Sunday, January 31, 2010

Week 19 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

Week 19 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thurs finals):


Households: #1. Fox 8.6/13.5 rating/share; #2. CBS 6.5/10.4; #3. ABC 4.2/6.7; #4. NBC 3.6/5.7; #5. The CW 1.2/1.9
Total Viewers:#1. Fox 15.14 million; #2. CBS 10.19 million; #3. ABC 6.35 million; #4. NBC 5.71; #5. The CW 1.83
Adults 18-49: #1. Fox 5.3/14.1 rating/share; #2. CBS 2.5/6.7; #3. ABC 2.1/5.7; #4. NBC 2.0/5.6; #5. The CW 0.9/2.3

Week 19 (Jan. 25-31) Analysis: For week 19, American Idol is helping Fox with the lead and not having an hour of ratings counted because of Obama's State of the Union certainly helped. So far through the first four days of the week, Fox is obviously in the lead in HH/viewers and 18-49. CBS follows in a solid second in those categories, with ABC in third in every category, and NBC fourth in every category as usual. Just about the same as we were this time last week. Last week, week 18, Fox dominated and won the week in all categories thanks to a huge NFL NFC Championship Game doing a huge 57.93 million and of course American Idol helps. CBS was a distant second place in those categories for the week. With ABC in third and NBC in fourth. No more NFL for NBC this season to rely on.
On Monday it was Fox and ABC battling for the lead, while CBS was in repeats. CBS started with repeats of its comedies and ended with a repeat of CSI: Miami. How I Met Your Mother started it off with 5.98 million for a repeat, while a repeat of Accidentally on Purpose followed doing 5.52 million, not bad for both, but could be better as CBS Monday comedies tend to do better. Two and a Half Men followed with a repeat as well doing 12.07 million, that is very strong for a repeat and more than doubled from the lead-in, and The Big Bang Theory followed with a repeat of its own doing 11.5 million, it built from the lead-in in 18-49 from a 3.8 to a 4.0. A repeat of CSI: Miami settled for second place in its slot with 9.55 million, way lower than the usual repeat. ABC got good mileage again out of The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love doing a solid 11.47 million, up once again from previous week, and a 3.9 18-49 rating for the two-hours, also up a bit from previous week. It keeps growing every week just like it did last year. A new episode of Castle was next and did a first place 10.55 million, up a million week-to-week, and tied a series high with a 3.0 18-49 rating! Castle mania baby! Fox started off with an all-new House doing a night best 14.21 million and a 5.2 18-49 rating. A new episode of 24 was next doing 10.81 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating, both off a bit from previous week when it was two-hours. NBC started off with a new Chuck at a decent 6.98 million, up some from previous week and a 2.5 18-49 rating again. Next Heroes did only 4.3 million and a 1.9 A18-49 rating, both up a tick from the series lows the previous week. Still needs to go. The Jay Leno Show followed with only 4.26 million, off some from previous week. The CW aired an all-new One Tree Hill doing a decent but could be better 2.19 million, followed by an all-new episode of Life UneXpected at 2.17 million, down from previous week's premiere and in the range of what Gossip Girl has done here all season.
On Tuesday, Fox won but CBS nearly won in total viewers. Fox of course started with an all-new American Idol with 24.45 million, down two million or so from previous week. Next a new episode of Human Target on a special night did an OK 9.26 million, losing a ton of the lead-in's audience and just slightly better what a repeat of the pilot did the previous week. CBS started with a new NCIS doing 20.22 million, even against Idol. Then spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles was next with a new showing of its own doing 16.94 million, what more can you say? And finally CBS aired a repeat of The Good Wife doing a solid 10.02 million, up from previous week's repeat. NBC was next with a two-hour The Biggest Loser doing 9.71 million, down slightly from previous week. Then The Jay Leno Show tanked as usual to 6.2 million, but up a bit from previous week. ABC started off with a new Scrubs [Med School] doing 3.17 million better than previous week, followed by a new Better off Ted doing only 2.52 million. Then ABC reaired last season's season finale of LOST from 9-11pm doing 3.45 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating. Cannot wait for this Tuesday's final season premiere. I've seen the first hour...it is AMAZING! ABC will return the forgotten on Feb. 9 at 10pm. The CW aired repeats of 90210 and Melrose Place doing only 940,000 and 850,000 viewers...but both actually up from previous week's repeats.
Wednesday it was Fox on top again but better than usual because the State of the Union aired at 9pm and that does not count in the ratings. Fox started with American Idol doing 25.71 million and a 9.5 18-49 rating, both down some from previous week. Fox then aired the State of the Union Address rather than the normal Human Target airing, so Fox's average for the night only includes Idol. Fox must be happy. CBS started with repeats of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried at below level numbers thanks to the State of the Union doing 4.82 and 4.48 million. Next CBS aired the State of the Union as Criminal Minds and CSI: NY were preempted. CBS's analysis immediately following the address did 6.14 million for 9 minutes. A repeat of Two and a Half Men aired from 10:47pm-11:17pm ET doing 5.56 million. ABC comedies were next with a repeat of Modern Family at 8pm doing a decent 5.85 million, followed by a repeat of The Middle doing 5.05 million, both up from previous week's repeats and beating the competing CBS comedy repeats. Modern Family was not new at 9pm because of the State of the Union. ABC analysis of the address following the address did 6.36 million. A Cougar Town repeat was joined in progress at 10:44pm ET and did 3.47 million. Ugly Betty was preempted. NBC was next with a repeat of Mercy only doing 3.59 million. Law & Order: SVU and The Jay Leno Show were preempted because of the State of the Union. NBC's analysis of the address did 8.28 million, followed by a repeat of The Office joined in progress at 10:44pm ET doing 3.39 million. The CW aired more repeats as Gossip Girl did only 720,000, lower than previous week when it was at 9pm and then a repeat of Life UneXpected followed and 1.38 million, not too bad.
Thursday it was Fox on top as CBS and ABC were primarily in repeats with their big guns. CBS opened with a failed pilot with Jeff Probst called Live for the Moment doing only 4.56 million. A repeat of CSI followed with 9.14 million. At 10pm The Mentalist was also a repeat but did a better 11.07 million. ABC started off with week two of The Deep End at 6.09 million, down a million from the premiere, but did the same exact 1.8 18-49 rating as the premiere, so that is a positive since the rest of the night were repeats for ABC. A repeat of Grey's Anatomy was next doing 5.21 million, seems a bit better than usual repeat numbers for this show. A repeat of Private Practice was next doing 4.29 million. Fox had a new Bones doing a season high and impressive 12.33 million and a 3.618-49 rating, wow, but the competition was pretty weak A new Fringe did 8.98 million, up two million from previous week as there was nothing else new on in the hour. NBC had repeats of its comedies with Community doing 4.18 million, Parks & Recreation, was next and did only 3.71 million, The Office was next with a repeat episode doing 4.58 million and a repeat of 30 Rock was next doing 3.87 million. The Jay Leno Show closed the night with only 4.34 million, off a it from previous week. The CW aired a new Vampire Diaries at a solid 3.7 million, on par with previous week, and Supernatural was new and did 2.71 million, off a bit from previous week, but still their best night by far of the week as usual.
Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available as usual, but CBS won Friday with their dramas, with ABC did well with 20/20 at 10. Series finale of Dollhouse barely registered for Fox hurting the season premiere of Kitchen Nightmares at 9pm.
Saturday numbers saw Fox win a very quiet night with its usual reality crime series.
Tonight ABC has all-new episodes of its regular line-up of AFV, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters all intact. NBC has Dateline and a new SNL special that should do average. CBS will win the night though with 60 Minutes followed by the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. Fox returns with their animated comedies being all-new but new 'Til Death episodes will lead-in. Fox will win the week in all categories and CBS will likely be second in everything especially thanks to the Grammys after tonight. ABC will be third and NBC in fourth across the board. As for this coming week, look for the final season of LOST launching Tuesday on ABC! And February 2010 sweeps starts Thursday!

Week 19 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week 18-- Jan. 18-24)

  • The Simpsons (Fox) - preempted again.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - preempted again.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - preempted again.
  • American Dad (Fox) - preempted again.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A repeat did 5.98 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, not bad for a repeat but CBS Monday comedies usually do better.
  • Accidentally on Purpose (CBS) - 5.52 million for a repeat...pretty good retention from the lead-in.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 12.07 million for a repeat...still the best of the sitcoms.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - 11.5 million for a repeat is great. The 18-49 for this week was a 4.0 and this was a repeat.

Tuesday Sitcoms

  • [scrubs] (ABC) - A new episode of the [Med School] edition at 8pm did 3.17 million, better than previous week's new episode, which aired at 9pm.
  • Better off Ted (ABC) - Only 2.52 million for a new episode at 8:30pm. This was the last scheduled one, but still two episodes remain (same goes for [scrubs]) unscheduled.

Wednesday Sitcoms

  • Old Christine (CBS) - A repeat did only 4.82 million, maybe because of the State of he Union.
  • Gary Unmarried (CBS) - 4.48 million for a repeat only.
  • The Middle (ABC) - A repeat at 8:30pm following a repeat of Modern Family did 5.05 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, beating Gary on CBS.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A repeat at 8pm did 5.85 million, up from previous week's repeat. Regular 9pm airing was preempted due to State of the Union.
  • Cougar Town (ABC) - A repeat at a special time of 10:44pm ET was joined in progress and did 3.47 million.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A special repeat airing aired in its entirety after the State of the Union doing 5.56 million from 10:47-11:17pm ET.
  • The Office (NBC) -A special repeat airing was joined in progress after the State of the Union doing 3.39 million at 10:44pm ET.

Thursday Sitcoms

  • Community (NBC) - A repeat did only 4.18 million...but not too far from previous week when it was new.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - Only 3.71 million for a repeat. Yet a third season is ordered?
  • The Office (NBC) - A repeat did 4.58 million, best of the bunch of course.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - A repeat did 3.87 million...needs to do better.

Friday Sitcoms

  • None.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are 'Til Death on Fox followed by the Fox animated comedies starting at 7.

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


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, December 14

Fresh Off the Boat - "Cousin Eddie" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The battle begins between mother and son when Eddie informs Jessica that he wants to spend Christmas with friend Nicole in New York. But Jessica insists that tradition prevails and he needs to spend the holiday with the family, so he does everything within his power to try and get her to crack and allow him to go. Meanwhile, Louis and Evan do their best to try and help an overwhelmed Emery decide on which one of his numerous friends to invite to the family’s Christmas Eve dinner.

Speechless - "J-I-- JINGLE T-H-- THON" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
A Christmas tree fire leads Maya to tell a small lie with big consequences. Meanwhile, Ray struggles to live in Pepper’s shadow as Dylan twists the knife, and JJ encourages Kenneth to stand up to his sisters (guest stars Niecy Nash and Lisa Leslie).

I Love Lucy - "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL features “The Christmas Episode” and the newly colorized “Pioneer Women.” Both were colorized with a nod to the 1950s period in which they were filmed. The main titles and end credits are seamlessly combined into one set at the beginning and end of the hour, with no interruption between the episodes.

“The Christmas Episode” finds the Ricardos and Mertzes decorating Lucy and Ricky’s Christmas tree and reminiscing about how their lives have changed since the arrival of the Ricardos’ son, Little Ricky (Keith Thibodeaux). Flashbacks recall the night Lucy tells Ricky she is pregnant, the time Lucy shows up unexpectedly as part of a barbershop quartet, and the day Ricky and the Mertzes rehearse taking Lucy to the maternity ward.

“The Christmas Episode” was first broadcast on CBS on Christmas Eve, 1956. The episode was not included in the series’ long history of rebroadcasts, first on CBS Daytime and later in syndication. Long thought to be lost, the program was rediscovered by CBS in 1989.

In “Pioneer Women,” Lucy and Ethel’s hopes of joining the posh Society Matrons’ League leads to a bet with their husbands over which sex – the men or the women – had it harder living in a bygone era. They select the turn of the last century, and as Lucy and Ethel start to bake their own bread and churn their own butter, the men become acquainted with straight-blade shaving and riding home from work on horseback. They all have some “‘splainin’” to do when two ladies from the Society Matrons’ League stop by for an unexpected visit.

“Pioneer Women” was originally broadcast on March 31, 1952, and became an immediate viewer favorite.

The Dick Van Dyke Show - "The Dick Van Dyke Show -- Now in Living Color!" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The special features the season one episode “Where Did I Come From,” written by Carl Reiner, and the season four episode “Never Bathe on Saturday,” also written by Reiner. The main titles and end credits of the two episodes are seamlessly combined into one set – at the beginning and end of the hour – with no interruption between the episodes.

The Emmy Award-winning series starred Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore as television comedy writer Rob and his wife, Laura Petrie; Larry Matthews as their son, Ritchie; Morey Amsterdam and Rose Marie as Buddy Sorrell and Sally Rogers, co-writers on the fictional “The Alan Brady Show”; Carl Reiner as Alan Brady; Richard Deacon as Mel Cooley; Jerry Paris as Dr. Jerry Helper; and Ann Morgan Guilbert as Millie Krumbermacher Helper.

In “Where Did I Come From,” 6-year-old Ritchie asks his parents the inevitable “where did I come from?” question, and they recall the days before his birth. The episode was first presented on Jan. 3, 1961 during the series’ first season.

In “Never Bathe on Saturday,” the Petries’ romantic second honeymoon becomes a disaster when Laura’s toe gets caught in a bath spout. The episode was first presented on March 31, 1965, during season four.

Last Man Standing - "The Gift of the Mike Guy" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Vanessa helps the family realize the importance of its long-standing holiday family traditions.

The Cool Kids - "Margaret Dates the Zodiac Killer" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Margaret begins dating Karl, a fellow resident who may or may not be the "Zodiac Killer."

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 10)

Friday, December 14

  • Karen Gillan (Selfie) - Watch Karen on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. She talks about The Party's Just Beginning on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
  • Tony Shalhoub (Wings/We Are Men) - Watch Tony on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle, Laura Linney (The Big C) and Nick Kroll (The League/Cavemen) - Bryan, Laura and Nick make special guest appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Bill Burr (F Is for Family/Townies) - Bill is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Romany Malco (Weeds/Blunt Talk) - Romany is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Kathryn Hahn (I Love Dick/Happyish/Transparent/Free Agents) - Kathryn talks about the film Private Life on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Minnie Driver (Speechless/About a Boy) - Minnie is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Leah Remini (Kevin Can Wait/The Exes/Family Tools/The King of Queens/Fired Up) - Leah visits The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Angela Kinsey (The Office/Haters Back Off/Your Family or Mine/The Hotwives of Orlando) - Angela and her husband Joshua Snyder serve up monkey bread and chocolate peppermint cupcakes on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Vanessa Hudgens (Powerless) - Vanessa talks about Second Act on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Chris Elliott (Schitt's Creek/Get a Life) - Chris talks about Clara's Ghost on Couch Surfing at 8am.
  • Tia Mowry (Instant Mom/The Game/Sister, Sister) - Tia talks about Hallmark Channel's A Gingerbread Romance on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Christine Lakin (Hollywood Darlings/Step by Step) - Christine is a guest on Steve, so check your local listings.


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