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“Swingtown” Down More Than 20% In New Friday Time Slot August 1, 2008 2:55 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Broadcast TV Ratings, CBS, Flashpoint, Nielsen TV Ratings, Swingtown, Television.
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Whereas Flashpoint was successful in its new Thursday night time slot, and the results were even stronger for its second airing last night, the same can’t be said for Swingtown.

Premiering in its new Friday night time slot last week, Swingtown drew the following ratings: 2.9/6 HH rating/share, 4.20M viewers, 1.4/5 A18-49 rating/share.  That was a decline of 26% among households, 1.12M/21% among viewers and 12.5% among adults 18-49 from its last aired episode (3.9/7 HH rating/share, 5.32M viewers, 1.6/5 A18-49 rating/share on Thursday, July 17th).

Additionally, it hurt the time slot signficantly, especially among total audience where is was down by 37% among households and 41%/2.92M among viewers from what Flashpoint posted in the same time slot the week prior (4.6/9 HH rating/share, 7.12M viewers, 1.5/5 A18-49 rating/share).  The only category it did okay in (with relation to how Flashpoint fared) was among adults 18-49, where it was off just 7% from what Flashpoint posted.  However, that rating was considered very low for Flashpoint (hence the switch to Thursday nights’), so it’s really not much of a positive.

Through eight aired episodes (seven on Thursday and one on Friday), Swingtown has averaged a 4.1 HH rating, 5.82M viewers and a 1.9 A18-49 rating.

Its second episode in its new time slot airs this evening.  Check back tomorrow for a look at how it fared and an overall analysis of the Thursday/Friday Swingtown/Flashpoint swap.

Comic-Con 2008: CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” Panel July 25, 2008 11:13 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in CBS, Comic-Con, Comic-Con 2008, News, Television, The Big Bang Theory.
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At the panel for the CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory, Chuck Lorre, co-creator Bill Prady and the entire cast (Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar) were in attendance.  Here are the highlights courtesy TV Squad:

  • Lorre says that he never intended to make a show about nerds and geeks, but that his main intention was to air a show about remarkable people.
  • All the backgrounds of the major characters will be explored more fully in the upcoming season.
  • There will be some form of resolution in the Leonard and Penny situation that took place at the end of the first season.
  • Sara Gilbert will be returning for several episodes.
  • The cast said that they all receive complaints if they get something scientifically wrong, however they have a consultant that fact checks for them.
  • The characters on the show are all based on people Bill used to work with when he was a computer programmer.
  • There was a previous pilot for the show created for CBS, but according to Lorne “it sucked.” Because of the strong chemistry between Johnny and Jim, CBS gave them blessings for a re-shoot.

More from the panel, including what if anything makes the cast and crew a geek, can be read at TV Squad.

“Flashpoint” Premieres In New Timeslot With Solid Results July 25, 2008 3:53 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in CBS, Flashpoint, News, Nielsen TV Ratings, Swingtown, Television.
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Flashpoint, the CBS series which switched timeslots with Swingtown, premiered in its new timeslot last night and drew okay ratings, improving upon its last Friday episode by 13% among the key A18-49 demographic.  The series drew the following ratings: 4.5/8 HH rating/share, 6.73M viewers and a 1.7/5 A18-49 rating/share.

It was off slightly among households and viewers from its last episode (-2% among HH, -5% among viewers), but the growth among A18-49 is a key improvement, and is just 11% off from its series premiere rating in the demo (1.9).

It also was strong enough to post a first place finish in the timeslot across all three categories and improved upon last week’s timeslot occupant Swingtown by 15% among households, 27% among viewers and 6% among adults 18-49.  Additionally, its retention from its lead-in was much stronger at 92% among households, 91% among viewers and 106% (or +6%) among adults 18-49 (compared to 65/60/84 for Swingtown last week), indicating that its a much better fit out of CSI, than was Swingtown.  Though, that’s not all that surprising really.

Swingtown premieres in its new timeslot this evening.  Be sure to check back in the future for my analysis of its ratings (Update: My post analysing Swingtown’s first Friday night ratings has been posted.  Read it at this link).

“Swingtown” Moving to Friday Night July 23, 2008 2:34 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2008/2009 Television, CBS, Flashpoint, News, Swingtown, Television.
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This can’t be good news.  CBS has announced that Swingtown is moving to Friday nights at 10pm.  The timeslot that TV shows go to die.  The reason is simple: ratings.  The show hasn’t done all that well in recent weeks, usually dropping a little with each new episode.  In the meantime, the networks other summer series, Flashpoint, debuted with a very solid 8.13 million viewers, and didn’t shed too many of those viewers in its second week.  That show will be moving to Swingtown’s original timeslot, Thursday’s at 10pm.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

Edited to add ratings information and analysis [7/24/2008]

Through seven episodes (June 5-July 17), Swingtown has averaged a 4.3/8 HH rating/share, 6.05M viewers and a 2.0/6 A18-49 rating/share.

Flashpoint has aired just two episodes thus far and averaged a 5.0/10 HH rating/share, 7.63M viewers and a 1.7/6 A18-49 rating/share.

Looking at those two data sets, some may find it hard to understand why CBS is moving the show, but that average doesn’t tell the entire picture.  The show started off much stronger (5.9/10 HH rating/share, 8.57M viewers and a 2.8/8 A18-49 rating/share) and its most recent airing was one of its lowest (3.9/7 HH rating/share, 5.32M viewers and a 1.6/5 A18-49 rating/share).

It’s also a favorite of mine, but it’s important to note that CBS isn’t entirely in the wrong here.  They see an opportunity with Flashpoint, which yes, hasn’t done amazing, but still has the possibility to grow in a timeslot with much more exposure.

Tonight (Thursday, July 24th) was the first night that Flashpoint aired in its new timeslot, and tomorrow Swingtown airs in its new timeslot.  Who knows, maybe both shows will do well.  Check back tomorrow for a look at how Flashpoint does and on Saturday to see if Swingtown survives the move.

William Petersen Leaving “CSI” July 16, 2008 1:14 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in CBS, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, News, Television.
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Turns out that contract William Peterson inked last March wasn’t a long-term one.  Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the actor will be gone by midseason.  His 10th episode will be his last as a full-time regular.

“Billy is leaving,” confirms the show’s executive producer, Carol Mendelsohn. “But he will remain throughout the run of the series an executive producer. And he will, whenever CBS asks, come back. I don’t think you’ve seen the last of Gil Grissom.”

Source: Entertainment Weekly

“Big Brother 10” Cast Revealed July 9, 2008 6:55 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Big Brother 10, CBS, Television.
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The house guests for the 10th edition of CBS’s Big Brother have been revealed on the official website.  The house guests are already in the house, ahead of the show’s premiere this Sunday night.  Check out the cast information, photos and more at the official Big Brother 10 site.

“Criminal Minds” Spin-off in Discussion at CBS July 3, 2008 11:40 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in CBS, Criminal Minds, News, Television.
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Looks like CBS may drawing off their success with spinning off the multiple CSI’s, and looking to do the same with another of their procedural shows.  Michael Ausiello (now with EW) is reporting that the network is looking into creating a Criminal Minds spin-off.  The word comes from Executive Producer Ed Bernero, who told Ausiello that “substantive” talks are currently taking place between CBS and ABC studios, who produces Minds, saying “It’s safe to say there will be something soon. We had talked about it from the beginning, but something always got in the way of it happening… like Mandy [Patinkin] leaving and the strike. But it’s definitely gaining momentum now.”

Ausiello further reports that a consensus on what an alternate Criminal Minds would look like has not been reached, but Bernero says that they’re “looking at all of the things the FBI does and how we can work that into the Criminal Minds world.”

As with most spin-offs these days, the show would likely be launched via a “backdoor pilot” in an upcoming Criminal Minds episode.

So a Criminal Minds spin off.  Good or bad?  Chime in with your comments.

Fall Programming Guide Update June 26, 2008 11:58 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2007/2008 TV Season, ABC, CBS, CW, Fall 2008 Programming Guide, Fox, NBC, Programming Guide, Television.
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I’ve gone ahead and updated my fall programming guide with the premiere dates for CBS’s lineup (per this article).  Click here, or the image above, to download the latest update.

And as always, the file will also be posted on the 2008/2009 television page (which you can access here) and I’ll continue to update and re-upload as I make corrections, edits or if schedules change.

Please feel free to leave any comments here on the site or via e-mail (russtc@yourentertainmentnow.com).

CBS’s 2008-2009 Premiere Dates Announced June 26, 2008 11:35 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2008/2009 Television, CBS, Movies, Television.
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CBS has announced the premiere dates for its 2008-2009 schedule.  The season kicks off with a pre-season launch for Survivor: Gabon on Thursday, September 18th and the rest of the networks fall programming will roll out through October.  Check out the press release after the jump.

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CBS adds six episodes of “Million Dollar Password” June 24, 2008 3:30 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in CBS, Million Dollar Password, News, Renewals, Television.
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CBS has ordered up an additional six episodes of its Regis Philbin-hosted game show Million Dollar Password.  Through four aired episodes, the series has averaged a 6.2/11 household rating/share, 9.45 million viewers and a 2.0/6 rating/share among adults 18-49, winning its timeslot among households, viewers and adults 18-49 all but one time.

Fall 2008 Programming Guide Update June 6, 2008 11:45 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2008/2009 TV Season, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Programming Guide, Site Info, Television, The CW.
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I’ve made an update to my Fall 2008 programming guide, adding in the premiere dates for the Fox programming.  As before, I still plan to add a few other things, such as synopses for the new shows, in future updates.

You can download the file here (Excel .xls file) or click the above image.

Please feel free to leave any comments here on the site or via e-mail (russtc@yourentertainmentnow.com).

The file(s) will also be posted on the 2008/2009 television page (which you can access here).

I will be updating and re-uploading on a continual basis as I make corrections, edits or if schedules change.

I hope you find it useful!

Russ

The Bill Engvall Show to air on CBS June 6, 2008 1:51 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in CBS, News, TBS, Television, The Bill Engvall Show.
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CBS will air a special season 1 repeat airing of the TBS comedy series The Bill Engvall Show on their network this Monday (June 9th), according to TV Guide.  In exchange for giving ‘Bill’ the extra exposure, CBS will get to plug its fall line-up on TBS later in the summer.  Season Two of the series begins its run Wednesday, June 12th on TBS.

Fall 2008 Programming Guide May 27, 2008 6:53 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2008/2009 TV Season, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Site Info, Television, The CW.
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Like last year, I’ve decided to create a programming guide for the fall season.  My 1st edition for Fall 2008 is online now.  This year’s edition is a little less bloated than last year’s and I’ve done it in a different, more simple style.  It also only has premiere dates for the NBC shows.  That will of course be remedied once the other networks make their announcements.  I also plan to add a few other things, such as synopses for the new shows, in future updates.

You can download the file here (Excel .xls file) or click the above image.

Please feel free to leave any comments here on the site or via e-mail (russtc@yourentertainmentnow.com).

The file(s) will also be posted on the 2008/2009 television page (which you can access here).

I will be updating and re-uploading on a continual basis as I make corrections, edits or if schedules change.

I hope you find it useful!

Russ

CBS Development Slate/Schedule for 2008/2009 Season [Continually Updated] May 14, 2008 3:33 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2008 Upfronts, 2008/2009 TV Season, CBS, News, Television.
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Following you will find CBS’s current confirmed development slate and schedules for the 2008/2009 season.

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Britney Spears Returning to “How I Met Your Mother” April 22, 2008 2:32 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Casting, CBS, News, Television.
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People Magazine is reporting that Britney Spears is returning to guest star in CBS’s sitcom How I Met Your Mother.  Spears’ original guest-starring role resulted in the show posted a series high in adults 18-49 (a 4.5/12 rating/share).

CBS Unveils 2008 Summer Schedule April 15, 2008 1:56 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2007/2008 TV Season, 2008/2009 TV Season, CBS, News, Television.
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CBS has unveiled its 2008 summer schedule.  The schedule, heavily reality based, includes the premiere of three new reality shows, two new drama’s, a summer edition of Big Brother, the premiere of LIVE mixed martial arts events, The Tony Awards and a new edition of the AFI’s 100 Years series.  Details after the jump.

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Gary Dourdan Leaving “CSI” April 14, 2008 11:19 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Casting, CBS, CSI, Television.
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After last year’s departure of Jorja Fox from the show, another actor is leaving the hit CBS procedural CSI. TV Guide’s Michael Ausiello is reporting that Gary Dourdan, who plays Warrick Brown on the show, is leaving a show.  A precise time table for the exit hasn’t been announced.  Dourdan’s contract is up at the end of next month.

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CBS Cancels “Secret Talents of the Stars” April 10, 2008 3:25 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cancellations, CBS, News, Secret Talents of the Stars, Television.
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After just one low-rated airing, CBS has pulled the reality show Secret Talents of the Stars.  For the time being episodes of 48 Hours Mystery will fill the time period, until Shark returns from hiatus on April 29th.  Secret Talents of the Stars attracted just 4.58M viewers and a 1.5/4 rating/share among adults 18-49.

ABC Making a Play for “The New Adventures of Old Christine? April 4, 2008 12:38 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in ABC, CBS, Television, The New Adventures of Old Christine.
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CBS’s The New Adventures of Old Christine has been doing well recently, thanks to its strong Two and a Half Men lead-in on CBS.  However, the network has yet to pick it up for another season.  TVGuide is reporting that ABC is in informal talks with Warner Bros. Television (who produces the show) and they are making a play for the Julia Louis-Drefus comedy The New Adventures of Old Christine, should CBS decide not to renew it.

CBS Slots Four May Episodes of “The Price Is Right”, Plus “Shark” Returns April 29th March 24, 2008 11:00 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in CBS, Scheduling, Shark, Television, The Price Is Right Million Dollar Spectacular.
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CBS has announced that they’ve added four additional episodes of its ‘Price Is Right’ primetime series The Price Is Right Million Dollar Spectacular to the schedule this May.  Originally aired on Friday’s, the show will now air on Wednesday night’s from 8:00-9:00.  The network also announced the return of Shark.  The series will return with a new day and time (Tuesday, April 29 at 9:00 p.m. ET).  Four episodes will air, three in the time period with the season finale airing on May 20th from 10:00-11:00.  An updated schedule follows after the jump.

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CBS Cancels “Jericho” [Update] March 21, 2008 1:50 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cancellations, CBS, Jericho.
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Jericho fans, it’s happening again. According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS has dropped the cancellation bomb on Jericho once again. Producers on the show have been told that the show is ending its broadcast run. The season finale will air on Tuesday, with an ending that helps give fans closure. Continue reading for my ratings analysis accompanied by a chart.

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CBS Plans Summer Edition of “Big Brother” March 17, 2008 11:42 pm

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CBS has scheduled another edition of its reality TV series Big Brother for this summer.  The series will follow the winter edition that’s currently still on the air.  A specific premiere date yet to be set. [The Hollywood Reporter]

CBS To Premiere Two New Dramas This Summer March 7, 2008 12:05 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2008/2009 TV Season, CBS, News, Television.
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CBS is laid out plans to premiere two new dramas this summer; Swingtown in May and Flashpoint in July.  Swingtown will premiere on Thursday, May 29 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), while a premiere date and time period for Flashpoint will be announced at a later date.

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CBS To Debut MMA on Saturday Nights February 28, 2008 8:42 pm

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CBS is adding mixed martial arts to its lineup starting this April.

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“Eleventh Hour” Casting February 22, 2008 6:01 pm

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British actor Rufus Sewell is in talks to lead Jerry Bruckheimer’s new CBS drama project Eleventh Hour.

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