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NBC DUMPING MOST OF ITS SITCOMS (Updated)

May 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC, which again wound up at the bottom of the ratings heap at the end of the fall season, is tossing out a slew of shows that were its worst performers, including 1600 Penn, Up All Night, Guys with Kids and Whitney. Two other comedies, 30 Rock and The Office are ending their runs, and […]

MEDIA WRITERS SMASH NBC OVER SMASH DEBACLE

February 7, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

NBC executives who had stood by their expensive musical drama Smash despite plunging ratings last season and who insisted that it only needed some tweaking to make it a success were taking it on the chin from TV columnists Wednesday after the show’s two-hour season premiere tanked in the ratings. “Smash Ratings Smushed!” headlined Entertainment […]

NBC’S SMASH CRASHES IN SEASON DEBUT

February 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS executives, who had continued to sing the praises of its lets-put-on-a-show series Smash, even while no one else was doing so, were no doubt chagrined and chastened when they checked the overnight ratings for the season premiere. The two-hour opener drew just 4.47 million viewers. While the first hour attracted 5.21 million, only 3.96 […]

SMASH: FOR NBC, IT’S MORE LIKE CRUNCH

May 4, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

NBC executives may now be wishing they had not renewed Smash, the only new scripted series that debuted midseason on the network that was not a total flop. (The other midseason entries were Awake, The Firm, Best Friends Forever and Bent.) Adweek has observed that the network posted an operating cash flow loss of $10 […]

SMASH TO RETURN FOR SECOND SEASON, BUT ITS CREATOR WILL NOT

March 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Although it did not turn out to be the smash that NBC had hoped it would be, the network announced on Thursday that it will renew Smash for s second season. However, today’s (Friday) Los Angeles Times, citing sources close to the production, reported that creator and showrunner Theresa Rebeck will not be returning. (She’ll […]

OSCARS AND GRAMMYS WIND UP TIED

February 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Final Nielsen figures for Sunday night’s Oscar telecast on ABC put the audience count at 39.34 million. That number is a tad below the 39.50 million that the Grammys wound up with two weeks earlier, but the difference is moot. Nielsen’s margin of error is plus or minus about 310,000; therefore the two awards telecasts […]

SMASH CRASHES

February 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s never good when ratings for a serialized drama drop weekly, and that’s what is happening in the case of Smash, NBC’s musical/drama on which the network had pinned many of its hopes for reemerging from limbo. The costly series averaged just 6.47 million viewers Monday night, down nearly 20 percent from last week, when […]

EVEN NBC’S BOSS HAS DOUBTS ABOUT SMASH

February 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke has described as “problematic” the future of NBC’s expensive new entry, Smash. Speaking during a conference call with analysts and reporters on Tuesday, Burke expressed confidence the The Voice would retain its momentum and become one of the network’s biggest hits this season, but then remarked, “I think Smash is more […]

GRAMMYS COULD OUTSHINE OSCARS THIS YEAR

February 15, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

The Grammy Awards — always a bridesmaid and never a bride when it comes to being named the second most-watched television show of the year (after the Super Bowl), may finally wrest that honor from the Oscar Awards this year. According to final figures from Nielsen Research, the Grammys attracted 39.9 million viewers during primetime […]

NBC ALIGNS ALL ITS CABLE NETWORKS FOR SMASH RERUN

February 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Six cable networks owned by NBC Universal will simultaneously broadcast a rerun of the pilot episode of NBC’s Smash tonight from midnight to 1:00 a.m. In a statement, the company called the simulcast, which will air from midnight to 1:00 a.m. a “cable roadblock,” presumably suggesting that viewers clicking their remotes to see what’s on […]

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