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).


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, June 19

The Middle - "Hecks vs. Glossners: The Final Battle" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
It’s the Orson showdown of the century when the Hecks – along with the Donahues and Bill Norwood – wage a war against the Glossners after they steal Sue’s car.

The Middle - "Thank You for Not Kissing" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After Dr. Fulton (Dave Foley) calls Frankie and Mike into his office to inform them that Brick and Cindy have been making out all over school, Frankie tasks Mike into having a talk with his son to discuss dating etiquette. Meanwhile, Sue attempts to work up the gumption to give Sean the snow globe and confess how much she likes him; and after discovering a box full of unfinished thank you notes for gifts received over the years, Frankie orders Axl to finish and mail them all out.

black-ish - "Juneteenth" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The Johnsons go to Jack and Diane’s school play about Columbus Day, and Dre is dismayed by the historically inaccurate way that the holiday is portrayed. He feels like there aren’t enough black holidays, so he enlists Aloe Blacc at work to help him create a catchy song to raise awareness for a holiday worth celebrating, Juneteenth.

black-ish - "Dog Eat Dog World" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The family is divided over the idea of getting a dog after Dre and Bow promise Jack they can get one after he gets Straight A’s – and he does! Meanwhile, Bow’s brother Johan is in town and he doesn’t get the warm welcome he expects from Ruby.

Younger - "The End of the Tour" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Liza faces complications on the Marriage Vacation book tour. Kelsey and Zane head to D.C. to court a speechwriter’s prospective memoir.

Teachers - "Of Lice and Men" (TV Land, 10:34PM ET/PT)
Ms. Bennigan wrestles with how far she’s willing to go sexually with Hot Dad, while Ms. Cannon learns how to drive in the midst of an apocalyptic lice outbreak at Fillmore.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 18)

Tuesday, June 19

  • Martin Short (Mulaney/The Martin Short Show) - Catch Martin on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Whoopi Goldberg (Whoopi/Bagdad Cafe) - Whoopi is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Michael Ian Black (The Jim Gaffigan Show/Ed) - Michael stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Tracy Morgan (The Last O.G./30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Michael visits LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker (Divorce/Sex and the City/Square Pegs) - Sarah appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Jennifer Lawrence (The Bill Engvall Show) - The Ellen DeGeneres Show has the best moments from the biggest stars in Season 15, so check your local listings.
  • Debra Messing (Will & Grace/Ned & Stacey) - Debra is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Marlon Wayans (Marlon/The Wayans Bros.) - Marlon drops by Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) - Brian is a guest on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • BD Wong (All-American Girl) - BD talks about the off-Broadway production of The Great Leap on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June)

Living Single - The Complete Fifth Season Step by Step - The Complete First Season Will & Grace (The Revival) - Season One Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fourth Season Last Man Standing - The Complete Sixth Season

06/05 - Living Single - The Complete Fifth Season
06/05 - New Girl - The Complete Sixth Season
06/05 - South Park - The Complete Twenty-First Season (Blu-ray)
06/12 - Fresh Off the Boat - The Complete Fourth Season
06/12 - Life in Pieces - The Complete Third Season
06/12 - The Office - The Complete Series
06/12 - Speechless - The Complete First Season
06/12 - Speechless - The Complete Second Season
06/12 - Step by Step - The Complete First Season
06/12 - Will & Grace (The Revival) - Season One (Blu-ray)
06/19 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fourth Season
06/26 - Last Man Standing - The Complete Fifth Season
06/26 - Last Man Standing - The Complete Sixth Season
06/26 - The Mick - The Complete First Season
06/26 - The Mick - The Complete Second Season
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