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The Chase Is Back On… On Saturdays

CHASE -- "Narco" Part 2 Episode 113 -- Pictured: Kelli Giddish as Annie Frost -- Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC

“Boots” is back! For a short spell, at least.

NBC’s Chase — starring Kelli Giddish as kick-ass U.S. Marshal Annie Frost — will finish out its freshman run of episodes starting … READ MORE

TVLine Items: NBC Cuts Chase, Castle Soaps Up, and Other TV News to Know


And Kelli Giddish fans live to mourn another day….

NBC has officially pulled Chase from its lineup after weeks up plummeting ratings, most recently in its new Wednesdays-at-9 time slot. (A solid Minute to Win It lead-in couldn’t even boost their numbers.) But at least Chase isn’t alone

Ratings: Idol Premiere Takes Biggest Drop Yet

AMERICAN IDOL: New York / New Jersey: Tiffany Rios, 21, from Nutley, NJ. performs in front of the judges on AMERICAN IDOL Wednesday, Jan. 19 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Becker / FX.

The arrival of American Idol‘s much anticipated Season 10 drew 26.2 million total viewers, soundly crushing all comers. (Read Michael Slezak’s recap here.) A mighty haul, it nonetheless represents the hit reality series’ biggest slide between seasons (down 13 percent).

Similarly, Idol‘s 9.7 rating in the 18-to-49 demo marks the show’s lowest-rated premiere since its summer 2002 birth.

That said, Fox notes that Idol‘s opener A) was up 18 percent from the Season 9 finale, and B) bested its combined four network rivals by 47 percent in the demos. Zounds.

Elsewhere on Wednesday night … READ MORE

NBC Cuts Order For Freshman Show Chase To 18


NBC has reduced the order to freshman procedural Chase by four episodes, from a full-season 22 to 18.

Chase, from Warner Bros. TV and Bruckheimer TV, was the lowest-rated NBC series to snag a full-season pickup last month but many believed …READ MORE

NBC Sked Shakeup: Parenthood Moves, Parks and Rec Returns, and More!

NBC just announced a slew of midseason scheduling changes (in addition to a sixth season pickup for 30 Rock). Here’s the most important stuff.

· New superhero series The Cape will premiere with a two-hour episode on Sunday, Jan. 9 before moving into its regular Monday-9 p.m. time period the following week. Rookie drama The Event returns on Feb. 28.

· David E. Kelley’s latest legal drama, Harry’s Law, replaces ratings-challenged action thriller Chase Mondays at 10 p.m. beginning Jan. 17. Chase will relocate to Wednesdays-at-9, where it will lead into Law & Order: SVU (now at 10 p.m.).

· Parenthood will shift to Mondays at 10 p.m. (replacing Harry’s Law) beginning March 7.

· Law & Order: Los Angeles will assume Parenthood’s Tuesday perch beginning Feb. 8.

· As first reported by EW, the Peacock is going with an all-comedy lineup on Thursdays beginning Jan. 20. Community will continue to kick off the night at 8 p.m., followed by the new sitcom Perfect Couples at 8:30, The Office at 9, the return of Parks and Recreation (woo-hoo!) at 9:30, just-renewed 30 Rock at 10, and Outsourced at 10:30.

· The second season of The Marriage Ref will launch on Sunday, March 6, where it will lead into a new cycle of Celebrity Apprentice.

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