Sunday, December 25, 2011

Week 14 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

2011-12 Week 14 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

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Week 14 (Dec. 19-25) Analysis: Week 14 is Christmas week with the only originals really were on Fox for The X Factor. The first four night network averages are not available to us, but we can project, Fox is on top in all categories. CBS follows in second in everything. And then NBC is in third and ABC in fourth, as NBC had some original programming. When the week is over with, Fox should hang on and win the week in all categories. NFL games were on Saturday this week, but the primetime game on NBC is still on tonight, so NBC could be a player for the week to be second. If not, CBS will be second in all categories this week. ABC will be in fourth but should be boosted by the NBA 5pm game into primetime a bit. As for last week, week 13, CBS easily won the week in all categories thanks to a lot of original programming. It was an atypical week again, with NBC in second place everywhere thanks to an NFL game on Sunday night of course. In third place was Fox but ABC was right on its tail but still was in fourth. Repeats galore.

On Monday, it was a really quiet night with Fox edging out CBS for the win. Starting first with ABC, Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special started it off with 4.54 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, followed by the 1981 classic A Chipmunk Christmas doing 4.53 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating. Both were new to ABC. At 9pm week five of game show You Deserve It did only 3.52 million and only a 0.9 18-49 rating, but on par with the previous week. Finale is tomorrow night. At 10pm, a repeat of Castle did 4.06 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, off a tenth week-to-week. For CBS, How I Met Your Mother was a repeat doing 6.15 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, followed by a repeat of 2 Broke Girls doing a better 7.2 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating. Wow, the best performance of the night. At 9pm, a repeat of Two and a Half Men did 7.95 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, not the best performance of the night. A repeat of Mike & Molly followed and did 7.77 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, only down a tenth from its lead-in. A repeat of Hawaii Five-0 was next doing 7.03 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, winning its time period. Fox aired the two-hour Terra Nova finale and did 7.24 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, better than previous week by a tenth. I don't think this show will return next season. House was preempted. NBC started the night with night one of new game show Who's Still Standing? and did only 5.57 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, down from previous week's Fear Factor premiere by a lot. Then at 9pm Fear Factor aired and did 6.37 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, down a full point from previous week. I was right about it going down a lot thanks to the terrible lead-in. At 10pm, NBC aired a new episode of Rock Center with Brian Williams and it did an embarrassing 4.26 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, but up a tenth from previous week. The CW preempted Gossip Girl again with two repeats of Hart of Dixie doing 1.34 million and a 0.4 18-49 rating at 8pm and then at 9pm it did 1.04 million and a 0.3 18-49 rating, down some week-to-week.

On Tuesday, CBS and NBC shared the lead. First, CBS had a repeat of NCIS do 12.37 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating. Then NCIS: Los Angeles was a repeat too doing 11.43 million and 2.1 18-49 rating, building from its lead-in. And at 10pm, Unforgettable was a repeat as well and did 8.09 million and 1.7 18-49 rating. ABC started with new comedy Last Man Standing with Tim Allen leading the night off doing 5.63 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating for a repeat. At 8:30pm another repeat followed doing 5.4 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, building from its first airing. Then at 9pm, ABC aired a repeat of The Middle and did 4.21 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, down some from previous week repeat. Then at 9:30pm a repeat of Suburgatory did 3.32 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. Body of Proof was next at 10pm and was also a repeat doing 4.55 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. Fox aired a repeat of Glee and did 3.17 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, not repeating well. Then the comedies took the 9pm hour with the first repeat of New Girl doing 2.83 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, not repeating well. Then at 9:30pm a Raising Hope repeat did 2.72 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, not good but still held on to most of its lead-in's numbers. NBC was next with night two of new game show Who's Still Standing? doing 5.84 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, much better than night one. Then at 9pm, with The Biggest Loser over until Jan. 3, NBC aired a repeat of SNL: A Very Gilly Christmas from 9-11pm doing 5.79 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, solid but down from last season. NBC preempted Parenthood again this week and it will return in January. The CW aired a repeat of 90210 that did 730,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating. Then the Sarah Michelle Gellar drama Ringer was a repeat and did 650,000 viewers and a 0.2 18-49 rating. Both on par with previous week.

Wednesday it was Fox on top with night one of the X Factor finale. First off, CBS started the night off with the annual special Home for the Holidays doing 4.13 million and only a 0.8 18-49 rating. Veteran drama Criminal Minds was a repeat and did 6.78 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, which is below normal. At 10pm, CSI was a repeat doing 7.35 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, building from its lead-in. ABC was in repeats for its Laugh On comedy block with The Middle doing 5.38 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, which is solid but down some from previous week. Suburgatory followed at 8:30pm with 4.84 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, building from its lead-in's 18-49 rating but down a tenth week-to-week. The mega hit Modern Family was next at 9pm and it did 6.4 million and 2.2 18-49 rating for a repeat, which was only off a tenth from previous week. At 9:30pm, Happy Endings was a repeat and did 3.74 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating. The more exposure the better for this hilarious show. At 10pm a repeat of the addicting Revenge did 3.3 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, the best 10pm repeat numbers for ABC for the week. Fox aired part one of The X Factor finale from 8-9:30pm doing 11.23 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating, down a tenth from previous week. Then week four of new comedy I Hate My Teenage Daughter followed at 9:30pm and did 5.78 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, up some from the previous week with lesser competition. It's not scheduled after December, so that's what Fox thinks of this show. Will it ever return in spring? NBC opened the night with night three of Who's Still Standing? instead of Up All Night and Whitney repeats, and did 5.66 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, which was down from night two. At 9pm, Harry's Law was preempted for a repeat of A Michael Buble Christmas special doing 4.33 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, better than previous week in the time period, ouch. And at 10pm, Law & Order: SVU was a repeat and did 3.98 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. The CW had an encore of Gossip Girl do only 630,000 viewers and a 0.2 18-49 rating. Then The CW aired an encore of the Gaga by Gaultier special at 9pm and did 930,000 viewers and a 0.3 18-49 rating.

Thursday it was Fox with the win with the only original programming of the night. First, ABC opened the night with the first Prep & Landing special 3.84 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating for its second airing of the season. Then an encore of Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice did 3.65 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating for its second showing of the season. At 9pm, the second showing of I Want A Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown aired doing 3.64 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, holding on its animation lead-in. At 10pm, a repeat of Grey's Anatomy at a special time did just 2.51 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, as Private Practice was preempted. CBS opened with a repeat of The Big Bang Theory at 9.28 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, great for a repeat but down some from previous week. Then, a repeat of Rules of Engagement was next doing 6.77 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, at least they didn't air a new episode and burn it off. A repeat of Person of Interest followed with 8.14 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating. A repeat of The Mentalist followed and did 8.47 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, skewing older than the lead-in even. Fox started with the finale for The X Factor doing 12.59 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating, up from previous week's episode which was only an hour. Great numbers for the finale, but it is no where near the big hit everyone expected. NBC preempted Community and Parks and Recreation repeats with night four of Who's Still Standing? doing 5.23 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, tying its low from Monday...but better than comedy repeats for sure. The Office was next at 9pm doing only 2.22 and a 0.9 18-49 rating for a repeat, down some from previous week. At 9:30pm Whitney was a repeat (yes another repeat of this) with only 1.92 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, even lower than previous week. NBC's drama bust Prime Suspect was new and did only 4.44 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, but up some from previous week. The CW's big gun Vampire Diaries and new drama The Secret Circle were repeats that did only 860,000 viewers/0.3 18-49 rating and 580,000 viewers/0.2 18-49 rating -- both down some week-to-week.

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available, but ABC won a very slow Friday night with holiday specials, as the second showing of Shrek the Halls led the night. NBC's Chuck was new but low at 8pm.
Saturday numbers have NBC winning the night with the second showing of the season of the holiday movie It's a Wonderful Life. Every other program for the night was a 1 or under 18-49 rating.

Tonight ABC Sunday is in repeats as AFV & Once Upon a Time, Desperate Housewives and Pan Am are not on as ABC airs the an NBA overrun thru 8pm and the animated special and movie How The Grinch Stole Christmas that should all do decent. ABC Sunday returns with new episodes on Jan. 8. NBC will win the night with the NFL with the Packers and Bears, but it will be below normal with the NBA on ESPN and Christmas in general. CBS has an all-new of 60 Minutes, followed by repeats of CSI, The Good Wife and CSI: Miami. Fox has the animated comedies from 7-10pm, but they are repeats.

As for the week (week 14), it's should be Fox with the win unless they completely blow their lead. I'm guessing NBC will be second in 18-49, if the NFL game does decent, if not CBS will remain second. ABC could be third in HH/viewers if NBA overrun does decent, but fourth in 18-49 is a given. As for the coming week (week 15), its the slowest week of the year so far, but Saturday will be above average with Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

Week 14 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Week 13 -- Dec. 12-18)

  • The Simpsons (Fox) - A repeat did 5.06 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, which is not bad at all actually.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - A repeat at 7:30pm did 3.76 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating.
  • Allen Gregory (Fox) - Its final airing ever likely did 3.38 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating. And it was all-new. Not good.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A one-hour repeat did 4.55 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, which is below normal for a repeat of this show.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - A repeat at 7pm did 2.35 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, but nothing was expected here anyway. Regular 9:30pm airing was preempted.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A repeat did 6.15 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, which is decent.
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - A repeat did 7.2 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, while down that is down from previous week's repeat, it was the top program of the night.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 7.95 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating for a repeat is good, but actually dropped from its lead-in in the 18-49 demo.
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - A repeat did 7.77 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, for excellent retention from its lead-in.

Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Last Man Standing (ABC) 2 airings - The first repeat in its 8pm half-hour did 5.63 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, which is OK. Another repeat followed and did better with 5.4 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, but down some from previous week when it had an original episode lead-in.
  • The Middle (ABC) - A repeat at 9pm posted 4.21 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, down some from previous week's repeat.
  • Suburgatory (ABC) - A repeat at 9:30pm did 3.32 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, down some from previous week.
  • New Girl (Fox) - A repeat did 2.83 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, which is not good.
  • Raising Hope (Fox) - A repeat did 2.72 million and only a 1.0 18-49 rating, which is not good but held most of its lead-in's ratings.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - A repeat did 5.38 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, off some week-to-week.
  • Suburgatory (ABC) - A repeat did 4.84 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, building from its lead-in and down only a tenth from previous week.
  • Up All Night (NBC) - preempted.
  • Whitney (NBC) - preempted.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A repeat did 6.4 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, the best repeat performance of the night for the second straight week and only down a tenth from previous week.
  • Happy Endings (ABC) - A repeat did 3.74 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating.
  • I Hate My Teenage Daughter (Fox) - Week four following The X Factor finale did 5.78 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, up some from previous week. Still not good.

Thursday Sitcoms

  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A repeat did 9.28 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, great for a repeat but down some from previous week.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - A repeat did 6.77 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating.
  • Community (NBC) - preempted.
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC) - preempted.
  • The Office (NBC) - A repeat did 2.22 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. Terrible.
  • Whitney (NBC) - A repeat did only 1.92 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, also down some from previous week.

Friday Sitcoms

  • None.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are repeats of Fox's animated comedies from 7-10pm, but of course all repeats.

Summing it up. Repeats of 2 Broke Girls, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly, Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as repeats of Last Man Standing, The Middle) or just plain old terrible (such as repeats of The Office, Whitney).


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Saturday, December 14

none scheduled

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 9)

Friday, December 13

  • Ana Gasteyer (People of Earth/Lady Dynamite/Suburgatory) - Watch Ana on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Paul Rudd (Living with Yourself/Wild Oats) - Paul appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Danny DeVito (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia/Taxi) - Danny is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Kevin visits The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Craig Bierko (Madman of the People/Pride & Joy/Sydney) - Craig talks about Harry Townsend’s Last Stand on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, Eve Plumb, Christopher Knight, Mike Lookinland and Susan Olsen (The Brady Bunch) - The Cast of The Brady Bunch talk about HGTV's A Very Brady Holiday on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.


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