Sunday, January 27, 2013

Week 18 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

2012-13 Week 18 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thu): 

Households: #1. CBS 6.4 rating/12.0 share; #2. Fox 5.9/8.9; #3. ABC 4.5/7.0; #4. NBC 2.7/4.2; #5. The CW 1.2/1.8
Total Viewers: #1. CBS 10.08 million; #2. Fox. 10.04 million; #3. ABC 6.88 million; #4. NBC 4.08 million; #5. The CW 1.81 million.
Adults 18-49: #1. Fox 3.5 rating/9.0 share; #2. CBS 2.3/6.0; #3. ABC 2.2/5.7; #4. NBC 1.4/3.8; #5. The CW 0.7/1.9

Week 18 (Jan. 21-27) Analysis: Fox saw a good series premiere rating and Idol while down is still on top and has given Fox the lead this week. Through the first four night averages, CBS has the lead in HH/total viewers, while Fox is on top in adults 18-49. CBS is distant second place in 18-49, followed very closely by ABC, then NBC a very distant fourth. Fox is a very close second in HH/viewers, followed by ABC. Then NBC is a distant fourth and it will be a long winter for them. When the week is done, Fox will take the week in 18-49 since there is no NFL this week (well NBC has the Pro Bowl tonight, but that won't do anything to change the rankings). CBS and ABC will battle for second in adults 18-49, as that is the only battle this week. More on that later. As for last week, week 17, CBS took home first in adults 18-49 helped by two AFC Championship Game on Sunday night, crushing second place Fox, which had four hours of Idol. Then ABC and NBC were well back. Among total viewers, CBS took that crown as well, while Fox was a distant second. ABC and NBC were again behind.

Monday saw CBS take the night but Fox had a good showing. Starting with ABC, a two-hour The Bachelor from 8-10pm did 7.57 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, which is again up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. Like any good season for this series, it goes up weekly. At 10pm, Castle was all-new and did 8.82 million and a solid 2.0 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week.  For NBC, they had a two-hour The Biggest Loser from 8-10pm doing 6.11 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, which is on par again with previous week. It is steady but not going up like the competing ABC reality series. At 10pm, week three of new drama Deception didn't do much with 3.61 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, down three more tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Not good news and doesn't have much of a future. CBS was in all-new  with its comedies, as a new How I Met Your Mother did 10.07 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating, which is great but down two tenths in 18-49 from the previous week. A repeat of The Big Bang Theory at 8:30pm did 10.5 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, which is solid but down five tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Is this too much Big Bang? At 9pm, a new 2 Broke Girls followed with 11.56 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating, down four tenths in 18-49 from the previous week. Next, a new Mike & Molly did 10.89 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating, which was down two tenths in 18-49 week-to-week. A new episode of Hawaii Five-0 at 10pm did 9.85 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, which is down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week and the episode that aired the night before after the AFC Championship Game didn't help. CBS should have used that airing for something else. Poor decision. Fox aired an all-new episode of Bones at 8 and it did 8.53 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, which was up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week as this series is still solid. At 9pm, the series premiere of The Following at 9pm was certainly sampled with 10.42 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, which is up 1.1 18-49 rating points from the previous week's Bones in the timeslot. Solid beginning. The CW aired week two of The Carrie Diaries at 8 and did 1.27 million and a 0.5 18-49 rating, which is down a tenth in 18-49 from its series premiere the previous week.  At 9, 90210 was new at its new time and did only 0.79 million and a 0.4 18-49 rating, as this series should have called it quits after last season or even the previous season.

On Tuesday, it was ABC with the win in 18-49 on a slow night. First for CBS, a repeat of NCIS aired at 8 and did 12.86 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating. Next a repeat of NCIS: Los Angeles at 9 did 11.93 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, building by a tenth in 18-49 from its lead-in. And finally at 10pm, a repeat of freshman Vegas did 6.94 million and only a 1.0 18-49 rating. Onto ABC, at 8pm the two-hour premiere of The Taste did a solid 5.82 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, good for first place. If it can maintain or build on this, then ABC has a solid player. ABC preempted Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 has been pulled. Private Practice was new for its series finale doing 5.32 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, up three tenths in 18-49 week-to-week. It ended quietly, but a perfect scene to end the series. NBC aired new episodes of Betty White's Off Their Rockers from 8-9pm. At 8pm it did 5.56 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. At 8:30pm it did better with 5.91 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 with previous week. At 9pm, a new Go On did only 3.97 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, which is down an alarming four tenths in 18-49 from previous week for a new series low. At 9:30pm, The New Normal was new and did 3.28 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week for a new series low. Without The Voice as a lead-in, they are tanking, as expected. At 10pm, the season finale of Parenthood did 4.87 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, which is down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. Fox aired comedies as well as a new Raising Hope at 8pm did 4.00 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, which was up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. A new Ben and Kate did horrible with 2.53 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating at 8:30pm, and also up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. The series has now been pulled and is canceled. A new episode of New Girl followed at 9 with 4.05 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, which is the best of the block and up three tenths in 18-49 from previous week's series low. At 9:30pm, a new The Mindy Project did 3.05 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, again on par week-to-week in 18-49 but this is still a disappointment. It is married to a 1.5 18-49 rating, it seems. The CW aired a new Hart of Dixie at 8 and did 1.45 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. A new episode of new series Emily Owens MD at 9 did 1.36 million and only a 0.4 18-49 rating, which is up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. 

Wednesday had the American Idol take the night of course. But first,  CBS started the night off with a repeat of Criminal Minds at 8pm doing 6.6 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, up for tenths in 18-49 from previous week's NCIS repeat, which skewed so much older. At 9pm, a new Criminal Minds did a solid 11.84 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, which is up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. At 10pm, a new CSI did 11.46 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, up three tenths in 18-49 from previous week and more of a lead at 10pm this week.  ABC kicked off the night with a new episode of The Middle doing 8.55 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, which is up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. At 8:30pm a new episode of The Neighbors did 6.42 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, also up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Such a good show now. At 9pm, a new episode of Modern Family did the best of the block with 10.83 million and a 4.2 18-49 rating, which is great but down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. Suburgatory followed at 9:30pm with 6.09 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, also down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. At 10pm, Nashville was all-new and did 5.51 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Very strange. On Fox, a two-hour American Idol did a solid 16.07 million and a 5.5 18-49 rating, which is down five tenths in 18-49 from previous week but still higher than The Voice from this fall. Onto NBC a repeat (oh boy) of Whitney started it off at 8pm with 2.56 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, but up a tenth in 18-49 week-to-week. At 8:30pm, a repeat of Guys with Kids did 2.16 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 week-to-week.  Law & Order: SVU followed at 9pm with a repeat as well that did 2.65 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, which is terrible for a repeat for this series but up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. At 10pm, a repeat of Chicago Fire did 2.56 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, which is down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. NBC was actually sixth place on this night, ouch. The CW aired a new airing of its new hit Arrow and did 3.14 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, which beat the NBC comedy repeats again and on par with previous week in 18-49 again. At 9pm, a new Supernatural did 2.01 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, beating NBC's repeat, and on par in 18-49 week-to-week.

On Thursday, Fox easily took the night in both 18-49 and total viewers with Idol. Starting with ABC, the finale of Last Resort did 5.48 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, back up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Good show and ending. At 9pm, Grey's Anatomy was new and did a solid 9.01 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 with previous week. The surging Scandal at 10pm was a repeat of a big episode from last season doing 5.57 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, its best repeat performance ever. Good job. CBS had a night of repeats and opened with a repeat of The Big Bang Theory doing 11.49 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, which is amazing for a repeat and on par in 18-49 with previous week.  This Thursday it faces Idol, will it be over a 6.0 18-49 again for the third straight new episode? I'm guessing no, but it will be close. A repeat of Two and a Half Men was up next and benefited with 8.52 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. At 9pm, a repeat of older-skewing Person of Interest followed with 10.01 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, up three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Should CBS opt for younger-skewing comedies next season, this series would be perfect on Tuesdays at 9 or 10 following older NCIS. At 10pm, a repeat of freshman Elementary closed the night with 7.89 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week but  I don't think a post-Super Bowl episode will give this show much of a bump. Fox had a one-hour American Idol at 8 that did 15.65 million and a 5.2 18-49 rating, which was down four tenths in 18-49 from previous week when it was two-hours. Glee returned with a new episode at 9 and did 6.79 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, still couldn't hang on to #1 with a large lead-in. NBC aired new episodes of its comedies, as a new 30 Rock did just 3.81 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week as the series finale is this Thursday to kick-off February sweep. At 8:30pm, the new time of  Parks & Recreation did 3.94 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Not bad for NBC Thursday these days. At 9, The Office was new and did 4.19 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, which is again down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. A new episode of 1600 Penn followed with only 3.28 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, as it was up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. Still not good at all. And it got worse at 10pm with the Thursday finale of Rock Center with Brian Williams doing 3.72 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. New drama Do No Harm begins this Thursday. The CW's big gun Vampire Diaries aired at 8 and did 2.71 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, which is great but down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. At 9, Beauty and the Beast was new and did 1.79 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, losing nearly half of its lead-in's 18-49 rating.

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available, but it was a very slow night filled with repeats as ABC, NBC, and Fox tied for first in 18-49. CBS took the 8pm hour with a repeat of Undercover Boss, besting a new Kitchen Nightmares on Fox. ABC was first at 9pm with a repeat of Shark Tank easily beating a repeat of CSI: NY at 9. From 9-11pm Dateline did OK on NBC, growing at 10pm.  CBS was third at 10pm with a repeat of Blue Bloods as ABC 20/20 took the hour. The Following series premiere encore at 9 for Fox did better than the previous week's Fringe series finale, ouch.
Saturday had Fox easily take the night with the UFC Championship, as Cops was preempted, while CBS took 10pm with 48 Hours just getting by ABC's Saturday edition of 20/20 at 10. NBC didn't do much with US Figure Skating, losing to repeats on ABC and CBS.

Tonight ABC Sunday is half new as AFV, Once Upon a Time, are repeats and Revenge is preempted at 9 for the Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Makeover from 9-11pm. Look for a third place finish. NBC devotes the night to the NFL Pro Bowl that could sneak a win over Fox. CBS is new with 60 Minutes, The Good Wife & The Mentatlist and a special repeat of NCIS is mixed in at 8. CBS will likely battle ABC for third. Fox's animation block is all new from 7:30-10pm and could battle NBC for first place on a slow night.

As for the week (week 18), Fox will likely take first in 18-49. CBS will be battling ABC for second in 18-49 and it will be close on who gets it. NBC will be way behind even with the NFL Pro Bowl really inflating their weekly average this week.  For total viewers, it should be CBS on top here, then likely Fox, ABC and NBC in that order.  As for the coming week (week 19), we have the start of February sweep on Thursday! It's kind of slow Mon-Wed, but look for the series finale of 30 Rock Thursday from 8-9pm and on the same night the premiere of new drama Do No Harm at 10pm. And next Sunday of course is the Super Bowl on CBS, so CBS could be repeats all week and still take the week EASILY.


Week 18 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Week 17 -- Jan. 14-20)
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - A repeat at 8 did 3.97 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating opposite the AFC Championship Game, which was the best of the Fox block.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - A repeat at 7:30pm did 2.85 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, matching previous week's all-new episode. I guess no one knows when it is a new or repeat.
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox) 2 airings - At 8:30, a repeat did 3.18 million and 1.5 18-49 rating. A repeat earlier in the night at 7 did a similar 3.18 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, which is way above average.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A repeat at 9 did 3.51 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, but not the best of the block.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - A 9:30pm airing was an encore and did 3.42 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, holding on to 100% of its lead-in in 18-49.
Monday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A new episode at 8 did 10.07 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating, which is above average for this season but down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. 
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A special Monday repeat at 8:30pm did 10.5 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, but that was down five tenths in 18-49 from the previous week. 
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - A new episode at 9 did 11.56 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating, but down four tenths in 18-49 from previous week and was only tied for the best of the block. That's not good news as it should be #1 for the block without a tie.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - A new airing at 9:30pm did 10.89 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating, was down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. 
Tuesday Sitcoms
  • Raising Hope (Fox) - A new episode at 8 pulled 4.0 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, which is up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week.  It will be airing all-new episodes from 8-9pm starting this week.
  • Ben and Kate (Fox) - A new 8:30pm airing did only 2.53 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, which was up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week's series low. However, Fox has canceled the series and has been pulled from the schedule.
  • New Girl (Fox) - A new showing at 9 did just 4.05 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, which is up three tenths in 18-49 from previous week's series low.
  • Go On (NBC) - A new episode at 9 without The Voice as a lead-in, did only 3.97 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, down an alarming four tenths in 18-49 from previous week for a new series low. Ouch.
  • Happy Endings (ABC) - preempted.
  • The Mindy Project (Fox) - A new episode at 9:30pm did 3.05 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, once again on par with previous week but continues to be a huge disappointment.
  • The New Normal (NBC) - A new episode at 9:30pm did 3.28 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, as it went down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week for a new series low, like its lead-in.
  • Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (ABC) - preempted and canceled.
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - A new episode at 8 did 8.55 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, which was up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Not bad at all against Idol.
  • Whitney (NBC) - A repeat at 8 did 2.56 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, which is not good for a repeat but up a tenth in 18-49 week-to-week.
  • The Neighbors (ABC) - A new showing of this new comedy did 6.42 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Still one of the surprises of the season in quality as it gets better and better.
  • Guys with Kids (NBC) - At 8:30pm, a repeat of this series did 2.16 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, which is not good and down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A new episode at 9 did 10.83 million and a 4.2 18-49 rating, but down a tenth in 18-49 week-to-week. Getting a little dented by Idol, but still strong and without Bang new, this is the top scripted series of the week.
  • Suburgatory (ABC) - A new episode at 9:30pm did 6.09 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, which is also down a tenth, like its lead-in, in 18-49 from previous week.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - At 8pm, a repeat did 11.49 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, which is excellent and on par with previous week. New episodes return this Thursday, as February sweep begins.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A repeat did 8.52 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week, but decent for a repeat.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - A new episode at 8 only mustered 3.81 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, but up a tenth in 18-49 week-to-week, as we get ready for the series finale this Thursday. It won't do a 2.0 likely.
  • 1600 Penn (NBC) - A new episode at 9:30pm didn't do well with 3.28 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, but up a tenth in 18-49 from the previous week. Still, I don't think this show will be lasting.
  • The Office (NBC) - A new episode did 4.19 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, which is again down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. No Steve Carell in the finale this May, so it won't do big.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - A new episode at 8:30pm did decent doing 3.94 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, but down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Still low, but decent enough for NBC these days on Thursdays.
Friday Sitcoms
  • Last Man Standing (ABC) - A repeat did a prelim 4.83 million and a prelim 0.9 18-49 rating.
  • Malibu Country (ABC) - A repeat of this new comedy did a prelim 4.17 million and a prelim 0.8 18-49 rating.
Saturday Sitcoms
  • None
Airing tonight (Sunday) are new airings of Fox Animation Domination comedies from 7:30-10pm following a repeat at 7.

Summing it up. Modern Family, 2 Broke Girls, How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, The Middle, Mike & Molly were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as New Girl, The Neighbors) or just plain terrible (such as Ben & Kate, Go On, The 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

Thursday, December 8

The Big Bang Theory - "The Military Miniaturization" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Colonel Williams (Dean Norris), an Air Force representative from the Department of Material Command sits down to talk with Wolowitz.

The Great Indoors - "@Emma" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Emma quits after being turned down for a raise, Jack and Roland become the magazine’s newest and worst ever social media managers. Also, in a misguided attempt to boost business, Eddie re-brands his bar as “magic-themed.”

Mom - "Cornbread and a Cashmere Onesie" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Christy and Bonnie worry about Jill after her cry for help on the anniversary of her mother’s suicide.

Life in Pieces - "Swim Survivor Zen Talk" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When John decides to try out for “Survivor,” Tim gets jealous and attempts to undermine his audition tape. Also, Colleen confesses she can’t swim when she and Matt discuss Hawaii as a honeymoon destination; Jen pretends to get hooked on meditation so she can use the time to play cell phone games; and Heather gives Sophia the “sex” talk. “Survivor” host Jeff Probst guest stars as himself.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 5)

Thursday, December 8

  • Jennifer Aniston (Friends) - Catch Jennifer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Lola Kirke (Mozart in the Jungle) - Lola is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley/The Goodwin Games/Carpoolers) - T.J. appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Anna Camp (The Mindy Project) - Anna stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Emeril Lagasse (Emeril) - Emeril guest co-hosts Rachael Ray and makes sausage-stuffed mushrooms, so check your local listings.
  • Jodie Sweetin (Fuller House/Full House) and Andrea Barber (Fuller House/Full House) - Jodie and Andrea chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. Jodie joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Judah Friedlander (30 Rock) - Judah is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Lori Loughlin (Fuller House/Full House) - Lori is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT. She also talks about what to expect from Season 2 of Fuller House on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Scott Patterson (Aliens in America) - Scott talks about Luke and Lorelai’s wedding scene from Gilmore Girls – and if he thinks the two will ever have a baby on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) - Josh is a guest on the AOL Build Show at 12pm.
  • Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage) - Emanuelle appears the AOL Build Show 3:45pm.
  • Gael Garcia Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle) - Gael is a guest on Chelsea on Netflix.
  • Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Will appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.