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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Bachelorette’ Finale Down From Last Year, Bear Grylls On Par In Return

By | Tuesday July 29, 2014 @ 9:09am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Bachelorette’ Finale Down From Last Year, Bear Grylls On Par In ReturnABC’s The Bachelorette ended its season on a high note — a proposal and a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 for the two-hour finale, up a tenth from last week and the best demo result since the season premiere. (In total viewers, the reality series closed out its cycle with a season-high 7.5 million viewers). But versus last summer’s finale, Bachelorette was down 27% to log the series’ lowest-rated finale in Live+Same Day 18-49 ratings. At 10 PM, The Bachelorette: After The Final Rose special (2.1) built onto its lead-in but too was down from last year (-16%) to rank as the lowest-rated After The Rose special in Live+SD. Despite facing the After The Rose special, CBS’ Under The Dome (1.5) held steady, even with last Monday. Read More »

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Comic-Con: ‘Under The Dome’ Panel Offers Sneak Peek But No Real Spoilers

By | Thursday July 24, 2014 @ 12:09pm PDT

Comic-Con: ‘Under The Dome’ Panel Offers Sneak Peek But No Real SpoilersFrom the clips they showed today at Comic-Con, the second season of Under The Dome is about to get a lot harsher. Big Jim is on the warpath, Barbie is on the move and what’s underneath Chester’s Mill might turn out to be as deadly as the dome that’s over top of it. ”No one is safe under the dome,” said executive produce Neal Baer today about whether more characters would die on the CBS summer drama.

“We kept the body count down for the beginning of the season so we can rev it up towards the end,” Baer added during today’s panel discussion. “There are no set rules,” the EP also remarked about whether killed-off characters could come back.

UNDER THE DOME COMIC CON 2014A five-minute clip of Episode 7 was shown during the panel, hinting with Mike Vogel’s character Dale “Barbie” Barbara falling into a deep cavern that the dome may prove not to so impregnable. “One of our characters might get out of the dome this season, literally,” said Baer. “We just finished shooting last week and we know the ending but we won’t tell you.” The episode airs August 11. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hotel Hell’ Returns Down, ‘Under The Dome’ Cracks, ‘Ninja Warrior’ & ‘MasterChef’ Rise, ‘Bachelorette’ Steady

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hotel Hell’ Returns Down, ‘Under The Dome’ Cracks, ‘Ninja Warrior’ & ‘MasterChef’ Rise, ‘Bachelorette’ SteadyHe’s back, not that he ever really went away. Fox’s favorite multitasker Gordon Ramsay returned with a new season of Hotel Hell (1.5/5) last night. Which of course meant that Fox was all Ramsay on Monday with the second-cycle debut of the reality series following his own MasterChef (2.1/7). Hotel Hell was a big hit for the network when it launched two years ago, if for no other reason than it was comfortingly reminiscent of Ramsay’s now-shuttered Kitchen Nightmares. The then-new Hotel Hell saw the often acerbic chef going into establishments in need of serious help and delivering it in his distinct fashion. Monday saw Ramsay in Las Cruces, NM, working on desert retreat that really isn’t working. The show was debut down a hard 21% from its August 13, 2012 Season 1 premiere. But don’t shed a tear for Gordon: Lead-in MasterChef shot up 17% among adults 18-49 from last week’s dip to hit a season high. It was also easily the top-rated show of the night, which helped Fox winthe night in the demo with 1.8/6 rating and among total viewers with 4.93 million.

All of the Big 4 and the CW aired originals last night. Once again CBS’ only new show of the night was Under The Dome (1.5/6). Like Hotel Hell, the 10 PM Steven Spielberg-produced drama also fell 21% from its July 14 show to hit a series low. Last week, Dome rose double digits from the previous series low of its July 7 episode. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ’24: Live Another Day’ Finale & ‘Under The Dome’ Rise, ‘Whose Line’ Down, ‘Bachelorette’ Steady

By | Tuesday July 15, 2014 @ 9:10am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE: ’24: Live Another Day’ Finale & ‘Under The Dome’ Rise, ‘Whose Line’ Down, ‘Bachelorette’ SteadyJack was back, to paraphrase Fox’s hashtag for 24: Live Another Day (1.7/5), and now Jack is gone, again. The finale of the 12-episode limited event series that saw the return to action for Kiefer Sutherland’s super-agent Jack Bauer after four years in both real time and TV time was up 21% among Adults 18-49 from its July 7 show. While no one expected the dramatic 1-hour ender (SPOILER ALERT LINK) to hit the 2.8/8 rating that the two-hour Season 8 finale of 24 pulled on May 24, 2010, last night’s show was down 34% from the 2.6 rating that the reboot event series got for its heavily promoted 2-hour May 5 debut. In context, it shouldn’t be overlooked that the end of 24 the series was at a time when network viewership in general was about 27% higher than it is nowadays. With 6.5 million watching, 24:LAD was up 8% over last week to hit its best viewership since its premiere, which 8.1 million tuned in for. Leading-in to the 9 PM 24:LAD, MasterChef (1.8/6) simmered a bit from last week and was down 5%. Overall, Fox took the top spot among the Big 4 with a 1.7/6 rating and 5.97 million viewers.

under the dome july 14 2Like last week, CBS’ only new show of Monday’s primetime was Under The Dome (1.9/6). A mysterious burning red rain came down on Chrester’s Mill on last night’s show but ratingswise, the third episode … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Under The Dome’ Cracks, ‘Bachelorette’ Rises, ‘Masterchef’ & ’24′ Steady

By | Tuesday July 8, 2014 @ 9:01am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Under The Dome’ Cracks, ‘Bachelorette’ Rises, ‘Masterchef’ & ’24′ SteadyIt was that usual summer mixed bag of repeats and original programming last night across almost all of the Big 4. CBS’ only new show of the night was Under The Dome (1.7/5) — but it was not a clear view by any stretch. The second show of the second season was the most-watched show of the night with 7.71 million viewers, but the summer drama based on the Stephen King tale took a hard 19% dive from last week’s season premiere among adults 18-49. It was also down 1.68 million viewers from last week and hit a series lows in  the key demo.

Over on Fox, things were truly cooking. First course was MasterChef (1.9/7). The never subdued Gordon Ramsay series was even with last week and the top-rated show of the night in the demo. Next up was the penultimate episode of 24: Live Another Day (1.5/5). Full of the international intrigue, competing factions and betrayal we’ve come to expect from this limited event series, the latest 24 bopped up 7% from its June 30 show. Fox was tops Monday in both the demo (1.7/6)  and total viewers (5.850 million). Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: CBS’ ‘Under The Dome’ Comes Back Down, But Still Tops

Ratings Rat Race: CBS’ ‘Under The Dome’ Comes Back Down, But Still TopsThe second-season debut of CBS’ Under The Dome was the top program Monday night in total viewers (9.39 million) and in the demo (2.2 rating) – beating its nearest competitor in overall audience (ABC’s The Bachelorette) by more than 3 million viewers, and, Fox’s MasterChef by 19% in the demo. CBS boasted it’s the summer’s most-watched and highest-rated scripted program to date.

But, Under The Dome fell 33% from last summer’s debut in the demo, and 21% from last summer’s finale –  landing just one tenth from its series low of 2.1/6. CBS counters that Under The Dome’s premiere season was one of the most time-shifted program across all platforms, adding nearly 4 million viewers across the first season’s 13 episodes.
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EMMYS: ‘True Detective’, ‘Fargo’ & Other Hopefuls Continue TV’s Rich Legacy (Analysis)

Awardsline logo_use this onetrue dYou may have heard that we are living in a glorious age of television, one where the biggest movie stars leap unceremoniously from the cineplex to the now-nontoxic small screen. An era of event programming and limited series, where stories of anti-heroes and the underbelly of the American Dream are being revealed simultaneously on broadcast networks, cable channels and streaming services. Television suddenly has become prestigious.

You may have heard all this, but that doesn’t make it true.

Point Foundation Point Honors New York 2014“It’s not like TV has suddenly become amazing and great — it’s always been amazing and great,” declares Under The Dome executive producer Neal Baer. He should know, having earned his stripes for almost 30 years on network shows such as Law & Order: SVU and ER. Baer has seen TV’s long arc bend back many times. “There was crap, but I could start listing path-breaking television series that thought about racism and drug abuse,” he says.

What’s new today is that TV is a creation of quantity as much as quality, with many more outlets and platforms to grab high-value consumers’ attention with content that up until just a decade ago would have made its home solely in the movies. We have traditional TV trying to recoup some of the luster it lost to non-advertiser-supported programming, but either way, the economics and creativity sit squarely in the small screen’s favor. One need only look at anthologies such as HBO’s True Detective or limited event series like Fox’s 24: Live Another Day or CBS’ Under The Dome to see that the torch is being carried on. Read More »

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CBS Junket Day: Stephen King To Make Cameo Appearance In ‘Under The Dome’ Season Debut

By | Monday May 19, 2014 @ 10:48am PDT

In CBS‘ first dome_201_010_030_v024_FRM81_colorSummer Junket Day (“Summer is the new Fall”, said CBS Productions Television Studios president David Stapf to kick things off), Under The Dome EP Neal Baer talked about the second season re-boot for the Stephen King series which, Stapf reminded reporters, was the most watched new drama series of the wrapping TV season, besting NBC’s The Blacklist.

Though the second season will move past King’s book, storyline-wise, King is giving it his blessing by writing the first episode and making a cameo, Baer said. “So he’s certifying” it.

In a trailer for that first, King-written episode, The Dome becomes magnetic, sending all the town’s metal appliances, vehicles, etc. careening across the landscape. This doesn’t end well for at least one of the show’s characters.
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CBS Sets Summer Premiere Dates For ‘Big Brother’, ‘Unforgettable’ & ‘Reckless’, Pushes ‘Extant’ Debut By Week

By | Tuesday March 11, 2014 @ 9:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS is mounting its most aggressive summer schedule with four original scripted dramas and three nights of Big Brother. As the network announced in January, last summer’s breakout Under The Dome will return for a second season on June 30, airing in its old Monday 10 PM slot. The new sci-fi drama series from Under The Dome executive producer Steven Spielberg, Extant, was originally slated to debut two days lasummercbster, on July 2. That has now been pushed back a week to July 9 so the new series starring Halle Berry can get a longer promo push of its own, after Under The Dome has already premiered, including ads in three more Big Brother originals. CBS’ summer reality staple is back in its old Wednesday-Thursday-Sunday airing pattern beginning June 25. For years, Big Brother had launched after July 4. CBS was happy with the results from last summer’s move of the premiere date two weeks earlier and is sticking with the same early rollout this year. The reality veteran will be used to launch two new drama series, Extant on Wednesday and Reckless on Sundays. The soapy legal drama, originally picked up for midseason, has been pushed to summer, premiering on June 29. CBS’ only midseason drama slot available was the undesirable Friday 8 PM, so the network opted for a summer run instead. Unforgettable, which aired in the post-Big Brother Sunday slot last year, will shift an hour to 10 PM this summer. It’s probably too early to read much into the CBS summer repeat schedule (Friends With Better Lives has not even premiered yet) but still, encouraging news for the network’s Monday comedy block as of next month, with 2 Broke Girls, Friends With Better Lives, Mike & Molly and Mom all listed, along with the certain-to-be-renewed Big Bang Theory and The Millers on Thursday.

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TCA: CBS Set Premiere Dates For ‘Extant’ & ‘Under The Dome’

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 9:23am PST
Nellie Andreeva

berryhalleThere will not be a two-hour Steven Spielberg block on CBS next summer as the network scheduled returning Under The Dome and upcoming Extant, both produced by him, on different nights. Last summer’s breakout Dome will return in its original Monday 10 PM slot beginning June 30. Hot sci-fi/family drama Extant, starring Halle Berry, will debut two days later and air in the Wednesday 9 PM time period.

Related: TCA: CBS Renews Daytime Lineup For Next Season

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Obamacare Angles For Starring Role On Primetime TV

By | Wednesday October 9, 2013 @ 4:18pm PDT

Will Obamacare become plot fodder for CBS’ Hostages and Under The Dome? A $500,000 grant awarded this week to USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center’s Hollywood Health & Society program certainly suggests it’s a possibility. In the latest push to get Tinseltown to promote President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the decade-old program has received the money from the private California Endowment to give Hollywood producers, writers and execs details about the newly launched health insurance initiative. “Our experience has shown that the public gets just as much, if not more, information about current events and important issues from their favorite television shows and characters as they do from the news media and online resources,” said Hollywood Health & Society’s Martin Kaplan in a statement today. “This grant will allow us to ensure that industry practitioners have up-to-date, relevant facts on health care reform to integrate into their storylines and projects.” Hostages’ co-EP Jennifer Cecil sits on Hollywood Health & Society’s Advisory Board as does Under The Dome EP Neal Baer. So does Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins EP Chris Nee among others. The grant comes just over a week after Jennifer Hudson appeared in a pro-Obamacare Scandal parody video produced by Will Ferrell’s Funny Or Die. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Strong Debut For ‘Sleepy Hollow’, Solid Finish For ‘Under The Dome’

By | Tuesday September 17, 2013 @ 9:11am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Both Sleepy Hollow and Bones went up a tenth in the finals to a 3.5 and 2.3 18-49 rating, respectively. Sleepy Hollow now stands as Fox’s highest-rated fall drama premiere in 7 years, since Standoff in 2006.

PREVIOUS: That’s how the broadcast networks would want to begin the rollout of new shows, with a strong opening out of the gate. It came courtesy of Fox’s new drama Sleepy Hollow last night. The pilot, co-written by Alex Kurtzman & Bob Orci and directed by Len Wiseman, drew a 3.4/9 among adults 18-49. It edged Fox’s breakout midseason drama The Following (3.1 18-49 rating in the fast nationals, 3.2 in the finals) to post the highest drama debut rating since last September’s bow of NBC’s Revolution, which was buoyed by a big The Voice lead-in and a preview during the Summer Olympics. This marks Fox’s highest-rated fall drama premiere in six years. Sleepy Hollow, a contemporary take on the Headless Horseman tale, grew an impressive 55% from its lead-in, the season premiere of veteran Bones (2.2/7), which was in line with last year’s opener. Understandably, Sleepy Hollow dwarfed Fox’s drama premiere in the time slot last year, the long gone Mob Doctor (1.5/4). Like The Following and Revolution, Sleepy Hollow will likely add as much as 50% or more to its live ratings within the 7-day playback window.

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CBS Renews ‘Under The Dome’ Streaming Deal With Amazon For Season 2

By | Thursday September 12, 2013 @ 10:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

A month after CBS ordered a second season of breakout summer series Under The Dome, the network has renewed its content licensing agreement with Amazon, which has been streaming the serialized drama from Steven Spielberg and Stephen King. Prime Instant Video will remain the exclusive online subscription home for the second season of Under The Dome, slated to air next summer, with episodes again available four days after their initial broadcast on CBS. Episodes of Under The Dome will also be available for purchase and download exclusively at Amazon Instant Video. “This is the way television should be,” CBS Corp CEO Leslie Moonves said at the time of Under The Dome‘s renewal, touting the blueprint the network established with the series, which could be done on a lower summer license fee thanks to strong international sales and the deal with Amazon. “It’s been a great new model.” Under The Dome is the most-watched series of the summer across broadcast and cable (14.9 million), and  the #1 broadcast series in adults 18-49 (3.9/11) and adults 25-54 (5.2/13). On Amazon, the first episode of Under The Dome was the most-watched TV premiere in the history of Prime Instant Video, and the show was the most watched series this summer. “You’ll see every network try to replicate the model,” Moonves recently said. “There’s a huge appetite.” Under The Dome is produced by CBS Television Studios and … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: ESPN Wins Night As ‘Monday Night Football’ Hits New Highs

UPDATE, 3:30 PM: The final numbers are in, and it was a touchdown for ESPN last night. The sports network’s Monday Night Football doubleheader not only took Monday primetime among all broadcast and cable networks in key demos and viewers but also set some opening-game records. The Philadelphia Eagles’ 33-27 victory over the Washington Redskins pulled in a 10.1 rating last night. That 6:58-10:45 PM ET game was watched by 16.52 million viewers, another record for MNF since its 2006 debut on ESPN. The Eagles-Redskins game hit its peak from 10-10:15 PM with a 12.7 rating and 20.92 million viewers. The previous ESPN MNF season-opener record holder was the 2010 New York Jets-Baltimore Ravens game, which got a 9.4 rating and had 14.97 million viewers.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Celebrates Labor Day With Time Warner Cable Viewers And ‘Under The Dome’ Win

By | Tuesday September 3, 2013 @ 9:31am PDT

With Time Warner Cable viewers once again able to see CBS shows in three of the country’s top 5 TV markets, CBS’ Under The Dome dominated Labor Day Monday among English-language commercial broadcasters, with a slight uptick in the demo. Dome was dealt a 2.6 in the demo — up a tenth week to week — and 6.8 million viewers. NBC’s American Ninja Warrior led that network to a second-place finish with a 1.4 rating – a new high — and 4.3 million viewers. ABC trailed with 1.1 rating and 4.2 million viewers, ahead of Fox’s 0.7 rating and 1.8 million viewers and the CW’s 0.2 rating and 556,000 viewers. Read More »

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UPDATE: Miley Cyrus’ Twerktastic VMA Performance Tops Weekly Ratings

By | Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 1:28pm PDT

UPDATED, 1:15 PM: Memo to anyone who has suggested heads will roll at MTV over Miley Cyrus’ exuberant twerking of teddy bear and Robin Thicke at Sunday’s VMAs: The VMAs clobbered all competition for the week, with a 5.2 rating in the key 18-49 demo. The closest thing to actual competition faced by Cyrus and her Phallic Foam Finger — who continued to be a hot topic among morning infotainment hosts two days later — was the Robertson clan on A&E’s Duck Dynasty. DD clocked a  4.5 rating. (NBC’s Sunday Night Football, though tops among broadcasters, trailed far behind with a 2.7 rating.) Among all viewers, CBS’ Under The Dome reigned, despite the Time Warner Cable blackout in three of the country’s Top 5 markets, with 10.639 million viewers. That said, Dome didn’t beat Duck Dynasty by that many folks (10.07 million).

While Dome, Duck Dynasty and the VMAs all made the 10-Mil-And-Change Club last week, at the other end of the spectrum, Thursday’s edition of Al Jazeera America’s Real Money With Ali Velshi only scared up about 54,000 viewers — and that was the best showing for any of the news network’s debuting programs. In Al Jazeera America’s defense, it’s currently available in just 40-million-ish homes.
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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: ‘Under The Dome’ Dominates Monday Despite Distribution Dilemma

By | Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 10:45am PDT

UPDATE, 10:30 AM: CBS’ Under The Dome dominated Monday in overall audience (10.81 million) and in both the 18-49 (2.5 rating) and 25-54 (3.4 rating) demos. Though Time Warner Cable continues not to carry CBS stations in three of the country’s Top 5 markets, affecting about 3.2 million customers, the Stephen King adaptation scored more than 5 million more viewers than the night’s closest competitor, NBC’s American Ninja Warrior (5.78 million viewers). Ninja and CBS’ How I Met Your Mother rerun tied in the demo at 8 PM (1.4 rating) but Ninja had the total-viewer edge (5.4 million) over HIMYM (4.5 mil). Ninja took over in both races at 8:30. For the full hour, Ninja enjoyed its top demo rating since its summer premiere — it also won the hour among men and women 18-34 and 25-54. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS’ ‘Under The Dome’ Still Down But Far From Out

By | Tuesday August 20, 2013 @ 9:44am PDT

In an August in which the big ratings story is Time Warner Cable’s shut-out of CBS in more than 3 million homes, CBS was understandably proud as punch this morning that Under The Dome remained Monday’s only program to clock viewers in the double digits 10.3 million viewers. Dome topped the night’s nearest competitor, NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, by more than 5 million viewers. Dome logged a 2.4 rating in the demo which, CBS noted, is unchanged from last week — no surprise, given that CBS was locked out of TWC homes last week as well.

Related: ‘Under The Dome’ Piracy Spikes In Regions Where CBS Is Blacked Out On TWC

Armed with Dome, CBS finished Monday in first place in the demo (1.4 rating) and with viewers of all ages (6.2 million). Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Under The Dome’ Down, ‘CMA Music Festival’ & ‘Ninja Warrior’ Up

By | Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 9:23am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

High-concept serialized dramas tend to shed viewers as evident by the steady declined of NBC’s Revolution last year. CBS‘ summer breakout Under The Dome hit a new adults 18-49 low in the fast nationals last night, 2.3/7. Following an initial rise, the series based on Stephen King’s novel has now slipped for three straight weeks (2.8>2.7>2.5>2.3). There are mitigating factors. First, for the past two Mondays, some 3.2 million potential viewers have had no access to CBS because of the Time Warner Cable carriage dispute. There are indications that piracy downloads of Under The Dome have spiked in the blacked-out areas. Additionally, given that the show is available on Amazon four days after air, viewers who fall behind on the serialized drama may be opting to catch up on the streaming service (or on DVR). Even with the decline, Under The Dome remained Monday’s top program in 18-49 and total viewers (10.14 million). ABC‘s three-hour CMA Music Festival (2.0/6) rebounded big from last year when it faced the season premieres of The Voice, Revolution and Bones. Against lesser competition, the music special was up 33%, leading ABC to a nightly win in 18-49 and total viewers as CBS aired two hours of comedy repeats. Also bouncing back from last week’s decline was American Ninja Warrior on NBC (1.6/5, up 14%). Freshman reality series Get Out Alive (1.4/4) is looking better and better for … Read More »

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