Sunday, May 14, 2006

Week 34 First Four Day Ratings; How the Sitcoms Did

Week 34 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

Households: CBS: 9.8/15.4; FOX 9.1/14.1; NBC: 7.1/11.1; ABC: 5.2/8.2; The WB: 2.4/3.8; UPN 1.9/3.0.
Total Viewers: CBS: 15.26 million; FOX: 15.17 million; NBC: 10.84 million; ABC: 7.98 million; The WB: 3.61 million; UPN: 2.77 million.
Adults 18-49: FOX 6.3/16.3; CBS: 4.7/12.2; NBC: 4.0/10.3; ABC: 3.1/8.1; The WB: 1.5/3.8; UPN: 1.3/3.3.

Analysis: It was more of the same for this week in May sweeps, but the real fun begins tonight with season finales, starting with the two-night Grey's Anatomy season finale! ABC and Fox will have the biggest season finals, ratings wise, but CBS could also have some. Meanwhile, NBC has probably had its strongest numbers for sweeps already, but Will & Grace's series finale might pull some numbers. But I am not expecting huge numbers like 25 million or something, but they will be lucky to get 15 million I think. Fox again had a strong first three days for the week. 24 was first in its 9 p.m. timeslot with 13.86 million viewers (Two and a Half Men won the 9 p.m. half hour for CBS with 14.87 million) and a strong 5.7 rating in A18-49. ABC's David Blaine special did well building on each half hour and peaking at 9:30 p.m. with a stunning 6.0 A18-49 rating. Prison Break on Fox at 8 p.m. starting the night with a second place finish in A18-49 and total viewers. CBS's comedies during the 8 p.m. hour needs a bit tweaking next fall, after a good run earlier this season, the shows were 5th place in A18-49, thanks to 7th Heaven's so-called series finale doing very well with a 3.0 A18-49 rating (and 7.56 million viewers). Monday's highest rated show, CSI: Miami, was just that with 19.96 million. ABC's What Abut Brian season finale was up again with 6.4 million viewers, and the series has been renewed. J.J. Abrams always strikes gold with his series. Tuesday was all Fox with American Idol & House, with 28.85 and 24.29 million viewers. House was up from last week's ratings by nearly 2 million viewers. CBS's dramas did well against them with NCIS and The Unit both scoring well but everything else was anemic, like usual. ABC's Bird Flu movie did about as good as the struggling comedies usually do--which is not good. A special The Unit episode at 10 p.m. was neck-and-beck with powerhouse Law & Order: SVU at 10 p.m.--12.33 to 12.88 million. Maybe SVU will be dethroned there next season? Wednesday it was again Fox, as Idol was too much for everyone with 27.88 million in the 9 p.m. half hour, though down nearly 2 million from last week. Lost on ABC did a decent 16.35 million opposite the AI juggernaut and an impressive 6.9 A18-49 rating, peaking at 9:30 p.m. with well over a 7 rating. CBS's Criminal Minds season finale was also in the game in the hour with 12.67 million. Deal or No Deal scored 15.54 million viewers for NBC to start the night, up more than 3 million from last week, which was affected by a special House airing. So that answers my question--House is more of a must see than that game show. Thursday it was all CBS in a big way. CBS's Survivor easily won in total viewers and adults 18-49 at 8 p.m. CBS won the 9 and 10 p.m. hours with new episodes of CSI and Without a Trace scoring 27.04 and 19.19 million, both slightly up from the previous week. NBC's comedies were all super-sized to 40 minutes and did decent, especially Will & Grace. Grace scored 9.36 million viewers. Friday saw NBC winning with Deal or No Deal winning the 8 p.m. hour and CBS bombing with a special in place of Ghost Whisperer. What were they thinking? Loser of the night was again NBC's Conviction, which was canceled this weekend. Saturday saw decent numbers for Fox's NASCAR coverage. NBC and CBS did decent with crime drama repeats. I think the networks will try to be more aggresive next season on Saturdays, with ABC leading the charge. FOX will win the week in adults 18-49, but CBS will win in total viewers. ABC will win tonight in a big way with the part one of the two-night season finale of the most talked about show, Grey's Anatomy. ABC's line-up of EM: Home Edition, DH, & GA are all-new and unstoppable!


Monday Sitcoms

  • The King of Queens (CBS) - 7.99 million for a new episode, up 500,000 from last week. Rumor has it the show will return at earliest mid-season 2007, if at all.
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 8.07 million...not bad.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 14.87 million for an all-new episode.
  • New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) - 11.87 million tuned in, down 500,000 from last week.
  • One on One (UPN), All of Us (UPN), Girlfriends (UPN) - Girlfriends had an hour long episode doing very well for them at 3.47 million


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Scrubs (NBC) 2 episodes - New episodes did OK with 6.2 million at 9 p.m., repeat did 5.59 million right after it.
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • Girlfriends (UPN) - Special encore of Monday's finale did 2.28 million, down from last week's Chris repeats.

Thursday Sitcoms

  • Will & Grace (NBC) - Super-sized 40 minute episode comes through with 9.36 million
  • That's 70s Show (FOX) - 6.18 million for an episode at 8 p.m. followed by a clip-show/interview retrospective at 8:37 p.m. to 10 p.m. that did 7.8 million. Series finale next week. Fox is hoping for 10 million maybe.
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) - 9.35 million, up from last week, but down a bit from lead-in.
  • The Office (NBC) - 7.66 million for another super-sized comedy from NBC.
  • Everybody Hates Chris (UPN) - 3.31 million for a new episode.
  • Love, Inc. (UPN), Eve (UPN), Cuts (UPN) - Free-fall...series finales of all aired.

Friday Sitcoms

None.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, Will & Grace, My Name is Earl and The New Adventures of Old Christine were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as The Office, King of Queens, How I Met Your Mother) or just plain old terrible (such as UPN Thursday).


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, December 2

Young Sheldon - "The Grand Chancellor and a Den of Sin" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Sheldon battles President Hagemeyer’s (Wendie Malick) mysterious boss over the university’s science requirements. Also, Mary discovers that Georgie is working at Meemaw’s illegal gambling room.

United States of Al - "Wisdom / Hikmat" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
While Al is heavily medicated following surgery on his wisdom teeth, he mistakenly insults Art, forcing Riley to choose sides. Also, Lizzie tries to broker a peace among Art, Riley and Al.

Ghosts - "Alberta's Fan" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Alberta is thrilled when a super-fan of her music visits the mansion to learn more about her. Also, Thor convinces Hetty to go on a walk with him in hopes that it will spark a special memory.

B Positive - "A Camper, A Compass and a Cannoli" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Gina brings her dog Cannoli to the retirement home where he bonds with the seniors. Also, Drew prepares for his new life driving cross country in a camper van.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 29)

Thursday, December 2

  • Nicole Byer (Loosely Exactly Nicole) - Catch Nicole on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Ana Gasteyer (American Auto/Lady Dynamite/Suburgatory) and Rachel Dratch (30 Rock) - Ana and Rachel are guests on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC. They also talk about A Clüsterfünke Christmas on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Paul Rudd (Living with Yourself/Friends/Wild Oats) - Paul appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Bill Burr (F Is for Family/Townies) - Bill is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Glenn Howerton (It's Always Suny in Philadelphia/A.P. Bio/The Mindy Project) - Glenn appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • William Jackson Harper (The Good Place) - William appears on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Kathy Griffin (Suddenly Susan) - Kathy chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Skylar Astin (Ground Floor) - Skylar is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Holly Robinson Peete (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/For Your Love/Love, Inc.) - Holly will be on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Michael Keaton (Report to Murphy/Working Stiffs/All's Fair) - Michael appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Leah Remini (Kevin Can Wait/The Exes/Family Tools/The King of Queens/Fired Up) - Leah guest co-hosts The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Maya Erskine (PEN15/Casual/Betas) and Anna Konkle (PEN15) - Maya and Anna are guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm/Son of Zorn/Suburgatory) - Cheryl will be on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kal Penn (Sunnyside/Deadbeat/We Are Men) - Kal appears on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Michel Urie (Younger/Partners) - Michael is a guest on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Vanessa Lachey (Truth Be Told/Dads) - Vanessa talks about her book Life from Scratch on Access Daily, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (October-December)

Maude - The Complete Series (2021 Release) Mom - The Eighth and Final Season Punky Brewster (1984-88) - The Complete Series (2021 Release) I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

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11/02 - Punky Brewster - The Complete Series (2021 Release)
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11/30 - I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Series (Mill Creek) (2021 Release) (Blu-ray)
12/07 - The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
12/07 - Rick & Morty - Season 5 (Blu-ray) (Blu-ray Limited Edition Steelbook)
12/14 - The Abbott and Costello Show - Season 1 (Blu-ray)
12/14 - Letterkenny - Season 9
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