The Bachelorette (ABC), Two and a Half Men R (CBS), The Big Bang Theory R (CBS)
-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):
Last Comic Standing (NBC), The Good Guys (Fox), True Beauty (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, July 12, 2010.
Another Monday of original non-scripted programming led ABC to metered market victory, with a 28 percent advantage over second-place CBS. Third overall was NBC, followed by Fox and The CW. Particularly disappointing for Fox was the fourth-place finish despite airing original episodes of scripted entries Lie to Me (#2: 4.1 rating/7 share) and The Good Guys (#4: 2.5/ 4) from 8-10 p.m., which is poised for disaster on Fridays at 9 p.m. this fall out of relocated Human Target. Chances are that combination will be one of the first changes of the 2010-11 season.
Dominant ABC opened the evening with goofy The Bachelorette, which was above-average at a 6.5/11 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. Take a look at the half-hour breakdown:
The Bachelorette (ABC)
8:00 p.m.: 6.4/11 (#1)
8:30 p.m.: 6.4/10 (#1)
9:00 p.m.: 6.5/10 (#1)
9:30 p.m.: 6.9/11 (#1)
Lead-out True Beauty slipped to a third-place 3.4/ 6 at 10 p.m., with retention of just 49 percent out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of The Bachelorette. Although True Beauty should have no trouble winning the time period among adults 18-49, the weak retention is why it is labeled a “loser.”
Second-place CBS had nothing unusual to report with its encore combination of How I Met Your Mother (#4: 3.3/ 6), Rules of Engagement (#4: 3.4/ 6), Two and a Half Men (#2: 5.4/ 8), The Big Bang Theory (#2: 5.3/ 8) and CSI: Miami (#1: 4.1/ 7). Don’t forget that The Big Bang Theory moves to Thursdays at 8 p.m. this fall, into new William Shatner Comedy $#*! My Dad Says).
Elsewhere, NBC had an uneventful night with its combination of a repeat of America’s Got Talent (#3: 3.6/ 6), summer dud Last Comic Standing (#3: 3.5/ 5), which really needs to end after this installment, and a 10 p.m. edition of Dateline (#2: 3.9/ 7), which is always overused in the summer. And The CW closed the night with repeats of 90210 (#5: 0.7/ 1) and Gossip Girl (#5: 0.5/ 1), which never generate much interest in non-originals.
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). While I am not personally one to endorse revivals, the new show with the greatest chance to succeed is Hawaii Five-O (despite the expected considerable erosion for unproven Mike & Molly out of Two and a Half Men). There is just something about that classic musical opening with the waves in the ocean crashing that just gets you going, so to speak.
The premiere of scripted A&E drama The Glades kicked-off with 3.6 million viewers in the Sunday 10 p.m. hour on July 11, the most-watched original series telecast in the history of the cable network. Results among adults 18-49 (1.2 million) and adults 25-54 (1.4 million) were also a new high for A&E.
-Still Lackluster Kilborn Files:
Twentieth Television test-run talker The Kilborn Files, which is currently airing in seven markets, continues to under-perform with a 0.9 rating/2 share weighted average yesterday (out of a 2.1/ 4 for the lead-in). The year-ago time period average was a 1.8/ 4.
-Covert Affairs (USA, series premiere): 10 p.m. ET
A young multilingual CIA trainee (Piper Perabo) is unexpectedly promoted to field operative due do something from her past that her CSI bosses are after. Christopher Gorham and Peter Gallagher also star.
USA drama Burn Notice, which just snagged an Emmy nomination for Sharon Gless as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, has been sold by Twentieth Television for weekend broadcast syndication effective in fall 2012 in approximately 60 percent of the country. Station groups include the Fox Television Stations, Sinclair and Gray. Burn Notice, to-date, is cleared in nine of the top 10 markets, including WNYW and WWOR in New York, KTTV and KCOP in Los Angeles, WFLD and WPWR in Chicago, WTXF/Philadelphia, WDFW and KDFI in Dallas, WFTX/Boston, WAGA/Atlanta, WTTG and WDCA in Washington, D.C., KRIV and KTXH in Houston and WJBK/Detroit.
-Melina Karakaredes to Exit CSI: NY:
Melina Karakaredes, who has portrayed Det. Stella Bonasera on CSI: NY since its inception in September 2004, is exiting the forensics crime solving drama. Former Sisters star Sela Ward is being considered as a replacement. CSI: NY moved to Fridays at 9 p.m. ET this fall, out of relocated Medium and into new ensemble crime solver Blue Bloods.
-Showtime January Premieres: Showtime will debut new John Wells drama Shameless, with William H. Macy as the patriarch of an unconventional Chicago brood of six kids, on Sunday, Jan. 9 at 10 p.m. ET. One night later, new comedy Episodes, with former Friends star Matt LeBlanc playing himself, will kick-off at 10:30 p.m. (out of the return of Californication at 10 p.m. ET).
-More Rookie Blue:
ABC and Canwest have announced the renewal of Canadian drama Rookie Blue for a second season, with an unspecified number of new episodes for 2011. Compared to ABC’s summer 2009 average in the Thursday 9 p.m. hour (with repeats of Grey’s Anatomy), three weeks to-date Rookie Blue is up by 4.2 million viewers (7.1 million) and 125 percent among adults 18-49 (1.8/ 6).
-Disney Channel Renewal:
Disney Channel has ordered a second season of comedy Good Luck Charlie, plus a holiday themed original movie. In second quarter 2010, Good Luck Charlie ranked as the No. 1 series on television among kids 6-11 and tweens 9-14, with double-digit year-to-year time period gains.
What is the real for name of “Ducky” Mallard on CBS mega-hit NCIS?
The answer to yesterday’s question:
In addition to driving a taxi, Elaine Nardo had a second job on Emmy winning sitcom Taxi. What was it?
Art gallery receptionist
Is: a) Art gallery receptionist. The only employee of New York’s Sunshine Cab Company who seemed to have no career aspirations outside of driving a cab was Judd Hirsch as sensible Alex Rieger.
-Current kudos goes to: Anna Alvord, Mark Amato, Becky Beaty, Barbara Berman, Gerry Bixenspan, Barbara Bloomfield (2x), Lisa Brause, Mitch Burg, Larry Collins, Leslie Creason, Audrey Davis, Josh Emmett, Phyllis Epstein, John Ferlazzo, Michael Fruchtman, Maureen Goldman, Geoffrey Gordon, Michael Grewe, Scott Hamula, Michelle Harrington, Melissa Hodgdon, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Greg Janover, Ken Jobe, Mary Kinoshita, Synda Kollman, Steve Kurtzer, Howard Lieboff, Rick Locke, Melinda Lujan, Patty Lynch, Richard Mann, Debbie Mirr, Jim Moore, Alan Perris, Gordon Purcell, Tracy Reiner, Con Rigg, Colleen Roth, Joe Rubi, Michelle Stanton, Ronnie Tallant