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Lifetime Television Renews Rita Rocks March 3, 2009 3:40 pm

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ritarocks-030309Lifetime Television has picked up a second season of its original primetime comedy Rita Rocks.  The network ordered twenty new episodes from Media Rights Capital.

“‘Rita Rocks’ is the first original comedy that Lifetime has launched in 10 years, so you can imagine how delighted we are to welcome it back for a second season,” said JoAnn Alfano, executive VP for entertainment at Lifetime. “It’s smart, it’s funny, and it appeals to anyone who has ever tried to carve out a little time for herself.”

Source: TV Week


Cartoon Network Renews Star Wars: The Clone Wars For Second Season February 10, 2009 7:28 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV, Cartoon Network, Renewals, Star Wars: The Star Wars.

starwarstheclonewars-021009The Cartoon Network has given a second-season renewal to its hit animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

“‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ is like nothing else on television and has delivered for us on all levels,” said Stuart Snyder, President/COO Turner Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media. “It has helped us launch a great new night of action-adventure on Fridays and build on our dominance with boys. We look forward to continuing what has been a great relationship with George and everyone at Lucasfilm.”

The first season finale airs on Cartoon Network Friday, March 20th at 9pm ET/PT.

The full press release follows after the jump. (more…)

Nearly 5 Million Tune in for Leverage Premiere; 5.4 Million for ‘Librarian 3’ on TNT December 9, 2008 2:45 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV, Leverage, Nielsen TV Ratings, Television, The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice, TNT.
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tntlogo-120908TNT had a very successful weekend.  The third TV movie from The Librarian franchise, The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice got things started by drawing 5.44 million viewers on Sunday night from 8-10pm. That led into the series premiere of Leverage, which held steady from its lead-in and drew 4.99 million viewers from 10-11pm (92% retention).

Leverage’s performance among the key demos was even more impressive, with 94% retention among adults 18-49 (2.06 million out of 2.19 million who watched ‘The Librarian’) and 93% retention among adults 25-54 (2.64 million out of 2.84 million who watched ‘The Librarian’).

The full press release follows after the jump.


HBO’s Rome Could Get Film Treatment December 2, 2008 12:47 pm

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romehbo-120208HBO’s two-year drama series Rome may be getting a wrap-up courtesy a feature-length film.  Creator Bruno Heller, who is also the creator of  CBS’s successful series The Mentalist, says that he wants to produce such a feature for the canceled series: “There is talk of doing a movie version,” he said. “It’s moving along. It’s not there until it is there. I would love to round that show off.”

Although the second season of Rome was lower rated than the first, the show did well without a Sopranos lead-in and HBO executives now admit that it was a mistake to cancel the show.

“I discovered halfway through writing the second season the show was going to end,” Heller said. “The second was going to end with death of Brutus. Third and fourth season would be set in Egypt. Fifth was going to be the rise of the messiah in Palestine. But because we got the heads-up that the second season would be it, I telescoped the third and fourth season into the second one, which accounts for the blazing speed we go through history near the end. There’s certainly more than enough history to go around.”

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Glenn Beck Fox News Premieres January 19th UPDATE: Premiere Numbers December 2, 2008 12:46 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV, Cable TV Ratings, Fox News Channel, News, Nielsen TV Ratings, Television.

glennbeck-120208UPDATED on 1/22/2009:
The numbers are in for the first episode of Glenn Beck’s new Fox News show.  The first episode, which was helped tremendously by an interview with former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin, the show drew a time-period high 2,388,000 total viewers and a second place 467,000 adults 25-54.

In total viewers, Beck’s show was up 92% over the January ’09 average of America’s News HQ and up 124% over the Q1 ’08 average of the same show.  In the demo, it was up 70% and 106%, respectively.

Growth was even stronger compared to the last month of Beck’s HLN show.  His first show was up a whopping 321% in total viewers and 119% in the demo.

Original article follows below.

Conservative talk radio personality Glenn Beck, who hosted a primetime show on CNN Headline News, will debut his new show on Fox News Channel sooner than originally expected.  His 5 p.m. program will now debut on January 19th, a few weeks earlier than the originally expected February debut.

New Episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent Pushed Back to 2009 October 29, 2008 7:45 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, News, Television, USA.
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USA Network has announced that they will be pushing back the launch of new original episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent to the first quarter of 2009.  The show was originally scheduled to return with new episodes this November 7th.  The network says the move will allow for it to air the series for an uninterrupted run of 16 episodes.Source: USA Network

“LOST” Premieres on SCI FI in September, “Sanctuary” in October July 7, 2008 6:20 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV, ECW, Eureka, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International, Lost, News, Sanctuary, Scare Tactics, Sci Fi, Stargate Atlantis, Television.
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SCI FI has revealed their fall plans.  New episodes of Ghost Hunters and Destination Truth will return on Wednesday, September 3rd, taking over for Ghost Hunters International and Scare Tactics when they wrap on August 20th.  The off-network run of LOST will kick off on Monday, September 15th and the show will air in blocks of four episodes starting at 7pm ET every Monday.  The mid-season finale of Eureka will take place on September 23rd at 9pm.  The next week on September 30th, the network will slide ECW into the time slot, followed by the premiere of Scare Tactics at 10pm.

Rounding out the schedule, Stargate Atlantis will wrap the first half of season five on Friday, September 26th, and the new drama from former Stargate SG-1/Stargate Atlantis star Amanda Tapping (pictured right in character) will debut the following week on October 3rd with a two-hour premiere.

Sources: The Futon Critic and Gateworld.net

AMC Renews “Breaking Bad” May 7, 2008 7:05 pm

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AMC’s second original series Breaking Bad is coming back for another season.  The series has received a 13 episode second season pickup. According to numbers released by Nielsen, the series averaged a 0.9 household rating or 825,000 households, an improvement on the network’s 2007 primetime averages by 4% and 5%, respectively.


“The Tudors” Picked up for Third Season April 23, 2008 11:47 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV, Renewals, Showtime, Television, The Tudors.
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Showtime original series The Tudors is coming back for at least another season.  The network announced on Monday that they’ve given an early third season pickup to the series.  The new season will follow King Henry has he weds Jane Seymour and Anne of Cleves.  Press release after the jump.


Viacom, Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate Announce New Premium Pay Network April 22, 2008 2:02 am

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Viacom, Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate have announced a joint venture to launch a new premium pay cable network.  The plan is to launch the currently untitled channel in the fall of 2009, and one of the movies named as an exclusive is May 09’s Star Trek.  Continue past the jump to read the official press release.


“Battlestar Galactica” Ratings Rebound April 8, 2008 4:56 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Battlestar Galactica, Cable TV, Nielsen TV Ratings, Sci Fi, Television.

After a disappointing third season which saw the critically acclaimed series notching record low ratings, the fourth season premiere of Battlestar Galactica opened with 2.14M viewers. That’s an impressive 41% increase over the third season finale among viewers (1.52M to 2.14M) and 38% among adults 18-49 (0.8 to 1.1). Continue reading for my full analysis plus a chart detailing the ratings of the entire series from the two-part miniseries through this premiere.


“30 Days” Season 3 Premiere Date Set March 20, 2008 2:16 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 30 Days, Cable TV, FX, News, Television.
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FX has announced a Tuesday, June 3 premiere date for season 3 of their original series 30 Days. The new season will see series creator/host Morgan Spurlock work in a coal mine and live with a family in West Virgina, have former NFL player Ray Crockett spending 30 days in a wheelchair, and Spurlock living on a Native American reservation.

“John Adams” Off To A Solid Start March 18, 2008 7:29 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV, Cable TV Ratings, HBO, John Adams, News, Television.
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The first two episodes of HBO’s seven-part John Adams miniseries got off to a a solid start on Sunday night, averaging 2.66 million viewers (peaking at 2.8 million for the second episode).


Democratic Debate Most-Watched Program In The History Of MSNBC February 27, 2008 9:47 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV, MSNBC, News, Nielsen TV Ratings.
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This has been quite a season for cable TV records.  MSNBC’s telecast of the Democratic Debate on Tuesday (Feb. 26) between Senator’s Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton drew a total audience of 7.78 million viewers, making it the second most-watched debate of all-time (on Cable), and the most-watched program in the history of MSNBC.


USA Renews “Monk” For a Seventh Season February 21, 2008 1:18 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV, Monk, News, Television, USA Network.

USA Network on Wednesday announced that they’ve renewed Monk, the award-winning original series, starring Tony Shalhoub. The order is for 16 episodes.


HBO Cancels “Inside the NFL”, Show Will Move to New Network February 7, 2008 1:10 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV, HBO, Inside the NFL, News, Television.

After it began its run on HBO more than 30 years ago, HBO is ending their relationship with the NFL’s Inside the NFL.


Best Ratings for SAG Awards Since 1998 January 29, 2008 7:48 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Awards, Cable TV, Cable TV Ratings, Movies, News, Nielsen TV Ratings, Screen Actors Guild Awards, TBS, Television, TNT.
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Sunday nights dual telecast of the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on TNT and TBS drew more than 6.1 million viewers (click here to read the winners).


Starz Moves Into Drama Field With “Crash” TV Series January 28, 2008 11:53 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV, Crash, Movies, News, Starz, Television.
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Starz is turning the 2005 best picture winner Crash into a 13 episode miniseries, the movie networks first original drama ever.


Primary Debate Grabs Cable Record January 23, 2008 11:03 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV, CNN, News, Television.
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Monday night’s Democratic presidential debate on CNN between Senator’s Clinton and Obama and former Senator Edwards was the most-watched primary in cable TV history.


“Brotherhood” Renewed Third Season January 21, 2008 9:48 pm

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The critically praised drama series Brotherhood is returning for a third season.  Showtime has ordered eight more episodes of the series, which stars Jason Isaacs, Jason Clarke and Annabeth Gish.


A&E Orders Up More Episodes of “The Two Coreys” January 9, 2008 11:31 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2007/2008 TV Season, A&E, Cable TV, News, Renewals, Television, The Two Coreys.
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A&E is bringing back The Two Coreys for another season, ordering 10 new half-hour episodes of the unscripted reality series which stars 80s stars Corey Haim and Corey Feldman.


NFL Network and CBS, NBC Partner for Giants/Patriots Matchup December 27, 2007 12:35 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV, CBS, Football, NBC, News, NFL, NFL Network, Sports, Television.

NFL fans who don’t have NFL Network need not worry about missing out on this coming Saturday’s Giants vs. Patriots matchup, as the NFL has announced that the game will be given a three-network telecast.  The game will be shown on CBS and NBC, in addition to its normal broadcast on NFL Network.


“The 4400” & “The Dead Zone” Canceled December 19, 2007 3:13 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV, Cancellations, News, Television, The 4400, The Dead Zone, USA Network.

In a message to fans of The 4400, series creator/executive producer, Scott Peter has announced that USA Network has canceled the long-running original series. Also, it’s being reported that The Dead Zone has been canceled by USA as well.


USA Network Renews “WWE Monday Night RAW” December 7, 2007 1:15 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV, News, Renewals, Television, USA Network, Wrestling, WWE, WWE Monday Night Raw.

USA Network has re-upped their current contract with WWE for two more years (through 2010) and the weekly wrestling program WWE Monday Night RAW will remain on USA Network.


“Tin Man” Finishes Off Strong, Most Watched Program in SCI FI History December 7, 2007 12:30 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV, Cable TV Ratings, News, Nielsen TV Ratings, Sci Fi, Television, Tin Man.
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After a record breaking night one (related article here), Tin Man dipped a bit in night two, but rebounded quite nicely in its third and final night en route to becoming the networks most-watched program in SCI FI history, and the most-watched mini-series in 2007.