RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘V’ Up On Night Of Declines, ‘Traffic Light’ Tumbles In Week 2

By | Wednesday February 16, 2011 @ 9:25am PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s V (1.9/5 in adults 18-49, 5.4 million viewers) was the only program to show week-to-week demo gains last night, an uptick of 6% in 18-49.

Fox’s midseason comedy Traffic Light (1.5/4,3.6 million) suffered the steepest drop, down 21% in the … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Biggest Loser” Hits High, ‘Running Wilde’ & ‘LUX’ Show Spunk

Nellie Andreeva

It was the Grinch (as played by Sue Sylvester) vs. Charlie Brown in the mostly Christmas-themed 8 PM time slot last night. Fox’s Glee (4.4/13, 11 million), topped the hour and the night in adults 18-49 but slipped a tenth from last week’s fast national demo rating (It was down … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Glee’, ‘Victoria’s Secret’ & ‘Biggest Loser’ Post Big Gains

Nellie Andreeva

Airing against an all Christmas special-competition on the Big 3 networks, Fox’s Glee (4.5/12, 11.6 million) bounced back from last week’s season low, up 13% in the demo, and reclaimed its title as the highest-rated program on Tuesday night among … Read More »

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Fox’s Kevin Reilly And Mike Darnell On ‘American Idol’ & ‘Fringe’ Moves; No Back Orders For ‘Running Wilde’ & ‘Good Guys’

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Fox’ Midseason Schedule

“We have been looking at Thursday for a long time,” Fox’s reality chief Mike Darnell said. “It is a tough nut to crack, and if you want … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Family’ & ‘Parenthood’ Post Double-Digit Drops For Series Lows

Nellie Andreeva

Another heavily hyped episode of Fox’s Glee (4.9/14, 11.6 million), this one featuring new recurring guest star Gwyneth Paltrow, was once again the top-rated telecast on Tuesday among adults 18-49, up 9% from the show’s last week fast national result. … Read More »

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‘Running Wilde’ Benched For 2 More Weeks

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s struggling freshman Running Wilde seems to be facing a slow and painful death. The low-rated show, which just came back on Tuesday after two weeks of preemptions, is being benched again for the rest of the November sweep, slated … Read More »

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Fox Eyes Midseason Order For ‘Breaking In’

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Last season’s Fox comedy pilot Breaking In may make it to the air after all. I hear the network is in negotiations with Sony Pictures TV  to pick up the  project starring Christian Slater to series for midseason. The single-camera workplace comedy set at a digital security firm, is rumored as a possible replacement for underperforming fall comedy Running Wilde, which has not received a back order. Fox’s midseason schedule announced in May has Running Wilde airing after American Idol‘s 90-minute performance show on Tuesday, sharing the 9:30 PM slot with midseason comedy Mixed Signals. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Rocky Horror’ ‘Glee’ Rocks, ‘NCIS: LA’ Slips & ‘Loser’ Hits Low

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s Glee didn’t miss a beat in its return from hiatus. The Rocky Horror-themed episode of the musical dramedy (4.8/13) was up 4% from the fast national result for its last original 2 weeks ago (up 2% from the final … Read More »

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With the biggest show on the night, Fox’s Glee, airing a rerun, CBS’ veteran 8 PM drama NCIS (4.2/12, 19.1 million viewers) got an 8% boost, which the network carried over to 9 PM where NCIS: Los Angeles (3.9/10, 16 … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Dramas Inch Up, ‘No Ordinary Family’ & ‘Running Wilde’ Slip

Nellie Andreeva

Things seem to be settling down on Tuesdays, with most series reaching their ratings comfort zones. After across-the-board declines last Tuesday, last night all but 2 shows stayed very close to their last week’s averages and, in some cases, bounced back. That includes the entire CBS lineup as all of … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Glee’ Leads Slew Of Declining Series But Still Tops Tuesday

Nellie Andreeva

Flat seems to be the new up this fall, with only two series last night, CBS’ The Good Wife and NBC’s Parenthood, able to maintain their ratings from last week while everyone else dropped.

With no Britney Spears, Fox’s Glee (4.5/13 in adults 18-49, 11 million viewers overall) suffered the biggest drop (24%) from last week’s record high with one of the show’s most dramatic and poignant episodes. Still, Glee was the highest-rated program of the night in the demo by a wide margin. Glee‘s lead-out, freshman comedy Raising Hope (2.6/7) also was down, by 16%, while Running Wilde (1.8/5) seems to be leveling off, down only a tenth from last week. Fox still won the night in 18-49 with a 3.9/9 but this time it barely edged CBS (3.2/9). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Glee’ Hits High And ‘No Ordinary Family’ Has Promising Start

Nellie Andreeva

One note on last night before we run the numbers: I found the contrast between 8 PM and 10 PM pretty astonishing. 51.1 million viewers showed up to watch broadcast TV at 8 PM, with all series in the hour … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Glee’ Rocks, Veterans Slip While Newcomers Fail To Impress

Nellie Andreeva

Gleemania continues as the Fox music dramedy returned strong for Season 2. But no Tuesday series really impressed. Fox’s new comedy Raising Hope (3.1/8 in adults 18-49, 7.5 million) did the best, followed by fellow Fox half-hour Running Wilde (2.5/7, … Read More »

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The New York Television Festival To Premiere ‘Detroit 1-8-7′, ‘Running Wilde’

Nellie Andreeva

The New York Television Festival has announced the primetime lineup for its sixth annual event. Because of its September dates – this year it will take place from Sept. 20-25, overlapping the broadcast network’s premiere week – the festival regularly features premieres of new fall series. This year, the festival … Read More »

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NBC Develops ‘Precinct’ With Lionsgate & Producers Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci

By | Monday August 23, 2010 @ 12:28pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Lionsgate TV is making a return to broadcast TV ‘s primetime this fall with the new Fox comedy series Running Wilde, which it took over at the pilot stage. Now the company is staying active in network development with another broadcast project, 87th Precinct, which has received a script order … Read More »

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TCA: ‘Running Wilde’ Team Talks ‘Arrested Development’ Comparisons, Pilot Changes

Nellie Andreeva

If you wondered how long it took before first Arrested Development-related question at the Running Wilde panel came in, it was a couple of minutes. The comparisons are inevitable: new Fox comedy series Running Wilde was created by Arrested alums Mitch Hurwitz, Will Arnett and Jim Vallely and stars Arnett, with … Read More »

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David Cross vs. The Volcano: The Peculiar Story Behind The ‘Wilde’/'Arrested’ Reunion

Nellie Andreeva

davidcrossdaly_andrewBy now you may have already heard that David Cross is joining Mitch Hurwitz and Will Arnett’s new comedy series Running Wilde, bringing in another piece to the Arrested Development reunion that’s … Read More »

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AFTRA Tops SAG In Primetime Next Season

Nellie Andreeva

SAG_logoAFTRA_LOGO_SLOGOOf the 38 new broadcast scripted series next season, only one, Fox’s comedy Running Wilde, chose to go with SAG in what has become a watershed moment in the primetime dynamic between AFTRA and SAG, with AFTRA overtaking SAG as the top actors union. For the first time, AFTRA will represent more scripted series on the broadcast networks next season than the field’s long-time dominant player SAG. There will be 45 AFTRA series on the air next season vs. 38 SAG shows. That is a big swing from last year when 48 series were under SAG and 26 under AFTRA. It is the result of a second consecutive freshman class on the broadcast networks dominated by AFTRA-represented shows.

Of the 38 new comedy and drama series picked up for next season at the 5 broadcast nets, 34 are under AFTRA jurisdiction and 4 are under SAG. Last year, there were 24 new series, 18 represented by AFTRA and 6 by SAG. But it’s important to note the SAG affiliation for the majority of new series repped by the union was not by choice but automatic because they were based on existing properties or spinoffs of existing SAG-represented series. Last year, that included all 6 SAG series: the remakes V and Eastwick on ABC, spinoffs NCIS: LA on CBS and The Cleveland Show on Fox and ABC’s comedy The Middle and Fox’s Glee, originally developed during previous cycles. (Glee was the result of off-cycle development.) This year, the list of SAG-represented new series include spinoffs Law & Order: Los Angeles on NBC and the untitled Criminal Minds spinoff on CBS, the Nikita remake on the CW as well as one brand new series, Running Wilde.

AFTRA had had limited presence on the broadcast networks’ scripted series, mostly courtesy of Sony TV, which has long been closely associated with the smaller actors union, producing all of its series under AFTRA. But the mass switch from SAG to AFTRA among all major TV studios began during last year’s pilot season. It was fueled by fears of a potential SAG strike and was helped by the studios’ transition from film to digital video (If a series is filmed on 35 mm, it can only be covered by SAG; if it’s shot on digital video, it can be represented by SAG or AFTRA). In 2009, broadcast pilots went to to 90%-plus AFTRA affiliation from 90%-plus SAG pilot representation the year before. This year, with no labor stoppage on the horizon, SAG was expected to regain pilot ground, especially with a more moderate leadership in place. In fact, new SAG president Ken Howard listed retention of coverage of network pilots as a top priority when he ran for office in the fall. But the TV studios overwhelmingly stuck with AFTRA, which dominated pilot season for a second straight year with more than 90% representation. Why? Studio insiders tell me AFTRA continues to be considered the safer, more stable alternative.

SAG still represents most returning series (34 vs. 11 for AFTRA) but two years of overwhelmingly more new series under AFTRA have undercut SAG’s dominance even in that area. While the larger actors union continues to represent the vast majority of returning series at ABC, Fox and CBS, at NBC and the the CW, the unions have almost equal representation: 57%-43% in SAG’s favor. “If AFTRA and SAG don’t merge, AFTRA will be the dominant player in primetime within a couple of years,” one industry insider told me.

The drumbeat has been growing louder for a merger between SAG and AFTRA, which tried to unite unsuccessfully in 1998 and 2003. The dramatic representation shift in primetime may serve as a catalyst for that. I hear actors who work in both film and television are becoming increasingly frustrated that they have to be represented by one union when they do a feature and another when doing a series. The same is true for TV actors who appear on both SAG and AFTRA series. By dividing their earnings between the two unions, some of them don’t qualify for health insurance through neither of SAG nor AFTRA, even though their total yearly income would’ve easily push them over the threshold at either union.

The SAG/AFTRA relations seem to be thawing: The two unions recently approved a joint bargaining agreement and have been holding joint Wages & Working Conditions meetings in preparation for negotiation of the AFTRA Exhibit A and SAG TV/Theatrical contract that expires on June 30, 2011. That date comes right after the next development cycle for the broadcast networks, which no doubt will make for an eventful pilot season next year.

Following are lists of new and returning broadcast series by actors union affiliation: Read More »

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Fox Unveils Fall Premiere Dates, Reruns To Succeed ‘Wanda Sykes’ On Saturday

Nellie Andreeva

foxlogo.thumbnailUPDATED: Fox is going with a very traditional fall rollout, premiering almost all of its series during the official premiere week. (The network used to be more adventurous in the past with early launches but, with shortened post-season baseball coverage, it has now reverted to more conservative premiere plans.) One interesting element in the Fox premiere dates announcement – the network is giving up, at least for now, original programming in late-night on Saturday for the first time in 16 years, opting for reruns of new series Lone Star and Running Wilde instead. Fox began programming the 11 PM-12:30AM block on Saturday nights in 1989 and has always aired originals in it except for the 1994-95 season when it repurposed HBO’s Tales From the Crypt before launching MadTV in the fall of 1995. Most recently, The Wanda Sykes Show aired Saturday nights in late night last season, before being cancelled in May. It replaced long-time staple MadTV. The reruns may be a temporary place holder while Fox looks for new original(s) to air against NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

Saturday, September 11

8:00-8:30 PM: COPS (Season Premiere, 800th Episode)
8:30-9:00 PM: COPS (Encore Episode)
9:00-10:00 PM: AMERICA’S MOST WANTED (Season Premiere)

Monday, Sept. 20
8:00-9:00 PM: HOUSE (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM: LONE STAR (Series Premiere)

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