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THE PROGRAMMING INSIDER
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
 

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:

Missing Dukes

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Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:

ABC Wins; Dominance Up For Grabs Among Adults 18-49   

Monday 11/09/09
 

              HH
          Rtg/Shr

ABC   9.6/15
CBS    7.5.12
Fox     5.5/ 8
NBC   3.1/ 5
CW     1.5/ 2
 
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-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Monday, Nov. 10, 2008):

Fox: +62, ABC and CBS: + 1 each, NBC: -22, CW: -29

 
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-Yesterday’s Winners:  

Dancing With the Stars (ABC), Two and a Half Men (CBS), The Big Bang Theory (CBS), House (Fox), CSI: Miami (CBS)

 

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Heroes (NBC), One Tree Hill (CW), Trauma (NBC), Gossip Girl (CW), The Jay Leno Show (NBC)

 
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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, November 9, 2009.   

 
 
-Ratings Breakdown:

ABC danced its way to another metered market Monday victory, with a 28 percent advantage over second-place CBS. But leadership among adults 18-49 is up for grabs. Third overall was Fox, followed by struggling NBC and The CW, which rarely resonates in the overnights. 

 

Another two-hour installment of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars finished first for the evening, with an 11.0 rating/16 share from 8-10 p.m., and growth in every half-hour as follows:

 
Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
8:00 p.m.: 10.4/16 (#1)
8:30 p.m.: 11.0/16 (#1)
9:00 p.m.: 11.1/16 (#1)
9:30 p.m.: 11.7/17 (#1)
 

From the judges’ standpoint, Aaron Carter should be safe tonight. But since the fans, no doubt, have not supported him, my pick to bid adieu this evening is indeed Aaron. As for surprising Kelly Osbourne, why haven’t Mama Sharon and Papa Ozzy been there in recent weeks to support their daughter?

 

Dancing With the Stars led into Castle, which finished second behind CBS’ CSI Miami (9.4/16) with a 6.7/12 in the overnights at 10 p.m.. Comparably, retention for Castle out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of Dancing With the Stars was 60 percent.

 

CBS had what you would call a typical Monday with its combination of How I Met Your Mother (#3: 5.0/ 8), which always delivers among adults 18-49, Accidentally on Purpose (#3: 4.7/ 7), which was recently picked up for five additional episodes, Two and a Half Men (#2: 8.7/13), compatible The Big Bang Theory (#2: 7.8/12) and aforementioned CSI: Miami (#1: 9.4/16). CSI: Miami featured part one of the three episode CSI franchise crossover of Laurence Fishburne this week.

 

Next was Fox care of House (#2: 6.8/10), which has a lock for dominance in the 8 p.m. hour among adults 18-49, and 9 p.m. time period warmer Lie To Me (#3: 4.4/ 7). 

 

Elsewhere, NBC continues to open the week on a depressed note with its failing line-up of aging Heroes (#4: 3.1/ 5), canceled medical drama Trauma (#4: 3.1/ 5) and struggling The Jay Leno Show (#3: 3.0/ 5), which deserves to be canceled immediately but that would leave NBC with five hours to fill in primetime. Last was CW combo One Tree Hill (1.6/ 2) and Gossip Girl (1.5/ 2), which compared to their year-ago overnight performances (in reverse) were down by an average of 29 percent. Based on the overnights, yes…they are “losers.” But note the 30.0 percent DVR usage for Gossip Girl in the chart below for the week of Oct. 19. 

 

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

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Ratings Box:

What's Hot/What's Not

 
-Season High Smallville:

The CW’s veteran Smallville is still down from one year earlier when it anchored Thursday. But its performance in the Friday 8 p.m. hour on Nov. 6 rose to a season-high in total viewers (2.63 million), adults 18-49 (1.2 rating/4 share) and women 18-34 (1.1/ 4). Comparably, The CW scored its best performance in the time period in total viewers and adults 18-49 since Sept. 2008.

 

-Live Plus 7 Day Ratings – Week of Oct. 19, 2009:

Week five of the Live Plus 7 Day Ratings, which include DVR usage, have been released.  Grey’s Anatomy on ABC continues to gain the most number of additional viewers, with 2.65 million (representing 17.6 percent). But based on percentage, Fox Friday occupant Dollhouse, which is on hiatus until December, leads the pack at 40 percent (2.09 to 2.93 million). Second based on percentage is The CW’s Melrose Place (30.01 percent), followed by The CW’s Gossip Girl (30.0 percent), The CW’s Smallville (26.8 percent), The CW’s 90210 (26.2 percent), NBC’s The Office (23.8 percent), Fox’s Glee (23.4 percent) and NBC’s Heroes (23.3 percent). 

 

Mirroring all season, Thursday has the highest concentration of DVR usage (4 of the top 10 programs this week), and The CW has the most number of shows with the greatest percent usage. Live sports and five ongoing nights of NBC’s The Jay Leno Show continue to fare poorly in both benchmarks. 

 

Here are the top 30 programs in total viewers based on DVR usage for the week of Oct. 19:

 

1.      Grey’s Anatomy (ABC): 15.08 to 17.73 million (+2.65 million) – 17.6 percent

2.      The Office (NBC): 8.74 to 10.82 million (+2.08 million) – 23.8 percent

3.      Criminal Minds (CBS): 14.27 to 16.28 million (+2.01 million) – 14.1 percent

4.      The Big Bang Theory (CBS): 13.48 to 15.40 million (+1.92 million) – 14.3 percent

5.      Private Practice (ABC): 9.95 to 11.87 million (+1.92 million) – 19.3 percent

6.      FlashForward (ABC): 9.88 to 11.69 million (+1.81 million) – 18.3 percent

7.      NCIS (CBS): 21.62 to 23.04 million (+1.76 million) – 8.3 percent

8.      Desperate Housewives (ABC): 14.16 to 15.92 (+1.76 million) – 12.4 percent

9.      Glee (Fox): 7.17 to 8.85 million (+1.68 million) – 23.4 percent

CSI: Miami (CBS): 13.19 to 14.87 million (+1.68 million) – 12.7 percent

NCIS: Angeles (CBS): 16.50 to 18.15 million (+1.65 million) – 10.0 percent

Castle (ABC): 9.70 to 11.33 million (+1.63 million) – 16.7 percent

Two and a Half Men (CBS): 14.09 to 15.64 million (+1.55 million) – 11.0 percent

The Good Wife (CBS): 13.26 to 14.75 million (+1.49 million) – 11.2 percent

Modern Family (ABC): 8.67 to 10.03 million (+1.36 million) – 15.7 percent

CSI: NY (CBS): 13.01 to 14.36 million (+1.35 million) – 10.4 percent

House (Fox): 11.66 to 13.00 million (+1.34 million) – 11.5 percent

Heroes (NBC): 5.68 to 7.01 million (+1.33 million) – 23.3 percent

Brothers & Sisters (ABC): 9.97 to 11.29 million (+1.32 million) – 13.2 percent

30 Rock (NBC): 6.84 to 8.05 million (+1.21 million) – 17.7 percent

Law & Order: SVU (NBC): 9.17 to 10.37 million (+1.20 million) – 13.1 percent

Numb3rs (CBS): 8.18 to 9.37 million (+1.19 million) – 14.5 percent

Cougar Town (ABC): 7.35 to 8.51 million (+1.16 million) – 15.9 percent

Ghost Whisperer (CBS): 8.59 to 9.75 million (+1.16 million) – 13.4 percent

Medium (CBS): 8.49 to 9.61 million (+1.12 million) – 13.2 percent

Survivor: Samoa (CBS): 12.94 to 13.99 million (+1.05 million) – 8.1 percent

Law & Order (NBC) – 7.24 to 8.28 million (+1.04 million) – 14.4 percent

How I Met Your Mother (CBS) – 8.10 to 9.14 million (+1.04 million) – 12.8 percent

So You Think You Can Dance – Wednesday (Fox) – 6.93 to 7.93 million (+1.00 million) – 14.3 percent

The Forgotten (ABC) – 7.31 to 8.25 million (+940,000) – 12.8 percent

 

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

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On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options

 
Tuesday 11/10/09

Night 13 of the Nov. 2009 Sweeps

 
ABC:
 8:00 p.m. V  
 9:00 p.m. Dancing With the Stars

10:00 p.m. In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts: Bright Lights.  Big Stars.  All Access Nashville.

 
CBS:
 8:00 p.m. NCIS
 9:00 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles

10:00 p.m. The Good Wife

           
NBC:
 8:00 p.m. The Biggest Loser (two hours)

10:00 p.m. The Jay Leno Show

 
Fox:

 8:00 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance (two hours)

 
 CW:
 8:00 p.m. 90210
 9:00 p.m. Melrose Place
 
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TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest

 

-ABC Midseason Changes:

ABC has decided on the fate of two more freshman series -- dramas The Forgotten and Eastwick. The Forgotten, which airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET, has been picked up for five additional telecasts, while Eastwick, which is based on 1987 theatrical The Witches of Eastwick, will conclude after its initial 13-episode run. The alphabet net, in additional, has shelved midseason reality/competition Let’s Dance, which was supposed to be hosted by comedian Kathy Griffin, in exchange for a new reality series called Find My Family. Find My Family will follow the stories of people in search of long-lost friends and relatives. It premieres on Monday, Nov. 23 at 9:30 p.m. ET out of the season-finale of Dancing With the Stars.  

 
-The CW Schedules Life Unexpected:

Upcoming CW drama Life Unexpected, the Gilmore Girls-like take of a 15-year-old girl who is reunited with her biological parents, will debut on Monday, Jan. 18 at 9 p.m. ET in place of Gossip Girl. Gossip Girl will return in March after Life Unexpected’s initial six episode run is completed. 

 

-More Jonas:

Disney Channel has renewed sitcom Jonas, featuring tween sensations the Jonas Brothers, for a second season, with an unspecified number of new episodes for 2010. Production will resume in February.

 

-Judge Judy Honored at NATPE:

Judge Judy Sheindlin, a Mr. TV favorite, will be one of the honorees at The 7th Annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards presented at The National Association of Television Program Executives conference in Las Vegas on Monday, Jan. 25. Others to receive the award this year are Jeff Gaspin, Chairman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment; Irwin Gotlieb, Global Chief Executive Officer of the global media investment management company GroupM; and Emmy Award winning screenwriter and television producer David E. Kelly.

 
-The Sing-Off on NBC:

NBC will fill the week of Dec. 14 with six hours of a music competition called The Sing-Off, which will feature a cappella groups competing for a Sony Recording Contract. It airs Monday through Wednesday from 8-10 p.m., with the finale on Monday, Dec. 21, also for two hours. One year earlier, the network ran the similar appeal Clash of the Choirs. 

 
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TV Trivia Time:

Missing Dukes

 

How did the writers of The Dukes of Hazzard explain the absence of Bo and Luke when John Schneider and Tom Wopat exited the series during a contract dispute in season five?

 

They moved to New York to appear on Broadway. 

They tried their luck in the NASCAR circuit.

They went to Hollywood to pursue a career in the movies.

They went to Hooterville to run the Shady Rest Hotel.

They wrote a book about the General Lee and were traveling on a book tour.

 

The answer to yesterday’s question…

 

Which one of the following TV kids was not the youngest sibling in their family?

 
Nicholas Bradford
Jerry Carmichael 
Prudence Everett
Andrew Keaton
Ben Seaver


Is: e) Ben Seaver. While Ben was the youngest Seaver when sitcom Growing Pain began in 1985, little Chrissy came along three seasons later. All together now…

 

Show me that smile again. (Show me that smile)
Don’t waste another minute on your cryin’
We're nowhere near the end (nowhere near)
The best is ready to begin.

Oooohhh. As long as we got each other
We got the world spinnin’ right in our hands.
Baby you and me, we gotta be
The luckiest dreamers who never quit dreamin’

As long as we keep on givin’
we can take anything that comes our way
Baby, rain or shine, all the time
We got each other, sharin’ the laughter and love.

-Current kudos goes to:
Suzanne Ackley, Jessica Anselmino, Justin Bell, Barbara Berman, Gerry Bixenspan, Barbara Bloomfield, Cory Chapman, Larry Collins, Richard Collumb, Jim Colucci, Tom Condosta, Harold Cooper, Reid Davis, Gary Engel, Phyllis Epstein, Arleen Fong, Julie Friedlander, Adam Giagni, Maureen Goldman, Geoffrey Gordon, Joslyn Hansen, Carolyn Becker Hayes, Shannon Herlihy, Bob Ingersoll, Dineen Jones, Karen Kavanagh, Tom Kilgallon, Danny LeClair, Aaron Paquette, Greg Phelan, Gordon Purcell, Con Rigg, Colleen Roth,  Lindsey Rothman, Joe Rubi, Greg Salerno, Kristen Signore, Kim Smith, Ivan Tafur, Ronnie Tallant, Myndi Weinraub, Jeanne Yonkers, Drew Zach