June 4, 2012


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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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NBC led the broadcast networks last night with a 1.6 Adult 18-49 rating from 7-11 pm in the preliminary fast nationals, although ESPN’s coverage of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals and HBO’s Game of Thrones are certain to pull ahead when the cable ratings are available tomorrow morning.  NBC started relatively slowly with Dateline at 7 (0.9 rating last night versus 0.6 last week) but moved into first place for the 8 pm hour with the special Adele Live in London (1.7 rating, up dramatically from the 0.7 rating for the Harry’s Law series finale last week in the hour).  From 9-11 pm Miss USA averaged a 1.8 rating (tied with the Family Guy repeat as the top-rated broadcast network show last night but down from last year’s 2.2 rating for the 2011 Miss USA on Sunday, June 19).

ABC was the only other broadcast network with original programming last night, but it could only work its way up to a 1.4 rating from 7-11 pm.  The premiere of Secret Millionaire at 8 pm averaged a 1.5 rating and the premiere of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition scored a 1.5 rating at 9 pm.  Last year, EM: Weight Loss aired much more successfully on Mondays at 10, premiering with a 2.4 rating on Monday, May 30 (actually building on the 2.2 Bachelorette lead-in).  The night was rounded out by a repeat of America’s Funniest Home Videos at 7 (1.2 rating).  

FOX finished in third with a 1.3 rating from 7-10 pm for its animated comedy repeats: American Dad (0.9), Cleveland Show (1.0), Simpsons (1.2), Bob’s Burgers (1.2), Family Guy (1.8) and American Dad (1.5).  

CBS plunged below a 1 rating for the night, averaging a 0.9 from 7-11 pm.  60 Minutes at 7 (1.4 rating) was the high water mark for the network, as repeats of Dogs in the City premiere (0.6), The Good Wife (0.6) and CSI Miami (0.8) all struggled to attract an audience.

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.