Monday night was all about transitions, as NBC put its top-rated drama series to rest for the summer, while ABC introduced its newest scripted effort.
It’s Groundhog Day at CBS, as the top-rated broadcast network has booked a return ticket for 18 of its original series—the same number it renewed a year ago.
The 10 o’clock broadcast drama tottered further down the road to oblivion this season, as not a single series in the time slot finished among Nielsen’s highest-rated programs.
A handful of series broadcast their season finales Tuesday night, and while two—NBC’s The Voice and Fox’s New Girl—are already booked for a return trip in the fall, two others may have performed well enough to secure last-second renewals.
CBS viewers can expect to see a lot of familiar faces next fall, as the network has locked up all but four hours of its 2012-13 prime-time schedule. The broadcaster announced today that it has renewed 18 series for next season, a sweeping effort that includes four comedies, nine dramas and three unscripted programs.
Les Moonves on Wednesday told investors that CBS is gearing up for another lucrative upfront market, predicting that the top-rated broadcast network will land double-digit pricing increases versus its already high 2011-12 rates.
CBS Corp.’s third-quarter profits beat Wall Street’s expectations, but the company’s net revenue fell shy of projections. Earnings added up to $338 million, or 50 cents a share, about 4 cents more than analysts expected and up 7 percent from a year ago, when they were $317 million, or 46 cents a share.
CBS has given full-season orders to two of its new drama series, picking up nine back-end episodes of Person of Interest and Unforgettable.
While a number of new drama series are facing imminent cancelation, newly released Nielsen data tracking time-shifted viewing may offer a new lease on life for shows on the bubble.
Heading into the third week of the 2011-12 TV season, the new crop of broadcast dramas appears to be dying on the vine.