CBS Wins Thursday Overnights, ABC Solid


Friday, January 15, 2010


Live From The TCA Winter Press Tour


Prime-Time Metered Market Thursday Ratings:
CBS Wins, ABC Solid  


TCA Winter Press Tour 2010:

Notes of Interest from The Winter Press Tour

TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest  

On the Air This Weekend:

Prime-Time Programming Options

TV Trivia Time:
Maude’s Men



Note: The Programming Insider will not be published on Monday in observance of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. See you back on Tuesday, January 19 from New York.


Prime-Time Metered Market Thursday Ratings:
CBS Wins, ABC Solid  

Thursday 1/14/10


CBS   8.8/14
ABC 7.3/11
Fox    6.0/ 9
NBC 3.7/ 6
CW    1.2/ 2

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Thursday, January 15, 2009):
Fox” +100, ABC: +20, CBS: -19, NBC: -24, CBS: -52


-Yesterday’s Winners:

Bones (Fox), CSI (CBS), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), The Mentalist (CBS), Private Practice (ABC)


-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Community (NBC), Parks and Recreation (NBC), 30 Rock (NBC), Fringe (NBC), The Jay Leno Show (NBC)


-Ratings Breakdown:

It was another Thursday overnight victory for CBS with its combination of a repeat of The Mentalist (#2: 6.4 rating/10 share), CSI (#1: 9.8/14) and the regularly scheduled edition of The Mentalist (#1: 10.3/17). ABC replaced the repeat telecast of Grey’s Anatomy it was scheduled to open the evening with for an ABC News Special on the earthquake in Haiti, which was third in the 8 p.m. hour with a 4.3/ 7 in the overnights. That led into Grey’s Anatomy (#2: 9.4/14 at 9 p.m.), which featured a guest appearance by Kate Walsh, followed by spin-off Private Practice at a healthy second-place 8.0/13 at 10 p.m. Both Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice are expected to win their time periods among adults 18-49.


Fox got off to a winning start care of Bones at a dominant 7.3/12 in the overnights at 8 p.m. But lead-out Fringe lost the momentum with a third-place 4.8/ 7 at 9 p.m. Retention for Fringe out of the second half of Bones (7.5/12 at 8:30 p.m.) was just 64 percent.


NBC had a modest Thursday with its combination of Community (#4: 3.8/ 6), Parks and Recreation (#4: 3.4/ 5), two episodes of 30 Rock (9:00 p.m.: #4, 4.1/ 6 – 9:30 p.m.: #4, 3.8/ 6) and canceled The Jay Leno Show (#3: 3.5/ 6). Missing, of course, was The Office, which always generates interest among adults 18-49. Filling the Thursday 10 p.m. hour effective on March 4 will be Jerry Seinfeld reality hour The Marriage Ref. See TV Tidbits below.


Last were repeats of The Vampire Diaries (1.3/ 2) and Supernatural (1.0/ 2) on The CW.


Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)


TCA Winter Press Tour 2010:

Day One of Cable


Discovery Networks


Yes, folks, Kate Gosselin (a.k.a. Jon and Kate Plus 8) will be back on TLC in a new series, but the format has yet-to-be determined. Also returning are new episodes of established TLC series like Police Women,
Cake Boss, LA Ink, Toddlers & Tiaras and American Chopper. Featured today in the Discovery Channel portion of cable were sessions on TLC’s Addicted and What Not to Wear, Planet Green’s The Fabulous Beekman Boys, Investigation Discovery’s Prison Wives, Animal Planet’s Fatal Attractions and River Monsters, Science Channel’s Meteorite Men, and Life on The Discovery Channel. 


Each episode of Addicted will feature recovering addict Kristina Wandzilak helping addicts and their families get on the road to recovery and healing. Said Kristina Wandzilak: 


“Addicted is about a family’s journey from crisis through intervention, through treatment, a parallel journey of addict and family through treatment, coming back together for afterwards with a new understanding and a new language of how their lives have been affected by the disease. Addicted is about family transformation. It is about hope, and it is about change.”


What Not to Wear hosts Stacy London and Clinton Kelly were up next to celebrate the long-running fashion/reality show’s 250th episode. But considerably more serious was Discovery Investigation’s Prison Wives, a 13-part documentary about the wives and family of people that have been incarcerated.


Said Pam Booker, one of the wives who claims her husband was wrongfully convicted:


“We are judged every day. Not only are we as spouses, but our children are judged. Part of the reason why I chose to do this series is to help to lift the veil of secrecy and shame that surrounds people. I want my children to be able to be proud — when someone asks about their father, to be proud — to say, “This is my father. I love my father,” and not have to worry about being judged or being shamed. At the end of the day, it’s a human story. We are just like anyone else, and that’s why we hope folks will watch.”


Animal Planet’s Fatal Attractions is a three-part miniseries that premieres in March and explores why
some people are driven to bring dangerous, wild creatures like chimpanzees, leopards, and venomous
reptiles right into their homes.  And River Monsters, which searches for the world’s most legendary flesh-eating freshwater fish, is now Animal Planet’s highest-rated series ever. Meteorite Men at The Science Channel, meanwhile, will explore the questions of who we are, where we come from and how we fit in the universe.


“For nearly 15 years, our Meteorite Men, Geoff Notkin and Steve Arnold, have traversed the Earth in search of alien visitors, meteorites from deep space, said Deborah Adler Myers, svp program, Discovery Network. “What I’ve learned from them, that meteorites are not only extremely rare and valuable, but they’re actually lost pieces of the universe…these cool, wondrous, natural objects that are born from planets, moons and other bits of space.”


There is, no doubt, more to The Winter Press Tour than all the Leno-Conan NBC drama.  

TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest from The Winter Press Tour


-NBC Announces 10 p.m. Weeknight Schedule:

As embarrassed Jay Leno heads back to host The Tonight Show, NBC has unveiled its plans to program the 10 p.m. weeknight hour. Effective the first week of March, granddaddy Law & Order will move to Monday at 10 p.m., with back-to-back episodes slated from 9-11 p.m. that first Monday and Trauma returning to the 9 p.m. hour on March 8. Parenthood, the long-awaited second remake of the Ron Howard theatrical of the same name, will lead-out of the two-hour edition of The Biggest Loser on Tuesday. Law & Order: SVU will return to Wednesday at 10 p.m. (out of a repeat episode), while new Jerry Seinfeld reality hour The Marriage Ref will populate the Thursday 10 p.m. time period. Newsmagazine Dateline will be expanded to two-hours on Friday.


Replacing Law & Order as the Friday 8 p.m. anchor will be new reality series Who Do You Think You Are? on March 5. Feel-good (but low-rated) Friday Night Lights will return to the time period on April 30). On Sunday, new game show Minute to Win It will inherit the 8 p.m. hour on March 14, leading to the return of Celebrity Apprentice from 9-11 p.m. 


Here is NBC’s overall new schedule beginning in March (with new shows in caps):


8:00 p.m.: Chuck

9:00 p.m.: Trauma (returns on March 8)

10:00 p.m. Law & Order (effective March 1)


8:00 p.m.: The Biggest Loser (2-hours)

10:00 p.m. PARENTHOOD (effective March 2)


8:00 p.m.: Mercy

9:00 p.m.: Law & Order: SVU (R)

10:00 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (effective March 3)


8:00 p.m.: Community

8:30 p.m. Parks and Recreation

9:00 p.m.: The Office

9:30 p.m.: 30 Rock

10:00 p.m. THE MARRIAGE REF (effective March 4)


8:00 p.m.: WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? (effective March 5, Friday Night Lights on April 30)

9:00 p.m.: Dateline (two-hours effective on March 5)


8:00 p.m.: The Biggest Loser (R)

9:00 p.m.: Law Order (R)

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


7:00 p.m.: Dateline

8:00 p.m.: MINUTE TO WIN IT (effective March 14)

9:00 p.m.: Celebrity Apprentice (two hours, season premiere on March 14)


-Steven Spielberg Project at Science Channel:

Science Channel announced a six-part series for 2011 called Rebuilding Ground Zero, with Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg as executive producer. Rebuilding Ground Zero will chronicle the reengineering of the World Trade Center site.


-Introducing The Hub:

Discovery Communications and Hasbro have announced The Hub, a new children’s oriented cable network that will reach approximately 60 million hones on what is currently the Discovery Kids Network. The Hub, which launches in fall 2010, will celebrate the core childhood concepts of fun and play with a potpourri of comedies, animated adventures, live action franchises and game shows. Shows will include Hasbro properties Transformers and My Little Pony, and Disney Kids franchises Adventure Camp and Flight 29 Down. For more information, click on


-More Men of a Certain Age:

TNT has renewed recently introduced relationship drama Men of a Certain Age for a second season, with an unconfirmed number of new episodes for the second season.


-Speaking of Renewals:

CBS has green-lit freshman dramas NCIS: Los Angeles and The Good Wife for the 2010-11 season. 

-HBO Update:

HBO, always a packed room, unveiled the following announcements at The Winter Press Tour:


-Filmmaker Spike Lee will revisit New Orleans five years after Hurricane Katrina with follow-up documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. Production is underway with a planned summer debut.


-HBO has picked-up the U.S. TV rights to documentary Sins of My Father, which tells the inside story of the most notorious drug lord in Columbian history. It premieres in Fall 2010. 


-HBO Documentary Films has announced its documentary line-up for the first half of 2010 as follows:


-A Family is a Family is a Family: A Rosie O’Donnell Celebration (debuts Jan. 31).

-The Black List: Volume 3 (Feb. 8)

-Reporter (Feb. 18)

-Afghan Star (March 18)

-A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism (April 2)

-Burma VJ (April, specific date to be confirmed)

-Sergio (May, specific date to be confirmed)


-HBO Sports has begun production on Broad Street Bullies, a documentary about the legendary Philadelphia Flyers Stanley Cup championship squads of the 1970s. It premieres during the Stanley Cup Playoffs in May.


-Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals, another HBO Sports documentary, will debut on Saturday, March 6 at 8 p.m. ET. The special traces the history of the competition between two legends – Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird.


-HBO Sports will debut 24/7 Jimmie Johnson, Race to Daytona, its first non-boxing series on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 10 p.m. ET. Four episodes have been ordered. 


On the Air This Weekend:
Prime-Time Programming Options


Friday 1/15/10

 8:00 p.m. Supernanny
 9:00 p.m. Shark Tank

10:00 p.m. 20/20

 8:00 p.m. Ghost Whisperer
 9:00 p.m. Medium

10:00 p.m. Numbers

 8:00 p.m. Law & Order
 9:00 p.m. Dateline

10:00 p.m. The Jay Leno Show

 8:00 p.m. Bones (R)
 9:00 p.m. Dollhouse
 8:00 p.m. Smallville
 9:30 p.m. Smallville (R)
Saturday 1/16/10
 8:00 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy (R)
 9:00 p.m. Private Practice (R)

10:00 p.m. Castle (R)

 8:00 p.m. AFC Division Playoff
 8:00 p.m. Mercy (R)
 9:00 p.m. Law & Order (R)

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

 8:00 p.m. Cops (original and repeat)
 9:00 p.m. America’s Most Wanted
Sunday 1/17/10
 7:00 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos
 8:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
 9:00 p.m. Desperate Housewives

10:00 p.m. Brothers & Sisters


 7:00 p.m. AFC Division Playoff (prime-time overrun)

 8:00 p.m. 60 Minutes  
 9:00 p.m. Cold Case
10:00 p.m. NCIS (R)

 7:00 p.m. The Golden Globes Red Carpet Special

 8:00 p.m. The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 

 7:00 p.m. 24 (R)

 8:00 p.m. Human Target (series premiere/preview)

 9:00 p.m. 24 (season premiere, two hours)

New Program Descriptions

Human Target

Based on the DC Comics property, a private detective and bodyguard named Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) operates by impersonating his clients in order to eliminate threats to his boss. Jackie Earle Haley and Chi McBride (Pushing Daisies) also star.


Golden Globe Nominations


With awards season officially underway, up next is The Golden Globe Awards on NBC on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, which honors the best in movies and television. As one of the more difficult awards shows to predict — there is often no rhyme or reason to who will win — here are my picks (who should win and who will win) in the television categories.


Big Love (HBO)
Dexter (Showtime)
House (Fox)
Mad Men (AMC)
True Blood (HBO)

Who Should Win: Mad Men
Who Will Win: True Blood

The current taste for vampires gives True Blood the edge.


30 Rock (NBC)
Entourage (HBO)
Glee (Fox)
Modern Family (ABC)
The Office (NBC)

Who Should Win: Modern Family
Who Will Win: Glee


Modern Family is the better show, but unique Glee has the creative edge.


Simon Baker, The Mentalist (CBS)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
Hugh Laurie, House (Fox)
Bill Paxton, Big Love (HBO)


Who Should Win: Michael C. Hall
Who Will Win: Michael C.Hall


After four nominations and no wins, consider this better late than never.


Glenn Close, Damages (FX)
January Jones, Mad Men (AMC)
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)
Anna Paquin, True Blood (HBO)
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer (TNT)


Who Should Win: Kyra Sedgwick
Who Will Win: January Jones

Ender-estimated January stole the show this season.

Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Toni Collette, The United States of Tara (Showtime)
Lea Michele, Glee (Fox)
Courteney Cox, Cougar Town (ABC)


Who Should Win: Edie Falco
Who Will Win: Edie Falco


Watch five minutes of Nurse Jackie and you will forget Edie Falco was even on The Sopranos.


Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)
Steve Carell, The Office (NBC)
David Duchovny, Californication (Showtime)
Matthew Morrison, Glee (Fox)
Thomas Jane, Hung (HBO)


Who Should Win: Steve Carell
Who Will Win: Mathew Morrison


Being on the “hottest” show of the lot will not hurt Matthew Morrison’s chances.


Jeremy Piven, Entourage (HBO)
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
William Hurt, Damages (FX)
John Lithgow, Dexter (Showtime)
Michael Emerson, Lost (ABC)


Who Should Win: John Lithgow
Who Will Win: John Lithgow


Dexter’s newest serial killer had the critics buzzing, and the viewers flinching, all season.


Jane Lynch, Glee (Fox)
Rose Byrne, Damages (FX)
Janet McTeer, Into the Storm (HBO)
Jane Adams, Hung (HBO)
Chloe Sevigny, Big Love (HBO)


Who Should Win: Jane Lynch
Who Will Win: Jane Lynch

Consider this the one shoo-in of any of the TV categories. 

Georgia O’Keeffe (Lifetime)
Grey Gardens (HBO)
Into the Storm (HBO)
Little Dorrit (HBO)
Taking Chance (HBO)


Who Should Win: Into the Storm
Who Will Win: Into the Storm


It has the look, feel and historical relevance to snag the statuette.


Kevin Bacon, Taking Chance (HBO)
Kenneth Branagh, Wallender (PBS)
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Endgame (PBS)
Brendan Gleeson, Into the Storm (HBO)
Jeremy Irons, Georgia O’Keeffe (Lifetime)


Who Should Win: Kenneth Branagh
Who Will Win: Brendan Gleeson


Could ride the Into the Storm wave.


Joan Allen, Georgia O’Keeffe (Lifetime)
Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens (HBO)
Jessica Lange, Grey Gardens (HBO)
Anna Paquin, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (CBS)
Sigourney Weaver, Prayers for Bobby (Lifetime))


Who Should Win: Jessica Lange
Who Will Win: Jessica Lange             


Emmy came first, now the Golden Globe is next for the two-time Academy Award winner.

TV Trivia Time:
Maude’s Men

Four of the following five options were the first names of Maude Findlay’s various husbands on sitcom Maude. Which one wasn’t?


a)      Albert

b)      Barney

c)      Chester

d)      George

e)      Walter


The answer to yesterday’s question…


Which one of the following Alfred Hitchcock films spun-off into a regularly scheduled TV series?

North by Northwest
none of them did

Is:  c) none of the above. The master of suspense did have his own TV show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, but none of his movies ever morphed into a regularly scheduled series. The closest was Psycho, which resulted in a pilot called The Bates Motel.


-Current kudos goes to:
Mark Amato, Gerry Bixenspan, Barbara Bloomfield, John Brooker, Larry Collins, Audrey Davis, John Ferlazzo, Maureen Goldman, Peter Grad, Barb Hemberger, Michael Holland, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, David Johnson, Jim Moore, Anne Moynihan, Michael Murphy, Alan Perris, Alex Petrilli, Jr., David Ruckman, Ron Salmon, Maxine Schulman, Ronnie Tallant, Abbott Wool