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Last season, CBS tried to establish new shows but almost all of them were cancelled due to low ratings. No new dramas survived and only two sitcoms did. Which shows will be cancelled or renewed this time? We'll have wait and see.
CBS shows this season (so far): 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Person of Interest, Scorpion, Stalker, and Survivor.
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 so far.
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Though it's never been hit in the ratings, CBS has been renewing The Good Wife year after year. Will this be the season when the show's luck runs out or will it be the biggest year yet? Will it be cancelled or renewed for a seventh season? We shall see.
On The Good Wife, attorney and mother Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) continues to face new challenges and opportunities in both her personal and professional lives. The series also stars Christine Baranski, Matt Czuchry, Archie Panjabi, Graham Phillips, Makenzie Vega, Alan Cumming, Zach Grenier, and Matthew Goode.
The higher a show's ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better its chances for survival. New ratings data will be added as it becomes available -- typically around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest.
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Sunday, October 19, 2014 ratings -- New episodes: The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Mulaney, Family Guy, America's Funniest Home Videos, Once Upon a Time, Resurrection, Revenge, 60 Minutes, Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, and CSI. Sports: Football Overrun: NY Giants at Dallas, The Ot, Football Night in America and Sunday Night Football: 49ers at Broncos. Reruns: (none).
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Last night, CBS released the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 6 of season 6, and it appears to be quite interesting as Alicia gets assigned her own female bodyguard who just likes talk and talk, and talk. Alicia is starting up her new campaign, and more. The episode is currently untitled. In the new,6th episode synopsis: Alicia and Elsbeth will end up, putting their legal battle on pause when the government delivers an economic espionage charge against both of their clients. Elsewhere, Diane will direct all her energy on moving Florrick/Agos/Lockhart into the Lockhart/Gardner/Canning office space, leading to a battle with her former partners David Lee and Louis Canning. Michael J. Fox guest stars as Louis Canning. Carrie Preston and Kyle MacLachlan return as Elsbeth Tascioni and Ausa Josh Perotti. Ana Gasteyer reprises her role of Judge Patrice Lessner. The »
DirecTV has lined up another all-star cast for the second-season drama Full Circle. Joining the 10-episode series about a group of people whose lives are intertwined are Lost's Terry O’Quinn, Stacy Keach (Nebraska), Chris Bauer (True Blood), Rita Wilson (Girls, The Good Wife), Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect), Patrick Fugit (Gone Girl), David Koechner (Anchorman 2), Calista Flockhart (Brothers and Sisters), Eric McCormack (Perception) and Kate Burton (Scandal, Grey's Anatomy), The Hollywood Reporter has learned. See more Faces of Fall 2014 Season two centers on Jimmy Parerra (O’Quinn), a Chicago cop who, 18 years ago, inspired by Frank Serpico’s
- Lesley Goldberg
NBC dominated Sunday’s ratings race with its San Francisco-Denver matchup on “Sunday Night Football,” with audiences tuning in to see Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning make NFL history by throwing his 509th career touchdown pass. Opposite the game, the dramas on ABC and CBS held steady while Fox’s comedy lineup saw gains.
In Nielsen’s metered-market overnights, the Denver Broncos’ 42-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers averaged a 14.8 household rating to become the No. 2-rated “Sunday Night Football” game of the football season (behind the Week 1 game between Denver and Indianapolis). The game turned out to be a lopsided affair, with the Broncos expanding its 21-10 halftime lead with three more touchdowns in the third quatrter.
The game peaked with a 17.0 household rating in the 9:30-10 p.m. Et half-hour, when Manning broke Brett Favre’s NFL record of 508 career touchdown passes. He would go on to throw No. »
- Rick Kissell
Fast National ratings for Sunday, October 19, 2014. The Sunday Night Football game between the 49ers and Broncos drew big numbers to NBC, driven in part by Denver Qb Peyton Manning's pursuit of the NFL's Td-passing record. It was NBC's best Sunday Night Football performance since the premiere, while other programming also had a big night. Inflated by NFL overrun, Fox's comedies and CBS' dramas were up week-to-week. Also posting gains without football was ABC's "Once Upon a Time," while the network's later dramas were flat. On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 5.9 rating for Sunday night, tops in the key demographic for Sunday night. Fox was second with a 3.6 key demo rating, topping the combined totals for ABC (1.6 key demo) and CBS (1.4 key demo). Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 17.405 million viewers and a 10.2 rating/16 share for Sunday night. CBS was second here with an estimated 10.775 million viewers »
- Daniel Fienberg
The Good Wife polled well this Sunday night, drawing 10.8 million total viewers and a 1.4 demo rating, up 4 percent and a tenth week-to-week, and against a more robust NBC football game.
ABC | Once Upon a Time matched last week’s 7.9 mil/2.7; ABC notes the series is up 11 and 29 percent year-over-year. Resurrection (5 mil/1.4) dipped 10 percent and a tenth (to a series low), while Revenge‘s big reunion (5 mil/1.3) ticked up 6 percent and a tenth.
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I watched last night's episode of The Good Wife with my friend Amy, who's currently plowing through the show's earlier seasons but hasn't seen any recent episodes. "I don't understand," she said shortly after the second triumphant swell of xylophone music and just before the opening credits. "Has the tone of the show really changed?" I spent a good deal of time assuring her that it hasn't — scary, dancing dream-clowns notwithstanding — but last night's episode was so wobbly and all over the place that I certainly can't blame her for asking.To be fair, after four packed, plot- and character-heavy episodes, we were probably due for a lull, but this episode wasn't just a break in season six's momentum, it was weird. How did we go from Diane earnestly telling Alicia in the season premiere that the two of them were on the brink of creating one of the »
- Lauren Hoffman
The Good Wife, Season 6, Episode 5: “Shiny Objects”
Written by Keith Eisner
Directed by Frederick E. O. Toye
Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on CBS
One of the particular strengths of The Good Wife is its uncanny sense of series memory. With well over 100 episodes’ worth of long-standing character relationships, tertiary characters, and running gags to draw upon, it’s rare that a new episode comes down the pike that doesn’t reward long-time viewers, even if it’s just in a minute way. “Shiny Objects” is, on the surface, a prototypical latter-day Good Wife episode, in that it offers up a case of the week while keeping the season’s master plot humming along, but it also manages (for better and worse) to lean on several long-standing relationships and character beats to an unusual degree.
- Simon Howell
Ok, maybe they’re not exactly haunting her, but some of ‘em are darn sure trying to stop her from coming up with a solid defense strategy for her corporate client in a gender discrimination lawsuit by a fired CEO.
“Shiny Objects,” as the hour is titled, pits Elsbeth and partner Rayna Hecht against Florrick-Agos’ Alicia and Dean — and provides an altogether less stressful and significantly more self-contained viewing experience than the quartet »
As much as we love Elsbeth Tascioni and her kooky ways, we could always see the method to her madness. But when Alicia has to face off against her old ally in court, it's the madness that takes center stage.
While we're adjusting to seeing the other side of Elsbeth, we're also adjusting to the stunning news this week that season 6 will be Archie Panjabi's last on The Good Wife. As if in response, Kalinda finally gets a meaty storyline. No matter how she gets written off in the end, right now our favorite Pi's still got game.
Recently, CBS served up the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 8 of season 6. The episode currently doesn't have a title for some reason. However, it sounds like things will get quite interesting and intense as both Alicia and Elsbeth face a barrage of charges against their clients, and more. In the new, 6th episode press release: Alicia and Elsbeth are going to put aside their differences when the government brings economic espionage charges against both of their clients. Press release number 2: Alicia and Elsbeth will put their legal battle on hold when the government brings an economic espionage charge against both of their clients. In the meantime, Diane is going to set her sights on moving Florrick/Agos/Lockhart into the Lockhart/Gardner/Canning office space, leading to a battle with her former partners David Lee and Louis Canning. Michael J. Fox guest stars as Louis Canning. »
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“I love all those [crime] shows, so when they asked me if I wanted to guest-star, I was like, ‘Of course I’m interested!'” Thorne, who plays Hannah Hunt, tells TVLine. “Then I read the script and was like, ‘Oh my God, this is cool.'”
The “cool” script Thorne is referring to finds D.B. Russell and »
According to THR the series is described as a "futuristic espionage thriller set in a world where corporations have seemingly unlimited power. The drama will be the story of one man's efforts to beat the system."
The pilot for the series will be written by brothers and writing team David and Alex Pastor (Selfless, The Last Days). Affleck and Damon on executive producers on the series, and Ted Humphrey (The Good Wife) will serve as showrunner.
This seems like a story that will fit right in with what SyFy is doing these days with the series they are producing. There's some solid talent attached to the project, and I'm curious to see how it turns out. »
- Joey Paur
Penguins are descending on Sunday’s installment of The Good Wife (9/8c on CBS) — and some of ‘em might be wearing top hats.
Fret not: The adorable, flightless birds aren’t part of some Very Special Ill-Conceived Animated Episode, promises guest star Carrie Preston, who’s reprising her role as the eccentric (and beloved) Elsbeth Tascioni for a two-episode arc.
“You’re going to get a glimpse into some of the things that go through Elsbeth’s mind on her way to making her revelations — and maybe those will involve some penguins,” says the actress, who took home the 2013 Emmy »
Recently, CBS served up these 2,new sneak peek/spoiler clips (below) for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 5 of season 6, and they give us a new look at Eli having an issue with Alicia over Finn introducing her. All of Alicia's computers get taken over by a vicious hacker, and more! The episode is titled, "Shiny Objects." In the new episode 5 official description: Alicia and Dean are going to represent a fired female CEO in a sex discrimination suit against her company,and will take on a tough defense team in familiar foes ,Elsbeth Tascioni and Rayna Hecht. Elsewhere, a hacker is going to take over control and threatens to delete all of Florrick/Agos/Lockhart’s files, sending the firm into panic mode when he demands a ransom. Episode 5 airs tomorrow night, October 19th at 8pm central time on CBS. »
"Scandal" appears to have moved past its dependence on cliffhangers “Scandal” was written around cliffhangers in its first three seasons, but the cliffhangers have now passed on to “How To Get Away with Murder.” As Joshua Alston says of “Scandal,” "It’s no longer a political thriller with heavy-to-a-fault spy genre flourishes, it’s 'Grey’s Anatomy' in the White House. And if that’s indeed what the writers are going for, the absence of a central, hashtag-friendly mystery makes perfect sense. I’ve been suspiciously anticipating this direction, but I’m far less worried than I was. If 'Like Father, Like Daughter' is any indication, that version of Scandal would be well-worth watching, if perhaps not the Twitter fuel it once was.” Plus: “Scandal” Secret Service agent talks about his big role. Leah Remini will sub for Erin Andrews as “Dancing with the Stars' co-host Andrews is »
- Norman Weiss
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including The Good Wife, Once Upon a Time, Walking Dead, NCIS, S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow and Scandal!
1 | Did Hawaii Five-0 really deliver a chase scene on surfboards? Did even Point Break attempt such a thing?
2 | Admit it: Did you cry at Jessie‘s “wedding”?
3 | Did The Good Wife‘s Alicia really solidify her intent to run for State’s Attorney without a serious conversation with Cary and Diane? Does Owen remind »
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