Today in History:
Country-themed variety hour Hee Haw debuted on CBS in 1969. After the Eye net canceled it in 1971 during the “rural purge,” Hee Haw shifted to first-run syndication and remained there through 1993. Also on this day in 1984 was the final episode of late night talker Thicke of the Night, hosted by Alan Thicke, which came and quickly went opposite The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, and Bob Barker’s final appearance as host of The Price is Right in 2007.
In Today’s Issue
-Thursday Primetime Metered Market Ratings
-NBC Announces Premiere Dates
-Bryan Cranston Named Host of The TCA Awards
-Marco Antonio Regil To Host Minuto Para Ganar
-Updated Results in Network Daytime Talk
-Just Under 7-Million Viewers for Dallas Opener
-More My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding on TLC
-MTV to Launch The Nikki and Sara Show
-NBCU Trio Renewed Through 2016
-More Erosion for Bethenny in Day 3
-On the Air This Weekend
-The Great Gazoo
Thursday Primetime Metered Market Ratings
Game 2 of The NBA Finals Leads ABC to Solid Victory
Metered Market Results
CBS 4.8/ 8
NBC 3.2/ 6
Fox 2.4/ 4
CW 0.6/ 1
-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 6/16/11
ABC: +180, NBC: +60, CBS: – 4, CW: -33, Fox: -37
Note: ABC aired game five of The NBA Finals on the year-ago evening.
The NBA Finals, Game 2 (ABC)
The Choice (Fox)
-Losers (excluding repeats):
Take Me Out (Fox), Breaking Pointe (CW), Saving Hope (NBC), Rock Center with Brian Williams (NBC)
ABC took top-rated Thursday overnight honors, of course, courtesy of Game 2 of The NBA Finals. The Miami Heat/Oklahoma City Thunder match-up averaged an approximate 10.9 rating/19 share for the primetime portion (from 9-11 p.m.) and an estimated 11.8/21 in the 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. daypart. Comparably, game two of the Mavericks vs. Heat in 2011 scored a 10.0/17 in the overnights on June 2, 2011 (and that translated into 15.52 million viewers and a 6.5/19 among adults 18-49, based on the Live Plus Same Day results).
In week two news (and opposite The NBA Finals), Fox game shows Take Me Out and The Choice both lost some steam. Take Me Out, hosted by George Lopez, needs to be taken off the air with a fourth-place 2.1/ 4 at 8 p.m. Comparably, that dipped by 17 percent from the already disappointing 2.4/ 4 one week earlier. The Choice, hosted by Cat Deeley and a bona fide rip-off of The Voice, perked up to a 2.7/ 5 at 9 p.m. (#4), 10 percent below the 3.0/ 5 one week earlier. Last week, Take Me Out opened with a 1.3/ 5 among adults 18-49, followed by The Choice at a 1.8/ 5 (based on the Live Plus Same Day results). So, the question is how much The Choice will grow in the demo this week.
Over at NBC, week two of Canadian drama Saving Hope got a boost out of an encore telecast of America’s Got Talent (#2: 3.8/ 7 at 8 p.m.), with a third-place 2.8/ 5 at 9 p.m. Week-to-week, that was up by 12 percent (versus a 2.5/ 4 on June 7). And it improved from encore telecasts of year-ago occupants The Office and Parks and Recreation (2.1/ 4 each on 6/16/11) by 33 percent. But given the 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 last week (and the loss of 28 percent out of the 8:30 p.m. encore portion of America’s Got Talent last night), Saving Hope still leaves little to be desired.
Capping off the evening for NBC at 10 p.m. was Rock Center With Brian Williams at a third-place 3.0/ 5.
On CW, recent docu-series dud Breaking Pointe remained off the charts at a 0.7/ 1 at 8 p.m., followed by a repeat of The Vampire Diaries at a 0.4/ 1 at 9 p.m. Corporate cousin CBS populated the evening with encore telecasts of The Big Bang Theory (#1: 5.6/11), 2 Broke Girls (#1: 4.4/ 8), Person of Interest (#2: 4.7/ 8) and The Mentalist (#2: 4.6/ 8), which shifts to Sundays at 10 p.m. this fall. And there you have it…Thursday.
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
OTHER NETWORK ITEMS
NBC Announces Premiere Dates
NBC has unveiled its new and returning series premiere dates for the 2012-13 season, with about half of the product debuting before the official September 17 start date. New comedies Go On and Animal Practice will be previewed following The Olympics, while returning Grimm will open season two out of the launch of late summer reality/competition Stars Earn Stripes on Monday, August 13 at 10 p.m. ET. Also debuting or returning early is Sunday Night Football (on Wednesday, Sept. 5), The Voice, The New Normal, Parenthood and Guys With Kids. For a complete breakdown, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/7xraw6s.
Bryan Cranston to Host The TCA Awards
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston (a.k.a. Malcolm’s Dad) has been named host of the upcoming 28th Annual Television Critics Association (TCA) Awards, which will be handed out live at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, July 28. For a complete listing of the nominees, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/7cton78.
Marco Antonio Regil To Host Minuto Para Ganar
Mexican TV personality Marco Antonio Regil will host the upcoming Spanish language version of game show Minute to Win It. Called Minuto Para Ganar, this is the first Spanish-language production from distributor Shine America, and it will debut on new U.S. broadcast network MundoFox in August. Adam Zuvich, who served as co-executive producer on NBC’s recent run of Minute to Win It, is the show’s Executive Producer.
Updated Results in Network Daytime Talk
Dominant The View on ABC averaged 2.82 million viewers for the week of June 4, which dropped by six percent from the year-ago week. Demos were also first, as usual, but also on the downside. Second-place The Talk on CBS had plenty to boast about with growth of 24 percent in total viewers, and as much as 31 percent among women 18-34. But The Chew on ABC continues to trail year-ago occupant All My Children, and canceled The Revolution sunk to a series-low 1.07 million – down 49 percent from One Life to Live.
Here are the results for the surviving trio:
The View (ABC) – 11 a.m. ET
Viewers: 2.82 million (- 6 percent), W18-49: 591,000 (-15), W25-54: 723,000 (-17),
W18-34: 218,000 (-8)
The Talk (CBS) – 2 p.m. ET
Viewers: 2.29 million (+24), W18-49: 484,000 (+16), W25-54: 651,000 (+26),
W18-34: 164,000 (+31)
The Chew (ABC) – 1 p.m. ET
Viewers: 2.08 million (-10), W18-49: 384,000 (-24), W25-54: 491,000 (-26),
W18-34: 152,000 (- 6)
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
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Just Under 7-Million Viewers for Dallas Opener
It is not a record. But the two-episode series-premiere of highly anticipated Dallas on TNT kicked-off with 6.86 million viewers from 9-11:15 p.m. on Wednesday, which makes it the No. 1 scripted series premiere in all of cable this year to-date. Competitively, Dallas was the top draw of the night on cable, and it bested the broadcast networks head-to-head from 9-11 p.m. On the demo front, Dallas opened with an impressive 1.93 million adults 18-49 and 2.48 million adults 25-54.
For our review of Dallas, lick on the following: http://t.co/kyYGzEPl
More My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding on TLC
TLC has renewed My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding for a second season, with an unspecified number of new episodes for 2013. Season to-date, the docu-series is averaging 1.6 million viewers, with the season-finale scheduled for this Sunday, June 17 at 10 p.m. ET.
TLC, in addition, has ordered a new one-hour special called My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding: The Stanley Sisters, featuring Gypsy sisters Nettie, Mellie, Kayla and Laura. It is scheduled for Sunday, July 1 at 9 p.m. ET, leading into reunion special My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding – The Aftermath.
MTV to Launch The Nikki and Sara Show
MTV has picked up a new weekly late night comedy series called The Nikki and Sara Show, which will be hosted by stand-up comedians Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer. It will feature comedy, celebrity interviews, pre-taped sketches, man-on-the-street pieces and the latest in pop culture, and will film at the MTV Studios in Times Square. Schaefer was formerly the head blogger for NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (resulting in two Emmy Awards), while Glaser was a contestant on Last Comic Standing, where she advanced to the semi-finals. The two currently host a podcast called You Had To Be There.
The Nikki and Sara Show will air weekly at 11 p.m. on a night to be determined; and is expected to launch later this year.
NBCU Trio Renewed Through 2016
NBC Universal has renewed daytime talkers Maury, The Jerry Springer Show and The Steve Wilkos Show through 2016 to station groups including Tribune, Sinclair, Hearst and Sunbeam. All three shows have been extended for an additional two seasons beyond the existing deal, with clearances at present in over 60 percent of the country.
More Erosion for Bethenny in Day 3
The positive news remains growth over both the lead-in and year-ago time period averages. But day three of the six-market, six-week test for Bethenny, the new Warner Bros. talk show hosted by reality star Bethenny Frankel, slipped to a 1.0 rating/3 share in the overnights. Monday’s opener was a 1.5/ 5, Tuesday was a 1.1/ 4, and increases from the two benchmarks on Wednesday was a diluted 11 percent from the lead-in (0.9/ 3) and 25 percent from the June 2011 time period (0.8/ 3). Top-rated Wednesday was WNYW in New York and KDFW in Dallas, each with a 1.4/ 4 (and each with growth over the lead-in and year-ago time period results).
On the Air This Weekend
Friday, June 15
8:00 p.m. Countdown to Niagra: The Greatest Megastunts of All Time
10:00 p.m. Megastunts
8:00 p.m. Undercover Boss (R)
9:00 p.m. CSI: NY (R)
10:00 p.m. Blue Bloods (R)
8:00 p.m. Whitney (R)
8:30 p.m. Community (R)
9:00 p.m. Dateline (two hours)
8:00 p.m. House (R)
9:00 p.m. Bones (R)
8:00 p.m. Nikita (R)
9:00 p.m. Supernatural (R)
Of Note on Cable:
-Movie – Let It Shine (Disney Channel): 8:00 p.m. ET
-Fairly Legal (USA): 9:00 p.m. ET (season finale)
-Randy to the Rescue (TLC): 10:00 p.m. (series premiere)
Bridal guru Randy Fenoli hits the road, offering anxious brides across the country dramatic makeovers. Stops include Boston, Cincinnati, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans and San Diego.
Saturday, June 16
8:00 p.m. The Wonderful World of Disney – Cars
8:00 p.m. Rules of Engagement (R)
8:30 p.m. How To Be a Gentleman
9:00 p.m. Hawaii Five-O (R)
10:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery (R)
8:00 p.m. 2012 US Open Golf Championship
10:00 p.m. The Firm
8:00 p.m. Baseball
Of Note on Cable:
-Movie: Blue Lagoon (Lifetime): 8:00 p.m. ET
-Movie: Operation Cupcake (Hallmark): 8:00 p.m. ET
-Movie: Piranhaconda (Syfy): 9:00 p.m. ET
Sunday, June 17
7:00 p.m. Jimmy Kimmel Live
7:30 p.m. NBA Countdown
8:00 p.m. The NBA Finals, Game 3
7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes
8:00 p.m. Blue Bloods (R)
9:00 p.m. The Good Wife (R)
10:00 p.m. CSI: Miami (R)
7:00 p.m. 2012 U.S. Open Championship
10:30 p.m. Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (R)
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. Bob’s Burgers (R)
9:00 p.m. Family Guy (R)
9:30 p.m. American Dad (R)
Of Note on Cable:
-Falling Skies (TNT): 9:00 p.m. ET (season premiere)
-The Killing (AMC): 9:00 p.m. (season finale)
-Nurse Jackie (Showtime): 9:00 p.m. (season finale)
-The Big C (Showtime): 9:30 p.m. (season finale)
-The Borgias (Showtime): 10:00 p.m. (season finale)
-The Client List (Lifetime): 10:00 p.m. (season finale)
The Great Gazoo
Remember Mr. Gazoo, the little green floating alien on The Flintstones? What planet was he from?
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Gale Gordon is remembered, of course, for his co-starring roles opposite Lucille Ball on The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy and short-lived Life With Lucy. But he also appeared as a regular in five other primetime series. Which of the following was not one of them?
a) Dennis the Menace
b) Our Miss Brooks
c) Pete and Gladys
d) Private Secretary
…Is: d) Private Secretary, which aired from 1953 to 1957 and featured frequent Lucy guest star Ann Sothern. As for the others:
-Dennis the Menace (CBS): 1959-63 (Gale replaced Joseph Kearns in the finale season)
-Our Miss Brooks (CBS): 1952-56
-Pete and Gladys (CBS): 1960-62 (spun-off from December Bride)
-Sally (NBC): 1957-58
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