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

Nellie Andreeva

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 lineup up 3% from its last original March 17.

Also offering all-originals last night were CBS and the CW. It was a ratings seesaw on CBS, with The Big Bang Theory (3.6/12) down 3% from last week, Rules of Engagement (2.5/8) up 4%, CSI (2.8/8) down 3% and The Mentalist (2.9/8) up 4%.

The CW dramas The Vampire Diaries (2.7 million, 1.2/4 in 18-34) and Nikita (1.8 million, 0.6/2) came back from another very long break down from their last originals. TVD was down 10% in total viewers and 14% in 18-34, Nikita slipped 14% in viewers and a tenth in 18-34.

NBC’s doomed freshman comedies Perfect Couples (1.0/3, flat) and Outsourced (1.3/4, down 13% from March 24 for a series low) were the only originals in a sea of reruns. We may have seen the last of Perfect Couples, which is being replaced by The Paul Reiser Show starting next week. Fox (4.8/14, 16 million) easily won the night, followed by CBS (2.9/8, 12.4 million) and Univision (1.6/5, 4.1 million)

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

Nellie Andreeva

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 viewers, despite its lead-in, Wipeout (1.9/8), falling 17% to tie its season low. Not much of a Grey’s bump for Private Practice (2.7/7), which was up only 4% from last week.

American Idol’s result show (6.7/10, 22 million) was also up from last week, by 5% in 18-49 and 3% in total viewers. Howie Mandel’s new flash mob reality special for Fox Mobbed (3.8/10) drew the largest audience and posted the highest retention for a reality show following Idol in two years.

CBS’ series were down across the board. The Big Bang Theory (3.6/12) was down 5% from its last original on March 10 for a season low. Rules of Engagement (2.3/7) was down 18%, also for a season low. CSI (2.8/7) was down 10%, The Mentalist (2.8/7) down 3%. NBC aired only one original, comedy Perfect Couples (1.0/3) at 8:30 PM, which was down 38% from last week, when it had an original lead-in, to post a series low.

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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 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, CBS’ CSI and The Mentalist and CW’s The Vampire Diaries and Nikita logged minimal ratings increases that in no way offset the across-the-board drops for the rest of the Thursday series. So what happened last night? There is no definitive explanation. HUT levels were down week-to-week but within the standard diviation range (4%). Ratings experts suspect that, with weather across the country improving, we’ve started to see the so-called “spring ratings slump.” Or some viewers may have started their Presidents weekend a little earlier. Here is a network-by-network rundown:

Fox’s American Idol (7.5/22 in 18-49, 21.9 million) was up 3% from last Thursday in 18-49 and flat in total viewers. Versus the same telecast last year, which was part of new judge Ellen DeGeneres’ first week on the show, the singing competition was down 21%. It easily ranked as the top telecast of the night and drove Fox to a nightly victory. At 9 PM, Bones (3.3/9, 9.9 million) was up 3% from last week in the demo.

All ABC series hit season lows in 18-49. Winter Wipeout (1.9/6) was down 14% from … Read More »

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

Nellie Andreeva

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. the comparable episode on Wednesday last year, Idol was down 7% in 18-49 and up 3% in viewers. At 9 PM, Bones (3.3/9, 10.1 million) was even with last week, and Fox once again topped the night with a 5.3/14 in 18-49 and 15.9 million viewers.

Last night was a mixed bag for ABC. At 8 PM, Winter Wipeout (2.2/6, 6.9 million) continues to fade against Idol after a strong start, down 12% in 18-49 from last week for a season low. Tentopole drama Grey’s Anatomy (3.9/10) was also down, by 9%, tying its season low. On the bright side, Grey’s spinoff Private Practice 2.7/7 perked up, up 8% from last week, despite its lead-in being down.

CBS’ lineup was mostly down. Big Bang Theory (3.9/11, 12.8 million) was down 9%, $#*! My Dad Says (2.7/7, 10.4 million) was down 4%, while CSI (2.8/7, 12.6 million) was down 7% to tie its series low. At 10 PM, The Mentalist (2.9/8, 14.7 million) was flat. CBS (3.0/8, 13 million) was No.2 for the night in 18-49 and viewers behind Fox.

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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, down 18% from last week’s performance which, in turn, was down 19% from the comedy’s Thursday debut. With the exception of 30 Rock (2.4/6), which was flat, all other NBC comedies were down week-to-week as competition increased with original Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy and The Mentalist. Community (2.0/5) was down 9% from last week, The Office down 8% and Parks & Recreation (2.5/6) down an alarming 17%. Outsourced (1.8/5) was down a modest 5% and showed a solid 75% retention of its 30 Rock lead-in.

Fox’s American Idol (7.5/20, 21.8 million) continues to hold up well, down 3% from last week in 18-49 and total viewers and towering over the competition. Airing against an original Grey’s and CSI, Bones (3.3, 10.9 million) was down 15%.

CBS’ Big Bang Theory (4.3/12) showed growth against Idol, up 2% vs. its last original 2 weeks ago. It also manged to finish as the highest-rated scripted program of the night, edging ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (4.2/11, down 2% from Jan. 13) which did not face Idol. With an original Big Bang as a lead-in, $#*! My Dad Says (2.8/7) was up 22% from last week when it followed a repeat. CSI (3.0/8, 13.8 million) was … 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 40% from Skating‘s underwhelming ratings performance for the past couple of weeks. Also adjusted down was ABC’s Castle rerun (.7 for the 9-11 PM block.) And more bad news for new NBC comedy Perfect Couples. Its preview behind the Sing-Off finale also slipped down in the finals, to a 1.3. Overall, ESPN topped Monday night in all key measures for a fifth time this season, with its coverage of the Bears-Vikings game drawing 17.1 million viewers.

PREVIOUS 10 AM: After a very impressive sophomore run of NBC’s limited reality series The Sing-off leading into the finale last night, the two-hour closer (2.7/7 in adults 18-49) surprisingly posted a 18% week-to-week drop to rank as Sing-off‘s lowest-rated Monday telecast this cycle and tied as the lowest-rated overall. It still was the top-rated broadcast program on Monday night by a mile and was up 17% from the show’s finale last year. Immediately following the Sing-off finale, NBC aired a preview of new Thursday comedy series Perfect Couples (1.4/4), which held onto roughly half of its demo lead-in, not a promising sign heading into the series’ Jan. 20 debut at 8:30 PM on … 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 second cycle doing so well, it’s not surprising that NBC wants to extend it. The network will expand the season finale of the a cappella singing competition next Monday by a half-hour. It will also use the finale to get sampling for new comedy Perfect Couples. A preview episode of the midseason series, which will not be the pilot, will immediately follow the Sing-Off finale at 10:30 PM. Perfect Couples will premiere in its regular Thursday 8:30 PM slot on Jan. 20, when NBC launches its new six-comedy Thursday lineup. NBC used a similar strategy for new fall drama Outlaw, which was previewed after the finale of summer reality hit America’s Got Talent in September. This past Monday, The Sing-Off set series highs with a 3.3/9 in 18-49 and 9.5 million viewers overall.

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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

Nellie Andreeva

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 Silveri. Quill previously worked with Pollack on the ABC comedy Spin City.

This marks Quill’s return to NBC. His stint on the network’s comedy Scrubs, where he rose to an executive producer, led to an overall deal at ABC Studios, which produced the series for NBC and then for ABC. Quill has gotten 2 consecutive pilots orders in the past 2 development cycles. This past season, he landed a pilot at CBS. The untitled multicamera comedy pilot, produced by CBS TV Studios, was pushed because of difficulties casting the lead and continues to be in contention at the network. Quill is repped by ICM and attorney Ken Richman.

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

Nellie Andreeva

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, Reid Scott quietly booked a heavily recurring role on Showtime’s upcoming dark comedy series The Big C. The Sony/Original Film-produced show stars Linney as Cathy, a repressed suburban wife and mother who reclaims her life after a terminal cancer diagnosis. Scott, repped by Gersh and Impression, plays Cathy’s oncologist Dr. Todd who has lots of training and intellect but lacks life or professional experience. Scott is doing The Big C with TBS’ blessing. What also helped him do the series while still under contract on My Boys is that his role on The Big C is technically recurring. Additionally, the smaller size of The Big C‘s order – 13 episodes – and its production schedule – it is now filming for an Aug. 16 premiere – would make Scott available in the unlikely event that My Boys is renewed for another season.

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