ABC’s ‘Motive’ Renewed For Second Season

By | Wednesday October 2, 2013 @ 1:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC has ordered a second season of Motive, its Canadian-made summer drama series. With last week’s renewal of fellow freshman Mistresses and the previous pickup of veteran Canadian import Rookie Blue, ABC will be … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Wins Night Amid NFL Pre-Emptions, ‘Hollywood Game Night’ & ‘Motive’ Finales Rise

By | Friday August 30, 2013 @ 9:05am PDT

The end of summer saw the end of the two summer series last night with freshmen Hollywood Game Night (1.5/5) and Motive (1.4/4) wrapping their seasons. With NFL pre-season football pre-emptions across the country, expect the inflated ratings for the broadcast networks to be adjusted downward in the final numbers later today. Having said that, with Terry Crews, Tom Arnold, Emilie de Ravin, David Giuntoli, Entourage’s Jerry Ferrara and morning-show host Hoda Kotb in the mix, NBC’s 10 PM Jane Lynch-hosted Game Night was up 25% over last week. That number will come down to Earth later, but Hollywood Game Night has already won the prize of another season with its renewal by NBC on August 20.

Last night’s live one-hour Big Brother (2.6/8) elimination episode saw an appearance from Season 10 winner Dan Gheesling and addressed some of the racial slurs that had stained this season. It also saw the veteran reality series rise 24% from its Thursday season low of August 22. Big Brother was not only the highest-rated show of the night but, with 8.36 million viewers, it also was the most watched. Otherwise, CBS was all repeats with a double of Two And A Half Men at 8 PM (1.8/6) and 8:30 PM (1.9/6) plus an Elementary (1.4/4) encore at 10 PM. CBS had NFL pre-emptions in 40% of the country, but in fast nationals it won the night with a 2.0/6 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.219 million viewers. CBS is of course still blacked out to 3.2 million Time Warner Cable subscribers in the LA, NYC and Dallas markets going on nearly a month. NBC was second in the key demo last night with a 1.5/5 and ABC was No. 2 among viewers with 6.264 million watching. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Steady, Fox Wins Night, ‘Wipeout’ & ‘Motive’ Hit New Lows

By | Friday June 28, 2013 @ 8:52am PDT

There wasn’t an NBA Finals game last night like last Thursday, but there was still heat on Hell’s Kitchen (2.0/7). Up against a surprisingly strongly rated NBA Draft over on on ESPN, which ran well past primetime, the Gordon Ramsay series pitted past winners against this season’s final five. In the end no one was eliminated, and the series was even with its June 20 show in adults 18-49 and saw a 4% bump in total viewership to 5.4 million. That’s the best the cooking show has done in viewers this year since the 5.6 million who watched its Season 11 premiere May 23. Following Ramsay was the season finale of Does Someone Have To Go? (0.9/3). The workplace reality show where employees take over their companies and hand out pink slips started off unimpressively on May 23 and pretty much stayed there during its short run. Its season end was even with last week’s show, with a 5% rise in viewership to 2.3 million – less than half its Hell’s Kitchen lead-in. With Hell’s Kitchen the highest-rated show of the night, Fox won Thursday in the demo, with CBS pulling in the most viewers. The latter network’s 8 PM repeat of The Big Bang Theory was the most-watched show of the night with 7.87 million viewers.

CBS, NBC and the CW were all encores last night. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Up Strong, ‘Voice’ Hits Low, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ Finale Down, ‘Motive’ Debuts Soft

By | Tuesday May 21, 2013 @ 9:08am PDT

Monday saw a primetime mix of live shows, encores, finales, premieres and prayers for those in the path of the tornado in Oklahoma. On ABC, the last performance show of Dancing With The Stars (2.5/7) before tonight’s Season 16 results finale saw the final four couples strut their stuff once last time. DWTS certainly flexed some muscle as the show was up 25% from its series performance low tie of May 13. The most watched program of the night with 14.73 million viewers, the two-hour show was down 14% from its one-hour May 21, 2012 performance finale and dipped 7% from its last performance show of last season on November 26, 2012. Although the show was up from last week, it appeared last night like the total votes might be down. Online “technical difficulties” saw voting on ABC’s website temporarily suspended, forcing viewers to cast their ballots via text, Facebook and phone. The online voting was restored before the show was over and viewers were encouraged to hit the website to decided who gets the Mirrorball trophy. Afterward, new crime procedural Motive (1.4/4) did not benefit from its lead-in. The Canadian import was down sharply from the 2.2/6 of Castle’s season finale last week and down 30% from Scandal’s April 5, 2012 debut. ABC won the night in total viewers and in adults 18-49.

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ABC Sets Summer Schedule Featuring Three Scripted And One New Reality Series

By | Thursday March 21, 2013 @ 2:31pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC has firmed up the bulk of its summer lineup, which will feature three original scripted series — Canadian crime imports Motive and returning Rookie Blue as well as homemade soap Mistresses. That is more than the 1-2 scripted originals each of the broadcast networks has offered in the last couple of summers. Motive, from The Mentalist‘s Daniel Cerone, is getting a boost with a special premiere after the Dancing With The Stars The Results Show finale on May 21 before the thriller drama moves into the high-profile Thursday 9 PM slot, leading to Rookie Blue. Also joining ABC’s summer schedule is Whodunnit?, a new mystery reality competition show from CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker, which will air in the Sunday 9 PM slot as the network is resting its serialized dramas that traditionally don’t repeat well — Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and Revenge. Also set to take a break are Castle, replaced for some of the summer by Mistresses, whose previously announced premiere is being pushed by a week, and Once Upon A Time, by Celebrity Wife Swap. Other returning unscripted series this summer include The Bachelorette, Wipeout, Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition and What Would You Do? There are still a couple of holes on ABC’s summer schedule which are expected to be filled soon. Here are ABC’s summer premiere dates: Read More »

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ABC Picks Up Canadian Thriller Drama ‘Motive’ For Summer

By | Wednesday January 30, 2013 @ 11:12am PST
Nellie Andreeva

After swiftly scrapping planned summer drama series Weird Desk last month, ABC has picked up another original drama for next summer, Canadian import Motive, from former Dexter and The Mentalist exec producer Daniel Cerone. The 13-episode CTV series focuses not on who did the crime, but why the crime was committed in the first place. The killer and victim are identified at the beginning of each episode, with the crime then explored via stylized flashbacks which piece together the connection between the two characters and what drove the killer to commit murder. In Canada, the series will premiere in the coveted post-Super Bowl slot this Sunday. Motive stars Kristin Lehman (The Killing), Louis Ferreira (Rookie Blue), Lauren Holly (NCIS), Roger Cross (Arrow), Brendan Penny and Cameron Bright. Read More »

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