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CBS is still the most-watched network but almost all of their established shows are down year-to-year. Plus, none of their new shows can really be considered hits. Which will be cancelled or renewed? Stay tuned!
New CBS shows (so far): The Crazy Ones, Hostages, The Millers, Mom, and We Are Men.
Returning shows (so far): 2 Broke Girls, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, How I Met Your Mother, The Mentalist, Mike & Molly, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Person of Interest, Survivor, Two and a Half Men, and Undercover Boss.
There's lots of data that CBS looks at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are typically the biggest piece. Here's how the network's shows are doing »
Washington, April 12: Phyllis Frelich has passed away at the age of 70.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the deaf actress, who won the best actress Tony Award in 1980 for her performance in the best play winner 'Children of a Lesser God', had been struggling with progressive supranuclear palsy, which is a rare degenerative neurological disease for which there are no treatments.
Frelich also appeared on such TV series as Barney Miller, Gimme a Break!, Spenser: For Hire, Hunter, L.A. Law, Pacific Blue, ER, Diagnosis Murder and, most recently, in a 2011 episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as the mother of Gil. »
- Ketali Mehta
Hey, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" peeps. Unfortunately, we have inform you guys that your favorite show is about to go Mia for a couple of weeks for a pretty long break. This means that the new,official spoilers for the upcoming episode 21 of season 14 labeled, "Kitty," will be stalled for a bit. The show, itself, will be returning to new episode action on Wednesday night, April 30th at 9pm central time, so go ahead and jot that down on your TV calendars. In related news, the show is about to introduce a new spin off show in one of their episodes, and actor Gil Bellows will be guest starring in it. Gil's character is named Mr. Berman, and he's described as being a wealthy and powerful casino mogul with many secrets. He will become the prime suspect when his wife is murdered. The spin-off as a whole, will actually focus on character ,Avery Ryan, »
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Wednesday night held true to recent form with "Survivor" and "Criminal Minds" holding off "American Idol" and leading CBS to slim wins both overall and in the key demographic. There were a few notables outside of the top positions on Wednesday. "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" got a big bump for a heavily promoted episode and gave "Chicago Pd" a smaller audience bump. Over on ABC, leaving "Mixology" alone in a sea of repeats resulted in predictable series lows for the freshman comedy. And while "The 100" also hit series lows on The CW, the drama held up reasonably well in its first airing without a new "Arrow" as a lead-in. On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 2.1 rating for Wednesday night, edging out the 2.0 rating for Fox in the key demographic. NBC's 1.5 key demo rating was third, followed by ABC's 1.0 key demo rating. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Over the course of 14 seasons, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation has tackled a brain-imploding array of freaky topics. Now it's going for the big one. "There's something about cannibalism that is so taboo and forbidden and disgusting that we, as a culture, don't want to think about it — but we can't stop our minds from going there," says Tom Mularz, who wrote this week's man-eats-man episode, "Consumed" (Wednesday, 10/9c, CBS).
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- Michael Logan
Cannes — French pay TV company Canal Plus has greenlit crime drama “Spotless,” which was co-created by Ed McCardie (U.K. version of “Shameless”), and Corinne Marrinan (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”).
The 10-episode series is to be produced by Tandem Communications, which is owned by Canal Plus’ production arm Studiocanal. Principal photography is set to begin this summer on location in London. The first two episodes will be directed by Pascal Chaumeil (“Heartbreaker,” “A Long Way Down”). Principal casting will be announced soon.
The show, which will be peppered with black humor, centers on a troubled man, Jean, whose tidy life is turned upside down when his outlaw brother, Martin, crash lands into his world, and gets both of them involved in the deadly dynamics of organized crime.
Played out against a backdrop of Jean’s niche crime-scene cleaning business, with gangsters, corruption, drugs and death a constant hazard, Jean, Martin »
- Leo Barraclough
French pay-tv group Canal Plus has given a 10-episode order to the London-set crime drama Spotless, with StudioCanal's Tandem Communications to produce in association with Rosetta Media. Co-created by British writer/producer Ed McCardie (Shameless) and American Corinne Marrinan (C.S.I.), Spotless is described as a “sexy one-hour crime drama peppered with black humor.” It follows Jean, a man who runs a crime scene clean-up business, whose life is turned upside down when his gangster brother Martin crashes back into his world. Story: Miptv: 'Sex, Lies and Handwriting' Series Starts Shoot in
- Scott Roxborough
As smoking rates decline in the U.S., so does the visibility of tobacco products in primetime television.
In what they’re claiming is the largest-ever study linking tobacco use to TV, researchers at Annenberg Public Policy Center found that tobacco use on broadcast television dropped from a high of 4.96 instances per hour of programming in 1961 to 0.29 instances per hour in 2010.
Cable television shows such as AMC’s “Mad Men,” where cigarettes are commonplace, were not included.
Researchers found that smoking on TV and actual smoking were linked, where the smoking decline on TV could predict the prevalence of smoking year-to-year in society.
The study found that an annual change of one tobacco instance per episode hour across two years was associated with an annual change of 38.5 cigarettes, »
- Nikara Johns
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 2, 2014. "Survivor: Cagayan" and "Criminal Minds" both beat "American Idol" in key measures and helped CBS win Wednesday night both overall and among young viewers. "Idol" was actually flat week-to-week in Fast Nationals, while "Survivor" was down a hair, but last week was the first time the "Survivor" margin-of-victory from Fast Nationals held up over "Idol" in Finals. Given the history of tightening in Finals, there's a strong possibility Fox could end up tied for the night in the key demo, but we'll have to wait and see. For the most part it was a sluggish Wednesday, though there were small gains for "Suburgatory," "Nashville," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Chicago Pd," while "Modern Family," "Mixology," "Arrow" and "The 100" were among the shows in decline. On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 2.2 rating for Wednesday night, nipping the 2.1 rating for Fox in the key demographic. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, March 26, 2014. The "Survivor" margin-of-victory over "American Idol" is growing with each week, but with CBS' procedurals in repeats, Fox still won Wednesday night in all key measures. It was ABC that capitalized on the absence of new "Criminal Minds" and "CSI" episodes, as "Modern Family," "Mixology" and "Nashville" were all up from their last originals. In contrast, The CW's "The 100" dropped from last week's premiere, falling behind "Arrow," but still far exceeding the network's time period averages. On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, Fox averaged a 2.1 rating for Wednesday night, just ahead of the 1.8 rating for ABC in the key demographic. CBS was a close third with a 1.7 key demo rating, far ahead of the 0.8 key demo rating for NBC and The CW. Overall, Fox averaged an estimated 9.15 million viewers and a 5.6 rating/9 share for Wednesday night, topping CBS' 8.15 million and 5.1/8. ABC was third »
- Daniel Fienberg
Guilfoyle has played series regular Captain Jim Brass in all 14 seasons of the crime series and will make his final appearance during the season finale on May 7. He reportedly found out last week that he would not be returning to the series.
“Paul made Captain Brass a standout character,” said “CSI” exec producers Carol Mendelsohn and Don McGill. “He is not just an original cast member, he is an original. In a show about forensics, fans always looked forward to the handcuffs coming out, and Captain Brass putting his spin on the crime of the week, just as Paul Guilfoyle put his indelible stamp on the character and the show. He will be missed.”
The actor joins other stars who have previously left the show, »
- Andrea Seikaly
It's the end of a regime. Paul Guilfoyle is set to exit CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation at the end of the current season, E! News has confirmed. Guilfoyle, who plays Captain Jim Brass, has been with the series since it first premiered in 2000 and was one of the last remaining original cast members, alongside George Eads. First reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Guilfoyle's final appearance will be in the Season 14 finale, airing on May 7. "Paul made Capt. Brass a standout character," the show's executive producers Carol Mendelsohn and Don McGill said in a statement to THR. "He is not just an original cast member, he is an original. In a show about forensics, fans always »
CBS has announced spring finale dates for its 2013-2014 series. Beginning with the series finale of "How I Met Your Mother" on Monday, March 31 and continuing through "Survivor" on Wednesday, May 21. Check out all of the finales below (all times Eastern/Pacific):
Monday, March 31
8 p.m. "How I Met Your Mother" (one-hour series finale)
10 p.m. "Intelligence"
Monday, April 14
9:30 p.m. "Mom"
Thursday, April 17
9 p.m. "The Crazy Ones" (one hour)
Monday, May 5
8 p.m. "2 Broke Girls"
Wednesday, May 7
10 p.m. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
Thursday, May 8
9 p.m. "Two and a Half Men"
Friday, May 9
9 p.m. "Hawaii Five-0"
10 p.m. "Blue Bloods"
Tuesday, May 13
8 p.m. "NCIS"
9p.m. "NCIS: Los Angeles"
10 p.m. "Person of Interest"
Wednesday, May 14
9 p.m. "Criminal Minds"
Thursday, May 15
8 p.m. "The Big Bang Theory"
8:30 p.m. "The Millers"
10 p.m. "Elementary"
Sunday, May 18
8 p.m. "The Amazing Race"
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CBS is apparently no longer afraid of “American Idol.”
After years of scheduling its “Survivor” finale on a Sunday, CBS has slotted the conclusion to the reality adventure show’s 28th edition for Wednesday, May 21. “American Idol” is expected to wrap on May 21, one night after the show’s finale performance episode, so this would be the first time “Survivor” finished opposite “Idol.”
The “Survivor” finale will air from 8 to 10 p.m., followed by its reunion special.
CBS has good reason to feel good about its chances on that night, since “Survivor” has pulled ahead of “Idol” head-to-head in adults 18-49 for the past two weeks, and last night it won out in total viewers for the first time, according to Nielsen.
The Eye on Thursday also announced finale dates for its other primetime series, which will kick off on March 31 with the previously announced one-hour series finale of “How I Met Your Mother. »
- Rick Kissell
CBS this morning announced season finale dates, starting with the previously set one-hour series finale of long-running comedy series How I Met Your Mother on March 31, and ending with the two-hour season finale of Survivor on May 21 followed by the traditional reunion show. Two freshman comedies — Mom and The Crazy Ones — will air their season wrap-ups in April: Monday, March 31 8-9 Pm - How I Met Your Mother (One-Hour Series Finale) 10-11 Pm – Intelligence Monday, April 14 9:30-10 Pm – Mom Thursday, April 17 9:01-10:01 Pm – The Crazy Ones (One-Hour Season Finale) Monday, May 5 8-8:30 Pm - 2 Broke Girls Wednesday, May 7 10-11 Pm – CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Thursday, May 8 9:01-9:31 Pm – Two And A Half Men Friday, May 9 9-10 Pm – Hawaii Five-0 10-11 Pm – Blue Bloods Tuesday, May 13 8-9 Pm – NCIS 9-10:01 Pm – NCIS: Los Angeles 10:01-11 Pm – Person Of Interest Wednesday, May 14 9-10 Pm – Criminal Minds Thursday, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, March 19, 2014. With "American Idol" lagging behind "Survivor" in the 8 p.m. hour and only edging "Criminal Minds" among young viewers in the 9 p.m. hour, CBS and Fox had a tight race for Wednesday supremacy. As of now, the two networks tied in the key demographic and CBS holds a slim advantage overall, though anything could change. Among other notables, "Mixology" took a solid drop without a new "Modern Family" as lead-in, while NBC's various dramas were also down a hair. The CW had the night's best news, as "The 100" premiered above its "Arrow" lead-in, giving the network its biggest midseason hit since the 2010 premiere of "Life Unexpected." "The 100" was The CW's most watched show in its time period since September 2010. On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, Fox and CBS both averaged a 2.2 rating for Wednesday night, tops in the key demographic. [CBS had a slim advantage in the two primetime hours the networks share.] NBC was »
- Daniel Fienberg
CBS isn't waiting for the May upfronts to announce most of their renewals. The network has decided to renew 2 Broke Girls, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, The Millers, Mike & Molly, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Person of Interest, Two and a Half Men, and Undercover Boss. The Big Bang Theory was renewed for three seasons earlier this week.
The fates of The Crazy Ones, Hostages, Intelligence, and The Mentalist are still up in the air. Their absence from the renewals list certainly isn't a good sign. You can see a full list of recent/current/upcoming CBS shows here.
CBS Announces Renewals For 18 Primetime Shows For Next Season
Combined With Two Previously Announced Renewals, Network Has Now Picked Up 20 Returning Series for 2014-2015 »
One day after picking up "The Big Bang Theory" for Three additional years, CBS decided that the Chuck Lorre comedy and the previously renewed "Survivor" needed some company, so the network announced a whopping 18 series renewals for the 2014-2015 season. CBS now has at least 17 hours of primetime programming already in place for next season. The 18 renewals announced on Thursday (March 13) include nine dramas, five comedies, two reality shows and two news programs. "The best way to launch new shows in the fall and throughout the season is to surround them with a strong and stable lineup of successful series," blurbs Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment. "The shows we’re picking up today cut across every night of the week and feature genre leaders, time-period winners and the most-watched shows on broadcast television." Let's start with the nine dramas renewals, none of which constitutes even a minor surprise. "NCIS »
- Daniel Fienberg
CBS went into a renewal frenzy on Thursday, giving new seasons to “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “The Good Wife,” “Person of Interest” and others. On the drama side of things, in addition to the above three series, the network has also picked up “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Blue Bloods,” “Criminal Minds” and “Elementary.” Also read: CBS Sets Summer Slate: Halle Berry's ‘Extant’ Premiere Pushed a Week On the comedy end, the freshman series “Mom” and “The Millers” are returning, along with veteran series “2 Broke Girls,” “Mike & Molly” and “Two and a Half Men.” The network has not yet issued. »
- Tim Kenneally
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Things are way closer than they used to be on Wednesday nights. CBS' "Survivor: Cagayan" spent a rare week ahead of "American Idol" in all measures and helped CBS claim overall victory for the night, while "Idol" still edged out "Criminal Minds" among young viewers, leaving Fox with a slim key demo win. There's a catch for CBS' numbers, though. The network had Acc and SEC basketball preemptions and delays in that 8 p.m. hour. Given the closeness of both the overall and key demo ratings, it's entirely possible that Fox and "Idol" could come out on top when Nationals come in. [Update: In Final figures, "Survivor" dropped a hair and fell below "Idol" overall. "Survivor" still had the advantage in the 18-49, but that tiny overall drop for CBS let Fox win the night overall as well.] Among other notables, "Modern Family" continued to be Wednesday's top show among young viewers, while "Mixology" continued to lose more than half of its lead-in, even if it isn't taking big week-to-week drops. On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, Fox averaged a 2.4 rating for Wednesday night, »
- Daniel Fienberg
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