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By | Saturday October 5, 2013 @ 11:00am PDT

Catch up with the best of Deadline’s Top TV stories you may have missed this week:

BROADCAST PREMIERE WEEK: How Did The Networks Do, What Did We Learn?
By Nellie Andreeva —
The broadcast premiere week started off with fireworks as several breakout hits emerged Monday and Tuesday — The Blacklist, Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Sleepy Hollow — and some veteran series returned up year-to-year. But the euphoria subsided as the days went on and the week ended on a whimper, with a weak series launch (ABC’s Betrayal) and across-the-board ratings losses for everyone on Sunday.

Kevin James To Topline 10/90 Comedy Series For Lionsgate & Debmar-Mercury
By Nellie Andreeva — The King of Queens star Kevin James is returning to his sitcom roots. I’ve learned that as part of the overall film and TV deal James just signed with Lionsgate, he will star in and executive produce a multi-camera comedy under the 10/90 model crafted by the Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury.

Golden Age Of TV Still Directed By White Guys
By Lisa De Moraes — This Golden Age of Television we keep hearing about is — just like the un-Golden Age before it — directed almost entirely by white guys, according to the Directors Guild of America‘s latest study about director diversity in episodic TV.

Broadcasters Ambushed By Hysteria Around ‘Breaking Bad’ Finale
By Lisa De Moraes — It may be too much to say last night was the night cable overtook broadcast TV for good — as some media have claimed –  but it sure felt that way today. It’s not like broadcasters have never competed on Sunday against numbers like the 10.3 million Breaking Bad attracted in its series finale, but they definitely did not anticipate the media hysteria over the Breaking Bad wrapup. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC & CBS Gain While ABC and Fox Lose Ground In Premiere Week

Nellie Andreeva

We already crowned CBS as the winner of this season’s premiere week. (The network won soundly in both viewers and adults 18-49). But, with some bold scheduling moves and solid premieres, the network also posted ratings gains vs. last year. It was a polarized field overall, with CBS and NBC in positive territory, along with the CW, and ABC and Fox in the other corner, posting double-digit declines. Good news for NBC brass and their new bosses from Comcast: the network showed the biggest improvement year-to-year during premiere week and managed to finish tied for No.2 among 18-49. Despite big launches for ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and Modern Family and Fox’s Glee, both networks were plagued by disappointing starts for most of their new and returning series, leading to the declines. Meanwhile, Spanish broadcaster Univision also boasted year-to-year gains, 9% in total viewers and 11% in adults 18-49. Here are the stats on premiere week: Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Blue Bloods’ Solid, ‘Outlaw’ Dives And CW Sci-Fi Duo Rocks

Nellie Andreeva

It was mostly carnage on the first Friday of the season, with NBC’s freshman Outlaw barely surviving the transition to Fridays and CBS’ veteran CSI: NY and Fox’s summer entry The Good Guys also hard-hit in their move to TV’s equivalent of a grave yard. But if there is one man impervious to time slots, it’s Tom Selleck as loyalists tuned in for the premiere of his new CBS cop drama Blue Bloods, the highest-rated program on TV last night with an audience number rarely seen on Friday night: 13 million. Also logging a strong debut was the reunited CW duo of Smallville and Supernatural. Here is a quick network-by-network round-up:

Where is Ghost Whisperer when you need it? The cancelled drama starring Jennifer Love Hewitt was one of very few series that could open Friday night with a decent number. Still, CBS showed some nice rating build-up hour-to-hour and easily won the night in 18-49 and total viewers. It was successful in bringing in the (mostly older) available audience on Friday night, with two series crossing the 10 million viewer mark, CSI: NY and Blue Bloods. New 8 PM anchor Medium (1.4/5, 6.1 million) was the night’s weakest link, down 39% from the season premiere of Ghost Whisperer last fall and down 33% from its own season premiere in the 9 PM last year. (Even at those mediocre rating levels, the … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Solid Start For ‘Event,’ ‘Hawaii’, ‘Mike & Molly’ But ‘Lone Star’ Flops

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 2PM: The Final Live+Same Day ratings just came in. Veterans Dancing with the Stars (5.1/13 among adults 18-49 in the finals), Two and a Half Men (4.9/12) and House (4.2/11) as well as rookie Hawaii Five-0 (3.9/11) all gained .1 from this morning’s fast nationals, while The Event (3.6/9), Castle (2.7/7) and Chuck (2.0/5) dropped .1, and Chase (2.3/6) was down .2. (NBC’s early numbers were boosted by an NFL game in New Orleans.)

9:30AM: And they’re off! The broadcast networks last night began what is shaping up to be one of the most competitive seasons in years. The opening night featured the premieres of 5 new series airing against Monday Night Football on ESPN. No blockbuster out-of-the-gate hits despite heavy promotion for Hawaii Five-O and The Event. But three of the rookies did solid business: the new Chuck Lorre comedy for CBS Mike & Molly (3.9 rating/10 share in adults 18-49, 12.2 million viewers overall), the Hawaii Five-0 reboot on CBS (3.8/10, 13.8 million viewers), and NBC’s The Event (3.7/9, 11.2 million). One did just OK: NBC’s Jerry Bruckheimer-produced drama Chase (2.5/7, 7.9 million). And one flat-out bombed: Fox’s much-lauded Lone Star (1.3/3, 4.1 million).

Here is a rundown network-by-network:

For me, one of the biggest surprises of the night was how well Two And A Half Men did. In its eighth season, which hung in the balance when star Charlie Sheen … Read More »

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CBS Sets Fall Premiere Dates

By | Thursday July 22, 2010 @ 10:10am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS eyeIt will be a big premiere week this year, with CBS becoming the latest network to announce it will premiere the vast majority of its fall lineup during the traditional broadcast premiere week. Of course, for CBS that has been largely the norm as the network has been the one most closely following the traditional rollout pattern over the years. Here are the dates:

Wednesday, Sept. 15
8:00-9:00 PM: SURVIVOR: NICARAGUA (21st Edition Premiere)

Monday, Sept. 20
8:00-8:30 PM: HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (6th Season Premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (5th Season Premiere)
9:00-9:30 PM: TWO AND A HALF MEN (8th Season Premiere)
9:30-10:00 PM: MIKE & MOLLY (Series Debut)
10:00-11:00 PM: HAWAII FIVE-0 (Series Debut)

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