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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Rises Slightly, ‘New Normal’ Finale Up, ‘Splash’ Down, ‘Golden Boy’ Hits Tuesday Low

By | Wednesday April 3, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT

The second show of the second week of The Voice (4.3/13) on Tuesday saw the fourth night of blind auditions. There was some singing of an Adele tune, a model-turned-singer, some chairs turned around, judge Blake Shelton’s offer to adopt a contestant, and a few fine dance moves from Usher. The one-hour episode was up 5% from the March 26 show’s final numbers and up 10% from last week’s fast nationals of 3.9/12. So don’t be surprised if today’s final number sees a bump. In that long road back from its ratings hell, NBC is taking pride that the fast national for last night’s Voice is the best result for any show on NBC, ABC, CBS or Fox in Tuesday primetime since The Voice Season 3 finale on December 18. NBC won Tuesday in the adults 18-49 demo, with CBS taking the top spot in total viewers with 9.544 million.

Related: TV Weekly Warfare: NBC Gets Expected ‘Voice’ Boost; CBS Stays On Top

Also on NBC last night, the season finale of The New Normal heard a bit of John Lennon’s Beautiful Boy and saw a birth. It also came in two parts: One at 9 PM (1.9/5), where the Thursday-headed Go On is usually slotted, the other during its regular 9:30 (1.4/4) slot. Benefiting from its Voice lead-in, the 9 PM episode of the Ryan Murphy-produced show was even with the last week’s Go On, which saw a ratings surge coming on after the singing show. The 9:30 show was up 8% from last week. Smash (0.9/3), about to be moved to Saturday nights starting this week, saw its final Tuesday episode fall 10%. With 3.1 million watching, the series that is almost certain to not be renewed did hit its highest viewership total since February 19.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Premiere Slips, ‘The Taste’ Finale Hits Low, ‘Smash’ Up, ‘Body of Proof’ & ‘Off Their Rockers’ Hit Series Lows

By | Wednesday March 13, 2013 @ 10:01am PDT

Like a reality TV bat out of Hell, Gordon Ramsey returned Tuesday for Season 11 of Hell’s Kitchen (2.2/6). Taking over Fox’s primetime last night, the two-hour cooking competition premiere saw 20 aspiring restaurateurs putting forth their signatures dishes to Ramsey and, in a new twist this season, a live Las Vegas audience. It also saw the show slip 8% from its Season 10 premiere on June 4. However, last night’s Hell’s Kitchen garnered pretty much the same number of viewers with 5.4 million compared to last year’s 5.5 million, and it was the highest-rated show of the night in the adults 18-49 demographic. Fox won the night overall in the key demo, while CBS topped in total viewers with 11.15 million.

As one reality gastronomy series started up, another ended. After eight episodes, the first season of ABC’s The Taste (1.1/3) crowned a winner with Charlie Sheen’s private chef Khristianne Uy taking the top spot. The one-hour finale of the freshman show, which will see a Dancing With The Stars special in its slot next week, dipped 8% from last week to hit a series low. ABC started off the night with Celebrity Wife Swap (1.6/5), which rose 7% from the big drop-off its March 5 show saw from the previous week’s premiere. Falling 8% from last week, the struggling Body Of Proof (1.2/3) ended primetime for the network as it tied a series low.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Fashion Star’ Returns Low, ‘Golden Boy’ & ‘Cult’ Slide, ‘Nikita’ Rises, ‘Grimm’ Dips

By | Saturday March 9, 2013 @ 10:01am PST

It was a fully loaded Friday last night with premieres, both season and time slot. Back for its second season, Fashion Star (0.8/3) kicked off NBC’s Friday primetime. After some labor troubles while in production last year, the reality designer competition series moved from Tuesdays to Fridays as well as adding a new host in Louise Roe to replace Elle Macpherson. Even with judges Nicole Ritchie, John Varvatos and Jessica Simpson back, something about this outfit didn’t work. Fashion Star cratered 50% from its Season 1 debut at 9:30 PM on March 13, 2012. Granted the series had the lead-in of Biggest Loser last year, but it was also down 43% from what Dateline Friday got in the same 8 PM slot last week.

Freshman police drama Golden Boy (1.0/3) made its one and likely only Friday appearance last night. Originally set to move to Friday nights after two Tuesday preview airings, Golden Boy will remain in the early week 10 PM slot with Vegas relocating to the end of the week. It looks to be a smart move as Golden Boy was down 44% from its February 26 Tuesday premiere and 40% from the February 22 CSI: NY finale in the Friday slot. The CW’s Cult (0.2/1) also took a tumble as it moved into a new Friday 9 PM slot. The series was down 33% from its last original on February 26. Read More »

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CBS’ ‘Golden Boy’ To Stay On Tuesdays, ‘Vegas’ Moves To Fridays

By | Thursday March 7, 2013 @ 11:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Golden Boy, CBS’ new drama about the meteoric rise of an ambitious cop, is experiencing a rise in the standings itself. The midseason series, which was supposed to relocate to Fridays after two previews on Tuesday, will remain in the Tuesday 10 PM slot for the rest of the season. Golden Boy‘s first Friday airing, slated for tomorrow, will proceed as scheduled.

Meanwhile Tuesday 10 PM’s dweller Vegas, which was pre-empted to make room for the Golden Boy previews, will relocate to the Friday 9 PM slot beginning April 5, following the CBS’ coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament. Golden Boy has not been a breakout, starting off with a soft 1.8 18-49 rating in its premiere and dropping 11% this Tuesday. But with lackluster competition from ABC’s low-rated Body Of Proof and NBC’s flatlining Smash, Golden Boy has easily won the time period, and its Week 2 dropoff was respectable. With the series’ 13-episode order, CBS will be able to air originals in the Tuesday 10 PM slot through May, which the network brass liked. Additionally, CBS executives like to test scheduling moves this time a year that they are considering for next season, and Vegas’ shift to Fridays certainly fits that bill. The show’s demographic profile matches closely that of CBS’ Friday 10 PM drama Blue Bloods — large, older-skewing audiences. If Vegas does OK in its new time slot, it will … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Golden Boy’ Debuts Soft, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Returns With Series High, ‘Smash’, ‘Body Of Proof’ & ‘Go On’ Tie Lows

By | Wednesday February 27, 2013 @ 9:25am PST

After having been previewed online for a week, CBS’ Golden Boy (1.8/5) premiered on TV last night. It won its 10 PM slot, but the news was not all good. The midseason cop drama was up 20% in the slot from last week’s Vegas, which had tied a season low, but it was also down 28% from the Vegas premiere in the same time slot September 25. Watched by 10.46 million last night, Golden Boy did debut stronger than the 1.3/4 garnered by ABC’s new conspiracy drama Zero Hour when it premiered on Valentine’s Day, but it fell short of the 2.0/5 NBC’s Deception received for its January 7 debut. Golden Boy’s 10 PM Tuesday slot is just temporary; after one more Tuesday airing next week, it moves to Fridays at 9 PM.

Of course, part of Golden Boy‘s scheduling arrangement is to give it a boost from Tuesday heavyweights NCIS (3.4/10) and NCIS: LA (2.9/8). Last night’s most-watched show with 20.48 million viewers, the former slipped 3% from last week, while the latter was up 7% and drew 16.81 million viewers. With 15.917 million watching and a 2.7/8, CBS won the night in total viewers and in the adults 18-49 demographic.

Related: CBS Poised To Win First February Sweep Since 1998
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CBS Slips ‘Golden Boy’ Premiere Up Online A Week Before Debut

By | Tuesday February 19, 2013 @ 5:17pm PST

One week before Golden Boy is set to debut on CBS, the network today quietly posted the entire first episode of the show online. The mid-season cop drama will premiere on the broadcast network on February 26 at 10 PM, however you can watch all 42:28 minutes of it here on CBS’s site now. Golden Boy is scheduled to move to Fridays at 9 PM on March 8 once CSI:NY wraps for the season. Golden Boy is about the quick rise of ambitious cop Walter William Clark Jr., played by Theo James, who becomes the youngest police commissioner in the history of New York City, and the toll it takes on his personal life. Greg Berlanti and Nicholas Wootton are executive producing. Online previews have become fairly common in the past couple of years. In 2009, Community and Modern Family were put up on Facebook and Amazon before their TV debut. Last Fall, NBC posted the Revolution pilot before it aired while Fox put up The Mindy Project and the now cancelled Ben And Kate.

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‘Golden Boy’s Theo James, Chi McBride On CBS Show’s Evolution: TCA

By | Saturday January 12, 2013 @ 11:41am PST

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Talking up the network’s mid-season cop drama Golden Boy, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler said today at TCA that they initially had seen the new lead-in for Blue Bloods as a “star vehicle” for Theo James, portraying an ambitious cop who becomes the youngest police commissioner in the history of New York City. But she said when network executives watched the pilot, they began seeing the relationship between James’ character and his mentor-father figure on the force, Chi McBride’s Detective Dan Owen. “You could see the show was evolving into a different kind of show, a two-hander between these two actors,” said Tassler of the drama, created by NYPD Blue / Law & Order veteran Nicholas Wootton and executive produced by Wootton and Greg Berlanti.

Related: Mark Burnett Explains His “Kinder Approach” For CBS’ ‘The Job’

At the Golden Boy panel following Tassler’s Q&A remarks, actors James and McBride talked about the chemistry. “It developed naturally from pilot synergy,” British actor James said. “It’s a little bit of art imitating life. I’m a young English punk coming over and McBride is a veteran actor,” he said. He compared the relationship to Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Joked McBride: “First of all will you stop with the accent already? He’s from Long Beach.” More seriously, he added: “There are a lot of parallels with our real life, I took Theo out for his first cigar. This is not a typical kind of cop show, I love that it’s character-driven. This is my partner. We are friends off-camera and on.” Read More »

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TV Trailer: New CBS Drama ‘Golden Boy’

By | Wednesday December 12, 2012 @ 1:39pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: It turns out the Golden Boy trailer had been put up on YouTube without CBS’ knowledge and has since been been taken down. There is no ETA on when the network will release the first trailer for the show. 
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CBS Midseason: ‘Golden Boy’ On Friday After Tuesday Previews, ‘Rules’ On Monday

By | Thursday December 6, 2012 @ 11:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

CBS is going for only minor tweaks to its schedule in midseason, filling the holes left by cancelled freshmen Made In Jersey and Partners with new drama Golden Boy and veteran comedy Rules Of Engagement, respectively.

The network is keeping the crime 9-11 PM block on Friday, anchored by Blue Bloods at 10 PM, with midseason cop drama Golden Boy taking over the 9 PM slot March 8, following the February 22 season finale of veteran CSI: NY, which had a shorter, 17-episode order. Acknowledging how challenging it is to launch a new drama on Friday, CBS is trying to give Golden Boy a running start by airing its first episodes in the Tuesday 10 PM slot following originals of NCIS and NCIS: LA and pre-empting freshman Vegas. Golden Boy, executive produced by Greg Berlanti and Nicholas Wootton, is about the meteoric rise of an ambitious cop (Theo James) who becomes the youngest police commissioner in the history of New York City. Coincidentally, Blue Bloods stars Tom Selleck as the New York Police commissioner, with Len Cariou as his father, the retired NY police commissioner. CBS has not been able to successfully launch a new drama in the Friday 9 PM slot since CSI 12 years ago. Reality series Undercover Boss is staying put in the Friday 8 PM hour. I hear the network may also use the slot to try new unscripted series. CBS has a couple on tap, including The Job. Read More »

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Chi McBride Cast In CBS Pilot ‘Golden Boy’

By | Monday February 6, 2012 @ 3:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Chi McBride is back on the series beat with Warner Bros. TV. The actor is set to co-star on the studio’s CBS drama pilot Golden Boy. The drama, written/exec produced by Nicholas Wootton, exec produced by Greg Berlanti and directed/exec produced by Richard Shepard, tracks an ambitious young police officer’s meteoric rise through the department ranks. McBride will play his new partner, Detective Owen. This is McBride’s latest gig for Warner Bros. TV. The actor’s last 3 series were at the studio, The Nine, Pushing Daisies and most recently Human Target.

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Richard Shepard To Direct CBS Pilot ‘Golden Boy’, Miguel Arteta To Helm ‘Carrie Diaries’

By | Monday February 6, 2012 @ 8:36am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Emmy-winning director Richard Shepard is set to direct and executive produce the CBS pilot Golden Boy. The drama, written and executive produced by Nicholas Wootton and executive produced by Greg Berlanti, hails from Warner Bros TV and studio-based Berlanti Prods. It is a show about the making of a man — it tracks one cop’s meteoric rise from officer to detective to Police Commissioner. In addition to directing, Shepard will executive produce the pilot. He has been loaned out from CBS TV Studios, where Olé, his production company with Sean and Bryan Furst, is under a deal. Shepard, an Emmy winner for directing the pilot for ABC’s Ugly Betty, most recently directed the pilot for the CW’s Ringer. He also directed the pilots for Criminal Minds and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. Read More »

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