RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ Returns Strong, ‘Neighbors’ Finale & ‘Shark Tank’ Down, ‘Unforgettable’ & ‘Hart Of Dixie’ Up

By | Saturday April 12, 2014 @ 9:45am PDT

Kitchen Nightmares April 11For one of the traditionally quietest nights on TV, there was a lot going on Friday in primetime. For one, the Ramsayfication of Fox continued anew with the return of Kitchen Nightmares last night and that seems to have been a good place to be. Back for its sixth season, Gordon’s weekly attempt to save a failing establishment kicked off with a 2-hour debut that saw Ramsay return to Scottsdale, Arizona and Amy’s Baking Company, which he stalked out of last year, and then head to Denver to help a struggling pizza joint. In its first spring premiere, the 8 PM (1.2/5) KN was up 33% from the 0.9/3 rating among adults 18-49 that its 1-hour October 26, 2012 Season 5 debut drew in the same slot. The 9 PM (1.1/4) airing last night saw a 22% rise over the last season opener. Time slot to slot, the restaurant makeover series was even last night with its last season finale on May 10, 2013. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Unforgettable’ Return, ‘Hannibal’ & ‘Neighbors’ Down, ‘Raising Hope’ Finale Up, ABC Wins Night In Demo

By | Saturday April 5, 2014 @ 9:59am PDT

UNFORGETTABLE APRIL 4 CBSThe end of the workweek was a night of new beginnings and a final farewell on primetime last night. The beginning was the return of Unforgettable (1.0/4) for the last six episodes of its second season on CBS. The Sony TV-produced procedural starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh is in some ways, the show that will never die – having cancelled once and then brought back to life again in summer 2012 with a new pick up. Last night, however, Unforgettable took a hit in its latest return. Already renewed for a third season set to start in June, the show fell 23% last night from its Sunday July 28 Season 2 debut of last year. While even with its last show on September 8 last year, last night’s Unforgettable actually saw a small 4% total viewership rise from its Season 2 debut to an audience of 7.50 million. Back with their first originals since March 14, Hawaii Five-0 (1.3/5) and Blue Bloods (1.5/5) were down and up 7% respectively, with the latter the most watched show of the night with 11.40 million viewers. Read More »

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CBS Swaps ‘Two & Half Men’ & ‘Crazy Ones’, Schedules ‘Bad Teacher’ On Thursday, ‘Unforgettable’ On Friday

By | Friday February 14, 2014 @ 11:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

CBS is tweaking its Thursday comedy lineup and Bad Teacher CBS Thursdayadding two series in late midseason, new comedy Bad Teacher and returning procedural Unforgettable. Beginning February 27, the first week after the Sochi Olympics, veteran Two And A Half Men and freshman The Crazy Ones will switch places, with Men airing at 9 PM, followed by Crazy Ones. This is a more conventional lineup, with established shows (The Big Bang Theory, Men) as 8 PM and 9 PM anchors and newbies (The Millers, Crazy Ones) in the hammock positions behind them. I hear the reason CBS didn’t go with this schedule last fall was to try to protect Elementary at 10 PM, which was losing its drama lead-in as the cbs-logo__120711164808__121116195436__130108233101__130716162250__130926192712network expanded its comedy block to two hours. A seasoned performer, Men was slated at 9:30 PM to lead to Elementary. After a huge launch in September behind an hourlong Big Bang, Crazy Ones has been delivering middling ratings, most recently posting a 1.7 in 18-49 last Thursday vs. 2.7 for its lead-in, The Millers, and 1.8 for lead-out Men. Crazy Ones also is a single-camera comedy sandwiched between two multicams, and Men will likely do better airing behind two other shows of its kind, Big Bang and Millers. Crazy Ones will wrap its 22-episode order on April 17 and will be replaced at 9:30 PM by another single-camera comedy, Bad Teacher, on April 24. The Men-Crazy Ones switcheroo is being done in part to prepare a launch pad for Bad Teacher, based on the hit feature, which will have three weeks to prove itself to CBS brass before they set the schedule for next season. Read More »

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CBS’ ‘Unforgettable’ Renewed For Season 3

By | Friday September 27, 2013 @ 6:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Unforgettable Renewed Season 3 CBSEXCLUSIVE: The renewal was not as dramatic as last year when the Sony TV-produced procedural starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh was cancelled and then picked up. Unforgettable has received a … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Unforgettable’ Returns Soft, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Finale Falls, ‘Whodunnit’ Up, ‘Big Brother’ Down

By | Monday July 29, 2013 @ 9:04am PDT

Back from the almost-dead for a second season, Unforgettable (1.3/4) returned last night to anchor CBS’ summer Sundays. The police procedural starring Poppy Montgomery as the remembers-everything Detective Carrie Wells and Dylan Walsh as Lt. Al Burns, started off its new 13-episode run down 55% from the 2.9/8 that its Season 1 premiere drew nearly two years ago. However, a lot has changed for Unforgettable since that September 20, 2011 premiere: The show, which was second in its time slot last night and tied with a Bob’s Burgers encore for the fifth highest rated show of the Big 4′s Primetime, has shifted from Tuesdays to Sundays, from a 10 PM time slot to 9 PM, and from being in season and having NCIS: LA as a lead-in to the summer with Big Brother as its lead-in now. While hitting a series low last night, Unforgettable, which CBS cancelled in May 2012 and then resurrected a month later, certainly bested its time-slot predecessor, up 160% in the adults 18-49 demo from encores of The Good Wife previously in the 9 PM Sunday slot this summer. With 7.02 million watching, it was also up 120% in viewers over Good Wife’s averages. With a cameo by Montgomery, Big Brother (2.2/7) kicked off the originals on CBS on Sunday. The highest-rated show of the night fell 12% from its July 22 episode. CBS started the night with a 60 Minutes (1.0/4) repeat, which was the most-watched show on Sunday night with 8.23 million viewers. With a 1.3/4, CBS tied with Univision for the top spot overall in the demo and was No. 1 among viewers with 6.665 million.

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‘Unforgettable’ Ups James Liao And Tawny Cypress To Regulars, ‘Covert Affairs’ Adds Zuleikha Robinson As Recurring

By | Friday June 21, 2013 @ 8:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

New additions to CBS’ crime drama Unforgettable, James Laio and Tawny Cypress, have been promoted to regulars. The two were originally cast in March for recurring roles on the upcoming second season of Unforgettable. That brings the number of regulars on the show back to 6, with Laio, Cypress and fellow new castmember Dallas Roberts joining returning stars Poppy Montgomery, Dylan Walsh and Jane Curtin. Michael Gaston, Kevin Rankin and Daya Vaidya departed as regulars after Season 1. Laio plays Jay, a detective with expertise in a wide range of technical subjects in the Major Cases Section of the NYPD; Cypress plays Murray, a former decorated FBI agent who begins work at the Major Cases Section of the NYPD. Unforgettable, from Sony TV and CBS Studios, returns July 28. Read More »

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CBS’ ‘Unforgettable’ Adds Dallas Roberts As Regular, Two Recurring For Season 2

By | Friday March 15, 2013 @ 3:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The Walking Dead‘s Dallas Roberts has joined the upcoming second season of CBS‘ drama Unforgettable, joining returning cast members Poppy Montgomery, Dylan Walsh and Jane Curtin. Roberts, repped by UTA and Circle Of Confusion, will play … Read More »

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Domenick Lombardozzi Joins ‘Boardwalk Empire’, ‘Unforgettable’ Adds Detective

By | Friday February 15, 2013 @ 5:29pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Boardwalk EmpireEXCLUSIVE: Domenick Lombardozzi (Breakout Kings) has been cast in a recurring role on HBO’s period mob drama Boardwalk Empire. He will play Chicago mobster Ralph Capone, older brother to Al Capone (Stephen Graham). This … Read More »

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CBS Sets Summer Schedule, Premiere Dates For Unforgettable’ & ‘Under The Dome’: TCA

By | Saturday January 12, 2013 @ 9:24am PST
Nellie Andreeva

CBS has set the bulk of its summer schedule, locking in premiere dates for the second season of Unforgettable, the new Steven Spielberg-Stephen King drama Under The Dome, the remake of hit UK reality format The Great British Bake Off and an expanded version of veteran Big Brother. “This is our most aggressive summer so far with original programming,” CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler said today.

The 13-episode Under the Dome, set in a small town suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome, will open Monday, June 24 and will air in the Monday 10 PM slot. Repeats of Hawaii Five-0 will move to Friday 9 PM for the summer. Unforgettable, starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh, returns for its second season on Sunday, July 28 at 9 PM., replacing (usually very low rated) summer rebroadcasts of The Good Wife, which is getting off the schedule.

Bake Off will premiere on Wednesday, May 29 at 8 PM. The series features skilled amateur Americans competing in baking challenges. Big Brother will have a longer edition this summer, premiering two weeks earlier than previous years on Wednesday, June 26 at 9 PM. Once again, it will air three times a week, Tuesdays (9 PM, beginning July 2), the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen will be broadcast on Wednesdays (9PM, beginning July 3) and Sundays (8PM, beginning June 30). The Wednesday live eviction show will move to 8PM on July 17 after the reality baking series completes its season order. NCIS: Los Angeles will move to Tuesday (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) beginning July 2.  Here is CBS’ summer schedule: Read More »

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Supporting Cast Of Resurrected CBS Drama ‘Unforgettable’ Overhauled For Season 2

By | Wednesday July 18, 2012 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Unforgettable Season 2 RenewedCBS’ Unforgettable beat the odds by scoring a 13-episode second-season renewal after getting cancelled in May. But not everyone from the drama procedural’s cast will be back when series returns next summer. CBS and … Read More »

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‘Unforgettable’ Will Return To CBS With 13-Episode Order For Summer 2013

By | Friday June 29, 2012 @ 5:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Unforgettable Renewed CBSEXCLUSIVE: Unforgettable lives! CBS has picked up the procedural starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh, which was cancelled in May after one season, with a 13-episode order targeted for next summer.

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CBS In Talks To Bring Back ‘Unforgettable’ With 13-Episode Order For Summer 2013

By | Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 10:15am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: It looks like procedural drama Unforgettable will indeed not go forgotten. I’ve learned that CBS, which cancelled the series starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh in May after one season, is in discussions to bring it back with a 13-episode order targeted for next summer. The network declined comment.

Following the cancellation by CBS, Sony Pictures TV, which co-produces Unforgettable with CBS TV Studios, began actively shopping the series to other networks, including TNT and Lifetime. Unforgettable centers on Carrie Wells (Montgomery), a New York detective with the ability to visually remember everything, who works for a team led by her ex-partner and boyfriend, Lt. Al Burns (Walsh). Unforgettable would mark the highest-profile summer original scripted series to air on CBS in a long time. The network recently ran another crime procedural, Canadian import Flashpoint, in the off-season. Read More »

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TNT & Lifetime Looking At Cancelled CBS Drama ‘Unforgettable’: Will It Live On?

By | Thursday May 17, 2012 @ 6:53pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: The cancellation of CBS’ freshman drama Unforgettable was one of the closest calls this upfront season. Now the procedural starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh is exploring a move to cable. I’ve learned that producers Sony Pictures TV and … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘New Girl’, ‘The Voice’, ‘Unforgettable’ & ‘Last Man’ Rise In Finales

By | Wednesday May 9, 2012 @ 9:47am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Four series ended their seasons on a high note last night. The second-season finale of NBC’s The Voice (4.3/11) was up 16% from last season’s closer. However, the comparisons are not apples-to-apples — this year’s finale aired from 9-11 PM, while last year’s ran from 8-9 PM in late June when viewing levels were 32% lower than last night. Fashion Star (1.3/4) dropped 15% in its move from 10 PM to 8 PM to accommodate The Voice finale. NBC won the night in adults 18-49, and CBS was tops in total viewers.

Fox’s Glee (2.6/8) was up 8% from its fast national last week, 4% from the final. The first-season finale of the already renewed New Girl (2.8/7) shot up 27% from last week. The finale of another freshman comedy, ABC’s Last Man Standing (1.7/5), was up 13% from last week’s series low to boost the show’s solid chances of returning next fall. Cougar Town (1.5/4), which may move to TBS, was up 15% from last week’s low. But, following a Dancing With The Stars results show (2.3/6, even with its fast national last Tuesday), Private Practice (1.5/4) dived 29% to a series low after two solid showings in the new Tuesday 10 PM slot. The medical drama has been under consideration for a 13-episode final-season order. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Fashion Star’ Climbs In Week 2, Fox’s Comedy Block Slides

By | Wednesday March 21, 2012 @ 9:47am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fashion Star Jessica SimpsonWith CBS’ drama lineup returning to originals, Fox’s comedy block crumbled in its third week, with all four series hitting season/series lows. Raising Hope (1.6/5) was down 11% from last week, I Hate My Teenage Daughter (1.2/4) … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Work It’ Drops 20% In Week 2; ‘Unforgettable’ Down; ‘Body Of Proof’ & ‘Parenthood’ Up

By | Wednesday January 11, 2012 @ 9:31am PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s yet-unscheduled Cougar Town should start warming up. The network’s cross-dressing comedy Work It (1.6/4) took a 20% dive in its second airing, pretty much sealing the fate of the critically panned series. Its lead-in, Last Man Standing (2.2/6), was … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Last Man’, ‘Unforgettable’ Hit Lows; ‘Loser’ Has Lowest-Rated Finale

By | Wednesday December 14, 2011 @ 10:27am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Tuesday was a mostly steady night for returning series and a down one for freshmen. CBS’ NCIS (3.5/10 in 18-49, 19 million viewers) and NCIS: LA (3.0/8, 16.4 million) were flat with their most recent originals three weeks ago. … Read More »

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Jane Curtin Joins CBS Drama ‘Unforgettable’ As New Regular

By | Wednesday November 16, 2011 @ 3:31pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Jane Curtin is joining the cast of CBS’ freshman drama series Unforgettable as a new regular. The crime procedural stars Poppy Montgomery as former Syracuse, NY police detective Carrie Wells recruited by the NYPD’s Queens homicide unit who has  rare medical condition that allows her to visually remember everything. Curtin will play Jane Webster, an acerbic and demanding Inspector who was running the Medical Examiner’s office in Manhattan until being demoted to the Queens PD for mouthing off one too many times. Although she is a brilliant forensic pathologist with an encyclopedic knowledge of New York crime, she refuses to be pigeonholed as merely a crime fighter, and even teaches a course in Romantic Poetry at New School. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Loser’ & ‘Glee’ Drop, ‘Body Of Proof’ & ‘Raising Hope’ Inch Up

Nellie Andreeva

CBS (3.2/8 in adults 18-49, 15.4 million viewers) chalked up another Tuesday win in adults 18-49 and total viewers, paced by NCIS (4.0/11, 19.9 million), which was once again the top program of the night in both measures. The veteran procedural and its spinoff, NCIS: LA (3.3/8, 15 million), were both down a tenth in the demo from last week, while Unforgettable (2.4/6, 11.2 million) was flat.

The damage to hot Fox freshman comedy New Girl from its forced four-week hiatus after an initial three-week run appears to be long-term as the series last night posted a 3.5 18-49 rating for a third straight week — 20% lower than the show’s ratings just before the break, which was used for 2 baseball and 2 X Factor pre-emptions. This is a shame as last night’s episode, which introduced recurring guest star Justin Long, was particularly strong. At 8 PM, Glee (2.9/8) was down two tenths, or 6%, from last week, while Raising Hope (2.2/5) at 9:30 PM rose a tenth. All three series grew slightly in total viewers week-to-week, with Fox (2.9/8, 6.5 million) finishing second for the night in 18-49 and third in viewers. Read More »

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