The second show of the second week of American Idol (5.1/4) found the judges taking in auditions in Randy Jackson’s hometown of Baton Rogue, LA. The first one-hour episode of Season 12 dominated the demos and was seen by 15.53 million but dipped 6% from the January 17 show’s 8-9 PM slot – the same drop compared with fast nationals from the January 26, 2012 show. So far, Idol’s season-to-date four-day average is down 12% year-over-year. Over the same period, Season 11 was down 27% compared with Season 10. With a solid Idol as a lead-in, Glee (2.7/7) came raging back from its winter break, up 35% from its last original December 13. With 11.214 million watching, Fox won the night in overall viewers (11.214 million) and the adults 18-49 demo.
ABC’s freshman series Last Resort (1.2/3) wrapped its abbreviated season and run last night. Cancelled in November, the military drama went out strong, up 20% from last week’s series low. Grey’s Anatomy (3.08) was flat with its January 17 show, and political drama Scandal(1.8/5) was a repeat. However, in the encore universe, it was the show’s best repeat, beating out the January 3 show’s 0.9 rating. Read More »
ABC is not going forward with freshman dramas Last Resort and 666 Park Ave, opting not to order more episodes of either show. I hear the intention is for the series’ original 13-epispde orders to play out the way ABC did last season with Pan Am, which received a peculiar one-episode back order. Like was the case with Pan Am, ABC is not shutting the door on the shows completely, formally keeping them in consideration for next season. The shows are not being released, though it is highly unlikely that ABC would renew the dramas for a second season after not giving them a back order. Last Resort and 666 Park Ave both opened soft (2.2 and 2.1 Live+Same Day rating in adults 18-49) and never gained traction. Both received sizable DVR bumps in Live+7 — often over 50% — but that wasn’t enough to offset their miniscule overnight deliveries. In their most recent outings, both Last Resort and 666 Park Ave drew a 1.2 18-49 rating (Live+Same Day).
UPDATE: “News is true. No Back 9 for #LastResort,” the series’ co-creator/exec producer Shawn Ryan wrote on Twitter. “We will film and and air all 13 episodes. We’re going to give you no-holds barred kick-ass ending… Technically #LastResort isn’t cancelled but I understand why some are using the term. Still 6 more eps to air. Miracle unlikely but possible.” Ryan also defended ABC. “For the record ABC was always fantastic with us in every regard. Don’t get mad at them. If you’d like to curse out Nielsen viewers though…”
Last Resort is the latest high-profile casualty in the ABC Thursday 8 PM slot, which over the last few years claimed FlashForward, The Deep End, My Generation, Charlie’s Angels and Missing. Since Ugly Betty, the only ABC program to get traction in the hour has been reality show Wipeout, which the network has available as midseason replacement. With its male skew, Last Resort never meshed with the rest of ABC’s heavily female lineup. Additionally, its time slot pitted it against CBS’ strong male-centered comedy block of The Big Bang Theory and Two And A Half Men and football on cable. Read More »
The total viewers series high in Live+Same Day posted by The Big Bang Theory last week (16.68 million) was short-lived as the CBS comedy posted a new high last night. In the fact nationals, Big Bang‘s total audience was 17.39 million, which will climb further in the finals. Last week’s episode crossed the 20 million-viewer mark for the first time in the Live+3 window. Big Bang also posted a season high in adults 18-49 (5.5/17), up 10% from its fast national last week, when CBS’ Thursday comedies faced atypical competition from NBC’s The Voice. Two And A Half Men (4.1/12) was up a tenth from last Thursday for a new season high, eclipsing the two episodes featuring Miley Cyrus (4.0). The season-high trend continued at 9 PM with Person Of Interest (3.1/8, up 7%), which is tied with ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy in the fast nationals. Elementary (2.3/7, up 5%) posted its best demo rating in a month. CBS finished No. 1 in 18-49 and total viewers in every hour of primetime to win the night. Read More »
Miley Cyrus may become one of the most sought-after comedy actresses this coming pilot season after delivering another set of big ratings for CBS’Two And A Half Men. With Cyrus back, the veteran sitcom (4.0/11) was up 11% from last week to match its season high posted by Cyrus’ first episode on the show last month. Men‘s lead-in The Big Bang Theory (5.0/15) was down a tenth from last week while matching an all-time high in total viewers (16.54 million). Person Of Interest (2.9/7) was flat in 18-49 while hitting a season high in total viewers (14.7 million). But Elementary (2.2/6), which just snagged the coveted post-Super Bowl slot, was down 8% from last week to tie its lowest rating to date. CBS won the night in 18-49 and total viewers.
After Nashville inched up in the ratings on Wednesday, another freshman ABC series waiting word on a back order posted ratings gains last nigh:Last Resort (1.4/4) was up 8% from two weeks ago. (ABC’s Thursday lineup was pre-empted for the CMAs last week.) Both series had been rumored to receive episodic orders, and the ratings upticks may have validated that. Grey’s Anatomy (3.2/8) also was up, by 7%, while Scandal (2.0/5) was flat. Read More »
ABC’s lineup last night featured two series anxiously awaiting word on a back order: dramas Last Resort and Scandal. One of them got good news. Scandal (2.0/5 in adults 18-49), which had been all but assured a back-nine order, sealed the deal with a ratings uptick of 5% from last week. (It was up across all key demographics, including 18-34, where it spiked 15%). And Scandal did it with its lead-in, Grey’s Anatomy (2.9/8), down 15% from last week to a season low. Airing against Game 2 of the World Series, ABC’s male-skewing Last Resort (1.3/4) tumbled 24% from last week to a series low despite ABC putting extra promotional muscle behind the episode. Baseball was a mitigating factor, and Last Resort is a major DVR gainer but the Live+Same Day delivery was nevertheless disappointing.
CBS’ male-skewing The Big Bang Theory and Person Of Interest did not get dinged by baseball. Big Bang (4.8/14) was up a tenth from its fast national last Thursday, even with the final, to again lead the night. Person Of Interest (3.0/8) was up 7% to match its season high and top Grey’s for the first time this season. The hammock show between the two, veteran Two And A Half Men (3.7/11), slipped 7% from last week’s highly rated Miley Cyrus episode but was still 6% above the episode from two weeks ago, indicating some of the Cyrus ratings gains have stuck. At 10 PM, Elementary (2.2/6) shed another tenth for a new low but still topped the 10 PM hour. Read More »
ABC has ordered two scripts each of freshman dramas Last Resort and 666 Park Ave. They join ABC’s new comedy The Neighbors, which received three-script pickup last week. Both Last Resort and 666 Park Ave opened below expectations with a 2.2 and 2.1 adults 18-49 Live+same day rating but have been major DVR gainers. They logged a respectable 3.2 18-49 rating each for their debuts after a Live+7 gain of 45% and 52%, respectively. Last night’s episode of Last Resort drew a 1.7 demo rating in Live+same day.
Between a live Vice Presidential debate and football pre-emptions on Fox and the CW, not much is certain about the broadcast networks’ ratings performances last night against NFL and baseball playoffs on cable. We will post reliable ratings for the debate when available, but in the fast nationals, the Biden-Ryan face-off is tracking significantly lower than the first Obama-Romney debate last week without a Sarah Palin-calliber audience draw.
The CW premiered its new Thursday lineup with solid showings for both flagship The Vampire Diaries and new drama Beauty And The Beast. Right now, Vampire Diaries (3.5 million total viewers, 1.7/6 in 18-34, 1.6/5 in 18-49) is running up 12% in total viewers, up a tenth in 18-49 and even in 18-34 vs. last fall’s opener. In adults 18-49, it beat NBC’s comedies 30 Rock (1.4/4, flat with last week) and Up All Night (1.2/3, down 14%) and tied ABC’s high-profile new drama Last Resort in the 8 PM hour. The CW also finished ahead of ABC and NBC among adults 18-34 at 8 PM. Beauty And The Beast (3.2 million, 1.2/3 in 18-34, 1.3/3 in 18-49) was on par with debut last fall of The Secret Circle, which opened well before losing steam. Read More »
Is the black hole known as ABC’s Thursday 8 PM slot ready to swallow another high-profile scripted series? Shawn Ryan’s well received submarine drama Last Resort launched to a modest 2.2 rating/share in adults 18-49 last night. That was just a tenth better than last fall’s debut of the now-defunct Charlie’s Angels in the hour but qualifies as ABC’s best drama debut in the slot in three years as My Generation was DOA in the period in 2010. ABC continues to dispatch new scripted fare to the Thursday 8 PM slot where it’s only had success with the unscripted Wipeout for the past few years.
Last Resort was one of two new series to premiere last night. The other, CBS’ Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary, did better, winning the 10 PM slot with a 3.1/9 in 18-49 and 13.3 million total viewers. It built on its lead-in (2.9/8), a rare feat for a 10 PM show, and it was up by 11% in the demo from the season premiere of The Mentalist in the time slot last fall. One encouraging sign for Last Resort was the 15% 18-49 rise from the first to the second half-hour. (Elementary‘s demo rating slipped by 9% from the first to the second half-hour.) Read More »
Jay Karnes has booked a four-episode arc on new ABC submarine drama Last Resort. Karnes, repped by Greene & Associates, will play Secretary of Defense William Curry, a shadowy figure who may be behind the attack on the USS Colorado. Karnes will next be seen in the pilot for USA’ Graceland.
Christine Woods is set for a guest arc on NBC’s new comedy Go On, about a guy (Matthew Perry) recovering from the death of his wife with the help of a support group. Woods, repped by Gersh and Emery Entertainment, will play his dead wife in flashbacks. She most recently starred in the NBC multi-camera pilot Daddy’s Girls this past season.
Tim Griffin (NBC’s Prime Suspect) has been cast in a recurring arc on USA Network’s spy drama Covert Affairs. Griffin, repped by Pakula/King and Untitled, will play Seth Newman, a former field operative-turned-lawyer who will work for the CIA’s Office of the Inspector General and who has a history with Joan Campbell (Kari Matchett).
Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.
ABC‘s final panel at TCA late this afternoon was for its new drama Last Resort, but the subject was the casting of African Americans as leads of primetime series, or more specifically the lack of them. The cast of Last Resort is headed by Andre Braugher of Homicide: Life On The Street and Men Of A Certain Age fame. The military drama concerns the renegade officers and crew aboard a U.S. Navy ballistic missile submarine that defy direct orders and find themselves enemies of the United States. It’s being produced without the cooperation of the U.S. Navy. It’s actually the second drama with an African American male lead to be created and produced by Shawn Ryan, who cast Dennis Haysbert in his CBS drama The Unit. Of casting Braugher this time, Ryan said, “I simply wanted the best actor for the role … I just don’t concern myself with (ethnicity) but with how good can the show be? What writer wouldn’t want Andre saying their words? So things are changing, things are getting better I think. I feel like I’m doing my part. But it will be nice when these questions don’t get asked anymore, when Andre can just be an actor playing a role and get praise for his performance. But we’re … Read More »
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):
Felicity alum Scott Speedman is returning to television with a starring role opposite Andre Braugher in ABC’s pilot Last Resort, from Shawn Ryan and Karl Gadjusek. The Sony TV-produced project centers on the crew of the nuclear submarine USS Nevada who after disobeying a suspicious order become fugitives. They land on the island of Sainte Marina, where they take over the NATO Listening Station and declare themselves an independent nuclear nation. Speedman plays Xo Sam Kendal, second-in-command of the Nevada behind Capt. Chaplin (Braugher) who is “the beating heart of the boat.” Also cast in the pilot is Gersh-repped Camille de Pazzis as Sophie, scientist in charge of the listening station who is shocked when Chaplin and his crew take over. Martin Campbell is directing the pilot, which will begin production at the beginning of March in Hawaii. Speedman, who has been focused on features after the end of Felicity, had been pursued for pilots for several seasons. The actor, repped by WME and D/F Management, is currently seen in the blockbuster The Vow and next stars in IFC’s Citizen Gangster.
EXCLUSIVE: Emmy winner Andre Braugher is set to lead the ensemble cast of ABC’s drama pilot Last Resort, executive produced by Shawn Ryan and written-executive produced by Karl Gajdusek. The Sony TV-produced project centers on the crew of the U.S.S. Nevada, a nuclear submarine, who, after disobeying a suspicious order, become fugitives. They land on the island of Sainte Marina, where they take over the NATO Listening Station and declare themselves an independent nuclear nation. Braugher will play Capt. Marcus Chaplin, the commander of the U.S.S. Nevada, a veteran of real combat, a leader by nature and a patriot, but will not follow any man blindly. Braugher, repped by WME and Principato-Young, won Emmys for his lead roles on Homicide and Thief. He most recently starred on the TNT dramedy Men Of A Certain Age, which earned him 2 Emmy nominations. This marks the second military-themed ensemble drama from Ryan to cast an well-known black actor as the lead, following the CBS series The Unit, which starred Dennis Haysbert.
Last Resort, the large-scale drama from The Shield creator Shawn Ryan and feature writer Karl Gajdusek, has been given a pilot order. The news comes 2 days after the the Sony TV-produced project, which already had a hefty pilot production commitment, tappedCasino Royale helmer Martin Campbell to direct the pilot. The pilot also has a line producer and a casting director already on board. Last Resort is a thriller set in the near future when the country is very fractured and revolves around the crew of a U.S. nuclear submarine who become hunted fugitives after ignoring an order to fire nuclear missiles. They escape to a NATO listening outpost where they publicly declare themselves to be the world’s smallest nuclear nation with 24 nuclear warheads. The show explores the society the fugitives create, the natives they meet and how what they’ve done affects the group and its unity. At ABC, Last Resortjoins Roland Emmerich one-hour, metaphysical drama pilot set against the backdrop of the 2012 Presidential race. In addition to Last Resort, Ryan has another high-profile project in contention, a crime procedural with Criminal Minds creator Simon … Read More »