ABC Opens Week on Winning Note

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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:

No Change for This Chuckler

Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:

More Victory for ABC; Lackluster NBC

Monday 11/15/10

Note: The overnight data now includes DVR playback until 3 a.m. local time. One year earlier it was based on Live data only.



ABC 10.7/16
CBS   7.0/10
Fox    5.5/ 8
NBC 3.4/ 5
CW    1.6/ 2

-Note: The year-to-year overnight comparisons are not available today.

-Yesterday’s Winners:  

Dancing with the Stars (ABC), House (Fox), Two and a Half Men (CBS), Mike & Molly (CBS)

-Honorable Mention:
How I Met Your Mother (CBS)

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Chuck (NBC), 90210 (CW), The Event (NBC), Lie to Me (Fox), Gossip Girl (CW), Chase (NBC)


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 15, 2010.   

-Ratings Breakdown:

It was another easy overnight Monday victory for ABC thanks to…you guessed it…Dancing With the Stars. Comparably, ABC outdelivered second-place CBS by 53 percent. Third overall was Fox, followed by lowly NBC and The CW. 


A 90-minute edition of Dancing with the Stars (go Jennifer Grey!) averaged a hefty 14.5 rating/21 share in the overnights from 8-9:30 p.m., building by half-hour as follows:


Dancing with the Stars (ABC)

8:00 p.m.: 13.6/20 (#1)

8:30 p.m.: 14.5/21 (#1)

9:00 p.m.: 15.3/22 (#1)


Yes, Bristol Palin did improve last night, but she still deserves to go home next. Regardless, most likely to bid adieu tonight is perennially smiling Kyle Massey. If Bristol makes it into the top 2, the validity of this dancing competition will come to question. 


Dancing with the Stars led into a repeat of sitcom The Middle, which finished second at 9:30 p.m. with a 6.7/10, followed by Castle at a first-place 7.1/11 in the overnights at 10 p.m. Although Castle dipped to a season-low without the direct lead-in support from Dancing with the Stars, it did build by six percent out of The Middle encore. And it did beat CBS’ competing Hawaii Five-O in the overnights. 


CBS has nothing unusual to report with its combination of demo friendly How I Met Your Mother (#2: 6.0/ 9), disappointing Rules of Engagement (#3: 5.1/ 7), standout Two and a Half Men (#2: 9.1/13) and recent 9:30-11 p.m. entries Mike & Molly (#1: 7.8/11) and Hawaii Five-O (#2: 6.9/11). Although Mike & Molly deserves accolades for winning the 9:30 p.m. half-hour, Hawaii Five-O is not the breakout hit the network was hoping for. One year earlier, CSI: Miami was a noticeably stronger option. 


Over at Fox, House remains a player at 8 p.m. with a second-place 7.1/10 in the overnights (and an expected first-place finish among adults 18-49). But Lie to Me at 9 p.m. remains nothing more than temporary Monday 9 p.m. time period filler with a third-place 4.1/ 6. 


Fourth-place NBC, which just announced a truckload of primetime changes for midseason (see TV Tidbits below), unsuccessfully populated the night with Chuck (#4: 3.4/ 5), The Event (#4: 3.7/ 6), which has all but fizzled since its promising debut, and Chase (#3: 3.5/ 5). The biggest problem with the evening, which will not change in midseason, is the lack of lead-in support from struggling Chuck. 


Last, and very least, was CW duo 90210 (#5: 1.7/ 2) and Gossip Girl (#5: 1.6/ 2), which based on the overnights are both “losers.”

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not


-Huge Sampling for Sarah Palin’s Alaska:

The debut of Sarah Palin’s Alaska broke the TLC record books, with 4.96 million viewers in the Sunday 9 p.m. hour. Comparably, this was the most-watched series-premiere on the cable network ever, with triple-digit percent gains versus the cable net’s primetime average.


-Live Plus 7 Day Ratings – Week of October 25, 2010:

Week six of the Live Plus 7 Day Ratings, which include DVR usage, have been released. Based on additional tune-in, CBS held six of the top 10, 11 of the top 20, and 16 of the top 30 spots, but Modern Family on ABC topped the charts with 3.08 million added viewers. Leading based on percent increase were thee struggling dramas — NBC’s Parenthood (+38.5 percent), Fox’s Lie to Me (+34.1 percent) and NBC’s The Event (+32.0 percent). Also hitting the 30 percent mark was The CW’s Gossip Girl at an added 30.5 percent. In other words, chances of a larger percent increase are greater if the overall audience is smaller. 


Here are the top 30 shows in added total viewers based on DVR usage:


Modern Family (ABC): 13.19 to 16.29 million (+3.10 million), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC): 10.80 to 13.83 million (+3.03), Hawaii Five-O (CBS): 10.23 to 13.14 million (+2.91), The Mentalist (CBS): 14.77 to 16.67 million (+2.90), Glee (Fox): 11.71 to 14.15 million (+2.44), Castle (ABC): 11.34 to 13.65 million (+2.31), Criminal Minds (CBS): 13.84 to 16.14 million (+2.30), Blue Bloods (CBS): 11.63 to 13.86 million (+2.23), NCIS (CBS): 20.19 to 22.37 million (+2.18), CSI (CBS): 14.29 to 16.46 million (+2.17), Desperate Housewives (ABC): 11.10 to 13.25 million (+2.15), The Big Bang Theory (CBS): 13.06 to 15.18 million (+2.12), The Good Wife (CBS): 12.58 to 14.69 million (+2.11), Private Practice (ABC): 7.69 to 9.75 million (+2.06), Two and a Half Men (CBS): 13.78 to 15.84 million (+2.06), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS): 15.92 to 17.88 million (+1.96), The Office (NBC): 8.09 to 10.02 million (+1.93), The Event (NBC): 6.01 to 7.94 million (+1.93), Parenthood (NBC): 4.92 to 6.81 million (+1.89), CSI: Miami (CBS): 9.67 to 11.48 million (+1.81), The Defenders (CBS): 9.82 to 11.51 million (+1.69), Brothers & Sisters (ABC): 8.15 to 9.77 million (+1.62), CSI: NY (CBS): 10.45 to 12.05 million (+1.60), Lie to Me (Fox): 4.27 to 5.72 million (+1.45), Mike & Molly (CBS): 10.84 to 12.28 million (+1.44), Chase (NBC): 4.90 to 6.29 million (+1.39), Undercover Boss (CBS): 10.75 to 12.03 million (+1.28), Survivor: Nicaragua (CBS): 11.76 to 13.02 million (+1.26), Cougar Town (ABC): 8.17 to 9.41 million (+1.24), Detroit 1-8-7 (ABC): 8.46 to 9.67 million (+1.21)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options


Night 20 of the Nov. 2010 Sweep


8:00 p.m.  No Ordinary Family

 9:00 p.m. Dancing with the Stars

10:00 p.m. Detroit 1-8-7

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

10:00 p.m. The Good Wife

 8:00 p.m. The Biggest Loser (two hours)
 10:00 p.m. Parenthood
 8:00 p.m. Glee
 9:00 p.m. Raising Hope
 9:30 p.m. Running Wilde
 8:00 p.m. One Tree Hill

 9:00 p.m. Life Unexpected

-Of Note on Cable:
Glory Daze (TBS): 10 p.m. – series premiere

A group of friends try to navigate through college life in 1980s Wisconsin in this one-hour comedy. Aaron Stone, Callard Harris, Matt Bush and SNL’s Tim Meadows star. For Mr. TV’s review, click here:

TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


-NBC Midseason Changes:

NBC has announced changes in primetime impacting every night of the week except Saturday. The network will introduce four new series (sitcom Perfect Couples, scripted dramas The Cape and Harry’s Law and reality/competition America’s Next Great Restaurant), while opening new seasons of returning Minute to Win It, Parks and Recreation, Who Do You Think You Are?, The Marriage Ref and Celebrity Apprentice. Six current series (Chase, Parenthood, Law & Order: Los Angeles, Law & Order: SVU, 30 Rock and Outsourced), meanwhile, will move to new time periods. 


Upcoming NBC midseason dramas The Cape and Harry’s Law will inherit the Monday 9-11 p.m. block (in place of The Event and Chase) effective on Monday, Jan. 17. Previewing on Sunday, Jan. 9, The Cape stars David Lyons as a cop framed for murder who tries to clear his name by taking on the persona of his son’s (Ryan Wynott) favorite superhero. Harry’s Law from executive producer David E. Kelly is an ensemble legal drama about a crusty unemployed patent lawyer (Kathy Bates) who unexpectedly partners in a law practice with a young man (Ben Chaplin) trying to figure out life. 


Current Monday 9 p.m. NBC occupant The Event will return on Monday, Feb. 28 (with a two-hour broadcast), followed by relocated Parenthood at 10 p.m. effective on March 7. Chase, which airs Mondays at 10 p.m., will move to Wednesday at 9 p.m. beginning on Jan. 12 into Law & Order: SVU, which shifts back one hour. Recent Wednesday 10 p.m. entry Law & Order: Los Angeles relocates to Tuesdays at 10 p.m. effective on February 8 out of The Biggest Loser: Couples from 8-10 p.m. Filling the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour for four weeks beginning on Jan. 4 will be Parenthood. 


Also on Wednesday is the return of game show Minute to Win It at 8 p.m. (in place of canceled Undercovers), beginning on Jan. 5. Stepping in at 9 p.m. on March 16 (in place of Chase) is new reality/competition America’s Next Great Restaurant. 


In an unprecedented move, NBC will expand its Thursday 8-10 p.m. sitcom block to 11 p.m. beginning on Jan. 20. Low-rated Thursday 8 p.m. anchor Community will remain intact, leading into new Olivia Munn sitcom Perfect Couples at 8:30 p.m., the story of three very different couples who struggle to maintain their so-called ideal relationships. Airing out of The Office at 9:30 p.m. is the return of Parks and Recreation, followed by relocated 30 Rock and Outsourced from 10-11 p.m. 


On Friday, sophomore Who Do You Think You Are? from Lisa Kudrow will return to the 8 p.m. hour in place of low-rated recent entry School Pride on Jan. 21. And NBC will fill Sunday after football season beginning on March 6 with another edition of Dateline, followed by the returns of The Marriage Ref and Celebrity Apprentice from 9-11 p.m. 


Here is the updated NBC line-up (with new shows in caps)

 8:00 p.m.: Chuck

 9:00 p.m.: THE CAPE (effective Jan. 17) – The Event returns on Feb. 28

10:00 p.m.: HARRY’S LAW (effective Jan. 17) – Parenthood (effective on March 7)


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

10:00 p.m. Law & Order: Los Angeles (new day, effective Feb. 8)


 8:00 p.m.: Minute to Win It (season premiere on Jan. 5)

 9:00 p.m.: Chase (effective Jan. 12) – AMERICA’S NEXT GREAT RESTAURANT (March 16)

10:00 p.m.: Law & Order: SVU (effective Jan. 5)

 8:00 p.m.: Community
 8:30 p.m.: PERFECT COUPLES (effective Jan. 20)
 9:00 p.m.: The Office

 9:30 p.m.: Parks and Recreation (season premiere on Jan. 20)

10:00 p.m: 30 Rock (new time, effective Jan. 20)

10:30 p.m.: Outsourced (new time, effective Jan. 20)


 8:00 p.m.: Who Do You Think You Are? (season premiere on Jan. 21)

 9:00 p.m. Dateline (two hours)
 8:00 p.m.: Drama repeats
 9:00 p.m.: Drama repeats

10:00 p.m.: Drama repeats



 7:00 p.m.: Dateline

 8:00 p.m.: The Marriage Ref (season premiere on March 6)

 9:00 p.m.: The Celebrity Apprentice (season premiere on March 6)


-Speaking of 30 Rock:

NBC has renewed the critically acclaimed (but ratings challenged) comedy for the 2011-12 season. 


-More Hardcore Pawn:

Cable net truTV has renewed Hardcord Pawn for a second season, with an order for eight new episodes to begin production in December. Hardcord Pawn takes viewers behind the scenes at American Jewelry and Loan, where each pawn ticket has a story. 


-Reality Rocks Update:

Reality Rocks, the inaugural celebration of everything non-scripted at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 9 and 10, has announced the first two participating networks: WE tv and Wedding Central. “Hearing real stories from real people is what makes reality TV so popular with viewers,” said Theresa Patiri, Vice President of Original Productions, WE tv and Wedding Central. “As a network, we couldn’t be happier that there’s finally a forum for the fans of our shows to hear from our stars and get the chance to interact with them. Reality Rocks is all about the fans and celebrating them for making reality TV such a success.”


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TV Trivia Time:

No Change for This Chuckler

Which one of the following sitcoms did not move to a new location at some point in its series run?

a)      Coach
b)      Gimme a Break
c)      L Love Lucy
d)      Maude
e)      My Three Sons
The answer to yesterday’s question:

Which one of the following was not the name of an actual TV series?


a)      Auntie Mame

b)      Grandpa Goes to Washington

c)      Sister Kate

d)      Sons and Daughters

e)      Uncle Buck


Is: a) Auntie Mame, which started as a novel, and morphed into a stage play and a movie headlined by the one and only Rosalind Russell. As for the others:


-Grandpa Goes to Washington (NBC): 1978-79

-Sister Kate (NBC): 1989-90

-Sons and Daughters (CBS): 1974 – two other series named Sons & Daughters aired as follows:

CBS: drama – 1991, ABC: comedy – 2006

-Uncle Buck (CBS): 1990-91


-Current kudos goes to:
Janice Barney, Gerry Bixenspan, Barbara Bloomfield, Harold Cooper, Mark Cosenza, Andy Ehlen, John Ferlazzo, George Gardner, Michelle Harrington, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Deb Kainer, Mary Kinoshita, Synda Kollman, Rick Locke, Nick Rice, Neal Sabin, Greg Salerno, Max Shulman, Mindy Staley, Andrew Stearn, Don Webb, Larry Weinstock, Abbott Wool, Ted Zawislak