Sunday, November 11, 2012

Week 7 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

2012-13 Week 7 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thu): 

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Total Viewers: N/A.
Adults 18-49: N/A

Week 7 (Nov. 5-11) Analysis: The week is a little better but the #1 market New York is still excluded from the ratings because of the storm from the previous week. Tuesday's ratings had Election coverage, so that boosted NBC and ABC big over their normal line-ups. We don't have the final first four night averages for the networks, but we do have final program ratings for the first four nights, which you will see below. We can project that CBS has the lead in HH/viewers and NBC has the lead in adults 18-49 thanks to a three-night The Voice. ABC or CBS is probably second in adults 18-49, while Fox is likely stuck in fourth. ABC is probably second in HH/viewers, followed by NBC and Fox. When the week is done, NBC will likely hang on and 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 6, NBC won the week among adults 18-49 after losing to Fox the previous week. CBS took second, while ABC was in third and Fox was well back in fourth. Among total viewers, CBS took that crown after Fox took it the previous week. NBC and ABC battled for second, with NBC with the edge in total viewers and they were tied in households. Fox was well back in fourth.

Monday had NBC on top in adults 18-49, while ABC took the total viewer crown. Starting with ABC, a two-hour Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars did 13.48 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Castle followed with 10.02 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. New York is still excluded because of the Hurricane. For NBC, a two-hour The Voice, did 11.93 million and a night best 4.5 18-49 rating, but down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. A new Revolution followed with 7.34 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week for a series low. Next up was CBS, they returned with new episodes, as How I Met Your Mother did 7.22 million and 2.8 18-49 rating, as it was below normal. A new episode of Partners did 5.67 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, which is not good but at least it has been consistent and not fallen much from its premiere. A new 2 Broke Girls followed with 9.01 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, which is solid and has a great jump from its lead-in, but this show also did better at 8:30 last season. Next, a new Mike & Molly garnered 8.78 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, which is solid. A new Hawaii Five-0 at 10pm did 7.53 million and a 2.0 18-49, as this show has really fallen this season. Fox was next with a new Bones doing 7.3 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, which is not what it used to do, but good enough. A new episode of dud The Mob Doctor did only 3.4 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating. The CW aired a new 90210 at 8 with just 850,000 viewers and a 0.4 18-49 rating, as that is horrible. And a new Gossip Girl followed with just 660,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating, which is horrendous.

On Tuesday, it was time to elect our next President of the United States, as the big four covered the Presidential Election, with NBC and ABC on top. Starting with CBS, its normal schedule of NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and Vegas was preempted for CBS Campaign 2012 coverage which posted 7.83 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating in primetime, for third in battle of network coverage. ABC didn't have Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars, comedies Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 and drama Private Practice as ABC Your Voice, Your Vote 2012 coverage did very well with 10.38 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating in primetime, which was a solid second place of all networks. NBC didn't air The Voice or its comedies Go On & The New Normal, along with Parenthood, but they came out on top with NBC Decision 2012 coverage with 12.01 million and a 4.3 18-49 rating in primetime. Fox preempted its comedies Raising Hope, Ben and Kate, New Girl and The Mindy Project for coverage of Election doing only 4.04 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating in primetime. The CW preempted Hart of Dixie at 8pm for a special repeat of Arrow on a special night and did 1.38 million and a 0.4 18-49 rating, which is not too bad. New series Emily Owens MD followed with a repeat doing 970,000 viewers and a 0.2 18-49 rating, which is low.

Wednesday had The Voice invading on a special night and it was down but not out. First, CBS started the night off with week eight of Survivor: Philippines at 10.31 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, back up three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Veteran drama Criminal Minds followed at 9 with 12.09 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, up one tenth in 18-49 from last previous week. A new CSI at 10 did 10.33 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. This is an aging line-up. ABC started off the night with an all-new episode of The Middle doing 9.04 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, which is very solid. A new episode of The Neighbors followed with 6.87 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. It is doing good enough, and is a broad appealing show.  At 9pm, a new episode of Modern Family did 12.43 million and a 4.8 18-49 rating, up six tenths in 18-49 from previous week, as more markets were back on this week because of the storm (but not New York yet). At 9:30, a new Suburgatory posted 7.55 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, up a solid five tenths in 18-49 from previous week. A new Nashville concluded the night at 10pm with 6.07 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Another consistent show. On Fox, a live two-hour The X Factor did 7.03 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week, as NBC's competing singing series crushed it. Speaking of NBC, The Voice invaded Wednesday doing 10.47 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating, which is below normal. New  comedy Guys with Kids and Law & Order: SVU were preempted. Week five of Chicago Fire followed at 10 taking advantage of a stronger lead-in doing 7.03 million and 2.2 18-49 rating, up six tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Because of that, NBC picked-up a full season. I don't think it deserved that yet, as it was playing with fool's gold for one night. The CW had week five of Arrow and it did 3.75 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, up three tenths in 18-49 from the previous week. This is a solid hit for the network. A new Supernatural at 9pm followed and did 2.32 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Wednesdays continue to look solid for The CW.

Thursday it was CBS with the nightly win with its regular line-up. Starting with ABC, a new Last Resort did 5.98 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, which could be better for this well-produced show from Shawn Ryan. At 9pm, ABC went on top with a new Grey's Anatomy doing 9.26 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating. And at 10pm, the addicting Scandal did 6.06 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, as it has been consistent. CBS opened with a new the Big Bang Theory at 16.68 million and a 5.1 18-49 rating, which was down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week's season high. The total viewer count was a Thursday high for the series. #1 comedy (or scripted series) again, nipping by Modern Family by a few tenths in 18-49. A new episode of Two and a Half Men followed with 14.07 million and a 4.0 18-49 rating, up four tenths from previous week, tying a season high. Then Person of Interest was new and did 14.87 million and a 2.9 rating, even with previous week again, but skewed older. At 10pm, a new Elementary posted 10.9 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. I don't understand why this show will air after the Super Bowl this season. Fox had a a one-hour The X Factor and did 6.33 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, even in 18-49 from previous week when it was two-hours. NBC aired a third night of The Voice but this time just for an hour and did 8.83 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, down from normal but way better than what NBC normally does in this hour by far. 30 Rock and Up All Night were preempted. At 9pm, The Office got a little boost but still it was low with 4.83 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating.  At 9:30, Parks & Recreation followed with 3.46 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, which isn't good. At 10pm, Rock Center with Brian Williams posted 3.86 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. The CW's big gun Vampire Diaries had a new airing and did 3.02 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 with previous week. New series Beauty and the Beast followed at 9pm and did 1.84 million and a 0.7 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. The CW ordered a full season late Friday after these numbers, which honestly can be better.

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. A new Last Man Standing and Malibu Country on ABC were down some from previous week but still were solid, but Undercover Boss for CBS jumped to first in the time period. Shark Tank was #1 at 9pm and the night once again in 18-49. NBC had to settle for second at 9pm with Grimm. Fox's Kitchen Nightmares and Fringe continued to be low.
Saturday belonged to ABC as College Football action took home the top spot, over Fox's college football coverage by a lot. CBS and NBC drama repeats trailed big.

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 as the top two for the night has help from the NFL. NBC will be #1 with the NFL game tonight with the Bears and Texans. CBS has a new Amazing Race following 60 Minutes. Then there are new episodes of The Good Wife and The Mentalist. This will be a fourth place finish. Fox's animation block has new episodes of The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, Family Guy following NFL overrun, so that will be good for second place.

As for the week (week 7), CBS should be first in HH/viewers. The 18-49 crown will go to NBC as they had a good week with three nights of The Voice, Election coverage and now NFL tonight. NBC will battle with ABC for second in HH/viewers. And Fox will have to settle for fourth in HH/viewers. In 18-49, second place is up for grabs, but Fox could take it over ABC and CBS, especially if the NFL overrrun is huge. As for the coming week (week 8), look for more November sweep action. The season premiere of Whitney is this Wednesday on NBC and next Sunday has the 40th anniversary of The American Music Awards on ABC.


Week 7 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Week 6 -- Oct. 29-Nov. 4)
  • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 airings - An all-new episode at 8pm did 5.54 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, as it seems it has been forever since this night aired for Fox. A repeat earlier in the night at 7pm did 3.1 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, which is actually not too bad.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - A new episode at 7:30pm did 3.95 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, which is not that great.
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox) - A new episode at 8:30pm dud only 3.92 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, not good.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A new episode was way below normal with 5.11 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating. Not even the best of the night for Fox, wow.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - A new episode did only 3.99 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, as the night in whole for Fox was lackluster.
Monday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A new episode did 7.22 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, which is below normal.
  • Partners (CBS) - A new episode did 5.67 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, as it has actually been pretty steady and not dropped much. Still CBS could do better here.
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - 9.01 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating is solid but this show was doing better last season at 8:30.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - A new episode did 8.78 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, which is solid.
Tuesday Sitcoms
  • Raising Hope (Fox) - preempted for Election coverage.
  • Ben & Kate (Fox) - preempted for Election coverage.
  • New Girl (Fox) - preempted for Election coverage.
  • Go On (NBC) - preempted for Election coverage.
  • Happy Endings (ABC) - preempted for Election coverage.
  • The Mindy Project (Fox) - preempted for Election coverage.
  • The New Normal (NBC) - preempted for Election coverage.
  • Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (ABC) - preempted for Election coverage.
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - After a week off, a new episode did a very good 9.04 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating.
  • Whitney (NBC) - season premiere is this Wednesday.
  • The Neighbors (ABC) - Week seven of this new series did 6.87 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. People were blasting it before it even aired, yet it has gotten a full season and has done OK.
  • Guys with Kids (NBC) - preempted.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A new episode did 12.43 million and a 4.8 18-49 rating, up six tenths in 18-49 from previous week. That's more like it, as the big Northeast cities were excluded the previous week thanks to the storm.
  • Suburgatory (ABC) - A new episode did 7.55 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, up five tenths from previous week.  I think it will continue to do solid and perhaps do better in the winter. Thinking low 3's.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - Week seven did a monster 16.68 million and a 5.1 18-49 rating, which was down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week but the total viewers was a Thursday high. Skewed older, weird.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A new episode of the veteran comedy did 14.07 million and a 4.0 18-49 rating, up four tenths in 18-49 from previous week and tied its season high.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - preempted for The Voice again.
  • Up All Night (NBC) - preempted again. 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) - A new episode at 9 was boosted by The Voice, but still only did 4.83 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating. It should have ended last season.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - A new airing only did 3.46 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating. It's like Arrested Development with low ratings, but this show doesn't win the awards that show did.
Friday Sitcoms
  • Last Man Standing (ABC) - Week two did a prelim 7.31 million and a prelim 1.6 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week's prelim rating. Still solid!
  • Malibu Country (ABC) - The second episode of this new comedy did a prelim 7.25 million and a prelim 1.6 18-49 rating as well, but down six tenths in 18-49 from the premiere's prelim 18-49 rating.  Also still solid for a Friday.
Saturday Sitcoms
  • None
Airing tonight (Sunday) are new episodes of Fox Animation Domination comedies from 8-10pm following NFL action.

Summing it up. The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Two and a Half Men, 2 Broke Girls, Suburgatory, Mike & Molly, How I Met Your Mother, The Middle were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as The Office, The Neighbors, Partners) or just plain old terrible (such as Parks & Recreation).


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.