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

Monday, May 21

The Big Bang Theory - "The Neonatal Nomenclature" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Bernadette won’t go into labor, all her friends try different tactics to get things started. Also, Wolowitz confronts Bernadette after Amy accidentally reveals she’s already chosen their son’s name.

Man with a Plan - "Family Business" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Andi proposes an exciting idea for Adam and her to go into business together when she isn’t able to find work. Also, Adam tackles the most challenging job of his life – renovating Joe and Bev’s (Swoosie Kurtz) kitchen.

The Big Bang Theory - "The Athenaeum Allocation" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Leonard jumps through hoops to help secure the perfect wedding venue for Sheldon and Amy. Also, Bernadette and Wolowitz have a hard time deciding who should stay at home with the kids and who should go back to work. John Ross Bowie returns as Kripke.

Mom - "A Seafaring Ancestor and a Bloomin' Onion" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Christy discovers she and her younger classmate, Cooper (Michael Angarano), make a good team both in and out of the classroom, and Bonnie steps up when a newly sober Natasha (Missi Pyle) fears she can’t handle motherhood.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 21)

Monday, May 21

  • Zachary Quinto (So Notorious) - Watch Zachary on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) - Olivia is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Billy Eichner (Difficult People/Friends from College) - Billy appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kiersey Clemons (Transparent/Austin & Ally) - Kiersey is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Donald Glover (Atlanta/Community) - Donald visits The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • The Cast of Arrested Development - Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Jessica Walter, David Cross and Alia Shawkat are guests on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. Tony also talks about the new season of Arrested Development on the BUILD Series at 2:30pm.
  • Mark Consuelos (Alpha House/Hope & Faith) - Mark guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Jake Smollett (On Our Own) - Jake joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.


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