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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Leads ABC Against Finales

ABC’s Dancing With the Stars spoiled the party for a slew of shows offering their season finales Monday in primetime, drawing a preliminary 21.4 million viewers and a 4.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic. It provided a solid lead-in for the season finale of Castle, which got a 3.3 rating at 10 PM, and gave ABC an easy win on a night where the broadcast networks didn’t have to compete against the NBA playoffs.

Fox’s House was one of the few shows to withstand the Dancing heat, posting a 3.5 rating, up 17% from last week and its highest demo number since March 21.

As for CBS, How I Met Your Mother closed its season with a 3.0 in the demo, the show’s lowest-rated finale since Season 2. The series finale of canceled Mad Love (2.1) and the season finales of Mike & Molly (2.5) and Hawaii Five-0 (2.5) all grew a couple of tenths.

NBC’s Chuck (1.5, up a tenth) and the CW’s 90210 (0.8) and Gossip Girl (0.7) also wrapped their season runs.

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CBS Axes ‘Defenders’, ‘$#*!’ & ‘Mad Love’

By | Sunday May 15, 2011 @ 12:20pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It is not last year’s bloodbath when CBS canceled seven series, but the network did some bloodletting today with the demise of freshmen The Defenders, $#*! My Dad Says and Mad Love. They join midseason drama Chaos, which was canceled after a couple of weeks on the air. From the freshman class of 2011, still fighting for its life is spinoff Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, while Mike & Molly, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods are locks to return. Not being featured on the cancellation list today is certainly an encouraging sign for the chances of Suspect Behavior, which may undergo some retooling if renewed.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Hits Low; ‘Castle’, ‘Chicago Code’ Only Gainers Amid Declines

Nellie Andreeva

A competitive NBA playoff game on TNT that went into overtime, Miami vs. Boston, took a toll on the broadcast networks last night, with most series down from last week. The disintegration of CBS’ once-formidable Monday lineup continues. How I Met Your Mother (2.5/8) was down 11% from last week to tie its series low. Mad Love (1.8/5) was down 18% for a series low, Mike & Molly (2.2/5) and Hawaii Five-0 (2.3/6) were both down 8%. Both Mike & Molly and Hawaii Five-0 also hit new series lows for a second consecutive week. Once a demo leader on Mondays, CBS (2.1/6, 7.3 million) finished third behind ABC (3.8/10, 17.7 million) and Fox (2.3/6, 6.7 million).

ABC’s Dancing With the Stars (4.1/11) was down 9% from last week, while Castle (3.1/8) was up 7%. Castle was joined in the plus ratings column by Fox’s The Chicago Code (1.7/4, up 6%). Its lead-in, freshly renewed House (2.9/9) was flat, tying last week’s season low.

NBC’s bubble shows Chuck (1.3/4) and Law & Order: LA (1.2/3) didn’t boost their chances to come back with last night’s ratings performances, down 7% and 14%, respectively, and Chuck tying its series low. The Event (1.1/3), which is beyond the bubble and into graveyard territory, was down 15% and tied as series low.

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘House’, ‘Chicago Code’, ‘Mike & Molly’ & ‘Hawaii Five-0′ Hit Lows

Nellie Andreeva

CBS has got to fix its Monday 9 PM problem as it is starting to seriously impact the 9:30 PM and 10 PM shows. Last night, freshmen Mike & Molly (2.3/6) at 9:30 PM and Hawaii Five-0 (2.4/6) at 10 PM both hit series lows, down 12% and 14%, respectively, from last week. They followed a Two and a Half Men rerun (2.2/6). Things looked better in the 8 PM hour, where How I Met Your Mother (2.7/8) was up 8% from its last original April 18, while midseason comedy Mad Love (2.2/6) was up 10% from last week when it was the sole original in a lineup of repeats.

This will not help UMS in its drawn-out difficult negotiations with Fox for a House pickup — last night the medical drama hit a new season low with a 2.9/8 in 18-49, down 9% from its last original two weeks ago. The Chicago Code (1.6/4) also hit a low, down 11%, as its chances for renewal are slipping away.

ABC (3.9/10, 18 million viewers) won another Monday with a potent Dancing With the Stars (4.4/12, down 6%) against a weakened CBS Monday lineup without Two and a Half Men originals. Castle (2.9/7, 12.2 million) was down a tenth from its last original April 11 but dominated the 10 PM hour in both 18-49 and total viewers. NBC’s Chuck (1.4/4) and Law & Order: LA (1.4/4) both climbed 8% from their most recent originals, … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Freshman Monday Dramas Up, Still Low

Nellie Andreeva

How underperforming is NBC Monday’s lineup? Even if the other networks air color bars in primetime, it probably won’t crack the 1.5 demo rating mark. With CBS and Fox largely in reruns last night, NBC’s originals The Event and Law & Order: Los Angeles both drew a 1.3/3 in 18-49. On the bright side, that was up 18% from the 1.1/3 the two dramas posted last week, and The Event jumped 27% from the first half-hour, when it faced ABC’s Dancing With the Stars performance show, to the second half-hour, when it ran against comedy Better with You. But even against all-rerun competition at 10 PM, LOLA still finished distant third in adults 18-49 (1.3/3) total viewers (5.8 million). Such low levels of viewership last night certainly wouldn’t help NBC’s new reality series The Voice, which launches tonight.

ABC’s Dancing (4.5/13) was up 13% from last week’s season low. A new Better Than You (2.6/6) at 9:30 PM was up also by 13% from what an original Cougar Town did in the slot last week in the fast nationals (the shows following Dancing tend to drop a tenth in the finals because of overrun.) CBS’ only fresh offering last night was comedy Mad Love (2.0/5) at 8:30 PM, which was flat with last week. CBS continues to do tryouts in the 9 PM slot given the uncertain future of Two and a Half Men. Last night, a Big Bang Theory rerun (2.3/6) did 15% better than the Two and a Half Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CW Monday Dramas Return Higher, NBC Lineup Hits Season Low

Nellie Andreeva

It was another sad Monday ratings performance for NBC, which hit another season low on the night with all original programming. Chuck (1.3/4) was even with last week, tying its series low. But it also delivered NBC’s highest demo rating last night. The Event (1.1/3) was down 13% from its last original two weeks ago for a series low. And the relaunch of Law & Order: Los Angeles continues to sputter. In its second week since the series’ return last Monday, the Law & Order spinoff drew a 1.1/3, down a steep 27% from the two-hour midseason premiere last week. Such an underwhelming performance bodes well for David E. Kelley’s Harry’s Law, which did better in the slot earlier this midseason.

ABC’s Dancing With the Stars performance show (3.9/11) was down 13% from last week to rank as the lowest-rated spring performance telecast ever for the venerable reality franchise. In its special airing after Dancing, a new Cougar Town (2.3/6) was down 15% from its last original Feb. 2. Proving that comedy series do better in a block, even with a weaker lead-in, that last original followed a Modern Family repeat. The first of a slew of specials about the upcoming Royal Wedding, ABC News: William & Catherine: A Modern Fairytale, averaged a 1.7/4 at 10 PM. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC Easily Tops Rerun-Heavy Monday, Univision Third

Nellie Andreeva

ABC dominated Monday night with Dancing with the Stars and Castle. Dancing (5.1/14 in 18-49, 22.3 million in the fast-national Nielsen ratings) was flat with the fast-national ratings for its season premiere last week, as was Castle (3.3/8, 12.8 million). Because DWTS rises in the finals and Castle drops when following the reality juggernaut, vs. the final numbers last week, DWTS was down 4% and Castle was up 6%. For the night, ABC averaged a 4.5/12 in 18-49 and 19.2 million viewers.

CBS (1.9/5, 6.2 million), whose only original last night was midseason comedy Mad Love (2.1/6, 5.6 million), finished second, paced again by a Two and Half Men repeat (2.3/6, 7.6 million) as its top performer.

Spanish-language broadcaster Univision (1.7/4 in 18-49) was third for the night in the adult demo, ahead of NBC’s all-original lineup and Fox and the CW, which aired all repeats.

NBC’s special saluting President George H.W. Bush (0.9/3, 4.2 million) barely registered at 8 PM. The Event (1.2/3, 4.4 million) and Harry’s Law (1.6/4, 8.2 million) were both even with last week’s series lows in 18-49.

Note: Starting with last night’s ratings, Nielsen is now reporting duplicate viewing, meaning that if the same viewer watches a show live and then again in playback, that second viewing counts towards the program’s Live+same day rating.  The same applies if a viewer rewinds and re-watches content on their DVR.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Bachelor’ Finale Down As Most Other Shows Hit Lows

Nellie Andreeva

ABC dominated the ratings last night with the two-hour season finale of The Bachelor (4.5/12, 13.8 million viewers) and The Bachelor: After the Final Rose special (4.7/12, 13.9 million). Both were down from last spring, the finale by 15% in 18-49, the post-finale special by 11%. In 18-49, it was the lowest-rated Bachelor finale in almost 3 years, since May 2008. Still, the finale hit a season high and was up a whopping 29% from the most recent regular episode. In total viewers, the Bachelor closer was the third most watched in the last 11 seasons. For the night, ABC (4.5/12, 13.9 million) posted a season high in 18-49 and logged its highest Monday average in almost a year.

Fox and NBC, which aired originals against ABC’s Bachelor-themed lineup, were both down from their last originals, with most series posting lows. House (3.5/10) was down 8% from last week, The Chicago Code was off by 5%. NBC’s Chuck (1.6/5) was down 6% from its last original 2 weeks ago to a series low. The Event (1.2/3) tumbled 14% from its disappointing two-hour spring premiere last week to also hit a series low. At 10 PM, Harry’s Law (1.7/5, 10 million) was down 6%, tying its series low, but drew its largest overall audience in 6 weeks.

The only original on CBS was new comedy Mad Love (2.1/6), which was down 13% from last week for a series low. Both weeks it followed … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC, CW And Fox Up, CBS Down, NBC Flat On Monday

Nellie Andreeva

After getting a ratings hit on Valentine’s Day, ABC’s female-friendly Monday lineup had a rebounded nicely last night. The Bachelor (3.3/9 in adults 18-49, 10.3 million viewers) was up 14% from last week in the demo for a season high. Castle (2.6/7, 9 million) was up 18%. With CBS’ flagship Monday series, Two and a Half Men, in repeat, ABC edged CBS for the top spot in adults 18-49 (3.1/8), scoring its best Monday numbers in the demo and total viewers (9.9 million) in 3 months.

CBS’ midseason comedy Mad Love (2.8/7, 8 million) slipped 7% from its so-so premiere last week. Its lead-in, How I Met Your Mother (3.6/10, 9.4 million) was down 3%. With its lead-in, Two and a Half Men (3.0/8, 11.5 million), a repeat after airing its last original completed before the current hiatus last week, Mike & Molly (3.2/8, 11.3 million) was down 16% from last week when it drew its largest audience ever. At 10 PM, Hawaii Five-0 (2.7/8, 10.2 million) was less impacted, down 4% from last week in the demo. The action drama won the 10 PM slot by a razor-thin margin in the demo and comfortably in total viewers. CBS (3.0/8, 10.1 million) finished first for the night in total viewers and close second in 18-49.

Fox’s dramas were up slightly after … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Men’ Tops, ‘Mike & Molly’ Pops, ‘Mad Love’ Slow, ‘Chicago Code’ Down

Nellie Andreeva

Most programs were down last night, as overall TV viewership was impacted by the Valentine’s Day holiday. (Adult 18-49 TV usage was off by 6% from last week.) Most affected was Fox, which had gotten a post-Super Bowl boost last Monday. Veteran House (3.4/10, 9.9 million) was down 21% in the demo, while new cop drama The Chicago Code (2.0/5) was down 17% from its premiere last Monday.

The last original episode (for now) of CBS’ Two and a Half Men (4.2/11, 14.5 million) was down 5% from last week and tied as a season low. But the comedy starring Charlie Sheen was far and away the highest-rated program on the night in 18-49 and total viewers. (CBS plans to air Men reruns in the 9 PM slot for the foreseeable future while the show is on hiatus.) Men‘s lead-out, Mike & Molly (3.8/10, 13.1 million) bucked the down trend on the night, up 9% in the demo, and posted its largest audience ever.

News wasn’t as great for CBS’ other new half-hour entry on Monday, Mad Love. In its premiere last night (3.0/8, 8.8 million), the midseason comedy did OK by holding onto 81% of its How I Met Your Mother (3.7/11, down 3%; 9.6 million) demo lead-in. But it didn’t improve CBS’ performance in the 8:30 PM slot, as … Read More »

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CBS Moves Up Premiere Of Midseason Comedy ‘Mad Love’ To Valentine’s Day

By | Wednesday January 26, 2011 @ 9:16am PST
Nellie Andreeva

It has “love” in the title, and now CBS’s midseason comedy series Mad Love is getting a Valentine’s Day premiere date to go with it. CBS said it will move the launch of Mad Love, previously scheduled for Feb. 21, up a week to Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. The comedy, starring Jason Biggs, Sarah Chalke, Tyler Labine and Judy Greer as a quartet of New Yorkers — two who are falling in love and another two who despise each other – is slated to air in the 8:30 PM slot of CBS’ Monday comedy block. Utility player Rules of Engagement will move to its new Thursday 8:30 PM time period on Feb. 24 where it will bump $#*! My Dad Says. “It’s a marketing-driven move that makes scheduling sense,” said CBS’ scheduling czar Kelly Kahl. Cue cupids and red balloons.

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CBS Announces Mid-Season Schedule: ‘Mad Love’ To Monday And ‘Chaos’ To Friday

Nellie Andreeva

My colleague Michael Ausiello already scooped CBS’ biggest scheduling change this midseason: freshman cop family drama Blue Bloods will get a four-week trial run in the Wednesday 10 PM slot beginning Jan. 19, while the current occupant of the Wednesday 10 PM time period, freshman legal dramedy The Defenders, will relocate to the Friday 8 PM berth on Feb. 4, following the series finale of veteran paranormal drama Medium. No surprise in the launch strategy for CBS’ midseason drama Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, which will succeed Blue Bloods in the Wednesday 10 PM slot beginning Feb. 16 when Blue Bloods will return to its Friday 10 PM home. The Criminal Minds spinoff was widely expected to air behind the mothership series the way NCIS: LA follows NCIS on Tuesday. But somewhat unexpected was the harsh treatment of CBS’ other midseason drama series Chaos. CBS brass fought hard for the series, whose midseason pickup originally fell through after a deal with producing studio 20th Century Fox TV could not be reached. The project was later resurrected, picked up and made a co-production with CBS TV Studios. But now, the comedic drama about a group of rogue CIA spies has been assigned the tough Friday 8 PM slot where it will succeed The Defenders on April 1 when the freshman will have completed its reduced first-season order. (I’m sure the producers of the series starring Freddy Rodriguez are hoping … Read More »

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Judy Greer Joins CBS’ Comedy ‘Mad Love,’ Which Is Now A Go For A Midseason Run

By | Saturday June 26, 2010 @ 3:25pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Judy_GreerEXCLUSIVE: Judy Greer has signed on to star in the CBS comedy Mad Love. With her and recent addition Sarah Chalke on board, the pilot’s 13-episode midseason order has now been finalized. CBS had been working on a pickup deal with producing studios Sony TV and CBS Studios for the past month, but it was contingent on locking in the cast. Greer replaces Lizzy Caplan who played the role in the pilot as a guest star but couldn’t commit beyond that. Read More »

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