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 (February/March)

227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek) Fuller House - The Complete First Season The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season

02/07 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Sabrina Down Under
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 1 - School's Cool - Boy Crazy
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 2 - About a Family - Hangin' Out
02/07 - 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek)
02/07 - Vice Principals - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
02/14 - Beavis and Butt-Head - The Complete Collection
02/14 - Grace and Frankie - Season Two
02/28 - Fuller House - The Complete First Season
03/03 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now... In Living Color! (Blu-ray)
03/07 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites
03/07 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series - Flashback Edition (Blu-ray)
03/07 - What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - You Me Her - Season One
03/14 - Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season
03/14 - Unbrekable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, March 29

The Goldbergs - "A Night to Remember" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
It’s prom night, and all three Goldberg kids have big plans, which go awry.  Barry plans big romantic gestures for Lainey while Erica and Geoff try to go to prom together, but it doesn’t go as planned. Meanwhile, Adam is thrilled when a nerdy but cute junior asks him out, but he is horrified when Beverly gets involved.

Imaginary Mary - "Pilot" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
A fiercely independent career woman, Alice has her life turned upside-down when she meets Ben, a divorced father with three children, and soon falls head-over-heals for him. This triggers more upheaval when the imaginary friend she created as a child, Mary, suddenly reappears as she is nervous to meet Ben’s kids for the first time.

Modern Family - "Five Minutes" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
So much can happen to the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan in five minutes! Mitch and Cam have five minutes to catch a new flight while fighting the effects of sleeping pills they took prematurely. Then at Rainer’s birthday dinner, Haley and Rainer are forced to reevaluate their entire relationship in the five minutes before the birthday cake arrives. Meanwhile, Phil and Claire pay a surprise visit to Alex and are given a five-minute surprise introduction to her new boyfriend. Finally, with only five minutes to catch a movie, Manny has to find the perfect parking space and endure Jay and Gloria’s backseat argument.

black-ish - "Richard Youngsta" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Dre is excited about doing a campaign with a popular rap star but becomes conflicted when Bow and Ruby provide feedback suggesting it plays on stereotypes. Meanwhile, Bow is determined to get the family to stop eating so much take-out food, but realizes the family may be too accustomed to eating whatever they want.

Nobodies - "Mr. First Lady" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
After years toiling away writing on a kids cartoon, “The Fartlemans”, Groundlings Alums Larry, Rachel and Hugh finally get their big break: A chance to pitch their film script “Mr. First Lady” at Paramount.

Lopez - "Leaving Las Vegas" (TV Land, 10:30PM ET/PT)
George quits his Las Vegas residency, causing big problems. Manolo gets out of jail and introduces his roommate, Hector, to everyone.

Schitt's Creek - "Friends & Family" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Johnny and Moira look for a location for the family portrait; David hosts a soft launch for the new store.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 27)

Wednesday, March 29

  • Andrew Rannells (Girls/The New Normal) - Watch Andrew on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Emma Roberts (Scream Queens/Unfabulous) - Emma is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Lisa Kudrow (Friends/The Comeback) - Lisa visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Paul F. Tompkins (DAG) - Paul is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Milana Vayntrub (Other Space) - Milana appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Andy Daly (Review/Eastbound & Down) - Andy appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Christian Slater (Breaking In) - Christian guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Brooklyn Decker (Grace and Frankie/Friends with Better Lives) - Brooklyn is a guest on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - NeNe guest co-hosts a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jenna Elfman (Imaginary Mary/1600 Penn/Accidentally on Purpose/Courting Alex/Dharma & Greg) - Jenna will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Craig Ferguson (The Drew Carey Show) - Craig is a guest on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • George Lopez (Lopez/George Lopez) - George discusses the second season of Lopez on the AOL Build Show at 5:30pm.