Today in TV History
The first episode of Behind the Music on VH1 aired in 1997. Duet Milli Vanilli was the first subject.
In Today’s Issue
-Metered Market Thursday Ratings
-ABC Benches Secret Millionaire
-Network Daytime Talk Show Scorecard
-New Series Odds
-AMC Announces Two New Non-Scripted Series
-Oxygen Pushes Back Start Date for My Secret Addiction
-NFL and Cablevision Reach Multi-Year Deal
-Current Week to-Date
-On the Air This Weekend
-Come and Knock on Their Door
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Metered Market Thursday Ratings
The Next: Fame is at Your Doorstep DOA on The CW
Metered Market Results
CBS 4.1/ 7
Fox 3.8/ 7
ABC 3.0/ 5
NBC 2.4/ 4
CW 0.7/ 1
-Countdown to the Official Start of the 2012-13 TV Season: 38 days
The Big Bang Theory R (CBS)
Big Brother (CBS)
Time Machine Chefs (ABC), Saving Hope (NBC), The Next: Fame is at Your Doorstep (CW), Rock Center With Brian Williams (NBC)
Led by an encore telecast of The Big Bang Theory, dominant CBS bested pre-season football on No. 2 Fox by three-tenths of a rating point in the overnights. Big Bang took top-rated honors for the evening with a 5.6 rating/10 share at 8 p.m., followed by a repeat of relocated Two and a Half Men (#1: 4.5/ 8 at 8:30 p.m.), Big Brother (#1: 4.1/ 7 at 9 p.m.) and a repeat of Person of Interest (#1t: 3.3/ 6 at 10 p.m.). While Big Brother remains a demo success in these dog days of summer, year-to-year it dipped by 15 percent in the overnights. Person of Interest, meanwhile, will return to the Thursday 9 p.m. hour this fall into new drama Elementary. And overnight retention for Two and a Half Men out of The Big Bang Theory last night was 80 percent. Chances are next season will be its last.
In series-premiere news, new singing competition The Next: Fame is at Your Doorstep was DOA on The CW at a 0.8/ 1 in the overnights at 9 p.m., which placed it a distant fifth. One year earlier, a repeat of failed reality/competition Plain Jane was almost identical at a 0.7/ 1 on 8/18/11. Earlier in the evening on struggling The CW was a repeat of the pilot episode of game show Oh Sit! at a 0.7/ 1 (#5) at 8 p.m. While you have to give credit to The CW for at least trying, the results for the new quartet of programming this summer has been truly abysmal.
Over at Fox, Pre-Season Football, Cincinnati Bengals vs. New York Jets, averaged an estimated 3.8/ 7 from 8:15-11 p.m., which was 33 percent below the 5.7/10 for Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh one year earlier. As a reminder, results for any live sporting event are always approximate.
Elsewhere, Wipeout on ABC (#3: 3.5/ 6 at 8 p.m.) led into 9 p.m. special, Time Machine Chefs, which was not so special at a 2.3/ 4 (#3t). At 10 p.m., Canadian drama Rookie Blue perked up to a 3.2/ 6 (#3), which was 39 percent above the 9:30 p.m. portion of Time Machine Chefs (#4: 2.2/ 4).
Lowly NBC populated this third Thursday in August with repeats of The Office (#4: 1.8/ 3) and Parks and Recreation (#4: 1.5/ 3) from 8-9 p.m., and Canadian drama Saving Hope (#3t, 2.3/ 4) and Rock Center With Brian Williams (#1t: 3.3/ 6) from 9-11 p.m. Rock Center remaining in the Thursday 10 p.m. hour next season is what you would call a wasted opportunity for NBC.
Source: Nielsen Media Research
OTHER NETWORK NEWS
ABC Benches Secret Millionaire
Secret Millionaire, the inspirational reality secret that ABC picked up from Fox last season, has been pulled from the primetime line-up for at least the next three weeks effective immediately. Returning to the hour this Sunday will be encore telecasts of Once Upon a Time, which opens its second season in the Sunday 8 p.m. ET hour on September 30.
Network Daytime Talk Show Scorecard
The View on ABC dominated the week of August 6, of course…that is not about to change. But ABC’s The Chew continues to bleed from year-ago occupant All My Children by hefty proportions, while a slightly improved week four of Good Afternoon America, also on the alphabet net, trailed One Life To Live by as much as 66 percent in women 18-49. The Talk on CBS was also down year-to-year, but the losses were not as significant.
For a closer look, here are the results for each show (with change versus the comparable year-ago time period in parentheses):
The View (ABC): 2.42 million (-11), The Talk (CBS): 1.98 (- 2), The Chew (ABC); 1.94 (-24 from All My Children), Good Afternoon America (ABC): 1.42 (-51 from One Life to Live)
The View (ABC): 553,000 (-21), The Talk (CBS): 523,000 (- 6), The Chew (ABC): 434,000 (-44), Good Afternoon America (ABC): 334,000 (-62)
The View (ABC): 464,000 (- 5), The Talk (CBS): 377,000 (-12), The Chew (ABC); 337,000 (-42), Good Afternoon America (ABC): 256,000 (-66)
The View (ABC): 183,000 (+11), The Chew (ABC): 125,000 (-30), The Talk (CBS): 96,000 (-27), Good Afternoon America (ABC): 93,000 (-60)
Source: Nielsen Media Research
New Series Odds
Our odds of survival for the 21 new primetime series this fall (based on 1-1, the best, to 10-1, the worst) are now in. Click on the following for a complete look: http://tinyurl.com/d6qfhjh. And please visit our individual series forums let us know what you think at www.tvmediainsights.com.
AMC Announces Two New Non-Scripted Series
The growing home of original programming, AMC, has confirmed new two upcoming non-scripted shows (both working titles): Untitled Taxidermy Series and Venice Beach Freakshow. The Untitled Taxidermy Series from Go Go Luckey Entertainment (Paranormal State, Laguna Beach) is a competition featuring different contestants each week who create artwork showcasing the craft of taxidermy. Venice Beach Freakshow is a docu-series following former music producer Todd Ray as he pursues his dream to own and operate his own “Freakshow” on the famed boardwalk in Venice Beach, California. Venice Beach Freakshow comes from Endemol USA.
In other news at AMC, the cable net has renewed unscripted series The Pitch, which chronicles advertising agencies as they create campaigns to try to win new accounts, for a second season.
Oxygen Pushes Back Start Date for My Secret Addiction
Upcoming Oxygen docudrama My Shopping Addiction, which focuses on young people facing an addiction to shopping, will debut on Tuesday, October 9 at 10 p.m. ET. The previously announced start date was Tuesday, September 25. Each hour-long episode will follow a different shopping addict on the road to recovery through the help of a clinical psychologist.
NFL and Cablevision Reach Multi-Year Deal
It took several years but NFL Network has finally arrived on Cablevision. On Thursday, August 16, Cablevision Systems – which mainly services the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Tri-State area – announced a multi-year deal with the NFL Network to carry the channel, as well as companion network, NFL Red Zone, beginning today. For more, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/bs69cep
Current Week to-Date
-Michael J. Fox Poised for a Comeback: http://tinyurl.com/csa7lcf
-Comedy Central Unveils Fall Line-Up: http://tinyurl.com/csa7lcf
-Hardcore Pawn: Chicago on truTV: http://tinyurl.com/ch727ry
-NBC to Repeat Go On and Animal Practice Previews: http://tinyurl.com/8qzl9k3
-TNT Breaks the Year to-date and Summer Record Books: http://tinyurl.com/9zc5wgd
-Weekly Ratings Round-Up: http://tinyurl.com/95rr67o
-Joe Schmo Returns on Spike TV: http://tinyurl.com/99tmy4v
-Remembering Ron Palillo: http://tinyurl.com/96plplu
-Solid Sampling for Animal Practice Preview on NBC: http://tinyurl.com/9e7kola
-Full Results for The London Olympics: http://tinyurl.com/bp28r4s
-Sean Hayes Snags Two Multi Episode Story Arcs: http://tinyurl.com/9m4668z
-More Black Gold on truTV: http://tinyurl.com/8lvpttq
-Ronn Moss to Exit The Bold and the Beautiful: http://tinyurl.com/8g4u8x7
-Rentrak Announces Domestic Box Office Results for Weekend of August 11: http://tinyurl.com/93xsqcr
Friday, August 17
8:00 p.m. Shark Tank (R)
9:00 p.m. 20/20 (two hours)
8:00 p.m. Teachers Rock Presented by Walmart and Won’t Back Down
9:00 p.m. CSI: NY (R)
10:00 p.m. Blue Bloods (R)
8:00 p.m. America’s Got Talent (R)
9:00 p.m. Grimm (R)
10:00 p.m. Dateline
8:00 p.m. NFL Pre-Season Game (Detroit at Baltimore)
8:00 p.m. Nikita (R)
9:00 p.m. Nikita (R)
Of Note on Cable:
-Shake It Up (Disney Channel, 8 p.m. ET): season finale (90-minutes)
-Boss (Starz, 9 p.m. ET): season premiere
-Say Yes to the Dress (TLC, 9:30 p.m. ET): season finale
-Chance to Dance (Ovation, 10 p.m. ET): series premiere
-Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO, 10 p.m. ET): season premiere
Saturday, August 18
8:00 p.m. Movie: The Devil Wears Prada (R)
10:00 p.m. Castle (R)
8:00 p.m. Person of Interest (R)
9:00 p.m. Criminal Minds (R)
10:00 p.m. 48 Hours (R)
8:00 p.m. America’s Got Talent (R)
9:00 p.m. Stars Earn Stripes (R, two hours)
8:00 p.m. Cops (R)
8:30 p.m. Cops (R)
9:00 p.m. Mobbed (R)
Of Note on Cable:
-Movie: Smart Cookies (Hallmark Channel, 9 p.m. ET)
Sunday, August 19
7:00 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos (R)
8:00 p.m. Secret Millionaire
9:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (season finale, two hours)
7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes
8:00 p.m. Big Brother 14
9:00 p.m. The Good Wife (R)
10:00 p.m. The Mentalist (R)
7:00 p.m. Dateline
8:00 p.m. NFL Pre-Season Pre-Game
8:30 p.m. NFL Pre-Season Game (Indianapolis at Pittsburgh)
7:00 p.m. American Dad (R)
7:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show (R)
8:00 p.m. The Simpsons (R)
8:30 p.m. The Simpsons (R)
9:00 p.m. Family Guy (R)
9:30 p.m. Family Guy (R)
Of Note on Cable:
-Mob Wives: Chicago (VH1, 8 p.m. ET): season finale
-Falling Skies (TNT, 9 p.m. ET): season finale
-Married to Jonas (E!, 10 p.m. ET): series premiere
-Political Animals (USA, 10 p.m. ET): season finale
Come and Knock on Their Door
Priscilla Barnes is, of course, best remembered for replacing Suzanne Somers on Three’s Company. But what was the name of the sitcom that Suzanne replaced Priscilla on?
a) All’s Fair
c) Marblehead Manor
e) She’s the Sheriff
The answer to yesterday’s question…
What borough in New York did Ted Danson as grumpy Dr. John Becker call home?
a) The Bronx
e) Staten Island
…a) The Bronx. Becker aired on CBS from 1998-2004, producing 129 episodes.
Today’s Trivia All-Stars:
Gerry Bixenspan, Steve Clements. Tom Condosta, John Ferlazzo, Ed Griffis, Linda Grillo, Paul Gygli, Carolyn Becker Hayes, Bob Ingersoll (2x), Tom Kilgallon, Synda Kollman, Dave Koranda, Marie LeFevre, Paul Lewis, Rick Locke, Jody McIntyre, Richard Naldrett, Barbara Oates, Alan Perris, Gordon Purcell, Susan Rogers, Colleen Roth, Joe Rubi, Michelle Stanton, Ken Stowe, Ron Strauss, Meredith Wayne, Kurt Weil, Abbott Wool, Ted Zaval
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