NBC Renews ‘Revolution,’ ‘Chicago Fire,’ ‘Parenthood,’ ‘Grimm’, ‘Law & Order: SVU’

By | Friday April 26, 2013 @ 11:49am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Sky In Three Season Deal For 'Revolution'NBC has handed the expected early renewals to its stronger drama series: freshmen Revolution and Chicago Fire as well as Parenthood, Grimm and veteran Law & Order: SVU. All have received full-season, 22-episode pickups. Missing from the drama list is recent addition Hannibal, which has dropped in the ratings the past two weeks after a solid start, and fellow midseason drama Deception. I hear NBC has not closed the door completely on Deception though a renewal appears unlikely. “On the verge of our 2013 fall scheduling decisions, we’re pleased to renew five drama series that will be important to our new-season lineup,” NBC’s entertainment president Jennifer Salke said. “We’re especially pleased to be renewing Revolution and Chicago Fire — two first-season successes — and there will be more returning series announcements made in the next couple of weeks.” Those announcements will no doubt include reality hit The Voice and veteran comedy Parks And Recreation, which are assured a return for next season. All the other NBC comedies are heavily on the bubble. Things look a little better for The New Normal, which just won a GLAAD Award and comes from top producer Ryan Murphy, with Matthew Perry starrer Go On also in contention. Meanwhile, cult favorite Community‘s future is cloudy, with the future of multi-camera entries Whitney and Guys With Kids also in limbo. NBC might keep one of the multi-cam sitcoms for continuity as it is likely to order at least one, the Sean Hayes/Victor Fresco project, and expanding NBC’s multi-camera footprint appears to be a priority for the network’s brass.

The renewal for Law & Order: SVU comes before the producers have secured the return of star Mariska Hargitay. Today’s announcement gives producer Dick Wolf two series on the NBC schedule next season, L&O: SVU and Chicago Fire. They could be joined by the proposed Chicago Fire spinoff. The renewal brings more good news for Grimm, which recently received a temporary time slot upgrade and The Voice lead-in. Here are details about NBC’s newly renewed dramas: Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ & ‘DWTS’ Dip, ‘The Following’ & ‘Castle’ Up, ‘Rules Of Engagement’ Hits Series Low

By | Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 9:23am PDT

It was the beginning of Week 2 of the battle rounds on The Voice (4.8/13) last night. With the teams taking shape, a last-minute steal by judge Usher brought one contestant’s ambitions back to life. However, despite that drama, the two-hour show slipped 8% from the year-high of last week’s show. Even though The Voice stumbled on the week-to-week growth it has seen since its season debut, the singing competition series was Monday’s highest-rated and most-watched show with 13.90 million viewers. After The Voice, Revolution (2.2/6) was back. Pre-empted last week due to NBC News’ coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, the post-apocalyptic drama was even with its last original April 8 to tie a series low. NBC won the night in adults 18-49, but ABC took the top viewership spot with 12.959 million. Read More »

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UPDATE: ‘Revolution’ Finale Pushed To June After Pre-Emption For Bombing Coverage

By | Tuesday April 16, 2013 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE,  12 PM: After considering different scenarios, NBC has opted not to double pump Revolution following the pre-emption of last night’s episode for a news special on the Boston bombings. Since the series had been slated for an originals-only run, the second-season finale, previously scheduled for May 27, will now air a week later, on Monday, June 3rd.

PREVIOUS, MONDAY PM: NBC is the only broadcast network to pre-empt its regular primetime lineup tonight for coverage of today’s deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon. The Brian Williams-anchored news special at 10 PM replaces an original episode of NBC’s freshman drama Revolution, which will now air next Monday. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Hits Year High, ’2 Broke Girls’ & ‘Hawaii Five-0′ Hit Series Lows, ‘DWTS’ Up

By | Tuesday April 16, 2013 @ 9:27am PDT

After an afternoon of comprehensive coverage on all networks of the bombing at Monday’s Boston Marathon and pre-emptions in various markets, last night’s primetime was relatively normal, with NBC the only network to make changes to its schedule. After three weeks of blind auditions, The Voice (5.1/4) finally began its battle rounds, with mentors Pharrell Williams, Sheryl Crow, Hilary Scott and Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden joining the show to help lead the judges’ teams to victory. The Voice was the most watched show of the night with 14.29 million viewers and posted its best numbers since March 12. 2012. It rose 2% from last week in adults 18-49 and viewers. The scheduled Revolution that was supposed to air at 10 PM was replaced by NBC News’ Terror In Boston (3.1/8), which was watched by 8.856 million and was up 41% from what Revolution drew last week. However, the special did not run in consistent time zones and its results likely will be adjusted in final numbers. NBC won the night in total viewers and the demo.

Related: NBC’s Pre-Emption For Bombing Coverage Creates ‘Revolution’ Conundrum
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PILOT PANIC: NBC Eying Early Renewals?

By | Monday April 8, 2013 @ 9:18am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Sky In Three Season Deal For 'Revolution'So far, three of the broadcast networks — CBS, Fox and the CW — have awarded early renewals to their strongest series, while ABC and NBC have yet to make any moves on that front. There is speculation that NBC may jump in the fray with early pickups to some of its strongest series. Among those rumored to get an early jump on next season are the network’s flagship reality series The Voice, top scripted series Revolution and solid Friday performer Grimm, which also received an early second-season order last year. The renewals could come as early as tomorrow, following the latest set of ratings for The Voice and Revolution, both of which made a strong return to the schedule two weeks ago. Meanwhile, Grimm just logged another finish as the top-rated scripted series on Friday. I hear a deal for a second-season renewal of Revolution was put in motion several months ago when NBC reduced the first-season order to the futuristic drama by two episodes. Meanwhile, I hear Grimm is already preparing for third season, releasing a large number of low- and mid-level writers early than normal in preparation for staffing. Beyond those three series, also certain to return at NBC are comedy Parks And Recreation, which also is reading writers for next season, and Chicago Fire, whose pickup may once again be tied to that for NBC’s other Dick Wolf-produced drama, Law & Order: SVU, which is looking to re-sign star Mariska Hargitay. Read More »

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TV Weekly Warfare: NBC Gets Expected ‘Voice’ Boost; CBS Stays On Top

By | Tuesday April 2, 2013 @ 2:33pm PDT

What a difference a week can make if you’re NBC and The Voice is back. Sure CBS has taken the top spot in viewers and the key 18-49 demo for a second week in a row, but for NBC anything is better than the TKOs it’s been receiving. Boosted by the return of its juggernaut reality series for a new season last Monday, the struggling network moved up 33% from the previous frame’s 1.2/3 to a 1.6/5 for Week 27 of the 2012-2013 season. Down from last spring’s Season 2 debut and up from last fall’s Season 3 premiere, The Voice’s Season 4 debut March 25 was the No. 1 show last week among adults 18-49, and the series’ March 26 show was No. 2. With the return after a very long winter break of Revolution, which hit the 15th spot on the Top 20 shows of the week in the demo, NBC actually had its best week in the demo since January 21-27, when it aired the NFL Pro Bowl. With 5.428 million watching last week, NBC had its highest average audience since the week of January 7-13, when the Golden Globes were on. That’s up from the 4.154 million the network had as an average audience for Week 26. Additionally, NBC was the only network to not see a ratings decline from the same period last year and the only one to see a viewership rise; it was even from the week of March 26, 2012 in terms of ratings, and gained 11% in viewership. However, let’s be clear: NBC is off the mat but it isn’t landing many punches just yet outside of Voice. Still, with the previously unsteady Go On and The New Normal getting Voice surges last week and Smash up as well, NBC did manage to tie Fox for third for the week — an improvement over the south-of-Univision position it found itself in last week.

Related: Ratings Rat Race: The Voice’ Dips, ‘Revolution’ & DWTS’ Hit Lows, ‘Bones & ‘Castle’ Up

For the week of March 25, CBS drew a 2.3/7 and 9.018 million viewers thanks to strong NCIS and NCIS: LA audience numbers, solid comedy performances and the NCAA Tournament. ABC was second in 18-49 with a 1.7/5 and second in viewers for a second week in a row with 7.112 million. That’s up from the 2.1/6 it earned the week before but down from its 8.449 million audience average during Week 26. NBC and Fox were tied in the demo with 1.6/5 each, while the former inched ahead of the latter in average viewership (5.428 million vs. 5.224 million). That’s down for Fox from the 1.9/6 it had the previous week and also down from the 5.93 million the network pulled in on average in Week 26. The CW got a 0.5/2 and 1.365 million viewers on average last week, down from the 0.6/2 and 1.435 million viewers the network saw the previous week.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Dips, ‘Revolution’ & ‘DWTS’ Hit Lows, ‘Bones’ & ‘ Castle’ Up

By | Tuesday April 2, 2013 @ 9:07am PDT

One week after returning for a new season and attempting to put the brakes on NBC’s ratings freefall, The Voice (4.6/13) was back with more blind auditions last night. Judge Adam Levine even scooped up a country act from fellow judge Blake Shelton. The two-hour episode of the singing competition series ruled its 8-10 PM time slot Monday, beating ABC and Fox by 119%. However unlike last season’s 12% rise, The Voice did not go up from Week 1 to Week 2 of its new season. In fast nationals, Voice dipped 4% from the final numbers (4.7/12) of March 25’s Season 4 premiere. That number could rise later today in the finals as last week’s show did. The Voice was down 23% from the comparable second Monday of its last spring season, when the show had come off being premiered after the Super Bowl the Sunday before. It was also down a slight 2% from the second Monday of its fall cycle.

Week 2 of the return of Revolution (2.3/6) from an extended break saw the post-apocalyptic series’ ratings power wane. Even with a minute of The Voice slipping over into its 10 PM slot, the J.J. Abrams-produced show was down 12% from last week to hit a series low. NBC won the night in adults 18-49, and ABC was tops in total viewers with 13.103 million. Read More »

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WonderCon Video: NBC’s ‘Revolution’

By | Saturday March 30, 2013 @ 2:17pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

As part of a Revolution panel at WonderCon today attended by most of the series’ stars, there was this reel with highlights from the conclusion of Revolution‘s freshman season. Helicopters, Humvees and modern guns take center stage as the battle for electrical power continues. The footage includes potential plot spoilers … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: ‘Voice’ Premiere Gains In Final Ratings

By | Tuesday March 26, 2013 @ 1:53pm PDT

UPDATE, 1:53 PM: The Season 4 premiere of The Voice last night was a little louder than first reported. NBC’s singing competition series saw its ratings results rise in final numbers, up to a 4.8/13 from this morning’s 4.7/12. The premiere is now up 14% over the Season 3 premiere in September; earlier today it was up 12%. The Voice also grew in viewership season-over-season, rising from 13.36 million to 13.6 million. Back from a multi-month hiatus, Revolution slipped a tenth in final numbers from the 2.7/7 it had in fast nationals to 2.6/7. Airing in the same 8 PM to 10 PM slot as Voice, ABC’s Dancing With The Stars was up slightly in the final numbers to 2.4/6 from 2.3/6 earlier today.

PREVIOUSLY, 8:20 AM: The night the struggling NBC has been waiting for all year came Monday with the Season 4 premiere of The Voice (4.7/12) and the return of Revolution (2.7/7). With new judges Shakira and Usher joining veterans Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, Monday’s two-hour Blind Auditions debut was up 12% in fast nationals from last fall’s Season 3 premiere on September 10. With 13.36 million viewers, The Voice was the second most watched show of the night after the 14.08 million who saw Dancing With The StarsMonday’s Season 4 debut was obviously down sharply from The Voice’s Super Bowl fueled February 5, 2012 Season 2 premiere when the show debuted right after the big game that Sunday with a 16.3 rating. Last night’s Voice was down 30% from the series’ regular time slot debut on February 6, 2012, where it got a 6.7 rating. The Voice returns for more blind auditions tonight in a one-hour episode starting at 8 PM. Off the air since late November, the power literally and figuratively came on at Revolution last night after The Voice. Airing at 10 PM, the J.J. Abrams-produced post-apocalyptic series was down just 7% from its November 26, 2012 show, the last before it went off the air, and down 34% from its September 17 series premiere. Revolution was the top drama of the night. NBC won the night among Adults 18-49 but ABC took the top spot in overall viewers with 12.947 million watching. 

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‘Voice’ Returns With ‘Revolution’ Tonight: Can Spring End Winter Of NBC Discontent?

By | Monday March 25, 2013 @ 3:23pm PDT

Tonight the long winter of NBC ratings discontent could be over and a spring renewal finally begin. Which is another way of saying The Voice is back on Monday for its 4th season. Sweetening the package for viewers, the network is … Read More »

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NBC Announces ‘America’s Got Talent’ Return Date & Season Finales

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 1:16pm PDT

With new judges Heidi Klum and former Spice Girl Mel B joining Howard Stern and Howie Mandel, America’s Got Talent will return for its eighth season June 4, NBC said today. Live episodes will start July … Read More »

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‘Revolution’, ‘Army Wives’ Book Recurring Players

By | Monday March 4, 2013 @ 11:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Ramon Fernandez (Sons Of Anarchy) has booked a potentially recurring role on NBC’s freshman drama Revolution. Fernandez, repped by Steve Rodriguez at McGowan Management, … Read More »

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PaleyFest 2013: Accelerating ‘Revolution’

By | Saturday March 2, 2013 @ 10:29pm PST

Ross Lincoln is a Deadline contributor.

With an average of 8.4 million viewers per episode, the apocalyptic sci-fi series Revolution has been a relative hit for NBC in a humiliating turn of events that recently saw the network finish fifth — behind Univision — for the first time in its history. Despite that success, Revolution was put on a 4-month hiatus after 10 episodes. In advance of the series’ March 25 return, Night 2 of PaleyFest 2013 featured a Revolution panel with series creator and executive producer Eric Kripke, co-creator and executive producer J.J. Abrams, and executive producer Jon Favreau. Also along for the ride were cast members Billy Burke (Miles Matheson), Tracy Spiridakos (Charlie Matheson), Giancarlo Esposito (Major Tom Neville), David Lyons (Sebastian Monroe), Daniella Alonso (Nora Clayton). and J.D. Pardo (Jason Neville). The discussion centered heavily on the show’s return and based on what the executive producers said, fans can expect a much more fast-paced experience.

Set 15 years after an unspecified event caused all electrical devices to stop working, Revolution hangs on a heavy myth arc, but as revealed during the panel the series is bucking the tradition of genre TV shows by refusing to draw things out. Read More »

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Promo Campaign For New Fox Drama ‘The Following’ Embraces DVR Viewing

By | Monday January 21, 2013 @ 8:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

For decades, TV networks’ promo campaigns for new series had been focused squarely on bringing in viewers to the shows’ premieres. For the first time, Fox last week broke tradition, swapping the tune-in ads for its midseason drama The Following starring Kevin Bacon for billboards urging viewers to set their DVRs.

Encouraging DVR viewing is a two-edged sword as it gives the networks extra audiences — most of which they can’t monetize since a large portion of viewers who time-shift shows skip some or most commercials when watching. But with people’s viewing preferences for this season already firmly established, Fox opted for the unusual campaign to help its new show get on viewers’ season passes as a way to bring in regular audiences. That is especially important for a serialized drama like The Following, where retaining viewership is crucial for its long-term success. Read More »

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‘Revolution’s J.J. Abrams & Eric Kripke On Making “Adjustments”: TCA

By | Sunday January 6, 2013 @ 1:19pm PST

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

RevolutionThe question of whether the audience will return to NBC‘s apocalyptic first-year sci-fi drama Revolution when it comes back on March 25 from a four-month layoff took … Read More »

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Winter TCA Press Tour Starts: Schedule

By | Friday January 4, 2013 @ 7:51am PST
Nellie Andreeva

It’s January, time for some TV pageantry. I’m not talking about beauty pageant pro Honey Boo Boo’s Sunday return to TV with several specials on TLC, but rather about the semi-annual tradition known as Television Critics Association press tour, which starts today in Pasadena. The two-week affair features broadcast and cable networks touting their upcoming shows. Increasingly, hit series make repeat appearances alongside newbies. This time around, that includes NBC’s Revolution and Grimm, ABC’s Shark Tank, IFC’s Portlandia and CBS’ Elementary (tied to the freshman’s post-Super Bowl episode). For the casts and producers of Revolution and Elementary, this marks the second consecutive TCA press tour after first facing the critics in July. Also returning to TCA after a decade-long break is Arrested Development, which has been revived by Netflix.

Below is a basic schedule for the tour, which kicks off with a packed lineup that includes panels for David E. Kelley’s new TNT drama Monday Mornings, TBS import Cougar Town, A&E’s Psycho prequel Bates Motel executive produced by Carlton Cuse, and Christopher Guest’s new HBO series Family Tree. HBO once again is bringing out the star power for its movies, with Al Pacino, Helen Mirren and David Mamet on tap for Phil Spector and Michael Douglas, Matt Damon and Steven Soderbergh for Behind The Candelabra. Here is the schedule, and check back for Deadline’s TCA coverage:

Friday, January 4 – Cable: Turner, Nat Geo, A&E, HBO, IFC
Saturday, January 5 – Cable: Discovery, Starz, BBC America, Viacom Networks
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UK’s Sky Makes Exclusive Three-Season Deal For NBC’s Freshman Drama ‘Revolution’

By | Wednesday December 12, 2012 @ 5:23am PST

Sky In Three Season Deal For 'Revolution'Sky acquired the exclusive UK TV rights to NBC’s breakout drama Revolution from Warner Bros International Television Distribution. The deal is for three seasons, although Revolution only received its Read More »

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PaleyFest 2013 Set For March 1-15

By | Wednesday December 5, 2012 @ 9:39am PST

HBO’s The Newsroom, NBC’s Revolution and ABC’s Once Upon A Time are the first announced participants for the 30th edition of The Paley Center For Media’s TV confab, which will run March 1-15, 2013 at the Saban … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Monday Lineup Hits Season Highs; ‘Revolution’ & ‘90210’ Up

By | Tuesday November 27, 2012 @ 10:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

This is a good way to kick off the holiday season. There is a lot of holiday cheer to go around this morning as most Monday shows posted ratings increases.

CBS led the gain train boosted by a The Big Bang Theory repeat (3.2/8 in adults 18-49, 9 million total viewers) in the 8:30 PM slot once occupied by cancelled new comedy Partners. With the best CBS rating in the time period by a mile this season, all series that followed hit season highs in 18-49 and total viewers: 2 Broke Girls (4.0/10 up 18%, 11.68 million), Mike & Molly (3.6/8 up 24%, 11.25 million), and Hawaii 5-0 (10.11 million, 2.3/6 up 5%). Even How I Met Your Mother (3.4/9, 8.8 million) at 8 PM was cooking, up 17% in 18-49 to post its best numbers since the season premiere. CBS logged its best Monday performance this fall. Read More »

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