RATINGS RAT RACE: Low Start For Fox’s ‘Enlisted’, ABC & CBS Series Up In Return

By | Saturday January 11, 2014 @ 9:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EnlistedpilotFox pushed the original Nov. 8 premiere date for Enlisted to January so the slapstick single-camera comedy about three brothers and a group of misfits on a small Army base could get more promotion on the network’s highly rated … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Last Man Standing’ & ‘Malibu Country’ Season Finales Up, ‘Touch’, ‘Rock Center’ & ’20/20′ Rise

Friday night saw the season finales of ABC comedies Last Man Standing (1.6/6) and Malibu Country (1.4/5). Wrapping up its second cycle, the Tim Allen starring … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox Scores With Cotton Bowl; CBS & ABC Originals Slip

By | Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 10:18am PST

It was a total touchdown for Fox on Friday night. The network took the night with the Cotton Bowl (3.1/9) as Texas A&M soundly beat their former Big 12 rival Oklahoma. … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dateline’ Up, ‘Blue Bloods’ & ‘Last Man Standing’ Down, ‘Fringe’ Steady

By | Saturday December 8, 2012 @ 10:09am PST

With the exception of a repeat of last week’s SNL Christmas (1.5/5) special, Friday night was light on holiday fare. At 10 PM, CBS‘ police family drama Blue Bloods (1.4/4) was down a tenth from … Read More »

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ABC Comedies ‘Malibu Country’ & ‘Last Man Standing’ Get Five-Episode Back Orders

By | Wednesday November 28, 2012 @ 5:42pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC has picked up five additional episodes each of Friday comedies Last Man Standing and Malibu Country. After a strong launch earlier this month, both sophomore Last Man and newbie Malibu Country have been sliding in the ratings, with a steeper decline for Malibu, which started off … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Malibu Country’, ‘Last Man’, ‘Shark Tank’, ‘Undercover Boss’ Down

By | Saturday November 17, 2012 @ 10:06am PST
Nellie Andreeva

After a month of excitement, with Malibu Country and Last Man Standing launching strong, Shark Tank hitting highs and Undercover Boss rising, Friday returned to its normal depressing self last night with all programs under a 2 demo rating.

ABC’s Last Man Standing (1.4/5) and Malibu Country (1.3/4) continued to fall to new lows, down 14% and 24%, respectively, from last week. Last Man Standing‘s decline has been less steep — it is down 26% from its season premiere two weeks ago and outperformed its lead-out, Malibu Country (down 41% from the series premiere two weeks ago) for the first time last night. The comedies seem to be dragging Shark Tank down with them. At 9 PM, the reality series (1.9/6, down 10%) posted a second week of declines after two weeks of series highs, and is now below its last airing at 8 PM. 20/20 (1.4/4) too was down from last week, by 14% and yet ABC won the night in 18-49, a sign of how low the bar on the night is these days. And Shark Tank once again ranked as the highest-rated program of the night in 18-49 as it has for six of the past seven weeks. Read More »

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ABC Comedies ‘Malibu Country’ & ‘Last Man Standing’ Get Orders For More Scripts

By | Monday November 12, 2012 @ 4:20pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

As ABC is nearing back episodic decision on new dramas Nashville (UPDATE: Nashville just received a full-season order), Last Resort and 666 Park Ave, I hear the network has ordered three additional scripts each of comedies Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Malibu Country’ & ‘Last Man’ Drop In Week 2, ‘Undercover Boss’ Up

By | Saturday November 10, 2012 @ 9:46am PST
Nellie Andreeva

After giving comedies a warm welcome back to Friday last week, viewers turned a cold shoulder last night. In their second week, Last Man Standing (1.6/5) was down 16% from last Friday’s fast national, while Malibu Country (1.6/5) tumbled … Read More »

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Nastaran Dibai To Run ‘Malibu Country’, Kevin Abbott Rejoins ‘Last Man Standing’

By | Thursday November 8, 2012 @ 12:42pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Nastaran DibaiEXCLUSIVE: Nastaran Dibai has been elevated to executive producer/showrunner of Malibu Country. This is the first showrunner gig for Dibai, who had been a co-executive producer on the ABC/ABC Studios freshman comedy since after the pilot. Dibai succeeds Malibu Country creator/executive producer Kevin Abbott who left the series a month ago when he checked himself into rehab. Abbott, who also serves as an executive producer of ABC’s Last Man Standing, has just completed his treatment. He will resume his duties as an executive producer of Last Man Standing but won’t be back on Malibu Country, at least for the foreseeable future. ABC and ABC Studios had put the succession plan with Dibai in place when Abbott originally left and opted not to shake things up again on a show, which is still finding its footing. Additionally, it is unclear whether Abbott is ready to take on a full load of showrunner responsibility right away. Malibu Country is a priority for ABC after a strong premiere last Friday.

Abbott served as showrunner for most of Last Man Standing‘s first season, stepping in for creator Jack Burditt. Abbott passed on Last Man Standing showrunner duties to Tim Doyle in May to focus on Malibu Country. Doyle continues as showrunner; Abbott will serve as executive producer alongside him. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: Strong Start For ‘Malibu Country’, ‘Shark Tank’ Hits High, ‘Boss’ Soft

By | Saturday November 3, 2012 @ 10:31am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It’s been 7½ years since ABC ended its TGIF Friday comedy block in May 2005. Since Paul Lee took over the network in the summer of 2010, restarting TGIF has been on his wish list. He got to do it this fall with Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing and Reba McEntire’s Malibu Country. There was skepticism about the move in May as ABC had been successful with its unscripted/newsmagazine Friday lineup. Even ABC brass were probably second-guessing themselves this fall as ABC consistently dominated the night paced by Shark Tank, which excelled at 8 PM, hitting series highs and topping all Friday competition.

Related: Kevin Abbott Takes A Leave From ABC’s ‘Malibu Country’ And ‘Last Man Standing’

But last night’s potent debut of ABC’s comedy block and strong performance of Shark Tank in its new 9 PM slot that powered ABC to sweep every half-hour of primetime in 18-49 will probably silence critics. Starting things off at 8 PM was the second season premiere of Last Man Standing (1.9/7, 7.8 million total viewers). That was down 47% from the comedy’s series debut on Tuesday last fall but was up 12% from the season finale and Last Man‘s best demo showing since March. At 8:30 PM, Reba McEntire proved her drawing power with the debut of her new sitcom Malibu Country (2.2/7, 8.9 million). It built on its lead-in and posted ABC’s highest numbers in the half-hour in five years. It tied CBS’ Blue Bloods as the highest-rated scripted Friday debut in than five years, since ABC’s drama Women’s Murder Club in October 2007. The new comedy block also boosted Shark Tank (2.3/7, 7.3 million) to new series highs, up 28% 18-49 from last week for another No.1 demo finish on Friday. ABC’s sweep was completed by 20/20 (1.5/5), which was No.1 at 10 PM. ABC won the night in 18-49 with season highs in the demo and total viewers. Read More »

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Kevin Abbott Takes A Leave From ABC’s ‘Malibu Country’ And ‘Last Man Standing’

By | Tuesday October 9, 2012 @ 7:24pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Kevin Abbott, creator/executive producer/showrunner of new ABC comedy series Malibu Country and executive producer of the network’s sophomore comedy Last Man Standing, has gone on indefinite medical leave from the two shows after checking himself into a rehab facility. I hear Abbott, a family man, made the decision to seek help and has the support of Malibu Country star/executive producer Reba McEntire and her husband/manager, Narvel Blackstock, also an executive producer on the show. For the time being, Abbott’s showrunner duties on Malibu Country are being divvied up among the show’s senior writing-producing staff. The series, slated to premiere November 2, is several episodes into production on its 13-episode order, and shooting has not been impacted by Abbott’s departure for now. Read More »

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Shiri Appleby Poised To Recur On NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire’ & More TV Castings

By | Friday August 10, 2012 @ 1:55pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Shiri Appleby is finalizing a deal for a recurring role on NBC’s new firefighter drama Chicago Fire produced by Dick Wolf. She will play Clarice, the ex-girlfriend of Shay (Lauren German) who is pregnant and married to a rich … Read More »

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Multicamera Comedies Take Hold But Continue To Lose Ground Outside Of CBS

By | Monday June 11, 2012 @ 4:33pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Multicamera sitcoms hit a milestone last month when two freshmen, NBC’s Whitney and ABC’s Last Man Standing, were renewed for a second season. It marked the first time a freshman multicamera comedy on a broadcast network other than CBS has made it to Season 2 in five years, since ‘Til Death was awarded a second season on Fox in 2007. Overall, three freshman multicamera comedies, including CBS breakout 2 Broke Girls, went to a second the season, the most in a decade. But despite that major achievement, multicamera comedies lost ground as the single-camera/multicamera divide between CBS and the rest of the broadcast networks deepened this upfront.

Related: UPFRONTS 2012: The Year Of Underdogs, Comebacks & Second Chances

ABC, NBC and Fox ordered a combined 14 new comedy series this year, the same as last year, but the number of multicamera comedies dropped by more than half. Of the 14, 5 or 36% were multicamera last year. This time, the number has fallen to two, or 14% — ABC’s Malibu Country and NBC’s Guys With Kids. Fox will have no multicamera series on the air next season, while ABC and NBC will have two each, Malibu Country and Last Man Standing (ABC) and Whitney and Guys With Kids (NBC). In a sign of the hard time the multicamera format has had outside CBS, when ABC recently decided to re-pilot CBS’ Rebel Wilson comedy pilot Super Fun Night, it opted to convert it from multi- to single camera.

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Tim Doyle Joins ABC’s ‘Last Man Standing’ As New Showrunner

By | Monday June 11, 2012 @ 2:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Veteran comedy writer-producer Tim Doyle (Rules Of Engagement) has joined ABC’s comedy series Last Man Standing as executive producer/showrunner for its upcoming second season. Kevin Abbott, who held the post for most of last season stepping in for creator Jack … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Cougar Town’ Slips More, ‘River’ Bottoms Out, ‘Unforgettable’ Hits Low

By | Wednesday February 22, 2012 @ 9:13am PST
Nellie Andreeva

In its winter finale, Fox’s Glee (2.9/8) recouped some of the 15% ratings drop last week with an 4% uptick. New Girl (3.0/8) was down a tenth, while Raising Hope (2.2/5) was up 5%. ABC’s Last Man Standing proves to … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Remodeled’ Tanks In Debut, Fox Comedies Steady, ‘Last Man’ Up

By | Wednesday January 18, 2012 @ 9:56am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The CW hasn’t been able to successfully launch a reality series in its six-year history. (Long-running hit America’s Next Top Model originated on UPN.) That is not going to change after the premiere of the network’s latest unscripted effort, fashion docu series Remodeled, which opened last night with miniscule 707,000 viewers and 0.3/1 among adults 18-49 to rank as the CW’s lowest-rated series premiere ever. That was well below the CW’s two most recent reality series, the short-lived H8R, which opened with 1.3 million viewers and a 0.6 18-49 rating in September, and Shedding For The Wedding (1.2 million, 0.5). In Remodeled‘s defense, the other two series had America’s Next Top Model as lead-in, while it followed a new 90210, which returned from a five-week hiatus with 1.3 million viewers and a 0.6/2 in 18-49, down 25% in the demo from its last original. Still, the CW put a lot of muscle behind the reality series starring modeling industry veteran Paul Fisher, scheduling multiple runs of its first two episodes. In fact, the network delayed the return of freshman drama Ringer by three weeks to launch Remodeled in its Tuesday 9 PM slot. After a similar pre-emption of New Girl by Fox to accommodate new reality series The X Factor, the freshman comedy never regained the ratings strength it once had. We will see what the impact will be on Ringer. Read More »

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ABC Orders Two More Episodes Of ‘Last Man Standing’

By | Thursday January 12, 2012 @ 4:01pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Good news for Last Man Standing — the freshman ABC comedy has received an order for 2 extra episodes, bringing the total for the show’s first season to 24 episodes. While not a breakout hit of the size of CBS’ Read More »

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ABC Pulls ‘Man Up!’ From The Schedule

By | Thursday December 8, 2011 @ 12:55pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Tim Allen is indeed TV’s last man standing this fall. Allen’s Last Man Standing series, which has received a full-season pickup, is the only one of the three new fall comedies centered on guys to still be on the air … Read More »

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