CSI Stays Successfully Afloat With Laurence Fishburne

Friday, January 23, 2009

CBS Wins; CSI Stays Successful Afloat With Laurence Fishburne

Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not

On the Air This Weekend:
Prime-Time Programming Options 

TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest
TV Trivia Time:

This is the Story About a Man Named Jed…


Note: Due to the NATPE conference in Las Vegas next week, The Programming Insider will not be published Tuesday, Jan. 27 through Thursday, Jan. 29. But check out Mediaweek.com and PIFeedback.com for daily updates from the gathering. 

Prime-Time Metered Market Thursday Ratings:

CBS Wins; CSI Stays Successful Afloat With Laurence Fishburne

Thursday 1/22/09


CBS 8.0/13
ABC 7.0/11

Fox    5.5/ 9

NBC 4.5/ 7

CW    2.3/ 4


-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008):

CW: +35, CBS: no change, ABC: – 1, NBC: -10, Fox: -23


Note: The fast affiliate results for Thursday 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 Thursday, January 22, 2009.   

-Yesterday’s Winners:

Bones (Fox), CSI (CBS), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Eleventh Hour (CBS)


-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

My Name is Earl (NBC), Kath & Kim (NBC)

-Ratings Breakdown:

CBS led the overnight troops on this typical Thursday in January, with a 14 percent advantage over second-place ABC. Fox finished third thanks to a boost from the relocated (and underrated) Bones, which always gives the network a boost no matter where it airs. Next was NBC, followed by the CW.


Since we are all wondering how CSI did minus William Petersen (and with Laurence Fishburne), let’s start with the veteran forensic crime solving drama. The good news: it won the 9 p.m. hour and finished as the highest-rated show of the evening, with a 10.6 rating/16 share in the overnights. Comparably, that built from a repeat of CSI (#3: 5.5/ 9 at 8 p.m.) by a considerable 93 percent. One year earlier, a repeat of CSI scored a 9.3/14 in the hour on Jan. 24. 2008. But versus its typical overnight average for originals this season, it was down slightly.


Also on CBS was freshman drama Eleventh Hour, which won the 10 p.m. hour with an 8.0/13 in the overnights and improved its retention out of CSI (75 percent).


ABC has nothing unusual to report with its combination of Ugly Betty (#2: 5.7/ 9), Grey’s Anatomy (#2: 9.2/14) and recently relocated Private Practice (#2: 6.1/10), which held an acceptable (but far from spectacular) 66 percent of its Grey’s Anatomy lead-in. But the good news for Fox was the arrival of Bones on Thursday at a time period winning 6.2/10 in the overnights from 8-9 p.m. Comparably, that was a double-digit improvement over recent occupant Kitchen Nightmares. A second episode of Bones finished third in the considerably more difficult 9 p.m. hour, with a 4.9/ 7.


NBC had nothing of note to report in the overnights with its line-up of My Name is Earl (#4: 4.2/ 7), soon-to-depart Kath & Kim (#4: 3.4/ 5), The Office (#3t: 4.8/ 7), 30 Rock (#4: 4.0/ 6) and soon-to-retire ER (#3: 5.3/ 9). But the one consistent positive is The Office, which always manages to score among adults 18-49. In ER news, meanwhile, former cast member George Clooney was apparently filming scenes yesterday for his upcoming guest shot.


The CW capped off the evening with its combination of Smallville (#5: 2.5/ 4), which seems to have perked up in recent weeks, and the compatible Supernatural (#5: 2.1/ 3).


Source: Nielsen Media Research data

Ratings Box:
-Solitary Scores on Fox Reality Channel:

The third season premiere of Fox Reality Channel’s Solitary v3.0 broke the record books on Saturday, Jan. 17, with 330,000 total viewers and 200,000 adults 18-49 at 9 p.m. Comparably, that was more than triple the year-ago time period average in the demo. And it delivered the highest ratings ever for an original series on the four year-old cable network.

-The Daily Show Picks Up Steam on Tuesday:

The Tuesday, Jan. 20 telecast of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart rose to 2.6 million viewers at 11 p.m. Comparably, it finished as the most-watched show on basic cable in the half-hour among adults 18-49 (1.5 million) and men 18-34 (620,000).

Source: Nielsen Media Research data



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On the Air This Weekend:
Prime-Time Programming Options

Friday 1/23/09

 8:00 p.m. Wife Swap

 9:00 p.m. Supernanny (R)

10:00 p.m. 20/20

 8:00 p.m. Ghost Whisperer

 9:00 p.m. Flashpoint

10:00 p.m. Numb3rs

 8:00 p.m. Howie Do It (two episodes)

 9:00 p.m. Friday Night Lights  

10:00 p.m. Dateline

 8:00 p.m. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

 9:00 p.m. Don’t Forget the Lyrics


 8:00 p.m. Everybody Hates Chris

 8:30 p.m. The Game

 9:00 p.m. 13 – Fear is Real (R)

 8:00 p.m. Friday Night Smackdown!

 8:00 p.m. Movie: To Dance With Olivia (R, from 7 p.m.)

 9:00 p.m. Movie: A Stranger’s Heart (R)

Saturday 1/24/09

 8:00 p.m. Lost: Destiny Calls (R)

 9:00 p.m. Lost (R)

10:00 p.m. Lost (R)
 8:00 p.m. Game Show in My Head (two episodes)

 9:00 p.m. CSI: NY (R)

10:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery

 8:00 p.m. Crusoe

 9:00 p.m. U.S. Figure Skating Championships


 8:00 p.m.  Cops

 9:00 p.m. America’s Most Wanted


 8:00 p.m. Movie: Johnny Dangerously (R)


 8:00 p.m. Movie: False Witness (R)

Sunday 1/25/09

 7:00 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos

 8:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (two hours)

10:00 p.m. Desperate Housewives (R)

 7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes

 8:00 p.m. Cold Case

 9:00 p.m. Hallmark Hall of Fame – Living Leah


 7:00 p.m. Dateline (two hours)

 9:00 p.m. Miniseries: The Last Templar (part one)


 7:00 p.m. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

 8:00 p.m. The Simpsons (R)

 8:30 p.m. The Simpsons (R)

 9:00 p.m. Family Guy

 9:30 p.m. American Dad


 7:00 p.m. Jericho (R)

 8:00 p.m. Sunday Movie: Anti-Trust

7:00 p.m. Movie: Final Approach (R)

TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


-ABC Benches Samantha Who?:

Sophomore sitcom Samantha Who?, which recently aired Mondays at 9:30 p.m. out of Dancing With the Stars, has been put on temporary hold by ABC. Current occupant The Bachelor will remain in the 8-10 p.m. block until its season-ender on March 2.


-CW Schedule Changes:

In an effort to give Privileged more exposure, the CW will air repeats of the freshman drama Wednesdays at 8 p.m. in place of recently introduced reality/competition 13: Fear is Real, which will shift to Fridays at 9 p.m. At present, the network is airing repeats of 13: Fear is Real in the Friday 9 p.m. hour (out of sitcoms Everybody Hates Chris and The Game). The Privileged encore will lead into repeats of 90210. The changes go into effect immediately. 

-Academy Award Nominations:

Okay, technically this is not television. But if you are a movie buff and are wondering who was just nominated for The 81st Annual Academy Awards, here is a listing of the major categories. Look for the live unveiling of the winners from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on ABC, Sunday, Feb. 22 at 8:30 p.m. ET (leading out of the annual Barbara Walters special at 7 p.m. and a half-hour Red Carpet special at 8 p.m). Hugh Jackman will host for the first time.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire
Richard Jenkins (The Visitor)
Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon)
Sean Penn (Milk)
Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)
Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married)
Angelina Jolie (Changeling)
Melissa Leo (Frozen River)
Meryl Streep (Doubt)
Kate Winslet (The Reader)
Josh Brolin (Milk)
Robert Downey, Jr. (Tropic Thunder)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt)
Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road)
Amy Adams (Doubt)
Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)

Viola Davis (Doubt)

Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler)
David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon)
Gus Van Sant (Milk)
Stephen Daldry (The Reader)
Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)
The Baader Meinhof Complex (Germany)
The Class (France)
Departures (Japan)
Revanche (Austria)
Waltz With Bashir (Isreal)

Eric Roth and Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)

John Patrick Shanley (Doubt)
Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon)
David Hare (The Reader)
Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire)
Courtney Hunt (Frozen River)
Mike Leigh (Happy-Go-Lucky)
Martin McDonagh (In Bruges)
Dustin Lance Black (Milk)
Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon and Pete Docter (WALL-E)
Kung Fu Panda
For a complete listing of nominations, click on http://theenvelope.latimes.com/news/env-2009-oscar-scorecard-html,0,1431595.htmlstory

TV Trivia Time:

This is the Story About a Man Named Jed…


How much money did the Clampett fortune swell to by the final season of The Beverly Hillbillies?

$50 million
$95 million
$150 million
$175 million
$250 million

The answer to yesterday’s trivia question…


Which one of the following series featured a recurring character named Uncle Tonoose?

The Danny Thomas Show
Dennis the Menace
Family Affair
Little House on the Prairie
Northern Exposure

Is: a) The Danny Thomas Show. Hans Conreid popped in every now and then as the eccentric patriarch of the Williams family.

-Current kudos goes to:

Kathy Bailey, Anne Bannon, Ric Beddingfield, Mikki Beno, Steven Berkowitz, Barbara Berman, Mark Binda, Gerry Bixenspan, Michael Bobble, Barri Bronston, Lillian Buchman, Mitch Burg, Peggy Campbell, Caroline Chang, Larry Collins, Jim Colucci, Tom Condosta, Carol Cothern, Harold Cooper, Kay Copeland, Larry Corsa, Annie Courtney, Deb Currie, Reid Davis, James Davison, Hannah Deason, Paulette Dittrick, Sue Doron, Bob Eisenstaedt, Josh Emmett, Eric Estrin, John Ferlazzo, Serri Ferrante, Julie Friedlander, Rita Gazitano, Bob Goldman, Maureen Goldman, Geoffrey Gordon, Peter Grad, Vicky Gregorian, Scott Groneman, Randy Hainlen, Deirdre Hanssen, Sharron Harmening, Jerry Hermes, Michael Holland, Kerry Hughes, Bob Ingersoll, Tony Intelisano, David Jackino, Ken Jobe, Mary Kalnin, Marie Lefevre Karp, Irene Kirschner, Synda Kollman, Karen Kramer, Andi Kupersmith, Gary Kupper, Tom Lawrenson, Danny Leclair, Rick Locke, Claudia Martin, Mary Ann McAleer, Randi Mendelsohn, Bob Meyer, Marc Miller, Debbie Mirr, Christina Monaghan, Beverly Morris, Stephen O’Rourke, Dan Pasternack, Pat Patton, Michael Pendell, Alan Perris, Mary Politano, Chrissie Poore, Francine Purcell, Gordon Purcell, Bob Rall, Joye Riddle, Lance Ross, Colleen Roth, Joe Rubi, Marilyn Rutkowski, David Shall, Mark Simmons, Mindy Staley, Michelle Stanton, Bruce Starin, Michael Stern, Don Surath, Carol Teichman, Donn Webb, Larry Weinstock, Thomas Williams, Beverly Wolfinbarger, Joel Wolk, Theodore Zavales, Ted Zawislak