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Today in TV History:
Children’s classic Kukla, Fran & Ollie, the live ad-libbed puppet show that also became a magnet for adults, debuted in 1948.  It aired weeknights on NBC at 7 p.m. ET/PT through 1952, and found new life on ABC from 1954-57.  Series creator Burr Tillstrom kept what was referred to as the “Kuklapolitan Players” alive in later years on NBC in daytime in a five-minute weekday spot from 1961-62, on PBS from 1969-71, and in first-run syndication in the 1975-76 season.  Kukla, Fran & Ollie also appeared on Broadway.


In Today’s Issue:

-Metered Market Monday Ratings
-CBS and Fox Win November 2011 Sweeps
-The Homecoming 40th Anniversary Reunion
-ABC Announces Launch Date for The Revolution
-GMA Narrows The Gap

-Hefty Return for Kourtney & Kim Take New York
-FX Announces Midseason Launch Dates
-Good Sampling for Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse
-TNT Beefs Up Mystery Movie Night Slate
-Jeff Dunham Lifts BIO Channel to Record Ratings

-11th Tuesday of 2011-12

-Mama Nanette



Metered Market Monday Ratings
ABC Loses Footing Minus Dancing With the Stars

Monday 11/28/11
Metered Market Results

CBS    5.5/ 8
Fox     4.9/ 7
ABC   3.7/ 6
NBC   3.6/ 6
CW     1.4/ 2

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Monday 11/29/10:
Fox: +32, CBS: – 7, NBC: -14, CW: -18, ABC: -21


How I Met Your Mother R (CBS), 2 Broke Girls R (CBS), Two and a Half Men R (CBS), Mike & Molly R (CBS), Hawaii Five-O R (CBS)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
The Sing-Off (NBC), Gossip Girl (CW), You Deserve It (ABC), Hart of Dixie (CW), Rock Center With Brian Williams (NBC)


Ratings Breakdown:
Monday is a very different evening minus Dancing With the Stars on ABC, of course.  A night of encore telecasts on CBS was enough for the Eye net to dominate in the overnights, with a 0.6 rating point advantage over second-place Fox.  Third overall was ABC, followed by NBC and very distant The CW.

In season (or series) finale news, two-hours of The Sing Off on NBC did not benefit from the absence of Dancing With the Stars at a 3.9 rating/6 share in the overnights from 8-10 p.m.  Here is the half-hour breakdown:

The Sing Off (NBC)
8:00 p.m.: 4.3/ 7 (#4)
8:30 p.m.: 3.9/ 6 (#4)
9:00 p.m.: 3.7/ 5 (#3)
9:30 p.m.: 3.6/ 5 (#3)

Next week, NBC will fill the Monday 8-10 p.m. block with The Sing Off Holiday Special.  As for the future of The Sing Off, NBC would be better off keeping the singing competition as a special programming event in December only.

At 10 p.m. on NBC was week five of low-rated newsmagazine Rock Center With Brian Williams at a typically lackluster (and third place) 3.1/ 5 in the overnights.  Comparably, that is below what former occupant The Playboy Club was averaging here.

In week two news, ABC game show You Deserve It dipped to a fourth-place 2.8/ 4 at 9 p.m. minus the lead-in support from Dancing With the Stars.  Compared to its week-ago debut (5.8/ 9 on Nov. 21), that was loss of a significant 52 percent.  Retention for You Deserve It out of animated holiday special Shrek the Halls (#3: 4.3/ 6 at 8:30 p.m.), meanwhile, was a disappointing 65 percent.  The next time someone tells you the lead-in no longer matters, remind that person of You Deserve It.


Earlier in the evening on ABC was a repeat of animated special Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at a 4.8/ 7 in the overnights a 8 p.m. (#1t).  At 10 p.m., a repeat of Castle finished second with a 3.8/ 6, which built by 36 percent out of You Deserve It.

Despite airing all repeats, CBS finished first in each of the six half-hours with its combination of How I Met Your Mother (5.2/ 8), 2 Broke Girls (5.8/ 9), Two and a Half Men (6.3/ 9 – #1 overall for the evening), Mike & Molly (5.5/ 8) and Hawaii Five-O (5.1/ 8).  Given the ongoing success of the Eye net’s Monday sitcom block, there is every reason to believe it will expand Thursday to two hours of comedies next season as well.

Second-place Fox was on the map with its pairing of Terra Nova (#2: 4.9/ 7), which concludes for the season (and potentially series) on December 19, and House (#2: 5.0/ 7), which is expected to conclude this spring.  The CW could not compete, as always, with tired Gossip Girl (#5: 1.3/ 2), which dipped by 24 percent from one year earlier (1.7/ 3 at 9 p.m. on 11/30/10), and recent entry Hart of Dixie (#5: 1.5/ 2).

Source: Nielsen Media Research data



CBS and Fox Win November 2011 Sweeps
It is no longer the major four-week period it once was.  But based on the Live Plus Same Day data from October 27 to November 23, CBS finished as the most-watched network for the 11th straight November sweeps period.  And it ranked first among adults 25-54 for the 9th consecutive November sweeps.  Fox topped the charts once again among adults 18-49, with growth of 15 percent from November 2010.  The double-digit gains for Fox are due in great part to The X Factor.  CBS was also on the minor plus side, while ABC and fourth-place NBC were on the downside.  Distant last-place The CW averaged a mere 1.83 million viewers, with a 0.8 rating/2 share among adults 18-49.

Here are the results compared to one year earlier for ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox:

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 11.43 million (+ 3 percent), ABC: 9.28 (- 4), Fox: 8.64 (+11), NBC: 6.86 (- 6)

-Adults 18-49:
Fox: 3.1 rating/8 share (+15), CBS: 2.8/ 8 (+ 4), ABC: 2.5/ 7 (- 4), NBC: 2.4/ 6 (no change)

-Adults 25-54:
CBS: 3.8/ 9 (+ 6), Fox: 3.5/ 8 (+17), ABC: 3.2/ 8 (- 3), NBC: 2.8/ 7 (- 3)



The Homecoming 40th Anniversary Reunion
The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, the 1971 TV movie that spawned long-running family drama The Waltons, will be celebrating its 40th anniversary at a re-screening of the classic on Friday, December 2 at the Loew’s Jersey Theatre in Jersey City.  Featured at the screening and a special panel discussion immediately following will be all seven Walton siblings — Richard Thomas, Jon Walmsley, Judy Norton, Mary McDonough, Eric Scott, David Harper and Kami Cotler — and David Huddleston, who originated the role of Sheriff Ep Bridges.  Special guests are Michael Learned, who stepped in for Patricia Neal as Olivia on The Waltons, Leslie Winston, Lynn Hamilton, Hal Williams, Radames Pera and Ellen Geer, the daughter of the late and great Will “Grandpa” Geer.

For more information, visit www.waltonshomecoming40th.com.  Yes…I will absolutely be there!

ABC Announces Launch Date for The Revolution
ABC has announced Monday, January 16 as the official launch date of new daytime talker The Revolution, which will feature a team of experts — Ty Pennington, Tim Gunn, Harley Pasternak, Dr. Jennifer Ashton and Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry – who promise to provide the necessary tips and tools to motivate and transform viewers.  Given current occupant One Live to Live will be stepping down on Friday, January 13, chances are the remaining die-hard fans will not be in the mood to be transformed.

GMA Narrows The Gap
Based on the Live Plus Same Day results for the week of Nov. 14, Good Morning America on ABC drew its second largest audience this season with 4.94 million viewers and 1.92 million adults 25-54.  Comparably, and for the ninth consecutive week, GMA narrowed the gap opposite The Today Show on NBC versus one year earlier.  The Early Show on CBS, which exits on January 6 to make room for the new morning franchise hosted by Gayle King, Charlie Rose and Erica Hill, finished a typical very distant third.

Here are the results for the three – The Today Show (NBC), Good Morning America (ABC) and The Early Show (CBS):

Total Viewers:
NBC: 5.62 million, ABC: 4.94, CBS: 2.60

Adults 25-54:
NBC: 2.46 million, ABC: 1.92, CBS: 1.07

As for the new morning show on CBS, am I the only one who thinks this sounds like an upcoming train wreck?

Source: Nielsen Media Research data



Hefty Return for Kourtney & Kim Take New York
The sophomore season opener of Kourtney & Kim Take New York on E!, the third spin-off series to-date from Keeping Up With the Kardashians, opened with 3.2 million viewers in the Sunday 10 p.m. hour on Nov. 27.  Comparably, that built from last season’s premiere by six percent, with target persons 18-49 (2.3 million) and women 18-49 (1.7 million) up by 8 and 10 percent, respectively.  Results in households (2.57 rating) rose by 23 percent, while growth versus the prior four-week time period average was as much as 250 percent in total viewers.

Lead-out After Chelsea, the behind-the-scenes pseudo-reality series that follows talker Chelsea Lately, scored a series-high 1.2 million viewers at 11 p.m.  Comparably, that beat last season’s premiere by seven percent, with across-the-board growth of as much as 58 percent in households over the prior four-week time period average.

FX Announces Midseason Launch Dates
FX has unveiled the release dates for returning Justified and Archer, and new animated sitcom Unsupervised.  Drama Justified kicks-off season three on Tuesday, January 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, followed by animated Archer (also season three) two nights later on Thursday, January 19 at 10 p.m.  Leading out of Archer will be the debut of Unsupervised, the story of two male best friends navigating through the teenage years, at 10:30 p.m.

Good Sampling for Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse
TBS is reporting 3.4 million viewers, on average, for the two-episode Friday, Nov. 25 launch of Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse, which is based on Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? movie franchise.  Results among target adults 18-49 were solid at 1.8 million.

TNT Beefs Up Mystery Movie Night Slate
TNT has ordered an original movie adaptation of Patricia Cornwell crime-driven novel Hornet’s Nest.  Debuting next spring as part of the cable net’s upcoming TNT Mystery Movie Night, Hornet’s Nest will feature Sherry Stringfield (ER), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Robbie Amell (Picture This), Michael Boatman (The Good Wife) and Michael Silver (ER).

The TNT Mystery Movie Night is launching tonight at 9 p.m. ET with Scott Turow’s Innocent. The franchise will feature six movies in November and December before returning this spring with Hornet’s Nest and three additional movies.

Jeff Dunham Lifts BIO Channel to Record Ratings
The debut of original BIO Channel special, Jeff Dunham: Birth of a Dummy on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m., led the cable network a record performance in total viewers (714,000), adults 18-49 (321,000) and adults 25-54 (425,000).


Source: Nielsen Media Research data


Tuesday, November 29

8:00 p.m. Last Man Standing
8:30 p.m. Man Up
9:00 p.m. The Middle (R)
9:30 p.m. The Middle (R)
10:00 p.m. Body of Proof

8:00 p.m. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (R)
9:00 p.m. NCIS (R)
10:00 p.m. Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

8:00 p.m. The Biggest Loser (two hours)
10:00 p.m. Parenthood

8:00 p.m. Glee
9:00 p.m. New Girl
9:30 p.m. Raising Hope

8:00 p.m. 90210
9:00 p.m. Ringer

-Of Note on Cable:
Mystery Movie Night (TNT): 9 p.m. ET/PT (premiere)
Reminiscent of the NBC Mystery Movie in the 1970s, original movies with a crime-driven theme based on best-selling novels is the focus of this rotation of made-for movies.  First up: Scott Turow’s Innocent with Bill Pullman as a judge charged with the murder of his wife.



Mama Nanette

Nanette Fabray, who played Ann’s (Bonnie Franklin) mother on One Day at a Time, was also the TV Mama to another well known character.  Which one was it?

a)  Woody Boyd
b) Michael Flaherty
c)  Mary Richards
d) Jill Taylor
e)  Janet Wood

Yesterday’s answer was…

Which one of the following series did not feature a former cast member from Designing Women?

a)  Dave’s World
b) Family Law
c)  Popular
d) Shark
e) $#*! My Dad Says

…Is: d) Shark, the legal drama with James Woods that aired on CBS from 2006 to 2008.  As for the others…

-Dave’s World (CBS): 1993-97
-Family Law (CBS): 1999-2002
-Popular (WB): 1999-2001
-$#*! My Dad Says (CBS): 2010-

Today’s Trivia All-Stars:
Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Mark Cosenza, Phyllis Epstein, John Ferlazzo, Bob Ingersoll, Tom Kilgallon, Synda Kollman, Marie LeFevre, Alan Perris, Joe Rubi, Mary Ryan