Ratings Notes for TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and truTV; Including Conan, George Lopez, 'Tower Prep,' NBA Averages & More

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November 23rd, 2010

via ratings notes from Turner:

TBS
Through its first two weeks on TBS, Conan has delivered an average of 1,160,000 adults 18-34 and 1,725,000 adults 18-49, topping all late-night talk shows.  Since its premiere, the show has averaged 2,325,000 viewers overall.  Conan has a median age of 32, the youngest of any late-night talk show.

Lopez Tonight is enjoying extraordinary growth in its new midnight timeslot.  Two weeks into the new season, the show has averaged 392,000 adults 18-34, an increase of 87% compared to the four weeks leading up to the new season.  The series has also averaged 662,000 adults 18-49 (+82%) and 958,000 total viewers (+60%).  Lopez Tonight is second to Conan as late-night’s youngest talk show, with a median age of 34.

TBS’s new comedy series Glory Daze had a strong debut Tuesday night, with 849,000 adults 18-34 and 1,256,000 adults 18-49, with a median age of 28.  The series premiere was watched by 1,828,000 viewers overall.

Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns scored basic cable’s top sitcom telecast for the week with adults 18-49, with the Wednesday 10:30 p.m. episode delivering 1,326,000 in the demo.

Adult Swim
Across the third week of November 2010, Adult Swim ranked #1 for total day delivery of adults 18-34 and adults 18-24, earning respectable growth compared to the same week in 2009.  Average adults 18-34 delivery (497,000) increased by 2%, adults 18-24 delivery (271,000) increased by 5%, and adults 18-49 delivery (706,000) increased by 4%.

Adult Swim telecasts—including Family Guy, Robot Chicken and American Dad—accounted for 14 of the Top 50 telecasts of the week on all basic cable among adults 18-34, more than any other network.  Adult Swim programs accounted for 15 of the top 50 telecasts among men 18-34.

truTV
As truTV marches toward the end of its biggest year ever among key demos, the network’s original series continue to chalk up excellent time-slot rankings.

Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura has performed strongly in its second season, with last Friday’s installment ranking among cable’s Top 5 programs for the 10 p.m. timeslot among men 18-49 (385,000).  The series has also scored strong growth for its timeslot compared to the same period last year, with adults 18-49 up 49% and men 18-49 up 113%.  That growth is focused in the younger portions of those demos, with adults 18-34 up 48% and men 18-34 up 94%.

The second season of truTV’s hit series Full Throttle Saloon launched Wednesday at 10 p.m. with 1.4 million viewers, up 5% over last November’s first-season debut.  The premiere also scored 765,000 adults18-49 and 448,000 men 18-49.

Other truTV series enjoying success include Southern Fried Stings (Monday at 10 p.m.), The Smoking Gun Presents: World’s Dumbest… (Thursday at 9 p.m.) and It Only Hurts When I Laugh (Thursday at 10 p.m.), all of which ranked among cable’s Top 5 entertainment programs in their timeslots among men 18-34 and men 18-49.  The Smoking Gun Presents: World’s Dumbest… also garnered a Top 5 ranking among adults 18-34.

Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network’s overall prime time performance last week earned solid delivery gains compared to the same 2009 time period—average kids 6-11 delivery (540,000) grew by 9% and ratings (2.2) by 10%, and kids 2-11 delivery (766,000) grew by 6% while ratings (1.8) were unchanged.

The network’s Monday night line-up (7-10 p.m.) of animated comedies—Adventure Time, Regular Show, MAD, Robotomy and Total Drama World Tourranked #1 on basic cable among boys 9-14 with the top 5 telecasts of the night.  The programming block continued to earn dramatic double-digit growth compared to the 2009 time period: kids 6-11 delivery (700,000) increased by 49% and ratings (2.8) by 47%, kids 2-11 delivery (1,006,000) increased by 39% and ratings (2.4) by 33%, and kids 9-14 delivery (577,000) increased by 27% and ratings (2.4) by 26%.  Even more impressively, boys 6-11 delivery (548,000) increased by 61%, boys 2-11 delivery (732,000) increased by 46% and boys 9-14 delivery (439,000) increased by 42%.

#1 for the night among boys 6-11 and boys 2-11, a new episode of Adventure Time (8 p.m.) once again anchored the Monday evening line-up of animated comedies, charting considerable double-digit growth vs. the same time 2009 time period—kids 6-11 delivery (969,000) increased by 47% and ratings (3.9) by 44%, kids 2-11 delivery (1,347,000) increased by 32% and ratings (3.2) by 28%, and kids 9-14 delivery (731,000) increased by 12% and ratings (3.0) by 11%.  Similarly strong, boys 6-11 delivery (817,000) improved by 78%, boys 2-11 delivery (1,038,000) improved by 49% and boys 9-14 delivery (599,000) improved by 33%.

Attracting a larger audience vs. the previous year across all kids demos—some by triple digits—Regular Show (Monday, 8:15 p.m./ranked #1 in its timeslot among boys 6-11 and boys 2-11) saw kids 6-11 delivery (943,000) improve by 77%; kids 2-11 delivery (1,271,000) improve by 54%, kids 9-14 delivery (821,000) improve by 59%, boys 6-11 delivery (788,000) improve by 108%, boys 2-11 delivery (977,000) improve by 76% and boys 9-14 delivery (680,000) improve by 98%.  MAD (8:30 p.m.)—also ranked #1 in its timeslot among boys 6-11, 2-11 and 9-14—continued its growth trajectory among targeted kids and boys—kids 6-11 delivery (974,000) grew by 73%, kids 2-11 delivery (1,236,000) grew by 49%, kids 9-14 delivery (904,000) grew by 60%, boys 6-11 delivery (786,000) grew by 101%, boys 2-11 delivery (929,000) grew by 65% and boys 9-14 delivery (714,000) grew by 97%.

The Season Finale of the animated reality series Total Drama World Tour (9 p.m.) posted triple-digit gains across all kids and boys demos vs. the 2009 time period: Kids 6-11 delivery (793,000) expanded by 161% and ratings (3.2) by 167%, kids 2-11 delivery (1,007,000) expanded by 112% and ratings (2.4) by 100%, and kids 9-14 delivery (810,000) expanded by 171% and ratings (3.3) by 175%.  Boys 6-11 delivery (610,000) grew by 172%, boys 2-11 delivery (729,000) grew by 113% and boys 9-14 delivery (617,000) grew by 228%.

Tuesday night’s presentation of an all-new Tower Prep (9-10 p.m.) charted solid delivery and ratings gains among its targeted older kids demo.  Versus the 2009 time period, kids 6-11 delivery (285,000) improved by 3% and ratings (1.2) by 9%, and kids 9-14 delivery (298,000) improved by 23% and ratings (1.2) by 20%.  Boys 6-11 delivery (222,000) increased by 7% and boys 9-14 delivery (240,000) increased by 37%.  Compared to the previous four weeks average, Tower Prep is showing considerable growth among ALL kids demos: kids 6-11 delivery has grown by 14% and ratings by 20%, kids 2-11 delivery (437,000) has grown by 20% and ratings (1.1) by 22%, kids 9-14 delivery and ratings both have grown by 20%, boys 6-11 delivery has grown by 5%, boys 2-11 delivery (316,000) has grown by 19% and boys 9-14 delivery has grown by 19%.

Wednesday night’s schedule of live-action alternative programming (7-10 p.m.) earned across-the-board delivery and ratings gains among targeted kids audiences—compared to the 2009 time period, overall kids 6-11 delivery (654,000) improved by 33% and ratings (2.6) by 30%, while kids 2-11 delivery (913,000) improved by 30% and ratings (2.2) by 29%.

HOLE IN THE WALL (7:30 p.m.) kicked off the evening with a rock solid performance: kids 6-11 delivery (700,000) grew by 44%, kids 2-11 delivery (1,049,000) grew by 39% and kids 9-14 delivery (443,000) grew by 4%.  A brand new episode of Destroy Build Destroy (8:30 p.m.) crowned the evening with strong growth across the board compared to 2009’s time period—kids 6-11 delivery (802,000) increased by 25%, kids 2-11 delivery (1,024,000) increased by 27%, kids 9-14 delivery (571,000) increased by 2%, boys 6-11 delivery (629,000) increased by 30%, boys 2-11 delivery (728,000) increased by 23% and boys 9-14 delivery (476,000) increased by 11%.  Immediately before that, a new episode of DUDE, WHAT WOULD HAPPEN (8 p.m.) also posted solid gains: kids 6-11 delivery (829,000) expanded by 13%, kids 2-11 delivery (1,081,000) expanded by 17%, boys 6-11 delivery (664,000) expanded by 16% and boys 2-11 delivery (796,000) expanded by 11%.

On Friday night, a new episode of BEN 10: ULTIMATE ALIEN (7:30 p.m.) earned considerable double-digit gains among the 6-11 crowd.  Vs. the 2009 time period, kids 6-11 delivery (818,000) improved by 55% and ratings (3.3) by 50%, kids 2-11 delivery (1,106,000) improved by 46% and ratings (2.7) by 50%, and kids 9-14 delivery (561,000) improved by 8% and ratings (2.3) by 10%.   Similarly, boys 6-11 delivery (639,000) improved by 54% and ratings (5.0) by 52%, boys 2-11 delivery (791,000) improved by 35% and ratings (3.7) by 32%, and boys 9-14 delivery (450,000) improved by 7% and ratings (3.6) by 6%.

TNT
The NBA on TNT continues to deliver strong ratings and audiences for the network, showing impressive gains in ratings, households and total viewers through the first 10 games of the season.  TNT’s coverage is averaging a 1.8 U.S. rating (+20% vs. 1.5); 2,857,000 total viewers (+26% vs. 2,265,000); and 2,133,000 households (+24% vs. 1,718,000) over last year's corresponding coverage.

Source: Nielsen Media Research. Based on Live+SD. NBA Regular Season on TNT STD (10 Games) (10/26/2010-11/18/2010) vs. (10/27/2009-11/19/2009).

The NBA on TNT continues on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 25, with the Washington Wizards @ Atlanta Hawks (8 p.m. ET) followed by the Sacramento Kings @ LA Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET).

The blockbuster comedy The Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, enjoyed an outstanding premiere weekend on TNT, with the Friday 8 p.m. debut delivering 2.9 million viewers, followed by the 10 p.m. encore with more than 2 million viewers.  Sunday’s 8 p.m. presentation scored 2.5 million viewers, with the 10 p.m. telecast delivering more than 1.3 million viewers.  In addition, both 8 p.m. telecasts averaged more than 1.1 million adults 25-54.

 
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