Sunday, February 18, 2007

Week 22 Numbers (First Four Nights); How the Sitcoms Did

After about a month off in the ratings, we are back! We didn't have the final numbers in time each of those weeks so we decided not to bring the ratings, but we are now back! Hopefully every Sunday again.

Week 22 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

Households: Fox: 9.7/14.4; CBS: 8.9/13.7; ABC: 6.6/10.1; NBC: 6.3/9.7; The CW: 2.1/3.2.
Total Viewers: Fox: 16.73 million; CBS: 14.22 million; ABC: 10.2 million; NBC: 9.73 million; The CW: 3.28 million.
Adults 18-49: Fox: 6.8/16.5; CBS: 4.3/10.8; ABC: 4.0/9.9; NBC: 3.6/9.0; The CW: 1.5/3.6.

Analysis: The 22nd week saw Fox leading the pack with Hurricane American Idol and lead-out House rule on Tuesday with more Idol on top on Wednesday, thus the network has the lead through Thursday. CBS is in a solid second place in HH, viewers and 18-49, and will likely overtake Fox in HH and viewers by the end of the week. Fox will prevail in 18-49, with ABC likely taking 2nd over CBS. NBC will be 4th place in all categories. As usual, Friday and Saturday numbers are not above, since final numbers are not available yet. ABC will do very well tonight with CBS also in the mix. On Monday all four of the top four networks had something to tout about, but CBS still remained supreme. CBS's CSI: Miami was on fire and did 19.9 million at 10pm, and NBC's Heroes did very well in 18-49 rating at 9pm with a 6.3 rating, Deal or No Deal started the night off well though with 16.07 million for NBC. CBS sitcoms did decent in the 8pm hour doing 9.68 and 8.85 million, but down big from last week's Super Bowl-themed episodes. Two and a Half Men rose from those numbers and did 15.5 million (down some from last week, but still #1 for all of the sitcoms), with episode two of Rules of Engagement following and holding on well with 13.43 million. Even more impressive was a 100% hold of the lead-in's 18-49 rating at a 4.9 rating! Fox was above average with a two-hour 24 doing well. ABC saw decent numbers for all-new episodes of Wife Swap & Supernanny doing 8.31 and 9.83 million. The 18-49 rating for both was also decent. The CW's comedies are still under performing on this night. Tuesday was Fox's night. American Idol did 31.2 million and an all-new House did 25.99 million and was more than enough to win the night. CBS was second with NCIS, The Unit from 8-10 doing well, and a repeat of Without a Trace aired at 10. NBC got decent numbers from both Law & Order spin-offs doing 8.5 and 12.94 million from 9-11pm, with Dateline kicking the night off with a so-so 6.32 million. ABC saw a AFV repeat open up OK with 6.24 million, but then Primetime: The Outsiders did very well with 8.64 million (beating NBC), up from last week. A new episode of Boston Legal did 9.5 million, should be a bit better than that. The CW aired Gilmore Girls (4.37 million) and Veronica Mars (2.37 million). The latter didn't hold on to the lead-in well. Wednesday again Fox got the boost from its one show wonder American Idol, doing 28.89 million. Lead-in Bones got the halo-effect of Idol and did 12.28 million, good enough to win 8pm. CBS was second for the night but started off slow with a Jericho Recap Special doing just 7.36 million...not good news. Criminal Minds and CSI: NY followed and did good (but not dominant) with 15.16 and 14.81 million. NBC saw Friday Night Lights improve a but with 7.43 million, Deal or No Deal followed with 9.58 million. Medium followed with 8.62 million. ABC's comedy block opened up with George Lopez doing 7.13 and The Knights of Prosperity did 4.9 million--a series low. Let's hope we see it go up this week after a few weeks of rising numbers. ABC then followed with an encore of Lost not doing great with 4.96 million and an all-new Lost did just 12.84 million, though it did win the hour in 18-49. Lost should move back to 9pm next month...it can do better there even if Idol is there. The CW aired Beauty & the Geek doing 4.19 million but One Tree Hill was anemic with 2.25 million. The problem with The CW is most of their 8-9pm shows (Tues-Thurs) do decent, but the 9pm dramas (Tues-Thurs) are doing terrible. On Thursday we saw ABC and CBS dominate with all-new episodes. CBS opened the night with week two of Survivor Fiji doing a 9.4 rating (16.08 million), ABC was right on its trail with an all-new Ugly Betty doing a 9.1 rating (13.66 million) followed by a new Grey's Anatomy doing a dominant 16.0/23 rating (25.76 million), Men in Trees followed with 10.87 million...it should be doing 12 million for more respect. CBS's CSI did a 13.8/20 rating (22.71 million) and Shark followed with a first place of 15.12 million. NBC aired all-new episodes of comedies from 8-10pm and did decent for the first hour, but saw bleeding from Scrubs and 30 Rock. They all did decent though in 18-49 from a 2.5-4.4 in range. ER was new and did just 11.6 million though up from last week, 30 Rock is not helping it. And Fox saw pathetic numbers with 'Til Death, War at Home and The O.C.
Friday (numbers not counted in our ratings), saw CBS win each hour. CBS's Ghost Whisperer was #1 at 8 p.m. and for the night with a 7.7 preliminary rating. NBC was second in each hour, with its line-up of 1 vs. 100, Las Vegas and Law & Order. ABC re-aired the thrilling Super Bowl 2-part episode of Grey's Anatomy from last season and did OK but 20/20 built on that and did well, nerly beating NBC in viewers and winning in 18-49. And The CW and Fox battled for last place, but Fox did better than usual. Saturday ratings were anemic like usual with CBS's repeats in the lead overall and Fox's reality in 18-49. As for tonight, ABC, CBS, will likely share a win and have something to brag about, with ABC's Desperate Housewives dominating 9 p.m. and the rest of its A-class line-up of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition & Brothers & Sisters. As for this week in general, I expect Fox to win the demo and CBS in total viewers most likely. This coming week will be interesting as ABC will end the week with The Oscars, and part three of the special Grey's Anatomy arc. Also of note is American Idol airing Thursday at 8 this week.. 3 nights of Idol? UGH!! I think this will be for two weeks.

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of Feb. 5-11)

  • Reba (The CW) 2 episodes - A repeats did 2.56 and a new episode did 3.24 million...better than their Monday comedies.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 episodes - 8.18 million for a new episode at 8, repeat at 7:30 did 5.41 million. The new episode should do a bit better.
  • King of the Hill (Fox) 2 episodes - 6.99 tuned in for a new episode--down more than a million from lead-in. Repeat at 7 did just 4 million.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - 7.97 million for a new episode...seems a bit low.
  • American Dad (Fox) - Just 6.6 million. All the Fox lineup was under a 4.0 18-49 rating...not good news.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 9.68 million...decent, but down from last week's Super Bowl themed episode, which hit a season high.
  • The Class (CBS) - 8.85 million. Same as above.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 15.5 million for a new episode...very good like usual, but down about 2 million from last week.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - 13.43 million..pretty good retention from lead-in, but even more impressive was the 4.9 18-49 rating, which was the same as the lead-in! 100% retention! Will this show be the hit sitcom CBS is looking for?
  • CW Monday Comedies: Chris, All of Us, Girfriends, The Game. New episode of Chris started it off with 2.83 million, the highest of the block. The rest ranged 2.52 to 2.64 million. Consistent, but needs to be doing 3 to 3.5 million.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • None

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • George Lopez (ABC) - 7.13 million...decent, but Jim does better.
  • The Knights of Prosperity (ABC) - 4.9 million only this week, after the rise the last two weeks. It should rise this week as the gang actually enter Jagger's apartment! Tune in!
Thursday Sitcoms
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) - 9.1 million and a 3.918-49 rating...both disappointing. I think the return of Survivor has put a dent after season highs when that show was on a hiatus.
  • The Office (NBC) - The same goes for this show. 8.84 million, but a decent 4.4 18-49 rating.
  • Scrubs (NBC) - Just 6.23 million. NBC should air this at 9:30.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - This show is killing ER, just 5.01 million. They need to move this to 9pm.
  • 'Til Death (Fox) - 5.21 million...not bad for this show and it beat 30 Rock and The Knights this week. What is American thinking?
  • War at Home (Fox) - 4.79 million for a new episode...not good, but holding the lead-in's numbers well.
Friday Sitcoms
None.

Saturday Sitcoms
None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are new episodes of Fox comedies and the series finale of Reba on The CW.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, The Office, My Name is Earl and Rules of Engagement were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as The Class and George Lopez) or just plain old terrible (such as Knights of Prosperity and 30 Rock).


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, November 11

The Neighborhood - "Welcome to Thanksgiving" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Dave and Gemma host a memorable Thanksgiving in their new home when Dave’s politically incorrect mother, Paula (Marilu Henner), visits from out of town and meets Calvin, Tina and the rest of the Butler family for the first time.

Bob Hearts Abishola - "Square Hamburgers, Round Buns" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After Abishola calls off things with Bob, her Auntie Olu sets her up with a Nigerian pharmacist, and Bob tries online dating. Missi Pyle guest stars as Liz, Bob’s online date and Tony Tambi guest stars as Chukwuemeka, Abishola’s set-up.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 11)

Monday, November 11

  • Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Watch Will on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Whoopi Goldberg (Whoopi/Bagdad Cafe) - Whoopi stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) - Thomas visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Adam DeVine (Workaholics/Modern Family) - Adam appears on A Little Late with Lilly Singh at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Chris D'Elia (Undateable/Whitney) - Chris is a panelist on Lights Out with David Spade at 11:30pm on Comedy Central.
  • Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin drops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Kristin Davis (Sex and the City/Bad Teacher) - Kristin talks about Holiday in the Wild on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan (check your listings) and on People Now at 12pm.
  • Isabela Merced (100 Things to Do Before High School) - Isabela is a guest on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Lisa Edelstein (The Kominsky Method/Almost Perfect) - Lisa will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Kim Fields (The Facts of Life/Living Single) - Kim talks about Lifetime's You Light Up My Christmas on Access Daily, so check your local listings.
  • Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show/My Boys/Welcome to New York) - Al Roker swaps jobs with Jim on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (September/October/November)

My Three Sons - The Fourth Season - Volume One Modern Family - The Complete Tenth Season Life with Lucy - The Complete Series Step by Step - The Complete Fifth Season The Big Bang Theory - The Twelfth and Final Season

09/03 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 9th Season
09/03 - Fresh Off the Boat - The Complete Fifth Season
09/03 - The Goldbergs - The Complete Sixth Season
09/03 - Single Parents - The Complete Season One
09/03 - Young Sheldon - The Complete Second Season
09/04 - What We Do in the Shadows - The Complete First Season
09/10 - American Dad! - Volume 14
09/10 - The Jetsons - The Complete Original Series (Blu-ray) (WBShop.com)
09/11 - My Three Sons - The Fourth Season - Volume One
09/11 - My Three Sons - The Fourth Season - Volume Two
09/17 - Friends - The Complete Series (25th Anniversary)
09/17 - Modern Family - The Complete Tenth Season
09/19 - Angel from Hell - The DVD Edition
09/19 - The Guest Book - Season 1
10/08 - Leave it to Beaver - The Complete Series
10/08 - Life with Lucy - The Complete Series
10/15 - Mom - The Complete Sixth Season
10/16 - Our Miss Brooks - Season 1 - Volume 1
10/16 - Our Miss Brooks - Season 1 - Volume 2
11/05 - The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang - The Complete Animated Series
11/05 - Laverne & Shirley in the Army (Animated Series) - The DVD Edition
11/05 - Letterkenny - Seasons 1 & 2
11/05 - Step by Step - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
11/12 - The Big Bang Theory - The Twelfth and Final Season (Blu-ray)
11/12 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Series (Blu-ray Limited Edition)
11/19 - The King of Queens - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
11/19 - The Kominsky Method - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
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Recent SitcomsOnline.com News Blog Posts

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11/10 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of November 11, 2019)
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11/08 - Fri-Yay: Thoughts on Netflix's Living with Yourself; ABC Orders More Episodes of American Housewife and Bless This Mess
11/07 - COZI TV's Thanksgiving Weekend Unexpected Guests Marathon; MeTV Salutes Veteran's Day with M*A*S*H
11/06 - Live in Front of a Studio Audience: All in the Family & Good Times on Dec. 18; NBC Orders More Superstore Episodes
11/05 - ABC 2019 Holiday Specials and Episodes; E! Sets Date for Reality Sitcom
11/04 - Freeform's 25 Days of Christmas Schedule for 2019; Showtime to Debut New Comedy On-Demand Before Premiere
11/03 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of November 4, 2019)
11/02 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Casting in Place for Punky Brewster Reboot; Happy Days Cartoon Spinoffs to Arrive on DVD

11/01 - Fri-Yay: Thoughts on BoJack Horseman Season 6; Netflix Sets Dec. 5 Date for V Wars
10/31 - Will Arnett to Host Fox Lego Series; Lil Rel HBO Comedy Special Gets Premiere Date
10/30 - HBO Max Announces Lots of News and Series, Including Library Series The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Looney Tunes and More
10/29 - ABC Gets Full Seasons of mixed-ish and More; The Facts of Life Stars Ready to Light Up Lifetime on Christmas
10/28 - Fox Midseason 2020 Schedule; The CW Picks Up Full Seasons of Both Fall Freshman Series

10/27 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of October 28, 2019)
10/26 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Lizzie McGuire Reboot to Include Original Cast; New DVDs for The Mindy Project and Step by Step
10/25 - Fri-Yay: Sunnyside Becomes the Season's First Cancellation; Maureen McCormick to Co-Host HGTV Christmas Special
10/24 - Antenna TV's Sabrina & Samantha Witch-O-Ween Marathon; Remembering TV Producer Al Burton of Diff'rent Strokes, Charles in Charge and More
10/23 - CBS Renews Freshman Fall 2019 Class; Fox Schedules 9-1-1 Spin-off for Midseason 2020
10/22 - Fox Schedules Comedy Christmas Event; CNBC Gets A-Rod to Get Celebs Back in the Game
10/21 - Fox Picks Up 2nd Season of Bless the Harts; Remembering Bill Macy of Maude
10/20 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of October 21, 2019)
10/19 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Sunnyside Becomes First Casualty of 2019-2020 TV Season; Our Miss Brooks Arrives on DVD
10/18 - Fri-Yay: Is It Time to Lower Our Expectations for Sitcom Ratings?; Antenna TV's Dennis the Menace Thanksgiving Weekend Marathon
10/17 - Raven's Home Gets 4th Season on Disney; Nick Orders More All That Episodes
10/16 - Sunnyside Pulled, Will & Grace Back Early; CBS All Access Comedy Returns for Season 3
10/15 - Sarah Silverman Returning to HBO with Late Night Series; Craig Ferguson to Host ABC Game Show
10/14 - ABC Gears Up for Halloween with Specials and Sitcom Episodes; truTV Comedy Returns for Season 5
10/13 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of October 14, 2019)
10/12 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Walker, Texas Ranger Reboot in the Works; South Park Banned in China
10/11 - Fri-Yay: Another Netflix Original to End as BoJack Horseman Announces Final Season; TNT Sets Halloween Supernatural Marathon