Mr. TV Remembers Ed McMahon


Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:

CBS Wins; Uneventful Results Overall

Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not


On the Air Tonight:

Prime-Time Programming Options

TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest

TV Trivia Time:

That’s a Lot of Kids!


Live from beautiful Toronto, Canada, where I am here for the “Back to Basics” Gala at the Broadcast Research Council of Canada. 


Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:

CBS Wins; Uneventful Results Overall

Monday 6/22/09


CBS    5.0/ 8
NBC   3.7/ 6
ABC   3.6/ 6
Fox     3.0/ 5

CW     0.6/ 1


-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Monday, June23, 2008):

NBC: + 9, CBS: – 4, ABC: -16, CW: -33, Fox: -42


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, June 8, 2009.   

-Ratings Breakdown:

A night of repeats on CBS dominated in the overnight markets, beating second-place NBC by a considerable 35 percent. CBS’ How I Met Your Mother moved into the 8 p.m. half-hour (its former home) with a 3.9 rating/7 share, which tied the first 30 minutes of ABC’s silly The Bachelorette. That led into repeats of Rules of Engagement (#2) 3.8/ 6), which returns in midseason, Two and a Half Men (#1: 6.2/10), recently relocated The Big Bang Theory (#1: 5.1/ 8) and CSI: Miami (#1: 5.6/10) from 8:30-11 p.m. The retention for The Big Bang Theory out of Two and a Half Men was a respectable 82 percent. Even so, I still personally think The Big Bang Theory should remain in the 8 p.m. anchor spot.  


NBC kicked-off this fourth Monday in June with a two-hour installment of the inane (but oddly addictive) I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, which scored a mere (and fourth-place) 3.2/ 6 in the overnights from 8-9 p.m. (results in the 9 p.m. hour were not available). To the empty headed people (like me) who spent another two-hours of their lives watching I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, what was the point of bringing back Holly if she would be eliminated the next day? And why did she even qualify to be on the show to begin with if she started late? Are there no rules to this reality/competition? As for perennial reality contestant Stephen Baldwin quitting, that whole thing seemed planned to me, didn’t it?


NBC capped off the evening with Dateline with a second-place 4.2/ 7 at 10 p.m. You know it is the summer when Dateline pops up everywhere.


Over at ABC was another two-hour installment of The Bachelorette (4.1/ 7 from 8-10 p.m.) and sophomore Here Come the Newlyweds (#3: 2.7/ 5), which is unlikely to be granted a third season. Take a look at the half-hour breakdown for The Bachelorette:


The Bachelorette (ABC)

8:00 p.m.: 3.9/ 7 (#1)

8:30 p.m.: 4.0/ 7 (#1)

9:00 p.m.: 4.0/ 7 (#2)

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


Fox aired repeats of House (#3t: 3.2/ 6) and relocated Lie to Me (#3: 2.7/ 4). And the CW capped off the evening with encore telecasts of Gossip Girl (#5: 0.7/ 1) and One Tree Hill (#5: 0.6/ 1). Don’t forget that Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill flip time periods next season.


To whet your appetite for next season, here is the upcoming Monday schedule:

 8:00 p.m. Dancing With the Stars (two hours)
10:00 p.m. Castle
 8:00 p.m. How I Met Your Mother (new time)
 8:30 p.m. Accidentally on Purpose (new)
 9:00 p.m. Two and a Half Men
 9:30 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (new time)
10:00 p.m. CSI: Miami
 8:00 p.m. Heroes (new time)
 9:00 p.m. Trauma (new)

10:00 p.m. The Jay Leno Show (new)