NBC Press Day: Medical Drama ‘Night Shift’ Consciously Blue-Collar With Military Roots

By | Tuesday April 8, 2014 @ 2:48pm PDT

NBC‘s Night Shift exec producer Jeffnightshsift Judah insists he loves the idea of his big ensemble medical drama running on the broadcast network in the summer. “There are not as many shows on the networks, it may not get lost as much, maybe get a chance to be seen by more people — we love it.” he told reporters at NBC Press Day.

NBC series The Night Shift, about the men and women who work graveyard at San Antonio Memorial, got an 8-episode order  as part of a four-show deal between NBC and Sony TV last May that included pickups of The Blacklist (with guaranteed Monday 10 PM slot), Welcome To The Family and The Night Shift, and a renewal of Community. The Night Shift pilot tested very well, with Irish actor Eoin Macken in the lead, as adrenaline junkie T.C. Callahan who, after a grueling tour of duty in the Middle East, now works in the ER.  Creators Gabe Sachs and Judah executive produce with Pierre Morel.
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Sony TV Readies ‘The Blacklist’ For Off-Network Sale

By | Monday March 17, 2014 @ 3:04pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC-The-BlacklistSony Pictures TV‘s breakout drama The Blacklist is looking to join the elite handful of series that have been sold into off-network syndication in their first season on the air. The studio is putting together a pitch to cable networks and broadcast stations and has begun running ads in preparation for taking the NBC series out to buyers, which has not started yet. The Blacklist is a successful new broadcast procedural drama, which has been a rare breed during the past five years as the networks have gravitated toward more serialized fare. It would also be a rare non-franchise drama to sell in syndication in its freshman year. The two recent dramas to sell that quickly were CBS TV Studios’ NCIS: LA — a spinoff from a proven off-network procedural, NCIS — which sold to USA seven weeks into its run, and Hawaii Five-0, also a recognizable title being a remake of a popular cop drama, which was sold to TNT in April of the series’ first season.

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NBC Schedules 10 Season Finales

By | Tuesday March 11, 2014 @ 3:34pm PDT

NBC_logoIt’s that time of year, when the TV viewers’ thoughts turn to plot wraps and cliffhangers. NBC today announced season-finale dates for 10 of its series.  The Voice will wrap with a two-hour edition on May 20, and Community‘s … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Castle’ & ‘Blacklist’ Log Lows, ‘Almost Human’ Slips In Finale

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 9:27am PST
Nellie Andreeva

AlmostHuman1You can’t blame ABC for not trying hard with its new series. After midseason comedy Mixology flopped in its debut behind the network’s biggest comedy series, Modern Family, last Wednesday, ABC gave it extra sampling behind its top reality series currently on the air, The Bachelor. Hurt in the process was veteran drama Castle. The 90-minute The Bachelor: Women Tell All special (2.2) was down 12% from last week’s regular Bachelor episode and down 19% from last season’s two-hour Women Tell All special. With a repeat of the Mixology premiere dropping to a 1.1 at 9:30 PM, ABC’s Castle (1.6) slipped a tenth from last week when it aired directly after The Bachelor to a new series low.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘How I Met Your Mother’s 200th Surges, Lifts CBS Lineup; ‘Following’ Hits Low; ‘Blacklist’ Rebounds

By | Tuesday January 28, 2014 @ 10:02am PST
Nellie Andreeva

How Your Mother Met MeCBS How I Met Your Mother already had momentum heading into the final stretch of its nine-season run. Last night the veteran comedy got an extra boost with its 200th episode, which finally revealed the moment the show’s title had been teasing since the pilot, drawing a 3.8 in adults 18-49, up 23% from last week, and 10.7 million viewers, both season highs. It was HIMYM‘s best 18-49 delivery since February 14, 2013, the day after CBS’ broadcast of the Super Bowl, and largest audience since December 2011. The tide lifted all the ships, with the entire CBS Monday lineup posting gains. 2 Broke Girls (3.0, 9.9 million) was up 11%  from last week in the demo and posted season highs in both categories. Mike & Molly (2.6, up 24%, 10.7 million) matched its season high in 18-49 and posted a new one in total viewers. Mom (2.4, up 26%, 9.5 million) logged its best demo rating since the premiere and a series high in viewers. Drama Intelligence (1.5, 6.8 million) once again was an underperformer but it too ticked up (+36% in 18-49) for its best deliveries on Monday. CBS won the night in 18-49 and total viewers. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Inches Up In Finale To Tie Lower ‘Blacklist’; ‘Bachelor’ Steady

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 9:34am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Sleepy HollowFox’s Sleepy Hollow had a solid finish to its breakout first season. The supernatural drama drew a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49 for its two-hour season finale, up a tenth from last week and a two-month high. It delivered a nightly win for Fox in the demo and tied fellow freshman standout, NBC’s The Blacklist, for the first time. (The 9 PM episode of Sleepy Hollow, which logged a 2.4, actually edged The Blacklist.) In its second airing without a Voice lead-in, The Blacklist (2.3) slipped another 8% to a new series low. It still won the 10 PM hour. NBC’s alternative comedy series Hollywood Game Night did OK with back-to-back episodes, drawing a 1.3 at 8 PM — even with the July series premiere and up 30% from the special airing on Christmas eve — and a 1.5 at 9 PM, a series high.

The weekend controversy over The Bachelor star’s Juan Pablo Galavis’ comments on gays continue to have little impact on the show’s ratings. After The Bachelor special on Sunday matched its rating the previous week, last night’s regular episode of The Bachelor, the first since the controversy, drew a 2.3 rating in 18-49, even with its final last week and up a tenth from the fast national. Castle (2.0) was up a tenth.
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Ratings Rat Race: Low Regular Slot Debut For ‘Intelligence’, ‘Blacklist’ Returns Down, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Steady, ‘Bachelor’ Slips

By | Tuesday January 14, 2014 @ 10:49am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Intelligence-CBS-logo-720x405Can we get Hawaii Five-0 back on Monday? CBS tried a serialized drama, Hostages, and a procedural, Intelligence, in the Monday 10 PM slot this season but can’t seem to get any traction in the hour it once owned with CSI: Miami and did respectable business with Hawaii Five-0. Last night, Intelligence picked up where Hostages left off, premiering in the time period to an underwhelming 1.1 in adults 18-49. That was down an alarming 54% from the preview the series got behind stalwart NCIS last Tuesday and on par with the low rated finale of Hostages last Monday (1.1 at 9 PM and 1.0 at 10 PM). The very soft performance of Intelligence, which stars Lost’s Josh Holloway and CSI‘s Marg Helgenberger, was even more puzzling because it followed a solid performance by CBS’ Monday comedy block and aired against a weakened Blacklist on NBC without a Voice lead-in. Speaking of CBS’ comedies, they all returned up from a month-long hiatus, How I Met Your Mother (3.0), up +11%, 2 Broke Girls (2.7), up +17% , Mike & Molly (2.4), up +9% and Mom (2.1/5) up +11%.

NBC’s The Blacklist (2.5) took an expected drop returning from a big two-part fall finale with no Voice lead-in. The heavily DVR-ed freshman drama was off by 22% from its last original six weeks ago. But it built on its lead-in, an American Ninja Warrior special (1.9) by a healthy 31%, a rare feat for a 10 PM show and an encouraging sign it could stand on its own, without The Voice. It beat soundly its 10 PM competition, Hostages and ABC’s Castle (1.9, up 12% from last week), and its 2.5 has only been topped by two other regular 10 PM dramas this season, ABC’s hot Scandal, which follows Grey’s Anatomy, and the first two episodes of NBC’s Chicago Fire, which followed the highly rated first two weeks of The Voice‘s Tuesday auditions. Read More »

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NBC’s ‘The Blacklist’ Renewed For Second Season

By | Tuesday December 3, 2013 @ 1:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

the-blacklistOn the heels of a strong ratings finish of its fall run last night, NBC‘s hit freshman drama The Blacklist has been given an early second season renewal with a 22-episode order. The Sony TV-produced series starring … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Blacklist’ Ends Fall Run On High Note, ‘Almost Human’ Slips Again

By | Tuesday December 3, 2013 @ 9:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

blacklistfinale2It was an encouraging finish for NBC‘s new drama The Blacklist. Part 2 of its fall closer (3.5 in adults 18-49) tied its lead, The Voice, for the first time in the demo. (It actually built on the … Read More »

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NBC’s ‘The Blacklist’ Gets January Original Run

By | Monday December 2, 2013 @ 2:08pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

the-blacklistAfter taking a lot of flak over the four-month break it imposed on freshman Revolution last season, which seemed to hurt the serialized drama, NBC vowed not to repeat the mistake with its new hotshot in the Monday 10 PM … Read More »

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Sony TV Execs Talk Up Global Opportunities

Sony has its eye on television, telling investors that it will become more central to its entertainment strategy. That’s a change from a few years ago, Sony Pictures Television president Steve Mosko says: The Japanese … Read More »

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J.R. Orci Named Co-Executive Producer On ‘Blacklist’, Inks Overall Deal With Sony TV

By | Wednesday November 20, 2013 @ 8:09am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Fall’s hottest new drama, NBC‘s The Blacklist, has promoted J.R. Orci to co-executive producer. Orci, who joined the series after the pilot as a consulting producer, also has signed a two-year overall deal with BlacklistRead More »

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NBC’s Bob Greenblatt On Being Provocative – And Trying To Bring The Network Back

Reporting from Jerusalem

NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt took a trip around the dial of his previous posts, and his current one, this morning at the Innovative TV conference that’s organized here by Israel’s Keshet Media Group. The former Fox and Showtime exec was praised for the success of NBC’s hot freshman The Blacklist, and noted that the network “used to be one of the most innovative, acclaimed networks in America. We’re trying to bring that back.” In September, Greenblatt’s NBC contract was renewed through 2017, a vote of confidence for the exec just days before the start of the new broadcast season. He tossed kudos to NBC parent Comcast today, quipping that NBC “used to be owned by GE, a company that made airplane parts.”

But moving from cable to broadcast came with its own set of trials, he said, after a series of clips was played from Six Feet Under, the HBO show he exec produced, and Dexter, Showtime’s recently ended serial killer hit. “We’re in the process of trying to figure out what is the next stage of broadcast TV. We compete with cable every day. Network shows have kind of gotten safe and predictable and a little old-fashioned… We have to be provocative and do things to surprise people.” NBC “is a great network” thanks to its history with shows like Seinfeld, ER, Friends, St Elsewhere and Hill Street Blues, which were “innovative. But, there’s certain things we can’t do,” Greenblatt said before adding, “I don’t look at is as handcuffs; those limitations can ultimately be a good thing.” Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘2 Broke Girls’, ‘Hostages’ & ‘Blacklist’ Inch Up Against World Series

By | Tuesday October 29, 2013 @ 1:41pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 1:30 PM: Things are looking brighter for 2 Broke Girls, which was adjusted up a tenth to a 2.7, the best Live+Same Day rating to date in the new 8:30 PM slot and only a tenth off the series’ season high number posted in the September opener. Also up .1 in the finals are the usual suspects, The Voice (4.3), How I Met Your Mother (3.0) and Dancing With The Stars (2.1). But Hostages couldn’t hold on, slipping to a 1.2 to match its rating for the past couple of weeks. Meanwhile, the CW’s series retained their fast nationals despite an NFL pre-emption. Baseball was adjusted up, lifting Fox (4.1) past NBC (3.9) to an outright No.1 finish for the night in 18-49.

PREVIOUS: Proving that sports largely bring new audiences to TV and don’t cannibalize existing ones, ratings for NBC, CBS and ABC were virtually unaffected by Game 5 of the World Series on Fox, which is expected to bag a nightly victory in adults 18-49 (possibly tied with NBC) and total viewers. NBC’s The Voice (4.2 in 18-49) was even with its fast national last Monday, while The Blacklist (3.1) was up a tenth and has a good chance of holding on to that number — a three-week Live+7 Day high — in the finals despite a minute of a Voice overrun. Another Monday freshman drama, CBS’ Hostages (1.3), saw a much-needed uptick (+.1), posting its best 18-49 result in a month. The series has a limited first-season order and doesn’t need a Back 9 pickup, but any improvement helps to justify CBS’ decision to keep the show in its Monday 10 PM slot. Hostages picked up 8% despite its lead-in, Mom (2.1) slipping 9% from last week. Read More »

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‘Blacklist’ Sets DVR Record, Retains 100% Of Premiere Demo Rating In Week 2; ‘New Girl’ Tops Percentage Gains With 89%

By | Sunday October 20, 2013 @ 3:31pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After becoming the first broadcast show to grow by 5 million viewers or more from Live+Same Day to Live+3, NBC‘s hot freshman The Blacklist has set another DVR record, becoming the first broadcast series to add more than 6 million viewers from L+SD to Live+7. Both milestones were achieved by Blacklist’s second episode, which averaged 17.9 million viewers in Live+7, up 6.50 million or 57% vs. the 11.35 million who watched live or the night of the original airing.

Proving that DVR viewing is growing in leaps and bounds this season, the previous record for Live+7 viewership gain was posted only a week earlier, by CBS monster hit The Big Bang Theory, which added 5.7 million viewers for its season premiere between Live+SD and Live+7. What’s more, The Blacklist was able to erase its entire 13% Second Week drop among adults 18-49 in Live+SD through time shifted viewing. The second episode of the James Spader starrer rose to a 5.49 18-49 rating in week two, matching exactly its premiere 18-49 result. It appears to be the only new series to hold onto its premiere rating in Week 2 this season. The Blacklist also supplanted ABC‘s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. as the No.1 new series in 18-49 as S.H.I.E.L.D. dropped 23% in Week 2 L+7 vs. its debut to a 5.4. For Fox‘s Sleepy Hollow, which launched a week earlier, the Week 2 drop-off in L+7 was 9%. Big Bang remained the highest-rated broadcast program for a second straight week (7.6 in L+7), eclipsing NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ’2 Broke Girls’ Up, ‘Mom’ Down In New Lineup; ‘Castle’ Rebounds

By | Tuesday October 15, 2013 @ 9:17am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: Finals came in as expected. How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Sleepy Hollow and Mom were each adjusted up a tenth, while The Blacklist was adjusted down two tenths. The Voice held.

PREVIOUS: CBS’ tweaked Monday lineup posted a small improvement — up a tenth (5%) in adults 18-49 to a 1.9 rating and 12% in total viewers to 7 million — largely because of the replacement of underperforming We Are Men with a The Big Bang Theory return. The impact on the rest of CBS’ Monday series was mixed. 2 Broke Girls (2.5) improved by moving to 8:30 PM behind How I Met Your Mother (3.0, up a tenth from last week’s fast national). 2 Broke Girls was up 14% from its series-low fast national last Monday when it aired at 9 PM, following We Are Men (and on Men’s 1.8 rating). But freshman Mom (1.9) slipped 10% with Big Bang instead of 2 Broke Girls as a lead-in (the size of the lead-in was the same, 2.2). At 10 PM, Hostages (1.2) has stabilized (found bottom?) after two double-digit declines, flat in adults 18-49 and total viewers. The serialized drama posted a strong 65% Live+7 gain for its premiere but even with 7 days of DVR viewing included, it was the lowest-rated CBS program on Monday night. NBC’s The Voice (4.5) and The Blacklist (3.2) currently match their fast nationals from last week. The network’s ratings are slightly inflated by a local NFL pre-emption in Indianapolis. Since The Voice regularly gets adjusted up in the finals, it may be able to hold onto the 4.5 rating but The Blacklist will likely be adjusted down by as many as two tenths because of the pre-emption and a minute of Voice overrun. (The James Spader drama was adjusted down a tenth the last two weeks.). Regardless, The Voice and The Blacklist will rank as the the two highest-rated programs of the night in 18-49, bagging another Monday demo victory for NBC, which also won in total viewers, edging ABC. Read More »

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NBC’s ‘The Blacklist’ Tops Annual New-Series Ad Price Survey

By | Monday October 14, 2013 @ 7:01am PDT

CBS is earning the biggest premiums for its new TV series this season, according to the annual who’s-getting-what-for-which-new-series report in Adweek. Among CBS’s new crop, its new Robin Williams starrer The Crazy Ones snags an average cost … Read More »

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Premiere Week Live+7 Ratings: Networks In Positive Territory, ‘Agents Of SHIELD’, ‘Big Bang’ & ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Post Biggest Gains

Nellie Andreeva

Here is some good news for the broadcast networks — viewers are not abandoning broadcast, they are just taking their sweet time watching the shows. The Live+7 ratings for premiere week came out today, and it painted a pretty good picture — all nets were up or flat vs. last fall. Compare that with the Live+Same Date ratings for the opening week of the season where only ABC and NBC were up in adults 18-49 and only NBC up in total viewers, while everyone else was down. The turnaround was biggest for Fox, which went from being down 15% year-to-year in 18-49 and down 13% in total viewers in Live+SD to +9% and +7%, respectively. It was fueled by freshman Sleepy Hollow (5.3 18-49 rating), which posted the biggest percentage Live+7 gain in adults 18-49 (70%) and tied CBS’ The Big Bang Theory for the second biggest absolute gain (2.2 rating). That was still good enough for Fox to rank fourth among the Big 4 networks (2.9, 7.5 million total viewers). NBC (3.8, up 6%; 11.5 million, up 17%) remained the leader in 18-49, paced by the premiere of The Blacklist (5.5, up 43%). CBS was still No.1 in total viewers (13 million, up 1%) and moved up from third to second in 18-49 (3.1, nc). Its top performer was the hourlong Big Bang Theory (7.8 in 18-49, up 40%), the highest rated program of premiere week in 18-49. CBS also claimed the most watched program, NCIS, 24.7 million, followed closely by Big Bang (24.2 million). ABC (3.0, up 7%; 7.9 million, -1%) was No.4 in 18-49 but claimed 3 of the Top 5 programs in absolute 18-49 gain: No.1, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (7.0, up 2.3), No.4, Modern Family (6.2, up 2.1), and No.5, Grey’s Anatomy (5.1, up 1.7). While the networks’ Live+7 gains are all good for bragging rights, the networks still don’t have a way of monetizing viewing outside of the Live+3 window. Here are network rankings and a full list of all programs’ Live+7 18-49 performance: Read More »

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T.I. Joins ‘House Of Lies’, ‘The Blacklist’, ‘Reckless’ & ‘Teen Wolf’ Add Recurring

By | Tuesday October 8, 2013 @ 4:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Singer/actor T.I. (Boss) will do a multiple-episode arc on the third season of the Showtime comedy series House Of Lies as Lukas, a clothing company co-owner with childhood friend “Dre” (guest star Mekhi Phifer), who enlist Marty (Don Cheadle) to help expand their empire. He is with UTA and Category 5 Entertainment’s Brian Sher.

Amir Arison (Homeland) has booked a recurring role on hit new NBC drama series The Blacklist, playing FBI Tech specialist Aram Mojtabi who is an enthusiastic, hardworking agent desperate to assimilate. Arison, repped by Bauman, Redanty and Shaul and Sweet 180, recurs in the upcoming 3rd season of HBO’s Girls. Read More »

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