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Kranks averaged 7.2 million viewers and a 2.4 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. It was edged out of the lead for the night by a repeat "Law & Order: SVU" (8.7 million, 2.5/7). CBS's repeat Criminal Minds (9.1 million, 1.9/6) was the night's top show in viewership.
Meanwhile, CBS' coverage of the Kennedy Center Honors (6.2 million,1.2/3) dropped 37% compared to last year's telecast on the same day. It was the night's only original programming.
Clash (8.3 million, 2.4/7) remained steady in adults 18-49 all week while recording its highest viewership so far, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. It also out-dueled Duel (7.4 million, 2.2/7) when it went up against the ABC game show between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. But Clash met its match in a repeat Criminal Minds (11.6 million, 2.9/8).
CBS (10 million, 2.7/8) won in both measures against ABC (5.9 million, 1.7/5); NBC (7 million, 2.2/6); Fox (4.7 million, 1.9/5) and the CW (1.8 million, 0.8/2). »
NEW YORK -- ABC and NBC split victories in Wednesday's primetime, with a new episode of Private Practice rising to the top in adults 18-49 in the face of a repeat Criminal Minds and a two-hour Deal or No Deal.
ABC was the top network in adults 18-49, while NBC won the night in viewership, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research. Final data is expected later Thursday.
ABC's gains were led by Practice (10.3 million, 3.8/10), which beat a repeat Criminal Minds (9.4 million, 2.5/6) as well as the last hour of a two-hour Deal or No Deal (11.5 million, 2.9/8). Fox's Kitchen Nightmares ( 5.3 million, 2.6/7) was third in the 9 p.m. hour.
The network won at 8 p.m. with Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (9.4 million, 3.4/9), which was down 11% from last year. It beat a new Kid Nation (7.2 million, 2.1/6) as well as the first hour of Deal or No Deal and repeats on Fox. The CW's America's Next Top Model (4.6 million, 2.3/6) came in third at 8 p.m. »
NEW YORK -- A half-hour Shrek the Halls holiday special was anything but ugly for ABC, scoring by far the night's highest adults 18-49 rating that even the perennial "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" couldn't match.
Shrek averaged 21.1 million viewers and a 7.2 rating/20 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates released by Nielsen Media Research. The special, along with Grinch (18.7 million, 6.8/17), gave ABC a wide-margin victory on the last night of the November sweeps.
Shrek and Grinch combined to give the other holiday standby, NBC's Christmas at Rockefeller Center (9 million, 2.0/5), its lowest-ever rating in adults 18-49, and it was down 23% compared with a year ago's 2.6/7.
CBS came in second in adults 18-49 and narrowly won in viewership, thanks to Criminal Minds (16.3 million, 4.5/11) that came in ahead at 9 p.m. over ABC's Pushing Daisies (10.2 million, 3.8/9) as well as NBC's Bionic Woman (6 million, 2.2/5). It was the highest viewership and demo rating for Criminal Minds since Feb. 7. »
After weathering the assault of two high-profile rookies in the 9 p.m. hour, ABC's Private Practice and NBC's Bionic Woman, as well as a major recasting following star Mandy Patinkin's abrupt exit in the summer, the veteran crime drama emerged as the top program in the hour this week.
With 15.7 million viewers and a 4.3 rating/11 share -- its best ratings in nine months -- Minds beat Practice in the demo for the first time and ranked as the No.1 program of the night in viewers and 18-49, according to early Nielsen estimates.
Private (11.4 million, 4.2/10) was a close second in the 9-10 p.m. slot, while Bionic (6.3 million, 2.5/6) continued its descent with its lowest demo number to date, finishing behind Fox's Kitchen Nightmares (7.0 million, 3.2/8), which posted hit series highs in viewers and 18-49.
Additionally, the CW's America's Next Top Model (5.3 million, 2.6/8) hit season highs in adults 18-34 (2.5/7) and adults 18-49, lifting the freshman drama Gossip Girl to its best numbers since the premiere. »
The three-hour broadcast of the awards show averaged 15.9 million viewers and a 5.4 rating/14 share among adults 18-49, matching its demo performance last year, according to early Nielsen estimates.
For the night, ABC was followed by CBS (11.5 million, 3.1/8), NBC (6.3 million, 2.5/7) and Fox (6.0 million, 2.4/6). »
NEW YORK -- It was mostly trick and not treat for the networks on Halloween night, where many shows got ratings scares amid lower viewing overall.
Private Practice was the night's top show in adults 18-49 with 11.2 million viewers and a 3.8 rating/10 share in the demo, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. But Practice fell to its lowest demo rating ever, dropping 19% from a year ago. CBS' Criminal Minds (14.7 million, 3.5/9) tied its lowest rating so far this season.
It was even worse for critical fave Pushing Daisies (8.5 million, 2.6/8), which dropped 30% from its season average. CBS' Kid Nation (6.9 million, 2.0/6) was also low.
NBC averaged 6.4 million viewers and a 2.3/7 in adults 18-49 for a two-hour special Phenomenon that took the 9 p.m. slot of Bionic Woman. Fox was in repeats all night because of the World Series running shorter than hoped, as was the CW.
CSI: NY (13.5 million, 3.6/10) won at 10 p.m. »
Private Practice remained the night's top show in adults 18-49 with 11.8 million viewers and a 4.3 rating/11 share in the demo, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. But Private Practice was down more than a half-million viewers and 12% in adults 18-49, though it saw a slight improvement in its second half hour.
CBS' drama Criminal Minds (14.9 million, 3.9/10) had a comfortable lead in viewership and remained steady week-to-week. NBC's Bionic Woman (8.5 million, 3.3/8) was down slightly from last week but has failed to show improvement from its premiere week peak. Fox's Kitchen Nightmares (6.9 million, 3.2/8) was up.
While down slightly from last week, Pushing Daisies (9.7 million, 3.6/10) still handily won the hour in adults 18-49. NBC's Deal or No Deal (12.3 million, 3.1/9) tied the highest adults 18-49 rating since Dec. »
The eight-figure overall pact is retroactive to June. It will keep Gordon's Mark Gordon Co. at the studio for four more years, until 2011.
Three years ago, Gordon, a successful feature producer, was a newcomer to television. Now he has tied fellow feature transplant, TV mogul Jerry Bruckheimer, as the producer with most scripted series on television -- five.
MGC's portfolio includes TV's highest-rated scripted series, ABC's Grey's Anatomy, along with CBS' solid crime drama Criminal Minds, Lifetime's hit Army Wives and two of the most-talked-about new series: the highly anticipated Grey's spinoff Private Practice on ABC and the CW's buzzworthy Reaper.
All five series, which Gordon shepherds with MGC television division president Deborah Spera, hail from ABC Studios, which signed Gordon in his first TV deal in summer 2004, shortly after the pilot for Grey's was picked up to series.
"This is the only deal I've had in television, the first place where I started making television, and I look forward to being here for a long, long time," Gordon said. »
Comic made it closer than it would have been, averaging 6.4 million viewers and a 2.8 rating/6 share in the adults 18-49 demographic to become the night's top show in the demo. A repeat CSI: NY (8.9 million, 2.4/7) was the night's top show in viewership, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research.
CBS won at 8 p.m. with a new Power of 10 (7.8 million, 2.0/7) that beat all repeats. While Comic won at 9 p.m. in the demo, CBS' repeat Criminal Minds (8.1 million, 2.0/6) took viewership in a walk and then CBS followed it up at 10 p.m. with CSI: NY that beat originals NASCAR in Primetime (2.7 million, 1.1/3) and Dateline NBC (6.1 million, 2.1/6).
Last Comic Standing (6.2 million, 2.4 rating/7 share) and Dateline: NBC (7.5 million, 2.4/7) shared the honors as the night's top show in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. A repeat CSI: NY (8.1 million, 2.2/6) was the top show in viewers.
CBS' Power of 10 (7.8 million, 2.0/7) won at 8 p.m. in both measures against NBC's "Summer's Top 10 Most Outrageous Moments" (6.2 million, 1.9/6). CBS's Criminal Minds (8 million, 2.2/6) won viewership at 9 p.m.
The hire caps weeks of exhaustive searching for a new lead on the two-year-old crime drama after star Mandy Patinkin's abrupt departure last month from the show because of what he called in a statement "creative differences."
"We are very excited to tell you all that Joe Mantegna is officially joining the cast of 'Criminal Minds, ' " the show's executive producer/showrunner, Ed Bernero, wrote in a posting on the Minds fan blog during the weekend. "Thanks for hanging with us, everyone."
Details about Mantegna's character as well as when he will be introduced have yet to be determined. Patinkin's character, Jason Gideon, was the leader of the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit at the center of the show, which is produced by ABC Studios and the Mark Gordon Co.
Mantegna is nominated for an Emmy for his role on USA Network's miniseries The Starter Wife.
Fox won each hour in the demo between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., first with So You Think You Can Dance (7.6 million, 2.8 rating/10 share in adults 18-49) and then at 9 p.m. with Don't Forget the Lyrics (8.8 million, 3.2/10). The preliminary estimates were released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research.
Meanwhile, Power (7.8 million, 2.0/7) won in viewership at 8 p.m. but was down from Tuesday night's premiere (9.2 million, 2.7/9). It tied in the demo with a repeat of NBC's Outrageous Moments (6 million, 2.0/7). CBS had better luck at 9 p.m. with a repeat Criminal Minds (8.9 million, 2.1/6), though NBC's Last Comic Standing (5.9 million, 2.5/8) came in second in the demo against Lyrics.
He is poised to fill the void left by the abrupt departure of the show's star Mandy Patinkin last month.
Following Patinkin's exit, the show's producers launched an exhaustive search for a big-name actor to play a new central character on the crime drama.
On the big screen, Keitel next reprises his role in the sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets.
Dance (8.2 million, 3.0/10) prevailed between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. against repeat competition on the networks, though it did come up against stiffer competition between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Fox's Lyrics (7.8 million, 3.0/8) won in viewership at 9:30 p.m., but the last half-hour of Last Comic Standing (6.8 million, 2.9/8) tied it in adults 18-49. Farther down the list at 9 p.m. were ABC's American Inventor (5.3 million, 1.7/5) and CBS' Criminal Minds (6.8 million, 1.8/5).
Lyrics was up slightly compared with last week in adults 18-49. Last Comic Standing tied its highest demo rating so far this season.
Wednesday averages: Fox (8.1 million, 3.0/9); NBC (6.8 million, 2.6/8); CBS (6.7 million, 1.9/6); ABC (4.3 million, 1.4/4); and the CW (1.6 million, 0.7/2). »
Kim, who reports to MGC's president of television Deborah Spera, has been instrumental in the development and production of the company's breakout hit for Lifetime Army Wives, which has been picked up for a second season. He was also involved in the development of praised upcoming CW series Reaper and in overseeing production of CBS' Criminal Minds.
Before joining MGC, Kim was manager of original programming at Showtime. »
NEW YORK -- Fox won Wednesday night's primetime.
The netork won every half-hour between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the adults 18-49 demographic, first with the 90-minute So You Think You Can Dance (8 million, 3.0/9) and then at 9:30 p.m. with Don't Forget the Lyrics (7.4 million, 2.8/8).
ABC took the 8 p.m. hour in viewership with The Next Best Thing (7.1 million, 1.9/7) then came in behind Fox at 9 p.m. and NBC and CBS at 10 p.m. with a two-hour American Inventor (6.1 million, 2.0/6). NBC had better luck with Last Comic Standing (6.3 million, 2.5/8), while a repeat Criminal Minds (7.6 million, 1.8/6) won that hour in viewership.
Wednesday averages: Fox (7.6 million, 2.9/10); CBS (6.8 million, 1.8/6); ABC (6.4 million, 2.0/6); NBC (6.3 million, 2.4/8); and the CW (1.7 million, 0.7/2). »
Actor Shemar Moore has pleaded no contest to speeding charges in Los Angeles and has agreed to carry out 80 hours of community service. The Criminal Minds star was also placed on probation for 36 months after be was clocked racing at 65 miles-per-hour along a city street on June 1. Drunk-driving charges against Moore were dropped as part of the actor's plea deal. »
The new Nina Tassler embraces controversy and revels in it.
Overall, the departures of Criminal Minds star Mandy Patinkin and NCIS creator Don Bellisario and the return of the canceled drama Jericho dominated CBS' executive session at the Television Critics Assn.'s summer press tour at the Beverly Hilton.
Tassler was barraged with questions about the circumstances surrounding Patinkin's exit from Minds but declined to provide details beyond saying it was "a personal issue."
On Monday, Patinkin's request to be released from the successful two-year-old show was granted for what the actor's statement said were "creative differences."
A question about the discrepancy between his and Tassler's assessments of the motives for the departure produced the most memorable quote of the day.
"I think 'creative differences' is a euphemism for 'personal issues,'" Tassler said with a wink, drawing laughs from the audiences.
She declined to say if Patinkin has been declared a persona non grata at CBS following his exits from two network series, Minds and Chicago Hope. He left the latter show early in its second season after winning an Emmy for his leading role.
On Bellisario's departure from the hit NCIS, which reportedly was prompted by friction between him and series star Mark Harmon, Tassler said the network tried to "mediate" but that ultimately "it was the natural evolution of a show that you groom your writers on your staff to take over the mantle so you can move on to develop other shows." »
Davis and Zotnowski have been shepherding CBS' drama development since the fall, when senior vp drama Laverne McKinnon left the network. They will continue to report to CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler.
Davis and Zotnowski's promotions come on the heels of the duo overseeing a slate of risky and unconventional projects, several of which were picked up to series: the murder-mystery musical Viva Laughlin; the couple- swapping-themed Swingtown; the Latino dark family drama Cane; and Moonlight, about a private eye who is a vampire.
"I've watched Robert and Christina grow from promising young programrs to talented, skilled and accomplished development executives," Tassler said. "Without question they are two of the brightest young programming minds in our business, with the talent and relationships in the community to take our drama development to even greater heights."
Davis and Zotnowski, who have operated as a team since they were named vps drama series in May 2005, also were involved in the development of CBS' returning freshmen dramas Jericho and Shark and sophomore one-hours Criminal Minds, Ghost Whisperer and The Unit.
Davis started in the CBS drama department in 1997 as assistant to then-department head Tassler and rose through the ranks from supervisor to manager and director. »
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