Sunday, November 18, 2012

Week 8 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

2012-13 Week 8 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thu): 

Households: #1. CBS 7.5/11.7 (rating/share); #2. ABC 5.5/8.7; #3. NBC 4.0/6.3; #4. Fox 3.5/5.3; #5. The CW 1.2/1.9
Total Viewers: #1. CBS 11.8 million; #2. ABC 8.44 million; #3. NBC 6.54 million; #4. Fox 5.73 million; #5. The CW 1.93 million.
Adults 18-49: #1. CBS 2.8/7.6 (rating/share); #2. NBC 2.3/6.4; #3. Fox 2.1/5.5; #4. ABC 2.0/5.5; #5. The CW 0.8/2.0

Week 8 (Nov. 12-18) Analysis: November sweep action continues, with New York ratings finally being back this week. Through the final first four night averages, CBS has the lead in all categories for now. ABC is second in HH/viewers, followed by NBC and Fox. Among adults 18-49, it is a little different. NBC is in second, followed by Fox and ABC battling. When the week is done, NBC will likely take over win the week in 18-49 thanks to the NFL tonight. However, CBS has the NFL overrun tonight, so they could hang on to 18-49 after all. More on that later. As for last week, week 7, NBC won the week among adults 18-49 easily. ABC and Fox were tied for second, eight tenths behind NBC. CBS was fourth, but only a tenth behind ABC and Fox. Among total viewers, CBS took that crown once again. but NBC was close behind. ABC was a close third. Fox was well back in fourth.

Monday was a typical night, we 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 13.79 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 from previous week. Castle followed with 10.07 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, also on par in 18-49 from previous week. For NBC, a two-hour The Voice, did 11.63 million and a night best 4.4 18-49 rating, but down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. A new Revolution followed with 7.1 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, down another two tenths in 18-49 from previous week for another series low. Only a few left before the big hiatus. Will this show go the way of other hiatus series from the past? Next up was CBS with new episodes, as How I Met Your Mother did 7.95 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from the previous week's season low. A new episode of Partners did 5.48 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, which is down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week, tying a series low. After that performance, CBS has now pulled it. Look for repeats through the end of December (with a new How I Met Your Mother hour on Dec. 17). A new 2 Broke Girls followed with 8.94 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, which is solid and on par with previous week. Still should be doing a bit better. Next, a new Mike & Molly garnered 9.24 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, which is up two tenths in 18-49 from the previous week. Almost close to retaining everything from its lead-in, nice. A new Hawaii Five-0 at 10pm did 7.96 million and a 2.1 18-49, up a tenth in 18-49 week-to-week. Fox was next with a new Bones doing 6.96 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. A new episode of dud The Mob Doctor did only 3.01 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week for a series low. Are the 13 episodes up yet? The CW aired a new 90210 at 8 with just 1.16 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, but actually up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. And a new Gossip Girl followed with just 730,000 viewers and a 0.4 18-49 rating, which is horrendous but up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week.

On Tuesday, it was NBC  by a hair over CBS in 18-49, but CBS had a commanding total viewers win. Starting with CBS, a new episode of NCIS did 17.05 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, which is good but below normal for this show. Next a new episode of NCIS: Los Angeles did 15.77 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, posting good retention from its lead-in. And finally at 10pm, a new Vegas skewed very old with 10.41 million and a just a 1.6 18-49 rating. Onto ABC, at 8pm Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars: The Results did 12.11 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, as we said goodbye to Kirstie Alley and surprisingly Gilles Marini. At 9pm, a new episode of Happy Endings did 4.36 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, as this show is not a fit out of the lead-in. It's too good to not try it back on Wednesdays. Put it at 10pm even. A new episode of Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 followed with 3.1 million and 1.1 18-49 rating, which skewed much more younger than the lead-in, but still low overall. At 10pm, a new Private Practice did 3.72 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating for a series low. NBC started off with The Voice doing 11.15 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating, which is solid but below normal. At 9pm, new comedy Go On did 6.09 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, which is OK but not great. A new episode of The New Normal followed with 4.66 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, which is not too bad and won its half-hour against the other comedies. A new Parenthood at 10pm won its hour in a battle of low rated series doing 4.82 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating. This might be the lowest rated hour on TV right now.  Fox had its comedies with a new Raising Hope doing 3.73 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating. While not good, the rating isn't that bad. A new episode of Ben and Kate however did horrible with 2.39 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating. Why was this picked-up for the rest of the season so quickly is beyond me. A new New Girl followed with 4.35 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, which is below normal but it is up against two other similar comedies. And finally a new The Mindy Project is still limping doing only 3.17 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating. The CW had a new Hart of Dixie at 8pm and did 1.62 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating. New series Emily Owens MD followed with 1.38 million and a 0.4 18-49 rating.

Wednesday had Fox, CBS and ABC battling and all three were very close in 18-49, while CBS took home the total viewer crown easily. First, CBS started the night off with week nine of Survivor: Philippines at 10.06 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Veteran drama Criminal Minds followed at 9 with 12.2 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 from previous week. A new CSI at 10 did 11.01 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, up two tenths 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 8.79 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, which is very solid but down just a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. A new episode of The Neighbors followed with 6.82 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. At 9pm, a new episode of Modern Family did 11.89 million and a 4.6 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. At 9:30, a new Suburgatory posted 7.06 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, down five tenths in 18-49 from previous week. I think that was my favorite episode of the night. A new Nashville concluded the night at 10pm with 5.93 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Still a consistent show. On Fox, a live two-hour The X Factor did 8.15 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. Onto NBC, the season premiere of Whitney did just 4.22 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, which is not good. New  comedy Guys with Kids followed and tied its series low with 3.91 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating. Not good. At 9, a new Law & Order: SVU did 5.78 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating. Time to call it quits. Week six of Chicago Fire followed at 10 doing 5.77 million and 1.6 18-49 rating, back down six tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Like I said last week, it was playing with fool's gold for one night. The CW had week six of Arrow and it did 3.83 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, down a tenth 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, identical with previous week. Wednesdays continue to look solid for The CW.

Thursday it was CBS with the nightly win with its regular line-up thanks to a monster showing from its big series. Starting with ABC, a new Last Resort did 5.68 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, which cis down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week for a series low. The series has been canceled, but the remaining episodes will air. At 9pm, ABC went on top with a new Grey's Anatomy doing 8.84 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. And at 10pm, the addicting Scandal did 6.02 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. What a great show! CBS opened with a new the Big Bang Theory at 17.63 million and a 5.7 18-49 rating, which was up six tenths in 18-49 from previous week for a season high. The total viewer count was a SERIES high. Now the #1 comedy (or scripted series), its biggest lead over Modern Family ever in 18-49. A new episode of Two and a Half Men followed with 13.87 million and a 4.1 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week, for a new season high. Then Person of Interest was new and did 14.57 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. At 10pm, a new Elementary posted 10.75 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, up a 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 one-hour The X Factor and did 7.47 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. NBC returned 30 Rock and did just 3.34 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating. A new episode of Up All Night was just as bad with 3.1 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating. At 9pm, The Office was low with 4.16 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week.  At 9:30, Parks & Recreation followed with 3.52 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, which isn't good but on par in 18-49 with previous week. At 10pm, Rock Center with Brian Williams posted 3.97 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. The CW's big gun Vampire Diaries had a new airing and did 2.84 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. New series Beauty and the Beast followed at 9pm and did 1.56 million and a 0.6 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week.

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 again from previous week but still were solid #2 behind Undercover Boss for CBS. Shark Tank was #1 at 9pm and the night once again in 18-49, despite falling a bit. NBC had to settle for second at 9pm with Grimm. Fox's Kitchen Nightmares and Fringe continued to be low but on par with previous week when everything else was down some from previous week.
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 ABC Sunday (AFV, Once Upon a Time, Revenge and 666 Park Avenue) is preempted except for AFV. From 8-11pm, 40th Anniversary of the American Music Awards will air and should be good for a solid third behind two networks boosted by the NFL. NBC will be #1 with the NFL game tonight with the Ravens and Steelers. 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 second place finish, only because there will be an NFL overrun lead-in. The longer it goes, the better for CBS. Fox's animation block has new episodes of The Cleveland Show, The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, Family Guy starting at 7:30pm, that should be 4th place since there is no direct NFL lead-in.

As for the week (week 8), CBS will be first in HH/viewers. The 18-49 crown is up in the air and it depends on tonight's NFL. If CBS hasa big overrun, it should hang on for the 18-49 weekly win, if not NBC will take it thanks to the NFL tonight. ABC should be second in HH/viewers, followed closely by NBC. And Fox will have to settle for fourth in HH/viewers. In 18-49, third place is up for grabs, but ABC should take it over Fox. As for the coming week (week 9), look for the end of November sweep and the Thanksgiving break. 


Week 8 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Week 7 -- Nov. 5-11)
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - An all-new episode following NFL action at 8:20pm ET did 6.86 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, , up six tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Inflated because of the NFL lead-in.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - preempted.
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox) - A new episode delayed til 8:51pm ET did 4.89 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, also up six tenths in 18-49 week-to-week.
  • Family Guy (Fox) 2 airings - A new episode at 9:20pm ET did 5.57 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating still below normal despite going up two tenths in 18-49 week-to-week. A second new episode followed at 9:50pm ET and did 5.06 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, which is not good for this show.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - preempted.
Monday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A new episode did 7.95 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, which is up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week, which was a season low.
  • Partners (CBS) - A new episode did 5.48 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week and now it has been pulled. Goodbye.
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - 8.94 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating is solid but this show was doing better last season at 8:30.On par with previous week in 18-49.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - A new episode did 9.24 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, which is solid and up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Actually built from the lead-in in total viewers, wow.
Tuesday Sitcoms
  • Raising Hope (Fox) - A new episode did 3.73 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, which is OK...could be worse.
  • Ben & Kate (Fox) - A new episode did only 2.39 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating. One of the biggest renewals of the season was this show.
  • New Girl (Fox) - A new episode did a below normal 4.35 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, as this show slot is filled with comedies on other networks.
  • Go On (NBC) - A new episode did 6.09 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, tying the competing Fox comedy...but this show had a bigger lead-in, so in my book, the Fox comedy did better.
  • Happy Endings (ABC) - A new episode did 4.36 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, which is not good. It needs a compatible lead-in and should go back to Wednesdays, even if it is 10pm.
  • The Mindy Project (Fox) - The dud did only 3.17 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating. What a disappointment in the ratings.
  • The New Normal (NBC) - A new episode beat the competing comedies with 4.66 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating.
  • Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (ABC) - Only 3.1 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating for a new episode. Only thing that is good about that is that it skews very young. 
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - A new episode did a very good 8.79 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating. The Heck family is just so relateable.
  • Whitney (NBC) - The season premiere was not sampled with just 4.22 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating. Still trying to figure out why this show was brought back.
  • The Neighbors (ABC) - Week eight of this new series did 6.82 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down 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) - A new episode did only 3.91 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, tying its low.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A new episode did 11.89 million and a 4.6 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. After winning earlier in the season, now has become the #2 comedy on TV, but still very strong.
  • Suburgatory (ABC) - A new episode did 7.06 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, back down five tenths from previous week.  I still 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 eight did another monster 17.63 million and a 5.7 18-49 rating, which was up six tenths in 18-49 from previous week. The total viewer number was a series high and the 18-49 rating was a season high. It is skewing older this season, but the #1 comedy now on TV.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A new episode of the veteran comedy did 13.87 million and a 4.1 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week and a new season high.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - A new episode got crushed with only 3.34 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating. Not good.
  • Up All Night (NBC) - A new episode did only 3.1 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, which isn't good.
  • The Office (NBC) - A new episode at 9 only did 4.16 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - A new airing only did 3.52 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, but on par in 18-49 from previous week.
Friday Sitcoms
  • Last Man Standing (ABC) - Week three did a prelim 7.09 million and a prelim 1.4 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week's prelim rating. Still solid, but could be better.
  • Malibu Country (ABC) - The third episode of this new comedy did a prelim 6.66 million and a prelim 1.3 18-49 rating as well, but down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week's prelim 18-49 rating.  Could be better.
Saturday Sitcoms
  • None
Airing tonight (Sunday) are new episodes of Fox Animation Domination comedies from 7:30-10pm.

Summing it up. The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Two and a Half Men, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, How I Met Your Mother, The Middle were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as The Office, The Neighbors, New Girl, Go On) or just plain old terrible (such as Ben & Kate, Don't Trust the B----, 30 Rock, Up All Night).


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  • Pete Holmes (Crashing) - Watch Pete on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS. He also appears on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
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  • Halston Sage (How to Rock) - Halston is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond), Peter Krause (Sports Night/Cybill), John Lithgow (Trial & Error/Twenty Good Years/3rd Rock from the Sun) - Harry has his biggest celebrity reveals, so check your local listings.
  • Christina Milian (Grandfathered) - Christina visits The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana) - Miley performs on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Alan Alda (M*A*S*H) - Alan is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Jamie Foxx (The Jamie Foxx Show) and Sofia Vergara (Modern Family/The Knights of Prosperity/Hot Properties) - NFL star Jon Dorenbos presents The Ellen Show's funniest moments from Season 14, featuring Jamie and Sofia, so check your local listings.