Sunday, November 04, 2012

Week 6 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

2012-13 Week 6 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thu): 

Households: #1. CBS 7.2/11.2 (rating/share); #2. ABC 6.5/10; #3. NBC 4.7/7.3; #4. Fox 3.0/4.5; #5. The CW 1.1/1.7
Total Viewers: #1. CBS 11.51 million; #2. ABC 10.09 million; #3. NBC 7.75 million; #4. Fox 4.93 million; #5. The CW 1.71 million.
Adults 18-49: #1. NBC 2.8/7.3 (rating/share); #2. CBS 2.6/7.0; #3. ABC 2.5/6.6; #4. Fox 1.9/5.0; #5. The CW 0.7/1.8

Week 5 (Oct. 29-Nov. 4) Analysis: Superstorm Sandy had a big impact on the ratings this week. There were all kinds of preemptions and lower numbers due to power outages in the Northeast. Final ratings for Monday-Wednesday do not have the Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Hartford and New Haven, New York, Philadelphia and Providence markets included. Hartford and New Haven, New York and Providence are not included for Thursday as well. Through the first four nights, CBS has the lead in HH/viewers, but NBC has a slight edge in 18-49 thanks to The Voice. ABC is second in HH/viewers, followed by NBC and Fox. NBC will likely win the week in 18-49 thanks to the NFL tonight. CBS and ABC will battle for second. More on that later. As for last week, week 5, Fox won the week among adults 18-49. NBC took second. ABC edged CBS by one tenth for third. Among total viewers, Fox took that crown as well followed by CBS in second. ABC beat NBC for third.

Monday started off week six and it was affected by widespread preemptions and power outages on the East Coast. Starting with ABC, a two-hour Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars did 13.90 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, down one tenth in 18-49 from previous week when it was an one-hour broadcast. Castle followed with 10.84 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, up a tenth in the time slot from last week when they aired the debate analysis. Not bad with all of the power outages. For NBC, a two-hour The Voice, did 12.44 million and a night best 4.8 18-49 rating, up from last week's 4.3 when it was one-hour. Revolution followed with 7.9 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, down from last week in both categories when they had debate analysis in the time period. Next up was CBS. They swapped new scheduled sitcom episodes with repeats and a news special. At 8, a repeat of How I Met Your Mother did 6.78 million and 2.3 18-49 rating, up one tenth from last week when they aired a rerun of The Big Bang Theory. A repeat Partners did 5.249 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, which was down three tenths from last week when they aired a repeat of 2 Broke Girls. 2 Broke Girls followed with a repeat that did 7.48 million and a 2.5 18-49. Next, a repeat Mike & Molly garnered 6.963 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating. Not bad for reruns. Finally, a Super Storm Sandy news special at 10pm did 7.87 million and a 2.1 18-49, the lowest in the time slot. Fox was next with a two-hour X-Factor repeat special. It did only 1.99 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, down big in the time slot from last week when they had baseball. The CW aired repeats of their Monday slumping dramas, with 90210 starting it off with just 810,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating, down one tenth from last week. And Gossip Girl followed with just 620,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating, also down one tenth from last week.

On Tuesday, it was NBC prevailing in 18-49 and CBS claiming the top spot in total viewers. Starting with CBS, NCIS was new and posted 18.84 million and a 3.4 rating, up two tenths from last week. At 9, a new NCIS: Los Angeles 16.28 million and 2.8 18-49 rating, on par with last week. At 10pm a new Vegas did 10.75 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, up one tenth from last week's series low. ABC had the results of Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars at 8pm and did 11.49 million and a series low 1.8 rating. Power outages in the Northeast really hurt them. Then at 9pm, it was week two of the very funny Happy Endings and that did 4.31 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, down four tenths from last week. At 9:30pm, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 followed with only 3.25 million and a series low 1.2 18-49 rating, down five tenths from last week. The power outages hurt them, but they will need to do much better even if they are young skewing. At 10pm, a special storm-related edition of 20/20 pre-empted Private Practice and did 4.82 million and a 1.3 rating, down one tenth in the time period from last week. NBC started off solidly with week 8 of The Voice in the 8-10pm hour doing 12.13 million and a 4.6 18-49 rating, up three tenths in 18-49 from last week's one-hour episode. A NBC News Special on Sandy did 8.29 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating. The Voice lead-in really helped them. Fox started it off with a new Raising Hope at 8pm doing 4.05 rating and a 1.7 18-49 rating, which was on par with last week. Then week six of Ben and Kate followed doing only 3.01 million and a 1.4 rating, also on par with last week. Fox didn't do this new show any favors with such a fierce time slot. At 9pm, an all-new New Girl did 4.75 million and 2.3 rating, down four tenths in 18-49. The Mindy Project finished the night with 3.12 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, down seven tenths from their last new episode. The CW aired a new Hart of Dixie at 8pm and did 1.41 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, up slightly in viewers and one tenth in 18-49. New series Emily Owens MD followed with 1.03 million and a disappointing 0.3 18-49 rating, which was on par with last week. It could be another short-lived series for Mamie Gummer, who starred on ABC's Off the Map in 2011.

Wednesday was Halloween night when many people are not watching television. It was Fox with a narrow win in 18-49 while CBS finished on top in total viewers. First, CBS started the night off with week seven of Survivor: Philippines at 9.83 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, down three tenths from previous week. Veteran drama Criminal Minds followed at 9 with 11.99 million and a 2.9 rating, up one tenth from last week. A new CSI at 10 did 10.91 million and a 2.4 rating, up nearly a million in viewers and even in 18-49. ABC started off the night with its annual airing of It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown doing 7.99 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, up four tenths from last year when it aired on a Thursday. A new episode of The Neighbors followed with 5.78 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down one tenth from last week's Halloween episode. ABC liked the show enough to give it a full-season order this week. At 9pm, Modern Family garnered 10.62 million viewers and a 4.2 18-49 rating, down nearly 2 million viewers and seven tenths from last week's annual Halloween episode. Scary good ratings last week. At 9:30, a new Suburgatory posted 6.32 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, down three tenths from last week's Halloween episode. Nashville concluded the night at 10pm with 5.74 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, down two tenths from last week. A Nashville for 666 Park Avenue swap would help both shows. On Fox, the first night of live performances on The X Factor had 7.6 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, down eight tenths from the last new Wednesday episode on October 11. Charlie Brown and company managed a tie with them in the 18-49 rating, wow. NBC replaced the final scheduled Animal Practice with a new election-themed episode of 30 Rock, which was pre-empted by The Voice on Thursday. Only 3.38 million tuned in for 30 Rock, which did a series low 1.1 18-49 rating. That was down one tenth from last week's Animal Practice. At 8:30pm, new comedy Guys with Kids did 3.62 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, down one tenth from last week. Law & Order: SVU was next at 9pm and did just 6.05 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, down two tenths from previous the previous week. Week four of Chicago Fire followed at 10 and did 5.62 million and 1.6 18-49 rating, down two tenths from last week. It continues to bleed. The CW had week four of Arrow and it did 3.05 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, down only one tenth from the previous week. Week five of Supernatural at 9pm followed and did 1.78 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, up a tenth from last week. Wednesdays continue to look solid for The CW.

Thursday it was ABC with the win thanks to the 46th Annual CMA Awards. They did 13.68 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating, which was the lowest ever and down from a 4.8 last year when it aired on a Wednesday. CBS opened with a new the Big Bang Theory at 15.9 million and a 5.2 18-49 rating, which was again up two tenths and a season high. Bested Modern Family for the third straight week. A new episode of Two and a Half Men followed with 12.65 million and a 3.6 18-49 rating, down one tenth from last week. Then Person of Interest was new and did 13.66 million and a 2.9 rating, even with last week. At 10pm, a new Elementary posted 10.49 million and a 2.4 rating, up two tenths and solid for this hour. Fox had a two-hour The X Factor and did 6.24 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, down six tenths from the last new Thursday episode on October 11. NBC moved The Voice to Thursdays where the two-hour repeat did just 3.78 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating. At 10pm, Rock Center with Brian Williams posted 4.85 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, up two tenths from last week. The CW's big gun Vampire Diaries had a new airing and did 3.27 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, up two tenths from the previous week. New series Beauty and the Beast followed at 9pm and did 1.7 million and a 0.6 rating, even for last week...disappointing.

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available, but ABC took the top spot again on Friday in 18-49 while CBS finished first in total viewers. TGIF is back! The return of Last Man Standing and the series premiere of Malibu Country both performed well. Shark Tank moved to 9pm where it did a series high of 2.3 in 18-49. NBC aired the Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together telethon and Grimm. Fox's Kitchen Nightmares and Fringe continued to be low.
Saturday belonged to CBS with their matchup of #1 Alabama at LSU. Fox's Oregon at USC game was a distant second. ABC finished third with Kansas State's blowout of Oklahoma State.

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 again the top series on the night excluding NFL. ABC should be third tonight again. NBC will do great with the NFL with the Cowboys at the undefeated Falcons (go Falcons!), which will win them the night and likely the week. CBS has a new Amazing Race following 60 Minutes. Then there are new episodes of The Good Wife and The Mentalist. Fox's animation block returns with new episodes of The Cleveland Show, The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, Family Guy and American Dad.

As for the week (week 6), CBS will win in HH again. Viewers in 18-49 should go to NBC with football tonight. The Cowboys are always a big draw. It wouldn't shock me if tonight was a season high, even with continued power outages. NBC should finish second in HH, followed by ABC and Fox. CBS and ABC will battle tonight for second in 18-49. CBS has their programs on a delayed schedule due to the late football game. As for the coming week (week 7), look for more November sweep action. More people (including Pavan hopefully!) should be regaining power this week. Can Last Man Standing and Malibu Country continue to build on TGIF? Will Shark Tank set another series high? The show performs so well on Fridays. It could help them earlier in the week where they are struggling.


Week 6 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Week 5 -- Oct. 22-28)
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - preempted for World Series Game 4.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - preempted for World Series Game 4.
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox) - preempted for World Series Game 4.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - preempted for World Series Game 4.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - preempted for World Series Game 4.
Monday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A repeat did 7.26 million and a 2.4 rating.
  • Partners (CBS) - A repeat did only 5.537 million and a 1.84 18-49 rating. The clock is ticking for this show.
  • New Girl (CBS) - 7.52 million and a 2.5 rating for a repeat. Not bad against new competition on other networks.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - A repeat garnered 6.917 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating. Very respectable. A good move by CBS to save their new episodes this week.
Tuesday Sitcoms
  • Raising Hope (Fox) - A new episode at 8pm did only 4.05 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. This is as good as this show will get, around a 1.7 or 1.8 rating among adults 18-49.
  • Ben & Kate (Fox) - Week six of this new comedy did just 3.01 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, on par with last week. Tough time slot for this rookie sitcom to find an audience.
  • New Girl (Fox) - A new episode at 9 against one other comedy did 4.75 million and a 2.3 rating, down four tenths from last week when it aired against two comedies.
  • Go On (NBC) - preempted.
  • Happy Endings (ABC) - The second episode of the season did only 4.31 million and a 1.4 18-49. It's going to be a struggle with the older skewing Dancing lead-in.
  • The Mindy Project (Fox) - Returned with a new episode that did 3.12 million and a 1.5 rating, down four tenths from the last new episode on October 10.
  • The New Normal (NBC) - preempted.
  • Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (ABC) - Week two saw a decline to only 3.25 million and a series low 1.2 18-49 rating. These two comedies make a good pair, but not in this time slot hour. Expect them to be moved in January.
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - preempted.
  • Animal Practice (NBC) - Final scheduled episode was preempted. Goodbye to Crystal the monkey and company.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - An election-themed episode was moved up a night due to the The Voice airing on Thursday. A series low 18-49 rating and only 3.38 million.
  • The Neighbors (ABC) - Week six of this new series did 5.78 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down one tenth from last week's Halloween episode. It has performed decently this season. ABC rewarded it this week with a full-season order.
  • Guys with Kids (NBC) - Week six of this new comedy in the timeslot did only 3.6 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, down one tenth from last week. Maybe pairing with multi-camera sitcom Whitney beginning November 14 will give it a bit of a boost.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A new episode did 10.62 million and a 4.2 rating, down seven tenths from last week's annual Halloween episode. Much fewer people watch television on Halloween night.
  • Suburgatory (ABC) - Posted 6.32 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, down three tenths from last week. Solid enough, but it should be retaining more of the huge Modern Family audience.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - Week six did 15.9 million and a 5.2 18-49 rating, which was again up two tenths and a season high. #1 sitcom of the week for the third straight week.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - Week six of this comedy did 12.65 million and a 3.6 18-49 rating, down one tenth from last week. A dynamic duo on Thursday nights!
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - preempted for The Voice - aired on Wednesday
  • Up All Night (NBC) - preempted. Despite the low ratings, they received an order for three additional episodes. They will be switching to a multi-camera format for the final episodes of the season, which could help their ratings a bit.
  • The Office (NBC) - preempted.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - preempted
Friday Sitcoms
  • Last Man Standing (ABC) - Season premiere was up two tenths from its season finale which aired on a Tuesday, but it was down big from the series premiere last fall.
  • Malibu Country (ABC) - Series premiere did even better than Last Man Standing. Reba McEntire's Reba always did well with women 18-49, so this is not a huge surprise.
Saturday Sitcoms
  • None
Airing tonight (Sunday) are new episodes of The Cleveland Show, The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, Family Guy and American Dad.

Summing it up. Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as New Girl, The Neighbors, Suburgatory, Last Man Standing, Malibu Country) or just plain old terrible (such as Ben and Kate, Happy Endings, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, 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
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, September 26

The Big Bang Theory - "The Military Miniaturization" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Colonel Williams (Dean Norris), an Air Force representative from the Department of Material Command sits down to talk with Wolowitz.

Kevin Can Wait - "Sleep Disorder" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Kevin rearranges the house to his liking after his buddies convince him that Donna makes all their decisions and has taken over the house for her own benefit. Also, Kendra enlists her Uncle Kyle (Gary Valentine) to help toughen up Chale.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of September 26)

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.
  • Johnny Pemberton (Son of Zorn) - Johnny is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • 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.