Thursday, July 01, 2010

TV Land and Nick at Nite Doing Well in Ratings; Network Notes Includes CW Premiere Dates and CBS New Midseason Sitcom

Buoyed by hit acquisitions and the premiere of the hugely successful Hot in Cleveland, TV Land scored impressive, double-digit gains in primetime for second quarter 2010, according to The Nielsen Company (March 29-June 27). Additionally, TV Land scored significant increases for the month of June as the highest-rated and most-watched month in primetime since January 2008.
The month of June was very successful for TV Land in primetime as the network posted a 0.4 rating and 393,000 viewers among Adults 25-54, up 37% in 25-54 rating and 36% in viewers 25-54. The network attracted an average of 904,000 total viewers for the month. Among Women 25-54, TV Land scored a 0.4 rating and 232,000 viewers up 43% in W25-54 rating and 45% in viewers W25-54. The first two episodes of the fiery hit Hot in Cleveland propelled TV Land to its highest-rated and most-watched month in prime since January 2008 with a 2.3 rating and 2.4 million among A25-54 viewers. The sitcom is averaging over 5 million total viewers and is also a smash with Women 25-54, pacing at a 2.9 rating and 1.6 million viewers.
For the quarter in primetime, TV Land posted a 0.3 rating and 360,000 viewers among its target demo of Adults 25-54, up 21% in both 25-54 rating and viewers 25-54 over a year ago. Among Women 25-54, TV Land scored a 0.4 rating and 210,000 viewers, up double-digit gains of 34% in W25-54 rating and 35% in viewers W25-54 over last year. In addition to the huge premiere of Hot in Cleveland in June, regularly scheduled programming such as Everybody Loves Raymond and Roseanne remained strong performers among Adults 25-54 for the quarter with Raymond posting a 0.4 rating and 415,000 viewers and Roseanne scoring a 0.3 rating and 341,000 viewers for that demo. Additionally, the original series How'd You Get So Rich? starring Joan Rivers also performed well with a 0.3 rating and 341,000 viewers among A25-54.

Nickelodeon closes the quarter with its biggest second quarter performance ever with total viewers in the network's history and its 61st straight quarter as the top basic cable network with kids 2-11 and total viewers - the longest run of its kind. Nick also claims basic cable's top spot in total day with kids 2-11 and total viewers for 2Q10. According to Nielsen Media Research (3/29/10-6/27/10), Nickelodeon averaged 2.2 million total viewers; a 3.4 rating and 1.2 million K2-11; a 3.0 rating and 649,000 viewers K6-11; and 2.3 rating and 491,000 viewers T9-14 for the quarter.
Also, Nick at Nite, TeenNick, Nicktoons and Nick Jr. boast their most-watched second quarter performances ever. Nick at Nite drew its most-watched second quarter ever with total viewers (1.7 million total viewers) and finished 2Q10 as the top cable network among W18-49 (0.7 rating and 409,000 viewers).

The CW Network has set its fall premiere schedule, launching its fifth broadcast season with 10 hours of original programming of returning favorites and two new series. The season will launch all outside of premiere week, beginning on Sept. 8 with America's Next Top Model 15 and the series premiere of drama Hellcats. The next night (Sept. 9) will see the return of The Vampire Diaries and new drama Nikita. On Monday, Sept. 13, 90210 moves to its new night at 8pm, followed by the season premiere of Gossip Girl. If I were The CW, I would have had a special season premiere of 90210 on Thursday, Sept. 2 (get it? 9/02/10). Anyway, One Tree Hill launches its eighth season on a new night on Tuesday, Sept. 14, followed by the season premiere of Life UneXpected. And finally 10 days later, Friday dramas Smallville and Supernatural launch their new seasons on Friday, Sept. 24. The Friday dramas are the only CW series launching in the TV premiere week (Sept. 20-26), as the other CW series are launching between Sept. 8-14.

CBS has officially made the pick-up of sitcom Mad Love for mid-season. CBS has made some casting changes bringing on Sarah Chalke ([scrubs]) and Judy Greer (Miss Guided) to replace Minka Kelly and Lizzy Caplan respectively.
The comedy Mad Love, starring Jason Biggs, Sarah Chalke, Judy Greer and Tyler Labine, has been ordered by CBS for mid-season. Mad Love is about a quartet of single friends in New York City - two who are falling in love and two who despise each other... at least for now.
Matt Tarses and Jamie Tarses are the executive producers for Sony Pictures Entertainment in association with CBS Television Studios. Pamela Fryman directed the pilot.

Meanwhile, NBC is making some summer schedule changes...again. Rookie summer drama Persons Unknown will get one more Monday airing on July 5, then it will be moved to Saturdays at 8pm starting July 17. More repeats of America's Got Talent will be added, airing Mondays at 8pm and Sundays at 9pm. This is in addition to its regular Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9 slots. Saturday repeats will be removed after this week (July 3). Also, the Thursday comedy block has not been repeating well, so Thursdays will have Law & Order: SVU repeats now at 10pm (in addition to the regular Wednesday at 10pm repeats) starting July 15. 8-10pm will now be Community, 30 Rock, The Office and Parks & Recreation.
View the updated NBC Summer 2010 day-by-day schedule.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (January/February)

I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek) Fuller House - The Complete First Season

01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One / Review
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two / Review
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
02/07 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Sabrina Down Under
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 1 - School's Cool - Boy Crazy
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 2 - About a Family - Hangin' Out
02/07 - 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek)
02/07 - Vice Principals - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
02/14 - Beavis and Butt-Head - The Complete Collection
02/14 - Grace and Frankie - Season Two
02/28 - Fuller House - The Complete First Season
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, February 21

The Middle - "Dental Hijinks" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
After Frankie tries to get a stubborn Mike to go see Dr. Goodwin to take care of his toothache, Mike convinces the good doctor to leave his tooth alone and tell Frankie that everything was ok. But the two find themselves fabricating a story that’s so ludicrous that they fear Frankie will figure out the truth. Meanwhile, since they are nearing the end of their senior year at college, Axl, Hutch and Kenny decide it’s time to sell the fabled Winnebago; Sue tries her best to let college golf cart driver Tyler know that she likes him; and Brick attempts to write a historic Scottish rap musical – a la “Hamilton” – focusing on the life of Sergeant Charles Stuart MacKenzie.

American Housewife - "The Man Date" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Greg is delighted to finally have made a friend in Westport, fellow history buff Stan (guest star Timothy Omundson), but Katie isn’t as happy, especially since Stan is married to her nemesis, Chloe Brown Mueller (Jessica St. Clair).

Fresh Off the Boat - "The Gloves Are Off" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jessica accidentally befriends Marvin’s ex-wife, Sarah (Heather Locklear), and tries to help her and Honey settle their longstanding rift. Meanwhile, Louis and the boys are on a mission to determine Grandma’s true age in hopes of surprising her with a new, free motorized wheelchair.

The Real O'Neals - "The Real Confirmation" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Shannon asks VP Murray to be her godfather leading up to her confirmation, Eileen fears her own relationship with him might be moving too fast. Shannon’s big day also has a surprising effect on Kenny’s relationship when Brett says, “I love you,” sending Kenny into a tailspin. Meanwhile, the return of a hot former babysitter puts Pat and Jimmy at odds when she constantly makes passes at Pat.

New Girl - "Rumsprings" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Jess gets nervous about starting her new position as principal, Nick and Schmidt decide to take her on a relaxing day trip to Solvang, which quickly goes “sideways.” Meanwhile, with Cece’s help, Winston tries to finalize his divorce from Rhonda, but finds that he and Aly are caught in a series of never-ending pranks.

The Mick - "The Baggage" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Mickey’s unwanted suitors team up to thwart her new romance. Meanwhile, Sabrina and Alba teach Ben a lesson in responsibility.

The Detour - "The City" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Robin isn't thrilled about Nate's new job in New York City, but the family heads out from Syracuse anyway.

Teachers - "Brokebitch Mountain" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Ms. Feldman can’t make ends meet on her salary and takes a second job. Ms. Watson notices a romantic spark between two of her second grade students. The Teachers take advantage of Principal Pearson.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 20)

Tuesday, February 21

  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Catch Tom on a repeat of the 2011 Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars special at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth/The Cleveland Show) - Will visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Allison Williams (Girls) - Allison talks about Girls and Get Out on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and in the 10am hour. She will also be on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings. Finally, she will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Mae Whitman (Arrested Development) - Mae visits LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings. She also talks about Rock Dog on the AOL Build Show at 12pm.
  • Zach Braff (Scrubs) - Zach guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - NeNe guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jason Jones (The Detour) - Jason talks about The Detour on NBC's Today in the 9am hour and on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi is a guest on the AOL Build Show at 1pm. She will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Malin Akerman (Trophy Wife/Sin City Saints) - Malin chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Judd Hirsch (Superior Donuts/Dear John/Taxi) and Jermaine Fowler (Superior Donuts) - Judd and Jermaine are guests on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Kym Whitley (Young & Hungry/Animal Practice/Sparks) - Kym and Kim Gravel help a woman snoop through two bachelors' homes in order to choose which she should date on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Ashley Gerasimovich (The Detour) - Ashley is a guest on Cheddar at 12:15pm. Ashley and Liam Carroll will be on Facebook Live on the TBS Facebook account at approx. 4:00pm. Ashley, Liam, Jason Jones and Natalie Zea will be on Facebook live at approx. 8:00PM EST on the official The Detour Facebook page.