Sunday, July 22, 2012

Summer Week 8 Sitcom Ratings; New Sitcoms On Cable This Week

We're smack dab in the middle of the summer and 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 8 (July 16-22) How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of July 9-15)
  • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 episodes - A repeat at 8pm did 3.58 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, which is up a nice four tenths from previous week. Good showing for a repeat. A second repeat followed at 8:30pm doing a similar 3.63 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, up three tenths week-to-week.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - A repeat at 7:30 just did 2.19 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week.
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox) - preempted.
  • Family Guy (Fox) 2 episodes - A repeat at 9 did 3.67 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, which is on par with previous week. Could have been higher since the lead-in increased, but still great. A second repeat followed at 9:30pm doing 3.67 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, also on par with previous week. Probably second to Big Bang in repeats this summer.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - The normal 9:30 airing was preempted. A repeat earlier in the night at 7 did just 1.91 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, up a tenth week-to-week.
Monday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A repeat did 3.95 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, down two tenths from previous week. Up and down it goes every week. It is amazing how true that is.
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - A repeat of this comedy did 4.13 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, down a  tenth from previous week.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A repeat did 5.12 million and only a 1.2 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week. This is very low for this show.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - 4.73 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating for a repeat was on par with the previous week. Not bad, as it matched its lead-in.
Tuesday Sitcoms
  • Last Man Standing (ABC) - preempted.
  • New Girl (Fox) - Repeats are on Thursdays.
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - A repeat at 8 did 3.86 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week. Could be higher.
  • Suburgatory (ABC) - A repeat at 8:30 posted 3.12 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, down two tenths week-to-week. This show usually builds or matches its lead-in.
  • Up All Night (NBC) - A repeat did 2.82 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week and tied the ABC competing sitcom in the time period.
  • Modern Family (ABC) 2 airings - A repeat did 3.94 million and a 1.4 rating, on par with previous week. Solid. A second airing followed with a similar 4.02 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. Good showings.
  • Happy Endings (ABC) - preempted.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A repeat at 8 did 8.99 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, up two tenths (and a million total viewers) from the previous week. How great is that! 
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A repeat at 8:30pm did a solid 7.43 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, thanks to a solid lead-in.  However, CBS is better off repeating Big Bang in the slot, as Men was down seven tenths from previous week's Bang!
  • The Office (NBC) - A repeat at 8 did 1.93 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, which is not good but again on par with previous week. 
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC) - A repeat of this followed at 8:30pm and did only 1.57 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, but up a tenth week-to-week. No rewatchability.
  • New Girl (Fox) 2 airings - A Thursday repeat at 9 did 2.26 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, followed by a second airing doing a similar 2.16 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating. Low total viewers, but 18-49 is not bad.
Friday Sitcoms
  • Whitney (NBC) - A repeat at 8 did a prelim 2.33 million and a prelim 0.6 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week's prelim ratings. Not good really. This show just repeats OK but originals do horrible. Maybe this show should be repeats all the time, ha.
  • Community (NBC) - A repeat of this at 8:30pm did just a prelim 1.3 million and a prelim 0.3 18-49 rating, down two tenths from previous week's prelim ratings. So low!
Saturday Sitcoms
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - preempted.
  • How to Be a Gentleman (CBS) - preempted.
Airing tonight (Sunday) are repeats of Fox Animation Domination from 7-10pm.

Summing it up. Repeats of The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Two and a Half Men-Thurs were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as repeats of New Girl, Two and a Half Men-Mon) or just plain old terrible (such as  repeats of Community, Parks & Recreation).

Feeling the repeat blues? Look for original sitcoms on cable this summer, with ABC Family's sophomore season of Melissa & Joey at 8pm all-new this Wednesday. What an underrated family comedy it is. New comedy Baby Daddy starring Chelsea Kane airs at 8:30pm with episode 5. TBS has week two of new sitcom Sullivan & Son this Thursday at 10pm. It's Cheers meets Sanford & Son, if that makes sense. Also on Wednesdays is TV Land's Hot in Cleveland spin-off series The Soul Man starring Cedric the Entertainer at 10pm followed by new episodes of The Exes at 10:30pm. TV Land has moved Retired at 35 to Wednesdays and is airing at 11pm. FX and Charlie Sheen come together in Anger Management airing Thursdays at 9:30pm. Even on digital TV, Bounce TV airs new comedy Family Time starring Omar Gooding Mondays at 9pm. 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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