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Thursday, January 29, 2015

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, January 29

Thursday night marks the beginning of February Sweeps and there is a whole lot of things going on.

Most anticipated is the return of ABC's TGIT lineup. They haven't been new since November 20, but Scandal came back strong after a long hiatus last year and it's been well-promoted so I think the big numbers will be back for all three shows though the competition is strong so I'd be surprised if their much above their fall finale numbers, if at all. NBC has the season finale of The Biggest Loser and the series finale of Parenthood as the Bravermans say goodbye after six seasons. It has always had a loyal but small audience and that should hold true for the finale. It might have had a bigger bump if it didn't have to compete with the return of Murder. CBS has its new lineup fully in tact for the first time in a couple weeks. As usual, The Big Bang Theory should bring up the beginning of the night but Elementary is likely to fall with the tough 10pm competition. The network most vulnerable for big drops is FOX as Backstrom could see a pretty steep fall in its second week.

8:00 Grey's Anatomy #229 "Where Do We Go From Here"
9:00 Scandal #57 "Run"
10:00 How to Get Away with Murder #10 "Hello Raskolnikov"
Prediction: Grey's - 8.5 million, 2.5/Scandal - 10.1 million, 3.2/Murder - 10.4 million, 3.2

8:00 The Big Bang Theory #172 "The Anxiety Optimization"
8:30 Mom #34 "Kitty Litter and a Class A Felony"
9:00 Two and a Half Men #258 "A Beer-Battered Rip-Off"
9:30 The McCarthys #11 "The Ref"
10:00 Elementary #60 "The One that Got Away"
Prediction: Big Bang - 17.5 million, 4.3/Mom - 12.5 million, 2.8/Men - 9.6 million, 2.4/McCarthys - 7.9 million, 1.7/Elementary - 6.8 million, 1.2

8:00 The Biggest Loser (Season Finale)
10:00 Parenthood #103 "May God Bless and Keep You Always" (SERIES FINALE)
Prediction: Loser - 4.0 million, 1.1/Parenthood - 4.5 million, 1.4

8:00 American Idol

9:00 Backstrom #2 "Bella"
Prediction: Idol - 9.0 million, 2.3/Backstrom - 6.1 million, 1.5

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


8:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)

Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Marvel's Agent Carter
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Forever (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 12.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans (Repeat)
Viewers: 11.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 CSI
Viewers: 10.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

8:00 Parks and Recreation
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 Parks and Recreation
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 Marry Me
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:30 About a Boy
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Chicago Fire (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

8:00 Masterchef Junior
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 New Girl (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:30 The Mindy Project (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

Another late January night and another night with very poor ratings. FOX's Masterchef Junior was tops of the night with a 1.7 demo, though that was down a tenth from last week. On NBC, Parks and Recreation was even in the demo at 8pm and down a tenth at 8:30pm. Marry Me was up a tenth in viewers and the demo from its series low two weeks ago while About a Boy was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo to tie a series low. Over on ABC, Marvel's Agent Carter was down half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo. It's now dipped below anything Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. got so it's looking like this will merely be a one time interim show unless things improve. Finally, CBS had a special airing of CSI and it hit a season high away from its Sunday night slot.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Masterchef Junior (FOX)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Marvel's Agent Carter (ABC)

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, January 28

Wednesday night has week four of TV's biggest new series, Empire. With limited competition, another week of growth wouldn't shock me but I just can't imagine it getting much higher. I'm going to predict a small drop yet again and I might be wrong yet again. Besides Empire and American Idol on FOX, only CBS is new and they could rise with repeats from NBC's competing drama lineup.

8:00 The Middle #122 "The Loneliest Locker" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Goldbergs #26 "The Facts of Bleeping Life" (REPEAT)
9:00 Modern Family #125 "Won't You Be Our Neighbor?" (REPEAT)

9:30 Black-ish #3 "The Nod" (REPEAT)
10:00 Black-ish #9 "Colored Commentary" (REPEAT)
10:30 Black-ish (REPEAT)

8:00 The Mentalist #147 "Copper Bullet"

9:00 Criminal Minds #223 "Nelson's Sparrow"
10:00 Stalker #14 "My Hero"
Prediction: Mentalist - 9.7 million, 1.6/Criminal - 10.8 million, 2.2/Stalker - 8.0 million, 1.5

8:00 The Mysteries of Laura #10 "The Mystery of the Fertility Fatality" (REPEAT)
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #348 "Pornstar's Requiem" (REPEAT)

10:00 Chicago PD #17 "Get My Cigarettes" (REPEAT)

8:00 American Idol
9:00 Empire #4 "False Imposition"

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


8:00 The Bachelor
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
10:00 Castle (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

8:00 Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials
Viewers: 10.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 Scorpion (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

8:00 Celebrity Apprentice
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 State of Affairs
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

8:00 Gotham

Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 Sleepy Hollow
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

Monday night had a mix of repeats and originals. Only The Bachelor seemed to take advantage of less competition. It was up four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for a season high. On CBS, the annual Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials special was a pretty strong player, better than the last couple years. On NBC, Celebrity Apprentice was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo while State of Affairs was down a tenth in viewers and the demo despite no new 10pm competition on CBS and ABC. Finally on FOX, Gotham was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo for a series low but Sleepy Hollow inched back up two tenths in viewers and the demo.

LOSER OF THE NIGHT: State of Affairs (NBC)

WEEKLY RECAP: January 19-25, 2015

Here's my weekly recap for Week #16. Please note this only covers regularly scheduled shows (no sports, specials, repeats, or Saturday shows)

TOP 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Empire (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 4.4    3rd week
2. American Idol (FOX, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 3.4    3rd week
3. American Idol (FOX, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.8    3rd week
4. Mom (CBS, Thursday 8:30pm) - 2.4    9th week
5. Scorpion (CBS, Monday 9:00pm) - 2.3    4th week
6. 2 Broke Girls (CBS, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.2    2nd week
    Gotham (FOX, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.2    5th week
    Two and a Half Men (CBS, Thursday 9:00pm) - 2.2    3rd week
9. The Bachelor (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.1    1st week
    Mike & Molly (CBS, Monday 8:30pm) - 2.1    1st week

1. Scorpion (CBS, Monday 9:00pm) - 12.1 million    10th week
2. American Idol (FOX, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 11.8 million    2nd week
3. Empire (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 11.1 million    3rd week
    Mom (CBS, Thursday 8:30pm) - 11.1 million    9th week
5. American Idol (FOX, Thursday 8:00pm) - 10.7 million    2nd week
6. Criminal Minds (CBS, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 10.3 million    6th week
7. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, Monday 10:00pm) - 9.7 million    3rd week
8. The Mentalist (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 9.6 million    3rd week
9. Two and a Half Men (CBS, Thursday 9:00pm) - 9.3 million     2nd week
10. Mike & Molly (CBS, Monday 8:30pm) - 9.2 million    1st week

1. Mulaney (FOX, Sunday 7:00pm) - 0.4    10th week
2. A to Z (NBC, Thursday 9:30pm) - 0.6    12th week
3. Bad Judge (NBC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.7    9th week
    Glee (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.7    3rd week
5. The Taste (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 0.8    6th week
6. Constantine (NBC, Friday 10:00pm) - 0.9    8th week
    Revenge (ABC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.9    8th week
8. World's Funniest Fails (FOX, Friday 8:00pm) - 1.0    1st week
    Resurrection (ABC, Sunday 9:00pm) - 1.0    5th week
10. State of Affairs (NBC, Monday 10:00pm) - 1.1    3rd week
     20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:00pm) - 1.1    5th week
     Galavant (ABC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 1.1    2nd week
     60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:00pm) - 1.1    1st week

1. Mulaney (FOX, Sunday 7:00pm) - 1.0 million    10th week
2. Glee (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 1.8 million    3rd week
3. A to Z (NBC, Thursday 9:30pm) - 2.1 million    11th week
4. Bob's Burgers (FOX, Sunday 9:30pm) - 2.5 million    8th week
5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Sunday 8:30pm) - 2.8 million    6th week
6. Bad Judge (NBC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 2.9 million    8th week
7. World's Funniest Fails (FOX, Friday 8:00pm) - 3.0 million    2nd week
8. The Taste (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 3.1 million    6th week
9. Family Guy (FOX, Sunday 9:00pm) - 3.2 million    3rd week
10. Parks and Recreation (NBC, Tuesday 8:30pm) - 3.3 million    2nd week
     The Simpsons (FOX, Sunday 8:00pm) - 3.3 million    2nd week

Monday - Mike & Molly (CBS)    2nd week
Tuesday - N/A
Wednesday - Empire (FOX)    3rd week
Thursday - Mom (CBS)    5th week
Friday - Dateline NBC (NBC)    2nd week
Sunday - Undercover Boss (CBS)    2nd week

Monday - Sleepy Hollow (FOX)    4th week
Tuesday - N/A
Wednesday - Criminal Minds (CBS)    1st week
Thursday - The Taste (ABC)    2nd week
Friday - 20/20 (ABC)    2nd week
Sunday - Mulaney (FOX)    4th week

1. Parks and Recreation #116 "Leslie & Ron"    2nd week
2. Mom #33 "Three Smiles and an Unpainted Ceiling"    4th week
3. Law & Order: SVU #355 "Padre Sandunguera"    3rd week
4. Criminal Minds #222 "Anonymous"    1st week
5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine #36 "Defense Rests"    5th week


7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
8:00 Galavant
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Resurrection
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Revenge
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 9.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:00 Undercover Boss
Viewers: 8.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 CSI
Viewers: 8.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 CSI
Viewers: 8.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

7:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:00 Miss Universe Pageant
Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

7:00 Mulaney
Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
7:30 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:00 The Simpsons
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Family Guy
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:30 Bob's Burgers
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

On the first Sunday without broadcast football (the Pro Bowl was on ESPN), it was tough sledding for the regular network shows. NBC was on top with a surprisingly strong result for the Miss Universe Pageant. I'm not sure why there was more interest this year, but there was. The FOX lineup looked especially weak and that's not a good sign for the rest of the spring. Mulaney tied series lows at 7pm, but that's not really worth noting. The 8-10pm lineup was troubled as everything except Bob's Burgers hit a season low. The Simpsons and Brooklyn Nine-Nine tied their second worst results ever (and it was easily Brooklyn's worse Sunday night showing). Family Guy hit an outright series low, but was still the top scripted show of the night at a 1.6 demo. This lineup was a rare bright spot in the fall lineup for FOX. Now, their lineup is looking a little stronger on nights like Wednesday and Thursday, but Sundays might fall apart.

There were two season, and quite likely series, finales on ABC. But first up, America's Funniest Home Videos was up a big 2.5 million viewers and eight tenths in the demo for a season high. It had a better lead-in from basketball and no major football competition (the Pro Bowl barely counts). At 8pm, Galavant was up a million viewers and two tenths in the demo for its season finale. I really doubt that was enough of a rebound for the show that had a surprise start and quick fade over its four weeks. The season finale of Resurrection followed and was up four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. This show premiered to a 3.8 demo in March and hit a 0.8 demo less than a year later. I don't see any scenario where this comes back. At 10pm, Revenge was down three tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Finally on CBS, 60 Minutes wasn't much of a player without an NFL lead-in while a special Undercover Boss was solid at 8pm. Two episodes of CSI did OK with the regular 10pm hour doing better than 9pm. It really looks like CBS is in burn-off mode with this show but they're probably waiting to see how their midseason dramas do.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Undercover Boss (CBS)

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, January 27

Tuesday night has a few scattered new episodes, the most being on NBC where they have two hours of new comedies. ABC has just Marvel's Agent Carter while CBS has another seemingly burn-off episode of CSI on a special night. The top demo of the night is likely to be Masterchef Junior on FOX.

8:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)
9:00 Marvel's Agent Carter #4 "The Blitzkrieg Button"

10:00 Forever #9 "6AM" (REPEAT)
Prediction: Carter - 4.4 million, 1.3

8:00 NCIS #261 "So It Goes" (REPEAT)
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans #5 "It Happened Last Night" (REPEAT)
10:00 CSI #333 "The Last Ride"

Prediction: CSI - 8.1 million, 1.3

8:00 Parks and Recreation #117 "Gryzzlbox"
8:30 Parks and Recreation #118 "Save JJ's"
9:00 Marry Me #11 "Friend Me"
9:30 About a Boy #24 "About a Hook"
10:00 Chicago Fire #50 "Apologies are Dangerous" (REPEAT)
Prediction: Parks 8:00 - 3.7 million, 1.4/Parks 8:30 - 3.5 million, 1.4/Marry - 2.4 million, 0.8/Boy - 2.2 million, 0.8

8:00 Masterchef Junior

9:00 New Girl #77 "Landline" (REPEAT)
9:30 The Mindy Project #51 "The Devil Wears Lands' End" (REPEAT)

Prediction: Junior - 5.6 million, 1.8

Monday, January 26, 2015

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, January 26

Monday night has only CBS sitting the night out with repeats and their annual Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials special. The other networks might stand to benefit with less competition but it probably won't be a huge difference. I could see Gotham rebounding a bit from last week.

8:00 The Bachelor

10:00 Castle #131 "Clear and Present Danger" (REPEAT)
Prediction: Bachelor - 7.8 million, 2.2

8:00 Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2015 (SPECIAL)
9:00 Scorpion #7 "Father's Day" (REPEAT)

10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #123 "Praesidium" (REPEAT)

8:00 Celebrity Apprentice

10:00 State of Affairs #10 "The War at Home"
Prediction: Apprentice - 6.5 million, 1.9/State - 4.6 million, 1.1

8:00 Gotham #13 "Welcome Back, Jim Gordon"
9:00 Sleepy Hollow #27 "Kali Yuga"
Prediction: Gotham - 6.9 million, 2.4/Hollow - 4.5 million, 1.4

Sunday, January 25, 2015


8:00 Movie: Mirror/Mirror
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 20/20 Saturday
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

8:00 CSI (Repeat)

Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Stalker (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

8:00 US Figure Skating Championships

Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

8:00 UFC Fight Night

Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, January 25

Sunday night has season finales on ABC that will almost certainly become series finales. Galavant looked a little promising a couple weeks ago but that has fallen apart fast. Resurrection has been in a free fall this season and ABC doesn't have as much invested in it as some other under-performing dramas like Revenge and Nashville. Over on CBS, they are double pumping CSI in what surely seems like a burn-off mode for the veteran drama before Battle Creek takes over this slot in March. FOX has all new programming but it could see season lows across the board with no football involved. NBC has the Miss Universe Pageant while the broadcast networks compete with the Pro Bowl and the SAG Awards on cable.

7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Galavant #7 "My Cousin Izzy"
8:30 Galavant #8 "It's All in the Excuses" (Season Finale)
9:00 Resurrection #21 "Love in Return" (Season Finale)
10:00 Revenge #80 "Kindred"
Prediction: Videos - 5.7 million, 1.2/Galavant - 3.8 million, 1.0/Resurrection - 3.5 million, 1.0/Revenge - 3.9 million, 0.9

7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Undercover Boss
9:00 CSI #331 "Merchants of Menace"
10:00 CSI #332 "Hero to Zero"
Prediction: 60 Mins - 8.3 million, 1.0/Boss - 7.9 million, 1.3/CSI 9:00 - 8.0 million, 1.3/CSI 10:00 - 7.9 million, 1.2

7:00 Dateline NBC
8:00 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant
Prediction: Dateline - 3.9 million, 0.7

7:00 Mulaney #11 "Power Moves"
7:30 The Simpsons #559 "Blazed and Confused" (REPEAT)
8:00 The Simpsons #564 "The Musk Who Fell to Earth"

8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine #36 "Defense Rests"
9:00 Family Guy #240 "This Little Piggy"
9:30 Bob's Burgers #77 "Late Afternoon in the Garden of Bob and Louise"
Prediction: Mulaney - 1.5 million, 0.4/Simpsons - 4.2 million, 1.9/Brooklyn - 3.3 million, 1.5/Family - 4.0 million, 2.0/Burgers - 3.3 million, 1.5