ABC's Lost returned from its midseason vacation last night, in a new 10 p.m. time slot to avoid Fox's juggernaut American Idol. Lost scored a 6.5 rating in 18-49, with 14.7 million viewers, according to Nielsen Research.
Lost ratings are down about seven percent from the fall season-three premiere. ABC will run an unbroken string of new episode for the remainder of the season in response to fan complaints that there were too many reruns.
On Fox, Idol continued to dominate, with 11.8/27 in 18-49, 27.6 million viewers overall. Still enjoying its Super Bowl bump was CBS's Criminal Minds, up 50 percent from its last Idol-opposite episode, with a 5.1 rating and 17.2 million viewers.
At 8 p.m., Fox took a 4.4 for Bones, a show which has been ...Read more
NBC is doubling down on game shows, bringing a local version of European hit 1 vs. 100 to prime time next month.
Hosted by Bob Saget, 1 vs. 100 pits a contestant against 100 other people in a test of trivia skills for a $1 million prize.
It begins its five-week run October 13 at 9 p.m., with an episode of NBC's reigning game show, Deal or No Deal, serving as its lead-in. In the remaining four weeks it will then take over the Friday 8 p.m. slot that had been targeted for Crossing Jordan. The crime drama will get a new time slot to be determined later in the season.
On the set of their hit game show Deal or No Deal, NBC executives made a two-hour pitch to media buyers Thursday on why advertising on their network is a good deal.
More than half of the presentation was devoted to the marketing opportunities presented by the network's TV 360 broadband initiative, which includes streaming, social networking, and special features accompanying NBC's series on NBC.com.
NBC has been the most aggressive among the broadcast networks in its expansion into the digital universe, and ad buyers, in town this week to get an early glimpse at broadcast networks' development for next season, have taken notice.
NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reilly reiterated his belief that NBC, which is enjoying success with Heroes, The Office, My Name Is Earl and Deal, was a step away from again becoming the top broadcast network.
Reilly also spoke passionately about critically praised but ...Read more
NBC's Deal or no Deal burst onto the American scene late last year as a special event but has since become a weekly staple on the network's plate due to immediate ratings success. Like other popular game shows before it--American Idol, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, among others--Deal or no Deal is headed into the world of video games.
A PC translation of the Endemol (Big Brother, Fear Factor) property will be published by Global Star Software, the budget-game division of Take-Two Interactive, and picking and choosing virtual briefcases will begin this holiday season for $19.99.
Howie Mandel, who has moved somewhat laterally from pulling surgical gloves over his head as a stand-up comic to prime-time game show host du jour, will also "host" the PC game. Other gameplay elements, such as the "beautiful models" and "mysterious banker," will also be digitized.
Obviously, the ...Read more
A new gunslinger has entered the Monday night ratings showdown: David Spade.
Giving Monday-night titans Heroes and 24 a run for their money was CBS' new sitcom Rules of Engagement, which stars Spade along with Bianca Kajlich, Oliver Hudson, and Patrick Warburton. Rules stormed the 9:30 spot with a 5.2 rating and 14.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen overnights.
As usual, NBC's Heroes dominated the 9 p.m. time slot with a 6.4 in the 18 to 49 demographic and 14.6 million viewers.
Fox's 9 o'clock warrior 24 took in a third place 5.0 rating and 13.6 million viewers overall, marking a season low for the Kiefer Sutherland drama. This season of 24 has concentrated less on breakneck action and more on arduous torture scenes, which may have led to some ...Read more
CSI: Miami is the number one show in the world, and it will take more than snappy dialogue to topple it.
Last night, NBC's megahyped Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip premiered to a solid 5.0 rating/12 share in 18-49 year-olds, with 13.4 million total viewers. It came in second behind the season premiere of the David Caruso-led CSI: Miami, which scored an 11.2/17. In the all-important adults 18-34 demographic,
Studio tied with Miami.
Ratings for Studio 60 may have been softened due to the DVD pilot being made available to Netflix subscribers, and with the pilot being "leaked" onto NBC partner YouTube's Web site. The real test for the show begins next week after the newness factor wears off.
Studio 60 shed viewers in its second half-hour, which could portend ...Read more
Making television is a grueling process, and when you have the energy of a hummingbird hopped up on pixy stix like Howie Mandel does, it can be downright dangerous. Mandel was rushed to the hospital yesterday while filming scenes for his new show Howie Do It, reports The Associated Press.
The old game-show host phrase "For those playing at home" is about to get a whole new meaning. AirPlay, a San Francisco-based company specializing in "participation entertainment," has announced it is partnering with television production company Endemol to bring its technology to NBC's Deal or No Deal.
Sometime later this year or early next, viewers at home will be able to compete with friends, family, and the entire nation using their cell phones in the Deal or No Deal: Live TV Challenge.
AirPlay CEO Morgan Guenther, a former president at TiVo, tells TV.com that the Live TV Challenge will vastly expand on the already popular AirPlay-Deal or No Deal Lucky Case game, which uses simple SMS-based (texting) programming for simple "point-to-point" entertainment (user sends a text, gets a text back ...Read more
Deal or No Deal host Howie Mandel has signed on to narrate USA Network's unscripted movie The Great American Christmas, which will air November 28.The movie will follow the lives of six very different families who together paint a funny and moving holiday portrait to which all viewers can relate in one way or another, the network said.
Mandel will return in the fall as host of the NBC hit game show Deal or No Deal.