The Programming Insider: Prime-Time Emmy Noms Revealed

'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Glee,' 'The Good Wife,' 'Mad Men,' and 'Modern Family' get multiple nods

In Today's Issue:

Prime-Time Metered Market Wednesday Ratings:

Three-Way Leadership; NBC Expected to Dominate in Adults 18-49

Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not

On the Air Tonight:

Prime-Time Programming Options

TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest

TV Trivia Time:

Carol and Carroll



Three-Way Leadership; NBC Expected to Dominate in Adults 18-49

Wednesday 7/13/11

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

CBS, NBC and Fox: 4.4/ 8 each, ABC: 2.6/ 5, CW: 0.7/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening (Wednesday 7/14/10):

CBS: + 2, ABC: no change, Fox: – 6, NBC: -14, CW: -22

Yesterday’s Winners:

America’s Got Talent (NBC)

Reliable Summer Entries:

Big Brother (CBS), So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)

Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Minute to Win It (NBC)

Ratings Breakdown:

It was a three-way tie for overnight Wednesday leadership among CBS, NBC, and Fox, with standout America’s Got Talent expected to lead NBC to victory among adults 18-49.  Fourth overall was lowly ABC, followed by always distant The CW.

America’s Got Talent on NBC led the overnights, with a 7.0 rating/12 share at 9 p.m.  Comparably, that built from lead-in Minute to Win It (#3: 3.2/ 6 at 8 p.m.) by 118 percent.  Week three of lead-in out Love in the Wild finished third at 10 p.m. with a 3.1/ 6, but that should still be enough to win the time period among adults 18-49.  Retention for Love in the Wild out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of America’s Got Talent (7.3/12) was only 42 percent.

Two hours of So You Think You Can Dance on Fox averaged a 4.4/ 8 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m., which was down by 6 percent from one year earlier.  Here is the half-hour breakdown:

So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)

8:00 p.m.: 4.5/ 8 (#1)

8:30 p.m.: 4.5/ 8 (#1)

9:00 p.m.: 4.3/ 7 (#2)

9:30 p.m.: 4.2/ 7 (#2)

Over at CBS, the Wednesday 8 p.m. time period return of Big Brother finished one-tenth of a rating point behind the first hour of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, with a 4.4/ 8.  Compared to one year earlier (4.2/ 8 on July 14, 2010), this was an increase of 5 percent.  Next on the Eye net was a repeat of Criminal Minds (#3: 4.3/ 8 at 9 p.m.), followed by an encore telecast of relocated CSI at a dominant 4.7/ 8 at 10 p.m.  As a reminder, Ted Danson will be joining the cast of CSI next season.

Elsewhere, ABC traveled the repeat route from 8-10 p.m. with its combination of animated special Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown (#4: 2.4/ 4), The Middle (#4: 2.2/ 4), Modern Family (#4: 2.7/ 4), and Happy Endings (#4: 2.1/ 3).  At 10 p.m., a Miracle Mysteries-themed edition of Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief finished second with a 3.3/ 6 in the overnights.

The CW capped off the night with back-to-back repeats of America’s Next Top Model at a 0.7/ 1 from 8-10 p.m.