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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS’ ‘Big Brother’ Up, ABC’s ‘Scoundrels’ Hits Another Low

Nellie Andreeva

We might have seen the last episode of Scoundrels on Sunday after ABC’s original scripted drama sunk to a 0.6 rating/2 rating in adults 18-49 at 9 PM last night, down 14% from last week. That was an all-time low for the show and matched the 0.6 18-49 rating fellow ABC drama Happy Town pulled before being yanked from the schedule. ABC’s other Sunday scripted summer series, The Gates (0.9/3) at 10 PM, seems to have leveled off after the initial decline and was flat from last week. ABC’s highest-rated program for the night was 7 PM leadoff America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.4/5 in rerun), followed by 8 PM anchor Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (1.2/4, also in rerun). CBS’ Big Brother (2.5/8) was up 9% from last week, followed by repeats of Undercover Boss (1.4/4) and Cold Case (0.8/3). Fox won the night with comedy reruns, led by back-to-back Family Guy episodes at 9PM (2.3/7) and 9:30PM (2.5/7). Its original Sons of Tucson at 7PM tied Scoundrels as the lowest-rated program of the night. Fox still won the night in adults 18-49. NBC aired all-repeats, with an America’s Got Talent (1.0/3) encore winning the 9-11 PM time period.

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Francie Calfo Named Imagine TV President

Nellie Andreeva

FrancieCalfoVeteran TV executive/producer Francie Calfo is joining Imagine TV as president after more than 20 years at ABC. Calfo will replace David Nevins who is leaving to become entertainment president at Showtime, replacing Robert Greenblatt. Calfo’s deal with 20th TV where Imagine TV is based came after a couple of weeks of negotiations, mostly over financial terms.

Calfo most recently served as an ABC Studios-based producer, executive producing several pilots and one series, this summer’s struggling dramedy Scoundrels. Before that she was EVP at ABC, serving as entertainment president Stephen McPherson’s No.2. She segued into that job after spending a year as a producer, partnered with Stu Bloomberg when the two executive produced the short-lived ABC drama series Life As We Know It.

Calfo was previously an executive at ABC Studios’ predecessor Touchstone TV where she helped develop Alias and CSI under then-boss McPherson. Calfo first joined Disney’s TV team in 1989, in Buena Vista’s TV research department, eventually working her way into programming at Touchstone.

Calfo is the second ABC Studios-based producer to land a president-level job at a 20th TV-based company this week. On Tuesday, Bert Salke was named president of 20th TV’s cable/unscripted division Fox21.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Tops Sunday While Original Scripted Shows Falter

Nellie Andreeva

By the summer ratings math – you have multiple shows average just over 1.5 rating in adults 18-49, you win the night – Fox topped Sunday night with comedy repeats led by The Simpsons (1.7 rating/6 share in 18-49), The Cleveland Show (1.5/5) and Family Guy (1.7/5).

The network also aired an original Sons of Tucson (0.7/2), which finished last in its 7PM slot just like all the other original scripted shows last night: ABC’s Scoundrels (0.8/2) at 9PM, down 20% from its last original 2 weeks ago, and ABC’s The Gates (1.0/3) at 10PM, down a more modest 9%. Scoundrels also squandered a large chunk of its Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (1.3/4) lead-in.

CBS’ first Sunday edition of Big Brother (2.3/7, 10 million viewers overall) was by far the highest-rated program of the night while dipping 8% from its Thursday season premiere. But CBS followed with lower-rated drama repeats of The Mentalist (1.0/3) and canceled Cold Case (1.1/3), allowing Fox to take the 18-49 crown for the night with a 1.4/4. CBS was second in 18-49 (1.3/4) and tops in total viewers, 6.4 million.

Meanwhile, on the heels of its first major Emmy nominations on Thursday, Friday Night Lights (1.0/4, 3.7 million viewers) on Friday averaged its largest audience on NBC in five weeks.

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