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THE PROGRAMMING INSIDER
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
 

Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:

CBS Wins; Respectable Holiday Themed Carrie Underwood on Fox
 
Ratings Box:
What's Hot/What's Not
 
On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options
 
TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest
 

TV Trivia Time:

Meet Me in St. Louis

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Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:

CBS Wins; Respectable Holiday Themed Carrie Underwood on Fox

 
Monday 12/07/09
 

              HH
          Rtg/Shr

CBS    7.2/11
Fox     5.5/ 8
ABC   4.2/ 7
NBC   3.9/ 6
CW     1.4/ 2
 
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-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Monday, Dec. 8, 2008):

Fox: +49, CBS: + 7, NBC: - 2, CW: -22, ABC: -24

 
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-Yesterday’s Winners:  

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

 
-Honorable Mention:

Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special (Fox), How I Met Your Mother (CBS), Accidentally on Purpose (CBS), Castle (ABC)

 

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

One Tree Hill (CW), Find My Family (ABC), 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, December 7, 2009.   

 
 
-Ratings Breakdown:

CBS won this first Monday in December in the overnights, with a 1.7 rating point advantage over second-place Fox, which housed two-hour Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special. Third overall was ABC, followed by NBC and The CW. 

 

In a night of all original programming, CBS aired its regular combination of How I Met Your Mother (#2: 5.2 rating/8 share), freshman Accidentally on Purpose (#2, 5.0/ 8), Two and a Half Men (#1: 9.0/13), The Big Bang Theory (#1: 8.1/12), which always builds among adults 18-49, and veteran CSI: Miami (#1: 7.9/13). Worth positively noting for Accidentally on Purpose was 96 percent retention out of How I Met Your Mother. Now let’s wait and see what the adult 18-49 demo looks like. I don’t know about you, but Accidentally on Purpose is beginning to grow on me. How about a 22-episode order instead of just 18, CBS?

 

Aforementioned Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special on Fox was notably consistent, with a 5.5/ 8 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. and the half-hour breakdown as follows:

 

Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special (Fox)

8:00 p.m.: 5.8/ 9 (#1)
8:30 p.m.: 5.6/ 8 (#1)
9:00 p.m.: 5.3/ 8 (#2)
9:30 p.m.: 5.2/ 8 (#2)
 

The true tale, of course, will be told once the demos are released. But based on the overnights on this highly competitive evening, consider Carrie Underwood worthy of “honorable mention.”

 

ABC opened the evening with annual animated holiday special Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (#4: 4.4/ 7 at 8 p.m.), followed by week three of schmaltzy Find My Family (#4: 3.4/ 6 at 9 p.m.) and keeper Castle (#2: 5.0/ 8 at 10 p.m.), which built by a hefty 43 percent from the second-half of lead-in Find My Family (3.5/ 5 at 9:30 p.m.). As much as I am a sucker for reuniting loved ones, the constant blubbering by host Tim Green seems awfully forced. 

 

NBC aired back-to-back repeats of Law & Order: SVU in place of the regularly scheduled Heroes and Trauma from 8-10 p.m. (8 p.m.: #3, 4.6/ 7; 9 p.m.: #3, 3.7/ 6), followed by failing The Jay Leno Show at a last-place 3.4/ 5 at 10 p.m.

 

The CW’s combination of One Tree Hill (#5 1.6/ 3) and Gossip Girl (#5: 1.3/ 2) was, meanwhile, down by an average of 22 percent from the year-ago combination of Gossip Girl and a Monday airing of failed drama Privileged. While The CW's target audience is, of course, young female, based on the overnights these are “losing” performances.  

 

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

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Ratings Box:

What's Hot/What's Not

 

-Solid Sampling for TNT’s Men of a Certain Age:

TNT relationship drama Men of a Certain Age, headlined by Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula, opened last night with a hefty 3.7 rating/6 share in the metered markets (excluding San Diego and Phoenix) at 10 p.m. Retention out of an original episode of lead-in The Closer (3.8/ 6 at 9 p.m.) was almost 100 percent, and the estimated total audience size is between five and six million. 

 

-Season High The Amazing Race:

The current edition of CBS’ The Amazing Race signed off on Sunday, Dec. 6 with a season-high 12.32 million viewers, according to the fast affiliate results. Ratings among adults 18-49 (3.7 rating/9 share) and adults 25-54 (4.6/10) tied its season best. Congratulations, Cheyne and Meghan!

 

-Record Monk Series-Ender:

USA drama Monk concluded its successful eight year run with a record 9.4 million viewers on Friday, December 4. Comparably, this is now the most-watched basic cable original telecast of all time, with growth for Monk over its prior series high of 37 percent. The finale of Monk also delivered a record 3.2 million adults 18-49, beating the prior series-high by 10 percent.

 

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. A Charlie Brown Christmas (R)
 8:30 p.m. Prep & Landing
 9:00 p.m. Scrubs  
 9:30 p.m. Better Off Ted (season premiere)

10:00 p.m. The Forgotten

 
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 (season finale, 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

 

-More Divorce Court and Judge Alex:

Twentieth Television has renewed first-run syndicated mainstays Divorce Court and Judge Alex for two more years, taking each through the 2011-12 season. To-date, each court strip is cleared in 75 percent of the country for the 2010-11 season, including all top 15 markets.

 

-Bonnie Hunt to Exit This Spring:

Struggling sophomore Warner Bros. talker The Bonnie Hunt Show, which was sold to the NBC stations stations in a two-year window, will wrap up production at the end of this season. Season to-date (through Nov. 22), Bonnie ranks 12th out of 13 syndicated talk shows in households, with a 0.8 rating (and no change from the comparable year-ago period). The ranking among key women 25-54 is also 12th, with a 0.3 in the demo. A potential replacement is MomLogic, also from Warner Bros., which is a View-like hour of talk based on the website and co-hosted by The Food Network’s Paula Deen, Rene Syler of CBS’ The Early Show, Lee Woodruff, comedian Judy Gold and mother of eight, Kate Gosselin. 

 

-A Guinness World Record from ABC Family:

ABC Family, home of original holiday movie Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe, set a new Guinness World Record yesterday for the largest total of Santa’s “elves” together in one place. Over six hundred elves, 607 to be exact, gathered in New York City’s The Pond at Bryant Park to surpass the 250 needed to set the new world record. Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe, starring Jenny McCarthy and Dean McDermott, debuts on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. ET.

 
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TV Trivia Time:

Meet Me in St. Louis

 

Which one of the following series was set in St. Louis?

 
The John Larroquette Show
The Judy Garland Show
Malcolm & Eddie
Mulligan’s Stew
Room 222
 

The answer to yesterday’s question…

 

Which former WB drama debuted first?

 
Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
Charmed
Everwood
Felicity
7th Heaven
 

Is: e) 7th Heaven, which opened on August 26, 1996. As for the others…

 

-Buffy, the Vampire Slayer: March 10, 1997

-Charmed: Oct. 7, 1998

-Everwood: Sept. 16, 2002

-Felicity: Sept. 29, 1998

 

All together now…

 

7th Heaven
When I see their happy faces smilin' back at me
7th Heaven
I know there's no greater feelin' than the love of a family

Where can you go... when the world don't treat you right?

The answer is home... that's the one place that you'll find
7th Heaven
Mmmmmm.... 7th Heaven
7th Heaven

 
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