Five Freshman Renewals at CBS

Friday, October 22, 2010
Prime-Time Metered Market Thursday Ratings:
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:

And the Emmy Goes to


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


CW   2.3/ 4

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Thursday, October 22, 2009):

CW: +44, CBS: +27, Fox: – 5, NBC: – 6, ABC: -15

The Big Bang Theory (CBS), NLCS, Game 5 (Fox), CSI (CBS), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), The Mentalist (CBS)

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Community (NBC), Outsourced (NBC), The Apprentice (NBC)

Despite facing baseball on Fox, CBS still dominated in the Thursday overnights with a 1.4 rating point advantage over Fox. Keep in mind that Cablevision subscribers in New York still have no access to Fox, which has negatively impacted the results. Next was ABC, followed by distant NBC and The CW.

Red-hot The Big Bang Theory remained just that, with an 8.9 rating/15 share in the overnights at 8 p.m. That led into just full season renewed $#*! My Dad Says, which rose to a 7.0/11 at 8:30 p.m. — its best overnight performance since debuting on Sept. 23. Together, the two sitcoms outdelivered year-ago occupant Survivor: Samoa (6.7/11 on Oct. 22, 2009) by a healthy 19 percent. Five-week overnight track for $#*! My Dad Says:

Next on CBS, of course, was veteran CSI (#1: 9.5/15), which capitalized on the current odd interest in hoarders, followed by The Mentalist at a 9.7/17 at 10 p.m. While it certainly will not lead the evening among adults 18-49, The Mentalist once again was top-rated in the overnights. 

On Fox, game five of The National League Championship Series, Philadelphia vs. San Francisco, averaged an approximate 8.2/13 in the overnights in primetime, with the half-hour breakdown as follows:

NLCS Game 5: Philadelphia vs. San Francisco (Fox)

One year earlier, game five of the American League Championship Series (New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Angels) was virtually identical with an 8.0/13 on Oct. 22, 2009. Keep in mind, as always, that results for any live sporting event are always approximate.

It was business as usual on ABC with its line-up of a repeat of Grey’s Anatomy (#4: 3.2/ 5), an original installment of Grey’s Anatomy (#2: 8.3/13), and spin-off Private Practice (#2: 5.7/ 9), which will narrow the gap among adults 18-49 opposite CBS’ aforementioned The Mentalist. At present, ABC has still not announced anything to officially step in for canceled My Generation at 8 p.m.

NBC also had nothing unusual to report with its lackluster combination of comedies Community (#3t, 3.0/ 5), 30 Rock (#3: 3.9/ 6), The Office (#4: 4.6/ 7) and Outsourced (#4: 3.5/ 5) from 8-10 p.m., and failing The Apprentice at 10 p.m. (#4: 2.8/ 5). The Office always resonates among adults 18-49, but lead-out Outsourced dipped to a series low and not even Donald Trump can spin these horrific results for The Apprentice. Five-week overnight track for Outsourced:

The CW closed the evening with dramas The Vampire Diaries (#5: 2.6/ 4) and Nikita (#5: 2.0/ 3).

Ratings Box:

-Impressive Judge Karen:

Based on the live plus same day ratings for the week of Oct. 4, there is an interesting observation in syndicated court that needs to be singled out: the return of Judge Karen’s Court from Litton Entertainment. On paper, a 1.0 GAA (gross average audience) rating in households puts Karen in a tie for No. 8 (out of 10 strips) with Judge Jeanine Pirro from Warner Bros. But Karen’s coverage, 78 percent, is considerably below all the returning gavelers. As the station count increases, keep an upward eye on Judge Karen.


Also in court that week were freshman occupants Swift Justice with Nancy Grace from CBS Television Distribution (2.1 rating: 97 percent coverage) and America’s Court with Judge Ross from Entertainment Studios (0.4 rating: 92 percent coverage).


-New Series Report Card:
Based on Live Plus Same Day ratings, here are the results (in order of total viewers) for the freshman Wednesday class: CBS’ The Defenders, NBC’s Undercovers and Law & Order: Los Angeles, and ABC’s Better with You and The Whole Truth. Hellcats on The CW was a repeat and is not included. 

The Defenders (CBS) – Wed. 10 p.m.

Viewers: 10.03 million (#1), A18-49: 2.3/ 7 (#2)

Grade: C


Retention out of Criminal Minds this week (Viewers: 14.46 million; A18-49: 3.7/10 at 9 p.m.) was 69 percent in total viewers and 62 percent among adults 18-49. And year-ago occupant CSI: NY was notably stronger at 13.01 million viewers and a 3.0/ 8 in the demo (on Oct. 21, 2009). While The Defenders was just renewed for the full season, CBS could be doing better here. 



Law & Order: Los Angeles (NBC) – Wed. 10 p.m.

Viewers: 8.12 million (#2), A18-49: 2.4/ 7 (#1)

Grade: B-


Competing The Defenders on CBS has more viewers, but LOLA gets a better grade because of the stronger retention out of Law & Order: SVU (Viewers: 8.74 million; A18-49: 2.7/ 7 at 9 p.m.), the improvement over year-ago flop The Jay Leno Show (Viewers: 5.14 million; A18-49: 1.5/ 4 on Oct. 21, 2009), and the time period victory in adults 18-49.


Better with You (ABC) – Wed. 8:30 p.m.

Viewers: 6.83 million (#3), A18-49: 2.1/ 6 (#3)

Grade: C-


Considering HUT levels are higher at 8:30 p.m., sitcom Better with You should not be dropping by 1.71 million viewers (8.54 to 6.83 million) and 19 percent among adults 18-49 (2.6/ 8 to 2.1/ 6) out of The Middle. Although year-ago occupant The Middle was similar with 6.52 million viewers and a 2.0/ 6 in the demo, the lead-in support from short-lived Kelsey Grammer sitcom Hank was considerably below than what The Middle is providing now. 

Undercovers (NBC) – Wed. 8 p.m.

Viewers: 5.90 million (#4), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#4)

Grade: F


Year-ago occupant Mercy fared better with 7.19 million and a 1.9/ 6 among adults 18-49 (on Oct. 21, 2009) and it barely lasted the season.

The Whole Truth (ABC) – Wed. 10 p.m.

Viewers: 4.45 million (#4), A18-49:  1.3/ 4 (#4)

Grade: F

The proverbial pink slip should be arriving at any moment.

-Final Wednesday Nationals:

What follows are the overall results for this second Wednesday of the new TV season. Note: Fox aired game four of The National League Championship Series. 


Total Viewers:

CBS: 12.25 million, Fox: 9.21, NBC: 7.59, ABC: 7.30, CW: 2.27

Adults 18-49:

CBS: 3.2 rating/9 share, Fox: 2.9/ 9, ABC: 2.5/ 7, NBC: 2.2/ 6, CW: 0.9/ 3

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

On the Air This Weekend:
Prime-Time Programming Options


 8:00 p.m. No Ordinary Family (R)

 9:00 p.m. Primetime: What Would You Do? (R)

10:00 p.m. 20/20

 8:00 p.m. Medium

 9:00 p.m. CSI: NY

10:00 p.m. Blue Bloods

 8:00 p.m. School Pride

 9:00 p.m. Dateline (two hours)


 8:00 p.m. House (R)

 9:00 p.m. The Good Guys


 8:00 p.m. Smallville

 9:00 p.m. Supernatural


 8:00 p.m. Saturday Night Football: Oklahoma at Missouri  


 8:00 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (R)

 9:00 p.m. Criminal Minds (R)

10:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery  

 8:00 p.m. Outlaw

 9:00 p.m. Law & Order: Los Angeles (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 10/24/10

 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. 60 Minutes

 8:00 p.m. The Amazing Race

 9:00 p.m. Undercover Boss

10:00 p.m. CSI: Miami

 7:00 p.m. Football Night in America

 8:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football: Minnesota at Green Bay   


 7:00 p.m. The Cleveland Show (R)  

 7:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show (R)

 8:00 p.m. The Simpsons (R)

 8:30 p.m. American Dad (R)

 9:00 p.m. Family Guy (R)

 9:30 p.m. American Dad (R)


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


-CBS Renewals:

In an unprecedented move, CBS has picked-up all five of its new fall series — Mike & Molly, Hawaii Five-O, The Defenders, $#*! My Dad Says and Blue Bloods — for the remainder of the season, with a back-end order for nine additional episodes each. To keep track of the freshman class, here is an update by show:


-No Ordinary Family (Tues. 8 p.m.): four additional scripts ordered

-Detroit 1-8-7 (Tues. 10 p.m.): no decision made; additional episodes expected

-Better with You (Wed. 8:30 p.m.): no decision made; additional episodes expected

-The Whole Truth (Wed. 10 p.m.): cancellation pending

-My Generation (Thurs. 8 p.m.): canceled after two episodes


-Mike & Molly (Mon. 9:30 p.m.): full season episode order

-Hawaii Five-O (Mon. 10 p.m.): full season episode order

-The Defenders (Wed. 10 p.m.): full season episode order

-$#*! My Dad Says (Thurs. 8:30 p.m.): full season episode order

-Blue Bloods (Fri. 10 p.m.): full season episode order


-The Event (Mon. 9 p.m.): full season episode order

-Chase (Mon. 10 p.m.): full season episode order

-Undercovers (Wed. 8 p.m.): no decision made; cancellation probable

-Law & Order: Los Angeles (Wed. 10 p.m.): full season episode order

-Outsourced (Thurs. 9:30 p.m.): full season episode order

-School Pride (Fri. 8 p.m.): DOA on Oct. 15

-Outlaw (Sat. 8 p.m.): canceled and burning off remaining episodes on Saturday


-Lone Star (Mon. 9 p.m.): canceled after two episodes

-Raising Hope (Tues. 9 p.m.): full season episode order

-Running Wilde (Tues. 9:30 p.m.): cancellation pending


-Hellcats (Wed. 9 p.m.): six additional scripts ordered

-Nikita (Thurs. 9 p.m.): no decision made; full season order expected


Note: ABC has pushed back Dana Delany crime solver Body of Proof to midseason and has delayed the start of Secret Millionaire indefinitely. 


-First Week Conan Guests:

Conan O’Brien’s new TBS talker, Conan, which premieres on Monday, Nov. 8 at 11 p.m. ET, will feature Seth Rogen and musical guest Jack White on the first telecast. Other guests scheduled in week one include Tom Hanks, Jon Hamm, Michael Cera and musical artists Soundgarden, Fistful of Mercy and Jon Dore. 


-Potential Bones Spin-off:

Underrated Fox hit crime solver Bones is developing a potential spin-off series that will revolve a around a new recurring character who is expected to debut in December. Stay tuned for more details.

 -Aurora on Telemundo:

Spanish speaking network Telemundo will debut its next original telenovela, Aurora, on Monday, November 1 at 8 p.m. ET.   Shot in HD, Aurora is described as a romantic love story with a modern twist. 


And the Emmy Goes to


Which sitcom holds the record for the most number of consecutive Emmy wins for Outstanding Comedy Series?

a)   All in the Family
b)   Cheers
c)   The Dick Van Dyke Show
d)   Frasier
e)   The Mary Tyler Moore Show

The answer to yesterday’s question…


Which member of The Brady Bunch never appeared on The Love Boat?

a)      Florence Henderson
b)      Maureen McCormick
c)      Eve Plumb
d)      Robert Reed
e)      Barry Williams

Is:  e) Barry Williams, who of course was Greg Brady (a.k.a. Johnny Bravo).


Love, exciting and new
Come aboard, we’re expecting you
Love, life’s sweetest reward
Let it flow, it floats back to you

Love Boat soon will be making another run
The Love Boat promises something for everyone
Set a course for adventure
Your mind on a new romance

And love won’t hurt anymore
It’s an open smile on a friendly shore
It’s love
Welcome aboard
It’s love!


-Current kudos goes to:
Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Suzanne Crowe, John Ferlazzo, David Jackino, Greg Janover, Patty Lynch, Colleen Roth, David Ruckman, Anthony Salerno