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'NCIS' leads CBS to Tues. win

15 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- NCIS pushed past House in viewership to lead CBS to a win Tuesday in the measure although House overwhelmingly took the demo to give Fox a primetime win in adults 18-49.

NCIS averaged 17.4 million viewers and a 4.3 rating/12 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research. It was the night's top show in viewership and also won the 8 p.m. hour for CBS against relatively light fare including ABC's The Grinch That Stole Christmas (11 million, 3.9/11), NBC's Friday Night Lights (5.7 million, 2.3/6) and Fox's Standoff (5 million, 1.9/5).

The 9 p.m. hour was all House (16.1 million, 6.5/17), which beat up on CBS's The Unit (13.5 million, 3.7/10) as well as a repeat Law & Order: Criminal Intent (7.4 million, 2.1/5) plus the faltering ABC sitcoms Big Day (4.9 million, 1.8/5) and Help Me Help You (3.5 million, 1.4/3).

The CW averaged only 2.3 million viewers and a 0.9/2 in the demo with a repeat Gilmore Girls before falling even further with an hourlong telecast of the Family Friend Awards ( 1.7 million, 0.6/2). »

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Help Me Help You: ABC Says Goodbye to Group Therapy

14 December 2006 12:59 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

It looks like "The Doctor is Out" at ABC. The network is readjusting its Tuesday night schedule and its little surprise that the new Ted Danson comedy has been sent packing.

Help Me Help You was an offbeat sitcom about best-selling author and therapist Dr. Bill Hoffman (Cheers' Ted Danson) and his therapy group of misfits. The patients were ably played by Dear John's Jere Burns , Charlie Finn, Jim Rash, Darlene Hunt, and Suzy Nakamura. Ironically, Dr. Bill was probably more eccentric and self-obsessed than his collection of quirky patients. It didn't help that he had to cope with his 22-year old daughter (Lindsay Sloane), his ex-wife Anne (Malcolm in the Middle's Jane Kaczmarek) and her ever-sympathetic boyfriend Kenny (Thomas F. Wilson).

The quirky sitcom debuted on Tuesday, September 26, 2006 on ABC. It followed the hugely successful Dancing with the Stars. Help Me drew an estimated 8.5 million households that night »

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'NCIS' leads CBS to Tues. win

13 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- NCIS pushed past House in viewership to lead CBS to a win Tuesday in the measure although House overwhelmingly took the demo to give Fox a primetime win in adults 18-49.

NCIS averaged 17.4 million viewers and a 4.3 rating/12 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research. It was the night's top show in viewership and also won the 8 p.m. hour for CBS against relatively light fare including ABC's The Grinch That Stole Christmas (11 million, 3.9/11), NBC's Friday Night Lights (5.7 million, 2.3/6) and Fox's Standoff (5 million, 1.9/5).

The 9 p.m. hour was all House (16.1 million, 6.5/17), which beat up on CBS's The Unit (13.5 million, 3.7/10) as well as a repeat "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (7.4 million, 2.1/5) plus the faltering ABC sitcoms Big Day (4.9 million, 1.8/5) and Help Me Help You (3.5 million, 1.4/3).

The CW averaged only 2.3 million viewers and a 0.9/2 in the demo with a repeat Gilmore Girls before falling even further with an hourlong telecast of the Family Friend Awards ( 1.7 million, 0.6/2). »

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Regency keeps half-hour focus

6 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Bernie Mac Show creator Larry Wilmore is back in business with Regency TV and Fox with a new single-camera comedy.

The Wilmore half-hour is one of 20 projects on Regency's development slate this season, which also includes projects from writers Jill Soloway, P.K. Simonds and Nicholas Stoller, comedian Jessi Klein and feature writer-producer Allan Loeb.

In the tradition of Regency, home of such popular comedies as Malcolm in the Middle and Bernie Mac, the company's 2006-07 development skews toward half-hours.

"I really want comedy to come back," Regency president Robin Schwartz said of the genre, which has struggled recently to launch new hit series. None of this fall's new half-hour series, including Regency TV's well-received Help Me Help You, have been picked up for a full season yet.

In the saturated drama field, Regency is using a targeted approach with strong character-driven shows, Schwartz said.

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'Brian' given 4 more scripts

2 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

ABC has ordered four additional scripts of What About Brian.

Meanwhile, NBC has pulled freshman drama Kidnapped off the schedule.

As a midseason entry last season, Brian had received an initial order of 13 episodes for its sophomore season.

Brian, from Touchstone TV and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Prods., has held on to more than 80% of its demo lead-in from The Bachelor but has regularly finished third in the Monday 10 p.m. slot. However, on Oct. 16, the relationship drama edged NBC's star-studded Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip for the second place in the hour among adults 18-49.

Freshman ABC series Ugly Betty and Brothers & Sisters have been picked up for a full season. All other scripted ABC shows with initial 13-episode orders except Six Degrees-- The Nine, Help Me Help You and Men in Trees -- have been given orders for four additional scripts.

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Four more score script orders

27 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Four more new series -- ABC's Help Me Help You, The Nine and Men in Trees and NBC's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip -- have received orders for additional scripts.

The ABC shows have been picked up for four more scripts, while Studio 60 has been given an order for three additional scripts.

Meanwhile, ABC has reduced the order for the midseason drama Traveler from 13 to eight episodes, including the pilot.

Ordering additional scripts of new series in lieu of an early full-season pickup has become the norm for the Big Four networks this season.

Only five freshman series -- NBC's Heroes, CBS' Jericho and Shark and ABC's Ugly Betty and Brothers & Sisters -- have been given back-nine orders so far this season. That is half of the 10 new shows picked up for a full season at the same point a year ago: CBS' Criminal Minds, How I Met Your Mother and Ghost Whisperer, Fox's Bones, The War at Home and Prison Break, NBC's My Name Is Earl and Surface and ABC's Commander in Chief and Invasion.

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'Dancing' doesn't miss a beat Tues.

26 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Chris Carpenter may have zipped through Detroit's lineup to win Game 3 of the World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals, but he was no match for the heavy hitter that is ABC's Dancing With the Stars.

Dancing blew through the competition Tuesday to become an all-star in primetime in both key audience measures. The show averaged 20.7 million viewers and a 5.4 rating/14 share in adults 18-49, Nielsen Media Research said Wednesday.

Fox's coverage of St. Louis' 5-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers -- giving the Cardinals a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series -- couldn't compete with such aspiring hoofers as Mario Lopez and Jerry Springer. The game averaged 15.6 million viewers and a 4.8/13 in the demo, with its overall ratings down 7% from the extra-innings battle in last year's World Series Game 3 between the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros.

While Dancing was in line with its season-to-date average, it lost a little spring in its step from last week's 21.5 million and 6.0/16 in the demo. The Ted Danson sitcom Help Me Help You (10.6 million, 3.2/8) showed a slight week-over-week improvement from its previous 10.3 million and 3.1/8.

Only ABC counterprogrammed against the World Series, though NBC at 8 p.m. had a new episode of Friday Night Lights (6.3 million, 2.6/7) that fell from last week's 6.5 million and 2.7/7. CBS ran repeats of NCIS (11.7 million, 3.0/8), The Unit (9.8 million, 2.9/7) and Criminal Minds (9.1 million, 2.9/8). A repeat of NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" (10.7 million, 4.0/11) beat ABC's original Boston Legal (10.5 million, 3.1/8) but was behind the World Series.

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Cardinals no match for ABC's 'Dancing'

26 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Chris Carpenter may have zipped through Detroit's lineup to win Game 2 of the World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals, but he was no match for the heavy hitter that is ABC's Dancing With The Stars.

Dancing blew through the competition to become an all-star in primetime in both key audience measures, total viewership and adults 18-49. Dancing averaged 20.6 million viewers and a 5.3 rating/14 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research.

Fox's coverage of the 5-0 rout of the Tigers -- giving the Cardinals a 2-1 series lead in the best of 7 -- couldn't compete with aspiring hoofers like Mario Lopez and Jerry Springer. The game averaged 14.5 million viewers and a 4.5/11 in the demo according to the only estimates available Wednesday. It's likely that those numbers could change when final data is released later Wednesday, since it doesn't take into account time-zone viewing. Fox's telecast built from 12.7 million viewers at 8:30 p.m. to 16.7 million at 9:30 p.m. before fallling to 13.5 million as it was clear the Cards were likely to notch another win.

While Dancing was in line with its season-to-date average, it lost a little bit of spring in its step from last week's 21.5 million and 6.0/16 in the demo. The Ted Danson sitcom Help Me Help You (11.1 million, 3.3/8) showed a week-to-week improvement from its previous 10.3 million and 3.1/8.

Only ABC counterprogrammed against the World Series, although NBC at 8 p.m. had a new episode of Friday NIght Lights (6.3 million, 2.6/7) that fell from last week's 6.5 million and 2.7/7. CBS ran repeats of NCIS (11.6 million, 2.9/8), The Unit (9.8 million, 2.9/7) and Criminal Minds (9.1 million, 2.9/8). A repeat of NBC's Law & Order: SVU (10.5 million, 3.9/10) beat ABC's original Boston Legal (10.4 million, 3.1/8) but it was behind the World Series on Fox.

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ABC 'Dancing' to another win Tuesday night

11 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Dancing With the Stars led ABC to victory Tuesday night in two key measures, even with NCIS providing strong competition between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ABC won the night in viewers (15.1 million) and the adults 18-49 demographic (4.3 rating/11 share), according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research. CBS came in second place in both measures, with 13 million viewers and a 3.6/10 in the demo. The night's top show was Dancing, which averaged 20.1 million viewers and a 5.6/15 in adults 18-49 between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. But it couldn't help Help Me Help You (9.8 million, 3.0/8), which declined at 9:30 p.m. in viewership though it remained tied with last week in the demo. Meanwhile, CBS didn't roll over and play dead, getting competitive numbers from NCIS (15.8 million, 3.8/11) at 8 p.m. and The Unit (13 million, 3.6/9) at 9 p.m. However, both were down from last week's levels. »

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