ABC Unveils Next Round of Dancing With the Stars Contestants


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:


Ratings Box:

What's Hot/What's Not
On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options
TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest

TV Trivia Time:

Making a Living in Hooterville

Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:

CBS Wins Despite a Night of All Encores 

Monday 8/30/10



CBS  4.8/ 8
ABC 3.9/ 6
NBC 3.6/ 6
Fox    3.4/ 5
CW    0.5/ 1

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Monday, August 31, 2009):

Fox: +21, CBS: - 6, ABC: -15, NBC: -16, CW: -29


-Number of Days Until Start of 2010-11 Season: 20

-Yesterday’s Winners:  

Two and a Half Men R (CBS), The Big Bang Theory R (CBS)

-Honorable Mention:
Bachelor Pad (ABC), Lie to Me (Fox)

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Dating in the Dark (ABC)


Note: The fast affiliate results for Monday will be posted at PIFeedback by 12 p.m. ET. Go to the website, click on Ratings Box (the first category), then Last Night’s Results, and Monday, August 30, 2010.   

-Ratings Breakdown:

A night of repeats was still enough for CBS to win this final Monday in August in the overnights, with a 23 percent advantage over second-place ABC. But the race among adults 18-49 could be neck-and-neck between the two. Third overall was NBC, followed by Fox and more repeats on lowly The CW.


ABC’s Bachelor Pad opened the evening on a winning note, with a dominant 4.6 rating/8 share in the overnights from 8-9 p.m. But from 9-10 p.m. a 4.6/ 7 was good enough for second (behind encore telecasts of CBS’ Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory). Overall, Bachelor Pad averaged a 4.6/ 7 from 8-10 p.m., with the consistent half-hour breakdown as follows:


Bachelor Pad (ABC)

8:00 p.m.: 4.7/ 8 (#1)

8:30 p.m.: 4.5/ 7 (#1)

9:00 p.m.: 4.5/ 7 (#2)

9:30 p.m.: 4.7/ 7 (#2)


While certainly no blockbuster, results in season one are strong enough to warrant a second season of Big Brother-like Bachelor Pad. Bachelor Pad led into Dating in the Dark, which dipped to a last-place 2.7/ 4 in the overnights at 10 p.m. Comparably, retention out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of Bachelor Pad was only 57 percent.


Dominant CBS aired encore telecasts of How I Met Your Mother (#3: 3.7/ 6), Rules of Engagement (#2: 4.0/ 6), Two and a Half Men (#1: 6.4/10), The Big Bang Theory (#1: 6.2/ 9) and CSI: Miami (#1: 4.3/ 7), which is already airing in its new Sunday 10 p.m. time period (and is generating very little interest to-date in repeats). The Big Bang Theory moves to its new Thursday 8 p.m. half-hour with an encore telecast on Sept. 16. And, speaking of Leonard, Sheldon and company, congratulations to Jim Parsons for his well deserved Emmy victory.


Elsewhere, a repeat of NBC’s overused America’s Got Talent averaged a 3.5/ 6 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m., leading into a 10 p.m. edition of newsmagazine Dateline at a second-place 3.9/ 7. Former America’s Got Talent judge David Hasselhoff has a new gig: Dancing With the Stars contestant. For more, see TV Tidbits below.


Fox aired a repeat of House (#4: 2.8/ 4) and an original installment of drama Lie To Me, which perked up to a third-place 4.0/ 6 at 9 p.m. Comparably, growth for Lie to Me out of the 8:30 p.m. portion of the House encore (2.9/ 4) was a noticeable 38 percent. And The CW closed the night with repeats of 90210 (#5: 0.6/ 1) and Gossip Girl (#5: 0.4/ 1), which just does not have any repeat value.


As a reminder, here is what you will be seeing on the networks on Monday this fall (with the new shows capped and in bold), followed by the odds of survival for the new series:


8:00 p.m.: Dancing With the Stars (two hours)

10:00 p.m.: Castle


8:00 p.m.: How I Met Your Mother

8:30 p.m.: Rules of Engagement

9:00 p.m. Two and a Half Men

9:30 p.m. MIKE & MOLLY

10:00 p.m.: HAWAII FIVE-O


8:00 p.m.: Chuck

9:00 p.m.: THE EVENT

10:00 p.m.: CHASE


8:00 p.m.: House

9:00 p.m. LONESTAR


8:00 p.m. 90210 (new day)

9:00 p.m.: Gossip Girl


Odds of Survival (based on 1-1 to 10-1):

-Hawaii Five-O (CBS): 3-1

-The Event (NBC): 4-1

-Mike & Molly (CBS): 5-1

-Chase (NBC): 8-1

-Lonestar (Fox): 8-1

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

Ratings Box:

What's Hot/What's Not


-The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Dominates on Sunday:

It was not a record performance by any means. But The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC Sunday finished first for the evening with 13.50 million viewers and a 4.1 rating among adults 18-49, according to preliminary time zone-adjusted “fast national” Live Plus Same Day viewing figures. Although this performance is on par with one year earlier (Viewers: 13.47 million; A18-49: 4.2), The Emmys faced The New York Giants vs. Dallas on Sunday Night Football on NBC on Sept. 20, 2009. Moving the ceremony up one week was, no doubt, not beneficial to NBC. 


-Continued Lackluster Results for The Huckabee Show:

Five weeks into its six week test run on seven Fox stations (WNYW/New York, KDFW/Dallas, WFXT/Boston, WAGA/Atlanta, WJBK/Detroit, WTVT/Tampa and KMSP/Minneapolis), Twentieth Television talker The Huckabee Show remains stalled at the gate. Based on the weighted household average from July 26 through August 27, The Huckabee Show is averaging a mere 0.7 rating/3 share (out of a 1.4/ 5 for the lead-in average). The year-ago (August 2009) time period was a 0.9/ 3.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options

 8:00 p.m. President Obama Address
 8:30 p.m. Wipeout
 9:30 p.m. Shaq Vs.

10:30 p.m. Primetime: Crime (season premiere)

 8:00 p.m. President Obama Address
 8:30 p.m. NCIS (R)
 9:30 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (R)

10:30 p.m. The Good Wife (R)

 8:00 p.m. President Obama Address
 8:30 p.m. Minute to Win It  
 9:30 p.m. America’s Got Talent (two hours)
 8:00 p.m. President Obama Address
 8:30 p.m. Glee (R)
 9:30 p.m. Glee (R)
 8:00 p.m. Plain Jane (R)

 9:00 p.m. Life Unexpected (R)


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


-Competing on Dancing With the Stars Next Season:

After weeks of rumors, the official list of celebrity contestants on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, which returns on Monday, Sept. 20, has been announced. They are (in alphabetical order) singer Michael Bolton, singer and actress Brandy, comedian Margaret Cho, NBA Champion Rick Fox, Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey, David Hasselhoff, Brady Bunch Mom Florence Henderson, Disney Channel star Kyle Massey, Bristol Palin, reality star Audrina Patridge, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino from Jersey Shore, and NFL quarterback Kurt Warner. That’s right…there is finally a Brady competing on Dancing With the Stars! As for The Situation, click here for something worth rereading.


-Reader Feedback:

Here is what Nate, our favorite blogger, had to say about the Dancing With the Stars announcement:


“Why is Bristol Palin considered one of the "stars" in the upcoming season?  Her only claim to fame is that she is the daughter of a Governor who ran for Vice President, and that she had a child with an ex-boyfriend at a young age.  She doesn't even have the appeal that Kate Gosselin had last season.  This show is supposed to be about glamour isn't it?  In my opinion this show is becoming "Dancing with the Tabloid Stars.” Based on the last few seasons, next season they will probably have either former Gov. Elliot Spitzer, Rielle Hunter, Elin Woods or former Gov. Rod Blagojevich as a cast member!


For more on the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars, listen to today’s PIPodcast at


-Casting News:

Former The Riches star Eddie Izzard will have a recurring role on Showtime comedy The United States of Tara in the upcoming third season. He’ll play Tara’s psychology professor who becomes fascinated with her condition. And former 7th Heaven Dad Stephen Collins will have double duty on ABC next season as a co-star on upcoming Tuesday 8 p.m. drama No Ordinary Family and a guest star on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters. He will play the new love interest for Ron Rifkin’s Saul in the fourth episode of the Sally Field family drama. 


TV Trivia Time:

Making a Living in Hooterville

What did Steve Elliot do for a living on feel-good sitcom Petticoat Junction?

auto mechanic
county clerk
crop duster
The answer to the last question:

Who will be guest starring as Sue Sylvester’s mother on Fox’s Glee this coming season?

Carol Burnett
Florence Henderson
Shirley Jones
Rose Marie
Sally Struthers

Is: a) Carol Burnett. Carol will certainly have plenty to say as Mama Sylvester. 


-Current kudos goes to:
Don Abel, Suzanne Ackley, Steve Albright, Mark Amato, Gerry Bixenspan, Kimay Bloch, Barbara Bloomfield, Jordan Breslow, Barri Bronston, Larry Collins, Kay Copeland, Audrey Davis, Scott Dickson, Andy Ehlen, Holly Escobar, John Ferlazzo, Stephen Ferrara, Arleen Fong, Laura Forman, Maureen Goldman, Shannon Herlihy, John Hezlep, Amy Horowitz, Kerry Hughes, Shelly Johnson, Deb Kainer, Kristopher Koller, Synda Kollman, Steven Kurtzer,Katie Kuyper, Melinda Lujan, Patty Lynch, Michael McRay, Keith Marder, Tricia McGee, Lisa Menin, Richard Merten, Tom Mertes, Debbie Mirr, Bill Nuss, Aaron Paquette, Pat Patton, Sandra Pettway, Gordon Purcell, Arthur Reinstein, Lisa Tatum-Roehrig,
Alan Rosenfeld, Colleen Roth, Christina Schrenk, Sonya Shaw, David Shearer, Michelle Stanton, Ronnie Tallant, Carol Teichman, Myndi Weinraub, Tammy Wiard, Abbott Wool