Sunday, September 11, 2011

Summer Week 15 Sitcom Ratings; New Episodes of Sitcoms On Basic Cable

We're nearing the end of summer and of course we will be back with our normal weekly ratings report with the first four nights numbers and analysis in TWO weeks, but we still continue to have our regular how the sitcoms did until then. Here are our summer ratings:

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Summer Week 14, week of Aug. 29-Sep. 4)
  • American Dad! (Fox) - A repeat at 7pm did 1.8 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating. The regular 9:30pm was preempted by the new summer series In the Flow...which isn't doing much in the ratings.
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox) - A repeat did just 1.62 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, losing ratings from its lead-in actually.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - A repeat did 2.51 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, which was on the low side thanks to Labor Day weekend.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - A repeat did 2.38 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A repeat did 3.03 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, which is below normal but it was Labor Day weekend.

Summer Week 15 (Sept. 5-11)

Monday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 2 airings - 3.59 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating for a repeat at 8pm was down some from the previous week, but it was Labor Day (I think it is worse airing on Fri-Sun because everyone is usually home by Monday night). A second repeat followed and delivered 3.84 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, also off a bit from previous week.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 5.16 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating for a repeat at 9pm is on par week-to-week.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - 5.18 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating for a repeat at 9:30pm was up some from the previous week. Proves that Labor Day night is not affected in the ratings.
Tuesday Sitcoms
  • Raising Hope (Fox) 2 airings - A repeat at 9pm did 2.12 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. A repeat at 9:30pm only mustered 2.01 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, but once again on par with previous week and virtually held on to the 9pm numbers.
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) 2 airings - A repeat at 8pm did 4.03 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. A second repeat followed with 4.67 million and grew nicely to a 1.5 18-49 rating. Good showing.
  • Modern Family (ABC) 2 airings - A repeat at 9pm did 4.92 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, up some from the previous week and a good summer showing for sitcoms. A repeat at 9:30pm followed and did 4.4 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, on par with previous week.
  • Happy Endings (ABC) - preempted. ABC Family will air a marathon THIS Friday (Sept. 16) from 5-11pm, so if you missed any watch then before the new season starts on Sept. 28!
Thursday Sitcoms
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A repeat did 6.42 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, which was up from the previous week's NFL pre-season preemptions in many markets.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - preempted.
  • Community (NBC) - preempted for NFL kick-off game.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - preempted for NFL kick-off game.
  • The Office (NBC) - preempted for NFL kick-off game.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - preempted for NFL kick-off game.

Friday Sitcoms

  • Friends with Benefits (NBC) 2 episodes - Final ratings will tell us how it actually did but it did a prelim 0.8 18-49 rating for both half hours. This was the finale, so it will never be seen again.
Saturday Sitcoms
  • American Dad! (Fox) - prelim ratings show only 1.97 million and a prelim 0.8 18-49 rating.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - prelim ratings for this show were even lower with a prelim 1.75 million and a prelim 0.7 18-49 rating.
Tonight you can catch encores of Fox's animated comedies from 8-9:07pm tonight as the new sketch comedy show airs at 9:30pm and the NFL overrun into 8pm.

Summing it up. Repeats of Modern Family, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, The Middle 8:30pm, were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as repeats of How I Met Your Mother, The Middle 8pm) or just plain old terrible (such as Raising Hope, and Friends with Benefits).

Feeling the repeat blues? NBC will air a sneak peek of new comedies Up All Night and Free Agents this Wednesday (Sept. 14) at 10/9 central. Look for our reviews of those in a few days! The season is upon us, as it starts a week from tomorrow (Sept. 19)! As for cable, Comedy Wednesday concludes on ABC Family this Wednesday with the one-hour Melissa & Joey season finale from 8-9pm! Also of course House of Payne and Meet the Browns are on TBS Wednesdays. New sitcom airings is the perfect way to beat the summer repeat blues! Watch them! And on premium cable, it is of course Curb Your Enthusiasm, Weeds, and Entourage among the entrees.

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


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, October 17

The Goldbergs - "Hersheypark" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Adam discovers Beverly has been manipulating him with guilt letters when he tells his mother he doesn’t want her to chaperone the school trip to Hersheypark. Meanwhile, after attending Career Night, Geoff realizes he doesn’t want to be an eye doctor like his father.

American Housewife - "Enemies: An Otto Story" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Anna-Kat runs for the Green Chair position in the school election against Chloe Brown Mueller’s daughter, which results in Katie and Chloe turning their kids’ election into a feud of their own. Meanwhile, Greg becomes concerned that Taylor’s new friend Pierce (Milo Manheim) is trying to steal her away from Trip, causing Greg to intervene and scheme to prevent it.

Modern Family - "Torn Between Two Lovers" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Haley can’t seem to choose between her past and present relationships and is forced to make a decision. Meanwhile, Manny returns to college and dorm life while his girlfriend, Sherry, continues to stay at Jay and Gloria’s, and might be overstaying her welcome.

Single Parents - "Beyoncé Circa Lemonade" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After scolding Miggy for not being able to sleep-train baby Jack, Angie and Douglas engage in a competition to see who can sleep-train the baby in one night. While Angie and Douglas have the baby, Miggy takes over babysitting Graham, Rory, Sophie, Emma and Amy, which results in an impromptu kids’ party. Meanwhile, Poppy teaches Will how to take out his anger on the volleyball court.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "The Gang Does a Clip Show" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
With nothing to do while their phones update to the latest software, the gang decides to reminisce on old times; as everyone misremembers events from their past, the gang's current reality becomes altered.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 15)

Wednesday, October 17

  • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Watch Busy on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Molly Shannon (Divorce/Kath & Kim/Cracking Up) - Molly is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Constance Wu (Fresh Off the Boat) - Constance appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens/Anything But Love/Operation Petticoat) - Jamie Lee visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson (The Conners/Roseanne) - Michael and Lecy chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. Michael, Lecy and Maya Lynne Robinson will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • John Goodman (The Conners/Roseanne/The Trouble in Normal, Ohio) - John stops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Maya Rudolph (Forever/Up All Night) - Maya is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Romeo Miller (Romeo!) - Romeo appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Geoffrey Owens (The Cosby Show) - Geoffrey drops by Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Neighborhood/The Last O.G./The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) and Tichina Arnold (The Neighborhood/Survivor's Remorse/Happily Divorced/Everybody Hates Chris/Martin) - Cedric and Tichina are guests on Access Live, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (September/October)

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season Step by Step - The Complete Second Season Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season

09/04 - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - The Complete Season 12
09/04 - Mom - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Superstore - Season Three
09/04 - Young Sheldon - The Complete First Season
09/11 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season (Blu-ray)
09/11 - The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - People of Earth - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - Community - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
09/18 - Step by Step - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - You're the Worst - The Complete Fourth Season
09/25 - Blondie - The Complete 1957 Television Series
09/25 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season
10/02 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season
10/02 - The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One / Volume Two
10/02 - Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection
10/16 - Police Squad! - TV and Movie Collection
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