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Gretchen Berg & Aaron Harberts Sign New Overall Deal With ABC Studios, Will Be Executive Producers On ABC’s ‘Revenge’

By | Tuesday May 21, 2013 @ 4:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Writer-producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts have inked a new two-year overall deal with ABC Studios where they have been since 2010. At the studio, the duo served as executive producers on ABC’s medical drama Off The Map, as executive producers/showrunners on ABC’s GCB and most recently as consulting producers on another soapy ABC series, Revenge, this past season. Under the new pact, Berg and Harberts will serve as executive producers on the upcoming third season of Revenge, which is undergoing a showrunner transition, with executive producer Sunil Nayar replacing creator Mike Kelley.
ICM Partners-repped Berg and Harberts previously served as executive producers/co-showrunners on the NBC medical drama Mercy, as co-exec producers on the ABC dramedy Pushing Daisies and created/executive produced the WB dramedy Pepper Dennis.

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ABC To Air Some Dramas In Two Batches Of 12 Episodes Next Season

By | Tuesday May 14, 2013 @ 9:32am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC is changing things up in scheduling some of its serialized dramas. Taking a page from the cable model, the network will air what ABC president Paul Lee called “a selected group” of dramas in two uninterrupted runs, one in the fall and one in the spring, bridged by limited series. The series that will follow the new scheduling pattern include Once Upon A Time, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and likely Revenge, with others TBD. So far, the network only has set up a bridge series for Once, new adventure reality series The Quest. Lee said such bridge series won’t necessarily be all unscripted. Two cycles of 12 episodes would bring the total orders for the shows to 24, which is hard on a complex, serialized drama, but Lee indicated that number has not been set in stone. He said that the network is looking to further shake up the traditional broadcast scheduling model with “quality launches” throughout the season. Lee also said that new fall drama Betrayal is designed as a limited series, airing 12-13 episodes a season. The same applies to midseason drama Resurrection, which will replace it in the Sunday 10 PM slot in midseason.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Survivor’, ‘Revenge’ & ‘Once Upon A Time’ Finales Down, ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Hits Season Low, ’60 Minutes’ Up

By | Monday May 13, 2013 @ 9:26am PDT

As the Upfronts prepared to kick off in New York, the networks wrapped up several of their shows for the season on Sunday night. On CBS, they had a winner on Survivor: Caramoan (2.6/8) as the reality series ended its 26th season. After a finale puzzle challenge, it was down to the three finalists, running to about 10:09 PM when the winner was announced. The highest-rated broadcast of the night, the live two-hour plus show, which has usually run on Wednesdays this season, was even with its May 8 airing. However Survivor was down 19% from its Season 25 finale on December 16, 2012 and down 10% from it last Spring season finale on May 13, 2012. Immediately after the season finale, a special live Reunion Show (2.2/6) with all the contestants from both the Fan and the Favorites tribes aired. Last night’s Reunion Show bopped up 5% from last season’s version but was down a slight 4% from its Season 24 show last spring. As is common with live shows like this, expect an adjustment in the final numbers later today. The network actually had more than Survivor on last night. The most watched show of the night with 10.12 million viewers, 60 Minutes (1.5/6) started things off at 7 PM. The news magazine show was up a solid 25% from last week. With the 60 Minutes and Survivor combo, CBS won the night in total viewers and among Adults 18-49.
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Resolution Signs ‘Revenge’s Gabriel Mann

By | Friday May 3, 2013 @ 12:21pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Actor Gabriel Mann has signed with Jeff Berg’s Resolution Entertainment. He was at APA. Mann co-stars as tech billionaire Nolan Ross on the ABC drama Revenge. He will next be seen in Diego Luna’s Chavez, a biopic of civil-rights activist Cesar Chavez. His previous credits include features The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Life Of David Gale and a recurring role on Mad Men. Mann continues to be managed by Van Johnson and repped by attorney Allison Binder.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Good Wife’ Finale Dips, ‘Revenge’ Up, ‘Red Widow’ Hits Low, CBS & Fox Tie To Top Demo

By | Monday April 29, 2013 @ 9:15am PDT

It was the fourth night of the May sweep last night, and it also was the end of the fourth season of The Good Wife (1.6/4) on CBS. Full of the corruption, cynicism and plot twists that have marked the legal drama’s latest season, plus a new Governor, the 9 PM finale was up 7% from last week but dipped 6% from the 1.7 of last year’s April 29 season finale. With 9.01 million watching, last night’s Good Wife was also down from the 9.97 million who tuned in for its Season 3 finale. CBS began the night at 7 PM with 60 Minutes (1.5/5), which was the most-watched show of the night with 11.59 million viewers but down 21% from its April 21 show. The Amazing Race (2.3/6) also was down but just 4% from last week. Airing at 10 PM, The Mentalist (1.5/4) wrapped up the night, slipping 6% from its April 21 airing. With 9.60 million watching, CBS won Sunday in viewership and tied with Fox to top the night among adults 18-49 with a 1.7. Read More »

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‘Revenge’ Creator Mike Kelley To Depart

By | Monday April 22, 2013 @ 5:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Mike Kelley Revenge LeavingABC‘s soapy drama Revenge has not been officially renewed for a third season. But when it is, it will be without creator Mike Kelley at the helm. After serving as executive producer/showrunner for the first two seasons of the drama series, Kelley is stepping down from day-to-day responsibilities though he may stay on as a consultant. Kelley called the departure, which comes at the end of his current contract, “a difficult mutual decision” between him and Revenge producer ABC Studios. “Helming this series has been the ride of a lifetime, and my producing partner, Melissa Loy, and I will look back on our Revenge time with deep gratitude and respect for Emily (VanCamp) and Madeleine (Stowe) and the rest of the incredible cast, our heroic crew, the dedicated and imaginative producing and writing team, and the tireless post production department,” Kelley said, also thanking ABC president Paul Lee, his marketing team, and the creative executives at ABC and ABCS “for their profound support throughout this journey.” “I’m excited about finishing post production on the season two finale, which I hope will stand among the best episodes of the series thus far. Continued success to all.” Read More »

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ABC Announces Season-Finale Dates For ‘DWTS’, ‘Revenge’, ‘Modern Family’ & More

By | Wednesday March 20, 2013 @ 3:13pm PDT

ABCDancing With The Stars just returned this week for its 16th cycle, and today ABC announced that the reality competition series will head off the dance floor this season May 20 with a performance show and on May 21 with a live two-hour results show. Additionally, new reality series Splash will end its freshman season May 7, Revenge will wrap its second season May 12 and fellow drama Red Widow will end its first season May 5. The network announced other shows’ season enders: Check out the full list so far from ABC here: Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Red Widow’ & ‘Once’ Hit Lows, ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Even, ‘Cleveland Show’ Down, ‘Mentalist’ Dips

By | Monday March 18, 2013 @ 9:17am PDT

Three weeks into its latest season, All-Star Celebrity Apprentice (1.8/5) had a guest appearance by last season’s winner Arsenio Hall last night. For the second week in a row, fast national ratings have the two-hour Donald Trump-led series even with its previous week’s final numbers among adults 18-49. Things were not so rosy for another show in its third week: ABC’s mob family drama Red Widow (1.0/3) was down 9% from last week’s show, a season low for the freshman drama executive produced by The Twilight Saga screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg. ABC’s Sunday night began with America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.4/5) followed Once Upon A Time (2.2/6), which dipped 4% from last week’s series-low tie to hit a new low. At 9 PM, Revenge (1.8/4) was down 10% from last week’s midseason return. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Red Widow’ Down, ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Flat, ‘Revenge’, ‘Mentalist’ & ‘Family Guy’ Up

By | Monday March 11, 2013 @ 9:03am PDT

NBC was the All-Star Celebrity Apprentice (1.7/4) network last night. New and encore episodes of the Donald Trump-hosted reality series made up the network’s entire Sunday night. The two-hour second episode, which saw the distinctly not A-listers head to Universal Studios Orlando, was flat with the final numbers of last week’s lowest-ever season premiere. NBC started the night with a repeat (0.8/2) of last week’s two-hour All-Star Celebrity Apprentice season premiere.

Another series’ second week was not as merciful. The one-hour second week of ABC’s Red Widow (1.2/3) saw the highly promoted family mob drama perilously fall 20% from its two-hour March 3 premiere. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Amazing Race’ Hits Premiere Low, ‘Revenge’ Rises, ‘Good Wife’ Hits Series Low, ‘Dateline’ & ‘Mentalist’ Down

By | Monday February 18, 2013 @ 9:36am PST

The new season of The Amazing Race (2.4/6) started off at LA’s Griffith Observatory however the series itself did not get off on its best footing. Down 14% from last year’s February 19, 2012 Spring premiere, Sunday’s season 22 debut was the lowest debut ever for the long running CBS series. Not that it was that much of a slide. The September 30, 2012 season 21 premiere of the global competition series garnered a 2.5/6 matching a previous Race series low debut. With CBS’ primetime Sunday delayed 5 minutes in the Eastern and Central times zones due to an overrun from PGA Tour Golf, last night’s ratings could see a greater than usual adjustment in final numbers.

As The Amazing Race hit a low, ABC’s Once Upon A Time and Revenge (1.8/4) rose from one last night. Without facing off against the Grammys, the fantasy drama was bopped up 5% and the late night soap jumped 29% from last week’s series low for both shows. CBS’s dramas however did drop on Sunday.  Back after three weeks, The Good Wife (1.4/3) was down 7% – hitting a series low for the show. The Mentalist (1.5/4) was also down, falling 21% from its last original on January 27.. Both network news magazine shows also took a hit last night. Airing just after 7 PM, CBS’ 60 Minutes (1.3/4) was down 28% from its February 10 show while Dateline NBC was down 33% from its last Sunday original back on January 6.  Otherwise NBC showed back-to-back repeats of Betty White’s Off Their Rockers at 8 PM (0.9/2) and 8:30 PM (1.0/2) and a Saturday Night Live In The 90s: Pop Culture Nation (1.4/3) special. Starting the night with America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.5/4), which was down 17% from last week, ABC ended Sunday with a repeat of its new Anthony Edwards conspiracy drama Zero Hour (0.9/2)
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RATINGS RAT RACE: Football Dominates Primetime, Pushes ABC Dramas Down

By | Monday January 21, 2013 @ 9:25am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The NFL‘s penultimate game of the season — the AFC Championship Game matchup between the Ravens and Patriots — was the only game in town last night, towering over mostly repeat competition. In non-time-zone-adjusted fast nationals, the Ravens’ surprise victory drew 41.3 million viewers and a 14.6/34 in adults 18-49, numbers bound to go higher when the live West Coast ratings are factored in, along with the conclusion of the game, which bled into the 10 PM hour. CBS opted to give Monday drama Hawaii Five-0 a boost with a special airing behind the monster NFL game. Somewhat surprisingly, Hawaii, which has been facing uphill battle against NBC’s Revolution and ABC’s Castle in the Monday 10 PM slot this season, didn’t take full advantage of its huge lead-in. In time-adjusted ratings, the procedural averaged a 3.4 rating in 18-49 and 12.9 million viewers. Read More »

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UPDATE: Golden Globes Pulls In 19.67 Million Viewers

By | Monday January 14, 2013 @ 10:25am PST

UPDATE: 10:25 AM: The time-adjusted fast nationals are in and the Golden Globes were up even more than before. According to Nielsen, the awards show earned a 6.4 rating in adults 18-49, up 28% from the 5.0 it got a year ago. In terms of overall viewers, the Tina Fey- and Amy Poehler-hosted ceremony rose 17% from last year with an audience of 19.677 million. Sunday’s telecast was the highest-rated and most-watched in fast nationals since 2007. They were also the second-highest-rated Globes since the January 25, 2004 telecast pulled in a 9.9/23 rating and 26.8 million viewers. Excluding sports, last night’s awards show was NBC’s highest-rated and most-watched show in the 8-11 PM slot since 2004. In the Globes milieu but on another network, E!’s 6 – 8 M Live From The Red Carpet hit a nine-year high with 1.892 million viewers.

PREVIOUSLY, 8:28 AM: It was a good night for the winners and a good night for the Golden Globes on Sunday. In time-adjusted metered-market households, NBC’s airing of the three-hour live show from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association drew a 13.1/20, up 12% over last year’s show. Hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Sunday’s Globes had its best night in metered markets since 2007’s broadcast. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, the Globes earned a 7.6/19 rating among adults 18-49, a strong 25% rise from last year’s Ricky Gervais-hosted show. That’s the best the Golden Globes has done since NBC started tracking Local People Meters five years ago. With 16.787 million watching overall, CBS beat NBC’s 14.782 million among total viewers last night. NBC won the top spot overall Sunday in the key 18-49 demo.

Related: Nikki Finke: Live-Snarking Golden Globes

This year’s The Golden Globes Red Carpet Special (4.8/7) was also up over 2012. In metered households, the network’s 7-8 PM arrivals special rose 26% from last year’s 3.8/6. In early non-time zone adjusted fast nationals from Nielsen, last night’s 8- 11 PM Golden Globes got a 5.4/13. That’s up 29% from last year’s 4.2/10 on January 15. That 2012 rating rose to a 5.0/2 in final numbers. We will update Golden Globes ratings later today with time-adjusted fast nationals.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Revenge’ & ’666 Park Avenue’ Up In Winter Finales, NFL Wins Sunday For NBC

By | Monday December 3, 2012 @ 9:07am PST

Sunday night was full of football and winter finales. ABC’s Once Upon A Time (3.1/7), Revenge (2.4/5) and the now-cancelled 666 Park Ave (1.4/3) all had their ends until next year. The fantasy drama was flat with last week, but Revenge was up 9% from last week’s Season 2 low and 666 Park Ave was up 17% from its November 25 show. Airing earlier in the evening before the finales, America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.6/4) was flat with last week.

The Dallas Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles 38-33 last night and thanks to Sunday Night Football (13.5/21) in time-zone-adjusted metered markets, NBC won the night in overall viewers and the adults 18-49 demographic. Those numbers will likely change when the final figures come in later. Last night’s game was down 1% from the fast nationals of last week’s Packers-Giants game. Regional NFL football ran into CBS’ schedule, with primetime not starting until 7:41 PM and pushing everything back. All fast national ratings for the network this morning are approximate. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Once Upon A Time’ Rebounds, ‘Revenge’ Hits Low

By | Monday November 26, 2012 @ 9:39am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Good news for ABC’s Once Upon A Time. After hitting a season low two weeks ago following a three-week streak of ratings gains, the fairytale drama (3.0/7 in adults 18-49) rebounded last night, up 11%. (ABC’s Sunday lineup was pre-empted for the American Music Awards last week.) But Once‘s lead-out, soap Revenge (2.2/5), didn’t follow suit, dropping 12% from its season low two weeks ago to a new low mark. ABC’s Sunday bookmark series, America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.6/4) and cancelled 666 Park Avenue (1.2/3), both held steady.

Related: Lifetime’s ‘Liz & Dick’ Pulls In 3.5 Million Viewers

Fox continued to ride a ratings roller-coaster on Sunday as the network alternates with CBS in carrying NFL double-headers. It was Fox’s turn to air a late game yesterday, giving a boost to the animated comedy block. As usual, The Simpsons (3.3/8, up 38% from last week), was the biggest beneficiary as it followed immediately the network’s football coverage at 8 PM. Bob’s Burgers (2.0/5) was up 11%, Family Guy (2.8/6) up 8% and The Cleveland Show (1.9/4), airing at 9:30 PM, was up 19% from last week’s 7:30 PM telecast. Read More »

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Barry Sloane Upped To Regular On ABC’s ‘Revenge’

By | Tuesday October 23, 2012 @ 3:56pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Barry Sloane Revenge RegularEXCLUSIVE: We will be seeing a lot more of Emily’s (Emily Van Camp) mystery guardian Aiden Mathis on ABC‘s Revenge. Barry Sloane, who has been playing the role on a recurring basis since the beginning of Season 2, has been promoted to a regular starting with Episode 14 and will appear in all episodes of the series’ back nine. Additionally, there is an option for Sloane to continue as a regular next season should the soapy drama be renewed for a third season. Read More »

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‘Revenge’ Teams With Target & Neiman Marcus For Product Integration Episode

By | Tuesday October 16, 2012 @ 3:16pm PDT

On November 11, viewers of the ABC primetime soap will see original interstitials with cast members in the retailers’ new holiday fashion collection. Instead of the usual ads, Target and Neiman Marcus will be the sole sponsors of the entire hour of Revenge that Sunday night, ABC announced today. All network ad space will feature the content incorporating Target/Neiman Marcus clothes. Only local affiliate ad space will feature other advertisers.

This is the first time ABC has entered into this kind of product integration agreement with a dual sponsor that involves series’ talent in the sponsorship messages via product integration interstitials.  But it’s not the first time a network has tried a product integration approach in an attempt to overcome the ad-skipping tendencies of DVR users. In 2009, Fox’s 24 had a season-long integration with Hyundai featuring Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer behind the wheel of a Genesis. During Ben Silverman’s reign, NBC used integration on shows like Friday Night Lights (NBC’s Sunday NFL games, Under Armour sportswear and Applebee’s), Heroes (Nissan and Sprint), Chuck (Subway) and the Knight Rider reboot (Ford). Not everyone takes product integration so seriously. Since its 2006 debut, 30 Rock has made mocking TV networks’ attempts at product integration a consistent theme in its shows.

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Ratings Rat Race: Slow Start For Baseball On Fox; ’666 Park Ave’ & ‘Once’ Down

By | Monday October 15, 2012 @ 9:57am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It’s hard to do a report on a night where ratings for the top attractions are incomplete (Sunday Night Football) or not yet available (the season premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead). Still, it is clear that NBC dominated another Sunday night with football. The Green Bay-Houston matchup drew a 12.6/20 in metered-market households, up 8% from last week and 13% from the Week 4 game last fall. SNF towered over Game 1 of baseball’s National League Championship Series between St. Louis vs. San Francisco on Fox. In the non-time-adjusted fast nationals, football won vs. baseball 6.9 to 1.9 among adults 18-49. Read More »

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Mipcom Briefs: ‘Revenge’ Gets Turkish Makeover, Warner Bros, Canal+ Output Deal, YouTube’s New Channels, ‘Hannibal’ Sales

By | Monday October 8, 2012 @ 11:00am PDT

Revenge Comes To Turkey
A local Turkish version of Revenge will trade Dune Beach for the Bosphorus. Disney Media Distribution says the local production will be titled Intikam and air on the country’s biggest free-to-air net, Kanal D, in early 2013. Kanal D and Discovery are co-producing. Turkish actress Beren Saat will play the Emily Thorne role with Mert Firat as the Daniel Grayson character. Twenty-two episodes of the Turkish take on ABC Studios’ hit guilty pleasure are scheduled for Season One. Other re-versioned ABC shows produced in Turkey include Desperate Housewives and Private Practice.

Warner Bros, Canal+ Group Announce Output Deal
Canal+ Group and Warner Bros. Entertainment France SAS announced the exclusive agreement today. It grants exclusive Pay TV rights to Warner Bros.’ first run movies and to library features on all Canal+ Group Pay-TV channels (CANAL+, CINE+, Comédie+ and Jimmy) and their associated catch-up services. Beginning in September 2013, the programming will be available on multiple screens (connected TV, game consoles, smart phones, tablets) and multiple services at home or on mobile, live or on-demand. The upcoming Warner Bros. films that will be available include Ben Affleck’s Argo, Trouble With The Curve, Gangster Squad, Cloud Atlas, The Hangover, Man Of Steel and The Hobbit. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ’666 Park Ave’ Starts Low; ‘Once’ & ‘Revenge’ Return On Par; CBS, Fox Shows Down; ‘SNF’ Logs Best Week 4 Game

By | Monday October 1, 2012 @ 10:07am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s fairytale drama Once Upon A Time made a solid return last night with a 3.8/10 in adults 18-49, a tenth below the fast national for its big series debut last fall. It was the highest-rated scripted series of the night despite Fox’s lineup getting an NFL boost. Soap Revenge posted a 3.2/7 in its second-season premiere in the new Sunday 9 PM slot. It was a respectable showing — a tenth below its series premiere last fall in the Wednesday 10 PM slot with a huge Modern Family lead-in and up 7% from the final season opener of Desperate Housewives in the Sunday 9 PM berth last September. It also dominated CBS’ The Good Wife (1.8/4) in the time period. But ABC’s new spooky drama 666 Park Avenue (2.2/5) was off to a slow start at 10 PM, down 29% from last fall’s debut of the now-defunct Pan Am.  Read More »

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