Sunday, March 13, 2011

Week 25 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

2010-11 Week 25 TV Ratings (first four nights averages, Mon-Thu):

Households: #1. Fox 8.4/13.6 rating/share; #2. CBS 6.5/10.9; #3. ABC 3.7/6.1; #4. NBC 3.1/5.2; #5. The CW 0.7/1.2.
Total Viewers: #1. Fox 14.66 million; #2. CBS 10.5 million; #3. ABC 5.76 million; #4. NBC 4.91 million; #5. The CW 1.06 million.
Adults 18-49: #1. Fox 4.8/13.7 rating/share; #2. CBS 2.5/7.1; #3. ABC 1.8/5.1; #4. NBC 1.5/4.4; #5. The CW 0.4/1.2.

Week 25 (March 7-13) Analysis: Week 25 has Fox again winning across the board for the first four nights as the other networks had repeats mixed in, while Fox was all-new every day. The first four nights network averages has Fox winning across the board. CBS is in second, while ABC is in third and NBC is way back in fourth across the board, as was the case the previous week. Fox should have no problem winning the week in 18-49, but can CBS catch up in HH/viewers? I don't think they will and everyone else should remain as is. Last week, week 24, had Fox win the week over CBS in HH/viewers thanks to three nights of Idol. CBS was second across the board, while ABC was third. And NBC had a terrible week again in fourth place.

Monday saw Fox with the win beating out ABC this week. ABC started with the special The Bachelor: The Women Tell All doing 10.02 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, down from previous week's regular episode. Season finale is tomorrow. Dancing with the Stars Season 12 starts next week. At 10pm ABC aired a repeat of Castle doing 5.6 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating. CBS was almost all repeats with its comedies and Hawaii Five-0. At 8pm, a repeat of How I Met Your Mother started it off with 6.3 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, which seems normal for a repeat. At 8:30, Mad Love was new and did 7.27 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, down again from previous week but was expected this week since lead-in was a repeat. Two and a Half Men followed with a REPEAT again, as it will be repeats for the rest of the season now thanks to Charlie Sheen's firing, doing 10.18 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, which is down from previous week. At 9:30, Mike & Molly was a repeat too and did 9.23 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, which is solid. A repeat of Hawaii Five-0 at 10pm did 7.69 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. Fox was all-new with House doing 11.08 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. A new Chicago Code followed at 9pm with 7.46 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week. NBC preempted Chuck for the two-hour return of The Event and it returned with 5.23 million and a series low 1.4 18-49 rating. For the most talked about new series prior to its fall premiere, this is not good at all. At 10pm, a new Harry's Law did 9.59 million but just a 1.8 18-49 rating for third place, even lower than the CBS repeat again. This show would thrive on Fridays. The CW was in repeats with 90210 doing only 650,000 viewers and a terrible 0.2 18-49 rating. Gossip Girl followed and was even worse with a repeat doing 490,000 viewers and a non-existent 0.2 18-49 rating.

Tuesday had Fox win as CBS was in repeats. CBS started with a repeat of NCIS and did 13.35 million but only a 2.3 18-49 rating despite the big total viewers. NCIS: Los Angeles followed with a repeat and did 13.45 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, wow it built from the lead-in. The Good Wife was a repeat and did 8.31 million but only a 1.3 18-49 rating, yet good enough to win the hour on broadcast, but four cable shows did better. For ABC, No Ordinary Family was a repeat in the 8pm hour and did 4.04 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, which actually was not down much from previous week when it was new. I still think ABC should be patient and air it on Fridays next fall, as it was against heavy scripted competition on CBS and Fox this season. At 9, V was new and did 4.98 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week. The season finale is this week and it looks CRAZY (in a good way). Detroit 1-8-7 was back and did 5.08 million but just a 1.1 18-49 rating. Fox started off with Glee and did 11.91 million and a 4.6 18-49, its best numbers in a while but it is still no Idol, which dominated the previous week. Next Fox disappointed with Raising Hope again and did 6.6 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, which down from the big lead-in the previous week but on par with recent airings prior to that. New comedy Traffic Light was next and did only 3.82 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating only, as the previous week it was on Wednesday instead. NBC aired a two-hour The Biggest Loser doing 8.15 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, which was up from previous week thanks to no Idol. Then at 10pm, Parenthood was a repeat and did only 3.14 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating. The CW was a repeat with One Tree Hill doing 950,000 viewers and a 0.4 18-49 rating. Next at 9pm was a repeat of Hellcats and that did 1.18 million and a 0.5 18-49 rating.

Wednesday was all Fox again with a two-hour American Idol carrying it. Idol did 24.4 million and a 8.1 18-49 rating, up a bit from previous week when it was 90-minutes. CBS started the night off with Survivor: Redemption Island doing 10.96 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, which was down some from previous week. Veteran drama Criminal Minds was next with a repeat episode doing 8.23 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating. At 10pm, week four of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior did 9.12 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, for series lows obviously. ABC had its Laugh On comedy block and had a repeat of The Middle open the night with a solid 5.38 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, down a bit from previous week. Then at 8:30, Better With You was preempted for another repeat of The Middle doing 4.79 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating. Then ABC aired a repeat of Modern Family at 9pm doing 6.23 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, which is not bad at all for a repeat against Idol head-to-head. Then at 9:30, Mr. Sunshine was new with 4.76 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, for series lows obviously, just like the CBS 10pm drama it had a repeat lead-in. Once again, Cougar Town will return with a special airing on Monday, April 18, and then return to Wednesdays starting April 20. Let the countdown begin for the cul-de-sac crew! At 10pm, a new episode of new drama Off the Map aired and did 4.31 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, down from previous week. NBC aired a repeat of Minute to Win It and did just 3.46 million and 1.0 18-49 rating. Then two repeats of Law & Order: SVU closed the night off as 9pm did 3.27 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, while 10pm did 5.3 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. The CW had a new America's Next Top Model starting it off at 8pm doing 2.24 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, which was up some from previous week. This show is getting killed by Fox and CBS' reality series. At 9pm, new reality series Shedding for the Wedding did only 929,000 viewers and a 0.4 18-49 rating.

Thursday saw once again Fox win the night, as Idol dominated with mostly repeats (except CBS). ABC opened the night with a two-hour repeat of Wipeout: Blind Date doing 5.47 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, up from the winter repeat from previous week. Four spring specials start this week. Then Grey's Anatomy was next with a repeat at 10pm doing 3.45 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, on par with previous week's 9pm airing. Private Practice was preempted but will be new this week at a special time of 9pm. CBS opened with a new The Big Bang Theory and it did 12.06 million and a 3.8 A18-49 rating, which is similar to recent new episodes. Then an all-new Rules of Engagement did 9.4 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, up obviously from previous week as the lead-in was new. Next, CSI was new and did 13.39 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating. A new The Mentalist did 14.28 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, winning its hour (on broadcast, that is). OK so onto Fox, it was all American Idol as an one-hour airing did 22.05 million and a 6.7 18-49 rating, down sharply from previous week when it was two-hours and had no competition at all. Fox aired Bones at 9pm and did 10.49 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating. This show doesn't need an Idol lead-in, as it can do close to these numbers without it. NBC comedies were in repeats. Community started it off with just 2.66 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating. But it gets worse as a repeat of Perfect Couples did only 1.89 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating...ouch! The Office was a repeat and did "the best" of the block with just 3.02 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating. Parks and Recreation was next with a repeat doing 2.5 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating. 30 Rock followed at 10 with a repeat doing just 2.4 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating and Outsourced was even worse for a repeat doing 2.26 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating. The CW was next with a repeat of Vampire Diaries doing 1.08 million and a 0.4 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week. Then a repeat of Nikita did only 955,000 viewers and just a 0.3 18-49 rating.

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available as usual, but Friday had CBS win with their dramas, as 9-11pm dramas lead their hours. Kitchen Nightmares lead for Fox at 8pm and Fringe was second in its hour (but just fourth in viewers). Saturday had Fox easily win with its normal crime reality series with everyone else way behind in 18-49. As of now, Fox has won 5 of the first 6 nights of the week.

Tonight ABC is HALF all-new with AFV, Secret Millionaire, Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters as the two dramas are in repeat mode. NBC has a new episode of dead on arrival America's Next Great Restaurant & another two-hour Celebrity Apprentice, all starting at 8 following Dateline at 7. CBS has a new 60 Minutes, followed by a new The Amazing Race at 8 and new episodes of Undercover Boss & CSI: Miami from 9-11pm. Fox is all-new too with Animation Domination starting at 8pm.

As for the week (week 25), Fox will likely win the week everywhere, especially 18-49. Repeats on other nets and Idol secured that. Everyone else will remain as they are through the first four nights, pending any huge surprises. And for the coming week (week 26), has mix of new and repeats again, as ABC will be big tomorrow with the season finale of The Bachelor starting at 8/7c.

Week 25 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week 24 -- Feb. 28-March 6)

  • American Dad! (Fox) - A repeat did 3.9 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, which was up a tenth from previous week.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 episodes - A new episode in its normal 8pm slot did 6.13 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating. Earlier, a repeat at 7pm did 3.87 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, on par really with previous week.
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox) - A new episode did 4.91 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, which could be better.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A new episode did 6.33 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, which seems below normal.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - A new episode did 4.79 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, which is not too good.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A repeat did 6.3 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating.
  • Mad Love (CBS) - 7.27 million for a new episode and a 2.4 18-49 rating is down from previous week thanks to the lead-in being a repeat...but then again it has gone down each week.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 10.18 million for a repeat and a 2.9 18-49 rating, is down from previous week. As expected ratings are starting to ware off, but still solid...but for how much longer as Dancing with the Stars is looming.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - 9.23 million for a repeat and a 18-49 rating of 2.6 is decent.

Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Raising Hope (Fox) - A new episode did 6.6 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, down from previous week when it had a special Idol lead-in. Back to normal ratings with no bump from the special airing.
  • Traffic Light (Fox) - Back on its normal night, the show did only 3.82 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating. Yeah, no bump from the Wednesday airing from the prior week. Waste.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) 2 airings - A repeat of this sitcom did 5.38 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, then a second repeat at a special time of 8:30pm did 4.79 million but held the 1.4 18-49 rating.
  • Better with You (ABC) - preempted.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A repeat did 6.23 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, which is good. Yes, down from its last repeat airing which did a 3.5 (best repeat number for any show this season), but if you know how to look at ratings then you know that Idol was not opposite it and Idol was sort of a lead-in to that repeat, if that makes sense.
  • Mr. Sunshine (ABC) - A new episode did 4.76 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, by far a series low. Yes, the lead-in was a repeat and it faced Idol so it was expected. Hopefully it can do these or even build the next few weeks with repeat lead-ins.

Thursday Sitcoms

  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A new episode did 12.06 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating, on par with recent new episodes.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - A new episode did 9.4 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, up from previous week when the lead-in was a repeat. It was doing a bit better on Mondays.
  • Community (NBC) - A repeat did 2.66 million and 1.0 18-49 rating.
  • Perfect Couples (NBC) - This show should never be in repeats as it did a historic low for NBC in the time period with 1.89 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating.
  • The Office (NBC) - A repeat did 3.02 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, a bit down from previous week in the time period.
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC) - A repeat only did 2.5 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - A repeat at 10pm did just 2.4 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating.
  • Outsourced (NBC) - NBC's non-existent night concluded with a repeat doing just 2.26 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating.

Friday Sitcoms

  • None.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • None.

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

Summing it up. The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men (R), Mike & Molly (R), Modern Family (R) & Rules of Engagement were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as Mad Love, Raising Hope) or just plain old terrible (such as NBC comedies, Traffic Light).


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.

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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.