Sunday, April 06, 2008

Week 28 Numbers (First Four Nights); How the Sitcoms Did

Week 28 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

Households: Fox 8.1/12.6, CBS 7.8/12.4, ABC 5.9/9.4, NBC 4.6/7.3, The CW 1.3/2.1, MyNetworkTV 0.8/1.2
Total Viewers: Fox 13.45 million, CBS 12.4 million, ABC 8.92 million, NBC 6.99 million, The CW 1.93 million, MyNetworkTV 1.14 million
Adults 18-49: Fox 4.9/12.9, CBS 3.7/9.9, ABC 2.5/6.6, NBC 2.4/6.4, The CW 0.8/2.2, MyNetworkTV 0.4/1.0

Analysis: Week 28 so far has Fox and CBS dominating...as CBS's scripted hits have returned (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). Through the first four days of week 28, we have Fox on top by a slim margin, with CBS in second in HH/viewers, and 18-49. ABC is third, with NBC 4th in all categories. Last week, week 27, CBS edged out Fox (thanks to the NCAA) for number one in HH, but it Fox had a slight edge in total viewers. Fox was also first in 18-49, with CBS in second. ABC was 3rd in, with NBC fourth in everything.
On Monday, it was ABC on top with Dancing with the Stars doing 20.56 million for 96 minutes, slightly up from the two-hour episode the week before. The Bachelor: London Calling followed with 7.67 million, up a bit from the previous week. CBS was next with its sitcoms which were all-new! The Big Bang Theory's did 8.43 million, slightly off from the previous week, How I Met Your Mother followed with 9.5 million, down from the 10.67 million the week before, as Britney Spears guest-starred on that one. Two and a Half Men followed with 14.5 million, up slightly from previous week and the season finale of Old Christine followed with a season high 12.57 million, up nearly three million from previous week. CSI: Miami closed the night with a solid 15.65 million, down from its return the previous week. NBC was led by Deal or No Deal at 9pm doing 10.07 million, slightly off week-to-week, but NBC started the night off at 8pm slow with My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad at 4.3 million, but it was a bit up from previous week actually. Medium closed the night off with 9.65 million, it also was up week-to-week. Fox aired a repeat of House to start off the night and it did 7.5 million, down a bit from previous week, following at 9pm was a new New Amsterdam doing 6.6 million, up from previous week. The CW had a repeat of Gossip Girl doing 1.06 million and a new Pussycat Dolls at just 1.29 million...both down from previous week.
On Tuesday, Fox was on top thanks to Idol at 26.12 million at 8pm, up over a million from previous week...and that was 90-minutes, too. At 9pm Fox premiered a new season of Hell's Kitchen and it did solid with 11.85 million...but more impressive was the 5.5 18-49 rating. ABC was next with two new episodes of Just for Laughs at 8pm doing 5.32 and 5.48 million...up from what it normally was doing. Then at 9pm, Dancing with the Stars: The Results did a solid 17.28 million, down slightly from previous week as Steve Guttenberg got shockingly eliminated. He didn't deserve to go...Carrolla or Winkour should have been the one instead. ABC closed the night at 10pm with the special ABC News Special: Live To Be 150 at 9.7 million. CBS was next with a repeat of NCIS at 9.97 million, up from previous week, followed by the Tuesday edition of the disappointing Big Brother 9 at just 6.11 million, but it was up from previous week. A new CSI: Miami on a special night did a very solid 14.23 million for part two of a two-part two-night event. NBC aired a two-hour Biggest Loser at 8.17 million, up from previous week, and a repeat of Law & Order: SVU drew 5.77 million, down nearly three million viewers from previous week...thanks to CBS. The CW aired a new Beauty & The Geek at just 1.6 million and a repeat of Reaper did 1.73 million, ouch it beat a new episode of Geek.
On Wednesday, it was all Fox again. American Idol Results at 9pm did 24.84 million, down from previous week, the season finale of The Moment of Truth at 8pm did 10.16 million, up a bit from previous week. CBS continues to struggle with Big Brother 9 at just 5.94 million, up a bit from previous week, but Criminal Minds and CSI: NY are now back with new episodes, and did solid at 12.81 and 12.85 million...very good, but it seems below normal. NBC was next with Deal or No Deal starting the night off with 9.53 million, followed by a repeat of Law & Order: Criminal Intent at 5.12 million, down from previous week, and the original Law & Order was a repeat as well and it did 6.48 million, down from previous week's repeat. ABC's Wife Swap did 5.69 million for a new episode, down from previous week, a new Supernanny followed with 5.89 million, up slightly from previous week, but that was a repeat and finally a new MEN IN TREES did 5.46 million, down a bit from previous week. The CW had an all-new Top Model at a decent 3.87 million, up a bit from previous week, a repeat of Pussycat Dolls did just 1.47 million, down a bit from previous week but still better than its original Monday airing, sad, isn't it?
On Thursday, CBS was back with its big guns and thus was number one for the night. Survivor: Micronesia started the night off with 12.87 million, seems below normal...but CSI followed with a nice 20.58 million for its return episode and Without a Trace closed the night off with its return episode doing 15.2 million. Fox was next with two Are You Smarter That a 5th Grader? episodes doing 9.88 and 10.41 million, wonder why it went up? NBC was next, with an all-new My Name is Earl hour doing 7.53 million...decent, but again seems below normal. The Office repeat marathon followed from 9-11pm doing not so good, dropping in each half-hour: 5.09, 4.58, 4.34, and 4.3 million...new episodes return this coming week. ABC was well behind as its top guns won't return until April 24, so they will have to suffer a bit the next two weeks. ABC started the night off with two new episodes of the hilarious Miss Guided at 4.6 and 4.34 million, down from the two episodes the previous week, these two were the season finale. Lost repeat followed with just 4.07 million, thus Eli Stone closed the night with only 5.15 million, down from previous week, but the building on a repeat shows this show does have an audience of its own...and is worth returning next season...two more episodes remain for this season on Thursdays and a special one for next Sunday following the return of Desperate Housewives.
Like usual, no Friday finals yet. CBS returned its top Friday shows and won the night, as Ghost Whisperer's return, a special primetime Price is Right, and the return of NUMB3RS all led it shours. NBC's Dateline did well at 10pm as well, but Amne$ia suffered at 8pm and ABC's return of Duel didn't do so well, which is sad to hear because it was really good. Saturday ratings were not available to us.
Tonight will be a toss-up, but ABC will win most likely again, lead by Oprah's Big Give but Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is a repeat, so not sure how it will be affected. CBS could be a wildcard and win the night, but with Big Brother & Dexter, it seems unlikely but 60 Minutes & a new Cold Case will make it interesting. NBC has a new Dateline but I'm scared to see how repeats of USA Network's Monk and Psych will do from 8-10pm...I think they will bomb big time. Fox will be in repeats with The Simpsons, Family Guy but King of the Hill is all-new.
As for the week, I believe CBS will win in HH, viewers with Fox in 18-49. Fox will be 2nd in HH/viewers and ABC will hang on for third in all spots, leaving NBC in 4th.
This coming week sees more shows return from strike hiatus such as Samantha Who and The Office.


Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of March 17-23)

  • Everybody Hates Chris (The CW) - All-new episode did 1.39 million, up from the 990,000 viewers the week before...at least it went over a million.
  • Aliens in America (The CW) - A repeat did just 1 million, but it beat the 910,000 the previous week...and that was NEW!
  • The Game (The CW) - A new episode did 1.5 million, up a bit from previous week.
  • Girlfriends (The CW) - A repeat did 1.55 million, up from previous week...and it built on the lead-in...impressive.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - A new episode did 7.14 million...seems way below for a new showing.
  • King of the Hill (Fox) 2 episodes - A repeat at 7pm did just 3.3 million, but it was up from previous week. A new episode at 8:30 did 6.07 million...typical.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - Just 7.28 million for a repeat...but better than previous week, which was like 3 million less.
  • Unhitched (Fox) - Just 4.18 million for the finale...a goner for sure.
  • American Dad (Fox) - Only 3.97 million for a repeat at 7:30pm, but it was up a bit from previous week.

Monday Sitcoms

  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - 8.43 million tuned in, down just a bit from previous week.
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 9.5 million tuned in for a new episode...down from previous week's 10.67 million. If it can do 9.5 million or so every week now, it will be back for sure next season.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 14.5 million for a new episode...up a bit from previous week.
  • Old Christine (CBS) - 12.57 million for the season finale...two factors...didn't go head-to-head with Dancing with the Stars and it was the season finale.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • None

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • None
Thursday Sitcoms
  • Miss Guided (ABC) 2 episodes - Two new episodes did 4.6 and 4.34 million...down from previous week...these two were the last episodes of the season. Hopefully it warrants a return sometime next season.
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) - The one-hour return did a solid 7.53 million...seems low though, but maybe next week it will be higher as the rest of NBC's comedies return.
  • The Office (NBC) 4 episodes - 4 repeats to get ready for the return this week did not so good dropping in each half-hour: 5.09, 4.58, 4.34, and 4.3 million.
Friday Sitcoms
  • None

Saturday Sitcoms
  • None.


Airing tonight (Sunday) is a mix of new and repeats of sitcoms on The CW from 8-10, and Fox's animated comedies are also a mix of new and repeats from 7-10.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, Old Christine & The Big Bang Theory were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (My Name is Earl) or just plain old terrible (The Office repeats, Miss Guided).


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, September 22

The Goldbergs - "The Goldbergs' Excellent Adventure" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The season nine premiere revolves around the iconic ‘80s family paying tribute to Pops. Together they venture down memory lane by visiting Pops’ favorite stomping grounds. Adam Goldberg, forever with camera in hand, captures the outing – theming it to “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” Hijinks and hilarity ensue, and we are reminded that there is no bond greater than family.

The Wonder Years - "Pilot" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
As the youngest in the Williams family, Dean is struggling to figure out where he fits in. Between his brother’s athleticism, sister’s popularity, mother’s intelligence and dad’s overall coolness, everyone else seems to have their lane figured out. He decides to pursue his calling as “The Great Uniter” and attempts to organize the first integrated baseball game between his team and his friend Brad’s team.

The Conners - "Trucking Live in Front of a Fully Vaccinated Studio Audience" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Lights, Camera, Action: “The Conners” is going live for both the East and West Coast broadcasts of the season four premiere episode. This iconic TV family continues to deal with the current pandemic while navigating breakups and newfound sobriety, all while planning an upcoming wedding.

Home Economics - "49ers Foam Finger, $7" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Connor invites the Hayworth clan to a San Francisco 49ers game as he tries to close his latest business deal. Desperately trying to prove that he knows the game, Tom gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to showcase his football skills in front of the entire crowd of 49ers Faithful at Levi’s® Stadium. Meanwhile, Denise tries to get Sarah to come to terms with Shamiah’s new interest in cheerleading.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of September 20)

Wednesday, September 22

  • Steve Martin (Only Murders in the Building) and Martin Short (Only Murders in the Building/Mulaney/The Martin Short Show) - Watch Steve and Martin on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show/My Boys/Welcome to New York) - Jim appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) - Melissa is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Scott Foley (The Goodwin Games/Scrubs/A.U.S.A.) - Scott appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kim Fields (The Upshaws/Living Single/The Facts of Life/Baby, I'm Back) - Kim is a guest on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Alyson Hanningan (How I Met Your Mother/Free Spirit) - Alyson will be on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jaleel White (Family Matters/Grown Ups) - Jaleel talks about his hit podcast Ever After on Tamron Hall, so check your local listings.
  • John Stamos (Fuller House/Grandfathered/Jake in Progrews/Full House/You, Again?) - John talks about his podcast The Grand Scheme on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet) - Drew appears on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Martin Lawrence (Martin/Partners) - Martin gets excited for the NFL season by partnering with DraftKings on Access Daily, so check your local listings.
  • Jon Bernthal (The Class) - Jon talks about The Many Saints of Newark on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • The Cast of The Wonder Years (2021) - Elisha "EJ" Williams, Laura Kariuki, Dulé Hill and Saycon Sengbloh are guests on Tamron Hall, so check your local listings. Dulé appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan (check your local listings) and chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. Dulé and EJ will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June-September)

Head of the Class - The Complete Third Season Family Ties - The Complete Series (2021 Release) Hot in Cleveland - The Complete Series (2021 Release) Young Sheldon - The Complete Fourth Season I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

06/08 - The Critic - The Complete Series
06/08 - Fuller House - The Fifth and Final Season
06/08 - Fuller House - The Complete Series
06/08 - Our Cartoon President - Season 3
06/15 - The Office - Season 1 (Blu-ray) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9
06/15 - Parks and Recreation - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
07/07 - No Activity - Season 2
07/13 - The Unicorn - Season 2
07/20 - Head of the Class - The Complete Third Season
07/27 - Family Ties - The Complete Series (2021 Release)
07/27 - Hot in Cleveland - The Complete Series (2021 Release)
07/27 - The Neighborhood - Season Three
08/20 - The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet - Deluxe Edition (100 Episodes) (Time Life)
08/20 - The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet - Standard Edition (50 Episodes) (Time Life)
08/24 - The Jim Gaffigan Show - Season 2
09/07 - Young Sheldon - The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
09/21 - I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
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