CBS and NBC Lead Week of Dec. 13


Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Prime-Time Metered Market Tuesday Ratings:

A Night of Encores Dominate on CBS

National Ratings in Prime-Time:

Week of December 13, 2010


On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options 

TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


TV Trivia Time:

Working 9 to 5


Prime-Time Metered Market Tuesday Ratings:

A Night of Encores Dominate on CBS


Tuesday 12/21/10
Note: The overnight data now includes DVR playback until 3 a.m. local time. One year earlier it was based on Live data only.



CBS   6.7/11
NBC 4.2/ 7
Fox    3.3/ 5
ABC 2.7/ 4
CW    0.7/ 1

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Tuesday, December 15, 2009):

NBC: +35, Fox: +18, CW: +17, ABC: – 4, CBS: -12

-Yesterday’s Winners:

NCIS R (CBS), NCIS: Los Angeles R (CBS), The Good Wife R (CBS)


-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Skating with the Stars (ABC)


-Ratings Breakdown:

Repeat populated CBS led this fourth Tuesday in December in the overnights, with an advantage of a hefty 60 percent over No. 2 NBC. Third overall was Fox, followed by lowly ABC and a night of non-originals on The CW. CBS, in fact, finished first in every half-hour with its encore combination of NCIS (8.1 rating/13 share), spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles (7.4/12) and older-skewing The Good Wife (5.0/ 8). For CBS’ upcoming midseason line-up, which will not impact Tuesday, see TV Tidbits below.


Second-place NBC populated the evening with game show Minute to Win it (#2: 4.2/ 7 at 8 p.m.) and a repeat of Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas, which averaged a 4.3/ 7 from 9-11 p.m. and fared as follows by half-hour:


Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas R (NBC)

 9:00 p.m.: 4.2/ 7 (#2)
 9:30 p.m.: 4.4/ 7 (#2)

10:00 p.m.: 4.4/ 7 (#2)

10:30 p.m.: 4.1/ 7 (#2)


Elsewhere, Fox aired opened with a repeat of Glee (#3: 3.2/ 5 at 8 p.m.), followed by new game show Million Dollar Money Drop at a third-place 3.6/ 6 at 9 p.m. Despite the lackluster overnight performance, Million Dollar Money Drop could indeed win the hour among adults 18-49 given the lack of original competition. Ditto for NBC’s Minute to Win It on NBC one hour earlier. 


ABC dud Skating with the Stars remained just that, with a fourth-place 2.7/ 5 in the overnights at 8 p.m., followed by repeats of No Ordinary Family (#4: 2.3/ 4) and Detroit: 1-8-7 (#3: 3.1/ 5) from 9-11 p.m. As a reminder, upcoming Dana Delany crime solver Body of Proof steps into the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour in April after Detroit 1-8-7 concludes the season (and potentially its series-run).


The CW capped off the evening with repeats of One Tree Hill (#5: 0.9/ 2) and Life Unexpected (#5: 0.7/ 1), which officially concludes with back-to-back episodes on January 17.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)

Week of December 13, 2010

It was another week of mixed leadership, with CBS first in households, total viewers and adults 25-54 (for 12 out of the last 13 weeks); and the home of The Sing-Off, NBC, first among adults 18-49 and adults 18-34. Led by two nights (and four hours) of improved The Sing-Off (versus one night and two hours one year earlier) and another stellar Sunday Night Football match-up (Green Bay at New England), NBC built year-to-year by as much as 18 percent among adults 25-54. CBS posted minor erosion, as did ABC and The CW. But Fox (which ranked fourth in households and total viewers, and third demographically) lost about one-third of its audience.


Ongoing NBC holiday competition The Sing-Off remained on the double-digit plus side from one year earlier, with results for the two nights this week as follows:

The Sing-Off (NBC)
Monday 8-10 p.m.

Viewers: 9.51 million (#21 overall), A18-49: 3.3/ 9 (#13t overall)

Wednesday 8-10 p.m.

Viewers: 8.45 million (#23), A18-49: 2.9/ 8 (#17t)


Needless to say, you can expect The Sing-Off to return next December…and beyond.


In original holiday special news, Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You on  a bust on ABC, with 4.94 million viewers (#48) and a 1.1/ 3 among adults 18-49 (#67t) in the Monday 9 p.m. hour. Given the low returns, you have to wonder why the networks continue to roll out celebrity hosted variety hours that never seem to deliver. 


In season-finale news, CBS’ Survivor: Nicaragua closed another successful edition with 13.58 million viewers (#7) and a 4.1/11 among adults 18-49 (#3) in the Sunday 8:30-10:30 p.m. block. NBC’s The Biggest Loser also perked up, with 11.05 million viewers (#14) and a 4.0/11 in the demo (#4t) in the Tuesday 9-11 time period. But Hell’s Kitchen on Fox was nothing unusual at 5.86 million viewers (#34) and a 2.6/ 7 in the demo (#21) at 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Maybe its time for Fox to give Gordon Ramsay a bit of a rest.


What follows are the live plus same day ratings for the week of December 13, 2010 (with percent change versus the comparable year-ago week in parentheses), followed by the top 30 rated programs for the week, and the top rated networks on basic cable.    


CBS: 6.7 rating/11 share (- 4), NBC: 5.1/ 9 (+13), ABC: 2.9/ 5 (- 6), Fox: 2.8/ 5 (-32), CW: 0.9/ 1 (-10)

-Total Viewers:

CBS: 11.14 million (- 3), NBC: 8.50 (+17), ABC: 4.65 (- 4), Fox: 4.61 (-31), CW: 1.34 (- 9)

-Adults 18-49:

NBC: 2.8 rating/ 8 share (+17), CBS: 2.7/ 8 (-10), Fox: 1.6/ 5 (-33), ABC: 1.3/ 4 (- 7), CW: 0.5/ 2 (-17)

-Adults 25-54:

CBS: 3.7/10 (- 5), NBC: 3.3/ 9 (+18), Fox: 1.8/ 5 (-33), ABC: 1.7/ 4 (no change), CW: 0.5/ 1 (-17)

-Adults 18-34:

NBC: 2.4/ 8 (+14), CBS: 1.7/ 6 (-15), Fox: 1.4/ 5 (-36), ABC: 0.9/ 3 (-19), CW: 0.5/ 2 (-29)

Top 30 Rankings
-Total Viewers:

Sunday Night Football: Green Bay at New England (NBC): 24.17 million, NCIS (CBS): 19.87, 60 Minutes (CBS): 18.73, NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS): 16.82, Two and a Half Men (CBS): 13.95, Criminal Minds (CBS): 13.77, Survivor: Nicaragua (CBS, season finale): 13.58, The Big Bang Theory (CBS): 13.24, Survivor: Nicaragua (CBS): 12.32, Mike & Molly (CBS): 11.96, The Good Wife (CBS): 11.83, Football Night in America, part 3 (NBC): 11.65, Survivor: Nicaragua Reunion (CBS): 11.19, The Biggest Loser (NBC, season finale): 11.05, Hawaii Five-O (CBS): 10.91, $#*! My Dad Says (CBS): 10.30, The Defenders (CBS): 10.28, The Mentalist R (CBS): 10.10, How I Met Your Mother (CBS): 9.70, Rules of Engagement (CBS): 9.59, The Sing-Off – Monday (NBC): 9.51, CSI R (CBS): 9.21, The Sing-Off – Wednesday (NBC): 8.45, Football Night in America, part 2 (NBC): 7.96, Minute to Win it – Tuesday (NBC): 7.66, Law & order: SVU R (NBC): 6.74, Dateline – Friday (NBC): 6.44, ABC Sunday Movie: The Santa Clause 2 (R): 6.42, A Charlie Brown Christmas R (ABC): 6.41, CSI: Miami R (CBS, Sat. 9 p.m.): 6.41

 -Adults 18-49:

Sunday Night Football: Green Bay at New England (NBC): 8.6 rating/22 share, Two and a Half Men (CBS): 4.2/11, Survivor: Nicaragua (CBS, season finale): 4.1/11, The Big Bang Theory (CBS); 4.0/13, NCIS (CBS), 60 Minutes (CBS) and Football Night in America, part 3 (NBC): 4.0/12 each, The Biggest Loser (NBC, season finale): 4.0/11, How I Met Your Mother (CBS): 3.6/10, Mike & Molly (CBS): 3.6/ 9, Survivor: Nicaragua (CBS): 3.5/11, Survivor: Nicaragua Reunion (CBS): 3.4/ 9, The Sing-Off – Monday (NBC), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) and Criminal Minds (CBS): 3.3/ 9 each, Rules of Engagement (CBS): 3.2/ 8, $#*! My Dad Says (CBS) and Football Night in America, part 2 (NBC): 2.9/ 9, The Sing-Off – Wednesday (NBC): 2.9/ 8, Hawaii Five-O (CBS): 2.8/ 8, Hell’s Kitchen (Fox, season finale); 2.6/ 7, Minute to Win It – Tuesday (NBC): 2.3/ 7, Family Guy R (Fox): 2.3/ 6, The Good Wife (CBS) and The Simpsons R (Fox, Sun. 8 p.m.): 2.2/ 6 each, Modern Family R (ABC, Wed. 9:30 p.m.) and Glee R (Fox, two episodes): 2.1/ 6 each, The Defenders (CBS) and Modern Family R (ABC, Wed. 9 p.m.): 2.0/ 6 each


What follows are the top 10 rated networks on cable in prime-time for the week of November 29 based on total viewers and the three key demos.  

-Total Viewers:

ESPN: 3.80 million, USA: 3.58, Disney: 2.87, ABC Family: 2.66, Fox News: 1.99, TBS: 1.80, Nick-at-Nite: 1.76, TNT: 1.75, History: 1.58, Syfy: 1.47

-Adults 18-49:

ESPN: 1.95 million, USA: 1.50 million, ABC Family: 1.21 million, TBS: 1.04 million, History: 747,000, TNT: 718,000, A&E: 661,000, FX: 635,000, Discovery: 631,000, Disney: 623,000

-Adults 25-54:

ESPN: 1.85 million, USA: 1.60 million, ABC Family: 1.12 million, TBS: 901,000, TNT: 781,000, History: 774,000, Syfy: 698,000, A&E: 691,000, Discovery: 660,000, Lifetime: 564,000

-Adults 18-34:

ESPN: 997,000, USA: 693,000, ABC Family: 640,000, TBS: 590,000, MTV: 395,000, Disney: 373,000, FX: 362,000, Bravo: 347,000, History: 337,000, Comedy Central: 332,000

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat; t = tie)


On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options


Wednesday 12/22/10

 8:30 p.m. Better with You (R)
 9:00 p.m. Modern Family (R)
 9:30 p.m. CMA Country Christmas (R)

 8:00 p.m. The 12th Annual A Home for the Holidays  

 9:00 p.m. Criminal Minds (R)

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

 8:00 p.m. Undercovers
 9:00 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (R)

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

 8:00 p.m. Human Target
 9:00 p.m. Million Dollar Money Drop
 8:00 p.m. Hellcats (R)

 9:00 p.m. Hellcats (R)


TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


-OWN Programming Update;

Upcoming OWN: Oprah Winfrey network has announced Gayle King and news anchor Robin Meade as the moderators for Ask Oprah’s All Stars, a series of four two-hour primetime specials with Dr. Phil McGraw, Dr. Mehmet Oz and financial whiz Suze Orman. The first kicks-off on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. ET. To accommodate her schedule, talker The Gayle King Show will now launch on Monday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. ET. Yes, it pays career-wise when your best friend is Oprah Winfrey.


-CBS Unveils Midseason Schedule:

CBS has announced changes in primetime, including four new series (sitcom Mad Love, spin-off drama Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, dramedy Chaos and reality/competition Live to Dance) and new time periods for Rules of Engagement and The Defenders. Blue Bloods, in addition, will be tested for four weeks in the Wednesday 10 p.m. hour effective on Jan. 19, moving back to Fridays at 10 p.m. on Feb. 11. The upcoming changes will impact four nights – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


Live to Dance, the new Paula Abdul dance/competition (which premieres on Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m., then moves to Wednesday one night later), will air Wednesdays at 8 p.m. until the new season of Survivor: Redemption begins on Feb. 16. It leads into Criminal Minds and Blue Bloods. Once the Blue Bloods test ends, spin-off Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior steps in on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 10 p.m.


Current Wednesday 10 p.m. occupant The Defenders shifts to Fridays at 8 p.m. on Feb. 16, leading into CSI: NY and Blue Bloods. Monday will have a new occupant, Mad Love, and its replaces Rules of Engagement at 8:30 p.m. effective on Feb. 21. Rules of Engagement moves to Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. out of The Big Bang Theory on Feb. 24 (and in place of $#*! My Dad Says, which goes on hiatus). Effective Friday, April 1, The Defenders takes a break and Chaos anchors the evening.


Here is CBS’ revised schedule (with an asterisk next to the new shows), followed by the new program descriptions:



 8:00 p.m. How I Met Your Mother
 8:30 p.m. *Mad Love (effective Feb. 21)
 9:00 p.m. Two and a Half Men
 9:30 p.m. Mike & Molly

10:00 p.m. Hawaii Five-O

 8:00 p.m. NCIS
 9:00 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles

10:00 p.m. The Good Wife


 8:00 p.m.: *Live to Dance, Survivor: Redemption on Feb. 16

 9:00 p.m. Criminal Minds

10:00 p.m. Blue Bloods (new time period test), *Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior on Feb. 16



 8:00 p.m. The Big Bang Theory

 8:30 p.m. Rules of Engagement (new day effective Feb. 24)

 9:00 p.m. CSI

10:00 p.m. The Mentalist



 8:00 p.m. The Defenders (new day and time effective Feb. 11), *Chaos (effective April 1)

 9:00 p.m. CSI: NY

10:00 p.m. Blue Bloods

 8:00 p.m. Crimetime Saturday (drama repeats)
 9:00 p.m. Crimetime Saturday (drama repeats)

10:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery


 7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes

 8:00 p.m. The Amazing Race

 9:00 p.m. Undercover Boss

10:00 p.m. CSI: Miami


New Program Descriptions


A group of rogue CIA spies in the Office of Disruptive Services is the focus of this comedy-drama. The ensemble cast includes Freddy Rodriguez, Eric Close, James Murray, Tim Blake Nelson and Carmen Ejogo.  


Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior

The action follows another group of BAU operatives headlined by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker. The cast includes Beau Garrett, Matt Ryan and Michael Kelly. 

Live to Dance

Paula Abdul is the mentor and executive producer of this dance/competition featuring competitors from all styles, backgrounds and ages.


Mad Love

A quartet of single thirtysomething year-old friends in New York (Jason Biggs, Sarah Chalke, Judy Greer and Tyler Labine) is the focus of this Friends-like sitcom. 

TV Trivia Time:

Working 9 to 5


Who played the role of Violet Newstead originated by Lily Tomlin in theatrical 9 to 5 in the short-lived sitcom spin-off of the same name?

a)      Shelley Fabares
b)      Lori Loughlin
c)      Rita Moreno
d)      Rhea Perlman
e)      Jessica Walter

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Who played Heather Locklear’s mother on the original Melrose Place?
a)      Loni Anderson
b)      Lynda Carter
c)      Barbara Eden
d)      Linda Gray
e)      Marilu Henner

Is: d) Linda Gray, who made a few appearances as Hillary Michaels on Melrose Place before moving into short-lived 1994-95 spin-off Models, Inc.

-Current kudos goes to:

Gerry Bixenspan, Maram Canawati, Tom Condosta, Kristen Conner, Gus Curran, Scott Dickson, Andy Ehlen, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, Cliff Jackson, Tom Kilgallon, Steve Kurtzer, Rick Locke, Melinda Lujan, Patty Lynch, Anne Moynihan, Michael Murphy, Aaron Paquette, Alan Perris, Stephen Phillips, Gordon Purcell, Greg Salerno, Andrew Stearn, Carol Teichman, Abbott Wool, Ted Zawislak