Sunday, December 13, 2009

Week 12 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

Week 12 TV Ratings (first three nights, Mon-Wed finals):
(Thursday network averages are not available, so I am only including Mon-Wed this week, but Thursday program finals are available in the analysis below.)

Households: 1. CBS 7.4/11.9 (rating/share); 2. NBC 5.1/8.1; 3. ABC 4.5/7.3; 4. Fox 4.5/7.0; 5. The CW 1.2/1.8
Total Viewers: 1. CBS 11.84 million; 2. NBC 7.98 million; 3. ABC 7.56 million; 4. Fox 7.4 million; 5. The CW 1.74 million.
Adults 18-49: 1. CBS 3.2/8.5 (rating/share); 2. Fox 2.6/6.8; 3. NBC 2.5/6.8; 4. ABC 2.5/6.6; 5. The CW 0.9/2.2

Week 12 (Dec. 7-13) Analysis: For week 12, we are now in the holiday and repeat season. In a slow week, I don't have Thursday final network averages, but so far through the first three days of final numbers, CBS is first in all categories. NBC is in second right now in HH/viewers, while Fox is second in 18-49. ABC is third in HH/viewers, while Fox is fourth. NBC is third in 18-49, while ABC is in fourth. Last week, week 11, CBS beat second place ABC in HH/viewers for a first place finish once again, while Fox prevailed in 18-49 barely. For 18-49 it was very close as NBC, ABC, and CBS were close behind. NBC and Fox battled for third in HH/viewers, with NBC having the edge.
On Monday it was CBS in control with all-new episodes, as Fox didn't air House this week. CBS started with all-new episodes of its comedies and a new CSI: Miami. How I Met Your Mother started it off with doing 8.78 million, while a new Accidentally on Purpose followed doing 7.91 million, decent, but could be better with lesser competition now. Two and a Half Men followed with a new showing doing 14.84 million, good sign, but not as much as up as usual with lesser competition, and The Big Bang Theory followed with new airing of its own doing 14.38 million. A series high of 5.6 18-49 rating is excellent as it thrived with lesser competition. A new CSI: Miami did a below normal 12.72 million. Fox handed the night over to Carrie Underwood, as her special 8.55 million but only a 2.3 18-49 rating. ABC was preempted in the Green Bay/Milwaukee areas for a NFL game, but the rest of the country saw the holiday classic Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town doing a decent 7.6 million. An all-new Find My Family did 5.23 million and only a 1.5 18-49 rating, both down from previous week. A new episode of Castle followed with a decent 7.8 million and built back up from the lead-in. NBC was next with two repeats of Law & Order: SVU instead of the usual Heroes and Trauma doing 6.54 and 5.77 million better than what those dramas usually, but only a 1.4 and 1.6 A18-49 rating. The Jay Leno Show followed with only 4.68 million, but up from previous week. The CW was all-new with One Tree Hill doing 2.57 million and Gossip Girl doing 2.21 million. Should be better than that.
On Tuesday, CBS and NBC ruled. CBS started with a repeat of NCIS doing 15.09 million. I still don't get it. NCIS: Los Angeles was next with a repeat of its own doing 12.04 million. And finally CBS aired a repeat of The Good Wife doing 9.1 million, the weakest of the night for CBS. NBC was next airing the two-hour season finale of The Biggest Loser doing 13.45 million, up a lot from previous week of course, and the finale also did a nice 5.0 18-49 rating. Then The Jay Leno Show had its best ratings since its premiere week thanks to a large lead-in, as the talk show did 8.33 million. ABC was on the map at 8pm with the all-time classic A Charlie Brown Christmas doing an excellent 11.17 million, followed by the premiere of the all-new Disney Prep & Landing at 8:30pm doing a big 12.04 million and a 4.1 18-49 rating. Both specials are the highest rated Christmas specials this season thus far. Then it was an all-new episode of Scrubs [Med School] doing 5.44 million only and a 2.3 18-49 rating, both up from previous week's premiere. The season premiere of Better off Ted got off to a rocky start though with only 3.82 million. It's a funny show, but people are not watching. At 10pm, the forgotten was a repeat and did 4.26 million and just a 1.2 18-49 rating, but that 18-49 rating was the same as previous week when it was new. Fox aired So You Think You Can Dance and 6.25 million, up from previous week. The CW was next with 90210 doing only 1.91 million, followed by a new Melrose Place at an even worse 1.26 million. Both down from previous week. Lots of competition on this night it seemed for a Tuesday in December!
Wednesday it was CBS on top with ABC doing well in the demo. CBS started with all-new episodes of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried doing 7.49 and 7.01 million. Next CBS aired an all-new Criminal Minds doing a rock solid 14.43 million. CSI: NY was also all-new and did 12.97 million. ABC comedies were next, a repeat of Shrek the Halls won its time slot with 8.43 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating. The Middle was all-new and next and did a solid 7.69 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, best showings since the premiere. Modern Family was also all-new and did a very good 9.67 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating. Cougar Town was also all-new but did a below normal 7.01 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating. The comedies will be all-new again on Jan. 6, with guest stars galore! Eastwick was preempted at 10pm for the annual special Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009 doing a good 10.55 million. NBC aired a new Mercy doing 7.01 million and Law & Order: SVU was next with an all-new episode doing only 7.92 million, a bit lower than the repeat the previous week. At 10pm NBC aired The Jay Leno Show of course at just 4.5 million, down a million week-to-week. Fox started with So You Think You Can Dance doing 6.69 million, up some from previous week, and Glee was next with its fall finale doing 8.13 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating, both basically on par from previous week. The CW aired repeats of Gossip Girl and Victoria's Secret Fashion Show doing 830,000 viewers and 1.7 million.
Thursday it was CBS on top with all-new episodes. ABC was all in repeats, as FLASHFORWARD did only 3.96 million for a repeat. Grey's Anatomy was also a repeat, and did 4.9 million. Private Practice followed with a repeat of its own doing only 3.89 million. Needless to say, these don't repeat well. CBS opened with Survivor: Samoa at a solid 13.25 million and a 4.2 A18-49 rating, both up week-to-week. A new CSI followed with a solid 16.43 million with lesser competition. At 10pm The Mentalist was new and did a similar 16.37 million. Fox was next with an all-new Bones doing 10.9 million, up a million week-to-week and an all-new Fringe doing 6.32 million, down from previous week despite lesser competition. NBC was all-new, with a new Community doing 5.51 million, up a bit from previous week, followed by Parks & Recreation at 4.9 million, also up bit from previous week. The Office was next and all-new and did 8.51 million and a 4.2 A18-49 rating, up some from previous week, followed by a new 30 Rock at 6.7 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, also up the same percentage as the lead-ins. The Jay Leno Show closed the night with only 4.96 million, but up a tad week-to-week. The CW aired repeats of Vampire Diaries and Supernatural at only 1.75 million and 1.4 million, but up from previous week's repeats.
Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available as usual, but NBC won Friday with a special Law & Order and Dateline, as CBS was in repeats. ABC won 10pm with 20/20, and Ugly Betty reached a season high at 9pm.
Saturday numbers were very quiet and low, as Fox won with its usual line-up on a very slow night filled with holiday movies and repeats.
Tonight the ABC has an all-new AFV and a special two-hour Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, but Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters are preempted. ABC has a special at 10pm titled Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special that will generate a big audience.NBC has an NFL game tonight so they will still win the night though with the Giants/Eagles. CBS has an NFL overrun that will keep the competitive, but the latter part of its line-up will be low rated. Fox has new episodes of its comedies from 7-10 that will make them solid in 18-49. Look for CBS to hang on for the week likely in HH/viewers over NFL fueled NBC. CBS and NBC will battle in 18-49, but CBS could hang on. Fox and ABC will battle for third, with ABC likely taking HH/viewers, but Fox in 18-49. As for this coming week, look for a lot of repeats and holiday specials!

Week 12 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week 11 -- Nov. 30-Dec. 6)

  • Brothers (Fox) - preempted due to NFL.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - A repeat following the BCS Selection Show at 8:30pm only did 5.48 million, but that is OK. 2.5 18-49 rating is also OK, but the Selection Show did a 3.7.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - preempted.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - 6.13 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating is good for a repeat.
  • American Dad (Fox) - Only 4.4 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating for a repeat, dropping a lot from its lead-in.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A new episode did a solid 8.78 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating. It should have been up more though since there was no competition.
  • Accidentally on Purpose (CBS) - 7.91 million for a new episode is decent, but CBS Monday comedies do better than this. A 2.8 18-49 rating could be better given the competition and lead-in.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 14.84 million for a new episode is great, but this show usually explodes a few million when Dancing is on hiatus. Very good still, but I was expecting 16 million+.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A series highs of 14.38 million and a 5.6 18-49 rating, building on the lead-in's 5.0. Very good! But like with the other CBS comedies, could have been higher since there was lesser competition.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Scrubs (ABC) - An all-new episode of the [Med School] edition did a decent 5.44 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, up from previous week's premiere thanks to Prep & Landing airing before it.
  • Better off Ted (ABC) - Only 3.82 million for the season premiere. Should have been better, especially with only a 1.5 18-49 rating. Last spring these shows did similar ratings each week.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • Old Christine (CBS) - A new episode did a decent 7.49 million and an OK 2.2 18-49 rating.
  • Gary Unmarried (CBS) - 7.01 million for a new episode was beaten by ABC's competing comedy. 2.3 18-49 rating also was beaten, but it did build from the lead-in in that category.
  • The Middle (ABC) - 7.69 million for an all-new showing was at its best since the premiere. 2.4 18-49 rating out of a 2.6 from Shrek the Halls was also a good sign.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - An all-new episode for the holidays did an excellent 9.67 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating.
  • Cougar Town (ABC) - An all-new episode did 7.01 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, both seem below normal, though. Usually it does around 8 million and a 3.2 18-49. Don't forget ABC Comedy Wednesday returns Jan. 6 with Lisa Kudrow on Cougar Town!

Thursday Sitcoms

  • Community (NBC) - 5.51 million and 2.2 18-49 rating for a new episode...on par really from previous week.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - 4.9 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, could be better, but it is consistent at least.
  • The Office (NBC) - A new episode did 8.51 million and a more telling 4.2 18-49 rating, nearly doubling its lead-in again and up some from previous week.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - 6.7 million and 3.2 18-49 rating for a new episode. Both up some from previous week.

Friday Sitcoms

  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A special repeat following an original animated special didn't draw much with only a prelim 4.55 million and just a prelim 1.4 18-49 rating.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) on Fox are all-new episodes of Brothers and animated comedies from 7-10pm tonight.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, The Office, How I Met Your Mother, & The Middle were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as 30 Rock, Old Christine) or just plain old terrible (such as Better off Ted, Big Bang Theory Fri repeat).


New on DVD/Blu-ray (March/April)

The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five

03/03 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now... In Living Color! (Blu-ray)
03/07 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites
03/07 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series - Flashback Edition (Blu-ray)
03/07 - What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - You Me Her - Season One
03/14 - Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season
03/14 - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
04/04 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season
04/11 - Father Knows Best - Season Five
04/11 - Schitt's Creek - The Complete Third Season
04/11 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/11 - Veep - The Complete Fifth Season
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, April 27

The Big Bang Theory - "The Cognition Regeneration" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Leonard isn’t thrilled when Penny considers taking a new job offered by her ex-boyfriend, Zack (Brian Thomas Smith).

The Great Indoors - "The Heartbreaker" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jack sets up a double date to get Eddie out of a post-divorce rut, but the night gets awkward when they run into Denise (Essence Atkins), Eddie’s ex-wife. Also, when Emma decides to breakup with her boyfriend, Greg (Andy Ridings), Clark is torn between making a move on her and salvaging his friendship with Greg.

Mom - "A Cricket and a Hedge Made of Gold" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Marjorie takes a break from the group, Bonnie becomes the go-to for everyone’s problems, and Christy tries to overcome a painful memory from her past.

Life in Pieces - "Ear Scorn Registry Manuscript" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Colleen goes to Tim for help with an embarrassing ailment, she begs him not to tell the family. Also, Dougie (Fortune Feimster) enlists Joan to help her buy a gift for Matt and Colleen’s wedding; Heather gets jealous when her friends want to include Jen in their mommy group; and Professor Sinclair Wilde (Cary Elwes) encourages Joan to ask her family to read a draft of her book.

Superstore - "Ladies' Lunch" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
During the morning meeting, Glenn (Mark McKinney) accidentally tells the employees the real reason Amy (America Ferrera) has been late to work lately. Meanwhile, Dina (Lauren Ash) tries to cheer up Amy by kidnapping her for a "ladies' lunch." Jonah (Ben Feldman) and Garrett (Colton Dunn) invent a game to pass the time, tricking Glenn and Mateo (Nico Santos) in the process. Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) helps Amy take a fearless step with a dramatic new look.

Superstore - "Cheyenne's Wedding" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
It's Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) and Bo's (recurring guest star Johnny Pemberton) dream wedding, but not everything goes according to plan. Meanwhile, relationships unravel as Amy (America Ferrera) and Jonah (Ben Feldman) dodge relationship rumors. Glenn (Mark McKinney) tries to change Jeff's (recurring guest star Michael Bunin) mind after learning of upcoming layoffs, Dina (Lauren Ash) talks her way into the wedding party and Mateo (Nico Santos) dodges Jeff throughout the wedding.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 24)

Thursday, April 27

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep/The New Adventures of Old Christine/Seinfeld) - Catch Julia on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin appears on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) - Thomas stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Patton Oswalt (The Goldbergs/The King of Queens) - Patton is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Allison appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C/It's All Relative) - John visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • John Leguizamo (The Brothers Garcia) - John guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • America Ferrera (Superstore) - America chats about Superstore on NBC's Today in the 10am hour and on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Geoff Stults (Enlisted) - Geoff is a guest on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael plays Pyramid on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Perrey Reeves (Entourage) - Perrey makes a kale salad on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Jenna Elfman (Imaginary Mary/1600 Penn/Courting Alex/Accidentally on Purpose/Dharma & Greg) - Jenna will be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Geena Davis (The Geena Davis Show/Buffalo Bill) - Geena talks about A League of Their Own on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Anna Baryshnikov (Superior Donuts) - Anna talks about Superior Donuts on the AOL Build Show at 1pm.
  • Christopher Meloni (Surviving Jack/The Fanelli Boys) - Christopher appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.