Today in TV History
The Writers Guild ended its six-month strike in 1988, which pushed the start of the new TV season back by approximately six weeks.
In Today’s Issue
-Metered Market Monday Ratings
-Sharon Osbourne to Exit America’s Got Talent
-Peri Gilpin Joins Cast of Men at Work
-New Series Odds
-Play the Cancellation Clock Contest
-The Waltons 40th Anniversary
-ReelzChannel Announces Start Date for Bomb Girls
-Lifetime Picks-Up Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition
-NBCOlympics.com Surpasses One Billion Page Viewers
-On the Air Tonight
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Metered Market Monday Ratings
The Olympics Juggernaut Continues
Metered Market Results
CBS 2.7/ 4
ABC 2.2/ 4
FOX 1.8/ 3
CW 0.4/ 1
Monotonous, I know, but it was all about NBC last night…again…with the London Olympics at a 17.5 rating/28 share in the overnights for the primetime (8-11 p.m.) portion. Comparably, that was more than double the four competing networks combined, peaking at a 19.9/32 in the 10 p.m. hour. Sunday’s telecast, based on the Live Plus Same Day results, drew an average of 31.3 million viewers, which was the ninth time in 10 nights the average viewership for the London Olympics surpassed the Beijing Olympics. Sunday marked the seventh night with at least 30 million viewers, equaling the combined total of the Olympics in Beijing in 2008 (five nights) and Athens in 2004 (two nights).
ABC was the only network to stand up to the Summer Olympics with original programming, but its combination of Bachelor Pad (2.7/ 4 from 8-10 p.m.) and Big Brother rip-off The Glass House (#3: 1.2/ 2) could not compete, of course.
CBS populated the evening with encore telecasts of How I Met Your Mother (#3: 2.4/ 4), which is in conversations to stay on the air through 2013-14, two episodes of 2 Broke Girls (8:30 p.m.: #3, 2.6/ 4; 9 p.m.: #2, 3.0/ 5), Mike & Molly (#2: 2.8/ 4) and Hawaii Five-O (#2: 2.6/ 4). Fox aired back-to-back repeats of Hell’s Kitchen, which averaged a fourth-place 1.8/ 3 from 8-10 p.m. And The CW ran encores of Perez Hilton: All Access – Katy Perry (#5: 0.5/ 1) and Remodeled (#5: 0.3/ 0).
The true test of the power of the London Olympics will come once NBC starts debuting its new fall series. As strong as the promotional platform is, it is no guarantee of success.
Source: Nielsen Media Research
OTHER NETWORK NEWS
Sharon Osbourne to Exit America’s Got Talent
According to an item in today’s New York Post, Sharon Osbourne will be exiting America’s Got Talent after this season after son Jack was dismissed from upcoming NBC reality series Stars Earn Stripes. Jack contends he was fired after revealing he has multiple sclerosis.
“When you do any kind of these reality competition shows and you reach out to celebrities, there tends to be a certain makeup that you want for these celebrities,” said executive producer David Hurwitz at the just concluded Summer Press Tour. “If they’re dancing, you want to make sure they’re fit enough to dance. If they’re coming on a show like this, you look at our panel, including Nick Lachey. They’re all very, very fit. Jack is a big enthusiast. He is somebody that had interest in doing the show. And unfortunately, because of the strains and the rigors of not only the show and but also our intense shooting schedule, it was best not to go with him at this time.”
Stars Earn Stripes, which will pit celebrities against one another in military training exercises, debuts on NBC on Monday, August 13 at 8 p.m. ET. Sharon Osbourne joined America’s Got Talent in its second season in the summer of 2007 after the departure of original judge Brandy.
Peri Gilpin Joins Cast of Men at Work
Former Frasier star Peri Gilpin will join the cast of TBS sitcom Men at Work, which will return for season two in 2013, as a the new boss at the magazine where the core characters works. Most recently, Gilpin was a series regular in 2009-11 ABC Family drama Make It Or Break It.
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.
Play the Cancellation Clock Contest
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
The Waltons 40th Anniversary
Family favorite The Waltons, which debuted on CBS on September 14, 1972 and aired for nine seasons (plus six reunion movies to-date), is celebrating its 40th anniversary at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 29 at 6 p.m. PT. Themed “Celebrating Family and Education,” confirmed attendees include the entire surviving core cast – Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Jon Walmsley, Judy Norton, Mary McDonough, Eric Scott, David Harper and Kami Cotler — plus creator Earl Hamner, Jr. and “the Godseys,” Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire Edwards.
Also scheduled to appear are Florence Henderson, Marla Gibbs and Paul Petersen, plus more than three dozen actors who appeared as either a guest star or in a recurring capacity including Leslie Winston, Lynn Hamilton and Hal Williams. Jazz pianist Paul Cardall the musical guest. For more information, and ongoing updates, visit www.waltons40th.com.
ReelzChannel Announces Start Date for Bomb Girls
Upcoming drama Bomb Girls, a ReelzChannel original, will debut on the cable network on Tuesday, September 11 at 10 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. PT. Set during World War II, Bomb Girls tells the stories of women who risk their lives in a munitions factory in support of the European front. Meg Tilly leads the ensemble cast, which is produced by Muse Entertainment Enterprises and Back Alley Film Productions and will feature six hour-long episodes in season one.
Lifetime Picks-Up Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition
Lifetime Television has picked up a new reality series called Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, headlined by Dance Mom’s Abby Lee Miller, which will feature 12 young dancers, male and female, in a competition for a $100,000 cash prize and a scholarship to the Young Dancer Program at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. Joining Miller as a judge will be Robin Antin, founder of pop group Pussycat Dolls; and dancer and celebrity choreographer Richard Jackson (Lady Gaga’s Marry the Night). Kevin Manno (MTV’s The Seven) will host.
Ten episodes of Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition have been ordered. It debuts this fall.
NBCOlympics.com Surpasses One Billion Page Viewers
Based on week one of The London Olympics, NBCOlympics.com has reached 1.1 billion page views and is now on the verge of surpassing the 1.2 billion for the entire 2008 Beijing Olympics. Gabby Douglas, to-date, is the “most clicked athlete” with 18.27 million views; total video streams are now at 102.6 million (which is more than the 75.5 million for the entire 2008 Beijing Olympics); live video streams have reached 45 million, which is more than triple the total live streams for the Beijing Olympics; and viewers are spending more than 27 minutes per visit in the site (which is 118 percent ahead of Beijing).
Tuesday, August 7
8:00 p.m. The Middle (R)
8:30 p.m. Last Man Standing ((R)
9:00 p.m. Wipeout (R)
10:00 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. 2012 Sumer Olympics
8:00 p.m. Masterchef (R)
9:00 p.m. Masterchef (R)
8:00 p.m. Hart of Dixie (R)
9:00 p.m. The L.A. Complex (R)
Of Note on Cable:
-Deadliest Catch: Behind the Scenes (Discovery, 9 p.m. ET)
-Shipping Wars (A&E, 9 p.m. ET): season premiere
The dog days of summer are upon us, but with over 1,000 hours left until the official beginning of fall, there’s still plenty to time to crack open some good books (or dial them up on Kindles/iPads). This week, Zoo View—the new online destination for news worth knowing—is highlighting the books on their summer reading list, with an excerpt from each. Check it out at: http://zoo-view.com.
Which one of the following statements is not correct?
a) Mary Richards once went to jail on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
b) Erin Walton ended up getting divorced on The Waltons.
c) Nancy Blansky was Howard Cunningham’s cousin.
d) The pilot of The Golden Girls included a live-in housekeeper.
e) The original name for Dallas was Oil.
The answer to the most recent question was…
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?
…d) 6. I Love Lucy: Little Ricky; The Lucy Show: Chris and Jerry Carmichael; Here’s Lucy: Kim and Craig Cater; Life With Lucy: Margo Barker McGibbon
-Today’s Trivia All-Stars:
Dave Aiken, John Beadle, Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Mark Cosenza, Darlene Dorman, Bob Ingersoll, Tom Kilgallon, Irene Kirschner, Lee McMichael, Richard Naldrett, Joe Rubi
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