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In Other News: ‘Body Of Proof’ Picked Up, ‘Better With You’, ‘Mr. Sunshine’, ‘No Ordinary Family’, ‘Off The Map’ ‘Outsourced’ Dead

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Pickup news flashes are flying fast and furious today, so some have fallen through the cracks as I try to stay afloat. Here are some notable renewal/cancellations: As expected, Body of Proof became the second ABC freshman series after Happy Endings to make the cut for a second season. Better With You, Off the Map, No Ordinary Family and Mr. Sunshine are canceled. Also dead is NBC’s freshman comedy Outsourced.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dancing’, ‘Body Of Proof’, ‘NCIS’ Down, ‘The Good Wife’ Up

Nellie Andreeva

After a strong start last week, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars result show (3.1/8 in adults 18-49, 15.6 million viewers) and new drama Body of Proof (2.4/6, 11.1 million) were both down by double digits in adults 18-49: by 28% (Dancing) and 23% (Body of Proof). A factor in the decline was ABC’s 8 PM anchor. Last night, the network aired the season (and probably series) finale of No Ordinary Family (1.5/4). That was flat with the series’ most recent original two weeks ago but down a whopping 44% from the Dancing recap show ABC aired in the hour last week. And, even with the declines, Dancing and Body of Proof still won their time slots in 18-49, with Body of Proof also finishing No. 1 in total viewers at 10 PM. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘NCIS’ Tops, ‘No Ordinary Family’ Up

Nellie Andreeva

With Fox’s Glee in repeat, CBS’ NCIS (3.8/12 in adults 18-49, 19.1 million viewers) easily ruled the primetime roost last night, ranking as the top program in the demo and total viewers. It was flat vs. its most recent original March 1. Ditto for NCIS: LA (3.2/9, 16.5 million), while The Good Wife (2.1/6, 11.6 million) was down 5% in the demo. CBS won the night in 18-49 (3.0/9) and total viewers (15.7 million)

NBC was second with The Biggest Loser (3.0/9) from 8-10 PM, up 11% from last week and marking a six-week high. (Parenthood was a repeat.)

ABC’s No Ordinary Family (1.5/5) was up 25% from its last original March 1, when it faced American Idol. From 9-11 PM, the Greatest Movies of Our Time special (1.8/5) did better than V and Detroit 1-8-7 in the time period last week. ABC logged its most-watched Tuesday since December. On Fox, only Traffic Light (1.1/3) was new, down significantly from last week with no original lead-in.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Glee’ Down But Tops Night, ‘V’ Season Finale Inches Up

Nellie Andreeva

For a third straight night, 8 PM shows showed declines across the board as viewers are adjusting to daylight saving time. Last night, TV usage was down 6% in the hour week-to-week, likely affecting Fox’s Glee and NBC’s The Biggest Loser, the only new offerings at 8 PM.

The mini-finale of Glee (4.0/13, 12.5 million), which goes on a month-long hiatus before returning for its last batch of episodes for the season, was down 13% from last week. Still, it was the highest-rated program of the night in the 18-49 demo. At 9 PM, Raising Hope (2.5/7) was down 7%, but struggling midseason comedy Traffic Light (1.6/5) reversed its ratings downslide, up 7% from last week. Fox (2.3/7, 6.6 million) won the night in 18-49.

Following a repeat of No Ordinary Family (0.9/3), the season finale of V (1.8/5) was up 6% from last week (though down 14% from last year’s finale.) Its depressing ending with the aliens turning all humans into zombies was in stark contrast with the uplifting conclusion of Glee an hour earlier. At 10 PM, Detroit 1-8-7 (1.3/4) was up 18%, likely too little too late to save the cop drama from cancellation.

NBC’s two-hour The Biggest Loser: Couples (2.7/8) was down 7% from last week. It was followed by a repeat of America’s Next Great Restaurant. CBS (10.8 million, 1.9/6) aired all repeats, topping the night in total … Read More »

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Michael Chiklis To Star In Conan O’Brien-Produced Comedy Pilot ‘Vince Uncensored’

Nellie Andreeva

No Ordinary Family star Michael Chiklis is returning to comedy as the star of CBS’ half-hour pilot Vince Uncensored, from veteran sitcom writer Phoef Sutton, Conan O’Brien’s Conaco and Warner Bros. TV.

For Chiklis, the pilot is in second position to the freshman ABC drama No Ordinary Family, which he stars in and co-executive produces. The actor, who won an Emmy for The Shield, was planning to sit this pilot season out but was offered  CBS two comedy pilots: Vince Uncensored and the untitled Filgos project. Because he had been tied on No Ordinary Family, which just wrapped production, he could technically only do a comedy pilot as half-hour pilots start production later than dramas. Landing Chiklis was a big priority for CBS. To do that, the network also signed a development/holding deal with the actor behind his pact for Vince Uncensored.

As for Vince Uncensored, it centers on a man (Chiklis) who, after a life-changing experience, decides to take a more honest approach to his life, work and family. Sutton wrote the script and is executive producing with O’Brien and David Kissinger. WME-repped Chiklis starred on comedic drama The Commish and comedy Daddio before switching to drama with FX’s The Shield and ABC’s No Ordinary Family.

Meanwhile, the sets of No Ordinary Family were taken down on the Disney lot today. A rep for the studio said the space will be used for a PGA conference. While folding sets away … Read More »

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Enrique Murciano, Rebecca Mader & James Callis Among Latest Pilot Cast Additions

By | Thursday March 3, 2011 @ 2:03pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Without a Trace alum Enrique Murciano is back at the network with a co-starring role opposite Minnie Driver in the hourlong pilot Hail Mary. The project, from Warner Bros., is a buddy P.I. show centered on Mary Beth (Driver), a suburban single mom in Atlanta who teams up with a streetwise hustler to solve crimes. Murciano will play Carlos Moreno, a detective with the Atlanta P.D. working the Major Crimes Division who went to high school with Mary Beth  and has had a crush on her ever since. He winds up being Mary Beth’s de facto mentor in criminology, although he yearns for something more. In addition to Hail Mary, Murciano, who was pursued for several pilots this season, just landed a multi-episode arc on CBS’ hit NCIS as Garza, new love interest for Ziva (Cote de Pablo). He is with Gersh and Untitled.

Lost alumna Rebecca Mader, who is recurring on ABC’s freshman drama No Ordinary Family, is staying at the network but switching to comedy with a role in ABC’s comedy pilot Work It. The  multicamera project, from Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen, is about out-of-work car salesmen Lee and Angel (Amaury Nolasco) who realize that it is now a woman’s world and decide that in order to find work again and succeed they are going to have to dress as women to get … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: No Super Bowl Bump For ‘Glee’, Slow Start For ‘Traffic Light’

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s Glee (4.5/12, 11.5 million) picked up where it left off in December, up 2% vs. its last regular original on Dec. 7. The musical dramedy didn’t get a ratings boost from its high-profile airing after the Super Bowl on Sunday but still ranked as the top program of the night in 18-49, edging slot rival NCIS (4.2/12, 20.6 million), which was down a modest 9% vs. last week when it faced a Glee repeat and topped the 20 million viewer mark for a fourth consecutive original airing to rank as the most watched program of the night.

Also on par with its last original on Dec. 7 was Fox’s comedy Raising Hope (2.8/8, 6.8 million). But, despite favorable reviews, midseason comedy Traffic Light had a low-rated debut at 9:30 PM with a 1.9/5 in 18-49 and 4.6 million viewers overall. That is down significantly from the fall premiere of the now defunct Fox comedy Running Wilde (2.5/7) in the same slot with a similar demo lead-in from Raising Hope (3.1/8). Fox still won the night in 18-49 (3.4/9), barely edging CBS (3.3/9).

ABC’s No Ordinary Family (1.5/4, 5.2 million) was down 17% from its last original 3 weeks ago and finished a distant fourth in the 8 PM hour, tying its series low. With a new Family as a lead-in vs. … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS’ ‘NCIS’ Draws Largest Audience Ever – 22 Million

Nellie Andreeva

This is an amazing feat in today’s increasingly fragmented and DVR-ed TV world: in its eighth season, CBS’ NCIS last night posted a series high in total viewers: 22 million. The veteran procedural was the top program on the night by a mile in viewers and adults 18-49 (4.5/12), leading CBS to an easy nightly victory and solid ratings gains from the Tuesday lineup’s last originals on Dec. 14. NCIS was up 13% in the demo; its spinoff NCIS: LA (3.7/9, 18 million), the second-highest rated program of the night, was up 12%. The Good Wife (2.3/6, 12.2 million) was up 5%, edging NBC’s Parenthood (2.2, 5.6 million) to extend CBS’ time-slot winning streak into the 10 PM hour. For the night, CBS averaged a 3.5/9 in 18-49 and 17.4 million viewers. NBC (2.8/7, 7.7 million) was second with Parenthood and two-hour Biggest Loser: Couples (3.2/8), which was down a tenth from its season premiere last week.

Things were pretty bleak for ABC whose 3 dramas all hit series lows and neither was able to crack the 2 demo rating mark. At 8 PM, No Ordinary Family (1.5/4) was down 21% from last week, V (1.9/5) was down 10% from its season premiere last week, and Detroit 1-8-7 (1.1/3) was down 8%. ABC (1.5/4, 5.5 million) finished fourth in the demo behind Fox, which aired a Glee repeat (1.7/4) and Million Dollar Money Drop, which rebounded from last week by 38%.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Wins With ‘Biggest Loser’ And ‘Parenthood’

Nellie Andreeva

Despite built-up anticipation, it was a ho-hum night last night, with no shows breaking out, no shows tanking big time and  NBC’s The Biggest Loser and CBS’ Live to Dance splitting the bragging rights from 8-10 PM. Several series were down though, led by Fox’s Million Dollar Money Drop (1.3/3 in adults 18-49), which was down 24% from its last telecast at 9 PM on Dec. 23. (The game show followed a Glee repeat (1.7/5) last night.)

NBC’s season premiere of The Biggest Loser: Couples (3.3/9) was down 28% from its midseason premiere last January. Still, the reality show was up 14% from its fall premiere, which had posted an all-time low debut numbers for the veteran franchise. At 10 PM, Parenthood (2.3/6) perked up, posting a 21% increase vs. its last original on Nov. 23. Helping things twas the fact that the family dramedy didn’t have to face CBS’ female-driven drama The Good Wife, with CBS airing an NCIS rerun (1.7/5) in the hour. NBC won every half-hour of primetime in the 18-49 demo, finishing No.1 with an average of a 2.9/8 and second to CBS in total viewers with 7.8 million.

CBS (2.2/6, 10.2 million) aired the two-hour premiere of Live to Dance (2.4/6 in 18-49, 10.2 million) from 8-10PM. The Paula Abdul-starring dancing reality series won the slot in total viewers but finished second in the demo to … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dancing’ Ends On A High While ‘Glee’ Hits A Low

Nellie Andreeva

The finale of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (5.3/15, 24.1 million), which crowned actress Jennifer Grey as the winner, dominated the competition last night. Boosted by Bristol Palin’s improbable run to the finals (she finished 3rd), Dancing was up 23% from the reality series’ season finale last fall to log its highest closer 18-49 rating in 5 cycles (since May 2008) and its largest audiences in 6 cycles (since November 2007). Dancing’s lead-in, freshman drama No Ordinary Family (1.8/5), posted more modest gains, up a tenth from last week. Meanwhile, Glee, which had ranked as the No.1 Tuesday program among 18-49 with every original episode this fall, slipped to No.2 behind the Dancing finale and was down 20% from last week for a season low. Raising Hope (2.4/7) was down 11%. CBS and NBC’s lineups displayed only minor ratings fluctuations. CBS’ NCIS (3.9/11, 18.8 million) was flat for a third straight week, while NCIS:LA (3.2/9, 14.9 million) and The Good Wife (2.1/6, 10 million) were each down a tenth for a season low. At NBC, The Biggest Loser (2.4/7) was down a tenth while Parenthood (1.9/5) was up a tenth from last week’s series low.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Family’ & ‘Parenthood’ Post Double-Digit Drops For Series Lows

Nellie Andreeva

Another heavily hyped episode of Fox’s Glee (4.9/14, 11.6 million), this one featuring new recurring guest star Gwyneth Paltrow, was once again the top-rated telecast on Tuesday among adults 18-49, up 9% from the show’s last week fast national result. (Glee always gets adjusted up a tenth in the finals as it did last week.) Raising Hope (2.7/7), which tends to go down in the finals, including a .1 slip last week, was up a tenth from its fast national demo number last Tuesday. A Raising Hope repeat (1.8/5) did almost 40% better than an original Running Wilde did last week in the 9:30 PM slot.

NCIS has been so consistently reliable, you can set your clock by it. Last night it drew a 3.9/11 demo rating, the same as its fast national delivery last week. (The veteran procedural tends to go up a tenth in the finals as it did last Tuesday.) NCIS’ audience, 19.4 million, was also almost identical to last week’s 19.8 million as the drama series once again topped the night in total viewers. It was actually a full night of deja vu ratings performances at CBS, with the network’s other two dramas, NCIS: LA (3.3/9, 15.8 million) and The Good Wife (2.2/6, 11.7 million) also matching their demo results from last week, both season lows.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘No Ordinary Family’ Up

Nellie Andreeva

The networks’ Tuesday lineups returned to normal last night after mass preemptions of scripted series for Election night coverage last week. While most scripted series came back from their hiatuses lower, ABC’s No Ordinary Family bucked the trend and also reversed its string of ratings declines since the premiere. The freshman ABC series (2.2/6 in 18-49, 7.4 million) was up 10% in 18-49 vs. its last original 2 weeks ago and drew its largest audience in 5 weeks. At 9 PM, the Dancing with the Stars result show (3.4/9, 16.8 million) was up 6% from last week when it aired at 8 PM to make room for election coverage. It logged its best numbers in a month. Detroit 1-8-7 (1.8/5) was down 10% from its fast national 2 weeks ago (5% from its final as the drama tends to adjust down due to Dancing overruns.)

The much hyped “gay kiss” Glee episode (4.5/12) was down 6% from the fast national result for its Rocky Horror episode 2 weeks ago (The series always goes up a tenth in the finals as it did then.) Raising Hope (2.6/7) was flat with its fast national number from 2 weeks ago when the freshman comedy dropped a tenth in the finals. Fellow freshman comedy Running Wilde (1.3/3) did not look good in its return after 2 weeks of preemptions. It was up only a tenth … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Rocky Horror’ ‘Glee’ Rocks, ‘NCIS: LA’ Slips & ‘Loser’ Hits Low

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s Glee didn’t miss a beat in its return from hiatus. The Rocky Horror-themed episode of the musical dramedy (4.8/13) was up 4% from the fast national result for its last original 2 weeks ago (up 2% from the final as Glee tends to go up a tenth). It also topped the night in adults 18-49 as it has done with every fresh episode this fall. The Halloween-themed episode of comedy Raising Hope (2.6/7) was even with its fast national result for its previous fresh episode 2 weeks ago. It wad followed by another Raising Hope original (2.3/6), which did 64% better than time slot’s regular, Running Wilde, did the last time it aired after a first-run Raising Hope.

ABC’s recently renewed new drama No Ordinary Family (2.0/5) continued to slide, down 9% from last week for a new low. Dancing with the Stars result show, which featured the surprise elimination of The Hills star Audrina Patridge, was down 6% for its lowest result this season. (It is expected to regain some ground in the finals.) ABC’s other newly renewed freshman drama, Detroit 1-8-7 (2.0/6) was  up a tenth from its fast national number last week. The cop drama tends to lose a tenth of a rating point in the finals when the Dancing overrun is taken out.

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Full Seasons For ABC’s ‘Better With You’ & ‘No Ordinary Family’, More ‘Detroit 1-8-7′ & ‘Brothers & Sisters’, No More ‘Whole Truth’

Nellie Andreeva

ABC today became the latest broadcast network to make its full-season pickups, handing out back-nine orders to freshman comedy Better With You and drama No Ordinary Family. Additionally, the network has picked up 5 additional episodes from freshman cop drama Detroit 1-8-7 and 4 from veteran family drama Brothers & Sisters. Missing from the list is new legal drama The Whole Truth, which already has been on shaky ground and is preempted again next week. The series will stay on the air but the network doesn’t plan to order more episodes beyond the original 13. The episodic orders follow the pickup of 4 additional scripts each for No Ordinary Family and Brothers & Sisters 2 weeks ago. It brings the order for Brothers & Sisters to a full-season 22 episodes, up from the 18 ordered in May, meaning that ABC is probably considering a change in its launch plans for midseason drama Off the Map, which was to premiere in Brothers & Sisters Sunday 10 PM slot. (Off the Map also recently received an order for an additional script.) Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS’ Lineup Up

Nellie Andreeva

With the biggest show on the night, Fox’s Glee, airing a rerun, CBS’ veteran 8 PM drama NCIS (4.2/12, 19.1 million viewers) got an 8% boost, which the network carried over to 9 PM where NCIS: Los Angeles (3.9/10, 16 million) was up 11% and 10 PM where The Good Wife (2.6/7, 12.2 million) was up 4%. All 3 dramas won their hours in 18-49 and total viewers and posted CBS’ highest 18-49 Tuesday tally since February. ABC’s new superhero family drama No Ordinary Family (2.2/6) didn’t get a boost from the weakened competition at 8 PM with a Glee repeat but may have found its comfort ratings zone, down just .1 from last week for a new low. At 9 PM, the Dancing with the Stars result show (3.1/8) was down 11% from last week to a season low. Freshman ABC drama Detroit (1.9/5) was up 12% but might have been inflated by a Dancing overrun. NBC’s The Biggest Loser (2.5/7) matched its lowest rating of the season, down a fraction from last week. Parenthood was also down .1 at 10 PM to a series low, tying Detroit 187 in the fast nationals. Following Glee (2.0/6) and Raising Hope (1.7/4) repeats, a new Running Wilde (1.2/3) on Fox was down 14%. At CW, One Tree Hill at 8 PM matched season high in women 18-34 (2.0/6).

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ABC Trims ‘V’ Series Order To 10 Episodes

Nellie Andreeva

I hear the order of ABC’s sophomore sci-fi drama V is being reduced from 13 to 10 episodes. ABC last week announced that V will return January 4 and will air in Dancing with the Stars‘ result show slot at 9 PM on Tuesdays, following fellow sci-fi drama No Ordinary Family. That gives V a 12-episode window until the spring season premiere of Dancing on March 29, but I hear the period is expected to include 2 preemptions, leading to V‘s order getting trimmed. Since the series is still filming, V producers will adjust the storyline for a proper season ending.

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ABC Schedules ‘V’ & ‘Skating With The Stars’

Nellie Andreeva

ABC today announced premiere dates for the Dancing with the Stars ice skating spinoff Skating with the Stars and the second season of V. Skating will slide into Dancing‘s Monday 8-9:30 PM slot following the conclusion of the current Dancing cycle, while V will air in the Dancing result show time period of Tuesdays 9 PM, following No Ordinary Family. Skating will premiere on November 22, airing twice behind Dancing on Mondays at 9 PM before moving to 8 PM on December 6. V returns January 4. No Ordinary Family will get a short run in the Tuesday 9 PM slot from November 30 until January 4 when it will slide back to its current 8 PM berth to form a block with similarly sci-fi-tinged V.

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