring. “It’s really on the money (creatively) right now,” he said. “Ratings are not where they should be, the show deserves more viewers. But is a highly upscale show we make money on.” He said Mindy‘s “little hiatus has nothing to do with its renewal chances. “I’m highly bullish on it being back next season.” Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Grammy Noms Concert’ Falls, ‘Shark Tank’ Hits Viewership High, ‘Dracula’ & ‘Raising Hope’ Up

By | Saturday December 7, 2013 @ 9:43am PST

The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! Countdown to Music's Biggest Night - ShowIt was almost a full press from all the networks on Friday night with only CBS not airing a full original line-up. After some holiday specials with Frosty The Snowman (1.6/5) and Yes Virginia (1.4/4), plus an encore NCIS:LA (0.8/3), the network had its sixth annual Grammys Nomination Concert Live! (1.1/3) with NCIS:LA‘s LL Cool J hosting. Long story short, despite a plethora of performers, including Taylor Swift, and nods for music’s self-described biggest night, the 10 PM Grammy concert was down a hard 27% among Adults 18-49 from the 10 PM December 5 airing of last year. That show, which was on an always more watched Wednesday, had 5.4 million viewers compared to the 5.30 million who tuned in last night. The Grammy show was also no Garth Brooks. The one-hour show was down from what the country superstar pulled in last week for CBS in his Vegas special with a 1.8 rating and 8.8 million viewers.

MARK CUBAN, DAYMOND JOHN, KEVIN O'LEARY, BARBARA CORCORAN, ROBERT HERJAVICOn the other hand, there were high notes to be hit for ABC on Friday. The top rated show of the night once again, the network’sShark Tank (2.0/6) had its highest fast national result of the season, tied … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Nikita’ Returns With Premiere Low, ‘Bones’ Rises, ‘JFK’ Special Solid, CBS & ABC Tied To Win Night

By | Saturday November 23, 2013 @ 9:49am PST

The final Friday of the November sweep was a night of return and remembrance. The return was with the fourth and final season premiere of The CW’s Nikita (0.2/1). Back for just six final episodes, the spy drama fell a hard 33% among adults 18-49 from its October 19th Season 3 debut last year. That’s a premiere low for Nikita. Added to that was the fact that last night’s result also cratered 60% from the season finale of America’s Next Top Model in the same slot last week. In terms of overall viewers, Nikita was also down sharply from 947,000 watching last year’s season debut to 732,000 watching last night. A modest but steady Friday night performer for the CW over its run so far, Nikita has done well in DVR viewing so expect so uptick there as Live+3 and Live+7 results trickle in. Nikita’s lead-in, The Carrie Diaries (0.3/1), was even with last week.

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In terms of remembrance, NBC commemorated the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy with Where Were You: The Day JFK Died (1.1/5) at 9 PM hosted by Tom Brokaw. The two-hour special featured the likes of Steven Spielberg and Dan Rather Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bones’ Ticks Up With Wedding, ‘The Voice’ & ‘Dancing’ Dip

By | Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ 9:54am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: Mom did finish up week to week. The comedy was adjusted down a tenth in the finals, making its gain 15%. Also slipping down by a tenth was 2 Broke Girls, while Hostages dropped .2 to tie its low from last week. How I Met Your Mother, The Voice, Bones and Dancing with the Stars were adjusted up by a tenth. 

PREVIOUS: Fox last night gave promising new drama Sleepy Hollow two extra weeks of Bones lead-in in November before a newcomer, Almost Human, comes into the Monday 8 PM slot. The Headless Horseman drama sure could use the reprieve because its fifth episode last Monday would’ve been the last original with a Bones lead-in. It was a special episode of Bones last night, featuring the eight-seasons-in-the-making Booth and Brennan wedding. The veteran dramedy only got a modest bump (5%, to a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49). Still, Sleepy Hollow would’ve benefited by following it with an original. Instead, the drama aired a repeat because of its complex production that didn’t allow for a sixth episode to be completed for last night’s airing. Sleepy Hollow will again stay dark next Monday for the World Series, making it a two-week break five weeks into the series run. Those lengthy hiatuses early in the run of new series are disruptive (Fox’s New Girl never recovered from a series of early pre-emptions). They also allow time-slot competitors to get stronger by wooing available eyeballs. Fortunately for Sleepy Hollow, it is a heavily DVR-ed show that is likely already locked on people’s season passes.

The lack of a new Sleepy Hollow seems to have helped CBS’ 9-11 PM block. The network’s fast nationals were inflated by an NFL pre-emption in Minnesota. Still, while How I Met Your Mother (2.9) at 8 PM was down a tenth from its fast national last week, and 2 Broke Girls (2.6) at 8:30 PM was flat, a The Big Bang Theory repeat (2.5) at 9 PM jumped 14% from last Monday’s rerun, while Mom (2.4) at 9:30 PM shot up by 20% and is expected to stay in positive territory in the finals. The tide lifted even Hostages (1.4, up 17%), though it may end up even week to week in the finals. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Strong Debut For ‘Sleepy Hollow’, Solid Finish For ‘Under The Dome’

By | Tuesday September 17, 2013 @ 9:11am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Both Sleepy Hollow and Bones went up a tenth in the finals to a 3.5 and 2.3 18-49 rating, respectively. Sleepy Hollow now stands as Fox’s highest-rated fall drama premiere in 7 years, since Standoff in 2006.

PREVIOUS: That’s how the broadcast networks would want to begin the rollout of new shows, with a strong opening out of the gate. It came courtesy of Fox’s new drama Sleepy Hollow last night. The pilot, co-written by Alex Kurtzman & Bob Orci and directed by Len Wiseman, drew a 3.4/9 among adults 18-49. It edged Fox’s breakout midseason drama The Following (3.1 18-49 rating in the fast nationals, 3.2 in the finals) to post the highest drama debut rating since last September’s bow of NBC’s Revolution, which was buoyed by a big The Voice lead-in and a preview during the Summer Olympics. This marks Fox’s highest-rated fall drama premiere in six years. Sleepy Hollow, a contemporary take on the Headless Horseman tale, grew an impressive 55% from its lead-in, the season premiere of veteran Bones (2.2/7), which was in line with last year’s opener. Understandably, Sleepy Hollow dwarfed Fox’s drama premiere in the time slot last year, the long gone Mob Doctor (1.5/4). Like The Following and Revolution, Sleepy Hollow will likely add as much as 50% or more to its live ratings within the 7-day playback window.

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Fox Fall Premiere Dates: Network To Debut Lineup Outside Of Premiere Week, Launches Staggered From September To November

By | Wednesday June 26, 2013 @ 2:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

As usual, given the number of pre-emptions for postseason baseball, Fox is getting ahead of the pack with early fall launches to give affected series longer uninterrupted runs. Last fall, Fox premiered The X Factor, Glee, Bonesand Mob Doctor in the two weeks leading to premiere week. The same shows (with newbie Sleepy Hollow in for the defunct Mob Doctor on Mondays) again will launch early this year, joined by Fox’s Tuesday comedy block. Only Friday entry Masterchef Junior and the Sunday animated block will open during the official premiere week, with Almost Human, Raising Hope and Enlisted held back until the end of baseball season. Check out Fox’s fall premiere dates after the jump:

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bones’ & ‘The Following’ Finales Up, ‘The Voice’ & ‘Revolution’ Hit Season Lows, ‘DWTS’ Down

By | Tuesday April 30, 2013 @ 9:12am PDT

It was a full house on all the networks as we’re now in the first full week of the May sweep. On Fox, there also were finales for Bones (2.1/6) and The Following. The Season 8 finale of the crime comedy-drama Bones was up both from last year and last week, besting its previous season-ender from May 14, 2012 by 11%. Bones was also up 5% in adults 18-49 from its April 22 show. In terms of viewers, the 7.1 million who watched last night was almost even with the 7.2 million of last year’s closer and matched the number who tuned in last week. After a season of ups and downs, freshman The Following (2.6/7) ended high. The Kevin Bacon-starrer was up 8% from last week’s show to hit its best 18-49 rating since March 11. In terms of network rivalry, last night saw The Following beat NBC’s Revolution in the key demo for a second week in a row. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Following’ Up In Week 2, ‘Bones’ Hits Season High

By | Tuesday January 29, 2013 @ 9:17am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox‘s serial killer drama The Following has accomplished something that no other new drama this season has — to beat the Week 2 slump and build on its premiere in its second airing. Last night, the Kevin Bacon-starring series drew a 3.3/8 among adults 18-49, up 6% from the fast national for its debut (+3% from the final Live+Same Day number). Overall, The Following joins NBC’s Chicago Fire as the only new dramas to improve on their premiere demo rating this season. (Chicago Fire has done it three times, first in Week 5). In total viewers, The Following (10 million), dipped 4% from the opener. The new drama has helped reinvigorate Fox’s Monday night, boosting its lead-in, Bones (2.6/7, 9.2 million), which posted season highs for a second straight week. The veteran procedural was up 13% from last week in 18-49 to log its best demo and total viewer numbers in over a year.

Fox’s lineup was helped by the fact that CBS’ comedy block was in repeats this week vs. originals last Monday, which makes week-to-week comparisons favorable for the Fox dramas. The Following and Bones ranked as the top two programs of the night in 18-49, with Fox taking top demo honors. No.3 was ABC’s The Bachelor (2.5/7), flat with last week. After tipping the scales at 2.4 for each of its first three airings, NBC’s The Biggest Loser (2.3/6) dipped a tenth … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bones’ Returns Up; CBS Comedies Hit Season Highs

By | Tuesday January 15, 2013 @ 9:13am PST

Fox’s Bones returned from its winter break with back-to-back episodes last night. In both its 8 PM (2.1/6) and 9 PM (2.1/5) airings, the forensically inclined drama, which was recently renewed for a ninth season, was up 11% from its last original  December 3. With 8.1 million watching its 8 PM broadcast, Bones also pulled in its biggest audience of the season so far for Fox.

On CBS, a slew of comedies returned from their winter breaks to give the network its best Monday of the season. How I Met Your Mother (3.8/10) started the night up 12% from its last original  December 17, hitting season highs in viewership (10.42 million) and in the adults 18-49 demo. A repeat of The Big Bang Theory (3.6/9) followed. With 11.43 million viewers, the encore was the night’s most-watched sho. 2 Broke Girls (4.1/10) was up 17% from its last original last month, matching its season-to-date demo high and also hitting a viewership season high (12.20 million., With 11.52 million viewers, Mike & Molly (3.5/9) hit a season viewership high as well, rising 6% from its last original December 17. Closing out the night for CBS, Hawaii Five-0 (2.4/6) was even with its last original December 17. With 10.735 million watching, CBS won the night in viewers and the demo.

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Fox’s ‘Bones’ Renewed For Ninth Season

By | Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 8:32am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Dramedy procedural Bones will continue to be the longest-running live-action series on Fox with a renewal for a ninth season. The pickup came after stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, whose current contracts were up at the end of this season, closed new deals right before the New Year. “After more than 150 episodes, Bones continues to be one of television’s most dynamic and consistent dramas,” said Fox chairman Kevin Reilly.

Bones returns with all new episodes, beginning with a two-hour winter premiere, on Monday. It will be used to launch Fox’s midseason drama hopeful The Following. Bones was created by Hart Hanson. Hanson, Stephen Nathan, Ian Toynton, Barry Josephson and Jonathan Collier are executive producers for 20th Century Fox TV.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Monday Lineup Hits Season Highs; ‘Revolution’ & ‘90210’ Up

By | Tuesday November 27, 2012 @ 10:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

This is a good way to kick off the holiday season. There is a lot of holiday cheer to go around this morning as most Monday shows posted ratings increases.

CBS led the gain train boosted by a The Big Bang Theory repeat (3.2/8 in adults 18-49, 9 million total viewers) in the 8:30 PM slot once occupied by cancelled new comedy Partners. With the best CBS rating in the time period by a mile this season, all series that followed hit season highs in 18-49 and total viewers: 2 Broke Girls (4.0/10 up 18%, 11.68 million), Mike & Molly (3.6/8 up 24%, 11.25 million), and Hawaii 5-0 (10.11 million, 2.3/6 up 5%). Even How I Met Your Mother (3.4/9, 8.8 million) at 8 PM was cooking, up 17% in 18-49 to post its best numbers since the season premiere. CBS logged its best Monday performance this fall. Read More »

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‘Bones’ Author Kathy Reichs Makes Bantam Deal For Next Three Novels

By | Thursday October 25, 2012 @ 8:35am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Ballantine Bantam Dell has acquired North American rights for three new novels from Kathy Reichs, who aside from being a bestselling suspense novelist is also a forensic anthropologist whose novels inspired the Fox TV series Bones. The deal was negotiated by Gina Centrello, president and publisher of the Random House Publishing Group, with WME’s Jennifer Rudolph Walsh. The novels will be published under the Bantam label, according to Libby McGuire, EVP, Publisher of Ballantine Bantam Dell. The first comes out in 2014, and Jennifer Hershey will edit them. Reichs’ last novel, Bones Are Forever, was published by Scribner.

Reichs will continue the forensic exploits of Temperance Brennan, who has been the centerpiece of 15 bestsellers. As for her day job, Dr. Reichs has been Vice President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, and still serves on the Canadian National Police Services Advisory Council and is professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC’s ‘Revolution’ Opens Big, Fox’s ‘Mob Doctor’ Very Low

By | Tuesday September 18, 2012 @ 9:17am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

A week before the official start of the season, we have the first big debut of fall 2012. It goes to NBC’s Revolution, the network’s first big scripted premiere in quite awhile. JJ Abrams and Eric Kripke’s post-apocalyptic drama opened with a 4.1/11 in adults 18-49 and 11.7 million viewers at 10 PM last night. In 18-49, Revolution was the top drama premiere on NBC in five years, since the ill-fated Bionic Woman in September 2007 (5.7); the top drama debut on any network in three years, since ABC’s V in October 2009 (5.2); and the highest-rated 10 PM premiere in five years, since ABC’s Big Shots in September 2007 (4.5). It eclipsed the debut of NBC’s Smash in the slot last season, which aired on the highly promoted night after the Super Bowl with a bigger lead-in from a Super Bowl-boosted The Voice. This is the highest-rated 10 PM drama telecast on any network in almost three years, since a January 2010 episode of ABC’s Private Practice. The only element of concern in Revolution’s big opening is the 14% drop-off between the first and the second half-hour, but this is an issue a lot of 10 PM shows face.

From 8-10 PM, The Voice (4.6/12) was up 12% from its fast national last week. Versus the comparable telecast last season, it was down 23%. NBC won the night in 18-49 (4.4/12) and total viewers (12.8 million). Read More »

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‘Bones’ Producers “Confident” David Boreanaz & Emily Deschanel Will Return

By | Wednesday September 5, 2012 @ 11:50am PDT

Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz are likely to come back for at least one more season of Bonesexecutive producers Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan said today. “They are currently negotiating through Season 9,” Hanson said on a conference call. He added: “We’re pretty confident they’ll come to an agreement.” The contracts of the two leads are up after Season 8. Bones was renewed for its eighth season in March and season debuts on Fox on September 17.

In the spring, Boreanaz seemed to indicate he was leaving or negotiating a new deal in public when he tweeted about “new chapters and new doors” in his career. Boreanaz also said “I’m a free agent after this season. So the Bones farewell tour is in full-swing.” This morning, Hanson and Nathan played down any significance to the actor’s social-media outbursts. “David is a mischievous guy, he loves lobbying hand grenades out. It’s all part of the game to him; I don’t think there is any serious bile to it,” series creator Hanson said. “David loves the show; I think he wants to come back as much as we want him to come back,” Nathan said. Read More »

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‘Bones’ Exec Producer Stephen Nathan Signs New Overall Deal With 20th TV

By | Thursday June 28, 2012 @ 4:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Stephen Nathan, Bones‘ executive producer and creator/exec producer Hart Hanson’s right-hand man, has signed a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind the long-running Fox dramedy. The two-year pact (with an option for a third) keeps Nathan on Bones as the second-in-command to showrunner Hanson. Additionally, Nathan will have the ability to develop new projects for the studio.

Nathan has been on Bones since Day 1 — he was recruited by Hanson to join the show after its pilot episode in 2005. “Stephen and Hart have had such an incredible creative partnership, and Stephen is somebody Hart has relied on in a huge way,” 20th TV chairman Dana Walden said. “Last season, Stephen demonstrated why he is so valuable as he enabled Hart to focus on (Bones spinoff) The Finder as he took on greater responsibilities on Bones and did an amazing job.” Read More »

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Fox Sets Fall Premiere Dates: ‘The X Factor’, ‘Glee’, ‘Bones’, ‘Mob Doctor’ To Debut Early

By | Monday June 18, 2012 @ 10:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox is keeping with the trend this year of rolling out a major portion of its fall lineup outside the official premiere week. The network, which debuted most of its series during premiere week last year, will unspool three nights — Wednesday, Thursday and Monday — in the two weeks leading to premiere week, which this year starts September 24. That includes the season premieres of The X Factor, Glee and Bones and the series debut of The Mob Doctor. The second-season premiere of The X Factor falls on the same week as the third-cycle debut of NBC rival The Voice. Kiefer Sutherland’s drama Touch will be held until end of October, with Kitchen Nightmares warming up its new Friday 8 PM slot until then. Of the nights launching during premiere week, Fox is kicking off its new all-comedy Tuesday with two New Girl originals serving as lead-ins for the network’s two new comedy series, Ben & Kate and The Mindy Project.

NBC last week announced fall premiere dates staggered over two months — from mid-August until mid-October, with only one series, veteran Law & Order: SVU, opening during premiere week. And the CW said at its upfront that it will roll out its lineup in October. Here are Fox’s fall premiere dates:

Wednesday, September 12

8-10 PM  THE X FACTOR (Season Premiere, Part One)

Thursday, September 13

8-9 PM  THE X FACTOR (Season Premiere, Part Two)

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bones’ Solid In Return

By | Tuesday April 3, 2012 @ 10:02am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Bones TV RatingsMore good news for Fox’s Bones, which on Friday was renewed for next season. The crime dramedy solidified its status of Fox’s ultimate utility player with a strong return from a long hiatus in a new time slot. In its Monday 8 PM debut, Bones (2.5/7 in adults 18-49, 8.2 million viewers) was up 4% from its most recent Thursday outing in January, when it was used to launch spinoff The Finder. House (2.2/6) didn’t get much of a bounce in moving back to 9 PM, up a tenth from its last original at 8 PM two weeks ago.

NBC’s The Voice (4.1/11) and ABC’s Dancing With The Stars (2.8/7) continue to cannibalize each other. The Voice was down 9% from last week to a season low, Dancing was down 13% to tie an all-time performance show low. ABC’s Castle (2.2/5) and NBC’s Smash (2.2/5) finished in a tie among adults 18-49. Castle was down two tenths from its fast national last week, Smash was even. Because of overruns from the performance shows that precede them, both dramas will likely be adjusted down in the finals like they were last week. CBS is expected to dominate the night with the NCAA championship game. CBS Sports is yet to release time-adjusted numbers but in the fast nationals, the game is running 7% above last year’s final in 18-49.

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