Solid Sampling for TNT’s Men of a Certain Age

THE PROGRAMMING INSIDER
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
 

Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:

CBS Wins; Respectable Holiday Themed Carrie Underwood on Fox
 
Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not
 
On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options
 
TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest
 

TV Trivia Time:

Meet Me in St. Louis

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Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:

CBS Wins; Respectable Holiday Themed Carrie Underwood on Fox

 
Monday 12/07/09
 

              HH
          Rtg/Shr

CBS    7.2/11
Fox     5.5/ 8
ABC   4.2/ 7
NBC   3.9/ 6
CW     1.4/ 2
 
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-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Monday, Dec. 8, 2008):

Fox: +49, CBS: + 7, NBC: – 2, CW: -22, ABC: -24

 
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-Yesterday’s Winners:  

Two and a Half Men (CBS), The Big Bang Theory (CBS), CSI: Miami (CBS)

 
-Honorable Mention:

Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special (Fox), How I Met Your Mother (CBS), Accidentally on Purpose (CBS), Castle (ABC)

 

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

One Tree Hill (CW), Find My Family (ABC), Gossip Girl (CW), The Jay Leno Show (NBC)

 
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-Ratings Breakdown:

CBS won this first Monday in December in the overnights, with a 1.7 rating point advantage over second-place Fox, which housed two-hour Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special. Third overall was ABC, followed by NBC and The CW. 

 

In a night of all original programming, CBS aired its regular combination of How I Met Your Mother (#2: 5.2 rating/8 share), freshman Accidentally on Purpose (#2, 5.0/ 8), Two and a Half Men (#1: 9.0/13), The Big Bang Theory (#1: 8.1/12), which always builds among adults 18-49, and veteran CSI: Miami (#1: 7.9/13). Worth positively noting for Accidentally on Purpose was 96 percent retention out of How I Met Your Mother. Now let’s wait and see what the adult 18-49 demo looks like. I don’t know about you, but Accidentally on Purpose is beginning to grow on me. How about a 22-episode order instead of just 18, CBS?

 

Aforementioned Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special on Fox was notably consistent, with a 5.5/ 8 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. and the half-hour breakdown as follows:

 

Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special (Fox)

8:00 p.m.: 5.8/ 9 (#1)
8:30 p.m.: 5.6/ 8 (#1)
9:00 p.m.: 5.3/ 8 (#2)
9:30 p.m.: 5.2/ 8 (#2)
 

The true tale, of course, will be told once the demos are released. But based on the overnights on this highly competitive evening, consider Carrie Underwood worthy of “honorable mention.”

 

ABC opened the evening with annual animated holiday special Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (#4: 4.4/ 7 at 8 p.m.), followed by week three of schmaltzy Find My Family (#4: 3.4/ 6 at 9 p.m.) and keeper Castle (#2: 5.0/ 8 at 10 p.m.), which built by a hefty 43 percent from the second-half of lead-in Find My Family (3.5/ 5 at 9:30 p.m.). As much as I am a sucker for reuniting loved ones, the constant blubbering by host Tim Green seems awfully forced. 

 

NBC aired back-to-back repeats of Law & Order: SVU in place of the regularly scheduled Heroes and Trauma from 8-10 p.m. (8 p.m.: #3, 4.6/ 7; 9 p.m.: #3, 3.7/ 6), followed by failing The Jay Leno Show at a last-place 3.4/ 5 at 10 p.m.

 

The CW’s combination of One Tree Hill (#5 1.6/ 3) and Gossip Girl (#5: 1.3/ 2) was, meanwhile, down by an average of 22 percent from the year-ago combination of Gossip Girl and a Monday airing of failed drama Privileged. While The CW’s target audience is, of course, young female, based on the overnights these are “losing” performances.  

 

Source: Nielsen Media Research data