It was a slam dunk across the board for CBS Daytime as the network’s entire lineup hit ratings milestones for the week ending February 2, according to Nielsen. CBS Daytime averaged 4.79 million viewers, its largest weekly viewership since the week ending December 30, 2005. Among women 25-54, CBS Daytime averaged 1.6/09, its largest average since the week ending February 21, 2010. The Talk averaged 3.19 million viewers, its largest weekly audience ever and matched its best women 25-54 (1.2/07). Both Let’s Make A Deal 1 (3.71 million) and The Price Is Right (4.22 million) delivered their largest weekly audience to-date. The Bold And The Beautiful snared its largest audience (4.17 million) since the week ending April 13, 2007, and The Young And The Restless, boosted by the departure of cast members Michael Muhney and Billy Miller, had its best weekly audience (5.73 million) since the week ending February 29, 2008 and its best women 25-54 (2.3/12) since February 4, 2011.
CBS Renews Entire Daytime Lineup, Including ‘Bold & Beautiful’, ‘The Talk’, ‘Price Is Right’ And ‘Let’s Make A Deal’
CBS‘ daytime lineup will return intact next season. The network has renewed soap The Bold And The Beautiful, talk show The Talk and game shows The Price Is Right and Let’s Make A Deal. They join top-rated daytime drama The Young And The Restless, which has a multi-year pickup. “Over the past few years, we have successfully transitioned our daytime schedule to a balance of program genres with new creative energy, while maintaining our ratings leadership,” said CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler.
Just renewed The Bold And The Beautiful, The Talk, The Price Is Right and Let’s Make A Deal have all posted year-to-year ratings increases. Here are the stats:
UPDATE 6:10 PM: Brandi Cochran has been awarded $7.7 million in punitive damages (read the order here) in her suit against The Price Is Right Productions and FremantleMedia North America. That’s in addition to the actual damages awarded yesterday in Cochran’s suit charging that she was terminated because of her pregnancy.
PREVIOUSLY, 6:20 PM TUESDAY: Brandi Cochran sued The Price Is Right producers for discrimination when she was told in early 2010 she no longer had a job when she tried to return after taking maternity leave. Today a Los Angeles Superior Court jury agreed that Cochran’s pregnancy was the reason she wasn’t rehired and awarded her $776,944 in damages, the Associated Press reports. Defendants FremantleMedia North America and The Price Is Right Productions argued that they were satisfied with the five models working on the show at the time Cochran sought to return. A second phase of the trial will determine whether Cochran should be awarded punitive damages. FremantleMedia said it expects to be “fully vindicated” after an appeal.
The Price Is Right celebrated its 40th anniversary this morning with a special episode that featured returning contestants from the past four decades– but Bob Barker, who hosted the show for 35 years, was nowhere to be seen. Barker tells The Associated Press the show’s producers “chose to ignore me, which is fine”. But, he added, “When you celebrate a 40th anniversary, you would think you’d have the fellow who did the show for 35 years there”. Barker is shown in several clips, but was not invited to appear on the program or attend the taping. ”They haven’t even offered me a DVD,” Barker told the AP.