TAR5 (& BB5) premiere Tue July 6
Someone else started a thread regarding Alison (BB4) being on TAR5. I'll leave the detailed discussion of her participation to that thread. Here, I thought we could discuss the dates and other changes that have been "announced".
Late last night I was reading over at TWoP, and found reference to an article on comingsoon.com. At first I thought it could be an April Fool's Day joke. But I followed the link, and it references Variety as the source, so it seems reliable. Although I'd be lying if I didn't say I have a shred of doubt.
Anyhoo, a summary of the details...
On Tue, July 6 (all times Eastern)--
8:00-9:30 BB5 premiere
9:30-11:00 TAR5 premiere
Following those premieres--
BB5 will be on Tue at 9:00, Thur at 8:00, and Sat at 9:00
TAR5 will be on Tue at 10:00
Last Summer BB4 was on Tue, Wed and Fri, with eviction on Wed. So, I'd assume that BB5 will have it's eviction episode (it's most viewed) on Thur.
So, on Tuesday, we'll have--
Who knows what [SOMETHING] will end up being. Currently on Tue, I think CBS is showing Navy NCIS at 8:00, so it could be re-runs of that. Currently at 9:00 and 10:00, I believe are Guardian (and the now cancelled Century City) and Judging Amy. Not really sure any of those three are great lead-ins to 2 hours of "reality". Navy NCIS gets pretty good ratings (especially considering it's against AIdol), but not sure the demographics would carry over to BB5, then to TAR5. There is also CBS's new "The Will" reality show that needs a time. I believe it's only 6 or 7 episodes, so I'm *guessing* it may air prior to BB5/TAR5. I don't think they'd use it as the lead-in. First, it's new; second, it's only a few eps, and third, that would be 3 hours of reality. Any thoughts?
Enough about what TAR5's lead-in shows will/may be. That only gets the viewers there. It will be up to TAR5 to keep them there. So, what will its competition be? Well, FOX doesn't have 10:00 shows. And, using last Summer's schedule as a basis....... ABC will have NYPD re-runs (which was on Tue 10:00 last Summer for 12 of TAR4's 13 weeks and averaged less than 6.50 million viewers versus TAR4's complete 13-week average of over 8.30 million), and NBC will have L&O:SVU (which was on Tue 10:00 last Summer for only the last 4 weeks of TAR4's run, and in that timeslot averaged almost 9.40 million versus TAR4's average during that time of almost 8.80 million). So, L&O:SVU will be the one we keep an eye on. Last Summer it actually did BETTER than the Friends re-runs that we lost to regularly. BUT, and this is a very big BUT, L&O:SVU outperformed Friends last Summer in a MUCH weaker timeslot. L&O:SVU competition was limited to NYPD re-runs (avg 6.50 million) and Judging Amy re-runs (avg 5.90 million), both very weak, and nothing from FOX, WB, UPN. Friends was against TAR4 (avg 8.30 million) as well as shows on FOX, WB, and UPN--those 3 networks together added on average an additional 12.60 million "competition viewers" that Friends had to contend with that L&O:SVU did not. That included UPN's (by far) highest viewed show WWE! Smackdown. In summary, what I am trying to say is, I look for L&O:SVU to still perform well if it is indeed TAR5 competition, but I think TAR5 will do to it what it did to Friends last Summer (knock it down a notch, that is), and actually think that TAR5 will do better than L&O:SVU.
Big Brother and Amazing Race Scheduling/Casting/etc. News
Friday, April 2, 2004 - 8:37 AM
'Big Brother,' 'Amazing Race' to Share Tuesdays This Summer
By Brian Ford Sullivan
CHICAGO (thefutoncritic.com) -- CBS has anointed Tuesday night as the network's staging ground for its summer schedule, announcing today both "The Amazing Race" and "Big Brother" will take up residence on the night starting in July.
Both series will kick off their respective fifth seasons on Tuesday, July 6 with 90-minute editions: "Brother" at 8:00/7:00c and "Race" at 9:30/8:30c.
"Brother" will then settle into its thrice-a-week schedule - Thursdays at 8:00/7:00c, Saturdays at 9:00/8:00c and Tuesdays at 9:00/8:00c - while "Race" will air regularly on Tuesdays at 10:00/9:00c. The news marks a noticeable change from last summer when "Race" aired on Thursdays at 8:00/7:00c and "Brother" ran Tuesdays at 8:00/7:00c, Wednesdays at 9:00/8:00c and Fridays at 8:00/7:00c.
CBS executives say the move of both series to later times on Tuesday nights should help them stand out from the expected tidal wave of reality programs expected to bow this summer. More importantly, they'll replace "The Guardian" and "Judging Amy," both of which don't repeat well for the network.
In addition, not only will "Brother" and "Race" share the same viewership burden on Tuesday nights, they'll also have a connection: one of "Race's" contestants this season is Alison Irwin - last summer's runner-up on "Big Brother." She'll compete alongside boyfriend Donny.
Both series also promise new twists this time around. For instance on "Race," during non-elimination weeks, the team that finishes last will be stripped of all their money as well as deprived of any starting cash for the next leg of the race. Another change will be the addition of a "yield" component, which will let each team (only once during the race) slow down someone who's closing in behind them.
"Brother" also has some new twists in store however the producers are staying quiet about them until the last minute.
So far "Brother" and "Race" are the only series slated for CBS' summer schedule. Mike Fleiss' new reality series "The Will" however is expected to join the lineup at some point during the period.
Big Brother's schedule is better than last year's, but WHY OH WHY are we being punished with Alison on The Amazing Race?! One summer of that girl is enough for a lifetime, eesh.
Nice to see some little twists added to The Amazing Race as well, especially punishing those who come in last during a nonelimination week since they've gotten off too easy in the past.