Idol Ignited Fox Wins Wednesday

Thursday, April 8, 2010
Prime-Time Metered Market Wednesday Ratings:
Idol Shocker Leads Fox to Victory
Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not

On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options 

TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest
TV Trivia Time:

Calling All Doctors


Prime-Time Metered Market Wednesday Ratings:
Idol Shocker Leads Fox to Victory

Wednesday 4/07/10


Fox     9.3/15
CBS    6.8/11
NBC   4.5/ 7
ABC   3.4/ 5

CW     1.9/ 3


-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Wednesday, April 8, 2009):
NBC: +20, Fox: + 2, CBS: – 4, CW: -14, ABC: -21

-Yesterday’s Winners:

American Idol (Fox), Criminal Minds (CBS), CSI: NY (CBS), Law & Order: SVU (NBC)


Minute to Win It (NBC), The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS), Accidentally on Purpose (CBS)

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):
Fly Girls (CW), High Society (CW), Ugly Betty (ABC)
-Ratings Breakdown:

Fox led the Wednesday overnight troops, of course, on the strength of the live American Idol Results Show. And it will, no doubt, win the night in total viewers and adults 18-49. Second in the overnights was CBS, followed by NBC, ABC and The CW.


SPOILER ALERT…if you did not see American Idol yet, you may want to skip the next paragraph. But what the heck was one of the two favorites, Michael Lynch, doing in the bottom two (alongside Andrew Garcia, whose departure would not have been a terrible tragedy)? We all knew, of course, that the judges would use the save on cellar-dweller Big Mike. And this means that two contestants will be departing next week. But this sure does put the whole season in a different light, doesn’t it?


By the numbers, American Idol ruled with an iron fist at a 13.4 rating/21 share in the overnights at 9 p.m. Comparably, that beat the number two occupant in the time period (CBS’ Criminal Minds: 8.8/13) by 52 percent, and it outdelivered the lead-in (Human Target: #1, 5.3/ 9 at 8 p.m.) by a massive 143 percent. Like so many other series, Human Target, which will also win the hour among adults 18-49, is on the fence for renewal. Stay tuned. 


Speaking of on the fence, CBS moving sitcom Accidentally on Purpose from Monday to Wednesday has not proved beneficial, with a second-place 4.2/ 7 in the overnights at 8:30 p.m. similar to recent entry Gary Unmarried (and below what it was averaging on Monday). Lead-in The New Adventures of Old Christine, which could use another season to coincide with its debut in off-network this fall, also finished second with a 4.4/ 7 at 8 p.m. Also on CBS was aforementioned Criminal Minds at 9 p.m. (#2: 8.8/13), which is one of the few shows to still stand tall opposite American Idol, and fading CSI: NY (#1: 7.3/12), which dipped by 11 percent in the overnights from one year earlier. Chances are NBC’s competing Law & Order: SVU will win the time period among adults 18-49.


Over at NBC, an original Wednesday airing of game show Minute to Win It, was picked-up for 10 new episodes in 2010-11, limped out of the gate with a third-place 3.9/ 7 in the overnights at 8 p.m. While that was no better than recent occupant Mercy, the network is hoping it skewed younger. Minute to Win It led into a repeat of Law & Order: SVU (#4: 3.4/ 4 at 9 p.m.), followed by an original installment of SVU at a respectable (and second-place) 6.3/11 at 10 p.m. Needless to say, this is quite an improvement over former occupant The Jay Leno Show. 


ABC, which is in search of a new sitcom to lead-off Wednesday next season, opened with a repeat of Modern Family at a fourth-place 3.7/ 6 at 8 p.m. The rest of ABC’s sitcom rotation was also in repeats as follows:


8:30 pm. – The Middle (R): 3.5/ 6 (#4)

9:00 p.m. – Modern Family: 3.8/ 6 (#3)

9:30 p.m. – Cougar Town: 2.9/ 4 (#4)


Capping off the night for ABC was soon-to-conclude Ugly Betty at a last-place 3.3/ 5 at 10 p.m. To the few fans of Ugly Betty left, the series-finale is next Wednesday.


The CW, as usual, had a mixed night, with the lead-in support from America’s Next Top Model (#5: 3.0/ 5 at 8 p.m.) wasted on docudrama duds Fly Girls (#5: 1.0/ 1) and High Society (#5: 0.7/ 1) from 9-10 p.m. While you can’t blame a network for trying, you can’t force viewers to watch either


Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)

Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not

-Impressive Start for Adventure Time on Cartoon Network:

New animated series Adventure Time premiered on Cartoon Network in the Monday 8 p.m. half-hour as the top-rated show on all TV in kids 2-11 (1.66 million), kids 6-11 (1.24 million), boys 2-11 (1.24 million), boys 6-11 (949,000) and boys 9-14 (677,000). Growth versus the year-ago time period was as much as 240 percent among kids 9-14. After just one telecast, Cartoon Network has picked-up Adventure Time for an additional 13 episodes. 

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)

On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options

Thursday 4/08/10

 8:00 p.m. FlashForward

 9:00 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy (R)

10:00 p.m. Private Practice (R)


 8:00 p.m. Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains

 9:00 p.m. CSI

10:00 p.m. The Mentalist

 8:00 p.m. Community (R)
 8:30 p.m. Parks and Recreation (R)
 9:00 p.m. The Office (R)
 9:30 p.m. 30 Rock (R)

10:00 p.m. The Marriage Ref


 8:00 p.m. Bones (100th episode)

 9:00 p.m. Fringe


 8:00 p.m. The Vampire Diaries

 9:00 p.m. Supernatural


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


-Oprah’s Next Chapter:

Nothing it confirmed yet. But the Queen of daytime, Oprah Winfrey, will be heading into primetime on upcoming cable network OWN after stepping down from her CBS Television Distribution talker in the fall of 2011. Expected to air two or three times per week, Oprah’s Next Chapter on OWN will take Oprah out of the studio and around the globe. Stay tuned for more details. 


-PPI’s Steven and Chris a Firm Go for First-Run:

Canadian talk show Steven and Chris, hosted by Canada’s “Designer Guys” Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman, will officially move forward in first-run U.S. syndication this fall from PPI Releasing, LLC (an affiliation of Program Partners). Beginning its fourth season on the CBC in Canada this fall, Steve and Chris is being offered on a straight barter basis, with six minutes national and eight minutes reserved for local advertising. In addition to a daily rotation of regular segments, PPI and CBC are providing stations with a library of advertiser-friendly short-form content in various sponsorship categories to help drive local spot sales across all platforms. 


-The Rolling Stones Meet Miami Medical:

Iconic Rolling Stones track “19th Nervous Breakdown,” written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, will begin as the title theme to new CBS Friday drama Miami Medical this week at 10 p.m. ET. To view the main title, click here:


ABC Announces Summer Schedule:

ABC has unveiled an aggressive summer schedule that will include new scripted dramas The Gates, Scoundrels and Rookie Blue; new game show Downfall; new reality hour Bachelor Pad; and new seasons of The Bachelorette, True Beauty, Dating in the Dark, Wipeout and Shaq Vs. New from the ABC News department are hours Boston Med, Primetime: Mind Games, Head Cases and Primetime: Crime. 


Returning The Bachelorette will officially kick-off the summer season with a two-hour launch on Monday, May 24 at 9 p.m. ET (followed one week later in its regularly scheduled Monday 8-10 p.m. ET block leading into season two of True Beauty). Next up is the two-hour sneak peak date-themed episode of Wipeout on Tuesday, June 1 from 8-10 p.m. (before the third season-premiere on Tuesday, June 22, also at 8 p.m. ET). 


Suburban drama The Gates premieres on Sunday, June 20 at 9 p.m. ET, leading into The Scoundrels, a one-hour comedy/drama about a family of small time criminals who try to go straight after the father is set to go to prison. Rookie Blue, which follows the lives of five young and ambitious cops right out of the Police Academy, launches on Thursday, June 24 at 9 p.m. ET.


Game show Downfall, which features contestants playing for a million dollars atop a tall building in the middle of a metropolitan landscape, opens on Tuesday, June 29 at 9 p.m. ET. And Bachelor Pad, featuring 20 of the most unforgettable contestants/suitors from The Bachelor will reunite under one roof beginning on Monday, August 9 from 8-10 p.m. ET. Chris Harrison hosts. Leading out of Bachelor Pad will be season two of Dating in the Dark. Shaq Vs., meanwhile, will open its new season on Tuesday, August 10 at 9 p.m. ET.


Premiere dates for the ABC News hours are as follows:

-Boston Med: Thursday, June 24 – 10 p.m. ET

-Primetime: Mind Games: Tuesday, July 2010 p.m. ET

-Head Cases: Thursday, August 19 – 10 p.m. ET

-Primetime: Crime: Tuesday, August 24, 10 p.m. ET

TV Trivia Time:

Calling All Doctors


Which one of the following TV characters was not a doctor?


a)      Elliot Axelrod

b)      Janet Craig

c)      Kirk Gleason

d)      Michaela Quinn

e)      Alex Stone


The answer to yesterday’s question…


Which one of the following five statements is not true?


a)      After Sanford and Son ended, the Sanford residence was spun-off into a series called The Sanford Arms, which was set in a hotel.

b)      The real first name of “Scarecrow” on Scarecrow and Mrs. King was Lee. 

c)      Fantasy Island premiered before The Love Boat.

d)      Gavin MacLeod originally tested for the role of Mr. Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. 

e)      The original Star Trek series ran for only three seasons. 


Is:  c) Fantasy Island premiered before The Love Boat. The Love Boat opened on ABC on Sept. 24, 1977. Lead-out Fantasy Island debuted four months later on Jan. 28, 1978. As for The Sanford Arms, yes…that dumpy Sanford home became a short-lived hotel! And could you imagine Mary screeching “Oh…Mr. Grant!!!” to Gavin MacLeod?”

All together now…

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:
Steve Albright, Mark Amato, Mikki Beno, Barbara Bloomfield, Michael Bobble, Mitch Burg, Tom Condosta, Kristen Conner, Mark Cosenza, Audrey Davis, Sue Doron, Mike Dugger, John Ferlazzo, Renee Foley, Julie Friedlander, Karen Gardner, Jerry Gibbons, Maureen Goldman, Carolyn Becker Hayes, Bob Ingersoll, Deb Kainer, Synda Kollman, Mark Krause, Steve Kurtzer, Patty Lynch, Lisa Menin, Jim Moore, Anne Moynihan, Michael Murphy, Frank Nicotero, Aaron Paquette, Alan Perris, Francine Purcell, Gordon Purcell, Con Rigg, Joe Rubi, Mary Ryan, Neal Sabin, Ron Salmon, Andrew Stearn, Ronnie Tallant, Ted Zawislak