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Schedule Changes for Lost, How I Met Your Mother, House

In the past few days, more scheduling announcements have been made to mess with our heads.  While all the changes have been reflected in our convenient Post-Strike Television Schedule, here are a few of the highlights.

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  • It’s been made official: Come April 24, will move from 9pm to 10pm on Thursdays.  This change will make room for the returns of Grey’s Anatomy and Ugly Betty in their old slots.  (What this means for Eli Stone’s future is unclear.)
  • When returns on March 17th, it will be trading time slots with The Big Bang Theory.  (Mother will air @ 8:30, Bang @ 8:00.)  Meanwhile, the fate of the Neil Patrick Harris comedy beyond this season is still undecided.
  • Monday night will eventually become a new home for Bones and House will begin airing new episodes on that day come April 14; Hugh Laurie and the gang will start anew on April 28 @ 9pm.
  • Certain shows like , Bionic Woman, Big Shots and Life is Wild have not been not granted post-strike episodes because they are not being renewed.  At all.
  • Other programs like , Chuck, Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money and Private Practice won’t be seen again until next year.

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TV Guide


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ABC Announces Renewed Shows

Pushing Daisies Now that we are days away from a probable end to the writers strike, has felt comfortable talking about the network’s future.  Although the rest of 2007-08 remains unclear, the 2008-09 year is starting to take shape.

A total of nine shows have so far received renewal notices from the Alphabet network. That’s not to say more won’t come.  But many programs not currently listed may have reason to be nervous.

Of the shows returning this fall, five are ‘veterans’; four are newbies that survived their freshman year.  Those programs (in alphabetical order) are:  Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, Dirty Sexy Money, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Private Practice, Pushing Daisies, Samantha Who? and Ugly Betty.

A sampling of those not mentioned include October Road, Carpoolers, Cavemen, Boston Legal, Men in Trees and Women’s Murder Club.  (Big Shots is apparently dead already.)

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Thursday Ratings: ‘Chuck’ Outsmarted By ‘5th Grader’

Two new episodes of Chuck couldn’t help in the ratings race.  When the smoke cleared, was left standing with the viewers while was holding tight to the demos.

8pm
Chuck

  • (3.2/9 in 18-49) averaged 10.3 million over its two hours.
  • The last new episode of (2.9/8) closed up shop with 8.9 million viewers.
  • * (8.6 million, 1.8/5) was down 500,000 from last week’s Trace.
  • The first hour of (2.7/7) debuted with 6.9 million.
  • * (2.1 million, 0.8/2) lost 600,000 from one week ago.

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Hollywood Reporter


Thursday Ratings: Another Good Night for FOX Reality

Last night, proved it could survive without help from .  The network ended up with the strongest demos of the evening while giving a run for the viewers.

8pm
Don't Forget the Lyrics

9pm

  • A * rerun (14.1 million, 3.5/9 in 18-49) was the most watched show of the night.
  • (9 million, 3.9/10) rebounded from last week and was the strongest demo performer.
  • (8.8 million, 3.4/9) gained 2 million from one week ago.
  • * (7.4 million, 2.5/6) killed off 10 mill.
  • * (2.4 million, 0.9/2) saw a 700,000 bump.

10pm

  • (13.2 million, 3.3/9 in 18-49) left its mark.
  • (9 million, 3.5/9) flatllined this week.
  • (4.8 million, 1.8/5) shrunk another 2 million.

*denotes repeat

(You can review last Thursday’s numbers here.)

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Hollywood Reporter


Thursday Ratings: Trump Trounced By ‘Greys’, ‘CSI’

Despite a strong debut last week, Trump & Co. could not measure up to the titans of Thursdays.  Thanks to original episodes, and ended up splitting the spoils; the Alphabet network took the demos while the Eye network secured the viewers.

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10pm

  • (13.8 million, 3.4/9 in 18-49) was easily tops in the hour.
  • About 9.1 million saw Abby’s return on (3.5/9).
  • (6.8 million, 2.6/7) was nothing to brag about.

*denotes repeat

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Variety


‘Big Shots’ (Temporarily?) Pulled Off Schedule

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Drama, Prime Time, ABC, Announcements,

Big ShotsWhile most studios would be willing to beg, borrow or steal for any fresh material they could get nowadays, has elected to shelve some of its original programming. 

Instead of airing the three remaining episodes of , the Alphabet Network will run repeats of in its Thursday 10 PM time slot.  Effective immediately.

Had ABC simply canceled Shots after its horrible pilot, I wouldn’t have cared less.  But why stop now?  The November sweeps period is already over; ratings don’t matter.  The network should at least throw a bone to the show’s few fans instead of robbing them during the holidays.

And I thought it was the Grinch that stole Christmas…

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TV Guide


Thursday Ratings: ‘Survivor’ Wins the Ratings Challenge

Up against a slate full of repeats (*), and gang easily won last night’s Reward Challenge for .

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Survivor

9pm

  • A stale * (12.3 million, 3.4/8 in 18-49 demo) was still the hour’s top draw.
  • * (3.1/8) attended to 8.96 million patients.
  • (2.8/7) kept most of its lead-in with 8.6 million.
  • * (3.0/7) raked in 6 million; Scrubs (5.9 million, 3.1/7) did about the same.
  • * (1.84 million, 0.8/2) was just about ordinary.

10pm

  • A repeat * (9.9 million, 2.5/7 in 18-49 demo) still left an impression.
  • A new (8.6 million, 3.4/9) couldn’t manage better than second.
  • (5.98 million, 2.4/6) was looking pretty small.

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Variety


Thursday Ratings: CBS Pulls Off Huge Ratings Stunt

A / crossover pulled in large numbers for the network.  This week, managed to nab the largest audience and the best demos.

8pm
Without a Trace

9pm

  • (6.4/15 in 18-49) rolled over the competition with its 21.9 million fans.
  • (19.6 million, 8.1/9) still managed to score the hour’s best demos.
  • (8.3 million, 4.3/10) and (6.4 million, 3.2/7) were practically even with last week.
  • (2.3/5) sang its tune to 6.5 million.
  • (1.2/3) rounded off the hour with 3 million.

10pm

  • (21.4 million, 6.3/17 in 18-49) retained CSI’s large numbers.
  • (8.4 million, 3.5/9) declined from last week.
  • (8.0 million, 2.8/8) was the smallest show of the hour.

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Variety


Thursday Ratings:  Another Close Battle at 9PM

It was another tight race between the Eye and Alphabet networks.  On the first night of sweeps, walked away with the viewers while scored a win in the demos.

8pm
Big Shots

  • (4.8/13 in 18-49 demo) had 14.3 million viewers watch the two tribes merge last night.
  • (9.9 million, 3.4/9) remained about even with last week.
  • A 2-hour (8.5 million, 2.5/6) came back after a World Series break.
  • A full hour of (7.3 million, 3.1/9) was down almost 1 million.
  • (1.7/5) rounded off the hour with 4.3 million.

9pm

  • (18.76 million, 8.1/19 in 18-49) bested CSI in both the viewers and demos.
  • (18.75 million, 5.6/13) barely landed in second.
  • Both (8.4 million, 4.5/11) and (6.7 million, 3.7/9) were down from last week.
  • (3.3 million, 1.3/3) was pretty much even.

10pm

  • (14.6 million, 3.9/11 in 18-49 demo) rebounded with nearly 2 million more viewers than last week.
  • (9.1 million, 3.8/10) did about the same.
  • (7.5 million, 3.0/8) was slightly down from last Thursday.

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Thursday Ratings: ‘Viva Laughlin’ Off to Disappointing Start

The debut of CBS’s Viva Laughlin (and the temporary departure of Without A Trace) should have made it an easy night for ABC.  But despite low numbers at 10pm, CBS still came very close to taking the night in both viewers and demos.

8pm

  • With 13.4 million viewers, the aging (4.3/13 in 18-49 age group) shows no signs of slowing down. Viva Laughlin
  • FOX’s Red Sox/Indians game (3.3/8) averaged about 11.6 million fans through the evening.
  • (9.7 million, 3.1/9) dropped about 730,000 viewers this week.
  • NBC’s (7.3 million, 2.7/8) and (6.3 million, 2.6/7) were both down from last week.
  • (5.1 million, 2.0/6) saw a 300,000 increase.

9pm

  • (20.8 million, 6.4/15 in 18-49) gained over 1 million new viewers to claim the night’s biggest audience.
  • (17.7 million, 7.1/17) took another 9pm win in the demos category.
  • An hour-long episode (8.5 million, 4.4/11) lost about 400,000.
  • (1.3/3) rounded off the hour with 3 million viewers.

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