RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hannibal’ Surges, ‘Rake’ Hits New Low, ‘Whose Line’ Down, CBS Wins Night With NCAA Basketball

By | Saturday March 29, 2014 @ 10:37am PDT

Hannibal - Season 2It was a primetime of blood, basketball and some serious shaking out on the West Coast last night. The latter was the 5.1 earthquake that rocked southern Californian just after 9 PM PT on Friday. In terms of … Read More »

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Fox Slates ‘I Wanna Marry Harry’ & ‘Riot’ For Summer, Changes ‘Gang Related’ Slot, Puts ‘Enlisted’ On Hold

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 11:31am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox_Broadcasting_Company111004142957-200x101Fox has firmed up its late spring/summer scheduling plans, slating new unscripted series I Wanna Marry Harry, from producer Ryan Seacrest & ZigZag Prods, and Riot (formerly Slide Show), from producer Steve Carell and Shine America. I Wanna Marry “Harry,” featuring single American women vying for the heart of a Prince Harry lookalike they are led to believe is the real thing, will debut May 27 and air in the Tuesday 8 PM slot. Riot, featuring celebrities and comedians tackling song, dance and sketch challenges on enlisted1a tilted set, will premiere May 13, following the season finale of Glee. Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, originally slated to succeed Bones in the Friday 8 PM hour earlier this month, was held back when Rake was moved into the slot. The veteran reality series will now rejoin Fox’s Friday lineup on April 11, but it will air at 9 PM, following Rake. That means that midseason comedy Enlisted, already slated for preemption for the hourlong Raising Hope finale on April 4, will be pulled off the schedule after this Friday’s episode, with a return date/slot TBD. In other news, Fox is moving new drama Gang Related from the Tuesday 9 PM slot, where it was originally penciled in back in January, to Thursdays at 9 PM where it will follow Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen. Its premiere date is being adjusted accordingly, from May 20 to May 22. Also set are season premiere dates for returning series MasterChef, Hotel Hell and So You Think You Can Dance. Here’s the full schedule:

Related: Fox Reality Series Has Women Believing They’re Competing To Marry Prince Harry

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS’ Lineup Posts Highs, ‘Carrie Diaries’ Inches Up In Finale

By | Saturday February 1, 2014 @ 10:02am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Run to YouThere was a lot of movement last night. CBS returned to originals, with all programs exceeding their most recent deliveries. Undercover Boss (1.7) continues to show resilience, up a tenth from its last original two weeks ago and drawing its largest audience (9.23 million) in a year. The reality series was also up when it returned from a monthlong hiatus two weeks ago only to be pre-empted again last Friday. The lack of drama competition on NBC boosted CBS’ procedurals. Hawaii Five-0 (1.7, up 13%, 11.13 million) posted season highs in 18-49 and total viewers. CBS would love to see those numbers at 10 PM on Monday where Hawaii‘s successors Hostages and Intelligence have grossly underperformed. Blue Bloods (1.6, up 14%, 12.79 million) delivered its largest audience since the series premiere three and a half years ago.

CBS won the night in total viewers (11.05) but was edged by ABC (1.7 to 1.6) in adults 18-49, which was paced again by Shark Tank (2.1). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Enlisted’ Surges In New Slot, ‘Shark Tank’ Hits Series High

By | Saturday January 25, 2014 @ 10:02am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Enlisted-Pilot_SC27_0157Very encouraging news for Fox’s new comedy Enlisted. After launching to a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49 and dropping to a 0.6 in Week 2, the comedy jumped 67% in its third outing last night to a 1.0. The radical improvement was the result of a scheduling move, with Fox swapping Enlisted and Raising Hope to give the newbie a better lead-in from Bones. Some of the ratings gains for Enlisted vs. Raising Hope in the 9 PM time period were organic and some were because Bones (1.8) itself was up this week, by 20%. Enlisted‘s lead-in retention was 56% vs. 46% for Raising Hope last week. As for Raising Hope, it logged a 0.8 in its new 9:30 PM slot, also an improvement over last week’s 0.7.

Related: Fox Moves ‘Enlisted’ To Friday 9 PM Slot

Viewers already are frustrated with the broadcast schedule that constantly switches between originals and reruns, making it hard to know when your show is on (unless your DVR does it for you.) So it is hard to explain CBS’ decision to bring Undercover Boss from a monthlong hiatus last Friday only to air a rerun again last night. The unscripted series showed resilience in its return last week, posting a 14% gain vs. its last original on Dec. 16 but who knows how long it can keep up with the scheduling shell game. Read More »

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Fox Moves ‘Enlisted’ To Friday 9 PM Slot

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 1:21pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Enlisted-Pilot_SC27_0157At TCA last week, Fox chairman Kevin Reilly admitted he was disappointed by the early ratings performance of new comedy Enlisted but vowed to stick with the show for its 13-episode order and give it a shot. Now … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Low Start For Fox’s ‘Enlisted’, ABC & CBS Series Up In Return

By | Saturday January 11, 2014 @ 9:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EnlistedpilotFox pushed the original Nov. 8 premiere date for Enlisted to January so the slapstick single-camera comedy about three brothers and a group of misfits on a small Army base could get more promotion on the network’s highly rated … Read More »

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Fox Pushes Premiere Of New Comedy Series ‘Enlisted’ To January

By | Thursday September 12, 2013 @ 2:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

New Fox comedy Enlisted, originally slated to debut in November, will be held back until January. Enlisted, a slapstick single-camera comedy about three brothers and a group of misfits on a small Florida Army base, was scheduled … Read More »

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TCA: Fox’s ‘Enlisted’ Men Seem Happy Just To Be Drafted

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 5:21pm PDT

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Producers and cast members of Fox’s new comedy Enlisted (three brothers on a military base and their misfit colleagues), told TV journalists at TCA today that they are not bothered by the show’s 9:30 PM Friday time slot, usually considered a wasteland for nabbing the younger viewer. “That’s party night!” joked executive producer Mike Royce. Said cast member Geoff Stults: “We don’t care what our time slot is, we’re just happy to get one.” Creator/writer/executive producer Kevin Biegel added his 2 cents: “We don’t want to be on up against Parks And Recreation or Big Bang Theory,” he said. “I’d be lying if I said I was bummed about being in any time slot.”

Humility seemed to be the theme of the day for the Enlisted panel. Biegel freely admitted that in the pilot there were “a lot of things we screwed up in terms of technical stuff, we’re totally embarrassed about that” — and vowed to do better. He also cracked wise about his identity as co-creator of Cougar Town: “Hold for applause — oh, yeah, you are critics,” he said when he brought up the affiliation. Read More »

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Bridget Regan To Star In ABC’s ‘Murder In Manhattan’, Angelique Cabral Gets ‘Enlisted’

By | Friday February 22, 2013 @ 10:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Former Legend Of The Seeker star Bridget Regan has been tapped as a lead in ABC’s hourlong pilot Murder In Manhattan, executive produced by Ryan Reynolds. Written by Maria Maggenti and directed by Cherie Nowlan, Murder Read More »

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Geoff Stults To Star In Fox Pilot ‘Enlisted’

By | Tuesday February 19, 2013 @ 10:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Geoff Stults, the star of the Fox/20th TV Bones spinoff The Finder, is set as the lead of another Fox/20th TV project, single-camera comedy pilot Enlisted. The casting stems from the talent deal Stults … Read More »

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Keith David Cast In Fox Pilot ‘Enlisted’, Jack McGee Joins CBS Comedy ‘McCarthys’

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 7:40pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Keith David (The Cape) has been cast in Enlisted, Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot from Cougar Town co-creator Kevin Biegel, which he is executive producing with Mike Royce. Based on Biegel’s relationship with his siblings, the 20th TV-produced project … Read More »

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Fox Picks Up Comedy Pilots From ‘Cougar Town’ Co-Creator Kevin Biegel & Michelle Morgan

By | Thursday January 24, 2013 @ 1:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has greenlighted two more single-camera comedy pilots: Enlisted, from Cougar Town co-creator Kevin Biegel, and Two Wrongs, from feature writer Michelle Morgan. Both projects hail from 20th TV.

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