'Duck Dynasty' Season 5 premiere ratings down
- Maybe there is such a thing as bad publicity: "Duck Dynasty" ratings were seriously down for the show's fifth season premiere on Wednesday (Jan. 15). It still snagged a pretty huge 8.5 million viewers at 10 p.m., but it was down a whopping 3.3 million down from last season's premiere, and fell in adults 18-49 as well. The show also came in below its Season 4 average.
- Kendrick Sampson has joined FOX's 10-hour event series "Gracepoint." The remake of the U.K.'s "Broadchurch" has cast "The Vampire Diaries" alum as Dean Iverson, who works shifts oystering and busing tables at his uncle's restaurant and saving money with the hopes of going to community college. [ Deadline]
- HBO is staying in the Bill Maher business. The cable network has ordered a 35-episode Season 13 of "Real Time with Bill Maher," to launch in January 2015. The renewal comes just before the Season 12 premiere on Friday (Jan. 17). In a statement announcing the renewal, Maher said, "It's a pleasure to be returning for a 13th season on HBO. It's something you rarely see in Hollywood: an on-again, on-again relationship."
- CBS has renewed its entire daytime lineup -- "The Price Is Right," "Let's Make a Deal," "The Young and the Restless," "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "The Talk" -- for 2014-15. The "Y&R" pickup is for multiple seasons, running through 2017. Ratings for all five shows are up versus last year.
- The 1966 "Batman" TV show will soon be making its way to home entertainment. Conan O'Brien announced the exciting news on his Twitter account along with a picture of himself in the Batmobile. "Very excited @WBHomeEnt is releasing the Batman '66 Complete TV Series in 2014! The seat smells like Adam West," he tweets.
- Freshman syndicated show "Paternity Court" hit a series high in ratings for the week of Dec. 30. The show delivered a 1.1 household rating for the week, and also hit high marks in women and adults 25-54.
- Jimmy Kimmel is heading to Texas. "Jimmy Kimmel Live" will broadcast five shows from the Lone Star State starting March 10 in Austin during the 18th annual South By Southwest festival.
- Adult Swim has ordered a Season 3 of "China, IL," with production to begin later this year in Los Angeles. After expanding from its original 15-minute episodes to half hour episodes, the animated series, centered around the crazy happenings at the University of China, IL, the worst college in America, saw its second season outperform its premiere season by double digits across all key demos.