William Petersen’s Departure Ignites CSI

Friday, January 16, 2009
Hefty Victory for CBS Care of CSI
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:

A Legendary Actress

Hefty Victory for CBS Care of CSI
Thursday 1/15/09


CBS 10.8.17
ABC 6.1/ 9
NBC 4.9/ 7

Fox    3.0/ 5

CW    2.5/ 4


-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008):
CW: +32, CBS: +26, ABC: +20, NBC: – 8, Fox: -52


Note: The fast affiliate results for Thursday 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 Thursday, January 15, 2009.   

-Yesterday’s Winners:

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Kitchen Nightmares (Fox)
-Ratings Breakdown:

Of immediate note: Results last night are all estimated due to the approximate 15-minute Presidential address at 8 p.m. With that in mind, CBS stood well above the competition in the overnights, beating second-place ABC by a considerable 77 percent. Third overall was NBC, followed by Fox and the CW. Needless to say, Fox did not air American Idol last night.


The Presidential Address performed as follows in the overnights from 8-8:15 p.m.:

ABC: 6.0/10
CBS: 5.9/10
NBC: 5.8/10
Fox: 3.2/ 5

A repeat of CSI on CBS dominated following the Presidential Address, with an estimated 10.3/16 in the overnights from 8:15-9:15 p.m. Next were two episodes (repeat and original) of NBC’s My Name is Earl (avg. 4.7/ 8 from 8:15-9 p.m.), followed by two repeat episodes of ABC’s Scrubs (avg. 3.9/ 6 from 8:15-9 p.m.), Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares (3.2/ 5 from 8:15-9 p.m.) and Smallville on the CW (3.0/ 5 from 8-9 p.m.), which benefited opposite the address. Once again, all results from last night are approximate.


The departure of William Petersen lifted CBS’ veteran CSI to an above average (and very dominant) 14.1/21 in the overnights from 9:15-10:15 p.m. Comparably, that outdelivered a below-average performance of competing Grey’s Anatomy on ABC (8.0/12 from 9-10 p.m.) by a hefty 72 percent. This could, in fact, be the lowest-rated performance for an original installment of the soapy medical drama ever. Now, of course, we have to wonder how CSI will hold up without William Petersen. Personally, I think it will be just fine.


Also in the 9 p.m. hour were just renewed NBC sitcoms The Office (#3: 5.2/ 8) and 30 Rock (#3: 4.3/ 6), which both normally warrant interest among adults 18-49, the second season-finale of Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares (3.0/ 5), and Supernatural on the CW (#5: 2.1/ 3). Am I the only one who just cannot stand loudmouth Chef Gordon Ramsay? 


Top-rated overnight honors stayed with CBS care of Eleventh Hour at an 8.4/14 from 10:15-11:15. But retention out of lead-in CSI was just 60 percent. Chances are solid CBS will utilize the Thursday 10 p.m. hour for something else next season. Coming up in April: Agatha Christie-like mystery Harper’s Island.


Second in the 10 p.m. hour was ABC’s recently relocated Private Practice (5.9/10), followed by NBC’s soon-to-conclude ER (5.0/ 9), which will officially depart on April 2.


Source: Nielsen Media Research data

Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not
-Above Average Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC:

Based on ratings for the week of Jan. 5, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live rose to 1.75 total million viewers and 779,000 adults 18-49. Comparably, that was up by 16 percent and eight percent, respectively, over the year ago week.


Also based on the week of Jan. 5, NBC’s The Today Show continues to lead the morning news pack by considerable margins. But year-to-year, CBS cellar-dweller The Early Show was the only franchise to pick up steam. Take a look:

The Today Show (NBC)
Good Morning America (ABC)
The Early Show (CBS)

NBC: 4.4 rating/15 share (- 2), ABC: 3.4/12 (- 3), CBS: 2.4/ 8 (no change)

Total Viewers:

NBC: 5.82 million (no change), ABC: 4.52 (- 1), CBS: 3.21 (+ 4)

Women 25-54:

NBC: 2.8 rating/16 share (- 7), ABC: 2.3/13 (no change), CBS: 1.4/ 8 (+ 8)

Women 18-49:

NBC: 2.2/15 (-12), ABC: 1.7/12 (- 6), CBS: 1.1/ 7 (+10)

Adults 25-54:

NBC: 2.1/15 (- 9), ABC: 1.7/11 (+ 6), CBS: 1.2/ 8 (+ 9)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data



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On the Air This Weekend:
Prime-Time Programming Options

Friday 1/16/09

 8:00 p.m. Wife Swap

 9:00 p.m. Supernanny

10:00 p.m. 20/20

 8:00 p.m. Ghost Whisperer

 9:00 p.m. Flashpoint

10:00 p.m. Numb3rs

 8:00 p.m. Howie Do It

 9:00 p.m. Friday Night Lights (season premiere)

10:00 p.m. Dateline

 8:00 p.m. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (R)

 9:00 p.m. Don’t Forget the Lyrics


 8:00 p.m. Everybody Hates Chris

 8:30 p.m. The Game

 9:00 p.m. 13 – Fear is Real (R)

 8:00 p.m. Friday Night Smackdown!

 8:00 p.m. Movie: Love’s Long Journey (R, from 7 p.m.)

 9:00 p.m. Movie: Thicker Than Water (R)

Saturday 1/17/09

 8:00 p.m. Movie: The Pacifier (R)

10:00 p.m. Desperate Housewives (R)
 8:00 p.m. Game Show in My Head

 8:30 p.m. Game Show in My Head

 9:00 p.m. Without a Trace (R)

10:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery

 8:00 p.m. Crusoe

 9:00 p.m. Law & Order (R)

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

 8:00 p.m.  Cops

 9:00 p.m. America’s Most Wanted


 8:00 p.m. Movie: The Vanishing (R)


 8:00 p.m. Supernova

 9:00 p.m. Supernova

Sunday 1/18/09

 7:00 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos

 8:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

 9:00 p.m. Desperate Housewives

10:00 p.m. Brothers & Sisters

 7:00 p.m. AFC Championship Game (from 6:30 p.m.)

10:00 p.m. The Mentalist

 7:00 p.m. Dateline (two hours)

 9:00 p.m. Saturday Night Presidential; Bash (R)


 7:00 p.m.  Hole in the Wall (return, new day and time)

 7:30 p.m.  Hole in the Wall

 8:00 p.m. The Simpsons (R)

 8:30 p.m. The Simpsons (R)

 9:00 p.m. Family Guy (R)

 9:30 p.m. Family Guy (R)


 7:00 p.m. Jericho (R)

 8:00 p.m. Sunday Movie: Mr. Mom (R)

7:00 p.m. Movie: Human Trafficking (R)

TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest

-NBC Renewals:

NBC has renewed sitcoms The Office and 30 Rock, and reality/competition The Biggest Loser for the 2009-10 season. Two new editions of The Biggest Loser are expected to air. Also on NBC, Amy Poehler’s still untitled new sitcom will launch Thursday, April 9 at 8:30 p.m. in place of Kath & Kim (which had its order slashed from 22 to 17 episodes). New John Wells crime drama Southland will bow in the Thursday 10 p.m. hour, also on April 9, one week after veteran ER departs. And recently concluded Lipstick Jungle has not been officially canceled…yet.


Also on NBC, new drama Kings, headlined by former Deadwood star Ian McShane, will air Sundays at 8 p.m. leading into a two-hour edition of Celebrity Apprentice. It kicks-off with a two-hour telecast on March 15. And Chopping Block, a new cooking competition, will debut on Wednesday, March 11 at 8 p.m. in place of Knight Rider, which will have completed its episode order.

-More Leverage:

TNT has ordered six additional scripts for recently introduced Timothy Hutton drama Leverage.


TV Trivia Time:

A Legendary Actress


Which legendary actress played matriarch Constance Colby on Dynasty spin-off The Colbys?

Joan Crawford
Bette Davis
Olivia De Haviland
Lillian Gish
Barbara Stanwyck

The answer to yesterday’s trivia question…


Which one of the following TV characters made his living as a producer on Broadway?

Sandy Cohen
Sonny Pruitt
Joe Rossi
Maxwell Sheffield
Danny Williams

Is:  d) Maxwell Sheffield from The Nanny. All together now…


She was working in a bridal shop in Flushing, Queens,
Til her boyfriend kicked her out in one of those crushing scenes.
What was she to do, where was she to go
She was out on her fanny.

So over the bridge from Flushing to the Sheffield’s door,
She was there to sell make up but the father saw more,
She had style, she had flair, she was there,
That’s how she became the Nanny.

Who would have guessed that the girl we described
was just exactly what the doctor prescribed?

Now, the father finds her beguiling, watch out C.C.,
The kids are actually smiling, such joie de vivre
She’s the lady in red when everybody else is wearing tan.
The flashy girl from Flushing, the Nanny named Fran.

-Current kudos goes to:

Anna Alvord, Dan Barnhardt, Michelle Yarborough Bauer, L. Bell, Laurie Biddle, Mark Binda, Kimay Bloch, Lisa Brause, Lillian Buchman, Michelle Butler, Maram Canawati, Brian Carney, Kurt Carstensen, Heidi Cavallaro, Mary Chapman, Collins, Kay Copeland, Sue Doron, Serri Farranti, Patricia Finn,. Jan Frazier, Julie Friedlander, Kayhy Fronsee, Adam Giagni, Jerry Gibbons, Adam Goldberg, Geoffrey Gordon, Randy Hainlen, Sherrie Hentschel, Kerry Hughes, Bob Ingersoll, Cara Jacobs, Greg Janover, Jodi Karp, Marie Lefevre Karp, Kathryn Kieser, Tom Kilgallon, Mary Kinoshita, Irene Kirschner, Synda Kollman, Anne Leahy, Charmaine Leary, David Lederman, Audrey Lewin, Marc Miller, Cheryl Naasko, Jim O’Heir, Greg Phelan, Darlene Pietrak, David Primuth, Francine Purcell, Joye Riddle, Con Rigg, Bruce Robinson, Lita Tatum-Roerhig, Alan Rosenfeld, Sinya Shaw,  Mark Simmons, Dewyane Snype, Tracy Speed, Michelle Stanton, Carol Teichman, Even Weinstein