Sunday, May 13, 2012
8:00PM The Voice
10:00PM The Revolution (NEW!)
8:00PM The Voice
9:00PM Go On (NEW!)
9:30PM The New Normal (NEW!)
8:00PM Animal Practice (NEW!)
8:30PM Guys With Kids (NEW!)
9:00PM Law & Order: SVU
10:00PM Chicago Fire (NEW!)
8:00PM 30 Rock
8:30PM Up All Night
9:00PM The Office
9:30PM Parks & Recreation
10:00PM Rock Center with Brian Williams
7:00PM Football Night in America
8:15PM Sunday Night Football
Sundays (Post NFL)
8:00PM Fashion Star
9:00PM Celebrity Apprentice
10:00PM Do No Harm (NEW!)
Not Yet Scheduled Mid-Season:
Returning: Smash, Betty White's Off Their Rockers, The Biggest Loser
New: Save Me (single-camera comedy), 1600 Penn (single-camera comedy), Next Caller (single camera comedy), Infamous (drama), Hannibal (drama), Stars Earn Stripes (reality), Howie Mandel's White Elephant (reality), Ready for Love (reality) and Surprise with Jenny McCarthy (reality).
Notes: NBC is adding 6 new scripted series to its line-up this fall, with 6 more coming in mid-season. They also have three new reality entries coming in mid-season. In mid-season, they have four returning reality entries, along with drama Smash. Among the four returning reality series, The Sing-Off is not mentioned, and is canceled. They have also canned Fear Factor again and Who Do You Think You Are. As we predicted, The Biggest Loser is now just once a year and will debut its next season in early 2013. As for fall, NBC's hit The Voice will now be twice a year, with it airing Mondays 8-10pm and Tuesdays 8-9pm this fall. A new drama will air Mondays at 10pm, The Revolution from J.J. Abrams. It will likely launch the day after the Olympics conclude on Aug. 13. No word if The Voice will launch that night as well, as NBC will still have America's Got Talent. Tuesdays will no longer have The Biggest Loser in the fall, so The Voice will move down an hour on Tuesdays at 8 giving a strong lead-in to two new comedies: Go On starring Matthew Perry and The New Normal. These two comedies will also most likely launch after the Olympics conclude, so likely Aug. 14 following AGT or The Voice (if they start that in August). Parenthood will remain in its 10pm timeslot and maybe will also start after the Olympics end. Wednesdays starts off again with new comedies. This time they are more male/family based than last season's Christina Applegate and Hank Azaria comedies. Animal Practice is a single-camera comedy leading into the family multi-camera comedy from Jimmy Fallon titled Guys With Kids. These could also launch the week after the Olympics, but maybe not since there is no lead-in. I think these two will have its work cut out for them opposite ABC's comedies and self-starting. Harry's Law is canned and Law & Order: SVU is now back to 9pm, where it didn't do that well before. New drama from Dick Wolf titled Chicago Fire will air at 10pm. This night might not premiere until the season starts, with a chance the comedies premiere after the Olympics. NBC Thursday will not have any new series, so it will likely not premiere immediately following the Olympics. Likely the final season of 30 Rock will air at 8 leading into a new time for Up All Night, as Community heads to Fridays. All of these series have 13 episodes, I think. So they will be replaced by mid-season comedies or reality by January or so. The Office remains at 9pm leading into Parks & Recreation. Both shows are expected to have full 22-episode seasons. You can expect similar low ratings like this season for this night. And it gets worse at 10pm, as for some reason they are airing Rock Center with Brian Williams, which moves yet again and is still on the air despite horrible ratings. Fridays will have Whitney move to a new night with it leading into Community. That is an absolute dreadful pairing, I think. Both should be gone quickly after 13 episodes. So they renewed Whitney for this? Should have been paired with Guys with Kids at least. Friday drama Grimm will remain intact at 9. Dateline closes it out at 10pm again. Football remains on Sundays, and saves NBC as usual.
As for mid-season, NBC has only scheduled one night so far: Sundays after football ends. Sundays will have Celebrity Apprentice cut to one hour from 9-10pm to lead into the new drama Do No Harm. Second season reality series Fashion Star will air at 8, which is strange since it hasn't done well this season. Dateline will kick-off the night at 7.
My final thoughts at Fall: I don't think it is a great schedule, only Mondays and Tuesdays have a chance to improve and that is because of one show: The Voice. I'm not sure if a male-skewing drama like The Revolution will fit out of that female-centric reality show and opposite MNF on ESPN. But launching it earlier could help. Two comedies might be a good idea on Tuesdays at 9, but will have to face New Girl on Fox most likely. Other than these two nights, they certainly could have done better with this schedule. The Wednesday comedy hour is bound for failure with two freshman series and moving SVU back to 9 is not a good idea, even if it is to launch a new drama at 10 from Dick Wolf. It'll be a low rated night for NBC. Thursdays is the same old and no new shows, so I don't expect much as 10pm will have the same low ratings but with a cheaper show in Rock Center. By mid-season that 8pm hour will for sure be new comedies or even a reality show. Office/Parks will likely still air all season, since 22 episodes are ordered likely for both. The Friday comedy hour really looks weird, as the pairing is very strange. I don't know if that will work, and I could see a reality show plugged in very quickly. NBC has a lot of mid-season shows, so if something falters, they will have something to plug in quickly. The fall will heavily rely on The Voice to bring in some new hits, and even that show could drop if they have new judges/mentors that aren't up to par as the current ones. Smash will return with 15-18 episodes either late fall (if Revolution falters) or mid-season.
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2011-12 Week 34 TV Ratings (first four nights final ratings, Mon-Thu):
Total Viewers: #1. CBS 11.83 million; #2. Fox 9.97 million; #3. ABC 9.55 million; #4. NBC 6.59 million; #5. The CW 1.19 million.
Adults 18-49: #1. Fox. 3.0 rating/8.5 share; #2. CBS 2.8/7.9; #3. ABC 2.3/6.4; #4. NBC 2.3/6.5; #5 . The CW 0.5/1.5.
Week 34 (May 7-13) Analysis: Week 34 has May sweeps in full gear, but some shows are ending early with finales in week 34. Through the the first four nights, ABC, CBS and Fox are very close to each other again in HH/viewers, with CBS on top, followed by ABC and Fox battling for second. In the more important adults 18-49, it is also close, with Fox with the slight edge over CBS again. ABC is third tied with NBC, which was helped by The Voice finale. NBC is still a distant fourth in HH/viewers, though. When the week is over by tonight, it could be the same as this, but I expect ABC to take over second in 18-49 over CBS and pass NBC for sure. More on the prediction of week 34 below. As for last week, week 33, Fox and CBS tied for the 18-49 crown, while CBS took home HH/total viewers. ABC was second in HH/viewers, but third in 18-49, while Fox was third in HH/viewers. And that left NBC fourth across the board again. Could NBC finish the season in fourth place in 18-49 even with the Super Bowl? They could give up its third place lead (only a tenth right now) soon to ABC.
On Monday, it was NBC nipping by CBS this time. First, on ABC, Dancing with the Stars started it off from 8-10pm doing a first place 16.37 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, but down a tenth from previous week. At 10pm, Castle was all-new and was its season finale doing a solid 12.36 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, not losing much of its lead-in and up a tenth from previous week. What a finale! For CBS, How I Met Your Mother was preempted so 2 Broke Girls aired a two-episode season finale with 8.99 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating, but that was its series low. Maybe it isn't ready to be an anchor just yet? A new Two and a Half Men followed at 9 with 11.43 million and a 3.8 rating, the best of the block as usual and on par with previous week. A new showing of Mike & Molly was next and did 10.14 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, down a tenth week-to-week. At 10, a new episode of Hawaii Five-0 did 9.39 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, which is below normal and down two tenths from previous week for a series low. Fox started off the night with Bones doing 7.02 million and a 1.9 rating, down a tenth from the previous week. House was new at 9 with 6.09 million and a 2.1 rating, on par with previous week. Going out with a whimper, as the series finale nears. NBC started it off with a two-hour The Voice and did 10.74 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating, which was up three tenths for the first part of its season finale. Still good, but part one of the first season finale did better in June. Then at 10pm week fourteen of critical darling Smash was next doing 5.72 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, which was on par with previous week for a series low. It's coming back for a second season anyway, but either late fall or mid-season so no repeats air like this season. The CW aired an all-new Gossip Girl and did just 830,000 viewers and a 0.4 18-49 rating, down two tenths from previous week for a low. No wonder this is coming back for a final season of 11 episodes next season. A new Hart of Dixie followed with 1.37 million and a 0.6 rating, on par with previous week.
On Tuesday, it was NBC with the win thanks to the finale of The Voice. On CBS, NCIS at 8 started it off with a new episode doing 18.2 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating. Below normal again but on par with previous week. Then a new NCIS: Los Angeles at 9pm did 14.56 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, on par with previous week's crossover with Hawaii Five-0. At 10pm, the finale of Unforgettable did 10.84 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, up two tenths from previous week, but CBS has canceled the show. ABC aired the season finale of Last Man Standing doing 6.62 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, up two tenths from previous week. A new Cougar Town did 4.63 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, also up two tenths week-to-week. Officially returning for a fourth season, but on TBS! At 9pm, the live Dancing with the Stars: The Results did 13.71 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, on par with previous week, as we said goodbye to Melissa Gilbert and Roshon Feegan. Semi-finals next! Next at 10pm, was a new Private Practice on its new night doing 5.77 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, down seven tenths from previous week for a series low as it was heavily hurt by The Voice finale on NBC. Fox aired a new Glee doing 6.67 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, up two tenths from previous week. New Girl was new at 9 for its season finale and did 5.61 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, up six tenths from previous week's low. Nice climb. At 9:30pm a repeat followed and did just 3.26 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, up a tenth week-to-week. NBC was next with a special time airing of Fashion Star in the 8pm hour doing only 4.35 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, which is a series low. Expect the same ratings next season in early 2013 on Sundays at 8. Stupid move by NBC. At 9, NBC aired the live The Voice two-hour finale doing 11.93 million and a 4.4 18-49 rating, up 1.3 tenths from previous week when it was just at 9pm. Nice finale! The CW was all-new with 90210 doing 1.15 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, which was on par with the previous week. Then at 9pm, a new episode of LA Complex did just 540,000 viewers and a 0.2 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week. What a disaster!
Wednesday it was all Fox with the win as CBS and ABC battled for a distant second. First, CBS started the night off with a new Survivor: One World doing 9.97 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, which was up two tenths from previous week's series low. Finale is tonight. Then at 9pm, a new episode of Criminal Minds did 11.62 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week for a series low. And at 10pm the season finale of CSI did 10.73 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week but its lowest rated finale ever. ABC was all-new for its Laugh On comedy block, as a new The Middle started it off doing 6.6 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, as it could be better but spring has hampered it a bit. Suburgatory followed with a new telecast at 8:30pm doing 5.94 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. The mega hit Modern Family was next at 9pm with a new episode and it did 10.58 million and 4.4 18-49 rating, which up three tenths from previous week, tied for the best in scripted TV this week so far. At 9:30pm, week five of the hilarious Don't Trust the B---- In Apartment 23 was all-new and did 5.69 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, but down a tenth from previous week. Renewed for a season 2 though! At 10pm the addicting Revenge was new and did 7.01 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week despite it being a flashback episode. Should build now as we get closer to the first season finale in 2 weeks. Fox aired American Idol from 8-10pm doing 16.46 million and a 4.5 18-49 rating, down two tenths from previous week but still good for #1 for the week again, beating The Voice finale. NBC opened the night with a new Betty White's Off Their Rockers doing 5.23 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, up two tenths from previous week's low. Another all-new episode followed at 8:30pm and did a similar 5.0 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. Will return next season in mid-season again. At 9pm, a new Rock Center with Brian Williams at 9pm did 3.29 million and a 0.7 18-49, down three tenths from previous week. Wow, so bad, and yet NBC is moving this to Thursdays this fall? And at 10pm, a new Law & Order: SVU did 5.88 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week. If it can't do much at 10, why will it at 9pm next fall? The CW had a repeat of Top Model start it off at 8pm doing 780,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating. A new America's Next Top Model followed at 9 and did 1.06 million and a 0.4 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week.
Thursday it was Fox edging out CBS by just a tenth for the win again. Starting with ABC, they opened the night with week nine of Missing doing 6.37 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, on par with previous week's series low. It has been canned, so the finale is this Thursday. At 9pm, a new Grey's Anatomy aired doing 9.82 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating, up two tenths from previous week. Awesome episode again and the season finale looks like it will be big. Look for big numbers. At 10pm, a new Scandal did 6.43 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. By far the best episode and I think it will reach a series high for the season finale this week. This show could be big next season. CBS started with the season finale of The Big Bang Theory doing a great 13.72 million and 4,4 18-49 rating, but down three tenths from previous week. Could have been higher for a season finale. A new Rules of Engagement did 8.77 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. Solid performance for a show everyone wants to get rid of. A new episode of Person of Interest aired next at 9 and did 12.96 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. Could be better and we know it can do better. The Mentalist was next at 10 and new too and did 12.62 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week. Fox aired American Idol at 8 doing 15.62million and a 4.0 18-49 rating, again on par with previous week. Then a new episode of Touch at 9 did 6.84 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week, tying a series low. It's back next season anyway. NBC was all-new with a new Community up first doing 2.99 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, which was on par with previous week. Fridays seems very weird for this show next fall. At 8:30pm, 30 Rock was new at 8:30pm and did 2.92 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. Really, time to end it after six seasons but it is back next season for 13 episodes. The season finale of The Office was next and did just 4.49 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. It will return next season in this slot, but NBC needs a new comedy anchor badly now. At 9:30pm Parks & Recreation finale did just 3.42 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, on par week-to-week. At 10pm, week eleven of Awake is dead in the ratings as it did 2.51 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, up two tenths week-to-week actually. It's canceled anyway. The CW's big gun Vampire Diaries was new and did 2.53 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, on par with previous week BUT still seems low for this show. The CW can't catch a break. Then at 9pm, drama The Secret Circle was new too and did 1.28 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. It has been canned, though.
Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available, but ABC edged out a win on Friday again. Shark Tank at 8pm was new and #1 again for the entire night, as the season finale of Undercover Boss had to settle for second place and another series low. At 9pm NBC's Grimm and CSI: NY were no match for ABC's What Would You Do? which was #1 at 9. CBS' Blue Bloods was no match for ABC's 20/20, as it was #1 at 10 for a clean ABC sweep. Fox's Fringe was low at 9pm, but it is back for the final 13 episodes next season anyway.
Saturday numbers have Fox winning with NASCAR. CBS, ABC and NBC did nothing.
Tonight ABC's line-up is AFV, Once Upon a Time, & Desperate Housewives. Look for solid numbers for the entire night and a #1 position for the season finale of Once Upon a Time and the two-hour series finale for Desperate. Could be big. NBC has Dateline at 7, with Celebrity Apprentice from 9-11pm, and Harry's Law leading in. Maybe a third or fourth place finish. CBS has new airings of 60 Minutes then the two-hour Survivor finale leading into the reunion show at 10. A second place finish I think. Fox has Animation Domination which could have them in third place, but I also could see them in fourth.
As for the week (week 34), Fox will likely win the week in 18-49 but it won't be a runaway. And CBS should win HH/viewers. ABC will be second in 18-49 and HH/viewers. CBS will beat NBC in 18-49 for third, with Fox should be third in HH/viewers. NBC will be fourth for sure in HH/viewers. As for the coming week, week 35, we have more season finales like and some summer series premieres like The Bachelorette and America's Got Talent. We are just one more week after and the season is over...wow!
Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Week 33 -- April 30-May 6)
- The Simpsons (Fox) - A new episode at 8pm did 4.84 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, which is below normal and down a tenth from previous week. At 7pm, a repeat did 2.62 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, which was on par with previous week.
- The Cleveland Show (Fox) - A new showing at 7:30pm did 3.11 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, as it has not done well in this slot and down a tenth from previous week.
- Bob's Burgers (Fox) - A new episode at 8:30pm did 3.72 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, which is not too good and also down a tenth week-to-week.
- Family Guy (Fox) - At 9pm, an all-new airing did 5.64 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, for the best of the block and yes, down a tenth from previous week.
- American Dad! (Fox) - At 9:30pm, a new showing did 4.82 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, but actually up three tenths from previous week. Solid gains.
- How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - preempted. Season finale tomorrow.
- 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - A one-hour season finale did 8.99 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating, down three tenths from previous week when it was just 8:30, and this is a series low.
- Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A new showing of this sitcom did 11.43 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating. Old faithful, indeed.
- Mike & Molly (CBS) - 10.14 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating is solid, but down a tenth week-to-week.
- Last Man Standing (ABC) - The season finale did 6.62 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, up two tenths from previous week's low. Coming back for a season 2!
- Cougar Town (ABC) - A new episode unfortunately didn't do that well with 4.63 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, but up two tenths from previous week. Two new episodes this Tuesday! Watch as the show is returning next season on TBS!
- New Girl (Fox) - The season finale at 9pm did 5.61 million and a 2.8 rating, up a good six tenths from previous week's series low. Good sign, for an up and down show in the ratings. A repeat at 9:30pm followed and didn't do well with 3.26 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, but up a tenth from previous week.
- The Middle (ABC) - A new episode did 6.6 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week. It should rebound in the fall I guess. 2 more episodes left this season.
- Suburgatory (ABC) - A new episode did 5.94 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week and nice build from lead-in.
- Modern Family (ABC) - A new episode of this mega hit did 10.58 million and a 4.4 18-49 rating, up three tenths from previous week. Tied The Voice finale and tied with Bang was #1 scripted TV show of the week so far.
- Don't Trust the B---- In Apartment 23 (ABC) - The fifth episode did 5.69 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week. It has been renewed for a second year!
- The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - The season finale at 8 did 13.72 million and a 4.4 18-49 rating, down three tenths from previous week. I would have thought the finale would be higher. Great, but disappointing.
- Rules of Engagement (CBS) - A new episode did 8.77 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, which is on par with previous week. CBS will bring this back, I think.
- Community (NBC) - A new episode did 2.99 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. It will move to Fridays this fall. So it will be worse than this. Setting up for Comedy Central to revive this show in season five.
- 30 Rock (NBC) - A new episode did 2.92 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. Will move to 8pm this fall for 13 episodes.
- The Office (NBC) - The season finale did only 4.49 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. It will be back in this slot next season. How low will it go next season? I don't see it ever going back to over a 3 or even a 2.5.
- Parks and Recreation (NBC) - The finale did 3.42 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, on par week-to-week. Also returning in this slot next season.
Summing it up. Airings of Modern Family, The big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, 2 Broke Girls, New Girl, Mike & Molly were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as The Middle, The Office) or just plain old terrible (such as Community, 30 Rock).
New on DVD/Blu-ray (September)
09/06 - Coach - Season One (Mill Creek) / Season Two / Seasons One and Two
09/06 - South Park - The Complete Ninteenth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season
09/20 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season
09/20 - Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season
09/20 - Modern Family - The Complete Season 7
09/20 - Veep - Season 5
09/27 - The Wonder Years - Season Six
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- John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun/Twenty Good Years) - Watch John on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
- Drew Carey (The Drew Carey Show/The Good Life) - Drew visits on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about The Price is Right on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
- Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Kevin appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
- Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine?/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
- Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Ricky stops by LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
- Colin Hanks (Life in Pieces) - Colin joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
- Melissa Joan Hart (Melissa & Joey/Sabrina, the Teenage Witch/Clarissa Explains It All) - Melissa looks back at her earliest memories on Clarissa Explains It All – and says she was really bossy on People Now at 8:30am.
- Damon Wayans (My Wife and Kids) - Damon is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.