NFL Season-Opener Leads NBC to Victory; Respectable Sampling for The CW’s Nikita
CBS 4.5/ 7
ABC 3.3/ 5
CW 2.6/ 4
Fox 2.4/ 3
-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Thursday, September 10, 2009):
NBC: +30, ABC: +27, CW: - 4, Fox: - 8, CBS: -10
-Percent of Schedule in Repeats: 38
-Number of Days Until Start of the 2010-11 Season: 10
NFL Season Opener: Minnesota at New Orleans (NBC), Big Brother (CBS)
-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):
Rookie Blue (ABC)
It was a ratings touchdown for NBC care of Minnesota at New Orleans on the NFL Football season-opener, which averaged an approximate 17.6 rating/28 share in the overnights for the prime-time portion from 8:30-11 p.m. Comparably, this outdelivered Tennessee at Pittsburgh on the year-ago evening (13.4/22 on Sept. 10, 2009) by an estimated 31 percent. Keep in mind that results for any live sporting event are always approximate. Here is the half-hour breakdown:
Earlier in the evening on NBC was The NFL Kick-Off Show at a dominant 8.5/15 in the overnights in the 8 p.m. half-hour, and a hefty 14.3/24 for the portion that opened the 8:30 p.m. half-hour.
In series-premiere news, CW drama Nikita kicked-off with a fourth-place 2.7/ 4 in the overnights at 9 p.m., building from the season-premiere of lead-in The Vampire Diaries (#5: 2.5/ 4 at 8 p.m.) by eight percent. Comparably, Nikita beat the year-ago season-premiere of former time period occupant Supernatural (2.2/ 4 on Sept. 10, 2009) by 23 percent, and it completely maintained its overnight delivery in the second-half hour. One night earlier, CW drama Hellcats opened with a 2.4/ 4 in the overnights. Overall, this is a good start for Nikita, but The Vampire Diaries did disappoint with slippage of 22 percent from its series-premiere on the year-ago evening (3.2/ 5).
Opposite football, there was little audience left for the competing networks. Third-place ABC aired a repeat of Wipeout (#3: 3.2/ 5) and two episodes of Rookie Blue (including the season-finale at 10 p.m.), which performed as follows:
Rookie Blue (ABC)
9:00 p.m.: 3.5/ 5 (#3)
10:00 p.m.: 3.4/ 6 (#3): season-finale
That season-finale overnight delivery was a series-low for Rookie Blue.
CBS filled the night with the final Thursday installment for the season of Big Brother (#2: 4.9/ 9), which held up well, and repeats of CSI (#2: 3.7/ 6) and The Mentalist (#2: 4.8/ 8). And Fox aired repeats of Bones (#4: 3.1/ 5) and Fringe (#5: 1.8/ 3), which will remain intact next season. Don’t forget that Big Brother concludes for the season next Wednesday, Sept. 15 from 9-11 p.m. (out of the season-premiere of relocated Survivor).
As a reminder, here is what you will be seeing on the broadcast networks on Thursday this fall (with new shows in caps and bolded), followed by the odds of survival for the new series:
Based on the Live Plus Same Day ratings for Wednesday, Sept. 8, the debut of CW drama Hellcats increased from the season-premiere of lead-in America’s Next Top Model, which was down year-to-year, by three percent in total viewers (3.0 million), 26 percent in females 12-34 (2.4/ 7), 23 percent in persons 12-34 (1.6/ 5), 100 percent in female teens (3.2/11) and 91 percent in total teens (2.1/ 7). Hellcats retained 100 percent of its Top Model lead-in among women 18-34 (2.1/6) and adults 18-34 (1.4/4). Comparably, this was the largest non-Top Model performance in the Wednesday 9 p.m. hour in total viewers since Gossip Girl’s debut on Sept. 19, 2007.
-Sons of Anarchy Returns on a Solid Note:
Season three of should-have-been Emmy nominated FX drama Sons of Anarchy opened with 4.13 million viewers and 2.81 million adults 18-49, according to the fast affiliate results, on Monday, September 6. Comparably, this ranks as the third most-watched episode of Sons of the biker-themed drama ever and the most-watched basic cable scripted series in the demo this year to-date. Versus the season two average, Sons of Anarchy built by 13 percent in total viewers (3.67 to 4.13 million) and 10 percent among adults 18-49 (2.56 to 2.81 million).
-Also on FX:
The series-premiere of dramedy Terrier was nothing spectacular, with 1.6 million viewers and 659,000 adults 18-49 in the 10-11:13 p.m. block on Wednesday, Sept. 8. An encore telecast of the pilot will air next Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET out of Sons of Anarchy.
-Final National Ratings in Primetime - Week of August 30:
It was a week of three-way leadership, with CBS first in households, total viewers and adults 25-54; ABC dominant in adults 18-49 (thanks, in part, to annual special The CMA Music Festival); and Fox No. 1 among adults 18-34. CBS has now led in total viewers for 11 out of the last 12 weeks. All five networks were close to year-ago levels or off by minor percentages, with the weekly averages, the top 20 ranked programs, and the top-10 rated basic cable networks as follows:
America’s Got Talent – Tuesday (NBC): 11.50 million, America’s Got Talent – Wednesday (NBC): 10.47, Two and a Half Men R (CBS): 9.14, The Big Bang Theory R (CBS): 8.92, NCIS R (CBS): 8.17, Big Brother – Wednesday (CBS): 7.87, NCIS: Los Angeles R (CBS): 7.84, Big Brother – Sunday (CBS): 7.19, 60 Minutes R (CBS): 7.05, Wipeout – Tuesday (ABC): 6.93, Big Brother – Thursday (CBS): 6.54, Bachelor Pad (ABC): 6.21, Criminal Minds R (CBS): 6.17, Minute to Win It - Wednesday (NBC): 6.15, Law & Order: SVU R (NBC): 6.11, CSI: Miami R (CBS): 6.04, CMA Music Festival (ABC) and CSI: NY R (CBS): 6.01 each, Minute to Win It – Tuesday (NBC): 5.92, Flashpoint (CBS): 5.87
America’s Got Talent – Tuesday (NBC): 3.0 rating/9 share, Big Brother – Wednesday (CBS): 2.9/10, The Big Bang Theory R (CBS): 2.8/ 8, Two and a Half Men R (CBS): 2.6/ 7, America’s Got Talent – Wednesday (NBC): 2.5/ 8, Big Brother – Sunday (CBS): 2.4/ 9, Wipeout – Tuesday (ABC): 2.4/ 8, Big Brother – Thursday (CBS): 2.3/ 7, Bachelor Pad (ABC) and Masterchef (Fox): 2.0/ 6 each, Rules of Engagement R (CBS), Minute to Win It – Wednesday (NBC) and Family Guy R (Fox, Sun. 9:30 p.m.): 1.8/ 6 each, Shaq Vs. (ABC) and Lie to Me R (Fox): 1.8/ 5 each, Family Guy R (Fox, Sun. 9 p.m.): 1.7/ 6, CMA Music Festival (ABC), Minute to Win It – Tuesday (NBC) and How I Met Your Mother R (CBS): 1.7/ each
Top 10 Rated Networks
USA: 2.76 million, ESPN: 2.36, TNT: 2.24, Fox News: 1.83, Nick at Nite: 1.70, TBS: 1.50, Cartoon Network: 1.46, History: 1.38, A&E and MTV: 1.36 each
What follows are the top 20 rated shows in syndication, first-run and off-network, based on households for the week of August 23:
Wheel of Fortune (CBS Television Distribution): 5.8 rating, Jeopardy (CBS): 4.9, Two and a Half Men (Warner Bros.): 4.3, Judge Judy (CBS): 4.2, Entertainment Tonight (CBS) and CSI: NY (CBS): 3.4 each, Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS): 3.1, Family Guy (Twentieth): 3.0, Oprah (CBS): 2.9, The Office (NBC Universal) and Wheel of Fortune – Weekend (CBS): 2.8 each, Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU): 2.7, Inside Edition (CBS) and Seinfeld (Sony Pictures Television): 2.4 each, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC), King of the Hill (Twentieth), Bones (Twentieth), Everybody Loves Raymond – Weekend (CBS), Two and a Half Men – Weekend (Warner Bros.): 2.2 each
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c)The Rockford Files
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