The Programming Insider: ‘America’s Got Talent’ on NBC Tops Rivals

Second-place CBS aired a '48 Hours' Special on Casey Anthony

In Today's Issue:

Prime-Time Metered Market Tuesday Ratings:

Solid Dominance for America’s Got Talent on NBC

Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not

On the Air Tonight:

Prime-Time Programming Options

TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest

TV Trivia Time:

Paying for Mr. Belvedere



Solid Dominance for America’s Got Talent on NBC

Tuesday 7/05/11

Household Rating/Share

NBC: 8.7/14, CBS: 4.7/ 8, Fox: 2.9/ 5, ABC: 2.8/ 5, CW: 0.4/ 1

Note: The overnight comparisons to one year earlier are not available today.

Yesterday’s Winners:

America’s Got Talent (NBC)

Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

101 Ways to Leave a Game Show (ABC), Combat Hospital (ABC)

Ratings Breakdown:

It was an easy overnight Tuesday victory for NBC, which populated the evening with three-hours of summer sensation America’s Got Talent.  The final audition round of America’s Got Talent dominated the 8-9 p.m. time period, with a 7.7 rating/14 share.  At 9 p.m., the action shifted to Las Vegas and already stellar numbers rose to a 9.1/15 from 9-11 p.m., with the half-hour breakdown as follows:

America’s Got Talent (NBC)

9:00 p.m.: 8.9/14 (#1)

9:30 p.m.: 9.4/15 (#1)

10:00 p.m.: 9.2/15 (#1)

10:30 p.m.: 9.0/15 (#1)

Second-place CBS aired repeats of NCIS (#2: 5.9/10) and spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles (#2: 4.5/ 7) from 8-10 p.m. as planned, but a last-minute edition of 48 Hours Mystery focusing on Casey Anthony (in place the originally planned encore telecast of The Good Wife) finished a distant second at 10 p.m. with a 3.9/ 6.

Over at ABC, week three of 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show took a hit minus original lead-in support from Wipeout, with a series-low 2.7/ 4 (#4) at 9 p.m.  Three-week overnight track:  3.2/ 5 – 3.2/ 5 – 2.7/ 4.  The Wipeout encore finished third in the 8 p.m. hour, with a 3.2/ 6.  At 10 p.m., week three of scripted Canadian drama Combat Hospital finished a distant third, with a series-low 2.7/ 5.  Three-week overnight track: 3.6/ 6 – 3.0/ 5 – 2.7/ 5.

Elsewhere, Fox filled the evening with a repeat of Kitchen Nightmares (#4: 2.5/ 4) and an original installment of Masterchef (#3: 3.5/ 5), while The CW aired repeats of One Tree Hill (#5: 0.5/ 1) and Hellcats (#5: 0.4/ 1).

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)



What’s Hot/What’s Not

11-Year High for the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular:

NBC’s annual telecast of the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular rose to 8.65 million viewers, according to the fast affiliate results, its largest audience in 11 years.  Results among key adults 18-49 (2.1 rating) was its best in four years, with growth of 25 percent from one year earlier.  Total viewership was up by 1.73 million viewers from the year-ago telecast (8.65 vs. 6.92 million).  Click here for the full July 4th nightly numbers.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data



Prime-Time Programming Options

Wednesday 7/06/11


8:00 p.m. The Middle (R)

8:30 p.m. The Middle (R)

9:00 p.m. Modern Family (R)

9:30 p.m. Modern Family (ABC)

10:00 p.m. Primetime Nightline – Beyond Belief


8:00 p.m. Undercover Boss (R)

9:00 p.m. Criminal Minds (R)

10:00 p.m. Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (R)


8:00 p.m. Minute to Win It (R)

9:00 p.m. America’s Got Talent

10:00 p.m. Love in the Wild


8:00 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance (two hours)


8:00 p.m. America’s Next Top Model (R)

9:00 p.m. America’s Next Top Model (R)

Of Note on Cable:

I Shouldn’t Be Alive (Animal Planet): 10 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)

Restaurant Impossible (Food Network): 10 p.m. ET/PT (season premiere)



Notes of Interest

Common Law a Go on USA:

USA has ordered 11 episodes (not including the pilot) of a new lighthearted crime solver called Common Law, which follows two bickering cops in Los Angeles (Michael Ealy and Warren Kole) who are sent to couples therapy by their boss in the hopes of resolving their issues.  Production will begin in New Orleans next month, with no official start date announced yet.  Common Law marks the 10th original scripted drama on USA.  The others are Burn Notice, Covert Affairs, Fairly Legal, In Plain Sight, Psych, Royal Pains, White Collar, and the recently introduced Necessary Roughness and SuitsLaw & Order: Criminal Intent recently ended its final season.

More Jersey Shore Drama:

No one was arrested this time.  But Jersey Shore housemate Vinny Guadagnino left the Jersey Shore house in Seaside Heights during production of Season 5 after getting into a fight with another cast member.  MTV has issued no comment.  The upcoming season of Jersey Shore, set in Italy, will begin on Thursday, August 4.

Whale Wars Reunion:

Lisa Ling will host one-hour special, Whale Wars: War Stories, on Friday, August 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT immediately following the season finale of Animal Planet’s Whale Wars.  Five Sea Shepherds—along with Captain Watson—will sit down with Ling to talk about what happened behind the scenes.

Executive Announcement:

Marketing and design specialist studio FIVE33 has named Leigh Rodwick as head of global partnership marketing.  Rodwick joins FIVE33 after serving as marketing director for national retailer Hot Topic, where he developed partnerships with film and television studios, gaming companies, and record labels.  FIVE33 provides partnership strategies and solutions across retail, consumer goods, gaming, and music.



Paying for Mr. Belvedere

Note: To respond to the trivia, please click HERE. Do not click Reply

What was the occupation of family head George Owens on 1985-90 ABC sitcom Mr. Belvedere?

a) Cook

b) Lawyer

c) Sporting goods store owner

d) Sportswriter

e) Truck driver

The answer to yesterday’s question…

What was Fonzie’s nickname for Joanie on long-running sitcom Happy Days?

a) Cupcake

b) Princess

c) Shortcake

d) Short Stuff

e) Small Fry

Is: c) Shortcake.  Since Joanie’s older brother Chuck mysteriously disappear, Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli seemed to inherit that role.

Current kudos goes to:

Dave Aiken, Joanne Albrecht, Steve Albright, Joelle Alexander, John Beadle, Gerry Bixenspan (2x), Barbara Bloomfield, Jordan Breslow, John Brooker, John Carlo, Bruce Cohen, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Audrey Davis, Reid Davis, Julie Friedlander, Michelle Harrington, Heidi Hoffmeister, Gordon Howard, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Deb Kainer, Marie LeFevre Karp, Mary Kinoshita, Todd Koerner, Steven Kurtzer, Howard Lieboff, Kathy Martin, Tony NaldrettPaul Neace, Alan Perris, Jodi Perris, Francine Purcell, Gordon Purcell, Con Rigg, Colleen Roth, Joe Rubi, Mary Ryan, Anthony Salerno, Molly Shaw, Maxine Shulman, Mark Simmons, Michelle Stanton, Joe Swaney, Julie Syers, Beth Talbert, Ronnie Tallant, Meredith Wayne, Linda Weeks, Larry Weinstock, Abbott Wool, Jeanne Yonkers, Belynda Zarina, Ted Zavales






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