On the Road with TV Media Insights: We head to Los Angeles on Thursday for The Television Critics Association (TCA) Summer Press Tour.
Today in TV History
Late night talk show Into the Night With Ricks Dees, which lasted one season, debuted on ABC in 1990. Also on this day was the marriage of Family Ties co-stars Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan in 1988.
In Today’s Issue
-Weekend Rating Results
-Jennifer Lopez to Exit American Idol
-Good Afternoon America on ABC Continues to Lag
-Remembering Celeste Holm
-The Simpsons Comic App
RECENT NEWS FROM TVMI
-Week of July 9 Highlights
-On the Air Tonight
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SUNDAY 7/15/12 Metered Markets
CBS 3.9/ 7
NBC 3.3/ 6
ABC 3.2/ 6
Fox 2.0/ 3
-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Sunday 7/17/11
NBC: +22, ABC: +14, Fox: +11, CBS: – 9
CBS topped this third Sunday in July in the overnights with its line-up of a repeat of 60 Minutes (#1: 5.8 rating/11 share at 7 p.m.), the 8 p.m. time period return of Big Brother (#2: 4.0/ 7) and encore telecasts of The Good Wife (#1: 2.9/ 50 and The Mentalist (#1t: 3.1/ 6) from 9-11 p.m. Comparably, Big Brother dipped by five percent from the year-ago telecast (4.2/ 8 on 7/17/11), and that translated into 6.92 million viewers and a 2.4 rating/8 share among adults 18-49, based on the Live Plus Same Day ratings.
In the battle of Big Brother versus Secret Millionaire, it was neck-and-neck in the overnights with the inspirational ABC hour at a 3.9/7. But Big Brother should have no trouble holding a noticeable advantage among adults 18-49.
Second overall in the metered markets was NBC with its combination of two-hours of Dateline (3.9/ 7 from 7-9 p.m.), and two repeat hours of overused America’s Got Talent (2.5/ 4 from 9-11 p.m.).
Elsewhere, ABC populated the evening with a repeat of America’s Funniest Home Videos (#3: 3.1/ 6), aforementioned Secret Millionaire (#3: 3.9/ 7) and sluggish Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (2.9/ 5 from 9-11 p.m.), which fared as follows by half-hour;
Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (ABC)
9:00 p.m.: 2.7/ 4 (#3)
9:30 p.m.: 2.8/ 5 (#2)
10:00 p.m.: 3.0/ 5 (#1)
10:30 p.m.: 3.3/ 6 (#1t)
And Fox aired repeat telecasts of American Dad (#4: 1.2/ 2), The Cleveland Show (#4: 1.3/ 2), two episodes of The Simpsons (#4: avg. 2.3/ 4 from 8-9 p.m.) and two episodes of Family Guy (#4: avg. 2.6/ 4 from 9-10 p.m.).
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
Fast Affiliate Results
CBS: 4.26 million, Fox: 2.09, ABC: 1.87, NBC: 1.69
CBS: 0.6 rating/2 share, Fox: 0.6/ 3, ABC and NBC: 0.3/ 1 each
There was nothing positive of note, as usual, on this typically bland Saturday with two burn-off episodes of NYC 22 and a repeat of 48 Hours Mystery enough for CBS to lead the evening at an average 4.26 million viewers and a 0.6 rating/2 share among adults 18-49. Elsewhere, legal drama The Firm officially concluded on NBC out of minimally seen original movie An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars; two encore telecasts of Cops returned on Fox into a repeat of Mobbed; and ABC populated the evening with repeats of canceled Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, two episodes of Ball Boys and a Saturday installment of Castle.
Click on the following for the results by network and by individual program: http://tinyurl.com/7rj3jbb
Fast Affiliate Results
ABC: 4.92 million, CBS: 4.74, NBC: 3.79, Fox: 2.07, CW: 933,000
ABC: 1.2 rating/5 share, NBC: 1.0/ 4, CBS: 0.7/ 3, Fox: 0.6/ 2, CW: 0.3/ 1
ABC led this second Friday in July, but under five- million viewers and a 1.2 rating/5 share among adults 18-49, on average, is not impressive. Aside for 20/20 on ABC and Dateline on NBC, the evening was riddled with repeats. And based on these encore telecasts, Shark Tank on ABC is poised for victory among adults 18-49 on the alphabet net next season at 8 p.m. ET (until sitcoms Last Man Standing and Malibu Country step in); relocated NBC sitcoms Whitney and Community are doomed; and CBS was wise to hold back tired Undercover Boss until midseason.
Click on the following for the results by network and by individual program: http://tinyurl.com/7foytlx
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
OTHER NETWORK ITEMS
Jennifer Lopez to Exit American Idol
One day after the announcement of Steven Tyler exiting Fox’s American Idol came word that Jennifer Lopez will also bid adieu to her judging chair. Lopez, like Tyler, joined Idol two seasons ago and the ratings sharply deteriorated. There is no official word at present on replacements for the duo, but the latest rumors are Miley Cyrus, former Idol contestants Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert and Carrie Underwood, and the legendary Aretha Franklin. American Idol returns for its 12th season in January with Ryan Seacrest as host.
Good Afternoon America on ABC Continues to Lag
The positive news for ABC’s Good Afternoon American on Thursday was consistency, with a 1.5 rating/4 share in the weighted metered market households equal to Wednesday. But this fourth telecast was still 29 percent below former occupant One Life to Live in July 2011 (2.1/ 6), and 17 percent beneath the lead-in average (1.8/ 5). Results in the three key demos…women 18-49, women 25-54 and women 18-34…were also on the downside as follows:
July 2011: 1.0/ 7, Lead-in: 0.8/ 6, Good Afternoon America: 0.7/ 5
July 2011: 1.2/ 8, Lead-in: 1.0. 7, Good Afternoon America: 0.8/ 6
July 2011: 0.6/ 4, Lead-in: 0.5/ 4, Good Afternoon America: 0.4/ 3
Viewers watching ABC in daytime are still missing their canceled soaps, no doubt.
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
Remembering Celeste Holm
Academy Award winner Celeste Holm, who took home the Oscar as Best Supporting Actress in 1948 for Gentleman’s Agreement, died yesterday morning at her apartment at Central Park West in New York City. She was 95 and was recently hospitalized for dehydration following the well-publicized fire in Robert De Niro’s apartment in the same building.
Born April 29, 1917 in New York City, Holm studied acting at the University of Chicago and made her debut on the Broadway stage in 1936 at just 19. After a successful early run on Broadway, including in Oklahoma!, Holm relocated to Hollywood for her first film, Three Little Girls in Blue, in 1946. Two years after winning the Oscar, she received back-to-back nominations for Come to the Stable in 1950 and All About Eve in 1951, both in the supporting actress category. She also received two Emmy Award nominations (for syndicated Insight in 1968 and miniseries Backstairs at the White House in 1979), and was a series regular in sitcoms Honestly Celeste (1954) and Nancy (1970-71), crime dramas Jessie (1984) and Christine Cromwell (1989-90), which was one of the rotating elements of the ABC Mystery Movie, and Touched By an Angel spin-off Promised Land (from 1996-99). Holm also appeared in the 1985 season of serialized drama Falcon Crest and in the 1991-92 season of ABC daytime drama Loving.
Holm was married five times and is survived by fifth husband, Frank Basile, two sons and three grandchildren. Her final marriage to Basile in 2004, who is 45 years her junior, resulted in a bitter legal battle between she and her sons. The family is asking that any memorial donations be made to UNICEF or to The Lillian Booth Actors Home of The Actors Fund in Englewood, New Jersey.
The Simpsons Comic App
Digital comic book platform comiXology is teaming up with Matt Groening’s Bongo Comics to bring animated The Simpsons to the iPad. The newly formed partners announced The Simpsons Comics app for iOS at a panel at the current Comic-Con gathering in San Diego, which is a free download for the iPad and the iPhone. It will launch with a selection of digital versions of titles like Simpsons Comics and Bart Simpsons, and comiXology will give away a digital copy of Simpsons Comics #100 on its website for a limited time to mark the release of the app. For more information, visit, www.comixology.com.
RECENT NEWS FROM TVMI
Week of July 9 Highlights
-Big Brother Dominates on CBS: http://tinyurl.com/7sh792r
-Observations from a Big Brother Fan: http://tinyurl.com/c4p4tov
-More Teen Wolf: http://tinyurl.com/cuu7963
-Lifetime Picks Up New Docu-Series Prom Queens: http://tinyurl.com/cjoo927
-Updated Results in Network Daytime Talk: http://tinyurl.com/bm7w95b
-TNT Renews Falling Skies: http://tinyurl.com/6wmhwjy
-CBS Fall Season Premiere Dates: http://tinyurl.com/btleyto
-Shaquille O’Neal Heads to truTV: http://tinyurl.com/cvzpgcf
-General Hospital’s Gold Medal Moments: http://tinyurl.com/d8umaug
-Solid Sampling for Perception on TNT: http://tinyurl.com/cl634a9
-FEARnet Adds Weekend Block: http://tinyurl.com/cmwplmr
-Weekly Ratings Update: http://tinyurl.com/7e2qex2
-TV Media Insights on Extra: http://tinyurl.com/7sgwhaj
Monday, July 16
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. Fear Factor
9:00 p.m. American Ninja Warrior
10:00 p.m. Grimm (R)
8:00 p.m. Hell’s Kitchen
9:00 p.m. Masterchef
8:00 p.m. Batmobile: Justice on Wheels
8:30 p.m. Batmobile: Justice on Wheels (R)
An exploration of the history and evolution of the Batmobile includes interviews with actors Christian Bale and Adam West; and directors Christopher Nolan, Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher.
9:00 p.m. Remodeled (R)
Of Note on Cable:
-Eureka (Syfy, 9 p.m. ET): series finale
-Ice Pilots (Weather Channel, 9 p.m. ET): season premiere
-Undercover Stings (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET): season finale
-DeGrassi: The Next Generation (TeenNick, 10 p.m. ET): season premiere
One of the less-memorable spin-offs from All in the Family was Gloria, which featured recently divorced Gloria Bunker Stivic (Sally Struthers) as an assistant trainee in a veterinarian’s office. Who played the role of Dr. Willard Adams, her boss?
a) Martin Balsam
b) Buddy Ebsen
c) Burgess Meredith
d) Cesar Romero
e) Danny Thomas
Friday’s answer was…
Which one of the following dramas featured an episode with a character named Jinxo, who was believed to be a bad luck charm?
a) Babylon 5
c) Prison Break
e) Star Trek: The Next Generation
…a) Babylon 5. Thomas “Jinxo” Jordan, who was present on all four previous Babylon stations, believed he was a bearer of the Babylon Curse because every time he left Babylon station, the station was either destroyed or, in the case of Babylon 4, it disappeared.
Today’s Trivia All-Stars:
Gerry Bixenspan, Mark Brown, Larry Collins (2x), Darla Dackiewicz, Audrey Davis, Reid Davis, John Ferlazzo, Jim Forkan, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg, Maureen Goldman, Ed Griffis, Bob Ingersoll, Mary Kinoshita, Clifford Kroeter, Paul Lewis, Rick Locke, Richard Naldrett, Roger Price, Gordon Purcell, Colleen Roth, Joe Rubi, Michelle Stanton, Ken Stowe, Meg Voss
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