Regis Philbin to Retire

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:


Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not
On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options
TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest

TV Trivia Time:

Maddie Pre Moonlighting

Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:

Ample Sampling for Harry’s Law on NBC

Monday 1/17/11

Note: The overnight data now includes DVR playback until 3 a.m. local time. One year earlier it was based on Live data only.



CBS   7.8/12
Fox     5.8/ 8
ABC   5.5/ 8
NBC   5.0/ 8
CW    0.6/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Period (Monday, 1/18/10):

NBC: +32, CBS: – 6, ABC: -19, Fox: -25, CW: -68

-Yesterday’s Winners:   

How I Met Your Mother (CBS), House (Fox), Two and a Half Men (CBS), Harry’s Law (NBC)

-Honorable Mention:
The Bachelor (ABC)

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Chuck (NBC), The Cape (NBC), Lie to Me (Fox)


Note: The fast affiliate results for Monday 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 Monday, January 17, 2010.   

-Ratings Breakdown:

CBS led this third January Monday in the overnights, beating second-place Fox by 2.0 rating points. But the positive news for NBC was hefty sampling for the series-premiere of new David E. Kelley legal drama Harry’s Law, with Oscar winner Kathy Bates. Harry’s Law launched with a dominant 7.5 rating/12 share in the overnights at 10 p.m. (one-tenth of a rating point ahead of CBS’ competing Hawaii Five-O), building from the second episode of The Cape (#4: 4.0/ 6, and its first original in the Monday 9 p.m. hour) by a whopping 87 percent. Needless to say, The Cape came crashing down from its ample tune-in on Sunday, January 9. Compared to failed year-ago occupant The Jay Leno Show (3.5/ 6 on Jan. 18, 2010), Harry’s Law improved the time period by 114 percent. 


Earlier in the evening on NBC was should-be-axed Chuck at a fourth-place 3.8/ 6 at 8 p.m.


CBS had nothing unusual report with its combination of sitcoms How I Met Your Mother (#1: 7.2/10), Rules of Engagement (#2: 6.4/ 9), Two and a Half Men (#1: 10.1/15) and Mike & Molly (#1: 8.2/12) from 8-10 p.m., and aforementioned Hawaii Five-O, with a second-place 7.4/12 at 10 p.m. As a reminder, upcoming sitcom Mad Love debuts in the 8:30 p.m. half-hour on Feb. 21.


Elsewhere, Fox’s veteran House won the 8 p.m. hour, with a 7.2/11 in the overnights. Next was soon-to-depart Lie to Me at a third-place 4.4/ 6 at 9 p.m., which was a significant 40 percent below the 8:30 p.m. portion of House (7.3/11). Upcoming Fox crime solver The Chicago Code steps into the Monday 9 p.m. hour on February 7. 


ABC’s perennial The Bachelor remains a respectable temporary replacement for Dancing with the Stars, with a 6.3/ 9 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. and the half-hour breakdown as follows:


The Bachelor (ABC)

8:00 p.m.: 6.2/ 9 (#3)

8:30 p.m.: 6.3/ 9 (#3)

9:00 p.m.: 6.4/ 9 (#2)

9:30 p.m.: 6.5/ 9 (#2)


As always, expect The Bachelor to resonate among the young female audience. Next on ABC was a repeat of already renewed Castle at a third-place 3.9/ 6 in the overnights at 10 p.m.


The CW closed the night with repeats of 90210 (#5: 0.7/ 1) and Gossip Girl (#5: 0.5/ 1) from 8-10 p.m.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not


-Stellar Saturday Results:

The NFL NFC Divisional Playoffs on Fox scored an approximate 27.33 million viewers and a 9.9 rating/29 share among adults 18-49 in primetime on Saturday, January 15, proving the audience will watch broadcast television on the evening if there is something worth tuning into. Despite facing football, The Miss America Pageant on ABC drew the largest non-sports audience in the Saturday 9-11 p.m. block on the network since April 11, 2009, with 6.62 million viewers and a 1.6/ 5 in the demo. Comparably, that was Miss America’s top numbers since 2004. 


Here are the overall results for the evening:


-Total Viewers:
Fox: 27.33 million, CBS: 6.64, ABC: 5.81, NBC: 2.45

-Adults 18-49:
Fox: 9.9 rating/29 share, CBS: 1.6/ 5, ABC: 1.5/ 4, NBC: 0.5/ 2


-Sunday Fast Affiliate Results:

NBC was clearly on the map care of The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards, which averaged 14.29 million viewers and a 4.4 rating/11 share among adults 18-49 from 8-11 p.m. But the final hour of the New York Jets at New England in an AFC Divisional game scored a mammoth 40.63 million viewers and a 13.6/35 in the demo from 7-8 p.m., pushing CBS into overall victory for the evening. Here are the results:

Sunday 1/16/11
Total Viewers:

CBS: 20.38 million, NBC: 12.77, ABC: 7.78, Fox: 5.07

Adults 18-49:

CBS: 5.8 rating/15 share, NBC: 3.8/10, Fox: 2.5/ 6, ABC: 2.1/ 5

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options

 8:00 p.m. No Ordinary Family
 9:00 p.m. V

10:00 p.m. Detroit 1-8-7

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

10:00 p.m. The Good Wife


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

10:00 p.m. Parenthood

 8:00 p.m. Glee (R)
 9:00 p.m. Million Dollar Money Drop
 8:00 p.m. Life Unexpected

 9:00 p.m. Life Unexpected (series finale)


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest:


-Regis to Retire:

Live with Regis & Kelly co-host Regis Philbin, who has helmed the veteran Disney-ABC morning talker since 1988, has announced his retirement.  Regis, 79, who has been active in recent years as the original host of ABC game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and NBC summer reality/competition America’s Got Talent, will exit the AM franchise at the end of the summer or in early fall. There is no word at present who will step into his shoes opposite Kelly Ripa. Needless to say, Disney-ABC will want to keep this still potent franchise alive. 


Season to-date, Live with Regis & Kelly ranks third overall among the 12 syndicated first-run talk shows (behind Oprah and Dr. Phil), with a 2.5 rating in AA (average audience) households. Comparably, that is equal to one year earlier. 

-One Down on CBS’ The Talk:

CBS’ crowded The Talk, its recently launched daytime chatfest which kicked-off in September with six co-hosts, is down to five. Marissa Jaret Winokur, who contributed with bi-weekly “Mom on the Street” segments has exited the series. Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Sara Gilbert and Leah Remini remain as co-hosts for the time being on The Talk, which recently rose to its highest weekly viewership…2.34 million viewers. 

-CBS Taps Sarah Michelle Gellar for Drama Pilot:

For Buffy, the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar will headline a proposed drama for fall 2011 on CBS called Ringer. The premise focuses on a troubled woman (Gellar) who pretends to be her wealthy twin sister while on the run from the mob, but then realizes she is not as innocent as she thought. 

-Liam McIntyre to Succeed Andy Whitfield on Spartacus:

Australian actor Liam McIntyre has been cast in the lead role in the second season of Starz drama Spartacus. McIntyre inherits the role from Andy Whitfield, who was forced to resign due to health issues.


-Happy Birthday, Betty:

Our national treasure, Betty White, turned 89 years young yesterday. Happy Birthday, Betty! All together now…


Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down the road and back again
Your heart is true your a pal and a confidant.

And if you through a party
Invited everyone you ever knew
You would see the biggest gift would be from me
And the card attached would say thank you for being a friend.


-Golden Globe Winners:

Fox’s Glee was the big winner amongst the small screen on Sunday with three Golden Globes: Best Television Series – Comedy and Best Supporting Actor (Chris Colfer) and Actress (Jane Lynch) in a Television Series. Personally, however, I still do not understand why Glee is considered a comedy. HBO’s Boardwalk Empire snagged two trophies: Best Television Series – Drama and Steve Buscemi for Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama.


Here is a complete listing of the winners in television for The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards:


Best Television Series – Drama:Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Best Television Series – Comedy:Glee (Fox)
Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama:Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama:Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy (FX)
Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy:Laura Linney, The Big C (Showtime)
Best Supporting Actor – Television:Chris Colfer, Glee (Fox)
Best Supporting Actress – Television:Jane Lynch, Glee (Fox)
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:Carlos (Sundance)
Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack (HBO)
Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:Claire Danes, Temple Grandin (HBO)


-CBS at The Winter Press Tour

The CBS executive session with Entertainment President Nina Tassler kicked-off, not surprisingly, with a question about troubled Charlie Sheen. “We have a high level of concern. How could we not?,” said Tassler.  “This man is a father. He’s got children. He has a family. So, obviously, there’s concern on a personal level. But you can’t look at it simplistically. Charlie is a professional. He comes to work. He does his job extremely well. But we have a very good relationship with Warner Bros. I have a tremendous trust and respect in the way they are managing the situation.”


Despite yet another successful season, including current dominance in total viewers and adults 18-49, the ongoing concern at CBS is the glut of procedural crime solvers, including the CSI franchise.


“As long as those shows continue to be competitive, as long as the fans still continue to watch the shows, they’re going to stay on the air,” said Tassler regarding the futures of CSI: Miami and CSI: NY. “Both shows are doing incredibly well in their new time periods, given what was there before.”


Parent series CSI, which was expected to flip time periods with The Mentalist this season, is remaining intact and likely to return in 2011-12. And NCIS is expecting to keep star Mark Harmon intact despite his contact expiring this spring.


“Contracts will come up,” noted Tassler. “They get renegotiated, and those deals get closed. And we are very, very confident that Mark will continue on with the show. He’s very happy, and we are thrilled to have him.”


Regarding freshman sitcom $#*! My Dad Says, which created a stir due to its controversial title last summer:


“Like any show in its first year, you are always making creative adjustments,” said Tassler. “So I think there are more things we can do, and we are excited about some of the stuff they have done. Whether or not it is coming back next year, everything is up for grabs in May.”


In terms of upcoming development season:


“We have a number of shows in the works,” said Tassler.  “We certainly have some medicine. We have serialized. We have family shows. We still have a full spectrum of different kinds of shows. And when a show does or doesn’t work for us, I wouldn’t say that show didn’t work because it was not a crime show.


With a five for five full season renewal rate for its fall starters (Mike & Molly, Hawaii Five-O, The Defenders, $#*! My Dad Says and Blue Bloods), the successful relocations of The Big Bang Theory, CSI: NY and CSI: Miami, and a schedule chock full of bona fide hits, CBS is poised for more success in the future. While there are, of course, some weak links, unless the audience tires of good comedies, proven crime solvers, quality reality, and the granddaddy of newsmagazines, 60 Minutes, CBS is the network to beat well into the future.


-The CW at The Winter Tour:

Unlike ABC, CBS and Fox, which featured a Q&A with the network executives at the Winter Press Tour, The CW did not give us the opportunity to question Dawn Ostroff. In other words, we could not ask her publicly if, and when, she is leaving. The network has announced its first pilot project, Danni Lowinski, which follows a hairdresser who graduates from law school and can’t find a job. Undeterred, she starts her own law firm at a kiosk in a shopping mall.


Also at The CW in its allotted hour were sessions on upcoming reality/competition Shedding for the Wedding, which is described as the “anti Bridalplasty,” and the Kick-Ass Women of The CW, including Candice Accola (The Vampire Diaries), Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries), Erica Durance (Smallville), Lyndsy Fonseca (Nikita), Aly Michalka (Hellcats) and Maggie Q (Nikita). Unfortunately, a few of these “Kick Ass” women may be unemployed by next season.


-News from Showtime:

Showtime will introduce a new series in 2011 chronicling the competitive world of professional baseball. Still untitled, this collaboration between Showtime and Major League Baseball Productions will focus on a baseball team’s task of defending their World Series title through the 2011 MLB season. It will preview at the opening of the new baseball season, followed by regularly scheduled episodes during the second half of the season.


Also at Showtime, the cable net has renewed sitcom Californication for a fifth season, with the first of 12 new episodes to begin production this spring. The third seasons of Nurse Jackie and United States of Tara, meanwhile, will begin on Monday, March 28 in the 10 p.m. hour. And The Borgias, featuring Oscar winner Jeremy Irons as the patriarch of one of history’s most notorious families, launches on

Sunday, April 3 from 9-11 p.m. ET. 


TV Trivia Time:

Maddie Pre Moonlighting

What was Maddie’s occupation before she became a detective on Moonlighting?

a)      Actress
b)      Dancer
c)      Hair salon owner
d)      Model
e)      Singer
The answer to Friday’s question:

What President was mentioned in the opening theme song of All in the Family?


a)      Dwight Eisenhower

b)      Herbert Hoover

c)      Abraham Lincoln

d)      Richard Nixon

e)      Franklin Roosevelt


Is:  b) Herbert Hoover. All together now…


Boy the way Glen Miller played
Songs that made the hit parade.
Guys like us we had it made,
Those were the days.

And you knew who you were then,
Girls were girls and men were men,
Mister we could use a man
Like Herbert Hoover again.

Didn’t need no welfare state,
Everybody pulled his weight.
Gee our old LaSalle ran great.
Those were the days.


-Current kudos goes to:
Don Abel, Joanne Albrecht, Joelle Alexander, Janice Barney, Matthew Berriman, Gerry Bixenspan, Ramey Warren Black, Andrew Brandner, Lisa Brause, John Brooker, John Carlo, Larry Cauble, Steve Clements, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Kristen Conner, Kay Copeland, Mark Cosenza, Audrey Davis, Mike Dugger, John Ferlazzo, George Gardner, Steve Gleason, Maureen Goldman, Martha Gonzalez, Peter Grad, Michael Grewe, Ed Griffis, Daniel Haack, Jacqueline Hague, Scott Hamula, Barb Hemberger, Jerry Hermes, Melissa Hodgdon, Bob Ingersoll, Tony Intelesano, David Jackino, Cara Jabobs, Deb Kainer, Mary Kalnin, Tom Kilgallon, Synda Kollman, Joel Kunkel, Gary Kupper, Steven Kurtzer, Tom Lawrenson, Charmaine Leary, Danny Leclair, Howard Lieboff, Patty Lynch, Richard Mann, Keith Marder, Claudia Martin, Kathy Martin, Richard Millhauser, Anne Moynihan, Tony Naldrett, Michael Natale, Bill Nuss, Tad O’Rourke, Kimberley Orti, Aaron Paquette, Alex Petrilli, Jr., Greg Phelan, Mary Politano, Amy Preisendefer, David Presler, David Primuth, Gordon Purcell, Nick Rice, Lisa Tatum-Roehrig, Colleen Roth, David Ruckman, Mary Ryan, Anthony Salerno, Jack Schabel, Carly Schinzing, JoAnne Schmitz, Hakimah Shah, David Shearer, Scott Shepherd, Mark Simmons, Barry Singer, Mark Maxwell-Smith, Michelle Stanton, Bruce Starin, Andrew Stearn, Rafi Stefan, Julie Stowell, Joe Swaney, Julie Syers, Carol Teichman, Linda Weeks, Kurt Weil, Tammy Wiard, Abbott Wool, David Young, Ged Young, Kendal Zagor, Ted Zavales, Ted Zawislak