Sunday, October 16, 2011

Week 4 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

2011-12 Week 4 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

Households: 1. CBS 7.9 rating/12.3 share; 2. ABC 7.2/11.3; 3. Fox 5.6/8.8; 4. NBC 3.3/5.2; 5. The CW 1.1/1.8
Total Viewers: 1. CBS 12.65 million; 2. ABC 11.08 million; 3. Fox 9.12 million; 4. NBC 5.12 million; 5. The CW 1.73 million.
Adults 18-49: 1. CBS 3.4 rating/8.8 share; 2. Fox 2.9/7.8; 3. ABC 2.9/7.4; 4. NBC 1.7/4.5; 5. The CW 0.8/2.0

Week 4 (Oct. 10-16) Analysis: It was a week of lower ratings for Fox, while CBS stayed steady. ABC got a good showing from Tim Allen's new series, while NBC is even lower. Through the first four nights, CBS is first in HH/viewers, followed by ABC and Fox, and NBC still way behind in fourth. Among 18-49, CBS is in first place as Fox had their normal Tuesday and Wednesday preempted, leaving them tied for second with ABC. NBC is way back there in fourth waiting for the NFL to save it tonight, like usual. I expect CBS to take the week in HH/viewers but Fox could make a run in 18-49 with an NFL overrun tonight. The normal Animation Domination line-up is preempted tonight, so maybe CBS will prevail. As for last week, week 3, CBS took the 18-49 crown over second place Fox thanks to the NFL overrun on Sunday night again. CBS also prevailed in HH/total viewers once again. ABC was second in HH/viewers, with NBC sneaking in third in HH/total viewers thanks to the NFL. Fox was fourth in HH/viewers. ABC was left in fourth place in 18-49, as NBC made a late run with the NFL to take third place.

Monday has CBS on top again in 18-49, with Fox below normal and ABC winning in total viewers again. Starting with ABC, Dancing with the Stars won the total viewer race with 16.79 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, up some in viewers but down a tad in 18-49 from previous week. A new Castle at 10pm was first place with 10.23 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, down from previous week. ABC was preempted however in Detroit for Monday Night Football and Detroit does very well for ABC Monday. Look for ABC to do better tomorrow night, especially Castle. For CBS, How I Met Your Mother started it off with 8.89 million and a 4.0 18-49 rating, down a lot from previous week and a season low. 2 Broke Girls followed with 10.71 million and a 4.3 18-49 rating, down some from previous week but still impressive build from the lead-in. Then it was a new Two and a Half Men, with new star Ashton Kutcher, doing 16.2 million and a 5.9 18-49 rating, down another 1.5 million from previous week but still it is very good. Will it stabilize by tomorrow? A new Mike & Molly followed the huge lead-in and did 11.65 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating, down from the previous week. An all-new Hawaii Five-0 was next doing 10.07 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, down a good amount from previous week. Fox was next with the the ALCS Game spilling over into primetime, so Terra Nova didn't start until 8:52pm ET as it did 7.0 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, down from previous week. Was it down because of a late start? We will see tomorrow. House also was delayed in the E/C time zones and did 6.85 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating at 9:53pm, way down from its season premiere the previous week. NBC followed with another two-hour The Sing-Off doing only 4.35 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, for a series low. It's not December, so it is not doing well. At 10pm, NBC aired a repeat of Prime Suspect and it did an embarrassing 2.92 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating. They should have just continued airing The Playboy Club until news magazine Rock Center with Brian Williams (which is not going to be a big improvement I think) launches on Oct. 31 The CW had a new Gossip Girl doing just 1.27 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. At 9pm, Hart of Dixie did only 1.57million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, also down some from previous week. They picked-up a full season, though.

On Tuesday, CBS was on top, with ABC above average and Fox's line-up preempted. CBS had the quiet leader NCIS opening the night off with 18.98 million and a 4.0 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. Then spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles was next and did 15.4 million and 3.3 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week. And a new Unforgettable did 11.72 million and a series low 2.3 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. ABC was next with the series premiere of new comedy Last Man Standing with Tim Allen leading the night off doing 13.19 million and a 3.6 18-49 rating for the full hour! Great start! Then Dancing with the Stars: The Results followed at 9pm with a season high 16.89 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating, up from previous week as we said goodbye to Chynna Phillips. I was hoping for Nancy Grace or Chaz. An all-new Body of Proof followed and did a decent 9.- million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, but down some from the previous week. Fox preempted Glee and comedies New Girl & Raising Hope for MLB ALCS Game 3, which did lower than the usual Fox Tuesday, doing 8.33 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating in primetime (8-10pm for Fox). The game overall did 8.39 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating thru 11:15pm ET. NBC was next with a two-hour The Biggest Loser doing 5.58 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, again down some from the previous week and its lowest rating probably ever for the fall, followed by an all-new Parenthood at just 5.26 million but a better 2.1 18-49 rating, up some from previous week. The CW aired a new 90210 with just 1.54 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, but actually up some from previous week. Then an all-new episode of the Sarah Michelle Gellar drama Ringer did 1.71 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, also up some from the previous week. It was picked-up for a full season, so it can breathe a little now.

Wednesday it was a face-off between ABC and CBS, CBS won in the total viewers, while ABC took the 18-49 race. CBS started the night off on top with Survivor: South Pacific at 10.69 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. Veteran drama Criminal Minds did 12.87 million and a solid 3.8 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. At 10pm, CSI did a decent 10.93 million and a second place 2.6 18-49 rating, but down some from the previous week. ABC started off with its Laugh On comedy block with The Middle doing 8.87 million and solid 2.9 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. The new sitcom Suburgatory followed with a great 8.92 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, virtually on par with previous week again. Its full season pick-up was very deserving. At 9pm, the mega hit Modern Family did 13.65 million and a huge 5.9 18-49 rating, up some from the previous week. A new Happy Endings was next with 7.29 million and a series high 3.2 18-49 rating, up from the previous week. Good sign. At 10pm week four of my favorite fall series Revenge did a solid 7.9 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, up from previous week and grew for the first time. Addicting and payback has never been prettier! Full season now! Fox aired preempted The X Factor as MLB ALCS Game #4 was delayed and started at 6:30pm, doing 9.72 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating in primetime. The game overall did 8.37 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating. NBC opened the night with a new Up All Night at 5.24 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, down some from previous week's first climb. At 8:30pm, a repeat of Whitney did 3.97 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, which is better than a new Free Agents the previous week. At 9pm, Harry's Law did nothing, doing just a 1.2 18-49 rating yet again but its 7.84 million viewers is OK, but down from previous week. This is Friday material yet they are launching new series Grimm on Friday nights? An all-new Law & Order: SVU at 10pm did 7.34 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating for last place, on par with previous week. The CW had a repeat of Ringer leading the night off with 1.09 million and a 0.4 18-49 rating. The declining fast America's Next Top Model was next at 9pm with 1.9 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, on par with previous week.

Thursday it was Fox with the win, as they finally had a normal night. Anyway, ABC opened the night with Charlie's Angels doing 5.91 million but only a 1.3 18-49 rating, up a tad from previous week, but ABC has canceled the series. The remaining four episodes will still air though. At 9pm, Grey's Anatomy followed with 9.97 million and a 3.6 A18-49 rating, up a good amount from previous week's low for the series. At 10pm, Private Practice, with Benjamin Bratt joining the cast, did 6.51 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, up some from the previous week. Could be higher. CBS opened with The Big Bang Theory at 13.58 million and a 4.6 18-49 rating, up a lick from previous week. A repeat was next, as How To Be A Gentleman has been canceled and will air Saturdays, did 12.1 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating, the best any sitcom has done here in a while. Rules of Engagement will take over starting this Thursday. A new Person of Interest followed with 12.04 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, up some from the previous week. It is solid, but not big as it could be, nevertheless, CBS will pick-up a full season soon, I think. A new episode of The Mentalist followed and did 12.39 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. Fox aired a two-hour The X Factor doing a solid 11.24 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating, but down from previous week. NBC was in the familiar fourth place with the should-be-not leading-off Community getting slaughtered with 3.78 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating only, though up some from previous week, followed by Parks and Recreation at only 3.99 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. At 9pm The Office jumped to 6.08 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating, up a tad from previous week. A new episode of Whitney closed the comedy block with only 4.25 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, for another series low. NBC has another drama bust with a new episode Prime Suspect closing the night with only 4.6 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, down from the previous week. The CW's big gun Vampire Diaries did 2.89 million, and a 1.4 18-49 rating, up some from previous week, followed by a new The Secret Circle at 1.89 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, on par with the previous week.

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available, but CBS won Friday with their dramas but the new A Gifted Man was low but steady and Blue Bloods still was the highest rated series of the night. ABC was in repeats again from 8-10pm, but the comedies repeated well, and NBC's Dateline again did solid from 9-11pm. Fox had a good showing from Kitchen Nightmares but Fringe dropped the ball (down a tenth from previous week). Look for Friday to have more new programming as ABC launches Extreme Makeover: Home Edition this Friday. I think that will help ABC win the night.
Saturday numbers was a battle with Fox and ABC with sports -- MLB ALCS Game 6 and NASCAR on ABC. The burn-off of How To Be A Gentleman for CBS did nothing.

Tonight ABC Sunday is all-new (with AFV, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives, and Pan Am). Pan Am should hopefully go up this week and ABC can sort of pick-up additional episodes at least. NBC will win the night with the NFL with the Vikings and Bears, but it could be below normal. CBS has its normal line-up of 60 Minutes, Amazing Race, The Good Wife and CSI: Miami, with no delays expected as they don't have the national NFL game. Fox has the NFL overrun this week leading into a special The X Factor on a special night (thanks to the preemption on Wednesday by baseball), as the animated comedies are preempted again.

As for the week (week 4), CBS will win in HH/viewers but Fox could come back for an 18-49 win over CBS. Fox will give ABC a run for second in HH/viewers, but ABC will prevail. ABC will be third in 18-49, but NBC could tie or come close again. NBC will likely be fourth in HH/viewers, as Fox had sporting events this weekend that should seal them for third place in HH/viewers. As for the coming week (week 5), we have the series premiere of new comedy Man Up! right after week two of Last Man Standing on Tuesday night starting at 8/7 central on ABC. Look for our review tomorrow.

Week 4 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Week 3 -- Oct. 3-9)

  • The Simpsons (Fox) - preempted.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) 2 airings - A repeat at 7pm did nothing with 1.37 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. A second repeat followed with 2.25 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - preempted.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - preempted.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - An all-new episode did 8.89 million and a 4.0 18-49 rating, down a good margin from previous week. Still a bit higher than last season, but it really went down it seems in week four.
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - A new airing did 10.71 million a 4.3 18-49 rating, down some from the previous week. Good news still.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 16.2 million and a 5.9 18-49 rating is excellent, but down again from previous week. Has it stopped the bleeding now? We will see tomorrow.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - With the strong lead-in, a new episode did 11.65 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating, down from previous week and the lowest rating in 18-49 of the block again. Could be better.

Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Last Man Standing (ABC) - The two-episode premiere did very well doing the best 8pm premiere for a comedy in total viewers since 2004 and in 18-49 since 2006! The premiere did 13.19 million and a 3.6 18-49 rating, growing from the first half to second half! Great start for Tim Allen and company!
  • New Girl (Fox) - preempted, will air next on Nov. 1.
  • Raising Hope (Fox) - preempted, will air next on Nov. 1.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - A new episode did 8.87 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, very consistent every week. Good numbers.
  • Suburgatory (ABC) - The third week did a very good 8.92 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, building from its lead-in again and on par with previous week!
  • Up All Night (NBC) - A new episode did 5.24 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, down some from previous week but still good for NBC.
  • Whitney (NBC) - A repeat did 3.97 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, up from the time period the previous week.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - An all-new episode did 13.65 million and a second all-time best 5.9 18-49 rating, up some from the previous week. Modern tied Men to be the sitcom leader of the week. Will it surpass it this week?
  • Happy Endings (ABC) - A new episode did 7.29 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, up from the previous week. Series highs for the second time in three week. Yeah bouy!

Thursday Sitcoms

  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2 airings - A new episode did 13.58 million and a 4.6 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. A repeat followed and did great with 12.1 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - premieres this Thursday.
  • Community (NBC) - A new showing did just 3.78 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, but up some from previous week. Still not lead-off material.
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC) - A new episode did 3.99 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week.
  • The Office (NBC) - A new episode did 6.08 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating, actually up a tenth from previous week. Bucked its trend.
  • Whitney (NBC) - A new episode did 4.25 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, down from previous week. This series should have never been picked-up for a full season, sorry.

Friday Sitcoms

  • Last Man Standing (ABC) - A repeat of the first two episodes did solid with a prelim 4.87 million and a prelim 1.3 18-49 rating, tying for second place in the hour.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A repeat did a prelim 3.69 million and a prelim 1.3 18-49 rating, better than previous week when it aired at 8pm.
  • Suburgatory (ABC) - A repeat did a prelim 3.14 million and a prelim 1.1 18-49 rating, up some from previous week when it aired at 8:30pm.
  • The Office (NBC) - A repeat did a prelim 2.1 million and a prelim 0.7 A18-49 rating, not good.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - A repeat of this sitcom did no better with a prelim 1.55 million and a 0.5 18-49 rating. This show should never be repeated, especially Fridays.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A repeat on Saturday did a prelim 3.59 million and a prelim 0.9 18-49 rating on the new Comedytime Saturday hour.
  • How To Be A Gentleman (CBS) - An all-new episode on Saturday did nothing with a prelim 2.43 million and a prelim 0.7 18-49 rating, losing numbers from its lead-in. Not good.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are no comedies, as Fox's animated comedies are preempted for The X Factor on a special night.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, Last Man Standing, 2 Broke Girls, How I Met Your Mother, Mike & Molly, Suburgatory, The Office, The Middle, Happy Endings were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as Up All Night, Parls & Recreation) or just plain old terrible (such as How To Be A Gentleman, Community, Whitney).


New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November/December)

2 Broke Girls - The Complete Third Season Two and a Half Men - The Complete Eleventh Season WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Series Hot in Cleveland - Season Five Sgt. Bilko - The Phil Silvers Show - The Complete Series
Family Ties - The Complete Series Happy Days - The Sixth Season The Jeffersons - The Complete Series Mister Ed - The Complete Series Mork & Mindy - The Complete Series

10/07 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Classic Christmas Episodes
10/07 - The Flying Nun - The Complete First and Second Seasons (Mill Creek)
10/07 - The Middle - The Complete Fifth Season (Warner Archive)
10/07 - The Office - The Complete Series
10/07 - The Wonders Years - Season One
10/10 - The Wonder Years - The Complete Series - Read Our Review / The Signature Edition / Seasons 1-3
10/14 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Third Season
10/14 - Two and a Half Men - The Complete Eleventh Season
10/21 - Married with Children - Seasons 5 and 6 (Mill Crek)
10/21 - The Soul Man - The Complete Second Season
10/21 - Square Pegs - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
10/28 - WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Series / Read Our Review
11/04 - Hot in Cleveland - Season Five
11/04 - Napoleon Dynamite - The Complete Animated Series
11/04 - Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show) - The Complete Series
11/11 - Dads - The Complete Series
11/11 - Family Ties - The Complete Series
11/11 - My Favorite Martian - Best of Collection
11/11 - Taxi - The Complete Series
11/11 - Wings - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
11/18 - King of the Hill - The Complete Seventh Season / The Complete Eighth Season
11/25 - Better Off Ted - The Complete Second Season
12/02 - Happy Days - The Sixth Season
12/09 - Barney Miller - The Complete Sixth Season
12/09 - The Jeffersons - The Complete Series
12/09 - Mister Ed - The Complete Series
12/09 - Mork & Mindy - The Fourth Season / The Complete Series
12/16 - The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis - The Final (Fourth) Season
12/23 - My Favorite Martian - Season Two - Collector's Edition
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Saturday, November 22

Henry Danger - "Henry the Man-Beast" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Henry's got a big date, but things don't go quite as planned after he's accidentally exposed to a strange device in the Man Cave.

Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn - "The Sad Tail of Gary-Chip-Tiny-Elvis-Squishy-Paws" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
GaryChipTinyElvisSquishyPaws heroically stops a theft at Get Sporty! but the Quads publicly argue over his name. Seeing this, a woman claims GCTESP as her own, and the Quads vow to get him home and finally get him a real name!

The Thundermans - "Change of Art" (Nickelodeon, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Phoebe gets Billy's help with an art project, only to find out that he took the piece from a museum. Now they have to work with Max to sneak in and return it before anyone notices.

The Haunted Hathaways - "Haunted Charm School" (Nickelodeon, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Frankie gets sent to charm school after taking the blame for Louie's mess. When Louie goes to visit and sees that Frankie has been brainwashed to be a polite young lady, he does everything he can to bring back the old Frankie.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 24) (All times ET unless noted)

Sunday, November 23

  • Meredith Baxter (Family Ties/Bridget Loves Bernie) - Meredith will be featured on Oprah: Where Are They Now? at 9pm ET/PT on OWN.
Monday, November 24
  • Tim Allen (Last Man Standing/Home Impprovment) - Watch Tim on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He will also be on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Jennifer Aniston (Friends) - Jennifer appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Ken Jeong (Community) - Ken is a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • William Shatner ($#*! My Dad Says) - William visits The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) - John drops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He discusses The Gambler on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Ken Marino (Marry Me/Party Down) - Ken appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Will Arnett (The Millers/Up All Night/Arrested Development) - Will is a guest on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Jennifer Lawrence (The Bill Engvall Show) - Tune in to see Jennnifer on a repeat of The Colbert Report at 11:30pm on Comedy Central.
  • Anna Camp (The Mindy Project) - Anna appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Tom Lennon (Reno 911!/Sean Saves the World) - Tom is a guest on a repeat of @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Brooke Shields (Suddenly Susan) - Brooke discusses her new book (There Was a Little Girl) on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Yara Shahidi (black-ish) - Yara stops by Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Candace Cameron Bure (Full House) and Marilu Henner (Taxi/Evening Shade) - Candace and Marilu will be on the Home & Family Holiday Special on Hallmark Channel at 8pm ET/PT. It repeats at 10am ET/PT on Tuesday. Candace will also be on Arise TV on their website at 3pm and on Centric at 3am on Tuesday. She is a guest on Fox and Friends on Fox News Channel at 8:30am. She will be on HuffPost Live at 1:00pm. Candace's Christmas Under Wraps premieres on November 29 at 8/7C on Hallmark Channel.
  • Tori Spelling (Mystery Girls) - Tori and Dean McDermott talk about their fight to save their marriage on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Urie (Partners) - Michael will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Kristin Chenoweth (Kristin) - Kristin joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Holly Robinson Peete (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/For Your Love) - Holly will be part of the Plugged In panel on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Tim Meadows and Dan Bucatinsky (Marry Me) - Tim and Dan are guests on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) - Aubrey talks about Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.