Sunday, May 16, 2010

NBC Upfront 2010-11: Fall 2010 Schedule; Week 34 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

NBC 2010-11

Fall 2010


Sundays
7:00PM Football Night in America
8:00PM Sunday Night Football

Mondays
8:00PM Chuck
9:00PM The Event (NEW!)
10:00PM Chase (NEW!)

Tuesdays
8:00PM Biggest Loser
10:00PM Parenthood

Wednesdays
8:00PM Undercovers (NEW!)
9:00PM Law & Order: SVU
10:00PM Law & Order: Los Angeles (NEW!)

Thursdays
8:00PM Community
8:30PM 30 Rock
9:00PM The Office
9:30PM Outsourced (NEW!)
10:00PM Love Bites (NEW!)

Fridays
8:00PM Who Do You Think You Are? / School Pride (NEW!)
9:00PM Dateline
10:00PM Outlaw (NEW!)

Saturdays
8:00PM Undercovers (Repeats)
9:00PM Chase (Repeats)
10:00PM Law & Order: SVU (repeats)


Mid-Season:

Sundays (March 2011)
7:00PM Dateline
8:00PM Minute to Win It
9:00PM Celebrity Apprentice (two-hours)

Not Yet Scheduled:

Returning: Parks and Recreation, The Apprentice, The Marriage Ref
New: Perfect Couples (comedy), Friends with Benefits (comedy), Paul Reiser Show - aka Next (comedy), The Cape (Drama), Harry's Law (drama), America's Next Great Restaurant (reality)
Notes: Yes, the original Law & Order and Heroes will not return. However, some sort of wrap-up plan could be happening. Law & Order could wrap-up on an episode or two of spin-off series Law & Order: Los Angeles. NBC is also mullng a two-hour movie for Heroes to conclude that show. Parks and Recreation will be held for mid-season and NBC says it was a tough decision. When it returns it could possibly air at 9:30 on Thursdays. And it looks like there will be both a regular The Apprentice and a Celebrity Apprentice in 2011. The non-celeb version doesn't have a set night yet in mid-season (or summer?), but the celeb version will return in Match 2011 on Sundays once again. NBC will also broadcast a 35th anniversary Saturday Night Live special that will celebrate the iconic late-night series' long and eventful run on NBC since 1975.

Discuss NBC's 2010-11 line-up and also you can view complete program information.



Week 34 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thurs finals):

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

Week 34 (May 10-16) Analysis: For week 34, like the previous week, it's a three network race really but CBS has the edge in total viewers and Fox in 18-49. We don't have first four nights averages because Thursday final network averages weren't available to us. We have final program averages for Thursday, though, below. Last week, week 33, CBS won the week in HH/viewers, and Fox won the week in 18-49 once again. ABC was second in HH/viewers and 18-49, which means Fox was third in HH/viewers and CBS third in 18-49. So that left NBC fourth across the board again.

On Monday it was ABC with the win in viewers but CBS in 18-49. ABC started with Dancing with the Stars, as a special two-hour edition did 19.16 million and a 4.1 18-49 rating, on par really from previous week when it was 90-minutes. Romantically Challenged was preempted at 9:30pm but it will return tomorrow for its season finale. At 10pm, ABC had an all-new episode of Castle doing 10.86 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, on par really from previous week when it didn't have the direct Dancing lead-in. CBS started off the night with a new How I Met Your Mother doing 8.1 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating, up from previous week. A new Rules of Engagement was next doing 8.16 million and 3.2 18-49, both up from the previous week again. Then at 9pm an all-new episode of Two and a Half Men did 13.86 million and a 4.6 18-49 rating, two million more from a special Big Bang the previous week but the 18-49 rating was exactly the same, though. Then a new The Big Bang Theory was next and did 13.73 million and a 5.3 18-49 rating... excellent. CBS closed the night with a new CSI: Miami at 11.01 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, up from previous week's series lows. Fox started the night with a brand new House doing 9.48 million and a 3.6 18-49 rating, both down from previous week again and its lowest since 2004 (season one). At 9pm a new 24 did 8.55 million and a 2.7 18-49, down some from previous week. NBC was of course in fourth with a new Chuck at 5.32 million and a 1.9 18-49, on par really week-to-week. A repeat of the recently canceled Law & Order was next and did 4.3 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, down from previous week's repeat. At 10pm a new Law & Order did only 6.22 million and 1.8 18-49 rating, but up some from previous week. Over at The CW, they started with the a new episode of One Tree Hill at 8pm and did 2.09 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, up from previous week. Then at 9pm a new Gossip Girl did 1.79 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, up ever so slightly from previous week.

On Tuesday, Fox and CBS were tied in total viewers but Fox had a comfortable lead in 18-49. CBS, ABC and NBC were neck-and-neck in 18-49 with only a .2 difference. Fox aired an all-new American Idol doing 19.17 million and a 6.8 18-49 rating in the 8pm hour, up from previous week when it had its lowest numbers since season one. Then Glee aired and did 11.57 million and a 4.8 18-49 rating, down slightly only from previous week. CBS was all-new and started with a new NCIS doing 17.23 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating, up SHARPLY from previous week's season lows. The spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles followed with a new showing doing 16.04 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating, up from previous week's series lows. And finally The Good Wife closed the night with a new episode doing 12.85 million but only a 2.4 18-49 rating, skewing very old, on par from previous week. ABC started off the night with Dancing with the Stars: The Results doing 12.52 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, up some from previous week as Niecy Nash was sent home. It's down to the final four now! Then an all-new episode of the final season of LOST was next with 10.32 million and a 4.1 18-49 rating, up from previous week. The Tuesday finale is this week before the series finale next Sunday!! V finished the night with 5.69 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, up from previous week again as the series was renewed for a second season. I knew it would return next season. NBC started with a two-hour The Biggest Loser and did 8.47 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating, up some from the previous week. A new Parenthood was next doing 5.93 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, up slightly from previous week. The CW aired a new 90210 and a repeat of Life UneXpected as 90210 did only 1.45 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, on par really from previous week, while Life UneXpected repeat did 770,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating...down a bit from previous week.

On Wednesday Fox prevailed again with Idol. But Fox first started very slow again with a repeat of Lie to Me doing 5.21 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, but up some from previous week. Again why air a repeat when it has new episodes to air? Then Fox aired of course American Idol Results and did 19.57 million and a 6.6 18-49 rating, on par really from previous week in both categories. Funny the results show did better than performance overall again. CBS started with the season (or series?) finale of The New Adventures of Old Christine doing 6.89 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, up some in viewers from previous week. A special repeat of The Big Bang Theory was next and did 6.38 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, up from previous week's repeat. Next CBS aired a new Criminal Minds and did 13.07 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating, up week-to-week. CSI: NY closed the night with a new episode at 10pm with 11.36 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, up from previous week's series lows. ABC did solid with their comedies. In the 8pm hour a repeat of The Middle did 5.62 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, sharply up from previous week's repeat. At 8:30, an all-new episode spiked up to 7.49 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, up week-to-week. In the 9pm hour, an all-new Modern Family did an excellent 10.34 million and a SERIES HIGH 4.3 18-49 rating, even beating the series premiere in 18-49! It was a classic trip to Hawaii! Cougar Town was next at 9:30 and was also all-new doing 6.23 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, up from previous week. ABC aired a new episode of mystery drama happy town at 10pm doing a terrible 3.04 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, down again. Look for a special Primetime: What Would You Do? here this Wednesday and it will probably do double the rating. NBC started with a new Minute to Win It doing 6.86 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, up from previous week when it was a repeat. Good showing. At 9pm an all-new Mercy only did 4.01 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating for its finale, which was actually up a tick from previous week. Goodbye! A new Law & Order: SVU was next and jumped to 8.57 million and a first place 2.8 18-49 rating, up some from previous week. The CW aired the season finale of America's Next Top Model for two-hours doing 3.77 million and a solid 1.7 18-49 rating. Fly Girls and High Society did not air, but no one cared.

Moving on to Thursday, CBS won the night. CBS started with the durable Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains at 8pm doing 13.28 million and a 4.1 rating in 18-49, up some from previous week in viewers. A new CSI at 9pm did 13.42 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, down from the previous week. The Mentalist finished the night with a new showing doing 14.84 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, on par in viewers and down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. ABC began the night with FLASHFORWARD at 8pm doing only 4.75 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, on par from previous week. ABC aired an all-new Grey's Anatomy doing a 11.05 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating for first place, on par from previous week in viewers and up a tenth in 18-49. Two-hour season finale this week that looks GREAT. At 10pm the season finale of Private Practice did 9.3 million viewers and a 3.2 18-49 rating, up sharply from previous week. Fox aired a new Bones and did 9.2 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, up some from previous week. A new Fringe garnered 6.0 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. NBC started off with a new Community doing only 4.49 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, but on par really from previous week. Next Parks and Recreation was new and did only 4.28 and a 2.0 18-49 rating, up a tad from previous week. At 9pm a new The Office did 6.6 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating, down some from previous week again. A new 30 Rock was next doing only 4.96 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, down from previous week. At 10pm the falling The Marriage Ref was next doing only 3.99 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, for series lows. The CW aired a new Vampire Diaries doing 3.47 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, up some from previous week. Supernatural followed with 2.84 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, both up a bit from previous week again.

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available as usual, but CBS won Friday in viewers and ABC in 18-49. ABC had the highest rated show of the night again in 18-49 with Primetime: What Would You Do? and 20/20 both doing a prelim 1.8 18-49 rating. On Saturday, Fox won a quiet night with its reality crime series.
Tonight ABC airs season finales of their ENTIRE Sunday line-up: America's Funniest Home Videos, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters -- tune in! CBS airs the season finale of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains from 8-10pm, followed by a reunion show at 10. NBC has A Minute to Win It at 8 followed by a new Celebrity Apprentice starting at 9pm. Fox has new episodes of Animation Domination and 'Til Death. As for the coming week, look for a lot of season finales, including ABC Comedy Wednesday and Grey's Anatomy.



Week 34 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week 33-- May 3-9)

  • 'Til Death (Fox) - An all-new episode only mustered 1.81 million, down from the previous week. At this point Fox doesn't care since they are burning episodes So a Blossom reunion didn't even help.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 airings - A repeat episode at 7:30pm did only 2.7 million, but up some from previous week's repeat. A new episode at 8pm did 5.67 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating...down some from previous week in total viewers.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - A new episode did 5.3 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, like the lead-in down some from previous week in viewers.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - An all-new episode did 7.21 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating. Up from previous week in 18-49 despite previous week being an hour long episode.
  • American Dad (Fox) - Previous was preempted, but it came back on the date with 5.84 million and 3.0 18-49 rating...seems above normal.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A new episode did 8.1 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating, up from previous week.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - 8.16 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating for a new episode, up from previous week again and nice build in viewers from lead-in. So better than Accidentally on Purpose.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A new episode did 13.86 million and a 4.6 18-49 rating, normal showing but maybe a bit lower in viewers.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A new episode did 13.73 million and a 5.3 18-49 rating, that is a nice climb from the lead-in. I just wonder if CBS will move this show in an anchor slot next season (like 9pm)? I think it will do fine of course, but the total viewers will be lower than Men and likely on par in 18-49, like what we saw the previous week.
  • Romantically Challenged (ABC) - preempted, returns tomorrow! Watch!

Tuesday Sitcoms

  • None.


Wednesday Sitcoms


  • Old Christine (CBS) - A new episode did 6.89 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, up in viewers week-to-week. Have we seen the last of this show?
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A special repeat did 6.38 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating. Up from previous week and it built in 18-49 from lead-in, unlike last week.
  • The Middle (ABC) 2 airings - ABC aired a repeat and a new episode. A repeat at 8 did a decent 5.62 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, up from previous week's repeat. A new episode followed and did 7.49 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating...up week-to-week.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A new episode at 9pm of the hilarious comedy did 10.34 million and a series best 4.3 18-49 rating. I was right! I called that 4.3 last week! Season finale is this week with an appearance by Kobe Bryant!
  • Cougar Town (ABC) - A new episode did 6.23 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, up from previous week. Even against Idol, those are solid numbers. This show gets better and better in quality.

Thursday Sitcoms

  • Community (NBC) - A new episode did only 4.49 million, but up a bit from previous week. 2.0 18-49 rating was the same from previous week.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - 4.28 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating is not good...but up from the previous two weeks.
  • The Office (NBC) - A new episode at 9 did 6.6 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. Below 7 million again. I think this show has lost its mojo...it's all about Modern Family now.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - At 9:30pm a new episode did 4.96 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, down some from previous week again.

Friday Sitcoms

  • None.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are new episodes of Animation Domination and 'Til Death starting at 7.

Summing it up. The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Modern Family, Rules of Engagement, & How I Met Your Mother were impressive this week. Everything was OK (such as The Office and Cougar Town) or just plain old terrible (such as a new Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock).


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, October 17

The Middle - "Meet the Parents" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Frankie is stoked when Axl invites her and Mike to meet and have dinner with girlfriend Lexie’s rich parents, Tammy (Lisa Rinna) and Bennett. But Frankie is worried that their less then luxurious lifestyle may put a damper on their meeting. Meanwhile, Brick is excited to be a part of the Sophomore Slammer fundraiser, in which fellow classmates fake arrest each other and friends come to pay money – which will go to charity – to bail them out. But Brick soon discovers that no matter how hard he tries, he just can’t get arrested.

Fresh Off the Boat - "Kids" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
With the realization that Eddie is finally mature enough to be left on his own, Louis and Jessica see the light at the end of their parenting tunnel and make plans to spend more time with friends Honey and Marvin. Until their neighbors announce a plan of their own: Marvin is getting his vasectomy reversed so the couple can conceive a baby. The Huangs do their best to dissuade them.

black-ish - "Elder. Scam." (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Ruby gets scammed and Dre begins to suspect that she isn’t as sharp as she used to be, particularly because she was the one who used to scam other people. Zoey’s friend Aaron visits and Diane develops an instant crush on him.

The Mayor - "Buyer's Remorse" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
As Courtney settles into his new role as mayor, he’s faced with a dismal approval rating as the citizens of Fort Grey express their lack of confidence in his ability to lead, as well as those on his own staff. He realizes that he needs to take an unconventional approach when dealing with Councilman Ed Gunt (David Spade) and comes up with a plan to quickly turn public opinion in his favor.

The Mick - "The Haunted House" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Mickey and Jimmy organize a special Halloween party at their mansion, but the party soon goes awry; Sabrina hopes to further her legacy with the party; Mickey becomes determined to give a group of practical jokers a lesson.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Halloveen" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When the fifth annual Nine-Nine Halloween Heist begins, everybody scrambles to make a plan to come out on top of the competition, which tests various friendships and relationships as they struggle to earn the title of "Amazing Human Slash Genius."

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 16)

Tuesday, October 17

  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul sits in with Cleto and The Cletones on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld) - Jerry appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Bobby Moynihan (Me, Myself & I) - Bobby is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Kate Micucci (Raising Hope/Scrubs) - Kate appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • David Arquette (In Case of Emergency/Parenthood) - David stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Jason Alexander (Seinfeld/Bob Patterson/Listen Up!) - Jason visits The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry teaches Harry his signature jump pose on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Brandon Micheal Hall (The Mayor) - Brandon is a guest on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Jason Ritter (The Class) - Jason talks about his new ABC show Kevin (Probably) Saves the World on the People Now at 8:30am.
  • Lana Parrilla (Spin City) - Lana appears on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Ron Livingston (Loudermilk) - Ron talks about the Audience Network's Loudermilk on the AOL Build Show at 2pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Kimberly Williams-Paisley (According to Jim) - Kimberly talks about the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original Darrow & Darrow on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) - Randall is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.


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