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Carol Mendelsohn Inks Overall Deal With Sony Pictures TV

By | Thursday June 12, 2014 @ 5:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

mendelsohncarolAfter a 14-year stint at CBS TV Studios, longtime CSI showrunner Carol Mendelsohn is moving to Sony Pictures TV with a three-year overall deal. Mendelsohn has run the mothership CSI series since its 2000 launch and had been under an overall deal at CBS Studios, which produces the hugely successful crime drama franchise, since 2001. With her latest overall pact at the studio coming up, she was pursued by Sony TV brass who had had their eye on the veteran showrunner for a while. “Carol is a part of the fabric of television around the world and to work with someone who has not only created but sustains such an amazing global franchise is an honor,” said Sony TV president of programming and production Zack Van Amburg. Added fellow president Jamie Erlicht, “With her ability to tell stories that engage audiences everywhere, and the array of opportunities for great content, there is no limit to what we can accomplish together.” Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘CSI’ Season Finale & ‘Idol’ Steady, ‘Arrow’, ‘Revolution’ & ‘The Middle’ Down, ‘Modern Family’ Even

By | Thursday May 8, 2014 @ 9:11am PDT

urlThere was reality show drama, heartfelt tunes, an appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama and the departure of a longtime character on primetime TV last night as the 2013-2014 season drilled into its final two weeks. No spoiler here, but the departure came on the season finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (1.9/6). Wrapping its 14th cycle, the still-strong crime drama rose 12% from last week’s spinoff setup show. Perhaps more importantly, especially on a competitive night of originals, CSI was basically even with its Season 13 ender of May 15, 2013 with just a 5% slip. While one character many be gone, CSI of course is not — CBS renewed the show in late March with leading man Ted Danson coming back too.

CBS’ Wednesday started off with Survivor (2.4/8) which bopped up 4% from last week. That small lift helped lead-out Criminal Minds (2.3/7), which saw a 5% rise from its April 30 episode. Once again, in its head-to-head hour with the two-hour live American Idol (1.7/6), the CBS series finished well ahead. Idol drew a 1.7 and 7.64 million viewers in the 8 PM slot compared with Survivor and its audience of 9.82 million, while drawing a 1.8 and 8.05 million viewers in the 9 PM hour against Criminal Minds and its 10.43 million viewers, which made Criminal Minds the night’s most-watched show. Overall, CBS won Wedensday in adults 18-49 (2.2/7) and total viewers 10.06 million. Read More »

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PILOTS 2014: Early Buzz Edition

By | Saturday April 12, 2014 @ 1:52pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

panic-buttonWith less than a month until the upfronts, we’re kicking off our annual Pilot Buzz series. As usual, the first edition only includes a limited number of projects that have been garnering early attention as many pilots are still filming. So, if a pilot is not mentioned, it probably means it is too early to weigh in or the feedback I’ve received is inconclusive at this time.

ABC_logo_2007Shonda Rhimes. Viola Davis. Need we say more? ABC’s sexy suspense legal thriller How To Get Away With Murder, executive produced by Rhimes and starring Davis, is packing some heat early on. Secret & Lies starring Ryan Phillippe also is getting encouraging early response. It also has a seven-figure penalty and is directed by Charles McDougall, whose strong pilot record includes Desperate Housewives, The Good Wife and most recently, Resurrection last season. Then there is Marvel’s stealth Agent Carter project. Last year, the company went into Fort Knox mode on its Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot, which was kept under lock and key. They took that a notch further this year with carterAgent Carter. Because there is a prototype — the project is inspired by a one shot, which was featured on the Blu-ray release of Iron Man 3word has been that it would forgo a pilot and go straight to series. The script was finished more than three months ago (“the script is great,” ABC’s Paul Lee said back in January), the option on one-shot’s star Hayley Atwell came up and was extended, but the green light never came. Now there is talk that a pickup for Agent Carter may come along with a renewal for Marvel’s freshman Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., with the new series possibly serving as a bridge between the fall and spring portions of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Also getting various level of early traction at ABC is mystery Sea of Fire and several dark horses, alien drama The Whispers (aka The Visitors), medical drama The Warriors and mystery Clementine. Read More »

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Patricia Arquette To Topline ‘CSI’s Cyber Crime Spinoff

By | Wednesday March 5, 2014 @ 11:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

arquettePatricia Arquette, who won an Emmy for Medium, is set as the lead of another crime drama procedural, CBS’ planted CSI spinoff. Written by the CSI franchise team of Carol Mendelsohn, Anthony E. Zuiker and Ann Donahue, the untitled spinoff (aka CSI Cyber) centers on Avery Ryan (Arquette), Special Agent in Charge at the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI in Quantico, VA, who is tasked with solving high-octane crimes that start in the mind, live online, and play out into the real world. The project, inspired by Irish Cyberpsychologist Mary Aiken, would be the first CSI series with a female lead. Avery will be introduced in a CSI episode this spring. Mendelsohn, Zuiker and Donahue exec produce with Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman for CBS TV Studios and Bruckheimer TV. Arquette, repped by Gersh, 3 Arts and Ziffren Brittenham, recently completed the feature The Wanna Be and HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire, both produced by Martin Scorsese. She will next be seen in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood.

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‘CSI’ Planted Spinoff About Cyber Crime Gets CBS Pilot Order, Will Air In Spring

By | Tuesday February 18, 2014 @ 12:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

csi_crime_scene_investigation_logoExactly a decade after CBS launched the most recent CSI spinoff, CSI: NY, the network is at it again with a new planted spinoff, which will air as an episode of the venerable crime drama this spring. Just like CSI spinoff CSI: Miami and CSI: Miami offshoot CSI: NY, the new spinoff will be written by CSI creator Anthony E. zuikerZuiker, longtime CSI showrunner Carol Mendelsohn and former CSI: Miami showrunner Ann Donahue. The new series, from CBS Studios and Bruckheimer TV, will mark a departure from criminal forensics, which has been the subject of the first three CSI series, focusing instead on cyber crimes, an area Zuiker had been exploring for several years. The new project is not related to the Cyber Crimes drama Zuiker created for CBS four seasons ago. Inspired by the work of Irish cyberpsychologist Mary Aiken, the proposed CSI spinoff centers on Avery Ryan, Special Agent in Charge at the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI in Quantico, VA, who is tasked with solving major crimes that start in the Ann Donahue Press Photo.jpgmendelsohnmind, live online, and play out into the real world. Zuiker, Mendelsohn and Donahue are executive producing with Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman. Aiken will serve as a producer. Given the new setting for the latest CSI spinoff, it is unclear if it would keep the CSI moniker or switch to a new one the way CBS did with NCIS, which was spun off from military drama JAG. CBS is looking to spin off both of its long-running crime procedurals this season with NCIS prepping a New Orleans-set planted spinoff starring Scott Bakula, which also will air as an episode in the spring. Read More »

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CAA Signs William Petersen

By | Friday December 13, 2013 @ 3:47pm PST
Mike Fleming

William PetersenEXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed William Petersen, who’s ready to get busy again almost five years after leaving the CBS drama CSI after 10 seasons. He will be looking at movie, TV and stage opportunities. Petersen emerged from the Chicago theater scene to star in such films as William Friedkin’s To Live And Die In L.A. and Michael Mann’s Manhunter and is one of those highly selective actors who never wore out his welcome — which made a return seamless when he surprised everyone by signing on for CSI, on which he remains an exec producer. Petersen had been repped by WME for the past year. A founder of Chicago’s Remains Theater Ensemble, Peterson’s recent stage work includes A Dublin Carol and The Endgame at Steppenwolf Theatre and Blackbird at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. He continues to be managed by Cindy Chvatal at High Horse Films and is lawyered by Cliff Gilbert-Lurie at Ziffren Brittenham.

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‘CSI’s George Eads On Leave Of Absence Over On-Set Altercation

By | Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 6:54pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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.

Related: Marg Helgenberger Returns For ‘CSI’s 300th Episode

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Stanley Cup Finals Game 1 Hits 16-Year High, ‘American Baking Competition’ Rises

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 a 4.8 overnight rating, which is up 100% from the 2.4 overnight rating of last year’s Game 1 between the LA Kings and New Jersey Devils. Wednesday’s result was also the best overnight rating for an Stanley Cup Final Game 1 since the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers in 1997, which drew a 5.2 overnight rating on Fox. Up 140% from the fast nationals 1.0/3 of last year’s Game 1, preliminary ratings have Wednesday’s game between two of the league’s Original Six garnering 2.4/7 among Adults 18-49. The game was watched by 6.42 million viewers overall based on time slots across the country. As is typical with live events like sports, those results will likely be adjusted in the final numbers later today. NBC topped the night among Adults 18-49 with encore heavy CBS No. 1 in total viewers.

Some other numbers from last night’s game in the Windy City: There were 117 shots on goal, and with 52.08 minutes of overtime last night’s barnburner was the fifth-longest Stanley Cup Finals game ever. The Bruins also played in the longest Stanley Cup Finals game ever, on May 15, 1990 against the Edmonton Oilers.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Steps It Up, ‘Idol’ Rises, ‘CSI’ Finale Down, ‘Supernatural’ Finale & ‘Nashville’ Up

By | Thursday May 16, 2013 @ 9:09am PDT

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. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Hits Series Low, ‘Idol’ Dips, ‘CSI’ Up, ‘Family Tools’ Down, ‘Modern Family’ Hits Season Low

By | Thursday May 9, 2013 @ 9:15am PDT

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. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Survivor’ & ‘American Idol’ Dip, ‘Criminal Minds’ & ‘CSI’ Up, ‘Neighbors’ & Suburgatory’ Hit Lows

By | Thursday March 21, 2013 @ 9:12am PDT

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. Read More »

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‘CSI’ Signs New Deal With Star Ted Danson, Is Renewed For Next Season By CBS

By | Wednesday March 20, 2013 @ 10:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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Content Partners Buys Goldman Sachs’ 50% Stake In ‘CSI’

By | Thursday March 7, 2013 @ 6:18am PST

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.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Survivor’ Hits Premiere Low, ‘Idol’ Slips, ‘CSI’, ‘Guys With Kids’ & ‘The Middle’ Hit Lows

By | Thursday February 14, 2013 @ 9:19am PST

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.

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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. 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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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ Down, ‘CSI’ Hits Season High, ‘Modern Family’ Hits Season Low

By | Thursday January 24, 2013 @ 9:03am PST

American Idol Ratings Nicki MinajIn 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. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Barbara Walters’ Dips, ‘Modern Family’ & ‘CSI’ Hit Lows

By | Thursday December 13, 2012 @ 9:29am PST

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. Read More »

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U.S. Fare Rules At Monte-Carlo TV Festival Awards

By | Thursday June 14, 2012 @ 12:38pm PDT

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 Change30 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: Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Modern Family’ & ‘Off Their Rockers’ Up; ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘Idol’ & ‘Rock Center’ Down

By | Thursday May 10, 2012 @ 9:46am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Modern Family Disneyland RatingsThe 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. Read More »

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