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The Defenders dipping to a woeful 1.1 adults 18-49 rating on Friday brought out the aggrieved Medium fans complaining that their show had been cancelled for an even lower rated show:

  • user #1: CBS is missing the 1.5 of Medium now. Defenders suck and CBS is getting what’s coming to it–loss of an entire scripted night as the ratings are falling as they anger regular fans.
  • user #2: MEDIUM isn’t looking so bad now, huh???? Revenge is sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • user #3: Well, Medium’s numbers weren’t so bad after all, were they, CBS?


Nonsense. Medium was cancelled because its ratings were terrible. The Defenders will also certainly be cancelled because its ratings are terrible. Once this season’s initial ratings results were in, there was/is absolutely no chance either show would make it to the 2011-12 season.

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WASHINGTON — It's said all too often that you can't argue with success. But you can. The argument: CBS is doing a disservice by airing so many crime dramas. The counter-argument: Doing a disservice to whom? CBS is the most-watched network in America. Precisely the point. The more people who watch, the more people can get drawn into a worldview that we live in dangerous places in a dangerous society.

It's true that Marshal Matt Dillon gunned down some outlaw virtually every week on "Gunsmoke" — another CBS program — and that series ran 20 seasons. But by the time the show premiered in 1955, the Old West was a thing of the past. All of CBS' crime series are set in the present day.

Let's look at all of the CBS crime shows that aired the week of Jan. 16-22: "CSI: Miami," "Hawaii Five-O," "NCIS," "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Criminal Minds," "Blue Bloods," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "The Mentalist," "The Medium," two installments of "CSI: New York" and two reruns as part of the network's "Crimetime Saturday" package.

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Fast National ratings for Friday, May 21, 2010: CBS took yet another Friday night with its "Ghost Whisperer" series finale. After five seasons, the Jennifer Love Hewitt-led series said goodbye to 6.6 million viewers.

"Friday Night Lights" on NBC has maintained its viewership, and ABC's hidden camera show, "Primetime: What Would You Do?" won the coveted 18-49 demo for its hour. CBS drew 6.6 million viewers and a 4.4 rating/8 share in households. NBC's Friday numbers have been steadily improving, up to 5.4 million and a 3.7/7 share. They're followed by ABC (4.4 million, 2.9/6), FOX (3.1 million, 2.0/4) and The CW (1.2 million, 0.8/2). CBS took the adult demo with a 1.5 rating. They're followed by ABC with a 1.4. NBC had a 1.3, FOX had a 1.1, and The CW, 0.4.


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Fast National ratings for Friday, May 14, 2010: With numbers slightly down from last Friday, CBS still took its usual Friday night winner's spot. ABC, however, snuck ahead in the 18 - 49 demo.

CBS drew 6.2 million viewers and a 4.1 rating/8 share in households for the evening. ABC was next with 5.7 million and a 3.8/7, followed by NBC (5.1 million, 3.4/7), FOX (3.3 million, 2.0/4) and The CW (1.7 million, 1.1/2). ABC won the adult demo with a 1.7 rating, followed by CBS with a 1.4. NBC had a 1.3, FOX a 1.2 and The CW, 0.7.


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Deadline Hollywood reports that “Medium,” despite its radically diminished ratings, is likely to come back for a second season on CBS and a seventh season on network television.

Again we’re hearing about a new economic model that favors renewals for shows owned by a network’s parent company because they provide big ancillary revenue.

According to Deadline, CBS gets $1.3 million per episode from Lifetime for repeats of “Medium,” which are wholly owned by CBS. “Ghost Whisperer” is only half-owned by CBS and generates only $.7 million per episode from its repeats on Syfy, We and Ion. “Medium” was also the top-rated scripted show on Friday and garnered a bigger total audience than the NBA playoffs:


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CBS has several strong contenders among its comedy pilots, which may embolden it to drop most, or all, of its existing half-hour shows except for How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, and Two and a Half Men (contingent on making a new deal with star Charlie Sheen, which appears likely). That way the network can introduce 3 new comedy series in the fall.

There are some rumblings that another CBS series, drama Ghost Whisperer, might transition to ABC. While it may look like a repeat of the Medium network switch last year (when the CBS Studios-produced drama was picked up by CBS after being canceled by NBC), the case with Ghost Whisperer is not identical. Despite being developed at ABC Studios, which runs lead on the show’s production, Ghost Whisperer is a co-production with CBS Studios, giving CBS and ABC an equal financial interest in continuing the show.

(Ghost Whisperer was sold domestically to a trio of networks -- Syfy, We and Ion -- and does very well internationally.) So the future of Ghost Whisperer comes down to what CBS wants to do with Friday night. Indications are that, despite the ratings meltdown the night has suffered this season on all broadcast networks, CBS intends to keep on scripted programming for at least a portion of the night. Given the fact that no one has been able to launch a successful scripted series on Friday since CSI premiered a decade ago, CBS has the option to stick with Ghost and/or Medium. (Ghost Whisperer has the ratings edge, but Medium is fully owned). Or send a veteran there for retirement, like… the original CSI.


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Fast National ratings for Friday, May 7, 2010; CBS once again claimed victory for a quiet Friday ratings-wise. It had competition from ABC, however, in the 18-49 adult demo.

The season premiere of NBC's "Friday Night Lights" returned with soft ratings, but ABC's premiere of "Primetime: What Would You Do?" won the adult demo for its hour. CBS drew 6.6 million viewers and a 4.3 rating/8 share in households for the evening, ABC was next with 5.3 million and a 3.5/7, followed by NBC (4.8 million, 3.1/6), FOX (3.2 million, 2.0/4) and The CW (1.5 million, 1.0/2). ABC and CBS tied in the adult demo with a 1.6 rating each. FOX had a 1.3, NBC a 1.2 and The CW, 0.6.


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Fast National ratings for Friday, April 30, 2010: A typically quiet Friday in the Nielsen ratings turned into a battle between CBS and NBC, with CBS grabbing a win in viewers and NBC holding off its rival in the adults 18-49 demographic.

CBS drew 6.5 million viewers and a 4.3 rating/8 share in households for the evening, a little better than NBC's 6.2 million and 4.2/8. ABC (3.8 million, 2.5/5) came in third. FOX (2.8 million, 1.8/3) was fourth, and The CW brought up the rear with 1.9 million viewers and a 1.3/2. NBC led the 18-49 demo with a modest 1.5 rating, edging CBS' 1.4. ABC's 1.2 was good enough for third, followed by FOX, 0.9, and The CW, 0.7.


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Fast national ratings for Friday, April 9. CBS took Friday, with its spooky lineup getting good numbers and its new drama "Miami Medical" only losing half a million viewers from its premiere last week. NBC and ABC were neck-and-neck for second, with NBC ahead in viewers but ABC ahead in the 18-49 demo.

CBS' win came from an average of 7.02 million viewers and a 4.6 rating/8 share. NBC was a distant second with 4.9 million viewers and a 3.3/6. ABC was nipping on its heels with 4.4 million viewers and a 2.9/5, FOX was in fourth with 3.6 million viewers and 2.3/4 and the CW saw 1.6 million for a 1.1/2.  The adults 18-49 went to CBS with a 1.5, then ABC and FOX tied for second with 1.3, NBC was fourth with 1.2 and the CW was fifth with a 0.6.

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Fast national ratings for Friday, April 2.

Although CBS won the evening with viewers, NBC was right there nipping on its heels and snagged the households crown. Also, CBS' debut of "Miami Medical" did well for itself, pulling in 7.6 million viewers, the most for any program on network TV that night. ABC's "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" slipped from its strong rerun performance the week before. CBS took in an average of 6.5 million viewers and a 4.3 rating/8 share for the night. NBC was breathing down its neck with 6.4 million viewers and a 4.3/8 as well. Third place went to ABC with 4.2 million and a 2.8/5, then FOX, 3.2 million and 2.1/4 and finally The CW, 1.6 million and 1.0/2.

The adults 18-49 went to NBC just barely with a 1.5 rating. CBS was also in contention with a 1.4 followed by ABC, 1.3, FOX, 1.2, and The CW, 0.7.

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Fast National ratings for Friday, March 12, 2010; The season finale of "Numb3rs" led CBS to a ratings win Friday night, holding off NBC, which saw "Who Do You Think You Are?" improve some in its second week and got better-than-average viewership for "Dateline."

CBS drew 8.25 million viewers and a 5.1 rating/9 share for the night, narrowly beating NBC's 7.75 million and 5.1/9. ABC (4.9 million, 3.3/6) came in third. FOX (3.6 million, 2.2/4) took fourth, while The CW averaged 1.6 million viewers and a 1.1/2.

The adults 18-49 race was close as well: CBS led the demo with a 1.8, just ahead of NBC's 1.7. ABC and FOX tied for third at 1.4, and The CW drew a 0.6.

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Fast National ratings for Friday, March 5, 2010: Although the Olympics have ended on NBC, the network still maintained decent numbers Friday night, giving first-place finisher CBS a run for its ratings money. NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" did well enough in its debut, but still couldn't surpass CBS' procedurals.

CBS averaged 7.79 million viewers and a 4.9 rating/ 9 share in primetime, just ahead of NBC's 7.1 million and 4.7/9. Third place went to ABC, which drew 5.8 million and a 3.9/7, followed by FOX 3.6 million, 2.1/4 and The CW with 1.4 million, 0.9/2.

CBS and NBC tied in the adult demo with a 1.7 rating apiece for the night, followed by ABC, 1.4, FOX, 1.2, and The CW, 0.2.

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Unlike ABC, which has only two scripted shows with reasonably unknown futures, CBS has 5 shows on its bubble: Numbers, Medium, Old Christine, Gary Unmarried, Accidentally on Purpose. In fact, Cold Case is the only current CBS show that I’m confident will be canceled. Some of those other 5 will be, but its hard to tell which at this point can squeeze into next season. And the success of Undercover Boss has likely reduced the number of survivors on that list by one from what it was likely to be just a few weeks ago.
The next interesting data points will come when:
  • Accidentally On Purpose moves to Wednesday (March 31). That will give a relative read on both its and Gary Unmarried’s prospects. If it drops well below Gary’s average (2.2 rating for new episodes), it’s a goner. If it does lots better, goodbye Gary. Christine’s prospects are likely to be influenced as well.
  • Miami Medical starts at 10pm on Fridays (April 2). Its results *might* provide some additional clarity on the prospects for Numb3rs and Medium.

For all the hyperventilating Medium fans, I still doubt CBS will cancel two of its Friday shows in one season, but Tassler herself seemed to keep that potential open with her recent TCA remarks, so there is at least some danger to the show.

For shows in the Some Danger category only, I am including short term Index indicators for shows either with either improving or deteriorating Indexes, based on 4 week averages instead of season to date Indexes.

I’ve added a new category, Renewed For The 2010-11 Season, for shows who’s renewal has already been announced for the next season. It may take a while to get all the past announcements noted, let me know what I have missed, yet be patient.

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This could be Jack Bauer’s final day. Fox’s “24” is on The Hollywood Reporter’s list of endangered shows this year, along with fan faves “Heroes,” “Chuck,” “Smallville” and “FlashForward.”

With networks issuing pilot orders for next season, executives are looking at their current lineups and estimating how many time slots they’ll have to fill. Their decisions rest on a few factors, including how these “bubble shows” perform over the next few months. THR spoke to broadcast net insiders to compile a list of TV’s most prominent shows on shaky ground — and calculated the odds they’ll stick around.

“Numbers” & “Medium” — It’s the Case of the Missing Friday Night Viewers. CBS’ crime-drama lineup on Fridays might continue to top the ratings, but the night has weakened to the point where veteran scripted dramas are getting tougher to justify. Of the two, “Medium” pulls the higher number;, plus “Numbers” got its episode order reduced and star David Krumholtz is cast in another pilot. “Medium” 65%, “Numbers” 20%


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Fast national ratings for Friday, Feb. 5. CBS' mystical Friday night lineup propelled it to another victory with 9 million viewers, 5.6/10 households overall. ABC was next with 6.2 million, 4.1/7, followed by NBC with 5.5 million, 3.7/6, FOX at 4 million, 2.4/4 and the CW at 2.8, 1.8/3.

That's actually a big Friday night for the CW -- the Justice Society on "Smallville" had lots of people tuning in. FOX and NBC flip-flopped in the 18-49 demo, which looked like this: CBS (2.1), ABC (1.6), FOX (1.5), NBC (1.3) and the CW (1.2), all of which are up a good bit from last week.

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Fast National ratings for Friday, Jan. 29, 2010:



After last week's "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon, Friday returned to its usual programming, which means CBS claimed victory once again in each hour of primetime even though numbers overall were soft. FOX's "Dollhouse" series made its final goodbyes to even more lackluster ratings, performing worse than The CW's "Smallville" in the same hour.

CBS drew 8.3 million viewers and a 5.2 rating /9 share in households for the night. NBC took second with 6.4 million and a 4.2/7, followed by ABC (5.7 million, 3.8/7), FOX (2.7 million, 1.7/3) and The CW (2.0, 1.3/2). CBS also took the adults 18-49 demo crown with a 1.8 rating. ABC came next with a 1.5, then NBC, 1.4, FOX, 1.1, and The CW, 0.8. and NBC tied for second at 1.5, and FOX scored a 1.0. The CW managed only a 0.5.

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Fast National ratings for Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 - CBS rolled to its usual ratings victory on Friday night, sweeping all three hours of primetime.

Led by "Numb3rs," CBS drew 9.05 million viewers and a 5.5 rating/10 share in households for the night. NBC (6.8 million, 4.5/8) finished second. ABC (5.1 million, 3.2/6) was third, followed by FOX, which had 3 million viewers and a 1.9/3. The CW (1.2 million, 0.8/1) trailed. CBS also won the adults 18-49 demographic with a 2.2 rating. ABC and NBC tied for second at 1.5, and FOX scored a 1.0. The CW managed only a 0.5.

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Fast National ratings for Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 - Although CBS won the overall ratings Friday, "Dateline: NBC" drew the most viewers, while ABC scored the best among adults 18-49 with the "20/20" program dealing with Katie Piper, a British Model disfigured by a sulfuric acid attack.

CBS led the night's ratings with 9.1 million viewers and a 5.6 rating/9 share in households. The strength of "Dateline: NBC" helped NBC finish second with 7.9 million viewers and a 5.2/9. Following was ABC (5.3 million, 3.5/6), FOX (3.7 million, 2.3/4) and The CW (1.5 million, 0.9/2). CBS stayed in front with the adults 18-49 demo with a 2.1 rating for the evening. NBC was next with a 1.7, closely followed by ABC, 1.6. FOX and The CW finished with a 1.1 and 0.6, respectively.

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There’s been some discussion on our site about the possibility that Medium may be canceled. It’s true that Medium has done poorly in the ratings this season compared to CBS Fridays last season, but so have its bretheen Numb3rs and Ghost Whisperer. But I significantly doubt that CBS would cancel two of its Friday shows in a single season, no matter how far they fall. So, like the joke about the two guys running from the bear, all Medium needs to do to survive for another season is outrun Numb3rs.

The Good Wife is doing a bit below average ratings for CBS. On NBC it would be a hit. On ABC or Fox it would be safe. On CBS, something’s gotta go, that puts it on the bubble for next season. The New Adventures of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried’s low ratings could be tolerated for yet another season if CBS sticks to its goal of a second “comedy block”, but don’t be surprised if Christine goes and Gary stays.

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patriciaarquette_medium_290.jpgChristmas specials, "Ugly Betty" and the last of "Dollhouse" couldn't compete Friday with CBS' "Ghost Whisperer", "Medium", and "Numb3rs" one-two-three punch. The Eye's Friday supernatural powerhouse scored it 7.5 million viewers and a 4.8 rating/8 share. The Muppets -- specifically, "A Muppets Christmas" -- and "Dateline" helped NBC sneak past ABC with 5.1 million viewers and a 3.2/6 to the latter's 4.5 million and 3.2/5. FOX burned off the remaining episodes of "Dollhouse," but only snagged 2.05 million viewers and a 1.4/2, while The CW's "Smallville" repeat and holiday special "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" clinched 2.02 million viewers and a 1.2/2.
CBS handily won the 18-49 demographic for the night, with NBC trailing at 1.3 and ABC barely falling behind the Peacock with 1.2. FOX and The CW tied in the demo with 0.8 each.



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