Fox To Air New ‘Mindy Project’ & ‘New Girl’ After ‘American Idol’ In April

By | Wednesday February 20, 2013 @ 2:20pm PST

There’s going to be a little bit more of The Mindy Project and New Girl on Fox in April. The network announced today that it would be airing new episodes of the comedy series on April 4 right … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Smash’ Crash In Season 2 Debut, ‘The Taste’ & ‘Mindy Project’ Up, CBS Wins Night

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 8:34am PST

There was a bit of Broadway in primetime last night with NBC’s Smash (1.1/3) returning for its second season. However, it was a hard landing for the musical drama: The two-hour premiere was down 71% from its Season 1 debut on February 6, 2012. That premiere got a 3.8/10 among adults 18-49. Granted, the show didn’t have the powerhouse lead-in of The Voice it had last year, nor the Super Bowl promotion, but it cratered to 4.47 million viewers from the 11.4 million who watched last year’s first episode. Hitting a series low, Smash was also down 39% from the 1.8 rating it got for its May 14 season finale.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘New Girl’ & ‘Mindy Project’ Up, ‘Go On’ & ‘New Normal’ Hit Series Lows, ‘The Taste’ Falls

By | Wednesday January 30, 2013 @ 9:19am PST

It was a night of a lot of not-so-new chess pieces put in place on television Tuesday. With ABC and Fox having pulled shows from their schedule last week, last night saw their replacements debut. In its first week as a one-hour, The Taste (1.6/4) had a hard second week. The cooking competition show fell 24% from its two-hour premiere January 22. With Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt. 23 pulled from the schedule last week, ABC began the first week of its double shot of Happy Endings on Tuesday. The 9 PM (1.2/3) regular time slot broadcast dipped 8% from Happy Endings’ last original show on January 15. The replacement 9:30 PM (1.3/3) airing of Happy Endings was up from Apt. 23’s 1.1/3 of two weeks ago. Now that Private Practice is no more, ABC ended the night with a special primetime repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live (1.2/3) from January 24 when the show was “hijacked” by Matt Damon. The indefinite pulling of Ben And Kate from Fox’s Tuesday comedy block last week meant that last night began with the first of several back-to-back episodes of Raising Hope. The 8 PM (1.7/5) was even with last week’s show but the 8:30 PM (1.5/4) replacement airing rose 25% from last week’s Ben And Kate in the same time slot. That wasn’t the only rise Fox saw on Tuesday. New Girl (2.5/7) was up 14% from last week and The Mindy Project (1.7/4) saw a rise of 13% from January 22. Read More »

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Fox Sets ‘Glee’, ‘Mindy Project’, New Girl’ And Animation Return Dates

By | Thursday December 13, 2012 @ 3:17pm PST

Glee will be back on January 24, 2013, Fox announced today. The musical comedy-drama’s return for more of its fourth season was just one of many Fox series the network set Winter 2013 premiere dates for. The SimpsonsRead More »

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Mary Grill Joins Fox’s ‘The Mindy Project’, ABC Pilot ‘Trophy Wife’ Adds A Regular

By | Friday December 7, 2012 @ 10:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Mary Grill has landed the major new role on Fox’s freshman comedy series The Mindy Project. Grill, a Second City Chicago alum and founding member of the NY sketch group New Excitement, will play the recurring role of Maggie, a tomboyish college friend of Mindy’s (creator and star Mindy Kaling). The introduction of the character is part of a creative overhaul of the show midway through its freshman season, which includes the elimination of a character, played by regular Amanda Setton, and the downgrade of another one, played by Anna Camp, from regular to recurring. Additionally, Stephen Tobolowsky’s recurring character was written off. Grill, repped by Vincent Nastri of Bleecker Street Entertainment, recently appeared on Boardwalk Empire and has upcoming guest stints on Whitney and Don’t Trust the B—- In Apt.23. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Mindy Project,’ ‘Apt. 23′, & ‘New Normal’ Hit New Lows, ‘Vegas’ Up, ‘The Voice’ Down

By | Wednesday November 21, 2012 @ 9:25am PST

On the second to last night before the end of the November sweeps, it was a bit of a rollar coaster on TV on Tuesday. Fox’s The Mindy Project (1.3/4) took a 19% dive from last week, falling to a … Read More »

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A Regular Role Cut, Another Downgraded To Recurring On Fox’s ‘The Mindy Project’

By | Tuesday November 20, 2012 @ 5:54pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox‘s new comedy The Mindy Project may have secured a supersized 24-episode order, but it is still very much a work in progress as the freshman has garnered critical praise but has yet to connect with … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Mindy’ Rebounds, ‘Apt. 23′, ‘NCIS’ Set Lows; ‘Hart Of Dixie’ Hits High

Nellie Andreeva

The networks’ Tuesday lineups returned to normal after Election Night coverage last week. Probably no one is welcoming the return to normalcy more than Fox, whose Tuesday comedy block was also impacted by baseball and other per-emptions. The network brass must be breathing a sigh of relief as freshman The Mindy Project (1.7/4 in adults 18-49) last night went up 13% from the series low posted by its last original two weeks ago. That was the only airing of the show for the past four weeks. Compared with its past two outings before the preemtion-filled last month, Mindy Project was down 11%, a smaller drop than the 19% one Fox’s New Girl suffered last fall returning from a four-week hiatus — which the then-freshman could never make up. New Girl (2.2/6) and fellow returning Fox comedy Raising Hope (1.6/5) were both down a tenth from two weeks ago. But newbie Ben And Kate (1.1/3) took a 21% plunge to a new series low.

Ben And Kate was in a three-way tie for last place among all programs on the Big 4 networks last night, along with ABC’s sophomore Don’t Trust The B— In Apt. 23 (1.1/3, down 8%) and veteran Private Practice (1.1/3, down 21%), both hitting series lows. While Private Practice‘s fate has been determined and it is simply playing out its final batch of episodes, the dismal rating for Apt. 23 is alarming as the series only has a 13-episode order. Its lead-in, Happy Endings (1.4/4) was flat with two weeks ago. With a double-elimination episode, Dancing With the Stars results (1.9/5) was up 6%. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: NBC Tops Tuesday

Nellie Andreeva

With pre-emptions for coverage of the Sandy storm aftermath and continuing widespread power outages, fast national ratings for last night are only approximate. NBC posted a clear-cut victory in adults 18-49, winning every hour of primetime with The Voice (4.6/12, up 7% from last week) and an NBC News storm special (2.9/8).

Alarming news for ABC, none of whose shows cracked the 2 demo rating in the fast national. The news was worst for the fledgling 9-10 PM comedy block, whose members Happy Endings (1.4/4) and Don’t Trust The B—- (1.2/3) both tumbled, down 22% and 29% from their openers last week. Dancing With The Stars results (1.9/5) was down 5%, and a news special (1.3/3) closed out the night. ABC sure hopes for an upward adjustment, though no adjustment can erase the big drop-off for the comedies. Read More »

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FRESHMAN SERIES REPORT: Who Got Back Orders, Who Got Scripts, Who Got The Ax?

By | Tuesday October 23, 2012 @ 2:14pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS this morning was the latest broadcast network to weigh in on freshman series back orders, giving full-season pickups to dramas Elementary and Vegas. The first wave of episodic orders typically goes to the strongest ratings performers, with the next echelon getting additional script orders while the networks decide whether to keep them around. This is the case again this fall with one notable exception: Fox’s modestly rated new comedy Ben And Kate, the only new series with a back order to get fewer than nine episodes (six), as its pickup was more of a statement by Fox that it is committed to nurturing its fledgling Tuesday comedy block than a testament to the show’s strength. The full-season 22-episode orders to date went to the six highest-rated new series among adults 18-49: NBC’s Revolution (4.3/11 in most current ratings*), CBS’ Elementary (3.5/10), NBC’s Go On (2.9/8), CBS’ Vegas (2.7/8), Fox’s The Mindy Project (2.6/7) and NBC’s The New Normal (2.5/7). Ben And Kate (1.8) is six slots down, below ABC’s Nashville (2.4), ABC’s Last Resort (2.3), ABC’s 666 Park Ave, CBS’ Partners (2.3) and ABC’s The Neighbors (2.1). The CW’s sole pickup so far, Arrow, is the network’s highest-rated series this fall with a 1.3 in 18-49. (Note: Full Freshman Series Status Report chart after the story.) Interestingly, the only freshman show to get a larger-than-22-episode pickup this season was not the highest-rated (Revolution), but Mindy Project, for reasons in the vein of those for Ben And Kate‘s back order. (Fox also is pre-empting Mindy for three of the current four weeks, so the extra order served as a vote of confidence to the Mindy Kaling series.) I hear there are discussions for an extra episode of Arrow, which would push the order to 23.


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Fox Orders Two More Episodes Of ‘The Mindy Project’

By | Friday October 19, 2012 @ 2:58pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Fox is showing its confidence in The Mindy Project, which has been plagued with pre-emptions this fall. The network has given an order for two additional episodes to the freshman comedy. The pickup comes on the same … Read More »

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Fox Will Keep Most Of Its Comedy Block On Tuesday, Extend Primetime to 10:30 PM For Hourlong ‘X Factor’

By | Friday October 19, 2012 @ 10:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Mindy Project Fox ScheduleAfter hastily rescheduling the baseball rain delay-plagued Wednesday night episode of The X Factor for next Tuesday, the network has tweaked its plans. Originally, Fox was to rebroadcast the entire two-hour Wednesday episode of … Read More »

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Fox Gives Back Orders To New Comedies ‘The Mindy Project’ & ‘Ben And Kate’

By | Monday October 8, 2012 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox brass have said they would be patient with the network’s new Tuesday comedy block, and they are proving it today with back orders to modestly-rated freshman series The Mindy Project and Ben And Kate. Mindy Kaling’s The Mindy Project, which has higher ratings as it follows anchor New Girl, has been given a full-season order with a back-nine-episode pickup. In its second outing, the workplace comedy, which gets a sizable DVR bump, logged a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating in Live+same day.

Dana Fox’s Ben And Kate has received a six-episode back order. It most recently posted a 1.6 demo rating at 8:30 PM. Fox has new comedy The Goodwin Games on tap for midseason, which was part of the reason for Ben And Kate‘s six-episode order. The comedy recently underwent a showrunner change, with executive producers Garrett Donovan and Neil Goldman leaving. Gail Lerner has since come on board to land senior-level support several days a week.  “Ben And Kate and The Mindy Project have everything we want to stand for in comedy: smart writing, hugely appealing casts and comedy that feels contemporary and real – which is why we’re confident they will continue to build on what is already an appointment comedy night for young, influential audiences on Tuesdays,” Fox chairman Kevin Reilly said. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Raising Hope’ Down In Season Premiere, ‘Hart Of Dixie’ On Par

By | Wednesday October 3, 2012 @ 10:40am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It may be the DVR effect, impact of cable or the Internet, but it is kind of depressing seeing a whopping seven programs on the Big 4 broadcast networks post a 1 rating among adults 18-49 on Night 10 of the new season when viewer excitement is supposed to be still high.

Fox’s all-comedy Tuesday block continues to struggle. The addition of Raising Hope as 8 PM anchor didn’t help as the comedy opened its third season with a 1.7/5 among adults 18-49. That was down 45% from the series’ second season premiere behind New Girl last fall. It was also down 19% from Raising Hope‘s debut in the Tuesday 8 PM slot last spring when Fox tried out a two-hour comedy block. New Fox comedies, Ben And Kate (1.6/5) and The Mindy Project (1.9/5) both crumbled in Week 2, down 24% and 21%, respectively, from their modest premieres. The big dropoff for critical darling The Mindy Project is especially concerning as the show followed New Girl. In one of the brighter spots on last night’s ratings report, New Girl (2.8/7) matched its season premiere rating from last week, avoiding the proverbial “second-week slump.” Ben And Kate‘s dropoff mirrored that of its lead-in (down 25% from last week when Fox aired a new New Girl at 8 PM.) Read More »

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PREMIERE WEEK: DVR’s Power Grows, NBC Tops, ‘Revolution’ Leads Drama-Heavy Fall

By | Monday October 1, 2012 @ 3:52pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Premiere Week used to be the ultimate make-it-or-break-it test for the broadcast networks, a barometer for which new shows will be hot that season and which will likely die. Today, more and more networks schedule their fall premieres outside of premiere week, diminishing the importance of the season’s opening week. Last year, some of the strongest new fall series — ABC’s Once Upon A Time and Suburgatory and NBC’s Grimm — all launched outside premiere week. This year, the list includes NBC’s Revolution and Go On, which premiered early, and ABC’s highest-profile new series, drama Nashville, which debuts next week.

Related: Fall 2012: As Broadcast Season Kicks Off, Where Do Networks Stand?

And then there is the rising power of DVRs, especially for returning series. During Premiere Week last year, four series — Two And A Half Men, Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother and The Middle – were up double-digits from the previous fall’s premieres. This year, only one returning show, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, posted year-to-year gains, a testament to the series’ masterfully crafted cliffhangers. But many series are expected to make up ground in Live+7 as pundits point to this season as the one where shifted viewing reaches critical mass for a major impact on ratings reporting. So far, only Live+3 ratings for series that aired Monday-Wednesday last week are in. They show an average of 26% lift in adults 18-49, up from 20% last fall, as DVR contribution has crossed the one-quarter mark only three days after the shows’ original airing.

Not surprisingly, top-rated comedy Modern Family is the biggest ratings gainer for now, adding 1.75 in 18-49 (31.6%) for a stellar 7.3 Live+3 demo rating. Somewhat surprisingly, as viewers tend to overwhelmingly favor returning shows for their season passes, Modern Family‘s gain is tied for No. 1 with that for new NBC drama Revolution. Overall, the 1.75 Live+3 increase for Revolution represents the largest percentage gain for any Monday-Wednesday series (50.6%) and vaults the futuristic series to a 5.19 demo rating, the second-highest behind Modern Family last week. It edged the series that helped launch it, NBC’s The Voice (5.18). The big DVR jump on top of already strong ratings (with a 3.5 Live+Same Day rating in 18-49, Revolution was already the highest-rated freshman series of Premiere Week) is an indication that the big premiere for the JJ Abrams/Eric Kripke drama the week before was not a fluke; viewers liked what they saw and put the series on their DVR lists. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox Comedy Block Soft, ‘Vegas’ Premiere OK, CBS Tops Night

By | Wednesday September 26, 2012 @ 9:37am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE PM: In the finals, The Voice went up by two tenths to a 4.2 demo rating. Adjusted up by .1 were the Dancing With the Stars, the two New Girl episodes and Ben and Kate.

PREVIOUS AM: It was a ho-hum premiere week Tuesday with no standouts, no unmitigated disasters and mostly soft starts for new series. A slew of new and returning shows were schooled by veteran NCIS, the oldest program on the night, whose 10th season premiere beat them all to rank as Tuesday’s top show in total viewers and adults 18-49 with some of its best numbers ever.

Fox’s new two-hour comedy block was slow out of the gate. Anchor New Girl delivered a 2.7/9 in adults 18-49 in both premiere airings at 8 PM and 9 PM. That was down 43% from the fast national for the show’s big series premiere last fall and a tenth from its season finale. New Girl was used as a launching pad for new comedies Ben And Kate (2.0/6) at 8:30 PM and The Mindy Project (2.4/6) at 9:30 PM. Both were down considerably from the season premiere of Raising Hope behind New Girl last year (3.1/8 at 9:30 PM)

NBC’s lineup took a hit against increased competition. The Voice (4.0/12) was down 11% from its fast national last week. Facing first-run comedies for the first time, Go On (2.7/7) dropped 21%, while The New Normal (2.0/5) was down 9%. Go On tied New Girl as the highest-rated half-hour on the night. At 10 PM, Parenthood (1.8/5) was flat with last week.

CBS’ returning dramas were solid. NCIS (4.1/12, 20.2 million total viewers) was down only a tenth from the fast national for its season premiere last fall. NCIS: LA (3.4/9, 16.7 million) was down 6%. Both series had their second-most-watched openers ever. At 10 PM, new drama Vegas pulled in a 2.5/7 in adults 18-49. In the demo, that was down 14% from the premiere of Unforgettable in the slot last fall but easily topped the 10 PM hour. Given the subject matter — 1960s Las Vegas — and star Dennis Quaid, Vegas was expected to be older-skewing. In total viewers, it drew an impressive 14.7 million, the largest audience for a fall Tuesday 10 PM premiere in 10 years, since Judging Amy in 2002. In 18-49, it was CBS’ lowest-rated Tuesday drama premiere in 7.5 years, since Century City in March 2008. CBS swept Tuesday night, winning every hour of primetime in both total viewers and adults 18-49. Read More »

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Fox’s ‘Mindy Project’ Takes Weeklong Hiatus

By | Thursday September 13, 2012 @ 2:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Production on the upcoming Fox comedy series The Mindy Project will stop for a week. The series, which is finishing up Episode 7 right now, was scheduled to continue shooting next week. On Monday and Tuesday, it was … Read More »

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Mindy Kaling To Return To ‘The Office’ For Guest Stint: TCA

By | Monday July 23, 2012 @ 11:00am PDT

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

TCA 2012 Mindy Kaling ProjectUPDATED: The Office co-star/writer/producer Mindy Kaling, who left the NBC comedy at the end of last season to topline her own series, Fox’s Read More »

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Fox To Preview New Comedies ‘Ben & Kate’, ‘The Mindy Project’ Online Ahead Of Debut

By | Monday July 23, 2012 @ 9:09am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Mindy Project FoxIn what has become a TV industry standard, Fox will preview new comedy series Ben And Kate and The Mindy Project in advance of their fall primetime debuts. The previews will be on Facebook and … Read More »

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