‘Go On’ Cancelled By NBC

By | Friday May 10, 2013 @ 12:28pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The rumored complete comedy revamp at NBC is happening. After a slew of cancellations yesterday, (Whitney, Guys With Kids, 1600 Penn, Up All Night), the network just pulled the plug on freshman Go On. … Read More »

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UPDATE: RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC’s ‘Hannibal’ Tops Premiere In Second Week

By | Friday April 12, 2013 @ 1:58pm PDT

UPDATE, 1:58 PM: Looks like NBC’s Hannibal has some teeth. Final numbers for last night have the network’s new drama rising up over Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Down From Monday Premiere, ‘Splash’ Sinks, ‘Go On’ & ‘New Normal’ Surge, ‘NCIS: LA’ Hits Low

By | Wednesday March 27, 2013 @ 9:14am PDT

UPDATE, 1:55 PM: Tuesday’s The Voice got a bump up to a 4.1/2 in the final numbers today from this morning’s fast nationals of 3.9/12. That pushes last night’s show up 3% among Adults 18-49 from Season 3’s first Tuesday last September where it was 3% down in fast nationals. Following The Voice, NBC’s Go On came down from the 110% surge fast nationals gave the comedy over last week’s show to a 90% boost or 1.9/5 in final numbers. The New Normal also came down from its 100% jump to an 86% jump of a 1.3/3 in final numbers. CBS’ NCIS, ABC’S Dancing With The Stars and Splash and Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen each went up a tenth in the final ratings as well.

PREVIOUSLY, 9: 14 AM: It was night two of Season 4 for The Voice (3.9/12) on Tuesday. The first one-hour episode of the singing competition series saw more blind auditions and the judges in the same outfits they wore in the season premiere. Voice took a slight dip from last year and fell from Monday’s debut, down 19% in adults 18-49 and 12% in total viewers. Compared with last season’s second night in September, it was off 3% in the demo but up 5% in total viewers. Last spring, The Voice didn’t have multiple weeknight broadcasts of the blind auditions, so direct comparisons are a bit apples and oranges especially because it also followed the Super Bowl, the most-watched US TV program ever.

The return of The Voice has already proved a balm to ratings-scorched NBC. After The Voice lead-in and a heavily promoted guest appearance by former fellow Friends star Courtney Cox on Matthew Perry’s Go On (2.1/5), the freshman comedy surged 110% in adults 18-49 from last week’s low. However, Go On was down 16% from its last Voice lead-in last year, on December 4. The New Normal (1.4/4) also benefited: The comedy was up 100% from the 0.7/2 low it got last week. Like Go On, New Normal was down — in this case 18% — from the last Voice lead-in night.  After weeks of second-season ratings stumbles, Smash (1.0/3) was up 43% from the series low of its March 19 show. That’s the second-best rating the Broadway-based drama has received since its February 5 season debut. Read More »

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NBC’s ‘Smash’ To Move To Saturday, ‘Go On’ To Thursday, ‘Ready For Love’ To Tuesday

By | Wednesday March 13, 2013 @ 3:46pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC just made several scheduling changes, with low-rated Smash moving to Saturdays, and Go On getting a tryout on Thursday following the last episodes of the The Office. There is still some good news for loyal Smash fans — NBC is committed to airing all 17 episodes of the series’ second (and certain to be final) season. New reality series Ready For Love is getting a major upgrade. The two-hour show was originally slated to premiere on March 31 and air from 8-10 PM on Sundays, leading into The Apprentice. The dating series executive produced by Eva Longoria, which NBC brass have very high hopes for, is now getting the plum Tuesday 9-11 berth behind The Voice as of April 9. It will take over NBC’s Tuesday comedy block of Go On and The New Normal and drama Smash, which will all still get two airings on Tuesday with The Voice as 8 PM anchor. With Ready For Love relocating, NBC will air reruns of the Monday and Tuesday episodes of The Voice on Sunday, followed by Celebrity Apprentice, which will expand to two hours beginning April 14. We started the season with a three-way comedy face-off in the Tuesday 9 PM hour as Fox, ABC and NBC all scheduled single-camera half-hours in the slot. As of next month, only Fox will air comedies in the hour. Starting next week, Fox also is scaling back its comedy presence on the night from two to one hour (9-10 PM) but I hear the network brass remains committed to keeping comedies on Tuesday next season. Here are all the NBC changes:

READY FOR LOVE

  • Will now air Tuesdays, beginning April 9 (9-11 p.m. ET) following “The Voice.”

CELEBRITY APPRENTICE

  • Beginning April 14 (9-11 p.m ET) will be expanded to two hours through the end of May.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘New Girl’ & ‘Mindy Project’ Up, ‘Go On’ & ‘New Normal’ Hit Series Lows, ‘The Taste’ Falls

By | Wednesday January 30, 2013 @ 9:19am PST

It was a night of a lot of not-so-new chess pieces put in place on television Tuesday. With ABC and Fox having pulled shows from their schedule last week, last night saw their replacements debut. In its first week as a one-hour, The Taste (1.6/4) had a hard second week. The cooking competition show fell 24% from its two-hour premiere January 22. With Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt. 23 pulled from the schedule last week, ABC began the first week of its double shot of Happy Endings on Tuesday. The 9 PM (1.2/3) regular time slot broadcast dipped 8% from Happy Endings’ last original show on January 15. The replacement 9:30 PM (1.3/3) airing of Happy Endings was up from Apt. 23’s 1.1/3 of two weeks ago. Now that Private Practice is no more, ABC ended the night with a special primetime repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live (1.2/3) from January 24 when the show was “hijacked” by Matt Damon. The indefinite pulling of Ben And Kate from Fox’s Tuesday comedy block last week meant that last night began with the first of several back-to-back episodes of Raising Hope. The 8 PM (1.7/5) was even with last week’s show but the 8:30 PM (1.5/4) replacement airing rose 25% from last week’s Ben And Kate in the same time slot. That wasn’t the only rise Fox saw on Tuesday. New Girl (2.5/7) was up 14% from last week and The Mindy Project (1.7/4) saw a rise of 13% from January 22. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘NCIS’ Hits Season High, ‘Go On’ Up, ‘Hart Of Dixie’ Flat

By | Wednesday January 16, 2013 @ 8:55am PST

Tuesday’s primetime saw another season high for CBS’ NCIS (3.8/11). With its second-largest viewership ever, the police procedural pulled in 22.34 million viewers last night. That tops last week’s season-high of 21.1 million for the long-running series, though it falls short of the record 22.87 million who watched on February 1, 2011. NCIS also saw its best rating in the adults 18-49 demo since its Season 10 premiere on September 25, growing 9% from last week’s show. NCIS: LA (2.7/7), meanwhile, was down from last week’s season high; its 17.48 million viewers marked the series’ second-highest viewership of its season. It also was down 10% week-over-week in the demo. At 10 PM, Vegas (1.6/4) drew 11.05 million viewers, topping the time slot. For the night, CBS won in total viewers (16.957 million) and the demo.

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‘Go On’s Allison Miller Joins ‘There’s Always Woodstock’

By | Wednesday December 5, 2012 @ 2:39pm PST

Allison Miller is heading to Woodstock. The Go On series regular will play the lead role of Catherine Brown in the Rita Merson-directed romcom. There’s Always Woodstock follows would-be songwriter Brown as she returns to her dead parents’ home … Read More »

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Piper Perabo To Recur On NBC’s ‘Go On’

By | Monday December 3, 2012 @ 11:51am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Piper Perabo, the star of USA’s spy drama Covert Affairs, will be moonlighting on the therapy comedy Go On, which airs on USA’s sister network NBC. Perabo has been tapped for a high-profile three-episode arc on the freshman NBC … Read More »

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Sarah Baker Upped To Regular On NBC Comedy Series ‘Go On’

By | Tuesday November 13, 2012 @ 5:59pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Baker has been promoted to a regular on Go On for the freshman NBC comedy’s Back 9 order and beyond. Baker, who started off as a guest star in the pilot, ended up appearing in all … Read More »

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NBC’s ‘Revolution’, ‘Go On’ And ‘The New Normal’ Get Full-Season Orders

By | Tuesday October 2, 2012 @ 12:57pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has made the first back orders this fall, giving full-season orders to drama Revolution and comedies Go On and The New Normal. “We’re impressed with the imagination and creative direction of the entire team on Revolution, not to mention the immediately strong response we got from the audience,” said NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke.  “We’re also very proud of our new comedy block of Go On and The New Normal.”

The news comes on the heels of NBC logging its first outright premiere-week win among adults 18-49 in nine years, fueled by the early success of Revolution as well as The Voice‘s expansion to fall and the ongoing strength of Sunday Night Football. “We’re very pleased with early results of the last three weeks of our fall season roll-out,” said NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt. “The strategy for this season was to draft off the promotional platform of the Olympics and then begin our season early and strong. I think we’ve accomplished both of those goals, yet we know it’s a long season and there’s much work ahead of us.”

The pickups of Revolution, Go On and The New Normal had been considered no-brainers as the three have been NBC’s strongest new series so far this season. The forecast is cloudier for underperforming new comedies Animal Practice and Guys With Kids.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox Comedy Block Soft, ‘Vegas’ Premiere OK, CBS Tops Night

By | Wednesday September 26, 2012 @ 9:37am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE PM: In the finals, The Voice went up by two tenths to a 4.2 demo rating. Adjusted up by .1 were the Dancing With the Stars, the two New Girl episodes and Ben and Kate.

PREVIOUS AM: It was a ho-hum premiere week Tuesday with no standouts, no unmitigated disasters and mostly soft starts for new series. A slew of new and returning shows were schooled by veteran NCIS, the oldest program on the night, whose 10th season premiere beat them all to rank as Tuesday’s top show in total viewers and adults 18-49 with some of its best numbers ever.

Fox’s new two-hour comedy block was slow out of the gate. Anchor New Girl delivered a 2.7/9 in adults 18-49 in both premiere airings at 8 PM and 9 PM. That was down 43% from the fast national for the show’s big series premiere last fall and a tenth from its season finale. New Girl was used as a launching pad for new comedies Ben And Kate (2.0/6) at 8:30 PM and The Mindy Project (2.4/6) at 9:30 PM. Both were down considerably from the season premiere of Raising Hope behind New Girl last year (3.1/8 at 9:30 PM)

NBC’s lineup took a hit against increased competition. The Voice (4.0/12) was down 11% from its fast national last week. Facing first-run comedies for the first time, Go On (2.7/7) dropped 21%, while The New Normal (2.0/5) was down 9%. Go On tied New Girl as the highest-rated half-hour on the night. At 10 PM, Parenthood (1.8/5) was flat with last week.

CBS’ returning dramas were solid. NCIS (4.1/12, 20.2 million total viewers) was down only a tenth from the fast national for its season premiere last fall. NCIS: LA (3.4/9, 16.7 million) was down 6%. Both series had their second-most-watched openers ever. At 10 PM, new drama Vegas pulled in a 2.5/7 in adults 18-49. In the demo, that was down 14% from the premiere of Unforgettable in the slot last fall but easily topped the 10 PM hour. Given the subject matter — 1960s Las Vegas — and star Dennis Quaid, Vegas was expected to be older-skewing. In total viewers, it drew an impressive 14.7 million, the largest audience for a fall Tuesday 10 PM premiere in 10 years, since Judging Amy in 2002. In 18-49, it was CBS’ lowest-rated Tuesday drama premiere in 7.5 years, since Century City in March 2008. CBS swept Tuesday night, winning every hour of primetime in both total viewers and adults 18-49. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Gains, ‘Go On’ Holds, ‘Dance’ Finale Down From 2011

By | Wednesday September 19, 2012 @ 8:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The Voice continues to post week-to-week rating increases. Last night, NBC’s singing competition (4.5/14 in adults 18-49 from 8-9 PM) shot up 15% from its fast national last Tuesday after also posting Week 2 gains with its Monday edition. … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Solid Debut For ‘Go On’, ‘New Normal’ Holds, ‘Parenthood’ Down

By | Wednesday September 12, 2012 @ 9:22am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC can exhale — its first night of all-new fall programming did OK. At 8 PM, the second episode of The Voice posted a 3.9/12 in adults 18-49. That was down a modest 7% from the Monday season premiere, which aired from 8-10 PM, while last night’s episode ran in the 8 PM hour where HUT levels are lower. (Though the show faced lesser competition last night.) There is no suitable prior-season comparison as this is the first time The Voice has expanded into multiple nights a week during the higher-rated blind auditions stage. The singing competition delivered NBC’s best non-sports rating in the time period since January 5, 2011.

At 9 PM, the time-period premiere of the new Matthew Perry comedy Go On (3.4/9, 9.6 million) marked NBC’s highest-rated comedy premiere since Outsourced in 18-49 and My Name Is Earl in total viewers. It was down 39% from the Go On preview during the Olympics as well as down 8% from the debut of Perry’s most recent series, the short-lived ABC comedy Mr. Sunshine, and Up All Night‘s preview behind America’s Got Talent last year. Read More »

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UPDATE: RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC’s London Olympics Day 12 Hits 36-Year High

By and | Thursday August 9, 2012 @ 1:24pm PDT

UPDATE, 1:23 PM: The final tally is in and for last night’s XXX Summer Games (16.8/28) it was truly a Gold medal spike worthy of Beach Volleyball winners Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor. With 29.1 million viewers on average tuning in, last night was the most watched second Wednesday of any Summer Olympics in 36 years. That includes the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games, which pulled in 28.9 million on its second Wednesday. While the London Games has often topped all other non-U.S. Summer Games since 1976, it has rarely done better than Games that were held in the United States. Of course, as it has in the final numbers for 12 of the 13 nights of the London Games, NBC’s primetime 8 – 11 PM coverage of the Olympics once again bested the 2008 Beijing Games. The Summer Olympics four years ago got 24.8 million on its second Wednesday, that’s 17% less than last night. Last night’s coverage was also up 11% in the ratings from Beijing’s 15.2/26 on the comparable night back in 2008. The 32.6 million viewers that NBC has had on average in primetime over the first 13 day s of the London Games is 3.6 million more than the average of 29.0 million that watched the first 13 nights of the Beijing Games.

PREVIOUS UPDATE: NBC released “fast official” ratings for the preview of Go On, which actually aired from 11:06-11:30 PM. It averaged a 5.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 16.1 million viewers and posted a 84% retention from the first to second half, according to NBC.

PREVIOUS: Last night’s Olympics coverage on NBC, punctuated by an all-American beach volleyball women’s final won by three-time champions Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor, and a track & field gold rush, delivered a 9.2/27 among adults 18-49 from 8-11 PM and 28.7 million viewers in the fast nationals. That was up 14% from the same night during the Beijing games and down 5% from last Wednesday as Olympics ratings tend to taper off in Week 2. A commercial-free preview of NBC’s new comedy Go On starring Matthew Perry aired from 11:04-11:30 PM. NBC’s 11-11:30 PM fast national average was 18.6 million viewers and a 6.4/20 in 18-49. Extrapolating the numbers, Go On pulled in about 5.8 demo rating and 16.6 million viewers. While that is only a little more than half of the show’s lead-in (NBC’s Olympics coverage scored 10.4 and 30.6 million viewers from 10:30-11 PM), it is still good sampling for the new series.  Read More »

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TV CASTINGS: Jay Karnes, Christine Woods And Tim Griffin Book Arcs

By | Monday July 30, 2012 @ 4:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jay Karnes has booked a four-episode arc on new ABC submarine drama Last Resort. Karnes, repped by Greene & Associates, will play Secretary of Defense William Curry, a shadowy figure who may be behind the attack on the USS Colorado. Karnes … Read More »

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Matthew Perry Gives Series TV Another Go With ‘Go On’: TCA

By | Tuesday July 24, 2012 @ 7:00pm PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Matthew Perry’s last shot at sitcom stardom, ABC’s Mr. Sunshine in 2011, didn’t work out so well, lasting less than aMatthew Perry Go On season. Undaunted, he’s back again — and at the scene of his greatest success, NBC — for Go On, produced by Friends writer-producer Scott Silveri and starring Perry as a sports talk radio host and recent widower who reluctantly joins a grief counseling support group. “I gravitate toward broken characters who try to be better people”, Perry said this afternoon at TCA. He added that Mr. Sunshine, too, was about such a character but believes, “This is a much better setup”. He added of his Mr. Sunshine character, “That guy was sort of in a bad mood and no one really knew why”. When it was pointed that a lot of people in the room liked Mr. Sunshine, Perry was befuddled. “This is the room”? he quipped. I wish I’d just stayed in this room all year”. He even tried today to stress, clearly in jest, that this new role is the best he’s ever had. “It’s either this or The Whole Ten Yards”, he concluded. But Perry later reflected on what made Friends such a blockbuster success. “Friends was just great chemistry, great writing, great lighting, great acting — and a little bit of magic thrown in”. Read More »

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John Cho Joins New NBC Comedy Series ‘Go On’ As Regular

By | Thursday June 14, 2012 @ 6:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Harold & Kumar star John Cho has closed a deal to join the cast of new NBC comedy series Go On as a regular. The single-camera comedy stars Matthew Perry as charming and cocky radio sportscaster Ryan King who is … Read More »

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Single-Camera Comedy Mayhem: ABC, NBC & Fox To Clash In Tuesday 9-10 Hour In Fall

By | Tuesday May 15, 2012 @ 8:51am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Happy Endings ABC ScheduleDamon Wayans Jr is heading to the Tuesday 9 PM slot after all. The actor starred in the pilot for Fox’s New Girl but had to pull out because his series in first position, ABC’s Happy Endings, was surprisingly renewed for a second season last May. Now he will face New Girl as ABC is slotting New Girl FoxHappy Endings in the Thursday 9 PM slot this fall. ABC opening a 9-10 PM comedy block on Tuesday is surprising given the fact that the network last May said it would expand its new Last Man Standing-anchored Tuesday 8-9 PM comedy block to 10 PM in January with the younger-skewing Cougar Town and Don’t Trust The B—- in the 9 PM hour. But the network abandoned the idea, with ABC topper Paul Lee citing the strength of New Girl for the decision. Now the network is pitting Happy Endings and Don’t Trust The B— against New Girl and Mindy Kaling’s The Mindy Project.

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NBC First Look Teasers: 2012-13 New Shows

Nellie Andreeva

NEW COMEDIES & DRAMAS FOR 2012-13 NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE
Sitcoms expand to four nights this fall including Tuesday and Friday nights. New dramas from Dick Wolf and JJ Abrams. Here’s your first look:

NBC’s Save Me - Comedy
Produced by Sony Pictures Television and Original Film. Novelist John Scott Shepherd is executive producer/creator along with executive producer/director Scott Winant and executive producers Neal H. Moritz, Vivian Cannon, and Alexa Junge:

NBC’s 1600 Penn - Comedy
Produced by 20th Century Fox. From executive producer/director Jason Winer. The executive producers are Winer (who also directed the pilot), Gad and former White House speechwriter Jon Lovett:


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