Sunday, December 27, 2009

Week 14: How the Sitcoms Did In The TV Ratings

Week 14 TV Ratings:
We are preempting our normal TV ratings and analysis this week, due to the holidays...but we will cover how the sitcoms did.

Week 14 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week 13 -- Dec. 14-20)

  • Brothers (Fox) - preempted.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - 8.15 million for a repeat is over a million better than previous week when it was all-new. Why? Because it had a direct NFL lead-in.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - 5.9 million for a repeat, big drop from the lead-in. 2.8 18-49 rating is decent for a repeat, though.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - 6.28 million for a repeat could be better.
  • American Dad (Fox) - Only 5.08 million for a repeat. 2.5 18-49 rating is OK for a repeat.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A repeat did 5.62 million, which is OK but CBS Monday sitcoms are usually better than this.
  • Accidentally on Purpose (CBS) - 5.41 million for a repeat, but decent retention at least from the lead-in. And held 100% of the 18-49 rating lead-in of a 1.7
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 10.78 million for a repeat. Excellent. I just wonder once this show finishes what will happen to the rest of the CBS Monday comedies?
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A repeat did a nice 10.0 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating, best of the week for sitcoms. The lead-in certainly boosts the overall numbers, but the 18-49 rating is impressive.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Scrubs (ABC) - An all-new episode of the [Med School] edition did only 3.43 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, both down from previous week. Don't think it should have been new on this night due to the holiday season. Repeat this Tuesday.
  • Better off Ted (ABC) - Only 2.77 million, even lower than previous week. It will be new again this Tuesday, too, but after a repeat of Scrubs this week...look for bad numbers.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • Old Christine (CBS) - preempted.
  • Gary Unmarried (CBS) - preempted.
  • The Middle (ABC) 2 episodes - 5.4 million for a repeat in its normal time, is up from previous week a bit. A special repeat at 9:30pm did 4.38 million.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A repeat did 5.58 million, up some from previous week's repeat.
  • Cougar Town (ABC) 2 episodes - Two special repeats in the 10pm hour did 3.68 million and 3.34 million, could be better...but it did air in the 10pm hour. Don't forget ABC Comedy Wednesday returns Jan. 6 with Lisa Kudrow on Cougar Town!

Thursday Sitcoms

  • Community (NBC) - preempted.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - preempted.
  • The Office (NBC) - preempted.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - preempted.
  • The Middle (ABC) - A Christmas episode repeat on Christmas Eve did 2.72 million in prelim numbers.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - The Christmas episode repeat did a prelim 3.36 million on a special night.
  • Cougar Town (ABC) - The Christmas episode repeat did a prelim 2.67 million on Christmas Eve.

Friday Sitcoms

  • 'Til Death (Fox) 4 episodes - The show returned on Christmas night with NEW episodes. Ouch! Obviously the ratings were terrible. Prelim numbers of each are: 2.51 million, 2.4, 2.43, and 2.74 million.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) on Fox are repeats of animated comedies from 8-10pm tonight following two new episodes of Brothers at 7.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory & Modern Family Wed 9pm repeats were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as The Middle Wed 8:30 repeat, Accidentally on Purpose) or just plain old terrible (such as Better off Ted, Scrubs, 'Til Death).


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

Dr. Ken - Season One Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season The Lucy Show - The Complete Series The Mindy Project - Season Four

10/04 - The Andy Griffith Show - The Christmas Special (Colorized)
10/04 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #1 (Colorized)
10/11 - Dr. Ken - Season One
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Series
10/11 - Nurse Jackie - Seasons One and Two
10/11 - Weeds - Seasons One and Two
11/01 - Schitt's Creek - Seasons One and Two
11/08 - Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season
11/08 - Your Family or Mine - Season One
11/15 - Community - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Lucy Show - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Mindy Project - Season Four
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, December 4

The Simpsons - "The Last Traction Hero" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
A workplace accident leaves Homer in a cast, and in a position to sue Mr. Burns. This leaves Marge unfulfilled, so she turns to an unexpected source for romance. Meanwhile, Lisa is made “Bus Monitor” and tries to keep the peace.

Son of Zorn - "Return of the Drinking Buddy" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Zorn’s old friend Headbutt Man (guest voice Rob Riggle) is coming to town. Unfortunately for Zorn, Headbutt Man is now sober. Meanwhile, Alan is invited to a party where his crush, Nancy (guest star Emily Wong), will be. Unfortunately, he has to take Headbutt man’s daughter with him.

Family Guy - "Carter and Tricia" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Carter buys the Pawtucket Patriot brewery and decides to cut some corners to save a few bucks. Peter overhears the plan and runs and tells investigative journalist Tricia Takanawa about Carter’s plan to use toxic chemicals in the beer cans. Meanwhile, Brian’s drivers’ license has expired and he enlists Stewie as an instructor.

The Last Man on Earth - "Whitney Houston, We Have a Problem" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After finding a mysterious note left by Melissa that says “Goodbye,” the gang sets off to go look for her. Meanwhile, Gail gets stuck on a solo adventure of her own.

K.C. Undercover - "Holly Holly Not So Jolly" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Christmas time arrives and K.C. tells everyone she has to go pick up a last-minute gift, but instead goes to The Organization's therapist, Dr. Levinstein.

Mech X-4 - "Let's Survive in the Woods!" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Principal Grey sets a trap for Ryan, Harris and Spyder while they're on a camping trip, which leaves MECH-X4 and Mark in danger.

Best Friends Whenever - "The Christmas Curse" (Disney Channel, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Shelby and Cyd encourage a homesick Daisy to incorporate a festive 16th-century tradition into their annual Christmas party.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 5)

Monday, December 5

  • Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Watch Will on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Steve Harvey (The Steve Harvey Show) - Steve visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. He chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jason Bateman (Arrested Development/The Hogan Family/It's Your Move) - Jason visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle) - Gael is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program) - Steve appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • The Cast of Fuller House - The cast of Fuller House are guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia stops by Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Miss Piggy (The Muppets) - Miss Piggy and Harry perform Deck the Halls on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Meredith Hagner (Search Party/Men at Work) - Meredith is a guest on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Lauren Graham (The Odd Couple/Conrad Bloom/Townies) - Lauren appears on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley/The Goodwin Games/Carpoolers) - T.J. talks about Office Christmas Party on the AOL Build Show at 3pm. He will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET. He can also be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM at 9:50am.
  • Bradley Whitford (Happyish/Trophy Wife) - Bradley is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Josh McDermitt (Retired at 35) - Josh can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM at 10:45am.
  • Erinn Hayes (Kevin Can Wait/Guys with Kids/Worst Week) - Erinn talks about Kevin Can Wait on the AOL Build Show at 4pm.