Ratings Rat Race: ‘American Idol’ Hits New Low, ‘Modern Family’ Tops It For First Time, ‘Chicago Fire’ Posts 1st Victory Over ‘CSI’

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 9:29am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s American Idol continues its slide, logging a third consecutive week of in-season Wednesday lows. Last night’s two-hour show posted a 3.8/11 among adults 18-49, down 7% from last Wednesday, and 13.1 million viewers, down 8%. Last night’s 3.8 demo rating (which will likely be adjusted up to a 3.9 in the finals), last Wednesday’s 4.1 and the Wednesday before’s 4.3 now rank as the three lowest in-season Wednesday results for Idol. Overall, it was Idol‘s worst Wednesday performance since the show’s very first cycle, which aired in summer 2002 — the smallest audience since August 14, 2002 and lowest adults 18-49 rating since July 3, 2002. It also matched all-time Wednesday lows in adults 18-34.

Meanwhile, ABC’s Modern Family (3.9/10) matched its fast national from last week to post its first 18-49 win over Idol. (Both series will likely go up a tenth in the finals, leaving Modern Family as No. 1 for the night.) Read More »

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‘Chicago Fire’s Order Upped Again To 24

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 7:11pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has tacked another hour on to the freshman season of drama Chicago Fire, bringing its order to 24 episodes. The network first ordered one extra episode last week, followed by another episode pickup yesterday. After … 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 … Read More »

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‘Chicago Fire’s Order Upped By One Episode

By | Monday January 28, 2013 @ 6:34pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: NBC’s freshman Chicago Fire has been a late bloomer. The firefighter drama did not premiere until October. It started off slow but held onto its lead-in and did just well enough in its first few airings … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC Comedies Up, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Hits Season High, ‘I Get That A Lot’ Down

By | Thursday January 10, 2013 @ 9:17am PST

ABC saw its Wednesday comedies return from the winter break and rise from last month’s season lows. The Middle (2.4/7) was up 14% from its December 12 airing. The Neighbors (2.0/6) … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Chicago Fire’ Hits High, ‘Mobbed’ Down, NBC Wins Night

By | Thursday January 3, 2013 @ 9:10am PST

NBC wasted no time kicking off the New Year in primetime. The network ran a full lineup of new broadcasts last night with double-digit jumps across the board. Whitney (1.8/5) started the night with its highest rating since its Wednesday debut almost a year ago. The sitcom was up 29% from its last original December 12. A new Guys With Kids (1.7/5) followed, up 21% from its last new show December 5, a time slot 18-49 demo high for the series. After that was Law & Order: SVU (2.1/5): The procedural was up a solid 31% from its last original almost a month ago and tied its highest rating since November 30, 2011. Capping off the night for NBC was Chicago Fire (2.4/6), up 26% from its last original episode December 19. That’s a season high for the freshman drama, beating its previous November 7 record. Chicago Fire also had a viewership high of 8.41 million Wednesday, besting its previous record of 7.2 million on December 5. With an audience of 6.942 million, NBC won the night in total viewers and adults 18-49.

Fox also had new programming with back-to-back episodes of Mobbed at 8 PM (1.0/3) and 9 PM (1.1/3). The return of the Howie Mandel-hosted hidden camera and flash mob-themed reality series fell hard from the 3.0 rating its last original episode garnered on February 8, 2012. Of course, back then Mobbed had American Idol as a lead-in, which was not the case last night. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘X Factor’ Performance Finale Down From 2011, Miss Universe & ‘Chicago Fire’ Up

By | Thursday December 20, 2012 @ 9:15am PST

On its second-to-last show of Season 2, The X Factor (2.7/8) came down to its last three finalists Wednesday night on Fox. The singing series was up a slight 4% over last week’s show and saw a 6% rise in total viewers to 8.3 million. However, in a season that has been consistently tracking below last year, last night’s episode was down 18% among adults 18-49 from the December 21, 2011 performance final. With that said, Fox won the night in total viewers and in the 18-49 demo.

Related: Simon Cowell Confirms LA Reid’s ‘X-Factor’ Exit

The Voice may be over for the season, but NBC is still in the competition business. Last night saw the network air the Miss Universe pageant (1.8/5). Rhode Island native Olivia Culpo brought the crown back to America for the first time in more than a decade in the NBC-Donald Trump co-owned competition, which saw a 13% rise in 18-49 over last year’s September 12 broadcast. With 6.1 million viewers, Miss Universe was the most-watched broadcast of the show since 2008. Chicago Fire (1.9/5) followed at 10 PM and was up 36% over last week. The result matched its second-highest rating in its first season — bested only by a November 7 airing after a Wednesday broadcast of The Voice. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: NBC Lineup Up, ‘Middle’, ‘Arrow’ & Grammy Noms Down Wednesday

By | Friday December 7, 2012 @ 8:47am PST
Nellie Andreeva

There is an avalanche of ratings this morning as Nielsen has released both the delayed Wednesday numbers and the fast nationals for last night. Before we move to Thursday night, here’s a snapshot of the broadcast network’s Wednesday night performance.

There was an invisible tide lifting NBC’s underperforming Wednesday lineup. Whitney (1.3/4) was up 18% from its last original two weeks ago. Guys With Kids (1.4/4) was up 27%, Law & Order: SVU (1.6/4) up 23% and Chicago Fire (1.9/5) up 36%. Freshman Chicago Fire posted a series high in total viewers (7.2 million) and matched its best 18-49 result logged by the series premiere and tied for first place in the 10 PM hour. Read More »

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Broken News: Local TV Station Reports Staged ‘Chicago Fire’ Plane Crash As Real

By | Friday November 30, 2012 @ 1:17pm PST

Looks like someone didn’t get the memo. WGN Chicago urgently reported this morning on a plane crash “in the middle of the road” on the south side of the city. What the TV station didn’t realize was that … Read More »

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NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire’ Gets Back Nine Order

By | Thursday November 8, 2012 @ 5:23pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

On the heels of hitting series highs last night behind a two-hour Voice, NBC’s freshman Chicago Fire has received a full-season pickup. The firefighter drama, from Wolf Films and Universal TV, has been a modest performer with little … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Arrow’ Grows; ‘Suburgatory’ & ‘Chicago Fire’ Hit Highs

By | Thursday November 8, 2012 @ 10:07am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The adults 18-49 usage from 8-11 PM last night was up 12% from last Wednesday, which was Halloween. The tide lifted almost all ships as all networks but Fox posted week-to-week gains on the night.

As could be expected, the improvement … Read More »

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‘Chicago Fire’ Gets Order For Five Scripts

By | Thursday October 25, 2012 @ 10:41am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Chicago Fire Script OrderOn the heels of its ratings climb last night, NBC‘s freshman drama Chicago Fire has received an order for five additional scripts. It is the same script order NBC recently gave freshman comedy Guys Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Chicago Fire’ Rises, ‘Nashville’ Flat, World Series’ Game 1 Down

By | Thursday October 25, 2012 @ 9:53am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

There was encouraging news for freshman dramas Chicago Fire (1.8/5 in adults 18-49, up 20% from last week) and Nashville (2.0/6, flat) last night after those alarming 21% and 29% second-week drops last Wednesday. Both shows are still a ways off from challenging 12-year-old CSI (2.4/6 in 18-49, up 4%) for the top spot in the 10 PM hour. But finding the bottom or, in the case of Chicago Fire, bouncing back in Week 3 is a good sign, especially against the World Series. Chicago Fire was helped by its lead-in, the 300th episode of Law & Order: SVU (1.8/5), which was up 13% from last week.

Fox is expected to win Wednesday with Game 1 of the World Series. Time zone-adjusted ratings won’t be available until later today, but in the fast nationals the game between the Giants and the Tigers (3.2/9 in 18-49) is down 18% from last year’s opening game and is expected to stay in negative territory. Last fall’s Game 1 of the World Series also was down year-to-year, by 11% in 18-49, as neither series has featured a big audience draw like the Yankees or Red Sox. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: Strong Start For ‘Arrow’, ‘Nashville’ Debut OK, ‘Chicago Fire’ Low

By | Thursday October 11, 2012 @ 9:35am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It felt like Premiere Week last night with three new series debuting as the major networks held back their rollouts to avoid a pre-emption from the first presidential debate last Wednesday and the CW opted for a late fall launch this year.

The CW received good ratings news for the premiere of Arrow, which drew a very big for CW standards audience of 4 million to become the network’s most-watched series premiere since flagship The Vampire Diaries. This was the CW’s largest viewership in the Wednesday 8 PM time period in three and a half years, since the May 2009 season finale of America’s Next Top Model, and the most watched CW telecast on any night in three years, since November 11 2009.

What’s more, Arrow (1.3/4 in adults 18-49, 1.1/4 in 18-34) tied NBC in the 8 PM hour in total viewers, 18-49 and 18-34. The higher 18-49 number for the superhero drama indicates a broader, older-skewing show in the vein of Nikita vs. the CW’s normal fare. Arrow also boosted its lead-out, veteran Supernatural (2.6 million, 1.0/3), which jumped 40% in viewers from its season premiere last week. Read More »

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Shiri Appleby Poised To Recur On NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire’ & More TV Castings

By | Friday August 10, 2012 @ 1:55pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Shiri Appleby is finalizing a deal for a recurring role on NBC’s new firefighter drama Chicago Fire produced by Dick Wolf. She will play Clarice, the ex-girlfriend of Shay (Lauren German) who is pregnant and married to a rich … Read More »

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Dick Wolf Says ‘Chicago Fire’ Is No Procedural: TCA

By | Tuesday July 24, 2012 @ 1:30pm PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Dick Wolf made a rare appearance during NBC‘s TCA presentation this morning at the Beverly Hilton to trot out Wolf Films’ first non-Law & Order-branded series in six years, the new firefighter drama Chicago Fire. He assured critics that the show isn’t anything close to his usual procedural but proved too fascinating a subject to resist. “There are very few franchises or areas that give you the opportunity to really explore character,” Wolf, flanked by his cast, said. “It’s not fire of the week. It’s a character study about people who do things that you can’t pay people to do. You can’t pay people to run into burning buildings. So it is a canvas for good writing. And writing that you haven’t seen for a while on network television. It is a big, full broadcast show with multi characters and multi storylines going. And the writers room could be put in a book about screenwriting.” Wolf insisted the show is designed in the same tone as what he called NBC “platinum dramas” from the past like ER, Hill Street Blues — and Law & Order. “It’s hopefully in the tradition of these shows that have become, for better of for worse, iconic,” Wolf added. “These shows are never written down to the audience. It all goes back to the writing. There’s never been a good show with bad writing, and there’s few bad shows with good writing. Quality does out…The secret of success on television is writing. That’s it.” Read More »

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Matt Olmstead To Run NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire’

By | Tuesday May 15, 2012 @ 12:04pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Matt Olmstead Chicago FireBreakout Kings co-creator/executive producer Matt Olmstead is joining NBC’s new drama series Chicago Fire as executive producer/showrunner. Written by feature writers Derek Haas and Michael Brandt (3:10 To Yuma), Chicago Fire chronicles the lives of … Read More »

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NBC First Look Teasers: 2012-13 New Shows

Nellie Andreeva

Sitcoms expand to four nights this fall including Tuesday and Friday nights. New dramas from Dick Wolf and JJ Abrams. Here’s your first look:

NBC’s Save Me - Comedy
Produced by Sony Pictures Television and Original Film. Novelist John Scott Shepherd is executive producer/creator along with executive producer/director Scott Winant and executive producers Neal H. Moritz, Vivian Cannon, and Alexa Junge:

NBC’s 1600 Penn - Comedy
Produced by 20th Century Fox. From executive producer/director Jason Winer. The executive producers are Winer (who also directed the pilot), Gad and former White House speechwriter Jon Lovett:

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NBC Renews ‘Law & Order: SVU’, Picks Up ‘Chicago Fire’, Inks New Deal With Dick Wolf

By | Wednesday May 9, 2012 @ 10:08am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Dick Wolf NBC Law & OrderI’ve learned that NBC has closed a deal to renew Dick Wolf‘s veteran procedural Law & Order: SVU for a 14th season. Additionally, the network has given a series order to the … Read More »

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