The Programming Insider: Wednesday 6/01/11

Stellar return for "America's Got Talent" on NBC

In Today's Issue:

Prime-Time Metered Market Tuesday Ratings: Reality Rules on NBC; Strong NBA Finals 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: Malcolm in College


Reality Rules on NBC; Strong NBA Finals on ABC

Tuesday 5/31/11

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: 9.1/15, ABC: 7.8/13, CBS: 6.2/10, Fox: 2.0/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening (Tuesday 6/01/10):

ABC: +50, NBC: +36, CBS: + 2, CW: -29, Fox: -64

-Yesterday’s Winners:

America’s Got Talent (NBC), NBA Finals, Game 1 (ABC), The Voice (NBC)

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC), Traffic Light (Fox)

Ratings Breakdown:

NBC reigned supreme on this final Wednesday of May (and first Wednesday of the summer season), with its combination of America’s Got Talent and The Voice besting basketball-ignited ABC by 17 percent in the overnights. Third overall was a night of repeats on NBC, followed by distant Fox and more repeats on The CW.

The two-hour season-premiere of America’s Got Talent opened with a dominant 9.2 rating/15 share in the overnights from 8-10 p.m.  Comparably, that outdelivered its year-ago season premiere (8.0/13 on June 1, 2010) by 15 percent.  And that performance translated into 12.35 million viewers, with a 3.6/11 in the demo. With stronger lead-in support, The Voice perked up to a solid 8.8/14 at 10 p.m., which finished second in the hour behind basketball on ABC. For more on The Voice, see TV Tidbits below.

Speaking of basketball, game one of the Mavericks at Heat matchup scored an estimated 10.1/16 in the overnights for the prime-time portion from 9-11 p.m.  One year earlier, the game one competition between Boston and Los Angeles was virtually identical at a 10.1/17 (on Thursday, June 3, 2010).  As a reminder, results for any live sporting event are always approximate.

Earlier in the evening on ABC was a special half-hour edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live at a distant third-place 2.9/ 5 in the overnights at 8 p.m., followed by the half-hour pregame show at a 3.6/ 6 (#3) at 8:30 p.m. As I say every year, Jimmy Kimmel would be better off sticking to late night.

In series-finale news, sitcom Traffic Light on Fox earned its cancellation stripes with a fourth-place 1.6/ 3 in the overnights at 9:30 p.m. Earlier in the evening on Fox was a repeat of Glee (#4: 2.3/ 4), which never plays well in nonoriginals, and a repeat of critical favorite Raising Hope (#4: 1.8/ 3), which should be in line for some Emmy attention this September. To the masses who have never seen Raising Hope, now is your chance to catch up.

Over at CBS, repeats of NCIS (#2: 7.4/12), spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles (#3: 6.6/10), and The Good Wife (#3: 4.6/ 7), which shifts to Sundays at 9 p.m. in the fall, were at typical nonoriginal levels. Last, and very least were encore telecasts of One Tree Hill (#5: 0.6/ 1) and Hellcats (#5: 0.5/ 1) on The CW.

As a reminder, Tuesdays next fall will feature five new series as follows (with new shows in caps and bolded):