Solid Early Returns for Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance

Friday, May 29, 2009
CBS Wins, Fox Poised For Adult 18-49 Victory
Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not

On the Air This Weekend:
Prime-Time Programming Options 

TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest
TV Trivia Time:

Mary’s Mama

Prime-Time Metered Market Thursday Ratings:
CBS Wins, Fox Poised For Adult 18-49 Victory
Thursday 5/28/09


CBS   6.8/11

Fox     5.7/ 9

ABC   4.0/ 7

NBC   2.6/ 4

CW   1.1/ 2


-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Wednesday, May 29, 2008):

CBS: +13, ABC: + 3, NBC and Fox: -10 each, CW: -35


Note: The listing of winners and losers will return in September. 

-Ratings Breakdown:

CBS led the Thursday overnights, finishing first in every half-hour with its encore combination of NCIS (6.4 rating/11 share), CSI (6.9/11) and Without a Trace (7.1/12), which should have been picked-up for next season. But a 5.7/ 9 in the overnights for another two-hour edition of So You Think You Can Dance should be enough for Fox to win the evening among adults 18-49. Comparably, while the still potent So You Think You Can Dance dipped by only 10 percent from its year-ago overnight performance (6.3/10 on May 28), I still personally think a fall edition of the dance competition is a bad idea. Simply put, it could be overkill.


Third-place ABC opened the evening with annual special The 2009 Scripp’s National Spelling Bee, which averaged a typically uneventful (and approximate) 4.1/ 7 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. Here is the half-hour breakdown:


The 2009 Scripp’s National Spelling Bee (ABC)

8:00 p.m.: 3.8/ 7 (#3)

8:30 p.m.: 3.8/ 6 (#3)

9:00 p.m.: 4.1/ 7 (#3)

9:30 p.m.: 4.8/ 8 (#3)


The final few minutes of the Spelling Bee rose to a 6.6/11 in the 10 p.m. half-hour. A repeat of Grey’s Anatomy, which never plays well in non-originals, capped off the evening for ABC with a distant second-place 2.9/ 5. To the fans wondering if Katherine Heigl is coming back, I have no clue!


NBC sunk to what could be one of its lowest rated Thursdays historically with its repeat line-up of canceled My Name is Earl (#4: 2.6/ 5), 30 Rock (#4: 2.4/ 4), The Office (#4: 2.5/ 4), another installment of 30 Rock (#4: 2.5/ 4), and two more encore telecasts of The Office (#3: avg. 2.7/ 4 from 10-11 p.m.). And The CW finished the night with repeats of Smallville (#5: 1.1/ 2), which heads to Fridays at 8 p.m. next season, and Supernatural (#5: 1.2/ 2). Anchoring Thursday for The CW in 2009-10 will be highly anticipated The Vampire Diaries. This is a new show to keep a positive eye (or two) on. 


Source: Nielsen Media Research data

Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not
-Mixed Results on ABC Wednesday:

ABC opened Wednesday, May 27 on a positive note, with the sophomore season-premiere of reality/competition Wipeout at 8.71 million viewers and a 3.3 rating/10 share among adults 18-49 — second in the 8 p.m. hour in both categories. Comparably, this built from Wife Swap on this year-ago evening by 53 percent in total viewers and 50 percent in the demo. Wipeout finished as the top-rated non-sports show of the evening among teens 12-17 and lifted ABC to its best overall performance in the time period with regularly scheduled programming since November 2007. Despite the ample lead-in support, the series-premiere of animated sitcom The Goode Family sunk to 3.65 million and a 1.6/ 4 among adults 18-49 at 9 p.m., ranking fourth in the time period in both categories. Even worse was the time period premiere of on the bubble Surviving Suburbia at 2.76 million viewers and a 1.0/ 3 in the demo at 9:30 p.m.

-Strong Return for Oxygen’s Tori & Dean:

The fourth season-premiere of Oxygen’s non-scripted Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood kicked-off on Tuesday, May 26 with a record performance in total viewers (763,000), adults 18-49 (539,000) and women 18-49 (424,000) at 10 p.m. Comparably, that was up by as much as 20 percent among adults 18-49 from one year earlier. And it was, historically, the network’s most-watched season-opener in women 18-49. 

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

On the Air This Weekend:
Prime-Time Programming Options

Friday 5/29/09

 8:00 p.m. Wife Swap (R)

 9:00 p.m. Un-Broke: What You Need to Know About Money

10:00 p.m. 20/20

 8:00 p.m. Movie: Walk the Line


 8:00 p.m. Howie Do It (R)

 8:30 p.m. Howie Do It (R)

 9:00 p.m. Dateline (two hours)


 8:00 p.m. Don’t Forget the Lyrics

 9:00 p.m. Mental (R)


 8:00 p.m. Movie: Hair Show (R)

 8:00 p.m. Friday Night Smackdown!
Saturday 5/30/09
 8:00 p.m. Wipeout (R)
 9:00 p.m. Here Come the Newlyweds (R)

10:00 p.m. Pushing Daisies (return)

 8:00 p.m. Numbers (R)

 9:00 p.m. Harper’s Island

10:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery (R)

 8:00 p.m. Law & Order: Criminal Intent (R)

 9:00 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (R)

10:00 p.m. Law & Order (R)

 8:00 p.m.  Cops

 9:00 p.m. America’s Most Wanted

Sunday 5/31/09

 7:00 p.m. American’s Funniest Home Videos (R)

 8:00 p.m. NBA Countdown

 8:30 p.m. 2009 NBA Western Countdown Finals (if necessary, or repeats of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters)


 7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes

 8:00 p.m. Million Dollar Password

 9:00 p.m. Cold Case (R)

10:00 p.m. The Unit (R)

 7:00 p.m. Dateline (two hours)

 9:00 p.m. Miniseries: The Last Templar (R, part two)


 7:00 p.m. King of the Hill (R)

 7:30 p.m. American Dad (R)

 8:00 p.m. The Simpsons (R)

 8:30 p.m. King of the Hill (R)

 9:00 p.m. Family Guy (R)

 9:30 p.m. American Dad (R)


 7:00 p.m. Jericho (R)

 8:00 p.m. Sunday Movie: Desperately Seeking Susan (R)


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


-Crash Course on ABC:

ABC will add another new non-scripted reality/competition to its schedule this summer called Crash Course, which will feature five different couples participating in extreme driving challenges. Seven one-hour episodes have been ordered. In addition to the return of Wipeout and the premiere of animated The Goode Family, other original series airing on ABC this summer are new sports competition The Superstars and the return of Here Come the Newlyweds, I Survived a Japanese Game Show and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (with Regis Philbin).


-Speaking of ABC:

Canceled sitcoms In The Motherhood and Samantha Who? have been moved to new time periods for their summer burn-off episodes. In The Motherhood will now air Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. beginning on June 25. And back-to-back episodes sophomore Samantha Who? will fill the 9 p.m. hour on Friday, also in June.

-Hispanic College Quiz Show Returns for Season Two:

Distributor Timeless has announced Hispanic College Quiz Show as a firm “go” for year two. Co-hosted by Zoraida Sambolin and T Bone, the Jeopardy-like Hispanic College Quiz Show will air during Hispanic Heritage Month in September and October. For more information contact: Sean Deneny at or at 818.575.8428

-AOL End of Season Poll Results:

Based on a poll of over 350,000 votes, here are the key results for AOL’s end of season TV poll. 

What was the best drama?
Bones (Fox): 9 percent
Friday Night Lights (NBC): 3 percent
House (Fox): 10 percent
Lost (ABC): 7 percent
The Mentalist (CBS): 20 percent

NCIS (CBS): 51 percent

What was the best comedy?
30 Rock (NBC): 9 percent
The Big Bang Theory (CBS): 13 percent
Chuck (NBC): 12 percent
How I Met Your Mother (CBS): 8 percent
The Office (NBC): 11 percent

Two and a Half Men (CBS): 47 percent

What was the best reality TV show?
The Amazing Race (CBS): 11 percent
American Idol (Fox): 25 percent
The Biggest Loser (NBC): 10 percent

Dancing With the Stars (ABC): 31 percent

Survivor (CBS): 11 percent
Top Chef (Bravo): 12 percent
What was the best new show?
90210 (CW): 2 percent
Castle (ABC): 12 percent
Fringe (Fox): 14 percent
Lie To Me (Fox): 6 percent

The Mentalist (CBS): 58 percent

Southland (NBC): 8 percent
What was the worst new show?
In the Motherhood (ABC): 18 percent

Kath & Kim (NBC): 34 percent

Knight Rider (NBC): 25 percent
My Own Worst Enemy (NBC): 8 percent
Worst Week (CBS): 15 percent
What show is SO over?
24 (Fox): 14 percent
CSI (CBS): 15 percent
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC): 16 percent
Heroes (NBC): 17 percent

The Hills (MTV): 25 percent

One Tree Hill (CW): 14 percent
What was the best show nobody watched?
Chuck (NBC): 26 percent

Friday Night Lights (NBC): 31 percent

Privileged (CW): 9 percent
Reaper (CW): 11 percent

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fox): 23 percent

What was your favorite reality guilty please?
The Bachelor (ABC): 19 percent

Celebrity Apprentice (NBC): 34 percent

The City (MTV): 7 percent
Real Housewives (Bravo): 25 percent
Rock of Love Bus (VH1): 15 percent
For a complete listing of the results, click on

TV Trivia Time:

Mary’s Mama


Who played Mary Richards’ mother on The Mary Tyler Moore Show?

Rosemary DeCamp
Nanette Fabray
Eileen Heckart
Nancy Walker
Jane Wyatt

The answer to yesterday’s trivia question…


We all remember Elizabeth Montgomery, of course, for her long-running role as witch Samantha Stephens on sitcom Bewitched. But who was the first choice for the role?

Whitney Blake
Tina Cole
Barbara Eden
Tammy Grimes
Donna Reed

Is:  d) Tammy Grimes, who did, however, star opposite Dick Sargent (Darren #2) in four-episode sitcom The Tammy Grimes Show in 1966. 


-Current kudos goes to:
Mark Amato, Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Reid Davis, Stephan Ferrara, John Ferlazzo, Arleen Fong, Jan Frazier, Maureen Goldman, Geoffrey Gordon, Larry Grimes. Brad Hight, Bob Ingersoll, Deb Kainer, Michael Murphy, Gordon Purcell, Ron Salmon, Michelle Stanton, Stewart Wallace