Sunday, January 02, 2011

Week 15 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

2010-11 Week 15 TV Ratings (first four nights averages, Mon-Thu):

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Week 15 (Dec. 27-Jan. 2) Analysis: Week 15 is probably the slowest week for the TV season--the week in between Christmas and New Year's. We don't have final ratings for Thursday this week due to the New Year's holiday. Repeats galore again, so we'll skip the first four night averages as it doesn't really matter again this week. Original episodes start up again tonight and I cannot wait! Last week, week 14, had CBS take first in HH/viewers in a very slow week but they were tied for second in 18-49. Fox took home a first place 18-49 finish with under a 2 rating and they were second in HH/viewers. ABC was third in HH/viewers but fourth in in 18-49, while NBC was fourth in HH/viewers but tied for second in 18-49 with CBS.

Monday it was repeats galore on the slowest week of the year. ABC aired the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and did 4.77 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, which is the best ABC has done in these two-hours in weeks. Keep in mind though ABC was preempted in Atlanta for an NFL simulcast. At 10pm ABC aired a Castle repeat and it did 4.98 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, nicely up from previous week. CBS was in repeats with its comedies and Hawaii Five-0. At 8pm, a repeat of How I Met Your Mother started it off with 6.39 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, which is good for a repeat and on par with previous week. At 8:30, a repeat of Rules of Engagement did 5.94 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, down a tad from previous week. Two and a Half Men followed with a repeat of its own doing 9.74 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, which is solid for a repeat and on par with previous week in 18-49. At 9:30, Mike & Molly was a repeat and did 8.22 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, both improving from previous week. A repeat of Hawaii Five-0 at 10pm did 7.83 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, which is on par with previous week. Fox started with a repeat of House doing 4.04 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, while a repeat of Lie To Me followed with just 2.9 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating. NBC had a terrible Monday with a Chuck, marathon that didn't deliver at all. 8pm did 2.75 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, 9pm dropped to 2.1 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating and 10pm dropped more to 1.8 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating. Ouch, but at least that 18-49 rating was steady (but low!). The CW was next with a repeat of 90210 doing 940,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating, off a bit from previous week. Gossip Girl followed with a repeat registering just 750,00 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating, basically on par with previous week.

Tuesday had NBC win with a special NFL game that was postponed to this night. The NFL game between the Vikings and Eagles did 23.74 million overall until 11:22pm ET and a 8.1 18-49 rating, as primetime portion did 23.15 million and a 7.8 18-49 rating. By far the best of the night filled with repeats. CBS started with a repeat of NCIS opening the night off with 10.64 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, off some from previous week. From 9-11pm, NCIS: Los Angeles and The Good Wife were preempted for the older skewing 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors doing 9.35 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating. For ABC, the annual new year's holiday special Rudolph's Shiny Year aired and did 3.93 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, which is up from previous week, the Skating with the Stars finale...ouch. At 9pm, a repeat of No Ordinary Family at a special extraordinary time did 3.35 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, which was up a tad from previous week. At 10, Detroit 1-8-7 was a repeat too and did 3.51 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, as this was down some from previous week. Fox had a repeat of Glee do 4.1 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, which was down a bit from previous week's repeat. Next Raising Hope and Running Wilde were preempted for the second straight week, as Fox aired another Glee repeat and did 4.0 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating. NBC will return The Biggest Loser and Parenthood this week. The CW was in repeats with One Tree Hill below a million at 900,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating, but Life UneXpected was worse at just 700,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating. Ouch.

Wednesday was 100% repeats. CBS started the night off with a repeat of NCIS: Los Angeles at 6.88 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, on a special night and time. Veteran drama Criminal Minds was next with a repeat and did 9.26 million and a 2.0 A18-49 rating, up sharply from previous week. At 10pm, The Defenders was a repeat and did 6.56 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, also up from previous week. ABC was in repeats with its Laugh On comedy block and had The Middle open the night with 6.24 million and 1.6 18-49 rating, up some from previous week's repeat again. Better With You was next with a repeat of its own doing 5.11 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, great retention and on par with previous week's repeat. At 9pm, ABC has Modern Family of course with a repeat doing 6.09 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, which is good and up a tick from previous week. Another repeat at 9:30pm was even better with 6.05 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating...excellent for a repeat in the demo these days. Cougar Town was in repeats in the 10pm hour, as the first episode did 3.54 million and a 1.4 rating, followed by another episode at 2.8 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating. Think about it, repeats in this hour on a slow week averaged a 1.3 18-49 rating, beating most of The Whole Truth airings. NBC aired another burn off episode of Undercovers at 8pm doing 4.42 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, for new lows again. Then NBC aired two repeats of Law & Order: SVU, as 9pm did 4.56 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, which was down some from previous week, while 10pm repeat did 6.79 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, which was off a bit from previous week. As a reminder, Law & Order: Los Angeles will not return until February on NBC, but on Tuesdays at 10 now. Fox started off with a repeat of Human Target at 3.82 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, followed by another repeat doing 3.78 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating. The CW had more repeats, this time with Hellcats, with 8pm doing 1.46 million and a 0.5 18-49 rating, while 9pm did 1.19 million and a 0.5 18-49 rating. Both airings beat all of the Monday and Tuesday series repeats once again!

Thursday had, you guessed it, more repeats as final ratings are not available yet so we will use prelim ratings. ABC opened the night with the holiday special Happy New Year, Charlie Brown doing a prelim 4.92 million and a prelim 1.2 18-49 rating. Then a Grey's Anatomy repeat was next with prelim 3.0 million and a prelim 0.8 18-49 rating. At 10pm, Private Practice was also a repeat doing a prelim 2.74 million and a prelim 0.7 18-49 rating. CBS opened with a repeat of The Big Bang Theory doing a prelim 9.06 million and a prelim 2.3 A18-49 rating, which is good for a repeat and up from previous week's prelim ratings. Then a repeat of $#*! My Dad Says followed with a prelim 7.26 million and a prelim 1.8 18-49 rating, which is also up from previous week's prelim ratings. Next, CSI was a repeat and did a prelim 9.19 million and a prelim 1.6 18-49 rating, up some from previous week's prelim ratings. A repeat of The Mentalist did a prelim 9.92 million and a prelim 1.6 18-49 rating, also up some from previous week's prelim ratings. Fox aired two Bones repeats, doing a prelim 5.21 million and a prelim 1.2 18-49 rating at 8pm. Then at 9pm it did a prelim 4.54 million and a prelim 1.1 18-49 rating. NBC was in repeats as Community did just a prelim 2.78 million and a prelim 0.9 18-49 rating, up a bit from previous week's prelim ratings. Then a repeat of 30 Rock did a prelim 2.97 million and a prelim 1.1 18-49 rating, also up from previous week's prelim ratings. At 9pm The Office was also a repeat and did a prelim 3.87 million and a prelim 1.7 18-49 rating, which is sharply up from previous week's prelim ratings. Outsourced was next with a repeat as well doing a prelim 3.22 million and a prelim 1.2 18-49 rating, with the same trend as its lead-ins. At 10, NBC went with more repeats, first another repeat of Outsourced did a prelim 3.22 million and a prelim 1.2 18-49, exactly similar to its 9:30 airing. Then at 10:30pm a repeat of The Office did a prelim 2.77 million and a prelim 1.2 18-49 rating, up some from previous week's prelim ratings. The CW was next with a repeat of Vampire Diaries doing a prelim 1.19 million and a prelim 0.4 18-49 rating, on par with previous week's prelim ratings... followed by a repeat of Nikita doing a prelim 1.34 million and a prelim 0.4 18-49 rating, off a bit from previous week's prelim ratings.

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available as usual, but New Year's Eve (Friday) had ABC win thanks to the movie Wild Hogs and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2010 Primetime. Saturday was New Year's Day and slow, as CBS won overall with repeats, while NBC won the night in 18-49 with NHL Winter Classic moved to primetime due to weather.

Tonight ABC's regular Sunday of AFV, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters is back with ALL-NEW episodes from 7-11pm! It should do well, like last year. NBC will have the NFL tonight as the Rams/Seahawks game will do well, but not as well as usual even with the division on the line. CBS has a new 60 Minutes, followed by ALL-NEW episodes of CSI: Miami and Undercover Boss. Fox has the NFL overrun leading into animation repeats from 8-10pm again. NBC will win the night, no doubt. Fox could be second in 18-49 thanks to the overrun, but ABC and CBS will battle for second in HH/viewers and third for 18-49.

As for the week (week 15), NBC will win the low-rated week with two NFL games (Tuesday and Sunday). After that, it will be anyone's game. I won't predict, since I don't have first four nights averages. And for the coming week (week 16), the new episodes are back! Watch season and series premieres like The Bachelor, V, Live to Dance, The Biggest Loser, and Winter Wipeout!

Week 15 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week 14 -- Dec. 20-26)

  • The Simpsons (Fox) - A repeat at its normal time of 8pm did 6.45 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, up from previous week thanks to a direct NFL overrun lead-in.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - A repeat did 4.84 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, also up from previous week but not as much as the lead-in.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A repeat at 9pm did 5.33 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, which was up some as well from previous week.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - preempted.
  • Running Wilde (Fox) - An all-new episode was burned-off on a special night but didn't deliver with only 3.05 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating at 9:30pm.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A repeat did 6.39 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, which is basically on par with previous week.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - 5.94 million for a repeat and a 1.8 18-49 rating was down a lick from previous week.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 9.74 million is great for a repeat as is its 2.4 18-49 rating, on par with previous week.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - 8.22 million for a repeat and a 18-49 rating of 2.1, up some from previous week when I called out it could have been better.

Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Raising Hope (Fox) - preempted.
  • Running Wilde (Fox) - preempted.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - ABC Laugh on Wednesday was in repeats. A repeat did 6.24 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, which was up some from previous week's repeat again.
  • Better with You (ABC) - A repeat did 5.11 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, on par with previous week.
  • Modern Family (ABC) 2 episodes - A repeat at 9pm did 6.09 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating at 9pm, up a tenth week-to-week and good for a repeat. A repeat at 9:30pm was even better with 6.05 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating. Nice demos for repeats!
  • Cougar Town (ABC) 2 episodes - Two repeats at special times did OK, as this show doesn't repeat as well as the others in this block. The 10pm episode did 3.54 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, while 10:30pm did 2.8 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating.

Thursday Sitcoms

  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - No final Thursday ratings are available yet. A repeat at 8pm did a prelim 9.06 million and a prelim 2.3 18-49 rating, which is good for a repeat and up from previous week.
  • S#*! My Dad Says (CBS) - A repeat did a prelim 7.26 million and a prelim 1.8 18-49 rating, decent for repeat and up some from previous week.
  • Community (NBC) - A repeat only mustered a prelim 2.78 million and a prelim 0.9 18-49 rating, but that is actually up from previous week.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - A repeat did just a prelim 2.97 million and a prelim 1.1 18-49 rating, bad but up from previous week.
  • The Office (NBC) 2 episodes - A repeat of this show at 9pm did a prelim 3.87 million and a prelim 1.7 18-49 rating, up a lot from previous week. And a repeat at 10:30pm did a prelim 2.77 million and a prelim 1.2 18-49 rating, also up some from previous week.
  • Outsourced (NBC) 2 episodes - A repeat in its 9:30 slot did a prelim 3.22 million and a prelim 1.2 18-49 rating...so what does it do at 10pm? The same exact thing! Low but good I guess.

Friday Sitcoms

  • None.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are Fox's animated comedies from 8-10 with repeats.

Summing it up. Repeats of Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, Mike & Molly, The Middle were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as repeats of The Office, Rules of Engagement) or just plain old terrible (such as repeats of 30 Rock, Community).


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, April 25

The Big Bang Theory - "The Decision Reverberation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Koothrappali is worried people won’t take him seriously in his own field after publishing a paper that suggests he may have discovered alien life. Also, Leonard wants to be the principal investigator on a plasma physics study.

Young Sheldon - "A Political Campaign and a Candy Land Cheater" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Unhappy that school funds are going towards football rather than academics, Sheldon decides to run for class president.

Mom - "Triple Dip and an Overhand Grip" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Bonnie and Tammy revisit childhood memories on a trip to their old foster home. Also, Christy and Jill regret accepting a date with two guys from their AA meeting.

Life in Pieces - "Misery Turd Name Pills" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
While Joan is bedridden recovering from surgery, she persuades Sophia to spend time with her, which she quickly regrets. Also, Jen and Greg select a name for their new baby only to learn that Matt and Colleen chose the same one; Colleen and Matt invite the family over to get to know Morgan (Joey King); and Heather has a new business idea.

Superstore - "QuinceaƱera" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Jonah (Ben Feldman) struggles to find his place at Amy’s (America Ferrera) daughter Emma’s quinceaƱera, while Dina (Lauren Ash) proves very popular with some teenage boys. Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) and Mateo (Nico Santos) are obsessed with seeing Amy cry.

A.P. Bio - "Sweet Low Road" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When budget cuts threaten to gut Whitlock and put his job in jeopardy, Jack recruits Mary, Stef, and Michelle to take down the Superintendent. Durbin plans an appeal to the heart, while the students plan an appeal to the soul.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Tickling Clocks" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
In an episode that takes place in real time, Jake and the squad must track down a hacker who has infiltrated the Nine-Nine's servers. Rosa deals with relationship issues. Hitchcock and Scully attempt to cook the perfect lasagna.

Abby's - "Mail Bin" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Abby finds a letter from her estranged father in a pile of unopened mail and opens up to the group about their fraught relationship.

Better Things - "The Unknown" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Sam gets theatrical.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 22)

Thursday, April 25

  • Paul Rudd (Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later/Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp/Wild Oats) - Catch Paul on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Susan Kelechi Watson (Louie) - Susan is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Lake Bell (Bless This Mess/Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp/How to Make It in America) - Lake visits E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
  • Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan (Tacoma PD) - Steve and Kevin are guests on E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
  • Bradley Cooper (Kitchen Confidential) - Bradley stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Diedrich Bader (American Housewife/Veep/The Drew Carey Show) - Diedrich visits The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Margo Martindale (The Millers) - Margo appears on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • James Brolin (Life in Pieces) - James talks about Life in Pieces on People Now at 12pm.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso is a guest on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Laurie Metcalf (The Conners/The McCarthys/Getting On/Roseanne) - Laurie talks about Hillary & Clinton on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah appears on NBC's Today in the 10am hour and on the BUILD SERIES at 3pm.
  • Ali Wentworth (Nightcap) - Ali is a guest on ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
  • Billy Crystal (The Comedians/Soap) and Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) - Billy and Ben talk about Standing Up, Falling Down on the BUILD Series at 1pm.


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