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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Late Afternoon News: October 13, 2011

Sorry for the late post folks; lots to get to today.

1.  Season Pickups!  The CW must have nothing in development because it has picked up for full season commitments, each of its new dramas. If you're keeping track (you're certainly not watching them), that's RingerHart of Dixie (WHAT?!?!?) and The Secret Circle.  Syfy has renewed Haven for a third season. This follows on previous news that Warehouse 13 and Alphas were also green lighted for additional seasons.  NBC has requested 6 more scriopts of Prime Suspect (same as they did for Harry's Law as reported yesterday) and HBO has picked up Boardwalk Empire for a season 3.

2.  Ratings.  Last Man Standing pulled in a decent premiere of 3.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 13 million viewers.  No one expects it to beat or even really challenge NCIS (and it didn't) but it was a better premiere than I thought.  I guess people miss the Tool Man.  In Wednesday nights early numbers, Modern Family continued to reign supreme with a 5.7 rating in the 18-49 demo. the surprise of the night was Revenge (TV Watcher is a fan!) was up 13% week over week.  X Factor didn't even make it on the screen, having been bumped by overrun, rain delayed baseball.   Poor Simon!

3.  If no one watches the shows in real time or on their DVRs, why would they direct stream them on Netflix? Anyway, If you're into self-flagellation, you can begin watching episodes of CW "hits" Ringer, Hart of Dixie, The Secret Circle, The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, 90210, Supernatural, Nikita, and One Tree Hill on Netflix. Yay?!?

4.  Casting News. Ted Koppel has officially signed on to Brian Williams' new show for the Peacock network, Rock Center with Brian Williams. 

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