Sunday, September 24, 2006

Week 1 Numbers (First Four Nights); How the Sitcoms Did

Week 1 numbers (first four nights of the season, Mon-Thu):

Households: CBS: 9.3/14.7; ABC: 8.7/13.6; NBC: 7.4/11.6; Fox: 4.8/7.3; The CW: 2.4/3.8.
Total Viewers: CBS: 14.68 million; ABC: 13.09 million; NBC: 11.55 million; Fox 7.51: 7.98 million; The CW: 3.77 million.
Adults 18-49: ABC 4.7/12.4; CBS: 4.6/12.2; NBC: 4.2/11.2; Fox: 2.9/7.7; The CW: 1.7/4.7.

Analysis: The first four nights of the season had the big three each doing very well. And it looks like it will come down to tonight (Sunday) on who will win the week...and guess what? All three will do well tonight, too. Friday and Saturday numbers are not above, but those are slow nights. ABC's Grey's Anatomy and CBS's CSI battled Thursdays at 9pm and the result was surprising. ABC and CBS lead the pack so far with NBC close behind. On Monday, NBC's Deal or No Deal helped win the night with 15.76 million for its two-hour premiere, but CBS's CSI: Miami won the last hour with 17.62 million. NBC's Studio 60 opened so-so with 13.41 million (with a drop in its second half). Let's see how it does tomorrow. If it can have 13-14 million or so each week, then NBC will take it. If it goes under 10-11 million, then we have a bust. Tuesday, it was ABC's turn of excellence as Dancing with the Stars did 18.17 million for two-hours. CBS and NBC did good too as all their shows were above 10 million. Fox's House did well, too. CBS's Smith and ABC's Boston Legal at 10 p.m. saw drops in its second half hours--should be concering. Wednesday it was CBS's turn to win viewers, as the dramas from 9-11pm won their hours. ABC won the opening hour with Dancing with the Stars: The Results doing 15.03 million. CBS's Jericho opened decently with 11.66 million. NBC had a night to forget as their night was just at 7.31 million. And The CW opened nicely with the season premiere of America's Next Top Model. On Thursday we saw a historic night as ABC's red-hot drama Grey's Anatomy moved to its new night and time and came in and just swept CSI away in everything! Seriously! 25.41 million tuned in for the season premiere and an outstanding 11.0/26 A18-49 rating. Just unbelievable. CSI did 22.57 million and a 7.7/18 A18-49 rating. I think we will see this every week, but total viewers might vary from each week (GA should win on most nights), but expect GA to win 18-49 by a lot each week. A clip special of GA did even 13.7 million at 8 p.m. CBS looks like misses Without a Trace at 10 p.m. as Shark didn't premiere that well and dropped in its second half hour. 14.47 million tuned in. ABC premiered Six Degrees and had the same problem, 12.56 million tuned in. ER won the hour with 15.59 million. Friday (numbers not counted in our ratings), saw CBS's dramas so well, and NBC saw Deal or No Deal and Law & Order do decently. ABC saw some good numbers for Men in Trees. Saturday ratings saw ABC win with College Football. Tonight will be the deciding factor. Can CBS compete with NBC's NFL coverage? ABC will have no problem getting viewers, especially Desperate Housewives. Look for ABC to win the demo tonight and maybe total viewers, but that depends on how much new series Brothers & Sisters does. Without a Trace moves to its new night and time tonight at 10...will viewers follow? Or will CBS force it to move back to Thursdays? Time will tell. I expect ABC to win the week in demos and CBS in total viewers, with ABC a solid second. NBC should be third in everything. Fox is waiting for American Idol, because their fall is a big mess. As for new series, nothing has broke out yet, maybe Brothers & Sisters tonight will, but I have all bets on Ugly Betty on Thursdays.

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of Sept. 11-17)

  • The Simpsons (Fox) - A repeat at 7pm did nothing with 4.37 million, but an all-new episode at 8pm did well with 9.01 million and a decent 4.2/11 A18-49 rating.
  • 'Til Death (Fox) -Repeat at 7:30pm did 5.23 million...not bad.
  • American Dad (Fox) - 7.71 million is good, but lead-in did 9.01 million. Lost a little too much.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - 9.23 million and a 4.5/11 A18-49 rating. Very good.
  • The War at Home (Fox) - 6.75 million and 3.3/8 A18-49 rating. Yikes, big drop. They should move this to Thursdays at 8:30 and air a repeat of Family Guy or Simpsons at 9:30 for now.

Monday Sitcoms

  • The Class (CBS) - Series premiere was on-par with King of Queens from last year, with a 6.9/11 HH rating, 10.48 million viewers, and a so-so 3.6/10 A18-49 rating. CBS should be expecting a bit more.
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - Second season premiere did decent, built on A18-49 with a 3.8/10, and held 100% of the lead-in's viewers with 10.48 million. HH rating went a bit down to 6.8/10. Decent start.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - Season premiere did 15.09 million, but last season finale's 15.51 million, so slightly down, but certainly good.
  • New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) - 12.01 million tuned in for the second season premiere, down from the 13.06 million from the season finale.


Tuesday Sitcoms

None.

Wednesday Sitcoms

None.

Thursday Sitcoms
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) - In its new slot, the sitcom's second season premiere premiered to so-so numbers with 8.86 million and a 3.8/11 A18-49 rating.
  • The Office (NBC) - Season premiere was on par with last year's premiere, but this time it built on its lead-in. A very good sign. 9.11 million and a 4.3/11 A18-49 rating.
  • 'Til Death (Fox) - Episode 3 of this terrible sitcom reached another low with just 5.78 million and a pathetic 2.2/7 A18-49 rating. Pattern will continue next week with numbers probably even lower.
  • Happy Hour (Fox) - Episode 3 of this even worse sitcom did just like its lead-in, go down more. 4.4 million and an anemic 1.7/4 A18-49 rating. And guess what? Fox has benched this show starting this week. Repeats of 'Til November, err 'Til Death will take its spot.
Friday Sitcoms
None.

Saturday Sitcoms
None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are repeats of Everybody Hates Chris from 7-8pm on The CW and the Fox animated sitcom block of The Simpsons, American Dad, Family Guy and the live-action sitcom The War at Home. We will have the numbers for these next week.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, The Office, How I Met Your Mother, and The New Adventures of Old Christine were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as The Class and My Name is Earl) or just plain old terrible (such as 'Til Death and Happy Hour).


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, December 14

Fresh Off the Boat - "Cousin Eddie" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The battle begins between mother and son when Eddie informs Jessica that he wants to spend Christmas with friend Nicole in New York. But Jessica insists that tradition prevails and he needs to spend the holiday with the family, so he does everything within his power to try and get her to crack and allow him to go. Meanwhile, Louis and Evan do their best to try and help an overwhelmed Emery decide on which one of his numerous friends to invite to the family’s Christmas Eve dinner.

Speechless - "J-I-- JINGLE T-H-- THON" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
A Christmas tree fire leads Maya to tell a small lie with big consequences. Meanwhile, Ray struggles to live in Pepper’s shadow as Dylan twists the knife, and JJ encourages Kenneth to stand up to his sisters (guest stars Niecy Nash and Lisa Leslie).

I Love Lucy - "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL features “The Christmas Episode” and the newly colorized “Pioneer Women.” Both were colorized with a nod to the 1950s period in which they were filmed. The main titles and end credits are seamlessly combined into one set at the beginning and end of the hour, with no interruption between the episodes.

“The Christmas Episode” finds the Ricardos and Mertzes decorating Lucy and Ricky’s Christmas tree and reminiscing about how their lives have changed since the arrival of the Ricardos’ son, Little Ricky (Keith Thibodeaux). Flashbacks recall the night Lucy tells Ricky she is pregnant, the time Lucy shows up unexpectedly as part of a barbershop quartet, and the day Ricky and the Mertzes rehearse taking Lucy to the maternity ward.

“The Christmas Episode” was first broadcast on CBS on Christmas Eve, 1956. The episode was not included in the series’ long history of rebroadcasts, first on CBS Daytime and later in syndication. Long thought to be lost, the program was rediscovered by CBS in 1989.

In “Pioneer Women,” Lucy and Ethel’s hopes of joining the posh Society Matrons’ League leads to a bet with their husbands over which sex – the men or the women – had it harder living in a bygone era. They select the turn of the last century, and as Lucy and Ethel start to bake their own bread and churn their own butter, the men become acquainted with straight-blade shaving and riding home from work on horseback. They all have some “‘splainin’” to do when two ladies from the Society Matrons’ League stop by for an unexpected visit.

“Pioneer Women” was originally broadcast on March 31, 1952, and became an immediate viewer favorite.

The Dick Van Dyke Show - "The Dick Van Dyke Show -- Now in Living Color!" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The special features the season one episode “Where Did I Come From,” written by Carl Reiner, and the season four episode “Never Bathe on Saturday,” also written by Reiner. The main titles and end credits of the two episodes are seamlessly combined into one set – at the beginning and end of the hour – with no interruption between the episodes.

The Emmy Award-winning series starred Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore as television comedy writer Rob and his wife, Laura Petrie; Larry Matthews as their son, Ritchie; Morey Amsterdam and Rose Marie as Buddy Sorrell and Sally Rogers, co-writers on the fictional “The Alan Brady Show”; Carl Reiner as Alan Brady; Richard Deacon as Mel Cooley; Jerry Paris as Dr. Jerry Helper; and Ann Morgan Guilbert as Millie Krumbermacher Helper.

In “Where Did I Come From,” 6-year-old Ritchie asks his parents the inevitable “where did I come from?” question, and they recall the days before his birth. The episode was first presented on Jan. 3, 1961 during the series’ first season.

In “Never Bathe on Saturday,” the Petries’ romantic second honeymoon becomes a disaster when Laura’s toe gets caught in a bath spout. The episode was first presented on March 31, 1965, during season four.

Last Man Standing - "The Gift of the Mike Guy" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Vanessa helps the family realize the importance of its long-standing holiday family traditions.

The Cool Kids - "Margaret Dates the Zodiac Killer" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Margaret begins dating Karl, a fellow resident who may or may not be the "Zodiac Killer."

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 10)

Friday, December 14

  • Karen Gillan (Selfie) - Watch Karen on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. She talks about The Party's Just Beginning on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
  • Tony Shalhoub (Wings/We Are Men) - Watch Tony on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle, Laura Linney (The Big C) and Nick Kroll (The League/Cavemen) - Bryan, Laura and Nick make special guest appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Bill Burr (F Is for Family/Townies) - Bill is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Romany Malco (Weeds/Blunt Talk) - Romany is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Kathryn Hahn (I Love Dick/Happyish/Transparent/Free Agents) - Kathryn talks about the film Private Life on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Minnie Driver (Speechless/About a Boy) - Minnie is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Leah Remini (Kevin Can Wait/The Exes/Family Tools/The King of Queens/Fired Up) - Leah visits The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Angela Kinsey (The Office/Haters Back Off/Your Family or Mine/The Hotwives of Orlando) - Angela and her husband Joshua Snyder serve up monkey bread and chocolate peppermint cupcakes on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Vanessa Hudgens (Powerless) - Vanessa talks about Second Act on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Chris Elliott (Schitt's Creek/Get a Life) - Chris talks about Clara's Ghost on Couch Surfing at 8am.
  • Tia Mowry (Instant Mom/The Game/Sister, Sister) - Tia talks about Hallmark Channel's A Gingerbread Romance on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Christine Lakin (Hollywood Darlings/Step by Step) - Christine is a guest on Steve, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November)

The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection Alice - The Complete Eighth Season Step by Step - The Complete Third Season

10/02 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 6th Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 7th Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 8th Season
10/02 - Ghosted - The Complete First Season
10/02 - The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One / Volume Two
10/02 - Police Squad! - TV and Movie Collection
10/02 - Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection
10/16 - Community - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
10/23 - Alice - The Complete Eighth Season
10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Two
10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Three
10/31 - The Bad News Bears - The Complete Series - All 26 Episodes
11/01 - Episodes - Season 5
11/05 - Robin Williams - Comic Genius (includes Mork & Mindy)
11/06 - American Dad! - Volume 13
11/16 - Man with a Plan - Season One
11/20 - Step by Step - The Complete Third Season
11/27 - What I Like About You - The Complete Third Season
12/04 - Family Guy - Season Sixteen
12/04 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season
12/18 - Our Cartoon President - Season One
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