Surviving Suburbia is barely living up to its name. After performing tepidly in its first Tuesday-at-9:30 try-out and then getting sidelined for a week with the promise of a return to that time slot, the Bob Saget series is being relocated to Fridays, starting June 12.
Joining Suburbia for the move is its Tuesday lead-in, The Goode Family. The animated series has underperformed as well, collecting critical raspberries and mustering just 2.7 million viewers in its latest outing.
Filling the Tuesday gap in the coming week will be ...
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Any scoop to get us Mer-Der fans through the dog days of summer? Perhaps some "baby talk" about Grey's writing in Ellen Pompeo's pregnancy? — Hillary
MATT: Both Chyler Leigh and I are of the mind that Grey's Anatomy would be hard-pressed to accommodate Pompeo's pregnancy, if only because of the timing. "As far as I know they are not [writing it in]," Leigh told me, pointing out that by the time the ABC serial resumes production, "Ellen will be, like, seven months [along]." The only way I see it happening — and at least one source allows, "It could go either way" — is if Season 6 picks up five or six months after the recent finale. Such a jump would also allow poor George time to heal and look like recast Eddie Cibrian. (I kid!)
If Fox is serious about Fringe (and aren't we all), why is it forcing it to compete against CSI, Grey's Anatomy and The Office on Thursdays? — Anita
MICKEY: At first blush, moving Fringe to such a powerhouse night would appear to be a suicide mission. But Fox entertainment prez Kevin Reilly ...
Can ABC's Better Off Ted produce laughs as well as far-out inventions? Is Parks and Recreation worthy of Amy Poehler's talents? Does Harper's Island slay us? Now that TV's new spring shows have had a few weeks to strut their stuff, TVGuide.com's senior editors gauge their areas of excellence — and how they can improve.
It's hard to hear anything about Bob Saget (who played the squeaky-clean Danny Tanner on Full House) these days without being reminded that he has a "raunchy" side, but his Surviving Suburbia co-star, Cynthia Stevenson, did just that when she stopped by TV Guide Network to praise Saget's casting in a role that is not all "warm and cozy." The actress says the series is a true skewering of a frustrating, 18-year-old marriage.
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Monday's ratings recap:
Dancing with the Stars averaged 19.6 million total viewers over its 90-minute run, dipping 630K week-to-week. House placed second during the hour with 13 mil, gaining 830 thou. (Read our recap here; see why you-know-who left here.)
Chevy Chasing CBS comedy repeats, Chuck came in fourth with 6 mil, inching up 380K.
CBS' coverage of the NCAA men's basketball championship game drew 16.3 million in its first two hours. That puts it on pace to net out lower than last year's Kansas-Memphis faceoff (final numbers for the final will be updated later).
ABC's Bob Saget-starring Surviving Suburbia debuted to a solid 12.16 mil, the best bow for a comedy series since October 2007, when Samantha Who? (14.9 mil) showed up in the same plum après-DWTS time slot.
At 11 mil, 24 was down a hair from last week, while Heroes continued to redefine its all-time low (6.05 mil).
Placing second behind hoops, Castle scored 9.24 million viewers, down 560K. Medium nearly matched its previous audience, sizing up 7.15 mil.