RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Unforgettable’ Return, ‘Hannibal’ & ‘Neighbors’ Down, ‘Raising Hope’ Finale Up, ABC Wins Night In Demo

By | Saturday April 5, 2014 @ 9:59am PDT

UNFORGETTABLE APRIL 4 CBSThe end of the workweek was a night of new beginnings and a final farewell on primetime last night. The beginning was the return of Unforgettable (1.0/4) for the last six episodes of its second season on CBS. The Sony TV-produced procedural starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh is in some ways, the show that will never die – having cancelled once and then brought back to life again in summer 2012 with a new pick up. Last night, however, Unforgettable took a hit in its latest return. Already renewed for a third season set to start in June, the show fell 23% last night from its Sunday July 28 Season 2 debut of last year. While even with its last show on September 8 last year, last night’s Unforgettable actually saw a small 4% total viewership rise from its Season 2 debut to an audience of 7.50 million. Back with their first originals since March 14, Hawaii Five-0 (1.3/5) and Blue Bloods (1.5/5) were down and up 7% respectively, with the latter the most watched show of the night with 11.40 million viewers. Read More »

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Fox’s ‘Raising Hope’ Cancelled After Four Seasons

By | Monday March 10, 2014 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Raising Hope Cancelled FoxEXCLUSIVE: It’s the end of the road for Fox‘s quirky family comedy Raising Hope, with the upcoming fourth-season finale serving as series finale. The blue-collar sitcom will bow out with an hourlong farewell on Friday, April 4, featuring back-to-back episodes from 9-10 PM.

Created by Greg Garcia, Raising Hope was the first comedy series in a while to stick at Fox. It proved a good utility player, doing well behind New Girl but also as a 8 PM anchor of the Tuesday comedy block last season. “Getting to know and love the Chance family on Raising Hope has been a sweet, hilarious ride,” said Fox chairman Kevin Reilly and COO Joe Earley. “Thanks to the incredibly talented cast — along with Greg, Mike and the entire crew — for making us laugh for four fantastic seasons.”

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Raising Hope had the odds stacked against it going into Season 4. Creator Greg Garcia left the series as part of his move from 20th TV, which produces Raising Hope, to CBS TV Studios. He was succeeded on showrunner duties by Mike Mariano. Then the show was sent to Fridays where it has languished, most recently pulling in a 0.5 18-49 rating this past Friday. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Enlisted’ Surges In New Slot, ‘Shark Tank’ Hits Series High

By | Saturday January 25, 2014 @ 10:02am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Enlisted-Pilot_SC27_0157Very encouraging news for Fox’s new comedy Enlisted. After launching to a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49 and dropping to a 0.6 in Week 2, the comedy jumped 67% in its third outing last night to a 1.0. The radical improvement was the result of a scheduling move, with Fox swapping Enlisted and Raising Hope to give the newbie a better lead-in from Bones. Some of the ratings gains for Enlisted vs. Raising Hope in the 9 PM time period were organic and some were because Bones (1.8) itself was up this week, by 20%. Enlisted‘s lead-in retention was 56% vs. 46% for Raising Hope last week. As for Raising Hope, it logged a 0.8 in its new 9:30 PM slot, also an improvement over last week’s 0.7.

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Viewers already are frustrated with the broadcast schedule that constantly switches between originals and reruns, making it hard to know when your show is on (unless your DVR does it for you.) So it is hard to explain CBS’ decision to bring Undercover Boss from a monthlong hiatus last Friday only to air a rerun again last night. The unscripted series showed resilience in its return last week, posting a 14% gain vs. its last original on Dec. 16 but who knows how long it can keep up with the scheduling shell game. Read More »

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Fox Moves ‘Enlisted’ To Friday 9 PM Slot

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 1:21pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Enlisted-Pilot_SC27_0157At TCA last week, Fox chairman Kevin Reilly admitted he was disappointed by the early ratings performance of new comedy Enlisted but vowed to stick with the show for its 13-episode order and give it a shot. Now … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Grimm’, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ & ‘Nikita’ Hit Series Lows, ‘Shark Tank’ Steady, ’20/20′ Up As ABC Wins Night

By | Saturday December 14, 2013 @ 9:44am PST

EVAN MENDELSOHN, NICK MORTON (TIPSY ELVES)Friday was a bit unusual in that it was one of the few nights of the past couple of weeks when a holiday special of some sort wasn’t on TV. Not that Christmas was absent from … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Raising Hope’ Return & ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Finale Down, ‘Grimm’ Rises, CBS Wins Night

By | Saturday November 16, 2013 @ 10:02am PST

Even this late in the fall season, last night proved you can still have beginnings and endings. For beginnings, the action was on Fox as Raising Hope returned for a fourth … Read More »

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‘Raising Hope’ Cleared In 80% Of The Country For Syndication Launch

By | Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ 11:32am PDT

Ahead of its Season 4 November 15 debut on Fox, comedy series Raising Hope has been sold in over 180 markets, increasing its clearances to 80% of the country, Twentieth Television announced today. Set to debut … Read More »

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‘Raising Hope’ Sells In Broadcast Syndication

By | Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 4:50pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Heading into its fourth season on Fox, 20th TV‘s comedy Raising Hope has been sold in more than 140 markets, representing 55% of the country, in barter deals between Twentieth TV and the stations. Set … Read More »

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Molly Shannon To Recur On HBO’s ‘Getting On’, Fox’s ‘Raising Hope’

By | Friday July 26, 2013 @ 4:20pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Molly Shannon, who just received an Emmy nomination for her recurring role on HBO’s Enlightened, has been tapped for an arc on another HBO half-hour series, the upcoming Getting On. Additionally, the Saturday Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ Falls To Series Low, ’1600 Penn’ Finale Hits Low, ‘Raising Hope’ Finale Dips, ‘Wife Swap’ Down

By | Friday March 29, 2013 @ 9:18am PDT

American IdolThe Motown of Wednesday was sweet on American Idol (2.7/9) but it all came down to seeing who made the cut last night. On an evening when TV viewership was down 7% … Read More »

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‘Raising Hope’ Exec Producer Mike Mariano To Succeed Greg Garcia As Showrunner

By | Monday March 4, 2013 @ 6:42pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Today’s fourth season renewal for Fox’s comedy Raising Hope came after a succession plan for the family comedy had been put in place. Raising Hope creator/executive producer/showrunner Greg Garcia is leaving at the end of the season as stipulated by his overall deal at CBS TV Studios. One of his top lieutenants, Raising Hope executive producer Mike Mariano, has closed a deal to take over showrunner duties for Season 4. I hear the multi-year pact includes a development component. In addition to Raising Hope, where he has been since after the pilot, first as co-exec producer and then as exec producer, CAA-repped Mariano worked as a writer-producer on Garcia’s previous series, NBC’s My Name Is Earl. Meanwhile, Garcia is almost certain to get a new series on the air next season with two high-profile pilots at CBS.
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Fox Early Renewals: ‘The Following’, ‘New Girl’, ‘Raising Hope’ & ‘Mindy Project’

By | Monday March 4, 2013 @ 12:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The FollowingFox has handed early renewals to midseason drama The Following and Tuesday comedies New Girl, Raising Hope and The Mindy Project. They join recently renewed veteran Bones, with negotiations for a … Read More »

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Greg Garcia Takes A Jab At NBC Over ‘My Name Is Earl’ Demise

By | Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 8:32am PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Here is what Greg Garcia said about the My Name Is Earl gag on Raising Hope. “To be fair, I didn’t write the joke. But the writer who did knew I would leave it … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Raising Hope’ Up, ‘Santa’, ‘NCIS’ Down; ‘The Voice’ Flat

By | Wednesday December 12, 2012 @ 9:24am PST

Christmas specials seem to be taking a hit this year. ABC’s broadcast last night of the 1970 stop-motion Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1.7/5) fell 23% from its December 1, 2011 airing. On the CW, A Muppets Christmas: Letters To Santa (0.4/1) cratered 56% from its November 30, 2011 airing. (Last week, CBS’ Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer was down 28% from 2011.) With 17.51 million watching, CBS’ NCIS (2.8/8) drew the most viewers Tuesday night, but the show fell 22% from its last broadcast two weeks ago. NCIS: LA (2.6/7) was down 10% from the 2.9/7 of its November 27 show. Both shows hit season lows. Vegas (1.5/4) followed, down 6% from two weeks ago, a series low.

On NBC, the one-hour live semifinal results on The Voice (3.5/10) was flat with last week’s show. Airing as a strip this week, Howie Mandel’s Take It All (2.3/6) was up 5% over the 2.2/5 of Monday’s show. Ending NBC’s primetime, Parenthood (2.0/6) was up 11% compared with last week, matching its highest rating since November 29, 2011. With an audience of 14.252 million, CBS won the night in overall viewers, while NBC topping the adults 18-49 demo. Read More »

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Fox’s ‘New Girl’ & ‘Raising Hope’ Get Orders For Two Extra Episodes

By | Monday October 22, 2012 @ 11:25am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

New Girl Extra Episodes FoxOn the heels of freshman The Mindy Project getting a pickup for two more episodes, bringing its first season order to 24 episodes, Fox has done the same with its two returning live-action comedies: … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Voice’ Lifts NBC, ‘Raising Hope’ Up, ‘Dr. Horrible’ Barely Registers

By | Wednesday October 10, 2012 @ 9:24am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After airing a recap last Tuesday, NBC’s The Voice (4.4/13) returned in full force, up not only from last week (+47%) but also vs. the last original on the night two weeks ago (+10%). The Voice boosted Go On (2.8/7, up 33% from last week), The New Normal (2.0/5, up 18%), and Parenthood (2.0/6, up 25%). Parenthood posted its first No. 1 finish among 18-49 in the 10 PM hour this season, tying CBS’ Vegas and posting its best demo rating since November. NBC (2.9/8 in 18-49, 7.6 million total viewers) won the night in 18-49 for its first streak of three consecutive nightly wins in almost nine years.

Against a new Voice, CBS’ venerable drama NCIS (3.3/10) took a hit, down 11% from last week. NCIS: LA (2.9/8) was down 6%, while Vegas (2.0/5) held steady. CBS still comfortably won the night in total viewers with an average of 15 million and was a close second in 18-49 with a 2.8/8. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Raising Hope’ Down In Season Premiere, ‘Hart Of Dixie’ On Par

By | Wednesday October 3, 2012 @ 10:40am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It may be the DVR effect, impact of cable or the Internet, but it is kind of depressing seeing a whopping seven programs on the Big 4 broadcast networks post a 1 rating among adults 18-49 on Night 10 of the new season when viewer excitement is supposed to be still high.

Fox’s all-comedy Tuesday block continues to struggle. The addition of Raising Hope as 8 PM anchor didn’t help as the comedy opened its third season with a 1.7/5 among adults 18-49. That was down 45% from the series’ second season premiere behind New Girl last fall. It was also down 19% from Raising Hope‘s debut in the Tuesday 8 PM slot last spring when Fox tried out a two-hour comedy block. New Fox comedies, Ben And Kate (1.6/5) and The Mindy Project (1.9/5) both crumbled in Week 2, down 24% and 21%, respectively, from their modest premieres. The big dropoff for critical darling The Mindy Project is especially concerning as the show followed New Girl. In one of the brighter spots on last night’s ratings report, New Girl (2.8/7) matched its season premiere rating from last week, avoiding the proverbial “second-week slump.” Ben And Kate‘s dropoff mirrored that of its lead-in (down 25% from last week when Fox aired a new New Girl at 8 PM.) Read More »

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Fox, CBS Turn To Twitter To Promo The New Fall Season

By | Friday September 21, 2012 @ 12:32pm PDT

Twitter has become a huge part of TV networks’ strategy to get the word out on its shows, so it’s no surprise Fox and CBS are turning to the social networking site as part of its fall promo campaign. A survey by Bluefin Labs recently reported in the Wall Street Journal found that comments posted on Twitter and other social-media websites about television shows have exploded in the past year, to 75.5 million in July from 8.8 million a year earlier.

Following that trend, Fox announced today that fans can get a sneak preview of the Season 3 premiere of Raising Hope on the comedy’s Twitter page in advance of its on-air debut October 2  – the first time a full episode of a TV series has been available on the social networking site. It’s available now through next Thursday at 11:59 PM. And CBS follows next week, kicking off its #CBSTweetWeek @ the CBS Connect Lounge. The network says fans will have direct access to their favorite CBS Television Network stars with a week full of social media events September 24-28. Read More »

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Shiri Appleby Joins ‘Girls’ For Arc, Melanie Griffith And Tippi Hedren In ‘Raising Hope’

By | Tuesday July 31, 2012 @ 2:20pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Shiri Appleby Girls HBO CastShiri Appleby has been tapped for an arc on the second season of HBO’s Emmy-nominated comedy Girls. She will play Natalie, a new love interest for Hannah’s (Lena Dunham) lover Adam Driver (Adam … Read More »

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