Idol-Ignited Fox Dominates as Pia Prematurely Exits


Friday, April 8, 2011


Prime-Time Metered Market Thursday Ratings:

Fox Wins; CBS a Comfortable Second  


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:


Prime-Time Metered Market Thursday Ratings:

Fox Wins; CBS a Comfortable Second 


Thursday 4/07/11
Note: The overnight data now includes DVR playback until 3 a.m. local time. One year earlier it was based on Live data only. All times are ET/PT. 



Fox   10.7/17
CBS    8.4/14
ABC   2.7/ 4
NBC   2.0/ 3
CW     1.7/ 3

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Thursday, April 8, 2010):

Fox: +91, CBS: -11, CW: -19, ABC: -27, NBC: -31

-Yesterday’s Winners:

American Idol (Fox), The Big Bang Theory (CBS), CSI (CBS), The Mentalist (CBS)


-Yesterday’s Losers:

Perfect Couples (NBC)


-Ratings Breakdown:

Fox remained in the overnight Thursday winner’s circle thanks to American Idol, which stood well above anything else last night with a 14.3 rating/23 share from 8-9 p.m. If you did not see American Idol, stop reading now. But that was quite a shocker seeing favorite Pia Toscano exit last night, which many are comparing to the premature departures of Tamyra Gray and Jennifer Hudson.


American Idol led into an original installment of Bones, which finished second with a 7.1/12 at 9 p.m.  


Over at second-place CBS, reliable The Big Bang Theory remained just that, with a healthy second-place 7.9/13 in the overnights at 8 p.m. But lead-out Rules of Engagement slipped to a 5.6/ 9 at 8:30 p.m. (also #2), losing 29 percent of the Big Bang lead-in. CBS, needless to say, can do better in this half-hour next season. Next on the Eye net was aging CSI, which won the 9 p.m. hour in the overnights (8.4/14) but is expected to rank third among adults 18-49. The Mentalist capped off the night for CBS with a dominant 10.1/17 at 10 p.m. and could very well move up to 9 p.m. on Thursday next season. Stay tuned. 


ABC filled the evening with repeats of Wipeout (#3: 3.1/ 5), Grey’s Anatomy (#3: 3.1/ 5) and Private Practice (#3, 1.9/ 3), while the only show of an original nature on NBC last night was the series-finale of failed Perfect Couples, which was far from perfect at a fourth-place 1.6/ 3 at 8:30 p.m. Next week marks the debut of comedy The Paul Reiser Show in the time period.


Leading into Perfect Couples on NBC was a repeat of Community at a fourth-place 1.7/ 3 at 8 p.m., and out of it were encore telecasts of The Office (#4: 2.5/ 4), Parks and Recreation (#4: 2.1/ 3), 30 Rock (#3: 2.1/ 3) and Outsourced (#2: 2.2/ 4) from 9-11 p.m.


The CW capped off the night with original installments of The Vampire Diaries (#4: 2.1/ 3), its highest rated series, and Nikita (#5: 1.5/ 2), which could be back next season despite the not-so-stellar freshman rated season.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)


Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not


-Freshman Wednesday Series Update:

Results remain mixed for the recent Wednesday night new programming entries (listed in order of total viewers)


Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (CBS) – Wednesday 10 p.m.

Viewers: 9.12 million (#1 in time period), A18-49: 2.1/ 6 (#2 in time period)


While this looks positive on paper, retention out of parent Criminal Minds this week (Viewers: 14.08 million; A18-49: 3.6/ 9 at 9 p.m.) was only 65 percent in total viewers and 58 percent among adults 18-49. As we inch closer to the falls schedule announcements, there is no reason to believe Suspect Behavior will be on it.

Grade: C

Mr. Sunshine (ABC) – Wednesday 9:30 p.m.

Viewers: 4.66 million (#3), A18-49: 1.6/ 3 (#3)


Airing out of another repeat of Modern Family remains detrimental. 

Grade: F

Off the Map (ABC) – Wednesday 10 p.m.

Viewers: 3.80 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 3 (#3)


And following a repeat of Mr. Sunshine was not beneficial to already struggling recent drama entry Off the Map. Given Shonda Rhimes has another new drama in development on ABC, there is no reason to believe Off the Map will be back.

Grade: F

Shedding for the Wedding (CW) – Wednesday 9 p.m.

Viewers: 840,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

Grade: F

The biggest new flop of the 2011-12 season.


-Speaking of Wednesday:

Here are overall results by network for Wednesday, April 6:


Total Viewers:

Fox: 19.80 million, CBS: 11.38, NBC: 5.10, ABC: 4.47, CW: 1.36


Adults 18-49:

Fox: 6.4 rating/18 share, CBS: 3.0/ 8, ABC: 1.5/ 4, NBC: 1.4/ 4, CW: 0.6/ 2

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)


On the Air This Weekend:
Prime-Time Programming Options


Friday 4/08/11

 9:00 p.m. Primetime: What Would You Do?

10:00 p.m. 20/20

 8:00 p.m. Chaos
 9:00 p.m. CSI: NY

10:00 p.m. Blue Bloods


 8:00 p.m. Who Do You Think You Are? (season finale)

 9:00 p.m.  Dateline (two hours)
 8:00 p.m. Kitchen Nightmares (R)
 9:00 p.m. Fringe (R)

 8:00 p.m. Smallville (repeat of the pilot that aired on The WB on Oct. 16, 2001)

 9:00 p.m. Supernatural (R)


Saturday 4/09/11

 8:00 p.m. Movie: War of the Worlds (R)
 8:00 p.m. The Mentalist (R)
 9:00 p.m. Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (R)

10:00 p.m. 48 Hours

 8:00 p.m. Harry’s Law (R)
 9:00 p.m. Law & Order: Los Angeles (R)

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

 8:00 p.m. NASCAR 2011

Sunday 4/10/11

 7:00 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos (R)
 8:00 p.m. Secret Millionaire (season finale)
 9:00 p.m. Brothers & Sisters

10:00 p.m. Brothers & Sisters

 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

 7:00 p.m. Dateline  
 8:00 p.m. America’s Next Great Restaurant
 9:00 p.m. Celebrity Apprentice
 7:00 p.m. The Cleveland Show (R)
 7:30 p.m. American Dad
 8:00 p.m. The Simpsons
 8:30 p.m. Bob’s Burgers
 9:00 p.m. Family Guy
 9:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show

TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


-Two More Original Series on Showtime:

Showtime Networks will be adding two more original series to its roster: Homeland, a one-hour drama with Claire Danes and half-hour sitcom House of Lies, with Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell. Homeland tells the story of a CIA agent (Danes) who becomes convinced that the rescue of a missing U.S. solider presumed dead for nine years was a set-up and may be connected to an Al Qaeda plot to be carried out on American soil. House of Lies focuses on a self-centered cutthroat consultant (Cheadle) who will do anything to get his way with and for his clients. Twelve episodes have been ordered for each series.


-More Bob’s Burgers:

Recent animated Fox entry Bob’s Burgers has been renewed for a second season, with an unspecified number of new episodes for 2011-12. Season to-date (through April 3), Bob’s Burger’s ranks No. 107 overall (among 160 entries) in total viewers, with 5.19 million; and tied for No. 57 among adults 18-49, with a 2.5 rating/6 share in the demo.


-MTV Green Lights Two Jersey Shore Spin-Offs:

Two untitled projects featuring Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Paul “DJ Pauly D” Delvecchio and Jenni “JWoww” Farley will officially move forward on MTV. Snooki and JWoww will team up for a series focusing on how they deal with life and love after the vacation with their roommates is over. And the Pauly D series will follow the tattooed DJ on the road in search of more fame and fortune. Twelve episodes have been ordered for both series, which are slated to bow in 2012.

TV Trivia Time:
Surviving Freshman Year

Four of the following five series made it into a second season, and one didn’t. Which one was that?

a)      Apple’s Way
b)      Hello, Larry
c)      The Ropers
d)      That’s My Mama
e)      Three’s a Crowd

The answer to yesterday’s question…


What were Bart Simpson’s first words as a baby?


a)      Ay, caramba

b)      Holy mackerel

c)      Life ain’t easy

d)      Right back atcha

e)      Tell me about it


Is: a) Ay, caramba. Amazingly, ageless The Simpsons is about to wrap up season No. 22. 

-Current kudos goes to:

Suzanne Ackley, Steve Albright, Michelle Yarborough-Bauer, Greg Bridges, Larry Collins, Kristin Conner, Harold Cooper, Audrey Davis, Reid Davis, Scott Donette, Andy Ehlen, Chris Ellis, John Ferlazzo, LaTricia Guyton, Jacqueline Hague, Julie Hurwitz, Debbie Hyman, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Marie Lefevre Karp (2x), Synda Kollman, Steven Kurtzer, Rick Locke, Anne Moynihan, Melissa Murray, Kimberley Orti, Joe Rubi, David Ruckman, Jeff Stuewe, Ronnie Tallant, Ted Zawislak