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Friday, December 19, 2014

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, December 19, Saturday, December 20, & Sunday, December 21


8:00 Last Man Standing #66 "War Games" (REPEAT)
8:30 Cristela #1 "Pilot" (REPEAT)
9:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)

10:00 20/20

8:00 The Amazing Race
9:00 A Home for the Holidays (SPECIAL)
10:00 Blue Bloods #84 "Knockout Game" (REPEAT)

8:00 Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon (SPECIAL)
9:00 Dateline NBC

8:00 Masterchef Junior (REPEAT)
9:00 Hell's Kitchen (REPEAT)


8:00 I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (SPECIAL)
9:00 CMA Country Christmas (SPECIAL - REPEAT)

8:00 NFL Kickoff
8:30 NFL Football: San Diego at San Francisco

8:00 The Sound of Music Live! (SPECIAL)

8:00 Bones (REPEAT)

9:00 Sleepy Hollow (REPEAT)


7:00 The Sound of Music Sing-Along (SPECIAL)

7:00 NFL Overrun
7:30 60 Minutes
8:30 Undercover Boss
9:30 The Mentalist #142 "Black Market"
10:30 CSI #328 "Angle of Attack"

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

7:00 Mulaney #8 "It's a Wonderful Home Alone"
7:30 Bob's Burgers #73 "Father of the Bob" (REPEAT)
8:00 The Simpsons #561 "I Won't Be Home for Christmas" (REPEAT)
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine #11 "Christmas" (REPEAT)
9:00 Family Guy #237 "The 2,000 Year Old Virgin" (REPEAT)
9:30 Bob's Burgers #53 "Christmas in the Car" (REPEAT)

Thursday, December 18, 2014


8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:30 The Goldbergs (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:30 Black-ish (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Black-ish (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:30 Black-ish (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 9.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
10:00 Survivor: Live Reunion Show
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

8:00 Michael Buble's Christmas in New York
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 The Sing-Off
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

8:00 Hell's Kitchen
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

Wednesday night had the finale of the fall edition of Survivor. It was up three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. While that was no improvement from last week, it was closely behind last fall and spring's 2.6 demo result. It was another pretty consistent season for the long running reality show. A live reunion show was solid at 10pm as well. NBC got little traction from the season premiere of annual holiday entry The Sing-Off, but this will be acceptable for a holiday run. NBC got the same demo result from Michael Buble's Christmas special, though Buble did better with total viewers. Finally, the finale of Hell's Kitchen capped a very disappointing season for the show. It was down three tenths in viewers an even in the demo from last week's 8pm edition. It will not be on the spring and might be better suited for a summer run.

LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Hell's Kitchen (FOX)

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, December 18

Thursday night has new episodes of all CBS shows except for The Big Bang Theory. They should do OK with limited competition. Elsewhere, ABC has The Taste while NBC has The Biggest Loser and the new People Magazine Awards.

8:00 The Taste
10:00 How to Get Away with Murder #5 "We're Not Friends" (REPEAT)

8:00 The Big Bang Theory #162 "The First Pitch Insufficiency" (REPEAT)

8:30 Mom #30 "Free Therapy and a Dead Lady's Yard Sale"
9:00 Two and a Half Men #254 "Clockwise in Back Hole Until Tight"
9:30 The McCarthys #8 "Red Sox Swap"
10:00 Elementary #56 "End of Watch"

8:00 The Biggest Loser
9:00 The People Magazine Awards (SPECIAL)

8:00 Bones #179 "Big in the Phillippines" (REPEAT)
9:00 Bones #189 "The Drama in the Queen" (REPEAT)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


8:00 A Charlie Brown Christmas
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 Disney Prep & Landing
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:30 Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Forever (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 17.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 14.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 Person of Interest
Viewers: 8.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

8:00 Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 The Voice
Viewers: 12.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3

8:00 Masterchef Junior

Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 New Girl (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:30 The Mindy Project (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

Tuesday night had the finale of The Voice. After a new special (Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas) got little traction, The Voice was up 1.7 million viewers and a full demo point from last week. It was down from last December's 4.0 demo, but it tied last May's result. Not too bad considering how much it was slumping in recent weeks. The Voice returns at the end of February. FOX had a finale of its own with Masterchef Junior. It was up seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. The viewer total was a series high. This show has been a pleasant Tuesday surprise. It will be back in January for another run. Over on CBS, NCIS started things off up 1.5 million viewers but down a tenth in the demo. The dramas that followed wilted against The Voice finale. NCIS: New Orleans was down four tenths in viewers and the demo for a new series low. It's a good thing it doesn't have to face The Voice all the time. At 10pm, Person of Interest was down a tenth in viewers and a rough four tenths in the demo, tying a series low. ABC countered with holiday specials that had OK numbers.


THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, December 17

Wednesday night has two unscripted finales. For the first time since season one back in 2000, Survivor is airing its finale on a Wednesday night. It'll be interesting to see how it does compared to the usual Sunday airing. Hell's Kitchen also has its finale after a disappointing fall run. NBC has a Michael Buble special followed by the season premiere of annual holiday show The Sing-Off. Lots of unscripted competition! ABC has repeats including a mini Black-ish marathon.

8:00 The Middle #105 "The Christmas Tree" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Goldbergs #22 "A Wrestler Named Goldberg" (REPEAT)
9:00 Modern Family #106 "The Old Man & the Tree" (REPEAT)
9:30 Black-ish #3 "The Nod" (REPEAT)

10:00 Black-ish #2 "The Talk" (REPEAT)
10:30 Black-ish #1 "Pilot" (REPEAT)

8:00 Survivor (29th Edition Finale)
10:00 Survivor: Blood vs. Water Live Reunion Show (SPECIAL)

8:00 Michael Buble's Christmas in New York (SPECIAL)
9:00 The Sing-Off (Season Premiere)

8:00 Hell's Kitchen (Season Finale)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


8:00 The Great Christmas Light Fight
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Castle (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

8:00 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
8:30 Mike & Molly
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 Scorpion
Viewers: 10.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 9.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 12.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
10:00 State of Affairs
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

8:00 American Country Countdown Awards
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

On Monday night, the performance finale of The Voice was up 1.3 million viewers and three tenths in the demo. It only got back to a 2.8, which isn't so impressive. At 10pm, State of Affairs was down a tenth in viewers and the demo despite the better lead-in, hitting a series low. The Night Shift will take over the Monday 10pm slot when The Voice returns in February. Over on CBS, 2 Broke Girls was up a tenth in viewers and the demo. This show has held up well at 8pm. Week two of Mike & Molly was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. It hasn't been great but the best news for CBS is it's seemingly helping Scorpion, which was up a tenth in viewers and down a tenth in the demo at a still solid 2.0. NCIS: Los Angeles was up eight tenths in viewers and even in the demo, winning the hour with a 1.6 demo. Finally on ABC, week two of The Great Christmas Light Fight was down 1.5 million viewers and three tenths in the demo from last week's premiere. FOX got very little interest from the new American Country Countdown awards.

LOSER OF THE NIGHT: State of Affairs (NBC)

WEEKLY RECAP: December 8-14, 2014

Here's my weekly recap for Week #12. 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, Thursday 8:00pm) - 3.9    10th week
2. Modern Family (ABC, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 3.1    10th week
3. Mom (CBS, Thursday 8:30pm) - 2.6    5th week
4. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.5    12th week
5. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 2.4    4th week
6. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.3    11th week
    Black-ish (ABC, Wednesday 9:30pm) - 2.3    8th week
    Two and a Half Men (CBS, Thursday 9:00pm) - 2.3    1st week
9. The Middle (ABC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 2.2    1st week
    The Goldbergs (ABC, Wednesday 8:30pm) - 2.2    1st week

1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursday 8:00pm) - 15.5 million    10th week
2. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:00pm) - 11.4 million    10th week
3. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 11.2 million    9th week
4. Blue Bloods (CBS, Friday 10:00pm) - 11.1 million    6th week
5. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 10.8 million    12th week
    Mom (CBS, Thursday 8:30pm) - 10.8 million    5th week
7. Criminal Minds (CBS, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 10.1 million    4th week
8. Scorpion (CBS, Monday 9:00pm) - 10.0 million    7th week
9. Modern Family (ABC, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 9.7 million    4th week
10. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 9.5 million    2nd week

1. The Taste (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 0.8    2nd week
    A to Z (NBC, Thursday 9:30pm) - 0.8    9th week
    Cristela (ABC, Friday 8:30pm) - 0.8    7th week
4. About a Boy (NBC, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 0.9    4th week
    Gracepoint (FOX, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.9    10th week
6. Constantine (NBC, Friday 10:00pm) - 1.0    6th week
7. The Mindy Project (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 1.1    8th week
    Forever (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 1.1    6th week
    The Biggest Loser (NBC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 1.1    5th week
    Bad Judge (NBC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.1    6th week
    Last Man Standing (ABC, Friday 8:00pm) - 1.1    4th week
    Hawaii Five-0 (CBS, Friday 9:00pm) - 1.1    5th week

1. A to Z (NBC, Thursday 9:30pm) - 2.5 million    8th week
    Bob's Burgers (FOX, Sunday 9:30pm) - 2.5 million    7th week
3. The Mindy Project (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 2.6 million    10th week
4. The Taste (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 3.2 million    2nd week
5. New Girl (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 3.3 million    10th week
    Constantine (NBC, Friday 10:00pm) - 3.3 million    8th week
7. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Sunday 8:30pm) - 3.5 million    5th week
8. About a Boy (NBC, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 3.7 million    5th week
9. Bad Judge (NBC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 3.8 million    5th week
10. Hell's Kitchen (FOX, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 3.9 million    8th week
     Hell's Kitchen (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 3.9 million    (Special Airing)

Monday - The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC)    1st week (New Season)
Tuesday - Masterchef Junior (FOX)    3rd week
Wednesday - The Middle (ABC)    1st week
Thursday - Mom (CBS)    2nd week
Friday - Dateline NBC (NBC)    1st week
Sunday - Undercover Boss (CBS)    1st week (New Season)

Monday - Castle (ABC)    2nd week
Tuesday - About a Boy (NBC)    3rd week
Wednesday - Law & Order: SVU (NBC)    1st week
Thursday - Bones (FOX)    1st week
Friday - Cristela (ABC)    3rd week
Sunday - Once Upon a Time (ABC)    1st week

1. New Girl #83 "LAXmas"    3rd week
2. About a Boy #21 "About a Christmas Carol"    3rd week
3. The Middle #129 "The Christmas Wall"    3rd week
4. Black-ish #10 "Black Santa/White Christmas"    4th week
5. Law & Order: SVU #352 "Pattern Seventeen"    1st week


7:00 Backstage with Disney on Broadway
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Barbara Walters 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 11.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:00 Undercover Boss
Viewers: 8.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 The Mentalist
Viewers: 8.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 CSI
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

7:00 Football Night in America
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
8:00 NFL Pregame
Viewers: 12.4 million, 18-49 demo: 4.1
8:30 Sunday Night Football
Viewers: 24.3 million, 18-49 demo: 8.6

7:00 NFL Overrun

Viewers: 17.1 million, 18-49 demo: 5.8
7:30 The OT
Viewers: 12.8 million, 18-49 demo: 4.4
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:30 Bob's Burgers
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

Sunday night had the return of Undercover Boss. After a typical non-football lead-in result for 60 Minutes, Boss premiered to a solid 1.7 demo. It skewed younger than Madam Secretary has been, It will air for a couple weeks on Sunday before moving to Friday for a couple weeks. It seemed to help The Mentalist a bit as that show was down three tenths in viewers but up two tenths in the demo. CSI closed things out down seven tenths in viewers (a series low) and even in the demo. Time to retire this show, but I could see CBS giving it a 13 episode final season next year. A mammoth Sunday night football game between the Cowboys and Eagles gave NBC its best Sunday Night Football numbers since the Saints-Cowboys game on September 28. The Cowboys have played in three of the four Sunday night showdowns that went above an 8 in the demo.

On ABC, the fall finale of Once Upon a Time left the show on a very sour note. After a huge start to its season and the Frozen storyline (it premiered to a 3.5 demo!), it has declined rapidly in the past couple weeks. This result was a series low in total viewers and tied a series low in the demo. ABC is going to need to find yet another storyline to inject life into this show when it returns in March. The annual Barbara Walters "10 Most Fascinating People" special was down big year to year on its new night. After last year's special was billed as the last one, this might really be it as the usually reliable special didn't draw much interest this time around. FOX only had new episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Bob's Burgers. They were slightly up from the last time this scenario happened two weeks ago (though that night didn't have an NFL overrun earlier in the evening).

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Undercover Boss (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Once Upon a Time (ABC)

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, December 16

Tuesday night has the fall edition finales of two unscripted shows: The Voice and Masterchef Junior. They should both be up but it will be interesting to see how The Voice finishes after it's had a couple very down weeks. ABC is filled with Christmas specials but CBS is all new with its regular lineup, which should provide formidable competition. Person of Interest could get hit by the second hour of The Voice.

8:00 A Charlie Brown Christmas (SPECIAL)
9:00 Disney Prep & Landing (SPECIAL)
9:30 Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (SPECIAL)
10:00 Forever #1 "Pilot" (REPEAT)

8:00 NCIS #268 "House Rules"

9:00 NCIS: New Orleans #10 "Stolen Valor"
10:00 Person of Interest #78 "The Cold War"

8:00 Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas (SPECIAL)
9:00 The Voice (7th Edition Finale)

8:00 Masterchef Junior (2nd Edition Finale)
9:00 New Girl #73 "The Last Wedding" (REPEAT)
9:30 The Mindy Project #47 "We're a Couple Now, Haters!" (REPEAT)

Monday, December 15, 2014

QUICK HITS: December 15, 2014

Now that all the networks have revealed their midseason plans, here are my quick thoughts on the many new shows coming, both from their trailer (if I've seen it) and chance for success.


Galavant (Sundays at 8pm for four weeks (two episodes a week), premieres Jan 4)
I don't even know what to make of this show. It seems so absurd yet it also seems like it could be charming. I don't see it working though. It's hard to imagine fans of the dark Once Upon a Time being all about a musical romp, even if it has to do with fairy tales.

Marvel's Agent Carter (Tuesdays at 9pm for seven weeks, 2 hour premiere Jan 6)
While I am not a big Marvel fan, I am quite intrigued by the 1940s setting and it's made me much more interested in this show than I would have been otherwise. I don't have huge hopes for it though considering Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seems more mass appealing and doesn't do all that well.

Fresh Off the Boat (Tuesdays at 8pm starting Feb 10, special Weds premiere Feb 4 at 8:30pm & 9:30pm)
I have been excited about this show since the trailer first came out in May. I thought it looked like the funniest new comedy on any network. I'm so troubled by the scheduling though because comedies go to die at 8pm Tuesday on ABC. Hopefully the Weds premiere will give it some good will and it can exceed recent Tues 8pm entries.

Secrets and Lies (Sundays at 9pm, premieres Mar 1)
I love a good murder mystery but I'm skeptical about where they go on TV shows and how often they get overly complicated or dragged out. I'm also not a big Juliette Lewis fan and I'm indifferent towards Ryan Phillippe. I could see it being like Resurrection last year with its post-Oscars premiere. But will it follow the same trajectory Resurrection has had?

American Crime (Thursdays at 10pm, premieres Mar 5)
I think this looks like it could be smartly written and interesting, but it seems like a horrible fit in the timeslot. It seems methodical and slow yet it's following a show that moves at breakneck speed (Scandal) and inherits the timeslot of a show that moves even faster than that (How to Get Away with Murder). It just doesn't seem like it fits on ABC Thursday at all. I think they should have stuck with their original plan to have Secrets & Lies on Thurs and American Crime on Sun.


The Odd Couple (Thursdays at 8:30pm, premieres Feb 19) - No trailers available for CBS shows. I love Matthew Perry but I'm pretty skeptical about this. It doesn't seem like we need another Odd Couple and so many other shows play on that premise anyway.

Battle Creek (Sundays at 10pm, premieres Mar 1) - Well, I know so little about this show so I really have no opinion. But I don't think it has a great chance with a sleepy 10pm Sunday timeslot.

CSI: Cyber (Wednesdays at 10pm, premieres Mar 4) - I've never been big into the CSI franchise, but I'm mildly intrigued in this one only because the cyber element seems interesting. Of the three CBS midseason shows, I think this is the only one that might make some noise. The CSI thing is tired but Criminal Minds fans are used to having a CSI show follow it at 10pm.


Allegiance (Thursdays at 10pm, premieres Feb 5) - Sounds like an interesting premise but also a little bit complicated. I'm skeptical of this whole drama lineup for NBC on Thursday since it has to go against ABC's powerful lineup. Therefore, I'm skeptical of a serial show like this working.

The Slap (Thursdays at 8pm, premieres Feb 12) - I know very little about this "limited" series. I'm very doubtful that it will be able to find an audience and I think NBC will have a short leash if it seems like it's bringing down The Blacklist at 9pm.

One Big Happy (Tuesdays at 9pm, premieres Mar 17) - I have no idea about the quality of this show but I like the idea of trying a multi-cam comedy after The Voice on Tuesdays. The single cam comedies certainly haven't been working so why not give it a shot?

A.D. (Sundays at 9pm, premieres Apr 5) - This is the only trailer I've seen so far from NBC and I think it stands a chance to make some serious noise considering how well The Bible did. With an Easter Sunday premiere, this could be a show that transcends the regular network TV audience.

Odyssey (Sundays at 10pm, premieres Apr 5) - I'm high on its lead-in, A.D., but I don't know that this will be able to find the same audience or capitalize on a potentially large lead-in. I like the concept on paper but I've been duped by shows like this before. We'll see...


Empire (Wednesdays at 9pm, premieres Jan 7) - Of all the FOX newbies at midseason, this is the only one I have reasonably decent hopes for. I think it should definitely be an improvement on former timeslot holder Red Band Society, and the bar isn't too high for FOX shows.

World's Funniest Fails (Fridays at 8pm, premieres Jan 16) - This is just filler stuff on Friday leading into the final season of Glee, which nobody cares about. I don't think it'll do well, but it doesn't really have to.

Backstrom (Thursdays at 9pm, premieres Jan 22) - This is totally the Rake of 2015. I don't see it working at all and an American Idol lead-in doesn't mean much anymore. It seems a sure goner to me and it really doesn't seem appealing.

Last Man on Earth (Sundays at 9:30pm, premieres Mar 1 at 9pm) - Talk about your niche comedies. FOX has so much unappealing junk coming on its midseason schedule. They're just gonna have to get through it and reboot for Fall 2015. I don't see this getting any traction at all and it doesn't strike me as funny in the least.

Weird Loners (Tuesdays at 9:30pm, premieres Mar 31) - See what I wrote about Last Man on Earth, and give it about a 2% better chance.