The broadcast networks will announce their 2013-14 schedule during Upfront Week, starting Monday, so you will know the official fate of all your favorite shows soon enough. The networks have already started handing out cancellations, though, according to Deadline.
- ABC cancelled Happy Endings after three seasons. Rumor has it USA may pick up the sitcom to pair with Modern Family reruns starting in the fall.
- ABC also cancelled three-season veteran Body of Proof and freshman series Malibu Country, How to Live with Your Parents, and Red Widow.
- NBC cancelled Ryan Murphy‘s new comedy, The New Normal.
- Smash was a respectable hit for NBC in its debut 2012 season before taking a dive in season two. After moving the show to Dead Air Saturdays in April, NBC is finally putting Smash out of its misery.
- Beverly Hills Cop was a high-profile pilot, given the brand recognition and involvement of Eddie Murphy and showrunner Shawn Ryan (The Shield). CBS surprisingly passed, but Sony Television is expected to shop the pilot around to other networks.
Tuesday evening’s TV ratings are in. Here’s a brief look at the highlights:
- Last night’s New Girl episode that everyone seems to be talking about scored a 2.5 rating and 4.66 million viewers, for a rise of three tenths over last week’s 2.2 rating.
- Over at NBC, Go On hit a season low with a 1.2 rating and 3.86 million viewers. That’s down from last week’s 1.3 rating, which was also a season low.
- Also down was The New Normal, which netted a season-low 1.1 rating and 3.12 million viewers for a drop of one tenth from last week’s season low 1.2 rating.
Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, January 29th, including Raising Hope, Happy Endings, NCIS: Los Angeles, and more.
As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for ABC, President of ABC Entertainment Paul Lee took some time to talk about the network’s current and upcoming line-up. During this interview, he spoke about the network’s philosophy that TV should be made for bigger screens and how some of their new dramas (i.e. Red Widow and Zero Hour) fit that bill, what could happen with both Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23, why he feels 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort didn’t perform as well as expected, how they approach the handling of violence on the network, how they might position the Marvel series S.H.I.E.L.D. from Joss Whedon to attract both male and female viewers, if that moves ahead from the pilot stage (how could it not, right?!), and that they were able to give Shawn Ryan the opportunity to wrap up the story for Last Resort, once they made the decision to cancel the freshman thriller. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Tuesday evening’s TV ratings are in. Here’s a brief look at the highlights:
- Fresh off series low numbers on Sunday, Happy Endings rebounded a bit to score a 1.4 rating and 3.75 million viewers. That’s up 8% from the previous Tuesday episode’s 1.3 rating, and up 40% from Sunday’s episode.
- NBC’s comedies, on the other hand, took a dive, as Go On hit a series low 1.5 rating and 4.25 million viewers for a 38% drop from its last new episode.
- Also hitting a series low was The New Normal, which scored a 1.3 rating and 3.26 million viewers for a 24% drop.
Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, January 8th, including New Girl, The Mindy Project, Parenthood, Vegas, NCIS, and more.
The holiday hiatus is officially over, and it’s back to our regularly scheduled programming. Here’s a brief look at the highlights of Sunday’s TV ratings:
- Season three of Downton Abbey had its stateside premiere last night on PBS, earning a whopping 7.9 million viewers. The two-hour premiere was up a ridiculous 96% over its season two premiere, which garnered 4.2 million viewers.
- News wasn’t as great for ABC’s displaced comedies Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23. The network is now airing (burning off?) both shows twice a week, and the comedies hit series lows in their Sunday debut. Happy Endings scored a 1.0 rating and 2.57 million viewers, while Don’t Trust the B garnered a 0.9 rating and 2.23 million viewers.
Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Sunday, January 6th, including Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, and more.
The last twelve months have been great for TV, with some decidedly memorable moments. We’re still firmly entrenched in this Second Golden Age of Television … if you discount 90% of what’s out there (looking at you, reality television!). There were some great hits, some surprising flops and a few heartening comebacks. After the jump you’ll find some of my picks for the best, worst, most confusing and also the most underrated of the year (spoiler-free!). It’s not meant to be exhaustive or definitive, but contains a few memories and considerations from 2012. And though I do watch an ungodly amount of TV, there’s plenty I’m not caught up on, so let me know what I’ve missed. Hit the jump to check it out.
Tuesday’s TV ratings are in. Here’s a brief look at the highlights:
- The winter finale of NBC’s excellent drama Parenthood matched its season high with a 2.0 rating and 5.7 million viewers, rising 11% over last week’s 1.8 rating.
- CBS’ NCIS took a steep drop, garnering a 2.8 rating and 17.5 million viewers. That’s down 22% from its last new episode’s 3.6 rating in the 18-49 demo.
- Over on Fox, Raising Hope ticked up 21% over last week’s 1.4 rating, hitting a 1.7 rating and 4 million viewers total.
Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, December 11th, including New Girl, Vegas, Happy Endings, Hart of Dixie, and more.
Tuesday night’s TV ratings are in. Here’s a brief look at the highlights:
- Shocker: the CBS broadcast of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was the highest rated program of the night with a 3.5 rating in the 18-49 demo and 9.3 million viewers. Nevertheless, that’s down 24% from its ratings performance last year.
- The swell ABC comedy Happy Endings finally saw an uptick as last night’s episode hit a 1.3 rating and 3.5 million viewers. That’s up two tenths from its last new episode’s 1.1 rating.
- Another struggling series was also up, as Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23 garnered a 1.2 rating and 3 million viewers, rising over its last new episode’s 0.9 rating.
Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, December 4th, including New Girl, Parenthood, The Mindy Project, Go On, The New Normal, and more.
Tuesday night’s comedy logjam continues to wreak havoc on all parties involved as last night’s ratings are in. Here’s a brief look at the highlights:
- ABC’s Happy Endings hit a series low 1.2 rating and 4.87 million viewers, down from last week’s 1.3 rating.
- The Fox comedy New Girl also hit a series low with a 2.0 rating and 4.09 million viewers, dropping two tenths from last week’s 2.2 rating.
- Additionally, NBC’s new comedy The New Normal garnered a series low with a 1.6 rating and 4.35 million viewers.
- One of the only gainers of the night was the CBS drama Vegas, which notched a 1.8 rating and 10.2 million viewers. That’s up two tenths from last week’s 1.6 rating.
Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, November 20th, including Go On, NCIS, The Mindy Project, Parenthood, and more.
The ratings for Tuesday’s comedy-packed programming are in. Here’s a brief look at the highlights:
- Fox’s new comedy The Mindy Project was up this week after taking a bit of a dive recently, scoring a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and 3.23 million viewers for a rise of 13% from its last original episode’s 1.5 rating.
- Things weren’t as bright for fellow new Fox comedy Ben and Kate, as this week’s ep garnered a 1.1 rating and 2.48 million viewers. That’s down 21% from its last episode’s 1.4 rating.
- Mildly good news for Happy Endings fans, as this week’s episode was even with last week’s very low numbers with a 1.4 rating and 4.75 million viewers. At least it didn’t drop further, eh?
Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, November 13th, including Parenthood, New Girl, Vegas, The New Normal, Go On, and more.
After most of Monday’s programming was postponed due to the hurricane, many shows aired Tuesday night. It’s important to note, though, that many people on the east coast are still without power, so these numbers are likely soft. Here’s a look at the highlights:
- After disappointing numbers for its delayed season premiere, the really fun second episode of Happy Endings was down double digits. This week’s episode scored a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and 4.72 million viewers, down 22% from last week’s 1.8 rating.
- Also down was the Halloween episode of The Mindy Project, which scored a 1.5 rating and 3.2 million viewers. That’s a steep drop of 21% from the last new episode’s 1.9 rating.
- This week’s episode of The CW drama Hart of Dixie was up 20%, scoring a 0.6 rating against last week’s 0.5.
Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, October 30th, including New Girl, Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23, Ben and Kate, NCIS, Vegas and more.
The ratings for Tuesday evening’s comedy-packed programming are in. Here’s a brief look at the highlights:
- ABC’s ensemble comedy Happy Endings finally returned last night, and though the season premiere’s 1.9 rating and 5.9 million total viewers topped last year’s finale (1.7 rating), the numbers were way down from last season’s premiere which scored a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demo.
- The third season of NBC’s highly underrated drama Parenthood continues its impressive rise, as last night’s episode earned a 1.9 rating and 4.8 million viewers. Though that’s down from last week’s 2.0 rating, last night’s emotional episode beat both Vegas and Private Practice in the timeslot.
- Fox’s new comedy Ben and Kate—which has been struggling a bit in the ratings race—saw a nice uptick last night as it earned a 1.4 rating and 3.05 million viewers for a rise of two tenths.
Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, October 23rd, including New Girl, Don’t Trust the B—in Apt 23, Hart of Dixie, The New Normal, Go On, and more.
ABC has finally put the finishing touches on their Fall 2012 lineup and announced premiere dates for new and returning series. It seems like just yesterday we were saying our goodbyes to the network shows for the summer, with the intensity of Breaking Bad and the silliness of True Blood keeping us company until the fall season, but it’s about time to start looking to the Fall 2012 TV lineup.
Fan favorites like Modern Family, Revenge, and Once Upon a Time will premiere in the normal late-September slot, but we’ll have to wait until October for the return of Happy Endings and Suburgatory. For my money, the most promising new show on ABC’s schedule is the Connie Britton-fronted drama Nashville, which premieres on October 10th. Body of Proof, Wife Swap, and new shows Red Widow and Zero Hour are being held until midseason. Hit the jump to take a look at the full list of premiere dates.
Before the 2012 Emmy Nominations are officially announced (July 19th), I wanted to jump in and highlight some of what I believe to be some of the best underrated performances on television this year. Putting aside some of the perennial winners, the following discussion for each of the major categories is likely to mention plenty of names who won’t get Emmy mentions this year, but certainly should (and others who may get a nod, but likely won’t win). Hit the jump for the (spoiler-free!) list that is not meant to be exhaustive (after all, I do watch an unhealthy amount of TV but I’m not caught up on everything), but hopefully brings at least a few of those dark horses to light with the recognition they deserve.
It’s easy to forget, with the bevy of fantastic series that have become critical, popular, zeitgeist-inducing hits in the last few years on cable, that network TV still has plenty to offer in the way of decent programming. Some of the risks may not be as big, some of the scheduling may be a permanent frustration (see: The Good Wife), and some of the best series may get canceled too quickly while some pretty awful trash sticks around (is that our own faults? A discussion for another day) — but in the end, there’s quality. Hit the jump for a list of new series and a few overlooked returning shows worth highlighting among the recently-released network schedules.