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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Black Box’ Finale Ticks Up, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ & ‘Hollywood Game Night’ Closers Flat

By | Friday July 25, 2014 @ 9:34am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Black Box’ Finale Ticks Up, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ & ‘Hollywood Game Night’ Closers FlatAs July is winding down, some late spring/early summer entries are wrapping their runs. Last night marked the finales of ABC’s freshman direct-to-series drama Black Box, Fox veteran Hell’s Kitchen and NBC utility player Hollywood Game Night. Proving that unscripted fare as a whole continues to do better than scripted on the broadcast networks during the summer months, all reality originals last night stayed above a 1.0 rating in 18-49 while all scripted originals were under that threshold.

Black_Box_Season_1_finaleThe Season 12 finale of Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen drew a 1.7 in adults 18-49 from 8-9 PM to top the hour in the demo. It was on par with the show’s episode last week and down 19% from the 8 PM episode of last summer’s two-hour season finale. (2.1 from 8-9 PM, 2.2 from 8-10 PM). At 9 PM, drama Gang Related (0.8) was down a tenth from last Thursday. NBC had the Hollywood Game Night finale at 8 PM (1.1, even with last week, up a tenth from Image (1) hollywoodgamenight__130820221907.jpeg for post 568040last summer’s closer, which aired at 10 PM) and Last Comic Standing at 10 PM (1.1, even with last week), bookending a block of original comedies, Welcome To Sweden (0.8) and Working The Engels (0.6). Both also were flat with last week. The two-hour finale of ABC’s Black Box (0.7) was up a tenth from last week, while ABC News’ NY Med (0.9) was flat. Read More »

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‘Michael J Fox Show’ Pulled; ‘Hollywood Game Night’ Joins NBC Thursday Lineup

By | Wednesday February 5, 2014 @ 5:36pm PST

MichaelJFoxShowUPDATED: NBC has decided to pull The Michael J. Fox Show from the schedule a week after doing the same with its companion Sean Saves The World. Starting this Thursday, NBC will have Olympics coverage in primetime. Beginning February 27, the first Thursday after the Winter Olympics, NBC will air Hollywood Game Night in the 9 PM hour, following Community and Parks & Recreation. Hollywood Game Night, which is produced by Sean Saves The World exec producers Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner, is slated to run through April 3. There is no decision what will go in the 9-10 PM slot after that. Production on The Michael J. Fox Show wrapped in December, and 15 of the 22 completed episodes have aired. There are no plans for the remaining 7 episodes, though the show is not officially cancelled, and NBC brass will try to find a spot for them. All three new NBC Thursday comedies — early casualty Welcome To the Family, Michael J. Fox and Sean Saves The World — have done very poorly in the ratings. In their most recent airing January 24, both Michael J. Fox and Sean logged an underwhelming 0.7 in 18-49 a week after Michael J. Fox posted that dismal 0.6 demo rating. “We like [MJ Fox]. We like Sean Hayes’ show a lot. Creatively, we think they’re good shows, and we’re really unhappy that we can’t find … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Wins Night Amid NFL Pre-Emptions, ‘Hollywood Game Night’ & ‘Motive’ Finales Rise

By | Friday August 30, 2013 @ 9:05am PDT

The end of summer saw the end of the two summer series last night with freshmen Hollywood Game Night (1.5/5) and Motive (1.4/4) wrapping their seasons. With NFL pre-season football pre-emptions across the country, expect the inflated ratings for the broadcast networks to be adjusted downward in the final numbers later today. Having said that, with Terry Crews, Tom Arnold, Emilie de Ravin, David Giuntoli, Entourage’s Jerry Ferrara and morning-show host Hoda Kotb in the mix, NBC’s 10 PM Jane Lynch-hosted Game Night was up 25% over last week. That number will come down to Earth later, but Hollywood Game Night has already won the prize of another season with its renewal by NBC on August 20.

Last night’s live one-hour Big Brother (2.6/8) elimination episode saw an appearance from Season 10 winner Dan Gheesling and addressed some of the racial slurs that had stained this season. It also saw the veteran reality series rise 24% from its Thursday season low of August 22. Big Brother was not only the highest-rated show of the night but, with 8.36 million viewers, it also was the most watched. Otherwise, CBS was all repeats with a double of Two And A Half Men at 8 PM (1.8/6) and 8:30 PM (1.9/6) plus an Elementary (1.4/4) encore at 10 PM. CBS had NFL pre-emptions in 40% of the country, but in fast nationals it won the night with a 2.0/6 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.219 million viewers. CBS is of course still blacked out to 3.2 million Time Warner Cable subscribers in the LA, NYC and Dallas markets going on nearly a month. NBC was second in the key demo last night with a 1.5/5 and ABC was No. 2 among viewers with 6.264 million watching. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ and Comedy Keep CBS Out Front Thursday

By | Friday August 23, 2013 @ 8:58am PDT

Comedy repeats and badly behaved Big Brother residents put CBS on top in the ratings Thursday night, in the demo and overall crowd. CBS’ lineup is still being blacked out by Time Warner Cable in three of the country’s top 5 TV markets, and last night its lineup was pre-empted in Boston for an NFL preseason game. NBC was pre-empted in Baltimore for football, ABC in Detroit, and CW in Charlotte  — fast nationals are probably inflated. CBS comedy retreads The Big Bang Theory (2.1, 8 million viewers) and Two And A Half Men (2.0, 7.4 million) had little competition at 8 PM, though ABC’s Wipeout matched a season high in the demo (1.3).

Big Brother (2.3 rating) claimed the night’s No. 1 spot in the demo, and was up a tenth from last week at 9 PM. ABC’s Motive hit a 12-week high in the demo (1.1). At 10, NBC’s recently renewed Hollywood Game Night was No. 1 in the demo (1.3 rating), hitting a four-week high and up 8% compared to last week; it averaged 4 million viewers overall. ABC’s Rookie Blue was the slot’s most-watched show for the seventh week running with 5.3 million tuned in. Fox finished fifth for the night in the demo, with Glee and New Girl clocking 0.7 ratings in the demo, and The Mindy Project a 0.6.

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Ratings Rat Race: NBC First In Key Demos Tuesday With ‘America’s Got Talent’ And ‘Hollywood Game Night’

By | Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 8:47am PDT

NBC finished in first place for the night in every key ratings category Tuesday among English-language broadcast networks. America’s Got Talent was top of the pile by a 69% margin in 18-49 (2.2 rating) over the No. 2-ranked broadcast show, ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss (1.3). And yet, following a repeat of the recently renewed Hollywood Game Night, Talent scored its lowest-rated Tuesday telecast ever, –8% from last week. An encore Hollywood Game Night (1.0 at 8 PM) grew in its second half-hour to pull within a tenth of a point of originals of So You Think You Can Dance and Extreme Weight Loss for the 8:30-9 PM half-hour (to a 1.1 vs. 1.2s that half-hour for SYTYCD and EWL). ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss scored its top rating in more than a year in the demo, pulling in a bigger rating then did Fox’s two-hour So You Think You Can Dance for the first time; Dance was down a tenth of a rating point week-to-week. ABC’s fat farm series grew in each half-hour of its telecast, rising by double digits from start to finish in viewers (11%) and in the demo (27%). NBC took primetime with a 1.8 rating and 6.7 million viewers. Fox followed in the demo with a 1.2 rating; CBS finished second among all viewers with 6.3 million tuned in.

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NBC’s ‘Hollywood Game Night’ Renewed For Second Season

By | Tuesday August 20, 2013 @ 3:26pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: NBC has given a second-season, 10 episode-renewal to summer alternative series Hollywood Game Night, the first broadcast freshman unscripted series this summer to get a pickup. The game show, hosted by Jane Lynch and executive produced by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner, will return for a second cycle next summer or sooner. Based on Hayes’ real-life game nights, Hollywood Game Night airs on Thursdays where “it has done pretty respectably,” NBC president of alternative and late-night programming Paul Telegdy said. The inexpensive series has exceeded what incumbent repeats had done in the time slot. “Not only is it a show we’re very proud of, it is easy watching and fun, and the repeats have been holding up quite well, retaining 85% of the premiere ratings, a quality we’re looking for”, he said. Also playing a major part in the renewal decision was host Lynch. “We think we’ve found something really special with Jane Lynch,” Telegdy said. “She is someone who beyond fits the NBC family of talent on personal level and in terms of who she is and what she stands for; she is all kinds of awesome.” Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Wins Night, ‘The Winner Is…’ Finale Rises, ‘Wipeout’ Dips, ‘Motive’ Up

By | Friday August 9, 2013 @ 9:05am PDT

The elimination votes came last night on Big Brother (2.5/8) and they doubled everyone’s expectations. The live one-hour airing of the veteran reality series saw not one but two contestants given the boot on Thursday. The other change of the night was NFL Pre-season football pre-empting the Big 4’s primetime in approximately 15% of the country. That means that last night’s likely inflated fast nationals will probably see a larger adjustment than usual later today. However, with that and the continuing blackout on Time Warner Cable in NY, LA and Dallas in mind, Big Brother remained even with last week’s season high show among adults 18-49. The show also had its second highest viewership of Season 15 so far with 7.08 million watching. Besides BB, CBS was all encores last night. The network won the night both among the key demo with a 1.9/6 and in terms of total viewers with 6.637 million watching. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Hits Viewership High, ‘Hollywood Game Night’ Ties Low, ‘Wipeout’ Rises

By | Friday August 2, 2013 @ 8:54am PDT

It was elimination night on Big Brother (2.5/8) on Thursday and the fifth house guest of the reality show’s 15th season was evicted. All of which meant a good night for the live one-hour show as Big Brother garnered its biggest viewership of the season with 7.04 million watching. The highest-rated show of Wednesday’s primetime, Big Brother was even with last week’s show to match its July 21 and July 25 shows for its best result of this cycle among adults 18-49. It could end up as the highest-rated show of the season among the key demo; as is typical of live shows, expect an adjustment in the final numbers later on today. Otherwise, CBS showed encores of The Big Bang Theory (2.1/8), which was the most-watched show of the night with 7.84 million viewers, and Two And A Half Men (1.7/6), with an Elementary (0.9/3) repeat ending the night. CBS won the night in total viewers with 6.267 million and in the demo with a 1.8/6. Univision was second in the demo with a 1.2/4, and ABC took the No. 2 spot in overall viewers with 4.662 million. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hollywood Game Night’ Debuts Soft, ‘Big Brother’ & ‘The Winner Is’ Down, ‘Wipeout’ Hits Low

By | Friday July 12, 2013 @ 9:06am PDT

There was a lot of talk about Syfy’s Sharknado on social media on Thursday night but on NBC it was game night. Hollywood Game Night (1.3/4) actually. Hosted by Glee’s Jane Lynch, the Sean Hayes created show features teams of three A-listers and one contestant teaming up to compete in various challenges for a $25,000 prize.  The one-hour debut at 10 PM saw Friends alum Matthew Perry and Lisa Kudrow joining Alyson Hannigan, Hawaii Five-O’s Daniel Dae Kim, Martin Short, and Kristen Bell in the festivities. The highest-rated show of its slot, Hollywood Game Night also matched the results of the encore show of the Macy’s fireworks last week for NBC’s best showing in the slot since a April 18 airing of Hannibal. However, HGN was also down 24% from the August 13, 2012 NBC debut of reality series Stars Earn Stripes. Having debuted back on June 10 and aired the next Monday, The Winner Is (1.0/3) made its Thursday premiere last night before Hollywood Game Night. The Nick Lachey-hosted game show/singing competition mash-up cratered 47% from its last airing on June 17 after The Voice finale.

At 9 PM on CBS, Big Brother (2.0/6) made this season’s Thursday debut. The live one-hour show was tied with its time slot neighbor Fox’s Hell’s KitchenRead More »

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NBC Sets More Summer Premiere Dates

By | Thursday April 25, 2013 @ 2:12pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has set a few more pieces in its summer schedule puzzle, slotting new unscripted series The Winner Is … and Hollywood Game Night and acquired drama Crossing Lines. The Nick Lachey-hosted The Winner Is …, where each episode features six acts that go head to head and sing for a shot at a $1 million grand prize, will premiere July 11 and air in the Thursday 9-10 PM slot. It will be followed at 10 PM by the Jane Lynch-hosted Hollywood Game Night, which features A-list celebrities partaking in a cocktail party atmosphere that is based on the real-life game nights of creator Sean Hayes. Ed Bernero’s Crossing Lines will launch June 23 with a two-hour premiere from 9-11 PM and will air in the Sunday 10 PM slot starting June 30. NBC previously scheduled Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls and American Ninja Warrior on Monday, America’s Got Talent on Tuesday and Wednesday, new dramedy Camp on Wednesday, and burn-off comedy Save Me from 8-9 PM on Thursdays beginning May 23.

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Jane Lynch To Host NBC’s Game Show Series ‘Hollywood Game Night’

By | Friday February 22, 2013 @ 1:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Jane LynchGlee co-star Jane Lynch has been named as host of NBC’s Hollywood Game Night, a new game show series executive produced by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner that features A-list celebrities hanging out and playing games with fun-loving non-celebrity contestants in a cocktail party atmosphere. “With Jane Lynch on board as our host, we now have a key component in place that will further enliven the sheer fun of a raucous Hollywood party that will include real everyday people,” said NBC’s president of alternative Paul Telegdy. The hour-long game show series is based on Hayes’ real-life “game nights,” showcasing popular celebrities enjoying themselves in a cocktail party environment. Hollywood Game Night — which has an eight-episode order — brings both players and viewers into the exclusive world of Hollywood royalty as celebrities gather for a fun, pop-culture based game night. The series is produced by Hazy Mills Prods., Mission Control Media and Universal TV. Hayes, Milliner, Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith are the executive producers. Emmy winner Lynch next joins the Broadway production of Annie.

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NBC Orders Game Show Series ‘Hollywood Game Night’ Produced By Sean Hayes

By | Tuesday December 18, 2012 @ 11:02am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: NBC has given the green light to Hollywood Game Night, a new hourlong game show series executive produced by Sean Hayes. The series, which has received an eight-episode order, is based on the actor-producer’s real-life “game nights,” featuring A-list celebrities hanging out and living it up in a cocktail party atmosphere. In each episode, two contestants will be transported from their everyday lives into a night of fun and celebration where they get to rub shoulders with the celebrity crowd. At the end, one of the contestants will walk away with a cash prize and a night of stories and memories. Part Hollywood club and part casual game night, the series will feature well-known names from the world of television, film, sports and politics, among other areas. “We are proud to be in business with Sean Hayes, who creatively brings so many good ideas such as this new game show romp that will be raucous and entertaining,” said NBC’s president of alternative programming Paul Telegdy. “Our audience will feel as if they are part of the party as we pull back the curtain on how today’s Hollywood stars play at home while our contestants can earn big money.” Read More »

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