Today in TV History
TNT drama “The Closer,” with Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Lee Johnson, debuted in 2005. It ran through August 13, 2012, producing 109 episodes and spinning off “Major Crimes” with Mary McDonnell.
In Today’s Issue
-Metered Market Wednesday Ratings
-Fox Completes Upfront Advertising Sales on the Downside
-“Friends” Heads to TV Land
-Two More Seasons of “Portlandia” on IFC
-Ample Sampling for “Twisted” Debut on ABC Family
-CMT Announces Start Date for “Bounty Hunters”
-Starz to Develop Post Civil War Drama
-BBC America to Air a Miniseries Exploring the Science Fiction Genre
-Cable Rankings – Tuesday 6/11/13
-Telepictures to Test “The Real” in First-Run
-“Steve Harvey Show” Sold Through 2016
-On the Air Tonight
-Not Seeing Double
Metered Market Wednesday Ratings
Hockey Leads on NBC; Fox Poised for Demo Victory
Metered Market Results
NBC 4.8/ 8
CBS 4.4/ 7
Fox 4.0/ 7
ABC 3.0/ 5
CW 0.9/ 2
-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 6/14/12:
NBC: +100, CW: +29, CBS: +13, ABC: no change, Fox: -17
2013 “Stanley Cup Final,” Game One (CBS), “Masterchef” (Fox)
-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Family Tools” (Fox)
NBC reigned supreme courtesy of the Boston Bruins vs. the Chicago Blackhawks on game one of the 2013 “Stanley Cup Final,” which averaged a 4.8 rating/8 share in the overnights from 8-11 p.m. (peaking in the 10:30 p.m. half-hour with a 5.5/10). For a hockey matchup, this is impressive.
In week three news, older skewing CBS reality/competition “The American Baking Competition” perked up to a second-place 4.1/ 7 at 8 p.m., which was 21 percent above one week earlier. Three-week overnight track: 3.5/ 6 – 3.4/ 6 – 4.1/ 7). Next were encores of “Criminal Minds” (#2: 4.4/ 7) and “CSI” (#2: 4.6/ 8) from 9-11 p.m.
Third overall in the overnights was two-hours of “Masterchef” on Fox, which scored a consistent 4.0/ 7 from 8-10 p.m., which will certainly resonate in the young adult demographics. ABC had a combination of new and non-original, with a repeat of “The Middle” (#4: 3.3/ 6), canceled “Family Tools” (#4: 2.7/ 5), a repeat of Modern Family” (#4: 3.2/ 5), canceled “How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life”, #4: 3.0/ 5) and original newsmagazine “The Lookout” (#3: 2.9/ 5). The demographics will tell the real story, of course, but 94 percent overnight retention for “How To Live With Your Parents” out of “Modern Family” does indicate that ABC may have swung the axe too quickly on the quirky half-hour.
The CW capped off the evening with encores of “Arrow” (#5: 1.1/ 2) and “Supernatural” (#5: 0.7/ 1).
Source: Nielsen Media Research
OTHER NETWORK NEWS
Fox Completes Upfront Advertising Sales on the Downside
Fox is the third network about to complete its upfront advertising sales (behind CBS and The CW), but an estimated $1.75 billion in commitments from advertisers for the upcoming television season in primetime is down in the vicinity of 10 percent from one year earlier. And part of that erosion, of course, stems from a deteriorating “American Idol” and an overall schedule marred by a loss of 22 percent among adults 18-49 year-to-year. Average ad rates rose by at a reported 5 to 7 percent, and Fox has snagged commitments for about 80 percent of its ad inventory.
As a reminder, Fox will introduce four new series next fall (drama “Sleepy Hollow,” sitcoms “Dads” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and reality/competition “Junior Masterchefs”), with scheduled changes impacting Monday, Tuesday and Friday. For more, click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/bts5qk8
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“Friends” Heads to TV Land
Classic sitcom “Friends,” which originally aired on NBC from 1994 to 2004, will debut on TV Land with a five-day marathon from Friday, June 14 to Tuesday, June 18 beginning at 7 p.m. ET (through 6 a.m. ET for the five consecutive nights). Effective on Wednesday, June 19, “Friends” settles into its regularly scheduled 9 p.m. hour, where it will lead into the live season-premiere of “Hot in Cleveland” at 10 p.m. ET (followed by the season opening episodes of “The Exes” and “The Soul Man” from 10:30-11:30 p.m. ET).
Fans will be able to live-tweet during the marathon along with @TVLand using the hashtag #FriendsOnTVLand, and special hashtags on-air relating to specific episodes. TV Land’s Instagram (@laughmoreTV) will also be sharing photos for #ThrowbackThursdays of the cast of “Friends” before they were “Friends,” among other posts on Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook, and Buzzfeed.
Two More Seasons of “Portlandia” on IFC
IFC has renewed original comedy “Portlandia” for two more seasons, with an order for 10 new half-hours in each season through 2014-15. The Emmy nominated, Peabody and WGA Award-winning series, which debuted on January 21, 2011, is created and written by Fred Armisen (“Saturday Night Live”) and singer Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney), who star in the show; and Jonathan Krisel, the show’s director. Portlandia is executive produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Broadway Video.
Guest stars, to-date, on the first three seasons of “Portlandia” have included Selma Blair, Steve Buscemi, Jeff Goldblum, Martina Navratilova, Patton Oswalt, Tim Robbins, George Wendt, Gus Van Zant and Kyle MacLachlan as the mayor of Portland.
Ample Sampling for “Twisted” Debut on ABC Family
Opposite the “NBA Finals” on ABC and “America’s Got Talent” on NBC, new scripted drama “Twisted” debuted Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET as ABC Family’s most-watched drama launch in two years (since “The Nine Lives of Chloe King”) in adults 18-34 (510,000), women 18-34 (435,000), viewers 12-34 (996,000) and females 12-34 (901,000). This pilot episode of “Twisted” originally previewed out of the spring season-finale of “Pretty Little Liars.”
Leading into “Twisted” was the season-premiere of “Pretty Little Liars,” which finished as Tuesday’s No. TV telecast in females 12-34 (1.85 million) and female teens (774,000), and cable TV’s No. 1 telecast in adults 18-34 (1.28 million), women 18-34 (1.08 million), adults 18-49 (1.62 million), women 18-49 (1.35 million) and viewers 12-34 (2.11 million). “Pretty Little Liars” was also cable’s most-watched scripted telecast of the night with 2.97 million viewers.
CMT Announces Start Date for “Bounty Hunters”
“Bounty Hunters,” CMT’s first animated series, will debut on the cable network on Saturday, July 13 at 10 p.m. ET. Executive produced and voiced by Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Bill Engvall, “Bounty Hunters” will feature the comical trio tracking down fugitives for their own two-bit bounty hunting business while trying to please the tough-as-nails bondswoman (Lisa Lampanelli) who throws them business. Guest star voices will include country favorites Kellie Pickler, Blake Shelton and Kix Brooks.
Starz to Develop Post Civil War Drama
Starz will develop a post civil war-based drama called “Monsters of God” from writer, director and producer Rod Lurie (“The Contender,” “The Last Castle”) in conjunction with Plan B Entertainment. Set in Texas in 1867 during the Comanche Wars, “Monsters of God” will follow two powerful ex-cavalry men, a war-hungry Colonel and his seemingly by-the-book executive officer as they struggle to maintain order over the men in their command while being faced with the challenges of an uncivilized territory. Lurie and his producing partner Marc Frydman will executive produce via their Battleplan Productions banner. “Monsters of God” is expected to bow in 2014.
BBC America to Air a Miniseries Exploring the Science Fiction Genre
BBC America and BBC Two have announced the co-production of a four-part docuseries called “My God, It’s Fall of Stars: A Journey to the Edge of Science Fiction,” which will focus the genre’s impact on television, cinema and literature. Each episode will explore one of the themes of science fiction, including time travel, the exploration of space, robots and artificial intelligence, and aliens. The executive producer for the BBC is Michael Poole and overseeing production for BBC America are Richard De Croce and Rachel Smith. There is no announced airdate yet for this project.
Cable Rankings – Tuesday 6/11/13
What follows are the 20 most-watched shows on basic cable on Tuesday, June 11:
“The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News Channel, 8 p.m.): 3.00 million, “Pretty Little Liars” (ABC Family, 8 p.m.): 2.97, “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9:30 p.m.): 2.89, “Storage Wars” (A&E, 9:30 p.m.) and “Deadliest Catch” (Discovery, 9 p.m.): 2.83 each, “Jessie” (Disney, 9 p.m.): 2.56, “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 8:30 p.m.) and “Counting Cars” (History, 9:30 p.m.): 2.52 each, “Storage Wars” (A&E, 9 p.m.): 2.52, “Good Luck Charlie” (Disney Channel, 8 p.m.): 2.49, “A.N.T. Farm” (Disney Channel, 9:30 p.m.): 2.46, “Austin & Ally” (Disney Channel, 8:30 p.m.): 2.44, “American Restoration” (History, 10 p.m.): 2.33, “Counting Cars” (History, 9 p.m.): 2.29, “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10:30 p.m.) and “Shake It Up” (Disney Channel, 10 p.m.): 2.13 each, “Law & Order: SVU” (USA, 10 p.m.): 2.07, “Gravity Falls” (Disney Channel, 10:30 p.m.): 2.04
Source: Nielsen Media Research
Telepictures to Test “The Real” in First-Run
Telepictures, the production arm of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, will offer a four-week test of an issue themed talk show called “The Real.” Hosted by Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Jennie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housely, “The Real” will focus on topics ranging from the personal lives of these five women to the news of the day to beauty, fashion and relationships. Effective on Monday, July 15, “The Real” will be available on select Fox-owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Houston, Phoenix and Tampa.
“Steve Harvey Show” Sold Through 2016
Freshman daytime talker “The Steve Harvey Show” from NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution, which was already renewed for season two, has been extended through 2016 to station groups across the country. In addition to renewals on the NBC Owned Stations, represented station groups include Allbritton, Cox, Fox, Gannett, Hearst, LIN, Local TV, Nexstar, Raycom and Sinclair. Produced by Endemol USA and executive produced by Steve Harvey, Alex Duda and Rushion McDonald, this will take Emmy nominated “The Steve Harvey Show” through at least four seasons.
Thursday, June 13
8:00 p.m. “Jimmy Kimmel Live”
8:30 p.m. “NBA Countdown”
10:00 p.m. “2013 NBA Finals”: Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs
8:00 p.m. “The Big Bang Theory” (R)
8:30 p.m. “Two and a Half Men” (R)
9:00 p.m. “Person of Interest” (R)
10:00 p.m. “Elementary” (R)
8:00 p.m. “Save Me” (R)
8:30 p.m. “Save Me”
9:00 p.m. “The Office” (R)
9:30 p.m. “Parks and Recreation” (R)
10:00 p.m. “Hannibal”
8:00 p.m. “Hell’s Kitchen”
9:00 p.m. “Does Someone Have to Go”
8:00 p.m. “The Vampire Diaries” (R)
9:00 p.m. “Beauty and the Beast” (R)
Of Note on Cable:
-“Burn Notice” (USA, 9 p.m. ET): 100th episode
-“Intervention” (A&E, 9 p.m. ET): season premiere
-“LA Hair” (WE, 9 p.m. ET): time period premiere
-“House of Curves” (WE, 10 p.m. ET): series premiere
Plus-sized fashion designer Kenyatta Jones is the focus of this new docuseries, which will feature Kenyatta’s two best friends from college, her assistant, and her mother, who is also her main investor.
-“Sullivan & Son” (TBS, 10 p.m. ET): series premiere
-“Giving You the Business” (Food Network, 10:30 p.m. ET): season finale
Not Seeing Double
Four of the following sitcoms spun-off two shows. Which one of the five was the parent to only one?
b) “The Andy Griffith Show”
e) “Three’s Company”
The answer to the yesterday’s question…
If you were living in Los Angeles and needed the services of a photographer, whom would you call?
a) Nancy Beebe
b) Marcia Brady Logan
c) Jo Reynolds
d) Melissa Steadman
e) Felix Unger
…Is: c) Jo Reynolds (Daphne Zuniga), the mysterious New York photographer who moved to serialized drama “Melrose Place” looking for a new beginning (but found nothing but trouble). Although Melissa Steadman (Melanie Mayron) from “thirtysomething” and Felix Unger (Tony Randall) from “The Odd Couple” were also employed as shutterbugs, they lived in Philadelphia and New York, respectively.
Today’s Trivia All-Stars:
John Beadle, Gerry Bixenspan, Matt Bradley, Jim Brams, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Phyllis Epstein, Jan Frazier, Geoffrey Gordon, Ed Griffis, Linda Grillo, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Mary Ellen Maloney, Tom Moore, Richard Naldrett, Ken Stowe, Randy Wade, Jeanne Yonkers
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