Sunday, February 26, 2006

Special Note for Today; Week 23 First Four Day Ratings; How The Sitcoms Did; Andy Griffith Remembers Don Knotts

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Week 23 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

Households: NBC: 13.5/20.1; FOX 13.2/19.1; CBS: 7.0/10.4; ABC: 6.3/9.3; The WB: 1.8/2.6; UPN 1.5/2.1.
Total Viewers: FOX: 22.87 million; NBC: 22.17 million; CBS: 10.66 million; ABC: 9.57 million; The WB: 2.62 million; UPN: 2.11 million.
Adults 18-49: FOX 9.7/22.2; NBC: 6.6/15.7; CBS: 3.5/8.3; ABC: 3.5/8.2; The WB: 1.0/2.4; UPN: 0.9/2.0.

Analysis: American Idol aired three times this week and killed The Olympics each time. Idol was two-hours long on Tuesday and Wednesday and a special hour episode on a Thursday. That Thursday 8 p.m. slot this week was very competitive. More on that later. The WB aired movies Mon-Thurs, so their numbers are way down from usual numbers. Monday saw The Olympics winning the night as the competition wasn't that good, but Fox had a strong showing for an all-new episode on a special night and time episode of House, with 14.18 million. Tuesday it was all Fox with American Idol with 30.16 million viewers, but the Olympics on NBC did very well too with 25.08 million, easily its best night in 2006, but still way down from previous Olympics. Wednesday again Fox's Idol ruled with 31.69 million, The Olympics suffered a ton, only 16.01 million, after getting two straight 20+ million nights. ABC was out of the picture tonight as Lost was a rerun. Thursday NBC, Fox, ABC and even CBS had something to write home about. American Idol won the 8 p.m. hour with 23.38 million, followed by the Olympics, Survivor and the first hour Dancing with the Stars. It was the most competitive hour in recent history In normal weeks CBS would rule 9-11pm, but not tonight. CSI and Without a Trace were in repeats AGAIN, so The Olympics and Dancing with the Stars ruled. The Olympics finally did above 30 million for the 10 p.m. hour, but overall the night for The Olympics came out to 25.72 million--its best yet. Friday had the Winter Olympics winning on NBC, but it was not above 20 million. Saturday was all NBC with the Olympics, but like Friday night it was weak. ABC's Dancing with the Stars Finale will battle with NBC's closing ceremonies for The Olympics for Sunday night--and Grey's Anatomy will do an open heart surgery on the ratings for The Olympics at 10 p.m. If only CBS had aired original episodes of CSI, Without a Trace, Two and a Half Men, CSI: Miami and some others, then The Olympics would have been even worse, but still it beats whatever NBC does in the ratings normally.


Monday Sitcoms

  • The King of Queens (CBS) - 8.91 million for a repeat--yes, CBS was scared of the anemic Olympics on NBC.
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - Only 7.41 million for a repeat.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A jump from lead-in, to 12.17 million, but was a repeat .
  • Courting Alex (CBS) - First repeat of the series did a decent 8.37 million.
  • One on One (UPN), All of Us (UPN), Girlfriends (UPN), Half and Half (UPN) - Steady! Between 3-4 million, like usual for all-new episodes. They did normal numbers, so the Olympics did not effect its ratings.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • According to Jim (ABC) 2 episodes - 8 p.m. episode against Idol suffered, only 5.86 million, it was a repeat anyway...the 9 p.m. all-new episode did 6.61 million.
  • Rodney (ABC) - Much better than last week's terrible 4.61 million, this week it was 6.07 million.
  • George Lopez (ABC) - A repeat on a special night and time did OK, 6.34 million.

Wednesday Sitcoms

  • George Lopez (ABC) - Not too good for a new episode--5.9 million
  • Freddie (ABC) - 5.05 million for an all-new episode, ouch.
  • Still Standing (CBS) - Two all-new episodes barely beat ABC's comedies, 5.91 million and 5.98 million.

Thursday Sitcoms

  • Everybody Hates Chris (UPN) - Why did UPN air a repeat? 2.95 million.
  • Love, Inc. (UPN), Everybody Hates Chris (UPN), Eve (UPN) - Cuts was replaced this week. Eve moved to its slot. Chris aired in Eve's old slot. All were repeats, but Chris jumped up at 9 p.m. to 2.15 million after Love, Inc only did 1.75 million.

Friday Sitcoms

The WB Friday had What I Like About You and Living with Fran in dead last place in the 8 p.m. hour. The 9 p.m. hour was slightly better with Reba and Twins as it beat Fox's repeat of 24.

Summing it up. REPEATS of The King of Queens, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Courting Alex were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as According to Jim 9 p.m., UPN Monday) or just plain old terrible (such as Freddie, What I Like About You, Living with Fran).


Finally, we leave you today with more on Don Knotts' passing. We don't have a date and time yet for the TV Land marathon tribute, but NBC's Today Show will have actor Andy Griffith on tomorrow morning's show in the 8:30 a.m. ET half hour. So tune in!
Andy Griffith will recall fond memories from his 50 year friendship with Don Knotts.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, March 22

Fresh Off the Boat - "Vice Mommy" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Jessica starts her college classes, leaving Evan in charge at home as “vice mommy.” But the transition doesn’t go smoothly, either for her starting school again or with Evan taking over the reins of the Huang household. Eddie and Louis run into conflict when Eddie just wants his dad to treat him as an employee, and not a son, at Cattleman’s Ranch.

Speechless - "P-R-O-M-P--PROMPOSAL" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Outraged that JJ’s girlfriend, Izzy, declines his invitation to prom, Dylan and Ray swing for the fences with a bold plan to make her jealous. Jimmy, Kenneth and Melanie coach Maya through accepting criticism for the good of her company, and one of the DiMeos takes a big step into a new life.

Last Man Standing - "The Passion of Paul" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Rev. Paul calls on Mike to teach Sunday school, Mike calls on Kyle to take his place.

The Cool Kids - "Margaret Ups Her Game" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Margaret tries to date the hottest guy in Shady Meadows but can't seem to rid herself of Leonard.

Sydney to the Max - "You've Got Female" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Sydney organizes a school protest for clubs to be more inclusive of women; young Max befriends a skater girl, but is conflicted because the Dog Boys don't allow girls in their crew.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 18)

Friday, March 22

  • Matt LeBlanc (Man with a Plan/Episodes/Joey/Friends/Vinnie & Bobby) - Watch Matt on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Illana Glazer (Broad City) - Illana is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Pamela Adlon (Better Things/King of the Hill/The Facts of Life) - Pamela appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • J. K. Simmons (Growing Up Fisher/Family Tools) - J. K. is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Cobie Smulders (Friends from College/How I Met Your Mother) - Cobie appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Stephen Merchant (Hello Ladies) - Stephen is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Keegan-Michael Key (Friends from College/Playing Houe/Gary Unmarried) - Keegan-Michael visits LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Piper Perabo (Turn Up Charlie) - Piper is tentatively scheduled to appear on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Casey Wilson (Black Monday/Marry Me/Happy Endings) - Casey talks about Black Monday on Couch Surfing at 8am.
  • Natalie Morales (Abby's/The Grinder/Trophy Wife/Parks and Recreation) - Natalie appears on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Mark Hamill (The Texas Wheelers) - Mark talks about Knightfall on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
  • Tony Danza (Taxi/Who's the Boss?/Hudston Street/The Tony Danza Show) - Tony performs on ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
  • Maddie Corman (Mr. President/All-American Girl) - Maddie talks about the play Accidentally Brave on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Patti LaBelle (Out All Night) - Patti will be on Steve, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (January/February/March)

Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season What I Like About You - The Complete Fourth Season Hangin' with Mr. Cooper - The Complete Second Season Alice - The Complete Ninth Season The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fifth Season

01/08 - Family Guy - 20 Greatest Hits
01/22 - Fuller House - The Complete Third Season
01/22 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season (WBShop.com)
01/29 - Ballers - The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
01/29 - Crashing - The Complete Second Season
01/29 - The Game - The Complete Series
01/29 - Kidding - Season One
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 1 - Volumes 1-5
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 2 - Volumes 6-10
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 3 - Seasons 10-14
02/05 - First Lady of Television - Betty White Collection (40 rare and acclaimed episodes from her early days in television)
02/05 - Mama's Family - Seasons 1-6 - The Complete Series
02/12 - Rick and Morty - The Complete Seasons 1-3 (Blu-ray)
02/12 - Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season
02/26 - What I Like About You - The Complete Fourth Season
03/05 - Hangin' with Mr. Cooper - The Complete Second Season (WBShop.com)
03/12 - Alice - The Complete Ninth Season (WBShop.com)
03/26 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
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