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 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).

New on DVD/Blu-ray (September)

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season Modern Family - The Complete Season 7

09/06 - Coach - Season One (Mill Creek) / Season Two / Seasons One and Two
09/06 - South Park - The Complete Ninteenth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season
09/20 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season
09/20 - Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season
09/20 - Modern Family - The Complete Season 7
09/20 - Veep - Season 5
09/27 - The Wonder Years - Season Six
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, October 21

Last Man Standing - "Trick or Treat" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
It’s Halloween and the Baxter family is excited for their annual party, except for Mike who’s reluctantly tasked with choosing the theme. In hopes of turning everyone against the holiday, Mike decides that maybe if the whole family has to dress up like each other they’ll end up making fun of one another. Eve dresses up like Mandy and Mandy dresses down like Eve, Kristin and Ryan swap roles, and Mike shows up to the party as… Donald Trump!? The impersonating turns into bickering but in the end, the Baxters come together to support Vanessa as she learns that she’s being laid off.

Dr. Ken - "D.K.'s Korean Ghost Story" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
On Halloween, Allison is disappointed the holiday doesn’t seem to scare Dave anymore, meaning her little boy is growing up, perhaps too fast. But that might change after D.K. tells a scary Korean gwishin (ghost) story. The Park family, as well as the gang at Welltopia, bring the story to life playing the various gwishins.

Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse - "Jack" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Marcus deals with the loss of one of his former teammates.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 17)

Friday, October 21

  • Matthew Perry (The Odd Couple/Go On/Mr. Sunshine) - Watch Matthew on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld) - Jerry appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Matt LeBlanc (Man with a Plan/Episodes/Joey/Friends) - Matt is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Elijah Wood (Wilfred) - Elijah talks about Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings. He will also be on the AOL Build Show at 1:15pm.
  • Lindsay Sloane (The Odd Couple/The Stones/Mr. Rhodes) - Lindsay visits Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) and Ron Howard (Happy Days/The Andy Griffith Show) - Tom and Ron will be on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Christian Slater (Breaking In) - Christian talks about King Cobra on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Anna Camp (The Mindy Project) - Anna talks about Netflix's Good Girls Revolt on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. She will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Jennifer Grey (Red Oaks/It's Like, You Know...) - Jennifer joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Thomas Lennon (The Odd Couple/Sean Saves the World/Reno 911!) and Jason Biggs (Mad Love/Drexell's Class) - Thomas and Jason are guests on Chelsea on Netflix.
  • Marisa Tomei (A Different World) - Marisa appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Paul Reiser (Red Oaks/Mad About You/The Paul Reiser Show) - Paul is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.