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CBS And Netflix Ink Deal For Library Content

By | Tuesday February 22, 2011 @ 11:13am PST
Nellie Andreeva

CBS Corp. and Netflix just announced a two-year, non-exclusive licensing agreement that will allow library CBS series to be streamed via Nexflix. Included in the deal are dramas Medium, Flashpoint, the original Hawaii Five-0, the different incarnations of Star Trek as well as Twin Peaks and The Twilight Zone. On the comedy side, included are Frasier, Cheers, Family Ties and The Andy Griffith Show. The shows will be available in April.

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Ratings Rat Race: CBS Regains Friday Edge

Nellie Andreeva

Here is where we left things off on Friday two weeks ago, heading into the Thanksgiving holiday: CBS was handed its first non-N.1 finish on the night this season by ABC, which edged the eye network by a tenth of a rating point for its first Friday victory in adults  18-49. CBS rebounded last night, returning to the top spot in the demo (1.6/5) by the same tenth of a rating point margin over ABC whose newsmagazines inched down. ABC’s 20/20 (1.9/6, 6.8 million) was once again the top-rated program of the night in 18-49,  down a tenth from its average 2 weeks ago, while the network’s  Primetime: What Would You Do (1.4/4, 4.8 million) at 9 PM was down 2 tenths. CBS’ Blue Bloods (1.7/6, 11.4 million) was tops in viewers, up a tenth from 2 weeks ago. CSI: NY (1.7/6, 10.2 million) was up one tenth from its fast national result and two tenths from its final, while Medium (1.4/5, 6.8 million) held steady. CBS once again won Friday in total viewers with 9.5 million. From 8-10 PM, NBC’s time-buy family movie, the Procter & Gamble/Walmart-backed A Walk in My Shoes (1.0/3, 4.5 million) finished behind the first movie in the series, Secrets of the Mountain (1.3/5, 7.8), which aired in the same time slot in April, and slightly above the second, The Jensen Project (0.9, 3.9 million), which aired in July. CW’s Smallville and Fox’s The Good Read More »

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It’s Official: CBS Cancels ‘Medium’

By | Thursday November 18, 2010 @ 11:21am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Today, Medium creator Glenn Gordon Caron officially confirmed the cancellation with a message to the show’s fans, announcing that the Jan. 21 seventh season finale will be a series finale:

“It’s true. Allison Dubois will dream her last dream on “Medium”, Friday, January 21st. In what we believe will be a series defining episode, Allison and her family will stare destiny in the eye. And destiny will not blink.”

The writing for the 7-year run starring Patricia Arquette had been on the wall since CBS recently cut back the veteran series’ order to 13. Medium had cheated death once after its original network, NBC, cancelled it in 2009. It made a lot of money for The writing for the 7-year run starring Patricia Arquette had been on the wall since CBS recently cut back the veteran series’ order to 13. Medium had cheated death once after its original network, NBC, cancelled it in 2009. It made a lot of money for producer CBS TV Studios through its lucrative syndication deal with Lifetime.

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‘Medium’ Order Cut To 13; Is This The End?

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Medium cheated death once in 2009 when CBS rescued it after its cancellation by NBC. But the ghost crime drama might now be coming to an end after a respectable 7-season run on two networks. CBS today cut the order to the series starring Patricia Arquette to 13 episodes. While it has not been cancelled as CBS is keeping its options open, its chances for renewal are considered slim. In a similar fashion, CBS last year cut the order to Friday drama Numbers before canceling it in May. The CBS TV Studios-produced Medium, which has made a lot of money for CBS through its syndication deal with Lifetime, has been the lowest-rated series on CBS this fall following its move from 9 PM to 8 PM on Friday (though it inched up in the ratings last week). With CBS recently picking up all 5 of its freshman series, it had to open up some shelf space for the 3 more series it has ordered for midseason, dramas Chaos and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and comedy Mad Love. After fulfilling Medium’s 13-episode order, creator and showrunner Glenn Gordon Caron, who is very well liked within CBS, will focus on development for CBS TV Studios where he is under an overall deal.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Tom Selleck’s ‘Blue Bloods’ Wins Slow Friday

Nellie Andreeva

The Week 2 declines continued on Friday, with every show sliding from its Premiere Week numbers. Tom Selleck’s new series Blue Bloods at 10 PM (2.0/7, 11.2 million) was once again the top program of the night by a mile in 18-49 and total viewers, down modest 9% from last week.

Also posting a respectable 9% decline was the other freshman series in the 10 PM slot, NBC’s Outlaw (1.0/4, 4.7 million). Unfortunately, the legal drama starring Jimmy Smits started off very low last week and still drew only half of the demo rating and less than half of the audience of Blue Blood last night. Outlaw finished tied for second place in the 10 PM hour with ABC’s 20/20 (1.0/4, 4.5 million, down 23% from last week) CBS’ other two Friday dramas, Medium (1.1/4, 5.6 million) and CSI:NY (1.7/6, 9.7 million) were down 14% and 15%, respectively. They still won their time slots in both measures, another sign how low the high water mark on Friday has fallen. Naturally, CBS won the night in both total viewers (8.9 million) and adults 18-49 (1.6/6).

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