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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August 1, 2012 by Marc Berman in Newsletter with 0 Comments


Today in History:
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour debuted on CBS in 1971, while sitcom Good Times, also on the Eye net, concluded in 1979 after 133 episodes.

In Today’s Issue

-Handicapping the 21 New Network Series

-CBS Cancels 3
-It’s the Story of a New Brady Bunch


-Metered Market Tuesday Ratings
-Weekly Ratings Scorecard
-It’s the Story of a New Brady Bunch

-WE tv Renewals

-On the Air Tonight

Note: The daily Trivia Challenge will return on Monday, August 6.



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The odds of survival are in for the entire crop upcoming crop of network fall entries, with our predictions (1-1, the best; to 10-1, the worst) based on several benchmarks including:

1. The time period and competition
2. Lead-in (if not an 8 p.m. ET show)
3. Recent and year-ago time period results
4. The overall position of the network
5. Potential demographic profile
6. Potential social media presence
7. Buzz factor, if any

Unfortunately, nothing seems like a sure thing with the best odds, 2-1, awarded to drama Vegas on CBS and the worst, 10-1, to drama Emily Owens, M.D. on The CW. Sorry Mama Meryl Streep, but this show with daughter Mamie Gummer might fare better on a cable net like ABC Family or Lifetime.

Here is the list (broken out by network and in the order of the time period):


THE NEIGHBORS – Wednesday 8:30 p.m.: 7-1
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NASHVILLE – Wednesday 10 p.m.: 5-1
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LAST RESORT – Thursday 8 p.m.: 6-1
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MALIBU COUNTRY – Friday 8:30 p.m. (beginning in November): 5-1
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666 PARK AVENUE – Sunday 10 p.m.: 6-1
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PARTNERS (CBS) – Monday 8:30 p.m.: 5-1
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VEGAS (CBS) – Tuesday 10 p.m.: 2-1
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ELEMENTARY (CBS) – Thursday 10 p.m.: 4-1
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MADE IN JERSEY (CBS) – Friday 9 p.m.: 7-1
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REVOLUTION – Monday 10 p.m.: 5-1
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GO ON – Tuesday 9 p.m.: 7-1
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THE NEW NORMAL – Tuesday 9:30 p.m.: 3-1
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ANIMAL PRACTICE – Wednesday 8:30 p.m.: 4-1
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GUYS WITH KIDS – Wednesday 8:30 p.m.: 4-1
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CHICAGO FIRE – Wednesday 10 p.m.: 3-1
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MOB DOCTOR – Monday 9 p.m.: 8-1
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BEN AND KATE – Tuesday 8:30 p.m.: 6-1
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THE MINDY PROJECT – Tuesday 9:30 p.m.: 3-1
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EMILY OWENS, M.D. – Tuesday 9 p.m.: 10-1
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ARROW – Wednesday 8 p.m.: 3-1
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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – Thursday 9 p.m.: 5-1
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Hulu Update

Hulu, the growing online TV service, has announced upcoming seasons of Misfits and Booth at the End. Misfits, a science fiction, comedic ensemble show about a group of young offenders with supernatural powers, returns for season four. And The Booth at the End, about a mysterious man who can grant you a wish, but always for a price, returns for season two. Both air exclusively on Hulu and Hulu Plus.



Metered Market Tuesday Ratings

The 2012 London Olympics Juggernaut Continues

Tuesday 7/31/12
Metered Market Results

NBC 23.6/37
CBS 3.6/ 6
ABC 1.8/ 3
Fox 1.6/ 3
CW 0.5/ 1


Ratings Breakdown:
The 2012 London Olympics more than tripled the competition last night with an average 23.6 rating/37 share for the primetime portion, peaking at a 26.6/40 in the 10 p.m. half-hour. Aside from original episodes of The L.A. Complex on The CW and Masterchef on ABC, everything else was in repeats.

CBS populated this first night of August with encore telecasts of NCIS (#2: 4.4/ 7), spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles (#2: 3.4/ 5) and a Tuesday 10 p.m. installment of Person of Interest (#2: 2.9/ 5). ABC aired repeats of The Middle (#3: 2.1/ 3), Last Man Standing (#4: 1.6/ 3) and Wipeout (#4: 1.5/ 2) from 8-10 p.m., followed by summer entry NY Med at a third-place 2.2/ 4 at 10 p.m. And Fox offered back-to-back repeats of Masterchef (#4: avg. 1.6/ 3).

Over at The CW was an encore of Hart of Dixie (#5: 0.6/ 1), which is not strong enough to anchor Tuesday next season, and aforementioned The L.A. Complex (#5: 0.4/ 1).

Source: Nielsen Media Research



CBS Cancels 3
CBS has pulled dating/relationship hour 3 off the air after only two telecasts, and will air drama repeats in its place in the Sunday 9 p.m. hour until The Good Wife returns in the fall. The show debuted Thursday, July 26 with just 2.28 million viewers and a 0.8 rating/2 share among adults 18-49, and the second…and final…telecast was low-rated this past Sunday.

Weekly Ratings Scorecard
Led by the Opening Ceremony and nights one and two of the London Olympics, it was NBC’s week, of course. And it will be for the next two weeks. NBC beat the four competing networks combined by double-digit percentages, with its highest rated week, excluding the week of the Super Bowl, February 2010 during the Vancouver Olympics, according to the fast affiliate results. ABC, CBS, Fox and The CW each slipped by double-digits opposite the significantly increased competition.

Through the first three nights of the London Olympics, NBC was averaging 35.8 million viewers, the best through the first weekend for any Summer Olympics in history (since the 1960 Rome Olympics, the first televised Olympics). It is, to-date, 1.4 million more viewers than the 1996 Atlanta Olympics (34.4 million) and five million more viewers than 2008 Beijing Olympics (30.6 million). For more, click here:

It’s the Story of a New Brady Bunch
Classic TV clan The Brady Bunch could be traveling the comeback trail…again…in a multi-camera comedy produced by Vince Vaughn for CBS TV Studios. The original sitcom aired on ABC, of course, from 1969-74, and there has been countless continuations including…deep breathe…three scripted spinoffs (The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, The Brady Brides, The Bradys), one animated half hour, two theatricals, three made-for TV movies, a reality series, stage plays and musicals, countless specials and reunions, fan sites, and books.

On this updated version of the extended clan, a now divorced Bobby Brady (who we last saw miraculously take a few steps after being crippled), which children of his own, is remarried to a woman who also has kids, and together they share a child. Could there even be a Tiger (or a new Fluffy?). Raising Hope’s Mike Mariano will write the script for the project and executive produce along with Lloyd Schwartz, son of the late and aforementioned Sherwood Schwartz. Vaughn, Victoria Vaughn and Peter Billingsley also exec produce through Vaughn’s Wild West Picture Show Productions company.

Source: Nielsen Media Research


WE tv Renewals
WE tv has issued a renewal for third seasons of Braxton Family Values and Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, which are both slated to return in first quarter 2013. Braxton Family Values spin-off Tamar & Vince, featuring Tamar Braxton and Vincent Herbert, will launch as previously announced on Thursday, September 20 at 10 p.m. ET, while My Fair Wedding: Unveiled (which is a new title for My Fair Wedding With David Tutera) will return for season five also in first quarter 2013. Mary Mary, meanwhile, featuring sisters Erica and Tina Campbell, opens on Thursday, December 13 at 9 p.m. ET.



Wednesday, August 1

8:00 p.m. The Middle (R)
8:30 p.m. Suburgatory (R)
9:00 p.m. Modern Family (R)
9:30 p.m. Modern Family (R
9:30 p.m. Final Witness

8:00 p.m. Big Brother
9:00 p.m. Criminal Minds (R)
10:00 p.m. CSI (R)

8:00 p.m. 2012 Summer Olympics

8:00 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance (two hours)

8:00 p.m. Supernatural (R)
9:00 p.m. Supernatural (R)

Of Note on Cable:

-Barter Kings (A&E, 10:30 p.m.): season finale

As a reminder: The daily Trivia Challenge will return on Monday, August 6.

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