The Programming Insider: Friday 6/17/11

CBS wins night with repeats

In Today's Issue:

Prime-Time Metered Market Thursday Ratings:

Repeats on CBS Dominate; Fox Poised for Victory Among Adults 18-49

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:

Happy Father’s Day



Repeats on CBS Dominate; Fox Poised for Victory Among Adults 18-49

Thursday 6/16/11

Household Rating/Share

CBS: 5.0/ 9, Fox: 3.8/ 7, ABC: 3.0/ 5, NBC: 2.0/ 3, CW: 0.9/ 2

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Thursday, June 17, 2010):

(Note: ABC aired game seven of The NBA Finals on the year-ago evening)

NBC: +18, Fox: no change, CBS: – 9, CW: -10, ABC: -76

Yesterday’s Winners:

The Big Bang Theory R (CBS), So You Think You Can Dance (Fox), CSI R (CBS), The Mentalist R (CBS)

Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Love Bites (NBC)

Ratings Breakdown:

Excluding So You Think You Can Dance and comedic anthology Love Bites on NBC, everything was in repeats last night. That said, CBS finished first overall in the overnights courtesy of its encore combination of The Big Bang Theory (#1: 4.9 rating/9 share), Rules of Engagement (#2: 4.0/ 7), CSI (#1: 4.9/ 9) and The Mentalist (#1: 5.6/10). As a reminder, Rules of Engagement moves into the Saturday 8 p.m. half-hour this fall (as nothing more than a burn-off measure, no doubt), while CSI heads to Wednesdays at 10 p.m. out of Criminal Minds.  Inheriting the CSI time period is new J.J. Abrams drama Person of Interest.

The first live So You Think You Can Dance Results Show on Fox took center stage at 8 p.m., with a 4.9/ 9, which should be enough to lead Fox to an adult 18-49 win for the night. That led into a repeat of Glee, which dipped to third with a 2.7/ 5 in the overnights at 9 p.m. This fall, The X Factor Results Show on Fox leads into a new season of underrated Bones.

ABC, which will open Thursday next season with the upcoming revival of Charlie’s Angels, had nothing unusual to report with its repeat combination of two episodes of Wipeout (8 p.m.: #3, 3.2/ 6 – 9 p.m.: #2, 3.3/ 6) and Canadian drama Rookie Blue (#2: 2.4/ 4), which returns with original episodes next week. For news on Wipeout, see TV Tidbits below.

Lowly NBC plummeted to just an average 2.0 rating in the overnights with its line-up of Community (#4: 1.8/ 3), which should not be anchoring Thursday next season, 30 Rock (#4: 1.8/ 3), which will take a rest until midseason, The Office (#4: 2.1/ 4), Parks and Recreation (#4: 2.1/ 4) and week three of colossal dud Love Bites (#3: 2.0/ 4).  This fall, Parks and Recreation moves back to 8:30 p.m., with new sitcom Whitney inheriting the 9:30 p.m. half-hour into upcoming crime solver Prime Suspect.

The CW closed the evening with repeats of The Vampire Diaries (#5: 0.9/ 2) and Nikita (#5: 0.9/ 2), which moves to Fridays at 8 p.m. for its second season.  Stepping into the Thursday 9 p.m. hour on The CW will be new drama The Secret Circle.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)