Sunday, April 20, 2014

Review of Tonight's Devious Maids Premiere; Week 30 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

Lifetime's "deliciously dirty" series Devious Maids returns tonight (April 20) for a second season airing Sundays at 10:00pm and we have just watched that season opener. In the episode, "An Ideal Husband," three months have passed since we last saw our characters. Without any major spoilers, Marisol (Ana Ortiz) finds a new love, while Peri tries to keep Rosie (Dania Ramirez) and Spence (Grant Show) apart as Zoila (Judy Reyes) discovers through Genevieve (Susan Lucci) that Valentina (Edy Ganem) is back from Africa, while Carmen (Roselyn Sanchez) and Alejandro settle in to their fake relationship.

In the style of Desperate Housewives (also created by Marc Cherry), we have a new mystery that will play out this season and Marisol finds herself right in the middle of it again, but this time she doesn't know anything about it. All of our favorite maids and their employers are back (well, minus the Stappords), but we also have new blood in Beverly Hills that will play into the season's mystery. The new mystery is very compelling and you'll want to know what happened 15 years ago (1999). The premiere of course brings the mystery, but we still have the comedic aspect that this show did so well with in the first season (in particular characters like Rosie, Odessa and The Powells). And speaking of the Powells (Rebecca Wisocky and Tom Irwin), they are always a pleasure to watch and they have to deal with a crisis in the premiere that forces them to hire a...bodyguard! Funny! New maid Opal might be even creepier than Mr. Powell, if that's even possible. Executive producer Eva Longoria directs the premiere and did an amazing job with it bringing her comedic timing that she mastered on Desperate Housewives. We have a lot of twists and turns, but along the way the premiere has laughs and a lot of heart as well. It's just fun and compelling episode, with a great mystery. You'll want to watch it live tonight at 10|9c on Lifetime because this show will be the talk at the water-cooler Monday morning. No sophomore slump here!

2013-14 Week 30 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thu): 

Households: #1. CBS 5.6/9 rating/share (-26% from first four nights Week 29); #2. ABC 4.6/8 (even); #3. NBC 4.2/7 (-2%); #4. Fox 3.4/5 (even); #5. The CW 1.0/2 (+43%)
Total Viewers: #1. CBS 8.83 million (-28% from first four nights Week 29); #2. ABC 7.06 million (even); #3. NBC 6.55 million (-2%); #4. Fox 5.35 million (-3%); #5. The CW 1.51 million (+53%).
Adults 18-49: #1. NBC 1.8/5 rating/share (-5% from first four nights Week 29); #2. ABC 1.7/5 (even); #3. CBS 1.7/5 (-45%); #4. Fox 1.5/5 (even) #5. The CW 0.6/2 (+100%)

For previous week's final ratings, Week 29 (4/7/14-4/13/14) had CBS win the week in 18-49 with a 2.1 rating, followed by ABC's 1.5, Fox's 1.5 and NBC's 1.4. In total viewers, CBS lead this with 9.95 million, beating ABC which did 6.2 million, NBC followed with 5.4 million, and Fox trailed with 4.94 million.
Season to-date (9/23/13-4/13/14) in 18-49, NBC is on top with a 2.9, over Fox's Super Bowl-fueled 2.6, CBS is next with a 2.4, and ABC at a 2.1. In total viewers, CBS is still on top with 10.85 million, then NBC is second with 9.71, Fox is at 7.68 and ABC is at 7.50 as they are creeping in to catch Fox.

Back to week 30, read our full night-by-night analysis followed by how the sitcoms did! GREAT showings are in BOLD. If they are in bold in both total viewers and 18-49, then it is very impressive:

Week 30 (April 14-20) Analysis

Last Sunday (Apr 13)(Week 29)This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
60 MinutesCBS7:00PM10,987,00010,135,000852,000 1.631.310.32
America's Funniest VideosABC7:00PM5,923,0006,409,000(486,000)1.301.43(0.13)
DatelineNBC7:00PM4,403,0004,123,000280,000 0.780.590.19 vs. Ann Curry
Bob's BurgersFox7:00PM1,832,0002,265,000(433,000)0.760.89(0.13)
American DadFox7:30PM2,363,0002,681,000(318,000)1.151.19(0.04)
49th ACM AwardsCBS8:00PM
The Amazing RaceCBS8:00PM8,835,000
8,835,000 1.79
Once Upon a TimeABC8:00PM6,499,0007,256,000(757,000)1.982.42(0.44)
American Dream BuildersNBC8:00PM3,087,0002,921,000166,000 0.700.650.05
The SimpsonsFox8:00PM3,638,0004,298,000(660,000)1.661.86(0.20)
Family GuyFox8:30PM4,386,0004,773,000(387,000)2.122.26(0.14)
The Good WifeCBS9:00PM9,833,000
9,833,000 1.48
BelieveNBC9:00PM4,344,0004,248,00096,000 1.010.970.04
Cosmos: SpacetimeFox9:00PM349,0003,982,000(3,633,000)1.251.52(0.27)
The MentalistCBS10:00PM9,021,000
9,021,000 1.57
Revenge ABC10:00PM5,265,0005,163,000102,000 1.341.290.05


This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
2 Broke GirlsCBS8:00PM7,220,0006,846,000374,000 2.312.000.31 vs. Big Bang (R)
Dancing with the StarsABC8:00PM14,776,00014,467,000309,000 2.332.170.16 8-10P
The VoiceNBC8:00PM11,849,00011,966,000(117,000)3.363.48(0.12)8-10P
Star CrossedCW8:00PM758,000952,000(194,000)0.280.34(0.06)
Friends w/Better LivesCBS8:30PM5,690,0005,258,000432,000 1.831.580.25
Mike & MollyCBS9:00PM7,490,000
7,490,000 2.09
NCAA ChampionshipCBS9:00PM
The FollowingFox9:00PM4,358,0004,408,000(50,000)1.441.430.01
Tomorrow PeopleCW9:00PM1,059,000583,000476,000 0.420.200.22 REPEAT
6,859,000 1.88
Person of InterestCBS10:00PM4,526,000
4,526,000 0.95
The BlacklistNBC10:00PM5,820,0005,082,000738,000 1.531.480.05 REPEAT vs. Dream Builders


This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.ABC8:00PM3,591,0005,373,000(1,782,000)1.081.90(0.82)REPEAT
The VoiceNBC8:00PM11,815,00011,085,000730,000 2.982.850.13
The OriginalsCW8:00PM1,519,000676,000843,000 0.690.200.49 vs. REPEAT
NCIS: LACBS9:00PM14,688,00014,560,000128,000 2.112.34(0.23)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.ABC9:00PM5,516,000
5,516,000 2.11
The GoldbergsABC9:00PM
About a BoyNBC9:00PM6,992,0006,866,000126,000 1.791.720.07
New GirlFox9:00PM2,187,0002,263,000(76,000) vs. Mindy Project
SupernaturalCW9:00PM1,602,000766,000836,000 0.730.200.53 vs. The 100 (R)
Trophy WifeABC9:30PM
Growing Up FisherNBC9:30PM5,889,0005,543,000346,000 1.521.500.02
Mindy ProjectFox9:30PM1,952,0002,330,000(378,000)0.991.09(0.10)
Person of InterestCBS10:00PM10,743,0007,894,0002,849,000 1.761.200.56 vs. REPEAT
Celebrity Wife SwapABC10:00PM3,222,0002,172,0001,050,000 1.010.500.51 PREMIERE vs. Resurrection (R)
Chicago FireNBC10:00PM6,896,0006,958,000(62,000)1.661.83(0.17)

This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
Survivor Blood v WaterCBS8:00PM9,348,0009,624,000(276,000)2.292.42(0.13)
The MiddleABC8:00PM5,227,0004,975,000252,000 1.341.40(0.06)REPEAT
Law & Order: SVUNBC8:00PM4,610,0004,171,000439,000 1.120.930.19 REPEAT
American IdolFox8:00PM8,529,0008,899,000(370,000)1.942.01(0.07)8-10P
ArrowCW8:00PM2,260,0001,176,0001,084,000 0.710.400.31 vs. REPEAT
Criminal MindsCBS9:00PM6,884,0009,848,000(2,964,000)1.412.31(0.90)REPEAT
Modern FamilyABC9:00PM5,288,0005,105,000183,000 1.601.60- REPEAT
Law & Order: SVUNBC9:00PM5,133,0007,408,000(2,275,000)1.282.05(0.77)REPEAT
MixologyABC9:30PM3,855,0003,651,000204,000 1.191.24(0.05)
The 100CW9:00PM1,801,0001,689,000112,000 0.530.53-
NashvilleABC10:00PM2,877,0002,469,000408,000 0.710.600.11 REPEAT
Chicago P.D.NBC10:00PM4,174,0006,486,000(2,312,000)1.011.60(0.59)REPEAT

This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
The Big Bang TheoryCBS8:00PM9,687,00016,288,000(6,601,000)2.204.70(2.50)REPEAT
Grey's AnatomyABC8:00PM3,590,0006,846,000(3,256,000)0.851.68(0.83)REPEAT vs. Shark Tank
CommunityNBC8:00PM2,871,0002,559,000312,000 0.980.860.12
Hell's KitchenFox8:00PM4,949,0004,170,000779,000 1.731.380.35
Vampire DiariesCW8:00PM1,663,000843,000820,000 0.710.300.41 vs. REPEAT
The Big Bang TheoryCBS8:30PM10,907,00010,071,000836,000 2.652.480.17 REPEAT vs. The Millers
Parks & RecreationNBC8:30PM2,395,0002,560,000(165,000)0.931.01(0.08)
The Crazy OnesCBS9:00PM6,185,0009,547,000(3,362,000)1.572.43(0.86)vs. 2.5 Men
Grey's AnatomyABC9:00PM8,447,0008,177,000270,000 2.622.570.05
Hollywood Game NightNBC9:00PM3,212,0002,616,000596,000 0.930.900.03 vs. REPEAT
American IdolFox9:00PM7,971,0007,633,000338,000 1.901.750.15
ReignCW9:00PM1,390,0001,230,000160,000 0.420.45(0.03)
The Crazy OnesCBS9:30PM5,225,0006,874,000(1,649,000)1.301.66(0.36)FINALE
Surviving JackFox9:30PM4,295,0004,320,000(25,000)1.041.24(0.20)
NCISCBS10:00PM6,130,0007,902,000(1,772,000)1.021.64(0.62)REPEAT vs. Elementary
ScandalABC10:00PM10,573,0009,227,0001,346,000 3.453.010.44 FINALE
ParenthoodNBC10:00PM3,991,0003,663,000328,000 FINALE

Friday(PRELIMINARY #s) This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
Last Man StandingABC8:00PM5,212,0005,898,000(686,000)1.101.18(0.08)
DatelineNBC8:00PM5,478,0003,702,0001,776,000 1.000.690.31
Kitchen NightmaresFox8:00PM2,939,0003,067,000(128,000)1.001.22(0.22)
Whose Line Is It Anyway?CW8:00PM1,367,0001,360,0007,000 0.400.380.02
Last Man StandingABC8:30PM4,037,0004,058,000(21,000)0.800.86(0.06)REPEAT vs. Neighbors
Whose Line Is It Anyway?CW8:30PM1,293,0001,306,000(13,000)
Hawaii Five-0CBS9:00PM6,437,0009,168,000(2,731,000)0.701.34(0.64)REPEAT
Shark TankABC9:00PM6,469,0006,948,000(479,000)1.601.79(0.19)
DatelineNBC9:00PM6,457,0004,730,0001,727,000 vs. Grimm
Hart of DixieCW9:00PM805,000808,000(3,000)0.300.270.03
Kitchen NightmaresFox9:00PM2,499,0002,901,000(402,000)0.901.14(0.24)
Blue BloodsCBS10:00PM8,389,00011,051,000(2,662,000)0.901.42(0.52)REPEAT
20/20ABC10:00PM8,197,0005,767,0002,430,000 1.801.450.35
HannibalNBC10:00PM2,930,0002,247,000683,000 0.900.740.16

Saturday(PRELIMINARY #s) This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
The Ten CommandmentsABC7:00PM5,870,000
5,870,000 1.00
1.00 7-1144P
DatelineNBC8:00PM4,490,0004,387,000103,000 0.900.700.20 8-10P
UFCFox8:00PM1,990,0006,039,000(4,049,000)0.801.46(0.66)8-10P vs. NASCAR
ComedytimeCBS8:30PM5,270,0001,566,0003,704,000 0.900.390.51 REPEAT
CrimetimeCBS9:00PM2,860,0002,250,000610,000 0.600.450.15 vs. 48 Hours
20/20 SaturdayABC9:00PM
48 Hours MysteryCBS10:00PM5,490,0004,511,000979,000 0.900.790.11
Nightline PrimeABC10:00PM
SNL(R) NBC10:00PM2,790,0002,921,000(131,000)0.900.91(0.01)REPEAT

Sitcoms in green did excellent for the week, while yellow indicates OK showings and red is not good! This is sorted by adults 18-49: 

Week 30 (April 14-20) How the Sitcoms Did
(Sun comedies are previous week and Fri/Sat are prelim ratings)
Sorted by 18-49 Rtg
TitleNetworkTimeDayTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes

The Big Bang TheoryCBS8:30PMThu10,907,0002.65REPEAT
2 Broke GirlsCBS8:00PMMon7,220,0002.31
The Big Bang TheoryCBS8:00PMThu9,687,0002.20REPEAT
Family GuyFox8:30PMSun4,386,0002.12
Mike & MollyCBS9:00PMMon7,490,0002.09
Friends with Better LivesCBS8:30PMMon5,690,0001.83
About a BoyNBC9:00PMTue6,992,0001.79
The SimpsonsFox8:00PMSun3,638,0001.66
Modern FamilyABC9:00PMWed5,288,0001.60REPEAT
The Crazy OnesCBS9:00PMThu6,185,0001.57
Growing Up FisherNBC9:30PMTue5,889,0001.52
The MiddleABC8:00PMWed5,227,0001.34REPEAT
The Crazy OnesCBS9:30PMThu5,225,0001.30FINALE
American Dad!Fox7:30PMSun2,363,0001.15
New GirlFox9:00PMTue2,187,0001.15
Last Man StandingABC8:00PMFri5,212,0001.1
Surviving JackFox9:30PMThu4,295,0001.04
The Mindy ProjectFox9:30PMTue1,952,0000.99
Parks & RecreationNBC8:30PMThu2,395,0000.93
Last Man StandingABC8:30PMFri4,037,0000.8REPEAT
Bob's BurgersFox7:00PMSun1,832,0000.76
Comedytime (R) CBS8:30PMSat2,270,0000.5REPEAT
Comedytime (R) CBS8:00PMSat2,200,0000.4REPEAT
The MillersCBS8:30PMThu

Two and a Half MenCBS9:00PMThu

The GoldbergsABC9:00PMTue

Trophy WifeABC9:30PMTue

Animation DominationFox7:00PMSun

Animnation DominationFox7:30PMSun

The NeighborsABC8:30PMFri

How I Met Your MotherCBS8:00PMMon

Brooklyn Nine-NineFox9:30PMTue


Super Fun NightABC9:30PMWed

Raising HopeFox9:30PMFri


Sean Saves the WorldNBC9:00PMThu

The Michael J. Fox ShowNBC9:30PMThu

We Are MenCBS8:30PMMon

Welcome to the FamilyNBC8:30PMThu

Back in the GameABC8:30PMWed


SOURCE: Nielsen Media Research

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

Wednesday, October 26

The Goldbergs - "Stefan King" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Adam’s love of Stephen King inspires him to try his hand at horror writing. After learning the monster in Adam’s story is based off Beverly, she forces Adam to stay in on Halloween and rewrite it, hoping he depicts her as a better mother.  Meanwhile, Erica is desperate to find a date to the costume dance and forces Barry go with her.

Speechless - "H-A-L-- HALLOWEEN" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jimmy is upset the kids no longer want to participate in the family tradition of dressing up for Halloween. Maya tries to cheer up Jimmy by allowing him to do things he loves by taking things off the family “Dead to Me” list. Meanwhile, Ray recruits Dylan to help work the school’s haunted mansion while Kenneth is scared of losing his job when JJ gets drunk at a party.  Even though Maya is furious, she is thrilled to see JJ having a “normal” life.

Modern Family - "Halloween 4: The Revenge of Rod Skyhook" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Luke’s Halloween party isn’t the monster bash he dreamed of and is at risk of having the worst party of the year. Sensing trouble, the rest of the Dunphy’s realize all his party needs is a visit from Rod Skyhook, a little promotion and some adult supervision to get it started. Meanwhile at the Tucker-Pritchett home, Cam faces off with his Halloween nemesis while Lily and Mitchell try to save the day and work to keep him from going to the darkside. Finally, when Jay finds out that Manny is going to a party at the home of an old enemy, he enlists him to deliver a trick he will never forget.

black-ish - "The Purge" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After Junior embarrasses Dre during a basketball game, Dre decides to remind Junior of his master pranking skills so he’ll never challenge him again. Meanwhile, the neighborhood participates in a “mischief night” during Halloween where petty crimes become legal, and Ruby takes it too far with the kids.

Younger - "P Is for Pancake" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Kelsey dates a seemingly perfect guy, but Liza and Lauren think it’s too soon. At a party of doctors, Josh puts his relationship with Liza under the microscope.

Impastor - "Sins of the Past-or Part 2" (TV Land, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Dora’s and Alexa’s lives are both in jeopardy and Buddy must choose which one to save. Russell and Dora have a falling out. Schmidt is robbed.

You're the Worst - "The Seventh Layer" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Vernon and Paul take a road trip.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 24)

Wednesday, October 26

  • Joel McHale (The Great Indoors/Community) - Watch Joel on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) - Abbi visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She will also be on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Colin Hanks (Life in Pieces) - Colin appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Colton Dunn (Superstore), Lauren Ash (Superstore/Super Fun Night and Nico Santos (Superstore) - Colton, Lauren and Nico are guests on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Elijah Wood (Wilfred) - Elijah stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) - Will is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Donald Glover (Atlanta/Community) - Donald appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - See what happens when Dr. Oz visits the set of Dr. Ken on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
  • John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun/Twenty Good Years) - John talks about The Crown on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Boris Kodjoe (The Last Man on Earth/Second Time Around) - Boris joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Issa Rae (Insecure) - Issa is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Colin Hanks (Life in Pieces) - Colin talks about Life in Pieces on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory/Blossom) - Mayim is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Marisa Tomei (A Different World) - Marisa appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Betsy Brandt (Life in Pieces/The Michael J. Fox Show) - Betsy talks about Life in PieceS on the AOL Build Show at 12pm.