June 26, 2012

The Sked: MONDAY RATINGS June 25

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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NBC and FOX battled to a tie last night with a good mix of original programming.  ABC was in the hunt until 10 pm, when the atrocious Glass House destroyed any momentum.  

NBC aired more U.S. Olympics Trials from 8-9 pm (this time swimming, featuring a rare loss by Michael Phelps) and scored a 1.9 preliminary 18-49 rating.  America’s Got Talent hit a 3.0 rating from 9-10 pm.  (Last week was a 2.9 at a special 8 pm time).  American Ninja Warrior averaged a 2.0 at 10 pm, identical to last week’s two-hour 9-11 pm telecast.  For the night, NBC averaged a 2.3 from 8-11 pm (matching last week’s summer Monday high).

FOX also scored a 2.3 for the night from the reliable Hell’s Kitchen (2.3) and MasterChef (2.2).

ABC averaged a 2.2 for the Bachelorette (similar to the last three telecasts — a 2.2 on June 4 and a 2.3 on June 11 and 18).  But The Glass House, which premiered to a wobbly 1.5 last week, slumped to a 1.2 this week.  Again, a new batch of samplers bailed out as the show revealed itself: 2.5 rating at 9:30 for the rose ceremony of Bachelorette, 1.4 rating at 10:00 for the first half hour, and 1.1 rating at 10:30 for the final half hour.  You know you are in trouble creatively when American Ninja Warrior looks like art in comparison.  For the night, ABC finished in third with a 1.9 rating.

CBS averaged a 1.2 for its repeat Monday lineup, down from a 1.4 the last two Monday nights.

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.