RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Mike & Molly’ Slips In Week 2, ‘Broke Girls’ Inches Up As New CBS Monday Settles In, ‘Voice’ Up, ‘Dance’ Down

By | Tuesday November 12, 2013 @ 9:40am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Here is one problem with the current broadcast comedy series — there are too many “hammock” shows that do respectable business with a strong lead-in but not enough tentpole comedies to hold those comedy tents that are popping up all over the schedule. CBS has that problem with its Monday lineup. 2 Broke Girls, which was red hot airing in the hammock 8:30 PM slot in its first season, was promoted to the 9 PM anchor slot last fall. It gradually lost steam. Its decline was accelerated this fall to a point where CBS decided to put the show back at 8:30 PM for much needed rehab. The move has worked well for 2 Broke Girls, which immediately rebounded. Last night, it inched up another tenth to a 2.7 in adults 18-49, only a tenth from its season high posted by the September opener. That despite its lead-in, How I Met Your Mother (3.1), being down 9% week to week. It still was CBS’ highest rated program of the night. Therein lies the problem. Another comedy, which has done perfectly fine as a “hammock” show at 9:30 PM, Mike & Molly, was assigned the 9 PM slot. In its season premiere last week, Mike & Molly logged its lowest-rated opener but still held onto its 2 Broke Girls lead-in. Last night, the comedy starring Melissa McCarthy (2.2) fell 15% from last Monday’s debut and 19% from its lead-in. The ratings slide continued with Mom (1.9, down 5% to tie its lowest fast national to date) and Hostages (1.1, flat and tied for series low). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Mike & Molly’ Down In Return, ‘HIMYM’ Grows, ‘The Voice’ Drops

By | Tuesday November 5, 2013 @ 9:39am PST
Nellie Andreeva

CBS introduced its Monday Fall Lineup 2.0 last night with the return of Mike & Molly, which made its debut as a 9 PM anchor. The fourth-season premiere drew a 2.6 in adults 18-49, down 16% from last fall at 9:30 PM for the comedy’s lowest-rated opener. But the realities for CBS on Mondays are very different this fall, and a 2.6 rating adds stability to a lineup in need of one. Mike & Molly also was up a big 37% from its May finale. Departing How I Met Your Mother (3.4) continues to be CBS’ shining light on Monday, up 17% from last week’s fast national. The veteran posted its first win over NBC’s The Voice (3.4 vs. 3.3) in the 8-8:30 PM half hour. The tide didn’t lift 8:30 PM’s 2 Broke Girls (2.6), which matched its fast national from last week. Mike & Molly held onto 2 Broke Girls‘ 2.6 but Mom (2.0) slipped a tenth to tie a series low. Ditto for Hostages (1.1).

Related: CBS Makes Monday Changes Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘2 Broke Girls’, ‘Hostages’ & ‘Blacklist’ Inch Up Against World Series

By | Tuesday October 29, 2013 @ 1:41pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 1:30 PM: Things are looking brighter for 2 Broke Girls, which was adjusted up a tenth to a 2.7, the best Live+Same Day rating to date in the new 8:30 PM slot and only a tenth off the series’ season high number posted in the September opener. Also up .1 in the finals are the usual suspects, The Voice (4.3), How I Met Your Mother (3.0) and Dancing With The Stars (2.1). But Hostages couldn’t hold on, slipping to a 1.2 to match its rating for the past couple of weeks. Meanwhile, the CW’s series retained their fast nationals despite an NFL pre-emption. Baseball was adjusted up, lifting Fox (4.1) past NBC (3.9) to an outright No.1 finish for the night in 18-49.

PREVIOUS: Proving that sports largely bring new audiences to TV and don’t cannibalize existing ones, ratings for NBC, CBS and ABC were virtually unaffected by Game 5 of the World Series on Fox, which is expected to bag a nightly victory in adults 18-49 (possibly tied with NBC) and total viewers. NBC’s The Voice (4.2 in 18-49) was even with its fast national last Monday, while The Blacklist (3.1) was up a tenth and has a good chance of holding on to that number — a three-week Live+7 Day high — in the finals despite a minute of a Voice overrun. Another Monday freshman drama, CBS’ Hostages (1.3), saw a much-needed uptick (+.1), posting its best 18-49 result in a month. The series has a limited first-season order and doesn’t need a Back 9 pickup, but any improvement helps to justify CBS’ decision to keep the show in its Monday 10 PM slot. Hostages picked up 8% despite its lead-in, Mom (2.1) slipping 9% from last week. Read More »

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‘The Mindy Project’, Beaten Up By ‘The Voice’, Kicks Fox Decency Police

By | Wednesday October 23, 2013 @ 4:15pm PDT

The Mindy Project showrunner appears to be fed up with notes from the Fox Decency Police, and has tweeted one such memo — presumably to embarrass the division. In its pre-shoot memo about one of the comedy’s episodes, The Fox Decency Police made these requests:

Page 13: Please substitute for Peter’s “balls” reference.

Page 28 Please substitute for Mindy’s “penis” reference.

Please substitute for Mindy’s “69″ reference.

Decency Police and their “We’ll trade you one penis for two vaginas” memos are always good for a laugh on a slow day, which may explain why today The Reporters Who Cover Television glommed on to showrunner Matt Warburton‘s tweet of several days ago (you know how it is: TV critic re-tweets it, Defamer posts it, more media pick it up). In the Twitter post, he took a photo of the memo and added, “The Mindy Project is a classy show for grown ups”, like he meant it to sting. And yet, ask someone attached to the show’s production or broadcast why it’s still on the air with the numbers it’s getting these days and you probably ARE going to get an earful of “Mindy is a very upscale show, with a 142 index in the demo in $100K+ homes, ranking No. 9 among major broadcast network shows in this category, and the highest indexing of any Fox entertainment series.”

Still, you can’t help but feel for Warburton. His series is getting clobbered by NBC’s The Voice in its time slot (last season NBC had little-watched comedies Go On and The New Normal in the second hour of primetime on the night). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bones’ Ticks Up With Wedding, ‘The Voice’ & ‘Dancing’ Dip

By | Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ 9:54am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: Mom did finish up week to week. The comedy was adjusted down a tenth in the finals, making its gain 15%. Also slipping down by a tenth was 2 Broke Girls, while Hostages dropped .2 to tie its low from last week. How I Met Your Mother, The Voice, Bones and Dancing with the Stars were adjusted up by a tenth. 

PREVIOUS: Fox last night gave promising new drama Sleepy Hollow two extra weeks of Bones lead-in in November before a newcomer, Almost Human, comes into the Monday 8 PM slot. The Headless Horseman drama sure could use the reprieve because its fifth episode last Monday would’ve been the last original with a Bones lead-in. It was a special episode of Bones last night, featuring the eight-seasons-in-the-making Booth and Brennan wedding. The veteran dramedy only got a modest bump (5%, to a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49). Still, Sleepy Hollow would’ve benefited by following it with an original. Instead, the drama aired a repeat because of its complex production that didn’t allow for a sixth episode to be completed for last night’s airing. Sleepy Hollow will again stay dark next Monday for the World Series, making it a two-week break five weeks into the series run. Those lengthy hiatuses early in the run of new series are disruptive (Fox’s New Girl never recovered from a series of early pre-emptions). They also allow time-slot competitors to get stronger by wooing available eyeballs. Fortunately for Sleepy Hollow, it is a heavily DVR-ed show that is likely already locked on people’s season passes.

The lack of a new Sleepy Hollow seems to have helped CBS’ 9-11 PM block. The network’s fast nationals were inflated by an NFL pre-emption in Minnesota. Still, while How I Met Your Mother (2.9) at 8 PM was down a tenth from its fast national last week, and 2 Broke Girls (2.6) at 8:30 PM was flat, a The Big Bang Theory repeat (2.5) at 9 PM jumped 14% from last Monday’s rerun, while Mom (2.4) at 9:30 PM shot up by 20% and is expected to stay in positive territory in the finals. The tide lifted even Hostages (1.4, up 17%), though it may end up even week to week in the finals. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Biggest Loser’ Hits Debut Low, New ABC Comedies Down, ‘The Originals’ Up Strong

By | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 9:09am PDT

In one of the last premieres of the new season, The Biggest Loser (2.2/7) was back on NBC for Season 15 last night. The trio of trainers picked the 15 contestants for the cycle, including their first … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ’2 Broke Girls’ Up, ‘Mom’ Down In New Lineup; ‘Castle’ Rebounds

By | Tuesday October 15, 2013 @ 9:17am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: Finals came in as expected. How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Sleepy Hollow and Mom were each adjusted up a tenth, while The Blacklist was adjusted down two tenths. The Voice held.

PREVIOUS: CBS’ tweaked Monday lineup posted a small improvement — up a tenth (5%) in adults 18-49 to a 1.9 rating and 12% in total viewers to 7 million — largely because of the replacement of underperforming We Are Men with a The Big Bang Theory return. The impact on the rest of CBS’ Monday series was mixed. 2 Broke Girls (2.5) improved by moving to 8:30 PM behind How I Met Your Mother (3.0, up a tenth from last week’s fast national). 2 Broke Girls was up 14% from its series-low fast national last Monday when it aired at 9 PM, following We Are Men (and on Men’s 1.8 rating). But freshman Mom (1.9) slipped 10% with Big Bang instead of 2 Broke Girls as a lead-in (the size of the lead-in was the same, 2.2). At 10 PM, Hostages (1.2) has stabilized (found bottom?) after two double-digit declines, flat in adults 18-49 and total viewers. The serialized drama posted a strong 65% Live+7 gain for its premiere but even with 7 days of DVR viewing included, it was the lowest-rated CBS program on Monday night. NBC’s The Voice (4.5) and The Blacklist (3.2) currently match their fast nationals from last week. The network’s ratings are slightly inflated by a local NFL pre-emption in Indianapolis. Since The Voice regularly gets adjusted up in the finals, it may be able to hold onto the 4.5 rating but The Blacklist will likely be adjusted down by as many as two tenths because of the pre-emption and a minute of Voice overrun. (The James Spader drama was adjusted down a tenth the last two weeks.). Regardless, The Voice and The Blacklist will rank as the the two highest-rated programs of the night in 18-49, bagging another Monday demo victory for NBC, which also won in total viewers, edging ABC. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Ticks Up, ‘Supernatural’ Returns Higher

By | Wednesday October 9, 2013 @ 9:53am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

We may be reaching the bottom of the traditional post-premiere decline for new series. Last night, Fox‘s Brooklyn Nine-Nine became the first new series this fall to post week-to-week gains with a 1.5 in adults 18-49, … Read More »

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The Big Story Of Premiere Week So Far: NBC

ABC’s gloppiest-named new series, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may be the hottest launch of the three-day-old broadcast TV season, but The Big Story so far in Premiere Week ?

NBC.

NBC is up with every single one of its series on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights compared to Premiere Week 2012. The network has won seven of nine hours in the demo among broadcasters. In total viewers, it’s won six of the week’s first nine primetime hours and has moved from third place to first — making those Comcast guys look pretty clever for having re-upped NBC programming chief Bob Greenblatt’s contract without waiting for Premiere Week numbers.

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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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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Blacklist’ Debuts Strong, ‘Hostages’ OK, ‘The Voice’ Returns Up, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Solid Retention

By | Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 8:22am PDT

Fox and ABC already launched some of their shows last week, but the 2013-14 fall season formally kicked off last night with a fully loaded schedule from all of The Big 4. In a night of all originals with the return of heavyweights like The Voice and heavily hyped series premieres such as Hostages and The Blacklist, NBC won Monday in both adults 18-49 (with a 4.6/12) and viewers (with 13.982 million watching). CBS was second in the demo with a 2.7/7 rating, while ABC was No. 2 in viewership with 12.737 million.

Related: 2013-14 Broadcast Season Preview

The real battle royale on the first night of the new season was at 10 PM. The head-to-head new debuts saw a thriller vs. a terror era procedural with CBS’ Hostages (1.8/5) and NBC’s The Blacklist (3.8/10) facing off. The first round easily went to James Spader’s showcase post-Office return to NBC over the weak result of the Jerry Bruckheimer limited series on CBS. However, with a strong lead-in from the two-hour Season 5 debut of The Voice (4.9/13), Blacklist didn’t make the fast nationals of last year’s 4.1/11 premiere of Revolution — the biggest drama opening in the last 3 years and the best NBC has done in 5. Granted, Revolution had a lot less competition for its September 17, 2012 debut. Still, despite a performance better than its last two premieres, a name star and waves of promotion for The Voice (4.9/13), the fact that The Blacklist wasn’t on par with Revolution should be a source of concern for NBC over the long term.

Having gotten a good summer out of the cable model with Under The Dome, CBS looks to have come up short with its new 15-episode limited series Hostages, about a surgeon whose family is taken captive by a rogue FBI agent just before she is about to operate on the President. CBS’ only new drama this fall fell short of the preliminary rating debuts of both the 3.1/9 of Elementary on September 27, 2012 (down 42%) and the 2.5/7 of now-cancelled Vegas (down 28%) on September 25, 2012. Read More »

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Primetime Emmys 2013: Reality Check – ‘The Voice’ Knocks Off ‘The Amazing Race’

By | Sunday September 22, 2013 @ 7:55pm PDT

For the first time since the creation of the best reality-competition category, a singing competition won the Emmy tonight. The Voice — aka, the singing competition NBC bought when it lost the bidding war to get Simon … Read More »

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‘The Voice’ Adds Cher, Ryan Tedder, Ed Sheeran, Miguel

By | Monday September 9, 2013 @ 9:52am PDT

Fox’s The X Factor has declared this The Season Of The Contestant (after having little luck when it focused on its revolving door of judges). NBC’s The Voice, which has been thumping X Factor in the ratings, announced today, meanwhile, that Cher, Ed Sheeran, Ryan Tedder and Miguel have joined the show as this season’s “advisers.” Cher will work with coach Blake Shelton; Sheeran with Christina Aguilera, Tedder with Adam Levine, and Miguel with CeeLo Green. “This group of wildly successful musicians will add their distinctive talents to their respective teams,” NBC’s alternative programming president Paul Telegdy said Monday. “I know Christina, Adam, CeeLo and Blake are very much looking forward to having them come aboard.”

For the uninitiated: Sheeran’s debut album + was certified 2x-platinum in the U.S. and the album’s single “The A Team” was nominated for Song of the Year at the most recent Grammys. Tedder is founder of OneRepublic and producer of artists such as Adele, Beyonce, Leona Lewis, Maroon 5 and Carrie Underwood. Miguel’s sophomore release, Kaleidoscope Dream, featured his third U.S. #1 hit single “Adorn”, which garnered his first Grammy for best R&B song and resided at the #1 spot on the R&B/Hip-Hip Airplay chart for more than 23 weeks. In April, Miguel was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live and was also included as one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. And Cher is, well Cher. Read More »

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‘The Voice’s Adam Levine & Writer Gene Hong Sell Autobiographical Comedy To NBC

By | Monday August 26, 2013 @ 11:49am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: The Voice coach Adam Levine continues his producing efforts with a single-camera comedy in development at NBC. The project, from Universal TV and Levine’s 222 Prods, is based on the real-life relationship between the Maroon 5 frontman and late-bloomer writer-producer Gene Hong (Community), who have been best friends and roommates since before they found success. Hong will write the pilot and executive produce with Levine, along with Levine’s childhood friend and longtime manager/producing partner Jordan Feldstein of 222 Prods. The project, whose development team includes Josh Gummersall, stems from the first-look deal Levine inked with NBC Entertainment in May. Feldstein is the brother of Jonah Hill, on whose Fox animated series, Allen Gregory, Hong worked before joining Community. Read More »

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TCA: ‘The Voice’ Not A Search For Singing Star, Say Celebrity Judges

By | Saturday July 27, 2013 @ 6:43pm PDT

The point of NBC’s singing competition series The Voice is not to find a recording star, the show’s celebrity judges and host Carson Daly said, by way of dismissing a TV critic’s observation that the hit show had yet to turn one out. Things got tense during The Voice Q&A session at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013 when the celebrity judges and Daly seemed to take issue with having to take questions from TV critics in the room. When one critic asked about the show’s practice of bringing in ringers, Adam Levine called that critic a “shit stirrer.” Another critic wondered whether Levine could not be spontaneous on the show after last season saying “I hate this country” on national TV when two of his singers got the hook, and he had to issue a statement saying “I obviously love my country very much.”

“I think people can see through stupid media hype,” he shot back, adding later, “No offense.” Read More »

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Fox Reality TV Guru Mike Darnell Moving To Warner Bros. TV

By | Thursday July 18, 2013 @ 12:20pm PDT

Fox network’s reality-TV bad boy Mike Darnell is moving to Warner Bros TV, to create new content and oversee the studio’s interests in NBC’s singing competition hit where The Voice,  ABC’s The Bachelor and Bachelorette, Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York, TMZ , and The Ellen Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Finale On Par With Last Spring Against Big NBA Game

By | Wednesday June 19, 2013 @ 8:13am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: It was great news all around for ABC last night. First, the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs staged an overtime thriller that scored a 14.7 overnight rating, up 29% from Game 5, the second-highest-rated … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘The Voice’ Rises, ‘Winner Is’ Ticks Up; ‘Bachelorette’, ‘Mistresses’ Slip

By | Tuesday June 18, 2013 @ 9:27am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE PM: As expected, The Voice went up in the finals, to a 3.7 in 18-49. The Winner was adjusted down to a 1.9.

PREVIOUS: Last night’s performance finale of The Voice drew a 3.5/10 among adults 18-49 and 12.3 million viewers overall to secure another No. 1 Monday finish for NBC. Compared with last week’s fast national, the show rose 9% in 18-49 (6% from the final as the show is often adjusted up). But versus last season’s penultimate episode, The Voice was down 9%. The Voice also lifted its lead-out, new game show/singing competition The Winner Is (2.0/6), which was up a tenth from last week’s fast national (0.2 from the final, but it may be adjusted down again later today.) Read More »

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EMMYS: Reality-Competition Overview

By | Wednesday June 12, 2013 @ 7:58pm PDT

Andy Patrick is an AwardsLine contributor.

Considering that upstart docureality series like Duck Dynasty and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo are dominating ratings and pop culture, reality-competition series have largely been overshadowed. NBC’s buzzy singing contest The Voice last year injected some fresh blood into the Emmy reality-competition field, which had mostly been filled by the same shows for the past decade. In fact, CBS’ The Amazing Race has snagged the Emmy every year but one since the category’s inception in 2003. However, The Voice is coming in strong in ratings and challenging Amazing Race’s hold on the title. So while you contemplate whether the reality-competition category is primed for a shakeup this year, here’s our assessment of the competitors. Read More »

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