Sunday, August 03, 2008

Summer Week 10 Sitcom Ratings; Coming Week Preview

The dog days of summer continue. Only repeats and reality series are airing, but there have been some scripted originals for the summer as well. We are just looking at the sitcom ratings, but we will be back in the fall with our normal weekly reports. Here is week 10 for the summer for sitcoms:

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of July 21-27)
  • 'Til Death (Fox) 2 episodes - Just 2.05 and 2.2 million for two repeats...but both airs beat both airings the previous week.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 episodes - 3.96 million for a repeat in its normal 8pm slot, was up from the previous week but the special 8:30pm encore (maybe for the rest of the summer?) jumped big time to 5.0 million, the best numbers in the slot since the end of the regular season.
  • King of the Hill (Fox) - preempted.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - 5.12 million for an encore telecast, as a better lead-in gave it better numbers.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - 4.41 million for a repeat, up week to week.
  • Everybody Hates Chris (The CW) - 960,000 viewers this week for a repeat...they should start airing two episodes each week in time for the new season.
  • Aliens in America (The CW) - 960,000 viewers for a repeat..., full retention, but I bet a second Chris would have built on. No point really in airing this show now since it was canceled.
  • The Game (The CW) - 850,000 viewers for a repeat, up slightly from previous week. And as I said with Chris, they should start airing back to back episodes for the rest of the summer in anticipation of the new season.
  • Girlfriends (The CW) - 770,000 viewers for a repeat, down from previous week's repeat. It is time they remove the encores since it is now canceled. Or CW should move the encores to another night like Wednesday where for some reason they are encoring two reality shows and are getting crushed in the ratings.

Summer Week 10 (July 28-August 3)


Monday Sitcoms
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - 5.37 million for a repeat...down ab it week to week.
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 5.25 million for a repeat airing, down week to week and did not build this time on the lead-in.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 9.35 million for a repeat, as with the previous two shows, also down from previous week.
  • Old Christine (CBS) - 7.5 million for a repeat...BUT up a bit from previous week, so the only show to build from the block from previous week.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • None...watch Wipeout on ABC, very funny show that is not a sitcom. Big Balls and Jill Wagner, what more can you ask for?
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • Under One Roof (MyNetworkTV) - Repeat did 870,000 viewers, down from previous week. New episodes will return in October in its new slot of 9pm.


Thursday Sitcoms

  • None.
Friday Sitcoms
  • None
Saturday Sitcoms
  • The Office (NBC) 2 episodes - Two repeats on a special night did terrible averaging a prelim 1.64 million...what do you expect on a Saturday?
Tonight you can catch encores of The CW sitcoms from 8-10pm and Fox's animated comedies (and 'Til Death repeats from 7-8pm) are encoring.

Coming Week Preview (Summer Week 11) for Broadcast (With Some Cable Notes):
So what is new or notable this week that you might want to catch? Tonight CBS will have Big Brother at 8pm out of a new 60 Minutes at 7pm. NBC has Dateline at 7pm followed by an NFL Pre-Season game at 8pm...who watches pre-season? ABC will air final the Sunday edition of High School Musical: Get in the Picture at 8pm before airing only Mondays at 8pm from now on. A pretty quiet and boring night that will get quieter and more boring next week. Cable is the way to go with Lifetime's Army Wives, USA Network's In Plain Sight and Mad Men on AMC at 10pm with VH1 and A&E airing their reality series. And don't forget Law & Order: Criminal Intent at 9pm on USA Network and Factory on Spike TV. Cable is the way to go indeed!
On Monday, ABC will be new with High School Musical: Get in the Picture at 8pm, followed by week three of game show Wanna Bet? and a new The Mole at 10pm. NBC has a two-hour American Gladiators at 8pmthis week followed by Nashville Star at 10pm. Fox will air the 2008 Teen Choice Awards from 8-10pm. Cable again will be the best draw with The Closer and Saving Grace on TNT from 9-11pm. ABC Family also has a new Middleman at 10pm and VH1 with more new reality series such as I Want to Work for Diddy.
On Tuesday ABC has the hilarious hit (and my pick of the summer) Wipeout followed by the two-hour season finale of I Survived a Japanese Game Show. NBC has Celebrity Family Feud at 8pm leading into the summer hit America's Got Talent whch will be two-hours from 9-11pm. And the Tuesday edition of Big Brother airs at 9pm on CBS. Cable wise ABC Family's Secret Life of an American Teenager is doing well and will air at 8pm and at 10pm on Lifetime it is How To Look Good Naked. Best night of the summer!
On Wednesday Fox will air a new two-hour episode of So You Think You Can Dance. NBC will have a Baby Borrowers special at 9pm. CBS has the recently moved Greatest American Dog at 8pm. ABC will be new at 10pm with the special Primetime: China Inside Out. Maybe this is the worst night for the summer (not counting Friday/Saturday).
On Thursday ABC will air the finale of ABCNews' Hopkins series at 10pm. Fox will also be new all-night with Don't Forget the Lyrics! followed by So You Think You Can Dance-Thursday. CBS at 8pm has Big Brother and another episode of the summer scripted series Flashtown at 10pm, which is doing decent...however on this night, some local stations could preempt for a NFL pre-season game. And NBC will air the 90-minute finale of Last Comic Standing at 8pm followed by the first results show (and pre-Olympics finale) of America's Got Talent from 9:30-11pm...please note that some markets (like NY, will preempt programming for an NFL pre-season game). On cable, TBS will air new episodes of sitcoms The Bill Engvall Show at 9:30pm after a repeat and new My Boys at 10pm and USA Network has Burn Notice at 10pm, while Comedy Central has The Gong Show.
On Friday, NBC will be king with the start of the Summer Olympics. CBS has the summer drama Swingtown at 10pm which is on its last legs. The CW of course will have WWE Smackdown.
Saturday will have Cops and AMW on Fox and of course the Summer Olympics on NBC and their cable networks.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, January 18

Fresh Off the Boat - "Driver's Eddie 2: Orlando Drift" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Eddie finally gets his driver’s license; but instead of freedom, he finds an endless list of errands to run for his mom. Will he be done in time to take his friends to the Insane Clown Posse concert? Louis is excited for a boy’s weekend at Chili Con with Marvin, until Honey tags along; and Jessica faces off with her nemesis, Jamie, at the school fundraiser.

Speechless - "H-- HEY, YOU" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Maya is less than thrilled when Kenneth interferes with her business plans with Melanie. Ray begs JJ to cast him opposite his new crush, Izzy, in his next movie, which has unexpected consequences. Meanwhile, Dylan is impressed with Jimmy’s band.

Last Man Standing - "Dreams vs. Realty" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Mandy comes close to forgetting her fashion designer dreams when she is confronted with rejection and sends herself in a spiral; Vanessa feels regret as she reflects on her own career path; Mike helps the women in his family achieve their dreams.

The Cool Kids - "Thanksgiving at Murray's" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Mike and Ryan are forced to get along together when Boyd proposes a compromise to their plans to take him on separate trips by all three going on a trip together; Mandy and Kyle attempt to solve a mystery like a pair of detectives.

Andi Mack - "I Got Your Number" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Andi gets in over her head when she attends a high school party with Amber, causing Bowie's plans for a romantic outing with Bex to go awry; Cyrus tries to mend a longtime rift between Jonah and T.J.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 14)

Friday, January 18

  • Maura Tierney (NewsRadio) - Watch Maura on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Elizabeth Banks (Scrubs) - Elizabeth visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. She talks about The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Andy appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country) and Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) - Lily and Jane are guests on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Pete Holmes (Crashing) - Pete appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Molly Ringwald (Townies/The Facts of Life) - Molly talks about All These Small Moments on People Now at 12pm.
  • Don Cheadle (Black Monday/House of Lies/The Golden Palace) - Don talks about Black Monday on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm.
  • Dave Franco (Scrubs/Do Not Disturb) - Dave talks about If Beale Street Could Talk on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Adam Pally (Champaign ILL/Making History/The Mindy Project/Happy Endings) and Sam Richardson (Champaign ILL/Detroiters/Veep) - Adam and Sam talk about Champaign ILL on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.


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

Step by Step - The Complete Third Season Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season Fuller House - The Complete Third Season The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season The Game - The Complete Series

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
11/28 - The Great Indoors - Season 1 (The Complete Series)
12/04 - Family Guy - Season Sixteen
12/04 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season
12/18 - Our Cartoon President - Season One
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
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