In Today’s Issue
Today in TV History
Game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, hosted by Regis Philbin, debuted in 1999. Immediate response to the two-week, multi-episode test resulted in as many as five regularly scheduled episodes per week in 2000. Overkill led to its demise in primetime in 2002, but the current syndicated daytime version with Meredith Vieira is about to enter season No. 11.
-Metered Market Wednesday Ratings
-Michael J. Fox Poised for a Comeback
-Stars Earn Stripes Attracts Added Eyeballs
-Hardcore Pawn: Chicago on truTV
-Season High Rizzoli & Isles
-A&E Pulls the Plug on Gene Simmons Family Jewels
-Comedy Central Unveils Fall Line-Up
-Current Week to-Date
-On the Air Tonight
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Metered Market Wednesday Ratings
NBC Dominates; Oh Sit! DOA on The CW
Metered Market Results
NBC 4.1/ 7
CBS 3.6/ 6
Fox 3.4/ 6
ABC 2.8/ 5
CW 0.7/ 1
-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 8/17/11
Fox: +127, NBC: + 5, ABC: – 7, CW: -12, CBS: -18
America’s Got Talent led NBC to Wednesday overnight victory, with a 14 percent advantage over second-place CBS. The summer favorite took top-rated honors for the evening with a 5.4 rating/9 share in the 9 p.m. hour (which was 10 percent below the 6.0/10 one year earlier). A repeat of America’s Got Talent opened the evening with a second-place 3.7/ 7 at 8 p.m., while an encore of long-in-the-tooth Law & Order: SVU capped it off with a third-place 3.2/ 6 at 10 p.m. Next season, SVU moves to Wednesday at 9 p.m. into new Dick Wolf drama Chicago Fire.
In series-premiere news, game show Oh Sit! on The CW did not resonate with a very last-place 0.8/ 2 in the overnights at 8 p.m. It opened with a 0.9/ 2 in the 8 p.m. half-hour, but dropped 22 percent at 8:30 p.m. with a 0.7/ 1. Needless to say, the promotional platform for The CW this summer (despite airing some original programming) has been notably weak.
At 9 p.m., a repeat of Supernatural on The CW, which leads out of upcoming entry Arrow this fall, dipped to a 0.5/ 1 (#5).
Elsewhere, Big Brother on CBS won the 8 p.m. hour with a 4.0/ 7. But, year-to-year, that was down by 17 percent. Next on the Eye net were encore telecasts of Criminal Minds (#2t: 3.4/ 6) and CSI (#2: 3.5/ 6) from 9-11 p.m.
Over at Fox, So You Think You Can Dance is no longer the summer attraction it once was with a 3.4/ 6 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. But compared to repeats of Mobbed (1.5/ 3) and House (1.4/ 2) on the year-ago evening (8/17/11), this was an increase of a hefty 127 percent.
A 20/20 special on ABC at 10 p.m. (#2: 3.3/ 6) led out of repeats of sitcoms The Middle (#3: 3.3/ 6), Suburgatory (#4: 2.5/ 4), Modern Family (#4: 2.9/ 5) and another episode of Suburgatory (#4: 2.2/ 4) from 8-10 p.m. As a reminder, Suburatory shifts to Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. out of Modern Family (and into new drama Nashville) this fall. New sitcom The Neighbors will air at 8:30 p.m. out of The Middle.
Source: Nielsen Media Research
OTHER NETWORK NEWS
Michael J. Fox Poised for a Comeback
Former Family Ties and Spin City Star Michael J. Fox, who exited Spin City in 2000 to concentrate on fighting Parkinson’s disease, has been tapped for a sitcom currently in development at Sony Pictures Television for 2013. Details of the project have not been revealed yet, but there is reported interest at the Big 3 networks. Fox has remained active on the small screen in recent years as a guest star on Scrubs, Rescue Me and Curb Your Enthusiasm and recurring roles on dramas Boston Legal and The Good Wife.
Stars Earn Stripes Attracts Added Eyeballs
It debuted on Monday, August 13 with a respectable 5.24 million viewers and a 1.7 rating/5 share among adults 18-49 from 8-10 p.m., based on the Live Plus Same Day ratings, which placed it second behind Fox’s combination of Hotel Hell and Masterchef. But out of an original installment of America’s Got Talent in the 10 p.m. hour on Tuesday, Stars Earn Stripes netted another 3.8 million viewers and 1.4/ 4 in the demo — the network’s best performance among adults 18-49 in the time period, excluding the Olympics, since June 26.
Zoo-View: From the mission to Mars to dark money in the U.S. presidential race, from the future of the euro to the NFL preseason highlights, from peace talks with the Taliban to saving endangered fish species, Zoo View—a new destination for news worth knowing—has the world covered. Check it out at: http://zoo-view.com/.
Hardcore Pawn: Chicago on truTV
Male driven truTV will expand its Hardcore Pawn franchise with an upcoming edition set in Chicago. The cable net has ordered nine half-hour episodes of Hardcore Pawn: Chicago and the setting will be one of the “Windy City’s” largest and oldest establishments in the pawn and gold-buying business owned by brothers Randy and Wayne Cohen. It debuts later this year.
Season High Rizzoli & Isles
TNT drama Rizzoli & Isles concluded its summer run on Tuesday with a season-high six million viewers. Comparably, that was up by 36 percent from the prior week and seven percent from last year’s summer finale. Results demographically – adults 18-49 (1.6 million) and adults 25-54 (2.0 million) – rose from the year-ago season-ender by 21 percent and 10 percent, respectively. Rizzoli & Isles currently ranks third behind TNT’s The Closer and Major Crimes among basic cable’s most-watched scripted series of the summer.
A&E Pulls the Plug on Gene Simmons Family Jewels
Gene Simmons Family Jewels, which debuted on A&E in 2006, will not be returning in 2013. “For seven great seasons, Gene, Shannon, Nick and Sophie have been part of the A&E family, and we could not be more proud of the unparalleled run of Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” said the network in a statement. “On behalf of everyone at A&E, we’d like to thank the production team at Thinkfactory Media, Gene and his amazing family for their partnership, collaboration and for opening up their lives, warts-and-all, to us throughout the years.”
Another veteran reality series on A&E, Dog the Bounty Hunter, was canceled in May after eight seasons.
Comedy Central Unveils Fall Line-Up
Comedy Central will kick-off its fall season on Tuesday, September 25 with new episodes of Tosh.O at 10 p.m. ET, followed by the series-premiere of new Daniel Tosh animated comedy Brickleberry at 10:30 p.m. ET. One night later is new episodes of South Park on Wednesday, September 26 at 10 p.m. ET, followed by the second season-premiere of Key & Peele at 10:30 p.m. ET. In the stand-up series department are season two of Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution on Thursday, October 4 at 10 p.m. ET, and the series-premiere of Mash Up, hosted by T.J. Miller, on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 12:30 a.m. ET.
Also on tap at Comedy Central are new stand-up specials from Demetri Martin (September 29), Jeff Dunham (October 7), D.L. Hughley (October 27), Chris Hardwick (November 3) and Russell Peters; and live election night coverage from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report on Tuesday, November 6.
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
Current Week to-Date
-NBC to Repeat Go On and Animal Practice Previews: http://tinyurl.com/8qzl9k3
-TNT Breaks the Year to-date and Summer Record Books: http://tinyurl.com/9zc5wgd
-Weekly Ratings Round-Up: http://tinyurl.com/95rr67o
-Joe Schmo Returns on Spike TV: http://tinyurl.com/99tmy4v
-Remembering Ron Palillo: http://tinyurl.com/96plplu
-Solid Sampling for Animal Practice Preview on NBC: http://tinyurl.com/9e7kola
-Full Results for The London Olympics: http://tinyurl.com/bp28r4s
-Sean Hayes Snags Two Multi Episode Story Arcs: http://tinyurl.com/9m4668z
-More Black Gold on truTV: http://tinyurl.com/8lvpttq
-Ronn Moss to Exit The Bold and the Beautiful: http://tinyurl.com/8g4u8x7
-Rentrak Announces Domestic Box Office Results for Weekend of August 11: http://tinyurl.com/93xsqcr
Thursday, August 16
8:00 p.m. Wipeout
9:00 p.m. The Machine Chefs
10:00 p.m. Rookie Blue
8:00 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (R)
8:30 p.m. Two and a Half Men (R)
9:00 p.m. Big Brother
10:00 p.m. Person of Interest (R)
8:00 p.m. The Office (R)
8:30 p.m. Parks and Recreation (R)
9:00 p.m. Saving Hope
10:00 p.m. Rock Center with Brian Williams
8:00 p.m. Baseball
8:00 p.m. Oh Sit (R)
9:00 p.m. The Next: Fame is at Your Doorstep (series premiere)
Gloria Estefan, Joe Jonas, Nelly and John Rich travel to where the talent is, immersing themselves in the lives and towns of these local performers and preparing them for the chance to represent their home city on stage, live, in front of America in this new singing competition. Queen Latifah is the executive producer.
Of Note on Cable:
-Braxton Family Values (WE, 9 p.m. ET): season premiere
-Extreme Chef (Food Network, 10 p.m. ET): season premiere
-Cajun Justice (A&E, 10:30 p.m. ET): season finale
-Slide (Teennick, 10:30 p.m. ET): series premiere
What borough in New York did Ted Danson as grumpy Dr. John Becker call home?
a) The Bronx
e) Staten Island
The answer to yesterday’s question…
In memory of Ron Palillo, what was the middle name of his classic TV character, Arnold Horschack?
…a) Dingfelder. Arnold’s middle name was his mother’s maiden name.
Today’s Trivia All-Stars:
Vincent Alvarez, Michelle Amundson, Mary Bancroft, Gerry Bixenspan, Mitch Burg, D.C. Carter, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, John Ferlazzo, Jim Forkan, Claire Franks, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg, Maureen Goldman, Martha Gonzalez, Ed Griffis, Linda Grillo, Sandy Hawk, Carolyn Becker Hayes, Julie Hurwitz, David Jackino, Synda Kollman, Dave Koranda, Paul Lewis, Rick Locke, Jody McIntyre, Richard Naldrett, Barbara Oates, Gordon Purcell, Patti Rodrizuez, Susan Rogers, Art Salisch, Larry Smith, Michelle Stanton, Ken Stowe, Carol Teichman, Kurt Weil, Ted Zaval
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