Sunday, February 10, 2013

Week 20 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

2012-13 Week 20 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thu): 

Households: #1. CBS 7.9 rating/12.5 share; #2. Fox 5.5/8.4; #3. ABC 4.9/7.7; #4. NBC 3.0/4.7; #5. The CW 1.2/1.8
Total Viewers: #1. CBS 12.67 million; #2. Fox 9.23 million; #3. ABC 7.32 million; #4. NBC 4.52 million; #5. The CW 1.81 million.
Adults 18-49: #1. Fox 3.1 rating/8.4 share; #2. CBS 2.9/7.9; #3. ABC 2.3/6.3; #4. NBC 1.5/4.1; #5. The CW 0.7/1.9

Week 20 (Feb. 4-10) Analysis: The first full week of sweep sees Fox with the edge so far over CBS in 18-49, but CBS will win the week by tonight. 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 close second place in 18-49, followed by ABC, then NBC a very distant fourth. Fox is second in HH/viewers, followed by ABC. Then NBC is a distant fourth and it continues to be a long winter for them. When the week is done, CBS will come back and take the week in 18-49 thanks to the Grammys tonight. More on that later. As for last week, week 19, CBS took home first in adults 18-49 obviously with the Super Bowl, crushing second place Fox. Then ABC and NBC tied but were way back there. Among total viewers, of course CBS took that crown easily over Fox. ABC was third and NBC was back behind in fourth.

Monday saw CBS take the night over Fox. Starting with ABC, a two-hour The Bachelor from 8-10pm did 7.9 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, which is down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week but on par in total viewers. At 10pm, Castle was new and did 8.89 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating.  For NBC, they had a two-hour The Biggest Loser from 8-10pm doing 5.8 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, which is down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week.  At 10pm, week five of new drama dud Deception didn't do much with 3.08 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, down another tenth in 18-49 from previous week. CBS was all-new with its comedies, as new How I Met Your Mother did 10.3 million and a 4.0 18-49 rating, which was the best of the night actually. The season premiere of Rules of Engagement at 8:30pm did 9.4 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, which is solid but could have been better. At 9pm, a new 2 Broke Girls followed with 11.36 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating, while solid not nearly as strong as a CBS Monday anchor should be and not #1 for the block. Next, a new Mike & Molly did 10.77 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating. A new Hawaii Five-0 at 10pm did 9.86 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, which was good for first place. Fox aired an all-new episode of Bones at 8 and it did 9.06 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, which was down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. At 9pm, week three of new drama The Following at 9pm did 9.01 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, which is down four tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Very good news since it didn't go down that much with all-new airings against it. The CW aired week four of The Carrie Diaries at 8 and did 1.51 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, which is up two tenths in 18-49 from the previous week.  At 9, 90210 was new and did only 0.79 million and a 0.4 18-49 rating, on par with previous week in 18-49. Needs to be canceled.

On Tuesday, it was CBS with the win in 18-49 with its dramas just getting by ABC. On CBS, a new NCIS aired at 8 and did 21.79 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating, which is down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. Next a new NCIS: Los Angeles at 9 did 16.67 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 with previous week. And finally at 10pm, a new episode of freshman Vegas did 10.25 million and only a 1.5 18-49 rating, which is down four tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Not good. Onto ABC, at 8pm week three of The Taste did 5.34 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Not too bad. At 9, ABC preempted Happy Endings for a special The Bachelor on a special night and time from 9-11pm doing a very good 7.87 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, as it grew throughout the night. Look for the season premiere of Body of Proof at 10pm on Feb. 19, and it has a shot of winning its hour weekly. NBC preempted Betty White's Off Their Rockers from 8-9pm for Betty White's Second Annual 90th Birthday Special doing 5.95 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, which didn't do too well. At 9pm, Go On and The New Normal were preempted for the two-hour season premiere of Smash and it got clobbered with just 4.48 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating for a series low. Not good news since it moves to 10pm this week after the struggling comedies. Fox aired comedies as a new Raising Hope at 8pm did 3.87 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, which is down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. A second all-new episode followed and did 3.53 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, also down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. A new episode of New Girl followed at 9 with 4.83 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, which is the best of the block and on par in 18-49 with previous week. At 9:30pm, a new The Mindy Project did 3.6 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week as it benefited with no comedy competition. The CW aired a new Hart of Dixie at 8 and did 1.44 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. A new episode of new series Emily Owens MD at 9 did 1.5 million and only a 0.4 18-49 rating, which is on par in 18-49 with previous week. New series Cult will take over soon.

Wednesday as usual had American Idol take the night of course since its two-hours every week and Fox only programs 2 hours a night. But first, CBS started the night off with a repeat of Person of Interest at 8pm doing 7.17 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating. At 9pm, a new Criminal Minds did 11.98 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, which seems below normal. At 10pm, a new CSI did 10.97 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, winning its hour.  ABC kicked off the night with a new The Middle doing 8.21 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, which is solid but below normal. At 8:30pm a new episode of The Neighbors did 6.04 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week when its lead-in was a repeat. At 9pm, a new Modern Family did the best of the block with 9.83 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating, which is great but below normal for this series. I expect it to rebound and go over a 4 this week. Suburgatory followed at 9:30pm with a new episode doing 5.73 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week when its lead-in was a repeat. Could be better. At 10pm, Nashville was new and did 5.3 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, it has been up and down all season but it continues to do well in DVR so it will be back next season. On Fox, a two-hour American Idol did a solid 14.27 million and a 4.6 18-49 rating, which is down nine tenths in 18-49 from previous week as everything seems to be down from normal on this Wednesday...weird. Onto NBC a new episode of Whitney started it off at 8pm with 3.56 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. At 8:30pm, a new Guys with Kids did 3.2 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week's series low.  Law & Order: SVU followed at 9pm with a new airing as well that did only 5.23 million and only a 1.5 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. At 10pm, a new Chicago Fire did 6.6 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, which is solid but down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week as expected with the competing CBS drama new. The CW aired a new airing of its new hit Arrow and did 2.96 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, which is up a tenth from previous week in 18-49. At 9pm, a new Supernatural did 2.29 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, also up a tenth in 18-49 week-to-week and holding on to 100% of its lead-in's ratings once again. Solid block!

On Thursday, saw CBS and Fox battle but it was CBS with the win in both 18-49 and total viewers once again. Starting with ABC, a repeat of durable Shark Tank did 4.77 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. At 9pm, Grey's Anatomy was new and did a solid 8.91 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, up three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. The surging Scandal at 10pm was all-new doing 8.14 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week and tied a series high in 18-49! It's the #1 series at 10pm! CBS had a night of new episodes and opened with a new The Big Bang Theory doing 18.98 million and a 6.2 18-49 rating, which is great and up eight tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Wow it did over a 6 with Idol airing, that is impressive. A new Two and a Half Men was up next and benefited with 14.1 million and a 4.1 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week so it could have been better since it had a larger lead-in. At 9pm, a new showing of older-skewing Person of Interest followed with 14.88 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 week-to-week and tied for #1 at 9. Still, should CBS opt for younger-skewing comedies next season, this series would be perfect on Tuesdays at 9 or 10 following older NCIS. They would make a better match. At 10pm, a new showing of freshman Elementary closed the night with 10.84 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, on par with previous week in 18-49 as it didn't get a post-Super Bowl bump at all. Not good. Fox had a one-hour American Idol at 8 that did 13.28 million and a 4.1 18-49 rating, which was down four tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Looks like it will be in the 3's soon. Glee had a new episode at 9 and did 6.03 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. NBC aired new episodes of its comedies, as the season premiere of Community did just 3.88 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, but skewed young. Parks & Recreation was new at 8:30pm and did 3.76 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, for its best ratings in a while. At 9, The Office was new and did 4.15 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, which is on par in 18-49 with previous week. A new 1600 Penn did horrible with 2.6 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, as it has been pulled for this Thursday. And it got worse at 10pm with week two of new drama Do No Harm doing a lot of harm with 2.21 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, as that was down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week's series premiere. It did so bad that NBC has pulled the series for good after just 2 weeks. The CW's big gun Vampire Diaries aired at 8 and did 2.5 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, which is great but down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. At 9, Beauty and the Beast was new and did 1.48 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, losing nearly half of its lead-in's 18-49 rating and down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week.

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available, as ABC took Friday in 18-49. CBS bombed at 8pm with the series premiere of The Job, as it was no Undercover BossKitchen Nightmares was preempted on Fox as ABC's Last Man Standing and Malibu Country took the hour.  ABC was also first at 9pm by a lot with a new Shark Tank easily beating a new CSI: NY at 9. From 8-10pm Dateline did OK for NBC, as Rock Center was also OK at 10pm.  CBS took first at 10pm with a new Blue Bloods besting ABC 20/20. Fox didn't do much with the two-hour season premiere of Touch from 8-10pm.
Saturday had ABC also take the night with lead by the movie Despicable Me. Fox had an hour of Cops that won 8pm, while CBS did solid at 10pm with 48 Hours. NBC settled for repeats of American Ninja Warrior, Chicago Fire and SNL which were all last.

Tonight ABC Sunday is all-new with AFV, Once Upon a Time and Revenge and a special Revenge for Real at 10pm. Look for a distant second place finish. NBC devotes the night to Dateline from 7-9pm and an SNL special repeat from 9-11pm, which is looking like a fourth place finish. CBS has 60 Minutes at 7, but is preempting The Good Wife & The Mentalist for the Grammys and it will obviously take the night big time. Last year it did a huge 14.2 18-49 rating (16.0 in the top 25 markets), but it won't do as high this tear, I think.  Fox's animation block is all new from 7:30-10pm and should be third place in 18-49.

As for the week (week 20), I think any idiot can tell you again that CBS will take the week in 18-49 since they have the Grammys tonight. Fox will be second, and ABC will be third in 18-49. NBC will be way behind and in fourth.  For total viewers, it should be CBS on top here of course, then Fox, ABC and NBC in that order.  As for the coming week (week 21), ABC has the series premiere of Zero Hour Thursday at 8pm and Tuesday we have the President in primetime with the State of the Union address.


Week 20 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Week 19 -- Jan. 28-Feb. 3)
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - A repeat at 8 did 1.77 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, opposite the Super Bowl.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - A repeat at 7:30pm did only 0.97 million and a 0.4 18-49 rating, as it faced the Super Bowl on both coasts.
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox) 2 airings - At 8:30, a repeat did 1.74 million and 0.7 18-49 rating, nearly holding all of its lead-in's ratings. A repeat earlier in the night at 7pm did 0.78 million and a 0.3 18-49 rating, as it got trounced by the Super Bowl.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A repeat at 9 did 1.99 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, the best of the block and a very distant second place behind the Super Bowl.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - A 9:30pm airing was a repeat and did 1.77 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, also not losing much of its lead-in's ratings.
Monday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A new episode at 8 did 10.3 million and a 4.0 18-49 rating, which was the best of the block.  Wow.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - The season premiere at 8:30pm did 9.4 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, solid but could be better since it had an above average lead-in. 
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - A new episode at 9 did 11.36 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating, as it couldn't lead the block. Disappointing even after the Super Bowl ad the night before.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - A new episode at 9:30pm did 10.77 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, which is very solid. 
Tuesday Sitcoms
  • Raising Hope (Fox) 2 episodes - A new episode at 8 pulled 3.87 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, which is down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week.  A second all-new episode followed at 8:30pm with a lower 3.53 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week.
  • New Girl (Fox) - A new showing at 9 did 4.83 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, which is on par with previous week. I think the continuing arc is helping.
  • Go On (NBC) - preempted.
  • Happy Endings (ABC) - preempted.
  • The Mindy Project (Fox) - A new episode at 9:30pm did 3.6 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week since there was no comedy competition.
  • The New Normal (NBC) - preempted.
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - A new episode at 8 did 8.21 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, which is good but it could be better.
  • Whitney (NBC) - A new episode at 8 did 3.56 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, which is not good and down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week.
  • The Neighbors (ABC) - A new showing of this new comedy did 6.04 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week.
  • Guys with Kids (NBC) - At 8:30pm, a new episode of this series did 3.2 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, which is terrible but up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. Still not good.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A new episode at 9 did 9.83 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating, #1 for the block as usual but below normal. Not sure why everything is down on this night overall.
  • Suburgatory (ABC) - A new episode at 9:30pm did 5.73 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, which is up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week when its lead-in was a repeat.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - At 8pm, a new episode did 18.98 million and a 6.2 18-49 rating, which is excellent and up eight tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Wow! I never thought it would be over a 6 again this season. Perhaps the repeats slowed it down the previous few weeks. Maybe Modern Family will be up a solid amount this week too because of the repeat the week before? We'll see.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A new airing did 14.12 million and a 4.1 18-49 rating, which is up two tenths in 18-49 week-to-week but could have been better since its lead-in was up bigger.
  • Community (NBC) - The season premiere did 3.88 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, which is OK and on par with previous week's 30 Rock series finale, which was one-hour.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - A new episode did 3.76 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, which is decent. Not setting the ratings on fire, but it is OK since this is not a major hit.
  • The Office (NBC) - A new episode at 9 did 4.15 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, which is on par in 18-49 with previous week.
  • 1600 Penn (NBC) - A new episode at 9:30pm slowed the block big time with just 2.6 million and a 1.1 1-49 rating. NBC is preempting it this Thursday, as a result.
Friday Sitcoms
  • Last Man Standing (ABC) - A new episode did a prelim 7.35 million and a prelim 1.6 18-49 rating, which was first in its timeslot and up three tenths in 18-49 from previous week's preliminaries.
  • Malibu Country (ABC) - A new airing of this new comedy did a prelim 6.19 million and a prelim 1.3 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week's prelim ratings.
Saturday Sitcoms
  • None.
Airing tonight (Sunday) are new episodes  of Fox Animation Domination comedies from 7:30-10pm.

Summing it up. The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, New Girl were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as Community, Parks & Recreation) or just plain terrible (such as 1600 Penn, Whitney).


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.

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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.