Friday, September 22, 2006

Previewing TV Land/Nick@Nite Holiday Season; Tides Shift in Thursday Night Ratings

A few days back the official TV Land & Nick@Nite website, tvland.com announced some programming news for November and December for both networks. We will preview that today and have further information in the regular monthly posts we give.
Let's start with TV Land, as we mentioned before, Friday Night Movies return in October through early December. Movies airing in November are: Airplane! on November 3, The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear on November 10, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on November 17. Stir Crazy will air on December 1.
I Pity the Fool
debuts October 11, and new episodes will air through November 15.
The week of November 13 is Star Trek week, tune in all week long to see special space-themed episodes of TV Land shows as well as guest appearances by members of the Star Trek cast (before they were Trekkies). Then Nov. 17-19 from 8p-8a, Captain Kirk and Crew go on a whole new voyage as Star Trek lands on TV Land! Grab your taser gun and clip on walkie-talkies and boldly go where millions have gone and see why this show remains a cult favorite. As an added bonus, catch the second Star Trek feature film Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan on Nov. 17.
Celebrate Thanksgiving with your favorite frontier family! Join the Ingalls for a special 3-hour Thanksgiving Little House feast, featuring a look back at the most memorable Little House on the Prairie moments in these heart-felt retrospective episodes. Along with the standard turkey and apple pie, you’ll get a side of family love and great memories in Walnut Grove. In these three-part special episodes "The Little House Years," the Ingalls’ share memories at the Thanksgiving table. Following the Ingalls’ Thanksgiving episodes will be a “mockumentary” about the rock group the Half Pints, which takes its name from Pa Ingalls’ nickname for middle-child Laura. The entire group even dresses like their idol (yes – even the men). The Half Pints – takin’ the prairie to the people.
Christmas comes early to TV Land this year with Yule Love Fridays, featuring Christmas episodes from your favorite shows! Deck the halls with TV Land this holiday season with episodes of The Jeffersons, Good Times, All in the Family, Three's Company, Little House, and Andy Griffith.
Could the holidays be as merry without TV Land’s annual Merry-thon? Christmas spirit, eggnog and your favorite TV friends means a jolly good time all around! Tune in to TV Land’s 7th Annual Merrython featuring classic Christmas episodes of shows like Good Times, The Jeffersons, and Andy Griffith. And in keeping with the Holiday spirit of giving, we offer an encore of Top 10 Holiday Moments. Airs Dec. 2-3 10pm-10pm & Dec 24-25 6pm-6pm.
TV Land celebrates the latest That Girl DVD release with a weekend long marathon featuring episodes of the classic series along with the TV special Free to Be You and Me. That Girl starred Marlo Thomas as an aspiring actress trying to make a living in New York. Free To Be You and Me, also featuring Marlo Thomas, was the award winning TV special all about growing up. Airs for 48 hours Dec. 9-10.
First, there were memorable moments. Then, there were unexpected ones. Now, TV Land is counting down the 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases. Who was coolness personified with “AYYYY”? Who said, “I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV.” Remember, two wild and crazy guys? See which ones make the list Monday, December 11 to Friday, December 15 at 10pm!
Tune in for New Year’s Eve marathon of all episodes starting at 7p!

And now Nick@Nite, Nick@Nite invites you to spend Thanksgiving with its top dysfunctionally functional family: The Conners. This evening-long cornucopia of difficult visitors, dinners-gone awry, tender moments and, of course, big turkeys is a warm treat that’s easy to digest! 3 hours of Roseanne on Nov. 23 from 10p-1a.
It’s that time of year again! ‘Tis the season to celebrate Christmas with Nick@Nite! Ho! Ho! Ho! meets Ha! Ha! Ha! in an all-nite marathon of holiday episodes! All the Nick@Nite families and friends gather to celebrate the magic of the season…only to see things go ridiculously awry. It’s a nite yule love! Thursday, December 7 & Sunday, December 24, 2006 from 9:00pm-6:00am. Episodes of Full House, Fresh Prince, Cosby Show, Roseanne, A Different World, and Designing Women.
This year, join Nick@Nite in saving the best for last. In what has become a year-end tradition, we reward our viewers with a week long marathon of the very best episodes of our most popular show! Think you can stay up for all of those back to back episodes? Where there’s a will, there’s a way. So, make sure to clear your schedule and get ready for some serious TV watching… it’s our holiday gift to you! Monday, December 11 to Thursday, December 14, 2006 from 10:00pm-2:00am.

And what everyone is talking about today is that the Thursday ratings tide has changed. It looks like CSI is no longer the show to beat on Thursdays, as Grey's Anatomy went head to head with it and beat it in both total viewers and adults 18-49...by a lot too! Grey's Anatomy finished with a massive 15.7/24 HH rating (25.14 million total viewers) compared to CSI's 13.5/20 HH rating (22.04 million total viewers). It was even broader in A18-49, as GA did a 10.9 rating to CSI's 7.6 rating. CSI was down 24% in viewers and 26% in A18-49 from last year, while GA was up 32% and 31%. Excellent promotion by ABC. While this is only on week, it looks like this will happen mostly every week and GA is doing even better than what everyone thought it would do vs. CSI. Is CBS in trouble for the night? I think so, as new series Ugly Betty will probably challenge Survivor next week as the leader at 8pm, too. and 10pm is up for grabs right now, ER, Shark, Six Degrees all were between 13-16 million, but we won't know really until next week on who will do what. Both Shark and Six Degrees had a big drop from its lead-ins and more drops in the second half hours. Without a Trace might be needed back for CBS faster than you think. What a night last night! More on the ratings this Sunday on our weekly ratings post!


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, June 21

The Big Bang Theory - "The Tesla Recoil" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Leonard and Wolowitz are furious after they learn Sheldon went to work with the military behind their backs. Also, while Bernadette is on bed rest, she asks Raj to do some digging when she suspects Ruchi is trying to steal her job.

Young Sheldon - "Killer Asteroids, Oklahoma, and a Frizzy Hair Machine" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
A disappointing loss at the science fair sends Sheldon’s life in a new direction. Jason Alexander guest stars as Sheldon’s drama teacher, Mr. Lundy.

Mom - "Esta Loca and a Little Klingon" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Christy and Bonnie help Jill get sober again, and Christy’s boyfriend, Patrick (Steven Weber), is less than understanding when it ruins his birthday weekend.

Life in Pieces - "Meal Potty Cart Middle" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Tim and Heather go to an expensive dinner to celebrate their anniversary, they are determined to finish every bite of their pricey 20-course meal. Also, Jen and Greg try to quickly potty-train Lark before her first day of preschool; Tyler gets jealous of the attention Clementine is getting at work; and Matt and Samantha team up for a “Middle Child Day” and go to a trapeze school. Emmy Award-winning food expert Padma Lakshmi guest stars as Stephanie, Heather and Tim’s server at an upscale restaurant.

Marlon - "Sisters" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Marlon’s (Marlon Wayans) sisters come to town, he convinces Ashley (Essence Atkins) to pretend they are still married to keep them from being disappointed. As the weekend goes on, the charade gets harder to keep up and Marlon finally confronts them in an epic confession. After receiving a psychic reading from Lenora (guest star Sherri Shepherd), Stevie (Diallo Riddle) tries to woo Yvette (Bresha Webb) as he thinks they are destined to be together.

Marlon - "Divorce Counseling" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Marlon (Marlon Wayans) and Ashley (Essence Atkins) go to see Kamala Shabazz (Kim Wayans), a strong-willed relationship therapist, to help stabilize their rocky divorce. When Marlon exposes Kamala as a fraud, he experiences a breakthrough and realizes he should change his ways. Stevie (Diallo Riddle) gives Yvette (Bresha Webb) an intense massage.

American Woman - "The Party" (Paramount Network, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Desperate to connect with her role model, Lori, Kathleen drags Bonnie and Diana to a party in the hills; when Diana tries to cut loose, things get out of hand; Bonnie finds herself in an exciting new position.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 18)

Thursday, June 21

  • Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet) - Catch Drew on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Cameron Esposito (Take My Wife) - Cameron visits The Opposition with Jordan Klepper at 11:30pm on Comedy Central.
  • Alison Brie (GLOW/Community) - Alison stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) - Cynthia chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Craig T. Nelson (Coach) - Craig drops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jenny McCarthy (Two and a Half Men/Jenny) - Jenny is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Billy Bob Thornton (Hearts Afire) - Billy Bob appears on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney is a guest on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Debra Messing (Will & Grace/Ned & Stacey) - Debra talks about the launch of The Maxx You Project on People Now at 12pm.
  • Fran Drescher (The Nanny/Happily Divorced/Living with Fran) - Fran talks about Hotel Transylvania 3 on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) - Chris talks about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Christian Slater (Breaking In) - Christian will be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June)

Living Single - The Complete Fifth Season Step by Step - The Complete First Season Will & Grace (The Revival) - Season One Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fourth Season Last Man Standing - The Complete Sixth Season

06/05 - Living Single - The Complete Fifth Season
06/05 - New Girl - The Complete Sixth Season
06/05 - South Park - The Complete Twenty-First Season (Blu-ray)
06/12 - Fresh Off the Boat - The Complete Fourth Season
06/12 - Life in Pieces - The Complete Third Season
06/12 - The Office - The Complete Series
06/12 - Speechless - The Complete First Season
06/12 - Speechless - The Complete Second Season
06/12 - Step by Step - The Complete First Season
06/12 - Will & Grace (The Revival) - Season One (Blu-ray)
06/19 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fourth Season
06/26 - Last Man Standing - The Complete Fifth Season
06/26 - Last Man Standing - The Complete Sixth Season
06/26 - The Mick - The Complete First Season
06/26 - The Mick - The Complete Second Season
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