Sunday, November 27, 2011

Week 10 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

2011-12 Week 10 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

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Week 10 (Nov. 21-27) Analysis: Week 10 saw the end of November sweep after Wednesday then the Thanksgiving holiday took over. The first four nights were not available yet due to the Thanksgiving holiday, so we only have final ratings for Monday and Tuesday. We can project the last three nights of sweep has ABC on top in all categories, followed by CBS, Fox and NBC way back in fourth. It's hard to predict what will happen for this week, but perhaps CBS could win the week in all categories as the NFL overrun is with then tonight. ABC should be second in all categories this week but there is a chance they could win the week as well. While, Fox should be third across the board and NBC in fourth in everything even with a an NFL game tonight that might be below normal with the Chiefs and Steelers. As for last week, week 9, CBS beat ABC in HH/viewers for first place. CBS nipped by ABC for first in 18-49 for the week as well. Fox was third in 18-49, while NBC was third in HH/viewers. So, Fox was fourth in HH/viewers and NBC was fourth in 18-49.

The final Monday of November sweep had CBS on top again in 18-49 and ABC on top in viewers. Starting with ABC, Dancing with the Stars won the total viewer race but it was only on from 8-9pm as the Finals did 19.61 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating, up from previous week, even though ABC was preempted in Boston/Kansas City for MNF simulcast. At 9pm the series premiere of game show You Deserve It did 8.55 million but only a 1.7 18-49 rating, possibly the preemptions killed some of its ratings, but not a good start. At 10pm, Castle did 10.85 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, off a tenth from its previous episode two week prior. For CBS, How I Met Your Mother started it off with 10.01 million and a 4.4 18-49 rating, down some from previous week, but it has certainly surprised this season. 2 Broke Girls followed with 11.33 million and a 4.6 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. This is still a big hit. At 9pm, a new Two and a Half Men, with new star Ashton Kutcher, did 15.82 million and a 5.2 18-49 rating, down some from previous week in the demo. All the series have gone down two tenths week-to-week this time. A new Mike & Molly followed the huge lead-in and did 13.05 million and a 4.2 18-49 rating, down two tenths from the previous week. An all-new Hawaii Five-0 was next doing 10.59 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, down a half a point from from the previous week. Fox started with the expensive Terra Nova and it did 6.5 million and a series low 2.1 18-49 rating, down from previous week. Not too good. And at 9pm, House looks more and more like this will be its last season as it posted 7.46 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. NBC followed with another two-hour The Sing-Off doing only 4.27 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. Season finale is tomorrow night. At 10pm, NBC aired a new episode of Rock Center with Brian Williams and it did an embarrassing 3.64 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, a series low. The CW was new with Gossip Girl doing 1.35 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, up a tenth week-to-week. At 9pm Hart of Dixie did 1.77 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating each, on par with previous week.

On Tuesday, ABC took the honors with the finale of Dancing. Bu first, CBS had the juggernaut NCIS opening the night off with 18.5 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating, down a lot from previous week. What happened? Then spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles was next and did 14.1 million and 3.0 18-49 rating, down from previous week. And a new Unforgettable did 10.42 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, down from previous week and a series low. ABC started with new comedy Last Man Standing with Tim Allen leading the night off doing 9.29 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, up some from the previous week. Solid and it will be new for the next three weeks still, too. Get on board! Week six of Man Up! was next and it did 6.66 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, up some from previous week and the first time it has gone up. Still needs to do better. Then Dancing with the Stars: The Results Grand Finale followed from 9-11pm with 19.56 million and a 4.1 18-49 rating, of course up big from the previous week, as we crowned J.R. Martinez the champion. Body of Proof was preempted and will be new this week. Fox preempted Glee and the comedies New Girl & Raising Hope for a two-hour The X Factor on a special night and did 9.43 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, below normal. NBC was next with a two-hour The Biggest Loser doing 5.58 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, down some from the previous week. At 10pm, Parenthood did 4.57 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down some week-to-week. The CW aired a new 90210 that did 1.26 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, down a tenth week-to-week. Then the Sarah Michelle Gellar drama Ringer was preempted for a repeat of Hart of Dixie doing 959,000 viewers and a 0.4 18-49 rating.

Wednesday it was the last night of sweeps and it had lower ratings because it was Thanksgiving Eve but ABC was on top. We only have prelim ratings due to the Thanksgiving holiday. First, CBS started the night off with Survivor: South Pacific recap show at a prelim 7.85 million and a prelim 1.9 18-49 rating. Veteran drama Criminal Minds was a repeat and did a prelim 8.23 million and a prelim 1.8 18-49 rating. At 10pm, CSI was a repeat too and did a prelim 7.26 million and a prelim 1.6 18-49 rating. ABC was all-new with its Laugh On comedy block with a new The Middle doing a prelim 9.09 million and a prelim 2.5 18-49 rating, which was barely down in viewers from previous week. Not bad for Thanksgiving Eve. Suburgatory followed at 8:30pm with a solid prelim 8.32 million and a prelim 2.5 18-49 rating, and it was actually UP from previous week in viewers. The mega hit Modern Family was next at 9pm and it did a prelim 12.65 million and a prelim 4.5 18-49 rating, down only some in viewers from previous week. At 9:30pm the buzzworthy Happy Endings did a prelim 7.22 million and a prelim 2.7 18-49 rating, yes this was actually up in viewers from previous week, too. At 10pm the new drama Revenge did a prelim 7.24 million and a first place prelim 2.3 18-49 rating. Solid numbers, and only down some from previous week in viewers. Fox aired The X Factor from 8-9pm doing a prelim 8.51 million and a prelim 2.5 18-49 rating, down big from previous week when it was two-hours. The special Mobbed followed at 9pm and just a prelim 4.7 million and a prelim 1.6 18-49 rating. NBC opened the night with a new Up All Night at a prelim 4.33 million and a prelim 1.5 18-49 rating, only down some from previous week in viewers. At 8:30pm, a repeat followed and did just a prelim 2.99 million and a prelim 1.0 18-49 rating, down from previous week's repeat. At 9pm, Harry's Law and Law & Order: SVU were preempted for the special The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now? that did only a prelim 3.69 million and a prelim 1.2 18-49 rating from 9-11pm. The CW had a repeat of Top Model leading the night off with a prelim 863,000 viewers and a prelim 0.3 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. Then America's Next Top Model clip show was next at 9pm with a prelim 992,000 viewers and a prelim 0.4 18-49 rating.

Thursday it was Thanksgiving and nothing really was normal and new for regular series. First, ABC opened the night with A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving doing a solid prelim 5.78 million and a prelim 1.8 18-49 rating. At 9pm, Grey's Anatomy was preempted as ABC aired a repeat of The Middle doing a prelim 4.25 million and a prelim 1.3 18-49 rating. Private Practice was also preempted as ABC aired the special A Very Gaga Thanksgiving from 9:30pm-11pm doing a prelim 5.51 million and a solid prelim 1.7 18-49 rating. CBS opened with a repeat of The Big Bang Theory at a prelim 11.24 million and a a prelim 3.6 18-49 rating, but keep in mind some of these ratings are NFL ratings in San Francisco. Then, a repeat of Rules of Engagement was next doing a prelim 7.88 million and a prelim 2.4 18-49 rating, also with some NFL in there, so expect the finals to go down. A repeat of Person of Interest followed with a prelim 7.97 million and a prelim 1.7 18-49 rating. A repeat of The Mentalist followed and did a prelim 7.76 million and a prelim 1.5 18-49 rating. Fox preempted The X Factor for the special Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas doing a prelim 6.18 million and a prelim 2.0 18-49 rating. From 8:30pm-9:30pm, Fox aired the special Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown that did a prelim 4.96 million and a prelim 1.6 18-49 rating, as Bones was preempted. NBC preempted its comedies Community, Parks and Recreation, The Office and Whitney for the movie Horton Hears a Who that did a prelim 3.69 million and a prelim 1.1 18-49 rating, but some NFL is in there from Baltimore, so possibly it will go down in finals. NBC's drama bust Prime Suspect was preempted for the special The 85th Anniversary of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade that did a prelim 3.69 million and a prelim 1.1 18-49 rating. The CW's big gun Vampire Diaries and new drama The Secret Circle were repeats that did a prelim 992,000 viewers/0.3 18-49 rating and a prelim 776,000 viewers/0.2 18-49 rating.

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available, but Fox won Friday thanks to a Iron Man 2 airing from 8-10:30pm. Specials rules the night, but none did that we.
Saturday numbers had ABC Saturday Night Football on top by a wide margin, while CBS repeats were a distant second.

Tonight ABC Sunday is all-new with half of its normal line-up of AFV, Once Upon a Time, Desperate Housewives, and Pan Am, as the latter two are preempted for the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. Look for Once to do great again. NBC will win the night with the NFL with the Chiefs and Steelers, but might be below normal. CBS has its normal line-up of 60 Minutes, Amazing Race, The Good Wife and CSI: Miami, but look for an NFL overrun boosting it. Fox has the animated comedies from 7-10pm, with The Cleveland Show at 7:30pm.

As for the week (week 10), it's a tough call. Either CBS or ABC will win it. I'm guessing CBS will be first in HH/viewers and maybe ABC is first in 18-49. Fox should be third across the board and battle NBC. As for the coming week (week 11), it's the beginning of repeats and holiday specials but there are still some new showings, so be aware!

Week 10 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Week 9 -- Nov. 14-20)

  • The Simpsons (Fox) - A new episode did 5.77 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, down big from previous week when it had an NFL lead-in.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - The timeslot premiere at 7:30pm just did 3.86 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating. Could be better, but also could have been worse. A repeat was the lead-in at 7pm doing 2.41 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating.
  • Allen Gregory (Fox) - The fourth episode did 3.94 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down some again from previous week. Back to the movies for Jonah Hill?
  • Family Guy (Fox) - An all-new episode was way below normal again doing 6.02 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, but up a tenth week-to-week.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - A new showing did 4.82 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating at 9:30pm, on par week-to-week.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - An all-new episode did 10.01 million and a 4.4 18-49 rating, down some from the previous week...but still very good.
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - A new airing did 11.33 million a 4.6 18-49 rating, down some as well from the previous week.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 15.82 million and a 5.2 18-49 rating is excellent but also down some from previous week.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - With the strong lead-in, a new episode did 13.05 million and a 4.2 18-49 rating, also down two tenths from previous week.

Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Last Man Standing (ABC) - An all-new episode in the 8pm half-hour did 9.29 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, up some from previous week and very solid.
  • Man Up! (ABC) - Week six of this comedy did 6.66 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, up some from previous week.
  • New Girl (Fox) - preempted.
  • Raising Hope (Fox) - preempted.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - A new episode did a prelim 9.09 million and a prelim 2.5 18-49 rating on Thanksgiving Eve. Great showing.
  • Suburgatory (ABC) - A prelim 8.32 million tuned in and a prelim 2.5 18-49 rating. Also great showing on this lower rated night.
  • Up All Night (NBC) 2 episodes - A new episode did a prelim 4.33 million and a prelim 1.5 18-49 rating. A repeat followed with a prelim 2.99 million and a prelim 1.0 18-49 rating.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A prelim 12.65 million and a prelim 4.5 18-49 rating for a new episode on Thanksgiving Eve. Wow.
  • Happy Endings (ABC) - A new episode did a prelim 7.22 million and a prelim 2.7 18-49 rating. What a night for Thanksgiving Eve.

Thursday Sitcoms

  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A repeat did a prelim 11.24 million and a prelim 3.6 18-49 rating! Great for Thanksgiving, but some NFL was mixed in so it should go down some in finals.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - A repeat did a prelim 7.88 million and a prelim 2.4 18-49 rating on Thanksgiving, but some NFL is here too.
  • Community (NBC) - preempted.
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC) - preempted.
  • The Middle (ABC) - A special repeat on Thanksgiving did a prelim 4.25 million and a prelim 1.3 18-49 rating.
  • The Office (NBC) - preempted.
  • Whitney (NBC) - preempted.

Friday Sitcoms

  • None.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 2 airings - A prelim 2.8 million and a prelim 0.8 18-49 rating at 8, followed by a repeat at 8:30 that did a prelim 2.43 million and a prelim 0.8 18-49 rating.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are Fox's animated comedies from 7-10pm, including new ones from 7:30-10.

Summing it up. Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, 2 Broke Girls, How I Met Your Mother, Mike & Molly, The Middle, Suburgatory, Happy Endings were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as Rules of Engagement, Up All Night) or just plain old terrible (such as Week 9 Allen Gregory).


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, April 25

The Big Bang Theory - "The Decision Reverberation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Koothrappali is worried people won’t take him seriously in his own field after publishing a paper that suggests he may have discovered alien life. Also, Leonard wants to be the principal investigator on a plasma physics study.

Young Sheldon - "A Political Campaign and a Candy Land Cheater" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Unhappy that school funds are going towards football rather than academics, Sheldon decides to run for class president.

Mom - "Triple Dip and an Overhand Grip" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Bonnie and Tammy revisit childhood memories on a trip to their old foster home. Also, Christy and Jill regret accepting a date with two guys from their AA meeting.

Life in Pieces - "Misery Turd Name Pills" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
While Joan is bedridden recovering from surgery, she persuades Sophia to spend time with her, which she quickly regrets. Also, Jen and Greg select a name for their new baby only to learn that Matt and Colleen chose the same one; Colleen and Matt invite the family over to get to know Morgan (Joey King); and Heather has a new business idea.

Superstore - "QuinceaƱera" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Jonah (Ben Feldman) struggles to find his place at Amy’s (America Ferrera) daughter Emma’s quinceaƱera, while Dina (Lauren Ash) proves very popular with some teenage boys. Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) and Mateo (Nico Santos) are obsessed with seeing Amy cry.

A.P. Bio - "Sweet Low Road" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When budget cuts threaten to gut Whitlock and put his job in jeopardy, Jack recruits Mary, Stef, and Michelle to take down the Superintendent. Durbin plans an appeal to the heart, while the students plan an appeal to the soul.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Tickling Clocks" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
In an episode that takes place in real time, Jake and the squad must track down a hacker who has infiltrated the Nine-Nine's servers. Rosa deals with relationship issues. Hitchcock and Scully attempt to cook the perfect lasagna.

Abby's - "Mail Bin" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Abby finds a letter from her estranged father in a pile of unopened mail and opens up to the group about their fraught relationship.

Better Things - "The Unknown" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Sam gets theatrical.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 22)

Thursday, April 25

  • Paul Rudd (Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later/Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp/Wild Oats) - Catch Paul on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Susan Kelechi Watson (Louie) - Susan is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Lake Bell (Bless This Mess/Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp/How to Make It in America) - Lake visits E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
  • Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan (Tacoma PD) - Steve and Kevin are guests on E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
  • Bradley Cooper (Kitchen Confidential) - Bradley stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Diedrich Bader (American Housewife/Veep/The Drew Carey Show) - Diedrich visits The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Margo Martindale (The Millers) - Margo appears on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • James Brolin (Life in Pieces) - James talks about Life in Pieces on People Now at 12pm.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso is a guest on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Laurie Metcalf (The Conners/The McCarthys/Getting On/Roseanne) - Laurie talks about Hillary & Clinton on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah appears on NBC's Today in the 10am hour and on the BUILD SERIES at 3pm.
  • Ali Wentworth (Nightcap) - Ali is a guest on ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
  • Billy Crystal (The Comedians/Soap) and Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) - Billy and Ben talk about Standing Up, Falling Down on the BUILD Series at 1pm.


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