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, July 30

The Middle - "The 100th" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Marking the 100th episode milestone of "The Middle," the citizens of Orson, Indiana celebrate the Orsontennial - the town's 100th anniversary. During this momentous event, Frankie and Mike find themselves begrudgingly trying to drive a giant cow float in the parade; Axl, Sean and Darrin resurrect Boss Co. and attempt to make some big bucks by setting up a VIP area to view the festivities; Sue, still crushing on Darrin, tries to make him jealous by pretending to be dating Brad again; and Brick tries to earn himself a place in Orson history by entering a contest to come up with the town's new motto, which will be used for the next 100 years.

The Goldbergs - "Lame Gretzky" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Even though he is terrible, Adam tries his best at ice hockey and hopes to impress Murray. Likewise, Murray works hard to show he enjoys watching Adam make home movies. Later, after starting a fight on the ice during a game, Adam gets suspended from playing hockey and admits to Murray his real intentions. Meanwhile, Beverly drives Erica crazy about her S.A.T.s.

Modern Family - "The Feud" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Phil is upset to have lost his elected office of social chair to his nemesis Gil Thorpe, and when he finds out Luke is competing against Gil’s kid in a wrestling match, it becomes his own personal battle. Claire is nervous for a big client meeting but things get extra hairy when Mitch and Cam ask her to pick up Lily from school and conveniently leave out the fact that her class just had a lice scare. Elsewhere, Gloria chaperones Manny’s school field trip to the museum.

The Middle - "Sleepless in Orson" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Frankie and Mike become concerned about Brick when he starts expressing a host of irrational fears spawned by a constant stream of news alerts showing up on his refurbished iPad. Meanwhile, Sue is both disgusted and intrigued when Derrick Glossner continues to surprise her with spontaneous kisses, and when Darrin attempts his own spinoff of Boss Co, Axl and Sean successfully shut down the new operation but end up having to finish the difficult job that their competition had started.

Young & Hungry - "Young & Punchy" (ABC Family, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Sparks fly between Gabi and a computer genius; Josh's new bathtub interests Elliot and Yolanda.

Mystery Girls - "Sister Issues" (ABC Family, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Holly gets a visit from her overachieving younger sister; Nick plots to boost Holly's spirits.

Hot in Cleveland - "The Animated Episode" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Our ladies go 2-D in a fun-filled animated episode that involves questionable beauty treatments, zombies, and a look at Cleveland had LeBron never left.

Jennifer Falls - "Dads and Dogs" (TV Land, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Jennifer is surprised when Gretchen’s absentee father comes back to town with the news that he’s suddenly become a success.

Wilfred - "Responsibility" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Ryan helps his mother adjust to her new life as Wilfred deals with a new nemesis.

Love Thy Neighbor - "The Make-Up" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Philip moves on.; Will apologizes to Linda.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 28) (All times ET unless noted)

Wednesday, July 30

  • Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) - Watch Eric on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) - Chris visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and later on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Norm Macdonald (The Norm Show) - Norm appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Kelsey Grammer (Partners/Frasier/Cheers) - Kelsey is part of the guest panel on Chelsea Lately on E! at 11pm.
  • Zach Braff (Scrubs) - Zach visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) - Aubrey chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry joins the Chew Crew on a repeat of ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland/Just Shoot Me!) - Wendie is a guest on a repeat of The Queen Latifah Show on your local station or at 3am on BET.