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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 »
Thursday, December 12, 2013 ratings -- New episodes: The Sing-Off, Sean Saves the World, The Michael J. Fox Show, Parenthood, The X Factor, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, The Big Bang Theory, The Millers, The Crazy Ones, Two and a Half Men, Elementary, The Vampire Diaries, and Reign. Reruns: Glee.
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Not even a ratings monster like NBC’s The Sound Of Music could stop ABC‘s hot drama Scandal, which managed to post a week-to-week increase against the NBC special last Thursday. In its fall finale last night, the soapy thriller (3.2 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers) was up again, by 7% in 18-49 and by 12% in viewers, to post two-month highs in both categories. Scandal again ranked as the second-highest-rated program of the night behind CBS‘ The Big Bang Theory, building on its lead-in, Grey’s Anatomy. The veteran ABC medical drama (2.7, 8.5 million) rebounded from taking a hit against The Sound Of Music last week, up 17% in 18-49 and 20% in total viewers. Vs. last year’s fall finale, Grey’s was down 7% in the 18-49 demo but up 4% in viewers. Grey’s once again was a self-starter, as its lead-in, Once Upon A Time In Wonderland, drew only a 0.9 and 3.5 million viewers »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The fall finales of ABC’s “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” won their hours on Thursday but a huge “Big Bang Theory” leading things off kept the night in CBS’ corner.
The Alphabet dramas won’t return until late winter (Feb. 27), but their cliffhanger episodes on Thursday gave the net its best showing in the 9-11 p.m. block since Oct. 17. Following the low-rated “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall), “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) surged 17% (0.4) from its low of last week to stand as the top series for the 9 o’clock hour in 18-49 and 25-54 (3.1/8, tied with CBS in the prelims). And at 10 p.m., “Scandal” (3.2/9 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall) was up 7% (0.2) from last week and matched the hour’s combined 18-49 scores of competing dramas “Elementary” and “Parenthood.”
Elsewhere, CBS’ preliminary numbers could be adjusted in the nationals »
- Rick Kissell
Fast National ratings for Thursday, December 12, 2013. "The Big Bang Theory" carried CBS to another Thursday night ratings win, while an undignified "X Factor" season continued with the Fox show losing a head-to-head battle with NBC's "The Sing-Off." Preliminary numbers are subject to change a bit because the CBS affiliates in Denver and San Diego were showing the Broncos-Chargers game, but CBS should win comfortably regardless, with a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 11.32 million viewers overall. Buoyed by "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal," ABC was second (2.2, 7.09 million), followed by NBC (1.2, 3.9 million), Fox (1.0, 3.68 million) »
- Alan Sepinwall
Review Juliette Harrisson 13 Dec 2013 - 16:45
This review contains spoilers.
7.11 The Cooper Extraction
Christmas episodes of sitcoms are a simple, beautiful thing. All that’s required of them is to be as cute, sweet, touching and some more synonyms for vomit-inducingly adorable as possible. In addition to the obvious plots revolving around the exchange of gifts, family dinners, etc., there are two things that the writers of sitcom episodes find very hard to resist in Christmas-based stories: childbirth and pastiches of classic Christmas movies. Having already successfully mined the more prosaic fields of gift-giving and family visits in earlier seasons, it’s unsurprising that this episode features both, but with a couple of delightful twists.
Childbirth features in the B story, in which Sheldon has been forced to go to Texas »
Fast National ratings for Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
The fall finales of "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy" delivered ratings gains for ABC Thursday, with both shows growing in both viewers and adults 18-49 and helping ABC score a solid second place for the night.
First place went to CBS, which per usual was led by "The Big Bang Theory." The Eye's numbers will likely come down some as its Denver and San Diego affiliates aired an NFL game, but its lead should hold. Elsewhere Thursday, "The Vampire Diaries" and "Reign" rose a bit in viewers over last week. "The Sing-Off" dropped some from Wednesday's episode but stayed in front of "The X Factor" in adults 18-49.
CBS averaged 11.3 million viewers and a 7.0 rating/11 share in households for the night, pending updates for the local NFL broadcasts. ABC (7.1 million, 4.7/8) came in second. NBC (3.9 million, 2.5/4) edged Fox (3.7 million, 2.3/4) for third place, and The CW trailed »
Everyone else’s Thursday ratings were again alive sans The Sound of Music!
Related | Your Guide to 150+ December Finales, January Premieres and More
As a flurry of fall finales faced off against one another, ABC and CBS enjoyed the most significant gains. While Once Upon a Time in Wonderland opened ABC’s night with 3.5 million total viewers and a 0.9 rating, adding a few eyeballs but flat in the demo, Grey’s Anatomy (8.5 mil/2.7) surged 20 and 17 percent (improving on last week’s series low demo), while Scandal (9.3 mil/3.2) was up 12 percent and two tenths, hitting two-month highs.
Related | Scandal Ep Breaks »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
With Thursday Night Football's showdown between the San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos airing on CBS affiliates in the teams' respective markets, CBS' Thursday ratings are subject to adjustment -- though the network still easily locked down a nightly win with an average 2.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 11.3 million viewers. The Big Bang Theory (5.3 adults) topped all of the night's broadcast offerings, up half a point from last week. The Millers (2.9 adults) improved by the same measure, with The Crazy Ones (2.1 adults) steady with its most recent performance.
- Michael O'Connell
The hills are alive with the sounds of business as usual: A week after NBC won with a special “Sound of Music Live” telecast, CBS topped Thursday with “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Millers” leading the way past ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” fall finales. CBS was first in ratings with a 2.7 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and first in total viewers with an average of 11.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. Due to local market NFL preemptions, those numbers are approximate. “Big Bang Theory” at 8 p.m. was the night’s top-rated and most-watched show »
- Tony Maglio
Awards season stepped up a gear today as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominations for the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards, with Oscar hopefuls 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle leading the motion picture field with seven nods apiece.
12 Years a Slave will contest the Best Picture, Drama category against Captain Phillips, Gravity, Philomena and Rush, while American Hustle's challengers for Best Picture, Musical or Comedy are Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska and The Wolf of Wall Street.
On the TV front, HBO led in terms of networks with nine nominations, while Netflix's House of Cards received four nominations, the most for a series, and will contest Best Television Series, Drama against Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife and Masters of Sex.
Check out the full list of nominations here...
Best Picture, Drama
"12 Years a Slave"
Best Picture, Musical or »
- Gary Collinson
Once again, there’s no love for Saving Mr. Banks after the Hollywood Foreign Press Association brushed off John Lee Hancock’s Disney tale. Though the HFPA recognised Emma Thompson’s work, the film found itself left out in the cold in the remaining categories (as with the SAG noms), trounced by American Hustle and 12 Years A Slave’s seven nominations apiece. SAG favourites The Butler and August: Osage County found no love with the Golden Globes, with even Academy Award nomination mortal lock Oprah completely shut out.
But there is much to celebrate, especially for the British contingent. Idris Elba and Chiwetel Ejiofor found themselves nominated twice, while Philomena gained recognition for Steve Coogan’s script, Best Motion Picture, Drama, and deserved love for Dame Judi. Tale of British racing driver James Hunt, Rush, also gained exciting praise with two nominations in the Best Drama category and for Daniel Brühl »
- Emma Thrower
It’s A Wonderful Life episodes have been done before, though not recently in my memory (I’ve been known to be wrong). When Sheldon suddenly leaves for Texas, because his inability to tell people the goings on in his life makes for good twists, the gang is left thinking about what life would be like if [&hellip
The Big Bang Theory Episode 7.11 Review: The Cooper Extraction »
- Jess Asher
What would life be without Sheldon Cooper? That was the question at hand for the gang during Thursday's (Dec. 12) episode of "The Big Bang Theory," prompted by the awkward one's trip home to Texas to witness the home birth of his sister's baby.
And as Amy (Mayim Bialik) points out -- several relationships important to the series would've never been possible without Sheldon (Jim Parsons) around as the annoying link. So, embracing an "It's A Wonderful Life" homage for Season 7's Christmas episode, the show allows the group to imagine their lives sans Sheldon while decorating for the holiday without him.
While Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) would've still known each other because of work, Penny's (Kaley Cuoco) certain her boyfriend would've never been able to ask her out during one of their many encounters as the Cheesecake Factory. She imagines him stumbling over his »
Looks like Kaley Cuoco is totally in the holiday spirit this year! The Big Bang Theory star went on a successful shopping spree with fiancé Ryan Sweeting and uploaded an adorable pic of her beau sitting amongst a heap of shopping bags. Way to go, Kaley! "Ahhhh Christmas shopping!!! @ryansweething :)" she captioned the pic, which showed a very weary-looking Sweeting wearing a brown leather jacket, white tee, skinny jeans and knit beanie. His body language hints at pure and utter exhaustion, while Kaley's excitement for her successful shopping trip can't go unnoticed. Too cute! The star scored plenty of presents for loved ones from Sephora, Nordstrom and »
Ahead of the Golden Globe nominations tomorrow, the contenders for the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have been revealed, with 12 Years a Slave and Breaking Bad both receiving four nominations apiece in the film and television fields respectively. Check out the full list of nominees right here...
Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture
"12 Years A Slave"
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years A Slave"
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Supporting Role
Daniel Bruhl, »
- Gary Collinson
USA is looking like it will once again win a calendar year in total viewers, but a rising TBS has surpassed it among young adults for the first time.
TBS is on pace to lead ad-supported cable in primetime for the year in adults 18-49, ending USA’s seven-year winning streak, according to preliminary Nielsen estimates through Dec. 8. TBS will also finish on top in adults 18-34 (narrowly over USA) for a second straight year.
USA maintains its lock as the most popular ad-supported cabler in total viewers, winning for an eighth straight year. It’s also on track to prevail in adults 25-54 (with TBS a close second).
Although both TBS and USA had some good performers among original programs in 2013, it’s the likes of wrestling and off-net acquisitions doing much of the heavy lifting. Neither has one of the top 10 original series for the year in either »
- Rick Kissell
Yesterday, Vulture singled out five cable networks struggling with their identities, either because of ill-defined brands or poor programming. But it's not all doom and gloom in the land of cable. As we noted in the earlier post, it's actually been a great year for cable, with record ratings and a near monopoly on pop-culture buzz. You've likely read about the biggest milestones: the massive audiences for The Walking Dead and Duck Dynasty, the big numbers for TBS's reruns of The Big Bang Theory, the Emmy love for HBO and Showtime. But 2013 also brought triumphs for some networks that don't regularly make headlines or necessarily score huge ratings. Here's a look at three that quietly triumphed this year:SundanceTalk about coming out of nowhere: Before 2013, the channel, around since 1996, was mostly known for its association with Robert Redford's film festival and for airing quirky independent movies and documentaries. »
- Josef Adalian
New Big Bang Theory season 7,episode 12 official spoilers,plotline revealed by CBS. Recently, CBS released the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Big Bang Theory" episode 12 of season 7. The episode is entitled, "Hesitation Ramification," and it sounds like things will get very interesting when Penny totally puts Leonard on the spot about their relationship, and more. In the new,12th episode press release: Penny will put Leonard on the spot with a bold relationship question. Press release number 2: When Penny’s big acting break on NCIS is a bust, Leonard is going to struggle to help her, which will result in Penny asking Leonard a bold relationship question. In the meantime, Sheldon will try to learn how to be funny, and Raj is going to attempt to work on his “game” before talking to girls. Guest stars will feature: Marcus Folmar as Security Guard, and Lexie Contursi as a Girl. »
The nominations are out for the 2014 Golden Globe Awards! I'm not surprised by what was nominated. I will say however, having just seen Saving Mr. Banks, I'm a little disappointed it didn't get more nominations. It was just such a phenomenal film. I'm happy that that Emma Thompson got nominated for Best Actress, but the movie deserved a Best Picture nomination, and if I had to swap out one of the movies it would be Captain Phillips, which Tom Hanks was also nominated for. Then, as much as I enjoyed the film Rush, I'm not sure it is Best Picture material either. It will be interesting to see who wins, but I'd put my money on Gravity or 12 Years a Slave. As for the TV aspect of the awards, Showtime's Homeland got completely snubbed!
Check out the full list of nominations below! Who do you want to see win?
- Joey Paur
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