The Programming Insider: Tuesday 8/16/11

Fox Opens Week on Winning Note

In Today's Issue

Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:
Fox Wins; Bachelor Pad Keeps Monday Alive 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:
Not Spun Off


Fox Wins; Bachelor Pad Keeps Monday Alive for ABC

Monday 8/15/11

Household Rating/Share
Fox: 4.4/ 7, ABC: 4.1/ 7, CBS: 3.2/ 5, NBC: 2.8/ 5, CW: 0.4/ 1

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

-Yesterday’s Winners:
Bachelor Pad (ABC), Hell’s Kitchen (Fox), Masterchef (Fox)

-Percent of Line-Up in Repeats: 69

Ratings Breakdown:
Two hours of chef Gordon Ramsay led Fox to overnight Monday victory, with Hell’s Kitchen tied for No. 1 (with the first hour of Bachelor Pad on ABC) with a 4.6 rating/8 share at 8 p.m., and part one of the season-finale of Masterchef at a second-place 4.3/ 7 from 9-10 p.m. Comparably, Fox bested second-place ABC by three-tenths of a rating point in the overnights, and is expected to win the evening among adults 18-49. Third overall was a night of repeats on CBS, followed by all encore telecasts as well on NBC and The CW.

Over at ABC, two-hours of sophomore Bachelor Pad resonated, with a comfortable 4.6/ 7 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. and the half-hour breakdown as follows:

Bachelor Pad (ABC)
8:00 p.m.: 4.7/ 8 (#1)
8:30 p.m.: 4.4/ 7 (#2)
9:00 p.m.: 4.6/ 7 (#1)
9:30 p.m.: 4.7/ 7 (#1)

Comparably, Bachelor Pad is right on par with recent occupant The Bachelorette. A repeat of Castle, which airs out of returning Dancing With the Stars this fall, closed the night for the alphabet network with a second-place 3.0/ 5 in the overnights at 10 p.m.

Elsewhere, CBS filled the evening with encore telecasts of two episodes of How I Met Your Mother (#4: avg. 2.8/ 5 from 8-9 p.m.), Two and a Half Men (#3: 3.8/ 6), Mike & Molly (#3: 3.5/ 5) and Hawaii Five-O (#1: 3.2/ 5). NBC aired repeats of America’s Got Talent (3.0/ 5 from 8-10 p.m. – #3 from 8-9 p.m.; #4 from 9-10 p.m.) and Harry's Law (#3: 2.4/ 4 at 10 p.m.), which moves into the Wednesday 9 p.m. hour (out of new comedy Free Agents) this fall. And The CW capped it off with repeats of Gossip Girl (#5: 0.4/ 1) and One Tree Hill (#5: 0.3/ 0), which returns in midseason for its ninth, and final season.

As a reminder, here is what is coming up on Monday this fall (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

Lackluster Start for In the Flow with Affion Crockett on Fox:
New Fox sketch comedy In the Flow with Affion Crockett was off, but not necessarily running on Sunday. The two-episode debut finished fourth in the 9 p.m. hour in total viewers (2.45 million), with a third-place 1.2 rating/3 share among adults 18-49, according to the fast affiliate results.  Erosion out of a repeat of lead-in Family Guy (Viewers: 3.52 million; A18-49: 1.7/ 5 at 8:30 p.m.) was 70 percent in total viewers and 29 percent in the demo. Effective this Sunday, Aug. 21, In tThe Flow with Affion Crockett airs at 9:30 p.m. out of an encore telecast of Family Guy.

Speaking of Sunday:
Here are the fast affiliate results by network in total viewers and adults 18-49 for Aug. 14:

Total Viewers:
CBS: 7.30 million, ABC: 5.77, NBC: 3.82, Fox: 2.57

Adults 18-49:
CBS: 1.9 rating/5 share, ABC: 1.4/ 4, Fox: 1.2/ 4, NBC: 1.0/ 3

Cable Scorecard – Friday, Aug. 12:
Disney Channel led the Friday troops in total viewers care of A.N.T. Farm and PrankStars, while WWE Smackdown! on Syfy was top-rated among adults 18-49, with a 0.8 rating in the demo.  Here are the results, ranked in order of total viewers, for Friday, Aug. 12:

A.N.T. Farm (Disney Channel) – Viewers: 3.72 million (#1), A18-49: 0.4 (#6t)
PrankStars (Disney Channel) – Viewers: 3.40 million (#2), A18-49: 0.4 (#6t)
WWE Smackdown (Syfy) – Viewers: 2.64 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8 (#1)
Haven (Syfy) – Viewers: 1.89 million (#4), A18-49: 0.5 (#4t)
Thundercats (Cartoon Network) – Viewers: 1.84 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6 (#2t)
Four Weddings (TLC) – Viewers: 1.15 million (#6), A18-49: 0.4 (#6t)
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta (TLC, 9 p.m.) – Viewers: 1.14 million (#7), A18-49: 0.3 (#9t)
The Soup (E!) – Viewers: 1.03 million (#8), A18-49: 0.6 (#2t)
Whale Wars (Animal Planet) – Viewers: 964,000 (#9), A18-49: 0.5 (#4t)
Man vs. Wild (Discovery) – Viewers: 944,000 (#10), A18-49: 0.3 (#9t)
Fashion Police (E!) – Viewers: 772,000 (#11), A18-49: 0.3 (#9t)
Surviving the Cut (Discovery) – Viewers: 612,000 (#12), A18-49: 0.3 (#9t)
Whale Wars: War Stories (Animal Planet) – Viewers: 598,000 (#13), A18-49: 0.3 (#9t)
Whale Wars: The Battle Unfolds (Animal Planet) – Viewers: 503,000 (#14), A18-49: 0.2 (#14)
ArenaBowl XXIV (ESPN) – Viewers: 280,000 (#15), A18-49: 0.1 (#15)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data


Prime-Time Programming Options

Tuesday 8/16/11

8:00 p.m. Wipeout (R)
8:30 p.m. Take the Money and Run 
9:00 p.m. Combat Hospital

8:00 p.m. NCIS (R)
9:00 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
10:30 p.m. Hawaii Five-O (R)

8:00 p.m. It’s Worth What?
9:00 p.m. America’s Got Talent (two hours)

8:00 p.m. Masterchef (season finale, two hours)

8:00 p.m. 90210 (R)
9:00 p.m. Shedding for the Wedding (R)


Notes of Interest

TLC Cancels Kate Plus 8:
For the first time in four years, TLC will be without a Gosselin. The cable network has canceled docudrama Kate Plus 8, which started as Jon & Kate in 2007 as they raised a pair of twins and their young sextuplets. After Jon and Kate called it quits, TLC pared the show down to Kate and her brood only, but the novelty quickly wore off. TLC is hoping to feature periodic specials on the family in the future.

The Talk on CBS Axes Two:
CBS daytime chatfest The Talk, which returns for season two Sept. 6, is not expected to be inviting back co-hosts Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete. Originally hosted by a crowded panel of six, The Talk fired outside correspondent Marissa Jaret Winokur just three months into its run in January, paring it down to five. Only Julie Chen, creator Sara Gilbert and Sharon Osbourne, who will be taking a temporary family leave, are expected to be back, with no word at present who will fill the empty chairs.

More Awkward on MTV:
MTV has picked-up scripted comedy Awkward for a second season, with an unconfirmed number of new episodes in 2012. Last week’s Tuesday installment rose to a series-high 2.0 rating among persons 12-34, which built by 21 percent from one week earlier.

Upcoming at Travel Channel This Fall:
Travel Channel will air three original series on Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 4. The night will open with Made in America, a 13-episode series at 8 p.m. ET/PT hosted by George Motz as he explores 39 different factories that produce some of the most unusual products in the country. Next at 9 p.m. ET/PT is Mysteries at the Museum, a 12-episode series that follows explorer Don Wildman as he unearths treasures from the past that helped shape our history. And 10 p.m. ET/PT will feature returning Off Limits, also hosted by Don Wildman, as he travels to hidden and unseen places across America. Seven new episodes have been ordered.


Not Spun Off

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Four of the following five TV movies segued into TV series. Which one did not?

a) Foul Play
b) Freebie and the Bean
c) Goodfellas
d) Paper Moon
e) Serpico

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following sitcoms was created by Mel Brooks?

a) Car 54, Where Are You?
b) Hogan’s Heroes
c) Holmes and Yoyo
d) Soap
e) When Things Were Rotten

Is: e) When Things Were Rotten, which was a satire on Robin Hood that briefly aired on ABC in the fall of 1975.

Current kudos goes to:
Mark Binda, Gerry Bixenspan, Barbara Bloomfield, John Brooker, Paul Certo, Steve Clements, Bruce Cohen, Larry Collins, Larry Corsa, Audrey Davis (2x), Robert Eisenstaedt, Jan Frazier, Julie Friedlander, George Gardner, Gerry Gibbons, Maureen Goldman, Ed Griffis, Michael Holland, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Ken Jobe, Marie Lefevre Karp, Todd Koerner, Synda Kollman, Steve Kurtzer, Paul Neace, Aaron Paquette, Greg Phelan, Francine Purcell, Gordon Purcell, Cynthia Qualich, Michael Ratliffe, Colleen Roth, David Ruckman, Mindy Staley, Michelle Stanton, Ronnie Tallant, Carol Teichman, Larry Weinstock, Rob Wilson, Abbott Wool, Jim Wright, Ted Zavales