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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Rake’ Tanks In New Slot, ‘Hannibal’ Rises, ‘Undercover Boss’ Finale Up Over Last Year, ABC Wins Night In Demo

By | Saturday March 15, 2014 @ 10:00am PDT

rake march 14When Fox moved newbie Enlisted on Friday nights in January, the show saw a big jump upwards. The same could not be said for fellow freshman Rake (0.5/2) last night on its move to Fridays. The debut of the Greg Kinnear–starring drama in its new slot last night saw the faltering show hit a new low – down 37% from its last original on Thursday March 6. How much longer Rake will last now is really a matter of how low Fox is willing to let the show go. With a falling Rake as its lead-in instead of a Bones repeat, Enlisted (0.6/2) took a hit last night. The comedy was down 14% from its March 7 show. At least Raising Hope escaped unscathed. That comedy was even with last week’s 0.5/2 rating.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS’ Lineup Posts Highs, ‘Carrie Diaries’ Inches Up In Finale

By | Saturday February 1, 2014 @ 10:02am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Run to YouThere was a lot of movement last night. CBS returned to originals, with all programs exceeding their most recent deliveries. Undercover Boss (1.7) continues to show resilience, up a tenth from its last original two weeks ago and drawing its largest audience (9.23 million) in a year. The reality series was also up when it returned from a monthlong hiatus two weeks ago only to be pre-empted again last Friday. The lack of drama competition on NBC boosted CBS’ procedurals. Hawaii Five-0 (1.7, up 13%, 11.13 million) posted season highs in 18-49 and total viewers. CBS would love to see those numbers at 10 PM on Monday where Hawaii‘s successors Hostages and Intelligence have grossly underperformed. Blue Bloods (1.6, up 14%, 12.79 million) delivered its largest audience since the series premiere three and a half years ago.

CBS won the night in total viewers (11.05) but was edged by ABC (1.7 to 1.6) in adults 18-49, which was paced again by Shark Tank (2.1). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Enlisted’ Surges In New Slot, ‘Shark Tank’ Hits Series High

By | Saturday January 25, 2014 @ 10:02am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Enlisted-Pilot_SC27_0157Very encouraging news for Fox’s new comedy Enlisted. After launching to a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49 and dropping to a 0.6 in Week 2, the comedy jumped 67% in its third outing last night to a 1.0. The radical improvement was the result of a scheduling move, with Fox swapping Enlisted and Raising Hope to give the newbie a better lead-in from Bones. Some of the ratings gains for Enlisted vs. Raising Hope in the 9 PM time period were organic and some were because Bones (1.8) itself was up this week, by 20%. Enlisted‘s lead-in retention was 56% vs. 46% for Raising Hope last week. As for Raising Hope, it logged a 0.8 in its new 9:30 PM slot, also an improvement over last week’s 0.7.

Related: Fox Moves ‘Enlisted’ To Friday 9 PM Slot

Viewers already are frustrated with the broadcast schedule that constantly switches between originals and reruns, making it hard to know when your show is on (unless your DVR does it for you.) So it is hard to explain CBS’ decision to bring Undercover Boss from a monthlong hiatus last Friday only to air a rerun again last night. The unscripted series showed resilience in its return last week, posting a 14% gain vs. its last original on Dec. 16 but who knows how long it can keep up with the scheduling shell game. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS’ ‘Undercover Boss’ Up In Return, NBC Dramas Rebound

By | Saturday January 18, 2014 @ 9:33am PST
Nellie Andreeva

undercover-boss-logo_20110328001421CBS’ Undercover Boss showed no signs of rust in its return from a monthlong hiatus, logging a 1.6 at 8 PM last night, up 14% from its last original on December 16. But that had little impact on the rest of CBS’ lineup, with Hawaii Five-0 (1.5) matching its fast national from last week and Blue Bloods (1.4) slipping a tenth. A stronger lead-in helped NBC’s 9-11 PM dramas. After dropping last week with a low-rated Olympics special at 8 PM, Grimm (1.5) and Dracula (0.9) both rebounded with Dateline (1.5) back, up 15% and 29%, respectively. Fox’s Bones (1.5) held steady, but the network’s comedies each slipped a tenth to rank as the lowest-rated programs of the night. Raising Hope posted a 0.7, while Enlisted logged a 0.6 in its second week. Also down a notch this week were ABC’s comedies. Last Man Standing (1.4) was down a tenth, The Neighbors (0.9) down o.2. But with Shark Tank (2.1) and 20/20 (1.7) steady, matching season highs and repeating as the two highes- rated programs of the night, ABC again was No.1 in adults 18-49 (1.7) . CBS was tops in viewers (10.6 million). On the CW, The Carrie Diaries (0.4) was up a tenth.

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: Disney Channel’s ‘Teen Beach Movie’ Attracts 5X As Many Viewers As Syfy’s ‘Sharknado!’; Press Ignores It

By | Saturday July 20, 2013 @ 11:27am PDT

UPDATED: Disney Channel’s unveiling of Teen Beach Movie last night clocked an average of 8.4 million viewers. That’s more than five times the crowd that came to the unveiling of Syfy’s Sharknado! But sadly, Damon Lindelof did not live-tweet the Teen Beach Movie premiere, so the press largely declined to live-hyperventilate as it was premiering. TBM attracted 1.6 million viewers in the 18-49 demo, 4.6 million kids 2-11, 3.9 million kids 6-11, and 3.4 million tweens (9-14) — in case you’re wondering who’s watching TV on Friday nights. With that in mind, the broadcast networks Friday aired reruns and originals of news programs, workplace reality series, and procedural crime dramas — real kid-magnet stuff. CBS wound up with the largest primetime crowd among broadcasters with a lackluster 4.5 million viewers — because, turns out, Undercover Boss, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods are no Teen Beach Movie. ABC’s lineup — a Shark Tank repeat, What Would You Do? and 20/20 — was the night’s leading broadcaster in the 18-49 demo with a nothing-to-write-home-about 1.0 rating. Did we mention Teen Beach Movie did a 1.5 rating in the demo?

Following TBM, Disney Channel’s preview of new sitcom Liv & Maddie logged 5.8 million viewers — 3.2 million of them kids 2-11 and 2.4 million of them tweens.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Shark Tank’ Finale Up, ‘Undercover Boss’ Finale Down, ‘Rock Center’ Up, ABC Wins Friday Night

By | Saturday May 18, 2013 @ 10:27am PDT

Nothing says Disney like crossover and that’s what the Season 4 finale of Shark Tank (1.9/7) saw last night on the last Friday of the 2012-2013 TV season. Dr. Heinz Doofenshmitz of Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb showed up to give the Sharks a pitch last night on the Disney-owned ABC, though they weren’t really biting. With an online dating service looking for some investment plus a grilled cheese franchise in the making too, Friday also saw the entrepreneurial reality series rise. Shark Tank was up 6% from last week’s show and up 19% from its Season 3 finale on May 18, 2012. The 9 PM Shark Tank finale was both the highest rated show of the night and the most watched with 6.57 million tuning in. Preceded by a special Shark Tank (1.2/5) in the 8 PM slot where Happy Endings sat this season, the finale of the unscripted series was followed at 10 PM by 20/20 (1.5/5) The ABC newsmagazine show was down 12% from its May 10 show among Adults 18-49 but up 25% the final Friday of last season. ABC won the night among adults 18-49 and, with 5.720 million watching, total viewers.
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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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CBS Unveils Details About Season Finales

By | Friday April 12, 2013 @ 11:06am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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.

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Undercover Boss’ Down In Return, ‘CSI: NY’ Flat In Finale, ‘Nikita’ Drops

By | Saturday February 23, 2013 @ 9:35am PST
Nellie Andreeva

All CBS’ midseason reality series The Job seems to have done is kill the momentum of Undercover Boss. Boss returned to CBS‘ schedule last night after a two-week break to make room for the quickly cancelled The Job with a 1.5/5 in 18-49 and 7.3 million viewers. That was down more than 20% from the shows last original, which posted series highs (1.9, 9.94 million). Still, Boss delivered a 103% improvement in the 8 PM hour vs. last week. The stronger lead-in didn’t help the ninth-season (and likely series) finale of CSI: NY (1.2/4, 9.4 million), which was flat with last week. Also matching last week’s performance was Blue Bloods (1.4/4), the most watched program of the night (11.06 million). CBS won the night in total viewers.

The top program on Friday among adults 18-49 was once again ABC‘s Shark Tank at 9 PM (1.8/6), even with last week. But its lead-in and lead-out were down — the 8 PM comedies Last Man Standing (1.3/4) and Malibu Country (1.1/3) were off by 7% and 8%, respectively, while 20/20 (1.4/4) slipped a tenth with a Robin Roberts special. Still ABC (1.5/5) edged CBS (1.4/4) for a No.1 finish in the demo.

NBC’s two-hour Dateline from 8-10 PM (1.4/4) was the only program last night to post week-to-week gains, up a tenth. Rock Center (1.0/3) was down a tenth. Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares (1.1/4) was flat. So … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Undercover Boss’ Posts Season’s Best, ‘Shark Tank’ Up, ‘NAACP Awards’ Hits 4-Year High

By | Saturday February 2, 2013 @ 9:35am PST

Coming back after last Friday’s repeats, the end of the week brought strong numbers for CBS last night. Undercover Boss (1.9/6) was even with its last original two weeks ago but the reality show had its biggest viewership of the season with a new high of 9.86 million. CSI:NY (1.5/5) was down a tenth from its last new show on January 18. At 10 PM, Blue Bloods (1.5/5) was even with its last original of January 18 but the family police drama was the most watched show of the night with an audience of 11.40 million. That’s a dip from the 11.5 million who watched two weeks ago, the largest viewership of the season for the show. CBS won the night in total viewership and among Adults 18-49 but ABC was just a nudge behind in the key demo.

ABC’s comedies Last Man Standing (1.3/5) and Malibu Country (1.1/4) started the network’s Friday. The former was even with its last new show two weeks ago while the latter dipped a tenth. Back with a new show after three weeks at 9 PM, Shark Tank (1.9/6) was up four tenths from its last airing. The would-be entrepreneur series also took its time slot among the 18-49s. With 5.08 million watching, Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dateline’ Up, ‘Blue Bloods’ & ‘Last Man Standing’ Down, ‘Fringe’ Steady

By | Saturday December 8, 2012 @ 10:09am PST

With the exception of a repeat of last week’s SNL Christmas (1.5/5) special, Friday night was light on holiday fare. At 10 PM, CBS‘ police family drama Blue Bloods (1.4/4) was down a tenth from last week but was the most watched show of the night with 11.073 million viewers. CBS also had the second and third most watched shows of the night with 9 PM’s CSI:NY (1.5/5) pulling in 9.975 million and 8 PM’s Undercover Boss (1.6/6) getting 7.939 million. CSI:NY was down from its November 30 1.5/4 rating. Undercover Boss slipped two tenths from last week’s 1.8/6, down 11% week to week. NBC’s Dateline NBC (1.7/5) was up 55% in the 18-49 demographic over last week’s 1.1/3. With 9.663 million watching on average, CBS won Friday night in terms of total viewers while NBC was tops in the 18-49.

Over on ABC, Last Man Standing (1.4/5) was down 13% from last week.  The network’s other Friday comedy, Malibu Country (1.4/5) slipped 7% from November 30. The comedies improved the hour 40% for ABC among the 18-49 compared to the same night in 2011. Like last week, ABC’s 9PM had a Shark Tank (1.5/4) repeat. At 10 PM, The Holidays Unplugged 20/20 (1.3/4) was down fourth tenths from last week’s 1.7/5. In its closing 13 episode run, Fox’s Fringe (0.9/3) was flat with its last original show back on November 16, … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Malibu Country’, ‘Last Man’, ‘Shark Tank’, ‘Undercover Boss’ Down

By | Saturday November 17, 2012 @ 10:06am PST
Nellie Andreeva

After a month of excitement, with Malibu Country and Last Man Standing launching strong, Shark Tank hitting highs and Undercover Boss rising, Friday returned to its normal depressing self last night with all programs under a 2 demo rating.

ABC’s Last Man Standing (1.4/5) and Malibu Country (1.3/4) continued to fall to new lows, down 14% and 24%, respectively, from last week. Last Man Standing‘s decline has been less steep — it is down 26% from its season premiere two weeks ago and outperformed its lead-out, Malibu Country (down 41% from the series premiere two weeks ago) for the first time last night. The comedies seem to be dragging Shark Tank down with them. At 9 PM, the reality series (1.9/6, down 10%) posted a second week of declines after two weeks of series highs, and is now below its last airing at 8 PM. 20/20 (1.4/4) too was down from last week, by 14% and yet ABC won the night in 18-49, a sign of how low the bar on the night is these days. And Shark Tank once again ranked as the highest-rated program of the night in 18-49 as it has for six of the past seven weeks. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Malibu Country’ & ‘Last Man’ Drop In Week 2, ‘Undercover Boss’ Up

By | Saturday November 10, 2012 @ 9:46am PST
Nellie Andreeva

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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A&E Sets Premiere Date For ‘Undercover Boss’ Offshoot ‘Be The Boss’

By | Monday October 22, 2012 @ 8:20am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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.

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CBS Drama ‘Made In Jersey’ Cancelled, ‘Undercover Boss’ To Join Friday Lineup

By | Wednesday October 10, 2012 @ 11:29am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Made In Jersey Cancelled CBSWe 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 »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Finder’ Low In Friday Debut, ‘Fringe’ Down

By | Saturday April 7, 2012 @ 10:09am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Did this seal the fate of The Finder? In its Friday debut last night, the Bones spinoff pulled in a 1.1/4 among adults 18-49 at 8 PM, down 52% from its most recent airing on Thursday behind American Idol. At 9 PM Fringe (1.0/3) dropped 20% after an encouraging 33% jump last week. (That is a two-tenth drop for Fringe, while its lead-in went down a tenth with the switch from Kitchen Nightmares to The Finder.)

CBS won the night in 18-49 and total viewers, with Undercover Boss (1.8/7, 7.8 million) once again ranking as the top program of the night in the demo and Blue Bloods (1.7/5, 10.8 million) in total viewers. Boss was flat and Blue Bloods up a tenth in 18-49 from last week. Sandwiched between them was CSI: NY (1.6/5, 8.9 million), also flat with last week. ABC’s Shark Tank continues to hold its own, drawing a 1.3/5 with a repeat for a second place at 8 PM against originals on the other Big 4 networks. Primetime: What Would You Do? (1.6/5) was up a tenth from last week, while 20/20 (1.5/5) tumbled 29% from last week’s highly-rated lotto frenzy episode. ABC finished second for the night in 18-49 and total viewers. Following a flat Who Do You Think You Are? (0.8/3), NBC’s Grimm (1.3/4) was up a tenth from last week. Dateline (1.1/3) was down a tenth. The CW aired repeats while Univision logged another No.3 … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Boss’ Slips, ‘Shark Tank’ Rises, ‘Fringe’ Inches Up In Winter Finale

By | Saturday February 25, 2012 @ 9:29am PST
Nellie Andreeva

CBS’ Undercover Boss (1.9/9 in adults 18-49, 8.6 million viewers) dropped 21% in 18-49 from its big Friday premiere last week but still ranked as the top program of the night in the 18-49 demographic. The reality series was also the most watched show last week but that title went back to CBS’ Friday staple Blue Bloods (1.7/5, 11.2 million), which was up 6% in the demo from last week. Sandwiched between Undercover Boss and Blue Bloods at 9 PM was A Gifted Man (1.3/4, 9.1 million) which didn’t help its renewal chances with a 13% drop from last week’s time slot premiere.

As Undercover Boss declined, ABC’s Shark Tank (1.8/6) and Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares (1.5/5) bounced back, up 20% and 15%, respectively, from last week when they were pushed down by Undercover Boss’ debut. Shark Tank matched its best 18-49 result for a regularly scheduled episode. The Friday 8 PM hour is shaping up as one of the most competitive in the unscripted arena with 3 solid shows, Undercover Boss, Shark Tank and Kitchen Nightmares, duking it out.

NBC’s Grimm (1.5/5) was down a tenth returning from yet another preemption. (NBC’s scheduling team must really hate the fairytale/horror drama, never allowing it to run uninterrupted for more than 2-3 weeks.) Grimm still won the 9 PM hour in 18-49. Its lead-in, Who Do You Think You Are? (0.9/3), was down 25%. Meanwhile, in its winter finale, Fox’s Fringe (1.2/4) showed … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Strong Friday Start For ‘Boss’, ABC Has First Nightly Win Over CBS

By | Saturday February 18, 2012 @ 9:48am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Last night’s ratings provided more ammunition for the theory that scripted programming may be doomed on Friday. The two highest-rated programs on the night in adults 18-49 by a mile were a a reality series, CBS’ Undercover Boss (2.4/8), and a newsmagazine, ABC’s 20/20 (2.0/6). The former made a very strong entry on Friday, drawing not only the highest 18-49 rating of the night but also the largest audience (10.7 million), edging the usual Friday winner in total viewers, CBS drama Blue Bloods (10.3 million, 1.6/5 in 18-49). Seeing an unscripted show almost double the delivery of a high-end drama (A Gifted Man) in the 8 PM hour has got to give CBS, the staunchest supporter of maintaining an all-scripted Friday lineup, a pause. Especially since Undercover Boss not only outperformed A Gifted Man but posted CBS’ largest audience and 18-49 rating in the hour in three years — since the March 6 and May 1 episodes of Ghost Whisperer, the last CBS scripted series to worked in the Friday 8 PM slot. A Gifted Man (9.5 million, 1.5/4) didn’t do much with the better 9 PM time period and big lead-in from Boss, only matching its best 18-49 delivery to date. Read More »

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