I Get That a Lot (CBS), The 36th Annual People’s Choice Awards (CBS), Law & Order: SVU (NBC), Modern Family (ABC)
The Middle (ABC), Cougar Town (ABC)
-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats)
The Jay Leno Show (NBC), Ugly Betty (ABC)
CBS led the Wednesday overnight troops, with a first-place finish in every half-hour care of its combination of special I Get That a Lot (5.8/ 9 at 8 p.m.), which built by 23 percent over the most recent original performances of regularly scheduled sitcoms The New Adventures of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried (4.6/ 8 each on Dec. 17), and The 36th Annual People’s Choice Awards (7.7/12 from 9-11 p.m.). Comparably, The People’s Choice Awards, which looked and felt considerably younger last night, built by 18 percent from its year-ago overnight performance (6.5/10 on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009). Here is the half-hour breakdown:
The 36th Annual People’s Choice Awards
9:00 p.m.: 7.5/12
9:30 p.m.: 7.4/11
10:00 p.m.: 8.4/13
10:30 p.m.: 7.4/13
Scroll down to TV Tidbits for a complete listing of the winners in television.
Second-place NBC had a typical Wednesday with its line-up of dramas Mercy (#3: 4.4/ 7) and Law & Order: SVU (#2: 6.8/11) and failing The Jay Leno Show (#3: 3.6/ 6). Worth positively noting for Law & Order: SVU was growth out of the 8:30 p.m. portion of Mercy (4.3/ 7) of a hefty 58 percent. As reported yesterday, Academy Award nominee Sharon Stone will be appearing in an upcoming four episode arc of SVU.
Elsewhere, two episodes of worthy ABC sitcom The Middle were above-average, with an average (and second-place) 4.9/ 8 in the overnights from 8-9 p.m. That led into the best new comedy of the season, Modern Family (#2: 5.7/ 9), which always scores among adults 18-49, and Cougar Town (#3: 5.1/ 8), which reunited Courtney Cox and guest star Lisa Kudrow for the first time since Friends. The ongoing growth for Modern Family out of The Middle makes it a “winner.” All was not well, however, on ABC, with the 10 p.m. time period-premiere of recent Friday occupant Betty at a mere 3.8/ 6 at 10 p.m. Comparably, that finished a distant second behind The People’s Choice Awards, with 75 percent retention out of lead-in Cougar Town.
Fox aired two more encore telecasts of People’s Choice winner Glee (#4, average 2.5/ 4 from 8-10 p.m.), and The CW closed the night with repeats of One Tree Hill (#5: 0.8/ 1) and Gossip Girl (#5: 0.5/ 1). ANd there you have it…that’s Wednesday.
Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)
What’s Hot/What’s Not
-Record Week for Lifetime Movie Network:
Lifetime Movie Network (LMN), the number two-rated women’s cable network (behind parent Lifetime), opened the New Year with its most-watched week ever. Based on final national total day ratings for the week of Dec. 28, LMN reached a new zenith in households (514,000), total viewers (654,000), women 18-49 (177,000) and women 25-54 (211,000).
-Top-Rated Nickelodeon: Also based on the week of Dec. 28, and led by SpongeBob SquarePants, the top-rated telecast of the week, Nickelodeon finished as the top-rated basic cable network in total day in total viewers (2.9 million), kids 2-11 (1.6 million), kids 6-11 (986,000) and tweens 9-14 (709,000). Nick Jr., meanwhile, kicked-off 2010 with 631,000 total viewers – its most-watched week ever.
-Updated Cable Rankings:
What follows are the top 10 rated basic cable networks in prime-time for the holiday week of December 28. Results for ESPN were ignited by the 17.01 million viewers who watched the Vikings/Bears football match-up on Monday. ESPN, in fact, held the top 7 spots this week.
Full Color Football: The History of the American Football League, a five-part series, will air on NFL Network beginning this Friday, Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. ET. Originally telecast on Showtime, the series will profile the personalities, teams and news events of the league, and will feature new introductions by broadcaster John Madden.
-People’s Choice Award Winners:
Awards season officially kicked-off last night care of The People’s Choice Awards, which was telecast live on CBS from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Top honors in television were awarded as follows:
Favorite Talk Show: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndication)
Favorite TV Comedy: The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Favorite TV Drama: House (Fox)
Favorite TV Obsession: True Blood (HBO)
Favorite TV Competition Show: American Idol (Fox)
Favorite Sci-Fi Fantasy Show: Supernatural (CW)
Favorite New TV Comedy: Glee (Fox)
Favorite New TV Drama: The Vampire Diaries (CW)
Favorite Animal Show: Dog Whisperer (National Geographic)
Favorite TV Comedy Actor: Steve Carrell (The Office, NBC)
Favorite TV Comedy Actress: Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother, CBS)
Favorite TV Drama Actor: Hugh Laurie (House, Fox)
Favorite TV Drama Actress: Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy, ABC)
For a complete listing of all the winners (including movies and music), click here.
CBS has unveiled the list of 20 former contestants returning to compete on the new season of long-running Survivor, themed Heroes vs. Villains. It opens on Thursday, Feb. 11, one week after clips special Surviving Survivor. Here is who will be returning, with the season they appeared on in parentheses.
Rupert Boneham (Pearl Islands and All-Stars)
James Clement (China)
Colby Donaldson (Australia, All-Stars)
Cirie Fields (Panama, Micronesia)
Amanda Kimmel (China, Micronesia)
Jessica “Sugar” Kiper (Gabon)
Stephenie LaGrossa (Palau, Guatemala)
James “JT” Thomas, Jr. (Tocantins)
Tom Westman (Palau)
Candice Woodcock (Cook Islands)
Tyson Apostol (Cook Islands)
Randy Bailey (Tocantins)
Danielle DiLorenzo (Panama)
Russell Hantz (Samoa)
Jerri Mathey (Australia, All-Stars)
Rob Mariano (Marquesas, All-Stars)
Parvati Shallow (Cook Islands, Micronesia)
Sandra Diaz-Twine (Pearl Islands)
Benjamin “Coach” Wade (Tocantins)
Courtney Yates (China)
Unfortunately, not a single contest from that classic first season is included. Although freshman season winner Richard Hatch was not available, what about runner-up Kelly Wigglesworth, Rudy Boesch, Sue Hawk, Gervase Peterson or Colleen Haskell? Also noticeably missing is Michael Skupin, who has never been given a second chance since his injury in Australia, mastermind Rob Cesternino, good guy Ethan Zohn, angry Judd Sergeant and liar extraordinaire “Jonny Fairplay.” As for Sandra Diaz-Twine as one of the villains, didn’t she plain an honest, clean game? For more on my thoughts, listen to today’s PIPodcast at www.marcberman.tv.
Which one of the following series will be reaching its 100th episode milestone next week?
c)How I Met Your Mother
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Which one of the following movies was never spun-off into a TV series?
a)The Bad News Bears
c)Freebie and the Bean
d)Going My Way
e)The Wild Bunch
Is: e) The Wild Bunch, which was a 1969 theatrical starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine and Robert Ryan. According to one of our resident experts, Bob Ingersoll:
-The Bad News Bears was a CBS sitcom starring Jack Warden that aired from 1979-80.
-Breaking Away was a short-lived ABC show in 1980 with Barbara Barrie, Jackie Earle Haley, and John Ashton reprising their roles from the movie. Shaun Cassidy starred.
-Freebie and the Bean was another short-lived show from 1980, this one on CBS with Tom Mason and Hector Elizando.
-Going My Way was turned into a TV show almost 20 years after the movie (1962 on ABC) with Gene Kelley in the Bing Crosby role and Leo G. Carroll in the Barry Fitzgerald role.
-Current kudos goes to: Steve Albright, Laurie Biddle, Gerry Bixenspan, Barbara Bloomfield, Mavis Chow, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Kristin Conner, Josh Emmett, Phyllis Epstein, Arleen Fong, Maureen Goldman, Peter Grad, Brian Holland, Michael Holland, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Deb Kainer, Mary Kalnin, Synda Kollman, Mark Krause, Steve Kurtzer, Patty Lynch, Debbie Mirr, Jim Moore, Anne Moynihan, Michael Murphy, Tony Naldrett, Frank Nicotero, Bill Nuss, Alan Perris (2x), Colleen Roth, Joe Rubi, David Ruckman, Ron Salmon, Maxine Schulman, Russell Schwartz, Andrew Stearn, Mike Woolley, Ted Zavales