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In Today’s Issue
-Metered Market Wednesday Ratings
-CBS Pulls Made in Jersey; Undercover Boss Back from Hiatus
-Willie Geist Heads to The Today Show
-Remembering Alex Karras
-USA Announces Return Date for Psych
-Cable Rankings – Tuesday 10/09/12:
-Top 20 Rated Programs – Week of September 24
-On the Air Tonight
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Metered Market Wednesday Ratings
CBS Wins; Solid Sampling for Arrow and Nashville
Metered Market Results
NBC 3.8/ 6
CW 2.3/ 4
-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 10/12/11
CW: +53, ABC: + 3, Fox: – 3, CBS: – 7, NBC: -24
Survivor: Philippines (CBS), The X Factor (Fox), Arrow (CW), Modern Family (ABC), Criminal Minds (CBS), Nashville (ABC), CSI (CBS)
The Middle (ABC)
-Time to Call it Quits:
Supernatural (CW), Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
Chicago Fire (NBC)
-Losers (excluding repeats):
Animal Practice (NBC), Guys With Kids (NBC)
It was a race to the winning overnight finish line on this third Wednesday of the new TV season, with CBS first — two-tenths of a rating point ahead of ABC and Fox. There were three scripted drama premieres last night – Arrow on The CW, Nashville on ABC and Chicago Fire on NBC. And two of the three were amply sampled.
Arrow on The CW launched with a solid 3.0 rating/5 share in the overnights at 8 p.m., which placed it fourth in the hour (ahead of NBC sitcoms Animal Practice and Guys With Kids). Comparably, this was 150 percent above the debut of short-lived year-ago occupant H8R (1.2/ 2 on 9/14/11) and 200 percent ahead of a repeat of failed drama Ringer on the year-ago evening (1.0/ 2 on 10/13/11). Additionally, Arrow built by 15 percent from fall 2010 time period occupant America’s Next Top Model (2.6/ 4 on 10/13/10) on the comparable day.
Next on The CW was episode two of the new season of relocated Supernatural, which dipped to fifth with a 1.7/ 3 at 9 p.m. Comparably, that was 11 percent below year-ago occupant America’s Next Top Model (1.9/ 3 on 10/12/11), with retention out of the 8:30 p.m. portion of Arrow (3.0/ 5) of just 57 percent.
In the initial 10 p.m. battle of Nashville versus Chicago Fire, Nashville (with stronger lead-in support) held a considerable 45 percent overnight advantage. But first in the time period was granddaddy CSI on CBS at a 7.0/12. Nashville on ABC opened with a very respectable 6.8/12 (#2), which was 10 percent above year-ago occupant Revenge (6.2/10 on 10/12/11). And the retention out of a 9:30 p.m. edition of Modern Family (#1: 8.5/13) was positive at 80 percent. Given the lead-in support, Nashville should have no problem scoring a time victory among adults 18-49 (and the female demos, no doubt).
Competing Chicago Fire on NBC finished third with a 4.7/ 8 in the overnights, which is nothing to boast about. But the new Dick Wolf drama did build from the 9:30 p.m. portion of lead-in Law & Order: SVU (4.3/ 7) by nine percent. And it only dropped by two percent in the second half-hour (4.7/ 8 at 10 p.m. to 4.6/ 8 at 10:30 p.m.) versus an 11 percent drop for Nashville (7.2/12 to 6.4/11). The winner in round one, however, is clearly Nashville (and CSI, which was on par from one year earlier).
In the battle of the 8-9 p.m. sitcoms, ABC ruled over NBC. ABC’s The Middle (#3: 5.8/ 9) at 8 p.m. bested NBC’s Animal Practice (#5: series low 2.7/ 4) by a hefty 114 percent; and week three of The Neighbors on ABC (#3: 4.6/ 7) beat week four of Guys With Kids on NBC (#5: 2.8/ 4) at 8:30 p.m. by 64 percent. Comparably, The Neighbors was close to week-ago time period debut levels (4.8/ 7 on Oct. 3), but down by 29 percent from year-ago occupant Suburgatory (6.5/10 on 10/12/11).
Also on ABC was the regularly scheduled edition of Modern Family at a very dominant 8.7/13 at 9 p.m.
Elsewhere, Survivor: Philippines and the first half of The X Factor on Fox tied for first in the 8 p.m. hour, each with a healthy 6.7/11. One year earlier, Survivor: South Pacific was similar with a 6.9/11 (on 10/12/11). Survivor led into veteran Criminal Minds, which finished a solid second in the 9 p.m. hour with a 7.5/11 (-11 percent from the year-ago evening). And The X Factor on Fox averaged a 6.8/11 from 8-10 p.m., peaking in the 9 p.m. half-hour with a 7.0/11.
Law & Order: SVU, meanwhile, was fourth at 9 p.m. with a 4.2/ 7. Comparably, that trailed older-skewing year-ago occupant Harry’s Law (5.8/ 9 on 10/12/11) by 28 percent.
Source: Nielsen Media Research
OTHER NETWORK NEWS
CBS Pulls Made in Jersey; Undercover Boss Back from Hiatus
CBS legal drama Made in Jersey is the first new series cancellation, with inspirational non-scripted benchwarmer Undercover Boss called to duty at 8 p.m. Shifting back to 9 p.m. this week will be veteran CSI: NY (which moved to 8 p.m. this season) into three-year old Blue Bloods at 10 p.m. The revamped evening, which to-date is down year-to-year by double-digit percentages, will go into effect on November 2.
The removal of Made in Jersey, which plummeted to a 0.8 rating/3 share among adults 18-49 in its second telecast (based on the Live Plus Same Day results) is immediate. A repeat of NCIS will air in the 8 p.m. hour this Friday, followed by an encore of Hawaii Five-O on Oct. 19 and another repeat of NCIS on Oct. 26.
Willie Geist Heads to The Today Show
MSNBC personality Willie Geist (Way Too Early, Morning Joe) will join the 9 a.m. hour of The Today Show opposite Al Roker and Natalie Morales effective on Monday, November 12. He will still appear on the 6 a.m. hour of Morning Joe, but will exit Way Too Early at 5:30 a.m.
Remembering Alex Karras
Former NFL great Alex Karras, who famously punched a horse in 1974 Mel Brooks comedy Blazing Saddles and was a familiar face on the small screen in sitcom Webster, has passed away. Karras, who was diagnosed with dementia and recently suffered kidney failure, died at his home yesterday morning surrounded by his family. He was 77. For more, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/9hdtmfc.
More Dance Moms
Lifetime has renewed Dance Moms, featuring Abby Lee Miller, for a third season. Twenty-six new episodes are on tap for 2013. Season two, which concluded in September, finished as the top-rated non-scripted series on cable in the Tuesday 9 p.m. hour, building year-to-year by as much as 72 percent among women 18-49. And its median age of 32 was five years younger than season one.
USA Announces Return Date for Psych
Season seven of long-running USA dramedy Psych, headlined by James Roday and Dule Hill, will open on Wednesday, February 27 at 10 p.m. ET. Sixteen new episodes are on tap, including the upcoming two-hour musical installment and the 100th episode (which will feature a mini reunion of 1985 movie Clue featuring cast members Christopher Lloyd, Lesley Ann Warren and Martin Mull).
Cable Rankings – Tuesday 10/09/12
What follows are the 20 most watched shows for Tuesday, October 9:
Sons of Anarchy (FX, 10 p.m.): 4.34 million, MLB Division Series (TBS, 9:26 p.m.): 4.22, The O’Reilly (Fox News Channel, 8 p.m.): 3.78, BET Hip Hop Awards (8 p.m.): 3.07, Hannity (Fox News Channel, 9 p.m.): 3.04, Keyshia & Daniel: Family (BET, 10 p.m.): 2.92, Halloweentown II: Kalabar (Disney Channel, 8:30 p.m.): 2.56, On the Record with Greta Van Susteren (Fox News Channel, 10 p.m.): 2.38, Tosh.O (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.): 2.21, American Dad (Adult Swim, 10:30 p.m.): 2.17, My Babysitters Series (Disney Channel, 8 p.m.): 1.96, Shake It Up (Disney Channel, 10:05 p.m.): 1.91, The Soul Man (BET, 10:30 p.m.): 1.89, Law & Order: SVU (USA, 9 p.m.): 1.84, Storage Wars (A&E, 9:30 p.m.) and American Dad (Adult Swim, 10 p.m.): 1.82 each, Law & Order: SVU (USA, 10 p.m.) and Face Off (Syfy, 9 p.m.): 1.80 each, The Looney Tunes Show (Cartoon Network, 8 p.m.): 1.71, Law & Order: SVU (USA, 8 p.m.): 1.69
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
Top 20 Rated Programs – Week of September 24
Veteran Judge Judy from CBS Television Distribution topped the syndication charts (first-run and off-network), with its best performance in households in 19 weeks. Wheel of Fortune from CBS led game at No. 4 overall in households (6.3), while Dr. Phil (3.1), also from CBS, dominated talk with a 24 percent advantage over the No. 2 occupant in the genre, Live With Kelly & Michael from Disney-ABC (2.5). Michael Strahan, no doubt, is a solid fit. Third overall was Dr. Oz from Sony Pictures Television (2.4), followed by Ellen from Warner Bros. (2.3) and NBCUniversal’s Maury (2.2), which finished first in the category in women 18-49 (1.5), women 18-34 (1.5), adults 18-49 (1.1), adults 25-54 (1.2) and adults 18-34 (1.1). Dr. Phil was No. 1 in women 25-54, with a 1.7.
Katie from Disney-ABC was first among the five new daytime talkers at a 1.8 (No. 6 overall in talk, no change from last week), followed by Steve Harvey from NBCUniversal (1.3, no change), Ricki Lake from Twentieth Television (0.8, +14 percent), Jeff Probst from CBS Television Distribution (0.7, no change), and Trisha, hosted by Trisha Goddard, from NBCUniversal (0.5, +25 percent), which airs mainly on lower-rated independent and CW stations. Of positive note, in particular, for Steve Harvey was week-to-week growth among women 25-54 (1.0), which tied Katie in the demo.
Red-hot The Big Bang Theory from Warner Bros. finished second overall in households (and first in off-net), meanwhile, with an ample 6.5 rating.
What follows are the Top 20 rated series in syndication (first-run and off-network) in households based on AA (average audience) rating for the week of September 24:
Judge Judy (CBS Television Distribution): 6.8 rating, The Big Bang Theory (Warner Bros.): 6.5, Wheel of Fortune (CBS): 6.3, Jeopardy (CBS): 5.6, Two and a Half Men (Warner Bros.): 4.9, The Big Bang Theory – Weekend B (Warner Bros.): 4.3, Family Feud (Debmar Mercury): 4.2, The Big Bang Theory – Weekend A (Warner Bros.): 3.9, Entertainment Tonight (CBS): 3.8, Family Guy – Mon.-Fri. (Twentieth): 3.6, Family Guy – weekend (Twentieth): 3.3, Dr. Phil (CBS) and Inside Edition (CBS): 3.1 each, Law & Order: Criminal Intent – Mon.-Fri. (NBCUniversal): 2.9, Monk (NBCU): 2.8, Law & Order (NBCU): 2.7, Judge Joe Brown (CBS): 2.6, Live With Kelly & Michael (Disney-ABC): 2.5, Dr. Oz (Sony Pictures Television): 2.4
Source: Nielsen Media Research
-ABC Cancels The Secret Life of the American Teenager: http://tinyurl.com/8n5kguf
-Kris Jenner Eyes Daytime Talker: http://tinyurl.com/9kdjz6w
-MLB Division Series a Record Ratings Gem for MLB Network: http://tinyurl.com/93ml2za
-Kathy Ireland Joins Katie: http://tinyurl.com/9fvyelq
-ION and DirecTV Announce Carriage Deal: http://tinyurl.com/8z676fp
-Paula Abdul on Dancing With the Stars: http://tinyurl.com/9ul2vh7
-NBC Delays the Return of Community and Whitney: http://tinyurl.com/9vfytbl
-Steel Magnolias Scores on Lifetime: http://tinyurl.com/8s72p69
-Fox Renews Ben and Kate and The Mindy Project: http://tinyurl.com/8v6m495
-Sanctuary Heads to Off-Net Syndication: http://tinyurl.com/8hmceok
-Freshman Talk Show Overnight Update: http://tinyurl.com/8dyj336
Thursday, October 12
8:00 p.m. Last Resort
9:00 p.m. ABC News: Your Voice, Your Vote Vice Presidential Debate
8:00 p.m. The Big Bang Theory
8:30 p.m. Two and a Half Men
9:00 p.m. 2012 Vice Presidential Debate
8:00 p.m. 30 Rock
8:30 p.m. Up All Night
9:00 p.m. 2012 Vice Presidential Debate
8:00 p.m. The X Factor
9:00 p.m. 2012 Vice Presidential Debate
8:00 p.m. The Vampire Diaries (season premiere)
9:00 p.m. Beauty and the Beast (series premiere)
New Program Descriptions
Beauty and the Beast (CW)
The relationship between a mythic, noble-man beast (Jay Ryan) who lives in a secret society of social outcasts living in a subterranean sanctuary and a savvy female district attorney (Kristen Kreuk) is the focus of this new TV version of the classic tale.
Of Note on Cable:
-It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX, 10 p.m.): season premiere
-Little Shop of Gypsies (TLC, 10 p.m.): series premiere
-The League (FX, 10:30 p.m.): season premiere
-Brand X with Russell Brand (FX, 11 p.m.): 1st season fall premiere
-Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell (FX, 11:30 p.m.): 1st season fall premiere
Which one of the following options was not the actual title of a TV series?
a) Bram and Alice
b) Jack and Mike
c) Joe & Mabel
d) Melvin and Howard
e) Walter and Emily
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Which one of the following five dramas was not spun-off from another series?
a) The Colbys
b) Dirty Sally
c) The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo
e) Time of Your Life
…is: d) Switch, which aired on CBS from 1975-78 and featured Robert Wagner, Eddie Albert and Sharon Gless. As for the rest…
-The Colbys (ABC): 1985-87 – from Dynasty
-Dirty Sally (CBS): 1974 – Gunsmoke
-The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (NBC): 1979-81 – B.J. and the Bear
-Time of Your Life (Fox): 1999-2000 – Party of Five
-Today’s Trivia All-Stars:
Barbara Berman, Gerry Bixenspan (2x), Sid Cohen, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Phyllis Epstein, Jim Forkan (2x), Susan Goldberg, Ed Griffis, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Ken Jobe, Tom Joyce, Synda Kollman, Marie Lefevre, Rick Locke, Jody McIntyre, Marc Miller, Richard Naldrett, Bill Nuss, Aaron Paquette, Myke Perrey, Gordon Purcell, Joe Rubi, Ken Stowe, Larry Weinstock
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