News Briefs: Alcatraz Earns the Season's Second-Highest Ratings for a New Drama

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RATINGS

... Alcatraz premiered to great ratings last night, notching a 3.3 rating in the adult demo for its two-hour premiere. That made it the second-most popular new drama premiere of the season, tying with Revenge but behind Once Upon a Time's super-impressive 3.9. Alcatraz also bested Terra Nova's debut (3.1), making Fox's impending decision regarding Terra Nova's future that much easier. [TV By the Numbers]

... Napoleon Dynamite also debuted over the weekend and really benefited from having the late NFL game and its 40 million viewers as a lead-in. The Fox animated series aired two new episodes, one at 8:30pm and one at 9:30pm, and they grabbed 9.51 million viewers (4.6 rating) and 7.15 million viewers (3.6), respectively. Sweet. But can the show maintain that pace? [TV By the Numbers]


RENEWALS, CANCELLATIONS, AND SUPERSIZINGS

... The BBC has confirmed that Sherlock will return for a third season. In related news, the Sherlock Holmes movies will continue being pumped out as long as people pay to see them. [Daily Mail]

... Oxygen has renewed reality competition series/Glee farm system The Glee Project for a second season. My dreams of joining the program are still alive! [Deadline Hollywood]

... TLC has canceled its reality show Hook, Line & Sisters, about a fishing family with two hot daughters. [Alaska Dispatch]

... AMC says the third season of The Walking Dead will consist of 16 episodes, up from the 13 planned for Season 2. Great! That means three extra episodes' worth of the survivors debating about looking for someone! Haha, just kidding TWD fans. Also, Mad Men will premiere with a two-hour episode. That means 60 extra minutes of trying to stay awake. Haha, I'm not kidding Mad Men fans. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Syfy is really ramping up the episode count for its hit Warehouse 13. The network has requested seven additional episodes for Season 4, bringing the count up to 20. [Deadline Hollywood]


DEVELOPMENT DEALS

... NBC has picked up three more pilots: The Frontier follows pioneers as they head West in 1840, Midnight Sun is a mystery about missing members of a commune in Alaska, and Do No Harm is a medical drama about a surgeon who battles with an alter-ego. All of them will be canceled by their second episode. Sorry, I couldn't resist. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC has ordered a pilot for Gilded Lillys, a period piece set in 1895. Shonda Rhimes, the creator of Grey's Anatomy and half of ABC's other shows, will executive produce. The drama will be set in New York City's first luxury hotel. [Deadline Hollywood]

... CBS has ordered pilots for two new potential shows. Baby Big Shot is a legal drama about a street-wise woman. Elementary is described as a modern-day take on Sherlock Holmes. "That's great, because I really don't have enough Sherlock Holmes in my life right now," I say while sitting in my Sherlock Holmes Snuggie and sipping milk from my Sherlock Holmes Big Gulp cup. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Some dumb Canadians are trying to make a TV show out of the viral video sensation The Honey Badger. I want to make something clear: Not all Canadians are stupid, just these guys. [THR]

... Hey guys! Here's the news you've been for! Lifetime is working on a Dance Moms spin-off called Dance Moms: Miami! [Deadline Hollywood]


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