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Thursday, December 8, 2016

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, December 8

Thursday night has a mix of specials, repeats, and original programming. Two freshman shows are ending their seasons with episodes that are most likely series finales as well: Notorious on ABC and (sadly) Pitch on FOX. CBS is airing new comedies but without a lead-in from a new The Big Bang Theory so that could spell trouble. NBC has a strong Thursday night matchup between the Raiders and Chiefs.

ABC
8:00 Toy Story That Time Forgot (SPECIAL)
8:30 Shrek the Halls (SPECIAL)
9:00 The Great American Baking Show
10:00 Notorious #10 "Taken" (Season Finale)

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (REPEAT)
8:30 The Great Indoors #7 "@Emma"
9:00 Mom #73 "Cornbread and a Cashmere Onesie"
9:30 Life in Pieces #29 "Swim Survivor Zen Talk"
10:00 Pure Genius #7 "A Bunker Hill Christmas"

NBC
8:00 Football Night in Kansas City
8:30 Sunday Night Football: Oakland at Kansas City

FOX
8:00 Taraji's White Hot Holidays (SPECIAL)

9:00 Pitch #10 "Don't Say It" (Season Finale)

CW
8:00 DC's Legends of Tomorrow #24 "The Chicago Way"
9:00 Supernatural #249 "Lotus"

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

RATINGS RECAP: 12/6/16

ABC
8:00 The Middle
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 American Housewife
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Fresh Off the Boat
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:30 The Real O'Neals
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS
8:00 NCIS

Viewers: 14.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 Bull
Viewers: 11.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 9.4, million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 10.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 This is Us
Viewers: 11.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
10:00 Chicago Fire
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

FOX
8:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 New Girl
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Scream Queens
Viewers: 1.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CW
8:00 The Flash
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 No Tomorrow
Viewers: 0.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

On Tuesday night, the This is Us monster kept rolling on NBC. The drama phenom was up half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo. The viewer total was a series high and the demo total tied a series high. It will return on January 10 and could break a 3.0 demo during the highly viewed January month. Earlier in the night, The Voice was down four tenths in viewers and even in the demo while the 100th episode of Chicago Fire ended the night down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. On CBS, NCIS was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Bull was up eight tenths in viewers and even in the demo and NCIS: New Orleans was up nine tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. The latter two dramas may have been up in total viewers because they faced the Dancing with the Stars finale the last time they were new.

It was a weak night for the ABC family comedies with everything down. The Middle, The Real O'Neals, and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tied series lows while American Housewife hit a series low outright in the demo. Only Fresh Off the Boat was spared from that. Compared to last week, The Middle was down half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo, Housewife was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo, Fresh was down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo, O'Neals was down two tenths in viewers and the demo, and Marvel was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. On the CW, The Flash was down 1.1 million viewers and three tenths in the demo from last week's big crossover but it was still on the high end of its performances this year. At 9pm, No Tomorrow was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. Finally on FOX, all three shows were even in the demo. In total viewers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Scream Queens were even while New Girl was down a tenth for a new series low.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: This is Us (NBC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: American Housewife (ABC)

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, December 7

Wednesday night has the big December musical event for NBC and this year it is Hairspray Live. The live musicals have had an interesting trajectory with the huge Sound of Music in 2013 followed by a disappointing performance for Peter Pan in 2014 and a rebound for The Wiz in 2015. This seems to have buzz and the live musicals got an extra shot in the arm with FOX's successful Grease in January. My prediction is it will be somewhere close but slightly below The Wiz's 11.5 million viewers and 3.4 demo. It doesn't have to face football this year but the other networks are all airing regular programming. Hairspray could have the biggest impact on the ABC comedies (except for Modern Family, which is a repeat) and Empire.

ABC
8:00 The Goldbergs #80 "Globetrotters"
8:30 Speechless #9 "S-l-Sled H-o-Hockey"

9:00 Modern Family (REPEAT)
9:30 Black-ish #57 "Nothing But Nepotism"

10:00 Designated Survivor #9 "The Blueprint"

CBS
8:00 Survivor 
9:00 Criminal Minds #263 "Scarecrow"
10:00 Code Black #28 "Ave Maria"

NBC
8:00 Hairspray Live! (SPECIAL)

FOX
8:00 Lethal Weapon #9 "Jingle Bell Glock"

9:00 Empire #38 "The Unkindest Cut"

CW
8:00 Arrow #101 "What We Leave Behind"
9:00 Frequency #9 "Gray Line"

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

RATINGS RECAP: 12/5/16

ABC
8:00 The Great Christmas Light Fight
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Conviction
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CBS
8:00 Kevin Can Wait
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
8:30 Man with a Plan
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:30 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 10.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
10:00 Timeless
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

FOX
8:00 Showtime at the Apollo
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CW
8:00 Supergirl (Repeat)

Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Supergirl (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

On Monday night, ABC had the season premiere of annual holiday entry The Great Christmas Light Fight did serviceable numbers that were on par with most airings last December. At 10pm, Conviction was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. On CBS, Kevin Can Wait was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo while Man with a Plan was up two tenths in viewers and down a tenth in the demo for a new series low and 2 Broke Girls was up three tenths in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. Scorpion was preempted for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. It dominated the night for CBS but it isn't the huge special it was a couple years ago. On NBC, The Voice and Timeless were up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. FOX had OK numbers for an Apollo special.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Kevin Can Wait (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Man with a Plan (CBS)

WEEKLY RECAP: November 28-December 4, 2016

Here is my weekly recap for Week #11. Please note this only covers regularly scheduled shows (no sports, specials, repeats, or Saturday shows). It also does not cover CW in the ratings section to make past year comparisons more accurate.

Previous Week 11s:  2015   2014

TOP 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursday 8:00pm) - 3.1    10th week
2. Empire (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 2.9    7th week
3. This is Us (NBC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.7    9th week
4. The Simpsons (FOX, Sunday 8:00pm) - 2.4    4th week
5. Modern Family (ABC, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 2.2    8th week
6. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.1    11th week
7. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.9    10th week
    Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.9    10th week
9. Chicago Fire (NBC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 1.7    3rd week
    The Goldbergs (ABC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.7    4th week
    Black-ish (ABC, Wednesday 9:30pm) - 1.7    2nd week

TOP 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursday 8:00pm) - 14.5 million    10th week
2. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:00pm) - 11.9 million    11th week
3. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 10.6 million    8th week
4. This is Us (NBC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 10.5 million    5th week
5. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 9.8 million    11th week
6. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 8.9 million    2nd week
7. Chicago Fire (NBC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 7.9 million    1st week
8. Empire (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 7.8 million    4th week
9. Criminal Minds (CBS, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 7.4 million    1st week
10. Mom (CBS, Thursday 9:00pm) - 7.0 million    1st week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Scream Queens (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.5    7th week
2. Conviction (ABC, Monday 10:00pm) - 0.6    8th week
3. Rosewood (FOX, Thursday 8:00pm) - 0.7    9th week
    Pitch (FOX, Thursday, 9:00pm) - 0.7    7th week
    Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon (NBC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.7    7th week
    Secrets and Lies (ABC, Sunday 9:00pm) - 0.7    8th week
7. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 0.8    5th week
    New Girl (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.8    5th week
    Pure Genius (CBS, Thursday 10:00pm) - 0.8    4th week
    Dr. Ken (ABC, Friday 8:30pm) - 0.8    8th week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Scream Queens (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.3 million    7th week
2. New Girl (FOX, Tuesday 8:30pm) - 1.8 million    8th week
3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.3 million    8th week
4. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 2.4 million    7th week
    Pitch (FOX, Thursday 9:00pm) - 2.4 million    7th week
6. The Last Man on Earth (FOX, Sunday 9:30pm) - 2.5 million    8th week
7. Rosewood (FOX, Thursday 8:00pm) - 3.1 million    4th week
    Son of Zorn (FOX, Sunday 8:30pm) - 3.1 million    5th week
9. The Real O'Neals (ABC, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 3.3 million    4th week
    Once Upon a Time (ABC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 3.3 million    4th week

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Supergirl (CW)    3rd week
Tuesday - This is Us (NBC)    4th week
Wednesday - Arrow (CW)    1st week
Thursday - DC's Legends of Tomorrow (CW)    2nd week
Friday - Dateline NBC (NBC)    1st week
Sunday - Family Guy (FOX)    1st week

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Timeless (NBC)    3rd week
Tuesday - New Girl (FOX)    1st week
Wednesday - Frequency (CW)    1st week
Thursday - Rosewood (FOX)    2nd week
Friday - Dr. Ken (ABC)    1st week
Sunday - Once Upon a Time (ABC)    1st week

RATINGS RECAP: 12/4/16

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos

Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Secrets and Lies
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes

Viewers: 11.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:00 Bull (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 MacGyver (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
8:30 Sunday Night Football
Viewers: 17.8 million, 18-49 demo: 6.1

FOX
7:00 NFL Overrun
Viewers: 19.0 million, 18-49 demo: 5.9
7:43 The OT
Viewers: 12.2 million, 18-49 demo: 4.2
8:00 The Simpsons
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
8:30 Son of Zorn
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 Family Guy
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:30 The Last Man on Earth
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

On Sunday night, it was FOX with the NFL lead-in for the first time since November 13. Compared to that night, The Simpsons and Son of Zorn were down while Family Guy and The Last Man on Earth were even. It was a pretty solid night for Family Guy. On ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos was down 1.2 million viewers and a tenth in the demo from its last new episode two weeks ago. At 8pm, the fall finale of Once Upon a Time was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. I think ABC needs to announce a shortened final season next year for this show. At 9pm, the two hour season (and most likely series) finale of Secrets and Lies was up six tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Conviction will air at 10pm in January but ABC hasn't announced what will air in the 9-11pm slot after the Oscars. On NBC, the Seahawks' blowout of the Panthers was down just slightly from last week's Chiefs-Broncos game. Finally, CBS aired repeats except for 60 Minutes, which was of course down from last week's football lead-in edition.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Family Guy (FOX)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Once Upon a Time (ABC)

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, December 6

Tuesday night has fully new and regular programming across the board, a rare occurrence for December. This is Us had a huge week last week and could go up even more for a Christmas episode and fall finale. A new series high wouldn't shock me. It leads into the 100th episode of Chicago Fire, which could also rise. I think everything else will be close to last week except for CBS, which was not new last week. They should be close to their last regular Tuesday night.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #176 "Trip and Fall"
8:30 American Housewife #8 "Westport Cotillion"
9:00 Fresh Off the Boat #44 "The Taming of the Dads"
9:30 The Real O'Neals #20 "The Real Match"

10:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #74 "The Laws of the Inferno Dynamics"

CBS
8:00 NCIS #315 "Pay to Play"
9:00 Bull #8 "Too Perfect"
10:00 NCIS: New Orleans #55 "Music to My Ears"

NBC
8:00 The Voice
9:00 This is Us #10 "Last Christmas"
10:00 Chicago Fire #100 "One Hundred"

FOX
8:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine #77 "The Overmining"

8:30 New Girl #125 "Es Good"
9:00 Scream Queens #21 "Rapunzel, Rapunzel"

CW
8:00 The Flash #55 "The Present"
9:00 No Tomorrow #9 "No Truer Words"

Monday, December 5, 2016

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, December 5

Monday night has the season premiere of the annual holiday run of The Great Christmas Light Fight on ABC. It should be low but serviceable. CBS is airing its regular comedies from 8-9:30 but The Odd Couple is preempted for a repeat of The Big Bang Theory and Scorpion is preempted for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which always skews young and does pretty well. FOX is airing a likely-to-be-ignored Apollo special while CW is in repeats. Only NBC has its regular lineup and The Voice could be up a bit with less competition and the finale nearing.

ABC
8:00 The Great Christmas Light Fight (Season Premiere)
10:00 Conviction #9 "A Different Kind of Death"

CBS
8:00 Kevin Can Wait #11 "Kevin's Bringing Supper Back"
8:30 Man with a Plan #6 "Holey War"
9:00 2 Broke Girls #125 "And the About FaceTime"
9:30 The Big Bang Theory (REPEAT)
10:00 The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (SPECIAL)

NBC
8:00 The Voice
10:00 Timeless #9 "Last Ride of Bonnie & Clyde"

FOX
8:00 Showtime at the Apollo (SPECIAL)

CW
8:00 Supergirl (REPEAT)

9:00 Supergirl (REPEAT)

Sunday, December 4, 2016

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, December 4

Sunday night has new programming everywhere except CBS, which is going with repeats except 60 Minutes on a non-NFL lead-in Sunday. FOX has the NFL lead-in and should do well of course. NBC has a so-so Panther-Seahawks game that could be a bit below last week. ABC has the season finale of Secrets and Lies with a double episode. A third season is very unlikely after its lackluster Sunday run this fall.

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos

8:00 Once Upon a Time #121 "Wish You Were Here"
9:00 Secrets and Lies #19/20 "The Brother/The Truth" (Season Finale)


CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Bull (REPEAT)
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (REPEAT)
10:00 MacGyver (REPEAT)


NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
8:30 Sunday Night Football: Carolina at Seattle

FOX
7:00 NFL Overrun/The OT
8:00 The Simpsons #605 "The Last Traction Hero"
8:30 Son of Zorn #8 "Return of the Drinking Buddy"
9:00 Family Guy #277 "Carter and Tricia"
9:30 The Last Man on Earth #39 "Whitney Houston, We Have a Problem"

Saturday, December 3, 2016

RATINGS RECAP: 12/2/16

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 Dr. Ken
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Shark Tank
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

CBS
8:00 I Love Lucy Christmas Special

Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

NBC
8:00 Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

FOX
8:00 FOX College Football Pregame

Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 College Football Pac-12 Championship
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

CW
8:00 The Vampire Diaries
Viewers: 1.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Viewers: 0.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Dateline NBC (NBC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Dr. Ken (ABC)