Sunday, March 27, 2011

Week 27 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

2010-11 Week 27 TV Ratings (first four nights averages, Mon-Thu):

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Week 27 (March 21-27) Analysis: Week 26 started with the return of Dancing with the Stars for ABC helping them through the first four nights. We don't have final network averages for the first four nights but we can project Fox is winning across the board. ABC is likely in second but CBS should be neck-and-neck with them. NBC is way back in fourth across the board. Fox should win the week but CBS could catch up due to the good performances for the NCAA tournament on Friday and Saturday. Last week, week 26, had Fox win the week over CBS in every category, while ABC was in third. And NBC was in fourth place.

Monday saw ABC clean up. ABC started with the 12th season premiere of Dancing with the Stars doing 22.66 million and a 5.3 18-49 rating. Great numbers, and up from the season 11 premiere from September even. At 10pm ABC aired Castle and it did a season high 12.03 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, winning its hour in both measures. 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 a below average 8.03 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating. At 8:30, Mad Love was new and did 6.53 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, up some from previous week. Two and a Half Men followed with a REPEAT again doing 9.24 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, which is on par with previous week. At 9:30, Mike & Molly was all-new and did 9.7 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, which I think is a low thanks to the repeat lead-in. A new Hawaii Five-0 at 10pm did 10.01 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, which is solid and both second place finishes. Fox was all-new with House doing 9.49 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating, down a tad from previous week. A new Chicago Code followed at 9pm with 6.16 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week again. NBC started with Chuck doing 4.23 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating for another season low. The Event was next and did just 4.11 million and tied its series low of a 1.2 18-49 rating. At 10pm, a new Harry's Law did 8.43 million but just a 1.6 18-49 rating for third place and a series low. Friday bound next season? It could thrive at 10pm. The CW was in repeats with 90210 doing only 690,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating, which was on par with previous week. Gossip Girl followed and was even worse with a repeat doing 530,000 viewers and a non-existent 0.2 18-49 rating, down a tenth week-to-week.

Tuesday had CBS win with its dramas. CBS started with a new NCIS and did 19.46 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating which is good but down from its last new episode. NCIS: Los Angeles followed with a new episode and did 16.56 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, which is solid. The Good Wife was new and did 11.7 million but only a 2.1 18-49 rating. It will be interesting if CBS keeps it in this slot next fall. For ABC, No Ordinary Family was all-new in the 8pm hour and did 5.35 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, which was up from recent weeks. At 9, the two-hour special Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time did OK with 7.09 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating. Dancing results start this Tuesday. Fox started off with a repeat of Glee and did 5.27 million and a 2.0 18-49, which is not bad. Next Fox aired repeats of its comedies, Raising Hope did 4.06 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating. New comedy Traffic Light was next and also a repeat and did only 2.71 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating only. NBC aired a two-hour The Biggest Loser doing 8.33 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, which was up some from previous week. Then at 10pm, a Parenthood repeat did only 2.88 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating. The CW was a repeat with One Tree Hill doing 760,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating, on par week-to-week. Next at 9pm was a repeat of Hellcats and that did 720,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week's repeat.

Wednesday had a different leader, this time it was Fox thanks to a two-hour American Idol carrying it. Idol did 23.95 million and a 7.9 18-49 rating, up some from previous week. CBS started the night off with Survivor: Redemption Island doing 11.0 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, which was down a tenth from previous week. Veteran drama Criminal Minds was next with a repeat doing 8.58 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating. At 10pm, week six of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior did 8.8 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, down some from previous week thanks to its lead-in being a repeat. ABC had its Laugh On comedy block and had an all-new episode of The Middle open the night with 7.05 million and a a below normal 2.0 18-49 rating. Then at 8:30, Better With You was preempted again for another repeat of The Middle doing 5.6 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, up a lot week-to-week. Then ABC aired a new Modern Family at 9pm doing 10.9 million and a 4.4 18-49 rating, which is #1 for the week so far in scripted TV. Then at 9:30, Mr. Sunshine was new with 5.8 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, up from previous week as its lead-in was new. The next two weeks it will be following repeats again. As I keep saying, 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 4.46 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, up some from previous week. NBC aired a new Minute to Win It and did 4.17 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, which was up some from previous week. Then a repeat of Law & Order: SVU did 3.99 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, while a new episode at 10pm did 8.84 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, winning its hour. The CW had a new America's Next Top Model starting it off at 8pm doing 2.2 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, so it will move to 9pm in a few weeks. At 9pm, new reality series Shedding for the Wedding did only 900,000 viewers and a 0.4 18-49 rating, on par with previous week again.

Thursday saw Fox win the night for the second night in a row, as Idol aired. But first, ABC opened the night with a new episode of the spring edition of Wipeout doing a solid 7.43 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, up some from previous week. Then Grey's Anatomy was all-new at 9pm doing 10.28 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating, on par with recent airings. A new Private Practice at 10 closed the night with 7.93 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, up solidly from previous week's 9pm airing. CBS preempted its regular line-up of The Big Bang Theory, Rules of Engagement, CSI and The Mentalist for NCAA Basketball coverage again, this time doing 6.3 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating for the 7pm game, followed by the 9:42pm game doing 8.59 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating. Much better than previous week. Onto Fox, it was all American Idol as an one-hour airing did 21.3 million and a 6.4 18-49 rating, up from previous week's season low. Fox aired a repeat of Bones at 9pm and did 8.31 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating. NBC comedies were all-new. Community started it off with 4.46 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, up some from previous week. Then the canceled Perfect Couples did 3.4 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, which was actually better than recent weeks. The Office was new and did 7.07 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating. Parks and Recreation was next with a new airing doing 5.15 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, up from previous week's series low. 30 Rock followed at 10 with a new episode doing just 4.36 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, but up some from previous week's series low. And Outsourced was even worse for a new airing doing 3.61 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, but up a tenth week-to-week. The CW was next with a repeat of Vampire Diaries doing 1.31 million and a 0.4 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. Then a repeat of Nikita did 1.41 million and a 0.5 18-49 rating, but up a tenth week-to-week.

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available as usual, but Friday had CBS win with NCAA coverage doing better than previous week. The games are less on cable now. Shark Tank premiered for ABC besting anything Supernanny did in the hour. Fringe bounced back some from its series low the previous week. Saturday had CBS easily win with NCAA coverage. And ABC's No Ordinary Family did OK for a Saturday, which makes me think it would do fine on a Friday if promoted next year.

Tonight ABC is half all-new with AFV, Secret Millionaire, Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters as the latter two are repeats. 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. CBS could be delayed a bit by NCAA coverage. Fox is somewhat all-new with Animation Domination starting at 8pm, but 9pm is a repeat.

As for the week (week 27), Fox will likely win the week everywhere again, CBS could make it interesting as NCAA ratings were solid on Friday and Saturday and decent on Thursday. ABC could be third because of half repeats tonight. And for the coming week (week 28), has Dancing with the Stars: The Results launching on Tuesday leading into the new drama Body of Proof, which I think will do very well.

Week 26 How the Sitcoms Did

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

  • American Dad! (Fox) - A repeat did 2.93 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, which was on par with previous week, as daylight savings time is causing this.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 episodes - A repeat in its normal 8pm slot did 4.64 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating. Earlier, a repeat at 7pm did only 2.45 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, on par with previous week.
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox) - A new episode did 4.43 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, up some from previous week which is good because its lead-in was a repeat this week.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A new episode did 6.55 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating, which is great.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - A new episode did 5.45 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, which is up some from previous week when its lead repeat was a repeat.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A new airing did 8.03 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, good but below normal.
  • Mad Love (CBS) - 6.53 million for a new episode and a 2.4 18-49 rating is up some from previous week thanks to the lead-in being new.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 9.24 million for a repeat and a 2.7 18-49 rating, is up a tenth week-to-week in 18-49.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - 9.7 million for a new airing and a 18-49 rating of 3.0 is decent, but below normal.

Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Raising Hope (Fox) - A repeat did 4.06 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating. Expected.
  • Traffic Light (Fox) - Why air a repeat of this show? It did only 2.71 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) 2 airings - A new airing of this sitcom did 7.05 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, which is below normal. Then a repeat at a special time of 8:30pm did 5.6 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating... which is decent.
  • Better with You (ABC) - preempted, returns April 13.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A new episode did 10.9 million and a 4.4 18-49 rating, the sitcom and scripted TV leader.
  • Mr. Sunshine (ABC) - A new episode did 5.8 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, up some from previous week. I would renew this for next season to air in the 10pm hour.

Thursday Sitcoms

  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - preempted.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - preempted.
  • Community (NBC) - A new episode did 4.46 million and 1.8 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week's low.
  • Perfect Couples (NBC) - A new episode did only 3.4 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating. But up a good number from previous week. Doesn't matter anyway.
  • The Office (NBC) - A new airing did 7.07 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating, easily the best of the NBC block.
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC) - A new episode did 5.15 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, up a good number from previous week's series lows thanks to the lead-in being new this time.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - A new episode at 10pm did just 4.36 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, as this show is starting to fall under a 2 now.
  • Outsourced (NBC) - A new episode did just 3.61 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, actually up a tenth from previous week.

Friday Sitcoms

  • None.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are Fox's animated comedies from 7-10pm, with repeats in the 7pm hour and at 9pm.

Summing it up. Modern Family, The Office, Mike & Molly, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men (R) were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as Mad Love, Parks and Recreation) or just plain old terrible (such as Perfect Couples, Outsourced, Traffic Light (R)).

[Source: Nielsen NTI Ratings. View Travis Yanyan's Ratings Website].


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, October 24

The Middle - "Halloween VIII: Orson Murder Mystery" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
As Halloween approaches, Frankie discovers that a woman had died in the bathtub of the Heck house close to 50 years ago; Frankie and Brick become convinced that she was murdered and, much to Mike’s chagrin, attempt to track down and find the murderer. Meanwhile, Axl and Lexie become frustrated over losing their alone time when Sue insists on hanging out with them wherever they go.

Fresh Off the Boat - "It's a Plastic Pumpkin, Louis Huang" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
On Halloween, Louis is disappointed that Evan doesn’t take his childish delight in the holiday; Eddie and the gang plot to crash a cool older girl’s party; Jessica and Emery are spooked when they hear a strange man’s voice emanating from Grandma’s room, and things get even creepier when a mysterious group of costumed strangers whisk Grandma away, making them suspect the supernatural worst.

black-ish - "Advance to Go (Collect $200)" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Dre brings everyone together for a rowdy family game night and the competition is fierce. The game of choice is Monopoly and as the night progresses, alliances are formed and some are pushed to their limits. Meanwhile, Bow makes it clear how she feels about Junior’s girlfriend.

The Mayor - "City Hall-oween" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
As Halloween approaches, Mayor Courtney Rose and Police Chief Fox (Kristen Johnston) find themselves at odds on how to handle the community’s first annual spook-tacular celebration at City Hall. During the night of the bash, it dawns on Courtney that throwing a party to keep kids safe doesn’t address the bigger issues in Fort Grey and plans to work with Chief Fox going forward. Meanwhile, Dina gets into the spirit by dressing up as Congresswoman Maxine Waters, while Jermaine and T.K. set out to prank Val who has the last laugh when she outsmarts the guys at their own game.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 23)

Tuesday, October 24

  • Ted Danson (The Good Place/Becker/Cheers) - Catch Ted on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Ricky appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World) - Sabrina is a musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Anna Faris (Mom) - Anna drops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Cole Sprouse (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody/The Suite Life on Deck) - Cole visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Gabourey Sidibe (The Big C) - Gabourey chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) - Randall appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Rapaport (Atypical/The War at Home) - Michael drops by The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Mayor/The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette talks about her LA road rage, her love life and more on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland/CafĂ© Americain/One Day at a Time) - Valerie is in the kitchen with three super-easy slow cooker dishes – like Sloppy Joes and a Pasta Bake on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Joanna Garcia Swisher (Reba/Better with You) - Joanna talks about her show Kevin (Probably) Saves the World – and her friendship with Lea Michele on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Denis Leary (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll/The Job) - Denis is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. He will also be on the AOL Build Show at 4pm.
  • J. B. Smoove (The Millers/'Til Death/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - J. B. is a guest on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Debra Messing (Will & Grace) - Debra appears on Daily Pop on E! at 12pm.


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