Today in TV History
The long-defunct DuMont television network, which began operation in 1946, ceased broadcasting in 1956. Notable series airing on DuMont during its brief tenure were variety themed Cavalcade of Stars; Ted Mack’s The Original Amateur Hour; Cash and Carry, the first televised game show; and kids favorite Captain Video and His Video Rangers.
In Today’s Issue
-Metered Market Tuesday Ratings
-Arrested Development Begins New Production
-Updated Results for The London Olympics
-Weekly Ratings Scorecard
-New Series Odds
-Play the Cancellation Clock Contest
-Spike TV Renews Two
-Cable Rankings – Week of July 30
-ION Television Acquires Numb3rs
-What America Thinks with Scott Rasmussen Launches One Minute News Updates
-Top 20 Rated Programs – Week of July 23
-On the Air Tonight
-Hill Street in a Hospital
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Metered Market Tuesday Ratings
The London Olympics Juggernaut Continues
Metered Market Results
CBS 3.8/ 6
ABC 1.8/ 3
FOX 1.8/ 3
CW 0.4/ 1
Yes, The London Olympics on NBC reigned supreme. So what else is new? And last night it averaged a hefty 19.4 rating/31 share in the overnights, which was more than five times the household rating of distant second-place CBS. Only NY Med on ABC and Canadian drama The L.A. Complex on The CW were in originals outside of the Olympics. The Olympics, which leads into the preview of new Matthew Perry sitcom Go On tonight (at 11:04 p.m. ET) peaked in the 10:30 p.m. half-hour with a 22.5/35.
For an update on the Live Plus Same Day ratings for the London Olympics, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/czmc4uf.
CBS populated the evening with encore telecasts of NCIS (#2: 4.7/ 8), which has an audience no matter what it faces, spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles (#2: 3.8/ 6) and a Tuesday 10 p.m. edition of Person of Interest (#2: 3.0/ 5). ABC was in non-originals from 8-10 p.m.: The Middle (#3: 2.0/ 3), Last Man Standing (#4: 1.6/ 3) and Wipeout (#4: 1.4/ 2), followed by aforementioned NY Med at a last-place 2.2/ 4 at 10 p.m.
Elsewhere, Fox ran back-to-back repeats of Masterchef, which averaged a 1.8/ 3 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. And The CW filled this first Tuesday in August with a repeat of Hart of Dixie (#5: 0.5/ 1) and aforementioned The L.A. Complex (#5: 0.4/ 1), which would still have no audience even if it did not face the Olympics.
Source: Nielsen Media Research
OTHER NETWORK NEWS
Arrested Development Begins New Production
Cult sitcom favorite Arrested Development, which initially aired on Fox from 2003-06, has begun production for its upcoming 10-episode fourth season on Netflix in 2013. The majority of the original cast is back, Ron Howard returns as narrator, and an Arrested Development movie will begin filming after the new season is wrapped. The show’s creator, Mitch Hurwitz, has publicly said he would be open to a fifth and sixth season of the comedy after the movie is complete.
Updated Results for The London Olympics
It is a slam-dunk for NBC. Based on the Live Plus Same Day results for the first 11 days of The London Olympics (July 27-August 7), the Peacock net is reporting a total reach of 202.6 million viewers, to-date, across the networks of NBCUniversal. At present, the 2008 Beijing Games holds the record for the most-watched event in U.S. television history with 215 million viewers. Each night is averaging 33.1 million viewers in primetime, which is the most of any non-U.S. Summer Olympics since the 1976 Montreal Olympics. The 33.1 million is 3.5 million more than Beijing and 6.9 million more than Athens.
Weekly Ratings Scorecard
It was all about the London Olympics on NBC, of course, which held the top seven spots for the week of July 30th in primetime in all categories and more than tripled the competition combined. Comparably, London remains the most-watched and highest-rated non-U.S. Summer Olympics since the Montreal Olympics in 1976. Although three nights of Big Brother on CBS managed to stay on the map (rounding off the top 10 among adults 18-49), there was little to nothing to say elsewhere. For more, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/d2vlqh3.
New Series Odds
Our odds of survival for the 21 new primetime series this fall (based on 1-1, the best, to 10-1, the worst) are now in. Click on the following for a complete look: http://tinyurl.com/d6qfhjh. And please visit our individual series forums and chime in with your thoughts at www.tvmediainsights.com.
Play the Cancellation Clock Contest
Now is your chance, courtesy of Douglas Pucci, to chime in with you picks for the first new series cancellation of the season. Could it be The Neighbors on ABC, Partners on CBS, or any of the new NBC comedies? How about The Mob Doctor on Fox or anything on The CW? Please click on the following to participate: http://tinyurl.com/dylxgq4
Spike TV Renews Two
Spike TV has ordered new seasons of non-scripted Auction Hunters and American Digger. Auction Hunters, which heads into season four, has received an order for 26 new episodes; while the upcoming second season of American Digger will feature 13 new installments. The duo, which each improved their respective time periods among key male viewers, will go back into production this fall, with the new seasons slated to begin in 2013.
Cable Rankings – Week of July 30
What follows are the top 10 rated cable networks for the week of July 30 broken out by total viewers, adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and adults 18-34:
Disney Channel: 2.60 million, USA: 2.57, TNT: 2.08, Fox New Channel: 1.53, TBS: 1.45, A&E: 1.41, History: 1.33, Adult Swim: 1.31, TruTV: 1.13, Syfy: 1.06
USA: 941,000, TBS: 781,000, TNT: 680,000, A&E: 601,000, Adult Swim: 587,000, FX: 565,000, TruTV: 554,000, Disney Channel: 509,000, History: 486,000, ABC Family: 467,000
USA: 1.02 million, TNT: 807,000, TBS: 767,000, A&E: 641,000, History: 618,000, TruTV: 547,000, FX: 528,000, Syfy: 514,000, AMC: 501,000, Food Network: 447,000
USA: 437,000, Adult Swim: 410,000, TBS: 395,000, FX: 307,000, ABC Family: 290,000, Disney Channel: 281,000, MTV: 279,000, VH1: 275,000, Comedy Central: 266,000, TNT: 265,000
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
ION Television Acquires Numb3rs
ION Television has struck an off-network deal with CBS Television Distribution for all six seasons (and 118 episodes) of crime solver Numb3rs, which initially aired on CBS from January 23, 2005 to March 12, 2010. Numb3s, which follows of the story of FBI agent Don Eppes (Rob Morrow) and his mathematical genius brother Charlie (David Krumholtz), will debut on ION during the 2012-13 season.
What America Thinks with Scott Rasmussen Launches One Minute News Updates
What America Thinks with Scott Rasmussen, an upcoming first-run series from Telco Productions and Rasmussen Reports featuring polling data on current events and business and political topics, will begin offering one-minute news updates next week to be used on stations’ websites and newscasts. The weekly half-hour will officially launch the first week in September on more than 50 stations across the country (including WCBS/New York, KCBS/Los Angeles, KYW/Philadelphia and KTVU/San Francisco).
Top 20 Rated Programs – Week of July 23
Judge Judy from CBS Television Distribution and The Big Bang Theory from Warner Bros. topped the syndication charts in households (first-run and off-network) for the week of July 23. Here is the top 20 based on AA (average audience) rating:
Judge Judy (CBS Television Distribution) and The Big Bang Theory (Warner Bros.): 6.3 rating each; Wheel of Fortune (CBS): 6.0; Two and a Half Men (Warner Bros.) and Jeopardy (CBS): 5.1 each; The Big Bang Theory – Weekend B (Warner Bros.): 4.0; Family Guy – weekend (Twentieth): 3.9; Family Guy – weekday (Twentieth): 3.8; Entertainment Tonight (CBS): 3.7; The Big Bang Theory – Weekend A (Warner Bros.): 3.5; Family Feud (Debmar Mercury): 3.2; Law & Order (NBC Universal) and Wheel of Fortune – Weekend (CBS): 3.0 each; Inside Edition (CBS) and Law & Order: SVU (NBCU): 2.9 each; How I Met Your Mother (Twentieth) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU): 2.8 each; Judge Joe Brown (CBS) and Access Hollywood Live – Weekend (NBCU): 2.5 each; Dr. Phil (CBS), Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC), Criminal Minds (CBS), Cold Case (Warner Bros.) and Without a Trace (Warner Bros.): 2.4 each
Source: Nielsen Media Research
Wednesday, August 8
8:00 p.m. The Middle (R)
8:30 p.m. Suburgatory (R)
9:00 p.m. Modern Family (R)
9:30 p.m. Modern Family (R)
10:00 p.m. Final Witness
8:00 p.m. NCIS (R)
9:00 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
10:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery (R)
8:00 p.m. 2012 Sumer Olympics (Track and Field, Diving, Beach Volleyball)
11:04 p.m. Go On (series preview)
Former Friends star Matthew Perry plays a charming but sarcastic sportscaster who reluctantly joins a support group at the advice of his boss after his wife passes away. If you happened to like Dear John, which was a modest success on NBC from 1988 to 1992, you might like Go On. If not, don’t bother. For a review of Go On from Anne Louise Bannon of yourfamilyviewer.com, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/cgqcv2e
8:00 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance (two hours)
8:00 p.m. Supernatural (R)
9:00 p.m. Supernatural (R)
Of Note on Cable:
-Dallas (TNT, 9 p.m. ET): season finale
-Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (TLC, 10 p.m. ET): series premiere
-Paranormal Witness (Syfy, 10 p.m. ET): season premiere
For more on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/8nsnox7
Hill Street in a Hospital
Which one of the following medical dramas was pitched to its respective network as Hill Street Blues in a hospital?
a) Chicago Hope
d) St. Elsewhere
e) Trapper John, M.D.
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Which one of the following statements is not correct?
a) Mary Richards once went to jail on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
b) Erin Walton ended up getting divorced on The Waltons.
c) Nancy Blansky was Howard Cunningham’s cousin.
d) The pilot of The Golden Girls included a live-in housekeeper.
e) The original name for Dallas was Oil.
…e) The original name for Dallas was Oil. That was actually Dynasty, which debuted almost three years after Dallas.
Today’s Trivia All-Stars:
Steve Albright, Gerry Bixenspan, John Brooker, Tom Condosta, Andy Ehlen. Gerry Gibbons, Maureen Goldman, David Jackino, Tom Kilgallon, Irene Kirschner, Synda Kollman, Marie Lefevre, Jody McIntyre, Lee McMichael, Richard Naldrett, Patti Rodriguez, Gordon Purcell, Colleen Roth, Larry Weinstock
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