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‘The Good Wife’ Creators Pen Letter To Fans After Shocking Plot Twist

By | Monday March 24, 2014 @ 12:08am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

kings-large_0With fans still reeling from the bombshell event on The Good Wife tonight, the show’s creators/showrunners Michelle and Robert King have reached out to them with a letter, in which they lay down the professional and personal reasons for their creative decision.

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‘The Good Wife’ Bombshell: Story Behind The Shocking Exit, Showrunners Speak

By | Sunday March 23, 2014 @ 7:39pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

the-good-wifeUPDATED: CBSThe Good Wife already went through a major reset at the beginning of the season when Alicia (Julianna Margulies) left Lockhart Gardner, finding herself locking horns with her former boss, friend (and on-and-off flame) Will Gardner (Josh Charles). But that was just a little ripple compared to the shock wave that hit the show tonight. Here is the story behind the stunner, with The Good Wife creators/showrunners Michelle and Robert King, who wrote the episode, discussing the major exit, its impact on the show and what lies ahead. Warning for DVR viewers — this story contains a major spoiler. Proceed with caution. Read More »

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Paul Reiser To Recur On FX’s ‘Married’, Michael Cerveris Joins ‘Good Wife’

By | Thursday March 6, 2014 @ 12:15pm PST

PaulReiserPaul Reiser has been set to recur on Andrew Gurland’s new FX series Married, which was picked up to series in January and will debut this summer. Created, directed and executive produced by Gurland, Married stars Nat Faxon and Judy Greer as Russ and Lina Bowman, who can barely remember what was like before kids, debt, and suburbia rained on their romance. But every once in a while they are reminded what drew them together in the first place: They’re best friends. Reiser will play the older love interest of co-star Jenny Slate’s character. Brad Gelman also co-stars. Reiser, who had a pair of films — Whiplash and Life After Beth — premiere at Sundance this year, most recently appeared in HBO’s Behind The Candelabra. He is repped by Gersh, New Wave Entertainment, and attorney Jeff Finkelstein.

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TCA: CBS Showrunners Talk Large Episode Orders, Killing Off Characters, And Their Breakdown Point

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 1:28pm PST

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

TCA Not surprisingly, today’s freewheeling TCA panel of showrunners from CBS dramas echoed entertainment president Nina Tassler’s defense of traditional network television at her executive session earlier in the morning. On the panel were Rob Doherty (Elementary); Gary Glasberg (NCIS); Robert and Michelle King (The Good Wife) and Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman (Person Of Interest). Glasberg said you just can’t argue with the wider-than-cable exposure a network show can bring. “We have 18 million Facebook followers. It’s crazy,” the producer said.

NolanAfter a career mostly in feature film, Nolan said he appreciates the immediacy of TV. Still, he noted that the producers had joked backstage about the pressure of producing 22-24 episodes rather than cable’s usually smaller series orders. “It’s very difficult. The [number of episodes] is probably calibrated not to the length of the season but to the exact point a showrunner will have a nervous breakdown,” Nolan said. He added that the absolute breakdown point would be 25. One of the realities of 22-24 episode orders: A single season eats up a lot of story. The panelists addressed some of the big changes that have recently occurred on their shows. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Revenge’ Returns Up, ‘Good Wife’ Down, Fox Wins With Football

By | Monday January 6, 2014 @ 9:43am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The SimpsonsThe 49ers-Packers playoff, held at some pretty historic subzero temperatures, heated up Fox‘s primetime last night to a nightly win among adults 18-49 and total viewers. Fueled by NFL overtime, which drew more than 40 million viewers, the Hollywood-themed Simpsons, featuring Judd Apatow (pictured), Leslie Mann, Seth Rogen, Channing Tatum and Will Arnett, pulled in a season high 5.2 18-49 preliminary rating, up 46% from its last original on December 15, which will likely be adjusted down as Fox’s animation block was delayed until 8:07 PM. The results for the other Fox toon comedies also are approximate — Bob’s Burgers (3.2, up 33%), Family Guy (3.0, even) and American Dad (2.5, up 4%).

ABC got some encouraging news last night as its Sunday staple America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.6) climbed 14% from its last original to set a new season high mark against the huge football game. The preview special for the upcoming season of The Bachelor,  Countdown To Juan Pablo, received solid sampling (1.8), and Revenge (1.8) was up 20% in its return to originals. No bump for Betrayal (0.8), but that show is just finishing its run. Without a football lead-in, CBS’ 60 Minutes (1.2) was down 43% from its last original to a season low. With an Elementary rerun instead of original Amazing Race as a lead-in, The Good Wife (1.4) was down 13% from its fall finale, while The Mentalist (1.5) was down 17%. Read More »

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CBS To Debut Bruce Springsteen’s New Album

By | Thursday January 2, 2014 @ 8:53am PST

bruce-springsteen-high-hopesThis is a first in the music marketing world — a network website is hosting an album debut, with help from CBS’ The Good Wife. Bruce Springsteen’s upcoming album “High Hopes” will debut exclusively on for streaming ahead of its January 14 release on Columbia Records, the network said today. Following the Sunday, January 5 broadcast of The Good Wife, a special preview for the following week’s episode will feature music from the album and will invite viewers to visit to listen to the new album in its entirety on the site. The album will be available on after the broadcast on Sunday, January 5 through Monday, January 13 at 7 PM/ET. Three songs from the album, the title track “High Hopes,” “Hunter Of Invisible Game” and “The Ghost Of Tom Joad,” will be featured in The Good Wife on Sunday, January 12. The album features Springsteen with members of the E Street Band and guitarist Tom Morello, among others.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ Surges, ‘Revenge’ & ‘Betrayal’ Tie Lows, ‘Simpsons’ & ‘Family Guy’ Down

By | Monday November 11, 2013 @ 9:06am PST

It was a good Sunday to be in New Orleans for the Saints and for NFL Sunday Night Football (7.0/17) last night. Week 10 of the season saw NOLA’s Saints take the Dallas Cowboys to the cleaners last night in a 49-17 victory and a NFL record-breaking 40 first downs. It also saw a strong 23% rise in fast nationals from last week’s Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans game. In the 8:30 PM – 11 PM block, that November 3 battle got a 5.7/14 rating, which rose to a 6.3/16 for its 8:31 PM – 11:35 PM play in the final numbers. With their 7-2 season so far and team best record of 625 total yards last night, Sunday’s lopsided success was the Saints’ 12th straight primetime win at home in the Superdome. Sunday’s game was watched by 19.30 million viewers, up from last week’s  15.34 million. With live events like last night’s NFL game on NBC, all non-time zone adjusted fast nationals will likely shift when the finals come in later this Veterans Day. In metered market results, the game drew a 13.0/21 during the 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM block. That’s up from the 11.4/19 that Week 9’s much closer 27-24 Colts-Texans game pulled in but down from the 13.5/22 that the Cowboys’ October 13 match-up against the Washington Redskins had. Last night saw New Orleans (56.2/73) as the top metered market for the game, followed by Dallas (30.3/47), San Antonio (22.6/34), Austin (21.5/35 and a tie for fifth place between Albuquerque (20.1/30) and Richmond (20.1/29). With a 5.7/15 rating, NBC won the night in terms of the adult 18-49 demo. It also took the top spot in total viewers with 15.797 million watching.

Related: ‘Walking Dead’ Slays NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ Again In Demo
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RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox Wins Night As World Series Rises, NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ Falls, ‘Revenge’ & ‘Amazing Race’ Hit Lows

By | Monday October 28, 2013 @ 8:54am PDT

It was a double win last night for Major League Baseball in primetime as the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals to even the World Series and Fox won the night over NBC and the usually unbeatable Sunday Night Football. Fox drew a 5.1/13 rating with 16.68 million viewers, while No. 2 NBC drew a 4.5/11 and 12.31 million viewers. After a stellar lead-in of NFL overruns — the Denver Broncos-Washington Redskins game (7.8/23) and Fox’s The OT (6.2/17) — the 8-11 PM World Series (4.4/11) Game 4 in St. Louis was up 10% from the fast nationals of last year’s series-ending Game 4 featuring the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers. The latest wild finish for this Series included a three-run homer from Jonny Gomes who wasn’t even supposed to play, and Boston’s closer picking off St. Louis’ Kolton Wong for the game’s final out. Last night’s game also saw an 18% rise in total viewers for Fox compared with October 28, 2012’s Game 4 with 15.4 million watching Sunday. After the Red Sox’s 4-2 win, the Series returns tonight for Game 5. That’s nothing but gravy and good news for Fox as last year’s series ended after a four-game sweep by the Giants that averaged a 3.6/10 rating and 12.7 million viewers. With teams that draw bigger audiences and all the wild finishes, the ratings for this year are also up double digits game-over-game from last year’s lows. Like other live events, fast nationals for the World Series and Sunday Night Football are approximate and will likely change in the final numbers.

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NBC’s Sunday Night Football (5.6/13) saw the Green Bay Packers thrash the Minnesota Vikings 44-31 last night. Up against the World Series for the first time this season, the Week 8 matchup saw Aaron Rodgers and the Packers against the struggling Vikings register a harsh 41% fall from the 9.5/23 of the fast nationals of last week’s Denver Broncos-Indianapolis Colts game. That October 20 battle, which rose to a 10.0/27 in the final numbers, proved to be the highest-rated October primetime NFL broadcast in a decade and a half
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RATINGS RAT RACE: NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ Scores With Broncos-Colts Game, ‘Mentalist’ Hits Low, ‘Betrayal’ Rises

By | Monday October 21, 2013 @ 9:04am PDT

Everybody knew there would be interest in Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis on Sunday Night Football (9.5/23) last night — but there really was a lot of interest it turns out. The Colts’ 39-33 victory over Manning’s favored Denver Broncos surged up 30% over the fast nationals of last week’s Cowboys-Redskins game, which is commonly one of the top draws in the NFL. In the 8:30-11 PM block, Broncos-Colts was watched by 25.87 million viewers, up 6 million from the 19.65 million who tuned in last week. In metered market households, last night’s game pulled in a 17.3/29, up 28% over last week’s metered market result and 48% over the 11.7 of last season’s Week 7 game (Pittsburgh-Cincinnati). The 8:30 PM-12:15 AM game pulled a 10.0 rating among adults 18-49, 64% better than what the No. 2 demo show — AMC’s The Walking Dead — got with its 6.1. It was also the fourth-best metered-market result in the 8 years NBC has had its primetime NFL package (No. 1 remains the 18.3 of the Cowboys-Redskins NFC East title game on December 30, 2012) and the best October primetime NFL game result since the 17.5 Minnesota-Green Bay drew on October 5, 1998. As always with live events like sports, expect an adjustment in the final numbers later today. Having said that, there’s little doubt NBC will retain its top spot among adults with a 7.8/20 rating and 21.45 million in total viewers for Sunday night. CBS was second with a 2.7/7 rating and 12.27 million viewers. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ & MLB Up On Big Sports Night, CBS & ABC Shows Hit Lows

By | Monday October 14, 2013 @ 9:11am PDT

Yes, The Walking Dead was back on cable but it was an even split on the Big 4 between sports and non-sports last night – and, like the Dallas Cowboys and the Red Sox, sports won. In terms on NBC’s Sunday Night Football (7.3/18), it wasn’t quite the rout of last week’s 49ers 34-3 win over the Texans, but Dallas beat the Washington Redskins a pretty convincing 31-16 Sunday thanks to Dwayne Harris and a very solid defense. Easily the No 1. show on Sunday, the game was up 28% in fast nationals over last week. The SF/Houston game rose to 7.0/19 in finals last week. Between 8:30 PM and 11 PM, last night’s game was watched by 19.65 million viewers. Last night’s Cowboys/Redskins game got a 13.5/22 in metered markets. That’s up 7% from Week 6 last year and up 21% over the comparable week in 2011. Up against Boston vs. the Detroit Tigers on Fox, last night’s Sunday Night Football was also the best MM result for a primetime NFL game against a MLB Championship game since October 13, 1997. Not unexpectedly, Dallas was the top local market for the NFL match-up on Sunday. With a 35.5/52, DC was No. 2 with a 34.1/52 with Richmond (32.7/45, Norfolk (25.4/35) and San Antonio (25.1/39) filling out the top 5. Fast affiliate ratings are not time zone adjusted, so expect Sunday’s sports numbers to change later in the day. With a 6.0/16 rating and 16.032 million watching, NBC topped the night with Fox coming in the No. 2 spot with a 3.6/9 rating and 11.36 million viewers.
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CBS’ ‘The Good Wife’ Books Jason O’Mara

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 1:11pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Vegas co-star Jason O’Mara is back in business with the network and studio behind the period drama, CBS and CBS Studios. O’Mara has been tapped for a potential high-profile recurring role on the CBS/CBS TV Studios praised legal drama The Good Wife. He will play Colin, a wild-eyed Irish attorney who has spent a decade successfully defending gang members and crime families. Now he’s looking for a home at a corporate law firm like Lockhart/Gardner where he clashes with the more conservative culture. The Good Wife has become a magnet for big-name recurring players that have included Michael J. Fox, Matthew Perry, Maura Tierney, Nathan Lane, Gary Cole and Amanda Peet. Before Vegas, Irish-born O’Mara, repped by UTA, Independent Talent and JTWAMM, toplined Fox’s Terra Nova.

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Julianna Margulies Settles ‘Good Wife’ Commissions Lawsuit With Ex-Managers

By | Wednesday August 28, 2013 @ 11:52am PDT

Like many a good courtroom drama, they’ve reached a deal. More than a year after Julianna Margulies’ former managers sued The Good Wife star over nearly half a million in commission fees, D/F Management and the actress have reached a settlement. “The lawsuit involving our clients has been tentatively resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the parties,” said the lawyers today in a short joint statement . Typically, all details are being kept confidential on the agreement, which was reached earlier this week and still has to be formally approved by the court. Certainly part of that deal has to do with the fact that D/F’s initial filing for $420,000 was amended into millions of dollars when The Good Wife was sold into syndication this spring. The parties recently had a mediation session, one of their last scheduled meetings before the civil case was set to go to trial on January 8, 2014, having been pushed back from October because of the actress’ Good Wife schedule. This all started last July when Margulies’ long term former ICM agent Steve Dontanville and talent manager Frank Frattaroli claimed that the actress owed them for unpaid commissions from her Emmy-winning work on the hit CBS drama well as a spokesperson contract with L’Oreal. D/F signed the former ER star in February 2009. The Good Wife, in which Margulies plays lead character Alicia Florrick, debuted on September 22, 2009. The D/F duo, who based their sum on a 10% commission fee, also wanted the court to ensure that Margulies continues to pay them from all fees and contingent compensation from the show and the cosmetics contract in the future.  Read More »

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TCA: Anthony Weiner Sexting Story A Gift That Keeps On Giving To ‘The Good Wife’

By | Monday July 29, 2013 @ 3:49pm PDT

The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies says last week’s news that New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner had continued sexting a year after resigning from Congress for same, is like a gift that keeps on giving for her CBS drama series. Margulies, appearing at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013, was asked her thoughts on Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, who appeared by his side at a news conference in which he acknowledged the latest revelations. That scene, captured by cable news cameras, closely mirrored the first episode of Margulies’ long-running CBS drama, in which her Alicia Florrick character was seen standing faithfully by her husband’s side after he steps down from office because of a public sex and corruption scandal. The critically acclaimed CBS drama series, from Robert and Michelle King, was inspired by the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal and other political sex scandals.

“She had the exact look that I tried to capture in the pilot when you first meet the Florricks and you see her standing behind her disgraced man,” Margulies said of Abedin. “She had such a soul-less look. Her body was empty, her soul was somewhere else and she was just going through the motions.” The actress said she had “complete compassion and empathy” for Abedin. Margulies confessed that when she saw a New York City newspaper headline with “Tips from Alicia Florrick” for Weiner’s wife (don’t read newspapers, don’t watch TV, be a … Read More »

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Ben Rappaport Joins ‘The Good Wife’

By | Monday July 1, 2013 @ 12:10pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Outsourced star Ben Rappaport has booked a recurring role on CBS‘ legal drama The Good Wife. He’ll be playing a four-year associate at Lockhart-Gardner in the series’ upcoming fifth season, joining Julianna Margulies, Matt Czuchry, Archie Panjabi, Josh Charles, Christine Baranski, Alan Cumming and Zach Grenier, who was recently upped to regular. Rappaport appeared on Broadway in Picnic and was most recently seen in feature The Brass Teapot. He’s repped by Gersh, Invictus Entertainment and attorney Rick Genow.

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Julianna Margulies’ Ex-Managers ‘Good Wife’ Commissions Claims “Meritless” Says Lawyers

By | Tuesday June 25, 2013 @ 12:20pm PDT

UPDATE: Just hours after a judge rejected Julianna Margulies attempt to have her former managers’ commissions lawsuit against her dismissed, the actress’ lawyer say they “remain confident” that D/F Management’s “claims will be shown to be meritless.” Read the full statement from Sheldon Eisenberg of Drinker Biddle & Reath here:

“We are disappointed that the Court believed issues of fact prevented it from dismissing the case at this point when the case is a dispute between New York residents and when New York law would clearly not permit it to go forward.  In any event, none of our defenses, including the statute of frauds, have been eliminated from the case and we remain confident that D/F’s claims will be shown to be meritless.”

PREVIOUSLY: Looks like Julianna Margulies won’t just be spending time in courtrooms on The Good Wife. A judge today rejected the actress’ attempt to dismiss a lawsuit launched last July by her former managers D/F Management seeking more than $420,000 in unpaid commission. That means the case will go to a jury trial on October 9 as scheduled. That is something The Good Wife star, who counterclaimed last fall, was trying to avoid in seeking a summary judgment Tuesday in LA Superior Court. Part of Margulies’ counterclaim was that the early 2009 agreement with her former ICM agent Steve Dontanville and talent manager Frank Frattaroli at D/F was never in writing. Margulies ended her relationship with D/F Management in late April 2011, about 20 months after debuting on the CBS drama. Citing New York law, Margulies’ attorneys argued before Judge Ernest Hiroshige this morning that the oral management agreement needed to be in writing to be enforceable, and because it wasn’t the actress doesn’t owe D/F anything. Hiroshige saw it differently. “If it is true that the custom and practice in the entertainment business is to pay continuing commissions to a talent manager after termination of the management agreement then California, as the epicenter of the entertainment industry, may have the stronger interest in having its statute of frauds applied,” wrote Hiroshige in his tentative order earlier today. After hearing arguments from both sides, he made a final order to dismiss the motion for summary judgement.  Read More »

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Zach Grenier Upped To Regular On ‘Good Wife’, Patrick Fischler & Stephen Monroe Taylor Join ‘Lost Angels’

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 3:44pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The Good Wife scene stealer Zach Grenier, who plays cutthroat divorce attorney and equity partner David Lee, has been promoted to a regular for the CBS legal drama’s upcoming fifth season. He is with Stone Manners Salners.

Frank Darabont’s upcoming 1940s TNT noir drama series Lost Angels has completed its roster of gangsters. Patrick Fischler, best known for his recurring roles on Mad Men and Lost, is set to play uber mob boss Meyer Lansky. He will next be seen in Two Guns opposite Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. Stephen Monroe Taylor, repped by House of Reps and Main Title, will recur as Phil Holtz, who is one of Bugsy Seigal’s (Ed Burns) known associates. He is recurring on Anger Management.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Good Wife’ Finale Dips, ‘Revenge’ Up, ‘Red Widow’ Hits Low, CBS & Fox Tie To Top Demo

By | Monday April 29, 2013 @ 9:15am PDT

It was the fourth night of the May sweep last night, and it also was the end of the fourth season of The Good Wife (1.6/4) on CBS. Full of the corruption, cynicism and plot twists that have marked the legal drama’s latest season, plus a new Governor, the 9 PM finale was up 7% from last week but dipped 6% from the 1.7 of last year’s April 29 season finale. With 9.01 million watching, last night’s Good Wife was also down from the 9.97 million who tuned in for its Season 3 finale. CBS began the night at 7 PM with 60 Minutes (1.5/5), which was the most-watched show of the night with 11.59 million viewers but down 21% from its April 21 show. The Amazing Race (2.3/6) also was down but just 4% from last week. Airing at 10 PM, The Mentalist (1.5/4) wrapped up the night, slipping 6% from its April 21 airing. With 9.60 million watching, CBS won Sunday in viewership and tied with Fox to top the night among adults 18-49 with a 1.7. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Mentalist’ & ABC’s Hallmark Movie Up, ‘The Good Wife’, ‘Cleveland Show’, ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ & ‘American Dad’ Down

There were no sports and no award shows on primetime TV last night, but there was a lot of action. CBS, for instance, had a full lineup of originals on Sunday. As usual 60 Minutes (1.9/4) started the night for the network. Without the overrun of the 2013 Masters Tournament final round like last week that pushed everyone on CBS’ schedule ahead almost an hour, the newsmagazine was down 14%. Over on The Amazing Race (2.4/7), things were actually up a bit, with the reality stalwart posting a 4% rise over its April 14 show. As reality went up, drama went down. At least one CBS drama, The Good Wife (1.5/4), fell 12% from last week. The April 14 Good Wife had been its first original in three weeks. Pushed out of primetime last week by an overrun, The Mentalist (1.6/4) jumped 12% from its April 14 airing. CBS won the night in total viewers and among adults 18-49. ABC was second in viewers and the key demo.

ABC began Sunday primetime with a new America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.3/4). The found-footage show was flat with its previous new show four weeks ago and consequently tied a season low. Next up at 8 p.m. was a new Once Upon A Time (2.1/6) that dipped 5% from the Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ & ‘Red Widow’ Hit Lows, ‘Revenge’ Down; CBS Wins Night

By | Monday April 1, 2013 @ 8:56am PDT

As The Bible miniseries ended, The Walking Dead wrapped its latest season and Game Of Thrones began Season 3 on cable last night, it was all reality on NBC on Sunday. There was a new All-Star Celebrity Apprentice (1.4/4) at 10 PM. Former winner and CNN host Piers Morgan dropped by, and as always on the Donald Trump-hosted series someone was fired — April Fools, we’re not going to tell you who. However, we can say that Celebrity Apprentice was down 13% from last week’s show, a season low. Hoping to grab a few more ratings from the big numbers it did last week, the network kicked off the night replaying the March 25 two-hour season premiere of The Voice at 7 PM (1.1/3) and the March 26 one-hour show at 9 PM (1.5/3).

ABC had originals of Revenge (1.5/3) and Red Widow (1.0/3); both dramas were down 17% from last week’s shows, with freshman Red Widow tying a series low. The network celebrated Easter with a broadcast of It’s The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (0.6/2) special, down 57% from its April 1 broadcast last year. That was followed by an encore of Once Upon A Time (0.6/1) that aired at 8 PM. Read More »

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