Ratings Rat Race: ‘Scandal’, ‘Parenthood’ & ‘Community’ Finales Up; ‘Crazy Ones’ Down

By | Friday April 18, 2014 @ 9:08am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

scandal-season-finaleOn a night of season finales, Scandal‘s closer dwarfed them all, drawing a 3.4 in adults 18-49 and 10.5 million total viewers Thursday. The twisty ABC drama was up 13% in 18-49 and 14% in viewers from last week to log its second highest numbers ever in both categories and the highest-rated finale to date.

Related: ‘Scandal’: Shonda Rhimes Whips Up Spoiler Storm With Season Finale

Against the Scandal closer, the season finale of NBC’s Parenthood (1.3) was up 18% from last week. But versus last year’s finale, which aired in January in nbclogothe series’ previous Tuesday 10 PM slot, it was down 24%. Community (1.0) also inched up in its season finale, up 11% from last Thursday. (Compared with last May’s finale, it was down 23%). The bumps help as both shows are being considered for (possibly partial) final-season orders. Community edged the only NBC comedy already assured a return next season, Parks And Recreation (0.9), which slipped a tenth (10%) from last week to hit a series low. Hollywood Game Night (0.9) was down 18% from its most recent original two weeks ago, also marking a series low.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Surviving Jack’ Soft In Debut, ‘Vampire Diaries’ Hits Low, ‘Scandal’ & ‘Parenthood’ Rise

By | Friday March 28, 2014 @ 10:13am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

survivingjackIf launching drama series in midseason is hard, launching comedy series in midseason is daunting. Fox’s Surviving Jack was the latest example, debuting to a 1.3 in 18-49 and 5.1 million viewers at 9:30 PM last night despite mostly positive reviews based on the standout performance of star Chris Meloni. Surviving Jack followed American Idol (1.9), which, in its switch to half-hour result shows, tied last week’s series low. For comparison, at 8 PM, with no lead-in and scathing reviews, Fox’s fall comedy Dads premiered to a 2.1 fast national demo rating in September. American Idol and The X Factor have never been compatible lead-ins for comedies. The previous comedy series to launch behind Idol was the 2011 Breaking In, which opened with a 3.5 demo rating but on a 7.3 Idol 18-49 lead-in (Yes, Idol was pulling in that kind of numbers only three years ago) for a 48% retention. Surviving Jack‘s was 68%. At 8 PM, Hell’s Kitchen (1.8) was up a tenth from last week’s fast national. Read More »

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NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire’, ‘Parks & Rec’, ‘Grimm’ And ‘Parenthood’ Go Digital To Keep Fans Engaged During Games

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 11:54am PST

NBC announced today it will offer digitalkey_art_parks_and_recreation-300x116 series for four of its primetime series; Chicago Fire, Parks And Recreation, Grimm, and Parenthood to keep fans focused in February while Olympics take over NBC’s primetime. All digital series will be streamed on NBC.com, Hulu and YouTube.

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Monica Potter Inks With ICM Partners

By | Monday February 3, 2014 @ 1:25pm PST

Monica PotterThe Parenthood star has signed with ICM Partners. Monica Potter snagged a Golden Globe nom for her role as a soccer mom battling an illness on the NBC drama. She also was a regular on TNT’s 2009 … Read More »

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TCA: ‘About A Boy,’ ‘Parenthood’ To Share TV Universe At Crossover-Happy NBC

By | Sunday January 19, 2014 @ 4:20pm PST

About a Boy ParenthoodLooks like NBC‘s got crossover fever, not just in the crime drama department but in its comedy slate. A few hours after Chicago PD creator Dick Wolf teased that show’s upcoming … Read More »

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TCA: Craig T. Nelson, EP Applaud NBC’s ‘Parenthood’ Promo Post-Rant

By | Saturday July 27, 2013 @ 5:08pm PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Back in March, Craig T. Nelson, who stars as Zeek Braverman on the long-running NBC drama Parenthood, spoke out to Entertainment Tonight about how … Read More »

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EMMYS Q&A: Monica Potter

By | Sunday June 23, 2013 @ 5:30pm PDT

Megan Masters is an AwardsLine contributor.

Monica Potter has a secret. Contrary to what the Parenthood actress’ drama-centric résumé—which includes big-screen offerings like Patch Adams and Along Came A Spider, and TV’s Boston Legal—might suggest, she’s actually quite funny. (“I am funny, thanks,” she insists with a laugh.) It’s that fact that makes her performance throughout the NBC drama’s fourth season all the more impressive. With ease and humility, Potter portrayed the highs and lows that come with battling breast cancer. After three seasons as a Parenthood standout, will Potter’s memorable turn (and her recent win at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards) garner her some Emmy love?

AwardsLine: You’ve joked in the past about not being as classically trained as some of your costars—yet here we are.
(Laughs.)
Monica Potter: I’m just being tongue-in-cheek. I’ve been learning since I was in my teens, but I never went somewhere like NYU. Peter (Krause) and I joke that he went to all of these colleges and is so ‘theater,’ and I’m jealous because I’m not. (Laughs.) I’ve learned from life experiences. If you go through certain things, you’re able to pull from them. Read More »

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Ray Romano To Return To ‘Parenthood’

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 6:06pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: This is the news Parenthood fans had been waiting for — I’ve learned that Ray Romano has closed a deal to return to the quirky NBC dramedy next season, reprising his character as Sarah’s … Read More »

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Joy Bryant Returns To Longtime Agent Steve Alexander At Resolution

By | Wednesday June 19, 2013 @ 8:12am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Joy Bryant has signed with Resolution Agency, reuniting her with a team led by her longtime CAA agent, Steve Alexander. Bryant, whose breakout came in Antwone Fisher, can currently be seen in her role as Jasmine Trussell on NBC’s Read More »

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NBC’s 2013-14 Schedule: ‘Revolution’ Moves To Wednesday, ‘Parenthood’ To Thursday, ‘Blacklist’ Gets Post ‘Voice’ Slot

By | Sunday May 12, 2013 @ 2:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Family comedies and action dramas dominate NBC‘s new series additions for next season. NBC is introducing six series in the fall — comedies Welcome to the Family, Sean Saves the World, and The Michael J. Fox Show; and dramas The Blacklist, Ironside and Dracula; with five more set for midseason– comedies The Family Guide and About A Boy, and dramas Believe, Crisis and Crossbones. (Dracula and Crossbones were carried over from last upfront/off-season). Not scheduled yet are newly picked up dramas Chicago PD and The Night Shift and comedy Undateable as well as last-minute renewal Community. On the returning series side, missing from the announcement are long-time reality staple Celebrity Apprentice and well reviewed freshman drama Hannibal as NBC is yet to make a pickup decision on both. Here is NBC’s fall and midseason schedules with analysis and new series descriptions underneath. As expected, the network is spreading its launches between the fall and spring, tied to its Winter Olympics coverage:

NBC FALL 2013-14 SCHEDULE
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)

MONDAY
8-10 p.m. – “The Voice”
10-11 p.m. – “THE BLACKLIST”

TUESDAY
8-9 p.m. – “The Biggest Loser” (New Day and Time)
9-10 p.m. – “The Voice” (New time)
10-11 p.m. – “Chicago Fire” (New Day and Time)

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m. – “Revolution” (New Day and Time)
9-10 p.m. – ”Law & Order: SVU”
10-11 p.m. – “IRONSIDE”

THURSDAY
8-8:30 p.m. – “Parks and Recreation” (New time)
8:30-9 p.m. – “WELCOME TO THE FAMILY”
9-9:30 p.m. – “SEAN SAVES THE WORLD”
9:30-10 p.m. – “THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW”
10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood” (New Day and Time)

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”
9-10 p.m. – “Grimm”
10-11 p.m. – “DRACULA”

SATURDAY
Encore programming

SUNDAY
7:00-8:15 p.m. – “Football Night in America”
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NBC Renews ‘Revolution,’ ‘Chicago Fire,’ ‘Parenthood,’ ‘Grimm’, ‘Law & Order: SVU’

By | Friday April 26, 2013 @ 11:49am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Sky In Three Season Deal For 'Revolution'NBC has handed the expected early renewals to its stronger drama series: freshmen Revolution and Chicago Fire as well as Parenthood, Grimm and veteran Law & Order: SVU. All have received full-season, 22-episode pickups. Missing from the drama list is recent addition Hannibal, which has dropped in the ratings the past two weeks after a solid start, and fellow midseason drama Deception. I hear NBC has not closed the door completely on Deception though a renewal appears unlikely. “On the verge of our 2013 fall scheduling decisions, we’re pleased to renew five drama series that will be important to our new-season lineup,” NBC’s entertainment president Jennifer Salke said. “We’re especially pleased to be renewing Revolution and Chicago Fire — two first-season successes — and there will be more returning series announcements made in the next couple of weeks.” Those announcements will no doubt include reality hit The Voice and veteran comedy Parks And Recreation, which are assured a return for next season. All the other NBC comedies are heavily on the bubble. Things look a little better for The New Normal, which just won a GLAAD Award and comes from top producer Ryan Murphy, with Matthew Perry starrer Go On also in contention. Meanwhile, cult favorite Community‘s future is cloudy, with the future of multi-camera entries Whitney and Guys With Kids also in limbo. NBC might keep one of the multi-cam sitcoms for continuity as it is likely to order at least one, the Sean Hayes/Victor Fresco project, and expanding NBC’s multi-camera footprint appears to be a priority for the network’s brass.

The renewal for Law & Order: SVU comes before the producers have secured the return of star Mariska Hargitay. Today’s announcement gives producer Dick Wolf two series on the NBC schedule next season, L&O: SVU and Chicago Fire. They could be joined by the proposed Chicago Fire spinoff. The renewal brings more good news for Grimm, which recently received a temporary time slot upgrade and The Voice lead-in. Here are details about NBC’s newly renewed dramas: Read More »

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Eight Shows Earn TV Academy Honors

By | Monday March 18, 2013 @ 10:38am PDT

NoHo Arts District, CA, March 18, 2013 – The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today announced the honorees for the Sixth Annual Television Academy Honors. Celebrating “Television With A Conscience,” this year’s honorees are A Smile as Big as The Moon, D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List, Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide, Hunger Hits Home, The Newsroom, Nick News with Linda Ellerbee, One Nation Under Dog: Stories of Fear, Loss & Betrayal and Parenthood. The Awards, honoring television programs that aired January 1 – December 31, 2012, will be held at the Beverly Hills Hotel on May 9th and hosted by Emmy® Award-winning actress Dana Delany.

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‘Parenthood’ At PaleyFest: Season 5?

By | Thursday March 7, 2013 @ 10:32pm PST

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

At this evening’s PaleyFest panel on NBC’s Parenthood, the question on everyone’s mind was whether Parenthood will be around to make audiences bawl for a 5th season? Oddly, this question got punted to 15-year-old Max Burkholder, who gamely tried to answer. “I don’t think there’s any way to know, or anything to officially announce, but I’m definitely crossing my fingers.” According to the moderator, TVLine’s Michael Ausiello, some fingers are crossed already for Monica Potter to win an Emmy nod. Her character fought cancer this season. He offered that Potter portrayed “the C word, but now there’s talk that she might be a contender for the E word.” Pplot twists have included abortion, illness, autism and heartbreak, but an audience member stood up to show her bald head. She thanked the producer and cast for this season’s cancer story: “You brought the cameras into my life,” she said. Tissues had been distributed in advance to the audience because this extended-family drama from executive producer Jason Katims has a penchant for making people cry. (So did his Friday Night Lights.) The large Parenthood panel included Katims and cast members Craig T. Nelson, Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Erika Christensen, Monica Potter, Sam Jaeger, Mae Whitman, Jason Ritter, Joy Bryant and young actors Miles Heizer and Burkholder.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Taste’ Debuts Solid, ‘Private Practice’ Ends Down, ‘Go On’ & ‘New Normal’ Hit Series Lows

By | Wednesday January 23, 2013 @ 9:10am PST

Tuesday saw the two-hour debut of ABC’s competitive blind-taste cooking reality series The Taste (2.2/6) With chef and soon-to-be CNN host Anthony Bourdain, UK cooking guru Nigella Lawson, Lubo Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey as judges/mentors, the show pits teams of professional and amateur chefs against one another. Pulling 6.04 million viewers, The Taste was up 5% from Dancing With The Stars’ Season 15 premiere rating on ABC in the same time slot on September 25. After six seasons, Private Practice (1.5/4) came to its end last night on the network. Although up 25% from last week’s show for a season high, the series finale of the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff was down 17% from the 1.8/5 rating it got for its last season ender May 5.

Private Practice wasn’t the only finale on TV last night. NBC’s Parenthood (1.7/5) wrapped up its fourth season, down 11% from its last winter finale on February 28, 2012.

CBS was all repeats Tuesday with NCIS (1.7/5), NCIS: LA (1.7/4) and Vegas (1.1/3). The long-running series were all No. 1 in their respective time slots, with NCIS the most-watched show of the night with 12.73 million viewers. CBS won the night in overall viewers with 10.466 million; ABC won in adults 18-49. 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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RATINGS RAT RACE: Solid Debut For ‘Go On’, ‘New Normal’ Holds, ‘Parenthood’ Down

By | Wednesday September 12, 2012 @ 9:22am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC can exhale — its first night of all-new fall programming did OK. At 8 PM, the second episode of The Voice posted a 3.9/12 in adults 18-49. That was down a modest 7% from the Monday season premiere, which aired from 8-10 PM, while last night’s episode ran in the 8 PM hour where HUT levels are lower. (Though the show faced lesser competition last night.) There is no suitable prior-season comparison as this is the first time The Voice has expanded into multiple nights a week during the higher-rated blind auditions stage. The singing competition delivered NBC’s best non-sports rating in the time period since January 5, 2011.

At 9 PM, the time-period premiere of the new Matthew Perry comedy Go On (3.4/9, 9.6 million) marked NBC’s highest-rated comedy premiere since Outsourced in 18-49 and My Name Is Earl in total viewers. It was down 39% from the Go On preview during the Olympics as well as down 8% from the debut of Perry’s most recent series, the short-lived ABC comedy Mr. Sunshine, and Up All Night‘s preview behind America’s Got Talent last year. Read More »

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Ray Romano To Do Arc On ‘Parenthood’

By | Tuesday June 19, 2012 @ 11:43am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ray Romano ParenthoodFollowing his starring role on the TNT dramedy Men Of A Certain Age, which he also co-created, Ray Romano is staying in dramedy mode with an arc on the upcoming season of NBC’s Parenthood. He will … Read More »

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NBC Renews ‘Parenthood’ & ’30 Rock’

By | Thursday May 10, 2012 @ 1:52pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Parenthood Renewed NBCNBC is bringing back two more series: dramedy Parenthood and comedy 30 Rock. As expected, the pickup of 30 Rock will be for a seventh and final season, and it is expected to be … Read More »

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David Hudgins Inks Deal With Universal TV

By | Friday April 27, 2012 @ 10:33am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

David Hudgins Friday Night LightsEXCLUSIVE: Former Friday Night Lights executive producer David Hudgins has signed a new overall deal with Universal Television to develop projects for the studio and work on existing series. Hudgins has a longtime association … Read More »

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