Sunday, April 15, 2012

Week 30 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

2011-12 Week 30 TV Ratings (first four nights final ratings, Mon-Thu):

Households: #1. CBS 6.7 rating/10.6 share; #2. Fox 6.3/9.9; #3. ABC 6.2/9.9; #4. NBC 3.6/5.8; #5. The CW 0.7/1.1
Total Viewers: #1. CBS 10.56 million; #2. Fox 10.31 million; #3. ABC 9.45 million; #4. NBC 5.78 million; #5. The CW 970,000 viewers.
Adults 18-49: #1. Fox 3.2 rating/9.0 share; #2. CBS 2.7/7.4; #3. ABC 2.2/6.1; #3. NBC 2.1/5.7; #5. The CW 0.4/1.1

Week 30 (April 9-15) Analysis: Week 30 had mostly all new programming (minus most of CBS Thursday). Through the first four nights, CBS is in top in HH/viewers, but it is Fox on top in the more important adults 18-49. CBS is second in adults 18-49, while Fox is second in HH/viewers, just edging third place ABC. ABC is third in 18-49, just ahead of NBC. NBC is a distant fourth in HH/viewers. When the week is over by tonight, it could be as it is right now. More on the prediction of week 30 below. As for last week, week 29, 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 two weeks.

On Monday, it was NBC with the edge. First, on ABC, Dancing with the Stars started it off from 8-10pm doing a first place 16.39 million and a 3.0 rating, up a tenth from previous week. At 10pm, Castle was preempted for an encore of the Scandal pilot that did 6.21 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating for more sampling. For CBS, a new episode of How I Met Your Mother did 8.0 million and a 3.5 rating, which is s0lid but a season low. A new episode of 2 Broke Girls followed with 8.78 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating, still good but this was its series low. A new Two and a Half Men followed at 9 with 10.4 million and a 3.6 rating, tying a series low. The only bright spot of the night was Mike & Molly, which was also new and did 9.58 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating. At 10, a new episode of Hawaii Five-0 did 10.3 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, which is solid for 10pm. Fox started off the night with Bones doing 7.56 million and a 2.2 rating, down three tenths from the previous week. House was new at 9 with 6.01 million and a 1.9 rating, down four tenths from previous week and a series low. NBC started it off with a two-hour The Voice and did a second place 10.52 million and a first place 4.0 rating, which was down a tenth from previous week. Then at 10pm week ten of critical darling Smash was next doing 5.99 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, which down a tenth from previous week and a series low. It's coming back for a second season anyway, but the show is pricy, so it needs to do better. The CW aired an all-new Gossip Girl and did just 980,000 viewers and 0.5 18-49 rating, on par with previous week's pathetic ratings. A new Hart of Dixie followed with 1.2 million and a 0.5 rating.

On Tuesday, it was close for first place with all four networks close to each other. First on CBS, NCIS at 8 started it off with a new episode doing 17.66 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, for a season low. Skews old. Then a new NCIS: Los Angeles at 9pm did 12.86 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, for a series low. Ouch. At 10pm, a new Unforgettable did 9.45 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, for a series low and losing to ABC's drama. ABC aired a new Last Man Standing doing 6.84 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, still OK but ties its low. A new Cougar Town did 4.81 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, which could be better. At 9pm, the live Dancing with the Stars: The Results did 13.39 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, down half a point from previous week for a Results low, as we said goodbye to Sherri Shepherd. This season is so competitive. Body of Proof was all-new at 10 for its season finale doing 10.05 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down just a tenth from previous week and first place at 10. I think this show will be back, perhaps Fridays in the fall for 13 weeks. This show certainly upped its game this season big time. Great episodes lately. Fox brought back Glee doing 6.76 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, solid but no longer a big hit. New Girl was new at 9 too and did 5.23 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, up a good amount from previous week's series low. At 9:30pm Raising Hope was new and did just 3.81 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, but up two tenths from previous week when it aired at 8. NBC was next with The Biggest Loser cut to the 8pm hour only doing 6.52 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, which was up a tenth from previous week. At 9, NBC aired the live The Voice results show doing 9.0 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating, up three tenths from previous week. At 10pm, NBC's new reality series Fashion Star did just 4.66 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, like its lead-in, up three tenths from previous week. The CW was a repeat with 90210 doing 670,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating, on par week-to-week. Then at 9pm, Ringer was new and did 1.1 million and a 0.4 18-49 rating, on par week-to-week. I don't think it will return.

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 9.91 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, which was down a tenth from the previous week for a series low. Then at 9pm, a new Criminal Minds did 11.81 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, which is below normal but on par week-to-week. And at 10pm a new CSI did 9.93 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, down a half a point from previous week. ABC was all-new for its Laugh On comedy block with The Middle doing 7.06 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating. Suburgatory followed with a new episode at 8:30pm doing 6.04 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, held 100% of its lead-in's ratings. The mega hit Modern Family was next at 9pm with a new episode and it did 10.35 million and 4.2 18-49 rating, which was a season low but still impressive. At 9:30pm, the series premiere of the hilarious Don't Trust the B---- In Apartment 23 did a solid 6.91 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating. It's not as wild this week, but still very funny and perhaps funnier than the pilot! At 10pm the addicting Revenge will return this Wednesday with the last six episodes of the season, but ABC aired the special Revenge: From the Beginning and did 5.6 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, if you get a clip show, you know you're doing well. Fox aired American Idol from 8-10pm doing 16.81 million and a 5.0 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week and still good for #1 for the week again. Take that again The Voice, says Fox. NBC opened the night with a new Betty White's Off Their Rockers doing 6.06 million but just a 1.6 18-49 rating, down three tenths from previous week's timeslot premiere. Episode two of new comedy Best Friends Forever followed with only 2.78 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, also down three tenths from previous week and even lower than Chelsea, ouch. Not good, and perhaps NBC will drop it soon. But it gets worse for NBC, at 9pm, a new Rock Center with Brian Williams returned to 9pm and did only 2.62 million and a 0.5 18-49 for a series low again. And at 10pm, a new Law & Order: SVU got hurt as a result and did 5.57 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, for a series low. The CW had a repeat of America's Next Top Model start it off at 8pm doing 870,000 viewers and a 0.4 18-49 rating. A new America's Next Top Model followed at 9 and did 1.08 million and a 0.5 18-49 rating, tying NBC but below normal for this show.

Thursday it was Fox again for the win, with CBS in mostly repeat mode. Starting with ABC, they opened the night with week five of Missing doing 7.91 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week. Total viewers is still good (and up from previous week) 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 8.85 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week's low. At 10pm, Private Practice is now moving to Tuesdays starting Tuesday, as now Scandal airs in this slot and week two did 7.28 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, on par with its premiere. Good that it didn't drop. CBS started with a repeat of The Big Bang Theory doing a great 9.72 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating. Yes, it did 3's earlier this season, but this is solid. A new Rules of Engagement did 8.46 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, on par with previous week even with the lead-in a repeat. Impressive. A special repeat of Big Bang aired at 9 doing 10.21 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, wow. Not its best repeat number, but still excellent. A special repeat of 2 Broke Girls didn't do as well at 9:30 doing 7.26 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating. Person of Interest aired at 10, but a repeat and did 8.58 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating. The Mentalist was preempted. Fox aired American Idol at 8 doing 15.81 million and a 4.3 18-49 rating, up four tenths from previous week. Fox aired a new episode of Touch, doing 8.17 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, which was down a tenth from previous week. Toss up for a return, still need more sampling. NBC was all-new with a new Community up first doing 3.09 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, which was up a tenth from previous week. I think it will return though, but it still sucks in the ratings. At 8:30pm, 30 Rock was new at 8:30pm and did 2.98 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, up two tenths from previous week's series low. As I keep saying, time to end it after six seasons. A new The Office was next and did just 4.39 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, for a series low. I called low 2's, didn't I? At 9:30pm Up All Night had its finale (probably series) and did just 3.12 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, up three tenths from previous week. I don't think this will be back next season. At 10pm, week seven of Awake is not awake in the ratings as it did 2.68 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, on par week-to-week's series low. Another series that won't be back, I think. The CW's big gun Vampire Diaries was a repeat and did 1.02 million and a 0.4 18-49 rating. Then at 9pm, drama The Secret Circle was a repeat too and did 860,oo0 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating.

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available, but CBS and ABC tied on Friday. ABC was a solid #2 for Shark Tank at 8pm as Undercover Boss won the 8pm hour by a tenth. At 9pm What Would You Do? did solid for ABC but NBC's Grimm won the hour as CSI: NY was preempted on CBS. CBS' Blue Bloods was also preempted, so ABC's 20/20 was #1 at 10. Fox's Fringe was down at 9pm and tied its low. CBS aired the Lionel Richie & Friends in Concert special from 9-11pm.
Saturday numbers have Fox easily winning the night with NASCAR. ABC's Titanic mini-series skewed old but still beat NBC's all-new Escape Routes and The Firm. CBS tied ABC for second with crime repeats.

Tonight ABC's line-up is AFV, Once Upon a Time, Titanic, and GCB. AFV & GCB are new and Titanic concludes tonight. NBC has Dateline at 7, with Celebrity Apprentice from 9-11pm, and Harry's Law leading in. Maybe a first place finish. CBS has new airings of 60 Minutes then Amazing Race, The Good Wife and the series premiere of NYC 22 which will bomb I think. A third place finish I think behind NBC and Fox. Fox is almost all-new for Animation Domination starting at 8pm, as they could surpass ABC.

As for the week (week 30), Fox will likely win the week in 18-49. CBS will easily win HH/viewers. CBS will be second in 18-49, while ABC will hang on to HH/viewers. ABC likely beat NBC in 18-49 for third, but it will be close. NBC will be fourth for sure in HH/viewers. As for the coming week, week 31, watch week two of Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Wednesday at 9:30/8:30c on ABC. Awesome stuff!

Week 30 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Week 29 -- April 2-8)

  • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 airings - A repeat at 8pm did 3.06 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, which was off some from previous week. A repeat at 7pm earlier in the night did 1.83 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - A repeat at 7:30pm did just 1.95 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating.
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox) - A repeat at 8:30pm did 2.73 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A repeat at 9 did a below normal 3.94 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, but still best of the block.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - A repeat at 9:30pm did 3.44 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 8.0 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating is solid, but below normal for this season. And a season low.
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - A new showing did 8.78 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating. Great but a series low.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A new episode of this sitcom did 10.4 million and a 3.6 18-49 rating, the best of the block but way down from usual and ties a series low.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - 9.58 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating is pretty good considering 8-9:30 was at season/series lows.

Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Last Man Standing (ABC) - A new episode returned to 6.84 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, tying a low. But in defense, lots of repeats and preemptions the previous two weeks.
  • Cougar Town (ABC) - A new episode unfortunately didn't do that well with 4.81 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating. This really needs to be airing on Wednesdays.
  • New Girl (Fox) - A new episode at 9pm did 5.23 million and a 2.8 rating, up half a point from previous week's series low. Good comeback, helped by Glee, no doubt.
  • Raising Hope (Fox) - A new episode at 9:30 did just 3.81 million and a 1.8 rating, up two tenths from previous week when it aired at 8.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - A new episode did 7.06 million and a 2.1 18-rating, which is on par with its last airing all those weeks ago. Hilarious episode!
  • Suburgatory (ABC) - A new showing did 6.04 million and a 2.1 rating, as always solid and holds its lead-in.
  • Best Friends Forever (NBC) - The second episode did just 2.78 million and a very low 0.9 18-49 rating. When will it be pulled?
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A new episode of this mega hit did 10.35 million and a 4.2 18-49 rating, down from normal and a season low. But still the tops for scripted TV.
  • Don't Trust the B---- In Apartment 23 (ABC) - The premiere did 6.91 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, for an excellent premiere! Good buzz, reviews and now solid ratings. I hope it continues because I have seen episodes 2 and 4, and they are HILARIOUS!

Thursday Sitcoms

  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2 airings - A repeat at 8 did 9.72 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, which is excellent for a repeat.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - A new episode did 8.46 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, which is par on with previous week when its lead in was new. Good showing!
  • Community (NBC) - A new episode did 3.09 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. Still terrible.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - A new episode did 2.98 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, up two tenths from previous week's series low.
  • The Office (NBC) - A new episode returned to 4.39 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, for a series low. Eeck.
  • Up All Night (NBC) - The finale did just 3.12 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, but up three tenths from previous week thanks to the new lead-in. I doubt it returns.

Friday Sitcoms

  • None.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • None

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

Summing it up. Airings of Modern Family, Two and a Half Men, 2 Broke Girls, How I Met Your Mother, Mike & Molly, The Big Bang Theory, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, Rules of Engagement, New Girl were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as Last Man Standing, The Middle) or just plain old terrible (such as Best Friends Forever, Community).


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 9

Last Man Standing - "Help Wanted" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Since losing her teaching job, Vanessa has been spending her time hovering over the family, and it’s driving everyone nuts. Over at Kristin and Ryan’s house, Ryan and Kyle are wrapped-up in a zombie face-off to determine who knows the most about zombies and how to survive an apocalypse. Unable to land a new gig, Vanessa becomes discouraged, but Mike does everything he can to get her back doing what she loves.

Dr. Ken - "Ken's Apology" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Ken wants to apologize to a patient for missing an important medical detail, Pat advises against it, and the situation gets out of hand. Meanwhile, D.K. shakes things up at Dave’s parent/teacher conference.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 5)

Friday, December 9

  • Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) - Watch Olivia on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Tom Papa (Come to Papa) - Tom is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin appears on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Bella Thorne (Shake It Up) - Bella is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Crazy Ones) - Sarah whips up a delicious treat on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Richard Kind (Spin City/Mad About You) - Richard is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Jennifer Aniston (Friends) - Jennifer appears on Chelsea on Netflix.