On the Air This Weekend:
Prime-Time Programming Options
A Four-Legged Question
CBS Wins; Respectable Sampling for ABC’s Rookie Blue
CW 0.8/ 1
-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Thursday, June 25, 2009):
Fox: + 6, ABC: + 2, CBS: – 4, CW: -20, NBC: -50
Wipeout (ABC), Rookie Blue (ABC), The Mentalist R (CBS)
100 Questions (NBC)
Despite a night of all repeats, CBS finished first in the overnights on this fourth Thursday in June, with an 11 percent advantage over second-place ABC. Next was Fox, followed by lowly NBC and another night of encore telecasts on The CW. Aside from upcoming non-scripted hour Plain Jane, The CW will be in all repeats this summer.
In series-premiere news, Canadian produced drama Rookie Blue was adequately sampled on ABC, with a dominant 4.8 rating/8 share in the overnights from 9-10 p.m. Although Fox’s competing So You Think You Can Dance (#2: 4.7/ 8) is poised for time period victory among adults 18-49, retention for Rookie Blue out of a Thursday edition of summer favorite Wipeout (#1: 5.0/ 9 at 8 p.m.) was a stellar 96 percent. Consider this a “winning” start for Rookie Blue.
Also on ABC was the season-premiere of Boston Med, which dipped to a distant second in the overnights at 10 p.m. with a 3.7/ 6. Comparably, retention for Boston Med out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of Rookie Blue (4.7/ 8) was 75 percent.
Over at CBS, a repeat of CSI kicked-off the night with a second-place 4.4/ 8 at 8 p.m., followed by encore telecasts of the regularly scheduled edition of CSI (#3: 4.6/ 8) and The Mentalist (#1: 5.9/10) from 9-11 p.m. The Mentalist was the highest rated show of the evening in the overnights, and the CSI repeat at 9 p.m. trailed ABC’s competing Rookie Blue by six percent.
Elsewhere, Fox opened the night with a repeat of Glee (#3: 3.0/ 5), which clearly deserves to be revisited this summer, followed by the aforementioned So You Think You Can Dance at a second-place 4.7/ 8 in the overnights. Mary Murphy…you are missed!
NBC had an abysmal showing with its combination of a repeat of Community (#4: 1.8/ 3), episode five of colossal failure 100 Questions (#4: 1.4/ 3), and encore telecasts of The Office (#4: 2.0/ 3), 30 Rock (#4: 1.8/ 3), another installment of The Office (#3: 1.9/ 3) and Parks and Recreation (#3: 1.6/ 3). NBC will be happy to report, no doubt, that 100 Questions is officially concluding next Thursday.
Last, and very least, were repeats of The Vampire Diaries (0.8/ 2) and Moonlight (0.8/ 1) on The CW. Just to keep your interest intact for next season, here is a reminder of the upcoming Thursday line-up (with the new shows capped and bolded).
8:00 p.m.: The Big Bang Theory (new day and time)
Week two of original TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland (which is reminiscent of The Golden Girls with Betty White as the new “Sophia”) averaged 3.4 million viewers in the Wednesday 10 p.m. half-hour, with a first-place finish in primetime in all of cable among women 25-54 (1.1 million), adults 25-54 (1.6 million) and adults 18-49 (1.2 million).
On the Air This Weekend:
Prime-Time Programming Options
9:00 p.m. 20/20 (two hours, Michael Jackson themed)
8:00 p.m. Medium (R)
9:00 p.m. Flashpoint
10:00 p.m. Miami Medical
8:00 p.m. Friday Night Nights
9:00 p.m. Dateline (two hours)
8:00 p.m. Bones (R)
9:00 p.m. House (R)
8:00 p.m. Smallville (R )
9:00 p.m. Supernatural (R)
10:00 p.m. Rookie Blue (R)
8:00 p.m. Three Rivers
9:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery (R)
8:00 p.m. America’s Got Talent (R, two hours)
8:00 p.m. Major League Baseball
7:00 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos (R)
10:00 p.m. The Gates
7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes
8:00 p.m. I Get That a Lot (R)
9:00 p.m. The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards
7:00 p.m. Dateline (two hours)
9:00 p.m. Law & Order: Criminal Intent
10:00 p.m. Law & Order: Criminal Intent
7:00 p.m. Sons of Tucson (new time)
7:30 p.m. American Dad (R)
8:00 p.m. The Simpsons (R)
8:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show (R)
9:00 p.m. Family Guy (R)
9:30 p.m. American Dad (R)
Key nominations for The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards include:
Outstanding Drama Series
All My Children (ABC)
The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Outstanding Talk Show – Entertainment
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syn. – Warner Bros.)
Rachael Ray (syn. – CBS Television Distribution)
Live with Regis & Kelly (syn. – Disney-ABC) – 19th nomination in the category
Outstanding Talk Show – Informative
Dr. Phil (syn. – CBS Television Distribution)
The Doctors (syn. – CBS Television Distribution)
The Dr. Oz Show (syn. – Sony Pictures Television)
Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (syn. – Twentieth Television)
Cash Cab (Discovery Channel)
Jeopardy (syn. – CBS Television Distribution)
The Price is Right (CBS)
Wheel of Fortune (syn. – CBS Television Distribution)
Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program
Caso Cerrado (Telemundo)
Cristina’s Court (syn. – Twentieth Television)
The People’s Court (syn. – Warner Bros.)
Judge Judy (syn. – CBS Television Distribution)
Judge Pirro (syn. – Warner Bros.)
Outstanding Morning Program
CNN/American Morning (CNN)
Good Morning America (ABC)
The Today Show (NBC)
Outstanding Children’s Series
Design Squad (PBS)
The Electric Company (PBS)
Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman (PBS)
Outstanding Children’s Animated Program
The Backyardigans (Nickelodeon)
Curious George (PBS)
Sid the Science Kid (PBS)
Outstanding Culinary Program
Gourmet’s Adventures with Ruth (PBS)
Giada at Home (Food Network)
Tyler’s Ultimate (Food Network)
Outstanding Talk Show Host
Bonnie Hunt (The Bonnie Hunt Show, syn. – Warner Bros.)
Dr. Mehmet Oz (The Dr. Oz Show, syn. – Sony Pictures Television)
Regis Philbin & Kelly Ripa (Live with Regis & Kelly, syn. – Disney-ABC)
Rachael Ray (Rachael Ray, syn. – CBS Television Distribution)
Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd and Barbara Walters (The View, ABC) – 13th consecutive nomination
Outstanding Game Show Host
Ben Bailey (Cash Cab, Discovery Channel)
Wayne Brady (Let’s Make a Deal, CBS)
Pat Sajak (Wheel of Fortune, syn. – CBS Television Distribution)
Alex Trebek (Jeopardy, syn. – CBS Television Distribution)
Carnie Wilson (The Newlywed Game, GSN)
Notes of Interest
-New Cake Boss Competition Series on TLC:
TLC will introduce a new spin-off reality/competition from Cake Boss, which will go in search of the best rising baker in the business. The eight episode series will feature 10 aspiring cake makers as they compete in a series of challenges for the chance to win an apprenticeship at Hoboken, New Jersey based Carlo’s Bakery, which is the setting for Cake Boss.
-My Manny Returns to TBS:
The fourth season of microseries My Manny, which will air twice weekly every Wednesday evening for five consecutive weeks within commercial breaks during Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns (in the 10 p.m. hour), will kick-off on June 30 with Walmart as the exclusive sponsor. My Manny tells the story of an attractive widow (Elise Neal) who is struggling to balance a full-time catering career and the needs of her young son (Tarren Mason).
-Jordana Spiro Exits NBC’s Love Bites:
My Boys star Jordana Spiro, who was signed on for one of the two recurring roles on upcoming NBC Thursday 10 p.m. romantic comedy anthology Love Bites, has exited the series. Since TBS has not decided if My Boys will remain in production after the upcoming fourth season (which begins on July 25), NBC apparently did not want to take a risk.
-Speaking of Love Bites:
As a precursor to my handicapping the new fall series from the upcoming Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour (which runs from July 27 through August 8 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles), my personal odds on Love Bites (based on 1-1 to 10-1, with 10-1 being the worst) are indeed 10-1. Unfortunately, this is not the same era of television when similar appeal Love, American Style aired 40 years ago.
Season three of The Big Bang Theory, a Mr. TV favorite, will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD on Tuesday, Sept. 14, which is just nine days before the fourth season opener on its new night and time, Thursday at 8 p.m., on CBS.
What was the name of the beloved pooch on classic sitcom My Three Sons?
The answer to yesterday’s question…
ABC drama Brothers & Sisters features multi-honored Sally Field as family matriarch Nora Walker. But who played the role of Nora in the pilot episode?
a) Pamela Bellwood
b) Betty Buckley
c) Patty Duke
d) Paula Prentiss
e) Marlo Thomas
Is: b) Betty Buckley, who is remembered of course as the step-mother on Eight is Enough.
-Current kudos goes to:
Carolyn Bisson, Gerry Bixenspan, Barbara Bloomfield, Kevin Brault, John Brooker, Cory Chapman, Steve Clements, Larry Collins, Scott Dickson, Andy Ehlen, Serri Ferrante, George Gardner, Maureen Goldman, Geoffrey Gordon, Melissa Harling, Ken Hommel, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Deb Kainer, Mary Kinoshita, Irene Kirschner, Joel Kunkel, Steve Kurtzer, Katie Kuyper, Stephan LaRue, Steven Lewis, Rick Locke, Patty Lynch, Susan McClellan, Tricia McGee, Lisa Menin, Jim Moore, Richard Murten, Aaron Paquette, Alan Perris, Sandra Pettway, Francine Purcell, Gordon Purcell, Arthur Reinstein, Lisa Tatum-Roehrig, Joe Rubi, Mary Ryan, Neal Sabin, Marni Setless, Christina Shrenk, Michelle Stanton, Andrew Stearn, Rafi Stephan, Tammy Wiard