Sunday, August 08, 2010

TCA Summer 2010 Press Tour: Cable; Summer Week 10 Sitcom Ratings; Coming Week Preview

Before we get into our normal look at the sitcom ratings for the week, we want to recap the second day of the TCA Summer 2010 Press Tour for cable. We covered day one (Friday) yesterday, so we promised we would cover Saturday's today. Up first yesterday was Fuse, which previewed what they had coming in the fall. Then it was Starz! They had panels for three dramas: Camelot starring Joseph Fiennes (premieres in Spring 2011), Torchwood (season premiere next summer), and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (prequel, launches in January). Then it was BBC America's turn and they also had panels for dramas for Luther starring Idris Elba (premieres in October) and Outcasts starring Eric Mabius (premieres in December). Then it was off to lunch with National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD.
Then HBO was up. Among the panels were for new drama Boardwalk Empire from Terence Winter (The Sopranos) and Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, which premieres Sept. 19 and new comedy special Tracy Morgan: Black and Blue, which will air in November. The future of current HBO series were revealed. Entourage's eighth season will be its last and the series creator creator Doug Ellin is working on how to end the show while also wanting to do a big screen movie. Curb Your Enthusiasm season eight is currently in production in New York for an air date sometime in 2011.
Then finally it was the wrap party sponsored by BBC America, where the press joins executives and talent for cocktails, British beer and BBQ dinner.
And that's a wrap for the TCA summer tour this year. Stay tuned in January for the winter press tour!


Summer is in session here in the dog days of summer and it's repeats galore mainly for sitcoms. We will be back with our normal weekly report with the first four nights numbers and analysis in the fall, but we still will have our regular how the sitcoms did for the rest of the summer, along with a coming week preview! Here are our summer ratings:

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Week 9, week of July 26-August 1)
  • Sons of Tucson (Fox) - A new episode at 7pm did only 1.68 million and only a 0.6 18-49 rating which is on par from previous week...but low as hell.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - A repeat did 3.95 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating at 8pm, on par from previous week.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - 3.71 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating for a repeat at 8:30, down a tick from previous week.
  • Family Guy (Fox) 2 episodes - Two repeats did 4.56 million and 4.77 million and a 2.2 and 2.2 18-49 rating...both down from previous week but still impressive 18-49 for summer repeats. Previous week 9:30 had a 2.6.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - A repeat at 7:30pm did just 2.03 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, on par really from previous week. The regular 9:30pm airing is not airing currently.

Summer Week 10 (Aug. 2-8)

Monday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 4.82 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating for a repeat. On par really from previous week again.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - 5.3 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating for a repeat airing. Built from the lead-in again and also on par really from previous week once again.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 8.21 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating for a repeat, on par with previous week.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - 8.52 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating for a repeat. Built from the lead-in in both measures and up a lick from previous week in 18-49.
Tuesday Sitcoms
  • 18 to Life (The CW) 2 episodes - The Canadian import comedy premiered to not so good numbers but it is better than drama repeats. 990,00 and 850,000 viewers watched the two airings and the 18-49 rating was 0.4 and 0.3. Can it sustain these or go down to normal CW repeat airings for dramas? We shall see.
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) 2 episodes - We do NOT have Wednesday and Thursday final numbers yet, so we will use prelim numbers. The 8pm repeat did a prelim 4.26 million and a prelim 1.0 18-49 rating. Then the 8:30pm repeat did a prelim 4.14 million and a prelim 1.1 18-49 rating.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A repeat at 9pm did a prelim 4.2 million and a prelim 1.4 18-49 rating.
  • Cougar Town (ABC) - A summer repeat did a prelim 3.09 million and a prelim 1.1 18-49 rating.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • Community (NBC) - We don't have final ratings yet for Thursday, so we will use prelim numbers for these sitcoms. A repeat at 8pm did a prelim 2.7 million and a prelim 1.1 18-49 rating.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - Getting ready for its new timeslot, a repeat at 8:30pm did a prelim 241 million and a prelim 1.0 18-49 rating.
  • The Office (NBC) - A repeat at 9pm did the best of the block but only at a prelim 2.85 million and a prelim 1.2 18-49 rating.
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC) - A repeat at 9:30pm did a prelim 2.41 million and a prelim 1.0 18-49 rating.

Friday Sitcoms

  • None.

Saturday Sitcoms
  • None.

Tonight you can encores of Fox's animated comedies from 7-10 tonight. ABC airs repeats of America's Funniest Home Videos and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Then it will be all-new episodes of ABC summer dramas Scoundrels and The Gates from 9-11pm, with the latter getting really good lately. NBC will preempt their normal Sunday airings for an NFL pre-season game (wow, already?). CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7pm followed by Sunday edition of Big Brother 12 and then repeats from 9-11 including Undercover Boss at 9.

Coming Week Preview (Aug. 9-14):

For Monday, on ABC, it's an all-new night with the premiere of The Bachelor Pad from 8-10pm with hosts Chris Harrison and Melissa Rycroft and the season premiere of Dating in the Dark at 10pm. NBC will have yet another America's Got Talent repeat at 8pm, leading into the two-hour finale of Last Comic Standing from 9-11. On Fox, they will preempt Lie to Me for the 2010 Teen Choice Awards. CBS and The CW are in repeats with their regular line-ups, which includes sitcoms on CBS.

On Tuesday, ABC will have an all-new episode of Wipeout, leading into Shaq VS Sugar Shane Mosely and Penn & Teller at 9pm, and special Tuesday repeat of Primetime: What Would You Do? at 10. NBC has a repeat of Minute to Win It replacing the just pulled Breakthrough with Tony Robbins at 8 and an all-new two-hour America's Got Talent from 9-11pm. Fox has the season finale of Hell's Kitchen at 8 leading into an all-new episode of MasterChef at 9. The CW has two more new episodes of Canadian comedy 18 to Life from 9-10. And once again CBS is in repeats. Cable is good on Tuesdays too with the summer finale of the addicting Pretty Little Liars at 8 on ABC Family and the new spy drama Covert Affairs starring the sexy Piper Perabo on USA Network at 10pm.

On Wednesday, Fox has part one of the two-night, two-hour season finale of under-performing So You Think You Can Dance from 8-10. NBC has a new showing of game show Minute to Win It at 8, then a new America's Got Talent at 9pm followed by a repeat of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. ABC has repeats of the comedies and Castle Wednesday at 10pm. CBS will have the Wednesday edition of Big Brother 12 followed by regular repeats. The CW has an all-new episode of reality series Plain Jane at 9pm. On cable, TV Land will have a new episode of Hot in Cleveland at 10pm.

On Thursday, ABC will have a special Thursday repeat of Wipeout followed by an all-new episode of Rookie Blue at 9, and then at 10pm its docudrama Boston Med. Fox will have the second half of the season finale of So You Think You Can Dance from 8-10. CBS has the Thursday edition of Big Brother 12 at 8pm, followed by normal crime repeats. NBC is in repeats with with their comedies from 8-10 and then a repeat of Law & Order: SVU at 10 and The CW is also in repeats like usual.

On Friday, ABC has new Wife Swap at 8, followed by a repeat of ratings hit Primetime: What Would You Do? at 9pm, followed by a new 20/20 at 10. NBC has a two-hour Dateline from 9-11. CBS has a new Flashpoint now at 10pm following repeats of other dramas. Fox has the movie A Night at the Museum and The CW is in repeats.

On Saturday, its slow as usual. CBS has crime repeats at 8 and then two airings of 48 Hours Mystery from 9-11pm. Fox will have its usual crime reality with Cops and AMW. ABC has the movie Meet the Fockers & Rookie Blue repeat from 8-11pm. NBC has Gymnastics Visa Championship from 8-10 then a repeat.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June/July/August)

Father Knows Best - Season Six Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season Alice - The Complete Fifth Season Rhoda - Season Four Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four

06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
06/13 - That's My Mama - The Complete Series
06/20 - Workaholics - The Final (Seventh) Season
06/20 - Workaholics - The Complete Series
06/27 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Third Season
07/04 - Superstore - Season Two
07/18 - Father Knows Best - Season Six
07/25 - Diff'ernt Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season
07/25 - Girls - The Final (Sixth) Season (Blu-ray)
08/01 - Alice - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
08/01 - Crashing - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
08/15 - Rhoda - Season Four
08/22 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four
08/29 - Will & Grace - Season One (Universal)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, August 24

The Big Bang Theory - "The Separation Agitation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Howard and Bernadette have a hard time leaving Halley in day care when Bernadette returns to work. Also, Bert (Brian Posehn) introduces the gang to his new girlfriend, Rebecca (April Bowlby).

Kevin Can Wait - "Quiet Diet" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Donna says she’ll send Kevin to the Mets Fantasy Camp if he lowers his cholesterol, Chale secretly coaches Kevin through a juice cleanse.

Great News - "The Red Door" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Carol (Andrea Martin) is excited when Chuck (John Michael Higgins) asks her to wait for the cable guy at his townhouse, until Chuck gives an ominous warning that tests her curiosity. Meanwhile, Portia's (Nicole Richie) phone gets hacked and Katie (Briga Heelan) struggles not to read her private emails.

The Guest Book - "Story Six" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Federal agent Trina books the mountain cabin to protect valuable witness Blake, but Blake has his own ideas on how to escape the people who are after him.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 21)

Thursday, August 24

  • Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show/My Boys/Welcome to New York) - Catch Jim on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Laura Linney (The Big C) - Laura appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Lamorne Morris (New Girl) - Lamorne is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Timothy Simons (Veep) - Timothy visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Will Arnett (Arrested Development/The Millers/Up All Night/Running Wilde) - Will drops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kevin James (Kevin Can Wait/The King of Queens) - Kevin appears on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Miriam Shorr and Peter Hermann (Younger) - Miriam and Peter are guests on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • John Corbett (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll/United States of Tara/Lucky) - John talks about All Saints on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.