Today in TV History:
Toast of the Town, the original title of legendary The Ed Sullivan Show, debuted on CBS in 1948. The first episode featured Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II, concert pianist Eugene List, and the six original June Taylor Dancers (then called the Toastettes). Also on this day was the launch of short-lived NBC summer variety series Andy Williams Presents Ray Stevens in 1970.
In Today’s Issue
-Tuesday Metered Market Ratings
-Ray Romano Guest Stars on Parenthood
-Weekly Ratings Update – Week of June 11
-Introducing TVMI Videocast
-Bunheads on ABC Family Picks Up Steam
-Twilight Zone Marathon on Syfy
-Cable Rankings – Week of June 11
-Syndication Rankings – Week of June 4
-On the Air Tonight
-A Fake Name
Metered Market Tuesday Ratings
Easy Victory for NBA Ignited ABC
Metered Market Results
CBS 4.6/ 8
Fox 3.9/ 6
NBC 3.6/ 6
CW 0.4/ 1
-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 6/21/11
ABC: +167, Fox: +62, CBS: -12, CW: -20, NBC: -52
NBA Finals, Game 4 (ABC), Hell’s Kitchen (Fox), Masterchef (Fox)
-Losers (excluding repeats):
The Catalina (CW), Love in the Wild (NBC)
Game four of The NBA Finals, Oklahoma City vs. Miami, led ABC to a solid Tuesday victory, of course, with a 91 percent advantage in the metered markets over second-place CBS. Third overall was Fox, which will resonate among adults 18-49 thanks to Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef, followed by NBC and distant The CW. A rise of 167 percent for ABC year-to-year was a result of no basketball on the year-ago evening.
The fourth game NBA match-up averaged an estimated 12.0 rating/20 share in the overnights from 9-11:30 p.m., with growth by half-hour as follows:
NBA Finals, Game 4 (ABC)
9:00 p.m.: 9.3/15 (#1)
9:30 p.m.: 11.3/18 (#1)
10:00 p.m.: 11.6/19 (#1)
10:30 p.m.: 13.1/22 (#1)
11:00 p.m.: 14.8/26 (#1)
Comparably, game four of the 2011 NBA Finals (Mavericks vs. Heat) on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 scored an estimated 10.1/16 in the overnights in primetime (which is 11 percent below the 11.3/18 for last night’s game).
Earlier in the evening on ABC was an 8 p.m. edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live (#4: 3.4/ 6) and The NBA Countdown (#3t, 3.9/ 7 at 8:30 p.m.), which are both approximate due to the live nature of the programming.
CBS was at typical early summer Tuesday levels with its encore combination of NCIS (#1: 5.1/ 9), spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles (#2: 4.5/ 7) and 48 Hours Mystery (#2: 4.1/ 7). And that will translate into a fourth-place finish for the evening among adults 18-49. As a reminder, highly touted new drama Vegas with Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis airs in the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour on the Eye net this fall.
Over at Fox, the pairing of Hell’s Kitchen (#2t: 4.0/ 7) and Masterchef (#4: 3.8/ 6) remains a flawless fit, which both expected to deliver in the mid-2 range among adults 18-49 (despite facing The NBA Finals).
Elsewhere, NBC populated this third Tuesday in June with back-to-back repeats of America’s Got Talent (8 p.m.: #2t, 4.0/ 7; 9 p.m.: #3, 4.2/ 7), followed by sophomore Love In the Wild at a distant third-place 2.5/ 4 in the overnights at 10 p.m. Keep in mind, however, that Love in the Wild will outdeliver the encore of 48 Hours Mystery on CBS among adults 18-49. And The CW aired struggling The Catalina (#5: 0.6/ 1), which features a hotel employee who looks like a young Julia Roberts, and a repeat of The L.A. Complex (#5: 0.3/ 1). Yes, I do watch The Catalina. I am the one!
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
OTHER NETWORK ITEMS
Ray Romano Guest Stars on Parenthood
Former Everybody Loves Raymond and recent Men of a Certain Age star Ray Romano will be featured in a story arc in the upcoming season of Parenthood on NBC as a photographer who complicates Sarah’s (Lauren Graham) relationship with Mark (Jason Ritter), who proposed to her in the current season finale. Romano will begin his storyline in the fourth season-premiere on Tuesday, September 11 and will remain with the family drama for an unspecified number of episodes.
Weekly Ratings Update – Week of June 11
Games one through three of The NBA Finals, Miami at Oklahoma, led ABC to across-the-board victory, of course. And an increase of 4.2 million viewers and as much as 162 percent among adults 18-34 from one year earlier is a reflection of no basketball in the year-ago week. ABC marked its most-watched non-Oscar week since the week of November 21, 2011, and highest rated among adults 18-49 since the week of June 6, 2011.
Also of positive note on the alphabet net was two-hour special Megastunts: Highwire Over Niagara Falls – Live! at 10.26 million viewers in the Friday 9-11 p.m. block — the largest non-sports summertime Friday telecast on the major networks since the week of September 2, 2005.
Elsewhere, the home of America’s Got Talent, NBC, finished second overall in total viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54, but at levels below one year earlier. CBS and Fox were close to year-ago levels, but perennial cellar-dweller The CW has not benefited by original telecasts, at present, of docu-series Breaking Pointe and The Catalina. Nothing new in this early summer season, in fact, has resonated to-date with recent entry Dogs in the City on CBS the most-watched of the seven this week with 5.55 million viewers.
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Source: Nielsen Media Research data
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Bunheads on ABC Family Picks Up Steam
Most new series drop in the vicinity of 10 to 20 percent in week two. But the second telecast of ABC Family drama Bunheads increased by as much as 28 percent in women 18-34 (326,000 to 416,000), with full total viewer retention (1.64 million) in the Monday 9 p.m. hour. Comparably, Bunheads was the No. 2 scripted cable TV telecast of the night in women 18-34 (416,000), women 18-49 (658,000) and females 12-34 (608,000). Lead-in The Secret Life of The American Teenager at 8 p.m. was cable’s top-rated telecast overall on Monday in viewers 12-34 (1.01 million) and females 12-34 (788,000) and was the No. 1 scripted cable TV telecast in adults 18-34 (734,000), women 18-34 (565,000) and women 18-49 (799,000).
Twilight Zone Marathon on Syfy
Iconic anthology series The Twilight Zone will air in marathon form on Syfy on Wednesday, July 4. It begins at 8 a.m. and airs through 5 a.m. ET. The Twilight Zone began its initial run on CBS on Oct. 2, 1959, producing 156 episodes over five season. And there have been three unsuccessful revivals to-date: CBS in the 1985-86 season, first-run syndication from 1978-88, and on UPN from 2002-03.
Cable Rankings – Week of June 11
What follows are the top 10 rated cable networks for the week of June 11 broken out by total viewers, adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and adults 18-34:
Disney Channel: 2.94 million, USA: 2.62, TNT: 2.61, History: 2.40, Fox News: 1.64, A&E: 1.62, TBS: 1.60, Adult Swim: 1.44, FX: 1.28, ABC Family: 1.26
USA: 1.04 million, History: 940,000, TBS: 830,000, TNT: 829,000, A&E: 656,000, Adult Swim: 631,000, FX: 616,000, ABC Family: 582,000, Disney Channel: 560,000, TruTV: 542,000
History: 1.10 million, USA: 1.07 million, TNT: 1.04 million, TBS: 862,000, A&E: 730,000, FX: 605,000, Food Network: 597,000, Discovery: 582,000, TruTV: 563,000, Bravo: 524,000
USA: 503,000, Adults Swim: 441,000, TBS: 418,000, MTV: 373,000, History: 362,000, ABC Family: 344,000, Disney Channel: 326,000, FX: 292,000, Comedy Central and TNT: 276,000
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
Syndication Rankings – Week of June 4
Of positive note for long-running CBS Television Distribution court show Judge Joe Brown this was the 700th straight week of finishing second behind the distributor’s Judge Judy. Dr. Phil, also from CBS, was the only talk show to increase week-to-week, with a gain of 4 percent (and its 32nd weekly first-place finish in the genre this season). Here is the top 30 rated shows (first-run and off-network) based on AA (average audience) households for the week of June 4.
The Big Bang Theory (Warner Bros.): 6.2 rating; Judge Judy (CBS Television Distribution) and Wheel of Fortune (CBS): 6.1 each; Jeopardy (CBS): 5.3; Two and a Half Men (Warner Bros.): 4.9; The Big Bang Theory – Weekend B (Warner Bros.): 4.9; Family Guy – weekend (Twentieth): 4.1; The Big Bang Theory – Weekend A (Warner Bros.): 3.7; Family Guy – Monday-Friday (Twentieth): 3.6; Entertainment Tonight (CBS): 3.2; How I Met Your Mother – weekend (Twentieth): 3.1; Family Feud (Debmar Mercury) and Law & Order (NBCUniversal): 3.0 each; Law & Order: SVU (NBC): 2.9; How I Met Your Mother – Monday-Friday (Twentieth), Criminal Minds (CBS), Wheel of Fortune – Weekend (CBS) and Without a Trace (Warner Bros.): 2.8 each; Dr. Phil (CBS): 2.6; Monk (NBCU): 2.5; Dr. Oz (Sony Pictures Television), Judge Joe Brown (CBS), King of the Hill (Twentieth) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent – Monday-Friday (NBCU): 2.4 each; Live With Kelly! (Disney-ABC): 2.3; Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC), Maury (NBCU), Seinfeld (SPT), The Closer (Warner Bros.), Cold Case (Warner Bros.) and Two and a Half Men – Weekend B (Warner Bros.): 2.2 each
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
On the Air Tonight
Wednesday, June 20
8:00 p.m. The Middle (R)
8:30 p.m. Suburgatory (R)
9:00 p.m. Modern Family (R)
9:30 p.m. Duets (90-minutes)
8:00 p.m. Dogs in the City
9:00 p.m. Criminal Minds (R)
10:00 p.m. CSI (R)
8:00 p.m. Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (R)
8:30 p.m. Up All Night (R)
9:00 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (R)
10:00 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (R)
8:00 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance
8:00 p.m. America’s Next Top Model: All Stars (R)
9:00 p.m. America’s Next Top Model: All Stars (R)
Of Note on Cable:
-Baby Daddy (ABC Family): 8:30 p.m. ET (series premiere)
A young man in his 20s (Jean-Luc Bilodeau) becomes a surprise father to a baby girl left on his doorstep by an ex-girlfriend in this new sitcom. Chelsea Kane and Melissa Peterman co-star.
-Diamond Divers (Spike TV): 10 p.m. ET (series premiere)
-School Spirits (Syfy): 10 p.m. ET (series premiere)
-The Soul Man (TV Land): 10 p.m. ET (series premiere)
A former R&B star-(Cedric “The Entertainer”) moves back home to his humble roots in St. Louis to be with his family and assume life as a new minister. Niecy Nash co-stars.
-The Exes (TV Land): 10:30 p.m. ET (season premiere)
-American Restoration (History): 10:30 p.m. ET (season finale)
Production company 2C Media has named Igal Svet as Vice President of Development, where he will spearhead the unscripted development slate and pitch and sell new projects. He reports to 2C Media President/co-founder Chris Sloan and Carla Kaufman Sloan. Svet joins 2C Media as the company prepares to premiere its fifth cable television series, Travel Channel’s Airport 24/7: Miami.
A Fake Name
Which one of the following options was not the actual title of a TV series?
a) Dark Skies
b) Evening Shade
c) Midnight Runner
d) Night Gallery
e) Open All Night
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Tearjerker 1989 theatrical Steel Magnolias featured Sally Field as Eatenton matriarch M’Lynn. But who played the role of M’Lynn in the CBS pilot that never went to series?
a) Delta Burke
b) Peri Gilpin
c) Laurie Metcalf
d) Park Overall
e) Cindy Williams
Is: e) Cindy Williams, who ended up on short-lived CBS sitcom Normal Life as the TV wife of former Barney Miller star Maxwell Gail and TV Mom of Dweezil Zappa and Moon Unit Zappa.
Todays Trivia All-Stars:
Gerry Bixenspan, Mark Brown, D.C. Carter, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Mark Consenza, Serri Ferrante, Jim Forkan, Maureen Goldman, Ed Griffis, Bob Ingersoll, Rosemarie Kelly, Tom Kilgallon, Synda Kollman, Cliff Kroeter, Paul Lewis, Rick Locke, Jody McIntyre, Richard Naldrett, Ken Penney, Mary Politano, Gordon Purcell, Susan Rogers, Joe Rubi, Jo Ann Salay, Ken Stowe, Joe Swaney
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