Remembering Gary Coleman

Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:


Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:

CBS Wins First Monday of Summer Season  

Monday 5/31/10



CBS    5.3/ 9
ABC   4.6/ 8
NBC   4.1/ 7
Fox     2.1/ 3
CW     0.5/ 1

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Monday, June 1, 2009):
ABC: +21, CBS: – 5, NBC: – 9, CW: -29, Fox: -50


Two and a Half Men R (CBS), The Big Bang Theory R (CBS)


-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

True Beauty (ABC)


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, May 31, 2010.   

-Ratings Breakdown:

CBS led this holiday Monday (and first Monday of the summer season) in the overnights with its repeat combination of How I Met Your Mother (#2: 3.7 rating/6 share), Rules of Engagement (#2t, 4.0/ 7), Two and a Half Men (#1, 6.7/11), The Big Bang Theory (#1: 6.5/10) and CSI: Miami (#1: 5.5/10). As a reminder, The Big Bang Theory and CSI: Miami are moving next fall: Leonard, Sheldon and company to Thursday at 8 p.m. (into new William Shatner comedy $#*! My Dad Says) and CSI: Miami to Sunday at 10 p.m. (out of Undercover Boss).


Over at second-place ABC, week two of goofy The Bachelorette moved into the 8-10 p.m. block with an acceptable 5.1/ 9 in the overnights and growth in every half-hour as follows:


The Bachelorette (ABC)

8:00 p.m.: 4.7/ 8 (#1)

8:30 p.m.: 4.9/ 8 (#1)

9:00 p.m.: 5.2/ 8 (#2)

9:30 p.m.: 5.4/ 9 (#2)


Leading out of The Bachelorette was the season-premiere of True Beauty, which was not so beautiful with a last-place 3.6/ 6 at 10 p.m. Retention out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of The Bachelorette was 69 percent.  


Over at NBC, game two of The Stanley Cup Finals (Philadelphia at Chicago) finished third overall in the metered markets, with an above-average 4.1/ 7 from 8-11 p.m. Take a look at the half-hour breakdown:

Stanley Cup Finals (NBC)
 8:00 p.m.: 3.5/ 6 (#3)
 8:30 p.m.: 4.0/ 7 (#2t)
 9:00 p.m.: 3.8/ 6 (#3)
 9:30 p.m.: 4.4/ 7 (#3)

10:00 p.m.: 3.9/ 6 (#2)

10:30 p.m.: 3.8/ 8 (#2)


Elsewhere, Fox filled the night with repeats of Lie to Me (#4: 2.3/ 4) and recently introduced Good Guys (#4: 1.9/ 3), which I personally think will be yanked off the Fox schedule before the fall season begins (Good Guys is scheduled on Fridays at 9 p.m. out of returning Human Target). And The CW aired encore telecasts of serialized dramas One Tree Hill (#5: 0.6/ 1), which moves to Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the fall, and Gossip Girl (#5: 0.5/ 1). 


As a reminder, here is what you will be seeing on the networks on Monday this fall (with the new shows capped and in bold):


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.: Rules of Engagement

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.: Chuck

9:00 p.m.: THE EVENT

10:00 p.m.: CHASE


8:00 p.m.: House

9:00 p.m. LONESTAR


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

9:00 p.m.: Gossip Girl

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not


-Fast National Weekend Results:

While we were enjoying the holiday weekend, here were the fast affiliate results for Friday, May 28 through Sunday, May 30:

Friday 5/28/10

-Total Viewers:
NBC: 4.64 million, ABC: 4.28, CBS: 3.99, Fox: 2.19, CW: 1.09

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 1.2 rating/4 share, ABC: 1.0/ 4, CBS: 0.9/ 3, Fox: 0.7/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 2

Saturday 5/29/10

-Total Viewers:
NBC: 4.34 million, Fox: 4.08, CBS: 3.93, ABC: 1.64

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 1.7 rating/6 share, Fox: 1.3/ 5, CBS: 0.7/ 3, ABC: 0.5/ 2

Sunday 5/30/10

-Total Viewers:
Fox: 6.20 million, CBS: 5.63, NBC: 3.45, ABC: 3.38

-Adults 18-49:
Fox: 1.9 rating/8 share, NBC: 1.0/ 4, ABC: 0.9/ 3, CBS: 0.8/ 3

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options

Tuesday 6/01/10
 8:00 p.m. Wipeout (season premiere, two episodes)

10:00 p.m. 20/20: Real Super Heroes

 8:00 p.m. NCIS (R)
 9:00 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (R)

10:00 p.m. The Good Wife (R)


 8:00 p.m. America’s Got Talent (season premiere, two hours)

10:00 p.m. Losing It With Jillian (premiere)

 8:00 p.m. Hell’s Kitchen (season premiere)
 9:00 p.m. Glee
 8:00 p.m. 90210 (R)

 9:00 p.m. Life Unexpected (R)

New Show Descriptions
Losing It with Jillian (NBC)

The Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels will tackle the obesity epidemic by visiting a different family each week to help them change their diet and exercise habits. Also featured with be celebrity chef Curtis Stone, who will rid the family’s kitchen of any unhealthy foods, while educating them on proper nutrition. 


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


-Show Battles:

With the fall primetime schedules announced, it is time for Mr. TV’s annual look at some of the interesting program battles. The show match-ups this year are The Event (NBC) vs. Lonestar (Fox); No Ordinary Family (ABC) vs. Glee (Fox); The Whole Truth (ABC) vs. The Defenders (CBS) vs. Law & Order: Los Angeles (NBC); $#*! My Dad Says (CBS) vs. 30 Rock (NBC); Nikita (CW) vs. Fringe (Fox): and Blue Bloods (CBS) vs. Outlaw (NBC). For more, click here.


-Remembering Gary Coleman:

Gary Coleman, who rose to fame on long-running sitcom Diff’rent Strokes, died last Friday in Provo, Utah after falling and hitting his head and suffering an intracranial hemorrhage. He was 42. 


Born on Feb. 8, 1968 in Zion, Illinois and adopted by Willie and Sue Coleman, Gary was diagnosed with a congenital kidney defect at any early age, which stunted his growth and resulted in kidney transplant surgery at age 7 and 16. At age 9, he was discovered by a casting agent for Norman Lear and hired for the planned revival of The Little Rascals, which never panned, but guest roles in sitcoms Good Times and The Jeffersons led to Diff’rent Srokes, which began in 1978 on NBC and concluded on ABC in 1986. At the time Coleman was doing Diff’rent Strokes, he headlined a string of TV movies including Scout’s Honor, On the Right Track and The Kid From Left Field. 


Unable to find regular work after Diff’rent Strokes ended, Coleman was plagued with a series of personal and financial problems, including a strained relationship with his parents, who he sued in 1989 along with his manager for mishandling his trust fund. Although the case was settled in 1993 for a reported $1.3 million, in 1999 he filed for personal bankruptcy.


Ranked #1 in VH1’s list of the “100 Greatest Kid Stars,” personal and health problems continued over the years, including suffering a seizure on the set of newsmagazine The Insider just three months ago.  Coleman is survived by his wife, Shannon Price, who he appeared with on syndicated Divorce Court in 2008 to hopefully resolve their differences. 


TV Trivia Time:

Life Before Family Ties

What was the name of the drama that featured Michael J. Fox in the early 1980s?

Breaking Away
McClain’s Law
Palmerstown, U.S.A.
Tucker’s Witch
Walking Tall
The answer to yesterday’s question:

Which one of the following TV characters would be the least likely to have off from work on Memorial Day?

Cliff Clavin
Emily Hartley
Charlie Moore
Ken Reeves
Drew Thatcher

Is:  e) Drew Thatcher, who ran a restaurant on feel-good drama Life Goes On. Cliff Clavin on Cheers was a mailman, Emily Hartley (The Bob Newhart Show) and Charlie Moore (Head of the Class) were teachers and Ken Reeves was the basketball coach on The White Shadow. All together now…


Desmond has his barrow in the market place…
Molly is the singer in a band…
Desmond says to Molly “Girl, I like your face”
And Molly says this as she takes him by the hand…
Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah!…
Lala how the life goes on…
Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah!…
Lala how the life goes on.

In a couple of years they have built a home sweet home,
With a couple of kids running in the yard,
Of Desmond and Molly Jones… (Ha ha ha ha ha)

Happy ever after in the market place…
Desmond lets the children lend a hand…
Molly stays at home and does her pretty face…
And in the evening she still sings it with the band…
Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah!…
Lala how the life goes on…
Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah!…
Lala how the life goes on.

In a couple of years they have built a home sweet home,
With a couple of kids running in the yard,
Of Desmond and Molly Jones…
Happy ever after in the market place…
Molly lets the children lend a hand…
Desmond stays at home and does his pretty face…
And in the evening she’s a singer with the band…
Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah!…
Lala how the life goes on…
Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah!…
Lala how the life goes on.


-Current kudos goes to:
Suzanne Ackley, Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, John Ferlazzo, Maureen Goldman, David Jackino, Tom Kilgallon, Trevor Kimball, Synda Kollman, Gordon Purcell, Colleen Roth, Joe Rubi