Fox Wins Wednesday; Solid Start for Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior on CBS

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Prime-Time Metered Market Wednesday Ratings:

Fox Wins; Solid Start for Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior on CBS

Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not


On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options 


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


TV Trivia Time:

They’re Cousins…Identical Cousins


Prime-Time Metered Market Wednesday Ratings:

Fox Wins; Solid Start for Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior on CBS


Wednesday 2/16/11
Note: The overnight data now includes DVR playback until 3 a.m. local time. One year earlier it was based on Live data only. All times are ET/PT.



Fox   10.9/16
CBS    5.9/ 9
NBC   4.9/ 8
ABC   4.5/ 7
CW     0.8/ 1

-Note: The year-to-year overnight comparisons are not available today.


-Yesterday’s Winners:

American Idol (Fox), Modern Family (ABC), Criminal Minds (CBS), Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (CBS)


-Honorable Mention:

Survivor: Redemption Island (CBS), The Middle (ABC)

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Minute to Win It (NBC), Off the Map (ABC)


-Ratings Breakdown:

Fox led the overnight Wednesday troops and that, of course, is a reflection of American Idol. A two-hour edition of Idol scored a 14.5 rating/22 share from 8-10 p.m., building by half-hour as follows:


American Idol (Fox)

8:00 p.m.: 12.7/20 (#1)

8:30 p.m.: 14.3/22 (#1)

9:00 p.m.: 15.2/23 (#1)

9:30 p.m.: 16.0/24 (#1)


But there was positive news aplenty at CBS with the series-premiere of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior at a dominant 8.2/14 in the overnights at 10 p.m. Comparably, this was equal to week-ago occupant Blue Bloods, with retention out of parent Criminal Minds (8.4/13 at 9 p.m.) of a significant 98 percent. Despite the abundance of crime solvers on CBS, there always needs to be room for one more and there is every reason to believe CI: Suspect Behavior will remain the perfect fit out of Criminal Minds.  


Earlier in the evening on CBS was the season-premiere of Survivor: Redemption Island at a second-place 6.4/10 at 8 p.m. While this is still a vast improvement over year-ago occupants The New Adventures of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried, opposite Idol this performance was 10 percent its fall season-opener on Sept. 15, 2010. Regardless, that was some heated tribal council last night; totally unprecedented for a season-premiere. 


Over at ABC there are two positives of note: The Middle and Modern Family. But Better with You continues to underperform at 8:30 p.m., sitcom Mr. Sunshine dipped by 35 percent from its week-ago debut and drama Off the Map is, well, off the map at 10 p.m. Here is ABC:

 8:00 p.m. – The Middle: 5.6/ 9 (#3)
 8:30 p.m. – Better with You: 4.2/ 6 (#3)
 9:00 p.m. – Modern Family: 7.6/11 (#3)
 9:30 p.m. – Mr. Sunshine: 5.0/ 8 (#3)

10:00 p.m. – Off the Map: 3.4/ 6 (#3)


Modern Family, no doubt, will finish a solid second among adults 18-49 (behind American Idol) at 9 p.m. But the retention for Mr. Sunshine out of Modern Family, despite being an improvement from Cougar Town, was lacking at 66 percent. Let’s wait and see what the demos look like.


Elsewhere, NBC failed miserably care of back-to-back episodes of game show Minute to Win It from 8-10 p.m., with an average 2.5/ 4 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. (and a fourth-place finish in each half-hour). But veteran Law & Order: SVU perked up to second at 10 p.m. with a 5.2/ 9.


The CW populated the evening with repeats of Nikita (#5: 1.0/ 2) and The Vampire Diaries (#5: 0.6/ 1).


Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)

Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not


-More Growth for Jeopardy:

The Tuesday edition of game show Jeopardy, featuring IBM’s computer Watson against Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter rose to a 9.5 household rating — its highest-rated episode since May 25, 2005. Tuesday’s episode increased by 36 percent over its average in February 2010 (7.0).


-Fox’s Traffic Light – Week Two:

No one expected miracles. Former Fox Tuesday 9:30 p.m. occupant Running Wilde was, in fact, one of the colossal freshman duds of the current season. But week two of Fox sitcom replacement Traffic Light sunk to 3.49 million viewers and a 1.4 rating/4 share among adults 18-49 on Tuesday. Comparably, that dipped by 1.10 million viewers and 26 percent in the demo from it’s already DOA performance one week earlier (Viewers: 4.59 million; A18-49: 1.9/ 5 on Feb. 8). And the retention out of lead-in Raising Hope (Viewers: 5.36 million; A18-49: 2.2/ 6 at 9 p.m.) was only 65 percent in total viewers and 64 percent in the demo. Tick, tock…the cancellation clock is ticking.


-Speaking of Tuesday:

Here are the overall live plus same day results for Tuesday, Feb. 15:


Total Viewers:

CBS: 15.87 million, Fox: 7.53, NBC: 6.84, ABC: 5.22, CW: 1.61


Adults 18-49:

CBS and NBC: 3.0 rating/8 share each, NBC: 2.5/ 7, ABC: 1.5/ 4, CW: 0.7/ 2

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options


Thursday 2/17/11

 9:00 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy

10:00 p.m. Private Practice

 8:00 p.m. The Big Bang Theory

 8:30 p.m. $#*! My Dad Says (season or series finale)

 9:00 p.m. CSI (Justin Bieber guest stars)

10:00 p.m. The Mentalist

 8:00 p.m. Community
 8:30 p.m. Perfect Couples
 9:00 p.m. The Office
 9:30 p.m. Parks and Recreation

10:00 p.m. 30 Rock

10:30 p.m. Outsourced


 8:00 p.m. American Idol (Hollywood auditions, part three)

 9:00 p.m. Bones
 8:00 p.m. The Vampire Diaries

 9:00 p.m. Nikita


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


-Two and a Half Men to Resume Shooting on Feb. 28:

CBS’ veteran Two and a Half Men will go back into production on Monday, Feb. 28, one month after it went on hiatus to accommodate Charlie Sheen’s current personal issues. The sitcom is expected to shoot four more episodes, bringing the total season order to a reduced 20.


-Pretty Little Liars Marathon:

ABC Family will celebrate President’s Day on Monday, Feb. 21 with a seven episode marathon of scripted hit Pretty Little Liars. It begins at 1 p.m. ET/PT.


-Coming Home on Lifetime:

Lifetime Television will launch a new inspirational reality series called Coming Home, which will feature the surprise family reunions of U.S. soldiers across the country after serving long tours of duty on behalf of the country. It premieres on Sunday, March 6 following the fifth season-premiere of scripted drama Army Wives. 

TV Trivia Time:

They’re Cousins…Identical Cousins


Where was Cathy Lane, Patty’s identical looking cousin from?


a)      Czechoslovakia

b)      England

c)      Ireland

d)      Scotland

e)      Wales


The answer to yesterday’s question…


Remember sleepy sitcom Evening Shade with Burt Reynolds as the local high school coach? What sport did his team play?


a)      basketball

b)      baseball

c)      football

d)      lacrosse

e)      soccer

Is:  c) football. The team’s name was the Evening Shade Mules.
-Current kudos goes to:

Don Abel, Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Cauble, Larry Collins, Harold Cooper, Pam Euper, John Ferlazzo, Karen Gardner, Maureen Goldman, Martha Gonzalez, Kevin Harlan, Carolyn Becker Hayes, Barb Hemberger, David Jackino, Bob Ingersoll, Deb Kainer, Mary Kalnin, Kathryn Kieser, Tom Kilgallon, Steven Kurtzer, Tom Lawrenson, Howard Lieboff, Kerri Madden, Lisa Menin, Tony Naldrett, Alan Perris, Francine Purcell, Gordon Purcell, Colleen Roth, Mary Ryan, Lisa Sanford, Judy Schrader, David Shearer, Michelle Stanton, Julie Stowell, Trenna Underhill, Don Webb, Larry Weinstock, Abbott Wool