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).
Sitcoms Airing Tonight (Wednesday, April 16)

The Middle - "Vacation Days" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After being forced by his work to take a paid vacation, Mike tries to relax but finds his alone time being invaded by Brick, who wants to cash in and implement all of the personal gift coupons he has given his dad for Father's Day and birthdays over the years. Meanwhile, Frankie is livid when she discovers that Axl has been hanging out at the Donahues for the past few days and didn't let her know that he was even in town, and Sue is horrified when she discovers that someone has given her service at Spudsy Malone’s a bad review online and overreacts in her efforts to better please the customers.

Suburgatory - "Blame it on the Rainstick" (ABC, 8:30PM/ET) (Repeat)
When Noah is released from a court mandated anger management program, George is shocked to find a docile Noah has replaced his former hot-headed friend. Shaken by the change, George decides to put the new Noah to the test. Meanwhile, Tessa ditches “senior tanning” and meets a cool new age band hanging out at the park. The free spirited music group isn’t exactly what they appear.

Modern Family - "The Big Game" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
With a big football game coming up and a record to break, Coach Cam is intensely focused and showing no mercy even when the opposing team is playing with an unexpected disadvantage. Elsewhere, Claire is determined to prove to the staff that she is more than just the boss’s daughter, and Phil tries to teach his kids a lesson about optimism, but the universe just isn’t cooperating.

Mixology - "Jessica & Ron" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Jessica regrets sending a naked photo to Ron and sets out to get him to delete it after realizing she barely knows him. Meanwhile, Liv complicates things between Jessica and Ron and Maya hits it off with an attractive guy who gives her an offer she can’t refuse…or can she? And the chance to hook up is in Bruce’s favor when he meets a woman who is into red-heads, but things quickly begin to look grim when a famous red-head also enters the bar.

Melissa & Joey - "Born to Run" (ABC Family, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Mel's father sends out a racy photograph; Ryder tries to come up with a winning business idea.

Baby Daddy - "Play It Again, Bonnie" (ABC Family, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Bonnie asks Tucker for help in reconnecting with her former boyfriend.

Hot in Cleveland - "The Undead" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Elka (Betty White) throws a fake funeral for Victoria so she can join her husband in hiding. Her nemesis, Susan Lucci attends. Simon (Craig Ferguson) and Joy face a dilemma in their relationship.
Guest Stars: Craig Ferguson, Susan Lucci, Matt Iseman, David Cheaney, Laird MacIntosh

The Soul Man - "Oh My Goddy" (TV Land, 11:00PM ET/PT)
Boyce feels the pressure when he's nominated for a big award. So he goes above and beyond to brand himself as the "Second Chance Preacher."

Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse - "Reunited" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Joseph and Leslie work on their relationship.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 14) (All times Eastern unless noted)

Wednesday, April 16

  • Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) - Watch Kunal on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Denis Leary (The Job) - Denis appears on a repeat of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart at 11pm.
  • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney is part of the guest panel on Chelsea Lately on E! at 11pm.
  • Tracy Morgan (30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Tracy visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) - Adam appears on The Pete Holmes Show at midnight on TBS.
  • Whoopi Goldberg (Whoopi/Bagdad Cafe) - Whoopi previews her new Lifetime movie A Day Late and a Dollar Short on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Billy Crystal (Soap) - Billy stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kristin Chenoweth (Kristin) - Kristin talks about new animated movie Rio 2 and her upcoming show at Carnegie Hall on The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Alan Thicke (Growing Pains) - Alan talks about his TV and music career, his son Robin and new reality series, Unusually Thicke, on Katie, so check your local listings. He will also be on The Couch on WLNY 10/55 in New York between 7-9am. Finally, he is a guest on Big Morning Buzz Live on VH1 at 10am.
  • Judy Greer (Mad Love/Arrested Development/Miss Guided) - Judy takes us on a trip to her happy place...the drugstore on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Tasha Smith (Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse/The Tom Show/Boston Common) and Michael Jai White (Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse) - Tasha and Jai are guests on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Marlon Wayans (The Wayans Bros.) - Marlon stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS. He will also be on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Christopher Meloni (Surviving Jack/The Fanelli Boys) - Christopher is a guest on NBC's Today in the 9am hour. He will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Valerie Harper (Rhoda/The Mary Tyler Moore Show/Valerie) - Valerie talks about Signed, Sealed, Delivered (premieres April 20 on Hallmark Channel) on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. She will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET. She is a guest on Howard Stern.
  • Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl/I Hate My Teenage Daughter) - Jaime appears on The Queen Latifah Show, so check your local listings.
  • Seth Green (Dads/Greg the Bunny) - Seth is a guest on a repeat of @midnight at 12am on Comedy Central.