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).


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, October 16

The Conners - "Keep on Truckin'" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
A sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before.

The Kids Are Alright - "Pilot" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Lawrence, the prodigal eldest Cleary son, returns home from the seminary and breaks the news to his family that he’s dropping out for good, leaving Mike and Peggy upset and wondering why. Meanwhile, Timmy decides he wants to audition for a children’s theatre production but when Peggy finds out where it’s being held she forbids him from participating. Elsewhere, Eddie tries to keep his girlfriend a secret after Frank finds out and tries to blackmail him.

black-ish - "Gap Year" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
After dropping Junior off at college, Dre and Bow are beside themselves when they find him back at home announcing his decision to take a gap year. Meanwhile, Jack and Diane begin to question whether they should still be sharing a room.

Splitting Up Together - "Sign Language" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
The morning after Lena and Martin sleep together, Lena searches for signs that they are or aren’t meant to be a couple. Their relationship is put to the test after she organizes a romantic beach getaway and it becomes apparent what’s meant to be. Meanwhile, Arthur and Camille trail Lisa Apple, hoping to determine if she is pregnant with Martin’s baby. Elsewhere, Maya struggles to decide if she should tell her new boyfriend, Frank, about her pregnancy.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 15)

Tuesday, October 16

  • John Krasinski (The Office) - Catch John on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Kevin appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) - Eric is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Kathryn Hahn (I Love Dick/Happyish/Transparent/Free Agents) - Kathryn stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS. She will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) - Melissa drops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm. She also talks about Can You Ever Forgive Me? on the BUILD Series at 12pm.
  • Jane Curtin (3rd Rock from the Sun/Kate & Allie) - Jane visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Laurence Fishburne (black-ish) - Laurence chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Nathan Fillion (Two Guys and a Girl) - Nathan talks about The Rookie on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Katy Mixon (American Housewife/Mike & Molly) - Katy is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Sara Gilbert (The Conners/Roseanne/Bad Teacher/The Big Bang Theory and John Goodman (The Connners/Roseanne/The Trouble in Normal, Ohio) - Sara and John are guests on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • John Leguizamo (The Brothers Garcia) - John appears on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm.
  • Heather Dubrow (Stark Raving Mad) - Heather is a guest on People Now at 12pm.
  • Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House/Full House) - Candace visits NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Fran Drescher (Happily Divorced/The Nanny/Living with Fran) - Fran talks about hosting Cancer Scchmancer's Master Class Health Summit on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
  • Analeigh Tipton (Manhattan Love Story) - Analeigh talks about her movie Better Start Running on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (September/October)

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season Step by Step - The Complete Second Season Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season

09/04 - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - The Complete Season 12
09/04 - Mom - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Superstore - Season Three
09/04 - Young Sheldon - The Complete First Season
09/11 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season (Blu-ray)
09/11 - The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - People of Earth - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - Community - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
09/18 - Step by Step - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - You're the Worst - The Complete Fourth Season
09/25 - Blondie - The Complete 1957 Television Series
09/25 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season
10/02 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season
10/02 - The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One / Volume Two
10/02 - Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection
10/16 - Police Squad! - TV and Movie Collection
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