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Rick Porter

Television Writer

Rick Porter joined The Hollywood Reporter in 2018 and covers TV ratings and measurement, deals, renewals and cancellations and other aspects of the business. He was previously editor of TV by the Numbers and associate editor at Tribune Media's Zap2it.

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‘John Mulaney: Baby J’ Debuts on Streaming Charts

John Mulaney’s first stand-up comedy special in five years got off to a solid start on Netflix. The special, John Mulaney: Baby J, gathered 379 million minutes of viewing for the week of April 24-30, ranking 10th among original series (it premiered on April 25). It’s the second stand-up special to make the Nielsen streaming […]

CBS and Fox Share 2022-23 Ratings Title as On-Air Viewing Continues to Slip

CBS is marking its 15th consecutive season as the most watched broadcast network, and Fox claimed the 2022-23 season among adults 18-49. Each of the seven top broadcasters, however, lost some on-air audience amid the ongoing shift from linear to streaming viewing. CBS finished the September-to-May season, which officially wrapped Wednesday night, with a primetime […]

‘Chicago Med’ Star on Surprise Return in Season 8 Finale

[This story contains spoilers for “Does One Door Close and Another One Open?,” the season eight finale of Chicago Med.] Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) has been chafing under newly profit-centered management of the Gaffney Chicago Medical Center since Jack Dayton (Sasha Roiz) took control of the hospital. The season eight finale of Chicago Med […]

‘The Family Stallone’ Renewed at Paramount+

Sylvester Stallone knows a thing or two about sequels, from the Rocky and Rambo franchises to The Expendables and a forthcoming Cliffhanger reboot. The latest follow-up on the three-time Oscar nominee’s résumé is a second season of The Family Stallone, the Paramount+ reality series featuring Stallone; his wife, Jennifer Flavin Stallone; and their daughters Sophia, […]

‘Ted Lasso’ Confronts Parental Issues in ‘Mom City’

[This story contains spoilers for “Mom City,” the 11th episode of Ted Lasso’s third season.] So Ted’s going home, right? It’s the story Ted Lasso has been building this whole season. Ted (Jason Sudeikis) began his third go-round with AFC Richmond wondering what he’s still doing in London while his son is 4,000-plus miles away, […]

‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Reveals Familiar Face in Season 2 Finale

[This story contains spoilers for the second-season finale of NCIS: Hawai’i.] The season two finale of NCIS: Hawai’i introduced — or rather, reintroduced — a character who will join the cast next season. In the episode, Jane Tennant (Vanessa Lachey) and Kate Whistler (Tori Anderson) find themselves under attack in Venezuela — until an unseen ally comes […]

‘Big Brother’ Gets Later Start Date as CBS Plots Strike Insurance

CBS will start its original summer shows later than usual — with an eye toward shoring up the fall should labor actions in the industry delay production on scripted series. The network has set dates for the 25th season of Big Brother, the second season of The Challenge: USA and the third installment of Secret […]

‘NCIS: LA’ Showrunner on Giving the Team a “Happily Ever After” in Series Finale

[This story contains spoilers for “New Beginnings, Part 2,” the series finale of NCIS: Los Angeles.] The Office of Special Projects wrapped up one final case in Sunday’s series finale of NCIS: Los Angeles — but that was really not the core of the episode. In fact, showrunner R. Scott Gemmill said, the final case — in […]

‘The Diplomat’ Premieres at No. 1 on Streaming Chart

Netflix’s The Diplomat negotiated its way to the top of the streaming charts for its opening week. The drama starring Keri Russell drew 1.3 billion minutes of viewing in the United States for the week of April 17-23 (the series premiered April 20). It finished a little bit ahead of Love Is Blind (1.22 billion minutes) […]

How Networks Faced (or Ignored) the Writers Strike in Their Fall Plans

Four of the five English-language broadcast networks have set their schedules for the start of the 2023-24 TV season. Or, more accurately, they’ve announced schedules: ABC fully acknowledged that the Writers Guild of America strike might mean an absence of scripted shows in the fall. CBS and NBC, meanwhile, chose — to varying degrees — to hope […]

The CW Outlines New Approach to Scripted Development: “It’s a Mix of Everything”

As The CW cut away most of its scripted series over the past two seasons, then built up its 2023-24 schedule with a number of series that originated elsewhere, a narrative took hold: The network, under new owners Nexstar, was looking for inexpensive programming to fill its lineup and abandoning homegrown original series to chase […]

The CW Sets Acquisition-Heavy 2023-24 Schedule

The CW has released its schedule for 2023-24 — its first since local TV giant Nexstar took controlling ownership of the network — and as expected, it’s light on homegrown shows and features a number of series that began their lives elsewhere. All American will lead off the week (pending resolution of the writers strike) in its […]