CBS today announced details about the upcoming finales of its series, whose dates were unveiled last month. Here are some highlights:
Undercover Boss will end its fourth season with two episodes featuring the top bosses and the top employees from all previous seasons. Survivor: Caramoan‘s reunion show will air from Los Angeles, not from New York where Survivor‘s May reunion specials normally originate from. In the season finale of Criminal Minds, “the BAU’s pursuit of “The Replicator,” the UnSub that has been stalking the team all season, comes to a head when one of their own becomes a victim.” With Criminal Minds yet to be renewed because of contract renegotiations for most of the cast, I guess one of the actors won’t be needing a new deal. In its finale, The Mentalist will once again come this close to catching Red John, but with the veteran drama safely renewed, we all know they will drag this out for at least one more season. And for die-hard Black Sabbath fans, the rockers will debut a new song on the season finale of CSI.
After giving comedies a warm welcome back to Friday last week, viewers turned a cold shoulder last night. In their second week, Last Man Standing (1.6/5) was down 16% from last Friday’s fast national, while Malibu Country (1.6/5) tumbled 27% from its premiere. The comedies surrendered the top spot in the 8 PM hour among adults 18-49 to CBS’ Undercover Boss (2.0/7) which, after a mediocre season start last week, jumped 33% to finish a close second for the night in the demo behind former time slot rival Shark Tank (2.1/6). With its comedy lead-in dropping big, Shark Tank slipped 9% from last week’s series highs but still led ABC to a nightly win in 18-49. The network topped the 9 PM and the 10 PM hours in the demo with Shark Tank and 20/20 (1.6/5, up a tenth from last week)
Meanwhile, CSI: NY (1.4/4) didn’t take advantage of its much improved Undercover Boss lead-in, down a tenth from last week. Blue Bloods (1.5/5) was up two tenths with the episode marking the exit of Jennifer Esposito’s character (for now). CBS won the night in total viewers.
Grimm (1.7/5) was down a tenth from last week with virtually no lead-in (comedy repeats that tied the CW’s America’s Next Top Model in the 8 PM hour). It still ranked as the highest-rated scripted show on the night. Dateline (1.3/4) was flat.
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On November 2, Undercover Boss will have its fourth-season premiere on CBS. A month later, on December 2, A&E will debut its offshoot series Be The Boss. Be The Boss was inspired by an episode of Undercover Boss and originated as a pilot at CBS before moving to A&E. It is produced by the same company, Studio Lambert, that produces the Emmy-winning Undercover Boss.
Each episode of Be The Boss is a competition between two employees of a franchise-based company. The employees go through challenges thinking they’re vying for a promotion, but in fact the winner will be handed the keys to a franchise or new branch of their own. There are no losers in this competition as the one who loses out on the franchise prize gets the promotion both employees had been seeking. The companies featured in Be The Boss include Complete Nutrition, Auntie Anne’s, Signal 88 Security, Molly Maid, Jazzercise and The Melting Pot. Executive producing are Stephen Lambert, Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Brien Meagher and Phil Lott. Be The Boss is part of A&E’s efforts to broaden its unscripted offerings beyond its bread-and-butter docu series.
We have the first official casualty of the 2012-13 season. CBS has pulled low-rated new drama Made In Jersey off the schedule after two airings. Starting November 2, just in time for the November sweep, unscripted series Undercover Boss will return to CBS’ Friday lineup in the 8 PM slot it occupied last spring.
Effective immediately, CSI: NY will move back to the 9 PM hour where Made In Jersey had aired. In the next three weeks, NCIS and Hawaii Five-0 repeats will air in the 8 PM hour. Undercover Boss, which just won an Emmy for best reality series, performed well on Friday in the spring. Meanwhile, Made In Jersey faltered this fall, opening overwhelmingly and then falling a steep 27% to a 0.8/3 last Friday, prompting our prediction that CBS would likely summon Undercover Boss on the night soon. Read More »