The Programming Insider: Tuesday 7/12/11

In Today's Issue:

Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:
The Bachelorette Leads ABC 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:
One Less Taylor


The Bachelorette Leads ABC to Victory

Monday 7/11/11

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 5.1/ 8, NBC: 3.5/ 6, CBS: 3.2/ 5, Fox: 2.8/ 5, CW: 0.5/ 1

Note: Comparisons to the year-ago period are not available today.

Yesterday’s Winners:
The Bachelorette (ABC)

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

Repeat Count:
62 percent of the lineup was encore telecasts.

Ratings Breakdown:
It was a typical summer Monday victory for the home of The Bachelorette, ABC, which outdelivered second-place NBC by a significant 46 percent.  The Bachelorette finished as the top-rated show of the evening with a 6.0 rating/10 share from 8-10 p.m., with the half-hour breakdown as follows:

The Bachelorette (ABC)
8:00 p.m.: 5.8/10 (#1)
8:30 p.m.: 5.9/10 (#1)
9:00 p.m.: 6.0/ 9 (#1)
9:30 p.m.: 6.2/10 (#1)

Lead-out Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (#1: 3.5/ 6) held only 56 percent of the 9:30 p.m. portion of The Bachelorette, but it will still be more than enough to dominate the 10 p.m. hour among adults 18-49.

A repeat of summer favorite America’s Got Talent gave NBC some traction in the 8 p.m. hour, with a 4.3/ 7 in the overnights.  Next was another episode from the final season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (#4: 2.8/ 4 at 9 p.m.), which is no longer an attraction, followed by a repeat of canceled Law & Order: Los Angeles at a second-place 3.4/ 6 at 10 p.m.

CBS was in all repeats with its combination of How I Met Your Mother (#3: 2.8/ 5), an 8:30 p.m. edition of Mike & Molly (#3: 3.0/ 5), Two and a Half Men (#2: 3.9/ 6), the regularly scheduled edition of Mike & Molly (#3: 3.3/ 5), and Hawaii Five-O (#3: 3.2/ 5).  Stepping into the 8:30 p.m. half hour this fall is new sitcom 2 Broke Girls, which should fit like a glove out of How I Met Your Mother and into Two and a Half Men with new cast addition Ashton Kutcher.  Expect a massive audience to sample Kutcher’s first appearance on the veteran sitcom on Sept. 19.

Over at Fox, reality/competition Masterchef tied for second with CBS in the overnights at 9 p.m., with a 3.6/ 6.  A repeat of Masterchef at 8 p.m. finished fourth with a 2.1/ 3.  Next Monday, the new season of Hell’s Kitchen will air at 8 p.m. into Masterchef.  Gordon Ramsay into Gordon Ramsay!

Last, and very least were encore telecasts of 90210 (0.7/ 1) and Gossip Girl (0.4/ 1) on The CW.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data


What’s Hot/What’s Not

Jaycee Dugard Sitdown Scores on ABC:
ABC’s A Special Edition of Primetime With Diane Sawyer—Jaycee Dugard: In Her Own Words averaged a hefty 14.8 million viewers in the Sunday 9-11 p.m. block, according to the fast national results.  Comparably, this was television’s most-watched summer newsmagazine telecast since June 20, 2004, and ABC’s biggest audience in the two-hour time period with nonsports programming since Aug. 27, 2000.  The Jaycee Dugard sit-down beat CBS, NBC, and Fox combined by 4.9 million viewers (14.8 million vs. 9.9 million), 30 percent in adults 25-54 (4.8/12 vs. 3.7/ 9), and 9 percent in adults 18-49 (3.7/10 vs. 3.4/10).

Record Sunday Opener for Big Brother:
CBS summer mainstay Big Brother returned to the Sunday 8 p.m. hour with 7.16 million viewers and a 2.5 rating/8 share among adults 18-49 on July 10, according to the fast affiliate results.  Comparably, this built by 110,000 viewers and 4 percent in the demo from one year earlier, with its best Sunday season opening levels ever.

Cable Scorecard – Friday, July 11:
Disney ruled the ratings roost in total viewers (and teens and kids, no doubt), with four of the top five most-watched shows on Friday, including No. 1 The Wizards of Waverly Place at 3.61 million viewers.   First among adults 18-49 was W.W.E. Smackdown on Syfy, with a 0.8 rating in the demo.

Here are the results, ranked in order of total viewers, for Friday, July 11:

Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney Channel) – Viewers: 3.61 million (#1 overall), A18-49: 0.6 rating (#2t)
A.N.T. Farm (Disney Channel) – Viewers: 3.51 million (#2), A18-49: 0.5 (#6t)
Fish Hooks (Disney Channel) – Viewers: 2.98 million (#3), A18-49: 0.3 (#12t)
W.W.E. Smackdown (Syfy) – Viewers: 2.72 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8 (#1)
Phineas & Ferb (Disney Channel) – Viewers: 4.36 million (#2), A18-49: 0.6 (#4t) – series high
Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids (TLC, 10:30 p.m.) – Viewers: 1.78 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6 (#2t)
Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids (TLC, 10 p.m.) – Viewers: 1.63 million (#6), A18-49: 0.6 (#2t)
Swamp Loggers (Discovery) – Viewers: 1.58 million (#7), A18-49: 0.6 (#2t)
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta (TLC, 9:30 p.m.) – Viewers: 1.46 million (#8), A18-49: 0.5 (#6t)
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta (TLC, 9 p.m.) – Viewers: 1.42 million (#9), A18-49: 0.5 (#6t)
Whale Wars (Animal Planet) – Viewers: 1.13 million (#10t), A18-49: 0.5 (#6t)
Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO) – Viewers: 1.13 million (#10t), A18-49: 0.4 (#10t)
Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz) – Viewers: 819,000 (#12), A18-49: NA
The Soup (E!) – Viewers: 672,000 (#13), A18-49: 0.4 (#10t)
Platinum Hit (Bravo) – Viewers: 256,000 (#14), A18-49: 0.1 (#13)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data


Prime-Time Programming Options

Tuesday 7/12/11

8:00 p.m. Wipeout (R)
9:00 p.m. 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
10:00 p.m. Combat Hospital

8:00 p.m. NCIS (R)
9:00 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
10:30 p.m. The Good Wife (R)

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

8:00 p.m. 2011 All-Star Baseball Pre-Game
8:30 p.m. 2011 All-Star Baseball Game

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

Of Note on Cable:
Rescue Me (FX): 10 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)


Notes of Interest

Undercover Boss on OWN and TLC:
Cable cousins OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and TLC have acquired the off-network rights to inspirational one-hour reality series Undercover Boss from CBS Television Distribution.  OWN and TLC will each have access to the library of episodes beginning in fall 2012.  Sophomore Undercover Boss, which has produced 31 episodes to date, will return for Season 3 in midseason.

Harry Smith Heads to NBC:
Veteran journalist Harry Smith, a morning fixture on CBS for the past 17 years, will move to NBC effective Monday, July 18, as one of the network’s news correspondents.  Smith will contribute to the upcoming prime-time newsmagazine hosted by Brian Williams.  Most recently, he was a senior correspondent for CBS News and a substitute anchor for CBS Evening News, Face the Nation, and CBS News Sunday Morning.

More Melissa & Joey:
ABC Family has renewed sitcom Melissa & Joey, featuring Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence, for a second season.  The unconfirmed number of new episodes will air in 2012.

Friday Night Lights on ESPN Classic:
ESPN Classic will air the repeat telecasts of family drama Friday Night Lights, with a marathon of Season 1 episodes this coming Friday and Saturday.  The regularly scheduled weekly block for Friday Night Lights on ESPN Classic will be Thursday nights from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT.

American Hoggers on A&E:
A&E will introduce a new docudrama called American Hoggers, which follows former Texas Ranger and legendary hog hunter Jerry Campbell and his family as they struggle to rescue Texas residents and ranches from the devastation caused by millions of wild boars.  The eight-episode half-hour series premieres on Tuesday, August 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.


One Less Taylor

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

Where was the character of Randy Taylor sent when Jonathan Taylor Thomas exited sitcom Home Improvement in the eighth, and final season?

a) Costa Rica
b) London
c) Orlando
d) Paris
e) Spain

The answer to Friday’s question…

Which one of the following syndicated series is celebrating its 1,000th episode today?

a) Access Hollywood
b) Extra
c) The Insider
d) TMZ
e) Wendy Williams Show

Is: d) TMZ, which was introduced by Telepictures on Sept. 10, 2007.

Current kudos goes to:
Gerry Bixenspan, Bob Ingersoll, Gordon Purcell