Today in TV History
Late Night With David Letterman on NBC concluded in 1993 after 11 seasons. Letterman exited for CBS, of course, after NBC gave The Tonight Show hosting spot to Jay Leno. There were also two series finales: Comedy-variety The Jonathan Winters Show in 1957 (which was just 15-minutes in length) and sitcom Day By Day (with Julia Louis-Dreyfus pre-Seinfeld) in 1989. Both also aired on NBC.
In Today’s Issue
-Weekend Rating Results
-Jennifer Hudson Heads to Smash
-Daytime Emmy Award Winners
-Fall 2012 Schedule Analyses
-Lifetime Picks Up Devious Maids
-Alex Trebek Suffers Mild Heart Attack
-On the Air Tonight
-Serious to Funny
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SUNDAY 6/24/12 Metered Markets
CBS 4.1/ 7
NBC 3.1/ 5
ABC 2.3/ 4
Fox 1.6/ 3
-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Sunday 6/26/11
CBS: + 8, NBC: – 3, Fox: -11, ABC: -18
With game six of The NBA Finals in the potential competitive mix, ABC ducked by populating the evening with encore telecasts of America’s Funniest Home Videos and recent returnees Secret Millionaire and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Only 20 percent of last night’s line-up, in fact, was original. That said, CBS finished first in the overnights with its combination of granddaddy 60 Minutes (#1: 6.0 rating/11 share), a Sunday 8 p.m. repeat of Person of Interest (#1: 3.8/ 6) and encores of The Good Wife (#1: 3.4/ 5) and The Mentalist (#1: 3.4/ 6), which airs in the Sunday 10 p.m. time period next season. As a suggestion, it might be more beneficial if CBS flipped The Mentalist with The Good Wife.
In the No. 2 spot was NBC care of Olympic Trials: Track & Field Finals, Day 1 (#2: 3.3/ 6 at 7 p.m.), an 8 p.m. edition of Dateline (#2: 3.6/ 6), and a repeat of America’s Got Talent (2.8/ 5) from 9-11 p.m.
Elsewhere, aforementioned ABC filled this fourth Sunday in June with repeats of America’s Funniest Home Videos (#3: 3.0/ 6 at 7 p.m.), Secret Millionaire (#3: 2.5/ 4 at 8 p.m.) and Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (#3: 1.8/ 3 from 9-11 p.m.). And Fox aired encore telecasts of American Dad (#4: 1.2/ 2 at 7 p.m.), The Cleveland Show (#4: 1.3/ 2 at 7:30 p.m.) and recent The Fox 25th Anniversary Special #4: 1.7/ 3 from 8-10 p.m.).
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
Fast Affiliate Results
Fox: 3.80 million, CBS: 3.36, NBC: 3.09, ABC: 2.54
Fox: 0.9 rating/4 share, NBC: 0.8/ 3, ABC and CBS: 0.6/ 2 each
Baseball on Fox led the uneventful Saturday landscape, with an estimated 3.80 million viewers and a 0.9 rating/4 share in primetime. Elsewhere, NBC aired The Olympic Trials: Track & Field Finals, Day 1 from 8-9:30 p.m. and burned-off another episode of canceled drama The Firm; ABC ran a double encore dose of axed Extreme Makeover: Home Edition; and CBS sitcom How To Be a Gentleman officially concluded at 8:30 p.m. ET. Our annual listing of “TV Turkeys” at Thanksgiving will definitely have a spot for abysmal How To Be a Gentleman.
For the complete ratings breakdown by network and show, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/7s2mee7
On cable, HLN broadcast The Daytime Emmy Awards from 8-10 p.m., which awarded ABC daytime drama General Hospital with five trophies. For a complete listing of the winners, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/7h9nrjo.
CBS: 4.83 million, ABC: 4.76, NBC: 4.44, Fox: 2.23, CW: 1.31
ABC: 1.1 rating/4 share, NBC: 1.0/ 4, CBS and Fox: 0.7/ 3 each, CW: 0.3/ 1
With only newsmagazines 20/20 on ABC and Dateline on NBC in originals, CBS was the most-watched network and the alphabet net was No. 1 among adults 18-49. Dateline was tops for the evening with 5.56 million viewers and a 1.3 rating/5 share in the demo from 9-11 p.m.; encore telecasts of relocated sitcoms Whitney and Community on NBC continue to show no interest in the Friday 8 p.m. hour; and The CW is approximate because local sports may be included in the mix.
For a complete listing by network and by individual program, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/7w9ukhb
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
OTHER NETWORK ITEMS
Jennifer Hudson Heads to Smash
Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson will guest star in a multi-episode story arc on sophomore musical drama Smash on NBC next season as a Broadway star who impacts the lives of Karen (Katherine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Ivy). Her first appearance will coincide with the season premiere in midseason.
Daytime Emmy Award Winners
HLN kept the tradition going with the live broadcast of The 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards from The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday. General Hospital, ABC’s sole surviving daytime drama, won its 11th Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, with veteran Anthony Geary, also from the soon-to-be 50 year-old institution, snagging his seventh victory as Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Poking fun at the endangered genre, Geary playfully thanked ABC for renewing General Hospital instead of axing it to make room for “Celebrity Boob Jobs Gone Wrong.”
Overall, ABC (thanks to General Hospital) and syndicated programming led with five Daytime Emmy Awards each, followed by three for NBC; two each for CBS and Food Network; and one each for The Hub, Nickelodeon, PBS and Takethislollipop.com.
The cancellations of All My Children and One Live to Live were on the forefront courtesy of Susan Lucci, who expressed her gratitude for the “part of a lifetime” as Erica Kane on All My Children. Her former co-star, Cameron Matheson, and One Live to Live matriarch Erika Slezak joined her onstage.
NBC’s The Today Show, which has been in the press in recent weeks regarding the expected departure of Ann Curry, was named Best Morning Show, while absent Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa snagged two trophies: Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show and Talk Show Host. “We miss Regis,” said executive producer Michael Gelman.
Other notable winners included The Dr. Oz Show in the category of Talk Show, Informative; Jeopardy! for Game/Audience Participation Show, both return winners; and, surprisingly, low-profile Last Shot With Judge Gun for Legal/Courtoon Program. The Bold and The Beautiful star Heather Tom, meanwhile, is now the first actress to win in all three actress categories for the same role — Younger, Supporting, and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama.
The complete listing of winners is available by clicking on http://tinyurl.com/7h9nrjo.
Fall 2012 Schedule Analyses
CBS has the best primetime schedule, as always, with a grade of an A-. Next is ABC with a B, followed by Fox (C), NBC (C-) and The CW at a D. For more specifics, click on the following:
Lifetime Picks Up Devious Maids
Lifetime Television has ordered 13 episodes of a scripted drama ABC passed on, Devious Maids from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry. Based on the Televisa telenovela The Disorderly Maids of the Neighborhood, the activities and dreams of four ambitious maids as they service the rich and the famous of Beverly Hills is the focus of Devious Maids. The ensemble cast includes Susan Lucci, Judy Reyes, Roselyn Sanchez, Rebecca Wisocky, Angelique Cabral, Ana Ortiz, Brianna Brown, Drew Van Acker, Brett Cullen, Grant Show, Mariana Klaveno, Edy Ganem, Tom Irwin and Dania Ramirez. Devious Maids will launch on Lifetime in 2013.
Alex Trebek Suffers Mild Heart Attack
Alex Trebek was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles on Saturday after experiencing a mild heart attack. But the longtime Jeopardy! host is expected to fully recover and return to the Emmy Award winning game show when it resumes production in July, according to Sony Pictures Television.
Monday, June 25
8:00 p.m. The Bachelorette (two hours)
10:00 p.m. The Glass House
8:00 p.m. How I Met Your Mother (R)
8:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (R)
9:00 p.m. Two and a Half Men (R)
9:30 p.m. Mike & Molly (R)
10:00 p.m. Hawaii Five-O (R)
8:00 p.m. Olympic Trials: Swimming Finals, Day 1
9:00 p.m. America’s Got Talent
10:00 p.m. American Ninja Warrior
8:00 p.m. Hell’s Kitchen
9:00 p.m. Masterchef
8:00 p.m. Breaking Pointe (R)
9:00 p.m. 90210 (R)
Of Note on Cable:
-Hollywood Exes (VH1): 9 p.m. ET (series premiere)
-Extreme Couponing (TLC): 10 p.m. ET (season finale)
-Monster In-Laws (A&E): 10 p.m. ET (season finale)
Serious to Funny
Which one of the following five dramas was canceled and brought back to life as a situation comedy?
b) Big Shamus, Little Shamus
c) Lucas Tanner
d) Powers of Matthew Star
Friday’s answer was…
Which one of the following sitcoms never featured an appearance by John Wayne?
b) The Beverly Hillbillies
c) I Love Lucy
d) The Lucy Show
…a) Alice. But good ol’ Flo (Polly Holliday) would sure have liked to meet the Duke!
Today’s Trivia All-Stars:
Mark Amato, Gerry Bixenspan, Mark Brown, Larry Collins, Mark Cosenza, Susan Goldberg, Maureen Goldman, Ed Griffis, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Dave Koranda, Cliff Kroeter, Rick Locke, Jodi McIntyre, Richard Naldrett, Alex Petrilli, Jr., Gordon Purcell, Susan Rogers, Rich Sagehorn
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