The Programming Insider: Fox Wins First Night of Summer Season

Solid Return for So You Think You Can Dance

In Today's Issue

Prime-Time Metered Market Thursday Ratings: Solid Return for So You Think You Can Dance on Fox

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: Successful David E. Kelley Series

Note: The Programming Insider will be on hiatus until Wednesday, June 1.  Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

PRIME-TIME METERED MARKET THURSDAY RATINGS:

Solid Return for So You Think You Can Dance on Fox

Thursday 5/26/11

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.

Household Rating/Share

Fox: 6.3/11, CBS: 5.3/ 9, ABC: 2.8/ 5, NBC: 1.9/ 3, CW: 0.8/ 1

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Thursday, May 27, 2010):

Fox: + 5, CBS: + 2, ABC: – 7, NBC: -10, CW: -27

Yesterday's Winners:

So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)

Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

ABC, CBS, NBC and The CW aired all repeats.

Ratings Breakdown:

Fox won the first unofficial night of the summer season as a result of the two-hour season-premiere of So You Think You Can Dance, which averaged a 6.3 rating/11 share in the overnights from 8-10 p.m.  Comparably, that was five percent above the year-ago season-opener on May 27, 2010 (6.0/10), and there is every reason to believe So You Think You Can Dance will keep audiences interested all summer.  Welcome back, Mary Murphy.

Next was CBS with its encore combination of The Big Bang Theory (#2: 5.5/10), Rules of Engagement (#2: 4.1/ 7), CSI (#2: 4.9/ 8) and The Mentalist (#1: 6.1/11), which will likely remain on the summer map in the overnights all summer despite not being original.

Over at ABC, summer crime solver Rookie Blue returned in repeats, with back-to-back telecasts averaging a 2.8/ 5 at 9 p.m. (#4) and a 2.4/ 4 at 10 p.m. (#2).  Season two of Rookie Blue officially begins on Thursday, June 23.  Earlier in the evening on ABC was a repeat of Wipeout at a third-place 3.3/ 5 at 8 p.m.

A night of all sitcom encores on NBC barely resonated, with Community (1.9/ 3), 30 Rock (2.0/ 3), The Office (2.2/ 4) and Parks and Recreation (1.8/ 3) all finishing fourth from 8-10 p.m., and additional encores of 30 Rock (2.0/ 3) and The Office (1.7/ 3) third from 10-11 p.m.  Last, and very least were repeats of The Vampire Diaries (0.8/ 2) and Nikita (0.8/ 1), which moves to Fridays at 8 p.m. next fall.  Sadly, you had better get used to the word repeat.  You will be hearing it all summer long.

As a reminder, here is what you will be seeing on Thursdays in the fall (with new shows bolded and capped):

ABC

8:00 p.m.: CHARLIE’S ANGELS

9:00 p.m.: Grey’s Anatomy

10:00 p.m.: Private Practice

CBS

8:00 p.m.: The Big Bang Theory

8:30 p.m.: HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN

9:00 p.m.: PERSON OF INTEREST

10:00 p.m.: The Mentalist

NBC

8:00 p.m.: Community

8:30 p.m.: Parks and Recreation (new time)

9:00 p.m.: The Office

9:30 p.m.: WHITNEY

10:00 p.m.: PRIME SUSPECT

Fox