June 25, 2012

The Sked: SUNDAY RATINGS June 24

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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NBC won a painful Sunday night with a 1.2 preliminary Adult 18-49 rating from 7-11 pm.  The U.S. Olympic Trials at 7 pm, featuring track and field from Eugene, Oregon, averaged a 1.2 rating, starting at a 1.0 in the 7:00 half hour and building to a 1.4 at 7:30.  The comparable telecast on July 6, 2008 earned a 1.5 at 7 pm (a 1.5 and 1.6 by half hour).  The 1.2 from this year’s Olympic Trials set the tone for the night: Dateline at 8 and two America’s Got Talent repeats at 9 and 10 pm each scored a 1.2 rating.

ABC averaged a 1.0 rating from 7-11 pm, with a 1.0 for a repeat America’s Funniest Home Videos at 7, a 1.1 rating for a repeat Secret Millionaire at 8, and a disappointing 0.9 rating for the season premiere of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition from 9-11 pm.   Last year the premiere of Weight Loss scored a robust 2.4 rating on Monday, May 30 at 10 pm after The Bachelorette‘s 2.2 rating.

CBS and FOX each averaged a preliminary 0.8 rating in prime time Sunday.  CBS hit a 1.0 rating with 60 Minutes at 7 pm, but then drifted down below a 1 rating with repeats of Person of Interest at 8 (0.7), The Good Wife at 9 (0.6) and The Mentalist at 10 (0.8).  FOX aired animated comedy repeats at 7:00 (American Dad 0.6) and 7:30 (Cleveland Show 0.8) and then repeated the FOX 25th Anniversary Special from 8-10 pm (0.9).  The 25th anniversary averaged a 1.8 rating when it originally aired Sunday, May 22 in the same time period.

Cable ratings will be available later today.  Most notable will be HBO with its Sunday combination of True Blood at 9 and the premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s Newsroom at 10 pm.  Read Mitch Salem’s review of Newsroom here.

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.