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Ratings Rat Race: Fox Comedy Block Down In Return, ’666′ & ‘Wife’ Hit Lows, ‘Once’ Up

By | Monday November 5, 2012 @ 10:18am PST
Nellie Andreeva

This is what a long hiatus could do to a network’s lineup. Fox’s Sunday comedy block posted across-the-board double-digit ratings declines last night in its return from a month-long break for baseball coverage. The comedies dropped despite following an NFL overrun last night vs. a Simpsons rerun in their last outing four weeks ago. For The Cleveland Show (1.9/5 in adults 18-49), the hiatus came right after its Oct. 7 season premiere. In its second airing for the season, the animated comedy last night was down 14% from its opener. The Simpsons (2.6/6) was down 16% from four weeks ago, Bob’s Burgers (1.8/4) down 22%, Family Guy (2.5/6) down 26% and American Dad (1.9/4) down 27%.

ABC’s Once Upon A Time (3.5/8) climbed another tenth in 18-49 from last Sunday to post its third straight week of ratings gains and finish again as the highest-rated drama of the week in Live+Same Day. ABC also got good news at 7 PM where veteran America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.7/4) was solid, up a tenth (31%) for a second consecutive week-to-week ratings increase and a season high. But Revenge (2.6/6) shed another tenth as it continued its slide. And freshman 666 Park Avenue (1.4/4), whose fate is about to be decided shortly as it doesn’t have a back episodic order, didn’t help its cause, down 13% from last week to a series low. With one exception, the spooky drama has declined every week since its debut to tie 23-year-old AFHV that airs in the low-rent 7 PM hour last night. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Cleveland Show’ Up In Return, ’666 Park Ave’ Drops In Week 2

By | Monday October 8, 2012 @ 9:37am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

This is good news for Fox’s The Cleveland Show, whose future beyond the current fourth season is in limbo: The Family Guy spinoff kicked off Season 4 with a 2.2/6 among adults 18-49 at 7:30 last night. That was up 22% from the show’s 7:30 PM premiere last fall and the animated comedy’s highest-rated telecast ever. Cleveland was helped by a solid lead-in from a The Simpsons repeat (2.0/6) at 7 PM, which was juiced up by a NFL coverage in 17% of the country. At 8 PM, The Simpsons‘ annual Treehouse Of Horror episode (3.1/8) was down 18% from the show’s season premiere last week, which was boosted by an NFL overrun. Bob’s Burgers (2.3/6) was down 12% from its season premiere, while Family Guy (3.4/8) and American Dad (2.6/6) perked up — both up a tenth from their season openers last Sunday.

NBC is expected to once again win the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers with Sunday Night Football, though the San Diego Chargers-New Orleans Saints game (11.7 rating/19 in the metered markets) was down 25% from last week’s Giants-Eagles matchup. Read More »

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Fox Renews ‘Family Guy’ & ‘American Dad’, Postpones Decision On ‘Cleveland Show’

By | Thursday May 10, 2012 @ 11:49am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

American Dad RenewedFamily Guy RenewedEXCLUSIVE: Along with all the action on the live-action side at Fox this week, with the network picking up new series, renewing and canceling existing ones, Fox also has quietly made a move on the animated side. I’ve learned that within the last few days, Fox has renewed flagship animated comedy Family Guy for an 11th season and American Dad for an eighth. I hear the orders are for 22 epsiodes each. American Dad, which recently returned from hiatus, is in its sixth season on the air, with a full seventh season worth of episodes in the can to begin running in September. The pickups ensure that both Seth MacFarlane series will be on the air at least through the 2013-14 season. By then, Family Guy will have amassed 239 episodes.

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Cleveland Show Fox ScheduleMeanwhile, Fox has not picked up the option on a fifth-season renewal for MacFarlane’s third animated series, The Cleveland Show, which is finishing its third season on the air. The series is midway in production on a full fourth season worth of episodes for next fall. Because the show is still in production, the network has opted to postpone a decision on a fifth season … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Once Upon A Time’, ‘Desperate Housewives’ & ‘Pan Am’ Hit Lows

Nellie Andreeva

With a monster football overrun, Fox’s animated comedies posted double-digit increases last night, while ABC’s dramas posted series lows. Rookie Once Upon A Time (3.1/7) was down 9% from last week, veteran Desperate Housewives (2.6/6) was down 13% from its last original two weeks ago, and soon-to-be-grounded freshman Pan Am (1.6/4) was down 11% from its most recent episode three weeks ago. At 7 PM, America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.4/4) was down 22% from last week.

Boosted by the NFL overrun, Fox’s The Simpsons (4.0/10, 9 million) was up a big 54% from last week to match its season high in 18-49 and draw its largest audience in almost a year. The tide lifted all ships, with struggling Allen Gregory (2.4/6) up a whopping 60% from last week; it still was the lowest-rated member of Fox’s animated block. Family Guy (3.5/8) at 9 PM was up 25% from last week and posted its highest teen rating in almost a year. The Cleveland Show (2.5/6) was up 14% from American Dad‘s delivery in the 9:30 PM slot last week and up 47% from Cleveland‘s demo rating last week at 7:30 PM.

CBS’ fast nationals may be skewed by regional NFL overruns. 60 Minutes (1.8/5) was down 51% from last week, when it followed an NFL overrun. The Amazing Race (2.7/6) was down 7%. The Good Wife (1.9/4) was flat with its most recent original two weeks ago, and CSI: Miami (2.2/5) was up … Read More »

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‘Allen Gregory’ To Be Preempted Next Week

By | Friday December 2, 2011 @ 2:09pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has extended the run of Allen Gregory … sort of. The network will preempt the seventh and final (for now) episode of the low-rated freshman animated series, slated for Sunday, December 11, to air an all-holiday-themed animated block. A Christmas The Cleveland Show episode will run in the 8:30 PM slot that night, while the last installment from Allen Gregory‘s 7-episode order will air in the time period the following Sunday. That’s expected to be the show’s series finale as a renewal is extremely unlikely. Five episodes in, the series is still sliding in the ratings after a lackluster premiere.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Once Upon A Time’, ‘Allen Gregory’ Hit Series Lows, ‘Hallmark Hall Of Fame’ Barely Registers On New Net

Nellie Andreeva

As Americans were wrapping up the four-day Thanksgiving weekend last night, some stayed away from their TVs, leading to depressed ratings for the broadcast networks. (We’ve yet to get numbers for The Walking Dead fall finale on AMC.) ABC may be having second thoughts about picking up the Hallmark Hall Of Fame original movie franchise after it was dropped by CBS at the end of last season. In the franchise’s first ABC outing, the telefilm Mitch Albom’s Have A Little Faith posted an underwhelming 1.1/2 in 18-49, down a whopping 48% from November Christmas, which aired on CBS on the same night last year. In 18-49, Have A Little Faith was by far the lowest-rated program of the night despite having the night’s highest-rated entertainment program as a lead-in: freshman drama Once Upon A Time, which slipped 11% from its last original two weeks ago to a series low but still robust 3.4/8. At 7 PM, America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.8/4) was up 6%.

Following an NFL overrun, Fox’s The Cleveland Show (1.9/5) was up 6% from its 7:30 PM time slot premiere last Sunday. The Simpsons (2.6/6) was down a tenth, while rookie Allen Gregory (1.5/3) accelerated its ratings descent, down 15% to a new series low. How long before Fox swaps Allen Gregory and Cleveland? At 9 PM, Family Guy (2.8/6) was down 13%, and American Dad (2.2/5) was down 8%. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Pan Am’, Everything Else Down On Sunday

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: After a promising start, ABC’s 1960s drama Pan Am (2.5/8 in adults 18-49) fell 19% in Week 2. It closed a night of across-the-board declines for ABC. America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.5/4) set the tone with its season premiere at 7 PM, down 21% from last fall. Unscripted veteran Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.1/5) and departing Desperate Housewives (2.9/7) were both down a more modest 9% from their premieres last week.

With the late Sunday football game ping-ponging between Fox and CBS, week-to-week comparisons for the two networks are rather meaningless in the fall, especially for the shows immediately following the overrun. Fox, whose comedy lineup was boosted by the late game last week, saw expected across-the-board declines: The Simpsons (3.0/8, down 23%), The Cleveland Show (2.6/6, down 16%), Family Guy (3.5/8, down 15%) and American Dad (2.7/6, down 10%). Family Guy was the highest-rated non-sorts program of the night in 18-49.

We’re yet to get reliable Sunday overnight ratings for CBS this season. The network had local NFL overruns on Premiere Sunday, and last night, the network carried the late NFL game, which pushed its primetime lineup to a 7:23 PM start. Here are approximate ratings for last night: Following the NFL overrun (5.5/16) was 60 Minutes, featuring the final regular appearance of Andy Rooney (3.5/9); The Amazing Race (3.0/7); The Good Wife (2.1/5); and CSI: Miami (2.3/6). Besides 60 Minutes, which saw a major bump from football, the … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Survivor’ Leads CBS

The two-hour season finale of CBS’ Survivor: Redemption Island beat all comers Sunday night, scoring a preliminary 13.1 million viewers and a 4.0 in the adults 18-49 demographic to help CBS win the evening overall. The Survivor reunion show also scored well, earning a 3.5 in the demo. The block took its toll on the two-hour season finale of ABC’s Desperate Housewives, which grew only slightly week-over-week to a 3.0 rating and 10 million viewers, though it was the night’s most-watched scripted show and gave the network its best total viewers and demo numbers on Sunday with regular programming since early January. Meanwhile, Fox’s animated comedy block was mostly flat with last week, with the season ender of The Cleveland Show (2.3) up a tenth. A two-hour episode of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice (2.4) also was flat.

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Fox Reups ‘Family Guy’ & ‘Cleveland Show’

By | Monday May 9, 2011 @ 2:09pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has renewed flagship animated comedy series Family Guy for a tenth season and its spinoff The Cleveland Show for a fourth season. The two shows are part of Seth MacFarlane’s toon troika on Fox, along with American Dad, which was recently renewed for a seventh season. Family Guy and Cleveland Show are on different production schedules. Family Guy is now in its ninth season, while Cleveland Show only in its second, so it has been assured to stay on through the 2012-13 season. “For nine seasons, our viewers have been cracked up, delighted, surprised and, at times, gloriously disturbed by the mind of Seth MacFarlane – and they keep coming back for more,” Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said. “The Griffins and the Browns have become cornerstones of our Sunday nights, and we can’t wait to find out what new adventures Seth, Mike and Rich cook up for them next season.”

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Fox Pulls Hurricane-Themed Episodes Of 3 Sunday Animated Comedies

By | Friday April 29, 2011 @ 2:34pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The three Seth MacFarlane Fox animated comedies, Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show, had been planning a crossover event for this Sunday, with a hurricane storyline weaving through all three shows. In light of the recent storms in the South, Fox recently quietly pulled promotion for the crossover and today, following a series of tornadoes that has claimed the lives of more than 300 people, it decided to pull the episodes altogether. They will be saved for next season, with reruns airing in their place this Sunday.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Everyone Was Down Sunday, ‘Undercover Boss’ The Most

Nellie Andreeva

Maybe it was it ESPN’s and TNT’s coverage of Game 1 of the NBA playoffs and MLB or it was too many original offerings on cable, including the premieres of HBO’s Game of Thrones and USA’s Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe, but the broadcast networks took a serious beating last night. How bad was it? The highest-rated network in adults 18-49, ABC, drew a 2.0/6 demo rating. That’s with an all-original lineup.

Series were down across the board. ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was low in its return from a two-month hiatus to make room for Secret Millionaire. The veteran reality series pulled in a 1.9/5, down 21% from its last fresh episode Feb. 20. Desperate Housewives (2.7/7) was down 7% from its last original two weeks ago to tie its series low. Brothers and Sisters (1.7/4) was down 6% from last week’s two-hour episode and is also tied as a series low.

Following 60 Minutes (1.3/5), which was down 41% from last week, when CBS’ primetime was boosted by Masters golf overrun, The Amazing Race (2.3/7) was down 21%. Undercover Boss (1.9/5) posted the steepest decline for any program last night, 39%, for a series low. CSI: Miami (2.2/5) held well under the circumstances, down only 4%. CBS (1.9/5, 9.5 million) finished No. 1 in total viewers for the night and tied for second place in 18-49 with Fox. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Country Music Awards Strong, ‘Housewives’, ‘Body Of Proof’ Down

Nellie Andreeva

CBS won the ratings race last night with the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (3.3/9 in adults 18-49,  13 million viewers), which up 3% from last year in adults 18-49, up 19% in the younger 18-34 demographic and flat in total viewers.

ABC’s Desperate Housewives (2.8/7, 8.8 million) returned from a month-long hiatus down 18% in the demo from its most recent original March 6. After a promising start behind the Dancing with the Stars result show on Tuesday, ABC’ midseason drama Body Of Proof didn’t fare as well in its special airing last night after Housewives, the slot that successfully launched Grey’s Anatomy and Brothers and Sisters. The forensic drama starring Dana Delany drew a 2.0/5 in 18-49, down 35% from the Tuesday debut, holding onto 71% of its Housewives lead-in. That was still better than the average hold of 64% for the slot’s regular occupant, Brothers and Sisters. In total viewers, Body of Proof performed stronger, with 8.3 million viewers, a 96% lead-in retention. ABC opened the night with America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.6/5, flat vs. last week) and Secret Millionaire (2.6/7, down 4% from last week.)

NBC’s America’s Next Great Restaurant (1.4/4) was up 8% from last week, while Celebrity Apprentice (3.0/8) was flat. Fox aired a rerun-heavy comedy lineup featuring two originals: American Dad at 7:30 PM (1.6/5), down 20% from Feb. 20, and The Cleveland Show (2.2/5), down 15% from March 20, when both shows had first-run … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Secret Millionaire’ Down, ‘CSI: Miami’ & ‘The Cleveland Show’ Up As Daylight Saving Time Begins

Nellie Andreeva

After a solid start, ABC’s new reality series Secret Millionaire (2.7/8 in 18-49, 11.3 million viewers) was down a steep 21% in its second airing last night. The show was probably impacted by the introduction yesterday of daylight saving time which leads to ratings erosion in the earlier time slots. Indeed, all 8 PM slows last night were down from last week. Fox’s The Simpsons (2.5/8) and Bob’s Burgers (2.0/6) were down 11% and 9%, respectively. CBS’ The Amazing Race (2.6/8) was down 4% and NBC’s America’s Next Great Restaurant (1.4/4) was down 13% from last week’s premiere. ABC won the hour with Secret Millionaire in 18-49 and total viewers.

But at 7 PM, where shows should’ve suffered an ever greater impact from the clock change, the ratings declines were actually on par and even smaller that those at 8 PM. NBC’s Dateline (1.1/4) was down the most, 21%, while CBS’ 60 Minutes (1.7/6) was flat and America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.7/6) was down 6%. (Fox aired comedy repeats in the hour.)

With ABC airing reruns of its Sunday scripted series, CBS posted ratings increases at 9 PM with Undercover Boss (2.9/8, up 7%) and CSI: Miami (2.7/7, up 17%). After falling behind the similarly themed Secret Millionaire last week, Undercover Boss topped the ABC show last night. Both reality series were skewered by Bill Maher on his HBO show on Friday. CBS won the night in 18-49 (2.5/7) and total … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Amazing Race’ Starts Slow On Slow Presidents Weekend Sunday

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s comedy block edged out competition on a quiet Sunday night, which was probably impacted by viewers’ Presidents Day weekend-related activities. It was a photo finish demo race, with Fox averaging a 2.4/7 in 18-49, ABC a 2.3/7 and CBS a 2.2/6. With no football, NBC was a distant fourth with a 1.6/5 (It aired Dateline and an SNL special). In total viewers, CBS was once again far ahead with 10.4 million viewers.

The spring cycle of CBS’ The Amazing Race (2.4/7, 9.1 million) was down 14% from the February season premiere last year. It was tied in the 8 PM hour with another reality veteran, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.4/7, 9.5 million), which was up a big 50% from last week’s low against the Grammy Awards. CBS’ Undercover Boss (2.6/7, 10.6 million) was down 21% from its most recent original on Jan. 16 when the show aired against NBC’s Golden Globes but CBS’ lineup benefited from a football lead-in that night. CSI: Miami (2.2/6, 10.5 million) was down a tenth in the demo from its most recent original on the same night, Jan. 16.

After hitting two consecutive series lows with its two most recent originals that aired against the Golden Globes (3.1/8) last month and the Grammys (2.6/6) last week, ABC’s Desperate Housewives (3.1/8, 10.5 million) rebounded 15% from last week to match its second lowest-rated telecast. Brothers & Sisters (1.9/5, 6.9 million) was up a tenth in the … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Undercover Boss’ And ‘Brothers & Sisters’ Tie Series Lows

Nellie Andreeva

I’m thinking of dropping “race” from the headline of the Sunday ratings story until the end of the NFL season because there is not much of a race on the night that is dominated by football. NBC’s Sunday Night Football was the top-rated show on Sunday night for 13th straight week. The game between the Steelers and the Ravens for the leadership position in the AFC North posted a 14.6 overnight rating/23 share. That is the highest average ever for a Week 13 game, up 7% from last year’s Vikings-Cardinals face-off. NBC is once again projected to win the night in 18-49 and total viewers.

Fox was fueled by a huge Fox overrun for a second consecutive week. It led into The Simpsons (4.2/11, 9.6 million), which was up a tenth from last week to tie its season high in 18-49 and post a new season high in total viewers. There was no halo effect over the rest of the Fox lineup, which last week posted double-digit gains. The Cleveland Show (3.2/8) at 8:30 PM was down 6%. Another Cleveland Show (2.8/7) subbed for Family Guy at 9 PM, followed by American Dad (2.5/6), which was down 14% from last week when it followed a Family Guy rerun.

CBS’ and ABC’s lineups returned to normal after featuring a movie/repeats for the last … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Football Gives NBC Nightly Win, Spurs Gains For Fox Comedies

Nellie Andreeva

Sunday Night Football sealed NBC’s 12th consecutive ratings victory on the night. The San Diego Chargers 36-14 blowout of the Indianapolis Colts drew a 13.0 overnight rating/19 share. That was down 18% from last week but up 3% from last fall’s Week 12 game, a Steelers-Ravens face-off that was decided in overtime. Meanwhile, with a football runover as a lead-in, Fox’s comedy originals spiked with double-digit ratings increases vs. last week. The Simpsons (4.1/10) at 8 PM was up 41%. The Cleveland Show (3.4/8) was up 42% and American Dad ! (2.9/7) was up 26%. Family Guy (3.0/7) was a rerun. CBS’ The Amazing Race (3.1/7) was up 3% from last week when CBS’ lineup was pushed back by 12 minutes because of an NFL overrun. The network’s Hallmark Hall of Fame movie November Christmas (2.1/5) did respectable business from 9-11 PM, flat with last year’s Hallmark Hall of Fame holiday movie A Dog Named Christmas. ABC’s ratings were trending downward throughout the night with an all-rerun lineup: America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.9/5), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (1.7/4), Desperate Housewives (1.3/3) and Brothers & Sisters (0.9/2).

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘SNF’ Wins, ‘Undercover Boss’ & ‘CSI: Miami’ Hit Lows

Nellie Andreeva

With football season heading into the home stretch, NBC’s Sunday Night Football last night had another strong showing with a 14.2 household rating. NBC dominated the night as it has done every Sunday this season, with viewership for the game expected to be around the 20 million mark. CBS and Fox switched places again, with Fox benefiting from a late afternoon NFL game spilling into primetime this time around. Surprisingly, the football overrun, which scored a 7.0/19 rating in adults 18-49 from 7-8 PM provided little boost for Fox’s Sunday comedies, which last week posted big double-digit gains in their return after a two-week MLB preemption. Last night, The Simpsons (3.9/10) was up a modest 5% and may be adjusted down as it includes two minutes of an NFL overrun. The Cleveland Show (3.1/7) was up 3%, while Family Guy (3.3/8) was down 13% and American Dad! (2.6/6) was down 10%.

Also retreating after posting across-the-board rating increases last week was ABC’s Sunday lineup. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.2/5) was down 12%. Desperate Housewives (3.7/9) was down 8% from its fast national number last week, while Brothers & Sisters (2.5/7) was down a tenth. (Desperate Housewives was adjusted up a tenth and Brothers & Sisters slipped a tenth in the finals last week.)

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