On the Road with TVMI: We head to Las Vegas on Sunday where we will be reporting live from the 2012 NAB (The National Association of Broadcasters) Show.
Today in History:
The ultimate in camp: Krystle (Linda Evans) and Alexis (Joan Collins) have a disagreement over Fallon (Pamela Sue Martin) on Dynasty in 1983 and end up in a lily pond throwing punches.
In Today’s Issue
-Thursday Metered Market Ratings
-More Hell’s Kitchen on Fox
-Fox Puts Flintstones Remake on Hold; Benches Breaking In
-A New Breed of Reality on CBS
-Respectable Sampling for The B_____ in Apartment 23 on ABC
-Updated Results in Network Daytime Talk
-Top 20 Rankings – Wednesday 4/11/12
-On the Air This Weekend
Metered Market Thursday Ratings
Fox Wins; Scandal on ABC Holds Up in Week 2
Metered Market Results
CBS 5.7/ 9
NBC 2.5/ 4
CW 0.7/ 1
-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 4/14/11
ABC: +103, CBS: no change, NBC and Fox: -26 each, CW: -61
The Big Bang Theory R (CBS), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
-Losers (excluding repeats):
Community (NBC), 30 Rock (NBC), The Office (NBC), Up All Night (NBC), Awake (NBC)
With 83 percent of CBS’ line-up in repeats, Fox led this second Thursday in April in the metered markets. Second overall was ABC, which should be satisfied with week two of drama Scandal, followed by CBS, distant NBC and The CW. At this point, NBC needs to revamp the entire evening.
American Idol on Fox led the night, with a 10.8 rating/18 share. While that is more than worthy of being labeled a “winner,” it was down 24 percent year-to-year (14.3/23 on 4/14/11). In episode five news (and its fourth original telecast in the Thursday 9 p.m. hour), lead-out drama Touch with Kiefer Sutherland perked up a bit to a 5.4/ 9 (#3). Comparably, however, retention for Touch out of the 8:30 p.m. portion of American Idol (11.5/18) was weak at 47 percent. Anything under 50 percent is never good.
In week two news, drama Scandal on ABC won the 10 p.m. hour with a 5.6/10 in the overnights. While most new shows slip in the vicinity of 10 to 20 percent in their second telecast, Scandal was virtually on par from its week-ago debut (5.8/10 on April 5), and retention out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of Grey’s Anatomy (7.1/11) was adequate at 79 percent. Keep in mind, though, that Scandal faced a repeat of Person of Interest on CBS (and not an original installment of regularly scheduled The Mentalist). If recent time period occupant Private Practice scores out of Dancing With the Stars on Tuesday (and the lead-in support certainly will not hurt), Scandal could snag a second season.
Earlier in the evening on ABC, week five of Missing has clearly settled in at a 5.7/10 at 8 p.m., which tied the CBS comedies for second place in the overnights. The obstacle for Missing and other dramas like Scandal, of course, is the older skew. Foolishly, the broadcast networks have little interest in anyone over 50. Five-week overnight track for Missing: 7.8/13 – 6.3/10 – 5.7/ 9 – 5.3/ 9 – 5.7/10.
Next on ABC was aforementioned Grey’s Anatomy at a dominant 7.1/11 at 9 p.m. Comparatively, the veteran medical drama built from the 8:30 p.m. portion of Missing (5.8/ 9) by 22 percent.
CBS, no doubt, is testing the waters for a two-hour Thursday sitcom block next season. A repeat of The Big Bang Theory finished second at 8 p.m. with a still ample 6.4/11, followed by expected-to-be-canceled Rules of Engagement at a 5.2/ 8 (#3) at 8:30 p.m. A second encore installment of The Big Bang Theory at 9 p.m. (#2: 6.5/10) led into a repeat of 2 Broke Girls (#3: 4.9/ 8) at 9:30 p.m. and a 10 p.m. encore of Person of Interest (#2: 5.4/ 9). As I always say, you can never adequately judge a show by a repeat. But considering the 2 Broke Girls second-run dipped by 25 percent from Big Bang, CBS may want to consider keeping it on Monday. Stay tuned.
Elsewhere, NBC is a complete shambles with the top-rated show of the evening (The Office: #4: 3.2/ 5 at 9 p.m.) down by 42 percent from one year earlier (5.5/ 9 on 4/14/11). At this point, NBC should let diluted The Office exit with some dignity. The Office led into the season (or series) finale of once promising Up All Night at 9:30 p.m. (#4: 2.5/ 4), followed by floundering drama Awake at a mere 2.3/ 4 (#3) at 10 p.m. Effective next week, Parks and Recreation (another low-rated comedy on NBC) returns at 9:30 p.m.
Earlier in the evening on the Peacock net was Community (#4:) 2.3/ 4) and 30 Rock (#4: 2.4/ 4). Comparatively, 30 Rock could not even top the series-premiere of short-lived The Paul Reiser Show on NBC one year earlier (2.5/ 4 on 4/11/11). In order to move forward, NBC needs to revamp Thursday and not renew an abundance of low-rated sitcoms.
The CW capped off the evening with encore telecasts of The Vampire Diaries (#5: 0.8/ 1) and The Secret Circle (#5: 0.6/ 1).
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
OTHER NETWORK ITEMS
More Hell’s Kitchen on Fox
Fox has ordered two more editions of culinary competition Hell’s Kitchen, taking it through the 11th and 12th seasons. Hosted by Gordon Ramsay, the upcoming 10th edition opens on Tuesday, May 29 at 8 p.m. ET. One week later it expands to two times per week: Mondays at 9 p.m. ET and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET. Hell’s Kitchen is produced by ITV Studios America in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions. Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Gordon Ramsay serve as executive producers.
Fox Puts Flintstones Remake on Hold; Benches Breaking In
The upcoming remake of classic animated sitcom The Flintstones, which was announced at the Fox upfront last May, has been shelved. There is no official word on when, and if, the proposed project will move forward. Fox, in addition, has put sophomore comedy Breaking In on hiatus, with its planned return out of New Girl on April 24 to be replaced by encore telecasts of the Zooey Deschanel sitcom. In its most recent outing on April 3, Breaking In averaged 2.55 million viewers and a 1.3 rating/3 share among adults 18-49 (out of 4.59 million and a 2.3/ 6 in the demo for New Girl), according to the Live Plus Same Day results.
A New Breed of Reality on CBS
CBS has ordered a reality series from CSI producer Carol Mendelsohn called Dogs in the City, which will focus on comedian and dog trainer Justin Silver as he attempts to help clients with their canine situations. It debuts on Wednesday, May 30 at 8 p.m. ET and is the now the third original series slated on the Eye net this summer. The others are new dating/relationship series 3 and returning guilty pleasure Big Brother.
Respectable Sampling for The B_____ in Apartment 23 on ABC
Given the mountain of promotion, the retention out of Modern Family (67 percent in total viewers; 69 percent in adults 18-49) could have been better. But the series-debut of ABC sitcom The B_____ in Apartment 23 was sampled at 6.91 million viewers and a 2.9 rating/ 7 share in the demo at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the Live Plus Same Day ratings. Comparably, that was right on par with the series-debut of former occupant Happy Endings on the year-ago evening (7.30 million; A18-49: 2.8/ 7 on April 13, 2011). Modern Family at 9 p.m. averaged 10.35 million viewers, with a 4.2/11 in adults 18-49.
Assuming The B____ in Apartment drops a typical 10 to 20 percent in week two (and another 10 percent in week three), ratings are expected to remain in the vicinity of Happy Endings, which is a sure thing for renewal because of its young median age. Suburgatory on ABC at 8:30 p.m. (Viewers: #3, 6.04 million; A18-49: #3, 2.1/ 6 at 8:30 p.m. out of 7.06 million and a 2.1/ 7 in the demo for The Middle this week) is also expected back. And so are Last Man Standing and, of course, Modern Family. So, ABC will need to decide what to do with Cougar Town and now The B____ in Apartment 23.
Overall, diluted American Idol was still enough for Fox to lead the evening, with 16.81 million viewers and a 5.0/14 among adults 18-49. Next in both categories was CBS (Viewers: 10.55 million; A18-49: 2.7/ 7), followed by ABC (Viewers: 6.94 million; A18-49: 2.4/ 7), distant NBC (Viewers: 4.20 million; A18-49: 1.1/ 3) and, as always, The CW (Viewers: 970,000, A18-49: 0.4/ 1. Week two of Betty White’s Off Their Rockers as the NBC Wednesday anchor remained an improvement over former time period occupant Whitney, but BFF and relocated Rock Center With Brian Williams were an embarrassment from 8:30-10 p.m. and tired Law & Order: SVU has plunged to historical low ratings.
Updated Results in Network Daytime Talk
General Hospital fans, no doubt, are ecstatic: The 49-year old daytime drama has been renewed for season 50. And The Revolution, as expected, has been axed. For a recap, click here: http://tinyurl.com/7cwtjk3.
Based on the Live Plus Same Day ratings for the week of April 2, The Revolution earned its cancellation stripes with a series low 1.30 million viewers and erosion from year-ago occupant One Life to Life of as much as 64 percent in women 18-49. The Chew, in contrast, did actually build from All My Children by 33 percent among women 18-34. But it remains on the downside in total viewers and the remaining two key demos, women 25-54 and women 18-49, as follows:
All My Children – Week of 4/04/11
Viewers: 2.30 million, Women 25-54: 1.0 rating/ 7 share, Women 18-49: 0.8/ 5, Women 18-34: 0.3/ 2
The Chew – Week of 4/02/12
Viewers: 2.11 million, Women 25-54: 0.9/ 6, Women 18-49: 0.6/ 4, Women 18-34: 0.4/ 3
Percent Change – The Chew vs. All My Children
Viewers: – 9, Women 25-54: -10, Women 18-49: -25, Women 18-34: +33
One Life to Live – Week of 4/04/11
Viewers: 2.63 million, Women 25-54: 1.3/ 8, Women 18-49: 1.1/ 7, Women 18-34: 0.6/ 4
The Revolution – Week of 4/02/12
Viewers: 1.30 million, Women 25-54: 0.6/ 4, Women 18-49: 0.4/ 3, Women 18-34: 0.3/ 2
Percent Change – The Revolution vs. One Life to Live
Viewers: -51, Women 25-54: -54, Women 18-49: -64, Women 18-34: -50
On CBS, The Talk got a slight boost in total viewers (1.96 to 2.04 million: + 4 percent), with a 0.9/ 6 in women 25-54 (no change), a 0.6/ 4 in women 18-49 (-14) and a 0.4/ 3 among women 18-34 (-20). The “Queen” of network daytime talk, The View on ABC, meanwhile, was back in originals (after two weeks of repeats) and it averaged 3.42 million viewers.
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
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Top 20 Rankings – Wednesday 4/11/12
What follows are the 20 most-watched shows on basic cable for Wednesday, April 11:
NCIS (USA, 8 p.m.): 3.60 million, NCIS (US, 9 p.m.): 3.50, Ninjago (Cartoon Network): 3.34, The O’Reilly Factor (Fox News Channel): 3.13, Psych (USA, 10 p.m.): 2.71, The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 10:30 p.m.): 2.64, The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 10 p.m.): 2.55, American Dad (Adult Swim, 10:30 p.m.): 2.31, South Park (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.): 2.24, Underdog (Disney Channel, 8:30 p.m.): 2.07, Pawn Stars (History, 8:30 p.m.): 1.93, Hannity (Fox News Channel, 9 p.m.): 1.93, American Restoration (History, 10 p.m.): 1.86, House Hunters (HGTV, 10 p.m.): 1.75, A.N.T. Farm (Disney Channel, 8 p.m.): 1.74, American Dad (Adult Swim, 10 p.m.): 1.72, Sons of Guns (Discovery, 9 p.m.): 1.72, NBA Regular Season (ESPN, 8:06 p.m.): 1.68, Phineas & Ferb (Disney Channel, 10 p.m.): 1.67, Ghost Hunters (Syfy, 9 p.m.): 1.63
On the Air This Weekend
Friday, April 13
8:00 p.m. Shark Tank
9:00 p.m. Primetime: What Would You Do?
10:00 p.m. 20/20
8:00 p.m. Undercover Boss
9:00 p.m. The ACM Presents: Lionel Richie & Friends in Concert
8:00 p.m. Who Do You Think You Are? (R)
9:00 p.m. Grimm
10:00 p.m. Dateline
8:00 p.m. The Finder
9:00 p.m. Fringe
8:00 p.m. Nikita (R)
9:00 p.m. Supernatural (R)
Saturday, April 14
8:00 p.m. ABC Premiere Event: Titanic, part 1
9:00 p.m. Titanic, part 2
10:00 p.m. Titanic, part 3
The historic doomed voyage is revisited in this four-hour miniseries, which concludes on Sunday, April 15 at 9 p.m. Antonio Magro and Brian McCardie star.
8:00 p.m. CSI: NY (R)
9:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery (R)
10:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery
8:00 p.m. Escape Routes
9:00 p.m. The Firm
10:00 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (R)
8:00 p.m. NASCAR
Sunday, April 15
7:00 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos
8:00 p.m. Once Upon a Time
9:00 p.m. Titanic, part 4
10:00 p.m. GCB
7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes
8:00 p.m. The Amazing Race
9:00 p.m. The Good Wife
10:00 p.m. The 2-2 (series premiere)
7:00 p.m. Dateline
8:00 p.m. Harry’s Law
9:00 p.m. Celebrity Apprentice (two hours)
7:00 p.m. The Simpsons (R)
7:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show (R)
8:00 p.m. The Simpsons
8:30 p.m. Bob’s Burgers
9:00 p.m. Family Guy (R)
9:30 p.m. American Dad
New Program Descriptions
The 2-2 (CBS)
Six young NYPD rookie cops at upper Manhattan’s 22nd Precinct is the focus of this new crime solver. Terry Kinney and Leelee Sobieski star. Robert De Niro is one of the executive producers.
Which one of the following TV characters had bad luck after winning the lottery?
a) Roseanne Conner
b) Maxwell Klinger
c) Carla Tortelli LeBec
d) Jack Morrison
e) Hugo “Hurley” Reyes
The answer to yesterday’s question…
In the final episode of sitcom Alice, grumpy Mel gives each of the three waitresses…Alice, Vera and Jolene…a bonus after selling the diner. Who much was that bonus?
…Is: e) $5,000. Normally cheapskate Mel decided it was time to show some generosity. All together now:
I used to be sad, I used to be shy
Funniest thing, the saddest part is I never knew why
Kickin’ myself for nothin’ was my favorite sport
I had to take off, start enjoyin’ ’cause life’s too short
There’s a new girl in town, ’cause I’m feelin good
Get a smile, get a song, for the neighborhood
Things are great when you stand on your own two feet
And this girl’s here to say with some luck and love life’s gonna be so sweeeeeeeeeet!
Todays Trivia All-Stars:
Mark Amato, Gerry Bixenspan, Elvis Bussard, Larry Collins (2x), Tom Condosta, Serri Ferrante, Jim Forkan, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg, Maureen Goldman, Martha Gonzales, Ed Griffis, Mary Anne Harkness, Julie Hurwitz, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Shelly Johnson, Synda Kollman, Charmaine Leary, Rick Locke (2x), Barbara Oates, Alan Perris, Gordon Purcell, Susan Rogers, Joe Rubi, Michelle Stanton, Ken Stowe
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