The Programming Insider: Tuesday 6/07/11

In Today's Issue

Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings: Reality Rules on ABC
Ratings Box: What’s Hot/What’s Not
On the Air Tonight: Prime-Time Programming Options
TV Tidbits: Notes of Interest
TV Trivia Time: The Queen of the Hill

Reality Rules on ABC

Monday 6/06/11
Note: The overnight data now includes DVR playback until 3 a.m. local time. One year earlier it was based on Live data only.  All times are ET/PT.

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 5.1/ 8, CBS: 3.9/ 6, NBC: 3.5/ 6, Fox: 2.7/ 4, CW: 0.5/ 1

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Monday 6/06/10):
ABC: + 4, NBC: + 3, CW: -17, CBS: -26, Fox: -36

Note: The fast affiliate results for Monday 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 Monday, June 6, 2011.

Yesterday’s Winners:
The Bachelorette (ABC)

Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):
Masterchef (Fox), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC)

Ratings Breakdown:
ABC opened this first full week in June on an overnight winning note, with a 31 percent advantage over second-place CBS, which populated the evening with all repeats.  In the No. 3 spot was NBC, followed by Fox and lowly The CW.

Summer favorite The Bachelorette on ABC took top-rated honors for the evening, with a 5.7 rating/ 9 share from 8-10 p.m. and growth by half hour as follows: 5.4/ 9 – 5.6/ 9 – 5.8/ 9 – 6.0/ 9.  Comparably, this was virtually identical to one year earlier.  Week two of lead-out Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition followed with a third-place 4.0/ 7 at 10 p.m., which dipped by 9 percent from its week-ago series premiere (4.4/ 8 on May 30).  Despite the last-place overnight finish, look for Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition to dominate among adults 18-49.

In season-premiere news, Masterchef on Fox, hosted by Gordon Ramsay, finished third at 8 p.m. with an uneventful 3.1/ 5 in the overnights.  That led into a repeat of House, which will air in the Monday 9 p.m. hour in the fall, with a fourth-place 2.4/ 4.

Repeat-populated CBS had nothing to report with its combination of two episodes of How I Met Your Mother (#2: avg. 3.3/ 6 from 8-9 p.m.), Two and a Half Men (#2: 4.2/ 7), Mike & Molly (#2: 4.1/ 6), and Hawaii Five-O (#2: 4.4/ 7).  Looking ahead, upcoming comedy 2 Broke Girls out of How I Met Your Mother this fall looks like a keeper.

Elsewhere, NBC opened with a repeat of canceled game show Minute to Win It (#4: 2.7/ 4 at 8 p.m.), followed by the last season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (#3: 3.3/ 5 at 9 p.m.), which already aired on USA, and canceled Law & Order: Los Angeles (#1: 4.6/ 8 at 10 p.m.).  And The CW closed the night with repeats of 90210 (#5: 0.6/ 1), which moves to Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the fall, and Gossip Girl (#5: 0.5/ 1), which moves up one hour into the Monday 8 p.m. time period.

Of the five networks, only ABC will remain consistent this fall with its combination of Dancing With the Stars and Castle.  Four new series—CBS’ 2 Broke Girls, NBC’s The Playboy Club, Fox’s Terra Nova and Hart of Dixie on The CW—will populate the evening as follows (with new shows bold in caps):

8:00 p.m.: Dancing With the Stars (two hours)
10:00 p.m.: Castle

8:00 p.m.: How I Met Your Mother
8:30 p.m.: 2 BROKE GIRLS
9:00 p.m.: Two and a Half Men
9:30 p.m.: Mike & Molly
10:00 p.m.: Hawaii Five-O

8:00 p.m.: The Sing-Off (two hours, new time)
10:00 p.m.: THE PLAYBOY CLUB

8:00 p.m.: TERRA NOVA
9:00 p.m.: House (new time)

8:00 p.m.: Gossip Girl (new time)
9:00 p.m.: HART OF DIXIE

Source: Nielsen Media Research data


What’s Hot/What’s Not

Strong Return for The Glades on A&E:
A&E scripted drama The Glades opened season two on Sunday, June 5 with growth of 20 percent in adults 18-49 (1.2 million) and 8 percent in adults 25-54 (1.4 million) over its first season average, according to the fast nationals.  Total viewership was 3.0 million viewers.

Live-Plus-7-Day Ratings – Season to-Date Update:
Based on results from September 20, 2010 through May 22, 2011, here is an updated Top 30 ranking of the Live-Plus-7-Day Ratings, which include DVR usage.   Based on additional tune-in, CBS holds 12 of the top 30 spots, but ABC’s Modern Family still has the greatest jump at an added 3.45 million viewers.  Hawaii Five-O on CBS leads the freshman pack, with a No. 2 finish overall and an added 3.25 million viewers.

Modern Family (ABC): 11.24 to 14.69 million (+3.45 million), Hawaii Five-O (CBS): 10.94 to 14.19 million (+3.25), The Mentalist (CBS): 14.54 to 17.58 million (+3.04), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC): 11.27 to 14.18 million (+2.91), Glee (Fox): 10.82 to 13.46 million (+2.64), Criminal Minds (CBS): 13.64 to 16.26 million (+2.62), NCIS (CBS): 19.72 to 22.26 million (+2.54), Castle (ABC): 10.70 to 13.22 million (+2.52), House (Fox): 9.99 to 12.51 (+2.52), Blue Bloods (CBS): 11.29 to 13.75 million (+2.46), Body of Proof (ABC): 11.24 to 13.68 million (+2.34), American Idol – Wednesday (Fox): 23.58 to 25.87 million (+2.31), CSI (CBS): 13.29 to 15.58 million (+2.29), The Big Bang Theory (CBS): 12.57 to 14.84 (+2.27 million), The Good Wife (CBS): 11.80 to 14.06 million (+2.26), Bones (Fox): 10.10 to 12.36 million (+2.26),   Harry’s Law (NBC): 9.42 to 11.64 million (+2.22), The Office (NBC): 7.35 to 9.54 million (+2.19), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS): 16.21 to 18.39 million (+2.18), Private Practice (ABC): 7.61 to 9.59 million (+1.98),Desperate Housewives (ABC): 11.22 to 13.20 million (+1.98), American Idol – Thursday (Fox): 22.02 to 23.95 million (+1.93),Two and a Half Men (CBS): 14.25 to 16.17 million (+1.92), Parenthood (NBC): 5.24 to 7.11 million (+1.87), Law & Order: SVU (NBC): 8.64 to 10.45 million (+1.81), The Voice (NBC): 11.52 to 13.33 million (+1.81 million),Fringe (Fox): 4.39 to 6.18 million (+1.79), Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (CBS): 9.74 to 11.49 million (+1.75), Survivor: Redemption Island (CBS): 11.01 to 12.71 million (+1.70), The Event (NBC): 5.58 to 7.26 million (+1.68)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data


Prime-Time Programming Options

Tuesday 6/07/11

8:00 p.m. Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night
8:30 p.m. NBA Countdown
9:00 p.m. NBA Finals, Game 4 (Mavericks vs. Heat)

8:00 p.m. NCIS (R)
9:00 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
10:00 p.m. The Good Wife (R)

8:00 p.m. America’s Got Talent
9:00 p.m. The Voice (two hours)

8:00 p.m. Masterchef
9:00 p.m. Raising Hope (R)
9:30 p.m. Raising Hope (R)

8:00 p.m. One Tree Hill (R)
9:00 p.m. Hellcats (R)


Notes of Interest

PPI Releasing Announces Clearances for The Electric Playground:
Weekly half-hour entertainment news program The Electric Playground has been cleared by distributor PPI Releasing in 75 percent of the country for an off-network launch this fall, including WABC/New York, KABC/Los Angeles, WCIU/Chicago, WFAA/Dallas, KGO/San Francisco, WCVB/Boston, KING/Seattle, KSTP/Minneapolis, KNXV/Phoenix, and KXTV/Sacramento. Stations from the ABC Owned, Scripps, Belo, Gannett, Hubbard, Newport, and Journal groups, among others, have also cleared the series for 2011-12.

PPI first introduced the series as The Electric Playground Buying Guides, which consisted of four quarterly one-hour programs beginning last fall.  It plans to expand the franchise to a daily strip in fall 2012.

More Extreme Couponing on TLC:
TLC has picked-up Extreme Couponing for a second season, with an order for 12 new episodes expected to launch in September.  Season one of the reality series, which focuses on everyday people with extraordinary skills saving money, is averaging a hefty 1.9 million total viewers.  TLC will air a marathon of the first season episodes on Thursday, June 16 beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Katie Couric Signs Deal With ABC:
After months of speculation, Katie Couric has signed a multiyear, multiplatform agreement with the Disney/ABC Television Group to host and produce her own nationally syndicated talk show.  Couric, in addition, will join the ABC News team, contributing to all programs and platforms.  The former Today Show anchor and CBS Evening News host will be reunited with Jeff Zucker, who will be executive producer of Couric’s untitled talker, which will be distributed by Disney/ABC Domestic Television.  The new Katie Couric talk show debuts in fall 2012.

X Factor Update:
The latest, and final news on the revolving fourth judging chair on upcoming Fox singing competition The X Factor is Cheryl Cole is out and Nicole Scherzinger officially in.  Scherzinger was initially announced as co-host opposite Steve Jones, who will now be the solo host.  Simon Cowell, Paula Adbul and L.A. Reid round off the list of judges.

Executive News:
Leigh Collier has joined CBS Television Distribution as vice president of programming and development, it was announced by Aaron Meyerson, CTD’s president, programming and development.  In this position, Collier will develop new original programming, as well as manage current first-run strips.  Collier comes to CTD from Telepictures, where she served as director of programming for the last three years.


The Queen of the Hill

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Who was the voice of Peggy Hill on long-running Fox animated sitcom King of the Hill?

a) Brett Butler
b) Patty Duke
c) Kathy Kinney
d) Laurie Metcalf
e) Kathy Najimy

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which actress played herself in short-lived ABC sitcom It’s Like, You Know?

a) Kirstie Alley
b) Mayim Bialik
c) Jennifer Grey
d) Melanie Mayron
e) Cybill Shepherd

Is: c) Jennifer Grey.  It’s Like, You Know, which aired from 1999-2000, was designed as the Los Angeles version of Seinfeld with Steven Eckholdt, Chris Eigeman, Evan Handler, A.J. Langer, and neighbor Jennifer Grey basically sitting around and talking about nothing.

Current kudos goes to:
David Ballarotto, Mary Bancroft, John Beadle, Lauren Bergman, Mark Binda, Gerry Bixenspan, Jordan Breslow, Paul Certo, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Mark Cosenza, Jamie Czarnezki, Audrey Davis (2x), Andy Ehlen, Patrick Fenimore, Bob Goldman, Maureen Goldman, Christine Hatch, Melissa Hodgdon, Heidi Hoffmeister, Julie Hurwitz, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Ken Jobe, Deb Kainer, Marie LeFevre Karp, Todd Koerner, Kristopher Koller, Synda Kollman, Steven Kurtzer, Katie Kuyper, James Maxim, Michael Murphy, Aaron Paquette, Michael Pendell, Gordon Purcell, Cynthia Qualich, Mauricio Rios, Jeffrey Rosado, Colleen Roth, Harley David Rubin, Karen Schiffman, Beth Talbert, Meredith Wayne, Larry Weinstock, Abbott Wool, Jeanne Yonkers