Alternate Reality: ‘LOLA, ‘Outsourced’ Listed As Returning Series In NBC Press Materials

By | Sunday May 22, 2011 @ 10:07pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

There was chatter at NBC’s upfront presentation that isolated 2011-12 NBC Primetime Preview press binders included a page for Wonder Woman as a new series. Everything was fine in the New Series section of the NBC binder I found waiting for me when I came back from New York, but … Read More »

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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

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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. … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Office’ Drops Without Carell, ‘American Idol’ Up

Nellie Andreeva

Apologies for not filing a rating story earlier, it was a pretty big busy morning in TV news today. With the final ratings for last night in, here are the biggest highlights:

NBC’s The Office (3.5/10 in 18-49) was down 17% from last week’s episode, which marked the departure of star … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Will Ferrell Lifts ‘The Office’, ‘Paul Reiser’ Bombs, ‘Nikita’ Rises

Nellie Andreeva

Will Ferrell’s debut on The Office (3.9/11 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers) last night gave a boost to the NBC comedy, which was up 15% from its most recent original March 24 in 18-49. The ratings gains carried over to Parks and Recreation (2.6/7, 5.2 million), up 8% for its best numbers in almost three months; 30 Rock (2.2/6), up 16%; and Outsourced (1.7/5), up 21% from last week, when it had a repeat as lead-in. But things were far less uplifting in the 8 PM hour. Community (1.4/5, 3.5 million) was down 22% in 18-49 from its last original March 24. Then there was the premiere of The Paul Reiser Show (1.1/3, 3.3 million) at 8:30 PM. It was down a whopping 48% from the January debut of Perfect Couples in the time slot to rank as NBC’s lowest-rated in-season comedy series premiere ever.

Fox’s American Idol (6.1/19, 21 million) matched its fast-national rating from last week (the reality juggernaut always goes up in the finals). At 9 PM, Bones (3.7/10, 11.9 million) was up 16% from last week to log its highest 18-49 rating in two months. It as also the second-most-watched program of the night behind Idol. Fox easily won the night in all measures. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Shocking ‘Idol’ Result Show Down, CW Series Return Lower

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The American Idol result show (6.1/19 in adults 18-49, 20.6 million viewers), which sent frontrunner (and fifth consecutive female contestant) Pia Toscano packing, was down 9% from last week in the adults 18-49 demographic. Bones (3.4/9) returned to the Fox … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Bones’ Up, ‘Outsourced’ Flat, Everyone Else Down On Thursday

Nellie Andreeva

Once again, usage in the 8 PM hour was down week-to-week as viewers adjust to the switch to daylight saving time. Last night, the drop was bigger than usual, 12.4%. All 8 PM shows were impacted. Fox’s American Idol (5.6/18 in adults 18-49, 19 million viewers) was down the most, 16%, from last Thursday. ABC’s Winter Wipeout (2.0/7) was down 9% from its most recent original on Feb. 24. NBC’s newly renewed Community (1.7/6) was down 6% for a season low, while new comedy Perfect Couples (1.2/4) was down 14% from Feb. 24 for a series low.

At 9 PM, Fox’s Bones (3.4/10, 11.9 million) bucked the down trend, up 6% in 18-49 and 13% in viewers from last week. ABC tried out 10 PM medical drama Private Practice in the tentpole 9 PM position occupied by the series that spawned it, Grey’s Anatomy. The result was not pretty: Private Practice drew a 1.9/6, down 17% from its most recent original for a series low. Following an Office rerun, NBC’s Parks and Recreation (1.8/5) was down 25% from its last original, which followed a new Office, to tie its series low. NBC had the only original offerings in the 10 PM hour: 30 Rock (1.7/5), down 26% for a series low, and Outsourced (1.4/4), flat and tied as a series low. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC Tops Thursday While NBC’s ‘The Apprentice’ Gains

Nellie Andreeva

CBS’ improbable run of 3 consecutive nightly wins in both adults 18-49 and total viewers with lineups featuring some or all repeats came to an end last night when ABC won the 18-49 race with a 3.1/8. CBS, which … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS, Fox & ABC Up While NBC’s ‘Apprentice’ Hits Series Low

Nellie Andreeva

ABC has got to give Grey’s Anatomy a better lead-in. With the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special (2.2/6, up 10% from last year, 7.4 million) at 8 PM vs. a Grey’s return (1.0) last week, the veteran medical drama (4.3/11, 11.4 … Read More »

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NBC Shakes Up Midseason Schedule, Puts 6 Comedies On Thursday & Renews ’30 Rock’

Nellie Andreeva

With its entertainment lineup largely underperforming this fall, NBC is making wholesale changes for midseason with moves on every night, including a rarely-seen on broadcast TV 10-11 PM comedy block for an all-comedy Thursday. Additionally, the network  has given one of those Thursday comedies, 30 Rock, an early renewal for next season, the Emmy winning series’ sixth. It also represents a vote of confidence for the series, which is entering uncharted territory with a Thursday 10 PM slot midseason assignment. In addition to a 3-hour comedy block on Thursdays, which will include Community at 8 PM, followed by new series Perfect Couples, The Office, Parks & Recreation, 30 Rock and Outsourced, NBC’s other major scheduling moves for midseason include shifting Parenthood to Mondays, Law & Order: Los Angeles to Tuesdays, Chase to Wednesdays and Law & Order: SVU to 10 PM on Wednesday. “The goal for our mid-season schedule was to keep us in original programming throughout the season and launch several promising new shows, said NBC’s EVP planning and scheduling Mitch Metcalf. “We were looking to add more comedy to our schedule and we believe the best way to do so is to expand our already successful Thursday night.” When NBC gave new Thursday comedy Outsourced a full-season order last month, it became clear that the network wouldn’t be able to contain its half-hours within its established Thursday 8-10 PM block as it also had Parks & Recreation and new entries Perfect Couples and Friends with Benefits on deck for midseason. The network brass explored the possibility of opening a second comedy night but reportedly felt it was not the right time to do so. And, unless it was to go on an assault against CBS’ Monday and ABC’s Wednesday comedy blocks the way CBS did against NBC on Thursday this fall or to bump established Tuesday performer The Biggest Loser, NBC had no real opening for a second comedy night. As for its new all-comedy Thursday, the network already flirted with the idea last spring when it launched comedy reality series The Marriage Ref at 10 PM and in May when it scheduled hourlong comedy Love Bites in the hour. (After a production start delay, the anthology series is now in production for a late spring launch). But airing half-hour comedies at 10 PM on broadcast TV has been very rare and has not fared well so far. However, a 10 PM comedy block is very common on cable TV with such series as HBO’s Entourage and Comedy Central’s South Park. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS And ABC Down, CBS’ ‘$#*!’ & ‘The Mentalist’ Hit Season Lows

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 2PM: As expected, NBC’s series were adjusted down in the finals which the NFL game in Baltimore was taken out. Community, The Office and Outsourced slipped a tenth each to 2.0, 3.6 and 2.6, respectively; 30 Rock and The Apprentice dropped two tenths each to 2.4 and 1.4, respectively. … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Comedies & ABC Dramas Up Led By Surging ‘Private Practice’

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With leading lady Kaley Cuoco back from her injury break and fan favorite Eliza Dushku as guest star, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (4.6/14, 13.9 million) rose 12% from last week’s fast national demo delivery. (The hit comedy always … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox Wins With Sluggish World Series, NBC Comedies Up

Nellie Andreeva

If it was up to TV executives, the Yankees would sail through to the World Series every year, with the rest of the teams squabbling for the other spot. This year’s World Series between the Giants and the Rangers on … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bang’ Tops, ‘Mentalist’ Dips, NBC Comedies & ABC Dramas Down

Nellie Andreeva

There is a new ratings king on Thursday. For the first time, the new kid on the Thursday block, CBS’ transplant The Big Bang Theory (4.0/13, 12.9 million), ranked as the highest-rated program on the night in 18-49, supplanting perennial winner Grey’s Anatomy. The comedy accomplished the feat on its fifth airing on the night, a nice validation of CBS’ risky scheduling move. Big Bang was down a tenth from the comedy’s 18-49 fast national result last week, while its lead-out, newly picked-up freshman $#*! My Dad Says (3.1/9) was flat, improving its 18-49 retention from last week to 78%. (Both comedies went up in the finals last week, Big Bang by .2, $#*! by .1) Both Big Bang and $#*! were up in total viewers from last week, by 3% and 7%, respectively. Veteran CSI (3.3/9, up 6%, 14.7 million, up 2%) continued its resurgence with a second consecutive week of ratings gains. But The Mentalist (2.9/9) was down 9% from its fast national number last week to post its lowest-rated telecast in the Thursday 10 PM slot, which it still won. (The Mentalist may gain a tenth of a rating point in the finals as it did last week.) CBS won the night by a wide margin in 18-49 (3.3/9) and total viewers (13.6 million), its fifth consecutive Thursday win. Read More »

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It’s Official: NBC’s ‘Chase’ & ‘Chuck’ Get Full-Season Orders, 4 Scripts For ‘Undercovers’

Nellie Andreeva

It was UMS’ pickup day at NBC yesterday when the studio’s freshman series The Event, Law & Order: Los Angeles and Outsourced all received back-nine orders. Today is Warner Bros TV’s turn. As expected, the studio and NBC closed deals for full-season orders to freshman drama Chase and fan favorite Chuck, now in its fourth season, which I hear received a super-sized 11 episode pickup. (Digital rights issues held up both deals from being announced at the same time as the other pickups yesterday.) Additionally, NBC and Warner Bros. TV have settled on the number of additional scripts for freshman spy drama Undercovers, 4. NBC primetime chief Angela Bromstad pointed to Chase‘s “potential to grow” and Chuck‘s loyal audience. Indeed, last night Chase delivered a small ratings uptick at 10 PM, while Chuck held steady. Both finished last in the hour among the major networks. Read More »

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Pickup Time At NBC: ‘Event’, ‘LOLA’ And ‘Outsourced’ Get Full-Season Orders, ‘Chase’ Pending, ‘Undercovers’ Gets More Scripts

Nellie Andreeva

All remaining freshman series on NBC got some good news today. Three, The Event, Law & Order: Los Angeles and Outsourced, have been picked up for the rest of the season with back-nine orders. A similar pickup for Chase is said to be pending, while I hear Undercovers is close to receiving an order for additional scripts, said to be in 4-6. All renewed series, The Event, LOLA and Outsourced, hail from sister studio UMS. Chase is from Warner Bros. TV, and deals with outside studios sometime take longer (In this case, it hear the holdup has to do with digital rights). Also close to a full-season order at NBC is the WBTV-produced spy dramedy Chuck, a fan favorite that has gone through its fair share of dramatic last-minute renewals. Its deal is being held up by the same rights issues, with both the Chase and Chuck pickups expected to be finalized tomorrow.  Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Live ’30 Rock’ Episode Rocks, ‘CSI’ Up With Digi-novel Crossover

Nellie Andreeva

NBC’s 30 Rock got a big  boost from its star-studded live episode last night. The episode, which featured appearances by Matt Damon, Jon Hamm, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Liz Lemon in flashbacks as well as several SNL alums, drew a 3.0/9 in adults 18-49, up 43% from last week and a season … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: All-Time ‘CSI’ Low

Nellie Andreeva

The generational transition on Thursday continues. The 3 series that had been the anchors on the night for years, CBS’ CSI, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and NBC’s The Office, all hit lows last night. No great reason for concern for Grey’s (4.5/12) and The Office (3.4/9) just yet as they led their networks’ lineup by a wide margin and finished No.1 and No.3 for the night overall. But CSI (2.7/7) was the lowest-rated program on CBS last night, which featured ratings declines on the CBS and NBC and gains on Fox and CW. Since male-skewing shows were hit harder than the female-skewing ones, the baseball playoffs probably played a role, and some of the declines will probably be offset in DVR viewing. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ’30 Rock’ Keeps Steady In Sea Of Double-Digit Declines

Nellie Andreeva

It’s a new time slot and much smaller lead-in, but that has had little effect on NBC’s 30 Rock. While it never became a broad hit, the Emmy-winning comedy held steady behind The Office, and now it’s doing the same at 8:30 PM. Last night, it kept its entire 18-49 … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Bang’ Shines, ‘CSI’ & ‘Grey’s’ Slip, ‘My Generation’ Flops

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UPDATE 1:30 PM: With final Live+Same Day numbers in, several series got a .1 demo rating boost from DVR viewing: CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (now 4.9/16 among 18-49) and The Mentalist (3.4/10), and NBC’s The Office (4.4/12) and OutsourcedRead More »

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