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ABC orders Mark Burnett pilot

ABC orders Mark Burnett pilot
ABC is taking a dive into Mark Burnett's "The Shark Tank."

The network has handed out a pilot order to the unscripted project, an adaptation of the Japanese reality format "Dragon's Den."

Sony Pictures TV is producing the show, which features aspiring entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas to moguls, aka the "Sharks," in hopes of landing investment funds.

This is the second reality competition series for budding entrepreneurs at ABC. The network aired two seasons of "American Inventor," a brainchild of Simon Cowell and Peter Jones. Jones is one of the "Dragons," the wealthy judges on the successful British version of "Dragon's Den," which aired its sixth cycle this summer.

The arena of business-themed reality shows is a familiar one for Burnett, who also created and is executive producing "The Apprentice," which returns with a second celebrity edition in January.
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Duo heads up ABC alternatives

ABC senior vps Vicki Dummer and John Saade have been given the reins of the network's alternative series, specials and late-night.

Dummer and Saade, both veteran unscripted executives at the network, have overseen the day-to-day operations of the department since April, when ABC's former reality maven, Andrea Wang, departed to head Lifetime, and have been considered the primary candidates to succeed her.

In their new capacity, Saade and Dummer will jointly oversee development, current and production for ABC's alternative series, with Saade focusing on development and Dummer on current and specials. They will report to ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson.

"John and Vicki have impressive track records, incredible creative instincts and really complement each other in their skill sets," McPherson said. "They make a great team and continually discover, develop and execute original alternative programming. Their expanded responsibilities will continue to help ABC excel in the genre."

Dummer and Saade were instrumental in the shepherding of such ABC reality series as Dancing With the Stars, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Supernanny and American Inventor.

ABC had a ho-hum summer with unscripted series The Ex-Wives Club, Shaq's Big Challenge, The Next Big Thing, American Inventor and Fast Cars & Superstars. The network is gearing up for the return of its reality juggernaut Dancing.

Dummer joined ABC in 1996, when she worked in the network's comedy department, handling such series as 8 Simple Rules, According to Jim, Dharma & Greg, The Drew Carey Show, Less Than Perfect and Whose Line Is it Anyway? She segued to a split duty in the unscripted and current departments in 2000, when she was upped to vp current programming and alternative series development.

Fox dazzles with 'Dance' and 'Lyrics'

NEW YORK -- Fox won Wednesday's primetime with So You Think You Can Dance and Don't Forget the Lyrics.

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.

The 10 p.m. hour split between a repeat CSI: NY (8.2 million, 2.1/6) in viewership and Dateline NBC (7.2 million, 2.8/8). An episode of ABC's canceled The Nine (3.2 million, 1.1/3) came in far third.

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).

Fox dominates with reality heavyweights

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.

The 10 p.m. hour went to CSI: NY (8 million, 2.1/6) in viewership and Dateline: NBC (7.2 million, 2.8/9) in adults 18-49.

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).

Fox's 'Dance' back in spotlight with Wed. win

Fox's reality series So You Think You Can Dance led the field Wednesday, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research.

The two-hour episode averaged 7.8 million total viewers between 8-10 p.m., and a 5.0 rating/9 share in the demo. It was enough to top ABC at 8 p.m. with The Next Best Thing (7 million, 2.1/7) and at 9 p.m. with American Inventor (6.1 million, 2.2, 7). CBS, NBC and the CW aired reruns in that block, with the exception of NBC's Last Comic Standing at 9 p.m.

At 10 p.m., NBC reigned in the demo with Dateline (3.0/9), but CBS scored more total viewers, 8.6 million, with a rerun of CSI: NY.

Nightly averages: Fox (7.8 million, 3.1/10), CBS (7 million, 1.9/6), NBC (6.5 million, 2.5/8), ABC (5.6 million, 1.9/6) and the CW (1.5 million, 0.6/2).

'Dance,' 'Lyrics' a winning combo for Fox

NEW YORK -- Fox won Wednesday's primetime with So You Think You Can Dance plus a good premiere of Don't Forget the Lyrics.

Lyrics might not have hit the same high notes as NBC's Singing Bee the night before, but it didn't do too badly either. It was the night's highest-rated program, with 8.1 million viewers and a 3.4 rating/10 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research.

It improved upon Dance ( 8.4 million, 3.0/10), which also won its time period between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. That was ahead of NBC's America's Got Talent (7.5 million, 2.6/8), which was its lowest rating so far this season.

ABC got a second-place finish at 8 p.m. with The Next Best Thing (7.1 million, 2.0/7) but fell at 9 p.m. with American Inventor (5.7 million, 2.0/6).

The 10 p.m. hour went to Last Comic Standing (6.9 million, 2.9/9) in adults 18-49 and to a repeat CSI: NY (8.6 million, 2.3/7) in viewership, while ABC's drama Traveler (3.5 million, 1.2/3) continued to fade away.

NBC shows 'Talent'; CBS tops

NEW YORK -- America's Got Talent continued to perform well for NBC, leading the network to second place in viewership and adults 18-49 for the week ending Sunday.

CBS claimed the top spot in viewership, while Fox, which continues to have success in reality with So You Think You Can Dance and Hell's Kitchen, won in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research data.

Fox got the week started last Monday with Hell's Kitchen (7.4 million, 3.6/10), which overpowered at 9 p.m. reality competition from ABC with The Ex-Wives Club (3.5 million, 1.2/3) and NBC's Age of Love (5.6 million, 2.3/6). CBS swooped in with a viewership win led by Two and a Half Men (9.1 million, 2.7/8) and CSI: Miami (8.9 million, 2.6/7).

Tuesday belonged to NBC with a two-hour Talent (11.5 million, 3.8/12), which gave the peacock the win in both measures. Nothing else could get any traction, especially the low-rated On the Lot (2.2 million, 1.1/4).

But the balance swung back to Fox on Wednesday with two hours of Dance, with the first hour winning with 8.6 million, 3.3/11 in adults 18-49 and the second hour crushing the competition with 9.8 million viewers and a 3.8/11 in the demo against ABC's American Inventor (6.5 million, 2.3/7) and NBC's Last Comic Standing (6.5 million, 2.5.7).

'Dance' dominates Wed. night; ABC improves

NEW YORK -- So You Think You Can Dance led Fox to victory in both key measures in Wednesday's primetime.

The 9 p.m. hour of Dance averaged 9.8 million viewers and a 3.8 rating/11 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. Fox won 9 p.m. as well as 8 p.m. with a special edition of Dance (8.4 million, 3.2/11).

Meanwhile, ABC's lineup improved slightly. The 8 p.m. The Next Best Thing (7.2 million, 2.2/7) came out ahead of last week (6.2 million, 2.0/7); so did American Inventor (6.6 million, 2.4/7) compared with a week ago (6.1 million, 2.1/6). But ABC lost any momentum it had going into 10 p.m. with sci-fi drama Traveler (3.8 million, 1.3/4), which was down further from last week's 4.5 million and 1.6/5 in adults 18-49.

NBC's Last Comic Standing (5.7 million, 2.5/7) came in second at 9 p.m. against Dance but was down slightly from last week's 6 million and 2.6/8 in the demo.

Fox gives rivals two-hour 'Dance' lesson

NEW YORK -- Fox took Wednesday's primetime, dancing around reality competition on NBC and ABC.

A two-hour So You Think You Can Dance (8.9 million, 3.6/12) gave Fox wins in all four half-hours between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Not even close were the premieres of NBC's Last Comic Standing (6.9 million, 2.8/8) plus new episodes of NBC's Deal or No Deal (8.2 million, 1.9/7) and ABC's American Inventor (6.3 million, 2.1/6) and Next Best Thing (6.1 million, 2.0/7).

The second hour of Last Comic Standing (7.3 million, 3.2/9) gave NBC the win at 10 p.m. in adults 18-49, though a repeat CSI: NY (8 million, 2.1/6) came out ahead of it in viewers. Far behind in third place was ABC's drama Traveler (4.1 million, 1.3/4).

Nightly averages: Fox (8.9 million, 3.6/12); NBC (7.3 million, 2.5/8); CBS (6.1 million, 1.7/5); ABC (5.5 million, 1.8/6); and the CW (2 million, 0.8/2).

Fox has spring in its step with new 'Dance'

NEW YORK -- Fox won Wednesday's primetime with a new episode of So You Think You Can Dance against the last game of this year's Stanley Cup finals on NBC and a night of original programming on ABC.

Dance was the night's top show with 10.2 million viewers and a 4.4 rating/12 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research.

The 9 p.m. Dance had no trouble defeating the second-season premiere of ABC's American Inventor (7.8 million, 3.0/8), which was about what it did for last year's premiere. ABC's "The Next Best Thing: Who Is The Greatest Celebrity Impersonator" (8.3 million, 2.7/9) was up from last week's premiere (2.5/8).

It also had no trouble with the last game of the Stanley Cup Finals, which averaged 2.9 million viewers and a 1.2/4 that placed NBC firmly in fourth place for the night.

The 10 p.m. hour was won by a repeat CSI: NY (9.2 million, 2.7/8), which was ahead of ABC's drama Traveler (5.4 million, 1.8/5).

NBC scores with 'Grace'-ful goodbye Thursday

NEW YORK -- NBC's farewell to Will & Grace came up big for the network, coming in close to CBS's CSI finale in the demo and along with the ER finale giving the Peacock a now-rare Thursday win. Will & Grace averaged 18.1 million viewers and an 8.1 rating/20 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary ratings estimates from Nielsen Media Research. That was almost the equal in the demo of CSI (25.1 million, 8.2/20), not only the night's traditional winner but also regularly the top-scripted show on TV. NBC devoted two hours to the finale, including a one-hour retrospective of the show's eight season between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. The retrospective (12.6 million, 5.1/16) won the time period in the demo, although CBS's CSI repeat (13.9 million, 3.7/11) beat it in viewership. Also putting in a strong showing at 8 p.m. was Fox's That '70s Show, which averaged 9.2 million viewers and a 4.3/13 in the demo. But ABC's American Inventor couldn't create anything more than a fourth place finish, with 5.1 million viewers and a 1.7/5 in the demo for its first hour. (Its second hour rose only slightly, averaging 6.6 million viewers and a 2.4/6).

CBS wins Thursday filled with reruns

CBS wins Thursday filled with reruns
NEW YORK -- CBS won a repeat-laden Thursday primetime with new episodes of Survivor and Without a Trace while ABC sank with a two-hour American Inventor and Commander in Chief. CBS averaged 17.2 million viewers and a 5.3 rating/15 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary ratings estimates from Nielsen Media Research. It won all three hours in primetime in both key measures, with none of the other networks even coming close. The 8 p.m. time period belonged to Survivor, which averaged 16.3 million viewers and a 5.4/17. A repeat CSI followed at 9 p.m. with 18.7 million viewers and a 5.4/15 with 16.6 million people and a 4.9/14 being delivered to a new Without a Trace.

'Commander in Chief' Set for Comeback

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The Geena Davis drama Commander In Chief is coming back to screens sooner than expected. The White House show was pulled off the air by US network ABC in January after scoring low ratings. The drama had received critical acclaim and Davis received a Golden Globe for her performance on the show as America's first female president. Network executives didn't originally specify a return air date, but have now scheduled the show to return on April 13 in a new Thursday 10:00pm timeslot. The show will follow the latest hit reality series, American Inventor.

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