Sunday, September 16, 2012

Summer Week 16 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 2 weeks, but we still will have our regular how the sitcoms did in the summer until then. Here are our summer ratings:

Summer Week 16 (Sept. 10-16) How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of Sept. 3-9)
  • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 airings - A repeat at 8pm did 5.19 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, up a solid 1.2 points in 18-49 from previous week thanks to an NFL lead-in. A second repeat followed with 4.55 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, up nine tenths week-to-week.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox)  - preempted.
  • Family Guy (Fox) 2 airings - A repeat at 9pm did 4.46 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, which was up seven tenths from the previous week. A second repeat at 9:30pm did 4.66 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, up seven tenths week-to-week in 18-49. Great!
  • American Dad! (Fox) - preempted.
Monday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A repeat did only 2.63 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, down six tenths in 18-49 from the previous week, but it aired at 9:17pm following coverage of the US Open.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - preempted.
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - A repeat of this comedy was delayed until 10:17 and posted 3.14 million and a 0.8 rating, down seven tenths in 18-49 from the previous week. US Open really messed up the night, didn't it?.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - preempted.
  • The New Normal (NBC) - The series premiere following The Voice premiere was sampled with 6.88 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating. Not bad, but we have to wait until the actual fall season to see how it is really doing.
  • Go On (NBC) - Another encore of the pilot did 4.9 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating.
Tuesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - The 8pm repeat did 3.74 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from the previous week.
  • Last Man Standing (ABC) - A repeat of this sitcom followed with 2.9 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, also up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week.
  • Go On (NBC) - The second episode premiered to 9.73 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating, after the first Tuesday airing of The Voice. Very good--but it had limited competition. So still the jury is out, but it is looking good. 
  • The New Normal (NBC) - The second episode of this comedy premiered to 6.96 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, on par with its premiere the previous night. Still a long way to go, as the other networks haven't premiered yet.
  • Happy Endings (ABC) - A repeat at 9pm did 2.14 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, which was on par week-to-week. This show has a loyal audience.
  • Don't Trust the B---- In Apartment 23 (ABC) - A repeat at 9:30pm posted 1.8 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, also on par with the previous week. Just some exposure for a series that only aired six episodes this past season.
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - A repeat at 8pm did 3.61 million and a 0.9 rating, down a tenth from the previous week.
  • Suburgatory (ABC) 2 airings - A repeat at 8:30 posted 2.93 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 with the previous week. A second repeat airing at 9:30pm generated 2.77 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, also on par in 18-48 week-to-week. This show could be big this fall at 9:30pm.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A repeat at 9pm did 3.69 million and a 1.3 rating, on par with the previous week again.
  • Guys with Kids (NBC) - The series premiere of this sitcom posted 6.25 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating after the penultimate episode of Got Talent. Not bad, but not great. NBC has had too many sneak peeks out of time periods, so not sure if viewers will find most of these shows come actual TV premiere week.
  • The New Normal (NBC) - An encore of the pilot, from Monday, did 3.8 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating. Just some extra exposure.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A repeat at 8 did 6.94 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down a tenth from the previous week in the key demo. Great for summer.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A repeat at 8:30pm did 5.31 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, but down three tenths in 18-49 from the previous week.
  • The Office (NBC) - preempted.
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC) - preempted.
Friday Sitcoms
  • Guys with Kids (NBC) - An encore of the series premiere did 3.3 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating.
  • Go On (NBC) - An encore of the second episode, from Tuesday, posted 3.06 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating. Not bad.
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 The Simpsons & Family Guy from last Sunday, and The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, and the new showing of Go On were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as premieres of The New Normal, Go On) or just plain old terrible (such as repeats of How I Met Your Mother, Apartment 23).

Feeling the repeat blues? Well the new season starts Sept. 24 - in eight days! Original sitcoms on cable this summer are winding down. TBS had the season finale of new sitcom Sullivan & Son this past Thursday at 10pm. It was just renewed for a second season, too! And everything else has ended for the summer. All of those series were multi-camera comedies, too! New sitcom airings was the perfect way to beat the summer blues! But now we gear up for the new fall season!


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
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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.