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'A to Z' ratings rise: A new hope?

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A To Z

Could there still be hope for A to Z?

The NBC comedy rose in the ratings Thursday night. A to Z had 3.2 million viewers and a 1.0 rating. That’s up 43 percent from last week’s series-low number. The only problem is 1.0 is still considered too low to survive by broadcast network standards. The freshman comedy’s fellow endangered lead-in Bad Judge (4.2 million, 1.1) also improved, climbing 22 percent. One big caveat: Some NFL premption in Cincinnati inflated these preliminary ratings somewhat, but we’re told A to Z’s climb is big enough to still have some left over when the nationals come in.

Both comedies were quasi-canceled last week NBC, which decided it wasn’t going to order any more epiosdes, but that it would also let the final eight episodes of each show air — which will give network executives some more data and time to potentially change their mind. A to Z executive producer Rashida Jones took to Twitter this week to lobby fans to save the show. See our story from last night about A to Z and how to tell if a show is really canceled.

ABC’s strong drama block all performed within 6 percent of last week. CBS’ comedies were all within 4 percent of last week, with one notable factor: New sitcom The McCarthys (7.4 million, 1.7), while not exactly stunning, notably did not decline for its second episode this week, which is unusual for a show’s second week (CBS also have some NFL preemption, however, so that could change). Also Elementary was up 17 percent from last week’s modest premiere. Fox’s Bones was steady and limited series Gracepoint (3 million, 0.7) fell to a new low. The CW’s Vampire Diaries and Reign tied their all-time lows.