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 (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

Wednesday, March 29

The Goldbergs - "A Night to Remember" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
It’s prom night, and all three Goldberg kids have big plans, which go awry.  Barry plans big romantic gestures for Lainey while Erica and Geoff try to go to prom together, but it doesn’t go as planned. Meanwhile, Adam is thrilled when a nerdy but cute junior asks him out, but he is horrified when Beverly gets involved.

Imaginary Mary - "Pilot" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
A fiercely independent career woman, Alice has her life turned upside-down when she meets Ben, a divorced father with three children, and soon falls head-over-heals for him. This triggers more upheaval when the imaginary friend she created as a child, Mary, suddenly reappears as she is nervous to meet Ben’s kids for the first time.

Modern Family - "Five Minutes" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
So much can happen to the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan in five minutes! Mitch and Cam have five minutes to catch a new flight while fighting the effects of sleeping pills they took prematurely. Then at Rainer’s birthday dinner, Haley and Rainer are forced to reevaluate their entire relationship in the five minutes before the birthday cake arrives. Meanwhile, Phil and Claire pay a surprise visit to Alex and are given a five-minute surprise introduction to her new boyfriend. Finally, with only five minutes to catch a movie, Manny has to find the perfect parking space and endure Jay and Gloria’s backseat argument.

black-ish - "Richard Youngsta" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Dre is excited about doing a campaign with a popular rap star but becomes conflicted when Bow and Ruby provide feedback suggesting it plays on stereotypes. Meanwhile, Bow is determined to get the family to stop eating so much take-out food, but realizes the family may be too accustomed to eating whatever they want.

Nobodies - "Mr. First Lady" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
After years toiling away writing on a kids cartoon, “The Fartlemans”, Groundlings Alums Larry, Rachel and Hugh finally get their big break: A chance to pitch their film script “Mr. First Lady” at Paramount.

Lopez - "Leaving Las Vegas" (TV Land, 10:30PM ET/PT)
George quits his Las Vegas residency, causing big problems. Manolo gets out of jail and introduces his roommate, Hector, to everyone.

Schitt's Creek - "Friends & Family" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Johnny and Moira look for a location for the family portrait; David hosts a soft launch for the new store.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 27)

Wednesday, March 29

  • Andrew Rannells (Girls/The New Normal) - Watch Andrew on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Emma Roberts (Scream Queens/Unfabulous) - Emma is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Lisa Kudrow (Friends/The Comeback) - Lisa visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Paul F. Tompkins (DAG) - Paul is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Milana Vayntrub (Other Space) - Milana appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Andy Daly (Review/Eastbound & Down) - Andy appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Christian Slater (Breaking In) - Christian guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Brooklyn Decker (Grace and Frankie/Friends with Better Lives) - Brooklyn is a guest on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - NeNe guest co-hosts a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jenna Elfman (Imaginary Mary/1600 Penn/Accidentally on Purpose/Courting Alex/Dharma & Greg) - Jenna will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Craig Ferguson (The Drew Carey Show) - Craig is a guest on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • George Lopez (Lopez/George Lopez) - George discusses the second season of Lopez on the AOL Build Show at 5:30pm.