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 (December/January)

American Dad! - Volume 11 Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One

12/06 - Family Guy - Season Fourteen
12/13 - American Dad! - Volume 11
12/13 - Newhart - The Complete Seventh 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
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, January 18

Fresh Off the Boat - "Clean Slate" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
On the eve of Chinese New Year, Jessica pushes the entire family to settle all debts, disputes and grudges to ensure good fortune for the coming year. Unsure if she can contain her temper for the remainder of the day, Jessica enlists Emery to makes sure she keeps her cool. Meanwhile, Louis and Evan go on a wild goose chase to hunt down some hate mail, and Eddie is forced to entertain his super lame cousin.

Speechless - " S-I-- SICK D-A-- DAY" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Maya gets sick, Jimmy is forced to be the mom of the house, and Dylan becomes Kenneth’s replacement for JJ when Kenneth also gets sick. Jimmy ends up doing well with Maya’s normal duties, but he tries to keep it from her to avoid her feeling bad. Meanwhile, JJ protects Dylan from a boy she’s interested in. And despite its illness, the family bands together and pulls an all-nighter to finish Ray’s school project.

Modern Family - "Halloween 4: The Revenge of Rod Skyhook" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Luke’s Halloween party isn’t the monster bash he dreamed of and is at risk of having the worst party of the year. Sensing trouble, the rest of the Dunphy’s realize all his party needs is a visit from Rod Skyhook, a little promotion and some adult supervision to get it started. Meanwhile at the Tucker-Pritchett home, Cam faces off with his Halloween nemesis while Lily and Mitchell try to save the day and work to keep him from going to the darkside. Finally, when Jay finds out that Manny is going to a party at the home of an old enemy, he enlists him to deliver a trick he will never forget.

black-ish - "Good Dre Hunting" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Bow convinces a begrudging Dre to try therapy, and he learns how to cope with his anger issues. Meanwhile, Johan becomes a life coach to the kids.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "Old Lady House: A Situation Comedy" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Charlie thinks Mac's mom is holding his mom hostage so the gang installs spy cameras in their house to monitor what's going on. What they end up discovering is the moms are quite entertaining once Dennis makes some quick edits and adds a laugh track to the surveillance footage. Dee wants in on the new hit show and Frank becomes obsessed with banging Charlie's mom now that he's seen her on TV.

Man Seeking Woman - "Horse" (FXX, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Lucy attempts to forge a relationship with Josh's best friend Mike.

Schitt's Creek - "The Throuple" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
David and Stevie try to come to terms with their new relationship; Alexis and Moira plan a mother/daughter lunch.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 16)

Wednesday, January 18

  • Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Watch Wendi on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Nick visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He also talks about The Founder on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Louie Anderson (Baskets/Life with Louie/The Louie Show) - Louie appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Michael Keaton (Working Stiffs/All's Fair) - Michael is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Woody Harrelson (Cheers) - Woody stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) - Eric appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Ted Danson (The Good Place/Becker/Cheers) - Ted visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Judah Friedlander (30 Rock) - Judah is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother/Stark Raving Mad/Doogie Howser, M.D.) and B.J. Novak (The Office) - Neil and B.J. are guests on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo. Neil can also be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM at 10:20am.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry and his wife Rebecca Romijn chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Christian Slater (Breaking In) - Christian guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Matt LeBlanc (Man with a Plan/Episodes/Friends) - Matt appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Patrick Warburton (Crowded/Rules of Engagement/Less Than Perfect) - Patrick is a guest on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Kirstie Alley (Cheers/Veronica's Closet/Kirstie) - Kirstie dishes about the new season of Scream Queens and her weight loss with Jenny Craig on The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.