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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Down From Monday Premiere, ‘Splash’ Sinks, ‘Go On’ & ‘New Normal’ Surge, ‘NCIS: LA’ Hits Low

By | Wednesday March 27, 2013 @ 9:14am PDT

UPDATE, 1:55 PM: Tuesday’s The Voice got a bump up to a 4.1/2 in the final numbers today from this morning’s fast nationals of 3.9/12. That pushes last night’s show up 3% among Adults 18-49 from Season 3’s first Tuesday last September where it was 3% down in fast nationals. Following The Voice, NBC’s Go On came down from the 110% surge fast nationals gave the comedy over last week’s show to a 90% boost or 1.9/5 in final numbers. The New Normal also came down from its 100% jump to an 86% jump of a 1.3/3 in final numbers. CBS’ NCIS, ABC’S Dancing With The Stars and Splash and Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen each went up a tenth in the final ratings as well.

PREVIOUSLY, 9: 14 AM: It was night two of Season 4 for The Voice (3.9/12) on Tuesday. The first one-hour episode of the singing competition series saw more blind auditions and the judges in the same outfits they wore in the season premiere. Voice took a slight dip from last year and fell from Monday’s debut, down 19% in adults 18-49 and 12% in total viewers. Compared with last season’s second night in September, it was off 3% in the demo but up 5% in total viewers. Last spring, The Voice didn’t have multiple weeknight broadcasts of the blind auditions, so direct comparisons are a bit apples and oranges especially because it also followed the Super Bowl, the most-watched US TV program ever.

The return of The Voice has already proved a balm to ratings-scorched NBC. After The Voice lead-in and a heavily promoted guest appearance by former fellow Friends star Courtney Cox on Matthew Perry’s Go On (2.1/5), the freshman comedy surged 110% in adults 18-49 from last week’s low. However, Go On was down 16% from its last Voice lead-in last year, on December 4. The New Normal (1.4/4) also benefited: The comedy was up 100% from the 0.7/2 low it got last week. Like Go On, New Normal was down — in this case 18% — from the last Voice lead-in night.  After weeks of second-season ratings stumbles, Smash (1.0/3) was up 43% from the series low of its March 19 show. That’s the second-best rating the Broadway-based drama has received since its February 5 season debut. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Splash’ Debuts Strong, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ & ‘NCIS’ Dip, ‘Body Of Proof’ Hits High, ‘Go On’ & ‘New Normal’ Hit Lows

By | Wednesday March 20, 2013 @ 9:19am PDT

Tuesday saw the series premiere of ABC’s celebrity competition series Splash (2.6/8). Hosted by Joey Lawrence and ESPN’s Charissa Thompson and judged by Olympic gold medalist David Boudia and U.S. Dive Team director Steve Foley, the reality series saw The Cosby Show’s Keshia Knight Pulliam lose the dive-off and become the first celeb to leave. Bad start for her but good start for Splash. The new show was up 13% from the debut of Celebrity Wife Swap last year on January 2, 2012. In fact, there might be something in the water because Splash had the highest unscripted debut on the network in more than two years and the best on any network since The X Factor premiered on Fox in September 2011. Splash saw growth in both viewership (up 3%) and young adults (up 8%) from its first half-hour to its second. Read More »

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Scott Grimes Joins CBS’ ‘NCIS: LA’ Spinoff, Two Cast In AMC’s ‘The Killing’

By | Friday February 8, 2013 @ 1:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Scott Grimes (ER) has landed a series regular role in the NCIS: LA planted spinoff, which will originate as an episode of NCIS: LA airing later this season titled “Red”. The project, from NCIS: LA executive producer/showrunner Shane Brennan, stars John Corbett and follows a mobile team of agents who are forced to live and work together as they crisscross the country solving crimes. Grimes, repped by Abrams Artists and Adam Levine at Industry, plays Dave, a highly capable agent who has an eye for clues, a nose for lies and is the team’s forensic specialist.

Rising British actor Max Fowler (BBC’s May Day) has joined the third season of the AMC’s drama series The Killing as a series regular. Also added to the show as a new regular is Bex Taylor-Klaus, an 18-year-old newcomer from Atlanta. They will join returning stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman and fellow new cast addition Elias Koteas on Season 3 of the Fox TV Studios-produced drama, in which homicide detective Sarah Linden will investigate the disappearance of another teen girl. Fowler, repped by KLWGN, Eamonn Bedford in the UK and attorney Fred Toczek, will play Twitch, a good-looking and savvy teenager who has been arrested for prostitution, drug possession and trespassing but has always managed to charm and manipulate his way out of sticky situations while … Read More »

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John Corbett To Star In ‘NCIS: LA’ Spinoff

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 10:45am PST
Nellie Andreeva

John Corbett is set as the male lead in the NCIS: LA planted spinoff, which will originate as an episode of NCIS: LA airing later this season titled “Red”. The project, from NCIS: LA executive producer/showrunner Shane Brennan, follows a mobile team of agents who are forced to live and work together as they crisscross the country solving crimes. Corbett will play Analyst Roy Quaid, a former NCIS Special Agent forced to retire from active service. While no longer an active agent, Roy is the most experienced investigator working for Red Team, a fact that’s not lost on any of the other agents. Corbett now joins Mark Harmon, LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell as the next leading man of the NCIS franchise. On the NCIS: LA spinoff, he joins recently cast Edwin Hodge as well as NCIS: LA‘s Miguel Ferrer, who will also cross over to the new series.

CBS has been high on the Northern Exposure and Sex And The City alum, also casting him as the lead of a drama pilot, Widow Detective, last season. Corbett, who has recurred on NBC’s Parenthood, signed with Gersh last fall and is managed by Steve Lovett.

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Miguel Ferrer To Become Regular On ‘NCIS: LA’ And Also Co-Star In ‘NCIS: LA’ Spinoff

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:54am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Miguel Ferrer is getting a major promotion on NCIS: LA. Ferrer, who joined the series as a recurring midway through last season, is being upped to regular effective next fall. He also will be joining the proposed NCIS: LA spinoff, which will start off as an episode of NCIS: LA airing later this season. Ferrer will be regular on both shows, reprising his role as NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger. Crossing over characters from the mothership series to a spinoff is a popular strategy at CBS. NCIS‘ Rocky Carroll, who also plays top NCIS brass in NCIS Director Leon Vance, recurred heavily on NCIS: LA early on. And Kirsten Vangsness juggled both Criminal Minds and its spinoff, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, during the 2010-11 season. Crossing Jordan alum Ferrer is repped by Innovative.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Off Their Rockers’ Returns Down, ‘NCIS’ & ‘NCIS: LA’ Hit Highs

By | Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 9:32am PST

With visits from Kim Kardashian and Psy, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers was back for its second season with back-to-back episodes on NBC last night. The hidden camera series notched a 1.5/4 rating for its 8 PM show and a 1.8/5 for its 8:30 broadcast. The 8 PM Off Their Rockers was down 16% from its April 4 regular time slot debut and a sharp 46% from its January 16, 2012 special premiere. The show drew 5.66 million viewers for its 8 PM airing and 6.14 million at 8:30, the latter a series high for the time slot. Meanwhile, without The Voice as a lead-in, Go On (1.5/4) was down a harsh 38% from its last original December 4 and The New Normal (1.3/3) was down 24% from its last new show on the same date; both are series lows for the freshman shows. Parenthood (1.9/5) followed, up 6% from last week.

On CBS, NCIS (3.5/10) was up a slight 6% from its last original three weeks ago, but with 20.87 million total viewers the procedural was by far the night’s most watched show. Only NCIS: LA (3.0/8), which was flat with its last new show December 18, was close with 17.79 million viewers. Those numbers were the season highs for both. Also back with its first new show in three weeks, Vegas (1.6/4) was with its December 18 broadcast. With 16.481 million watching, CBS won the night in total viewers and in the adults 18-49 demo. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Betty White And ‘Parenthood’ Lead NBC To Nightly Win

By | Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 9:36am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Who says unscripted series don’t repeat well? Reality series reruns ranked as the four highest-rated telecasts last night, ahead of all scripted series encores including dramas NCIS and NCIS: LA, whose repeat rights raked in top dollar from cable networks. Leading the way was NBC’s Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, which aired four back-to-back reruns, growing steadily to a 1.8/4 at 9:30 PM, the show’s highest-rated episode (original or repeat) since the series premiere in April. It was also the top result for the night among all programs, beating an original of NBC’s Parenthood (1.7./5), which followed it at 10 PM. The dramedy was down 15% from its last first-run episode three weeks ago. NBC won another Tuesday night in adults 18-49 (1.6/4), this time without The Voice‘s help. Univision was close second (1.5/4). Read More »

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CBS Prepping ‘NCIS: LA’ Spinoff Created By Shane Brennan As Planted Two-Parter

By | Monday November 5, 2012 @ 5:23pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

NCIS: LA Spinoff CBSEXCLUSIVE: CBS is looking to further expand its NCIS franchise with another spinoff. The untitled project, written/executive produced by NCIS and NCIS: LA executive producer Shane Brennan, is a planted spinoff from NCIS: LA, which Brennan created and serves as showrunner on. It will feature new characters who will be introduced in two-part episode of NCIS: LA later this season. The proposed spinoff, produced by CBS TV Studios, will follow a small mobile team of agents, who are forced to live and work together, as they crisscross the country solving crimes.

Shane Brennan NCIS SpinoffBoth NCIS: LA and its mothership series, juggernaut NCIS, originated as planted spinoffs, as two-part episodes of JAG and NCIS, respectively. In using NCIS: LA as a launchpad for the new spinoff, CBS is taking a page from the playbook of the long-running CSI franchise, in which the third series, CSI: NY, also started off as a planted spinoff from spinoff CSI: Miami.

Now in its 10th season, NCIS continues to be one of the biggest scripted series on television. Airing behind it, NCIS: LA, now in its fourth season, has been a solid ratings performer and commands one of the highest off-network syndication license fees for a drama series. (It is the subject of ongoing litigation by NCIS creator Don Bellisario.) Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Hawaii Five-0′ Crossover Boosts ‘NCIS:LA’ As Other Series Decline

By | Wednesday May 2, 2012 @ 9:51am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NCIS:LA TV RatingsHawaii and Los Angeles proved a potent combination as the Hawaii Five-0 crossover episode of NCIS: LA (3.0/8) shot up 25% from the last original three weeks ago. NCIS: LA was the only series in positive territory last night as the rest of the shows were flat or down. NCIS: LA matched its lead-in, NCIS (3.0/8), which was even with the fast national for its last original two weeks ago, down a tenth from the final. Unforgettable (1.8/5) was flat with its last original three weeks ago, tying its series low. CBS won the night in total viewers and adults 18-49. 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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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 20% below the pre-break ratings levels. It matched its fast national number from last week. The enormous publicity surrounding Glee‘s teen sex-themed episode (3.1/8) resulted in a 0.2 increase from last Tuesday as the musical dramedy too is facing an uphill battle to return to its ratings levels before the 4-week hiatus. While Glee and New Girl are stable and in the case of Glee even slowly regaining ground, sophomore Fox comedy Raising Hope (2.1/5) is falling, down 16% from last week on top of the 14% drop it posted in its return from break last Tuesday.

Fox’s entertainment president Kevin Reilly had a point when he exclaimed “Can somebody kill NCIS?” at last month’s HRTS network chiefs luncheon. Last night, the veteran CBS drama posted a 4.1/11 in 18-49 and 20.3 million viewers. It was up 5% in the demo from last week and hit a season high in total viewers, crossing the 20 million-viewer mark in fast nationals/Live+Same Day for the first time this fall. NCIS: LA (3.4/8, 15.6 million) was even with last week and tied New Girl in the 9-9:30 half-hour among 18-49, while Unforgettable (2.4/7, 11.6 … Read More »

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Miguel Ferrer Joins ‘NCIS: LA’ As Recurring

By | Tuesday November 8, 2011 @ 1:31pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Miguel Ferrer is joining the cast of CBS’ NCIS: LA in a recurring role. He will play NCIS Assistant Director Allan Granger, a high-ranking federal agency supervisor. Rocky Carroll has played NCIS Director Leon Vance on both NCIS and spinoff NCIS: LA. Ferrer has been keeping very busy this year. The Crossing Jordan alum, repped by Innovative and manager Leslie Allan-Rice, was a regular on Lifetime’s drama The Protector. He is currently recurring on ABC’s Desperate Housewives and will segue into the gig on NCIS: LA.

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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

Nellie Andreeva

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: ‘Loser’ Hits Fall Low, ‘Body Of Proof’ Rises, CW Dramas Drop

Nellie Andreeva

It seems like most of the TV action last night was on TNT and TBS, which carried the baseball playoffs. The Big 4 broadcast networks didn’t deliver any major ratings bombshells this morning, with most series down just a notch from last week — a possible effect from baseball — while the CW dramas took a blood bath.

Fox’s Glee (3.5/10 in adults 18-49) and New Girl (4.3/11) were each down a tenth from their fast national demo ratings last week, while Raising Hope (2.9/7) was flat. New Girl once again ranked as the top-rated program of the night in 18-49 as did Fox (3.6/9, 7.9 million) in the network race.

All CBS dramas — NCIS (4.1/12, 18.9 million), NCIS: LA (3.4/8, 14.7 million) and Unforgettable (2.4/6, 11.3 million) — were also down a tenth each from last week’s fast nationals. CBS (3.3/9, 15 million) was No. 1 in total viewers and second in 18-49.

ABC’s Dancing With The Stars result show (2.8/7) matched its fast national result from last week, while sophomore drama Body Of Proof (2.1/5) reversed its downward ratings trend, up 11% from its preliminary number last week. (Because of regular Dancing overruns, the ratings for its lead-outs are always approximate.)

NBC’s The Biggest Loser (2.0/5) and Parenthood (2.0/5) were both … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘New Girl’ Tops Night Again; ‘Unforgettable’, ‘Body Of Proof’ Slide

Nellie Andreeva

Its big premiere was not a fluke as Fox’s New Girl cemented its status of a breakout hit with a very strong Week 2 showing. The comedy starring Zooey Deschanel (4.4/11 in adults 18-49) was down only 6% from the fast national demo rating for its debut last week. (Along with Glee, New Girl will probably be adjusted up in the finals like last week, so a fast nationals-to-fast nationals comparison is more accurate.) For a second consecutive week, New Girl was the top program of the night in 18-49, and for a second straight week it built onto its Glee lead-in. The high school musical dramedy (3.6/10) was down 5% from its fast national last week. New Girl‘s lead-out, sophomore comedy Raising Hope (2.9/7), was down 6% from last week’s season premiere, holding onto a so-so 66% of the big New Girl numbers. Fox (3.6/9, 8.1 million) was No. 1 in 18-49 for a second week in a row.

CBS’ NCIS franchise continues its impressive fall run. At 8 PM, the mothership series (4.2/12, 19.2 million), which is in its ninth season, didn’t skip a beat, matching its fast national rating from the season premiere last week. (It too was adjusted up in the finals.) For a second straight week, NCIS topped time-slot rival Glee in 18-49 and was the most watched program of the night. NCIS: LA (3.5/9, 16.1 million) was down a tenth in the demo week-to-week. But new procedural Unforgettable (2.5/8, 12.3 million) couldn’t keep up, dropping 14% from its debut. It still won the 10 PM hour, but Unforgettable is already approaching the ratings levels of the series it replaced, The Good Wife, and the question is whether the show will continue to slide before bottoming out. CBS (3.4/9, 15.9 million) won the night in total viewers and was second to Fox in 18-49. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘New Girl’ Opens Big, Tops Night, ‘Unforgettable’ Debut Solid

Nellie Andreeva

ANALYSIS: Behind ‘New Girl’s Surprisingly Big Opening And The iTunes Experiment
We may have the first breakout hit of the season. Fox’s quirky new comedy New Girl far exceeded ratings expectations with a huge debut, drawing a 4.7 rating/12 share among adults 18-49 to rank as the top program of the night by a wide margin. (UPDATE 9:15 AM: In the time-zone-adjusted Nielsen numbers just released by Fox, New Girl‘s premiere climbed to a 4.8/12.) In total viewers, the comedy starring Zooey Deschanel averaged 10.1 million viewers. Compared with the series premiere of Raising Hope in the same slot last fall, New Girl was up 52%. It posted Fox’s highest-rated live-action fall comedy debut in a decade, since Bernie Mac (5.7/14) in 2001. It even eclipsed the premiere of TV’s highest-rated comedy at the moment, ABC’s Modern Family, which opened with a 4.3 demo rating in 2009. It also paced Fox (3.9/10, 8.7 million) to a nightly win in the 18-49 demo. That is a nice validation for Fox’s marketing team, whose controversial decision to make the show’s pilot available on iTunes and VOD before the premiere raised concerns that the exposure might hurt ratings for the opener. (Unofficial estimates peg the number of streams at about 2 million.) New Girl also shot up from its lead-in, Glee (3.8/11, 8.9 million), whose third-season premiere was down sharply from the big Season 2 opener, by 31%. (All comparisons in this story are fast nationals to fast nationals. UPDATE 9:15 AM: In the time-adjusted numbers, the Glee premiere rose to a 4.0/11.) Following New Girl, the second season of Raising Hope (3.1/8, 6.9 million) was even in the demo with its premiere last fall when it followed Glee. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Breaking In’ Fades Away

NBC’s The Voice was the top show in the adults 18-49 demographic on Tuesday in primetime, earning a preliminary 4.5 rating and 9.9 million total viewers to give the network the nightly demo win. It wasn’t such good news for Fox’s Breaking In, which the network moved to its Tuesday night comedy block after canceling it last week, suggesting it might be rethinking its move to end the show. Lacking its usual American Idol lead-in, however, the sitcom managed only a 1.4 demo rating and 3.2 million viewers behind Raising Hope (up 10% with a 2.2 rating). Breaking In fared better than Traffic Light in the slot, up 8%, but that’s probably not good enough to give it a reprieve.

CBS won the night in total viewers and was up across the board, with the season finale of The Good Wife (2.5 rating) up 25% compared with last week leading the way. The finale of NCIS (3.8) was up 9% over last week, and NCIS: LA (3.2) grew 13% from last week and 19% compared with last May’s finale.

On ABC, a Dancing With the Stars special (2.4) was up 14% from last week; the results show (3.5) was up 3%. The season finale of Body Of Proof (2.2) was up 5% over last week. On The CW, the series finale of Hellcats drew 1.2 million viewers and a 0.5 rating.

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