June 19, 2012

The Sked: MONDAY RATINGS June 18 — Glass House Shaky

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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FOX edged NBC again on Monday night, while ABC premiered The Glass House, which caused viewers to flee.

The combo of Hell’s Kitchen (2.5 preliminary 18-49 rating last night) and MasterChef (2.3) combined to give FOX a first place 2.4 rating Monday night. Although one of the Gordon Ramsey shows might see an upward adjustment of a tenth of a rating point in the official nationals, both will still be down from last week’s high.  Hell’s Kitchen track:  2.4– 2.8– 2.5.  MasterChef: 2.3– 2.7– 2.3.

NBC’s America’s Got Talent was also down from recent Monday performances but remained the highest rated show on Monday network television (2.8 preliminary rating from 8-9 pm).  AGT Monday track: 3.7– 3.2– 2.8– 3.3– 2.8.  Now the auditions are over and the show heads to the Las Vegas episodes next week.  American Ninja Warrior was down a touch from its last episode to a 2.0 rating from 9-11 pm.   Ninja track: 2.4– 2.1– 2.2– 2.0.  For the night, NBC averaged a preliminary 2.3 rating, although it could easily round up in the official nationals and tie FOX for first place.

ABC finally premiered The Glass House after weeks of litigation by CBS to restrain ABC from broadcasting the show and infringing on their copyright (you know, that work of art Big Brother).  CBS handed ABC the hack promo line (“the show They don’t want you to see!).  And it turns out few wanted to see it anyway.  The premiere averaged a 1.6 rating from 10-11 pm, but look at the half hour data: 9:30-10:00 a 2.4 rating for the rose ceremony of The Bachelorette, 10:00-10:30 1.7 rating for The Glass House — an okay start if they could hold it, but 10:30-11:00 a 1.4 rating for the hearty souls with a strong stomach or absolutely no taste.  Drops like that are usually a sign of more audience erosion to come.  On the other hand, The Bachelorette turned in a consistent 2.3 rating from 8-10 pm (its track: 2.6– 2.4– 1.9– 2.2– 2.3– 2.3).  For the night, ABC averaged a 2.1 rating from 8-11 pm.  Without a clear ratings spin for Glass House, look for ABC to trumpet how many visits and streams enjoyed last night.

CBS averaged a 1.4 rating from 8-11 pm with six comedies, with the ratings highlight coming at 10:30 (a 1.8 for Big Bang Theory on a special night and time).

About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.