Sunday, May 04, 2014

Week 32 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did; Episodic Review: The Simpsons - "Brick Like Me" Airing Tonight on Fox

2013-14 Week 32 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thu): 

Households: #1. CBS 6.4/10 rating/share (+21% from first four nights Week 31); #2. ABC 4.9/8 (+7%); #3. NBC 4.8/8 (+20%); #4. Fox 3.1/5 (-9%); #5. The CW 1.1/2 (+10%)
Total Viewers: #1. CBS 10.00 million (+22% from first four nights Week 31); #2. NBC 7.71 million (+23%); #3. ABC 7.58 million (+7%); #4. Fox 5.12 million (-6%); #5. The CW 1.63 million (+4%).
Adults 18-49: #1. NBC 2.1/6 rating/share (+24% from first four nights Week 31); #2. CBS 2.0/6 (+18%); #3. ABC 1.8/5 (+13%); #4. Fox 1.4/4 (-7%) #5. The CW 0.6/2 (even)

For previous week's final ratings, Week 31 (4/21/14-4/27/14) had ABC win the week in 18-49 again for the second straight week with a 1.5 rating, followed by CBS' 1.4, Fox's 1.4 and NBC's 1.3. In total viewers, CBS lead this with 7.96 million, beating ABC which did 6.39 million, NBC followed with 5.39 million, and Fox trailed with 4.77 million.
Season to-date (9/23/13-4/27/14) in 18-49, NBC is on top with a 2.8, over Fox's Super Bowl-fueled 2.5, CBS is next with a 2.4, and ABC at a 2.1. In total viewers, CBS is still on top with 10.79 million, then NBC is second with 9.52, Fox is at 7.55 and ABC is at 7.54 as they are creeping in to catch Super Bowl-fueled Fox and should pass them by next week.

Back to week 32, 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 32 (April 28-May 4) Analysis

Last Sunday (Apr 27)(Week 31)This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
60 MinutesCBS7:00PM10,435,0008,884,0001,551,000 1.341.080.26
America's Funniest VideosABC7:00PM6,755,0003,705,0003,050,000 1.630.960.67 vs. Charlie Brown Easter
American Dream BuildersNBC7:00PM2,573,0002,308,000265,000 0.590.540.05
Bob's BurgersFox7:00PM2,262,0001,522,000740,000 1.050.640.41
American DadFox7:30PM2,403,0001,485,000918,000 1.160.630.53 vs. REPEAT
The Amazing RaceCBS8:00PM8,448,0007,651,000797,000 1.931.700.23
Once Upon a TimeABC8:00PM7,335,0005,946,0001,389,000 2.181.750.43
DatelineNBC8:00PM5,783,0003,696,0002,087,000 1.030.820.21
The SimpsonsFox8:00PM3,449,0002,182,0001,267,000 1.550.860.69 vs. REPEAT
Family GuyFox8:30PM4,019,0002,688,0001,331,000 vs. REPEAT
The Good WifeCBS9:00PM9,330,0009,147,000183,000 1.301.33(0.03)
Hallmark Movie: In My DreamsABC9:00PM
7,849,000 1.92
Cosmos: SpacetimeFox9:00PM3,658,0003,742,000(84,000)1.431.380.05
The MentalistCBS10:00PM8,630,0008,649,000(19,000)1.191.38(0.19)
Revenge ABC10:00PM5,185,000
5,185,000 1.26
CrisisNBC10:00PM4,015,0003,726,000289,000 0.970.880.09


This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
2 Broke GirlsCBS8:00PM7,764,0007,096,000668,000
Dancing with the StarsABC8:00PM15,880,00014,057,0001,823,000 2.572.170.40 8-10P
The VoiceNBC8:00PM11,579,00011,188,000391,000 2.993.00(0.01)8-10P
Star CrossedCW8:00PM830,000814,00016,000 0.270.27-
Friends w/Better LivesCBS8:30PM6,113,0005,407,000706,000 1.921.710.21
Mike & MollyCBS9:00PM7,598,0007,325,000273,000 2.181.890.29
The FollowingFox9:00PM4,810,0004,420,000390,000 1.521.380.14
Tomorrow PeopleCW9:00PM931,000760,000171,000 0.350.250.10
The Big Bang TheoryCBS9:30PM6,247,0006,936,000(689,000)1.701.85(0.15)REPEAT
Person of InterestCBS10:00PM4,319,0004,382,000(63,000)0.830.93(0.10)REPEAT vs. NCISLA (R)
CastleABC10:00PM10,394,0009,764,000630,000 1.951.840.11
The BlacklistNBC10:00PM10,846,00011,243,000(397,000)2.662.85(0.19)


This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
NCISCBS8:00PM17,253,00010,398,0006,855,000 2.521.231.29 vs. REPEAT
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.ABC8:00PM5,946,0006,039,000(93,000)2.081.930.15
The VoiceNBC8:00PM11,176,00011,288,000(112,000)2.752.77(0.02)
The OriginalsCW8:00PM1,775,0001,500,000275,000 0.840.650.19
NCIS: LACBS9:00PM14,831,00010,181,0004,650,000 2.131.360.77 vs. REPEAT
The GoldbergsABC9:00PM4,810,0003,117,0001,693,000 1.700.860.84 vs. REPEAT
About a BoyNBC9:00PM6,254,0006,860,000(606,000)1.621.88(0.26)
New GirlFox9:00PM2,203,0001,383,000820,000 1.080.600.48 vs. REPEAT
Trophy WifeABC9:30PM3,157,0002,223,000934,000 1.020.640.38 vs. REPEAT
Growing Up FisherNBC9:30PM5,592,0005,830,000(238,000)1.441.47(0.03)
Mindy ProjectFox9:30PM2,203,0002,142,00061,000
Person of InterestCBS10:00PM11,309,0007,532,0003,777,000 1.901.090.81 vs. REPEAT
Celebrity Wife SwapABC10:00PM2,824,0003,128,000(304,000)0.840.91(0.07)
Chicago FireNBC10:00PM7,058,0004,175,0002,883,000 1.750.930.82 vs. REPEAT

This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
Survivor Blood v WaterCBS8:00PM9,699,0009,433,000266,000 2.302.260.04
The MiddleABC8:00PM7,391,0007,191,000200,000 1.801.93(0.13)
SuburgatoryABC8:30PM5,510,0005,463,00047,000 1.461.65(0.19)
RevolutionNBC8:00PM4,323,0004,131,000192,000 1.300.920.38 vs. SVU (R)
American IdolFox8:00PM8,788,0009,020,000(232,000)1.862.10(0.24)8-10P
ArrowCW8:00PM2,313,0002,192,000121,000 0.800.690.11
Criminal MindsCBS9:00PM10,304,0006,356,0003,948,000 vs. REPEAT
Modern FamilyABC9:00PM8,395,0009,591,000(1,196,000)2.853.49(0.64)
Law & Order: SVUNBC9:00PM6,202,0004,414,0001,788,000 1.821.090.73 vs. REPEAT
The 100CW9:00PM1,884,0001,968,000(84,000)0.590.580.01
CSICBS10:00PM9,951,0007,064,0002,887,000 1.731.230.50 vs. REPEAT
NashvilleABC10:00PM4,622,0004,332,000290,000 vs. On the Record
Chicago P.D.NBC10:00PM7,280,0003,635,0003,645,000 1.890.891.00 vs. REPEAT

This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
The Big Bang TheoryCBS8:00PM16,074,00016,436,000(362,000)4.514.480.03
Grey's AnatomyABC8:00PM4,283,0002,790,0001,493,000 0.960.580.38 REPEAT vs. Kimmel (R)
iHeart Music AwardsNBC8:00PM5,477,000
5,477,000 1.66
1.66 8-11P
Parks & RecreationNBC8:00PM
Hell's KitchenFox8:00PM4,470,0004,924,000(454,000)1.621.70(0.08)
Vampire DiariesCW8:00PM1,843,0001,814,00029,000 0.780.760.02
The MillersCBS8:30PM9,426,0009,958,000(532,000)2.042.40(0.36)
Two and a Half MenCBS9:00PM8,965,0009,347,000(382,000)2.082.47(0.39)
Grey's AnatomyABC9:00PM8,809,0007,993,000816,000 2.602.330.27
SNL Prime: ShortsNBC9:00PM
American IdolFox9:00PM7,032,0007,681,000(649,000)1.511.81(0.30)
ReignCW9:00PM1,402,0001,353,00049,000 0.500.470.03
Bad TeacherCBS9:30PM6,472,0007,795,000(1,323,000)1.432.06(0.63)
Surviving JackFox9:30PM3,921,0003,892,00029,000 1.001.00-
Black BoxABC10:00PM5,596,0006,872,000(1,276,000)1.331.50(0.17)



Friday(PRELIMINARY #s) This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
Swimming w/SharksABC8:00PM5,836,000
5,836,000 1.50
1.50 special
Last Man StandingABC8:00PM
Kitchen NightmaresFox8:00PM2,426,0002,838,000(412,000)0.901.01(0.11)
Whose Line Is It Anyway?CW8:00PM1,194,0001,474,000(280,000)0.400.49(0.09)
Last Man StandingABC8:30PM
Whose Line Is It Anyway?CW8:30PM1,009,0001,330,000(321,000)0.300.48(0.18)REPEAT
Hawaii Five-0CBS9:00PM8,689,0009,264,000(575,000)1.201.26(0.06)
Shark TankABC9:00PM8,084,0007,115,000969,000 2.201.760.44
GrimmNBC9:00PM5,198,0004,929,000269,000 1.401.190.21
Hart of DixieCW9:00PM674,000750,000(76,000)0.200.28(0.08)
Kitchen NightmaresFox9:00PM2,551,0003,152,000(601,000)0.801.24(0.44)
Blue BloodsCBS10:00PM11,378,00011,053,000325,000 1.501.360.14
20/20ABC10:00PM6,980,0005,888,0001,092,000 1.701.410.29
HannibalNBC10:00PM2,758,0002,448,000310,000 1.100.870.23

Saturday(PRELIMINARY #s) This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
ABC Movie: TransformersABC8:00PM2,407,0003,222,000(815,000)0.700.91(0.21)8-11P vs. 8-10P
DatelineNBC8:00PM5,408,0005,237,000171,000 0.800.93(0.13)8-10P
The SimpsonsFox8:00PM1,117,000
1,117,000 0.40
24: LAD SpecialFox8:00PM1,054,000
1,054,000 0.30
0.30 special
20/20 SaturdayABC9:00PM


The FollowingFox9:00PM660,000
660,000 0.20
48 Hours MysteryCBS10:00PM4,994,0005,564,000(570,000)0.800.92(0.12)
Nightline PrimeABC10:00PM
SNL(R) NBC10:00PM2,721,0002,723,000(2,000)0.800.86(0.06)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 32 (April 28-May 4) 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 TheoryCBS8:00PMThu16,074,0004.51
Modern FamilyABC9:00PMWed8,395,0002.85
2 Broke GirlsCBS8:00PMMon7,764,0002.28
Mike & MollyCBS9:00PMMon7,598,0002.18
Two and a Half MenCBS9:00PMThu8,965,0002.08
Family GuyFox8:30PMSun4,019,0002.06
The MillersCBS8:30PMThu9,426,0002.04
Friends with Better LivesCBS8:30PMMon6,113,0001.92
The MiddleABC8:00PMWed7,391,0001.80
The Big Bang TheoryCBS9:30PMMon6,247,0001.70REPEAT
The GoldbergsABC9:00PMTue4,810,0001.70
About a BoyNBC9:00PMTue6,254,0001.62
The SimpsonsFox8:00PMSun3,449,0001.55
Growing Up FisherNBC9:30PMTue5,592,0001.44
Bad TeacherCBS9:30PMThu6,472,0001.43
American Dad!Fox7:30PMSun2,403,0001.16
The Mindy ProjectFox9:30PMTue2,203,0001.11
New GirlFox9:00PMTue2,203,0001.08
Bob's BurgersFox7:00PMSun2,262,0001.05
Trophy WifeABC9:30PMTue3,157,0001.02
Surviving JackFox9:30PMThu3,921,0001.00
Comedytime (R) CBS8:00PMSat2,003,0000.4REPEAT
The SimpsonsFox8:00PMSat1,117,0000.4REPEAT
Comedytime (R) CBS8:30PMSat1,817,0000.4REPEAT

Animation DominationFox7:00PMSun

Animnation DominationFox7:30PMSun

Last Man StandingABC8:00PMFri

Parks & RecreationNBC8:00PMThu


The Crazy OnesCBS9:30PMThu

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

On the next...The Simpsons (Fox, Sun 8:00pm):
By: Skees

Few would have imagined when The Simpsons began all the way back in 1989 that it would still be on the air in 2014, 550 episodes later... but now, the series has approached that milestone. Like many milestones for the series, the producers have decided to do something special for this milestone, and this time, they've decided to put the series in LEGO form, in "Brick Like Me," airing Sunday at 8 PM ET/PT on Fox.

The episode starts off a little bit different from usual. Everything begins in Homer and Marge's bedroom with the lights off... but when the lights come on, things look a whole lot different, at least to the fans: Homer and Marge are now block lifeforms. At the breakfast table, Bart points out that something looks different, but it isn't that they are blocks, but rather that Homer is wearing a tie. As the episode progresses, Homer buys Lisa a Pretty Patty's Princess Shop play set from the comic book store. But upon buying this, things start to get a little weird. At first, he has these strange flashbacks to an alternate universe where he helps Lisa put the play set together, but everything looks different. It gets even worse when he looks in the mirror and starts seeing a meaty and fleshy version of himself, as opposed to a hard plastic version. As things continue to get even stranger, Homer is out to find out answers about who he is and where he is, and how he got there.

I really did enjoy the creative premise for the episode. The Simpsons in LEGO form is a fun idea to work with, to be certain. And you have to give a lot of credit to the work done for the animation in this episode, as it is nothing at all like we're used to with the series. Unfortunately, though, I felt that everything in the episode was just a bit too contrived. It felt like the whole idea of a LEGO episode was the main idea behind it, and that there was little effort into putting a story behind it all. In fact, in watching the episode, it was sometimes hard to even remember what the main plot was supposed to be. I felt like the episode probably would have been better as one of the segments on a Treehouse of Horror episode, since there probably was enough of a story to last for 6 or 7 minutes, but as a 22 minute episodes, it falls flat rather quickly. It's a shame that the 550th episode milestone couldn't have been something more impressive. Still, there is no denying that it is fun to watch the series in this alternate style, but a good episode needs a story as well. C+

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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, October 25

The Middle - "Halloween VIII: The Heckoning" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
As Halloween approaches, Frankie is taken aback when she discovers that, if the circumstances ever arose where she and Mike got divorced, the kids would all choose to live with Mike. Meanwhile, Sue tries everything in her power to get her room back from Brick, and having to be so nice around girlfriend April all of the time leads Axl to lash out at his family.

American Housewife - "Westport Zombies" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Katie, jealous of Taylor’s friendship with neighbor Viv (Leslie Bibb), reluctantly competes in the Westport Halloween “Zombie Run” after she finds out they’ll both be running. Meanwhile, Greg and Anna-Kat get a little too much in character for the “zombie” part of the run’s obstacle course.

Fresh Off the Boat - "Louisween" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
It’s Louis’ favorite holiday, and he makes every attempt to scare Jessica into the Halloween spirit, but she is buried in her word processor, drafting her first horror novel. Meanwhile, Emery and Evan debate costume choices, and Eddie and his crew are excited to party with high schoolers at Nicole’s house.

The Real O'Neals - "The Real Halloween" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Halloween arrives, or what Kenny refers to as “the gay Super Bowl,” he plans to go to Boystown to watch the festive costume parade. In an effort to prevent Kenny from attending, Eileen agrees to let him throw his own Halloween party at home. Eileen’s tolerance is ultimately tested when Kenny recruits Stuart and his gay friends to join the big party, and he makes a BIG costume change. Meanwhile, Jimmy and Shannon plan to pull off an epic Halloween prank.

Atlanta - "Junteenth" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Why my Auntie trying to make me go to one of these bougie Junteenth parties again? I don't like them sadity people and I'm gonna miss my shows. Le sigh.

Family Time - "Head of House" (Bounce TV, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When the Stallworths have an unexpected visitor, they learn of a vicious crime that took place in their home years ago.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 24)

Tuesday, October 25

  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) - Catch Will on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Matt LeBlanc (Man with a Plan/Episodes/Friends) - Matt is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) - Cobie appears on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Skylar Astin (Ground Floor) - Skylar is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Ron Howard (Happy Days/The Andy Griffith Show) - Ron drops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Mary Lynn Rajskub (How to Be a Gentleman/Veronica's Closet/The Larry Sanders Show) and David Koechner (Another Period/Hank/The Office) - Mary and David are guests on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun/Twenty Good Years) - John appears on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens/Anything But Love) - Jamie Lee is a guest on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Erinn Hayes (Kevin Can Wait/Guys with Kids/Worst Week) - Erinn plays a celeb guessing game with Rach, who’s serving up no-fail make-your-own takeout, on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Mary Steenburgen (The Last Man on Earth/Ink) - Mary joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Ana Gasteyer (People of Earth/Lady Dynamite/Suburgatory) - Ana will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET. She will also be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Cheryl Hines (Son of Zorn/Suburgatory/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Cheryl is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) - Abbi will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. She will also be on the AOL Build Show 4pm.
  • Don Rickles (C.P.O. Sharkey/Daddy Dearest) - Don is a guest on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Nico Tortorella (Younger) - Nico appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.