News Briefs: The CW Renews Oh Sit! and Breaking Pointe Because It's The CW

By Tim Surette

Sep 27, 2012


... Usually a network that sends out a release to announce a show renewal can't wait to tout the numbers the program put up. There was barely a digit in today's email from The CW announcing the renewal of reality garbage shows Oh Sit! and Breaking Pointe, which is a pretty telling sign that whoever is driving this car might be asleep. Oh Sit!, in case you forgot, is the extreme musical chairs reality competition that's part Wipeout, part people sitting down; Breaking Pointe is a reality docu-series filmed at a ballet company in Utah. I was able to track down both shows' numbers, and they're even more dismal than I thought. Oh Sit! has averaged a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and has fallen below one million viewers more often than not. Breaking Pointe was even worse, tip-toeing its way to an average under-a-0.3 rating and bottoming out with 0.62 million viewers. So yeah, The CW renewed them both. Absolutely baffling. [The CW via press release]


... Now THIS! THIS MAKES SENSE! TLC has ordered more episodes of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, the overnight sensation about a group of subhumans living in the magical world of Georgia. The exact number of episodes has not been disclosed, but I'm assuming it will go on as long as there's enough deep-fried EZ-cheese to go around. TLC has also ordered three Boo Boo holiday specials for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Honey Boo Boo has averaged 2.3 million viewers per episode, which is like a whole season's worth of Breaking Pointe. [TLC via press release]

... Fox's much-heralded new comedies Ben and Kate and The Mindy Project debuted last night and the ratings were simply adorkable! As in, kinda okay but not like super hot or anything. Ben and Kate drew 4.2 million viewers for a 2.0 rating, and Mindy followed New Girl with a 4.7 million and a 2.4 rating. Meanwhile, CBS's Vegas looks oh-so CBS-like, pulling in a whopping 14.7 million viewers and a relatively small 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demo. [EW]

... NBC has picked up a couple more projects, this time from super producer Greg Berlanti. Napa is described as a Wuthering Heights clone but set in modern-day California wine country. Family Affair is about a pair of Connecticut families that meet under auspicious circumstances: the mother from one family and the father from the other were both killed in an accident, exposing a secret affair. Oops! [THR]

... NBC (geez, do these guys just buy everything?) is also developing a period-piece crime drama about a young Thomas Edison, probably because Sherlock Holmes was already taken. Yes, it's called Edison. [Deadline Hollywood]


... The next white guy to speed-date in front of America on The Bachelor will be... Sean Lowe! Lowe was featured on the most recent season of The Bachelorette, but was sent home by Emily Maynard in favor of some other white guy. Which white woman will he choose next year? [E! Online]

... Malcolm in the Middle mom Jane Kaczmarek will guest-star on The Middle as a teacher at career college that Frankie's attending. Middle! [THR]

... The CW is continuing its relationship with the U.S. Olympic Committee and has cast nonplussed gymnast McKayla Maroney on Hart of Dixie. Maroney will play a friend of Rose's, and the actress who plays Rose is named McKaley Miller so I'm really excited for all the giggling that will go on when people call out their names. The CW recently cast Maroney's fellow gymnast Gabby Douglas on The Vampire Diaries in a tiny role, and also let swimmer Ryan Lochte out of his cage so he could run around the set of 90210. [E! Online]


... Singer Andy Williams, the host of NBC's 1960s variety show The Andy Williams Show, passed away today at the age of 84. [NY Times]

Follow writer Tim Surette on Twitter: @TimAtTVDotCom

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  • thorswitch Sep 30, 2012

    I'm REALLY glad to hear that Breaking Pointe is coming back. It's one of the classier reality shows I've seen in a while, and was a great look at what the ballet world really is like. I'll definitely be tuning in again!

  • KeithOConnor1 Sep 29, 2012

    Each season my CW viewing gets less and less. This year I'm losing a show and who knows how many else are getting the boot.

  • hockeyrick Sep 28, 2012

    The Middle is sooooooo underated!!!!!

    And SP was soo cool! They consistently show how stupid we as a society really are! there were some great lines in there!

    Speaking of great lines, Animal Practice is just fantastic! There was some pretty funny, subtle stuff!!!!

  • brandydan Sep 28, 2012

    I'm happy Breaking Pointe was renewed but OhSit is terrible.SC was cancelled cause lost a lot of viewers from pilot to finale had terrible retention out of VD

    3.its ratings kept falling & it would be doing under a million viewers and 0.4 or worse this season if renewed.

    Breaking Pointe & OhSit are cheap reality filler for summer or Midseason to have more original programming year round on CW

    SC wasn't cancelled for or in favor of OSit /Breaking Pointe but to save Nikita which other Ringer,La Complex was the lowest rated scripted series on CW.H8tr & Remodeled did worse than SC,Nikita too but they were cancelled.

  • IndianaMom Sep 28, 2012

    Andy Williams' variety show was really great. But many of us remember best his Christmas specials featuring his family. What a great entertainer!

  • AnoukvdZee Sep 28, 2012

    "Napa is described as a Wuthering Heights clone but set in modern-day California wine country."

    I am just breaking out in hyves to think about what they are going to do to my favorite book.

  • JT_Kirk Sep 28, 2012

    Seriously, Oh Sit gets a second season? I don't know a single person who has sat through a full episode or even 5 minutes of one. Yes it's cheap to produce, but is The CW ignoring how much ad revenue this clunker is going to cost them in lost viewership? Are they really thinking it's going to steal Wipeout's audience with its smaller stage and confusing nonsense rules and unfunny booth (greenscreen) commentary? Because it's not.

    I read somewhere else that Vegas' ratings were high in total viewers but the lowest in key demo since Century City (the law show set in the future), which means lots of old people watched and that means nothing to CBS anymore.

    NBC would pick up a show about Thomas Edison just as the internet is celebrating his douchery. Way to jump on the bandwagon just as it starts playing the Nazi Germany national anthem, NBC.

  • Smidge032 Sep 27, 2012

    Oh Sit is a terrible show but I'm glad that Breaking Pointe will be back.

    I still believe they put way too much importance on the 18-49 demos since a good portion of the demographic watches shows online or in other forms. It amazes me that Vegas can do so well in overall viewers, yet be considered average just because of that demo rating.

  • ADragonsDream Sep 28, 2012

    the fact the 18-49 year olds watch so much online is exactly why they put such importance on it. 18-49 eyeballs are tough for advertisers to get so they are a premium. getting the older people is easy so there is no reason for advertisers to care much about their specific numbers.

  • iAnonymous Sep 27, 2012

    Secret Circle, I miss you. )': It's not your fault the network that aired you had to manhandle you early and then hurt you so terribly. Then they throw this kind of move in your face by renewing two shows that are so abysmal. At least you were awesome, TSC!

  • AndreaMcCooey Sep 27, 2012

    Piss off spammer! Sheesh

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