The Programming Insider: Night of Encores Lifts CBS

ABC's Expedition Impossible debut respectable

In Today's Issue:

Prime-Time Metered Market Thursday Ratings:
CBS Wins; Respectable Sampling for Expedition Impossible Debut on ABC

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:
Baywatch Kids


CBS Wins; Respectable Sampling for Expedition Impossible Debut on ABC

Thursday 6/23/11

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.9/ 8, ABC: 4.1/ 7, Fox: 3.6/ 6, NBC: 1.7/ 3, CW: 0.7/ 1

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

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

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

Ratings Breakdown:
There was nothing unusual to report on this fourth Thursday in June, which housed seven hours (or 54 percent) of repeat programming.  A night of all encores on CBS — The Big Bang Theory (#1t: 4.8 rating/9 share), Rules of Engagement (#3: 3.7/ 6), CSI (#1: 5.2/ 9) and The Mentalist (#1: 5.4/ 9) — finished first overall in the overnights.  Next was ABC, followed by Fox, distant NBC and The CW.

In series-premiere news, Amazing Race-like reality/competition Expedition Impossible on ABC opened with a second-place 4.2/ 7 in the overnights at 9 p.m., which maintained 95 percent of lead-in Wipeout (#2: 4.4/ 8 at 8 p.m.).  For a typically lazy summer night, consider this respectable sampling.  At 10 p.m. on ABC was the second season-premiere of Canadian drama Rookie Blue at a second-place 3.8/ 6.  Comparably, retention for Rookie Blue out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of Expedition Impossible (4.1/ 7) was 93 percent.

Over at Fox, the live So You Think You Can Dance Results Show led the 8 p.m. hour, with a 5.0/ 9 in the overnights.  Next on Fox was a repeat of Glee at a typically lackluster third-place 2.3/ 4 at 9 p.m.

Fourth-place NBC remained out of the competitive loop with its combination of repeats of Community (#4: 1.7/ 3), 30 Rock (#4: 1.6/ 3), The Office (#4: 1.9/ 3) and Parks and Recreation (#4: 1.8/ 3) from 8-10 p.m., and week of failing Love Bites at 10 p.m. (#3: 1.7/ 3).  Needless to say, NBC is just burning off the original episodes of Love Bites, which was originally supposed to launch last fall.  And The CW filled the evening with repeats of The Vampire Diaries (#5: 0.8/ 1) and Nikita (#5: 0.7/ 1), which moves into the Friday 8 p.m. hour in September.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)


What’s Hot/What’s Not

25 Million Viewers Tune in for President Obama:
President Obama’s live address to the country on Wednesday, June 22 on the war in Afghanistan averaged a 16.4 household rating/31 share, with 25.35 million viewers from approximately 8-8:15 p.m. ET/PT.  The networks carrying the live speech were ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC.  As a basis of comparison, viewing levels for past Obama speeches are as follows:

May 5, 2011 – Death of Bin Laden: 33.9 rating/57 share, 39.24 million viewers
August 31, 2010 – Iraq: 18.8 rating/36 share, 21.82 million viewers
December 1, 2009 – Afghanistan: 25.9 rating/44 share, 29.91 million viewers

Cable Scorecard – Wednesday, June 22:
Recently introduced TNT legal drama Franklin & Bash was the most-watched of the 24 original series on basic cable, while The Challenge Rivals on MTV ranked first among adults 18-49, with a 1.1 rating in the demo.  Week two of TV Land sitcom Happily Divorced lost noticeable steam, meanwhile, with erosion of 910,000 viewers (2.41 to 1.50 million) and 20 percent among adults 18-49 (0.5 to 0.4).

Here are the results, ranked in order of total viewers, for Wednesday, June 22:

Franklin & Bash (TNT) – Viewers: 2.76 million (#1 overall), A18-49: 1.0 rating (#2)
Toddlers & Bash (TLC) – Viewers: 2.20 million (#2), A18-49: 0.8 (#3)
Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) – Viewers: 1.96 million (#3), A18-49: 0.5 (#6t)
The Challenge: Rivals (MTV) – Viewers: 1.88 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1 (#1)
MythBusters (Discovery) – Viewers: 1.80 million (#5), A18-49: 0.7 (#4t)
Operation Repo (truTV) – Viewers: 1.71 million (#6), A18-49: 0.7 (#4t)
Men of a Certain Age (TNT) – Viewers: 1.60 million (#7), A18-49: 0.4 (#8t)
Happily Divorced (TV Land) – Viewers: 1.50 million (#8), A18-49: 0.4 (#8t)
South Park R (Comedy Central) – Viewers: 1.09 million (#9), A18-49: 0.5 (#6t)
Dude, What Would Happen (Cartoon Network) – Viewers: 1.08 million (#10), A18-49: 0.1 (#20t)
Destroy Build Destroy (Cartoon Network) – Viewers: 1.07 million (#11), A18-49: 0.1 (#20t)
Haunted Collector (Syfy) – Viewers: 1.06 million (#12), A18-49: 0.4 (#8t)
I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant (TLC, 9:30 p.m.) – Viewers: 1.05 million (#13), A18-49: 0.4 (#8t)
Hollywood Treasure (Syfy, 10:30 p.m.) – Viewers: 971,000 (#14), A18-49: 0.4 (#8t)
I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant (TLC, 9 p.m.) – Viewers: 908,000 (#14), A18-49: 0.4 (#8t)
Hollywood Treasure (Syfy, 10 p.m.) – Viewers: 847,000 (#15), A18-49: 0.3 (#15t)
Life on a Wire (Discovery) – Viewers: 745,000 (#17), A18-49: 0.3 (#15t)
Rocco’s Dinner Party (Bravo) – Viewers: 708,000 (#18), A18-49: 0.3 (#15t)
Jon Benjamin Has a Van (Comedy Central) – Viewers: 661,000 (#19), A18-49: 0.4 (#8t)
Kathy Griffin: Gurll Down (Bravo) – Viewers: 628,000 (#20), A18-49: 0.3 (#15t)
E! Investigates; Fatal Teen Triangle (E!) – Viewers: 569,000 (#21), A18-49: 0.3 (#15t)
The World According to Paris (Oxygen) – Viewers: 223,000 (#22), A18-49: 0.1 (#20t)
Mystery Diagnosis (Discovery Health) – Viewers: 187,000 (#23), A18-49: 0.1 (#20t)
Inside NASCAR (Showtime) – Viewers: 27,000 (#24), A18-49: 0.0 (#24)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)


Prime-Time Programming Options

Friday 6/24/11

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 6/25/11

8:00 p.m. 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show (R)
9:00 p.m. Expedition Impossible (R)
10:00 p.m. Rookie Blue (R)

8:00 p.m. Chaos
9:00 p.m. Criminal Minds (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 (R)
8:30 p.m. Cops (R)
9:00 p.m. Cops (R)
9:30 p.m. Cops (R)

Sunday 6/26/11

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. Hawaii Five-O (R)
9:00 p.m. Undercover Boss (R)
10:00 p.m. CSI: Miami (R)

7:00 p.m. Dateline 
8:00 p.m. America’s Got Talent ®
9:00 p.m. America’s Got Talent (R)
10:00 p.m. The Marriage Ref (R)

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:
-Leverage (TNT): 9 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
-True Blood (HBO): 9 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
-Celebrity Rehab 5 (VH1): 9 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)


Notes of Interest

Locke and Jin Reunite:
No, they will not be returning to their classic roles John Locke and Jin-Soo Kwon.  But former Lost stars Terry O’Quinn and Daniel Dae Kim will reunite on CBS’ returning Hawaii Five-O.  O’Quinn will appear on a recurring basis next season as a Navy Seal Lt. Commander who trained McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) in Coronado and served with his father in Vietnam.  He's a man with secrets, holding some of the answers to the mysteries surrounding the murder of McGarrett's parents.

Lisa Edelstein Heads to The Good Wife:
Former House star Lisa Edelstein will appear in a multi episode arc on CBS’ The Good Wife next season as a character described as a lawyer and poker player who shares a past will Will (Josh Charles).  Edelstein exited long-running house after failing to come to an agreement on a new contract.

Updated Rules of Engagement Clearances in Off-Net:
Sony Pictures Television has cleared sitcom Rules of Engagement in 75 percent of the country for its debut in off-network syndication in September 2012.  Clearances include 19 of the top 20 markets on affiliates within the Belo, Capital, CBS, Hearst, Local, Meredith, Titan, Tribune and Weigel station groups.

Fox Fall Premiere Dates:
Fox has announced the following fall series and season premiere dates:

Cops – Saturday, Sept. 10: 8 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
Glee – Tuesday, Sept. 20: 8 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
New Girl – Tuesday, Sept. 20: 9 p.m. ET/PT (series premiere)
Raising Hope – Tuesday, Sept. 20: 9:30 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
The X Factor – Wednesday, Sept. 21: 8 p.m. ET/PT (series premiere)
The X Factor – Thursday, Sept. 22: 8 p.m. ET/PT (Thursday time period premiere)
Kitchen Nightmares – Friday, Sept. 23: 8 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
Fringe – Friday, Sept. 23: 9 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
The Simpsons – Sunday, Sept. 25: 8 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
The Cleveland Show – Sunday, Sept. 25: 8:30 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
Family Guy – Sunday, Sept. 25: 9 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
American Dad – Sunday, Sept. 25: 9:30 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
Terra Nova – Monday, Sept. 26: 8 p.m. ET/PT (series premiere, two hours)
House – Tuesday, Oct. 3: 9 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
America’s Most Wanted – Saturday, Oct. 20: 9 p.m. ET/PT (quarterly specials premiere)
Allen Gregory – Sunday, Oct. 30: 8:30 p.m. ET/PT (series premiere)
Bones – Thursday, Nov. 3: 9 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
I Hate My Teenage Daughter – Wednesday, Nov. 23: 9:30 p.m. ET/PT

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Names New Board Members:
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation has named Carolina Lightcap, President, Disney Channels Worldwide and Madeline Di Nonno, Executive Director of the Geena Davis Institute as new members of is Board of Directors.  Each has been elected to serve two-year terms on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.


Baywatch Kid

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Remember Brandon Call, the original actor who played Mitch’s (David Hasselhoff) young son on Baywatch?  What sitcom was he already committed to when Baywatch was resurrected for first-run syndication?

a) Baby Talk
b) Dear John
c) Eerie, Indiana
d) Step By Step
e) The Torkelsons

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following series was not set in Ohio?

a) The Drew Carey Show
b) Hope & Faith
c) Family Ties
d) Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman
e) Two Marriages

Is: e) Two Marriages, which was a short-lived 1983-84 drama set in Iowa.

Current kudos goes to:
Gerry Bixenspan, Jordan Breslow, John Brooker, Larry Collins, Jan Frazier, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Deb Kainer, Synda Kollman, Steve Kurtzer, Alan Perris, Gordon Purcell, David Shearer, Michelle Stanton, Ronnie Tallant, Carol Teichman, Myndi Weinraub