RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘2 Broke Girls’ Steady In Transition To 8 PM With Lindsay Lohan, ‘Friends With Better Lives’ & ‘Mom’ Down

By | Tuesday April 15, 2014 @ 9:29am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

lohangirlsCBS Monday kicked off the post-How I Met Your Mother era last night with Lindsay Lohan, who started things at 8 PM with a guest appearance on 2 Broke Girls. The new 8 PM anchor drew a 2.2 … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Finale Sets Series Highs, ‘Friends With Better Lives’ Gets Sampled

Nellie Andreeva

himymfinaleUPDATE: Here are the final Live+Same Day ratings for the How I Met Your Mother series finale: 5.4 rating among adults 18-49, up a tenth from the fast national, and 13.13 million total viewers. The Friends with Better Lives premiere was adjusted down a tenth to a 2.6 in 18-49. ABC’s Dancing With the Stars inched up to a 2.3.

PREVIOUS: How I Met Your Mother may have divided fans but it sure brought them to TV in a big way — especially the series’ core younger demographics. Last night’s hourlong farewell episode of the long-running CBS comedy series set across-the-board series highs, drawing 12.94 million total viewers, a 5.3 rating in adults 18-49 (up 51% from last week), and a 5.8 in 18-34, with its ratings certain to go even higher in the finals. Given how rare such beloved comedy series are these days, it was somewhat surprising that CBS didn’t make an event of its farewell. For instance, the finales of NBC’s Friends and The Office and CBS’ Everybody Loves Raymond all were preceded by retrospective specials, goosing up the numbers for the closing episodes. Instead, the HIMYM finale was a self-starter at 8 PM.

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After such an emotional experience from 8-9 PM, friendswithbetterlivesmany HIMYM fans admitted online that it was hard for them to stick around for the premiere of CBS’ Friends With Better Lives. Under the circumstances, the new comedy got OK sampling, drawing 8 million viewers, a 2.7 in 18-49 and 2.5 in 18-34. (Its numbers may be adjusted down in the finals because of a minute of a HIMYM overrun.) Its real test will be when it debuts in its regular time slot behind 2 Broke Girls. Unfortunately, that won’t happen for two weeks as the network’s Monday lineup is preempted next week. Read More »

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TCA: CBS Brand Of Comedy Continues To Baffle Critics With New ‘Friends With Better Lives’

Friends With Better LivesTV critics tend not to like CBS comedies – even the ones not created by Chuck Lorre – when they first come on the scene, and only occasionally after they become ratings hits (see The Big Bang Theory), so itTCA wasn’t entirely surprising when they lit into Friends With Better Lives during its Q&A at Winter TV Press Tour 2014.

Related: CBS’ Nina Tassler: “Pilot Season Is Not Perfect But Works For Us”

“In the pilot everybody seems pretty miserable,” one critic noted of the multi-cam ensemble comedy from Dana Klein, about a group of 30-something friends who each think the other has it better, that’s getting the plum post-How I Met Your Mother Finale premiere slot in March.

“Is this going to get somewhat friendlier — everyone seems very unhappy,” the critic reiterated. Klein explained there is no “right” better life – that working women envy stay-at-home moms and vice versa, and how, in the show, one week the better life might seem to be that of the single woman who dates, but the next week it might be the couple with kids. It was the press tour equivalent of tossing breadcrumbs to piranha. Read More »

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CBS Sets Finale Date For ‘How I Met Your Mother’ To Be Followed By ‘Friends With Better Lives’ Debut, ‘Broke Girls’ Moves To 8

By | Thursday December 19, 2013 @ 12:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

How I Met Your Mother Season 7From one set of friends to another. CBS will premiere new ensemble comedy Friends With Better Lives behind the series finale of How I Met Your Mother on March 31. Starting the following Monday, Friends With Better Lives will move to its regular Monday 8:30 PM slot, following a Big Bang Theory rerun until 2 Broke Girls takes over the 8 PM anchor position vacated by HIMYM on April 14. HIMYM will end its nine-season run with an hourlong finale almost two months before the end of the season, an unusually early exit for a series of this caliber, but CBS certainly needs the real estate. As previously announced, midseason CBS drama Intelligence will debut in the Monday 10 PM slot on January 13 after a preview behind NCIS on January 7. Here is CBS’ Monday schedule for March 31, April 7 and April 14: Read More »

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‘Friends With Better Lives’ Gets Series Order At CBS

By | Sunday May 12, 2013 @ 3:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS has given a series order to multi-camera comedy pilot Friends With Better Lives, which I hear CBS topper Les Moonves, who developed Friends back in his Warner Bros. days, had been … Read More »

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Zoe Lister Jones To Star In CBS Pilot ‘Friends With Better Lives’

By | Friday March 22, 2013 @ 5:59pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Zoe Lister JonesWhitney co-star Zoe Lister Jones has landed the last lead in Dana Klein’s CBS comedy Friends With Better Lives, which is directed by James Burrows. The multi-camera project, from 20th Century Fox TV and … Read More »

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Kevin Connolly To Star In CBS’ ‘Friends With Better Lives’, Lyndon Smith Joins ‘Reckless’

By | Wednesday March 6, 2013 @ 4:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

In his first TV role since Entourage, Kevin Connolly is set to co-star in Dana Klein’s CBS comedy pilot Friends With Better Lives, directed by James Burrows. The multi-camera project, from 20th Century Fox TV and Aaron … Read More »

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James Cromwell Joins ‘Betrayal’, ‘Influence’ & ‘Friends With Better Lives’ Add To Casts

By | Monday March 4, 2013 @ 4:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

James Cromwell (American Horror Story) will co-star opposite Hannah Ware in ABC‘s drama pilot Betrayal. Written by David Zabel based on a Dutch series and directed by Patty Jenkins, Betrayal centers on Sara (Ware), a beautiful but unhappily married female photographer who begins a torrid affair with Jack, a lawyer for a powerful family. Cromwell plays Terence Karsten, the head of the powerful Chicago family. Read More »

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Brooklyn Decker To Co-Star In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Friends With Better Lives’

By | Friday March 1, 2013 @ 8:32pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Just Go With It and Battleship star Brooklyn Decker is set as a lead opposite James Van Der Beek in Dana Klein’s CBS comedy pilot Friends With Better Lives, which is directed by James Burrows. The multi-camera project, … Read More »

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James Van Der Beek To Star In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Friends With Better Lives’

By | Friday February 22, 2013 @ 11:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

James Van Der BeekDon’t Trust The B— In Apt. 23 co-star James Van Der Beek has been tapped as a lead in Dana Klein’s CBS comedy pilot Friends With Better Lives, which is directed by James … Read More »

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‘Beverly Hills Cop’, ‘Backstrom’ & Dana Klein Comedy Get Pilot Orders At CBS

By | Tuesday January 22, 2013 @ 6:35pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

CBS has given the long-rumored pilot order to Beverly Hills Cop. The network also has ordered to pilot drama Backstrom, from Bones creator/executive producer Hart Hanson, and comedy Friends With Better Lives, from writer Dana Klein and producer Aaron Kaplan.

Beverly Hills Cop, which had a pilot production commitment and had already cast Brandon T. Jackson as the lead, is a continuation of the movie franchise centered around Axel Foley’s police officer son, played by Jackson, who takes down the criminal elements of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. The films’ star Eddie Murphy is set to appear in the pilot and will executive produce with Shawn Ryan, who wrote the script, as well as Ryan’s producing partner Marney Hochman. Read More »

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