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Archive for November, 2015

The end of the year is nearly here and it seems like the year has gone by so very fast. Right?! Regardless of what time of year it is there are always plenty of cable dramas, made-for-TV movies and mini-series to watch all over the TV. Here is how all of those programming options performed during the month of October:

CABLE DRAMAS

MONDAYS:

Switched at Birth – The ABC Family drama aired the final four episodes of its current, fourth season during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 5 – 793,000 viewers
October 12 – 751,000 viewers
October 19 – 952,000 viewers
October 26 – 836,000 viewers (Fall Finale)

This averages out to 833,000 viewers for October. Switched at Birth was recently renewed for a new season by ABC Family (soon to be known as FreeForm) and will return sometime in 2016.

Fargo – The acclaimed ABC anthology series returned for a second season on October 12, airing three episodes during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 12 – 1.6 million (Season Premiere)
October 19 – 962,000 viewers
October 26 – 1.2 million

This averages out to 1.3 million viewers for October. New episodes of Fargo aired throughout November with the next new episode set to air on FX on Monday, November 30 at 10 PM. Those ratings will be included in November’s report.

TUESDAYS:

Public Morals – The new period piece TNT aired the final four episodes of its debut season during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 6 – 620,000 viewers
October 13 – 532,000 viewers
October 20 – 498,000 viewers (Part 1 Finale)
October 20 – 495,000 viewers (Part 2 Finale)

This averages out to 536,000 viewers for October. TNT has yet to renew Public Morals for a second season.

The Bastard Executioner – The FX period piece drama aired three new episodes of its debut season during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 6 – 1.1 million
October 13 – 942,000 viewers
October 20 – 833,000 viewers
October 27 – No episode aired

This averages out to 958,000 viewers for October. New episodes of The Bastard Executioner aired on November 3 and November 10. The season finale aired on November 17. Those ratings will be included in November’s report. The Bastard Executioner will not be returning for another season as FX has cancelled the show after only one season.

If Loving You Is Wrong – The OWN soap opera drama aired four more new episode of its second season during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 6 – 2 million
October 13 – 2 million
October 20 – 2 million
October 27 – 2.4 million

This averages out to 2.1 million viewers for October. New episodes of If Loving You Is Wrong aired all through November with the next new episode set to air on OWN on Tuesday, December 1 at 9 PM. Those ratings will be included in November’s report.

Finding Carter – The MTV drama returned for the second half of its second season on October 6, airing

October 6 – 473,000 viewers (Mid-Season Return)
October 13 – 523,000 viewers
October 20 – 357,000 viewers
October 27 – 488,000 viewers

This averages out to 460,000 viewers for October. New episodes of Finding Carter aired all through November with the next new episode set to air on MTV on Tuesday, December 1 at 10 PM.

Manhattan – The WGN America period piece drama aired its season premiere on October 13, airing three episodes of its second season. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 13 – 265,000 viewers (Season Premiere)
October 20 – 191,000 viewers
October 27 -256,000 viewers

This averages out to 237,000 viewers for October. New episodes of Manhattan aired on WGN America throughout November. Check your local listings for the next new episode. Ratings for the November episodes will be posted in the next report.

Being Mary Jane – The BET drama returned for its third season on October 20, airing three episodes during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 20 – 2.2 million (Part 1 of Season Premiere)
October 20 – 2.2 million (Part 2 of Season Premiere)
October 27 – 1.8 million

This averages out to 2.1 million viewers for October. New episodes of Being Mary Jane aired all through November with the next new episode set to air on BET on Tuesday, December 1 at 10 PM. Ratings for the November episodes will be included in the next report.

The Halloween episode of the ABC Family drama Stitchers aired on November 20, earning 491,000 viewers. Stitchers has been renewed for a second season by ABC Family (soon to be FreeForm).

WEDNESDAYS:

Ties That Bind – The first original scripted drama on the UP Channel aired its final two episodes during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 7 – 90,000 viewers
October 14 – 135,000 viewers (Season Finale)

This averages out to approximately 113,000 viewers for October. UP Channel has yet to announce if Ties That Bind has been renewed for a second season.

American Horror Story: Hotel – The FX anthology series returned with a brand new story starting on October 7, airing four episodes during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 7 – 5.8 million (Season Premiere)
October 14 – 4.1 million
October 21 – 3.2 million
October 28 – 3 million

This average out to 4 million viewers for October. New episodes of American Horror Story: Hotel aired throughout most of November with the next new episode set to air on FX on Wednesday, December 2 at 10 PM. Ratings for the November episodes will be included in the next report.

Kingdom – The DirecTV series returned for its second season starting on October 14, airing three episodes during the month. Unfortunately, no ratings could be tracked down for those episodes. Kingdom aired four new episodes in November.  A new episode is expected to air on DirecTV on Wednesday, December 2 at 9 PM.

THURSDAYS:

Haven – The final episodes of the Syfy series returned starting on October 8 with two back-to-back episodes, as well as three additional new episodes during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 8 – 745,000 viewers (Part 1 of Return)
October 8 – 552,000 viewers (Part 2 of Return)
October 15 – 695,000 viewers
October 22 – 585,000 viewers
October 29 – 645,000 viewers

This averages out to 644,000 viewers for October. New episodes of Haven aired all through November with the next new episode set to air on Syfy on Thursday, December 3 at 10 PM. The ratings for November will be in next month’s report.

FRIDAYS:

Strike Back – The Cinemax action drama aired the final two episodes of its fourth and final season during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 2 – 196,000 viewers
October 9 – 286,000 viewers (Series Finale)

This averages out to 241,000 viewers for October.

Z Nation – The zombie series aired five more new episodes of its second season on Syfy during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 2 – 896,000 viewers
October 9 – 882,000 viewers
October 16 – 841,000 viewers
October 23 – 763,000 viewers
October 30 – 868,000 viewers

This averages out to 850,000 viewers for October. New episodes of Z Nation aired throughout November with the next new episode set to air on Syfy on Friday, December 4 at 10 PM. The ratings for November will be in next month’s report.

Continuum – The Syfy series aired its final three episodes of its fourth and final season during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 2 – 331,000 viewers
October 9 – 374,000 viewers
October 16 – 347,000 viewers (Series Finale)

This averages out to 351,000 viewers for October.

The Knick – The Cinemax period piece returned for its second season starting on October 16, airing three new episodes during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 16 – 269,000 viewers (Season Premiere)
October 23 – 229,000 viewers
October 30 – 202,000 viewers

This average out to 233,000 viewers for October. New episodes of The Knick aired on Cinemax throughout November with the next new episode set to Friday, December 4 at 10 PM. The ratings for November will be in next month’s report.

Satisfaction – The USA Network drama returned for its second season on October 16, airing three new episodes during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 16 – 818,000 viewers (Season Premiere)
October 23 – 722,000 viewers
October 30 – 543,000 viewers

This average out to 694,000 viewers for October. New episodes of Satisfaction aired throughout November with the next new episodes set to the USA Network on Friday, December 4 at 10 PM. The ratings for November will be in next month’s report.

SATURDAYS:

Doctor Who – The long-running series aired five more new episodes of its 9th season on BBC America during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 3 – 987,000 viewers
October 10 – 936,000 viewers
October 17 – 910,000 viewers
October 24 – 988,000 viewers
October 31 – 585,000 viewers

This average out to 881,000 viewers for October. New episodes of Doctor Who aired throughout November with the season finale set to air on BBC America on Saturday, December 5 at 9 PM. The ratings for November will be in next month’s report.

Da Vinci’s Demons – The third and final season of the Starz period piece drama returned on October 24, airing two episodes during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 24 – 238,000 viewers (Season Premiere)
October 31 – 250,000 viewers

This averages out to 244,000 viewers for October. New episodes of Da Vinci’s Demons aired throughout November with the next new episode set to air on Starz on Saturday, December 5 at 8 PM. The ratings for November will be in next month’s report.

The Returned – The second season of the French original series aired on Sundance starting on October 31, earning 123,000 viewers. New episodes of The Returned aired on Sundance throughout November. The ratings for November will be in next month’s report. Check your local listings for the next new episode.

SUNDAYS:

The Strain – The FX thriller aired its season finale on October 4, earing 11.2 million viewers. The Strain has been renewed for a third season by FX, and it should return sometime in 2016.

Fear the Walking Dead – The AMC spin-off series aired its season finale on October 4, earning 6.9 million viewers. Fear the Walking Dead received a second season order by AMC and will return sometime in 2016.

The Leftovers – The HBO drama returned for its second season starting on October 4, airing four episodes during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 4 – 713,000 viewers (Season Premiere)
October 11 – 552,000 viewers
October 18 – 777,000 viewers
October 24 – 519,000 viewers

This averages out to 640,000 viewers for October. New episodes of The Leftovers aired all through November with the season finale set to air on HBO on Sunday, December 6. The ratings for November will be in next month’s report.

Homeland – The Showtime drama returned for its 5th season on October 4, airing four episodes during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 4 – 1.7 million (Season Premiere)
October 11 – 1.4 million
October 18 – 1.1 million
October 25 – 1.6 million

This averages out to 1.5 million viewers for October. New episodes of Homeland aired all throughout November with the next new episode set to air on Showtime on Sunday, December 6 at 9 PM. The ratings for November will be in next month’s report.

The Affair – The Showtime drama also returned for its new season (its second) on October 4, airing four episodes during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 4 – 815,000 viewers (Season Premiere)
October 11 – 547,000 viewers
October 18 – 648,000 viewers
October 25 – 869,000 viewers

This averages out to 720,000 viewers for October. New episodes of The Affair aired all through November with the next new episode set to air on Showtime on Sunday, December 6 at 10 PM. The ratings for November will be in next month’s report.

The Walking Dead – The popular AMC zombie series returned for its sixth season on October 11, airing three episodes during the month. The ratings for those episodes are as follows:

October 11 – 14.6 million (Season Premiere)
October 18 – 12.2 million
October 25 – 13.1 million

This averages out to 13.3 million viewers for October. New episodes of The Walking Dead aired all throughout November on AMC with the mid-season finale airing on November 29. The ratings for November will be in next month’s report.

MADE-FOR-TV MOVIES AND MINI-SERIES

There were nearly two dozen made-for-TV movies and/or mini-series that aired on the cable networks during October. The following were the movies where ratings could be found:

Invisible Sister (Disney) – 4 million
Harvest Moon (Hallmark) – 2.9 million
Good Witch: Halloween (Hallmark) – 2.7 million
Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise (Hallmark) – 2.7 million
October Kiss (Hallmark) – 2.6 million
Autumn Dreams (Hallmark) – 2.1 million
The Hollow (Syfy) – 978,000 viewers
They Found Hell (Syfy) – 840,000 viewers
Beverly Lewis’ The Reckoning (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – 760,000 viewers
Night of the Wild (Syfy) – 713,000 viewers
Sister Code (BET) – 676,000 viewers
The Unauthorized Beverly Hills 90210 Story (Lifetime) – 654,000 viewers
Buried Secrets (Lifetime) – 621,000 viewers
Reluctant Witness (Lifetime) – 506,000 viewers
Fan Girl (ABC Family) – 425,000 viewers
The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story (Lifetime) – 382,000 viewers
The Last Kingdom [mini-series] (BBC America) – 328,000 viewers (average)

And here are the rest of the made-for-TV movies and mini-series that aired during October where ratings could NOT be found:

Daddy’s Little Girls (Lifetime)
Home Fires [mini-series] (PBS)
Indian Summers [mini-series] (PBS)
Signed Sealed Delivered: The Impossible Dream (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
The Guilty [mini-series] (PBS)
Watch Your Back (Lifetime)

Ratings results for the cable dramas, the mini-series and the made-for-TV movies that are set to air in November that can be tracked down will be provided as soon as possible in December.

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Here is a list of the programming options to expect on TV this coming week:

The Bravo drama Girlfriend’s Guide To Divorce will return for its second season on December 1 at 10 PM.

Rosewood and Empire will air their winter finales on FOX at 8 and 9 PM respectively.

On December 3, the NBC production The Wiz Live! will debut at 8 PM, starring newcomer Shanice Williams, David Alan Grier, Elijah Kelley, Ne-Yo, Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black), Amber Riley (Glee), Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Common and Stephanie Mills.

The winter finale of Reign will air on The CW at 8 PM.

The following Christmas movies will air on December 5:

* The ION original movie Merry Kissmas will debut at 9 PM, starring Karissa Staples (The Lottery), Brant Daugherty from Pretty Little Liars), Brittany Underwood (One Life to Live), Ion Overman (Ghost Whisperer), Roxanne Hart (Chicago Hope) and Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond).

The original Lifetime movie The Flight Before Christmas will debut at 8 PM, starring Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), Ryan McPartlin (Chuck) and Reginald VelJohnson and Joe Marie Payton (both from Family Matters).

* The Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Just in Time for Christmas will debut on the Hallmark Channel at 8 PM, starring Eloise Mumford (Fifty Shades of Grey), Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield), William Shatner and Christopher Lloyd.

* The TV One movie Royal Family Christmas will debut at 8 PM, starring Richard Lawson, Debbi Morgan, Tichina Arnold, Romeo Miller, Vivica A. Fox and Ricky Harris.

And, the following holiday films will air on December 6:

* The original ION movie How Sarah Got Her Wings will debut at 9 PM, starring Lindsey Gort (The Carrie Diaries and Impastor), Derek Theler (Baby Daddy) and Daniel Di Tomasso (Witches of East End).

* Beverly Hills Christmas is the original UP Channel movie that will debut at 7 PM, starring Dean Cain (Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman).

* Last Chance Christmas is the new original Lifetime movie that will debut at 9 PM, starring Hilarie Burton (One Tree Hill), Gabriel Hogan (Heartland) and Tim Matheson (Hart of Dixie).

* The original Hallmark Channel movie Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge will debut at 8 PM, starring Katie Findlay (The Carrie Diaries and The Killing), Wyatt Nash (Petals on the Wind), Ted McGinley and Faith Ford.

* The new holiday movie Magic Stocking will air on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries at 9 PM, starring Bridget Regan (Jane the Virgin and Marvel’s Agent Carter) and Victor Webster (Continuum).

Mark your calendars!

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TV Ratings

It was a fairly typical Sunday night of programming on the major networks last night with football (as usual) delaying the CBS night shows.

Here is how the Sunday night drama fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Shows:
Madam Secretary (CBS) [NEW – Delayed Due to Football] – 9.5 million
Once Upon a Time (ABC) [NEW] – 4.3 million

9 PM Shows:
The Good Wife (CBS) [NEW – Delayed Due to Football] – 7.3 million
Blood & Oil (ABC) [NEW] – 3.2 million

10 PM Show:
Quantico (ABC) [NEW] – 4.1 million

NOTE: There were no numbers for CSI: Cyber on CBS as it either did not air or aired too late in the night for it to be included in the overall numbers

What did you watch on TV last night? Please share.

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

8 PM:
Supergirl on CBS (NEW)
Gotham on FOX (NEW – Mid-Season Finale)
Major Crimes on TNT (Reair)
Taken 2 movie on FX
Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle movie on Hallmark Channel
Wyatt Earp movie on Sundance

9 PM:
Minority Report on FOX (NEW – Finale)
Scorpion on CBS (Reair)
Major Crimes on TNT (NEW)
Eye Candy on MTV (Reair)
The Polar Express (animated) movie on ABC Family

9:59 PM:
NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS (NEW)

10 PM:
Legends on TNT (NEW)
12 Gifts of Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
The Royals on E! (Reair)
Eye Candy on MTV (Reair)
The 12 Wishes of Christmas movie on Lifetime (Reair)

Enjoy!

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Hey All,

It’s been a very busy month news wise and I became terribly behind in following all of it. So the following are just some of the top news items for the month of November.

TV RENEWALS AND CANCELLATION

Fargo renewed for a 3rd season by FX. (Variety)

FX has canceled The Bastard Executioner after one season. (Variety)

ABC pulled Wicked City from the line-up after three episodes. (Variety)

Syfy has renewed Z Nation for a third season. (The TV Addict)

Blindspot has been given a second season order by NBC. (Variety)

NBC has also given renewals to Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. (Variety)

American Horror Story has been given a sixth season renewal by FX. (Variety)

Murder in the First has been given a third season order by TNT. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

TELEVISION

Actor Bailey Chase (Longmire) has landed a recurring role on Grimm, playing Lucien Petrovich, the leader of a Wesen revolutionary group. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actor Arjay Smith (Perception) has landed a recurring role on Major Crimes, playing Dennis Price, but no other details are available on his character. (Denise Petski at Deadline)

Actor Tom Amandes (Everwood) will appear in a multi-episode arc on Arrow, playing Noah Kuttler (The Calculator), a criminal mastermind and technical genius, who uses his advanced skills in computer science and internet manipulation to blackmail Roy (Colton Haynes) out of retirement to do his bidding, which leads to an epic battle with Team Arrow. (Matt Mitovich at TV Line)

Actor Matthew Morrison (Glee) will appear on the second season of Younger on TV Land. (Rebecca Iannucci at TV Line)

Actor Gaius Charles (Friday Night Lights) has landed a guest starring role in Friday Night Lights, playing Charlie Napier, an Army sergeant who has something mysterious in common with Jane Doe (lead star Jaimie Alexander). (Rebecca Iannucci at TV Line)

Actress Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings) has joined the cast of the new ABC drama Quantico, playing FBI Agent Hannah Wyland. (Kimberly Roots at TV Line)

Actor James McDaniel (NYPD Blue) will appear in Sleepy Hollow as Ezra Mills, the absentee father of Abbie and Jenny. Sleepy Hollow will be back on FOX on February 5. (Erik Pedersen at Deadline)

Actor Blake Jenner (Glee) will join his real-life wife Melissa Benoist in Supergirl, appearing as Adam Foster, a handsome stranger from Cat Grant’s (series regular Calista Flockhart) past whose arrival in National City tests Kara and Cat’s relationship like never before. He will be a potential new love interest for Kara. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Syfy has picked up a 13-episode sci-fi small screen adaptation of Van Helsing that will center on Vanessa Helsing, the daughter of famous vampire hunter and Dracula nemesis Abraham Van Helsing, who is resurrected five years in the future to find out that vampires have taken over the world and that she possesses unique power over them. The series is set to premiere in Fall 2016. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Supernatural and Extant) will play the infamous villain Negan on The Walking Dead. Negan is the leader of the Saviors, a ruthless group that demands food and supplies from other communities in “exchange” for protection from the walkers. (Maane Khatchatoruian at Variety)

ONLINE SERIES NEWS

Actress Sonia Braga has joined the cast of the Netflix online series Marvel’s Luke Cage. She will play Soledad Temple, the mother of Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson). (Dominic Patten at Deadline)

Actor Jason Mamoa (Game of Thrones and The Red Road) will star in the Netflix online series Frontier that is an action-packed adventure drama following the chaotic and violent struggle to control wealth and power in the North American fur trade in the late 18th century. (James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly)

Actor Matt Bomer (White Collar and American Horror Story Hotel) will star in the Amazon pilot called Tycoon, based on the unfinished F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Last Tycoon. Bomer will play 1930s movie mogul Monroe Stahr. The series will follow Monroe’s rise as a studio executive, a journey which eventually puts him at odds with studio head Pat Brady — who also happens to be Monroe’s mentor. (Andy Swift at TV Line)

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Meet the Cast of The Wiz Live!

On December 3, the NBC production The Wiz Live! will debut at 8 PM.

This is a special three-hour live event production based on the groundbreaking Broadway show that brought the world of Oz to life in a funky sing-along journey down the yellow brick road.

The cast includes newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy, David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion, Elijah Kelley as the Scarecrow, Ne-Yo as the Tinman, Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black) as Glinda, Amber Riley (Glee) as Addaperie, Mary J. Blige as Evilene, Queen Latifah as The Wiz, Common as the Bouncer and Stephanie Mills as Auntie Em.

Here is a sneak peek behind The Wiz Live!

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

4 PM:
Saving Private Ryan movie on IFC

5 PM:
The Avengers movie on FX

5:30 PM:
The Incredibles (animated) movie on ABC Family

6 PM:
Northpole movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
Runaway Bride movie on TMC

6:30 PM:
Descendants movie on Disney (Reair)

7 PM:
My One Christmas Wish movie on UP Channel (DEBUT)
A Gift Wrapped Christmas movie on Lifetime (Encore)
Da Vinci’s Demons on Starz (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
A Perfect Christmas Wish movie on ION (Reair)
Ghostbusters movie on BBC America
The Bodyguard movie on POP

8 PM:
Once Upon a Time on ABC (NEW)
The Librarians on TNT (NEW)
Angel of Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (DEBUT)
Christmas in the Smokies movie on INSP (DEBUT)
Downton Abbey on PBS (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
Wreck-It Ralph (animated) movie on ABC Family
Man of Steel movie on FX
Saving Private Ryan movie on IFC

8:40 PM:
Tangled (animated) movie on Disney

9 PM:
Agent X on TNT (NEW)
A Salute to Downton Abbey on PBS (Special)
A Prince for Christmas movie on ION (DEBUT)
The Christmas Gift movie on Lifetime (DEBUT)
The Christmas Note on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (DEBUT)
NCIS on USA Network
A Princess for Christmas movie on Lifetime (Reair)

10 PM:
Quantico on ABC (NEW)
The Royals on E! (NEW)
The Librarians on TNT (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
A Merry Mix-Up movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)

Enjoy!

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