Sunday, October 21, 2012

Week 4 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

2012-13 Week 4 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thu): 

Households: #1. CBS 6.6/10.3 (rating/share); #2. ABC 6.5/10.1; #3. NBC 4.6/7.2; #4. Fox 3.4/5.3; #5. The CW 1.2/1.9
Total Viewers: #1. CBS 10.43 million; #2. ABC 9.83 million; #3. NBC 7.47 million; #4. Fox 5.39 million; #5. The CW 1.94 million.
Adults 18-49: #1. CBS 2.7/7.3 (rating/share); #2. NBC 2.7/7.3; #3. ABC 2.3/6.4; #4. Fox 1.6/4.5; #5. The CW 0.8/2.1

Week 4 (Oct. 15-21) Analysis: For the third straight week, we saw another debate cause primetime to be messed up, this time on Tuesday. Through the first four nights, CBS has the lead in all categories but it is very close. ABC is a close second in HH/viewers but third in 18-49, but only four tenths behind CBS and NBC who are tied for first. NBC is third in HH/viewers, but tied for first in 18-49, but that will change after tonight's NFL game and they could take the week again. Fox is in fourth in HH/total viewers and in 18-49, and they will likely stay that way. MLB NLCS rain delays really hurt them this week, as they had to preempt X Factor. I expect CBS to take the week in HH/viewers for sure. ABC will likely remain second in HH/viewers, with NBC third and Fox in fourth. Among adults 18-49, we can CBS and NBC battle, as CBS has the NFL overrun tonight. More on that later. As for last week, week 3, NBC won the week again among adults 18-49 thanks to the NFL game. CBS and Fox were tied for a distant second, while ABC was a tenth behind them. Among total viewers, CBS took that crown again followed by NBC this time in second.  ABC was a close third (ABC has slight edge over NBC in HH), followed by Fox.

Monday started off week four and it was the same as previous three weeks...NBC on top in 18-49 and ABC in total viewers. Starting with ABC, a two-hour Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars did 13.64 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. Tomorrow will only be an hour due to another Presidential Debate at 9pm ET. A new episode of Castle followed with a first place 10.94 million but a third place 2.0 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 from the previous week. For NBC, a two-hour The Voice, which is in week six actually, did 13.01 million and a night best 4.8 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 from previous week. At 10pm, week five of Revolution did well for NBC with a third place 8.61 million but a first place 3.3 18-49 rating, up three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. First time it has gone up. It's been picked up for a full season. Next up was CBS with its comedies and Hawaii Five-0. At 8, How I Met Your Mother started it off with 7.93 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. Week four of Partners followed with 6.08 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Not good for a CBS Monday comedy, but it did go up for the first time. Then it was 2 Broke Girls at 9pm doing 9.3 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 from previous week. Not as strong as the previous CBS Monday 9pm anchors, is it? A new Mike & Molly followed with 9.1 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 week-to-week. A new Hawaii Five-0 was next doing a second place 8.7 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Fox was next but Bones and The Mob Doctor were preempted for MLB NLCS Game #2 doing 5.58 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating. Pretty low and was lower in primetime hours with 5.54 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating. The CW aired their Monday slumping dramas, with 90120 starting it off with just 1.06 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, but up two tenths from its season premiere. And Gossip Girl followed with just 780,000 viewers and a 0.4 18-49 rating, on par with its season premiere, which was horrible.

On Tuesday, it was an atypical night with the third debate causing primetime to be not normal, so NBC prevailed in 18-49, with ABC on top in total viewers. Starting with CBS, NCIS was preempted, but a repeat of NCIS: Los Angeles aired instead and did 8.1 million and 1,4 18-49 rating. From 9-10:39pm ET, CBS aired CBS News Campaign 2012: Presidential Debate, which doesn't count in the ratings. From 10:39-11pm, an analysis of the debate did count in the ratings and did 6.99 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, lower than what Vegas would do at 10. ABC had the live Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars: The Results at 8pm and did 12.92 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week but that was at 9pm. We said goodbye to Bristol Palin. From 9pm-10:39pm ET, ABC aired ABC News Your Voice Your Vote 2012: Presidential Debate, which doesn't count in the ratings. Look for the season premieres of the hilarious comedies Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B---- In Apartment 23 this Tuesday starting at 9pm. From 10:39pm-11pm ET, an analysis of the debate did count in the ratings and did 9.52 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, higher than the usual Private Practice at 10pm.  NBC started off solidly with week 6 of The Voice in the 8pm hour doing 12.04 million and a 4.6 18-49 rating, up a tenth in18-49 from previous week. New comedy Go On and fellow new comedy The New Normal were preempted for NBC News Decision 2012: Presidential Debate, which did not count in the ratings. From 10:39pm-11pm, the analysis did count and posted 11.37 million and a 4.0 18-49 rating, MUCH higher than what Parenthood would be at 10pm. NBC benefited the most on this night, as its highest rated show aired at 8 and the other two lower rated hours didn't. Fox started it off with a new Raising Hope at 8pm doing 4.23 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, which was down a tenth in 18-49 from the previous week. Then week four of Ben & Kate followed doing only 2.7 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Horrible decision to quickly pick up six more episodes. At 9pm,  New Girl and the new comedy The Mindy Project were preempted for Fox's coverage of the Presidential Debate, which doesn't count in the ratings. The analysis from 10:40-11pm ET did, and posted 4.5 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating. The CW aired a new Hart of Dixie at 8pm and did 1.4 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, which was up a tenth in 18-49 from the previous week. New series Emily Owens MD had its series premiere at 9pm and did 1.67 million and a disappointing 0.5 18-49 rating.

Wednesday it was CBS with the total viewers win, and sneaked a win in 18-49 just getting by ABC, as Fox was haunted by a big rain delay for NLCS Game #3. First, CBS started the night off with week five of Survivor: Philippines at 10.43 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 from previous week. Veteran drama Criminal Minds followed at 9 with 11.81 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, which is below normal but up a tenth in 18-49 week-to-week. A new CSI at 10 did 10.63 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. ABC started off with its Comedy Wednesday comedy block with a new episode of The Middle doing 8.39 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. Great episode, too. At 8:30pm, The Neighbors was new at 8:30pm and did 6.53 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. Still doing OK and has not tanked. At 9pm, Modern Family was all-new and did 12.28 million and a very good 4.7 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 week-to-week. At 9:30, the season premiere of Suburgatory posted 7.54 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating. Solid, and I think it will do better in coming weeks. The second episode of Nashville was next at 10pm and posted 6.74 million and 2.0 18-49 rating, down eight tenths from its series premiere the previous week. It needs to do a bit higher to win the timeslot.  Fox had a terrible and unlucky night. First, the MLB NLCS Game which was scheduled for the afternoon was in a rain delay, so Fox decided to start off with repeats of sitcoms in the east coast. A repeat of Ben & Kate at 8:02-8:32pm ET did just 3.46 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating. Rain delay coverage took over at 8:33pm ET for seven minutes before Fox decided to air the new The X Factor episode, which was scheduled to air from 8-10pm. They only aired an hour of it from 8:40-9:47pm ET for some reason and it did 6.34 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, down a big 1.2 18-49 rating points from previous week's two-hour episode. Then Fox aired 9 minutes of a repeat of The Mindy Project from 9:47-9:56pm ET and did 4.7 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating. Then the game was back from the rain delay and aired from 9:56pm-10:45pm ET. Strange night, as the west coast got a repeat of X Factor from 8-10pm PT instead. NBC opened the night with a new Animal Practice, which is awful by the way, dropping to 3.85 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, which was on par in 18-49 from previous week and tied a series low. It will be pulled by Nov. 14, so just 3 more left. At 8:30pm, the news wasn't good either but a tad better with new comedy Guys with Kids doing only 4.41 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, also on par in 18-49 from previous week. Law & Order: SVU was next at 9pm and did just 6.25 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 week-to-week. Time for this show to end. Week two of new dud Chicago Fire followed at 10 and did only 5.85 million and a just a 1.5 18-49 rating, down four tenths from its already horrible series premiere the previous week. The CW had week two of Arrow and it did well with 3.55 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 with its series premiere the previous week. Good news! Week three of Supernatural at 9pm followed and did 2.13 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 from previous week. Wednesday is looking solid for The CW finally!

Thursday it was CBS with the win for the fourth straight week, as Fox suffered again with MLB NLCS. ABC opened the night with week four of Last Resort doing 7.06 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. So it did go up with the whole line-up back. Grey's Anatomy returned at 9pm and did 9.69 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating, which is a bit below normal. At 10pm, Scandal returned as well and did 6.17 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating. Very good episode, too! CBS opened with a new The Big Bang Theory at 15.73 million and a 4.8 A18-49 rating, up three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Bested Modern Family by a tenth this week for #1 comedy in 18-49. Week four of Two and a Half Men on a new night and time followed with 13.6 million and a 4.0 18-49 rating, up a surprising five tenths in 18-49 from previous week. A season high. Then Person of Interest returned at 9pm and did 13.93 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, which was second to the ABC drama. At 10pm, a new Elementary posted 10.91 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, which could be better. Fox had to preempt The X Factor and Glee for NLC Game #4 and posted 6.04 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, which is much below what Fox Thursday usually does. NBC was still in the familiar fourth place with a new 30 Rock doing 3.04 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating only, again down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. Ouch, a series low. A new Up All Night followed and did only 2.99 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, oddly up two tenths in 18-49 week-to-week. Still not good at all. Then The Office returned at 9pm and did just 4.28 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, tying a series low. At 9:30pm Parks & Recreation did just 3.46 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, close to terrible territory. At 10pm, Rock Center with Brian Williams posted 3.47 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, as we continue to wonder why is this still on the air. The CW's big gun Vampire Diaries had a new airing and did 2.91 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from its season premiere, the previous week. Hmm, Arrow could be the top show soon on this network?  New series Beauty & the Beast was next at 9pm and did 2.0 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, which is down five tenths in 18-49 from previous week...concerning.

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available, but ABC took the top spot again on Friday. ABC won the 8pm hour and the night with week fix of Shark Tank having a series high in both total viewers and 18-49, while CBS was very low with its dramas like CSI: NY at 9pm. NBC had to settle for second at 9pm with Grimm, as ABC's WWYD took the top spot at 9, while ABC also got by at 10pm beating CBS' Blue Bloods. Fox didn't have Fringe but it actually did better with MLB NLCS Game #5 than its normal Friday line-up.
Saturday numbers had ABC win the night with College Football, as Fox's college football game did nothing like CBS and NBC's encores.

Tonight are new episodes for ABC Sunday (AFV, Once Upon a Time, Revenge and 666 Park Avenue). Look for a solid night and Once will be up from previous week and the top series on the night excluding NFL. ABC should be third tonight. NBC will do well with the NFL with Steelers and Bengals, which will win them the night and maybe the week again (unless CBD does big with the overrun tonight). CBS has a new Amazing Race following 60 Minutes, and The Good Wife at 9pm leading into The Mentalist at 10pm. Looks like a second place finish with the NFL overrun. Fox preempts its animation block for MLB NLCS Game #6, should be good for #4 for the night, though.

As for the week (week 4), CBS will win in HH, viewers but 18-49 is going to be a battle with NFL on CBS and NBC. Can CBS make the push for a win to dethrone NBC? Or will NBC make it four weeks in a row thanks to the NFL? For sure they will be first or second in 18-49, though. ABC will finish second likely in HH/viewers, followed by NBC and Fox. In 18-49, CBS and NBC will battle for first, then ABC should be third in 18-49, while Fox is a distant fourth. As for the coming week (week 5), look for another debate tomorrow night, but it is the last one! No more weird nights until the Election night. Season premieres of Happy Endings and Apartment 23 are this Tuesday at 9/8c! Can you believe November sweeps will start on Thursday (Oct. 25)?  Here we go again with a fast season...


Week 4 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Week 3 -- Oct. 8-14)
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - preempted for MLB NLCS.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - preempted for MLB NLCS.
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox) - preempted for MLB NLCS.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - preempted for MLB NLCS.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - preempted for MLB NLCS.
Monday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - Week four did 7.93 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, which is up a tenth in 18-49 from the previous week. It finally went up, but still way down from last season.
  • Partners (CBS) - Week four of this freshman sitcom finally went up  as well but did 6.08 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. It bought another week, I think.
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - 9.3 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating is solid and on par in 18-49 from its previous week. Again...was it too early for this series to be moved to an anchor spot?  I really think it was.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - The fourth episode of the season did 9.1 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from the previous week.
Tuesday Sitcoms
  • Raising Hope (Fox) - A new episode at 8pm did only 4.23 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, so it was down a tenth from its previous week. Still just OK.
  • Ben & Kate (Fox) - Week four of this new comedy did just 2.7 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from the previous week for another series low...yet Fox still picked-up six more episodes. Very strange!
  • New Girl (Fox) - preempted for debate.
  • Go On (NBC) - preempted for debate.
  • Happy Endings (ABC) - Season premiere this Tuesday! It's hilarious...does not sook.
  • The Mindy Project (Fox) - preempted for debate.
  • The New Normal (NBC) - preempted for debate.
  • Don't Trust the B---- In Apartment 23 (ABC) - Season premiere this Tuesday! Look for a Dawson's Creek reunion.
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - Week four did 8.39 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. Solid, and up once again.
  • Animal Practice (NBC) - Week four in the timeslot did only 3.85 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 from previous week. It has three more airings left and then NBC will pull it for good. Whitney takes over Nov. 14. That's not much better.
  • The Neighbors (ABC) - Week four of this new series at 8:30pm did 6.35 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 week-to-week.  It has been consistent in this slot. Could be better, but everyone expected much worse.
  • Guys with Kids (NBC) - Week four of this comedy in the timeslot did only 4.41 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, also on par in 18-49 from previous week.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A new episode at 9pm did 12.28 million and a 4.7 18-49 rating, which was down just a tenth from the previous week's first airing. It has been an outstanding season so far in quality. No doubt it will continue to win Emmy's. Very deserving.
  • Suburgatory (ABC) - Season premiere at a new time of 9:30 did 7.54 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating! Was doing better at 8:30 last fall, but better than what it was doing in the spring. I think it will do better soon.  Halloween episodes on Wednesday this week for all four ABC comedies could see a nice bump.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - Week four did 15.73 million and a 4.8 18-49 rating, up three tenths in 18-49 from the previous week. #1 sitcom of the week, just getting by usual #1 Modern Family.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - Week four of this comedy did 13.6 million and a 4.0 18-49 rating, up a solid five tenths in 18-49 from the previous week for a season high.   Maybe it has some legs left after all?
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - A new episode aired at 8pm and did just 3.04 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week for a series low. Terrible and NBC is probably glad this is the last season.
  • Up All Night (NBC) - A new episode did only 2.99 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, actually up two tenths in 18-49 from the previous week. But still terrible!
  • The Office (NBC) - A new airing did only 4.26 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, tying a series low in 18-49.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - A new episode at 9:30 followed with 3.46 million and just a 1.6 18-49 rating. The Neighbors does better!
Friday Sitcoms
  • None.
Saturday Sitcoms
  • None
Airing tonight (Sunday) are no comedies, as Fox's animated comedies are preempted for MLB NLCS Game #6.

Summing it up. Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, 2 Broke Girls, How I Met Your Mother, Mike & Molly, The Middle were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as The Neighbors, The Office) or just plain old terrible (such as Animal Practice, Ben & Kate, Up All Night, 30 Rock).


New on DVD/Blu-ray (September)

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season Modern Family - The Complete Season 7

09/06 - Coach - Season One (Mill Creek) / Season Two / Seasons One and Two
09/06 - South Park - The Complete Ninteenth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season
09/20 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season
09/20 - Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season
09/20 - Modern Family - The Complete Season 7
09/20 - Veep - Season 5
09/27 - The Wonder Years - Season Six
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, September 25

Family Guy - "A Lot Going on Upstairs" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Stewie refuses to sleep in his own bed because of nightmares, Peter can’t stand it, so he goes to sleep in the attic. Peter turns the attic into a man cave and all of the guys begin hanging out there, which makes Lois incredibly angry. Meanwhile, Brian helps Stewie overcome his fears by building a device to go into his nightmares and defeat his demons.

Bob's Burgers - "Flu-oise" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT)
When the youngest Belcher comes down with an epic case of the flu, Linda has a mishap as she tries to deliver Louise’s favorite toy to her daughter’s bedside. After Louise vows that she will never forgive her family for their mistake, she falls into a wild fever dream filled with familiar faces, zany musical numbers and a crazy adventure.

The Simpsons - "Monty Burns' Fleeing Circus" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Springfield is burned to the ground, the Simpsons beg Mr. Burns to fund its rebuilding. Burns agrees – with one condition: he gets to put on a variety show at the Springfield Bowl.

Son of Zorn - "Defender of Teen Love" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
After embarrassing Alan in front of his crush, Nancy, Zorn uses the Stone of Sight to spy on the girl for his son. Meanwhile, Edie is determined to move on and forces Zorn to finally move his old boxes out of her garage and into his own apartment.

Family Guy - "The Boy in the Band" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Stewie and Brian form a children’s band that quickly rises to fame until they let a girl get between them and drive the band apart. Meanwhile, Peter and Lois insist that Chris gets a job so he takes a job managing Quagmire’s sex life as his personal assistant.

The Last Man on Earth - "General Breast Theme with Cobras" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
The safety of Tandy and the group is in jeopardy as armed intruders storm the Malibu beach near their home, and no one can agree on what to do. While Melissa takes drastic action, Tandy gets a new lesson in fashion.

K.C. Undercover - "In Too Deep 2" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The Volunteens give K.C. an assignment that pits her against Craig and his job of protecting the ambassador.

Bizaardvark - "Pretty-Con" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
The annual beauty convention Pretty-Con comes to Vuuugle and Amelia obsesses with beating out a beauty guru for the Golden Powder Puff Award; Paige and Frankie agree to help so they can meet the host and debut their music video.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of September 26)

Sunday, September 25

  • Mark Consuelos (Hope & Faith) - Catch Mark on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
Monday, September 26
  • Zach Galifianakis (Baskets) - Watch Zach on on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Rob Lowe (The Grinder/Parks and Recreation) - Rob appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about Code Black on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings. He will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Kal Penn (We Are Men/How I Met Your Mother) - Kal is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) - Will visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He will also be on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Norm Macdonald (Norm) - Norm stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Margaret Cho (All-American Girl) - Margaret appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Jaleel White (Family Matters/Grown Ups) - Jaleel is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Patton Oswalt (The Goldbergs/The King of Queens) - Patton visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Whoopi Goldberg (Whoopi/Bagdad Cafe) - Whoopi drops by Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Kristin Chenoweth (Kristin) - Kristin performs live on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am. She also talks about her new album on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.
  • Sutton Foster (Younger) - Sutton talks about Younger on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • The Cast of Younger) - Sutton Foster, Debi Mazar, Hilary Duff, Nico Tortorella, Peter Hermann, Miriam Shor and Molly Bernard are guests on the AOL Build Show at 2:15pm.