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Utopia (FOX) Up 11% in A18-49
America’s Got Talent (NBC) Performance finale up 32% in A18-49
Under the Dome (CBS) Increase of 14% in A18-49
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The Mindy Project (FOX) Season premiere down 32% in A18-49
Dancing with the Stars (ABC) Down 13% in A18-49
New Girl (FOX) Season premiere falls by 44% in A18-49
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On Friday 12th September at 10pm, Syfy launched their new scripted series, Z Nation. From production company The Asylum (Sharknado), the show follows a group of survivalists, led by a former soldier, who transport the only known survivor of a zombie virus across post-Apocalyptic America to a lab so that they can try to develop a cure. However, the survivor has a dark secret that could be a huge threat to those around him. The new show achieved a decent 1.6m viewers for its premiere and 695,000 viewers in A18-49.
On Wednesday 17th September at 9pm, FOX premiered a new drama, Red Band Society. The show is based on the Catalan series “Polseres Vermelles” and the experiences of Margaret Nagle, who developed the original series and wrote the pilot. Described as a dramedy, the show centers around a group of patients in the pediatrics’ ward of a Los Angeles hospital. The new show stars Octavia Spencer as the nurse who runs the ward, and it is executive produced by Steven Spielberg.
Also premiering that night on NBC, but at 10pm, is another new dramedy, Mysteries of Laura. Again based on a Spanish series, “Los Misterious De Laura”, the show stars Debra Messing as a New York Police Department homicide detective who raises unruly twin sons, and whose soon-to-be ex-husband (Josh Lucas) becomes her boss. The launch will follow the season finale of America’s Got Talent, but will normally air on Wednesdays at 8pm.
Another premiere this Wednesday 17th at 9pm was National Geographic’s new documentary series, Southern Justice. Produced by Electus, the show follows Sheriff Deputies in North Carolina, as they work to keep the peace in the Blue Grass Mountains. The show gives a look into crime in Appalachia, where guns, drugs and alcohol are a constant challenge.
Following that at 10pm, is National Geographic’s other new reality series, Smoky Mountain Money. The show will follow four teams of mountain folk who strike out into the Smokies every September searching high and low for wild American Ginseng. Ginseng is a federally protected endangered species, making the Ginseng harvest incredibly territorial and competitive.
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ABC has a new drama, Sex, Lies and Handwriting. Produced by Lionsgate, the show follows the exploits of Leslie Bold, an accomplished artist and handwriting expert — with her own newspaper column on the subject — who is unexpectedly drawn into the world of crime-solving because of her extraordinary skills. The series is based on the book by Michelle Dresbold.
CBS also has a new drama, The Town. Produced by Warner Bros., the show centers around a young man who starts investigating his parents’ suicide, as he suspects they were murdered, with the entire town being culpable.
A second drama being developed by CBS is The Colony. Produced by CBS Television Studios, the show is about a group of explorers sent to colonize Mars, willing to leave their lives behind to brave the dangers of another planet, and the terrifying reality they discover.
FOX has a new comedic drama in development, Lucifer. Produced by Warner Bros. the show follows a bored and unhappy Lord of Hell. Lucifer resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the glamour of Los Angeles, where he opens an exclusive piano bar called Lux.