Sunday, March 07, 2010

Week 24 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

Week 24 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thurs finals):
(We don't have the final network averages through Thursday AGAIN (sorry), but we do have final program averages through Thursday in the analysis below)

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Week 24 (March 1-7) Analysis: For week 24, thus far through the first four nights it is Fox on top thanks to three nights (5 hours worth) of Idol. So far through the first four days of the week I can project, Fox is first across the board, with CBS second in all categories, ABC in third and with the Olympics over, NBC is of course back in fourth. Last week, week 23, NBC took home first place in every category obviously thanks to the Olympics one last time. Fox was second across the board, while CBS was third and ABC was in fourth.
On Monday it was ABC with the win with a big finale for The Bachelor. ABC started it off with The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love finale from 8-10:05pm doing a great 15.15 million and a 5.3 18-49 rating, with a peak of 5.9 in the final half-hour. At 10:05pm, ABC aired The Bachelor: After the Final Rose and also won its timeslot with 13.91 million and a 5.3 18-49 rating. Bachelor mania is not done yet, last season's Bachelor will get a wedding tomorrow night! Also returning tomorrow is Castle and the promo looks very good! CBS was all-new with its comedies and CSI: Miami. How I Met Your Mother started it off with a solid 10.37 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating for an all-new episode, while the season premiere of Rules of Engagement did 9.72 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating as that seems similar to Accidentally on Purpose (that series will move to Wednesdays at 8:30 in a few weeks). Two and a Half Men followed with a new showing as well doing 16.86 million and a 5.7 18-49 rating and The Big Bang Theory followed with a new episode of its own doing 15.73 million and a 5.9 18-49 rating, the best scripted series of the week likely. A new CSI: Miami at 10pm did a below normal 12.07 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating. Fox started off with a repeat of House doing 6.64 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, viewers was up some from previous week. A new episode of 24 was next doing 8.63 million and a a series low 2.5 18-49 rating, in viewers it was down a bit from previous week also. NBC was back from the Olympics and back in fourth with a new Chuck doing a decent 6.7 million and the new night premiere of Law & Order as a 2-hour episode did 7.76 million but only as 2.0 18-49 rating. The CW aired a repeat of Life UneXpected doing 1.24 million, followed by an all-new episode of Life UneXpected at 1.78 million, down a bit from previous week.
On Tuesday, Fox won pretty easily. Fox of course aired an all-new two-hour American Idol with 23.53 million, but down some from previous week. It still did a mammoth 8.6 18-49 rating, but that was down from the 9.0 from the previous week. CBS started with a new NCIS doing 19.62 million, which is great but off from its recent new episodes. Then spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles was next with a new episode of its own doing 14.84 million. And finally CBS aired a new The Good Wife doing a solid 13.32 million but the 18-49 rating could be better than a 2.7. ABC started off with a LOST enhanced encore doing 4.32 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, on par really from previous week. Then an all-new episode of the final season of LOST was next with 9.29 million, but that was off some from the previous week when it had stiffer competition from the Olympics. Go figure. I cannot wait to see what happens next on the show itself! ABC aired a 20/20 Before They Were Stars special featuring Oscar stars instead of the forgotten at 10pm and did a so-so 5.2 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating...on par really from previous week with the forgotten. NBC returned The Biggest Loser with a two-hour airing and did a solid 8.27 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, but they were both off from normal. The premiere of Parenthood was next and did a could be better 8.1 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating (that was first in its slot though). The verdict? We have to still see how it does the next few weeks. If it ca maintain, then NBC will have something to build on actually. The CW aired repeats of 90210 and Melrose Place doing only 615,000 and 587,000 viewers...watch when they come back with new episodes, no one will care or remember.
On Wednesday another two-hour Idol was the difference. Fox preempted Human Target once again and aired a two-hour American Idol doing 23.56 million, up some from previous week's two-hour show. 18-49 rating was down a bit though from a 8.7 to 8.5. CBS started at 8pm with new episodes of its comedies Old Christine and Gary Unmarried doing below normal 5.56 million and 5.57 million, 18-49 rating was not good as they did a 1.6 and 1.8. Next CBS aired a new Criminal Minds at 13.0 million and a new CSI: NY at 10pm did 12.35 million. ABC comedies were next with a repeat of Modern Family at 8pm doing 5.05 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, beating the CBS comedy which was new in 18-49, a new episode of The Middle was next doing a below normal 5.89 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, as Idol affected all the comedies on this night. Modern Family was all-new in its normal 9pm slot and did a below normal but solid 8.01 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating. Next Cougar Town was all-new and did 5.35 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating. Ugly Betty was preempted, as the Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special aired and only did 4.34 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating. Not good. NBC returned Mercy but only managed 5.99 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating. A two-hour Law & Order: SVU was next and did 8.14 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating -- could be better. The CW aired more repeats as Life UneXpected did 994,000 viewers, down some from previous week, and then a repeat of Gossip Girl followed and only did 494,000 viewers, also down some from previous week.
Moving on to Thursday it was a battle with CBS and Fox because of a third night of Idol. CBS started with a new Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains doing 12.72 million and 3.8 18-49 rating, both up from previous week. CBS aired a new CSI with special guests Rascal Flatts doing an above average 15.59 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating and at 10pm a new The Mentalist aired doing 14.87 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating. ABC took a back seat a bit on this night as a repeat of Grey's Anatomy at 8pm did 5.0 million, which actually beat NBC's comedies, but the 1.2 18-49 rating was not good. A new episode of Grey's Anatomy was next and did 11.83 million and a 4.0 18-49 rating, up from its recent new episode but still below normal thanks to the special episodes on CBS and NBC. A new Private Practice was also a bit below normal doing 7.57 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating. Both shows should be closer to normal this week. Fox preempted Bones but they were gladly to do so as the results show for American Idol aired instead! It did 19.42 million, up from previous week and a 6.5 18-49 rating was same as previous week. A new Kitchen Nightmares on a special night did 7.89 million, up some from previous week. NBC returned their comedies as Community did 5.02 million and Parks & Recreation did 4.61 million, not too good but both did do a 2.3 18-49 rating which is OK. A special one-hour The Office with Pam and Jim's wedding did an above average 9.02 million and a 4.7 18-49 rating. So, 30 Rock returns this week. At 10pm NBC launched The Marriage Ref with that big lead-in and did 7.71 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating, but it dropped every 15 minutes. It will be interesting this week when it has a 30 Rock lead-in instead. The CW aired a repeat of Vampire Diaries doing 1.68 million and Supernatural was a repeat and did 1.54 million, both on par really from previous week.
Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available as usual, but CBS won Friday with their dramas but they were below normal.
Saturday numbers saw Fox and CBS win the night, as Fox did normal numbers with its crime reality series once again.
Tonight it will be all Oscars with the win as ABC's regular line-up of AFV, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters is preempted. CBS has a new The Amazing Race for some reason at 8pm but the fake Undercover Boss is a repeat at 9pm. NBC has 90-minutes of Dateline followed by the movie Bad Boys II for 90-minutes, what a combo. Fox has repeats of their animated comedies and new episodes of 'Til Death. Will ABC win the week in all categories because of the Oscars? Or will Fox prevail thanks to three nights of Idol? Could be close, but I think ABC will win as the Oscars should do 40 million+. CBS will be in third and NBC will likely have to settle for a familiar 4th. As for this coming week, how will Parenthood and Marriage Ref hold up from their OK premieres? My bet is the latter will stumble big, but the former should do OK.

Week 24 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week 23-- Feb. 22-28)

  • 'Til Death (Fox) - Two all-new episodes were barely on the map in the 7pm hour doing only 2.47 and 3.04 million...not good but that second episode was up slightly over previous week.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - A repeat did 5.29 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating...not too bad, as the total viewers was not too off from previous week when it was new.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - 5.04 million for a repeat and also a 2.3 18-49 rating, holding on its lead-in's rating.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A repeat did 5.83 million, off a bit from previous week's repeat. The 18-49 rating dropped from a 3.2 to 2.8.
  • American Dad (Fox) - 4.74 million for a repeat and a 2.2 18-49 rating...both the lowest of the bunch.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A new episode did a good 10.37 million and a great 3.9 18-49 rating.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - 9.73 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating for the season premiere. Seems like similar retention with the previous show in this slot.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 16.86 million and a 5.7 18-49 rating for a new episode. Pretty big opposite a high-rated finale on ABC.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - 15.73 million and a 5.9 18-49 rating for a new episode. This show quietly is now the number one show in 18-49 for scripted series.

Tuesday Sitcoms

  • None.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • Old Christine (CBS) - 5.56 million for a new episode is below normal and only a 1.6 18-49 rating. Idol hurt it.
  • Gary Unmarried (CBS) - 5.57 million for a new episode and a 1.8 18-49 rating. Below normal.
  • The Middle (ABC) - A new episode following a repeat of Modern Family did 5.89 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, both below normal. Idol clearly hurt it.
  • Modern Family (ABC) 2 airings - A repeat at 8pm did a decent 5.05 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, both up from previous week. The regular 9pm airing was new and did a below normal 8.01 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating. Idol two-hour shows always hurt.
  • Cougar Town (ABC) - A new episode suffered some doing 5.35 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating.

Thursday Sitcoms

  • Community (NBC) - 5.02 million for a new episode but the 2.3 18-49 rating is more telling.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - 4.61 million for a new episode is not too good, but the 2.3 18-49 rating is better.
  • The Office (NBC) - 9.02 million for the special one-hour episode is good and the 4.7 18-49 rating is even better.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - preempted.

Friday Sitcoms

  • None.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are new episodes of 'Til Death at 7 on Fox followed by repeats of the Fox animated comedies starting at 8.

Summing it up. All repeats. Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, The Office, Rules of Engagement, Modern Family were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as Community, The Middle) or just plain old terrible (such as 'Til Death, Old Christine).


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
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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.