NBC Cancels ANIMAL PRACTICE, Replaces the Wednesday Time Slot with WHITNEY Starting November 14, Gives COMMUNITY the Cold Shoulder

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NBC has put down freshman comedy series Animal Practice, which will continue to air in its 8 pm slot on Wednesday nights until November 7th.  Starting November 14th, NBC, in the network’s infinite wisdom, has decided to start airing new episodes of Whitney.  There is no word yet on when fan-favorite and critical darling Community will return from limbo for its fourth season.  From the way NBC has handled their comedic properties, one would assume that Crystal the Monkey was in charge.  Clearly that’s not the case as Crystal would never cancel her own shows.  Hit the jump to get this sorted out. 

Wednesday TV Ratings: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM Gets Off to Very Strong Start, NASHVILLE and CHICAGO FIRE Drop, ARROW Steady

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TV ratings numbers are in for Wednesday night’s programming.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • The second season premiere of FX’s horror anthology series American Horror Story: Asylum got off to an incredibly strong start, with a hefty 2.2 rating in the demo and 3.85 million total viewers, making it the most watched and highest rated episode of the series thus far.
  • After a solid yet slightly soft debut, ABC’s much buzzed-about new drama series Nashville saw a pretty steep drop in viewers for episode 2.  The ep drew a 2.0 rating and 6.8 million viewers, down a hefty 28% from last week’s 2.8 rating.
  • NBC’s new drama Chicago Fire was also down, though the drop was a bit more dramatic given the show’s low premiere numbers.  The second episode drew a 1.5 rating an 5.9 million viewers, down 21% from the premiere’s 1.9 rating.
  • The CW’s new superhero series Arrow saw a solid hold from last week’s stellar premiere numbers, as this week’s episode hit a 1.3 rating and 3.5 million viewers.  That’s even with last week’s premiere.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Wednesday, October 17th, including Modern Family, Supernatural, CSI, The Middle, Suburgatory, and more.

Wednesday TV Ratings: ARROW and NASHVILLE Premiere Strong, CHICAGO FIRE Not So Much

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A couple of high profile new shows made their television premieres on Wednesday night.  Here’s a brief rundown of the highlights:

  • The CW’s new superhero series Arrow premiered strong (for The CW, that is) with a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demo and 4 million viewers.  That’s a very solid debut for the network, so it’ll be interesting to see how much of that audience holds next week.
  • ABC’s high-profile debut Nashville got off to a solid yet slightly disappointing start.  Given the pilot’s rave reviews and overall buzzworthiness expectations may have been a tad too high, but the episode scored a 2.8 rating in the demo and 9 million viewers.
  • Not breaking any records was the series premiere of NBC’s new drama series Chicago Fire.  The episode netted a 1.9 demo rating and 6.4 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Wednesday, October 10th, including Modern Family, Supernatural, CSI, Criminal Minds, The Middle, The Neighbors, and more.


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The Presidential Debate preempted some of the network programming last night, but it was mostly good news for the shows that did air.  Here are a few highlights from Wednesday’s numbers:

  • The CW’s Supernatural kicked off its eighth season with a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 1.8 million viewers, even with the season seven premiere and up from last season’s finale rating of 0.7.
  • ABC’s The Middle was down double digits from last week, scoring a 2.2 rating in the demo and 7.93 million viewers.  That’s a 24% drop from last week’s 2.9 rating.
  • NBC’s new comedies Animal Practice and Guys with Kids were both up with a 1.5 rating and 1.8, respectively.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Wednesday, October 3rd, including numbers for the debate.

TV Ratings: ELEMENTARY Starts Strong, BIG BANG THEORY Hits Season Premiere High, HAWAII FIVE-0 Way Down

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The Fall 2012 TV season began in earnest this week, with most shows having their series/season premieres.  Here’s a brief glance at the highlights:

  • CBS’ Sherlock Holmes update Elementary debuted strong with a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demo for 13.41 million viewers.
  • Also at CBS, The Big Bang Theory scored its highest rated season premiere ever with a 5.0 rating and a solid 15.66 million viewers.
  • Things weren’t all rosy at The Eye, however, as Hawaii Five-0 was way down with a 1.8 rating.  That’s a significant drop from last year’s season premiere rating of 3.4 in the coveted 18-49 demo.
  • NBC’s J.J. Abrams-produced drama Revolution saw an unsurprising drop in viewers from last week’s season premiere, though the 3.4 rating with 9.21 million viewers shows a healthy hold from last week’s 4.1 rating.
  • Unfortunately, ABC’s excellent pilot for Last Resort debuted to a slightly disappointing 2.2 rating with 9.31 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the TV ratings for the week of September 23 – 29, including New GirlParks and RecreationGrimmFringeSouth ParkSons of Anarchy, Castle, and much more.

Watch Full Trailers for New NBC Comedy Series Including Ryan Murphy’s THE NEW NORMAL and GO ON, Starring Matthew Perry

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NBC unveiled their upcoming Fall 2012 schedule yesterday, and we included clips from all the new NBC series in that post.  Hoping to steal a little of Fox’s thunder from their upfront presentation today, NBC has now posted full trailers for each of their new shows.  We just shared the trailers for their new dramas, Revolution and Chicago Fire, and now we’ve got the trailers for NBC’s new comedy offerings.  The most high profile new comedy is probably Glee creator Ryan Murphy’s half-hour series The New Normal.  The film stars Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon) and Justin Bartha as a same-sex couple who are having a baby via surrogate (Georgia King).  I can’t say I found the trailer funny, but it does maintain Murphy’s signature dialogue for better or worse.  I’ll watch the pilot, but I don’t exactly have high hopes after watching the trailer.

However, I was really impressed by the trailer for Go OnMatthew Perry stars as a sportscaster trying to move on from a loss with the help of his fellow group therapy members.  Perry’s comedic timing is spot-on with a nice dramatic touch, and the ensemble cast looks to be surprisingly impressive.  Hit the jump to watch the trailers for all of NBC’s new comedies.

NBC’s Fall 2012 Schedule: COMMUNITY Moved to Friday; Watch Clips from the New Shows Including Ryan Murphy’s THE NEW NORMAL

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The upfronts are upon us! Yes, it’s that time of year again. All the networks will be unveiling their fall 2012 schedules throughout this week, announcing time slot shifts for seasoned shows and debuts for the pilots that made the cut to full-series.  Today NBC announced their line-up with a pretty disparaging shake-up to the old schedule: Community has been moved from its prime Thursday night slot to Friday (aka where your favorite shows go to die).  The fan-favorite series wasn’t guaranteed a fourth season pick-up, but the TV gods were merciful as the show was recently given a renewal for a 13-episode fourth season.  However, the Friday slot isn’t exactly great news.  The show’s young and vocal fanbase has kept the series alive, but I wonder how many will actually choose to stay in on Friday nights to watch the show live.

There is hope, as previous ratings-challenged yet critically loved series like Friday Night Lights and Fringe managed to squeak by on Friday.  That said, with a short episode order and the new Friday timeslot I’m getting the feeling that NBC doesn’t have much faith in the show’s future post-season four.  I guess we should be thankful that it’s even coming back at all.  Nevertheless, the network has a slew of new series (some promising) that they hope will catch on.  After the jump you’ll find descriptions and clips of all of NBC’s new series, so take a look at plot out your new fall 2012 TV schedule accordingly.

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