RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Mike & Molly’ Down In Return, ‘HIMYM’ Grows, ‘The Voice’ Drops

By | Tuesday November 5, 2013 @ 9:39am PST
Nellie Andreeva

CBS introduced its Monday Fall Lineup 2.0 last night with the return of Mike & Molly, which made its debut as a 9 PM anchor. The fourth-season premiere drew a 2.6 in adults 18-49, down 16% from last fall at 9:30 PM for the comedy’s lowest-rated opener. But the realities for CBS on Mondays are very different this fall, and a 2.6 rating adds stability to a lineup in need of one. Mike & Molly also was up a big 37% from its May finale. Departing How I Met Your Mother (3.4) continues to be CBS’ shining light on Monday, up 17% from last week’s fast national. The veteran posted its first win over NBC’s The Voice (3.4 vs. 3.3) in the 8-8:30 PM half hour. The tide didn’t lift 8:30 PM’s 2 Broke Girls (2.6), which matched its fast national from last week. Mike & Molly held onto 2 Broke Girls‘ 2.6 but Mom (2.0) slipped a tenth to tie a series low. Ditto for Hostages (1.1).

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CBS Eyes ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Spinoff From Carter Bays, Craig Thomas & Emily Spivey

By | Wednesday October 30, 2013 @ 4:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: As fans are preparing to say goodbye to one of TV’s most popular comedies, How I Met Your Mother, CBS is looking to extend the franchise. I’ve learned that the network is in talks with HIMYM producer 20th Century Fox TV for a spinoff series, which takes a female spin on the original show. Referred to as How I Met Your Father, the spinoff hails from HIMYM creators/executive producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas and Up All Night creator/exec producer Emily Spivey. It would feature a new group of New York friends and chronicle a female member of the group’s quest to meet her future husband. I hear the new characters could be introduced in the HIMYM series finale, and Ted, Barney, Marshall, Lily and Robin’s favorite hangout, MacLaren’s Pub, may be featured on the new show, serving as a link between the two gangs. The premise, which is not tied to any of the original HIMYM characters, gives Bays, Thomas and Spivey a clean slate to build new characters and relationships. The trio, who will co-write and executive produce the spinoff, share a background — they all started in late-night and worked on New York-based late-night shows (Late Show for Bays and Thomas, Saturday Night Live for Spivey) before transitioning to primetime comedy series. Read More »

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Comic-Con: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Preps Season 9 Farewell, Drops Wedding Spoilers (Video)

By | Saturday July 20, 2013 @ 1:10pm PDT

UPDATED: Emmy-winning CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother made its first ever Comic-Con appearance today and packed in a SRO crowd of fans to tease the show’s ninth and final season. “It feels … Read More »

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Neil Patrick Harris To Return As Emmy Host

By | Wednesday May 29, 2013 @ 10:29am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Emmys Host 2013 Neil Patrick HarrisEXCLUSIVE: Neil Patrick Harris will be pulling double hosting duty for CBS again this year. The How I Met Your Mother star, who is emceeing the 67th Tony Awards next Sunday, also has been tapped to host the upcoming 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, which will air on the network September 22. Harris has become CBS’ go-to guy for high-profile hosting gigs. He’s hosted the Tonys four of the last five times and has now fronted the Primetime Emmys the two most recent times the awards have aired on CBS. Just like when Harris made his debut as Tony and Emmy host in 2009, he is emceeing both awards shows this year. “I couldn’t be more honored and excited to be hosting this year’s Emmy Awards,” he said. “And what perfect timing — I’ll just do the exact same script I’m about to use for the Tonys. ‘And the Emmy for Best Revival of a Musical goes to Breaking Bad!’ See, told you it works.” Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Hits Low, ‘HIMYM’, ‘Castle’ & ‘2 Broke Girls’ Finales Down, ‘DWTS’ Ties Series Low

By | Tuesday May 14, 2013 @ 10:44am PDT

With upfronts happening in NYC this week, it feels like a lot of the TV action is occurring off-screen. But the reality wars and multiple finales Monday proved the small screen still has a lot of moving and shaking going on. Coming off three nights last week of the live playoff round and a season low, The Voice (3.6/10) took a hit last night — and not just because the AC wasn’t working in the studio for the first part of the show. The Voice was down 12% to hit a performance low for this season, and while it was the night’s top-rated show, CBS’ How I Met Your Mother bested it for the first time in their overlapping half hour. Of course, with a live show expect to see those numbers adjusted in final ratings. The Voice’s lead-out Revolution (1.9/5) was also down, but only 5% from last week. NBC still won in the adults 18-49 demo, while ABC was tops in total viewers.

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CBS’ ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Casts Title Role, Gives Glimpse Of Final-Season Story

By | Tuesday May 14, 2013 @ 6:43am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

As heavily promoted, CBSHow I Met Your Mother introduced the mother character in the final seconds of last night’s season finale when she was seen purchasing a train ticket to Farhampton, where she will eventually … Read More »

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Jason Segel Hatches ‘Nightmares!’ Book Series For Random House/Delacorte Imprint

By | Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 4:16pm PDT
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BREAKING: If Jason Segel isn’t careful, the writer side of his brain might eclipse the actor side. Segel, whose script work includes The Muppets and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, has just made his first big publishing deal. Random House Children’s … Read More »

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‘HIMYM’ EP Stephen Lloyd Inks New Overall Deal With 20th TV, Will Join ‘Modern Family’

By | Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 4:01pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

How I Met Your Mother executive producer Stephen Lloyd has closed a new two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Under the pact, Lloyd will continue as executive producer on the upcoming final Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Following’ & ‘Biggest Loser’ Hit Lows, ‘Bachelor’ Hits Season High, ‘Deception’ & ‘Castle’ Rise

By | Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 9:14am PST

On a night where broadcast levels were down, it was partially a tale of two reality shows on TV on Monday. ABC kicked off primetime with a two-hour The Bachelor (2.7/7). After hitting a near season-low last week, the series rose 13% from its February 4 show to a season high. The same could not be said of NBC’s The Biggest Loser (2.0/5). Also two hours last night, the weight-loss show dipped 5% for a season low. Biggest Loser wasn’t the only show to hit a new low: Fox freshman The Following (2.4/6) was down 17% from last week to hit a series low. The Following’s lead-in, Bones was down too, slipping 8% from its February 4 episode. With 9.588 million watching, CBS won the night in viewers and the adults 18-49 demo. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘HIMYM’ & ‘Carrie Diaries’ Hit Season Highs, ‘Following’ Slips

Nellie Andreeva

Not much of a post-Super Bowl ratings bump for CBS’ Monday lineup, which was heavily promoted during the game — especially sophomore 2 Broke Girls, which got a glitzy David LaChapelle-directed pole-dancing ad. CBS still won every half hour of primetime last night led by veteran How I Met Your Mother, the only CBS series to post ratings gains vs. its most recent original. A special “Robin Sparkles 4″ episode of the show, featuring Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders) as her former Canadian pop starlet self and a slew of celebrity cameos, drew a 4.0/11 among adults 18-49, up 8% from its last original two weeks ago and a season high. HIMYM, which was just renewed for a ninth and final season, was the top program of the night in 18-49. The seventh-season premiere of Rules Of Engagement (3.1/8) was down 14% from the veteran’s season premiere last season, which aired on Thursday following The Big Bang Theory, but a 29% improvement vs. the fall debut of the show Rules is replacing in the Monday 8:30 PM slot, the now defunct Partners. 2 Broke Girls (3.6/9, 11.2 million) was down a tenth from its last original and the most watched program of the night. Mike & Molly (3.1/8) and Hawaii Five-0 (2.3/6) were flat. Read More »

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It’s Official: CBS’ ‘How I Met Your Mother’ To Return For Ninth & Final Season

By | Wednesday January 30, 2013 @ 11:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

How I Met Your Mother Returns Final SeasonAfter a month of last-minute haggling between CBS and 20th Century Fox TV over deal points, the network and studio have sealed an agreement for a ninth season of How I Met Your Mother. It will be the veteran comedy’s last season, and the show will finally reveal the identity of the mother. I hear it will be for 24 episodes. All series regulars — Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan — are back, as are creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. To show the cast their commitment to the show, Bays and Thomas were first to close a one-year show deal. Then came the dramatic actor negotiations as chronicled in Nikki Finke’s story that broke the news about HIMYM‘s pending renewal. The prospects of a ninth season appeared all but dead after Segel had held firmly to his decision to leave until an eleventh-hour turnaround. I hear Segel finally changed his mind after reviewing detailed records of the relatively light workload the hybrid series requires for a fat paycheck while also allowing busy actors like him to also pursue a feature career. Read More »

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CBS’ Nina Tassler On Pending ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Renewal, Jennifer Esposito’s ‘Blue Bloods’ Exit: TCA

By | Saturday January 12, 2013 @ 10:32am PST
Nellie Andreeva

No doubt CBS would’ve liked to announce a ninth season renewal for How I Met Your Mother at TCA today but it didn’t as the network and producer 20th Century Fox TV are still haggling over some license fee deal points. (The pacts with creators/showrunners Craig Thomas and Carter Bays and the cast, including Jason Segel are done.) Things are very close. “I will be happy to report in a very few days (a renewal),” CBS’ Nina Tassler said. “I’m confident and excited that all will be resolved. Almost everything is completed.” As for where the show will go next season story-wise, “(Bays and Thomas) had two CBSplans in place — if they had to resolve this year and or if they came back next year,” Tassler said after the session. “So we’ll sit down and talk to them in about a month about their plans for next year.” She assured that “this would be the end as designed by Carter and Craig.

Tassler was asked about the network’s reputation of being tough on actors on procedural dramas in light of the recent decision to sideline and eventually drop Jennifer Esposito from Blue Bloods. “Oh, I don’t think we are tougher on our actors,” she said. “We employ them for many, many years. In a situation like this we are sorry to see her go, we tried to resolve it, it didn’t quite work out and we wish her the best.”

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CBS gave a rare “shout out” to veteran Rules Of Engagement, which has been used to successfully plug holes on the schedule for most of its run, summoned to do it again this midseason on Mondays where it will replace cancelled Partners. “A show that serves us well, it is the best utility warrior on television.”

Asked whether there is a point where CBS would ask 2 Broke Girls executive producer Michael Patrick King to curb the racy content on the show, Tassler said, “I say to Michael as long as you keep us laughing, and as long as we vet stuff through standards and practices, we’re good. It’s an adult comedy. People enjoy it.”

Tassler spent a long time talking about summer series Under The Dome, a Steven Spielberg-produced adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, which was originally developed for sibling pay cable network Showtime. Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ To Return For Season 9; Cast Deals Closed Today After Jason Segel Turnaround; Show Was Given Up For Dead Until 11th Hour

By | Friday December 21, 2012 @ 6:33pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: My news will be cheered by fans of the CBS comedy and follows the network logging a second consecutive Monday win in adults 18-49 and total viewers. For those keeping score, the hourlong winter finale of How I Met Your Mother (3.4/9) was up 6% from last week’s half-hour episode. … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Gossip Girl’ Up In Finale, ‘HIMYM’ & ‘Voice’ Up, ’1600 Penn’ Sampled

By | Tuesday December 18, 2012 @ 10:38am PST
Nellie Andreeva

We now finally know who the Gossip Girl is (spoiler: It’s a boy!). Last night’s series finale of the CW’s Gossip Girl posted across-the-board season highs. It was the show’s most-watched (1.51 million) episode and highest-rated in adults 18-49 (0.8/2, up 2 tenths) since April 2011. In 18-34 (1.1/3), it was Gossip Girl‘s strongest performance since September 2011. With a Gossip Girl retrospective special at 8 PM, the CW posted its most-watched Monday night (1.41 million) since January. In the 9 PM hour, the network outrated ABC and NBC among adults 18-34 (1.1/3) and women 18-34 (1.8/5).

From 8-9:30 PM, the performance finale of NBC’s The Voice (4.1/11 in 18-49) was up 8% from last week, when it aired from 8-9 PM, and up 8% vs. the performance finale of the reality series’ previous cycle in May. The Voice was the highest-rated program of the night in 18-49 and provided strong lead-in for a preview of NBC’s new comedy 1600 Penn (2.3/6), which got decent sampling though it was down 8% from what The New Normal scored in its September preview with the same 4.1 demo rating lead-in from The Voice. Howie Mandel’s Take It All (1.5/4) dropped 32% from last Monday’s premiere when it immediately followed The Voice. Read More »

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‘How I Met Your Mother’ Renewal Deadline Looms: Will The Cast Return?

By | Friday December 7, 2012 @ 5:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Exactly a year ago, David Shore, creator/executive producer of Fox’s drama House was pushing the network to make a decision on the future of the show by the end of 2011 so he can give it a proper ending if faced with cancellation. At the time, House was in its eighth season, with Shore and star Hugh Laurie’s contracts coming up. Fox and producing studio Universal TV didn’t have a license fee deal for another season. The network didn’t make a decision by end of December as Shore wished, but by the beginning of February, the verdict was in - House would end its run after eight seasons.

Fast forward a year to this week. CBS‘ comedy How I Met Your Mother is in Season 8 and the last year of its current license deal with the network, with the contracts of creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays and the cast all up at the end of the season. Like Shore, Thomas and Bays had requested a decision to be made by the end of this month because of the overarching mythology of the show, which needs to begin building toward the big mother reveal when an end date is set. Three weeks before the end of the year, there is activity on all three fronts — talks are underway between CBS and HIMYM producer 20th Century Fox TV as well as between 20th TV and Thomas and Bays and between the studio and reps for the series’ stars, Jason Segel, Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan.

CBS has been open about its desire to bring HIMYM for another season. “We want the show to come back next year,” the network’s entertainment president Nina Tassler said in August. “We’re not there yet in terms of resolving the situation, but we’re pretty optimistic.” It appears that the studio, 20th TV, and Thomas & Bays are also open to the idea of another season. But what about the cast? A virtual unknown when the show launched in 2005, Segel has seen his feature career take off over the past seven years. I hear that as of now, Segel has indicated that it is unlikely for him to return. He has not shut the door though. Read More »

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CBS’ Nina Tassler Skewers Rivals, Says She’s “Optimistic” About ‘HIMYM’ Renewal

By | Sunday July 29, 2012 @ 10:48am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS is known to take shots at its competitors, and the network’s entertainment president Nina Tassler came out swinging this morning. She walked out on stage for the CBS TCA executive session carrying a plush monkey, a jab at NBC, which brought in the monkey from its new comedy series Animal Practice to its TCA presentation and party, where she shared the lion’s share of attention with fellow guest Sarah Palin.

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“It’s been a TCA full of cell phone announcements from the stage, monkeys, Sarah Palin, renegotiations.  I couldn’t resist,” Tassler said of the TCA events from this past week that also included Fox Entertainment president calling new American Idol judge Mariah Carey during Fox’s executive session. While boasting about CBS’ ratings success (the network finished again as the most watched network and No. 2 in 18-49 to Fox this past season), Tassler took issue with another comment from Reilly who said on Monday that Fox’s reign as the top network among adults 18-49 may come to an end next season when CBS has the Super Bowl and AFC Championship Game. “According to Kevin Reilly ‑‑ thank you, Kevin ‑‑ we’ve just been awarded the 18‑49 crown for next year.  Thanks, Kevin, but I think we’ll try to earn it before we claim it.”

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Tassler confirmed that the network is in talks with 20th Century Fox TV and creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas for a ninth season of veteran comedy How I Met Your Mother. (Tassler’s “pet monkey” wore a HIMYM tie too!) “The show had an incredible year last year,” Tassler said. “We’re having conversations right now about extending it, we want the show to come back next year. We’re still in early conversations, we’re not there yet in terms of resolving the situation, but we’re pretty optimistic.” Talks for a potential Season 9 are starting early because of the concept of HIMYM, which will lead to the reveal of who the mother is, so planning for a final season has to start way in advance. “Craig and Carter have a very strategic wrapup for the show,” Tassler said. Read More »

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CBS Snags Rob Greenberg Pilot As First Order Of 2013-14 Season

By | Tuesday July 10, 2012 @ 5:07pm PDT

CBS Pilot Ex-MenAnd so it begins. CBS has picked up Ex-Men, a new comedy from Rob Greenberg, as the network’s first pilot order of the 2013-2014 season. Written and directed by Greenberg, it details the exploits of a … Read More »

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EMMYS: Series Creators On Why We’re Laughing

By | Thursday June 14, 2012 @ 5:04pm PDT

Anthony D’Alessandro, Diane Haithman and Ray Richmond are AwardsLine contributors

Boardwalk EmpireAwardsLine staffers threatened to send singing telegrams to the offices of TV’s biggest sitcom creators and showrunners unless they agreed to participate in this feature and divulge their … Read More »

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‘How I Met Your Mother’ EP Chuck Tatham Inks Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

Nellie Andreeva

How I Met Your Mother Chuck TathamHow I Met Your Mother executive producer Chuck Tatham has signed a two-year overall deal with the studio behind the long-running CBS comedy series, 20th Century Fox TV. The pact will keep him … Read More »

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