Massive Results for The Grammy Awards on CBS


Monday, February 1, 2010

Primetime Ratings:

Weekend Highlights


Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not

On the Air Tonight:

Prime-Time Programming Options


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest  

TV Trivia Time:

That’s Not the Professor

Prime-Time Ratings:

Weekend Highlights

Friday 1/29/10

Note: The following results are based on the fast affiliate ratings (Live Plus Same Day data).  



CBS   5.2/ 9

NBC   4.2/ 7
ABC   3.8/ 7
Fox     1.7/ 3
CW    1.3/ 2

-Total Viewers:

CBS: 8.34 million, NBC: 6.35, ABC: 5.72, Fox: 2.72, CW: 2.00


-Adults 18-49:

CBS: 1.8 rating/ share, ABC: 1.5/ 5, NBC: 1.4/ 4, Fox: 1.1/ 4, CW: 0.8/ 3


Note: Any prior rating results are based on the final nationals. Since the level of DVR penetration has increased from 27 percent at this same point last year to approximately 33 percent at present, the overall results may be negatively impacted.


-Friday’s Winners:


-Friday’s Losers (excluding repeats):
Supernanny (ABC), Dollhouse (Fox), Shark Tank (ABC), The Jay Leno Show (NBC)


-Ratings Breakdown:

CBS led the Friday troops, beating the No. 2 network (NBC in total viewers, ABC among adults 18-49) by 1.99 million viewers and 20 percent in the demo. But modest performances for the Eye net’s combination of Ghost Whisperer (Viewers: #1, 8.34 million; A18-49: #1, 1.9 rating/6 share), Medium (Viewers: #1, 7.98 million; A18-49: #1, 1.8/ 6) and Numb3rs (Viewers: #1, #1, 8.70 million; A18-49: #1, 1.8/ 5) only proves how troubled this evening has become. Despite their dominance, none of these performances should be labeled as “winners.”


NBC opened the evening with a repeat of Law & Order (Viewers: #2, 6.76 million; A18-49: #2t, 1.3/ 4 at 8 p.m.), which moves to Mondays at 10 p.m. effective on March 1 (with back-to-back episodes), followed by Dateline (Viewers: #2, 7.35 million; A18-49: #3t, 1.4/ 4) and canceled The Jay Leno Show (Viewers: #3, 4.95 million; A18-49: #3, 1.4/ 4) from 9-11 p.m.


ABC aired its usual combination of Supernanny (Viewers: #3, 4.72 million; A18-49: #2t, 1.3/ 4), which goes on hiatus on March 26 in favor of the returning Wife Swap, Shark Tank (Viewers: #3, 4.38 million; A18-49: #2, 1.5/ 5), which concludes next Friday, and veteran 20/20 (Viewers: #2, 8.07 million; A18-49: #2, 1.7/ 5), which is worthy of positive mention due to the growth out of Shark Tank.


In series-finale news, Fox’s Dollhouse went out with a whimper at just 2.16 million viewers and a 0.8/ 3 among adults 18-49 — last in both categories at 8 p.m. Regardless, you have to give Fox credit for at least running the episodes. Next week, Fox will fill the time period with a repeat of House. That led into the season-premiere of Kitchen Nightmares at 3.28 million viewers (#4) and a 1.4/ 4 in the demo (#3t) at 9 p.m. While Kitchen Nightmares is nothing to boast about, it did build from Dollhouse by 1.12 million viewers and 75 percent in the demo.


Over at The CW were two episodes of long-running Smallville — an original and a repeat. The original telecast finished fourth at 8 p.m. (ahead of Dollhouse), with 2.52 million viewers and a 1.1/ 4 among adults 18-49. Mirroring all season, Smallville remains a noticeable improvement over year-ago occupants Everybody Hates Chris and The Game. The encore telecast was fifth at 9 p.m., with 1.48 million viewers and a 0.6/ 2. And there you have it…that is boring Friday.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data
Saturday 1/30/10

Note: The following results are based on the fast affiliate ratings (Live Plus Same Day data).  



CBS   4.8/ 8

Fox    3.6/ 6
NBC 2.4/ 4
ABC 2.1/ 4
-Total Viewers:

CBS: 7.25 million, Fox: 5.91, NBC: 3.56, ABC: 3.25

-Adults 18-49:

Fox: 1.9 rating/6 share, CBS: 1.1/ 4, NBC: 0.8/ 3, ABC: 0.8/ 2


-The Franchises that Successfully Keep on Ticking:

Cops (Fox), America’s Most Wanted (Fox)


-Better than Normal:

Movie: Hallmark Hall of Fame’s The Magic of Ordinary Days R (CBS)


-Saturday’s Losers (excluding repeats)

Truth in Motion: The U.S. Ski Team’s Road to Vancouver (NBC)


-Ratings Breakdown:

It was a Saturday of mixed leadership, with CBS the most-watched network and Fox No. 1 among adults 18-49. CBS opened the evening with repeat made-for Hallmark Hall of Fame’s The Magic of Ordinary Days, which was above-average for the network in the 8-10 p.m. block with 7.32 million viewers and a 1.0 rating/3 share among adults 18-49. Take a look at the half-hour breakdown:


Hallmark Hall of Fame’s The Magic of Ordinary Days R (CBS)

8:00 p.m. – Viewers: 5.95 million (#2), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#2)

8:30 p.m. – Viewers: 7.13 million (#1), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#2)

9:00 p.m. – Viewers: 7.85 million (#1), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#2)

9:30 p.m. – Viewers: 8.34 million (#1), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2)


Leading out of the movie encore was long-running 48 Hours Mystery at a dominant 7.11 million viewers and a 1.5/ 5 among adults 18-49 at 10 p.m. Fox, of course, aired its perennial combination of Cops (original and repeat – Viewers: #2, avg. 6.19 million; A18-49: #1, avg. 2.0/ 7) from 8-9 p.m. and compatible America’s Most Wanted (Viewers: #2, 5.62 million; A18-49: #1, 1.8/ 6 at 9 p.m.). As I say all the time, both Cops and America’s Most Wanted will outlive us all.

Next up was low-rated NBC with its line-up of 8 p.m. special Truth in Motion: The U.S. Ski Team’s Road to Vancouver (Viewers: #4, 1.78 million; A18-49: #4, 0.5/ 2), a repeat of Law & Order (Viewers: #3, 3.79 million; A18-49: #4, 0.8/ 2), and a repeat of Law & Order: SVU (Viewers: #2, 5.12 million; A18-49: #2, 1.2/ 3). 


Capping off the evening was ABC care of a two-hour repeat edition of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Viewers: 2.86 million; A18-49: 0.9/ 3 from 8-10 p.m.) and a repeat of Castle (Viewers: #3, 4.04 million; A18-49: #3, 0.8/ 3 at 10 p.m.), which just had its episode order increased from 22 to 24 for this season. See you back in 2010-11, Castle.


Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)

Sunday 1/31/10


CBS 15.9/24
ABC   5.8/ 9
NBC   2.8/ 4
Fox     2.8/ 4

-Note: Since the Super Bowl aired on the year-ago evening on NBC, year-to-year Sunday comparisons are excluded. 


Note: The fast affiliate results for Sunday will be posted at by 12 p.m. ET. Go to the website, click on Ratings Box (the first category), then Last Night’s Results, and Sunday, January 31, 2010.   

-Yesterday’s Winners:

60 Minutes (CBS), The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards (CBS)

-Honorable Mention:
Desperate Housewives (ABC)

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Dateline (NBC), SNL Presents: Sports All-Stars (NBC)



-Ratings Breakdown:

It was all about The Grammy Awards on dominant CBS last night, with the 52nd annual festivities at a whopping 18.2 rating/27 share in the overnights from 8-11 p.m. Comparably, that outdelivered the year-ago telecast (12.8/20 on Feb. 8, 2009) by a considerable 52 percent, and the telecast in 2008 (12.4/19 on Feb. 10, 2008) by an even greater 47 percent. Take a look at the half-hour breakdown:

 The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards (CBS)
 8:00 p.m.: 17.6/26 (#1)
 8:30 p.m.: 18.9/27 (#1)
 9:00 p.m.: 18.4/26 (#1)
 9:30 p.m.: 18.8/27 (#1)
10:00 p.m.: 18.7/28 (#1)
10:30 p.m.: 16.3/26 (#1)

Earlier in the evening on CBS was old faithful 60 Minutes at an also first-place 9.1/15 in the overnights from 7-8 p.m.


Second-place ABC, which battled The Grammys with an all original slate of programming, took a hit, no doubt. Veteran America’s Funniest Home Videos finished second behind 60 Minutes in the overnights, with a 4.7/ 8 at 7 p.m. That led into aging Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (#2: 4.9/ 7 at 8 p.m.), followed by Desperate Housewives (#2: 7.9/11) and Brothers & Sisters (#2: 5.8/ 9) from 9-11 p.m. Worth positively noting for Desperate Housewives, of course, is the ongoing growth out of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.


Without football, NBC has its work cut out on Sunday. With that in mind, a two-hour edition of Dateline barely delivered, with a 3.2/ 5 from 7-9 p.m. That led into two-hour special, SNL Presents: Sports All-Stars at an embarrassing 2.4/ 4 from 9-11 p.m. Here is the half-hour breakdown for the SNL special:


SNL Presents: Sports All-Stars (NBC)

 9:00 p.m.: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
 9:30 p.m.: 2.3/ 3 (#4)
10:00 p.m.: 2.4/ 4 (#3)
10:30 p.m.: 2.3/ 4 (#3)

Fox opened the evening with back-to-back repeat episodes of sitcom ‘Til Death at a mere (and last-place) 1.6/ 3 from 7-8 p.m.   Opposite The Grammy Awards, Fox’s animated slate lost steam as follows:


8:00 p.m. – The Simpsons: 3.5/ 5 (#3t)

8:30 p.m. – The Cleveland Show: 3.0/ 4 (#4)

9:00 p.m. – Family Guy: 4.2/ 6 (#3)

9:30 p.m. – American Dad: 3.1/ 4 (#3)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data
Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not
-Leno Scores on Oprah:

As expected, Oprah Winfrey’s sit-down on Thursday with Jay Leno on the late-night wars was widely sampled. Based on the overnight markets, CBS Television Distribution’s Oprah rose to a 7.5 weighted household rating on Jan. 28, which finished as the fourth highest rated telecast of the talker this season. The prior highs were an episode featuring Sarah Palin and a two-parter with Whitney Houston. 

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options

Monday 2/01/10
 8:00 p.m. The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love

10:00 p.m. Castle (R)

 8:00 p.m. How I Met Your Mother
 8:30 p.m. Accidentally on Purpose
 9:00 p.m. Two and a Half Men
 9:30 p.m. The Big Bang Theory
10:00 p.m. CSI: Miami
 8:00 p.m. Chuck
 9:00 p.m. Heroes

10:00 p.m. The Jay Leno Show

 8:00 p.m. House
 9:00 p.m. 24
 8:00 p.m. One Tree Hill
 9:00 p.m. Gossip Girl

TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest

-ABC Family Picks Up Melissa & Joey:

Feel good ABC Family has ordered 10 episodes of a new comedy called Melissa & Joey, featuring former Sabrina, the Teenage Witch star Melissa Joan Hart and Blossom’s Joey Lawrence (who were also both contestants on Dancing With the Stars). Melissa will play the grown-up former wild-child of a political family who happens to now be a politician, while Joey is her new “manny.” Sounds like Who’s the Boss? doesn’t it? Melissa & Joey is expected to debut later in the year.


-Confirmed Clearances for Nate Berkus:

It looks like Oprah’s fourth spin-off, The Nate Berkus Show, will be moving forward as planned for fall 2010. Sony Pictures Television has announced a deal with NBC Universal for clearances on all 10 of the NBC owned-and-operated stations, which include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., San Diego, Miami and Hartford. The deal comes on the heels of Martha Stewart announcing she is leaving NBC Universal and first-run syndication for cable net The Hallmark Channel next fall.  


-More Parks and Recreation:

Personally speaking, I do not understand NBC’s interest in struggling comedy Parks and Recreation. But for whatever reason, the network has renewed the Amy Poehler half-hour for a third season, with an unspecified number of new episodes for 2010-11. Season to-date, Parks and Recreation is averaging just 5.09 million viewers in the Thursday 8:30 p.m. time period, placing it No. 91 out of 129 shows. 


-Speaking of Renewals:

MTV has re-upped non-scripted Jersey Shore for a second season, with an order for 12 new episodes to begin airing this summer. Teen Mom, meanwhile, has been renewed for right new episodes. 


-Johnny Bravo Celebrates Valentine’s Day on Cartoon Network:

Cartoon Network, the home of must see animation, will present an 8 and one-half hour Valentine’s Day marathon of Johnny Bravo on Sunday, Feb. 14 beginning at 12 p.m. ET.


-News from Steve Rotfeld Productions:

Steve Rotfeld Productions, an independent television production and broadcast syndication company, has announced renewals on three of its FCC-friendly series: Wild About Animals, Awesome Adventures and Whaddyado. Twice weekly Wild About Animals and Awesome Adventures have been cleared in 29 of the top 30 markets, representing 85 percent of the country. Groups represented include the Fox O&Os, Cox, Local TV, Media General, Raycom and Tribune. Season five of Whaddyado, which looks at real stories of people in trouble and advises them how to respond, has been cleared in 27 of the top 30 markets, representing 80 percent of the U.S. Represented station groups include the CBS O&OS, Barrington, Cox, Raycom Media, Sinclair and Tribune. For more information, click on


TV Trivia Time:

That’s Not the Professor

Russell Johnson is best remembered, of course, for his role as the Professor on inane sitcom Gilligan’s Island. But which one of the following actors also tested for the part?

Art Carney
Dabney Coleman
Roddy McDowall
Carroll O’Connor
Adam West

The answer to Friday’s question…


Who was the initial center square in the remake of classic game show The Hollywood Squares in 1998?

Jim J. Bullock
Whoopi Goldberg
Martin Mull
Shadoe Stevens
Bruce Villanch

Is: b) Whoopi Goldberg, who has never been one to turn down a gig.


-Current kudos goes to:
Steve Albright, Mark Amato, Mary Bancroft, Janice Barney, Michelle Yarborough-Bauer, Bert Benoleil, Barbara Berman, Matthew Berriman, Barbara Bloomfield, Medra Burdette, Paul Certo, Mavis Chow, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Harold Cooper, Audrey Davis, Sue Doron, Bob Eisensteadt, Deborah Engel, Phyllis Epstein, John Ferlazzo, Arleen Fong, Adam Giagni, Maureen Goldman, Jackie Hague, Joslyn Hansen, Carolyn Becker Hayes, Barb Hemberger, Patricia Henry, Brad Hight, Heidi Hoffmeister, Michael Holland, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, David Kern, Kathryn Kieser, Tom Kilgallon, Mary Kinoshita, Synda Kollman, Mark Krause, Steve Kurtzer, Tom Lawrenson, Keith Marder, Kathy Martin, Becky McIntyre, Lisa Menin, Debbie Mirr, Anne Moynihan, Maggie Nye, Aaron Paquette, Alan Perris, Alex Petrilli, Jr., Greg Phelan, Gordon Purcell, David Ruckman, Marilyn Rutkowski, Christina Schrenk, Larry Shearer, Lonnie Staley, Michelle Stanton, Kristin Strauss, Don Surath, Joe Swaney, Nina Tomlinson, Larry Weinstock, David Williams