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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: ‘Under The Dome’ Dominates Monday Despite Distribution Dilemma

By | Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 10:45am PDT

UPDATE, 10:30 AM: CBS’ Under The Dome dominated Monday in overall audience (10.81 million) and in both the 18-49 (2.5 rating) and 25-54 (3.4 rating) demos. Though Time Warner Cable continues not to carry CBS stations in three of the country’s Top 5 markets, affecting about 3.2 million customers, the Stephen King adaptation scored more than 5 million more viewers than the night’s closest competitor, NBC’s American Ninja Warrior (5.78 million viewers). Ninja and CBS’ How I Met Your Mother rerun tied in the demo at 8 PM (1.4 rating) but Ninja had the total-viewer edge (5.4 million) over HIMYM (4.5 mil). Ninja took over in both races at 8:30. For the full hour, Ninja enjoyed its top demo rating since its summer premiere — it also won the hour among men and women 18-34 and 25-54. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Bachelorette’ Hits Finale Low, ‘Under The Dome’ Down, ‘Siberia’ Matches Low

By | Tuesday August 6, 2013 @ 8:46am PDT

It was all The Bachelorette (2.6/8) all night on ABC on Monday. The two-hour Season 9 finale of the looking-for-love reality show saw Desiree Hartsock take a proposal from baseball player turned mortgage broker Chris Siegfried in Antigua. Staying sporty, the show also saw former soccer player Juan Pablo Galavis announced as the new Bachelor. Coming off last week’s season high, the show was up 8% from it July 29th show. However, it wasn’t all roses. Last night had The Bachelorette sliding 16% from last year’s finale on July 22, 2012. That’s an all-time finale low for the dating series. The epilogue of the live The Bachelorette: After The Rose (2.5/7) was also down to its lowest rating ever. The special fell 19% from last year’s airing. Still, with The Bachelorette as the highest rated show of the night and doubling its network rivals in the 8 PM to 10 PM tile slot, ABC was tops among adults 18-49  (2.6/7) and in terms of total viewers last night with 8.672 million watching.

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While 3.2 million Time Warner Cable subscribers in NY, LA and Dallas were still not able to see CBS last night due to the ongoing dispute on retransmission fees, there was a lot happening on Under The Dome (2.5/7) on Read More »

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RATING RAT RACE: ‘Bachelorette’ Hits Season High, ‘Under The Dome’ Dips, ‘Siberia’ & ‘Get Out Alive’ Hit Lows

By | Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 9:01am PDT

There was rain, there were kisses, insulin theft and there was a growing panic in Chester’s Mill last night on Under The Dome (2.7/8). The fifth week of Steven Spielberg and Stephen King-produced show, which CBS unsurprisingly renewed for a second season on Monday, saw a dip of 4% from its July 22 show last night. That’s a season low tie for Dome but the series was still the highest-rated show of the night and the most watched with 11.08 million viewers.  Other than Dome, CBS was all encores on Monday night.

Part 1 of this season’s The Bachelorette (2.3/7) finale had the final three suitors indulge in Fantasy Suite Week with Desiree Hartsock. Besides the usual stuff that also included one very long conversation and a role reversal of a sort as the competition came down to the final two for next week. Still as the suitors went down, the two-hour show was up. Last night’s Bachelorette, which was the second highest-rated show of the night of the night, was up double digits from the week before. The reality show shot up 21% from its July 22 show to hit a season high among the key demo. It was also up 20% in viewers from  last week to 7.77 million, another season high. Mistresses (1.3/4) also had a surprise with a maternal visit as the drama rose 8% Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Under The Dome’ Slips, ‘Get Out Alive’ Debuts Soft, ‘Bachelorette’ Hits Season Viewership High

Primetime television had it all last night with drama, reality and even a premiere – almost made summer feel like fall. Three weeks into its debut run, CBS’s Under The Dome (2.7/7) slipped a bit last night. While the top rated and most watched (10.57 million) show of Monday night, the series from Steven Spielberg and Stephen King was down 7% from its second show on July 1. Other than Under The Dome, CBS aired all encores last night. CBS won the night in total viewers with 6.527 million watching and tied the night with ABC among adults 18-49 with both networks receiving a 1.7/5.

Over on ABCThe Bachelorette (1.9/6) bopped up 6% from last week and hit a season high among viewers with 6.81 million watching. The two-hour reality series was the second highest rated and second most watched show of the night. The Bachelorette was followed by the freshman drama Mistresses (1.2/3), which rose 9% from its July 1 show.

Head-to-head with Under The Dome for the second week in a row, NBC’s faux reality show drama Siberia (1.0/3) got another ratings chill last night. Debuting weak on July 1, Siberia slipped 9% among adults 18-49 from its premiere. Before some fake reality, NBC premiered a new unscripted show with Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls (1.4/4). While the highest rated reality debut this summer, Get Out Alive was still down 18% from … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Under The Dome’ Down, ‘Siberia’ Debuts Soft, ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Falls In Returns

By | Tuesday July 2, 2013 @ 9:11am PDT

The second week of CBS’ Under The Dome (2.8/8) saw a few cracks in the new drama’s strong ratings shell. Following its big debut last week, the Amblin TV/DreamWorks TV-produced show was down 15% on Monday — not altogether unrespectable retention levels for the series based on Stephen King’s 2009 novel. Under The Dome was easily the top-rated show of the night and by far the most watched with 11.52 million viewers. Otherwise, CBS was all repeats Monday. Like on most almost-holiday summer nights, usage was down 5% among adults 18-49 and dipped 4% from last week. CBS was tops for the night in adults 18-49 and in viewers with 7.08 million.

Related: ‘Under The Dome’ Gets DVR Lift In Live + 3 Read More »

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ICM Partners Signs ‘Siberia’ Creator Matthew Arnold

By | Friday June 21, 2013 @ 10:26am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Matthew Arnold, creator-showrunner of NBC‘s upcoming summer drama series Siberia, has signed with ICM Partners. He didn’t have an agent. Siberia, which premieres July 1, is about a group of contestants who think they are competing in a reality show until the things go horribly wrong and they are left abandoned by the crew in a mysterious, supernatural wilderness. Arnold conceived of the series and wrote the bible before teaming with Michael Ohoven of Infinity Films to finance the first season independently. Ohoven and Sierra/Engine, which came in as a distributor, took the series to MIPCOM in April and then sold it to NBC. Arnold wrote and directed the pilot and the season finale. He also co-wrote three additional episodes and directed a total of 7 episodes of the 13-epispde first season. Arnold, who is also repped by David Engel at Circle Of Confusion and Jen Levy, recently wrote and directed the supernatural thriller feature Shadow People.

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NBC Acquires Sierra/Engine’s ‘Siberia’ Mystery Drama Series For Summer Run

By | Monday May 20, 2013 @ 11:06am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has acquired 13-episode drama series Siberia, from Sierra/Engine Television and producer Michael Ohoven from Infinity Media. The mystery drama will premiere on July 1 and air in the Monday 10 PM slot. Siberia is set in the remote Siberian territory of Tunguska, location of the largest impact event on Earth, the massive 1908 explosion, believed to have been caused by a meteoroid or comet, which knocked down some 80 million trees over an area of 830 square miles. More than 100 years later, 16 reality-show contestants descend on Tunguska unknowing of the land’s mysterious past. When a contestant is badly injured and no help arrives the contestants realize that the strange occurrences are not part of the show. With their safety threatened, competing contestants must band together in an effort to survive. The series, said to be in the vein of The Blair Witch Project, is wrapping production. It was unveiled at the recent MIPTV by Sierra/Engine, which handles worldwide distribution. Siberia extends Sierra/Engine’s relationship with NBC as the company also distributes the network’s upcoming drama series Crossbones. “The concept of survival, when mysterious elements are at play, makes for a compelling show,” said NBC’s scheduling chief Jeff Bader. This is NBC’s third scripted series slated for summer, joining another acquired drama, Crossing Lines, as well as dramedy Camp. SiberiaRead More »

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Sierra/Engine Backs ‘Siberia’ Mystery Series

By | Thursday March 21, 2013 @ 10:29am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

SiberiaSierra/Engine Television (NBC’s Crossbones) has teamed with producer Michael Ohoven (Capote) from Infinity Media to distribute and produce 13-episode drama series Siberia. It is set in the remote Siberian territory of Tunguska, location of the largest impact event on Earth, the massive 1908 explosion, believed to have been caused by a meteoroid or comet, which knocked down some 80 million trees over an area of 830 square miles. More than 100 years later, 16 reality-show contestants descend on Tunguska unknowing of the land’s mysterious past. When a contestant is badly injured and no help arrives the contestants realize that the strange occurrences are not part of the show. With their safety threatened, competing contestants must band together in an effort to survive. The series, said to be in the vein of The Blair Witch Project, is currently in production with 6 episodes completed. Sierra/Engine will handle worldwide distribution with a launch at MIPTV next month. The timing is fortunate given the extensive worldwide coverage of the big meteor explosion in Russia a month ago. Ohoven and Sierra/Engine CEO Chris Philip executive produce.

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