Fox Dominates Week of May 24

Thursday, June 3, 2010
Prime-Time Metered Market Wednesday Ratings:
So You Think You Can Dance Leads Fox to Victory  
National Ratings in Prime-Time:

Week of May 24, 2010

Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not

On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options 

TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest
TV Trivia Time:

St. Elsewhere Meets Homicide


Prime-Time Metered Market Wednesday Ratings:
So You Think You Can Dance Leads Fox to Victory 

Wednesday 6/02/10


Fox     5.8/ 9
CBS    4.9/ 8
NBC   4.7/ 8
ABC   2.9/ 5

CW     0.9/ 2


-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Wednesday, June 3, 2009):

Fox: + 4, CBS: + 2, CW: no change, ABC: – 3, NBC: -16


-Yesterday’s Winners:

So You Think You Can Dance (Fox), America’s Got Talent (NBC)


-Still Delivers Even in Repeats:

Criminal Minds (CBS), CSI: NY (CBS)


-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Happy Town (ABC)


-Ratings Breakdown:

A two-hour edition of So You Think You Can Dance led Fox to Wednesday overnight victory, with 5.8 rating/9 share from 8-10 p.m. and the half-hour breakdown as follows:


So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)

8:00 p.m.: 5.6/10 (#1)

8:30 p.m.: 6.2/10 (#1)

9:00 p.m.: 5.7/ 9 (#2)

9:30 p.m.: 5.6/ 9 (#3)


Compared to one year earlier (5.4/ 9 on June 3, 2009), So You Think You Can Dance built by seven percent and it will likely lead the network to nightly victory among key adults 18-49. But without Mary Murphy, however, the show has lost some its pizzazz…don’t you think? 


CBS finished a respectable second for the evening with its repeat line-up of How I Met Your Mother (#3: 3.3/ 6), compatible Rules of Engagement (#3: 3.3/ 6), Criminal Minds (#2: 5.8/ 9) and CSI: NY (#1: 5.7/10). Next was NBC care of a repeat of the first episode of well-intentioned Losing It With Jillian (#4: 2.7/ 5), a one-hour edition of summer favorite America’s Got Talent (#1: 7.1/11) and a repeat of Law & Order: SVU (#2: 4.7/ 8). As expected, Howie Mandel fits right in as the replacement for David Hasselhoff. 


ABC was barely visible with its combination of repeats of The Middle (two episodes: #2, avg. 3.5/ 6 from 8-9 p.m.), Modern Family (#4: 3.6/ 6) and Cougar Town (#4: 2.7/ 4) from 8-10 p.m., and the return of drama Happy Town (#3: 2.0/ 3), which will burn-off the remaining original episodes.


Last, and very least were back-to-back repeats of America’s Next Top Model on The CW at an average 0.9/ 2 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m.


As a reminder, here is what you will be seeing on the broadcast networks on Wednesday this fall (with new shows in caps and bolded):

 8:00 p.m.: The Middle (new time)
 9:00 p.m.: Modern Family

 9:30 p.m. Cougar Town

10:00 p.m.: THE WHOLE TRUTH

 8:00 p.m.: Survivor: Nicaragua (new day)

 9:00 p.m.: Criminal Minds
10:00 p.m.: THE DEFENDERS
 8:00 p.m.:  UNDERCOVERS

9:00 p.m.: Law & Order: SVU (new time)


 8:00 p.m. Lie To Me (new day and time)
 9:00 p.m.: Hell’s Kitchen (new day)
 8:00 p.m.: America’s Next Top Model
 9:00 p.m. HELLCATS

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)

National Ratings in Prime-Time:

Week of May 24, 2010


Led by the season-finale of American Idol it was a clean sweep for Fox, with a first-place finish in households, total viewers and the three key demos — adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and adults 18-34. Keep in mind that the week of May 24 included the final three days of the May 2010 sweeps and the traditional TV season, and the first four days of the summer season. Compared to the year-ago week (which was the first full week of the 2009 summer season and had no American Idol in the mix), Fox built by margins of 30 to 76 percent in the five surveyed categories. 


CBS finished second across the board (tied with ABC and NBC among adults 18-34) at levels close to one year earlier. ABC, which built by as much as 56 percent in households, was next; followed by NBC, which lost some minor steam; and perennial fifth-place occupant The CW.


There were three series-finales this week — Fox’s NBC’s Law & Order, Fox’s 24 and ABC’s FlashForward — and 24 fared the best as follows:


24 (Fox): Monday 8-10 p.m.

Viewers: 8.94 million (#18); A18-49: 2.8/ 8 (#15t)


Law & Order (NBC): Monday 10 p.m.

Viewers: 7.84 million (#23); A18-49: 1.9/ 5 (#21t)


FlashForward (ABC): Thursday 8 p.m.

Viewers: 4.99 million (#32); A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#31t)


In series-premiere news, NBC Friends wannabe 100 Questions was DOA, with a mere 2.48 million viewers (#62 overall) and a 0.8/ 3 among adults 18-49 (#52t) in the Thursday 8:30 p.m. half-hour. Comparably, this could very well be NBC’s worst performance with an original program in this time period in the history of the network.


In specials news, you know it is the summer when ABC devotes an hour to Hollywood Salutes Matt Damon, which was not saluted by the audience with 3.28 million viewers (#52) and a 0.8/ 2 among adults 18-49 (tied for #52) in the Thursday 9 p.m. hour. Over at NBC, The Stanley Cup Finals is tracking higher than one year earlier with Game 1 on Saturday (Philadelphia at Chicago) at 4.43 million viewers (#37) and a 1.7/ 7 in the demo (#23t). 


What follows are the final national ratings for the week of May 24, 2010 (with percent change versus the comparable year-ago week in parentheses), followed by the top 30 rated programs of the week and the top rated networks on basic cable.  


Fox: 5.6 rating/10 share (+65), CBS: 5.1/ 9 (- 4), ABC: 4.2/ 8 (+56), NBC: 2.9/ 5 (-15), CW: 0.7/ 1 (-12)


-Total Viewers:

Fox: 9.69 million (+76), CBS: 7.97 (- 1), ABC: 6.35 (+50), NBC: 4.65 (-13), CW: 1.01 (-13)


-Adults 18-49:

Fox: 3.3 rating/11 share (+57), CBS: 1.8/ 6 (+ 6), ABC: 1.6/ 5 (+23), NBC: 1.6/ 5 (- 6), CW: 0.4/ 1 (no change)


-Adults 25-54:

Fox: 3.9/12 (+70), CBS: 2.5/ 7 (+ 4), ABC: 2.0/ 6 (+25), NBC: 1.9/ 5 (- 5), CW: 0.4/ 1 (-20)


-Adults 18-34:

Fox: 2.6/10 (+30), ABC: 1.2/ 4 (+20), CBS: 1.2/ 4 (+ 9), NBC: 1.2/ 5 (- 8), CW: 0.5/ 2 (+25)

 Top 30 Rankings

-Total Viewers:

American Idol – Wednesday (Fox, season finale): 24.22 million, American Idol – Tuesday (Fox): 20.07, Dancing With the Stars – Monday (ABC): 19.36, Dancing With the Stars – Tuesday (ABC, season finale): 18.40, NCIS (CBS, season finale): 16.30, Two and a Half Men (CBS, season finale): 15.46, The Big Bang Theory (CBS, season finale): 15.02, NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, season finale); 13.23, Criminal Minds (CBS, season finale): 12.97, CSI: Miami (CBS, season finale): 12.38, CSI: NY (CBS, season finale): 11.96, Glee (Fox): 11.37, The Good Wife (CBS, season finale): 10.60, The Biggest Loser (NBC, season finale): 9.96, The Mentalist R (CBS): 9.93, Dancing With the Stars – Tuesday R (ABC): 9.40, The Bachelorette (ABC, season premiere): 9.08, 24 (Fox, series finale); 8.94, CSI R (CBS): 8.35, So You Think You Can Dance (Fox, season premiere): 8.25, Rules of Engagement (CBS, season finale): 8.10, How I Met Your Mother (CBS, season finale): 8.05, Law & Order (NBC, series finale): 7.84, 60 Minutes Presents (CBS): 6.13, Parenthood (NBC, season finale): 6.02, Undercover Boss R (CBS): 5.99, Cold Case R (CBS, Sun. 10 p.m.): 5.61, 60 Minutes R (CBS, 8 p.m.): 5.46, Cold Case R (CBS, Sun. 9 p.m.): 5.40, Dateline R (NBC): 5.09


-Adults 18-49:

American Idol – Wednesday (Fox, season finale): 8.2 rating/24 share, American Idol – Tuesday (Fox): 6.7/20, The Big Bang Theory (CBS, season finale): 5.3/14, Two and a Half Men (CBS, season finale): 5.0/13, Glee (Fox): 4.8/13, Dancing With the Stars – Monday (ABC): 4.0/12, Dancing With the Stars – Tuesday (ABC, season finale) and The Biggest Loser (NBC, season finale): 3.9/11 each, How I Met Your Mother (CBS, season finale): 3.5/11, NCIS (CBS, season finale): 3.3/10, CSI: Miami (CBS, season finale): 3.3/ 9, Rules of Engagement (CBS, season finale): 3.2/ 9, Criminal Minds (CBS, season finale): 3.1/ 9, So You Think You Can Dance (Fox, season premiere): 3.0/10, The Bachelorette (ABC, season premiere) and 24 (Fox, series finale): 2.8/ 8 each, CSI: NY (CBS, season finale): 2.7/ 8, NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, season finale): 2.7/ 7, Parenthood (NBC, season finale): 2.6/ 7, The Good Wife (CBS, season finale): 2.0/ 6, The Mentalist R (CBS): 1.9/ 6, Law & Order (NBC, series finale): 1.9/ 5, Chuck (NBC, season finale) and ABC Movie: Transformers: 1.8/ 5 each, NHL Stanley Cup Final (NBC, Saturday): 1.7/ 7, CSI R (CBS): 1.7/ 5, NASCAR (Fox): 1.6/ 6, Dancing With the Stars – Tuesday R (ABC): 1.6/ 5, Undercover Boss R (CBS) and SNL in the 2000s R (NBC): 1.5/ 5 each




What follows are the top 10 rated networks on cable in prime-time for the week of May 24 based on total viewers and the three key demos:


Total Viewers:

ESPN: 3.16 million, TNT: 3.03, USA: 2.86, Fox News: 1.90, Nick at Nite: 1.65, TBS: 1.48, A&E: 1.33, History: 1.24, ABC Family: 1.17, Cartoon: 1.12


Adults 18-49:

ESPN: 1.68 million, TNT: 1.54 million, USA: 1.06 million, TBS: 821,000, A&E: 599,000, ABC Family: 566,000, Discovery: 550,000, FX: 547,000, Spike: 505,000, History: 482,000


Adults 25-54:

ESPN: 1.62 million, TNT: 1.57 million, USA: 1.17 million, TBS: 713,000, A&E: 663,000, Discovery: 596,000, History: 575,000, ABC Family: 540,000, FX: 533,000, Fox News: 504,000


Adults 18-34:

ESPN: 882,000, TNT: 757,000, USA: 466,000, TBS: 444,000, Comedy Central: 298,000, MTV: 293,000, ABC Family: 290,000, FX: 289,000, Spike: 260,000, A&E: 259,000


Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)


On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options


Thursday 6/03/10

 8:30 p.m. NBA Finals Pre-Game
 9:00 p.m. 2010 NBA Finals, Game 1

 8:00 p.m. How I Met Your Mother (R)

 8:30 p.m. Rules of Engagement (R)
 9:00 p.m. CSI (R)

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

 8:00 p.m. Community (R)
 8:30 p.m. 100 Questions (series premiere)
 9:00 p.m. The Office (R)
 9:30 p.m. 30 Rock (R)

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

10:30 p.m. Parks and Recreation (R)


 8:00 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance (two hours)


 8:00 p.m. The Vampire Diaries (R)

 9:00 p.m. Moonlight (R): return of former CBS 2007-08 drama 


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


-Old Christine Officially Kaput:

Canceled CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine will not be moving to ABC, which was in conversations to keep the show alive. But beginning this fall, repeats will begin on both Lifetime and in off-network syndication.


-Discovery Channel Anniversary Week:

Discovery Channel will mark 25 years on the air with a themed programming block called Discovery Channel’s Anniversary Week, which will feature a look back at the people, places and events that helped shape the network and the world. Airing from Sunday, June 13 through Saturday, June 19, anniversary special 25 Years of Discovery will kick-off the celebration on Sunday, June 13 at 9 p.m. ET. Also featured in the 9 p.m. hour that week will be Dirty Jobs: The Dirty Truth (Monday, June 14), Deadliest Catch / After the Catch (Tuesday, June 15), MythBusters Top 25 Moments (Wednesday, June 16), Scariest Moments at Sea (Thursday, June 17), Discovery Saved My Life (Friday, June 18) and Man Vs. Wild: Top 25 Moments (Saturday, June 19). Fans can join in on the celebration by clicking on


-TCM Remembers Dennis Hopper:

TCM, the home of classic movies, will honor the late Dennis Hopper with five of his films on Tuesday, June 8. The tribute will kick-off with The Sons of Katie Elder at 8 p.m. ET, followed by True Grit (10 p.m. ET), Rebel Without a Cause (12:30 a.m.), the iconic Easy Rider (2:30 a.m.) and 1963’s Night Tide, with Hopper as a lonely sailor who falls in love with a mysterious woman who plays a mermaid on the Santa Monica pier.    

TV Trivia Time:

St. Elsewhere Meets Homicide


Which one of the following characters from St. Elsewhere appeared in an episode of Homicide: Life on the Street?


a)      Daniel Auschlander

b)      Mark Craig

c)      Victor Ehrlich

d)      Florence Hufnagel 

e)      Roxanne Turner


The answer to yesterday’s question…


What city was legal drama The Guardian set in?


a)      Albuquerque

b)      Baltimore

c)      Detroit

d)      Pittsburgh

e)      San Francisco


Is: d) Pittsburgh. Headlined by Simon Baker, The Guardian aired on CBS from 2001 to 2004. 


-Current kudos goes to:
Gerry Bixenspan, Barbara Bloomfield, Jim Brams, Andrew Brandner, Sue Doron, John Ferlazzo, George Gardner, Adam Giagni, Maureen Goldman, Barb Hemberger, Brad Hight, David Hiltbrand, Bob Ingersoll, Deb Kainer, Mary Kinoshita, Synda Kollman, Steve Kurtzer, Roy Laurie, Rick Locke, Patty Lynch, Michael Murphy, Chris O’Connor, Alan Perris, Greg Phelan, Amy Preisendefer, Gordon Purcell, Bruce Robinson, Tina Rolon, Colleen Roth, Marni Setless, David Shearer, Michelle Stanton, Tammy Wiard, Ged Young, Ken Zagor