Tuesday: Not A Good
Idea to Take on the King Of Summer
"Talent", "I Can Do That"
Gives NBC The Win
From The Wrap
NBC (9.455 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday
with the return of "America's Got Talent" (10.928
million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and the
premiere of "I Can Do That!" (6.511 million viewers, #4;
adults 18-49: 1.8, #2).
FOX (3.301 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2)
then was a distant second with the season premiere of
"Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (3.311 million
viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and the relocated
"Hell's Kitchen" (3.292 million viewers, #8; adults
18-49: 1.1, #T3). Both shows outperformed last year's
duds "Riot" & "I Want to Marry 'Harry'".
Next up was CBS (7.219 million viewers, #2; adults
18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (8.459
million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "NCIS: New
Orleans" (7.583 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9,
#T6) and "48 Hours" (5.617 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 0.9, #T6).
Meanwhile, ABC (3.501 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49:
0.9, #T3) served up a new "500 Questions" (4.731 million
viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and the return of
"Extreme Weight Loss" (2.887 million viewers, #9; adults
18-49: 0.9, #T6).
And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.669 million
viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and a new "iZombie"
(1.848 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10)
closed out the evening on The CW (1.758 million viewers,
#5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).
New York Daily News
New York Post
The Futon Critic
Syndies: Week 34
Results for Week Ending May 17
From The Futon Critic
Distribution’s aptly named Hot Bench hit a new series
high in the week ended May 17, which included the third
week of the May sweep, running April 23 through May 20.
CTD’s Judge Judy rose 3% to a 6.7, tying CTD’s Wheel of
Fortune for the overall syndication lead.
In access, most game shows played well. Wheel led the
pack, accelerating 5% to a 6.7. CTD’s Jeopardy! gained
7% to a 6.5. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was flat at a
5.9 but up 13% from last year at this time, making it
the category’s only game to show an annual increase.
Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire remained at
its all-time low 1.6 for the fourth time in five weeks
and lost 27% from last year at this time. Debmar-Mercury’s
rookie Celebrity Name Game picked up 8% to a 1.4.
TV by the Numbers
They Begin Judging July 14
From TV by the Numbers
Stage and screen star Neil
Patrick Harris, Grammy Award winner Michael Bublé,
former “America’s Got Talent” star Piers Morgan and
actor, comedian and producer Marlon Wayans will serve as
guest judges on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” joining
judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel
to determine which 36 acts will move on to the live
performance shows at Radio City Music Hall. The four
week long Judge Cuts will premiere Tuesday, July 14
(8-10 p.m. ET) and will lead into the live performance
shows beginning Tuesday, Aug. 11 (8-10 p.m.).
A Critics’ Choice Television Awards nominee for Best
Reality Competition Series, the 10th anniversary season
of “America’s Got Talent” airs Tuesdays (8-10 p.m.).
Each week beginning Tuesday, July 14, a guest judge will
join the regular panel to help decide which acts have
what it takes to perform live for America’s vote. Howard
Stern will invite Neil Patrick Harris, Heidi Klum will
bring Michael Bublé, Mel B will work with Piers Morgan,
and Howie Mandel will call on Marlon Wayans to serve as
the fifth judge on the panel. The guest judges will also
have an additional advantage: they can use the Golden
Buzzer for their favorite act, sending them to Radio
City Music Hall without any consultation from the “AGT”
Tickets are available to be part of the Judge Cuts
tapings in Bethpage, N.Y. on May 27 and May 29. Visit
www.nbc.com/tickets for tickets and more information.
by the Numbers
"Ink Master" Renewed for 2016
From The Futon Critic
Coming off its most-watched
season to date, Spike TV has picked up a seventh season
of "Ink Master," the network's hit, original
tattoo-competition series. Season seven will feature 16
one-hour episodes, slated to debut in spring 2016. In
addition, the network has announced a spin-off series,
"Ink Master: Redemption," which offers disgruntled
former human canvases of "Ink Master" a chance to
receive a new tattoo that leaves them happier than their
last. The announcement was made by Chachi Senior, Senior
Vice President, Original Programming, Spike TV.
The network will launch the newest installment of "Ink
Master" - season six - on Tuesday, June 23 at 10pm
In "Ink Master: Redemption," human canvases from
previous "Ink Master" seasons, who left unhappy with
their tattoos, return to the shop for a chance at new
ink. The spinoff series, featuring six half-hour
episodes, goes into production this summer and will
debut in September.
Season 5 of "Ink Master," which delivered an average 2.2
million viewers, was the show's highest-rated season
among Adults and Women 18-49. In its Tuesday 10-11 PM
ET/PT slot, the series ranked in the top five among
Persons 18-49, Men 18-49 and Men 18-34, and is currently
one of Spike's most gender-balanced programs. "Ink
Master" generated 11.8 million total cross platform
video views during the season, and the LIVE finale was
ranked #1 on cable based on twitter activity.
More on Wild'n Out
Catch It on MTV2 June 10!
From The Futon Critic
Bringing fresh energy to the
monumental tenth anniversary of "Nick Cannon Presents:
Wild 'N Out," are six new cast members: DC Young Fly,
Matt Rife, Darren Brand, Aarona Lopez, TattooManPaige
and Hunter Stiebel. Fans can get a taste of what the new
cast members bring to the stage in this special trailer
of the new season of "Wild 'N Out." Perennial favorites
Conceited, Emmanuel Hudson, Chico Bean, Karlous Miller,
King Bach, Lauren Flans, Tim Delaghetto, Blair
Christian, Corey Holcomb, Doboy, Hitman Holla, Jon
Gabrus, DeRay Davis, Jacob Williams, B Daht, Shak
Standley, Rip Michaels, Akaash Singh, Shawty, Jack
Thriller, and Kojo are all returning for more lightning
fast comedic improv, head-to head competition and
cutting edge entertainment where only the funniest
survive. MTV2 previously announced that "Nick Cannon
Presents: Wild 'N Out," will return to the network for a
seventh season summer run with 12 all-new episodes
beginning Wednesday, June 10 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.
"'Wild 'N Out' has helped launch some of the biggest
names in stand-up - everyone from Katt Williams to
Affion Crockett to Mike Epps, and Kevin Hart," said Nick
Cannon. "You can be sure that with the tremendous talent
of this new cast you'll be witnessing the making of the
next big names in comedy."
"With the returning stars and new cast members that Nick
and his team have assembled, this is hands down the most
talented and hilarious cast yet," said Paul Ricci,
Senior Vice President of Programming and Head of
Development for MTV2. "After eight consecutive quarters
of year-over-year growth on MTV2, we're aiming even
higher as 'Wild 'N Out' kicks off our 'Non Stop
Newbies like supreme social media standout DC Young Fly,
who has over 4 million followers across his social media
and young, rising stand-up star, Matt Rife, who has
opened for such comedy luminaries as Mike Epps, will
take the stage with the previously announced roster of
incredible celebrity guests and performers that includes
Kevin Hart, Jordin Sparks, Shaquille O'Neal, Snoop Dogg,
Ne-Yo, Zendaya, Fabolous, Pete Wentz, Fetty Wap, T-Pain,
A$AP Ferg, Nick Young, French Montana, Fat Joe, Rae
Sremmurd, Ty Dolla $ign, Migos, Mack Wilds, DJ Drama,
Ray J, Lil Duval, O.T. Genasis, Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Dej
Loaf, K Camp and the hosts of Power 105's The Breakfast
Also returning to complete out the "Wild 'N Out" party
are the "Wild 'N Out Girls" Lauren Wood, Brittney Duet,
Rosa Acosta, Jacky Oh, Amber Diamond and Vivian Kindle.
"Ninja Warrior" Helps NBC to
First Summer Win
Summer started with a lot
going on this Memorial Day on television, both on
broadcast and cable with a lot of drama. The 10-hour
Texas Rising debuted on History, while the NBA Playoffs
provided even more court action drama on ESPN — on a
number of levels. The CW showed a movie last night, and
CBS and Fox were all encores, but taking the top spot
among adults 18-49 with a 1.6/5 was NBC, which was all
about the unscripted debuts on the holiday Monday.
There were new obstacles on the Season 7 debut of
American Ninja Warrior (1.8/6) last night, but the
ratings didn’t seem to be one of them. Starting off with
Venice qualifiers, the competition show saw a rise of
13% over its Season 6 premiere back on May 26 last year.
With 5.9 million watching, ANW was also up 27%
viewership-wise from its 2014 debut. That, however, did
not translate into a strong start for The Island
(1.2/4). The 10 PM Bear Grylls survivalist series slid
14% among the key demo from what the 8 PM debut of
Running Wild With Bear Grylls drew on July 28, 2014.
Meanwhile, it also was an all unscripted start to summer
on ABC last night, with 500 Questions (1.1/4) kicking
off the night and The Bachelorette (1.6/5) seeing it to
its end. Show 4 of the seven-night game show saw 500
Questions rise 38% among the demo from its previous
original on May 22. However, even with Amy Schumer
showing up and sending Twitter wild, The Bachelorette
did not have a good night at all with a 24% drop from
its Season 11 debut last week, which had Dancing With
The Stars as a lead-in.
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 229,000
TV by the Numbers
Weekend: Shark Jumps
ABC, CBS Splits Night
From The Futon Critic
ABC (4.592 million viewers,
#2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the demo champ on Friday
thanks to night three of "500 Questions" (4.019 million
viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), a repeat "Shark
Tank" (4.974 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1)
and a new "20/20" (4.783 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.0, #2).
CBS (5.089 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2)
then was the most-watched network with its all-repeat
trio of "Undercover Boss" (4.717 million viewers, #4;
adults 18-49: 0.7, #5), "Hawaii Five-0" (4.710 million
viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Blue Bloods"
(5.841 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).
Next up was NBC (4.026 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 0.7, #T2) with repeats of "The Blacklist" (2.862
million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and
"Dateline NBC" (4.608 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49:
Meanwhile, FOX (1.682 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
0.4, #4) served up encores of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.693
million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8) and "Bones"
(1.670 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).
And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"
(1.041 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11),
another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.112 million
viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and a new "The
Messengers" (0.816 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49:
0.2, #13) on The CW (0.946 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.
- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games: 1.173 million
- 9p: Spring Baking Championship: 1.474 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen: 1.159 million
Knock Knock! Who's
There? Ryan. Ryan Who?
Ryan Seacrest, That's Who.
From The Futon Critic
From acclaimed live
television producers, Simon Fuller's (AMERICAN IDOL, SO
YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE) XIX Entertainment and dick
clark productions (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE), comes
new unscripted series KNOCK KNOCK LIVE, a can't-miss,
life-changing weekly television event packed with
unpredictable and thrilling surprises that enlists
friends, families, neighbors and celebrities to help
grant wishes with one simple knock on the door. Hosted
by iconic TV and radio personality Ryan Seacrest, who
also will serve as an executive producer, KNOCK KNOCK
LIVE premieres Tuesday, July 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET
live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.
KNOCK KNOCK LIVE features Seacrest in a Los
Angeles-based studio, while the KNOCK KNOCK LIVE team
travels across the country, to any city at any time,
surprising unsuspecting people at their front doors with
a chance to win big cash prizes, meet their favorite
celebrities and turn their wildest dreams into reality.
What if someone knocked on your door and offered you
thousands of dollars for naming nine kids who live on
your block? Could you do it? A knock at someone else's
door and it could be their favorite professional
basketball player who challenges them to a game of
H-O-R-S-E, with a chance to win courtside seats. KNOCK
KNOCK! Who's there? It could be the biggest pop star in
the world performing a concert on your front lawn! This
series will take an ordinary day and make it
If you would like to nominate a special person or a
family deserving of an unforgettable moment, or you
yourself want to be a part of KNOCK KNOCK LIVE, visit
for an opportunity www.knockknocklive.com to receive the
"knock" of a lifetime.
Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Hear My Voice!"
- Ben Taub
is a singer. As of this coming edition of The New Yorker,
he's also a published journalist (New
- Jeff & Jordan are
going to Marriage Boot Camp... You know, Jeff, if you wanted
to be on TV, you could just get a hosting gig... (Entertainment
- BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW:
- VIDEO WALL:
- Miranda Hart is
downplaying "Generation Game" rumors FOR NOW (Digital
- Networks are gambling
on game shows again (The
- A FEW GOOD MINUTES
with Christina Tosi (TV
Insider), Dick DeBartolo (WGN-AM
Chicago), and a former Acme Crimenet Agent (AV
BBC Cancels Music Panel Show
From the Drum
The BBC has called time on
comedy quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks after an
impressive run spanning 18 years and 28 series.
Following a 2014 revamp with comedian Rhod Gilbert as
presenter, the show failed to pick up on slumping
A BBC spokesperson said: "After 28 series we've decided
not to bring Never Mind the Buzzcocks back to the BBC,
this will create space for new entertainment formats in
"We'd like to thank the team at Talkback, Rhod Gilbert,
all the brilliant hosts over the years and of course
Noel and Phill for the years of enjoyment they've given
BBC Two viewers."
Comedian Phill Jupitis featured in almost every one of
the show’s 270 episodes as a team captain.
ANNE MEARA: 1929-2015
Wife, Mother of Comedy
Royalty; Game Show Regular
From eCanada Now
Comedy legend Anne Meara,
one half of the comedy team “Stiller & Meara,” died at
85 on Saturday.
Meara and her husband, Jerry Stiller, were married for
61 years and worked together almost as long, the family
said in a statement. In addition to her husband, she is
survived by her children, comic actor Ben Stiller,
daughter Amy Stiller and grandchildren.
“Anne’s memory lives on in the hearts of daughter Amy,
son Ben, her grandchildren, her extended family and
friends, and the millions she entertained as an actress,
writer and comedienne,” the family statement said.
Meara was born in 1929 in Brooklyn, New York. In his
autobiography, “Married to Laughter: A Love Story
Featuring Anne Meara,” Jerry Stiller describes meeting
his future wife at a casting call in 1953.
“She looked sort of puritanical and smelled nice,” he
said of the “angel-faced” aspiring actress.
They eventually teamed up for a comedy act in New York’s
Greenwich Village coffeehouses, playing exaggerated
versions of themselves: self-deprecating, kvetching New
Yorkers. Before long, they were performing as comedy
team “Stiller & Meara” on popular TV shows of the 1960s
including “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Tonight Show
Starring Johnny Carson.”
They became become regulars on the game show circuit
appearing on shows such as every version of “Hollywood
Squares” and “$25,000 Pyramid” before Meara landed the
role of Sally Gallagher on the TV series “Rhoda.”
Notable game show appearances also include "Match Game",
"Celebrity Sweepstakes", "Shoot for the Stars",
"Jeopardy!" in 1973; "Password Plus"; and "Super
Tributes poured in from fans and celebrities spanning
generations, from Patty Duke to Sandra Bernhard.
“My heart and prayers go out to Jerry and Ben for the
loss of their beloved Anne Meara,” Duke said.
Huhn contributed to this report.
Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Tonight Tonight"
- BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEWS
of the new series of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?"
Insider) and "I Can Do That" (tonight) (TV
- Another "X Factor" reject
blames the editing, sues everyone involved. And their
- VIDEO WALL: Ninja Warrior issues
a challenge to Tom Cruise
- Cat Deeley
returns to not-talk to the dead in season 3 of "Deadbeat" (The
- YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*!
UP! ABC's reality head is making the offer to Amy
Schumer to be the next "Bachelorette" (Twitter:
@Millsy11374)... and Amy has a response (Twitter:
- Piers Morgan says
he's returning to the AGT panel... if you can squeeze the
original four PLUS him and that ego of his. (RadioTimes)
- VIDEO WALL BONUS: A
pair of so-bad-they're-brilliant answers on "Jeopardy!" (KSWB
San Diego) and "Pointless" (Digital
- Trista & Ryan Sutter
move into HGTV (US
- Marc Summers goes
back to his roots (Philly.com)
- WWE releases "Tough Enough"
by the Numbers)
- A FEW GOOD MINUTES
with Andrew Haringer (Squamish
Chief), Loni Love (Atlantic
City Weekly), and Billy Gardell (Beliefnet)
Thursday: Summer Summer
CBS Wins the Night, While "500
Questions" Remains Constant in Total Viewers
The first night after the
2014-15 season, which of course ended Wednesday, was
packed with encores, but there was also some very good
intentions and a couple of second chances as well. The
first of those second chances was the second week of
Wayward Pines (1.2/4), which had a double-digit good
Without the dramatic competition of the Scandal and The
Blacklist season finales its premiere faced, the second
episode of Fox’s 10-episode limited series saw a rise of
20% among adults 18-49 compared with last week. The Matt
Dillon-led ensemble series based on Blake Crouch’s
novels and adapted for TV by Chad Hodge also saw a
viewership jump of 21% over its admittedly soft premiere
to 4.6 million.
Even though they played nothing but repeats last night,
CBS won Thursday’s primetime with a 1.1/4 rating and
5.73 million viewers. Didn’t hurt that the highest-rated
and most-watched show of the night was a The Big Bang
Theory encore that drew a 1.5/6 among the 18-49s and 8
For NBC it was all laughs and doing the right thing last
night as the network gave over its whole primetime to
the first Stateside Red Nose Day (0.8/3) benefit to help
children living in poverty. Imported from the UK, NBC’s
Red Nose Day had a superstar cast of Julia Roberts, Ed
Sheeran dueting with Kermit The Frog, this year’s Best
Actor Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, the cast of Game of
Thrones, Gwyneth Paltrow, a tea lady Helen Mirren, Billy
Eichner and Martin Short taking to the streets, Anna
Kendrick as Indiana Jones, Simon Cowell showing he has a
heart, and the dancing Nick Cannon to name but a few
With about 3.2 million watching the live broadcast, Red
Nose Day raised more than $21 million for a number of
children’s charities internationally, with donations
still open for the next 30 days.
Going head-to-head with Wayward Pines in the 8 PM slot
and with Red Nose Day for two hours, ABC’s 500 Questions
(1.0/4) took a hit on its second night. The game show
was down 17% among adults 18-49 from its one-hour debut
On cable, ESPN saw a big NBA Playoffs ratings surge as
the Golden State Warriors eked out a 99-98 victory over
the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the Western Conference
finals. The sports giant dunked a 5.6 overnight rating
from the matchup, a 47% rise over the last time ESPN had
the Western Conference finals back in 2013, when Game 2
between the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies drew
a 3.8 rating. Last night’s game was also up 27% from
Game 2 of the 2014 NBA Western Conference finals when
the Spurs played the Oklahoma City Thunder on TNT.
CMT's "Pontoon Payday" remained a dud with 164,000.
#501: How Did It Do?
CBS Takes the Final Night of
From the Futon Critic
CBS (8.987 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the network to beat on
the final night of May sweeps with the season finale of
"Survivor: Worlds Apart" (9.406 million viewers, #1;
adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) followed by the "Survivor:
Worlds Apart Reunion" (6.890 million viewers, #6; adults
18-49: 1.7, #3).
ABC (4.871 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2)
then fell to second place despite the premiere of "500
Questions" (5.031 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49:
1.2, #T7), the season finales of "Modern Family" (7.114
million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) and "Black-ish"
(5.392 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) plus
the return of "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.329 million
viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).
Next up was NBC (7.227 million viewers, #2; adults
18-49: 1.3, #3) with the season finales of "The
Mysteries of Laura" (7.256 million viewers, #2; adults
18-49: 1.1, #9), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
(7.235 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and
"Chicago PD" (7.192 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
Meanwhile, FOX (3.335 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
1.2, #4) served up the season premiere of "MasterChef"
(3.335 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).
And finally, a repeat "Supernatural" (1.074 million
viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and the season
finale of "Supernatural" (1.782 million viewers, #11;
adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) on The CW (1.428 million
viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the
- The Ultimate Fighter (Fox Sports 1): 340,000
The Futon Critic
New York Times
The Hollywood Reporter
House of DVF to Reopen
CBS Takes the Final Night of
From the Futon Critic
Pop culture powerhouse E!
today unveiled its "E! Summer Here" programming line-up,
including a dynamic slate of new series premieres and
popular returning franchises that will continue to
sizzle all summer along. Kicking off Memorial Day
Weekend is the return of fan favorite "#RichKids of
Beverly Hills" on Sunday, May 24 at 10pm, following a
new episode of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" at 9pm,
which will air its mid-season finale on Sunday, May 31.
The WWE Divas are back for a new season of "Total Divas"
beginning Tuesday, July 7 at 9pm, followed by new series
"Hollywood Cycle" airing at 10pm. Then reality TV star
Brody Jenner will make summer nights even hotter when
"Sex With Brody" debuts Friday, July 10 at 10:30pm.
Later in July, Bruce Jenner's new documentary series
following his life as a transgender woman will premiere
on Sunday, July 26 at 9pm, along with new series
"Stewarts & Hamiltons," featuring a complicated family
tree that only Hollywood could produce at 10:00pm.
On the stiletto heels of the "House of DVF" first season
finale, E! announced the original series will return for
its second season with eight new episodes, which will
also premiere on E! in 100 countries. In addition to
Diane von Furstenberg, iconic designer and champion of
women's rights, familiar faces Jessica Joffe (DVF's
Style Editor) and Stefani Greenfield (DVF's Creative
Brand Director) return to dole out professional guidance
and insight to the new crop of contenders eager to earn
the job of a lifetime. While working in different areas
of Diane's empire, the new group of fashionistas will be
tasked with various challenges that organically play
into DVF's business affairs and busy schedule, and may
include PR, marketing, sales and events. The candidates
will get a taste of the position through current DVF
Global Brand Ambassador Brittany Hamtpon, as she trots
around the globe for Paris Fashion Week, styles
celebrities for awards shows, and makes store
appearances. With a high-profile mentor like Diane, the
girls can only hope for an invite that will either make
or break their chances to advance towards the series
finale and the start of an amazing career.
Back to the Island...
or to Cambodia... or Something
Survivor Reveals Results of
From The Futon Critic
The new cast of the fall
edition of SURVIVOR CAMBODIA: SECOND CHANCE was revealed
last night during the SURVIVOR: WORLDS APART live
reunion show. In a SURVIVOR first, fans of the popular
reality series chose the 20 castaways who will compete
on the next season. Voting opened May 6 for the new
"Second Chance" cast, and the results were revealed live
by host and executive producer Jeff Probst.
Fans cast their votes over the two-week period, and the
castaways who received the most now comprise the cast of
SURVIVOR CAMBODIA: SECOND CHANCE. The newly announced
contestants, 10 male and 10 female, immediately boarded
a bus following the reunion show and began their journey
to Cambodia, where the next season will film for 39
days. The original pool of 32 former players, ranging
from Season 1 to Season 30, have never won the game and
felt they deserved a second chance to compete for the $1
million prize and the title of Sole Survivor.
- Joe Anglim (Worlds Apart)
- Vytas Baskauskas (Blood vs. Water)
- Spencer Bledsoe (Cagayan)
- Jeremy Collins (San Juan del Sur)
- Terry Deitz (Panama)
- Ciera Eastin (Blood vs. Water)
- Stephen Fishbach (Tocantins)
- Tasha Fox (Cagayan)
- Abi-Maria Gomes (Philippines)
- Woo Hwang (Cagayan)
- Kimmi Kappenberg (Australian Outback)
- Peih-Gee Law (China)
- Kass McQuillen (Cagayan)
- Keith Nale (San Juan del Sur)
- Shirin Oskooi (Worlds Apart)
- Monica Padilla (Samoa)
- Andrew Savage (Pearl Islands)
- Jeff Varner (Australian Outback)
- Kelley Wentworth (San Juan del Sur)
- Kelly Wiglesworth (Borneo)
Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Strip Search"
- Today's installment of "I
Was Only Doing What The Producers Told Me To Do!" comes
courtesy of this "Bachelorette" castoff (TMZ)
- Alex Trebek is also a
noted conservationist, and he's taking a trip to the Arctic
in August to prove as such. Is there anything he CAN'T do?
- Jeff Foxworthy plays
"Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" with Jimmy Fallon,
- Don Lemon
apparently lets slip the next CNN Quiz Show: the 70s (TV
- A FEW GOOD MINUTES
with John de Mol (The
America's Most Watched
CBS Takes Totals for the 7th
Consective Year; NBC Wins the Demo Back-to-Back
The season is not officially
over for another night but Comcast-owned NBC looks to
have clinched the top spot among adults 18-49 for the
second year in a row – by a Super Bowl XLIX hair. With
the big NFL game on their schedule this year, NBC drew a
2.4/8 rating among adults 18-49 for the 2014-15 TV
season compared to CBS’ 2.3/7 result as the latter
network took the viewership championship again. It
should be noted that without the Super Bowl this year,
NBC would have gotten a 2.25 rating compared to CBS’
2.34 result – so perhaps a flower basket is due to the
now suspended Tom Brady, Mr. Greenblatt. With all the
ratings and viewership numbers, it should also be noted
that CBS will be broadcasting Super Bowl 50 on February
7 next year.
This year’s demo result is an 11% drop for NBC from last
year’s season winning rating with a 4% dip for CBS as it
moved up from third place to second among the 18-49s.
Despite a blockbuster freshman run from Empire and good
debuts for Gotham and The Last Man On Earth, Fox fell
from second place to fourth, crashing 24% downward from
last year. Looking to win its second May sweep in a row,
ABC inched up 5% from the 2013-14 season and into third
place. In fact, remove sports from the equation and ABC
is top among the Big 4 demowise with a 2.2/7 to CBS’
2.1/7, NBC’s 1.9/6 and Fox’s 1.8/6.
Here are the 2014-15 TV Season 18-49 results for all of
the Big 4 plus The CW:
In terms of total viewers, Les Moonves and crew took the
top spot for the seventh consecutive year with an
average audience of 11.3 million. That’s actually a rise
of 5% over what the network average last year. Of the
Big 4, only ABC saw a viewership rise also with a move
up of just under 500,000 watching over the 2013-14
season. In total average audience, NBC dipped 7% and Fox
Here are the average network viewership numbers for the
CBS: 11.3 million
NBC: 8.6 million
ABC: 8.0 million
Fox: 5.8 million
CW: 2.1 million
Italy Trades Up
Discovery Italia Orders Keshet
Discovery Italia has
acquired Keshet International’s “Trade Up,” a trivia
game show, in which families sit inside a series of cars
and must answer trivia questions in order to find the
keys and drive away with the prize.
The deal marks Discovery Italia’s first-ever
collaboration with Keshet International, the global
distribution and production arm of Israeli media company
Keshet shopped “Trade Up” at last month’s Mip TV,
promoting it as a family-friendly program that also
offers a number of branding partnership opportunities.
“‘Trade Up’ was one of the most brilliant and original
formats at the most recent MIP, and this is our first
deal with Keshet, one of the most interesting creative
houses,” said Laura Carafoli, SVP of content and
programming for Discovery Italia.
Each episode of the show sees families arriving at a
hangar filled with a number of different new cars. After
selecting a car to sit in, the families must answer a
trivia questions to get the car to start. Each time they
manage to turn the key in the car’s ignition, though,
they have a choice — do they drive away with the car, or
do they hedge their bets and trade up?
The deal is exclusive to Discovery Italy and not
connected to other Discovery channels across the globe.
Keshet execs say they are currently developing and
packaging a U.S. version of the program that they hope
to shop soon.
“Trade Up” will begin airing in Italy in the fall.
Tuesday: The Next to
the Last Night
ABC, NBC Split Penultimate
Night of 2014-2015 Season
From The Futon Critic
The winner’s circle was
looking pretty packed on primetime last night as both
The Voice (2.8/9) and Dancing With The Stars (2.3/7)
NBC (10.149 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1)
was the network to beat on Tuesday with its "The Voice
Recap" (7.733 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6,
#4) followed by the season finale of "The Voice" (11.357
million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1).
The silver then went to ABC (11.220 million viewers, #1;
adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) with night two of "The
Bachelorette" (7.046 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49:
1.9, #3) alongside the season finale of "Dancing with
the Stars" (13.307 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49:
Next up was FOX (3.422 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 1.3, #3) with a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.503
million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) plus a
second "Hell's Kitchen" (3.341 million viewers, #10;
adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).
Meanwhile, CBS (7.590 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49:
0.9, #5) served up its all-repeat lineup of "NCIS"
(9.075 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8), "NCIS:
New Orleans" (7.260 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49:
0.9, #T9) and another "NCIS" (6.434 million viewers, #7;
adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).
And finally, the season finale of "The Flash" (3.706
million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and a new "iZombie"
(1.762 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) on
The CW (2.734 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0,
#4) closed out the evening.
- Chopped All-Stars (Food): 1.166 million
Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "You Got The Curse!"
- Alton Brown's
long-time marriage to his wife... done, meaning all three
Food Network Star hosts are now exes (E!)
- PROGRAMMING NOTE:
Hell's Kitchen moves to Tuesdays @ 9 beginning THIS Tuesday
- Maks Chmerkovskiy
quotes Taylor Swift to "Dancing": we are never ever ever
getting back together. Like ever. (Entertainment
- Kaitlyn's relations (The
Daily Beast), and
the double standard of game playing and slut shaming (Huffington
- Christina Aguilera impersonates
Britney, Cher, Miley (New
York Daily News)
- Bob Barker
wants Marineland orca included in whale ban (Toronto
- Alfonso Ribeiro
catches 26... the 26th season of "America's Funniest Home
Videos", that is. (The
- CASTING COUCH:
Millionaire heads to Louisville (WDRB
- A FEW GOOD MINUTES
with RocKwiz host/creator Brian Nankervis (Sydney
Morning Herald) and Wayne Brady (Press
of Atlantic City)
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