Sunday, September 18, 2011

Final Summer Week Sitcom Ratings; Our 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Picks

Summer officially ends after tonight! We will be back with our normal weekly ratings report with the first four nights numbers and analysis next Sunday, so today is our last summer report of how the sitcoms did in summer:

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Summer Week 15, week of Sept. 5-11)
  • American Dad! (Fox) - preempted.
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox) - preempted.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - A repeat did 5.3 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, which was was higher than previous week thanks to the NFL lead-in.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - preempted.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A one-hour repeat from 8:30-9:38pm did 4.04 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, which was up from the previous week.

Summer Week 16 (Sept. 12-18)

Monday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 2 airings - 3.3 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating for a repeat at 8:39pm, thanks to a US Open overrun, was down a lick from the previous week. A second repeat followed at 9:09pm and delivered 3.7 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, also off a bit from previous week.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 4.4 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating for a repeat at 9:39pm is down week-to-week.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - 4.09 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating for a repeat at 10:10pm was also down from the previous week. Looks like the U.S. Open overrun really messed things up.
Tuesday Sitcoms
  • Raising Hope (Fox) 2 airings - A repeat at 9pm did just 1.83 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. A repeat at 9:30pm did 1.92 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, on par with previous week.
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) 2 airings - A repeat at 8pm did 4.31 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, on par really with the previous week. A second repeat followed with 4.38 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, off a bit week-to-week.
  • Modern Family (ABC) 2 airings - A repeat at 9pm did 4.9 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, off some from the previous week but still a good summer showing for sitcoms. A repeat at 9:30pm followed and did 4.65 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, on par with previous week
  • Up All Night (NBC) - The series premiere following the season finale of America's Got Talent was certainly sampled with 10.95 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating at 10pm. It will be interesting how much of that it can hang on to this week in its normal timeslot of 8pm. I'm guessing a 2.0, as the reception to the pilot wasn't too good.
  • Free Agents (NBC) - The series premiere of this comedy followed and it lost a good chunk of the lead-in's ratings, which is a terrible sign for this series. The premiere did 6.12 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, which in any other week would be pretty low. Not good for a premiere.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2 airings - A repeat did 8.22 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, which was way up from the previous week. A second repeat followed and did better with 8.78 million anda 2.6 18-49 rating. The season premiere is this week and should do well.
  • Community (NBC) - Just 2.05 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating for a repeat.
  • Up All Night (NBC) - A repeat of the previous night's premiere did 2.51 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating. More sampling.
  • The Office (NBC) - A repeat did 3.11 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, its best numbers in months.
  • Free Agents (NBC) - 2.38 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating for a repeat of the premiere from the previous night. Could be better, but just sampling.

Friday Sitcoms

  • None.
Saturday Sitcoms
  • American Dad! (Fox) - prelim ratings show only 1.59 million and a prelim 0.8 18-49 rating, which is on par week-to-week.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - prelim ratings for this show were even lower with a prelim 1.68 million and a prelim 0.7 18-49 rating, also on par week-to-week.
  • Up All Night (NBC) - Yet another airing of the premiere did a prelim 2.32 million and a prelim 0.6 18-49 rating. More sampling, but NBC will be airing second runs of the series for the next few Fridays. That could hamper its Wednesday airings a bit.
  • Free Agents (NBC) - A third run of the premiere did only a prelim 1.76 million and a prelim 0.4 18-49 rating. This series won't be encoring anymore.
Tonight the Fox animated comedies are preempted for the Emmy's.

Summing it up. Repeats of The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, last week's The Simpsons and Family Guy, and the premiere of Up All Night were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as a repeat of The Office and the premiere of Free Agents) or just plain old terrible (such as repeats of Raising Hope and Community).

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


The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air tonight on Fox at 8/7c. As always, here are our picks on who will win. Come on back tomorrow to see who the winners were and how many we got right!

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Glee (Fox)
Parks and Recreation (NBC)
The Office (NBC)
Modern Family (ABC)
30 Rock (NBC)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
OUR PICK: Modern Family. It is clearly the best comedy and should win for the second consecutive season. Glee is not a half-hour comedy.

OUTSTANDING LEAD COMEDY ACTOR
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)
Tony Shalhoub, Monk (USA Network)
Louis C.K., Louie (FX)
Steve Carell, The Office (NBC)
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
OUR PICK: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory. Knowing the Emmys, they will also consider Alec Baldwin. Perhaps Carell could get it, too.

OUTSTANDING LEAD COMEDY ACTRESS
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Laura Linney, The Big C (Showtime)
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly (CBS)
Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope (Fox)
OUR PICK: Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation. This is wide-open I think.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTOR
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family (ABC)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family (ABC)
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Ed O'Neill, Modern Family (ABC)
Chris Colfer, Glee (Fox)
Ty Burrell, Modern Family (ABC)
OUR PICK: Ty Burrell, Modern Family. Someone from Modern Family will win and I feel Ty deserves it the most. Ed O'Neill could win too, after not being nominated last year.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTRESS
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland (TV Land)
Julie Bowen, Modern Family (ABC)
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock (NBC)
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family (ABC)
Kristin Wiig, SNL (NBC)
Jane Lynch, Glee (Fox)
OUR PICK: Sofia Vergara, Modern Family. Vergara stepped it up big time in season two. She is most deserving. Betty White is a wild card here, she is great but I don't think she should win. Lynch and Bowen are deserving, too, especially Bowen.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)
Mad Men (AMC)
Dexter (Showtime)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
OUR PICK: Mad Men, AMC. The Emmy team loves this show. I could see the two HBO series winning, too.

OUTSTANDING LEAD DRAMA ACTOR
Hugh Laurie, House (Fox)
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights (NBC)
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Timothy Olyphant, Justified (FX)
Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
OUR PICK: Jon Hamm, Mad Men, AMC. Cable usually rules in drama.

OUTSTANDING LEAD DRAMA ACTRESS
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men (AMC)
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights (NBC)
Kathy Bates, Harry's Law (NBC)
Mireille Enos, The Killing (AMC)
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)
OUR PICK: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife. She will win it, unless Moss wins.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTOR
Walton Goggins, Justified (FX)
Josh Charles, The Good Wife (CBS)
Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age (TNT)
John Slattery, Mad Men (AMC)
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife (CBS)
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)
OUR PICK: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones. This is wide-open and anyone can win it.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTRESS
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Michelle Forbes, The Killing (AMC)
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife (CBS)
Christine Hendricks, Mad Men (AMC)
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife (CBS)
Margo Martindale, Justified (FX)
OUR PICK: Christine Baranski, The Good Wife. This is another tough one.

View the full list of nominations. The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards airs LIVE tonight (Sunday, Sept. 18) at 8pm ET/5pm PT on Fox. Come on back for the winners!


New on DVD/Blu-ray (February/March)

227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek) Fuller House - The Complete First Season The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season

02/07 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Sabrina Down Under
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 1 - School's Cool - Boy Crazy
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 2 - About a Family - Hangin' Out
02/07 - 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek)
02/07 - Vice Principals - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
02/14 - Beavis and Butt-Head - The Complete Collection
02/14 - Grace and Frankie - Season Two
02/28 - Fuller House - The Complete First Season
03/03 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now... In Living Color! (Blu-ray)
03/07 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites
03/07 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series - Flashback Edition (Blu-ray)
03/07 - What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - You Me Her - Season One
03/14 - Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season
03/14 - Unbrekable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, March 26

The Simpsons - "Dad Behavior" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Homer finds a new app that makes his life much easier and outsources his father-son bonding. Meanwhile, Grampa finds that he is about to be a father again.

Bob's Burgers - "Aquaticism" / "Ain't Miss Debatin'" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT)
When Tina learns that the aquarium is in danger of closing, the Belcher children devise a scheme to keep it running. Meanwhile, Bob realizes that he could learn a thing or two from Linda’s customer service skills. Then, when Tina is recruited by the debate team, she finds unexpected success and an even more unexpected relationship. Meanwhile, Louise and Gene convince their parents to help fund a stop-motion movie focusing on a surprising subject matter.

Making History - "Chadwick's Angels" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
In need of a victory, the trio heads back to the 1990s to give Dan another shot at his childhood dream: finishing the infamous “Bellybuster” ice cream sundae at a local parlor. As Deb bonds with the parlor’s owner, Chris is on a mission to save a life in honor of his late British friend. But all of their plans are derailed when Dan runs into the bully that tormented him.

Family Guy - "Peter's Lost Youth" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Peter gets jealous of Lois when she upstages him at a Red Sox fantasy baseball camp. Meanwhile, Stewie runs away from home when Meg is left to babysit him.

The Last Man on Earth - "Find This Thing We Need To" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Carol makes a big discovery, enlisting Tandy and Erica to help her track down some answers. Meanwhile, Todd has a major breakthrough with Melissa.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 27)

Sunday, March 26

  • Sanaa Lathan (Family Guy/The Cleveland Show/LateLine) - Catch Sanaa on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
Monday, March 27
  • Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) - Watch Chris on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Richard Dreyfuss (Your Family or Mine) - Richard appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country) and Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) - Lily and Jane are guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. They also chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Craig Ferguson (The Drew Carey Show) - Craig visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He will also be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Rachel Dratch (Imaginary Mary) - Rachel is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Pete Holmes (Crashing) - Pete stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jenna Elfman (Imaginary Mary/1600 Penn/Accidentally on Purpose/Courting Alex/Dharma & Greg) - Jenna appears on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Ron Funches (Powerless/Undateable) - Ron is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Kaitlin Olson (The Mick/It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) - Kaitlin drops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi appears on a repeat of Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Lisa Kudrow (Friends/The Comeback) - Lisa is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Mark Consuelos (Alpha House/Hope & Faith) - Mark guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Tahj Mowry, Derek Theler and Jean-Luc Bilodeau (Baby Daddy) - Tahj, Derek and Jean-Luc are guests on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Tika Sumpter (The Game) - Tika appears on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Vanessa Bell Calloway (Rhythm & Blues) - Vanessa is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie) - June talks about Grace and Frankie on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) and Ben Falcone (Joey) - Melissa and Ben talk TV Land's Nobodies on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Brooklyn Decker (Grace and Frankie/Friends with Better Lives) - Brookyln stops by People Now at 8:30am.
  • Marcia Gay Harden (Trophy Wife) - Marcia opens up about her favorite part of being in the 50 Shades movies on People Now at 8:30am.
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  • Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish/Girlfriends) - Tracee dishes about her Golden Globe win on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.