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ABC & 20th TV Reach Deal: ‘Cristela’ & ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Picked Up To Series, ‘Last Man Standing’ Renewed

By | Saturday May 10, 2014 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

FORREST WHEELER, IAN CHEN, RANDALL PARK, HUDSON YANG, CONSTANCE WUAfter intense negotiations, ABC has closed a deal with 20th Century Fox TV for the pickup to series of two comedy pilots, multi-camera  Cristela, starring Cristela Alonzo, and Nahnatchka Khan’s single-camera Fresh Off The Boat, as well as the fourth season renewal of comedy series Last Man Standing starring Tim Allen. The holdup had been a request from the network for a license fee reduction on Last Man Standing, something 20th had already agreed last season for what was supposed to be a one-time thing and was unwilling to do it again. The studio had leverage with Cristela and Fresh Off The Boat, which ABC was looking to pick up. After some back-and-forth, a deal has been reached, with all three shows safely on ABC’s schedule next season. Both Cristela and Fresh Off the Boat reflect the immigrant experiences of their creators, Cristela Alonzo, who co-wrote the script with Kevin Hench, and Khan, who based her show on Chef Eddie Huang’s memoir. (Both Khan and Alonzo are first generation Americans.) Both Cristela and Last Men Standing hail from 21 Laps/Adelstein.

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‘Last Man Standing’ And Pilots ‘Cristela’ & ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ Part Of Tense Negotiation Between ABC & 20th TV

Nellie Andreeva

It wasn’t hard to notice last night that there WILLIE ROBERTSON, SI ROBERTSON, TIM ALLENwas a connection between the three comedy projects that had been expected to get pickups but didn’t: pilots Cristela and Fresh Off The Boat and series Last Man Standing. All three hail from 20th Century Fox TV. I hear the three are part of a negotiation between ABC and the studio that somewhat echoes last year’s four-series negotiation between Sony TV and NBC that included pilots The Blacklist, Welcome To The Family and Night Shift and returning Community. I hear the issue is a request from the network for a license fee reduction on Last Man Standing. I hear the network had made the same request last year after Last Man‘s first season in the lower-trafficked Friday 8 PM slot in what was supposed to be a one-time thing. I hear the studio agreed and Last Man was renewed for a third season.

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Further squeezing the license fee for the show may be problematic for the studio as star Tim Allen commands a six-figure per-episode pay check. On the other hand, sibling Twentieth TV had been shopping Last Man for a syndication sale, so getting a fourth season … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Last Man Standing’ Finale Down; ‘Kitchen Nightmares’, ‘Grimm’ & ‘Hannibal’ Rise; ABC Wins Demo

By | Saturday April 26, 2014 @ 9:52am PDT

JORDAN MASTERSON, TIM ALLENIt was almost a full house network-wise on Friday with a finale here, a real heating-up there and a high. The season finale was over on ABC, where Last Man Standing (1.3/5) wrapped up its third cycle. While bopping up 8% from last week’s show, the yet-to-be-renewed Tim Allen comedy was down 19% among adults 18-49 from its Season 2 ender on March 22, 2013. Garnering a 1.6/6 rating and 7.85 million in its 8 PM slot, the half-hour show’s finale was also up against Night 2 of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament last year. Last night’s LMS finale pulled in 5.85 million viewers. And what a difference a month can make: TV usage levels were 13% higher on March 22 last year than they were last night.

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ABC’s only other original of the night, Shark Tank (1.7/6), was the highest-rated show of the night and even with its April 18 result. Being that the entrepreneurial reality series tends to see a rise of a tenth at least in the final numbers, expect this morning’s preliminary result to be adjusted. With that in mind and as the only network not to be putting out a full schedule of originals last night, ABC won primetime among the key demo for the fourth Friday in a row. The network had a 1.4/5 rating, with CBS coming in second with a 1.2/4. CBS won the night in total viewers with 9.19 million watching.

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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 NFL coverage. That didn’t seem to have help much as Enlisted launched to a 0.7 among adults 18-49 last night, tying ABC’s ill-fated limited series The Assets as the lowest debut on the Big 4 networks. The expectations for Enlisted weren’t high. It is paired with Fox comedy Raising Hope which, once a solid anchor on Tuesday, has been wilting in its new Friday home. The veteran managed a 0.8 in 18-49 at 9 PM last night, holding onto half of its Bones (1.5, down 12% from its last original on Dec. 6) lead-in. Enlisted‘s underwhelming 0.7 at 9:30 PM was on par with what Raising Hope had been delivering in the time period.

ABC won the night in adults 18-49 powered by the two top programs in the demo, Shark Tank (2.1/6) and 20/20 (1.7/5), both delivering season highs. Its comedy Last Man Standing (1.5) finished tied for No.3 for the night among 18-49. ABC’s entire entertainment Friday lineup returned higher from a month-long hiatus. Last Man Standing at 8 PM was up 25% from its last original on Dec. 13, Neighbors (1.1) was up 22%, … 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 Last Man rose 14% from last week’s show. Having moved from its first season Tuesday slot to Fridays for Season 2, the series was up 18% in total viewers from its May 8, 2012 Season 1 finale and dipped just 6% from last year’s closer. Last Man Standing was the number 1 show of the night in both the Adult 18-49 demo and in total viewers (7.85 million). In fact, Last Man matched its November 2, 2012 season opening number among 18-49 for its highest result in the key demographic. Bringing its freshman season to a conclusion, Malibu Country, starring Reba McEntire, saw a sometimes-rocky first run end 27% up from last week’s season low. It was also up 25% in viewers over its March 15 show to 7 million watching. That made Friday’s episode the third most watched Malibu Country since its November 2 premiere and its second week November 9 show. After a Shark Tank (1.4/4) repeat, which rated higher or equal to originals on other networks, ABC closed the night with a new 20/20 which was up 14% from last week. For the … 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. 11.207 million viewers, solidly ahead of anything else on TV last night, watched the college football game. While ratings of the live event are approximate and subject to greater change than usual in the final numbers, last night’s 8–10 PM broadcast was up solidly from the 2.5 rating the Cotton Bowl scored on January 6, 2012. Fox won the night in overall viewers and among the adult 18-49 demographic.

Back with original shows after three weeks, ABC’s comedies Last Man Standing (1.4/4) and Malibu Country (1.2/4) were both down from the 1.5 rating they earned on their December 14 airing. A new Shark Tank (1.8/5) followed, watched by 6.338 million last night. The reality show was down a tenth from the 1.9 rating its last original Friday broadcast drew back on November 16. At 10 PM, ABC had 20/20 (1.4/4) devoted to weight loss. Back after two weeks of preemptions, the news magazine show was down from the 1.6 rating it got on December 14. On CBS, there were also dips. Undercover Boss (1.5/5) was down from the 1.6 rating the reality show had on its last original show on December 7. CSI: NY (1.4/4) pulled in 9.176 million on Friday, … 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 last week but was the most watched show of the night with 11.073 million viewers. CBS also had the second and third most watched shows of the night with 9 PM’s CSI:NY (1.5/5) pulling in 9.975 million and 8 PM’s Undercover Boss (1.6/6) getting 7.939 million. CSI:NY was down from its November 30 1.5/4 rating. Undercover Boss slipped two tenths from last week’s 1.8/6, down 11% week to week. NBC’s Dateline NBC (1.7/5) was up 55% in the 18-49 demographic over last week’s 1.1/3. With 9.663 million watching on average, CBS won Friday night in terms of total viewers while NBC was tops in the 18-49.

Over on ABC, Last Man Standing (1.4/5) was down 13% from last week.  The network’s other Friday comedy, Malibu Country (1.4/5) slipped 7% from November 30. The comedies improved the hour 40% for ABC among the 18-49 compared to the same night in 2011. Like last week, ABC’s 9PM had a Shark Tank (1.5/4) repeat. At 10 PM, The Holidays Unplugged 20/20 (1.3/4) was down fourth tenths from last week’s 1.7/5. In its closing 13 episode run, Fox’s Fringe (0.9/3) was flat with its last original show back on November 16, … 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 higher. Even so, with DVR viewing included, Last Man Standing ranks as the top-rated show in Friday’s 8 PM half-hour with Adults 18-49 (2.1/7). Retaining 100% of its adult 18-49 lead-in (2.1/7) from Last Man Standing and gaining viewers, Malibu Country starring Reba McEntire stands as TV’s most-watched freshman comedy this season (8.7 million). Part of the reason for the small back order is the fact that the two shows premiered more than a month after the beginning of the season, so ABC won’t need as many episodes. With their partial back orders, Last Man and Malibu Country join new drama Nashville and new comedy The Neighbors, which received full-season pickups with back-nine orders, as did sophomore drama Scandal. New dramas Last Resort and 666 Park Ave. have been cancelled.

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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 Malibu Country and Last Man Standing. Both shows started the fall with 13-episode orders. Freshman Malibu Country and sophomore Last Man Standing launched only two weeks ago. Both had a great start in the Friday 8 PM slot before dropping double-digits in Week 2.

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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 27% from its premiere. The comedies surrendered the top spot in the 8 PM hour among adults 18-49 to CBS’ Undercover Boss (2.0/7) which, after a mediocre season start last week, jumped 33% to finish a close second for the night in the demo behind former time slot rival Shark Tank (2.1/6). With its comedy lead-in dropping big, Shark Tank slipped 9% from last week’s series highs but still led ABC to a nightly win in 18-49. The network topped the 9 PM and the 10 PM hours in the demo with Shark Tank and 20/20 (1.6/5, up a tenth from last week)

Meanwhile, CSI: NY (1.4/4) didn’t take advantage of its much improved Undercover Boss lead-in, down a tenth from last week. Blue Bloods (1.5/5) was up two tenths with the episode marking the exit of Jennifer Esposito’s character (for now). CBS won the night in total viewers.

Grimm (1.7/5) was down a tenth from last week with virtually no lead-in (comedy repeats that tied the CW’s America’s Next Top Model in the 8 PM hour). It still ranked as the highest-rated scripted show on the night. Dateline (1.3/4) was flat.

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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 husband. The pending deal comes on the heels of Appleby booking a recurring role on the second season of the HBO comedy Girls. She is with Gersh and manager John Carrabino.

Amanda Fuller has been cast as a new regular on the second season of the ABC comedy Last Man Standing. She will portray Tim Allen and Nancy Travis’ oldest daughter Kristin, played in the first season by Alexandra Krosney. This is one of several recastings the series is undergoing heading into its sophomore season. Fuller, repped by Global Artists Agency and Thruline, recently recurred on Grey’s Anatomy.

Canadian Emily Bett Rickards has landed a recurring role on the new CW drama Arrow, which takes on the Green Arrow comics. She will play Felicity Smoak, a DC Comics character known for her technical expertise. Smoak on Arrow is a similar character, an IT wunderkind at Queen Consolidated.

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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.

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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 Burditt, will continue to serve as an executive producer and will remain integral to Last Man Standing but non-exclusive; his pilot, ABC’s Malibu Country, was picked up to series. (Abbott serves as executive producer/showrunner on Malibu Country, which he’d had in development prior to coming aboard Last Man Standing.) On LMS, which will be paired with Malibu Country on Fridays in the fall, Doyle and Abbott will executive produce alongside Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, Shawn Levy, Tim Allen, Kevin Hench, Rick Baker, and Richard Messina. In addition to the behind-the-scene showrunner change, there will be an on-screen one too on LMS next season. As our sister site TVLine first reported, Alexandra Krosney, who played the eldest daughter of Tim Allen’s Mike and Nancy Travis’ Vanessa, won’t return, with the role likely recast. Doyle’s credits also include Roseanne, Grace Under Fire, and Ellen. Doyle and Abbott are with CAA.

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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 be just that in the network’s Tuesday lineup. The freshman comedy (2.2/6) was flat with last week and the highest-rated ABC program on the night by a mile. Cougar Town (1.7/4) shed 6% from its low-rated premiere on Valentine’s Day last week. New drama The River (1.7/4) appears to have found a (low) bottom, even with last Tuesday. Body Of Proof (1.4/4) bucked the trend, up 17% from last week’s series low. CBS (2.9/8, 15.3 million) topped the night in both 18-49 and total viewers, but all of its series were down week-to-week. NCIS (3.8/10) was down 3%, NCIS: LA (2.9/7) down 9% to a season low and Unforgettable (1.9/5) down 17% to a series low. Meanwhile, NBC’s shows posted gains. The Biggest Loser (2.3/6) was up 10% from last week’s season low and Parenthood (1.7/5) was up 6%. The CW’s Ringer (0.5/1) was up a tenth after a steep 40% decline last week.

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