Sunday, January 15, 2012
Households: #1. CBS 7.3 rating/11.3 share; #2. ABC 5.0/7.8; #3. NBC 3.7/5.7; #4. Fox 2.5/3.9; #5. The CW 0.8/1.3
Total Viewers: #1. CBS 11.66 million; #2. ABC 7.79 million; #3. NBC 5.76 million; #4. Fox 4.14 million; #5. The CW 1.25 million.
Adults 18-49: #1. CBS 2.8 rating/7.1 share; #2. ABC 2.5/6.4; #3. NBC 1.8/4.7; #4. Fox 1.3/3.5, #5. The CW 0.5/1.4
Week 17 (Jan. 9-15) Analysis: Week 17 had more new episode returns but still some repeats are airing, especially on Fox. The first four night network averages has CBS on top in all categories once again. ABC follows in a comfortable second. And then NBC and Fox are neck-and-neck for third in all categories, with NBC with the edge and a bigger edge than previous week. When the week is over with, CBS will win the week as they had a NFL Divisional Playoff game in primetime last night. Fox could make a run if the Giants/Packers game bleeds into primetime by a lot tonight, but NBC has no NFL this week so they could be fourth for the week even with the Golden Globes tonight. More on the prediction of week 17 below. As for last week, week 16, CBS won the week in all key categories thanks to the huge NFL Wild Card overrun on Sunday. NBC was so bad they only were in second despite an actual NFL Wild Card game in primetime on Saturday that boosted them big time. ABC was third in all categories, while Fox was fourth across the board again.
On Monday, it was a ABC victory with CBS in repeats. On ABC, The Bachelor started it off from 8-10pm with 7.31 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, down some from previous week's premiere, for its lowest rating ever but look for it to build as the weeks go on as there was the BCS Championship Game on ESPN. At 10pm, Castle returned with a new episode and did a solid 9.76 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, up a tad from its last new episode in December. For CBS, How I Met Your Mother was a repeat doing 6.47 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, which is decent for a repeat. Then a repeat of 2 Broke Girls followed doing a better 7.25 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, with nice builds from the lead-in like usual. At 9pm, a repeat pf Two and a Half Men did 8.35 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, which is good but it didn't built from its lead-in's 18-49 rating like it usually would. A repeat of Mike & Molly followed and did 7.72 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, holding on to its lead-in's ratings completely. A repeat of Hawaii Five-0 was next doing 6.19 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating. Fox aired two repeats of House and did just 3.3 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating at 8pm, down some from previous week. The the 9pm House repeat did 3.29 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, basically on par with previous week. New episodes return next Monday, as the two-hour premiere of Alcatraz is tomorrow night. NBC started the night with new game show Who's Still Standing? and did 6.19 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. Then at 9pm a new Fear Factor did 5.53 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, down a tenth week-to-week. I really think this show should air at 8pm to jump start a night for NBC, bur yet another weird move by NBC. At 10pm, NBC aired a new episode of Rock Center with Brian Williams and it did an embarrassing 3.04 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, down big from previous week and tying its series low. The CW was in repeats, as the 8pm repeat of Gossip Girl did 680,000 viewers and a 0.2 18-49 rating. At 9pm a Hart of Dixie repeat did 870,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating.
On Tuesday, it was CBS with the win this time. CBS had a new NCIS do 21.03 million and a 4.1 18-49 rating, on par with previous week but total viewers was up solidly from previous week. It seems this show gets 20-22 million every January. Then NCIS: Los Angeles did 16.6 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating, down some from previous week despite a higher lead-in. And at 10pm, a new Unforgettable did 11.2 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, down a half a point from previous week. Weird how this show goes up and down like that. ABC started with new comedy Last Man Standing with Tim Allen leading the night off doing 7.57 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating for a new showing, which was down from previous week and a series low. The New Hampshire primary results were before it for a few minutes (some market preemptions also), so that might have threw it off. At 8:30pm week two of Work It followed doing 4.9 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, down a half a point from previous week, and thus ABC has pulled the series after just two episodes. I didn't think it was all that bad in quality, but the hate has been overwhelming. Repeats of Last Man will air starting this week for the next three weeks. Then at 9pm, ABC aired a new Celebrity Wife Swap and did 5.21 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, on par with previous week and solid. This is reality filler until the new drama The River launches on Feb. 7. Body of Proof was next at 10pm and was also new doing 6.9 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, which was up a tenth from previous week. If ABC wants to create programming for Fridays next season, perhaps this show is an option--I think it should be back one way or another as it does OK when Dancing airs. Fox aired a repeat of Glee and did only 3.1 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, up some from previous week's repeat. Then the comedies took the 9pm hour with a repeat of New Girl doing 3.34 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. Then at 9:30pm a Raising Hope repeat did 2.83 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. NBC was next with The Biggest Loser from 8-10pm doing 6.65 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, which is on par with its premiere the previous week. At 10pm, NBC aired a new Parenthood and did just 4.7 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, which is below normal again but on par with previous week. The CW preempted 90210 and Ringer for the movie Table for Three and did only 590,000 viewers and a 0.2 18-49 rating.
Wednesday it was ABC with the win. First, CBS started the night off with a repeat of Criminal Minds at a special time doing 8.54 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, which is decent. Then from 9-11pm, Criminal Minds and CSI were preempted for the People's Choice Awards that did 8.88 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, down from last year and its lowest telecast ever. ABC was all-new for its Laugh On comedy block with The Middle doing 9.45 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, which is solid and down a tenth week-to-week. Suburgatory followed at 8:30pm with 8.75 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, identical to previous week. Solid. The mega hit Modern Family was next at 9pm and it did 12.12 million and 5.1 18-49 rating for a new episode, down from previous week as I guess the awards was a factor. At 9:30pm, Happy Endings was new and did 6.68 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, solid and consistent but down a few tenths from previous week. At 10pm a new episode of the addicting Revenge did 7.58 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week. This week's episode looks like a thriller! Fox aired a repeat of Mobbed doing 2.76 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating at 8pm. Then at 9pm a new Mobbed special did just 3.42 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, but up a tenth from previous week. NBC opened the night with the new night and time premiere of Whitney doing 5.79 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, not great but not terrible. I just don't think it will stay at this level. The series premiere of Are You There, Chelsea followed with 6.18 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, building from its lead-in. Will this be enough for NBC or will it go down a lot this week when Idol premieres? At 9pm, Harry's Law was all-new doing 8.39 million and only a 1.2 18-49 rating. It is so old skewing. And at 10pm, Law & Order: SVU was new too and did 8.4 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, building sharply from its lead-in and good for second place in the time period. The CW had the season premiere of One Tree Hill at 8pm doing 1.72 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating. Then at 9pm an immediate repeat did 740,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating. Interesting that they aired an immediate repeat.
Thursday it was CBS over ABC. Either CBS or ABC keeps winning nights the past two weeks from Mon-Thurs. ABC opened the night with a new Winter Wipeout doing a solid 7.12 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, but down from previous week's premiere. At 9pm, a new Grey's Anatomy aired doing 10.71 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating, great but down from its season high the previous week. At 10pm, Private Practice was next and did a solid 6.55 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, which was down some from previous week. CBS opened with a new The Big Bang Theory at 16.13 million and a 5.3 18-49 rating, great for likely the #1 TV show airing of the week. Then the series premiere of Rob was next doing 13.47 million and a 4.1 18-49 rating, up from any airing of Rules of Engagement this season. Keep in mind, the canceled $#*! My Dad Says opened similarly, so let's not call Rob a big hit just yet. It's a good start with Idol coming this week. A new Person of Interest benefited from the stronger lead-in and did 14.86 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, its best numbers in a while. A new The Mentalist followed and did 13.65 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, its usual performance. Fox aired a new Bones at 8pm doing 8.64 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, solid. But the series premiere of the spin-off series The Finder at 9pm did just 5.5 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, not good. Will an Idol lead-in help? We shall see this week. NBC was all-new with the season premiere of 30 Rock up first doing just 4.47 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, its lowest premiere ever. A bit better than Community maybe. Then Parks and Recreation was next doing 4.09 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating. The Office was next at 9pm doing 5.9 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating. At 9:30pm Up All Night moved to its new night and time and did 4.24 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, on par with Whitney. Face it, NBC doesn't have any scripted hits. At 10pm, it was the timeslot premiere of new drama The Firm and it did only 4.23 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating. Prime Suspect style. Total mismatch out of these comedies. The CW's big gun Vampire Diaries was all-new and did 2.86 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, down from previous week. At 9pm, new drama The Secret Circle was new and did 1.93 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, on par with previous week despite the lead-in going down.
Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available, but CBS and ABC did decent on Friday night and won the night. ABC aired the two-hour finale of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition which did season best numbers and won the 9pm hour. CBS aired new episodes of its dramas lead by Blue Bloods at 10. NBC's Chuck was new but of course low at 8pm, while Grimm returned below normal and third place.
Saturday numbers have CBS of course winning the night by a huge margin with the NFL Divisional Playoff Game. It could have been higher even if the game was closer, but still huge. Fox had a little overrun that helped them for second, otherwise ABC's Miss America was solid and second place .
Tonight ABC's regular Sunday of AFV, Once Upon a Time, Desperate Housewives and Pan Am is all-new! Last Sunday Once Upon a Time did big even opposite the end of the Tebow game in the east/central. NBC has no NFL anymore on Sundays until next fall, but they have The Golden Globes tonight from 8-11pm, which could be second for the night. CBS has an all-new 60 Minutes at 7pm followed by the season premiere of Undercover Boss, then new episodes of The Good Wife and CSI: Miami. CBS will likely be fourth place with no NFL tonight. Fox has new episodes of the animated comedies from 8-10pm following the NFL Divisional Playoff overrun that could seal them first place for the night despite their actual line-up will probably be second or third from 8-10pm.
As for the week (week 17), it should be CBS with the win after the game last night. ABC will be second in HH/viewers, but Fox could come all the way back to second cause of NFL overrun tonight. If not, maybe third. NBC will not go down without a fight form tonight's awards, but will likely be fourth for the week. As for the coming week (week 18), it is the return of American Idol. Also we have new series Alcatraz premiering tomorrow night on Fox. Friday has the season premieres of Shark Tank and What Would You Do on ABC.
Week 17 How the Sitcoms Did
Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Week 16 -- Jan. 2-8)
- The Simpsons (Fox) - A new episode did only 5.07 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating as it got hurt in the east and central zones by NFL Wild Card playoff overrun on CBS.
- The Cleveland Show (Fox) - A new episode at a special time of 8:30pm did 4.48 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, not too good but held nearly all of its lead-in's ratings. A repeat earlier at 7:30pm did just 2.36 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating.
- Bob's Burgers (Fox) - A repeat at 7pm did just 1.84 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating.
- Family Guy (Fox) - A new showing did 6.23 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, the best of the Fox block again but it hasn't been doing great this season.
- American Dad! (Fox) - A new episode at 9:30pm did 4.79 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating. Not that good.
- How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A repeat did 6.47 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, which is a bit below normal for this show in a repeat--but solid.
- 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - A repeat did 7.25 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, which is good for a repeat and built again from its lead-in.
- Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 8.35 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating for a repeat is solid but for the second time in a row in repeat mode, it lost a tenth from its lead-in's 18-49 rating.
- Mike & Molly (CBS) - A repeat did 7.72 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, solid and held 100% of its lead-in's ratings.
- Last Man Standing (ABC) - A new episode in its 8pm half-hour did 7.57 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, which is a series low. Could be better and will be better in coming weeks, as there was some preemptions for New Hampshire primary and all markets started it a few minutes late.
- Work It (ABC) - Week two did 4.9 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, which is not good. If it did its premiere numbers then ABC would have taken it, but this is not good and ABC has pulled it now. If it ever airs again, it will be to burn-off episodes.
- New Girl (Fox) - A repeat did 3.34 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, which is on par week-to-week.
- Raising Hope (Fox) - A repeat did 2.83 million and only a 1.0 18-49 rating, which is up a tenth from the previous week.
- The Middle (ABC) - A new showing did 9.45 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, another solid showing but down a tenth from previous week.
- Suburgatory (ABC) - A new episode did 8.75 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, exactly the same from previous week. Consistent.
- Whitney (NBC) - A new episode on its new night and time started off with 5.79 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, which is actually an OK launch but can it stay here with hurricane Idol coming? Probably not.
- Are You There, Chelsea? (NBC) - The series premiere did 6.18 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, building from its lead-in and doing OK. Like with the lead-in, it probably won't hold up. At least it will be better than Free Agents. Hopefully.
- Modern Family (ABC) - A new episode did 12.12 million and a 5.1 18-49 rating, but that was down from previous week with the People's Choice Awards airing on CBS. Still #1 for the night and probably #2 for the week in TV shows.
- Happy Endings (ABC) - A new episode did 6.68 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, solid and only down a few from previous week. See retention doesn't matter for this show as its lead-in was down more and it didn't go as down as much.
- The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A new episode did 16.13 million and a 5.3 18-49 rating, great return with new episodes. Nothing much more to say.
- Rob (CBS) - The series premiere did 13.47 million and a 4.1 18-49 rating, which is very good. It will be interesting how much it drops this week. I guess quality sometimes doesn't count as this pilot wasn't very good.
- 30 Rock (NBC) - The season premiere did just 4.47 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating. This could be the last season maybe?
- Parks and Recreation (NBC) - A new episode followed with only 4.09 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, but it did build a bit from its lead-in.
- The Office (NBC) - A new airing at 9pm did 5.9 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, by far the best of the block for NBC.
- Up All Night (NBC) - A new airing on its new night and time did 4.24 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating. That's Whitney style.
Airing tonight (Sunday) are new episodes of Fox's animated comedies from 8-10pm following NFL action, with the series premiere of Napoleon Dynamite at 8:30pm and another new episode at 9:30pm.
Summing it up. The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Rob, Suburgatory, The Middle, The Office, Happy Endings, 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as Are You There Chelsea, Whitney) or just plain old terrible (such as Work It, 30 Rock).
New on DVD/Blu-ray (January/February)
01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One / Review
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two / Review
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight
Sunday, February 26
Son of Zorn - "All Hail Son of Zorn" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Seeing an opportunity to get Linda’s old job back, Zorn increases Sanitation Solutions’ business by tapping into the Zephyrian market. Alan tries to win Layla back by becoming Prom King – with Zorn’s help.
Bob's Burgers - "They Serve Horses, Don't They?" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After a tip from Jimmy Pesto (guest voice Jay Johnston), Bob secures a new meat provider who claims to save clients money on every order. The Belchers quickly realize that the situation is too good to be true, as they find themselves involved in a full-blown investigation, led by Hugo (guest voice Ken Marino) and Ron (guest voice Ron Lynch). Will Bob crack under the pressure or will he lead the investigators to a huge victory?
The Simpsons - "Havana Wild Weekend" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When the Retirement Castle and the V.A. Hospital can’t solve Grampa’s health issues, the Simpsons decide to take a family trip to Cuba to get him cheap medical care.
The Simpsons - "There Will Be Buds" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Homer gets roped into coaching the kids’ lacrosse team with Milhouse’s dad, Kirk, who is in desperate need of a friend. When Kirk gets too clingy, Homer vents about how much of a loser he is. Kirk overhears his rant and disappears, right when the team needs him most: the championship game.
Family Guy - "The Boys in the Band" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Stewie and Brian form a children’s band that quickly rises to fame until they let a girl get between them and drive the band apart. Meanwhile, Peter and Lois insist that Chris gets a job so he takes a job managing Quagmire’s sex life as his personal assistant.
Family Guy - "Bookie of the Year" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Brian and Lois decide it’s time for Chris to work out his anger management issues by taking up a sport. Chris surprises everyone and becomes a star baseball pitcher, which turns Peter into a gambling father, as he bets on his son’s baseball games. Meanwhile, Stewie, Brian and Frank Sinatra Jr. attempt to open an Italian restaurant .
Monday, February 27
- Keri Russell (Running Wilde) - Watch Keri on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
- Connie Britton (Spin City/The Fighting Fitzgeralds/Lost at Home) - Connie appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
- Slink Johnson (Black Jesus) - Slick is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
- Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) - Adam drops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
- Josh Henderson (One on One) - Josh appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo. He also talks about The Arrangement on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
- David Hyde Pierce (Frasier) - David chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
- Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
- Leighton Meester (Making History) - Leighton stops by Harry, so check your local listings.
- Holly Robinson Peete (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/For Your Love) - Holly visits Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
- John Lithgow (Trial & Error/Twenty Good Years/3rd Rock from the Sun) - John talks about Trial & Error on NBC's Today in the 9am hour and on the AOL Build Show at 1:30pm.
- Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly) - Billy dishes on how This is Us is following in Mike & Molly’s footsteps – and why both shows are so beloved on People Now at 8:30am.
- Lisa Kudrow (Friends/The Comeback) and Craig Robinson (The Office) - Lisa and Craig talk about their new film Table 19 on the AOL Build Show at 2:30pm.
- Sinbad (A Different World/The Sinbad Show) - Sinbad is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
- Bradley Whitford (Trophy Wife) - Bradley visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
- Craig Robinson (The Office/Mr. Robinson) - Craig appears on The Real, so check your local listings.