Monday, November 30, 2015

NBC Fall Pilot Review: Superstore - Premieres Tonight (Nov. 30); That '70s Show Heads to Pop

Superstore

Superstore - Mondays at 8:00PM ET/PT on NBC
Series Preview Monday, November 30, 2015 at 10:00PM & 10:30PM ET/PT; Timeslot Premiere on Monday, January 4, 2016 at 8:00PM ET/PT


by Vincent

Superstore is a new comedy centering around life at the supersized department store Cloud Nine. From the bright-eyed newbies and the seen-it-all veterans to the clueless summer hires and the in-it-for-life managers, together they hilariously tackle the day-to-day grind of rabid bargain hunters, riot-causing sales and nap-worthy training sessions.

Cast Details:

America Ferrara as Amy
Ben Feldman as Jonah
Colton Dunn as Garett
Lauren Ash as Dina
Mark McKinney as Glenn
Nichole Bloom as Cheyenne
Nico Santos as Mateo

America Ferrara is best known as the titular character on the popular ABC dramedy Ugly Betty. She has also appeared in films such as Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, How to Train Your Dragon, and X/Y, as well as TV series such as The Good Wife and CSI.

Ben Feldman is known for his role as Michael Ginsburg on the critically acclaimed drama Mad Men. He also starred in the short-lived NBC rom-com sitcom A to Z, and has appeared on The Mindy Project, Children's Hospital, Drop Dead Diva, and Medium.

Colton Dunn is a comedic writer and actor who has written and appeared in shows such as Parks & Recreation, Key & Peele, and The Arsenio Hall Show.

Lauren Ash is a comedic actress who has appeared on shows such as Another Period and Super Fun Night.

Mark McKinney is a comedic actor who was a cast member on both The Kids in the Hall and Saturday Night Live. He also appeared in shows such as Corner Gas, Dino Dan, and several SNL character movies including Superstar and A Night at the Roxbury.

Nichole Bloom is best known for her role on Showtime's dramedy Shameless. She also appeared in the popular teen film Project X.

Nico Santos is an actor who has appeared on shows such as 2 Broke Girls, Mulaney, and Ground Floor.

Pilot Plot:

"Pilot" (Airs November 30 at 10:00PM ET)

Jonah begins his first day on the job at big-box store Cloud 9 and immediately starts a rocky relationship with floor supervisor Amy when he comes off as elitist and mistakenly marks appliances for only a quarter. He is also the romantic target of aggressive assistant manager Dina whose bible is the employee code of conduct. Pregnant Cheyenne shares a memorable moment with her boyfriend, Bo.

"Magazine Profile" (Airs November 30 at 10:30PM ET)

Store manager Glenn gets overly excited when the Cloud 9 corporate magazine, Stratus, is interested in a story. The reporter, Cynthia (guest star Eliza Coupe), is more focused on Jonah, however, and the two develop a more-than-business relationship, which Amy had suspected. Garrett does his best to avoid be photographed for the magazine's cover. Cheyenne asks her boyfriend, Bo to come up with a corporate jingle to help earn money to pay expenses for their upcoming baby.

Analysis:

It's no secret that NBC has had a lot of trouble developing comedies over the past few years. After dominating the sitcom line-up with smash hits such as Cheers, Friends, Seinfeld and Will & Grace, the peacock has spent most of their time trying to reclaim their glory days. For a while, this meant being the home of critical and fan favorites such as The Office, 30 Rock, Community, and Parks & Rec – shows that didn't garner blockbuster ratings, but earned the network critical acclaim and awards attention. But as network TV has continued to crumble, and as the network has seen success in other areas such as reality and procedural dramas, they decided to chase big ratings by revamping their comedy line-up and bringing in new "broad" styles of comedy. Unfortunately, this did little more than completely dismantle their comedy line-up – year after year, we watched as NBC desperately tried to appeal to America, either by giving them broad, hokey concepts (Animal Practice, Bad Judge), or by taking stars they had liked before and hoping that was all they needed (The Michael J. Fox Show, Sean Saves the World). None of these shows lasted, and it all resulted in a network that almost eschewed comedy completely – the only sitcoms on NBC this fall were a measly, low-rated hour on Friday nights. So, long story short, as NBC's first real attempt to launch comedy this year, Superstore is stepping into an incredibly tough environment. That's unfortunate, because much to my surprise, Superstore is pretty good! In fact, aside from this summer's surprisingly excellent The Carmichael Show, it's the first NBC comedy in years that actually feels like it could become something worthwhile.

Superstore isn't perfect, and saying it's better than most of the half-baked desperation that NBC has thrown our way over the past five years isn't saying much. But unlike most recent NBC sitcoms, it's a show that seems to have a vision and a purpose beyond "let's try really hard to get people to watch this show." In fact, Superstore almost seems like a deliberate attempt to throw back to the not-so-long-ago era when NBC was the place to go for well-written, immensely likable comedies. Created by Justin Spitzer (a former writer for Scrubs and The Office), the show mixes the darkly funny realism of The Office with the bouncy, lively characterization of shows such as Community and Parks & Rec. The show also has a real gem of a cast, from the two excellent leads Ferrara and Feldman (each putting in some great work on their "straight man" characters) to the rest of the well-rounded comedic ensemble. There are issues that need to be dealt with – the show relies a bit too heavily on stereotypes (though it does, on several occasions, subvert them), and it's somewhat light on jokes (though not at all light on hilarious, strange visual gags). But the pieces being set here look very similar to what shows like The Office and Community did in their earliest episodes – taking "stock characters" we'd expect in a setting like "corporate office" or "community college," or in this case, "big box retailer," and expanding on them, digging into them, and analyzing them. It's got a ways to go, but Superstore shows some real direction and promise, and I can only hope NBC's comedy problems don't squander that potential.

Conclusion:

Superstore is one of the most promising NBC comedies in ages, with a likable cast, an interesting premise reminiscent of previous great NBC comedies, and a bunch of well-drawn, if slightly stereotypical, characters. The show has a ways to go before it can be called "great," and it'll need to work in funnier and more original jokes before it can reach that level. But the first four episodes show a series with real direction, a deft handle on its characters, and a lot of potential. Let's just hope the show gets the chance to fully live up to it.

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Watchability: 4.5/5
Funniness: 3.5/5
Overall: 4/5

Discuss the show after you watch it on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 10:00PM & 10:30PM ET/PT on our message board.

Related Links:

  • Fox.com Official Site
  • TV.com
  • epguides.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Wikipedia
  • Superstore Photo Gallery

    Preview:





  • That '70s Show

    Can you dig it? That '70s Show is now on Pop, starting today (November 30). That '70s Show of course is a half-hour situation comedy series focusing on an eclectic group of friends who are typical teens on the verge of young adulthood – only it's the 1970s. When the series premiered in 1998, it launched the careers of several young actors who would go on to become pop culture icons: Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Laura Prepon and Wilmer Valderrama. Is it any wonder it's #StillAwesome? That '70s Show airs weekday afternoons on Pop, with four back-to-back episodes at 4pm ET, beginning today. The Pop line-up will be Dynasty at 10am and 11am (which returns Dec. 7, by the way), Beverly Hills 90210 at 12pm & 1pm, Dawson's Creek at 2pm & 3pm into That '70s Show from 4-6pm. Evenings will still feature Celebrity Name Game at 6 into soaps Bold and the Beautiful at 6:30pm, Young & The Restless at 7 and Days of Our Lives at 8. Classic sitcoms Wings, Family Ties and The Love Boat will still pop up on Pop in early morning marathon blocks beginning at 9 and on weekends. Isn't this #StillAwesome?

    Sunday, November 29, 2015

    Week 10 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

    2015-16 Week 10 TV Ratings (first two nights Mon-Tue, rest of week is PRELIM due to Thanksgiving): 

    Households: #1. ABC 6.94/12 rating/share (+52% in rating from first four nights week 9); #2. CBS  6.05/10 (+5%); #3. NBC 5.44/9 (+12%); #4. Fox 1.59/3 (-42%); #5. The CW 0.72/1 (-31%).
    Total Viewers: #1. ABC 11.306 million (+61% from first four nights week 9); #2. CBS 9.748 million (+6%); #3. NBC 8.756 million (+14%); #4. Fox 2.507 million (-43%); #5. The CW 1.064 million (-34%).
    Adults 18-49: #1. NBC 2.13/7 rating/share (+16% in rating from first four nights week 9); #2. ABC 2.05/7 (+18%); #3. CBS 1.58/5 (-5%); #4. Fox 0.88/3 (-40%); #5. The CW 0.34/1 (-48%).

    We have previous week's final ratings, Week 9 (11/16/15-11/22/15, LIVE+SD). NBC won the week in A18-49, thanks to SNF of course, as NBC did a 2.08 rating.  ABC was #2 with a 1.81 rating boosted by the AMA's. Fox was #3 with a 1.78 rating helped by the NFL overrun, while CBS was #4 with a 1.36 rating.  Among total viewers, CBS was #1 with 8.396 million, with NBC #2 at 7.690 million.  ABC was #3 with 7.045 million and Fox at #4 with 5.327 million.

    For season to-date (9/21/15-11/24/15, LIVE+SD), NBC is #1 in A18-49 with a 2.36 rating, followed by CBS at #2 with a 2.01 rating. Fox at #3 with a 1.74 rating and ABC at #4 with a 1.65 rating. Among total viewers it is CBS #1 at 10.031 million, followed by NBC at #2 with 8.342 million, ABC #3 with 6.645 million and Fox #4 with 5.440 million.

    Back to week 10 (Nov. 23-29), 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 10 (Nov. 23-29) Analysis















    Last Sunday (Nov. 22)(Week 9)This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
    TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
    60 MinutesCBS7:00PM10,994,00018,132,000 (7,138,000)1.523.56 (2.04)
    America's Funniest VideosABC7:00PM5,407,0005,319,000 88,000 1.090.92 0.17
    The SimpsonsFox7:18PM
    2,298,000 (2,298,000)
    0.85 (0.85)REPEAT
    Football Night in AmericaNBC7:30PM
    3,451,000 (3,451,000)
    1.15 (1.15)preempted
    The OTFox7:45PM12,730,0002,274,000 10,456,000 4.521.02 3.50 vs. Bob's
    Madam SecretaryCBS8:00PM9,906,00010,612,000 (706,000)1.111.39 (0.28)
    American Music AwardsABC8:00PM11,007,000
    11,007,000 3.49
    3.49 8-11P
    Once Upon a TimeABC8:00PM
    4,853,000 (4,853,000)
    1.61 (1.61)
    Football Night in AmericaNBC8:00PM10,884,00010,341,000 543,000 3.393.73 (0.34)
    The SimpsonsFox8:00PM5,639,0002,747,000 2,892,000 2.321.18 1.14 vs. REPEAT
    Sunday Night FootballNBC8:30PM18,007,00019,388,000 (1,381,000)6.357.01 (0.66)831-1146P
    Brooklyn Nine-NineFox8:30PM3,883,0002,690,000 1,193,000 1.711.27 0.44
    The Good WifeCBS9:00PM7,805,0008,522,000 (717,000)0.891.12 (0.23)
    Blood & OilABC9:00PM

    -

    -
    Family GuyFox9:00PM3,372,0002,906,000 466,000 1.601.39 0.21
    Last Man on EarthFox9:30PM3,269,0002,843,000 426,000 1.291.19 0.10
    CSI: CyberCBS10:00PM6,303,0005,746,000 557,000 0.880.96 (0.08)
    QuanticoABC10:00PM
    4,203,000 (4,203,000)
    1.33 (1.33)
    DatelineNBC10:00PM

    -

    -




















    Monday

    This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
    TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
    SupergirlCBS8:00PM7,187,0007,769,000 (582,000)1.521.75 (0.23)
    Dancing w/the StarsABC8:00PM13,287,00012,351,000 936,000 2.111.84 0.27 FINALE 8-10P
    The VoiceNBC8:00PM10,293,00011,208,000 (915,000)2.573.00 (0.43)8-10P
    GothamFox8:00PM3,997,0004,349,000 (352,000)1.381.55 (0.17)
    Crazy Ex-GirlfriendCW8:00PM882,000889,000 (7,000)0.290.29 -
    ScorpionCBS9:00PM8,949,0009,163,000 (214,000)1.671.66 0.01
    Minority ReportFox9:00PM1,523,0001,740,000 (217,000)0.540.66 (0.12)
    Jane the VirginCW9:00PM982,0001,100,000 (118,000)0.380.45 (0.07)
    NCIS LACBS10:00PM7,801,0007,911,000 (110,000)1.231.27 (0.04)
    CastleABC10:00PM6,654,0006,662,000 (8,000)1.131.12 0.01
    BlindspotNBC10:00PM7,026,0007,736,000 (710,000)1.872.13 (0.26)










    Tuesday

    This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
    TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
    NCISCBS8:00PM16,193,00016,587,000 (394,000)2.172.17 -
    Charlie Brown ThanksgivingABC8:00PM7,517,000
    7,517,000 2.18
    2.18
    The MuppetsABC8:00PM
    3,885,000 (3,885,000)
    1.19 (1.19)
    The VoiceNBC8:00PM9,970,00011,183,000 (1,213,000)2.092.64 (0.55)
    GrandfatheredFox8:00PM2,717,0002,978,000 (261,000)0.891.01 (0.12)
    Holiday CommercialsCW8:00PM1,453,0003,458,000 (2,005,000)0.361.37 (1.01)vs Flash
    Fresh off the BoatABC8:30PM
    3,898,000 (3,898,000)
    1.42 (1.42)
    The GrinderFox8:30PM2,249,0002,367,000 (118,000)0.710.87 (0.16)
    NCIS: New OrleansCBS9:00PM11,848,00013,008,000 (1,160,000)1.651.66 (0.01)
    Dancing with the StarsABC9:00PM13,490,000
    13,490,000 2.37
    2.37 9-11P FINALE
    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.ABC9:00PM
    3,602,000 (3,602,000)
    1.28 (1.28)
    Chicago MedNBC9:00PM7,614,0008,638,000 (1,024,000)1.842.19 (0.35)
    Scream QueensFox9:00PM1,983,0002,370,000 (387,000)0.810.92 (0.11)
    The FlashCW9:00PM939,0001,174,000 (235,000)0.340.50 (0.16)REPEAT vs. iZombie
    LimitlessCBS10:00PM6,530,0007,519,000 (989,000)1.261.40 (0.14)
    Shark TankABC10:00PM
    2,529,000 (2,529,000)
    0.67 (0.67)
    Chicago FireNBC10:00PM7,341,0007,945,000 (604,000)1.831.89 (0.06)










    Wednesday(PRELIMINARY #s) This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
    TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
    SurvivorCBS8:00PM8,328,0009,049,000 (721,000)1.802.05 (0.25)
    The MiddleABC8:00PM5,898,0007,926,000 (2,028,000)1.302.06 (0.76)REPEAT
    Making of Wiz Live!NBC8:00PM2,800,0007,406,000 (4,606,000)0.601.12 (0.52)vs. Laura
    RosewoodFox8:00PM4,633,0004,723,000 (90,000)1.201.46 (0.26)
    CW MovieCW8:00PM1,731,000
    1,731,000 0.40
    0.40 8-10P
    ArrowCW8:00PM
    2,691,000 (2,691,000)
    1.10 (1.10)
    The GoldbergsABC8:30PM5,154,0007,081,000 (1,927,000)1.202.23 (1.03)REPEAT
    SurvivorCBS9:00PM8,038,0008,144,000 (106,000)1.801.53 0.27 vs. Crim Minds
    Modern FamilyABC9:00PM4,679,0008,376,000 (3,697,000)1.202.80 (1.60)REPEAT
    SNL ThanksgivingNBC9:00PM3,769,000
    3,769,000 1.10
    1.10 9-11P REPEAT
    Law & Order: SVUNBC9:00PM
    6,287,000 (6,287,000)
    1.43 (1.43)
    EmpireFox9:00PM9,111,00011,336,000 (2,225,000)3.104.43 (1.33)
    SupernaturalCW9:00PM
    1,661,000 (1,661,000)
    0.66 (0.66)
    black-ishABC9:30PM4,091,0006,075,000 (1,984,000)1.101.86 (0.76)REPEAT
    Code BlackCBS10:00PM7,582,0006,585,000 997,000 1.401.18 0.22
    Jimmy Kimmel Live!ABC10:00PM2,511,0004,436,000 (1,925,000)0.701.05 (0.35)REPEAT vs. Nashville
    Chicago P.D.NBC10:00PM
    6,471,000 (6,471,000)
    1.36 (1.36)










    Thursday(PRELIMINARY #s) This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
    TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
    The Big Bang TheoryCBS8:00PM12,833,00015,194,000 (2,361,000)3.403.75 (0.35)REPEAT
    The MuppetsABC8:00PM2,165,000
    2,165,000 0.60
    0.60 REPEAT
    Grey's AnatomyABC8:00PM
    8,498,000 (8,498,000)
    2.45 (2.45)
    Football Night in AmericaNBC8:00PM17,958,000
    17,958,000 5.60
    5.60
    Heroes RebornNBC8:00PM
    3,719,000 (3,719,000)
    1.11 (1.11)
    All-Star Dog RescueFox8:00PM2,073,000
    2,073,000 0.40
    0.40 8-10P
    BonesFox8:00PM
    5,246,000 (5,246,000)
    1.02 (1.02)
    Whose Line/Anyway?CW8:00PM1,179,000
    1,179,000 0.30
    0.30 REPEAT
    The Vampire DiariesCW8:00PM
    1,103,000 (1,103,000)
    0.50 (0.50)
    Life In PiecesCBS8:30PM8,009,0008,349,000 (340,000)2.201.83 0.37
    Fresh off the BoatABC8:30PM1,582,000
    1,582,000 0.40
    0.40 REPEAT
    Thanksgiving Night FootballNBC8:30PM25,167,000
    25,167,000 8.00
    8.00
    Whose Line/Anyway?CW8:30PM1,102,000
    1,102,000 0.30
    0.30 REPEAT
    MomCBS9:00PM6,724,0007,464,000 (740,000)1.601.65 (0.05)
    The MiddleABC9:00PM1,873,000
    1,873,000 0.60
    0.60 REPEAT
    ScandalABC9:00PM
    8,132,000 (8,132,000)
    2.44 (2.44)
    BlacklistNBC9:00PM
    6,913,000 (6,913,000)
    1.48 (1.48)
    Sleepy HollowFox9:00PM
    2,804,000 (2,804,000)
    0.81 (0.81)
    Whose Line/Anyway?CW9:00PM1,016,000
    1,016,000 0.30
    0.30 REPEAT
    The OriginalsCW9:00PM
    802,000 (802,000)
    0.36 (0.36)
    2 Broke GirlsCBS9:30PM5,855,0006,423,000 (568,000)1.601.71 (0.11)
    The GoldbergsABC9:30PM1,750,000
    1,750,000 0.50
    0.50 REPEAT
    Whose Line/Anyway?CW9:30PM1,070,000
    1,070,000 0.40
    0.40 REPEAT
    ElementaryCBS10:00PM5,333,0005,609,000 (276,000)1.000.89 0.11
    Last Man StandingABC10:00PM1,968,000
    1,968,000 0.50
    0.50 REPEAT
    How To Get Away W/MurderABC10:00PM
    7,187,000 (7,187,000)
    2.31 (2.31)
    Dr. KenABC10:30PM1,739,000
    1,739,000 0.40
    0.40 REPEAT
    The PlayerNBC10:00PM
    3,407,000 (3,407,000)
    0.79 (0.79)










    Friday(PRELIMINARY #s) This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
    TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
    The Amazing RaceCBS8:00PM5,510,0006,028,000 (518,000)1.001.03 (0.03)
    Santa Claus Is Comin'ABC8:00PM4,460,000
    4,460,000 1.10
    1.10 REPEAT
    Last Man StandingABC8:00PM
    7,290,000 (7,290,000)
    1.23 (1.23)
    National Dog ShowNBC8:00PM3,790,000
    3,790,000 0.60
    0.60 8-10P REPEAT
    UndateableNBC8:00PM
    2,721,000 (2,721,000)
    0.80 (0.80)
    MasterChef JrFox8:00PM3,200,0003,810,000 (610,000)0.901.14 (0.24)
    Grandma Got RunoverCW8:00PM1,570,0001,090,000 480,000 0.400.32 0.08 REPEAT vs. Reign
    Dr. KenABC8:30PM
    6,072,000 (6,072,000)
    1.20 (1.20)
    Truth Be ToldNBC8:30PM
    2,113,000 (2,113,000)
    0.63 (0.63)
    Hawaii Five-0CBS9:00PM5,600,0009,098,000 (3,498,000)0.701.10 (0.40)REPEAT
    Shark TankABC9:00PM4,310,0006,900,000 (2,590,000)1.001.67 (0.67)REPEAT
    GrimmNBC9:00PM
    3,625,000 (3,625,000)
    0.87 (0.87)
    World's FunniestFox9:00PM1,840,0002,236,000 (396,000)0.600.74 (0.14)
    Kung Fu Panda HolidayCW9:00PM1,550,000
    1,550,000 0.50
    0.50 REPEAT
    America's Next Top ModelCW9:00PM
    953,000 (953,000)
    0.30 (0.30)
    Merry MadagascarCW9:30PM1,680,000
    1,680,000 0.50
    0.50 REPEAT
    Blue BloodsCBS10:00PM7,480,00011,010,000 (3,530,000)0.801.08 (0.28)REPEAT
    20/20ABC10:00PM4,720,0007,072,000 (2,352,000)1.101.38 (0.28)
    DatelineNBC10:00PM4,240,0004,648,000 (408,000)0.901.16 (0.26)










    Saturday(PRELIMINARY #s) This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-This WkPrev WeekWk-to-Wk +/-
    TitleNetworkTimeTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes
    Frosty the SnowmanCBS8:00PM5,030,000
    5,030,000 1.40
    1.40 REPEAT
    Crimetime SaturdayCBS8:00PM
    3,665,000 (3,665,000)
    0.56 (0.56)REPEAT
    Saturday Night FootballABC8:00PM4,690,0003,856,000 834,000 1.401.11 0.29 8-11P
    Dateline MysteryNBC8:00PM4,500,0002,257,000 2,243,000 0.800.48 0.32 8-10P vs. NBC Movie
    College FootballFox8:00PM6,340,0004,277,000 2,063,000 1.801.29 0.51 8-11P
    Frosty ReturnsCBS8:30PM4,440,000
    4,440,000 1.20
    1.20 REPEAT
    The Story of Santa ClausCBS9:00PM3,250,0004,835,000 (1,585,000)0.900.75 0.15 vs. 48 Hours(R)
    48 Hours MysteryCBS10:00PM4,400,0005,353,000 (953,000)0.801.01 (0.21)
    SNL(R) NBC10:00PM2,990,0002,209,000 781,000 0.800.52 0.28 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 10 (Nov. 23-29) 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 TheoryCBS8:00PMThu12,833,0003.40REPEAT
    The SimpsonsFox8:00PMSun5,639,0002.32
    Life In PiecesCBS8:30PMThu8,009,0002.20
    Brooklyn Nine-NineFox8:30PMSun3,883,0001.71
    MomCBS9:00PMThu6,724,0001.60
    Family GuyFox9:00PMSun3,372,0001.60
    2 Broke GirlsCBS9:30PMThu5,855,0001.50
    The MiddleABC8:00PMWed5,898,0001.30REPEAT
    The Last Man on EarthFox9:30PMSun3,269,0001.29
    Modern FamilyABC9:00PMWed4,679,0001.20REPEAT
    The GoldbergsABC8:30PMWed5,154,0001.20REPEAT
    black-ishABC9:30PMWed4,091,0001.10REPEAT
    GrandfatheredFox8:00PMTue2,717,0000.89
    The GrinderFox8:30PMTue2,249,0000.71
    The MuppetsABC8:00PMThu2,165,0000.60REPEAT
    The MiddleABC9:00PMThu1,873,0000.60REPEAT
    Last Man StandingABC10:00PMThu1,968,0000.5
    The GoldbergsABC9:30PMThu1,750,0000.50REPEAT
    Fresh off the BoatABC8:30PMThu1,582,0000.40REPEAT
    Dr. KenABC10:30PMThu1,739,0000.4
    Bob's BurgersFox7:30PMSun

    preempted
    The SimpsonsFox7:00PMSun

    preempted
    UndatelableNBC8:00PMFri

    preempted
    Truth Be ToldNBC8:30PMFri

    preempted
    GrandfatheredFox8:00PMSat

    preempted
    Significant MotherCW9:30PMMon

    completed
    Mike & MollyCBS8:30PMMon


    The Odd CoupleCBS8:30PMThu


    Angel from HellCBS9:30PMThu


    Uncle BuckABC8:30PMFri


    BordertownFox9:30PMSun


    New GirlFox9:00PMTue


    The Guide to Surviving LifeFox9:30PMTue


    GalavantABC8:00PMSun



    SOURCE: Nielsen Media Research


    Sitcoms Airing Tonight

    Thursday, April 18

    The Big Bang Theory - "The Inspiration Deprivation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    The concept of what it would mean for women everywhere if Amy were to win a Nobel Prize causes Amy to have a meltdown. Also, Koothrappali and Wolowitz try to relive the good old days after Wolowitz buys a scooter that looks like the one he had years ago. Oscar-winning actress Regina King returns as Janine.

    Life in Pieces - "Jungle Push Resort Anniversary" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    When the Short family arrives at their vacation resort in the Yucatan, their accommodations aren’t quite what they expected. Also, Heather is ridiculously overprotective of Sophia during the family activities; Jen and Greg discover that Matt and Colleen have been duping everyone; and John and Joan get separated from their tour group in the jungle. Nat Faxon guest stars as Hayes, an expat proprietor at a Yucatan eco-resort.

    Mom - "Lumbar Support and Old Pork" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Bonnie has an unexpected reaction when she learns that Adam’s bar is doing well. Also, Christy and Tammy go on a double date.

    Life in Pieces - "Demo Nosebreath Surgery Match" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    When Colleen and Matt try to impress a potential birth mother, they have a hard time competing against another rich, swanky couple. Also, Jen’s pregnancy takes a toll on Greg; Heather lets John take credit for her housekeeping while Joan recovers from knee surgery; and Tim arranges for Tyler to record a demo at a friend’s studio. Joey King guest stars as Morgan, a 17-year-old pregnant teen who is considering placing her baby for adoption with Matt and Colleen.

    Superstore - "Easter" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Suspicious that people are making fun of her, Amy (America Ferrera) and Jonah (Ben Feldman) spy on Cloud 9 employees through the security system, while Dina (Lauren Ash) tries to track down an unsanctioned Easter Bunny in the store. Glenn (Mark McKinney) preps for his church’s Passion play.

    A.P. Bio - "Personal Everest" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Jack is outraged when his old high school bully is hired as a motivational speaker at Whitlock. Meanwhile, Mary, Stef, and Michelle set their own personal goals of female empowerment, unintentionally causing a rift between Helen and Durbin.

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "The Bimbo" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Holt and Jake investigate a case at Kevin’s university. Back at the precinct, Terry and Amy take the squad out for lunch.

    Abby's - "Book Club" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    When it’s revealed that Fred has a crush on a bar patron, Abby and Beth encourage a reluctant Fred to start dating.

    Better Things - "Easter" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
    Sam helps Max and bakes for Phil.

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    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 15)

    Thursday, April 18

    • Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney (Catastrophe) - Catch Sharon and Rob on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. They will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Retta (Parks and Recreation) - Retta visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Lake Bell (Bless This Mess/Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp/How to Make It in America) - Lake appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Bill Hader (Barry) - Bill is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Anna Faris (Mom) - Anna stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
    • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael chats with the ladies of The View on a repeat on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
    • Tichina Arnold (The Neighborhood/Survivor's Remorse/Happily Divorced/Everybody Hates Chris/Martin) - Tichina guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Drew Carey (The Drew Carey Show/The Good Life) - Drew drops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Beth Behrs (The Neighborhood/2 Broke Girls) - Beth is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
    • James Brolin (Life in Pieces) - James chats about Life in Pieces on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
    • Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country/Murphy Brown) - Lily drops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Keke Palmer (True Jackson, VP/Scream Queens) - Keke guest co-hosts ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
    • Holly Robinson Peete (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/For Your Love) and Rick Fox (The Game/Mr. Box Office) - Holly and Rick talk about Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Morning Show Mysteries on Access Live, so check your local listings. Holly will also be on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
    • Fiona Gubelmann (Wilfred) - Fiona appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.


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