Fox Dances to Wednesday Victory


Thursday, June 11, 2009


Prime-Time Metered Market Wednesday Ratings:

Fox Dances to Victory; ABC’s Wipeout on the Map


Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not


On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options 


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


TV Trivia Time:

Supermarket Sweep


Prime-Time Metered Market Wednesday Ratings:

Fox Dances to Victory; ABC’s Wipeout on the Map


Wednesday 6/10/09



Fox    5.3/ 9
CBS   5.1/ 9
ABC 4.5/ 8
NBC 3.5/ 6
CW    0.8/ 1

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Wednesday, June 11, 2008):

ABC: +55, CBS: – 7, Fox: -12, NBC: -30, CW: -43
-Yesterday’s Winners:

So You Think You Can Dance (Fox), Wipeout (ABC), Criminal Minds R (CBS), CSI: NY R (CBS)

-Yesterday’s Losers (Excluding Repeats):

I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! (NBC), The Unusuals (ABC)

-Ratings Breakdown:

Fox led the midweek troops in the overnights (and will easily dominate among adults 18-49), care of a two-hour edition of So You Think You Can Dance at a 5.3 rating/9 share from 8-10 p.m. One year earlier, the dance competition averaged a 6.0/10 in the metered markets. In other words, it is still healthy. Here is the half-hour breakdown:

So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
8:00 p.m.: 4.6/ 8 (#2)
8:30 p.m.: 5.2/ 9 (#2)
9:00 p.m.: 5.7/ 9 (#2)
9:30 p.m.: 5.7/ 9 (#2)

Second overall was CBS with its encore combination of The New Adventures of Old Christine (#3t: 3.2/ 6), compatible Gary Unmarried (#4: 3.1/ 5), Criminal Minds (#1: 6.2/11) and CSI: NY (#1: 5.8/10). In a sea of a lot of change next season, CBS’ Wednesday line-up will remain intact.


ABC was on the map from 8-10 p.m., with two episodes of reality/competition Wipeout averaging a comfortable 5.2/ 9 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. Here is the half-hour breakdown:

Wipeout (ABC)
8:00 p.m.: 5.0/ 9 (#1)
8:30 p.m.: 5.4/ 9 (#1)
9:00 p.m.: 5.1/ 8 (#3)
9:30 p.m.: 5.4/ 9 (#3)

One week earlier, two episodes of animated The Goode Family scored a mere 1.8/ 3 in the 9 p.m. hour. In the event you miss The Goode Family, it returns tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. out of Surviving Suburbia. Whoopee! 


The second-to-last episode of ABC dramedy The Unusuals finished third in the 10 p.m. hour, with a 3.2/ 6. Retention out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of Wipeout was just 59 percent.


Over at NBC, a two-hour edition of the oddly addictive I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! was nothing special at a third-place 3.4/ 6 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. One week earlier, it averaged an almost identical 3.5/ 6 in the 8 p.m. hour. How do you like that Janice Dickinson? And can someone tell me why they needed to add deadly dull Holly Montag? Who on earth is next? Take a look at the half-hour breakdown:


I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! (NBC)

8:00 p.m.: 3.2/ 6 (#3t)
8:30 p.m.: 3.5/ 6 (#3)
9:00 p.m.: 3.4/ 6 (#4)
9:30 p.m.: 3.5/ 6 (#4)

I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! led into a repeat of Law & Order at a second-place 3.7/ 6 at 10 p.m. Don’t forget: Law & Order moves into the Friday 8 p.m. hour next season (which is too early). 


The CW capped off this second Wednesday in June with repeats of America’s Next Top Model (#5: 0.9/ 2) and Hitched or Ditched (#5: 0.7/ 1) from 8-10 p.m. Next season, Top Model leads into new drama The Beautiful Life. Historically, how many dramas can you remember that revolved around models?


Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)


Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not


 -Sharp Week Two Declines for The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien:

As expected, NBC’s The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien had huge sampling in week one, with a 4.7 rating in the overnight markets for the week of June 1. Comparably, that outdelivered Tonight’s current second quarter 2009 metered market average (3.9) by 21 percent. But week two (through Wednesday) is a considerably weaker story, with an average 3.1/ 8 in the overnights down by a hefty 44 percent from its Monday though Wednesday average from one week earlier (5.5/13). Conan, in addition, dipped to second behind CBS’ competing Late Show with David Letterman, with a 2.9/ 7 on Tuesday, June 9 versus a 3.4/ 8 for Letterman. Last night, the two shows tied at a 3.2/ 8. Traditionally, The Tonight Show has beaten The Late Show with Letterman in the overnights for the last 15 years. Stay tuned. 


-Record Ratings for Discovery’s Deadliest Catch:

Deadliest Catch on Discovery Channel rose to a record performance on Tuesday, June 9 among adults 18-49 (2.66 million), women 25-54 (1.17 million) and women 18-49 (1.11 million). Comparably, Deadliest Catch finished as the top-rated non-sports telecast of the evening in all of television among key men 18-49 (1.59 million) and men 25-54 (1.56 million). Including Out of the Wild: The Alaska Experiment, which aired after Deadliest Catch, Discovery Channel ranked first for the night in all of cable in total viewers (2.26 million), adults 18-49 (1.23 million), men 18-49 (780,000), adults 25-54 (1.40 million) and men 25-54 (831,000).

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (* = canceled)

On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options


Thursday 6/11/09

 8:00 p.m. Jimmy Kimmel Live
 8:30 p.m. NBA Countdown

 9:00 p.m. 2009 NBA Finals, Game 4 (Magic vs. Lakers)


 8:00 p.m. The New Adventures of Old Christine (R)

 8:30 p.m. The New Adventures of Old Christine (R)

 9:00 p.m. CSI (R)

10:00 p.m. The Mentalist (R)

 8:00 p.m. I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!
 9:00 p.m. The Office (R)
 9:30 p.m. 30 Rock (R)

10:00 p.m. The Listener

 8:00 p.m. Bones (R)

 9:00 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance Results Show

 8:00 p.m. Smallville (R)
 9:00 p.m. Supernatural (R)
 8:00 p.m. Movie: Honeydripper (R)

TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


-More Nurse Jackie:

One telecast into its run, Showtime has given an early vote of confidence to half-hour drama Nurse Jackie, with a pick-up for season two. Production on 12 new episodes will begin this fall in New York City.

-TCM Launches Classic Film Union:

Turner Classic Movies, a Mr. TV favorite, has launched a social network linking fans online. The site, which is called The TCM Classic Film Union, can be found at Speaking of classic movies, did anyone catch Roman Holiday on TCM last weekend? They certainly don’t make them like they used to!


-Coming Up on Nickelodeon:

Kids magnet Nickelodeon has ordered 26 episodes of a spin-off of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron called Planet Sheen, and 13 episodes of another new animated half-hour called T.U.F.F. Puppy. Planet Sheen is described as the intergalactic tale of the hyperactive kid on Jimmy Neutron who accidentally crash lands on the island of Zeenu after borrowing a rocket. T.U.F.F. Puppy follows a gung ho but dim-witted dog who is recruited by a super secret crime fighting organization. (Who comes up with these ideas?). Both are expected to launch later this year.


-Mark Your Calendars:

The Wendy Williams Show, the upcoming syndicated daytime talker from Debmar-Mercury, will launch on Monday, July 13. Over at AMC, season three of critically acclaimed drama Mad Men will begin on Monday, August 10 at 10 p.m. ET.


-Today in TV History:

Fear Factor, the originator of contestants eating gross things, debuted on NBC exactly eight years ago today. 


-The Game Show Award Winners:

The Game Show Awards, the first ever awards show honoring classic and modern game shows, aired on Saturday, June 6 on GSN. The key winners were:


Best Game Show: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

Best Game Show Host: Howie Mandel

Favorite Classic Game Show: Match Game

Best Reality Competition: Dancing With the Stars

Favorite Dating/Relationship Show: The Newlywed Game

Favorite Celebrity Team: The Brady Kids (for appearing on Trivial Pursuit: America Plays)

Favorite Game Show Models: Deal or No Deal briefcase models

Most Outrageous Game Show Contestant: Josh Silberman (The Price is Right)

Favorite Game Show Theme Song: Jeopardy

Favorite Parting Gift: Turtle Wax

Favorite DVD Interactive Game: Deal or No Deal

TV Trivia Time:
Supermarket Sweep

Which one of the following TV characters was employed as a cashier at a supermarket called Food Circus?

Roseanne Conner
Naomi Oates Harper
Grace Kelly
Topanga Lawrence
Sara Rush

The answer to yesterday’s question…


Which Who’s the Boss star has appeared on Law & Order: SVU on a recurring basis?


a)      Tony Danza

b)      Katherine Helmond

c)      Judith Light

d)      Alyssa Milano

e)      Danny Pintauro


Is: c) Judith Light, who plays Judge Elizabeth Donnelly.


-Current kudos goes to:
Suzanne Ackley, Joelle Alexander, Mark Amato, Michelle Amundson, Mary Bancroft, Michelle Yarborough-Bauer, Ric Beddingfield, L. Bell, Gail Belle, Debra Birnbaum, Gerry Bixenspan, Kimay Bloch, John Brooker, Tim Busbey, Dave Carfolite, Heidi Cavallaro, Shelia Collins, Annie Courtney, Laurie Cuyler, Audrey Davis, Hannah Deason, Sue Doron, Mike Dugger, Bob Eisenstaedt, Josh Emmitt, Ivan Fernandez, John Ferlazzo, Arleen Fong, Jim Forkan, Sara Foster, Julie Friedlander, Michael Fruchtman, Adam Giagni, Maureen Goldman, Martha Gonzalez, Peter Grad, Laura Graham, Scott Hamula, Michelle Harrington, Christine Hatch, Carolyn Becker Hayes, Barb Hemberger, Jerry Hermes, Melissa Hodgdon, Maria Hokanson, Bob Ingersoll, Greg Janover, Kevin Jones, Deb Kainer, Marie Lefevre Karp, David Kern, Kristopher Koller, Joel Kunkel, Stephen LaRue, Charmaine Leary, Steven Lewis, Howard Lieboff, Rick Locke, Jim Moore, Beverly Morris, Melanie Morris, Tony Naldrett, Stephen Narissi, Bill Nuss, Cindy O’Connor, Jim O’Heir, Alan Perris, Greg Phelan, Mauricio Rios, Heather Roff, Jay Rossi, David Ruckman, Ron Salmon, Gadi Schultz, Russell Schwartz, Kristen Signore, Lisa Sipe, Mindy Staley, Michelle Stanton, Mickie Steinmann, Kristen Strauss, Julie Syers, Ronnie Tallant, Carol Teichman, Jodi Tiktin, Trenna Underhill, Evan Weinstein, Ted Zawislak