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 6, 2009.
CBS continued its Monday overnight winning streak, with a noticeable 27 percent advantage over second-place ABC. Third in the metered markets was NBC, followed by Fox and almost invisible The CW.
CBS was in all repeats with its regularly scheduled line-up of How I Met Your Mother (#2: 3.6 rating/6 share), Rules of Engagement (#2: 3.7/ 6), Two and a Half Men (#1: 6.2/10), The Big Bang Theory (#1: 5.3/ 9) and CSI: Miami (#1: 5.9/10). As I have said countless times (I am a Virgo…we repeat ourselves constantly), moving The Big Bang Theory to 9:30 p.m. will give the Emmy worthy sitcom a definite boost. But it was already fine opening the evening, How I Met Your Mother is not strong enough to anchor it, and upcoming 8:30 p.m. occupant Accidentally On Purpose looks like a generic bore. In other words: CBS should have left Big Bang at 8 p.m. and found a new comedy worthy of the protected 9:30 p.m. slot.
ABC has a typical summer Monday with its non-scripted combination of The Bachelorette (4.6/ 8 from 8-10 p.m.), which built in every half-hour, and sophomore dud Here Come the Newlyweds (#3: 2.8/ 5 at 10 p.m.). Take a look at the half-hour breakdown for The Bachelorette:
The Bachelorette (ABC)
8:00 p.m.: 4.3/ 8 (#1)
8:30 p.m.: 4.5/ 8 (#1)
9:00 p.m.: 4.6/ 8 (#2)
9:30 p.m.: 5.0/ 8 (#2)
NBC aired repeats of Law & Order (#3: 3.4/ 6) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (#3, 3.9/ 6) from 8-10 p.m., followed by Dateline at a second-place 4.1/ 7 in the overnights. NBC’s fortunes on Monday are unlikely to improve next season with fading Heroes moving into the 8 p.m. anchor spot.
Elsewhere, Fox finished a distant fourth as a result of encore telecasts of House (#4: 2.8/ 5) and Lie to Me (#4: 2.5/ 4). And The CW officially flipped its encore combination of One Tree Hill (#5: 0.7/ 1) and Gossip Girl (#5: 0.5/ 1), which did not bode well for sophomore Gossip Girl.
To keep you interested, here is the upcoming Monday schedule for next fall.
Nickelodeon blockbuster iCarly finished second quarter 2009 at the head of the class in all of television (broadcast and cable) among kids 6-11 (1.66 million) and tweens 9-14 (1.49 million). It was also cable’s most-watched kids’ program in total viewers (3.98 million), and the No. 1 live action series based on kids 2-11 (2.17 million). Year to-date, iCarly leads the pack of kids-driven programs in total viewers, kids 2-11, kids 6-11 and teens 9-14.
-Growing Access Hollywood:
Based on the metered market results for the week of June 22, and ignited by the ongoing coverage of Michael Jackson, NBC Universal’s veteran Access Hollywood increased by an average of nine percent over its primary telecast in May 2009. Growth was as much as 45 percent on KRIV in Houston.
8:00 p.m. Movie: Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde (R)
8:00 p.m. 90210 (R)
9:00 p.m. Hitched or Ditched (R)
8:00 p.m. Street Patrol (R)
8:30 p.m. Street Patrol (R)
9:00 p.m. Jail (R)
9:30 p.m. Jail (R)
New Program Descriptions
The Great American Road Trip
Seven families (including one from my home town, Wantagh, New York) take an eight-episode journey on legendary Route 66 in a series of challenges that will result in the “perfect” gift for the last family standing. Comedian Reno Collier hosts.
-Christian Slater Joins Cast of ABC’s The Forgotten:
Christian Slater, who came and quickly went on NBC drama My Own Worst Enemy last fall, has joined the cast of upcoming ABC drama The Forgotten. Slater will play the head of a team of dedicated amateurs who work on murder cases involving unidentified victims. The Forgotten is scheduled for Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET (out of the live Dancing With the Stars Results Show) effective on Sept. 22.
-Another Summer Burn-Off:
Easy Money, the canceled CW drama headlined by former Roseanne star Laurie Metcalf and produced by Media Rights Capital, will return on Sunday, July 26 at 7 p.m. to burn-off its four unaired episodes.
-Brad Garrett to Develop Animated Series:
Current ‘Til Death star Brad Garrett (yes…that show is still on the air!) is developing and providing his voice for a half-hour adult themed animated series for Sony Pictures Television called Dumb Bunny and Jackass. The series, which is targeted to cable, will follow the lives of the two has-been cartoon characters.
Brad Garrett is getting animated. also produced by Sony TV.
Today marks the day that cable net Sci Fi Channel officially becomes Syfy.
-TCM’s Summer Under the Stars:
Mr. TV’s favorite cable network, TCM, has announced the seventh edition of the annual Summer Under the Stars Marathon, which dedicates each of the 31 days in August to the movies of a different star. First-run franchises The Essentials, hosted by Robert Osborne and Alec Baldwin; and The Essentials, Jr., hosted by John Lithgow, will continue within the themed programming days. Stars featured in the upcoming marathon are scheduled as follows: