Sunday, April 08, 2012

Week 29 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

2011-12 Week 29 TV Ratings (first four nights final ratings, Mon-Thu):

Households: #1. CBS 7.3 rating/11.9 share; #2. ABC 6.4/10.3; #3. Fox 5.9/9.4; #4. NBC 3.4/5.6; #5. The CW 0.7/1.1
Total Viewers: #1. CBS 11.85 million; #2. Fox 9.75 million; #3. ABC 9.64 million; #4. NBC 5.45 million; #5. The CW 1.01 million.
Adults 18-49: #1. CBS 3.1 rating/8.9 share; #2. Fox 3.0/8.6; #3. ABC 2.0/5.8; #3. NBC 2.0/5.5; #5. The CW 0.5/1.4

Week 29 (April 2-8) Analysis: Week 29 has CBS on top in all categories thus far helped by the NCAA Championship Game. Through the first four nights, as mentioned CBS is on top, with ABC neck and neck with Fox in HH/viewers for second. In 18-49, Fox is only a tenth behind CBS for first. ABC is third in 18-49, basically tied with NBC. NBC is fourth in HH/viewers. When the week is over by tonight, it could be as it is right now with lots of repeats this weekend. More on the prediction of week 29 below. As for last week, week 28, CBS took home both HH/total viewers crown and the 18-49 crown. ABC was second in HH/viewers, while Fox was second in 18-49. ABC was third in 18-49, while Fox was third in HH/viewers. NBC was fourth across the board. All of this was just like the previous week.

On Monday, it was CBS with the win thanks to the NCAA Basketball Championship game between Kentucky and Kansas. First, on ABC, Dancing with the Stars started it off from 8-10pm doing a first place 16.87 million and a 2.9 rating, down over a million in viewers and three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. At 10pm, Castle was all-new and did 11.69 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, down slightly in both categories from previous week. For CBS, a repeat of the breakout hit 2 Broke Girls did 5.7 million and a 1.6 rating, which is down from previous week when it aired at its regular time. A repeat of Two and a Half Men followed with 5.75 million and a 1.7 rating. The NCAA Championship Basketball game between Kansas and Kentucky netted 20.87 million and a 7.6 rating. Fox started off the night with Bones doing 8.39 million and a 2.5 rating. House returned with 6.67 million and a 2.3 rating, for soft ratings for this once juggernaut. NBC started it off with a two-hour The Voice and did a second place 10.83 million and a first place 4.1 rating, which was down over a million in viewers and four tenths in 18.49 from previous week. Then at 10pm week nine of critical darling Smash was next doing 6.03 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, which was on par with previous week. The CW aired an all-new Gossip Girl and did just 970,000 viewers and 0.5 18-49 rating. A repeat of Hart of Dixie followed with just 720,000 viewers and a 0.3 rating.

On Tuesday, it was ABC and NBC tying for first on a slow night. First on CBS, NCIS at 8 started it off with a repeat doing 11.45 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating. Then a repeat of NCIS: Los Angeles at 9pm did 8.72 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating. Both were below normal. At 10pm, a repeat of Unforgettable did 6.79 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating. ABC preempted Last Man Standing and Cougar Town for Dancing with the Stars: The Encore Performance and did 9.66 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, which is off only two tenths from previous week's encore special. At 9pm, the live Dancing with the Stars: The Results did 15.61 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, down just three tenths from previous week, as we said goodbye to Jack Wagner. This season is so competitive. Body of Proof was all-new at 10 as part two of its special two-part event did 10.51 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, on par with previous week but higher total viewers. I think this show will be back, perhaps Fridays in the fall for 13 weeks. Fox will bring back Glee this Tuesday, but for now a four-show comedy block! At 8pm, Raising Hope was all-new doing 3.93 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. At 8:30pm a repeat followed doing just 3.14 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, but a tenth better than previous week. New Girl was new at 9 too and did 4.59 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, off three tenths from previous week for yet another series low. At 9:30pm Breaking In was new and did just 2.55 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week. Wish it did better but it is not doing good. NBC was next with The Biggest Loser cut to the 8pm hour only doing 6.41 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, which was on par with previous week when it was two-hours. At 9, NBC launched the live The Voice results show doing 8.45 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating. Solid, but not as great as Monday's show. At 10pm, NBC's new reality series Fashion Star did just 4.11 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, on par with previous week but it had The Voice Results lead-in this time and that didn't help at all it seems. The CW was a repeat with 90210 doing 600,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating. Then at 9pm, Ringer was new and did 1.05 million and a 0.4 18-49 rating, down a tenth week-to-week.

Wednesday it was Fox with the win another two-hour Idol leading the way of course. First, CBS started the night off with a new Survivor: One World doing 10.36 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, which was down a tenth from the previous week. Then at 9pm, a new Criminal Minds did 11.34 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, which is below normal. And at 10pm a new CSI did 12.06 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, solid. ABC was 75% in repeats for its Laugh On comedy block again with a repeat of The Middle doing 3.76 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, off a tenth week-to-week. It's new this week! Suburgatory followed with a repeat at 8:30pm doing 3.62 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, which built on its lead-in again and on par with previous week. The mega hit Modern Family was next at 9pm with a repeat though and it did 4.91 million and 1.8 18-49 rating, which was below normal ans also down a tenth from previous week. At 9:30pm, Happy Endings was ALL-NEW for its season finale and did 3.67 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, down two tenths from the previous week. Don't Trust the B---- In Apartment 23 starts this Wednesday! It's hilarious! At 10pm the addicting Revenge will return this Wednesday with a special and then next Wednesday (April 18) with the last six episodes of the season, but ABC aired an encore of Missing and did 3.54 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, which was up a tenth from previous week. Fox aired American Idol from 8-10pm doing 17.09 million and a 4.9 18-49 rating, down four tenths from previous week but still good for #1 for the week again. Take that again The Voice, says Fox. NBC opened the night with the premiere of Betty White's Off Their Rockers doing 7.4 million but just a 1.9 18-49 rating, skewing old. The series premiere of new comedy Best Friends Forever followed with only 3.94 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, on par with previous week's Chelsea, ouch. Not good. But it gets worse for NBC, at 9pm, NBC aired back-to-back episodes of new sitcom Bent and did only 2.27 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating at 9, off a tenth from previous week but the 9:30pm doing even worse with 1.93 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, also off a tenth from previous week. Good news is, that is it. All six episodes have aired. And at 10pm, Rock Center with Brian Williams was new in its temporary new time period and did 2.97 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. Still, yank this already, too. The CW had the two-hour series finale of One Tree Hill from 8-10pm doing 1.43 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, only up a tenth from previous week. Thought it would do a bit better. America's Next Top Model was preempted.

Thursday it was Fox again for the win, just nipping by CBS. Starting with ABC, they opened the night with week four of Missing doing 7.24 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. Total viewers is good but the 18-49 needs to be better. Perhaps a good Friday destination in the fall, if it were to come back. At 9pm, a new Grey's Anatomy aired doing 8.19 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, below normal on a slow night thanks to Easter weekend. At 10pm, Private Practice is now moving to Tuesdays starting next Tuesday, but now Scandal airs in this slot and the series premiere did 7.33 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating. Not great, but good considering all the drops on this night. ABC will encore the premiere tomorrow night at 10. CBS aired new episodes, starting with The Big Bang Theory doing a great but below normal 13.29 million and a 4.4 18-49 rating, down three tenths from previous week for a season low. A new Rules of Engagement did 8.58 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, on par with previous week even with the lead-in dropping. Person of Interest was new at 9 and did 13.69 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, down three tenths from previous week. And The Mentalist was new at 10 and did 12.59 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, also down three tenths from previous week. Perhaps this show will be on the move next season. Fox aired American Idol at 8 doing 14.34 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating, down five tenths from previous week. Fox aired a new episode of Touch, doing 7.15 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, which was down four tenths from previous week as some more competition returned. NBC was almost all-new with a new Community up first doing 3.0 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, which was down three tenths from previous week. I think it will return though, but it sucks in the ratings. At 8:30pm, 30 Rock was new at 8:30pm and did 2.79 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, like its lead-in, down three tenths from previous week. As I keep saying, time to end it after six seasons. A repeat of The Office was next and did just 2.51 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, down two tenths from previous week. At 9:30pm Up All Night was new and did just 2.58 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week. I don't think this will be back next season. At 10pm, week six of Awake is not awake in the ratings as it did 2.56 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, down a tenth week-to-week for another series low. Another series that won't be back, I think. The CW's big gun Vampire Diaries was a repeat and did 1.06 million and a 0.4 18-49 rating. Then at 9pm, drama The Secret Circle was a repeat too and did 840,oo0 viewers and a 0.4 18-49 rating.

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available, but CBS edged ABC on Friday with its dramas. ABC was a repeat though for Shark Tank at 8pm as Undercover Boss won the 8pm hour. At 9pm What Would You Do? did solid for ABC, with NBC's Grimm doing a tenth better than previous week, and CSI: NY edged out a win over ABC. CBS' Blue Bloods was first at 10pm as ABC's 20/20 was #2 at 10 this week. Fox's Fringe was down at 9pm and still low.
Saturday numbers have ABC winning the night with the classic The Ten Commandments, but NBC struggled big time with Escape Routes but at least The Firm was preempted for repeats. Fox's Cops did OK.

Tonight ABC's line-up is AFV, Once Upon a Time, and a two-hour GCB. Only GCB is new and should do decent but not great. NBC has Dateline at 7, with Celebrity Apprentice from 9-11pm, and Harry's Law leading in. Maybe a second place finish. CBS has new airings of 60 Minutes then Amazing Race, but The Good Wife is a repeat and CSI: Miami has its season finale. A third place finish I think behind ABC and NBC. Fox is in repeats for Animation Domination starting at 7pm, so maybe they are fourth.

As for the week (week 29), CBS will likely win the week in 18-49 thanks to the big NCAA Final Four Championship on Monday. But Fox could make it close, but don't think they will win due to weak a Friday and Saturday. CBS will easily win HH/viewers. Fox will be second in 18-49, while ABC will hang on to HH/viewers. ABC will go beat NBC in 18-49 for third, leaving NBC fourth across the board. As for the coming week, week 30(!), the best new comedy of the season Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 premieres Wednesday at 9:30/8:30c on ABC. Look for our review on Tuesday.

Week 29 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Week 28 -- March 26-April 1)

  • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 airings - A repeat at 8pm did 3.89 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, which was off some from previous week. A repeat at 7pm earlier in the night did 2.23 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - A new episode at 7:30pm did just 2.87 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, off three tenths from previous week.
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox) - A new episode aired at 8:30pm and did 3.66 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, which is down three tenths from previous week. Still not good, but always good to see 100% retention when its lead-in isn't new.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A new episode at 9 did a below normal 5.05 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating. This show usually does that for repeats. It's been in a slump this season.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - A new airing at 9:30pm did 4.18 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, on par week-to-week.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - preempted
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - A repeat at a special time of 8pm did 5.7 million and a 1.6 rating, which was on par with last week's repeat of How I Met Your Mother in viewers but down three tenths in 18.49.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A repeat at a special time of 8:30pm did 5.75 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, which is a bit below last week's repeat of 2 Broke Girls.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - preempted.

Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Last Man Standing (ABC) - preempted, new episodes return this week.
  • Cougar Town (ABC) - preempted, returns this week.
  • Raising Hope (Fox) 2 airings - A new episode at 8 did 3.93 million and a 1.6 rating, up slightly from previous week. Still not good. A repeat followed at 8:30pm with 3.14 million and a 1.4 rating, up a bit from the previous week.
  • New Girl (Fox) - A new episode at 9pm did 4.59 million and a 2.3 rating, down three tenths for another series low. The Voice Results and Dancing Results both hurt them.
  • Breaking In (Fox) - A new episode at 9:30 did just 2.55 million and a 1.3 rating, both down from last week for a series low. We got your back, but will Fox?

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - A repeat did 3.76 million and a 1.0 18-rating, which is below normal and down again from previous week. It's new this week, along with the rest of the Wednesday comedies and the series premiere of Apt. 23.
  • Suburgatory (ABC) - A repeat did 3.62 million and a 1.2 rating, on par with previous week's repeat.
  • Best Friends Forever (NBC) - The season premiere did just 3.94 million and a very low 1.2 18-49 rating. NBC has struggled here this season. Viewers of Betty White's Off Their Rockers did not stick around for it.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A repeat of this mega hit did 4.91 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating. Off a tenth from previous week. New this week with Claire's election!
  • Happy Endings (ABC) - The season finale did 3.67 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, which was off two tenths from previous week. It was surrounded by repeats, so probably as good as it could have done the last few weeks. I'm sure many thought it was a repeat since everything else was.
  • Bent (NBC) 2 airings - A new episode at 9 did 2.27 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, off a tenth from previous week. The 9:30pm airing did a worse 1.93 million and a 0.7 rating, down even further from previous week. No more episodes left though!

Thursday Sitcoms

  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A new episode did 13.29 million and a 4.4 18-49 rating, which is excellent but below normal and down from previous week.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - A new episode did 8.58 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, which is par on with previous week.
  • Community (NBC) - A new episode did 3.0 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, down four tenths from previous week. Ouch.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - A new episode did 2.79 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, also down three tenths from previous week for a series low.
  • The Office (NBC) - A repeat did 2.51 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, off two tenths from previous week.
  • Up All Night (NBC) - A new episode did just 2.58 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week thanks to the repeat lead-in and a series low.

Friday Sitcoms

  • None.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A repeat at 8pm did a prelim 2.03 million and a prelim 0.5 18-49 rating. Seems low.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - A repeat of this at 8:30pm did just as bad with 2.5 million and a 0.5 18-49 rating.
  • Best Friends Forever (NBC) - A special encore of the pilot did not do much either doing only 1.6 million and a 0.4 18-49 rating.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are Fox's animated comedies from 7-10pm but with repeats.

Summing it up. Airings of The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, 2 Broke Girls, Rules of Engagement were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as New Girl, Happy Endings) or just plain old terrible (such as Best Friends Forever, Bent, Breaking In).


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

Dr. Ken - Season One Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season The Lucy Show - The Complete Series The Mindy Project - Season Four

10/04 - The Andy Griffith Show - The Christmas Special (Colorized)
10/04 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #1 (Colorized)
10/11 - Dr. Ken - Season One
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Series
10/11 - Nurse Jackie - Seasons One and Two
10/11 - Weeds - Seasons One and Two
11/01 - Schitt's Creek - Seasons One and Two
11/08 - Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season
11/08 - Your Family or Mine - Season One
11/15 - Community - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Lucy Show - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Mindy Project - Season Four
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, December 2

Last Man Standing - "Precious Snowflakes" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Mandy chooses local-celebrity Mike as the speaker for her business school’s graduation. After learning that the school requires his speech to be PC and micro-agression free, Mike decides whether or not to play by the rules. Meanwhile, Eve’s friend Cammy (Sarah Gilman) is home from college, bragging about how fantastic her new life has been, leaving Eve feeling slightly fruitless and discouraged.

Dr. Ken - "D.K's New Girlfriend" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When D.K. overhears Allison complain about him overstaying his welcome, he decides to move in with his girlfriend of three weeks. Meanwhile, Pat wants Dave to pretend he’s his adopted son; and Allison is convinced Molly wants to talk about something when she suggests they do a spa day, but the tables turn when Molly is the one doling out the advice.

I Love Lucy - "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL features “The Christmas Episode” and the newly colorized “Lucy Gets in Pictures.” Both were colorized with a vintage look, a nod to the 1950s period in which the shows were filmed. The main titles and end credits of the two episodes are seamlessly combined into one set at the beginning and end of the hour, with no interruption between the episodes.

“The Christmas Episode” finds the Ricardos and Mertzes decorating Lucy and Ricky’s Christmas tree and reminiscing about how their lives have changed since the arrival of the Ricardos’ son, Little Ricky (Keith Thibodeaux). Flashbacks recall the night Lucy tells Ricky she is pregnant, the time Lucy shows up unexpectedly as part of a barbershop quartet and the day Ricky and the Mertzes rehearse taking Lucy to the maternity ward.

“The Christmas Episode” was first broadcast on CBS in December 1956. The episode was not included in the series’ long history of rebroadcasts, first on CBS Daytime and later in syndication. Thought to be lost, CBS rediscovered the episode in 1989.

In the newly colorized “Lucy Gets in Pictures,” Lucy’s lifelong dream of appearing in a motion picture seems to have come true when Ricky arranges for her to play a showgirl in a new musical. Unfortunately, the enormous feathered headdress she is expected to wear as she descends a staircase proves to be too cumbersome. After numerous mishaps on the stairs, the musical’s frustrated director (Lou Krugman) decides to make a change.

“Lucy Gets in Pictures” was originally broadcast Feb. 21, 1955, and was an immediate favorite not only of viewers, but of Lucille Ball herself. She restaged the famous headdress scene, again with Krugman, in the 1962 CBS special, “Opening Night,” and in 1965 in a slightly modified form, this time with actor Danny Thomas, in her second CBS series, “The Lucy Show.”

Liv and Maddie: Cali Style - "Cali Christmas-a-Rooney" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Maddie gets upset that she can't be in Wisconsin for Christmas, so Liv helps cheer her up.

Girl Meets World - "Girl Meets a Christmas Maya" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
As Christmas approaches, Riley gets excited to celebrate her favorite holiday, but for Maya, the holidays only bring back unhappy memories from her childhood.

Bunk'd - "How the Griff Stole Christmas" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The holidays arrive at Camp Kikiwaka with everyone in good spirits -- except for Griff.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 28)

Friday, December 2

  • Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Watch Chelsea on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) - John appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Andrew Rannells (Girls/The New Normal) - Andrew is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men/The Powers That Be/Bosom Buddies) - Holland chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) - Melissa appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) - Randall stops by LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Scott Patterson (Aliens in America) - Scott is a guest on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Kevin Quinn (Bunk'd) - Kevin appears on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Miss Piggy (The Muppets) - NBC's Today catches up with Miss Piggy in the 10am hour.
  • Gaby Hoffmann (Transparent/Someone Like Me) - Gaby appears on Chelsea on Netflix.