|[05/24/12 - 06:26 AM]
Summer 2011 in Review/Summer 2012 in Preview
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
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LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- Last year the broadcast networks offered up 35 originals to combat its usual summer doldrums. The result: a half dozen or so posted numbers that would make them proud even during the regular season. This time around another 30 (and counting) are on tap at ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and The CW. Will new franchises be born? Or will most live up to the usual afterthought label given to the coming months? Here's a recap of how last year's shows fared so you can throttle your expectations accordingly.
Plus, be sure to check out our complete list of summer premiere dates - both broadcast and cable.
ADULTS 18-49 RATING
4.25 - Voice, The (NBC)
3.33 - America's Got Talent - Tuesday (NBC)
3.04 - America's Got Talent - Wednesday (NBC)
2.80 - Big Brother - Thursday (CBS)
2.75 - Big Brother - Wednesday (CBS)
2.66 - Big Brother - Sunday (CBS)
2.60 - Hell's Kitchen - Tuesday (FOX)
2.59 - Hell's Kitchen - Monday (FOX)
2.34 - Bachelorette, The (ABC)
2.20 - So You Think You Can Dance - Thursday (FOX)
2.19 - MasterChef - Tuesday (FOX)
2.17 - MasterChef - Monday (FOX)
2.13 - So You Think You Can Dance - Wednesday (FOX)
2.10 - Bachelor Pad (ABC)
2.06 - Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (ABC)
1.98 - Wipeout - Thursday (ABC)
1.88 - Wipeout - Tuesday (ABC)
1.68 - 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show (ABC)
1.65 - Love in the Wild (NBC)
1.62 - Take the Money and Run (ABC)
1.57 - Expedition Impossible (ABC)
1.50 - Same Name (CBS)
1.34 - Dateline NBC - Friday (NBC)
1.34 - Rookie Blue (ABC)
1.30 - Law & Order: LA (NBC)
1.27 - Minute to Win It (NBC)
1.23 - America's Most Wanted (FOX)
1.22 - It's Worth What? (NBC)
1.22 - Nightline Prime (ABC)
1.20 - Cops (FOX)
1.16 - Flashpoint (CBS)
1.15 - 20/20 (ABC)
1.15 - In the Flow With Affion Crockett (FOX)
1.03 - Buried Treasure (FOX)
1.02 - Marriage Ref, The (NBC)
0.96 - Combat Hospital (ABC)
0.90 - Karaoke Battle USA (ABC)
0.82 - Dateline NBC - Sunday (NBC)
0.80 - Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution (ABC)
0.80 - Love Bites (NBC)
0.77 - Friday Night Lights (NBC)
0.70 - Friends With Benefits (NBC)
0.48 - Chaos (CBS)
TOTAL VIEWERS (IN MILLIONS)
12.27 - America's Got Talent - Tuesday (NBC)
12.11 - Voice, The (NBC)
11.45 - America's Got Talent - Wednesday (NBC)
7.78 - Bachelorette, The (ABC)
7.65 - Big Brother - Thursday (CBS)
7.46 - Big Brother - Sunday (CBS)
7.44 - Big Brother - Wednesday (CBS)
6.66 - Wipeout - Thursday (ABC)
6.59 - Bachelor Pad (ABC)
6.41 - So You Think You Can Dance - Wednesday (FOX)
6.39 - Flashpoint (CBS)
6.23 - So You Think You Can Dance - Thursday (FOX)
6.05 - Hell's Kitchen - Tuesday (FOX)
6.04 - Hell's Kitchen - Monday (FOX)
5.95 - Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (ABC)
5.94 - Law & Order: LA (NBC)
5.91 - Wipeout - Tuesday (ABC)
5.38 - Dateline NBC - Friday (NBC)
5.28 - MasterChef - Tuesday (FOX)
5.28 - Expedition Impossible (ABC)
5.22 - Rookie Blue (ABC)
5.19 - MasterChef - Monday (FOX)
5.10 - Love in the Wild (NBC)
5.04 - Minute to Win It (NBC)
4.89 - 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show (ABC)
4.89 - Same Name (CBS)
4.85 - It's Worth What? (NBC)
4.35 - 20/20 (ABC)
4.32 - Nightline Prime (ABC)
4.25 - Dateline NBC - Sunday (NBC)
4.22 - Take the Money and Run (ABC)
4.15 - America's Most Wanted (FOX)
3.86 - Combat Hospital (ABC)
3.63 - Cops (FOX)
3.55 - Karaoke Battle USA (ABC)
3.47 - Buried Treasure (FOX)
3.26 - Chaos (CBS)
3.06 - Marriage Ref, The (NBC)
2.96 - Friday Night Lights (NBC)
2.52 - Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution (ABC)
2.49 - Friends With Benefits (NBC)
2.40 - In the Flow With Affion Crockett (FOX)
2.09 - Love Bites (NBC)
Source: Nielsen Media Research (5/26/11-9/18/11, Live +SD Preliminary Fast National Data; original airings only)
|[10/22/14 - 04:00 PM]
New Primetime Special "Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy" to Premiere Sunday, November 23 on Disney Channel
The high-stakes adventure features a special appearance by Rapunzel, voiced by Mandy Moore, who reprises her role from Disney's "Tangled."
|[10/22/14 - 03:19 PM]
Bravo Media Renews "Below Deck" for Third Season as Finale Earns Highest-Rated Episode of the Season with Over 1.4 Million Total Viewers
Plus: look for "The Crew Tells All" next Tuesday, October 28 and a reunion special the following Tuesday, November 4.
|[10/22/14 - 01:40 PM]
World Series Game 1 Drives FOX to Prime Time Ratings Win
FOX Sports spins the numbers for Tuesday, October 21.
|[10/22/14 - 01:37 PM]
Lifetime Greenlights Limited Series "Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles"
Christina Ricci will reprise her haunting role as the notorious murder suspect she portrayed in the network's hit original movie "Lizzie Borden Took An Ax."
|[10/22/14 - 01:14 PM]
Sneak Play of "Becoming," from LeBron James' Springhill Production Company and ESPN Films, Added at 5:30 P.M. Sunday, October 26 on Disney XD
It will also be presented in the previously announced 8:00 p.m. timeslot on Disney XD and on Friday, November 7 (7:00 p.m., ET/4:00 p.m., PT) on ESPN.
|[10/22/14 - 12:44 PM]
Animal Planet's "Finding Bigfoot" Returns with Search for World's Largest Sasquatch
On Sunday, November 9, the series returns with a special two-hour episode that takes Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO) president Matt Moneymaker, researchers James "Bobo" Fay and Cliff Barackman and skeptical scientist Ranae Holland off to the wilds of Alaska.
|[10/22/14 - 11:31 AM]
Syfy's Hit Competition Series "Face Off" to Return for Eighth Season January 13 at 9PM
In a twist on the show's traditional format, three former champions, Rayce Bird (Season 2), Anthony Kosar (Season 4) and Laura Tyler (Season 5), will return in the premiere and select teams of five new artists who they will coach throughout the season.
|[10/22/14 - 11:14 AM]
ABC Grows Year to Year in Total Viewers and Holds Steady in Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for the weeks of September 22-October 19.
|[10/22/14 - 11:05 AM]
Comedy Icon Steve Coogan to Star in "Happyish" on Showtime(R)
He'll succeed the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in the project, a comedic, soul-searching examination of our pursuit of happiness, a pursuit that might just be the very thing causing our unhappiness in the first place.
|[10/22/14 - 11:04 AM]
Discovery Family Channel to Premiere the Third Season of Hasbro Studios' Popular Animated Series "Transformers Rescue Bots," November 1
The season three premiere of "Transformers Rescue Bots" returns with the episode "Land Before Prime," where Optimus Prime is forced to embrace his primal side when the Rescue Bots discover a mysterious island filled with dinosaurs.
|[10/22/14 - 10:58 AM]
"NCIS: New Orleans" Delivers Its Highest Adults 18-49 Rating Since Its Series Premiere
CBS spins the numbers for Tuesday, October 21.
|[10/22/14 - 10:49 AM]
First-Ever LEGO(R) Batman Television Special, "LEGO DC Comics: Batman: Be-Leaguered," Premieres October 27 on Cartoon Network
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this powerhouse partnership between the LEGO Group and DC Entertainment is a funny, lighthearted tale new to the DC Comics universe.
|[10/22/14 - 10:42 AM]
"CMA Country Christmas" Adds Performances by Alan Jackson, and Brad Paisley with Rock Legend Steven Tyler
Artists previously announced include Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel, Nettles, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith, and Carrie Underwood.
|[10/22/14 - 10:41 AM]
Inspired by the Success of "Shark Tank" ABC Announces the Launch of "Beyond the Tank"
"Beyond the Tank" will feature a look back at past "Shark Tank" pitches and deals to examine the highs and lows that can come from an appearance in the tank.
|[10/22/14 - 10:31 AM]
TNT Greenlights "Cold Justice" Spinoff
Rather than tackling homicides, however, the new series will focus on sex crimes.