The Programming Insider: Thursday 6/16/11

Hockey leads NBC to win

In Today's Issue

Prime-Time Metered Market Wednesday Ratings: Hockey Lifts 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: Life Outside of Dallas


Hockey Lifts NBC to Victory

Wednesday 6/15/11

Household Rating/Share

NBC: 5.9/10, Fox: 5.4/ 9, CBS: 4.1/ 7, ABC: 3.3/ 6, CW: 0.8/ 1

Note: The overnight comparisons to one year earlier are not available today.  The fast affiliate results for Wednesday 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 Wednesday, June 15, 2011.

Yesterday’s Winners:

The Stanley Cup Finals, Game 7 (NBC), So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)

Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

ABC News: Caught in the Act

Repeat Count:

54 percent of last night’s lineup was encore telecasts.

Ratings Breakdown:

In what could be a first, game seven of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals (Bruins at Canucks) led the evening in the overnights, with a 5.9 rating/10 share from 8-11 p.m. (peaking at a 7.1/12 at 10:30 p.m.). But two-hours of So You Think You Can Dance on Fox (#2: 5.4/ 9 from 8-10 p.m.) is expected to dominate among adults 18-49. Here are the half-hour breakdowns for both:

Stanley Cup Finals (NBC)

8:00 p.m.: 4.6/ 9 (#2)

8:30 p.m.: 5.5/10 (#1t)

9:00 p.m.: 5.4/ 9 (#1)

9:30 p.m.: 6.6/11 (#1)

10:00 p.m.: 6.3/10 (#1)

10:30 p.m.: 7.1/12 (#1)

So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)

8:00 p.m.: 5.3/ 9 (#1)

8:30 p.m.: 5.5/ 9 (#1t)

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

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

Congratulations to the Boston Bruins, which won for the first time since 1972.

Elsewhere, CBS populated this third Wednesday in June with encore telecasts of Undercover Boss (#3: 3.4/ 6), which returns in an undetermined time period in midseason; Criminal Minds (#3: 4.4/ 7); and Blue Bloods (#2: 4.6/ 8), which will be airing twice weekly all summer. Over at ABC, back-to-back repeats of sitcoms The Middle (#4: avg. 3.0/ 6 from 8-9 p.m.) and Modern Family (#4: avg. 3.4/ 6 from 9-10 p.m.) led into original ABC News special, Caught in the Act, at a third-place 3.6/ 6 at 10 p.m.

The CW capped off the night with two repeat episodes of tired America’s Next Top Model (#5: avg. 0.8/ 1 from 8-10 p.m.), which is hoping the first all-star edition next fall ignites interest.

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 nonscripted), 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, which is the normal pattern every season.


8:00 p.m.: The Middle

8:30 p.m.  SUBURGATORY

9:00 p.m.: Modern Family

9:30 p.m. Happy Endings (new time)

10:00 p.m.: REVENGE


8:00 p.m.: Survivor: Nicaragua

9:00 p.m.: Criminal Minds

10:00 p.m.: CSI (new day and time)