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NBC To Repeat ‘Hannibal’ Premiere April 10

By | Saturday April 6, 2013 @ 10:14am PDT

The new gothic drama premiered Thursday to OK ratings but will have another chance to audience-build on April 10. That’s when NBC will repeat the premiere of Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal Lecter series, temporarily filling Chicago Fire‘s Wednesday 10 PM slot. Hannibal‘s second episode airs the following night at its regular time, Thursday 10 PM. Chicago Fire returns with new episodes on April 24.

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NBC Eyes ‘Chicago Fire’ Spinoff Series

By | Wednesday March 27, 2013 @ 9:58am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Chicago Fire Spinoff NBCEXCLUSIVE: NBC‘s Chicago Fire has been on a roll, steadily building from a slow start to hit several series highs in midseason, get its freshman order upped from 22 to 24 episodes and cement a second-season renewal. Now I hear the Dick Wolf-produced firefighter drama may also get a spinoff series. Details are sketchy, but I hear the proposed spinoff is also a Chicago-set procedural about another Public Safety division, the police. I hear the cop drama about the Chicago Police Department is being developed by Chicago Fire creators/executive producers Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, executive producer Matt Olmstead and executive producer Wolf, whose company Wolf Films produces Chicago Fire with Universal TV. Word is that the new show would start off as a planted spinoff with Chicago Fire‘s first season finale directed by Joe Chappelle. It is still being sorted out which Chicago Fire actors may transfer to the spinoff series. Chicago Fire‘s recurring cast includes Chicago PD Detective Antonio Dawson, played by Jon Seda.

While networks usually wait at least two seasons until they use a successful series to launch a spinoff, given the state of NBC, where Chicago Fire is one of few bright spots, the urgency is understandable. Especially when someone of Wolf’s experience spinning off procedural dramas is involved. Wolf is the creator of Law & Order, which successfully spawned two series — Law & Order: SVU and … Read More »

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NBC Announces ‘America’s Got Talent’ Return Date & Season Finales

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 1:16pm PDT

With new judges Heidi Klum and former Spice Girl Mel B joining Howard Stern and Howie Mandel, America’s Got Talent will return for its eighth season June 4, NBC said today. Live episodes will start July 23-24.

Related: ‘The Office’ Series Finale Set For May 16

As AGT settles in for the summer, several NBC shows will wrap their seasons. The Voice, which returns to the schedule Monday, will conclude with a live two-hour season finale June 18. Also back Monday after being off since late November, Revolution ends its freshman season May 27. Hannibal, which debuts April 4, is scheduled to end its first season June 27. Chicago Fire will wrap its first season May 27. The comedies The New Normal, Go On and 1600 Penn will air their season finales April 2, April 11 and March 28, respectively. Parks And Recreation will conclude its season May 2, with Community‘s season finale May 9. Grimm will end its run this year May 17, Law & Order: SVU on May 22. Reality series Fashion Star ends its second season May 10, and The Celebrity Apprentice will complete its current season May 19 with a two-hour episode.

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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 a slow start, Chicago Fire has found its groove, enjoying a ratings surge in January when its three originals posted the series’ three biggest overall audiences to date and three of its four highest adult 18-49 ratings. The show has now topped its premiere 1.9 demo rating four times and its premiere viewership (6.6 million) six times, including with the Jan. 2 show which posted Live+Same Day series highs of a 2.4/7 in 18-49 and 8.5 million viewers overall. The order upgrades for Chicago Fire come amidst disappointing premiere ratings for NBC’s new midseason drama Do No Harm (0.9 in 18-49) and the second season of Smash (1.2). Chicago Fire is exec produced by Dick Wolf, Danielle Gelber, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Matt Olmstead and Peter Jankowski.

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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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‘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 to earn a back 9 order. The Dick Wolf-produced series then kept steady and started to grow, hitting series highs earlier this month. Now it has been given an order for one extra episode, bringing its freshman season to 23 episodes.

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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) rose a solid 25% from its last original while Modern Family (4.7/12) was up 12%. Modern Family was also the most watched show of the night, pulling in 11.961 million viewers in its 9 PM slot. Suburgatory (2.7/7) went up 23% from its last original on December 5 and Nashville (2.0/6) flexed a bit of country muscle to rise 5% from five weeks back. CBS started the night with the celebrity reality special I Get That A Lot (2.0/6) on Wednesday. With Jane Seymour, Cheech Marin and late Dallas star Larry Hagman among the famous faces working in everyday jobs, the show was down 13% from last year’s special on January 4, 2012.  Following that, there was more celeb action with the two-hour live People’s Choice Awards (2.6/7). With 9.64 million watching, the annual award show got a slight 4% ratings rise over last year’s broadcast on January 11, 2012. With an average audience of 9.010 million, CBS won the night in total viewers while ABC was tops with Adults 18-49.

Over on NBC, Whitney (1.4/4) was down 22% from last week and Guys With Kids (1.3/4) was down 24%. Both shows had come back very … 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.

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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 it was a scene being filmed for NBC‘s freshman drama Chicago Fire. “One wing was knocked off; I don’t know if this just happened,” anchor Robin Baumgarten said at around 8 AM local time as the station’s Skycam tried to show the scene at the intersection of 29th and Martin Luther King Drive. “It looks like a giant hole in the street,” said fellow anchor Larry Potash. What the anchors could not see (as this photo from the Chicago Tribune displays), was that the area was covered in signage indicating filming was in progress. “All the usual protocol for this type of filming was followed,” said a spokesman for Universal TV, which co-produces the series with Wolf Films.

The station showed the scene for several minutes before Potash got word on air that what they were seeing was part of a TV production. “They might want to tell the news folks,” said an visibly annoyed Baumgarten. “Are you kidding me?  29th and King Drive, it’s OK. It’s all for a TV show, even though you see that plane in the road,” she added. The Chicago Fire Department admitted later that info about the filming was not widely distributed, says the Chicago 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 help from NBC’s soft Wednesday lineup. But it has held its own, sometime building from the first to the second half-hour, a rare feat for a 10 PM series. And last night, with a strong lead-in, it perked up to finish No.1 in the hour. “We all love this thrilling new drama with its sexy breakout cast,” NBC’s Jennifer Salke said. “We are excited to see it gaining traction on our schedule.”

Chicago Fire is averaging a 2.4/7 in adults 18-49 and 8.0 million viewers overall in “most current” averages through the season’s first six weeks. The series is created/exec produced by Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, with Matt Olmstead serving as showrunner. Taylor Kinney, Jesse Spencer, Eamonn Walker, Monica Raymund, Charlie Barnett and David Eigenberg star. Chicago Fire first got a five-script order from NBC before converting that into a full-season order. NBC has now given full-season orders to freshmen Revolution, Chicago Fire, Go On and The New Normal and has cancelled Animal Practice. Also expected to get a back order is new comedy Guys With Kids, which has a five-script pickup but was pre-empted last night to accommodate The Voice.

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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 was most dramatic for NBC (+1.2 18-49 rating), which subbed its low-rated Wednesday comedies and Law & Order: SVU with a special live edition of The Voice, which was displaced from Tuesday because of election coverage. The Voice (3.7/10) was down sharply, by 20%, from its Tuesday telecast last week but still handily won vs. rival The X Factor (2.6/7, even with last Wednesday’s fast national) to finish as the No.2 program of the night in the demo behind ABC’s Modern Family. The Voice widened its margin of victory from the first time the two singing competition series went head-to-head in September, when The Voice logged a 3.3 vs. 2.7 for X Factor. The Voice also gave a big boost to rookie Chicago Fire (2.3/6), which shot up 53% from last week’s fast national for a series high and first No. 1 finish in the 10 PM hour (tie). (Chicago Fire‘s lead-in last night was up 118% from last week’s SVU broadcast.) It was a great sampling opportunity for Chicago Fire; we’ll have to wait until next week to see how many new viewers will come back. For now, NBC is basking in its first in-season … 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 With Kids. After dropping 21% in Week 2, Chicago Fire rebounded last night, up 20% from last Wednesday to a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. It was helped by its lead-in, the 300th episode of veteran Law & Order: SVU (1.8, up 13%). Both series hail from Wolf Films and Universal TV.

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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 husband. The pending deal comes on the heels of Appleby booking a recurring role on the second season of the HBO comedy Girls. She is with Gersh and manager John Carrabino.

Amanda Fuller has been cast as a new regular on the second season of the ABC comedy Last Man Standing. She will portray Tim Allen and Nancy Travis’ oldest daughter Kristin, played in the first season by Alexandra Krosney. This is one of several recastings the series is undergoing heading into its sophomore season. Fuller, repped by Global Artists Agency and Thruline, recently recurred on Grey’s Anatomy.

Canadian Emily Bett Rickards has landed a recurring role on the new CW drama Arrow, which takes on the Green Arrow comics. She will play Felicity Smoak, a DC Comics character known for her technical expertise. Smoak on Arrow is a similar character, an IT wunderkind at Queen Consolidated.

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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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