The Programming Insider: Friday 6/17/11

CBS wins night with repeats

In Today's Issue:

Prime-Time Metered Market Thursday Ratings:
Repeats on CBS Dominate; Fox Poised for Victory Among Adults 18-49

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:
Happy Father’s Day


Repeats on CBS Dominate; Fox Poised for Victory Among Adults 18-49

Thursday 6/16/11

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.0/ 9, Fox: 3.8/ 7, ABC: 3.0/ 5, NBC: 2.0/ 3, CW: 0.9/ 2

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Thursday, June 17, 2010):
(Note: ABC aired game seven of The NBA Finals on the year-ago evening)
NBC: +18, Fox: no change, CBS: – 9, CW: -10, ABC: -76

Yesterday’s Winners:
The Big Bang Theory R (CBS), So You Think You Can Dance (Fox), CSI R (CBS), The Mentalist R (CBS)

Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):
Love Bites (NBC)

Ratings Breakdown:
Excluding So You Think You Can Dance and comedic anthology Love Bites on NBC, everything was in repeats last night. That said, CBS finished first overall in the overnights courtesy of its encore combination of The Big Bang Theory (#1: 4.9 rating/9 share), Rules of Engagement (#2: 4.0/ 7), CSI (#1: 4.9/ 9) and The Mentalist (#1: 5.6/10). As a reminder, Rules of Engagement moves into the Saturday 8 p.m. half-hour this fall (as nothing more than a burn-off measure, no doubt), while CSI heads to Wednesdays at 10 p.m. out of Criminal Minds.  Inheriting the CSI time period is new J.J. Abrams drama Person of Interest.

The first live So You Think You Can Dance Results Show on Fox took center stage at 8 p.m., with a 4.9/ 9, which should be enough to lead Fox to an adult 18-49 win for the night. That led into a repeat of Glee, which dipped to third with a 2.7/ 5 in the overnights at 9 p.m. This fall, The X Factor Results Show on Fox leads into a new season of underrated Bones.

ABC, which will open Thursday next season with the upcoming revival of Charlie’s Angels, had nothing unusual to report with its repeat combination of two episodes of Wipeout (8 p.m.: #3, 3.2/ 6 – 9 p.m.: #2, 3.3/ 6) and Canadian drama Rookie Blue (#2: 2.4/ 4), which returns with original episodes next week. For news on Wipeout, see TV Tidbits below.

Lowly NBC plummeted to just an average 2.0 rating in the overnights with its line-up of Community (#4: 1.8/ 3), which should not be anchoring Thursday next season, 30 Rock (#4: 1.8/ 3), which will take a rest until midseason, The Office (#4: 2.1/ 4), Parks and Recreation (#4: 2.1/ 4) and week three of colossal dud Love Bites (#3: 2.0/ 4).  This fall, Parks and Recreation moves back to 8:30 p.m., with new sitcom Whitney inheriting the 9:30 p.m. half-hour into upcoming crime solver Prime Suspect.

The CW closed the evening with repeats of The Vampire Diaries (#5: 0.9/ 2) and Nikita (#5: 0.9/ 2), which moves to Fridays at 8 p.m. for its second season.  Stepping into the Thursday 9 p.m. hour on The CW will be new drama The Secret Circle.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)

What’s Hot/What’s Not

Above Average Jay Leno:
Based on the live plus same day ratings for the week of June 13, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC rose to 4.13 million viewers from 11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m.—its largest audience in 18 weeks (since the week of January 31). Nightline on ABC averaged 4.0 million viewers in the 11:35 p.m. half-hour, followed by 1.7 million for Jimmy Kimmel Live at 12:05 a.m. The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS reached 3.1 million. Among adults 18-49, Nightline ruled with a 1.2 rating/5 share, followed by Jay Leno (1.0/ 4), and David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel, each with a 0.7/ 3. Note: Letterman was an encore telecast on Friday; Kimmel aired repeats on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and the ABC shows started late on Tuesday and Thursday due to the NBA Finals.

Cable Scorecard – Wednesday, June 15:
Week two of TNT drama Franklin & Bash was the most-watched show among the original basic cable series on Wednesday, June 15, while the season-finale of Extreme Couponing on TLC, which was recently renewed for a second season, finished first among adults 18-49. In series-premiere news, sitcom Happily Divorced on TV Land at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, headlined by Fran Drescher, inched past the season-premiere of lead-in Hot in Cleveland in total viewers with a second place finish overall.

Here are the results, ranked in order of total viewers:

Franklin & Bash (TNT) – Viewers: 2.88 million (#1 overall), A18-49: 0.9 rating (#2t)
Happily Divorced (TV Land) – Viewers: 2.41 million (#2), A18-49: 0.5 (#8t) – series premiere
Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) – Viewers: 2.39 million (#3), A18-49: 0.5 (#8t) – season premiere
House of Payne (TBS, 10 p.m.) – Viewers: 2.35 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9 (#2t)
Extreme Couponing (TLC, 9:30 p.m.) – Viewers: 2.15 million (#5), A18-49: 1.0 (#1) – season finale
Toddlers & Tiaras (TLC) – Viewers: 1.88 million (#6), A18-49: 0.7 (#4) – season premiere
101 Gadgets that Changed the World (History) – Viewers: 1.87 million (#7), A18-49: 0.6 (#5t)
Operation Repo (truTV) – Viewers: 1.67 million (#8), A18-49: 0.6 (#5t)
Men of a Certain Age (TNT) – Viewers: 1.44 million (#9), A18-49: 0.4 (#11)
Top Chef Masters (Bravo) – Viewers: 1.23 million (#10), A18-49: 0.6 (#5t)
South Park (Comedy Central, Repeat) – Viewers: 1.14 million (#11), A18-49: 0.5 (#8t)
Haunted Collector (Syfy) – Viewers: 1.13 million (#12), A18-49: 0.3 (#15t)
Dude, What Would Happen (Cartoon Network) – Viewers: 1.11 million (#13), A18-49: 0.1 (#20t)
Mythbusters (Discovery) – Viewers: 1.02 million (#14), A18-49: 0.5 (#8t)
Destroy Build Destroy (Cartoon Network) – Viewers: 1.01 million (#15), A18-49: 0.1 (#20t)
Real World: Las Vegas (MTV) – Viewers: 1.00 million (#16), A18-49: 0.5 (#8t)
Hollywood Treasure (Syfy, 10 p.m.) – Viewers: 847,000 (#17), A18-49: 0.3 (#15t)
Hollywood Treasure (Syfy, 10:30 p.m.) – Viewers: 840,000 (#18), A18-49: 0.3 (#15t)
Deception with Keith Barry (Discovery) – Viewers: 814,000 (#19), A18-49: 0.4 (#13t)
Kickin’ It (MTV) – Viewers: 733,000 (#20), A18-49: 0.1 (#20t)
Jon Benjamin Has a Van (Comedy Central) – Viewers: 659,000 (#21), A18-49: 0.3 (#15t)
The World According to Paris (Oxygen) – Viewers: 349,000 (#22), A18-49: 0.2 (#19)
Clean House (Style) – Viewers: 126,000 (#23), A18-49: 0.0 (#23t)
Inside NASCAR (Showtime) – Viewers: 63,000 (#24), A18-49: 0.0 (#23t)

Combined with two encore telecasts that night, TV Land is reporting 4.4 million viewers for the Happily Divorced launched and 4.3 million for the Hot in Cleveland season opener.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)


Prime-Time Programming Options

Friday 6/17/11

8:00 p.m. Shark Tank (R)
9:00 p.m. Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
10:00 p.m. 20/20

8:00 p.m. Flashpoint
9:00 p.m. CSI: NY (R)
10:00 p.m. Blue Bloods (R)

8:00 p.m. Friday Night
9:00 p.m. Dateline (two hours)

8:00 p.m. Bones (R)
9:00 p.m. Lie to Me (R)

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

Saturday 6/18/11

8:00 p.m. The Bachelorette (R, two hours)
10:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (R)

8:00 p.m. Chaos
9:00 p.m. NCIS (R)
10:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery

8:00 p.m. Minute to Win It (R)
9:00 p.m. Law & Order: Criminal Intent (R)
10:00 p.m. Law & Order: Los Angeles (R)

8:00 p.m. Cops (season finale and repeat)
9:00 p.m. America’s Most Wanted (season finale)

Sunday 6/19/11

7:00 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos (R)
8:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (R)
9:00 p.m. Castle (R)
10:00 p.m. Body of Proof (R)

7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes 
8:00 p.m. The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

7:00 p.m. U.S. Open
7:30 p.m. Minute to Win It (R)
8:00 p.m. America’s Got Talent ®
9:00 p.m. The 2011 Miss U.S.A. Pageant

7:00 p.m. American Dad (R)
7:30 p.m. Bob’s Burgers (R)
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)

Of Note on Cable:

Falling Skies (TNT): 9 p.m. ET/PT – series premiere
The aftermath of an alien invasion and the resistance movement former by the survivors is the focus of this new drama from Steven Spielberg. Noah Wyle stars.

Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime): 9 p.m. ET/PT – season premiere

Ryan & Tatum: The O’Neals: 10 p.m. ET/PT – series premiere
Ryan O’Neal and daughter Tatum attempt to build their relationship after over 25 years of estrangement.


Notes of Interest

More Wipeout:
ABC has picked-up reality/competition Wipeout for a fifth season, with original episodes slated in both the winter and the summer for 2011-12. Next season will feature new camera technology, which promises to bring the viewers closer to the action, and a new co-host, Vanessa Minnillo, who replaces Jill Wagner.

CMT Launch Dates:
CMT will debut two new half-hour reality series, Sweet Home Alabama and Texas Women, on Thursday, July 14 in the 10 p.m. ET/PT hour.  Sweet Home Alabama features the journey of a single young woman in search of Mr. Right, while Texas Women focuses on the lives of four sassy young women working and playing in Fort Worth, Texas.


Happy Father’s Day

Note: To respond to the trivia, please click HERE. Do not click Reply

Which TV Dad had the most number of kids?

a) Tom Bradford
b) Cliff Huxtable
c) Jason Seaver
d) Michael Steadman
e) John Walton

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following series did not feature a cast member from Dallas?

a) Hill Street Blues
b) Man From Atlantis
c) Models, Inc.
d) Murphy Brown
e) Petrocelli

Is: d) Murphy Brown.  As for the others:

Hill Street Blues: Barbara Babcock
Man From Atlantis: Patrick Duffy
Models, Inc: Linda Grey
Petrocelli: Susan Howard

Current kudos goes to:
Tom Condosta, Bob Ingersoll, Marie LeFevre Karp, Tom Kilgallon, Synda Kollman, Charmaine Leary, Stacie Nice, Anthony Salerno, Molly Shaw