The Programming Insider: Thursday 6/16/11

Hockey leads NBC to win

In Today's Issue

Prime-Time Metered Market Wednesday Ratings: Hockey Lifts NBC to Victory
Ratings Box: What’s Hot/What’s Not
On the Air Tonight: Prime-Time Programming Options
TV Tidbits: Notes of Interest
TV Trivia Time: Life Outside of Dallas

Hockey Lifts NBC to Victory

Wednesday 6/15/11

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 5.9/10, Fox: 5.4/ 9, CBS: 4.1/ 7, ABC: 3.3/ 6, CW: 0.8/ 1

Note: The overnight comparisons to one year earlier are not available today.  The fast affiliate results for Wednesday will be posted at PIFeedback by 12 p.m. ET.  Go to the website, click on Ratings Box (the first category), then Last Night’s Results, and Wednesday, June 15, 2011.

Yesterday’s Winners:
The Stanley Cup Finals, Game 7 (NBC), So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)

Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):
ABC News: Caught in the Act

Repeat Count:
54 percent of last night’s lineup was encore telecasts.

Ratings Breakdown:
In what could be a first, game seven of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals (Bruins at Canucks) led the evening in the overnights, with a 5.9 rating/10 share from 8-11 p.m. (peaking at a 7.1/12 at 10:30 p.m.). But two-hours of So You Think You Can Dance on Fox (#2: 5.4/ 9 from 8-10 p.m.) is expected to dominate among adults 18-49. Here are the half-hour breakdowns for both:

Stanley Cup Finals (NBC)
8:00 p.m.: 4.6/ 9 (#2)
8:30 p.m.: 5.5/10 (#1t)
9:00 p.m.: 5.4/ 9 (#1)
9:30 p.m.: 6.6/11 (#1)
10:00 p.m.: 6.3/10 (#1)
10:30 p.m.: 7.1/12 (#1)

So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
8:00 p.m.: 5.3/ 9 (#1)
8:30 p.m.: 5.5/ 9 (#1t)
9:00 p.m.: 5.3/ 9 (#2)
9:30 p.m.: 5.5/ 9 (#2)

Congratulations to the Boston Bruins, which won for the first time since 1972.

Elsewhere, CBS populated this third Wednesday in June with encore telecasts of Undercover Boss (#3: 3.4/ 6), which returns in an undetermined time period in midseason; Criminal Minds (#3: 4.4/ 7); and Blue Bloods (#2: 4.6/ 8), which will be airing twice weekly all summer. Over at ABC, back-to-back repeats of sitcoms The Middle (#4: avg. 3.0/ 6 from 8-9 p.m.) and Modern Family (#4: avg. 3.4/ 6 from 9-10 p.m.) led into original ABC News special, Caught in the Act, at a third-place 3.6/ 6 at 10 p.m.

The CW capped off the night with two repeat episodes of tired America’s Next Top Model (#5: avg. 0.8/ 1 from 8-10 p.m.), which is hoping the first all-star edition next fall ignites interest.

As a reminder, here is what you will be seeing on the broadcast networks on Wednesday this fall (with new shows in caps). Seven new shows will populate the evening (four sitcoms, one drama and two nonscripted), with two returning series (CSI on CBS and Harry’s Law on NBC) moving to the night. Comparably, Wednesday has the most number of changes, which is the normal pattern every season.

8:00 p.m.: The Middle
8:30 p.m.  SUBURGATORY
9:00 p.m.: Modern Family
9:30 p.m. Happy Endings (new time)
10:00 p.m.: REVENGE

8:00 p.m.: Survivor: Nicaragua
9:00 p.m.: Criminal Minds
10:00 p.m.: CSI (new day and time)

8:00 p.m.: UP ALL NIGHT
8:30 p.m.: FREE AGENTS
9:00 p.m.: Harry’s Law (new day and time)
10:00 p.m.: Law & Order: SVU

8:00 p.m. THE X FACTOR (Performance Show)

8:00 p.m.: H8R
9:00 p.m.: America’s Next Top Model

Source: Nielsen Media Research data


What’s Hot/What’s Not

Cable Scorecard – Tuesday, June 14:
USA drama Covert Affairs was the most-watched show among the 23 original basic cable series on Tuesday, June 14, while The Deadliest Catch on Discovery led the troops among adults 18-49.  Here are the results, ranked in order of total viewers:

Covert Affairs (USA): 3.92 million (#1 overall), A18-49: 1.1 rating (#5t)
White Collar (USA): 3.71 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1 (#5t)
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family): 3.68 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3 (#1) – season premiere
Deadliest Catch (Discovery): 3.63 million (#4), A18-49: 1.7 (#1)
Memphis Beat (TNT): 3.02 million (#5), A18-49: 0.7 (#8t) – season premiere
Tosh.O (Comedy Central): 2.68 million (#6), A18-49: 1.6 (#2)
HawthoRNe (TNT): 2.58 million (#7), A18-49: 0.7 (#8t) – season premiere
After the Catch (Discovery): 2.46 million (#8), A18-49: 1.2 (#4)
The Looney Tunes Show (Cartoon Network): 2.20 million (#9), A18-49: 0.4 (#15t)
The Nine Lives of Chloe King (ABC Family): 2.17 million (#10), A18-49: 0.7 (#8t) – series premiere
16 & Pregnant (MTV): 1.56 million (#11), A18-49: 0.8 (#7)
Only in America With Larry the Cable Guy (History): 1.51 million (#12), A18-49: 0.5 (#14)
Gene Simmons Family Jewels (A&E): 1.43 million (#13), A18-49: 0.7 (#8t)
How the States Got Their Shapes (History): 1.41 million (#14), A18-49: 0.4 (#15t)
19 Kids & Counting (TLC, 9:30 p.m.): 1.29 million (#15), A18-49: 0.4 (#15t)
19 Kids & Counting (TLC, 9 p.m.): 1.26 million (#16), A18-49: 0.4 (#15t)
Toya: A Family Affair (BET): 1.25 million (#17), A18-49: 0.6 (#13)
Jon Benjamin Has a Van (Comedy Central): 1.16 million (#18), A18-49: 0.7 (#8t)
The Little Couple (TLC, 10 p.m.): 1.09 million (#19), A18-49: 0.3 (#19t)
The Little Couple (TLC, 10:30 p.m.): 1.01 million (#20), A18-49: 0.3 (#19t)
Kickin’ It (MTV): 748,000 (#21), A18-49: 0.1 (#22t)
Million Dollar Decorators (Bravo): 552,000 (#22), A18-49: 0.3 (#19t)
Spouse vs. House (TLC): 467,000 (#23), A18-49: 0.1 (#22t)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (t = tie)


Prime-Time Programming Options

Thursday 6/16/11

8:00 p.m. Wipeout (R)
8:30 p.m. Wipeout (R)
9:00 p.m. Rookie Blue (R)

8:00 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (R)
8:30 p.m. Rules of Engagement (R)
9:00 p.m. CSI (R)
10:00 p.m. The Mentalist (R)

8:00 p.m. Community (R)
8:30 p.m. 30 Rock (R)
9:00 p.m. The Office (R)
9:30 p.m. Parks and Recreation (R)
10:00 p.m. Love Bites

8:00 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance Results Show
9:00 p.m. Glee (R)

8:00 p.m. The Vampire Diaries (R)
9:00 p.m. Nikita (R)


Notes of Interest

Bethenny Frankel Talk Show Host:
Reality star Bethenny Frankel is hoping to head to daytime talk in a potential new first-run hour produced by the home of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Telepictures.  A pilot episode was produced earlier this month.  Telepictures will introduce Anderson, hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, this fall.

Charlie Sheen Update:
Charlie Sheen’s $100 million lawsuit over being fired from Two and a Half Men will be handled through private arbitration rather than in a public courtroom.  Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Allan Goodman ruled Wednesday that Sheen's contract with Warner Bros. Television has a valid arbitration clause.  Ashton Kutcher will, of course, replace Sheen on Two and a Half Men next season, but there is still no confirmation of who exactly he will be playing.

Patty Duke Joins Cast of Lifetime’s The Protector:
New Lifetime drama The Protector, which opened with a disappointing 1.9 million viewers last Sunday, has a new cast member: Patty Duke.  The former teen sitcom star and Academy Award-winning actress will join The Protector as Ally Walker’s mother in a recurring role beginning in episode seven.

Emmy Award Nomination Date Announced:
Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) and Fringe star Joshua Jackson will announce the nominations for The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Thursday, July 14 at 8:40 a.m. ET/PT.  The live ceremony will air on Fox on Sunday, September 18, one night prior to the official start of the 2011-12 season. 


Life Outside of Dallas

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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

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Who played the troubled teenage girl Mary Richards volunteered to be a “Big Sister” to on The Mary Tyler Moore Show?

a) Alison Arngrim
b) Denise Miller
c) Mackenzie Phillips
d) Danielle Spencer
e) Laurie Walters

Is:  c) Mackenzie Phillips, who guest starred in the episode titled “Mary’s Delinquent,” which originally aired on November 1, 1975.  Six weeks later One Day at a Time debuted.

Current kudos goes to:
Steve Albright, John Beadle, Jerry Beyer, Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Audrey Davis, Reid Davis, John Ferlazzo, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, Deb Kainer, Tom Kilgallon, Mary Kinoshita, Synda Kollman, Michael Murphy, Gordon Purcell, Colleen Roth, Anthony Salerno, Greg Salerno, Molly Shaw, Joe Swaney, Carol Teichman, Abbott Wool