Today in TV History
Game show Family Feud, hosted by Richard Dawson, debuted on ABC in daytime in 1976. There were also two primetime drama premieres: Northern Exposure on CBS in 1990 and Monk on USA in 2002.
In Today’s Issue
-Primetime Metered Market Wednesday Ratings
-CBS Premiere Dates
-TVMI Daily Game – Big Brother Edition
-Good Afternoon America Loses Steam in Day Two
-More Falling Skies
-Shaquille O’Neal Heads to truTV
-Me-TV Remembers Ernest Borgnine
-Syndication Rankings – Week of June 25
-On the Air Tonight
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Primetime Metered Market Wednesday Ratings
So You Think You Can Dance Leads Fox to Victory
Metered Market Results
Fox 4.1/ 7
NBC 3.7/ 6
CBS 3.4/ 6
ABC 3.0/ 5
CW 0.7/ 1
-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 7/13/11
ABC: +15, CW: no change, Fox: – 7, NBC: -16, CBS: -23
America’s Got Talent (NBC), So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
-Losers (excluding repeats):
Nothing…62 percent of the schedule were repeats.
Two hours of So You Think You Can Dance led Fox to Wednesday overnight victory, and it should be enough to win the evening among coveted adults 18-49. The now veteran dancing competition averaged a 4.1 rating/7 share from 8-10 p.m., which compared to one year earlier was down by seven percent.
The standout on second-place NBC, of course, was America’s Got Talent, which took top-rated honors for the evening with a 5.4/10 from 9-10 p.m. While that almost tripled the overnight rating of an encore telecast of lead-in Up All Night (#4, 1.8/ 3 at 8:30 p.m.), it did fall year-to-year by 23 percent. Could the ongoing “battle” between Howie Mandel and Howard Stern be a stunt to ignite interest?
Earlier in the evening on NBC was an encore telecast of Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (#4: #4, 3.0/ 6 at 8 p.m.), which will return in midseason. While you should not judge a series by a repeat, the loss of 40 percent in the overnights for aforementioned Up All Night at 8:30 p.m. means the freshman comedy should not be returning next season. Nor should most of the returning NBC sitcoms.
At 10 p.m., an encore telecast of tired Law & Order: SVU capped off evening for the Peacock net with a third-place 3.2/ 6.
In season (or series) finale news, Dogs in the City on CBS concluded second in the 8 p.m. hour with a 3.4/ 6. While this show does skew older (and it did dip by 23 percent in the overnights from Big Brother one year earlier), it was a true pleasure to see something inspirational of a reality nature. That alone should be enough to warrant a second season.
Next on CBS were encore telecasts of Criminal Minds (#3: 3.4/ 6) and CSI (#2: 3.4/ 6) from 9-11 p.m.
In week three news, Final Witness on ABC inched past the competition at 10 p.m. with a 3.5/ 6 in the overnights. Comparably, that built from a 9:30 p.m. repeat installment of Modern Family (#4: 2.9/ 5) by 21 percent. Earlier in the evening on the alphabet net were encores of sitcoms The Middle (#3: 3.1/ 6), Suburgatory (#3: 2.5/ 4) and the regularly scheduled installment of Modern Family (#4: 2.8/ 5) from 8-9:30 p.m.
Over at The CW, back-to-back repeats of veteran America’s Next Top Model averaged a 0.7/ 1 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. Once Tyra Banks and company move into the Friday anchor position, it should be curtains.
Source: Nielsen Media Research
OTHER NETWORK NEWS
CBS Premiere Dates
Mark your calendars…CBS has announced its series and season premiere dates for this fall and first up is a 90-minute installment the 25th edition of Survivor on Wednesday, September 19 (which is five days before the official start of the new TV season). The remainder of the Eye net’s line-up will debut the week of September 24. Click on the following for a complete list: http://tinyurl.com/co2rgnp.
TVMI Daily Game – Big Brother Edition
How many viewers do you think will be tuning in for the season premiere of Big Brother on CBS (and on Global in Canada) tonight? Click on the following: http://bit.ly/TVMIdg
Good Afternoon America Loses Steam in Day Two
Two days of metered market data does not a hit or miss make. But with weaker lead-in support, Good Afternoon America on ABC dipped to a 1.6 rating/5 share in households in the overnights in day two (Tuesday, July 10), which was six percent below the lead-in average (1.7/ 5) and 20 percent below former time period occupant One Life to Live in July 2011 (2.0/ 6). Monday’s opener was a 1.7/ 5 (out of a 1.8/ 5).
Good Afternoon America also declined by margins of 33 percent to 50 percent from the year-ago time period average in the three key female demos as follows:
July 2011: 1.0/ 7, Lead-in: 0.5/ 4, Good Afternoon America: 0.5/ 4
July 2011: 1.2/ 8, Lead-in: 0.8/ 5, Good Afternoon America: 0.7/ 5
July 2011: 0.6/ 4, Lead-in: 0.3/ 2, Good Afternoon America: 0.4/ 2
Source: Nielsen Media Research
More Falling Skies
TNT has renewed Falling Skies for a third season, with 10 additional hour-long episodes for 2013. This season to-date, the Sunday 9 p.m. occupant is averaging 5.9 million viewers and it ranks as basic cable’s top-rated scripted drama among adults 18-49. Falling Skies, from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Stephen Spielberg, chronicles the devastating aftermath of an alien attack. Noah Wyle (ER) leads the ensemble cast.
Shaquille O’Neal Heads to truTV
Basketball great Shaquille O’Neal, who is no stranger to hosting his own reality series (think 2009-10 ABC summer entry Shaq vs.), will headline a non-scripted series on truTV tentatively titled Upload with Shaquille O’Neal. Each week, Shaq and his buddies Gary Owen (Think Like a Man), who hosts the series, and Godfrey (The Mr. Men Show), plus a special guest, will search the Internet for the funniest online videos to comment on. Upload with Shaquille O’Neal will also feature original videos, pranks and parodies of pop culture stories.
The original half-hour comes to truTV from FishBowl Worldwide Media and Shaq Entertainment. Ten episodes have been ordered for an expected debut in 2013.
Me-TV Remembers Ernest Borgnine
Classic television themed Me-TV will pay tribute to the late Ernest Borgnine with an airing of 1964 theatrical McHale’s Navy, which was based on the 1962-66 sitcom of the same name, this Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.
Syndication Rankings – Week of June 25
Here is the top 30 rated shows (first-run and off-network) based on AA (average audience) households for the week of June 25:
The Big Bang Theory (Warner Bros.): 6.2 rating; Judge Judy (CBS Television Distribution): 6.1; Wheel of Fortune (CBS): 5.8; Two and a Half Men (Warner Bros.) and Jeopardy (CBS): 5.2 each; Family Guy – Mon-Fri (Twentieth): 4.3; The Big Bang Theory – Weekend B (Warner Bros.): 4.1; Family Guy – weekend (Twentieth): 3.7; The Big Bang Theory – Weekend A (Warner Bros.): 3.6; Entertainment Tonight (CBS): 3.3; Family Feud (Debmar Mercury): 3.2; Wheel of Fortune – weekend (CBS): 3.1; How I Met Your Mother – Mon-Fri (Twentieth): 3.0; Inside Edition (CBS) and Monk (NBC Universal): 2.8 each; Criminal Minds (CBS): 2.7; Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) and How I Met Your Mother – weekend (Twentieth): 2.6 each; Dr. Phil (CBS) and Law & Order (NBCU): 2.5 each
Source: Nielsen Media Research
Thursday, July 12
8:00 p.m. Duets
9:00 p.m. Wipeout
9:30 p.m. Rookie Blue
8:00 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (R)
8:30 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (R)
9:00 p.m. Big Brother 14 (season premiere)
Returning to the Big Brother house this season are former contestants Janelle Pierzina DeSanto, Dan Gheesling, Britney Haynes and Mike “Boogie” Malin.
10:00 p.m. Person of Interest (R, new summer time period)
8:00 p.m. The Office (R)
8:30 p.m. Parks and Recreation (R)
9:00 p.m. Saving Hope
10:00 p.m. Rock Center With Brian Williams
8:00 p.m. Mobbed
9:00 p.m. The Choice (season or series finale)
8:00 p.m. The Vampire Diaries (R)
9:00 p.m. The Vampire Diaries (R)
Of Note on Cable:
-Swamp People (History, 9 p.m. ET): season finale
-Property Wars (Discovery, 10 p.m. ET): series premiere
-The Real L Word (Showtime, 10 p.m. ET): season premiere
-Men at Work (TBS, 10:30 p.m. ET): season finale
Remember Diahann Carroll as Julia Baker on groundbreaking 1968-71 sitcom Julia? What was Julia’s occupation?
a) Executive assistant
The answer to yesterday’s question was…
What were the first names of the “fun girls” on The Andy Griffith Show?
a) Adele and Estelle
b) Amy and Debra
c) Betsy and Bootsy
d) Laverne and Shirley
e) Skippy and Daphne
…e) Skippy and Daphne, who appeared on the classic sitcom on three occasions. Hello Doll!
Today’s Trivia All-Stars:
Pat Baldwin, Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Mark Cosenza, Reid Davis, Darlene Dorman, Jim Forkan, Maureen Goldman, Ed Griffis, Nanci Hughes, David Jackino, Synda Kollman, Howard Lieboff, Rick
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