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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Undercover Boss’ Up Strong, ‘Blue Bloods’, Touch’ & ‘Fashion Star’ Finales Down, ABC Wins Friday Night

There were finales and there were finales on Friday. Some shows, like CBSBlue Bloods (1.1/4) and Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares (1.1/4) ended their season while others ended altogether when the network hammers dropped this week. After a cycle in which it consistently took in the most viewers for its night and had solid ratings, the renewed police family drama ended its third season last night as the most watched show of the night with 9.90 million viewers, but third among Adults 18-49 for its 10 PM time slot. Blue Bloods was down 15% from last week’s show and down the same percentage from the 1.3/4 that its season 2 finale received on May 11, 2012. Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares saw Gordon Ramsay in Arizona as the unscripted series wrapped up its sixth season on Friday. The series was even with its May 3 show and dipped 8% from its fifth season ender on March 30, 2012.

Kiefer Sutherland may be returning to Fox in a limited series version of 24 but his Touch (0.6/2) won’t. After two lackluster seasons in two separate time slots, the network pulled the life support this week. Up 14% in viewers from its May 2 show, last night’s season and now series finale was even with last week’s show. Compared to its Season 1 closer on May 31, 2012, this year’s Touch crashed down 54%.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Happy Endings’ Hits Series Low, ‘Shark Tank’ & ‘Fashion Star’ Down, ‘Vegas’ Up, CBS Wins Night

By | Saturday April 27, 2013 @ 10:08am PDT

While more of the NFL Draft ran in primetime on ESPN and the NFL Network on Friday, the second night of May sweeps saw things improve across all the networks from the lows of Thursday. Of course, because of the extensive primetime coverage of the capture of the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing on April 19, almost all comparisons are to broadcasts of two weeks ago or more. On CBS, Friday brought a full night of rises, some small and one large. Kicking off CBS’s night, Undercover Boss (1.6/6) was up 7% from its last original on April 12. Up from its low of two weeks ago, Vegas (1.0/3) rose 25% from its last original. With 10.36 million viewers watching, Blue Bloods (1.4/4) was the most watched show of Friday night over Undercover Boss by more than 1.6 million. The cop family drama saw a upward turn of 8% from its April 12 show. With 8.82 million watching, CBS was tops in viewers as well as number one among Adults 18-49.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Shark Tank’, ‘Touch’ & ‘Happy Endings’ Up, ‘Vegas’ Loses, ‘Nikita’ & ‘Fashion Star’ Down

By | Saturday April 6, 2013 @ 10:28am PDT

Unlike last week, there was no NCAA tournament on primetime last night but there were a lot of ups and downs on the TV court. The top rated and third most watched show of the night, 9 PM’s Shark Tank (2.1/7) had some real bite on Friday. In its second week back after three weeks off, the entrepreneurial reality show rose up 24% from its March 29 airing. With an audience of 8.45 million last night, Undercover Boss (1.6/6) was the second most watched program on Friday and the most viewed reality show. The 8 PM CBS series was up 14% from its last original almost a month ago on March 8. Easily the most watched show of Friday with 10.77 million tuning in, CBS’ Blue Bloods (1.4/5) returned last night in its 10 PM slot after three weeks. The cop family drama was even with its last original on March 15. One CBS show up, one even and one way down. Debuting in its new Friday slot, Vegas (0.9/3) took a big loss. The as yet unrenewed freshman series was down 40% from its last original in its old Tuesday slot back in February. Over on the CW, Nikita (0.3/1) stumbled 25% from last week’s show while Cult (0.2/1) was even with its March 29 episode. ABC won in the night among Adults 18-49 with CBS getting the most total viewers with … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Shark Tank’ Down, ‘Touch’ Hits Series Low, ‘Fashion Star’ Up, ‘Happy Endings’ Falls, CBS Wins Night With NCAA

By | Saturday March 30, 2013 @ 10:00am PDT

After weeks of repeats this month, Shark Tank (1.7/5) returned to Friday night with some new bite. The 9 PM entrepreneurial reality completion show saw an update from a couple who received a deal with all the Shark judges earlier this season and an eager teen seeking investment in her skincare line. The new bite didn’t chew off anything new however ratingswise. Perhaps it was the basketball on CBS, Daylight Savings or just being off for a few weeks but Shark Tank also saw a drop of 15% from its last original on March 8, 2013. After the live NCAA tournament on CBS, whose fast nationals are approximate, Shark Tank got the biggest return from Adults 18-49 on Friday and was the most watched series on TV last night with 5.98 million tuning in. Happy Endings began its new slot on Fridays with back-to-back episodes last night. At the same time as it has started a campaign to have fans save the comedy, ABC’s plan is to have Happy Endings sit at the end of the week for the remainder of its season. The 8 PM (0.9/3) and the 8:30 PM (0.7/3) were down 25% and 46% from its last two originals on January 29. ABC ended the night with a new 20/20 (1.4/2), which was down two tenths from last week’s broadcast.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Last Man Standing’ & ‘Malibu Country’ Season Finales Up, ‘Touch’, ‘Rock Center’ & ’20/20′ Rise

Friday night saw the season finales of ABC comedies Last Man Standing (1.6/6) and Malibu Country (1.4/5). Wrapping up its second cycle, the Tim Allen starring Last Man rose 14% from last week’s show. Having moved from its first season Tuesday slot to Fridays for Season 2, the series was up 18% in total viewers from its May 8, 2012 Season 1 finale and dipped just 6% from last year’s closer. Last Man Standing was the number 1 show of the night in both the Adult 18-49 demo and in total viewers (7.85 million). In fact, Last Man matched its November 2, 2012 season opening number among 18-49 for its highest result in the key demographic. Bringing its freshman season to a conclusion, Malibu Country, starring Reba McEntire, saw a sometimes-rocky first run end 27% up from last week’s season low. It was also up 25% in viewers over its March 15 show to 7 million watching. That made Friday’s episode the third most watched Malibu Country since its November 2 premiere and its second week November 9 show. After a Shark Tank (1.4/4) repeat, which rated higher or equal to originals on other networks, ABC closed the night with a new 20/20 which was up 14% from last week. For the … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Touch’ & ‘Malibu Country’ Hit Series Lows, ‘Blue Bloods’, Nikita’ ‘Cult’ Up, ‘Fashion Star’ Even

By | Saturday March 16, 2013 @ 9:56am PDT

In the weeks since Fox’s Touch (0.6/2) returned for its second season on February 8, the Kiefer Sutherland-led drama has had a rough ratings ride. Last night, that ride hit a new bump. The struggling show fell 14% from its March 8th airing to hit a new series low. Fox’s other Friday primetime outing had a softer landing. Hell’s Kitchen returned for its 11th season this past Wednesday slightly down from its previous season debut. Last night on Gordon Ramsey’s other Fox cooking show Kitchen Nightmares (1.1/4) things also slipped. The reality series was down 8% from its March 8 show. The first Friday of Daylight Savings saw overall TV usage down 5% for the night.

The CW had a very good night Friday with Nikita (0.5/2) up 25% and, in the second week in its new slot, the freshman Cult (0.3/1) surging 50% over its March 8 show. “Sex Sells” was the title last night of the second episode of the second season of NBC’s Fashion Star (0.8/3). The 11 remaining designers were charged with showing their sexiest looks to buyers and judges John Varvatos, Nicole Ritchie and a very pregnant Jessica Simpson. In the end, one contestant went down but Fashion Star’s ratings weren’t. The show was even with last week’s premiere. A week after coming back with its first original since November 16, 2012, Grimm (1.4/5) lost a slight bit of its luster. The procedural fantasy drama dipped 7% from its March 8 show. NBC ended the night with Rock Center With Brian Williams (0.7/2), which was down two tenths from last week’s show.
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Fox Pushes Season Finale Dates Of 4 Series

By | Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 1:54pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

With more and more broadcast series ending their seasons earlier and earlier, Fox is delaying the season finales of four series this year. The network today amended the list of season finale dates it issued two weeks ago with new dates for New Girl, The Mindy Project, Kitchen Nightmares and Touch. Comedies New Girl and Mindy Project, originally slated to wrap their seasons May 7, will now air their finales May 14. Kitchen Nightmares and Touch will finish their seasons May 10. In Fox’s previous plan, Kitchen Nightmares was to end its original run April 6, followed by Touch‘s closer April 26. The reason for the tweaks is that Fox brass decided to have more originals on in May. The rest of the network’s season-finale dates remain unchanged. Here is the full list of Fox’s season finales/summer premieres: Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Touch’ & ‘The Job’ Fall Week 2, ‘CSI:NY’ Matches Low, ‘Kitchen Nightmare’ Up, ‘Malibu Country’ Down

By | Saturday February 16, 2013 @ 9:38am PST

One week after its second season debut, Fox’s Touch (0.7/2) took a hit last night. The Kiefer Sutherland drama fell 22% from its two-hour February 8 premiere. Touch’s overall viewership headed southward as well, down to 2.52 million from the 3.77 million who watched last week’s debut. Touch wasn’t the only show dealing with the second week straits Friday night. CBS’s new reality show The Job (0.7/2) also took a blow. The Mark Burnett and Michael Davis produced series about seeking your dream job also fell 22% last night. The 8 PM airing of The Job was watched by 3.37 million on Friday night, down from last week’s 4.11 million.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Touch’ Returns Down, ‘The Job’ Debuts Low, ‘CSI:NY’ & ‘Nikita’ Match Highs, ‘Last Man Standing’ Up

By | Saturday February 9, 2013 @ 9:31am PST

It was no staid Friday last night on television with two premieres and originals across all the networks. Fox’s night was dominated by the two-hour return of Touch (1.0/3). Moved from Thursdays to Friday, the twice-pushed season two premiere of the Kiefer Sutherland thriller drama was down 70% from its formal season one premiere on March 22, 2012. Pulling in 3.77 million viewers last night, Touch was also down 23% from the 1.3/4 of the series’ season one finale on May 31, 2012. Last night’s sophomore debut was actually not a series low for Touch as it bested by 43% the 0.7 of the show’s last original, which Fox aired September 14, 2012. All those Touch numbers need a bit of context however. Unlike its season one premiere, Touch does not have the benefit this year of American Idol as a lead-in to its 9 PM airing. Touch will settle into its regular one-hour 9 PM slot, following Kitchen Nightmare, next week. The storm in the Northeast lead to some weather update pre-emptions which could cause fast nationals to change more than usual in the final numbers. However, based on the fast nationals we have, CBS won the night among total viewers with 8.226 million watching but ABC was tops among Adults 18-49.
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Fox Pushes ‘Touch’ Return By Week, Makes It Two-Hour; Sets ‘Mob Doctor’ End Date

By | Wednesday November 28, 2012 @ 11:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The second season of Fox‘s Touch, originally slated for a fall launch and then pushed to February 1, will have to wait another week. The series starring Kiefer Sutherland will kick off its sophomore season with a two-hour premiere on Friday, February 8. Starting the following week, the drama will settle into its regular Friday 9 PM slot, likely following Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, which currently airs in the time period.

Meanwhile, Fox is still not confirming that Mob Doctor has been cancelled, though the struggling freshman is not getting a back order beyond the original 13 episodes, making cancellation a foregone conclusion. All of them will air — Fox has set the airing pattern for the remaining four episodes of Mob Doctor‘s 13-episode order, which includes a mix of broadcasts in its regular Monday time slot and outings on the dead-as-a-doornail Saturday night: Saturday, December 29; New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31; Saturday, January 5; and Monday, January 7.

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Fox Pushes ‘Touch’ Return To January, Slots ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ On Fridays

By | Thursday October 4, 2012 @ 10:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Kiefer SutherlandFox has made the first lineup change since the start of the season. No, it’s not that one, Mob Doctor is still on the schedule. The network will delay the second season of Touch until January. The drama starring Kiefer Sutherland was scheduled to begin its second season on Oct. 26 in the Friday 8 PM slot. It will now be replaced by Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, originally slated to warm up the Friday 8 PM slot for a month before Touch launches. Fox last month opted to hold Kitchen Nightmares in favor of airing X Factor reruns on Friday early in the season. No time slot is being assigned to Touch, meaning that it won’t necessarily air in the Friday 8 PM time period. Fox will have drama holes in midseason, a result from the pending end of Fringe, which is airing its final 13-episode season, and the expected short run of low-rated freshman Mob Doctor. The network has one new midseason drama addition, the Kevin Bacon series The Following.

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Fox’s ‘Touch’ Adds To Cast For Season 2

By | Friday August 3, 2012 @ 7:33am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Lukas Haas (Inception) and Saxon Sharbino have joined Fox’s drama series Touch as new regulars as the series reboots with moving the action (and leading duo Martin, Kiefer Sutherland, and his son Jake, David Mazouz) from New York to Los Angeles. In the first season finale, Martin and Jake met Lucy (Maria Bello), a distraught mother whose gifted daughter (Sharbino) is missing. The casting keeps 13-year-old Sharbino at Fox where she was discovered last pilot season when she beat out a score of young actresses to land the lead in the Karyn Usher pilot. Despite the fact that the pilot didn’t make it to series, Fox brass loved Sharbino’s performance. Haas will play a genius working for the mysterious Aster Corps that is after Jake. Joining Touch as a recurring is Greg Ellis (24), playing a journalist and an old friend of Martin’s.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Touch’ Finale Down, ‘Duets’ Falls, CBS Wins Night

By | Friday June 1, 2012 @ 9:36am PDT

The end of the first season of Kiefer Sutherland’s Touch was not a high five for Fox. Without the benefit of an American Idol lead-in, the network aired back-to-back episodes of Touch last night, garnering a 1.3/5 at 8 PM and the 9 PM finale a 1.3/4. That was down four tenths from the last original episode of Touch on May 17. Next season, Touch is moving to Fridays. Over on ABC at 8 PM, a two-hour Duets (1.5/5) missed the high notes in its second week, down 12% from the singing show’s premiere episode. Following at 10 PM, Rookie Blue (1.4/4) was flat with last week’s Season 3 premiere. The premiere of the CW’s reality series Breaking Pointe earned a 0.3/1 at 8 PM. The night of repeats on NBC and CBS saw CBS win overall among adults 18-49 and total viewers (7.4 million). Read More »

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Rumored Fox Schedule: ‘Glee’ To Move To Thursdays, ‘Touch’ To Fridays?

By | Sunday May 13, 2012 @ 4:37pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox will follow NBC in presenting its fall lineup tomorrow. But unlike the peacock network, which is overhauling its schedule with four nights of comedies, Fox is not expected to make drastic changes. The network would not comment, but I hear that it will stick to its plan to launch an all-comedy Tuesday night with Raising Hope, Ben & Kate, New Girl and Mindy Kaling’s It’s Messy. Glee, which anchored the Tuesday comedy block for the last two years, is rumored to be relocating to Thursday after X Factor. In its sophomore season, Kiefer Sutherland’s Touch may join Fringe on Fridays for a sci-fi-themed night, while new medical drama The Mob Doc drama looks Monday-bound, inheriting the night of Fox’s veteran medical drama House and possibly airing with Bones. As expected, given its 15-episode-a-season order, I hear Fox is holding back its highest-profile new series, the Kevin Bacon-starring The Following for midseason, along with new comedy The Goodwin Games.

Related: Will NBC Be Responsible For Fox’s Next Hit Series? How Hot Comedy Jumped Networks

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Fox’s ‘Touch’ Renewed For Second Season

By | Wednesday May 9, 2012 @ 5:54pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Amidst its slew of new series pickups, I’ve learned that Fox also has renewed midseason drama Touch for a second season. The news comes on the heels of a ratings rebound for Tim Kring’s series starring Kiefer Sutherland following a post-premiere slide. 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment are producing. The jury is still out on fellow freshman drama series The Finder, which had shown some signs of life on Friday, but its chances don’t look good. UPDATE: The Finder is indeed now a goner. Alcatraz is out of the picture, especially after Fox renewed J.J. Abrams’ other bubble drama series, Fringe. It has been a great afternoon for Chernin Entertainment, whose Fox comedy pilot Ben & Kate (formerly Ben Fox Is My Manny) received a series pickup an hour and a half ago. Joining The Finder and Alcatraz on the cancellation pile are comedies Breaking In and I Hate My Teenage Daughter.

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Touch’ Slides In Week 2, ‘Rules Of Engagement’ Inches Up In Return

By | Friday March 30, 2012 @ 10:19am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Rules Of Engagement TV RatingsCBS’ regular Thursday lineup returned last night after two weeks of NCAA basketball, bringing with it veteran Rules Of Engagement. The Big Bang Theory (4.5/15 in adults 18-49, 13.6 million total viewers) was down 13% from its last original three weeks ago but still ranked as the top program of the night in 18-49. Rules Of Engagement (2.8/8) was up a tenth from its last original in December and down two tenths from the last Rob that aired behind a new Big Bang. Person Of Interest (3.3/9) and The Mentalist (2.7/8) were both down a tenth from their last originals three weeks ago.

Fox’s American Idol (4.2/13, 15.3 million viewers) was up 5% in 18-49 and 2% in total viewers from last week’s fast nationals. Touch (2.8/7) was down 13% from its official series premiere last week. Fox won the night in 18-49, CBS in total viewers. Read More »

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Maria Bello Joins Fox Drama Series ‘Touch’

By | Friday March 23, 2012 @ 11:44am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Maria Bello TouchEXCLUSIVE: Kiefer Sutherland’s new Fox drama series Touch is amping up the star power. Maria Bello is joining the show for a multi-episode arc this season with an option to become a series regular if the drama, as expected, is picked up for Season 2. Bello will play an earth-mother type whose daughter shared a gift similar to that of Martin’s (Sutherland) son Jake (David Mazouz). Bello is coming off a starring turn on NBC’s praised but short-lived drama Prime Suspect. She is with CAA and John Carrabino.

Related: RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Touch’ OK In Official Debut

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Touch’ OK In Official Debut, ‘Missing’, ‘Idol’ & NBC Lineup Drop

By | Friday March 23, 2012 @ 9:51am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Touch TV RatingsFollowing a January preview, Fox’s new series Touch had its official premiere last night after American Idol. The drama starring Kiefer Sutherland logged a 3.2/9 in adults 18-49 and 11.7 million viewers in the fast nationals. (UPDATE: Fox just released time zone-adjusted ratings for Touch, and it climbed to a 3.3.) That was down 18% in the demo and 3% in total viewers from the preview, also behind American Idol. For comparison, Idol last night (4.0/13, 15 million) was down 38% in the demo and 23% in total viewers from the night of the Touch preview. All and all, it was a solid launch for Touch though the series had atypical competition at 9 PM, a Grey’s Anatomy rerun on ABC and NCAA basketball on CBS. But the downtrend for Idol is alarming as its erosion continues, down another 13% from last week. Fox still won the night in 18-49 and total viewers. Read More »

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CBS Series To Cross Finish Line Early Again: Is Broadcast Season Too Long?

By | Thursday March 22, 2012 @ 11:58pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS announced its finale dates today, and the last of them are on May 17, a full week before the end of the broadcast season and the end of the May sweeps. This is not the first time the network has done this — it similarly wrapped things up on the series side a week early the last couple of years. With sweep months losing their importance in the era of People Meters, the networks are being more strategic about scheduling their series. “You have a limited number of original episodes for the season, and they’re worth more in November, December, January, February or even March then they are in May when HUT levels are lower,” one observer said. Airing originals in earlier months of the season provides “more bang for your buck” and helps maximize the ratings for each original episode, the observer said. Read More »

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