The Programming Insider: Wednesday 6/15/11

ABC extends weekly winning streak

In Today's Issue

Prime-Time Metered Market Tuesday Ratings: Clean Sweep for NBC
National Ratings in Prime-Time: Week of June 6, 2011
Ratings Box: What’s Hot/What’s Not
On the Air Tonight: Prime-Time Programming Options
TV Tidbits: Notes of Interest
TV Trivia Time: Big Sister Mary

Clean Sweep for NBC

Tuesday 6/14/11

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 7.8/13, CBS: 5.3/ 9, ABC: 2.6/ 4, Fox: 2.5/ 4, CW: 0.5/ 1

Note: The overnight comparisons to one year earlier are not available today. The fast affiliate results for Tuesday will be posted at PIFeedback by 12 p.m. ET. Go to the website, click on Ratings Box (the first category), then Last Night’s Results, and Tuesday, June 14, 2011.

Yesterday’s Winners:
America’s Got Talent (NBC), The Voice (NBC)

Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):
None; 69 percent of the lineup was in repeats.

Ratings Breakdown:
It was an easy overnight Tuesday victory for reality-driven NBC, which outdelivered a night of repeats on second-place CBS by a hefty 47 percent. In the distant No. 3 spot was ABC, which also aired all encore telecasts, followed by Fox and The CW, which has nothing original on tap this summer.

A one-hour edition of America’s Got Talent on NBC opened with a very dominant 8.1 rating/14 share in the overnights at 8 p.m., followed by two hours of singing competition The Voice at a 7.7/13 from 9-11 p.m., which finished first in each of the four half hours as follows:

The Voice (NBC)
9:00 p.m.: 8.4/13 (#1)
9:30 p.m.: 8.1/13 (#1)
10:00 p.m.: 7.4/12 (#1)
10:30 p.m.: 6.9/12 (#1)

This fall, two-hours of The Biggest Loser and Parenthood remain intact on NBC.

Over at CBS, repeats of NCIS (#2: 6.4/11), spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles (#2: 5.6/ 9), and The Good Wife (#2: 3.9/ 7), which moves into the Sunday 9 p.m. hour this fall, were on par with typical nonoriginal levels. Stepping in for The Good Wife on Tuesdays this fall is new Poppy Montgomery crime solver Unforgettable.

Elsewhere, another original installment of Fox summer reality/competition Masterchef (#3: 3.3/ 5), which is expected to finish second in the 8 p.m. hour among adults 18-49, led into back-to-back repeats of sitcom Raising Hope (#4: avg. 1.9/ 3 from 9-10 p.m.). This fall, returning Glee on Fox at 8 p.m. leads into freshman sitcom New Girl, with Zooey Deschanel, followed by relocated Raising Hope.

ABC populated the evening with repeats of Wipeout (#4: 2.6/ 4) and two episodes of Body of Proof (9 p.m.: #3: 2.3/ 4 — 10 p.m.: #3: 2.9/ 5).  And The CW aired encore telecasts of One Tree Hill (#5: 0.6/ 1), which returns for its final season in midseason, and canceled Hellcats (#5: 0.5/ 1). Next fall, ABC will open the evening with new comedies Last Man Standing and Man Up from 8-9 p.m., leading into the live Dancing With the Stars Results Show and aforementioned Body of Proof. The CW kicks off with relocated 90210 into new Sarah Michelle Gellar drama Ringer, which was originally in development for CBS.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)


Week of June 6, 2011

Boosted by games four through six of Dallas at Miami on The NBA Finals, it was a clean sweep for ABC, with its most-watched summer week since the week of Aug. 20, 2001, and highest rated among adults 18-49 since the week of June 7, 2004.  Sunday’s series ending NBA match-up (Viewers: 23.88 million; A18-49: 9.7 rating/26 share) was the most-watched game in six years and TV’s highest rated telecast since The 2011 Academy Awards on ABC on Feb. 27, 2011. Comparably, ABC was up across-the-board from one year earlier, building by margins of 12 percent to 22 percent.

NBC, which finished second overall in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54, was also on the year-to-year plus side, building by as much as 13 percent in total viewers.  Erosion elsewhere was the visible observation.

Outside of The NBA Finals on ABC, NBC aired Game 6 of Boston vs. Vancouver on The NHL Stanley Cup Finals on Friday, and it averaged 4.32 million viewers (#48 overall) and a respectable 1.6/ 6 among adults 18-49 (#21t).  In specials news, The 65th Annual Tony Awards on CBS had respectable sampling, with 6.95 million (#17), but its performance among adults 18-49 was only a 1.2/ 3 (#41t) in the Sunday 8-11 p.m. block.

What follows are the live-plus-same-day ratings for the week of June 6, 2011 (with percent change versus the comparable year-ago week in parentheses), followed by the top 20-rated programs for the week, and the top-rated networks on basic cable.

ABC: 5.5 rating/10 share (+12), CBS: 4.2/ 7 (-11), NBC: 3.5/ 6 (+ 9), Fox: 2.7/ 5 (-16), CW: 0.5/ 1 (-17)

-Total Viewers: 
ABC: 9.20 million (+16), CBS: 6.47 (- 8), NBC: 5.81 (+13), Fox: 4.46 (-16), CW: 790,000 (-15)

-Adults 18-49: 
ABC: 3.5 rating/11 share (+21), NBC: 1.7/ 5 (+ 6), Fox: 1.7/ 5 (-15), CBS: 1.1/ 3 (-21), CW: 0.3/ 1 (-25)

-Adults 25-54:
ABC: 3.7/10 (+19), NBC: 2.1/ 6 (+ 5), Fox: 1.8/ 5 (-18), CBS: 1.7/ 4 (-15), CW: 0.3/ 1 (-25)

-Adults 18-34: 
ABC: 3.3/12 (+22), Fox: 1.5/ 5 (-25), NBC: 1.4/ 5 (+ 8), CBS: 0.7/ 2 (-12), CW: 0.3/ 1 (-25)

Top 20 Rankings

-Total Viewers:
The NBA Finals, Game 6 (ABC: Miami at Dallas): 23.88 million, NBA Trophy Presentation (ABC): 21.85, The NBA Finals, Game 5 (ABC: Miami at Dallas): 18.32, The NBA Finals, Game 4 (NBC: Miami at Dallas): 16.13, America’s Got Talent – Tuesday (NBC): 12.93, America’s Got Talent – Wednesday (NBC): 12.64, The Voice (NBC): 12.31, 60 Minutes (CBS): 9.32, The Bachelorette (ABC): 8.13, The Mentalist R (CBS): 7.75, The Big Bang Theory R (CBS): 7.46, CSI R (CBS): 7.32, So You Think You Can Dance – Wednesday (Fox): 7.28, So You Think You Can Dance – Thursday (Fox): 7.13, The 65th Annual Tony Awards (CBS): 6.95, Blue Bloods R (CBS): 6.69, Hawaii Five-O R (CBS): 6.61, CSI: NY R (CBS): 6.54

-Adults 18-49:
The NBA Finals, Game 6 (ABC: Miami at Dallas): 9.7 rating/26 share, NBA Trophy Presentation (ABC): 9.3/25, The NBA Finals, Game 5 (ABC: Miami at Dallas): 7.4/22, The NBA Finals, Game 4 (NBC: Miami at Dallas): 6.7/19, The Voice (NBC): 4.6/12, America’s Got Talent – Tuesday (NBC): 3.7/12, America’s Got Talent – Wednesday (NBC): 3.7/10, So You Think You Can Dance – Wednesday (Fox): 2.8/ 9, The Bachelorette (ABC): 2.6/ 8, So You Think You Can Dance – Thursday (Fox): 2.5/ 8, Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (ABC): 2.2/ 6, NBA Countdown, Game 5 (ABC): 2.1/ 7, NBA Countdown, Game 6 (ABC): 2.0/ 7, Family Guy R (Fox): 2.0/ 5, The Big Bang Theory R (CBS): 1.9/ 6, Masterchef (Fox) and NBA Countdown, Game 4 (ABC): 1.8/ 6 each, Modern Family R (ABC) and American Dad R (Fox): 1.7/ 4 each


What follows are the top 10-rated networks on cable in prime time for the week of June 6 based on total viewers and the three key demos.

-Total Viewers:
USA: 3.10 million, Disney: 2.35, History: 2.23, Fox News: 1.84, FX: 1.59, TNT: 1.54, Nick at Nite: 1.48, ABC Family: 1.42, Discovery: 1.35, A&E: 1.28

-Adults 18-49:
USA: 1.08 million, History: 1.01 million, FX: 775,000, Discovery: 755,000, TBS: 715,000, ABC Family: 647,000, TNT: 607,000, A&E: 578,000, Bravo: 566,000, TLC: 528,000

-Adults 25-54:
USA: 1.21 million, History: 1.10 million, Discovery and FX: 791,000 each, TNT: 710,000, TBS: 629,000, A&E: 617,000, Bravo: 581,000, ABC Family: 533,000, Food Network: 527,000

-Adults 18-34:
USA: 455,000, TBS: 433,000, History: 426,000, ABC Family: 386,000, FX: 376,000, Discovery: 333,000, Adult Swim: 327,000, MTV: 324,000, Comedy Central: 316,000, TLC: 288,000

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat; t = tie)


What’s Hot/What’s Not

ABC Family Scores on Monday:
ABC Family drama The Secret Life of the American Teenager on Monday at 8 p.m. ET/PT rose to its second-highest results of the season in adults 18-34 (1.3 million), women 18-34 (1.1 million), adults 18-49 (1.8 million), and women 18-49 (1.5 million). The total viewer tally, 3.1 million, was its third highest of the season.  Week two of lead-out Switched at Birth built from last Monday’s already record-setting debut by 20 percent in adults 18-34 (1.2 million), 30 percent in women 18-34 (979,000), 13 percent in viewers 12-34 (1.8 million), and 15 percent among females 12-34 (1.5 million). Switched at Birth ranked as Monday’s No. 2 scripted TV telecast in women 18-34, viewers 12-34, and females 12-34, and cable’s No. 2 scripted telecast among women 18-49 (behind The Secret Life of the American Teenager).

Final National Ratings in Syndication – Week of May 30:
In this first week minus Oprah Winfrey, CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy moved into the top spot for the week of May 30, with the distributor’s Dr. Phil now first among all talkers. Here are the top 20-rated shows in syndication (first-run and off-network) based on AA (average audience) households for the week of May 30:

Judge Judy (CBS Television Distribution): 6.5 rating, Two and a Half Men (Warner Bros.): 5.8, Wheel of Fortune (CBS): 5.7, Jeopardy (CBS): 4.9, Family Guy (Twentieth): 4.5, Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC Universal): 3.5, Entertainment Tonight (CBS): 3.4, My Wife and Kids (Disney-ABC), That ‘70s Show – Weekend (Twentieth) and Criminal Minds (CBS): 3.0 each, How I Met Your Mother (Twentieth): 2.9, Inside Edition (CBS): 2.8, The Office (NBC), George Lopez (Warner Bros.), Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS) and Monk (NBC): 2.7 each, Dr. Phil (CBS), Seinfeld (Sony Pictures Television), Wheel of Fortune – Weekend (CBS) and Without a Trace (Warner Bros.): 2.6 each

Source: Nielsen Media Research data


Prime-Time Programming Options

Wednesday 6/15/11

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. Modern Family (ABC)
10:00 p.m. ABC News – Caught in the Act

8:00 p.m. Undercover Boss (R)
9:00 p.m. Criminal Minds (R)
10:00 p.m. Blue Bloods (R)

8:00 p.m. NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Game 7

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:
Toddlers and Tiaras (TLC): 10 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)
Hot in Cleveland (TV Land): 10 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)

Happily Divorced (TV Land): 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (series premiere)
Fran Drescher returns to her sitcom roots as a Los Angeles florist who deals with dating after finding out her realtor husband of 18 years (John Michael Higgins) is gay. Tichina Arnold, Rita Moreno, and Robert Walden co-star.

Rocco’s Dinner Party (Bravo): 11 p.m. ET/PT (series premiere)
Three established chefs compete to craft the perfect evening for famed chef Rocco DiSpirito and famous guests like Liza Minnelli, Raven Symone, and Sandra Bernhard in this new competition series.


Notes of Interest

More Tosh.O:
Cable net Comedy Central has renewed Tosh.O for a fourth season, with an order for 26 new episodes scheduled to begin rolling out in January 2012.


Big Sister Mary

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Who played the troubled teenage girl Mary Richards volunteered to be a “Big Sister” to on The Mary Tyler Moore Show?

a) Alison Arngrim
b) Denise Miller
c) Mackenzie Phillips
d) Danielle Spencer
e) Laurie Walters

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Who played Rhoda Morgenstern Gerard’s divorced stewardess friend Sally after Rhoda and Joe split on the 1974-78 sitcom?

a) Ruth Buzzi
b) Penny Marshall
c) Anne Meara
d) Barbara Sharma
e) Mary Louise Wilson

Is: c) Anne Meara, who joined the cast in season three and exited after just one year.

Current kudos goes to:
Steve Albright, John Beadle, Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, John Ferlazzo, Jan Frazier, Julie Friedlander, Jerry Gibbons, Leon Gittens, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, Deb Kainer, Marie Lefevre Karp, Tom Kilgallon, Mary Kinoshita, Steven Kurtzer, Michael Murphy, Gordon Purcell, Anthony Salerno, Kurt Weil, Abbott Wool