Sunday, November 28, 2010

Week 10 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

2010-11 Week 10 TV Ratings (first four nights averages, Mon-Thu):

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Week 10 (Nov. 22-28) Analysis: Week 10 had the end of November 2010 sweeps after Wednesday, but due to the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, we don't have final sweep numbers and finals through Thursday yet. We only have final ratings for Monday and Tuesday, so we will use preliminary numbers for Wednesday-Saturday, like we always do for Friday and Saturday. We cannot tell who is on top, but ABC lead the pack the first three nights of the week. So, I can project through the first four days, ABC probably has the lead in all categories, as CBS has to settle for second. Fox is likely third across the board and NBC is probably back in the familiar fourth across the board with no NFL until tonight to help them boost their weekly ratings. This could change like usual after tonight, due to a NFL overrun on Fox. Last week, week 9, had CBS first in all categories. ABC was second in all categories, as NBC tied them in 18-49 thanks to another great showing from Sunday Night Football. NBC was third in HH/viewers, leaving Fox in fourth across the board.

Monday still has ABC on top, like all season, but with a shortened Dancing, they had to settle for second in 18-49 for the second straight week. They started with a 73-minute Dancing with the Stars: The Finals winning the total viewer race with 23.7 million and a 4.9 18-49 rating, up SHARPLY from previous week, which was 91-minutes. Next Castle was preempted, but from 9:13-11pm ABC aired the premiere of the 5-week series Skating with the Stars. The premiere did 9.35 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, sounds OK but it dropped throughout the night. Hopefully for ABC it could stay in this range for regular episodes (Mondays at 8), even 15-20% lower than this would be OK for December. Next up was CBS with its comedies and Hawaii Five-0. At 8pm, How I Met Your Mother started it off with 8.73 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating, down a bit from previous week. At 8:30, Rules of Engagement did 7.96 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. Two and a Half Men followed with 14.39 million and a 4.5 18-49 rating, also on par with previous week. At 9:30, Mike & Molly did 12.93 million and a 4.0 18-49 rating, up from previous week as it didn't face Dancing again, for series highs. A new Hawaii Five-0 was next and did 12.34 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating, up two million from previous week, as looks like ABC not airing Castle certainly helped. Fox started off with House at 9.24 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating, down sharply from previous week...followed by a new Lie To Me doing 5.63 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. NBC followed with Chuck doing 4.8 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, for season lows. At 9pm, The Event did just 5.19 million and just a 1.7 18-49 rating, on par with previous week in 18-49. Then at 10pm, Chase did 5.34 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, up from previous week with no Castle. The CW was next but they were in repeats, with 90210 doing 870,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating and Gossip Girl at 820,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating. Even for repeats that is too low.

Tuesday had CBS take a back seat, as ABC won the night big the Dancing with the Stars finale. Starting with CBS, they had a new NCIS opening the night off with 18.78 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating, down some from previous week in total viewers. A new NCIS: Los Angeles was next and did 14.96 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, both down some from previous week. And finally CBS aired a new episode of The Good Wife doing 10.03 million and only a 2.1 18-49 rating, both were season lows. ABC started off with No Ordinary Family doing 7.0 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, up some from previous week. Dancing with the Stars: The Finale was next and did 24.2 million and a 5.3 18-49 rating, up seven million in total viewers and nearly two full points in 18-49 from previous week, as we crowned Jennifer Grey the new champion! Detroit 1-8-7 was preempted due to the two-hour Dancing finale. Fox had a new Glee doing 10.41 million and a 4.0 18-49 rating, down sharply from previous week, going from a 5.0 to a 4.0 in 18-49. Next Raising Hope did only 5.7 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, down some from previous week but a better retention. A repeat followed with 4.34 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, still better than Running Wilde and up some from previous week. NBC was next with a two-hour The Biggest Loser episode doing 6.77 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, down from previous week. At 10pm was Parenthood doing 4.47 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, basically on par with previous week. The CW was in repeats for the second straight night as One Tree Hill did only 890,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating, followed by an even worse Life UneXpected at just 800,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating.

Wednesday it was the last night of November 2010 sweep but it also was Thanksgiving Eve, so everyone was down. We only have prelim ratings for this night and the rest of the week. CBS started the night off with Survivor: Nicaragua Clip Show at a prelim 8.03 million and a prelim 2.0 18-49 rating, down a ton up from previous week's regular episode, but expected. Veteran drama Criminal Minds was next but CBS aired a repeat and did a prelim 9.0 million and a prelim 1.9 A18-49 rating. At 10pm, The Defenders was also a repeat and did a prelim 7.35 million and a prelim 1.4 18-49 rating. ABC was all-new with its Laugh On comedy block and did well for Thanksgiving Eve with The Middle doing a prelim 8.18 million and a prelim 2.1 18-49 rating, down from previous week but better than last year's Thanksgiving Eve airing. Better With You was next and was down a bit to a prelm 6.78 million and a a prelim 1.9 18-49 rating. Modern Family was all-new at 9pm and did a prelim 10.53 million and a prelim 3.7 18-49 rating, down from previous week of course but up from last year's Thanksgiving Eve airing. Cougar Town was all-new as well and did a prelim 6.72 million and a prelim 2.5 18-49 rating, which was only off some from its previous episode in total viewers. And yes it was up from last year's Thanksgiving Eve airing. At 10pm, ABC aired the special Primetime: Celebrity Plastic Surgery Gone Too Far? and did a prelim 5.97 million and a prelim 1.8 18-49 rating. Did much better than a special that aired the previous week. NBC preempted the recently canceled Undercovers again with the holiday special Merry Madagascar doing a prelim 5.92 million and a prelim 1.5 18-49 rating, could have been better. Then at 8:30pm it was the premiere of an all-new special, Kung Fu Panda: Holiday Special but it didn't do so well with a prelim 5.92 million and a prelim 1.6 18-49 rating. Then Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Los Angeles were preempted for an all-new two-hour special The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now? and it did a prelim 4.86 million only and a prelim 1.6 18-49 rating. Fox started off with a new episode of Human Target at a prelim 5.6 million but only a prelim 1.4 18-49 rating, down from previous week of course. Hell's Kitchen aired at 9 and did a prelim 5.1 million and a prelim 2.2 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. The CW had a Top Model Clip Show that did a prelim 1.86 million and a prelim 0.8 18-49 rating. A repeat of Hellcats followed with a prelim 1.03 million and a prelim 0.3 18-49 rating.

Thursday it was Thanksgiving night and we don't have final ratings yet for this night either, but Fox won the night. ABC opened the night with the classic special A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving doing a prelim 4.99 million and a prelim 1.5 18-49 rating for its second airing. Then Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice were preempted as we got a special repeat of Modern Family from last season doing a prelim 4.17 million and a prelim 1.4 18-49 rating, not bad for a random special airing. Then ABC aired a new 90-minute special titled Beyonce's I Am....World Tour doing a prelim 4.13 million and a prelim 1.3 18-49 rating, building each half-hour. CBS opened with a repeat of The Big Bang Theory at a prelim 6.36 million and a prelim 1.6 A18-49 rating. Then a repeat of $#*! My Dad Says followed with a prelim 6.05 million and a prelim 1.5 18-49 rating, not bad. Next, CSI was preempted but we got two more comedy repeats with another repeat of The Big Bang Theory doing a prelim 7.14 million and a prelim 2.0 18-49 rating, good numbers. Then a repeat of Mike & Molly on a special night did a prelim 6.5 million and a prelim 1.8 18-49 rating, good retention. A repeat of The Mentalist did a prelim 7.59 million and a prelim 1.6 18-49 rating. Fox preempted Bones and Fringe to give us Fox Movie: The Simpsons Movie which did a prelim 7.57 million and a prelim 2.7 18-49 rating, but that includes some NFL action in the 8pm half-hour. Final ratings will have a better picture. NBC was still in the familiar fourth on Thanksgiving, as Community, 30 Rock, The Office and Outsourced were all preempted. NBC aired specials from 8-10pm as Taylor Swift: Speak Now did a prelim 4.42 million and a prelim 1.2 18-49 rating at 8. At 9, NBC News Special: NBC's People of the Year only did a prelim 4.41 million and a prelim 1.0 18-49 rating. At 10, The Apprentice closed the night with only a prelim 3.37 million and a prelim 0.9 18-49...for season lows obviously. The CW was preempted in New York, so football ratings are in the prelim ratings for repeats of Vampire Diaries and Nikita so we won't cover this.

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available, but on Friday everyone was very low due to Thanksgiving weekend. CBS, ABC and Fox all tied for first with a low 1.2 prelim 18-49 rating.
Saturday numbers had ABC's Saturday Night College Football coverage win the night with a higher average than previous week, everything else was low with repeats or movies.

Tonight ABC Sunday is in repeats with AFV, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters as the latter three are new next week. NBC has the Colts/Chargers NFL game that will make them number one for the night as usual. CBS has its normal Sunday line-up preempted from 9-11pm with a new Hallmark Hall of Fame movie that will skew old, following 60 Minutes/Amazing Race. Fox's animation block is new from 8-10pm, (except Family Guy) following an NFL overrun. NBC will win the night, thanks to NFL being a factor, Fox will be second thanks to an NFL overrun, with CBS and ABC following.

As for the week (week 10), since ABC is not new tonight, they could lose the top spot in HH/viewers to CBS. As for 18-49, it's anyone's game this week, as it is hard to predict with no finals for the first four nights. As for the coming week (week 11), we have lots of repeats, specials and some new showings of course. Specials include CMA Country Christmas on ABC Monday, How the Grinch Stole Christmas/Shrek the Halls on ABC Tuesday, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town on ABC Thursday, Big 12 Championship Game on ABC Saturday, Rudolph the Red Nosed-Reindeer on CBS Tuesday, Victoria Secret Fashion Show on CBS Tuesday, and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting on NBC Tuesday. Also, of note, the next two episodes of No Ordinary Family on ABC is at a special time of 9pm--so hopefully it is boosted.

Week 10 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week 9 -- Nov. 15-21)

  • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 episodes - An all-new episode at 8pm did 6.59 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, which is sharply down week-to-week as it had no direct NFL lead-in. A repeat at 7:30pm did OK with 4.5 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) 2 episodes - A new episode at 8:30pm did just 5.07 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating...down from previous week. This series has sprung a leak this season. A repeat at 7pm only did 2.55 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A new episode did 6.59 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. This show also hasn't done that great this season, especially after the season premiere.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - A new episode did 4.86 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, down some week-to-week.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A new episode did 8.73 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating, down just a lick from previous week.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - 7.96 million for a new episode is up a few thousand from previous week and the 2.9 18-49 rating, is same as previous week. Consistent, but could be better.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 14.39 million for a new episode is up some week-to-week and its 4.5 18-49 rating was identical from previous week.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - 12.93 million for a new episode is up from the previous week again. 18-49 rating of 4.0 was a series high. Good showing!


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Raising Hope (Fox) 2 episodes - The new sitcom was new at 9pm with 5.7 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, both down some from previous week, but its lead-in Glee was down a full point to a 4.0 18-49 rating, so it did its best retention of the season...a good sign, but still a long way to go. A repeat at 9:30pm did 4.34 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, up some from previous week despite the newer episode down some. Improved showing!
  • Running Wilde (Fox) - preempted.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - ABC Laugh on Wednesday was all-new on the last night of sweeps, but it was Thanksgiving Eve, so expect lower numbers. We only have prelim ratings for this night due to the Thanksgiving holiday. A new episode of this show did a prelim 8.18 million and a prelim 2.1 18-49 rating. Up sharply from last year's Thanksgiving Eve airing.
  • Better with You (ABC) - A new episode did a prelim 6.78 million and a prelim 1.9 18-49 rating, not too bad as it was down just some from previous week in total viewers.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A new episode did a prelim 10.53 million and a prelim 3.7 18-49 rating, obviously down from previous week but better than last year's Thanksgiving Eve airing.
  • Cougar Town (ABC) - A new episode did a prelim 6.72 million and a prelim 2.5 18-49 rating, only off some from its previous episode in total viewers. As with the other ABC comedies that aired last year on Thanksgiving Eve, also up from last year. Zach Braff was sort of in the episode, ha!

Thursday Sitcoms

  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2 episodes - A repeat at its normal 8pm slot did a prelim 6.36 million and a prelim 1.6 18-49 rating. A second repeat at a special time of 9pm did a prelim 7.14 million and a prelim 2.0 18-49 rating. Not bad for Thanksgiving.
  • S#*! My Dad Says (CBS) - The first ever repeat of this show did a prelim 6.05 million and a prelim 1.5 18-49 rating for the pilot, good retention from the lead-in for, in my opinion, a terrible pilot.
  • Community (NBC) - preempted
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - preempted.
  • The Office (NBC) - preempted.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A special repeat on Thanksgiving night did a prelim 4.17 million and a prelim1.4 18-49 rating.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - A special repeat of the pilot on Thanksgiving night did a prelim 6.5 million and a prelim 1.8 18-49 rating.
  • Outsourced (NBC) - preempted.

Friday Sitcoms

  • None.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are Fox's animated comedies from 8-10 after NFL action.

Summing it up. Modern Family, Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly, How I Met Your Mother were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as Raising Hope, Better With You) or just plain old terrible (such as American Dad! Sun).


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, October 19

Superstore - "Workplace Bullying" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Tensions arise among the employees after an attempted robbery, pitting Dina (Lauren Ash) against Jonah (Ben Feldman). Meanwhile, Glenn (Mark McKinney) has a tough time firing the store security guard, and Amy (America Ferrera) discovers that her coworkers have been hanging out without her.

The Good Place - "The Trolley Problem" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Chidi (William Jackson Harper) and Eleanor (Kristen Bell) tackle a famous ethical dilemma, leading to a conflict with Michael (Ted Danson). Meanwhile, Tahani (Jameela Jamil) harbors a secret and confides in Janet (D'Arcy Carden).

Will & Grace - "Grandpa Jack" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jack (Sean Hayes) is stunned to learn that his estranged son, Elliot (guest star Michael Angarano) has a son of his own, Skip (guest star Jet Jurgensmeyer). Moreover, Skip needs the kind of help only Will (Eric McCormack) and Jack can provide. Grace (Debra Messing) and Karen (Megan Mullally) behave badly with the hot new guy at work.

Great News - "Award Show" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
For the first time in years, "The Breakdown" has been nominated for an American Journalism Award. Katie (Briga Heelan) is looking forward to spending the night as a peer with the very reporters she has admired her whole life. Fearing her mother will ruin it, Katie tries to stop Carol (Andrea Martin) from attending but is unsuccessful when Carol secures a position as a seat-filler. Katie is stuck babysitting her mom all night but gets distracted by Jeremy (guest star Reid Scott), a handsome New York Times reporter who looks down on cable news. Chuck (John Michael Higgins) is excited to reunite with all of his old anchormen friends, especially Len Archer (guest star Christopher McDonald), an idol of Chuck's who is receiving a lifetime achievement award.

Better Things - "Eulogy" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Sam demands satisfaction.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 16)

Thursday, October 19

  • Tracy Morgan (30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Catch Tracy on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul sits in with Cleto and The Cletones on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) - Jim is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Michael Keaton (Working Stiffs/All's Fair) - Michael appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Amy Landecker (Transparent) - Amy is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Carl Reinder (The Dick Van Dyke Show) - Carl appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Garcelle Beauvais (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Garcelle guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Cedric Yarbrough (Speechless/Reno 911!) - Cedric is a guest on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Angela Kinsey (Haters Back Off/Your Family or Mine/The Office) - Angela talks about the new season of her Netflix show Haters Back Off on the People Now at 8:30am.
  • Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Jeff appears on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Out of Practice) - Henry is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Hayley Orrantia (The Goldbergs) - Hayley appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Joanna Garcia Swisher (Reba/Better with You) - Joanna teams up with Michael Symon in the kitchen, giving the scoop on her new show and whipping up a tasty dish on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT. She also talks about Kevin (Probably) Saves the World on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Redman (Method & Red) - Redman appears on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.
  • Debra Messing and Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) - Debra and Eric are guests on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.


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