NBC Tops Wednesday Overnights


Thursday, July 23, 2009


Prime-Time Metered Market Wednesday Ratings:

NBC Finishes First on This Atypical Evening


Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not


On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options 


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


TV Trivia Time:

In Between Gigs

Prime-Time Metered Market Wednesday Ratings:

NBC Finishes First on This Atypical Evening


Wednesday 7/22/09



NBC 4.8/ 9

CBS   4.4/ 8

Fox    4.4/ 8
ABC 3.3/ 6

CW    0.8/ 1


-Note: Comparisons to the year-ago evening are not available today.

-Yesterday’s Winners:

(Expectations are, of course, lower in the summer months)

America’s Got Talent (NBC)

-Yesterday’s Losers (Excluding Repeats):

I Survived a Japanese Game Show (ABC), The Philanthropist (NBC)

-Ratings Breakdown:

NBC led the overnights on this atypical evening of summer Wednesday programming, with CBS and Fox tied for No. 2. But Fox should have no trouble dominating among adults 18-49 care of a two-hour installment of So You Think You Can Dance, which performed as follows by half-hour (and featured Ellen DeGeneres as a guest judge):

So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
8:00 p.m.: 4.1/ 8 (#2)
8:30 p.m.: 4.4/ 8 (#2)
9:00 p.m.: 4.5/ 8 (#2t)
9:30 p.m.: 4.5/ 8 (#3)

Ratings may be down year-to-year for So You Think You Can Dance, but the routine with Melissa and Ade choreographed by Tyce Diorio was truly spectacular. 


At 8 p.m., the Big 3 networks aired live coverage of President Obama’s latest address to the country. Here were the results:

Presidential Address/Wednesday 8 p.m.
NBC: 4.6/ 9
ABC: 3.8/ 7
CBS: 3.2/ 6

Rounding off the 8 p.m. hour was a repeat of America’s Next Top Model on The CW at a distant 0.9/ 2 in the overnights. 


Top honors in the metered markets fell in NBC’s corner at 9 p.m., with America’s Got Talent at a dominant 6.7/11. Second was a repeat of CBS” Criminal Minds (4.8/ 8), followed by the second half of Fox’s aforementioned So You Think You Can Dance (4.5/ 8), a later edition of ABC’s Wipeout (3.7/ 6), and another repeat of America’s Next Top Model on the CW (0.8/ 1). Isn’t it pathetic for The CW to be repeating these reality/competitions?  As we all know, no one watches the second time around. 


CBS moved into the overnight winner’s circle at 10 p.m., with a repeat of CSI: NY at a 5.3/10. Next was NBC’s struggling The Philanthropist (3.3/ 6), and a later edition of ABC’s I Survived a Japanese Game Show (2.4/ 4). Debuting in the Wednesday 9 p.m. hour on ABC on August 26 will be new reality/competition Crash Course, which will feature five different couples participating in extreme driving challenges. 


Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)


Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not


-Strong Start for Ruby & the Rockits on ABC Family:

Ruby & the Rockits, ABC Family’s newest original series, launched on Tuesday, July 21 with the cable net’s second strongest debut on record in total viewers (1.6 million), adults 18-49 (654,000), women 18-49 (483,000), teens 12-17 (489,000) and female teens 12-17 (436,000). Comparatively, Ruby & the Rockits finished first in the 8:30 p.m. half hour in females 12-34 (717,000) and female teens (436,000). And it was the No. 2 scripted telecast for the evening behind lead-in 10 Things I Hate About You, which rose to a record performance in females 12-34 (771,000), teens 12-17 (511,000) and female teens (448,000).


-Speaking of ABC Family:

The growing home of hit scripted programming will launch a 10-day long end of summer programming event on Saturday, Aug. 1 called “Campus Crush.” Included will be all-day marathons, movies and all new episodes of Make it Or Break It, 10 Things I Hate About You and Ruby & the Rockits. The event kicks-off with a 12-hour marathon of The Secret Life of the American Teenager.  


-Decent Return for Hell’s Kitchen on Fox:

Back-to-back episodes of Fox’s veteran Hell’s Kitchen opened the new season on Tuesday, July 21 with 6.52 million viewers and a 3.1 rating/9 share among adults 18-49 from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, that finished first overall for the evening in the demo and second in total viewers. Take a look at the results by network for the night:


Total Viewers:

NBC: 9.83 million, Fox: 6.52, CBS: 6.48, ABC: 3.27, CW: 710,000


Adults 18-49:

NBC: 3.1 rating/9 share, NBC: 2.5/ 8, CBS: 1.6/ 5, ABC: 1.1/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options


Thursday 7/23/09

 8:00 p.m. Samantha Who?
 8:30 p.m. Samantha Who?
 9:00 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy (R)

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

 8:00 p.m. Big Brother
 9:00 p.m. CSI (R)

10:00 p.m. The Mentalist (R)

 8:00 p.m. 30 Rock (R)
 8:30 p.m. The Office (R)
 9:00 p.m. The Office (R)
 9:30 p.m. 30 Rock (R)

10:00 p.m. The Listener

 8:00 p.m. Bones (R)

 9:00 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance Results Show

 8:00 p.m. Smallville (R)
 9:00 p.m. Supernatural (R)
 8:00 p.m. Movie: Batman Returns (R)

TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


-CBSNews.com to Air Walter Cronkite Funeral:

CBSNEws.com will air live coverage of the legendary Walter Cronkite’s funeral today at 2 p.m. ET from St. Bartholomew’s Church in Manhattan. Expected to give eulogies are Cronkite’s son Chip and long-time CBS News correspondent Andy Rooney. 


-Jamie-Lynn Sigler Joins Cast of Ugly Betty:

ABC’s Ugly Betty, which moves to Friday at 9 p.m. for its fourth (and potentially final) season, has a new cast member: Jamie-Lynn Sigler. The former Soprano’s co-star will join the one-hour comedy in the recurring role as Daniel’s assistant. 


-Fans of Dave Matthews, Take Note:

Rock superstars Dave Matthews Band has booked two upcoming appearances on CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman: Monday, July 27 and Friday, July 31. Look for the band to perform songs from their latest hit release, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King.  

-More House of Payne on TBS:

TBS has ordered an additional 20 episodes of sitcom House of Payne, bringing the total number of episodes to a considerable 172. 

-ABC Finalizes Fall 2009 Premiere Dates:

New ABC drama Eastwick and returning Brothers & Sisters have been officially scheduled by the network. Eastwick, which is based on 1987 theatrical The Witches of Eastwick, will premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 10 p.m. ET. And Brothers & Sisters, which heads into season four, will return on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 10 p.m. ET. To refresh your memory, here are the complete series and season premiere dates:


Saturday Night Football: Saturday, Sept. 5, 8 p.m. ET

20/20: Friday, Sept. 11, 10 p.m. ET

Dancing With the Stars: Monday, Sept. 21, 8 p.m. ET

Castle: Monday, Sept. 21, 10 p.m. ET

The Forgotten: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 10 p.m. ET (new)

Dancing With the Stars Results Show: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 8 p.m. ET (special day and time)

Modern Family: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 9 p.m. ET (new)

Cougar Town: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 9:30 p.m. ET (new)

Eastwick: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 10 p.m. ET (new)

FlashFoward: Thursday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m. ET (new)

Grey’s Anatomy: Thursday, Sept. 24, 9 p.m. ET

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: Sunday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m. ET (two hours)

Desperate Housewives: Sunday, Sept. 27, 9 p.m. ET

Brothers & Sisters: Sunday, Sept. 27, 10 p.m. ET

Shark Tank: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m. ET (new)

Hank: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 8 p.m. ET (new)

The Middle: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 8:30 p.m. ET (new)

America’s Funniest Home Videos: Sunday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. ET

Ugly Betty: Friday, Oct. 9, 8 p.m. ET (two hours)

Supernanny: Friday, Oct. 16, 8 p.m. ET

-Speaking of ABC:

The network will premiere upcoming reality/competition Crash Course in the Wednesday 9 p.m. hour on August 26. It replaces I Survived a Japanese Game Show, which will have concluded the season (or series) by then.

TV Trivia Time:

After The Andy Griffith Show and before Happy Days, Ron Howard (then Ronny) appeared in a short-live drama opposite Henry Fonda. What was the name of it?


a)      The Good Life

b)      Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

c)      Silent Force

d)      The Smith Family

e)      The Texas Wheelers


The answer to yesterday’s question…


Which one of the following series did not feature recent Arrested Development star Jason Bateman?


a)      Chicago Sons

b)      It’s All Relative

c)      Little House on the Prairie

d)      George & Leo

e)      Silver Spoons


Is: It’s All Relative, which was a sitcom that aired on ABC in the 2003-04 season. After his two season run in Silver Spoons, Jason Bateman appeared in the similar sounding It’s Your Move in 1984-85. Bateman was also a regular in comedies Simon (1995-96), Some of My Best Friends (2001) and, of course, The Hogan Family from 1986 to 1991. To the masses who forgot he was on Little House on the Prairie, the then 12 year-old Bateman played suddenly orphaned James Cooper, who the Ingalls took in. It was never a dull moment on that prairie!


-Current kudos goes to:
Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Jim Colucci, Tom Condosta, Stephen Ferrara, Arleen Fong, Bob Ingersoll, Deb Kainer, David Lederman, Jeff Meier, Michael Murphy, Aaron Paquette, Greg Phelan, Gordon Purcell, Colleen Roth, Ron Salmon, Jodi Titkin