Monday, February 28, 2011

Scheduling Five-Spot, WE 2/27/11 - NBC Reality, American Dad!, Hell's Kitchen, Glory Daze, Two and a Half Men

Not included is the episode slash for No Ordinary Family, seemingly sealing the fate of the once-promising newbie. Here's your Scheduling Five-Spot for the week ending February 27, 2011:

NBC Reality Renewals - NBC has renewed three reality series. The two no-brainers were The Biggest Loser and The Sing-Off, both of which rank among NBC's strongest programs (despite the big losses for Loser recently). The other one was Who Do You Think You Are?, which has averaged just a 1.30 demo through its first four eps this season on Friday. That's not huge enough to make a renewal this early seem obvious, but it isn't terrible compared to other NBC Friday efforts like School Pride (0.67 average).

American Dad! - Seemingly bubblicious animated effort American Dad! picked up a renewal this week, ensuring the show will be on the air through the 2012-2013 season. The show has performed reasonably admirably in its King of the Hill-esque 7:30 role this season, and that combined with the continued struggles of animated newbie Bob's Burgers probably helped this decision. Its retention out of Family Guy has remained pretty lukewarm, though, so don't be surprised to see the show back at 7:30 eventually.

Hell's Kitchen - Also picking up a renewal on the Fox front was reality effort Hell's Kitchen, which gets two more seasons. Purely a summer show for its first three seasons, starting with the WGA strike in 2007-08 Hell's has become a true utility player that has aired in literally every part of the year. The last two seasons have rated just a bit below a 3.0 A18-49. Expect the first of these two seasons to air late this summer, but who knows when or where the other will show up?

Glory Daze - It hasn't all been good news this week, as TBS did quietly swing the axe on rookie dramedy Glory Daze. The 1.0 A18-49 premiere number was about on par with TBS' signature Tyler Perry shows, but even on premiere night it took big dips from its Family Guy lead-in. It only got worse from there, as the season ultimately averaged a 0.64 A18-49 rating and got as low as a 0.4 on 12/28/10. The last six eps never got higher than a 0.6.

Two and a Half Men - I'll take a look back at this season of Two and a Half Men ratings-wise later today, but for now the only definite reality looking forward is that it won't film another original this season due to the massive falling out between star Charlie Sheen and showrunner Chuck Lorre. And there seems a definite possibility the show may never air another original. In other news, a Sheen interview with ABC News will preempt tomorrow night's episode of doomed newbie Detroit 1-8-7.

More Five-Spots in the Index.

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