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Unforgetable (CBS) Up a tenth in A18-49
Rising Star (ABC) Season Finale gets a 0.9 in A18-49
Big Brother (CBS) Season high of 2.5 in A18-49
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Wipeout (ABC) Down two tenths in A18-49
20/20 (ABC) Falls to a 0.7 in A18-49
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With a week heavily dominated by NFL Football and a number of repeats, this week we look at some recent cable premieres and those coming up.
On Monday 25th August, BBC America had the premiere of their new special Top Gear: Cars of the People, at 9pm. The show had Top Gear’s James May being tasked to choose the definitive ‘car of the people’. This has recently aired on BBC Two in the UK, where three episodes averaged 2.4m (11.3%).
On Tuesday 26th August at 9pm, BBC America also premiered their new documentary series, Superhuman Animals. The show focuses on various animals with amazing senses.
On Sunday 31st August, PBS will be premiering their period medical drama, Breathless at 9pm. Co-produced by ITV Studios and Masterpiece, the stylish 60′s medical drama is set in London and stars Jack Davenport as a brilliant surgeon who believes he can truly make a difference in women’s lives. The show also follows a group of doctors and nurses working in the hospital, and a web of ambition, lies, love and secrets that surrounds them. When the series aired in the UK last year, it averaged a relatively lowly 2.7m (12.7%) on ITV in a peaktime 9pm slot.
On 3rd September, ID will be premiering their new series Dead on Arrival. The show follows naive newcomers who fall prey to big city dangers.
Looking further ahead, on 15th November, the highly anticipated new original mystery thriller The Missing, is set to premiere on Starz at 9pm. The series, starring James Nesbitt, Frances O’Connor and Tcheky Karyo, focuses on the psychological fallout and manhunt after a couple’s five-year-old disappears while on vacation with them in France in 2006. The show is told over two time frames and centers on how relationships have been impacted by the child’s disappearance, as well as catching the kidnapper. The eight episode long limited series is co-produced by New Pictures and Company Pictures.
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Amazon have a new comedy, Really. The show centers around a happily, married couple, Jed and Lori, who have three kids and a good relationship with each other, along with three other hard partying couples. Jed, however, accidentally witnesses two of his close friends (who are married to other people) in a sexual liaison. Jed is then faced with a difficult choice of keeping their secret or blowing up the friend group. The show is produced by Amazon Studios and Fanfare Productions.
Comedy Central have a new talk show in development, Gettin’ Some Strange with Kurt Braunohler. The show has host Kurt Braunohler cover the strangest stories of the day, revealing the crazier side of the world. The series is to be produced by Avalon Management Group.
Disney Channel is developing a new comedy, Fairest of the Mall. The show is about 14-year-old Gwen who is devastated when she’s fired from her job in the mall at “Ampersandie & Snitch”, because she was framed for shoplifting by her “friend,” Bethany. Determined to get her job back, Gwen enlists the help of Finn who works at “Circuit Circus” in the mall and winds up working there instead, with a bunch of lovable eccentrics who all become good friends.
TV Land is also developing a new comedy, Untitled Jon Sherman Project. The show revolves around a 30-something woman as she navigates the executive ranks among her old-school male counterparts. Meanwhile her 20-something male assistant tries to make it amid his female-dominated peers. The show is produced by Electus.