[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.
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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)
[07/07/15 - 11:05 AM]
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[07/07/15 - 09:42 AM]
USA Network Orders Fourth Season of Hit Reality Series "Chrisley Knows Best" The network will soon start production on two previously announced Chrisley pilots including a nighttime talk show hosted by Todd Chrisley from Embassy Row and a spin-off pilot with series partner Maverick TV.
[07/07/15 - 09:12 AM]
Netflix Kicks Off Original Film Initiative with Cary Fukunaga's "Beasts of No Nation," Premiering in All Netflix Territories and Select Theaters on October 16, 2015 Other upcoming titles include "The Ridiculous Six," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend" and "Pee-wee's Big Holiday."
[07/07/15 - 08:45 AM]
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[07/07/15 - 08:44 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Bachelorette" Sparks Victory for ABC The Alphabet wins the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.
[07/07/15 - 08:31 AM]
Comedy Central Renews Multiplatform Late-Night Hit Series "@midnight with Chris Hardwick" for Third Season The third season order of "@midnight," produced by Funny Or Die, is a 40-week run that will air throughout 2016.
[07/07/15 - 08:22 AM]
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[07/07/15 - 08:06 AM]
SundanceTV Releases Serial-Inspired Podcast, "Rectify: The Case Against" Written by Kate Powers, the podcast provides a stirring narrative of the first two seasons of 16 episodes, recapping what we know about Daniel Holden's case.
[07/07/15 - 08:00 AM]
E! Brings Pop Culture Fans Unprecedented Coverage of San Diego Comic-Con Join E! in celebrating the fandemonium with a front row seat to the main event on-air, online and on social beginning Wednesday, July 8 through Sunday, July 12.
[07/07/15 - 06:00 AM]
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[07/06/15 - 03:46 PM]
Marvel & ESPN Films Premiere Short Film Series Beginning July 10 All eight films will have a television premiere and will also be released on the ESPN 30 for 30 Facebook page the same day.
[07/06/15 - 03:35 PM]
National Geographic Channel Announces Cast of Four-Hour Movie Event "Saints & Strangers" Vincent Kartheiser, Anna Camp, Ron Livingston, Barry Sloane, Ray Stevenson and Natascha McElhone are among the ensemble cast members.
[07/06/15 - 02:20 PM]
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[07/06/15 - 01:37 PM]
Lifetime Renews Critically Acclaimed Drama "UnREAL" for Second Season Airing on Mondays at 10:00/9:00c, "UnREAL" is Lifetime's youngest scripted series ever, with a median age of 43.
[07/06/15 - 01:20 PM]
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