Sunday, December 30, 2012

Week 14 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

2012-13 Week 14 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thu): 

Households: #1. CBS 4.77/8.67 (rating/share); #2. ABC 2.38/4.33; #3. NBC 2.29/4.16; #4. Fox 0.99/1.77; #5. The CW 0.62/1.12
Total Viewers: #1. CBS 7.55 million; #2. ABC 4.14 million; #3. NBC 3.86 million; #4. Fox 1.62 million; #5. The CW 0.98 million.
Adults 18-49: #1. CBS 1.48/4.57 (rating/share); #2. ABC 1.27/3.93; #3. NBC 1.09/3.37; #4. Fox 0.63/1.96; #5. The CW 0.3/0.94

Week 14 (Dec. 24-30) Analysis: This week is the slowest week of the TV season as it is Christmas week. Everyone is in repeats and basically no one is watching TV. As with previous week, we have ratings in two decimal points as of Dec. 17, so we can further see how shows do. We hope to bring this to you every week! Through the final first four night averages CBS has the lead in HH/total viewers and adults 18-49 but with a very low number. ABC is a few tenths behind for second place in 18-49, and is a distant second in HH/viewers. NBC is in third, just a bit behind ABC but Fox is way back in fourth as comedy repeats all week did not deliver. When the week is done, NBC will come back and take the week in both HH/viewers and 18-49 since they have a huge NFL game tonight. More on that later. As for last week, week 13, NBC took home first in adults 18-49, about five tenths higher than second place Fox. And CBS and ABC were well back. Among total viewers, NBC sneaked a win for that crown as well, while CBS had to settle for second. Fox was a distant third and ABC was way back in fourth.

Monday saw NBC win a slow night on Christmas Eve. But starting with ABC, another airing of the holiday special Prep & Landing at 8 did 3.37 million and a 0.91 18-49 rating. At 8:30pm, another airing of the special Shrek the Halls with 3.33 million and a 1.01 18-49 rating. From 9-11pm ABC aired the movie Shrek the Halls, as Castle was preempted, and did 3.35 million and a 1.05 18-49 rating.  For NBC, they had the annual Christmas Eve airing of It's a Wonderful Life from 8-11pm and did 5.62 million and a 1.54 18-49 rating, good enough to win the night. CBS started with repeats of its comedies, as a repeat of How I Met Your Mother did 3.28 million and a 0.90 18-49 rating, while a second repeat at 8:30pm did 3.23 million and a 0.96 18-49 rating.  A repeat of 2 Broke Girls followed with 4.32 million and a 1.20 18-49 rating. Next, a repeat of Mike & Molly did 4.53 million and a 1.21 18-49 rating, which built from its lead-in, which is a good sign. A repeat of drama Hawaii Five-0 at 10pm did 4.75 million and a 0.99 18-49 rating. Fox preempted Bones and dud The Mob Doctor for a Raising Hope marathon. The 8pm repeat did 1.85 million and just a 0.67 18-49 rating. At 8:30pm the repeat did worse with 1.39 million and a 0.50 18-49 rating. At 9pm, the repeat delivered 1.54 million and a 0.55 18-49 rating and the last repeat at 9:30pm did 1.73 million and a 0.60 18-49 rating. The CW preempted 90210 and Gossip Girl as the special Christmas Is Here Again at 8pm did 0.73 million and a 0.26 18-49 rating. And at 9:30pm the special Second Star to the Left did 0.61 million and a 0.18 18-49 rating. 

On Tuesday, it was ABC with the win in 18-49 thanks to an NBA game bleeding into primetime. First for CBS, which took the total viewer crown, a repeat of NCIS aired at 8 and did 9.84 million and a 1.44 18-49 rating. Next a repeat of NCIS: Los Angeles at 9 did 8.62 million and a 1.45 18-49 rating, which built slightly in 18-49 over its lead-in. And finally at 10pm, a repeat of freshman Vegas did 5.98 million and only a 1.07 18-49 rating. Onto ABC, at 8pm the NBA Christmas Game #2 Thunder at Heat went long and aired into 8:40pm ET. The game overall from about 5:46-8:40pm ET did 9.63 million and a 3.57 18-49 rating. At 8:40pm ET, the holiday classic special How the Grinch Stole Christmas did a solid 5.09 million and a 1.84 18-49 rating. And then the Jim Carrey movie of the same name from 9:10-11:40pm ET did 4.65 million and a 1.74 18-49 rating. Happy Endings, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 and Private Practice were preempted. NBC started off with the movie Horton Hears a Who from 8-10pm and did 3.13 million and a 1.05 18-49 rating. At 10pm, another encore of the special Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas did 2.47 million and a 0.66 18-49 rating. New comedies Go On and The New Normal were preempted as was drama Parenthood at 10pm. Fox preempted its comedy block of Raising Hope, Ben and Kate, New Girl and The Mindy Project for a four episode marathon of New Girl. The 8pm repeat did 1.87 million and a 0.69 18-49 rating. Then the 8:30pm repeat did 1.47 million and a 0.58 18-49 rating. At 9pm, the repeat did 1.52 million and a 0.56 18-49 rating, and the final repeat at 9:30pm did 1.76 million and jumped a bit to a 0.70 18-49 rating. The CW aired a repeat of Hart of Dixie at 8 and did 0.7 million and a 0.20 18-49 rating, while a repeat of new series Emily Owens MD at 9 did 0.68 million and only a 0.14 18-49 rating.

Wednesday had CBS win in 18-49 on a very slow night on the day after Christmas. CBS started the night off with a repeat of Criminal Minds at a special time of 8pm doing 8.56 million and a 1.73 18-49 rating. From 9-11pm, CBS aired its annual Kennedy Center Honors special and did 8.18 million but just a 1.38 18-49 rating.  CSI was preempted. ABC kicked off the night with a repeat of The Middle doing 4.54 million and a 1.03 18-49 rating, down about three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. At 8:30pm a repeat of The Neighbors did 4.12 million and a 0.97 18-49 rating, down less than a tenth in 18-49 week-to-week. At 9pm, a repeat of Modern Family did the best of the block with 5.45 million and a 1.70 18-49 rating, which is decent for a repeat and down just about a tenth in 18-49 from previous week.  Suburgatory followed at 9:30pm with 3.64 million and a 1.13 18-49 rating. At 10pm, Nashville was a repeat and did 2.65 million and a 0.65 18-49 rating, as the series will have a special recap episode this Wednesday before it returns the following week (Jan. 9) with new episodes. On Fox, a four-episode marathon of Ben & Kate didn't do much, like the previous two nights of comedy marathons.  At 8pm, the repeat did 1.88 million and a 0.73 18-49 rating, the best it did on the night. 8:30pm repeat dropped to 1.41 million and a 0.66 18-49 rating. At 9pm, the repeat did 1.23 million and a 0.58 18-49 rating, dropping again from the previous half-hour. At 9:30pm, it actually went up a bit to 1.37 million and a 0.65 18-49 rating. Onto NBC a repeat of Whitney started it off at 8pm with 3.43 million and a 0.93 18-49 rating, second among the comedies in the half-hour. At 8:30pm, a repeat of Guys with Kids did 2.88 million and a 0.89 18-49 rating.  Law & Order: SVU followed at 9pm with a repeat that did 5.49 million and a 1.33 18-49 rating, which is OK. At 10pm, a repeat of Chicago Fire did 4.2 million and a 1.11 18-49 rating. The CW aired a repeat of its new hit Arrow and did 1.85 million and a 0.44 18-49 rating, which is good for this network for a repeat. At 9pm, a repeat of Supernatural did 1.26 million and a 0.41 18-49 rating, also solid for a repeat on this network.

On Thursday, CBS took the night in both 18-49 and total viewers with solid repeat performances. Starting with ABC, the special Happy New Year, Charlie Brown did 4.64 million and a 1.24 18-49 rating, up from last season's performance. At 9pm, a repeat of Grey's Anatomy did 3.23 million and a 0.79 18-49 rating. At 10pm, a repeat of the surging Scandal did 2.88 million and a 0.67 18-49 rating. CBS had a night of repeats. They opened with a repeat of The Big Bang Theory doing 12.01 million and a 3.29 18-49 rating, which is amazing for a repeat and up over four tenths in 18-49 from previous week. A repeat of Two and a Half Men was up next with 8.62 million and a 2.21 18-49 rating, also solid but down less than a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. At 9pm, a repeat of Person of Interest followed with 10.33 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, which is still old skewing but up a little over two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. At 10pm, a repeat of freshman Elementary closed the night with 8.06 million and a 1.56 18-49 rating, also up a little over two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Fox had its fourth night of a comedy marathon, this time we had repeats of freshman comedy The Mindy Project. The 8pm repeat did 1.99 million and a 0.69 18-49 rating, just beating the competing NBC comedy. At 8:30pm, it did worse with 1.6 million and a 0.63 18-49 rating losing to the competing NBC comedy. 9pm also dropped a bit with 1.57 million and a 0.62 18-49 rating. Like the other comedies, it went up a bit at 9:30pm with 1.66 million and a 0.69 18-49 rating, but lost to the competing NBC sitcom. NBC aired repeats of its comedies, as a repeat of 30 Rock did just 2.52 million and a 0.67 18-49 rating. At 8:30pm, a repeat of Up All Night did 2.22 million and a 0.78 18-49 rating. At 9, The Office had a repeat that did 2.16 million and a 0.86 18-49 rating, which was down over a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. A repeat of Parks & Recreation followed at 9:30pm doing 1.94 million and a 0.74 18-49 rating, down less than a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. Still awful. And it got worse at 10pm with a repeat (why, oh why?) of Rock Center with Brian Williams doing just 3.44 million and a 0.88 18-49 rating, but up about a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. The CW's big gun Vampire Diaries was a repeat and did 1.01 million and a 0.42 18-49 rating, up about a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. New series Beauty and the Beast also was a repeat and did 0.91 million and a 0.34 18-49 rating, about on par in 18-49 from previous week.

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available, but NBC took home first in 18-49. A repeat of Shark Tank at a special time was first with adults 18-49 at 8pm on ABC, beating CBS' Undercover Boss. ABC was second at 9pm for part two of Back to the Beginning from 9-11pm. From 9-11pm Dateline was #1 easily, as ABC preempted 20/20. Fringe was preempted on Fox.
Saturday had Fox take the night in 18-49 on a very slow night. Fox was highlighted by Cops. CBS struggled with Made in Jersey burn-off episodes again but came back to first at 10pm with 48 Hours. ABC went with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire from 8-110pm and was second place.  NBC went with Chicago Fire from 8-10pm and didn't do that great but Law & Order: SVU went up a bit at 10.

Tonight ABC Sunday is preempted from 8-11pm, but a repeat of AFV airs at 7, as Once Upon a Time, Revenge and Happy Endings/Apt. 23 return next week. Look for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix starting at 8pm. ABC will be fourth. NBC will be #1 with the NFL matchup between the Redskins and Cowboys that will do huge and propel NBC to a weekly win after a horrible week. CBS is in repeat mode following 60 Minutes with repeats of NCIS, The Good Wife & The Mentatlist for likely a third place finish because it will have an NFL overrun. Fox's animation block is in repeats from 8-10pm following an NFL overrun that will hand them second place on the night.

As for the week (week 14), NBC will take first in 18-49 thanks to the game tonight, with CBS coming in second place over Fox and ABC.  For total viewers, it should be NBC on top here as well thanks to the game tonight, then likely CBS, and Fox and ABC way back. As for the coming week (week 15), New Year's Eve is tomorrow night so ABC will do big. New episodes start to return starting Thursday, so be on the look out!


Week 14 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Week 13 -- Dec. 17-23)
  • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 airings - A repeat at 8 did 5.54 million and a 2.37 18-49 rating following NFL action. A second repeat followed with 4.89 million and a 2.07 18-49 rating.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - preempted.
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox) - preempted.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A new episode (which was pulled the previous week due to the Newtown tragedy) at 9 did 5.49 million and a 2.54 18-49 rating, which is just OK.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - A new airing at 9:30pm did 4.21 million and a 1.96 18-49 rating.
Monday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 2 airings - A repeat at 8 did 3.28 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, followed by a second repeat at 8:30pm which did 3.23 million and a 0.96 18-49 rating on Christmas Eve.
  • Raising Hope (Fox) 4 airings - A Christmas Eve marathon of this sitcom didn't do much from 8-10pm averaging 1.63 million and a 0.58 18-49 rating.
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - A repeat at 9 did 4.32 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - A repeat at 9:30pm did 4.53 million and a 1.21 18-49 rating, which built from its lead-in in both measures. 
Tuesday Sitcoms
  • Raising Hope (Fox) - preempted.
  • Ben and Kate (Fox) - preempted.
  • New Girl (Fox) 4 airings - A Christmas Day marathon of this sitcom did just 1.65 million and a 0.64 18-49 rating.
  • Go On (NBC) - preempted.
  • Happy Endings (ABC) - preempted
  • The Mindy Project (Fox) - preempted.
  • The New Normal (NBC) - preempted.
  • Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (ABC) -preempted. 
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - A repeat at 8 did 4.54 million and a 1.03 18-49 rating, which is down little less than three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Still beat the competing comedies in its half-hour.
  • Whitney (NBC) - A repeat at 8 did 3.43 million and a 0.93 18-49 rating, which could be better.
  • Ben & Kate (Fox) 4 airings - A marathon of repeats didn't do much doing 1.47 million and a 0.65 18-49 rating from 8-10pm.
  • The Neighbors (ABC) - A repeat of this new comedy did 4.12 million and a 0.97 18-49 rating, which was only down less than a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. It beat the other competing comedies in its half-hour.
  • Guys with Kids (NBC) - At 8:30pm, a repeat of this series did just 2.88 million and a 0.89 18-49 rating, losing some of its lead-in's numbers.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A repeat at 9 did 5.45 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating. Not bad for a repeat and down just a tenth or so in 18-49 from previous week.
  • Suburgatory (ABC) - A repeat at 9:30pm did 3.64 million and a 1.13 18-49 rating.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - At 8pm, a repeat did 12.01 million and a 3.29 18-49 rating, wow. That's up about four tenths in 18-49 from previous week and besides a few sitcoms like Modern Family, 2 Broke Girls, and the inflated lead-out Two and a Half Men, this is better than a new episode of sitcoms.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A repeat did 8.62 million and a 2.21 18-49 rating, which is down about a tenth in 18-49 from previous week's repeat.
  • The Mindy Project (Fox) 4 airings - A four episode marathon from 8-10pm averaged only 1.71 million and a 0.66 18-49 rating.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - A repeat at 8 only mustered 2.52 million and a 0.67 18-49 rating.
  • Up All Night (NBC) - A repeat of this dud did only 2.22 million but jumped up a bit from its lead-in in 18-49 with a 0.78 18-49 rating.
  • The Office (NBC) - A repeat did 2.16 million and a 0.83 18-49 rating, not good and down about two tenths in 18-49 week-to-week.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - A repeat did 1.94 million and a 0.74 18-49 rating, down less than a tenth in 18-49 from previous week.
Friday Sitcoms
  • Last Man Standing (ABC) - preempted.
  • Malibu Country (ABC) - preempted.
  • Go On (NBC) 2 airings -  2 repeats didn't do much with a prelim 2.95 million and a prelim 0.8 18-49 rating. A second repeat did a prelim 2.68 million and a prelim 0.9 18-49 rating.
Saturday Sitcoms
  • None
Airing tonight (Sunday) are repeats of Fox Animation Domination comedies from 8-10pm following NFL action.

Summing it up. The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Modern Family were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as Suburgatory, 2 Broke Girls) or just plain terrible (such as New Girl, Mindy Project, Ben & Kate, Raising Hope, 30 Rock).


New on DVD/Blu-ray (January/February)

I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek) Fuller House - The Complete First Season

01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One / Review
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two / Review
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
02/07 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Sabrina Down Under
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 1 - School's Cool - Boy Crazy
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 2 - About a Family - Hangin' Out
02/07 - 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek)
02/07 - Vice Principals - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
02/14 - Beavis and Butt-Head - The Complete Collection
02/14 - Grace and Frankie - Season Two
02/28 - Fuller House - The Complete First Season
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, February 19

Son of Zorn - "The Quest for Craig" (Fox, 7:00M ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Craig runs off to get some perspective on his relationship with Edie, a road trip ensues to bring him back. Meanwhile, Alan’s Zephyrian legs actually make him popular at school, but his desperation to fit in seriously puts off his lady.

The Simpsons - "Trust but Clarify" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Lisa and Bart investigate Krusty’s suspicious new “Krustaceans” candy. Meanwhile, Homer wants a promotion at the nuclear plant and asks Marge to help him dress the part, and news anchor Kent Brockman struggles to find his feet in the changing media world.

The Simpsons - "The Cad and the Hat" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Bart betrays Lisa, he has to deal with his guilt – literally. Meanwhile, Springfield is in awe when Homer is revealed to be a chess savant.

Son of Zorn - "All Hail Son of Zorn" (Fox, 8:30M ET/PT)
Seeing an opportunity to get Linda’s old job back, Zorn increases Sanitation Solutions’ business by tapping into the Zephyrian market. Alan tries to win Layla back by becoming Prom King – with Zorn’s help.

Family Guy - "The Finer Strings" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The guys decide to form a string quartet, but Peter doesn’t make the cut. Meanwhile, Brian is forced to be Carter’s seeing eye dog and enjoys the life of luxury a little too much.

Bob's Burgers - "There's No Business Like Mr. Business Business" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Gayle’s (guest star Megan Mullally) cat, Mr. Business, secures pet agent Ian Amberson (guest star John Oliver), Bob finds out that Linda may have been helping to fund the cat’s career. Ever the skeptic, Bob is prepared to shut it down, but learns that Mr. Business could be on the verge of his big break.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 20)

Sunday, February 19

  • Michael Rapaport (The War at Home) - Catch Michael on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
Monday, February 20
  • Jason Jones (The Detour) - Watch Jason on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Norm Macdonald (The Norm Show/A Minute with Stan Hooper) - Norm is a guest on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Keke Palmer (Scream Queens/True Jackson, VP) - Keke appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - NeNe guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Mike Farrell, Loretta Swit and Jamie Farr (M*A*S*H) - Mike, Loretta and Jamie are guests on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Anne-Marie Johnson (What's Happening Now!!) - Anne-Marie discusses diversity at the Oscars on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) - Adam joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Rosie Perez (Search Party) - Rosie is a guest on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York sometime between 7-10am.
  • Regina Hall (Grandfathered) - Regina appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Louie Anderson (Baskets/The Louie Show/Life with Louie) - Louie is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.