ION Acquires Off-Network Rights To ‘Rookie Blue’

By | Tuesday April 22, 2014 @ 7:36am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Rookie BlueION Television has acquired series Rookie Blue from the Disney-ABC Television Group. The Canadian police drama has been airing in the U.S. on ABC where the most recent fourth season averaged 7.0 million total viewers, up 13% from … Read More »

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ABC Tweaks Summer Schedule, Slots ‘Sing Your Face Off’ On Saturday

By | Friday April 4, 2014 @ 12:02pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

rookie-blue-abcFollowing the decision to push limited drama series Astronaut Wives Club to midseason, ABC is reshuffling its summer schedule, which was to feature AWC in the Thursday 9 PM slot starting July 24. Rookie Blue, originally slated to premiere on July 17 and air in the Thursday 10 PM slot, paired with AWC, will now slide to 9 PM and start its season a month earlier, on June 19. (Despite the early start, ABC does not plan to expand the cop drama’s fifth season beyond the previously agreed upon 11 episodes of the 22 produced.) New alternative series The Quest will keep its Thursday 8 PM slot but its premiere is being pushed back by two weeks, from July 19 to July 31, with Wife Swap airing in the 8 PM hour on July 19 and 26. There is no replacement yet for Rookie Blue in the Thursday 10 PM slot in late summer. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ and Comedy Keep CBS Out Front Thursday

By | Friday August 23, 2013 @ 8:58am PDT

Comedy repeats and badly behaved Big Brother residents put CBS on top in the ratings Thursday night, in the demo and overall crowd. CBS’ lineup is still being blacked out by Time Warner Cable in three … Read More »

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‘Rookie Blue’ Is A Veteran: ABC Renews Cop Drama For Fifth Season

By | Wednesday July 17, 2013 @ 3:09pm PDT

ABC gave its Toronto-set cop drama an early renewal today, shrugging off the show’s season-low numbers from last week. Instead, the network pointed out that Rookie Blue is the summer’s No. 1 show in … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hannibal’ Hits Low, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Rises, ‘Save Me’ & ‘Does Someone Have To Go?’ Debut Low

The 2012-2013 TV season ended on Wednesday and here comes the new shows. With the exception of season winner CBS, who ran repeats last night, everyone had a premiere on Thursday. Having said that, CBS’s The Read More »

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ABC Sets Summer Schedule Featuring Three Scripted And One New Reality Series

By | Thursday March 21, 2013 @ 2:31pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC has firmed up the bulk of its summer lineup, which will feature three original scripted series — Canadian crime imports Motive and returning Rookie Blue as well as homemade soap Mistresses. That is more than the 1-2 scripted originals each of the broadcast networks has offered in the last couple of summers. Motive, from The Mentalist‘s Daniel Cerone, is getting a boost with a special premiere after the Dancing With The Stars The Results Show finale on May 21 before the thriller drama moves into the high-profile Thursday 9 PM slot, leading to Rookie Blue. Also joining ABC’s summer schedule is Whodunnit?, a new mystery reality competition show from CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker, which will air in the Sunday 9 PM slot as the network is resting its serialized dramas that traditionally don’t repeat well — Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and Revenge. Also set to take a break are Castle, replaced for some of the summer by Mistresses, whose previously announced premiere is being pushed by a week, and Once Upon A Time, by Celebrity Wife Swap. Other returning unscripted series this summer include The Bachelorette, Wipeout, Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition and What Would You Do? There are still a couple of holes on ABC’s summer schedule which are expected to be filled soon. Here are ABC’s summer premiere dates: Read More »

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ABC Picks Up Fourth Season Of ‘Rookie Blue’

By | Tuesday June 26, 2012 @ 3:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC has renewed summer Canadian drama Rookie Blue for a fourth season. While not a hit by any stretch — it most recently averaged a 1.3 in the 18-49 demo — the cop drama has done well enough to warrant … Read More »

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ABC Announces Summer Schedule

By | Thursday April 5, 2012 @ 10:47am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC just unveiled its summer schedule, which features the return of Canadian import Rookie Blue as the only scripted show, joined by the second seasons of reality series Secret Millionaire and Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition and new installment of … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Tops Another Night Of Football Preemptions

By | Friday August 26, 2011 @ 9:22am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Once again, the fast nationals for last night have to be taken with a grain of salt as some ABC, CBS, and NBC stations preempted network programming for NFL coverage, leading to possible ratings inflation. With that in … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dance’ Finale Up From Last Week, Down From Last Year

Nellie Andreeva

The season finale of So You Think You Can Dance (2.1/7, 6.3 million) was up 24% in 18-49 and 17% in total viewers from last week but down 13% in the demo from last summer’s finale. In the … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Expedition: Impossible’ & ‘Dance’ Down, ‘Big Brother’ Up

Nellie Andreeva

After rebounding last week, Mark Burnett’s new reality series for ABC Expedition: Impossible (1.4/4) slipped again, down 13%. Meanwhile, its lead-in, Wipeout (1.9/7), and lead-out, Rookie Blue (1.3/4), were both even with last week. Fox’s So You Think You Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Expedition: Impossible’ Rebounds, Others Steady

Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s new reality series Expedition: Impossible (1.6/5) rebounded from last week’s low, up 23%. Still, the adventure series remained the lowest-rated unscripted offering for the night. On ABC, it was flanked by Wipeout (1.9/7) and scripted drama Rookie Blue (1.3/4), … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Edges ABC As Series Slip Across The Board

Nellie Andreeva

Overall usage was down 6% last night versus last Thursday, and ratings were down by at least as much across the board. At 9 PM, CBS’ Big Brother (2.3/7) was the top-rated program of the night by a mile, but it was down 18% from last Thursday’s premiere. Paced by Big Brother and helped by strong rerun numbers for The Big Bang Theory (1.6/6), CBS won the night in both adults 18-49 (1.6/5) and total viewers (6.2 million). Read More »

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ABC Renews Summer Series ‘Rookie Blue’

By | Wednesday July 13, 2011 @ 9:23am PDT

ABC has renewed its summer cop drama Rookie Blue for a third season, rewarding the show for solid Season 2 ratings in its new 10 PM time slot on Thursdays. The series, which follows five rookie cops in their personal … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC’s ‘Expedition: Impossible’ OK In Debut, ‘Rookie Blue’ Slips

Nellie Andreeva

ABC launched its summer Thursday lineup last night with the official season premiere of Wipeout (2.3/8 in adults 18-49, down 12% from its Thursday premiere last summer), the debut of Mark Burnett’s new reality series Expedition Impossible (2.3/7), which held … Read More »

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ABC Shifts Summer Premiere Dates

The summer premiere of ABC’s 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show is shifting to Tuesday, June 21 at 9 PM, the network announced today. It also said that the series premiere of Expedition Impossible and the Season 2 premiere … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Big Start For NFL Season, ‘Nikita’ Debut OK, ‘Diaries’ Slips

Nellie Andreeva

SECOND UPDATE PM: With the final Nielsen numbers in, the NFL kickoff game between the Saints and the Vikings averaged 27.5 million viewers to become the most-watched regular season primetime NFL game in 14 years.

UPDATED: Last night’s NFL season opener between Super Bowl champions New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings drew a 17.7 overnight rating/28 share – the best for any NFL regular season primetime game in 13 years and the best ever for an NFL kickoff game. The faceoff, a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship Game, was won by the Saints 14-9. It gave a very strong start to the season for the NFL, which faces the possibility of a lockout next year. NBC dominated primetime with a 15.9/26 average in the metered markets, beating the combined delivery of CBS, ABC, Fox and CW. The premiere of the CW’s new Thursday lineup was no doubt affected by the hugely-rated game, though it’s worth mentioning Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Big Brother’ Tops Night

Nellie Andreeva

CBS’ Big Brother (2.4/8 in adults 18-49) at 8 PM was the highest-rated program by a mile last night. It was up 9% from last week. Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance result show (1.8/6) at 9 PM was down 10% and tied for No.1 in the hour with … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Rookie Blue’ Rebounds, ‘Tosh.0′ Hits Another Record

Nellie Andreeva

After hitting an all-time low last week, ABC’s original drama Rookie Blue (1.8 rating/6 share among adults 18-49) posted a 20 % ratings bump last night, hitting its highest number since the premiere. Its lead-out, ABC News Boston Med (1.2/4) at 10PM also stopped the bleeding, up 9%. Still, the highest-rated ABC show … Read More »

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