Sunday, May 09, 2010

Week 33 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

Week 33 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thurs finals):

Households: 1. CBS 7.4/12.1 rating/share; 2. Fox 6.5/10.7; 3. ABC 6.1/10.2; 4. NBC 3.8/6.4; 5. The CW 1.3/2.1
Total Viewers: 1. CBS 11.76 million; 2. Fox 10.89 million; 3. ABC 9.48 million; 4. NBC 6.03 million; 5. The CW 2.03 million
Adults 18-49: 1. Fox 3.8/10.1 rating/share; 2. CBS 3.0/8.7; 3. ABC 2.7/7.9; 4. NBC 2.2/6.4; 5. The CW 1.0/2.8

Week 33 (May 3-9) Analysis: For week 33, it's a three network race really but CBS has the edge in total viewers and Fox in 18-49! Thus far through the first four nights CBS is first in HH/viewers, with Fox in second. ABC is a close third, with NBC way back in fourth. Among A18-49, Fox is on top by nearly a full point. CBS and ABC are trail and NBC is in fourth, like usual. Last week, week 32, CBS won the week in HH/viewers, and Fox won the week in 18-49. ABC and Fox battled for second in HH/viewers, with ABC having the edge in HH and Fox in viewers. ABC and CBS were tied for second in 18-49. And NBC was fourth across the board. How many times have we said that in recent years?

On Monday it was ABC with the win 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 19.64 million and a 4.1 18-49 rating, down from previous week in both measures and a season low. But still the 19.64 million still makes Dancing the top show of the week in viewers beating Idol once again! Next ABC aired the third episode of Romantically Challenged at 9:30pm to decent numbers doing 9.64 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, up week-to-week in viewers despite a lower lead-in. I think it will return next fall (maybe on Wednesdays?). At 10pm, ABC had an all-new episode of Castle doing a first place 10.69 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating. CBS started off the night with a new How I Met Your Mother doing 7.37 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, not bad but could be better in viewers especially. A new Rules of Engagement was next doing 7.21 million and 2.8 18-49, both up from the previous week. Then at 9pm a special all-new episode of The Big Bang Theory at a special time did 11.63 million and a 4.6 18-49 rating, lower than the usual Two and a Half Men in viewers, though. Then a repeat of The Big Bang Theory was next on its normal time and did 10.3 million and a 3.6 18-49 rating, on par from previous week. CBS closed the night with a new CSI: Miami at 9.62 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, way below usual numbers for a new episode, could be series lows. Fox started the night with a brand new House doing 9.98 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating, both down from previous week. At 9pm a new 24 did 9.0 million and a 2.8 18-49, on par from previous week again. NBC was of course in fourth with a new Chuck at 5.34 million and a 1.9 18-49, both down week-to-week. A repeat of Law & Order was next and did 5.06 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, that is on par with a new Trauma so you know where that show is headed. At 10pm a new Law & Order did only 6.18 million and 1.7 18-49 rating. Over at The CW, they started with the a new episode of One Tree Hill at 8pm and did 1.94 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, on par really from previous week. Then at 9pm a new Gossip Girl did 1.74 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, down from previous week.

On Tuesday, Fox just beat CBS in viewers but had a comfortable lead in 18-49. Fox aired an all-new American Idol doing 17.5 million and a 6.2 18-49 rating in the 8pm hour, way down from previous week and lowest numbers since season one. Then Glee aired and did 11.62 million and a 4.9 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. CBS was all-new and started with a new NCIS doing 15.1 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating against heavy competition, down from previous week and season lows. The spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles followed with a new showing doing 14.34 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, for series lows. And finally The Good Wife closed the night with a new episode doing 12.88 million but only a 2.3 18-49 rating, skewing very old, but the only show on CBS on this night to go up week-to-week. ABC started off the night with Dancing with the Stars: The Results doing 12.04 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, down some in viewers from previous week as Pamela Anderson was sent home (why America?). Then an all-new episode of the final season of LOST was next with 9.59 million and a 4.0 18-49 rating, up from its previous new episode two weeks ago. Just 4 1/2 hours left including this week! V finished the night with 5.37 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, up from previous week. I think it will return next season and this show benefits a ton in DVR/online/iTunes. NBC started with a two-hour The Biggest Loser and did 8.44 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, up a million from the previous week. A new Parenthood was next doing 5.88 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, up slightly only from previous week. The CW aired a new 90210 and a repeat of Life UneXpected as 90210 did only 1.43 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, on par really from previous week, while Life UneXpected repeat did 900,000 viewers and a 0.4 18-49 rating...also on par from previous week.

On Wednesday Fox prevailed again with Idol. But Fox first started very slow with a repeat of Lie to Me doing only 4.44 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, down from previous week. Why a repeat Fox? Then Fox aired of course American Idol Results and did 19.58 million and a 6.5 18-49 rating, both down some from previous week in both categories. Funny the results show did better than performance. CBS started with a new The New Adventures of Old Christine doing 6.29 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating. A special repeat of The Big Bang Theory was next and did 6.01 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, down some from previous week's Two and a Half Men repeat which had a repeat as its lead-in. Next CBS aired a new Criminal Minds and did 12.39 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating, solid. CSI: NY closed the night with a new episode at 10pm with 10.3 million and only a 2.3 18-49 rating, looks like a series low. ABC did solid with their comedies. In the 8pm hour a repeat of The Middle did 4.78 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, but down from previous week's repeat. At 8:30, an all-new episode spiked up to 6.75 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, nice jump, but down a bit week-to-week. In the 9pm hour, an all-new Modern Family did an excellent 9.48 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating, down some from previous week! Fun episode! Look for part 2 this week as the family heads to Hawaii! Cougar Town was next at 9:30 and was also all-new doing 5.94 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, down from previous week. ABC aired week two of new mystery drama happy town at 10pm to a disappointing 3.79 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, not good at all. ABC should air comedy repeats or new Romantically Challenged here instead. NBC started with a repeat of Minute to Win It doing 5.48 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, up some from previous week in viewers. At 9pm an all-new Mercy only did 3.92 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating. NBC is saying mercy after that. A new Law & Order: SVU was next and jumped to 8.43 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, but down from previous week. The CW aired America's Next Top Model at 8pm doing 3.41 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, up from previous week in viewers. Fly Girls followed with 1.11 million and it also did only a 0.5 18-49 rating...actually up some from previous week. High Society closed the night with 860,000 viewers and 0.4 18-49 rating, also up some from previous week.

Moving on to Thursday, CBS won the night. CBS started with the durable Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains at 8pm doing 13.06 million and a 4.1 rating in 18-49, up from previous week in viewers. A new CSI at 9pm did 14.15 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, up some from the previous week. The Mentalist finished the night with a new showing doing 14.85 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating, on par in viewers and up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. ABC began the night with FLASHFORWARD at 8pm doing only 4.77 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, looks like the fate is sealed unfortunately (it is a good show, too). ABC aired an all-new Grey's Anatomy doing a 11.03 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating for first place, up from previous week in viewers. At 10pm a new Private Practice did 8.15 million viewers and a 2.8 18-49 rating, also up some from previous week in viewers. Fox aired a new Bones and did 9.05 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. A new Fringe garnered 5.82 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, both up from previous week. NBC started off with a new Community doing only 4.36 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, but on par really from previous week. Next Parks and Recreation was new and did only 4.03 and a 1.9 18-49 rating, exactly the same from previous week. At 9pm a new The Office did 6.83 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. A new 30 Rock was next doing 5.42 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, down a tad from previous week. At 10pm the falling The Marriage Ref was next doing only 4.88 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, but up from previous week. The CW aired a new Vampire Diaries doing 3.31 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, on par from previous week. Supernatural followed with 2.53 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, both up a bit from previous week.

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available as usual, but CBS won Friday in viewers with their dramas. ABC had the highest rated show of the night in 18-49 with the season premiere of Primetime: What Would You Do? at 9pm. Fox won on Saturday thanks to NASCAR, with ABC's NBA Playoff game coming in second in 18-49.
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 the season finale of The Amazing Race followed by the TV movie Jesse Stone: No Remorse 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, look for a special two-hour Dancing with the Stars tomorrow as each couple dances twice for the first time this season and the return of Two and a Half Men on CBS. ABC's Private Practice has its season finale on Thursday. That means the TV season is about to end. What a fast season. I have never seen a season go by this fast!

Week 33 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week 32-- April 26-May 2)

  • 'Til Death (Fox) - An all-new episode only mustered 1.96 million, down from the previous week. At this point Fox doesn't care since they are burning episodes off. Blossom reunion tonight.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 airings - A repeat episode at 7:30pm did only 2.4 million, down some from previous week's repeat. A new episode at 8pm did 6.03 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating...seems below normal but it was on par really from previous week again.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - A new episode did 5.78 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, good retention from the lead-in.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A special all-new one-hour episode did 7.4 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating. Down from numbers from earlier in the year, but so are all other shows.
  • American Dad (Fox) - preempted.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A new episode did 7.37 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, good but seems below normal.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - 7.21 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating for a new episode, up from previous week but its lead-in was a repeat that week.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - preempted.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2 airings - A new episode at a special time of 9pm did 11.63 million and a 4.6 18-49 rating, below normal for this show, and below what Two and a Half Men does in this slot. A repeat at 9:30pm (its normal time slot) did 10.3 million and a 3.6 18-49 rating, on par from previous week.
  • Romantically Challenged (ABC) - 9.64 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating for episode three. It went up week-to-week in viewers despite its lead-in going down by almost a million. I think ABC has something here and they need to be patient and place it on Comedy Wednesday next fall.

Tuesday Sitcoms

  • None.


Wednesday Sitcoms

  • Old Christine (CBS) - A new episode did 6.29 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, not bad, but could be better.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A special repeat did 6.01 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating. A repeat of Two and a Half Men was a bit more impressive the previous week.
  • The Middle (ABC) 2 airings - ABC aired a repeat and a new episode. A repeat at 8 did 4.78 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, down from previous week's repeat. A new episode followed and did 6.75 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating...but down a bit week-to-week.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A new episode at 9pm of the hilarious comedy did 9.48 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating, down from previous week. This week's Hawaii episode could be its highest rated episode yet in 18-49 (will need to do a 4.3+). I'm calling it!
  • Cougar Town (ABC) - A new episode did 5.94 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, down from previous week. It was a good episode, though.

Thursday Sitcoms

  • Community (NBC) - A new episode did only 4.36 million, ouch...2.0 18-49 rating is not too good either, but it was up a tenth from previous week.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - 4.03 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating is not good...and it did that two weeks in a row.
  • The Office (NBC) - A new episode at 9 did 6.83 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating, down from previous week. Below 7 million almost has it not being impressive.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - At 9:30pm a new episode did 5.42 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, down 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. The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, The Office, How I Met Your Mother were impressive this week. Everything was OK (such as The Middle and Romantically Challenged) or just plain old terrible (such as a new Parks and Recreation, 'Til Death from week 32).


New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November/December)

2 Broke Girls - The Complete Third Season Two and a Half Men - The Complete Eleventh Season WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Series Hot in Cleveland - Season Five Sgt. Bilko - The Phil Silvers Show - The Complete Series
Family Ties - The Complete Series Happy Days - The Sixth Season The Jeffersons - The Complete Series Mister Ed - The Complete Series Mork & Mindy - The Complete Series

10/07 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Classic Christmas Episodes
10/07 - The Flying Nun - The Complete First and Second Seasons (Mill Creek)
10/07 - The Middle - The Complete Fifth Season (Warner Archive)
10/07 - The Office - The Complete Series
10/07 - The Wonders Years - Season One
10/10 - The Wonder Years - The Complete Series - Read Our Review / The Signature Edition / Seasons 1-3
10/14 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Third Season
10/14 - Two and a Half Men - The Complete Eleventh Season
10/21 - Married with Children - Seasons 5 and 6 (Mill Crek)
10/21 - The Soul Man - The Complete Second Season
10/21 - Square Pegs - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
10/28 - WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Series
11/04 - Hot in Cleveland - Season Five
11/04 - Napoleon Dynamite - The Complete Animated Series
11/04 - Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show) - The Complete Series
11/11 - Dads - The Complete Series
11/11 - Family Ties - The Complete Series
11/11 - My Favorite Martian - Best of Collection
11/11 - Taxi - The Complete Series
11/11 - Wings - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
11/18 - King of the Hill - The Complete Seventh Season / The Complete Eighth Season
11/25 - Better Off Ted - The Complete Second Season
12/02 - Happy Days - The Sixth Season
12/09 - Barney Miller - The Complete Sixth Season
12/09 - The Jeffersons - The Complete Series
12/09 - Mister Ed - The Complete Series
12/09 - Mork & Mindy - The Fourth Season / The Complete Series
12/16 - The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis - The Final (Fourth) Season
12/23 - My Favorite Martian - Season Two - Collector's Edition
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, October 29

The Middle - "Halloween V" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
It's Halloween night, and Frankie and Mike are stunned – and a bit scared -- to learn that Brick has invited a girl over to the house just to hang with him. Meanwhile, to help supplement her college fund, Sue attempts to put together a pumpkin patch screening of the animated classic, “It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” and Axl reluctantly goes to the library to write a history paper and ironically gets locked inside after staying past closing hours.

The Goldbergs - "Family Takes Care of Beverly" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Pops accidentally starts a fire in his apartment during a Halloween party, he’s evicted and Beverly invites him to move into the Goldbergs’ home. Pops’ wild lifestyle is soon too much for the family to handle and they decide to look into other options. Meanwhile, Barry stops Erica from eating Pop Rocks candy with soda, since according to urban legend, the combination would kill her. Since he “saves” her, Barry wants something in return from Erica.

Modern Family - "Halloween 3: AwesomeLand" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Even though Halloween is Claire’s holiday, she allows Phil to take over this year so instead of her usual fright-fest theme, he decides to turn the house into AwesomeLand! Gloria picks out Princess Fiona and Shrek costumes for her and Jay but Jay decides he wants to be Prince Charming complete with a full head of gorgeous hair, and with the hair comes a new sense of confidence. Elsewhere, Cameron gets overwhelmed by the day’s activities and Mitchell has closing arguments for a huge case, and it doesn’t help that the stenographer is dressed like a spider.

black-ish - "The Prank King" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Dre fears his holiday fun will be ruined when the older kids balk at the glorious Johnson Halloween tradition of seeing who can pull the most outlandish pranks on each other.

The League - "Taco Standard Time" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Taco takes on the end of Daylight Savings Time. The guys try to help Lane (Zach Woods) during a difficult time. Andre and his cat M'Lady are on the rocks.

Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse - "Please Say Yes" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Joseph tries to come up with a proposal idea for Leslie; he finds himself struggling with the preparation.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 27) (All times ET unless noted)

Wednesday, October 29

  • Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) - Watch Jon on Conan at 11pm on TBS. He will also appear with Ashton Kutcher on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) - Zooey performs with M. Ward on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Will Arnett (The Millers/Up All Night/Arrested Development) - Will appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Lisa Kudrow (Friends/The Comeback) - Lisa visits Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Michael J. Fox (The Michael J. Fox Show/Spin City/Family Ties and Tracy Pollan (Family Ties) - Michael and Tracy are guests on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo. Tracy also joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Justin Long (Mom/Ed) - Justin drops by The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Tone Bell (Bad Judge) - Tone is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Ashton Kutcher (Two and a Half Men/That '70s Show) - Ashton appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jennie Garth (Mystery Girls/What I Like About You) - Jennie reveals behind the scenes secrets of 90210, how she became a DIY queen and life post divorce on The Meredith Vieira Show, so check your local listings.
  • Sherri Shepherd (Less Than Perfect/Sherri) - Sherri stops by The Queen Latifah Show on your local station or at 2am on BET.
  • Tyler Ritter (The McCarthys) - Tyler talks about his new comedy series The McCarthys on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Debra Messing (Will & Grace) - Debra and Rach take on their stickiest challenge yet – a grape-stomping competition - on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Kyra Sedgwick (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Kyra talks about Brooklyn Nine-Nine on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster/Sabrina, the Teenage Witch) - Soleil will be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Fran Drescher (The Nanny/Happily Divorced) - Fran talks about Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Nick Jonas (Jonas L.A.) - Nick is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.