Sunday, December 02, 2012

Week 10 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

2012-13 Week 10 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thu): 

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Week 10 (Nov. 26-Dec. 2) Analysis: We're into the holiday season but we still have some new episodes left in December. The final first four night averages are not available, as we don't have network final averages for Thursday...but we do have final Thursday program ratings below. We can project that through the first four nights that CBS has the lead in 18-49 and total viewers. ABC should be second in both measure, while NBC is a close third in adults 18-49. NBC is more of a distant third in total viewers, while Fox is way back in fourth in both measures. When the week is done, NBC will get probably come back and take week in 18-49 once again thanks to the NFL tonight. CBS has the NFL overrun tonight, so they could hold on to first place, but we'll see. More on that later. As for last week, week 9, NBC was first in adults 18-49, a full point higher than second place Fox. ABC was a a tenth behind for third place, while CBS was back in fourth. Among total viewers, NBC took that crown as well, while normal winner CBS was second. ABC was a close third. Fox was well back in fourth.

Monday had NBC on top in adults 18-49 and also had the edge in total viewer since Dancing on ABC was only an hour. Starting with ABC, a one-hour Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars - The Finals did 16.3 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, up three tenths in 18-49 from previous week when it was two-hours. What a great final! Castle was preempted, as ABC aired a two-part Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - Holidays as the 9pm hour did 6.55 million but just a 1.3 18-49 rating. Part two followed with 5.28 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating. Needs to do better and perhaps it will tomorrow night when it airs 8-10pm, as a new holiday episode of Castle airs at 10.  For NBC, a two-hour The Voice, did 12.17 million and a night best 4.2 18-49 rating, up five tenths in 18-49 from previous week's Monday season low. 9pm hour was helped out a lot as it didn't face Dancing. The fall finale of Revolution followed with 8.54 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, up three tenths in 18-49 with previous week. Now it is off the schedule until late March, which is not a good idea, I think. Next up was CBS with new episodes, as How I Met Your Mother did 8.73 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating, up four tenths in 18-49 from the previous week. A repeat of The Big Bang Theory came in and did 8.97 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, which is up 1.2 points in 18-49 from previous week's repeat of Men. Wow. A new 2 Broke Girls followed with 11.74 million and a 4.1 18-49 rating, which is up seven tenths in 18-49 from previous week as the lead-in was obviously higher and more importantly no Dancing on ABC. Next, a new Mike & Molly garnered 11.29 million and a 3.6 18-49 rating, which is also up seven tenths in 18-49 from the previous week thanks to not facing Dancing head-to-head. A new Hawaii Five-0 at 10pm did 10.3 million and a 2.3 18-49, again up a tenth in 18-49 week-to-week. Fox was next with a new Bones doing 7.96 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, up four tenths in 18-49 from previous week. A good showing. A new episode of dud The Mob Doctor did only 3.93 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, but up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Are the 13 episodes up yet? The CW aired a new 90210 at 8 with just 970,000 viewers and a 0.5 18-49 rating, but up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. And a new Gossip Girl followed with just 840,000 viewers and a 0.4 18-49 rating, which is horrendous but on par in 18-49 with previous week.

On Tuesday, it was ABC with the edge in 18-49 and CBS with the edge in total viewers. Starting with CBS, a new episode of NCIS did 19.76 million and a 3.6 18-49 rating rating, which is up six tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Next a new episode of NCIS: Los Angeles did 14.49 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. And finally at 10pm, a new Vegas did 9.35 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, down two tenths from previous week. Onto ABC, at 8pm the annual classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas did a solid 8.37 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating. At 8:30pm the new classic Shrek the Halls did a similar 8.44 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating. from 9-11pm Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars: The Results Finale did 16.73 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, up a full point in 18-49 from previous week when it aired 8-9pm. Congrats to Melissa Rycroft in taking the trophy...well deserved and "now she has one, too," as Tom Bergeron said. Happy EndingsDon't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 and Private Practice were preempted. NBC started off with The Voice doing 11.57 million and a 3.8 rating, up four tenths in 18-49 from previous week. At 9pm, new comedy Go On did 6.06 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, but up four tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Without the big lead-in this show doesn't do too well. A new episode of The New Normal followed with 4.04 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. A new Parenthood at 10pm did 4.49 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. Fox had its comedies with a new Raising Hope doing 3.87 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, up three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. A new episode of Ben and Kate followed with only 2.82 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, also up three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. A new New Girl was up next with 4.12 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, up three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Needs to do better as it lost to NBC's competing comedy for the first time in awhile. And finally a new The Mindy Project did just 2.76 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. This show is just doing terrible and Fox quickly ordered a full season without looking at ratings. The CW had a new Hart of Dixie at 8pm and did 1.39 million and a 0.5 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. New series Emily Owens MD, which is now canned, followed with only 1.05 million and a 0.3 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week. Not good.

Wednesday had Fox with the edge in 18-49, but ABC and CBS were just a tenth behind. First, CBS started the night off with week eleven of Survivor: Philippines at 10.37 million and a 2.7 18-49, up obviously from previous week when it aired on Thanksgiving Eve. Veteran drama Criminal Minds followed at 9 with 12.37 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, also up some from previous week. A new CSI at 10 did 12.11 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating. ABC kicked off the night with their first airing of A Charlie Brown Christmas doing 8.85 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, up from last season's first airing. At 9pm, an all-new episode of Modern Family did 12.01 million and a 4.7 18-49 rating, very good as usual. A new Suburgatory followed with 6.73 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating. At 10pm, a new Nashville did 5.69 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating. What a great show that will win a lot of awards this coming season. On Fox, a new two-hour The X Factor did 8.2 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, up from previous week's Thanksgiving Eve telecast. Onto NBC, Whitney and Guys with Kids were preempted (thankfully) for the annual Christmas at Rockefeller Center doing 9.14 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, skewing old but up from last season. From 9-11pm Law & Order: SVU and Chicago Fire were preempted from 9-11pm as NBC aired a new SNL Christmas doing a solid 7.36 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, higher than what they usually do from 9-11pm. The CW aired a new episode of Arrow and did great with 3.74 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating. At 9, a new Supernatural posted 2.0 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, which is decent.

On Thursday, CBS took the night in both 18-49 and total viewers. Starting with ABC, a new Last Resort did 5.2 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating for a series low. I wish this show was doing better, there's nothing like it on TV. A new Grey's Anatomy followed at 9pm did 8.95 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, solid as usual and great for a show in season nine. At 10pm, an electrifying episode of Scanal did well with 6.64 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating. I think it will be higher this week as we see the conclusion. #WhoShotFitz? CBS had a night of new episodes. They opened with a new The Big Bang Theory doing 17.25 million and a 5.5 18-49 rating, a clear #1 for scripted TV for the week. A new Two and a Half Men was up next with 13.74 million and a 4.0 18-49 rating, solid as usual. At 9pm, a new Person of Interest followed with 14.43 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, which is normal for this show. At 10pm, a new Elementary closed the night with 10.46 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, which was tied for first. It could be second place this week. Fox had The X Factor start the night with 8.32 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating. Then at 9 a new Glee did 5.39 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, which isn't that good for this show. NBC had a dreadful night. A new 30 Rock did 3.61 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating at 8pm. At 8:30pm, a new Up All Night was worse with 2.97 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating. Switching to multi-camera will make this show do even lower, I think.  At 9, a new The Office did bad with 3.88 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, for more lows. Awful. At 9:30, a new Parks & Recreation did horrible with 2.99 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating. Eek. And it got worse at 10pm with a new Rock Center with Brian Williams doing just 3.45 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating. A historic low for NBC on this Thursday. The CW's big gun Vampire Diaries was new and did 2.86 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, which is great for the network. New series Beauty and the Beast also was new and did 1.52 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, but could be better.

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available, but ABC and CBS were tied for the 18-49 crown. A new Last Man Standing won its half hour at 8pm on ABC and Malibu Country was solid, but CBS took the hour with Undercover Boss. A repeat of the surging Shark Tank won the 9pm hour beating a new CSI: NY. Fox and NBC were not in the mix with college football and repeats. At 10pm, ABC's 20/20 won the hour beating CBS and NBC.
Saturday belonged to Fox as their college football coverage beat the coverage on ABC, which is rare. NBC's airing of It's a Wonderful Life didn't do much.

Tonight ABC Sunday has all-new episodes of AFV, Once Upon a Time, Revenge and 666 Park Avenue. The latter three are fall finales, so they should be up from previous week. Look for Once to be #1 in scripted series tonight, as ABC should be a solid third for the night behind football driven networks NBC and CBS. NBC will be #1 with the NFL matchup between the struggling Cowboys and Eagles. CBS is also all-new tonight with 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, The Good Wife and The Mentalist. They have the overrun this week, so look for some delays to those shows and a boost in ratings that will cause the line-up to be second place. Fox's animation block has new episodes of The Cleveland Show, Bob's Burgers, and American Dad. So their two big guns are in repeats.

As for the week (week 10), NBC and CBS will battle for first in 18-49. It all depends on the NFL tonight for both networks. ABC should be third and Fox in fourth. As for the coming week (week 11), we still have a lot of new episodes across the networks, including the Shark Tank holiday event on a special night/time of Tuesday at 8/7c. Is Mr. Wonderful really the Grinch or is he Scrooge? New Christmas episodes are also starting this week which includes ABC Comedy Wednesday.


Week 10 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Week 9 -- Nov. 19-25)
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - An all-new episode at 8 did 7.46 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating, up nine tenths in 18-49 from previous week but it was inflated because of the NFL lead-in. Still good, but not really what it can do these days.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - A new episode at a special time of 9:30pm did only 4.32 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating.
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox) - A new episode at 8:30pm did 4.66 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 week-to-week, but should be higher thanks to a higher lead-in.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A new episode at 9 did 5.77 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating still below normal but up three tenths in 18-49 week-to-week.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - preempted.
Monday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A new episode did 8.73 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating, which is up four tenths in 18-49 from previous week.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A repeat on a special night did 8.97 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, up 1.2 points in 18-49 from previous week's repeat of Men. Holy cow.
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - 11.74 million and a 4.1 18-49 rating is up seven tenths in 18-49 from previous week. As I said last week, when lesser competition arises in December it will go up. Dancing takes away some of its ratings and it didn't face it on this night hence it went up (and also helped a bit by the Bang repeat leading in). Little bit of both.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - A new episode did 11.29 million and a 3.6 18-49 rating, which is also up seven tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Not facing Dancing head-to-head is key.
Tuesday Sitcoms
  • Raising Hope (Fox) - A new episode did 3.87 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, which is up three tenths week-to-week.
  • Ben and Kate (Fox) - A new episode did only 2.82 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating Not good!
  • New Girl (Fox) - A new episode did a below normal 4.12 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, up three tenths in 18-49 week-to-week but still lost to NBC's comedy.
  • Go On (NBC) - A new episode did 6.06 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, beating the Fox comedy in 18-49 for the second straight week.
  • Happy Endings (ABC) - preempted.
  • The Mindy Project (Fox) - The dud did only 2.76 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 week-to-week and still lost to the NBC competing comedy. What a disappointment in the ratings.
  • The New Normal (NBC) - A new episode beat the competing Fox comedy with 4.04 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating. Not good, but it still beat Fox's comedy.
  • Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (ABC) - preempted. 
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - preempted. Christmas episode this week!
  • Whitney (NBC) - preempted.
  • The Neighbors (ABC) - preempted. Christmas episode this week!
  • Guys with Kids (NBC) - preempted.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A new episode did 12.01 million and a 4.7 18-49 rating. Look for an encore of the classic Express Christmas this Wednesday surrounded by all-new Christmas episodes of other ABC comedies.
  • Suburgatory (ABC) - A new episode did 6.73 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating. Good, and hoping it do a 3 this winter. Or ABC could move it back to 8:30 and it will do the same ratings as it is doing now, I think.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - At 8pm, a new showing did 17.25 million and a 5.5 18-49 rating, which is the top entertainment show airing of the week. Wow.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A new episode did 13.74 million and a 4.0 18-49 rating. Thanks to the lead-in, it does well. But only a few tenths better than Rules of Engagement.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - Yikes a new episode did just 3.61 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, as the series finale airs Jan. 31. Time to end it indeed.
  • Up All Night (NBC) - Just 2.97 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating for this sophomore comedy.
  • The Office (NBC) - Season nine was a mistake as this show did just 3.88 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - A new episode did just 2.99 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating. Horrible night for NBC.
Friday Sitcoms
  • Last Man Standing (ABC) - Week five did a preliminary 6.8 million and a prelim 1.6 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week's prelim ratings and winning its half-hour. Good for Fridays!
  • Malibu Country (ABC) - The fifth episode of this new comedy did a preliminary 6.33 million and a prelim 1.5 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week's prelim ratings. It's doing good enough for Fridays.
Saturday Sitcoms
  • None
Airing tonight (Sunday) are a mix of new and repeat episodes of Fox Animation Domination comedies from 7-10pm.

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


New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November/December)

2 Broke Girls - The Complete Third Season Two and a Half Men - The Complete Eleventh Season WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Series Hot in Cleveland - Season Five Sgt. Bilko - The Phil Silvers Show - The Complete Series
Family Ties - The Complete Series Happy Days - The Sixth Season The Jeffersons - The Complete Series Mister Ed - The Complete Series Mork & Mindy - The Complete Series

10/07 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Classic Christmas Episodes
10/07 - The Flying Nun - The Complete First and Second Seasons (Mill Creek)
10/07 - The Middle - The Complete Fifth Season (Warner Archive)
10/07 - The Office - The Complete Series
10/07 - The Wonders Years - Season One
10/10 - The Wonder Years - The Complete Series - TARGET="_blank">Read Our Review / The Signature Edition / Seasons 1-3
10/14 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Third Season
10/14 - Two and a Half Men - The Complete Eleventh Season
10/21 - Married with Children - Seasons 5 and 6 (Mill Crek)
10/21 - The Soul Man - The Complete Second Season
10/21 - Square Pegs - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
10/28 - WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Series
11/04 - Hot in Cleveland - Season Five
11/04 - Napoleon Dynamite - The Complete Animated Series
11/04 - Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show) - The Complete Series
11/11 - Dads - The Complete Series
11/11 - Family Ties - The Complete Series
11/11 - My Favorite Martian - Best of Collection
11/11 - Taxi - The Complete Series
11/11 - Wings - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
11/18 - King of the Hill - The Complete Seventh Season / The Complete Eighth Season
11/25 - Better Off Ted - The Complete Second Season
12/02 - Happy Days - The Sixth Season
12/09 - Barney Miller - The Complete Sixth Season
12/09 - The Jeffersons - The Complete Series
12/09 - Mister Ed - The Complete Series
12/09 - Mork & Mindy - The Fourth Season / The Complete Series
12/16 - The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis - The Final (Fourth) Season
12/23 - My Favorite Martian - Season Two - Collector's Edition
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, October 22

The Middle - "The Table" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
As Frankie and Mike wish each other a happy 20-somethingth wedding anniversary, Axl decides that he and Hutch need to class up their broke-down house and find another roommate to help with expenses. But while helping Axl track down a dining room table to help spruce up his house, Frankie finds a full dining set on sale online for $50 and ends up giving Axl the Heck house dining room table, while she excitedly looks forward to her new purchase. Meanwhile, after being presented with a special necklace to proclaim his love, Sue becomes angry with her boyfriend, Darrin, when she discovers that he had also given the same gift to his former girlfriend. And Brick begins a podcast. Jimmy Kimmel guest stars as himself.

The Goldbergs - "Shall We Play a Game?" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Adam inadvertently gets Barry kicked out of the cool group (Jenkintown Posse) of friends at school and must come up with a plan to get his brother back in. Adam convinces Barry and his friends he has the skills to hack into the school computer system to change their grades, but does he? Later, Beverly is immediately jealous when she learns Erica hangs out with a friend’s cooler mom and sets out to show Erica she can be cool too.

Modern Family - "Won't You Be Our Neighbor" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Phil is selling the house next door and he and Claire are excited by the prospect of having wonderful new neighbors, but that quickly turns into panic when a loud and obnoxious couple (guest stars Steve Zahn and Andrea Anders) come to look at the house. Jay forbids Manny to see his new girlfriend when he realizes she’s the granddaughter of his biggest business rival, leading to a clash of the closet titans. Elsewhere, Mitch and Cam are determined to switch Lily out of Mrs. Plank’s (guest star Tyne Daly) class since she is known to rule with an iron fist – not to mention she scares them too.

black-ish - "Crime and Punishment" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Although Dre and Rainbow agreed they would no longer spank their kids, all bets might be off when Jack disobeys. Now, Zoey, Junior, Diane and a nervous Jack are afraid that their parents will go back on their word.

Melissa & Joey - "Witch Came First" (ABC Family, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Mel's doctor drops in on Halloween and reveals that Mel was once a teenage witch.

Baby Daddy - "Strip or Treat" (ABC Family, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Ben, Danny and Tucker end up in jail when their plans to attend a big Halloween party go awry.

The League - "Man Land" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Jenny's dad (Corbin Bernsen) takes the guys camping. Andre and Russell go into business together. Pete's new team name offends Kevin who refuses to say it.

Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse - "The Restraining Order" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Keisha retaliates by serving Richard with a restraining order; Marcus brings in an attorney to help out his friend.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 20) (All times ET unless noted)

Wednesday, October 22

  • Jason Bateman (Arrested Development/The Hogan Family/It's Your Move) - Watch Jason on a repeat of The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Mike Epps (Survivor's Remorse) - Mike drops by Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent/Arrested Development/The Larry Sanders Show) - Jeffrey appears on a repeat of The Colbert Report at 11:30pm on Comedy Central.
  • Craig Ferguson (The Drew Carey Show) - Craig is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He will also be on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls) - Kat stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Jenny McCarthy (Two and a Half Men/Jenny) - Jenny chats on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Henry Zebrowski (A to Z) - Henry is a guest on a repeat of @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Ty Burrell (Modern Family/Back to You/Out of Practice) - Ty appears on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. He also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Fred Savage and Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years) - Fred and Danica chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Tori Spelling (Mystery Girls) - Tori opens up about the cheating scandal that left her marriage in shambles, how she juggles four kids, business ventures and salvaging her relationship with her husband on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family/The Class) - Jesse visits The Meredith Vieira Show, so check your local listings.
  • Elise Neal (The Hughleys) - Elise is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.