Nielsen Overnights (18-49)Fox’s ‘Following’ grows in week twoDrama up 3 percent to a 3.3 in 18-49s as Fox wins night
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine
- Jan. 29, 2013
“The Following” looks like it’s found one on Fox.
The show became the first new drama this season to grow in its second week as Fox posted its best Monday night of the season, and its first win.
“Following” averaged a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen overnights, up 3 percent from last week’s debut.
By comparison, this season’s other top new drama debuts, NBC’s “Revolution” and CBS’s “Elementary,” declined 17 percent and 19 percent, respectively, in their second weeks.
“Following” won its timeslot, helped by the fact that CBS’s usually highly rated comedies were in reruns. In fact, it was the No. 1 show on broadcast last night.
It also helped revive Fox on a night where it struggled last fall with the very low-rated drama “The Mob Doctor.” With the stronger lead-out at 9 p.m., veteran drama “Bones” surged to a season high at 8 p.m. with a 2.6, up 13 percent from last week.
It was one of several shows to hit season highs last night, again likely benefitting from facing CBS’s reruns. The CW’s new drama “The Carrie Diaries” grew to a series-best 1.0 in women 18-34 and 0.7 in adults 18-34.
ABC’s “The Bachelor,” airing from 8 to 10 p.m., matched its season high in 18-49s with a 2.5. It reached a season high in total viewers with 7.8 million. “Bachelor” finished ahead of NBC’s competing reality program, “The Biggest Loser,” which drew a 2.3 in the timeslot.
Fox was first for the night among 18-49s with a 2.9 average overnight rating and an 8 share. ABC was second at 2.1/6, NBC third at 1.9/5, CBS fourth at 1.7/4, Univision fifth at 1.6/4, and CW and Telemundo tied for sixth at 0.4/1.
As a reminder, all ratings are based on live-plus-same-day DVR playback, which includes shows replayed before 3 a.m. the night before. Seven-day DVR data won’t be available for several weeks. Forty-six percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.
At 8 p.m. Fox led with a 2.6 for “Bones,” followed by ABC with a 2.5 for “Bachelor.” NBC was third with a 2.2 for “Loser,” CBS fourth with a 2.0 for reruns of “How I Met Your Mother” and “The Big Bang Theory,” Univision fifth with a 1.6 for “Por Ella Soy Eva,” CW sixth with a 0.5 for “The Carries Diaries” and Telemundo seventh with a 0.4 for “Pasion Prohibida.”
Fox extended its lead at 9 p.m. with a 3.3 for “Following,” followed again by ABC with a 2.5 for more “Bachelor.” NBC was third with a 2.3 for another hour of “Loser,” CBS fourth with a 1.9 for repeats of “2 Broke Girls” and “Mike & Molly,” Univision fifth with a 1.8 for “Amores Verdaderos,” Telemundo sixth with a 0.5 for “La Patrona” and CW seventh with a 0.3 for “90210.”
ABC took the lead at 10 p.m. with a 1.4 for a repeat of “Castle,” while NBC and Univision tied for second at 1.3, NBC for “Deception” and Univision for “Amor Bravio.” CBS was fourth with a 1.2 for a repeat of “Hawaii Five-0″ and Telemundo fifth with a 0.4 for “El Rostro de la Venganza.”
Fox was also first for the night among households with a 5.8 average overnight rating and a 9 share. ABC was second at 4.8/7, CBS third at 4.4/7, NBC fourth at 3.4/5, Univision fifth at 2.0/3, CW sixth at 0.7/1 and Telemundo seventh at 0.6/1.http://www.medialifemagazine.com/television/overnights/foxs-following-grows-in-week-two/* * * *TV Review‘Starter Wives Confidential,’ a non-starterTLC reality series is just another cat-fighting 'Housewives' show
By Tom Conroy, Media Life Magazine
- Jan. 29, 2013
Here’s a new angle on the “Real Housewives” genre: a show not about women married to successful men but about women who were with men who became successful and then left them. Unfortunately, as we’ve learned from watching reality TV, a new angle doesn’t mean a new result.TLC’s “Starter Wives Confidential”
shares some insights into the lives of six women who were the early significant others of men who now have some degree of celebrity. But instead of examining the women’s shared background and how it bonds them, the show concentrates on setting up the usual “Real Housewives” story line: The principals meet for a series of sassy conversations that build up to the inevitable episode-ending fight. Only those lucky few viewers who have never seen one of these shows will be surprised or entertained.Premiering tonight at 9
, the series focuses on women whose men are mostly in sports or popular music; so half of them are actually starter baby mamas, not starter wives. The main character is Monica Joseph-Taylor, who is currently divorcing the DJ Funkmaster Flex, with whom she has two children.
Talking to the camera, Monica introduces the other cast members, making a rather convincing case that they’re friends of hers and not merely a collection of the highest-profile exes the show could find.
All of them but one are based in New York City, the exception being Josie Harris, the ex-girlfriend and baby mama of the boxer Floyd Mayweather. She says she has come to the city temporarily to get her “business” together. Lacking any evidence to the contrary, we can assume this business is appearing on this show.
The other cast members are Tashera Simmons, who is divorcing the rapper DMX; Zakia Baum, the ex-girlfriend of a rapper named Maino; Cheryl Caruso, the ex-wife of a mobster named Phil Caruso; and Liza Morales, the ex-girlfriend of the basketball player Lamar Odom, who is now better known as the husband of Khloe Kardashian.
Almost all of the women on the show say that their exes were flagrantly unfaithful once they got famous, but they go on to say that the men are good fathers. None of the men appear in the premiere, and in family photos, the children’s faces are all blurred out.
A seventh starter ex only appears remotely. When four of the women meet at Monica’s home, Monica asks whether Shaniqua Tompkins, the former girlfriend of the rapper 50 Cent, is coming. Shaniqua phones to say that 50 Cent obtained a cease-and-desist order that prevents her from appearing on the show for the time being.
Although it’s understandable that the celebrity fathers might insist that both they and their children be kept out of the show, their absence leaves a big hole in the portrayal of the women’s lives. The premiere gives the impression that the gals spend their days meeting at various homes and bars to share mimosas.
At Monica’s place, after the women discuss masturbation and how long it’s been since they’ve had sex, Monica tells the others that she’s planning to throw a party to celebrate the second anniversary of her web site, MommysDirtyLittleSecret.com. But she waits until Zakia leaves to announce that she’s invited the rapper Lil’ Kim, with whom Zakia’s ex may have had an affair.
We all know what’s going to come next. Tashera goes to visit Zakia in Brooklyn and tells her about Lil’ Kim. Zakia, who claims to be a devout Christian, refers to Monica as “a catty little b—-.”
So we’re all set up for the party, which has the sparsely attended, forced feel of nearly all “Housewives” parties. When the fight starts, Cheryl, who has made no impression at all up to this point, at least has the good sense to move the martini glasses away from the combatants.
In the middle of all this is a brief scene in which Liza has mimosas with Lamar Odom’s aunt Janene and talks about the death of her and Lamar’s infant son. She says that Lamar left the family soon after. Earlier, she tells the camera that she and Lamar never discussed the baby’s death.
A real documentary would at least have a “no comment” from Odom, but this show simply cuts back to the nonsense about Monica’s party.
Now and then, the starter exes say something about what happened to them as their exes got more fame, more money and more problems. Their experiences are extraordinary, but the temptation to turn the women into a bunch of “Housewives” proves irresistible. Confidentially, that makes this show a waste of time.http://www.medialifemagazine.com/tv-reviews/starter-wives-confidential-a-non-starter/