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Friday, June 19, 2009
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:

So Long, Terri


Note: Due to the recent switch to digital broadcast television, the metered market rating results are delayed this week. Thursday, June 18, therefore, is not included today.

Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not
-Conan vs. Letterman Update:

Based on the final national ratings for the week of June 8, CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman rose to first in households in late night, with a 2.7 rating/7 — up four percent from one year earlier.  Week two of Conan O’Brien as host of NBC’s The Tonight Show dipped a 2.6/ 6 – down by a hefty 26 percent from Jay Leno in the year-ago week. Conan inched past Letterman in total viewers (3.77 to 3.67 million), but year-to-year Letterman built by 4 percent while Conan dropped by 23 percent. Conan was also down by 38 percent in viewership from his premiere week. Comparably, this was Letterman’s most competitive five night performance overall since the week of Nov. 28, 2005. 


Demographically, Conan continued to dominate with a 1.5/ 6 in adults 18-49 (versus a 0.9/ 3 for Letterman) and a 1.6/ 6 among adults 25-54 (versus a 1.2/ 5 for Letterman). But one week earlier, Conan averaged a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49. 

-Modest Return for ABC’s I Survived a Japanese Game Show:

Season two of ABC reality/competition I Survived a Japanese Game Show opened on Wednesday, June 17 with 5.35 million viewers (#3 in the time period) and a second-place 2.1 rating/6 share among adults 18-49 at 9 p.m. Comparably, retention out of lead-in Wipeout (Viewers: 8.00 million; A18-49: 2.7/ 9 at 8 p.m.) was 67 percent in total viewers and 78 percent in the demo.

-So Long, Cupid:

The series-finale of ABC’s remake of romantic drama Cupid concluded on Tuesday, June 16 with just 2.14 million viewers and a 0.7/ 2 among adults 18-49 — a distant third in both categories at 10 p.m. Lesson to be learned: never remake a series that did not work the first time around. 

-National Ratings in Primetime – Update:

Three days into the week of June 15 (Monday, June 15 through Wednesday, June 17), here is how the broadcast networks are faring:


CBS: 5.3 rating/9 share, Fox: 3.7/ 6, NBC: 3.2/ 6, ABC: 3.0/ 5, CW: 0.7/ 1

Total Viewers:

CBS: 7.92 million, Fox: 5.81, NBC: 4.80, ABC: 4.62, CW: 940,000

Adults 18-49:

Fox: 2.0 rating/6 share, CBS: 1.8/ 5, ABC and NBC: 1.6/ 5 each, CW: 0.4/ 1

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

On the Air This Weekend:
Prime-Time Programming Options

Friday 6/19/09

 8:00 p.m. Surviving Suburbia

 8:30 p.m. The Goode Family

 9:00 p.m. Samantha Who? (R)

 9:30 p.m. Samantha Who? (R)

10:00 p.m. 20/20

 8:00 p.m. Ghost Whisperer (R)

 9:00 p.m. Flashpoint (R)

10:00 p.m. Numbers (R)

 8:00 p.m. The Chopping Block (return)

 9:00 p.m. Dateline (two hours)


 8:00 p.m. Don’t Forget the Lyrics

 9:00 p.m. Mental (R)


 8:00 p.m. Privileged (R)

 9:00 p.m. Everybody Hates Chris (R)

 9:30 p.m. The Game (R)

 8:00 p.m. Friday Night Smackdown!
Saturday 6/20/09
 8:00 p.m. Wipeout (R)
 9:00 p.m. Castle (R)

10:00 p.m. Eli Stone (return)

 8:00 p.m. Without a Trace (R)

 9:00 p.m. Harper’s Island

10:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery (R)

 8:00 p.m. Kings

 9:00 p.m. Law & Order (R)

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

 8:00 p.m.  Cops

 9:00 p.m. America’s Most Wanted

Sunday 6/21/09

 7:00 p.m. Just For Laughs (season premiere)

 7:30 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos (R)

 8:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (R)

 9:00 p.m. Miniseries: Impact, part one


 7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes

 8:00 p.m. Million Dollar Password

 9:00 p.m. Cold Case (R)