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RATINGS RAT RACE: Oklahoma Relief Concert Tops Night In Viewership, ‘American Baking Competition’ Debuts Low, ‘Masterchef’ Wins Demo, ‘Dateline’ Up

Pulled together in just over a week, Wednesday night saw NBC broadcasting the Healing In The Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert (1.9/6) for victims of the tornado that hit Oklahoma. Headlined by Voice judge and Oklahoma native Blake Shelton, the one hour live show for the United Way at Oklahoma City’s 14,000-capacity Chesapeake Energy Arena saw performances not just from Shelton and fellow The Voice judge Usher but also Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic. Jimmy Fallon, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Alicia Keys appeared via video. Running from 9 PM to 10 PM, Healing In The Heartland was watched by 8.6 million viewers on NBC last night. That made it the most watched show of the night and the most watched show in the time slot since November 7, 2012. The special concert, which played where a Law & Order: SVU encore had been previously scheduled, also aired on Style, CMT, G4, Bravo, E! and Palladia either live or delayed. Before the concert, NBC aired a new Dateline (1.6/5). Up 14% over last week’s show, the news magazine hit a Wednesday season high last night. Fox was No. 1 among Adults 18-49 while NBC won the night in terms of total viewers. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘How To Live With Your Parents’ Falls, ‘Idol’ Dips, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ & ‘Supernatural’ Up

She hasn’t been shy with her enthusiasms during her debut season on American Idol (3.2/9), but sometimes judge Nicki Minaj really outdoes herself. “You came out tonight to snatch some wigs off some heads! Tonight was your night,” she told contestant Angie Miller on Wednesday, setting this season’s catchphrase bar at a new height. Otherwise, it was down to the final four on Idol with one-hit wonders, duets and a song of personal choice in the two-hour live show. Last Wednesday, Idol rose 3% from its previous week’s numbers. This week it dipped 3% from last week’s fast nationals and 6% from April 17’s final numbers. It still was well ahead of its heavily encored rivals with 12.184 million viewers, and Fox won the night overall in total viewers and the adults 18-49 demographic.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘How To Live With Your Parents’ & ‘Modern Family’ Down, ‘American Idol’ Up Slightly, ‘Survivor’ Ties Low

Last night’s American Idol (3.2/9) had the Final 6 contestants doing double duty with a Burt Bacharach and Hal David tune and one they wished they’d written themselves. The two-hour live show saw finalist Candice Glover perform a stunning version of the Cure’s Lovesong, and it saw Lazaro Arbos … well, he didn’t have such a good night. Idol itself on the other hand did have a better night than last Wednesday, when it hit a new low in fast nationals. Last night saw the show up 7% versus April 3’s fast national and up 3% against last week’s 3.1/9 final numbers. We might see that go up even more as Idol is commonly adjusted upward in final numbers. Idol pulled in an audience of 11.98 million last night, a 4% gain, to become Wednesday’s most-watched show. CBS’ Criminal Minds was second with 11.29 million viewers. Fox won the night in total viewers and the adults 18-49 demo. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ Hits New Low, ‘How To Live With Your Parents’ Debuts Solid, ‘Modern Family’ & ‘Dateline’ Up, ‘Survivor’ Matches Low

It was an all-new night on the networks on Wednesday — no repeats at all. On Fox’s American Idol (3.0/9), it was Rock Night with the remaining finalists belting out Rolling Stones, Queen and Bon Jovi songs among others. Coming off last week’s all-time Wednesday low, the live two-hour show again hit a new Wednesday low in the adults 18-49 demographic. However, as Idol tends to see upward movement in its final numbers, the low might not hold. Last night’s Idol dipped 3% from last week’s fast nationals result and 6% from the final numbers. With 11.48 million watching, Idol also dipped to its smallest Wednesday audience since August 7, 2002, during its first season. Fox still won the night in total viewers and the demo.

ABC aired the series premiere of How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life) (2.9/7) in Suburgatory’s old 9:30 PM slot. With ABC slipping a minute of lead-in Modern Family (4.1/11) into the slot, the new sitcom about a divorced Mom who moves back home was even with the last year’s April 11 debut of the now-cancelled Don’t Trust The B— In Apt 23. It was also up from the season average Suburgatory saw in the slot, resulting in the network’s best performance in the time slot since November 7. Read More »

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ABC’s Midseason Schedule: ‘Family Tools’ & ‘How To Live’ On Wednesday, ‘Red Widow’ On Sunday, ‘Zero Hour’ On Thursday

Nellie Andreeva

ABC is overhauling its schedule for midseason with changes on four nights. New comedies Family Tools and How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life) will join the network’s Wednesday comedy block, with ABC’s Tuesday comedy block going away. New drama Red Widow will succeed 666 Park Ave on Sunday. ABC is replacing now-defunct freshman Last Resort with another male-skewing new drama in the challenging Thursday 8 PM slot, Zero Hour. And, following the end of Private Practice, the revamped Body of Proof will return to its Tuesday 10 PM slot.  Read More »

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Producer Claudia Lonow On ABC’s ‘How To Live With Your Parents’: TCA

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

One of the first questions at today’s TCA panel on the new ABC comedy How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life) was: Why is the title so long? Not exactly Twitter-friendly, according to the questioner. Is there a line between long, and too long?

“This. This is the line”, joked writer/executive producer Claudia Lonow, who appeared on the panel with series stars Brad Garrett, Elizabeth Perkins, Sarah Chalke and executive producer Francie Calfo (executive producer Brian Grazer did not attend). Added Lonow: “I’m sorry, I like it. Do you like it”?

The questioner didn’t like it. But Lonow likes it because the show is the story of her life. Just like the lead character Polly (Chalke), Lonow moved back in with her parents after a divorce with a young daughter in tow. Her daughter is now a young woman of college age, but Lonow is still living with her parents and in fact bought a house with them when her daughter was old enough for school.

Like Polly in the first episode, Lonow said she really did show up on her parents’ doorstep with her child and say: “Is hope this isn’t a bad time for you because it’s a really bad time for me”. In hindsight, Lonow said, it was a great decision because it was a good arrangement for her daughter, but admitted that it sometimes made dating difficult: “Being a divorced woman with a child who lives with her parents is not a selling point”, she quipped. Read More »

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Gregg Mettler Signs Overall Deal With 20th TV, Joins ‘How To Live With Your Parents’

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Comedy writer-producer Gregg Mettler has signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Under the seven-figure pact, he will join the studio’s new ABC comedy series How To Live With Your Parents For The Rest of Your Life as a co-executive producer while also developing and supervising new projects. “Gregg’s reputation is that he is super smart and funny with a great comedic voice of his own,” 20th TV chairman Gary Newman said. “We believe that he would be a great addition to any of our existing series and that he has a great show in him.” Mettler cut his teeth at Carsey-Werner with stints on 3rd Rock From The Sun as well as That 70’s Show, on which he worked for seven seasons, working his way up the ranks to co-executive producer. The writer-producer, repped by UTA and Ken Richman, most recently served as a co-executive producer of ABC’s Cougar Town.

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ABC First Look Teasers: 2012-13 New Shows

Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s The Neighbors - Comedy
Produced by ABC Studios. From writer/executive producer Dan Fogelman and executive producers Aaron Kaplan, Jeff Morton and Chris Koch. Directed by Chris Koch (pilot):

ABC’s 666 Park Avenue – Drama
Produced by Bonanza Productions in association with Alloy Entertainment and Warner Bros Television. From writer/executive producer David Wilcox and executive producers Matthew Miller, Leslie Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo. Directed by Alex Graves (pilot):

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