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ABC Renews ‘The Goldbergs’ For Season 2

By | Thursday May 8, 2014 @ 7:40pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

STANDING: GEORGE SEGAL, JEFF GARLIN, WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY;  SEATED: SEAN GIAMBRONE, HAYLEY ORRANTIA, TROY GENTILEAfter ABC Studios, ABC moved to renewing shows from other studios. First off is freshman comedy The Goldbergs, the first ABC current comedy series to get an official pickup for next season. The 1980s comedy, from Sony TV, did admirably in the Tuesday 9 PM slot. I hear the show may get a reprieve in Season 2 with a better slot, possibly Wednesday 8:30 PM after The Middle.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Supernatural’ Spinoff Episode Ticks Up; ‘NCIS’, ‘The Goldbergs’, ‘The Originals’, ‘Mindy’ Rise; ‘New Girl’ Low

By | Wednesday April 30, 2014 @ 11:04am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

BloodlinesEncouraging sign for the proposed Supernatural spinoff Bloodlines as last night’s planted spinoff episode drew a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49, up 11% from last week. The uptick probably was due at least in part to the ratings comeback of Supernatural‘s lead-in, The Originals (0.8, up 33% from last week’s series low), which also started as a planted spinoff episode airing in the last week of April last year. Proving that we should not read too much into the ratings of those spinoff episodes, The Originals-themed Vampire Diaries last year posted a 10% week-to-week ratings drop, yet the project went on to snag a series order and a second-season renewal. The CW pilots are facing very good odds this year, with six of them targeting as many as five slots.

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Mindy-Project-600This is new. The Mindy Project (1.1) edged its lead-in, flagship Fox comedy New Girl (1.0), to rank as the network’s highest-rated program of the night. Mindy was up 10% from last week, while New Girl was down 17% to a series low. Also hitting an all-time low was Glee (0.8), down 11%.

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First-year ABC comedy The Goldbergs (1.6 in adults 18-49) cemented its second-season renewal with a nice 14% ratings bump in its return to originals after a two-week break. Actually, the entire ABC freshman Tuesday lineup was up. Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1.9), also certain to be renewed, inched up a tenth from its fast national last week. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘About A Boy’, ‘The Goldbergs’ Inch Up, ‘Glee’s 100th Gains, CW Dramas Slip

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 10:06am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC-about-a-boyEncouraging upticks for NBC and ABC’s Tuesday comedies as renewal deadlines near. Following The Voice (3.5 in adults 18-49, up a tenth from last week’s fast national), About A Boy (2.2) was up a tenth from last week’s fast national (the new comedy usually gets adjusted down in the finals because of a Voice overrun.) That is a promising Week 3 uptick following the customary second-week drop last Tuesday. Growing Up Fisher (1.8) is running a tenth ahead of its final last week, even with the fast national. Chicago Fire (1.9) was flat. NBC won the night in 18-49, its 18th Tuesday victory this season.

The Goldbergs, already the closest thing to a sure thing for a freshman comedy renewal at ABC, drew a 1.6 rating in 18-49, up a tenth from last week, and again proved that Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. is not a compatible lead-in. Goldbergs scored a higher rating with the softly rated Marvel: Assembling The Universe special (1.4) as a lead-in vs. a S.H.I.E.L.D. original last Tuesday (2.1). Fellow ABC freshman comedy Trophy Wife (1.0) also perked up a tenth. But there was no reprieve for ABC’s dismally rated midseason drama Mind Games (0.7), which dropped 13%. (0.7 actually is not a series low for the show — that would be a 0.6). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Goldbergs’ & ‘Trophy Wife’ Down, ‘New Girl’ & ‘Mindy Project’ Up

By | Wednesday November 6, 2013 @ 9:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

A male-skewing superhero show is probably not big help as a lead-in to female-skewing comedies, though female-oriented comedy competition sure is. That’s the logical explanation behind the double-digit declines for ABC’s newly picked up for a full season The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife despite their lead-in, Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., airing an original this week (2.5) vs. a repeat (1.2) last Tuesday. The difference? Fox’s comedy block was back last night after getting pre-empted for The X Factor last week. Last week, The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife sealed their Back 9 pickups by holding steady (The Goldbergs) and growing 17% (Trophy Wife) despite a diminished lead-in. But last night, The Goldbergs (1.5) was down 12% to a new low, while Trophy Wife (1.2) was down 14%. S.H.I.E.L.D. was down a tenth to a new low coming back from hiatus, mirroring the impact a break had on another hot freshman drama, Fox’s Sleepy Hollow. Fox’s comedies proved more resilient to pre-emptions, returning from one on par or up. Dads (1.4) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.6) were even with their last originals, while New Girl (2.0) was up 11% and The Mindy Project (1.5) up 15%.
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ABC Gives Full Season Orders To ‘Trophy Wife’ & ‘Goldbergs’, Partial Order To ‘Super Fun Night’, Cancels ‘Back In The Game’

By | Friday November 1, 2013 @ 6:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC this afternoon has made its comedy pickup calls, giving Back 9, full-season orders to The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife and a Back 4 order (four additional episodes) to Super Fun Night. The network is not picking up more episodes of its fourth freshman comedy, Back In The Game, which won’t be pulled and will air the remainder of its original 13-episode order.

Related: ABC Orders 3 More Scripts Of ‘The Goldbergs’ & ‘Trophy Wife’

ABC put the biggest promotional muscle on the comedy side behind The Goldbergs, from Sony TV, which was a favorite of the network brass and considered most likely to continue. The pickup was sealed after the 1980s comedy became the only ABC freshman half-hour to build on its lead-in this Tuesday, going up 42% from a Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. repeat and holding its rating from the previous week despite its lead-in shrinking dramatically.

Related: ABC’s ‘Back In The Game’ & ‘Super Fun Night’ Get Script Orders

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Person of Interest’ Tops ‘Chicago Fire’, ‘Goldbergs’ Ticks Up

Nellie Andreeva

While ABC’s flashy newcomer Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and NBC’s hot transplant Chicago Fire have been drawing a lot of attention on Tuesday, CBS’ Person Of Interest has quietly settled into its new Tuesday 10 PM slot. In a workmanlike manner, the mystery drama has ticked up by a tenth in the fast nationals for the past two weeks, logging a 2.2 in adults 18-49 last night to top the Tuesday 10 PM hour in the demo for the first time, edging NBC’s Chicago Fire (2.1, down 13% from its fast national last week.) In typical CBS fashion, the network’s lineup weathered the big Tuesday launches on the other networks and are now taking charge. At 8 PM, veteran NCIS (3.0) held its fast national rating from last week to top Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2.6) for a second consecutive Tuesday, widening its margin of victory to 15%. NCIS: LA logged a 2.6 for a third straight week.

NBC’s The Voice (4.0) ticked up a tenth compared with its fast nationals last Tuesday despite its lead-in, The Biggest Loser (2.0), dipping 9% from its season premiere last week. While Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. slipped to a new low, its lead-out, new comedy The Goldbergs, ticked up a tenth from its low last week. But its companion, fellow newbie Trophy Wife, went down another tenth to a new low of 1.2. Both series received orders for three additional scripts last week. How good of a utility player is Shark Tank? A rare repeatable reality franchise, the contraption competition pulled in a 1.1 with a rerun at 10 PM last night, topping the Scandal repeats that had been airing in the slot as well as the last Lucky 7 originals. Read More »

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ABC Orders 3 More Scripts Of ‘The Goldbergs’ & ‘Trophy Wife’

By | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 5:21pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

This is a morale boost that ABC‘s new Tuesday comedies The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife sure could use. The network has ordered three scripts each of the freshman shows. The largely symbolic gesture, as it doesn’t guarantee an episodic pickup, comes hours after The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife slid to new low marks last night, a 1.6 and 1.3 in adults 18-49, respectively. The comedies have very little compatibility with ABC’s 8 PM Tuesday anchor, superhero drama Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Trophy Wife launched with virtually no marketing. I hear ABC is encouraged by The Goldbergs‘ Live+3 bumps and its positive reviews and online buzz as well as Trophy Wife‘s creative direction. In the recently released Live+7 for premiere week, The Goldbergs debut went up 33% to a 4.1 18-49 rating, Trophy Wife was up 29% to a 2.9. (The networks currently get paid for C3 ratings that include only the first 3 days of DVR playback.) While three new comedies, The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife and Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, have received orders for additional scripts, no freshman comedy has been given an episodic order yet compared with three back-nine/second-season pickups for new … Read More »

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ABC’s ‘Modern Family’ Starts Season As Top Entertainment Show With Upscale Young Viewers

ABC did best during Premiere Week with primetime entertainment shows at attracting upscale 18-49-year-olds, Nielsen reported today. ABC’s first-place status was powered by returning Modern Family and the premiere of Marvels Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Those two entertainment programs rated No. 1 and 2 with 18-49-year-olds in $100K homes. ABC clocked a 2.8 rating with its entertainment programming in this metric, followed by NBC with a 2.4 rating, CBS’s  2.3 rating, and Fox’s 1.7 rating. Modern Family reported an annual median income of $80,400 for its young adult audience. S.H.I.E.L.D, meanwhile, clocked in at $70,800. In addition to S.H.I.E.L.D, three more freshman series made Premiere Week’s Top 15 list of regular entertainment broadcasts among upscale 18-49-ers: NBC’s The Blacklist ($65,700), CBS’s The Crazy Ones ($62,500) and ABC’s The Goldbergs ($69,800).

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Strong Premiere For ABC’s ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’, ‘Lucky 7′ Flops, NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire’ Hits Highs

By | Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Nine years after Lost, another ABC drama series got off to a big start at 8 PM. The network’s heavily promoted Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. drew 11.9 million live viewers and a 4.6 rating in adults 18-49 in its debut last night. It was television’s highest-rated premiere in 18-49 in nearly 4 years, since November 3, 2009. The rest of ABC’s all-new Tuesday lineup couldn’t keep up. The most promising newcomer was comedy The Goldbergs, which opened with a 3.2/9 immediately following S.H.I.E.L.D. The premiere of fellow new comedy Trophy Wife slipped to 2.3/6 while new drama Lucky 7 (1.3/4) was dead on arrival as the lowest rated fall drama premiere in ABC history.

NBC’s The Voice continues to impress. After winning an Emmy on Sunday and returning higher on Monday, the singing competition managed to stay up year-vs-year even last night airing against S.H.I.E.L.D. and the season premiere of CBS’ NCIS. The Voice (4.6 in 18-49) tied S.H.I.E.L.D. as the highest-rated program of the night in the demo, up 15% from last fall’s Tuesday debut (down 10% from Monday). It boosted new lead-out Chicago Fire (2.8, 9.2 million), which posted series high in 18-49 and total viewers, up 47% in the demo from last fall’s series premiere on Wednesday behind SVU and up 27% from the one time last fall it aired after The Voice. For the first time in eight years, NBC won Tuesday night of premiere week in 18-49, ranking as No. 1 in the demo in every hour of primetime. Read More »

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TCA: Jeff Garlin Holds ‘The Goldbergs’ Q&A Session Hostage

By | Sunday August 4, 2013 @ 4:36pm PDT

Jeff Garlin hijacked The Goldbergs Q&A session at Summer TV Press Tour 2013.  Best known as one of Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm regulars, Garlin plays the dad on this new ABC 80’s-set sitcom, based on the childhood of show creator Adam Goldberg — whose family apparently screamed its way through the decade he recorded every moment on a clunky video recorder. A couple of “why is 25 years back the sweet spot for narrated comedies, including The Wonder Years, Happy Days, etc?” questions into the session, one TV critic took issue with Garlin’s dad character screaming throughout the episode and asked if that could keep up up for 22 episodes. “When it becomes annoying I’ll stop – and I’ll be the first to notice” Garlin snapped. Then added sarcastically, “You look so disappointed in my answer.” Another critic said Garlin was old enough to have lived through the 1980s and what did he think of the show’s many verisimilitudinous touches. That also irked him plenty. “I did the show because the 80’s is deep in the background. If we use the 80’s for a big joke, the show is not going to last very long,” he forecasted — as have some TV critics, BTW. Read More »

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ABC Sticks To Premiere Week For New Season Rollout

ABC finally unveiled its pretty-straightforward premiere-date plans for the 2013-2014 season, launching a handful of programs — newsmag 20/20, three Friday series, and Monday’s Dancing With The Stars — in advance of the September 23 Premiere Week. Here’s the schedule, with new shows in bold: Read More »

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