The Programming Insider: Tuesday 6/21/11

Reality shows give ABC another win

In Today's Issue

Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:
ABC Opens Week on Another Winning Note

Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not

On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options

TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest

TV Trivia Time:
No Cheers for Ted Danson

ABC Opens Week on Another Winning Note

Monday 6/20/11

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 5.0/ 8, NBC: 4.1/ 7, CBS: 3.6/ 6, Fox: 2.8/ 5, CW: 0.5/ 1

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Monday, June 21, 2010):
NBC: +64, ABC: – 4, CW: -17, Fox: -26, CBS: -29

Yesterday’s Winners:
The Bachelorette (ABC)

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

Ratings Breakdown:
ABC remains the network to beat on Monday with its nonscripted combination of The Bachelorette (#1: 5.5 rating/ 9 from 8-10 p.m.), which was the top-rated show of the evening, and recent entry Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (#2: 4.1/ 7 at 10 p.m.).  Notice the consistency for The Bachelorette from 8-10 p.m.:

The Bachelorette (ABC)
8:00 p.m.: 5.4/ 9 (#1)
8:30 p.m.: 5.5/ 9 (#1)
9:00 p.m.: 5.5/ 9 (#1)
9:30 p.m.: 5.7/ 9 (#1)

NBC moved into the No. 2 spot (14 percent above third-place CBS) with its combination of a repeat of America’s Got Talent (#2: 4.4/ 8), which still resonates outside of originals, the final season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (#4: 3.5/ 6), which already aired on USA, and canceled Law & Order: Los Angeles (#1: 4.4/ 8).  Law & Order: Los Angeles officially concludes next Monday.

A night of all repeats of CBS finished below average, dipping by a hefty 29 percent from one year earlier. Two second-run episodes of How I Met Your Mother dipped to an average 2.8/ 5 in the overnights (#3) from 8-9 p.m., followed by repeats of Two and a Half Men (#2: 4.2/ 7), Mike & Molly (#2: 4.0/ 6), and Hawaii Five-O (#3) from 9-11 p.m.

Elsewhere, Fox opened with a repeat of Masterchef (#4: 2.1/ 4 at 8 p.m.), followed by an original installment of the Gordon Ramsay competition at 9 p.m. (#3: 3.6/ 6), which always scores among target adults 18-49. The CW, which has no original programming this summer, aired repeats of 90210 (#5: 0.6/ 1) and Gossip Girl (#5: 0.4/ 1).

As a reminder, here is what you will be seeing this fall. 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 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 Start for Falling Skies on TNT:
The two-hour debut of TNT drama Falling Skies on Sunday, June 19 finished with a stellar 5.91 million viewers in the 9-11 p.m. block. Comparably, this now ranks as cable’s No. 1 series launch this year to-date. Falling Skies also ranks as cable’s largest scripted series debut since last year’s record-breaking launch of Rizzoli & Isles on TNT (7.6 million on July 12, 2010).  Demographically, Falling Skies averaged 2.64 million adults 18-49 and 3.24 million adults 25-54, which is also the top-rated cable series launch this year among adults 25-54.

Record Start for Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva:
Season three of Lifetime dramedy Drop Dead Diva rose to its most-watched season opener to-date this past Sunday in adults 18-49 (1.32 million), adults 25-54 (1.59 million), women 25-54 (1.21 million), and women 18-49 (998,000), with its second most-watched telecast ever in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and women 25-54. Drop Dead Diva averaged 2.9 million total viewerss—up 17 percent versus the Sunday 9 p.m. hour this season.

Above Average Miss USA:
It is still not like the days of yesteryear when families would gather around the sets to watch the young women compete. But The Miss USA 2011 Pageant on NBC Sunday rose to 7.2 million viewers, according to the fast nationals, which was its most-watched telecast in four years. Results among adults 18-49 (2.2 rating/6 share) was its best since 2005, with growth of 57 percent from one year earlier.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data


Prime-Time Programming Options

Tuesday 6/21/11

8:00 p.m. Wipeout
8:30 p.m. 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show (series premiere)
9:00 p.m. Combat Hospital (series premiere)

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, series premiere)

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)

New Program Descriptions:

101 Ways to Leave a Game Show (ABC)
After being eliminated following a series of multiple-choice questions, the ousted contestant will be ejected in spectacular fashion (like being strapped to the wing of a plane). Jeff Sutphen hosts.

Combat Hospital (ABC)
The only military hospital providing advanced surgical care in all of Southern Afghanistan in 2006 is the focus of this new scripted drama. Elias Koteas and Michelle Borth star.

Of Note on Cable:
Hardcore Pawn (truTV): 9 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
Staten Island Cakes (WE): 9 p.m. ET/PT (series premiere)
The Cupcake Girls (WE): 10 p.m. ET/PT (series premiere)


Notes of Interest

G4 Pulls Proving Ground:
Cable net G4 has pulled this week’s episode of Proving Ground off the schedule following the unexpected passing of co-host Ryan Dunn, who died early Monday morning in a car crash. No decision has been made about the remaining episodes.

More Auction Hunters:
Spike TV has ordered a third season of Auction Hunters, with 26 new episodes on tap for 2011-12. Auction Hunters once again follows Allen Haff and Ton Jones as they scout the country for treasure hidden in storage units. The new season will include one special live episode in early 2012.

Upcoming at VH1:
VH1 is expanding its Basketball Wives franchise with an upcoming 10-episode edition set in Los Angeles and featuring the wives and girlfriends of players on the Lakers and the Clippers. It premieres on Monday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. ET. Also upcoming on the cable net is new dating series Siggy Flicker, which focuses on professional New York matchmaker Siggy Flicker. It launches on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

CW Fall 2011 Premiere Dates:
The CW, which launches four new series this fall, will kick off the 2011-12 season with the fourth season premiere of 90210 and the series debut of Sarah Michelle Gellar drama Ringer on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The 10-series, five-night premiere dates on The CW are slated as follows:

90210: Tuesday, Sept. 13, 8 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
Ringer: Tuesday, Sept. 13, 9 p.m. ET/PT (series premiere)
H8R: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 8 p.m. ET/PT (series premiere)
America’s Next Top Model: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 9 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
The Vampire Diaries: Thursday, Sept. 15, 8 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
The Secret Circle: Thursday. Sept. 15, 9 p.m. ET/PT (series premiere)
Nikita: Friday, Sept. 23, 8 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
Supernatural: Friday, Sept. 23, 9 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
Gossip Girl: Monday, Sept. 26, 8 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
Hart of Dixie: Monday, Sept. 26, 9 p.m. ET/PT (series premiere)


No Cheers for Ted Danson

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What was the name of the sitcom Ted Danson was featured in after Cheers and before Becker?

a) Almost Perfect
b) Built to Last
c) Fired Up
d) George & Leo
e) Ink

The answer to yesterday’s question…

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

Is: d) Jim Nabors, who appeared on the first episode of The Carol Burnett Show every season.

Current kudos goes to:
Steve Albright, David Ballarotto, John Beadle, Gerry Bixenspan, John Brooker, Mitch Burg, Larry Collins, Audrey Davis (2x), Reid Davis, John Ferlazzo, Jim Forkan, Jan Frazier, Julue Friedlander, Beth Gelfond, Brad Hight, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Deb Kainer, Tom Kilgallon, Mary Kinoshita, Synda Kollman, Steven Kurtzer, Kathy Martin, Richard Merten, Michael Murphy, Aaron Paquette, Alan Perris, Greg Phelan, David Primuth, Francine Purcell, Gordon Purcell, Lance Ross, David Ruckman, David Shearer, Michelle Stanton, Ronnie Tallant, Carol Teichman, Kurt Weil, Larry Weinstock, Rob Wilson, Abbott Wool, Ted Zavales