The Programming Insider: Thursday 6/09/11

NBC Leads Night with 'America's Got Talent'

In Today's Issue:

Prime-Time Metered Market Wednesday Ratings: America’s Got Talent Leads NBC to Victory

Ratings Box: What’s Hot/What’s Not

On the Air Tonight: Prime-Time Programming Options

TV Tidbits: Notes of Interest

TV Trivia Time: A Real First Name

Note: The Programming Insider will not be published tomorrow. Have a great weekend.


America’s Got Talent Leads NBC to Victory

Wednesday 6/08/11

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  

NBC: 6.0/10, Fox: 5.4/ 9, CBS: 3.8/ 6, ABC: 3.0/ 5, CW: 0.8/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening (Tuesday 6/09/10):

NBC: + 9, ABC: + 3, Fox: – 7, CW: -20, CBS: -24

Yesterday’s Winners:

America’s Got Talent (NBC), So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)

Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

20/20 (ABC)

Ratings Breakdown:

Summer sensation America’s Got Talent led NBC to another overnight Wednesday victory, with a 0.6 rating point advantage over a night of So You Think You Can Dance on Fox. In the distant No. 3 spot were all repeats on CBS, followed by ABC and lowly The CW, which has nothing original on tap for this summer.

America’s Got Talent, which is really featuring some zany acts these days, scored a healthy 7.5 rating/12 share in the overnights from 9-11 p.m., building from a repeat of canceled game show lead-in Minute to Win It (#4: 3.0/ 5 at 8 p.m.) by a whopping 150 percent.  Here is the half-hour breakdown:

America’s Got Talent (NBC)

9:00 p.m.: 6.8/11 (#1)

9:30 p.m.: 7.5/12 (#1)

10:00 p.m.: 7.8/13 (#1)

10:30 p.m.: 7.8/13 (#1)

Over at Fox, two-hours of So You Think You Can Dance was on the map, with a 5.4/ 9 from 8-10 p.m. and the half-hour breakdown as follows:

So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)

8:00 p.m.: 5.3/10 (#1)

8:30 p.m.: 5.6/10 (#1)

9:00 p.m.: 5.3/ 9 (#2)

9:30 p.m.: 5.5/ 9 (#2)

One year earlier, So You Think You Can Dance averaged a similar 5.8/ 9 (on June 9, 2010), which translated into 8.15 million viewers with a 3.0/ 9 among adults 18-49. Consider this an ongoing positive for an early summer evening.

Elsewhere, CBS populated this second Wednesday in June with encore telecasts of Undercover Boss (#4: 3.0/ 5), which returns with new episodes in midseason (by now, you would assume the employees would know that the new employee being filmed is the CEO of the company), Criminal Minds (#3: 3.9/ 6), and Blue Bloods (#2: 4.5/ 8), which also airs in its regularly scheduled Friday 10 p.m. hour this summer. 

ABC aired back-to-back repeats of The Middle (#3, avg. 3.1/ 6) and Modern Family (#4: avg. 3.2/ 5) from 8-10 p.m., followed by a special edition of 20/20 ("Reality Rule$: When TV Gets Real") at a last-place 2.8/ 5 at 10 p.m. The CW filled the night with two repeat episodes of America’s Next Top Model, which finished last with a mere 0.8/ 1 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m.

As a reminder, here is what you will be seeing on the broadcast networks on Wednesday this fall (with new shows in caps). Seven new shows will populate the evening (four sitcoms, one drama and two non-scripted), with two returning series (CSI on CBS and Harry’s Law on NBC) moving to the night.  Comparably, Wednesday has the most number of changes this fall.