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Thursday, March 26, 2015

RATINGS RECAP: 3/25/15

ABC
8:00 The Middle
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
8:30 The Goldbergs
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 Modern Family
Viewers: 8.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
9:30 Black-ish
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
10:00 Nashville: On the Record 2
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

CBS
8:00 Survivor

Viewers: 9.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:00 Criminal Minds
Viewers: 10.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
10:00 CSI: Cyber
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

NBC
8:00 The Mysteries of Laura
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Chicago PD
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

It was a disappointing Wednesday night as Empire left the night but nothing was able to capitalize. In fact, almost everything was down from their last airing. On ABC, The Middle started things off down nine tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. It seems like this show always comes back weak after a couple weeks of repeats. At 8:30pm, The Goldbergs was down 1.1 million viewers and four tenths in the demo. At 9pm, Modern Family was down nine tenths in viewers and half a demo point. I have no idea what happened here, this should have been one of the shows to capitalize in a big way from no Empire at 9pm. Black-ish closed out the sitcom lineup down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. The Empire network (FOX) saw a terrible showing from American Idol without Empire as a lead-out. It was down 1.2 million viewers and a terrible seven tenths in the demo. Who would have thought we'd see the day where a different show was holding up American Idol?

CBS was the only network not to drop in the demo. Survivor was dead even with last week's two hour edition. At 9pm, Criminal Minds was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo from its last airing two weeks ago. CSI: Cyber closed out the night up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo despite a more compatible lead-in. This show is looking like a dud. Finally on NBC, The Mysteries of Laura was down 1.2 million viewers and a rough four tenths in the demo from its last airing a month ago. This was a weak return after its promising showing in its last airing. Law & Order: SVU was down 1.8 million viewers and three tenths in the demo. Both Laura and SVU tied series lows in the demo. At 10pm, Chicago PD was down 1.1 million viewers but even in the demo, which is not a horrible showing.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Survivor (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: American Idol (FOX)

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, March 26

Thursday night has CBS with another round of March Madness and it will be higher than last week's as the games aren't spread out as much. ABC will try to rebound a bit especially with Scandal, which has been on a troubling three week trend. NBC may come back a bit if Dateline isn't as strong at 8. Bones returns for FOX after having last aired in December. I don't expect much and it could be Backstrom down with it.

ABC
8:00 Grey's Anatomy #237 "With or Without You"
9:00 Scandal #64 "Put a Ring On It"
10:00 American Crime #4 "Episode Four"
Prediction: Grey's - 7.8 million, 2.1/Scandal - 8.4 million, 2.5/Crime - 5.2 million, 1.2

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament

NBC
8:00 Dateline NBC
9:00 The Blacklist #39 "The Longevity Initiative"
10:00 The Slap #7 "Rosie"
Prediction: Dateline - 5.4 million, 1.1/Blacklist - 7.8 million, 1.7/Slap - 3.0 million, 0.6

FOX
8:00 Bones #201 "The Psychic in the Soup"
9:00 Backstrom #8 "Give 'Til It Hurts"
Prediction: Bones - 5.4 million, 1.2/Backstrom - 3.3 million, 0.8

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

RATINGS RECAP: 3/24/15

ABC
8:00 Fresh Off the Boat
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 Repeat After Me
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 Forever
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 16.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 14.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 Person of Interest
Viewers: 9.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 11.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
9:00 Undateable
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:30 One Big Happy
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 The Night Shift
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen

Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 New Girl (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:30 The Mindy Project
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

It was a rough second week for NBC's new Tuesday lineup. The Voice got things off to a rough start as it was down 1.2 million viewers and four tenths in the demo, dipping below a 3 in the demo awfully early in this edition's run. The new Tuesday comedies fell off a cliff in their second week. Undateable was down 1.2 million viewers and four tenths in the demo from last week's premiere. That does mirror The Voice's drop, but it's still troubling. Week two of One Big Happy was down 1.7 million viewers and four tenths in the demo from last week's series premiere. This show can pretty much be counted out at this point but Undateable still has a chance. NBC gave The Night Shift a special Tuesday airing and it had disastrous results. The show crashed to a new series low without The Voice lead-in. Any goodwill it may have gotten Monday from a growth is wiped out by this. On FOX, Hell's Kitchen was even with last week while the season finale of The Mindy Project was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo for a third straight week. Mindy is on the bubble and I could see it going either way but my gut tells me it gets renewed.

On ABC, everything hit or tied a series low in the demo. Fresh Off the Boat started things out down two tenths in viewers and the demo. This has been looking safe but the drops keep happening. ABC will probably still renew this show, but they need to give it a good comedy partner next year. It's performed admirably in a difficult situation. At 8:30pm, Repeat After Me was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. followed at 9pm and was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. Forever ended the night also even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. Finally on CBS, NCIS started things dead even with its last airing two weeks ago. NCIS: New Orleans rebounded a bit from its horrible showing two weeks ago as it was up 1.8 million viewers and two tenths in the demo. This is still its second worst demo ever. At 10pm, Person of Interest was up half a million viewers and even in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: NCIS (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: The Night Shift (NBC)

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, March 25

Wednesday is an interesting night. The night is fully new but Empire and its mammoth ratings are done for the season. In theory, some shows could pick up some eyeballs in the 9pm hour but we'll see. The ABC comedies always seem to come back weak after a couple weeks off and CSI: Cyber had a real bad showing last week. It also hasn't had to face Chicago PD until tonight. And FOX has two hours of American Idol, can it still do well or was it basking in the glow of Empire?

ABC
8:00 The Middle #137 "The Waiting Game"
8:30 The Goldbergs #39 "The Lost Boy"
9:00 Modern Family #138 "Spring Break"
9:30 Black-ish #17 "30 Something"
10:00 Nashville: On the Record 2 (SPECIAL)
Prediction: Middle - 7.7 million, 1.8/Goldbergs - 7.8 million, 2.0/Modern - 9.8 million, 3.4/Black-ish - 7.5 million, 2.4

CBS
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #228 "Rock Creek Park"
10:00 CSI: Cyber #4 "Fire Code"
Prediction: Survivor - 9.5 million, 2.3/Criminal - 10.8 million, 2.2/Cyber - 9.1 million, 1.5

NBC
8:00 The Mysteries of Laura #17 "The Mystery of the Intoxicated Intern"
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #360 "Parole Violations"
10:00 Chicago PD #32 "Say Her Real Name"
Prediction: Laura - 7.5 million, 1.2/SVU - 7.1 million, 1.5/PD - 7.2 million, 1.5

FOX
8:00 American Idol

Prediction: Idol - 9.0 million, 2.1

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

RATINGS RECAP: 3/23/15

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 13.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
10:00 Castle
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

CBS
8:00 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
8:30 Mike & Molly
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 Scorpion
Viewers: 9.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 12.2 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
10:00 The Night Shift
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

FOX
8:00 The Following

Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 The Following
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

It was a busy Monday night on the networks. On ABC, week two of Dancing with the Stars went pretty well as it was down just three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Things did not go as well for Castle as it was down nine tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, finishing third in an underwhelming time period. According to other sources, it's not a sure thing that this show will come back. On NBC, The Voice was down four tenths in viewers and even in the demo while The Night Shift was even in viewers but up two tenths in the demo to tie its season premiere demo. It also beat Castle for the time period. It's still not enough, but it's not continuing to drop so that's good.

Over on CBS, the comedies had a weak showing. 2 Broke Girls was down a million viewers and two tenths in the demo while Mike & Molly was down eight tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. At 9pm, Scorpion continued to do well. It was down nine tenths in viewers but up a tenth in the demo. At a 2.1 demo, it had the second best demo of the night. At 10pm, NCIS: Los Angeles was down 1.3 million viewers and two tenths in the demo from its surprisingly strong showing two weeks ago. Finally, FOX had two episodes of The Following and they were up from recent weeks, but still pretty low.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Scorpion (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Castle (ABC)

WEEKLY RECAP: March 16-22, 2015

Here's my weekly recap for Week #23. Please note this only covers regularly scheduled shows (no sports, specials, repeats, or Saturday shows)

TOP 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Empire (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 6.9    11th week 
2. Empire (FOX, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 6.1    Special Airing
3. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 3.4    17th week
4. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 3.2    16th week
5. Scandal (ABC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 2.4    16th week
6. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 2.3    8th week
7. Dancing with the Stars (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.1    2nd week
    Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.1    6th week
9. Mike & Molly (CBS, Monday 8:30pm) - 2.0    2nd week
10. Undateable (NBC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.9    1st week (New Season)

TOP 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Empire (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 17.6 million    11th week 
2. Empire (FOX, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 15.8 million    Special Airing
3. Dancing with the Stars (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 14.2 million    11th week 
4. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 12.8 million    14th week 
5. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 12.6 million    17th week 
6. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:30pm) - 11.6 million    16th week 
7. Madam Secretary (CBS, Sunday 8:30pm) - 10.8 million    15th week 
8. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 9.6 million    4th week 
9. Castle (ABC, Monday 10:00pm) - 8.9 million    3rd week 
10. Mike & Molly (CBS, Monday 8:30pm) - 8.6 million    2nd week 

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. The Slap (NBC, Thursday 10;00pm) - 0.7    6th week 
    Glee (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.7    11th week 
3. Glee (FOX, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.8    Special Airing 
    Battle Creek (CBS, Sunday 10:30pm) - 0.8    4th week 
5. The Mindy Project (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 0.9    14th week 
6. Cristela (ABC, Friday 8:30pm) - 1.0    13th week 
    The Good Wife (CBS, Sunday 9:30pm) - 1.0    5th week 
    Bob's Burgers (FOX, Sunday 7:30pm) - 1.0    6th week 
9. The Following (FOX, Monday 9:00pm) - 1.1    2nd week 
    20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:00pm) - 1.1    7th week 
    Grimm (NBC, Friday 8:00pm) - 1.1    4th week 
    Revenge (ABC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 1.1    10th week 

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. The Mindy Project (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 2.0 million    19th week 
2. Bob's Burgers (FOX, Sunday 7:30pm) - 2.2 million    14th week 
3. Glee (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 2.5 million    11th week 
4. Glee (FOX, Friday 8:00pm) - 2.7 million    Special Airing
5. The Slap (NBC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 3.2 million    4th week 
6. The Following (FOX, Monday 9:00pm) - 3.5 million    2nd week 
7. Hell's Kitchen (FOX, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 3.8 million    11th week 
8. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 4.3 million    2nd week 
9. Revenge (ABC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 4.4 million    3rd week 
    The Last Man on Earth (FOX, Sunday 9:00pm) - 4.4 million    1st week 

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Mike & Molly (CBS)    4th week 
Tuesday - Undateable (NBC)    1st week (New Season)
Wednesday - Empire (FOX)    10th week 
Thursday - The Blacklist (NBC)    2nd week 
Friday - Last Man Standing (ABC)    5th week 
Sunday - Secrets and Lies (ABC)    1st week 

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - The Following (FOX)    3rd week 
Tuesday - Chicago Fire (NBC)    1st week 
Wednesday - CSI: Cyber (CBS)    2nd week 
Thursday - American Crime (ABC)    2nd week 
Friday - Glee (FOX)    3rd week 
Sunday - Battle Creek (CBS)    2nd week 

TOP 5 EPISODES OF THE WEEK
1. The Last Man on Earth #6 "Some Friggin' Fat Guy"    2nd week 
2. Scandal #63 "It's Good to Be Kink"    10th week 
3. The Night Shift #12 "Shock to the Heart"    3rd week 
4. Cristela #17 "Fifteen-Something"    1st week 
5. Chicago Fire #64 "Forgiving, Relentless, Unconditional"    7th week 

RATINGS RECAP: 3/22/15

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 Secrets and Lies
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 Revenge
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
7:00 NCAA Basketball Overrun
Viewers: 13.3 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
7:30 60 Minutes
Viewers: 11.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
8:30 Madam Secretary
Viewers: 10.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:30 The Good Wife
Viewers: 8.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:30 Battle Creek
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

NBC
7:00 The Voice (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Dateline NBC: Escape
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

FOX
7:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
7:30 Bob's Burgers
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 The Last Man on Earth
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

On Sunday night, CBS had a March Madness tournament overrun which set the lineup half an hour late but it did help 60 Minutes rise a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo. At 8:30pm, Madam Secretary was down half a million viewers and up a tenth in the demo. The Good Wife followed and was down half a million viewers and even in the demo. I think CBS should consider letting The Good Wife and CSI share a timeslot (Sunday at 10?) with each show getting 13 episode final seasons next year. At 10pm, Battle Creek was down seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. CBS is leaving this on because it's not doing damage to the rest of the lineup and also CBS doesn't have anything else to air except reruns. This probably would have been pulled already had it been the fall.

Over on ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos was up half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo. At 8pm, Once Upon a Time was down a tenth in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. Secrets and Lies is quietly surviving as it was up a tenth in viewers and the demo, returning to its premiere demo number from three weeks ago. I think this show actually has a chance to return at this point which seemed very unlikely after its premiere. At 10pm, Revenge was down four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Finally on FOX, Bob's Burgers was even with last week. Two episodes of The Last Man on Earth aired at 9pm and it was up six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. After some alarming drops, this was a nice fourth week performance that certainly helps its renewal chances.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Secrets and Lies (ABC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Battle Creek (CBS)

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, March 24

Tuesday night is all new except for New Girl repeat on FOX. ABC has the return of its regular lineup and should be low but pretty steady. CBS had a terrible showing from NCIS: New Orleans two weeks ago but it could pop back up a bit without having to face The Voice. NBC has week two of its comedies and I expect a sizable but not horrible drop. The Night Shift airs instead of Chicago Fire at 10pm and it will surely do worse. The Mindy Project has its season finale on FOX.

ABC
8:00 Fresh Off the Boat #9 "License to Sell"

8:30 Repeat After Me
9:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #36 "Love in the Time of Hydra"
10:00 Forever #18 "Dead Men Tell Long Tales"
Prediction: Boat - 5.0 million, 1.5/Repeat - 3.8 million, 1.1/Marvel - 4.2 million, 1.5/Forever - 4.0 million, 1.0

CBS
8:00 NCIS #276 "Status Update"
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans #18 "The List"
10:00 Person of Interest #86 "Skip"
Prediction: NCIS - 16.1 million, 2.1/New Orleans - 13.8 million, 1.9/Person - 9.3 million, 1.6

NBC
8:00 The Voice
9:00 Undateable #15 "Candace's Boyfriend Walks Into a Bar"
9:30 One Big Happy #2 "Out of the Closet"
10:00 The Night Shift #14 "Need to Know"
Prediction: Voice - 12.5 million, 3.0/Undateable - 6.0 million, 1.7/Happy - 5.2 million, 1.4/Shift - 5.3 million, 1.3

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
9:00 New Girl #80 "Teachers" (REPEAT)
9:30 The Mindy Project #67 "Best Man" (Season Finale)
Prediction: Hell's - 4.0 million, 1.3/Mindy - 2.2 million, 1.0

Monday, March 23, 2015

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, March 23

Monday night is fully new across the board, somewhat rare for a March night. Dancing with the Stars had an underwhelming premiere last week and I don't think it'll get better this week with the CBS lineup new again. FOX is double pumping The Following and that show could see even lower numbers. CBS may come back slightly down while I think NBC will be steady.

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
10:00 Castle #146 "At Close Range"
Prediction: Dancing - 13.5 million, 1.9/Castle - 8.2 million, 1.4

CBS
8:00 2 Broke Girls #87 "And the Fat Cat"
8:30 Mike & Molly #107 "Pie Fight"
9:00 Scorpion #19 "Young Hearts Spark Fire"
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #138 "Fighting Shadows"
Prediction: Girls - 7.9 million, 2.0/Mike&Molly - 8.5 million, 2.2/Scorpion - 10.1 million, 2.0/Los Angeles - 9.8 million, 1.6

NBC
8:00 The Voice
10:00 The Night Shift #13 "Ghosts"
Prediction: Voice - 12.8 million, 3.3/Night - 5.5 million, 1.3

FOX
8:00 The Following #34/35 "Home/A Hostile Witness"
Prediction: Following - 3.4 million, 1.0

Sunday, March 22, 2015

RATINGS RECAP: 3/21/15

ABC
8:00 Secrets and Lies (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2
9:00 In an Instant
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

NBC
8:00 Movie: Fast Five
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

FOX
8:00 Backstrom (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Sleepy Hollow (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2