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Friday, May 29, 2015

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, May 29, Saturday, May 30, & Sunday, May 31

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)
9:00 What Would You Do? (Season Premiere)

10:00 20/20

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss (REPEAT)
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (REPEAT)

10:00 Blue Bloods (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent (REPEAT)
10:00 Dateline NBC

FOX
8:00 Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (REPEAT)
9:00 Bullseye (REPEAT)


SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 Grey's Anatomy (REPEAT)
9:00 In an Instant (REPEAT)


CBS
8:00 Person of Interest (REPEAT)
9:00 Elementary (REPEAT)

10:00 48 Hours

NBC
8:00 American Ninja Warrior (REPEAT)
10:00 The Island (REPEAT)


FOX
8:00 MLB Baseball

SUNDAY
Sunday night has the primetime premiere of FOX's Golan the Insatiable, which has aired in 15 minute installments in their late Saturday night block. I will not review since it's not really a series premiere and I don't have high hopes for it in a difficult summer slot.

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (REPEAT)
8:00 Dancing with the Stars Anniversary Special (SPECIAL - REPEAT)
9:00 The Middle (REPEAT)
9:30 The Goldbergs (REPEAT)

10:00 Modern Family (REPEAT)
10:30 Black-ish (REPEAT)

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Madam Secretary (REPEAT)
9:00 The Good Wife (REPEAT)
10:00 CSI (REPEAT)

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC (REPEAT)
9:00 A.D. The Bible Continues #9 "Saul's Return"

10:00 American Odyssey #10 "Figmo"

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers (REPEAT)
7:30 Bob's Burgers (REPEAT)

8:00 The Simpsons (REPEAT)
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (REPEAT)
9:00 Family Guy (REPEAT)
9:30 Golan the Insatiable #1 "Pilot" (SERIES PREMIERE)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

RATINGS RECAP: 5/27/15

ABC
8:00 500 Questions

Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:30 Black-ish (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Celebrity Wife Swap
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
8:00 The Briefcase
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 CSI: Cyber (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

NBC
8:00 I Can Do That (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 iHeartRadio Country Music Festival
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
8:00 Masterchef

Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 Bullseye
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

Wednesday night had two series premieres. On CBS, The Briefcase had a surprisingly decent premiere in a slot where CBS hasn't had much summer success with its early, pre-Big Brother offerings in May and June. On FOX, Masterchef started things up a promising 1.3 million viewers and four tenths in the demo. Less competition, I guess? At 9pm, the series premiere of Bullseye didn't make much of an impression with a weak 1.1 demo, especially considering how Masterchef over-performed. Finally on ABC, the finale of the week-long event, 500 Questions, was on the low end as far as its ratings have been going. Still, this did alright for how it was set up. I wouldn't be surprised to see it back in the future. At 10pm, Celebrity Wife Swap was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.

RATINGS RECAP: 5/26/15

ABC
8:00 500 Questions
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Extreme Weight Loss
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 48 Hours (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent
Viewers: 11.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
10:00 I Can Do That!
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

FOX
8:00 Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Hell's Kitchen
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

On Tuesday night, NBC had the season premiere of the strongest summer series, America's Got Talent. With a 2.6 demo, it was below last year's premiere number but well above anything else we've seen (and probably will see) this summer. At 10pm, NBC got very solid numbers from the series premiere of I Can Do That! which proved to be compatible with Talent and got a 1.8 demo which is very positive for 10pm in the summer. Over on ABC, 500 Questions was on par with what it's been doing so far but the season premiere of Extreme Weight Loss was a huge disappointment with a mere 2.9 million viewers and a 0.9 demo. It's been an OK summer player before but that might not be the case this summer. Finally on FOX, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? flopped in its first return to primetime in six years. It was ignored with a 0.8 demo. Looks like people were not clamoring for this to return (shocking, I know). At 9pm, Hell's Kitchen was down two tenths in viewers and the demo, tying series lows.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, May 27 & Thursday, May 28

WEDNESDAY
Wednesday night has two reality premieres: The Briefcase on CBS and Bullseye on FOX. I'm not feeling too confident about either of these premieres but Bullseye might have a better shot as its paired with Masterchef.

ABC
8:00 500 Questions
9:00 Modern Family (REPEAT)
9:30 Black-ish (REPEAT)
10:00 Celebrity Wife Swap

CBS
8:00 The Briefcase (SERIES PREMIERE)
9:00 Criminal Minds (REPEAT)

10:00 CSI: Cyber (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 I Can Do That! (REPEAT)
9:00 iHeartRadio Country Festival (SPECIAL)


FOX
8:00 Masterchef

9:00 Bullseye (SERIES PREMIERE)

THURSDAY
Thursday night has the series premiere of NBC's new Charles Manson period drama Aquarius. A two hour start will then lead to the unconventional (for broadcast networks) method of putting the entire series up on the internet on Friday morning. The show has gotten some decent promotion but it's hard to launch scripted shows in the summer. Still, NBC had some success last year so we'll see. Elsewhere, 500 Questions is airing its finale after airing for over a week straight. It hasn't done too bad and could be back next summer. FOX has another episode of Bones (which still hasn't finished its season!) and Wayward Pines, which surprisingly rose last week.

ABC
8:00 500 Questions (Season Finale)
10:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (REPEAT)
8:30 The Odd Couple (REPEAT)
9:00 Mom (REPEAT)

9:30 Mike & Molly (REPEAT)
10:00 Elementary (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Dateline NBC
9:00 Aquarius #1/2 "Everybody's Been Burned/The Hunter Gets Captured By the Game" (SERIES PREMIERE)

FOX
8:00 Bones #210 "The Woman in the Whirlpool"
9:00 Wayward Pines #3 "Our Town, Our Law"

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

RATINGS RECAP: 5/25/15

ABC
8:00 500 Questions
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 The Bachelorette
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

CBS
8:00 2 Broke Girls (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 Mike & Molly (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Scorpion (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

NBC
8:00 American Ninja Warrior
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 The Island
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

FOX
8:00 Masterchef (Repeat)

Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

On Memorial Day, NBC saw a strong season premiere for American Ninja Warrior, which delivered a very impressive 1.8 demo on the holiday. This is becoming a pretty strong and reliable summer show for NBC as it was up from last year's Memorial Day launch. At 10pm the premiere of the new Bear Grylls show The Island delivered an OK 1.2 demo. On ABC, 500 Questions delivered decent numbers at 8pm. This hasn't been a colossal disaster for a summer premiere. At 9pm, week two of The Bachelorette was down 1.7 million viewers and half a demo point. It'll probably recover next week when it's not Memorial Day.

RATINGS RECAP: 5/24/15

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
8:00 500 Questions (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Fresh Off the Boat (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:30 Fresh Off the Boat (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 Castle (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes

Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:00 Undercover Boss (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Madam Secretary (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
10:00 Battle Creek
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 A.D. The Bible Continues
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 American Odyssey
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

FOX
7:00 NASCAR Racing

Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

Monday, May 25, 2015

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, May 25 & Tuesday, May 26

Happy Memorial Day!

MONDAY
Monday night has the premiere of NBC's thrills night with the season premiere of reliable summer option American Ninja Warrior and the series premiere of the new Bear Grylls show The Island. It's Memorial Day so it could see a muted premiere that will get better in the weeks to come.

ABC
8:00 500 Questions
9:00 The Bachelorette

CBS
8:00 2 Broke Girls (REPEAT)
8:30 Mike & Molly (REPEAT)
9:00 Scorpion (REPEAT)

10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 American Ninja Warrior (Season Premiere)
10:00 The Island (SERIES PREMIERE)

FOX
8:00 Masterchef (REPEAT)

TUESDAY
Tuesday night has many premieres. ABC has annual summer series Extreme Weight Loss, which does OK. NBC has the biggest premiere with summer's top show, America's Got Talent followed by the series premiere of another reality show, I Can Do That! FOX has the return of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? which hasn't aired on FOX since 2009. But we're getting reboots all over the place, so why not this one!

ABC
8:00 500 Questions
9:00 Extreme Weight Loss (Season Premiere)

CBS
8:00 NCIS (REPEAT)
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans (REPEAT)

10:00 48 Hours

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent (Season Premiere)
10:00 I Can Do That! (SERIES PREMIERE)

FOX
8:00 Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Season Premiere)

9:00 Hell's Kitchen

Sunday, May 24, 2015

RATINGS RECAP: 5/23/15

ABC
8:00 500 Questions (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 In an Instant
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

CBS
8:00 Madam Secretary (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
10:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

NBC
8:00 NHL Hockey Playoffs
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 MLB Baseball
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

RATINGS RECAP: 5/22/15

ABC
8:00 500 Questions
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

NBC
8:00 The Blacklist (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Dateline NBC (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Bones (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

Saturday, May 23, 2015

THE RUNDOWN: Saturday, May 23 & Sunday, May 24

Check below this post for a Special Commentary on David Letterman and late night TV!

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 500 Questions (REPEAT)
9:00 In an Instant (REPEAT)


CBS
8:00 Madam Secretary (REPEAT)
9:00 Blue Bloods (REPEAT)
10:00 48 Hours


NBC
8:00 Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 4: Anaheim at Chicago

FOX
8:00 MLB Baseball: Los Angeles Angels as Boston


SUNDAY

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (REPEAT)
8:00 500 Questions (REPEAT)
9:00 Fresh Off the Boat (REPEAT)
9:30 Fresh Off the Boat (REPEAT)

10:00 Castle (REPEAT)

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes

8:00 Undercover Boss (REPEAT)
9:00 Madam Secretary (REPEAT)

10:00 Battle Creek #13 "Sympathy for the Devil" (SERIES FINALE)

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC (REPEAT)
9:00 A.D. The Bible Continues #8 "The Road to Damascus"

10:00 American Odyssey #8 "Kmag Yoyo"

FOX
7:00 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series