Today in TV History
Classic game show “I’ve Got a Secret” debuted on CBS in 1952 with Garry Moore as host. The original version ran until April 3, 1967 (switching to a color format in 1966). In 1970, former baseball player Jim Bouton’s controversial book “Ball Four” is published, which was spun-off into a short-lived CBS sitcom of the same name in the fall of 1976.
In Today’s Issue
-Metered Market Monday Ratings
-Weekly Ratings Scorecard
-Valerie Harper to Be Featured in NBC Documentary
-Hallmark Channel Announces New Series to Be Shot in Colorado
-GSN Announces Premiere Date for “The Chase”
-ABC Family Drama “The Fosters” to Feature Latest J.Lo Hit Single
-Showtime Offers Free Preview of “Ray Donovan”
-Cable Rankings – Week of June 10
-Syndication Rankings – Week of June 3
-On the Air Tonight
Tuesday 6/18/13 Metered Markets
“NBA Finals” Rule; “The Voice” Season-Ender Solid
CBS 4.4/ 7
Fox 3.1/ 5
CW 0.5/ 1
-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 6/20/12:
NBC: +147, CW: +25, ABC: +10, CBS: – 4, Fox: -21
“The NBA Finals,” Game 6 (ABC), “America’s Got Talent” (NBC), “The Voice” (NBC)
-Losers (excluding repeats):
Nothing…CBS and The CW were in all repeats.
“The NBA Finals” ruled the Tuesday ratings roost, but an also stellar performance for the season-finale of “The Voice” on NBC proves there is plenty of room for an audience on the broadcast networks in the non-traditional TV season.
Game six of “The NBA Finals” (Heat 103, Spurs 100) scored an estimated 12.3 rating/20 share in the overnights for the primetime portion from 9-11 p.m. And the 12:13 a.m. ET finish time will certainly be beneficial when the live plus same day data is released this afternoon. Expect in the vicinity of 18-million viewers with a projected 7-7.5 adult 18-49 rating.
Earlier in the evening on ABC was another 8 p.m. edition of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (#3: 4.1/ 7), followed by the “NBA Countdown” pre-game at a third-place 4.5/ 8 at 8:30 p.m. Both performances, of course, are also approximate due to the live nature of lead-out “The NBA Finals.”
“The Voice,” meanwhile, concluded its season with an above average 9.7/16 from 9-11 p.m. And that, comparably, built from an 8-9 p.m. edition of summer favorite “America’s Got Talent” (#1: 7.4/13) by 24 percent. Note to NBC: The arrivals of Heidi Klum and Mel B this season is a seamless fit.
Elsewhere, CBS populated this third Wednesday in June with encores of “NCIS” (#2: 5.6/ 9), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (#3: 4.3/ 7) and “Person of Interest” (#3: 3.5/ 6), which has replaced Saturday bound “Brooklyn D.A.” Two-hours of veteran “So You Think You Can Dance” on Fox scored a 3.1/ 5 in the overnights, which was 29 percent below year-ago occupants “Hell’s Kitchen” (4.0/ 7 on 6/19/12) and “Masterchef” (3.8/ 6). And The CW aired repeats of “Hart of Dixie,” which moves into the Monday 8 p.m. hour this fall, and a repeat of “America’s Next Top Model: College Edition” (#5: 0.4/ 1), which really needs to take a break at this point.
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
OTHER NETWORK ITEMS
Valerie Harper to Be Featured in NBC Documentary
Seven months after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, Valerie Harper will be the subject of an NBC documentary, hosted by Meredith Vieira, which will detail her journey as she goes through experimental treatments and lives each day to the fullest with her husband Tony Cacciotti and their daughter Tina. The airdate will be announced at a later time. Harper will also be featured in an upcoming episode of TV Land sitcom “Hot in Cleveland,” featuring her former “Mary Tyler Moore Show” co-stars Cloris Leachman, Georgia Engel, Betty White and Mary Tyler Moore. It airs on Wednesday, September 4.
Weekly Ratings Scorecard
Led by games three through five of Miami vs. San Antonio on the “NBA Finals,” it was a clean sweep for ABC for the week of June 10. Year-to-year, however, the alphabet net slipped by minor percentages while second-place NBC was on the minor plus side due to extending the current season of “The Voice” and the game one match-up between Boston and Chicago on “The Stanley Cup Finals” on Wednesday (which averaged 6.36 million viewers and a 2.5 rating/9 share among adults 18-49, according to the live plus same day data).
Elsewhere, “America’s Got Talent” remains a top summer draw for NBC. The debut of NBC singing competition “The Winner Is…” benefitted out of “The Voice” on Monday at 10 p.m. ET with an initial 6.30 million viewers (#15 overall) and a 1.8 rating/5 share among adults 18-49 (tied for #14). And recent entries “Mistresses” on ABC, “Brooklyn DA” on CBS (which is shifting from Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET to Saturday at 9 p.m.), “The American Baking Competition” on CBS and Fox duo “The Goodwin Games” and “Does Someone Have to Go?” continue to underwhelm. For more, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/lcn36la
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
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Hallmark Channel Announces New Series to Be Shot in Colorado
“When Calls the Heart,” the second upcoming original scripted drama on Hallmark Channel, will mark the first time a TV series will be shot in the picturesque setting of Colorado (Telluride, Colorado to be exact). And it will also be the first narrative series shot in Colorado since 1991, when the “Father Dowling Mysteries” on ABC was filmed there.
“When Calls the Heart,” which begins production on July 22, tells the story of a young teacher (Erin Krakow) in the 19th century who receives her first assignment in a small prairie town in the Western Frontier led by two strong coalminer widows (Lori Loughlin and Jean Smart). It is based on Janette Oke’s bestselling Canadian West book series. Hallmark’s first scripted drama, “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove” with Andie MacDowell, debuts with a two-hour installment on Saturday, July 20 at 8 p.m. ET.
GSN Announces Premiere Date for “The Chase”
GSN will launch upcoming game show “The Chase,” hosted by Brooke Burns, on Tuesday, August 6 at 9 p.m. ET. Based on the U.K. series, “The Chase” will feature a team of three contestants who amass as much money as possible by answering a series of questions in a 60-second round against an opponent known as “The Chaser” who plays for the bank. It airs immediately following the revival of “Minute to Win It,” hosted by Apolo Anton Ohno. “The Chase” is produced by ITV Studios America with Bob Boden (“Don’t Forget the Lyrics,” “Family Game Night,” “Greed”) serving as Executive Producer.
ABC Family Drama “The Fosters” to Feature Latest J.Lo Hit Single
Recent ABC Family drama entry “The Fosters,” executive produced by Jennifer Lopez production company Nuyorican Productions, Inc., and Prodco, Inc., will feature J.Lo’s new hit single “Live It Up” on next Monday’s telecast. “Live It Up,” produced by RedOne, has to-date received over 25 million views online. It pays, no doubt, to have a hit recording artist as one of your executive producers.
This week’s telecast of “The Fosters,” the third overall, dipped to 1.25 million viewers overall in the Monday 8 p.m. hour, with 598,000 adults 18-49 (out of 1.62 million viewers and 867,000 in the demo for lead-in “Switched at Birth,” according to the live plus same day data) It debuted on June 3 with 1.42 million viewers, and rose to 1.70 million on June 10.
Showtime Offers Free Preview of “Ray Donovan”
“Ray Donovan,” the upcoming Showtime drama with Live Schreiber as Los Angeles’ best professional fixer, is now available for preview online. The premiere episode can be accessed across multiple platforms including the Showtime website (http://s.sho.com/RayDonovan101, on YouTube http://youtu.be/UCjXhhJ7avk, via select television providers’ free On Demand channels and websites, and on Showtime On Demand and Showtime Anytime. The series premiere is also available on Showtime apps on iPhone, iPod Touch, Android smartphones and tablets, Nook and Kindle Fire tablets, and for download as a free video podcast on iTunes (itunes.com/raydonovan). “Ray Donovan” premieres on Sunday, June 30th at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.
Cable Rankings – Week of June 10
What follows are the 20 most-watched shows on basic cable for the week of June 10:
USA: 2.65 million, Disney Channel: 2.52, History: 2.13, Fox News Channel: 1.67, TNT: 1.60, TBS: 1.58, A&E: 1.54, Adult Swim: 1.42, Nick at Nite: 1.32, HGTV: 1.28
USA: 893,000, TBS: 861,000, History: 747,000, Adult Swim: 716,000, A&E: 598,000, FX: 592,000, Discovery: 535,000, Disney Channel: 530,000, TNT: 517,000, ABC Family: 513,000
USA: 977,000, History: 899,000, TBS: 857,000, A&E: 694,000, Discovery: 611,000, TNT: 601,000, FX: 589,000, Food Network: 518,000, HGTV: 513,000, Adult Swim: 507,000
Adult Swim: 540,000, TBS: 441,000, USA: 440,000, ABC Family: 318,000, Disney Channel: 297,000, History: 282,000, FX: 273,000, Nick at Nite: 256,000, MTV: 252,000, A&E: 249,000
Source: Nielsen Media Research
Syndication Rankings – Week of June 3
What follows are the top 20 rated programs in syndication (first-run and off-network) for the week of June 3 (based on AA – average audience – rating):
“Judge Judy” (CBS Television Distribution): 6.6 rating; “The Big Bang Theory” (Warner Bros.): 6.4; “Wheel of Fortune” (CBS): 6.1; “Jeopardy” (CBS): 5.5; Weekend Adventure (Disney-ABC/Litton): 5.1; “The Big Bang Theory” – Weekend B (Warner Bros.): “The Big Bang Theory” – Weekend A (Warner Bros.): 4.7; “Two and a Half Men” (Warner Bros.): 4.3; “Family Feud” (Twentieth): 4.2; “Law & Order: SVU” (NBCUniversal): 3.8; “Family Guy” – Weekend (Twentieth): 3.4; “Entertainment Tonight” (CBS): 3.3; “Family Guy” – Mon-Fri (Twentieth): 3.2; “Law & Order” (NBCU): 2.9; “Inside Edition” (CBS): 2.8; “Castle” (Disney-ABC): 2.6; “Dr. Phil” (CBS), “Live With Kelly & Michael” (Disney-ABC), “Wheel of Fortune” – Weekend (CBS) and “Criminal Minds” (CBS): 2.5 each; “How I Met Your Mother” (Twentieth), “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (NBCU) and “House” (NBCU): 2.4 each
Source: Nielsen Media Research
Wednesday, June 19
8:00 p.m. “The Middle” (R)
8:30 p.m. “Family Tools”
9:00 p.m. “Modern Family” (R)
9:30 p.m. “How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life”)
10:00 p.m. “ABC’s The Lookout”
8:00 p.m. “The American Baking Competition”
9:00 p.m. “Criminal Minds” (R)
10:00 p.m. “CSI” (R)
8:00 p.m. 2013 Stanley Cup Final: Boston Bruins at Chicago Blackhawks
8:00 p.m. “Masterchef” (two hours)
8:00 p.m. “Arrow” (R)
9:00 p.m. “Supernatural” (R)
Of Note on Cable:
-“Franklin & Bash” (TNT, 9 p.m. ET): season premiere
-“John Walsh Investigates: Abduction in the Heartland” (Lifetime, 9 p.m. ET)
-“Fight Master” (Spike TV, 10 p.m. ET): series premiere
-“Futurama” (Comedy Central, 10 p.m. ET): season premiere
-“Hot in Cleveland” (TV Land, 10 p.m. ET): season premiere (live)
-“R&B Divas: Atlanta” (BET, 10 p.m. ET): season finale
-“The Exes” (TV Land, 10:30 p.m. ET): season premiere
-“The Soup Investigates” (E!, 10:30 p.m. ET): series premiere
-“The Soul Man” (TV Land, 11 p.m. ET): season premiere
Four of the following five series debuted in midseason and the fifth was in the fall. Which of the five was the fall entry?
a) “In the Heat if the Night”
b) “Judging Amy”
c) “Law & Order: Trial by Jury”
d) “Living With Fran”
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Which one of the following five personalities did not play one of the mothers to Monica, Phoebe, Rachel, Chandler, Joey or Ross on “Friends”?
a) Teri Garr
b) Debbie Reynolds
c) Marlo Thomas
d) Kathleen Turner
e) Brenda Vaccaro
…is: both b) Debbie Reynolds, who played Grace’s (Debra Messing) mother on “Will & Grace” and d) Kathleen Turner, who was Chandler’s (Matthew Perry) father in drag.
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