More Monday Dominance for ABC

Tuesday, May 18, 2010
ABC in 2010-11:
7 New Fall Series; Changes on Four Nights 

Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:

ABC Wins; CBS and Fox 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:

ABC in 2010-11:
7 New Fall Series; Changes on Four Nights 

ABC will introduce an ambitious seven new series in primetime this fall, impacting four nights of the week. We will see five new dramas (No Ordinary Family, Detroit 1-8-7, The Whole Truth, My Generation and Body of Proof), comedy Better Together and an inspirational non-scripted hour called Secret Millionaire, which briefly aired on Fox last season. In total, six-and-one-half hours of ABC’s line-up (or 30 percent) will consist of new product.


Monday on ABC will remain intact care of a two-hour edition of the most-watched show in primetime, Dancing With the Stars, and surprise success Castle. The Dancing With the Stars Results Show will shift to 9 p.m. on Tuesday out of new drama No Ordinary Family, the story of a family of four that realize they suddenly have unusual abilities. Capping off Tuesday will be new crime drama Detroit 1-8-7 with former Sopranos star Michael Imperioli at 10 p.m. 


One of ABC’s priorities was to find a Wednesday anchor and returning The Middle has been chosen to open the evening. Relocated The Middle will lead into new sitcom Better Together, featuring Joely Richardson and former Numb3rs star Rob Morrow, followed by returning Modern Family and Cougar Town from 9-10 p.m. New Jerry Bruckheimer legal drama The Whole Truth closes Wednesday at 10 p.m. 


My Generation, a new relationship drama, will open Thursday in place of canceled FlashForward, followed by the returning Grey’s Anatomy and spin-off Private Practice. Secret Millionaire, a positively themed non-scripted hour will kick-off Friday, followed by new Dana Delany drama Body of Proof and veteran newsmagazine 20/20 from 9-11 p.m.


Saturday and Sunday will remain unchanged on ABC, with College Football filling troubled Saturday in fourth quarter and Sunday’s established rotation of America’s Funniest Home Videos, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters in Sunday. 


ABC has also announced three new scripted series for midseason – sitcoms Happy Endings and Mr. Sunshine and drama Off the Map, plus returning The Bachelor, Supernanny and V. Not making the cut are sitcoms Better Off Ted, Scrubs and Romantically Challenged, Ugly Betty, Wife Swap and aforementioned FlashForward. 


Here is ABC’s fall 2010 schedule, with the new shows capped, followed by the new program descriptions.  

 8:00 p.m. Dancing With the Stars (two-hours)

10:00 p.m. Castle


 9:00 p.m. Dancing With the Stars Results Show (new time)

10:00 p.m. DETROIT 1-8-7

 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. MY GENERATION
 9:00 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy

10:00 p.m. Private Practice


 8:00 p.m. SECRET MILLIONAIRE (formerly aired on Fox)

 9:00 p.m. BODY OF PROOF

10:00 p.m. 20/20


 8:00 p.m. College Football


 7:00 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos

 8:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
 9:00 p.m. Desperate Housewives

10:00 p.m. Brothers & Sisters


New Program Descriptions

Better Together

Formerly called That Couple, two couples from two different generations have very different outlooks on love. The cast includes Jennifer Finnigan, Josh Cook, Joanna Garcia (Reba), Jake Lacy and former That’ 70s Show star Debra Jo Rupp. 

Happy Endings (midseason)

A group of close knit friends have to face the fact that the center of their existence, “perfect” couple Dave and Alex, have split. The cast includes Zachary Knighton, Elisha Cuthbert, Adam Pally, Casey Wilson, Eliza Coupe and Daman Wayans, Jr. 

Mr. Sunshine (midseason)

Former Friends star Matthew Perry plays the manager of a local sports stadium in San Diego who realizes on his 40th birthday that he cannot just get by on his charming, funny and noncommittal ways anymore.

Body of Proof

After a brilliant neurosurgeon’s (Dana Delany) career is cut short, she uses her medical skills toward solving murders. Cast members include Jeri Ryan, Geoffrey Arend, Nick Bishop, Windell Middlebrooks and John Carroll Lynch.

My Generation

Shot documentary style and based on a series from Scandinavia, a group of former high school students in Austin, Texas reunite after 10 years. The ensemble cast includes Daniella Alonso, Ann Son, Elizabeth Kenner, Jaime King, Julian Morris, Keir O’Donnell, Kelli Garner and Mehcad Brooks. 

No Ordinary Family

A so-called typical American family (Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz, Kay Panabaker and Jimmy Bennett) discover they have extraordinary abilities after their plane crashes in the Amazon jungle. Brothers & Sisters’ Greg Berlanti and Jon Feldman are the series creators.

1-8-7 Detroit

The homicide division within a Detroit police station is the setting in this documentary style crime drama. Former Sopranos star Michael Imperioli leads the ensemble cast. 

The Whole Truth

There are two sides to every case as this Jerry Bruckheimer legal drama provides equal time to the prosecution and the defense attorney’s work on the same cases. Joely Richardson and former Numb3rs star Rob Morrow head the cast.

Off the Map (midseason)

Three medical residents (Caroline Dhavernas, Mamie Gummer and Enrique Murciano) decide to leave the comforts of the United States to work at a barely staffed medical clinic in a small South American town.

Secret Millionaire (formerly aired on Fox)

Millionaires temporarily leave their prestigious lifestyles and go undercover to experience life in some of the poorest areas of the country in this uplifting non-scripted hour. During their stay they decide who is worthy of at least $100,000 of their own money. 


Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:

ABC Wins; CBS and Fox on the Map 

Monday 5/17/10



ABC 10.2/15
CBS    7.3/11
Fox     7.0/10
NBC   4.2/ 6
CW     1.7/ 3

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


Dancing With the Stars (ABC), House (Fox), Two and a Half Men (CBS), The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Castle (ABC)

-Fading Fast:
CSI: Miami (CBS)

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Chuck (NBC), One Tree Hill (CW), Romantically Challenged (ABC), Gossip Girl (CW), Law & Order (NBC)


Note: The fast affiliate results for Monday will be posted at PIFeedback by 12 p.m. ET. Go to the website, click on Ratings Box (the first category), then Last Night’s Results, and Monday, May 17, 2010.   

-Ratings Breakdown:

ABC opened the week on another winning note, with a 40 percent metered market advantage over second-place CBS. Next was Fox, which featured the season-finale of House, followed by NBC and distant The CW. ABC’s victory, of course, stems from Dancing With the Stars, which averaged a hefty 13.2 rating/20 share in the overnights from 8-9:30 p.m. At this point, it is safe to predict that overrated Chad Ochocinco is departing tonight.  Here is the half-hour breakdown:


Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

8:00 p.m.: 12.5/19 (#1)

8:30 p.m.: 13.4/20 (#1)

9:00 p.m.: 13.8/20 (#1)


Next on ABC was canceled sitcom Romantically Challenged (#3: 6.1/ 9 at 9:30 p.m.), which clearly earned its walking papers, followed by bona fide success Castle at a first-place 7.6/12 in the overnights at 10 p.m. At this point, CBS may want to consider moving veteran CSI: Miami (#2: 7.4/12) out of the Monday 10 p.m. hour.


The results were what you would call typical for CBS’ Monday 8-10 p.m. sitcom block, which performed as follows:


8:00 p.m. – How I Met Your Mother: 5.3/ 8 (#3)

8:30 p.m. – Rules of Engagement: 5.2/ 8 (#3)

9:00 p.m. – Two and a Half Men: 9.1/13 (#2)

9:30 p.m. – The Big Bang Theory: 9.7/14 (#1)


Since Charlie Sheen is now officially returning to Two and a Half Men, the assumption is Rules of Engagement will be renewed for midseason, with either upcoming comedy Mike & Molly or Bleep My Dad Says inheriting the 8:30 p.m. time period. Stay tuned — CBS announces its fall schedule tomorrow. 


Capping off the evening for the Eye net was aforementioned CSI: Miami at a second-place 7.4/12, which was 24 percent below lead-in The Big Bang Theory. The CSI franchise has, no doubt, sprung a leak. 


Fox opened with the season-finale of House (#2: 7.5/11 at 8 p.m.), which remains the Monday anchor next fall (into new drama Lonestar), followed by departing 24 at a respectable (and also second-place) 6.5/10 at 9 p.m. Look for the two-hour series-finale of 24 next Monday. As for House, an expected first-place time period finish among adults 18-49 is a winning way to conclude the season.


NBC had another lackluster Monday with its combination of surprise returnee Chuck (#4: 3.5/ 5), which should no longer be anchoring this evening, and a two-hour edition of canceled Law & Order (4.5/ 7 from 9-11 p.m.), which performed as follows by half-hour:


Law & Order (NBC)

9:00 p.m.: 3.9/ 6 (#4)

9:30 p.m.: 4.9/ 7 (#4)

10:00 p.m.: 4.7/ 7 (#3)

10:30 p.m.: 4.6/ 8 (#3)


And The CW closed the night with the season (or series) finale of long-running One Tree Hill (#5: 1.7/ 3) and the season-finale of Gossip Girl (#5: 1.7/ 3), which never deliver based on the overnights. Stay tuned for the results among young females.  

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not


-Survivor Season Ender Tops the Sunday Charts:

Based on the fast nationals results, the two-hour Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains season-finale on CBS topped the Sunday charts in total viewers (13.33 million), adults 18-49 (4.2 rating/12 share) and adults 25-54 (5.4/13). Compared to last May’s season-ender, Survivor built by 350,000 viewers and four percent among adults 25-54. At 10 p.m., the Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains Reunion Show won the time period in total viewers (11.16 million), adults 18-49 (3.7/10) and adults 25-54 (4.6/11). 

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options

Tuesday 5/18/10
 8:00 p.m. Dancing With the Stars
 9:00 p.m. Lost

10:00 p.m. V (season finale)

 8:00 p.m. NCIS (part one)
 9:00 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles

10:00 p.m. The Good Wife

 8:00 p.m. The Biggest Loser (two hours)

10:00 p.m. Parenthood

 8:00 p.m. American Idol
 9:00 p.m. Glee
 8:00 p.m. 90210 (season finale)

 9:00 p.m. Life Unexpected (R)


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


-Six New Series Expected on CBS:

CBS, which unveils its fall 2010 programming plans tomorrow, will introduce six new scripted series – comedies Bleep My Dad Says and Mike & Molly; and dramas Blue Bloods, Defenders, the revival of Hawaii Five-O and the still untitled spin-off from Criminal Minds. Bleep My Father Says, headlined by William Shatner, features an outspoken old man and the son who moves back home to take care of him, while Mike & Molly focuses on a couple who meet at a support group for overeaters. Blue Bloods features a multigenerational family of New York Cops; Defenders stars Jerry O’Connell and Jim Belushi as two Las Vegas lawyers; Alex O’Loughlin headlines the return of Hawaii Five-O; and the Criminal Minds spin-off follows another group of BAU operatives run by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker.  


-Speaking of CBS:

As expected, Charlie Sheen has inked a deal to return to long running sitcom Two and a Half Men. Details were not available on his new contract. 

-2010 Lucy-Desi Days Fan Appreciation Weekend:

Mark your calendars for Friday, May 28 through Sunday, May 30 for the 2010 Lucy-Desi Days Fan Appreciation Weekend in Lucy’s hometown, Jamestown, New York. Scheduled events include Suzanne LaRusch’s “An Evening With Lucille Ball: Thank You for Asking” on Saturday; a Lucy Show tribute with We Love Lucy Fan Club President Tom Watson; the Tropicana Dinner Theatre with impressionists Diane Vincent and Adrian Israel; a Tropicana Entertainment Tribute with Dann Cahn, film editor of I Love Lucy; a memorabilia auction, trivia contest and Life With Lucy Film Festival presented by Lucy’s No. 1 fan, Michael Stern; ongoing LucyTown tours; and much more. For more information, click on


TV Trivia Time:

Surviving on Fox

Which one of the following former Fox favorites aired for the most number of years?

Beverly Hills, 90210
King of the Hill
Married With Children
Party of Five
The X-Files
The answer to yesterday’s question:

Which one of the following Academy Award winning actresses will be headlining a new NBC drama next season? 

Kathy Bates
Jane Fonda
Marcia Gay Harden 
Anjelica Huston
Marisa Tomei  

Is:  a) Kathy Bates, who will headline new David E. Kelley drama Harry’s Law, the story of a grumpy ex-patent lawyer (Bates), a young man trying to figure out who he is, and a man recently fired from his job as a high school teacher who set-up a law practice in a rundown shoe store


-Current kudos goes to:
Dave Aiken, Mark Amato, Marisol Anaya, Mikki Beno, Gerry Bixenspan, Barbara Bloomfield, John Brooker, Cory Chapman, Steve Clements, Kay Copeland, Larry Corsa, Suzanne Crowe, Audrey Davis, Bob Eisenstaedt, Holly Escobar, John Ferlazzo, Paul Fox, Karen Gardner, Steve Gleason, Maureen Goldman, Geoffrey Gordon, Peter Grad, Jerry Hermes, Melissa Hodgdon, Michael Holland, Bob Ingersoll, Greg Janover, Michael Johnson, Deb Kainer, Andi Kupersmith, Stephen LaRue, Scott Masterson, Mary Ann McAleer, Debbie Mirr, Michael Murphy, Aaron Paquette, Pat Patton, Alan Perris, Alex Petrilli, Jr., Greg Phelan, Gordon Purcell, Colleen Roth, Joe Rubi, David Shearer, Maxine Shulman, Kristen Strauss, Sara Tapazoglov, Kristen Wollenberg, Zohrain Zafar