CBS in Repeats Lifts ABC to Thursday Victory


THE PROGRAMMING INSIDER
Friday, February 6, 2009
  
CBS in Repeats Leads ABC to Victory
 
Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not
 

Remembering David Waldon

 

On the Air This Weekend:
Prime-Time Programming Options 

 
TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest
 
TV Trivia Time:

Funny Duke

 
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CBS in Repeats Leads ABC to Victory
 
Thursday 2/05/09
 

               HH
         Rtg/Shr

ABC 7.6/12

Fox    5.7/ 9

CBS   5.6/ 9

NBC 4.5/ 7

CW    2.5/ 4

 
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-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008):

ABC: +13, Fox: – 3, CW: – 7, NBC: -25, CBS: -28
  

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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, February 5, 2009.   

 
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-Yesterday’s Winners:

Bones (Fox), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), CSI R (CBS), Private Practice (ABC)

 
-Keep a Positive Adult 18-49 Eye On:
The Office (NBC)
 

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

My Name is Earl (NBC), Kath & Kim (NBC)

 
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-Ratings Breakdown:

ABC moved into the overnight winner’s circle on this first Thursday in February, with a 1.9 rating point advantage over second-place Fox. A night of all repeats resulted in a third-place finish for CBS, followed by NBC and the CW, which still has some traction on Thursday.

 

Fox’s recently relocated (and under-appreciated) Bones was first in the 8 p.m. hour, with a 6.7 rating/11 share in the overnights. Next was ABC’s Ugly Betty (5.3/ 8), which has not benefited without CBS’ competing Survivor in the mix (and will be taking a temporary break shortly). In the battle of the 8-9 p.m. sitcoms, repeats of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (#3t: 3.9/ 6) and How I Met Your Mother (#3: 3.8/ 6) actually outdelivered original episodes of NBC’s My Name is Earl (#3t: 3.9/ 6) and soon-to-conclude Kath & Kim (#4: 3.3/ 5) by an average of seven percent. As I always say, if you are not watching The Big Bang Theory, you are missing the funniest comedy currently on the air. As for My Name is Earl, NBC needs something stronger to open the evening with.

 

Capping off the 8-9 p.m. time period was the CW’s still relatively potent Smallville at a 2.7/ 4. For the CW, that is still a positive. 

 

Minus an original episode of CBS’ competing CSI, Grey’s Anatomy on ABC won the 9 p.m. hour, with a 9.3/15 in the overnights. But under a 10-rating in the overnights is a noticeable decline for the soapy medical drama (which featured a cross-over with spin-off Private Practice last night). 

 

Second at 9 p.m. was CBS’ CSI encore at a 7.6/12. Comparably, that built by a hefty 95 percent out of the repeat of How I Met Your Mother. Also populating the 9 p.m. hour was NBC’s The Office (5.0/ 8) and 30 Rock (4.3/ 7), Hell’s Kitchen on Fox (4.8/ 8), and the CW’s Supernatural (2.4/ 4), which remains a good fit out of Smallville. Don’t let the 5-overnight rating for The Office fool you…this sitcom always scores among adults 18-49. 30 Rock, however, really lagged in the quality department last night, didn’t it? It was just plain idiotic. Keep that in mind, Emmy voters.

 

The Grey’s Anatomy cross-over gave Private Practice a nice lift, with the sophomore drama at a season-high (and dominant) 8.3/14 at 10 p.m. Comparably, retention out of the second half of lead-in Grey’s Anatomy (9.6/15 at 9:30 p.m.) was a solid 86 percent. Tied for second in the hour were NBC’s soon-to-depart ER and a repeat of CBS’ Eleventh Hour, each at a 5.3/ 9 in the overnights. Remember the days when ER would always score a 20+ overnight household rating? Times have changed, and not necessarily for the better.

 

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

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Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not
 

Based on ratings for the week of Jan. 26, ABC’s The View scored its most-watched week (4.6 million) since the week of Nov. 3, 2008, and best among women 18-34 (406,000) and women 18-49 (1.06 million) since the week of Nov. 24. For the first time in almost two years (since week of 4/30/07), The View delivered more than one million women 18-49 viewers each day.

 
-Speaking of Daytime…:

Here are the daytime rankings based on total viewers and women 18-49 for the week of Jan. 26:

 
Total Viewers:
CBS: 3.98 million, ABC: 3.25, NBC: 3.05
 
Women 18-49:

NBC: 1.4 rating / 943,000, ABC: 1.4 rating / 938,000, CBS: 1.3 rating/840,000

 
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
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Remembering David Waldon

 

Yesterday, I had the sad task on reporting on the untimely passing of my friend and Television Critics Association colleague, David Waldon. His family has requested any donations to be sent to the Lied Transplant Center at the University of Nebraska, Omaha Medical Center. The address is: 600 S 42nd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68198. For more information, click on http://www.hospitalsoup.com/listing/23932-the-lied-transplant-center

 

If you care to send a note to David’s mother, Cindy, her address is: 625 Gayla Ct. Radcliff KY 40160-1725. And please go to http://miamiherald.typepad.com/changing_channels for a tribute to David written by Miami Herald Television Critic Glenn Garvin.

 
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On the Air This Weekend:
Prime-Time Programming Options

 
Friday 2/06/09
 

 8:00 p.m. Wife Swap

 9:00 p.m. Supernanny

10:00 p.m. 20/20
 
CBS:

 8:00 p.m. Ghost Whisperer

 9:00 p.m. Flashpoint

10:00 p.m. Numb3rs
 
NBC:

 8:00 p.m. Howie Do It (two episodes)

 9:00 p.m. Friday Night Lights  

10:00 p.m. Dateline
 
Fox:

 8:00 p.m. Cops (original and repeat)

 9:00 p.m. America’s Most Wanted

 
CW:

 8:00 p.m. Everybody Hates Chris

 8:30 p.m. The Game (R)

 9:00 p.m. 13 – Fear is Real

 
MNTV
 8:00 p.m. Friday Night Smackdown!
 
ION

 8:00 p.m. Movie: The Temptations (R, from 7 p.m.)

 
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Saturday 2/07/09
 
ABC:

 8:00 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy (R)

 9:00 p.m. Private Practice (R

10:00 p.m. Desperate Housewives (R)
 
CBS:
 8:00 p.m. Cold Case (R)

 9:00 p.m. Flashpoint (R)

10:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery
 
NBC:

 8:00 p.m. Heroes (R)

 9:00 p.m. Law & Order (R)

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

 8:00 p.m.  NASCAR 2009: Budweiser Shootout

 
MNT

 8:00 p.m. Movie: The Object of My Affection (R)

 
ION

 8:00 p.m. Movie: The Last Templar (R, from 7 p.m.)

 
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Sunday 2/08/09
 
ABC:

 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
 
CBS:

 7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes

10:00 p.m. The 51st Annual Grammy Awards

 
NBC:

 7:00 p.m. AFC/NFL Pro Bowl (prime-time overrun)

 8:00 p.m. Dateline

 9:00 p.m. Movie – XIII (part one)

 
Fox:

 7:00 p.m. Hole in the Wall

 7:30 p.m. Hole in the Wall

 8:00 p.m. The Simpsons (R)

 8:30 p.m. King of the Hill

 9:00 p.m. Family Guy (R)

 9:30 p.m. American Dad

 
CW:

 7:00 p.m. Jericho (R)

 8:00 p.m. Sunday Movie: Teen Wolf (R)

 
ION
7:00 p.m. MASH Marathon
 
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TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest

 

-More Big Love:

HBO has renewed drama Big Love for a fourth season, with production slated to begin later this year for a 2010 premiere. The number of new episodes has not been confirmed, however. But the first three episodes of the current season will air tonight in a three-hour block, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

 

-TBS Extends Order for Meet the Browns:

Following a successful 10-episode test run, TBS will expand its licensing agreement of Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns to a total of 80 episodes. A spin-off of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Meet the Browns finished January as ad-supported cable’s top rated comedy in key adult demos, while ranking first among all scripted series with African-American viewers. 

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