The Programming Insider: Monday 6/27/11

CBS first in total viewers

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:
Hawkeye’s Craving


Weekend Results

Friday 6/24/11
Note: The following results are based on the fast affiliate ratings (Live-Plus-Same-Day data).

Household Rating/Share 
CBS: 3.7/ 7, NBC: 3.1/ 6, ABC: 2.2/ 4, Fox: 1.9/ 4, CW: 0.9/ 2

Total Viewers:
CBS: 5.71 million, NBC: 4.59, ABC: 3.47, Fox: 2.59, CW: 1.45

Adults 18-49:
NBC: 1.1 rating/4 share, ABC: 0.9/ 3, CBS and Fox: 0.8/ 3 each, CW: 0.5/ 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.

Friday’s Winners:

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

Repeat Count:
62 percent of the lineup was encore telecasts.

Ratings Breakdown:
It was a typically low-rated early summer Friday of mixed leadership, with CBS first in total viewers (at just 5.71 million) and NBC No. 1 among adults 18-49, with an average 1.1 rating in the demo. Needless to say, there was nothing positive of note.

CBS was in all repeats care of Canadian drama Flashpoint (Viewers: #1, 5.30 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.8 rating/3 share), CSI: NY (Viewers: #1, 5.91 million; A18-49: #2, 0.9/ 3) and Blue Bloods (Viewers: #1, 5.92 million; A18-49: #3, 0.8/ 3). This fall, new feel-good CBS drama A Gifted Man, which is unlikely to be gifted once the ratings come in, will lead off the evening at 8 p.m.

NBC aired another episode of the final season of Friday Night Lights (Viewers: #3, 2.97 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.8/ 3 at 8 p.m.), followed by two-hours of Dateline at 5.40 million viewers (#2) and a first-place 1.3/ 4 in the demo from 9-11 p.m. This fall on NBC, new drama Grimm at 9 p.m. out of the final season of relocated Chuck is my pick for the first new series cancellation of the season. Expect Dateline, which is scheduled at 10 p.m., to be expanded back to two hours by the November sweeps.

Elsewhere, a repeat of ABC’s Shark Tank (Viewers: #2, 3.86 million; A18-49: #1, 1.0/ 4 at 8 p.m.) led into the series finale of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution at just 2.58 million viewers (#3) and a 0.8/ 3 among adults 18-49 (#3t) at 9 p.m. Veteran newsmagazine 20/20 capped off the evening with 3.98 million viewers (#3) and a second-place 1.0/ 3 in the demo at 10 p.m. This fall, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition moves into the Friday 8 p.m. hour on ABC, followed by relocated Shark Tank and 20/20.

Fox filled the evening with repeats of Bones (Viewers: #4, 2.87 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.8/ 3) and House (Viewers: #4, 2.31 million; A18-49: #3t, 0.8/ 3). And The CW aired encore telecasts of concluded Smallville (Viewers: #5, 1.41 million; A18-49: #5, 0.4/ 2) and returning Supernatural (Viewers; #5, 1.49 million; A18-49: #5, 0.5/ 2). On Fox this fall will be the return of Kitchen Nightmares and Fringe, while Nikita on The CW moves to the Friday 8 p.m. anchor position into Supernatural.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)

Saturday 6/25/11
Note: The following results are based on the fast affiliate ratings (Live-Plus-Same-Day data).

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 2.4/ 5, Fox: 2.2/ 4, NBC: 2.0/ 4, ABC: 1.3/ 2

Total Viewers:
CBS: 3.67 million, Fox: 3.56, NBC: 3.08, ABC: 2.04

Adults 18-49:
Fox: 1.1 rating/4 share, NBC: 0.7/ 2, CBS: 0.6/ 5, ABC: 0.5/ 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:
With just 8.68 million viewers and a 1.8 rating/ 9 share for the Big 3 networks combined there was no news, as usual, on this fourth Saturday in June. ABC, in fact, may have plummeted to its lowest Saturday delivery in the history of the network with its encore combination of the pilot episodes of 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show (Viewers: #4, 1.82 million; A18-49: #4, 0.4/ 2) and Expedition Impossible (Viewers: #4, 1.95 million; A18-49: #3t, 0.5/ 2) from 8-10 p.m., and the second season premiere of Canadian drama Rookie Blue (Viewers: #3, 2.36 million; A18-49: #3, 0.5/ 2). This fall, Saturday Night College Football returns to the evening on ABC.

In more burn-off series news, back-to-back episodes of canceled CBS spy drama Chaos averaged 3.24 million viewers (#2) and a 0.5/ 2 among adults 18-49 (#3t) from 8-10 p.m. That led into a repeat of 48 Hours Mystery, which was the most-watched show of the evening, at 4.54 million viewers and a 0.9/ 3 in the demo (#1) at 10 p.m. Not a single series cracked 5 million viewers. As a reminder, sitcom Rules of Engagement will anchor Saturday for CBS this fall, leading into an hour of drama repeats under the Crimetime Primetime umbrella at 9 p.m. and veteran 48 Hours Mystery at 10 p.m.

Elsewhere, four consecutive repeats of Cops on Fox averaged 3.56 million viewers (#1) and a 1.1/ 4 among adults 18-49 (#1) from 8-10 p.m. And NBC filled the evening with encore telecasts of game show Minute to Win It (Viewers: #3, 2.90 million; A18-49: #2, 0.6/ 2), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Viewers: #3, 3.25 million; A18-49: #2, 0.7/ 2), and canceled Law & Order: Los Angeles (Viewers: #2, 3.70 million; A18-49: #2, 0.8/ 3).

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)

Sunday 6/26/11
Note: The following results are based on the metered markets and exclude Denver and Albuquerque.

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 3.8/ 7, NBC: 3.2/ 6, ABC: 2.8/ 5, Fox: 1.8/ 3

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Sunday, June 27, 2010):
ABC: + 4, Fox: – 5, NBC: -11, CBS: -16

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 26, 2011.

Yesterday’s Winners:

Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):
The Marriage Ref (NBC) and the night overall.

Ratings Breakdown:
With only one hour of original programming last night (The Marriage Ref on NBC), the results were particularly bleak on this final Sunday in June. CBS finished first overall (with just a 3.8 rating in the overnights) with its encore combination of 60 Minutes (#1: 5.4/11), Hawaii Five-O (#1: 3.3/ 6), Undercover Boss (#2: 3.1/ 5), and CSI: Miami (#1: 3.3/ 5). Next was NBC care of repeats of Dateline (#3: 2.7/ 5) and a two-hour edition of America’s Got Talent (3.5/ 6) from 7-10 p.m., and the season premiere of The Marriage Ref at a second-place 3.1/ 6 at 10 p.m. Retention for low-rated The Marriage Ref out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of the America’s Got Talent repeat (3.9/ 6) was 79 percent.

Elsewhere, ABC filled the evening the repeats of America’s Funniest Home Videos (#2: 2.9/ 6), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition #3: 2.6/ 5), Castle (#3: 2.9/ 5) and Body of Proof (#3: 2.9/ 5). And Fox aired encore telecasts 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 (#4: 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 (at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., respectively), 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.


What’s Hot/What’s Not

Cable Scorecard – Thursday, June 23:
The fifth season premiere of USA’s Burn Notice led the Thursday cable results in both total viewers and adults 18-49 (tied with Swamp People on history in the demo), with 5.17 million viewers and a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49. Growth over last fall’s premiere was 20 percent in total viewers and 15 percent in the demo. The series premiere of USA drama Suits was perfectly compatible out of Burn Notice, with 4.64 million viewers and a 1.6 among adults 18-49. In other series-premiere news, Wilfred opened with the best performance for any comedy premiere to-date on FX with 2.55 million viewers and a 1.2 among adults 18-49.

Here are the results, ranked in order of total viewers, for Thursday, June 23:

Burn Notice (USA) – Viewers: 5.17 million (#1 overall), A18-49: 1.7 rating (#1t) – season premiere
Suits (USA) – Viewers: 4.64 million (#2), A18-49: 1.6 rating (#3) – series premiere
Swamp People (History) – Viewers: 4.56 million (#3), A18-49: 1.7 (#1t)
ESPN NBA Draft – Viewers: 3.20 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2 (#5)
Wilfred (FX) – Viewers: 2.55 million (#5), A18-49: 1.2 (#5) – series premiere
Futurama (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.) – Viewers: 2.50 million (#6), A18-49: 1.1 (#6t)
Futurama (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.) – Viewers: 2.47 million (#7), A18-49: 1.1 (#6t)
Real Housewives of New York City (Bravo) – Viewers: 2.14 million (#8), A18-49: 0.9 (#8t)
Mounted in Alaska (History) – Viewers: 2.14 million (#9), A18-49: 0.9 (#8t)
The First 48: Missing Persons (A&E) – Viewers: 1.70 million (#10), A18-49: 0.6 (#11t)
Impact Wrestling (Spike) – Viewers: 1.69 million (#11), A18-49: 0.5 (#15t)
Louie (FX) – Viewers: 1.57 million (#12), A18-49: 0.8 (#10)
After the First 48 (A&E) – Viewers: 1.52 million (#13), A18-49: 0.6 (#11t)
It Only Hurts When I Laugh (truTV, 10 p.m.) – Viewers: 1.31 million (#14), A18-49: 0.6 (#11t)
NY Ink (TLC) – Viewers: 1.30 million (#15), A18-49: 0.6 (#11)
truTV Presents World’s Dumbest – Viewers: 1.30 million (#16), A18-49: 0.5 (#15t)
Louie (FX) – Viewers: 1.57 million (#12), A18-49: 0.8 (#10)
Police Women (TLC) – Viewers: 1.25 million (#17), A18-49: 0.5 (#15t)
Swords (TLC) – Viewers: 1.01 million (#18), A18-49: 0.4 (#18)
True Life (MTV) – Viewers: 720,000 (#19), A18-49: 0.3 (#19)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data


Prime-Time Programming Options

Monday 6/27/11

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
10:00 p.m. Law & Order: Los Angeles (series finale)

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:
Weeds (Showtime): 10 p.m. (season premiere)
The Big C (Showtime): 10:30 p.m. (season premiere)


Notes of Interest

More Access Hollywood Live:
NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution has renewed Access Hollywood Live for a second season on the NBC owned-and-operated stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, and Hartford; and the Fox Television Stations in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Memphis.  The one-hour daily entertainment news talk show, hosted by Billy Bush and Kit Hoover, will now air on additional stations including NBC-owned WRC-TV Washington, D.C. and WTVJ-TV Miami; KCRA-TV/Sacramento, WTMJ-TV/Milwaukee, WGBA-TV/Green Bay, and WNDU/South Bend. 

Carol Burnett Returns to All My Children:
ABC daytime soap All My Children has landed a big name guest star before it goes off the air on Sept. 23: Carol Burnett. Burnett will reprise her role as Verla Grubbs, which began in 1983, in a series of guest appearances in September opposite Susan Lucci.

Fuel TV Renewal:
Young male-driven Fuel TV has renewed The Moto: Inside the Outdoors for a third season, which begins on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. ET/PT following the final live Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship race of the season. After the Saturday premiere, The Moto: Inside the Outdoors moves to Mondays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Sept. 12.

Peter Falk, who won four Emmy Awards as the rumpled star of crime solver Columbo, died in Los Angeles on Thursday. He was 83 and suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

Born Sept. 16, 1927 in New York, Falk appeared regularly on the New York stage and then movies. A role in Murder, Inc. in 1960 led to the first of his two supporting actor Academy Award nominations (with the second in Pocketful of Miracles one year later). Later movies included A Woman Under the Influence and Glengarry Glen Ross. Early TV roles included The Law and Mr. Jones, which netted his first of 12 Emmy nominations. Falk played Columbo on television regularly from 1971-78, and then on occasion from 1989-03. 


Hawkeye’s Craving

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After another day of bad grub at the 4077th, what did Hawkeye have a sudden craving for?

a) biscuits and gravy
b) filet mignon
c) fried chicken
d) spare ribs
e) turkey

The answer to Friday’s question…

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

Is: d) Step By Step, which aired from 1991 to 1998 (1991-97 on ABC, 1997-98 on CBS) and was considered the modern day version of The Brady Bunch.

Current kudos goes to:
Gerry Bixenspan, Cory Chapman, Johanna Cipau, Larry Collins, Jamie Czarnezki, Audrey Davis, Andy Ehlen, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Deb Kainer, Steven Kurtzer, Michael Murphy, David Ruckman, Michelle Stanton, Abbott Wool