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Thursday, June 28, 2012

June 28, 2012 by Marc Berman in Newsletter with 1 Comment
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Today in TV History:
Amos ‘N’ Andy, based on the radio show of the same name, debuted on CBS in 1951. Ongoing protests by civil rights groups such as the NAACP for fostering racial stereotypes resulted the show being canceled just two seasons into its run.

In Today’s Issue

-Wednesday Metered Market Ratings
-Today Show Co-Host Update
-My Three Sons Star Don Grady Dies at 68

-More Men At Work
-Abducted: The Carlina White Story on Lifetime
-Top 20 Rankings – Tuesday, June 26

-On the Air Tonight

-A Bad Boss

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.


Metered Market Wednesday Ratings

Wednesday 6/27/12
Metered Market Results

NBC 6.2/11
Fox 4.2/ 7
CBS 3.7/ 6
ABC 2.8/ 5
CW 0.6/ 1

Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 6/29/11
ABC and CW: no change, Fox: – 2, NBC: – 6, CBS: – 7



Olympic Trials (NBC), America’s Got Talent (NBC)

Dogs in the City (CBS), Final Witness (ABC)


Ratings Breakdown:
Two-hours of America’s Got Talent lifted dominant NBC to a 2.0 metered market rating point advantage over second-place Fox, which populated the evening with two-hours of the 200th episode of So You Think You Can Dance. In the number three spot was CBS, followed by ABC and back-to-back encore telecasts of America’s Next Top Model on The CW, which will be lost anchoring Friday next season.

America’s Got Talent scored a healthy 6.8 rating/12 share from 9-11 p.m., which built from Olympic Trials – Swimming Finals – Day 3 (#1: 5.0/ 9 at 8 p.m.) by 36 percent. And the Olympic Trials rose to its highest rated telecast to-date. But, compared to one year earlier (8.5/14 from 9-10 p.m. out of The Voice), America’s Got Talent dropped by 20 percent.

In series-premiere news, docudrama Final Witness on ABC finished third in the 10 p.m. hour with a 3.0/ 5 in the overnights. Comparably, that was six percent below year-ago occupant Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief (3.2/ 5 on 6/29/11), but seven percent above an encore telecast of lead-in Modern Family (#4: 2.8/ 5) at 9:30 p.m. Needless to say, the skew will be older.

Earlier in the evening on ABC were repeats of The Middle (#4: 2.8/ 5), Suburgatory (#4: 2.3/ 4) and the regularly scheduled edition of Modern Family (#4: 3.0/ 5) from 8-9:30 p.m.

Over at Fox, So You Think You Can Dance scored a 4.2/ 7 from 8-10 p.m., which was on par from one year earlier. And that telecast averaged 5.56 million viewers and a 2.0/ 6 among adults 18-49, based on the Live Plus Same Day results.

On CBS, week five of Dogs in the City dipped to a series-low 3.3/ 6 at 8 p.m., which was six percent below the 3.5/ 6 one week earlier. Given the current stake of dysfunctional reality, Dogs in the City should be more of a welcome addition. Next on the Eye net were repeats of Criminal Minds (#2t: 4.1/ 7) and CSI (#2; 3.7/ 7) from 9-11 p.m.

Capping off the evening was back-to-back repeats of America’s Next Top Model on The CW, which averaged a 0.6/ 1 from 8-10 p.m.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data



Today Show Co-Host Update
Ann Curry has announced her departure as co-host of The Today Show after just one year, but she is not leaving NBC. Curry will lead a seven person unit to produce specials and segments for NBC’s Nightly News, Dateline, Rock Center With Brian Williams and The Today Show, and she will fill in as guest anchor on any of those series when need be. Curry, of course, was the host of Dateline prior to being upgraded to co-host of The Today Show last year. Savannah Guthrie, who currently co-hosts the 9 a.m. hour of Today, is expected to inherit Curry’s 7-9 a.m. post.

Matt Lauer has anchored Today since 1997. Curry was Lauer’s third co-host, following Meredith Vieira and Katie Couric.

My Three Sons Star Don Grady Dies at 68
Don Grady, who played Robbie Douglas on classic sitcom My Three Sons, passed away Wednesday after a battle with cancer. He was 68.

Born in San Francisco on June 8, 1944 as Don Louis Agrati, Grady was featured on The Mickey Mouse Club beginning at age 13 and made a number of guest star appearances on late 1950s series like The Ann Sothern Show and Zane Grey Theater before heading to My Three Sons in 1960. Remembered as the oldest of the three Douglas siblings, Grady was actually in the middle for the first five seasons on ABC. When Tim Considine as Mike exited in 1965 and the sitcom moved to CBS, Grady as Robbie was suddenly the oldest and little orphaned Ernie (Barry Livingston) was officially adopted. He exited My Three Sons in 1971, one season prior to its official departure.

Grady made a handful of guest star appearances in TV series after My Three Sons (including two episodes of crime solver Simon & Simon), but he worked primarily as a musician and composer. He is survived by his second wife, Virginia Lewsader, and two children. His younger sister was Lani O’Grady, who played oldest Bradford daughter Mary on Eight is Enough. She passed away in 2001 at the age of just 46.



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



More Men At Work
TBS has picked-up sitcom Men at Work, which centers on four friends (Danny Masterson, James Lesure, Adam Busch and Michael Cassidy) who work together at a magazine, for a second season, with an order for 10 new episodes in 2013. Ranked among the top five of all new basic cable series in adults 18-49 in second quarter, Men at Work is averaging 2.7 million viewers, with one million adults 18-49, based on the Live Plus 7 Day results. The freshman season-ender is slated for Thursday, July 12.

Abducted: The Carlina White Story on Lifetime
Lifetime Television will produce an original movie called Abducted: The Carlina White Story, which will tell the true story of a woman (Keke Palmer) who solved her own kidnapping and reunited with her parents 23 years after being abducted as an infant from a New York hospital. Production will begin in Vancouver, Canada this week, with the movie slated to air later this year. Aunjanue (The Help) and Sherri Shepherd) also star.

Top 20 Rankings – Tuesday, June 26
Rizzoli & Isles on TNT led the pack on this final Tuesday in June with a healthy 5.43 million at 9 p.m. ET. And that led into sophomore Franklin & Bash, which finished fifth overall at 3.57 million (which held 66 percent of the Rizzoli & Isles lead-in). In series-premiere news, Craft Wars on TLC, hosted by Tori Spelling, was a disappointment at 988,000 viewers at 10 p.m. Also lacking was the second season-premiere of sitcom Retired at 35 on TV Land (606,000) and week two of docuseries Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp on Lifetime (426,000), which both also aired at 10 p.m. A second telecast of Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp dipped to 426,000 viewers at 10:30 p.m.

What follows are the 20 most-watched shows on basic cable for Tuesday, June 26:

Rizzoli & Isles (TNT, 9 p.m.): 5.43 million, Storage Wars (A&E, 10:30 p.m.): 4.76, Storage Wars (A&E, 10 p.m.): 4.49, The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 10:30 p.m.): 3.59, Franklin & Bash (TNT, 10 p.m.): 3.57, The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 9:30 p.m.): 3.52, The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 10 p.m.): 3.35, Deadliest Catch (Discovery, 9 p.m.): 3.15, The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 9 p.m.): 2.94, Jessie (Disney Channel, 8:30 p.m.): 2.80, Movie: Cats & Dogs (Disney Channel, 9 p.m.): 2.73, Tosh.O (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.): 2.53, Real Housewives of the O.C. (Bravo, 9 P.M.): 2.50, Good Luck Charlie (Disney Channel, 8 p.m.): 2.50, Pretty Little Liars (ABC, 8 p.m.): 2.35, Law & Order: SVU (USA, 10 p.m.): 2.35, American Dad (Adult Swim, 10:30 p.m.): 2.33, Phineas and Ferb (Disney Channel, 10:35 p.m.): 2.31, The O’Reilly Factor (Fox News Channel, 8 p.m.): 2.30, The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 8:30 p.m.) and Storage Wars (A&E, 9:30 p.m.): 2.28 each, Teen Mom (MTV, 10 p.m.): 2.19


On the Air Tonight

Thursday, June 28

8:00 p.m. Duets
9:00 p.m. Wipeout (summer premiere)
10:00 p.m. Rookie Blue

For news on Rookie Blue, click on the following:

8:00 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (R)
8:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (R)
9:00 p.m. Person of Interest (R)
10:00 p.m. The Mentalist (R)

8:00 p.m. Olympic Trials: Swimming Finals – Day 4
9:00 p.m. Saving Hope
10:00 p.m. Rock Center With Brian Williams

8:00 p.m. Take Me Out
9:00 p.m. The Choice

8:00 p.m. Breaking Pointe
9:00 p.m. The Vampire Diaries (R)

Of Note on Cable:
-Anger Management (FX, 9 p.m. ET): series premiere
-Trip Flip (Travel Channel, 9 p.m. ET): series premiere
-Chef Wanted With Anne Burrell (Food Network, 10 p.m. ET): season premiere
-Awkward (MTV, 10:30 p.m. ET): season premiere
-Louie (FX, 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.

-A Bad Boss

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

The answer to yesterday’s question…

In honor of the 200th edition of TV Media Insights, which one of the following series reached the 200-episode mark?

a) Cagney & Lacey
b) Family Ties
c) Matlock
d) One Day at a Time
e) Who’s the Boss?

Is: d) One Day at a Time, which produced 209 episodes from 1975 to 1984. As for the others:

-Cagney & Lacey (CBS): 1982-88 – 125 episodes
-Family Ties (NBC): 1982-89 – 176 episodes
-Matlock (NBC): 1986-92, ABC: 1993-95 – 195 episodes
-Who’s The Boss? (ABC): 1984-92 – 196 episodes

Todays Trivia All-Stars:
Steve Albright, John Beadle, Barbara Berman, Gerry Bixenspan, John Brooker, Steve Clements, Larry Collins, Mark Cosenza, Audrey Davis, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg, Maureen Goldman, Geoffrey Gordon, Sandy Hawk, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Synda Kollman, Jody McIntyre, Barbara Oates, Aaron Paquette, Alan Perris, Gordon Purcell, Susan Rogers, Joe Rubi, Ken Stowe

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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