Friday, August 27, 2010

Cable Sitcoms Hot in Cleveland and Melissa & Joey Ratings; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 30, 2010)

Original sitcoms this summer have done well on cable. Sitcoms like Are We There Yet for TBS, Hot in Cleveland for TV Land and now Melissa & Joey for ABC Family. TV Land's Hot in Cleveland had its season finale last Wednesday (Aug. 18) and it did a solid 3.4 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating. That was its best total viewers since the series premiere which did 4.75 million. In live+3 day DVR ratings, the season finale averaged over 4 million viewers and a rating of 2.1 in Adults 25-54 and 2.8 in Women 25-54 which is more than a 20% increase over the previous week's episode. The sitcom will begin production on 20 episodes in October with it returning to the air in January 2011 with new original sitcom Retired at 35.
Meanwhile, ABC Family launched new sitcom Melissa & Joey last Tuesday (Aug. 17) to its best original series premiere ratings among 18-49 ever! The premiere episode did 2.15 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating. The second episode immediately followed and built on the premiere in viewers with 2.18 million and held much of the 18-49 rating with a 0.9 rating. Week two had episode three air this past Tuesday (Aug. 24) and the series had great retention doing 1.92 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating. ABC Family is smartly airing encores after the morning Sabrina, the Teenage Witch airings and afternoon Sabrina airings once a week each, which also starred Melissa Joan Hart. I think cable series benefit from repeats/encores during the week, that is why some grow during the original airings.

It's Friday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars (but we won't cover movie stars like Tom Hanks or John Travolta, since they won't be talking about their past sitcoms likely), so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of August 30-Sept. 3, 2010, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!

Monday, August 30, 2010
  • Aubrey Plaza (Parks & Recreation) - Catch Aubrey on a May repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Rob Reiner (All in the Family) - Watch the legendary Rob Reiner on Tavis Smiley Show on PBS, so check your local listings!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
  • Jimmie J.J. Walker (Good Times) - Catch J.J. on an all-new Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS. Dyno-mite!
  • New Dancing with the Stars cast - The new cast for season 11 will me on Good Morning America on ABC between 7-9am. Maybe a sitcom star or two? Florence Henderson is rumored!
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) - Watch Jim on a repeat of Lopez Tonight at 11pm on TBS. Bazinga!
  • Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) - Catch a repeat with Kunal from The Bonnie Hunt Show, so check your local listings for time and channel.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
  • Thomas Haden Church (Wings) - Thomas appears on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Mackenzie Phillips (One Day at a Time) - Catch Mackenzie on a March repeat of The View at 11am ET/10am PT-CT on ABC.
  • Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) - Catch Jane on a repeat of The Bonnie Hunt Show (check your local listings).
  • Terry Crews (Are We There Yet?) - Watch funnyman Terry on a repeat of The Mo'nique Show on BET at 11pm!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
  • Will Arnett (Running Wilde/Arrested Development) - Catch Will on an all-new The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Jerry O'Connell (Carpoolers) - Catch Jerry on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC at 12:06am.
  • Steve Carell (The Office) - Watch Steve on a repeat of Lopez Tonight at 11pm on TBS.
  • Tina Fey (Family Ties/Spin City) - Catch the funny lady Tina on a repeat of LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, so check your local listings for showtime!
  • Dick Van Dyke (The Dick Van Dyke Show) - Watch Dick on a repeat of The Bonnie Hunt Show, so check your local listings.
Friday, September 3, 2010
  • Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/Golden Girls/Mary Tyler Moore) - Watch Betty again on a repeat of LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, so check your local listings for showtime!
  • Holly Robinson-Peete (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper) - Catch a repeat of LIVE! with Regis & Kelly with Holly so check your local listings for showtime!
  • Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family) - Watch Rico on a repeat of The Rachel Ray Show, so check your local listings for showtime!

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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, January 16

The Goldbergs - "The Pina Colada Episode" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Murray and Geoff team up to pull Beverly, Barry and Erica out of their shared misery that Lainey has left town. Adam’s dread of gym class is amplified when Coach Mellor’s brother, Coach Nick (guest star Bill Goldberg), arrives and uses fear as a motivator. Meanwhile, Coach Mellor (guest star Bryan Callen) prepares for the next step of his life.

Schooled - "Lainey's All That" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Hoping to gain respect among her colleagues at school, Lainey comes up with a misguided plan to give an awkward and insecure student a full makeover. Meanwhile, Principal Glascott and Coach Mellor take friendly competition to a new level when they are both romantically interested in the math teacher.

Modern Family - "Blasts from the Past" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Phil and Claire decide to take a cycling tour through Italy before they become grandparents, and Dylan (guest star Reid Ewing) introduces them to his mom who has an interesting past. Meanwhile, Cameron and Mitchell discover some interesting reading material in Lily’s room and decide to confront her about it, while Gloria and Jay discover their respective great uncles may have fought on opposing sides of a war.

Single Parents - "All Aboard the Two-Parent Struggle Bus" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Will’s ex, Mia (Vanessa Bayer), shows up unexpectedly for Sophie’s birthday, Will gets frustrated that she undermines his rules with Sophie. Angie tries to help Will cope by having a fun girls’ night at her place and by giving some co-parenting advice, but Poppy reveals and Will quickly learns that Angie isn’t the best advice giver. Meanwhile, inspired by Mia’s humanitarian work, Miggy and Graham decide to give some items to charity but regret it immediately and seek out help from Douglas to get the items back.

The Big Bang Theory - "The Grant Allocation Derivation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Leonard is caught between a rock and a hard place when he’s responsible for distributing extra grant money. Also, Bernadette turns the backyard playhouse into a hideaway from her husband and kids.

Young Sheldon - "A Mother, a Child, and a Blue Man’s Backside" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Mary bans Sheldon from reading a mature comic book, and Sheldon decides it’s time to stop living under Mary’s thumb.

Schitt's Creek - "The Crowening" / "Love Letters" (Pop, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Moira films a movie in Bosnia, hoping to revive her career, while David tries to take his relationship to the next level; Moira loses sleep stressing over old love letters, while David and Stevie get held up at the store.

grown-ish - "In My Feelings" (Freeform, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The gang waits for the mysterious drop of a modern-day musical genius.

You're the Worst - "The Pin in My Grenade" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Jimmy and Gretchen reveal that they're forgoing a traditional wedding, opting instead for a courthouse elopement.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 14)

Wednesday, January 16

  • Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country) and Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) - Watch Lily and Jane on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Don Cheadle (Black Monday/House of Lies/The Golden Palace) - Don appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He also talks about Black Monday on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Pete Holmes (Crashing) - Pete is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show/My Boys/The Ellen Show/Welcome to New York) - Jim visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Frankie Shaw (SMILF/Blue Mountain State) - Frankie stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. Frankie and Rosie O'Donnell (Gimme a Break!) also talk about Showtime's SMILF on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Cobie Smulders (Friends from College/How I Met Your Mother) - Cobie appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Keegan-Michael Key (Friends from College/Playing House/Gary Unmarried) - Keegan-Michael stops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Lena Waithe (Master of None) - Lena is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Andy drops by E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens/Anything But Love/Operation Petticoat) - Jamie Lee chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Molly Ringwald (Townies/The Facts of Life) - Molly talks about All These Small Moments on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings. She will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Allison is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph (Fam/Instant Mom/Moesha/It's a Living) - Sheryl visits The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • The Cast of Schitt's Creek - Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy and Annie Murphy will be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Sam Richardson (Champaign ILL/Detroiters/Veep) - Sam talks about the YouTube original Champaign ILL on the BUILD Series at 5pm.

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Step by Step - The Complete Third Season Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season Fuller House - The Complete Third Season The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season The Game - The Complete Series

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11/06 - American Dad! - Volume 13
11/16 - Man with a Plan - Season One
11/20 - Step by Step - The Complete Third Season
11/27 - What I Like About You - The Complete Third Season
11/28 - The Great Indoors - Season 1 (The Complete Series)
12/04 - Family Guy - Season Sixteen
12/04 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season
12/18 - Our Cartoon President - Season One
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01/22 - Fuller House - The Complete Third Season
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01/29 - Ballers - The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
01/29 - Crashing - The Complete Second Season
01/29 - The Game - The Complete Series
01/29 - Kidding - Season One
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