Remembering David Carradine

Friday, June 5, 2009

Basketball Leads ABC to Victory; Slow Start for The Listener on NBC

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Remembering David Carradine

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Prime-Time Metered Market Thursday Ratings:

Basketball Leads ABC to Victory; Slow Start for The Listener on NBC

Thursday 6/04/09


ABC   7.0/12

CBS    5.2/ 9

Fox     4.8/ 8
NBC   3.8/ 6

CW   1.1/ 2


-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Thursday, June 5, 2008):

NBC: + 6, ABC: – 5, CBS: -15, Fox and CW: -21 each

-Yesterday’s Winners:
The NBA Finals, Game 1 (ABC)
-Honorable Mention:

CSI R (CBS), So You Think You Can Dance (Fox), The Mentalist R (CBS)


I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! (NBC), The Listener (NBC)

-Yesterday’s Losers:
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
-Ratings Breakdown:

Led by game one of The NBA Finals, ABC dominated this first June Thursday in the overnights, beating second-place CBS by 35 percent. Third overall was Fox, followed by NBC and the CW. 


ABC opened the evening with a prime-time version of Jimmy Kimmel Live, which finished a distant fourth in the 8 p.m. half-hour with a mere 2.8 rating/5 share in the overnights. Stick to prime-time, Jimmy! Next was the half-hour NBA Countdown tied for second, with a 3.9/ 7 at 8:30 p.m. That, of course, led into game one of Orlando Magic at the Los Angeles Lakers on The NBA Finals, which averaged an approximate 8.8/15 in the overnights for the prime-time portion from 9-11 p.m. (and an overall 8.9 rating from 9-11:45 p.m.). I stress approximate because overnight results for any live sporting event are always estimated. Comparably, this was 14 percent below the Los Angeles Lakers vs. the Boston Celtics one year earlier (10.4 on June 5, 2008), but up by 11 percent from the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. the San Antonio Spurs in 2007 (8.0 on June 7, 2007). Take a look at the half-hour breakdown:

The NBA Finals, Game 1 (ABC)
 9:00 p.m.: 7.7/13 (#1)
 9:30 p.m.: 9.0/15 (#1)
10:00 p.m.: 8.9/15 (#1)
10:30 p.m.: 9.5/16 (#1)

Second-place CBS aired repeats of The Big Bang Theory (#1t: 4.0/ 7) and The New Adventures of Old Christine (#4: 3.8/ 7) from 8-9 p.m., followed by repeats of CSI (#2: 5.7/10) and relocated The Mentalist (#2: 5.9/10) from 9-11 p.m. While The Mentalist will, no doubt, fit well out of CSI, personally I would have left it in the Tuesday 9 p.m. hour next season.


In series-premiere news, two episodes of Canadian drama The Listen did not impress on NBC as follows:

The Listener (NBC)

 9:00 p.m.: 3.7/ 6 (#4) – series premiere

10:00 p.m.: 3.9/ 7 (#3)

Considering The Listener faced The NBA Finals, I will avoid labeling it a loser this time. But it is indeed disappointing.   


Earlier in the evening on NBC was night four of trashy (but addictive) I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! at a third-place 3.8/ 7 in the metered markets. While this is not necessarily impressive, it did manage to build from its Wednesday overnight performance by nine percent. Here is four-night track:


I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! (NBC)

Monday 6/01/09: 4.3/ 7 (from 8-10 p.m.)

Tuesday 6/02/09: 4.1/ 7

Wednesday 6/03/09: 3.5/ 6

Thursday 6/04/09: 3.8/ 7


So long, Angela Shelton.


Over at Fox, ongoing summer success So You Think You Can Dance was a healthy third at 9 p.m., with a 5.2/ 9 in the overnights. Comparably, that beat an encore telecast of repeat Bones (#1: 4.4/ 8 at 8 p.m.) by 18 percent. And it will, no doubt, outdeliver CBS’ competing CSI repeat among adults 18-49.


Repeats of the CW’s Smallville (#5: 1.2/ 2) and Supernatural (#5: 1.1/ 2) capped off the evening. As a reminder, upcoming CW drama The Vampire Diaries steps into the Thursday 8 p.m. hour in place of veteran Smallville, which moves into the Friday anchor spot.

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