Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ABC Fall Pilot Review: Manhattan Love Story - Premieres Tuesday, Sept. 30; ABC Family Picks Up Young & Hungry for 2nd Season, and New Drama

Manhattan Love Story

Manhattan Love Story - Tuesdays at 8:30PM ET/PT on ABC
Premieres Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 8:30PM ET/PT


by Todd

Manhattan Love Story is an innovative new romantic comedy based on a simple premise: the way to maintain relationships – with a lover, a spouse, a co-worker, a friend or a family – is by keeping a majority of thoughts to one’s self. Dana (Analeigh Tipton, Crazy, Stupid, Love) and Peter (Jake McDorman, Greek, Shameless), who navigate the complicated terrain of building and maintaining a relationship, are the heart of the story. Throughout the series, the audience will hear Dana and Peter’s inner thoughts, offering a fun and revealing look at the differences of men and women as this couple traverse the highs and lows of dating.

Cast Details:

Analeigh Tipton as Dana
Jake McDorman as Peter
Nicolas Wright as David
Jada Catta-Preta as Amy
Chloe Wepper as Chloe
Kurt Fuller as William

Analeigh Tipton (Dana) is known for her roles in the films Crazy, Stupid, Love and Warm Bodies. Her other recent and upcoming film credits include Damsels in Distress, Two Night Stand, Lucy, 4 Minute Mile and Mississippi Grind. She had a recurring role in the final season of Hung.

Jake McDorman (Peter) is best known for his role as Evan Chambers in Greek and as Mike Pratt in Shameless. He had regular roles in the sitcoms Quintuplets and Are You There, Chelsea?. His film credits include Aquamarine, Bring It On: All or Nothing and Live Free or Die Hard.

Nicolas Wright (David) co-starred in the Jenna Elfman sitcom Accidentally on Purpose in 2009. His film credits include Hatley High, Afghan Luke and White House Down.

Jada Catta-Preta (Amy) is a writer, actress and stand-up comedian. She is best known for her recurring role in Californication. Her other guest starring roles include 2 Broke Girls and Sullivan & Son.

Chloe Wepper (Chloe) makes her debut as a series regular in Manhattan Love Story. Her credits include the TV movie Counseling Crazy and a guest appearance in Criminal Minds.

Kurt Fuller (William) had lead roles in ABC's Better with You and Big Day. Some of his many television credits include Glee, Ugly Betty, CSI, Men of a Certain Age, Grey's Anatomy, House, My Name Is Earl, Monk and Drop Dead Diva. His film credits include Wayne's World, Anger Management, Midnight in Paris, Scary Movie, Ghostbusters II and Auto Focus.

Pilot Plot:

"Pilot" (Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 8:30PM ET/PT)

The audience is introduced to Dana and Peter: young, single and attractive making their way in the big city. Dana grew up in a small town with her sights set on New York romanticizing about the life and love it had to offer while Peter, by contrast, grew up there and feels like he has been there and done that when it comes to life in Manhattan. Dana is determined to succeed in New York in both business and love, while Peter is perfectly content to go on dating his way through it. While it is the streets of New York that offers this duo a first glimpse of each other, it’s family and friends who conspire to set them up. The audience will go along for the ride as they venture on their first date and hear exactly what they really think of each other.

Analysis:

Manhattan Love Story is a single-camera comedy produced by ABC Studios. The series was created and is written by Jeff Lowell (The Drew Carey Show, Spin City). Peter Traugott, Jeff Lowell, Robin Schwartz, Rachel Kaplan and Jon Liebman are executive producers. Michael Fresco directed the pilot.

In the "Pilot" episode, we are introduced to Peter checking out women on the streets of New York. Meanwhile, Dana looks at the purses of various women. They first catch a quick glimpse of each other. Dana talks to her college roommate Amy and her husband Peter about going to her first day of work. They want to set her up on a date with Peter, who is David's brother. After Dana and Peter check out each other's profile pictures, Dana meets her boss and co-workers. Dana and Peter text each other and talk on the phone. Their blind date gets off to a bit of a rough start. Dana mentions that she has a bucket list of locations she wants to visit and things she wants to do in New York City. After hearing about the problems of the date, Amy and David try to convince Peter to try again. Peter later helps Dana cross two items off her bucket list.

The "Pilot" episode provides a good introduction to the characters and sets up the basic premise of the show. They did a nice job of squeezing in many different locations and about 15 scenes into the episode. It's a decent episode and has a few funny moments, but there were no outrageously funny lines or moments. There is a good mix of comedy and heart, but they could definitely use more comedic situations.

They have put together a cast of relative newcomers with some experienced veterans. Analeigh Tipton is a fresh face who I remember from her scene-stealing role as the babysitter in Crazy, Stupid, Love.. She certainly could be one of the breakout stars of the fall season. Jake McDorman has appeared in a variety of television series. He does a good job of playing "the dude" and player here. The other actors really don't stand out in the pilot. Their characters need to be further developed and become more likable. The family set up is a bit complicated. The father has been married three times. The children all have different mothers. A disappointment is that Kurt Fuller, the father and the owner of the business, has only a brief scene. He was very funny in Better with You and brings a veteran comedy presence to the show. The series would benefit greatly by expanding his role in future episodes.

One of the storytelling devices of the series is that we can hear the inner thoughts of Dana and Peter. Narration in shows isn't rare these days, but they have put a unique spin on it here. I thought it was too gimmicky and overdone in the pilot episode. Tipton and McDorman have expressive faces, so I think it would work better in moderation. They did tone it down a bit in the second episode. I wouldn't want to see them eliminate it entirely, but they need to find the right balance and situations in which to use it. If they overuse it, then it could become annoying to viewers.

The series is filmed in New York. It would have been easy for them to shoot a few exterior shots in New York City and the rest in Los Angeles, but filming on the real streets and locations adds to the flavor and authenticity. It's one of the most iconic romantic cities. New York City is really like the 7th character of the show. Dana's bucket list of locations she wants to visit will allow them to go to various locations around the city. Dana and Peter visit one of the most famous tourist attractions at the end of the episode.

Conclusion:

Manhattan Love Story has a simple premise of a small-town woman dating and eventually falling in love with a New York City native. Although the pilot is watchable and has a few funny moments, there are really no laugh-out-loud lines or scenes. It's supposed to be fun to watch people fall in love. Hopefully they show more of that in future episodes. The show does have some potential and good things working in its favor. Analeigh Tipton is cute and has a fresh face. Her Dana character is very likable and somebody you want to see succeed. Tipton and McDorman have some good chemistry already in the first two episodes. Another plus is that the show is filmed in New York. If you want to film a romantic comedy, there are few better places.

The show would benefit from a few tweaks. The inner thoughts storytelling technique is too gimmicky and overused in the pilot. It gets old and annoying fairly quickly. You only get one chance to make a good first impression. The inner thoughts technique could be an immediate turn-off to some viewers. Thankfully they did tone it down a bit in the second episode airing next week. Another issue is that the talented and funny Kurt Fuller is way underutilized. The show needs more funny lines and situations. He can help deliver them.

This looks to be the year of the romantic comedy series on television. ABC has paired it with Selfie on Tuesday nights. They appear to be good matches because of their references to social media, texting and internet speak. There haven't been any successful and long-running romantic comedies in recent years other than Mike & Molly and New Girl. I think they generally work better as 90-minute films. They really don't stretch well into full series. Manhattan Love Story is airing in a challenging timeslot, so it will be difficult for them to attract a large audience. They have a good cast in place, but they will just need more time to develop the supporting characters and funnier storylines.

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Watchability: 2.5/5
Funniness: 2/5
Overall: 2.5/5

Discuss the show after you watch it on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 at 8:30PM ET/PT on our message board.

Related Links:

  • ABC.com Official Site
  • TV.com
  • epguides.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Wikipedia
  • Manhattan Love Story Photo Gallery

    Preview:





  • Young & Hungry

    ABC Family announced the network has picked up its first procedural drama Stitchers to series and has ordered a second season of new comedy series Young & Hungry. But in some sad news, the sitcom Mystery Girls has been canceled. Stitchers is a procedural drama series written by Jeffrey A. Schechter. Stitchers follows a young woman recruited into a covert government agency to be ‘stitched’ into the minds of the recently deceased using their memories to investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave. The pilot was written by Jeffrey A. Schechter, who will executive produce alongside Jonathan Baruch and Rob Wolken.

    Young & Hungry is an original comedy series where two worlds collide when Josh, a wealthy young entrepreneur, hires feisty Gabi to be his personal chef. Young & Hungry is produced by David Holden, Ashley Tisdale, Jessica Rhoades, Caryn Lucas and Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum in association with CBS Television Studios. Gabi Moskowitz, a San Francisco based food blogger, of BrokeAssGourmet.com, contributed to the development of this project. The show stars Emily Osment, Jonathan Sadowski, Aimee Carrero, Kym Whitley, and Rex Lee. Young & Hungry ranks as basic cable's #1 telecast in its time period in Adults 18-34, and Women 18-34, as well as other key demos. The show was nominated for two Teen Choice Awards for Choice Summer TV Show, and Choice Summer TV Star – Female for Emily Osment.

    Monday, September 29, 2014

    ABC Fall Pilot Review: Selfie - Premieres Tuesday, Sept. 30; Starz Gives Us Sampling of LeBron James Produced Comedy

    Selfie

    Selfie - Tuesdays at 8:00PM ET/PT on ABC
    Premieres Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 8:00PM ET/PT


    by Vincent

    Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) has 263,000 followers who hang on to her every post, tweet and selfie. But one lonely day, she has a revelation: being friended is not the same as having actual friends. She asks marketing guru Henry (John Cho) to 'rebrand' her self-obsessed reputation and teach her how to connect with people in the real world. Loosely based on My Fair Lady, Selfie explores the modern struggles of Eliza and Henry, as he tries to teach her how to live life offline - whether she 'likes' it or not.

    Cast Details:

    Karen Gillan as Eliza Dooley
    John Cho as Henry Higgins
    Tip Peper as Ethan Chase
    Da'Vine Joy Randolph as Charmonique
    Allyn Rachel as Bryn
    David Harewood as Sam Saperstein

    Karen Gillan (Eliza Dooley) is a Scottish actress best known for her long-running tenure as companion Amy Pond on the British sci-fi series Doctor Who. She also starred as Nebula in the blockbuster film Guardians of the Galaxy. Her other film and TV credits include a starring role in Oculus and a recurring role on NTSF:SD:SUV::.

    John Cho (Henry Higgins) is best known as Harold Lee in the popular Harold and Kumar film series. He also had a starring role in the NBC sitcom Go On. He has numerous other film and TV credits, including roles on FlashForward, Sleepy Hollow, Children's Hospital, 30 Rock, Ugly Betty, and Grey's Anatomy.

    Tip Peper (Ethan Chase) is a Broadway actor primarily known for his stage work, including a starring role in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoats. He also had guest roles on Law & Order, Guiding Light, and NCIS on television.

    Da'Vine Joy Randolph (Charmonique) is best known for her starring role in Ghost: The Musical.

    Allyn Rachel (Bryn) has appeared on several TV series, including Workaholics, Weeds, Comedy Bang! Bang! and New Girl.

    David Harewood (Sam) is best known for his role as David Estes on Homeland. He has also appeared on several British TV shows, including Doctor Who, The Body Farm, and Hustle.

    Pilot Plot:

    "Pilot" (Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 8:00PM ET/PT)

    After an embarrassing incident, social media-obsessed Eliza Dooley must find a way to reinvent her image into someone that's actually capable of friendship. She enlists her co-worker Henry Higgins to help "re-invent" her into someone who's just friended into someone with actual friends.

    Analysis:

    Selfie is a show that I wanted to like more than I actually did. I was a fan of Emily Kapnak's previous creation (the dearly departed Suburgatory) and I'm a huge fan of both Karen Gillan and John Cho. All of these people are immensely talented, and I have faith that all of their combined talents will eventually form a show that's at least pretty good, if not fantastic. But the pilot isn't quite there yet, and it's not helped by the show's frankly unappealing concept, which boils the vast medium of the internet and the advent of social media into a bunch of obnoxious stereotypes. The shows' focus on the social trends of the moment strangely make it feel slightly dated in parts - there's a handful of internet memes from the not-too-distant past referenced that already feel more like throwbacks than current references (Flappy Bird was the biggest offender, along with the phrase "epic fail"), which might have been current when this script was being written but now demonstrate some of the issues of a show on this kind of time schedule attempting to be as "of the moment" as this show is.

    The parts of Selfie that do shine are the parts that leave the annoying internet speak by the wayside and instead focus more closely on the potentially interesting characters that Eliza and Henry are at their core. Gillan and Cho both play these aspects well enough to suggest that the show could become something to look out for if it starts heading more towards that direction, and although Eliza Dooley needs to be turned down from the 15 out of 10 she's currently at on the cartoonish scale, both of these characters have potential to turn into something interesting. The last scene of the pilot suggests the show's ultimate goal is not the "let's fix this shallow person" plot it starts off as but rather a far more promising "let's have these two flawed people learn from each other route." And that's what will determine whether or not Selfie will be a show to look out for or not - if it can tone down its grating internet satire and and highlight the more nuanced details about this fairly interesting pair of characters, it could turn out to be something. There's no guarantee it'll go in that direction, but here's to hoping.

    Conclusion:

    Selfie isn't all there yet, but there's bits and pieces of a promising show lurking around the center of this pilot. If it can get the irritating meme-based comedy out of its system and start to become a more grounded, character-focused show about two flawed human beings, then this talented cast and writing team might be able to produce a show that's worth taking a look at. Let's hope that's the case, because there's far too much talent on Selfie to be wasted, and there's parts of this pilot that suggest there's a really good show hiding in here somewhere.

    Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

    Watchability: 3/5
    Funniness: 3.5/5
    Overall: 3/5

    Discuss the show after you watch it on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 at 8:00PM ET/PT on our message board.

    Related Links:

  • ABC.com Official Site
  • TV.com
  • epguides.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Wikipedia
  • Selfie Photo Gallery

    Preview:





  • Survivor's Remorse

    Starz is offering multi-platform, nationwide sampling of the first two episodes of the new Starz Original Series, Survivor's Remorse, available now since Saturday (Sept. 27). The six-episode first season of the half-hour scripted comedy series executive produced by Tom Werner, Maverick Carter, LeBron James, Mike O'Malley, Paul Wachter and Victor Levin and premieres Saturday, October 4 at 9 pm ET/PT on Starz. Select multichannel video distributors will offer linear, on-demand and online sampling opportunities of the episodes on September 27, one week in advance of the Starz series premiere. Approximately 78 million multichannel video households will have access to the sampling opportunities through select cable, satellite and Telco affiliates in the United States, as well as online through select websites including Starz.com, the Survivor's Remorse Twitter page, the Survivor's Remorse YouTube page, Survivor's Remorse Facebook page, STARZ ON DEMAND and the free STARZ PLAY app for all users in the United States. The episodes will also be available on Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, Sony Entertainment Network and Xbox Video.

    The comedy is a six-episode half-hour comedy series that follows Cam Calloway, played by Jessie T. Usher, a basketball phenom in his early 20's who is suddenly thrust into the limelight after signing a multi-million dollar contract with a professional basketball team in Atlanta. Cam, along with his cousin and confidant Reggie Vaughn, played by RonReaco Lee, move to Georgia to start Cam's journey to success. The two confront the challenges of carrying needy family members and their strong ties to the impoverished community that they come from. Cam, Reggie and an unforgettable group of characters wrestle with the rewards and pitfalls of stardom, love, and loyalty. The series is executive produced by Tom Werner, Maverick Carter, LeBron James, Mike O'Malley, Paul Wachter and Victor Levin and the cast includes Mike Epps, Tichina Arnold, Teyonah Parris, and Erica Ash.

    Sunday, September 28, 2014

    Week 1 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

    2014-15 Week 1 TV Ratings (first four nights of the season, Mon-Thu): 

    Households: #1. CBS 8.1/13 rating/share (+5% in rating from first four nights week 1 in 2013); #2. ABC 6.4/11 (+7%); #3. NBC 6.0/10 (-5%); #4. Fox 2.6/4 (-32%); #5. The CW 0.5/1 (even)
    Total Viewers: #1. CBS 12.3 million (+8% from first four nights week 1 in 2013); #2. ABC 9.84 million (+4%); #3. NBC 9.63 million (-5%); #4. Fox 4.21 million (-32%); #5. The CW 0.86 million (+10%).
    Adults 18-49: #1. CBS 3.6/11 rating/share (+20% in rating from first four nights week 1 in 2013); #2. NBC 2.6/8 (-19%); #3. ABC 2.5/8 (-7%); #4. Fox 1.5/5 (-32%) #5. The CW 0.3/1 (even)

    We're back with a new season! We'll have this week's final ratings, Week 1 (9/22/14-9/28/14) next Sunday.
    We will also have Season to-date (9/22/14-9/28/14)  ratings in 18-49 and total viewers.

    Back to week 1, 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 1 (Sept. 22-28) Analysis















    Last Sunday (Sept. 21)(Summer Wk 17)This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
    TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
    CBS NFL PostCBS7:55PM26,651,00020,714,0005,937,000 10.016.923.09
    60 MinutesCBS8:04PM17,875,000
    17,875,000 3.45
    3.45 premiere
    America's Funniest VideosABC7:00PM4,945,000
    4,945,000 0.90
    0.90 REPEAT
    Bob's BurgersFox7:00PM1,881,000
    1,881,000 0.76
    0.76 REPEAT
    Football Night in AmericaNBC7:30PM2,429,0005,392,000(2,963,000)0.811.78(0.97)
    The SimpsonsFox7:30PM2,155,000
    2,155,000 0.89
    0.89 REPEAT
    Madam SecretaryCBS9:04PM14,751,000
    14,751,000 1.99
    1.99 premiere
    Once Upon a TimeABC8:00PM3,197,000
    3,197,000 0.77
    0.77 REPEAT
    Football Night in AmericaNBC8:00PM9,950,00012,360,000(2,410,000)3.684.68(1.00)
    The SimpsonsFox8:00PM3,030,000
    3,030,000 1.32
    1.32 REPEAT
    Sunday Night FootballNBC8:30PM19,665,00022,155,000(2,490,000)7.808.54(0.74)
    Family GuyFox8:30PM2,830,000
    2,830,000 1.25
    1.25 REPEAT
    The Good WifeCBS10:04PM11,059,000
    11,059,000 1.45
    1.45 premiere
    ResurrectionABC9:00PM3,130,000
    3,130,000 0.73
    0.73 REPEAT
    Family GuyFox9:00PM3,054,000
    3,054,000 1.42
    1.42 REPEAT
    American Dad!Fox9:00PM3,030,0002,660,000370,000 1.461.320.14 FINALE
    CSICBS10:00PM

    -

    - premieres 9/28
    Revenge ABC10:00PM2,585,000
    2,585,000 0.61
    0.61 REPEAT




















    Monday

    This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
    TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
    The Big Bang TheoryCBS8:00PM18,031,000
    18,031,000 5.45
    5.45 premiere
    Dancing with the StarsABC8:00PM12,759,00013,643,000(884,000)2.242.44(0.20)vs. premiere
    The VoiceNBC8:00PM12,948,000
    12,948,000 3.93
    3.93 premiere
    GothamFox8:00PM8,210,000
    8,210,000 3.24
    3.24 premiere
    Whose Line Is it Anyway?CW8:00PM723,0001,097,000(374,000)0.190.38(0.19)REPEAT
    The Big Bang TheoryCBS8:30PM18,237,000
    18,237,000 5.41
    5.41 special time
    Whose Line Is it Anyway?CW8:30PM739,000954,000(215,000)0.210.35(0.14)REPEAT
    ScorpionCBS9:00PM13,833,000
    13,833,000 3.21
    3.21 premiere
    Sleepy HollowFox9:00PM5,506,000
    5,506,000 1.96
    1.96 premiere
    America's Next Top ModelCW9:00PM781,0001,001,000(220,000)0.270.44(0.17)
    Under the DomeCBS10:00PM7,519,0007,040,000479,000 1.751.620.13 FINALE
    ForeverABC10:00PM8,594,000
    8,594,000 1.69
    1.69 premiere, special night
    The BlacklistNBC10:00PM12,341,000
    12,341,000 3.38
    3.38 premiere










    Tuesday

    This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
    TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
    NCISCBS8:00PM18,228,000
    18,228,000 2.91
    2.91 premiere
    Dancing w/Stars ResultsABC8:00PM9,962,00012,681,000(2,719,000)1.712.20(0.49)vs. premiere
    The VoiceNBC8:00PM13,184,000
    13,184,000 4.11
    4.11 premiere
    UtopiaFox8:00PM1,911,0002,420,000(509,000)0.821.00(0.18)
    ArrowCW8:00PM670,000914,000(244,000)0.260.30(0.04)REPEAT
    NCIS: New OrleansCBS9:00PM17,225,000
    17,225,000 2.49
    2.49 premiere
    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.ABC9:00PM5,984,000
    5,984,000 2.10
    2.10
    New GirlFox9:00PM2,350,0003,039,000(689,000)1.291.70(0.41)vs. premiere
    SupernaturalCW9:00PM680,000830,000(150,000)0.270.30(0.03)REPEAT
    Mindy ProjectFox9:30PM2,101,0002,682,000(581,000)1.031.30(0.27)vs. premiere
    Person of InterestCBS10:00PM10,580,000
    10,580,000 1.74
    1.74 premiere
    ForeverABC10:00PM6,854,000
    6,854,000 1.83
    1.83 premiere
    Chicago FireNBC10:00PM9,144,000
    9,144,000 2.61
    2.61 premiere










    Wednesday
    This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
    TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
    Survivor CBS8:00PM9,754,000
    9,754,000 2.74
    2.74 90-min premiere
    The MiddleABC8:00PM7,587,000
    7,587,000 2.19
    2.19 premiere
    Mysteries of LauraNBC8:00PM10,007,00010,191,000(184,000)1.532.00(0.47)timeslot premiere vs. 10P
    Hell's KitchenFox8:00PM3,685,0003,961,000(276,000)1.301.42(0.12)vs. premiere
    Penn & Teller: Fool UsCW8:00PM1,506,0001,583,000(77,000)0.480.55(0.07)FINALE
    The GoldbergsABC8:30PM7,314,000
    7,314,000 2.44
    2.44 premiere
    Criminal MindsCBS9:00PM

    -

    - premieres 10/1
    Modern FamilyABC9:00PM11,378,000
    11,378,000 3.91
    3.91 premiere
    Law & Order: SVUNBC9:00PM10,067,000
    10,067,000 2.15
    2.15 premiere
    Red Band SocietyFox9:00PM3,428,0004,095,000(667,000)1.051.34(0.29)vs. premiere
    Big BrotherCBS9:30PM6,921,0006,596,000325,000 2.592.230.36 90-min FINALE vs. 8P
    black-ishABC9:30PM11,039,000
    11,039,000 3.32
    3.32 premiere
    Penn & Teller: Fool UsCW9:00PM1,396,000
    1,396,000 0.43
    0.43 REPEAT
    StalkerCBS10:00PM

    -

    - premieres 10/1
    NashvilleABC10:00PM5,797,000
    5,797,000 1.49
    1.49 premiere
    Chicago P.D.NBC10:00PM8,505,000
    8,505,000 1.92
    1.92 premiere










    Thursday
    This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
    TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
    NFL Thurs Kick-offCBS8:00PM9,234,0009,114,000120,000 2.952.900.05
    Grey's AnatomyABC8:00PM10,143,000
    10,143,000 3.14
    3.14 premiere
    The Biggest LoserNBC8:00PM4,470,0004,618,000(148,000)1.331.34(0.01)vs. premiere
    BonesFox8:00PM6,345,000
    6,345,000 1.58
    1.58 premiere
    Vampire DiariesCW8:00PM606,000544,00062,000 0.210.21- REPEAT
    Thursday Night FootballCBS8:30PM16,289,00011,882,0004,407,000 6.024.531.49
    ScandalABC9:00PM12,155,000
    12,155,000 3.90
    3.90 premiere
    Sleepy HollowFox9:00PM2,275,000
    2,275,000 0.63
    0.63 REPEAT
    The OriginalsCW9:00PM505,000595,000(90,000)0.180.21(0.03)REPEAT
    How To Get Away w/MurderABC10:00PM14,340,000
    14,340,000 3.85
    3.85 premiere
    ParenthoodNBC10:00PM4,263,000
    4,263,000 1.38
    1.38 premiere










    Friday(PRELIMINARY #s) This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
    TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
    The Amazing RaceCBS8:00PM5,519,000
    5,519,000 1.10
    1.10 premiere
    Shark TankABC8:00PM6,884,000
    6,884,000 1.60
    1.60 premiere
    Mysteries of LauraNBC8:00PM4,768,000
    4,768,000 0.70
    0.70 REPEAT
    UtopiaFox8:00PM1,859,0001,521,000338,000 0.700.480.22 vs. 9P
    Masters of IllusionCW8:00PM1,102,0001,478,000(376,000)0.300.41(0.11)
    Whose Line Is It Anyway?CW8:30PM902,0001,235,000(333,000)0.300.40(0.10)REPEAT
    Hawaii Five-0CBS9:00PM8,930,000
    8,930,000 1.30
    1.30 premiere
    Shark TankABC9:00PM7,387,000
    7,387,000 2.00
    2.00 premiere
    DatelineNBC9:00PM6,865,0005,306,0001,559,000 1.401.200.20 9-11P
    America's Next Top ModelCW9:00PM594,000631,000(37,000)0.200.21(0.01)REPEAT
    GothamFox9:00PM2,497,000
    2,497,000 0.70
    0.70 REPEAT
    Blue BloodsCBS10:00PM10,639,000
    10,639,000 1.20
    1.20 premiere
    20/20ABC10:00PM6,439,000
    6,439,000 1.60
    1.60 premiere
    ConstatineNBC10:00PM

    -

    - prem 10/24










    Saturday(PRELIMINARY #s) This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
    TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
    College FootballFox7:35PM1,590,0003,220,000(1,630,000)0.501.00(0.50)
    CrimetimeCBS8:00PM3,920,000
    3,920,000 0.60
    0.60 REPEAT
    Saturday Night FootballABC8:00PM3,860,0007,336,000(3,476,000)1.102.62(1.52)
    The Voice NBC8:00PM2,760,000
    2,760,000 0.60
    0.60 REPEAT
    CrimetimeCBS9:00PM4,610,000
    4,610,000 0.80
    0.80 REPEAT
    Music for ChangeNBC9:00PM1,830,000
    1,830,000 0.40
    0.40 special
    48 Hours MysteryCBS10:00PM5,490,000
    5,490,000 1.00
    1.00 premiere
    SNL(R) NBC10:00PM3,210,000
    3,210,000 0.90
    0.90 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 1 (Sept. 22-28) 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 TheoryCBS8:00PMMon18,031,0005.45premiere
    The Big Bang TheoryCBS8:30PMMon18,237,0005.41special time
    Modern FamilyABC9:00PMWed11,378,0003.91premiere
    black-ishABC9:30PMWed11,039,0003.32premiere
    The GoldbergsABC8:30PMWed7,314,0002.44premiere
    The MiddleABC8:00PMWed7,587,0002.19premiere
    American Dad!Fox9:30PMSun3,030,0001.46FINALE
    Family GuyFox9:00PMSun3,054,0001.42REPEAT
    The SimpsonsFox8:00PMSun3,030,0001.32REPEAT
    New GirlFox9:00PMTue2,359,0001.29
    Family GuyFox8:30PMSun2,830,0001.25REPEAT
    The Mindy ProjectFox9:30PMTue2,101,0001.03
    The SimpsonsFox7:30PMSun2,155,0000.89REPEAT
    Bob's BurgersFox7:00PMSun1,881,0000.76REPEAT
    Comedytime (R) CBS8:00PMSat


    Comedytime (R) CBS8:30PMSat


    Animation DominationFox7:00PMSun


    Animnation DominationFox7:30PMSun


    MomCBS8:30PMMon

    premieres 9/29
    Last Man StandingABC8:00PMFri

    premieres 10/3
    CristelaABC8:30PMFri

    premieres 10/10
    Marry MeNBC9:00PMTue

    premieres 10/7
    About a BoyNBC9:30PMTue

    premieres 10/7
    SelfieABC8:00PMTue

    premieres 9/30
    Manhattan Love StoryABC8:30PMTue

    premieres 9/30
    Bad JudgeNBC9:00PMThu

    premieres 10/2
    A to ZNBC9:30PMThu

    premieres 10/2
    MulaneyFox9:30PMSun

    premieres 10/5
    Brooklyn Nine-NineFox8:30PMSun

    premieres 9/28
    2 Broke GirlsCBS8:00PMMon

    premieres 10/27
    The MillersCBS8:30PMThu

    premieres 10/30
    Two and a Half MenCBS9:00PMThu

    premieres 10/30
    The McCarthysCBS9:30PMThu

    premieres 10/30

    SOURCE: Nielsen Media Research


    Sitcoms Airing Tonight

    Saturday, May 25

    Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Kerry Washington joins “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons,’” the live sitcom special coming from late-night host Jimmy Kimmel and television icon Norman Lear. Washington is set to play Helen Willis in the special, airing live WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 (8:00-9:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. This historic event will take viewers down memory lane, recreating an original episode from each of the Emmy® Award-winning series “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons.” This legendary night of television will be hosted by Lear and Kimmel, directed by 10-time Emmy winner James Burrows and produced by Sony Pictures Television.

    Previously announced stars include Woody Harrelson (Archie Bunker), Marisa Tomei (Edith Bunker), Jamie Foxx (George Jefferson), Wanda Sykes (Louise Jefferson), Ellie Kemper (Gloria Stivic), Will Ferrell (Tom Willis), Justina Machado (Florence Johnston), Ike Barinholtz (Meathead), Sean Hayes (Mr. Lorenzo), Amber Stevens West (Jenny Willis Jefferson), Jovan Adepo (Lionel Jefferson), Anthony Anderson (Uncle Henry), Stephen Tobolowsky (Mr. Bentley) and Jackée Harry (Diane Stockwell).

    All About "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    After the star-studded live sitcom special “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons,’” “Nightline” will take a special look at the cultural and historical significance of the two iconic series. Participants in the live sitcom special along with modern-day comedians, television stars and journalists reminisce about each show’s groundbreaking impact and legacy.“Nightline” Presents “All About ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’” airs WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 (9:31–10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.

    The prime-time special features interviews with “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” creator Norman Lear; host and executive producer Jimmy Kimmel and stars Anthony Anderson, Ike Barinholtz, Jackée Harry, Ellie Kemper and Kerry Washington; comedians and actors Raven-Symoné, David Alan Grier, Lil’ Rel and John Amos; original “The Jeffersons” cast member Marla Gibbs; and journalists Deborah Roberts, Chris Connelly, Marc Lamont Hill and Joe Levy.

    Game Shakers - "Bug Tussle" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    After Dub goes to Vegas and leaves Trip behind, the Game Shakers take Trip to Dub's awesome apartment to show him a good time.

    Game Shakers - "Why Tonya" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    The Game Shakers are approached by a fan who demands that they make changes to one of their games.

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    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 20)

    Friday, May 24

    • Dana Carvey (One of the Boys) - Watch Dana on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He talks about The Secret Life of Pets 2 on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
    • The Cast of The Big Bang Theory - Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch are guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Bill Hader (Barry) - Bill appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Kathryn Newton (Gary Unmarried) - Kathryn is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Adam Scott - Adam appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • John Travolta (Welcome Back, Kotter) - John and his daughter Ella Bleu are guests on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Jodie Sweetin (Fuller House/Hollywood Darlings/Full House) - Jodie guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Logan Browning (Dear White People/Meet the Browns) - Logan stops by The Real, so check your local listings. She will also be on the BUILD Series at 5:30pm
    • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Bryan talks about Broadway's Network on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
    • Jackée Harry (Tyler Perry's The Paynes/The First Family/Sister, Sister/227) - Jackée talks about Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta on ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm and on People Now at 12pm.
    • Justin Long (F Is for Family/Ed) - Justin talks about Life is Short with Justin Long on Couch Surfing at 8am.
    • Beanie Feldstein (What We Do in the Shadows) and Kaitlyn Dever (Last Man Standing) - Beanie and Kaitlyn talk about Booksmart on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
    • Tiffani Thiessen (Alexa & Katie/Good Morning, Miami/Saved by the Bell) - Tiffani is in the kitchen on Pickler & Ben, so check your local listings.


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