Whereas NBC is desperately scrambling for viewers (after falling behind Univision in some recent rankings), CBS, the most dominant of the Big Four networks continues to show its programming stability by renewing almost all of its series, including:
- Freshman Sherlock procedural drama Elementary, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu
- The excellent series The Good Wife, which has been on the bubble for years (however, with a new syndication deal CBS surely sees more dollar signs and viewers by keeping it on the air)
- Comedies Mike & Molly and 2 Broke Girls
- The many procedurals: NCIS: LA, Person of Interest, The Mentalist, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods.
Two series that haven’t made the cut yet though are Criminal Minds (because of cast negotiations) and the Dennis Quaid vehicle Vegas, which hasn’t ever seemed to find its audience. For more on these shows (and the ones these nine series join in the ranks of already renewed), hit the jump.
The ratings for Friday evening’s programming are in. Here’s a brief look at the highlights:
- The season premiere of Nikita premiered quite low, as the episode netted a 0.3 rating and 950,000 viewers.
- Though the show has been on an uptick as of late, this week’s episode of Grimm was down a tad with a 1.4 rating and 4.9 million viewers. That’s a 13% drop from last week’s 1.6.
Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Friday, October 19th.
Friday’s TV ratings numbers are in. Here’s a brief look at the highlights:
- The final season of Fringe keeps on truckin’, and this week’s episode was even with last week, garnering a 1.0 rating and 2.7 million viewers.
- NBC’s Friday favorite Grimm dipped a bit, landing a 1.5 rating and 4.9 million viewers. That’s down from last week’s 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demo.
- Expectedly, CBS’ Blue Bloods was the most-watched program of the night with 10.5 million viewers and a 1.4 rating.
Hit the jump for the full ratings report from Friday, October 12th.
Friday’s TV ratings numbers are in. Here’s a brief look at some of the highlights:
- NBC’s Grimm was even with last week, earning a 1.6 rating and 5.19 million viewers.
- The second episode of Fringe’s final season was down from its season premiere with a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and 3.03 million viewers
- CBS’ Friday juggernaut Blue Bloods was down from last week, scoring a 1.2 rating in the demo and 9.59 million viewers.
Hit the jump for details on all the scripted programming from Friday, October 5th including CSI: NY, Made in Jersey, and more.
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 Girl, Parks and Recreation, Grimm, Fringe, South Park, Sons of Anarchy, Castle, and much more.
The upfronts are nearing an end, and we’ve already seen the new schedules from NBC, Fox, and ABC. Now it’s CBS’s turn. The readers of this site may not exactly be CBS’s target demo—though I’m still watching and enjoying How I Met Your Mother—but The Eye is hoping to change that with a few promising new series slated for this fall. Shifts for returning series include moving the Ashton Kutcher-enhanced Two and a Half Men to Thursdays, while The Mentalist (which is probably your parents’ favorite show) will now air on Sunday. Also, the young-skewing comedy 2 Broke Girls has been pushed back to the prime 9pm slot on Mondays after doing well at 8:30. Moreover, I’m now aware that a show unironically called Crimetime Saturday exists.
As far as new series go, I’m really only keeping my eye on Elementary at this point. I didn’t really find the need for a new Sherlock Holmes series given that we already have the beyond excellent Sherlock (and, to a lesser extent, House), but I’m willing to check out this new drama (starring Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as Watson) to see what they’ve come up with. Hit the jump to check out CBS’s schedule.
Finishing off the midseason schedule updates for network television, today CBS revealed premiere dates for their three new series along with some schedule changes. In addition to the premiere of the half-hour comedy Mad Love, the crime drama spin-ff Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and the comedic drama Chaos, running series like Blue Bloods and Defenders will see a shift in their timeslots. For details on all the new series from CBS and a detailed schedule for the network’s midseason changes, hit the jump.
It’s that time where networks start deciding which new shows will be sticking around for an entire season (NBC has already kicked things off), and which will end up in the dumpster on the backlot. CBS is apparently feeling very generous this year as the network has just announced (via press release) that they have ordered full seasons for every single one of their new series this season. The police drama remake Hawaii Five-0, the half-hour, Twitter-inspired comedy $#*! My Dad Says, the plus-sized sitcom Mike & Molly, the Tom Selleck led drama Blue Bloods, and Jerry O’Connell and Jim Belushi’s turn as Las Vegas lawyers in The Defenders will be sticking around for the entire season run.
Since none of these shows really tickled my fancy, this move from CBS kind of makes it seem like Santa is giving everyone presents, but all he has is candy corn. I don’t like candy corn. Anyone out there happy to have any of these shows sticking around?
The new CBS drama Blue Bloods follows a multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement. As the Police Commissioner, Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) runs his department as diplomatically as he runs his family, which consists of a seasoned detective son (Donnie Wahlberg), an Assistant D.A. daughter (Bridget Moynahan) and the youngest (Will Estes), who has decided to give up a lucrative future in law to become a cop.
During a recent interview, show star Tom Selleck talked about taking on another weekly series, working with such a strong ensemble, and the impact that Magnum P.I. had on his life and career. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
The time is finally upon us for the 2010 fall TV season to kick off next week with the return of all your favorite series and the premiere of some brand new ones for you to sink your teeth into (or forget about completely). We’ve been posting reviews here and there for several of the new shows, but right now we’re just going to give you the line-up of most of the new series hitting the different networks complete with plot description and premiere time. You can find the line-up after the jump (organized chronologically by premiere date), but stay tuned for more pilot reviews as the fall season starts next week as well as episode recaps for several prominent series both new and old.
With the release of CBS’s 2010-11 schedule comes a whole bunch of preview clips to promote the network’s new shows. Here we have short promos for freshman shows $#*! My Dad Says, Mike & Molly, Hawaii Five-0, The Defenders, and Blue Bloods. You can see that CBS is working in their wheelhouse here (three-camera sitcoms and procedural dramas), resulting in a slate with a good chance of success in the fall. Check out the clips for yourself, as well as full synopses for each show, after the jump.
CBS officially released their fall schedule today, and they certainly didn’t play it safe. New sitcom Mike & Molly earns a prime berth in the dominant Monday comedy block, with Hawaii Five-0 taking over for CSI: Miami at 10:00. Tuesdays continue with the NCIS franchise and The Good Wife. Perennial Thursday victor Survivor is headed for Wednesdays, followed by Criminal Minds and new legal drama The Defenders. CBS throws down the gauntlet to NBC’s comedies on Thursday, counterprogramming with #1 sitcom The Big Bang Theory and high-profile new laffer S#*! My Dad Says. On Fridays, Medium moves to 8:00, followed by CSI: NY in a new timeslot and new hourlong Blue Bloods at 10:00. Saturdays are the same crime extravaganza as always. Sundays 7:00-10:00 maintain a three hour block of unscripted television, while a displaced CSI: Miami closes out the night. Check out the full schedule after the jump.
CBS and sister network The CW have refrained from the early pilot pickups that ABC, NBC, and Fox so readily engaged in over the last couple weeks. No longer for CBS, who have now ordered six new series in advance of their May 19 upfront. The network ordered two new comedies: Mike & Molly from Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory) and $#*! My Dad Says (or whatever they end up calling it), which stars William Shatner as a cantankerous father that says $#*!. From the drama department, the Hawaii Five-0 remake, the Criminal Minds spinoff, and the legal drama Defenders will all appear on the 2010-11 scheule, while dark horse contender Blue Bloods starring Tom Selleck gained traction in the eleventh hour for a surprise order. Check out the details on all the series after the jump.