Today in TV History
The original version of classic game show “The Price is Right” debuted on NBC in daytime in 1956. Hosted by Bill Cullen, it eventually moved to ABC and ended in 1965. “The Price is Right” returned on CBS on September 4, 1972 with Bob Barker, who remained host through his retirement on June 15, 2007. Drew Carey’s debut as host was on October 15, 2007.
In Today’s Issue
-Metered Market Monday Ratings
-TV Turkeys – Part 1
-A&E Renews “Longmire” For Season Three
-“Doctor Who” Earns a Guinness World Record
-ABC Family Announces Return Dates for Pair of Sitcoms
-Wilmer Valderrama Joins Cast of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
-TV Land to Air Bill Cosby Stand-Up Special
-Cable Rankings – Friday 11/22/13
-“The American Music Awards” Reaches Nielsen Twitter Rating Milestone
-Top 10 TiVo Moments from the “American Music Awards”
-Katie Couric to Join Yahoo News as Global Anchor
-On the Air Tonight
-Rachel’s Trifle Dessert
Monday 11/25/13 Metered Markets
ABC Wins; NBC the Network to Beat in the Key Demos
CBS 4.4/ 7
Fox 4.3/ 6
CW 0.9/ 1
-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Monday 11/26/12:
ABC: +31, Fox: +19, NBC and CW: no change each, CBS: -32
“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC), “The Voice” (NBC), “Castle” (ABC), “The Blacklist” (NBC)
-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Hart of Dixie” (CW), “Beauty and the Beast” (CW), “Hostages” (CBS)
It was another overnight Monday victory for ABC care of “Dancing With the Stars” and “Castle.” But the home of “The Voice,” NBC, will rule among adults 18-49 (and the other key demos), of course.
“Dancing With the Stars,” which concludes its current fall edition tonight, topped the evening in the overnights with a 9.7 rating/15 share from 8-10 p.m. And that led into a dominant 7.4/13 for “Castle” at 10 p.m. Both were on par with their week-ago overnight averages. “The Voice” on NBC scored a second-place 7.0/10 from 8-10 p.m., which was nine percent above the 6.4/10 on the year-ago evening (from 8-10 p.m.). And it led into a 6.6/11 (#2) for “The Blacklist” at 10 p.m., which was 27 percent above year-ago occupant “Revolution” (5.2/ 9 on 11/26/12). If NBC could boast ratings of this magnitude on all seven nights of the week, life would really be good at Peacock land.
CBS was slightly below average from 8-9 p.m. with “How I Met Your Mother” (#3: 5.1/ 8) and relocated “2 Broke Girls” (#3: 4.9/ 7) down by nine and eight percent, respectively, from one week earlier. “Mike & Molly” (featuring guest star Susan Sarandon) perked up to a 5.4/ 8 at 9 p.m., but lead-in “2 Broke Girls” is expected to have a notable advantage in the young demos. And worthy “Mom” at 9:30 p.m., which has found its funny bone by featuring more of Allison Janney, followed with a 4.6/ 7 at 9:30 p.m. (#3), which held 85 percent of the “Mike & Molly” lead-in.
Falling to make the grade once again was freshman Eye net drama “Hostages” at a distant third-place 3.2/ 6 at 10 p.m. Upcoming CBS midseason drama “Intelligence,” which will be airing Mondays at 10 p.m. in place of “Hostages,” will premiere in its regularly scheduled time period on January 13. A special preview will air on Tuesday, January 7 out of “NCIS” at 9 p.m. ET.
Over at Fox, week two of “Almost Human” as the 8 p.m. anchor dipped by eight percent with a fourth-place 4.4/ 7 at 8 p.m. (versus a 4.8/ 7 on Nov. 18). Comparably, that was also down by eight percent from year-ago occupant “Bones.” Next was demo friendly “Sleepy Hollow” at a fourth-place 4.2/ 6 at 9 p.m., which slipped by nine percent from the 4.6/ 7 one week earlier.
The CW, meanwhile, could not compete with relocated pairing of “Hart of Dixie” (#5: 1.0/ 2) and “Beauty and the Beast” (#5: 0.7/ 1).
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
OTHER NETWORK ITEMS
TV Turkeys – Part 1
It is that time of the year when the worst on television – network, cable, syndication and online – is highlighted by yours truly just in time for Thanksgiving. Gobble! Gobble! But with so many atrocities to choose from in 2013 (comedy, drama and non-scripted), my colleague Douglas Pucci will chime in with his picks for the year’s un-finest tomorrow. My choices are ranked in the order of 1 to 10, while Douglas will countdown from 10 to 1. And I will begin this annual tradition with…drum roll please…two-episode CBS clinker “We Are Men”.
If you are a single man of a certain age you are, according to this comedy, a cartoonish buffoon who acts like a complete imbecile. And, hey…let’s throw in Jerry O’Connell in a speedo while we are at it! Poor Tony Shalhoub would have been better off waiting for a revival of “Monk” than this main course on Thanksgiving. For more, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/ll92ckv
To vote for your picks for the worst of 2013, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/l8jvnq4
Source: Nielsen Media Research
A&E Renews “Longmire” For Season Three
A&E has picked-up drama “Longmire” for a third season, with an order for 10 new one-hour episodes in 2014. In its second season, which concluded on August 26, “Longmire” averaged 3.7 million total viewers and it remains A&E’s most-watched original drama series of all time.
“Longmire,” a contemporary crime thriller set in Big Sky country, is based on the Walt Longmire Mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson. The series stars Australian actor Robert Taylor (“The Matrix”) as Walt Longmire, the sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming, along with Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galactica”), Lou Diamond Phillips (“SGU Stargate Universe”), Bailey Chase (“Damages”), Cassidy Freeman (“Smallville”) and Adam Bartley (“Justified”). It is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Horizon Television. Greer Shephard, Michael M. Robin, Hunt Baldwin and John Coveny, all from “The Closer,” serve as the executive producers.
“Doctor Who” Earns a Guinness World Record
“Doctor Who’s” 50th anniversary special, “Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor” averaged 3.6 million viewers for the daytime telecast and the primetime encore on Saturday, Nov. 23, lifting BBC America to the No. 1 cable network on Twitter and a record on Tumblr, with the highest level of activity for any televised event ever. “Doctor Who” earned the Guinness World Record for the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama following a massive global campaign, which saw the episode broadcast in 94 countries across six continents.
On the same day, BBC America’s new fantasy series “Atlantis” delivered the highest rated series premiere ever for Supernatural Saturday with 838,000 total viewers at 9 p.m. ET. From the creators of “Merlin” and “Misfits,” the 13-part series brings to life the vast store of Greek myths and legends re-imagined for a new generation.
ABC Family Announces Return Dates for Pair of Sitcoms
All new episodes of sitcoms “Melissa & Joey” and “Baby Daddy” will return on ABC Family at 8 p.m. ET and 8:30 p.m. ET, respectively, on Wednesday, Jan. 15. “Melissa and Joey” stars Melissa Joan Hart, Joey Lawrence, Taylor Spreitler and Nick Robinson, and is executive-produced by Bob Young and David Kendall, Paula Hart, Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence. And “Baby Daddy” stars Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Derek Theler, Tahj Mowry with Melissa Peterman and Chelsea Kane. The series is created and executive produced by Dan Berendsen.
Also slated for original episodes on ABC Family in January are dramas “Pretty Little Liars” and “Ravenswood” on Tuesday, January 7 and “Switched at Birth” and “The Fosters” on Monday, January 13.
Wilmer Valderrama Joins Cast of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
Wilmer Valderrama (“That ‘70s Show”) has joined the cast of upcoming supernatural crime saga, “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” which premieres on El Rey Network in first quarter 2014. Based on his 1996 film of the same name (written by and starring Quentin Tarantino), “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” centers on bank robber Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard “Richie” Gecko (Zane Holtz), who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw (Don Johnson) and Freddie Gonzalez (Jesse Garcia) after a bank heist leaves several people dead. Ten initial one-hour episodes of “From Dusk Till Dawn have been ordered.
TV Land to Air Bill Cosby Stand-Up Special
Bill Cosby special, “Bill Cosby: Far From Finished,” which debuted on Comedy Central this past Saturday, will encore on TV Land on Sunday, December 1 at 10 p.m. ET. The special marks Cosby’s first full-length stand-up routine in over 30 years, and it leads out of a five-hour (and 10-episode) marathon of 1984-92 sitcom “The Cosby Show,” which begins at 5 p.m. ET.
Cable Rankings – Friday 11/22/13
What follows are the 20 most-watched shows on basic cable on Friday, November 22:
“Gold Rush” (Discovery, 9 p.m.): 3.65 million, “WWE Friday Night Smackdown” (Syfy, 8 p.m.): 3.11, “Jessie” (Disney Channel, 8 p.m.): 2.88, “Dog with a Blog” (Disney Channel, 8:30 p.m.): 2.78, “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News Channel, 8 p.m.): 2.33, “Austin & Ally” (Disney Channel, 10 p.m.): 2.21, “Wander Over Yonder” (Disney Channel, 9 p.m.): 2.20, “Good Luck Charlie” (Disney Channel, 10:30 p.m.): 2.14, “Bering Sea Gold” (Discovery, 10:01 p.m.): 2.12, “Legend of Korra” (Nick, 8 p.m.): 2.09, “Fish Hooks” (Disney Channel, 9:15 p.m.): 2.02, “Gold Rush: The Dirt” (Discovery, 8 p.m.): 1.99, “Liv and Maddie” (Disney Channel, 9:30 p.m.): 1.99, “Castle” (TNT, 8 p.m.): 1.88, “The Kelly File” (Fox News Channel, 9 p.m.), “Time Machine” (History, 10 p.m.): 1.74, Hallmark Movie (Hallmark, 10 p.m.): 1.69, NBA Regular Season (ESPN, 10:38 p.m.) and “Time Machine” (History, 8 p.m.): 1.67 each, “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10:30 p.m.): 1.64
Source: Nielsen Media Research
“The American Music Awards” Reaches Nielsen Twitter Rating Milestone
Through Sunday, Nov. 24 (and excluding sports), not one televised program attracted a Twitter audience of 10 million or more in the brief history of Nielsen TV Twitter ratings. But the program that finally eclipsed the double-digit million watermark was ABC’s “American Music Awards” hosted by rapper Pitbull. While the event reached a four-year high in total viewers, 10.23 million distinct accounts viewed any of the 7.6 million generated tweets.
Usual weekly leader, AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” took a tumble as a result of the direct competition with the awards, ranking third for the week ending November 24 with 3.21 million viewing any of the episode’s 205,200 tweets. For more, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/m7glldg
Top 10 TiVo Moments from the “American Music Awards”
TiVo Research and Analytics has released the top moments from last night’s telecast of the “American Music Awards” on ABC. Leading the list was host and performer Pitbull’s duet with Ke$ha. For more, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/kpjsubf
Katie Couric to Join Yahoo News as Global Anchor
The worst kept secret is now official. Katie Couric is joining Yahoo as Global Anchor at an unconfirmed date in 2014, and her upcoming arrival is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to re-imagine how news and information is delivered and consumed. Couric will help develop Yahoo News’ coverage with a growing team of global correspondents who will report on live world events. According to the press release, Couric will continue to host her Disney-ABC daytime talker “Katie,” but no announced clearances for 2014-15 means a third season is unlikely.
Tuesday, November 26
8:00 p.m. “Marvel’s Agents of “S.H.I.E.L.D.”
9:00 p.m. “Dancing With the Stars” (season finale, two hours)
8:00 p.m. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (R)
9:00 p.m. “NCIS: Los Angeles”
10:00 p.m. “Person of Interest”
8:00 p.m. “The Biggest Loser”
9:00 p.m. “The Voice”
10:00 p.m. “Chicago Fire”
8:00 p.m. “The X Factor” (two hours)
8:00 p.m. “The Originals”
9:00 p.m. “Supernatural”
Rachel’s Trifle Dessert
Which one of the following ingredients was not in the trifle dessert that Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) made for the gang on “Friends” on Thanksgiving?
d) lady fingers
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Which one of the following sets of TV couples was arrested on Thanksgiving?
a) Paul and Jamie Buchman
b) Steven and Elyse Keaton
c) Mack and Karen McKenzie
d) Homer and Marge Simpson
e) Tony and Carmela Soprano
..Is: b) Steven and Elyse Keaton from NBC sitcom “Family Ties.” In the episode titled “No Nukes is Good Nukes” (originally telecast on Nov. 24, 1982), Elyse (Meredith Baxter) and Steven (Michael Gross) end up spending time in jail after going to a rally against nukes. Sha-la-la-la.
Today’s All Stars:
Gerry Bixenspan, John Brooker, D.C. Carter, Jamie Czarnezki, Arleen Fong, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Tom Kilgallon, Rick Locke, Paul Neace, Jennifer O’Malley, Greg Phelan, Patti Rodriguez, Colleen Roth, Ken Stowe
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