Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY Falls to New Series Low; THE BIG BANG THEORY Dips to Season Low

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • Last night’s episode of Community, quite possibly one of the strangest yet (and that’s saying something), fell a tenth from last week’s numbers to a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.62 million viewers.  That marks a new series low for the NBC sitcom.
  • On the flipside, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory hit a “low” with a 4.6 rating and 15.99 million viewers, which is a dip of three tenths from last week’s 4.9 rating.  That’s a season low for the ratings juggernaut, though it still stood head and shoulders above everything else on Thursday night.

Hit the jump for the rest of the TV ratings report for Thursday, April 10th, including Parks and Recreation, The Millers, Scandal, Parenthood, Reign, and more.

NBC Renews PARKS AND RECREATION, GRIMM, CHICAGO FIRE, and CHICAGO P.D.

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After an early renewal for The Blacklist in December, NBC has officially renewed four more scripted series.

  • NBC executive Robert Greenblatt all but promised Parks and Recreation would get a seventh season back in January.  But there was no official announcement until tonight’s press release matter-of-factly mentioned Parks as “previously picked up.”
  • Grimm is a reliable performer as the top scripted broadcast series on Friday nights, so NBC will bring it back for a fourth season.
  • The network renewed Chicago Fire for a third season and spinoff Chicago P.D. for a second season.

Read the press release after the break.

Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY Holds Steady at Series Low, PARKS AND RECREATION Drops, and SCANDAL Dips

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TV ratings for Thursday, March 13th are in, though the preliminary numbers for CBS and the CW may be inaccurate due to preemptions and delays.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • NBC’s Community was even with last week’s series low 1.0 rating and scored 2.89 million viewers, while Parks and Recreation didn’t fare much better by dropping two tenths to a 1.1 rating and 2.73 million viewers. Parenthood, meanwhile, was even with last week’s 1.2 rating and garnered 3.87 million viewers.  For some perspective on the shifting low-rated sitcom landscape, I highly suggest reading Vulture’s recent piece on the matter.
  • Over on ABC, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland was down a tenth from last week to a 0.8 rating and 3.12 million viewers, Grey’s Anatomy dropped three tenths to a series low-tying 2.3 rating and 7.13 million viewers, and Scandal dropped one tenth to a season low 2.7 rating and 8.09 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the rest of the ratings report, including The Big Bang Theory, The Crazy Ones, and Reign

Thursday TV Ratings: PARKS AND RECREATION and THE BIG BANG THEORY Rise; PARENTHOOD Ticks Up

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • NBC’s Parks and Recreation scored a rise of 9% with a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demo and garnered 2.89 million viewers.  That’s about on par with its recent episodes.
  • The CBS juggernaut The Big Bang Theory was up 4% from last week’s episode with a 5.2 rating and 17.91 million viewers, easily eclipsing everything else on TV Thursday.
  • Closing out NBC’s night was Parenthood with a 1.2 rating and 3.8 million viewers, which is a rise of 9% from last week’s series low.

Hit the jump for the rest of the ratings for Thursday, March 6th, including Community, The Vampire Diaries, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Grey’s Anatomy, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY Dips to Season Low; SCANDAL and GREY’S ANATOMY Rise

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • Community returned from hiatus with a decidedly melancholy episode that notched a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.62 million viewers, which is down one tenth from its last original episode’s rating.
  • Over on ABC, Scandal returned up to a 3.3 rating and 9.27 million viewers, marking a rise of one tenth and the show’s best ratings since its season premiere.
  • Also up on ABC was Grey’s Anatomy, which returned from hiatus with a 3.0 rating and 9.31 million viewers for a rise of three tenths from its last original episode.

Hit the jump for the rest of the ratings for Thursday, February 27th, including Parks and Recreation, The Vampire Diaries, Parenthood, The Big Bang Theory, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY and PARKS AND RECREATION Even; RAKE Slips

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Both of NBC’s Thursday night comedies were flat with their previous episodes, as a guest-star filled Community notched a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 3 million viewers, and the emotional Rob Lowe/Rashida Jones farewell episode of Parks and Recreation hit a 1.2 rating and garnered 2.6 million viewers.
  • The second episode of Fox’s new Greg Kinnear-fronted series Rake dipped four tenths from its debut 1.7 rating to a 1.3 rating and 5.3 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the rest of the ratings report for Thursday, January 30th, including The Big Bang Theory, The Vampire Diaries, Reign, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: RAKE Off to Soft Start; COMMUNITY and PARKS AND RECREATION Flat

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • The Sam Raimi-directed pilot for Fox’s new drama series Rake got off to a so-so start with a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and 7.06 million viewers.
  • Over on NBC, Community was even with last week’s 1.1 rating and scored 3.05 million viewers, Parks and Recreation matched last week’s 1.2 rating and scored 2.96 million viewers, The Michael J Fox Show rose 7% to a 0.7 rating and 2.24 million viewers, Sean Saves the World dropped 13% to a series low 0.7 rating and 2.60 million viewers, and Parenthood garnered a 1.3 rating and 4.25 million viewers for a rise of 8%.
  • The CW’s The Vampire Diaries scored a 1.2 rating and 2.68 million viewers, rising 9% from its most recent episode’s 1.1 rating, and Reign rose 17% to a 0.6 rating and scored 1.77 million viewers.

Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan Talk LIFE AFTER BETH, Putting a New Spin on the Zombie Genre, the Crazy Cast, and More at Sundance 2014

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Writer/director Jeff Baena’s feature directorial debut Life After Beth puts a different spin on the zombie genre by revolving around a guy (Dane DeHaan) who must reexamine his relationship with his girlfriend (Aubrey Plaza) when she unexpectedly comes back from the dead.  The film just had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and it’s a sharply funny spin on the traditional “zombie movie” that blends the genre with a dramatic look at relationships in general; it also features Plaza’s most impressive performance to date.  The supporting cast is made up of a bevy of fantastic comedic actors including John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Paul Reiser, Matthew Gray Gubler, Anna Kendrick, and a host of delightful cameos.

Recently at Sundance, I had the opportunity to sit down and discuss the film with its two leads, DeHaan and Plaza. During the course of our conversation, the two discussed the appeal of this non-traditional zombie conceit, working with the insanely talented cast, keeping the different stages of zombie deterioration straight while making the film, and more.  Additionally, Plaza talks about the “love fest” that is the Parks and Recreation cast and DeHaan considers the craziness to come with the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  Read the full interview after the jump.

NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt Talks PETER PAN, EMERALD CITY, THE SLAP, STATE OF AFFAIRS, PARKS AND RECREATION, GRIMM, and COMMUNITY

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for NBC, Chairman Robert Greenblatt took some time to talk about the network’s current and upcoming line-up, as well as some possibilities for the future.  During the interview, he talked about how Peter Pan will be their next live production, airing on December 4th, what people can expect from their Emerald City series with a 20-year-old Dorothy in the center of it, the mini-series The Slap, about a family that gets torn apart when a child is slapped by a family member at a barbecue, State of Affairs, starring and produced by Katherine Heigl, in which she plays a special CIA advisor to the president, their development relationship with Amy Poehler, and the possibility of another season of Grimm, Parks and Recreation, and Community.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY Rises; PARKS AND RECREATION and THE BIG BANG THEORY Surge

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • Last night’s excellent David Fincher-inspired episode of Community was up 8% over last week’s season premiere, hitting a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and scoring 3.57 million viewers.
  • Elsewhere on NBC, the 100th episode of Parks and Recreation saw a big rise of 40% over its last original episode’s 1.0 rating with a 1.4 rating in the demo and 3.37 million viewers.
  • Finally, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory absolutely crushed everything else on Thursday with a massive 5.6 rating and 20.08 million viewers.  That’s up 4% from last week’s 5.4 rating, and the overall viewership marks the show’s most-watched regularly scheduled episode ever.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, January 9th, including The Millers, The Crazy Ones, Parenthood, Elementary, and more.

Watch: PARKS AND RECREATION Cast Reflects on 100 Episodes in Retrospective Special

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Though NBC’s comedy series Parks and Recreation hasn’t ever been a ratings juggernaut, it has secretly (or not so secretly) been one of the most consistently funny and surprisingly emotional shows on network television.  Currently in its sixth season, the show is coming up on its 100th episode, and to mark the occasion NBC has released a web-only, 20-minute retrospective special featuring interviews with Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Rob Lowe, and the rest of the Parks and Rec gang.  The actors discuss their favorite moments and episodes from the series, and while there are many highlights here that Parks and Rec fans will enjoy, my personal favorite just might be the glorious Perd Hapley.

Hit the jump to watch the special.  Parks and Recreation airs on NBC Thursdays at 8:30pm ET.

2014 PaleyFest Lineup Includes LOST 10th Anniversary Reunion, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Farewell, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, VEEP, and More

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The Paley Center has announced the initial lineup for the 31st Annual Paley Television Festival, which honors the best in television with enlightening and entertaining panels for various TV shows.  The headliner this year seems to be a 10th anniversary reunion panel for Lost, which is sure to be a fascinating watch.  Also part of the lineup is a farewell panel for How I Met Your Mother, a reunion for the cast of Veronica Mars, and panels for current series Orange Is the New Black, Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, Veep, Masters of Sex, Community, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Hit the jump to check out the full lineup for PaleyFest 2014, which will be held in Los Angeles March 13-28th.  For ticketing information, click here.

Thursday TV Ratings: NBC Comedies Hit Series Lows; ELEMENTARY Rises

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • NBC’s comedy lineup sunk to lows across the board, with a double-dose of Parks and Recreation dropping to a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and 2.69 million viewers, Sean Saves the World hitting a 0.9 rating and 2.97 million viewers, and The Michael J Fox Show sinking to a 0.9 rating and 2.8 million viewers.
  • On the flipside, the CBS drama series Elementary rose two tenths from last week’s 1.6 rating to a 1.8 rating and 9.1 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, November 21st, including Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory, Parenthood, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: PARKS AND RECREATION Returns Down, BIG BANG THEORY Rises; ONCE and GREY’S Hit Series Lows

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • A double-dose of Parks and Recreation—which had been preempted by NBC in order to juice ratings for its new comedies—returned to a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demo and 3.37 million viewers, which is down 8% from its most recent episode’s 1.3 rating and ties the show’s series low.
  • Alternatively, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory crushed every other program of the night with a 5.1 rating and 17.98 million viewers, rising 4% over last week’s 4.9 rating.
  • ABC’s Once Upon a Time in Wonderland matched last week’s series low 0.9 rating and scored 3.71 million viewers, while Grey’s Anatomy also tied its series low with a 2.6 rating and 8.4 million viewers, down 4% from last week’s 2.7 rating.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Thursday, November 14th, including The Vampire Diaries, Scandal, Elementary, Parenthood, and more.

Kristen Bell Talks FROZEN, Being a Princess at Disneyland, the VERONICA MARS Movie, and LADY GAGA & THE MUPPETS HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR

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Over the past few years, Disney Animation has really impressed me.  I thought both Tangled and Wreck-it-Ralph were huge steps forward for the studio, but nothing could have prepared me for how much I loved Frozen.  Loaded with amazing songs (written and composed by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez), great characters (wait until you meet Olaf), and enough humor to keep both kids and parents interested, I’m planning on taking my entire family to see it over Thanksgiving weekend and think it’s going to a huge hit at the box office. If you’re not familiar with Frozen, the story centers on a young dreamer named Anna (Kristen Bell) who teams up with Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), an extreme mountain man, to find her sister Elsa, the Queen of Arendelle (Idina Menzel) who has accidentally trapped their kingdom in eternal winter.  For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverage.

At the recent New York City press day I landed a great interview with Bell.  She talked about when she first realized Frozen might be a great movie, changes during production, when she first realized she’d be a princess at Disneyland, the Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter campaign, being part of Lady Gaga & the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular, getting to do a few episodes of Parks and Recreation, and more.  Hit the jump to watch and make sure to see Frozen in 3D when it opens November 27th.

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