The Programming Insider: Tuesday 7/19/11

'The Bachelorette' wins night

In Today's Issue:

Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:

ABC Wins; Respectable Return for Hell’s Kitchen on Fox

Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not

On the Air Tonight:

Prime-Time Programming Options

TV Tidbits:

Notes of Interest

TV Trivia Time:

“The Motel California”

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PRIME-TIME METERED MARKET MONDAY RATINGS:

ABC Wins; Respectable Return for Hell’s Kitchen on Fox

Monday 7/18/11

Household Rating/Share

ABC: 5.0/ 8, Fox: 4.0/ 6, CBS: 3.4/ 6, NBC: 3.0/ 5, CW: 0.4/ 1

Note: Comparisons to the year-ago period are not available today.

Yesterday’s Winners:

The Bachelorette (ABC)

Honorable Mention:

Hell’s Kitchen (Fox), Masterchef (Fox), Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (ABC)

Repeat Count:

54 percent of the line-up was encore telecasts.

Ratings Breakdown:

ABC opened the week on a winning overnight note as usual, beating a night of all originals on Fox by 1.0 rating points. But results among adults 18-49 could be more of a horse race thanks to the return of Hell’s Kitchen on Fox. Third overall was a night of all repeats on CBS, followed by NBC and lowly The CW, which has been hurt by the lack of any original programming this summer.

Summer favorite The Bachelorette on ABC took top-rated honors for the evening, with a 5.6 rating/9 share in the overnights from 8-10 p.m., and the half-hour breakdown as follows:

The Bachelorette (ABC)

8:00 p.m.: 5.5/ 9 (#1)

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

9:00 p.m.: 5.6/ 9 (#1)

9:30 p.m.: 5.8/ 9 (#1)

Whoever watches The Bachelorette, no doubt, sticks with it throughout the two-hours. Next on ABC was recent entry Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, which won the 10 p.m. hour with a 4.0. 7 and is expected back next summer.

In season-premiere news, aforementioned Hell’s Kitchen on Fox returned with a second-place 4.0/ 7 in the overnights at 8 p.m. Although the Gordon Ramsay-hosted reality/competition trailed the first hour of ABC’s The Bachelorette by 27 percent in the overnights, the gap among adults 18-49 should be smaller. With stronger lead-in support, Masterchef at 9 p.m., also hosted by Ramsay, rose to a season-high 4.0/ 6 at 9 p.m.

Over at CBS, there was nothing unusual to report with its encore combination of How I Met Your Mother (#4: 2.9/ 5), which received no Emmy nominations last week, an 8:30 p.m. edition of Mike & Molly (#4: 3.0/ 5), Two and a Half Men (#2, 3.9/ 6), the regularly scheduled edition of Mike & Molly (#4: 2.6/ 4) and Hawaii Five-O (#2: 3.4/ 6).

Elsewhere, NBC filled this third Monday of July with a one-hour repeat edition of America’s Got Talent (#3: 3.4/ 6), soon-to-conclude Law & Order: Criminal Intent (#4: 2.6/ 4), which already aired on USA, and an encore telecast of Harry's Law (#3: 3.0/ 5), which moves to Wednesdays at 9 p.m. (out of new sitcom Free Agents) this fall. The CW capped off the night with encore telecasts of Gossip Girl (#5: 0.5/ 1), which moved into the Monday 8 p.m. hour, and One Tree Hill (#5: 0.4/ 1), which will be taking a break until midseason. Next season will mark the conclusion of One Tree Hill.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data