Original CSI cast member George Eads will miss at least portion of the crime series’ upcoming 14th season over a personnel issue. It is understood that Eads got into an altercation with a pregnant writer on the show over what was described as creative issues. “George Eads will not appear in several episodes during the first half of the season,” CSI producer CBS TV Studios said in a statement. “We look forward to him returning to CSI very soon.” It is unclear when Eads, who is under contract, will rejoin the show. Last year, another regular on a CBS/CBS TV Studios drama, Jennifer Esposito of Blue Bloods, was put on a temporary leave and never returned. For Eads, this is the second time off CSI after he was briefly fired over salary demands during 2004 renegotiations.
The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 last night in triple overtime in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, but it was NBC who really scored. Going from 8 PM-1:06 AM ET, the game drew …
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Steps It Up, ‘Idol’ Rises, ‘CSI’ Finale Down, ‘Supernatural’ Finale & ‘Nashville’ Up
It was Nigel Lythgoe night on Fox on Wednesday with back-to-back competition shows produced by the former choreographer. Almost to the finish line, it was the season’s last performance night for American Idol (2.9/10). Finalists Candice Glover and Kree Harrison sang three songs each on the one-hour live show from LA’s Nokia Theatre. The most-watched show of the night with 11.57 million viewers, Idol was even with the final numbers of last week’s two-hour show but up 12% in the 8-9 PM hour. As is common with live shows, those results could be adjusted in the final numbers later today. Tonight’s finale will see a few surprises aside from declaring a winner, including performances of new tunes from judges Mariah Carey — with Randy Jackson on bass — and Keith Urban.
The second night of the two-part premiere of Season 10 of So You Think You Can Dance (2.3/6) headed to Detroit for the first time for the next round of auditions, with Season 4’s tWitch joining the judges panel, SYTYCD benefited from its Idol lead-in with a 21% jump over Tuesday’s premiere. It also saw viewership leap 39% to 7.11 million. On a night that saw the NBA Playoffs on TNT, Fox was tops in both viewers and adults 18-49 among the broadcast networks.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Hits Series Low, ‘Idol’ Dips, ‘CSI’ Up, ‘Family Tools’ Down, ‘Modern Family’ Hits Season Low
Wednesday saw The Voice (2.7/8) and American Idol (2.8/8) go head-to-head with live shows for the first time. While the NBC show bested the Fox series in their common hour, with Idol pulling in a 2.5/8, the night saw both shows hit new lows. Last night’s one-hour live The Voice had host Carson Daly announcing that technical glitches forced all online and text votes from viewers disregarded. It also saw the NBC show hit a series low with its 2.7. While up from the 1.6/5 of last Wednesday’s season-so-far recap show, last night’s show was down a hard 27% from Tuesday’s two-hour live performance show. The Voice wrapped its second week of special Wednesday shows with this season’s top 12 contestants being picked as well as performances Rod Stewart and former judge Cee Lo Green. Having the live Voice as a lead-in was good for Law & Order: SVU (1.9/5), which saw a 27% upward turn from last week for the series’ best result since January 9. Unlike Law & Order, Chicago Fire (1.8/5) was up last week, and the freshman drama repeated that this week, rising 6% from its May 1 show.
Idol was the most-watched show of the night with 10.82 million viewers over its two hours, but it hit another all-time low. The Fox show was even with last week’s fast nationals but down 3% from the final numbers of its May 1 show (2.9/9 ). On last night’s two-hour Idol, the show took its three finalists back to their hometowns and had them sing three songs each as they headed toward someone being eliminated tonight and next week’s season finale. By the nature of these live shows, expect to see ratings for both Idol and The Voice adjusted in the finale numbers later today. With that and the competition, Fox won the night in the adults 18-49 demographic and total viewers.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Survivor’ & ‘American Idol’ Dip, ‘Criminal Minds’ & ‘CSI’ Up, ‘Neighbors’ & Suburgatory’ Hit Lows
Nicki Minaj showed up on time and it was Beatles night on American Idol (3.5/10) on Wednesday. The Top 9 finalists took turns over the two-hour live show with tunes from the Fab Four and a hefty dose of ballads. The night of sad songs saw Idol slip 3% in fast nationals from last week’s 3.6/11, and down 8% from its March 13 finals. If last night is like most Idol live shows, expect to see upward adjustment in the final numbers. The most-watched show of Wednesday night, Idol dipped 3% to 12.7 million viewers from the 13.1 million who tuned in March 13. Fox still won the night in total views and the adults 18-49 demographic.
On CBS’ Survivor: Caramoan (2.5/8), the Fan and Favorite tribes were scrambled to add some new juice to the contest. It wasn’t as dramatic as the meltdown Brandon Hantz had last week, though, and the series slipped 7% from the season high of that March 13 show. With 9.59 million viewers, the one-hour Survivor was the second-most-watched show of the night and the second-highest-rated among adults 18-49 after Idol. CBS’ other shows of the night saw steady rises on their return from three weeks of repeats. A new Criminal Minds (3.0/8) was up 15% from its last original February 27. CSI (2.3/6) had an even stronger return: The procedural was up 21% from its February 27 show to take its 10 PM slot in viewers and the demo.
Just like it recently did with NCIS and its star Mark Harmon, CBS has signed a new contract extension with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation leading man Ted Danson and simultaneously renewed the veteran crime drama for the 2013-14 season. I hear Danson, whose original two-year deal for the show was up this season, has signed another two-year pact. His salary has been well over $200,000 an episode. Also set to return next season are co-lead Elisabeth Shue and original cast members George Eads, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Paul Guilfoyle and Robert David Hall, along with Wallace Langham, Elisabeth Harnois, David Berman and Jon Wellner. The renewal will extend CSI‘s run to 14 seasons. With CSI: Miami ending last May and CSI: NY expected to follow it this year, the mothership series is expected to be the only CSI on the air next season. On NBC, first spinoff Law & Order: SVU actually outlasted the original Law & Order series and the second spinoff Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES, March 7, 2013 – Content Partners LLC, an entertainment finance firm that acquires cash flows from successful film, television and music properties, today announced that it has purchased a 50-percent interest in the blockbuster television franchise “CSI” (Crime Scene Investigation) from an affiliate of Goldman Sachs. The acquisition makes Content Partners an equal stakeholder in the second largest franchise in television history with CBS Corporation, which owns the other 50-percent interest. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Survivor’ Hits Premiere Low, ‘Idol’ Slips, ‘CSI’, ‘Guys With Kids’ & ‘The Middle’ Hit Lows
It was a battle of the TV titans last night and no one walked out of the arena unscathed. First of all, CBS’ Survivor (2.4/7) returned for its 26th season Wednesday, but it did not come back strong. The 90-minute premiere of Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites was down 23% from last year’s winter debut, marking the series’ lowest-rated series premiere ever. About 8.96 million watched. Meanwhile, head-to-head with Survivor last night was that other seasoned reality heavyweight: Five weeks into its 12th season, American Idol (4.3/12) started its Girls Only Hollywood Week on Wednesday. Slipping 7% from last week’s show, last night’ marked the lowest adults 18-49 Idol Wednesday since July 10, 2002, and its least-watched Wednesday since August 7, 2002 — from the show’s first season. Still, Idol was the night’s most-watched show with 13.37 million tuning in.
CBS followed Survivor last night with a repeat of The Big Bang Theory (1.6/4) and a new CSI (2.1/6), which fell 13% from last week to a series low for the 13-season investigative drama.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ & ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Down, ‘Modern Family’ & ‘Criminal Minds’ Hit Lows, ‘Arrow’ Up
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.
In the second week of its 12th season, American Idol (5.4/15) last night saw Nicki Minaj storm off after a squabble with fellow judge Mariah Carey as the show took in auditions in Charlotte, NC. Although watched by 16 million viewers and dominating in all demos, the two-hour episode was down 10% from last week’s premiere. It also was down 16% from Season 11’s second-week Wednesday show a year ago. Still, the rating was better than the 29% year-over-year decline Idol’s second-week Wednesday suffered last season compared with Season 10.
A Criminal Minds (1.5/4) repeat started Wednesday night on CBS followed by a new Criminal Minds (3.0/8) at 9 PM, which was up 3% from last week’s winter break return. Taking its 10 PM time slot, CSI (2.7/7) rose 17% from last week for a season high among adults 18-49. The procedural was the second-most-watched show of the night, pulling in an audience of 11.49 million. An NBA game caused preemption in San Antonio for CBS, so the adjustment for final numbers later today could be greater than usual. Fox won the night in total viewers and the 18-49 demo.
With former CIA chief David Petraeus topping the list, ABC aired Barbara Walters Presents The 10 Most Fascinating People Of 2012 (2.1/6) at 9:30 PM last night. Ben Affleck, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and upcoming Oscar host Seth MacFarlane also were among the chosen, but the 90-minute special was down 9% from last year, pulling in 7.66 million viewers Wednesday. Earlier on ABC, The Middle (2.2/7) was down 4% from its December 5 show for a season low. The Neighbors (1.6/4) slipped 16% for a series low. Modern Family (4.2/11) was also down, dipping 11% from its last new show November 28 and tying its season low.
On CBS, Survivor: Philippines (2.8/3) was down 3% from last week’s show. Criminal Minds (3.1/8) actually got a little bump in the other direction from last week: The most watched show of the night with an audience of 11.92 million, the police procedural was up 3% from its December 5 airing. CSI (2.2/6) was down 15% from its last original episode two weeks ago despite its 9.52 million viewers; the rating marks a series low for the 12-year-old procedural. The show’s previous low was a 2.3, which it has hit four times — most recently November 7 of this year. With 10.549 million viewers overall, CBS won the night in total viewers and the adults 18-49 demo.
CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the most-watched TV show in the world, won the ratings-based International Television Audience Award for the fifth time in seven years as U.S. series dominated the awards handed out today at the 52nd Monte-Carlo Television Festival. ABC’s Desperate Housewives took the honor on the comedy side, while The Bold And The Beautiful won for soap opera/telenovela. Among the Golden Nymph winners were HBO’s Game Of Thrones (drama) and ABC’s Modern Family (comedy) for best international producer, Woody Harrelson as outstanding actor in a telefilm for HBO’s Game Change, 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey for comedy actress, and Jason Priestley as best comedy actor for HBO Canada’s Call Me Fitz. Here’s the complete list of winners:
Ratings Rat Race: ‘Modern Family’ & ‘Off Their Rockers’ Up; ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘Idol’ & ‘Rock Center’ Down
The Disneyland-themed episode of ABC’s Modern Family (4.3/12 in adults 18-49) last night was up three tenths from the fast national last week (two from the final) to post a two-month high for the hit comedy and its most competitive finish ever against Fox’s American Idol (4.4/12). Both series will likely be adjusted up in the finals. The rest of the ABC shows were within a tenth from their results last week: The Middle (1.9/6) was down a tenth, Suburgatory (2.1/6) and Revenge (2.2/6) were up a tenth, and Don’t Trust The B—- (2.3/6) was down a tenth from its fast national, even with the final.
The down trend this week continued with another night of steep declines. The entire ABC lineup was down from last week to tie or post new season lows (except Thanksgiving eve): The Middle (2.5/7, off 4%), Suburgatory (2.4/6, down 8%), Modern Family (4.7/12, down 15%), Happy Endings (2.5/6, down 14%) and Revenge (2.4/6), which was off 4% for one of its most pivotal episodes to date.
CBS’ Survivor (3.0/8) started its new season on the low side, down two tenths from last year’s February premiere, though it may trim the gap to one tenth in the finals. Criminal Minds (3.0/7) was down 9% from last week for a season low, while CSI (2.7/7) perked up, increasing 8% from last week to win the 10 PM hour. Is new star Elisabeth Shue behind the gains?
Last night marked the return of one TV star, Kiefer Sutherland, and the departure of another, Marg Helgenberger. Sutherland’s new Fox series, Touch, drew a 3.9/10 among adults 18-49 and 11.9 million viewers in a preview behind American Idol. It matched the demo rating for the preview of Glee behind Idol in May 2009 despite a much weaker lead-in; American Idol was still in its prime in 2009, and Glee followed the performance finale, while Touch was behind an auditions episode of a declining Idol. Touch‘s retention, 61%, was the highest ever for a drama debut after Idol. Despite not being labeled as a premiere, if treated as one, Touch would rank as the second-highest-rated new drama series this season behind ABC’s Once Upon A Time (4.0, 12.8 million viewers), and as Fox’s highest-rated drama opening in three years. Idol‘s Aspen auditions episode (6.4/18) was down 11% from the fast national for the two-hour season premiere last Wednesday (vs. the 8-9 PM hour only, the drop was 7%). Fox won the night in 18-49 and total viewers.
Fox and CBS had the primetime field all to themselves with all original lineups against predominantly repeat competition. Fox’s The X Factor Top 4 performance show (3.4/9) was up a tenth from the fast national for last week’s episode, even …
Fox and ABC, which have alternated at the top of the Wednesday 18-49 rankings this season, finished tied last night — but for second place, not first . Paced by Survivor, CBS (3.1/8) posted its first Wednesday demo win this season, edging Fox and ABC (3.0/8). Heading toward its season finale, Survivor: South Pacific (3.3/9) was up 6% from last week. Criminal Minds (3.4/8) was down 8% from its last original two weeks ago and CSI (2.5/7) was down 4%, with both series tying their season lows.
ABC’s series were up from the depressed ratings levels for their Thanksgiving Eve episodes, though those segments were labeled as specials and won’t count towards the shows’ season averages. Versus the most recent regular episodes on November 16, The Middle (2.8/8) was down a tenth fast national-to-fast national and Suburgatory (2.8/8) was flat (down a tenth from the final). Modern Family (5.0/13) was down 9% (11% from the final) to log its lowest-rated regular telecast to date, Happy Endings (2.9/7) was also down 9% and Revenge (2.4/6) was down 8%.
This is a pretty big get for CBS, which has been trying to lure Elisabeth Shue for years. The actress, an Oscar nominee for Leaving Las Vegas, is joining the cast of CBS’ veteran crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation …
Fox’s newly renewed The X Factor returned to Wednesdays for its second live show, which delivered a 3.9/10 among adults 18-49 and 11.5 million. That was down 10% in the demo from the fast national rating for the series’ first live-performance episode last Tuesday (X Factor usually gains a tenth in the finals, which it did again last night per data just released by Fox; its 4.0 final rating is down 9% from the final for last week’s live show). The two-hour X Factor led Fox to a decisive nightly victory in 18-49 and a very close No. 2 finish in total viewers behind CBS (3.3/9, 11.8 million).
CBS’ Survivor: South Pacific (3.5/10, 11.9 million) was up a tenth from its fast national demo rating last week, putting the reality veteran on track to post new season highs in 18-49 and total viewers for a second straight week. Last week, Survivor climbed from a 3.4 to a 3.5 in the demo to clear a new season high and will likely be adjusted up to a 3.6 today to post a new season best. Criminal Minds (3.6/9, 12.8 million) was down 8% in the demo from its last original two weeks ago, while CSI (2.7/7, 10.6 million) was up a tenth.