Today in TV History
Classic hidden camera series Candid Camera debuted on ABC in 1948 and has been present in some format in every decade to-date ever since. In 1975, The Manhattan Transfer, a short-lived summer variety series, premiered on CBS.
In Today’s Issue
-Metered Market Thursday Ratings
-Strong Sampling for Go On Preview on NBC
-Good Afternoon America on ABC Plummets
-New Series Odds
-Solid Dallas Season Ender
-GSN Picks-Up Family Trade
-FX Orders The Americans
-Cable Rankings – Wednesday, August 8
-Updated Clearances for New Arsenio Hall Talker
-Week of August 6 to-Date
-On the Air This Weekend
-Long Running Roles
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Metered Market Thursday Ratings
The London Olympics Rule
Metered Market Results
CBS 3.5/ 6
ABC 2.3/ 4
FOX 1.2/ 2
CW 0.5/ 1
-Countdown to the Official Start of the 2012-13 TV Season: 38 days
It was not as significant as prior evenings, but The London Olympics on NBC still managed to beat the four competing networks combined. Overnight results last night were a 15.2 rating/25 share from 8-11 p.m., with its top-rated half-hour a 16.6/26 at 9 p.m. NBC, do doubt, will miss this extraordinary event once it concludes on Sunday.
Outside of The Olympics, only Big Brother on CBS and the 9-11 p.m. pairing of Wipeout and Rookie Blue on ABC were in originals. Big Brother scored a 4.0/ 6 in the overnights in the 9 p.m. hour, building from a repeat of lead-in Two and a Half Men (#2: 3.5/ 6 at 8:30 p.m.) by 14 percent. You will be missed, Janelle! Earlier in the evening on CBS was an encore of The Big Bang Theory at a 4.2/ 7 (#2) at 8 p.m. At 10 p.m. was a repeat of Person of Interest at a 2.6/ 5 (#2t). Come this fall, Person of Interest moves back into the Thursday 9 p.m. hour (after the current season of Big Brother concludes), leading into new crime solver Elementary.
ABC opened with an encore telecast of Wipeout (#3: 2.3/ 4 at 8 p.m.), followed by the aforementioned original installment of Wipeout (#3; 2.3/ 4) and already renewed Canadian drama Rookie Blue (#2t: 2.6/ 5) from 9-11 p.m.
Elsewhere, Fox populated this second Thursday in August with repeats of Raising Hope (two episodes – #4: avg. 1.2/ 2 from 8-9 p.m.) and Glee (#4: 1.2/ 2), which will air out of returning The X Factor on Thursday this fall. And The CW ran encore telecasts of The Vampire Diaries (#5: 0.6/ 1) and The L.A. Complex (#5: 0.4/ 1).
Source: Nielsen Media Research
OTHER NETWORK NEWS
Strong Sampling for Go On Preview on NBC
NBC’s Wednesday 11:06-11:30 p.m. ET preview of Matthew Perry sitcom Go On following The London Olympics generated 16.1 million viewers and a 5.6 rating among key adults 18-49, according to the fast affiliate results. Comparably, retention out of the 10:30 p.m. portion of The Olympics (Viewers: 30.66 million; A18-49: 10.4 rating) was 53 percent in total viewers and 54 percent in the demo. Keep in mind that the Go On post-primetime preview aired without commercials and will not be measured in averages for the night, week or season.
Go On will debut in its regularly scheduled Tuesday 9 p.m. time period on September 11.
Good Afternoon America on ABC Plummets
Week four of summer ABC daytime time period filler Good Afternoon America lost more steam, dipping to 1.36 million viewers for the week of July 30 and dropping from year-ago occupant One Life to Live by as much as 70 percent among women 18-49. The View on ABC dominated, of course, but there was visible across-the-board erosion for the quartet…The Talk on CBS and The Chew on ABC included.
For a closer look, here are the results for each show (with change versus the comparable year-ago time period in parentheses):
The View (ABC): 2.58 million (-15), The Talk (CBS): 1.89 (-10), The Chew (ABC); 1.86 (-26 from All My Children), Good Afternoon America (ABC): 1.36 (-56 from One Life to Live)
The View (ABC): 670,000 (-22), The Talk (CBS): 555,000 (-10), The Chew (ABC): 433,000 (-42), Good Afternoon America (ABC): 289,000 (-68)
The View (ABC): 527,000 (-18), The Talk (CBS): 404,000 (-16), The Chew (ABC); 336,000 (-41), Good Afternoon America (ABC): 215,000 (-70)
The View (ABC): 190,000 (- 8), The Chew (ABC): 134,000 (-26), The Talk (CBS): 101,000 (-19), Good Afternoon America (ABC): 85,000 (-61)
Source: Nielsen Media Research
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.
Solid Dallas Season Ender
The season one finale of Dallas on TNT Wednesday concluded with 4.3 million viewers from 9-10:05 p.m. ET, based on the Live Plus Same Day results. Comparably, that built by 32 percent from one week earlier, with demographic growth of as much as 58 percent in adults 18-49 (1.6 million) and 49 percent in adults 25-54 (1.9 million). Season to-date, Dallas remains cable’s No. 1 new drama in both demos, and second behind Perception, also on TNT, in total viewers (with 4.5 million).
Dallas joins The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles and Perception as basic cable’s top four most-watched scripted series this summer. TNT is also home to four of the summer’s top 5 dramas on basic cable among adults 25-54, with Dallas No. 3.
GSN Picks-Up Family Trade
GSN has announced the acquisition of Family Trade, a new original docu-series set at G-Stone Motors, a GMC and Ford dealership in Middlebury, Vermont. “With Family Trade, GSN launches a new category of original series that we call Real-Life Games—shows that take place in real settings and feature real-life risk and reward,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, GSN’s Executive Vice President, Programming. “Games, competition and winners are all around us. So we’re taking the cameras out of the studio to celebrate how people become winners in everyday real-life situations.”
GSN has ordered eight half-hour episodes of Family Trade, with a planned launch in 2013. This announcement is part of GSN’s overall development strategy to broaden into other programming genres in addition to the network’s studio-based game shows.
FX Orders The Americans
FX has placed a 13-episode order for a new hour-long scripted drama called The Americans, a period piece about the arranged and complex marriage of two KGB spies (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) posing as Americans in suburban Washington, D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. The series, which will also feature Noah Emmerich, is created by Executive Producer/Showrunner Joe Weisberg and executive produced by Graham Yost, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.
The Americans will be FX’s third scripted drama, joining Sons of Anarchy, which returns for season five on Tuesday, September 11; and Justified, which will be back in January for season four. It is expected to debut in early 2013.
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
Updated Clearances for New Arsenio Hall Talker
CBS Television Distribution is reporting updated clearances for the new Arsenio Hall late night talk show in approximately 85 percent of the country, including all top 50 markets. In addition to the Tribune Broadcasting, CBS Television and Local TV stations that initially signed on, stations from Sinclair Broadcasting, Belo Corp., Cox Enterprises, The Grant Group, LIN Television Group, Media General, Newport Television, Post-Newsweek and Raycom Media have also picked up the show. Arsenio’s original late night talk show aired from 1989-94. The upcoming chatfest will debut in the fall of 2013.
Week of August 6 to-Date
The London Olympics, ION Television, Arrested Development, Spike TV, The Waltons, ION, Sharon Osbourne, Lifetime and ReelzChannel. Click on the following links for the news of the week to-date.
-Kelsey Grammer to Develop Crime Drama Pariah on NBC: http://tinyurl.com/bvkarqk
-ION Television Acquires Law & Order: Criminal Intent: http://tinyurl.com/cy37fhq
-Arrested Development Begins New Production: http://tinyurl.com/czekgmb
-Updated Results for the London Olympics: http://tinyurl.com/czmc4uf
-Spike TV Renewals: http://tinyurl.com/btxpm2o
-The Waltons 40th Anniversary Celebration: http://tinyurl.com/9vpuned
-ION Television Acquires Numb3rs: http://tinyurl.com/8md8g3b
-Sharon Osbourne to Exit America’s Got Talent: http://tinyurl.com/c4wfv5e
-Lifetime Picks Up Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition: http://tinyurl.com/bu5h7xb
-ReelzChannel Announces Start Date for Bomb Girls: http://tinyurl.com/9uqkq7r
Friday, August 10
8:00 p.m. Shark Tank (R)
9:00 p.m. Primetime: What Would You Do? (R)
10:00 p.m. 20/20
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. 2012 Sumer Olympics
8:00 p.m. Bones (R)
9:00 p.m. Bones (R)
8:00 p.m. Nikita (R)
9:00 p.m. Nikita (R)
Of Note on Cable:
-Tyler Perry’s House of Payne (TBS, 8:30 p.m. ET): season finale
-Common Law (USA, 10 p.m. ET): season finale
-Randy to the Rescue (TLC, 10 p.m. ET): season finale
Saturday, August 11
8:00 p.m. Movie: The Game Plan (R)
10:00 p.m. Castle (R)
8:00 p.m. NYC 22 (series finale)
9:00 p.m. 48 Hours (R)
10:00 p.m. 48 Hours (R)
8:00 p.m. 2012 Sumer Olympics
8:00 p.m. Cops (R)
8:30 p.m. Cops (R)
9:00 p.m. Mobbed (R)
Of Note on Cable:
-Movie: The Music Teacher (Hallmark Channel, 9 p.m. ET)
-Movie: Boogeyman (Syfy, 9 p.m. ET)
Sunday, August 12
7:00 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos (R)
8:00 p.m. Secret Millionaire
9:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (season finale, two hours)
7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes
8:00 p.m. Big Brother 14
9:00 p.m. Criminal Minds (R)
10:00 p.m. The Mentalist (R)
8:00 p.m. 2012 Sumer Olympics (Closing Ceremony)
10:38 p.m. Animal Practice (series premiere/preview)
Described as a comedic version of House, Animal Practice centers on a veterinarian (Justin Kirk) who loves animals but usually hates their owners. Tyler Labine (Reaper) and Bobby Lee (MADtv) co-star, but it is little Crystal the Monkey who steals the show.
7:00 p.m. American Dad (R)
7:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show (R)
8:00 p.m. The Simpsons (R)
8:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show (R)
9:00 p.m. Family Guy (R)
9:30 p.m. American Dad (R)
Of Note on Cable:
-High School Moms (TLC, 8 p.m. ET): series premiere
-The Glades (A&E, 9 p.m. ET): season finale
-Hell on Wheels (AMC, 9 p.m. ET): season premiere
-The Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne (Comedy Central, 10 p.m. ET)
-Longmire (A&E, 10 p.m. ET): season finale
Long Running Roles
Which one of the following actors played his or her classic TV role for the most number of years?
a) Ed Asner as Lou Grant
b) Candice Bergen as Murphy Brown
c) Ted Danson as Sam Malone
d) Estelle Getty as Sophia Petrillo
e) Daniel J, Travanti as Frank Furillo
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Which one of the following classic westerns featured a guest appearance by a young Regis Philbin? (Hint: One of the regularly scheduled performers found much greater success on another series 12 years after this show ended).
a) The Big Valley
e) The Virginian
…a) The Big Valley, which aired on ABC from 1965 to 1969. Linda Evans, who played Audra Barkley, later appeared on Dynasty as Krystle Jennings Carrington from 1981-89.
-Today’s Trivia All-Stars:
Dave Aiken, Mark Amato, Michelle Amundson, Mary Bancroft, Paul Certo, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Dee Davis, Andy Ehlen, John Ferlazzo, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Shelly Johnson, Tom Joyce, Synda Kollman, Jody McIntyre, Lee McMichael, Richard Naldrett, Alan Perris, Roger Price, Francine Purcell, Michelle Stanton, Ken Stowe
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