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!


New on DVD/Blu-ray (February/March)

227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek) Fuller House - The Complete First Season The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season

02/07 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Sabrina Down Under
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 1 - School's Cool - Boy Crazy
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 2 - About a Family - Hangin' Out
02/07 - 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek)
02/07 - Vice Principals - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
02/14 - Beavis and Butt-Head - The Complete Collection
02/14 - Grace and Frankie - Season Two
02/28 - Fuller House - The Complete First Season
03/03 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now... In Living Color! (Blu-ray)
03/07 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites
03/07 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series - Flashback Edition (Blu-ray)
03/07 - What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - You Me Her - Season One
03/14 - Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season
03/14 - Unbrekable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, March 22

The Goldbergs - "O Captain! My Captain!" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Beverly substitutes for Barry’s chemistry class in hopes to inspire students in the same way as Mr. Keating from “Dead Poets Society,” much to Barry’s embarrassment.  When Beverly refuses to give Barry special treatment, Murray pushes Barry to work hard and prove to her that he can get a good grade.

Speechless - "R-O--ROAD T-R--TRIP" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The family goes on an annual impromptu family road trip, but Ray has something in store, which angers Maya when she finds out what it is.  But Maya’s relentlessness proves to be helpful when she takes control of an emergency situation involving Ray’s appendix.

Modern Family - "Ringmaster Keifth" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Trying to recover from his Thanksgiving debacle, Cam decides to treat the family to a New Year’s Day feast. After realizing that Cam’s recent attempt is also a complete fail and in order to salvage their meal, Mitch uses a “concierge gift card” that he received as a Christmas gift. Cam soon discovers that the concierge who is on his way to save the day is none other than his ex-boyfriend, Keifth (Kelsey Grammar), a former circus ringmaster who left him without saying goodbye. Meanwhile, Phil’s dad, Frank (Fred Willard) arrives with his new girlfriend, who happens to be Phil’s childhood babysitter, which sets him on a confusing tailspin. Finally, Gloria and Jay have to decide who should take care of little Joe if something should ever happen to them.

black-ish - "40 Acres and a Vote" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
With Obama leaving office and the upcoming election, Dre finds a new candidate to believe in – Junior. Junior is running for class president and is overqualified for the job, but he just can’t seem to connect with his fellow classmates. Dre becomes his campaign manager and tries to make Junior appeal to the masses. Meanwhile, Pops, Johan and Jack discuss why they’re not voting in the upcoming election, and Bow is worried that Zoey’s college essay is not going to get her into college.

Schitt's Creek - "Stop Saying Lice!" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Johnny tries to stop the spread of lice; Moira tries to get out of having a garden named after her.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 20)

Wednesday, March 22

  • America Ferrera (Superstore) - Watch America on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. She will also be on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Woody Harrelson (Cheers) - Woody stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Michael McKean (Laverne & Shirley) - Michael appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • H. Jon Benjamin (Bob's Burgers) - H. Jon is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Josh Gad (The Comedians/1600 Penn/Back to You) - Josh drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Judy Greer (Married/Mad Love/Miss Guided) - Judy appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Greg Proops (True Jackson, VP) - Greg is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Eugene Mirman (Bob's Burgers) - Eugene appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Laura Dern (Enlightened) - Laura stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo. She also talks about Wilson and The Founder on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Kate Walsh (Bad Judge/The Drew Carey Show) - Kate is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Mark Consuelos (Alpha House/Hope & Faith) - Mark guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Lena Dunham (Girls) - Lena is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Sanaa Lathan (Family Guy/The Cleveland Show/LateLine) - Sanaa joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 1pm.
  • Rhea Perlman (Cheers/Kirstie) - Rhea talks about Me and My Grandma on NBC's Today in the 9am hour. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 4:30pm.