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).


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, September 21

Fresh Off the Boat - "King in the North" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Honey plans a relaxing vacation before the baby comes, but Jessica turns the trip into a crazy quest to get Stephen King’s endorsement for her novel. When Grandma Huang decides to move out, Louis panics and does everything he can to make sure she knows how welcome she is. Meanwhile, Eddie, Nicole and their friends plan to wear matching suits to the school dance until a dress code demands that the girls must wear dresses, leading Eddie and Nicole to rebel.

Speechless - "N-O-- NOMINEE" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
JJ travels to a film festival where he’s been nominated for an award but is upset when he learns the real reason he’s being honored. Jimmy stays home and struggles to protect Dylan from the truth about an impending eviction. And Ray takes an unlikely and painful route to basketball stardom in hopes of winning back Taylor.

I Feel Bad - "Pilot" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Emet starts to worry that her biggest fear is coming true, she makes a concerted effort to be the opposite of her judgmental mother, Maya. Her limits are tested when her daughter, Lily, joins a provocative dance team.

I Feel Bad - "I Get Sick of Being Needed" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Emet's parents temporarily move in, she becomes overwhelmed and finds a sneaky way to get a much-needed break.

Raven's Home - "Sleevemore Part One: Frozen" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Booker freezes mid-vision, Raven takes him to Dr. Sleevemore, the same doctor who helped her when she was a teen.

The Paynes - "A Payneful Hunch" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Curtis and Nyla call a truce.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of September 17)

Friday, September 21

  • Nik Dodani (Atypical) - Watch Nik on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Maya Rudolph (Forever/Up All Night) and Fred Armisen (Forever) - Maya and Fred are guests on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) - Ray appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Rami Malek (The War at Home) - Rami is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm/Son of Zorn/Suburgatory) - Cheryl chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Tiffany Haddish (The Last O.G./The Carmichael Show) - Tiffany guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Wanda Sykes (The New Adventures of Old Christine/Wanda at Large) - Wanda stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls) - Beth appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Meagan Good (Cousin Skeeter/Raising Dad) - Meagan is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jay Ellis (Insecure/The Game) - Jay appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Tony Danza (Taxi/Who's the Boss?/Hudson Street/The Tony Danza Show) - Tony talks about his new Netflix show The Good Cop on People Now at 12pm.
  • Rob Lowe (The Grinder/Parks and Recreation) - Rob opens up about his biggest scandals and how he got his health back on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
  • Beth Hall (Mom) - Beth appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane will be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Martha Plimpton (The Real O'Neals/Raising Hope) - Martha is a guest on the BUILD Series at 1pm.
  • Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory/8 Simple Rules) - Kaley chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Sanaa Lathan (Family Guy/The Cleveland Show/LateLine) - Sanaa appears on Access Live, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (August/September)

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season Step by Step - The Complete Second Season Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season

08/07 - Happy Endings - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
08/15 - A.P. Bio - Season One
08/28 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Five
08/28 - Man Seeking Woman - The Complete Third Season
09/04 - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - The Complete Season 12
09/04 - Mom - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Superstore - Season Three
09/04 - Young Sheldon - The Complete First Season
09/11 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season (Blu-ray)
09/11 - The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - People of Earth - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - Community - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
09/18 - Step by Step - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - You're the Worst - The Complete Fourth Season
09/25 - Blondie - The Complete 1957 Television Series
09/25 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season
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