TV Column: CBS giving ‘Golden Boy’ a longer run at Tuesday night time slot


Walter Clark, left, played by Theo James, and Christian Arroyo, played by Kevin Alejandro, in “Golden Boy.” (JoJo Whilden/CBS)
March 7, 2013

If you’re a fan of Dennis Quaid in a 10-gallon hat, on a horse, with a gun, and a scowl — or of Michael Chiklis in full ’60s “Sin City” mobster gear — start looking for their CBS series “Vegas” on Friday nights starting next month.

That’s because they’ve been deposed from their Tuesday-at-10 p.m. time slot by that ambitious cop destined to become the youngest police commissioner in New York City history who stars in “Golden Boy.” He’s played by Theo James — that guy who died in Lady Mary Crawley’s bed on “Downton Abbey.”

James’s “Golden Boy” got a major endorsement Thursday from CBS. The midseason series was supposed to get two tryouts at 10 on Tuesdays — a.k.a. “NCIS” Night — after which the plan was to ship it to Fridays.

Well, “Golden Boy” had those two tryouts (last week and this) and, after seeing the ratings, CBS suits have handed the show the keys to the time slot for the rest of the season.

“Golden Boy” still will air this coming Friday as planned, just to keep it humble. Then it heads back to Tuesday.

In its two Tuesday broadcasts, “Golden Boy” didn’t actually burn up any ratings turf, averaging nearly 10 million viewers and a 1.7 rating among 18- to 49-year-olds, who are the currency of CBS ad sales.

But with ABC’s “Body of Proof” coming in flat-ish in the time slot and NBC’s “Smash” a ratings wreck, “Golden Boy” managed to win its hour both of the Tuesdays it aired.

Since the time-slot competition isn’t expected to get any stiffer the rest of the season, “Golden Boy” will get good sampling, following “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

Meanwhile, “Vegas” migrates to Fridays where, coincidentally, it will pair with “Blue Bloods” — the CBS series about the oldest New York police commissioner in CBS history, Francis Reagan, played by Tom Selleck.

“Vegas” and “Blue Bloods” have lots in common: Both are high on viewer tonnage but low on younger-skewing viewers. CBS can monetize that on Friday nights.

“Vegas” doesn’t actually start on Fridays at 9 until April 5, which is when CBS’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament coverage will have wrapped.

CBS plans to air the remaining six episodes of “Vegas” on consecutive Friday nights.

Behar to exit ‘View’

Joy Behar announced late Thursday that she will leave the daytime talker “The View.”

The contract for the comic — who is the last original cast member of the show besides Barbara Walters — is coming up in August. Behar has been with the show nearly 17 years.

“It seemed like the right time,” Behar announced via an interview she gave to Deadline.com.

“I do like talk shows, I’m interested in talking to people,” she said. “I want to do an intelligent talk show where you have room to breath[e].”

Behar was recently seen having what she described to Deadline as a “positive” meeting with new CNN chief Jeff Zucker, who has been aggressively recruiting on-air talent to the ratings-challenged cable network, recently hiring Jake Tapper and Chris Cuomo, among others.

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