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Thursday, November 26, 2015

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, November 26

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday night has a big Green Bay-Chicago game on NBC that will see Brett Favre's jersey retired. It should dominate while CBS will probably see lows for originals outside of The Big Bang Theory. I know this lineup started the season late, but I don't get why they have to do this because the numbers will be bad.

8:00 The Muppets (REPEAT)
8:30 Fresh Off the Boat (REPEAT)
9:00 The Middle (REPEAT)
9:30 The Goldbergs (REPEAT)

10:00 Last Man Standing (REPEAT)
10:30 Dr. Ken (REPEAT)

8:00 The Big Bang Theory (REPEAT)
8:30 Life in Pieces #9 "Hospital Namaste Time-Out Boudoir"
9:00 Mom #48 "Sawdust and Brisket"
9:30 2 Broke Girls #97 "And the Maybe Baby"
10:00 Elementary #76 "All My Exes Live in Essex"

8:00 Football Night in America
8:30 NFL Football: Chicago at Green Bay

8:00 The All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Check below this post for my Top 10 Thanksgiving episodes!

8:00 A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 13.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4

8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 16.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 11.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 Limitless
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 10.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 Chicago Med
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 Chicago Fire
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

8:00 Grandfathered
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:30 The Grinder
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Scream Queens
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

On Tuesday night, ABC started with A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and it delivered a very healthy number, perhaps due to some renewed Peanuts interest thanks to the recent movie. It led into the finale of Dancing with the Stars. It was up a bit from Monday's performance finale but well below the 3.0 demo that last fall's finale got. Despite not airing directly against Dancing, The Voice took a big hit as it dropped 1.2 million viewers and half a demo point. It actually lost to NCIS in the demo. At 9pm, week two of Chicago Med was down an understandable eight tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo. For a second week of a show, more competition, and a much weaker lead-in, this is not a bad showing at all. However, with this drop and Blindspot's on Monday, every new show has gone below a 2.0 demo this season. At 10pm, Chicago Fire was down just seven tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. NBC may have found a winning lineup on Tuesdays with this trio. Too bad The Voice will be gone for a couple months.

Over on CBS, NCIS was down just four tenths in viewers and even in the demo with last week for another great showing. NCIS: New Orleans did not do as well as it fell 1.1 million viewers and a tenth in the demo. The viewer total is a new series low. Both New Orleans and Limitless could have been hit by Dancing as Limitless was down a million viewers and a tenth in the demo to new series lows. Finally on FOX, everything hit a new series low. Grandfathered was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. The Grinder was down a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo. It's at a 0.7 demo but it has a full season order? Yikes! At 9pm, Scream Queens was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.


WEEKEND REWIND: Top 10 Thanksgiving Episodes

As I did recently with Halloween episodes, I am updating my Holiday episodes rankings this year as things have changed since my list during the 2010-11 season.

Close Calls
15) Home Improvement #160 "Thanksgiving" (November 25, 1997)
14) Brooklyn Nine-Nine #10 "Thanksgiving" (November 26, 2013)
13) Everybody Loves Raymond #10 "Turkey or Fish" (November 22, 1996)
12) WKRP in Cincinnati #7 "Turkey's Away" (October 30, 1978)
11) How I Met Your Mother #53 "Slapsgiving" (November 19, 2007)

10) New Girl #32 "Parents" (November 20, 2012)
One of the best episodes from New Girl's stand-out second season was the episode that introduced Rob Reiner and Jamie Lee Curtis as Jess' divorced parents. Jess still acts like a little girl in her failed attempts to bring her parents back together, Parent Trap style. Meanwhile, Rob Riggle guest stars as Schmidt's cousin, also named Schmidt. This episode featured all the madcap zaniness that the show has only had at times in the last two seasons, but had non-stop in season two. And Reiner and Curtis are excellent.

9) The Middle #8 "Thanksgiving" (November 25, 2009)
The Middle has had a Thanksgiving episode every single year and they've all been pretty good but the best one is still the first one which is an early exploration in the relationship between brothers Axl and Brick. It also was one of the first indications that the show would have a sweet spirit as the rest of the family tries to fix things and make Thanksgiving after Frankie cancels it when everyone seems like they'd rather be doing something else.

8) Friends #202 "The One with Rachel's Other Sister" (November 21, 2002)
This is the first of three Friends episodes in the list as the show was famous for its Thanksgiving episodes. Two of the three are different from the last time I made this list, though, because I've re-watched some of them since and have different opinions. One of my favorites now is the season nine episode and that is all thanks to Christina Applegate's star turn as Rachel's self-absorbed sister, Amy. She is absolutely hilarious in one of the best guest star appearances of any Friends episode and the show rightly gave him some excellent material. I wish she had appeared more than twice during the show's run.

7) The Goldbergs #30 "A Goldberg Thanksgiving" (November 19, 2014)
The newest entry to the list is last year's Thanksgiving episode of The Goldbergs, which has found the right tone from its screechy early days to a more sentimental (but not mushy) sitcom and love letter to the 80s. In a plot similar to other family sitcoms, the mom is upset about Thanksgiving traditions not being honored while the dad is struggling to connect with his kids. Both are resolved in a sweet but funny way.

6) Friends #9 "The One where Underdog Gets Away" (November 17, 1994)
The first Friends Thanksgiving makes the list because it captures the early days of Friends, which feel very New York and very mid-1990s. The gang gets locked out of their apartment after going to see a runaway balloon from the Macy's parade and all their Thanksgiving plans including Rachel's "shoop shoop" ski trip get cancelled. They end up reluctantly having Thanksgiving together, the first of many. As anti-Thanksgiving Chandler puts it at the end of the episode, he's thankful that everyone else's Thanksgiving sucked so they could all be together.

5) The Wonder Years #53 "The Ties that Bind" (November 14, 1990)
In one of many tear jerking episodes of The Wonder Years, Jack has to work on Thanksgiving and it's greatly upsetting his wife, Norma, though she tries to make the best of it with the kids. This pull leads to a very sweet final scene where the family meets Jack at the airport and they can have a brief but sweet Thanksgiving together.

4) Cheers #104 "Thanksgiving Orphans" (November 27, 1986)
The famous "food fight" episode of Cheers features a Thanksgiving at Diane's gone disastrously wrong. The whole gang tries to make the best of the Thanksgiving but it ends up in a food fight and we almost get a glimpse of Norm's never-seen wife, Vera, except that she's covered in a pie in the closing shot.

3) Mad About You #55 "Giblets for Murray" (November 17, 1994)
You may notice that my top five episodes are the same as the last time I did this list. Some things don't change. Mad About You had one of the best Thanksgiving episodes in a mad-cap episode that featured constant running down to the corner store as Paul and Jamie try to please all the members of their extended family coming for Thanksgiving. In one of their many attempts to get a new turkey after Murray the dog eats one, this episode has a great sight gag as a panicked Jamie throws the turkey out the window. It's one of the broadest moments of the entire series and very funny.

2) Friends #57 "The One with the Football" (November 21, 1996)
As I said before, Friends had many great episodes but the best by far is the one where they all play football in the park for the famed Geller cup. As Chandler and Joey compete for a foreign woman's attention, Ross and Monica get super competitive, and Rachel keeps being told to "go long," you find yourself wishing you were in that park spending Thanksgiving and the football game with these friends. Filled with memorable lines and great physical comedy, it's a stand-out of the series and a classic Thanksgiving episode.

1) The Bob Newhart Show #83 "Over the River and Through the Woods" (November 22, 1975)
Even 40 years later, there is still no show that tops this one for the best Thanksgiving episode. The best episode of the entire series finds Bob, Jerry, Howard, and Mr. Carlin getting drunk and spending Thanksgiving together. From "Durr Bob Hartley" to "Moo Goo Gai Pan" to Bob's classic greeting of Emily at the end, it is without question the funniest episode of this series. Bob plays a great drunk and the show gives these characters a silly dimension that wasn't typically seen on the show. It's a must-see for anyone who appreciates Thanksgiving episodes.


8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 13.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
10:00 Castle
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

8:00 Supergirl
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Scorpion
Viewers: 9.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 10.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
10:00 Blindspot
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9

8:00 Gotham
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Minority Report
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

Monday night had the performance finale of Dancing with the Stars. It was up nine tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. It had a nice bump but it didn't pick up as much steam at the end of this season. At 10pm, Castle was even with last week. I am shocked that ABC didn't move this for midseason, and I truly don't get it. Over on NBC, The Voice clearly took a hit from Dancing with the Stars as it fell nine tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo. It took the fall finale of Blindspot down with it, which fell seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a series low. This was the first time it fell below a 2.0 demo as it now heads on a long break until it returns with The Voice on February 29. NBC is protecting it by not having it air without The Voice, but a long hiatus can hurt a show too. NBC will preview comedies Superstore and Telenovela after The Voice over the next two weeks.

On CBS, Supergirl took a big tumble as it fell six tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. Some of this could be blamed on Thanksgiving week, but I don't think that really impacts the beginning of the week that much. Supergirl is really just falling apart quickly for CBS. It's not doing much (if at all) better than the CW superhero shows. At 9pm, Scorpion was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. It hit a series low in total viewers for the second straight week. At 10pm, NCIS: Los Angeles was down a tenth in viewers and the demo after four straight 1.3 demo episodes. Finally on FOX, Gotham was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for a series low in total viewers. Minority Report was down two tenths in viewers and the demo to a terrible 0.5. This is getting into Wicked City territory but there's only one more episode so FOX won't pull it.

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

WEEKLY RECAP: November 16-22, 2015

Here is my weekly recap for Week #9. Please note this only covers regularly scheduled shows (no sports, specials, repeats, or Saturday shows)

Check out Week #9 from last year!

TOP 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Empire (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 4.4    8th week
2. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursday 8:00pm) - 3.8    9th week
3. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 3.0    9th week
4. Modern Family (ABC, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 2.8    7th week
5. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.6    9th week
6. Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.5    7th week
7. Scandal (ABC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 2.4    9th week
8. How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 2.3    4th week
    The Simpsons (FOX, Sunday 8:00pm) - 2.3    3rd week
10. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.2    6th week
     Chicago Med (NBC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.2    1st week (NEW SHOW)
     The Goldbergs (ABC, Wednesday 8:30pm) - 2.2    4th week

1. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 16.6 million    9th week
2. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursday 8:00pm) - 15.2 million    9th week
3. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 13.0 million    9th week
4. Dancing with the Stars (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 12.4 million    9th week
5. Empire (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 11.3 million    8th week
6. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 11.2 million    9th week
    The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 11.2 million    7th week
8. Blue Bloods (CBS, Friday 10:00pm) - 11.0 million    8th week
    60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:00pm) - 11.0 million    8th week
10. Madam Secretary (CBS, Sunday 8:00pm) - 9.9 million    7th week

1. Truth Be Told (NBC, Friday 8:30pm) - 0.6    6th week
2. Minority Report (FOX, Monday 9:00pm) - 0.7    8th week
    World's Funniest (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.7    3rd week
4. The Player (NBC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 0.8    9th week
    Sleepy Hollow (FOX, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.8    7th week
    Undateable (NBC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.8    6th week
7. The Grinder (FOX, Tuesday 8:30pm) - 0.9    6th week
    Scream Queens (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.9    3rd week
    Elementary (CBS, Thursday 10:00pm) - 0.9    2nd week
    Grimm (NBC, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.9    2nd week
    The Good Wife (CBS, Sunday 9:00pm) - 0.9    3rd week
    CSI: Cyber (CBS, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.9    7th week

1. Minority Report (FOX, Monday 9:00pm) - 1.7 million    8th week
2. Truth Be Told (NBC, Friday 8:30pm) - 2.1 million    6th week
3. World's Funniest (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 2.2 million    3rd week
4. The Grinder (FOX, Tuesday 8:30pm) - 2.4 million    7th week
   Scream Queens (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.4 million    8th week
6. Undateable (NBC, Friday 8:00pm) - 2.7 million    6th week
7. Sleepy Hollow (FOX, Thursday 9:00pm) - 2.8 million    4th week
8. Grandfathered (FOX, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 3.0 million    3rd week
9. The Last Man on Earth (FOX, Sunday 9:30pm) - 3.3 million    8th week
10. The Player (NBC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 3.4 million    4th week
      Family Guy (FOX, Sunday 9:00pm) - 3.4 million    6th week

Monday - Supergirl (CBS)    2nd week
Tuesday - Chicago Med (NBC)    1st week (NEW SHOW)
Wednesday - Empire (FOX)    3rd week
Thursday - How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)    1st week
Friday - Dr. Ken (ABC)    2nd week
Sunday - The Simpsons (FOX)    3rd week

Monday - Scorpion (CBS)    1st week
Tuesday - The Muppets (ABC)    2nd week
Wednesday - Law & Order: SVU (NBC)    1st week
Thursday - Sleepy Hollow (FOX)    3rd week
Friday - The Amazing Race (CBS)    1st week
Sunday - The Good Wife (CBS)    1st week

1. Fresh Off the Boat #21 "Huangsgiving"    5th week
2. Scandal #78 "Baby, It's Cold Outside"    6th week
3. How to Get Away with Murder #24 "What Did We Do?"    3rd week
4. Blue Bloods #120 "Hold Outs"    4th week
5. The Goldbergs #55 "In Conclusion, Thanksgiving"    4th week


7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:00 2015 American Music Awards
Viewers: 11.0 million, 18-49 demo: 3.5

7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 11.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
8:00 Madam Secretary
Viewers: 9.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 The Good Wife
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 CSI: Cyber
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

7:00 NASCAR Sprint Cup Overrun
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
7:56 Football Night in America
Viewers: 10.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
8:30 Sunday Night Football
Viewers: 18.0 million, 18-49 demo: 6.3

7:00 NFL Overrun/The OT
Viewers: 23.1 million, 18-49 demo: 7.7
8:00 The Simpsons
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Family Guy
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:30 The Last Man on Earth
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

On Sunday night, it was NBC on top as usual with a Bengals-Cardinals game that was down from last week's Cardinals-Seahawks tilt. ABC had America's Funniest Home Videos up a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo followed by the American Music Awards, which were down a bit from last year's 3.8 demo result. CBS had no NFL lead-in this week so 60 Minutes was of course down big. At 8pm, Madam Secretary was down seven tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. The Good Wife was down seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo while CSI: Cyber was up half a million viewers and down just a tenth in the demo despite starting 57 minutes earlier than last week. It managed to tie The Good Wife in the demo. FOX got a little bit of a bump from having the NFL lead-in but FOX's Sunday lineup is in such disarray that even the NFL doesn't really boost it up that much. Everything was up but the overall numbers on an NFL lead-in night are pretty disappointing. Only The Simpsons got any sort of significant boost, rising 2.1 million viewers and eight tenths in the demo.


THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, November 25

Wednesday night has only new episodes on CBS and FOX. Rosewood and Empire could both see series lows on Thanksgiving Eve especially the young-skewing Empire. CBS may hold up better with two hours of Survivor followed by a new Code Black, which could have a slightly better lead-in than usual.

8:00 The Middle (REPEAT)
8:30 The Goldbergs (REPEAT)
9:00 Modern Family (REPEAT)
9:30 Black-ish (REPEAT)
10:00 Nashville (REPEAT)

8:00 Survivor
10:00 Code Black #9 "The Son Rises"

8:00 The Making of The Wiz Live! (SPECIAL)
9:00 Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving (SPECIAL)

8:00 Rosewood #9 "Fashionistas and Fascilitiss"
9:00 Empire #21 "Sinned Against"

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, November 24

Tuesday night has ABC with the annual special A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving followed by the finale of Dancing with the Stars, which should be a draw and could put a dent in the NBC or CBS lineup. NBC has week #2 of Chicago Med and I think it'll have a pretty good hold.

8:00 A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (SPECIAL)
9:00 Dancing with the Stars (21st Edition Finale)
Prediction: Dancing - 13.5 million, 2.2

8:00 NCIS #292 "Blood Brothers"
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans #33 "Billy and the Kid"
10:00 Limitless #10 "Arm-ageddon"
Prediction: NCIS - 16.8 million, 2.1/New Orleans - 12.9 million, 1.6/Limitless - 7.2 million, 1.4

8:00 The Voice
9:00 Chicago Med #2 "iNo"
10:00 Chicago Fire #76 "Sharp Elbows"
Prediction: Voice - 10.9 million, 2.5/Med - 7.8 million, 1.9/Fire - 7.3 million, 1.7

8:00 Grandfathered #8 "Gerald's Two Dads"
8:30 The Grinder #8 "Giving Thanks, Getting Justice"
9:00 Scream Queens #10 "Thanksgiving"
Prediction: Grandfathered - 3.0 million, 1.0/Grinder - 2.5 million, 0.9/Scream - 2.3 million, 0.8

Monday, November 23, 2015

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, November 23

Monday night has the final performance night of Dancing with the Stars so it seems likely to have a bounce that could hurt The Voice. Blindspot has its fall finale as the next two weeks will see sneak previews of new comedies following The Voice. CBS and FOX have their regular lineups. Supergirl rebounded a tenth last week, has it stabilized?

8:00 Dancing with the Stars
10:00 Castle #159 "Mr. & Mrs. Castle"
Prediction: Dancing - 13.0 million, 2.0/Castle - 6.8 million, 1.2

8:00 Supergirl #5 "How Does She Do It?"
9:00 Scorpion #32 "Arrivals and Departures"
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #153 "Defectors"
Prediction: Supergirl - 7.5 million, 1.7/Scorpion - 9.0 million, 1.7/Los Angeles - 7.4 million, 1.2

8:00 The Voice
10:00 Blindspot #10 "Evil Handmade Instrument"
Prediction: Voice - 10.8 million, 2.8/Blindspot - 7.1 million, 2.0

8:00 Gotham #32 "The Son of Gotham"
9:00 Minority Report #9 "Memento Mori"
Prediction: Gotham - 4.5 million, 1.5/Minority - 1.8 million, 0.7

Sunday, November 22, 2015


8:00 College Football
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

8:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 48 Hours (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

8:00 Movie: Free Birds
Viewers; 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 Saturday Night Live (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

8:00 College Football
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2