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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, January 24

Tuesday night has the ABC comedy lineup in repeats but everything else is new including the return of the CW lineup. The Flash returns at 8pm and DC's Legends of Tomorrow moves over from Thursdays to take the 9pm slot, which could lead to growth for the show and will definitely be an improvement on previous occupant No Tomorrow.

ABC
8:00 The Middle (REPEAT)
8:30 American Housewife (REPEAT)
9:00 Fresh Off the Boat (REPEAT)
9:30 The Real O'Neals (REPEAT)

10:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #77 "Wake Up"

CBS
8:00 NCIS #319 "Keep Going"
9:00 Bull #12 "Stockholm Syndrome"
10:00 NCIS: New Orleans #59 "Hell on the High Water"

NBC
8:00 The Wall
9:00 This is Us #13 "Three Sentences"
10:00 Chicago Fire #103 "Who Lives and Who Dies"

FOX
8:00 New Girl #130 "The Hike"
8:30 The Mick #6 "The Master"

9:00 Bones #238 "The Price for the Past"

CW
8:00 The Flash #56 "Borrowing Problems from the Future"

9:00 DC's Legends of Tomorrow #25 "Raiders of the Lost Art"

Monday, January 23, 2017

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, January 23

Monday night has nearly full episodes across the board except for a repeat of The Big Bang Theory in place of The Odd Couple. ABC has the arrival of Quantico on the night. The once promising drama has languished on Sundays but gets a chance after one of TV's top shows. I'm not sure The Bachelor audience will stay for Quantico, but it seems like it will be an improvement on Conviction's numbers as well as its own Sunday numbers. The CW is finally out of its winter slumber with the first new Supergirl and Jane the Virgin episodes since November 28.

ABC
8:00 The Bachelor
10:00 Quantico #31 "Cleopatra"

CBS
8:00 Kevin Can Wait #15 "Choke Doubt"
8:30 Man with a Plan #11 "The Talk"
9:00 2 Broke Girls #130 "And the Emergency Contractor"
9:30 The Big Bang Theory (REPEAT)
10:00 Scorpion #60 "The Hole Truth"

NBC
8:00 The New Celebrity Apprentice
10:00 Timeless #12 "The Murder of Jesse James"

FOX
8:00 Gotham #57 "Smile Like You Mean It"
9:00 Lucifer #25 "Love Handles"

CW
8:00 Supergirl #29 "Supergirl Lives"
9:00 Jane the Virgin #52 "Chapter Fifty-Two"

Sunday, January 22, 2017

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, January 22

Sunday night is all about CBS as they will be airing the sure to be huge AFC Championship Game. In recent years, this has turned into a Super Bowl-style event where the network airing the game uses the lead-out slot on something important. CBS is choosing to debut the new reality series Hunted, which has gotten tons of promotion and will certainly get good sampling. The other networks are all basically punting though FOX is burning off an episode of Son of Zorn, which doesn't seem to bode well for the freshman comedy.

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (REPEAT)
8:00 To Tell the Truth (REPEAT)
9:00 To Tell the Truth (REPEAT)

10:00 Quantico (REPEAT)

CBS
7:00 NFL AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh at New England
10:00 Hunted (SERIES PREMIERE)

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
8:30 MOVIE: Ted

FOX
7:00 Son of Zorn (REPEAT)
7:30 Bob's Burgers (REPEAT)
8:00 The Simpsons (REPEAT)
8:30 Son of Zorn #11 "The Battle of Self-Acceptance"

9:00 Family Guy (REPEAT)
9:30 Bob's Burgers (REPEAT)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

RATINGS RECAP: 1/20/17

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 Dr. Ken
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 Challenge and Change: The Inauguration of Donald Trump
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Hawaii Five-0
Viewers: 8.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Blue Bloods
Viewers: 9.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 Grimm
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Emerald City
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 Rosewood
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Sleepy Hollow
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CW
8:00 The Vampire Diaries
Viewers: 0.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Viewers: 0.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

On Friday night, ABC started with Last Man Standing down three tenths in viewers and up a tenth in the demo, topping the night with a 1.4 demo. Dr. Ken was down two tenths in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. After a Shark Tank repeat, 20/20 was down 1.3 million viewers and two tenths in the demo. On CBS, an Inauguration special was way down from usual MacGyver numbers and it seemed to bring the dramas that followed down with it. Hawaii Five-0 was down 1.3 million viewers and two tenths in the demo, tying a series low. Blue Bloods was down seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. On NBC, Grimm was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo but it's looking even worse for Emerald City, which was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. At 10pm, Dateline NBC was down four tenths in viewers but up a tenth in the demo. On FOX, Rosewood was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo while Sleepy Hollow was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for a series low. Finally on the CW, The Vampire Diaries was down a tenth in viewers and the demo while Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was even.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Last Man Standing (ABC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Sleepy Hollow (FOX)

Friday, January 20, 2017

RATINGS RECAP: 1/19/17

ABC
8:00 Grey's Anatomy (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Scandal (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 20/20 Special: The Trumps Go to Washington
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 15.2 million 18-49 demo: 3.4
8:30 The Great Indoors
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Mom
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:30 Life in Pieces
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 Pure Genius
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

NBC
8:00 The Good Place
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Chicago Med
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 The Blacklist
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 My Kitchen Rules
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

CW
8:00 DC's Legends of Tomorrow (Repeat)

Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2
9:00 Supernatural (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

On Thursday night, NBC aired a one hour season finale of The Good Place. It was up three tenths in viewers and even in the demo. I think it has done enough to get renewed especially with a well received twist last night. If it doesn't, it seems like a streaming service could come calling. At 9pm, Chicago Med was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo. The Blacklist was down three tenths in viewers and even in the demo to end the night. ABC was supposed to bring back TGIT last night but it was pushed to next week so a 20/20 special could air at 10pm. The lineup will return next week. On FOX, Hell's Kitchen was down a tenth in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. It is a huge improvement on Rosewood in this slot. At 9pm, My Kitchen Rules was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo from last week's premiere.

Finally on CBS, The Big Bang Theory aired a new episode after a repeat last week. It was down 1.6 million viewers and two tenths in the demo from its last new episode. However, it did bring up the rest of the comedy lineup, which fell following a repeat Big Bang last week. At 8:30pm, The Great Indoors was back up six tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. Mom was up 1.2 million viewers and a nice four tenths in the demo. Life in Pieces actually hit a season high as it was up a million viewers and three tenths in the demo. At 10pm, Pure Genius was up a tenth in viewers but down a tenth in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Life in Pieces (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Pure Genius (CBS)

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, January 20 & Saturday, January 21

FRIDAY
Friday night has a couple Inauguration specials but otherwise it's a pretty normal night. However, people may still be tuning into the news channels more than usual so the broadcast numbers could be down a bit.

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #122 "A House Divided"
8:30 Dr. Ken #36 "A Day in the Life"
9:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)
10:00 20/20

CBS
8:00 Change & Challenge: The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump (SPECIAL)
9:00 Hawaii Five-0  #157 "Ka Laina Ma Ke One"
10:00 Blue Bloods #146 "The One that Got Away"

NBC
8:00 Grimm #113 "Oh Captain My Captain"
9:00 Emerald City #4 "Science and Magic"
10:00 Dateline NBC


FOX
8:00 Rosewood #34 "Asphyxiation & Aces"
9:00 Sleepy Hollow #52 "Heads of State"


CW
8:00 The Vampire Diaries #164 "The Simple Intimacy of the Near Touch"

9:00 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend #29 "Josh is the Man of My Dreams, Right?"

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 NBA Countdown
8:30 NBA Basketball: San Antonio at Cleveland

CBS
8:00 Ransom #3 "The Box"
9:00 48 Hours
10:00 48 Hours

NBC
8:00 Figure Skating US Championships

FOX
8:00 Lethal Weapon (REPEAT)
9:00 Star (REPEAT)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

RATINGS RECAP: 1/18/17

ABC
8:00 Fresh Off the Boat
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
8:30 Speechless
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:30 Black-ish
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Match Game
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 2017 People's Choice Awards
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 Blindspot
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Chicago PD
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

FOX
8:00 Lethal Weapon
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Star
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

CW
8:00 Arrow (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2
9:00 Frequency
Viewers: 0.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

ABC had an interesting night because they aired Fresh Off the Boat on a special night. This is a show that has underperformed in the new Tuesday block this season. But surprisingly, it did better as a Wednesday lead-off show. Of course it also didn't match what The Goldbergs does. I think this certainly helps this show and I expect a renewal but who knows where it will go on the schedule next season. At 8:30pm, Speechless was down half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo, but it did build on its lead-in. After a Modern Family repeat, Black-ish was down 1.1 million viewers and three tenths in the demo from when it followed a new episode last week. At 10pm, Match Game was down seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.

On CBS, Undercover Boss was down three tenths in viewers and even in the demo. The People's Choice Awards aired from 9-11pm and was down a bit from last year and has become a mostly ignored awards show. On NBC, Blindspot was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for a series low. This show seemed to overperform a bit in the fall but it has been pretty weak the last couple weeks. Law & Order: SVU was up four tenths in viewers and even in the demo while Chicago PD was up half a million viewers and even in the demo. On FOX, Lethal Weapon was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo but Star continued to drop. It was down three tenths in viewers and another two tenths in the demo. This has gone from building on its lead-in to even to two tenths down in just three weeks, that's not a great trend line but it's still on FOX, so it's not in dire shape yet. Finally on the CW, Frequency was even with last week.

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

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, January 19

Thursday night was supposed to bring the return of TGIT but ABC delayed it by a week in order to air a special 20/20 edition on tomorrow's Presidential Inauguration. I am skeptical that the special was the real reason because they could have aired it elsewhere. I think they changed their mind about when they wanted the premiere date for whatever reason and found a convenient reason to switch it. CBS is back to having a new The Big Bang Theory so the entire lineup could swing back up. NBC has the season finale of The Good Place with back to back episodes. It was always intended to be 13 episodes so this is not a bad sign that its ending in January but a good finale night would help its case.

ABC
8:00 Grey's Anatomy (REPEAT)
9:00 Scandal (REPEAT)
10:00 20/20 Special Edition: America's New First Family: The Trumps Go to Washington (SPECIAL)

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #220 "The Romance Recalibration"
8:30 The Great Indoors #11 "Mason Blows Up"

9:00 Mom #77 "Good Karma and the Big Weird"
9:30 Life in Pieces #33 "Tailgate Spiral Souvenir Seating"
10:00 Pure Genius #12 "I Got This"

NBC
8:00 The Good Place #12/13 "Mindy St. Clair/Michael's Gambit" (Season Finale)
9:00 Chicago Med #29 "Graveyard Shift"
10:00 The Blacklist #78 "The Harem"

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
9:00 My Kitchen Rules


CW
8:00 DC's Legends of Tomorrow (REPEAT)
9:00 Supernatural (REPEAT)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

RATINGS RECAP: 1/17/17

ABC
8:00 The Middle
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
8:30 American Housewife
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Fresh Off the Boat
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:30 The Real O'Neals
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CBS
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 15.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 Bull
Viewers: 11.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 9.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 The Wall
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 This is Us
Viewers: 9.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
10:00 Chicago Fire
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

FOX
8:00 New Girl
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 The Mick
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Bones
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

CW
8:00 The Flash (Repeat)

Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 No Tomorrow
Viewers: 0.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

On Tuesday night, NBC had its successful lineup with two shows that got good news at the TCA Tour today. At 8pm, The Wall was down four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. It got an order for 20 more episodes today, but it's not announced when or where those additional episodes will air with The Voice coming back in a little over a month. At 9pm, This is Us returned to its regular slot after its series high at 10pm last week. It was down nine tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo. That seems like a steep drop but there was so much attention last week to it and this is more in line with normal episodes. It received a two-season renewal today. At 10pm, Chicago Fire was down four tenths in viewers and even in the demo from the last episode, which aired at 9pm two weeks ago. On FOX, New Girl was down a tenth in viewers and the demo while The Mick was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo but still built on its New Girl lead-in. At 9pm, Bones was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo from last week's episode, which didn't start until 9:55pm.

On ABC, The Middle was down six tenths in viewers and even in the demo while American Housewife was down four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. The 9pm comedies didn't hold up as well. Fresh Off the Boat was down half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo while The Real O'Neals was down half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo to tie a series low. At 10pm, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was down seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a new series low. How can ABC justify renewing this show for a fifth season? We'll see if they do. On CBS, NCIS was down three tenths in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. Bull was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo, getting a sixth 1.5 demo in the last seven episodes. At 10pm, NCIS: New Orleans was down three tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Finally on the CW, the season (and most certainly series) finale of No Tomorrow was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: NCIS (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)

RENEWAL ALERT: This is Us

On its TCA day, NBC announced a renewal for This is Us not just for the 2017-18 season but for the 2018-19 season as well. A renewal of the breakout hit was just a formality but the two season pickup is an extra show of support.

This is Us is far and away the #1 new broadcast show this year, hitting a series high 3.0 demo last week. It has a ton of buzz and critical acclaim to boot. It will likely stay in its Tuesday 9pm slot next season (perhaps leading into a new show) and also will likely continue to do 18 episodes a year. This is Us joins The Voice as official NBC renewals for next season.