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Today in TV History
John Chancellor replaced Dave Garroway as host of The Today Show on NBC in 1961. In 1983, police drama CHiPS, with Erik Estrada, sailed into the sunset after a six-season run. Larry Wilcox, Estrada’s original co-star, exited in 1982.
In Today’s Issue
-Metered Market Monday Ratings
-Good Morning America Extends Lead Over Today Show
-Good Afternoon America Week One Overnights
-I Love Lucy Director William Asher Dies at 90
-Series High Ratings for Longmire on A&E
-Bruce Jenner to Report from The Summer Olympics on E!
-TNT Orders New Drama Series Pilot
-Top 20 Rankings – Friday 4/13/12
-Week of July 9 Highlights
-On the Air Tonight
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Metered Market Monday Ratings
ABC Wins; Fox Remains an Option
Metered Market Results
ABC 4.5/ 7
Fox 4.2/ 7
CBS 3.4/ 6
NBC 2.3/ 4
CW 0.6/ 1
-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Monday 7/18/11
CW: +50, Fox: + 2, CBS: no change, ABC: -10, NBC: -23
The Bachelorette (ABC), Hell’s Kitchen (Fox), Masterchef (Fox)
-Losers (excluding repeats):
Fear Factor (NBC), The Batmobile (CW), American Ninja Warrior (NBC), The Glass House (ABC)
The home of The Bachelorette, ABC, opened the week on a typically winning summer note, with a three-tenth of a rating point advantage over Fox’s combination of Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef. The Bachelorette took top-rated overnight honors of the evening with a 5.6 rating/ 9 share from 8-10 p.m., which was right on par from one year earlier. But flop extraordinaire The Glass House, which is a true embarrassment now that Big Brother on CBS is back, sunk to a distant second-place 2.2/ 4 at 10 p.m. Comparably, that was 45 percent below Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition on the year-ago evening (4.0/ 7 on 7/18/11). The morale of the story: not every rip-off succeeds.
A double dose of Gordon Ramsay — Hell’s Kitchen (#2: 4.3/ 7 at 8 p.m.) and Masterchef (#2: 4.3/ 7) — was at typical levels on Fox, which means that both will score among key adults 18-49. Comparably, the duo was virtually equal to one year earlier.
In the specials department, half-hour CW documentary special, The Batmobile, finished a distant fifth at 8 p.m., with a 0.9/ 2 in the overnights. A repeat of The Batmobile special followed with a 0.7/ 1 at 8:30 p.m. (#5), which led into an encore telecast of canceled Remodeled at a 0.4/ 1 (#5) at 9 p.m. Holy lack of audience, Batman…no one is watching The CW!
Elsewhere, NBC burned-off another episode of canceled Fear Factor, which finished fourth at 8 p.m. with a 2.8/ 5 in the overnights. Next was American Ninja Warrior at an uneventful (and also fourth-place) 2.6/ 4 at 9 p.m., followed by a repeat of Grimm at a third-place 1.5/ 3 at 10 p.m. Grimm, which will remain in the Friday 9 p.m. hour next season (out of relocated Community), will open its second season on Monday, August 13 at 10 p.m. ET (out of the two-hour debut of reality/competition Stars Earn Stripes).
CBS populated the evening with encore telecasts of How I Met Your Mother (#3: 2.8/ 5), 2 Broke Girls (#3: 3.0/ 5), Two and a Half Men (#3: 3.7/ 6), Mike & Molly (#3: 3.3/ 5) and Hawaii Five-O (#1: 3.9/ 6). As a reminder, Two and a Half Men will move into the Thursday 8:30 p.m. half-hour (out of The Big Bang Theory) this fall in favor of 2 Broke Girls, which shifts to Mondays at 9 p.m. out of new comedy Partners.
Source: Nielsen Media Research
OTHER NETWORK NEWS
Good Morning America Extends Lead Over Today Show
Ann Curry is out, Savannah Guthrie is in, and The Today Show on NBC is now trailing Good Morning America on ABC by 360,000 viewers — GMA’s largest margin of victory in more than 17 years (since the week of May 15, 1995). Based on the Fast National Preliminary Live + Same Day data, GMA averaged 4.57 million viewers for the week of July 9 (versus 4.21 million for Today), with its most number of single day wins (4 out of 5) during the course of a week also in 17 years. Today did lead among key adults 25-54 (Today: 1.711 million, GMA: 1.709 million), but GMA delivered its most competitive performance in the demo since the week of Sept. 11, 1995.
Good Afternoon America Week One Overnights
One week of metered market (overnight) data does not a hit or miss make. But based on the week of July 9, Good Afternoon America on ABC, hosted by Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott, did not impress at a weighted 1.5 rating/5 share in the 56 surveyed markets. Comparably, that was 17 percent below the lead-in average (1.8/ 6) and 29 percent below year-ago occupant One Live To Live (2.1/ 6). Losses in the three key demos from One Life to Live was 50 percent in women 18-49 (0.5/ 4 vs. 1.0/ 7), 46 percent in women 25-54 (0.7/ 5 vs. 1.3/ 8) and 33 percent in women 18-34 (0.4/ 3 vs. 0.6/ 4).
I Love Lucy Director William Asher Dies at 90
Television pioneer William Asher, who introduced early sitcom Our Miss Brooks and then became a leading director on I Love Lucy passed away Monday in Palm Desert, California of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 90.
Nominated four times for an Emmy (including one win in 1966 for directing Bewitched), Asher also produced and directed The Patty Duke Show and aforementioned Bewitched, which featured his then-wife Elizabeth Montgomery, and episodes of The Colgate Comedy Hour, General Electric Theater, Make Room for Daddy (a.k.a. The Danny Thomas Show), December Bride, The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, The Twilight Zone, Gidget, The Dukes of Hazzard and Alice, among others. He also directed several movies, including lighthearted Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach and Beach Blanket Bingo in the mid-1960s. And he helmed reunion telepics I Dream of Jeannie… Fifteen Years Later in 1985 and Return to Green Acres in 1990.
Asher is survived by fourth wife Meredith; a son and a daughter from his first marriage, Liane and Brian; two sons, William Asher Jr. and Robert Asher, and a daughter, Rebecca Asher, from his marriage to Montgomery; four stepchildren; nine grandchildren; and eight step-grandchildren. His mother was actress Lillian Bonner; and his father, Ephraim M. Asher, was an associate producer on the 1931 horror classics Dracula and Frankenstein.
Source: Nielsen Media Research
Series High Ratings for Longmire on A&E
Hit scripted A&E drama Longmire reached a new zenith on Sunday, July 15 with 4.5 million viewers at 10 p.m. ET. Comparably, that was up by 10 percent from one week earlier, with growth over lead-in The Glades (season high 3.4 million at 9 p.m. ET) of 32 percent. Longmire concludes its inaugural season on A&E on Sunday, August 12.
Bruce Jenner to Report from The Summer Olympics on E!
Keeping Up With the Kardashian patriarch Bruce Jenner will abandon the camera loving clan, at least temporarily, to report for E! from the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The 1976 decathlon gold medalist, who is now known primarily for his link to Kim and company, will attend with reporters Robbie Laughlin, Ross Mathews and Catt Sadler. Overall coverage of The Olympics will be featured on the cable net’s entertainment newscasts, which will be anchored by Giuliana Rancic at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. ET. And that means, of course, that Rancic will have to miss E! guilty pleasure Fashion Police for two weeks.
TNT Orders New Drama Series Pilot
TNT is hoping to extend its inventory of hit scripted dramas with an adaptation of The Last Ship, which is based on the novel by William Brinkley and is executive produced by Michael Bay (Transformers). The project, which follows life after a global catastrophe, comes to TNT from Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, whose credits include A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Top 20 Rankings – Friday 4/13/12
What follows are the 20 most-watched shows on basic cable for Friday, July 13:
Jessie (Disney Channel, 8:30 p.m. ET): 3.67 million, Gravity Falls (Disney, 9:30 p.m.): 3.55, Fish Hooks (Disney, 9 p.m.): 3.37, A.N.T. Farm (Disney, 8 p.m.): 2.96, WWE Friday Night Smackdown (Syfy, 8 p.m.): 2.50, For Better or Worse (TBS, 9:30 p.m.): 2.25, Tron: Uprising (Disney, 10 p.m.): 2.18, Movie (FX, 8 p.m.): 2.12, For Better of Worse (TBS, 9 p.m.): 2.10, Pair of Kings (Disney, 10:30 p.m.): 2.08, Common Law 9USA, 10 p.m.): 2.07, American Pickers (History, 10 p.m.): 2.03, American Pickers (Disney, 9 p.m.): 1.99, Law & Order: SVU (USA, 8 p.m.): 1.92, American Dad (Adult Swim, 10 p.m.): 1.89, Law & Order: SVU (USA, 9 p.m.): 1.76, Hannity (Fox News Channel, 9 p.m.): 1.70, The O’Reilly Factor (Fox News, 8 p.m.): 1.68, For Better or Worse (TBS, 8:30 p.m.): 1.67, For Better or Worse (TBS, 8 p.m.): 1.54, American Pickers (History, 8 p.m.): 1.46
Week of July 9 Highlights
-Big Brother Dominates on CBS: http://tinyurl.com/7sh792r
-Observations from a Big Brother Fan: http://tinyurl.com/c4p4tov
-More Teen Wolf: http://tinyurl.com/cuu7963
-Lifetime Picks Up New Docu-Series Prom Queens: http://tinyurl.com/cjoo927
-Updated Results in Network Daytime Talk: http://tinyurl.com/bm7w95b
-TNT Renews Falling Skies: http://tinyurl.com/6wmhwjy
-CBS Fall Season Premiere Dates: http://tinyurl.com/btleyto
-Shaquille O’Neal Heads to truTV: http://tinyurl.com/cvzpgcf
-General Hospital’s Gold Medal Moments: http://tinyurl.com/d8umaug
-Solid Sampling for Perception on TNT: http://tinyurl.com/cl634a9
-FEARnet Adds Weekend Block: http://tinyurl.com/cmwplmr
-Weekly Ratings Update: http://tinyurl.com/7e2qex2
-TV Media Insights on Extra: http://tinyurl.com/7sgwhaj
Tuesday, July 17
8:00 p.m. Wipeout
9:00 p.m. Trust Us with Your Life
9:30 p.m. Trust Us with Your Life
9:30 p.m. NY Med
8:00 p.m. NCIS (R)
9:00 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
10:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery (R)
8:00 p.m. America’s Got Talent (two hours)
10:00 p.m. Love in the Wild
8:00 p.m. Hell’s Kitchen
9:00 p.m. Masterchef
8:00 p.m. Hart of Dixie (R)
9:00 p.m. The L.A. Complex (second season premiere)
Of Note on Cable:
-Real Housewives of Orange County: The Reunion (Bravo): 9 p.m. ET
-Pregnant in Heels (Bravo): 10 p.m. ET – season finale
We are all familiar with The Office on NBC, of course, which has been a staple on the network since March 2005. But who starred in short-lived sitcom The Office on CBS in early 1995?
a) Kirstie Alley
b) Calista Flockhart
c) Valerie Harper
d) Allison Janney
e) LaWanda Page
The answer to the most recent question was…
One of the less-memorable spin-offs from All in the Family was Gloria, which featured recently divorced Gloria Bunker Stivic (Sally Struthers) as an assistant trainee in a veterinarian’s office. Who played the role of Dr. Willard Adams, her boss?
a) Martin Balsam
b) Buddy Ebsen
c) Burgess Meredith
d) Cesar Romero
e) Danny Thomas
…c) Burgess Meredith. Gloria aired on CBS in the 1982-83 season.
Today’s Trivia All-Stars:
Gerry Bixenspan, John Brooker, Larry Collins, Mark Cosenza, Reid Davis, Serri Ferrante, Maureen Goldman, Ed Griffis, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Synda Kollman, Paul Lewis, Rick Locke, Barbara Oates, Greg Phelan, Michelle Stanton, Ken Stowe, Myndi Weinraub, Abbott Wool
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