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THE PROGRAMMING INSIDER

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

 

Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:

CBS Edges Out NBC for Victory  

 
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 Family Question  

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CBS Edges Out NBC for Victory 

 
Monday 9/07/09
 

              HH
          Rtg/Shr

CBS    4.3/ 7
NBC   4.2/ 7
ABC   2.9/ 5
Fox     2.8/ 5
CW     0.7/ 1
 
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-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Monday, Sept. 8, 2008):

ABC: no change, CBS: -16, NBC: -18, Fox: -35, CW: -76

 
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-Respectable Summer Performers:

Two and a Half Men R (CBS), The Big Bang Theory R (CBS), Dateline (NBC)

 

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Excluding NBC’s Dateline, the entire Monday night line-up was all repeats.  And since I never label a repeat as a “loser,” there were none!

 
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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, September 7, 2009.   

 
 
-Ratings Breakdown:

CBS inched past NBC in the Monday overnights, with a one-tenth of a rating point advantage. Third overall was ABC, followed by Fox and The CW. Steep year-to-year to year erosion for The CW is a reflection of original episodes of Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill airing on the year-ago evening. Speaking of The CW, don’t forget that tonight marks the season-premiere of 90210 and the series-debut of the remake of Melrose Place. Am I the only one wishing Heather Locklear would come back?

 

NBC opened the evening on a dominant note with a repeat of Law & Order: Criminal Intent at a 3.7 rating/6 share at 8 p.m. Sad, isn’t it, when the top-rated show in the time period scores under a 4-rating in the overnights? That led into another encore telecast of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (#2: 4.0/ 7), followed by overused Dateline at a first-place 5.0/ 9 at 10 p.m. With the start of the new season just around the corner, we will be seeing a lot less of Dateline, no doubt.

 

CBS began with back-to-back episodes of How I Met Your Mother (#2: avg. 3.1/ 5 from 8-9 p.m.), followed by repeats of Two and a Half Men (#1: 6.2/10), The Big Bang Theory (#1: 5.1/ 8) and aging CSI: Miami (#2: 4.3/ 7) from 9-11 p.m. With Neil Patrick Harris hosting the upcoming 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, this could be his year to snag a well deserved victory for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy.

 

ABC, which remains in search of an audience for low-rated sophomore returnee Castle, aired three episodes last night and they fared as follows:

 
Castle R (ABC)

8:00 p.m.: 2.9/ 5 (#3t)

9:00 p.m.: 2.8/ 5 (#3)

10:00 p.m.: 3.1/ 5 (#3)

 

Despite the ample lead-in support from Dancing With the Stars, there is no real reason to believe Castle will click next season opposite returning CSI: Miami and NBC’s The Jay Leno Show, which begins next Monday. 

 

Fox ran repeats of the regularly scheduled House (#3t, 2.9/ 5), which is not the force it used to be, and Lie To Me (#4: 2.7/ 4). And The CW capped off this first Monday in September with repeats of One Tree Hill (#5: 0.8/ 1) and Gossip Girl (#5: 0.6/ 1), which will open their new seasons next Monday.

 

At press time, there are only 13 days left until the start of the new season and here is a reminder of what is coming up on Monday. 

 
ABC
 8:00 p.m. Dancing With the Stars (two hours)
10:00 p.m. Castle
 
CBS
 8:00 p.m. How I Met Your Mother (new time)
 8:30 p.m. Accidentally on Purpose (new)
 9:00 p.m. Two and a Half Men
 9:30 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (new time)
10:00 p.m. CSI: Miami
 
NBC
 8:00 p.m. Heroes (new time)
 9:00 p.m. Trauma (new)

10:00 p.m. The Jay Leno Show (new)