The Programming Insider: Monday 6/20/11

In Today's Issue:

Prime-Time Ratings: Weekend Results
Ratings Box: What’s Hot/What’s Not
On the Air Tonight: Prime-Time Programming Options
TV Tidbits: Notes of Interest
TV Trivia Time: Carol’s Good Luck Charm

Weekend Results

Friday 6/17/11
Note: The following results are based on the fast affiliate ratings (Live-Plus-Same-Day data).

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.1/ 8, NBC: 3.5/ 7, ABC: 2.1/ 4, Fox: 1.8/ 3, CW: 0.6/ 1

Total Viewers:
CBS: 6.15 million, NBC: 5.19, ABC: 3.21, Fox: 2.79, CW: 912,000

Adults 18-49:
NBC: 1.3 rating/5 share, ABC: 0.9/ 3, CBS and Fox: 0.8/ 3 each, CW: 0.3/ 1

Note: Any prior rating results are based on the final nationals.  Since the level of DVR penetration has increased from 33 percent at this same point last year to approximately 38 percent at present, the overall results may be negatively impacted.

Friday’s Winners:

Friday’s Losers (excluding repeats):
Friday Night Lights (NBC), Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (ABC), 20/20 (ABC)

Ratings Breakdown:
It was a Friday of split leadership with CBS’ combination of Canadian drama Flashpoint (Viewers: #1, 5.74 million; A18-49: #3t, 0.8 rating/3 share at 8 p.m.) and repeats of CSI: NY (Viewers: #1, 6.05 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.8/ 3) and Blue Bloods (Viewers: #2, 7.29 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.9/ 3 from 9-11 p.m.) leading the network to first in total viewers.  NBC’s lineup of canceled Friday Night Lights (Viewers: #4, 2.97 million; A18-49: #3t, 0.8/ 3 at 8 p.m.) and two hours of Dateline (Viewers: #2, 6.31 million; A18-49: #1, 1.5/ 5 from 9-11 p.m.) finished first among adults 18-49.  Both networks, needless to say, have nothing to boast about.

As a reminder, new drama A Gifted Man (which faces an uphill battle) steps into the Friday 8 p.m. hour on CBS this fall.  Relocated Chuck on NBC, which returns for its final 13 episodes Fridays at 8 p.m. next season, leads into new drama Grimm at 9 p.m. and a one-hour edition of Dateline at 10 p.m.  Given the slim prospects for Grimm, expect Dateline to expand back to two hours by November.  Personally speaking, Grimm is my pick for the first new series cancelation of the 2011-12 season.

Elsewhere, ABC aired a repeat of Shark Tank (Viewers: #2, 3.92 million; A18-49: #1, 1.1/ 4 at 8 p.m.), which moves back one hour next fall, canceled Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (Viewers: #3, 2.50 million; A18-49: #3t, 0.8/ 3 at 9 p.m.) and 20/20 (Viewers: #3, 3.21 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.9/ 3 at 10 p.m.).  Fox filled the night with repeats of Bones (Viewers: #3, 3.27 million; A18-49: #2, 0.9/ 4) and House (Viewers: #4, 2.31 million; A18-49: #4, 0.7/ 3), which will air in the Friday 9 p.m. hour all summer.  And The CW aired repeats of concluded Smallville (Viewers: #5, 970,000; A18-49: #5, 0.3/ 1) and returning Supernatural (Viewers: #5, 854,000; A18-49: #5, 0.4/ 1).

Here is the fall Friday lineup for the five broadcast networks (with the two new shows bolded in caps):

8:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (new day)
9:00 p.m. Shark Tank (new time)
10:00 p.m. 20/20

8:00 p.m. A GIFTED MAN
9:00 p.m. CSI: NY
10:00 p.m. Blue Bloods

8:00 p.m. Chuck (new day)
9:00 p.m. GRIMM
10:00 p.m. Dateline

8:00 p.m. Kitchen Nightmares
9:00 p.m. Fringe

8:00 p.m. Nikita (new day and time)
9:00 p.m. Supernatural

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)

Saturday 6/18/11
Note: The following results are based on the fast affiliate ratings (Live-Plus-Same-Day data).

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 3.0/ 6, Fox: 2.4/ 5, NBC: 1.9/ 4, ABC: 1.1/ 2

Total Viewers:
CBS: 4.70 million, Fox: 3.75, NBC: 3.03, ABC: 1.56

Adults 18-49:
Fox: 1.2 rating/5 share, CBS: 0.8/ 3, NBC: 0.6/ 2, ABC: 0.4/ 2

Note: Any prior rating results are based on the final nationals.  Since the level of DVR penetration has increased from 33 percent at this same point last year to approximately 38 percent at present, the overall results may be negatively impacted.

Saturday’s Winners:

Saturday’s Losers (excluding repeats):
Chaos (CBS) and the night overall.

Ratings Breakdown:
It was another Saturday of low-rated split leadership, with CBS first in total viewers (with under 5 million) and Fox No. 2 among adults 18-49 (at just a 1.2 rating in the demo).  CBS aired another burn-off episode of Chaos (Viewers: #1, 3.86 million; A18-49: #2, 0.6 rating/2 share at 8 p.m.), followed by repeats of NCIS (Viewers: #1, 5.01 million; A18-49: #2, 0.7/ 3) and 48 Hours Mystery (Viewers: #1, 5.24 million; A18-49: #1, 1.0/ 3) from 9-11 p.m.  Fox aired two episodes of Cops (the season finale and a repeat – Viewers: #2, avg. 3.62 million; A18-49: #1, avg. 1.2/ 5 from 8-9 p.m.) and the season finale of America’s Most Wanted (Viewers: #2, 3.88 million; A18-49: #1, 1.1/ 4 at 9 p.m.).  As a reminder, America’s Most Wanted will be downgraded to a series of quarterly specials in the fall.

Elsewhere, NBC aired repeats of Minute to Win It (Viewers: #3, 2.45 million; A18-49: #3, 0.5/ 2), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Viewers: #3, 2.83 million; A18-49: #3, 0.5/ 2), and Law & Order: Los Angeles (Viewers: #2, 3.80 million; A18-49: #2, 0.6/ 2).  And ABC populated the night with two encore telecasts of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Viewers: 8 p.m. – Viewers: #4, 1.55 million; A18-49: #4, 0.3/ 1 – 9 p.m. – Viewers: #4, 1.48 million; A18-49: #4, 0.4/ 1) and a repeat of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (Viewers: #3, 1.65 million; A18-49: #3, 0.5/ 2).

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)

Sunday 6/19/11
Note: The following results are based on the metered markets.

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 4.5/ 8, CBS: 4.0/ 7, ABC: 2.5/ 5, Fox: 1.8/ 3

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Sunday, June 20, 2010):
CBS: no change, Fox: – 5, ABC: -19, NBC: -27

Note: The fast affiliate results for Sunday will be posted at by 12 p.m. ET. Go to the website, click on Ratings Box (the first category), then Last Night’s Results, and Sunday, June 19, 2011.

Yesterday’s Winners:
The U.S. Open (NBC)

Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):
Nothing (although The 2011 Miss USA Pageant and The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards was nothing extraordinary)

Note: Results in the 7 p.m. hour are approximate for NBC due to 47-minute of The U.S. Open in prime time.

Ratings Breakdown:
Two specials aired on this third Sunday in June—The 2011 Miss USA Pageant on NBC and The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS—failed to generate much interest.  NBC led overall in the overnights, beating second-place CBS by 12 percent with its lineup of The U.S. Open at 7 p.m. (#1: 7.4 rating/16 share), a half-hour repeat of game show Minute to Win it (#2: 3.7/ 7 at 7:30 p.m.), a repeat of America’s Got Talent (#2: 3.7/ 7 at 8 p.m.) and aforementioned The Miss USA Pageant at a 4.5/ 8 from 9-11 p.m.  Comparably, this was equal to last year’s telecast, with the half-hour breakdown as follows:

2011 Miss USA Pageant (NBC)
9:00 p.m.: 3.9/ 7 (#2)
9:30 p.m.: 4.4/ 7 (#1)
10:00 p.m.: 4.6/ 8 (#1)
10:30 p.m.: 5.0/ 9 (#1)

A repeat of granddaddy 60 Minutes on CBS (#1: 5.6/11 at 7 p.m.) led into a 4.1/ 8 in the overnights for The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards from 8-10 p.m.  Comparably, that was down by 7 percent from the 4.4/ 7 for the year-ago telecast on CBS on Sunday, June 20, 2010.  Here is the half-hour breakdown:

The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (CBS)
8:00 p.m.: 4.0/ 8 (#1)
8:30 p.m.: 3.9/ 7 (#1)
9:00 p.m.: 4.5/ 8 (#1)
9:30 p.m.: 4.0/ 7 (#2)

For more on The Daytime Emmy Awards, see TV Tidbits below.  A repeat of The Good Wife capped off the evening for CBS with a last-place 2.3/ 4 at 10 p.m.

Elsewhere, ABC filled the evening with repeats of America’s Funniest Home Videos (#3: 2.6/ 5), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (#3: 2.2/ 4), Castle (#3: 2.4/ 4), and Body of Proof (#2: 3.0/ 5).  And Fox aired repeats of American Dad (#4: 1.1/ 2), Bob’s Burger’s (#4: 1.1/ 2), The Simpsons (#4: 2.0/ 4), The Cleveland Show (#4: 1.9/ 3), Family Guy (#3: 2.5/ 4), and another episode of American Dad (#4: 2.2/ 4).

As a reminder, Sunday next fall will feature three new series—ABC dramas Once Upon a Time and Pan Am, and Fox animated comedy Allen Gregory, which is sandwiched between The Simpsons and Family Guy.  Current Fox 8:30 p.m. occupant Bob’s Burgers shifts to 9:30 p.m. in midseason.  Here is the fall Sunday schedule (with new shows in caps):

7:00 p.m.: America’s Funniest Home Videos
8:00 p.m.: ONCE UPON A TIME
9:00 p.m.: Desperate Housewives
10:00 p.m.: PAN AM

7:00 p.m.: 60 Minutes
8:00 p.m.: The Amazing Race
9:00 p.m.: The Good Wife (new day and time)
10:00 p.m.: CSI: Miami

7:00 p.m.: Football Night in America
8:20 p.m.: Sunday Night Football

7:00 p.m.: The OT
7:30 p.m.: The Cleveland Show (new time)
8:00 p.m.: The Simpsons
8:30 p.m.: ALLEN GREGORY
9:00 p.m.: Family Guy
9:30 p.m.: American Dad

Source: Nielsen Media Research data


What’s Hot/What’s Not

Week to-Date Update:
Based on the live-plus-same-day ratings from Monday, June 13 through Wednesday, June 15, games six and seven of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals gives dominant NBC a noticeable advantage.  Minus The NBA Finals on ABC, NBC is expected to finish as the No. 1 network for the week.

Here are the overall results through Wednesday.

Total Viewers:
NBC: 8.80 million, CBS: 6.42, ABC and Fox: 5.10 each, CW: 800,000

Adults 18-49:
NBC: 3.2 rating/10 share, Fox: 1.9/ 6, ABC: 1.5/ 4, CBS: 1.3/ 4, CW: 0.3/ 1

Source: Nielsen Media Research data


Prime-Time Programming Options

Monday 6/20/11

8:00 p.m. The Bachelorette
10:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition

8:00 p.m. How I Met Your Mother (R)
8:30 p.m. How I Met Your Mother (R)
9:00 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (R)
9:30 p.m. Mike & Molly (R)
10:00 p.m. Hawaii Five-O (R)

8:00 p.m. America’s Got Talent (R)
9:00 p.m. Law & Order: Criminal Intent (R)
10:00 p.m. Law & Order: Los Angeles (R)

8:00 p.m. Masterchef (R)
9:00 p.m. Masterchef

8:00 p.m. 90210 (R)
9:00 p.m. Gossip Girl (R)

Of Note on Cable:
-RuPaul’s Drag U (Logo): 9 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
-Hoarders (A&E): 9 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
-Intervention (A&E): 10 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)


Notes of Interest

Daytime Emmy Award Winners:
PBS was the most honored network at The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards last night, with 14 Emmys in total for the both the Daytime Broadcast Show and the Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which were handed out on Friday.  Next was ABC with 13, followed by CBS (12), Nickelodeon and syndicated programming (11 each), NBC (4), Hallmark and The Hub (2 each), and one Emmy each for A&E, American Public Television, Discovery Channel, Food Network, MTV, Nick Jr., and  The key winners are listed as follows:

-Drama Series: The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
-Game/Audience Participation Show: Jeopardy (syndicated) and Wheel of Fortune (syndicated)
-Talk Show / Entertainment: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)
-Talk Show / Informative: The Dr. Oz Show (syndicated)
-Game Show Host: Ben Bailey (Cash Cab, Discovery Channel)
-Talk Show Host: Dr. Mehmet Oz (The Dr. Oz Show, syndicated) and Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin (Live With Regis and Kelly, syndicated)
-Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Michael Park (As the World Turns, CBS)
-Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Laura Wright (General Hospital, ABC)
-Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Jonathan Jackson (General Hospital, ABC)
-Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Heather Tom (The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS)
-Younger Actor in a Drama Series: Scott Clifton (The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS)
-Younger Actress in a Drama Series: Brittany Allen (All My Children, ABC)
-Drama Series Directing Team: The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS) and The Young and the Restless (CBS)


Carol’s Good Luck Charm

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

Which one of the following guests did Carol Burnett consider to be her good luck charm?

a) Alan King
b) Steve Lawrence
c) Roddy McDowall
d) Jim Nabors
e) Bernadette Peters

The answer to Friday’s question…

Which TV Dad had the most number of kids?

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

Is: a) Tom Bradford, played by Dick Van Patten on classic dramedy Eight Is Enough.  The eight kids were David, Mary, Joanie, Susan, Nancy, Elizabeth, Tommy, and Nicholas.

Current kudos goes to:
Kathy Baldauf, John Beadle, Gerry Bixenspan, John Brooker, Larry Collins, Sue Doron, John Ferlazzo, Michael Fruchtman, Beth Gelfond, Michelle Harrington, Melissa Hodgdon, David Jackino, Seven Kurtzer, Paul Neace, Alan Perris, Jodi Perris, Francine Purcell, Gordon Purcell, Jay Rossi, Colleen Roth, Anthony Salerno, Carol Teichman, Linda Weeks, Jeanne Yonkers, Ted Zaveles