Solid Sampling for The Chicago Code on Fox


Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:

CBS Wins; Solid Sampling for The Chicago Code on Fox


Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not


On the Air Tonight:

Prime-Time Programming Options


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest 


TV Trivia Time:

Felix and Oscar’s Landlord

CBS Wins; Solid Sampling for The Chicago Code on Fox

Monday 2/07/11

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   7.7/12

Fox    7.5/11

ABC 6.4/10
NBC 4.2/ 6
CW    1.5/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening (Monday, 2/08/10):

NBC: +11, Fox: – 3, CBS and CW: -12 each, ABC: -18

-Yesterday’s Winners:   

House (Fox), How I Met Your Mother (CBS), Two and a Half Men (CBS), Mike & Molly (CBS), The Chicago Code (Fox)

-Honorable Mention:

The Bachelor (ABC), Harry’s Law (NBC), Hawaii Five-O (CBS)

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

90210 (CW), Chuck (NBC), The Cape (NBC), Gossip Girl (CW)


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, February 7, 2010.   

-Ratings Breakdown:

CBS led this first Monday of the February 2011 sweeps in the overnights, beating second-place (and above average) Fox by two-tenths of a rating point. But Fox could be the network to beat among adults 18-49. Third overall was The Bachelor-ignited ABC, followed by NBC and, of course, The CW.


In series-premiere news, Fox crime drama The Chicago Code was amply sampled with a second-place 6.8 rating/10 share in the overnights at 9 p.m. Comparably, that tied the second half of ABC’s The Bachelor, and the retention out of the 8:30 p.m. portion of lead-in House (8.4/12) was a respectable 81 percent. The Chicago Code was also a considerable improvement over recent occupant Lie to Me. For a series-premiere in a highly competitive time period, this is a positive start.


House, overall, won the 8 p.m. hour with an 8.2/12 in the metered markets. Comparably, that was down by only six percent from one year earlier (8.7/13 on Feb. 8, 2010). 


CBS has nothing unusual to report with its combination of How I Met Your Mother (#2: 7.0/10), which always delivers demographically, the final Monday 8:30 p.m. airing of Rules of Engagement (#3: 6.1/ 9), always reliable Two and a Half Men (#1: 9.9/14), and freshman occupants Mike & Molly (#1: 8.2/12), a Mr. TV favorite, and Hawaii Five-O (#1: 7.4/12). One year earlier, former Monday 10 p.m. CBS occupant CSI: Miami averaged a noticeable stronger 9.0/15 in the overnights (on Feb. 8, 2010). 


As a reminder, Rules of Engagement moves into the Thursday 8:30 p.m. half-hour out of The Big Bang Theory on February 24, while next Monday marks the series-premiere of Eye net sitcom Mad Love out of How I Met Your Mother. 


Over at ABC, goofy The Bachelor remains an attraction for the target female demographic (and a solid time period warmer until Dancing with the Stars returns in March), with a 6.6/10 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m.  Here is the half-hour breakdown:

The Bachelor (ABC)
8:00 p.m.: 6.5/10 (#3)
8:30 p.m.: 6.5/10 (#3)
9:00 p.m.: 6.5/10 (#3)
9:30 p.m.: 6.9/10 (#2)

Older skewing crime solver Castle finished third at 10 p.m., with a 6.0/10 in the overnights. 


Over at NBC, the news remains bleak from 8-10 p.m. care of tired Chuck (#4: 3.4/ 5) and failed recent entry The Cape (#4: series-low 2.8/ 4), which would have been a better option on NBC cable cousin Syfy. But week four of older-skewing Harry’s Law remained on map, with a second-place 6.3/11 at 10 p.m. While that was indeed a series-low for the David E. Kelley legal drama (four week overnight track: 7.5/12 – 7.1/12 – 7.4/12 – 6.3/11), growth out of The Cape was a significant 125 percent. Yes…the renewal slip should be coming shortly. 


Last, and very least, were serialized CW dramas 90210 (1.6/ 2) and Gossip Girl (1.4/ 2), which from an overnight standpoint are “losers.”


Source: Nielsen Media Research data

Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not


-Super Bowl XLV Breaks the Record Books:

Super Bowl XLV on Fox, Green Bay vs. Pittsburgh, finished as the most-watched U.S. television program ever with a staggering 111 million viewers on Sunday, February 6. Comparably, this beats the prior high, Indianapolis vs. New Orleans on Super Bowl XLIV one year earlier (106.5 million on CBS on February 7, 2010) by 4.5 million viewers. And this is the fourth consecutive Super Bowl to set a viewership record.  


As a benchmark, here is the total viewer count for The Super Bowl over the last 10 years.


2/07/10 – Super Bowl XLIV (CBS): Indianapolis vs. New Orleans – 106.48 million

2/01/09 – Super Bowl XLIII (NBC): Arizona vs. Pittsburgh – 98.73 million

2/03/08 – Super Bowl XLII (Fox): New York Giants at New England – 97.45 million

2/04/07 – Super Bowl XLI (CBS): Chicago vs. Indianapolis – 93.18 million

2/05/06 – Super Bowl XL (ABC): Seattle vs. Pittsburgh – 90.74 million

2/06/05 – Super Bowl XXXIX (Fox): Philadelphia vs. New England – 86.07 million

2/01/04 – Super Bowl XXXVIII (CBS): Carolina vs. New England – 89.79 million

1/26/03 – Super Bowl XXXVII (ABC): Tampa Bay vs. Oakland – 88.64 million

2/03/02 – Super Bowl XXXVI (Fox): St, Louis vs. New England – 86.80 million

1/28/01 – Super Bowl XXXV (CBS): New York Giants vs. Baltimore – 84.33 million


Super Bowl XLV also set a new mark for total viewership of any program in U.S. history (persons age 2+ watching all or part of the game), with a reported 162.9 million people watching. Comparably, that was 9.5 million more than the record set one year earlier (153.4 million). 


Following the Super Bowl Post Game (Viewers: 66.0 million at 10 p.m.), a special airing of Glee rose to a series-high 26.8 million viewers, with an 11.1 rating among adults 18-49. But one year earlier, the series-premiere of Undercover Boss out of Super Bowl XLIV on CBS was considerably stronger at 38.65 million viewers and a 16.2/38 in the demo on February 7, 2010.

The airing of Super Bowl XLV, The Post Game Show and Glee goes down in the record books as Fox’s most-watched night of prime-time ever, as well as Fox’s highest-rated night historically among Adults 18-49.  


-Live Plus 7 Day Ratings – Season to-Date Update:

Based on season to-date results through January 23, CBS’ freshman Hawaii Five-O remains the most DVR’d program, with 3.27 million added viewers. And the Eye net continues to dominate with nine of the top 20 spots. But the return of American Idol on Fox is now prominently featured, while recently introduced drama Harry’s Law on NBC places No. 15 with an added 2.11 million viewers.


What follows are the top 30 ranked programs based on added viewers from DVR usage


Hawaii Five-O (CBS): 11.32 to 14.59 million (+3.27 million), The Mentalist (CBS): 14.60 to 17.64 million (+3.04), Modern Family (ABC): 11.85 to 14.84 million (+2.99), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC): 11.93 to 14.84 million (+2.91), House (Fox): 10.15 to 12.74 million (+2.59), American Idol – Thursday (Fox): 22.91 to 25.45 million (+2.54), Glee (Fox): 11.63 to 14.13 million (+2.50), Criminal Minds (CBS): 13.90 to 16.39 million (+2.49), Castle (ABC): 10.37 to 12.81 (+2.44), NCIS (CBS): 19.87 to 22.28 million (+2.41), Blue Bloods (CBS): 11.34 to 13.66 million (+2.32), CSI (CBS): 13.95 to 16.18 million (+2.23), The Good Wife (CBS): 12.01 to 14.24 million (+2.23), The Big Bang Theory (CBS): 13.20 to 15.36 million (+2.16), Harry’s Law (NBC): 11.11 to 13.22 million (+2.11), American Idol – Wednesday (Fox): 26.25 to 28.36 million (+2.11), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS): 16.26 to 18.31 million (+2.05), The Event (NBC): 6.90 to 8.93 million (+2.03), The Office (NBC): 7.49 to 9.51 million and Private Practice (ABC): 8.21 to 10.23 million (+2.02 each), Bones (Fox): 9.43 to 11.41 million (+1.98), Two and a Half Men (CBS): 14.16 to 16.10 million (+1.94), Parenthood (NBC): 5.15 to 7.08 million (+1.93), Desperate Housewives (ABC): 12.13 to 14.02 million (+1.89), Fringe (Fox): 5.09 to 6.86 million (+1.77), The Defenders (CBS): 9.78 to 11.46 million (+1.68), Law & Order: SVU (NBC): 8.87 to 10.54 million (+1.67), CSI: NY (CBS): 10.03 to 11.66 million (+1.63), Lie to Me (Fox): 5.58 to 7.17 million (+1.59), Brothers & Sisters (ABC): 8.43 to 9.94 million (+1.51)


Source: Nielsen Media Research data


On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options


Tuesday 2/08/11


 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

10:30 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

 9:00 p.m. Raising Hope

 9:30 p.m. Traffic Light (series premiere)


 8:00 p.m. One Tree Hill

 9:00 p.m. Hellcats

New Program Descriptions
Traffic Light (Fox)

Based on an Israeli series, three childhood friends (Nelson Franklin, David Denman and Kris Marshall), now in their early 30s, find themselves in different stages of their lives, like a traffic light. The red light is for the man who is married with a child and whose life is at a standstill. Yellow is for the man living with his girlfriend. And green is the eternal bachelor.

-The Reality:

The positive news, of course, is the low benchmark…anything would outperform former time period occupant Running Wilde. But unless Traffic Light holds onto about 80 percent of the Raising Hope lead-in (which dips significantly from Glee), the prognosis will be “mixed.”


-Chances of Survival for Traffic Light (Based on 1-1 to 10-1):


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest

-Coming Up on Lifetime:

Lifetime Television has announced two upcoming procedural dramas for 2011: Against the Wall and Exit 19. Against the Wall focuses on a Chicago police detective (Rachel Carpani) who causes a rift in her blue collar family when she decides to join the police department. Treat Williams and Kathy Baker also star. And Exit 19 centers on a divorced mother (Ally Walker) who juggles her demanding personal and professional life as an LAPD homicide detective while raising two boys with the help of her troubled younger brother (Chris Payne Gilbert). Thirteen episodes have been ordered for each.

-Frasier Heads to Hallmark Channel:

Feel-good Hallmark Channel has acquired all 11 seasons (and 264 episodes) of multiple Emmy winning sitcom Frasier from CBS Television Distribution. It launches on Hallmark Channel on Monday, April 4 with four consecutive episodes from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT.

-More The League on FX:

FX has renewed comedy The League for a third season, with an order for 13 additional episodes in 2011. 

-Smallville Finale Date:

Veteran CW drama Smallville will conclude with a two-hour installment on Friday, May 13 from 8-10 p.m. It pre-empts Supernatural at 9 p.m., which will end its season on May 20 also with a two-hour episode. 

-Predict The Grammy Award Winners at

PIFeedback’s annual Grammy Awards contest, hosted by Douglas Pucci, is now available. Click below to chime in with your picks who will win on Sunday night’s three-hour extravaganza on CBS.


TV Trivia Time:

Felix and Oscar’s Landlord

Who owned the building that Felix and Oscar lived in on The Odd Couple?


a)      Dick Cavett

b)      Howard Cosell

c)      Wolfman Jack

d)      Billie Jean King

e)      Rodney Allen Rippy


The answer to yesterday’s question…


A few of the characters from quirky 1980s medical drama St. Elsewhere made guest appearances on two other long-running series. One was Cheers and the other was…


a)      Hill Street Blues

b)      Homicide: Life on the Street

c)      L.A. Law

d)      Mad About You

e)      Seinfeld


Is: b) Homicide: Life on the Street. In an episode of the sixth, and final, season of Homicide: Life on the Street, Alfre Woodard reprised her role of Dr. Roxanne Turner, who is accused of illegally euthanizing a cancer patient. And in the Homicide: The Movie finale, Ed Begley, Jr. made a non-credited appearance as Dr. Victor Ehrlich.

-Current kudos goes to:

Steve Albright, Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Julie Friedlander, Maureen Goldman, Ken Hommel, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Ken Jobe, Synda Kollman, Rick Locke, Kathy McClung, Gordon Purcell, Larry Weinstock