Sunday, February 17, 2013

Week 21 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

2012-13 Week 21 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thu): 

Households: #1. CBS 6.4 rating/10.2 share; #2. Fox 5.5/8.5; #3. ABC 4.8/7.6; #4. NBC 3.0/4.8; #5. The CW 1.2/1.8
Total Viewers: #1. CBS 10.21 million; #2. Fox 9.11 million; #3. ABC 7.25 million; #4. NBC 4.6 million; #5. The CW 1.78 million.
Adults 18-49: #1. Fox 2.8 rating/8.1 share; #2. CBS 2.5/7.2; #3. ABC 2.2/6.3; #4. NBC 1.5/4.3; #5. The CW 0.7/1.9

Week 21 (Feb. 11-17) Analysis: Like the previous week, we see Fox with the edge so far over CBS in 18-49. This week CBS doesn't have a big event on Sunday, so can Fox hang on to first? 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 a close second place in 18-49, followed closely by ABC, then NBC is 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, I think Fox will hang on and take the week in 18-49. More on that later. As for last week, week 20, CBS easily took home first in adults 18-49 thanks to the Grammys, crushing second place Fox. Then ABC was close behind Fox, but  NBC was way back there. Among total viewers, it was the same way, with of course CBS on top easily over Fox. ABC was a close third (it beat Fox in HH rating) and NBC was way back behind in fourth.

Monday saw CBS take the night over a surging ABC. Starting with ABC, a two-hour The Bachelor from 8-10pm did 8.48 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, which is up three tenths in 18-49 from previous week and a season high. This has been a solid season because we have seen the growth each week. At 10pm, Castle was new and did 8.97 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Hilarious episode, but now a HUGE two-part event starts tomorrow night. Maybe close to season highs? For NBC, they had a two-hour The Biggest Loser from 8-10pm doing 5.58 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, which is down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week for a season low. This series is going the opposite direction it seems. At 10pm, week six of new drama dud Deception didn't do much with 3.23 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, but up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. CBS was all-new with its comedies, as a new How I Met Your Mother did 8.98 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, which was down a big eight tenths in 18-49 from previous week, which I'm guessing was up because of the Super Bowl the previous night. A new Rules of Engagement at 8:30pm did 8.39 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, which is solid but down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week's season premiere. At 9pm, a new 2 Broke Girls followed with 10.9 million and a 3.6 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week and not nearly as strong as a CBS Monday anchor should be. Next, a new Mike & Molly did 10.5 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 week-to-week. A new Hawaii Five-0 at 10pm did 9.64 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, which was good for first place by just a tenth in 18-49 and down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. It might be second place tomorrow night. Fox aired an all-new episode of Bones at 8 and it did 8.82 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, which was again down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. At 9pm, week four of new drama The Following at 9pm did 7.79 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, which is down five tenths in 18-49 from previous week. It has gone down nine tenths in 18-49 since week two, so a little concerning but still doing decent. The CW aired week five of The Carrie Diaries at 8 and did 1.2 million and a 0.5 18-49 rating, which is back down two tenths in 18-49 from the previous week.  At 9, 90210 was new and did only 0.66 million and a 0.3 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week in 18-49. If it's not canceled, then I have no idea what The CW is doing.

On Tuesday, it was an typical night with the State of the Union preempting network programming. On CBS, NCIS was preempted at 8, so a repeat of NCIS: Los Angeles aired at 8 and did 9.23 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating. CBS also preempted the struggling Vegas at 10, as the State of the Union Address aired from 9pm-10:17pm but doesn't count in the ratings since there are no commercials. An analysis aired at 10:17pm and did 5.9 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating. CBS decided to more analysis at 10:30pm with it doing 4.18 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating. Onto ABC, at 8pm week four of The Taste did 4.58 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. But keep in mind that aired out of its normal time in some of the country. At 9, ABC preempted Happy Endings for the State of the Union Address, which doesn't count in the ratings. The Bachelor: Sean Tells All specials airs this Tuesday at 9 followed by the season premiere of Body of Proof at 10pm. Back to this night, an analysis aired at 10:16pm ET and did 4.92 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, followed by a special Modern Family repeat at 10:46pm doing 2.93 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating. NBC aired Betty White's Off Their Rockers from 8-9pm as the first half-hour was a repeat doing 4.78 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, followed by a new episode at 8:30pm that didn't do much with 4.91 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating. At 9pm, Go On and The New Normal were preempted for the State of the Union address, as was Smash at 10pm. NBC aired  an analysis of the address doing 5.75 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating at 10:16pm. More analysis aired at 10:30pm doing 4.22 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating. Fox aired comedies as a repeat of Raising Hope at 8pm did 2.63 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating. A repeat of New Girl followed at a special time of 8:30pm doing 2.38 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating. Fox aired the State of the Union coverage at 9pm ET, so The Mindy Project was preempted. The CW preempted Hart of Dixie and Emily Owens MD for the movie When In Rome that did 1.47 million and only a 0.5 18-49 rating. New series Cult will premiere this Tuesday at 9.

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 the 90-minute season premiere of Survivor: Caramoan from 8-9:30pm doing 8.94 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, which is the lowest premiere ever for this series. Criminal Minds was preempted, but CBS aired a special Big Bang Theory repeat at 9:30pm and for the first time in a long time, the series didn't deliver, doing 5.22 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating. At 10pm, a new CSI did 8.54 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down five tenths in 18-49 from previous week, as it was hurt because it didn't have the compatible lead-in like it usually does.  ABC kicked off the night with a new The Middle doing 7.72 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, which is down four tenths in 18-49 from previous week for a season low. At 8:30pm a new episode of The Neighbors did 5.89 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 with previous week. At 9pm, a new Modern Family did the best of the block with 10.05 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating, which was up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. It seems everything has been down on Wednesday for the past few weeks. Suburgatory followed at 9:30pm with a new episode doing 5.91 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. Could be better. At 10pm, Nashville was new and did 5.74 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week and just a tenth behind to win the hour. On Fox, a two-hour American Idol did a solid 13.45 million and a 4.3 18-49 rating, which is down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week as everything seems to be below normal on this Wednesday again...weird. Onto NBC a new episode of Whitney started it off at 8pm with 3.59 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 with previous week. At 8:30pm, a new Guys with Kids did 2.85 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week for a new series low.  Law & Order: SVU followed at 9pm with a new airing as well that did only 6.35 million and only a 1.5 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 with previous week, but it should have went up since its CBS competition was preempted. At 10pm, a new Chicago Fire did 6.65 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, which is solid and on par in 18-49 with previous week. It's not a hit, but it's doing well enough for NBC. The CW aired a new airing of its new hit Arrow and did 3.29 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, which is again up a tenth from previous week in 18-49. At 9pm, a new Supernatural did 2.41 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 week-to-week. Solid block and both series will be back next season, as The CW has picked them both up for 2013-14!

On Thursday, saw CBS with the win on a slower night due to Valentine's Day. Starting with ABC, the series premiere of Zero Hour did 6.38 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, which skewed a little older and not good for a premiere. If it can stay or build on this, then it should be OK, but if it drops, it's got no chance.  At 9pm, Grey's Anatomy was new and did a solid 8.57 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week, but not too bad for Valentine's Day. The surging Scandal at 10pm was all-new doing 8.02 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week's series high in 18-49. It's the #1 series at 10pm on all of network TV, people! CBS had a night of new episodes and opened with a new The Big Bang Theory doing 17.89 million and a 5.5 18-49 rating, which is great but down seven tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Lot of drastic ups and downs lately, it seems. Either way, it's #1. A new Two and a Half Men was up next and benefited with 13.69 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. At 9pm, a new showing of older-skewing Person of Interest followed with 14.87 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 week-to-week. 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 10.98 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week in 18-49. The only series that went up actually, go figure. Fox had a one-hour American Idol at 8 that did 12.59 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating, which was down four tenths in 18-49 from previous week.  Glee had a new episode at 9 and did 5.13 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, down five tenths in 18-49 from previous week for a series low, I believe. NBC aired new episodes of its comedies, as week two of Community did just 2.76 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, down an alarming seven tenths in 18-49 from previous week but still skewed young. Parks & Recreation was new at 8:30pm and did 3.18 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, down five tenths in 18-49 from previous week. I don't think this series can anchor a night at 9pm next season, if they go that route. At 9, The Office was new and was one-hour doing 4.06 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, which is down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week when it was a half-hour, as NBC preempted 1600 Penn which is doing horrible. At 10pm, NBC has pulled the Do No Harm after doing no ratings, with a repeat of Law & Order: SVU doing 3.33 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, as that was up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week's Do No Ratings. The CW's big gun Vampire Diaries aired at 8 and did 2.31 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, which is great but down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week and not the top show on The CW this week, wow. At 9, Beauty and the Beast was new and did 1.4 million and a 0.5 18-49 rating, losing 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 again. CBS struggled badly at 8pm with week two of The Job, as it is no Undercover BossKitchen Nightmares even beat it on Fox as ABC's Last Man Standing and Malibu Country beat both, but Dateline took the hour on NBC.  ABC was back to 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 last place at 10pm.  CBS took second at 10pm with a new Blue Bloods losing to ABC 20/20. Fox struggled badly with Touch at 9.
Saturday had Fox take the night with NASCAR, as Cops was preempted, 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. ABC was in third with a Harry Potter film.

Tonight ABC Sunday is all-new with AFV, Once Upon a Time and Revenge and a special encore of the premiere of Zero Hour at 10pm. Look for maybe a first place finish, it should be close between CBS, ABC, and Fox. NBC devotes the night to Dateline at, repeats of Betty White's Off Their Rockers at 8, and an SNL special repeat from 9-11pm, which is a fourth place finish for sure. CBS has 60 Minutes at 7, followed by the season premiere of Amazing Race, which will lost to ABC likely. Then CBS has the struggling The Good Wife & The Mentalist from 9-11pm. I'm thinking a second or third place finish for CBS. Fox's animation block is all new from 7:30-10pm and should be second place in 18-49, or maybe even first besting ABC.

As for the week (week 21), I think Fox will hang on and take the week in 18-49 since there are no saviors tonight on CBS or any other network. CBS 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, then likely ABC will overtake Fox for second, and NBC in a distant fourth.  As for the coming week (week 22), ABC has the season premiere of Body of Proof Tuesday at 10pm following a special The Bachelor: Sean Tells All, which could win its hour on Tuesday (should be close with CBS). The CW has the series premiere of Cult on Tuesday at 9. The season finale of CSI: NY is on Friday. The Oscars are next Sunday on ABC, so that will likely put them over the top for week 22.


Week 21 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Week 20 -- Feb. 4-10)
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - A new episode at 8 did 4.19 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, opposite the Grammy Awards. Below normal.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - A new showing at 7:30pm did only 2.76 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating.
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox) 2 airings - At 8:30, a new episode did 3.45 million and 1.8 18-49 rating, nearly holding all of its lead-in's ratings. A repeat earlier in the night at 7pm did 2.2 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, up eight tenths in 18-49 from previous week when it faced the Super Bowl.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A new airing at 9 did 4.71 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, the best of the block and not bad against the Grammys.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - A 9:30pm airing was new and did 3.88 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, which is not bad against the Grammys.
Monday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A new episode at 8 did 8.98 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, which was down eight tenths in 18-49 from previous week. I guess some people just turned their TV's on from previous night's Super Bowl and it was still on CBS, so maybe that's why Mother was up big previous week?
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - Week two at 8:30pm did 8.39 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, solid but down three tenths in 18-49 from the season premiere. 
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - A new episode at 9 did 10.9 million and a 3.6 18-49 rating, as it was down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. This has been one of the disappointments of the season, I think. I really thought it would easily be doing 4's right now without Dancing/Voice.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - A new episode at 9:30pm did 10.5 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, which is solid but down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. 
Tuesday Sitcoms
  • Raising Hope (Fox) - A repeat at 8 pulled 2.63 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating. It was a repeat due to the State of the Union Address at 9pm ET.
  • New Girl (Fox) - A special repeat at 8:30pm did 2.38 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A special repeat that aired at 10:46pm after the State of the Union did 2.93 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating.
  • Go On (NBC) - preempted.
  • Happy Endings (ABC) - preempted.
  • The Mindy Project (Fox) - preempted.
  • The New Normal (NBC) - preempted.
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - A new episode at 8 did 7.72 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, which is good but down four tenths in 18-49 from previous week for a season low.
  • Whitney (NBC) - A new episode at 8 did 3.59 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, which is on par in 18-49 with previous week. This show isn't worth bringing back anymore.
  • The Neighbors (ABC) - A new showing of this new comedy did 5.89 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 with previous week despite its lead-in going down.
  • Guys with Kids (NBC) - At 8:30pm, a new episode of this series did 2.85 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, which is terrible and down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Can a mini Cosby Show reunion help it? Don't think that will even help.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A new episode at 9 did 10.05 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating, #1 for the block as usual and up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. Still not sure why everything is below normal on this night overall the past two weeks.
  • Suburgatory (ABC) - A new episode at 9:30pm did 5.91 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, which is up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. Such a good show.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A special Wednesday repeat at 9:30pm didn't do much with 5.22 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, as CBS was in fourth place in the half-hour.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - At 8pm, a new episode did 17.89 million and a 5.5 18-49 rating, which is excellent but down seven tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Yeah, it was Valentine's Day and all, but there's been a lot of big ups and downs since January for this show. Still #1, though! Could be over a 6 this week again.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A new airing did 13.69 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating, which is down three tenths in 18-49 week-to-week.
  • Community (NBC) - Week two did not do well doing 2.76 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, which is down seven tenths in 18-49 from previous week's season premiere. It needs to do better if it wants another season on NBC.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - A new episode did 3.18 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, which is down five tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Not good.
  • The Office (NBC) 2 episodes - Two new episodes from 9-10pm did 4.06 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, which is down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week when it was a half-hour.
  • 1600 Penn (NBC) - preempted.
Friday Sitcoms
  • Last Man Standing (ABC) - A new episode did a prelim 6.65 million and a prelim 1.4 18-49 rating, which was down tenths in 18-49 from previous week's preliminaries.
  • Malibu Country (ABC) - A new airing of this new comedy did a prelim 5.7 million and a prelim 1.1 18-49 rating, also down 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, Modern Family, Two and a Half Men, 2 Broke Girls, How I Met Your Mother, Mike & Molly, were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as The Middle, Suburgatory) or just plain terrible (such as Community, Guys with Kids, Whitney).


New on DVD/Blu-ray (September)

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season Modern Family - The Complete Season 7

09/06 - Coach - Season One (Mill Creek) / Season Two / Seasons One and Two
09/06 - South Park - The Complete Ninteenth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season
09/20 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season
09/20 - Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season
09/20 - Modern Family - The Complete Season 7
09/20 - Veep - Season 5
09/27 - The Wonder Years - Season Six
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, September 27

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Coral Palms Pt. 2" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
After Jimmy “The Butcher” Figgis sees Jake and Holt’s viral video, the two begin plotting their attack. However, when caught red-handed, the- are forced to experience the other side of the interrogation table. Back at the precinct, a questionable new Captain (guest star Ken Marino, “Childrens Hospital”) takes over.

New Girl - "Hubbedy Bubby" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jess and Cece jump on the campaign trail and make a bet with a disbelieving Schmidt that they can recruit voters for the upcoming Presidential election. Meanwhile, Winston teaches Nick about modern phone sex.

Atlanta - "Nobody Beats the Biebs" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Ayyye, okay! We got celebs in the building balling for the kids. I love me some Justin Bieber. Man, Paper Boi stay hating tho haha.

In the Cut - "Whose Is It" (Bounce TV, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jay finds a positive pregnancy test.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of September 26)

Tuesday, September 27

  • J.K Simmons (Growing Up Fisher/Family Tools) - Catch J.K. on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Sutton Foster (Younger) - Sutton appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Allison is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS. She will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kristin Chenoweth (Kristin) - Kristin performs for the audience on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Gabourey Sidibe (The Big C) - Gabourey visits Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen stops by Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Cheryl Hines (Son of Zorn/Suburgatory/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Cheryl is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Tom talks about Hidden Heroes on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Jennifer Esposito (Samantha Who?/Spin City) - Jennifer is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Wilmer Valderrama (That '70s Show) - Wilmer appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Melissa Joan Hart (Melissa & Joey/Sabrina, the Teenage Witch/Clarissa Explains It All) - Melissa is a guest on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York sometime between 7-10am.
  • Michael Rosenbaum (Impastor) - Michael appears on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC. He will also be on Good Morning Football on NFL Network sometime between 7-10am.