Last night was a big letdown on broadcast TV following last Sunday’s blockbuster ratings for the Patriots-Broncos thriller on Sunday Night Football and the American Music Awards. NBC is still on track to win the night with SNF, but last night’s Giants-Redskins game posted a 12.1 overnight household rating, down 29% from last week. ABC’s lineup came nowhere near the 4.5 18-49 rating for last week’s AMAs. Once Upon A Time (1.9) was even with its last original two weeks ago, tying a series low. The Hallmark Hall Of Fame movie Christmas In Conway (1.1) was down 39% from last year’s HHF holiday movie Christmas With Holly and matching HHF’s lowest rating to date with this year’s The Makeover.
Deadline’s Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and ENTV host Melana Scantlin discuss Pete’s predictions in the reality and variety categories in this weekend’s Primetime Emmys, along with his wish list. Will The Amazing Race dominate once again and, after 32 nominations, will this finally be Bill Maher’s year for …
Andy Patrick is an AwardsLine contributor.
Considering that upstart docureality series like Duck Dynasty and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo are dominating ratings and pop culture, reality-competition series have largely been overshadowed. NBC’s buzzy singing contest The Voice last year injected some fresh blood into the Emmy reality-competition field, which had mostly been filled by the same shows for the past decade. In fact, CBS’ The Amazing Race has snagged the Emmy every year but one since the category’s inception in 2003. However, The Voice is coming in strong in ratings and challenging Amazing Race’s hold on the title. So while you contemplate whether the reality-competition category is primed for a shakeup this year, here’s our assessment of the competitors.
The memorial, which includes wreckage of a downed U.S. B-52, was used as a location where contestants hunted for clues. The Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion organizations had criticized CBS over the show’s use of the memorial. Two Americans were killed when the bomber went down. The segment also included a choir singing a tribute to the Vietnam Communist Party.
The Amazing Race Sprints North To Canada
CBS’ The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan announced tonight that viewers north of the border can look forward to their own The Amazing Race Canada that will air on Canada’s CTV, which has licensed format rights from Disney-ABC Domestic Television. The Amazing Race Canada will launch in Summer 2013. Competition will take place within Canada, which features a variety of rugged, challenging terrain. Insight Productions will produce with the support of Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri’s Profiles Television. Casting, host, and other information about the show will be announced during the coming months.
Deadline’s Pete Hammond and Awardsline’s Christy Grosz ruminate on Emmy nominations (or in one glaring case the lack thereof) for Reality Competition shows with ENTV YouTube channel host Brian Corsetti:
Michael Slezak is Senior Editor at TVLine
Reality television by its very nature thrives on unexpected twists, shock eliminations, and upset victories. But the most surprising thing about the Emmy race for outstanding reality-competition program over the last five years has been the almost total stagnancy of its pool of contenders. Indeed, from 2007-2011, the same five shows — The Amazing Race, American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, Project Runway, and Top Chef – have maintained a chokehold on nominations in the category. The sole exception to this five-member monopoly came in 2011, when Emmy added a sixth nominee, Fos’s So You Think You Can Dance, to the mix.
But wait. That “kerplunk” you’re hearing might just be the sound of a new contender (or two) dropping into the proceedings. Indeed, the 2011-2012 season found The Voice proving itself a genuine (and genuinely enjoyable) ratings force in its second season for struggling NBC. On Fox, Simon Cowell’s British import The X Factor stormed the U.S. coastline with a combination of flashing lights, aggressive backup dancers, and Paula Abdul’s tears. Will these newcomers force Emmy to redistribute the nomination wealth, or will 2012 be another case of same-old same-old? Let’s examine the contenders, in alphabetical order:
The Amazing Race (CBS)
The globetrotting adventure series has dominated the category like a Rottweiler facing a pack of teacup poodles: Since Emmy first began handing out a Reality-Competition statuette in 2003, TAR has won every year except 2010. And with Season 20 featuring breathtaking footage of everywhere from India to Japan, and Argentina to Azerbaijan, another nomination is the closest thing there is to an Emmy certainty. As for a ninth visit to the winner’s circle? That’d be no surprise, either.
ABC’s Once Upon A Time is looking a little less magical these days. Airing in the 8 PM hour, which has been impacted by viewer erosion due to holiday shopping, the fairytale drama hit a series low for a third consecutive week with its fall finale last night. It posted a 2.9/7 in adults 18-49, down 9% from last week. Proving once again that movies — original or theatrical — don’t do well on broadcast TV, ABC’s rebroadcast of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory posted a soft 1.3/3 from 9-11 PM.