Sunday, August 26, 2012

Summer Week 13 Sitcom Ratings; New Sitcoms On Cable This Week

We're nearing the end of 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 in the summer! Here are our summer ratings:

Summer Week 13 (August 20-26) How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of August 13-19)
  • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 airings - A repeat at 8pm did 3.15 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. A second repeat followed with 3.48 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox)  - A repeat at 7:30pm posted 2.11 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, up a tenth from the previous week.
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox) - preempted.
  • Family Guy (Fox) 2 airings - A repeat at 9pm did 3.76 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, which was up on par with week. A second repeat was even more impressive at 9:30pm doing 3.76 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - A repeat at 7pm did 1.75 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, which was on par with the previous week.
Monday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A repeat did 4.18 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, on par with the previous week.
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) 2 airings - A repeat of this comedy at 8:30pm did 4.76 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, up three tenths from previous week in the key demo. The 9pm repeat followed and posted 5.47 million and a 1.7 rating, up four tenths in 18-49 from the previous week.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - 5.33 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating for a repeat at 9:30pm, which was up a tenth in 18-49 from the 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 8pm repeat did 3.09 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, on par with the previous week. OK, but not terrible.
  • Last Man Standing (ABC) - A repeat of this sitcom followed with 2.78 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, also on par with previous week.
  • Happy Endings (ABC) - A repeat at 9pm did 2.11 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, which was up two tenths week-to-week.
  • Don't Trust the B---- In Apartment 23 (ABC) - A repeat at 9:30pm posted 1.7 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, which was on par with previous week.
  • Go On (NBC) - A repeat of the pilot following Got Talent did 4.76 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating. Not bad.
  • Animal Practice (NBC) - A repeat of this pilot followed at 10:30pm but didn't do as well with 3.55 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating.
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - A repeat at 8pm did 4.06 million and a 1.1 rating, on par with the previous week.
  • Suburgatory (ABC) 2 airings - A repeat at 8:30 posted 3.2 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week. A second repeat airing at 9:30pm generated 2.64 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, but down a tenth week-to-week.
  • Up All Night (NBC) - preempted.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A repeat at 9pm did 3.51 million and a 1.3 rating, on par with the previous week. I look for it to start going up now as we get closer to the fall.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A repeat at 8 did 7.44 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, down a tenth from the previous week in the key demo.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A repeat at 8:30pm did 5.95 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from the previous week.
  • The Office (NBC) - A repeat at 8pm did 2.17 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, which was on par with the previous week.
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC) - A repeat at 8:30pm followed with 1.75 million and 0.6 18-49 rating, which was down a tenth from the previous week.
  • Raising Hope (Fox) - A Thursday repeat at 8pm did 2.05 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, which tied NBC's competing comedy.
  • New Girl (Fox) - A Thursday repeat at 8:30pm did 1.96 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, which isn't great but it beat the regular NBC competing comedy...ouch.
Friday Sitcoms
  • Whitney (NBC) - preempted.
  • Community (NBC) - preempted.
Saturday Sitcoms
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - preempted.
Airing tonight (Sunday) are repeats of Fox Animation Domination from 7-10pm.

Summing it up. The repeats of Family Guy-last Sun, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as repeats of How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family) or just plain old terrible (such as repeats of Parks and Recreation, Animal Practice).

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 with its season finale. What an underrated family comedy it is. New comedy Baby Daddy starring Chelsea Kane airs at 8:30pm with its season finale this Wednesday as well. Both continue to deliver on ABC Family. As we mentioned, both series have been renewed for new seasons coming in spring 2013! TBS has episode eight 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 a new episode of The Exes at 10:30pm. TV Land has moved Retired at 35 to Wednesdays at 11pm. FX had its season finale of Anger Management the previous Thursday at 9:30pm, so look for encores this week if you missed it. 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 (October/November)

Dr. Ken - Season One Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season The Lucy Show - The Complete Series The Mindy Project - Season Four

10/04 - The Andy Griffith Show - The Christmas Special (Colorized)
10/04 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #1 (Colorized)
10/11 - Dr. Ken - Season One
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Series
10/11 - Nurse Jackie - Seasons One and Two
10/11 - Weeds - Seasons One and Two
11/01 - Schitt's Creek - Seasons One and Two
11/08 - Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season
11/08 - Your Family or Mine - Season One
11/15 - Community - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Lucy Show - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Mindy Project - Season Four
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, December 4

The Simpsons - "The Last Traction Hero" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
A workplace accident leaves Homer in a cast, and in a position to sue Mr. Burns. This leaves Marge unfulfilled, so she turns to an unexpected source for romance. Meanwhile, Lisa is made “Bus Monitor” and tries to keep the peace.

Son of Zorn - "Return of the Drinking Buddy" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Zorn’s old friend Headbutt Man (guest voice Rob Riggle) is coming to town. Unfortunately for Zorn, Headbutt Man is now sober. Meanwhile, Alan is invited to a party where his crush, Nancy (guest star Emily Wong), will be. Unfortunately, he has to take Headbutt man’s daughter with him.

Family Guy - "Carter and Tricia" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Carter buys the Pawtucket Patriot brewery and decides to cut some corners to save a few bucks. Peter overhears the plan and runs and tells investigative journalist Tricia Takanawa about Carter’s plan to use toxic chemicals in the beer cans. Meanwhile, Brian’s drivers’ license has expired and he enlists Stewie as an instructor.

The Last Man on Earth - "Whitney Houston, We Have a Problem" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After finding a mysterious note left by Melissa that says “Goodbye,” the gang sets off to go look for her. Meanwhile, Gail gets stuck on a solo adventure of her own.

K.C. Undercover - "Holly Holly Not So Jolly" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Christmas time arrives and K.C. tells everyone she has to go pick up a last-minute gift, but instead goes to The Organization's therapist, Dr. Levinstein.

Mech X-4 - "Let's Survive in the Woods!" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Principal Grey sets a trap for Ryan, Harris and Spyder while they're on a camping trip, which leaves MECH-X4 and Mark in danger.

Best Friends Whenever - "The Christmas Curse" (Disney Channel, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Shelby and Cyd encourage a homesick Daisy to incorporate a festive 16th-century tradition into their annual Christmas party.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 5)

Monday, December 5

  • Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Watch Will on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Steve Harvey (The Steve Harvey Show) - Steve visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. He chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jason Bateman (Arrested Development/The Hogan Family/It's Your Move) - Jason visits 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 on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle) - Gael is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program) - Steve appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • The Cast of Fuller House - The cast of Fuller House are guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia stops by Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Miss Piggy (The Muppets) - Miss Piggy and Harry perform Deck the Halls on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Meredith Hagner (Search Party/Men at Work) - Meredith is a guest on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Lauren Graham (The Odd Couple/Conrad Bloom/Townies) - Lauren appears on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley/The Goodwin Games/Carpoolers) - T.J. talks about Office Christmas Party on the AOL Build Show at 3pm. He will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET. He can also be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM at 9:50am.
  • Bradley Whitford (Happyish/Trophy Wife) - Bradley is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Josh McDermitt (Retired at 35) - Josh can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM at 10:45am.
  • Erinn Hayes (Kevin Can Wait/Guys with Kids/Worst Week) - Erinn talks about Kevin Can Wait on the AOL Build Show at 4pm.