Remaining Highlights from The Winter Press Tour

THE PROGRAMMING INSIDER
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
 

Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:

  

Winter Press Tour:

Remaining Items of Note from Pasadena

 
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 Small Screen Hot Rod

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Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:

CBS Wins; Solid Results for ABC and Fox

 
Monday 1/18/10
 

              HH
          Rtg/Shr

CBS   8.3/12
Fox    7.7/11
ABC   6.8/10
NBC   3.8/ 6
CW     1.9/ 3
 
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-Note: Comparisons to the year-ago evening were not available today.

 
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-Yesterday’s Winners:  

How I Met Your Mother (CBS), Two and a Half Men (CBS), The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love (ABC), 24 (Fox), The Big Bang Theory (CBS), CSI: Miami (CBS), Castle (ABC)

 

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Heroes (NBC), The Jay Leno Show (NBC)

 
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Note: The fast affiliate results for Monday 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 Monday, January 18, 2010.   

 
 
-Ratings Breakdown:

CBS opened the week on a typically winning overnight note with its combination of sitcoms How I Met Your Mother (#2: 6.7 rating/10 share), Accidentally on Purpose (#4: 6.0/ 9), Two and a Half Men (#1: 10.3/15), The Big Bang Theory (#1: 9.8/14) and veteran CSI: Miami (#2: 8.7/14). Given the expected strength among adults 18-49, consider this a “winning” performance for How I Met Your Mother. Also anticipate more growth in the demo for The Big Bang Theory out of Two and a Half Men. Emmy voters…did you happen to catch Jim Parsons’ performance last night?

 

In series-premiere news, CW drama Life Unexpected finished last in the 9 p.m. hour, with a 2.1/ 3 in the overnights. While that may not sound like much, it did built from the second half of lead-in One Tree Hill (#5: 1.7/ 2 at 8:30 p.m.) by 24 percent, which is an improvement over regularly scheduled occupant Gossip Girl. Let’s wait and see what the young female demos look like. Overall, One Tree Hill finished a typically distant fifth at 8 p.m. with a 1.8/ 3.

 

A two-hour edition of Fox’s 24 was on the map, with a solid 7.7/11 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, 24 was up in the vicinity of 15 percent from its year-ago overnight average. Here is the half-hour breakdown:

 
24 (Fox)
8:00 p.m.: 7.5/11 (#1)
8:30 p.m.: 7.7/11 (#1)
9:00 p.m.: 7.8/11 (#2)
9:30 p.m.: 7.8/11 (#2)
 

Over at ABC, the news remains positive for the new season of silly The Bachelor, which averaged a healthy 6.9/10 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. (which will certainly resonate among the target female audience). That led into compatible Castle at a second-place 6.6/11 at 10 p.m. Sophomore Castle is, no doubt, one of the quieter success stories this season. Take a look at the half-hour breakdown for The Bachelor:

 

The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love (ABC)

8:00 p.m.: 6.5/ 9 (#3)
8:30 p.m.: 6.8/10 (#2)
9:00 p.m.: 7.1/10 (#3)
9:30 p.m.: 7.3.10 (#3)
 

Over at NBC, and despite the ample promotion, season three of Chuck remains a modest performer at a fourth-place 4.8/ 7 in the overnights from 8-9 p.m. Chuck’s expected mid-2 rating among adults 18-49 is nothing to boast about. Next on the troubled Peacock net was fading Heroes (#4: 3.2/ 5 at 9 p.m.), which should be concluding shortly, followed by canceled The Jay Leno Show at a last-place 3.5/ 6.  

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

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Ratings Box:

What’s Hot/What’s Not

 

-Above Average Golden Globe Awards:

Based on the fast affiliate rating results for Sunday, January 17, The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards on NBC rose to the network’s most-watched non-sports performance in the Sunday 9-11 p.m. time period (16.9 million) since the 2004 Golden Globes Award telecast, and highest rated among adults 18-49 (5.4 rating) in any time period since the ER finale last April. Compared to one year earlier, The Golden Globes were up by 2 million viewers and 10 percent among adults 18-49.