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‘State Of Affairs’ Off To Respectable Ratings Start, ‘NCIS: LA’ Rises
This is why the networks continue to go for star vehicles — despite pretty bad reviews, NBC’s drama State Of Affairs, toplined by Katherine Heigl, opened solidly last night with a 2.2 rating in adults 18-49. That was down from the debuts of the previous three NBC dramas slotted behind The Voice on Monday, Smash (3.8), Revolution (4.1) and The Blacklist (3.8), but The Voice is not as potent lead-in as it was in its early days. Last night, the singing show logged a 3.0 in 18-49, down -6% from last week, vs. a 4.9 leading to The Blacklist series premiere last fall. State Of Affair‘s retention was 73% in 18-49 vs. 77% for The Blacklist debut.
State Of Affairs ranks No.5 among new drama openers this fall, behind ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder (3.8), Fox’s Gotham (3.3), CBS’ Scorpion (3.2) and CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans (2.5). Underscoring the importance of a strong lead-in, besides the Batman prequel Gotham, all others benefited from following some of the biggest series on television, ABC’s Scandal and CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and NCIS.
State Of Affairs has to build a fanbase fast as it will only have The Voice as a lead-in for a few more times before the singing competition goes on hiatus between cycles and State Of Affairs will be paired with Celebrity Apprentice.
With Blacklist gone from Mondays, Fox’s Gotham (2.3, up +5%) logged its first finish as the No.1 drama on the night in Live+Same Day 18-49 ratings. Sleepy Hollow (1.5) was flat.
The departure of The Blacklist also boosted CBS’ 10 PM drama NCIS: Los Angeles (1.7, +13%), which posted its highest demo rating in a month. Both NCIS: LA (8.70 million) and ABC’s 10 PM entry Castle (9.9 million) are currently running ahead of State Of Affairs (8.65 million), though ABC’s fast nationals are inflated by a local NFL pre-emption. (Just FYI, current ABC demo ratings, which will be adjusted down significantly are 2.4 for Dancing With The Stars and 2.0 for Castle).
CBS’ 8 PM anchor 2 Broke Girls (2.1) perked up by +11%. In its final airing on Monday (and possibly anywhere on the CBS in-season schedule), The Millers matched last week’s series low of a 1.5 demo rating. Also even with last week’s low is new drama Scorpion (2.0), which will get some help in the lead-in department in three weeks when Mike & Molly moves into the Monday 8:30 PM slot. Scorpion was once again the most watched scripted show on Monday (10 million).
The CW’s The Originals (0.7) was even with last week, while Jane The Virgin (0.4) was down a tenth.
Katherine Heigl’s Gay Marriage Dramedy ‘Jenny’s Wedding’ Hits AFM at Perfect Time
Katherine Heigl’s gay-marriage comedy-drama “Jenny’s Wedding” is hitting AFM at exactly the right time, according to Hollywood veteran Mary Agnes Donoghue.
“I must admit that the timing is pretty good — not just with the issue but also with Katherine’s ‘State of Affairs’ getting so much notice for her new series,” she noted.
Indeed, Heigl’s new NBC drama, which debuts Nov. 17, is getting a lot of social media and other online buzz. Advertisers like her too: A Variety survey this summer of commercial-ratings projections from four major ad buyers finds “State” is expected to generate the most commercial viewership among freshman scripted programs in the 2014-15 season in viewers between 18 and 49.
“Jenny’s Wedding” is getting its first market screenings at the American Film Market. The Solution is handling foreign territories, while CAA and Gersh are handling U.S. rights.
Donoghue directed from her own script and is also producing with Gail Levin and MM Prods.’ Michelle Manning. Heigl is the title character, who causes a sea change in the lives of her closely knit, highly conventional family when she finally decides to marry. Tom Wilkinson and Linda Emond portray her parents.
“We filmed a year ago in Cleveland over 18 days — though it didn’t feel like 18 days because the cast really responded and felt passionately about it,” she noted. “There is a Jenny in my life and family but this really isn’t her story, and the people who inspired the story have told me that they felt that we had captured them in the film.”
“Jenny’s Wedding” raised $96,691 in an Indiegogo campaign in March to complete post-production work on music, titles, color and sound.
Katherine Heigl Follows Through on Public Promise to Mentor High School Student
At the Oct. 25 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles “Big Bash” at the Beverly Hilton, a Long Beach sophomore named Andrea proudly dished about her desires to work for the CIA, speak five languages and land a “big sister.”
Her plea was enthusiastically answered by Katherine Heigl, who shot up her hand during the gala to offer her mentoring services. THR found out that the State of Affairs star did indeed follow up on her pledge, and is now in the midst of the org’s application process, including a background check.
“This young woman wants to learn five languages, become the future head the FBI and one day donate ‘thousands and thousands’ to Big Brothers Big Sisters. She’s an inspiration. She’s pretty phenomenal and after hearing her on Friday it didn’t take much for me to want to help,” Heigl told THR of the 14-year-old. “She was so incredibly funny and charming, and I’m now doing a show [State of Affairs] about the CIA, so I just thought, ‘I have to mentor her!’ I want to help make her director of the CIA someday.”