Today in TV History
Peter Jennings became the sole anchor and senior editor of World News Tonight on ABC in 1983. In 1990, the picturesque town of Cicely, Alaska is stricken with the flu on quirky drama Northern Exposure.
In Today’s Issue
-Metered Market Wednesday Ratings
-Kelsey Grammer to Develop Crime Drama Pariah for NBC
-Jimmy Fallon Oscar No Go
-New Series Odds
-Play the Cancellation Clock Contest
-Hollywood Heights Heads to TeenNick
-FX Productions Signs First-Look Deal with Color Force
-Cable Rankings – Tuesday, August 7
-ION Television Acquires Law & Order: Criminal Intent
-Week of August 6 to-Date
-On the Air Tonight
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Metered Market Wednesday Ratings
Solid Sampling for NBC’s Go On out of The London Olympics
Metered Market Results
CBS 3.1/ 5
ABC 2.1/ 3
FOX 1.4/ 2
CW 0.7/ 1
-Countdown to the Official Start of the 2012-13 TV Season: 39 days
NBC dominated the overnight Wednesday troops by epic proportions, of course, and the strategy of previewing new Matthew Perry sitcom Go On at 11:04 p.m. ET worked. It was clearly sampled. But will the audience return for Go On in its regularly scheduled Tuesday 9 p.m. time period (out of The Voice) this fall? Not to this extent it won’t.
The London Olympics averaged an 18.6 rating/30 share in the metered markets from 8-11 p.m., peaking in the 9:30 p.m. half-hour (in household rating) with a 20.6/32. Go On in the 11 p.m. half-hour (which is approximate because it included the final few minutes of The Olympics) scored a 12.7/24. Go On will return on September 11 for its official Tuesday 9 p.m. time period debut.
Elsewhere, and it was not much considering NBC more than doubled the competition combined, only Big Brother on CBS and Final Witness on ABC were original telecasts. The summer guilty pleasure opened with a 3.8/ 7 in the overnights at 8 p.m., followed by encore telecasts of Criminal Minds (#2: 2.7/ 4) and CSI (#2: 2.9/ 5) from 9-11 p.m.
In the distant No. 3 spot was ABC care of repeats of The Middle (#3: 2.4/ 4), Suburgatory (#3: 1.9/ 3) and two episodes of Modern Family (#3, avg. 2.2/ 4) from 8-10 p.m., and aforementioned Final Witness (#3: 2.1/ 3) at 10 p.m.
Fox populated this second Wednesday in August with a two-hour encore telecast of So You Think You Can Dance, which finished fourth with a 1.4/ 2 from 8-10 p.m. And The CW aired back-to-back repeats of Supernatural, which averaged a 0.7/ 1.
Once the new season begins, CBS is the network to beat in total viewers care of Survivor: Nicaragua, Criminal Minds and CSI; and the race among adults 18-49 is likely to fall between the home of Modern Family, ABC, and returning The X Factor on Fox. Will the arrival of new judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato make a difference on The X Factor next season? If the recent lackluster session at The Summer Press Tour (featuring the cast via satellite) is any indication, consider that unlikely.
Source: Nielsen Media Research
OTHER NETWORK NEWS
Kelsey Grammer to Develop Crime Drama Pariah for NBC
NBC, which has no shortage of freshman series for next season, has another potential new drama in the works: procedural crime solver Pariah from Lionsgate Television and Kelsey Grammer’s Grammnet Productions. Inspired by the best-selling book Freakonomics by Stephen Dauber and Steven Levitt and executive produced by Grammer (who is doing double duty as the current star of Starz political thriller Boss), Pariah will follow the Mayor of San Diego who assigns an academic with no background in law enforcement to head up a task force. The academic ultimately uses the citizens of San Diego to solve crimes, with his methods proving controversial among the city’s police department.
Jimmy Fallon Oscar No Go
Recent reports of Jimmy Fallon in talks to host the Academy Awards on ABC in 2013 have concluded and Fallon will not be stepping up to the podium. ABC, apparently, was upset because Fallon competes directly with Jimmy Kimmel in late night and Fallon made it official to Matt Lauer of The Today Show that is will not happen…at least not in 2013.
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 let us know what you think at www.tvmediainsights.com.
Play the Cancellation Clock Contest
As the TVMI saying goes, “Tick, tock…the cancellation clock is ticking.” And now is your chance, courtesy of Douglas Pucci, to chime in with you picks for the first new series cancellation of the season. Please click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/dylxgq4
Hollywood Heights Heads to TeenNick
Just six weeks after debuting, Nick at Nite will ship low-rated youth-themed serial Hollywood Heights to sibling network TeenNick effective on Monday, August 13. Based on Mexican telenovela Alcanzar una Estrella, the 80-episode series, which is averaging just 570,000 viewers, will air weeknights on TeenNick at 8 p.m. ET.
FX Productions Signs First-Look Deal with Color Force
FX Productions has entered into an agreement with Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and their production company, Color Force, for a first-look production deal with FXP exclusively for cable television. Color Force will develop series projects from writer-producers, while securing the rights to published material that can be adapted into television series. The pact with Color Force is the first POD deal for FX Productions that was not established through a prior existing relationship with the studio. FXP currently has output deals in place with RCG Productions, the production company of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia; Executive Producer/Showrunners Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton; and Floyd County Productions, the home of animated Archer.
Cable Rankings – Tuesday, August 7
What follows are the 20 most-watched shows on basic cable in primetime for Tuesday, August 7:
Storage Wars (A&E, 10:30 p.m.): 3.72 million, Storage Wars (A&E, 10 p.m.): 3.33, The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 10 p.m.): 2.62, Rizzoli & Isles Special (TNT, 9 p.m.) and The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 10 p.m.): 2.57 each, The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 8:30 p.m.): 2.52, The O’Reilly Factor (Fox News Channel, 8 p.m.): 2.49, The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 9 p.m.): 2.49, Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family, 8 p.m.): 2.44, Hardcore Pawn (TruTV, 9 p.m.): 2.38, Code 9 (Disney Channel, 9 p.m.): 2.38, The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 10:30 p.m.): 2.37, American Dad (Adult Swim, 10:30 p.m.): 2.23, Austin & Ally (Disney Channel, 9:30 p.m.): 2.21, Dance Moms (Lifetime, 9 p.m.): 2.16, Teen Mom (MTV, 10 p.m.): 2.15, Rizzoli & Isles Special (TNT, 10 p.m.): 2.13, Hardcore Pawn (TruTV, 9:30 p.m.): 2.09, The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 8 p.m.): 2.08, Gravity Falls (Disney Channel, 10 p.m.): 2.07, A.N.T. Farm (Disney Channel, 10:30 p.m.): 2.03
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
ION Television Acquires Law & Order: Criminal Intent
On the heels of ION Television acquiring the off-network rights to crime solver Numb3rs comes word that the network now has the off-net licensing rights to all 10 seasons (195 episodes) of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Headlined by Vincent D’Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe, Criminal Intent was the third installment of the wildly popular Law & Order franchise. It began on NBC in 2001 and concluded on USA in 2011. ION has not confirmed when exactly Criminal Intent will debut.
Upcoming first-run weekly What America Thinks with Scott Rasmussen from Telco Productions and Rasmussen Reports is one-half hour in length (and not one hour as reported yesterday). It 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).
Source: Nielsen Media Research
Week of August 6 to-Date
Click on the following links for the news of the week.
-Tuesday Scorecard: http://tinyurl.com/ce6lmrb
-Arrested Development Begins New Production: http://tinyurl.com/czekgmb
-Updated Results for the London Olympics: http://tinyurl.com/czmc4uf
-Spike TV Renewals: http://tinyurl.com/btxpm2o
-Weekend Ratings Round-Up: http://tinyurl.com/d2vlqh3
-The Waltons 40th Anniversary Celebration: http://tinyurl.com/9vpuned
-Monday Scorecard: http://tinyurl.com/8g34m9j
-ION Television Acquires Numb3rs: http://tinyurl.com/8md8g3b
-Sharon Osbourne to Exit America’s Got Talent: http://tinyurl.com/c4wfv5e
-Lifetime Picks Up Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition: http://tinyurl.com/bu5h7xb
-ReelzChannel Announces Start Date for Bomb Girls: http://tinyurl.com/9uqkq7r
Thursday, August 9
8:00 p.m. Wipeout (R)
9:00 p.m. Wipeout
10:00 p.m. Rookie Blue
8:00 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (R)
8:30 p.m. Two and a Half Men (R)
9:00 p.m. Big Brother
10:00 p.m. Person of Interest (R)
8:00 p.m. 2012 Sumer Olympics
8:00 p.m. Raising Hope (R)
8:30 p.m. Raising Hope (R)
9:00 p.m. Hope (R)
9:30 p.m. Raising Hope (R)
8:00 p.m. The Vampire Diaries (R)
9:00 p.m. The L.A. Complex (R)
Of Note on Cable:
-Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (FX, 11 p.m. ET): series premiere
Pop culture, politics, race, religion and the media are the focus of this half-hour from executive producer Chris Rock.
-Childrens Hospital (Adult Swim, 12 a.m. ET): season premiere
Which one of the following classic westerns featured a guest appearance by a young Regis Philbin? (Hint: One of the regularly scheduled performers found much greater success on another series 12 years after this series ended).
a) The Big Valley
e) The Virginian
The answer to yesterday’s question…
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.
…d) St. Elsewhere, which aired on NBC from 1982 to 1988.
-Today’s Trivia All-Stars:
Steve Albright, Michelle Amundson, Becky Beaty, Barbara Berman, Gerry Bixenspan, Matt Bradley, John Brooker, Bruce Cohen, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Harold Cooper, Andy Ehlen, John Ferlazzo, Jerry Gibbons, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg, Maureen Goldman, Linda Grillo, Carolyn Becker Hayes, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Tom Joyce, Synda Kollman, Jody McIntyre, Michael Murphy, Barbara Oates, Aaron Paquette, Roger Price, Gordon Purcell, Patti Rodriguez, Joe Rubi, David Shearer, Barry Singer, Ken Stowe
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