ABC Wins Monday Despite Facing Baseball

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:

ABC Dominates Despite Facing Final Game of The World Series  

Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not
On the Air Tonight:
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TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest
TV Trivia Time:
His Guardian

Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:

ABC Dominates Despite Facing Final Game of The World Series 


Monday 11/01/10

Note: The overnight data now includes DVR playback until 3 a.m. local time. One year earlier it was based on Live data only.



ABC 12.1/18
Fox    9.2/14
CBS   7.1/10
NBC 4.0/ 6
CW    1.6/ 2

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Monday, November 2, 2009):
ABC: +30, NBC: +25, CW: + 7, CBS: no change, Fox: -25

-Yesterday’s Winners:  

Dancing with the Stars (ABC), Two and a Half Men (CBS)

-Honorable Mention:
How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
-Adequate Fits:
Mike & Molly (CBS), Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
-On the Map, but Down Considerably:
The World Series, Game 5 (Fox)

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Chuck (NBC), 90210 (CW), The Women of Saturday Night Live (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, November 1, 2010.   

-Ratings Breakdown:

ABC danced its way to another overnight Monday victory despite facing the fifth (and final) game of The MLB World Series, with a hefty 2.9 rating point advantage over second-place Fox. Third overall was CBS, which held up despite the added competition, followed by distant NBC and The CW.


The 200th episode of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (which was just too icky sweet last night) stood well above anything else, with a hefty 14.0 rating/20 share in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. Here is the half-hour breakdown:


Dancing with the Stars (ABC)

8:00 p.m.: 13.1/19 (#1)

8:30 p.m.: 14.2/20 (#1)

9:00 p.m.: 14.4/20 (#1)

9:30 p.m.: 14.3/20 (#1)


While I am all for celebrations, having a former contestant also vote only detracted from what is supposed to be a valid competition. While Bristol Palin needs to go home tonight, my pick is Kurt Warner. 


Dancing with the Stars led into Castle, which finished second behind baseball with an 8.3/13 at 10 p.m. Comparably, retention for Castle out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of Dancing with the Stars was typically lackluster at 58 percent.


Over at Fox, the final game of The World Series, which featured the first victory for the San Francisco Giants in 56 years, averaged an estimated 9.9/15 in the overnights from 8-10:30 p.m. While that is certainly an improvement over a typical Fox Monday, one year earlier The Yankees vs. The Phillies scored a 12.3/19 (on Nov. 2, 2009). Take a look at the half-hour breakdown:


The World Series, Game 5 (Fox)

 8:00 p.m.: 7.5/12 (#2)
 8:30 p.m.: 8.9/13 (#2)
 9:00 p.m.: 9.1/13 (#2)
 9:30 p.m.: 11.3/16 (#2)

10:00 p.m.: 12.7/19 (#1)


From a ratings perspective, The World Series 2010 was a huge disappointment. As a reminder, results for any live sporting event are always approximate.


CBS has a typical Monday with its combination of How I Met Your Mother (#3: 6.1/ 9), which always resonates among adults 18-49, Rules of Engagement (#3: 5.6/ 8). Two and a Half Men (#3: 9.0/13), which always builds significantly, Mr. TV favorite Mike & Molly (#3: 7.1/10) and Hawaii Five-O (#3: 7.5/11). Worth positively noting was year-to-year growth for How I Met Your Mother of 17 percent. Recent addition Mike & Molly was down by seven percent from year-ago Monday 9:30 p.m. occupant The Big Bang Theory (7.6/11 on Nov. 2, 2009), while Hawaii Five-O dipped by nine percent from CSI: Miami (8.2/14). In other words, both freshman entries are comfortable, albeit not spectacular. 


NBC got very little mileage out of two-hour special, The Women of Saturday Night Live, which scored a lackluster 4.2/ 7 in the overnights from 9-11 p.m. Here is the half-hour breakdown:


The Women of Saturday Night Live (NBC)

 9:00 p.m.: 3.9/ 6 (#4)
 9:30 p.m.: 4.1/ 6 (#40

10:00 p.m.: 4.4/ 7 (#4)

10:30 p.m.: 4.4/ 7 (#3)


Earlier in the evening was Chuck, with a typical fourth-place 3.7/ 6 at 8 p.m. If NBC was in a better position, Chuck would not have received a full season episode order.


Last, and very least, was The CW’s combination of 90210 (#5: 1.7/ 2) and Gossip Girl (#5: 1.5/ 2). While I do understand who The CW’s target audience is, young females, from an overnight perspective these are “losing” performances. 

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not


-Record Opener for The Walking Dead on AMC:

AMC thriller The Walking Dead was anything but in the ratings, with the series-debut on Sunday at 5.3 million viewers at 10 p.m. — the largest audience for any original series on the network. The initial performance among adults 18-49 (3.6 million) is now the highest delivery for any cable series premiere this year to-date. Cumed with two additional repeats at 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m., The Walking Dead attracted 8.1 million viewers in total. 


 -Live Plus 7 Day Ratings – Week of October 11, 2010:

Week four of the Live Plus 7 Day Ratings, which include DVR usage, have been released. Based on additional tune-in, CBS held five of the top 10, 10 of the top 20, and 14 of the top 30 spots, with three-year old The Mentalist topping the charts at 3.06 million additional viewers. 


Based on percent growth gained, NBC’s struggling Parenthood led once again with a 37.3 percent increase (4.68 to 6.43 million viewers), followed by Fox’s Fringe (+32.1 percent), The CW’s Gossip Girl (+32.0 percent), Fox’s The Good Guys (+31.1 percent) and Lie to Me (+31.0 percent), NBC’s The Event (+30.9 percent), Chase (+27.6 percent) and The Office (+27.1 percent), CBS’ Hawaii Five-O (+26.9 percent) and Fox’s House (+26.1 percent). Needless to say, when you analyze the success, or non-success of any series, you must always take into consideration the DVR usage.


For the fourth consecutive week this season, Grey’s Anatomy and Modern Family on ABC posted the most growth among adults 18-49, with Grey’s picking up an additional 1.5 rating points (4.6 to 6.1) and Modern Family and added 1.4 rating points (4.8 to 6.2 rating). Third was Fox’s House (3.6 to 4.9: 1.3 rating points), followed by Fox’s Glee (4.7 to 5.9: +1.2), NBC’s The Office (3.8 to 4.9) and CBS’ Hawaii Five-O (3.1 to 4.2: +1.1 each), CBS’ Criminal Minds (3.5 to 4.5) and The Mentalist (3.3 to 4.3: +1.0 each), and at an  0.9 added rating points each: ABC’s Desperate Housewives (3.9 to 4.8) and Private Practice (3.0 to 3.9), CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (4.3 to 5.2) and CSI (3.1 to 4.0), NBC’s The Event (2.o to 2.9) and Fox’s Fringe (2.0 to 2.9). 


Here are the top 30 shows in added total viewers based on DVR usage:


The Mentalist (CBS): 15.15 to 18.21 million (+3.06 million), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC): 12.16 to 15.10 million (+2.94), Modern Family (ABC): 11.48 to 14.38 million (+2.90), Hawaii Five-O (CBS): 10.73 to 13.61 million (+2.88), House (Fox): 9.73 to 12.27 million (+2.54), Criminal Minds (CBS): 14.00 to 16.41million (+2.41), Glee (Fox): 11.39 to 13.77 million (+2.38), Castle (ABC): 10.75 to 13.06 million: (+2.31), NCIS (CBS): 19.22 to 21.50 million (+2.28), Blue Bloods (CBS): 10.44 to 12.69 million (+2.25), The Good Wife (CBS): 11.86 to 14.06 million (+2.20), CSI (CBS): 14.48 to 16.52 million (+2.04 million), The Event (NBC): 6.55 to 8.57 million (+2.02), The Office (NBC): 7.37 to 9.37 million (+2.00), Private Practice (ABC): 8.09 to 10.06 million (+1.97), The Big Bang Theory (CBS): 12.61 to 14.52 million (+1.91), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS): 16.04 to 17.93 million (+1.89), Bones (Fox): 9.60 to 11.47 (+1.87), Two and a Half Men (CBS): 13.52 to 15.37 million (+1.85), Desperate Housewives (ABC): 12.67 to 14.47 million (+1.80), Parenthood (NBC): 4.68 to 6.43 million (+1.75), Law & Order: SVU (NBC): 8.14 to 9.86 million (+1.72), Fringe (Fox): 5.27 to 6.96 million (+1.69), Lie to Me (Fox): 5.44 to 7.13 million (+1.69), CSI: NY (CBS): 9.59 to 11.26 million (+1.67), CSI: Miami (CBS): 10.90 to 12.52 million (+1.62), The Defenders (CBS): 9.91 to 11.47 million (+1.56), Mike & Molly (CBS): 10.73 to 12.27 million (+1.54), Chase (NBC): 4.94 to 6.30 million (+1.36), No Ordinary Family (ABC): 7.72 to 908 million (+1.36)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options


Night 6 of the Nov. 2010 Sweep

 8:00 p.m. Dancing with the Stars (90-minutes)
 9:30 p.m. ABC News: Vote 2010
 8:00 p.m. NCIS (R)
 9:00 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (R)

10:00 p.m. CBS News – Election Coverage


  8:00 p.m. The Biggest Loser

 9:00 p.m. NBC News – Election Night 2010
 8:00 p.m. Glee (R)
 9:00 p.m. America’s Election Headquarters
 8:00 p.m. One Tree Hill

 9:00 p.m. Life Unexpected


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest

-Mary and Betty Reunite:

Former co-stars Mary Tyler Moore and Betty White will reunite on the second season opener of White’s TV Land sitcom, Hot in Cleveland, on Wednesday, Jan. 19. This will be the first time the two legends will be appearing together on camera in The Mary Tyler Moore Show concluded in 1977. 


-OWN Beefs Up Original Programming Slate:

OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, which launches on Jan. 1, has announced three additional new hour-long series: The Judds, Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals and Carson Nation. The Judds follows country music duo Naomi and Wynonna Judd as they prepare for their first tour together in one decade; Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals centers on the often tumultuous relationship between the famous father and daughter; and Carson Nation features style guru Carson Kressley as he travels around the country giving makeovers. 


-NBC Schedules Minute to Win It:

NBC game show Minute to Win It will return for three holiday themed episodes in the Tuesday 8 p.m. hour beginning on Dec. 7. The first two telecasts will lead into 9-11 p.m. editions of The Biggest Loser (including the season-finale on Dec. 14), while the Dec. 21 hour will air before a repeat of SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas. 


TV Trivia Time:

Who played Simon Baker’s father on legal drama The Guardian?
a)      Ed Asner
b)      Dabney Coleman
c)      Lee Majors
d)      Karl Malden
e)      Robert Prosky
The answer to yesterday’s question:

Which one of the following 1970s sitcom was morphed into a failed reality series on VH1?


a)      The Brady Bunch

b)      Good Times

c)      Happy Days

d)      Mork & Mindy

e)      The Partridge Family


Is:  e) The Partridge Family. In 2004, VH1 aired a reality/competition called In Search of the Partridge Family, which was supposed to cast a new version of the 1970s classic. That new version, of course, never made it to the airwaves. All together now…

Hello, world, hear the song that we’re singin’
C’mon get happy!
A whole lot of lovin’ is what we’ll be bringin’
We’ll make you happy!

We had a dream, we’d go travelin’ together,
We’d spread a little lovin’ then we’d keep movin’ on.
Somethin’ always happens whenever we’re together
We get a happy feelin’ when we’re singing a song.

Trav’lin’ along there’s a song that we’re singin’
C’mon get happy!
A whole lot of lovin’ is what we’ll be bringin’
We’ll make you happy!
We’ll make you happy!
We’ll make you happy!


-Current kudos goes to:
Gerry Bixenspan, Kimay Bloch, John Brooker, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Kristin Conner, Mark Cosenza, Audrey Davis, Reid Davis, Connie Falcone, John Ferlazzo, Vicki Gregorian, Ed Griffis, Carolyn Becker Hayes, Shannon Herlihy, Bob Ingersoll, Greg Janover, Kathryn Kieser, Steve Kurtzer, Patty Lynch, Debbie Mirr, Alan Perris, Greg Phelan, Gordon Purcell, David Ruckman, Neal Sabin, Anthony Salerno, Joe Swaney,  Julie Syers, Nina Tomlinson, Meredith Wayne, Myndy Weinraub

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