NBA Finals Lead ABC to Thursday Victory

Friday, June 11, 2010
Prime-Time Metered Market Thursday Ratings:
Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not

On the Air This Weekend:
Prime-Time Programming Options 

TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest
TV Trivia Time:
A Talking Car

Prime-Time Metered Market Thursday Ratings:

NBA Finals Lead ABC to Victory  
Thursday 6/10/10

Note: Phoenix, Indianapolis and Salt Lake City were not available at press time. 



ABC   7.3/12
CBS    5.6/ 9
Fox     4.2/ 7
NBC   2.0/ 3
CW     0.9/ 2

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Thursday, June 11, 2009):

CBS: + 4, ABC: – 4, Fox: – 9, CW: -10, NBC: -35

-Yesterday’s Winners:

The NBA Finals, Game 4 (ABC), So You Think You Can Dance (Fox), The Mentalist R (CBS)

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

100 Questions (NBC)

-Ratings Breakdown:

Game four of The NBA Finals (Boston vs. the Los Angeles Lakers) lifted ABC to an easy metered market Thursday victory, with an advantage of a hefty 30 percent over second-place CBS. Next was Fox, followed by a night of repeats on both NBC and The CW. 


Keeping in mind that results for any sporting event are approximate, game four of The NBA Finals on ABC averaged a healthy 9.3 rating/15 share for the primetime (9-11 p.m.) portion, and an 11.6/20 overall. Comparably, this was almost identical to the year-ago Magic vs. Lakers match-up in primetime (9.5/16 on June 11, 2009). 


Earlier in the evening on ABC was Jimmy Kimmel Live (#3: 3.1/ 6 at 8 p.m.) and The NBA Countdown pre-game at a 3.5/ 6 at 8:30 p.m. (#3), which are also approximate. 


CBS aired all repeats care of an 8 p.m. edition of CSI (#1: 4.8/ 9), which should not be running this early in the evening, the regularly scheduled 9 p.m. edition of aging CSI (#2: 5.6/ 9) and The Mentalist (#2: 6.5/11). One of my predictions next season will be CSI and The Mentalist flipping time periods by January. Over at Fox was a repeat of Glee (#2: 3.5/ 6), which will be occupying the Thursday 8 p.m. hour all summer, and So You Think You Can Dance (#3: 5.0/ 8), which built from the 8:30 p.m. portion of the Glee encore (3.7/ 6) by 35 percent. Once again, So You Think You Can Dance is poised for a successful summer run.


In week three news, NBC sitcom 100 Questions (if you can refer to it as a comedy) remained stalled at the gate with a mere (and distant fourth-place) 1.8/ 3 in the overnights at 8:30 p.m. A repeat of lead-in Community, which will be squashed by CBS’ competing The Big Bang Theory this fall, was also fourth with a 2.1/ 4. Airing from 9-11 p.m. on NBC were repeats of The Office (#4: 2.2/ 4), 30 Rock (#4: 2.2/ 3), another episode of The Office (#3: 2.1/ 4) and Parks and Recreation (#3: 1.8/ 3). 


The CW capped off this second Thursday in June with repeats of The Vampire Diaries (#5: 1.0/ 2) and former CBS drama Moonlight (#4: 0.9/ 1). As a reminder, here is what you will be seeing on the broadcast networks on Thursday this fall (with new shows in caps and bolded):

 8:00 p.m.: MY GENERATION
 9:00 p.m.: Grey’s Anatomy
10:00 p.m.: Private Practice

 8:00 p.m.: The Big Bang Theory (new day and time)

 8:30 p.m.: $#*! MY DAD SAYS
 9:00 p.m.: CSI
10:00 p.m.: The Mentalist
 8:00 p.m.: Community
 8:30 p.m.: 30 Rock (new time)
 9:00 p.m.: The Office
 9:30 p.m.: OUTSOURCED
10:00 p.m.: LOVE BITES
 8:00 p.m.: Bones
 9:00 p.m.: Fringe
 8:00 p.m.: The Vampire Diaries 
 9:00 p.m.: NIKITA
Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)

Ratings Box:

-Most-Watched NHL Game in 36 Years:

The sixth, and final game of the Stanley Cup Finals on NBC Wednesday, Chicago at Philadelphia, concluded with 8.28 million viewers — its largest audience since Boston vs. Philadelphia in 1974. Comparably, this was an increase of 2.48 million viewers (or 43 percent) from game six in 2009 (5.80 million), and 280,000 (or four percent) more than last year’s game seven (8 million).

-Lackluster Debut for Persons Unknown:

New NBC scripted drama Persons Unknown was unknown in the debut ratings, with a third-place finish in the Monday 10 p.m. hour in both total viewers (4.38 million) and adults 18-49 (1.4/ 4). First in the time period was a repeat of CBS’ CSI: Miami, with 7.97 million viewers and a 1.8/ 5 in the demo (which tied ABC’s competing True Beauty). Earlier in the evening on NBC was the two-hour season-premiere of veteran Last Comic Standing at an also uneventful 5.04 million viewers and a 2.0/ 6 among adults 18-49 from 8-10 p.m.

-Speaking of Primetime:

Here is the live plus same day rating results by network for the first three days of this week:

Monday 6/07/10
-Total Viewers:

CBS: 7.60 million, ABC: 6.91, Fox: 5.32, NBC: 4.82, CW: 610,000

-Adults 18-49:

ABC: 2.3 rating/7 share, CBS: 2.1/ 6, NBC: 1.8/ 5, Fox: 1.6/ 5, CW: 0.3/ 1

Tuesday 6/08/10
-Total Viewers:

ABC: 10.83 million, CBS: 9.18, Fox: 9.05, NBC: 8.77, CW: 620,000

-Adults 18-49:

ABC: 4.4/13, Fox: 3.9/11, NBC: 2.6/ 7, CBS: 1.6/ 5, CW: 0.3/ 8

Wednesday 6/09/10
-Total Viewers:

Fox: 8.15 million, NBC: 7.65, CBS: 6.98, ABC: 3.78, Fox: 1.14

-Adults 18-49:

Fox: 3.0/ 9, NBC: 2.9/ 9, CBS: 1.7/ 5, ABC: 1.2/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 2

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

On the Air This Weekend:
Prime-Time Programming Options


 8:00 p.m. World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert

 10:00 p.m. 20/20  


 8:00 p.m. Medium (R)

 9:00 p.m. Flashpoint

10:00 p.m. Miami Medical


 8:00 p.m. Friday Night Nights

 9:00 p.m. Dateline (two hours)


 8:00 p.m. House (R)

 9:00 p.m. House (R)


 8:00 p.m. Smallville (R )

 9:00 p.m. Supernatural (R)

 8:00 p.m. The Bachelorette (R, two hours)

10:00 p.m. Castle (R)


 8:00 p.m. Three Rivers

 9:00 p.m. Cold Case (R)

10:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery  

 8:00 p.m. Law & Order (R)

 9:00 p.m. Law & Order (R)

10:00 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (R)

 8:00 p.m. Cops (original and repeat)

 9:00 p.m. America’s Most Wanted

Sunday 6/13/10

 7:00 p.m. Jimmy Kimmel Live

 7:30 p.m. NBA Finals Pre-Game
 8:00 p.m. NBA Finals, Game 7

 7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes

 8:00 p.m. The 64th Annual Tony Awards


 7:00 p.m. Dateline

 8:00 p.m. Losing it with Jillian (R)

 9:00 p.m. Last Comic Standing (R, two hours)


 7:00 p.m. ‘Til Death

 7:30 p.m. Sons of Tucson (return)

 8:00 p.m. The Simpsons (R)

 8:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show (R)

 9:00 p.m. Family Guy (R)

 9:30 p.m. American Dad (R)


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


-Early Renewal for Fox’s The Cleveland Show:

One-year-old animated sitcom The Cleveland Show, which was picked-up by Fox for two seasons before it even premiered, was just renewed by Fox for year three, with an unspecified number of new episodes for the 2011-12 season. 


-NBC Staffs Up America’s Next Great Restaurant:

Upcoming NBC reality/competition America’s Next Great Restaurant, which premieres this summer and is hosted by Bobby Flay, will feature renowned chef and recent Celebrity Apprentice participant Curtis Stone; executive chef and restaurateur Lorena Garcia; and Steve Ellis, the chairman of Chipotle as both the investors and the judges. America’s Next Great Restaurant will feature contestants competing for an opportunity to run a restaurant chain in three different cities. 


-The Rumor Mill:

Word has it that Donald Trump is hoping to snag troubled Lindsay Lohan as a contestant on the next season of Celebrity Apprentice, which will return on NBC in the Sunday 9-11 p.m. in midseason. And CBS may be in conversations with Ryan Seacrest for a first-run daytime syndicated talk show. But before CBS moves forward, it may want to remember that Seacrest came and quickly went in 2004 as host of Twentieth Television’s On Air with Ryan Seacrest.


ABC’s upcoming Body of Proof, the Friday 9 p.m. crime solver headlined by Dana Delany, will not be airing in the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour (out of Dancing With the Stars) as reported earlier in the week. Occupying the time period will be Detroit 1-8-7, headlined by former Sopranos star Michael Imperioli and set in the homicide division in a Detroit police station. 


As a reminder, here is ABC’s complete fall 2010 line-up, with new shows capped and in bold.

 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


Classic sitcom clinker My Mother the Car featured Jerry Van Dyke as a small-town lawyer who bought a used car and immediately realized it could talk. Who was the voice of his “Mother”?


a)      Eve Arden

b)      Spring Byington

c)      Ann Sothern

d)      Gale Storm

e)      Vivian Vance


The answer to yesterday’s question…


Which one of the following stars never guest starred as a villain on Batman?


a)      Milton Berle

b)      Zsa Zsa Gabor

c)      Jerry Lewis

d)      Roddy McDowall

e)      Rudy Vallee


Is: c) Jerry Lewis, who made a cameo appearance but did not play a bad guy. 


-Current kudos goes to:
Suzanne Ackley, Steve Albright, Mary Bancroft, Barbara Berman, Gerry Bixenspan, Barbara Bloomfield, Al Canaletich, Collins, Mark Cosenza, Audrey Davis, Reid Davis, Sylvia Davis, Bill Denkert, Karen Gardner, Scott Hamula, Barb Hemberger, Melissa Hodgdon, Michael Holland, Bob Ingersoll, Kathan Jager, Greg Janover, Ken Jobe, Deb Kainer, Mary Kinoshita, Synda Kollman, Joel Kunkel, Steve Kurtzer, Stephen LaRue, Charmaine Leary, Steven Lewis, Richard Mann, Kathy Martin, Scott Masterson, Steven McKinney, Debbie Mirr, Jay Ogletree, Ken Penney, Alan Perris, Alex Petrilli, Jr., David Primuth, Stephen Rafi, Michael Ratliffe, David Ruckman, Neal Sabin, David Shearer, Maxine Shulman, Mark Simmons, Mindy Staley, Michelle Stanton, Bruce Starin, Joe Swaney, Troy Wassill, Larry Weinstock, Abbott Wool, Jim Wright, Ted Zawislak