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Today in TV History
There were five series premieres on this day: Police Woman and The Rockford Files, both on NBC in 1974, Law & Order (NBC) in 1990, Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS) in 1996, and Supernatural, which began on The WB in 2005. Also of note was the launch of Late Night with Conan O’Brien on NBC in 1993, and the fifth consecutive Emmy Award for Frasier on NBC as Outstanding Comedy Series.


In Today’s Issue

-Metered Market Wednesday Ratings
-Kennedy Center Honorees Announced

-Record Sons of Anarchy on FX
-TBS Unveils Start Date for Cougar Town
-More The Glades on A&E
-Cable Rankings – Tuesday 9/11/12

-Updated Overnight Results in New Talk
-Top 20 Rated Programs – Week of August 27

-Current Week to-Date

-On the Air Tonight

-No Audience Initially


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Metered Market Wednesday Ratings

Fox Wins, but The Voice on NBC Beats The X Factor

Wednesday 9/12/12

Metered Market Results

Fox 6.7/11
NBC 6.0/.10
CBS 4.1/ 7
ABC 2.5/ 4
CW 0.6/ 1


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 9/14/11
Fox: +219, ABC: -26, NBC: -27, CBS: -28, CW: -60

-Countdown to the Start of the New TV Season:
 11 days


The Voice (NBC), America’s Got Talent (NBC)

-Not the Hit Simon Cowell Predicted:

The X Factor (Fox)

Guys With Kids (NBC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):

Oh Sit! (CW)


Ratings Breakdown:
Fox led this second Wednesday in September care of the two-hour season-premiere of The X Factor, which scored a very respectable 6.7 rating/11 share in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. (peaking at a 7.5/12 at 9:30 p.m.). But compared to its year-ago series-opener (8.7/14 on Wednesday 9/21/11), this was down by 23 percent. And a one-hour edition of competing The Voice on NBC (7.3/13 from 8-9 p.m.) bested the first hour of The X Factor (6.1/10) by 20 percent. Given all the hoopla of Britney Spears and Demi Lovato joining the judges table, the initial sampling could of…and should of…been higher. Keep in mind, that the 8.7 in the overnights last year translated into 12.49 million viewers and a 4.4/12 among adults 18-49 (based on the Live Plus Same Day results).

At 9 p.m., The X Factor moved into the top spot, with a four percent advantage over America’s Got Talent on NBC (7.4/12 vs. 7.1/12, which was a season-high on the night for AGT). America’s Got Talent concludes with a two-hour installment tonight. As a benchmark, here are the half-hour results for The X Factor:

The X Factor (Fox)
8:00 p.m.: 5.8/10 (#2)
8:30 p.m.: 6.4/10 (#2)
9:00 p.m.: 7.2/11 (#2)
9:30 p.m.: 7.5/12 (#1)

Sorry, Simon Cowell…The Voice is a stronger option in the overnights. Stay tuned for the demos.

Out of America’s Got Talent on NBC at 10 p.m. was the series premiere/preview of NBC sitcom Guys With Kids, which inched past the first half of an encore telecast of CSI on CBS with a 4.4/ 7 in the overnights. While Guys With Kids, no doubt, will win the time period among adults 18-49, retention out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of America’s Got Talent (6.9/11) was only 64 percent. And this was opposite repeats on both ABC and CBS. Guys With Kids debuts in its regularly scheduled Wednesday 8:30 p.m. time period (out of Animal Practice) on September 26.

Capping off the evening for NBC was a repeat of the pilot episode of The New Normal at a second-place 3.1/ 6 at 10:30 p.m.

Elsewhere, Big Brother on CBS, which concludes for the season with a 90-minute installment next Wednesday, finished third with a 4.3/ 7 in the overnights at 8 p.m. One year earlier, Survivor: South Pacific kicked-off with a 6.6/11 in the time period on 9/14/11. Next were encore telecasts of Criminal Minds (#3: 3.8/ 6) and aforementioned CSI (#1: 4.3/8) from 9-11 p.m.

Uneventful ABC populated the evening with repeats of The Middle (#4: 3.0/ 5), Suburgatory (#4: 2.5/ 4), Modern Family (#4: 3.1/ 5), another episode of Suburgatory (#4: 2.2/ 3) and Revenge (#3: 2.1/ 4), which moves to Sundays at 9 p.m. (into new drama 666 Park Avenue) this fall. And The CW aired flop game show Oh Sit! (#5: 0.6/ 1) and a repeat of Supernatural (#5: 0.5/ 1), which airs out of new drama Arrow effective on October 10.

Source: Nielsen Media Research



Kennedy Center Honorees Announced
Bluesman Buddy Guy, Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman, comedian and television host David Letterman, ballerina Natalia Makarova and rock band Led Zeppelin will receive honors for 2012 on the 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, which will be broadcast live on CBS on Wednesday, December 26 from 9-11 p.m. ET. The special has been broadcast on the Eye net each year since its debut in 1978.



Record Sons of Anarchy on FX

Acclaimed FX drama Sons of Anarchy opened its fifth season with a record 5.37 million viewers, 3.5 million adults 18-49 and 3.45 million adults 25-54 on Monday from 10-11:30 p.m., according to the Live Plus Same Day results. Compared to the prior season’s already historical high, this was an increase of 10 percent in total viewers, nine percent in adults 18-49 and 14 percent in adults 25-54. Combined with the two encore telecasts at 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m., respectively, FX is reporting 7.5 million viewers in total. Sons of Anarchy, which finished first overall for the evening in all of television among men 18-49 (2.15 million) and men 18-34 (1.18 million), is expected to be the most-watched single telecast ever on FX once the Live+7 data is released.

TBS Unveils Start Date for Cougar Town

TBS has announced that former ABC sitcom Cougar Town will officially begin its fourth season (and first on the cable net) on Tuesday, January 8. TBS has ordered 15 new episodes, and has acquired the 61 already produced. Courteney Cox leads the ensemble cast.

More The Glades on A&E
A&E has renewed scripted drama The Glades for a fourth season, with an unspecified number of new episodes for 2013. Debuting on July 11, 2010, the series averaged 3.01 million viewers for its 10-episode run this season, which is up by 16 percent from its sophomore season in 2011. The Glades stars Matt Passmore as Det. Jim Longworth, a Chicago detective who took a South Florida job with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement after being wrongly accused of sleeping with his captain’s wife.

Cable Rankings – Tuesday 9/11/12
What follows are the 20 most-watched shows on Tuesday, September 11:

Sons of Anarchy (FX, 10 p.m. – season premiere): 5.37 million, Covert Affairs (USA, 10:01 p.m.): 3.94, White Collar (USA, 9 p.m.): 3.80, The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 9:30 p.m.): 3.28, The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 10 p.m.): 3.18, The O’Reilly Factor (Fox News Channel, 8 p.m.): 3.12, Time Machine (History, 9 p.m.): 3.09, The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 9 p.m.): 2.98, Hardcore Pawn (TruTV, 9 p.m.): 2.96, The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 10:30 p.m.): 2.85, The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 8:30 p.m.): 2.84, Hannity (Fox News Channel, 9 p.m.): 2.72, Hardcore Pawn (TruTV, 9:30 p.m.): 2.46, The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 8 p.m.): 2.34, Teen Mom (MTV, 10 p.m.): 2.33, Storage Wars (A&E, 9:30 p.m.): 2.15, Let It Shine (Disney Channel, 8:30 p.m.): 2.12, Dance Moms (Lifetime, 9 p.m.): 2.11, Law & Order: SVU (USA, 8 p.m.): 2.05, FX Movie (8 p.m.): 2.03

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Updated Overnight Results in New Talk
You know the drill. Three days of weighted metered market (overnight) data (or eight in the case of Steve Harvey) is not a valid indication of whether or not a new show will succeed. But looking at the new quartet again yesterday (based on their primary runs) versus the two benchmarks — lead-in and year-ago time period average – there is more positive news for two: Katie Couric from Disney/ABC and Steve Harvey from NBCUniversal.

Katie on Wednesday maintained its overnight average from Tuesday — a very good sign — with a 2.3 rating/7 share in households (in 56 markets). The lead-in (mainly General Hospital) was a 2.4/ 8 and the year-ago time period average was equal at a 2.3/ 7. And Katie remained the top-rated of the four with a 64 percent advantage over second-place Steve Harvey, while increasing in key women 25-54 from Tuesday (1.3/ 9 out of a 1.7/11). But Harvey is worthy of the loudest crowing rights, with a consistent 1.4/ 4 in the overnights (in 53 markets) and growth yesterday of 17 percent from the lead-in (1.2/ 4) and 40 percent from the Sept. 2011 time period average (1.0/ 3). Harvey also built by double-digit percentages…again…among women 25-54 (1.0/ 7).

Jeff Probst from CBS Television Distribution finished in the distant No. 3 yesterday, with a 0.8/ 3 in households (in 54 markets) out of a 1.2/ 4 from the lead-in and a 1.1/ 3 from the year-ago time period. Comparably, this was 14 percent above Tuesday (0.7/ 2), but the double-digit losses from the two benchmarks remains a valid concern.

Last was Ricki Lake from Twentieth Television, which scored a 0.7/ 2 in households (in 56 markets) out of a 1.0/ 3 from the lead-in and a 1.1/ 3 from the Sept. 2011 time period average. Results among women 25-54 disappointed, meanwhile, with a 0.3/ 2 (out of a 0.4/ 3). Compared to Tuesday (0.5/ 3), that was a loss of 40 percent.

The early prognosis: Steve Harvey is poised for a long-run, Katie Couric looks positive, Jeff Probst is a disappointment and Ricki Lake proves sometimes you just can’t go home again. Stay tuned.


Top 20 Rated Programs – Week of August 27
What follows are the top-rated series in syndication (first-run and off-network) in households based on AA (average audience) rating:

Judge Judy (CBS Television Distribution): 6.5 rating. The Big Bang Theory (Warner Bros.): 6.2, Wheel of Fortune (CBS): 5.5, Two and a Half Men (Warner Bros.): 4.8, Jeopardy (CBS): 4.5, Family Guy – weekday (Twentieth) and The Big Bang Theory (Warner Bros.): 3.8 each, Family Guy weekend (Twentieth) and The Big Bang Theory – Weekend A (Warner Bros.): 3.4 each, Entertainment Tonight (CBS): 3.3, Family Feud (Debmar Mercury): 3.2, Inside Edition (CBS): 2.9, Law & Order: SVU (NBCUniversal): 2.8, Law & Order (NBCU): 2.7, Monk (NBCU): 2.6, Dr. Phil (CBS), Judge Joe Brown (CBS), Criminal Minds (CBS), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) and Without a Trace (Warner Bros.): 2.5 each

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Current Week to-Date

-Me-TV Announces New Affiliation:
-More Ridiculousness on MTV:
-Highest Rated Premiere for Live in Six Years:
-Steve Harvey Ends Week One on a Series High:
-TNT Orders Three Scripted Pilots:
-Wonder Woman Remake in the Works on The CW:


Thursday, September 13

8:00 p.m. Wipeout
9:00 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy (R)
10:00 p.m. Scandal (R)

8:00 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (R)
8:30 p.m. Two and a Half Men (R)
9:00 p.m. Big Brother
10:00 p.m. Person of Interest (R)

8:00 p.m. America’s Got Talent (season finale, two hours)
10:00 p.m. Rock Center With Brian Williams (season premiere)

8:00 p.m. The X Factor
9:00 p.m. Glee (season premiere)

8:00 p.m. The Vampire Diaries (R)
9:00 p.m. The Next: Fame is at Your Doorstep

Of Note on Cable:
-Real Housewives of Miami (9 p.m. ET, season premiere): 75-minutes
-Extreme Chef (Food Network 10 p.m. ET): season finale
-Snooki & JWoww (MTV, 10 p.m. ET): season finale
-Sullivan & Son (TBS, 10 p.m. ET): season finale

No Audience Initially

Which one of the following sitcoms was not always filmed in front of a live studio audience?

a) Alice
b) Chico and the Man
c) I Love Lucy
d) The Marty Tyler Moore Show
e) The Odd Couple

The answer to yesterday’s question…

What state was Laverne Todd from sitcom Empty Next from?

a) Arkansas
b) Georgia
c) Kentucky
d) Nebraska
e) Ohio

…a) Arskanas. Hickory, Arskanas to be exact.

Today’s Trivia All-Stars: 
Mark Amato, Barbara Berman, Elvis Bussard, Steve Ellis, Ed Griffis, Carolyn Becker Hayes, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Michael Johnson, Synda Kollman, Steve LaRue, Jody McIntyre, Richard Naldrett, Gordon Purcell, Susan Rogers, Joe Rubi, Joe Sw