Sunday, April 04, 2010

Week 28 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

Week 28 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. We might just have to remove this if we never get these in time again.)

Households: N/A
Total Viewers: N/A
Adults 18-49: N/A

Week 28 (March 29-April 4) Analysis: For week 28, thus far through the first four nights it is a three-network race. So far through the first four days of the week I can project, Fox is first in HH/viewers and 18-49, ABC in second across the board and CBS is third for now. NBC is in fourth across the board. Last week, week 27, CBS took home first place in HH/viewers, and squeaked by Fox in 18-49, as CBS was fueled by the NCAA tournament. Fox and ABC tied for second in HH, but Fox had the slight edge in total viewers. ABC was third in 18-49, while NBC was a clear fourth in all categories.

On Monday it was ABC with a big win again with Dancing with the Stars season ten continuing to pour on big numbers. ABC aired a two-hour Dancing with the Stars doing a best ever for a non-premiere/finale at 22.97 million and an impressive 5.6 18-49 rating, down over a million from the season premiere, but still dominating. At 10pm, ABC aired the conclusion of a GREAT two-part Castle event to series highs once again, this time of 13.86 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating for first place in its timeslot and up well over a million from previous week. Dana Delany was great again and would be great on her own show. CBS took a back seats with majority of repeats of its comedies and CSI: Miami also in repeat mode. How I Met Your Mother started it off with a repeat at 5.64 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, while a new Rules of Engagement did 7.35 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, down from previous week but its lead-in was new that week. Two and a Half Men followed with a repeat doing 10.98 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating, still great but below recent repeat levels and The Big Bang Theory followed with a repeat of its own doing 9.8 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating, also below average for a repeat but still great. A repeat episode of CSI: Miami at 10pm took a bit of a hit with 8.01 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating for second place. Fox started off with a repeat again of House doing 5.48 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, up some from previous week. A new episode of 24 was next doing 8.48 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, down a lick from previous week. The series will end after this season. NBC was of course in fourth with a new Chuck doing 5.68 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, up a tad week-to-week, then Trauma followed and did 4.72 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, also up a tad from previous week. Whose idea was it to order more episodes after canceling it? At 10pm a new Law & Order did only 6.01 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, on par really from previous week even with Miami in a repeat. The CW started with Life UneXpected at 8pm and it did 1.97 million, up some from previous week. Then at 9pm Gossip Girl was all-new and did 1.69 million, down from previous week. The latter has to be one of the most overrated shows on TV.

On Tuesday, Fox ruled. Fox aired an all-new American Idol doing 21.84 million for two-hours, down nearly three million from previous week. Its 18-49 rating went up down from a 8.1 to 7.7 this week. CBS started with a repeat of NCIS doing 10.9 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, down a lot from previous week's repeat in viewers. 3rd place in viewers is strange for this show. Then spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles was next with a repeat of its own doing 10.2 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down a million from previous week's repeat. And finally CBS aired a repeat of The Good Wife doing 7.98 million and only a 1.4 18-49 rating, up some in viewers from previous week. ABC started off with the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars: The Results doing 14.28 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, both up a sharply from this timeslot the previous week with a LOST encore. Then an all-new episode of the final season of LOST was next with 10.13 million and a 4.1 18-49 rating, both up from the previous week. ABC aired the return of V doing a solid 7.03 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating for first place in timeslot...not bad but needs to continue this. NBC started with a two-hour The Biggest Loser and did 7.43 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, down some from previous week in an up and down season. A new Parenthood was next doing 6.23 million and 2.5 18-49 rating, down from previous week but not at series lows like two weeks ago. The CW aired new episodes of 90210 and Melrose Place but they were brushed off by everyone as usually, as they did only 1.48 million and 1.06 million. The latter was up from its series low the previous week. Both should be canned, but 90210 was renewed for some reason for next fall.

On Wednesday Fox prevailed again. Fox started with a new Human Target and did 8.23 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, up from previous week but still disappointing. American Idol Results were next at 9pm and did 20.49 million, down a million from previous week. 18-49 rating was up a bit too from a 7.2 to 6.7, lowest since 2002. CBS started with a repeat of Old Christine at only 4.88 million only a 1.3 18-49 rating and a repeat of Accidentally on Purpose which is now on this night at only 4.24 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating. Next CBS aired a repeat of Criminal Minds at 7.95 million, down some from previous week, and a repeat of CSI: NY at 10pm did 7.24 million, down some from previous week. ABC comedies were next with the holiday special It's the Easter Beagle Charlie Brown doing 4.9 million and 1.4 18-49 rating, not as good as a repeat of Modern Family the previous week. A new airing of The Middle was next building up to 6.23 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, but down from previous week thanks to a weaker lead-in. Modern Family was a all-new in its normal 9pm slot and did 9.51 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating, excellent and up from previous week. Next Cougar Town was new too and did 6.01 million and a decent 2.6 18-49 rating once again. Ugly Betty was next and did 4.01 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, down from previous week. Just two more episodes left as the the series finale airs on April 14. NBC started with a repeat of A Minute to Win It doing 6.13 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, both much better than the all-new Mercy the previous week, ouch. A repeat of Law & Order: SVU was next and did 5.5 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, down some week-to-week, but that was leading into an all-new episode at 10pm that did a solid 10.08 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, both down from previous week but still number one in its timeslot, but when CSI: NY returns with new episodes what will happen? The CW aired aired America's Next Top Model at 8pm doing a solid 3.18 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, on par really from previous week. The reality series Fly Girls had nothing to be proud of doing only 1.12 million, down a bit from the premiere the previous week, and at 9:30pm week four of High Society could only do 74,000 viewers, even worse than previous week. CW should just air two-hour Top Model every Wednesday.

Moving on to Thursday it was CBS with the win on a VERY slow night for all the networks. CBS started with Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains at 8pm doing 11.26 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating, down some from normal. The Mentalist aired at 9pm for an all-new episode and test doing 14.11 million but only a 2.7 18-49 rating for a season low. At 10pm CSI was new on a special time doing 13.35 million and a series low of 2.8 18-49 rating. Did the switch work? Not sure since everything was down on this night due to a holiday. ABC started with FLASHFORWARD at 8pm and did 5.04 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, series lows. Get used to those two words on this night. Grey's Anatomy was all-new and did 9.87 million and a 3.5 1-49 rating, down from previous week and series lows. A new Private Practice was next doing 7.82 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, down a bit from previous week but a low in 18-49 for it on a Thursday. Fox returned Bones and did a disappointing 8.68 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, for a season low in 18-49. A new Fringe was next and did only 5.84 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating. NBC preempted Community at 8, Parks & Recreation at 8:30, and 30 Rock at 9:30 for two-hour repeats of The Office from 8-10pm doing 3.96 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating for the first hour and 4.04 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating for the second hour. At 10pm NBC aired a new episode of the crazy The Marriage Ref and did series lows of 5.4 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating. The CW aired a new Vampire Diaries doing 2.8 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating for series lows and Supernatural was new and did 2.4 million and only a 1.1 18-49 rating. Slow night!

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available as usual, but CBS won a below normal Friday thanks to Good Friday. The premiere of Miami Medical at 10pm won its hour, but with only a prelim 1.6 18-49 rating. ABC won the 9pm hour with Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution doing a prelim 1.5 18-49 rating, down a lot from previous week though. Look for a bounce back this week for Friday.
Saturday numbers saw CBS win thanks to NCAA Basketball Final Four coverage.
Tonight on Easter Sunday, ABC airs a repeat of AFV, an all-new two-hour Extreme Makeover: Home Edition with Jessica Alba but Desperate Housewives is preempted and Brothers & Sisters is a repeat at 10. CBS has a new The Amazing Race and the fake Undercover Boss at 9pm. NBC has a repeat of game show A Minute to Win It followed by a new Celebrity Apprentice starting at 8pm. Fox has repeats of their animated comedies but new episodes of live action sitcoms 'Til Death and Sons of Tucson, but both of those are burn-offs. Will CBS win this week in viewers? It will be close between CBS, ABC and Fox. In 18-49, Fox should hang on, but CBS and ABC will be a close second as they will battle. As for this coming week, CBS has the NCAA Championship game tomorrow, other than that it is a normal week.

Week 28 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week 27-- March 22-28)

  • 'Til Death (Fox) - Two all-new episodes were barely on the map again in the 7pm hour doing only 2.19 and 2.72 million...down from previous week. These are just burn-off episodes as the series has been canned finally.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - A new episode only managed 5.69 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating...below normal again but on par really from previous week.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - A new episode did 5.64 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, also below its average but up from previous week and built from the lead-in in 18-49.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A new showing did 7.32 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating. Up from previous week.
  • American Dad (Fox) - on hiatus.
  • Sons of Tucson (Fox) - New episode did 4.03 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, slightly up from previous week as the lead-in went up, but worse retention as a result.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A repeat did 5.64 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, decent levels for a repeat.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - 7.35 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating for a new episode, down from previous week when the lead-in was new. However this was a better showing than the other time it was new and the lead-in was a repeat.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 10.98 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating for a repeat is great but below normal for a repeat for this show (especially in viewers).
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - 9.8 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating for a repeat is great of course, but below normal repeat levels for this show this season. Usually the series builds in 18-49 over the lead-in, even in repeats.

Tuesday Sitcoms

  • None.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • Old Christine (CBS) - A repeat did only 4.88 million and an even worse 1.3 18-49 rating.
  • Accidentally on Purpose (CBS) - A repeat on its new night did only 4.24 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating.
  • The Middle (ABC) - A new episode did 6.23 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating out of a holiday special at 8pm rather than the usual Modern repeat.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - The regular 9pm airing was new and did a solid 9.51 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating. Both up from previous week! iPad!
  • Cougar Town (ABC) - A new episode did 6.01 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, affected by Idol again, but still not terrible.

Thursday Sitcoms

  • Community (NBC) - preempted.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - preempted.
  • The Office (NBC) (2-hours) - Two one-hour repeats aired from 8-10pm with the 8pm hour doing 3.96 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, while the second hour at 9pm did 4.04 million and a decent 1.8 18-49 rating for a repeat.
  • 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 and new episode of sitcom Sons of Tucson.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Rules of Engagement were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as The Middle, Cougar Town ) or just plain old terrible (such as repeat of Old Christine, Sons of Tucson from week 27).


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, October 18

The Big Bang Theory - "The Planetarium Collision" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Amy doesn’t have time to work on super-asymmetry, Sheldon goes to great lengths to ensure she’s available to work with him even it if means accidentally sabotaging her career in the process. Also, Koothrappali doesn’t want Wolowitz to join him in hosting a show at the planetarium. Emmy Award winner Bob Newhart returns as Arthur Jeffries.

Young Sheldon - "A Research Study and Czechoslovakian Wedding Pastries" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Dr. Sturgis (Wallace Shawn) recommends Sheldon and Missy for a university research study on twins, and Mary is unhappy when the test results go to Sheldon’s head.

Mom - "Big Sauce and Coconut Water" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Christy is certain that Bonnie is in over her head when she invites a freshly paroled Tammy (Kristen Johnston) to stay with them.

Murphy Brown - "Three Shirts to the Wind" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Murphy and the team weigh the pros and cons of accepting the offer to have the first interview with a headline-grabbing former White House senior advisor (David Costabile) who wants to promote his divisive book and agenda on “Murphy in the Morning.” Also, Avery moderates a lively political discussion on his show with locals in Buffalo, N.Y.. Original series cast member Charles Kimbrough returns as Jim Dial in his first of three episodes, and Merle Dandridge guest stars as the team’s arrogant network boss, Diana Macomber.

Superstore - "Toxic Workplace" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Amy (America Ferrera) and Jonah (Ben Feldman) get combative to keep their new relationship hidden from their co-workers. Meanwhile, Glenn (Mark McKinney) spirals when he learns Kelly (Kelly Stables) wants to transfer to a new store, and Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) struggles to organize a Cloud 9 carpool.

The Good Place - "Jeremy Bearimy" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
The group explores the three main branches of ethical thought.

Will & Grace - "Tex and the City" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Will (Eric McCormack) and Jack (Sean Hayes) visit Jack’s grandson, Skip (guest star Samuel Faraci), in Texas to watch him perform at his church’s talent show. But when Jack learns Skip plans on singing “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend,” he becomes afraid for his grandson’s safety. Karen (Megan Mullally) tags along to check out the portion of the border wall she sponsored, only to discover that Beverley Leslie (guest star Leslie Jordan) has claimed it as his own. Back home, Grace (Debra Messing) and Noah (guest star David Schwimmer) try to figure out if something is wrong in their relationship because their numerous attempts to have sex have failed.

I Feel Bad - "I'm Vain A.F." (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
An upcoming launch party at GamePunch throws Emet’s vanity into overdrive. Intent on scrubbing a bad picture off the company website, Emet is dead set on redeeming herself and getting the perfect photo at this year’s party – that means getting her hair done, professional make-up and toning up a problem area: her husband.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 15)

Thursday, October 18

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep/The New Adventures of Old Christine/Seinfeld) - Catch Julia on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Laura Benanti (The Detour/Go On/Starved) - Laura stops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • John Mulaney (Mulaney) - John appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Meredith Hagner (Search Party/Men at Work) - Meredith is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Maya Rudolph (Forever/Up All Night) - Maya drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Nick Kroll (The League/Cavemen) - Nick visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Sanaa Lathan (Family Guy/The Cleveland Show/LateLine) - Sanaa appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Stockard Channing (Out of Practice/The Stockard Channing Show/Stockard Channing in Just Friends) - Stockard visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Jenna Fischer (Splitting Up Together/The Office) - Jenna appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • John Stamos (Grandfathered/Jake in Progress/Full House) - John talks about You on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Chelsea stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Fishman and Maya Lynne Robinson (The Conners/Roseanne) - Michael and Maya Lynne are guests on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET. Michael and Lecy Goranson can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM.
  • John Goodman (The Conners/Roseanne/The Trouble in Normal, Ohio) - John talks about The Big Lebowski reunion on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Bailee Madison (Trophy Wife) - Bailey talks about Hallmark Channel's Good Witch: Tale of Two Hearts on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.


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

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season Step by Step - The Complete Second Season Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season

09/04 - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - The Complete Season 12
09/04 - Mom - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Superstore - Season Three
09/04 - Young Sheldon - The Complete First Season
09/11 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season (Blu-ray)
09/11 - The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - People of Earth - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - Community - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
09/18 - Step by Step - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - You're the Worst - The Complete Fourth Season
09/25 - Blondie - The Complete 1957 Television Series
09/25 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season
10/02 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season
10/02 - The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One / Volume Two
10/02 - Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection
10/16 - Police Squad! - TV and Movie Collection
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