Sunday, June 03, 2012

Summer Week 1 Sitcom Ratings; New Sitcoms On Cable This Summer

Summer has now started with this past week being the first full week of the summer season. We will be back with our normal weekly ratings report with the first four nights numbers and analysis in the fall, but we still will have our regular how the sitcoms did all summer long! Here are our summer ratings:

Summer Week 1 (May 28-June 3) How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of May 21-27)
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - preempted for NASCAR.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - preempted for NASCAR.
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox) - preempted for NASCAR.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - preempted for NASCAR.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - preempted for NASCAR.
Monday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A repeat did 3.74 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, down two tenths from previous week. It was Memorial Day though.
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - A repeat of this comedy did 4.18 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, but down a good half point from previous week. Should go back up tomorrow most likely.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A repeat did 5.89 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, down an alarming seven tenths from previous week's repeat. Since it was Memorial Day, not much to worry about. This show will be on the move this Fall to Thursdays anyway.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - 5.42 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating for a repeat was down four tenths from previous week.
Tuesday Sitcoms
  • Last Man Standing (ABC) - preempted.
  • Cougar Town (ABC) - The one-hour ABC finale did 3.42 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, up from its last new hour two weeks prior. Should do decent for TBS next season.
  • New Girl (Fox) 4 airings - Fox went a marathon route with four episodes from 8-10pm. The first airing at 8 did 2.48 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating. In fact, each half-hour did a 1.0 18-49 rating. Total viewers from 8:30-10pm was 2.25 million, 2.12 million and 2.09 million. Pretty steady for the night, even though it was low.
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - The first summer repeat of the season did 4.81 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, off a tenth from the first repeat last summer.
  • Suburgatory (ABC) - Its first summer repeat ever did 3.67 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, holding 100% of its lead-in's ratings. Although it was down four tenths from a second Middle encore from the first summer Wednesday last season.
  • Modern Family (ABC) 2 airings - Its first repeat of the summer did 4.43 million and a 1.5 rating, off seven tenths from last summer's first repeat. Though last summer it had a stronger lead-in and aired back-to-back from 9-10pm. And History did air the conclusion of the high-rated Hatfields & McCoys mini-series, so that could have been a factor. A second repeat at 10:30pm did 2.65 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, holding its 10pm lead-in.
  • Happy Endings (ABC) - A repeat at 9:30pm posted 2.78 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating.
  • Don't Trust the B---- In Apartment 23 (ABC) - A repeat at 10 did 2.73 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating for its first ever repeat. And it held 100% of its lead-in.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A repeat at 8 did 8.79 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, on par with the previous week. Nice. Should stay above a 2 all summer.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - A repeat did 6.43 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, up a tenth week-to-week. However, this was the last Thursday airing, as 2 Broke Girls takes over this week for a month.
  • Community (NBC) - preempted.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - preempted
  • The Office (NBC) 2 airings - A repeat at 8 did just 2.25 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, but actually up a tenth week-to-week.  Another repeat followed at 8:30 doing an embarrassing 2.08 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, also up a tenth from previous week.
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC) - preempted.
Friday Sitcoms
  • Best Friends Forever (NBC) 2 airings - NBC aired the series finale of this series and it got hammered. At 8pm it did a prelim 2.39 million and a prelim 0.6 18-49 rating, off two tenths from its last airing in April. A second airing did no better with a prelim 2.04 million and a prelim 0.6 18-49 rating. Repeats of Whitney and Community take over this week. That could be just as bad.
Saturday Sitcoms
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - A Saturday repeat at 8 did just a prelim 2.0 million and a prelim 0.5 18-49 rating, but that was higher than previous week's How To Be A Gentleman in the time period.
  • How to Be a Gentleman (CBS) - A new burn-off episode at 8:30 did a prelim 1.84 million and a prelim 0.4 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week thanks to a better lead-in than itself.
Airing tonight (Sunday) are repeats of Fox Animation Domination from 7-10pm.

Summing it up. Repeats of The Big Bang Theory, Rules of Engagement were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as repeats of Modern Family, The Middle) or just plain old terrible (such as  repeats of The Office and new airings of Best Friends Forever).
Feeling the repeat blues? Look for original sitcoms on cable this summer, with the season finale of Hot in Cleveland this Wednesday at 10pm with special guests Regis Philbin and David Spade followed by the first half of season two finale of Happily Divorced starring Fran Drescher at 10:30pm only on TV Land. BET has the season finales of The Game and Let's Stay Together this Tuesday starting at 10pm. Also its week two of ABC Family's sophomore season of Melissa & Joey with back-to-back all-new episode at 8 and 8:30pm. What an underrated family comedy it is. New comedy Baby Daddy starring Chelsea Kane will air at 8:30pm starting June 20! We've seen two episodes and it is pretty funny, so tune in! TBS airs Men at Work Thursdays at 10pm, with Sullivan & Son coming in late July. Also premiering soon is TV Land's Hot in Cleveland spin-off series The Soul Man starring Cedric the Entertainer on Wednesday, June 20 at 10pm followed by the season two premiere of The Exes at 10:30pm. TV Land will also air season two of Retired at 35 on Tuesdays starting June 26 at 10pm. FX and Charlie Sheen will come together in a new sitcom titled Anger Management airing Thursdays at 9pm starting June 28. Even on digital TV, Bounce TV will launch new comedy Family Time starring Omar Gooding on Monday, June 18 at 8pm. All of these are multi-camera comedies, too! New sitcom airings is the perfect way to beat the summer blues!


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, October 19

Superstore - "Workplace Bullying" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Tensions arise among the employees after an attempted robbery, pitting Dina (Lauren Ash) against Jonah (Ben Feldman). Meanwhile, Glenn (Mark McKinney) has a tough time firing the store security guard, and Amy (America Ferrera) discovers that her coworkers have been hanging out without her.

The Good Place - "The Trolley Problem" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Chidi (William Jackson Harper) and Eleanor (Kristen Bell) tackle a famous ethical dilemma, leading to a conflict with Michael (Ted Danson). Meanwhile, Tahani (Jameela Jamil) harbors a secret and confides in Janet (D'Arcy Carden).

Will & Grace - "Grandpa Jack" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jack (Sean Hayes) is stunned to learn that his estranged son, Elliot (guest star Michael Angarano) has a son of his own, Skip (guest star Jet Jurgensmeyer). Moreover, Skip needs the kind of help only Will (Eric McCormack) and Jack can provide. Grace (Debra Messing) and Karen (Megan Mullally) behave badly with the hot new guy at work.

Great News - "Award Show" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
For the first time in years, "The Breakdown" has been nominated for an American Journalism Award. Katie (Briga Heelan) is looking forward to spending the night as a peer with the very reporters she has admired her whole life. Fearing her mother will ruin it, Katie tries to stop Carol (Andrea Martin) from attending but is unsuccessful when Carol secures a position as a seat-filler. Katie is stuck babysitting her mom all night but gets distracted by Jeremy (guest star Reid Scott), a handsome New York Times reporter who looks down on cable news. Chuck (John Michael Higgins) is excited to reunite with all of his old anchormen friends, especially Len Archer (guest star Christopher McDonald), an idol of Chuck's who is receiving a lifetime achievement award.

Better Things - "Eulogy" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Sam demands satisfaction.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 16)

Thursday, October 19

  • Tracy Morgan (30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Catch Tracy on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul sits in with Cleto and The Cletones on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) - Jim is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Michael Keaton (Working Stiffs/All's Fair) - Michael appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Amy Landecker (Transparent) - Amy is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Carl Reinder (The Dick Van Dyke Show) - Carl appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Garcelle Beauvais (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Garcelle guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Cedric Yarbrough (Speechless/Reno 911!) - Cedric is a guest on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Angela Kinsey (Haters Back Off/Your Family or Mine/The Office) - Angela talks about the new season of her Netflix show Haters Back Off on the People Now at 8:30am.
  • Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Jeff appears on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Out of Practice) - Henry is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Hayley Orrantia (The Goldbergs) - Hayley appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Joanna Garcia Swisher (Reba/Better with You) - Joanna teams up with Michael Symon in the kitchen, giving the scoop on her new show and whipping up a tasty dish on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT. She also talks about Kevin (Probably) Saves the World on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Redman (Method & Red) - Redman appears on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.
  • Debra Messing and Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) - Debra and Eric are guests on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June/July/August)

Father Knows Best - Season Six Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season Alice - The Complete Fifth Season Rhoda - Season Four Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four

06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
06/13 - That's My Mama - The Complete Series
06/20 - Workaholics - The Final (Seventh) Season
06/20 - Workaholics - The Complete Series
06/27 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Third Season
07/04 - Superstore - Season Two
07/18 - Father Knows Best - Season Six
07/25 - Diff'ernt Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season
07/25 - Girls - The Final (Sixth) Season (Blu-ray)
08/01 - Alice - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
08/01 - Crashing - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
08/15 - Rhoda - Season Four
08/22 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four
08/29 - Will & Grace - Season One (Universal)
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