Sunday, September 23, 2012

Final Summer Week Sitcom Ratings; Our 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Picks

It's the last day of summer and we will be back with our normal weekly ratings report with the first four nights numbers and analysis next Sunday, but we have the final how the sitcoms did in the summer today. The new TV season begins tomorrow night!

Summer Week 17 (Sept. 17-23) How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of Sept. 10-16)
  • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 airings - A repeat at 8pm did 4.3 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. A second repeat followed with 4.15 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down a tenth week-to-week.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox)  - A repeat at 7:30pm did 3.02 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, which is decent for a repeat opposite the NFL.
  • Family Guy (Fox) 2 airings - A repeat at 9pm did 4.36 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, which was down a tenth from the previous week. A second repeat at 9:30pm did 4.45 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, down two tenths week-to-week in 18-49.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - A repeat at 7pm did 2.66 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, which is above average.
Monday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A one-hour repeat did 4.18 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, up six tenths in 18-49 from the previous week when it aired at 9:17pm following coverage of the US Open. That was atypical though...this airing was more normal.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - preempted.
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - A one-hour repeat of this comedy posted 4.89 million and a 1.6 rating, up eight tenths in 18-49 from the previous week which aired at a later time. This is back to normal but I still question how it will do as an anchor. We'll see tomorrow.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - preempted.
Tuesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - The 8pm repeat did 3.96 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from the previous week.
  • Last Man Standing (ABC) - A repeat of this sitcom followed with 3.77 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Its best repeat ratings in the slot this summer. Good sign.
  • Go On (NBC) - The third episode premiered to 9.28 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating, on par with previous week which is very good--but it had limited competition. So still the jury is out, but it is looking good.  This Tuesday will be key.
  • The New Normal (NBC) - The third episode of this comedy premiered to 6.08 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, down three tenths from previous week. A bit concerning since there was no competition.  If it falls under a 2 this Tuesday, maybe time for a little panicking?
  • Happy Endings (ABC) - preempted, season premiere is Oct. 23.
  • Don't Trust the B---- In Apartment 23 (ABC) - preempted, season premiere is Oct. 23.
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - A repeat at 8pm did 4.36 million and a 1.1 rating, up two tenths from the previous week. Season premiere will be one-hour this Wednesday!
  • Suburgatory (ABC) 2 airings - A repeat at 8:30 posted 3.43 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from the previous week. A second repeat airing at 9:30pm generated 3.45 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-48 week-to-week. This show could be big this fall at 9:30pm.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A repeat at 9pm did 4.61 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, up three tenths from the previous week. Look for a big number for its season premiere. Maybe not a 6.1 18-49 rating like last season, but close to it.
  • Guys with Kids (NBC) - preempted, time period premiere is this Wednesday at 8:30.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2 airings - A repeat at 8 did 7.91 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, up two tenths from the previous week in the key demo. A second repeat followed with a great 9.32 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating. Great for summer, and will be one of the top sitcoms in 18-49 and will be the top in total viewers in the new season.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) 2 airings - A repeat at 9pm did 7.41 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, up three three tenths in 18-49 from the previous week when it aired at 8:30pm. A second repeat followed with 6.81 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating. Good, but I don't think this show will be doing that well this season. Solid, but not a top performer like last season.
  • Up All Night (NBC) - The season premiere did awful with just 3.11 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, as many summer sitcom repeats did better than that. Awful.
  • The Office (NBC) - The ninth and final season premiere did only 4.28 million and tying a series low with a 2.1 18-49 rating. It's good this show is calling it quits.
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC) - The season premiere of this comedy did not perform either with just 3.5 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating.
Friday Sitcoms
  • None.
Saturday Sitcoms
  • None.
Airing tonight (Sunday) are repeats of Fox Animation Domination from 7-10pm.

Summing it up. The repeats of The Simpsons & Family Guy from last Sunday, and The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Modern Family, and the new showing of Go On were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as a new The New Normal, The Office ) or just plain old terrible (such as new airings of Up All Night, Parks & Recreation).


The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards hosted by Jimmy Kimmel airs tonight (Sunday, Sept. 23) on ABC at 8pm ET/5pm PT. As always, here are our picks on who will win. Come on back tomorrow to see who the winners were and how many we got right! Enjoy the show tonight!

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Girls (HBO)
30 Rock (NBC)
Veep (HBO)
Modern Family (ABC)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
OUR PICK: Modern Family (ABC). Hey, hey! Rack up a third straight win!

OUTSTANDING LEAD COMEDY ACTOR
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Louis C.K., Louie (FX)
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Don Cheadle, House of Lies (Showtime)
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)
OUR PICK: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS). Even though I thought he didn't have that great of a season, he'll still probably win. Louis C.K. could surprise.

OUTSTANDING LEAD COMEDY ACTRESS
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl (Fox)
Lena Dunham, Girls (HBO)
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly (CBS)
OUR PICK: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO). I don't think she is deserving, but I bet she wins. I don't think McCarthy will repeat, but Amy Poehler could sneak a win.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTOR
Ed O'Neill, Modern Family (ABC)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family (ABC)
Ty Burrell, Modern Family (ABC)
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family (ABC)
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Max Greenfield, New Girl (Fox)
OUR PICK: Ed O'Neill, Modern Family (ABC). I love Phil Dunphy, yo, but I think Ed O'Neill's Jay had a strong season. Give it to him already!

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTRESS
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Julie Bowen, Modern Family (ABC)
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family (ABC)
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives (ABC)
OUR PICK: Sofia Vergara, Modern Family (ABC). If Ed and Sofia win, I think that would be great! Would not be surprised to see Julie Bowen win again, but Sofia deserves it too!

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Mad Men (AMC)
Homeland (Showtime)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
OUR PICK: Homeland (Showtime). This is the toughest category. And a category we don't care much about because these are all cable dramas. Network TV has great dramas going unrecognized, I think.

OUTSTANDING LEAD DRAMA ACTOR
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
Damian Lewis, Homeland (Showtime)
OUR PICK: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC). He is unbeatable. We love former sitcom actors, too.

OUTSTANDING LEAD DRAMA ACTRESS
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife ( CBS)
Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey (PBS)
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men (AMC)
Kathy Bates, Harry's Law (NBC)
Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime)
Glenn Close, Damages (Audience Network)
OUR PICK: Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime). It might be a big night for the Showtime drama.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTOR
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Jared Harris, Mad Men (AMC)
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)
OUR PICK: Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad (AMC). We love him more on Once Upon a Time, but he should win it.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTRESS
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife (CBS)
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Christine Hendricks, Mad Men (AMC)
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife (CBS)
OUR PICK: Christine Hendricks, Mad Men (AMC). I am thinking Hendricks or Maggie Smith of Downton Abbey will take this. It's going to be all cable in drama this year.

View the full list of nominations. The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards airs LIVE tonight (Sunday, Sept. 23) at 8pm ET/5pm PT on ABC. Come on back for the winners!


New on DVD/Blu-ray (January/February)

I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek) Fuller House - The Complete First Season

01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One / Review
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two / Review
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
02/07 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Sabrina Down Under
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 1 - School's Cool - Boy Crazy
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 2 - About a Family - Hangin' Out
02/07 - 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek)
02/07 - Vice Principals - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
02/14 - Beavis and Butt-Head - The Complete Collection
02/14 - Grace and Frankie - Season Two
02/28 - Fuller House - The Complete First Season
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, February 22

The Goldbergs - "So Swayze It's Crazy" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
After Adam sees his friend on television, he asks Beverly for her help to become an actor, so Beverly enlists his friend’s mom Edie, who is a kid talent agent in town. Unfortunately, Edie insists Adam can only get “nerd” roles, so Beverly goes on a quest to make Adam a teenage heartthrob. Meanwhile, Barry decides to embrace the punk lifestyle, and Murray attempts to become more involved in Erica’s life, but it backfires.

Speechless - "O-S-- OSCAR P-A-- PARTY" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When the Dimeos throw their annual Oscar party with other special-needs families, Maya feels threatened by new mom Becca, who seems a little too perfect.  Meanwhile, Jimmy encourages the fathers at the party to let loose while Ray tries to impress a girl by pretending to be someone he is not.

Modern Family - "Heavy Is the Head" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Despite their lofty hopes, Phil and Jay’s property investment might turn out to be a bust, forcing Phil to rethink his original dream. Meanwhile, Cam lands in the hospital due to a head injury and refuses to have an MRI thanks to a traumatic incident with a well when he was a child. Determined to finally impress Claire and keep her from re-gifting her birthday present, Gloria surprises her with a day of luxury at the office. However, after Claire had to implement some rather harsh budget cuts at work, a massage at her desk may not be sending the right message.

black-ish - "One Angry Man" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Dre is forced to participate in jury duty after Junior responds to the summons that was thrown away. The case is supposed to be open and shut, but when Dre sees that the defendant is a young African American, he feels a civic responsibility to give him a fair trial. Meanwhile, Bow decides to let the kids swear in the house since they are more open with her that way, but she and Ruby soon regret the decision.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "The Gang Tends Bar" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
It's Valentine's Day and Paddy's is packed with customers. Dennis implores the gang to do one day of actual work but everyone else is distracted by a mystery crate Cricket spotted in the alley. Eventually, the gang becomes convinced Dennis really wants them to work on their relationships and everyone shares their grievances without much resolution.

Man Seeking Woman - "Dolphin" (FXX, 10:30PM ET/PT)
When her mom becomes obsessed with Josh's wedding, Liz seeks out her estranged father (Peter Gallagher).

Schitt's Creek - "General Store" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
David comes up with a new business venture; Alexis adjusts to her first day of school.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 20)

Wednesday, February 22

  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) and George Clooney (The Facts of Life/Roseanne) - Tom and George are guests on a repeat of the 2012 Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars special at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Ariana Grande (Sam & Cat) - Ariana drops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Kelly Ripa (Hope & Faith) - Kelly is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly)- Billy appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He also talks about Ultimate Beastmaster on NBC's Today in the 9am hour and on the AOL Build Show at 2pm.
  • Ron Funches (Powerless/Undateable) - Ron is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Demi Lovato (Sonny with a Chance) - Demi appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - NeNe guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Matt Shively (The Real O'Neals/True Jackson, VP) - Matt is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Justin Bartha (The New Normal) - Justin joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth/The Cleveland Show) - Will talks about The Last Man on Earth on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. He will also be on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York sometime between 7-10am.
  • Rosie Perez (Search Party) - Rosie is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Allison Williams (Girls) - Allison appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette dishes about the new season of SuperMansion on Crackle on The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Mike Epps (Uncle Buck/Survivor's Remorse) - Mike is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Eva Longoria (Telenovela) - Eva chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Mark Consuelos (Hope & Faith) - Mark guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.