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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

RATINGS RECAP: 5/2/16

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 11.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 Castle
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
8:00 Mike & Molly
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:30 Mike & Molly
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:30 The Odd Couple
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 10.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
10:00 Blindspot
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

FOX
8:00 Gotham

Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Houdini & Doyle
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

On Monday night, CBS had two hours of comedy for the first time in a couple years. An hour of Mike & Molly started things off. The 8pm episode was even with last week while the 8:30pm episode rose from there. After a repeat of The Big Bang Theory, The Odd Couple aired to a new series low but it didn't post horrible numbers given it repeat lead-in. All in all, this is acceptable for an end of season block and Mike & Molly is ending anyway. I think the performance of The Odd Couple still leaves it in the toss-up category. At 10pm, the season finale of NCIS: Los Angeles was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Will it return to this slot for a third year next season? On ABC, Dancing with the Stars was even with last week while Castle was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.

FOX had a premiere that was completely ignored. But first, Gotham was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. At 9pm was the series premiere of the long-delayed Houdini & Doyle. The cheap option for FOX is pretty much an after thought given its early May premiere date, but audiences paid no attention to it with a measly 0.7 demo. The performance of this show and Minority Report earlier in the season makes Lucifer's run even more impressive. This show will be lucky if it survives on Mondays into the summer months. Finally on NBC, The Voice was up half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo while Blindspot was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Houdini & Doyle (FOX)

WEEKLY RECAP: April 25-May 1, 2016

Here is my weekly recap for Week #32. Please note this only covers regularly scheduled shows (no sports, specials, repeats, or Saturday shows)

Check out Week #32 from last year.

TOP 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Empire (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 3.8    15th week
2. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursday 8:00pm) - 3.4    21st week
3. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 2.1    18th week
4. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.0    21st week
    The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.0    20th week
    Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.0    18th week
7. Dancing with the Stars (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.8    3rd week
    Chicago Med (NBC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.8    7th week
9. Chicago Fire (NBC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 1.7    7th week
    The Middle (ABC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.7    7th week
    The Odd Couple (CBS, Thursday 8:30pm) - 1.7    2nd week
    Mom (CBS, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.7    3rd week
    Little Big Shots (NBC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 1.7    7th week

TOP 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursday 8:00pm) - 14.1 million    21st week
2. Dancing with the Stars (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 11.8 million    16th week
3. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:00pm) - 10.3 million    24th week
4. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 10.1 million    18th week
    Blue Bloods (CBS, Friday 10:00pm) - 10.1 million    20th week
    Little Big Shots (NBC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 10.1 million    7th week
7. Empire (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 10.0 million    15th week
8. Madam Secretary (CBS, Sunday 8:00pm) - 9.9 million    18th week
9. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 9.5 million    21st week
    Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 9.5 million    10th week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Beyond the Tank (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 0.5    8th week
2. Grandfathered (FOX, Tuesday 8:30pm) - 0.6    12th week
    Game of Silence (NBC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 0.6    3rd week
4. Strong (NBC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 0.7    2nd week
    American Grit (FOX, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.7   3rd week
    Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon (NBC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.7    9th week
    Crowded (NBC, Sunday 9:30pm) - 0.7    5th week
8. New Girl (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.8    Special Airing
    Nashville (ABC, Wednesday 10:00pm) - 0.8    8th week
    Heartbeat (NBC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 0.8    4th week
    Bones (FOX, Thursday 8:00pm) - 0.8    2nd week
    Grimm (NBC, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.8    10th week
    The Family (ABC, Sunday 9:00pm) - 0.8    8th week
    Elementary (CBS, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.8    9th week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Grandfathered (FOX, Tuesday 8:30pm) - 1.8 million    16th week
2. New Girl (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.9 million    Special Airing
3. Beyond the Tank (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 2.0 million    5th week
4. American Grit (FOX, Thursday 9:00pm) - 2.1 million    3rd week
5. New Girl (FOX, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.4 million    13th week
6. Strong (NBC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.7 million    1st week
7. The Family (ABC, Sunday 9:00pm) - 2.9 million    4th week
8. Crowded (NBC, Sunday 9:30pm) - 3.0 million    2nd week
9. Game of Silence (NBC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 3.1 million    1st week
    Hell's Kitchen (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 3.1 million    6th week

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Lucifer (FOX)    4th week
Tuesday - Chicago Med (NBC)    2nd week
Wednesday - Empire (FOX)    6th week
Thursday - The Big Bang Theory (CBS)    6th week
Friday - Shark Tank (ABC)    3rd week
Sunday - America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC)    3rd week

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - The Voice (NBC)    1st week
Tuesday - Grandfathered (FOX)    1st week
Wednesday - Nashville (ABC)    7th week
Thursday - Bones (FOX)    2nd week
Friday - The Amazing Race (CBS)    2nd week
Sunday - Crowded (NBC)    1st week

MY TOP 5 EPISODES OF THE WEEK
1. Scandal #88 "Buckle Up"    11th week
2. Chicago Fire #89 "The Last One for Mom"    8th week
3. The Middle #165 "The Lanai"    10th week
4. Chicago Med #15 "Inheritance"    8th week
5. New Girl #111 "Road Trip"    12th week

RATINGS RECAP: 5/1/16

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 The Family
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Quantico
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 10.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:00 Madam Secretary
Viewers: 9.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 The Good Wife
Viewers: 9.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Elementary
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

NBC
7:00 Little Big Shots (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:00 Little Big Shots
Viewers: 10.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 The Carmichael Show
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:30 Crowded
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
7:30 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:00 American Country Countdown Awards
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

On Sunday night, NBC had the top show as usual with Little Big Shots, which was down six tenths in viewers and even in the demo from its last new episode two weeks ago. At 9pm, The Carmichael Show was up six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo from last week when it followed a repeat. However, it was at its lowest result when following a new Little Big Shots. At 9:30pm, Crowded was even. Dateline NBC closed out the night up 1.3 million viewers and a tenth in the demo. On ABC, it was America's Funniest Home Videos that was most impressive again. It was up seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, beating every Sunday show except Little Big Shots. At 8pm, Once Upon a Time was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. At 9pm, The Family was even while Quantico ended the night down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. On CBS, it was another week of three straight 1.0 demos for the first three shows. In terms of total viewers, 60 Minutes was up two tenths, Madam Secretary was up three tenths, and The Good Wife was up seven tenths. At 10pm, Elementary was up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Finally on FOX, the American Country Countdown Awards were mostly ignored.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Crowded (NBC)

UPFRONTS 2016: What FOX Should Do

Here is my suggestion for FOX as the Upfronts preview continues!

It has been a mixed bag for FOX this year. On the plus side, Empire remains TV's biggest show even though it's not at the highs it was a year ago. It also had a successful short run for The X-Files and a surprisingly sturdy performance from newbie Lucifer. However, the comedies remain as big a problem as ever with minuscule ratings across the board. And despite it getting long in the tooth, the loss of American Idol means three hours to fill in the spring. They will also lose the long running Bones after this season.

Past FOX suggestions: 2015   2014   2013   2012   2011

For a list of FOX pilots, click here

MONDAYS
8:00 Gotham
9:00 PRISON BREAK
Monday night should continue with Gotham at 8pm and I would suggest perhaps making the 9pm hour a rotating wheel of event series with the reboots of Prison Break and 24 sharing the slot and 24: Legacy launching when FOX inevitably brings back another short order for The X-Files in the 8pm slot. I think it might help keep the night for genre/event shows all season long and should allow for some urgency and regular tune-in.

TUESDAYS
8:00 New Girl
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9:00 PITCH
Tuesdays are tough. I don't know if I'd continue with Scream Queens and it's tough to justify comedies continuing too but New Girl was OK in the 8pm slot this year. I would give it to the two aging comedies and pair it with the intriguing but somewhat off brand Pitch. If it's really good, it could be a critical hit and that might be enough.

WEDNESDAYS
8:00 STAR
9:00 Empire
Wednesday night can be Lee Daniels night with an intriguing female-led music drama, Star, starring Queen Latifah in the works. If that isn't a fit with Empire, I don't know what is. They seem like a match made in heaven and I would be shocked if they aren't paired together at some point. I would start it in the fall and if successful, bring them back again after a few weeks off at midseason.

THURSDAYS
8:00 Scream Queens

9:00 THE EXORCIST
If you can't tell, I'm really trying to brand these FOX nights because I think that will help them and is needed in today's TV climate. So Thursday nights could be horror nights with the lighter Scream Queens leading into the darker The Exorcist. I think the total viewer count would be low here but it could skew young the way Scream did this past season.

FRIDAYS
8:00 Masterchef Junior
9:00 Bones
Part of me thinks Masterchef Junior should go on a weeknight, but I would save that in case a show like Pitch falters. Instead, I would start it on Fridays paired with the final season of Bones. Bones is ending so there's no need to give it a better slot and it's been kicked around so much over the years.

SUNDAYS
7:00 NFL Overrun/The OT
7:30 Bob's Burgers
8:00 The Simpsons
8:30 SON OF ZORN
9:00 Family Guy
9:30 The Last Man on Earth
I would keep Sundays mostly as is with the already picked up to series Son of Zorn joining the lineup at 8:30pm. It is an animated/live action hybrid and seems like a perfect fit for the Sunday lineup. This will be a success when there's football as usual and that's probably enough to continue to commit to this animated lineup because it could be worse.

MIDSEASON: Lucifer, Grandfathered, Hell's Kitchen, Rosewood, The X-Files, CHARITY CASE, MAKING HISTORY, UNTITLED CHRIS CHASE, 24: LEGACY, RECON, SHOTS FIRED, KICKING & SCREAMING
FOX should have more on tap without American Idol coming back. I already talked about 24: Legacy and The X-Files. I would use some of the new and returning comedies possibly on Tuesdays at some point. Some of the dramas could go to Wednesdays in-between the Empire and Lee Daniels drama runs. Hell's Kitchen can replace Masterchef Junior on Fridays.

CANCELLED/ENDED: American Idol, American Grit, Bordertown, Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life, The Grinder, Minority Report, Second Chance, Sleepy Hollow, World's Funniest

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, May 3

Tuesday night has the long-delayed season premiere of Person of Interest. After not airing in almost a year, it will air its final run of episodes between now and mid-June. Once a centerpiece in the CBS lineup, this show has become an afterthought but I still wouldn't be shocked if it builds on the Limitless numbers slightly. The other networks have their normal lineups which means NBC and CBS will be fighting for supremacy while ABC and FOX will be left behind.

ABC
8:00 Fresh Off the Boat #34 "Rent Day"
8:30 The Real O'Neals #10 "The Real Retreat"
9:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #63 "Failed Experiments"
10:00 Beyond the Tank
Prediction: Boat - 4.4 million, 1.2/O'Neals - 3.5 million, 1.0/Marvel - 3.1 million, 0.9/Tank - 2.0 million, 0.5

CBS
8:00 NCIS #304 "Homefront"
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans #45 "Help Wanted"

10:00 Person of Interest #91 "B.S.O.D." (Season Premiere)
Prediction: NCIS - 14.4 million, 1.8/New Orleans - 12.1 million, 1.6/Person - 9.0 million, 1.2

NBC
8:00 The Voice
9:00 Chicago Med #16 "Disorder"
10:00 Chicago Fire #90 "Kind of a Crazy Idea"
Prediction: Voice - 9.9 million, 2.0/Med - 8.7 million, 1.7/Fire - 8.2 million, 1.7

FOX
8:00 New Girl #113 "Dress"
8:30 Grandfathered #21 "The Memorial"
9:00 New Girl #114 "Return to Sender"
9:30 The Grinder #21 "Divergence"
Prediction: Girl 8:00 - 2.7 million, 1.0/Grandfathered - 2.0 million, 0.7/New Girl 9:00 - 2.4 million, 0.9/Grinder - 1.6 million, 0.6

Monday, May 2, 2016

UPFRONTS 2016: What NBC Should Do

Upfront season is here! This week, I will be giving my thoughts on what the networks should do. This is not a prediction, that comes next week. I also have not seen any pilots so this is based simply on what I think based on logline, stars, etc.

It has been a rough year for all the broadcast networks but NBC probably finds itself in the best shape of any of them. They had arguably the two most successful new dramas in Chicago Med and Blindspot and a hit new unscripted show, Little Big Shots. On top of that, they finally got a bit of a pulse in the comedy department with Superstore and had a surprisingly stable run for Shades of Blue. That's a lot more positive in the new show arena than all the other networks, possibly even put together. On top of that, they have a healthy stable of dramas returning along with The Voice, of course. They are adding a short package of Thursday Night Football in November and December, which makes scheduling for that night tricky. They also have the Olympics running through late August so I wouldn't be surprised to see some early premieres or previews as they did in 2012.

Past NBC suggestions: 2015   2014   2013   2012   2011

For a list of NBC pilots, click here

MONDAYS
8:00 The Voice
10:00 TIME
NBC needs to have something other than Blindspot for the Monday 10pm slot and it always seems like thrillers do best here. To me, that pilot this year is Time, which is a high concept, time-traveling drama. If shows like Revolution and Blindspot could succeed here, at least temporarily, Time certainly could as well. The Voice is starting to show its age but the fall usually does better than the spring and it can get another big push with its new judges during the Olympics.

TUESDAYS
8:00 The Voice
9:00 Chicago Med
10:00 Chicago Fire
I would leave Tuesdays completely alone. Arguably, this is the most successful night on any network right now from top to bottom. Chicago Med is still young and has room to grow and Chicago Fire is quickly becoming TV's top 10pm drama. This night works, there's no need to change.

WEDNESDAYS
8:00 TAKEN
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
10:00 Chicago PD
Taken is a proven brand and could have a shot in the Wednesday lead-off slot. I think The Mysteries of Laura doesn't get enough credit and should be renewed but it's time to try something else in this particular slot. With the built-it name, it should at least get some sampling and if it's any good, it might be a nice addition to the crime lineup on Wednesday nights. I would leave the 9-11pm slots alone with the solid pairing of Law & Order: SVU and Chicago PD.

THURSDAYS
(Sep)
8:00 Little Big Shots
9:00 POWERLESS
9:30 Superstore
10:00 LAW & ORDER: TRUE CRIME

(Nov)
8:00 Thursday Night Football

(Jan)
8:00 The Blacklist
9:00 CHICAGO JUSTICE
10:00 Blindspot
Thursdays are very interesting because NBC will be airing football starting November 17 through the end of December. Therefore, it can't be anything permanent here. So, I would start this lineup early (right after the Olympics) and I think this would be a good spot for Little Big Shots in the fall before it goes back to Sunday after football. Then, I would try the new offbeat workplace comedy Powerless with returning offbeat workplace comedy Superstore in the 9pm hour. Both could get Olympic previews. I don't know if it would be ready in time, but I think a limited series like Law & Order: True Crime would be a great 10pm option. After football ends, then I would premiere the new drama lineup consisting of The Blacklist moving up an hour, the newest Chicago series, and Blindspot. I think this might provide NBC its best Thursday hope since The Blacklist moved to this night.

FRIDAYS
8:00 The Mysteries of Laura
9:00 Grimm
10:00 Dateline NBC
NBC has tried a ton of different things paired with Grimm on Fridays, most recently comedies. So why not an established dramedy like Laura? In theory, it might be a good fit for the older Friday night crowd. If its total viewer count remained healthy enough, that could be a win. NBC only ordered 13 episodes of Grimm to start so the Friday slot could be open in the spring.

SUNDAYS
7:00 Football Night in America
8:30 Sunday Night Football
Of course there's football. At midseason, Little Big Shots should come back to 8pm, possibly paired with more comedies or Celebrity Apprentice.

MIDSEASON: Celebrity Apprentice, Hollywood Game Night, Shades of Blue, 36, CRUEL INTENTIONS, CRUNCH TIME, GOOD PLACE, MARLON, ME AND MEAN MARGARET, TRIAL & ERROR, UNTITLED VLADIMIR CAAMANO
A lot of the NBC comedies on the pilot list look good and NBC needs to keep swinging with comedies so I would cancel The Carmichael Show and try some new comedies. If Superstore and Powerless work in early season on Thursday, they could bridge the gap for The Voice with two new comedies while Sunday is another option. Cruel Intentions or Shades of Blue could be a Wednesday option if Taken has a limited order, which it might. 36 sounds intriguing but I don't know where I would schedule it. I would not pick up the Blacklist spinoff. It's not a strong enough show to have an offshoot.

CANCELLED/ENDED: The Biggest Loser, The Carmichael Show, Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon, Crowded, Game of Silence, Heartbeat, The Player, Strong, Telenovela, Truth Be Told, Undateable, You Me and the Apocalypse

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, May 2

Monday night has a series premiere with FOX's long delayed Houdini & Doyle. It's a low priority for FOX with a May premiere and I don't expect it to do anywhere near what Lucifer did. Honestly, if it breaks a 1.0 demo tonight, that will probably be the only time. It doesn't seem like it has a wide appeal. Elsewhere, CBS has their two hour comedy block back for a couple weeks and that may help Mike & Molly improve from last week's return number. The Odd Couple is airing 9 episodes between tonight and May 23 while the season finale of NCIS: Los Angeles closes out the night. ABC and NBC have their usual lineups and should be close to last week.

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars

10:00 Castle #171 "Much Ado About Murder"
Prediction: Dancing - 11.5 million, 1.8/Castle - 6.1 million, 1.1

CBS
8:00 Mike & Molly #122 "The Wreck of the Vincent Moranto"
8:30 Mike & Molly #123 "Baby, Please Don't Go"
9:00 The Big Bang Theory (REPEAT)
9:30 The Odd Couple #17 "Oscar's Overture"
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #168 "Talion" (Season Finale)
Prediction: Mike&Molly - 7.1 million, 1.3/Odd - 6.2 million, 1.4/Los Angeles - 7.6 million, 1.2

NBC
8:00 The Voice
10:00 Blindspot #20 "Swift Hardhearted Stone"
Prediction: Voice - 9.9 million, 2.1/Blindspot - 5.8 million, 1.4

FOX
8:00 Gotham #41 "Azrael"
9:00 Houdini & Doyle #1 "The Maggie's Redress" (SERIES PREMIERE)
Prediction: Gotham - 3.8 million, 1.2/Houdini - 2.8 million, 0.9

Sunday, May 1, 2016

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, May 1

Sunday night has yet another Country Music awards show, this time on FOX but I don't think the American Country Countdown Awards will be much of a draw. The other networks have their regular lineups. Little Big Shots is new again so that should bring the whole lineup, including the 9pm comedies, back up. ABC and CBS should be close to normal levels.

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Once Upon a Time #108 "Firebird"
9:00 The Family #10 "Fun Ways to Tell Boyfriend You're Pregnant"
10:00 Quantico #20 "Drive"
Prediction: Videos - 4.5 million, 1.0/Once - 3.5 million, 1.2/Family - 2.9 million, 0.7/Quantico - 3.5 million, 0.9

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Madam Secretary #44 "Render Safe"
9:00 The Good Wife #155 "Verdict"
10:00 Elementary #95 "The Invisible Hand"
Prediction: 60 Mins - 9.9 million, 0.9/Madam - 9.5 million, 0.9/Wife - 8.2 million, 0.9/Elementary - 5.2 million, 0.7

NBC
7:00 Little Big Shots (REPEAT)
8:00 Little Big Shots
9:00 The Carmichael Show #15 "Facebook Friends"
9:30 Crowded #10 "Better Man"
10:00 Dateline NBC
Prediction: Shots - 10.8 million, 1.8/Carmichael - 4.8 million, 1.1/Crowded - 3.8 million, 0.8/Dateline - 4.2 million, 1.1

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers (REPEAT)

7:30 The Simpsons (REPEAT)
8:00 American Country Countdown Awards

RATINGS RECAP: 4/28/16

ABC
8:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Shark Tank
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

CBS
8:00 The Amazing Race

Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Hawaii Five-0
Viewers: 8.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Blue Bloods 
Viewers: 10.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Grimm
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen (Repeat)

Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Hell's Kitchen
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

On Friday night, FOX aired the season finale of Hell's Kitchen and it was up a tenth in viewers and the demo. A 1.0 demo is definitely acceptable for a Friday on FOX. On ABC, the comedies are over for the season so a Shark Tank repeat filled the 8pm slot. Despite lower ratings than the comedies, it seemed to help the original episode at 9pm, which was up four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for its best rating since February 19. At 10pm, 20/20 was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. On CBS, The Amazing Race was even in viewers but down a tenth in the demo for a series low. At 9pm, Hawaii Five-0 was up four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Blue Bloods closed out the night down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Finally on NBC, Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo, Grimm was down a tenth in viewers and the demo, and Dateline NBC was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Shark Tank (ABC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: The Amazing Race (CBS)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

RATINGS RECAP: 4/28/16

ABC
8:00 Grey's Anatomy
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 Scandal
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 The Catch
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 14.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
8:30 The Odd Couple
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Mom
Viewers: 8.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:30 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 Rush Hour
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

NBC
8:00 Strong
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 The Blacklist
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Game of Silence
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

FOX
8:00 Bones

Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 American Grit
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

On Thursday night, the NFL Draft had no impact compared to the last several years. It used to just slam The Big Bang Theory, but this year the CBS sitcom was down a tenth in viewers and up two tenths in the demo. Later in the night for CBS, The Odd Couple was down four tenths in viewers and even in the demo, Mom was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo, and 2 Broke Girls was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. To cap off the night, Rush Hour was down four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. On FOX, Bones was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo to a new series low. FOX has to put this on Friday for its final season, right? At 9pm, American Grit was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo.

On ABC, Grey's Anatomy was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. It adjusted up in the finals to avoid going down into the 1s for the first time this season. At 9pm, Scandal was up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. At 10pm, The Catch was even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. Finally on NBC, Strong was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. At 9pm, The Blacklist was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. It tied a series low that it first set last year against the Draft. All things considered with the way this season has gone, being even with the draft episode last year is not bad. At 10pm, Game of Silence was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.

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