ABC Wins Monday Despite Soft Surviving Suburbia and Castle

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:
ABC Wins, CBS and Fox on the Map
Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not

On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options 

TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest
TV Trivia Time:

Living on the Frontier

ABC Wins, CBS and Fox on the Map
Monday 4/13/09


ABC   9.0/14
CBS    7.3/11
Fox     6.7/10
NBC   4.1/ 6
CW    0.9/ 1

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Monday, April 14, 2008):

Fox: +31, CBS: +11, ABC: + 7, NBC: -34, CW: -36


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, April 13, 2009.   


-Yesterday’s Winners:

Dancing With the Stars (ABC), House (Fox), Two and a Half Men (CBS), CSI: Miami (CBS)


-Honorable Mention:

Rules of Engagement (CBS)


-Yesterday’s Losers (Excluding Repeats):

Chuck (NBC), Heroes (NBC), Surviving Suburbia (ABC), Castle (ABC)


-Ratings Breakdown:

ABC danced its way to another Monday overnight victory, with a healthy 23 percent advantage over second-place CBS. Next was a very respectable Fox, followed by lackluster NBC and another night of repeats on the CW.


Dancing With the Stars dominated the 8-9:30 p.m. block with ease, with a hefty 12.1 rating/19 share and growth in every half-hour as follows:


Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

8:00 p.m.: 11.3/18

8:30 p.m.: 12.4/19

9:00 p.m.: 12.8/19


That led into week two of sitcom Surviving Suburbia, which a disappointing (and second-place) 6.9/10 at 9:30 p.m. Compared to it’s week-ago debut (8.0/12 on April 6), Surviving Suburbia was down by 14 percent. And retention out of the last half-hour of lead-in Dancing With the Stars was just 54 percent. Sorry, Bob Saget and Cynthia Stevenson…that’s very disappointing. 


Castle capped off the evening for ABC with a series-low (and distant second-place) 5.2/ 8 at 10 p.m. Needless to say, this will not bode well for potential renewal. As for the bottom two on Dancing With the Stars last night, my picks are Steve-O (who really needs to go home) and wooden Ty Murray, who just cannot dance. Wasn’t it nice to see the amazing Little Kim at the head of the class last night?


Second-place CBS scored a typical Monday with its combination of The Big Bang Theory (#3: 5.6/ 9), How I Met Your Mother (#3: 5.2/ 8), Two and a Half Men (#2: 8.7/13), which always builds significantly at 9 p.m., Rules of Engagement (#1: 7.2/11) and CSI: Miami (#1: 8.6/15). Although Rules of Engagement may not be strong enough to anchor an hour, retention out of Two and a Half Men was a solid 83 percent.


Fox was on the map, as usual, with its successful pairing of House (#2: 7.3/12) and 24 (#3: 6.2/10), which always delivers among key adults 18-49. Next was NBC with its unsuccessful combination of Chuck (#4: 3.5/ 6), which was never ever able to rebound after the 14-week writer’s strike last year; Heroes (#4: 3.8/ 6), which is a shell of its former self; and Medium (#3: 5.0/ 9), which deserves accolades for building by 25 percent out of the second half of Heroes (4.0/ 6 at 9:30 p.m.).


Capping off this second Monday in April were repeats of Gossip Girl (#5: 0.9/ 1) and One Tree Hill (#5: 0.9/ 1) on the CW. Both dramas will be back in originals next week.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not
-Above Average Masters Tournament on CBS:

CBS Sports is reporting that an estimated 42 million total viewers watched some part of the Easter Weekend coverage of the 2009 Masters Golf Tournament. Comparably, the third and final rounds of the Masters on Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12 were the most-watched since 2001. Last year, the tournament was seen in part by 39.7 million viewers.

-Syndicated Court Show Ratings Update:

What follows is an updated national ratings track for syndicated court season to-date (through March 29), based on households and the two target demos – women 25-54 and adults 25-54. Percent change from the comparable year-ago period appears in parentheses (when available).


Judge Judy (CBS Television Distribution): 4.5 rating (-10), Judge Joe Brown (CBS): 2.3 (-15), People’s Court (Warner Bros.): 2.1 (-16), Judge Mathis (Warner Bros.): 1.7 (-23), Judge Alex (Twentieth Television): 1.6 (-11), Divorce Court (Twentieth): 1.4 (-26), Cristina’s Court (Twentieth): 1.1 (-15), Judge Karen (Sony Pictures Television): 1.0, Judge David Young (SPT): 0.8 (-11), Family Court With Judge Penny (Program Partners): 0.6, Judge Hatchett (SPT): 0.6 (-54)

Women 25-54:

Judge Judy (CBS): 2.2 (-12), People’s Court (Warner Bros.): 1.2 (- 8), Judge Joe Brown (CBS): 1.2 (-14), Judge Mathis (Warner Bros.): 1.1 (-15), Judge Alex (Twentieth Television): 0.8 (-11), Divorce Court (Twentieth): 0.8 (-27), Judge Karen (Sony Pictures Television): 0.6, Cristina’s Court (Twentieth): 0.6 (-15), Judge David Young (SPT): 0.4 (-33), Judge Hatchett (SPT): 0.4 (-50), Family Court With Judge Penny (Program Partners): 0.3

Adults 25-54:

Judge Judy (CBS): 1.9 (-10), Judge Joe Brown (CBS): 1.0 (- 9), People’s Court (Warner Bros.): 1.0 (-17), Judge Mathis (Warner Bros.): 0.9 (-18), Judge Alex (Twentieth Television): 0.7 (-13), Divorce Court (Twentieth): 0.7 (-22), Judge Karen (Sony Pictures Television): 0.5, Cristina’s Court (Twentieth): 0.5 (-17), Judge David Young (SPT): 0.4 (no change), Family Court With Judge Penny (Program Partners): 0.3

Judge Hatchett (SPT): 0.3 (-50)
Source: Nielsen Media Research data

On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options

Tuesday 4/14/09
 8:00 p.m. According To Jim
 8:30 p.m. According To Jim
 9:00 p.m. Dancing With the Stars Results Show

10:00 p.m. Cupid


 8:00 p.m. NCIS (R)

 9:00 p.m. The Mentalist (R)

10:00 p.m. Without a Trace  


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

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

 8:00 p.m. American Idol
 9:00 p.m. Fringe

 8:00 p.m. Reaper

 9:00 p.m. 90210


 8:00 p.m. Street Patrol (R)

 8:30 p.m. Street Patrol (R)

 9:00 p.m. Jail (R)

 9:30 p.m. Jail (R)


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


-WHDH Has a Chance of Heart About Jay Leno:

Boston NBC affiliate WHDH-TV has apparently buckled under the pressure and will air Jay Leno’s stripped 10 p.m. talk show in prime-time next season. WHDH originally said it would run a local newscast in the Monday to Friday 10 p.m. hour, which resulted in a threat from NBC to drop its affiliation. 


-Happy Anniversary, TCM:

Turner Classic Movies, a Mr. TV favorite, has released a list of the 15 most influential classic films of all time at in celebration of its 15 year anniversary. And they are (in chronological order): The Birth of a Nation (1915), Battleship Potemkin (1925), Metropolis (1927), 42nd Street (1933), It Happened One Night (1934), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Gone With the Wind (1939), Stagecoach (1939), Citizen Cane (1941), The Bicycle Thief (1947), Rashomon (1950), The Searchers (1956), Breathless (1959), Psycho (1960) and Star Wars (1977). 


-Speaking of TCM:

Click on for my Mr. TV interview with famed TCM host Robert Osborne in this week’s issue of Mediaweek. 


-Showtime Renews The Tudors:

Showtime has picked up critically acclaimed drama The Tudors for a fourth, and final season, with an order for 10 additional one-hour episodes (which will begin in the spring of 2010). In total, that will bring the four season total to 38 episodes. 


-Upcoming on Sundance Channel:

Sundance Channel has announced three original series, including a second season of Spectacle: Elvis Costello With…, which will feature interviews with new musical artists and legendary performers. The two debuting series will be The Day Before, which will focus on the 36-hours prior to a fashion show; and Be Good Johnny Weir, which will follow controversial three-time U.S. Figure Skating Champion and 2006 Olympian, Johnny Weir as he attempts to make it to the February 2010 Olympics. In development at Sundance Channel are several non-scripted series, including Architecture School, which follows students at a prestigious firm as they work on a major project; Don’t Bomb Kuala Lumpur, which features a pair of up-and-coming stand-up comedians; Red Summer, which chronicles life in a small Eskimo village in Alaska; Top City Artist with Justin Bua, which follows the life of the urban artist. 


Previously announced projects at Sundance Channel are lifestyle driven Good Design and Extreme to Mainstream, which follows artists as they attempt broaden their focus.


-One Life to Live Fans Take Note:

SOAPnet, the home of must see serials, will celebrate Mother’s Day on May 10 with a 3-6 p.m. ET marathon focusing on the mother-daughter duo of Blair Cramer and Starr Manning from One Life to Live. Too bad SOAPnet is also not featuring a Knots Landing marathon with Val and Lilimae. 

TV Trivia Time:

Living on the Frontier


What state was drama Little House on the Prairie set in?


a)      Kansas

b)      Minnesota

c)      Nebraska

d)      North Dakota

e)      Wyoming


The answer to yesterday’s question…


What was the name of the housekeeper who took care of Andy and Opie before Aunt Bee arrived on The Andy Griffith Show?


a)      Betty

b)      Celia

c)      Lucille

d)      Matilda

e)      Rose


Is: e) Rose. We never did see Rose, of course. But Little Opie was none too pleased initially that good ol’ Aunt Bee was taking her place. “She can’t even fish or play baseball,” squawked Opie, as the teary eyed mother hen was ready to make an early exit. “She needs us.”


-Current kudos goes to:
Gerry Bixenspan, Kimay Bloch, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Mark Cosenza, Annie Courtney, Sue Doron, Patricia Finn, Arleen Fong, Jerry Gibbons, Geoffrey Gordon, Bob Ingersoll, Deb Kainer, Michael Murphy, Tony Naldrett, Arthur Reinstein, Ron Salmon, Kim Smith, Michelle Stanton, Ronnie Tallant, Ted Zawislak