Today in TV History
ABC sitcom Perfect Strangers concluded in 1993 after eight seasons (and 150 episodes). In 1960, Chubby Checker performed “The Twist” for the first time on American television on American Bandstand.
In Today’s Issue
SUMMER PRESS TOUR
-That’s a Wrap
-Weekend Rating Results
-Stellar Summer Olympics To-Date
-NBC Sports Extends French Open Partnership
-NBC Eyes Political Drama
-New Series Odds
-The Cancellation Clock Contest is Now Online
-Fall 2012 Schedule Analyses
-More Snooki & JWoww
BOX OFFICE RESULTS
-Rentrak Announces Domestic Box Office Results For Weekend Of August 5
-On the Air Tonight
-Happy Birthday, Lucy
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SUMMER PRESS TOUR
-That’s a Wrap
It came and went. Fifteen days chock full of series sessions, executive conversations and gatherings at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles where direct access to the stars and the behind the scenes forces was constant. There were many highlights: The Downton Abbey session at PBS; Nina Tassler at CBS walking out with a stuffed monkey mocking scene stealer Crystal at NBC; HBO sessions with Tippi Hedren talking about Alfred Hitchcock and Ethel and Rory Kennedy; and the wives of military men for new docu-series, Married to the Army: Alaska on OWN. And there were some bizarre appearances like Sarah Palin at the NBC poolside gathering for hubby Todd’s new reality series Stars Earn Stripes and daughter Bristol angrily defending herself at a session for the upcoming celebrity edition of Dancing With the Stars at ABC.
To refresh your memory, here are the links to some of those highlights:
-Day 2 of the Cable Portion of the Tour: http://tinyurl.com/dxo4y7w
-Ethel and Rory Kennedy Discuss Upcoming HBO Documentary: http://tinyurl.com/d5b2rsr
-Tippi Hedren on Alfred Hitchcock: http://tinyurl.com/cef8opf
-Day One of Cable at The Press Tour: http://tinyurl.com/cghg2f3
-Showtime Update: http://tinyurl.com/d5butcd
-The CW at the Summer Press Tour – http://tinyurl.com/ca7yd24
-Handicapping the New CW Series – Arrow: http://tinyurl.com/czo6obz
-Handicapping the New CW Series – Emily Owens, M.D.: http://tinyurl.com/d8plq2z
-Handicapping the New CW Series – Beauty and the Beast: http://tinyurl.com/brd7yk2
-CBS at the Summer Press Tour: http://tinyurl.com/c8b6xzq
-Handicapping the New CBS Series – Made in Jersey: http://tinyurl.com/c4zkhtd
-Handicapping the New CBS Series – Vegas: http://tinyurl.com/bn5gzsc
-Handicapping the New CBS Series – Partners: http://tinyurl.com/d9qc3d5
-Handicapping the New CBS Series – Elementary: http://tinyurl.com/cyh55mj
-ABC at the Summer Press Tour: http://tinyurl.com/bvjrzu9
-ABC Season and Series Premiere Dates: http://tinyurl.com/d472ueb
-NBC Executive Session: http://tinyurl.com/co33xbs
-Handicapping the New NBC Series – Revolution: http://tinyurl.com/cd8affo
-Handicapping the New NBC Series – The New Normal: http://tinyurl.com/dx5uo8h
-Handicapping the New NBC Series – Go On: http://tinyurl.com/dyglmm2
-Handicapping the New NBC Series – Animal Practice: http://tinyurl.com/cacgea7
-Handicapping the New NBC Series – Chicago Fire: http://tinyurl.com/d2ouqoq
-Handicapping the New NBC Series – Guys With Kids: http://tinyurl.com/cmusyqq
-Handicapping the New ABC Series – The Neighbors: http://tinyurl.com/d7r69wj
-Handicapping the New ABC Series – Nashville: http://tinyurl.com/bs9zr3h
-Handicapping the New ABC Series – Last Resort: http://tinyurl.com/blzygc2
-Handicapping the New ABC Series – Malibu Country: http://tinyurl.com/cy2zp5z
-Handicapping the New ABC Series – 666 Park Avenue: http://tinyurl.com/cpydqt7
-Handicapping the New Fox Series – The Mob Doctor: http://www.tvmediainsights.com/2012/07/the-mob-doctor/
-Handicapping the New Fox Series – Ben and Kate: http://tinyurl.com/buvd9ap-
-Handicapping the New Fox Series – The Mindy Project: http://tinyurl.com/cquspeq
-Downton Abbey Update: http://tinyurl.com/c6bpkl2
-PBS Kicks-Off Summer Press Tour: http://tinyurl.com/bm3c98w
-TCA Summer Press Tour: http://tinyurl.com/7uqppgx
See you live from Pasadena for the Winter Press Tour in January 2013.
Note: The metered market (overnight) results for Sunday were not available at press time. But please visit www.tvmediainsights.com for the fast affiliate ratings by approximately noon.
Fast Affiliate Results
NBC: 26.08 million, CBS: 2.89, Fox: 2.14, ABC: 2.06
NBC: 7.8 rating/27 share, Fox: 1.1/ 4, ABC and CBS: 0.5/ 2 each
The London Olympics almost quadrupled the competition on normally deadly Saturday, with 26.08 million viewers and a 7.8 rating/27 share for the primetime portion, according to the fast affiliate results from Nielsen. It peaked in the 10:30 p.m. half-hour at 30.57 million viewers and a 9.8/31 in the demo. For an update on the Live Plus Same Day ratings for the first eight days of the London Olympics, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/9mtvvmy.
Elsewhere, Fox aired the UFC: Shogun vs. Vera; CBS burned-off two more episodes of canceled crime drama NYC 22 and everything else was a repeat. For the results by network and by individual program, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/8e4krzm.
NBC: 26.89 million, ABC: 3.27, CBS: 3.02, Fox: 1.81, CW: 598,000
NBC: 8.1 rating/27 share, ABC: 0.8/ 3, CBS and Fox: 0.6/ 2 each, CW: 0.2/ 1
The London Olympics continued to more than triple the competition, with 26.89 million viewers and an 8.1 rating/27 share among adults 18-49, based on the fast affiliate results from Nielsen. Other than a two-hour edition of 20/20, everything else was a repeat. For the results by network and by individual program, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/c2of68e
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
OTHER NETWORK ITEMS
Stellar Summer Olympics To-Date
Based on the first eight nights of the London Olympics, NBC is averaging 34.5 million viewers, the most of any non-U.S. Summer Olympics since the Montreal Games in 1976. The 34.5 million, to-date, is 4.4 million more than Beijing (30.1 million) and 7.9 million more than Athens (26.6 million). What follows is the breakdown by night:
Friday, July 27: 40.7 million (opening)
Saturday, July 28: 28.7 million
Sunday, July 29: 36.0 million
Monday, July 30: 31.6 million
Tuesday, July 31: 38.7 million
Wednesday, August 1: 30.8 million
Thursday, August 2: 36.8 million
Friday, August 3: 28.5 million
The London Olympics concludes on Sunday, August 12.
NBC Sports Extends French Open Partnership
The NBC Sports Group and the French Tennis Federation announced a multi-year, multi platform extension that will include 10 more hours of live U.S. television coverage and increased digital rights for the Grand Slam event through 2024. NBC will air the opening Sunday of the tournament, the middle weekend tennis, the men’s and women’s semifinals and the men’s and women’s finals. At the conclusion of this agreement, NBC will have served as the broadcast home of the French Open for 42 consecutive years.
NBC Eyes Political Drama
Hoping to find its next The West Wing, NBC has placed a script commitment for United Nations. Described as The West Wing with an international focus, the potential drama will focus on an interpreter who works with diplomats from different countries as they deal with different crises.
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.
The Cancellation Clock Contest is Now Online
As the TVMI saying goes, “Tick, tock…the cancellation clock is ticking.” And now is your chance, courtesy of Douglas Pucci, to chime in with you picks for the first new series cancellation of the season. Please click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/dylxgq4
Fall 2012 Schedule Analyses
CBS has the best primetime schedule, as always, with a grade of an A-. Next is ABC with a B, followed by Fox (C), NBC (C-) and The CW at a D. For more specifics, click on the following:
More Snooki & JWoww
MTV has green-lit Jersey Shore spin-off Snooki & JWoww for a second season, with an unspecified number of new episodes for 2013 that will focus on pregnant Snooki’s upcoming big event. Jersey Shore, meanwhile, will return for its sixth…and potentially final…season on Thursday, October 4 at 10 p.m. ET.
In other news at MTV, new scripted comedy Underemployed will open on Tuesday, October 16 at 10 p.m. ET. And new docu-soap Catfish: The TV Show, based on the hit independent film, will launch on Monday, November 12 at 11 p.m. ET into the new season of documentary series World of Jenks.
BOX OFFICE RESULTS
Rentrak Announces Domestic Box Office Results For Weekend Of August 5
Rentrak Corporation has unveiled the weekend box office estimates for the weekend of August 5, 2012 as compiled by the company’s Box Office Essentials™ and International Box Office Essentials theatrical measurement services. The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, August 5, 2012 are available by clicking on the following: http://tinyurl.com/95ysn69.
Monday, August 6
8:00 p.m. Bachelor Pad
10:00 p.m. The Glass House
8:00 p.m. How I Met Your Mother (R)
8:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (R)
9:00 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (R): new time period
9:30 p.m. Mike & Molly (R)
10:00 p.m. Hawaii Five-O (R)
8:00 p.m. 2012 Summer Olympics
8:00 p.m. Hell’s Kitchen (R)
9:00 p.m. Hell’s Kitchen (R)
8:00 p.m. Perez Hilton: All Access: Katy Perry (R)
9:00 p.m. Remodeled (R)
Of Note on Cable:
-Diners, Drive-ins & Dives (Food Network, 10 p.m.): season premiere
-Miss Advised (Bravo, 10 p.m. ET): season finale
Happy Birthday, Lucy
In honor of the legendary Lucille Ball, who would have turned 101 today, here is a question from Michael Stern (www.TheLucyFan.com), author of must-read book “I Had a Ball: My Friendship with Lucille Ball.” If you add up Lucy’s children from all her TV series, how many would there be?
The answer to the last trivia question was…
Where exactly in California did Laverne and Shirley move to when the classic sitcom officially “jumped the shark”?
e) San Jose
…a) Burbank. Once the whole gang moved to sunny California, the once laugh-out-loud comedy officially “jumped the shark.”
The list of Trivia All-Stars will return tomorrow.
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