The Fiesta Bowl Leads Fox to Victory; Compatible True Beauty on ABC
The Fiesta Bowl Leads Fox to Victory; Compatible True Beauty on ABC
-Note: Year-to-year overnight comparisons were not available.
Note: The fast national results for Monday will be posted at PIFeedback.com by 12 p.m. ET. Go to the website, click on Ratings Box (the first category), then Last Night’s Results, and Monday, January 5, 2009.
Only 15 percent of last night’s schedule was original scripted programming.
Fox dominated on this first Monday of 2009, with Ohio State versus Texas on the annual Fiesta Bowl at an approximate (and above average) 11.5 rating/18 share in the overnights for the prime-time portion from 8:30-11 p.m. For comparative purposes, take a look at how The Fiesta Bowl performed over the prior two years:
Do the math, and last night’s performance was an increase of 39 percent from 2008 and 29 percent from 2007. Earlier in the evening on Fox was The Fiesta Bowl Pre-Game at an estimated 6.4/10 in the 8 p.m. half-hour. Don’t forget that results for any live sporting event are always approximate.
CBS chose to face The Fiesta Bowl with a night of all repeats, which performed as follows:
8:00 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (R): 5.6/ 8 (#3)
8:30 p.m. How I Met Your Mother (R): 4.8/ 7 (#4)
9:00 p.m. Two and a Half Men (R): 7.8/11 (#2)
9:30 p.m. Worst Week (R): 4.7/ 7 (#4)
Is there some strange reason why CBS dud Worst Week is still on the air? As for The Big Bang Theory, hey Emmy…have you noticed how good this sitcom is?
Over at ABC, the two-hour season-premiere of The Bachelor kicked-off with what you would call a typical 5.6/ 8 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. Here is the half-hour breakdown:
Keep in mind, of course, that the strength of The Bachelor falls within the young female demos. In series-premiere news, The Bachelor led into compatible reality/competition True Beauty, which finished second in the 10 p.m. hour with a 5.4/ 8 in the overnights. Comparably, that put retention for True Beauty out of the last half-hour of The Bachelor at a comfortable 87 percent. Great? No. But compatible, yes.
A two-hour edition of NBC’s Superstars of Dance moved into its regularly scheduled Monday 8-10 p.m. block with a not great/not terrible 6.0/ 9. Whoever apparently watched stuck with the reality/competition. Take a look at the half-hour breakdown:
Compared to ABC’s The Bachelor, that was an overnight advantage of nine percent for Superstars of Dance. NBC, unfortunately, tanked at 10 p.m. with the inane Momma’s Boys at a last-place 3.5/ 6. Has anyone seen this nonsense?
Last was the CW’s combination of Gossip Girl (2.3/ 3) and One Tree Hill (2.1/ 3), which rely, of course, on the strength of the young female demos.
The eighth season-premiere of non-scripted The First 48 opened on A&E on New Year’s Day with a record 2.3 million total viewers, 1.4 million adults 18-49 and 1.3 million adults 25-54 at 9 p.m. Comparably, that placed it first for the evening among all basic cable in both demo groups.
Ignited by the annual 25 Days of Christmas themed programming and bona fide hit The Secret Life of an American Teenager, feel good ABC Family felt very good in 2008, with record prime-time yearly results in total viewers (1.31 million), adults 18-34 (316,000), adults 18-49 (588,000) and viewers 12-34 (518,000). Fourth quarter 2008, in fact, was ABC Family’s most-watched quarter ever in prime-time based on total viewers (1.6 million), adults 18-34 (357,000), women 18-34 (234,000), adults 18-49 (705,000) and women 18-49 (447,000).
Veteran Eye net public affairs weekly Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer rose to a record 3.15 million viewers in fourth quarter 2008 — up 24 percent from one year earlier. Face the Nation also increased by 16 percent in households (1.9/ 5 to 2.2/ 6) and 29 percent in adults 18-49 (0.7/ 4 to 0.9/ 4) compared to fourth quarter 2007.
Based on national ratings for the week of Dec. 15, Warner Bros.’ Emmy winning The Ellen DeGeneres Show rose to a season-high 2.7 rating in households — up 17 percent from the comparable year-ago week. Results among women 18-49 (1.5: +15 percent), women 25-54 (1.7: 21 percent) and women 18-34 (1.3: +18 percent) were also on the plus side.
Since there were delays yesterday releasing data for Sunday, Jan. 4, here were the preliminary national results for the evening. Of note was the two-hour series-premiere of NBC’s Superstars of Dance at a respectable 10.41 million viewers (#3 in the block) and a 3.1 rating/7 share (#2) among adults 18-49. Fox’s inflated performance, meanwhile, comes from the Utah versus Alabama match-up on the annual Sugar Bowl.
CBS and Fox: 7.2 rating/11 share each, ABC: 6.4/10, NBC: 4.7/ 7, CW: 0.8/ 1
Fox: 12.20 million, CBS: 11.28, ABC: 10.39, NBC: 8.04, CW: 1.14
Fox: 4.6 rating/11 share, ABC: 3.5/ 9, NBC: 2.7/ 7, CBS: 2.3/ 6, CW: 0.3/ 1
Fox: 5.1/11, ABC: 4.2/ 9, CBS: 3.2/ 7, NBC: 3.1/ 7, CW: 0.5/ 1
Based on data through Dec. 14, 2008, what follows are the national rating results for syndicated game shows in households, women 25-54 and adults 25-54 (with change versus the comparable year-ago period in parentheses):
Wheel of Fortune (CBS Television Distribution): 7.1 rating (- 7), Jeopardy (CBS): 5.8/ 8 (- 8), Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC): 2.8 (-15), Deal or No Deal (NBC Universal): 2.2, Family Feud (Debmar Mercury): 1.9 (-21), Trivial Pursuit (Debmar Mercury): 0.7
Wheel of Fortune (CBS): 2.7 (- 4), Jeopardy (CBS): 2.2 (no change), Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC): 1.3 (- 7), Deal or No Deal (NBC Universal): 1.2, Family Feud (Debmar Mercury): 0.8 (-27), Trivial Pursuit (Debmar Mercury): 0.3
Wheel of Fortune (CBS): 2.3 (- 4), Jeopardy (CBS): 1.9 (no change), Deal or No Deal (NBC Universal): 1.0, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC): 0.9 (-18), Family Feud (Debmar Mercury): 0.7 (-22), Trivial Pursuit (Debmar Mercury): 0.3
8:00 p.m. Homeland Security USA (premiere)
9:00 p.m. Scrubs (season premiere, new network)
10:00 p.m. Primetime: What Would You Do? (season premiere)
9:00 p.m. The Mentalist
8:00 p.m. The Biggest Loser: Couples (season premiere, two hours)
8:00 p.m. House (R)
9:00 p.m. Fringe (R)
9:00 p.m. Privileged
8:00 p.m. Street Patrol (R)
8:30 p.m. Street Patrol (R)
9:00 p.m. Vice Squad (premiere)
9:30 p.m. Vice Squad
8:00 p.m. Boston Legal (R)
9:00 p.m. Boston Legal (R)
The federal workers who save our nation from illegal aliens, drug smugglers, terrorist threats and other ongoing problems are the focus of this new non-scripted hour.
Real life local police units across the country in search of the nation’s worst vice criminals are the focus of this new non-scripted half-hour.
TV Land will commemorate the 74th birthday of the legendary Elvis Presley with a 9 pm. to 12 a.m. programming block on Thursday, Jan. 8 themed “The King’s Birthday Bash.” The festivities will kick-off with Myths and Legends: Elvis, followed by documentary Elvis and the Presleys and a repeat of the Myths and Legends episode.
Which one of the following spin-off flops actually ran for more than one season?
Remember when Bobby wrote a school paper about his hero on The Brady Bunch? Who was it?
Is: b) Jesse James. That’s right…the youngest Brady boy thought this notorious criminal was really groovy! To the masses who answered Joe Namath, the sports great guest starred in the episode when the youngest one in curls, Cindy, wrote him a bogus letter saying Bobby was on his death bed and wanted to meet him. Poor Mike and Carol — they had their hands full with those mischievous kids.
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