The Programming Insider: Wednesday 6/01/11

Stellar return for "America's Got Talent" on NBC

In Today's Issue:

Prime-Time Metered Market Tuesday Ratings: Reality Rules on NBC; Strong NBA Finals on 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: Malcolm in College

Reality Rules on NBC; Strong NBA Finals on ABC

Tuesday 5/31/11
Note: The overnight data now includes DVR playback until 3 a.m. local time. One year earlier it was based on Live data only.  All times are ET/PT.

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 9.1/15, ABC: 7.8/13, CBS: 6.2/10, Fox: 2.0/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening (Tuesday 6/01/10):
ABC: +50, NBC: +36, CBS: + 2, CW: -29, Fox: -64

-Yesterday’s Winners:
America’s Got Talent (NBC), NBA Finals, Game 1 (ABC), The Voice (NBC)

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC), Traffic Light (Fox)

Ratings Breakdown:
NBC reigned supreme on this final Wednesday of May (and first Wednesday of the summer season), with its combination of America’s Got Talent and The Voice besting basketball-ignited ABC by 17 percent in the overnights. Third overall was a night of repeats on NBC, followed by distant Fox and more repeats on The CW.

The two-hour season-premiere of America’s Got Talent opened with a dominant 9.2 rating/15 share in the overnights from 8-10 p.m.  Comparably, that outdelivered its year-ago season premiere (8.0/13 on June 1, 2010) by 15 percent.  And that performance translated into 12.35 million viewers, with a 3.6/11 in the demo. With stronger lead-in support, The Voice perked up to a solid 8.8/14 at 10 p.m., which finished second in the hour behind basketball on ABC. For more on The Voice, see TV Tidbits below.

Speaking of basketball, game one of the Mavericks at Heat matchup scored an estimated 10.1/16 in the overnights for the prime-time portion from 9-11 p.m.  One year earlier, the game one competition between Boston and Los Angeles was virtually identical at a 10.1/17 (on Thursday, June 3, 2010).  As a reminder, results for any live sporting event are always approximate.

Earlier in the evening on ABC was a special half-hour edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live at a distant third-place 2.9/ 5 in the overnights at 8 p.m., followed by the half-hour pregame show at a 3.6/ 6 (#3) at 8:30 p.m. As I say every year, Jimmy Kimmel would be better off sticking to late night.

In series-finale news, sitcom Traffic Light on Fox earned its cancellation stripes with a fourth-place 1.6/ 3 in the overnights at 9:30 p.m. Earlier in the evening on Fox was a repeat of Glee (#4: 2.3/ 4), which never plays well in nonoriginals, and a repeat of critical favorite Raising Hope (#4: 1.8/ 3), which should be in line for some Emmy attention this September. To the masses who have never seen Raising Hope, now is your chance to catch up.

Over at CBS, repeats of NCIS (#2: 7.4/12), spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles (#3: 6.6/10), and The Good Wife (#3: 4.6/ 7), which shifts to Sundays at 9 p.m. in the fall, were at typical nonoriginal levels. Last, and very least were encore telecasts of One Tree Hill (#5: 0.6/ 1) and Hellcats (#5: 0.5/ 1) on The CW.

As a reminder, Tuesdays next fall will feature five new series as follows (with new shows in caps and bolded):

8:30 p.m.  MAN UP
9:00 p.m.: Dancing With the Stars
10:00 p.m.: Body of Proof

8:00 p.m.: NCIS
9:00 p.m.: NCIS: Los Angeles

8:00 p.m.: The Biggest Loser (two hours)
10:00 p.m.: Parenthood

8:00 p.m.: Glee
9:00 p.m.: NEW GIRL
9:30 p.m.: Raising Hope

8:00 p.m.: 90210 (new day)
9:00 p.m.: RINGER

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)


What’s Hot/What’s Not

Live-Plus-7-Day Ratings – Season to-Date Update:
Based on results from September 20, 2010 through May 15, 2011, here is an updated Top 30 ranking of the Live-Plus-7-Day Ratings, which include DVR usage. Based on additional tune-in, CBS holds 13 of the top 30 spots, but ABC’s Modern Family still has the greatest jump at an added 3.41 million viewers.  Hawaii Five-O on CBS leads the freshman pack, with a No. 2 finish overall and an added 3.26 million viewers.

Modern Family (ABC): 11.28 to 14.69 million (+3.41 million), Hawaii Five-O (CBS): 10.96 to 14.22 million (+3.26), The Mentalist (CBS): 14.57 to 17.58 million (+3.01), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC): 11.33 to 14.24 million (+2.91), Glee (Fox): 10.92 to 13.53 million (+2.62), Criminal Minds (CBS): 13.68 to 16.28 million (+2.60),House (Fox): 10.04 to 12.57 (+2.53), NCIS (CBS): 19.77 to 22.29 million (+2.52), Castle (ABC): 10.60 to 13.11 million (+2.51), Blue Bloods (CBS): 11.29 to 13.75 million (+2.46), Body of Proof (ABC): 11.37 to 13.79 million (+2.42), American Idol – Wednesday (Fox): 23.58 to 25.89 million (+2.31), CSI (CBS): 13.29 to 15.58 million (+2.29), The Good Wife (CBS): 11.77 to 14.01 million (+2.24), Bones (Fox): 10.11 to 12.35 million (+2.24), The Big Bang Theory (CBS): 12.63 to 14.86 (+2.23 million), Harry’s Law (NBC): 9.42 to 11.64 million (+2.22), The Office (NBC): 7.35 to 9.51 million (+2.16), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS): 16.24 to 18.38 million (+2.14), Desperate Housewives (ABC): 11.22 to 13.20 million (+1.98), Private Practice (ABC): 7.61 to 9.59 million (+1.98), American Idol – Thursday (Fox): 22.02 to 23.99 million (+1.97),Two and a Half Men (CBS): 14.25 to 16.17 million (+1.92), Parenthood (NBC): 5.24 to 7.11 million (+1.87), Fringe (Fox): 4.39 to 6.18 million (+1.79),  Law & Order: SVU (NBC): 8.63 to 10.42 million (+1.79), Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (CBS): 9.85 to 11.61 million (+1.76), The Voice (NBC): 11.82 to 13.57 million (+1.75 million), Survivor: Redemption Island (CBS): 11.01 to 12.71 million (+1.70), The Event (NBC): 5.66 to 7.35 million (+1.69),   CSI: NY (CBS): 10.04 to 11.69 million (+1.65)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data


Prime-Time Programming Options

Wednesday 6/01/11

8:00 p.m. The Middle (R)
8:30 p.m. The Middle (R)
9:00 p.m. Modern Family (R)
9:30 p.m. Cougar Town (R)
10:00 p.m. Cougar Town (R)
10:30 p.m. Happy Endings (R)

8:00 p.m. Mike & Molly (R)
8:30 p.m. Rules of Engagement (R)
9:00 p.m. Criminal Minds (R)
10:00 p.m. Blue Bloods (R)

8:00 p.m. Stanley Cup Finals, Game 1 (Bruins at Canucks)

8:00 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance (two hours)

8:00 p.m. America’s Next Top Model (R)
9:00 p.m. America’s Next Top Model (R)

Of Note on Cable:

Franklin and Bash (TNT): 9 p.m. ET/PT – series premiere
Two fly-by-the seat-of-their-pants lawyers (Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer) working for an established law firm is the focus of this lighthearted legal drama. Malcolm McDowell co-stars.

Men of a Certain Age (TNT): 10 p.m. ET/PT – season premiere

The World According to Paris (Oxygen): 10 p.m. ET/PT – series premiere
The fame socialite is back in this docudrama, which focuses on her daily life and the people in it.


Notes of Interest

Fox Adds Buried Treasure to the Midseason Mix:
Fox has ordered a new nonscripted series called Buried Treasure, which will feature twin brothers Leigh and Leslie Keno from PBS’ Antiques Roadshow traveling across the country to help ordinary people discover the unknown treasures in their homes.  An unspecified number of new episodes have been ordered for 2012.

NBC’s The Voice to Get Post Super Bowl Slot:
Hit NBC singing competition The Voice will get plenty of added exposure out of Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The current inaugural season of The Voice concludes with a two-hour installment on Tuesday, June 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

More Ghost Hunters:
Syfy has renewed paranormal themed Ghost Hunters for an eighth season, with an order for 20 new episodes in 2012.

Breaking Bad – Season 4:
The upcoming fourth season of AMC drama Breaking Bad, headlined by Emmy winner Bryan Cranston, will open on Sunday, July 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.  Thirteen new one-hour episodes have been ordered.

ABC Announces Upcoming CMA Date:
ABC will air upcoming The 45th Annual CMA Awards live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 8-11 p.m. Last November’s telecast dominated the evening on Wednesday, Nov. 10 with 17.2 million viewers and a 4.7 rating/13 share among adults 18-49.


Malcolm in College

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What college did Malcolm announce he was attending in the final episode of sitcom Malcolm in the Middle?

a) Columbia
b) Harvard
d) Vassar
e) Yale

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Who played Muriel’s mother Iris on 1980's sitcom Too Close for Comfort?

a) Whitney Blake
b) Cloris Leachman
c) Audrey Meadows
d) Martha Raye
e) Jane Wyatt

Is: c) Audrey Meadows, who appeared on the third season of Too Close for Comfort.

Current kudos goes to:
David Ballarotto, John Beadle, Gerry Bixenspan, Al Canaletich, Larry Collins, Audrey Davis, Reid Davis, John Ferlazzo, Julie Friedlander, George Gardner, Maureen Goldman, Martha Gonzalez, David Jackino, Deb Kainer, Marie LeFevre Karp, Tom Kilgallon, Synda Kollman, Steven Kurtzer, Katie Kuyper, Michael Murphy, Aaron Paquette, Ken Penney, Alan Perris, Greg Phelan, Gordon Purcell, Colleen Roth, Anthony Salerno, Mark Maxwell-Smith, Michelle Stanton, Ronnie Tallant, Carol Teichman, Ted Zavales