RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Unforgettable’ Return, ‘Hannibal’ & ‘Neighbors’ Down, ‘Raising Hope’ Finale Up, ABC Wins Night In Demo

By | Saturday April 5, 2014 @ 9:59am PDT

UNFORGETTABLE APRIL 4 CBSThe end of the workweek was a night of new beginnings and a final farewell on primetime last night. The beginning was the return of Unforgettable (1.0/4) for the last six episodes of its second season on CBS. The Sony TV-produced procedural starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh is in some ways, the show that will never die – having cancelled once and then brought back to life again in summer 2012 with a new pick up. Last night, however, Unforgettable took a hit in its latest return. Already renewed for a third season set to start in June, the show fell 23% last night from its Sunday July 28 Season 2 debut of last year. While even with its last show on September 8 last year, last night’s Unforgettable actually saw a small 4% total viewership rise from its Season 2 debut to an audience of 7.50 million. Back with their first originals since March 14, Hawaii Five-0 (1.3/5) and Blue Bloods (1.5/5) were down and up 7% respectively, with the latter the most watched show of the night with 11.40 million viewers. Read More »

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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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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Rake’ Tanks In New Slot, ‘Hannibal’ Rises, ‘Undercover Boss’ Finale Up Over Last Year, ABC Wins Night In Demo

By | Saturday March 15, 2014 @ 10:00am PDT

rake march 14When Fox moved newbie Enlisted on Friday nights in January, the show saw a big jump upwards. The same could not be said for fellow freshman Rake (0.5/2) last night on its move to Fridays. The debut of the Greg Kinnear–starring drama in its new slot last night saw the faltering show hit a new low – down 37% from its last original on Thursday March 6. How much longer Rake will last now is really a matter of how low Fox is willing to let the show go. With a falling Rake as its lead-in instead of a Bones repeat, Enlisted (0.6/2) took a hit last night. The comedy was down 14% from its March 7 show. At least Raising Hope escaped unscathed. That comedy was even with last week’s 0.5/2 rating.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hannibal’ Falls Hard, ‘Enlisted’ Up, ‘Blue Bloods’ Even, ‘Shark Tank’ Dips As ABC Wins Night In Demo

By | Saturday March 8, 2014 @ 9:34am PST

MARK CUBAN, DAYMOND JOHNThings we know – the Olympics are long done, the Oscars have come and gone and awards season is over (for now) and ABC dominates Fridays. However, even though the network won the night among adults 18-49 with a 1.6/6 rating, ABC still stumbled a bit compared to last week – both down from its season demo high and with individual shows. With pitches for bicycle lighting and one for the baby knee pads Shark Tank (2.0/7) easily led the night as the highest rated show. With a 5% dip from its February 28 show, the entrepreneurial reality series basically stayed steady with last week. Though with 7.49 million watching it was down from its second best viewership result ever of  7.7 million from last week. Among the rest of ABC’s night, the only show to stay total even with last week was 20/20 (1.8/6) Comedies Last Man Standing (1.3/5) and The Neighbors (0.9/3) were up 8% and down 10% respectively from their February 28 shows. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Shark Tank’ & ‘20/20’ Rebound Post-Olympics; ‘Hannibal’ Soft In Return; CBS Lineup Down

By | Saturday March 1, 2014 @ 10:07am PST
Nellie Andreeva

hugh-dancy-hannibal-season-2-premiere-recap-nbcWith the Olympics over, ABC returned to its dominant self on Friday, paced by Shark Tank (2.1 in adults 18-49, up 24% from last week) and 20/20 (1.8, up 29%), which were back … Read More »

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NBC’s ‘Hannibal’ Gets February Return Date, ‘Crossbones’ On Hold

By | Thursday December 19, 2013 @ 1:39pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Hannibal_KA_vertUPDATED: NBC at the upfronts established a genre block on Friday from 9-11 PM with Grimm at 9 PM and Dracula, to be followed by pirate drama Crossbones in midseason. The network is keeping the block’s theme, but has now slotted Hannibal to succeed Dracula in the 10 PM time slot in midseason. (Hannibal’s first season aired on Thursday.) The 13-episode second season of Hannibal will debut after the Winter Olympics on February 28. There is no scheduling decision yet on Crossbones. From creator Bryan Fuller, Hannibal stars Mads Mikkelsen as brilliant psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lector, who is working with the FBI and gifted criminal profiler Will Graham, played by Hugh Dancy, to look into the mind of serial killers. Read More »

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History Developing Hannibal Barca Miniseries Produced By Halle Berry

By | Monday December 2, 2013 @ 10:24am PST
Nellie Andreeva

HannibalBarcaHalle Berry is set to executive produce Hannibal (working title), a miniseries about the great generals in antiquity — Hannibal Barca and his archrival Scipio Africanus — who went head-to-head in the Second Punic War.berryhalle Oscar-nominated writer Jeffrey Caine (The Constant Gardener) is penning the script for the project, co-produced by A+E Studios and Red Arrow Entertainment. “Hannibal was not only the greatest African general to ever live, he may have been the greatest general, period,” said Berry. “His story is an intricate and captivating ride, and I’m thrilled to get this project off the ground with our partners at History.” Read More »

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Gaumont International Television Inks Series Deal With Fox

By | Monday July 29, 2013 @ 10:27am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of getting renewals for its series Hannibal on NBC and Hemlock Grove on Netflix, Gaumont International Television has signed a deal with Fox Broadcasting Co. Under the agreement, Gaumont and Fox will jointly develop two drama projects with at least one of them guaranteed to receive a 13-episode, straight-to-series order. The pact reunites GIT CEO Katie O’Connell with Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly, who appointed her as head of drama at NBC seven years ago, and with Fox’s head of drama Terence Carter, who was member of O’Connell’s team at NBC. Read More »

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Comic-Con: ‘Hannibal’ Crew Teases Season 2 Two-Part Opener

By | Thursday July 18, 2013 @ 8:45pm PDT

NBC‘s Hannibal ended its rookie season on a cliffhanger with FBI investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) on the wrong side of the bars, accused of murder. Exec producer Bryan Fuller revealed Thursday at Comic-Con that the crime series’ second season will return in a two-parter followed by a trial in Episode 3. “We have the season arc crafted, and it’s a doozy,” Fuller teased to a packed ballroom. “We just finished breaking Episode 3, and we are breaking Episode 4 now.” The Season 2 openers will act as a pseudo pilot, Fuller said, reintroducing characters who now find themselves in much different places. “Will knows something no one else knows, and it’s a great place to put a character,” Fuller said. “One of the things I was most excited about in Season 2 was seeing Will Graham hit rock bottom.”

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Fans were out in full force to support the series, which wrapped its freshman season down in the ratings. In its first Comic-Con showing since debuting in April (Hannibal had a pre-premiere appearance last year), the show had fans in full Hannibal cosplay turn up at the panel. Star Dancy joined Fuller, exec producer and series director David Slade, and producer Martha De Laurentiis onstage for a panel chat following a gory “amuse bouche” highlights reel. The recap was a reminder of how Hannibal routinely depicts some of the most extreme graphic kills on broadcast TV. Fuller says network suits rarely object. Except on the Season 1 episode “Coquilles,” in which a killer mutilates his victims into angels to watch over him in his sleep. “We had two people who were nude and we saw their buttocks,” Fuller said. “They were dead, they were flayed open, and cracked in many ways. Their butt crack was the least offensive of the ones they were sporting, [but] the network said no. … I asked why, because of the exposed spine and muscle tissue and flayed skin? I said, ‘What if we fill the butt cracks with blood so you can’t see them?’ They said OK.” Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Game 7 Of NBA Finals Delivers Big Ratings, ‘Hannibal’ Ends Flat

By | Friday June 21, 2013 @ 8:14am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

LeBron James is no Kobe Bryant when it comes to audience drawing power, but he’s getting close. Last night’s very competitive Game 7 of the NBA Finals, in which James led the Miami Heat to a second straight title, delivered a big 17.7 overnight rating. That is the second-highest-rated NBA game in ABC history only behind the last time the finals stretched to seven games — the 2010 face-off between the LA Lakers and the Boston Celtics. That closing game, in which the Bryant-led Lakers clinched another championship, posted an 18.2. Overall, the 2013 NBA Finals averaged a 12.4 metered market rating, up 5% from the 11.8 for the 2012 NBA Finals, which were wrapped in five games. Read More »

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UPDATE: RATINGS RAT RACE: NBA Finals Game 4 Dips From 2012, ‘Kimmel’ Up

By | Friday June 14, 2013 @ 2:54pm PDT

UPDATE, 2:54 PM: The final score is in and last night’s Game 4 of the NBA Finals proved a close loss for ABC compared to last year. With a 6.7/12 rating and 16.2 million total viewers the battle between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs dipped 7% in viewers and 9% among Adults 18-49 from last year’s Game 4. The Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder game on June 19, 2012 pulled in 17.4 million viewers and a 7.4 in the demo. Still last night’s game garnered the best numbers in viewership and key demos for the network for the 2013 series to date. It also saw ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night special up over last year’s comparable night with a 13% rise in viewers and 10% among Adults 18-49 to 3.5 million watching and a 1.1/4 rating.  In final numbers, the NBA Countdown pre-game show drew 5.7 million total viewers and a 2.0/7 rating. That’s up 2% in viewers and a slip of 9% among Adults 18-49 from the June 19, 2012 broadcast.  Read More »

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UPDATE: RATINGS RAT RACE: NBA Finals Game 1 Down Double Digits From 2012

By | Friday June 7, 2013 @ 1:31pm PDT

UPDATE, 1:31 PM: The final numbers are in for Game 1 of the NBA Finals and it remains a loss for ABC. Running from 9 PM – 11:39 PM ET, the match-up between the San Antonio … Read More »

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‘Hannibal’ Renewed By NBC For Season 2

By | Thursday May 30, 2013 @ 4:23pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

More than two weeks after its upfront presentation, NBC has decided the fate of its last remaining bubble series, giving drama Hannibal a 13-episode second-season renewal for a return next midseason or later. The series, based on the characters from Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon, was developed for television by Bryan Fuller, who executive produces. “We’re so proud of Bryan’s vision for a show that is richly textured, psychologically complex, and very compelling,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said. “There are many great stories still to be told.”

Related: ‘Hannibal’ Subject Of Outside Interest While Awaiting Renewal Decision At NBC

Hannibal got off to a solid ratings start and was in serious contention for an early renewal. The numbers eventually tapered off, and NBC put the renewal decision on hold. Hannibal was well reviewed, and there overtures from at least one cable network in case NBC passed on a second season. Additionally, Amazon, which carries repeats of the show, had expressed serious interest in taking it on. Hannibal, from Gaumont International Television, is produced under a different model at a license fee that is a fraction of what dramas with similar production values cost. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hannibal’ Hits Low, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Rises, ‘Save Me’ & ‘Does Someone Have To Go?’ Debut Low

The 2012-2013 TV season ended on Wednesday and here comes the new shows. With the exception of season winner CBS, who ran repeats last night, everyone had a premiere on Thursday. Having said that, CBS’s The Read More »

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‘Hannibal’ Subject Of Outside Interest While Awaiting Renewal Decision At NBC

By | Wednesday May 15, 2013 @ 6:12pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

There are several comedy and drama pilots not picked up to series yet that are still in play. But among returning scripted series, only one, NBC drama Hannibal, went through the upfronts without learning its … Read More »

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Salt Lake NBC Affiliate Drops ‘Hannibal’

By | Tuesday April 30, 2013 @ 2:50pm PDT

It’s the latest jettisoning by KSL-TV, Salt Lake City’s NBC affiliate owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The station said last night that it will stop airing freshman drama Hannibal due to … Read More »

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Abridged Version Of Pulled ‘Hannibal’ Episode To Run As Web Series

By | Wednesday April 24, 2013 @ 8:32am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Portions of the recently pulled fourth episode of NBC‘s Hannibal will be made available online as a Web series on NBC.com. The webisodes, first reported by TVLine, will serve as a bridge between Episode 3, which aired last week, and Episode 5, which airs tomorrow. Episode 4, … Read More »

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NBC’s ‘Hannibal’ Drops Episode Featuring Children Turned Killers

By | Friday April 19, 2013 @ 11:47am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC‘s new Hannibal Lecter drama Hannibal will skip an episode of its 13-episode order. The episode, titled “Ceuf”, originally slated for next Thursday, won’t air. Instead the following episode, Coquilles”, will run in its place, with “Ceuf” shelved … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Repeat Beats ‘Idol’ Head-To-Head In Viewers For 1st Time, ‘Hannibal’ & ‘Vampire Diaries’ Down

By | Friday April 19, 2013 @ 9:08am PDT

Last night’s American Idol (2.9/9) dipped 6% from last week’s fast nationals in the adults 18-49 demographic and was down 9% from last week’s final numbers. That left the Fox singing competition bested in total viewers for the first time ever by a repeat of The Big Bang Theory (3.0/10) on CBS. In the 8-8:30 PM slot, Big Bang pulled in 11.19 million viewers to Idol’s 11.03 million. Over the entire 8-9 PM hour, Idol garnered 11.9 million viewers who watched the live results show, which kicked off with a Donna Summer medley and included performances from alumni Fantasia Barrino and Clay Aiken, some inevitable bickering between judge Nicki Minaj with mentor Jimmy Iovine, and eventually one more contestant cut loose to get to the final four. With a two-minute overrun, Idol likely will see ratings rise in the final nationals later today.

Like last week, Fox had a new Glee (2.2/6) following Idol at 9 PM. Last week’s controversial school-shooting episode still lingered as the characters absorbed the incident, and the show dipped 8% from that April 11 episode. With a night full of repeats, CBS edged ahead of Fox to win Thursday in total viewers (9.248 million vs. 9.144 million), while Fox topped the night in the demo. Read More »

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