Sunday, February 27, 2011

Week 23 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

2010-11 Week 23 TV Ratings (first four nights averages, Mon-Thu):

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Week 23 (Feb. 21-27) Analysis: Week 23 has again CBS and Fox battling again in HH/viewers with it being very close, but Fox of course having a more comfortable lead in 18-49. The first four nights network averages were not made available again to us in time for this post, but we can once again project CBS or Fox is up in HH/viewers, but Fox is winning in 18-49. CBS is in second in 18-49. ABC and NBC are in third and fourth across the board, respectively like previous week. ABC will likely threaten Fox this week in 18-49 thanks to the Oscars tonight. It will be interesting. Last week, week 22, had CBS win the week over Fox in HH/viewers but it was Fox who was a full point ahead in 18-49 over CBS. ABC was third across the board. And NBC had a terrible week again in fourth place.

Monday saw ABC with the win edging CBS. ABC started with The Bachelor doing 10.41 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating, for a season high. Could be higher tomorrow night as the finale comes closer and the cast of Dancing with the Stars Season 12 will be announced. At 10pm ABC started a special two-part Castle with part one doing 8.99 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, up from previous week. The thrilling conclusion is tomorrow night. CBS was almost all-new with its comedies and Hawaii Five-0. At 8pm, a new How I Met Your Mother started it off with 9.33 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating, which was down a bit from previous week. At 8:30, new series Mad Love did 7.99 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, down some from the premiere and lower than any Rules of Engagement airing in the slot this season. Two and a Half Men followed with a REPEAT, as it will be repeats for the rest of the season now thanks to Charlie Sheen's antics, doing 11.54 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, which is great for a repeat. But can this continue for the rest of the season? At 9:30, Mike & Molly was new and did 11.2 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, which was down from previous week obviously. Will this show suffer now? A new Hawaii Five-0 at 10pm did 10.45 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, on par really with previous week. Fox was all-new with House doing 10.41 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. A new Chicago Code followed at 9pm with 7.87 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, also up a tenth from previous week. Fox will take these numbers if it remains here. NBC started its night with a new Chuck doing 5.48 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, which is on par with previous week again. At 9pm, the struggling The Cape did 4.15 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, on par also from previous week. At 10pm, a new Harry's Law did 8.75 million and just a 1.7 18-49 rating, but that was on par with previous week again. The CW was new with 90210 doing 1.52 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. Gossip Girl followed with a new episode doing 1.57 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, up a bit from previous week.

Tuesday had CBS dominate with its dramas in viewers and even beat Fox in 18-49. CBS started with a new NCIS and did 21.32 million and a 4.4 18-49 rating, up big from previous week. NCIS: Los Angeles followed with a new episode and did 18.69 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating, also up big from previous week. The Good Wife did well in total viewers with 11.85 million but only a 2.0 18-49 rating, on par with previous week despite the other two dramas up big time. For ABC, No Ordinary Family was all-new in the 8pm hour doing 4.77 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week. It's too bad. At 9, V was new and did 5.14 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, on par with from previous week. Detroit 1-8-7 was preempted for a special What Would You Do? How Would You Do It? special new with 4.14 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, up a few tenths from previous week. Fox had a new Glee on Tuesday and it did 10.58 million and a 4.4 18-49 rating, which was up a bit from previous week. Next Fox disappointed with Raising Hope and did 6.0 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, but up from previous week's season low. Episode three of new comedy Traffic Light saw a yellow light this week with 3.99 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, up a bit week-to-week. NBC aired a two-hour The Biggest Loser doing 7.58 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, which was on par with previous week. Then at 10pm, Parenthood did 5.53 million but a first place 2.1 18-49 rating, up a bit from previous week. It's a weak hour indeed. The CW was new with One Tree Hill doing 2.01 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, up a bit from previous week again. Next at 9pm was a new episode of Hellcats and that did 1.64 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, down a bit from previous week.

Wednesday had American Idol expand to two-hours again so it easily won the night. Idol did 22.72 million and a 7.9 18-49 rating, down a bit from previous week. CBS started the night off with Survivor: Redemption Island doing 10.93 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, which was down a bit from previous week. Veteran drama Criminal Minds was next with a new episode doing 13.15 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. At 10pm, week two of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior dropped to 9.81 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, down nearly a full point from the premiere. ABC had its Laugh On comedy block and had a new The Middle open the night with a solid 7.96 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, up a bit from previous week. Then at 8:30, a new Better With You did 5.73 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, which was on par with previous week, but could be better. Then ABC aired a new Modern Family at 9pm doing 10.17 million and a 4.1 18-49 rating, which is down a bit from previous week as it faced Idol head-to-head again this week. Then at 9:30, Mr. Sunshine was new with 6.12 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, down from previous week as Idol killed it. If it is in the 2.6-3.0 range this coming week (not against it), it should be fine. Once again, Cougar Town will return with a special airing on Monday, April 18, and then return to Wednesdays starting April 20. At 10pm, a new episode of new drama Off the Map aired and did 4.84 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, up some from previous week, despite the lead-in going down. NBC aired a two-hour all-new Minute to Win It and did just 3.62 million and tied a series low at a 1.0 18-49 rating again. At 10pm, Law & Order: SVU was next with an all-new episode doing 8.02 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, up from previous week and won its hour actually. The CW had the season premiere of America's Next Top Model starting it off at 8pm doing 2.25 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, which is not a good premiere. At 9pm series premiere of new reality series Shedding for the Wedding did only 1.07 million and a 0.5 18-49 rating, if it sheds any more ratings, it will be shedding itself soon.

Thursday saw once again Fox win the night, as Idol was expanded to two-hours. ABC opened the night with an all-new Wipeout doing 7.12 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, up from previous week which was preempted for some reason in 3% of the country. Then Grey's Anatomy was next with a new episode doing 9.13 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating, down some from previous week as it faced Idol. At 10pm, Private Practice was also new and did 6.44 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. CBS opened with a new The Big Bang Theory and it did 12.35 million and a 3.8 A18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. Then the Thursday premiere of Rules of Engagement was on par with of $#*! My Dad Says doing 9.45 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, Idol affects this show more, I guess. Next, CSI was new too and did 12.41 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. A new The Mentalist did 14.79 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, also down some from previous week. OK so onto Fox, it was all American Idol as a two-hour airing did 21.76 million and a 7.2 18-49 rating, down some from previous week which was an hour only. Fox preempted Bones this week. NBC was all-new new with its comedies but struggled again, as Community did 3.79 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. Then new comedy Perfect Couples did only 2.89 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. At 9pm The Office was new and did 6.12 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, which is down some again from previous week. At 9:30pm, a new Parks and Recreation was at 4.59 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, up some from previous week. At 10, NBC started with 30 Rock doing 4.5 million and a 2.3 18-49, up from previous week's low showing. At 10:30, Outsourced did only 3.27 million and 1.4 18-49 rating, for another series low. The CW was next with a new Vampire Diaries doing 2.98 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, down a bit from previous week. Then a new Nikita did 2.14 million and just a 0.8 18-49 rating, on par with previous week.

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available as usual, but Friday had Fox and CBS tie in 18-49 for first but at a very low rating. Kitchen Nightmares and Fringe helped Fox tie for the win. Saturday had Fox easily win with its normal crime reality series with everyone else way behind in 18-49. In fact, Fox did much better on Saturday than Friday.

Tonight ABC is all-new but its regular Sunday of AFV, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters are preempted for the Oscars that will easily win the night and do 40 million+ in the ratings. NBC has three repeats of Minute to Win It starting at 8 following Dateline at 7. CBS has a new 60 Minutes, followed by a new The Amazing Race at 8 and then a repeat and new episode of Undercover Boss & CSI: Miami from 9-11pm. Fox is in repeats with Animation Domination starting at 7pm.

As for the week (week 23), ABC could win the week in HH/viewers but probably won' t catch up to Fox in 18-49 this week. But it will be close. What we know is that NBC will be in fourth. And for the coming week (week 24), has February sweeps coming to an end on Wednesday, but the big story of the week is the Charlie Sheen interview on ABC Tuesday night at 10pm that could do big.

Week 23 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week 22 -- Feb. 14-20)

  • American Dad! (Fox) - A new episode did 4.25 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, up a bit from previous week and the 18-49 rating is not too bad at 7:30.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 episodes - A new episode did an improved 6.24 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, up a bit week-to-week. Earlier, a repeat at 7pm did 3.8 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, up from previous week.
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox) - A new episode only mustered 4.87 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, but up a lick from previous week.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - An all-new episode did 6.57 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - Closing the night out, a new episode did 5.43 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, like everything else, up some from previous week.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A new episode did 9.33 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating, which was down a bit from previous week again...but still good.
  • Mad Love (CBS) - 7.99 million for week two and a 2.8 18-49 rating is down some from previous week's premiere and lower than any Rules of Engagement airing in this slot.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 11.54 million for a repeat and a 3.0 18-49 rating. As Sheen says, people worship this drivel. Will it go down a lot tomorrow after Sheen's antics this past week? Repeats for the rest of the season, so what will CBS do?
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - 11.2 million for a new episode and a 18-49 rating of 3.2 is decent, drop was expected as its lead-in was a repeat. It needs to settle here, though...nothing less or CBS might be in trouble with Dancing with the Stars looming.

Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Raising Hope (Fox) - A new episode only 6.0 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, up a bit from previous week. Could be better still.
  • Traffic Light (Fox) - The third episode only did 3.99 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, but actually up a lick from episode two.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - A new episode of this sitcom did 7.96 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, up a bit from previous week. Again, too bad vs. Idol.
  • Better with You (ABC) - A new episode of this series did 5.73 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, which was on par with previous week. It is the weak link of the block right now with Idol airing.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A new episode did 10.17 million and a 4.1 18-49 rating, down a bit from previous week as it went ahead face-to-face with Idol again.
  • Mr. Sunshine (ABC) - A new episode did 6.12 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating once against the final half-hour of Idol. This was down from previous week, but this week it won't face Idol. It needs to go up then.

Thursday Sitcoms

  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A new episode did 12.35 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - The Thursday premiere did 9.45 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, up a tad in 18-49 from $#*! My Dad Says the previous week but down some in viewers. This was a season low, though.
  • Community (NBC) - A new episode did only 3.79 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, on par with previous week in 18-49.
  • Perfect Couples (NBC) - A new episode did 2.89 million again and a 1.4 18-49 rating, which is down a bit from previous week in viewers but on par in 18-49. This is still not going to cut it.
  • The Office (NBC) - A new episode did 6.12 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, which is down once again from previous week...after the big return on Jan. 20, it has dropped each week. This week it faced Idol, though.
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC) - A new showing did 4.59 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating...up a tenth from previous week.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - At 10pm, a new episode did 4.5 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, up from previous week. The biggest climb of the block this week.
  • Outsourced (NBC) - At 10:30pm, a new episode of this show was lost again at 10:30 doing just 3.27 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, which is a series low again. Chances are now that this show will not be back next fall.

Friday Sitcoms

  • None.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are Fox's animated comedies from 7-10pm, but in repeats.

Summing it up. Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Mike & Molly, Two and a Half Men (R) were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as 30 Rock, Raising Hope) or just plain old terrible (such as Outsourced, Traffic Light, Perfect Couples).


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Saturday, January 19

Henry Danger - "Part 3: A New Hero" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Schwoz works to create an antivirus to stop an evil plan; Kid Danger and Captain Man battle a villain; Kid Danger's heroism is put to the ultimate test as they fight to save the world.

Cousins for Life - "Hot Dog Day Afternoon" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Ivy and Stuart are surprised to find themselves at odds when Ivy and her mom wage a protest against Stuart's favorite chain restaurant.

Knight Squad - "End of the Knight" (Nickelodeon, 9:00PM ET/PT)
An injured Princess Eliza informs the kingdom that evil Ryker is near the all-powerful Armor of Astoria; Arc and Ciara race to its location, but a shocking betrayal allows Ryker to take the armor and reclaim Astoria's throne.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 14)

Friday, January 18

  • Maura Tierney (NewsRadio) - Watch Maura on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Elizabeth Banks (Scrubs) - Elizabeth visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. She talks about The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Andy appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country) and Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) - Lily and Jane are guests on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Pete Holmes (Crashing) - Pete appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Molly Ringwald (Townies/The Facts of Life) - Molly talks about All These Small Moments on People Now at 12pm.
  • Don Cheadle (Black Monday/House of Lies/The Golden Palace) - Don talks about Black Monday on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm.
  • Dave Franco (Scrubs/Do Not Disturb) - Dave talks about If Beale Street Could Talk on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Adam Pally (Champaign ILL/Making History/The Mindy Project/Happy Endings) and Sam Richardson (Champaign ILL/Detroiters/Veep) - Adam and Sam talk about Champaign ILL on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.


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