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RATINGS RAT RACE: Canceled Freshmen ‘The Event’ & ‘Chicago Code’ Rise In Finales

Nellie Andreeva

These are the type of double-digit ratings gains network executives love to see their series hit in the season finales. Except when ratings don’t matter since the shows have already been canceled. All three recently axed Monday freshman series — NBC’s The Event and Law & Order: Los Angeles and Fox’s The Chicago Code — posted big week-to-week increases last night, which marked the final bow for The Event and Chicago Code and the last in-season episode of LOLA, which will finish its run over the next few weeks. The Event (1.5/4) was up 15% for its highest 18-49 rating since November. LOLA (1.4/5) was up 27%, and The Chicago Code (2.0/5) was up 11%. Meanwhile, returning series were down vs. their previous finales. Fox’s House (3.3/10) was down 23% from its season ender last May. The hourlong performance finale of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars (4.6/13, 22.2 million viewers) held up better, down 6% from the fall performance finale. Versus last spring’s cycle, the Monday Dancing closer was actually up, by 15% in 18-49 and 14% in total viewers, to draw the franchise’s largest audience for a spring performance finale. The premiere of The Bachelorette (2.8/7) was flat with last season’s debut. ABC easily won the night in 18-49 (3.4/9) and total viewers (13.6 million). CBS aired all repeats.

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3RD UPDATE: Fox Cancels Comedies ‘Breaking In’ & ‘Traffic Light’ And Dramas ‘Lie To Me’, ‘Human Target’ & ‘Chicago Code’

By | Tuesday May 10, 2011 @ 7:26pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Fringe got lucky to score an early renewal because no other bubble show got a reprieve at Fox. The network tonight axed all others: the Tim Roth-starring procedural Lie To Me, sophomore drama Human Target and freshmen The Chicago Code, Traffic Light and Breaking In. That is in contrast with last May, when it renewed all three of its bubble dramas, Lie To Me, Human Target and Fringe. While Human Target and Lie To Me had been long shots after soft second- and third-season runs and Chicago Code and Traffic Light‘s fate had been sealed for a while, especially with Chicago Code creator Shawn Ryan moving from 20th TV to Sony, the yanking of Breaking In was very surprising as the comedy launched strong behind American Idol, posting Fox’s highest ratings for live-action comedy series in three years. It has since slipped but was considered a solid contender for renewal as it had shown promise and had done much better than two other freshman live-action Fox comedies, Traffic Light and Running Wilde. Breaking In beat the odds once, when Fox passed on the pilot last season, before getting resurrected with a midseason order. But its luck ran out. And so the Christian Slater curse continues …

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Hits Low; ‘Castle’, ‘Chicago Code’ Only Gainers Amid Declines

Nellie Andreeva

A competitive NBA playoff game on TNT that went into overtime, Miami vs. Boston, took a toll on the broadcast networks last night, with most series down from last week. The disintegration of CBS’ once-formidable Monday lineup continues. How I Met Your Mother (2.5/8) was down 11% from last week to tie its series low. Mad Love (1.8/5) was down 18% for a series low, Mike & Molly (2.2/5) and Hawaii Five-0 (2.3/6) were both down 8%. Both Mike & Molly and Hawaii Five-0 also hit new series lows for a second consecutive week. Once a demo leader on Mondays, CBS (2.1/6, 7.3 million) finished third behind ABC (3.8/10, 17.7 million) and Fox (2.3/6, 6.7 million).

ABC’s Dancing With the Stars (4.1/11) was down 9% from last week, while Castle (3.1/8) was up 7%. Castle was joined in the plus ratings column by Fox’s The Chicago Code (1.7/4, up 6%). Its lead-in, freshly renewed House (2.9/9) was flat, tying last week’s season low.

NBC’s bubble shows Chuck (1.3/4) and Law & Order: LA (1.2/3) didn’t boost their chances to come back with last night’s ratings performances, down 7% and 14%, respectively, and Chuck tying its series low. The Event (1.1/3), which is beyond the bubble and into graveyard territory, was down 15% and tied as series low.

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘House’, ‘Chicago Code’, ‘Mike & Molly’ & ‘Hawaii Five-0′ Hit Lows

Nellie Andreeva

CBS has got to fix its Monday 9 PM problem as it is starting to seriously impact the 9:30 PM and 10 PM shows. Last night, freshmen Mike & Molly (2.3/6) at 9:30 PM and Hawaii Five-0 (2.4/6) at 10 PM both hit series lows, down 12% and 14%, respectively, from last week. They followed a Two and a Half Men rerun (2.2/6). Things looked better in the 8 PM hour, where How I Met Your Mother (2.7/8) was up 8% from its last original April 18, while midseason comedy Mad Love (2.2/6) was up 10% from last week when it was the sole original in a lineup of repeats.

This will not help UMS in its drawn-out difficult negotiations with Fox for a House pickup — last night the medical drama hit a new season low with a 2.9/8 in 18-49, down 9% from its last original two weeks ago. The Chicago Code (1.6/4) also hit a low, down 11%, as its chances for renewal are slipping away.

ABC (3.9/10, 18 million viewers) won another Monday with a potent Dancing With the Stars (4.4/12, down 6%) against a weakened CBS Monday lineup without Two and a Half Men originals. Castle (2.9/7, 12.2 million) was down a tenth from its last original April 11 but dominated the 10 PM hour in both 18-49 and total viewers. NBC’s Chuck (1.4/4) and Law & Order: LA (1.4/4) both climbed 8% from their most recent originals, … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CW Monday Dramas Return Higher, NBC Lineup Hits Season Low

Nellie Andreeva

It was another sad Monday ratings performance for NBC, which hit another season low on the night with all original programming. Chuck (1.3/4) was even with last week, tying its series low. But it also delivered NBC’s highest demo rating last night. The Event (1.1/3) was down 13% from its last original two weeks ago for a series low. And the relaunch of Law & Order: Los Angeles continues to sputter. In its second week since the series’ return last Monday, the Law & Order spinoff drew a 1.1/3, down a steep 27% from the two-hour midseason premiere last week. Such an underwhelming performance bodes well for David E. Kelley’s Harry’s Law, which did better in the slot earlier this midseason.

ABC’s Dancing With the Stars performance show (3.9/11) was down 13% from last week to rank as the lowest-rated spring performance telecast ever for the venerable reality franchise. In its special airing after Dancing, a new Cougar Town (2.3/6) was down 15% from its last original Feb. 2. Proving that comedy series do better in a block, even with a weaker lead-in, that last original followed a Modern Family repeat. The first of a slew of specials about the upcoming Royal Wedding, ABC News: William & Catherine: A Modern Fairytale, averaged a 1.7/4 at 10 PM. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Down, Slew Of Shows Hit Lows

Nellie Andreeva

The season premiere of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (5.1/15 in adults 18-49, 22.3 million viewers) was down 20% from the March premiere last year to rank as the show’s lowest-rated spring premiere since Season 2 in 2006. But vs. the fall cycle’s debut, Dancing was flat and easily the top program of the night in 18-49 and total viewers. Buoyed by a Dancing lead-in (and probably some overrun), Castle (3.3/9) at 10 PM was up 18% from its last original Feb. 28, when it followed The Bachelor. ABC easily won the night in 18-49 (4.5/13) and viewers (19.1 million).

All NBC series hit series lows. Chuck (1.5/4) was down 6% from last week, The Event (1.2/3) was flat and tied its series low, and Harry’s Law (1.6/4) was down 11%.

At CBS, the first Daylight Saving Time original of How I Met Your Mother (2.9/9) was down from the last fresh episode Feb. 28 for a season low. With a new HIMYM as a lead-in vs. a repeat last week, Mad Love (2.3/7) was up 10% from last week. Following a Two and Half Men (2.6/7) repeat, Mike & Molly (3.0/8) was down 12% from its last original Feb. 28 (also following a Men rerun) for a series low. But that didn’t affect Hawaii Five-0 (2.9/8), which was up 4% from its last original Feb. 21.

Fox’s House (3.4/10) was down a tenth (3%) from last week, while The Chicago Code (1.9/5) … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Bachelor’ Finale Down As Most Other Shows Hit Lows

Nellie Andreeva

ABC dominated the ratings last night with the two-hour season finale of The Bachelor (4.5/12, 13.8 million viewers) and The Bachelor: After the Final Rose special (4.7/12, 13.9 million). Both were down from last spring, the finale by 15% in 18-49, the post-finale special by 11%. In 18-49, it was the lowest-rated Bachelor finale in almost 3 years, since May 2008. Still, the finale hit a season high and was up a whopping 29% from the most recent regular episode. In total viewers, the Bachelor closer was the third most watched in the last 11 seasons. For the night, ABC (4.5/12, 13.9 million) posted a season high in 18-49 and logged its highest Monday average in almost a year.

Fox and NBC, which aired originals against ABC’s Bachelor-themed lineup, were both down from their last originals, with most series posting lows. House (3.5/10) was down 8% from last week, The Chicago Code was off by 5%. NBC’s Chuck (1.6/5) was down 6% from its last original 2 weeks ago to a series low. The Event (1.2/3) tumbled 14% from its disappointing two-hour spring premiere last week to also hit a series low. At 10 PM, Harry’s Law (1.7/5, 10 million) was down 6%, tying its series low, but drew its largest overall audience in 6 weeks.

The only original on CBS was new comedy Mad Love (2.1/6), which was down 13% from last week for a series low. Both weeks it followed … Read More »

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VIDEO: Shawn Ryan Gets ‘Arrested’ By FBI

By | Tuesday March 8, 2011 @ 3:09pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Visitors at the Beverly Glen Deli in Los Angeles today were surprised when an FBI agent walked in and handcuffed a patron eating lunch there. Turns out it was White Collar star Tim DeKay in an FBI uniform fake arresting The Shield and The Chicago Code creator Shawn Ryan assisted by the show’s writers PA Chris Masi, also in FBI gear. It was part of an ongoing Twitter war between Ryan and White Collar creator Jeff Eastin. The two started trading insults via the micro-blogging service early this year, with the feud moving to another level on Super Bowl Sunday when Ryan broke into Eastin’s office and took a picture of himself at Eastin’s desk (photo on left). During White Collar‘s panel at the PaleyFest last night, Eastin alluded to a big practical joke against Ryan coming in retaliation for the break-in. As for today’s arrest, “most of the restaurant thought it was real,” one witness said. “It was funny.” According to onlookers, Ryan was having lunch with David Madden, who probably served as bait as he is president of Fox TV Studios, the company that produced The Shield and is also producing White Collar. The writers for the USA series greeted Ryan outside the restaurant, and they also brought along TMZ cameras to commemorate the event. BTW, the Twitter revelry between Ryan and Eastin is for … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Event’ Down In Return

Nellie Andreeva

Fox was onto something when it scheduled serialized drama 24 like a reality series, airing it over a half-season with no breaks, a model that was subsequently adopted by another successful serialized drama, ABC’s Lost. How damaging are long hiatuses for serialized dramas? Look at NBC’s Heroes, which quickly ran out of steam, or ABC’s V, which was never able to recapture the strong ratings for its first 4 episodes that were followed by a long break.

The latest example is NBC’s new drama The Event. It was already struggling in the ratings in its initial run in the fall. But after a three-month hiatus, it returned last night down 26% from its last original on Nov. 29. The conspiracy/sci-fi drama drew a paltry 1.4/4 in 18-49 and 5.2 million viewers. At 10 PM, NBC’s midseason drama Harry’s Law (1.8/5, 9.4 million) continues to hold steady with virtually no lead-in support. It was flat in 18-49 from last week and climbed a fraction in total viewers to a five-week high and a No.1 finish at 10 PM. (The legal dramedy was helped by all-repeat competition in the 10 PM slot this week as both Hawaii Five-0 and Castle aired reruns, with Hawaii topping the hour in 18-49 with a 2.0/6.)

Also even with last week’s demo performances were Fox’s veteran House (3.8/11, 11.1 million viewers with another weird episode. We’ve had a lot of these lately) and newbie The Chicago Code (2.1/6, … Read More »

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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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No Back 9 Order For Fox’s ‘Lie To Me’

By | Tuesday December 7, 2010 @ 1:19pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox will not be giving a back-nine order to crime procedural Lie to Me, whose current third season will consist of 13 episodes.  Sources at the network stress that the show has not been canceled, with final decision expected to be made in the spring. The rationale for the order cutback is that Fox won’t need more episodes from the Tim Roth-starring series because, according to the network’s recently announced midseason schedule, Lie To Me is only slated to run through Jan. 31, with midseason drama The Chicago Code taking over its Monday 9 PM slot on Feb. 7. Last season, Fox ended up with 12 episodes of Lie to Me in the can after ordering 22 and only using the series for the fall. The network ended up airing those 12 episodes over the summer.

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Midseason Show News: New Name For Fox’s ‘Ride-Along’, More Scripts For ABC’s ‘Map’

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: Here is what Shawn Ryan just said about the name change of his new Fox series: ”Changing the title from Ride-Along to THE CHICAGO CODE reflects our belief that this is more than just a cop show.  It’s not just about the police, but also politics, the Midwest, history, Government corruption and the city’s code. Plus adding ‘Chicago’ to anything is always a good idea.

PREVIOUS: Shawn Ryan’s new Chicago-based cop drama for Fox, Ride-Along, has been renamed. It will now be known as The Chicago Code. The change was made to better reflect the the importance of the show’s Chicago setting. … Meanwhile, ABC has ordered 5 more scripts from the Shonda Rhimes-produced upcoming ABC drama Off The Map. That’s in addition to the extra script ABC picked up two weeks ago, bringing the total order to 6 additional scripts. Nice vote of confidence for the medical drama created by Jenna Bans.

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