The Programming Insider: Thursday 6/23/11

NBC Leads; Obama leads off night

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Prime-Time Metered Market Wednesday Ratings:

NBC Leads; President Obama Leads off Night

Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not

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Prime-Time Programming Options

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Notes of Interest

TV Trivia Time:

Ohio’s Finest




NBC Leads; President Obama Leads off Night

Wednesday 6/22/11

Note: The following results exclude Knoxville.

Household Rating/Share

NBC: 6.8/11, Fox: 4.6/ 8, CBS: 3.9/ 7, ABC: 3.2/ 5, CW: 0.8/ 1

Note: The overnight comparisons to one year earlier are not included 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 22, 2011.

Yesterday’s Winners:

The Voice (NBC), America’s Got Talent (NBC)

Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Nothing…all results are estimated due to President Obama’s speech.

Ratings Breakdown:

Due to President Obama’s approximately 15-minute address to the country from 8-8:15 ET/PT last night, all ratings are estimated. Results for the President’s speech on the Big 3 networks fared as follows:

NBC: 4.6 rating/9 share, ABC: 4.0/ 7, CBS: 3.4/ 6

This led into the following from 8:15-8:30 p.m.:

The Voice (NBC): 5.6/10 (#1), Undercover Boss R (CBS): 3.2/ 6 (#3t), The Middle R (ABC): 3.2/ 5 (#3t)

Results for the three in the 8:30 p.m. half-hour are as follows:

The Voice (NBC): 6.3/11 (#1), Undercover Boss R (CBS): 3.3/ 5 (#3), The Middle R (ABC): 2.9/ 5 (#4)

Also in the 8 p.m. hour was So You Think You Can Dance on Fox (#2: 4.6/ 8) and a repeat of America’s Next Top Model on The CW (#5: 0.8/ 1). Keep in mind that So You Think You Can Dance also started late due to President Obama’s speech.

NBC remained in the overnight winner’s circle care of the solid combination of The Voice (7.5/12) and America’s Got Talent in the 9 p.m. half hour (7.3/12), and the remainder of America’s Got Talent, which averaged a dominant 7.0/11 from 9:30-11 p.m. Too bad for NBC The Voice is concluding for the season next week. On Fox, So You Think You Can Dance in its entirety averaged an estimated 4.6/ 8 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m., which was on par with the 4.8/ 8 on the year-ago evening.

CBS populated the 9-11 p.m. block with repeats of Criminal Minds (#3: 4.2/ 7) and Blue Bloods (#2: 4.3/ 7). ABC aired encore telecasts of Modern Family (#4: 3.4/ 6) and Happy Endings (#4: 2.2/ 3) from 9-10 p.m., followed by Primetime Nightline: The Casey Anthony Story at a third-place 3.6/ 6 at 10 p.m. Mirroring Cougar Town all season, the obstacle 9:30 p.m. occupant Happy Endings faces it holding a respectable percentage of the Modern Family lead-in. Last night the encore dropped by 35 percent.

Last, and very least, was another repeat installment of America’s Next Top Model on The CW at a 0.7/ 1 in the overnights at 9 p.m.

As a reminder, here is what you will be seeing on the broadcast networks on Wednesday this fall (with new shows bolded 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, which is the normal pattern every season.