Sunday, December 09, 2012

Week 11 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

2012-13 Week 11 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thu): 

Households: #1. CBS 6.5/10.2 (rating/share); #2. NBC 4.4/7.0; #3. ABC 4.1/6.5; #4. Fox 3.6/5.5; #5. The CW 1.2/1.8
Total Viewers: #1. CBS 10.4 million; #2. NBC 6.91 million; #3. ABC 6.19 million; #4. Fox 5.87 million; #5. The CW 1.75 million.
Adults 18-49: #1. CBS 2.8/7.0 (rating/share); #2. NBC 2.2/6.1; #3. Fox 2.0/5.5; #4. ABC 1.8/4.9; #5. 0.7/1.9

Week 11 (Dec. 3-9) Analysis: The first full week of December had a mix of new and repeats, but still plenty of new episodes going on, including many fall finales. Through the final first four night averages CBS has the lead in 18-49 and total viewers. NBC is in second in both measures, while ABC is a close third in HH/viewers. Fox has the edge for third place in 18-49, but is back in fourth for HH/viewers. When the week is done, NBC will probably come back and take the week in 18-49 once again thanks to the NFL tonight over CBS. Fox has the NFL overrun tonight, so they could make a run for possibly second place in 18-49. More on that later. As for last week, week 10, NBC and CBS were tied for first in adults 18-49, half a point higher than third place ABC. Fox was back in fourth. Among total viewers, CBS took that crown by itself, while ABC was second. NBC was a close third. Fox was well back in fourth.

Monday had NBC on top in adults 18-49 and total viewers. But starting with ABC, as Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars - The Finals is on hiatus til March, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - Holidays is airing 8-10pm this December. 8pm hour did 4.23 million but just a 0.9 18-49 rating, down four tenths in 18-49 from previous week's first airing, which was at 9pm. Part two followed at 9 with 4.61 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week's second airing, which was at 10pm. A new holiday episode of Castle followed at 10pm and built from its poor lead-in doing 8.5 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating for a season low.  For NBC, they were first place with a two-hour The Voice doing 12.11 million and a night best 3.9 18-49 rating, but down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. The holiday special Blake Shelton Christmas followed with 8.88 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, down just two tenths in 18-49 from previous week's fall finale of Revolution. That show 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 8.26 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 from the previous week. A repeat of 2 Broke Girls followed and did 6.72 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, but down a full point in 18-49 from previous week's repeat of Big Bang. A new 2 Broke Girls followed with 10.17 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating, which is down six tenths in 18-49 from previous week as the lead-in was lower this week. Next, a new Mike & Molly garnered 10.23 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, which is down five tenths in 18-49 from the previous week. A new Hawaii Five-0 at 10pm did 9.32 million and a 2.3 18-49, on par in 18-49 week-to-week. Fox was next with a new Bones doing 7.29 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down five tenths in 18-49 from previous week.  A new episode of dud The Mob Doctor did only 3.26 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, down three 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 990,000 viewers and a 0.5 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 with previous week. And a new Gossip Girl followed with just 790,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating, which is horrendous and down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week.

On Tuesday, it was CBS with the win in total viewers and 18-49. The annual airing of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer aired at 8 instead of NCIS and did 10.11 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, which seems below normal. Next a repeat of NCIS preempted NCIS: Los Angeles and did 11.06 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating. And finally at 10pm, the annual Victoria Secret Fashion Show aired instead of Vegas and did 9.48 million and a 3.6 18-49 rating, down from last season but still easily winning its hour, doubling ABC and NBC combined. Onto ABC, at 8pm a special Shark Tank holiday event did a solid 6.89 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, which is just about what it was doing in the 8pm hour on Fridays, and not bad against heavy competition. It could even do better at 9, if it were to air here on Tuesdays. At 9pm a new Happy Endings did 3.37 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, losing to competing comedies on NBC and Fox. At 9:30pm a new Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 did a similar 2.98 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating. Too much comedy in the Tuesday 9-10pm hour. At 10, Private Practice did 4.42 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating. NBC started off with The Voice doing 11.52 million and a 3.5 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. At 9pm, new comedy Go On did 6.67 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. Quietly winning lately against the Fox comedy. A new episode of The New Normal followed with 4.55 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, on par 18-49 with previous week. A new Parenthood at 10pm did 4.98 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, also on par in 18-49 with previous week. Fox had its comedies with a new Raising Hope doing 3.66 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, down four tenths in 18-49 from previous week for a season low. A new episode of Ben and Kate followed with only 2.6 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, back down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. A new New Girl was up next with 4.1 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, back down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Needs to do better as it lost to NBC's competing comedy again. And finally a new The Mindy Project did just 2.68 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, back down 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 1.6 million and a 0.5 18-49 rating, again on par in 18-49 with previous week. New series Emily Owens MD, which is now canned, followed with 1.41 million and a 0.4 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week.

Wednesday had Fox with the edge in 18-49 once again, while ABC and CBS had a mix of new and repeat. First, CBS started the night off with a new episode of Survivor: Philippines at 10.64 million and a 2.9 18-49, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Veteran drama Criminal Minds followed at 9 with a new episode doing 11.33 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. At 10, CSI was preempted for the annual Grammy Nominations Concert and did 5.41 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, much lower than usual in this hour. ABC kicked off the night with a new holiday episode airing of The Middle doing 7.98 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating after a couple weeks off. At 8:30pm a new Christmas episode of The Neighbors did 6.42 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating. At 9pm, a repeat of Modern Family did 8.36 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, which is great for a repeat. A excellent new Christmas episode of Suburgatory followed with 6.09 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. At 10pm, the fall finale of Nashville did 5.95 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. What a great show that will win a lot of awards this coming season. On Fox, a new two-hour The X Factor did 8.25 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week and good enough to win the night. Onto NBC, Whitney was all-new at 8 and did just 3.92 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating. At 8:30, Guys with Kids was new too doing 3.59 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating. At 9, a new Law & Order: SVU did 6.15 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating. At 10pm, a new Chicago Fire did a solid 7.21 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, thanks to no CBS crime drama at 10 most likely. The CW aired a new episode of Arrow and did great with 3.35 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, but down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. At 9, a new Supernatural posted 2.06 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, which is up a tenth in 18-49 week-to-week.

On Thursday, CBS took the night in both 18-49 and total viewers. Starting with ABC, a new Last Resort did 5.44 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week's series low. What an episode it was. A new Grey's Anatomy followed at 9pm and did 9.1 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week but solid as usual and great for a show in season nine. At 10pm, another electrifying episode of Scanal did a series high 7.39 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, up three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Can it go higher this week as everyone was going crazy at the end of the episode when we saw the reveal of #WhoShotFitz? CBS had a night of new episodes. They opened with a new The Big Bang Theory doing 16.94 million and a 5.2 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week but a clear #1 for scripted TV for the week. A new Two and a Half Men was up next with 13.5 million and a 4.0 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 with previous week and solid as usual. At 9pm, a new Person of Interest followed with 14.18 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, which is on par in 18-49 with previous week. At 10pm, a new Elementary closed the night with 10.31 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week and had to settle for second place. Fox had The X Factor start the night with 7.84 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, which is down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Then at 9 a new Glee did 5.43 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, which isn't that good for this show but on par with previous week in 18-49. NBC had another dreadful Thursday. A new 30 Rock did 3.22 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating at 8pm, down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week for a series low. At 8:30pm, a new Up All Night was worse with 2.92 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, but on par in 18-49 with previous week. Switching to multi-camera will make this show do even lower, I think.  At 9, a new The Office did bad with 4.16 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, but two tenths in 18-49 better than previous week's series low. At 9:30, a new Parks & Recreation did horrible with 3.27 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, but up a tenth in 18-49 week-to-week. And it got worse at 10pm with a new Rock Center with Brian Williams doing just 3.58 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week, though. The CW's big gun Vampire Diaries was new and did 2.42 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. New series Beauty and the Beast also was new and did 1.41 million and a 0.5 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week.

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available, but NBC sneaked out a win in 18-49. A new Last Man Standing was second in its half hour at 8pm on ABC and Malibu Country was solid, but CBS took the hour again with Undercover Boss. A repeat of the surging Shark Tank at 9pm beat a new CSI: NY again. NBC was solid with SNL Christmas encore from 8-10pm, and winning the 9pm hour, propelling Dateline to a win at 10pm. At 10pm, ABC's 20/20 dropped to third this week, losing to NBC and CBS.
Saturday belonged to Fox with their coverage of the UFC fight. CBS followed with holiday specials and 48 Hours, and the ABC movie and NBC awards special were way behind.

Tonight ABC Sunday has a new AFV as Once Upon a Time, Revenge and 666 Park Avenue are on hiatus so ABC has Prep & Landing specials at 8 and the new Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie: Christmas with Holly from 9-11pm. ABC could sneak out a third place finish, but likely fourth. NBC will be #1 with the NFL matchup between the Packers and the struggling Lions. CBS is also all-new tonight with 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race and The Mentalist. Good Wife is preempted as Amazing Race is a two-hour season finale. Likely a third place finish. Fox's animation block has new episodes from 8-10pm that will follow NFL action, so they will be boosted to second place.

As for the week (week 11), NBC and CBS will battle for first in 18-49, but NBC should have no problems taking it after the NFL tonight. Fox will be close as they have the NFL overrun tonight. ABC should be third in HH/viewers but might be fourth in 18-49. As for the coming week (week 12), we still have a lot of new episodes across the networks, including two new episodes of 2 Broke Girls, ABC Comedy Wednesday, the addicting Scandal following Bailey's wedding on Grey's Anatomy, and a new Big Bang Theory Christmas episode.


Week 11 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Week 10 -- Nov. 26-Dec. 2)
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - A repeat at 8 did 4.38 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, which is decent for a repeat.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - A new episode at 7:30pm did only 3.37 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating. Not good.
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox) - A new episode at 8:30pm did 3.97 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 week-to-week. Yes, lead-in was a repeat but still this show could be better. A repeat earlier in the night at 7 did only 1.78 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A repeat episode at 9 did 4.28 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating. This show used to even repeat better.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - A new episode did 4.25 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, but at least it built on its repeat lead-in, unlike Bob's Burgers.
Monday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A new episode did 8.26 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, which is down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - repeats tomorrow night.
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - 10.17 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating is down six tenths in 18-49 from previous week. A repeat leading in at 8:30pm did 6.72 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, which is down a full point in 18-49 from previous week's Big Bang repeat in the time period.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - A new episode did 10.23 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, which is down five tenths in 18-49 from previous week. 
Tuesday Sitcoms
  • Raising Hope (Fox) - A new episode did 3.66 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, which is down four tenths in 18-49 week-to-week for a season low.
  • Ben and Kate (Fox) - A new episode did only 2.6 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week.
  • New Girl (Fox) - A new episode did a below normal 4.1 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, back down three tenths in 18-49 week-to-week, tying a season low and losing to the competing NBC comedy again.
  • Go On (NBC) - A new episode did 6.67 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, beating the Fox comedy in 18-49 for the third straight week despite being down a tenth in 18-49 week-to-week.
  • Happy Endings (ABC) - A new episode at 9 did 3.37 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating. Up from its last new airing two weeks prior.
  • The Mindy Project (Fox) - The dud did only 2.68 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 week-to-week tying a series low 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 again with 4.55 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 week-to-week. Still not too good, but it still beat Fox's comedy.
  • Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (ABC) - A new episode at 9:30pm did 2.98 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, which is up from its last new airing two weeks prior. So many comedies Tuesdays 9-10pm that everything is getting lost in the (live+SD) ratings. 
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - A new episode at 8 did 7.98 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, solid but a bit below normal thanks to not airing for a few weeks.
  • Whitney (NBC) - A new episode did 3.92 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, which is not good.
  • The Neighbors (ABC) - A new episode was consistent as usual with 6.42 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating.
  • Guys with Kids (NBC) - A new episode did 3.59 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, which is not that great but could be worse.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A repeat, surrounded by new airings, did 8.36 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating. Very good for a repeat. New episode this Wednesday!
  • Suburgatory (ABC) - A new episode did 6.09 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week as its lead-in was a repeat.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - At 8pm, a new showing did 16.94 million and a 5.2 18-49 rating, which is down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week, but still #1 for all entertainment series.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A new episode did 13.5 million and a 4.0 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 from previous week despite the lead-in dropping some.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - Yikes a new episode did just 3.22 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week for a series low. The series finale airs Jan. 31. Time to end it indeed.
  • Up All Night (NBC) - Just 2.92 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating for this sophomore comedy, this was on par in 18-49 with previous week.
  • The Office (NBC) - Season nine was a mistake as this show did just 4.16 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, but up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - A new episode did just 3.27 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week.
Friday Sitcoms
  • Last Man Standing (ABC) - Week six did a preliminary 6.57 million and a prelim 1.4 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week's prelim ratings. Still good enough, as it almost won its half-hour.
  • Malibu Country (ABC) - The sixth episode of this new comedy did a preliminary 6.08 million and a prelim 1.4 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week's prelim ratings. It's still doing good enough for Fridays.
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, Two and a Half Men, 2 Broke Girls, Mike &Molly, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as Suburgatory, Go On) or just plain terrible (such as 30 Rock, Up All Night, Ben & Kate, Mindy Project).


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

Friday, October 24

Last Man Standing - "School Merger" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Mike and Chuck debate the merits of a local ballot measure merging their upscale neighborhood high school with one in the inner city. For Halloween, Ryan dresses up Boyd as a lump of coal – another reminder to Vanessa how her job as a geologist may be hurting the environment.

Cristela - "Mr. Felix and Ms. Daniela" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
After Daniela’s friend mistakes Cristela for the nanny, tensions flare between the two sisters and surprisingly it is Felix who brings them back together. Meanwhile, Alberto tries to get closer to Cristela in an unexpected way.

Complete TV Listings


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

Friday, October 24

  • Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld) - Watch Jerry on a repeat of The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program) - Sarah appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • John Mulaney (Mulaney) - John is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Melissa appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother/Stark Raving Mad/Doogie Howser, M.D.) - Neil discusses his new autobiography on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Sean Hayes (The Millers/Sean Saves the World/Will & Grace) - Sean visits The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Amy Yasbeck (Wings) - Amy talks about the legacy of her late husband, John Ritter, and the foundation created in his honor on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Suzanne Somers (Three's Company/Step by Step) - Suzanne chats on The Better Show, so check your local listings.
  • Analeigh Tipton (Manattan Love Story) - Analeigh is a guest on The Better Show, so check your local listings.
  • John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun/Twenty Good Years) - John talks A Delicate Balance on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Jenny Slate (Married/Parks and Recreation) - Jenny chats about her book (Marcel the Shell: The Most Surprised I've Ever Been) on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Laurence Fisburne (black-ish) - Laurence appears on The Queen Latifah Show on your local station or at 2am on BET.