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Strong Start for The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien

Conan O’Brien’s first The Tonight Show started off on a strong note, drawing a 7.1/17 HH rating/share in Nielsen’s metered-market overnights.  The rating is an 82% improvement over the second-quarter average of The Tonight Show (3.9) and an even more impressive 173% above what O’Brien averaged for his farewell appearance on Late Night with […]

Record Friday Night for Jay Leno Send Off

jayleno-060109Jay Leno’s final Tonight Show delivered the show’s best ratings ever for a Friday night telecast.  The episode drew an 8.8/20 household rating/share in Nielsen’s 56 overnight metered markets.  That’s a 126% increase over the show’s metered-market average during the past quarter (3.9).

NBC had a very successful final week for The Tonight Show, with the late-night show increasing its numbers throughout the week: a 4.1 overnight household rating for Monday, 4.6 for Tuesday, 4.9 for Wednesday and 5.2 for Thursday.

Jay Leno, of course, returns this September to NBC’s fall lineup with The Jay Leno Show Monday-Friday at 10:00pm.

More after the jump. Continue reading Record Friday Night for Jay Leno Send Off

CBS Picks Up Medium from NBC; Renews Numb3rs, HIMYM, Gary Unmarried, Rules of Engagement and ‘Old Christine’; Cancels ‘Unit’, Without a Trace and ’11th Hour’

It’s been a busy day today at CBS shows, as the network made decisions on nine of their own shows, and one from another network.  First up, CBS seems poised to pick up Medium from NBC who opted not to renew it.  The network is expected to pair the show with episodes of Ghost […]

NBC Announces 8 New Shows for 2009/2010 Schedule; Cancels Medium (Moving to CBS) and My Name Is Earl

NBC’s 2009/2010 slate of programming includes nine new shows.  The network picked up four dramas, two comedies and two alternative/reality series: 100 Questions, Day One, Mercy, Trauma, Community, Parenthood, The Jay Leno Show and The Marriage Ref.

The network also officially renewed Chuck which will remain on Monday nights.  In cancellation news, comedy My Name Is Earl won’t be coming back (although producer 20th Century Fox TV is said to be shopping it to other networks) and Medium won’t be coming back to the network’s lineup.  Apparently NBC was only willing to order 13 episodes while producer CBS-Paramount wanted 22.  That gave CBS the opportunity to swoop in and pick up the show.

Head on through the jump to see the fall and midseason schedules and read the full press release. Continue reading NBC Announces 8 New Shows for 2009/2010 Schedule; Cancels Medium (Moving to CBS) and My Name Is Earl

NBC Renews Law & Order For Record Tying 20th Season

NBC renewed Dick Wolf’s veteran crime drama Law & Order for a 20th season, matching Gunsmoke’s record 20-year run (albeit Gunsmoke aired considerably more episodes). The order is expected to be for 16 episodes.

NBC will make their 2009/2010 season schedules official tomorrow (Tuesday) in New York where they’ll have their upfront presentation to […]

Conan O’Brien Booked As Jay Leno’s Last Guest

Jay Leno’s last show as host of NBC’s late-night The Tonight Show (Friday, May 29th) will be the man who’ll replace him: Conan O’Brien.  O’Brien will then begin his hosting duties on the show the following Monday, June 1st.

Jay Leno took over from Johnny Carson in 1992, making 17 years at the helm.  […]

NBC Development Slate/Schedule for 2009/2010 Season [Continually Updated]

Following you will find NBC’s current development slate (confirmed and rumored) and schedules for the 2009/2010 season.  Updates will be made on a regular basis, ahead of and through the upfronts which take place next week.

I’ll sticky the thread to the of the page when an update happens, but you can find this post on the Television page of the website at all times at this link.

LATEST UPDATE@ 12:05pm on 5/19/2009: NBC has declined the opportunity to pick up Medium for an additional season, however, as was noted previously, CBS has decided to pick it up.  CBS is expected to put the show on Friday night’s following Ghost Whisperer.  That could actually work out really well.  Also added the network’s 2009/2010 schedules for fall and midseason.

Continue reading NBC Development Slate/Schedule for 2009/2010 Season [Continually Updated]

NBC Announces Portion Of 2009/2010 Lineup

NBC has unveiled a portion of their 2009-2010 lineup, announcing official renewals for Heroes, Southland, Parks and Recreation and Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday (six new episodes), and pickups of four new dramas: Trauma, Parenthood, Mercy and the event series Day One, plus two new comedies: Community and 100 Questions. You can check out the full press release after the jump.

Noticeably absent from the list?  Chuck, Medium, Law & Order and Life.  According to other reports, the first three shows (Chuck, Medium, Law & Order) are expected to eventually be picked up for another season each, but the news is grim for Life, which NBC has officially canceled.

Keep your eyes on the site for all the latest developments (and I expect to update the Television Season page shortly, so be on the look out for that).

Also, head through the jump, to see videos for four of the new shows: Community, Mercy, Parenthood and Trauma. Continue reading NBC Announces Portion Of 2009/2010 Lineup

NBC Renews Chuck, Medium and Law & Order + Pickups for Southland and Parks and Recreation

Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood Daily is reporting that NBC has issued renewals for three on-the-bubble shows: Chuck, Medium and Law & Order.

Earlier, Finke reported that the network has also renewed both Southland and Parks and Recreation.

NBC is expected to make some of their official renewal announcements tomorrow […]

NBC Summer Preview [VIDEOS]

merlin-042909Here’s a summer preview of four new shows scheduled to air on NBC this summer.  UK import Merlin, The Listener and two four-hour miniseries: Meteor and The Storm.

Head on over the jump to check out details for each of the shows/mini-series plus clips. Continue reading NBC Summer Preview [VIDEOS]

NBC Renews Celebrity Apprentice

celebrityapprentices8cast-042909NBC has renewed the Donald Trump series Celebrity Apprentice for another season.  NBC says the new season will kick off in spring 2010.

Season to date, The Celebrity Apprentice has performed well, especially in the key A18-49 demographic where it has averaged a 3.5 rating/9 share.  Overall, the show has averaged 8.6 million viewers.

“It’s a valuable franchise and proven competitor and we’re thrilled to have Mr. Trump and Mr. Burnett back to create another brilliant season,” said Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, NBC and Universal Media Studios.

“…I am greatly honored that NBC has renewed us for yet another season, our ninth.”

The full press release follows after the jump. Continue reading NBC Renews Celebrity Apprentice

Fox Won’t Air President Obama’s Third News Conference

Fox has opted not to run President Obama’s third press conference scheduled for 8:00pm tomorrow (Wednesday, April 29th) night.  The network will insteadrun its regularly scheduled programming of Lie to Me at 8:00pm followed by American Idol at 9:00pm.

“Fox will be alerting viewers with an onscreen graphic at the top of […]