ABC Sweeps Week of June 7


Wednesday, June 16, 2010



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Prime-Time Metered Market Tuesday Ratings:

More NBA Finals Dominance on ABC

National Ratings in Prime-Time:

Week of June 7, 2010


Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not


On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options 


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


TV Trivia Time:

Hot in Primetime

Note: Due to my travel schedule, The Programming Insider will not be produced on Thursday. See you back from New York on Friday, June 18.


Prime-Time Metered Market Tuesday Ratings:
More NBA Finals Dominance on ABC


Tuesday 6/15/10

Note: The following results exclude the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix, San Diego, Sacramento, Portland, Albuquerque, Denver and Las Vegas markets. 



ABC   9.0/14
CBS   6.1/10
NBC   4.6/ 7
Fox     4.3/ 7
CW     0.6/ 1

-Note: Percent change from the year-ago evening was not available today.


-Yesterday’s Winners:

NBA Finals, Game 6 (ABC), NCIS R (CBS). America’s Got Talent (NBC)


-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Losing it With Jillian (NBC)


-Ratings Breakdown:

It was another slam-dunk victory for ABC care of game six of The NBA Finals (Boston versus the Los Angeles Lakers), which averaged an estimated 11.1 rating/17 share in the overnights for the primetime (9-11 p.m.) portion, and an 11.0/17 from 9-11:30 p.m. Keep in mind, of course, that results for any live sporting event are approximate and only 46 markets were factored into the results. As expected, this was a series-high performance. Here is the half-hour breakdown:


NBA Finals, Game 6:

 9:00 p.m.: 9.9/15 (#1)
 9:30 p.m.: 11.4/17 (#1)

10:00 p.m.: 11.1/17 (#1)

10:30 p.m.: 12.0/19 (#1)

11:00 p.m.: 10.8.19 (#1)


The NBA Countdown pre-game was second at 8:30 p.m. with a 4.6/ 7 in the overnights, leading out of an abbreviated version of Jimmy Kimmel Live at an estimated 5.0/ 8 (which included NBA coverage in the Central Time Zone). 


Earlier in the evening in primetime, President Obama addressed the country on the Gulf Coast Oil Spill for about 15 minutes and the approximate results from 8-8:15 p.m. were as follows:


President Obama at 8 p.m.

CBS: 5.2/ 9

ABC: 4.9/ 8

NBC: 4.8/ 8
Fox: 3.0/ 5

Due to the Presidential Address, remaining results for the evening for the Big 4 networks are all approximate. On that note, a repeat of CBS’ NCIS scored a 6.8/11 in the overnights from 8:15-9:15 p.m., followed by encore telecasts of NCIS: Los Angeles (6.3/10) and The Good Wife (5.4/10) from 9:15-11:15 p.m. Two days into my trip in Banff, Canada for the Banff World Television Festival and there is a definite Canadian buzz on The Good Wife. 


Following the news conference, week three of Losing it With Jillian on NBC finished fourth in the 8:30 p.m. half-hour with just a 3.2/ 5 in the overnights. Viewers, needless to say, prefer Jillian Michaels on The Biggest Loser. Next on NBC was summer favorite America’s Got Talent at a 6.8/10 at 9 p.m., followed by a repeat of Last Comic Standing at a last-place 3.1/ 5 at 10 p.m. As a reminder, and excluding The CW, all results in primetime from last night are estimated.


Over at Fox, back-to-back episodes of demo friendly Hell’s Kitchen averaged a 4.5/ 7 from 8:15-10:15 p.m. Last, and very least, were repeats of CW dramas One Tree Hill (0.7/ 1), which is not strong enough to anchor Tuesday next season, and Life Unexpected (0.6/ 1), which is worthy of stronger lead-in support. 


As a reminder, here is what you will be seeing on the broadcast networks on Tuesdays this fall (with new shows in caps and bolded):

 9:00 p.m.: Dancing With the Stars (new time)
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 (new time)
 9:00 p.m.: RAISING HOPE
 9:30 p.m.: RUNNING WILDE
 8:00 p.m.: One Tree Hill (new day)
 9:00 p.m. Life Unexpected (new day)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)


National Ratings in Prime-Time:

Week of June 7, 2010


Led by games three through five of The NBA Finals (LA Lakers vs. Boston), it was another slam-dunk victory for ABC, with a first-place finish in households, total viewers and the three key demos — adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and adults 18-34. Comparably, ABC posted its biggest summer week in six years (since the week of June 7, 2004) in total viewers and adults 18-49. Of particular note was Sunday’s Celtics-Lakers game five match-up ranking as TV’s most-watched non-Olympic summer telecast since June 23, 2005.


Elsewhere, CBS and Fox tied for the No. 2 spot, with CBS second in households and total viewers and Fox the runner-up in the key demos, growing by as much as much as 18 percent among adults 18-34 from one year earlier. NBC, which included the sixth (and final) game of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday, finished third demographically at levels close to one year earlier, while a week of all repeats took its toll on last-place The CW.


In summer series-premiere news, NBC drama Persons Unknown was stalled at the Monday gate with just 4.38 million viewers (#48 overall) and a 1.4 rating/4 share among adults 18-49 (#38t) at 10 p.m. Retention out of lead-in Last Comic Standing (Viewers: 5.04 million; A18-49: 2.0/ 6 from 8-10 p.m.) was 87 percent in total viewers and 70 percent in the demo.


In specials news, The 64th Annual Tony Awards on CBS Sunday took a hit opposite The NBA Finals, with 6.98 million viewers (#22) and a 1.1/ 3 among adults 18-49 (tied for No.57) from 9-11 p.m. Over at ABC, The Fifa World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert on Friday, which was an edited version of the opening ceremony concert on Univision and ESPN2 one night earlier, tanked at just 3.40 million viewers (#63) and a 1.1/ 4 in the demo (#57t) from 8-10 p.m. 


What follows are the final national ratings for the week of June 7, 2010 (with percent change versus the comparable year-ago week in parentheses), followed by the top 30 rated programs of the week and the top rated networks on basic cable.  


ABC: 4.9 rating/9 share (+ 9), CBS: 4.7/ 8 (+ 2), NBC and Fox: 3.2/ 6 (no change each), CW: 0.6/ 1 (-25)

-Total Viewers:

ABC: 7.96 million (+ 7), CBS: 7.07 (+ 2), Fox: 5.32 (+ 5), NBC: 5.11 (+ 2), CW: 930,000 (-22)


-Adults 18-49:

ABC: 2.9/ 9 (+ 7), Fox: 2.0/ 7 (+11), NBC: 1.6/ 5 (- 6), CBS: 1.4/ 4 (no change). CW: 0.4/ 1 (no change)


-Adults 25-54:

ABC: 3.1/ 9 (+ 7), Fox: 2.2/ 6 (+10), NBC: 2.0/ 6 (no change), CBS: 2.0/ 6 (- 5), CW: 0.4/ 1 (no change)


-Adults 18-34:

ABC: 2.7/10 (no change), Fox: 2.0/ 7 (+18), NBC: 1.3/ 5 (- 7), CBS: 0.9/ 3 (no change), CW: 0.4/ 1 (no change)

 Top 30 Rankings

-Total Viewers:

The NBA Finals, Game 5: LA Lakers at Boston (ABC): 18.65 million, The NBA Finals, Game 4: LA Lakers at Boston (ABC): 16.37, The NBA Finals, Game 3: LA Lakers at Boston (ABC): 15.96, America’s Got Talent – Tuesday (NBC): 13.09, NCIS R (CBS): 11.26, Glee (Fox, season finale); 11.07, Two and a Half Men R (CBS): 9.84, NCIS: Los Angeles R (CBS): 9.57, The Big Bang Theory R (CBS): 9.12, 60 Minutes R (CBS): 9.04, The Mentalist R (CBS): 8.91, CSI R (CBS, Thurs. 9 p.m.): 8.51, Criminal Minds R (CBS): 8.47, NHL Stanley Cup Final, Game 6 (NBC): 8.28, So You Think You Can Dance – Wednesday (Fox): 8.15, CSI: Miami R (CBS): 7.97, The Bachelorette (ABC): 7.91, America’s Got Talent – Tuesday (NBC): 7.53, CSI R (CBS, Thurs. 8 p.m.): 7.41, Miami Medical (CBS): 7.02, The 64th Annual Tony Awards (CBS): 6.98, Hell’s Kitchen (Fox): 6.96, So You Think You Can Dance – Thursday (Fox): 6.80, Flashpoint (CBS): 6.76, The Good Wife R (CBS): 6.73, Lie to Me (Fox) and Dateline – Friday (NBC): 6.06 million each, Losing it With Jillian (NBC): 5.70, Rules of Engagement R (CBS): 5.45

 -Adults 18-49:

The NBA Finals, Game 5: LA Lakers at Boston (ABC): 7.2 rating/20 share, The NBA Finals, Game 3: LA Lakers at Boston (ABC): 6.7/19, The NBA Finals, Game 4: LA Lakers at Boston (ABC): 6.6/21, Glee (Fox, season finale): 4.7/12, America’s Got Talent – Tuesday (NBC): 3.7/10, Stanley Cup Finals, Game 6 (NBC) and Hell’s Kitchen (Fox): 3.2/10 each, So You Think You Can Dance – Wednesday (Fox): 3.0/ 9, The Big Bang Theory R (CBS): 2.7/ 8, The Bachelorette (ABC), Two and a Half Men R (CBS) and So You Think You Can Dance – Thursday (Fox): 2.6/ 8 each, Losing it with Jillian (NBC) and Family Guy R (Fox): 2.1/ 6 each, Last Comic Standing (NBC), America’s Got Talent – Tuesday (NBC) and NBA Countdown – Game 3 (ABC): 2.0/ 6 each, NBA Countdown – Thursday (ABC): 1.9/ 7, NBA Countdown – Game 4 (ABC): 1.9/ 7, Criminal Minds R (CBS): 1.9/ 6, NCIS R (CBS), Lie to Me (Fox) and The Simpsons R (Fox): 1.8/ 6 each, True Beauty (ABC), CSI: Miami R (CBS) and CSI: NY R (CBS): 1.8/ 5 each, Glee R (Fox): 1.7/ 6, Modern Family R (ABC), The Cleveland Show R (Fox) and American Dad R (Fox): 1.7/ 5 each




What follows are the top 10 rated networks on cable in prime-time for the week of May 31 based on total viewers and the three key demos:


Total Viewers:

USA: 3.21 million, TNT: 2.35, Fox News: 2.16, TBS: 1.71, Nick at Nite: 1.62, ABC Family: 1.58, History: 1.56, A&E: 1.34, Cartoon Network: 1.28, Food Network: 1.25


Adults 18-49:

USA: 1.13 million, TNT: 1.04 million, TBS: 982,000, History: 697,000, ABC Family: 695,000, Discovery: 630,000, Food Network: 629,000, A&E: 599,000, FX: 554,000, TLC: 526,000


Adults 25-54:

USA: 1.29 million, TNT: 1.15 million, TBS: 904,000, History: 785,000, Food Network: 679,000, Discovery: 671,000, A&E: 641,000, ABC Family: 615,000, FX: 584,000, Syfy: 574,000


Adults 18-34:

TBS: 529,000, USA: 466,000, TNT: 392,000, ABC Family: 382,000, MTV: 347,000, Comedy Central: 324,000, History: 284,000, TLC: 278,000, Bravo: 273,000, Discovery: 271,000


Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)


Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not


-Strong Return for HBO’s True Blood:

The third season of HBO drama True Blood kicked-off on Sunday, June 13 with 5.1 million viewers — 1.4 million (or 38 percent) more than the season two opener. Compared to the full season two average (4.3 million), this was an increase of 800,000 viewers (or 19 percent). 


Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)


On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options


Wednesday 6/16/10


 8:00 p.m. The Middle (R)

 8:30 p.m. The Middle (R)
 9:00 p.m. Modern Family (R)
 9:30 p.m. Cougar Town (R)

10:00 p.m. Happy Town


 8:00 p.m. TV’s Greatest Surprises: A Paley Center for Media

 9:30 p.m. Rules of Engagement (R)

10:00 p.m. Criminal Minds (R)

 8:00 p.m. America’s Got Talent (R)
 9:00 p.m. America’s Got Talent

10:00 p.m. Law & Order: SVU


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

 8:00 p.m. America’s Next Top Model (R)
 9:00 p.m. America’s Next Top Model (R)

Of Note on Cable:


-Hot in Cleveland (TV Land): 10 p.m. ET (premiere)

Three best friends from Los Angeles (Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick) rediscover themselves after their plane unexpectedly lands in Cleveland. The ageless Betty White co-stars.


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


-More Ghost Hunters:

Syfy has renewed non-scripted staple Ghost Hunters for a seventh season, with an order for 25 new episodes in 2011. 


-ION Acquires Without a Trace:

ION Television, the growing home of off-network programming, has acquired all seven seasons (and 160 episodes) of former CBS crime solver Without a Trace. It is expected to begin this coming fall.


-Maura Tierney Joins Cast of The Whole Truth:

Former ER star Maura Tierney, who was forced to exit NBC’s Parenthood due to health related issues, will join the cast of upcoming ABC Wednesday 10 p.m. drama The Whole Truth, which provides equal time to the prosecution and the defense attorney’s work on the same cases. Tierney will play a deputy bureau chief in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office in this new Jerry Bruckheimer hour. 


-Dr. Oz on KABC:

The Dr. Oz Show, the hit freshman health-related talker from Sony Pictures Television, has snagged its first Oprah time period: KABC in Los Angeles effective in September 2011. Dr. Oz, which is expected to inherit the lion’s share of the Oprah time periods, currently airs on Fox Television Station’s KTTV in LA.


-Sons of Tucson to Lead-Off Sunday:

No, it does not really matter at this point. But canceled Fox sitcom Sons of Tucson will move to Sundays a 7 p.m. effective on June 27 in place of ‘Til Death, which concludes on June 20, to burn-off its remaining episodes. 


-Warner Bros. Promotes Two:

Scott Rowe and Tammy Golihew have been promoted at Warner Bros. Rowe has been named SVP, Worldwide Communications for the Warner Bros. Television Group, where he will manage all communications globally for the Warner Bros. Television Group; and Golihew has been upped to SVP, Publicity, Warner Bros. Television. Golihew will continue to oversee all consumer publicity and strategic business communications for Warner Bros. Television, Warner Horizon Television, Warner Bros. Animation and digital venture Studio 2.0. Congratulations to both!

TV Trivia Time:
Hot in Primetime

In honor of the series-premiere of TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland tonight, which one of the following series did not feature either Valerie Bertinelli or Betty White?


a)      Bob

b)      Boston Legal

c)      Good Morning, Miami

d)      Sydney

e)      Touched by an Angel


The answer to Monday’s question…


In honor of The Programming Insider’s 11th anniversary, which one of the following long-running series did not make it into an 11th season?


a)      Happy Days

b)      Falcon Crest

c)      Frasier

d)      MASH

e)      7th Heaven


Is: b) Falcon Crest, which aired for nine seasons on CBS (1981-90). As for the others:


-Happy Days: Jan. 25, 1974 – July 12, 1984

-Frasier: Sept. 16, 1993 – May 13, 2004

-MASH: Sept. 17, 1972 – Sept. 19, 1983

-7th Heaven: August 26, 1996 – Sept. 16, 2007


-Current kudos goes to:
Steve Albright, Mark Amato, Barbara Berman, Gerry Bixenspan, Barbara Bloomfield, John Brooker, Larry Collins, Reid Davis, Mike Dugger, Phyllis Epstein, John Ferlazzo, Maureen Goldman, Geoffrey Gordon, Ken Hommel, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Synda Kollman, Steve Kurtzer, Patty Lynch, Aaron Paquette, Stephen Rafi, Michael Ratliffe, Joe Rubi, Mary Ryan, Neal Sabin, Maxine Shulman, Larry Weinstock