Sunday, May 12, 2013

NBC Upfront 2013-14: Fall 2013 Schedule; Week 33 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

NBC 2013-14

Fall 2013


Mondays
8:00PM The Voice
10:00PM The Blacklist (NEW!)

Tuesdays
8:00PM The Biggest Loser
9:00PM The Voice
10:00PM Chicago Fire

Wednesdays
8:00PM Revolution
9:00PM Law & Order: SVU
10:00PM Ironside (NEW!)

Thursdays
8:00PM Parks & Recreation
8:30PM Welcome to the Family (NEW!)
9:00PM Sean Saves the World (NEW!)
9:30PM The Michael J. Fox Show (NEW!)
10:00PM Parenthood

Fridays
8:00PM Dateline
9:00PM Grimm
10:00PM Dracula (NEW!)

Saturdays
8:00PM Repeats

Sundays
7:00PM Football Night in America
8:15PM Sunday Night Football


Mid-Season 2014 (changes only):

Tuesdays (Post Winter Olympics)
8:00PM The Voice
9:00PM The Family Guide (NEW!)
9:30PM About A Boy (NEW!)

Fridays (Spring)
10:00PM Crossbones (NEW!)

Sundays (Post NFL/Winter Olympics)
7:00PM Dateline
8:00PM American Dream Builders (NEW!)
9:00PM Believe (NEW!)
10:00PM Crisis (NEW!)

Not Yet Scheduled Mid-Season:

Returning: Community and The Sing-Off 
New: Chicago PD (drama), Undateable (comedy), The Night Shift (drama), The Million Second Quiz (reality) and Food Fighters (reality).

Notes: NBC has not made a decision yet on Celebrity Apprentice or Hannibal, thus they have not been picked-up yet for new seasons. Back to the Fall, The Biggest Loser is back on the fall line-up and back on Tuesdays, while the second night of The Voice's fall cycle moves to 9pm on Tuesdays (it moves back to 8pm in Spring). 10pm drama moves: Chicago Fire goes to Tuesdays at 10 from Wednesdays and Parenthood moves to Thursdays at 10pm from Tuesdays. Revolution goes from a 10pm show to an 8pm show, moving to Wednesdays at 8pm. And finally, Parks & Recreation moves to an earlier time of 8pm on Thursdays. In late night, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon will be turning into Late Night with Seth Meyers after the Winter Olympics, as Jimmy Fallon moves to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, replacing Jay Leno.  Both programs will be produced in New York at Rockefeller Center!

Discuss NBC's 2013-14 line-up and also you can view complete program information.


2012-13 Week 33 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thu): 

Households: N/A
Total Viewers: N/A.
Adults 18-49: N/A 

Week 33 (May 6-12) Analysis: We're down to the wire for the 2012-13 season as we look ahead to 2013-14 with upfronts taking place this week. We don't have final first four night network averages, but we can project CBS is in first in HH/total viewers and likely NBC is first for now in adults 18-49. Fox, CBS and ABC should all be close by in 18-49. In HH/viewers, CBS likely has the lead over ABC, with NBC edging fourth place Fox for now. When the week is done, likely Fox will take it in 18-49. The battle for second is anyone's game with CBS, NBC and ABC all in the game and probably in that order but it will be very close. CBS will take total viewers for sure and the others will likely remain in the same position as they are through the first four nights. More on that later. As for the previous week, week 32, Fox and CBS both tied for first in adults 18-49 with a 1.89 rating, compared to a 1.76 for NBC and ABC trailed with a 1.62, as all four networks were close to each other. Among total viewers, it was of course CBS on top easily over second place ABC. Fox was third, while NBC had to settle for fourth again.

Monday had NBC win easily over the other networks. But first, ABC started with a two-hour Dancing with the Stars from 8-10pm and did 13.12 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, which is down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. Then Castle was all-new at 10 and did 10.84 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 week-to-week and good for a first place finish. For NBC, they had the two-hour The Voice from 8-10pm that did 12.15 million and a 4.1 18-49 rating, which is down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week for a Monday season low. At 10pm, NBC aired Revolution and did 6.06 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week's series low. CBS was all-new, with a new episode of How I Met Your Mother starting it off with 6.99 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, which is down a tenth in 18-49 week-to-week. At 8:30pm, the now canceled Rules of Engagement was all-new and did 6.74 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 with previous week. At 9, a new episode of Broke Girls did 7.97 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week, but still could be better. At 9:30pm, a new Mike & Molly also was lower than normal with 8.08 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, down about a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. CBS needs some life on this night next season with a new 9pm anchor, I think. At 10pm, Hawaii Five-0 was new and did 8.01 million and just a 1.9 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week.  Fox aired the special Rhianna 777 at 8 and it did a terrible 1.65 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, ouch. At 9pm, a repeat of Bones at 9pm did 2.46 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, as Fox should have aired something new in sweeps. The CW aired a new Oh Sit! at 8 and did 0.7 million and a 0.3 18-49 rating, which is about on par in 18-49 with previous week. At 9, 90210 was new and did 0.6 million and a 0.3 18-49 rating, horrible but on par in 18-49 with previous week. No wonder it is ending.

On Tuesday, NBC took the night for the second straight week as a two-hour of The Voice was enough for a win. On CBS, NCIS was new at 8 and did 17.56 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, which is on par in 18-49 week-to-week. At 9pm, a new NCIS: Los Angeles did 13.18 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49. At 10pm, week eleven of Golden Boy in this slot did a last place 6.99 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week and it is canceled. On ABC, at 8pm the finale of Splash did 4.3 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week, as Rory Bushfield beat out Nicole Eggert for the win At 9pm, Dancing with the Stars: The Results did 10.79 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week's season low, as we said goodbye to Sean Lowe. At 10pm, Body of Proof was all-new and did 8.24 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, as ABC decided it will not bring it back next season. I think they should have for a mid-season option. NBC aired the Tuesday The Voice from 8-10pm and did 11.35 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating, easily #1 in the time period but down about two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. At 10pm, a new Grimm did 5.67 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. Fox started with Hell's Kitchen at 8 and did 4.71 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week as this is a good option against the NBC juggernaut. At 9pm, New Girl was new and did 3.94 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, which is up about two tenths in 18-49 from previous week. At 9:30pm, a new The Mindy Project did just 2.61 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, but on par in 18-49 from previous week. The CW aired a new Hart of Dixie and did 1.19 million and a 0.5 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 with previous week. A repeat of America's Next Top Model at 9 did 0.5 million and a 0.2 18-49 rating, also on par in 18-49 with previous week.

Wednesday it was Fox with the win over CBS thanks to American Idol, as it airs two-hours every Wednesday and Fox only programs 2 hours a night. But first, CBS started the night off with a new Survivor: Caramoan at 8 doing 9.51 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week, as it goes up and down a lot. Criminal Minds was new at 9 and did 10.08 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, which was up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week's low. At 10pm, CSI was new and did 9.82 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, up a solid three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. ABC kicked off the night with a new The Middle doing 6.8 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, which is down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week s it faced a special Voice on NBC. Week two of Family Tools was next at 8:30pm and did just 4.48 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week's premiere. Not good, but ABC already said it will not be back next season. At 9pm, a new Modern Family did the best of the block and the best of the night with 9.02 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating, still below normal and down about three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. The sixth episode of How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) followed at 9:30pm with 5.9 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. Shockingly, ABC will not bring it back next season. I think it deserved to return. At 10pm, Nashville was new and did 5.38 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. On Fox, a two-hour American Idol did a solid 11.11 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 with previous week. Onto NBC a special all-new episode of The Voice started it off at 8pm with 8.92 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, which was up over a point in 18-49 from previous week's special countdown special. Law & Order: SVU followed at 9pm with a new episode that did 6.91 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, up three tenths in 18-49 from previous week, but it had a larger lead-in and still wasn't up much. At 10pm, Chicago Fire was a new and did 6.89 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, which was up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week.  The CW aired a new episode of its hit Arrow and did 2.62 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 with previous week. At 9pm, a new Supernatural did 2.07 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, as usual - solid and younger-skewing, and up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. 

On Thursday, it was CBS with the win just getting by surging ABC. Starting with ABC, the season premiere of Wipeout aired at 8 and did 4.35 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, up two tenths in 18-49 from previous week's Wife Swap finale but the lowest premiere for this series. It will do better in a few weeks when the season is over. At 9pm, Grey's Anatomy was all-new and did 8.97 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. The nine-year old series still has legs, mustering a sophomore drama on CBS and slumping shows on Fox and NBC. At 10pm, ABC aired an all-new episode of TV's #1 show at 10pm Scandal doing 8.87 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, up six tenths in 18-49 from previous week for a new series high. Look for the season finale to do even higher...maybe a 4? It's the hottest drama on TV! CBS at 8pm had the hottest comedy on TV, The Big Bang Theory doing the best of course with 16.3 million and a 4.9 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 week-to-week and #1 entertainment series of the week. Two and a Half Men followed with its season finale at 8:30pm with 12.83 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating, which is up like three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. At 9, Person of Interest was new at 9pm and did 13.16 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating, on par really in 18-49 with previous week but it still couldn't top the hour with a stronger lead-in. It's just an older skewing series and CBS needs to move it to lower-profile slot like Tuesdays at 10 or Thursdays at 10. At 10pm, Elementary was new and did 9.29 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week and it can't even compete with Scandal anymore. Fox had American Idol from 8-9pm and did 11.57 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, which was up three tenths in 18-49 from previous week's season low.  Glee was new at 9 and did 5.92 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. It's getting crushed when it has competition. NBC aired new episodes of its comedies, as the season finale of Community did 3.08 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, which is up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. I guess that was good enough for NBC to bring it back next season...strange. A repeat of The Office at 8:30pm did only 2.35 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating. A one-hour episode from 9-10pm followed with 4.56 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating,,which is up five tenths in 18-49 from previous week's 8:30-9:30pm airing. Series finale event is next Thursday. Can the series do a 3 one last time? At 10pm, NBC aired week six of new drama Hannibal doing just 2.62 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, on par in 18-49 with previous week. If it is picked-up for next season, I am guessing it is Friday-bound. The CW's big gun Vampire Diaries aired at 8 and was all-new doing 2.28 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, basically on par in 18-49 with previous week. At 9, Beauty and the Beast was also new and did 1.29 million and a 0.5 18-49 rating, also on par in 18-49 with previous week. It was picked-up for a second season, but I bet it will be on the move to another night.

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available, but we have prelim ratings. On Friday, ABC had the top show as usual and also took the night once again. At 8pm, Undercover Boss on CBS won its hour easily over second place Kitchen Nightmare on Fox. NBC's Fashion Star lost to a repeat of ABC's Shark Tank which is not good news. At 9pm, Friday's #1 show was new and of course that is ABC's Shark Tank and it crushed the competition. Dateline was a distant second for NBC, followed by Vegas on CBS and Fox's Touch was way behind. At 10pm, CBS drama Blue Bloods couldn't top 20/20 on ABC, while the now-canceled Rock Center with Brian Williams on NBC was in third.
Saturday was a battle of sports between Fox and ABC, as ABC had the edge with the NBA over Fox's NASCAR. NBC settled for a new Smash at 8pm that was a distant fourth, losing to CBS' NCIS repeat. At 9pm, a repeat of The Voice was fourth and a repeat of SNL at 10 grew from it but NBC was still last place. CBS was second at 10pm with 48 Hours and was third at 9 with a repeat of CSI.

Tonight ABC Sunday is all-new from 7-11pm. An all-new episode of AFV kicks it off, followed by the season finale of Once Upon a Time and the two-hour season finale of Revenge. Once and Revenge should climb from last week again and do solid. I think it will be second place finish for ABC. NBC devotes the night to The Voice repeats from 7-9pm, which will struggle a bit then a new Celebrity Apprentice: All-Stars from 9-11. NBC will likely finish in fourth. CBS has 60 Minutes at 7, followed by the three-hour finale event of Survivor, which will likely be a first place finish. Fox's animation block is all-new from 7:30-10pm, and could be enough for third for the night.

As for the week (week 33), CBS should take the week in 18-49 over the rest I think because of the Survivor finale tonight. I'm thinking, NBC will likely be in second in 18-49, but Fox and ABC will be close behind. For total viewers, CBS will remain first. ABC will be second over Fox, followed by NBC in a competitive fourth, similar to week 32.  As for the coming week (week 34), we have a lot  more season finales, as we are near the finish line. The season ends a week from this Wednesday.


Week 33 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Week 32 -- April 29-May 5)
  • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 airings - A new episode at 8:25pm following NASCAR coverage did 4.43 million and a 1.89 18-49 rating, which is down around two tenths in 18-49 from previous week.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - preempted.
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox) - A new showing at 8:56pm did 3.96 million and a 1.74 18-49 rating, on par really in 18-49 with previous week.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A new showing at 9:25 did 4.79 million and a 2.23 18-49 rating, which was below normal and down nearly four tenths in 18-49 week-to-week.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - A new episode at 9:56pm did 5.0 million and a 2.26 18-49 rating, which is up over four tenths in 18-49 from previous week. It helps when it spills over into 10pm and people are expecting the late local news...
Monday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A new episode averaged 6.99 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, which is below normal and down a tenth in 18-49 week-to-week.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - A new showing did 6.74 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, which is on par in 18-49 with previous week. CBS canceled the series so it will not return next season.
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - A new episode did 7.97 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week but perhaps it might be time for it to go back to 8:30pm next season?
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) - At 9:30pm, a new airing of this show built on its lead-in in total viewers with 8.08 million but didn't in 18-49 with a 2.3 18-49 rating - down a tenth in 18-49 week-to-week.
Tuesday Sitcoms
  • New Girl (Fox) - A new episode did 3.94 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, which is up about two tenths in 18-49 week-to-week. Season finale is this Tuesday.
  • The Mindy Project (Fox) - A new airing of this show did only 2.61 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, but on par in 18-49 week-to-week.
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) - A new episode posted 6.8 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, which is down two tenths in 18-49 from previous week with increased competition from NBC.
  • Family Tools (ABC) - The second episode did just 4.48 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, down three tenths in 18-49 from its low premiere. It's been canned for next season but ABC is planning on airing all the episodes for this season thru June 26.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A new airing at 9 did 9.02 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating, which is the best of the block and for the night but down three tenths in 18-49 from previous week. Look for our review of this week's episode on Wednesday afternoon!
  • How To Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) (ABC) - A new episode at 9:30pm did 5.9 million and a 2.018-49 rating, down a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. ABC didn't pick it up for next season, which I thought they would.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A new episode at 8pm posted 16.3 million and a 4.9 18-49 rating, which is excellent and on par in 18-49 with previous week. Top series of the week so far.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - The season finale followed with 12.83 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating, which grew about three tenths in 18-49 from previous week.
  • Community (NBC) - The season finale did 3.08 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, up a tenth in 18-49 from previous week. NBC made a last minute decision to bring it back next season for 13 episodes--perhaps one last hurrah?
  • The Office (NBC) 2 airings - A special one-hour airing from 9-10pm was all-new and did 4.56 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, up five tenths in 18-49 from previous week's one-hour airing which was 8:30-9:30. A repeat earlier in the night at 8:30pm did just 2.35 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating. The series finale event is this Thursday with a special at 8 and the 75-minute finale from 9-10:15pm.
Friday Sitcoms
  • None.
Saturday Sitcoms
  • None.
Airing tonight (Sunday) are a new episodes of Fox Animation Domination comedies from 7:30-10pm, following an encore at 7.

Summing it up. The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as New Girl, The Office, The Middle) or just plain terrible (such as The Mindy Project, Family Tools).


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, October 18

American Housewife - "Lasagna" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Greg hosts a meeting for the Westport Historical Guild to welcome back Stan (Timothy Omundson), and Katie’s homemade lasagna is a huge hit with the guys. After Stan makes several trips back for seconds and begins spending an inordinate amount of time at the Otto house, Chloe Brown Mueller (Jessica St. Clair) becomes convinced that Katie and Stan must be having an extra-marital affair. Meanwhile, Angela and Doris step in to help Oliver with his Teen Help Line.

Fresh Off the Boat - "S'Mothered" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
While Eddie faces his fears and finally introduces his girlfriend Tina to his mom, Louis is in search of his next passion.

Raven's Home - "Girls Just Wanna Have Phones" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Nia and Tess square off in a competition with Raven and Chelsea to see who can go without technology the longest; Booker tries to impress a new girl in the building.

Just Roll With It - "The Tutor" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Owen volunteers to tutor the school's star basketball player, Big Jim, so that he can pass an upcoming test and be eligible to play in the game.

Gabby Duran & the Unsittables - "Wesley and the Fischman" (Disney Channel, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Gabby has to choose between keeping her new secret alien-babysitting gig a secret or risking it all by confiding in her extraterrestrial-obsessed best friend, Wesley.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 14)

Friday, October 18

  • Chris O'Dowd (Family Tree/The IT Crowd) - Watch Chris on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Kal Penn (Sunnyside/Deadbeat/We Are Men) - Kal appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • America Ferrera (Superstore) - America is a guest on a repeat of A Little Late with Lilly Singh at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Regina King (227) - Regina visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Julie Andrews (Julie) - Julie speaks about her book Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Sean Hayes (Will & Grace/The Millers/Sean Saves the World) - Sean guest hosts The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Pam Grier (Bless This Mess) - Pam drops by The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Sara Gilbert (The Conners/Roseanne/Living Biblically/Bad Teacher) - Sara appears on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Angela Kinsey (The Office/Haters Back Off/Your Family or Mine) and Jenna Fischer (Splitting Up Together/The Office) - Angela and Jenna talk about the Office Ladies Podcast on ABC's GMA 3: Strahan, Sara & Keke at 1pm.
  • Kal Penn (Sunnyside/Deadbeat/We Are Men) - Kal visits Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Marcus Scribner (black-ish) - Marcus appears on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • William Jackson Harper (The Good Place) - William can be heard on The Morning Mashup on SiriusXM.
  • Billy Bob Thornton (Hearts Afire) - Billy Bob talks about Goliath on Couch Surfing at 8am.


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