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 (March/April)

The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five

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 - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
04/04 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season
04/11 - Father Knows Best - Season Five
04/11 - Schitt's Creek - The Complete Third Season
04/11 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/11 - Veep - The Complete Fifth Season
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, April 30

Bob's Burgers - "Like Gene for Chocolate" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Gene learns that the formula for his favorite chocolate has changed, he works with the head of the company in an attempt to remedy the situation. Meanwhile, Bob gets wrapped up in one of Teddy’s less-than-perfect plans.

Bob's Burgers - "Thelma & Louise Except Thelma Is Linda" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT)
After Louise gets in trouble at school, Linda is forced to meet with Mr. Frond (guest voice David Herman) and potentially could lose her hard-earned position as the Wagstaff bake sale leader. When she finds out that her daughter was actually trying to help another student, Linda is torn between following school policy or her own moral code.

The Simpsons - "Looking for Mr. Goodbart" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Bart gets in trouble on Grandparents Day at school and is forced to hang out with Skinner’s mother as punishment. After spending time with various grandmas in the neighborhood, he learns the benefits of hanging out with the elderly, but eventually recognizes the dangers of taking advantage of them. Meanwhile, Peekimon Get has taken over the town of Springfield.

Making History - "Night Cream" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
With the ever-present threat of losing tenure looming over him, Chris reaches out to John Hancock and Samuel Adams to help spice things up in the classroom in 2017. Meanwhile, Deb's dream of re-opening Chadwick's ice cream parlor is finally coming to fruition, but Dan has a few marketing ideas of his own.

Family Guy - "The Peter Principal" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Peter becomes the temporary principal at the high school, and Meg uses his new power to get even with her bullies. Meanwhile, Brian and Stewie open a bed & breakfast that quickly turns into a brothel.

The Last Man on Earth - "The Big Day" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Tandy and Gail face off in a major disagreement, on which the whole group must weigh in, and Carol is forced to choose a side. Meanwhile, Melissa, Todd and Erica each have major milestone moments.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 1)

Sunday, April 30

  • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - Catch NeNe on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
Monday, May 1
  • Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) - Watch Chris on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • America Ferrera (Superstore) - America drops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project) - Ike appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Joel McHale (The Great Indoors/Community) - Joel is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jake Johnson (New Girl) - Jake visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Hank Azaria (Brockmire/The Simpsons/Free Agents) - Hank stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Al Madrigal (About a Boy/Welcome to the Captain/Gary Unmarried) - Al appears on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Ashton Kutcher (The Ranch/Two and a Half Men/That '70s Show) - Ashton appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Allison teams up with Mario Batali to make a cheesy, decadent Gnocchi Al Telefono and dishes about her new Broadway show on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Charlie Hunnam (Undeclared) - Charlie will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. He will also be on the AOL Build Show at 11:15am.
  • Nick Robinson (Melissa & Joey) - Nick talks about his new film Everything, Everything on the AOL Build Show at 1pm.
  • Jodie Sweetin (Hollywood Darlings/Fuller House/Full House) - Jodie is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.