The Programming Insider: Thursday 6/23/11

NBC Leads; Obama leads off night

In Today's Issue:


Prime-Time Metered Market Wednesday Ratings:
NBC Leads; President Obama Leads off Night

Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not

On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options

TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest

TV Trivia Time:
Ohio’s Finest


NBC Leads; President Obama Leads off Night

Wednesday 6/22/11
Note: The following results exclude Knoxville.

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 6.8/11, Fox: 4.6/ 8, CBS: 3.9/ 7, ABC: 3.2/ 5, CW: 0.8/ 1

Note: The overnight comparisons to one year earlier are not included 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 22, 2011.

Yesterday’s Winners:
The Voice (NBC), America’s Got Talent (NBC)

Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):
Nothing…all results are estimated due to President Obama’s speech.

Ratings Breakdown:
Due to President Obama’s approximately 15-minute address to the country from 8-8:15 ET/PT last night, all ratings are estimated. Results for the President’s speech on the Big 3 networks fared as follows:

NBC: 4.6 rating/9 share, ABC: 4.0/ 7, CBS: 3.4/ 6

This led into the following from 8:15-8:30 p.m.:

The Voice (NBC): 5.6/10 (#1), Undercover Boss R (CBS): 3.2/ 6 (#3t), The Middle R (ABC): 3.2/ 5 (#3t)

Results for the three in the 8:30 p.m. half-hour are as follows:

The Voice (NBC): 6.3/11 (#1), Undercover Boss R (CBS): 3.3/ 5 (#3), The Middle R (ABC): 2.9/ 5 (#4)

Also in the 8 p.m. hour was So You Think You Can Dance on Fox (#2: 4.6/ 8) and a repeat of America’s Next Top Model on The CW (#5: 0.8/ 1). Keep in mind that So You Think You Can Dance also started late due to President Obama’s speech.

NBC remained in the overnight winner’s circle care of the solid combination of The Voice (7.5/12) and America’s Got Talent in the 9 p.m. half hour (7.3/12), and the remainder of America’s Got Talent, which averaged a dominant 7.0/11 from 9:30-11 p.m. Too bad for NBC The Voice is concluding for the season next week. On Fox, So You Think You Can Dance in its entirety averaged an estimated 4.6/ 8 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m., which was on par with the 4.8/ 8 on the year-ago evening.

CBS populated the 9-11 p.m. block with repeats of Criminal Minds (#3: 4.2/ 7) and Blue Bloods (#2: 4.3/ 7). ABC aired encore telecasts of Modern Family (#4: 3.4/ 6) and Happy Endings (#4: 2.2/ 3) from 9-10 p.m., followed by Primetime Nightline: The Casey Anthony Story at a third-place 3.6/ 6 at 10 p.m. Mirroring Cougar Town all season, the obstacle 9:30 p.m. occupant Happy Endings faces it holding a respectable percentage of the Modern Family lead-in. Last night the encore dropped by 35 percent.

Last, and very least, was another repeat installment of America’s Next Top Model on The CW at a 0.7/ 1 in the overnights at 9 p.m.

As a reminder, here is what you will be seeing on the broadcast networks on Wednesday this fall (with new shows bolded in caps). Seven new shows will populate the evening (four sitcoms, one drama and two non-scripted), 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

Record Start for Nail Files on TV Guide Network:
New reality series Nail Files opened on TV Guide Network on Tuesday, June 21 with a record 252,000 total viewers at 10 p.m. Comparably, this was the cable net’s most-watched original series premiere to-date. Combined with encore telecasts, Nail Files was seen by 1.1 million viewers, with time period gains of as much as a massive 663 percent among women 18-34.  From SallyAnn Salsano at 495 Productions, the creator of Jersey Shore, Nail Files follows Katie Cazorla, who owns Hollywood's fastest growing celebrity-filled nail salon.

Freshman Tuesday Scorecard:
Two new series debuted on Tuesday—101 Ways to Leave a Game Show and scripted Canadian drama Combat Hospital, both on ABC—and they fared as follows:

101 Ways to Leave a Game Show (ABC) – Tuesday 9 p.m.
Viewers: 5.57 million (#3 in the time period), A18-49: 1.9 rating/5 share (#2)

Of positive note for 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show was a first place finish in the time period among teens 12-17 (opposite The Voice on NBC), with minor growth from lead-in Wipeout (Viewers: #3, 5.31 million; A18-49: #3, 1.7/ 6 at 8 p.m.).
Grade: C+

Combat Hospital (ABC) – Tuesday 10 p.m.
Viewers: 5.32 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 3 (#2)

While retention for Combat Hospital out of 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show was a solid 96 percent in total viewers, adults 18-49 was disappointing at 63 percent.
Grade: C

Final Tuesday Nationals:
Here are the live plus same day results by network in total viewers and adults 18-49 for Tuesday, June 21. NBC’s solid victory stems from the combination of America’s Got Talent and another two-hour edition of singing competition The Voice.

Total Viewers:
NBC: 12.14 million, CBS: 7.62, ABC: 5.40, Fox: 3.33, CW: 630,000

Adults 18-49:
NBC: 4.1 rating/12 share, ABC: 1.6/ 5, Fox: 1.4/ 4, CBS: 1.1/ 3, CW: 0.2/ 7

Cable Scorecard – Tuesday, June 21:
USA dramas Covert Affairs and White Collar were the most-watched original series on basic cable on Tuesday, while Deadliest Catch on Discovery led the adult 18-49 ranking, with a 1.6 rating in the demo. Here are the results for Tuesday, June 21 (ranked in order of total viewers).

Covert Affairs (USA) – Viewers: 4.03 million (#1 overall), A18-49: 1.2 rating (#4)
White Collar (USA) – Viewers: 3.67 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1 (#5)
Deadliest Catch (Discovery) – Viewers: 3.65 million (#3), A18-49: 1.6 (#2)
Memphis Beat (TNT) – Viewers: 2.89 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7 (#10t)
Tosh.O (Comedy Central) – Viewers: 2.72 million (#5), A18-49: 1.7 (#1)
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) – Viewers: 2.65 million (#6), A18-49: 1.0 (#6)
16 & Pregnant (MTV) – Viewers: 2.51 million (#7), A18-49: 1.3 (#3)
Hardcore Pawn (truTV, 9:30 p.m.) – Viewers: 2.24 million (#8), A18-49: 0.8 (#9)
HawthoRNe (TNT) – Viewers: 2.21 million (#9), A18-49: 0.6 (#14t)
After the Catch (Discovery) – Viewers: 1.98 million (#10), A18-49: 0.9 (#7t)
Storage Hunters (truTV, 10 p.m.) – Viewers: 1.97 million (#11), A18-49: 0.7 (#10t)
The Looney Tunes Show (Cartoon Network) – Viewers: 1.96 million (#12), A18-49: 0.4 (#21)
Storage Hunters (truTV, 10:30 p.m.) – Viewers: 1.94 million (#13), A18-49: 0.7 (#10t)
Hardcore Pawn (truTV, 9 p.m.) – Viewers: 1.91 million (#14), A18-49: 0.6 (#14t)
Gene Simmons Family Jewels (A&E, 10:30 p.m.) – Viewers: 1.88 million (#15), A18-49: 0.9 (#7t)
Gene Simmons Family Jewels (A&E, 10 p.m.) – Viewers: 1.64 million (#16), A18-49: 0.7 (#10t)
Only in America With Larry the Cable Guy (History) – Viewers: 1.58 million (#17), A18-49: 0.5 (#17t)
How the States Got Their Shapes (History) – Viewers: 1.48 million (#18), A18-49: 0.5 (#17t)
19 Kids and Counting (TLC, 9 p.m.) – Viewers: 1.47 million (#19), A18-49: 0.6 (#14t)
The Little Couple (TLC, 10 p.m.) – Viewers: 1.40 million (#20), A18-49: 0.5 (#17t)
Nine Lives of Chloe King (ABC Family) – Viewers: 1.40 million (#21), A18-49: 0.4 (#21t)
Toya: A Family Affair (BET) – Viewers: 1.10 million (#22), A18-49: 0.5 (#17)
Million Dollar Decorators (Bravo) – Viewers: 641,000 (#23), A18-49: 0.3 (#23)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (t = tie)


Prime-Time Programming Options

Thursday 6/23/11

8:00 p.m. Wipeout
8:30 p.m. Expedition Impossible (series premiere)
9:00 p.m. Rookie Blue (season premiere)

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)

Of Note on Cable:
-Burn Notice (USA): 9 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
-Suits (USA): 10 p.m. ET/PT (series premiere)
-Futurama (Comedy Central): 10 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
-Wilfred (FX): 10 p.m. ET/PT (series premiere)
-Louie (FX): 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)

New Program Descriptions

Expedition Impossible (ABC)
Patterned after The Amazing Race, 13 teams of three race around the world with a new stage of the expedition revealed each week in this 10-week competition. Dave Salmoni hosts.

Suits (USA)
A top-notch New York corporate lawyer (Gabriel Macht) recruits a brilliant college dropout, and both must keep up appearances to keep the slacker’s past buried.

Wilfred (FX)
An introvert (Elijah Wood) struggling to make it in the world sees his neighbor’s canine pet as a man dressed in a dog suit in this new comedy. Jason Gann co-stars.


Notes of Interest

Jason Patric on FX:
Jason Patric will star in FX drama series pilot Powers, which focuses on the sensational crimes surrounding super power beings. Patric will play a homicide detective devoted to the cases that involve people with superpowers. The pilot, which is based on the comic and graphic novel series, also features Lucy Punch, Charles S. Dutton, and Bailee Madison. 


Ohio’s Finest

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

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

The answer to yesterday’s question…

What was “Big’s” first name on Sex and the City?

a) Albert
b) Daniel
c) John
d) Roy
e) Walter

Is: c) John, as in John James Preston.

Current kudos goes to:
Michelle Yarborough-Bauer, John Beadle, Lauren Bergman, Gerry Bixenspan, Andrew Bradner, Jordan Breslow, John Carlo, Larry Cauble, Cory Chapman, Larry Collins, Audrey Davis, Andy Ehlen, Emily Gausman, Beth Gelfond, Maureen Goldman, Lindsey Griffin, Barb Hemberger, Jackie Hensel, Heidi Hoffmesiter, Gordon Howard, Debbie Hyman, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Cliff Jackson, Deb Kainer, Marie Lefevre Karp, Mary Kinoshita, Kristopher Koller, Synda Kollman, Charmaine Leary, Michele McAleer, John McCray, Richard Merten, Mark Misiano, Anne Moynihan, Kimberley Orti, Aaron Paquette, Alan Perris, Jodi Perris, Brianna Peterson, Gordon Purcell, Jay Rossi, Neal Sabin, Anthony Salerno, Heather Sanford, Karen Schiffman, Maxine Shulman, Barry Singer, Michelle Stanton, Kristen Strauss, Sara Tapazoglou, Meredith Wayne, Abbott Wool