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Wendell Pierce Joins ‘Ray Donovan’; Raffi Barsoumian Boards ‘The Vampire Diaries’

By | Wednesday February 19, 2014 @ 7:59am PST
Nellie Andreeva

pierceThe Wire and Treme alum Wendell Pierce will recur on the second season of Showtime’s Ray Donovan. He will play Mr. Keith, a down-on-his-luck parole officer who gets a payoff from Ray (Schreiber). Pierce joins fellow new cast additions Hank Azaria, Sherilyn Fenn and Vinessa Shaw on the Mark Gordon Co-produced drama series. Pierce, repped by Paradigm and Essential Talent, co-stars on NBC’s The Michael J. Fox Show. Read More »

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CW Gives Early Renewals To ‘Arrow’, ‘The Vampire Diaries’, ‘Supernatural’, ‘Reign’ & ‘The Originals’

By | Thursday February 13, 2014 @ 11:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

the-cwAs it has done in the past couple of years, the CW has given early renewals to its strongest series. The list includes flagship dramas The Vampire Diaries and Arrow, formidable veteran Supernatural and freshmen The Originals and Reign. Left off are the proverbial bubble shows whose renewals chances are estimated to be 50-50 at best. Apres Moi, le DélugeThat includes Beauty & the Beast, The Carrie Diaries, Hart of Dixie and The Tomorrow People. Their odds will improve or get worse depending on the performance of the CW’s upcoming midseason series The 100, which is getting strong buzz and is being touted as a potential long-term player for the network, as well as alien romance Star-Crossed.

After an inauspicious launch behind mothership series The Vampire Diaries, The Originals has flourished in the Tuesday 8 PM slot despite gloom and doom predictions about its face-off with ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Its potent pairing with Supernatural has doubled the CW’s Tuesday night ratings year-to-year in adults 18-34 (+100%, 1.4 vs. 0.7), grown +150% in adults 18-49 (1.5 vs. 0.6), and gained +88% in total viewers Blast Radius(3.2 million vs. 1.7 million). With the new lead-in, Supernatural has found another gear, posting double-digit increases year-to-year in total viewers and all key demos, and recently logging its most watched episodes since … Read More »

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Potentially Catastrophic Winter Storm Hits South – TV And Movie Crews Not Exempted

By | Wednesday February 12, 2014 @ 8:57am PST

Another Winter Storm Affects Atlanta AreaIt’s safe to assume TV or film projects scheduled to shoot today in areas of the Southeast that have already been — or are about to be — hit by the latest crippling winter storm have shut down production temporarily. The National Weather Service has called the storm “an event of historical proportions”; the service has also called the storm potentially “catastrophic,” “crippling” and “paralyzing.” In case you missed the news: Across the South, winter-weary residents woke up this morning to a landscape encased in ice, snow and freezing rain, and forecasters warning that the worst of the potentially “catastrophic” storm was yet to come. It’s so big, the storm led Today show’s coverage this morning, even though the NBC News program has schleppped to Sochi to cover the Winter Games, which are being plagued by too-warm weather.
Another Winter Storm Affects The SouthFrom Texas to the Carolinas and in Atlanta (which was hit by a much lesser storm a couple of weeks ago that wrecked havoc on the city), roads were slick with ice and tens of thousands were without power, the Associated Press reports. Interstates were largely desolate as most people heeded warnings to stay home. Fox News reported that more than 95,000 customers were without power early this morning, many of them in the Atlanta area (home to such productions as the CW’s The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, both of which shuttered production today, according to producer Warner Bros TV), and that conditions had forced the cancellations of thousands of flights across the country — including nearly 70% of flights heading in and out of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International airport, which is the busiest in the nation. As of this morning, more than 2,800 flights already had been canceled, Fox News Channel reported. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Scandal’ & ‘Grey’s’ Finales Rise, ‘Vampire Diaries’ & ‘Reign’ Flat

By | Friday December 13, 2013 @ 9:39am PST
Nellie Andreeva

KERRY WASHINGTONNot even a ratings monster like NBC’s The Sound Of Music could stop ABC‘s hot drama Scandal, which managed to post a week-to-week increase against the NBC special last Thursday. In its fall finale last night, the soapy thriller (3.2 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers) was up again, by 7% in 18-49 and by 12% in viewers, to post two-month highs in both categories. Scandal again ranked as the second-highest-rated program of the night behind CBS The Big Bang Theory, building on its lead-in, Grey’s Anatomy. The veteran ABC medical drama (2.7, 8.5 million) rebounded from taking a hit against The Sound Of Music last week, up  17% in 18-49 and 20% in total viewers. Vs. last year’s fall finale, Grey’s was down 7% in the 18-49 demo but up 4% in viewers. Grey’s once again was a self-starter, as its lead-in, Once Upon A Time In Wonderlanddrew only a 0.9 and 3.5 million viewers to finish flat week-to-week and tied a series low.

Also closing their fall runs were the CW’s The Vampire Diaries (1.0) and Reign (0.6), which both slipped against the NBC musical last Thursday. Neither quite recovered, both finishing even with their 18-49 ratings from last week, but Reign gained 12% in total viewers (1.86 million) to log its most-watched episode since the premiere.

After the ratings fireworks last week with The Sound Of Music, NBC went back to normal on Thursday with ratings around 1 in 18-49. The Sing-Off (1.4) did the best, despite dropping 22% from its Wednesday telecast. It actually matched the strongest ratings any NBC regular Thursday series has delivered this fall since Week 2 of the season. The Sing-Off also topped Fox’s The X Factor (1.2) for a second straight night and gave a small boost to Sean Saves The World (1.0), which was up a tenth in his return after two weeks off. The Michael J. Fox Show (0.9) and Parenthood (1.2) were flat with their most recent originals. X Factor was down 14% from last week. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CW Now A Force On Thursday As ABC, NBC & Fox Struggle At 8

By | Friday November 15, 2013 @ 10:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Last week, the CW’s The Vampire Diaries for the first time topped an original The X Factor in adults 18-49 (1.3 vs. 1.2), also finishing way ahead of ABC’s Once Upon A Time In Wonderland (0.9) in the hour. Last night, the CW (1.3) topped both ABC (0.9) and NBC (1.2) in the 8 PM hour for the second time this fall and is currently running a tenth behind Fox (1.4) a deficit it could erase by the end of the day if it is adjusted up in the finals like it did last week. With ABC’s Wonderland a non-starter, NBC’s Thursday comedy block in a state of collapse and Fox’s The X Factor getting there with its big ratings erosion this season — all while the CW’s Vampire Diaries is going strong — the 8 PM hour has a new dynamic this season. There is still the CBS dominance, fueled by The Big Bang Theory, plus what now is a four-way race for second place in adults 18-49 among ABC, NBC, Fox and yes, the CW. (Univision also factors in that race on the Spanish-language side). Vampire Diaries, which has benefited from the series’ recent exposure on Netflix the way Breaking Bad grew stronger on AMC after viewers discovered it on the streaming service, is holding up well against the biggest comedy series on television much like the WB’s Gilmore Girls did against Friends years ago. Read More »

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Michael Malarkey Joins ‘The Vampire Diaries’, Madeline Brewer In ‘Hemlock Grove’

By | Wednesday October 9, 2013 @ 7:07am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: The CW and Netflix have cast two of their breakout actors in new roles. The CW is bringing back Michael Malarkey. After casting the young actor as the male lead Prince Maxon in the second Selection pilot this past season, the network has tapped him for a major recurring role on veteran drama The Vampire Diaries. He will play Enzo, a charismatic but tortured figure from Damon’s past who arrives in Mystic Falls desperate to reconnect with his old friend. His first episode airs December 5. American-born and -raised Malarkey, repped by Silver Lining Entertainment and UK’s Hatton Mcewan Penford, studied at London’s LAMDA and has been working in the UK since.
Similarly, Netflix has cast Madeline Brewer in Season 2 of Hemlock Grove following her memorable turn on the first season of the streaming service’s dark comedy Orange Is The New Black. On Hemlock Grove, from Gaumont International TV, Brewer will recur as a graphic novelist entering the town. She is repped by Judy Boals Talent and Literary, Inphenate, and Schreck Dapello.

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TCA: CW’s ‘The Originals’ Is About “Embracing Vampirism” Says EP

By | Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 11:44am PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Being a vampire is no picnic. This much has been made clear by the CW bloodsuckers-in-high-school series The Vampire Diaries. But how to move the concept forward? Julie Plec, showrunner of the Diaries spinoff The Originals, sank her teeth into it (so to speak) at a TCA morning panel in which she described how the new series will differ from the show that spawned it. “The Originals isn’t about struggling to be a vampire,” she said, “but about embracing vampirism. It’s about the power of the family community and the power struggle over the family community and the supernatural community of an entire city.” She then gave an analogy: “You might look at it like, we graduated high school and went to college, and now they’re getting their master’s degree in The Originals.” One critic wanted to know how an adult viewer who never watched Vampire Diaries or cared about the Twilight series might care about The Originals. Plec admitted that bringing in new, more adult viewers is “one of the most difficult tasks we’ve had to do creatively – to have a show that stands on its own and doesn’t have to rely creatively on the foundation of the mothership, so to speak. That can draw an audience that hasn’t seen a frame of Vampire Diaries.” And? ”All I can say is we work hard every day … Read More »

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CW Gives ‘The Originals’ Premiere ‘Vampire Diaries’ Lead-In On Thursday, Gets ‘Reign’ Debut Out Of ‘Glee’ Tribute Episode

By | Monday July 29, 2013 @ 12:55pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: The CW is looking to give a better chance to high-profile new drama Reign and an extra boost to new drama The Originals by tweaking its fall premiere date plans. Reign was slated to debut on Oct. 10 against what is expected to be highly watched Cory Monteith episode of Fox’s Glee. Meanwhile, The Originals faces an uphill battle airing against ABC’s heavily promoted Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD on Tuesdays. The Vampire Diaries spinoff, originally slated to debut on Tuesday, October 16, will now debut on Thursday, October 3 behind the season premiere of The Vampire Diaries, which has been moved up by a week. The Originals will move into its Tuesday 8 PM time slot on October 8 facing Episode 3 of SHIELD and followed by the season premiere of Supernatural, also bowing a week earlier than previously announced. The Originals will get another airing behind Vampire Diaries on Thursday October 10 (Episode 2 encore) before the CW launches new period drama Reign in the Thursday 9 PM slot on October 18, a week later than originally scheduled. Here are the CW’s revised fall premiere dates: Read More »

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Comic-Con: ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Readies For Season 5, 100th Episode & The College Years (Video)

By | Saturday July 20, 2013 @ 6:31pm PDT

The CW’s The Vampire Diaries has steamed its way through four years of soapy supernatural drama that have brought a lot of change for its teenage (and technically immortal) characters. Today at Comic-Con the network reminded fans just how much has changed in a panel reel that recapped Elena’s romantic history, torn between Team Damon and Team Stefan. But with the Mystic Falls gang finally graduating high school, the show’s taking the drama to college which will open the TVD world up for all of its characters who’ve just dealt with death, resurrection, transformation, and readjustments in Season 4. The upcoming fifth season premieres October 10, five days before TVD spin-off The Originals debuts. The New Orleans-set Originals will take familiar supporting characters Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) along with it. Series creator Julie Plec hinted it could mean an eventual crossover for Caroline (Candace Accola), and also teased “big plans” for the show’s 100th episode which will air in the back half of Season 5.

Watch the Vampire Diaries Comic-Con 2013 trailer:

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CW’s Fall Premiere Dates: Network To Roll Out Lineup October 7, ‘Originals’ Held Back

Nellie Andreeva

Premiere week on the CW starts October 7, two weeks behind the official broadcast premiere week. As it did last year, the network is holding back its fall launch to avoid the onslaught of series and season debuts. The bulk of the network’s lineup will start the week of October 7. The big exception is the Tuesday duo of The Originals and Supernatural. The network is giving them an extra week because of The Originals’ tall order of going against ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD, which is being supported by a monster promo campaign. (ABC is yet to officially announce its fall premiere dates but the network traditionally rolls out its schedule during premiere week.) For an extra boost, the CW wants to use The Vampire Diaries season premiere on October 10 to promote the October 15 debut of spinoff The Originals. Last to get on the air is the second season of The Carrie Diaries, which will bow October 25, joining the conclusion of the summer cycle of America’s Next Top Model on Fridays. Here are the CW’s fall premiere dates: Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ Hits All-Time Low, ‘Scandal’ Rises, ‘Vampire Diaries’, ‘Two & A Half Men’ & ‘Office’ Hit Series Lows

By | Friday April 26, 2013 @ 9:14am PDT

The first night of the May sweep had the NFL draft on ESPN and NFL Network and an almost full schedule of originals on the broadcast networks. Like previous years when pitted against the draft, which got a 4.6/8 on ESPN in metered markets, that led to a lot of lows for shows across the networks. Having said that, Thursday was particularly rough for American Idol (2.7/9), which hit an all-time low for any regularly scheduled Idol in the Fox series’ 12 seasons. In a much-teased surprise, no one went home on the one-hour results show but there were a lot fewer people watching: Idol was down 7% in adults 18-49 and viewership from last week’s fast nationals, and down 10% from April 18’s final numbers. The previous all-time low was a 2.8 rating March 28. Also on Fox last night, Glee (1.8/5) took a downward turn as well, falling 14% from its April 18 episode.

Back with a primetime full of originals for the first time in three weeks, CBS saw some of its biggest shows hit new lows. The Big Bang Theory (4.2/14) was down 19% from its last new show April 4, though it was the night’s most-watched show with 14.38 million viewers. Two And A Half Men (2.8/8) took a far steeper dive, off 28% from its last original three weeks ago to hit a series low. Person Of Interest (2.4/7) fell 11% from its April 4 episode to tie a series low, while freshman Elementary (2.0/6) dipped 5% to also hit a season low. Still, CBS won the night in total viewers and the demo. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Zero Hour’ Falls, ‘Vampire Diaries’ Up, ‘Idol’ Rises, ‘Parks & Recreation’ And ‘Community’ Hit Lows

By | Friday February 22, 2013 @ 9:22am PST

The second week of ABC’s Zero Hour (1.1/3) saw nightmares of Nazis, more secrets revealed and the Book of Revelation consulted. The new conspiracy drama also the ratings spiral downward. Coming off the lowest-rated in-season debut ever for a scripted show on ABC, the Anthony Edwards show fell 21% from last week. With a 1.3/4, the CW’s 8 PM The Vampire Diaries actually beat both Zero Hour and NBC’s Community (1.1/3) and the 8:30 PM Parks And Recreation (1.3/4) among the key 18-49 demographic for the hour. The CW show was up a strong 30% from last week while the NBC comedies were down 8% and 13% from last week respectively. Thursday also saw series’ lows for both NBC comedies. Beauty And The Beast (0.6/1) was also up on the CW. The show rose 20% from last week’s 0.5/1 fast nationals.

Related: NBC To Finish 5th In Sweeps For First Time
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‘Vampire Diaries’ Claire Holt To Co-Star In ‘The Originals’ Spinoff

By | Wednesday February 13, 2013 @ 2:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Claire Holt Vampire Diaries OriginalsThe Original family of vampires will remain intact in their leap from The Vampire Diaries to their own series, planted spinoff The Originals. Claire Holt has been cast as a lead in Originals, which will be introduced in the April 25 episode of the CW drama. She will reprise her recurring TVD role as Rebekah, the vampire sister of Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies). The trio represents all surviving Original siblings as their two other brothers recently faced their demise on TVD. Holt had been rumored to join The Originals from the get-go, but I’d heard talks hit a snag and TVD‘s Phoebe Tonkin was signed for the potential spinoff instead. Now Holt, who just signed with CAA, becomes the fourth cast member of the original series to transition to the spinoff. Read More »

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CW’s ‘Arrow’, ‘The Vampire Diaries’ & ‘Supernatural’ Get Early Renewals

By | Monday February 11, 2013 @ 11:08am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The CW has given early pickups to its three strongest series — breakout freshman Arrow, flagship The Vampire Diaries and veteran Supernatural, which has had a resurgence paired with Arrow this season. All three shows hail from Warner Bros TV and will return in fall 2013. It will be a fifth season for Vampire Diaries and ninth for Supernatural. The renewal for Supernatural became possible after stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles inked rich new multi-season deals last year. “We said last year that one of our goals was to establish building blocks to grow on, and now with our new hit Arrow and fan favorite Supernatural on Wednesday night, and the continued success of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, we’ve been able to do that,” said CW president Mark Pedowitz. “Not only do Arrow, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries perform well on-air, they’re also extremely successful for us both digitally and socially.” Read More »

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Charles Michael Davis Lands Key Role In ‘Vampire Diaries’ Spinoff ‘The Originals’

By | Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 2:10pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Charles Michael Davis (The Game) is set to co-star opposite The Vampire Diaries‘ Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies and Phoebe Tonkin in the potential spinoff The Originals, which will be introduced in the April 25 episode of the CW drama. Written by TVD co-creator/executive producer Julie Plec, The Originals centers on the Original family of vampires, as Klaus (Morgan) returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans — a town he helped build centuries ago — and is reunited with his diabolical former protégé Marcel (Davis). Wicked, wild and charismatic, Marcel is a former kicked-around street rat who now calls the shots in the supernatural playground of New Orleans. As a modern-day vampire, he’s fierce and bold, able to accomplish as much with his charm as he is with his strength. Elijah (Gillies), intent on helping his self-destructive brother find redemption, must side with Marcel’s enemies in order to keep Klaus in line. Like Morgan and Gillies, Tonkin also is reprising her role from TVD. Davis joins fellow Daniella Pineda, who also has been cast in Originals as a regular. Davis, repped by Peter Strain & Associates and Mary Erickson, is filming a recurring role on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and also recurred on ABC Family’s Switched At Birth.

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‘Vampire Diaries’ Hits Social Media Milestone

By | Monday January 28, 2013 @ 11:25pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

In the Nielsen ratings, the CW’s flagship series The Vampire Diaries ranks well below No. 100 among all broadcast shows. But on social media, the vampire drama was network television’s No.1 social program during the week of January 21–27, beating such social media and TV ratings juggernauts as American Idol and Family Guy. Boosted by live tweeting by co-creator Julie Plec and the show’s cast, The Vampire Diaries generated nearly 865,000 social interactions across various platforms last week, according to Trendrr.TV. Underlining the disconnect between social media popularity and TV ratings, last Thursday’s TVD episode actually dipped among adults 18-49, down 7% from the previous week to a 1.3/4.

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Daniel Gillies Set As A Lead In ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Spinoff ‘The Originals’

By | Tuesday January 22, 2013 @ 12:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Another Vampire Diaries standout is headed to the potential spinoff series. Daniel Gillies is set to star opposite Joseph Morgan and Phoebe Tonkin in The Originals, which will be introduced as an upcoming episode of Vampire Diaries that will air April 25, serving as a potential backdoor pilot. All three are reprising their roles from the original series as the spinoff is keeping the three-lead — two vampire brothers and a girl — formula of Vampire Diaries. The only difference is that the female lead, Hayley (Tonkin), is not an ordinary teenager like Vampire Diaries‘ Elena but a werewolf. In addition to his recurring role on Vampire Diaries, which he has played since Season 2, Canadian-born Gillies also stars on the Canadian medical drama Saving Hope. If The Originals goes to series, he will do both shows.

Written by Vampire Diaries co-creator/executive producer Julie Plec, The Originals centers on the Original family of vampires, as Klaus (Morgan) returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans — a town he helped build centuries ago — and is reunited with his diabolical former protégé Marcel. Elijah (Gillies), intent on helping his self-destructive brother find redemption, must side with Marcel’s enemies in order to keep Klaus in line. Plec will write the backdoor pilot episode and executive produce Originals with Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo for Alloy, Warner Bros TV and CBS … Read More »

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CW Plots ‘Vampire Diaries’ Spinoff With Backdoor Pilot Starring Joseph Morgan & Phoebe Tonkin And Penned By Julie Plec

By | Friday January 11, 2013 @ 12:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Joseph Morgan Vampire Diaries SpinoffThe CW is piloting The Originals, a potential spinoff of the network’s flagship series The Vampire Diaries, in consideration for next season. The project, from Vampire Diaries co-creator/executive producer Julie Plec, will be introduced as an upcoming episode of Vampire Diaries that will air April 25, serving as a potential backdoor pilot. It stars popular Vampire Diaries cast member Joseph Morgan and the series’ recent addition Phoebe Tonkin. The Originals centers on the Original family of vampires, as Klaus (Morgan) returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans — a town he helped build centuries ago — and is reunited with his diabolical former protégé Marcel. Tonkin also stars, reprising her Vampire Diaries character as werewolf Hayley that was introduced this past fall. Plec will write the backdoor pilot episode and executive produce Originals with Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo for Alloy, Warner Bros TV and CBS TV Studios. A potential involvement of Vampire Diaries co-creator/exec producer Kevin Williamson, who is busy with his Fox drama series The Following, is unclear.

The CW has long been mulling spinning off hit Vampire Diaries, now in its fourth season. For Tonkin, this marks the second time she would be headlining a series for the network and WBTV following her starring … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CMAs, ‘X Factor’ Hit Lows; ‘Elementary’, ‘Vampire Diaries’ Up

By | Friday November 2, 2012 @ 9:43am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Uh-oh. In a heated bidding war last year, ABC ponied up big to keep the Country Music Association Awards with a new 10-year deal. In the first year of that deal, the 46th Annual CMA Awards last night drew a 3.8/10 in adults 18-49 and 13.6 million viewers, down 21% and 17%, respectively, from last year to mark the awards show’s lowest-rated telecast ever in both 18-49 and total viewers. The CMAs still logged a nightly victory for ABC in both categories.

Like last year, the CMAs faced Fox’s The X Factor (they clashed on Wednesday, CMAs long-time night, last fall). Both were shadows of their 2011 selves when the CMAs drew a 4.8 demo rating and X Factor posted a 3.7. Last night, X Factor managed a 2.3/6, even with last week’s re-cut Tuesday special that spilled out of the network’s primetime. But it was a series low for a regularly scheduled episode of the singing competition as the transition to live shows and the introduction of hosts Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez have failed to provide a boost. Read More »

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