National Ratings in Prime-Time:
On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options
CW 0.5/ 1
-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Tuesday, May 26, 2009):
Note: The year-ago Tuesday fell in the first week of the summer season (translation: lots of repeats!)
American Idol (Fox), NCIS (CBS), Dancing With the Stars (ABC), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
The Biggest Loser (NBC), Glee (Fox), The Good Wife (CBS)
Each of the Big 4 networks had something positive to say on this final Tuesday of the traditional (September through May) TV season. Fox led the overnight troops, beating second-place ABC by three-tenths of a rating point. Third overall was CBS, followed by NBC and a night of repeats on The CW. Fox’s advantage among adults 18-49 will greatly increase once the fast affiliate results are released.
The final American Idol performance show opened the evening for Fox with a hefty 13.5 rating/21 share from 8-9 p.m. Although I personally changed my tune and joined camp Lee a few weeks ago, Mama Sox stole the show last night and deserves to win. Glee followed on Fox with a third-place 8.2/12 at 9 p.m., and retention of just 59 percent out of the 8:30 p.m. portion of American Idol (14.3/21). But the variation between the two among adults 18-49 should not be as large. The next time anyone compiles a list of the best TV Dads, do not forget about Mike O’Malley as Burt Hummel.
Over at ABC, a repeat of last week’s episode of Dancing With the Stars (#3: 6.7/11 at 8 p.m.) led into the two-hour season-finale, which scored a hefty 12.5/19 in the overnights from 9-11 p.m. Take a look at the half-hour breakdown:
Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
9:00 p.m.: 12.1/18 (#1)
9:30 p.m.: 12.1/18 (#1)
10:00 p.m.: 12.5/19 (#1)
10:30 p.m.: 13.5/22 (#1)
Congratulations, Nicole Scherzinger! For once, the audience got it right.
CBS was on the Tuesday map care of NCIS (#2: 10.7/16), spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles (#2: 8.9/13) and The Good Wife (#2: 8.1/13). But both NCIS: Los Angeles and The Good Wife were below-average opposite the Dancing With the Stars season-ender. Even so, kudos to the Eye net for its stellar Tuesday, which will remain intact next season.
Despite the severity of the competition, the two-hour Biggest Loser season-finale on NBC scored an above-average 6.5/10 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m., with growth by half-hour as follows:
The Biggest Loser (NBC)
8:00 p.m.: 5.8/ 9 (#4)
8:30 p.m.: 6.2/ 9 (#4)
9:00 p.m.: 6.8/10 (#4)
9:30 p.m.: 7.1/10 (#4)
Considering the core strength of The Biggest Loser falls within adults 18-49, consider this a solid performance. Airing out of The Biggest Loser was the season-finale of Parenthood at a third-place 4.2/ 7 at 10 p.m. As bad as that may sound, it could still be enough to beat CBS’ competing The Good Wife in the demo.
Distant last-place The CW aired repeats of Life Unexpected (#5: 0.7/ 1) and 90210 (#5: 0.5/ 1). As a reminder, here is what you will be seeing on the broadcast networks this fall (with new shows in caps and bolded):
10:00 p.m.: BODY OF PROOF
10:00 p.m.: The Good Wife