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Wednesday
Feb272013

CBS Set to Win February Sweeps Ratings Period

Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- CBS will soon be able to claim not one, but two February sweeps victories.

Through Feb. 24, CBS has averaged the most primetime viewers of any major network, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  That's not a surprise, since CBS typically wins the ratings race each week on the strength of scripted hits such as NCIS and The Big Bang Theory.

But more importantly, CBS is also poised to win the advertiser-friendly 18-to-49-year-old demographic for the first time in 15 years.  It helps that CBS aired two high-rated live events this month in the Super Bowl and the Grammy Awards.

Of note: NBC will finish last in the 18-49 demo to the other major networks, plus the Spanish-language channel Univision.

The February sweeps period ends Thursday.  The other three sweeps periods occur in May, July and November.

CBS did not win the ratings race for the week ending Sunday -- that honor belongs to ABC, courtesy of its Oscars coverage.  The awards show was seen by 40.4 million people.

CBS finished second, followed by Fox, Univision, NBC, the CW, Telemundo and ION Television.

Here are the top 10 primetime programs for the week of Feb. 18-24, according to the Nielsen Company:

1. The Oscars, ABC, 40.38 million
2. Oscars Red Carpet Live (Sunday, 8 p.m.), ABC, 25.53 million
3. NCIS, CBS, 21.08 million
4. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 17.62 million
5. Oscars Red Carpet Live (Sunday, 7:30 p.m.), ABC, 16.5 million
6. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 16.27 million
7. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 14.37 million
8. Person of Interest, CBS, 14.23 million
9. American Idol (Thursday), Fox, 13.66 million
10. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 13.41 million

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Wednesday
Feb132013

New "Survivor" Season Begins Wednesday Night

Monty Brinton/CBS(NEW YORK) -- The 26th season of Survivor begins Wednesday night on CBS with a 90-minute episode.

Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans Vs. Favorites will pit 10 fans of the show, dubbed "The Gota Tribe," against 10 former castaways, "The Bikal Tribe."  This is the second time Survivor has used the "fans vs. favorites" format.

The tribes will be placed on the Caramoan Islands, which is part of the Philippines.

Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans Vs. Favorites airs at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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Wednesday
Feb062013

CBS Wins Weekly Ratings Race Thanks to Super Bowl

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It's not difficult to guess which primetime program had the highest ratings for the week ending Sunday.

"Sunday" is the key word there, as in, "Super Bowl Sunday."  As previously announced, CBS' broadcast of the Baltimore Ravens' victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 47 drew an audience of 108.7 million viewers.

The number is slightly inflated by the fact that Nielsen excluded the 34 minutes during which the game was delayed because of a power outage.  Not that many people switched the channel during the outage -- Nielsen estimates that 106.56 million were tuned in to CBS at the time of the third-quarter incident.

CBS announced on Wednesday that three million people watched the Super Bowl online, an increase of 900,000 from last year.

Including the Super Bowl and the power outage, CBS had eight of the top 10 primetime programs for the week.  As a result, it easily won the network ratings race, ahead of Fox, ABC, NBC, Univision, the CW, ION Television and Telemundo.

Here are the top 10 primetime programs for the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3, according to the Nielsen Company:

1. Super Bowl XLVII: Baltimore vs. San Francisco, CBS, 108.69 million.
2. Super Bowl Power Outage, CBS, 106.56 million.
3. NCIS, CBS, 22.07 million.
4. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 17.76 million.
5. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 17.3 million.
6. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 15.78 million.
7. Person of Interest, CBS, 15.71 million.
8. American Idol (Thursday), Fox, 13.8 million.
9. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 13.7 million.
10. Blue Bloods, CBS, 11.5 million.

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Thursday
Dec272012

Larry Hagman to Appear Posthumously on Reality Special

Peter Larsen/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Dallas star Larry Hagman died in November, but he’s one of the stars featured in an upcoming one-hour special edition of the CBS celebrity reality show, I Get That a Lot.

The show places stars in ordinary jobs to confuse customers who can’t decide if it’s the actual celebrity or an astonishing look-alike.  This past September, Hagman filmed a segment in which he posed as a Costco employee handing out free samples of barbecue sauce.

Eric Schotz, the executive producer of I Get That a Lot, says the late actor was “a prankster at heart.”

“He loved the fact that he could interact with his fans and the fans’ reactions when they found out it was him are priceless,” Schotz adds.

The I Get That a Lot special also features Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan working as an outdoor apparel salesman; actress Jane Seymour posing as an inept home goods store greeter; actor and comedian Cheech Marin behind the counter at a party supply store; NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon selling automotive supplies; and Bruce Jenner pretending to be a shoe salesman for a high-end boutique.

The I Get That a Lot special airs Wednesday, Jan. 9, on CBS.

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Monday
Nov192012

ABC Cancels "Last Resort," "666 Park Avenue"; CBS Yanks "Partners"

ABC/MARIO PEREZ(NEW YORK) -- It was a black Friday last week for three new TV series.

ABC cancelled the Andre Braugher drama Last Resort, which airs on Thursday night and follows a nuclear submarine captain and his crew.

In addition, it pulled the plug on the Sunday-night supernatural drama 666 Park Avenue, which stars Terry O'Quinn and Vanessa Williams.

Both shows will remain on TV until their episode order runs out.

CBS is also making a change to its primetime lineup.  It cancelled its freshman comedy Partners, which revolved around two best friends/business partners -- one straight, one gay.

Partners' Monday-night time slot will be filled by comedy reruns for the time being.

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Tuesday
Nov062012

CBS' "Elementary" Lands Post-Super Bowl Time Slot

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Which show will air after the Super Bowl next February?  The answer is Elementary.

CBS has announced that its Sherlock Holmes-themed drama  will air after the network's coverage of Super Bowl 47 on Sunday, Feb. 3.

Elementary, starring Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, premiered in September and is the second-highest-rated new series on TV, behind another CBS drama, Vegas.

The Voice received this year's post-Super Bowl time slot from NBC.

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Tuesday
Oct232012

CBS Sued over Concept for "The Talk"

James White/CBS via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- An author has sued CBS and Sony Television over the network's daytime program The Talk, claiming she came up with the concept for the show.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Angela Wilder says she registered an idea for a show with the Writers Guild of America in 2006 titled "The Mothers' Hood," revolving around issues that mothers can relate to.

Wilder says she pitched the idea in 2008 to an executive with Sony Television, but was turned down.  However, she claims, her idea eventually led to the launch of The Talk two years later.

The Talk was created by actress and co-host Sara Gilbert.

CBS says in statement, "It's one thing to get sued over a project that was pitched to us but quite a stretch to be sued over a pitch that was made to somebody else.  Ms. Wilder's alleged offering to Sony played absolutely no part in the creation of The Talk.  We’ll vigorously defend this case and expect to prevail."

Wilder, who authored a book in 2004 about relationship imbalances titled Powerful Mate Syndrome, is the ex-wife of Los Angeles Lakers great James Worthy.

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Thursday
Oct112012

"Made in Jersey" Dumped from CBS Schedule

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After just two episodes and dismal ratings, CBS has pulled the plug on its new Friday night legal drama Made in Jersey.

The series, which starred Janet Montgomery as a New jersey native trying to make it as an attorney in Manhattan, is the first new show of the fall season to get the axe.  CBS' official stance is that show has been pulled from the schedule, which is TV speak for we'll never see it again.

CSI: NY will fill the 9 p.m. timeslot that was previously occupied by Made in Jersey, starting this Friday.

In other CBS news, the network announced that Undercover Boss will premiere on Nov. 2 in the same 8 p.m. timeslot it aired in the spring.

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Thursday
Sep272012

ABC's "Last Resort," CBS' "Elementary" Premiere Thursday Night

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- ABC and CBS each debut a new drama on Thursday night.  Here's a closer look at all of the night's premieres.  All times Eastern:

ABC

  • Last Resort, 8 p.m. -- The new drama follows a captain and his crew of a powerful nuclear submarine, who receive mysterious orders to fire at a foreign country and find themselves under attack.  Andre Braugher and Scott Speedman star.
  • Grey's Anatomy, 9 p.m. -- The ninth season begins with the doctors at Seattle Grace dealing with the aftermath of the plane crash.
  • Scandal, 10:02 p.m. -- Season two launches with Quinn's real identity being revealed.

CBS

  • The Big Bang Theory, 8 p.m. -- Raj is feeling alone when his friends go on dates in the season-six premiere.
  • Two and a Half Men, 8:30 p.m. -- The sitcom, featuring a returning Ashton Kutcher, launches its 10th season on a new night.
  • Person Of Interest, 9 p.m. -- Jim Caviezel's Reese attempts to track down his kidnapped friend Finch in the first episode of season two.
  • Elementary, 10 p.m. -- Jonny Lee Miller is Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu co-stars as his female sidekick, Dr. Joan Watson, in this modern-day spin on the classic detective character, set in New York.

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Wednesday
Sep262012

ABC's "Modern Family," "The Neighbors" Among Wednesday's Premieres

ABC/BOB D'AMICO(NEW YORK) -- The fall season continues Wednesday night with the premieres of several shows, including three ABC comedies.  Here’s a closer look. 

ABC

  • The Middle, 8 p.m. -- A one-hour episode kicks off season four.  Among the highlights: Mike accidentally reveals that Axl is his favorite child.
  • Modern Family, 9 p.m. -- The Emmy-winning comedy opens its fourth season with Gloria revealing her pregnancy.
  • The Neighbors, 9:31 p.m. -- In this new comedy, a family moves into a neighborhood inhabited by aliens.  Jami Gertz plays the matriarch of the family.

CBS

  • Criminal Minds, 9 p.m. -- A Texas prisoner escapes on the eighth-season premiere of the drama.
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 10 p.m. -- The CSI team searches for the kidnapped granddaughter of D.B. Russell to begin season 13.

NBC

  • Animal Practice, 8 p.m. -- You may remember that NBC caught flak for airing a preview of this animal vet comedy during its coverage of the Olympics closing ceremony last month.  Wednesday marks the show's official premiere.
  • Guys With Kids, 8:30 p.m. -- The pilot was broadcast a few weeks ago.  In case you missed it, the show revolves around three 30-something-year-old guys and their unique take on fatherhood.
  • Law & Order: SVU, 9 p.m. -- Season 14 launches with Cragen being investigated for a prostitute’s murder.

All times are Eastern.

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