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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Men’ Tops, ‘Mike & Molly’ Pops, ‘Mad Love’ Slow, ‘Chicago Code’ Down

Nellie Andreeva

Most programs were down last night, as overall TV viewership was impacted by the Valentine’s Day holiday. (Adult 18-49 TV usage was off by 6% from last week.) Most affected was Fox, which had gotten a post-Super Bowl boost last Monday. Veteran House (3.4/10, 9.9 million) was down 21% in the demo, while new cop drama The Chicago Code (2.0/5) was down 17% from its premiere last Monday.

The last original episode (for now) of CBS’ Two and a Half Men (4.2/11, 14.5 million) was down 5% from last week and tied as a season low. But the comedy starring Charlie Sheen was far and away the highest-rated program on the night in 18-49 and total viewers. (CBS plans to air Men reruns in the 9 PM slot for the foreseeable future while the show is on hiatus.) Men‘s lead-out, Mike & Molly (3.8/10, 13.1 million) bucked the down trend on the night, up 9% in the demo, and posted its largest audience ever.

News wasn’t as great for CBS’ other new half-hour entry on Monday, Mad Love. In its premiere last night (3.0/8, 8.8 million), the midseason comedy did OK by holding onto 81% of its How I Met Your Mother (3.7/11, down 3%; 9.6 million) demo lead-in. But it didn’t improve CBS’ performance in the 8:30 PM slot, as … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: So-So Start For ‘Chicago Code’, ‘Harry’s Law’ Down

Nellie Andreeva

First, the good news. In its premiere last night, midseason Fox drama The Chicago Code (2.4/6 in 18-49, 9.4 million) did far better than the network’s other new drama this season, Lone Star, did in its debut in the same Monday 9 PM slot during premiere week (1.3/3, 4.1 million). But, with the most watched telecast of all time, Sunday night’s Super Bowl on Fox, as a promotional platform, Chicago Code should’ve done better, especially with its lead-in, House (4.3/12, 12.3) getting a post-Super Bowl bump. The medical drama was up 16% in the demo from its last original 2 weeks ago and hit season highs in 18-49 and total viewers. Chicago Code‘s retention in total viewers was OK, 76%, but in 18-49, it was 56%. Still, with House climbing and Chicago Code replacing the softly-rated Lie to Me, Fox posted its highest-rated Monday night this season.

CBS’ lineup was on par with its last originals on Jan. 17, with most series down a tenth. Two and a Half Men (4.4/11, 15.1 million) was the top program of the the night in 18-49 and total viewers with the first of 2 unaired episodes of the show, which is on hiatus while star Charlie Sheen is undergoing treatment. How I Met Your Mother (3.8/11, 10.1 million) was down 5%, Rules of Engagement (3.2/8, 9.5 million) was down 3%, Mike & MollyRead More »

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NBC Cuts Back Order For ‘The Cape’

By | Tuesday February 1, 2011 @ 5:54pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Things are not looking good for midseason drama The Cape. NBC just cut the order to the comic book-inspired series from 13 to 10. That means stop of production for the show, which is now wrapping Episode 10. After an OK start on Sunday earlier this month, The Cape has been sliding in its regular Monday 9 PM slot. Last night, the show drew a 1.5/4, down 6% for a series low. It is not clear if the shortened order will affect the return of The Event to the Monday 9 PM berth, currently scheduled for Feb. 28. One possible scenario floated around has The Cape finishing its 10-episode run on Feb. 28, with The Event relaunching with 2 back-to-back episodes (instead of a recap and an original) the following Monday, March 7.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC’s ‘Harry’s Law’ Holds, Fox’s ‘Lie To Me’ Pops

Nellie Andreeva

David E. Kelley’s new legal drama Harry’s Law (2.1/6 in 18-49, 10.6 million) held up well in its second week, down only a tenth from last week’s premiere to score the best Week 1-to-Week 2 retention for a new drama this season. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Harry’s Law’ Debut OK, ‘Cape’ Falls, CBS Sitcoms Hit Viewer Highs

Nellie Andreeva

It almost feels like Premiere Week Monday, with the Big 4 networks finally all returning to originals after a winter hiatus. In its debut, David E. Kelley’s latest legal drama, NBC’s Harry’s Law (2.1/6 in 18-49. 11 million) did a respectable business for a 10 PM drama these days, especially with a lead (Kathy Bates) whose age is way over the broadcasters’ target 18-49 demo. Harry’s Law won the 10 PM hour in total viewers with NBC’s largest average in the time slot this year and finished second in 18-49 to CBS’ Hawaii Five-O (2.9/8, 10.6 million) whose star Alex O’Loughlin is 28 years Bates’ junior. But Harry’s Law will have a tougher time next week after facing less competition in its debut with ABC’s Castle (1.4/4, 5.7 million) airing a rerun. And it ranked as NBC’s lowest-rated in-season premiere in the Monday 10 PM time period, down slightly from Chase‘s 2.3 premiere rating in the slot in September.

Still, Harry’s Law was NBC’s highest-rated program of the night in both viewers and 18-49. In its second airing, fellow midseason drama The Cape (1.8/4, 6.2 million) was down 31% from its two-hour premiere on Sunday, Jan. 9. At 8 PM, Chuck (2.0/5, 5.9 million) was even with its last original on Nov. 29 and matched its season high in 18-49. NBC finished fourth for the night with a 2.0/5 in 18-49 and 7.7 million viewers.

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‘SNL’ Features ‘Cape’ Parody, Pee-wee Short

Nellie Andreeva

Saturday Night Live last night took on the new NBC superhero drama The Cape with fake promos for other NBC series about “superheroes who get their superpowers from items of clothing,” including The Scarf, The Scrunchy and The Spanx. Meanwhile, Paul Reubens is already getting online support for a hosting gig on SNL after his turn as Pee-wee opposite Andy Samberg in last night’s digital short. Videos below:

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Nellie Andreeva

Only ABC and Fox served originals last night. ABC’s The Bachelor (2.8/7 in adults 18-49) was on par with its season premiere last week, down just a tenth. Recently renewed dramedy Castle (2.1/5) was down 13%. ABC won the night in 18-49 (2.6/6) and total viewers (8.7 million). Fox’s back-to-back Lie to Me episodes (1.6/4 and 1.5/4, respectively), were down 27% and 32% from the show’s last original in Nov. 29. The network settled for 3rd place (1.6/4, 5.5 million), behind CBS (2.0/5, 7.7 million), whose all-rerun lineup was led by Two and a Half Men and How I Met Your Mother (both averaging a 2.4/6 in the demo). NBC aired repeats of Chuck (0.8/2) and new drama The Cape (1.0/2).

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Has Big NFL-boosted premiere, ‘Cape’ Debut OK

Nellie Andreeva

With NBC’s Sunday Night Football ending its season last week and Fox getting a massive NFL Wild Card runover, Fox posted its first Sunday ratings victory this season highlighted by the strong premiere of new animated comedy Bob’s Burgers. Bob’s Burgers (4.5/11 in adults 18-49) was sandwiched between The Simpsons (5.7/14) and Family Guy (4.7/11). With the NFL overrun (13.0/34) and overtime (11.0/28) as a lead-in, The Simpsons, Family Guys as well as Cleveland (3.5/8), in its new post-Family Guy slot, hit season highs, and Bob’s Burgers delivered the highest-rated new series debut on any network this season in the 18-49 demo.

Following a two-hour Dateline (1.1/3), which was down 21% from its comparable telecast last January but built 114% from 7 to 9:30 PM, the two-hour preview of new drama The Cape drew a 2.6/6 in 18-49, a non-spectacular but solid opening, keeping steady throughout the 9-11Pm period and finishing second in the male demographics. At 10 PM, The Cape ranked first in 18-49.

ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.8/5) was down 14% from last week; Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.6/6) was down 4%; Desperate Housewives (3.8/9) and Brothers & Sisters (2.3/6) were flat.

CBS’ 60 Minutes (1.6/4) was down 24%; CSI: Miami (2.5/6) was up 14% as it is settling in the new 8 PM slots and benefited from the departure of football from Sunday’s primetime; Undercover Boss (3.0/7) was flat. A Criminal Minds rerun (1.8/5) aired at 10 PM.

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Big Ratings For NBC’s ‘SNL’, NFL Wild Card Games. Will That Help ‘The Cape’ Premiere?

Nellie Andreeva

Yesterday was a big day for NBC ratings-wise. The first original Saturday Night Live of the year, hosted by Jim Carrey, drew a 7.8 rating/18 share in the metered-market households, a season high for the veteran late-night sketch show and the highest rating since the big Betty White/Jay-Z episode on May 8. I personally felt Carrey’s physical comedy talents could have been put to better use with stronger material, though he made the most of what he was given with engaging performances. Below is the show’s opening skit, a Black Swan send-up. On the East Coast, SNL was delayed 15 minutes by the overrun of the Jets-Colts NBC Wild Card playoff game (20.8 overnight rating/33 share), which posted the best primetime Wild Card rating ever (The NFL became airing Wild Card games in primetime in 2002). Overall, it was the highest-rated Wild Card Saturday game in 11 years. Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks victory over the New Orleans Saints earlier in the day (18.3/33) logged the best Wild Card Game 1 overnight rating in 20 years. And the two-game average was the best in 16 years. One amusing detail. While Carrey opened his SNL monologue with “How ’bout those Jets, New York?,” New Yorkers actually didn’t watch the game that much. While New Orleans and Seattle were the top 2 markets for the Saints-Seahawks game and Indianapolis was the top market for the Jets-Colts game, New York, which has the largest potential audience in the country, was only ranked 20th for … Read More »

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