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Oct 05, 05 at 1:01pm ^re: The New Season: 2005 - 2006
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Well it's time to start a list of all the cancelled and renewed shows.
Not even 2 episodes in and FOX has already canned it due to poor ratings. Debuted with only 6 million viewers then plunged to just 3.1 million in week 2. It only beat Just Legal on the WB in its timeslot.
Sex, Lies, & Secrets
UPN has stopped production. Only got 1.4 million viewers this past week.
The WB has pulled it after just 3 episodes, it averaged 3.1 million viewers but only managed a .9 broadcast rating this last week, which averages out to only about 1/3 of that number. 7 episodes had been produced, so the last 4 may not even air at all.
While NBC insists it hasn't been cancelled yet, it's not in the lineup for at least the next 3 weeks, probably won't be back for the November sweeps, and production has been shut down. Its 2 airings averaged only 5.4 million viewers.
The Simple Life
Amen to this...FOX will not bring this show back, citing Paris and Nicole no longer being friends. FOX also said it didn't have a mid-season timeslot for the show despite picking up the options on the girl's contracts for a fourth season. 20th Century Fox Television hopes to get the show on to another network. I hope not. Paris wanted Rod Stewart's daughter, Kimberly to replace Nicole but FOX nixed it.
FX announced yesterday that it will not pick up a second season of this Iraq war drama. Blame lousy numbers - it started with a very impressive 4.1 million (by cable standards, that's a lot) viewers, but the season finale drew just 882,000. According to FX suits, the decision was based on the ratings, which, and I quote their President, John Landgraf, "We're reflective of what the show is about rather than its quality or entertainment value. While we are passionately committed to fostering great television, we are an advertiser-supported network and the size of our audience is vital to our bottom line". Note what I bolded...most candid statement by a TV network suit ever. And now you know.
FOX had originally ordered 22 episodes this season, but that order has now been scaled back to 13 episodes. Speculation is FOX will try and sell it to cable. Despite being a favorite show among critics and award shows, it has fared poorly in ratings, even when it had a Simpsons lead-in on Sundays. Its return this past Monday drew only 4 million viewers at 8PM.
FOX will not order additional episodes after the 13 scheduled to air, so this one is pretty much done.
ABC has canceled this new show after just 6 episodes, which aired Thursdays at 9PM. Expect a permanent replacement, aka meat for the CSI grinder, to be named in the next few weeks.
The Apprentice: Martha Stewart Edition
There are conflicting things being said, but it sounds like the bottom line is she's fired. Some say it's being cancelled, some say it was the plan all along, but as of yesterday the bottom line is there likely won't be a second season. Season 1 will run its course, however. It's averaged just under 7 million viewers; good for a magazine published by Martha whose paid circulation is about 1.9 million, but bad for primetime TV. It's hurt The Donald as well, his viewership is down from 15.5 million to about 10.5 million. He never was a big fan of Martha's anyway.
On the heels of pulling the November 29th airing, CBS announced production has stopped on this show. Normally airing Fridays at 9PM, it was moved to Tuesdays at 10PM in an attempt to boost ratings for this and Close To Home. It failed...at least for Threshold, giving CBS its worst showing in the Tuesday timeslot, so it's gone.
ABC has stopped production after 13 episodes. It will stay on through December, though.
FOX has stopped production after 13 episodes. No word on when it will stop airing, or if the central murder mystery storyline will finish or if it'll make us wish Robert Stack and Unsolved Mysteries were still around.
Before I receive hate mail, this is technically not a cancellation - ABC announced that the fifth season of this cult favorite will be the last, and when the May finale rolls around, a "proper sendoff" with "lots of buildup" for the finale has been promised. It's struggled in ratings this season on Thursdays at 8PM, only averaging 7 million without last season's Lost lead-in and stayed on for as long as it did thanks in large part to its small but very loyal fan-base.
Killed by FOX. In its final Friday 9PM airing, it got just 3 million viewers.
That '70s Show
FOX has announced that the shows 200th episode, airing May 18, 2006, will also be the series finale. The show consistently won its Wednesday timeslot and was top 10 in several key demographics.
Malcolm In The Middle
FOX has announced that the shows 150th episode, airing May 14, 2006, will also be the series finale. The show won numerous honors during its run, including 6 Emmy Awards.
The West Wing
NBC announced the series finale for this show will air May 14, 2006. The future of the show was in question due to the untimely death of star John Spencer back at the beginning of the season.
Will & Grace
NBC announced the series finale for this show will air May 18, 2006. It will be a 2-hour special with a retrospective then the 1-hour series finale. NBC moved it to Thursday nights for the current TV season.
The Charmed ones have officially cast their last spell. Multiple sources confirm that execs behind the new CW network have decided to pull the plug on the eight-year drama. The series finale will air May 21, 2006.
The six-season vet quietly wrapped its run last month. Co-star Anthony Clark however has already found a new gig as the host of NBC's revived Last Comic Standing.
NBC has given the newcomer comedy the boot just five days after its post-Olympics return. To date this season, it's averaged a lackluster 7.47 million viewers, making it the network's least-watched program on the night.
05/12/06 Update: NBC had decided to bring back the show starting May 25 at 8:30PM and will finish off its 6 remaining episodes.
What I Like About You
The latest episode was billed as the "Series Finale", a fact confirmed by the network this week. To date this season, the comedy veteran has averaged 2.23 million viewers, making it the WB's least-watched program.
03/28/06 Update: This past Friday's episode (March 24) was the official series finale. The network announced it won't return after the UPN/WB merger later this year.
NBC made it official, confirming it will pull the series from its schedule beginning Wednesday, April 26. Episodes however are still set to run tomorrow night (April 12) and next Wednesday (April 19). It originally opened to 8.75 million viewers on March 22, just short of lead-in Law & Order (9 million viewers). The network then opted to flip the shows last week (April 5), sending Heist to a series-low 6.2 million viewers while Law & Order climbed to 10.84 million.
Celebrity Cooking Showdown
NBC is calling off the show's final two installments - set to air April 20 and 21 - will instead be webcast on NBC.com. The news comes after yet another disastrous performance for the series. Last night's installment took a distant fifth place among adults 18-49 in the 8PM timeslot (a 1.6 rating) according to preliminary numbers, ahead of only One Tree Hill on the WB (a 1.2 rating).
04/22/06 Update: NBC had decided to also air the final two installments on April 22 starting at 8PM.
Commander In Chief
Although listed in the Renewed section as being back, ABC has pulled the remaining episodes for this season off the schedule effective 5/2/06. It is not known if this will affect the show's status for beyond this season.
05/04/06 Update: The 3 remaining episodes that were pulled will now air in June. A decision on if it returns in the fall should come in 2 weeks.
HBO announced that they're not picking up the options on cast members, so season 3 will be the last. The final season premieres June 11.
CBS Sunday Movie
CBS announced the franchise will not return for the 06-07 TV season, largely due to it targeting older women and losing viewership to "Desperate Housewives". This means none of the major broadcast networks now have a dedicated movie night slot.
Renewed/Full Season Orders:
My Name Is Earl
NBC picked up the "back nine" for a full 22-episode order of the series, #1 among 18-49 age group.
01/24/06 Update: NBC has now ordered a second season of the show, 22 episodes to air in 2006-07 season.
FOX has picked up the "back nine" for a full 22-episode order. The show has averaged 9 million viewers so far, more than double its lead-in, Kitchen Confidential.
03/29/06 Update: We expected this, since it's been such a hit with critics and fans, but FOX made the official announcement that Prison Break has been confirmed for a second season. So far on Mondays, it shows impressive gains compared to FOX's prior 05/06 season average in the time period, including +57% among adults 18-49 (4.4/12 vs. 2.8/7), +81% among adults 18-34 (4.9/14 vs. 2.7/8) and +42% in total viewers (10.2 vs. 7.2 million viewers).
The WB has ordered a full season of this new show, which is retaining almost all its Gilmore Girls lead-in and doing well among the 12-34 age group the WB targets. It's the first "Die, women, die!" series this year to get a full season order (that quote comes from today's Washington Post).
The War At Home
FOX has picked up the "back nine" for a full 22-episode season. The show is averaging 8.4 million viewers on Sundays, holding on to much of its Simpsons lead-in audience.
05/14/06 Update: FOX has confirmed the freshman comedy will return next season.
NBC has ordered an unspecified number of additional episodes of this new drama. It averaged about 10 million viewers last week and NBC's Entertainment Chief noted it's catching on with more viewers each week. Pun intended, I think.
Commander In Chief
ABC has picked up this new drama for the rest of the season. The show is averaging 16.4 million viewers, making it the most watched new show this season. Steven Bochco is now running the show, by the way...
ABC also has ordered a full season of this new show. It is averaging 12.6 million viewers Wednesdays at 10PM; although it's losing almost 45% of its Lost lead-in, it's still ABC's best performing show in that hour this millennium and is beating CSI: NY and Law & Order among those prized younger viewers.
FOX announced that the current season of 22 episodes will be extended to 24.
03/10/06 Update: It has been picked up for a third season. In its sophomore run, the series has averaged 14.1 million total viewers and as of late has retained more than 70% of the Tuesday-night Idol's audience.
NBC has ordered 3 more episodes, bringing the total up to 16 for this season. It is averaging 8 million viewers but is losing almost 40% of its My Name Is Earl lead-in.
01/24/06 Update: NBC has extended this season to 22 episodes, and it will also order 22 for the 2006-07 season.
NBC has ordered 6 more episodes, bringing the total up to 18 for this season. It is averaging only 7.67 million viewers on Fridays, but it continues to improve and recently won its timeslot for the first time.
11/30/05 Update: NBC has not cut back its order of this show. No official word yet on impact on remaining episodes.
FOX ordered 9 more episodes of the animated series, meaning it now will have 41 episodes, which means it has enough to make it through the 2006-07 season. It is not known how many episodes will be in each season.
This is not yet official, but FOX likely will pick up 22 episodes currently in production, which would give the "revived" animated series at least 57 total episodes. It's probably just a formality as to when they are picked up.
Like it or hate it, there will be a Big Brother 7. CBS picked it up, so look for it sometimes in Summer 2006. Don't expect much to be revealed until the premiere gets closer.
FX announced recently that season 5 of the hit cop drama, originally to be 13 episodes, has been extended to 21 episodes. Season 5 should premiere in January.
While not yet official, Sci Fi was expected to renew the popular remake of the series anytime now. It is Sci Fi's most-watched show.
UPN has ordered a full 22-episode season of this sitcom. It's only averaged 3.64 million viewers, losing 41% of its Everyone Hates Chris lead-in, but is still among UPN's top-ranked shows.
The WB has ordered 6 more episodes of this series, making a total of 19 so far. The show has averaged 2.57 million viewers so far.
WB has ordered another 5 episodes, making a total of 18 so far. The show has averaged 2.64 million viewers so far.
ABC has picked up the "back nine" for this series, giving it a full 22 episodes this season. It is averaging 8.2 million viewers and is ABC's top-rated comedy (not including Desperate Housewives).
NBC has picked up this new drama for the rest of the season. Last week's audience of 10 million was its biggest yet, but it's from the The West Wing among others guy, which is probably why this was picked up.
This is either "Oh joy!" or "Oh no!" depending on if you love or hate it (I hate it) - TV Guide reports that Simon Cowell has a new contract that will keep him on as a judge for 5 more years. Yes, 5 more years. So take that to mean Idol will force-feed really over-hyped bad singers and characters and lots of phone/Internet voting fraud into our houses until at least 2010. And with any luck, another William Hung or two (SHE BANGS! SHE BANGS!).
The Donald is doing some more firing. NBC announced yesterday that Trump's show has been renewed for a sixth season, but this time it will be shot in Southern California instead of New York.
The pay TV network Showtime has ordered a second season of 12 episodes for this new comedy. This announcement comes after the show received 3 Golden Globe Nominations, including Best Series-Musical or Comedy.
USA Network announced recently that they have ordered two more seasons of the show, each to feature 16 episodes. This will bring the series total to 93 at the conclusion of the sixth season in 2008.
Last Comic Standing
Popular actor Anthony Clark (Yes Dear) will host the new summer edition of NBC's Emmy-nominated series Last Comic Standing, it was announced today by Craig Plestis, Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming and Development.
The season's second most-watched new program, averaging 13.29 million viewers in its competitive Wednesday (9:00-10:00PM) time period opposite Lost will be back for a second season.
Jennifer Love Hewitt's sci-fi drama will be back for a second season. The show has helped vault CBS into a position of primetime leadership on Friday in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54, while widening the network's lead in viewers from last season. Ghost Whisperer wins its Friday timeslot in viewers and demographics while improving its time period by +27% in viewers, +34% in adults 25-54 and +33% in adults 18-49.
How I Met Your Mother
The successful new comedy will be back for a second season. It's averaging 10.11 million viewers and places first in its time period in key demographics. It's up +13% in adults 18-49 and +10% in adults 25-54 versus last year's time period.
Television's longest-running primetime program, will return for its 39th season. The broadcast continues to rank as the #1 newsmagazine on television averaging 14.17 million viewers, which is #1 in its time period.
Two And A Half Men
Television's #1 comedy will enter its fourth season in 2006-07. It's averaging 15.27 million viewers, and is first in its time period in viewers and adults 25-54.
Monday's #1 series in all key measures, averaging 17.8 million viewers will be back for a fifth season.
The #1 program in its time period in viewers and key demographics, averaging 14.17 million viewers will return for a third season.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Currently in its sixth season, it remains television's #1 scripted program with a weekly audience of 25.05 million viewers and is Thursday's most watched and highest rated program in key demographics.
Currently in its third season, is one of television's fastest growing dramas, averaging 15.34 million viewers, up +10% from last year and is Tuesday's top scripted program.
Without A Trace
Averaging 18.75 million viewers, continues to win its time period in viewers and key demographics, and heads into its fifth season as the first series to top ER in adults 18-49.
Currently in its second season, is Friday's top scripted program averaging 11.45 million viewers while winning its time period in all key demographics.
Currently in its third season, is a top 20 hit averaging 14.76 million viewers and outperforming every drama on the competition with the exception of Desperate Housewives, Lost and Grey's Anatomy.
The Amazing Race
Reality television's most honored program with three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Reality/Competition Program, returns next season with its 10th edition.
It continues to win its time period in viewers and key demographics, returns for its 13th and 14th editions next season. Survivor, against regularly schedule programming, remains one of only six shows in the history of television to rank in the top 10 in every season.
CBS has announced the Sunday newmagazine will return for a 39th season. It is averaging over 14 million viewers in its 7PM timeslot (sometimes later due to sports overruns).
The cable network Bravo has announced it will pick this show up for a third season. The show averages about 1.6 million viewers in its regular timeslot on Wednesday nights.
The two-year renewal for The Simpsons, the longest-running primetime entertainment series on the air, guarantees it will be on the air at least through the 2007-08 season, during which the show will hit its 400th episode.
King Of The Hill
Renewed for one more season. The show is slated to return for its 11th season in January.
FOX has picked up the back nine for a full 22-episode season. The show is averaging 8.7 million viewers on Tuesdays as the current House lead-in.
03/24/06 Update: FOX has ordered a second season of the new crime drama, which has been averaging 8.4 million viewers but as of late has enjoyed a boost in the Nielsens from its Tuesday American Idol lead-in.
Showtime has ordered a new, eight-hour television event based upon last year's Golden Globe-nominated mini-series.
High Stakes Poker
GSN (Game Show Network) has ordered a second 16-episode season of this Poker-themed show, which features a high-stakes ($100,000 of your own money to enter, also called a "Cash Game") poker game featuring poker pros and Hollywood personalities. The show has increased GSN's Monday 9PM ratings by almost 80% since its debut and has tripled the net's ratings in the key 25-54 male demo.
Kiefer Sutherland has inked a deal with 20th Century Fox Television that will keep him starring on 24 for another three years - at a rumored $40 million, no less, which would make him the highest-paid actor on a drama series - and also elevate him to full executive-producer status on the five-year-old series. The contract also provides funding for the development of Sutherland's soon-to-launch production company. Though, Sutherland has signed on for three more seasons, the show has only been officially renewed for one more.
The pay TV network HBO has ordered a second season of this new series starring Bill Paxton. It debuted in March with 4.6 million viewers on Sunday nights and has averged over 3 million viewers each week. The second season will debut sometime in 2007.
Law & Order
NBC announced that it will return for its 17th season for the 2006-07 schedule. This season, it's been averaging a 3.5 rating, 9 share in adults 18-49 and 11.1 million viewers overall.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
NBC announced that it will return for its 8th season for the 2006-07 schedule. It's been averaging a 5.0 rating, 13 share in adults 18-49 and 13.9 million viewers overall. For the season, it's NBC's #2 drama in adults 18-49 behind only ER, and is the network's #1 drama in total viewers.
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
NBC announced that it will return for its 6th season for the 2006-07 schedule. The drama is averaging a 3.2 rating, 7 share in adults 18-49 and 10.9 million viewers overall.
NBC confirmed that the hit drama will be back for the 2006-07 schedule for its 3rd season. It's delivering a 4.1 rating, 10 share in adults 18-49 and 11.2 million viewers overall.
NBC confirmed that the drama will return for its 6th season. It's averaging a 3.3 rating, 8 share in adults 18-49 and 11.0 million viewers overall so far this season.
NBC confirmed that the drama will be back for its 4th season. It's delivering a 3.7 rating, 9 share in adults 18-49 and 11.0 million viewers overall so far this season. Since shifting to Friday nights on March 3, Las Vegas has improved the time period by 21% in adults 18-49 versus NBC's non-sports season average up to that point.
The ABC courtroom comedy-drama will be back next year for its third season. It earned Emmys for stars Spader and Shatner in its first season, has been a medium ratings performer for ABC in the Tuesday 10PM timeslot.
Having originally been canelled by the network, the CW (UPN/WB merger) has decided to bring back the series for its 11th season, 13 new episodes will air this fall. This season, it has averaged 5.2 million viewers, making it one of the WB's most popular shows.
What About Brian
ABC has renewed the mid-season drama for a second season. The show's season finale drew a 3.3 rating among adults 18-49 according to preliminary Nielsen numbers, its best performance since its Monday 10PM showing on April 17 (also a 3.3 rating).
FOX confirmed the mid-season comedy will be back next season. It only received a 7-episode commitment this season, but will get a 13-episode second season.
FOX confirmed the popular soap-drama will return for its fourth season, though it's unknown if it'll get a full 22-episode season.
*Information provided by SummonerSupreme and Echo.
*Sources: various TV websites.
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Oct 12, 05 at 12:01pm ^re: The New Season: 2005 - 2006
Weekly Nielsen Ratings Report for week ending 10/9/05:
The old standbys held their ground in the ratings this last week, as the only new show to make the Top 10 was "Commander in Chief", with nearly 17 million viewers. It gained about 500,000 viewers over the premiere and is so far the only new show this season to not lose any viewers from it's premiere. The other big winners were "Without A Trace", which beat "ER" big-time in all key demographics and by about 7 million viewers overall, and "NCIS", which got 16 million viewers for the first time, helped by Fox puling "Bones" for baseball.
Check out my list of Cancelled Shows above, as there will be a new addition today-while it's not officially cancelled and NBC claims to the contrary, all indications are "Inconceivable", their fertility clinic drama, is headed for abortion. Also perhaps going away are the CBS Sunday Movie, and some are saying "Joey" may not lats much longer either.
The week's Top 10 most watched shows, in order: CSI, Desperate Housewives, Lost, Without A Trace, CSI: Miami, Grey's Anatomy, Survivor: Guatemala, Commander In Chief, NCIS, Law & Order: SVU.
New shows of note premiering this week: Tonight is the premiere of "Freddie" (8:30 ET, ABC), a sitcom starring Freddie Prinze Jr. as a young bachelor in Chicago who agrees to take in his sister, sister-in-law, her daugher, and his grandmother (who only speaks Spanish so watch for lots of subtitles) and thus makes it difficult for him to live a love life, notably having hot women over. Note that this is not the pilot episode-because it struck ABC execs as "not particularly hilarious", it won't air until next week. Based on the preview I read this morning in the newspaper, it's probably best not watched.
How last week's premieres fared:
ABC: Hot Properties (Friday)-6.1 million; George Lopez (Season Premiere)-9.1 million, won time slot
CBS: Close to Home-10.4 million, lost only about 700,000 of it's Amazing Race lead-in
WB: One Tree Hill (Season Premiere)-3.4 million; Related-2.7 million, lost about 25% of One Tree Hill lead-in
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Oct 19, 05 at 11:24am ^re: The New Season: 2005 - 2006
Weekly Nielsen Ratings Report for week ending 10/16/05:
Four weeks into the new season and all the shows that are going to premiere have done so as of this last week: The last one, "Freddie", debuted with 9.4 million viewers on Wednesday. That's ABC's biggest sitcom premiere rating with young viewers in 2 years and the #1 series in it's 8:30 Wednesday timeslot (#2 overall, it was beaten only by baseball). At 9 Wednesdays, CBS's Criminal Minds didn't get "Lost" against Lost, upping it's audience to almost 14 million viewers. It's gained about 3.5 million viewers in the timeslot since it's premiere.
On cable, Disney Channel's Friday movie, "Twitches", snagged over 7 million viewers, making it not only basic cable's most watched show last week, but it also beat UPN, WB, and ABC (Disney-owned) in it's timeslot.
On the negative side, ABC's "Nightstalker" is not being stalked that much, dropping to just 5.2 million viewers this past Thursday, the lowest number for an original episode on a Big Four network. Since it's premiere 2 weeks ago it's lost about 2 million viewers. And although UPN's cancelled "Sex, Love, & Secrets" had it's best showing yet with almost 1.6 million viewers, it was the least-watched broadcast show last week. Also losing big is ABC's "Primetime" on Thursday, just 4.5 million this week-it's worst since Summer '03. And "Joey" doesn't have many friends now, only 7.4 million viewers made it NBC's least-watched scripted show this week. Proof that "Friends" actors can't make it on their own.
The week's Top 10 most-watched shows, in order: "CSI", "Desperate Housewives", "Lost", "Without A Trace", "CSI: Miami", "Grey's Anatomy", "Survior: Guatemala", "NCIS", "Commander In Chief", "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition".
Also check the list of cancelled/renewed shows above as it has been updated with another show getting more episodes ordered.
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Oct 20, 05 at 11:51am ^re: The New Season: 2005 - 2006
Some new schedule changes announced today...if you watch the WB, you'll want to read this closely:
The following changes take effect tomorrow-on Fridays at 9:30, "Fran" will be replaced by "Twins". The 8:30 timeslot, previously filled by Twins, will be filled with "What I Like About You" reruns, making an hour of that show. On Sundays, the "Blue Collar TV" hour will be filled by reruns of "Supernatural". On Mondays, the time slot now showing "Related" reruns will be filled with new episodes of the show. Related has been there since "Just Legal" was cancelled. Related reruns will move to Wednesdays at 9.
In other words, they're putting reruns on opposite ABC (Desperate Housewives & Lost) instead of expensive original programming. WB now will have 13 hours of prime-time programming...3.5 hours of which are reruns.
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Oct 26, 05 at 12:24pm ^re: The New Season: 2005 - 2006
Weekly Nielsen Ratings Report for week ending 10/23/05:
The theme of the week seemed to be "Houston, We Have A Problem". The Houston Astros lost the first 2 games of the World Series (3 if you count last night's marathon) and viewers followed: Fox's World Series viewership averged 15 million Saturday & Sunday for Games 1 & 2. That's down 35 percent from last year (which featured those cursed SAWX) and if the ratings continue to be the same, this series will wind up being the least-watched ever. Last night's ratings for the 5 hour marathon game should be available later today. The current low is 18 million who watched the "Subway Series" in 2000 between those New York teams everyone outside of New York loves to hate. And yes, I will take some flak for that. But Fox still finished 2nd for the week behind CBS's usual Thursday juggernaut lineup, altohugh CBS was helped by Tuesday's "NCIS" setting a new record-high with 17.7 million viewers.
Although NBC finished 4th, it got good news in that "E-Ring" had it's best audience yet with 9.6 million. Bad for Martha, though-her "Apprentice" show continues to struggle, with just 6.6 million this week. Yes, Martha, we're all sick of you. Just go away. And as expected, UPN has officially cancelled "Sex, Love, & Secrets" after 4 episodes. Last week, "just" over 1 million viewers helped it finish 112th. Out of 112 shows. Dead last. Memo to UPN: This is what happens when you alienate those still-hardcore Trekkies and WWE fans by moving SmackDown to the Friday deathbed.
Next week, with the World Series over no later than Sunday (could end tonight as a matter of fact, likely won't reach the weekend unless some dingbat smuggles in that Bartman guy-enemy of all Cubs faithful, not Bart's alter-ego), Fox will begin it's "official" new season with several expected changes. On Tuesday, both "Bones" & "House" will return with new episodes. Also returning in early November is the comedy "Stacked", aka our weekly "Babewatch" featuring Pamela Anderson. It will air on Wednesday nights. Also look for a new season of "That 70's Show" as well, and November 6 marks the return of the Sunday lineup including the annual "The Simpsons: Treehouse Of Horror" special. Kinda late, though...Halloween is this Monday. Also expect the Saturday pair of "Cops" & "America's Most Wanted" to be back as well.
And for those wondering about "24", it is set to return in January.
The Week's Top 10 most watched programs: "CSI", "Desperate Housewives", "Lost", "Without A Trace", "Grey's Anatomy", "CSI: Miami", "Survivor: Guatemala", "NCIS", World Series Game 2, "Commander In Chief".
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Nov 02, 05 at 1:05pm ^re: The New Season: 2005 - 2006
Weekly Nielsen Ratings Report for Week Ending 10/30/05:
It seems the Eye Has It...pun intended. CBS is claiming it's the first network to win the first 6 weeks of the season, the first time it's happened since NBC did it in Fall 1988...here's how different it was back then: NBC then had Cheers, The Golden Girls, and The Cosby Show. And most of us either were very young or not even born then! (I was 10 and watched all these shows) Anyway, CBS did boast 6 of the week's top 10 shows, led by the usual juggernauts "CSI" & "NCIS". Another big winner was former Secretary of State Madeline Albright-her guest appearance on "Gilmore Girls" made the WB show the most watched program between WB & UPN (average of 6 million).
Check the Cancelled Shows list above because Another One Bites The Dust, FX's "Over There".
The other big loser this week was the World Series. The final average for Chicago's sweep of Houston in 4 games was 17.2 million viewers. That's the lowest ever. Blame it on two small-market teams playing, a 4-game sweep, and it not being that Chicago team. (The Cubs) Also losing big was CBS' Sunday flick "Vampire Attack"-only 6.5 million viewers wanted to see our former beloved Warrior Princess (Xena alum Lucy Lawless) doing her job while not wearing a leather outfit and tossing that nasty yet so cool metal disc that slices, dices, juliennes, and bounces off walls.
The Week's Top 10 most watched shows: "CSI", "Without A Trace", World Series Game 4, "CSI: Miami", "NCIS", "Survivor: Guatemala", "Two and a Half Men", "Grey's Anatomy", World Series Game 3, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition". You're probably wondering "What happened to Desperate Housewives & Lost this week?" Lost only averaged 9.1 million, but that can be blamed on airing opposite World Series Game 4. The Housewives averaged 14 million, but got beaten from 9:30-10 by Law & Order: CI.
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Nov 03, 05 at 10:11pm ^re: The New Season: 2005 - 2006
Has anyone been watching the E*ring or Grey's Anatomy? I can't believe that anyone is not interested in both these shows.
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
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Nov 04, 05 at 1:24am ^re: The New Season: 2005 - 2006
I don't watch E*Ring, but I've been watching Grey's Anatomy since it premiered in April. I love it to death and I've discovered a lot of great music through it. I'm thrilled that it's been receiving such high ratings. :)
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Nov 04, 05 at 1:21pm ^re: The New Season: 2005 - 2006
Hmmm, here's something interesting I read this morning with regards to our viewing habits...if you're in that key 25-54 age group and make enough income to pay more taxes in April, read carefully: Should you be that old and in a household making $100,000 or more annually, you likely are watching ABC above all others. Through the first 6 weeks of the new season ABC's caught NBC in these key demos, despite NBC having the most watched show among rich folks, The Apprentice (The Donald version). And advertisers generally pay more to reach these rich people than poorer people, which is why NBC renewed "The Office". Yeah, only 8 million on average watch it, but a lot of those are said older & rich people. The top 5 on this list are The Apprentice, Desperate Housewives, ER, Grey's Anatomy, & The Office. Where's CSI, you ask? Not in the top 25 even though plenty watch. Lost? #7. Here's the funny part about this: The guy who did this report for Magna Global said recently that he didn't use the 18-49 demographic in order to "weed out all those 18-24s whose household income is $100K only because they're living at home off of Mummy & Dad". Sorry, I do not have an address to send hate mail to.
I found this quite interesting since most of these shows on the list are dramas that revolve around high-ranking, and thus richer-type characters. Also interesting to see how our incomes may affect our viewing habits and what we watch.
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Nov 05, 05 at 4:43am ^re: The New Season: 2005 - 2006
I can't believe the Simple Life is gone. Even though I hated the show.
To think or not to think.
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Nov 09, 05 at 12:48pm ^re: The New Season: 2005 - 2006
Weekly Nielsen Ratings Report for Week Ending 11/6/05:
While CBS keeps it's winning streak going, it became obvious that if you want to appeal to a Spanish-speaking audience, put their awads shows on Spanish-speaking channels. Case in point is the Latin Grammys...after being dropped by CBS last year, it aired on Univision and averaged over 5 million viewers. Doesn't sound like much but that's almost 2 million better than last year's-on CBS-and it helped Univision beat UPN and WB Thursday night AND tied Fox that night. Impressive. Another big winner was CBS's movie "Category 7"; although it's 14.3 million viewers was not as good as "Category 6", it's much better than the average Sunday night movie audience, and more significantly it took a large chunk of the "Desperate Housewives" crowd, dropping the ladies to their smallest audience this season...just a little under "only" 24 million. On cable, Cartoon Network's Sunday night (11 PM) premiere of "The Boondocks", based on Aaron McGruder's controversial comic strip, debuted in late night with an average of 2.3 million viewers. That's CN's best launch ever among 18-34 year-olds but it might be a borderline number at best-the program that usually airs in that slot, "Family Guy", averaged 2.8 million in the 4 weeks prior to Boondocks. We'll have to wait and see.
On NBC, Sunday's "West Wing" live debate, which was almost too real given I hear someone in the audience had to be kicked out for saying something out loud or similar, drew 9.6 million, slightly above it's season average but 4th out of 5 programs from 8-8:30, only beating WB's "Charmed". It did beat Fox's War at Home at 8:30. For those curious, the "better late than never thanks to baseball" annual Simpsons: Treehouse Of Horror special got 11.7 million, easily Fox's most watched Sunday show.
The week's Top 10 most watched shows in order: "CSI", "Desperate Housewives", "Without A Trace", "Survivor: Guatemala", "Grey's Anatomy", "NCIS", "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition", "Cold Case", Monday Night Football, and "Criminal Minds". You're probaly looking at that and thinking "Hey! Why isn't "Lost" in the usual #3 slot?" It got Lost Wednesday night, averaging just under 8.3 million viewers. Must be rerun time. Also absent from the Top 10 are any NBC shows.
The coming week's highlight is tonight, as Fox brings back the show many guys likely set their Tivos & DVR Season Passes around: The season premiere of "Stacked", the sitcom that most guys probably watch only for "Baywatch" babe Pamela Anderson (come on guys, admit it. You didn't watch Baywatch for David Hasselhoff, did you?), who stars in the show as a bookstore employee. Singer Kid Rock guests on tonight's episode, airing at 8:30 on Fox.
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Nov 16, 05 at 12:28pm ^re: The New Season: 2005 - 2006
Weekly Nielsen Ratings Report for Week Ending 11/13/05:
Not surprisingly CBS was #1 yet again and...stop the presses, this important announcement just in: Talking sponge on kids' network reels in colossal audience! Translation: This past Friday's episode of "Spongebob Squarepants" on Nickelodeon, the one about the search for his beloved pet snail, drew a super-colossal 8 million viewers for it's premiere. For a cable network that's like 30 million broadcast viewers! That makes it the most-watched program this year among 2-11 year-olds on any network period, excluding the Super Bowl of course. Proof that if you want viewers on cable, don't run stories about women shedding tears over their missing teenage daughters in some island paradise, because one, you'll get racist allegations because it's a white girl, not minorities, and two, you'll only get 1-2 million viewers. Use rather odd cartoon characters that appeal to everyone. Except me.
Now back to the ratings:
What was going to be said is that the most-watched "CSI" so far this season led CBS to it's 5th straight ratings win. But ABC drew it's biggest Monday Night Football crowd in nearly 5 years, as almost 22 million viewers tuned in to see another Indianapolis-New England rematch from last year. The Colts won and stayed unbeaten, which bodes well for NFL ratings. Also winning this week were "Freddie", which got a full-season order after flattening "Stacked" (pun intended...come on guys, 5.1 million of us won't be enough to keep Pamela Anderson on the air!), and "E-Ring", which just got a full-season order too. It only got 10 million last week-although it's the show's best performance yet, 2 words about the pickup: Jerry Bruckheimer.
In the losers department, several shows got pink slips this week: "7th Heaven" (cost-cutting, leaving WB in May), "Arrested Development" (critics loved it, but 4 million viewers can't save it this time), "The Apprentice" (Martha Stewart version, won't be renewed), and "Night Stalker" for the 2nd time in 30 years. Has that ever happened to any other show? (It supposedly lasted one season in the mid-70s). More info can be found in the Canceled/Renewed shows list elsewhere here as well as a big renewal update.
The Week's Top 10 most watched shows, in order: "CSI", "Desperate Housewives", Monday Night Football, "Without A Trace", "Lost", "Grey's Anatomy", "CSI: NY", "Survivor: Guatemala", "CSI: Miami", "NCIS". Yeah, 8 CBS shows in the top 10 will win a week for the Eye.
Next week I won't be around to do updates so I've asked Echo to fill in for me until I return. If you see anything newsworthy pass it along to him.
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Nov 24, 05 at 1:25am ^re: The New Season: 2005 - 2006
Weekly Nielsen Ratings Report for Week Ending 11/20/05:
It was CSI for the 6th week straight to lead CBS to another ratings win, racking in about 29 million viewers. ABC's Desperate Housewives took the second spot once again, getting about 25.6 million viewers. ABC's Lost made a jump this week into the third position with 21.9 million viewers. CBS's Without a Trace made a small drop this week from third to fourth, but had a minimal increase in ratings from about 20.7 to 21.7 million viewers. ABC's Grey's Anatomy placed in the fifth position, bringing in 20.3 million viewers. CBS's CSI: Miami took the sixth spot with 19.4 million viewers. CBS's Survivor: Guatemala was steady again with 18.8 million viewers, but placed a few spots higher this week in the seventh spot. ABC's Monday Night Football which featured Dallas at Philadelphia drew in 18.5 million viewers this week, which is a drop from its fantastic 22 million viewers last week. CBS's 60 Minutes got in the top 10 this week in the ninth position with 18.1 million viewers. And taking the tenth spot was The 39th Country Music Association Awards with 17.7 million viewers.
The week's top 10 most watched shows, in order: CSI, Desperate Housewives, Lost, Without a Trace, Grey's Anatomy, CSI: Miami, Survivor: Guatemala, Monday Night Football, 60 Minutes, The 39th Country Music Association Awards. CBS dominated again with having 6 of the top 10 shows, while ABC took the other 4.
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Nov 29, 05 at 7:39pm ^re: The New Season: 2005 - 2006
Besides thanking Echo again for pinch-hitting for me last weekend, we've updated the Cancelled/Renewed shows post at the top of Page 2 again just now, including big news regarding "Alias" & "American Idol"...on the latter, it's either good or bad-you have been warned.
I'll be back tomorrow with the weekly Nielsen ratings for the long Thanksgiving weekend as the November sweeps come to an end.
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Nov 30, 05 at 12:45pm ^re: The New Season: 2005 - 2006
Weekly Nielsen Ratings Report for Week Ending 11/27:
The November Ratings Sweeps will officially end tonight, and as expected, CBS is the winner by about 3 million viewers, but ABC can claim one small win-"Desperate Housewives" did beat "CSI" in this past week's ratings. This can largely be attributed to this past Thursday being Thanksgiving so naturally viewership was down everywhere...except CBS. The drop in CSI viewership was not that big-it still averaged 25.6 million viewers, more than tripling 2nd-place "Finding Nemo" on ABC. The Housewives averaged about 25.8 million this week.
Holiday-themed programming also started up this week, and ABC did surprisingly well with the annual "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving"-the annual Peanuts animated get-together averaged 8.8 million viewers Thanksgiving night. Impressive for 2 reasons-One, it was only beaten by "Survivor". Two, it got over 2 million more viewers in the timeslot than the usual program there-"Alias". And ABC says it's not cancelled. Hmmm... Survivor's numbers were the best this season thanks in large part to an NFL overrun. Speaking of NFL, Fox's Sunday lineup numbers weren't much affected despite NFL (NY Giants-Seattle) going until about 8:15 PM ET. ALthough those Simpsons fans probably wished Jeff Feely could hit a FG. He missed 3 to keep it going as long as it did.
A couple more cancellations to report today: Fox's "Killer Instinct" has been killed. Gee, I didn't know that show was even on or what it was about, they like never advertised it. Not when I watched. This past week it got yanked in favor of Star Wars Episode 2. Also, after ordering more episodes of Amy Grant's "Three Wishes", NBC has done an about-face and cut back on its order. Heartwarming indeed. Also, CBS has cut it's "Still Standing" order back from a full season to 18 episodes; 19 were actually produced but one has not aired (November 2 episode).
The Week's Top 10 most watched shows, in order: "Desperate Housewives", "CSI", "Grey's Anatomy", "Survivor: Guatemala", "Without A Trace", "Cold Case", "CSI: Miami", "Lost", "Law & Order: SVU", "NCIS".
Keep a close eye on your TV listings the rest of the calendar year as holiday programming & brief program hiatuses will result in many a schedule change, as well as increased NFL & NCAA Football coverage. ABC will be pulling "Alias" and maybe "Lost" off the December schedule, along with others, but both will return in January. Also, on a TV-related note, the NFL has announced the performers for the Super Bowl Halftime Show...The Rolling Stones. Make your TV plans accordingly.
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