New Animated ABC Sitcom The Goode Family Launches Tonight

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Prime-Time Metered Market Tuesday Ratings:
CBS Wins; ABC Tanks; Mixed New Series Openers
Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not

On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options 

TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest
TV Trivia Time:
Hi’ Ya, Joe
CBS Wins; ABC Tanks; Mixed New Series Openers
Tuesday 5/26/09


CBS   7.5/12
NBC 4.9/ 8
Fox    3.4/ 5
ABC 2.4/ 4
CW    1.2/ 2

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Tuesday, May 27, 2008):

CBS: +32, CW: no change, NBC: – 8, ABC: -27, Fox: -36

Note: The listing of winners and losers will return in September. 

-Ratings Breakdown:

Despite airing a night of repeats, CBS stood well above the competition in the overnights care of its encore combination of NCIS (8.0 rating/13 share), The Mentalist (8.3/13) and canceled Without a Trace (6.4/11), which from a ratings standpoint was worthy of a renewal. Although moving bona fide hit The Mentalist to Thursday out of CSI next season means more viewers may even tune in, I am not so sure two consecutive hours of NCIS (the parent show and upcoming spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles) is such a good idea.


There were two summer series premieres last night: Fox drama Mental and reality/competition Hitched or Ditched on The CW. Mental finished third from 9-10 p.m., with a 3.8/ 6 in the overnights. While that may not sound like much, it did manage to built out of an encore telecast of lead-in House (#3: 3.1/ 5 at 8 p.m.) by 23 percent. Hitched or Ditched, also at 9 p.m., opened with a last-place 1.2/ 2, which was on par with the season (or series) finale of lead-in Reaper (#5: 1.3/ 3 at 8 p.m.). Although rumor has it that Reaper may end up in first-run syndication next season, chances of that happening are very slim. 


Elsewhere, NBC aired two-hour special TV’s 50 Funniest Phrases, which averaged a 4.9/ 8 in the overnights, building by half-hour as follows:

TV’s 50 Funniest Phrases (NBC)
8:00 p.m.: 4.3/ 7 (#2)
8:30 p.m.: 4.5/ 7 (#2)
9:00 p.m.: 5.3/ 8 (#2)
9:30 p.m.: 5.5/ 8 (#2)

That led into a repeat of Law & Order: SVU, with a second-place 4.9/ 8 at 10 p.m. As a reminder, SVU heads to Wednesday at 9 p.m. next season out of family drama Parenthood (which is NBC’s second attempt at creating a series from the Ron Howard theatrical). 


ABC had an embarrassingly low-rated Tuesday with its combination of two episodes of the canceled According To Jim (#4: avg. 2.7/ 5) and part two of miniseries Diamonds (2.4/ 4 from 9-11 p.m.). Take a look at the half-hour breakdown for uneventful Diamonds:

Diamonds (ABC)
 9:00 p.m.: 2.4/ 4 (#4)
 9:30 p.m.: 2.2/ 3 (#4)
10:00 p.m.: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
10:30 p.m.: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
As for According To Jim…yes, it was finally axed!

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)


Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not

-Series-High Performance for Jon & Kate Plus 8:

Ignited, no doubt, by the recent tabloid headlines, season five of TLC’s Jon & Kate Plus 8 shattered the record books with 6.6 million households, 9.8 million total viewers and 4.3 million among target women 18-49 in the Monday 9 p.m. hour on May 25. Comparably, this was more than triple the recent time period average over the last six weeks.

-Strong Showing for The Link on History Channel:

Also based on ratings in the 9 p.m. time period on May 25, History Channel special The Link, which focused on the discovery and investigation of a 47-year-old primate fossil, was above-average at 2-million viewers. Comparably, this was 67 percent above the cable net’s average in prime-time. Demographically, The Link scored as high as 904,000 adults 25-54. 

-Kardashians Sign-Off on a High Note:

Also on Monday, and based on the metered markets, E!’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians rose to a record 1.93 household rating at 10:30 p.m. Comparably, that was the second highest rated original series on cable in the time period.


Source: Nielsen Media Research data


On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options

Wednesday 5/27/09
 8:00 p.m. Wipeout (season premiere)
 9:00 p.m. The Goode Family (premiere)
 9:30 p.m. Surviving Suburbia (new day)

10:00 p.m. The Unusuals


 8:00 p.m. George Strait – ACM Artist of the Decade All Star Concert (two hours)

10:00 p.m. Criminal Minds (R)


 8:00 p.m. Law & Order: Criminal Intent (R)

 9:00 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (R)

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


 8:00 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance (two hours)


 8:00 p.m. America’s Next Top Model (R)

 9:00 p.m. Hitched or Ditched (R)


 8:00 p.m. World’s Funniest Moments (R)

 9:00 p.m. Shaken Not Stirred: Rev Run

New Program Descriptions
The Goode Family (Fox)
-The Scoop:

A family obsessed with doing the right thing is the focus of this new animated sitcom from King of the Hill and Beavis and Butt-head creator Mike Judge.

-The Reality:

Let’s be honest: If ABC really had any faith in The Goode Family, it would not have scheduled it immediately following the conclusion of the traditional (September to May) TV season. Consider this nothing more than temporary time period filler. 


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest

-Midseason Scorecard:

Since there is more to the upcoming 2009-10 season than just fall programming, there is a listing of the established shows returning in midseason:

ABC: Better Off Ted, Lost, Scrubs
CBS: Rules of Engagement
NBC: Celebrity Apprentice, Chuck

Fox: American Idol, Hell’s Kitchen, 24

-Land of the Lost Vignettes on USA:

USA Network and Universal Pictures have partnered to develop a series of short vignettes using footage from upcoming theatrical Land of the Lost that will debut as part of branding initiative Character Uncovered. The series of 30 and 40 second spots, which will air in prime-time, will feature Land of the Lost star Will Ferrell as he talks about his character, Dr. Rick Marshall. For more information, click on

TV Trivia Time:
Hi’ Ya, Joe

What kind of business was Rhoda’s husband Joe in?


a)      automotive

b)      fitness

c)      food

d)      insurance

e)      wrecking


The answer to yesterday’s question…


Which one of the following comedies aired for more than 10 years?


a)      Growing Pains

b)      Laverne & Shirley

c)      My Three Sons

d)      One Day at a Time

e)      Who’s the Boss?


Is: c) My Three Sons, which ran for 12 years: five on ABC (1960-65) and seven on CBS (1965-72). As for the rest:

-Growing Pains (ABC): 1985-92
-Laverne & Shirley (ABC): 1976-83
-One Day at a Time (CBS): 1975-84
-Who’s The Boss? (ABC): 1984-92

-Current kudos goes to:
Mark Amato, Mary Bancroft, Barbara Berman, Gerry Bixenspan, John Brooker, Larry Collins, Jim Colucci, Tom Condosta, Reid Davis, Bob Eisenstaedt, Phyllis Epstein, John Ferlazzo, Arleen Fong, Jan Frazier, Julie Friedlander, Jerry Gibbons, Maureen Goldman, Carla Snell-Hatfield, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Deb Kainer, Mary Kinoshita, Stephen LaRue, David Lederman, Howard Lieboff, Rick Millikan, Jim Moore, Alan Perris, Greg Phelan, Francine Purcell, Gordon Purcell, Mark Simmons, Ronnie Tallant, Trenna Underhill, Don Webb