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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 10/21/14

ABC
8:00 Selfie
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 Manhattan Love Story
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 Forever
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

CBS
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 17.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 16.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
10:00 Person of Interest
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 12.0 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
9:00 Marry Me
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:30 About a Boy
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Chicago Fire
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9

FOX
8:00 MLB World Series Game 1

Viewers: 12.2 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4

Tuesday night had Game 1 of the World Series on FOX. While it was the lowest rated Game 1 ever, it was a huge improvement over FOX's regular lineup. Both those trends will probably continue as the World Series continues. On NBC, The Voice was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo from last week. The battle rounds on Tuesday held up a lot better in week two than on Monday. The news was not good for the comedies at 9pm. Marry Me was down a rough 1.9 million viewers and half a demo point from its series premiere. That's a pretty steep drop even for a new show, and especially with the lead-in relatively steady. It's looking weaker than previous Voice lead-out comedies, and none of those worked in the long run. At 9:30pm, About a Boy was down 1.2 million viewers and three tenths in the demo for a series low. Despite the 9pm problems, Chicago Fire was up four tenths in viewers and even in the demo for an impressive showing.

Over on ABC, Selfie started things off up four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Things got worse for Manhattan Love Story as it was down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo to a terrible 0.7 demo. It is preempted next week, but will ABC really continue to air this show in November? I doubt it. At 9pm, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for a series low. Forever closed out the night up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Finally on CBS, NCIS was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. The best news for the Eye Network came at 9pm where NCIS: New Orleans was even in viewers and up two tenths in the demo. It posted its best demo since the series premiere and tied NCIS in the demo, which is pretty impressive. At 10pm, Person of Interest was down three tenths in viewers and even in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Manhattan Love Story (ABC)

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, October 22

Wednesday night has Game 2 of the World Series, but I don't think that will have a big impact on the rest of the night, though FOX will be stronger. ABC is fully new again and the 8pm comedies back could help the whole night.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #124 "The Table"
8:30 The Goldbergs #27 "Shall We Play a Game?"

9:00 Modern Family #125 "Won't You Be Our Neighbor"
9:30 Black-ish #5 "Crime and Punishment"
10:00 Nashville #48 "Road Happy"
Prediction: Middle - 7.2 million, 2.0/Goldbergs - 7.3 million, 2.2/Family - 9.9 million, 3.5/Blackish - 7.5 million, 2.6/Nashville - 5.1 million, 1.3

CBS
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #214 "The Itch"
10:00 Stalker #4 "Phobia"
Prediction: Survivor - 9.5 million, 2.4/Criminal - 10.7 million, 2.4/Stalker - 7.7 million, 1.7

NBC
8:00 The Mysteries of Laura #6 "The Mystery of the Red Runway"
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #348 "Pornstar's Requiem"
10:00 Chicago PD #20 "An Honest Woman"
Prediction: Laura - 8.2 million, 1.3/SVU - 7.4 million, 1.6/PD - 6.4 million, 1.5

FOX
8:00 MLB World Series Game 2: San Francisco at Kansas City

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 10/20/14

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 12.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
10:00 Castle
Viewers: 8.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 16.0 million, 18-49 demo: 4.6
8:30 The Millers
Viewers: 8.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 Scorpion
Viewers: 10.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 8.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 11.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
10:00 The Blacklist
Viewers: 9.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4

FOX
8:00 Gotham

Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:00 Sleepy Hollow
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

Monday night had a season premiere for CBS and it did not go well. First up, The Big Bang Theory was up seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo from last week in its final Monday airing. It will return to Thursdays next week as Thursday Night Football will be over. At 8:30pm was the season premiere of The Millers and it retained a pretty horrible 44% of its lead-in. The viewer total was a series low and the demo was close. It's only going to get uglier for this show next week when it has 2 Broke Girls as a lead-in instead. Last year, it seemed like a timeslot hit and now it can't even do that with a big lead-in. It couldn't even come close to what Big Bang repeats were getting the last couple weeks. The best news for CBS was that Scorpion was not negatively impacted. It was down seven tenths in viewers and even in the demo despite a much lower (and perhaps more incompatible) lead-in. At 10pm, NCIS: Los Angeles was down four tenths in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. It beat Castle for the first time in the hour, but that says more about what happened to Castle (more on that below).

The Voice appears headed for its regular late season dive as it fell 1.4 million viewers and six tenths in the demo. This was a pretty steep drop for still being the Battle Rounds. At 10pm, The Blacklist followed its lead-in down as it fell half a million viewers and four tenths in the demo. Not the best night for the NBC duo. Over on ABC, Dancing with the Stars was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. Things were odd at 10pm where Castle plunged four tenths in viewers and the demo for a demo series low. I don't really understand what happened here as the lead-in and the competition were the same. ABC has to be hoping this was just a blip, we'll see next week. Finally on FOX, Gotham inched down another three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo while Sleepy Hollow was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for its best performance since the season premiere.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Scorpion (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: The Millers (CBS)

WEEKLY RECAP: October 13-19, 2014

Here's my weekly recap for Week #4. Please note this only covers regularly scheduled shows (no sports, specials, repeats, or Saturday shows)

TOP 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Monday 8:00pm) - 4.5    4th week
2. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 4.0    4th week
3. The Simpsons (FOX, Sunday 8:00pm) - 3.6    3rd week
4. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 3.4    3rd week
    Modern Family (ABC, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 3.4    4th week
6. Scandal (ABC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 2.9    4th week
7. The Blacklist (NBC, Monday 10:00pm) - 2.8    3rd week
    How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 2.8    4th week
9. Once Upon a Time (ABC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 2.7    4th week
10. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.5    2nd week
     Black-ish (ABC, Wednesday 9:30pm) - 2.5    2nd week
     Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Sunday 8:30pm) - 2.5    1st week
     Family Guy (FOX, Sunday 9:00pm) - 2.5    2nd week

TOP 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 17.3 million    4th week
2. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 16.1 million    4th week
3. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Monday 8:00pm) - 15.3 million    4th week
4. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 13.3 million    4th week
5. Dancing with the Stars (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 12.7 million    4th week
6. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 12.3 million    3rd week
    Madam Secretary (CBS, Sunday 8:00pm) - 12.3 million   4th week
8. Scorpion (CBS, Monday 9:00pm) - 11.5 million    4th week
9. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:00pm) - 11.4 million    2nd week
10. Criminal Minds (CBS, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 10.9 million    1st week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Utopia (FOX, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.7    4th week
2. Gracepoint (FOX, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.8    3rd week
3. Manhattan Love Story (ABC, Tuesday 8:30pm) - 0.9    2nd week
4. Selfie (ABC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.0    2nd week
    Red Band Society (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.0    4th week
    A to Z (ABC, Thursday 9:30pm) - 1.0    3rd week
    Mulaney (FOX, Sunday 9:30pm) - 1.0    3rd week
8. The Mindy Project (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 1.1    4th week
    Forever (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 1.1    1st week
    20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:00pm) - 1.1    2nd week
    America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC, Sunday 7:00pm) - 1.1    2nd week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Utopia (FOX, Friday 8:00pm) - 1.8 million    4th week
2. The Mindy Project (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 2.2 million    4th week
3. New Girl (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.3 million    4th week
    Mulaney (FOX, Sunday 9:30pm) - 2.3 million    3rd week
5. Manhattan Love Story (ABC, Tuesday 8:30pm) - 2.9 million    2nd week
6. Red Band Society (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 3.2 million    4th week
7. Selfie (ABC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 3.4 million    2nd week
    A to Z (NBC, Thursday 9:30pm) - 3.4 million    2nd week
9. Hell's Kitchen (FOX, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 3.7 million    4th week
    Gracepoint (FOX, Thursday 9:00pm) - 3.7 million    2nd week

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - The Voice (NBC)    1st week
Tuesday - Chicago Fire (NBC)    2nd week
Wednesday - Criminal Minds (CBS)    2nd week
Thursday - Grey's Anatomy (ABC)    2nd week
Friday - The Amazing Race (CBS)    1st week
Sunday - Madam Secretary (CBS)    1st week

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)    2nd week
Tuesday - Person of Interest (CBS)    1st week
Wednesday - Hell's Kitchen (FOX)    1st week
Thursday - Gracepoint (FOX)    2nd week
Friday - 20/20 (ABC)    1st week
Sunday - Mulaney (FOX)    2nd week

MY TOP 5 EPISODES OF THE WEEK
1. Brooklyn Nine-Nine #26 "Halloween II"    1st week
2. Scandal #51 "Like Father, Like Daughter"    3rd week
3. Gotham #4 "Arkham"    3rd week
4. About a Boy #14 "About a Vasectomy"    1st week
5. Blue Bloods #93 "Excessive Snooping"    4th week

RATINGS RECAP: 10/19/14

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
9:00 Resurrection
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Revenge
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes

Viewers: 11.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:00 Madam Secretary
Viewers: 12.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 The Good Wife
Viewers: 10.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 CSI
Viewers: 8.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
8:00 NFL Pregame
Viewers: 12.6 million, 18-49 demo: 4.1
8:30 Sunday Night Football
Viewers: 23.8 million, 18-49 demo: 8.2

FOX
7:00 NFL Overrun

Viewers: 27.0 million, 18-49 demo: 8.8
7:30 The OT
Viewers: 13.8 million, 18-49 demo: 5.1
8:00 The Simpsons
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.6
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:00 Family Guy
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:30 Mulaney
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

Sunday night had a big NFL overrun for FOX, which of course helped their lineup. It also helped that The Simpsons was airing its annual "Treehouse of Horror" episode, as it was up half a million viewers and three tenths in the demo to a strong 3.6. Brooklyn Nine-Nine followed with a Halloween episode of its own and it performed admirably. It was up seven tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. This show really seems to be a nice fit for FOX's Sunday night lineup and that has to be a pleasant surprise. At 9pm, Family Guy was up 1.1 million viewers and six tenths in the demo from its last new episode two weeks ago (not on an NFL lead-in night). The news was pretty terrible for Mulaney though as it was up a tenth in viewers but down a tenth in the demo, despite a new lead-in this week. It retained just 40% of its Family Guy lead-in. FOX already cut Mulaney's episode order. How long until Bob's Burgers comes to 9:30pm?

On CBS, 60 Minutes started things off up 1.2 million viewers but down a tenth in the demo. At 8pm, Madam Secretary was up eight tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. The fact that this show's total viewership has stayed steady through its first six episodes, even when it doesn't have an NFL lead-in, has been remarkable. I think this show has been an over-performer and I think it'll get a full season very soon from CBS. At 9pm, The Good Wife was up half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo. The total viewership from Madam seems to be helping Wife. At 10pm, CSI was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. CBS is just going to have to be OK with these high viewership, low demo results on Sundays just as they are on Fridays. They are probably upscale viewers so that helps and I think CBS will be OK with this lineup.

ABC was off the map except for the 8pm hour. First up, America's Funniest Home Videos was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo from last week's season premiere. At 8pm, Once Upon a Time was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. It's still showing lots of growth year-to-year. Things are getting bad for Resurrection. It was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo for another series low. The signs were all there and it appears that The Walking Dead put the final nail in the coffin for this show. At 10pm, Revenge was up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo despite the lead-in being down. NBC had Peyton Manning's record setting night in a Broncos-49ers game. Despite a blow-out, it delivered the best numbers for Sunday night in four weeks.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Madam Secretary (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Mulaney (FOX)

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, October 21

Tuesday night has the first game of the World Series. While it may not be one of the bigger World Series thanks to smaller market, it should be a big improvement on the FOX lineup for the night. I don't think that will negatively impact anything else much, though. Week two of Marry Me and About a Boy will be interesting to watch. I think at least Marry Me will suffer a standard drop for a new show.

ABC
8:00 Selfie #4 "Nugget of Wisdom"
8:30 Manhattan Love Story #4 "It's Complicated"
9:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #27 "A Hen in the Wolf House"
10:00 Forever #6 "The Frustrating Thing About Psychopaths"
Prediction: Selfie - 3.3 million, 0.9/Manhattan - 2.8 million, 0.8/Marvel - 4.5 million, 1.6/Forever - 4.8 million, 1.1

CBS
8:00 NCIS #263 "The San Dominick"
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans #5 "It Happened Last Night"
10:00 Person of Interest #73 "Prophets"
Prediction: NCIS - 17.1 million, 2.4/New Orleans - 15.8 million, 2.2/Person - 9.8 million, 1.6

NBC
8:00 The Voice
9:00 Marry Me #2 "Move Me"
9:30 About a Boy #15 "About a House for Sale"
10:00 Chicago Fire #51 "The Nuclear Option"
Prediction: Voice - 12.5 million, 3.3/Marry Me - 7.0 million, 2.0/Boy - 5.1 million, 1.6/Fire - 6.9 million, 1.8

FOX
8:00 MLB Word Series Game 1: San Francisco at Kansas City

Monday, October 20, 2014

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, October 20

Monday night has the season premiere of The Millers on CBS. Originally planned for Thursday nights after The Big Bang Theory, it was moved to Mondays in September. It will get to follow The Big Bang Theory this week so it should have a strong premiere, but it will be paired with 2 Broke Girls starting next week so things could change soon. The season premiere of The Millers probably won't impact Scorpion as it will probably be close to what the Big Bang repeats have been getting at 8:30pm. Elsewhere, everything else is new and I think we'll see similar numbers though NBC and week five of Gotham might inch down.

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
10:00 Castle #132 "Child's Play"
Prediction: Dancing - 12.5 million, 1.9/Castle - 9.4 million, 1.9

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #165 "The Expedition Approximation"
8:30 The Millers #24 "Movin' Out (Carol's Song)" (Season Premiere)
9:00 Scorpion #5 "Plutonium is Forever"
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #124 "The 3rd Choir"
Prediction: Big Bang - 15.5 million, 4.6/Millers - 10.9 million, 3.0/Scorpion - 11.5 million, 2.4/Los Angeles - 9.3 million, 1.6

NBC
8:00 The Voice

10:00 The Blacklist #27 "The Front"
Prediction: Voice - 12.8 million, 3.8/Blacklist - 9.6 million, 2.6

FOX
8:00 Gotham #5 "Viper"

9:00 Sleepy Hollow #18 "The Weeping Lady"
Prediction: Gotham - 6.2 million, 2.3/Hollow - 4.7 million, 1.7

Sunday, October 19, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 10/18/14

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

ABC
8:00 College Football
Viewers: 12.0 million, 18-49 demo: 3.7

CBS
8:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

NBC
8:00 The Mysteries of Laura (Repeat)

Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
10:00 Saturday Night Live (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

FOX
8:00 Gracepoint (Repeat)

Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 Gracepoint (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, October 19

Sunday night has all new episodes across the board and a good Sunday night tilt between the 49ers and Broncos. FOX should be strong again with an NFL lead-in (potentially a big one with Dallas-NY Giants) and Halloween episodes in the first hour, including the annual "Treehouse of Horror" Simpsons special. CBS should be old skewing again with no NFL lead-in and I think ABC will be modest at best.

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos

8:00 Once Upon a Time #70 "The Apprentice"
9:00 Resurrection #12 "Old Scars"
10:00 Revenge #70 "Meteor"
Prediction: Videos - 5.6 million, 1.2/Time - 7.7 million, 2.6/Resurrection - 5.1 million, 1.5/Revenge - 4.5 million, 1.2

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Madam Secretary #6 "Blame Canada"
9:00 The Good Wife #117 "Shiny Objects
10:00 CSI #321 "The Book of Shadows"

Prediction: 60 Mins - 9.8 million, 1.2/Madam - 10.9 million, 1.3/Wife - 9.9 million, 1.3/CSI - 9.0 million, 1.4

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America

8:30 Sunday Night Football: San Francisco at Denver

FOX
7:00 NFL Overrun
7:30 The OT
8:00 The Simpsons #556 "Treehouse of Horror XXV"
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine #26 "Halloween II"
9:00 Family Guy #234 "Baking Bad"
9:30 Mulaney #3 "Halloween"
Prediction: Simpsons - 8.1 million, 3.5/Brooklyn - 5.0 million, 2.4/Family - 6.8 million, 3.4/Mulaney - 2.8 million, 1.4

Saturday, October 18, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 10/17/14

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:30 Cristela
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Shark Tank
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
8:00 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Hawaii Five-0
Viewers: 9.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Blue Bloods
Viewers: 10.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 Marry Me (Repeat)

Viewers; 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
8:30 About a Boy (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

FOX
8:00 Utopia

Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Gotham (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5


On Friday night, ABC had a pretty solid second week with its full regular lineup. At 8pm, Last Man Standing was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth the demo while week two of Cristela was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo from last week's series premiere. So far, this two shows seem to fit like a glove with each other. So far, Cristela seems like a much better 8:30pm option than The Neighbors was. At 9pm, Shark Tank was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. 20/20 closed out the night down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Maybe it will do better next week when it's not competing with Dateline NBC.

On CBS, The Amazing Race was up seven tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo for a season high. This is a better performance for a show that has been disappointing on Fridays so far. At 9pm, Hawaii Five-0 was dead even with last week. Blue Bloods closed out the night down four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. On NBC, Dateline NBC was up six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. It will move to 8pm next week to make room for Grimm and Constantine. Finally on FOX, Utopia was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: The Amazing Race (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: 20/20 (ABC)