Remembering Dom DeLuise

Wednesday, May 6, 2009
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Remembering Dom DeLuise
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Note: The overnight (metered market) rating results for Tuesday, May 5 were not available due to the early release of The Programming Insider. National ratings for the week of April 27 are delayed and are expected to be included in tomorrow’s column. And the fast affiliate results for Sunday, May 3 and Monday, May 4 are still not available at PIFeedback.



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-Record Results for First Round Basketball Coverage on TNT:

TNT’s coverage of the NBA Playoffs rose to an average 3.38 million viewers — up 14 percent from last year’s already record breaking first round results. The overall 2.3 household rating for the 24 games was up by 10 percent from last year’s 22 games. Of particular note was coverage of the game seven showdown between the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics on Saturday, May 2, which finished as the most-watched Round One game in cable television history in households (5.02 million) and total viewers (6.99 million).

-Strong Start for Disney Channel’s Jonas:

Jonas, the new Disney Channel sitcom featuring red-hot the Jonas Brothers, opened on Saturday, May 2 as the top-rated program for the evening in kids 6-11 (1.6 million), tweens 9-14 (1.6) and the girl demos, Comparably, the Jonas Brothers outdelivered the launch of Nickelodeon’s Fairly OddParents: Wishology across all key demos, with 4.0 million viewers in total.

-National Ratings in Syndication – Week of April 20:

What follows are the top 20 rated series in syndication (first-run and off-network) based on households for the week of April 20:


Wheel of Fortune (CBS Television Distribution): 6.5 rating, Jeopardy (CBS): 5.6, Oprah (CBS) and Two and a Half Men (Warner Bros.): 4.7 each, Judge Judy (CBS): 4.2, Entertainment Tonight (CBS): 4.1, Family Guy (Twentieth Television): 3.9, Seinfeld (Sony Pictures Television) and CSI: NY (CBS): 3.3 each, Dr. Phil (CBS): 3.2, Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS) and Inside Edition (CBS): 3.0 each, George Lopez (Warner Bros.) and Law & Order: SVU (NBC Universal): 2.8 each, Wheel of Fortune – Weekend (CBS): 2.7, Live With Regis & Kelly (Disney-ABC) and King of the Hill (Twentieth): 2.6 each, Seinfeld – Weekend (SPT): 2.5, King of Queens (SPT) and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC): 2.4 each

-Of Note:

CBS Television Distribution’s The Insider (1.9) had the largest week-to-week increase of any strip in first-run, with its best performance in one month.


The Doctors (2.0), also from CBS, was the highest rated new first-run strip for the 14th consecutive week. Second was NBC Universal’s Deal or No Deal, with a 1.6.


-Two and a Half Men has now led the off-net sitcom genre for 79 consecutive weeks. 


Source: Nielsen Media Research data


On the Air Tonight:
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Wednesday 5/06/09
 8:00 p.m. Scrubs (season finale, one hour)
 9:00 p.m. Lost

10:00 p.m. The Unusuals


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

 8:30 p.m. Gary Unmarried

 9:00 p.m. Criminal Minds

10:00 p.m. CSI: NY (R)


 8:00 p.m. Law & Order: Criminal Intent (season premiere)

 9:00 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (R)

10:00 p.m. Law & Order

 8:00 p.m. Lie To Me

 9:00 p.m. American Idol


 8:00 p.m. America’s Next Top Model

 9:00 p.m. 90210 (R)


 8:00 p.m. World’s Funniest Moments

 9:00 p.m. World’s Funniest Moments (R)

Remembering Dom DeLuise

Comedian, actor and author Dom DeLuise passed away in his sleep at a Los Angeles hospital on Monday. He was 75. 


Best known for his roles in several Mel Brooks classics, including Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and The History of the World, Part 1, Brooklyn, New York born DeLuise honed his acting skills with early appearances on TV series like The Dean Martin Show, The Munsters, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. In 1968, he headlined summer variety series The Dom DeLuise Show, followed by a self-titled sitcom called The Dom DeLuise Show, which aired in first-run syndication in the 1987-88 season.