Thursday, Another Eye
CBS Has No Problem with
Winning Over Viewers
From the Futon Critic
CBS (10.690 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was the top draw for the
second week in a row with its mix of "The Big Bang
Theory" (17.911 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2,
#1), "The Millers" (11.779 million viewers, #2; adults
18-49: 3.0, #2), "Two and a Half Men" (10.452 million
viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #4), "The Crazy Ones"
(7.057 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7) and
"Elementary" (8.469 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49:
ABC (6.579 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2)
then took home the silver with the return of "Once Upon
a Time in Wonderland" (3.140 million viewers, #12;
adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14) alongside new episodes of
"Grey's Anatomy" (8.170 million viewers, #7; adults
18-49: 2.6, #5) and "Scandal" (8.426 million viewers,
#6; adults 18-49: 2.8, #3).
Next up was FOX (6.642 million viewers, #2; adults
18-49: 1.5, #3) with a new "American Idol" (9.706
million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6) and the
Friday-bound "Rake" (3.578 million viewers, #10; adults
18-49: 0.8, #T14).
Meanwhile, NBC (3.323 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
1.1, #4) offered up originals from "Community" (2.787
million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12), "Parks &
Recreation" (2.890 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49:
1.2, #T9), "Hollywood Game Night" (3.330 million
viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11) and "Parenthood"
(3.801 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9).
"Billy on the Street"
Catch It on Fuse Wednesday
Excited fans filled New
York's Beacon Theatre on Tuesday for the world premiere
of the new season of Fuse and Funny or Die's hit pop
culture game show Billy on the Street, starring
Emmy-nominated host Billy Eichner.
Surprise guest (and self-proclaimed Billy super fan)
Paul Rudd introduced Eichner saying, "every few years
something comes along, somebody does something, so fresh
and just so funny, it's hard not to become obsessed with
it. That's the way I feel about his show." Rudd makes an
appearance on the show this season, along with guest
stars like Amy Poehler, Lindsay Lohan, Lena Dunham and
Backstage Eichner told Fuse's Katie Van Buren he was
"nervous but excited" to debut the new episodes for the
fans. If the audience's boisterous reaction to the first
two episodes of Billy's new season is any indication, he
has nothing to worry about. Prepare to laugh your ass
off when the new season of Billy on the Street premieres
this Wednesday, March 12 at 11/10C.
Jim Davidson's Second
Celebrity Big Brother Winnner
Looks to Reboot 90s UK Game
From Huffington Post
Love him or hate him, Jim
Davidson could be making a return to TV screens soon,
with talks to bring back his snooker-themed '90s show
Fresh from his surprise win on 'Celebrity Big Brother',
Jim is now sitting down with Channel 5 to chat about
creating a new show that he can star in - although it
seems more likely that they'll revive his old game show
"Channel 5 are keen to work with me and build on the
success of 'Big Brother'," the 60-year-old told The Sun.
"We are discussing a couple of formats."
"The favorite is 'Big Break'. I'd be up for that."
The original show saw Jim star alongside former player
and snooker commentator John Virgo, with the game itself
revolving around a mixture of general knowledge rounds
and trick shot competitions.
Earlier this year Jim stunned everyone - including his
fellow contestants - when he won 'Celebrity Big
Brother', beating the likes of reality TV favorites
Ollie Locke and Sam Faiers.
Rumors Abound, Plus One Truth
RTÉ has responed to reports
of upcoming changes to the popular Winning Streak
National Lottery Show following speculation that Marty
Morrissey was being lined up to replace Marty Whelan.
An RTÉ spokesperson told TEN that Morrissey was in the
RTÉ studios doing a technical rehearsal for a game show
and not working on a pilot.
Head of Entertainment, John McHugh said: "It’s not
unusual for TV teams to explore options on current
shows. Last week’s session in studio was simply a
technical run through to trial some new games.
"People are jumping to conclusions and the reports today
are just simply speculation. Marty and Sinead are
absolute pros and doing a fantastic job on Winning
Instead producers are trying out new game shows to run
within Winning Streak, which is watched by up to 250,000
viewers a week, to see how they work ahead of the new
However it has been confirmed that The National Lottery
has decided that the Big Money Game Show will not return
Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Spring Forward"
- IN MEMORIAM: Sheila
MacRae ("The Jackie Gleason Show") (1920?-2014) on "What's
My Line" (YouTube)
- George Gray, Rachel
Reynolds take TPIR where it's never been before... SXSW (MXDWN.com)
- CROWNING MOMENT OF
transgendered contestant plays "Pointless". How Richard
Osman handles Twitter trolls afterwards is ANYTHING BUT (Pink
- Is Juan Pablo Galavis
the worst "Bachelor" ever? Short answer: yes with an if.
Long answer: no, with a but (TV
- Brooke Burke-Charvet:
I was fired over the phone with my kids in the car (People)
- IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Will Ferrell as "Chad Softwick" previewing "@midday".
- AndroidUp to QuizUp (Forbes)
- A FEW GOOD MINUTES with
Peter Sagal (WMUK
GEOFF EDWARDS: 1931-2014
Hosted "Jackpot!", "Play the
Percentages", "Chain Reaction"
From USA Today
Geoff Edwards, the
hip-looking 1970s and '80s host of TV game shows
including Jackpot! and two incarnations of Treasure
Hunt, died Wednesday, his agent said. He was 83.
Edwards died of complications of pneumonia at St. John's
hospital in Santa Monica, agent Fred Wostbrock said.
Edwards also worked as a radio DJ and actor, appearing
on TV shows including Petticoat Junction, I Dream of
Jeannie and Diff'rent Strokes.
"Geoff was one of the cleverest, funniest radio and
television personalities I've worked with," said fellow
game show host Wink Martindale. The two were DJs at pop
radio station KMPC in Los Angeles.
Edwards, a native of Westfield, N.J., hosted The New
Treasure Hunt, a revival of a 1950s quiz show, from 1973
to 1977 and hosted Treasure Hunt in 1981-82. He also
emceed Jackpot!, Play the Percentages, Chain Reaction,
Wostbrock said his longtime client made a splash on TV
by shedding the conservative look worn by his peers.
His hair was longer, he never wore a tie, and he favored
jeans over suits, Wostbrock said. "He was part of the
He was also famous for his catch phrase: "Right you are!"
Edwards had been in good health, his agent said. In
recent years, he wrote about travel on his website and
did radio and TV programs on the subject.
He is survived by his wife, Michael, and stepsons Justin
and Jason Feffer, Westbrook said. His survivors also
include his ex-wife, Suzanne, and their children Todd,
Shawn and Chess, as well as nine grandchildren.
Funeral plans were pending, Wostbrock said.
CBS Local Los Angeles
The Hollywood Reporter
Inland News Today
About.com Game Shows
Game Show Utopia
Wednesday: Close Call
Fox Ekes Out Win Over CBS
From the Futon Critic
OX (10.513 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was still the network to beat
with a new two-hour "American Idol" (10.513 million
viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2).
CBS (10.058 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2)
then took home the silver with new episodes of
"Survivor: Cagayan" (9.618 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 2.4, #4), "Criminal Minds" (11.371 million
viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3) and "CSI: Crime
Scene Investigation" (9.187 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 1.7, #T6).
Next up was ABC (5.985 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.9, #3) and its lineup of "The Middle" (7.149
million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5), "Suburgatory"
(5.573 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T6),
"Modern Family" (9.011 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 3.3, #1), "Mixology" (4.478 million viewers, #12;
adults 18-49: 1.6, #T8) and "Nashville" (4.849 million
viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #11).
Meanwhile, NBC (5.624 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
1.5, #4) served up fresh installments of "Revolution"
(4.770 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12),
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.028 million
viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T8) and "Chicago PD"
(6.074 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10).
"On the Menu" Sets Its
Ty Pennington, Emeril Lagasse
Join Mark Burnett/TNT Series
From the Wrap
Ty Pennington (“Extreme
Makeover: Home Edition”) is trading in his tool belt for
a kitchen apron as host of TNT's new series “On the
Also, Chef Emeril Lagasse (“Emeril Live”) is signed on
to be the show's Menu Master, Turner said Wednesday.
“On the Menu” is television's first cooking show to give
viewers the chance to taste the winning dish after every
episode, as well as give everyday cooks the chance to
have their dish appear in dining institutions across the
country, TNT boasted in a press release.
In each episode, a group of home cooks will be
challenged to create the next signature dish for that
week's selected restaurant chain, stadium concession
stand, or other American food business. The amateur
cooks work in conjunction with professional chefs to
create their dishes, from concept to execution. A panel
of judges will then determine which dish tastes the best
and fits with the restaurant's current menu offerings.
The winning dish will immediately go on the business’
menu, giving viewers at home the chance to go try the
dish the next day.
The series is being produced by One Three Media, with
Mark Burnett (“The Voice”) serving as executive
producer. ”On the Menu” is slated to air in fall 2014.
“Ty Pennington has everything we could want in a host:
immense creativity, an engaging personality, a
motivational spirit and lots of down-home charm,” said
David Eilenberg, senior vice president of unscripted
development for TNT and TBS. “Emeril Lagasse is one of
the most popular and loved chefs of our time thanks both
to his high-octane cooking style and his infectious
enthusiasm. We're extremely excited to be working with
Ty and Emeril on TNT's On the Menu.”
“We love being first with new formats for our audience,
and I think this one is a real winner,” said executive
producer Mark Burnett. “Two TV veterans, Emeril and Ty,
who have amazing energy, are coming together for a show
that is all about serving up a brand new experience for
the viewer. This is going to be fun to watch: Emeril and
Ty in a kitchen with real people creating a dish that's
going to be on an actual menu.”
CBS Daytime's Up
Price, Deal Notch Year-to-Year
From TV by the Numbers
The Talk and LET’S MAKE A
DEAL both delivered their best ever February sweep
performances with the rest of CBS’s Daytime lineup also
posting some of their best ratings in the last 10 years,
according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings.
LET’S MAKE A DEAL 1 averaged a best ever February
audience of 3.23 million, up +8% from a year ago, while
LET’S MAKE A DEAL 2 had its largest audience (3.80m, up
+11%) and women 25-54 rating (1.2/07, up +9%).
THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 notched 5.46 million viewers, up
from a year ago by +13% and its largest audience since
2003 while THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 was up +10% with its
largest audience since 2007. Both editions notched best
women 25-54 ratings since 2010.
Overall, CBS Daytime had its most watched February sweep
(4.35m) since 2007 and highest rated in women 25-54
(1.5/08) since 2010.
by the Numbers
MIP: BBC Links with
WB Buys International Rights
to UK Format
From TV Wise
BBC One is adding another
quiz show to their daytime line up. The broadcaster has
ordered new quiz format The Link, which hails from STV
Productions and LTV.
The Link, which has received an order for 25 episodes,
is being hosted by Mark Williams (Harry Potter) and sees
three teams race against time to find the link between
questions. It’s a game that rewards daring, strategy and
teamwork. The executive producers are Gary Chippington,
Jo Street and Paul Johnson.
“The Link appealed to us because of its innovative
question style and challenging game play”, said BBC
Daytime Controller Damian Kavanagh, who commissioned the
series. “Mark Williams will give the show a different
flavour which we hope will delight the audience.”
In addition, Warner Bros. International Television
Production has taken the global format rights to The
Link, with a US version already in the works. Warner
Bros are expected to launch the format at MIPTV.
Alan Clements, director of content for STV Productions,
said: “STV Productions has a proven track record in
entertainment and we are excited to be partnering with
LTV on The Link. It is both STV’s and LTV’s first
opportunity to work with BBC Daytime in this genre. This
exciting new format rewards strategy, teamwork and quick
thinking, and will keep both contestants and viewers on
the edge of their seats. We are also thrilled to be
working with Warner Bros. International Television
Production in a deal that brings a fantastic opportunity
for The Link to reach new audiences worldwide.”
While Andrew Zein, Senior Vice-President, Creative,
Format Development and Sales for Warner Bros.
International Television Production, added: “We know
that great game shows are back at the top of
broadcasters’ wish lists. The Link is that rare thing —
an original new quiz show with a strong identity in
terms of both its game play and visual elements,
commissioned in a key market. Our excitement is shared
by Mike Darnell and his team at the Warner Bros.
Television Group, who will be bringing it to market in
Tuesday: About a Voice
NBC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic
NBC (9.783 million viewers,
#2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was still the demo king on
Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (14.376 million
viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1), "About a Boy"
(8.713 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2),
"Growing Up Fisher" (7.056 million viewers, #7; adults
18-49: 2.0, #5) and "Chicago Fire" (7.089 million
viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6).
CBS (14.185 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2)
then was the most-watched network with fresh
installments of "NCIS" (17.684 million viewers, #1;
adults 18-49: 2.4, #3), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (14.285
million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4) and "Person
of Interest" (10.586 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
Next up was ABC (3.545 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.2, #T3) with the return of "Marvel's Agents of
SHIELD" (5.114 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7,
#T7), "The Goldbergs" (4.157 million viewers, #9; adults
18-49: 1.6, #9), "Trophy Wife" (2.643 million viewers,
#11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14) and week two of "Mind
Games" (2.120 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6,
Meanwhile, FOX (2.683 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
1.2, #T3) offered up its lineup of "Glee" (2.595 million
viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12), "New Girl" (2.927
million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10) and
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.615 million viewers, #12; adults
18-49: 1.3, #11).
On cable, "Chopped" led the ranks with 1.527 million.
- Face Off (9p Syfy) - 1.213 million
- Ink Master (10p Spike) - 1.008 million
- Bad Girls All Star Battle (8p Oxygen) - 980,000
- Minute to Win It (8p GSN) - 333,000
Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Funny People"
MasterChef Junior the
Fox Renews Kiddie Cook-Off
From the Futon Critic
Fox Broadcasting Company
(FOX) has ordered an eight episode, third season of hit
cooking competition series MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, it was
jointly announced today by FOX, Shine America and One
Potato Two Potato. Production on Season Two and Season
Three will begin this spring.
"MASTERCHEF JUNIOR has proven itself to be the little
show with a big bite - so big, we've picked it up for a
third season," said Simon Andreae, Executive Vice
President, Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting
Company. "It's incredible to see how unbelievably
creative and skilled kids can be in the kitchen - some
before they've even learned how to SPELL what they're
cooking! We can't wait to meet the talent that our
judges discover in the next two cycles."
MASTERCHEF JUNIOR gives talented kids between the ages
of eight and 13 the chance to showcase their culinary
ability and passion for food through a series of
delicious challenges. Host, executive producer and
award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay is joined by
restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich (Del Posto,
Eataly) and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot
Bistro) on the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR judging panel.
During its first season, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR averaged 5.1
million total viewers and ranked No. 1 in its time
period among Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, Women
18-49/18-34, Men 18-49/18-34 and Teens. MASTERCHEF
JUNIOR improved FOX's performance in the time period
versus last year by +58% among Adults 18-49. In
addition, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR averaged a +50% lift from
its Live + Same Day to its Live +7 Adults 18-49 rating -
the largest percentage gain of any unscripted series on
the Big 4 networks.
Food Looking for
"America's Best Cook"
Ted Allen to Host April 13
From the Futon Critic
Home cooks from across the
country compete, with the guidance and determination
from Food Network chefs, for a $50,000 cash prize in the
new culinary competition series America's Best Cook,
premiering Sunday, April 13th at 9pm ET/PT. Hosted by
Ted Allen, the cooks are divided into teams which are
mentored by Cat Cora, Tyler Florence, Alex Guarnaschelli
and Michael Symon, each representing the South, West,
East and North respectively. The series kicks off with a
timed culinary challenge where 16 cooks divided into
groups of four compete for coveted positions on the
mentor's teams. Following the challenge, each mentor
tastes the dishes of four hopeful cooks and chooses the
two for their team that they believe will lead them to
victory. Emotions run high as each mentor puts their
reputation on the line for one of their cooks to be
named America's Best Cook.
In each episode, the hand-picked cooks compete in a
Group Challenge to prove they have what it takes to
compete another day and to make their Food Network chef
mentors proud. With direction and counsel from their
mentors the cooks must raise the bar in every facet of
their cooking. From elevating every day, tired dishes to
restaurant quality cuisine to transforming savory
ingredients into amazingly sweet desserts, these cooks
must give it their all to impress the rotating guest
judge and avoid the elimination round. The bottom four
cooks dig deep for redemption as they face-off in the
intense Pressure Cooker round where their final dishes
are judged again by the guest judge who then determines
who is safe for another week and who goes home. The
finale puts the four remaining home cooks through three
grueling, single elimination rounds until one cook along
with their chef mentor is left standing as America's
Best Cook. Special guests include Anne Burrell, Bobby
Flay,Ron Ben-Israel,Marcel Vigneron and Geoffrey
Tim Vine Can't Say That
Irish Comic Plots New Quiz
Tim Vine is piloting a new
TV quiz show, called You Can’t Say That.
The show is being made by Hat Trick, who also produce
Have I Got News For You.
Described as ‘a funny and original take on the quiz
show’, the format involves sneaking in some trick
questions among the real ones. If the contestants can
spot them, they could win thousands of pounds.
It is not yet known what broadcaster may be interested
in the show, but two pilots will be recorded in front of
a London studio audience later this month. See our free
tickets page to watch it being taped.
Vine, who has recently left the Lee Mack sitcom Not
Going Out and joined the cast of Blandings, previously
hosted the game show Whittle on Channel 5 in 1997-8.
Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "After Show"
- Kevin Pereira
"Psyches" out for new after show (The
- VIDEO WALL: Lucy
Aragon's cast off of "The Bachelor"? "Ess Okay" (Us)
- Erin Andrews is kind
of obsessed with a dancer. Which one? (Twitter)
- Jason Momoa does it for
Betty White (Esquire)
- "Dancing" ice dancers
ink deal with "Dancing" network (Entertainment
- AND A TRIPLE:
Brooke Burke-Charvet signs on to hang out with "Melissa
& Joey" (The
Look Who's Dancing
ABC Releases Season 18 Stars,
From the Futon
This season's dynamic lineup
of stars -- including two Olympic Gold Medalists, a game
show host, a swimming legend and a teen pop star - will
perform for the first time on live national television
with their professional partners during the two-hour
season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars," MONDAY,
MARCH 17 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television
In a first for "Dancing with the Stars," the competition
will feature a new game changing twist called "The
Switch Up." This season, America will be given the power
to vote and change celebrities and professional dance
pairings. This new rule will affect all couples as they
will be required to switch partners at a point in the
season. Never before have dance partnerships been split
up during the course of competition.
As announced this morning on ABC's "Good Morning
America" by "Dancing with the Stars" hosts Tom Bergeron
and Erin Andrews, the 12 celebrities with their
professional partners heading to the dance floor this
season (in alphabetical order) are:
- Former pro hockey player/model Sean Avery and Karina
- Actress/author Candace Cameron Bure ("Make It or Break
It") and Mark Ballas
- Comic/game show host Drew Carey ("The Price Is Right")
and Cheryl Burke
- Sochi 2014 gold-medal ice dancer Meryl Davis and
- Reality TV star NeNe Leakes ("Real Housewives of
Atlanta") and Tony Dovolani
- Actor/singer James Maslow ("Big Time Rush") and Peta
- Actress/author Danica McKellar ("The Wonder Years")
and Valentin Chmerkovskiy
- Distance swimmer Diana Nyad and newcomer Henry
- Paralympic snowboarder/motivational speaker Amy Purdy
("The Amazing Race") and Derek Hough
- Singer Cody Simpson and newcomer Witney Carson
- Sochi 2014 gold-medal ice dancer Charlie White and
- Actor Billy Dee Williams ("Star Wars Episode V: The
Empire Strikes Back") and Emma Slater
Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams
via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes
after the end of the "Dancing with the Stars" broadcast
in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on
Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open
for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode
on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and
closing at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT on Tuesday
evenings. For the final week, on Monday, May 19, online
voting will open for 15 hours, beginning from the start
of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00
p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the
next day. A custom Facebook app lets fans vote, share
whom they voted for and say why, as well as see whom
friends voted for.
TV by the Numbers
Los Angeles Times
On the Red Carpet
"Dancing With The Stars"
premieres March 17 on ABC
photo courtesy BBC Worldwide/ABC
Carl Kasell Calling It
"Wait Wait! Don't Tell Me"
Announcer/Scorekeeper to Retire
From CNN Money
Carl Kasell, the beloved
voice of NPR's weekly game show "Wait Wait... Don't Tell
Me!," is calling it quits. He announced on Tuesday that
he will record his last edition of the program sometime
Kasell, 79, will still appear on "Wait Wait"
occasionally, and will continue to record one of his
trademarks: custom voice mail greetings for the game
"It's a real sad day for all of us at 'Wait Wait' and
for me," tweeted Peter Sagal, the show's host, on
Tuesday afternoon. "But Carl deserves a chance to lay
down the mic and enjoy himself."
Kasell has worked at NPR in various capacities since
1975. He was the newscaster for one of NPR's flagships,
"Morning Edition," from 1979 until 2009.
He has been with "Wait Wait" since its inception in
1998, playing the "straight man" of sorts while Sagal
asks questions of panelists.
"My favorite time at NPR has been 'Wait Wait... Don't
Tell Me!,'" Kasell said in a statement. "It was loads of
fun and gave me a chance to meet and talk in person to
the audiences that I felt I had known for so many years
on the air."
He added, "I can honestly say I am the luckiest man
around to be able to have worked at a job I love for so
many years. It's truly been a joy for me."
NPR didn't specify an end date for Kasell, but the
public radio organization said that "celebration shows"
are being planned in Chicago and Washington. NPR invited
Kasell's fans to call 1-888-WAIT-WAIT and leave a voice
mail for Kasell, in a nod to his highly coveted voice
NPR said Kasell's title would become "Scorekeeper
"We haven't decided on a replacement, yet," Sagal
tweeted. "Hardly thought about it. Want to take our
time, not go for a rebound host."
Results for the Week Ending
NBC’s Sochi steamroller
continued to flatten syndies for a second session in the
week ending Feb. 23, preempting most shows that air on
NBC affiliates and providing stronger than usual
competition for those left standing.
In addition, levels of people using television declined
by more than 3 million viewers week to week, and some
shows again chose to exclude their ratings in the face
of the Olympics juggernaut.
Among game shows, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune skidded 3% for
the week to a 7.0. CTD’s Jeopardy! was flat at a 6.7.
Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was flat at a 5.7, while
Disney/ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire continued to
decline, sliding 5% to a 2.1.
Tv by the Numbers
Monday: Another Peacock
From the Futon
NBC (14.122 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) was the network to beat on
Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (15.651 million
viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1) and "The Blacklist"
(11.065 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3).
CBS (7.556 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2)
then took home the silver with originals from "How I Met
Your Mother" (9.106 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49:
3.3, #2), "2 Broke Girls" (8.426 million viewers, #5;
adults 18-49: 2.6, #4), "Mike & Molly" (8.880 million
viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T5), "Mom" (8.383
million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #7) and
"Intelligence" (5.269 million viewers, #10; adults
18-49: 1.2, #11).
Next up was ABC (7.281 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.8, #3) with a special 90-minute "The Bachelor"
(7.913 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T5)
followed by a repeat of "Mixology" (3.688 million
viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12) and a new "Castle"
(8.130 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9).
Meanwhile, FOX (5.393 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
1.6, #4) served up the season finale of "Almost Human"
(5.648 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10)
alongside a new "The Following" (5.138 million viewers,
#11; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8).
On Food Network, the premiere of "Beat Bobby Flay"
scored 1.067 million, a 66 percent retention of the
audience of "Worst Cooks in America" (1.560 million).
Weekend: And the Award
Goes to... ABC
Oscars Give Sunday to the
From the Futon
ABC (35.155 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 10.2, #1) was of course the network to
beat on Sunday with its coverage "The Oscars Red Carpet
Live, Part 1" (21.386 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
5.3, #4), "The Oscars Red Carpet Live, Part 2" (25.709
million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 6.8, #3), "The Oscars
Red Carpet Live, Part 3" (33.301 million viewers, #2;
adults 18-49: 9.1, #2) and "The 86th Annual Academy
Awards" (40.168 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 12.1,
A year ago, "The 85th Annual Academy Awards" (36.967
million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 12.1, #1) posted
equal demo numbers.
CBS (5.405 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2)
then topped the leftovers with its mix of "60 Minutes"
(0.000 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6),
"The Amazing Race 23" (0.000 million viewers, #14;
adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "The Mentalist" (0.000 million
viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and "The Good
Wife" (0.000 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4,
Next up was NBC (3.735 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.0, #T2) with rebroadcasts of "Dateline NBC"
(4.159 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and
"The Voice" (3.310 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49:
And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (1.960 million
viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), "American Dad"
(1.747 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13),
"The Simpsons" (2.608 million viewers, #8; adults
18-49: 1.1, #T8), another "Bob's Burgers" (2.343 million
viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "Family Guy"
(2.698 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and
another "American Dad" (2.407 million viewers, #9;
adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) closed out the night over on FOX
(2.294 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2).
On Food Network, the night went thusly...
- 8p: Food Court Wars -
- 9p: Iron Chef America - 877,000
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen - 1.339 million
On Friday, "Shark Tank" delivered 7.789 million for ABC,
leading the night in the adults 18-49.
Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "1 vs...."
loses a lawsuit against the creators of "Go to Top 101" (WantChina
- Chris Harrison gives
a rose to a "Trophy Wife" (The
- More like "The Bachelor:
The Women Tell Off" (Jezebel)
PLUS how to survive the whole ordeal... (Grantland)
- THIS WEEK ON THE EXPERTS:
Talking Heads vs. The West Wing vs. Mixology (YouTube)
JIM LANGE: 1932-2014
Legendary "Dating Game" Host
to Be Honored by GSN Wednesday
From The Futon Critic
GSN (Game Show Network)
announced today that the network will pay tribute to
legendary game show host Jim Lange, with a marathon of
Lange's most memorable episodes as host of THE DATING
GAME. Jim Lange passed away on Tuesday at the age of 81.
The eight-episode marathon will air on Wednesday March
5th, from 8 am until 12 noon ET on GSN.
The Jim Lange Marathon will feature episodes of THE
DATING GAME from the show's original 1960s and 1970s
runs on ABC and in syndication, featuring guests such as
Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Tom Selleck, Arnold
Schwarzenegger and Steve Martin.
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Jim Lange started his
broadcasting career at age 15when he won an audition at
a local radio station. He hosted a radio show for two
years before leaving to attend the University of
Minnesota and serving three years in the Marines. In
1962 he made his TV debut as the announcer and sidekick
on "The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show." He became a national
star as host of THE DATING GAME, and also served as host
of "Hollywood Connection," "$100,000 Name That Tune" and
"The New Newlywed Game." After his retirement from
television, Lange returned to his first love - radio -
as morning DJ for KABL-FM in San Francisco.
"As much as he's known for his television work, his real
love was radio," his wife said. "He loved doing local
radio, especially before it was computerized."
Lange himself once told the Bay Area Radio Digest that
his favorite aspect of the medium was that "you don't
have to worry about lighting directors and cameramen or
script writers and all that."
"Good radio is still the most fun," he said, "It always
will be. Plus, you don't have to wear makeup and you
don't have to shave."
Lange is survived by a sister, five children, two
stepchildren and four grandchildren.
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Kitchen Casino: April 7
Bill Rancic Hosts New Food
From the Futon
Food Network's new
competition series Kitchen Casino hosted by Bill Rancic
and premiering on Monday, April 7th at 9pm ET/PT brings
together four talented chefs in a high-stakes game of
chance that requires skill, speed and adaptability. In
each episode, four competitors would be wise to keep one
eye on the ticking clock while they attempt to out-cook
and out-smart their competition during three
casino-themed cooking challenges - slots, poker and
roulette - for a chance to win the $30,000 jackpot. The
chefs must be at the top of their game throughout the
three rounds to handle whatever Lady Luck deals them,
and they must double-down on their skills or risk being
86'd. Each episode features a panel of rotating judges
including Michael Chernow, Madison Cowan, Danyelle
Freedman, Gavin Kaysen, Aliya Leekong and Kristin
"These competing chefs need strong culinary talents and
cunning strategy to win these high-stakes challenges,
making Kitchen Casino exhilarating to watch," said Bob
Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President,
Food Network. "On Kitchen Casino anything can happen
when amazing chefs roll the dice."
In each episode, the competing chefs must hold their own
as they navigate through three grueling rounds of the
casino-style, culinary competition. Round one features
the Kitchen Casino Slot Machine. The chefs take a spin
and reveal three categories - cuisine, ingredient and
theme - which must inspire their dish for the 30 minute
round. In round two, remaining three contestants have 40
minutes to prepare a dish using the same assigned
protein from the previous round - but with a game
changing twist. During this round the kitchen stations
spin like a roulette wheel leaving the chefs in front of
a new station to continue cooking. The wheel turns
unexpectedly and the chefs are judged by the dish that
ends up in front of them at the end of the round. The
final round is a game of Chef Poker. The remaining two
contestants try their hand at incorporating an
ingredient into their dish depending on the card they
are dealt. Will they hold their hand or take a gamble?
Their decision could make or break their dish and their
chance at winning the jackpot.
Bill Rancic originally burst onto the public scene as
the first-ever winner of NBC's The Apprentice. Ten years
later, this successful entrepreneur wears many hats as a
television producer, best-selling author, television
personality and restaurateur of the popular restaurant
RPM-Italian chain. Rancic is co-executive producer and
star with his wife Giuliana Rancic on their reality
show, Guiliana & Bill. He also co-hosts the successful
nationally syndicated television show, America Now,
which recently celebrated its 500th episode and is
currently in its fourth season. Rancic is the author of
New York Times bestsellers You're Hired: How to Succeed
in Business and Life and Beyond The Lemonade Stand.
Rancic and wife Giuliana co-authored the best-seller I
Do...Now What?, in which the couple share their secrets
to everlasting love and understanding.
Visit FoodNetwork.com/KitchenCasino for
behind-the-scenes photos, interviews and more insider
Kitchen Casino is produced by Jane Street Productions.
Bill Rancic hosts
"Kitchen Casino" for Food Network April 7
photo courtesy WENN
Fox Is Giving the Rake
"Hell's Kitchen" Moved Up to
From the Futon
The competition heats up
when Chef Gordon Ramsay returns with Season 12 of HELL'S
KITCHEN, debuting Thursday, March 13 (8:00-9:00 PM
ET/PT) on FOX, followed by the AMERICAN IDOL XIII
results show (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed),
which moves to its new time period. In the Season
Premiere of HELL'S KITCHEN, Chef Ramsay splits the
latest batch of 20 aspiring restaurateurs into two
teams, men vs. women, and asks them to present their
signature dishes. The winning team gets treated to an
exclusive dinner with Ramsay, while the losing team is
left behind to scrub down the kitchen.
RAKE moves to Fridays, beginning March 14 (8:00-9:00 PM
ET/PT), followed by all-new episodes of ENLISTED
(9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and RAISING HOPE (9:30-10:00 PM
ET/PT). Don't miss an all-new episode of RAKE this
Thursday, March 6 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), when Keegan
(Greg Kinnear) defends an old friend (guest star Anthony
Anderson) from his AA days.
Once the AMERICAN IDOL XIII results shows shift to
half-hour episodes on Thursday, March 27 (9:00-9:30 PM
ET live/PT tape-delayed), SURVIVING JACK, the new comedy
starring Emmy Award nominee Chris Meloni ("True Blood,"
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") as a man becoming a
dad, while his son is becoming a man, will air at
9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT.
Monday Lightning Round
... or "Restart"
- PROGRAMMING NOTE:
Missed the first two "Amazing Race" episodes? Catch them on
CBS March 8 (The
- BLIND ITEM!!!!: In a
"Bachelor" season full of clusters, here's one more... one
of the contestants is ENGAGED. (Us
- BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW:
"Pointless" (Endemol Games for iOS) (MacWorld)
Thursday: Idol Gets
CBS Continues to Own Thursday
From the Futon
CBS (10.544 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) climbed to the top spot on
Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (17.502
million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1), "The
Millers" (11.240 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8,
#4), "Two and a Half Men" (10.046 million viewers, #3;
adults 18-49: 2.5, #5), "The Crazy Ones" (7.422 million
viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7) and "Elementary"
(8.526 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8).
ABC (7.757 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2)
then took home the silver with its special "Countdown to
the Oscars" (4.690 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49:
1.0, #T11) followed by the return of "Grey's Anatomy"
(9.310 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.0, #3) and
"Scandal" (9.271 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 3.3,
Next up was FOX (6.630 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.5, #3) with new episodes of "American Idol"
(9.809 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #6) and
"Rake" (3.450 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8,
Meanwhile, NBC (3.160 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
1.1, #4) served up originals from "Community" (2.625
million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11), "Parks &
Recreation" (2.456 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49:
1.0, #T11), the relocated "Hollywood Game Night" (3.387
million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9) and
"Parenthood" (3.553 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49:
On cable, "Under the Gunn" lead the way at 9p in a dead
heat with Food's "Chopped Canada" with 1.297 million to
1.206 million. "King of the Nerds" was deposed on TBS
The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter
Brooke Burns to Host "Motor
City Masters" for truTV
From the Futon
Fasten your seatbelt. The
search is on for America's next great car designer as
truTV and Chevrolet team up on the brand new competition
series Motor City Masters. Hosted by Brooke Burns
(Baywatch, The Chase), Motor City Masters will pit 10
designers against each other to test their limits of
design expertise and creativity. truTV has ordered 10
episodes of the Motor City Masters, which is being
produced for the network by Bunim/Murray Productions
(Project Runway, Total Divas) and The Story Lab, a
division of Aegis Media. Motor City Masters is set to go
into production the week of Feb. 24 in Los Angeles, with
plans to premiere on truTV this summer. The exciting
season finale will then take place in the Motor City
itself - Detroit - and will provide one final
"As truTV's first venture into the reality-competition
genre, Motor City Masters marks an important step in our
strategy to diversify truTV's programing slate and
develop the truTV brand," said Chris Linn, president,
head of programming for truTV. "Cars are a huge part of
American pop culture, and people are more interested
than ever in how design meets function to impact our
everyday lives. We are extremely proud to be working
with such an iconic American brand as Chevrolet, as well
as the top-notch team at Bunim/Murray Productions."
"This is going to be a really fun competition for the
designers," said Jonathan Murray, chairman of Bunim/Murray
Productions. "The challenges they face will push them to
really think about what the American public wants in a
car and how the car can better serve their needs."
"Creating vehicles with great design and performance
that live up to the Chevrolet name will be a challenge
for the participants," said Tim Mahoney, chief marketing
officer, Global Chevrolet. "We look forward to seeing
the top two designers here in Detroit in a few weeks for
Motor City Masters will bring together 10 experienced
designers, with various specialties and backgrounds, all
of whom share a passion for car design. In each episode,
the contestants will have the ambitious task of creating
new, fully functional (though not street legal) concept
cars based on a theme that will showcase the each
competitor's unique personality.
Challenges on Motor City Masters will explore various
aspects of design, inside and out. The designs will be
judged by Jean Jennings, president and editor in chief
of Automobile Magazine and internationally renowned car
designer Harald Belker. They will be joined each week by
a special celebrity guest judge. Competitors will be
judged on their creativity, execution and
forward-thinking design, among other criteria. The field
will narrow with each elimination challenge until only
the top two designers remain. These two competitors will
then face off in front of Chevrolet's world-class car
design experts, after which only one designer will be
crowned "The Next Great Car Designer." The winner of
Motor City Masters will receive a brand new 2014 Camaro
Z28 and $100,000 cash. The winner will also be named a
Brand Ambassador, with the opportunity to showcase
his/her designs at major auto show exhibitions.
Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Couples Therapy"
- CASTING COUCH:
couples wanted for online trivia series (Reality
- Jillian Michaels
finally admits that Rachel may lost too much weight (Huffington
- Mike Fleiss has two
words regarding "Bachelor Pad": "Could be" (Twitter)
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