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THE PROGRAMMING INSIDER
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
 

Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:

CBS Wins; Repeat is the Operative Observation for the Remainder of 2009

  
Ratings Box:
What's Hot/What's Not
 
On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options
 
TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest
 

TV Trivia Time:

A Man’s Name

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Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:

CBS Wins; Repeat is the Operative Observation for the Remainder of 2009

 
Monday 12/21/09
 

              HH
          Rtg/Shr

CBS    5.4/ 9
NBC   4.3/ 7
ABC   3.3/ 5
Fox     3.0/ 5
CW     0.6/ 1
 
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-Note: The year-to-year overnight comparisons are not available today.

 
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-Yesterday’s Winners:  

Two and a Half Men R (CBS), The Big Bang Theory R (CBS), CSI: Miami R (CBS)

 
-Honorable Mention:
The Sing-Off (NBC)
 

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Find My Family (ABC), 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, December 21, 2009.   

 
 
-Ratings Breakdown:

With repeats running rampant over the next two weeks, there will be little of note in the addictive world of ratings. That said, CBS won this third Monday in December in the overnights with its encore combination of How I Met Your Mother (#2: 3.9 rating/6 share), Accidentally on Purpose (#2: 3.7/ 6), Two and a Half Men (#1: 6.8/11), The Big Bang Theory (#1: 6.1/ 9) and CSI: Miami (#1: 5.9/10). While overnight retention for Accidentally on Purpose out of How I Met Your Mother was solid at 95 percent, the more important adult 18-49 retention is never as strong. As for Two and a Half Men, that 6.8/11 was the highest-rated show of the evening.

 

The conclusion of short-flight NBC reality/competition The Sing-Off was sampled, with a respectable (and very consistent) 4.6/ 8 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. Here is the half-hour breakdown:

 
The Sing-Off (NBC)
8:00 p.m.: 4.6/ 8 (#1)
8:30 p.m.: 4.5/ 7 (#1)
9:00 p.m.: 4.7/ 7 (#2)
9:30 p.m.: 4.8/ 8 (#2)
 

Given the time of year, you can to give NBC a “thumbs up” for introducing something new. Leading out of The Sing-Off was The Jay Leno show, which finished second behind CBS’ CSI: Miami encore with a 3.7/ 6 in the overnights at 10 p.m. Considering Leno faced repeats on both ABC and CBS, this should be a better performance. 

 

Next was ABC care of repeat holiday special I Want a Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown (#3: 3.6/ 6), recently introduced Find My Family (#3: 3.1/ 5), which has not benefited airing opposite repeats, and a repeat of Castle (#3: 3.2/ 5).   Why Kleenex is not sponsoring Find My Family is beyond me.

 

Elsewhere, Fox aired repeats of House (#4: 3.3/ 5) and Lie To Me (#4: 2.8/ 4), which is keeping the time period occupied until the return of 24 in January. And The CW closed the night with repeats of One Tree Hill (#5: 0.7/ 1) and Gossip Girl (#5: 0.5/ 1), which never fare well in second-run telecasts. And there you have it…that’s Monday.

 

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

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Ratings Box:

What's Hot/What's Not

 

-MyNetworkTV Posts Gains in November:

Re-tooled MyNetworkTV is reporting growth of 29 percent in total viewers in November 2009, with an average of 2.2 million viewers based on the Monday to Friday 8-10 p.m. line-up (versus 1.7 million one year earlier). The repeat line-up of Law & Order: Criminal Intent is up by 14 percent in total viewers on Monday, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? and Deal or No Deal by 75 percent on Tuesday, and military drama The Unit by 54 percent on Wednesday. The Thursday Movie and Friday Night Smackdown! remain unchanged from the comparable year-ago period.

 

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

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On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options

 
Tuesday 12/08/09
 
ABC:
 8:00 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos (R)
 9:00 p.m. Scrubs  
 9:30 p.m. Better Off Ted

10:00 p.m. Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special (R)

 
CBS:
 8:00 p.m. NCIS (R)
 9:00 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (R)

10:00 p.m. The Good Wife (R)  

           
NBC:

 8:00 p.m. The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now? (R, two hours)

10:00 p.m. The Jay Leno Show

 
Fox:
 8:00 p.m. Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special (R)
 
 CW:
 8:00 p.m. 90210 (R)
 9:00 p.m. Melrose Place (R)
 
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TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest

 

-Mark Your Calendars:

CBS has announced that the 20th edition of Survivor, themed “Heroes vs. Villains” will begin with a two-hour installment on Thursday, Feb. 11. Three nights later, on Sunday, Feb. 14 to be exact, will be the 16th edition of Emmy-winning The Amazing Race at 8 p.m. 

 

-More Spartacus: Blood and Sand:

Starz has renewed original scripted drama Spartacus: Blood and Sand for a second season, with an order for 13 new episodes that will kick-off on Friday, Feb. 22 at 10 p.m. ET.

 

-Can’t Get Enough of Tiger Woods?

MSNBC will debut one-hour special, The Rise and Fall of Tiger Woods, at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 26. It repeats one day later, also at 7 p.m. ET.

 

-Double Sad News:

Connie Hines, who played Wilbur’s wife Carol on 1961-65 sitcom Mister Ed, passed away on December 18 at her home in Beverly Hills due to complications from heart problems. She was 79. And Alaina Reed-Amini, who is fondly remembered for her stints on Sesame Street and as Rose on 1985-90 sitcom 227, died on December 17 after a two-year battle with breast cancer. She was 63.

 

-New Offerings in Syndication for Fall 2010:

The clock is ticking, folks, as the upcoming NATPE 2010 conference in Las Vegas (Jan. 25-27 at the Mandalay Bay Resort) is now just 34 days away. With that in mind, here is an updated listing of the rumored first-run projects being pitched to stations.  

 
FIRST-RUN
 
TALK

Mom Logic (Warner Bros.) – Based on the Mom Logic website, the hosts would consist of Paula Deen, comedian Judy Gold, former Early Show co-host Rene Syler and Lee Woodruff.

Nate Berkus (Sony Pictures Television) - this lifestyle driven hour is hosted by interior designer Nate Berkus, a frequent guest on Oprah. 

Steve and Chris (Program Partners) – A combination of old episodes from the Canadian series and new installments, the hosts are Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman. 

 
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COURT / LAW

America’s Court with Judge Ross (Entertainment Studios) – two half-hours cleared in a one-hour block

Judge Heck (Trifecta) – presided over by Missouri Federal Judge Anthony “Tony” Heckemeyer

The Lawyers (CBS Television Distribution) – similar in format to current The Doctors (with a Fall 2011 launch also a possibility)

Swift Justice (CBS Television Distribution) – outspoken Nancy Grace presides  

 
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MAGAZINE

Tooned In (Trifecta) – focus on pop culture with animated hosts

 
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OFF-NETWORK
 
SITCOMS

American Dad (Twentieth Television)

Curb Your Enthusiasm (Warner Bros.)

Entourage (Warner Bros.)

Futurama (Twentieth)

How I Met Your Mother (Twentieth)

Meet the Browns (Debmar Mercury)

The New Adventures of Old Christine (Warner Bros.)

‘Til Death (Sony Pictures Television). 

 
HOURS

Brothers & Sisters (Disney-ABC)

The Closer (Warner Bros.)

Criminal Minds (CBS)

Friday Night Lights (NBC Universal)

Heartland (Genesis International)

Heroes (NBC Universal)

Nip/Tuck (Warner Bros.)

Numb3rs (CBS)

Ugly Betty (Disney-ABC)

The Unit (Twentieth). 

 

Additional off-network entries, all non-scripted, include Cash Cab (MGM), Dog Whisperer (Twentieth), Real Housewives (NBC Universal) and True Hollywood Stories (Debmar-Mercury).  

 
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TV Trivia Time:

A Man’s Name

 

Which one of the following options was not the real title of a TV series?

 
Barney Miller
Bernie Diamond
Charlie Grace
Lucas Tanner
Temple Houston
 

The answer to yesterday’s question…

 

What was frazzled George Baxter’s occupation on classic sitcom Hazel?

 
accountant
clothing manufacturer
doctor
lawyer
salesman
 

Is: d) lawyer. Mr. B may have paid Hazel a salary, but she basically ran the household. Remember this?

 

People love you everywhere you go
Hazel.
Children cross the street to say hello,
Hazel.

You charm every Romeo and Casanova,
It's your personality that wins them over.

You may never be a millionaire
Hazel.
Count your friends and you don't have a care,
Hazel.

You've got more than wealth untold,
You've got a heart of solid gold.
We love you, Hazel,
Just because you're you.

 
-Current kudos goes to:
Barbara Berman, Gerry Bixenspan, Lisa Blatt, Kimay Bloch, Larry Collins, Mark Consenza, Reid Davis, John Ferlazzo, Maureen Goldman, Barb Hemberger, Synda Kollman, Mark Krause, Steve Kurtzer, Kevin Lee, Howard Lieboff, Patty Lynch, Jim Moore, Tony Naldrett, Alan Perris, Gordon Purcell, Bob Rall, Con Rigg, Joe Rubi, Neal Sabin, Greg Salerno, Michelle Stanton, Ronnie Tallant