RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Dramas, ‘Criminal Minds’ & ‘Nashville’ Rise, ‘Modern Family’ & CW Dramas Slip

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 9:20am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Criminal_Minds_Season_9_Episode_20NBC’s Wednesday lineup returned refreshed from a break. Revolution (1.3) was up a tenth from its last original on March 19, Law & Order: SVU (1.7) was up 13%, and Chicago PD (1.6) was up 14%. On the opposite side, the CW dramas were down. Arrow (0.8) fell 11% from last week. After a promising start, new drama The 100 (0.6) posted a second week of double-digit declines, down 14% and falling under 2 million viewers (1.9 million). There was little change at the other networks. Fox’s two-hour American Idol (2.1) matched last Wednesday’s fast national. CBS’ Survivor (2.2) slipped a tenth from last week but still edged Idol in the demo for a fourth consecutive week. Criminal Minds (2.5) was up 14% from its last original two weeks ago and is poised to edge Idol in 18-49 in the 9 PM hour for the first time, while CSI (1.9) was down a tenth. Read More »

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CBS Renews 9 Drama Series, 5 Comedies, 2 Reality Shows For Next Season; No ‘Mentalist’, ‘Crazy Ones’ Or ‘Intelligence’

By | Thursday March 13, 2014 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

cbs-logo__120711164808__121116195436__130108233101__130716162250__130926192712__131121001522“With the addition of the NFL on Thursday night our schedule is pretty darn tight,” CBS’ CEO Les Moonves told investors this week, indicating the network planned to only add two new drama and two new comedy series for next season. Here is the proof of just how tight the network’s 2014-15 schedule is shaping up to be. As it does every year, in one fell swoop the network has renewed the bulk of its lineup. That includes nine drama series — flagship NCIS, NCIS: LA, Criminal Minds, Person Of Interest, Elementary, CSI, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods and critical darling The Good Wife — and five comedies: 2 Broke Girls, freshman The Millers and the three Chuck Lorre series, veteran Two And A Half Men, Mike & Molly and freshman Mom. They join Lorre’s The Big Bang Theory, which was just given a big three-season pickup. On the reality side, The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss are being renewed, joining Survivor, which is set for a milestone 30th cycle next season, as well as newsmagazines 60 Minutes and 48 Hours. All in all, 20 programs.

Related: CBS Will Launch ‘Big Bang Theory’ On Different Night As NFL Begins

still-mentalist-season-6-episode-11Not picked up is The Mentalist, the veteran procedural’s first time not being among the early renewals. The long-running drama has been on the bubble and, unlike Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods or The Good Wife, whose ratings have been on par or lower, Mentalist is not owned by CBS, making off-network money for the company the way the other three shows do. But The Mentalist is a very important property for Warner Bros TV with a very lucrative syndication deal and strong international sales, so expect the studio to fight hard for a seventh-season renewal, especially after the post-Red John creative reboot of the show was deemed successful. (The Mentalist creator/showrunner Bruno Heller’s expected departure to run his new series, Gotham at Fox, is not expected to be a major factor in the decision-making.) Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Survivor’ Tops ‘Idol’ For First Time Ever, ‘Mixology’ & ‘Suburgatory’ Hit Lows, ‘SVU’ & ‘Modern Family’ Steady

By | Thursday March 13, 2014 @ 9:10am PDT

survivor march 12 2In its third week of its 28th season, CBS’ reality veteran Survivor finally topped Fox rival American Idol head-to-head for the very first time in the key adults 18-49 demo and in viewers. Survivor pulled in a 2.5/8 rating and 9.86 million viewers Wednesday night, with a live two-hour Idol drawing a 2.3/8 rating and an audience of 9.57 million in their common hour of 8-9 PM. The real question now is if those numbers will hold, with pre-emptions on CBS in about 2% of the country due to ACC and SEC college basketball games. Survivor: Cagayan was up 4% from last week in the demo and up 2% in viewers on a night that saw one of the tribes actively throw a challenge and still beat another tribe that stumbled from bad to worse. All of which means that there was a lot of bad blood when the inevitable came and a contestant was sent home.

Criminal Minds (2.3/7), Survivor‘s lead-out and the night’s most-watched show with 10.72 million viewers, fell 12% from last week. On the other hand, after going down last week, CSI (2.0/6) was up 18% this week.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ Steady, ‘SVU’, ‘Chicago PD’ & ‘Arrow’ Fall, ‘Criminal Minds’ & ‘Suburgatory’ Rise

By | Thursday March 6, 2014 @ 9:03am PST

AI MARCH 5It was all American Idol (2.7/8) as usual last night on Fox with things up a bit from last week. The 2-hour live show saw this season’s Top 12 belting out tunes, including Emily Piriz taking on Jennifer Lopez’s “Let’s Get Loud” right in front of the judge herself. It also saw Idol bopping up 4% from last week’s demo rating and steady in total viewers with 10.5 million, in line with the 10.6 million total from the show’s February 26 episode. Fox won the night among the key demo and among total viewers. CBS’ Criminal Minds was tops for the night in total viewers with 11.37 million and second  in the key demo with a 2.6/7, an 18% rise over last week. Criminal Minds did beat Idol again in viewers head-to-head, as the Fox show pulled in 10.58 million during their common hour. The demo result was also the closest the CBS show has ever gotten to Idol. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ Inches Up, ‘Criminal Minds’ 200th Episode Rises

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 9:14am PST
Nellie Andreeva

200thLast night we bid adieu to the regular broadcast schedule as we switch to Olympics mode for the next two and a half weeks, starting tonight, the first time Olympics games have started with primetime coverage the day before the opening … Read More »

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CBS Buys Crime Drama From Fake Empire & ‘Criminal Minds’ EP Janine Sherman Barrois

By | Wednesday October 9, 2013 @ 12:14pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: CBS is teaming with Criminal Minds executive producer Janine Sherman Barrois for a new crime drama project, this time more serialized. Titled Jigsaw, the project hails from Criminal Minds producer ABC Studios and … Read More »

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Paget Brewster Back On ‘Criminal Minds’ For 200th Episode

By | Monday September 30, 2013 @ 1:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Look who’s coming back to CBSCriminal Minds. Former cast member Paget Brewster is set to reprise her character Emily Prentiss on the upcoming 200th episode of the veteran crime drama, which will air later … Read More »

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‘Criminal Minds’ EP Janine Sherman Barrois Signs Overall Deal With ABC Studios

By | Friday August 2, 2013 @ 8:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Criminal Minds executive producer Janine Sherman Barrois has closed a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios, the studio behind the veteran CBS crime drama. Under the pact, Barrois will continue on Criminal Minds, where … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Modern Family’, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ & ‘Criminal Minds’ Hit Finale Lows, ‘Masterchef’ Down In Season Debut

By | Thursday May 23, 2013 @ 9:07am PDT

The final night of the 2012-2013 TV season saw six finales and one season debut. On ABC, Wednesday marked the Season 4 finale of Modern Family (3.6/11) at 9 PM. In a season that saw the comedy post its first adults 18-49 win over American Idol, last night’s episode dipped 3% from its May 14 show. While the highest-rated show of the night by far, Family also fell 12% from its Season 3 end on May 23, 2012 to hit an all-time season-finale low. That result could change a bit in the final numbers as the extra minute of Family is factored in. Last week, the show went up from its 3.5 in fast affiliate rating to a 3.6 later in the day. The Season 4 finale of The Middle (2.0/7) started ABC’s primetime last night, with the sitcom was up a slight 5% from last week and even with last year’s May 23, 2012 finale. A Modern Family (1.6/5) encore followed at 8:30 PM. How To Live With You Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life) (2.2/6) was the only non-finale original on ABC last night. The newbie comedy was up 10% from its May 14 show. Nashville (1.9/5) wrapped its freshman cycle with cliffhangers-galore show that saw a 12% rise from last week.

Related: CBS Wins Season; ABC Tops Adults 18-49 In Final Week

A two-hour Criminal Minds (2.7/8) finale was the only original on CBS last night. Literally ending with a bang, the Season 8 ender of the recently renewed procedural series was up 4% from its May 14 episode but down a hard 25% from last season’s two-hour finale on May 16, 2012. Though the most watched show of the night with 10.80 million viewers, that’s a finale low for the series. With 8.982 million watching, CBS won the night in total viewers and tied with ABC (2.2) in adults 18-49. Read More »

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‘Criminal Minds’ Stars Close Deals To Return, Series Renewed For Ninth Season

By | Thursday May 9, 2013 @ 2:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After a week of intense negotiations, a couple of deadlines and best and final offers, Criminal Minds leads Thomas Gibson and Joe Mantegna and co-stars Shemar Moore, Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook have all signed new two-year deals to continue on the veteran CBS crime … Read More »

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Thomas Gibson & Joe Mantegna Near Deals To Return To ‘Criminal Minds’ But Kirsten Vangsness & A.J. Cook May Not Come Back

By | Monday May 6, 2013 @ 4:48pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS’ long-running crime drama Criminal Minds once again is going down to the wire in securing the cast (and in this case a renewal) for next season. I’ve learned that after a long pause in the talks, Criminal Minds stars Thomas Gibson, Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook, whose deals are up at the end of this season, received final offers from producer ABC Studios and CBS on Friday. I hear the studio and network put a clock on the negotiations, which have to conclude by end of day tomorrow for the series to get renewed. I hear leads Gibson and Mantegna, whose re-signing is considered crucial to the the pickup, are close to new agreements though sources caution that no deals have been made yet, while Moore is deep in negotiations but far apart on the money.

Kirsten Vagsness A.J. Cook Criminal Minds ContractsMeanwhile, I hear fan favorite Vangsness and Cook have turned down the offers, and with the clock ticking, it is unclear whether the two would come back next season. I hear the duo, who are negotiating together, have decided to take a stand on the treatment of female cast members on the show as the two have consistently been been paid less than half of what all of their male counterparts — not just stars Gibson and Mantegna — are making. With the new offers again positioning them well below all other cast members, I hear Vangsness and Cook are willing to walk if they don’t get some parity with their co-stars. Read More »

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‘Criminal Minds’ Showrunner Erica Messer Signs New Deal; Is The Cast Next?

By | Thursday May 2, 2013 @ 11:06am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Criminal Minds executive producer/showrunner Erica Messer has closed a new two-year overall deal with ABC Studios. Under the pact, she is set to continue as showrunner on the studio’s veteran crime drama. Locking in Messer has been considered key to Criminal Minds‘ renewal. CBS did not pick up the show for another season along with its other series because of too many uncertainties as Messer and key cast members Thomas Gibson, Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook all had no deals beyond this season. ABC Studios and CBS are yet to lock in the actors, but Messer’s deal is expected to help the process. I hear besides money, a major holdup in the actors’ negotiations had been the fact that it was unclear who would run the show next season. Messer is very well liked among the cast and crew of Criminal Minds, so her coming back would likely help the actors commit. Of course, the studio and network also have to bridge the salary gaps between what the actors ask for and what they offer, by most accounts nominal raises.

Less than two weeks before CBS’ upfront presentation, I hear there has been little movement on the money issue, leading to speculation that CBS may come out with a best and final offer. The actors don’t negotiate together, so it is conceivable that CBS renews the show with some of the cast signed and continues negotiations with the others after the upfront. That happened two years ago when Gibson and Moore’s contracts were up. Moore closed before the upfronts, while Gibson’s deal didn’t close until late June. And if CBS, which is footing the bill on the show, decides to play hardball and not renew Criminal Minds if agreements with actors could not be reached, the series could potentially move to ABC, whose sibling ABC Studios is reaping the financial benefits of the show’s lucrative off-network deal and strong sales around the world — the way CBS took in NBC’s Medium several years ago. Most insiders stress such a nuclear option is extremely unlikely, and CBS will find a way to bring Criminal Minds for a ninth season. Read More »

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CBS Unveils Details About Season Finales

By | Friday April 12, 2013 @ 11:06am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS today announced details about the upcoming finales of its series, whose dates were unveiled last month. Here are some highlights:

Undercover Boss will end its fourth season with two episodes featuring the top bosses and the top employees from all previous seasons. Survivor: Caramoan‘s reunion show will … Read More »

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CBS Renews ‘Elementary’, ‘The Good Wife’, ‘Blue Bloods’, ‘NCIS: LA’, ‘POI’, ‘Mentalist’, ’2 Broke Girls’, ‘Mike & Molly’, ‘Hawaii’

By | Wednesday March 27, 2013 @ 12:51pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS kept the tradition of renewing most of its slate in one fell swoop. Demonstrating its signature stability, the network has picked up most of its current series for next season, with two major exceptions: veteran … Read More »

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CBS Sets Season Finale Dates

By | Monday March 11, 2013 @ 10:15am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS has announced the finale dates for its current series. The Good Wife will keep the tradition of bowing out early, closing its second season April 28. Veteran Criminal Minds will pull down the curtain for the network on the final day of the season, May 22. Here is the full list:  Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ & ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Down, ‘Modern Family’ & ‘Criminal Minds’ Hit Lows, ‘Arrow’ Up

By | Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 9:09am PST

Four weeks into its 12th season, American Idol (4.6/13) started Hollywood Week Part 1 with contestants gathered from all over the country. Last night it was male contestants only for the first time. Down 15% from last week’s fast nationals, the Fox series was still the night’s most watched show with 14.18 million viewers. Fox won Wednesday overall in total viewers and adults 18-49

In the first part of a Super Bowl-promoted crossover with spinoff CSI: NY, the original CSI (2.4/7) was down from its last original two weeks ago. The long-running series slipped 8% from the season-high match for its January 23 airing. Still winning its 10 PM time slot, CSI pulled in 10.93 million viewers, down from the 11.49 million who watched two weeks ago. The two-parter ends on Friday’s CSI: NY. CBS started the night with an encore of Person Of Interest (1.2/4) followed by a new Criminal Minds (2.7/7), which was the night’s second-most-watched show with 11.83 million viewers. It was down 13% from its last original January 23 to tie a series low. Read More »

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

By | Saturday January 12, 2013 @ 11:10am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Violence on TV has been a major topic during the current TCA press tour, and along with references to the recent massacres in Aurora and Newtown, the discussion frequently included CBS‘ dark and violent serial killer procedural … Read More »

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‘Criminal Minds’ Episode Helmed By Thomas Gibson Reunites Erica Messer And Ken Olin

By | Thursday November 29, 2012 @ 1:02pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: A decade ago, Criminal Minds executive producer/ showrunner Erica Messer landed her first staff writing job on the ABC spy drama Alias. During her two-season stint on the show, she wrote three episodes, all of them directed by Alias executive producer/director Ken Olin. Now the two get to work together again on an episode of a primetime drama written by Messer, this time with Olin in front of the camera: Actor-turned-director Olin is set to guest star in an upcoming episode of CBS’ Criminal Minds, which will shoot in  January and air in February. Fittingly, the episode will mark the drama directing debut of another actor venturing behind the camera, Criminal Minds star Thomas Gibson.

In the episode, the BAU travels to the Eastern Shore of Maryland to investigate the disappearance of two teenage girls. All roads lead to their father, Bruce (Olin), who despite his professed innocence looks more and more guilty with each turn. With time running out, the team uncovers a dark family secret that leads to a shocking conclusion. “I am beyond thrilled to have Ken Olin bring this character to life and can’t wait for Thomas to have a shot behind the camera,” Messer said. Read More »

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Mandy Patinkin Disses CBS ‘Criminal Minds’: “My Biggest Public Mistake”

By | Thursday September 13, 2012 @ 11:49pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

While praising his latest series, Showtime’s Homeland, Mandy Patinkin had some harsh words about his previous show, CBS‘ crime drama Criminal Minds. Patinkin left two consecutive CBS series after the second season — medical drama Chicago Hope, which … Read More »

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