Sunday, May 02, 2010

Week 32 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

Week 32 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thurs finals):
(We don't have these, but we do have final program ratings in the analysis)

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

Week 32 (April 26-May 2) Analysis: For week 32, May sweeps has just started! With sweeps starting on Thursday (April 29), now the time is near for the season to end. And a fast season at that! Thus far through the first four nights since I don't have final network averages, I can predict Fox is first in HH/viewers, with CBS right behind. ABC is a close third, with NBC way back in fourth. Among A18-49, I can predict Fox is also first, with ABC edging CBS for second in 18-49. NBC is in fourth, lke usual. Last week, week 31, Fox won the week in all categories. CBS was second in HH/viewers, but ABC squeaked past CBS & NBC for second in 18-49. CBS and NBC were tied for third in 18-49, while ABC was third in HH/viewers. NBC was fourth in HH/viewers.

On Monday it was ABC with a big win again with Dancing with the Stars season ten continuing to pull in big ratings. ABC aired a 90-minute edition of Dancing with the Stars and it did 20.4 million and a 4.4 18-49 rating, down from previous week in both measures. That 20.4 million still makes Dancing the top show of the week in viewers beating Idol again! Next ABC aired the second episode of Romantically Challenged at 9:30pm to decent numbers doing 9.06 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, viewers could be better (but the lead-in was down a million). If it can build up a bit tomorrow night on this, I think it will return next fall (maybe on Wednesdays?). At 10pm, ABC had a repeat of Castle doing a first place 8.0 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, not bad for a repeat. CBS started off the night with a repeat of How I Met Your Mother doing only 4.84 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, way below normal repeat numbers. What happened? A new Rules of Engagement was next doing 6.83 million and 2.5 18-49, both down from the previous week but nice builds from the lead-in. Then at 9pm a repeat of Two and a Half Men sparked up to 9.97 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, way below previous week's repeat. Then a repeat of The Big Bang Theory built on the lead-in again and did 10.83 million and a 3.6 18-49 rating, great numbers for a repeat as it built from the lead-in but it was down from previous week. Look for a new episode tomorrow at a special time of 9pm. CBS closed the night with a repeat of CSI: Miami at 7.83 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, way below normal repeat levels. Fox started the night with a brand new House doing 10.85 million and a 4.2 18-49 rating, which was both up a lick from previous week. At 9pm a new 24 did 9.12 million and a 2.8 18-49, on par from previous week again. NBC was of course in fourth with a new Chuck at 5.78 million and a 2.1 18-49. An all-new Trauma followed an needed some trauma at only 5.0 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, but up from the previous week when its lead-in was a repeat. At 10pm a Law & Order repeat did only 4.73 million and 1.4 18-49 rating, up some from previous week's repeat. Over at The CW, they started with the return of new episodes of One Tree Hill at 8pm and did 2.01 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating. Good, but could be better. Then at 9pm a new Gossip Girl did 2.05 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating.

On Tuesday, Fox just beat CBS in viewers. Fox aired an all-new American Idol doing 19.42 million and a 6.9 18-49 rating in the 8pm hour, on par really from previous week. Then Glee aired from 9:02-10:02pm (why does Idol always run late without notice?) and did 12.18 million and a 5.2 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. CBS was finally new. They started with a new NCIS doing 16.29 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating against heavy competition. The spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles followed with a new showing doing 15.62 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, I have a feeling it will be tried in another timeslot (like 8pm) or another night (Wednesday at 8?) next fall. And finally The Good Wife closed the night with a new episode doing 12.07 million but only a 2.2 18-49 rating, skewing very old. ABC started off the night with Dancing with the Stars: The Results doing 12.39 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, down some in viewers from previous week as Jake Pavelka was sent home. Then a repeat of the final season of LOST was next with 5.58 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating. New episodes of course return this week...just 5 hours left including this week! V finished the night with 4.87 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down from previous week when its lead-in was new. Even with a repeat as its lead-in, it grew and remained steady in the entire hour (unlike CBS and NBC's 10pm shows). I think that just about makes it ready to return next season and this show benefits a ton in DVR/online/iTunes. NBC started with a two-hour The Biggest Loser and did 7.54 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, down a lot from the previous week. A new Parenthood was next doing 5.81 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, down sharply from previous week. The CW aired a new 90210 and a repeat of Life UneXpected as 90210 did only 1.54 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, while Life UneXpected repeat did 890,000 viewers and a 0.4 18-49 rating...this show should come back instead of Melrose Place.

On Wednesday Fox prevailed again with Idol. But Fox first started slow with a repeat of Lie to Me doing only 5.28 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating. Why a repeat? Then Fox aired of course American Idol Results and did 20.06 million and a 6.7 18-49 rating, up sharply from previous week in both categories when it was nearly 2 1/2 hours. CBS started with a repeat of The New Adventures of Old Christine doing only 5.21 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, but both on par really from previous week, and that was all-new. A special repeat of Two and a Half Men was next and did a solid 6.26 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, up from previous week's Accidentally on Purpose season finale. Next CBS aired a repeat of Criminal Minds and did 8.98 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, up from previous week's repeat. CSI: NY closed the night with a repeat at 10pm with 7.68 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, also up some from previous week's repeat. ABC did solid with their comedies. In the 8pm hour a repeat of The Middle did 5.21 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, beating the competing CBS comedy repeat. At 8:30, an all-new episode spiked up to 7.1 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, nice jump. In the 9pm hour, an all-new Modern Family did an excellent 10.01 million and a 4.2 18-49 rating! Cougar Town was next at 9:30 and was also all-new doing 6.49 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, not bad going up against the conclusion of Idol, though. I still think it should air at 10pm in the fall, though. ABC launched the new mystery drama happy town at 10pm to a disappointing 5.25 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, better than Betty but it needs to maintain this and seems unlikely that it will. Sad but true. NBC started with a repeat of Minute to Win It doing 5.2 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, that was higher than an all-new episode of Mercy from previous week. Sad right? At 9pm an all-new Mercy only did 4.92 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating. A new Law & Order: SVU was next and jumped to first place at 9.49 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating. The CW aired America's Next Top Model at 8pm doing 3.29 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, both up from previous week. Fly Girls followed with 920,000 viewers and it also did only a 0.4 18-49 rating...on par really from previous week. High Society closed the night with 800,000 viewers and 0.3 18-49 rating, on par from previous week.

Moving on to Thursday, CBS won the first night of May sweep. CBS started with the durable Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains at 8pm doing 12.74 million and a 4.1 rating in 18-49, up sharply in 18-49 from previous week. A new CSI at 9pm did 13.63 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, up a tad 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 but up a tad in 18-49 from previous week. ABC began the night with FLASHFORWARD at 8pm doing 5.17 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, on par from previous week. ABC aired an all-new Grey's Anatomy doing a decent 10.47 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating for first place. At 10pm a new Private Practice did 7.78 million viewers a 2.9 18-49 rating. Fox aired a new Bones and did 9.28 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, up some from previous week. A new Fringe garnered 5.55 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, both down from previous week a bit. NBC started off with a new Community doing only 4.36 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, but up some from previous week. Next Parks and Recreation was new and did only 4.03 and a 1.9 18-49 rating. At 9pm a new The Office did 7.01 million and a 3.6 18-49 rating, up from previous week's season lows. A new 30 Rock was next doing 5.44 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, up some from previous week. At 10pm the falling The Marriage Ref was next doing only 4.37 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, on par really from previous week. Series is tiring already. The CW aired a new Vampire Diaries doing 3.39 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, on par from previous week. Supernatural followed with 2.38 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, both down from previous week as competition heated up.

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available as usual, but CBS won a slow Friday with their dramas in viewers and was .1 off in 18-49, as NBC won that. Fox won on Saturday thanks to NASCAR.
Tonight ABC airs new episodes of their Sunday line-up of America's Funniest Home Videos, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters -- tune in! CBS airs a new The Amazing Race followed by a two-hour Cold Case season (or series?) finale from 9-11pm. 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, it's the first full week of May sweeps. What will happen?

Week 32 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week 31-- April 19-25)

  • 'Til Death (Fox) - An all-new episode only mustered 2.24 million, but up from the previous week when it was UNDER 2 million.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 airings - A repeat episode at 7:30pm did only 2.69 million, up some from previous week's repeat. A new episode at 8pm did 5.92 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating...seems below normal but it was on par really from previous week.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - A repeat did 5.06 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, on par with previous week.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A repeat did 6.33 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, up from previous week. Impressive.
  • American Dad (Fox) - An all-new episode did 5.33 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating. That is up from previous week as the lead-in went up this week.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A repeat did only 4.84 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, below normal for a repeat.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - 6.83 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating for a new episode, down from previous week but still built from the lead-in.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A repeat did 9.97 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating. Nice repeat numbers but down a lot from previous week's repeat. This show doesn't return until next Monday. Thank Charlie Sheen for that.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A repeat at 9:30pm did 10.83 million and a 3.6 18-49 rating, down from previous week. Outstanding as it built from the lead-in for the second straight week when it didn't have to face Dancing on ABC as its lead-in had to.
  • Romantically Challenged (ABC) - 9.06 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating for episode two. Could be better, but the key is to build some type of audience. So tomorrow's episode has to do a bit better than this. If it does, we will see a second season (hopefully on Comedy Wednesday). Watch it folks! It is traditional!

Tuesday Sitcoms

  • None.


Wednesday Sitcoms

  • Old Christine (CBS) - A repeat did 5.21 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, that was actually on par from previous week when it was new...but Idol was on opposite it that week.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A special repeat did better than the finale of Accidentally on Purpose doing 6.26 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating.
  • The Middle (ABC) 2 airings - ABC aired a repeat and a new episode. A repeat at 8 did a decent 5.21 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, with a new episode following and doing a solid 7.1 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A new episode at 9pm of the hilarious comedy did 10.01 million and an excellent 4.2 18-49 rating. I think the show will be even bigger next fall with repeats airing this summer.
  • Cougar Town (ABC) - A new episode did a solid 6.49 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating. Yes, it was doing 8 million and a 3.2+ 18-49 rating, but it is facing the conclusion of Idol every week.

Thursday Sitcoms

  • Community (NBC) - A new episode did only 4.36 million, ouch...1.9 18-49 rating is not too good either, but both up from the series lows from previous week.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - 4.03 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating is not good.
  • The Office (NBC) - A new episode at 9 did 7.01 million and a 3.6 18-49 rating, beating the season lows from previous week.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - At 9:30pm a new episode did 5.44 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, up some from previous week.

Friday Sitcoms

  • None.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are a mix of new and repeats of Animation Domination.

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


New on DVD/Blu-ray (February/March)

227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek) Fuller House - The Complete First Season The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season

02/07 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Sabrina Down Under
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 1 - School's Cool - Boy Crazy
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 2 - About a Family - Hangin' Out
02/07 - 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek)
02/07 - Vice Principals - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
02/14 - Beavis and Butt-Head - The Complete Collection
02/14 - Grace and Frankie - Season Two
02/28 - Fuller House - The Complete First Season
03/03 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now... In Living Color! (Blu-ray)
03/07 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites
03/07 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series - Flashback Edition (Blu-ray)
03/07 - What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - You Me Her - Season One
03/14 - Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season
03/14 - Unbrekable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, March 28

The Middle - "Look Who's Not Talking" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Although excited about finding a new discount store that sells oddly shaped fruits and vegetables, Frankie is devastated when Axl refuses to talk to her or even answer her texts after inadvertently admitting how she feels about April in front of him. Meanwhile, Brick develops a new quirky tick in the form of a repetitive phrase and lands in detention, and Brad surprises Sue by coming out for a weekend visit at her college.

American Housewife - "Surprise" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Oliver tells his parents that he’s so embarrassed by their modest house that he’d rather not have a birthday party at all. Katie decides to teach him a lesson by ambushing him with a surprise party at home with all his wealthy friends.

American Housewife - "The Man Date" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Greg is delighted to finally have made a friend in Westport, fellow history buff Stan (guest star Timothy Omundson), but Katie isn’t as happy, especially since Stan is married to her nemesis, Chloe Brown Mueller (Jessica St. Clair).

Fresh Off the Boat - "The Taming of the Dads" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
To celebrate their one-year anniversary, Eddie reluctantly agrees to take Alison to the see a modern remake of Romeo and Juliet. But when Louis and Alison’s dad bond over their love of Shakespeare and crash their date, Alison wonders if she and Eddie’s relationship has lost its spark. Meanwhile, Jessica gets called for jury duty and campaigns to be the “Jury Boss,” and Emery and Evan struggle with the responsibilities of raising a Tamagotchi digital pet.

New Girl - "San Diego" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
As Jess continues to stay with her dad (guest star Rob Reiner) in Portland, they unexpectedly help one another with their love lives. Meanwhile, Nick turns to a reluctant Aly for help with his relationship with Reagan, and Schmidt contemplates using his first name.

The Mick - "The Bully" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
The tables are turned when a cyber bully targets Sofia, leading Mickey to come up with a plan for revenge. Meanwhile, Jimmy teaches Chip and Ben how to be self-sufficient, resulting in a painful disaster.

Trial & Error - "Right-Hand Man" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
A new piece of evidence emerges that leads Josh (Nicholas D'Agosto) an unlikely, and dangerous, new suspect: Larry's (John Lithgow) brother-in-law, Jeremiah Jefferson Davis. Meanwhile, the case takes another turn when the search for the murder weapon leads Dwayne (Steven Boyer) to find a dismembered human arm.

Trial & Error - "Secrets & Lies" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
As Josh (Nicholas D'Agosto) focuses on his new suspect, Larry (John Lithgow) insists on taking a lie-detector test to help prove his innocence, but the results drop a bombshell on the case and the family. Dwayne (Steven Boyer) briefly becomes a hometown celebrity as the man who found an arm in the lake, and the team gets a surprising new benefactor.

The Detour - "The Heat" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
The Parkers settle into a seemingly normal New York City routine but are being surveilled by federal agents who see more than they had suspected they would see.

Mann & Wife - "Take Me to the Mann" (Bounce TV, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The new Lieutenant arrives at the precinct, and everyone soon learns that she and Hobbs have a romantic past; A cable installer confuses Toni for singer Tamela Mann.

Mann & Wife - "Pressured by the Mann" (Bounce TV, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Toni faces a moral dilemma when the administrators at her school decide to change the students' standardized test results; Hobbs' mother brings her new fiance for a visit.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 27)

Tuesday, March 28

  • Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) - Catch Alec on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother) - Jason is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Hank Azaria (The Simpsons/Free Agents/Herman's Head) - Hank visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Kate Walsh (Bad Judge/The Drew Carey Show) - Kate appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Cheryl Hines (Son of Zorn/Suburgatory/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Cheryl is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Adam Pally (Making History/The Mindy Project/Happy Endings) - Adam drops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Judy Greer (Married/Mad Love/Miss Guided) - Judy appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Kevin James (Kevin Can Wait/The King of Queens) - Kevin is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Chelsea drops by LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) - Randall appears on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Busy Philipps (Cougar Town) - Busy guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Keke Palmer (Scream Queens/True Jackson, VP) - Keke reveals what it’s really like being a child star, plus, the truth behind her struggles with anxiety and depression on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
  • Todd Grinnell (One Day at a Time/Four Kings) - Todd appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Richard Dreyfuss (Your Family or Mine) - Richard talks about Shots Fired on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • George Lopez (Lopez/George Lopez) - George chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Melissa Peterman (Baby Daddy/Reba) - Melissa share her recipe for Mexican pizza on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Jenna Elfman (Imaginary Mary/1600 Penn/Accidentally on Purpose/Courting Alex/Dharma & Greg) and Rachel Dratch (Imaginary Mary) - Jenna and Rachel talk about Imaginary Mary on the AOL Build Show at 12:30pm.
  • Sutton Foster (Younger) - Sutton talks about Younger on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.