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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

WEEKLY RECAP: February 5-11, 2018

Here is the weekly ratings recap looking back at the week in ratings for Week #20. Please note no repeats, sports, specials, or Saturday airings are counted.

TOP 20 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. This is Us (NBC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.7    14th week
2. Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.0    11th week
3. Ellen's Game of Games (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.9    6th week
4. The Bachelor (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.8    6th week
    Big Brother: Celebrity Edition (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.8    Special Airing
6. The Good Doctor (ABC, Monday 10:00pm) - 1.7    14th week
    9-1-1 (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.7    6th week
8. The Wall (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.5    3rd week
    NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.5    14th week
    Chicago Med (NBC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 1.5    9th week
11. Big Brother: Celebrity Edition (CBS, Thursday 8:00pm) - 1.4    Special Airing
12. Law & Order: SVU (NBC, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.3    9th week
      The Four (FOX, Thursday 8:00pm) - 1.3    3rd week
14. Kevin Can Wait (CBS, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.2    12th week
    The Middle (ABC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.2    14th week
    Bull (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.2    8th week
    Chicago PD (NBC, Wednesday 10:00pm) - 1.2    8th week
    Big Brother: Celebrity Edition (CBS, Sunday 8:00pm) - 1.2    Special Airing
19. Man with a Plan (CBS, Monday 8:30pm) - 1.1    4th week
    Better Late Than Never (NBC, Monday 9:00pm) - 1.1    1st week
    The Resident (FOX, Monday 9:00pm) - 1.1    1st week
    Lethal Weapon (FOX, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.1    2nd week
    The Amazing Race (CBS, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.1    6th week
    Scandal (ABC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.1    4th week

BOTTOM 20 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Dynasty (CW, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 0.2    13th week
    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.2    12th week
3. Jane the Virgin (CW, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.3    10th week
4. Arrow (CW, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.4    12th week
    Child Support (ABC, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.4    6th week
6. Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 0.5    13th week
    Riverdale (CW, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 0.5    13th week
8. Supergirl (CW, Monday 8:00pm) - 0.6    13th week
    Black Lightning (CW, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.6    4th week
    Match Game (ABC, Wednesday 10:00pm) - 0.6    5th week
    Supernatural (CW, Thursday 8:00pm) - 0.6    13th week
    20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:00pm) - 0.6    18th week
13. The Mick (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 0.7    13th week
14. Scorpion (CBS, Monday 10:00pm) - 0.8    10th week
    LA to Vegas (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.8    2nd week
    The Flash (CW, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 0.8    5th week
    How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 0.8    3rd week
    Shark Tank (ABC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.8    3rd week
    60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:00pm) - 0.8    4th week
20. 9JKL (CBS, Monday 9:30pm) - 0.9    4th week
      Fresh Off the Boat (ABC, Tuesday 8:30pm) - 0.9    1st week
     NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 0.9    4th week
     The X-Files (FOX, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 0.9    1st week

TOP 20 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 13.9 million    14th week
2. Bull (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 10.9 million    14th week
3. This is Us (NBC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 10.1 million    14th week
4. The Good Doctor (ABC, Monday 10:00pm) - 9.6 million    14th week
5. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 8.4 million    14th week
6. Ellen's Game of Games (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 7.7 million    6th week
7. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:00pm) - 7.6 million    16th week
8. Chicago Med (NBC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 7.4 million    9th week
9. Big Brother: Celebrity Edition (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 7.3 million    Special Airing
    Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 7.3 million    11th week
11. Chicago PD (NBC, Wednesday 10:00pm) - 7.2 million    7th week
12. Kevin Can Wait (CBS, Monday 8:00pm) - 7.0 million    8th week
13. The Bachelor (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 6.8 million    3rd week
14. The Wall (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 6.7 million    2nd week
15. Law & Order: SVU (NBC, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 6.6 million    2nd week
      9-1-1 (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 6.6 million    4th week
17. Man with a Plan (CBS, Monday 8:30pm) - 6.5 million    6th week
18. The Blacklist (NBC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 6.4 million    2nd week
19. Superior Donuts (CBS, Monday 9:00pm) - 5.7 million    3rd week
20. Scorpion (CBS, Monday 10:00pm) - 5.6 million    3rd week
     The Middle (ABC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 5.6 million    3rd week

BOTTOM 20 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.6 million    12th week
2. Dynasty (CW, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 0.7 million    13th week
3. Jane the Virgin (CW, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.8 million    10th week
4. Riverdale (CW, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.3 million    13th week
    Arrow (CW, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.3 million    12th week
6. Supernatural (CW, Thursday 8:00pm) - 1.8 million    13th week
7. Black Lightning (CW, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.9 million    4th week
8. The Mick (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 2.0 million    14th week
9. Supergirl (CW, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.1 million    13th week
10. Child Support (ABC, Friday 9:00pm) - 2.2 million    2nd week
11. Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 2.3 million    9th week
    The Flash (CW, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.3 million    13th week
13. LA to Vegas (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.5 million    5th week
14. Match Game (ABC, Wednesday 10:00pm) - 2.6 million    6th week
15. Shark Tank (ABC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 2.9 million    3rd week
16. How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 3.3 million    4th week
      20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:00pm) - 3.3 million    15th week
18. Lucifer (FOX, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 3.7 million    5th week
     Black-ish (ABC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 3.7 million    4th week
    The X-Files (FOX, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 3.7 million    2nd week

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - The Wall (NBC)    1st week
Tuesday - This is Us (NBC)    5th week
Wednesday - 9-1-1 (FOX)    4th week
Thursday - The Four (FOX)    2nd week
Friday - Jane the Virgin (CW)    1st week
Sunday - None

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Scorpion (CBS)    1st week
Tuesday - Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (ABC)    4th week
Wednesday - Match Game (ABC)    2nd week
Thursday - How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)    2nd week
Friday - Child Support (ABC)    2nd week
Sunday - None

Sunday, February 11, 2018

THE WEEK AHEAD: February 12-18, 2018

Here's a look at Week #21! With the Olympics dominating on NBC all week, ABC is giving a little bit of competition with The Bachelor: Winter Games while CBS has Big Brother: Celebrity Edition. FOX is entirely in repeats while the CW has the return of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, now on Monday nights, a new Black Lightning, and the season finale of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

ABC

MONDAY
8:00 The Bachelor
10:00 The Good Doctor (Repeat)

TUESDAY
8:00 The Bachelor: Winter Games (SERIES PREMIERE)
10:00 Lights, Camera, Romance! (Special)

WEDNESDAY
8:00 The Goldbergs (Repeat)
8:30 Speechless (Repeat)
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
9:30 American Housewife (Repeat)
10:00 Match Game

THURSDAY
8:00 The Bachelor: Winter Games
10:00 20/20: Roseanne - The Return

FRIDAY
8:00 Movie: Wreck-It Ralph
10:00 20/20

SATURDAY
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
8:30 The Middle (Repeat)
9:00 Black-ish (Repeat)
9:30 Black-ish (Repeat)
10:00 20/20

SUNDAY
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Celebrity Family Feud (Repeat)
9:00 Celebrity Family Feud (Repeat)
10:00 Shark Tank

CBS

MONDAY
8:00 Big Brother: Celebrity Edition
9:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
9:30 Man with a Plan (Repeat)
10:00 S.W.A.T. (Repeat)

TUESDAY
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
9:00 Bull (Repeat)
10:00 NCIS: New Orleans (Repeat)

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Big Brother: Celebrity Edition
9:00 The Amazing Race

THURSDAY
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
8:30 Young Sheldon (Repeat)
9:00 Mom (Repeat)
9:30 Life in Pieces (Repeat)
10:00 S.W.A.T. (Repeat)

FRIDAY
8:00 Big Brother: Celebrity Edition
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)

SATURDAY
8:00 MacGyver (Repeat)
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans (Repeat)
10:00 48 Hours

SUNDAY
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Big Brother: Celebrity Edition
9:00 S.W.A.T. (Repeat)
10:00 SEAL Team (Repeat)

NBC

MONDAY
8:00 2018 Winter Olympics

TUESDAY
8:00 2018 Winter Olympics

WEDNESDAY
8:00 2018 Winter Olympics

THURSDAY
8:00 2018 Winter Olympics

FRIDAY
8:00 2018 Winter Olympics

SATURDAY
8:00 2018 Winter Olympics

SUNDAY
7:00 2018 Winter Olympics

FOX

MONDAY
8:00 Lucifer (Repeat)
9:00 The Resident (Repeat)

TUESDAY
8:00 Lethal Weapon (Repeat)
9:00 LA to Vegas (Repeat)
9:30 The Mick (Repeat)

WEDNESDAY
8:00 The X-Files (Repeat)
9:00 9-1-1 (Repeat)

THURSDAY
8:00 Gotham (Repeat)
9:00 9-1-1 (Repeat)

FRIDAY
8:00 The X-Files (Repeat)
9:00 The X-Files (Repeat)

SATURDAY
8:00 Boxing

SUNDAY
7:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Repeat)
7:30 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
8:30 Ghosted (Repeat)
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
9:30 LA to Vegas (Repeat)

CW

MONDAY
8:00 DC's Legends of Tomorrow
9:00 Whose Line is it Anyway? (Repeat)
9:30 Whose Line is it Anyway? (Repeat)

TUESDAY
8:00 The Flash (Repeat)
9:00 Black Lightning

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Relationships: Just for Laughs (Special)
9:00 Top 14 Greatest Valentine's Day Movies of All Time (Special)

THURSDAY
8:00 Supernatural (Repeat)
9:00 Arrow (Repeat)

FRIDAY
8:00 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Season Finale)
9:00 Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Repeat)

TV NEWS & THOUGHTS
- ABC has cancelled the long running Once Upon a Time after seven seasons. The fantasy drama was a surprise hit when it first started and had ups and downs (including a memorable Frozen-themed bump). But its audience dwindled big time in recent years and it was moved to Friday from its long time Sunday 8pm home this past fall while also experiencing a reboot. The numbers have been even lower and the reboot has had mixed reviews at best so this is not a surprise. It had a memorable run, but it was time.

- FOX has renewed The Four for a second season. The reality competition show has had an OK run on Thursday nights this winter. It wasn't a game changer but it didn't totally flop and it weathered a scandal with

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

WEEKLY RECAP: January 29-February 4, 2018

Here is the weekly ratings recap looking back at the week in ratings for Week #19. Please note no repeats, sports, specials, or Saturday airings are counted.

TOP 20 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. This is Us (NBC, Sunday 10:45pm) - 9.3    Special Airing
2. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.9    15th week
3. Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.3    10th week
    Young Sheldon (CBS, Thursday 8:30pm) - 2.3    12th week
5. Ellen's Game of Games (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.8    5th week
6. The Bachelor (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.7    5th week
7. 9-1-1 (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.6    5th week
8. Mom (CBS, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.5    11th week
9. Scandal (ABC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.4    3rd week
10. The Amazing Race (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.3    5th week
    The Four (FOX, Thursday 8:00pm) - 1.3    2nd week
12. Kevin Can Wait (CBS, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.2    11th week
    Law & Order: SVU (NBC, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.2    8th week
    Chicago PD (NBC, Wednesday 10:00pm) - 1.2    7th week
    Life in Pieces (CBS, Thursday 9:30pm) - 1.2    6th week
    Will & Grace (NBC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.2    9th week
17. Man with a Plan (CBS, Monday 8:30pm) - 1.1    3rd week
    The Wall (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.1    2nd week
    Superstore (NBC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 1.1    3rd week
    The Good Place (NBC, Thursday 8:30pm) - 1.1    2nd week

BOTTOM 20 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Valor (CW, Monday 9:00pm) - 0.2    13th week
    Dynasty (CW, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 0.2    12th week
    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.2    11th week
    Jane the Virgin (CW, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.2    9th week
5. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:00pm) - 0.3    3rd week
6. Arrow (CW, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.4    11th week
    Taken (NBC, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.4    4th week
8. Riverdale (CW, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 0.5    12th week
9. Supergirl (CW, Monday 8:00pm) - 0.6    12th week
    Supernatural (CW, Thursday 8:00pm) - 0.6    12th week
    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.6    8th week
    Blindspot (NBC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.6    11th week
13. The Brave (NBC, Monday 10:00pm) - 0.7    5th week
     Match Game (ABC, Wednesday 10:00pm) - 0.7    4th week
     Child Support (ABC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.7    5th week
     20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:00pm) - 0.7    17th week
     Dateline NBC (NBC, Friday 10:00pm) - 0.7    9th week
18. Lucifer (FOX, Monday 8:00pm) - 0.8    5th week
     Black Lightning (CW, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.8    3rd week
     A.P. Bio (NBC, Thursday 9:30pm) - 0.8    1st week (NEW SHOW)

TOP 20 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. This is Us (NBC, Sunday 10:45pm) - 27.0 million    Special Airing
2. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursday 8:00pm) - 14.7 million    15th week
3. Young Sheldon (CBS, Thursday 8:30pm) - 12.9 million    12th week
4. Blue Bloods (CBS, Friday 10:00pm) - 9.3 million    14th week
5. Mom (CBS, Thursday 9:00pm) - 9.1 million    11th week
6. Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 8.9 million    10th week
7. Hawaii Five-0 (CBS, Friday 9:00pm) - 8.6 million    14th week
8. Ellen's Game of Games (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 7.6 million    5th week
9. Kevin Can Wait (CBS, Monday 8:00pm) - 7.3 million    7th week
    MacGyver (CBS, Friday 8:00pm) - 7.3 million    13th week
11. Life in Pieces (CBS, Thursday 9:30pm) - 7.1 million    8th week
12. SEAL Team (CBS, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 6.7 million    10th week
    Chicago PD (NBC, Wednesday 10:00pm) - 6.7 million    6th week
14. Man with a Plan (CBS, Monday 8:30pm) - 6.6 million    5th week
    The Amazing Race (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 6.6 million    5th week
16. The Bachelor (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 6.4 million    2nd week
17. 9-1-1 (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 6.2 million    3rd week
     S.W.A.T. (CBS, Thursday 10:00pm) - 6.2 million     6th week
19. The Blacklist (NBC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 6.1 million    1st week
20. Superior Donuts (CBS, Monday 9:00pm) - 5.8 million    2nd week
    Scorpion (CBS, Monday 10:00pm) - 5.8 million    2nd week

BOTTOM 20 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Dynasty (CW, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 0.6 million    12th week
    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.6 million    11th week
3. Jane the Virgin (CW, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.7 million    9th week
4. Valor (CW, Monday 9:00pm) - 1.1 million    13th week
5. Arrow (CW, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.2 million    11th week
6. Riverdale (CW, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.3 million    12th week
7. Supernatural (CW, Thursday 8:00pm)- 1.7 million    12th week
8. Supergirl (CW, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.1 million    12th week
9. Black Lightning (CW, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.2 million    3rd week
   Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Friday 9:00pm) - 2.2 million    8th week
11. Taken (NBC, Friday 9:00pm) - 2.5 million    4th week
12. The Flash (CW, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.6 million    12th week
13. Match Game (ABC, Wednesday 10:00pm) - 2.8 million    5th week
14. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:00pm) - 3.0 million    1st week
15. A.P. Bio (NBC, Thursday 9:30pm) - 3.1 million    1st week (NEW SHOW)
16. The Good Place (NBC, Thursday 8:30pm) - 3.2 million    5th week
      Blindspot (NBC, Friday 8:00pm) - 3.2 million    4th week
18. Superstore (NBC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 3.4 million    3rd week
     20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:00pm) - 3.4 million    14th week
     Hell's Kitchen (FOX, Friday 8:00pm) - 3.4 million    9th week

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Kevin Can Wait (CBS)    4th week
Tuesday - Black Lightning (CW)    1st week
Wednesday - 9-1-1 (FOX)    3rd week
Thursday - The Four (FOX)    1st week
Friday - Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)    4th week
Sunday - This is Us (NBC)    Special Airing

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Lucifer (FOX)    1st week
Tuesday - Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)    3rd week
Wednesday - Match Game (ABC)    1st week
Thursday - A.P. Bio (NBC)    1st week (NEW SHOW)
Friday - Taken (NBC)    2nd week
Sunday - None

Sunday, February 4, 2018

THE WEEK AHEAD: February 5-11, 2018

Here's a look at Week #20!

ABC
ABC is mostly new on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Wednesday has the network premiere of Inside Out instead of the comedies while Friday brings the season finale of the short run of Child Support, which was a surprisingly decent performer. On Sunday, ABC is oddly airing new episodes of America's Funniest Home Videos at 7pm and Shark Tank at 10pm instead of 8pm and 9pm.

MONDAY
8:00 The Bachelor
10:00 The Good Doctor

TUESDAY
8:00 The Middle
8:30 Fresh Off the Boat
9:00 Black-ish
9:30 Modern Family (Repeat)
10:00 Kevin (Probably) Saves the World

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Movie: Inside Out
10:00 Match Game

THURSDAY
8:00 Grey's Anatomy
9:00 Scandal
10:00 How to Get Away with Murder

FRIDAY
8:00 Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (Special)
9:00 Child Support (Season Finale)
10:00 20/20

SATURDAY
8:00 NBA Basketball: San Antonio at Golden State

SUNDAY
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Celebrity Family Feud (Repeat)
9:00 Celebrity Family Feud (Repeat)
10:00 Shark Tank

CBS
CBS is gearing up for Olympics competition with the premiere of the first-ever celebrity edition of Big Brother. It's a mostly D-list celebrity cast, but Big Brother is always a solid summer performer. It premieres on Wednesday and airs again on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Earlier in the week is the season (and most likely series) finale of 9JKL as Living Biblically takes its place after the Olympics.

MONDAY
8:00 Kevin Can Wait
8:30 Man with a Plan
9:00 Superior Donuts
9:30 9JKL (Season Finale)
10:00 Scorpion

TUESDAY
8:00 NCIS
9:00 Bull
10:00 NCIS: New Orleans

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Big Brother: Celebrity Edition (SERIES PREMIERE)
9:00 The Amazing Race

THURSDAY
8:00 Big Brother: Celebrity Edition
9:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
9:30 Young Sheldon (Repeat)
10:00 S.W.A.T. (Repeat)

FRIDAY
8:00 Big Brother: Celebrity Edition
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)

SATURDAY
8:00 MacGyver (Repeat)
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
10:00 48 Hours

SUNDAY
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Big Brother: Celebrity Edition
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
10:00 Madam Secretary (Repeat)

NBC
NBC is wrapping up the winter run of its shows with season finales of Better Late Than Never and Ellen's Game of Games. Tuesday also sees the first This is Us post-Super Bowl so it will be interesting to see if it gets a bounce. On Thursday, they turn over their programming to NBC Sports and the Olympics for about 2 1/2 weeks. The official Opening Ceremonies are on Friday.

MONDAY
8:00 The Wall
9:00 Better Late Than Never (Season Finale)
10:00 The Best of the US: The 2018 Winter Olympics (Special)

TUESDAY
8:00 Ellen's Game of Games (Season Finale)
9:00 This is Us
10:00 Chicago Med

WEDNESDAY
8:00 The Blacklist
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
10:00 Chicago PD

THURSDAY
8:00 2018 Winter Olympics

FRIDAY
8:00 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

SATURDAY
8:00 2018 Winter Olympics

SUNDAY
7:00 2018 Winter Olympics

FOX
FOX is all new for the first four nights before, like all the networks, the Olympics dominate programming. Thursday has the season finale of The Four, which has had a decent run this winter and could be back but it's also dealing with the firing of a judge after sexual misconduct allegations.

MONDAY
8:00 Lucifer
9:00 The Resident

TUESDAY
8:00 Lethal Weapon
9:00 LA to Vegas
9:30 The Mick

WEDNESDAY
8:00 The X-Files
9:00 9-1-1

THURSDAY
8:00 The Four (Season Finale)

FRIDAY
8:00 Who Shot Biggie & Tupac? (Special - Repeat)

SATURDAY
8:00 Lethal Weapon (Repeat)
9:00 The Resident (Repeat)

SUNDAY
7:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Repeat)
7:30 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
8:30 Ghosted (Repeat)
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
9:30 LA to Vegas (Repeat)

CW
The CW is pretty much new all week except for the 9pm hour on Monday. They do not worry as much about Olympic competition as other networks.

MONDAY
8:00 Supergirl
9:00 Whose Line is it Anyway? (Repeat)
9:30 Whose Line is it Anyway? (Repeat)

TUESDAY
8:00 The Flash
9:00 Black Lightning

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Riverdale
9:00 Dynasty

THURSDAY
8:00 Supernatural
9:00 Arrow

FRIDAY
8:00 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
9:00 Jane the Virgin

TV NEWS & THOUGHTS
- FOX has won the bid to take over Thursday Night Football. CBS had it in 2014 and 2015 and then they split it with NBC for 2016 and 2017. The package includes 11 NFL games and will mean FOX has one less night of scripted programming in the fall. It'll be interesting to see what this means for their renewals & cancellations. The deal runs for five years.

- NBC has given a 10 episode series order to The Gilded Age from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. The project has been in development a long time and will air sometime in 2019. It is centered on millionaires in NYC's Gilded Age in the 1880s.

Friday, February 2, 2018

PILOT REVIEW: A.P. Bio

A.P. BIO













Starring: Glenn Howerton, Lyric Lewis, Mary Sohn, Jean Villepique, Tom Bennett, and Patton Oswalt

Created by Mike O'Brien
Written by Mike O'Brien, Directed by Oz Rodriguez

THE PREMISE
A.P. Bio is a new school sitcom with a familiar theme: a radical different teacher tries to adapt to a traditional school environment. In this case, the teacher is Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton), a philosophy scholar who missed out on his dream job and is spending a year away teaching A.P. Bio at a high school. He doesn't care much for getting along with his boss, Principal Durbin (Patton Oswalt), and he spends his days plotting revenge with his class against a rival scholar, Miles (Tom Bennett). Rounding out the main cast are students Stef, Mary, and Michelle (Lyric Lewis, Mary Sohn, & Jean Villepique).

THE REVIEW
A.P. Bio has some elements of every other school sitcom, but there's also some interesting turns it takes as it seems intent on being a sort of anti-Dead Poet's Society. I'm wondering if this is a show that's going to get redeeming at times or if it's going to go more the way of The Mick and just really have a seriously flawed lead character. Despite the fact that it is turning some school tropes on their head, other elements are very familiar from a teacher who doesn't want to follow any rules (including dress code) to the troubled student who develops a close relationship. And while we're at it, since I notice weird and questionable details in a show about a field that I am a part of, does Jack just teach the one class?

Glenn Howerton is interesting in the lead role but I'm not convinced he's charismatic or funny enough to really carry this show. All the things they were asking him to do were on a somewhat absurd level like answering the door in a nightgown yet everything was pretty underplayed and didn't seem funny. Patton Oswalt was somewhat restrained here and that works better for him although I felt like he could have done a little more with the part. The students were not really developed much so there's not much to say about them although I though their attempt to do a rap wasn't nearly as funny a moment as it could have been.

I think the biggest issue in the pilot was it all felt a little dark and not funny enough. I have no problem with dark comedy. A show like The Mick sometimes feels refreshing compared to ABC's sunny family sitcoms. But this had an uncomfortable level that wasn't offset enough by humor in the pilot. Everything about Jack's life just felt a little sad. Not ridiculous or twisted, just sad. I like this interesting approach, but it's going to have to inject a little more funny to work. As I read this review back, I think it sounds pretty negative but I actually didn't mind it. I just don't think it goes far enough in being what it clearly wants to be.

WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
Yes.  I am curious to see another episode or two of this one before giving up.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

WEEKLY RECAP: January 22-28, 2018

Here is the weekly ratings recap looking back at the week in ratings for Week #18. Please note no repeats, sports, specials, or Saturday airings are counted.

TOP 20 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. This is Us (NBC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.5    13th week
2. Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.3    9th week
3. The Bachelor (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.8    4th week
    Ellen's Game of Games (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.8    4th week
5. The Good Doctor (ABC, Monday 10:00pm) - 1.7    13th week
    The Goldbergs (ABC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.7    14th week
7. 9-1-1 (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.6    4th week
8. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.5    13th week
9. American Housewife (ABC, Wednesday 8:30pm) - 1.4    Special Airing
10. Kevin Can Wait (CBS, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.3    10th week
    Bull (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.3    7th week
    Chicago Med (NBC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 1.3    8th week
    Scandal (ABC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.3    2nd week
14. Man with a Plan (CBS, Monday 8:30pm) - 1.2    2nd week
    The Wall (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.2    1st week
    Lethal Weapon (FOX, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.2    1st week
    The Amazing Race (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.2    4th week
    Superstore (NBC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 1.2    2nd week
    The Four (FOX, Thursday 8:00pm) - 1.2    1st week
20. American Housewife (ABC, Wednesday 9:30pm) - 1.1    11th week
     The Good Place (NBC, Thursday 8:30pm) - 1.1    1st week
     Chicago Fire (NBC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 1.1    3rd week
     Shark Tank (ABC, Sunday 9:00pm) - 1.1    3rd week

BOTTOM 20 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Valor (CW, Monday 9:00pm) - 0.2    12th week
    Dynasty (CW, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 0.2    11th week
    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.2    10th week
    Jane the Virgin (CW, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.2    8th week
5. Arrow (CW, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.4    10th week
6. Supergirl (CW, Monday 8:00pm) - 0.5    11th week
    Riverdale (CW, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 0.5    11th week
    Great News (NBC, Thursday 9:30pm) - 0.5    7th week
    Taken (NBC, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.5    3rd week
10. Black Lightning (CW, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.6    2nd week
    Supernatural (CW, Thursday 8:00pm) - 0.6    11th week
    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.6    7th week
    20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:00pm) - 0.6    16th week
    Blindspot (NBC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.6    10th week
15. The Brave (NBC, Monday 10:00pm) - 0.7    4th week
      The Mick (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 0.7    12th week
      The Flash (CW, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 0.7    4th week
      Child Support (ABC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.7    4th week
      Dateline NBC (NBC, Friday 10:00pm) - 0.7    8th week
      Dateline NBC (NBC, Sunday 7:00pm) - 0.7    2nd week

TOP 20 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 14.0 million    13th week
2. Bull (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 11.1 million    13th week
3. The Good Doctor (ABC, Monday 10:00pm) - 9.6 million    13th week
4. This is Us (NBC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 9.4 million    13th week
5. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 9.3 million    13th week
6. Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 8.6 million    9th week
7. Ellen's Game of Games (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 7.6 million    4th week
8. Kevin Can Wait (CBS, Monday 8:00pm) - 7.4 million    6th week
9. Chicago Med (NBC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 6.9 million    8th week
10. Man with a Plan (CBS, Monday 8:30pm) - 6.7 million    4th week
11. 9-1-1 (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 6.6 million    2nd week
12. The Bachelor (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 6.4 million    1st week
13. The Amazing Race (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 6.2 million    4th week
14. The Goldbergs (ABC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 6.1 million    2nd week
      Chicago Fire (NBC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 6.1 million    3rd week
16. The Wall (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 5.8 million    1st week
17. Superior Donuts (CBS, Monday 9:00pm) - 5.7 million    1st week
18. American Housewife (ABC, Wednesday 8:30pm) - 5.3 million    Special Airing
     Criminal Minds (CBS, Wednesday 10:00pm) - 5.3 million    2nd week
20. Scorpion (CBS, Monday 10:00pm) - 5.2 million    1st week
      Scandal (ABC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 5.2 million    1st week

BOTTOM 20 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Dynasty (CW, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 0.6 million    11th week
    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.6 million    10th week
3. Jane the Virgin (CW, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.7 million    8th week
4. Valor (CW, Monday 9:00pm) - 1.0 million    12th week
5. Riverdale (CW, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.4 million    11th week
    Arrow (CW, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.4 million    10th week
7. The Mick (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 1.9 million    13th week
    Black Lightning (CW, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.9 million    2nd week
    Supernatural (CW, Thursday 8:00pm) - 1.9 million    11th week
10. Supergirl (CW, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.1 million    11th week
     The Flash (CW, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.1 million    11th week
12. Great News (NBC, Thursday 9:30pm) - 2.2 million    6th week
13. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Friday 9:00pm) - 2.3 million    7th week
14. LA to Vegas (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.6 million    4th week
15. 20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:00pm) - 3.0 million    13th week
16. Taken (NBC, Friday 9:00pm) - 3.1 million    3rd week
17. Match Game (ABC, Wednesday 10:00pm) - 3.3 million    4th week
18. The Brave (NBC, Monday 10:00pm) - 3.4 million    3rd week
      Hell's Kitchen (FOX, Friday 8:00pm) - 3.4 million    8th week
20. How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 3.5 million    3rd week

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Kevin Can Wait (CBS)    3rd week
Tuesday - This is Us (NBC)    4th week
Wednesday - The Goldbergs (ABC)    3rd week
Thursday - Chicago Fire (NBC)    1st week
Friday - None
Sunday - None

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - The Resident (FOX)    1st week
Tuesday - The Mick (FOX)    2nd week
Wednesday - Criminal Minds (CBS)    3rd week
Thursday - Arrow (CW)    2nd week
Friday - Blindspot (NBC)    2nd week
Sunday - None

Sunday, January 28, 2018

THE WEEK AHEAD: January 29-February 5, 2018

Here's a look at Week #19!

ABC

MONDAY
8:00 The Bachelor
10:00 The Good Doctor (Repeat)

TUESDAY
8:00 Fresh Off the Boat
8:30 Fresh Off the Boat
9:00 ABC News: State of the Union

WEDNESDAY
8:00 The Goldbergs (Repeat)
8:30 Speechless (Repeat)
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
9:30 American Housewife (Repeat)
10:00 Match Game

THURSDAY
8:00 Grey's Anatomy
9:00 Scandal
10:00 How to Get Away with Murder

FRIDAY
8:00 Child Support
9:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
10:00 20/20

SATURDAY
8:00 NBA Countdown
8:30 NBA Basketball: Houston at Cleveland

SUNDAY
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
8:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
9:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
10:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)

CBS

MONDAY
8:00 Kevin Can Wait
8:30 Man with a Plan
9:00 Superior Donuts
9:30 9JKL
10:00 Scorpion

TUESDAY
8:00 Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2018
9:00 CBS News: State of the Union

WEDNESDAY
8:00 The Amazing Race
9:00 SEAL Team
10:00 Criminal Minds

THURSDAY
8:00 The Big Bang Theory
8:30 Young Sheldon
9:00 Mom
9:30 Life in Pieces
10:00 S.W.A.T.

FRIDAY
8:00 MacGyver
9:00 Hawaii Five-0
10:00 Blue Bloods

SATURDAY
8:00 Bull (Repeat)
9:00 48 Hours
10:00 48 Hours

SUNDAY
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans (Repeat)
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)

NBC

MONDAY
8:00 The Wall
9:00 Better Late Than Never
10:00 The Brave (Season Finale)

TUESDAY
8:00 Ellen's Game of Games
9:00 NBC News: State of the Union

WEDNESDAY
8:00 The Blacklist
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
10:00 Chicago PD

THURSDAY
8:00 Superstore
8:30 The Good Place (Season Finale)
9:00 Will & Grace
9:30 AP Bio (SERIES PREMIERE)
10:00 Chicago Fire

FRIDAY
8:00 Blindspot
9:00 Taken
10:00 Dateline NBC

SATURDAY
8:00 SNL: Best of Football (Special)
9:00 NFL Honors (Special)

SUNDAY
7:00 Super Bowl LII: Philadelphia vs. New England
10:15 This is Us

FOX

MONDAY
8:00 Lucifer
9:00 The Resident

TUESDAY
8:00 Lethal Weapon (Repeat)
9:00 FOX News: State of the Union

WEDNESDAY
8:00 The X-Files
9:00 9-1-1

THURSDAY
8:00 The Four

FRIDAY
8:00 Hell's Kitchen (Season Finale)

SATURDAY
8:00 The Resident (Repeat)
9:00 The Resident (Repeat)

SUNDAY
7:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Repeat)
7:30 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
8:30 Ghosted (Repeat)
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
9:30 LA to Vegas (Repeat)

CW

MONDAY
8:00 Supergirl
9:00 Valor (Season Finale)

TUESDAY
8:00 The Flash
9:00 Black Lightning

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Riverdale
9:00 Dynasty

THURSDAY
8:00 Supernatural
9:00 Arrow

FRIDAY
8:00 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
9:00 Jane the Virgin

TV NEWS & THOUGHTS
- NBC has announced that the second season of Timeless will take over the Sunday 10pm timeslot starting March 11 (airing against ABC's series premiere of Deception). Timeless famously was cancelled last spring and then un-cancelled a few days later. This is a low pressure timeslot but it's also a tough place to succeed. This also means Shades of Blue will air elsewhere.

- CBS has ordered a 13 episode revival of Murphy Brown for next season with creator Diane English and star Candice Bergen returning. While Murphy was a huge hit with audiences and critics during its 1988-1997 run, it has not done well in syndication so it will be interesting to see how things go.

- The already buzzy crossover between Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder will air on March 1.

- ABC finally announced the title for the Grey's Anatomy spinoff. The firefighter drama will be called Station 19. As already announced, it will have a two hour premiere on March 22.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

WEEKLY RECAP: January 15-21, 2018

Here is the weekly ratings recap looking back at the week in ratings for Week #17. Please note no repeats, sports, specials, or Saturday airings are counted.

TOP 20 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.9    14th week
2. The Resident (FOX, Sunday 10:04pm) - 2.6    Special Airing (NEW SHOW)
3. This is Us (NBC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.5    12th week
4. Young Sheldon (CBS, Thursday 8:30pm) - 2.4    11th week
5. Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.3    8th week
6. Ellen's Game of Games (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.2    3rd week
7. The Bachelor (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.8    3rd week
    Modern Family (ABC, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.8    13th week
    9-1-1 (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.8    3rd week
10. The Good Doctor (ABC, Monday 10:00pm) - 1.7    12th week
      The Goldbergs (ABC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.7    13th week
12. Mom (CBS, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.6    10th week
13. Chicago Med (NBC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 1.5    7th week
     The Amazing Race (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.5    3rd week
15. The Middle (ABC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.4    13th week
    Law & Order: SVU (NBC, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.4    7th week
    Chicago PD (NBC, Wednesday 10:00pm) - 1.4    6th week
18. Kevin Can Wait (CBS, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.3    9th week
    Speechless (ABC, Wednesday 8:30pm) - 1.3    3rd week
    American Housewife (ABC, Wednesday 9:30pm) - 1.3    10th week
    Will & Grace (NBC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.3    8th week

BOTTOM 20 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Valor (CW, Monday 9:00pm) - 0.2    11th week
    Dynasty (CW, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 0.2    10th week
3. Riverdale (CW, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 0.5    10th week
    Arrow (CW, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.5    9th week
    Taken (NBC, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.5    2nd week
6. Supergirl (CW, Monday 8:00pm) - 0.6    10th week
    Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 0.6   12th week
    Great News (NBC, Thursday 9:30pm) - 0.6    6th week
    Supernatural (CW, Thursday 8:00pm) - 0.6    10th week
    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.6    6th week
11. The Brave (NBC, Monday 10:00pm) - 0.7    3rd week
      Child Support (ABC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.7    3rd week
      Blindspot (NBC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.7    9th week
      Dateline NBC (NBC, Friday 10:00pm) - 0.7    7th week
15. The Mick (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 0.8    11th week
      The Flash (CW, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 0.8    3rd week
      Black Lightning (CW, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.8    1st week (NEW SHOW)
     Match Game (ABC, Wednesday 10:00pm) - 0.8    3rd week
     20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:00pm) - 0.8    15th week
     America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 0.8    2nd week
     60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 8:00pm) - 0.8    Special Airing

TOP 20 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursday 8:00pm) - 14.9 million    14th week
2. Young Sheldon (CBS, Thursday 8:30pm) - 13.3 million    11th week
3. This is Us (NBC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 9.8 million    12th week
4. Blue Bloods (CBS, Friday 10:00pm) - 9.5 million    13th week
5. The Good Doctor (ABC, Monday 10:00pm) - 9.3 million    12th week
    Mom (CBS, Thursday 9:00pm) - 9.3 million   10th week
7. Hawaii Five-0 (CBS, Friday 9:00pm) - 9.1 million    13th week
8. Ellen's Game of Games (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 8.8 million    3rd week
9. The Resident (FOX, Sunday 10:04pm) - 8.7 million    Special Airing (NEW SHOW)
10. Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 8.3 million    8th week
11. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:00pm) - 8.2 million    15th week
12. Chicago Med (NBC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 7.9 million    7th week
13. MacGyver (CBS, Friday 8:00pm) - 7.7 million    12th week
14. Kevin Can Wait (CBS, Monday 8:00pm) - 7.2 million    5th week
15. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 8:00pm) - 7.1 million    Special Airing
16. The Amazing Race (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 6.9 million    3rd week
17. Life in Pieces (CBS, Thursday 9:30pm) - 6.8 million    7th week
18. Man with a Plan (CBS, Monday 8:30pm) - 6.7 million    3rd week
    SEAL Team (CBS, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 6.7 million    9th week
    Chicago PD (NBC, Wednesday 10:00pm) - 6.7 million    5th week

BOTTOM 20 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Dynasty (CW, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 0.6 million    10th week
2. Valor (CW, Monday 9:00pm) - 1.0 million    11th week
3. Riverdale (CW, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.4 million    10th week
    Arrow (CW, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.4 million    9th week
5. Supernatural (CW, Thursday 8:00pm) - 1.8 million    10th week
6. Supergirl (CW, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.2 million    10th week
    Great News (NBC, Thursday 9:30pm) - 2.2 million    5th week
8. The Mick (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 2.3 million    12th week
    Black Lightning (CW, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.3 million    1st week (NEW SHOW)
10. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Friday 9:00pm) - 2.4 million    6th week
11. Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 2.5 million    8th week
    The Flash (CW, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.5 million    10th week
13. LA to Vegas (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.8 million    3rd week
14. The Good Place (NBC, Thursday 8:30pm) - 3.0 million    4th week
      Taken (NBC, Friday 9:00pm) - 3.0 million    2nd week
16. Hell's Kitchen (FOX, Friday 8:00pm) - 3.2 million    7th week
17. Match Game (ABC, Wednesday 10:00pm) - 3.3 million    3rd week
18. The Gifted (FOX, Monday 8:00pm) - 3.4 million    Special Airing
      The Gifted (FOX, Monday 9:00pm) - 3.4 million    6th week
20. The Four (FOX, Thursday 8:00pm) - 3.5 million    3rd week
      Blindspot (NBC, Friday 8:00pm) - 3.5 million    3rd week

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - The Bachelor (ABC)    1st week
Tuesday - Lethal Weapon (FOX)    1st week
Wednesday - 9-1-1 (FOX)    2nd week
Thursday - Grey's Anatomy (ABC)    2nd week
Friday - None
Sunday - None

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Valor (CW)    3rd week
Tuesday - The Flash (CW)    2nd week
Wednesday - Criminal Minds (CBS)    2nd week
Thursday - Superstore (NBC)    1st week
Friday - Child Support (ABC)    1st week
Sunday - None

Monday, January 22, 2018

PILOT REVIEW: The Resident

THE RESIDENT













Starring: Matt Czuchry, Emily VanCamp, Manish Dayal, Shaunette Renee Wilson, and Bruce Greenwood

Created by Amy Holden Jones and Hayley Schore & Roshan Sethi
Written by Amy Holden Jones and Hayley Schore & Roshan Sethi, Directed by Phillip Noyce

THE PREMISE
The Resident is the newest medical drama to hit the airwaves. This one is centered on Senior Resident Dr. Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry) who has a lot of the answers and also a lot of opinions about the way things are run at a prestigious and well respected hospital. He clashes frequently with Chief of Surgery Dr. Randolph Bell (Bruce Greenwood), who refuses to admit his shaky hands and other personal problems should be stopping him from continuing in his position. Rounding out the main cast are a take charge nurse, Nic (Emily VanCamp), and two more residents, Dr. Pravesh and Dr. Okafor (Manish Dayal & Shaunette Renee Wilson).

THE REVIEW
I went in to The Resident with a little bit of a bad attitude because I'm a little tired of medical dramas. I'm already watching Chicago Med and The Good Doctor and two is a little high on my medical drama tolerance, but I enjoy both these shows. So I thought I might hate The Resident, and I didn't, which is good. But it still has some work to do. The angle its taking with a resident as the main character might seem like a different angle but in practice, it's no different than a hot shot young doctor who knows everything and that has been done to death on medical dramas.

What keeps it from being too much of a cliche is a very strong performance by Matt Czuchry in the lead role. He has a charismatic personality and is fun to watch. He brings a lot to what is otherwise a pretty typical medical drama filled to the brim with cliches from gross things (I'll admit I winced at the toe falling off) to things getting hot and heavy in a closet or side room of the hospital (I still don't think I've seen a medical drama pilot since starting this blog in 2010 that didn't have some moment similar to that). I don't know that the performance is a game changer that will elevate the entire show to a stellar level (Freddie Highmore does that in The Good Doctor) but Czuchry certainly keeps the show from flying off the rails.

The rest of the cast is not used as effectively. Emily VanCamp, so interesting in Revenge a few years ago, is wasted here or at least she is in the pilot. We saw in Revenge that she can have a lot of layers and she's so far relegated here to a pretty standard nurse role. Bruce Greenwood's character is interesting to an extent but more-so in how he clashes with Czuchry. Try as I might, I didn't get too excited about the emphasis on how doctor error can mess things up. If I'm in a situation where I need urgent medical help, I don't want to think about doctors making a mistake and there was more emphasis on that than usual in The Resident's pilot. But at the same time, it didn't seem like it wants to become a medical version of Scandal: a very corrupt team of people running a major organization. It seems like it wants to be high minded and cynical at the same time and maybe that's why the tone felt off for the pilot episode.

WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
I might give it one more episode but in the long run, I don't think this will be added to my watching list. Especially with two better medical dramas already on that list.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

THE WEEK AHEAD: January 22-28, 2018

Here's a look at Week #18!

ABC
ABC has a mix of newbies and repeats this week. The Bachelor finally got some momentum this past week and that will probably continue on Monday.

MONDAY
8:00 The Bachelor
10:00 The Good Doctor

TUESDAY
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
8:30 Fresh Off the Boat (Repeat)
9:00 Black-ish (Repeat)
9:30 Modern Family (Repeat)
10:00 Match Game (Repeat)

WEDNESDAY
8:00 The Goldbergs
8:30 American Housewife
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
9:30 American Housewife
10:00 Match Game

THURSDAY
8:00 Grey's Anatomy
9:00 Scandal
10:00 How to Get Away with Murder

FRIDAY
8:00 Child Support
9:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
10:00 20/20

SATURDAY
8:00 NBA Basketball

SUNDAY
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
8:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
9:00 Shark Tank
10:00 Shark Tank

CBS
CBS has new episodes the beginning of the week but then goes into repeat and special mode for Thursday and Friday before the Grammys on Sunday which are always a big draw.

MONDAY
8:00 Kevin Can Wait
8:30 Man with a Plan
9:00 Superior Donuts
9:30 9JKL
10:00 Scorpion

TUESDAY
8:00 NCIS
9:00 Bull
10:00 NCIS: New Orleans

WEDNESDAY
8:00 The Amazing Race
10:00 Criminal Minds

THURSDAY
8:00 MVP: Most Valuable Performer (Special)
9:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
9:30 Young Sheldon (Repeat)
10:00 S.W.A.T. (Repeat)

FRIDAY
8:00 Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo (Special - Repeat)
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)

SATURDAY
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
9:00 SEAL Team (Repeat)
10:00 48 Hours

SUNDAY
7:00 Grammy Red Carpet Live
7:30 60th Annual Grammy Awards (Special)

NBC
Like ABC and CBS, NBC has a mix of new episodes and repeats. Thursday brings the season finale of Great News and considering the way they burned it off in December, it seems as though it will be a series finale (and it should be).

MONDAY
8:00 The Wall
9:00 Better Late Than Never
10:00 The Brave

TUESDAY
8:00 Ellen's Game of Games
9:00 This is Us
10:00 Chicago Med

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
9:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
10:00 Chicago Med (Repeat)

THURSDAY
8:00 Superstore
8:30 The Good Place
9:00 Will & Grace (Repeat)
9:30 Great News (Season Finale)
10:00 Chicago Fire

FRIDAY
8:00 Blindspot
9:00 Taken
10:00 Dateline NBC

SATURDAY
8:00 Will & Grace (Repeat)
8:30 Superstore (Repeat)
9:00 Dateline NBC
10:00 Saturday Night Live (Repeat)

SUNDAY
7:00 Dateline NBC
9:00 Movie: Neighbors

FOX
FOX is all new for the work week before airing repeats against the Grammys. Monday night has the time period premiere of The Resident, which has its series premiere after tonight's NFC Championship Game. The premiere will no doubt do well tonight so the reaction will be key to Monday's rating to see how many come back for a second episode.

MONDAY
8:00 Lucifer
9:00 The Resident

TUESDAY
8:00 Lethal Weapon
9:00 LA to Vegas
9:30 The Mick

WEDNESDAY
8:00 The X-Files
9:00 9-1-1

THURSDAY
8:00 The Four

FRIDAY
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
9:00 The Resident (Repeat)

SATURDAY
8:00 UFC Fight Night

SUNDAY
7:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Repeat)
7:30 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
8:30 Ghosted (Repeat)
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
9:30 LA to Vegas (Repeat)

CW
The CW is the only network that is all new all week. After a solid premiere, it will be interesting to see how Black Lightning does in week two.

MONDAY
8:00 Supergirl
9:00 Valor

TUESDAY
8:00 The Flash
9:00 Black Lightning

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Riverdale
9:00 Dynasty

THURSDAY
8:00 Supernatural
9:00 Arrow

FRIDAY
8:00 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
9:00 Jane the Virgin

TV NEWS & THOUGHTS
- After just two episodes, FOX has renewed 9-1-1 for a second season. The Ryan Murphy drama was hot out of the gate with a 1.8 demo and it followed with a solid 1.5 for week two. It also has done well in delayed viewing. FOX has managed to find more success with their new shows this year.