Sunday, January 01, 2012

Week 15 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

2011-12 Week 15 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

Households: #1. CBS 5.5 rating/9.2 share; #2. ABC 2.5/4.2; #3. NBC 2.0/3.4; #4. Fox 2.0/3.3; #5. The CW 0.6/1.0
Total Viewers: #1. CBS 8.77 million; #2. ABC 3.96 million; #3. Fox 3.15 million; #4. NBC 3.11 million; #5. The CW 930,000 viewers.
Adults 18-49: #1. CBS 1.8 rating/5.2 share; #2. ABC 1.0/3.0; #3. Fox 0.9/2.6; #4. NBC 0.9/2.6l #5. The CW 0.3/0.9

Week 15 (Dec. 26-Jan. 1) Analysis: Week 15 is the week between Christmas and New Year's, so more repeats. The first four night network averages has CBS on top in all categories. ABC follows in a distant second in everything. And then Fox and NBC are neck-and-neck for third in all categories. When the week is over with, NBC will win the week in all categories, as there is a huge Sunday night NFL game tonight. CBS will be second in all categories this week. ABC will be in third but could be a player for second in 18-49 thanks to the strong ratings in primetime last night for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest. Fox should be fourth, but the NFL overrun could be a player for them tonight. As for last week, week 14, NBC won the week in viewers and 18-49 thanks to the Sunday NFL game, but CBS edged out NBC in HH. CBS was second in viewers, while Fox was second in 18-49. CBS was third in 18-49 and Fox in third in HH/viewers. That left ABC in fourth place in all categories.

On Monday, it was a really quiet night with CBS with the win. Starting first with ABC, Rudolph's Shiny New Year started it off with just 2.92 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, perhaps it aired a day or two too early. At 9pm the finale of game show You Deserve It did only 3.08 million and only a 0.8 18-49 rating, for a series low. At 10pm, a repeat of Castle did 3.96 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, off some week-to-week. For CBS, How I Met Your Mother was a repeat doing 5.85 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. Then a repeat of 2 Broke Girls followed doing a better 6.16 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, but that was kinda down big from previous week. Solid though. At 9pm, a repeat of Two and a Half Men did 8.15 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. A repeat of Mike & Molly followed and did 7.38 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week despite its lead-in going up. A repeat of Hawaii Five-0 was next doing 6.19 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, winning its time period bit down some from previous week. Fox aired two repeats of House and did just 2.94 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating at 8pm. The 9pm House repeat did a bit worse with 2.8 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating. NBC started the night with the finale of new game show Who's Still Standing? and did only 6.16 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, on par really with its premiere the previous week. Then at 9pm a repeat of Fear Factor (yes, already?) did 4.01 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating. At 10pm, NBC aired a new episode of Rock Center with Brian Williams and it did an embarrassing 2.93 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, down from previous week. The CW preempted Gossip Girl and Hart of Dixie for a movie (Education of Charlie Banks) and did only 740,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating.

On Tuesday, CBS and ABC battled a on low rated night. First, CBS had a repeat of NCIS do 12.58 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. Then NCIS: Los Angeles and Unforgettable were preempted for the 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors that did 8.4 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, which is lower than the usual crime repeats in this block. ABC started with new comedy Last Man Standing with Tim Allen leading the night off doing 6.05 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating for a repeat, which was up from previous week. At 8:30pm another repeat followed doing a similar 5.67 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. New Year, New Tim this Tuesday! Then at 9pm, ABC aired a repeat of The Middle and did 4.74 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, up some from previous week repeat. Then at 9:30pm a repeat of Suburgatory did 4.06 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, up some from previous week. This is good exposure for the new comedy as it returns with new episodes this Wednesday. Body of Proof was next at 10pm and was also a repeat doing 5.11 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, also up some from previous week. Not bad. Fox aired a repeat of Glee and did only 2.13 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, down a good amount from previous week's repeat. Then the comedies took the 9pm hour with a repeat of New Girl doing 2.78 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, off by a tenth from previous week. Then at 9:30pm a Raising Hope repeat did 2.68 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, also off a tenth from previous week. NBC was next with a The Biggest Loser Where Are They Now? special repeat from 8-10pm doing 3.01 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating. At 10pm, NBC aired a rare Parenthood repeat and did 2.06 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, which is why it doesn't usually repeat. The CW preempted 90210 and Ringer for a movie (Keith) and did 930,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating, which is sadly on par with repeats of those dramas.

Wednesday it was CBS on top by a lot. CBS started the night off with a special repeat of NCIS: Los Angeles doing 9.17 million and only a 1.8 18-49 rating. Perhaps we will see this series move next season from Tuesdays? Veteran drama Criminal Minds was a repeat and did 10.6 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, up nearly a full point from previous week's repeat. At 10pm, CSI was a repeat doing 9.74 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, up a half a point from previous week. ABC was in repeats for its Laugh On comedy block with The Middle doing 5.3 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, which is solid but down a tenth from previous week. Suburgatory followed at 8:30pm with 4.59 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, building from its lead-in's 18-49 rating but down a tenth week-to-week. The mega hit Modern Family was next at 9pm and it did 5.56 million and 1.9 18-49 rating for a repeat, which was some from previous week. At 9:30pm, Happy Endings was a repeat and did 3.37 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, also off some from previous week. The comedies return this Wednesday with new episodes! At 10pm a repeat of the addicting Revenge did only 2.6 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating. Look for the return this Wednesday and it is a GREAT episode as the first 10 minutes is must see TV. Fox aired comedy repeats as the first hour was two repeats of Raising Hope doing 2.42 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating at 8pm, then 8:30pm did only 2.23 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating. Then the 9pm hour had two repeats of New Girl and did 2.55 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating at 9pm, followed by another repeat at 9:30pm doing a bit better with 2.78 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating. NBC opened the night with a repeat of Up All Night doing only 3.4 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating. A repeat of Whitney followed with 2.73 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating. At 9pm, Harry's Law was a repeat doing 3.28 million and only a 0.5 18-49 rating, ouch. And at 10pm, Law & Order: SVU was a repeat and did 3.68 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. The CW had another movie, this time According to Greta, and did 1.19 million and a 0.4 18-49 rating. The best of the movies they aired this week.

Thursday it was CBS with the win again. First, ABC opened the night with the special Happy New Year, Charlie Brown doing 4.26 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, on par with previous week's specials. At 9pm, a repeat of Grey's Anatomy aired doing only 2.79 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating. At 10pm, another repeat of Grey's Anatomy at a special time did a better 3.14 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, as Private Practice was preempted. Both dramas are all-new this Thursday! CBS opened with a repeat of The Big Bang Theory at 10.16 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, great for a repeat and up some from previous week. Then, a repeat of Rules of Engagement was next doing 7.59 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, also up some from previous week. A repeat of Person of Interest followed with 8.51 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. A repeat of The Mentalist followed and did 8.9 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, up some from previous week. Fox aired a repeat of Bones at 8pm doing 4.82 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating. Another repeat at 9pm did 4.79 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating. NBC aired repeats, with Community up first doing just 2.06 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating. A Parks and Recreation repeat was next doing 1.76 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, ouch. The Office was next at 9pm doing only 2.55 and a 1.0 18-49 rating for a repeat, up a tenth from previous week. At 9:30pm Whitney was a repeat (yes another repeat of this) with only 2.02 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, up a tenth week-to-week, though. At 10pm, it was more repeats, with a special The Office repeat doing just 1.91 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating. At 10:30pm, a repeat of Up All Night did only 1.89 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating. The CW's big gun Vampire Diaries and new drama The Secret Circle were repeats that did only 900,000 viewers/0.3 18-49 rating and 850,000 viewers/0.3 18-49 rating -- with the latter up some week-to-week.

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available, but CBS and ABC tied for first on a very slow Friday night. ABC aired the movie Chronicles of Narnia and CBS was led by a repeat of CSI: NY at 9. NBC's Chuck was new but of course low at 8pm.
Saturday numbers have ABC winning the night by a huge margin as Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest aired from 8-11pm more than tripling everything else on the night. NBC's special at 10pm didn't even come close with Carson Daly.

Tonight ABC's regular Sunday of AFV, Once Upon a Time, Desperate Housewives and Pan Am are not on as ABC airs a Once Upon a Time marathon. ABC Sunday returns with new episodes next Sunday. NBC will win the night with the NFL with the Giants and Cowboys, as it will be hige. CBS has an all-new of 60 Minutes, followed by repeats of Unforgettable, The Good Wife and CSI: Miami. Fox has the animated comedies from 8-10pm, but they are repeats following NFL action, so they could be boosted up a bit.

As for the week (week 15), it should be NBC with the win after the game tonight unless its a blow out or something. CBS will be second, but ABC could battle them in 18-49, since they were boosted last night by Dick Clark. ABC will be third in HH/viewers as CBS should be second. Fox could be fourth in everything unless the NFL overrun makes them third in 18-49. As for the coming week (week 16), Happy New Year, as new episodes return with The Bachelor kicking it off tomorrow night on ABC.

Week 15 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Week 14 -- Dec. 19-25)

  • The Simpsons (Fox) - A repeat did only 1.94 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating on Christmas night.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) 2 airings - A repeat at 7:30pm did just 1.25 million and a 0.5 18-49 rating, but the 8:30pm repeat did a bit better with 2.06 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating.
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox) - A repeat at 7pm did an embarrassing 1.1 million and a 0.3 18-49 rating. Christmas or not, ouch.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A repeat did 2.34 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, the best of the Fox block.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - A repeat at 9:30pm did 2.24 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, low but held all of its lead-in's ratings.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A repeat did 5.85 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, solid but down some from previous week.
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - A repeat did 6.16 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down a lot from previous week but still built from the lead-in.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 8.15 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating for a repeat is good and up a tenth from previous week.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - A repeat did 7.38 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, down just a tenth week-to-week.

Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Last Man Standing (ABC) 2 airings - The first repeat in its 8pm half-hour did 6.05 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, which is good and up some from previous week. Another repeat followed and did 5.67 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. New Tim this Tuesday!
  • The Middle (ABC) - A repeat at 9pm posted 4.74 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, up some from previous week's repeat.
  • Suburgatory (ABC) - A repeat at 9:30pm did 4.06 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, up some from previous week.
  • New Girl (Fox) - A repeat did 2.78 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, which is not good and down a tenth week-to-week.
  • Raising Hope (Fox) - A repeat did 2.68 million and only a 0.9 18-49 rating, which is not good either and down a tenth, too.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - A repeat did 5.3 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, off a tenth week-to-week.
  • Suburgatory (ABC) - A repeat did 4.59 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, building from its lead-in and down only a tenth from previous week.
  • Up All Night (NBC) - In a battle of comedy repeats, this did just 3.4 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating.
  • Whitney (NBC) - A repeat of this comedy did just 2.73 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating.
  • Raising Hope (Fox) 2 airings - Two special repeats in the 8pm hour on a special night did only 2.42 million and 2.23 million. The 18-49 ratings of 0.9 and 0.8 weren't good either.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A repeat did 5.56 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. New episodes return this Wednesday along with the rest of the ABC line-up.
  • Happy Endings (ABC) - A repeat did 3.37 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, down some from previous week.
  • New Girl (Fox) 2 airings - Two repeats on a special night didn't do much with 2.55 million and 2.78 million. As with its lead-in, the 18-49 rating were only a 1.1 each.

Thursday Sitcoms

  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A repeat did 10.16 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, great for a repeat and up some from previous week. The #1 sitcom and scripted performance for the week.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - A repeat did 7.59 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, up some from previous week.
  • Community (NBC) - A repeat did just 2.06 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating.
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC) - A repeat of this followed with only 1.76 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating.
  • The Office (NBC) 2 airings - A repeat at 9pm did 2.55 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, not good but up a tenth from previous week. A special repeat at 10 just did 1.91 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating.
  • Whitney (NBC) - A repeat did only 2.02 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, but actually up a tenth from previous week.
  • Up All Night (NBC) - A special repeat at 10:30pm did only 1.89 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating.

Friday Sitcoms

  • None.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A New Year's Eve repeat did a prelim 1.9 million and a prelim 0.4 18-49 rating. Not good, but what else did you expect?

Airing tonight (Sunday) are repeats of Fox's animated comedies from 8-10pm, but of course all repeats.

Summing it up. Repeats of The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly, 2 Broke Girls, Rules of Engagement, Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as repeats of Suburgatory, The Middle) or just plain old terrible (such as all the Fox and NBC sitcom repeats like Raising Hope, Whitney, Community).


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, December 18

Kevin Can Wait - "The Might've Before Christmas" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
While Vanessa and the Gable family gather around the Christmas tree, Vanessa and Kevin reminisce about their first patrol together.

Man with a Plan - "Adam Gets Neighborly" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Adam and Andi try to get back in their neighbors’ good graces after no one shows up to their potluck. Sherri Shepherd and Tim Meadows guest star as Joy and Rudy Randall, the Burns’ new neighbors.

Superior Donuts - "Electile Dysfunction" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Arthur suddenly decides to run against Fawz in a local election, his campaign manager, Franco, tries to help his boss bring home a win. Also, Tush and Randy realize they crossed paths long before the donut shop, and the encounter was hardly sweet.

9JKL - "It Happened One Night" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Josh and Nick coach their friend Luke (Tone Bell) on how to amicably break up with his girlfriend, Sydney (Ginger Gonzaga), so that it won’t jeopardize Josh’s spot in her coveted spin class. Also, Judy and Harry invite their rivals, Dick (Fred Willard) and Lenore (Christina Pickles) Stevenson, over to play bridge, and Andrew and Eve celebrate their anniversary with their own gift-giving tradition.

Tarantula - "Pajattery" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Echo discovers Paja's secret and decides to share it with the rest of the Tarantula residents, with unforeseen consequences.

Tarantula - "Frog Flog" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
A rift develops in their friendship when Echo and Booty build their own hot springs.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 18)

Monday, December 18

  • Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show/My Boys/Welcome to New York) - Watch Jim on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Cristela Alonzo (Cristela) - Cristela is a guest on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Anna Faris (Mom) - Anna appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Mark Hamill (The Texas Wheelers) - Mark is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jenny Slate (Married/Parks and Recreation) - Jenny appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Bill Pullman (1600 Penn) - Bill stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Anna Camp (The Mindy Project) - Anna visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Laura Dern (F Is for Family/Enlightened) - Laura is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Patti LaBelle (Out All Night) - Patti performs the holiday classic Don't Save It All For Christmas Day on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Monty/Out of Practice) - Henry drops by Access Hollywood Live and Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Leslie Odom Jr. (Big Day) - Leslie is a guest on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Jenifer Lewis (black-ish) - Jenifer chats with the ladies of The View on a repeat on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy/American Dad!/The Cleveland Show) - Seth appears on the BUILD Series at 5pm.


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

The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season Living Single - The Complete Third Season Alice - The Complete Sixth Season One Day at a Time - The Complete Series Fuller House - The Complete Second Season

11/07 - American Dad! - Volume 12
11/07 - Family Guy - Season Fifteen
11/07 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season
11/14 - D.C. Follies - The Complete Series
11/21 - Living Single - The Complete Third Season
11/24 - Grandfathered - Season 1
12/05 - Alice - The Complete Sixth Season
12/05 - One Day at a Time - The Complete Series
12/05 - The Simpsons - The Eighteenth Season
12/05 - South Park - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
12/12 - Fuller House - The Complete Second Season
12/19 - South Park - The Complete Sixth Season (Blu-ray) / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11
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