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Monday, December 12, 2011

December 12, 2011 by Marc Berman in Newsletter with 6 Comments
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Today in TV History
Cissy (Kathy Garver) learns a shocking secret about stuffy Mr. French (Sebastian Cabot) on the original Family Affair in 1966; Ralph the Doorman (Ned Wertimer) thinks George (Sherman Hemsley) is cheating on Louise (Isabel Sanford) on The Jeffersons in 1982; and Bobby (Dylan McDermott) and Eugene (Steve Harris) defend a notorious drug dealer accused of murder on The Practice in 1999.

In Today’s Issue

-Weekend Rating Results
-CBS Expands Face the Nation
-The Chew vs. All My Children Update
-Multiple Runs for Remodeled on The CW

-CSI: Miami Encores on AMC

-John Edward Live in Person
-Nate Berkus to Conclude this Spring
-Updated Clearances for The Ricki Lake Show

-13th Monday of 2011-12

-Ray’s Ungrateful Parents



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



Weekend Rating Results 

SUNDAY 12/11/11 Metered Markets

NBC  12.2/19
CBS    9.0/14
Fox     4.2/ 6
ABC   3.8/ 6

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – 12/12/10:
Fox: + 2, NBC: – 3, CBS: -10, ABC: -39


60 Minutes (CBS), Sunday Night Football: New York Giants at Dallas (NBC), The Amazing Race (CBS)

-Honorable Mention:
Once Upon a Time (ABC), The Good Wife (CBS), CSI: Miami (CBS)

-Losers (excluding repeats):


Ratings Breakdown:
It was an easy overnight Sunday victory for NBC with the New York Giants at Dallas at an estimated 16.0 rating/24 share from 8:30-11:30 p.m.  This will easily translate into well over 20-million viewers.  Here is the half-hour breakdown (including the 11 p.m. half-hour):

Sunday Night Football (NBC)
8:30 p.m.: 15.4/23 (#1)
9:00 p.m.: 16.6/24 (#1)
9:30 p.m.: 16.8/25 (#1)
10:00 p.m.: 15.2/23 (#1)
10:30 p.m.: 15.9/25 (#1)
11:00 p.m.: 16.1/28 (#1)

Earlier in the evening, Football Night in American on NBC fared as follows:

Football Night in America (NBC)
7:00 p.m.: 2.7/ 4 (#4)
7:30 p.m.: 5.4/ 9 (#2)
8:00 p.m.: 9.6/15 (#2)

Over at CBS, granddaddy 60 Minutes (#1: 11.0/18 at 7 p.m.) led into the season-finale of The Amazing Race at an above-average 9.2/14 (#2) at 8 p.m.  As a reminder, Undercover Boss opens season three in the Sunday 8 p.m. hour on Jan. 15 in place of The Amazing Race, which will also return at a later time for its next edition.  At 9 p.m., older-skewing The Good Wife benefited minus ABC’s Desperate Housewives in the competitive mix with a second-place 8.1/12 in the overnights, followed by long-running CSI: Miami at an also better-than-usual 8.0/13 (#2) at 10 p.m.  For more on CSI: Miami, see Cable section.

Elsewhere, ABC took a hit last night minus its regularly scheduled 9-11 p.m. programming with repeat theatrical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at a mere 2.3/ 4 in the overnights.  Earlier in the evening on the alphabet net was Sunday 7 p.m. staple America’s Funniest Home Videos (#3: 4.1/ 7), followed by recent entry Once Upon a Time (#3: 6.4/ 9 at 8 p.m.), which earned its full season renewal stripes for growing by  a hefty 49 percent out of the 7:30 p.m. portion of AFHV (4.3/ 7).

Fox populated the evening with repeats of Bob’s Burgers (#2: 7.0/11, which could be a partial football overrun) and The Cleveland Show (#4: 2.8/ 4) from 7-8 p.m., followed by the original rotation of The Simpsons (#4: 4.2/ 6), The Cleveland Show (#4: 3.3/ 5), Family Guy (#3: 4.4/ 6) and American Dad (#3: 3.4/ 5) from 8-10 p.m.  The animated Fox comedies rely, of course, on the young adult demos.

Source: Nielsen Media Research


SATURDAY 12/10/11
Fast Affiliate Results

-Total Viewers:
ABC: 5.64 million, CBS: 5.00, Fox: 3.09, NBC: 2.06

-Adults 18-49:
CBS: 1.4 rating/4 share, ABC and Fox: 0.9/ 3 each, NBC: 0.5/ 1



Primetime Nightline (ABC), The American Giving Awards (NBC)


Ratings Breakdown:
ABC was the most-watched network on this typically bland Saturday, with CBS first among adults 18-49.  Due to the live nature of ABC’s Republican Presidential Candidate Debate coverage from 9-11 p.m. (with a pre-prime start in the Pacific and Mountain time zones), results for the network are approximate.  On that note, an 8-9 p.m. edition of Primetime Nightline scored an estimated 3.29 million viewers (#3) with a fourth-place 0.5 rating/2 share among adults 18-49.  The Republican debate, ABC’s News’ Your Voice, Your Vote averaged an approximate 6.70 million viewers and a 1.2/ 3 in the demo from 9-11 p.m., with the half-hour breakdown as follows:

ABC’s News’ Your Voice, Your Vote
9:00 p.m. – Viewers: 6.05 million (#1), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#2)
9:30 p.m. – Viewers: 6.87 million (#1), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#2)
10:00 p.m. – Viewers: 7.37 million (#1), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#1)
10:30 p.m. – Viewers: 6.50 million (#1), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2)

CBS populated the evening with repeat holiday specials Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Viewers: #1, 5.06 million; A18-49: #1, 1.6/ 5) and The Flight Before Christmas (Viewers: #2, 4.49 million; A18-49: #1, 1.2/ 4) from 8-10 p.m., followed by long-running 48 Hours Mystery at 5.47 million viewers (#2) and a 1.3/ 4 in the demo (#1t) at 10 p.m.

Elsewhere, The American Giving Awards on NBC tanked with just 1.55 million viewers (#4) and a 0.3/ 1 among adults 18-49 (#4) from 8-10 p.m.  That led into a repeat of Law & Order: SVU at a third-place finish in both total viewers (3.10 million) and the demo (0.7/ 2) at 10 p.m.

Third-place Fox aired two episodes (original and repeat) of Cops (Viewers: #2, avg. 3.92 million; A18-49: #1, avg. 1.2/ 4 from 8-9 p.m.) and an encore telecast of Terra Nova (Viewers: #3, 2.26 million; A18-49: #3, 0.6/ 2 at 9 p.m.).

Source: Nielsen Media Research data


FRIDAY 12/09/11
Fast Affiliate Results

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 6.41 million, ABC: 4.97, NBC: 4.94, Fox: 2.19, CW: 1.15

-Adults 18-49:
CBS and NBC: 1.4 rating/4 share each, ABC: 1.3/ 4, Fox: 0.7/ 2, CW: 0.4/ 1


-Winners (Keep in mind that expectations are lower):
Frosty the Snowman R (CBS)

-Honorable Mention:
Grimm (NBC)

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
Chuck (NBC)


Note: Any prior rating comparisons are based on the Live Plus Same Day ratings.


-Ratings Breakdown:
A night of all repeats was enough for CBS to still dominate this second Friday in December in total viewers, with CBS and NBC tied for first among adults 18-49.  But just 6.41 million viewers and a 1.4 rating/4 share among adults 18-49 for the No. 1 network is nothing extraordinary.

Four half-hour repeat animated holiday specials performed as follows on CBS from 8-10 p.m.:

8:00 p.m. – Frosty the Snowman (R)
Viewers: 7.30 million (#1), A18-49: 1.9 rating/7 share (#1)

8:30 p.m. – Frosty Returns (R)
Viewers: 6.45 million (#1), A18-49: 1.7/ 5 (#1)

9:00 p.m. – Yes, Virginia (R)
Viewers: 5.51 million (#1), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#2t)

9:30 p.m. – The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story (R)
Viewers: 5.36 million (#3), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#1)

The Frosty the Snowman encore was the highest rated show of the evening.  A repeat of Blue Bloods capped off the evening for the Eye net with 6.91 million viewers (#1) and a 1.1/ 3 among adults 18-49 at 10 p.m.

Fox populated the night with repeats of Kitchen Nightmares (Viewers: #4, 2.78 million; A18-49: #3t, 1.0/ 3) and Fringe (Viewers: #4, 1.58 million; A18-49: #4, 0.4/ 1).  Over at ABC, two more original episodes of recently relocated (and now diluted) Extreme Makeover: Home Edition performed as follows from 8-10 p.m.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)
8:00 p.m. – Viewers: 4.77 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#2)
9:00 p.m. – Viewers: 5.39 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 4 (#2)

That led into 20.20 with 4.75 million viewers (#3) and a 1.3/ 4 among adults 18-49 (#2) at 10 p.m.

Elsewhere, Grimm on NBC at 9 p.m., which is likely to now remain on Friday after Thursday’s disappointing test, deserves positive mention for building out of soon-to-conclude lead-in Chuck as follows:

8:00 p.m.: Chuck – Viewers: 3.68 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#3t)
9:00 p.m.: Grimm – Viewers: 5.41 million (#2), A18-49: 1.6/ 5 (#1)
Percent Increase – Viewers: +47, A18-49: +60

Grimm led into Dateline at a similar 5.73 million viewers (#2) and a first-place 1.6/ 5 among adults 18-49 at 10 p.m.

Last, and very least, were encore telecasts of The CW’s Nikita (Viewers: #5, 1.32 million; A18-49: #5, 0.3/ 1) and Supernatural (Viewers: #5, 987,000; A18-49: #5, 0.4/ 1).

Source: Nielsen Media Research data



CBS Expands Face the Nation
Long-running Sunday morning CBS public affairs half-hour Face the Nation, which debuted in 1954, will expand to 60 minutes beginning in April.  Competing programs This Week on ABC and Meet the Press on NBC are already one hour in length.

The Chew vs. All My Children Update
Based on the Live Plus Same Day ratings for the week of Nov. 28, the gap has narrowed even further between daytime talker The Chew and ousted serial All My Children.  The Chew had slightly more total viewers, with 2.33 million this week versus 2.30 million for All My Children one year earlier.  The two tied among women 18-49, each with a 0.8 rating in the demo, while The Chew trailed All My Children by one-tenth of a rating point in both women 25-54 (1.1 vs. 1.2) and women 18-34 (0.4 vs. 0.5).

Competitively, The Talk on CBS had slightly fewer viewers than The Chew, but 2.20 million was its best since the week of July 25.  The Chew had a one-tenth of a rating point advantage over The Talk in women 25-54 (1.1 vs. 1.0) and women 18-49 (0.7 vs. 0.7), while the two were tied among women 18-34.

Veteran The View on ABC, of course, stood well above The Chew and The Talk with 3.72 million viewers, a 1.6 rating among women 25-54, and a 1.2 in women 18-49.

Multiple Runs for Remodeled on The CW
Upcoming non-scripted CW series Remodeled, which debuts on Tuesday, January 17 at 9 p.m. ET out of 90210, will be rebroadcast that same week in the Wednesday 9 p.m. and Friday 8 p.m. hours.  The following week, Remodeled will get two airings – Tuesday, Jan. 24 and Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 9 p.m.  Remodeled, which centers on modeling industry veteran Paul Fisher as he tries to bring agencies around world into a new venture called The Network, settles into its regularly scheduled time period — Wednesdays at 9 p.m. — on Feb. 1.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data



CSI: Miami Encores on AMC
AMC, the home of Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, The Killing and Hell on Wheels, has acquired the off-network repeats of long-running forensics crime solver CSI: Miami.  AMC’s deal with CBS Television Distribution will include the first 10 seasons of the franchise, which debuted in 2002, plus the next two seasons (should CBS keep it in original production after this spring).  CSI: Miami will premiere on AMC on Monday, January 2 at 5 p.m. ET and is scheduled weekdays in the time period.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data



John Edward Live in Person
One of the benefits of writing about TV and media for a living are the people you meet.  And Friday night I had another opportunity, this time with my wife and older daughter, to see extraordinary medium John Edward in action.  Barely getting into the jam-packed Westbury Music Fair on Long Island with a hungry crowd of fans — men and women, young and old alike — leads me to wonder: Why isn’t John Edward on television on a regular basis again?

John did host half-hour Crossing Over With John Edward, a hybrid of talk, first on the Sci Fi Channel (now Syfy, of course) and then in first-run syndication, from 1999-2004.  His more recent entry was hour-long John Edward Cross Country on WE, which took John into the homes of the people whose lives he touched.  He just appeared on talkers Dr. Oz and Anderson, hosted by Anderson Cooper, in daytime.  And upcoming appearances include guest shots on Dr. Phil in syndication and Kourtney & Kim Take New York on E!

With the broadcasters hungry for original options, wouldn’t a return to daytime be a logical option?  Wouldn’t a cable network like OWN benefit by John’s rare combination of psychic abilities and positive entertainment?  And why doesn’t one of broadcast networks give him a shot in primetime?  With reality gutting the airwaves, something this inspiring would be a welcome addition.

Sitting amongst a few thousand people waiting for a connection, so to speak, on Friday night meant my chances of getting an individual reading was unlikely.  But because of this man I will always feel a connection to my past.  Thank you, John, for the work you do.

For more on John Edward, visit

Nate Berkus to Conclude this Spring
Sophomore talk show The Nate Berkus Show from Sony Pictures Television, the fourth spin-off from Oprah, will not be returning for a third season.  Unlike Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray and Dr. Oz, Nate Berkus has hovered at the bottom of the talk category with a 1.1 in households this season to-date (through Nov. 20) tied with Debmar-Mercury’s The Wendy Williams Show at No. 11 out of 13 talkers.  Only Jeremy Kyle from Debmar-Mercury rates lower with a 0.5.

Updated Clearances for The Ricki Lake Show
Twentieth Television has announced clearances for Ricki Lake’s return to daytime talk in 80 percent of the country, including 29 of the top 30 markets.  Additional stations set to premiere the program include Fox Television Stations’ WTTG (Washington DC), KMSP (Minneapolis), WOFL (Orlando), KSAZ (Phoenix); CBS Televisions’ KYW/WPSG (Philadelphia), KPI/KBCW (San Francisco), WUPA (Atlanta), WTOG (Tampa), KDKA/WPCW (Pittsburgh); Post Newsweek’s WDIV (Detroit), WPLG (Miami); McKinnon’s KUSI (San Diego); Capitol’s WRAZ (Raleigh); LIN’s WAVY/WVBT (Norfolk), WPRI/WNAC (Providence); Newport’s WAWS/WTEV (Jacksonville), WXXA (Albany), KLRT (Little Rock), WPTY/WLMT (Memphis); Raycom’s WXIX (Cincinnati), WUPV (Richmond), WFLX (West Palm); and Nexstar’s  WROC (Rochester NY) and WJET /WFXP (Erie, PA).

Set to launch in fall 2012, The Ricki Lake Show will focus on topics targeted to women 25-54 that reflect where her audience is now in their lives.  Ricki’s original talker, then geared towards females 18-34, aired in syndication from 1993-2004.  Other personalities vying for station clearances for new talk next fall include Katie Couric from Disney-ABC, Steve Harvey from NBC Universal, and Jeff Probst from CBS Television Distribution.



Monday, December 12

8:00 p.m. I Want a Christmas, Charlie Brown (R)
9:00 p.m. You Deserve It
10:00 p.m. Castle (R)

8:00 p.m. 2 Broke Girls
8:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (R)
9:00 p.m. Two and a Half Men
9:30 p.m. Mike & Molly
10:00 p.m. Hawaii Five-O

8:00 p.m. Fear Factor (return)
9:00 p.m. Fear Factor
10:00 p.m. Rock Center With Brian Williams

8:00 p.m. Terra Nova
9:00 p.m. House (R)

8:00 p.m. Hart of Dixie (R)
9:00 p.m. Hart of Dixie (R)


Ray’s Ungrateful Parents

What was the item Ray Barone had engraved for his parents as a Christmas present on Everybody Loves Raymond that they did not like and returned?

a)  coffee maker
b)  luggage
c)  picture frame
d)  toaster
e)  welcome mat

Friday’s answer was…

Robert Reed is remembered, of course, as kindly patriarch Mike Brady on classic sitcom The Brady Bunch.  But what other series was he also appearing on semi-regularly at the same time?

a)  Adam-12
b)  Barnaby Jones
c)  Cannon
d)  Mannix
e)  The Rookies

…d) Mannix.  Reed joined Mannix in the third season in 1969 as Lt. Adam Tobias and remained on the detective drama through in final episodes in 1975.

Today’s Trivia All-Stars:
David Aiken, Steve Albright, Denis Barry, John Beadle, Barbara Berman, Mark Binda, Gerry Bixenspan, Elvis Bussard, Steve Buttram, D.C. Carter, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Harold Cooper, Reid Davis, Sue Doron, Michael Fruchtman, Maureen Goldman, Ed Griffis, Carolyn Becker Hayes, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Tom Joyce, Mary Kinoshita, Synda Kollman, Rick Locke, Anne Moynihan, Michael Murphy, Alan Perris, Gordon Purcell, Colleen Roth, Joe Rubi, Anthony Salerno, Maxine Shulman, Barry Singer, Larry Smith, Ken Stowe, David Tratner, Larry Weinstock

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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  • Mary Amos[moshane58]

    Marc I have ask this question over and over and no one seems to know the answer.One Life to Live comes at 1pm my time.To avoid the Chew I have to wait until 2 minutes after one.Is ABC using one life to live for there Chew ratings.We all cannot understand how come its runs right into the soaps.All shows end with comercial before the next show.Not the chew,it is on at 1 pm.Are soap fans being counted as viewers?Can you please answer this for us?

  • Diana

    Marc I have the same question as Mary – I do not believe the Chew will ever have better ratings than All My Children & seriously believe that the fact they run it up until the very beginning of One Life To Live is skewing the stats in their favor. My DVR picks up the last 2 minutes of Chew everyday. Yet OLTL ends 4 minutes before 3 PM (ET) each day. Commercials take up the last 4 minutes – yet Chew has ending credits rolling until it cuts into opening scene from OLTL. Can you please address this problem & please let the sponspors & the Nielsen people know exactly what ABC is doing regarding the Chew. This is not a fair practice at all.

    • marcberman

      It does work in their favor and this is a practice that is used on many shows. But I don’t think it has that much of an impact. And I do agree that The Chew will never have higher ratings than All My Children. It is truly awful.

  • therock

    This is like 1million debate for GOP I’m surprise that Debate still get 5 to 6 million I would think that they would get less overtime. Since I think who is going to vote in GOP Primary know where everone stands I haven’t watch any I think there boring plus I can get hilights from on all cable news outlets. Sorry for rambling on about GOP Debates.

  • moshane58

    Thanks Marc,We know people do not know this and only so many are finding out.Millions don’t have internet to know all this.Alot have went to soapnet or waiting 3 minutes after.Thank you again Mr.Media I depend on everyday for ratings and Questions.

    • marcberman

      Anytime, my friend!

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