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: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Soars With Musical Episode, ‘Mobbed’ Solid

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Singing was king last night as both American Idol and the musical episode of Grey’s Anatomy scored big in the ratings.

ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (4.8/12, 12.7 million) was up from last week by a whopping 30% in 18-49 and 2.4 million … Read More »

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

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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 And NBC Sink To Thursday Lows

Nellie Andreeva

What a depressing overnight ratings report we got this morning. ABC and NBC posted their lowest Thursday nights with original programming this season with all of their series hitting or tying season lows in 18-49. CBS’ The Big Bang Theory also hit a season low. Fox’s American Idol and Bones, … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ Holds Steady While Several Series Hit/Tie Lows

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Fox’s American Idol (7.2/20 in adults 18-49, 21.7 million) continues to hold up well. Its first Hollywood week episode last night was down just 4% in the demo and 1% in total viewers from last week’s Thursday audition episode. Vs. … Read More »

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RATING RAT RACE: ‘Idol’ Holds While ‘Perfect Couples’, ‘Parks & Recreation’ Drop

Nellie Andreeva

As February sweep kicked in last night, we had our first all-original Thursday competition on the broadcast networks since the return of American Idol. As expected, the newest entry, midseason comedy Perfect Couples (1.4/4) was the hardest hit by Idol,Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Idol’ Holds, ‘Bones’ Up While NBC Comedies Slip

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s American Idol continued to keep the pace from premiere week last night, while Bones rose to its best showing in 4 years. But, after a stronger than expected debut last week, NBC’s 3-hour comedy block is starting to show cracks.

Just like it did on Tuesday, American Idol held nicely to its premiere week numbers. Last night, the hourlong show from 8-9 PM drew a 7.6/21 in adults 18-49 and 22.3 million total viewers, down only 3% from last Thursday. Helping things was the fact that Idol‘s biggest competition in the 8 PM hour, CBS’ hit comedy The Big Bang Theory (2.4/7), was a repeat last night vs. an original last week, as was the rest of the CBS lineup except for freshman comedy $#*! My Dad Says (2.3/6), which needs to use up its fresh episodes before it hands off the 8:30 PM slot to Rules of Engagement next month. Against Idol, $#*! dropped 18% in the demo from last week after earlier this month logging matching week-to-week performances behind an original an repeat Big Bang. Also taking a ratings hit in the 8 PM hour was ABC’s reality series Winter Wipeout (2.4/7), down 8% last night, following a 28% drop in its first face-off against Idol last week. Like CBS, ABC aired repeats for the rest of the night. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: Soft Finish For ‘Sing-Off’, Weak Start For ‘Money Drop’, ‘Skating’ Flatlines & ESPN Tops Monday

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 3 PM: Ouch! The final Monday ratings came in, and Part 1 of the Skating with the Stars finale was adjusted down, way down, to a .5 in the 18-49 demo from 1.0 in the fast nationals that were inflated by NFL pre-emptions on ABC. That is down almost … Read More »

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NBC To Expand ‘Sing-Off’ Finale And Use It To Preview New Comedy ‘Perfect Couples’

By | Thursday December 16, 2010 @ 4:13pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED THURSDAY PM: NBC has tweaked its scheduling plans for Monday. The Sing-Off finale will now remain 2 hours, and the Perfect Couples preview will air at 10 PM, followed by an Office repeat.

PREVIOUS WEDNESDAY 5PM: With The Sing-Off current … 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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Comedy Writer Tad Quill Inks Deal At NBC

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EXCLUSIVE: Former Scrubs executive producer Tad Quill has signed a two-year overall deal with Universal Media Studios. Under the seven-figure pact, Quill will develop new projects for the studio. He also will work part-time on UMS’ new comedy series for NBC Perfect Couples, from creators/executive producers Jon Pollack and Scott … Read More »

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‘My Boys’ Co-Star Joins Showtime’s ‘Big C’

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ReidScottWhile his My Boys co-stars Jordana Spiro and Kyle Howard had to pull out of their regular roles on new NBC series Love Bites and Perfect Couples because of their commitment to the TBS comedy, Read More »

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