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‘Detroit 1-8-7′ Duo Re-Teams For New ABC Drama Project

By | Monday August 15, 2011 @ 3:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After working together last season on the ABC/ABC Studios cop drama Detroit 1-8-7, series creator/executive producer Jason Richman and executive producer/showrunner David Zabel have teamed for a new ABC Studios drama project, which has sold to ABC. Richman and Zabel will co-write the project, titled Two Roads, which is in the vein of Sliding Doors. It centers on a young woman who struggles with doubt on her wedding day whether to go through with it or not. The show asks the question, “What if I had made different choices?” and then answers it by following her down both paths. Zabel joined the Michael Imperioli starrer Detroit 1-8-7 at the pilot stage after he liked Richman’s script. Despite solid reviews, the series didn’t get traction in the ratings and was canceled after its 18-episode freshman season. Both Zabel and Richman have deals at ABC Studios — WME-repped Zabel is under an overall; Richman, repped by WME and the Collective, has a pact for two blind scripts. This is the second sale this season for Zabel, who also has Western Gunslinger set up at ABC.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Glee’ Down But Tops Night, ‘V’ Season Finale Inches Up

Nellie Andreeva

For a third straight night, 8 PM shows showed declines across the board as viewers are adjusting to daylight saving time. Last night, TV usage was down 6% in the hour week-to-week, likely affecting Fox’s Glee and NBC’s The Biggest Loser, the only new offerings at 8 PM.

The mini-finale of Glee (4.0/13, 12.5 million), which goes on a month-long hiatus before returning for its last batch of episodes for the season, was down 13% from last week. Still, it was the highest-rated program of the night in the 18-49 demo. At 9 PM, Raising Hope (2.5/7) was down 7%, but struggling midseason comedy Traffic Light (1.6/5) reversed its ratings downslide, up 7% from last week. Fox (2.3/7, 6.6 million) won the night in 18-49.

Following a repeat of No Ordinary Family (0.9/3), the season finale of V (1.8/5) was up 6% from last week (though down 14% from last year’s finale.) Its depressing ending with the aliens turning all humans into zombies was in stark contrast with the uplifting conclusion of Glee an hour earlier. At 10 PM, Detroit 1-8-7 (1.3/4) was up 18%, likely too little too late to save the cop drama from cancellation.

NBC’s two-hour The Biggest Loser: Couples (2.7/8) was down 7% from last week. It was followed by a repeat of America’s Next Great Restaurant. CBS (10.8 million, 1.9/6) aired all repeats, topping the night in total … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS’ ‘NCIS’ Draws Largest Audience Ever – 22 Million

Nellie Andreeva

This is an amazing feat in today’s increasingly fragmented and DVR-ed TV world: in its eighth season, CBS’ NCIS last night posted a series high in total viewers: 22 million. The veteran procedural was the top program on the night by a mile in viewers and adults 18-49 (4.5/12), leading CBS to an easy nightly victory and solid ratings gains from the Tuesday lineup’s last originals on Dec. 14. NCIS was up 13% in the demo; its spinoff NCIS: LA (3.7/9, 18 million), the second-highest rated program of the night, was up 12%. The Good Wife (2.3/6, 12.2 million) was up 5%, edging NBC’s Parenthood (2.2, 5.6 million) to extend CBS’ time-slot winning streak into the 10 PM hour. For the night, CBS averaged a 3.5/9 in 18-49 and 17.4 million viewers. NBC (2.8/7, 7.7 million) was second with Parenthood and two-hour Biggest Loser: Couples (3.2/8), which was down a tenth from its season premiere last week.

Things were pretty bleak for ABC whose 3 dramas all hit series lows and neither was able to crack the 2 demo rating mark. At 8 PM, No Ordinary Family (1.5/4) was down 21% from last week, V (1.9/5) was down 10% from its season premiere last week, and Detroit 1-8-7 (1.1/3) was down 8%. ABC (1.5/4, 5.5 million) finished fourth in the demo behind Fox, which aired a Glee repeat (1.7/4) and Million Dollar Money Drop, which rebounded from last week by 38%.

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ABC Gives ‘Body Of Proof’ Tuesday Slot

Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s hourlong procedural Body of Proof starring Dana Delany will succeed Detroit 1-8-7 in the Tuesday 10 PM slot. In preparation for the move, the network last month gave the modestly rated freshman cop drama Detroit 1-8-7 a short, 5-episode back order. Body of Proof will premiere on March 29, following Detroit‘s 18-episode run, with the Dancing with the Stars result show as a lead-in. The series, created by Christopher Murphey and produced by ABC Studios, centers on Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delany), a brilliant neurosurgeon who takes on a new career as a medical examiner following a car accident.  Body of Proof, originally slated to launch in late October in the Friday 9 PM slot, was held back by new ABC chief Paul Lee for a proper launch in a better time period.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Family’ & ‘Parenthood’ Post Double-Digit Drops For Series Lows

Nellie Andreeva

Another heavily hyped episode of Fox’s Glee (4.9/14, 11.6 million), this one featuring new recurring guest star Gwyneth Paltrow, was once again the top-rated telecast on Tuesday among adults 18-49, up 9% from the show’s last week fast national result. (Glee always gets adjusted up a tenth in the finals as it did last week.) Raising Hope (2.7/7), which tends to go down in the finals, including a .1 slip last week, was up a tenth from its fast national demo number last Tuesday. A Raising Hope repeat (1.8/5) did almost 40% better than an original Running Wilde did last week in the 9:30 PM slot.

NCIS has been so consistently reliable, you can set your clock by it. Last night it drew a 3.9/11 demo rating, the same as its fast national delivery last week. (The veteran procedural tends to go up a tenth in the finals as it did last Tuesday.) NCIS’ audience, 19.4 million, was also almost identical to last week’s 19.8 million as the drama series once again topped the night in total viewers. It was actually a full night of deja vu ratings performances at CBS, with the network’s other two dramas, NCIS: LA (3.3/9, 15.8 million) and The Good Wife (2.2/6, 11.7 million) also matching their demo results from last week, both season lows.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Rocky Horror’ ‘Glee’ Rocks, ‘NCIS: LA’ Slips & ‘Loser’ Hits Low

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s Glee didn’t miss a beat in its return from hiatus. The Rocky Horror-themed episode of the musical dramedy (4.8/13) was up 4% from the fast national result for its last original 2 weeks ago (up 2% from the final as Glee tends to go up a tenth). It also topped the night in adults 18-49 as it has done with every fresh episode this fall. The Halloween-themed episode of comedy Raising Hope (2.6/7) was even with its fast national result for its previous fresh episode 2 weeks ago. It wad followed by another Raising Hope original (2.3/6), which did 64% better than time slot’s regular, Running Wilde, did the last time it aired after a first-run Raising Hope.

ABC’s recently renewed new drama No Ordinary Family (2.0/5) continued to slide, down 9% from last week for a new low. Dancing with the Stars result show, which featured the surprise elimination of The Hills star Audrina Patridge, was down 6% for its lowest result this season. (It is expected to regain some ground in the finals.) ABC’s other newly renewed freshman drama, Detroit 1-8-7 (2.0/6) was  up a tenth from its fast national number last week. The cop drama tends to lose a tenth of a rating point in the finals when the Dancing overrun is taken out.

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Full Seasons For ABC’s ‘Better With You’ & ‘No Ordinary Family’, More ‘Detroit 1-8-7′ & ‘Brothers & Sisters’, No More ‘Whole Truth’

Nellie Andreeva

ABC today became the latest broadcast network to make its full-season pickups, handing out back-nine orders to freshman comedy Better With You and drama No Ordinary Family. Additionally, the network has picked up 5 additional episodes from freshman cop drama Detroit 1-8-7 and 4 from veteran family drama Brothers & Sisters. Missing from the list is new legal drama The Whole Truth, which already has been on shaky ground and is preempted again next week. The series will stay on the air but the network doesn’t plan to order more episodes beyond the original 13. The episodic orders follow the pickup of 4 additional scripts each for No Ordinary Family and Brothers & Sisters 2 weeks ago. It brings the order for Brothers & Sisters to a full-season 22 episodes, up from the 18 ordered in May, meaning that ABC is probably considering a change in its launch plans for midseason drama Off the Map, which was to premiere in Brothers & Sisters Sunday 10 PM slot. (Off the Map also recently received an order for an additional script.) Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Dramas Inch Up, ‘No Ordinary Family’ & ‘Running Wilde’ Slip

Nellie Andreeva

Things seem to be settling down on Tuesdays, with most series reaching their ratings comfort zones. After across-the-board declines last Tuesday, last night all but 2 shows stayed very close to their last week’s averages and, in some cases, bounced back. That includes the entire CBS lineup as all of the network’s dramas went up a notch. CBS tied Fox for the the top spot on Tuesday for first time this season, expanding the network’s nightly winning streak this fall from Wednesday-Friday to Tuesday-Friday. (CBS is also breathing down ABC’s neck on Monday, finishing .1 behind this week.) NCIS(3.9/11, 19 million viewers), NCIS:LA (3.5/9, 16.1 million) and The Good Wife (2.6/7, 11.8 million) all went up .1 rating point from last week, with NCIS:LA and The Good Wife winning their hours in 18-49 and NCIS once again drawing the largest audience for the night (and probably for the week, football excluded.) CBS averaged a 3.3/9 in 18-49 and 15.6 million viewers, tying Fox in 18-49 for No.1 and winning outright in total viewers.

The two series, both freshman, that posted double-digit drops last night were ABC drama No Ordinary Family and Fox comedy Running Wilde. In its third week on the air, No Ordinary Family (2.3/6) was down 15%. Vs. last week’s fast nationals, it was down 12%, which is a more accurate comparison since the superhero family drama added … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Glee’ Leads Slew Of Declining Series But Still Tops Tuesday

Nellie Andreeva

Flat seems to be the new up this fall, with only two series last night, CBS’ The Good Wife and NBC’s Parenthood, able to maintain their ratings from last week while everyone else dropped.

With no Britney Spears, Fox’s Glee (4.5/13 in adults 18-49, 11 million viewers overall) suffered the biggest drop (24%) from last week’s record high with one of the show’s most dramatic and poignant episodes. Still, Glee was the highest-rated program of the night in the demo by a wide margin. Glee‘s lead-out, freshman comedy Raising Hope (2.6/7) also was down, by 16%, while Running Wilde (1.8/5) seems to be leveling off, down only a tenth from last week. Fox still won the night in 18-49 with a 3.9/9 but this time it barely edged CBS (3.2/9). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Glee’ Hits High And ‘No Ordinary Family’ Has Promising Start

Nellie Andreeva

One note on last night before we run the numbers: I found the contrast between 8 PM and 10 PM pretty astonishing. 51.1 million viewers showed up to watch broadcast TV at 8 PM, with all series in the hour drawing decent-to-outstanding numbers. At 10 PM, the total broadcast audience dropped in half, to 26.9 million. In adults 18-49, the decline was even more dramatic, from 16.2 combined rating at 8 PM to a 6.7 at 10 PM when no series came nowhere near a 3 demo rating. Yes, the Wednesday 8 PM hour is becoming a big hour of TV viewing with a lot of solid choices and yes, there is a lot of DVR viewing at 10 PM but still, losing half of the broadcast TV audience from 8-10 PM is a little disconcerting.

No Week 2 slump for Glee. The red-hot sophomore Fox dramedy drew a 5.8 rating/16 share in adults 18-49, 13.3 million viewers overall) with its Britney Spears-themed episode last night, up 4% from its season premiere and an all-time high. It also boosted the network’s new half-hour comedy Raising Hope (3.2/9), up 3% from last week’s premiere. The Greg Garcia sitcom is emerging as Fox’s best hope for a new fall series that could have legs, with Lone Star already gone and new comedy Running Wilde stumbling. In its second airing last night behind Hope, Running Read More »

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Fall Season Launch: The Big Four’s Standings Going Into Premiere Week

Nellie Andreeva

Overnights aren’t supposed to matter, as any broadcast executive will tell you these days because a larger and larger chunk of the TV audience time-shift their primetime viewing. And yet, we know that every morning next week the TV brass will be poring over the early numbers, knots in their stomach, as the broadcast networks unleash 16 new series from Monday to Friday (5 on Monday alone) during the nerve-wracking annual mad dash known as Premiere Week.

A few thoughts before I run down expectations network-by-network:

  • While everyone is focusing on series, it probably will be sports, not scripted fare, that will determine the ratings winner for Premiere Week and possibly the entire fourth quarter. “No one will break out,” a network insider tells me, projecting that the 4 networks will finish Premiere Week in a tight race, with .4 rating point in 18-49 separating No.1 from No. 4. With the race so close, one hour of football overrun on CBS, which has a doubleheader on Sunday, may be the deciding factor that would push the network to the top.
  • I found it refreshing that three new series starring mature actors — Dana Delany (54) in ABC’s Body of Proof, Jimmy Smits (55) in NBC’s Outlaw, and Tom Selleck (65) in CBS’ Blue Bloods – made the cut in May. But I also find it a bit cynical that all 3 were put on the lower-rated and

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The New York Television Festival To Premiere ‘Detroit 1-8-7′, ‘Running Wilde’

Nellie Andreeva

The New York Television Festival has announced the primetime lineup for its sixth annual event. Because of its September dates – this year it will take place from Sept. 20-25, overlapping the broadcast network’s premiere week – the festival regularly features premieres of new fall series. This year, the festival will open with the new ABC drama Detroit 1-8-7 starring Michael Imperioli and will close with the new Fox comedy from Mitch Hurwitz and Will Arnett Running Wilde. Also featured at this year’s event are the premiere of IFC’s “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret” with David Cross, the US premiere of BBC America’s miniseries “Luther” as well as screenings of NBC’s “Short Cuts” hosted by Greg Giraldo. Previous series premieres at the festival have included ABC’s Modern Family and Pushing Daisies and NBC’s Chuck. The festival, which once again will feature the IFC/MTV independent pilot competition and the Fox comedy script contest, takes place at the SVA Theatre and Tribeca Cinemas in Manhattan.

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TCA: No Title Change For ‘Detroit 1-8-7′

By | Sunday August 1, 2010 @ 10:48am PDT

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage:

As a Detroit native, I can confirm that Detroit is an economically troubled, crime-ridden, racially polarized city that for decades hasn’t seemed able to catch a break.  And at today’s TCA, it became clear that the fact ABC has set and is shooting its new crime series Detroit 1-8-7 in the Motor City, while a boon to the local economy, is already causing controversy there. Discussed today were the clashes Read More »

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Peter Serafinowicz Joins ‘Running Wilde’

Nellie Andreeva

PeterSerafinowiczEXCLUSIVE: Peter Serafinowicz has joined the cast of the new Fox comedy series Running Wilde as a regular. Serafinowicz was made a regular after he popped in his guest-starring turn in the pilot as Fa’ad Shaoulin, the Oxford-accented neighbor and frenemy of Steve Wilde (Will Arnett). Similarly, Erin Cummings, who guest-starred in the pilot for ABC’s Detroit 1-8-7 as the medical examiner, was recently upped to regular on the new drama series. The Lionsgate TV-produced Running Wilde centers on Steve Wilde, a filthy-rich, immature playboy trying desperately to win (or buy) the heart of his childhood sweetheart and uber-liberal humanitarian (Keri Russell). Read More »

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