Sunday, March 25, 2007

Week 27 Numbers (First Four Nights); How the Sitcoms Did

Week 27 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

Households: Fox: 9.5/14.7; CBS: 7.8/12.6; ABC: 7.5/12.0; NBC: 5.1/8.1; The CW: 2.1/3.2; MNT: 0.7/1.1.
Total Viewers: Fox: 15.86 million; CBS: 12.17 million; ABC: 11.52 million; NBC: 7.68 million; The CW: 3.17 million; MNT: 0.94 million.
Adults 18-49: Fox: 6.1/16.2; ABC: 4.0/10.7; CBS: 3.8/10.3; NBC: 2.5/6.6; The CW: 1.4/3.7; MNT: 0.4/0.9.

Analysis: The 27th week saw the return of ABC's Dancing with the Stars to huge numbers...the highest premiere numbers for the show ever. Fox did well like usual with American Idol, but Are you Smarter Than a 5th Grader, airing on its own now, dipped to a series low. Through the first four nights, Fox has the lead, followed by CBS and ABC battling for second place in HH, viewers and 18-49. NBC will be 4th place in all categories. They sure miss Sunday Night Football. As usual, Friday and Saturday numbers are not above, since final numbers are not available yet. Tonight has ABC airing half the night with repeats, but CBS is all new, along with Fox's comedies and NBC's reality. Expect CBS to win.
On Monday Dancing with the Stars returned and dominated for ABC. 21.8 million watched thw two-hour season premiere denting CBS's comedies the most. CBS's CSI: Miami was did well at 10pm with 17.66 million at 10pm and NBC's Deal or No Deal was down against Stars, but still solid with 14.19 million for a special two-hour episode. CBS 8-9pm sitcoms were very anemic for CBS, doing 7.27 and 6.74 million for new episodes. Two and a Half Men rose from those numbers and did 11.68 million (probably a series low for a new episode, usually it does 15 million+), with a new Rules of Engagement following and not holding the lead-in's numbers like it has been doing, just 9.26 million. Fox was not that affected by Stars, but both Prison Break & 24 were down from usual numbers, they did 8.4 and 11.8 million, about 1-2 million off from previous new episodes. ABC and NBC did bad at 10pm, ABC did just 6.43 million for What About Brian and NBC's Black Donnelleys continues to go down each week, with just 5.53 million. The CW's comedies are still under performing on this night as they still can't get 3 million. All four were close to each other though.
Tuesday was Fox's night. American Idol did 29.96 million for two-hours and that was more than enough to win the night. CBS was second with NCIS, The Unit from 8-10 doing well, and a repeat of CSI aired at 10. NBC aired repeats of both Law & Order spin-offs doing 6.37 and 7.5 million from 9-11pm (seems low...), with Dateline kicking the night off with just 5.62 million. ABC saw a AFV repeat open up with just 5.35 million (no more AFV Tuesdays starting this week), followed by Primetime: The Outsiders with just 5.01 million. Boston Legal with guest star Megan Mullally rose from that but still did below average with 9.14 million. The CW aired a repeat of Gilmore Girls (2.08 million) and a new Pussycat Dolls (3.12 million).
Wednesday again Fox got the boost from its one show wonder American Idol, doing 27.08 million for its 9pm half-hour followed by the sitcom 'Til Death losing 1/2 that with 14.88 million. Bones opened the night off for Fox with a respectable 10.47 million. CBS was second for the night with Jericho not on this week, but a special Wednesday Survivor aired doing a below average 12.78 million...will people return when it comes back to Thursdays? Criminal Minds and CSI: NY followed and did good (but not dominant) with 15.19 and 13.64 million. ABC's comedy block opened up with George Lopez doing 5.92 and two repeats of According to Jim & a new In Case of Emergency followed (5.99, 5.42, 5.13 million) and an all-new Lost, which was a great episode, did 12.22 million, and it won the hour in 18-49. Lost has been very steady in this slot, but down from normal numbers it got earlier this season when it aired at 9. NBC saw Friday Night Lights do just 5.39 million, Crossing Jordan followed with just 6.15 million, up from last week. A repeat of Medium followed with 5.95 million. The CW was on the map thanks to America's Next Top Model doing a decent 5.04 million...not bad at all, followed by an encore of Tuesday's Pussycat Dolls doing 3.13 million.
On Thursday we saw ABC dominate, as CBS aired NCAA Tournament coverage. ABC's Grey's Anatomy anchored the night at 9pm with 22.3 million and a dominant 9.0 18-49 rating. Ugly Betty opened the night off with a below average 10.41 million. Fox's Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? hit a series low but is probably effecting Betty just a bit (5th Grader did 10.82 million, but Betty beat it in HH, 7.3 to 6.5). ABC's second episode of the impressive October Road closed the night off with 11.5 million (and a 4.6 18-49 rating), much better than Men in Trees. CBS's NCAA coverage was a solid second doing 8.98 and 9.93 million for both games. Fox closed the night with repeats of Family Guy & American Dad doing just 4.89 and 3.86 million. NBC aired mix of encores and all-new episodes of comedies from 8-10pm. Hour one was a repeat of My Name is Earl and hour two was all new and saw Scrubs and 30 Rock. NBC aired the second episode of Raines at 10pm and did just 8.71 million. Let's see how it does on Fridays next week. And CW aired its Thursday dramas doing 4.07 and 3.38 million.
Friday (numbers not counted in our ratings), saw CBS win the night with NCAA Tournarment coverage. NBC was a distant second with the disappointing Identity and Miss USA. ABC had a repeat of Thursday's Grey's Anatomy and the return of Six Degrees didn't do so well but 20/20 built on that and did a bit better. The CW did decent for its WWE coverage and Fox didn't do so well with Wedding Bells at 9. Overall a below average night.
Saturday ratings are not available yet. As for tonight, CBS will win with its normal line-up. ABC's big dramas are in repeats, but AFV and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition are new and will compete well and Fox will battle ABC for 18-49. NBC's reality line-up will not pull big ratings, but Deal or No Deal should do a solid 10 million or so at 9. As for this week in general, look for Dancing with the Stars to continue to do well and now the Results Show premieres this Tuesday! A new reality series hosted by Donny Osmond debuts Tuesday after Stars on ABC.

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of March 12-18)

  • The War at Home (Fox) 2 episodes -2.64 million for a repeat and just 3.42 million for a new episode...
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - A repeat did 6.89 million, below normal.
  • The Winner (Fox) 2 episodes - Final two episodes did just 5.55 and 5.14 million.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - Repeat did 7.03 million.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - Just 7.27 million for a new episode. Series low, I assume?
  • Old Christine (CBS) - 6.74 million. Dancing killed it.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 11.68 million for a new episode...way below normal.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - 9.26 million...like all CBS comedies that aired on this day...DOWN from usual.
  • CW Monday Comedies: Chris, All of Us, Girfriends, The Game. New episode of Chris started it off with 2.53 million, the highest of the block. The rest ranged 2.14 to 2.35 million. Consistent, but needs to be doing 3 to 3.5 million at least...


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • None

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • George Lopez (ABC) - 5.92 million...down slightly from from last week.
  • According to Jim (ABC) 2 episodes -Two repeats did OK, with 5.99 and 5.42 million
  • In Case of Emergency (ABC) - 5.13 million, up from last week, but down from two weeks ago's 6+ million.
  • 'Til Death (Fox) - 14.88 million from Idol's 27.08 million...you do the math.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) - A one-hour repeat did 6.73 million
  • Scrubs (NBC) - 6.44 million watched a new episode.
  • Andy Barker, P.I. (NBC) - 5.33 million...down even from last week's bad premiere numbers.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A repeat on a Thursday did 4.89 million.
  • American Dad (ABC) - A repeat on a Thursday did just 3.86 million...the show returns after a few weeks off tonight (Sunday).
Friday Sitcoms
None.

Saturday Sitcoms
None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are new episodes of Fox comedies.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, 'Til Death, and Rules of Engagement were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as How I Met Your Mother, Scrubs) or just plain old terrible (such as American Dad Thurs and Andy Barker, P.I.).


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, November 20

The Goldbergs - "Angst-Giving" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Even though Beverly’s patience with Pop Pop is put to the test due to his endless Thanksgiving demands, she is able to put aside her own feelings to help heal the longstanding rift between Murray and Pop Pop. Meanwhile, Barry and Erica are ready to return home for the holiday, but Uncle Marvin accidentally drives them to Pittsburgh. Marvin attempts to make it right not knowing if they will make it to Jenkintown in time to celebrate the holiday. Judd Hirsch and Dan Fogler return to guest star as Pop Pop and Uncle Marvin.

Schooled - "Friendsgiving" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
CB celebrates Thanksgiving by having all of William Penn rally around him after a cooking incident at his house, while the alumni faculty football game brings out the competitive sides of Wilma and Coach Mellor.

Modern Family - "The Last Thanksgiving" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Cameron and Mitchell’s friends mistakenly assume they have split up and have definitely chosen a side; and Haley attempts to cook Thanksgiving dinner as a thank you for Claire and Phil’s support with the twins. Meanwhile, Jay invites Phil and Dylan out to fly his model plane, and Phil thinks this is his chance to reclaim his dignity after their first outing 10 years ago went so wrong.

Single Parents - "Every Thursday Should Be Like This" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Will gets busy cooking Thanksgiving dinner at Douglas’ home, he asks Angie to hang out with Tracy Freeze (guest star Jama Williamson). Angie reluctantly does so, only to realize that Tracy is actually wonderful, except for a secret she’s keeping from Will. Meanwhile, Miggy shows up to Thanksgiving dinner with the kids’ teacher, Ms. Pronstroller (Sarah Yarkin), as his date, and he enlists Douglas’ assistance in helping them form an in-person connection, given all of their previous communication has been via texts, DMs and memes.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "A Woman's Right to Chop" / "Waiting for Big Mo" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Trapped inside Paddy's with a suicidal jumper on the roof, the gang wonders if it should bother intervening; Dennis ponders the reasons of playing laser tag and if the pursuit of a victory is worth the effort.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 18)

Wednesday, November 20

  • Adam Driver (Girls) - Watch Adam on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Julie Andrews (Julie) - Julie stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS. She will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Michael Rapaport (Awkward/The War at Home) and Tony Rock (Living Biblically/All of Us) - Michael and Tony are panelists on Lights Out with David Spade at 11:30pm on Comedy Central.
  • Dax Shepard (Bless This Mess) - Dax visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Craig Ferguson (The Drew Carey Show) - Craig appears on a repeat of LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory/Roseanne) - Johnny is a guest on a repeat of LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Brie Larson (United States of Tara/Raising Dad) - Brie appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Lena Waithe (Master of None) - Lena is a guest on The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Ed Quinn (One Day at a Time/2 Broke Girls) - Ed visits The Real, do check your local listings.
  • Tisha Campbell (Dr. Ken/Rita Rocks/My Wife and Kids/Martin) - Tisha guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Maura Tierney (NewsRadio) - Maura talks about The Report on People Now at 12pm.
  • Robin Givens (Head of the Class) - Robin talks about OWN's Ambition on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens/Anything But Love) - Jamie Lee talks about Knives Out on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Ashley Williams (The Jim Gaffigan Show/Good Morning, Miami) - Ashley talks about Holiday Hearts on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.


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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