March 13, 2014 |
Sorry, Robin Williams, but you and your peeps at "The Crazy Ones" will just have to wait a little longer. CBS announced Thursday that it will return 18 series already on the schedule for the 2014-15 TV season, including old favorites like "NCIS," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "Two and a Half Men. " The new comedies "The Millers" and "Mom" made the cut as well, as did the critically acclaimed but sometimes ratings-challenged drama "The...
March 12, 2014 |
Add CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves to the list of network bigwigs who see Aereo as a well-nigh existential threat. According to Variety , Moonves raised the possibility Tuesday that CBS would abandon its over-the-air broadcasts if the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo did not violate the networks' copyrights. Speaking at an investor conference, Moonves explained his reasoning this way: "If the government wants to give them permission to steal our signal, we will find another way to get them our content and get paid for it. " His remarks were reminiscent of those made last year by a top executive at News Corp., who said the company might yank the Fox stations off the air and turn them into cable TV channels.
March 11, 2014 |
CBS has set its summer slate, with return dates for "Big Brother" and Stephen King's "Under the Dome" announced -- among others -- and a slight delay for the Halle Berry-Steven Spielberg limited-run series "Extant. " The end of June kicks off the rollout. "Big Brother" will return Wednesday, June 25. New legal drama "Reckless" will make its debut a few days later, on Sunday, June 29, finished off by the third season premiere of "Unforgettable. " Then, on Monday, June 30, it's time to gear up for people trapped in a bubble, with the return of “Under the Dome.
March 7, 2014 |
A "Big Bang Theory"-powered CBS beat its rivals in the ratings Thursday night with solid showings from most of its comedies. "Big Bang" was the highest rated show with 17.9 million viewers total and a rating of 5.2 among key 18-49-year-olds, according to early numbers from Nielsen. A ratings point in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic equals about 1.3 million people watching. CBS averaged 10.7 million viewers and a rating of 2.7 for an easy win in prime time. The Will Arnett comedy "The Millers" and "Two and a Half Men" rose from last week to a 3.0 and a 2.7, respectively, but "The Crazy Ones" fell 11% to a 1.7, its lowest rating so far. "Elementary" rose a tick to 1.7. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV "American Idol" hit another low in the demo, falling to a 2.2 in 18-49, while bringing in 9.7 million viewers overall.
March 6, 2014 |
In the aftermath of Tuesday's celebrations of Mardi Gras, “CBS Sunday Morning With Charles Osgood” on Sunday profiles the city's bastion of traditional music, Preservation Hall , and the venerable venue's namesake jazz band. The segment includes an interview with bassist/tuba player Benjamin Jaffe, son of Preservation Hall founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe, the couple that turned what had been an art gallery into a home for musicians who still championed the style of jazz that developed in the early 20th century, most famously by native son Louis Armstrong.
February 28, 2014 |
CBS won Thursday night with help from "The Big Bang Theory" as Fox's "American Idol" hit a new low among key 18-49-year-old viewers. According to early numbers from Nielsen, CBS averaged 10.5 million viewers in prime time, led by "The Big Bang Theory," which drew 17.5 million overall and notched a rating of 4.9 in the key 18-49 demographic, down a tick from its last original episode. It was the most-watched and highest-rated telecast of the night. In the advertiser-desired demographic, a ratings point equals about 1.3 million viewers. "The Millers," "The Crazy Ones" and "Two and a Half Men" all rose from their most recent new episodes, though "Elementary" fell 11% to a 1.6. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV Returning dramas helped ABC grab a close second place finish, with an average 18-49 rating of 2.4 versus CBS' 2.5. "Grey's Anatomy" rose 11% from its mid-season finale to a 3.0 (9.3 million people watched total)