Three networks — NBC, Fox and ABC — offered all-original lineups last night, including the OK though not spectacular debut of ABC’s new reality series Take the Money and Run (1.9/5 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers), from producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Bertram van Munster, at 9 PM. It held onto 95% of its Wipeout (2.0/6) demo lead-in and boosted its lead-out Combat Hospital (1.0/3), up a tenth from last week. Still, even with the reinforcements, ABC finished third for the night in both 18-49 and total viewers. Fox (2.5/8, 6 million viewers) edged NBC (2.4/7, 9.3 million) for the top spot in adults 18-49 with its Gordon Ramsay block of Hell’s Kitchen (2.6/9, 6.2 million) and MasterChef (2.4/7, 5.8 million), while America’s Got Talent (2.9/8, 11.6 million) from 9-11 PM was once again the top-rated and most-watched program of the night, helping NBC to win the nightly race in 18-49. Hell’s Kitchen was even with last week in 18-49 and up 3% in total viewers to log its largest audience this summer. Talent was down 6%. Its lead-in, NBC’s new game show It’s Worth What? (1.2/4), was down 14%. CBS aired reruns and 48 Hours Mystery.
EMMYS: PBS, ’60 Minutes’ Dominate News and Docu Emmy Nominations; Jailed Letterman Extortionist Gets a Nom Too
PBS once again leads the News and Documentary Emmy nominations announced today with 37 noms, followed by CBS with 31 noms, including 16 for venerable newsmagazine 60 Minutes, the most nominated program by a mile; HBO (20); National Geographic (19); NBC (17); ABC (9) and CNN and History (6), including 2 for History’s WWII in HD series. Among evening newsmagazines, the lower-rated CBS Evening News With Katie Couric led with 8 nominations, followed by NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams with six and ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson with 1.
Among the CBS News nominees was former 48 Hours Mystery producer Robert “Joe” Halderman, who is serving a six-month jail sentence for trying to extort CBS late-night host David Letterman. (Ironically, Letterman himself was snubbed at the Primetime Emmy Award nominations earlier this month.) Halderman was part of the producing team of a nominated 48 Hours Mystery segment about Amanda Knox, the American exchange student convicted of killing her roommate in Italy. The winners will be announced on Sept. 27th at a ceremony at the Lincoln Center where Frederick Wiseman will receive this year’s lifetime achievement award.