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, May 22

Roseanne - "Knee Deep" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Roseanne’s knee gets worse so Dan is forced to a make an important work decision; but when a major storm hits Lanford, their fortunes change for the better. Later, Darlene realizes she has to go back to her first passion … writing.

The Middle - "A Heck of a Ride: Part One" / "A Heck of a Ride: Part Two" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
After nine hilarious and heartfelt seasons, a Heck leaves the nest as the family takes a road trip to Denver, where Axl will start his new job – and new life away from home.

Splitting Up Together - "Heat Wave" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Lena and Martin choose to share the house for the summer while the children are away at camp despite Lena’s reservations, but both soon realize it might not be the worst idea. Meanwhile, they collectively agree to throw their annual backyard piƱa colada party where they will celebrate their independence from their children. Elsewhere, a friendly face returns back home and Martin can’t help but see it as a sign.

The Last O.G. - "That Backslide" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Left reeling from the error of his ways, Tray goes into a tailspin and turns to Bobby for support.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 21)

Tuesday, May 22

  • Chris Hardwick (Guys Like Us) - Catch Chris on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) - Thomas appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Cristin Milioti (A to Z/How I Met Your Mother) - Cristin is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Last O.G./The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia talks about the series finale of The Middle on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings. Mychael Symon cooks with Patricia on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • David Spade (The Mayor/Rules of Engagement/8 Simple Rules/Just Shoot Me!) - David appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Geena Davis (The Geena Davis Show/Buffal Bill) - Geena is a guest on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Nolan Gould (Modern Family) - Nolan talks about Modern Family on Chatter on PeopleTV at 8pm.
  • Dan Fogler (Man Up!) - Dan talks about his new book Brooklyn Gladiator on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Will Arnett (Arrested Development/The Millers/Up All Night) and Tony Hale (Arrested Development/Veep) - Will and Tony talk about Arrested Development on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • William Shatner ($h*! My Dad Says) - William is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Gillian Jacobs (Love/Community) - Gillian talks about her new film Ibiza on the BUILD Series at 5pm.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (March/April/May)

Atlanta - The Complete First Season Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Ninth Season One Day at a Time - Season Two Perfect Strangers  - The Complete Third Season Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Final (Eighth) Season

03/06 - Atlanta - The Complete First Season
03/06 - Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Ninth Season
03/13 - The New Adventures of Old Christine - The Complete First Season
03/27 - One Day at a Time - Season Two
04/03 - Ballers - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/03 - 90's Sitcom (Just Shoot Me!/The Larry Sanders Show/Wings) Starter Set - Season 1 & 2 Bundle
04/10 - Vice Principals - The Compelte Series
04/17 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Third Season
05/08 - Dear White People - Season 1
05/08 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Final (Eighth) Season
05/29 - I'm Dying Up Here - Season 1
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