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.
Here’s another quick dose of reality TV news coming to those who don’t just want stories on their flickering box. Today CBS announced that it has again renewed their long-running reality competition series Survivor, essentially the one that started it all, for a 25th and 26th season on the network. Jeff Probst will return as host and executive producer yet again, but it’s not clear where the new seasons will head. However, the current season in the South Pacific is doing well as the #2 reality series on television, so that’s not bad. Anyway, if you need all the facts about Survivor’s ratings and the standard publicity fluff, you can check out the full press release after the jump.
RIPT’s shirt of the day is probably a must-buy for fans of The Hunger Games. It’s a clever play on the Survivor logo and I’m sure it’s made from the finest fabric the Capitol has to offer. I’m not a big enough fan to buy it but I know plenty of devoted Hunger Games fans (do you guys have a nickname? Tributes? Mockingjays? The Hungry?) read the site so I thought I would bring this to your attention.
Also, side note: looking at other movie websites, I’ve noticed that a lot of folks think The Hunger Games is another Twilight-like series. That was my initial concern as well, but I promise that Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence in the movie) is the anti-Bella Swan. In the first book she’s a stone-cold badass and it’s not until the following novels that she becomes mopey and kind of unbearable. Anyway, hit the jump to check out the shirt. Gary Ross’ adaptation of The Hunger Games hits on March 23, 2012.
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.
While many might scoff at paying $3 million dollars for a 30 second commercial during the Super Bowl, if you advertised during Super Bowl XLIV last night, you made a good choice. That’s because Super Bowl XLIV set a new all-time ratings high with 106.5 million viewers, and it was the first sports program to ever crack 100 million viewers in the United States. This year’s Super Bowl even took down the 27-year-old ratings record held by the final episode of M*A*S*H. While there are more people watching TV now, it’s still an incredible milestone.
“It is not surprising that the Super Bowl broke viewing records,” said Bill Carroll, vp director of programming at Katz TV Group. “When you have a once-a-year event, particularly suited to HD, with little to no competition on broadcast or cable, while in this economy mostly watched from home, with a blizzard on the East Coast, it would be more surprising if the game did not set a record.” (via THR)
The premiere of Undercover Boss, CBS’ latest reality show, also drew huge ratings with 38.6 million viewers. That’s the biggest post Super Bowl audience since the second season premiere of Survivor back in 2001.
While some might say Survivor is past its prime, I thought this past season was one of the best yet. That’s because the show had one of the best “villains” to ever play the game, Russell Hantz, and while he was screwed out of winning by a bitter jury, it’s been revealed he’ll get another chance to win as he’s been cast on Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains!
Of course he’s not the only returning fan favorite, so hit the jump to see the list. Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains premieres Thu., Feb. 11, at 8PM.
Last night, a kind of amazing thing happened. For the first time in five years, reality TV sensation “Survivor” was not the highest rated show among 18- to 49-year-olds at 8pm. That honor went to the series premiere of David Goyer’s new sci-fi/drama, “FlashForward.” The show rocked the hour with 12.4 million viewers overall, and specifically high ratings in key target demographics. A brief review of the episode and why it’s earned its spot after the jump.