NBC Renews ‘Chicago Fire’, ‘Chicago PD’ & ‘Grimm’

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 4:59pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has given early renewals for next season to three chicago firemore dramas: Chicago Fire, its spinoff Chicago P.D., and Grimm. All hail from Universal TV. They join hot freshman The Blacklist, which already was picked up Read More »

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NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire’, ‘Parks & Rec’, ‘Grimm’ And ‘Parenthood’ Go Digital To Keep Fans Engaged During Games

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 11:54am PST

NBC announced today it will offer digitalkey_art_parks_and_recreation-300x116 series for four of its primetime series; Chicago Fire, Parks And Recreation, Grimm, and Parenthood to keep fans focused in February while Olympics take over NBC’s primetime. All digital series will be streamed on NBC.com, Hulu and YouTube.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS’ ‘Undercover Boss’ Up In Return, NBC Dramas Rebound

By | Saturday January 18, 2014 @ 9:33am PST
Nellie Andreeva

undercover-boss-logo_20110328001421CBS’ Undercover Boss showed no signs of rust in its return from a monthlong hiatus, logging a 1.6 at 8 PM last night, up 14% from its last original on December 16. But that had little impact on the rest … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Grimm’ Up, ‘Dracula’ Down In Return

By | Saturday January 4, 2014 @ 10:35am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Grimm - Red MenaceGiven how much work goes into producing a scripted series, especially high-end drama, it is disheartening to see the ratings pecking order last night: Sports first (Fox‘s night-winning coverage of the Cotton Bowl, 1.9 among adults 18-49 in the … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Grimm’, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ & ‘Nikita’ Hit Series Lows, ‘Shark Tank’ Steady, ’20/20′ Up As ABC Wins Night

By | Saturday December 14, 2013 @ 9:44am PST

EVAN MENDELSOHN, NICK MORTON (TIPSY ELVES)Friday was a bit unusual in that it was one of the few nights of the past couple of weeks when a holiday special of some sort wasn’t on TV. Not that Christmas was absent from … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Garth Brooks Rules, ‘Grimm’ & ‘Raising Hope’ Dip, ‘Dracula’ Flat

By | Saturday November 30, 2013 @ 9:42am PST
Nellie Andreeva

garth-live-from-vegasHe may have spent most of the last decade in retirement and semi-retirement, but Garth Brooks still has a things or two to show to his younger colleagues. The two-hour  Garth Brooks Live From Las Vegas special … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Raising Hope’ Return & ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Finale Down, ‘Grimm’ Rises, CBS Wins Night

By | Saturday November 16, 2013 @ 10:02am PST

Even this late in the fall season, last night proved you can still have beginnings and endings. For beginnings, the action was on Fox as Raising Hope returned for a fourth … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Dracula’ & ‘Grimm’ Drop

By | Saturday November 2, 2013 @ 10:26am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After a solid launch last week, new NBC vampire drama Dracula (1.3 rating in adults 18-49) tumbled 28% in Week 2. Ironically, vampires contributed to Dracula’s big dropoff. A Why We (Heart) Vampires special at 8 PM logged a paltry 0.7 in 18-49, half of what NBC’s Friday night opened with last week when slot regular Dateline (1.3) was on. The lousy 8 PM anchor took a bite from the rest of the lineup — Grimm (1.5) at 9 PM was down 17% from its season premiere last week, followed by Dracula. Grimm still ranked as the top scripted show of the night in 18-49, and both NBC dramas are big DVR gainers (last week’s openers grew by 58% and 56%, respectively, in Live+3)

CBS‘ dramas are nothing if not consistent. They held steady against the new 9-11 PM drama competition on NBC last week, and were again on par this week – Blue Bloods (1.3) even with last week and Hawaii Five-0 (1.3) down a tenth. To put things in perspective, while Blue Bloods and Dracula tied in 18-49 in the 10 PM hour, Dracula only drew 3.4 million viewers, less than a third of Blue Bloods‘ 10.7 million. At 9 PM, Grimm edged Hawaii by .2 in 18-49 with half of the audience (4.95 million vs. 9.61 million). CBS’ Undercover Boss (1.4) continues its wild ride this fall. After that big 38% surge on Oct. 18, the reality series has posted a second consecutive double-digit drop (13%). CBS once again was the most watched program of the night with 9.7 million. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dracula’, ‘Grimm’ Openers Solid; ‘The Carrie Diaries’ Soft In Return; ‘Shark Tank’ Hits Viewership High

By | Saturday October 26, 2013 @ 10:17am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Genre is working well for NBC on Fridays. New vampire drama Dracula opened with a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 at 10 PM last night, tying the third season premiere of supernatural crime drama Grimm as the two highest rated scripted programs of the night and second highest overall behind ABC‘s Shark Tank (2.0). Despite airing on the low trafficked Friday night, which is traditionally older skewing, Dracula ranked as the No.2 launch for a 10 PM drama in 18-49 this fall behind NBC’s The Blacklist (tied with CBS Hostages). It logged the best 18-49 result for a Friday drama debut since Grimm in October 2011 (2.1). Grimm was even with its Friday premiere last fall (The show’s second series premiere aired on Monday to a 2.0). With Dateline at 8 PM (1.3) flat with last week, NBC won the night in 18-49. Read More »

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Alexis Denisof To Recur On ‘Grimm’, Phoebe Strole On ‘Glee’, Lindsey Kraft On ‘Pines’

By | Friday August 23, 2013 @ 7:04am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Angel alum Alexis Denisof has booked an arc on another genre show, NBC’s supernatural crime drama Grimm, co-created by Angel co-creator David Greenwalt. He will play Viktor Albert Wilhelm George Beckendorf, the cunning, smart, funny and ruthless first cousin to Eric Renard (James Frain). Denisof is with Evolution and APA.

Phoebe Strole, member of the original cast of the 2006 musical Spring Awakening, is reuniting with co-star Lea Michele on Michele’s Fox series Glee. Strole, repped by APA and Principal Entertainment NY, will recur as Penny Owen, a sophomore in college who wants to get into nursing school and who becomes Sam’s (Chord Overstreet) new love interest. Read More »

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‘Grimm’ Co-Creators Sign New Overall Deal With Universal TV

By | Tuesday May 21, 2013 @ 5:47pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Grimm co-creators David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf have signed a new overall deal with Universal TV. Under the pact, the writing partners will continue as executive producers on the NBC drama, produced by Universal TV and Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills. Grimm, which Greenwalt and Kouf co-created with Stephen Carpenter, was recently picked up for a third season with an early renewal. Grimm, inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales, has been an unsung hero at NBC. It is the only series from the 2011-12 season, the first overseen by NBC’s current regime, to make it to season 3. A rare success story on Friday, Grimm is the night’s No.1 series in adults 18-49. Its most recent second season (6.9 million viewers, 2.4 in 18-49 in Live+7) was up 14% in 18-49 and 12% in total viewers vs. Season 1. Greenwalt and Kouf exec produce the series with Hayes, Milliner and Norberto Barba. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’, ‘DWTS’ & ‘NCIS: LA’ Hit Lows, ‘Grimm’ & ‘Hart Of Dixie’ Up

By | Wednesday May 1, 2013 @ 9:05am PDT

You know we’re in the May sweep now as the wildcard element came into play Tuesday. Going to two hours last night for the first of two Tuesdays in a row, The Voice (3.7/11) was  again in Knockout Round mode with Team Blake and Team Usher cutting to a final four like fellow judges Adam Levine and Shakira did the night before. While easily the highest-rated show on TV last night, Voice tumbled 10% from its 8-9 PM airing April 23 to hit a season low. That’s the second Tuesday in a row the NBC series has been up against a new NCIS (3.0/10) on CBS, and the second Tuesday in a row it was down double digits. Things are about to get a lot more interesting too: Tonight will see a network reality trifecta as The Voice, American Idol and Survivor go head-to-head-to-head for the first time this season.

Following The Voice last night was Grimm (2.0/5) in its new Tuesday slot, replacing the now-cut Ready For Love. Not only did Grimm deliver far better that its slot predecessor (up from Ready For Love’s 1.0/3 on April 23), but as expected the Voice lead-in proved a healthy jolt for the police procedural. It was up 54% from its last Friday broadcast April 26, marking the series’ highest-rated episode since October.

Related: TV Weekly Warfare: ‘The Voice’ Dethroned, Fox & CBS Hold Demo & Viewer Leads

The most-watched show of the night with 17.68 million viewers, NCIS bopped up 7% from its April 22 episode. The same could not be said of NCIS: LA (2.2/6), which fell 19% to a series low as it faced the extended hour of The Voice. Its lead-out, freshman Golden Boy (1.3/4), also suffered. Down 7%, the new show tied its lowest-rated Tuesday broadcast. With 12.79 million watching, CBS was No. 1 in viewers Tuesday while NBC took the top spot in the adults 18-49 demo. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Happy Endings’ Hits Series Low, ‘Shark Tank’ & ‘Fashion Star’ Down, ‘Vegas’ Up, CBS Wins Night

By | Saturday April 27, 2013 @ 10:08am PDT

While more of the NFL Draft ran in primetime on ESPN and the NFL Network on Friday, the second night of May sweeps saw things improve across all the networks from the lows of Thursday. Of course, because of the extensive primetime coverage of the capture of the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing on April 19, almost all comparisons are to broadcasts of two weeks ago or more. On CBS, Friday brought a full night of rises, some small and one large. Kicking off CBS’s night, Undercover Boss (1.6/6) was up 7% from its last original on April 12. Up from its low of two weeks ago, Vegas (1.0/3) rose 25% from its last original. With 10.36 million viewers watching, Blue Bloods (1.4/4) was the most watched show of Friday night over Undercover Boss by more than 1.6 million. The cop family drama saw a upward turn of 8% from its April 12 show. With 8.82 million watching, CBS was tops in viewers as well as number one among Adults 18-49.
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NBC Renews ‘Revolution,’ ‘Chicago Fire,’ ‘Parenthood,’ ‘Grimm’, ‘Law & Order: SVU’

By | Friday April 26, 2013 @ 11:49am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Sky In Three Season Deal For 'Revolution'NBC has handed the expected early renewals to its stronger drama series: freshmen Revolution and Chicago Fire as well as Parenthood, Grimm and veteran Law & Order: SVU. All have received full-season, 22-episode pickups. Missing from the drama list is recent addition Hannibal, which has dropped in the ratings the past two weeks after a solid start, and fellow midseason drama Deception. I hear NBC has not closed the door completely on Deception though a renewal appears unlikely. “On the verge of our 2013 fall scheduling decisions, we’re pleased to renew five drama series that will be important to our new-season lineup,” NBC’s entertainment president Jennifer Salke said. “We’re especially pleased to be renewing Revolution and Chicago Fire — two first-season successes — and there will be more returning series announcements made in the next couple of weeks.” Those announcements will no doubt include reality hit The Voice and veteran comedy Parks And Recreation, which are assured a return for next season. All the other NBC comedies are heavily on the bubble. Things look a little better for The New Normal, which just won a GLAAD Award and comes from top producer Ryan Murphy, with Matthew Perry starrer Go On also in contention. Meanwhile, cult favorite Community‘s future is cloudy, with the future of multi-camera entries Whitney and Guys With Kids also in limbo. NBC might keep one of the multi-cam sitcoms for continuity as it is likely to order at least one, the Sean Hayes/Victor Fresco project, and expanding NBC’s multi-camera footprint appears to be a priority for the network’s brass.

The renewal for Law & Order: SVU comes before the producers have secured the return of star Mariska Hargitay. Today’s announcement gives producer Dick Wolf two series on the NBC schedule next season, L&O: SVU and Chicago Fire. They could be joined by the proposed Chicago Fire spinoff. The renewal brings more good news for Grimm, which recently received a temporary time slot upgrade and The Voice lead-in. Here are details about NBC’s newly renewed dramas: Read More »

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NBC Pulls ‘Ready For Love’, Moves ‘Grimm’ To Tuesdays

By | Friday April 19, 2013 @ 1:47pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

GrimmIt’s over for NBC’s new dating series Ready For Love after two low-rated airings, while underrated Friday drama Grimm is getting an upgrade. Beginning April 30, Grimm will move to the Tuesday 10 PM slot, … Read More »

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PILOT PANIC: NBC Eying Early Renewals?

By | Monday April 8, 2013 @ 9:18am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Sky In Three Season Deal For 'Revolution'So far, three of the broadcast networks — CBS, Fox and the CW — have awarded early renewals to their strongest series, while ABC and NBC have yet to make any moves on that front. There is speculation that NBC may jump in the fray with early pickups to some of its strongest series. Among those rumored to get an early jump on next season are the network’s flagship reality series The Voice, top scripted series Revolution and solid Friday performer Grimm, which also received an early second-season order last year. The renewals could come as early as tomorrow, following the latest set of ratings for The Voice and Revolution, both of which made a strong return to the schedule two weeks ago. Meanwhile, Grimm just logged another finish as the top-rated scripted series on Friday. I hear a deal for a second-season renewal of Revolution was put in motion several months ago when NBC reduced the first-season order to the futuristic drama by two episodes. Meanwhile, I hear Grimm is already preparing for third season, releasing a large number of low- and mid-level writers early than normal in preparation for staffing. Beyond those three series, also certain to return at NBC are comedy Parks And Recreation, which also is reading writers for next season, and Chicago Fire, whose pickup may once again be tied to that for NBC’s other Dick Wolf-produced drama, Law & Order: SVU, which is looking to re-sign star Mariska Hargitay. Read More »

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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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‘Grimm’ Producers Consider What Makes A “Breakout Hit” And The Friday Night Curse: TCA

By | Sunday January 6, 2013 @ 3:10pm PST

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt, executive producers of NBC‘s supernatural drama Grimm, were asked a backhanded question today at the show’s TCA panel: What would it take to make Grimm “a … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ Returns Low, ‘Mockingbird Lane’ Decent

By | Saturday October 27, 2012 @ 9:55am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

There wasn’t a Friday miracle last night with the premiere of NBC‘s pilot/special Mockingbird Lane, but it didn’t tank either. The hourlong program drew a 1.5/5 in adults 18-49 and 5.4 million viewers at 8 PM. In 18-49, that was only marginally better than the last scripted series premiere in the slot, the now-defunct CBS drama A Gifted Man (1.4 last fall). Mockingbird Lane did manage to finish No.3 for the night in the demo behind NBC’s Grimm and ABC’s Shark Tank, posting NBC’s best 18-49 rating in the hour with non-sports programming in two years. But probably its biggest accomplishment was the boost it gave Grimm (1.9/6), which shot up 27% from last week when it followed a Grimm rerun to log its second highest Friday result ever, only behind its series premiere last fall, to rank as the top program of the night in the demo. It shows that with a suitable lead-in that is not a hodge-podge of repeats, Grimm could be a pretty formidable player on Friday.

Related: NBC’s ‘Mockingbird Lane’ To Air As Halloween Special’

As for Mockingbird Lane, there are some extra scripts written, so there conceivably could be more episodes, which would amortize the big price tag on the pilot, said to be approaching $10 million. The ratings performance for the pilot does not automatically warrant that, and NBC brass are said to be lukewarm at best on the show’s creative direction, but the special did not crash and burn, and a big DVR boost could help its chances. With NBC’s ratings gains extending to 10 PM where Dateline (1.5/5) was up 15% from last week to top the hour, the network won the night in 18-49, its first outright demo win on Friday with non-sports programming since Dec. 16 last year. Read More »

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