Adam Rodriguez and Rachael Harris have joined the cast of Lovesick. The duo will star with Matt LeBlanc, Ali Larter, Chevy Chase and Kristin Johnson in the indie romantic comedy. Lovesick tells the tale of Charlie Darby, a sweet high school principal who goes off the rails whenever he falls in love. Rodriguez will play Jason, the married best friend to LeBlanc’s Charlie character. Harris will play Roberta, an aggressive date of Charlie’s. Luke Mathaney, who won an Oscar in 2011 for his short film God of Love, is directing Lovesick. Dean Young wrote the screenplay and is an executive producer on the film. Michael Roiff and Travus Pope are producing, with Rachel Berk and Josh Goldstein co-producing. Lovesick is currently filming in Los Angeles. Rodriguez currently appears in Steve Soderbourgh’s Magic Mike. Before jumping to the big screen, the actor was best known for his role of Eric Delko as on CBS’ now cancelled CSI: Miami for 10 seasons. Harris has starred in The Diary of A Wimpy Kid franchise as well as appeared in The Hangover, The Soloist and Natural Selection. Harris is repped by UTA, managers Principato-Young Entertainment and attorney Rick Genow. Rodriguez is repped by Global Artists Agency and managed by A Management Company.
EXCLUSIVE: Rex Linn has joined the cast of Devil’s Knot. Linn will play Chief Inspector Gary Gitchell in the Atom Egoyen-directed feature about the wrongfully convicted and wrongly imprisoned West Memphis 3. He joins Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon Alessandro Nivola and more in the film. The real-life Gitchell, who left the Memphis police force a few months after the three teens’ convictions in an Arkansas triple homicide, was the lead investigator in the 1993 case. Linn played Detective Frank Tripp on CSI: Miami, which CBS cancelled last month after 10 seasons. Linn also appears in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Django Unchained. Elizabeth Fowler, Clark Peterson, Richard Saperstein and Christopher Woodrow are producing Devil’s Knot. Molly Conners, Sarah Johnson Redlich, Maria Cestone and Hoyt David Morgan are executive producers alongside WM3 defendants Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin. Rex Linn is repped by ROAR.
Horatio Caine is taking off his shades for good– CBS just confirmed that indeed, CSI: Miami will not be back next season. This is the first series from the CSI franchise to get off the air. Despite strong international sales and a fresh off-network syndication deal with AMC that would’ve covered an 11th season, CSI: Miami was the more expensive of the two spinoffs. Here is a statement from the network:
“CSI: Miami” leaves an amazing television legacy – a signature look and style, global popularity and as a key player in CBS’s rise to the top over the past decade. We thank all the producers – led by Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Ann Donahue — and its talented cast, led by David Caruso, for 10 outstanding seasons. Viewers around the world will continue to enjoy rebroadcasts of “CSI: Miami” in syndication and on key digital platforms for many years to come.”
EXCLUSIVE: After almost a decade without an agent, CSI: Miami star David Caruso has signed with WME. He will be repped by a team led by WME Global head Graham Taylor, who will work with Caruso’s longtime manager Jason Weinberg and attorney Jamie Mandelbaum. NYPD Blue alum Caruso stars as Lieutenant Horatio Caine on the long-running CBS crime drama CSI: Miami, now in its 10th season. The CSI spinoff is one of the most watched series around the world and has been sold in off-network syndication in the U.S. to A&E and AMC. Caruso’s film credits include Proof Of Life and Jade.
This is an odd pairing — Don Draper and Horatio Caine will now be on the same network! In its first off-network acquisition, AMC, home of Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, has picked up off-network rights to CBS’ veteran procedural CSI: Miami. The deal with CBS Television Distribution, said to be worth tens of millions of dollars, covers the existing 10 seasons of CSI: Miami as well as Seasons 11 and 12 if produced. (Today’s deal certainly increases the chances of the show continuing on CBS beyond the current 10th season). With the exception of Seasons 11 and 12, which AMC would get exclusively, the pact is non-exclusive. A&E, which had been the exclusive cable home of CSI: Miami, will continue to air the show from 6 AM-4 PM. AMC is getting fringe and primetime rights with a 4 PM-6 AM window. The drama starring David Caruso will make its debut on AMC on January 2 at 5 PM and will air in the hour Monday through Friday.
CSI: Miami has strong brand recognition as part of the hugely popular CSI franchise and is one of the most-watched series in the world. As a procedural, it also is highly repeatable, which is key for cable networks looking for ways to enhance their lineups. As an hourlong, CSI: Maimi also will give AMC flexibility scheduling-wise. So far, the network has been able to complement its original series only with …
With a monster football overrun, Fox’s animated comedies posted double-digit increases last night, while ABC’s dramas posted series lows. Rookie Once Upon A Time (3.1/7) was down 9% from last week, veteran Desperate Housewives (2.6/6) was down 13% from its last original two weeks ago, and soon-to-be-grounded freshman Pan Am (1.6/4) was down 11% from its most recent episode three weeks ago. At 7 PM, America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.4/4) was down 22% from last week.
Boosted by the NFL overrun, Fox’s The Simpsons (4.0/10, 9 million) was up a big 54% from last week to match its season high in 18-49 and draw its largest audience in almost a year. The tide lifted all ships, with struggling Allen Gregory (2.4/6) up a whopping 60% from last week; it still was the lowest-rated member of Fox’s animated block. Family Guy (3.5/8) at 9 PM was up 25% from last week and posted its highest teen rating in almost a year. The Cleveland Show (2.5/6) was up 14% from American Dad‘s delivery in the 9:30 PM slot last week and up 47% from Cleveland‘s demo rating last week at 7:30 PM.
CBS’ fast nationals may be skewed by regional NFL overruns. 60 Minutes (1.8/5) was down 51% from last week, when it followed an NFL overrun. The Amazing Race (2.7/6) was down 7%. The Good Wife (1.9/4) was flat with its most recent original two weeks ago, and CSI: Miami (2.2/5) was up …
ABC’s Once Upon A Time continued its impressive freshman run last night, posting a 3.8/9 in adults 18-49. That was up a tenth from the fairytale drama’s fast national the previous week (flat with the national) and the highest demo mark for any non-sports program last night. Even more impressive, Once Upon A Time accomplished that with the lowest-rated Sunday broadcast program as its lead-in, America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.7/4, up 13% from its most recent episode three weeks ago). Desperate Housewives (3.0/7) ended a run of originals on a high note, up 7% from last week, as the dramedy heads into a three-week hiatus. Rookie Pan Am (1.8/4), which is expected to find out its fate this week, posted yet another 1.8 fast national demo rating (it was adjusted down a tenth last Sunday).
NBC once again dominated Sunday’s primetime with Sunday Night Football‘s Patriots-Jets came, which drew a 14.5 overnight rating/23 share, up 2% from last week and from last year’s Week 10 game between the Patriots and Steelers. In another repeat from last Sunday, Fox’s comedies had an NFL overrun as a lead-in, making week-to-week comparisons fair: The Simpsons (3.5/8) was down 5%. Allen Gregory (2.0/5) shed another tenth as the newbie is yet to bottom out. Family Guy, which featured a controversial 9/11 storyline, was up a tenth from the show’s fast national last Sunday (flat with the national). American Dad was down a tenth.
The veteran and the rookie led the entertainment pack last night as Fox’s The Simpsons, the longest-running primetime scripted series on air, tied newcomer Once Upon A Time as the highest-rated non-sports program with a 3.7/9 in adults 18-49. For ABC’s Once Upon A Time, this is a modest 5% dip from last week; The Simpsons too was down slightly from last week’s Treehouse of Horror (8%). But The Simpsons had a 10 times bigger lead-in from the NFL game overrun vs. a Once Upon A Time repeat (1.1/3) for the ABC fairytale series, which also hit a series high in adults 18-34. Once Upon A Time‘s lead-out, veteran dramedy Desperate Housewives (2.8/6), was down 10% from last week, while freshman drama Pan Am continues to be stuck at a 1.8/4. The order was reversed at Fox, where the rookie was following the veteran. In its second week behind The Simpsons, new animated comedy Allen Gregory (2.1/5) was down 13% from its soft premiere to rank as the lowest-rated Fox series last night. Family Guy (3.0/7) was down 6%, followed by American Dad (2.5/6), down 7% from its last original seven weeks ago.
UPDATED: Launching in the Sunday 8 PM slot once occupied by The Wonderful World Of Disney, ABC’s fairytale drama Once Upon A Time got off to a great start last night, pulling in a 3.9 rating/10 share among adults 18-49 and 12.8 million viewers against NFL football on NBC and the World Series on Fox. This is ABC’s highest-rated new series premiere this fall and the season’s No. 1 drama debut in 18-49 on any network. Once Upon A Time more than doubled last week’s delivery of its predecessor in the time slot, reality veteran Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (1.9/5). It also more than doubled its lead-in last night, America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.5/4), which was flat with last week. The big opening for Once Upon A Time helped veteran Desperate Housewives (3.0/7) post a 11% week-to-week increase for its best demo number this season since the premiere. The halo effect didn’t stretch to 10 PM, where freshman Pan Am (1.8/5) was even with last week. The period drama is yet to get word on a back order as ABC wanted to see how the show performs with Once Upon A Time in the lineup. The result is inconclusive, but more on the disappointing side. Still, I hear ABC brass continues to support the 1960s series and did another promo photo shoot for it this past weekend.
After a couple of weeks of declines, ABC’s Sunday lineup stabilized, though probably not at levels the network would’ve liked. America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.5/4) was up a tenth from last week’s fast national; Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (1.9/5) was down a tenth; Desperate Housewives was flat with its most recent fast national, which tied a series low (down a tenth from the final); and Pan Am (1.8/4) was down a tenth. While the 5% week-to-week drop for Pan Am was a vast improvement over last week’s 27% tumble, the rookie has to reverse its downward course if it hopes to stick around for a while.
Fox’s The X Factor (3.3/8) was down 8% from its fast national rating on Thursday. There were mitigating factors: The series aired out of pattern and the network had 24 hours to promote it after the ALCS baseball playoff series wrapped on Saturday in six games, allowing the network to slide in X Factor on Sunday, which had been left open for a potential seventh game. There was also the deciding baseball playoff Game 6 on TBS. On the flip side, X Factor last night had a stronger-than-normal lead-in from the afternoon football game overrun. Still, X Factor was the highest-rated entertainment program of the night.
UPDATED: After a promising start, ABC’s 1960s drama Pan Am (2.5/8 in adults 18-49) fell 19% in Week 2. It closed a night of across-the-board declines for ABC. America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.5/4) set the tone with its season premiere at 7 PM, down 21% from last fall. Unscripted veteran Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.1/5) and departing Desperate Housewives (2.9/7) were both down a more modest 9% from their premieres last week.
With the late Sunday football game ping-ponging between Fox and CBS, week-to-week comparisons for the two networks are rather meaningless in the fall, especially for the shows immediately following the overrun. Fox, whose comedy lineup was boosted by the late game last week, saw expected across-the-board declines: The Simpsons (3.0/8, down 23%), The Cleveland Show (2.6/6, down 16%), Family Guy (3.5/8, down 15%) and American Dad (2.7/6, down 10%). Family Guy was the highest-rated non-sorts program of the night in 18-49.
We’re yet to get reliable Sunday overnight ratings for CBS this season. The network had local NFL overruns on Premiere Sunday, and last night, the network carried the late NFL game, which pushed its primetime lineup to a 7:23 PM start. Here are approximate ratings for last night: Following the NFL overrun (5.5/16) was 60 Minutes, featuring the final regular appearance of Andy Rooney (3.5/9); The Amazing Race (3.0/7); The Good Wife (2.1/5); and CSI: Miami (2.3/6). Besides 60 Minutes, which saw a major bump from football, the …
Last week, the penultimate episodes of both ABC’s Brothers and Sisters and CBS’ The Amazing Race were impacted by the news of Osama bin Laden’s death. This week, one of them, Brothers and Sisters, was up in its season finale, while the other was down. But for The Amazing Race, it doesn’t really matter as the reality veteran has already been renewed for next season, while the bump may help Brothers and Sisters clinch the short final-season order that ABC has been mulling. The Brothers and Sisters finale (2.0/5) was up 25% from last week. The two-hour Amazing Race closer (2.5/7) was down 4% to rank as the franchise’s lowest-rated finale. That despite its lead-in, 60 Minutes (2.3/8) getting a 53% boost from the interview with President Obama. At 10 PM, the season finale of CSI: Miami (2.0/5) was up from last week when it too was interrupted by the bin Laden announcement. This appears to be the veteran crime drama’s lowest-rated season ender. CBS won the night in 18-49 (2.3/7) and total viewers (10.3 million). Brothers & Sisters‘ finale was preceded by Desperate Housewives (2.8/7), flat with last week, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.1/6, down 9%) and America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.7/6, down 15%).
Celebrity Apprentice, which made headlines for getting its last minutes pre-empted on the East Coast for Obama’s strike on bin Laden, aired a three-hour episode (2.4/7), down 23% from last Sunday but still leading NBC …
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Secret Millionaire’ Down, ‘CSI: Miami’ & ‘The Cleveland Show’ Up As Daylight Saving Time Begins
After a solid start, ABC’s new reality series Secret Millionaire (2.7/8 in 18-49, 11.3 million viewers) was down a steep 21% in its second airing last night. The show was probably impacted by the introduction yesterday of daylight saving time which leads to ratings erosion in the earlier time slots. Indeed, all 8 PM slows last night were down from last week. Fox’s The Simpsons (2.5/8) and Bob’s Burgers (2.0/6) were down 11% and 9%, respectively. CBS’ The Amazing Race (2.6/8) was down 4% and NBC’s America’s Next Great Restaurant (1.4/4) was down 13% from last week’s premiere. ABC won the hour with Secret Millionaire in 18-49 and total viewers.
But at 7 PM, where shows should’ve suffered an ever greater impact from the clock change, the ratings declines were actually on par and even smaller that those at 8 PM. NBC’s Dateline (1.1/4) was down the most, 21%, while CBS’ 60 Minutes (1.7/6) was flat and America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.7/6) was down 6%. (Fox aired comedy repeats in the hour.)
With ABC airing reruns of its Sunday scripted series, CBS posted ratings increases at 9 PM with Undercover Boss (2.9/8, up 7%) and CSI: Miami (2.7/7, up 17%). After falling behind the similarly themed Secret Millionaire last week, Undercover Boss topped the ABC show last night. Both reality series were skewered by Bill Maher on his HBO show on Friday. CBS won the night in 18-49 (2.5/7) and total …
I’m thinking of dropping “race” from the headline of the Sunday ratings story until the end of the NFL season because there is not much of a race on the night that is dominated by football. NBC’s Sunday Night Football was the top-rated show on Sunday night for 13th straight week. The game between the Steelers and the Ravens for the leadership position in the AFC North posted a 14.6 overnight rating/23 share. That is the highest average ever for a Week 13 game, up 7% from last year’s Vikings-Cardinals face-off. NBC is once again projected to win the night in 18-49 and total viewers.
Fox was fueled by a huge Fox overrun for a second consecutive week. It led into The Simpsons (4.2/11, 9.6 million), which was up a tenth from last week to tie its season high in 18-49 and post a new season high in total viewers. There was no halo effect over the rest of the Fox lineup, which last week posted double-digit gains. The Cleveland Show (3.2/8) at 8:30 PM was down 6%. Another Cleveland Show (2.8/7) subbed for Family Guy at 9 PM, followed by American Dad (2.5/6), which was down 14% from last week when it followed a Family Guy rerun.
Sunday Night Football‘s sizzling season continued with another highly-rated game last night. The Giants-Eagles face-off drew a 15.9 overnight rating/24 share, easily winning the night for NBC. That was up 31% from last year’s Week 11 game and the best for a November primetime game in 12 years.
Airing against the game, ABC’s 38th Annual American Music Awards (4.3/11) were down 22% from last year to hit their lowest 18-49 rating ever. The network touted the awards telecast’s gains among young viewers, 12% in teens, and 19% in kids 2-11. That is to be expected given that the night’s big winner was tween heartthrob Justin Bieber.
Fox, whose 8-9 PM comedies were boosted by an NFL game overrun last week, saw double-digit declines with no football lead-in this Sunday. The Simpsons (2.9/7) was down 26%, while The Cleveland Show (2.4/6) dropped 23%. Family Guy (3.3/7) and American Dad (2.3/5) were also affected by the increased competition from the big SNF game and the AMAs, down 3% and 8%, respectively.
CBS, which had a football overrun this Sunday, once again had its lineup shifted, this time by 12 minutes. The 7 PM hour, which featured a 12-minute football overrun leading into 60 Minutes, drew a 4.6/13 in 18-49. The 60 Minutes/Amazing Race combo at …
With football season heading into the home stretch, NBC’s Sunday Night Football last night had another strong showing with a 14.2 household rating. NBC dominated the night as it has done every Sunday this season, with viewership for the game expected to be around the 20 million mark. CBS and Fox switched places again, with Fox benefiting from a late afternoon NFL game spilling into primetime this time around. Surprisingly, the football overrun, which scored a 7.0/19 rating in adults 18-49 from 7-8 PM provided little boost for Fox’s Sunday comedies, which last week posted big double-digit gains in their return after a two-week MLB preemption. Last night, The Simpsons (3.9/10) was up a modest 5% and may be adjusted down as it includes two minutes of an NFL overrun. The Cleveland Show (3.1/7) was up 3%, while Family Guy (3.3/8) was down 13% and American Dad! (2.6/6) was down 10%.
Also retreating after posting across-the-board rating increases last week was ABC’s Sunday lineup. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.2/5) was down 12%. Desperate Housewives (3.7/9) was down 8% from its fast national number last week, while Brothers & Sisters (2.5/7) was down a tenth. (Desperate Housewives was adjusted up a tenth and Brothers & Sisters slipped a tenth in the finals last week.)
UPDATE 10 PM: NBC just released the overnight ratings for last night’s Sunday Night Football game between the Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers. It scored a big 16.0/25 rating, the best for an October NFL primetime game in 12 years, since, coincidentally, another matchup between the Minnesota and Green Bay on Oct. 5 1998 on ABC. This was the third-best SNF overnight rating ever, up 54% from last year’s Week 7 game.
PREVIOUS 9 AM: No major movement last night, with primetime once again dominated by football. There are no metered market ratings for last night’s Sunday Night Football on NBC this morning, but judging by the fast nationals, it was pretty big. The 18-49 fast national rating for the Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers game was 8.6 vs. a 6.5 for the game last week. It will certainly adjust up significantly – last week, SNF‘s rating went up by almost a rating point to a 7.4 in the finals. NBC is guaranteed another Sunday win in 18-49 and total viewers.
As it does every other week, CBS’ lineup was time shifted and boosted by an NFL overrun. The 7 PM hour (4.3/13) featured 17 minutes of NFL overrun and 43 minutes of 60 Minutes (it is ironic, isn’t it?). The 8 PM hour, which included the conclusion of 60 Minutes and the bulk of The Amazing Race did a …
NFL football is expected to once again determine the ratings winner and runner-up on Sunday, with NBC logging another No. 1 finish with Sunday Night Football and Fox taking the silver thanks to a football overrun. But there was good news elsewhere too: CBS’ Undercover Boss got a Week 2 ratings bump, the network’s veteran crime drama CSI: Miami had a solid debut in its new Sunday 10 PM slot while ABC’s lineup held steady week-to-week.
NBC’s coverage of the New York Giants’ 17-3 victory over the Chicago Bears drew a 14.2 overnight rating/22 share, the best for an NFL primetime game in October since 2000. The network is expected to handily win Sunday night in both adults 18-49 and total viewers, with viewership for the game likely to exceed 20 million.
Without a football overrun-inflated 60 Minutes lead-in, CBS’ The Amazing Race (3.3/9) was down 13% from its 2-hour premiere last week. Undercover Boss (4.0/9), which featured its first female CEO last night, was up 5% from last week’s debut. At 10 PM, the season premiere of CSI: Miami (3.2/8) was down 26% from the last season debut in the Monday 10 PM slot but improved the Sunday time period by 52% vs. the season premiere of Cold Case last fall.
ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.5/7) and Desperate Housewives (4.3/10) were flat from last week’s season premieres, a sold accomplishment in Week 2 when most series drop. (Desperate Housewives may inch up in the finals.) And at 10 PM,
ABC and CBS finished tied for first place in the adults 18-49 demographic last night with a 1.7 rating/5 share. (CBS had the advantage in total viewers, 6.1 million vs. 4.8 million). CBS’ flagship comedies The Big Bang Theory (2.2/6 among adults 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall) and Two and a Half Men (2.1/5, 7.9 million) were once again the top programs of the night but at lower levels than previous weeks. ABC’s two-hour Bachelor Pad (2.0/5) was flat with last week (and the week before), while its lead-out, Dating in the Dark (1.2/3) was down 20% to log it lowest-rated episode ever. NBC’s Dateline (1.5/4) was up two tenths from last week to tie CBS’ CSI: Miami repeat for the No.1 spot at 10 PM.
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