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Jay Leno Back On NBC…As ‘Last Comic Standing’ Mentor

By | Monday July 28, 2014 @ 11:59am PDT

Jay Leno Back On NBC…As ‘Last Comic Standing’ MentorNBC said today he will return to the network as the final comic mentor on Last Comic Standing on Thursday at 10 PM. In the episode, the final five comics are flown to meet surprise guest Leno in Las Vegas and ask him questions about stand-up comedy. He answers, shares personal stories and anecdotes and gives advice before the next stand-up routines that whittle the contestants to four. The season finale is August 14.

Jay Leno has kept himself busy since departing as longtime host of The Tonight Show in February, from hosting his car show Jay Leno’s Garage (it was nominated for an Emmy) to surprising Arsenio Hall to announce (prematurely, it turned out) that The Arsenio Hall Show had been renewed, He also was inducted into the TV Academy’s Hall of Fame in March, and the next month  he had a street named for him on the Universal lot.

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TCA: NBC Renews ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘American Ninja Warrior,’ ‘Last Comic Standing’

Nellie Andreeva

TCA: NBC Renews ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘American Ninja Warrior,’ ‘Last Comic Standing’Kicking off NBC’s TCA presentation, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt announced the renewal of summer reality series America’s Got Talent, American Ninja Warrior and Last Comic Standing. The pickups join the recent renewal of medical drama Night Shift, which turned from a summer burnoff to a breakout, tying CBS’ Extant as the highest-rated new series debut this off-season.

Greenblatt underscored NBC’s ratings success during the season, reminding everyone that the network finished 2013-14 as No.1, and did so again for the summer. NBC has won every week other than the two that ABC had with the NBA Finals, which Greenblatt in a lapse called “the NBC finals.” Last Comic Standing returned for an eighth cycle this summer after a four-year break, the second time the show has been revived. AGT is in its ninth season, averaging a 3.1/10 in adults 18-49 and 12.4 million viewers. Last Comic Standing is averaging a 1.7/6  in 18-49 and 5.1 million viewers. American Ninja Warrior, which is shared with corporate sibling Esquire, is delivering a 1.8/6 in 18-49 and 5.3 million viewers.

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Big Brother’ Tops Sunday Ratings In Key Demos

By | Monday June 30, 2014 @ 9:24am PDT

Ratings Rat Race: ‘Big Brother’ Tops Sunday Ratings In Key DemosCBS’ 8 PM return of Big Brother to Sunday night (1.8/6, 5.76 million viewers) came in 22% short of last Thursday’s time period premiere to tie its lowest-rated Sunday launch to date. It was, nonetheless, the night’s top rated broadcast in the demo, as well as 18-34 and 25-54.

After BB, CBS’ Reckless unveiling (0.7/2) tumbled 79% from last summer’s highly hyped premiere of Under The Dome (3.3/9). Following Reckless, Unforgettable (0.9/3) bounced 13% from its most recent telecast (0.8/3), and on par with its in-season debut on April 4. CBS finished first among viewers (6.1 million) for the night, but tied ABC in the demo (1.1/4).
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Last Comic Standing’ OK In Return, ‘Gang Related’ Premiere Soft

By | Friday May 23, 2014 @ 9:22am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

jb-smoove-lcsIf a rerun of The Big Bang Theory is the top program of the night by a landslide, it must be summer. CBS’ comedy juggernaut (2.2 among adults 18-49 for a repeat) ruled the first night after the official end of the 2013-14 broadcast season, which featured two premieres and a finale. After a four-year break, NBC’s Last Comic Standing returned last night, drawing a 1.7 in 18-49 for its eighth season premiere. That was down 15% from the show’s last season debut in June 2010, but a lot has changed in four years, so that number is pretty solid. It tied the iHeart Radio Music Awards as the top rating NBC has seen on Thursday in months. It outperformed significantly NBC’s recent in-season unscripted premiere, American Dream Builders, and built on its lead-in, Hollywood Game Night (1.1), by 55%.

101_gangrelated_mobile_carousel-carousel-360x282Last Comic also almost doubled the rating for the other premiere last night, Fox dark drama Gang Related (0.9), originally picked up for midseason 2014. Despite a solid lead-in from Kitchen Nightmares (1.5, down 12% from last week), Gang Related‘s performance was more in line with a low-cost import (NBC’s Crossing Lines and Saving Hope opened with a 0.7 last summer) than a Hollywood-made original drama (CBS’ Under The Dome premiered with a 3.2 in 18-49 last summer, ABC’s Mistresses with a 1.2). The Gang Related debut was even … Read More »

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UPDATE: Post Crew On NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’ Win IATSE Contract

By | Tuesday April 22, 2014 @ 8:14pm PDT

last-comic-standing__140321195619-275x340__140421164340UPDATE, 8:14 PM: No joke — the strike is over. After a day-and-a-half labor action on the part of the Motion Picture Editors GuildIATSE Local 700, the postproduction crew of Last Comic Standing now have a union contract, I’ve learned. With that over, everybody is heading back to work tomorrow on the soon-to-debut NBC reboot. The roughly 15 editors, assistant editors and other briefly striking post employees have won the health and retirement benefits IA700Bug__130219205555-150x150__131123212333__140421164529plus vacation and holiday pay they sought when they walked out on Monday. A day of picketing today outside the Glendale postproduction facility of the NBC Studios show also saw significant wage increases for the assistant editors. Last Comic Standing is set to premiere on May 22.

1625566_747449085300490_4296235683794707443_nPREVIOUS, APRIL 21, AM: Just more than a month before its reboot is set to debut, NBC‘s Last Comic Standing today has been knocked down by a labor action. About 15 editors and assistant editors walked off the job today in a no-joke strike organized by the Motion Picture Editors Guild, IATSE Local 700, I’ve learned. Hired by NBC Studios on a non-union basis, the editors are seeking a union contract that includes industry-standard health insurance and pension benefits. Read More »

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NBC Press Day: ‘Last Comic Standing’ Producers, Judges On Twitter, Upcoming Season & More

By | Tuesday April 8, 2014 @ 11:45am PDT

Twitter is not a comic’sNBCUniversal Events - Season 2014 best friend, the producers and judges of NBC’s exhumed Last Comic Standing said today at NBC Press Day.  “I want to see you on stage with that mike, then I’m going to get it,” judge Keenen Ivory Wayans said. “I don’t know where the jokes come from when they’re online. It’s not real to me unless I see you with a microphone.”

“I enjoy it, because I like to provoke people and get them pissed off,” judge Roseanne Barr jumped in. “The whole heckler thing is why I got into it. I like being fast with the retort…I like to block people too.”

Next month, NBC returns Last Comic Standing, with new judges Barr, Wayans, and Russell Peters, new host JB Smoove , new format, new celebrity guests, and invitation-only auditions. This reality television talent show aired its first seven seasons from 2003 to 2010. Last November, NBC announced the show’s latest 13-episode order. Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz of Push It Prods. executive produce for Universal Television through their deal with the studio, along with The Marriage Ref‘s Javier Winnik. Read More »

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NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’ Returns May 22 With New Judges Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans & Russell Peters; JB Smoove To Host

By | Friday March 21, 2014 @ 12:58pm PDT

last-comic-standingNBC‘s reality series Last Comic Standing resumes its search for America’s funniest comic on May 22 at 9 PM with new judges Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), Keenen Ivory Wayans (In Living Color) and Russell Peters (Notorious) and JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) tapped as host. The network is promising innovative format changes, surprise celebrity guests and unexpected twists in 13-episode Season 8, which will open with invitation-only auditions. Last Comic Standing features the top 100 comics in America vying for 20 spots. These 20 will then compete in a semifinal round and the best of the best will emerge, with the top 10 moving into the challenge rounds. In this phase, they will compete in different comedy disciplines, such as sketch, improv and stand-up, proving themselves both individually and in teams. The series will air Thursdays at 10 PM following the premiere. Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz of Push It Prods. executive produce for Universal Television through their deal with the studio, along with The Marriage Ref‘s Javier Winnik.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: So-So Debut For ABC’s ‘Bachelor’ Spinoff ‘Bachelor Pad’

Nellie Andreeva

For any other new reality series, the premiere number for ABC’s Bachelor Pad (2.2 rating/7 share) would’ve been a solid number. But being part of the network’s hit Bachelor franchise automatically raised expectations for the spinoff, whose two-hour debut last night was down 21% from this summer’s premiere of The Bachelorette. Bachelor Pad‘s lead-out, the second season premiere of unscripted series Dating In The Dark (1.8/5), was down -25% from the nigh-vision dating show’s last summer’s premiere. NBC’s Last Comic Standing (1.5/4) had a quiet exit, hitting a series low with its season finale, down 6% from last summer’s ender. Meanwhile, Fox’s telecast of the Teen Choice Awards (1.5/5) was up 7% from last year. ABC won the night in adults 18-49 (2.1/6), while CBS was No.1 in total viewers (6.6 million) with all-repeats.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Bachelorette’ Gains & Wimbledon Coverage Up

Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s The Bachelorette continued its impressive summer run with a 3.1 rating/9 share among adults 18-49 last night, up 15% from last week. But its lead-out, True Beauty (1.7/5) continues to move in the opposite direction, down 15% from last week for its lowest-rated telecast this summer. NBC’s Last Comic Standing (1.6/5) and Persons Unknown (0.9/3) too were down 11% and 10%, respectively, from last week to log their lowest-rated telecasts ever. Persons was transplanted from its original 10PM slot to 8PM this week, while Last Comic at 9PM was extended to two hours. Fox held steady with Lie to Me (1.9/6, up 6%) and The Good Guys (1.2/3, even with last week), while CBS aired an all-repeat lineup led by Two and Half Men (2.3/7) and The Big Bang Theory (2.3/6). ABC won the night in 18-49 (2.3/7), while CBS (7.5 million) edged ABC (7.4 million) in total viewers.

Meanwhile, airing against the World Cup, ESPN’s coverage of the first week of Wimbledon on ESPN2 and was up 14% from last year. The June 23 telecast with part of the historic fifth set of the epic match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut was seen by average of 814,000 homes, the second largest Wimbledon audience ever on ESPN2.

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Ratings Rat Race: ABC Up, Fox/NBC Down

Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s reality lineup of The Bachelorette (2.7 rating/9 share among adults 18-49) and True Beauty (2.0/6) was up a tick from last week, with the two shows growing 5% and 4%, respectively, and lifting the network to a nightly win in 18-49 (2.5/8) as well as total viewers (7.3 million)

The ratings pendulum swung in the other direction for Fox’s Lie To Me (1.8/6), down 10% from last week, and The Good Guys (1.2/4), which shed another .1 rating point in its fourth airing, continuing a ratings downslide (1.5, 1.4, 1.3, 1.2).

NBC’s Last Comic Standing (1.8/5) was also down, 18% from last week, as was the network’s summer scripted drama Persons Unknown (1.1/3), down 8% and following a similar ratings trajectory to Good Guys (1.3, 1.2, 1.2). CBS aired an all-repeat Monday lineup, led by The Big Bang Theory (2.5/7)

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