Sunday, May 26, 2013

Final Week of 2012-13 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

2012-13 Week 35 TV Ratings (final three nights of the season average, Mon-Wed): 

Households: #1. ABC 6.7/10.8 (rating/share); #2. CBS 5.2/8.5; #3. NBC 5.0/8.0; #4. Fox 2.3/3.8; #5. The CW 0.5/0.8
Total Viewers: #1. ABC 10.3 million; #2. CBS 8.05 million; #3. NBC 7.75 million; #4. Fox 3.85 million; #5. The CW 0.77 million.
Adults 18-49: #1. NBC 2.3/6.7 (rating/share); #2. ABC 2.2/6.4; #3. CBS 1.8/5.3; #4. Fox 1.6/4.8; #.5 The CW 0.3/0.8 

Week 35 (May 20-26) Analysis: Week 35 is the final week of the season but it is only the first three nights of the week, so really there is only 34 1/2 weeks during this TV season. For the final three nights of the season, ABC was in first in HH/total viewers and it was a photo finish in adults 18-49, with NBC having the slight edge over ABC. CBS was third in adults 18-49, while Fox was a few tenths behind in fourth. In HH/viewers, ABC got the win over CBS, with NBC above normal and in third, beating Fox. The TV season ended on Wednesday, so we really don't count the rest of the week's ratings since it is summer programming and many repeats. For the May sweep, it was close among the four nets, but ABC took the 18-49 rating crown but all the networks were down from last season except for NBC (which was up just a tenth). As for the previous week, week 34, ABC took home first in adults 18-49 with a 1.95 rating boosted by the great 3.55 18-49 rating for the Billboard Music Awards, compared to a 1.90 for second place Fox. Rounding it out was CBS with a 1.72 and NBC in fourth with a 1.71. Among total viewers, it was of course CBS on top just getting by second place ABC. Fox was third in total viewers, while NBC had to settle for fourth in this as well.

Monday had NBC win the final Monday of the TV season. But first, ABC started with a two-hour Dancing with the Stars performance finals from 8-10pm and did 14.97 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, which is up a good six tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Then ABC had a series preview of the new summer drama Motive at 10 and did 6.52 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, no where near Castle's ratings, but expected. For NBC, they had a two-hour The Voice from 8-10pm that did 10.81 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating, which is down another three tenths in 18-49 from previous week for another Monday season low. At 10pm, NBC aired Revolution and did 5.64 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 with previous week, as this series will be on the move to Wednesdays next season and I don't think it will be pretty. CBS was a mix of new and repeats for some reason, with a repeat of 2 Broke Girls starting it off with 4.8 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating. At 8:30pm, the series finale of Rules of Engagement did 6.22 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating. At 9, a special repeat of The Big Bang Theory did 7.46 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating. At 9:30pm, a repeat of Mike & Molly did 7.92 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, as its season finale was pulled last minute due to a tornado related storyline. Not sure when that episode will air now. At 10pm, the season finale of Hawaii Five-0 was next and did 9.0 million and just a 2.0 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. I don't like having repeats in sweeps, makes no sense. Fox aired mainly repeats as well, as a repeat of Raising Hope started it off at 8pm with 1.71 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating. At 8:30pm, the series premiere of new comedy The Goodwin Games was next with 1.61 million and just a 0.6 18-49 rating.  At 9, a repeat of New Girl did 1.34 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, while a repeat of The Mindy Project did only 1.32 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating. The CW aired a new Oh Sit! at 8 and did 0.82 million and a 0.3 18-49 rating. At 9, another all-new Oh Sit! aired and did 0.62 million and a 0.2 18-49 rating.

On Tuesday, it was NBC getting by ABC by a tenth in 18-49 for the win. On CBS, it was another night of repeats in sweeps (so weird), NCIS: Los Angeles aired at a special time of 8pm and did 7.86 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating. At 9pm, a repeat of NCIS at a special time did 7.81 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating as well. At 10pm, another repeat of NCIS did a last place 7.23 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, yet still up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week's finale of Golden Boy. On ABC, at 8pm the special The Bachelor's Funniest Moments did 4.77 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week's Wipeout. At 9pm, Dancing with the Stars: The Results two-hour finale  did 15.2 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, up nine tenths in 18-49 from previous week when it was an hour. Congrats, Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough!  NBC aired a news special on the Oklahoma tornadoes 8 and did 8.15 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, on par with previous week's The Voice recap episode. At 9pm, The Voice was all-new and did 10.18 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. At 10pm, a new Grimm did 4.99 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 with previous week. NBC will keep this show on Fridays next season. Fox aired a two-hour So You Think You Can Dance and did 4.66 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week's season premiere which was just an hour. The CW aired a repeat of The Vampire Diaries at 8 and did 0.6 million and a 0.3 18-49 rating. A repeat of America's Next Top Model followed at 9 and did just 0.53 million and a 0.2 18-49 rating.

Wednesday it was a three way race and CBS had the edge over ABC and Fox. CBS started the night off with comedy repeats, first up was Two and a Half Men at 8 doing 5.17 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week's 2 Broke Girls encore. At 8:30pm, a repeat of Mike & Molly did 5.4 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, also up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week's 2 Broke Girls encore. Criminal Minds had its season finale from 9-11pm and it did 11.01 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, which was up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week's one-hour episode. ABC kicked off the night with the season finale of The Middle doing 7.7 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, which is up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week and the same as last season's finale. At 8:30pm, Family Tools was preempted for a Modern Family repeat and it did 5.68 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, four tenths better in 18-49 than previous week's all-new episode of Family Tools, wow. At 9pm, the season finale of Modern Family did the best of the block and the best of the night with 10.01 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 with previous week.  The eighth episode of How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) followed at 9:30pm with 6.26 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. Still shocked, ABC will not bring it back next season. I think it deserved to return even though it has done about the same as shows in this slot. Perhaps Super Fun Night will be the right choice next fall as it is different and unique. At 10pm, Nashville had its season finale and did 6.02 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Good showing and such a great show that will be Emmy material for this year. No doubt it was going to come back for a second season, as people who kept questioning its return doesn't know anything about TV if they thought that. On Fox, the season premiere of summer staple Masterchef did a solid 5.29 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, while a second episode followed with 5.48 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, on par with previous week's So You Think You Can Dance in 18-49. Onto NBC a new Dateline started it off at 8pm with 6.2 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, which was down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. Law & Order: SVU followed at 9pm with its season finale that did 6.66 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. This is an aging series so I don't know why NBC is leaving it here next fall. At 10pm, Chicago Fire also had its season finale and it did 6.13 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, which was down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. This is an up and down show always affected by what is opposite it. Yes, clearly it is a positive for NBC but people give this more props than Nashville in the ratings, yet they both do similar ratings-wise but the latter is more well-produced and brings in more revenue. The CW went the movie route to close the season with an airing of Love Happens doing 1.02 million and a 0.3 18-49 rating. 

Starting from Thursday on, the summer season started! So we won't do an analysis, but stay tuned all summer to see how your favorite network sitcoms are doing--repeat or not!


Week 35 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Week 34 -- May 13-19)
  • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 episodes - A new episode at 8 did 4.01 million and a 1.87 18-49 rating, which is down about tenth in 18-49 from previous week. The season finale followed at a special time of 8:30pm with 4.52 million and a 2.13 18-49 rating, for a solid finish.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) 2 episodes - A new episode at a special time of 7pm did 2.14 million and a 0.96 18-49 rating, which was up just under two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. The season finale followed at its normal time of 7:30pm and did 2.43 million and a 1.13 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week.
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox) - preempted.
  • Family Guy (Fox) 2 episodes - A new showing at 9 did 5.28 million and a 2.61 18-49 rating, which was up two tenths in 18-49 week-to-week. The season finale followed at a special time of 9:30pm and did 5.16 million and a 2.52 18-49 rating, going down from its lead-in...hmm. But good still.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - preempted.
Monday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - preempted.
  • Raising Hope (Fox) - Summer repeats have started already and a repeat of this comedy did 1.71 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - The series finale did 6.22 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, which is OK. But CBS doesn't need this series anymore.
  • The Goodwin Games (Fox) - The series premiere did just 1.61 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, as it is being burned off in the summer it seems.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A special repeat at 9 did 7.46 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week's repeat at 8:30.
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - A repeat at a special time of 8pm did 4.8 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating.  Weird that it aired at 8 and not 9, but CBS is trying to have it not count in the season ratings obviously.
  • New Girl (Fox) - A repeat at 9 did just 1.34 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating in its new summer home.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - At 9:30pm, a repeat of this show did 7.92 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating - as it was replaced with a repeat last minute due to a tornado-related storyline. So its season finale still hasn't aired and no idea when it will air now.
  • The Mindy Project (Fox) - A repeat at 9:30pm did just 1.32 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating.
Tuesday Sitcoms
  • New Girl (Fox) - preempted.
  • The Mindy Project (Fox) - preempted.
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - The season finale posted 7.7 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, which is up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. And on par with last season's finale in 18-49 but more total viewers.  Syndication will likely make this show grow more next season.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A repeat at 8pm did 5.17 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, which was a tenth in 18-49 better than previous week's comedy encore in this slot.
  • Family Tools (ABC) - preempted.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - A repeat on a special night at 8:30pm did 5.4 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, also a tenth better in 18-49 than previous week's comedy encore in this time period.
  • Modern Family (ABC) 2 airings - The season finale at 9 did 10.01 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating, which is the best of the block and for the night and on par in 18-49 with previous week. Good showing, but I thought it would be a bit higher, like a 4.1. A repeat at 8:30pm did solid with 5.68 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating.
  • How To Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) (ABC) - A new episode at 9:30pm did 6.26 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. It will be all-new through June 26, so you'll have a comedy option on this night on network TV.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - The first summer repeat of the season at 8pm posted 9.06 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, which is great but down a tenth in 18-49 from the first one last year.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A repeat at 8:30pm did 7.71 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, which is good for a repeat.
  • Save Me (NBC) 2 episodes - The series premiere at 8pm was off to slow start with just 3.18 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating.  A second episode followed at 8:30pm with only 2.93 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating. NBC always has a sitcom or two they don't air at all or premiere in summer. Weird.
  • The Office (NBC) - A repeat did just 1.92 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating. I wonder when NBC will stop airing it now that it is over. I'm guessing by early August.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - A repeat at 9:30pm did 1.79 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, at least building on its lead-in among adults 18-49.
Friday Sitcoms
  • None.
Saturday Sitcoms
  • None.
Airing tonight (Sunday) are no comedies, as the Fox Animation Domination comedies are preempted by NASCAR Coca-Cola 500.

Summing it up. Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, The Middle, Mike & Molly-Mon were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as Rules of Engagement, How To Live With Your Parents) or just plain terrible (such as Save Me, The Goodwin Games).


New on DVD/Blu-ray (March/April)

The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five

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 - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
04/04 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season
04/11 - Father Knows Best - Season Five
04/11 - Schitt's Creek - The Complete Third Season
04/11 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/11 - Veep - The Complete Fifth Season
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, April 25

The Middle - "Trip and Fall" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Trashy neighbor Rita Glossner (Brooke Shields) talks an apprehensive Frankie into taking a road trip to an unknown destination; Mike takes an embarrassing fall at the quarry and has to deal with even more embarrassment when OSHA is called in to investigate; and Sue attempts to convince Axl to end his estrangement with the family after learning their true feelings about April.

American Housewife - "The Otto Motto" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Taylor keeps quitting school activities, Greg says that Katie, quite the quitter herself, sets a poor example. He challenges her to finally learn French after quitting lessons so long ago, so she reluctantly enrolls in a college class.

Speechless - "S-I-- SICK D-A-- DAY" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Maya gets sick, Jimmy is forced to be the mom of the house, and Dylan becomes Kenneth’s replacement for JJ when Kenneth also gets sick. Jimmy ends up doing well with Maya’s normal duties, but he tries to keep it from her to avoid her feeling bad. Meanwhile, JJ protects Dylan from a boy she’s interested in. And despite its illness, the family bands together and pulls an all-nighter to finish Ray’s school project.

Imaginary Mary - "In a World Where Worlds Collide" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Alice freaks out when her friends want to meet Ben. But when an outing with everyone goes surprisingly well, Alice wants to meet Ben’s friends. However, Ben is hesitant but devises a plan that will impress Alice; but later, he makes a surprising admission.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "The Last Ride" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
In what could be their last case as partners, Jake and Charles go to great extremes to apprehend a local bike thief. Terry shockingly isn’t in the lead for “Mr. Nine-Nine” (the detective who has solved the most cases), leaving Rosa determined to boost his ego. Meanwhile, Amy spends some precious time with Holt.

The Mick - "The Implant" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Sabrina tells Mickey she wants to augment her figure, so Mickey decides the best way to dissuade her from doing so is to do a test-run in public. Meanwhile, Jimmy takes Chip and Ben to a baseball game to teach them how to be more masculine.

Great News - "Pilot" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Katie (Briga Heelan), a frustrated cable news producer, is horrified when her mom, Carol (Andrea Martin), gets an internship at "The Breakdown." Despite Katie's best efforts, Carol is instantly beloved by the entire office, including blowhard veteran anchor Chuck (John Michael Higgins). But when Katie hits a roadblock while producing a big story, she realizes that maybe having a mom at work isn't such a bad thing.

Great News - "Bear Attack" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Katie (Briga Heelan) tries to set workplace boundaries with Carol (Andrea Martin), but when a big story about an escaped bear lands in her lap, her mom can't help but meddle. Meanwhile, Greg (Adam Campbell) tries to get Chuck (John Michael Higgins) and Portia (Nicole Richie) to do a little friendly banter at the end of the show.

The Detour - "The Mule" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Robin and Nate live out their action movie fantasies as they make their way to the kids, who are actually doing fine without them.

The Detour - "The Ass" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
The family reunites, but this time Robin makes a huge mistake.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 24)

Tuesday, April 25

  • Amanda Peet (Brockmire/Togetherness/Bent) - Catch Amanda on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. She also appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Patton Oswalt (The Goldbergs/The King of Queens) - Patton stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Kal Penn (We Are Men/How I Met Your Mother) - Kal is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Sanaa Lathan (Family Guy/The Cleveland Show/LateLine) - Sanaa stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Reid Scott (Veep/My Boys) - Reid visits Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Arden Myrin (Working) - Arden appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Hank Azaria (Brockmire/The Simpsons/Free Agents) - Hank is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Andrea Martin (Difficult People/Working the Engels) - Andrea visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • John Leguizamo (The Brothers Garcia) - John guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Patti LaBelle (Out All Night) - Patti will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Andrea Martin (Great News/Difficult People/Working the Engels) - Andrea talks about Good News on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and in the 10am hour.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso will be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Jason Jones (The Detour) - Jason talks about The Detour on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Ross Lynch (Austin & Ally) - Ross opens up about his new movie My Friend Dahmer on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Tim Daly (Wings) - Tim is a guest on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Peter Engel (Producer of Saved by the Bell/California Dreams/Hang Time) - Peter dishes about his new memoir I Was Saved by the Bell on the The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Sherri Shepherd (Trial & Error/Less Than Perfect/Sherri) - Sherri is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Danny DeVito (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia/Taxi) - Danny appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.