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Friday, July 3, 2015

PILOT REVIEW: Zoo

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Starring: James Wolk, Kristen Connolly, Nonso Anozie, Nora Arnzeder, and Billy Burke

Based on the Book by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Developed by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg
Teleplay by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, & Scott Rosenberg, Directed by Brad Anderson

Zoo is a new thriller drama based on the James Patterson/Michael Ledwidge novel of the same name. The show centers on twin attacks from lions who are beginning to coordinate together. The first is in Africa where zoologist Jackson Oz (James Wolk) gets a front row seat of lion attacks alongside his partner, Abraham Kenyatta (Nonso Anozie) and a woman he meets during the attack, Chloe Tousignant (Nora Arnzeder). Meanwhile in Los Angeles, two lions escape from the zoo, killing their zookeeper and two men in the city. A journalist, Jamie Campbell (Kristen Connolly) is suspicious of the new food the lions have been fed and is consulting with an animal pathologist, Mitch Morgan (Billy Burke).

This show started a little silly but had me intrigued by the end. I've never read the book so I don't really know where it was going but the initial narration along the lines of "what if animals ruled the world" made me laugh. But then the story got going and I was interested in both the African storyline and the Los Angeles storyline, which I'm sure will intersect sooner rather than later. I thought the performances ranged from serviceable to good. I've enjoyed James Wolk in everything he's been in including the failed Lone Star and The Crazy Ones. He seems destined for a hit show at some point though I'm not sure this is it. Kristen Connolly was good too and I was actually a bit more intrigued by the Los Angeles story than the African one.

In the summer of Jurassic World, this was another entry in the "terrifying animals taking over" category but it does it fairly well by TV show standards. Something about zoo attacks seems almost scarier to me than something more unrealistic like Jurassic. There have been several summer shows this year that have interested me enough during the pilot but I haven't been able to stick with (Wayward Pines, The Whispers, Aquarius). I feel the same about this one so episode two will go a long way to determine if I stick around to see what happens.

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, July 3, Saturday, July 4, & Sunday, July 5

Happy 4th!

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)
9:00 What Would You Do?

10:00 20/20

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss (REPEAT)
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (REPEAT)
10:00 Blue Bloods (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent (REPEAT)
10:00 Dateline NBC (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 Masterchef (REPEAT)
9:00 Gotham (REPEAT)


SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 The Astronaut Wives Club (REPEAT)
9:00 Bruce Jenner: The Interview (SPECIAL - REPEAT)


CBS
8:00 The Millers #29 "Diggin' Up Bones"
8:30 The Millers #30 "When the Pope Comes Marching In"
9:00 The McCarthys #12 "Gerard's Engagement Party"
9:30 The McCarthys #13 "Cutting the Cord"
10:00 48 Hours (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular (SPECIAL)

FOX
8:00 MLB Baseball


SUNDAY

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (REPEAT)
8:00 Celebrity Family Feud

9:00 BattleBots
10:00 Castle (REPEAT)

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes (REPEAT)
8:00 Big Brother

9:00 Zoo (REPEAT)
10:00 Extant (REPEAT)

NBC
7:00 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: From Daytona Beach

FOX
7:00 FIFA Women's World Cup Finals
9:30 The Simpsons (REPEAT)

RENEWAL ALERT: I Can Do That

It's been a rough summer for new shows but NBC renewed its new unscripted show I Can Do That. Airing after America's Got Talent, I Can Do That started off with a strong 1.8 demo and has settled in the 1.5 range but a lot of that seems to be due to airing after the top show in summer. It'll be back for a presumed summer 2016 run.

RATINGS RECAP: 7/1/15

ABC
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:30 The Goldbergs (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:30 Black-ish (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Celebrity Wife Swap
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

CBS
8:00 Big Brother
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Extant
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 American Ninja Warrior (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

FOX
8:00 Masterchef
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Bullseye
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

On Wednesday night, CBS started out with Big Brother down a million viewers and two tenths in the demo from last week's season premiere. At 10pm was the season premiere of Halle Berry's Extant. After declining ratings in season one but a surprising renewal, the show was completely ignored for its revamped new season. It was at a series low with a horrible 0.7 demo. On FOX, Masterchef was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo while Bullseye was up a tenth in viewers and the demo. Finally on ABC, Celebrity Wife Swap was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.

RATINGS RECAP: 6/30/15

ABC
8:00 Fresh Off the Boat (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
8:30 Black-ish (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Extreme Weight Loss
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Zoo
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 NCIS: New Orleans (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent
Viewers: 10.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
10:00 I Can Do That
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

FOX
8:00 FIFA Women's World Cup

Viewers: 8.4 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
9:00 Beat the Champions
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

Tuesday night had the series premiere of the new CBS drama Zoo. It did alright in total viewers but skewed very old. This has been a summer of scripted shows premiering OK but then dropping badly (except for Wayward Pines) and I could see Zoo following that trend. FOX was on top with the strong showing (and young skewing) FIFA Women's World Cup. It didn't help the series premiere of Beat the Champions that followed though as that premiered with an extremely weak 0.9 demo. Something tells me the Women's World Cup viewers aren't the type to just tune into a regular show that follows. NBC had America's Got Talent, which was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. The just-renewed I Can Do That was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Finally on ABC, Extreme Weight Loss was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, July 1 & Thursday, July 2

Check back later for a review of the new CBS drama, Zoo!

WEDNESDAY
Wednesday night has the season premiere of the revamped CBS drama Extant. Regardless of if the quality has improved, this was a disappointment last summer and I see it coming back weak.

ABC
8:00 The Middle (REPEAT)
8:30 The Goldbergs (REPEAT)
9:00 Modern Family (REPEAT)
9:30 Black-ish (REPEAT)

10:00 Celebrity Wife Swap

CBS
8:00 Big Brother
9:00 Criminal Minds (REPEAT)
10:00 Extant #14 "Change Scenario" (Season Premiere)

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent (REPEAT)
9:00 American Ninja Warrior (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 Masterchef
9:00 Bullseye

THURSDAY
Thursday night has the season premiere of Food Fighters along with plenty of scripted programming. I expect a night where everything outside of Big Brother is below or just above the 1.0 demo.

ABC
8:00 The Astronaut Wives Club #3 "Retroattitude"
9:00 Mistresses #30 "Into the Woods"
10:00 Rookie Blue #65 "Perfect Family"

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (REPEAT)
8:30 Mom (REPEAT)
9:00 Big Brother

10:00 Under the Dome #29 "Redux"

NBC
8:00 Food Fighters (Season Premiere)
9:00 Aquarius #7 "Cease to Resist"

10:00 Hannibal #31 "Contorno"

FOX
8:00 Boom!
9:00 Wayward Pines #7 "Betrayal"

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

RATINGS RECAP: 6/29/15

ABC
8:00 The Bachelorette
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 The Whispers
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

CBS
8:00 2 Broke Girls (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:30 Mike & Molly (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Scorpion (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

NBC
8:00 American Ninja Warrior
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 The Island
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

FOX
8:00 So You Think You Can Dance

Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

RATINGS RECAP: 6/28/15

ABC
7:00 Celebrity Family Feud (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:00 Celebrity Family Feud
Viewers: 8.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 BattleBots
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Castle (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:00 Big Brother
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 Madam Secretary (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
10:00 CSI (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 I Can Do That (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 American Odyssey
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)

Viewers: 0.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.1
7:30 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:30 Golan the Insatiable
Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

Monday, June 29, 2015

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, June 29 & Tuesday, June 30

MONDAY

ABC
8:00 The Bachelorette
10:00 The Whispers #5 "What Lies Beneath"

CBS
8:00 2 Broke Girls (REPEAT)
8:30 Mike & Molly (REPEAT)
9:00 Scorpion (REPEAT)
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 American Ninja Warrior
10:00 The Island

FOX
8:00 So You Think You Can Dance


TUESDAY
Tuesday night has two series premieres: the heavily promoted Zoo on CBS and reality competition Beat the Champions on FOX. Zoo has had a solid ad campaign so a decent premiere wouldn't shock me but a disappointing one wouldn't either. FOX should see decent numbers for Beat the Champions because the World Cup lead-in should be decent.

ABC
8:00 Fresh Off the Boat (REPEAT)
8:30 Black-ish (REPEAT)
9:00 Extreme Weight Loss


CBS
8:00 NCIS (REPEAT)
9:00 Zoo #1 "First Blood" (SERIES PREMIERE)

10:00 NCIS: New Orleans (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent
10:00 I Can Do That!

FOX
8:00 FIFA Women's World Cup
9:00 Beat the Champions (SERIES PREMIERE)

RATINGS RECAP: 6/27/15

ABC
8:00 BattleBots (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 In an Instant (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CBS
8:00 CSI: Cyber (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
10:00 48 Hours (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

NBC
8:00 The Island (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 American Ninja Warrior (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

FOX
8:00 MLB Baseball
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3