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ABC’s ‘Glass House’ Wins Another Round in Legal Battle With CBS — but the Show’s Performance on Air Is Another Story

Jun 27, 2012  •  Post A Comment

ABC’s new reality show “The Glass House” is doing a lot better in the courtroom than it is in the ratings. The series won another key ruling Tuesday in its ongoing legal dispute with CBS, but the Nielsen results for its second outing were even worse than the already weak series premiere.

Deadline.com reports that CBS — which is trying to block the series, saying it’s too much like CBS’s “Big Brother” — was denied its request for a fast discovery process in a key court ruling Tuesday in the CBS lawsuit against “Glass House.” The decision comes after a District Court judge rejected CBS’s request for a restraining order as CBS sought to block the premiere of “Glass House,” as we reported earlier this month.

Magistrate Judge John McDermott said Tuesday in announcing his decision: “In view of the District Court’s ruling, there is no basis for expedited discovery.”

“McDermott’s four page order takes a lot of the urgency out of CBS’s case,” Deadline reports. “In fact, the judge noted that if the dueling networks can’t work out some of the discovery process themselves, CBS can present a new motion after an upcoming scheduling conference.”

“Glass House” premiered June 18 to disappointing ratings — a 1.5 average in viewers 18-49 and 3.98 million total viewers — despite what ABC has described as a $16 million promotional push for the show.

Its second outing fared even worse. Airing at 10 p.m. Monday, “Glass House” managed only a 1.1 average rating in the key 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen final figures — tying a “Hawaii Five-0” repeat on CBS in the time slot and well behind NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” (1.9 average), TVbytheNumbers.com reports. In total viewers, “Glass House” was a distant third with 3.09 million to 5.98 million for the “Five-0” rerun and 5.70 million for “Ninja.”

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  1. Dear CBS: Don’t sweat it. The Glass House is making Big Brother look like a genius program! It’s probably the best thing that ever happened to you!

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