On the Air This Weekend:
Prime-Time Programming Options
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CBS Inches Past ABC; Big Brother Remains on the Plus Side
CW 1.0/ 2
-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Thursday, July 23, 2009):
ABC: +110, NBC: + 4, CBS: – 6, CW: – 9, Fox: -18
-Percent of the Schedule in Repeats: 62
Wipeout (ABC), Big Brother (CBS), So You Think You Can Dance (Fox), Rookie Blue (ABC), The Mentalist R (CBS)
-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):
Nothing…more than half of the line-up were encore telecasts.
CBS inched past ABC for overnight Thursday dominance by one-tenth of a rating point, but victory among adults 18-49 could be a race between ABC, CBS and third-place Fox. In the distant No. 4 spot was NBC, followed by more repeats on The CW.
Summer ABC favorite Wipeout won the 8 p.m. hour, with a 5.3 rating/9 share in the overnights. Next was CBS’ Big Brother (4.3/ 7), which built by a hefty 26 percent from one year earlier (3.4/ 6 on July 23, 2009), followed by a repeats of Fox’s Glee (2.9/ 5), NBC’s Community and 30 Rock (2.1/ 4 each), and The Vampire Diaries on The CW (1.1/ 2). This fall, there is no reason to believe relocated 30 Rock at 8:30 p.m. will generate much interest. SPOILER ALERT…As for Big Brother, teary-eyed Monet was the obvious pick to depart last night. But unless Brendon won HOH last night, “The Brigade” alliance could gain more control.
The live results show on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance won the 9 p.m. hour, with a 4.6/ 8 in the overnights. In an unexpected turn, the judges decided not to eliminate any of the bottom three dancers (Billy Bell, Robert Roldan and Jose Ruiz), which means that two will bid adieu next week. Compared to the year-ago evening (5.1/ 9 on July 23, 2009), So You Think You Can Dance dipped by 10 percent. Mary Murphy…we miss you.
Second at 9 p.m. was successful ABC summer drama Rookie Blue (4.4/ 7), which has earned its renewal stripes, followed by encore telecasts of CBS’ CSI (4.4/ 8), NBC’s The Office (2.5/ 4) and Parks and Recreation (2.0/ 3), and Moonlight on The CW (1.0/ 2). Don’t forget that struggling Parks and Recreation returns in midseason.
First at 10 p.m. was a repeat of CBS’ The Mentalist (5.0/ 9), which I predict will flip time periods with CSI by midseason, followed by ABC’s Boston Med (3.6/ 6) and a repeat of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU.
Just to keep your interest intact for next season, here is a reminder of the upcoming Thursday line-up (with the new shows capped and bolded). The best bet of the four new Thursday entries is CW drama Nikita, which should fit well out of season two of The Vampire Diaries. ABC drama My Generation, the story of a group of former high school students in Austin, Texas who reunite after 10 years looks ambitious, but the documentary style filmmaking could turn viewers off. And while comedies $#*! My Dad Says on CBS and Outsourced on NBC could benefit from the lead-in support, expect a fair degree of erosion for both. Since CBS is not known for airing comedies on Thursday, the better chance to succeed is Outsourced.
8:00 p.m.: The Big Bang Theory (new day and time)
10:00 p.m.: The Apprentice (new day and time)
Based on the Live Plus Same Day ratings, CBS’ Big Brother finished first in the Wednesday 8 p.m. hour in households (3.9 rating/7 share), total viewers (6.50 million), adults 18-49 (2.2/ 8) and adults 25-54 (2.6/ 8). Compared to the year-ago telecast (on Tuesday, July 21, 2009), Big Brother increased by 780,000 viewers and as much as 20 percent among adults 18-34 (1.8/ 7).
America’s Got Talent-ignited NBC finished first overall for the evening on July 21 in total viewers, while the home of So You Think You Can Dance, Fox, was No. 1 among adults 18-49. Here are the results:
NBC: 7.25 million, CBS: 6.42, Fox: 5.76, ABC: 3.79, CW: 1.10
Fox: 2.1 rating/7 share, NBC: 2.0/ 6, CBS: 1.7/ 5, ABC: 1.1/ 4, CW: 0.4/ 1
On the Air This Weekend:
Prime-Time Programming Options
9:00 p.m. Primetime: What Would You Do?
8:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery (R)
9:00 p.m. Medium (R)
8:00 p.m. Friday Night Lights
9:00 p.m. Dateline (two hours)
8:00 p.m. House (R)
9:00 p.m. Bones (R)
8:00 p.m. Smallville (R )
9:00 p.m. Supernatural (R)
-Your Chance to Dance (CMT): 9 p.m. ET (series premiere)
10:00 p.m. Castle (R)
8:00 p.m. Cold Case (R)
9:00 p.m. CSI (R)
8:00 p.m. Persons Unknown
9:00 p.m. Law & Order: Criminal (originally aired on USA)
10:00 p.m. Law & Order: Criminal Intent (originally aired on USA)
8:00 p.m. Cops (original and repeat)
9:00 p.m. America’s Most Wanted
7:00 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos (R)
10:00 p.m. The Gates
7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes
8:00 p.m. Big Brother
9:00 p.m. Undercover Boss (R)
7:00 p.m. Dateline (two hours)
9:00 p.m. Law & Order: Criminal Intent (originally aired on USA)
7:00 p.m. Sons of Tucson
7:30 p.m. American Dad (R)
8:00 p.m. The Simpsons (R)
8:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show (R)
9:00 p.m. Family Guy (R)
9:30 p.m. Family Guy (R)
-My Boys (TBS): 10 p.m. ET (season premiere, one hour)
Notes of Interest
-Justin Bieber on CSI:
Teen singing heartthrob Justin Bieber will make his acting debut on the season-premiere of CBS’ CSI, which kicks off season No. 11 on Sept. 23. Bieber will play a troubled teen who is faced with a terrible decision regarding his only brother.
-Chaos on CBS:
CBS has ordered a new dramedy for midseason called Chaos, which focuses on a group of questionable CIA spies in the Office of Disruptive Services who fight against threats to national security. The ensemble cast includes Freddy Rodriguez, Eric Close, Carmen Ejogo, James Murray and Tim Blake Nelson.
-CBS Pulls The Bridge:
Just three episodes (and two weeks) into its run, CBS has pulled low-rated Canadian drama The Bridge from the Saturday 8 p.m. hour. The July 17th telecast averaged just 2.84 million viewers (#75 out of 96 entries) and a 0.3 rating/1 share among adults 18-49 (tied for #92), based on the Live Plus Same Day results. Repeats of canceled Cold Case will fill the hour until further notice.
-Early Summer Exit for Fox’s The Good Guys:
Fox will conclude the summer run of The Good Guys on Monday, Aug. 2 at 9 p.m. ET instead of the originally planned August 23. The struggling dramedy is slated to return in the Friday 9 p.m. this fall (out of also relocated Human Target) on Sept. 24. Airing in place of The Good Guys on Mondays for the remainder of August will be drama Lie to Me.
-CBS Season Premiere Dates:
CBS has announced the following series and season-premiere dates. All times are Eastern Standard.
-Survivor: Wednesday, Sept. 15, 8 p.m. (season premiere – 21st edition): new day
-How I Met Your Mother: Monday, Sept. 20, 8 p.m. (6th season premiere)
-Rules of Engagement: Monday, Sept. 20, 8:30 p.m. (5th season premiere)
-Two and a Half Men: Monday, Sept. 20, 9 p.m. (8th season premiere)
-Mike & Molly: Monday, Sept. 20, 9:30 p.m. (series premiere)
-Hawaii Five-O: Monday, Sept. 20, 10 p.m. (series premiere)
-NCIS: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 8 p.m. (8th season premiere)
-NCIS: Los Angeles: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 9 p.m. (2nd season premiere)
-Criminal Minds: Wednesday, Sept. 22, 9 p.m. (6th season premiere)
-The Defenders: Wednesday, Sept. 22, 10 p.m. (series premiere)
-The Big Bang Theory: Thursday, Sept. 23, 8 p.m. (4th season premiere): new day and time
-$#*! My Dad Says: Thursday, Sept. 23, 8:30 p.m. (series premiere)
-CSI: Thursday, Sept. 23, 9 p.m. (9th season premiere)
-The Mentalist: Thursday, Sept. 23, 10 p.m. (3rd season premiere)
-Medium: Friday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m. (7th season premiere, second on CBS): new time
-CSI: NY: Friday, Sept. 24, 9 p.m. (7th season premiere): new day and time
-Blue Bloods: Friday, Sept. 24, 10 p.m. (series premiere)
-48 Hours Mystery: Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 p.m. (season premiere)
-60 Minutes: Sunday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. (43rd season premiere)
-The Amazing Race: Sunday, Sept. 26, 8:30 p.m. (10th season premiere, 17th edition): 90 minutes
-Undercover Boss: Sunday, Sept. 26, 10 p.m. (2nd season premiere)
-The Good Wife: Tuesday, Sept. 28, 10 p.m. (2nd season premiere)
-CSI: Miami: Sunday, Oct. 3, 10 p.m. (9th season premiere): new day
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Which one of the following five options was not the actual title of a regularly scheduled TV series?
a) Blue Thunder
b) Fire Me…Please
c) The Rainmaker
e) Wind on Water
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Who played Alexander Mundy’s father on spy drama It Takes a Thief?
a) Fred Astaire
b) Bing Crosby
c) Henry Fonda
d) Cesar Romero
e) Cornel Wilde
Is: a) Fred Astaire, who joined the show in the second (and final) season in the fall of 1969.
-Current kudos goes to:
Dave Aiken, Mark Amato, Mikki Beno, Gerry Bixenspan, Kimay Bloch, Barbara Bloomfield, John Brooker, Steve Clements, Larry Collins, Kay Copeland, Audrey Davis, Reid Davis, Sylvia Davis, Andy Ehlen, Josh Emmett, Phyllis Epstein, Leon Gittens, Bob Goldman, Maureen Goldman, Vicky Gregorian, Kevin Harlan, Jerry Hermes, Brad Hight, Kerry Hughes, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Deb Kainer, Ed Katz, Mary Kinoshita, Synda Kollman, Rick Locke, Patty Lynch, Kathy Martin, Lisa Menin, Jim Moore, Bill Nuss, Joe Pedri, Joe Penney, Alan Perris, David Primuth, Francine Purcell, Gordon Purcell, Con Rigg, Maxine Shulman, Michelle Stanton, Andrew Stearn, Ron Strauss, Joe Swaney, Ronnie Tallant, Carol Teichman, Trenna Underhill, Herb Victor, Don Webb, Tammy Wiard, Ted Zavales