Fox‘s new drama Rake has faced the inevitable after the new series low of 0.8 in adults 18-49 last Thursday. The network is moving the underperforming series to Fridays beginning next week. Season 12 of Gordon Ramsay’s utility player Hell’s Kitchen, which had not been scheduled, will run on Thursday at 8 PM, leading into the American Idol results show, which will move to 9 PM. The new Fox Thursday lineup will also debut next week, with Rake airing on Thursday one last time this week. On Fridays, Rake will replace another Ramsay series, Kitchen Nightmares, which has been slated to air in the 8 PM hour. It now has been put on the bench for later. Rake will be followed by Enlisted and Raising Hope. Once the Idol results show shrinks to half-hour on March 27, it will be followed by new comedy Surviving Jack starring Chris Meloni as previously scheduled.
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Greg Kinnear starrer Rake, based on the popular Australian series, never connected with viewers. It got off to a soft start, logging a 1.7 in its Jan. 23 debut and wasn’t helped by the fact that it had to face three weeks of Olympics coverage two weeks into its run.
Ecosse Films Inks First-Look Deal With Shine International
The UK’s Ecosse Films has pacted with Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine International in a three-year, first-look deal that will see the latter handle the producer’s TV sales and distribution. Ecosse’s TV credits include three seasons of Mistresses for BBC One (the U.S. remake was recently renewed for a second season by ABC); Life Of Crime for ITV and biopic Fleming for Sky Atlantic HD. Ecosse also has feature credits that include Diana, Becoming Jane and Nowhere Boy. Shine will rep finished tape and format rights for Ecosse Films’ new television output from January 1 onward.
Katherine Butler Leaving Film4 For UK Producer Raw
Film4 Deputy Head of Film Katherine Butler is leaving to join UK producer Raw. She will head up the film and TV drama division. Traditionally a factual producer, Raw launched a film and drama wing in 2012. Its series include Gold Rush for the Discovery Channel, Locked Up Abroad for National Geographic, and Paranormal Witness for Syfy. On the drama side, Raw has five projects in development with Film4, including Bart Layton’s American Animals. While at Film4, Butler executive produced numerous titles including Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur, Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers, Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio, and Clio Bernard’s BAFTA-nominated The Selfish Giant. Raw and Film4 maintain strong ties. Read More »
Fox won Thursday night with the two-hour season finale of Hell’s Kitchen (2.2/7 in adults 18-49). The reality stalwart was up a tenth from last week. Vs. last season’s finale, last night’s episode was down 12% but last year’s closer aired in September when when put levels are higher. CBS‘ Big Brother (2.4/8) was even with last week and the highest rated program of the night. NBC‘s Hollywood Game Night (1.3/4) was up 8% from last week, while The Winner Is (0.9/3) was flat, tying its lowest result to date. At ABC, Rookie Blue (1.1/3) and Motive (0.8/3) were flat, while Wipeout (1.0/4) dropped 9%.
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 Spurs and the Miami Heat received a 5.7/18 with 14.2 million viewers watching. That’s down 17% among Adults 18-49 from the first game of last year’s NBA Final on June 12, 2012. The game was also down 12% in terms of viewers from last year. Having said that, Thursday’s game was the best ever start for a finals that ABC has had when the Spurs are playing. The Heat and the Spurs meet up for Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday evening at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET on ABC.
PREVIOUSLY, 9:09 AM: With a last minute basket from Tony Parker to seal the deal, the San Antonio Spurs beat reigning champions the Miami Heat 92-88 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals last night but ABC took a loss. Thursday’s Game 1 posted a 10.6 overnight rating. That’s down from the 11.8 last year’s Game 1 match-up between the Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder scored on June 12, 2012, which was the best result in 8 years. Last night’s result peaked at a 13.1 rating … Read More »
If there was any doubt whether American viewers were interested in watching people getting pink slipped, the answer is no. Last night’s second episode of Fox‘s new reality series Does Someone Have To Go drew a 1.0/3 in adults 18-49, down a steep 23% from last week’s unimpressive premiere. Fox still won the night in 18-49 with Hell’s Kitchen (2.0/7), down -9% from last week. It tied a repeat of CBS‘ The Big Bang Theory as the top program of the night in 18-49.
Big Bang was followed by the finale of Mike & Molly, which was rescheduled after the deadly Oklahoma tornado. Understandably, the move affected the ratings, with the closer drawing a 1.8/6, down -25% from the show’s last original two weeks ago to its series low. Still, CBS claimed the two highest-rated scripted shows for the night with Big Bang and Mike & Molly as well as the highest rated drama with a Person Of Interest repeat (1.3/4), which topped three original drama offerings last night. That included ABC’s Canadian imports Motive (1.2/4, down 8% from last week) and Rookie Blue (1.2/4, flat) and NBC’s Hannibal (1.0/3, flat), which didn’t get a bounce from the renewal announcement yesterday afternoon. NBC opened the night with back-to-back episodes of comedy Save Me, which logged a 0.7/3 at 8 PM, even with last week’s premiere, and a 0.6/2 at 8:30 PM, … Read More »
Gordon Ramsay‘s worldwide restaurant empire is in shambles with splashy eateries closing left and right or sitting empty. But Fox continues to prop up his image by signing a new multiyear deal with the bad-tempered, foul-mouthed chef and ordering a new Masterchef spinoff for the 2013-2014 season as well as additional season orders for Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef. This now brings to five the number of stale Ramsay shows which Fox will air, demonstrating how unscripted TV czar Mike Darnell is utterly devoid of new ideas and new faces:
FOX has picked up JUNIOR MASTERCHEF, a new culinary competition series for talented kids between the ages of eight and 13 who love to cook, as part of a new multi-year deal with award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, it was announced today by Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.
As part of Ramsay’s new deal, FOX also has picked up one additional season of HELL’S KITCHEN and two more seasons of MASTERCHEF. The deal will extend HELL’S KITCHEN to a 13th season and bring MASTERCHEF to a fifth and sixth season. The addition of JUNIOR MASTERCHEF brings the total number of Ramsay-led shows airing on FOX to five, including MASTERCHEF, HELL’S KITCHEN, HOTEL HELL and KITCHEN NIGHTMARES.
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