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Sunday, April 19, 2015

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, April 19

Sunday night has the Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS. This is always a solid performer - last year got 14.2 million viewers and a 3.3 demo so I think it'll have another good night but perhaps somewhat down if it follows the award shows trend. Elsewhere, NBC could see more drops for week three of A.D. The Bible Continues and American Odyssey. ABC has its regular lineup and it could be close to last week while FOX is a mix of new and repeat episodes and probably won't make much of a dent.

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos

8:00 Once Upon a Time #85 "Sympathy for the De Vil"
9:00 Secrets and Lies #8 "The Son"
10:00 Revenge #86 "Burn"
Prediction: Videos - 5.7 million, 1.2/Once - 5.5 million, 1.7/Secrets - 5.0 million, 1.3/Revenge - 3.9 million, 1.0

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (SPECIAL)
Prediction: 60 Mins - 9.1 million, 1.2

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
8:00 A.D. The Bible Continues #2 "The Body is Gone" (REPEAT)
9:00 A.D. The Bible Continues #3 "The Spirit Arrives"

10:00 American Odyssey #3 "Drop King"
Prediction: Dateline - 3.3 million, 0.6/Bible - 6.8 million, 1.5/Odyssey - 3.8 million, 0.7

FOX
7:00 The Simpsons #569 "Waiting for Duffman" (REPEAT)

7:30 Bob's Burgers #49 "My Big Fat Greek Bob" (REPEAT)
8:00 The Simpsons #570 "Peeping Mom"
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine #34 "Beach House" (REPEAT)
9:00 Family Guy #246 "Once Bitten"
9:30 The Last Man on Earth #11 "Moved to Tampa"
Prediction: Simpsons - 3.8 million, 1.5/Family - 3.2 million, 1.5/Earth - 3.3 million, 1.3

Saturday, April 18, 2015

RATINGS RECAP: 4/17/15

Please note these are based on preliminary results. This post will be updated to reflect final numbers when available.

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing

Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 Cristela
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Shark Tank
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

CBS
8:00 The Amazing Race

Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

NBC
8:00 Grimm
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Dateline NBC (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 Movie: Bad Teacher

Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

On Friday night, ABC started with the season finales of its comedies. Last Man Standing was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo while Cristela was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Last Man will definitely be back but I don't think ABC has room for Cristela to return, though it didn't completely tank on Fridays. At 9pm, Shark Tank was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo at another surprisingly low 1.5. At 10pm, 20/20 was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. On CBS, a two hour edition of The Amazing Race was down three tenths in viewers and even in the demo from last week's one hour episode. Finally on NBC, Grimm was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, tying its series low.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: NONE
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Grimm (NBC)

RATINGS RECAP: 4/16/15

ABC
8:00 Grey's Anatomy
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 Scandal
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
10:00 American Crime
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 14.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.9
8:30 The Odd Couple
Viewers: 9.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 Mom
Viewers: 9.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:30 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 Elementary
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

NBC
8:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 The Blacklist (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

FOX
8:00 Bones
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Backstrom
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

ABC must have breathed a sigh of relief as its Thursday lineup showed some positive signs. At 8pm, Grey's Anatomy was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo from last week's 9pm episode. It was up from its last 8pm airing. The best news came at 9pm where Scandal rebounded some from weeks of decline. It was up six tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo from its last airing two weeks ago. This is still on the low end for this show but it was definitely a positive sign. At 10pm, American Crime rebounded a bit as well as it was even in viewers but up two tenths in the demo. It was a rough night for FOX as Bones was down a tenth in viewers and the demo for a new series low. It has been a rough spring for this show. At 9pm, Backstrom was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo for a third straight week.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory is continuing its ascent from its weird drop two weeks ago. It was even in viewers but up a strong four tenths in the demo, skewing much younger this week. At 8:30pm, The Odd Couple was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. Retention was far worse this week. I still think this show will get renewed but it seems to me like it's this year's version of The Millers and it would crash and burn if it was in any other timeslot. At 9pm, Mom was up six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. This show is definitely proving it is ready to be an anchor next season and I think it will happen. At 10pm, Elementary was up six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. Finally on NBC, only Dateline was new and it was up four tenths in viewers and even in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Bones (FOX)

Friday, April 17, 2015

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, April 17 & Saturday, April 18

FRIDAY
Friday night has the season finales for Last Man Standing and Cristela. It will probably be a series finale for Cristela but I wouldn't count it out completely. CBS has a two hour edition of The Amazing Race and NBC has a country music benefit special airing after Grimm.

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #86 "Daddy Dearest" (Season Finale)
8:30 Cristela #22 "Movin' On Up" (Season Finale)
9:00 Shark Tank
10:00 20/20
Prediction: Last Man - 6.8 million, 1.3/Cristela - 5.2 million, 1.0/Shark - 7.5 million, 1.8/2020 - 5.7 million, 1.3

CBS
8:00 The Amazing Race
10:00 Blue Bloods #93 "Excessive Force" (REPEAT)
Prediction: Race - 5.7 million, 1.2

NBC
8:00 Grimm #84 "Mishipeshu"
9:00 Outnumber Hunger (SPECIAL)
10:00 Dateline NBC (REPEAT)
Prediction: Grimm - 4.5 million, 1.0

FOX
8:00 MOVIE: Bad Teacher

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 20/20 Saturday
10:00 Castle (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 CSI (REPEAT)
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (REPEAT)
10:00 48 Hours

NBC
8:00 Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 2: Pittsburgh at NY Rangers

FOX
8:00 UFC Fight Night

Thursday, April 16, 2015

RATINGS RECAP: 4/15/15

ABC
8:00 The Middle
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
8:30 The Goldbergs
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:30 The Goldbergs
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 Nashville
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

CBS
8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 Criminal Minds
Viewers: 10.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
10:00 CSI: Cyber
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

NBC
8:00 The Mysteries of Laura (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Chicago PD (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

On Wednesday night, ABC tried two episodes of The Goldbergs, but first The Middle was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. In its regular slot, The Goldbergs was up four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo, tying the night's highest demo. The 9:30pm episode, which followed a repeat of Modern Family, didn't fare as well but it built on its lead-in, just as the 8:30 episode did. At 10pm, Nashville was even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. On CBS, Survivor came back from last week's odd bounce. It was down four tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. Criminal Minds was dead even with last week while CSI: Cyber was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. The crime dramas couldn't take advantage of NBC being in repeats. The worst news came at FOX where American Idol was up a million viewers but even with a weak 1.4 demo even with no competition from The Voice. Just for comparison, American Idol was lower than shows like Undateable, Fresh Off the Boat, and CSI: Cyber this week.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: The Goldbergs (ABC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: American Idol (FOX)

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, April 16

Thursday night has ABC, CBS, and FOX mostly new. ABC has the return of Scandal after a week off. Can it stop its recent slide? I'm not so sure. Mom is at 9pm again as CBS really seems to be seeing if it is ready to be an anchor next season. Everything else should be close to normal numbers.

ABC
8:00 Grey's Anatomy #240 "One Flight Down"

9:00 Scandal #66 "I'm Just a Bill"
10:00 American Crime #7 "Episode Seven"
Prediction: Grey's - 6.9 million, 1.9/Scandal - 7.0 million, 2.1/Crime - 4.3 million, 1.0

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #180 "The Communication Deterioration"
8:30 The Odd Couple #7 "Secret Agent Man"
9:00 Mom #42 "Sick Popes and a Red Ferrari"
9:30 The Big Bang Theory #167 "The Prom Equivalency" (REPEAT)
10:00 Elementary #68 "A Stitch in Time"
Prediction: Big Bang - 15.1 million, 3.6/Odd - 9.8 million, 2.1/Mom - 9.4 million, 2.1/Elementary - 7.2 million, 1.2

NBC
8:00 Law & Order: SVU #356 "Decaying Morality" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Blacklist #30 "The Decembrist" (REPEAT)

10:00 Dateline NBC
Prediction: Dateline - 4.9 million, 1.1

FOX
8:00 Bones #204 "The Putter in the Rough"
9:00 Backstrom #11 "I Like to Watch"
Prediction: Bones - 4.8 million, 1.1/Backstrom - 3.2 million, 0.8

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

RATINGS RECAP: 4/14/15

ABC
8:00 Fresh Off the Boat

Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
8:30 Repeat After Me
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 15.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 14.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 Person of Interest
Viewers: 9.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 10.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:00 Undateable
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:30 One Big Happy
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Chicago Fire (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen

Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 New Girl (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:30 Weird Loners
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

On Tuesday night, CBS saw NCIS hit a series low in its 12th season. It was down 1.1 million viewers and a tenth in the demo. It came awfully close to going below a 2.0 demo for the first time ever but it adjusted up in the finals. I wouldn't be surprised to see it slip below that before the season is over. Prior to last week, its series low in the demo was way back in 2004, during its first season. It's still strong but its best days are behind it. NCIS: New Orleans benefited from The Voice not being in the hour despite its lead-in being down. It was up a tenth in viewers and the demo. At 10pm, Person of Interest featuring the return of Taraji P. Henson was up half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo. It should probably have been up more considering the lack of competition. Over on FOX, Hell's Kitchen was up a tenth in viewers and the demo while the bomb that is Weird Loners had to follow a New Girl repeat and was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.

On ABC, Fresh Off the Boat started things off down a tenth in viewers but up a tenth in the demo for its best performance since March 10. This was a very good thing to happen for its renewal chances. At 8:30pm, Repeat After Me was down two tenths in viewers but up a tenth in the demo. At 9pm, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. followed the upward trend as it was down two tenths in viewers and up a tenth in the demo for its best performance in a month. Finally on NBC, The Voice continued its spring swoon by dropping four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. Better news came at 9pm where Undateable was up a tenth in viewers and the demo. At 9:30pm, One Big Happy was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Undateable has a real chance to return but I'd put a fork in it for One Big Happy.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Weird Loners (FOX)

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, April 15

Wednesday night has a mix of repeats and new episodes. ABC is trying a new episode of The Goldbergs at 9:30pm in addition to the 8:30pm episode. It will follow a repeat Modern Family, but still an interesting schedule move. CBS could benefit with the NBC crime dramas in repeats and American Idol should at least bounce back a bit from last week's disastrous 1.4 demo since it doesn't face The Voice this week.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #140 "Food Courting"
8:30 The Goldbergs #42 "La Biblioteca Es Libros"
9:00 Modern Family #130 "Haley's 21st Birthday" (REPEAT)
9:30 The Goldbergs #43 "Just Say No"
10:00 Nashville #61 "Nobody Knows But Me"
Prediction: Middle - 7.2 million, 1.8/Goldbergs 8:30 - 6.8 million, 2.0/Goldbergs 9:30 - 7.1 million, 2.2/Nashville - 4.9 million, 1.2

CBS
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #230 "A Place at the Table"
10:00 CSI: Cyber #6 "The Evil Twin"
Prediction: Survivor - 9.4 million, 2.3/Criminal - 10.8 million, 2.2/Cyber - 8.5 million, 1.5

NBC
8:00 The Mysteries of Laura #16 "The Mystery of the Exsanguinated Ex" (REPEAT)
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #355 "Padre Sandunguero" (REPEAT)

10:00 Chicago PD #21 "Prison Ball" (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 American Idol

Prediction: Idol - 7.2 million, 1.6

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

RATINGS RECAP: 4/13/15

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 13.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
10:00 Castle (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
8:00 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
8:30 Mike & Molly
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 Scorpion
Viewers: 9.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 11.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
10:00 The Night Shift
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

FOX
8:00 Gotham
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 The Following
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

On Monday night, FOX had the return of Gotham after over a month off and the results were not good. It was down a terrible 1.6 million viewers and half a demo point from its last airing. This was an error on FOX's part. The show was gone long enough to be forgotten about but not long enough to warrant a "re-launch" and the result was a very weak return. I don't know why FOX scheduled this show the way it did. Its return did help The Following slightly. It was up half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo from last week. On ABC, Dancing with the Stars was up a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a spring high. Things looked a little dire when it premiered to a 2.1 last month but it's been impressively holding up ever since.

On CBS, 2 Broke Girls was dead even with its last airing two weeks ago while Mike & Molly was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. At 9pm, Scorpion was up a tenth in viewers and down a tenth in the demo to tie a series low from November. I still wouldn't have guessed Scorpion would still be on the air by now and it's been a solid performer all season. At 10pm, NCIS: Los Angeles was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Finally on NBC, The Voice was dead even with last week while The Night Shift was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. It was a pretty steady night for the four networks.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Gotham (FOX)

WEEKLY RECAP: April 6-12, 2015

Here's my weekly recap for Week #26. Please note this only covers regularly scheduled shows (no sports, specials, repeats, or Saturday shows)

TOP 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursday 8:00pm) - 3.5    19th week
2. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.9    20th week
3. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.7    19th week
4. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 2.5    11th week
5. The Voice (NBC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 2.2    Special Airing
6. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.1    16th week
    Criminal Minds (CBS, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 2.1    5th week
    Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 2.1    8th week
    The Odd Couple (CBS, Thursday 8:30pm) - 2.1     5th week
10. Dancing with the Stars (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.0    4th week
     Chicago Fire (NBC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 2.0    1st week
     The Goldbergs (ABC, Wednesday 8:30pm) - 2.0    8th week
     Mom (CBS, Thursday 9:00pm) - 2.0    14th week

TOP 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 16.9 million    20th week
2. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 14.3 million    19th week
3. Dancing with the Stars (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 13.8 million    14th week
4. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:16pm) - 12.7 million    18th week
5. Madam Secretary (CBS, Sunday 8:16pm) - 11.4 million    18th week
6. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 11.1 million    16th week
7. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 11.0 million    20th week
8. Criminal Minds (CBS, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 10.4 million    12th week
9. Blue Bloods (CBS, Friday 8:00pm) - 10.3 million    16th week
10. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 9.8 million    7th week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Dateline NBC (NBC, Sunday 7:00pm) - 0.6    3rd week
2. Weird Loners (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 0.7    2nd week
    Battle Creek (CBS, Sunday 10:17pm) - 0.7    7th week
4. Backstrom (FOX, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.8    7th week
    American Odyssey (NBC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.8    1st week
6. The Following (FOX, Monday 9:00pm) - 0.9    3rd week
    Forever (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 0.9    7th week
    New Girl (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.9    3rd week
    American Crime (ABC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 0.9    1st week
    Revenge (ABC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.9    12th week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Weird Loners (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 1.7 million    2nd week
2. New Girl (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.1 million    18th week
3. The Following (FOX, Monday 9:00pm) - 3.0 million    5th week
4. Family Guy (FOX, Sunday 8:30pm) - 3.1 million    6th week
5. The Last Man on Earth (FOX, Sunday 9:00pm) - 3.2 million    Special Airing
6. Backstrom (FOX, Thursday 9:00pm) - 3.3 million    6th week
7. The Last Man on Earth (FOX, Sunday 9:30pm) - 3.4 million    3rd week
    Dateline NBC (NBC, Sunday 7:00pm) - 3.4 million    2nd week
9. Hell's Kitchen (FOX, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 3.5 million    14th week
10. Forever (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 4.1 million    11th week
     American Odyssey (NBC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 4.1 million    1st week

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Dancing with the Stars (ABC)    5th week
Tuesday - Chicago Fire (NBC)    6th week
Wednesday - Survivor (CBS)    4th week
Thursday - Grey's Anatomy (ABC)    5th week
Friday - 20/20 (ABC)    2nd week
Sunday - Madam Secretary (CBS)    5th week

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - The Following (FOX)    4th week
Tuesday - New Girl (FOX)    1st week
Wednesday - American Idol (FOX)    3rd week
Thursday - American Crime (ABC)    3rd week
Friday - Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)    1st week
Sunday - American Odyssey (NBC)    1st week

TOP 5 EPISODES OF THE WEEK
1. Mom #41 "Mashed Potatoes and a Little Nitrous"    6th week
2. Law & Order: SVU #362 "Granting Immunity"    6th week
3. The Goldbergs #41 "I Drank the Mold!"    10th week
4. Chicago Fire #65 "I Am the Apocalypse"    8th week
5. The Last Man on Earth #9 "The Do-Over"    3rd week