The Programming Insider: Tuesday 6/28/11

ABC Opens Week on Dominant Note

In Today's Issue

Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:
Another Opening Week Victory for 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:
Florida’s Kin


Another Opening Week Victory for ABC

Monday 6/27/11

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 5.4/ 9, NBC: 3.9/ 6, CBS: 3.7/ 6, Fox: 2.9/ 5, CW: 0.4/ 1

Note: The year-to-year overnight comparisons are not available today.

Yesterday’s Winners:
The Bachelorette (ABC)

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

Ratings Breakdown:
It was another winning Monday for ABC, which bested No. 2 NBC by 38 percent in the overnights. Third overall was CBS, followed by Fox and The CW.

The Bachelorette on ABC took top-rated honors for the evening with a season-high 6.0 rating/10 share from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, that finished first in each of the four half hours as follows: 6.0/10 – 5.8/10 – 5.9/10 – 6.2/10. Next on ABC was week five of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition at a second-place 4.2/ 8 in the overnights at 10 p.m.  Retention out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of The Bachelorette (6.2/10) was an acceptable 68 percent.

In series-finale news, Law & Order: Los Angeles on NBC ended its freshman series run at a dominant 4.5/ 8 at 10 p.m., which built from lead-in Law & Order: Criminal Intent (#4: 3.3/ 5 at 9 p.m.) by a noticeable 36 percent. It isn’t that often canceled series conclude at a dominant finish in their time periods. Earlier in the evening on NBC was a repeat of America’s Got Talent at a second-place 4.0/ 7 at 8 p.m.

Elsewhere, CBS aired another Monday of all repeats with its combination of two episodes of How I Met Your Mother (#3: avg. 3.0/ 5 from 8-9 p.m.), Two and a Half Men (#2: 4.3/ 7), Mike & Molly (#2: 3.9/ 6), and Hawaii Five-O (#3: 4.0/ 7). Fox opened with a repeat of Masterchef at a fourth-place 2.1/ 4 in the overnights at 8 p.m., followed by an original installment of the reality/competition at a third-place 3.7/ 6 at 9 p.m. And The CW, which has no original programming this summer, capped off the evening with repeats of 90210 (#5: 0.5/ 1) and Gossip Girl (#5: 0.4/ 1). As a reminder, 90210 moves to Tuesdays at 8 p.m. this fall (into new drama Ringer with Sarah Michelle Gellar), while Gossip Girl slides back to 8 p.m. on Monday into new drama Hart of Dixie.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data


What’s Hot/What’s Not

TNT Sunday:
Season four of TNT drama Leverage opened on Sunday, June 26 with 3.42 million viewers, 1.35 million adults 18-49, and 1.59 million adults 25-54 at 9 p.m. Comparably, this bested its season three opener by 10 percent in total viewers (with no notable change demographically).  Lead-out Falling Skies rose to 4.20 million viewers, 1.93 million adults 18-49 and 2.19 million adults 25-54 at 10 p.m.

Cable Scorecard – Friday, June 24:
Disney Channel was the dominant player on Friday, with the four-most watched shows—A.N.T. Farm, Phineas & Ferb, Wizards of Waverly Place, and Fish Hooks—on the cable network.  That said, corporate cousin ABC should at some point consider bringing back the old T.G.I.F. sitcom brand to the evening. Top-rated among adults 18-49 was American Restoration on History Channel.

Here are the results, ranked in order of total viewers, for Friday, June 24:

A.N.T. Farm (Disney Channel) – Viewers: 4.64 million (#1 overall), A18-49: 0.6 rating (#4t)
Phineas & Ferb (Disney Channel) – Viewers: 4.36 million (#2), A18-49: 0.6 (#4t)
Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney Channel) – Viewers: 4.00 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7 (#2t)
Fish Hooks (Disney Channel) – Viewers: 3.13 million (#4), A18-49: 0.5 (#9t)
American Restoration (History) – Viewers: 2.48 million (#5), A18-49: 0.9 (#1)
W.W.E. Smackdown (Syfy) – Viewers: 2.40 million (#6), A18-49: 0.7 (#2t)
Dual Survival (Discovery) – Viewers: 1.76 million (#7), A18-49: 0.6 (#4t)
My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding (TLC) – Viewers: 1.48 million (#8), A18-49: 0.6 (#4t)
Swamp Loggers (Discovery) – Viewers: 1.39 million (#9), A18-49: 0.5 (#8)
Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO) – Viewers: 1.12 million (#10), A18-49: 0.4 (#9t)
Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss (TLC) – Viewers: 1.07 million (#11), A18-49: 0.4 (#9t)
Whale Wars (Animal Planet) – Viewers: 917,000 (#12), A18-49: 0.4 (#9t)
The Soup (E!) – Viewers: 833,000 (#13), A18-49: 0.4 (#9t)
Fashion Police (E!) – Viewers: 622,000 (#14), A18-49: 0.3 (#14)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data


Prime-Time Programming Options

Tuesday 6/28/11

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

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, season finale)

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)

Of Note on Cable:
I Kid With Brad Garrett (TLC), 8 p.m. ET/PT (series premiere)


Notes of Interest

Jeff Probst to Develop Daytime Talker:
CBS Television Distribution, the home of seven of the top 10 rated shows in syndication, has signed a deal with Emmy Award-winning Survivor host Jeff Probst to headline his own first-run daytime talk show effective in fall 2012. The one-hour daytime talk show will cover topics ranging from newsmakers of the day to families and individuals facing challenges.  Other potential new talkers vying for clearances in fall 2012 include hours hosted by Katie Couric from Disney/ABC, the return of Ricki Lake from Twentieth Television, and reality star Bethenny Frankel from Warner Bros.

Law & Order: SVU Staffs Up:
NBC’s long-running Law & Order: SVU, which heads into season No. 13 this fall minus Christopher Meloni, has signed Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino as two new detectives. Pino co-starred for seven seasons on CBS crime solver Cold Case, while Giddish appeared early this season in failed NBC drama Chase.

ABC Fall 2011 Premiere Dates:
ABC, which launches seven new series this fall, has announced its season and series dates.  Returning Shark Tank, which is scheduled in the Friday 9 p.m. hour, has been pushed back until midseason. The rest are as follows:

20/20: Friday, Sept. 16, 10 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
Dancing With the Stars: Monday, Sept. 19, 8 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
Castle: Monday, Sept. 19, 10 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
Dancing With the Stars Results Show: Tuesday, Sept. 20, 9 p.m. ET/PT (time period return)
Body of Proof: Tuesday, Sept. 20, 10 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
The Middle: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 8 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere, one hour)
Modern Family: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 9 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere, one hour)
Revenge: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 10 p.m. ET/PT (series premiere)
Charlie’s Angels: Thursday, Sept. 22, 8 p.m. ET/PT (series premiere)
Grey’s Anatomy: Thursday, Sept. 22, 9 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere, two hours)
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: Sunday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere, two hours)
Desperate Housewives: Sunday, Sept. 25, 9 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
Pan Am: Sunday, Sept. 25, 10 p.m. ET/PT (series premiere)
Suburgatory: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 8:30 p.m. ET/PT (series premiere)
Happy Endings: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 9:30 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
Private Practice: Thursday, Sept. 29, 10 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
America’s Funniest Home Videos: Sunday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
Last Man Standing: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 8 p.m. ET/PT (series premiere, one hour)
Man Up!: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 8:30 p.m. ET/PT (series premiere)
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: Friday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m. ET/PT (time period premiere)
Once Upon a Time: Sunday, Oct. 23, 8 p.m. ET/PT (series premiere)


Florida’s Kin

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Who played Florida’s brother on 1970s sitcom Good Times?

a) Jim Brown
b) Louis Gossett, Jr. 
c) Moses Gunn
d) Ben Vereen
e) Clarence Williams III

The answer to yesterday’s question…

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

Is: d) spare ribs.  Hungry Hawkeye (Alan Alda) tells Col. Blake (McLean Stevenson) he wants to order ribs from a restaurant called “Adam’s Ribs” in Chicago.

Current kudos goes to:
Steve Albright, David Ballarotto, Gerry Bixenspan, Bruce Cohan, Larry Collins, Leslie Creason, Audrey Davis, Roc Dittman, John Ferlazzo, Jan Frazier, Adam Giagni, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Ken Jobe, Deb Kainer, Mary Kinoshita, Synda Kollman, Cliff Kroeter, Steven Kurtzer, Howard Lieboff, Kathy Martin, Tom Mertes, Tony Naldrett, Myke Perrey, Jodi Perris, Gordon Purcell, Con Rigg, Jerome Risting, Jay Rossi, David Ruckman, David Shearer, Maxine Shulman, Anita Vanderdonk, Linda Weeks, Larry Weinstock, Jim Wright, Ted Zavales