Sunday, July 29, 2012

Summer Week 9 Sitcom Ratings; New Sitcoms On Cable This Week; 2012 TCA Awards Winners

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 9 (July 23-29) How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of July 16-22)
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - A special repeat at 7pm did 1.96 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, as it was preempted from 8-9pm.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - preempted.
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox) - preempted.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A special repeat at 7:30pm did 2.56 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, obviously lower than usual since it didn't air in its normal 9-10pm summer slots.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - preempted.
Monday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A repeat did 3.98 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. Finally stopped the up or down trend.
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - A repeat of this comedy did 4.57 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, up a  tenth from previous week.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A repeat did 5.8 million and only a 1.6 18-49 rating, up four tenths from previous week. Its best showing in the time period in many weeks.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - 5.19 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating for a repeat was up two tenths from previous week.
Tuesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - Tuesday repeats will air for the rest of the summer, in addition to its regular Wednesday airings.  The first Tuesday airing did 3.39 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, on par with its normal Wednesday summer repeats.
  • Last Man Standing (ABC) - A repeat of this sitcom followed with 2.51 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating. Could have been a bit higher.
  • New Girl (Fox) - preempted.
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - A repeat at 8 did 3.66 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week again.
  • Suburgatory (ABC) - A repeat at 8:30 posted 3.01 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, on par week-to-week. The comedy will be moving to 9:30pm this Fall.
  • Up All Night (NBC) - preempted.
  • Modern Family (ABC) 2 airings - A repeat did 3.75 million and a 1.3 rating, down a tenth from previous week. Solid. A second airing followed with a similar 4.07 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. Good showings.
  • Happy Endings (ABC) - preempted.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A repeat at 8 did 7.88 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, down three tenths (and a million total viewers) from the previous week. Still good, but down.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A repeat at 8:30pm did a solid 6.64 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, thanks to a solid lead-in, but down two tenths week-to-week.
  • The Office (NBC) - A repeat at 8 did 2.25 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 1.52 million and a 0.5 18-49 rating, down a tenth week-to-week. No rewatchability.
  • New Girl (Fox) - preempted.
Friday Sitcoms
  • Whitney (NBC) - preempted, Olympics time.
  • Community (NBC) - preempted, Olympics time.
Saturday Sitcoms
  • Rules of Engagement (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-Mon & Thurs were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as repeats of 2 Broke Girls, How I Met Your Mother) or just plain old terrible (such as  repeats of Parks & Recreation, Last Man Standing).

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 6. TBS has week three 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, but it had its season finale on July 23...look for repeats on Bounce TV. All of these are multi-camera comedies, too! New sitcom airings is the perfect way to beat the summer blues!



The Television Critics Association (TCA) has announced the winners for its 2012 TCA Awards. Bryan Cranston, star of AMC's hit series Breaking Bad, hosted the annual invitation-only event, held at the Beverly Hilton hotel in conjunction with the TCA's summer 2012 press tour. The non-televised ceremony bestowed awards in 12 categories to recipients in comedy, drama, reality, miniseries, news and youth programming for the 2011-2012 television season in this 28th Annual TCA Awards presentation. Members of the TCA, a media organization of more than 200 professional TV critics and journalists from the United States and Canada, voted HBO's celebrated Game of Thrones this season's Program of the Year and honored Showtime's freshman drama, Homeland, with the award for Outstanding New Program. Winning its first TCA Award ever, the FX sitcom Louie took home the award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, and its star, Louis C.K., nabbed the top trophy in the Individual Achievement in Comedy category. AMC's Breaking Bad once again received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama, having previously won the distinction in 2010, and Homeland star Claire Danes was honored with Individual Achievement in Drama for her portrayal of Carrie Mathison. Cable series continues to dominate awards shows.

Below is the complete list of the 2012 Television Critics Association winners.

Individual Achievement in Drama
Claire Danes (Homeland, Showtime)

Individual Achievement in Comedy
Louis C.K. (Louie, FX)

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information
60 Minutes (CBS)

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming
Switched at Birth (ABC Family)

Outstanding New Program
Homeland (Showtime)

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials
Downton Abbey: Masterpiece (PBS)

Outstanding Achievement in Drama
Breaking Bad (AMC)

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
Louie (FX)

Career Achievement Award
David Letterman (Late Show With David Letterman)

Heritage Award
Cheers (NBC)

Program of the Year
Game of Thrones (HBO)

View the full list of nominated programs to see who these winners beat out. Stay tuned tomorrow for our recap of the CBS portion of the TCA Summer 2012 Press tour and we will have an update from The CW as well.


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)
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, August 24

The Big Bang Theory - "The Separation Agitation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Howard and Bernadette have a hard time leaving Halley in day care when Bernadette returns to work. Also, Bert (Brian Posehn) introduces the gang to his new girlfriend, Rebecca (April Bowlby).

Kevin Can Wait - "Quiet Diet" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Donna says she’ll send Kevin to the Mets Fantasy Camp if he lowers his cholesterol, Chale secretly coaches Kevin through a juice cleanse.

Great News - "The Red Door" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Carol (Andrea Martin) is excited when Chuck (John Michael Higgins) asks her to wait for the cable guy at his townhouse, until Chuck gives an ominous warning that tests her curiosity. Meanwhile, Portia's (Nicole Richie) phone gets hacked and Katie (Briga Heelan) struggles not to read her private emails.

The Guest Book - "Story Six" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Federal agent Trina books the mountain cabin to protect valuable witness Blake, but Blake has his own ideas on how to escape the people who are after him.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 21)

Thursday, August 24

  • Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show/My Boys/Welcome to New York) - Catch Jim on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Laura Linney (The Big C) - Laura appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Lamorne Morris (New Girl) - Lamorne is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Timothy Simons (Veep) - Timothy visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Will Arnett (Arrested Development/The Millers/Up All Night/Running Wilde) - Will drops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kevin James (Kevin Can Wait/The King of Queens) - Kevin appears on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Miriam Shorr and Peter Hermann (Younger) - Miriam and Peter are guests on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • John Corbett (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll/United States of Tara/Lucky) - John talks about All Saints on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.