ABC Dominates Week of June 8 in Primetime


THE PROGRAMMING INSIDER

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

 
National Ratings in Prime-Time:

Week of June 8, 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:
Double Spin-Offs
 
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Note: Due to the recent switch to digital broadcast television, the metered market results will not be available until Friday, June 19. Tuesday, June 16, therefore, is not included today.

 
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National Ratings in Prime-Time:

Week of June 8, 2009

 

Excluding a first-place finish for CBS in households, games three through five of Los Angeles vs. Orlando on The NBA Finals led ABC to victory in total viewers and the three key demos (adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and adults 18-34) for this third week of the summer season. Comparably, ABC posted single-digit growth from one year earlier, with its top-rated summer week in total viewers and adults 18-49 in five years. 

 

MyNetworkTV (which will not be included in the weekly round-up next season after the schedule of repeats kicks-in) was the only other network on the year-to-year plus side, and its growth remains dependent on current occupant Friday Night Smackdown! not airing in the year-ago week. CBS, which finished second in total viewers and adults 25-54, dipped to fourth among adults 18-49 and adults 18-34, with losses of as much as 12 percent among adults 18-49. Although NBC on Friday was home to the most-watched Stanley Cup Finals match-up in 36 years (see Top 20 Rankings below), losses from one year earlier ranged from 7 to 27 percent. Fox and the CW were also down by double-digits.

 

Summer on the broadcast networks remains a breeding ground for burn-off series such as the following Saturday trio:

 

Harper’s Island (CBS) – Sat. 9 p.m.

Viewers: 3.20 million (#69 overall); A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#70t)

 

Pushing Daisies (ABC) – Sat. 10 p.m. (series finale)

Viewers: 2.18 million (76); A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#74t)

 

Kings (NBC) – Sat. 8 p.m. (return)

Viewers: 2.07 million (#78); A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (# 90t)

 

Here are the final national ratings for the week of June 8, 2009 (with percent change versus the comparable year-ago week in parentheses), followed by the summer series scorecard, and the top 20 rated programs of the week.  

 
-Households:

CBS: 4.6 rating/8 share (- 6), ABC: 4.4/ 8 (+ 2), NBC: 3.2/ 6 (-27), Fox: 3.2/ 6 (-16), MNTV: 0.9/ 2 (+29), CW: 0.8/ 1 (-27)

 
-Total Viewers:

ABC: 7.27 million (+ 8), CBS: 6.94 (- 3), Fox: 5.05 (-16), NBC: 5.01 (-26), MNTV: 1.48 (+42), CW: 1.20 (-29)

 
-Adults 18-49:

ABC: 2.7 rating/9 share (+ 8), Fox: 1.8/ 6 (-18), NBC: 1.7/ 5 (-15), CBS: 1.4/ 5 (-12), MNTV: 0.5/ 1 (+25), CW: 0.4/ 1 (-33)

 
-Adults 25-54:

ABC: 2.9/ 8 (+ 7), CBS: 2.1/ 6 (- 5), Fox: 2.0/ 6 (-17), NBC: 2.0/ 6 (-20), MNTV: 0.5/ 2 (+25), CW: 0.4/ 1 (-33)

 

-Adults 18-34:
ABC: 2.6/ 9 (+ 8), Fox: 1.7/ 6 (-23), NBC: 1.4/ 5 (- 7), CBS: 0.9/ 3 (-10), MNTV: 0.4/ 1 (+33), CW: 0.4/ 1 (-33)

 
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Summer Series Scorecard (In Order of Total Viewers):

 

So You Think You Can Dance (Fox) – Wednesday 8 p.m. (two hours)

Viewers: 8.69 million (#11), A18-49: 3.3/10 (#6t)

 

So You Think You Can Dance (Fox) – Thursday 9 p.m.

Viewers: 8.65 million (#12), A18-49: 3.3/ 9 (#6t)

 

Wipeout (ABC) – Wednesday 8 p.m. (two hours)

Viewers: 8.49 million (#13), A18-49: 3.0/ 9 (#8)

 

The Bachelorette (ABC) – Monday 8 p.m. (two hours)

Viewers: 7.19 million (#20), A18-49: 2.5/ 7 (#11)

 

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! (NBC) – Monday 8 p.m.

Viewers: 5.27 million (#34), A18-49: 2.1/ 6 (#13t)

 

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! (NBC) – Thursday 8 p.m.

Viewers: 5.17 million (#35), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#25t)

 

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! (NBC) – Wednesday 8 p.m. (two hours)

Viewers: 4.76 million (#42), A18-49: 1.8/ 5 (#25t)

 

Mental (Fox) – Tuesday 9 p.m.

Viewers: 4.70 million (#44), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#41)

 

Here Come the Newlyweds (ABC) – Monday 10 p.m.

Viewers: 4.60 million (#45), A18-49: 1.9/ 5 (#20t)

 

The Listener (NBC) – Thursday 10 p.m.

Viewers: 4.44 million (#47), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#42t)

 

The Goode Family (ABC) – Friday 8:30 p.m. (time period premiere)

Viewers: 1.09 million (#87), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#90t)

 

Hitched or Ditched (CW) – Tuesday 9 p.m.

Viewers: 1.48 million (#81), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (74t)

 
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Top 20 Rankings
 
-Total Viewers:

The NBA Finals, Game 4: LA vs. Orlando (ABC): 15.96 million, The NBA Finals, Game 3 (ABC): 14.20, The NBA Finals, Game 5 (ABC): 14.17, The Mentalist R (CBS, Tues. 9 p.m.): 11.62, NCIS R (CBS): 11.05, Two and a Half Men R (CBS): 9.52, The Mentalist R (CBS, Thurs. 10 p.m.): 8.94, 48 Hours Mystery R (CBS, Tues. 10 p.m.): 8.85, CSI R (CBS): 8.74, So You Think You Can Dance – Wednesday (Fox): 8.69, , So You Think You Can Dance – Thursday (Fox): 8.65, Wipeout (ABC): 8.49, Criminal Minds R (CBS): 8.34, CSI: Miami R (CBS): 8.21, CSI: NY R (CBS): 8.02, Stanley Cup Finals, Game 7 (NBC): 7.99, The Big Bang Theory R (Mon. 9:30 p.m.): 7.81, 60 Minutes R (CBS): 7.64, The Bachelorette (ABC): 7.19

 
-Adults 18-49:

The NBA Finals, Game 4: LA vs. Orlando (ABC): 6.4 rating/20 share, The NBA Finals, Game 3 (ABC): 5.9/17, The NBA Finals, Game 5 (ABC): 5.7/17, Stanley Cup Finals, Game 7 (NBC): 3.4/12, So You Think You Can Dance – Wednesday (Fox): 3.3/10, So You Think You Can Dance – Thursday (Fox): 3.3/ 9, Wipeout (ABC): 3.0/ 9, Two and a Half Men R (CBS): 2.9/ 8, The Big Bang Theory R (CBS, Mon. 9:30 p.m.): 2.7/ 7, The Bachelorette (ABC): 2.5/ 7, The Stanley Cup Finals, Game 6: Detroit vs. Pittsburgh (NBC): 2.4/ 7, The Big Bang Theory R (CBS, Mon. 8 p.m.): 2.1/ 7, How I Met Your Mother R (CBS), CSI: Miami R (CBS), Dateline – Monday (NBC), I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here – Monday (NBC), The Mentalist R (CBS, Tues. 9 p.m.) and Family Guy R (Fox): 2.1/ 6 each,. The Stanley Cups Pre-Game (NBC): 1.9/ 9, NCIS R (CBS) and House R (Fox): 1.9/ 6, Here Come the Newlyweds (ABC) and 48 Hours Mystery R (CBS, Tues. 10 p.m.): 1.9/ 5 each

 

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)

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Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not

 

-Strong Return for HBO’s True Blood:

HBO drama True Blood kicked-off season two with a hefty 3.7 million viewers on Sunday, June 10. Comparably, that was the most-watched HBO program since the season-finale of The Sopranos on June 10, 2007. And it built by a massive 157 percent from the series-premiere on Sept. 7, 2007.

 

-Record Food Network:

Based on final national ratings for the week of June 8, Food Network delivered its highest rated primetime week ever among adults 25-54 (570,000), women 25-54 (374,000), adults 18-49 (549,000) and women 18-49 (354,000). 

 

-Updated Cable Rankings:

What follows are the top 10 rated basic cable networks in prime-time based on the week of June 8:

 
Total Viewers:

USA: 3.35 million, TNT: 2.24, Fox News: 2.13, AMC: 1.73, Nick at Nite: 1.61, TBS: 1.49, Cartoon Network: 1.38, Discovery: 1.35, HGTV: 1.32, ABC Family: 1.30

 
Adults 18-49:

USA: 1.37 million, TNT: 950,000, TBS: 912,000, Discovery: 743,000, FX: 703,000, A&E: 640,000, TLC: 613,000, Food Network: 589,000, Nick at Nite: 550,000, History: 532,000

 
Adults 25-54:

USA: 1.49 million, TNT: 1.03 million, TBS: 765,000, Discovery: 745,000, FX: 683,000, A&E: 650,000, AMC: 623,000, Food Network: 607,000, History: 599,000, TLC: 595,000

 
Adults 18-34:

USA: 568,000, TBS: 550,000, TNT: 381,000, FX: 355,000, Comedy Central: 331,000, Discovery, MTV and TLC: 325,000 each, A&E: 297,000, Food Network: 278,000

 
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-Top 20 Rated Programs in Syndication – Week of June 1:

What follows are the top 20 rated programs in syndication (first-run and off-network) for the week of May 25 (based on households):

 

Wheel of Fortune (CBS Television Distribution): 5.9 rating, Jeopardy (CBS): 5.2, Two and a Half Men (Warner Bros.): 4.1, Judge Judy (CBS) and Oprah (CBS): 4.0 each, Entertainment Tonight (CBS): 3.8, Family Guy (Twentieth Television): 3.4, Law & Order: SVU (NBCU): 3.3, Seinfeld (Sony Pictures Television): 3.1, Inside Edition (CBS): 2.9, Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS): 2.8, Dr. Phil (CBS), King of the Hill (Twentieth) and George Lopez (Warner Bros.): 2.7 each, Wheel of Fortune – Weekend (CBS): 2.6, Live With Regis & Kelly (Disney-ABC) and CSI: Miami (CBS): 2.4 each, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC): 2.3, House of Payne (Twentieth), The King of Queens (SPT), Seinfeld – Weekend (SPT) and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC): 2.3 each

 
Of note:
 

-NBC Universal’s veteran Access Hollywood built from one week earlier by 11 percent in households (1.8 to 2.0) and as much as 25 percent among women 18-49 (0.8 to 1.0).

 

-CBS Television Distribution’s The Doctors (1.7) reached 20 consecutive weeks are the top-rated freshman strip. 

 

-Also at CBS: old faithful Entertainment Tonight won the magazine race fir the 674th straight week, rising six percent in households from one week earlier.

 

-Warner Bros.’ sophomore TMZ (2.1) finished as the top-rated syndicated magazine for the 60th consecutive week. 

 
 
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
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On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options

 
Wednesday 6/17/09
 
ABC:
 8:00 p.m. Wipeout

 9:00 p.m. I Survived a Japanese Game Show (season premiere)

10:00 p.m. The Unusuals (series finale)

 
CBS:

 8:00 p.m. The New Adventures of Old Christine (R)

 8:30 p.m. Gary Unmarried (R)
 9:00 p.m. Criminal Minds (R)

10:00 p.m. CSI: NY (R)

 
NBC:
 8:00 p.m. I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!
 9:00 p.m. Law & Order (R)

10:00 p.m. Law & Order (R)

 
Fox:

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

 
CW
 8:00 p.m. America’s Next Top Model (R)
 9:00 p.m. Hitched or Ditched (R)
 
MTNV
 8:00 p.m. World’s Funniest Moments (R)
 9:00 p.m. The Twilight Zone (R)
 9:30 p.m. The Twilight Zone (R)
 
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TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest

 

-Wresting With Donald Trump:

No…mogul Donald Trump will not be stepping into wrestling ring anytime soon. But he did purchase USA Network’s Monday Night Raw at an undisclosed price. Trump will be making his first appearance as the new owner on next Monday’s show.

 
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TV Trivia Time:
 

Which one of the following sitcom spin-offs was on the air the longest?

 

a)      The Facts of Life

b)      Frasier

c)      The Jeffersons

d)     Laverne & Shirley

e)      Rhoda

 

The answer to yesterday’s question…

 

What did Ben Richards do for a living on early 1970s drama The Immortal?

 

a)      actor

b)      detective

c)      doctor

d)     race car driver

e)      stunt man

 

Is: d) race car driver. Like Richard Alpert (Nestor Carbonell) on Lost, Christopher George as Ben Richards on1970-71 drama The Immortal did not age. 

 

-Current kudos goes to:
Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, John Ferlazzo, Arleen Fong, (2x), Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Deb Kainer, Synda Kollman, Rich Miller, Tony Naldrett, Alan Perris, Con Rigg, David Ruckman, Michelle Stanton, Ron Salmon