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Ratings Rat Race: Critics Choice TV Awards Logs 1.036 Million Viewers

By | Friday June 20, 2014 @ 9:28am PDT

Ratings Rat Race: Critics Choice TV Awards Logs 1.036 Million ViewersThe CW’s broadcast of the Critics Choice TV Awards last night clocked a 0.3/1 demo rating. Fox was the night’s highest-rated broadcast network in the demo (1.3/5), thanks in large measure to Hell’s Kitchen (1.8/7, 4.93 million viewers) which posted its best demo results in nearly three months and ranked as the night’s No. 1 show in the age bracket — tied with CBS’ The Big Bang Theory rerun (1.8/7). Big Bang Theory‘s overall audience, however, swamped Hell’s Kitchen’s, with  7.54 million viewers, and CBS took the night in total viewers (5.190 million) with its lineup of comedy repeats and Elementary.

On its first telecast in three weeks and moving into its new 8-9 PM time period, ABC’s Black Box returned up in total viewers (4.0 million vs. 3.8 million) and paced within 1/10th in adults 18-49 (0.7/3 vs. 0.8/2). ABC’s Rookie Blue returned at 9 PM with demo ratings down 17% from last summer’s premiere, but held steady in the demo compared to its September season wrapper. Rookie Blue beat its drama competitor in the hour, Fox’s Gang Related, in the demo (1.0/3 vs. 0.9/3) and total viewers (5.7 million vs. 2.6 million)  The ABC drama also tied for No. 1 in its time period among Adults 25-54 (1.4/3).
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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 season 3. Season 5 premieres on ABC in June. The series, about the personal and professional lives of five rookie cops, will make its debut on ION this fall. It will join two other Canadian drama procedurals that started their U.S. run on another broadcast network before becoming ION originals, Flashpoint and The Listener. Rookie Blue is a production of IFC Films and Entertainment One, who also distributes the series internationally.

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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 of the country’s top 5 TV markets, and last night its lineup was pre-empted in Boston for an NFL preseason game. NBC was pre-empted in Baltimore for football, ABC in Detroit, and CW in Charlotte  — fast nationals are probably inflated. CBS comedy retreads The Big Bang Theory (2.1, 8 million viewers) and Two And A Half Men (2.0, 7.4 million) had little competition at 8 PM, though ABC’s Wipeout matched a season high in the demo (1.3).

Big Brother (2.3 rating) claimed the night’s No. 1 spot in the demo, and was up a tenth from last week at 9 PM. ABC’s Motive hit a 12-week high in the demo (1.1). At 10, NBC’s recently renewed Hollywood Game Night was No. 1 in the demo (1.3 rating), hitting a four-week high and up 8% compared to last week; it averaged 4 million viewers overall. ABC’s Rookie Blue was the slot’s most-watched show for the seventh week running with 5.3 million tuned in. Fox finished fifth for the night in the demo, with Glee and New Girl clocking 0.7 ratings in the demo, and The Mindy Project a 0.6.

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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 total viewers for its 10PM Thursday slot, resulting in its most-watched season since 2010. Produced in the Great White North by ICF Films and Entertainment One, the series stars Missy Peregrym and Gregory Smith as cops who still feel like rookies despite their four years on the job. Charlotte Sullivan, Enuka Okuma, Travis Milne, Peter Mooney, Ben Bass, Priscilla Faia and Rachael Ancheril co-star. Production on Season 5 will begin in January for a summer 2014 premiere.

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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 Big Bang Theory (2.2/6) was the highest rated and most watched show of the night with 8.84 million viewers. On NBC, the long delayed Save Me finally saw the light of day with a double debut. The series stars Anne Heche as a suburban housewife who becomes a conduit for the Divine. With an early series pick up last May, the comedy was originally scheduled for midseason but has ended up in the burnoff slot with duel episodes over the early summer. Both the 8 PM premiere and the 8:30 PM episode last night got a 0.7/3. That’s the lowest series debut NBC has had since the 0.7/2 Saving Hope received on June 7, 2012. Hannibal (1.0/3) was the only other original on NBC on Thursday. Hitting a season low. The freshman Silence of The Lambs prequel was down 9% from last week’s show, which was abbreviated because of The Office series finale running to 10:15 PM.

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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 a renewal at the price point it’s getting the show. ABC points out that Rookie Blue stands as the No. 1 series among Adults 18-49 in the Thursday’s 10 o’clock hour so far this summer. The fourth season of the series, produced by ICF Film and Entertainment One, will go into production in Toronto later this summer. In Canada, it airs on Global.

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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 summer staples Wipeout and Bachelorette. The latter premieres May 14 and will be succeeded on Mondays by the third season of The Bachelor Pad. ABC’s new offerings this summer include the previously announced singing competition Duets, the improv comedy series Trust Us With Your Life, in the vein of ABC’s Whose Line Is It Anyway and featuring two of the stars of that series, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie,  and the mystery docu-series Final Witness.

Thursday, May 24:

8:00-10:00 p.m.            “Duets” (series premiere)

10:00-11:00 p.m.          “Rookie Blue”

Sunday, June 3:

8:00-9:00 p.m.              “Secret Millionaire”

9:00-11:00 p.m.            “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition”

Thursday, June 28:

9:00-10:00 p.m.            “Wipeout”

Tuesday, July 10:

9:00-10:00 p.m.            “Trust Us With Your Life” (series premiere, back-to-back episodes)

10:00-11:00 p.m.          “Final Witness” (series premiere)

Tuesday, July 17:

9:00-9:30 p.m.              “Trust Us With Your Life” (regular time period premiere)

Monday, July 23:

8:00-10:00 p.m.            “Bachelor Pad”

Here are descriptions of  ABC’s new summer series:

DUETS – PREMIERES THURSDAY, MAY 24 (8:00-10:00 p.m.)

“Duets” is a one-of-a-kind singing competition that takes the Superstars out from behind the judges’ panel and onto the stage. Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles, Lionel Richie and Robin Thicke set out on individual journeys across America looking … 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 mind, CBS’ Big Brother, which featured double elimination, posted its largest audience (8.5 million) and matched its best 18-49 rating (3.2/9) this season, up 10% in the demo from last week. CBS easily won the night with the three highest-rated programs – Big Brother and two repeats, comedies The Big Bang Theory (2.1/7) and Rules of Engagement (1.8/6), which beat ABC’s original Wipeout (1.9/6, flat vs. last week) in the 8 PM hour. At 9 PM, the finale of ABC’s Expedition: Impossible (1.5/4) was up 15%, while Rookie Blue (1.3/4) at 10 PM was up 8%. NBC and Fox aired reruns.

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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 preliminaries, Fox (2.1/7) is running behind CBS (2.3/7) for the night in 18-49, but CBS’, ABC’s and NBC’s numbers were inflated by local NFL preseason preemptions, and Fox is projecting that it will win Thursday in the demo when the finals are released this afternoon. Without adjustments, CBS’ Big Brother (3.2/9) grew 13% from last week and was the night’s the highest-rated program by a mile. ABC’s Wipeout (1.9/6), Expedition Impossible (1.6/4) and Rookie Blue (1.4/4) were all on par. NBC ran all repeats.

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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 Can Dance result show (1.6/6) was down 6% and followed by a Glee rerun. CBS’ Big Brother (2.7/8, 7.3 million) at 9 PM was up a tenth from last week to once again rank as the top program of the night and lead CBS (1.8/6, 6.3 million) to a nightly victory despite featuring reruns in two of the three hours of primetime. NBC aired all repeats.

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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), both flat with last week. CBS won the night paced by Big Brother (2.6/8) at 9 PM, which was also even with last week and once again the top-rated program on the night. The reality’s lead-in and lead-out were reruns. Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance result show (1.7/6), which featured a performance by this week’s guest judge Lady Gaga, was up 6% from last week. NBC aired wall-to-wall repeats to finish a distant fourth for the night.

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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 and professional lives, has won its time slot each week since its June 23 premiere. The show, which airs on Global in Canada and is shot in Toronto, is from Thump Inc and Entertainement One and stars Missy Peregrym; Season 3 is in development and will begin production later in the summer.

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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 onto its Wipeout lead-in, and the second-season premiere of drama Rookie Blue (1.6/5, down 16% from its debut last summer, when the series ran in the Thursday 9 PM slot, directly following Wipeout.) Facing Wipeout and Expedition: Impossible, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (1.9/7) was down 14% week-to-week, with the NBA Draft coverage on cable also probably a factor. The only other original program last night was NBC’s Love Bites (0.8/2) at 10 PM, which was down 20%. ABC (2.1/6, 6.8 million total viewers) easily won the night in 18-49, while CBS’ all-rerun lineup (1.4/4, 7.4 million) still managed to finish first in total viewers.

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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 of Rookie Blue will move to Thursday, June 23 at 9 PM and 10 PM, respectively. Wipeout will air a special original episode June 21, with the season premiere airing June 23, both at 8 PM. The series premiere of Take the Money and Run moves to Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 9 PM.

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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 ABC’s Rookie Blue (1.8/6), which was flat with last week. ABC News: Boston Med (1.3/4) at 10 PM was up 8%. The rest was all repeats, with CBS’ The Mentalist (1.3/4) scoring the highest, tying Boston Med at 10 PM. In yet another tie, ABC and CBS shared the top place for the night in 18-49 with a 1.6/5. (CBS edged ABC in total viewers with 6.7 mil vs. 6.1 mil.)

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