Today in TV History:
Comedy/variety half-hour The Bob Newhart Show, which won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Humor concluded after one season on NBC in 1962.
In Today’s Issue
-Tuesday Metered Market Ratings
-Portia De Rossi Cast as Lily Munster
-Weekly Ratings Update – Week of June 4
-Dallas Review by Douglas Pucci
-TVMI Q&A With Linda Gray
-More What Not to Wear
-Cable Rankings – Week of June 4
-Positive Sampling for New Talker Bethenny
-Syndication Rankings – Week of May 28
-On the Air Tonight
Metered Market Tuesday Ratings
Game One of The NBA Finals Leads ABC to Victory
Metered Market Results
CBS 5.0/ 8
NBC 4.1/ 7
Fox 3.8/ 6
CW 0.4/ 1
-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 6/14/11
ABC: +244, Fox: +52, CBS: – 6, CW: -20, NBC: -47
NBA Finals, Game 1 (ABC)
-Losers (excluding repeats):
The Catalina (CW), Love in the Wild (NBC)
ABC led this second Tuesday in June in the overnights, no doubt, with game one of The NBA Finals (Miami Heat at Oklahoma City Thunder) at an estimated 11.8 rating/19 share from 9-11:45 p.m. Comparably, this increased by 10 percent from the year-ago game one telecast (10.7/18, Dallas vs. Miami on Tuesday, May 31, 2011), and that translated into 15.17 million viewers and a 6.5 rating/18 share among adults 18-49 (according to the Live Plus Same Day results).
Earlier in the evening on ABC was an 8 p.m. edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live (#3t, 3.0/ 5), followed by the NBA Pre-Game at a 4.6/ 8 in the overnights at 8:30 p.m.
Distant second-place CBS populated the evening with encore telecasts of NCIS (#1: 6.2/11), spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles (#3: 4.8/ 8) and a Tuesday edition of 48 Hours Mystery (#2: 4.2/ 7), which will air twice per week throughout the summer.
Elsewhere, America’s Got Talent was the standout on NBC, of course, but it was below average opposite The NBA Finals at a second-place 6.6/10 from 9-10 p.m. Comparably, America’s Got Talent built by 113 percent from young–skewing American Ninja Warrior (#4: 3.1/ 5 at 8 p.m.). Week two of sophomore Love in the Wild capped off the evening for NBC with a last-place 2.8/ 5 at 10 p.m., which was 58 percent below the 9:30 p.m. portion of lead-in America’s Got Talent (6.7/10).
Elsewhere, Fox was on the map care of non-scripted demo favorites Hell’s Kitchen (#3: 3.9/ 7) and Masterchef (#4: 3.7/ 6). And original reality has not been beneficial to The CW, which aired recent entry The Catalina (#5: 0.5/ 1), followed by a repeat of The L.A. Complex at a 0.3/ 0 at 9 p.m. That’s right, a 0 share of the audience!
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
OTHER NETWORK ITEMS
CBS is just about finished in this upfront selling season, with reported ad sales commitments on par with the estimated $2.5 to $2.65 billion it closed with in last year’s upfront season. According to industry sources, CPM gains were in the 8 to 9 percent range (versus 13 to 15 percent one year earlier), with less inventory of the upcoming line-up sold to sponsors than the estimated 80 percent last year. Like corporate cousin The CW, CBS will have more available time to advertisers in the “scatter” market (which runs closer to the actual air-date). Advertisers this year, apparently, are not as anxious to commit in advance as they were one year earlier.
Portia De Rossi Cast as Lily Munster
Principal casting is now complete on Mockingbird Lane, the proposed NBC reboot of classic 1960s sitcom The Munsters. Portia De Rossi will play Munsters matriarch Lily, the vampire wife of Herman (Jerry O’Connell) and daughter of Eddie Izzard as blood-sucking Grandpa. Yvonne DeCarlo, Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis, of course, originated the roles. Mason Cook will play Lily and Herman’s werewolf son Eddie, and Charity Wakefield is the new Marilyn, Lily’s “plain” niece.
Last year, the plan was the revive The Munsters in its original comedy format. But NBC passed and the emphasis was shifted to an edgier and more dramatic tale. The pilot from Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller will delve into the background of the famous clan.
For our earlier coverage of Mockingbird Lane, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/86ff36p.
Weekly Ratings Update – Week of June 4
CBS was the most-watched network; Fox was No. 1 in the three key demos (adults 18-49, 25-54 and 18-34) and all five networks posted losses year-to-year. The significant erosion for ABC was a result of three games of The NBA Finals airing during the year-ago week. More concerning was the double-digit percent drop on The CW, which was airing all repeats one year earlier (as opposed to original reality series The Catalina and Breaking Point, at present).
Reality continues to resonate on Fox care of Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef, but Secret Millionaire and Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition are on the downside on ABC, and the season-premiere of Love in the Wild on NBC disappointed with 4.76 million viewers (#37) and a 1.6/ 4 among adults 18-49 (#13t) in the Tuesday 9-11 p.m. block (out of 12.55 million viewers and a 3.5/11 in the demo for America’s Got Talent). America’s Got Talent, no doubt, remains in a class of its own. Did you hear that Howard Stern?
In the specials department was Concert for the Queen on ABC in the Tuesday 9-11 p.m. block (Viewers: #9, 6.77 million; A18-49: #24t, 1.3/ 4), and The 61st Annual Tony Awards on CBS at depressed 6.01 million viewers (#16) in 1.0/ 3 in the demo (#48t) in the Sunday 8-11 p.m. daypart. And there were three series premieres this week: scripted Canadian drama Saving Hope on NBC and reality/competitions Take Me Out and The Choice on Fox. Click on the following for more: http://tinyurl.com/btvyw42
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
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Dallas Review by Douglas Pucci
The primetime soap opera has been a presence on the small screen for over 40 years. This past season, the genre has been somewhat revived, thanks to ABC’s buzz worthy drama, Revenge. But no serialized drama, past or present, has dominated the worldwide television landscape quite like the granddaddy of them all, Dallas. And it makes its return tonight in a highly anticipated revival on TNT, which immediately resonates like the original. For more of Douglas’ review, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/cw4wz66.
There should be ample curiosity tonight on the new Dallas on TNT, but just how do you think it will do? Click on the following for Douglas Pucci’s daily TVMI game: http://bit.ly/TVMIdg.
TVMI Q&A With Linda Gray
The Ewings return tonight…old and new alike…in the highly anticipated new Dallas on TNT. It opens with a two-hour premiere in the Wednesday 9-11 p.m. ET block, and TV Media Insights had the opportunity to speak with Linda Gray, who reprises her role as Sue Ellen, J.R.’s ex and now a force to reckon in Texas. Click on the following for our conversation: http://tinyurl.com/7ug5fpc.
More What Not to Wear
TLC has renewed its longest running series, What Not to Wear, for a 10th season. Twenty-six new hour-long episodes will begin in January 2013 with returning hosts Stacy London and Clinton Kelly. Each week, the duo ambush a fashion victim nominated by family and friends and offer them a $5,000 shopping spree in NYC in exchange for their old wardrobe.
Cable Rankings – Week of June 4
What follows are the top 10 rated cable networks for the week of June 4 broken out by total viewers, adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and adults 18-34:
ESPN: 4.53 million, TNT: 3.03, USA: 2.49, Disney Channel: 2.33, History: 2.31, Fox News: 1.90, A&E: 1.66, TBS: 1.61, Adult Swim: 1.37, FX: 1.33
ESPN: 2.45 million, TNT: 1.41 million, USA: 967,000, History: 886,000, TBS: 866,000, A&E: 704,000, Adult Swim: 657,000, FX: 622,000, ABC Family: 584,000, Comedy Central: 521,000
ESPN: 2.31 million, TNT: 1.45 million, History: 1.04 million, USA: 1.01 million, TBS: 867,000, A&E: 803,000, FX: 635,000, Bravo and Discovery: 546,000, Food Network: 541,000
ESPN: 1.33 million, TNT: 701,000, Adult Swim: 470,000, USA: 464,000, TBS: 455,000, ABC Family: 381,000, Comedy Central: 325,000, History: 312,000, FX: 300,000, A&E: 277,000
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
Positive Sampling for New Talker Bethenny
The six-week, six-market test run for Bethenny, a new talk show from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution hosted by reality personality Bethenny Frankel, did exactly what it needs to do to warrant a national launch. It built from both the lead-in and year-ago time period averages.
Based on the weighted household averages, Bethenny opened with an average 1.5 rating/5 share on Monday, which increased by 15 percent from its lead-in (1.3/ 4) and a considerable 87 percent from the June 2011 time period average (0.8/ 3). Bethenny on WNYW in New York topped the six markets, with a 1.9/ 7 on WNYW at 11 a.m. (out of a 1.4/ 5 for Wendy Williams) and versus a 0.8/ 3 for an encore airing of Dr. Oz in the year-ago time period. Bethenny also built from both benchmarks, at least initially, on KTTV in Los Angeles (at 2 p.m.), KDFW in Dallas (at 1 p.m.) and KMSP in Minneapolis (at 10 a.m.).
Among women 25-54, Bethenny debuted with an average 1.5/10, which was 200 percent above the recent May sweep and 67 percent above the lead-in. Stay tuned for more updates.
Syndication Rankings – Week of May 28
Here is the top 30 rated shows (first-run and off-network) based on AA (average audience) households for the week of May 28:
The Big Bang Theory (Warner Bros.): 6.3 rating; Judge Judy (CBS Television Distribution): 6.2; Wheel of Fortune (CBS): 6.1; Jeopardy (CBS) and Two and a Half Men (Warner Bros.): 5.2 each; The Big Bang Theory – Weekend B (Warner Bros.): 4.6; The Big Bang Theory – Weekend A (Warner Bros.): 4.1; Family Guy – Mon-Fri (Twentieth) and Family Guy – weekend (Twentieth): 3.6 each; Entertainment Tonight (CBS): 3.3; Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury): 3.1; Inside Edition (CBS), How I Met Your Mother – Mon-Fri (Twentieth), Criminal Minds (CBS) and Wheel of Fortune – weekend (CBS): 2.8 each; Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC Universal): 2.7; Monk (NBCU) and Without a Trace (Warner Bros.): 2.6 each; Dr. Phil (CBS): 2.5; Life With Kelly (Disney-ABC), Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC), Dr. Oz (Sony Pictures Television), Judge Joe Brown (CBS), Seinfeld (SPT) and Two and a Half Men – Weekend B (Warner Bros.): 2.4 each; Maury (NBC), King of the Hill (Twentieth), How I Met Your Mother – weekend (Twentieth), The Closer (Warner Bros.) and Law & Order (NBCU): 2.3 each
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
On the Air Tonight
Wednesday, June 13
8:00 p.m. The Middle (R)
8:30 p.m. Suburgatory (R)
9:00 p.m. Modern Family (R)
9:30 p.m. Duets
8:00 p.m. Dogs in the City
9:00 p.m. Criminal Minds (R)
10:00 p.m. CSI (R)
8:00 p.m. Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (R)
8:30 p.m. Up All Night (R)
9:00 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (R)
10:00 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (R)
8:00 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance
8:00 p.m. America’s Next Top Model: All Stars (R)
9:00 p.m. America’s Next Top Model: All Stars (R)
Of Note on Cable:
-Dallas (TNT): 9 p.m. ET (series premiere)
The clan called Ewing is back, with the focus shifting to J.R. and Sue Ellen’s ambitious son John Ross (Josh Henderson) and Bobby and Pam’s well-intentioned lad Christopher (Jesse Melcalfe). Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray reprise their iconic roles of J.R., Bobby and Sue Ellen, with cameo appearances in the pilot by Charlene Tilton (Lucy) and Steve Kanaly (Ray).
Also on Cable:
-Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew (MTV): 10 p.m. (season finale)
-Restaurant Impossible (Food Network): 10 p.m. (season finale)
If you were a fan of the original Dallas, you will enjoy seeing a number of cameos from former cast members on the new version on TNT. But which one of the following original characters is the only one still alive that could resurface?
a) Willard “Digger” Barnes
b) Julie Grey
c) Nicholas Pearce
d) Kristin Shepherd
e) Jenna Wade
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Remember Geoffrey and Michael, the twins on Everybody Loves Raymond who rarely had anything to do other than be off playing in their rooms? What were their original names in the pilot?
a) Bud and Lou
b) George and Martin
c) Gregory and Matthew
d) Harvey and Tim
e) Oliver and Stanley
Is: c) Gregory and Matthew, which are the real names of Ray Romano’s twin sons. The names were changed because Ray thought it would be “weird” referring to his TV sons as the names of his real sons.
Todays Trivia All-Stars:
Steve Albright, Barbara Berman, Gerry Bixenspan, Tom Condosta, Mark Cosenza, Maureen Goldman, Ed Griffis, Heidi Hoffmeister, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Synda Kollman, Howard Lieboff, Rick Locke (2x), Barbara Oates, Alan Perris, Jodi Perris, Gordon Purcell, Liza Reich, Connie Rigg, Jo Ann Salay, Maxine Shulman, Joe Swaney
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