Tuesday, January 29, 2019

New Comedy Central Comedy Premieres Big; YouTube Gets More Liza on Demand

The Other Two

Comedy Central continues to chase its wildest ratings dreams, delivering a huge Thursday night with the series premiere of The Other Two attracting 2.25 million total viewers, including streaming and replays. The scripted comedy from former Saturday Night Live head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, which received rave reviews from critics and a Certified Fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes, drew a gross average audience of 849,000 total viewers across three telecasts on Thursday, along with 1.4 million views of the pilot on YouTube. The 10:30 p.m. premiere on Comedy Central posted a 0.23 P18-49 LSD rating and improved on year ago time period levels with key female demos: W18-49 (.21, +28%), W18-34 (.20, +29%) and W25-54 (.23, +28%). 

 The final season premiere of Broad City attracted a gross average audience of 734,000 total viewers across two plays on Thursday, while #BroadCity was in the top 10 Twitter Trends for an hour after it premiered. Broad City posted a .34 P18-49 rating, up +31% from the same 10 p.m. time period in 2018. Compared to last season's finale, this season's premiere was up +13% with P18-49 and +61% with W18-49 (.30 rating). Forty-five percent of the P18-49 audience was female, which is a higher composition than any prior season average. The two premieres continue Comedy Central's January hot streak, following success for original programming including Drunk History, Corporate, Ron Funches: Giggle Fit and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. 


Liza on Demand

YouTube announced that it has ordered a second season of the popular series Liza on Demand produced by Above Average Productions. Since its debut on June 27, 2018, the first episode of Liza on Demand has generated over 20 million views. The eight-episode, half-hour series will begin production this spring and debut on YouTube Premium in 2019. In Liza on Demand, viewers follow the chaotic misadventures that ensue as the eponymous character takes on various tasks and odd jobs, as she tries to get ahead in the gig economy. Featuring a young diverse cast, season one took satirical stabs at topics like gender bias and romantic tropes. Season two promises even more laughs and misadventures as Liza takes on a brand new set of challenges. Series star Liza Koshy (Freakish, Jingle Ballin', Boo! a Madea Halloween) is set to return for a second season along with cast member Travis Coles (By the Book, Superstore, Great News). Koshy has two wildly successful YouTube channels with a cumulative audience of more than 24.1 million subscribers and 2.5 billion-plus views. She is also a co-creator and executive producer of the series.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, February 22

Fresh Off the Boat - "Be a Man" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Jessica drives Principal Hunter crazy at Evan’s school when she declares that she’s “shadow principal” and follows him around for a day to learn about his job. When she finds out perfect son Evan has been caught acting out, she immediately blames Eddie’s bad influence, but there’s more to it than that. Louis, having watched one too many episodes of “The Sopranos” with Honey, is convinced that Marvin and Grandma are gossiping about him behind his back after Marvin offers to trap the rat that has invaded Grandma’s apartment.

Speechless - "G-A-- GAME N-I-- NIGHT" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Maya insists that it’s time to meet Izzy, a reluctant JJ arranges a game night for his family and new girlfriend. Ray tries to help on the big night, but his attention to detail puts a major crimp in JJ’s evening. Meanwhile, Dylan and Kenneth let their appetites get the better of them.

Last Man Standing - "Arrest Her Development" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Vanessa "helps" Mandy and Kyle look for an apartment; Mike is thrilled by Ryan's decisions.

The Cool Kids - "Sid's First Relationship" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
The gang comes together around Sid in order to help him overcome the commitment issues he struggles with his new beau, John; Margaret decides to become an airport volunteer in the hopes of conquering her strong fear of flying.

Andi Mack - "The Ex Factor" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Andi, Buffy and Cyrus worry about Jonah's unusual behavior; Miranda tries to cause problems for Bowie and Bex.

Sydney to the Max - "Adventures in Babe-Sitting" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Sydney and Olive struggle with their baby-sitting business when the child they are hired to watch happens to be the brother of one of the most popular kids in their class.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 18

Friday, February 22

  • Don Cheadle (Black Monday/House of Lies/The Golden Palace) - Watch Don on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) - Will appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Thomas Lennon (The Odd Couple/Sean Saves the World) - Thomas is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Rita Moreno (One Day at a Time/Happily Divorced/9 to 5) - Rita stops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Wanda Sykes (The New Adventures of Old Christine/Wanda at Large) - Wanda visits The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Finesse Mitchell (A.N.T. Farm) - Finesse is a panelist on The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Lori Loughlin (Fuller House/Hudson Street/Full House) - Lori talks about When Calls the Heart on People Now at 12pm.
  • Jay Baruchel (Man Seeking Woman/Undeclared) - Jay is a guest on Couch Surfing at 8am.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken talks about You Complete Me, Ho on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Holly Robinson Peete (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/For your Love) - Holly appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Autumn Reeser (Complete Savages) - Autumn drops by Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (January/February)

Fuller House - The Complete Third Season The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season The Game - The Complete Series Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season What I Like About You - The Complete Fourth Season

01/08 - Family Guy - 20 Greatest Hits
01/22 - Fuller House - The Complete Third Season
01/22 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season (WBShop.com)
01/29 - Ballers - The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
01/29 - Crashing - The Complete Second Season
01/29 - The Game - The Complete Series
01/29 - Kidding - Season One
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 1 - Volumes 1-5
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 2 - Volumes 6-10
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 3 - Seasons 10-14
02/05 - First Lady of Television - Betty White Collection (40 rare and acclaimed episodes from her early days in television)
02/05 - Mama's Family - Seasons 1-6 - The Complete Series
02/12 - Rick and Morty - The Complete Seasons 1-3 (Blu-ray)
02/12 - Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season
02/26 - What I Like About You - The Complete Fourth Season
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