Monday Repeats Rule on CBS

Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:
A Night of Repeats Rules on CBS
Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not
On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options
TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest
TV Trivia Time:
A Very Busy Brady
Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:
A Night of Repeats Rules on CBS
Monday 12/01/08
CBS   6.7/10
ABC 5.5/ 8
NBC 4.0/ 6
Fox    3.7/ 5
CW    1.8/ 3

Note: The year-to-year comparisons were not available today.


Note: The fast national results for Monday will be posted at by 12 p.m. ET. Go to the website, click on Ratings Box (the first category), then Last Night’s Results, and Monday, December 1, 2008.   

-Yesterday’s Winners:

Shrek the Halls – R (ABC), How the Grinch Stole Christmas – R (ABC), Two and a Half Men – R (CBS), CSI: Miami – R (CBS)

-Honorable Mention:

The Big Bang Theory – R (CBS), How I Met Your Mother – R (CBS)

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Chuck (NBC), Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fox), Samantha Who? (ABC), Prison Break (Fox), Privileged (CW), My Own Worst Enemy (NBC)

-Ratings Breakdown:

Despite airing a night of all repeats, CBS still dominated the Monday overnights with its combination of The Big Bang Theory (#2: 5.5 rating/ 8 share), How I Met Your Mother (#2: 5.6/ 8), Two and a Half Men (#1: 8.9/13), Worst Week (#2: 5.0/ 7) and CSI: Miami (#1: 7.7/13). With retention for Worst Week out of Two and a Half Men of just 56 percent, CBS could – and should – be doing much better at 9:30 p.m. Sounds like benchwarmer Rules of Engagement will be called to duty soon. As for The Big Bang Theory encore, who knew it would be so cool to be a nerd! 


Holiday repeat Shrek the Halls opened the evening on a winning note for ABC, with a 6.9/11 in the overnights at 8 p.m. And that led into an encore of How the Grinch Stole Christmas with a 6.4/ 9.  But without the support of Dancing With the Stars, two episodes of lead-out Samantha Who? dipped to a 4.5/ 7 from 9-10 p.m., with the half-hour breakdown as follows:

Samantha Who? (ABC)
9:00 p.m.: 4.2/ 6 (#3)
9:30 p.m.: 4.7/ 7 (#3)

That led into Boston Legal, with a second-place 5.4/ 9 from 10-11 p.m., and growth out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of Samantha Who? of 15 percent. Next Monday marks the series-finale of Boston Legal.


NBC had little of note on this first Monday of December with its line-up of Chuck (#3: 4.4/ 7), fading Heroes (#2: 5.0/ 8) and canceled My Own Worst Enemy (#3: series low 2.9/ 5). My Own Worst Enemy officially signs off on Dec. 15. As previously announced, NBC will fill Mondays in January with a two-hour edition of upcoming reality/competition Superstars of Dance and new Ryan Seacrest relationship-driven hour Momma’s Boys. 


Next was Fox with its soon-to-be split pairing of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (#4: 3.6/ 5), which heads to Friday, and Prison Break (#4: 3.7/ 6), which has its fall season-finale on Dec. 22. And the CW capped off the evening with Gossip Girl (#5: 2.2/ 3) and a Monday airing of Privileged (1.5/ 2), which dipped by 32 percent. Yes, that’s a loser! And there you have it…that’s Monday.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data
Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not
-Craig Ferguson Tops Conan O’Brien:

Based on ratings for the week of Nov. 17, CBS’ The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson outdelivered NBC’s competing Late Night with Conan O’Brien by seven percent in households (1.5 rating/5 share vs. 1.4/ 5) and 140,000 viewers (1.99 million s. 1.85 million). The two talkers tied among key adults 25-54. 

-Above Average Nation Face the Nation:

Based on ratings for Sunday, Nov. 23, CBS’ Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer built year-to-year by 35 percent in households (1.7/5 to 2.3/ 6), 970,000 viewers (2.36 to 3.33 million) and as much as 43 percent among adults 25-54 (0.7/ 3 to 1.0/ 5). Comparably, the veteran public affairs weekly has grown every week in viewers since the 2008-09 season began on Sept. 28.

-How’s This for a Winning Streak?:

CBS’ perennial Young and the Restless just finished as the highest rated daytime soap in households for the 1,038th consecutive week.

-Also in Daytime:

Through Nov. 21, ABC talker The View is delivering the largest year-to-year increases in daytime in total viewers (+20 percent: 3.56 million to 4.32 million) and 11 percent among women 18-49 (910,000 to 1.01 million).

-Final November 2008 Sweep Results:

Based on full 28 days of data (Oct. 30 – Nov. 26, 2008), prime-time leadership was mixed in November. CBS was first in households and total viewers, with a three percent loss in both categories from one year earlier. ABC dominated among key adults 18-49, with its fourth consecutive November victory in the demo (and its longest winning streak for the month since the early 1990s). Even so, the alphabet net was down by 14 percent in the category. 


All five networks, in fact, decreased across the board from one year earlier, with fifth-place the CW down by as much as 26 percent in total viewers. Keep in mind, of course, that since the level of DVR penetration has increased from 20 percent at this same point last year to approximately 28 percent at present, the overall results (which do not factor in total DVR usage) may be negatively impacted.


What follows are the final national ratings for the Nov. 2008 sweep (with change versus the comparable year-ago period in parentheses):


CBS: 7.4 rating/12 share (- 3), ABC: 6.7/11 (- 9), NBC: 4.8/ 8 (- 9), Fox: 4.3/ 7 (- 9), CW: 1.4/ 2 (-22)

Total Viewers:

CBS: 11.74 million (- 3), ABC: 10.54 (- 9), NBC: 7.71 (- 9), Fox: 7.10 (- 9), CW: 2.03 (-26)

Adults 18-49:

ABC: 3.2 rating/9 share (-14), CBS: 3.1/ 8 (- 1), NBC: 2.8/ 8 (-13), Fox: 2.7/ 7 (-13), CW: 0.9/ 2 (-18)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data
On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options
Tuesday 12/02/08

 8:00 p.m. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (R)

 9:00 p.m. According to Jim (season premiere)

 9:30 p.m. According to Jim

10:00 p.m. Eli Stone
 8:00 p.m. NCIS

 9:00 p.m. The Mentalist

10:00 p.m. Without a Trace

 8:00 p.m. The Biggest Loser: Families (two hours)

10:00 p.m. Law & Order: SVU
 8:00 p.m. House
 9:00 p.m. Fringe

 8:00 p.m. 90210 (R)

 9:00 p.m. Privileged


 8:00 p.m. World Music Awards


 8:00 p.m. Boston Legal (R)

 9:00 p.m. NCIS (R)
10:00 p.m. Boston Legal (R)
TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest
-More Eleventh Hour:

CBS has picked-up Eleventh Hour for an additional five episodes, bringing the total order for 2008-09 to 18. Season to-date, Eleventh Hour is averaging 10.58 million viewers, with a 2.8 rating/8 share among adults 18-49. Comparably, that puts retention out of lead-in CSI (Viewers: 18.45 million; A18-49: 5.0/12) of just 57 percent in total viewers and 56 percent in the demo.

-Sci Fi Channel to Begin Production on Caprica:

Sci Fi Channel has ordered 20 episodes of Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica, which is slated to debut in 2010. Set 50 years before the parent series, Caprica will tell the story of two rival families in the world of the 12 colonies, a society similar to our own. The cast will include Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Paula Malcomson and Rome star Polly Walker. 

-American Idol Meets the True Hollywood Story:

American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken will be the subject of The E! True Hollywood Story on Friday, Dec. 12 at 9 p.m. ET. This latest installment of the once must see series promises to unveil the inside story of Aiken’s meteoric rise and the recent revelations about his personal life.

-David Gregory Top Choice to Anchor Meet the Press:

MSNBC host and NBC White House Correspondent David Gregory is expected to be named the permanent host of NBC’s Meet the Press. But Tom Brokaw will remain in the anchor chair this weekend, where he will interview President-Elect Barack Obama.