The Fiesta Bowl (Fox), The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love (ABC), Two and a Half Men R (CBS), The Big Bang Theory R (CBS), CSI: Miami R (CBS)
-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):
Heroes (NBC), The Jay Leno Show (NBC), Conveyor Belt of Love (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, January 4, 2010.
Fox ruled this first Monday of 2010 care of Boise State vs. TCU on The Tostitas Fiesta Bowl at an estimated 8.3 rating/13 from 8-11 p.m. Comparably, this was down by 28 percent from the above-average year-ago Fiesta Bowl match-up between Ohio State and Texas (11.5/18 on Monday, Jan. 29, 2009), but on par with 2007 and 2008. Take a look:
The Fiesta Bowl (Fox)
Monday 1/04/10 (Boise vs. TCU): 8.3/13
Monday 1/05/09 (Ohio State vs. Texas): 11.5/18
Wednesday 1/02/08 (West Virginia vs. Oklahoma): 8.3/13
Monday, Jan. 1, 2007 (Boise vs. Oklahoma): 8.9/15
Second overall in the metered markets was a night of repeats on CBS, followed by ABC, NBC and The CW.
In season-premiere news, ABC’s The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love returned with an average 5.8/ 9 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m., which was four percent above one year earlier and is likely to score well among the target female audience. Consider this a “winning” performance. Here is the half-hour breakdown:
The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love (ABC)
8:00 p.m.: 5.7/ 9 (#2)
8:30 p.m.: 5.7/ 8 (#2)
9:00 p.m.: 5.7/ 8 (#3)
9:30 p.m.: 6.1/ 9 (#3)
The Bachelor led into inane 10 p.m. special Conveyor Belt of Love, which dipped to a third-place 4.0/ 7 at 10 p.m. -- 35 percent below the 9:30 p.m. portion of The Bachelor.
CBS had nothing unusual to report with its encore combination of How I Met Your Mother (#3: 4.5/ 7), Accidentally on Purpose (#3: 4.3/ 6), Two and a Half Men (#2: 7.7/11), The Big Bang Theory (#2: 7.1/11) and CSI: Miami (#1: 6.5/11). Far less potent was NBC care of a two-hour edition of expected-to-be canceled Heroes (3.1/ 5 from 8-10 p.m.) and failing The Jay Leno Show (#4: 3.4/ 6 at 10 p.m.). Next Monday, Chuck returns to the Monday 8 p.m. hour, followed by Heroes and Jay Leno.
Last, and very least, were repeats of The CW’s One Tree Hill (0.8/ 1) and Gossip Girl (0.6/ 1), which never play well in non-originals.
Based on final national ratings for the just completed fourth quarter, ABC News’ Nightline rose to its most-watched fourth quarter since 2003, with an average 4.00 million viewers. Comparably, that placed it second behind CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman (4.22 million), with 1.45 million more viewers than NBC’s The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. This is the first time Nightline beat The Tonight Show for a fourth quarter in both total viewers and adults 25-54 (Nightline: 1.58 million; Tonight: 1.44) since 1993.
Here are the results for the three late night franchises:
CBS: The Late Show with David Letterman
NBC: The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien
Fourth Quarter 2009
CBS: 4.22 million, ABC: 4.00, NBC: 2.55
CBS: 1.72 million, ABC: 1.58, NBC: 1.44
NBC: 1.37 million, CBS: 1.36, ABC: 1.33
-Sometimes You Can’t Go Home Again:
If NBC decides to move Jay Leno out of prime-time and back into late night next season, chances are his ratings on The Tonight Show will not match his prior performance. Messing with an established audience is rarely a good thing.
-A New Voice in News: The voice of Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman is now heard at the beginning of The CBS Evening News in place of the late and legendary Walter Cronkite. "As comforting as it is to look back on the great career that Walter had, we're looking forward now and we just felt it was the right time to make the move that at some point had to be made," said CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus. "This seemed like the appropriate time since Walter's passing to make the move."
-Midseason Calendar: Now that we are officially in midseason, m your calendars for the following series and season premieres (listed in order of airing):
Jim Curtin has been named SVP at TargetVision Entertainment, where he will be responsible for sales planning for television stations, as well as network and cable sales for the TargetVision TV website content product. Jim’s most recent position was Senior Programmer, Director of Programming for the Katz Television Group.
What did Miss Patty teach on comedy/drama Gilmore Girls?
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Who played Ann Romano’s mother on sitcom One Day at a Time?
Is: c) Nanette Fabray, who was also Mary’s TV Mom on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. All together now…
This is it. This is it. This is life, the one you get So go and have a ball.
This is it. This is it Straight ahead and rest assured You can’t be sure at all.
So while you’re here enjoy the view Keep on doing what you do So hold on tight we'll muddle through One day at a time, One day at a time.
So up on your feet. Up on your feet Somewhere there’s music playing. Don’t you worry none We’ll just take it like it comes.
One day at a time, one day at a time. One day at a time, one day at a time. One day at a time, one day at a time. One day at a time, one day at a time.
-Current kudos goes to: Joanne Albrecht, Mark Amato, Mary Bancroft, Barbara Berman, Michael Berman, Ramey Warren Black, Larry Collins (2x), Mark Cosenza, Audrey Davis, Carolyn Becker Hayes, Lauren Blatt, Kimay Bloch, Barbara Bloomfield, Mitch Burg, Paul Certo, Mavis Chow, Harold Cooper, Sue Doron, John Ferlazzo, Arleen Fong, Julie Friedlander, Maureen Goldman, Geoffrey Gordon, Penny Hirsch, Heidi Hoffmeister, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Deb Kainer, Marie LeFevre Karp, Kathryn Kieser, Tom Kilgallon, Mary Kinoshita, Synda Kollman, Mark Krause, Steve Kurtzer, Charmaine Leary, Danny Leclair, Howard Lieboff. Patty Lynch, Tricia McGee, Michael Murphy, Laura Nachman, Cindy O’Connor, Alan Perris, Greg Phelan, Tony Phillips, David Primuth, Gordon Purcell, Michael Ratliffe, Lisa Tatum-Roehrig, Joe Rubi, Greg Salerno, Ron Salmon, Maxine Schulman, Corinna Scoggins, Mindy Staley, Michelle Stanton, Eric Steinberg, Joe Swaney, Carol Teichman, Jodi Titkin, Darcy Tomlin, Ged Young, Myndi Weinraub, Evan Weinstein, Larry Weinstock