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Monday, February 20, 2017

RATINGS RECAP: 2/19/17

Please note these are based on preliminary results. This post will be updated to reflect final numbers when available.

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:00 Movie: Tangled
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 To Tell the Truth
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 10.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:00 The Good Fight
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Elementary
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
8:00 The Paley Center Salutes NBC's 90th Anniversary
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

FOX
7:00 Son of Zorn (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
7:30 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
8:00 The Simpsons
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 Son of Zorn
Viewers: 1.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Family Guy
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:30 Bob's Burgers
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

On a Sunday night with no major events, it was very quiet across the board. On CBS, 60 Minutes was up 1.9 million viewers but down two tenths in the demo. It was followed by the sneak preview of new CBS All-Access series The Good Fight. It skewed very old with a 0.7 demo but it did deliver 7.2 million viewers and demos don't matter for streaming services. It may be awhile before we find out if this ultimately was a successful experiment. Despite a special time and following a 0.7 demo, NCIS: Los Angeles was solid with a 1.1 at 9pm. Elementary ended the night down three tenths in viewers and even in the demo with its last airing. On ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos was down four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. After an airing of Tangled, the last scheduled To Tell the Truth (for now) tied a series low at 10pm. A special saluting NBC's 90th Anniversary was mostly ignored. Maybe it will do better for a 100th anniversary event in 10 years. Finally on FOX, everything was just up a tenth in the demo from last week's really low airings against the Grammys. They should have done better here and it wasn't a good end for the season finale of Son of Zorn.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Son of Zorn (FOX)

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, February 20

Monday night has the season finale of Timeless. The show was firmly on the bubble but it's ugly drop a couple weeks ago probably sealed its fate and this will be a series finale. Earlier in the night, they are airing an American Ninja Warrior special to bridge The New Celebrity Apprentice, which ended last week, and next week's return of The Voice. Elsewhere, the FOX lineup will try to stabilize after drops last week including a big one for APB.

ABC
8:00 The Bachelor
10:00 Quantico #35 "EPICSHELTER"

CBS
8:00 Kevin Can Wait #18 "Neighborhood Watch"
8:30 Man with a Plan #14 "Kate's First Date"
9:00 Superior Donuts #4 "Trust Me"
9:30 2 Broke Girls #133 "And the Jessica Schmessica"

10:00 Scorpion #63 "Dirty Seeds, Done Dirt Cheap"

NBC
8:00 American Ninja Warrior: All-Stars (SPECIAL)
10:00 Timeless #16 "The Red Scare" (Season Finale)

FOX
8:00 24: Legacy #4 "3:00PM-4:00PM"
9:00 APB #3 "Hate of Comrades"

CW
8:00 Supergirl #33 "Mr. and Mrs. Mxyzptlk"
9:00 Jane the Virgin #56 "Chapter Fifty-Six"

Sunday, February 19, 2017

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, February 19

Sunday night is a quieter Sunday between last week's Grammy Awards and next week's Academy Awards. There are a couple specials including a 90th Anniversary of NBC which should do ok. CBS is offering a preview of its spinoff of The Good Wife, The Good Fight. It will air one episode on CBS before moving to a streaming-only show on CBS All Access. ABC is airing another movie while FOX has the season finale of Son of Zorn, which is on the bubble but I think is closer to cancelled than renewed.

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos

8:00 MOVIE: Tangled
10:00 To Tell the Truth

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 The Good Fight #1 "Inauguration" (SPECIAL)
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #183 "Payback"
10:00 Elementary #110 "Rekt in Real Life"

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
8:00 The Paley Center Salutes NBC's 90th Anniversary (SPECIAL)

FOX
7:00 Son of Zorn (REPEAT)
7:30 The Simpsons (REPEAT)
8:00 The Simpsons #611 "The Cad and the Hat"

8:30 Son of Zorn #13 "All Hail Son of Zorn" (Season Finale)
9:00 Family Guy #282 "The Finer Strings"
9:30 Bob's Burgers #117 "There's No Business Like Mr. Business Business"

Saturday, February 18, 2017

RATINGS RECAP: 2/17/17

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: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 Dr. Ken
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Shark Tank
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 MacGyver
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Hawaii Five-0
Viewers: 9.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Blue Bloods
Viewers: 10.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 Grimm
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Emerald City
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 Rosewood

Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Sleepy Hollow
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CW
8:00 The Vampire Diaries
Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Reign
Viewers: 0.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

It was a generally down Friday night for the broadcast networks. On CBS, MacGyver tied a series low by dropping seven tenths in viewers and a rough three tenths in the demo. Hawaii Five-0 was down four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo while Blue Bloods was down seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. On ABC, Last Man Standing was down a tenth in viewers and the demo while Dr. Ken was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. At 9pm, Shark Tank was down six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. It was the worst performance since early December for all three shows. At 10pm, 20/20 was down four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. On NBC, Grimm was down a tenth in viewers and up a tenth in the demo, Emerald City was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo, and Dateline NBC was down three tenths in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. On FOX, Rosewood was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo while Sleepy Hollow was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Finally on the CW, The Vampire Diaries and Reign were both down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. Fridays are pretty boring to report on!

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: None
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: MacGyver (CBS)

Friday, February 17, 2017

PILOT REVIEW: Doubt

DOUBT












Starring: Katherine Heigl, Dule Hill, Laverne Cox, Dreama Walker, Kobi Libii, with Steven Pasquale, and Elliott Gould

Created by Joan Rater and Tony Phelan
Written by Joan Rater & Tony Phelan, Directed by Adam Bernstein

Doubt is a new legal drama with a great cast but a pretty standard story. Sadie Ellis (Katherine Heigl) is top attorney who has fallen for one of her clients, Billy Brennan (Steven Pasquale). Her firm includes TV veterans Dule Hill, Laverne Cox, Dreama Walker, and Elliott Gould.

The strongest element to this show is definitely the cast. I am not always a Katherine Heigl fan but she has found a much better vehicle for herself here than State of Affairs, where she was horribly miscast. This is a better role but also she's more of an ensemble which also works better. The rest of the cast is notable too. Elliott Gould is a standout early on and the show got a lot of attention due to the casting of Laverne Cox. The show makes a passing reference to transgender issues but otherwise seems to purposely make it no big deal. Additionally, I have liked Dule Hill since The West Wing and Dreama Walker was the only thing I liked about Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. On top of that, we had Donna Murphy and Judith Light in guest roles.

The story and the script isn't bad but it's also nothing special. However, a strong cast can elevate average material and that seems quite likely to happen with Doubt. The biggest problem is I'm not totally invested in what appears to be a season-long case, the one involving Steven Pasquale. I also rolled my eyes a bit at the fact that Heigl and Pasquale's characters have fallen in love. I was actually more intrigued by the case of the week than the ongoing case.

I did like that this is a legal drama that doesn't seem to take itself too seriously. There was some funny dialogue between Heigl and Hill, between Cox and Walker, and from Gould in general. It's too bad (but not surprising) that this show bombed in the ratings because it's a more ambitious CBS show in some ways. Yes, it's a standard legal drama but it feels a little less procedural-y than the average CBS drama and if CBS is going to catch flak for having white men front all of their fall shows, they also deserve some credit for the casting of Laverne Cox. All in all, I liked Doubt but I'm certainly not getting attached after seeing the ratings.

WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
Yes, I may be one of the few who will watch it for as long as CBS will keep it on the air (which probably won't be long).

RATINGS RECAP: 2/16/17

ABC
8:00 Grey's Anatomy
Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 Scandal
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 How to Get Away with Murder
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory

Viewers: 13.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
8:30 The Great Indoors
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 Mom
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:30 Life in Pieces
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Training Day
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

NBC
8:00 Superstore
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 Powerless
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Chicago Med
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 The Blacklist
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 Masterchef Junior
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 My Kitchen Rules
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CW
8:00 Supernatural
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Riverdale
Viewers: 1.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

On Thursday night, The Big Bang Theory on CBS went below a 3.0 demo for the first time since its first season. It was down seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. The last time it went below a 3.0 demo was May 19, 2008. It has had an incredible run - nearly 8 1/2 years - at a 3.0 demo or above but all good things must come to an end and it was still easily Thursday's top show. This happened at an interesting time as it sounds like CBS is closing in on a two year renewal for its top comedy and its very expensive stars. In yet another very odd rating point, The Great Indoors was up six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. I don't know why this show seems to do better every time that Big Bang does worse. At 9pm, Mom was up three tenths in viewers and even in the demo while Life in Pieces was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Training Day inched down again, dropping six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo to go lower than any Thursday Pure Genius airing. This is a dead show walking.

On ABC, the drama lineup finally stabilized. All three shows were even in the demo. In total viewers, Grey's Anatomy was down eight tenths, Scandal was down a tenth, and How to Get Away with Murder was down two tenths. On NBC, Superstore was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo and Powerless was even. Chicago Med managed to inch up from last week's series low. It was even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. At 10pm, The Blacklist was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. On FOX, Masterchef Junior was down half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo from last week's season premiere for a rough second week while My Kitchen Rules was down four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. Finally on the CW, Supernatural was up a tenth in viewers and the demo while Riverdale was down a tenth in viewers and the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: The Great Indoors (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Masterchef Junior (FOX)

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, February 17 & Saturday, February 18

FRIDAY
Friday night has all new episodes across the board so I'd expect numbers close to last week.

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #125 "The Friending Library"
8:30 Dr. Ken #39 "Pat's Rash"
9:00 Shark Tank
10:00 20/20

CBS
8:00 MacGyver #16 "Hook"
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 #160 "Hahai i na pilikua nui"
10:00 Blue Bloods #149 "Hard Bargain"


NBC
8:00 Grimm #117 "Blind Love"
9:00 Emerald City #8 "Lions in Winter"

10:00 Dateline NBC

FOX
8:00 Rosewood #38 "Benzodiazepine & the Benjamins"
9:00 Sleepy Hollow #56 "Loco Parentis"


CW
8:00 The Vampire Diaries #168 "The Lies are Going to Catch Up With You"
9:00 Reign #64 "A Grain of Deception"

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 MOVIE: Flushed Away

10:00 20/20 Saturday

CBS
8:00 Ransom #7 "Regeneration"
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans (REPEAT)
10:00 48 Hours

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

FOX
8:00 24: Legacy (REPEAT)

9:00 APB (REPEAT)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

RATINGS RECAP: 2/15/17

ABC
8:00 The Goldbergs
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
8:30 Speechless
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 Modern Family
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:30 Black-ish
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 Match Game
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 Hunted
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Criminal Minds
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Doubt
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

NBC
8:00 Blindspot
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Chicago PD
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

FOX
8:00 Lethal Weapon

Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Star
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

CW
8:00 Arrow

Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 The 100
Viewers: 1.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

On Wednesday night, CBS had a DOA premiere with Doubt. The new drama skewed very old and was completely ignored in the demo with a 0.8. So will CBS replace this or Training Day with Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders before the season ends? And this can't be bad news for Code Black, which routinely was doing at least a little bit better than this in the same slot. Earlier in the night, Hunted was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo while Criminal Minds was up six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. On NBC, Blindspot had an ugly week, dropping half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo for a new series low. This might be the final nail in the coffin for Blindspot. At 9pm, Law & Order: SVU was down nine tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo from last week's 400th episode. Despite the two tenths drops for the first two dramas, Chicago PD was up four tenths in viewers and even in the demo.

On ABC, three comedies were steady but centerpiece Modern Family had an ugly drop. First up, The Goldbergs was up three tenths in viewers and even in the demo while Speechless was up a tenth in viewers and also even in the demo. Then came Modern Family, which was randomly down four tenths in viewers and a rough three tenths in the demo to tie a series low. I'm not sure what happened here or why it dropped so hard when everything around it was steady but I do think it'll get into the 1st for the first time ever sometime this season. At 9:30pm, Black-ish was even while Match Game was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. On FOX, Lethal Weapon was up a tenth in viewers and a tenth in the demo while Star was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. Finally on the CW, Arrow and The 100 were both up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Chicago PD (NBC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Doubt (CBS)

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, February 16

Thursday night has all regular airings so it is just like last week. Last week brought a lot of drops, we'll see if The Big Bang Theory can avoid going into the 2s for the first time since 2008, if Masterchef Junior and Riverdale hold on well, if TGIT can stop the bleeding, and if the NBC lineup can show more of a pulse.

ABC
8:00 Grey's Anatomy #282 "It Only Gets Much Worse"

9:00 Scandal #94 "The Belt"
10:00 How to Get Away with Murder #43 "It's War"


CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #223
8:30 The Great Indoors #13 "DTR"
9:00 Mom #80 "Roast Chicken and a Funny Story"
9:30 Life in Pieces #36 "Facebook Fish Planner Backstage"
10:00 Training Day #3 "Trigger Time"

NBC
8:00 Superstore #26 "Super Hot Store"
8:30 Powerless #3 "Sinking Day"

9:00 Chicago Med #32 "Cold Front"
10:00 The Blacklist #81 "The Architect"

FOX
8:00 Masterchef Junior
9:00 My Kitchen Rules

CW
8:00 Supernatural #253 "Stuck in the Middle (With You)"
9:00 Riverdale #4 "The Last Picture Show"

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

RATINGS RECAP: 2/14/17

ABC
8:00 The Middle
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
8:30 American Housewife
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Fresh Off the Boat
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:30 The Real O'Neals
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CBS
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 15.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 Bull
Viewers: 10.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 10.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 The Wall
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 This is Us
Viewers: 9.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
10:00 Chicago Fire
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

FOX
8:00 New Girl
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:30 The Mick
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Bones
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

CW
8:00 Tough Mudder: The Challenge Within

Viewers: 0.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2
9:00 The Flash (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

On Valentine's Day, most shows were down a little bit but they were not hit that hard probably because Valentine's Day landing midweek meant less of a damper on TV watching. CBS had the steadiest week with two shows actually rising in the demo. NCIS was down three tenths in viewers but up a tenth in the demo. Bull was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. A crossover with NCIS helped NCIS: New Orleans gets out of the doldrums of the last couple episodes as it was up 1.3 million viewers and two tenths in the demo. The viewer total was the best since September. On NBC, The Wall was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. This is Us was dinged a bit by the holiday, dropping six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. At 10pm, Chicago Fire was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo.

On ABC, The Middle was down a tenth in viewers and the demo while American Housewife was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. This is the first time since December 6 that Housewife has matched Middle in the demo. At 9pm, Fresh Off the Boat was noticeably down more than the other comedies and even other network shows. It dropped a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a season low. At 9:30pm, The Real O'Neals was up a tenth in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. At 10pm, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. Finally on FOX, New Girl was down a tenth in viewers and the demo, The Mick was even, and Bones was down a tenth in viewers and up a tenth in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)