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, May 24

The Big Bang Theory - "The Gates Excitation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Penny gets the opportunity to host Bill Gates at work when his company wants to partner with her pharmaceutical company. Also, Leonard, Koothrappali and Wolowitz do everything in their power to meet him, while Sheldon thinks he is the victim of an April Fools prank.

Young Sheldon - "A Computer, A Plastic Pony, And A Case of Beer" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Sheldon asks for a computer and unknowingly sparks a heated argument between Mary and George Sr. over the family’s finances.

Mom - "Fancy Crackers and Giant Women" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Bonnie suffers withdrawal after giving up cable TV to help Christy pay for her law school applications, and the women rally around Jill after she has a breakdown in her favorite department store.

Life in Pieces - "Settlement Pacifier Attic Unsyncing" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When the entire Hughes family moves into John and Joan’s home after their kitchen is destroyed, their presence creates chaos for Joan. Also, Matt and Colleen are set to receive a huge monetary settlement from Colleen’s fall off the motel balcony on their wedding night; John tries to get Sophia back on track when she starts misbehaving; Tyler and Clementine make a surprise announcement to the family; and Jen and Greg attempt to persuade Lark to get rid of her pacifier.

Nobodies - "Alone Star State" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Mark-Paul and Rachel attend the Independent Spirit Awards together; an unassuming Hugh joins Larry in Austin, Texas, to teach unauthorized Groundlings-style seminars to a group of Texas businesspeople.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 21)

Thursday, May 24

  • Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project/The Office) - Catch Mindy on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ted Danson (The Good Place/Becker/Cheers) - Ted is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig visits Conan at 11pm on TBS. She will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne/The McCarthys/The Big Bang Theory) - Laurie stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Kelsey Grammer (Frasier/Cheers) - Kelsey chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Amy and Nick are guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jussie Smollett (On Our Own) - Jussie appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane talks about Red Nose Day and Hollywood Game Night on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Daphne Maxwell Reid (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/Eve/Let's Stay Together) - Daphne makes her mother Rosalee's waffles on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Oliver Hudson (Splitting Up Together/Rules of Engagement) - Oliver is a guest on a repeat of Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Christine Lakin (Hollywood Darlings/Step by Step) - Christine is part of the panel on a repeat of Steve, so check your local listings.


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