CABLE - The big story on cable was the premiere of Charlie Sheen’s surprisingly conventional new FX comedy, Anger Management (5.47m/2.1 – 5.74m/2.3). Those are very good premiere numbers, and they also offered a nice boost to Charlie’s new neighbors, Wilfred (2.53m/1.2) and Louie (1.43m/.7), which are both up over the previous season. It even led to a decent start for Brand X (1.07m/.5) at 11. The one thing Charlie couldn’t do was deny the time-tested allure of a new baby episode of a sit-com. With the addition of the latest Duncan, Good Luck Charlie (7.48m/1.2) saw a big spike in viewers.
NBC - While there are still a few weeks to go before the London Olympics get started, NBC made a little hay by moving some of the Olympic Trials (mostly swimming and gymnastics) into prime time. The seven hours of coverage averaged 6.92m viewers and 2 in the demo. Not great, but a far sight better than what most of the summer programming is bringing in. Elsewhere, it was more of the same for America’s Got Talent (10.45m/3 – 11.67m/3.2 – 10.66m/2.8), Ninja Warrior (5.7m/1.9), and Love In The Wild (4.91m/1.6). Finally, it was an upswing in the yo-yo ratings of Saving Hope (3.19m/.7).
FOX - There was nothing new or exciting to report as the FOX ship was rather steady with Hell’s Kitchen (5.66m/2.4 – 5.51m/2.3), MasterChef (5.32m/2.2 – 5.46m/2.3), and So You Think You Can Dance (5.74m/2.1). The news wasn’t quite as good for new reality entrants Take Me Out (2.32m/1) and The Choice (2.88m/1.2).
ABC - With no NBA it was back to third place for ABC. The Bachelorette (7.03m/2.3) and Wipeout (6.16m/2) looked ok, while Duets (4.3m/1) and Rookie Blue (4.71m/1.1) brought the expected results. Unfortunately, premiere numbers for The Glass House (3.09m/1.1) and Final Witness (4.21m/1) were not encouraging.
CBS and CW - As has become the norm, CBS only offered Dogs In The City (4.72m/.9) and CW had The Catalina (.49m/.2) and Breaking Pointe (.62m/.2).