The Programming Insider: Tuesday 8/23/11

Fox wins Monday

In Today's Next-to-Last Issue:

Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:
Hell’s Kitchen "Double Pop" Leads Fox 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:
So Long, Bob


Note: The Programming Insider will not be published on Wednesday or Thursday this week.  See you back on Friday for the final issue.  


Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:
Hell’s Kitchen "Double Pop" Leads Fox to Victory

Monday 8/22/11

Household Rating/Share
Fox: 4.4/ 7, ABC: 4.0/ 6, CBS: 3.2/ 5, NBC: 2.6/ 4, CW: 0.4/ 1

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Monday, Aug. 23, 2010):
Fox: +42, ABC: +11, CBS: -29, CW: -33, NBC: -40

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

-Yesterday’s Losers:
American Ninja Warrior (NBC)

Ratings Breakdown:
Two episodes of Hell’s Kitchen led Fox to Monday victory, with a metered market advantage over normally dominant ABC of four-tenths of a rating point. Third overall was CBS, followed by NBC and very distant The CW. Fifty-four percent of last night’s schedule was encore telecasts.

The two episodes of Hell’s Kitchen, which is expected to also lead Fox to nightly victory among adults 18-49, averaged a 4.4 rating/7 share in the overnights from 8-10 p.m., with the half-hour breakdown as follows:

Hell’s Kitchen (Fox)
8:00 p.m.: 4.2/ 7 (#2)
8:30 p.m.: 4.4/ 7 (#1t)
9:00 p.m.: 4.5/ 7 (#1)
9:30 p.m.: 4.5/ 7 (#1)

Neck-and-neck with Hell’s Kitchen was Bachelor Pad on ABC, which scored a 4.5/ 7 from 8-10 p.m. with its half-hour breakdown as follows:

Bachelor Pad (ABC)
8:00 p.m.: 4.5/ 8 (#1)
8:30 p.m.: 4.4/ 7 (#1t)
9:00 p.m.: 4.4/ 7 (#2)
9:30 p.m.: 4.5/ 7 (#1t)

Comparably, this is very similar to recent occupant The Bachelorette, which should keep Bachelor Pad on in the summer for years into the future. Bachelor Pad led into a repeat of Castle at a second-place 2.9/ 5 in the overnights at 10 p.m.

In original specials news, two-hour American Ninja Warrior on NBC was a bust at a 2.6/ 5 from 9-11 p.m. Here is the half-hour breakdown:

American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
9:00 p.m.: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
9:30 p.m.: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
10:00 p.m.: 2.6/ 4 (#3)
10:30 p.m.: 2.6/ 5 (#3)

Rule of thumb: Always be wary of an original network special that is scheduled at the tail end of the summer.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was a one-hour repeat of America’s Got Talent tied for third in the 8 p.m. hour (with two-repeat episodes of How I Met Your Mother on CBS) at a 2.8/ 5. Leading out of How I Met Your Mother on CBS were encore telecasts of Two and a Half Men (#3: 3.9/ 6), Mike & Molly (#3: 3.5/ 5), and Hawaii Five-O (#1: 3.0/ 5) from 9-11 p.m.

Capping off the evening with virtually no audience were repeats of Gossip Girl (#5: 0.5/ 1) and One Tree Hill (#5: 0.4/ 1) from 8-10 p.m.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data


What’s Hot/What’s Not

Solid Sampling for 20/20: The Sixth Sense on ABC:
Late summer ABC newsmagazine 20/20: The Sixth Sense kicked off in the Sunday 9-11 p.m. block on Aug. 21 with 5.91 million viewers and a 1.4 rating/4 share, finishing second in the time period behind NFL Pre-Season coverage (Dallas at San Diego) on NBC. Comparably, 20/20: The Sixth Sense ranks as ABC’s largest summer audience in the time period since Aug. 27, 2006, with the best adult 18-49 rating since Aug. 24, 2008. Growth out a repeat of lead-in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Viewers: 4.71 million; A18-49: 1.1/ 3 at 8 p.m.) was 1.20 million viewers and 27 percent in the demo.

Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension:
Based on the Live Plus 7 Day results for the week of Aug. 1, the Friday, August 5 debut of Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension ranks as cable’s No. 1 entertainment telecast of 2011 (with 10.7 million viewers overall) and cable’s most-watched animated telecast of all time in kids 2-11 (6.23 million). This expanded edition of Phineas and Ferb was also cable’s most-watched animated telecast in kids 6-11 (4.67 million) and tweens 9-14 (3.58).

Cable Scorecard – Friday, Aug. 19:
Disney Channel had the three most-watched shows on Friday (Wizards of Waverly Place, A.N.T. Farm, and Fish Hooks), while WWE Smackdown! on Syfy led the basic cable troops among adults 18-49. Unlike other weeknights and Sunday, cable on Friday is predominantly a variety of kids programming and lightweight fare. Here are the results, ranked in order of total viewers, for Friday, Aug. 19:

Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney Channel) – Viewers: 3.60 million (#1 overall), A18-49: 0.5 (#4t overall)
A.N.T. Farm (Disney Channel) – Viewers: 3.50 million (#2), A18-49: 0.4 (#8t)
Fish Hooks (Disney Channel) – Viewers: 3.34 million (#3), A18-49: 0.4 (#8t)
WWE Smackdown (Syfy) – Viewers: 2.92 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9 (#1)
Thundercats (Cartoon Network) – Viewers: 1.75 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6 (#2t)
Haven (Syfy) – Viewers: 1.74 million (#6), A18-49: 0.5 (#4t)
Four Weddings (TLC) – Viewers: 1.55 million (#7), A18-49: 0.6 (#2t)
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta (TLC, 9 p.m.) – Viewers: 1.45 million (#8), A18-49: 0.5 (#4t)
The Soup (E!) – Viewers: 1.16 million (#9), A18-49: 0.5 (#4t)
Man vs. Wild (Discovery) – Viewers: 972,000 (#10), A18-49: 0.4 (#8t)
Surviving the Cut (Discovery) – Viewers: 781,000 (#11), A18-49: 0.3 (11t)
Tanked (Animal Planet) – Viewers: 754,000 (#12), A18-49: 0.3 (#11t)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data


Prime-Time Programming Options

Tuesday 8/23/11

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. Glee (R, 90 minutes)
9:30 p.m. Raising Hope (R)

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


Notes of Interest

New Cast for CBS’ Survivor:
Veteran reality/competition Survivor, which opens its next edition on CBS in the South Pacific with a 90-minute launch on Wednesday, Sept. 14, has unveiled the latest round of competitors. The two returning players are still up in the air. For a complete list, click here.

A New Twist to an Old Game Show Favorite:
The upcoming 10th season of Disney-ABC syndicated game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, hosted by Meredith Vieira, will offer viewers at home a chance to win prizes (including $1 million as a contestant on the show) in a new twist called Club Millionaire. Viewers can enter Club Millionaire, which will offer exclusive deals and weekly sweepstakes specifically designed for Millionaire viewers, by clicking on The new season of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire begins on Monday, Sept. 5.


So Long, Bob

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With The Programming Insider officially concluding on Friday, I will leave it up to you to decide what show you would like the final trivia question to focus on. Please give me you input here.  I will pick the series with the most responses.

As for today’s question, what state did Bob and Emily Hartley move to when sitcom The Bob Newhart Show ended on April 1, 1978?

a) Iowa
b) Nevada
c) Oregon
d) Pennsylvania
e) Vermont

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following long-running series will be celebrating its 200th episode next season?

a) American Dad (Fox)
b) CSI: Miami (CBS)
c) Desperate Housewives (ABC)
d) House (Fox)

Is: e) NCIS, which opens the new season with episode No. 187 on Sept. 20. The 200th episode should be airing in January 2012.

Current kudos goes to:
Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Sue Doron, Robert Eisenstaedt, Maureen Goldman, Marie Hanerkam, Barb Hemberger, David Heraux, Julie Hurwitz, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Gordon Purcell, Maxine Shulman (2x), Kristen Strauss