2017-18 TV Season

NIELSENWAR: The NBC Fall 2017 Schedule

Posted May 14, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  The Upfronts are officially here, more troubled than ever thanks to the ever-declining ratings at the broadcast networks.  (This Variety article does a good job of laying out the ways in which business considerations are altering what shows are put on the air.)  NBC is in the best position of the broadcasters, thanks to […]

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THE SKED 2013 UPFRONTS: CBS Picks Up “Friends With Better Lives”

Posted May 12, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  CBS continues to trickle out its new series orders, and the latest to be announced is the sitcom FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES, about friends who each envy the others, with a cast that includes James Van Der Beek, Brooklyn Decker (surprisingly funny last season on The League) and Whitney survivor Zoe Lister-Jones.  It’s written […]

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THE SKED 2013 UPFRONTS: NBC Trailer – “Dracula”

Posted May 13, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  NBC’s one slightly surprising choice for the fall schedule was DRACULA, not because it doesn’t fit with its Grimm lead-in, but just that its straight-to-series order had been somewhat under the radar in the bustle of pilot season.  NBC’s trailer provides our first glimpse. “Teaser” may be a better word for the piece, since […]

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THE SKED 2013 UPFRONTS: FOX Trailer – “Us & Them”

Posted May 13, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Currently TBD on the FOX schedule is US & THEM, an adaptation of the well-liked British comedy Gavin & Stacey.  It stars the also well-liked Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel as co-workers from different branches of the same company who finally meet and have to overcome the challenge of their wildly eccentric parents and […]

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THE SKED 2013 UPFRONTS: Yet More NBC Pick-Ups… and a Renewal

Posted May 10, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Previous NBC pick-ups are here and here. If Las Vegas took futures bets on TV shows the way it does on football teams, you could have cashed a nice ticket today on the proposition that when all was said and done, COMMUNITY would be (but for Parks & Recreation) the last NBC sitcom standing.  […]

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THE SKED 2013 UPFRONTS: ABC Trailer – “The Goldbergs”

Posted May 14, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  THE GOLDBERGS, as it will be described in roughly 10 billion places between now and September, is The Wonder Years set in the 1980s, based on the childhood of series creator Adam F. Goldberg, with Jeff Garlin as gruff but loving dad, Wendi McLendon-Covey as mom, and George Segal as grandpa, who’s losing it […]

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2019-20 TV Season

NIELSENWAR: The Fall 2019 CW Schedule & Analysis

Posted May 16, 2019 by Mitch Salem

We’ve reached the broadcast networks’ Upfront Week… which used to be a lot more central to our television lives than it is now.  Ratings everywhere are down, and there’s no reason to think they’ve hit bottom, which has caused seismic changes in the ways networks make scheduling decisions.  Among other things, with revenues from on-air […]

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2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR Full Season Network Report Cards: ABC

Posted May 11, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  Other Nielsenwar Network Report Cards:  FOX, NBC Most improved. Full Season To Date (thru May 3) 18-49 Rating Average:  1.61 (#3), down 1.9% from last season Season Grade:  B+ What Happened: Sunday:  Once Upon A Time had a strong Frozen-fueled Fall, but lagged in its Spring cycle, and if that trend continues, it could […]

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