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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, February 9

Tuesday night has the same as usual and it will be a race between CBS and NBC with ABC and FOX having absolutely nothing after their 8pm shows. I would expect CBS to come back strong (perhaps more of a Super Bowl halo?) and NBC could take a small step back.

ABC
8:00 Fresh Off the Boat #25 "Love and Loopholes"
8:30 The Muppets #12 "A Tale of Two Piggies"
9:00 Marvel's Agent Carter #13 "The Atomic Job"
10:00 What Would You Do?
Prediction: Boat - 4.5 million, 1.2/Muppets - 2.4 million, 0.8/Carter - 2.5 million, 0.7/What Would - 2.2 million, 0.7

CBS
8:00 NCIS #296 "Decompressed"
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans #37 "Father's Day"
10:00 Limitless #14 "Fundamentals of Naked Portraiture"
Prediction: NCIS - 16.5 million, 2.2/New Orleans - 12.3 million, 1.7/Limitless - 6.4 million, 1.2

NBC
8:00 Hollywood Game Night
9:00 Chicago Med #9 "Choices"
10:00 Chicago Fire #83 "All Hard Parts"
Prediction: Hollywood - 3.9 million, 1.0/Med - 7.2 million, 1.6/Fire - 8.1 million, 1.8

FOX
8:00 New Girl #100 "Reagan"
8:30 Grandfathered #15 "The Biter"
9:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine #60 "The 9-8"
9:30 The Grinder #14 "The Retooling of Dean Sanderson"
Prediction: Girl - 2.8 million, 1.3/Grandfathered - 2.2 million, 0.9/Brooklyn - 2.2 million, 0.9/Grinder - 1.7 million, 0.6

Monday, February 8, 2016

CANCELLATION ALERT: Angel From Hell

In a somewhat surprising move, CBS has cancelled Angel From Hell after just five episodes. It will be replaced with 2 Broke Girls on the schedule starting February 18 (a repeat of The Big Bang Theory will air this week).

Angel From Hell never seemed like it stood a chance for next season but it has been stable for several weeks so I thought it would run out the string. Instead, CBS is bagging it now so they can give Girls the timeslot it had in November and December (where it performed better than Angel currently is). The Jane Lynch comedy was a swing and a miss in the single camera sitcom for CBS but it looks like Life in Pieces may get a renewal. CBS also announced during the Super Bowl last night that The Good Wife will end this year after seven seasons.

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, February 8

Monday night is all new across the board. Castle returns to the ABC lineup after being off it since November. It should do OK with The Bachelor as a lead-in but this show is long past its prime. Everything else should be close to their last episodes except The X-Files and Lucifer will probably drop again, maybe not as much. CBS could have a good night especially at 8pm because that sometimes happens the day after the Super Bowl.

ABC
8:00 The Bachelor
10:00 Castle #160 "Tone Death"
Prediction: Bachelor - 7.2 million, 2.2/Castle - 6.4 million, 1.4

CBS
8:00 Supergirl #13 "For the Girl Who Has Everything"
9:00 Scorpion #38 "Fractured"
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #159 "Matryoshka" Part 1
Prediction: Supergirl - 8.6 million, 1.9/Scorpion - 10.9 million, 1.9/Los Angeles - 9.3 million, 1.5

NBC
8:00 Superstore #9 "All-Nighter"
8:30 Telenovela #9 "Split Personalities"
9:00 The Biggest Loser
Prediction: Superstore - 4.4 million, 1.3/Telenovela - 3.0 million, 0.8/Loser - 3.1 million, 1.0

FOX
8:00 The X-Files #206 "Home Again"
9:00 Lucifer #3 "The Would-Be Prince of Darkness"
Prediction: Files - 7.1 million, 2.3/Lucifer - 5.2 million, 1.7

Sunday, February 7, 2016

RATINGS RECAP: 2/6/16

ABC
8:00 Republican Presidential Debate
Viewers: 11.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9

CBS
8:00 Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials

Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 NFL Honors
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Saturday Night Live (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 The X-Files (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Lucifer (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

RATINGS RECAP: 2/5/16

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: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:30 Dr. Ken
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Shark Tank
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss

Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Super Bowl's Greatest Halftime Shows
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Grimm
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
8:00 Sleepy Hollow

Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Second Chance
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

Friday night brought the return of Sleepy Hollow for FOX. Airing on a new night, it was actually on par with its last several Thursday airings in November. A 0.9 demo is nothing good by any means, but it actually could have flopped even worse here than it did. This won't get it another season, but it might keep it from being a complete embarrassment. It did not help the ever weakening Second Chance, which was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. On CBS, Undercover Boss was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo. A special about the Super Bowl halftime shows delivered OK numbers from 9-11pm.

On NBC, Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon appears to quietly be having a regular slot now and it was a little bit up on Undateable's numbers. At 9pm, Grimm was up six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Dateline NBC was even in viewers but down a big four tenths in the demo from last week. On ABC, Last Man Standing was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. After recovering a tenth last week, Dr. Ken was back down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo to tie its series low. At 9pm, Shark Tank also gave back last week's nice jump as it tumbled seven tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. At 10pm, 20/20 was up four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Last Man Standing (ABC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Second Chance (FOX)

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, February 7

It is Super Bowl Sunday! That means, it's all about CBS with the other networks basically taking the night off. With a lot of hype and two strong teams, the Super Bowl could break another all time viewership record while The Late Show with Stephen Colbert gets the coveted post-Super Bowl slot and will feature of parade of big name guests. Enjoy!

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (REPEAT)
8:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (REPEAT)
9:00 Beyond the Tank (REPEAT)

10:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)

CBS
7:00 Super Bowl 50: Carolina vs. Denver
10:00 The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
8:30 MOVIE: Pitch Perfect

FOX
7:00 The Simpsons (REPEAT)
7:30 Bob's Burgers (REPEAT)

8:00 The Simpsons (REPEAT)
8:30 Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life (REPEAT)
9:00 Family Guy (REPEAT)
9:30 Bordertown (REPEAT)

Friday, February 5, 2016

RENEWAL ALERT: Shades of Blue

In a somewhat surprising announcement, NBC renewed the Jennifer Lopez drama Shades of Blue for a second season. It's especially surprising since it hit a series low last night. Airing in the tough Thursday 10pm timeslot, where NBC has had trouble since ER, it had a strong debut the first week followed by a rough drop in the second week. It seemed to be leveling off after that until last night when it dropped again. NBC must think they have something here though and are committed to letting it grow.

Shades of Blue joins all three Chicago series, Blindspot, The Blacklist, and Law & Order: SVU on the renewal list for NBC next season. That's a lot of dramas so that may not bode well for bubble shows The Mysteries of Laura and Grimm. NBC still has a couple dramas to debut too including Heartbreaker and Game of Silence.

RATINGS RECAP: 2/4/16

ABC
8:00 Movie: Madoff Part 2
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Madoff: After the Fall
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 15.3 million, 18-49 demo: 3.8
8:30 Life in Pieces
Viewers: 9.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 Mom
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:30 Angel From Hell
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Elementary
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 You, Me, and the Apocalypse
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 The Blacklist
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 Shades of Blue
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 8.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2

Thursday night had the CBS lineup fully new for the first time in three weeks. At 8pm, The Big Bang Theory was down half a million viewers and even in the demo. It's the only show so far this week that has gotten over 10 million viewers. At 8:30pm, Life in Pieces was up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, tying its second highest demo of the season. I think a renewal for this show is pretty much a foregone conclusion. At 9pm, Mom was down half a million viewers and even in the demo. A rerun that aired at 8:30pm last week was just four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo lower. The power of the lead-in! At 9:30pm, Angel From Hell was down four tenths in viewers and even in the demo for a third consecutive week. At 10pm, Elementary was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo.

Predictably, You, Me, and the Apocalypse collapsed for NBC from its weak debut. It fell 1.5 million viewers and three tenths in the demo to a 0.9. At 9pm, The Blacklist was down six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Shades of Blue fell to a new series low at 10pm, dropping nine tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. But it got good news today when it was renewed for a second season, with NBC happy with its time-shifted viewing results. ABC had the second and final night of the Madoff miniseries. It was down a bit from Wednesday night and skewed very old. A special that followed at 10pm actually built on the movie in the demo. ABC's TGIT lineup returns next week. Finally on FOX, American Idol was up a tenth in viewers and down a tenth in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: You, Me, and the Apocalypse (NBC)

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, February 5 & Saturday, February 6

FRIDAY
Friday night has mostly new programming with a special on CBS about past halftime shows of the Super Bowl. FOX has the return of Sleepy Hollow on a new night. In theory, Hollow and Second Chance would be a good pairing but this result will be so horribly low.

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #101 "Home Sweet Loan"
8:30 Dr. Ken #14 "Dave's Valentine"
9:00 Shark Tank
10:00 20/20
Prediction: Last Man - 7.1 million, 1.3/Dr. Ken - 5.2 million, 1.1/Shark - 6.5 million, 1.6/2020 - 5.4 million, 1.1

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss
9:00 Super Bowl's Greatest Halftime Shows (SPECIAL)
Prediction: Boss - 6.9 million, 1.3

NBC
8:00 Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon
9:00 Grimm #96 "A Reptile Dysfunction"
10:00 Dateline NBC
Prediction: Grimm - 3.9 million, 0.9/Dateline - 4.5 million, 1.3

FOX
8:00 Sleepy Hollow #40 "One Life"
9:00 Second Chance #4 "Admissions"
Prediction: Sleepy - 2.0 million, 0.7/Second - 1.5 million, 0.5

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 ABC News: New Hampshire Republican Primary Debate

CBS
8:00 Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials All-Star Countdown (SPECIAL)
9:00 NFL Honors (SPECIAL)

NBC
8:00 Dateline NBC
10:00 Saturday Night Live (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 The X-Files (REPEAT)
9:00 Lucifer (REPEAT)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

RATINGS RECAP: 2/3/16

ABC
8:00 Movie: Madoff
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 American Crime
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

CBS
8:00 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:30 Mike & Molly
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Code Black
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 The Mysteries of Laura
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 Chicago PD
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

FOX
8:00 American Idol

Viewers: 9.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:00 Hell's Kitchen
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

On Wednesday night, ABC ditched its comedy lineup for the first part of the two part mini-series Madoff starring Richard Dreyfuss. As expected, it skewed old with an OK 7.1 million viewers but a pretty weak 1.2 demo. It did not help matters for American Crime, which was up two tenths in viewers but down a tenth in the demo for the fourth straight week. This demo is a new series low. Over on CBS, 2 Broke Girls was down three tenths in viewers and even in the demo and Mike & Molly was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. These comedies have been very steady. Too bad the block can't stay but you also wouldn't want to move Survivor. After a Criminal Minds repeat, Code Black was down six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.

On NBC, The Mysteries of Laura was down a tenth in viewers and the demo. Law & Order: SVU took advantage of the Criminal Minds repeat competition. It was up four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Chicago PD also recovered a bit from its ugly drop last episode. It was up seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. NBC could do worse than keeping this lineup in tact for a third year next season. Finally on FOX, American Idol was down four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo, but it still topped the night. Hell's Kitchen was up four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: American Crime (ABC)