CBS Opens Week on a Winning Note

THE PROGRAMMING INSIDER
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
 
Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:

CBS Wins; Lackluster I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out! of Here on NBC

 
Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not
 

On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options 

 
TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest
 
TV Trivia Time:

Malcolm is Really in the Middle

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CBS Wins; Lackluster I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out! of Here on NBC

 
Monday 6/08/09
 

              HH
          Rtg/Shr

CBS    5.4/ 9
NBC   4.2/ 7
ABC   4.0/ 7
Fox     4.0/ 7

CW    0.7/ 1

 
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-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Monday, June 9, 2008):

NBC: + 8, ABC: + 5, CBS: – 8, Fox: -29, CW: -30

 
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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, June 8, 2009.   

 
-Ratings Breakdown:

CBS led the overnight troops on this second Monday in June with its encore combination of The Big Bang Theory (#1: 4.6 rating/ 8 share), How I Met Your Mother (#1t: 4.3/ 7), Two and a Half Men (#1: 6.8/11), another episode of The Big Bang Theory (#1: 5.3/ 8), which will air at 9:30 p.m. next season, and veteran CSI: Miami (#1: 5.7/10). While the lead-in support from Two and a Half Men will certainly benefit worthy The Big Bang Theory next season, Big Bang is a stronger 8 p.m. anchor to Monday than relocated How I Met Your Mother will be. Why try to fix something that is already working?

 

Over at NBC, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! was expanded to two hours due to game six of The Stanley Cup Finals airing tonight, and it averaged a diluted 3.6/ 6 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. Here is the half-hour breakdown:

 

I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! (NBC)

8:00 p.m.: 3.4/ 6 (#4)

8:30 p.m.: 3.4/ 6 (#4)

9:00 p.m.: 3.8/ 6 (#3t)

9:30 p.m.: 4.0/ 6 (#4)

 

One week earlier, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! opened with a 4.3/ 7 in the overnights on June 1. 

As expected, Frances Collier (one half of “Frangela”) was the next to go, and the obnoxious Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag have quit…again. Adios! Remind me never to watch The Hills. 

 

A 10 p.m. edition of Dateline closed the evening for NBC with a second-place 5.3/ 9 at 10 p.m.

 

ABC tied Fox for third in the metered markets for the evening care of its combination of a two-hour installment of The Bachelorette (4.5/ 7), which managed to build by rating in each half-hour despite the overall lackluster performance, and summer dud Here Come the Newlyweds (#3: 3.2/ 6). Here is the half-hour breakdown for The Bachelorette:

 

The Bachelorette (ABC)

8:00 p.m.: 4.2/ 7 (#2)

8:30 p.m.: 4.3/ 7 (#1t)

9:00 p.m.: 4.4/ 7 (#2)

9:30 p.m.: 5.1/ 8 (#2)

 

Chances are we will not be seeing a third season of Here Come the Newlyweds. 

 

Fox aired repeats of House (#3: 4.0/ 7) and Bones (#3: 4.0/ 6) from 8-10 p.m. And the CW capped off the evening with encore telecasts of Gossip Girl (#5: 0.8/ 2) and One Tree Hill (#5: 0.7/ 1), which never play well in repeats. 

 

To whet your appetite for next season, here is the upcoming Monday schedule:

 
ABC
 8:00 p.m. Dancing With the Stars (two hours)

10:00 p.m. Castle

 
CBS
 8:00 p.m. How I Met Your Mother (new time)
 8:30 p.m. Accidentally on Purpose (new)
 9:00 p.m. Two and a Half Men
 9:30 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (new time)

10:00 p.m. CSI: Miami

 
NBC
 8:00 p.m. Heroes (new time)
 9:00 p.m. Trauma (new)

10:00 p.m. The Jay Leno Show (new)

 
Fox
 8:00 p.m. House
 9:00 p.m. Lie to Me (new day)
 
CW
 8:00 p.m. Gossip Girl
 9:00 p.m. One Tree Hill  
 
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
 
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Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not
 
-Above Average Rated Tony Awards:

The 63rd Annual Tony Awards, hosted by How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris, rose to 7.45 million viewers, with a 1.8 rating/5 share among adults 25-54 and a 1.3/ 4 among adults 18-49 from 8-11 p.m. on Sunday, June 7, according to the preliminary live plus same day ratings. Comparably, that was the best ratings for The Tonys since 2006, with growth from one year earlier (Viewers: 6.27 million; A25-54: 1.5/ 4; A18-49: 1.1/ 3 on June 15, 2008) of 1.18 million viewers, 20 percent in adults 25-54 and 18 percent in adults 18-49. 

 
-Stellar Debut for Kendra on E!:

Kendra, the new E! series featuring former Girls Next Door co-star Kendra Wilkinson, debuted on Sunday as the highest rated series on the cable network since The Anna Nicole Show on August 4, 2002. Kendra averaged a 2.1 in households households, 2.6 million viewers and as high as a 3.66 rating among women 18-34 at 10 p.m. ET. Comparably, Kendra more than doubled the 2008 time period average in households and key demos, while tripling the second 2009 to-date average by as much as 208 percent among women 18-49. Ignited by Kendra, the second season-premiere of Denise Richards: It’s Complicated rose to a 1.37 household rating and a 1.15 among adults 18-49 at 11 p.m. — up by 12 percent and 13 percent, respectively, from one year earlier.

 
-Lifetime’s Army Wives Scores Among Women 18-49:

Also based on Sunday, June 7, Lifetime drama Army Wives returned with 3.48 million viewers with a 2.4 rating among key women 18-49. While that was a slight decline from last season’s 3.68 million viewers, Army Wives is now the top-rated cable drama premiere in the demo this year to-date.

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

 
Tuesday 6/09/09
 
ABC:
 8:00 p.m. Jimmy Kimmel Live
 8:30 p.m. NBA Countdown
 9:00 p.m. 2009 NBA Finals, Game 3
 
CBS:
 8:00 p.m. NCIS (R)
 9:00 p.m. The Mentalist (R)

10:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery (R)

 
NBC:
 8:00 p.m. Stanley Cup Finals, Game 6
 
Fox:
 8:00 p.m. House (R)
 9:00 p.m. Mental
 
CW:
 8:00 p.m. 90210 (R)

 9:00 p.m. Hitched or Ditched

 
MTNV

 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)

 
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TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest

 

-More Rachael Ray:

CBS Television Distribution has renewed three year old Emmy winning daytime talker The Rachael Ray Show for another three years, taking it through the 2011-12 season. Multi season renewals to-date, including a two season pick-up by the ABC Owned Television Stations, represents approximately 60 percent of the country.  

 

-USA Confirms Return Dates for Monk and Psych:

Long-running Monk, headlined by multiple Emmy winning Tony Shalhoub, will open its eighth (and final) season on USA on Friday, August 7 at 9 p.m. ET. Leading out of Monk is the fourth season-premiere on Psych at 10 p.m. ET. 

 

-TBS Tidbits:

TBS, the home of everything funny, will air the third season of sitcom The Bill Engvall Show beginning on Saturday, July 18 at 9 p.m. ET. Rumors are circulating, meanwhile, that the cable net might be interested in reviving canceled NBC sitcom My Name is Earl (which currently airs on TBS in repeats) for 13 original episodes. Fox initially expressed interest in keeping My Name is Earl alive.

 

-WBDTD Racks Up Off-Net Clearances:

Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution has cleared CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine in off-network syndication for a fall 2010 launch in approximately 70 percent of the country. Old Christine has been sold to Tribune Broadcasting’s owned-and-operated stations in New York (WPIX) and Los Angeles (KTLA), Weigel Broadcasting’s WCIU in Chicago, plus affiliates from the CBS and Fox Television Stations, ACME Television, Capitol Broadcasting, Cox Television, Gannett, Grant, Hearst, Local TV, Roberts Broadcasting, the Sinclair Broadcast Group and Titan. Stations will have the rights two daily runs, plus two half-hour weekend telecasts.

 

Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm, also from Warner Bros., have been sold to the 17 Tribune stations for a fall 2010 off-net debut, plus stations from the following groups: ACME Television, CBS Television Stations, Capitol Broadcasting, Fox Television Stations, Cox Television, Grant, Local TV, Meredith, Roberts Broadcasting, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Titan. Both sitcoms will air weekdays, with one weekend telecast. 

 
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TV Trivia Time:

Malcolm is Really in the Middle

 

What was the name of Lois and Hal’s fifth son on sitcom Malcolm in the Middle?

 
Albert
Darryl
Freddie
Jamie
Kyle
 

The answer to yesterday’s question…

 

Which one of the following was not the actual title of a regularly scheduled primetime TV series?

 
The Burning Zone
Cold Feet
Cool McCool
The Hot L Baltimore
Hot Pursuit
 

Is: c) Cool McCool, which was the name of an animated 1966 to 1968 Saturday morning cartoon. As for the others:

 

-The Burning Zone (UPN): 1996-97

-Cold Feet (NBC): 1999

-The Hot L Baltimore (ABC): 1975

-Hot Pursuit (NBC): 1984
 

-Current kudos goes to:
Matthew Berriman, Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Annie Courtney, Bob Ingersoll, Ken Jobe (1/2), Deb Kainer, Marie LeFevre Karp, Mary Kinoshita, Tony Naldrett, Alan Perris, Gordon Purcell, Andrew Stearn , Mickie D. Steinmann