Sunday, December 18, 2005

Home Improvement E! True Hollywood Story Premieres Tonight; Week 13 First Four Day Ratings; How The Sitcoms Did

E! will have a new episode of E! True Hollywood Story tonight featuring the '90s sitcom Home Improvement. E! will take a two-hour look starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT on what happened behind the scenes on this sitcom starring Tim Allen.
Turn off that Shop-Vac, and tune in to see how a ragtag show grew into a prime-time phenomenon, lasting eight seasons and more than 200 episodes, on Home Improvement: The E! True Hollywood Story.
More details here, including a video preview. Next Sunday (Christmas night), E! will have a brand new episode of True Hollywood Story on the '80s sitcom Who's the Boss?, which starred Tony Danza, Judith Light, Katherine Helmond and Alyssa Milano. More details will be shared soon.

Week 13 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

Households: CBS: 8.5/13.4; ABC: 6.1/9.7; NBC: 6.0/9.5; FOX 4.2/6.6; The WB: 2.4/3.7; UPN 2.2/3.4.
Total Viewers: CBS: 13.04 million; ABC: 9.21 million; NBC: 9.03 million; FOX 6.58 million; The WB: 3.58 million; UPN: 3.18 million.
Adults 18-49: CBS: 4.3/11.4; ABC: 3.3/8.8; NBC: 3.3/8.8; FOX 2.8/7.3; The WB: 1.5/3.9; UPN: 1.3/3.5.

Analysis: Like last week, repeats dominated the schedule with shows like Lost, Two and a Half Men, My Name is Earl, and CSI: Miami in repeats. The CBS comedies repeated pretty well on Monday, but Monday Night Football took home the prize. CSI: Miami repeat did very well with 13.79 million, but down from last week's repeat of 15.33 million. It was not so well for Arrested Development yet again which had an original episode and a repeat UPN's competing comedies did even better. Tuesday saw CBS win with a new Navy NCIS and the finale of The Amazing Race 8. Sitcom wise, a special holiday episode of Hope & Faith at a special night and time on ABC, did very well, building on According to Jim with 8.02 million viewers. A new House on Fox did well. On Wednesday, again CBS was all original and won the night thanks to Criminal Minds & CSI: NY. ABC's Alias again at a special night and time was not too good, Alias will now return in March, with a night and time to be determined. The WB aired the classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and had a good showing for them with 5.23 million viewers, taking audience away for George Lopez, which just drew 7.16 million for ABC. Thursday saw CBS winning even in repeats for the dramas. It's sad when repeats of Two and a Half Men and How I Met Your Mother are airing in a special night and time on CBS and they beat two new episodes of Joey on NBC. The Apprentice 4 finale was down big from previous installments.
Not included in the ratings are Friday and Saturday. Friday saw CBS winning with its dramas. Saturday saw NBC and ABC battle with Law & Order franchise repeats and the movie The Sound of Music. CBS also got a strong showing for Frosty the Snowman.
CBS will for sure win by a wide margin in total viewers for the week and adults 18-49. Will the remake of the classic movie Once Upon a Mattress lift ABC to victory on Sunday? Housewives is a repeat, people in the east might not see all of it as President Bush will pre-empt all the networks at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT).

Monday Sitcoms

  • The King of Queens (CBS) - 9.23 million tuned in for an encore broadcast; very good!
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 8.42 million tuned in for a repeat, almost similar to what it did later in the week on a special night and time encore.
  • Arrested Development (FOX) - Only 3.91 million for an original. And an encore at 8:30 did worse with 3.42 million. UPN beat it with 3.77 million at 8:30!
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A repeat scored 14.25 million, slightly up from last week.
  • Out of Practice (CBS) - 10.84 million for a repeat of the hiatus bound sitcom.
  • One on One (UPN), All of Us (UPN), Girlfriends (UPN), Half and Half (UPN) - All were original and did decent as CBS's competing comedies were in repeats and Fox aired the low rated Arrested Development. Here is how the networks did from 8-9pm in order: CBS, NBC, ABC, The WB, Fox and UPN. Fox averaged 3.67 million and UPN 3.6 million--you see how bad it was for Fox. Let Showtime or ABC take Arrested Development please!

Tuesday Sitcoms
  • According to Jim (ABC) - 7.89 million tuned in for the 2005 Christmas episode at 8 p.m. Classic Christmas episodes aired at 9 and 9:30 and scored a decent 7.99 and 7.82 million.
  • Hope & Faith (ABC) - Impressive on a special night and time. All-new holiday episode scored 8.02 million, built on lead-in in households, total viewers, and adults 18-49.
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) - Repeat at a special time of 9:30 p.m. did 7.04 million, not bad.
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • George Lopez (ABC) - Down a lot from last week, the holiday episode only did 7.16 million and 2.3 adult 18-49 rating. I guess people watched The WB's How The Grinch Stole Christmas instead.
  • Freddie (ABC) - Built from last week's 7.44 million to 7.48 million. Steady A18-49 rating continues, with a 3.0 rating for number one in timeslot.
  • Twins (The WB) - Special night and time was nothing to write home about. Following the Grinch, a big loss for this repeat with only 2.26 million and a 1.1 adult 18-49 rating.
  • That '70s Show (FOX) - Young audience is there, but not overall yet again.
  • Stacked (FOX) - 4.32 million only tuned in.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • Joey (NBC) - 7.99 tuned in for an hour of new episodes.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - Special night and time encore at 8 p.m. did very well with 9.72 million...beating the new episode of the NBC comedy at 8 p.m.
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - Special night and time encore at 8:30 p.m. did very well with 8.4 million...beating the new episode of the NBC comedy at 8:30 p.m.
  • Everybody Hates Chris (UPN) - New episode scored 4.95 million.
  • Love, Inc. (UPN), Eve (UPN), Cuts (UPN) - New episodes did decent enough for them ranging from 2.66 to 2.97 million.

Friday Sitcoms

Not even going here. Fox had a new and a repeat of Bernie Mac, a repeat of Family Guy and a new Malcolm. Didn't do well. ABC's Hope & Faith repeat and a new Hot Properties did better, but not good. WB's repeats of What I Like About You, Reba & Twins were on par with previous weeks. A special Scooby Doo Christmas special aired at 8:30.

Summing it up. Out of Practice, How I Met Your Mother Mon & Thurs, Two and a Half Men Mon & Thurs, and The King of Queens were the only impressive sitcoms this week. Everything else was OK (such as Freddie, Hope & Faith Tues) or just plain old terrible (such as Arrested Development, Bernie Mac, Malcolm in the Middle).


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Saturday, February 17

The Middle - "The Setup" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Frankie is tasked with being at her mom Pat’s (Marsha Mason) beck and call when she has to stay for a few days at the Heck house after coming down with an ailment. Meanwhile, just when it looks like Sean is about to ask Sue out on a date, Sue nervously blurts out that maybe they should both try to set each other up on a date with one of their friends; and Axl and Brick ponder what it is exactly that Mike does at the quarry.

The Middle - "Eyes Wide Open" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Axl heads to Chicago to visit Hutch for the weekend but discovers that his friend, who has his own apartment and a job, is now acting more like a responsible adult than the free-spirited college student he once knew. Meanwhile, Sue’s excitement over having the apartment to herself over the weekend turns to horror when she is unable to sleep after watching “Silence of the Lambs”; and Brick enlists Frankie and Mike’s aid to help convince Lilah, a new student who doesn’t know anyone at school yet, that she and Brick would make a cute couple.

black-ish - "Please Don't Feed the Animals" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Bow keeps in touch with Dre’s incarcerated godbrother, Omar, but when they find out he is being released from prison, Omar’s future sparks debate. Meanwhile, Ruby lets it slip to the kids that she’s been to jail and they push her to tell them more secrets from her past.

black-ish - "Charity Case" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Dre is chosen to lead Stevens & Lido’s new charity campaign which helps people give back to their community. When Bow advises Dre that there is more to giving back than cutting checks, he decides to donate some of his clothes to a man in need. Meanwhile, Junior fails his driving test, so Ruby offers to chaperone a trip with him and the twins on an informative outing.

The Thundermans - "Rhythm n' Shoes " (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Determined to meet a famous pop singer visiting Hiddenville High, Phoebe and Max devise elaborate schemes to insert themselves into her performance that quickly lead to disastrous results.

Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn - "The Harper Quad-Jobbers" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
The quads try to earn money for a pool so that their house can be the place everyone wants to hang out at during the summer.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 12)

Friday, February 16

  • Sam Rockwell (F Is for Family) - Watch Sam on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Laura Benanti (The Detour/Go On/Starved) - Laura appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Tiffani Thiessen (Alexa & Katie/Good Morning, Miami/Saved by the Bell/Saved by the Bell: The College Years) - Tiffani chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Holly Robinson Peete (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/For Your Love) - Holly and her husband Rodney talk about the Hallmark Channel original series Meet the Peetes on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Becki Newton (Divorce/Weird Loners/The Goodwin Games/How I Met Your Mother) - Becki chats about Divorce on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Lori Loughlin (Fuller House/Hudson Street/Full House) - Lori appears on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York sometime between 7-10am.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (November/December/January)

The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season Living Single - The Complete Third Season Alice - The Complete Sixth Season One Day at a Time - The Complete Series Fuller House - The Complete Second Season

11/07 - American Dad! - Volume 12
11/07 - Family Guy - Season Fifteen
11/07 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season
11/14 - D.C. Follies - The Complete Series
11/21 - Living Single - The Complete Third Season
11/24 - Grandfathered - Season 1
12/05 - Alice - The Complete Sixth Season
12/05 - One Day at a Time - The Complete Series
12/05 - The Simpsons - The Eighteenth Season
12/05 - South Park - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
12/12 - Fuller House - The Complete Second Season
12/19 - South Park - The Complete Sixth Season (Blu-ray) / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11
01/09 - Girlfriends - The Complete Series
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