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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Undercover Boss’ & ‘Once Upon A Time’ Up, Fox Comedies Down

By | Monday January 30, 2012 @ 9:09am PST
Nellie Andreeva

NBC once again won Sunday night with football, but instead of Sunday Night Football it was the broadcast of the NFL’s Pro Bowl. Time-adjusted ratings won’t be available until tomorrow, but the game appears to be down from last year in the prelims. ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.9/5 in adults 18-49) and Once Upon A Time (3.4/8) rebounded from their face-off with the NFC Championship Game last week. AFHV was up 73%, while Once Upon A Time was up 6% and hit an 11-week high in total viewers (10.8 million). But that was squandered by another underwhelming performance for a Hallmark Hall Of Fame movie, A Smile As Big As The Moon (1.5/4). CBS’ Undercover Boss (3.0/7) also bounced back from last week, up 30%. The Good Wife (2.2/5), which took last Sunday week off, was up 10% from two weeks ago, while CSI: Miami (2.2/6) was down 15% from its last original three weeks ago. Fox’s comedies all fell from their highs two weeks ago when they followed the big NFL playoff game. The Simpsons (2.4/6) was down 56%, Napoleon Dynamite (2.1/5) was down 52% and Family Guy (3.0/7) was down 32%. American Dad (2.4/5), which didn’t have a new episode the past two weeks, was up 9% from its last original.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC Dramas Hold Up Well Against NFC Game, ‘Idol’ Gets Sampled

By | Monday January 23, 2012 @ 10:32am PST
Nellie Andreeva

AFC Championship Game Highest Rated In 18 Years, NFC Game Top Rated In 17 Years

ABC did well counter-programming originals against the big NFC Championship game on Fox, which dominated the night. Freshman Once Upon A Time (3.2/7 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers) was down only a tenth from last week. Veteran Desperate Housewives (2.6/5, 7.5 million) also dropped only a tenth from last week, while Pan Am (1.3/3, 3.9 million) was even with its fast national and up a tenth from the final. CBS played it safe with reruns and a new Undercover Boss (2.2/5, 9.2 million) at 8 PM, which was down 27% from last week. After getting several lifelines early in its run, NBC’s Prime Suspect didn’t stand a chance in its final foray last night with two back-to-back originals against the big game. The series’ penultimate epiosde posted a 0.8/2, while the finale managed a 0.7/2, closing the show with a series low. The highest-rated entertainment program last night aired outside of primetime: The start of a special episode of American Idol (7.9, 19.8 million viewers) was pushed by the NFC Championship game’s overtime to a 10:57 PM start. Because of the delay, Fox will rerun the episode tomorrow night at 8 PM, pre-empting a Glee repeat.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ Premiere Boosted By Football; ‘Once Upon A Time’, ‘Desperate Housewives’ Down

By | Monday January 16, 2012 @ 9:44am PST
Nellie Andreeva

TV RATINGS: Golden Globes On Par With Last Year

A huge primetime overrun from the Giants-Packers NFC Divisional playoff game easily won the night for Fox and lifted the network’s animation block. NBC is on track to finish second with the Golden Globe Awards, which were on par with last year in the metered markets. Fox’s football coverage ended at 8:12 PM, scrambling the ratings for the network’s comedies. From 8-8:30 PM, NFL/The Simpsons drew a 6.8/16. It is hard to tell what The Simpsons‘ final rating will be (mid 5s is probably a good guess), but it is expected to more than double the veteran comedy’s performance last week (2.3/5). From 8:30 PM-9 PM, The Simpsons and the series premiere of Napoleon Dynamite posted a 4.6/11. In the finals, Napoleon Dynamite is expected to be adjusted to about 4.5 to rank as the third-highest-rated new comedy premiere this season behind 2 Broke Girls and New Girl. The adaptation of the cult indie movie almost doubled the debut of the now-defunct Allen Gregory (2.4/6) in the 8:30 PM slot earlier this season. (Napoleon Dynamite‘s lead-in was about 40% higher than Allen Gregory‘s.) At 9 PM, Napoleon Dynamite/Family Guy averaged a 4.4/10, up from Family Guy‘s 3.1/7 last week, and at 9:30 PM, Family Guy and a second original episode of Napoleon Dynamite logged a 3.6/8. Read More »

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CBS Sets ‘Amazing Race’ Return, Moves ‘Undercover Boss’ To Fridays, Shifts ‘Man’

By | Thursday December 15, 2011 @ 3:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

When it announced its midseason plans last month, CBS slated reality series Undercover Boss as a bridge between the two cycles of The Amazing Race on Sunday, beginning Jan. 15. Today, the network set a return date for The Amazing Race, Feb. 19. After 3 original telecasts on Sunday, Undercover Boss will relocate to Fridays at 8 PM, taking the slot of struggling freshman drama A Gifted Man, which will shift to 9 PM. Beginning Feb. 17, the Friday 9 PM time period’s occupant, CSI: NY, will go on hiatus until March 30 after A Gifted Man, which received a short 3-episode back order, finishes its freshman run. Here is CBS’ tweaked midseason schedule for Friday and Sunday: Read More »

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CBS Slots New Rob Schneider Comedy, ‘Undercover Boss’ For Midseason

By | Monday November 14, 2011 @ 3:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

As usual, CBS will be making only minor tweaks to its schedule in midseason. The network’s new mulch-ethnic family comedy series ¡Rob! starring Rob Schneider will air in the Thursday 8:30 PM slot beginning January 12. To make room, CBS just cut the order for Rules Of Engagement, which airs in the time period; Rules will return later in the spring following ¡Rob!’s eight-week run. Based on Schneider’s real-life experiences, ¡Rob! stars the actor as a lifelong bachelor who just married into a tight-knit Mexican-American family. (Thus the Spanish-style punctuation of the title) Meanwhile, CBS’ reality series Undercover Boss will return to Sundays, serving as a bridge between the two cycles of The Amazing Race at 8 PM. It premieres on January 15. No word yet when and where CBS’ midseason drama The 2-2 will air.

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OWN & TLC Pick Up Off-Net Rights To ‘Undercover Boss’

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and TLC have acquired off-network rights to Undercover Boss from CBS Television Distribution, with the plan to schedule the CBS series beginning in fall 2012. The series averaged more than 17 million viewers an episode during its first season on CBS and was nominated for an Emmy in the Best Reality Show category. Its second season has averaged 12 million viewers. “Undercover Boss is a perfect fit for OWN and TLC as it focuses on improving lives, which very much reflects both networks’ missions,” said Scott Koondel, president, distribution, CBS Television Distribution. “We are excited that their viewers will have the chance to see this exceptional show.”

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC, Only Net That Stayed With News Coverage, Poised To Win

Nellie Andreeva

In the big scheme of things — we finally got Osama bin Laden! — TV ratings for last night are not that important, but it is interesting to note that ABC, the only network that didn’t return to its regular lineup after President Obama’s address, is No. 1 for the night in adults 18-49 in the fast nationals with a 2.5/7, vs. 2.4/7 for NBC. The Big 3 networks all interrupted their regular programming at about 10:45 PM ET (7:45 PM PT) and stayed with the news story through midnight ET/9 PM PT, when CBS News and NBC News signed off and the two networks aired new The Amazing Race (Undercover Boss was pushed to 10 PM) and Celebrity Apprentice on the West Coast. (The conclusion of Celebrity Apprentice was interrupted on the East Coast.) ABC continued with news coverage for another hour, pushing its new Desperate Housewives to 10 PM on the West Coast. In the fast nationals, ABC won the 9 PM hour with a 3.0/7 (tied with NBC) in 18-49 and 10.1 million viewers, winning that race by a wide margin.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Everyone Was Down Sunday, ‘Undercover Boss’ The Most

Nellie Andreeva

Maybe it was it ESPN’s and TNT’s coverage of Game 1 of the NBA playoffs and MLB or it was too many original offerings on cable, including the premieres of HBO’s Game of Thrones and USA’s Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe, but the broadcast networks took a serious beating last night. How bad was it? The highest-rated network in adults 18-49, ABC, drew a 2.0/6 demo rating. That’s with an all-original lineup.

Series were down across the board. ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was low in its return from a two-month hiatus to make room for Secret Millionaire. The veteran reality series pulled in a 1.9/5, down 21% from its last fresh episode Feb. 20. Desperate Housewives (2.7/7) was down 7% from its last original two weeks ago to tie its series low. Brothers and Sisters (1.7/4) was down 6% from last week’s two-hour episode and is also tied as a series low.

Following 60 Minutes (1.3/5), which was down 41% from last week, when CBS’ primetime was boosted by Masters golf overrun, The Amazing Race (2.3/7) was down 21%. Undercover Boss (1.9/5) posted the steepest decline for any program last night, 39%, for a series low. CSI: Miami (2.2/5) held well under the circumstances, down only 4%. CBS (1.9/5, 9.5 million) finished No. 1 in total viewers for the night and tied for second place in 18-49 with Fox. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Hits Season High

Nellie Andreeva

A 17-minute NCAA overrun pushed the start of CBS’ primetime lineup, so the network’s ratings are approximate. From 7-8 PM, basketball and 60 Minutes averaged a 3.7/12 in adults 18-49. At 8 PM, 60 Minutes/The Amazing Race drew a 3.1/9. At 9 PM, Amazing Race/Undercover Boss posted a 3.2/8, and at 10 PM, Boss/CSI: Miami did a 2.8/8. The network is expected to top the night when final ratings are released tomorrow.

On NBC, America’s Next Great Restaurant (1.3/4) was up 8% from last week. From 9-11 PM, Celebrity Apprentice (3.0/8) was up 7% for a season high.

ABC and Fox aired a mix of originals and repeats. ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.6/5, down 6% from March 13) and Secret Millionaire (2.7/7, up 8% from last week’s low) were followed by reruns of Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters. At Fox, The Simpsons (2.8/8) was up 12% from March 13′s original. Bob’s Burgers (2.2/6) was flat with last week. Following a Family Guy repeat (2.8/7), a new American Dad (2.5/7) was up 25% from its last original on Feb. 20 in the low-trafficked 7:30 PM slot.

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CBS Renews ‘Amazing Race’ & ‘Undercover Boss’

By | Sunday March 27, 2011 @ 8:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS has renewed its two Sunday reality series, The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss, for next season.
The Amazing Race, hosted by Phil Keoghan, is being picked up for a 19th cycle next fall. The recent fall edition of the 7-time Emmy-winning reality series delivered nearly 12 million viewers, matching the prior year’s performance, and was up 3% in adults 18-49. Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman, Elise Doganieri and Mark Vertullo are the executive producers.
Undercover Boss, which follows high level corporate executives as they slip anonymously into the rank and file of their own companies, is being renewed for a third season. The series premiered last February following the Super Bowl and went on to become the top-rated new series last season. The show has slipped in the ratings in its current second season but has still averaged a respectable 12.3 million viewers and a 3.4/09 in adults 18-49. Stephen Lambert, Eli Holzman and Chris Carlson are executive producing.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Secret Millionaire’ Down, ‘CSI: Miami’ & ‘The Cleveland Show’ Up As Daylight Saving Time Begins

Nellie Andreeva

After a solid start, ABC’s new reality series Secret Millionaire (2.7/8 in 18-49, 11.3 million viewers) was down a steep 21% in its second airing last night. The show was probably impacted by the introduction yesterday of daylight saving time which leads to ratings erosion in the earlier time slots. Indeed, all 8 PM slows last night were down from last week. Fox’s The Simpsons (2.5/8) and Bob’s Burgers (2.0/6) were down 11% and 9%, respectively. CBS’ The Amazing Race (2.6/8) was down 4% and NBC’s America’s Next Great Restaurant (1.4/4) was down 13% from last week’s premiere. ABC won the hour with Secret Millionaire in 18-49 and total viewers.

But at 7 PM, where shows should’ve suffered an ever greater impact from the clock change, the ratings declines were actually on par and even smaller that those at 8 PM. NBC’s Dateline (1.1/4) was down the most, 21%, while CBS’ 60 Minutes (1.7/6) was flat and America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.7/6) was down 6%. (Fox aired comedy repeats in the hour.)

With ABC airing reruns of its Sunday scripted series, CBS posted ratings increases at 9 PM with Undercover Boss (2.9/8, up 7%) and CSI: Miami (2.7/7, up 17%). After falling behind the similarly themed Secret Millionaire last week, Undercover Boss topped the ABC show last night. Both reality series were skewered by Bill Maher on his HBO show on Friday. CBS won the night in 18-49 (2.5/7) and total … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Amazing Race’ Starts Slow On Slow Presidents Weekend Sunday

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s comedy block edged out competition on a quiet Sunday night, which was probably impacted by viewers’ Presidents Day weekend-related activities. It was a photo finish demo race, with Fox averaging a 2.4/7 in 18-49, ABC a 2.3/7 and CBS a 2.2/6. With no football, NBC was a distant fourth with a 1.6/5 (It aired Dateline and an SNL special). In total viewers, CBS was once again far ahead with 10.4 million viewers.

The spring cycle of CBS’ The Amazing Race (2.4/7, 9.1 million) was down 14% from the February season premiere last year. It was tied in the 8 PM hour with another reality veteran, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.4/7, 9.5 million), which was up a big 50% from last week’s low against the Grammy Awards. CBS’ Undercover Boss (2.6/7, 10.6 million) was down 21% from its most recent original on Jan. 16 when the show aired against NBC’s Golden Globes but CBS’ lineup benefited from a football lead-in that night. CSI: Miami (2.2/6, 10.5 million) was down a tenth in the demo from its most recent original on the same night, Jan. 16.

After hitting two consecutive series lows with its two most recent originals that aired against the Golden Globes (3.1/8) last month and the Grammys (2.6/6) last week, ABC’s Desperate Housewives (3.1/8, 10.5 million) rebounded 15% from last week to match its second lowest-rated telecast. Brothers & Sisters (1.9/5, 6.9 million) was up a tenth in the … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Golden Globes On Par With Last Year, ‘Housewives’ Hits Low

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: The Golden Globes last night were an award show producers’ dream, with a hugely popular movie (The Social Network) and series (Glee) dominating the awards. Did that translate into ratings? According to NBC’s time zone-adjusted fast nationals, last night’s three-hour ceremony drew 17 million viewers and a 5.2 rating in adults 18-49, winning the 8-11 PM slot in viewers and adults 18-49. That was pretty much in line with the award show’s performance last year: down  5% in 18-49 (5.2 vs. 5.5) and up a fraction in total viewers (16.998 vs. 16.984). That was consistent with the metered-markets overnight ratings released early in the morning that had the Golden Globes averaging an 11.8 rating/18 share, retaining 99% of last year’s 11.9/18.

Once again, the coverage of the NFL divisional playoffs bled into primetime and is expected to push CBS to a nightly win in adults 18-49. It buoyed 60 Minutes to a 4.1/10 in 18-49, up 173% from last week. Undercover Boss (3.3/8) was up 10%, while CSI: Miami (2.3/6) was down 8% from its airing at 8PM last week. ABC and Fox took a ratings hit. With no big football lead-in this week, Fox’s series were down across the board. The Simpsons (3.1/8) was down 46%. Bob’s Burgers (2.6/6) was down 42% from its premiere number last week (though it improved its Simpsons lead-in retention to 84% from 79% last week). Family Guy (3.7/9) was down 21%, and The Cleveland Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Wins With ‘Sunday Night Football’, ABC’s Lineup Up

Nellie Andreeva

Once again, 3 of the 4 major networks, NBC, CBS and Fox, got a ratings boost from football on Sunday, and once again NBC easily topped the night with Sunday Night Football. SNF is wrapping its red-hot season in style, with the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the St. Louis Rams drawing a 12.6 overnight rating/19 share, the best overnight rating for an NFL season-ending game in 9 years (since Min-Bal’s 13.4/21 on ABC in 2002) and highest ever for SNF, up 11% from last year. With a big NFL overrun, Fox is expected to finish second in adults 18-49 despite airing all reruns for the rest of the night.  (Its fast national averages are approximate because of live sports.) ABC, the only network that didn’t get ratings help from football, was No. 3 in 18-49 (2.7/7) and total viewers (9.4 million) with its lineup returning to first-run episodes. America’s Funniest Home Videos (2.1/6) was up 11% from its most recent original on Dec. 5, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.7/7) was up 13% from its last original on Dec. 12 to hit a season high. Desperate Housewives (3.8/9) was up 6% vs. Dec. 12, while Brothers & Sisters (2.4/6) was down 4%. CBS’ primetime lineup was pushed to 7:16 PM by a football overrun. Its fast nationals were as follows: 7 PM (NFL Overrun/60 Minutes): 2.7/7; 8 PM (60 Minutes/CSI:Miami): 2.1/5; 9 PM (CSI: Miami/Undercover Boss): 2.9/7 and … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Undercover Boss’ And ‘Brothers & Sisters’ Tie Series Lows

Nellie Andreeva

I’m thinking of dropping “race” from the headline of the Sunday ratings story until the end of the NFL season because there is not much of a race on the night that is dominated by football. NBC’s Sunday Night Football was the top-rated show on Sunday night for 13th straight week. The game between the Steelers and the Ravens for the leadership position in the AFC North posted a 14.6 overnight rating/23 share. That is the highest average ever for a Week 13 game, up 7% from last year’s Vikings-Cardinals face-off. NBC is once again projected to win the night in 18-49 and total viewers.

Fox was fueled by a huge Fox overrun for a second consecutive week. It led into The Simpsons (4.2/11, 9.6 million), which was up a tenth from last week to tie its season high in 18-49 and post a new season high in total viewers. There was no halo effect over the rest of the Fox lineup, which last week posted double-digit gains. The Cleveland Show (3.2/8) at 8:30 PM was down 6%. Another Cleveland Show (2.8/7) subbed for Family Guy at 9 PM, followed by American Dad (2.5/6), which was down 14% from last week when it followed a Family Guy rerun.

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CBS’ Nancy Tellem Joins All3Media Board

By | Sunday November 28, 2010 @ 2:43am PST

The ex-president of the CBS Network Television Group who’s now a CBS Inc consultant has become a non-executive director of the UK’s largest group of independent production companies. Tellem joins All3Media at an interesting time. The company is the last big independent UK TV producer left on the market. It’s expected to be sold next year to either a Hollywood studio anxious to get more into global TV production — such as Time Warner or Sony – or Brit broadcaster ITV, which needs to beef up its in-house production. Financiers I’ve spoken to expect the price tag to be around £500 million ($788 million). All3Media produces Undercover Boss for CBS and Skins for MTV.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Football Rules On NBC While AMAs Hit Low On ABC

Nellie Andreeva

Sunday Night Football‘s sizzling season continued with another highly-rated game last night. The Giants-Eagles face-off drew a 15.9 overnight rating/24 share, easily winning the night for NBC. That was up 31% from last year’s Week 11 game and the best for a November primetime game in 12 years.

Airing against the game, ABC’s 38th Annual American Music Awards (4.3/11) were down 22% from last year to hit their lowest 18-49 rating ever. The network touted the awards telecast’s gains among young viewers, 12% in teens, and 19% in kids 2-11. That is to be expected given that the night’s big winner was tween heartthrob Justin Bieber.

Fox, whose 8-9 PM comedies were boosted by an NFL game overrun last week, saw double-digit declines with no football lead-in this Sunday. The Simpsons (2.9/7) was down 26%, while The Cleveland Show (2.4/6) dropped 23%. Family Guy (3.3/7) and American Dad (2.3/5) were also affected by the increased competition from the big SNF game and the AMAs, down 3% and 8%, respectively.

CBS, which had a football overrun this Sunday, once again had its lineup shifted, this time by 12 minutes. The 7 PM hour, which featured a 12-minute football overrun leading into 60 Minutes, drew a 4.6/13 in 18-49. The 60 Minutes/Amazing Race combo at … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘SNF’ Wins, ‘Undercover Boss’ & ‘CSI: Miami’ Hit Lows

Nellie Andreeva

With football season heading into the home stretch, NBC’s Sunday Night Football last night had another strong showing with a 14.2 household rating. NBC dominated the night as it has done every Sunday this season, with viewership for the game expected to be around the 20 million mark. CBS and Fox switched places again, with Fox benefiting from a late afternoon NFL game spilling into primetime this time around. Surprisingly, the football overrun, which scored a 7.0/19 rating in adults 18-49 from 7-8 PM provided little boost for Fox’s Sunday comedies, which last week posted big double-digit gains in their return after a two-week MLB preemption. Last night, The Simpsons (3.9/10) was up a modest 5% and may be adjusted down as it includes two minutes of an NFL overrun. The Cleveland Show (3.1/7) was up 3%, while Family Guy (3.3/8) was down 13% and American Dad! (2.6/6) was down 10%.

Also retreating after posting across-the-board rating increases last week was ABC’s Sunday lineup. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.2/5) was down 12%. Desperate Housewives (3.7/9) was down 8% from its fast national number last week, while Brothers & Sisters (2.5/7) was down a tenth. (Desperate Housewives was adjusted up a tenth and Brothers & Sisters slipped a tenth in the finals last week.)

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