The Sunday debut of this season of Big Brother (2.2/7) was the highest rated show of last night. The second episode of the reality show’s new 14th season, last night’s 8 PM show was down from Thursday’s 2.6/8 season premiere. After a repeat of America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.2/4), ABC had Secret Millionaire (1.5/5), which was flat with last week. That was followed by a two-hour edition of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (1.4/4) at 9 PM that was down a tenth of a point from last week.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother,’ ‘Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition’ Down, CBS Wins Sunday Night
There wasn’t a lot new on television Sunday night and no new drama. ABC had Secret Millionaire (1.5/5) at 8 PM, which was up 25% compared with last week. That was followed by a two-hour Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (1.5/4) which was also up 25% from the previous week. NBC had a new Dateline (1.1/4) at 7 PM, which was down 8% from the last new show two weeks ago that aired at 8 PM. CBS won the night in total viewers with 5.48 million, and ABC won in adults 18-49.
RATINGS RAT RACE: Olympic Trials Hit Decade High, ‘Extreme Makeover’ & ‘Secret Millionaire’ Fall To New Lows
It was all Olympics all night Sunday and NBC earned a gold. The live athletics started off with the U.S. Olympic Team Trials: Track and Field Finals (1.4/5) at 7 PM, which was down 7% from the track and field trials on July 6, 2008. Then it was the Swimming Finals (2.1/7), which was up 5% from the July 6, 2008 edition. In fast nationals, Sunday’s swimming trials were the second-most-watched Olympic trials telecast since August 20, 2000, with an estimated 7.7 million overall viewers. The U.S. Olympic Team Trials: Gymnastics Women’s Final (3.2/9) from San Jose, CA ran from 9-11:05 PM and pulled in 9.9 million viewers overall last night, according to fast national estimates. This year’s gymnastics finals were up 60% from the one that ran from 7-9 PM on June 22, 2008. NBC won the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers.
It wasn’t the NBA Finals or golf’s U.S. Open, but there was world-class sports in primetime on Sunday. NBC had the second day of the U.S. Olympic Trials: Track & Field (1.2/4) from Eugene, Ore.’s Hayward Field. Though they pulled in 4.5 million viewers overall, this year’s Sunday night trials were down 20% from 2008′s comparable coverage. A new Dateline (1.2/4) followed, mostly flat with the news magazine’s show two weeks ago. The rest of NBC’s night was dual America’s Got Talent repeats at 9 PM (1.2/3) and 10 PM (1.2/3). On ABC, there was a different kind of exertion, with a two-hour Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (0.9/2) repeat. ABC began the night with repeats of America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.0/4) at 7 PM and Secret Millionaire (1.1/3) at 8 PM. NBC took the night among adults 18-49; CBS won in overall viewers.
There is not much to say when a repeat tops the primetime ratings for the broadcast networks. That was the case last night when a rerun of Fox’s Family Guy (1.6/4) finished the night as No. 1 among adults 18-49, edging ABC’s originals Secret Millionaire (1.5/5) and Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (1.5/4), which both matched their modest season premieres from last week as well as an America’s Got Talent repeat on NBC at 10 PM. With three hours of originals, ABC (1.4/4) still narrowly won the night in adults 18-49, while CBS (6.5 million) was No. 1 in total viewers.
CBS’ broadcast of the 66th annual Tony Awards (1.0/3) was down 17% from last year — when the awards show was boosted by the sweep for boxoffice hit The Book Of Mormon – to an all-time low for the Broadway awards show. At 7 PM, 60 Minutes averaged a 1.1/4. It was edged by NBC’s Dateline (1.2/4), which was up 20% from last week.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Secret Millionaire’ & ‘Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss’ Premieres Down; ‘Miss USA’ Falls
ABC’s dual premieres and the Miss USA pageant all took a hit Sunday night. The 8 PM Season 3 debut of Secret Millionaire (1.5/5) on ABC was down 56% from last year’s in-season premiere. The two-hour Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (1.5/4) that followed at 9 PM shed 32% from its June 6, 2011 debut. NBC had an Adele: Live In London special (1.7/5) at 8 PM with the Grammy winner. And although it was a win for Miss Rhode Island, the 62nd Annual Miss USA Pageant (1.8/5) slid 18% according to fast nationals from last year’s contest. Broadcast live, Miss USA drew in just more than 6.1 million viewers. NBC took the night among adults 18-49. CBS, which went with a new 60 Minutes and a night of repeats, won a tight victory in total viewers with 5.975 million to NBC’s 5.780 million.
What do American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, Survivor, Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, Hell’s Kitchen, Big Brother, So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Got Talent and Wipeout have in common? They are broadcast TV’s biggest reality franchises of the past decade. And they all launched in the summer. Summer used to be a time for the networks to try out innovative reality formats that had never been done on the Big 4 broadcast nets (ballroom dancing or singing competitions, shows about castaways on an island or strangers locked in a house) or had been gone from primetime for a long time (game shows). Now the broadcast networks are throwing on retreads of over-exposed formats from June through August, so it’s no surprise that nothing has stuck since Wipeout launched on ABC in June 2008. A slew of newcomers came and went over the past three months: ABC’s Expedition Impossible, Take the Money & Run, Karaoke Battle USA and 101 Ways To Leave a Game Show; CBS’ Same Name, NBC’s Love In the Wild and the similar It’s Worth What?; and Buried Treasure on Fox. The only new offering on broadcast to show a pulse this summer was ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, helped by a solid lead-in and the fact that it is an offshoot of a popular franchise. Things looked as bleak on the scripted side, with ABC’s Combat Hospital, Fox’s sketch comedy In the Flow With Affion Crockett and NBC’s burnoff Love Bites barely registering.
With President Obama’s speech on the debt negotiations (or lack thereof) and House Speaker John Boehner’s response taking up most of the 9-9:30 PM half-hour on the East Coast, fast nationals are approximate. From 8-9 PM, Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen (2.5/8) ran uninterrupted and was even with last week to once again rank as Monday’s top-rated program among adults 18-49. Fox followed the speeches with a MasterChef rerun (1.4/4). ABC’s The Bachelorette, which aired from 8-9 PM and then from 9:30-10:30 PM on the East Coast and from 9-10 PM in the West, drew approximately a 2.3/7, flat with last week, but the average may rise when time-zone-adjusted ratings are released later today. The numbers for the Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition finale (1.8/5) are also approximate. ABC logged a 2.2/6 night average among 18-49 in the fast nationals, ahead of Fox’s 2.1/6. ABC is expected to win the night, probably solo, though there is a small possibility that Fox could tie for the top spot.
It is probably appropriate that on a night dominated by reruns we had an almost complete ratings repeat from last Monday. The move of MasterChef to 9 PM continues to pay dividends for Fox. For a second consecutive week, the cooking show (2.2/6 in adults 18-49) grew, this time by 10%. And for the first time, it ranked as the top-rated program on Monday night among adults 18-49, tied with ABC’s The Bachelorette. Just like it did last Monday, The Bachelorette (2.2/7) was down week-to-week, this time by 8%. At 10 PM, Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (2.0/5) was flat with last week. With three hours of original programming vs. 1 for Fox and NBC (burn-off Law & Order: LA drew a 1.3/4, flat with its most recent original 2 weeks ago) and 0 for CBS, ABC (2.2/6 in 18-49, 7 million viewers) easily won Monday in the demo and total viewers. Fox was second in 18-49 with 1.7/5.
After MasterChef‘s soft premiere at 8 PM last Monday, Fox moved the cooking series to 9 PM. The move resulted in an 11% improvement last night, when MasterChef drew a 2.0/5 among adults 18-49 in its new berth. (Fox aired a MasterChef rerun at 8 PM, which posted a 1.3/4.) ABC’s The Bachelorette (2.4/7) and Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (2.0/6) were both down from last Monday, by 8% and 9%, respectively, but are still expected to give ABC a nightly win in 18-49 (2.2/6) and total viewers (7.2 million). ABC’s only challenge could come from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on NBC, which drew a 1.9/5 in the not-time-zone-adjusted fast nationals, a number that is expected to rise. Versus last year’s Game 6, last night’s game between Vancouver and Boston was down 34% in the fast nationals, but the 2010 game was title-clinching, while this year, the series was extended to a seventh game to air Wednesday, where it will pre-empt America’s Got Talent. CBS stayed mainly out of contention with an all-rerun lineup, led by Mike & Molly and Hawaii Five-0, both posting a 1.5/4 in 18-49.
ABC dominated every half-hour of primetime last night with The Bachelorette (2.6/8), up 18% from last Monday, which was Memorial Day, and Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (2.2/8), down 8% from its Memorial Day premiere. ABC won the night in both adults 18-49 (2.4/7) and total viewers (7.2 million). The season premiere of Fox’s MasterChef (1.8/6) at 8 PM was down 33% from its summer debut last season. Accounting for some of the drop is the fact that last year’s premiere aired in late July, when TV usage is higher with a solid lead-in from Hell’s Kitchen. The cooking reality show was followed by a House repeat (1.2/3). NBC was the only English-language network to offer first-run programming last night, a new episode of canceled drama Law & Order: LA (1.3/3) at 10 PM, down 13% from last Monday. It was preceded by Law & Order: CI, which was down 10%. Leading the all-rerun CBS lineup was Two and a Half Men with Charlie Sheen, which scored the highest demo rating, 1.6/4.
As the only network with an all-original lineup, ABC easily won Monday in adults 18-49 (2.2/6) and total viewers (7.1 million). Moving to its regular 8-10 PM time slot, The Bachelorette (2.1/6) was down 23% from its premiere behind the Dancing With the Stars performance finale last Monday. At 10 PM, the latest Extreme Makeover spinoff, Weight Loss Edition, got off to a promising start with a 2.3/6 in 18-49, up 28% from the season premiere of True Beauty in the time period last June. Following a Minute to Win It rerun (0.9/3), the NBC season premiere of USA’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent (1.1/3) was up a tenth from last summer’s broadcast debut. At 10 PM, burnoff Law & Order: LA (1.4/4) also was up a tenth from last week. CBS and Fox aired reruns.
ABC announced today that Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition will premiere Monday, May 30 at 10 PM. Eight episodes are planned for the 3 Ball Productions/Eyeworks USA series, which features eight “super obese” people who will try to lose half their body weight in a year. The debut will come a week after the premiere of The Bachelorette, which kicks off Monday, May 23 at 9 PM before moving to its regular 8-10 PM Monday slot the next week as a lead-in to Makeover. Next season’s bachelorette is due to be introduced during tonight’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!
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