Sunday, February 19, 2006

How the Sitcoms Did

Week 22 numbers first three nights, Mon-Wed only available; final Thurs numbers not available yet from Nielsen, so I will not post the numbers this week -- sorry about that!

Analysis: The Winter Olympics have certainly helped NBC, but the Olympics might be on pace for its worst ratings ever, as shows like American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Grey's Anatomy, and others have beat it head to head. I still think CBS made a huge mistake airing mostly repeats against the Olympics. On Monday everyone was at normal levels against the Olympics, even CBS's comedies and CSI: Miami in repeats. The Olympics easily won that night and thus far this week the only time they went over 20 million, with 21.07 million. Tuesday saw American Idol and House trounce the Olympics badly. Wednesday it was again American Idol and ABC's Lost that ruled and made the Olympics look like a loser. Thursday saw Dancing with the Stars beating The Olympics AND Survivor head to head. NBC won the 9 and 10 p.m. hours with the Olympis only because CSI and Without a Trace were repeats. Friday had the Winter Olympics winning again, but Stars Results gave a good performance once again. Saturday was all NBC with the Olympics. Again, ABC will battle with NBC for Sunday night. ABC has a good shot of beating the Olympics again tonight from 9 to 11 p.m at least.


Monday Sitcoms

  • The King of Queens (CBS) - 9.17 million for a repeat is awesome.
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 8.1 million for a repeat is good, but a little drop from the lead-in.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A repeat and still 13.6 million.
  • Courting Alex (CBS) - A new episode scored 11.11 million--lowest yet.
  • One on One (UPN), All of Us (UPN), Girlfriends (UPN), Half and Half (UPN) - Steady but down from last week's 3-4 million to 2.5-3.5 million.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • According to Jim(ABC) 9pm - A repeat at 9pm did OK, with 6.62 million...a new episode will air at 9pm this week, like it did on Feb. 7 when it had over 8.3 million.
  • Rodney (ABC) - With no Jim at 8 tonight, a new Rodney suffered a lot, only 4.61 million.

Wednesday Sitcoms

  • George Lopez (ABC) - 6.16 million against Idol, and beat Still Standing.
  • Freddie (ABC) - A drop, only 5.82 million.
  • Still Standing (CBS) - 6.13 million, slightly behind ABC.
  • Yes, Dear (CBS) - Sitcom leader in slot with 6.48 million--sadly the highest rated sitcom of the night.

Thursday Sitcoms

  • Everybody Hates Chris (UPN) - Whoa...no other sitcoms on any net than UPN...so Chris was the highest rated sitcom of the night! Wonder if UPN promoted that?
  • Love, Inc. (UPN), Eve (UPN), Cuts (UPN) - New episodes of these sitcoms did pathetic as usual. They will not make it to the CW line-up.

Friday Sitcoms

WB Friday Comedies - dead last in each half hour.

Summing it up. Repeats of The King of Queens, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as a repeat of According To Jim, Courting Alex) or just plain old terrible (such as WB Friday, UPN Thursday, Rodney).


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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