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Sunday: Clean Bloody Sweep
CBS Wins Night Thanks to "Big Brother"
From the Futon Critic
CBS (6.189 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top draw for the second Sunday in a row thanks to its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.659 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Big Brother 16" (6.516 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "Unforgettable" (6.385 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Reckless" (4.196 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

FOX (2.237 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its repeat lineup of "American Dad" (1.401 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "Bob's Burgers" (1.654 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "The Simpsons" (2.170 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), another "The Simpsons" (2.575 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Family Guy" (2.980 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and another "American Dad" (2.644 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

Next up was ABC (3.334 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) with a special two-hour "Wipeout" (3.171 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) alongside a new "Rising Star" (3.549 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and a repeat "Castle" (3.444 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, encores of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.990 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "Chicago Fire" (2.583 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Chicago PD" (3.305 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) on NBC (2.967 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/28/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Like Father, Like Daughter"

  • Gordon Ramsay's daughter Tilly to be a TV chef (Eater)
     
  • "Derrick... Please go to the Diary Room." (TMZ)
     
  • Alan Carr wants nutjobs on "Singer Takes It All" (The List)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: the 9 best Nick games (Bustle)
     
  • I'm a best-selling game show author & contestant and friend of this site. Ask me anything! (Reddit)

posted 7/28/14

Thursday: Next Stop: Vegas
Hell's Kitchen Finale Up, BB Helps CBS to Win
From the Futon Critic
CBS (5.440 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) took home the top spot on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.072 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "The Millers" (5.368 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), "Big Brother 16" (6.401 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Elementary" (3.698 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

FOX (3.784 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then snagged the silver with the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (5.010 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) followed by a new "Gang Related" (2.557 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Next up was NBC (3.335 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with its lineup of "Hollywood Game Night" (4.043 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Welcome to Sweden" (2.940 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Meet the Engels" (2.235 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "Last Comic Standing" (3.375 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.151 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up a new "Black Box" (3.768 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) alongside the season finale of "Black Box" (3.786 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and a new "NY Med" (4.898 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.499 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "The Originals" (0.521 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) on The CW (0.510 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night.

"Pawnography" led the cable troops with 2.60 million viewers, while the season premiere of "Project Runway" led Lifetime to 1.64 million.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/25/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Cash Cab Florida"

posted 7/25/14

You Are Now Cleared for Play
Trifecta Sells "Game Plane", Mark Walberg to Host
From Trifecta Entertainment
Mark Walberg has been named as host of the forthcoming fall property "The Game Plane".

"The Game Plane", from Trifecta Entertainment, shot a pilot and shopped it to NATPE earlier this year. The show, like "Cash Cab" before it, features unsuspecting passengers on a regular Allegiant Air flight. Once it reaches cruising altitude, the plane converts into a game show, and the passengers become contestants competing for cash and prizes.

Walberg, currently the host of PBS' Emmy-nominated "Antiques Roadshow", is a veteran host of fan favorites "Russian Roulette" and "On the Cover".

It currently has 80 percent clearance and is shooting also for a cable outlet in time for a September release.

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Trifecta Entertainment
Trifecta Entertainment

posted 7/24/14

Wednesday: And Then There Were 48
AGT Final Decision Put NBC Ahead
From the Futon Critic
NBC (8.633 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) pulled back in front on Wednesday thanks to originals from the Top 48 revelation on "America's Got Talent" (10.130 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T1) and "Taxi Brooklyn" (5.639 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

CBS (6.002 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then had to settle for second place with its mix of "Big Brother 16" (6.589 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T1), "Extant" (6.427 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Criminal Minds" (4.990 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was FOX (3.759 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with its mainstay "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.759 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.469 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (3.977 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "The Goldbergs" (3.354 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10), "Modern Family" (3.555 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), another "The Middle" (3.119 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and a new "Motive" (3.406 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (0.910 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "The 100" (0.531 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.721 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/24/14

Tuesday: All NBC All The Time
AGT Boot Camp, "Food Fighters" Propel Peacock to First
From the Futon Critic
NBC (8.408 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) claimed top honors on Tuesday with the premiere of "Food Fighters" (4.550 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) followed by the relocated "America's Got Talent" (10.336 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1). "Fighters" grew from the 8p to the 8:30p half-hour.

ABC (3.169 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.406 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "Celebrity Wife Swap" (2.696 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Next up was CBS (6.700 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (8.586 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.512 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Person of Interest" (5.001 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.251 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up second runs of "Family Guy" (1.877 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.197 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "The Mindy Project" (0.966 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and another "The Mindy Project" (0.966 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.847 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Supernatural" (0.662 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.755 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On GSN, "The Chase" rose to a new season high of 578,000 viewers. "Chopped's" second Teen Tournament episode garnered 1.472 million, while TLC's "Next Great Baker" baked in 851,000. And "@midnight" continued its late-night dominance with 795,000.

The Futon Critic
TV Media Insights
Deadline
Twitter: @SonOfTheBronx
Niagara Wheatfield Tribune

Today
CableRatings.tv
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/24/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "One More Problem"

  • Ariana Grande was not going to pull her brother from "Big Brother" (Digital Spy). But we imagine that sometime over the last 48 hours, he heard "Frankie, please go to the Diary Room." (TMZ)
     
  • "Bachelor in Paradise" co-contestants engaged (Us Magazine)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "The Algorithm" goes to Limerick, Ireland (Limerick Post), while "Jeopardy" goes to Memphis (WREG Memphis)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Family Feud" (Ten, weeknights) (The Age)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Joe Garagiola (AZCentral.com)

posted 7/24/14


Bill Bellamy Goes National
Comic/Actor/Former VJ the New Host of "Let's Ask America"
From AZCentral
Veteran comic Bill Bellamy is on a bit of a media roll of late, the perfect opportunity to mix some metaphors.

"When you get hot, it rains. It's a good time to be hot again," says Bellamy, who headlines at the Tempe Improv this weekend.

"People will be seeing me a lot. If they don't see you a lot, people kind of jump on to another train."

Bellamy, whose biggest claim to fame is coining the phrase "booty call," made his mark on HBO's "Def Comedy Jam" in the '90s and went on to star in the films "How to Be a Player" (1997) and "The Brothers" (2001).

Now a family man with a wife and two kids, Bellamy still plays the playa on the syndicated sitcom "Mr. Box Office," about a Los Angeles movie star sentenced to community service teaching underprivileged kids in South Central LA. Co-starring Jon Lovitz and Vivica A. Fox, the show's first season ran in 2012-13, and Bellamy says he'll start shooting new episodes next month.

"It's based on a portion of my life," he says. "I came to Hollywood and became very, very successful. I had my friends living with me for quite some time. This show is actually the '90s Bill Bellamy, before the kids and the wife and the whole nine yards. What's cool about this is that instead of me as a Hollywood star, he shows a true love helping those that need it."

August will be especially busy for Bellamy, as he also starts taping Season 3 of the quiz show "Let's Ask America," taking over from two-year host Kevin Pereira. Also in syndication, the show features contestants fielding questions on pop culture via their webcams.

"People will be Skyping from all over the world," Bellamy says. "I'm working my butt off, but this show is a lot of fun. It's gonna remind people of how funny I am as a host."

"Let's Ask America" will premiere season 3 nationwide coast to coast in September.

AZCentral

posted 7/23/14

Nick Cannon Gets Back Into Improv Game
AGT Host to Prep New Series for Syfy
From the Futon Critic
Syfy has partnered with Nick Cannon's NCredible Entertainment to develop a weekly one hour sci-fi/fantasy improv series.

The show will be taped in front of a live audience and feature two teams battling for the biggest laughs to win points and prizes. The "home" team will consist of 4-6 nationally known comedians. Each week they will compete against a different improv squad in various sci-fi/fantasy related sketches.

A nationwide casting call will occur later this summer to determine the "away" teams.

Nick Cannon and Michael Goldman will serve as executive producers.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 7/23/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "One More Problem"

  • Ariana Grande's grandfather has passed on. ObGameShows: Frankie is still in the Big Brother House. (Contact Music)
     
  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: "Face Off" took "Life and Death" one step further... (TV Guide)
     
  • The next "Bachelor" will a) come from this season of "The Bachelorette" and b) will have less baggage than Juan Pablo (E!).
     
  • Pharrell Williams chooses Alicia Keys as his G.I.R.L. on "The Voice" (E!)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Top Model" cycle 21 is bumped up to fill a hole on August 18 (The Futon Critic)

posted 7/22/14

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