Remembering David Carradine

Friday, June 5, 2009

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

Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not

On the Air This Weekend:
Prime-Time Programming Options 


Remembering David Carradine

TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest
TV Trivia Time:

A Different Susan

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.


Source: Nielsen Media Research data

Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not
-Record Jay Leno Tonight Show Closer:

The departure of Jay Leno as host of NBC’s The Tonight Show attracted a hefty 11.9 million viewers and a 3.4 rating/14 share among adults 18-49 on Friday, May 29, according to the final nationals. Comparably, that was the largest Friday audience for The Tonight Show during Leno’s 17-year run as host (and best overall since President Obama’s appearance on March 19, 2009), and highest rated in the demo since Jan. 10, 1997. For the week, The Tonight Show averaged 7.0 million viewers – it’s best since the week President Obama appeared.

-Series-High for Chelsea Lately:

Based on ratings for Wednesday, June 3, Chelsea Lately on E! rose to its best performance ever in households (.96) and total viewers (1.1 million), more than doubling the network’s 2009 prime-time delivery to-date. Chelsea Lately also finished finish in the 11 p.m. time period among all basic cable networks in key women 18-49. 

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

On the Air This Weekend:
Prime-Time Programming Options

Friday 6/05/09

 8:00 p.m. Wife Swap (R)

 9:00 p.m. Samantha Who? (R)

 9:30 p.m. Samantha Who? (R)

10:00 p.m. 20/20

 8:00 p.m. Ghost Whisperer (R)

 9:00 p.m. Flashpoint (R)

10:00 p.m. Numbers (R)

 8:00 p.m. Howie Do It (R)

 8:30 p.m. Howie Do It (R)

 9:00 p.m. Dateline (two hours)


 8:00 p.m. Don’t Forget the Lyrics

 9:00 p.m. Mental (R)


 8:00 p.m. Privileged (R)

 9:00 p.m. Everybody Hates Chris (R)

 9:30 p.m. The Game (R)

 8:00 p.m. Friday Night Smackdown!
Saturday 6/06/09
 8:00 p.m. Wipeout (R)
 9:00 p.m. Here Come the Newlyweds (R)

10:00 p.m. Pushing Daisies  

 8:00 p.m. The New Adventures of Old Christine (R)

 8:30 p.m. Worst Week

 9:00 p.m. Harper’s Island

10:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery (R)

 8:00 p.m. Stanley Cup Finals, Game 5 (Penguins at Red Wings)


 8:00 p.m.  Cops

 9:00 p.m. America’s Most Wanted

Sunday 6/07/09

 7:00 p.m. Jimmy Kimmel Live

 7:30 p.m. NBA Countdown

 8:30 p.m. 2009 NBA Finals, Game 2


 7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes

 8:00 p.m. The 63rd Annual Tony Awards


 7:00 p.m. Dateline (two hours)

 9:00 p.m. Miniseries: The Last Templar (R, part two)


 7:00 p.m. King of the Hill (R)

 7:30 p.m. American Dad (R)

 8:00 p.m. The Simpsons (R)

 8:30 p.m. King of the Hill (R)

 9:00 p.m. Family Guy (R)

 9:30 p.m. American Dad (R)


 7:00 p.m. Jericho (R)

 8:00 p.m. Sunday Movie: Kiss The Bride (R)


Remembering David Carradine


David Carradine, who is best remembered for his Emmy and Golden Globe nominated role in classic drama Kung Fu, was found dead in his hotel room in Bangkok of an apparent suicide. He was 72. 


Born John Arthur Carradine in Hollywood on Dec. 8, 1936, Carradine was the son of actor John Carradine, the half brother of actors Keith and Robert Carradine, and the uncle of actresses Ever Carradine and Martha Plimpton. After studying drama at San Francisco State College, Carradine debuted on the big screen in 1964 western Taggart, and headlined short-lived ABC western Shane in 1966. In 1965, he starred in the Broadway version of play The Royal Hunt of the Sun. In 1972, Carradine got his big break as Kwai Chang Caine, a Buddhist monk who was hunted down after being forced to kill a member of the Chinese royal family on western Kung Fu. It aired from 1972 to 1975, and was revived in first-run syndication from 1992 to 1996 as Kung Fu – The Legend Continues.


In between the two Kung Fu series, Carradine appeared in dozens of projects including Bound for Glory (1976), Grey Lady Down (1978), Lone Wolf McQuade (1983), miniseries North and South (1986), Bird on a Wire (1990) and Martial Law (1990). Later roles included Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), and guest starring appearances in TV shows Charmed, Alias and Lizzie McGuire. Carradine also produced and appeared in several exercise videos emphasizing martial arts, hosted History Channel series Wild West Tech, and was the spokesman for Yellowbook and Lipton Tea. He was married five times, and had two daughters, Calista Miranda and Kansas.

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