Sunday, April 29, 2007

Week 32 Numbers (First Four Nights); How the Sitcoms Did

Week 32 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

Households: Fox: 9.8/15.5; CBS: 7.7/12.4; ABC: 7.4/11.9; NBC: 4.7/7.6; The CW: 2.2/3.5; MNT: 0.6/0.9.
Total Viewers: Fox: 16.51 million; CBS: 12.06 million; ABC: 11.05 million; NBC: 7.21 million; The CW: 3.28 million; MNT: 0.84 million.
Adults 18-49: Fox: 6.3/16.7; ABC: 3.7/10.0; CBS: 3.5/9.5; NBC: 2.7/7.1; The CW: 1.4/3.8; MNT: 0.3/0.9.

Analysis: The 32nd week saw Fox in front again with the usual leader American Idol. Sweeps began on Thursday and it is all new stuff until the end of the season! Through the first four nights, Fox has the lead, followed by CBS and ABC battling for second in HH, viewers and 18-49. NBC again remains a distant 4th place in all categories. As usual, Friday and Saturday numbers are not above, since final numbers are not available yet. Tonight has ABC airing all-new episodes and CBS is also all new, the battle will be with them for viewers with ABC in command for 18-49 for sure. Fox's comedies are also all-new (except 8:30) and NBC's has a movie and another two-hour Dateline. Expect ABC to win.
On Monday Dancing with the Stars continued to take over Mondays for ABC. 18.87 million, exact same number as the previous week. CBS's CSI: Miami was all-new at 10pm and did 17.03 million, up a lot from last week's very low number and NBC's Deal or No Deal was way down against Stars, with 10.98 million. To me that show only does really well when their is weak competition, so it really isn't a must-see show. CBS's sitcoms were all-new tonight, except How I Met Your Mother at 8. 8-9pm sitcoms were hurt the most for CBS, doing 5.94 and 6.88 million, down a bit from last week. Two and a Half Men rose from those numbers and did a below average 12.27 million (down from last week), followed by an all-new King of Queens doing 12.63 million, building from the lead-in and up from last week, too. Fox was below average thanks to Drive doing just 4.6 million (down over 1 million from last week, Fox has now pulled this show starting tomorrow), pulling down 24 a bit to a season low 10.41 million. ABC aired The Bachelor from 9:30-11 and did a decent 9.13 million, slightly up from last week, and NBC returned Heroes with 11.96 million (off a bit from its normal numbers), followed by the premiere of new reality show The Real Wedding Crashers at just 6.74 million. The CW's comedies are still under performing on this night, with Chris at 3.01 million, the best of the bunch. Worth noting is The Game is building on its lead-in now at 9:30 and did the second best of the comedies with 2.55 million.
Tuesday was Fox's night. American Idol did 26.55 million at 8 once again and House did 20.81 million, down from last week. ABC was on the map thanks to Dancing with the Stars: The Results doing 16.56 million at 9 (slightly up from last week), with two all-new George Lopez episodes preceding it with 4.45 and 4.89 million. Boston Legal at 10 was at its normal levels with 9.54 million. CBS was third with new episodes of NCIS, The Unit from 8-10 (14.17 and 9.83 million), and an encore of Cold Case aired at 10 with 7.89 million. NBC was fourth for its repeats of both Law & Order spin-offs doing just 4.53 and 7.64 million from 9-11pm (down a lot from last week's repeats), with another Dateline kicking the night off with 4.9 million. The CW aired a new Gilmore Girls (3.75 million) and the finale of Pussycat Dolls (3.43million).
Wednesday again Fox got the boost from that show called American Idol, doing 26.93 million for two hours, down 2 million from last week's one-hour edition...hmm. Bones returns this week. CBS was second for the night with Jericho doing just 7.56 million (down from last week's low) but repeats of Criminal Minds and a new CSI: NY followed and did decent with 9.75 and 11.4 million. ABC followed with According to Jim & Notes from the Underbelly doing OK to open up the night with 5.28 and 4.78 million, followed by a Lost encore from last week doing just 3.78 million (they should air Jim/George repeats here) and an all-new Lost closed the night off with a first place 11.86 million, beating CBS. NBC was again fourth with a repeat of Thank God You're Here doing just 4.46 millio, Crossing Jordan followed with just 6.37 million for a new episode. A new Medium followed built on the lead-in a bit with 7.16 million. The CW was down a bit from normal with America's Next Top Model doing 3.87 million for a clip show, followed by an encore of Tuesday's Pussycat Dolls doing 2.88 million.
On Thursday we saw ABC and CBS dominate...but not as much as usual. ABC's Grey's Anatomy was all-new at 9pm with 20.08 million, a bit down from usual. A new Ugly Betty opened the night off with 9.62 million, also down from normal, but up from last week. ABC closed the night with the season finale of October Road with 9.0 million (first in its slot for 18-49), much better than Men in Trees. CBS's Survivor: Fiji was below normal as well with 13.83 million, but slightly up from last week. A new CSI and an all-new Shark followed with 20.2 and 14.1 million. Fox was third with Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? with 10.13 million...and they closed the night with the first of a two-week sweeps episode of Trading Spouses doing just 4.76 million, but it still beat NBC's comedies. NBC was fourth in viewers with all-new episodes of its comedies and an all-new ER, which just did 9.52 million, slightly up from last week. And CW aired new episodes of its Thursday dramas doing 3.88 and 3.33 million.
Friday (numbers not counted in our ratings), saw CBS win the night with its dramas. Everyone else was very distant. ABC aired a repeat of Grey's Anatomy and an all-new Wife Swap from 8-10 and 20/20 built on that and did was second place at 10pm. NBC did terrible from 8-10 with Identity and Raines; Law & Order at 10 was the highest rated show of the night for them but it was still 3rd in its slot. Fox aired encores of House & Bones and they were fourth. The CW did decent for its WWE coverage, but it is not doing as well as in the winter. Overall a blah night that needs a makeover next fall. Maybe Bingo for ABC will be the answer?
Saturday ratings saw CBS (for viewers) and Fox (for 18-49) do decent, with ABC and NBC did way behind. As for tonight, ABC will win with its normal line-up. As for this week in general, let the first full week of sweeps begin!

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of April 6-22)

  • War at Home (Fox) - Just 2.85 million for the series...err season finale.
  • King of the Hill (Fox) - Just 3.34 million in its new time period.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - 6.46 million for an all-new episode and a repeat followed with 6.61 million.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - 6.23 and 6.72 million for two repeats.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A repeat did just 5.94 million, down from the previous week's repeat of 6.41 million.
  • Old Christine (CBS) - 6.88 million for a new episode, built from lead-in, but down from previous week's new episode of 6.99 million.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 12.27 million for a new episode, below average, and down from last week's 13.03 million, which was also below normal.
  • King of Queens (CBS) - 12.63 million for a new episode and up from last week.
  • CW Monday Comedies: Chris, All of Us, Girfriends, The Game. All-new episode of Chris started it off with 3.01 million, followed by new episodes of All of Us at 2.32 million, Girlfriends did 2.34 million and The Game did 2.55 million, wow the latter built on the lead-in again! It'll be back next season I think.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • George Lopez (ABC) - Two new episodes did 4.45 and 4.89 million, that was against Idol though.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • According to Jim (ABC) - New episode did 5.28 million for down from last week's 6.35 million, but this episode was against Idol.
  • Notes from the Underbelly (ABC) - 4.78 million for its second airing on its regular night and time. Down from last week's 6.26 million, but this week it was head to head with Idol. This won't happen a lot.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) - 7.49 million, slightly up from last week and slowly going up.
  • The Office (NBC) - 7.56 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating. Both built on from the lead-in.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - Just 4.72 million for the season finale.
  • Scrubs (NBC) - Ouch just did 4.65 million, down almost a million from last week. What happened?
Friday Sitcoms
None.

Saturday Sitcoms
None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are new episodes of Fox comedies.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, My Name is Earl, The Office, and King of Queens were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as Old Christine, According to Jim) or just plain old terrible (30 Rock, Scrubs).


New on DVD/Blu-ray (May)

Mad About You - The Complete Series The Jim Gaffigan Show Newhart - The Complete Fifth Season The Facts of Life - The Final (Ninth) Season The Wonder Years - Season Five

05/03 - Mad About You - The Complete Series
05/03 - The Jim Gaffigan Show - Season One
05/10 - Newhart - The Complete Fifth Season
05/17 - Angie Tribeca - The Complete First Season
05/17 - The Facts of Life - The Final (Ninth) Season
05/24 - The Wonder Years - Season Five
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, May 26

Modern Family - "Clean Out Your Junk Drawer" (ABC, 10:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Gloria won a bid at the school auction for a family seminar with famed doctor and author Debra Radcliffe, whose self-help book ‘Clean Out Your Junk Drawer’ encourages people get out all their emotional junk to become healthier people and in turn better partners and spouses. Jay is resistant to the whole experience and can’t get away fast enough; Mitch and Cam decide to keep it very surface level so they can come off as super stable; and Phil and Claire also make it competitive and strive to be the best and strongest couple of the group. Things quickly escalate, though, as junk starts flying. Elsewhere, Haley and Alex meet up and counsel each other on their boy problems.

black-ish - "Sink or Swim" (ABC, 10:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After Dre notices that his neighbor Janine has never invited his family to any of her pool parties, he assumes she is racially stereotyping them as a family that doesn’t swim. The kids are shocked to find out that, in fact, Dre doesn’t know how to swim. At work, Dre shares the story with his colleagues, and Daphne Lido is not convinced it’s a race thing, so Dre confronts Janine directly. Meanwhile, Jack and Diane are a part of the Girls’ and Boys’ Rovers Organization, and they envy each other’s activities.

The Big Bang Theory - "The Empathy Optimization" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After having to deal with a sick Sheldon, Leonard, Penny and the gang try to treat themselves to a Sheldon-free weekend.

Life in Pieces - "Sleepy Email Brunch Tree" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Matt invites Colleen to brunch with the family, he coaches her through the difficult task of connecting with them. Also, John, Matt and Greg try to prove their masculinity by cutting down a tree in Greg's backyard, Tim has an adverse reaction to espresso, and a sleep-deprived Greg has a run-in with the cops.

Mom - "Terrorists and Gingerbread" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Christy and Bonnie have different ideas about forgiveness when Bonnie's mother, Shirley, who abandoned her as a small child, suddenly wants to be a part of their lives. Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn guest stars as Bonnie’s mother, Shirley. June Squibb guest stars as Dottie.

The Odd Couple - "All About Eavesdropping" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After Oscar and Felix become obsessed with eavesdropping on their bickering neighbors, they try to subtly intervene and help them save their marriage. Also, Emily and Dani’s friendship is tested when they train together to race to the top of the Empire State Building.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 23)

Thursday, May 26

  • Lizzy Caplan (The Class/Party Down) - Catch Lizzy on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Mike Epps (Uncle Buck/Survivor's Remorse) - Mike is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program) - Sarah visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • David Alan Grier (The Carmichael Show/Life with Bonnie/DAG) - David stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Rebel Wilson (Super Fun Night) - Rebel is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • David Schwimmer (Friends) - David drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • David Spade (Rules of Engagement/8 Simple Rules/Just Shoot Me!) - David appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS. He also talks about Netflix's The Do-Over on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Natasha Leggero (Dice/Another Period/Free Agents) - Natasha visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Andy is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Megan Fox (Hope & Faith) - Megan previews the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Dave Coulier (Fuller House/Full House) - Dave appears on a repeat of The Meredith Vieira Show, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Urie (Partners) - Michael is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Brandy (Zoe Ever After/The Game/Moesha) - Brandy opens up about her private health battle and how she fought her way back on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jennifer Lawrence (The Bill Engvall Show) - Jennifer and the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse will be interviewed on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family/The Class) - Jesse is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kevin Nealon (Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jerrod Carmichael (The Carmichael Show) - Jerrod is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Janet Hubert (The Real) - Janet appears on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.