Today in History:
Quiz show You Bet Your Life, hosted by Groucho Marx, concluded after 11 seasons in 1961. There have been two short-lived first-run syndication revivals, to-date. The first was hosted by Buddy Hackett in 1980 and the other by Bill Cosby in the 1992-93 season.
In Today’s Issue
-Thursday Primetime Metered Market Ratings
-Jimmy Kimmel Live Tops Adults 18-49
-TV Media Insights in The New York Post
-Network Daytime Talk Show Scorecard
-More Impractical Jokers
-Wednesday Cable Rating Highlights
-On the Air This Weekend
-The Duke in Primetime
Thursday Primetime Metered Market Ratings
Hefty Victory for Concluding Game of The NBA Finals
Metered Market Results
CBS 4.7/ 8
NBC 2.4/ 4
Fox 2.4/ 4
CW 0.6/ 1
-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 6/23/11
ABC: +129, NBC: +41, CBS: – 4, CW: -14, Fox: -33
The NBA Finals, Game 5 (ABC), The Big Bang Theory R (CBS)
-Losers (excluding repeats):
Justin Bieber: All Around the World (NBC), Take Me Out (Fox), Breaking Point (CW), Saving Hope (NBC), The Choice (Fox), Rock Center With Brian Williams (NBC)
Victorious Miami Heat in the fifth, and final game of The 2012 NBA Finals led ABC to solid Thursday victory with double the household rating of second-place CBS. The concluding game averaged an estimated series-high 12.1 rating/21 share in primetime from 9-11 p.m., and a 12.6/23 with the 11 p.m. hour (12.9/22) factored in. Needless to say, this will be the most-watched program of the week, with ABC poised for overall victory.
Earlier in the evening on ABC was an 8 p.m. half-hour edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live (#2: 3.2/ 6) and the NBA Countdown at a 4.6/ 9 (#2) at 8:30 p.m. Don’t forget that results for any live sporting event are always estimated.
In part two news, the conclusion of NBC special Justin Bieber: All Around the World was a bust at a distant 2.3/ 4 in the overnights from 8-9 p.m. One day earlier, a 2.0. 4 for the first part of the Bieber special translated into 3.02 million viewers and a 0.9 rating/3 share among adults 18-49 (based on the Live Plus Same Day results). For our theory why Mr. Bieber flopped in the ratings, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/8ybv8ob.
Next on NBC was lackluster Canadian drama Saving Hope, which dipped to a series-low 2.1/ 3 (#4) at 9 p.m. opposite basketball, followed by relocated Rock Center With Brian Williams at a 3.1/ 5 (#3).
Elsewhere, recent non-scripted Fox entries Take Me Out (#4: 2.1/ 4) and The Choice (#3: 2.7/ 4) were right on par from one week earlier, which is by no means a positive. CBS populated the evening with encore telecasts of The Big Bang Theory (#1: 5.5/10), 2 Broke Girls (#1: 4.7/ 8), Person of Interest (#2: 4.7/ 8) and The Mentalist (#2: 4.4/ 7). And The CW aired docuseries dud Breaking Pointe (#5: 0.7/ 1) and a repeat of The Vampire Diaries (#5: 0.5/ 1).
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
OTHER NETWORK ITEMS
Jimmy Kimmel Live Tops Adults 18-49
Based on the Live Plus Same Day ratings for the week of June 11 and ignited by games one and two of The NBA Finals in primetime, Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC rose week-to-week by 20 percent in total viewers (2.00 million) and a considerable 46 percent among adults 18-49 (934,000), marking its largest summertime audience to-date. Comparably, Kimmel topped the late night daypart in the demo with its first-ever victory over The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on NBC. Leno averaged 917,000 adults 18-49, which was two percent below Kimmel, with The Late Show With David Letterman on CBS at 818,000 viewers in the demo.
TV Media Insights in The New York Post
Two-nights (and two hours) of NBC special Justin Bieber: All Around the World was a flop in the ratings and we have our theories why. Click on the following for “Bieber Fever Cure” by Maxine Shen: http://tinyurl.com/8ybv8ob.
Network Daytime Talk Show Scorecard
Genre leader The View on ABC remained on the downside for the week of June 11, with 3.10 million viewers (-11 percent from one year earlier) and key demo losses of as much as 14 percent among women 25-54. Growing The Talk on CBS (2.26 million) posted minor gains, besting The Chew on ABC (2.13 million) in total viewers, women 25-54 and women 18-49. Erosion for The Chew from year-ago occupant All My Children this week was 19 percent in both women 18-49 and women 25-54. Canceled The Revolution on ABC, meanwhile, averaged 1.36 million viewers — 46 percent below One Life to Live (2.50 million) in the year-ago week.
Click on the following for an updated ratings chart for the surviving trio: http://tinyurl.com/74z5sww
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
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More Impractical Jokers
truTV has renewed hidden camera series Impractical Jokers for a second season, with 15 new episodes set to launch in December. Since its premiere, Impractical Jokers, which has a median age of only 32, has averaged 2 million viewers, including 1.3 million adults 18-49 and 773,000 target men 18-49. It comes from NorthSouth Productions, and features Brian “Q” Quinn, James “Murr” Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano.
Wednesday Cable Rating Highlights
Week two (and episode three) of Dallas on TNT averaged 4.8 million viewers and 1.9 million adults 25-54 at 9 p.m. ET on June 20, based on the Live Plus Same Day ratings, which ranked as basic cable’s No. 1 program of the day. Comparably, that 4.8 million viewer tally was 30 percent below the 6.86 million one week earlier, but results among adults 18-34 (568,000) rose by 14 percent week-to-week. Dallas currently ranks as basic cable’s #1 new series for the year-to-date, marking the third consecutive year TNT has claimed the top new show.
On ABC Family, the series premiere of Baby Daddy launched as the network’s No. 2 comedy premiere to-date, with 1.7 million viewers at 8:30 p.m. Growth demographically — adults 18-34 (619,000), women 18-34 (492,000), adults 18-49 (935,000) and women 18-49 (732,000) — was in the triple-digits from the year-ago time period. And Baby Daddy built from lead-in Melissa & Joey (1.5 million at 8 p.m.), which hit season two highs in total viewers and all key demos, by 13 percent in total viewers.
Over at TV Land, sitcom The Soul Man, with Cedric the Entertainer and Niecy Nash, debuted as the cable net’s second highest rated series premiere (behind Hot In Cleveland) in adults 25-54 (1.0 million) and women 25-54, with 1.9 million total viewers at 10 p.m. ET.
On the Air This Weekend
Friday, June 22
8:00 p.m. Shark Tank (R)
9:00 p.m. 20/20 (two hours)
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)
Saturday, June 23
8:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (R)
9:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (R)
10:00 p.m. Castle (R)
8:00 p.m. Rules of Engagement (R)
8:30 p.m. How To Be a Gentleman
9:00 p.m. CSI (R)
10:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery (R)
8:00 p.m. Olympic Trials: Track & Field Finals, Day 1
9:00 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (R)
10:00 p.m. The Firm
8:00 p.m. Baseball
Of Note on Cable:
-The Big Baboon House (National Geographic Wild): 8 p.m. ET (three one hour episodes)
For more, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/896awbz
-Movie – Arachnoquate (Syfy): 9 p.m. ET
-Dog the Bounty Hunter (A&E): 10 p.m. ET (series finale)
Sunday, June 24
7:00 p.m. America’s Finniest Home Videos (R)
8:00 p.m. Secret Millionaire (R)
9:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (R)
7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes
8:00 p.m. Person of Interest (R)
9:00 p.m. The Good Wife (R)
10:00 p.m. CSI: Miami (R)
7:00 p.m. Olympic Trials: Track & Field Finals, Day 2
8:00 p.m. Dateline
9:00 p.m. America’s Got Talent (R)
10:00 p.m. America’s Got Talent (R)
7:00 p.m. American Dad (R)
7:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show (R)
8:00 p.m. Fox 25th Anniversary Special (R)
Of Note on Cable:
-Sister Wives (TLC): 9 p.m. ET (season finale)
-The AFI Life Achievement Award – Shirley MacLaine (TV Land): 9 p.m. ET
-Army Wives (Lifetime): 10 p.m. ET (season premiere)
-The Great Escape (TNT): 10 p.m. ET (series premiere)
-Newsroom (HBO): 10 p.m. ET (series premiere)
The Duke in Primetime
Which one of the following sitcoms never featured an appearance by John Wayne?
b) The Beverly Hillbillies
c) I Love Lucy
d) The Lucy Show
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Which one of the following characters from The Mary Tyler Moore Show once made a guest appearance spin-off Lou Grant opposite Ed Asner?
a) Ted Baxter
b) Gordy Howard
c) Flo Meredith
d) Sue Ann Nivens
e) Murray Slaughter
…Is: c) Flo Meredith (Eileen Heckart), who was Mary’s (Mary Tyler Moore) aunt and a potential love interest for gruff but lovable Lou Grant.
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