MTV is going crazy for American Idol Season 9 Alumni. MTV has ordered 10 more episodes of Faking It for a second half of the currently airing Season 2, and has picked up a reality series starring Todrick Hall for early 2015. Todrick Hall was eliminated at Top 16 in Season 9 of American Idol, and went on to be a massive YouTube star, with 1.1 million subscribers. He has more subscribers than the official channels of American Idol winners Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson. Faking It stars Season 9’s Katie Stevens, who has also appeared in Todrick Hall’s videos on YouTube.
Selfie is starting to distance itself from its sitcom cousin, Manhattan Love Story. Selfie drew a more impressive 3.8M viewers (rising from last week), and a 1.1 in the demo, while Story drew 2.7M and 0.7 in the demo. Agents Of SHIELD drew 4.3M viewers and a 1.5 in the demo. Forever did 4.8M and 1.2 in the demo.
The Flash slipped a bit to 3.4M and 1.4 in the demo, and Supernatural hit 2.1M and 0.9 in the demo.
NCIS continues to dominate with 16.5M and 2.4 in the demo, followed by NCIS New Orleans (15.9M/2.4) and Person Of Interest (9.3M/1.5).
On NBC, The Voice (11.5M/3.1) again helped Marry Me (6.1M/1.9) and About A Boy (4.6M/1.4), while Chicago Fire was steady (7.4M/1.9)
FOX is airing baseball right now.
FX has decided to close The Bridge after two seasons. The Diane Kruger led drama saw a significant drop in audience in Season 2, so this isn’t a huge surprise.
Also, The CW has ordered full seasons of The Flash and Jane The Virgin. Both only needed two episodes to get the order, after both being huge hits for The CW.
Over at SyFy, they’ve ordered a second season of horror series Z Nation. The Walking Dead knockoff has done OK, considering it is on Friday nights.
FOX originally had lined up 16 episodes of Mulaney. That number is now going to be 13 as FOX has cut back the amount of episodes they want of the struggling sitcom. Mulaney has had a cancellation target on its back for some time now, but no show has actually been cancelled yet…on any network… which is highly unprecedented.
FOX is obviously avoiding being the first network to make a cancellation. Utopia’s two nights were trimmed to one, and last week said they were committed to airing the full run of Gracepoint (which is a limited series, and would never receive a “back nine” order). That would leave Red Band Society as the only question mark, except that it’s produced by Steven Spielberg, and you can’t make a Steven Spielberg produced show the first cancellation of the season. I think that’s in the rule book.
My non-Utopia prediction has always been Selfie and Manhattan Love Story, and despite a recent script order, I stand by that. Both Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue got script orders and then got axed.
So, Brad Pitt’s Fury was unleashed this weekend, and the big news is that it beat the third weekend of Gone Girl. Not that we should be excited, because it is the third weekend of Gone Girl. Can’t be that hard. Book Of Life did about what The Boxtrolls did, and can basically hope for the same domestic total (though Big Hero 6 is looking to cut in soon). Alexander held up nicely, and had the second best drop in the Top 10 (second to Gone Girl of course). Dracula fell apart, dropping 57% in week two.
New in limited release this week was Birdman, which had a huge launch with a 103K per screen average. HUGE launch. Dear White People did OK, in comparison, but actually had a really great per screen of 31K. What wasn’t so hot?
Men Women and Children expanded into 608 screens, and landed a horrific 526 per screen average. That’s actually less than half of the per screen that Guardians Of The Galaxy had. It’s actually the worst per screen average of the films I tracked, and I could only find two per screens that were worse: Snowpiercer and Mas Negro Que La Noche. Men Women and Children did worse than Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Giver, How To Train Your Dragon 2, and A Walk Among The Tombstones. Seriously.
Whiplash continues to do well, with another 10K per screen week. St Vincent also landed 10K in even more screens. Next week, John Wick and Ouija hope to do some business.
1) Fury- 23.5M Weekend, 23.5M Total
2) Gone Girl- 17.8M Weekend, 107M Total
3) Book Of Life- 17M Weekend, 17M Total
4) Alexander…-12M Weekend, 36.8M Total
5) The Best Of Me- 10.2M Weekend, 10.2M Total
6) Dracula Untold- 9.8M Weekend, 40.7M Total
7) The Judge- 7.9M Weekend, 26.8M Total
8) Annabelle- 7.9M Weekend, 74.1M Total
9) The Equalizer- 5.4M Weekend, 89.1M Total
10) The Maze Runner- 4.5M Weekend, 90.8M Total
11) Addicted- 3.4M Weekend, 12.7M Total
12) The Boxtrolls- 2.6M Weekend, 46M Total
13) Guardians Of The Galaxy- 1.0M Weekend, 327.8M Total
??) St Vincent- 0.6M Weekend, 0.8M Total
??) Kill The Messenger- 0.4M Weekend, 1.8M Total
??) Birdman- 0.4M Weekend, 0.4M Total
??) Dear White People- 0.3M Weekend, 0.3M Total
??) Men Women and Children- 0.3M Weekend, 0.4M Total
??) The Skeleton Twins- 0.2M Weekend, 4.7M Total
??) Whiplash- 0.2M Weekend, 0.4M Total
??) Pride- 0.2M Weekend, 0.8M Total
??) One Chance- 14K Weekend, 67K Total
Former American Idol Semi-Finalist Joanne Borgella has passed away at the age of 32 following a bout with cancer. Borgella made the Top 12 women in Season 7, only to be sent home the first week. She was also a plus sized model, as well as a contestant on Monique’s Fat Chance.
Her last real tweet was on October 1st.
Fury opened last night to a strong 1.2M, which could put it on track for a 30M weekend. It didn’t quite open as high as The Equalizer or Gone Girl, but it did outperform 2014’s other war flick Monuments Men. Also, Book Of Life managed 300K, which is more than both The Boxtrolls or Alexander made in their debuts. Book Of Life could be headed for a stronger low 20’s weekend.
This is the 25th Anniversary of Look Who’s Talking, which debuted at the top in 1989 with 12.1 million, eventually grossing 140 million domestically, and 296 million worldwide. Look Who’s Talking was the 4th highest grossing film of 1989, and adjusted for inflation, would be John Travolta’s third highest grossing film of all time. Critics weren’t huge fans, as the film has a 58% on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences agreed, with a 5.8 on IMDB.
It’s also the 25th Anniversary of The Fabulous Baker Boys, which opened to only 3.3M on its way to 15.8M domestic. It’s probably better known as being a critical hit, with a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 6.8 on IMDB. Jeff Bridges, Beau Bridges, and Michelle Pfeiffer starred. Pfeiffer was actually nominated for an Oscar for her role in this film (the film received three more nominations), and won a Golden Globe.
Pulp Fiction celebrates its 20th Anniversary. It had an unimpressive opening weekend of 9.3M (enough for first place), but went on to gross 107M domestic and 213M worldwide. Pulp Fiction has a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 9.0 on IMDB, where it is ranked 5th on IMDB’s Top 250 films of all time. It was nominated for 7 Academy Awards, winning one for Quentin Tarantino’s screenplay. It was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (John Travolta), Best Supporting Actor (Samuel L Jackson), and Best Supporting Actress (Uma Thurman), as well as Tarantino for Director.
It’s also the 20th Anniversary of Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, which was a failed attempt at rebooting the Nightmare On Elm Street series. The film made only 18M domestically. Also, Little Giants turns 20 this week, as well as the groundbreaking documentary Hoop Dreams.
Hitting its 15th Anniversary this week is Fight Club, the instant David Fincher classic, featuring Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, and Helena Bonham Carter. Fight Club opened at #1 with 11M, eventually grossing 37M domestically and 100M worldwide. Fight Club has an 80% on Rotten Tomatoes, but an 8.9 on IMDB, which makes it ranked 10th on IMDB’s Top 250 films of All Time list. Fight Club also received an Oscar nomination for Best Sound Effects Editing.
This is the 10th Anniversary of Team America: World Police, the controversial puppet comedy from Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Team America opened in 3rd place with 12.1M, eventually making 32M domestic and 50M worldwide. It has a 77% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 7.2 on IMDB.
This is the 5th Anniversary of Where The Wild Things Are, which opened to #1 in 2009 with 32.6M. It eventually grossed 77M domestic and 100M worldwide. It has a 72% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 6.8 on IMDB. It received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score
Misty Upham, who had been reported missing by her family last week, has been found dead. There’s obviously a developing story here. Upham was most recently seen in August Osage County, but has also been in Frozen River, Big Love, and the upcoming Jennifer Aniston drama Cake. She was 32.
1) Fury- 24M Weekend, 24M Total
With solid reviews, some Oscar buzz, and Brad Pitt, Fury should win the weekend. The tracking is pretty good, and its biggest competition is the third weekend of Gone Girl.
2) Book Of Life- 20M Weekend, 20M Total
With The Boxtrolls falling out of the Top 10 this week, Book Of Life has a shot at doing really well, along with the fact that the reviews are really good.
3) Gone Girl- 18M Weekend, 108M Total
Gone Girl dropped only 30% in week 2, and likely will drop about the same.
4) The Best Of Me- 14M Weekend, 14M Total
A typical Nicholas Sparks adaptation.
5) Dracula Untold- 11M Weekend, 43M Total
6) Alexander…-10M Weekend, 35M Total
7) Annabelle- 7M Weekend, 73M Total
8) The Judge- 7M Weekend, 26M Total
9) Men Women and Children-6M Weekend, 6M Total
10) The Equalizer- 6M Weekend, 90M Total
Well, that was unexpected. ABC has ordered 3 extra scripts for its Tuesday night block. Selfie, Manhattan Love Story, and Forever have struggled in the ratings, but ABC isn’t giving up just yet. This doesn’t mean they are getting more episodes, necessarily, but it is a step in the right direction.
Elizabeth Pena has passed away at the age of 55 of natural causes. She won an Independent Spirit Award for Lone Star, and more recently was seen in Modern Family and Matador. Other notable roles include Down and Out In Beverly Hills, Rush Hour, Jacob’s Ladder, Tortilla Soup, and Batteries Not Included.
Archie Panjabi, who has won an Emmy for her portrayal of Kalinda, is leaving The Good Wife at the end of the season. She is actually abandoning the show for her own TV pilot with 20th Century Fox TV. The Good Wife is currently airing its 6th season.
NBC has decided against ‘Mission Control’, the midseason comedy series starring Krysten Ritter, and produced by Will Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez banner. The order was only for six episodes, much like 2012’s Dane Cook sitcom Next Caller. NBC still (presumably) has Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Mr Robinson, and One Big Happy.
NBC has some good news! Marry Me debuted to 7.8M and 2.3 in the demo, NBC’s best comedy debut of the season. It helped bring About A Boy’s return up (6.2M/ 1.8), but Chicago Fire was down a bit (7.2M/2.0). Of course, it didn’t hurt that The Voice (11.9/3.3) was the lead in to Marry Me.
The Flash (4.1M/1.6) was down a tad, but still doing really well for The CW, as well as Supernatural (2.2M/1.0).
ABC’s comedies are drowning. Selfie did 3.5M and 1.0 in the demo, followed by Manhattan Love Story (3.0M/0.9), Agents Of Shield (4.6M/1.6) and Forever (4.7/1.1). Their whole lineup needs a jolt of life, including the Marvel branded show.
CBS is doing solid, as always. NCIS (17.1M/2.5), NCIS New Orleans (15.9M/2.2), and Person Of Interest (9.7/1.5) continue to do big total viewers, but just average demo samplings.
FOX is watching The New Girl (2.3M/1.2) and The Mindy Project (2.2M/1.0) slowly die.
In perspective, Agents Of Shield pulls in only 4.6M total viewers, but a 1.6 in the demo, which is higher than Person Of Interest, which does more than twice the total viewers.
Marry Me’s 2.3 in the demo is higher than NCIS New Orleans in the same timeslot, even though NCIS has almost twice the total viewership.
The Flash beat Selfie and Manhattan Love Story in both the demo and in total viewers, again. The Flash also beat the pair of reruns on FOX.