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June 29, 2012 by Marc Berman in Newsletter with 2 Comments
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Today in History:
Legendary Elvis Presley guest-starred on The Steve Allen Show in 1956 with a rendition of “Hound Dog” to an actual basset hound. In 2010, Larry King announced he would be exiting his long-running CNN talk show in the fall.

In Today’s Issue

-Thursday Primetime Metered Market Ratings
-CW Season Premiere Dates
-Network Daytime Talk Show Scorecard
-Remembering Doris Singleton

-Travel Channel Renews Two
-Dallas July 4th Marathon
-Top 20 Rankings – Wednesday, June 27

-Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown Tops Freshman Class

-On the Air This Weekend

-Lucy Impersonations

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Thursday Primetime Metered Market Ratings
CBS Wins; ABC Poised for Victory Among Adults 18-49

Thursday 6/28/12
Metered Market Results

CBS 4.4/ 8
ABC 3.4/ 6
NBC 3.0/ 5
Fox 2.1/ 4
CW 0.6/ 1

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 6/30/11
NBC: +87, CBS: – 2, ABC: – 8, CW: -14, Fox: -36


The Big Bang Theory R (CBS), Olympic Trials (NBC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
Take Me Out (Fox), Saving Hope (NBC), Rock Center With Brian Williams (NBC)


Ratings Breakdown:
ABC, NBC and Fox were all original, but a night of repeats on CBS finished first overall in the metered markets. Most likely to win among adults 18-49: ABC.

In summer season-premiere news, Wipeout on ABC opened with a second-place 3.6 rating/6 share at 9 p.m., which was equal to short-lived year-ago occupant Expedition Impossible and up from lead-in Duets (#3: 3.3/ 6 at 8 p.m.) by nine percent. For a lazy early summer Thursday, consider Wipeout a respectable return. Recently renewed Rookie Blue capped off the evening for the alphabet net with a second-place 3.3/6 at 10 p.m.

On NBC, ongoing The Olympic Trials (Swimming Finals – Day 4) finished a comfortable second, with a 4.3/ 8 from 8-9 p.m. Comparably, this was up by 177 percent from repeats of Community and 30 Rock on the year-ago evening. Next on the Peacock net was its barely seen combination of Canadian drama Saving Hope (#4: 2.2/ 4) and Rock Center With Brian Williams (#3: 2.5/ 4) from 9-11 p.m.

Over at Fox, game show Take Me Out, hosted by George Lopez, remains a clinker at a fourth-place 1.9/ 4 in the overnights at 8 p.m. But lead-out The Choice, which could be referred to as the dating/relationship version of The Voice, perked up to a third-place 2.4/ 4 at 9 p.m. And its pending advantage among adults 18-49 is likely to be noticeable.

Elsewhere, aforementioned CBS filled the evening with encore telecasts of The Big Bang Theory (#1: 5.1/ 9), 2 Broke Girls (#2: 4.2/ 8), Person of Interest (#1: 4.4/ 7) and The Mentalist (#1: 4.3/ 7), which is doing double duty this summer in its new Sunday 10 p.m. hour. And The CW closed the night with failing recent entry Breaking Pointe (#5: 0.7/ 1) and a repeat of The Vampire Diaries (#5: 0.5/ 1).

Source: Nielsen Media Research data



CW Season Premiere Dates
Once upon a time, The CW liked to get a jump on the competition. But this fall, No. 5 network will not air anything of an original nature in the upcoming season until sophomore Hart of Dixie returns on Tuesday, October 2 at 8 p.m. ET. First up among the three new series is drama Arrow, based on Green Arrow of D.C. Comics, on Wednesday, October 10 at 8 p.m. ET.

Here is a listing of the three new and seven returning series premiere dates on The CW this fall:

-Hart of Dixie: Tuesday, Oct. 2: 8 p.m. ET (season premiere)
-Supernatural: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 8 p.m. ET (season premiere)
-90210: Monday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m. ET (season premiere)
-Gossip Girl: Monday, Oct. 8, 9 p.m. ET (season premiere)
-Arrow: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 8 p.m. ET (series premiere)
-The Vampire Diaries: Thursday, Oct. 11, 8 p.m. ET (season premiere)
-Beauty and the Beast: Thursday, Oct. 11, 9 p.m. ET (series premiere)
-Emily Owens: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 9 p.m. ET (series premiere)
-America’s Next Top Model: Friday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m. ET (season premiere)
-Nikita: Friday, Oct. 19, 9 p.m. ET (season premiere)

Network Daytime Talk Show Scorecard
The View on ABC remains the talker to beat, with 3.18 million viewers for the week of June 18 down by 10 percent from the comparable year-ago period. The Talk on CBS finished a distant second (with an eight percent increase in total viewers and minor losses demographically), while The Chew on ABC continued to trail year-ago occupant All My Children in total viewers, women 18-49 and women 25-54. The Chew did, however, build by 34 percent in women 18-34. ABC’s axed The Revolution, meanwhile, earned its cancellation stripes with 1.21 million viewers and a loss of 46 percent from year-ago occupant One Life To Live.

Click on the following for an updated ratings chart for the surviving trio:


Remembering Doris Singleton
Doris Singleton, who is best known for her ongoing role as Lucy’s nemesis Carolyn Appleby on I Love Lucy, died Tuesday. She was 92.

Born on September 28, 1919 in New York City, Singleton was a familiar face on the small screen with a supporting role on 1960-61 CBS sitcom Angel, multiple appearances on My Three Sons, and dozens of guest star turns on everything from The Adventures of Superman, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Danny Thomas Show and The People’s Choice in the 1950s to All in the Family, Phyllis, Cannon, Quincy and Dynasty in later years. Her final role was in a TV movie called Deadly Messages in 1985.

Singleton, who met Lucille Ball during a performance of radio show My Favorite Husband in the late 1940s, also guest starred on The Lucy Show and Here’s Lucy. She was supposed to, in fact, appear regularly on the 1968-74 Here’s Lucy as Harry Carter’s (Gale Gordon) more efficient secretary, but was dropped after just one episode to focus more on Lucy’s family life.

Singleton was married for 61 years to Charles Isaacs, a comedy writer, director and producer, who died in 2002.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data


Contact Joel Spicola at or 720/323-4055 for more information.


Travel Channel Renews Two

Travel Channel has issued second season renewals for original series Hotel Impossible, which transforms struggling and underperforming hotels into tourist destinations; and Baggage Battles, which follows three teams of auction specialists who travel to some of the most important and unknown auctions. Both resume production in July, with 13 new one-hour episodes of Hotel Impossible, and 14 new half-hours of Baggage Battles.

Travel Channel has also announced that the third season-premiere of original paranormal/investigative series The Dead Files will begin on Friday, August 10 at 10 p.m. ET.

Dallas July 4th Marathon
TNT will present the first four episodes plus the next original installment of the new Dallas in a five-hour marathon on Wednesday, July 4 beginning at 5 p.m. ET. Immediately following at 10 p.m. ET will be Dallas Round-Up, the next 15-minute webshow hosted by Cameron Mathison at

Top 20 Rankings – Wednesday, June 27

Royal Pains on USA moved back into the top spot in basic cable, with 4.18 million viewers — 10,000 more than second-place Dallas on TNT (4.08 million). But week three (and episode four) of Dallas continues to lose steam with the two-episode opener at 6.86 million viewers on June 13 and episode three at 4.80 million on June 20.

In week two news, sitcom Baby Daddy on ABC Family rose to 1.72 million viewers, which was four percent above the 1.65 million one week earlier. Baby Daddy ranked as Wednesday’s No. 1 cable telecast in primetime in women 18-34 (679,000), with a top-rated time period finish in adults 18-34, women 18-34 and women 18-49.

What follows are the 20 most-watched shows on basic cable for Wednesday, June 27:

Royal Pains (USA: 10 p.m.): 4.18 million, Dallas (TNT, 10 p.m.): 4.08, Austin & Alley (Disney Channel, 9:30 p.m.): 3.63, Jessie (Disney Channel, 10 p.m.): 3.62, Shake It Up (Disney Channel, 10 p.m.): 3.34, NCIS (USA, 8 p.m.): 3.33, Good Luck Charlie (Disney Channel, 8 p.m.): 3.29, The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 10 p.m.): 2.85, Pawn Stars (History, 8:30 p.m.): 2.62, Cajun Pawn Stars (History, 9 p.m.): 2.43, Cajun Pawn Stars (History, 9:30 p.m.): 2.38, Pawn Stars (History, 8 p.m.): 2.27, Hannity (Fox News Channel, 9 p.m.): 2.14, The O’Reilly Factor (Fox News Channel, 8 p.m.): 2.08, The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 9:30 p.m.): 2.07, American Restoration (History, 10 p.m.): 2.01, American Dad (Adult Swim, 10 p.m.): 1.87, Family Guy (TBS, 9 p.m.): 1.82, Storage Wars (A&E, 9:30 p.m.): 1.75, Baby Daddy (ABC, Family, 8:30 p.m.): 1.72


Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown Tops Freshman Class
Most people assume the most-watched new first-run syndicated series this season (strip or weekly) is talker Anderson, hosted by Anderson Cooper, from Warner Bros. But season to-date through June 17, and based on Live Plus Same Day data (gross average audience), Anderson actually ranks second behind Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown, the half-hour weekly in Litton’s Weekend Adventure programming block that airs predominantly on ABC stations on Saturday morning. Jack’s Hanna’s Wild Countdown beats Anderson by 14 percent in total viewers (2.02 vs. 1.78 million) and 10 percent in key adults 25-54 (722,000 vs. 655,000).

As a basis for comparison, click on the following for the 13 freshman occupants based on total viewers and adults 25-54:

Source: Nielsen Media Research data


On the Air This Weekend

Friday, June 29

8:00 p.m. Shark Tank (R)
9:00 p.m. 20/20 (two hours)

8:00 p.m. Undercover Boss (R)
9:00 p.m. CSI: NY (R)
10:00 p.m. Blue Bloods (R)

8:00 p.m. Olympic Trials – Swimming Finals, Day 5
9:00 p.m. Olympic Trials – Gymnastics Women’s Qualifying

8:00 p.m. House (R)
9:00 p.m. Bones (R)

8:00 p.m. Nikita (R)
9:00 p.m. Supernatural (R)

Of Note on Cable:
-XIII (ReelzChannel, 9 p.m. ET): series premiere

For our conversation with ReezChannel about XIII, click on the following:


Saturday, June 30

8:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (R)
9:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (R)
10:00 p.m. Castle (R)

8:00 p.m. CSI: NY (R)
9:00 p.m. Blue Bloods (R)
10:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery (R)

8:00 p.m. Olympic Trials: Swimming Finals, Day 6
9:00 p.m. Law & Order: Track & Field Finals
10:00 p.m. The Firm

8:00 p.m. Baseball

Of Note on Cable:

-Movie: Fugitive at 17 (Lifetime, 8 p.m. ET)
-My Cat From Hell (Animal Planet, 8 p.m. ET): season premiere
-Bad Dog! (Animal Planet, 9 p.m. ET): season premiere
-Movie: Big Foot (Syfy, 9 p.m. ET)


Sunday, July 1

7:00 p.m. America’s Finniest Home Videos (R)
8:00 p.m. Secret Millionaire
9:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition

7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes
8:00 p.m. Hawaii Five-O (R)
9:00 p.m. The Good Wife (R)
10:00 p.m. CSI: Miami (R)

7:00 p.m. Olympic Trials: Track & Field Finals, Day 4
8:00 p.m. Olympic Trials: Swimming Finals – Day 7
9:00 p.m. Olympic Trials: Gymnastics Women’s Finals (two hours)

7:00 p.m. American Dad (R)
7:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show (R)
8:00 p.m. The Simpsons (R)
8:30 p.m. Bob’s Burger’s (R)
9:00 p.m. Family Guy (R)
9:30 p.m. American Dad (R)

Of Note on Cable:
-Ron White Tribute to the Troops (CMT, 9 p.m. ET)
-Shark Wranglers (History, 10 p.m. ET): series premiere
-Weeds (Showtime, 10 p.m. ET): season premiere
-Episodes (Showtime, 10:30 p.m. ET): season premiere

Note: The daily TV Media Insights newsletter will be on hiatus next week (through Tuesday, July 10), but please visit our website at for regular updates.

Lucy Impersonations

Who did Lucy not impersonate when she pretended to throw a star-studded party in Hollywood to impress Carolyn Appleby?

a) James Cagney
b) Gary Cooper
c) Jimmy Durante
d) Clark Gable
e) Harpo Marx

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Remember David Clennon as boss from hell Miles Drentell on thirtysomething? What other drama did the character also appear on?

a) Civil Wars
b) Falcon Crest
c) Karen Sisco
d) Once and Again
e) The Practice

…Is: d) Once and Again. Clennon as Miles reprised his role in the second season of Once and Again as an unscrupulous developer working with Rick (Billy Campbell).

Today’s All-Stars
John Beadle, Lauren Bergman, Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins (2x), Tom Condosta, Audrey Davis, Dee Davis, Reid Davis, Sue Doron, John Ferlazzo, Maureen Goldman, Synda Kollman, Paul Lewis, Jody McIntyre, Anne Moynihan, Richard Naldrett, Paul Neace, Barbara Oates, Aaron Paquette, Joe Rubi, Jo Ann Salay, Art Salisch, Andrew Stearn, Ralph Tobias (2x), Nina Lisa Tomlinson, David Williams, Abbott Wool

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman is the Editor in Chief for TV Media Insights, the online destination for television and media. Berman has appeared on camera for “Extra,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Access Hollywood,” “The CBS Evening News,” CNN, and more; and was the author of 2014 desk calendar, “This Day in TV History.”

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