Ratings Rat Race: ‘Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’ Hits High; Fox & NBC Up, ABC Down

Nellie Andreeva

It may have started off as a joke — models prancing down the catwalk in their underwear — but Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has transcended its status as a voyeuristic spectacle for young men to become a pop culture phenomenon and a formidable franchise for CBS. Last night’s special drew an eye-popping 4.9 rating/12 share in adults 18-49 and a 5.2/14 in 18-34 at 10 PM, the highest ever for the franchise in both categories. In 18-49, Victoria’s Secret was up a whopping 35% from last year’s telecast. In total viewers, it averaged 10.3 million, the largest audience since the show made its debut on CBS in 2002. In today’s TV universe, where 10 PM viewership levels on the broadcast networks are depressed by DVR viewing and cable competition, such demo ratings are almost unheard of. I can think of only one 10 PM show that has reached such highs in the past year or so, NBC’s The Voice, which aired several 10-11 PM episodes. Overall, Victoria’s Secret posted the best 18-34 rating at 10 PM so far this season and the second best in 18-49 behind the last hour of the CMA Awards, though the difference is only a tenth of a rating point and may be erased in the finals.

CBS aired a bizarre mix of programming last night, running the gamut from kids and toddler favorite Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer at 8 PM to the racy Victoria’s Secret lingerie show at 10 PM, bridged by an NCIS rerun. Rudolph (4.0/11, 12.7 million) was up 3% from last year and ranking as the second highest-rated program of the night in 18-49 behind Victoria’s Secret. The NCIS rerun (2.9/7, 13.4 million) was the most-watched program of the night. CBS (3.8/10, 12.1 million) was No. 1 in 18-49 and total viewers. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Loser’ & ‘Glee’ Drop, ‘Body Of Proof’ & ‘Raising Hope’ Inch Up

Nellie Andreeva

CBS (3.2/8 in adults 18-49, 15.4 million viewers) chalked up another Tuesday win in adults 18-49 and total viewers, paced by NCIS (4.0/11, 19.9 million), which was once again the top program of the night in both measures. The veteran procedural and its spinoff, NCIS: LA (3.3/8, 15 million), were both down a tenth in the demo from last week, while Unforgettable (2.4/6, 11.2 million) was flat.

The damage to hot Fox freshman comedy New Girl from its forced four-week hiatus after an initial three-week run appears to be long-term as the series last night posted a 3.5 18-49 rating for a third straight week — 20% lower than the show’s ratings just before the break, which was used for 2 baseball and 2 X Factor pre-emptions. This is a shame as last night’s episode, which introduced recurring guest star Justin Long, was particularly strong. At 8 PM, Glee (2.9/8) was down two tenths, or 6%, from last week, while Raising Hope (2.2/5) at 9:30 PM rose a tenth. All three series grew slightly in total viewers week-to-week, with Fox (2.9/8, 6.5 million) finishing second for the night in 18-49 and third in viewers. Read More »

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‘Last Man Standing’ Creator Jack Burditt To Leave, Kevin Abbott Poised To Replace Him

By | Monday November 14, 2011 @ 12:43pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Last Man Standing creator Jack Burditt is leaving the freshman ABC comedy series. Veteran comedy showrunner Kevin Abbott is expected to take over the reins of the show after Thanksgiving if he gets a sign-off from TV Land, where he is under contract. For 20th Century Fox TV, which produces Last Man Standing, Abbott was the top choice to replace Burditt as he successfully stepped in for the departing creator of another 20th TV comedy, Reba, several years ago. Coincidentally, Abbott is now writing a new comedy project starring Reba McEntire, which has a put pilot commitment at ABC. If it goes to series and Last Man Standing is renewed for a second season, Abbott will run both series concurrently. In addition to shepherding the McEntire-starring project Malibu Country, Abbott also has a deal with TV Land, where serves as a consulting producer on Retired At 35. He is now in the process of getting out of his contract at the cable network to join Last Man Standing. Burditt, on whose life Last Man Standing is based, suffered a family tragedy earlier this fall. He took an extended leave of absence, and when he eventually returned on the show, he felt he couldn’t stay on for the long haul. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘NCIS’, ‘Biggest Loser’ Hit Season Highs, ‘Raising Hope’ Drops

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s decision to pull red-hot new comedy New Girl after only three weeks on the air for a 4-week hiatus is coming back to haunt the network. Two weeks into New Girl‘s return, the freshman comedy (3.5/9) is still some … Read More »

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ABC Gives Full-Season Orders To ‘Once Upon A Time’, ‘Last Man Standing’ & ‘Happy Endings’; 5 Scripts For ‘Pan Am’

By | Thursday November 3, 2011 @ 3:50pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC just gave full-season orders to three more series: freshmen Once Upon A Time and Last Man Standing and sophomore Happy Endings, which previously received a pickup of six additional scripts. Additionally, struggling new drama Pan Am is staying … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox’s Lineup Down In Return From Long Hiatus; ‘Loser’ & ‘Parenthood’ Up

Nellie Andreeva

What happens if you take a new series that is blazing-hot in its first three airings and put it on ice for four weeks? That’s a sure way to sap momentum, and that’s exactly what happened to Fox’s comedy New Girl. The network’s entire Tuesday lineup returned low last night after a four-week hiatus, only half of which was for baseball coverage — for the past two weeks, Fox held New Girl and Glee on the bench to accommodate Simon Cowell’s The X Factor. New Girl (3.5/9) and Glee (2.9/8) were both down 19% from their most recent originals on October 4. Raising Hope (2.5/6) was down 14%. This is the first time since its premiere that New Girl didn’t win Tuesday night in 18-49. Fox insiders expect the series to recover within a couple of weeks. Still, after all the marketing muscle the network put into New Girl‘s launch, to take it off the air for four weeks after only three weeks was risky.

With New Girl trying to make up lost ground, CBS veteran NCIS (3.9/11, down a tenth from last week; 19.4 million viewers) topped the night in 18-49 and total viewers. NCIS: LA (3.4/9, 15.6 million) and Unforgettable (2.3/6, 11.3 million) were both down 8%. CBS (3.2/9, 15.4 million) won the night (and every hour of primetime) in 18-49 and total viewers. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘X Factor’ To Hit (Or Tie) Series High, ‘Man Up’ Drops, ‘NCIS: LA’ Hot

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Jay Leno Gets Big Ratings Boost From President Obama’s Appearance

The live show stage brought the long-awaited ratings bump on The X Factor. The first live performance edition of the reality series last night posted a 4.3/10 in 18-49 from 8-10:30 PM, a series-high fast national result. The show’s premiere posted a 4.2 fast national before rising to a 4.4 in the finals, so X Factor is on track to at least match that when the Live+Same Day ratings are released later today. (UPDATE 2 PM: X Factor rose to a 4.4 in the finals.) Compared with last Tuesday, X Factor was up 10% in 18-49 and 13% in total viewers to 11.8 million. Fox won the night in 18-49 and finished second to CBS in total viewers. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Unforgettable’ Rises, ‘Last Man’ Drops, ‘Man Up’ Premiere OK

Nellie Andreeva

Is this the news CBS needed to give rookie Unforgettable a back order? After inching down the past few weeks, the freshman procedural last night reversed the ratings trend with a 9% bump in adults 18-49 to a 2.5/6. Its lead-in NCIS: LA (3.3/8, 15.3 million) was flat, while NCIS (3.8/10, 19 million) was down a tenth from last week’s fast national and tied Fox’s The X Factor as the highest-rated program of the night in 18-49. (It won outright in total viewers.) CBS (3.2/8, 15.4 million) was second for the night in 18-49 and No. 1 in total viewers. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Tim Allen’s ‘Last Man Standing’ Opens Well, ‘Ringer’ Rebounds

By | Wednesday October 12, 2011 @ 8:21am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Tim Allen proved his drawing power last night when his new sitcom, ABC’s Last Man Standing, opened with an excellent 3.5/10 in adults 18-49 and 13 million viewers overall at 8 PM against baseball and CBS’ juggernaut NCIS. Last Man Read More »

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Comedy Genre Completes Comeback With Dominating Fall Showing, Dramas Falter

By | Sunday October 9, 2011 @ 11:35pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It turns out Modern Family was the Robin that signaled the comedy spring at the broadcast networks. Two years after the Emmy-winning ABC series became the first out-of-the-gate big comedy hit in years, the genre’s comeback is complete, while dramas appear headed for a down cycle. Here are the facts:

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New Broadcast Season: Which Network’s Got The X Factor?

Nellie Andreeva

The broadcast season unofficially kicks off tonight. And just like in a kids board game, the youngest of the networks, the CW, got to start first, unspooling its new series Ringer starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. Also launching tonight are the new seasons of the CW’s 90210 and NBC’s Parenthood, marking the unofficial start of the new season, which kicks in on Monday. Here are the networks’ standings going into the fall season:

With Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies on tap for baseball’s postseason this year, along with the heavily promoted The X Factor and new big-budget dinosaur drama Terra Nova, Fox is in a position to significantly outperform last fall when the network carried the National League Championship Series and had two DOA shows, drama Lone Star and comedy Running Wilde. The question marks at the network this fall are the new comedies, New Girl and I Hate My Teenage Daughter, though both are propped up by solid lead-ins, Glee and X Factor, respectively, and whether Glee and House can rebound after a disappointing 2010-11 season. If the stars align and X Factor lives up to its ratings expectations, Fox may win the fourth quarter as it did two years ago when it also had the American League Championship Series and the highly rated freshman season of Glee.

Fox’s main rival for the top spot in the fall will be the epitome of stability, CBS, which will get a ratings boost from the re-launch of Two and a Half Men. The consensus is that CBS has potential breakout hits on its hands with new Monday comedy Two Broke Girls, which is launching behind the much-hyped return of Two and a Half Men, and possibly Thursday drama Person of Interest. The network is getting high marks for taking its aging series such as the CSI franchise and Survivor and relocating them to troubled spots on the schedule that they shore up. The network is expected to accomplish that again this season with the mothership CSI series, which is moving to Wednesday 10 PM, with its replacement on Thursday, Person of Interest, looking to do at least as well as CSI if not better. The only question marks at CBS are new Thursday 8:30 comedy How To Be a Gentleman and where Men will settle after the initial ratings spike. Read More »

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TCA: Tim Allen Talks Return To TV In ‘Last Man Standing’, Pokes Fun At ABC & Fox

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.

Tim Allen was talking trash and slinging jokes at today’s TCA panel on the new sitcom from Jack Burditt (30 Rock) Last Man Standing. The show marks Allen’s return to ABC after his hit show about a manly man, Home Improvement (1991-99).

A lot has changed since then. “I believe that at HI we were doing a 28 share, sometimes into a 30 share, with 30 million viewers,” Allen recalled. “We could tell the president what to do at that time.” It’s a “tighter leadership” now at ABC, he added. “I don’t want to say cheaper but I just did. Sometimes leaner is better. In this case, it’s not. We drink water out of a hose. There are no water bottles at ABC.”

After Home Improvement, Allen cracked that he had received “thousands, hundreds, no, millions of offers” for new series. “Every day it was an offer. I had an ‘offer office.’ ” He said that he would have liked to do a legal drama: “I like Castle, but that was already done,” he said. He said he had an offer for a legal series but added “I’m not going to tell you, it’s too embarrassing. It’s on the air now, and they cast a woman in the part,” a hint pointing to Harry’s Law ,whose lead was originally conceived as a man. Other Last Man cast members joked that the series was actually ABC’s reboot of Charlie’s Angels. “Yes, I was the middle one. I’m very attractive in a halter,” Allen joked. Asked why all men on TV these days seem to be “douche bags,” Allen replied: “That was the working title for this show actually … but Fox got it … they have a lot of douche bags, actually.”

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2011 Fall Schedule: 10-11 PM Comedies Out, 8 PM Comedy Blocks And 10 PM Dramas In

Nellie Andreeva

Running out of slots for comedy series and striking out with new dramas in the fall, NBC and ABC in midseason expanded their existing two-hour comedy blocks on Thursday and Wednesday, respectively, to three hours, to largely uninspiring results. Going into next fall, the 10-11 PM comedy hours are being scrapped in favor of opening up more traditional 8-9 PM comedy blocks on other nights. In another sign of the resurgence of the comedy genre, for the first time in six years, each of the Big Four broadcast networks will have two comedy blocks on the fall schedule. Interestingly, both NBC and ABC opted to launch their new comedy blocks in the time periods where they most recently ran comedies. And just like the last time, both NBC and ABC populated the blocks with new comedies. In fall 2006, NBC launched 30 Rock and Twenty Good Years from 8-9 PM on Wednesday, the same time slot the network is using this year for new comedies Up All Night and Free Agents. ABC, which is going with the Tim Allen vehicle Last Man Standing and Chris Moynihan’s Man Up Tuesdays 8-9 PM, last tried comedies on the night in the fall of 2007, with then-newbies Cavemen and Carpoolers.

Something else happened this season: the return of the 10 PM drama. Scores of new dramas met their demise trying to get off the ground in the hour over the past few years, with the only shows to make it were modest hits Brothers and Sisters, Castle and The Good Wife. Uncertain about the prospects of 10 PM dramas, NBC even tried a Jay Leno talk show in the slot two seasons ago and had since kept the hour comedy/reality branded. But this season, all four freshman dramas to make it to Season 2 were 10 PM shows: CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods, ABC’s Body of Proof and NBC’s Harry’s Law. What’s more, for the first time in five years, all Big 3 networks have scheduled dramas in the 10 PM slot every night Sunday through Thursday. Read More »

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Nancy Travis To Be Recast On ‘Hart Of Dixie’

By | Friday May 20, 2011 @ 11:18am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Nancy Travis scored a double at the upfronts this week as both pilots she appeared in, the ABC comedy Last Man Standing the the CW light drama Hart of Dixie, were picked up to series. She was the female lead … Read More »

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The Return Of TV’s Multicamera Comedies

Nellie Andreeva

After getting to the brink of extinction on ABC, NBC and Fox last year, multicamera comedies staged a comeback this upfront season. While the genre has been alive and well on CBS, the number of multicamera comedies on the other broadcast networks had steadily declined in the past few years to three during the 2009-10 season — the short-lived ABC’s Hank, Fox’s Brothers and NBC’s 100 Questions, which didn’t even air in-season — then to only one this season, ABC’s Better with You, which also has been canceled. But sitcoms rebounded this year, with ABC, Fox and NBC ordering a total of five multicamera comedies: NBC’s Whitney and  Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, ABC’s Last Man Standing and Work It and Fox’s I Hate My Teenage Daughter. Three of them, Last Men Standing, Whitney and I Hate My Teenage Daughter, are on the fall schedule in key slots — Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing is launching a new comedy block for ABC on Tuesday, while Whitney and Teenage Daughter landed their networks’ cushiest time periods: after The Office and The X Factor, respectively. Read More »

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Upfronts: Live-Blogging ABC Presentation

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ABC Unveils 2011-12 Schedule: New Comedy Block On Tuesday With Tim Allen

When he took the stage for his first ABC upfront presentation, the network’s new president Paul Lee was quick to bring up the event’s main attraction. “When Anne Sweeney called me about this job, I asked myself, ‘Do I really want to be humiliated by Jimmy Kimmel in front of hundreds of people?’ The answer was: ‘Absolutely’ ”

Right away, Lee, who was visibly nervous, branded the network’s new lineup “pure entertainment,” so he began presenting ABC’s fall schedule with Thursday night, showcasing new 8 PM anchor Charlie’s Angels. “I’ve wanted to remake Charlie’s Angels since I was 14,” Lee said. He explained the decision to schedule the remake Thursdays at 8 PM with the fact that it will be the only scripted drama in the slot (besides CW).

Tim Allen was on hand to promote his new ABC comedy Last Man Standing. “It’s about a man in a women’s world. Its original name was The Paul Lee Story.” That was not the only jab at his new boss. “You can dump the accent, you got the job,” he told British-born Lee.

After the clip for ABC’s new cross-dressing comedy Work It, Lee justified his decision to pick up the show with, “So sue me, I’m a Brit,” segueing to “Talking about cross-dressing, here’s Jimmy Kimmel.”

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ABC To Extend New Tuesday Comedy Block To 2 Hours In Midseason With ‘Cougar Town’

Nellie Andreeva

ABC Unveils 2011-12 Primetime Schedule
We may have the first head-to-head faceoff of two-hour comedy blocks in years this spring. ABC, which is launching a new Tuesday 8-9 PM comedy block with the Tim Allen starrer Last Man Standing and Chris Moynihan’s Man Up, leading into the Dancing With the Stars result show, plans to extend the block to two hours between the two cycles of Dancing, ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee announced at a press conference this morning. In what could be dubbed “men vs. women,” the two comedies with male leads will be followed by Courteney Cox’s Cougar Town and freshman Apartment 23 starring Krysten Ritter. Fox, of course, already has a 8-10 PM comedy block anchored by Glee at 8 PM and announced yesterday that it will convert it into a four-show block in March when Glee goes on hiatus. Since Dancing usually returns at the end of March, there is a good chance for the two four-comedy blocks to go toe to toe for a couple of weeks, a return to the old times when comedy ruled primetime with blocks on virtually every night of the week. Read More »

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ABC Unveils 2011-2012 Schedule: New Comedy Block On Tuesday With Tim Allen

Nellie Andreeva

Home Improvement star Tim Allen is returning to ABC’s primetime, and the network will use his star power to launch a new comedy block. As we predicted, the network is opening up a 8-10 PM comedy block on Tuesday, with Allen’s comedy Last Man Standing anchoring it. ABC will be launching roughly half of its 13 new scripted series in the fall, including Charlie’s Angels, which has been given the tough task to open Thursday night. The network proved it was serious about Happy Endings, giving the modestly rated midseason series its prime comedy slot after Modern Family. Also noteworthy: 1960s soap Pan Am landed the post-Desperate Housewives slot, and ABC opted to go scripted in the Sunday 8 PM slot long occupied by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition with new fantasy series Once Upon a Time. ABC’s top series, Dancing With the Stars, Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives are staying put. Held for midseason are high-profile new entries Good Christian Belles and The River as well as returning comedy Cougar Town. All fall series have received traditional 13-episode orders, while the size of the orders for most midseason shows have not been determined. Here is ABC’s release with the fall schedule:

New ABC series for the 2011-12 season are “Apartment 23,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Good Christian Belles,” “Last Man Standing,” “Man Up,” “Missing,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Pan Am,” “Revenge,” “The River,” “Scandal,” “Suburgatory” and “Work It.”

“America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “The Bachelor,” “Body of Proof,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Happy Endings,” “Secret Millionaire,” “Shark Tank” and “20/20” join previously announced returning series “Castle,” “Cougar Town,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family” and “Private Practice.” “Saturday Night College Football” also returns.

ABC’s fall primetime schedule is as follows; new shows are in bold:

MONDAY

 8:00 p.m.                    “Dancing with the Stars”
10:00 p.m.                  “Castle”

TUESDAY

 8:00 p.m.                    “Last Man Standing”
 8:30 p.m.                    “Man Up”
9:00 p.m.                    “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show”
10:00 p.m.                  “Body of Proof”

WEDNESDAY

 8:00 p.m.                    “The Middle”
8:30 p.m.                    “Suburgatory”
9:00 p.m.                    “Modern Family”
9:30 p.m.                    “Happy Endings”
10:00 p.m.                  “Revenge”

THURSDAY

 8:00 p.m.                    “Charlie’s Angels”
9:00 p.m.                    “Grey’s Anatomy”
10:00 p.m.                  “Private Practice”

 

FRIDAY

 8:00 p.m.                    “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
 9:00 p.m.                    “Shark Tank”
 10:00 p.m.                  “20/20”

SATURDAY
 8:00 p.m.                    “Saturday Night College Football”

SUNDAY

 7:00 p.m.                    “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
8:00 p.m.                    “Once Upon a Time”
9:00 p.m.                    “Desperate Housewives”
10:00 p.m.                  “Pan Am”

 

 

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