Posts Tagged ‘nbc’

TV Review: ‘The Sound of Music Live!’

December 6, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It’s a long way back to Mary Martin as Peter Pan, but the notion of a live TV musical — with all the inherent risk that entails — still contains more than a little magic. So give NBC credit for tackling the challenge, in trump-the-DVR-age fashion, with “The Sound of Music Live!,” even if the... Read more

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NBC Renews The Blacklist

December 3, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

NBC is going all-in on The Blacklist . The network on Tuesday announced it has ordered a second 22-episode season of the hit drama, which airs Monday nights after The Voice. Through its first 10 episodes, The Blacklist remains the season’s highest-rated new series, averaging a 3.2 in the 18-49 demo. (ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the No. 2 freshman strip, averaging a 2.9 rating, while Fox’s Sleepy Hollow is hot on its heels with a 2.8.) A model of consistency, The Blacklist premiered Sept. 23 to 12.6 million viewers and a 3.8 in the dollar demo . Since then, the show has dipped below a 3.0 only once, drawing a 2.9 rating on Nov. 4. The Blacklist is also outstripping its predecessor by a healthy margin

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NBC’s ‘Blacklist’ Won’t Be Gone for Long, Sets Three Episodes for January

December 2, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It’s a vote of confidence in hot rookie “The Blacklist,” the James Spader drama will return to NBC with new episodes in January — even if “The Voice” won’t be there as a lead-in. Last season, NBC coddled Monday rookie drama “Revolution,” airing it only in weeks when it could follow “The Voice” and its... Read more

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CBS Soars With Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

November 27, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

There are three certainties to be gleaned from the classic Rankin/Bass holiday special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: 1) Bumbles bounce ,

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Seasonal Stumbles for Monday Night’s Hottest Series

November 5, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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NFL Flex Schedule a Godsend for NBC

November 4, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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Red Sox Drive Solid World Series Ratings

October 31, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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Lady Gaga to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’

October 31, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The rumors are true: Lady Gaga is set to host “Saturday Night Live,” and perform as the musical guest on the latenight program’s Nov. 16 broadcast. Episode will mark Gaga’s third appearance as a musical guest on the NBC show, and first time hosting. Her gig as “SNL’s” host will arrive just days after the... Read more

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NBC Rules the Broadcast Roost, But CBS Has the Most Hit Shows

October 30, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

With five weeks of ratings data on the books, NBC remains entrenched as the No. 1 broadcast network, while CBS can lay claim to the lion’s share of the top 20 shows. According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data for the period spanning Sept. 24-Oct. 27, NBC is lapping the field with an average prime-time rating of 2.8 in the 18-49 demo, up one-tenth of a point versus the year-ago period. Boosted by the World Series, runner-up Fox is flat with a 2.3 rating, while CBS is down two-tenths of a point with a 2.1. Last-place ABC is down a tenth to a 2.0 rating. As was the case a year ago, NBC’s dominance is being fueled by Sunday Night Football, The Voice and the drama that leads out of the latter on Monday nights. The prime-time NFL showcase is the most-watched, highest-rated program on TV, averaging 21.7 million total viewers and an 8.4 in the dollar demo. Season-to-date, Sunday Night Football is up 3 percent in overall deliveries and flat in the demo. (If not for a brutal Oct. 27 Packers-Vikings game that delivered just 16.9 million viewers in head-to-head competition with Game 5 of the World Series, the SNF ratings likely would be up slightly.) CBS’ The Big Bang Theory is the No.

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TV Network Time Slots Where Nothing Seems to Go Right

October 21, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

They’re scattered across the prime-time schedule like missing teeth in a jack-o’-lantern’s crooked grin—dead spots where nothing seems to prosper. Every network has at least one haunted time slot, one tumbledown chunk of real estate that defies development, and the longer they remain unsettled, the harder it is to draw viewers back. ABC is saddled with two of the most pernicious time slots on the broadcast schedule (Sunday nights at 10 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursdays), while unrelenting pressure from CBS and a string of high-profile failures have made a ghost town of NBC’s once mighty Thursday lineup. While both networks have enjoyed big wins on other nights—ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (3.4) and NBC’s The Blacklist (3.3) are the season’s two highest-rated freshman series—the trouble spots are only getting worse. Because Thursday is the most important night for advertisers (movie studios will pay any price to get fannies in the seats on opening weekends), the underdeliveries have had a destabilizing impact on NBC’s ad sales revenue. Leading off with the unvanquishable The Big Bang Theory, CBS’ two-hour comedy block commands more than twice the average unit cost booked by NBC in the same period ($207,006 versus $85,318). The same applies at 10 p.m., although in that instance, it’s ABC’s Beltway potboiler Scandal that outearns and outdelivers Parenthood by a 2.5-to-1 ratio. Season to date, NBC’s Thursday night roster is averaging a meager 1.3 in the dollar demo, down 13 percent versus the year-ago period. This is particularly disconcerting, given entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt’s big bet on the broad, family-oriented comedies Welcome to the Family, Sean Saves the World and The Michael J. Fox Show , the latter of which was locked in for a full 22-episode run before the pilot was even shot. While Parenthood has pulled its weight in the night’s final hour, the 10 p.m. slot has been a boneyard since ER closed up shop in 2009. Among the failed dramas that have inhabited the hour are Prime Suspect, which averaged a 1.2 rating; The Firm (0.9); and Do No Harm (0.8). By comparison, Parenthood’s 1.4 rating is electrifying. ABC’s own Thursday night woes include a dog’s breakfast of expensive flops: Charlie’s Angels, Missing, Last Resort, Zero Hour and the new fairy tale drama, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland . A spinoff of the surprise Sunday night hit, Wonderland on Oct. 17 drew a 1.2 in the demo.

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