Clean Wednesday Sweep for CBS; Respectable The Sing-Off on NBC


Thursday, December 9, 2010


Prime-Time Metered Market Wednesday Ratings:

Clean Sweep for CBS; Respectable The Sing-Off 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:

Middle Grandma


Prime-Time Metered Market Wednesday Ratings:

Clean Sweep for CBS; The Middle and Modern Family the Standouts on ABC


Wednesday 12/08/10
Note: The overnight data now includes DVR playback until 3 a.m. local time. One year earlier it was based on Live data only.



CBS   7.8/12
NBC   5.0/ 8
ABC   4.9/ 8
Fox     3.8/ 6
CW     1.3/ 2

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Wednesday, December 9, 2009):

CW: +30, NBC: +19, CBS: + 8, Fox: -14, ABC: -16

-Yesterday’s Winners:

Survivor: Nicaragua (CBS), The Middle (ABC), Criminal Minds (CBS), Modern Family (ABC)


-Should Be Stronger:

Better with You (ABC), The Defenders (CBS)


-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Fashion Forward: Making It (CW), Cougar Town (ABC)


-Ratings Breakdown:

It was a clean overnight sweep for CBS, which bested second-place NBC by a hefty 56 percent. But freshman The Defenders (#1: 6.8 rating/11 share at 10 p.m.) remains the weak link, with retention out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of lead-in Criminal Minds (9.7/15) of only 70 percent. One year earlier, former occupant CSI: NY averaged an 8.3/14 in the overnights on Dec. 9, 2009.


Earlier in the evening on CBS was successfully relocated Survivor: Nicaragua at a dominant 7.2/11 at 8 p.m., leading into aforementioned Criminal Minds at a 9.4/15 in the 9 p.m. hour — the top-rated show of the evening. Survivor remains a double-digit improvement over year-ago occupants The New Adventures of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried. SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading if you have not seen last night’s episode. But wasn’t the departure of Benry completely out of left field? Didn’t the editors set it up for a potential Fabio exit? And isn’t Sash one of the most unappealing contestants in the history of this reality/competition?


On NBC, another two-hour edition of holiday reality/competition The Sing-Off scored a respectable 5.1/ 8 from 8-10 p.m., with the half-hour breakdown as follows:


The Sing-Off (NBC)

8:00 p.m.: 4.7/ 8 (#3)

8:30 p.m.: 5.2/ 8 (#2)

9:00 p.m.: 5.1/ 8 (#3)

9:30 p.m.: 5.3/ 8 (#2)


Monday’s season-opener averaged a stronger 5.8/ 9, but The Sing-Off in the 8 p.m. hour was a double-digit improvement over regularly scheduled Undercovers. NBC capped off the evening with a repeat of Law & Order: SVU at a second-place 4.8/ 8 in the overnights at 10 p.m., which will be its new midseason time period. 


Over at ABC, sophomore The Middle is the real deal, with a second-place 6.0/10 at 8 p.m. (and growth of 25 percent from a repeat of Shrek the Halls on the year-ago evening). But freshman Better With You continues to lose steam, with a third-place 4.7/ 7 at 8:30 p.m. Modern Family was ABC’s Wednesday standout, of course, with a second-place 7.8/12 at 9 p.m. (and a guaranteed first-place finish among adults 18-49, but the 38 percent loss for Cougar Town (#3: 4.8/ 7 at 9:30 p.m.) is not positive. 


As a reminder, upcoming sitcom Mr. Sunshine, with former Friends star Matthew Perry, will open on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 9:30 p.m. ET in place of Cougar Town, which takes a temporary break. Happy Endings, the ensemble tale of a group of close knit friends, kicks-off on Wednesday, April 13 at 10 p.m. ET out of returning Cougar Town and into encore telecasts of Modern Family themed “Fan Favorites.”


ABC filled the 10 p.m. hour last night with repeats of Modern Family (#3: 3.4/ 6), which I am personally worried is being overused, and Cougar Town (#3: 2.5/ 4).


Over at Fox, there was nothing unusual to report with its combination of Human Target (#4: 4.0/ 6), which will certainly benefit out of American Idol in midseason, and demo-friendly Hell’s Kitchen (#4: 3.8/ 6), which never scores in the overnights. And The CW populated the evening with a repeat of CBS special Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (#5: 1.9/ 3) and original special Fashion Forward: Making It, which did not “make it” at a very last-place 0.7/ 1 at 9 p.m. It does not get much lower than that!


Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)


Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not


-November 2010 Syndication Rankings:

What follows are the top 30 rated programs in syndication for the November 2010 sweeps period (Oct. 28 – Nov. 24, 2010) based on AA (average audience) household rating. CBS Television Distribution, as always, dominates with 3 of the top 5 and 8 of the top 10 occupants. 


Wheel of Fortune (CBS Television Distribution): 7.2 rating, Jeopardy (CBS): 5.8, Two and a Half Men (Warner Bros.): 5.7, Oprah (CBS): 5.6, Family Guy – Weekend (Twentieth): 4.7, Judge Judy (CBS): 4.4, Entertainment Tonight (CBS): 4.2, Family Guy M-F (Twentieth) and Two and a Half Men – Weekend B (Warner Bros.): 3.2 each, Dr. Phil (CBS) and Criminal Minds (CBS): 3.0 each, Inside Edition (CBS) and Two and a Half Men – Weekend A (Warner Bros.): 2.9 each, Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS): 2.8, My Wife and Kids (Disney-ABC): 2.7, Live with Regis & Kelly (Disney-ABC), Seinfeld (Sony Pictures Television) and Seinfeld – Weekend (SPT): 2.5 each, Dr. Oz (SPT), Law & Order: Criminal Intent – Weekend (NBC Universal) and Wheel of Fortune – Weekend (CBS): 2.4 each, Ellen (Warner Bros.), George Lopez (Warner Bros.), How I Met Your Mother (Twentieth), Monk (NBCU) and Without a Trace (Warner Bros.): 2.3 each, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC), The Office (NBCU), King of the Hill (Twentieth) and Numb3rs (CBS): 2.2 each


Some highlights:

-Oprah finished as the No. 1 talk show for the 97th consecutive week, with growth of four percent from the comparable year-ago period.

-CBS Television’s Swift Justice with Nancy Grace was the top-rated first-run freshman strip, with a 1.3 in households.

-CBS’ Criminal Minds led the freshman off-network hours, with a 3.0. 

-The Steve Wilkos Show from NBC Universal rose to its highest rated November to-date, with a 1.4 in households. Comparably, that was up by 17 percent from one year earlier. 
-Jerry Springer, also from NBCU, tied Wilkos with a 1.4 and year-to-year growth of 17 percent.


Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)


On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options


Thursday 12/09/10

 8:30 p.m. Prep and Landing (R)

 9:00 p.m. Barbara Walters Special – Oprah, the Next Chapter

Oprah Winfrey reviews the last 25 years of her life, both personally and professionally, in an interview taped at her home and at Harpo Studios in Chicago.

10:00 p.m. Barbara Walters Presents The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010

Barbara Walters’ 18th-annual collection of “most fascinating people” includes Justin Bieber, Sandra Bullock, LeBron James, the “Jersey Shore” cast, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Middleton, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, Gen. David Patraeus and Betty White. The No. 1 choice is unveiled at the end of the program.

 8:00 p.m. The Big Bang Theory
 8:30 p.m. $#*! My Dad Says
 9:00 p.m. CSI

10:00 p.m. The Mentalist

 8:00 p.m. Community
 8:30 p.m. 30 Rock  
 9:00 p.m.  The Office (one hour)

10:00 p.m. The Apprentice (season finale)

 8:00 p.m. Bones  
 9:00 p.m. Fringe
 8:00 p.m. The Vampire Diaries

 9:00 p.m. Nikita


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


-Upcoming on Syfy:

Cable net SyFy has ordered a 90-minute pilot plus 11 one-hour episodes of a new drama called Alphas (working title), the story of a team of ordinary citizens whose brain anomalies give them extraordinary mental and physical abilities. David Strathairn (Temple Grandin) leads the ensemble cast. 


-Shameless Preview:

Showtime will preview the first 20 minutes of upcoming drama Shameless immediately following the season five-finale of Dexter, which airs on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 9 p.m. ET. Shameless, which officially premieres on Sunday, Jan. 9 at 10 p.m. ET, features William H. Macy as the working-class patriarch of an unconventional Chicago brood of six kids. 

-More Judge Ross:

Distributor Entertainment Studios has renewed freshman first-run court strip America’s Court with Judge Ross for seasons two and three, with stations current represented in the Acme, Barrington, Belo, Comp Corp., Cox, Gannett, Hubbard, Journal, LIN, Media General, Meredith, Mission, Newport, Nextstar, Raycom Media, Roberts, Sinclair, Tribune, Weigel and Young groups. 


-Updated Clearances for Anderson Cooper:

Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution continues to rack up clearances for its upcoming one-hour daily first-run strip hosted by Anderson Cooper. In addition to initial clearances in New York (WPIX), Los Angeles (KTTV), Chicago (WFLD) and Boston (WFXT), new sales include stations in Orlando (WESH), Sacramento (KCRA), Indianapolis (WISH-WNDY), Baltimore (WBAL), San Diego (KFMB), Kansas City (WDAF), Cincinnati (WKRC), Milwaukee (WITI), Greenville-Spartanburg (WLOS), West Palm Beach (WPBF), Albuquerque (KOAT), Oklahoma City (KOCO), Greensboro (WXII), Jacksonville (WTLV-WJXX), Louisville (WLKY), New Orleans (WDSU), Albany (WNYT), Burlington (WPTZ), Santa Barbara (KEYT), Monterey (KSBW) and Bakersfield (KBAK). Represented station groups include Hearst, Gannett, LIN, Newport, Sinclair, Local TV, Hubbard, Fisher, Midwest TV and Smith.


Anderson Cooper’s first-run talker will debut in September 2011. 

TV Trivia Time:

Middle Grandma


Who plays Frankie’s (Patricia Heaton) mother on sitcom The Middle?

a)      Valerie Harper
b)      Shirley Jones
c)      Marsha Mason
d)      Charlotte Rae
e)      Doris Roberts

The answer to yesterday’s question…


Which one of the following five sitcoms never took home the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series?

a)      Barney Miller
b)      Get Smart
c)      The Golden Girls
d)      Roseanne
e)      The Wonder Years

Is:  d) Roseanne, which snagged acting Emmys for Roseanne and Laurie Metcalf (who won three times), but not even a single nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series.  

-Current kudos goes to:

Steve Albright, Gerry Bixenspan, Barbara Bloomfield, Larry Collins, Harold Cooper, Reid Davis, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, Deb Kainer, Synda Kollman, Steven Kurtzer, Patty Lynch, Alan Perris, Greg Phelan, Gordon Purcell, Colleen Roth