ABC’s Morning Fiasco – The Chew

Ratings for recently introduced ABC daytime talker The Chew have settled in, according to Nielsen Media Research.  And that means, of course, that the network should have well enough alone and kept long running serialized drama All My Children on the air.

Based on the Live Plus Same Day ratings for the week of Oct. 10, The Chew averaged 1.86 million viewers, with a 0.9 rating/6 share among target women 25-54.  Both benchmarks were up slightly from one week earlier, while ratings among women 18-49 and women 18-34 were flat.  Compared to All My Children on the year-ago week (Oct. 11-15, 2010), erosion remained in the double-digit percentages as follows:

Week of 10/11/10 – All My Children (ABC)
Viewers: 2.41 million, Women 25-54: 1.3/ 8 Women 18-49: 0.9/ 6, Women 18-34: 0.6/ 4

Week of 10/10/11 – The Chew (ABC)
Viewers: 1.86 million, Women 25-54: 0.9/ 6, Women 18-49: 0.6/ 4, Women 18-34: 0.4/ 3

Percent Change: Viewers: -23, Women 25-54: -31, Women 18-49: -33, Women 18-34: -33

Three weeks to-date, the weekly track for The Chew appears as follows:

The Chew (ABC)

Week of 9/26/11:
Viewers: 2.10 million, Women 25-54: 1.0/ 6, Women 18-49: 0.7/ 5, Women 18-34: 0.5/ 3

Week of 10/03/11:
Viewers: 1.78 million, Women 25-54: 0.8/ 5, Women 18-49: 0.6/ 4, Women 18-34: 0.4/ 3

Week of 10/10/11:
Viewers: 1.86 million, Women 25-54: 0.9/ 6, Women 18-49: 0.6/ 4, Women 18-34: 0.4/ 3

TV Media Insights: Wednesday 10/05/11


Today in TV History
The Honeymooners, which celebrated its 56th birthday as a stand alone sitcom this past Saturday, debuted as a sketch on Jackie Gleason’s first variety series, Cavalcade of Stars on DuMont, in 1951.  Pert Kelton played the role of Alice.  Also on this day was the premiere of sketch comedy Monty Python’s Flying Circus on BBC in 1969, and the 100th episode of classic The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1974.  In that episode, Mr. Grant (Ed Asner) begins a relationship with a lounge singer played by Sheree North.  Oh…Mr. Grant!

In Today’s Issue

-Metered Market Ratings Results – Tuesday 10/04/11
-Live Plus Same Day Ratings – Week of 9/26/11
-NBC Re-Ups Two, Yanks The Playboy Club
-Continued Erosion for ABC’s The Chew

-Cable Rankings – Week of September 26
-Cable Daily Scorecard – Monday, October 3

-Top 20 Rankings – Week of Sept. 19:

-Third Wednesday of 2011-12

-No Second Season



Metered Market Ratings Results – Tuesday 10/04/11
CBS Wins; Fox and CBS Compete for Adult 18-49 Dominance

CBS    9.7/15
ABC   8.5/13
Fox     5.6/ 9
NBC   3.7/ 6
CW     1.3/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening (Tuesday 10/05/10):
ABC: + 8, CW: no change, Fox: – 2, CBS: – 9, NBC: -14


NCIS (CBS), Dancing With the Stars (ABC), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), New Girl (Fox)

-Fading Fast:
The Biggest Loser (NBC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
90210 (CW), Ringer (CW), Parenthood (NBC)


Ratings Breakdown:
CBS, as expected, led this third Tuesday of the 2011-12 season in the metered markets with a 14 percent advantage over second-place ABC.  Third was Fox, followed by NBC and The CW.  But the race among adults 18-49 will fall in either Fox or CBS’ court.

CBS warhorse NCIS remains a force to reckon with at a 12.0 rating/19 share in the overnights at 8 p.m., which was the top-rated show of the evening.  Next was spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles (#2: 9.4/14 at 9 p.m.), the perfect fit, followed by week three of older-skewing crime solver Unforgettable at an also first-place 7.7/13 at 10 p.m.  Comparably, Unforgettable dipped by 11 percent week-to-week, with the three-week overnight track as follows:

Unforgettable (CBS)
9/20/11: 9.3/16 (#1)
9/27/11: 8.7/14 (#1)
10/04/11: 7.7/13 (#1)

One year earlier, former Tuesday 10 p.m. time period occupant The Good Wife, which is not necessarily succeeding in its new Sunday 9 p.m. time period, averaged a 9.3/15 in the overnights on 10/05/10.

In other week three news, sitcom New Girl on Fox earned its full season renewal strips with a third-place 6.0/ 9 at 9 p.m. (and an expected first-place time period finish among adults 18-49 and other key young adult demos).  Comparably, New Girl built by 46 percent from year-ago occupant Raising Hope (4.1/ 6 on 10/05/10), with 98 percent retention out of fading lead-in Glee (#3: 6.1/10 at 8 p.m.).  Take a look at the three-week overnight track:

New Girl (Fox)
9/20/11: 7.4/11 (#3)
9/27/11: 6.3/ 9 (#3)
10/04/11: 6.0/ 9 (#3)

Year-to-year, Glee dipped by a noticeable 24 percent (8.0/12 to 6.1/10).  What has not worked in Glee’s favor, no doubt, was creator Ryan Murphy already announcing the pending cast defections.  What once felt fresh and alive now feels like the end is prematurely near.

At 9:30 p.m., Fox’s Raising Hope slid to a 4.2/ 6 (#3), which was 30 percent below lead-in New Girl.  But year-to-year, must see Raising Hope remains on the minor plus side.

In week four news on The CW, Sarah Michelle Gellar drama Ringer is no Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, with a very last-place 1.4/ 2 in the overnights at 9 p.m.  While this remains a minor improvement from dud lead-in 90210 (#5: 1.3/ 2 at 8 p.m.) and failed year-ago occupant Life Unexpected (1.2/ 2 on 10/05/10), Ringer has slipped by 44 percent in the overnights in just three weeks.  Here is the four-week overnight track:

Ringer (CW)
9/13/11: 2.5/ 4 (#5)
9/20/11: 1.8/ 3 (#5)
9/27/11: 1.7/ 3 (#5)
10/04/11: 1.4/ 2 (#5)

Over at ABC, Dancing With the Stars remains on the downside year-to-year.  But the live Results Show at 9 p.m. (#1: 11.1/17 – down seven percent in the overnights from 10/05/10) is still a dominant force to reckon with.  That led into older-skewing ABC crime drama Body of Proof at a second-place 7.4/13 at 10 p.m., which was up from failed year-ago occupant Detroit 1-8-7 (5.7/ 9 on 10/05/10) by 30 percent.  An encore telecast of Dancing With the Stars finished second in the 8 p.m. hour at a 7.2/11.  As for the third departure of the season, Kristin Cavallari, coming from a reality series background never seems to play well on this dance competition.

On NBC, tired The Biggest Loser continues to lose steam with a 3.6/ 6 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, that was down by 22 percent from one year earlier (4.6/ 7 on 10/05/10).  Had NBC not had so many other issues, the best way to stop the bleeding would be to pare the reality/competition down to one hour.  Another way, of course, is to bring back Jillian Michaels.  Here is the half-hour breakdown for The Biggest Loser:

The Biggest Loser (NBC)
8:00 p.m.: 3.5/ 6 (#4)
8:30 p.m.: 3.5/ 5 (#4)
9:00 p.m.: 3.7/ 6 (#4)
9:30 p.m.: 3.9/ 6 (#4)

At 10 p.m., NBC’s Parenthood finished a distant third with a 3.6/ 6.  While Parenthood will narrow the gap opposite Unforgettable and Body of Proof among adults 18-49 (and other young adult demos), based on the overnights this is a “losing” performance.   And there you have it…the third Tuesday of 2011-12.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data


Live Plus Same Day Ratings – Week of 9/26/1
CBS dominated this second week of the 2011-12 season, finishing first overall in households, total viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54.   Fox, as usual, topped the adult 18-34 charts and both networks were close to year-ago levels.  ABC was on the downside, with a third-place finish in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54; while deteriorating NBC is staying afloat thanks to Sunday Night Football (the New York Jets at Baltimore this week).  Last-place The CW dipped by as much as 27 percent among adults 18-49 this week and is having its lowest rated season to-date.  None of The CW’s new entries, dramas Ringer and The Secret Circle included, are generating much interest.

There were four series premieres this week – sitcoms Suburgatory on ABC and How To Be a Gentleman on CBS; Fox drama Terra Nova, which kicked-off with a two-hour installment; and CW drama Hart of Dixie.  Suburgatory built from lead-in The Middle and is an improvement from year-ago Wednesday 8:30 p.m. occupant Better With You.  Terra Nova was sampled, but not at breakout levels.  How To Be a Gentleman looks positive on paper, but actually dipped from lead-in The Big Bang Theory by 39 percent in total viewers and 45 percent in adults 18-49.  And Hart of Dixie is yet another pothole on The CW’s choppy schedule.

Also floundering among the freshman entries: NBC’s The Playboy Club, which is now the first official cancellation of the season, Free Agents and Prime Suspect; and H8R on The CW, which still finished last among the 92 entries despite rising to a series high.  On the noticeable downside in week two was ABC’s highly touted Pan Am.  Disappointing, meanwhile, is the revival of Charlie’s Angels on ABC and Friday night CBS drama A Gifted Man, which is only a minor attraction for the 50+ crowd.

In more promising news, CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls moved into its regularly scheduled Monday 8:30 p.m. with a dominant performance among adults 18-49, and growth out of improved lead-in How I Met Your Mother and year-ago occupant Rules of Engagement.  Fox comedy New Girl earned a full season pick-up (as did lower-rated NBC comedies Up All Night and Whitney).  Dramas Unforgettable (CBS), Revenge (ABC) and older-skewing Person of Interest (CBS) held up.  And Fox’s The X Factor is still a major time period improvement despite not being the breakout hit many were anticipating.

Here were the overall results for the week of September 26 based on Live Plus Same day data (with change versus the comparable year-ago period in parentheses), followed by the Freshman Series Scorecard and Top 30 rated programs of the week.

CBS: 7.6 rating/12 share (+ 4), ABC: 5.6/ 9 (- 3), NBC: 4.5/ 7 (-12), Fox: 4.3/ 7 (no change), CW: 1.2/ 2 (-20)

Total Viewers:
CBS: 12.24 million (+ 3), ABC: 8.67 (- 5), Fox: 7.39 (+ 4), NBC: 7.09 (-13), CW: 1.83 (-20)

Adults 18-49:
CBS: 3.2 rating/9 share (+ 3), Fox: 2.8/ 8 (no change), ABC: 2.4/ 6 (- 8), NBC: 2.4/ 7 (-11), CW: 0.8/ 2 (-27)

Adults 25-54:
CBS: 4.1/10 (+ 2), Fox: 3.1/ 7 (+ 3), ABC: 3.0/ 7 (- 6), NBC: 2.8/ 7 (-12), CW: 0.8/ 2 (-20)

Adults 18-34:
Fox: 2.5/ 8 (- 7), CBS: 2.1/ 7 (no change), NBC: 2.0/ 6 (- 9), ABC: 1.8/ 6 (-10), CW: 0.9/ 3 (-25)


FRESHMAN SERIES SCORECARD (in order of total viewers)

Grades take into account the following factors:

Lead-in (if available)
Prior time period average
Target demographic
Lead-out (if available)
Quality of the content
The buzz factor (if any)
Person of Interest (CBS) – Thurs. 9 p.m.
Viewers: 12.51 million (#13), A18-49: 2.7/ 7 (#36t)
Grade: B

Unforgettable (CBS) – Tues. 10 p.m.
Viewers: 12.43 million (#14), A18-49: 2.5/ 7 (#44t)
Grade: B

The X Factor (Fox) – Thurs. 8-10 p.m.
Viewers: 12.17 million (#15), A18-49: 3.9/11 (#11)
Grade: B+

The X Factor (Fox) – Wed. 8-10 p.m.
Viewers: 11.86 million (#16), A18-49: 4.1/11 (#10)
Grade: B+

2 Broke Girls (CBS) – Mon. 8:30 p.m. (time period premiere)
Viewers: 11.75 million (#18), A18-49:  4.6/12 (#6)
Grade: A

How To Be a Gentleman (CBS) – Thurs. 8:30 p.m. (series premiere)
Viewers: 8.98 million (#36), A18-49: 2.7/ 8 (#36t)
Grade: D

Suburgatory (ABC) – Wed. 8:30 p.m. (series premiere)
Viewers: 9.81 million (#), A18-49: 3.3/ 9 (#20t))
Grade: B+

New Girl (Fox) – Tues. 9 p.m.
Viewers: 9.28 million (#29), A18-49: 4.5/11 (#7t)
Grade: A (renewed for the remainder of the season)

Terra Nova (Fox) – Mon. 8 p.m. (series premiere, two hours)
Viewers: 9.22 million (#33), A18-49: 3.1/ 8 (#25t)
Grade: B-

Revenge (ABC) – Wed. 10 p.m.
Viewers: 8.54 million (#39), A18-49: 2.7/ 7 (#36t)
Grade: B

A Gifted Man (CBS) – Fri. 8 p.m. (series premiere)
Viewers: 8.18 million (#40), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#69t)
Grade: C

Pan Am (ABC) – Sun. 10 p.m.
Viewers: 7.76 million (#42), A18-49: 2.6/ 6 (41t)
Grade: C

Charlie’s Angels (ABC) – Thurs. 8 p.m.
Viewers: 7.11 million (#48), A18-49: 1.5/ 4 (#64t)
Grade: C-

Prime Suspect (NBC) – Thurs. 10 p.m.
Viewers: 5.69 million (#59), A18-49: 1.5/ 4 (64t)
Grade: D

Whitney (NBC) – Thurs. 9:30 p.m.
Viewers: 5.40 million (#62), A18-49: 2.5. 6 (#44t)
Grade: C (renewed for the remainder of the season)

Up All Night (NBC) – Wed. 8 p.m.
Viewers: 5.32 million (#63), A18-49: 2.1/ 6 (#50t)
Grade: C (renewed for the remainder of the season)

The Playboy Club (NBC) – Mon. 10 p.m.
Viewers: 3.97 million (#74), A18-49: 1.3/ 3 (#67t)
Grade: F (canceled)

Free Agents (NBC) – Wed. 8:30 p.m.
Viewers: 3.07 million (#77), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#76t)
Grade: F

The Secret Circle (CW) – Thurs. 8 p.m.
Viewers: 2.12 million (#83), A18-49: 1.0/ 2 (#76t)
Grade: C

Ringer (CW) – Tues. 9 p.m.
Viewers: 1.98 million (#84), A18-49: 0.9/ 2 (#79t)
Grade: C-

Hart if Dixie (CW) – Mon. 9 p.m. (series premiere)
Viewers: 1.88 million (#85), A18-49: 0.9/ 2 (#79t)
Grade: C

H8R (CW) – Wed. 8 p.m. (episode two)
Viewers: 1.37 million (#91t), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#89t)
Grade: F

Here are the Top 30 ranked programs for the week:

-Total Viewers:
Two and a Half Men (CBS): 20.52 million, NCIS (CBS): 19.51, Sunday Night Football: New York Jets at Baltimore (NBC): 18.90, 60 Minutes (CBS): 17.11, NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS): 16.26, Dancing With the Stars – Monday (ABC): 16.23, The Big Bang Theory (CBS): 14.74, Dancing With the Stars – Tuesday (ABC): 14.39, Mike & Molly (CBS, season premiere): 13.86, Modern Family (ABC): 13.45, The Mentalist (CBS): 12.92, Criminal Minds (CBS): 12.58, Person of Interest (CBS): 12.51, Unforgettable (CBS): 12.43, The X Factor – Thursday (Fox): 12.17, The X Factor – Wednesday (Fox): 11.86, CSI (CBS): 11.76, 2 Broke Girls (CBS): 11.75, Castle (ABC): 11.67, Blue Bloods (CBS): 11.30, Hawaii Five-O (CBS): 11.26, The Good Wife (CBS): 11.08, Survivor: South Pacific (CBS) and The Amazing Race (CBS): 10.71 each, How I Met Your Mother (CBS): 10.50, CSI: Miami (CBS): 10.34, Greys’ Anatomy (ABC): 10.20, CSI: NY (CBS): 10.07, Suburgatory (ABC, series premiere): 9.81, Dancing With the Stars R (ABC): 9.49

-Adults 18-49:
Sunday Night Football: New York Jets at Baltimore (NBC): 7.7 rating/19 share, Two and a Half Men (CBS): 7.4/17, Modern Family (ABC): 5.7/15, The Big Bang Theory (CBS): 4.9/15, Mike & Molly (CBS, season premiere): 4.8/11, 2 Broke Girls (CBS): 4.6/12, How I Met Your Mother (CBS): 4.5/12, New Girl (Fox): 4.5/11, NCIS (CBS): 4.2/12, The X Factor – Wednesday (Fox): 4.1/11, The X Factor – Thursday (Fox): 3.9/11, Football Night in America, Part 3 (NBC): 3.8/10, Glee (Fox): 3.7/10, NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), Criminal Minds (CBS) and Grey’s Anatomy (ABC): 3.6/ 9 each, The Office (NBC) and 60 Minutes (CBS): 3.5/ 9 each, Family Guy (Fox): 3.5/ 8, Suburgatory (ABC, series premiere): 3.3/ 9, Dancing With the Stars – Monday (ABC): 3.3/ 8, Survivor: South Pacific (CBS): 3.2/ 9, Hawaii Five-O (CBS): 3.2/ 8, The Amazing Race (CBS): 3.2/ 7, Terra Nova (Fox, series premiere), Happy Endings (ABC, season premiere) and CSI (CBS): 3.1/ 8 each, The Simpsons (Fox): 3.0/ 8, Desperate Housewives (ABC): 3.0/ 7

Source: Nielsen Media Research data



NBC Re-Ups Two, Yanks The Playboy Club
Fourth-place NBC, which is down year-to-year despite ample Sunday Night Football, has picked-up freshman sitcoms Up All Night and Whitney for the remainder of the season, while sending recent entry The Playboy Club to the benches.  Stepping in for the low-rated Bunny saga on Monday, Oct. 31 will be newsmagazine Rock Center with Brian Williams.

Out of 92 entries for the most current week, Sept. 26-Oct. 2, Whitney finished No. 62 overall with 5.31 million viewers (down 1.39 million from lead-in The Office); with Up All Night one notch below at No. 63 and 5.31 million.  Rankings among adults 18-49 placed Whitney in a tie with CBS’ Unforgettable at No. 44 with a 2.5 rating in the demo (down 29 percent from The Office); and Up All Night in a four-way tie for No. 50 with a 2.1 rating in the demo.

Episode two of The Playboy Club, meanwhile, dipped to 3.97 million viewers (#74 overall) and a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 (tied for No. 67 with NBC’s Prime Suspect).  Stepping into Monday 10 p.m. hour for the next three weeks will be encore telecasts of Prime Suspect.


Continued Erosion for ABC’s The Chew
Last week we focused on the metered market household ratings, and addressed how new ABC daytime talker The Chew could not hold the lead-in and year-ago time period averages.  Nor could it maintain former overnight time period levels for All My Children.  Looking at the demographics for The Chew, today we focused on the target women 18-49 and 25-54 audience based on the 24 Local People Meter markets.

Six telecasts to-date (Monday, Sept. 26 through Monday, Oct. 3), The Chew is averaging a 0.9 rating/6 share among women 18-49 out of a 0.8/ 6 for the lead-in (which is a combination of first-run syndicated programming, mainly Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and local news).  The year-ago (Oct. 2010) time period average for All My Children was a 1.1/ 7.  That is a loss of 18 percent in rating, with a flat performance from the lead-in.  Among women 25-54, The Chew is averaging a 1.1 rating/7 share out of a 1.2/ 8 for the lead-in average.  All My Children in Oct. 2010 averaged a 1.5/ 9 in the demo.  Comparably, The Chew among women 25-54 is down by eight percent from the lead-in and a hefty 27 percent from All My Children one year earlier.

Later this week will be a total viewer update for The Chew.



Cable Rankings – Week of September 26
What follows are the top 10 rated cable networks for the week of September 26 broken out by total viewers, adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and adults 18-34:

Total Viewers:
ESPN: 3.46 million, USA: 2.47, Disney Channel: 2.41, TBS: 2.38, Fox News: 1.85, History: 1.59, Adult Swim: 1.43, Nick at Nite: 1.36, TNT: 1.29, A&E: 1.26

Adults 18-49:
ESPN: 1.75 million, TBS: 1.12 million, USA: 1.07 million, FX: 760,000, MTV: 748,000, Adult Swim: 692,000, History: 664,000, Comedy Central: 578,000, A&E: 566,000, Food Network: 552,000

Adults 25-54:
ESPN: 1.74 million, TBS: 1.11 million, USA: 1.04 million, History: 718,000, FX: 636,000, Food Network: 593,000, A&E: 582,000, Syfy: 565,000, TNT: 548,000, Discovery: 539,000

Adults 18-34:
ESPN: 893,000, MTV: 597,000, USA: 530,000, Adult Swim: 506,000, FX: 466,000, Comedy Central: 382,000, History: 289,000, TLC: 281,000, ABC Family: 279,000


Cable Daily Scorecard – Monday, October 3
Sports dominated the cable landscape on Monday, with the top 6 spots populated with football, baseball and wrestling.  Here are the results on cable by series (and in order of total viewers) for Monday, October 3:

Monday Night Football (ESPN) – Viewers: 10.84 million (#1 overall), A18-49: 4.5 rating (#1)
MLB Division Series – Yankees vs. Tigers (TBS, 9 p.m. – 12:04 a.m.) – Viewers: 6.05 million (#1), A18-49: 2.1 (#2)
WWE Raw (Syfy, 10 p.m.) – Viewers: 4.42 million (#3), A18-49: 1.7 (#3)
WWE Raw (Syfy, 9 p.m.) – Viewers: 4.12 million (#4), A18-49: 1.6 (#4)
MLB Division Series – Rangers vs. Rays (TBS, 5-9 p.m.) – Viewers: 3.47 million (#5), A18-49: 1.1 (#5t)
MLB Division Series – Yankees vs. Tigers (TNT, 8:30-9:05 p.m.) – Viewers: 2.76 million (#6), A18-49: 1.0/ 7 (#7t)
Regular Show (Cartoon Network) – Viewers: 2.08 million (#7), A18-49: 1.1 (#5t)
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior (Discovery, 9 p.m.) – Viewers: 2.01 million (#8), A18-49: 1.1 (#5t)
Adventure Time (Cartoon Network) – Viewers: 2.00 million (#9), A18-49: 0.3 (#23t)
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Bravo) – Viewers: 1.97 million (#10), A18-49: 1.0 (#7t)
Ridiculousness (MTV) – Viewers: 1.89 million (#11), A18-49: 0.8 (#10t)
The Bad Girls Club (Oxygen) – Viewers: 1.82 million (#12), A18-49: 1.0 (#7t)
Warehouse 13 (Syfy) – Viewers: 1.63 million (#13), A18-49: 0.6 (#13)
Secret Mountain Fort Awesome (Cartoon Network) – Viewers: 1.58 million (#14), A18-49: 0.2 (#25t)
Basketball Wives LA (VH1) – Viewers: 1.56 million (#15), A18-49: 0.8 (#10t)
Mad – Viewers: 1.43 million (#16), A18-49: 0.2 (#25t)
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior (Discovery, 10 p.m.) – Viewers: 1.27 million (#17), A18-49: 0.7 (#12)
The Lying Game (ABC Family) – Viewers: 1.23 million (#18), A18-49: 0.5 (#14)
Cake Boss (TLC, 10:30 p.m.) – Viewers: 1.05 million (#19), A18-49: 0.4 (#15t)
Girl Fight (Lifetime) – Viewers: 1.01 million (#20), A18-49: 0.4 (#15t)
Cake Boss (TLC, 10:30 p.m.) – Viewers: 997,000 (#21), A18-49: 0.4 (#15t)
Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives (Food Network) – Viewers: 993,000 (#22), A18-49: 0.4 (#15t)
Hair Battle Spectacular (Oxygen) – Viewers: 877,000 (#23), A18-49: 0.4 (#15t)
Death Valley (MTV) – Viewers: 831,000 (#24), A18-49: 0.4 (#15t)
Most Eligible Dallas (Bravo) – Viewers: 794,000 (#25), A18-49: 0.4 (#15t)
100 Greatest Songs of the 00s (VH1) – Viewers: 619,000 (#26), A18-49: 0.4 (#15t)
Zeke & Luther (Disney XD) – Viewers: 583,000 (#27), A18-49: 0.0 (#29t)
The Best Thing I Ever Ate (Food Network) – Viewers: 568,000 (#28), A18-49: 0.2 (#25t)
Crave (Food Network) – Viewers: 552,000 (#29), A18-49: 0.2 (#25t)
I’m in the Band (Disney XD) – Viewers: 518,000 (#30), A18-49: 0.0 (#29t)
Pair of Kings (Disney XD) – Viewers: 438,000 (#31), A18-49: 0.0 (#29t)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data



Top 20 Rankings – Week of Sept. 19:
CBS Television Distribution remained the dominant force, with 4 of the top 10, and 8 of the top 20 programs in households.  But the standout was the off-network debut of Warner Bros. sitcom The Big Bang Theory, which finished sixth overall with a 4.5 rating.  Comparably, 30 Rock from NBC Universal (#57t, 1.4 rating) and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia from Twentieth Television (#69t, 1.2) also premiered in off-net and each paled in comparison.

In other freshman news, week two of talker Anderson from Warner Bros. also averaged a 1.4 in households, which is almost triple the rating of week one of The Jeremy Kyle Show from Debmar-Mercury (tied for #116: 0.5).   Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers, also from Warner Bros. and airing on The CW in daytime, opened tied at No. 100, with a disappointing 0.8 in households.

What follows are the top 20 ranked programs in syndication (first-run and off-network) based on the AA (average audience) household ratings.

Judge Judy (CBS Television Distribution): 6.7 rating, Wheel of Fortune (CBS, season premiere): 6.6, Two and a Half Men (Warner Bros.): 6.5, Jeopardy (CBS, season premiere): 5.4, The Big Bang Theory (Warner Bros., off-net premiere) and Made in Hollywood (CEC): 4.5 each, Family Guy (Twentieth): 4.0, Entertainment Tonight (CBS): 3.7, The Big Bang Theory – Weekend B (Warner Bros.): 3.6, How I Met Your Mother (Twentieth): 3.2, Dr. Phil (CBS), Inside Edition (CBS) and How I Met Your Mother – Weekend (Twentieth): 3.1 each, Dr. Oz (Sony Pictures Television): 3.0, The Big Bang Theory – Weekend A (Warner Bros.): 2.9, Judge Joe Brown (CBS), Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) and Criminal Minds (CBS): 2.8 each, Live With Regis & Kelly (Disney-ABC): and Law & Order (NBC Universal, season premiere): 2.7 each

Source: Nielsen Media Research



Wednesday, October 5

8:00 p.m. The Middle
8:30 p.m. Suburgatory
9:00 p.m. Modern Family
9:30 p.m. Happy Endings
10:00 p.m. Revenge

8:00 p.m. Survivor: South Pacific
9:00 p.m. Criminal Minds
10:00 p.m. CSI

8:00 p.m.  Up All Night
8:30 p.m. Free Agents
9:00 p.m. Harry Law
10:00 p.m. Law & Order: SVU

8:00 p.m. The X Factor

8:00 p.m. H8R
9:00 p.m. America’s Next Top Model


No Second Season

Four of the following uneventful spin-off series did ultimately make it into a second season.  But which one didn’t?

a) AfterMASH
b)  Booker
c)  Fish
d)  Flo
e)  Pete and Gladys

Yesterday’s answer was…

What word did Granny Clampett always use in the kitchen instead of food?

a)  chow
b)  eats
c)  grub
d)  munchies
e)  vittles

Is: e) vittles.  Good ol’ Grtanny always had a heapin’ hepin’ of vittles for Jed, Jethro and Elly May.  All together now:

Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed
A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed,
Then one day he was shootin’ at some food,
And up through the ground came a bubblin‘ crude.

Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea.

Well the first thing you know ol’ Jed’s a millionaire,
Kinfolk said Jed move away from there
Said Californy is the place you ought to be
So they loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly.

Hills, that is.
Swimmin pools, movie stars.

The Beverly Hillbillies!

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