Sunday, January 13, 2013

Week 16 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

2012-13 Week 16 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thu): 

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Week 16 (Jan. 7-13) Analysis: The first full week of new airings for nearly every series after the holiday break was this week, but the big story was series highs for The Big Bang Theory for the second straight week. We don't have final network average for Thursday, so we we can't bring you the network first four night averages above. But we can project through the first four nights, CBS has the lead in HH/total viewers and adults 18-49 thanks to the huge Bang episode. ABC is probably a few tenths behind for second place in 18-49, and is a distant second in HH/viewers. NBC is likely in third  behind ABC in both HH/viewers  & 18-49, but Fox looks way back in fourth again. When the week is done, Fox will likely come back and take the week in 18-49 since they had the NFL playoffs in primetime last night (Saturday). Will it be enough though since Mon-Fri was so low? And CBS had an unexpected 50 minute overrun last night for NFL as well. It'll be close. More on that later. As for last week, week 15, NBC took home first in adults 18-49 after coming back big with a huge Saturday Night NFL Playoff game (that did 30.28 million and a 10.53 18-49 rating), just getting by second place Fox, which got a great overrun on Sunday (38.09 million and a 13.40 18-49 rating) for the late afternoon playoff game. Then CBS and ABC were well back. Among total viewers, NBC took that crown as well thanks to the game, while CBS was a very close second. Fox was a distant third and ABC was behind in fourth.

Monday saw NBC and ABC battle with reality, and both were close. Starting with ABC, the two-hour season premiere of The Bachelor from 8-10pm did 6.92 million and a 2.29 18-49 rating, which is decent and almost on par with last season's premiere. It should start building as the season goes along in a few weeks. At 10pm, Castle was all-new and did a first place 8.66 million and a solid 1.94 18-49 rating, nearly tying an NBC series premiere.  For NBC, they had part two of The Biggest Loser season premiere from 8-10pm and did 6.39 million and a 2.40 18-49 rating, which is down a bit from the previous night's first part but neck-and-neck with ABC's competing reality series. At 10pm, the series premiere of new drama Deception didn't do much for a series premiere with 5.66 million and a 2.03 18-49 rating. If it can stay in this area, it will be fine, but likely it will drop 15-20% tomorrow night, which is not good news. CBS was in repeats with its comedies, as a repeat of How I Met Your Mother did 5.15 million and a 1.54 18-49 rating, up nearly seven tenths from previous week in 18-49. A repeat of 2 Broke Girls at 8:30pm did 5.07 million and a 1.50 18-49 rating, losing some of its lead-in's numbers, which is not good.  A regular 9pm repeat of 2 Broke Girls followed with 6.07 million and a 1.82 18-49 rating, up about nine tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Next, a repeat of Mike & Molly did 5.86 million and a 1.61 18-49 rating, which is up nearly eight tenths or so in 18-49 from previous week. A repeat of drama Hawaii Five-0 at 10pm did 5.03 million and a 1.05 18-49 rating, up three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Fox aired a repeat of Bones at 8 and did 4.26 million and a 0.93 18-49 rating, which was three tenths better in 18-49 than previous week, while the finale episode of dud The Mob Doctor did 3.27 million and a 0.86 18-49 rating, losing numbers from its lead-in, but up over four tenths in 18-49 from previous week's episode. The CW preempted 90210 as a repeat of Hart of Dixie aired at 8 and did 0.79 million and a 0.34 18-49 rating.  At 9, a repeat of Beauty and the Beast on a special night did 0.68 million and a 0.22 18-49 rating, which is poor.

On Tuesday, it was CBS with an easy win as the other networks aired comedies against each other. First for CBS, a new episode of NCIS aired at 8 did 21.11 million and a 3.52 18-49 rating, for a season high in total viewers. Next a new NCIS: Los Angeles at 9 did 17.9 million and a 3.02 18-49 rating, which is also huge in total viewers, but could be better in 18-49 given the large total viewers. And finally at 10pm, a new airing of freshman Vegas did 10.92 million and only a 1.57 18-49 rating. Onto ABC, at 8pm a special repeat of Modern Family did a solid 5.76 million and a 1.69 18-49 rating, beating the competing new Fox comedy in total viewers and tying it in 18-49. A repeat of The Middle at 8:30pm beat the new Fox comedy outright with 4.86 million and a 1.51 18-49 rating. A new Happy Endings got a bit of a bump thanks to the lead-in of comedies and did 3.66 million and a 1.43 18-49 rating, which still could be better but nearly beat the NBC comedy. At 9:30pm, a new Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 didn't do well with just 3.11 million and a 1.11 18-49 rating. Private Practice was new and the first of its final three episodes doing only 4.01 million and a 1.13 18-49 rating. It should go up this week and for sure for the finale. NBC aired new episodes of Betty White's Off Their Rockers from 8-9pm. At 8pm it did 5.64 million and a 1.55 18-49 rating, losing to an ABC comedy repeat. At 8:30pm it did better with 6.15 million and a 1.85 18-49 rating. At 9pm, a new Go On did only 4.26 million and a 1.46 18-49 rating, which is a series low. At 9:30pm, The New Normal was back and did 3.23 million and a 1.29 18-49 rating, for a series low. Without The Voice as a lead-in, they tanked. At 10pm, a new episode of Parenthood did 5.3 million and a 1.94 18-49 rating, which is up nearly two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Fox aired comedies as well as a new Raising Hope at 8pm did 3.74 million and a 1.71 18-49 rating. A new Ben and Kate did horrible with 2.36 million and a 1.15 18-49 rating at 8:30pm. A new episode of New Girl followed at 9 with 3.78 million and a 2.05 18-49 rating, which is the best of the block but clearly lower than last season. At 9:30pm, a new The Mindy Project did 2.85 million and a 1.50 18-49 rating, as this is still a disappointment. The CW aired a repeat of Hart of Dixie at 8 and did 0.79 million and a 0.26 18-49 rating, down nearly a tenth in 18-49 from previous week, while a new episode of new series Emily Owens MD at 9 did 1.09 million and only a 0.26 18-49 rating, which is down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week.

Wednesday had ABC take the night in 18-49 with its comedies, while CBS took the total viewer crown. CBS started the night off with a new episode of the series of specials I Get That A Lot at 8pm doing 7.46 million and a 1.89 18-49 rating, which is no where near the numbers of earlier specials. From 9-11,  Criminal Minds and CSI were preempted for the annual People's Choice Awards and did 9.72 million and a 2.67 18-49 rating, which is up a bit from last season. Honestly, that awards show is now a joke and no longer what it used to be. ABC kicked off the night with a new episode of The Middle doing 8.39 million and a 2.42 18-49 rating, which is solid and won its timeslot easily. At 8:30pm a hilarious new episode of The Neighbors did 6.65 million and a 2.06 18-49 rating, also winning its timeslot. At 9pm, a new episode of Modern Family did the best of the block with 12.04 million and a 4.73 18-49 rating, which is great and likely could do better this week with a big episode on the way.  Suburgatory followed at 9:30pm with 6.84 million and a 2.63 18-49 rating, which is very solid and the retention is better than you think because the lead-in is heavily DVRed and watched later on in the night. At 10pm, Nashville was all-new and did 5.92 million and a 2.06 18-49 rating, which is the best it has done since the second episode. Great episode and with a Golden Globe win tonight from either Britton or Hayden, it could spike this week. On Fox, the two-hour special Stars in Danger didn't do much doing 3.33 million and a 1.31 18-49 rating, slightly better than Mobbed. Onto NBC a new Whitney started it off at 8pm with 4.11 million and a 1.42 18-49 rating, down about four tenths in 18-49 from previous week's season high. At 8:30pm, a new Guys with Kids did 3.97 million and a 1.32 18-49 rating, which was down over four tenths in 18-49 from previous week.  Law & Order: SVU followed at 9pm with a new episode as well that did 8.42 million and a 2.09 18-49 rating, which is down around a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. At 10pm, a new Chicago Fire did 8.04 million and a 2.18 18-49 rating, which is down about two and a half tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Solid, but it didn't face its main competition of CSI. The CW aired a repeat of its new hit Arrow and did 1.62 million and a 0.45 18-49 rating, which is on par in 18-49 with previous week. At 9pm, a repeat of Supernatural did 0.92 million and a 0.34 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week.

We don't have final ratings in two decimal points yet for this night. On Thursday, CBS easily took the night in both 18-49 and total viewers. Starting with ABC, a new episode of Last Resort did 5.81 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating. At 9pm, Grey's Anatomy was new and did a solid 9.34 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating. The surging Scandal at 10pm did a series best 8.37 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating,  the best 10pm ratings of the week on any network! CBS had a night of new episodes and opened with a new The Big Bang Theory doing 20.00 million and a 6.4 18-49 rating, which is amazing and another series high, up about three tenths in 18-49 week-to-week. Now it is in repeats the next two weeks. A new Two and a Half Men was up next and benefited with 14.41 million and a 4.2 18-49 rating, but oddly down three tenths or so from previous week's season high. At 9pm, a new Person of Interest followed with 15.67 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating, which is down a tenth or so from previous week's season high. At 10pm, a new airing of freshman Elementary closed the night with 11.48 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, down about two tenths in 18-49 from previous week's best number in weeks. Fox had another burn-off episode of Mobbed at 8pm airing doing 3.23 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, which was about a tenth better in 18-49 than previous week. At 9pm, a repeat of Glee did 2.02 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating. NBC aired new episodes of its comedies, as a new 30 Rock did just 3.79 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating. At 8:30pm, a special repeat of the 1600 Penn premiere did 3.96 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating. At 9, The Office was new and did 4.54 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, which is not good but better than recently. A new episode of 1600 Penn followed with only 3.86 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, as Parks & Recreation will move to 8:30pm this week. And it got worse at 10pm with a new Rock Center with Brian Williams doing just 3.77 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating. The CW's big gun Vampire Diaries and new series Beauty and the Beast were preempted for the Critics Choice Awards that did 1.88 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating.

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available, but CBS and ABC were tied for first in 18-49. New episodes of Last Man Standing and Malibu Country did solid for ABC, but CBS took the hour with Undercover Boss. ABC was back to first at 9pm with a new Shark Tank and it was #1 for the night as well. From 9-11pm Dateline did solid on NBC, growing at 10pm.  CBS had season highs for CSI: NY and Blue Bloods and ABC 20/20 did decent.  Fringe was a distant fourth for Fox at 9pm.
Saturday obviously had Fox take the night in 18-49 thanks to the NFL Playoffs, but CBS had a 50 minute overrun until 8:50pm ET that helped them a lot. CBS then did OK at 10 with 48 Hours. ABC did solid for Saturday with 2013 Miss America Pageant from 9-11pm. NBC didn't do much with repeats of Biggest Loser and Deception..

Tonight ABC Sunday is all-new with its normal line-up of AFV, Once Upon a Time, Revenge and now Happy Endings/Apt. 23 at 10. Look for a third place finish behind NFL driven network CBS and NBC which has the Globes. NBC doesn't have NFL but will finish second likely tonight with the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards. CBS is all-new following NFL Playoff action, with 60 Minutes at a special time of 8pm, followed by new episodes of The Good Wife & The Mentatlist. Fox's animation block is all-new from 7:30-10pm and could battle ABC for third.

As for the week (week 16), Fox will likely take first in 18-49 thanks to the playoff  game last night, but CBS could hang on as they had an unexpected overrun last night and also has a scheduled overrun tonight. ABC and NBC will be behind.  For total viewers, it should be CBS on top here as well thanks to the overruns, then likely Fox,  then ABC and NBC will battle.  As for the coming week (week 17), more new episodes return, like CBS Monday, and the season premiere of American Idol is Wednesday and Thursday. Oh boy.  I expect it to be down a lot.


Week 16 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Week 15 -- Dec. 31-Jan. 6)
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - A new episode at 8:03 did 8.97 million and a 4.17 18-49 rating following NFL Wildcard Playoff action. So it was obviously above average.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - preempted.
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox) - At 8:33, a new episode did 6.4 million and 3.08 18-49 rating, which is way above normal thanks to the NFL Playoff game.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A new episode at 9:03 did 7.21 million and a 3.57 18-49 rating, which is above normal for this season.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - A 9:34pm airing was new and did 5.65 million and a 2.76 18-49 rating, which like the other comedies preceding it, is above normal.
  • Happy Endings (ABC) - A special 3 week run on Sundays started but didn't do much with only 2.4 million and a 0.97 18-49 rating, for a series low. Too bad...great episode.
  • Don't Trust the B--- in Apartment 23 (ABC) - A new episode at 10:30pm did 2.21 million and a 0.89 18-49 rating.
Monday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A repeat at 8 did 5.15 million and a 1.54 18-49 rating, which is up a good number from previous two weeks when it was repeats on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) 2 airings - A repeat at 9 did 6.07 million and a 1.82 18-49 rating, which is not bad for a repeat these days. A repeat leading in at 8:30 did OK with 5.07 million and a 1.50 18-49 rating.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - A repeat at 9:30pm did 5.86 million and a 1.61 18-49 rating, which like the other CBS comedy repeats, is way better than previous two weeks on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. 
Tuesday Sitcoms
  • Raising Hope (Fox) - A new episode at 8 pulled 3.74 million and a 1.71 18-49 rating, which is not too bad but only good enough to tie an ABC sitcom repeat in the half-hour. 
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A special 8pm repeat did 5.76 million  and a 1.69 18-49 rating, beating the new Fox airing in total viewers and literally tying it in 18-49. Wow.
  • Ben and Kate (Fox) - A new 8:30pm airing did only 2.36 million and a 1.15 18-49 rating, which lost big to an ABC sitcom repeat in the half-hour.
  • The Middle (ABC) - A special repeat at 8:30pm did 4.86 million and a 1.51 18-49 rating, which is good for a repeat and beat a new Fox sitcom airing. Nice.
  • New Girl (Fox) - A new showing at 9 did just 3.78 million and a 2.05 18-49 rating, which is best of the block but what has happened to this series in the ratings?
  • Go On (NBC) - A new episode at 9 tanked without The Voice as a lead-in and did only 4.29 million and a 1.46 18-49 rating.
  • Happy Endings (ABC) - A new episode at 9pm got a bit of a bump airing after comedies and did 3.66 million and a 1.43 18-49 rating, nearly tying the competing NBC comedy. I think this show deserves to air after comedies instead of on an island.
  • The Mindy Project (Fox) - A new episode at 9:30pm did 2.85 million and a 1.50 18-49 rating. Continues to be a huge disappointment.
  • The New Normal (NBC) - Like its lead-in, it was way down as a new episode did 3.23 million and a 1.29 18-49 rating.
  • Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (ABC) - A new airing at 9:30pm didn't do much with just 3.11 million and a 1.11 18-49 rating. At this point, I would just save Happy Endings.
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - A new episode at 8 did 8.39 million and a 2.42 18-49 rating, which easily won its time period. Great episode!
  • Whitney (NBC) - A new episode at 8 did 4.11 million and a 1.42 18-49 rating, which is down around four tenths in 18-49 from previous week's fool's gold season high.
  • The Neighbors (ABC) - A new showing of this new comedy did 6.65 million and a 2.06 18-49 rating, which also won its timeslot in 18-49. One of the surprises of the season.
  • Guys with Kids (NBC) - At 8:30pm, a new episode of this series did 3.97 million and a 1.32 18-49 rating, which is a down over four tenths in 18-49 from previous week as I mentioned last week it was playing with fool's gold since there was nothing new!
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A new episode at 9 did 12.04 million and a 4.73 18-49 rating. I thought it would be in the 5's, but perhaps this week with the big episode. Baby on the way this week? We shall see!
  • Suburgatory (ABC) - A new episode at 9:30pm did 6.84 million and a 2.63 18-49 rating, which is solid.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - At 8pm, a new episode did 20.00 million and a 6.4 18-49 rating, wow, for another series high. It was up about three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Amazing. But now it is in repeats until the 31st.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A new episode took advantage of the higher lead-in and did 14.4 million and a 4.2 18-49 rating, down around three tenths in 18-49 from previous week's season high.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - A new episode at 8 only mustered 3.79 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, as we get ready for the series finale on Jan. 31.
  • 1600 Penn (NBC) 2 airings - A repeat of the premiere at 8:30 did 3.96 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating. A new episode at 9:30pm didn't do well with 3.86 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating.
  • The Office (NBC) - A new episode did 4.54 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, which is up from recent airings but still low.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - preempted, moves to 8:30 this week.
Friday Sitcoms
  • Last Man Standing (ABC) - A new episode did a prelim 7.05 million and a prelim 1.5 18-49 rating, about a tenth better in 18-49 from previous week's prelim ratings.
  • Malibu Country (ABC) - A new episode of this new comedy did a prelim 6.15 million and a prelim 1.4 18-49 rating, up two tenths or so in 18-49 from previous week's prelim ratings.
  • 1600 Penn (NBC) 2 airings - The first two episodes repeated, with the 8pm airing doing a prelim 3.13 million and a prelim 0.8 18-49 rating. A second repeat did a prelim 2.92 million and a prelim 0.9 18-49 rating.
Saturday Sitcoms
  • None
Airing tonight (Sunday) are new episodes of Fox Animation Domination comedies from 7:30-10pm following a repeat at 7. And Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B--- in Apartment 23 are new at 10 on ABC.

Summing it up. The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Two and a Half Men, The Middle, Suburgatory, 2 Broke Girls were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as New Girl, The Neighbors) or just plain terrible (such as Ben & Kate, Apartment 23, New Normal).


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

Dr. Ken - Season One Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season The Lucy Show - The Complete Series The Mindy Project - Season Four

10/04 - The Andy Griffith Show - The Christmas Special (Colorized)
10/04 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #1 (Colorized)
10/11 - Dr. Ken - Season One
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Series
10/11 - Nurse Jackie - Seasons One and Two
10/11 - Weeds - Seasons One and Two
11/01 - Schitt's Creek - Seasons One and Two
11/08 - Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season
11/08 - Your Family or Mine - Season One
11/15 - Community - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Lucy Show - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Mindy Project - Season Four
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, December 9

Last Man Standing - "Help Wanted" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Since losing her teaching job, Vanessa has been spending her time hovering over the family, and it’s driving everyone nuts. Over at Kristin and Ryan’s house, Ryan and Kyle are wrapped-up in a zombie face-off to determine who knows the most about zombies and how to survive an apocalypse. Unable to land a new gig, Vanessa becomes discouraged, but Mike does everything he can to get her back doing what she loves.

Dr. Ken - "Ken's Apology" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Ken wants to apologize to a patient for missing an important medical detail, Pat advises against it, and the situation gets out of hand. Meanwhile, D.K. shakes things up at Dave’s parent/teacher conference.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 5)

Friday, December 9

  • Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) - Watch Olivia on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Tom Papa (Come to Papa) - Tom is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin appears on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Bella Thorne (Shake It Up) - Bella is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Crazy Ones) - Sarah whips up a delicious treat on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Richard Kind (Spin City/Mad About You) - Richard is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Jennifer Aniston (Friends) - Jennifer appears on Chelsea on Netflix.