The Programming Insider: Reality Slate Lifts ABC

Network gains with Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition

In Today's Issue:

Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings: Respectable Sampling for Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition on ABC

Ratings Box: What’s Hot/What’s Not

On the Air Tonight: Prime-Time Programming Options

TV Tidbits: Notes of Interest

TV Trivia Time: Too Close for Henry's Comfort

PRIME-TIME METERED MARKET MONDAY RATINGS: Respectable Sampling for Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition on ABC

Monday 5/30/11

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

ABC: 4.6/ 8, CBS: 3.5/ 6, NBC: 3.5/ 6, Fox: 2.2/ 6, CW: 0.4/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening (Monday 5/31/10):

Fox: + 5, ABC: no change, NBC: -15, CW: -20, CBS: -34

Note: The fast affiliate results for Monday will be posted at PIFeedback by 12 p.m. ET.  Go to the website, click on Ratings Box (the first category), then Last Night’s Results, and Monday, May 30, 2011.

Ratings Breakdown:

A night of all original reality led ABC to Monday victory, with a 31 percent advantage over second place CBS and NBC.  But a mere 4.6 rating in the overnights for the dominant network means it will be a long summer.  In the distant No. 4 spot was Fox, followed by The CW.  Sixty-two percent of last night’s lineup was in repeats.

In series-premiere news, Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition on ABC finished second in the overnights at 10 p.m., with a 4.4 rating/8 share.  First in the time period was canceled Law & Order: Los Angeles on NBC with a 4.7/ 8.  But retention out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of The Bachelorette (#1: 5.0/ 8) was a solid 88 percent, and growth of 5 percent for Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition at 10:30 p.m. (4.3/ 7 to 4.5/ 8) means that whoever did watch stayed with the show.

Earlier in the evening on ABC, aforementioned The Bachelorette averaged a 4.8/ 8 from 8-10 p.m., with the half-hour breakdown as follows: 4.6/ 8 (#1) – 4.6/ 8 (#1) – 4.8/ 8 (#1) – 5.0/ 8 (#1).  One year earlier, The Bachelorette averaged a 5.1/ 9 on May 31, 2010.

In season-premiere news, the final season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent on NBC (which already aired on USA) finished third at 9 p.m. with a lackluster 3.6/ 6.  Regardless, growth out of a repeat of Minute to Win It (#3: 2.4/ 5 at 8 p.m.) was still very noticeable at 46 percent.  Capping off the evening for NBC was aforementioned Law & Order: Los Angeles at a dominant 4.7/ 8 at 10 p.m.

Elsewhere, CBS, Fox and The CW were in all repeats.  CBS aired encore telecasts of How I Met Your Mother (#2: 3.1/ 5), canceled Mad Love (#2: 2.6/ 4), Two and a Half Men (#2: 4.2/ 7), Mike & Molly (#2: 4.0/ 6), and Hawaii Five-O (#3: 3.6/ 6).  Fox aired back-to-back repeats of House (#4: avg. 2.2/ 4 from 8-10 p.m.), and The CW filled the evening with encores of 90210 (#5: 0.5/ 1) and Gossip Girl (#5: 0.4/ 1).

Of the five networks, only ABC will remain consistent with its combination of Dancing With the Stars and Castle next fall.  Four new series will populate the evening as follows (with new shows in caps):