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Friday, April 28, 2017

RATINGS RECAP: 4/27/17

ABC
8:00 Grey's Anatomy
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 Scandal
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 The Catch
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 12.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
8:30 The Great Indoors
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Mom
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:30 Life in Pieces
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

NBC
8:00 Superstore (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
8:30 Superstore
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Chicago Med
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 The Blacklist
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 Masterchef Junior
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Kicking & Screaming
Viewers: 1.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CW
8:00 Supernatural

Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Riverdale
Viewers: 0.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

Thursday night was the start of May Sweeps and it was also the NFL Draft. That usually means bad news for The Big Bang Theory on CBS, but that was not the case this year as Big Bang was up a million viewers and a tenth in the demo from its last airing. I thought a series low was a strong possibility so this was a good night for Big Bang. At 8:30pm, The Great Indoors was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. At 9pm, Mom built on its lead-in as it was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo while Life in Pieces was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. At 10pm, The Amazing Race had a rough night as it was even in viewers but dropped a tenth in the demo to a weak 0.7. On ABC, Grey's Anatomy was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo while Scandal was up a tenth in viewers and the demo. The Catch continued to be ignored and was even with last week. ABC has so many low-rated dramas. I'm sure some of them will get renewed but none of their dramas outside of Grey's, Scandal, and Designated Survivor deserve it.

NBC has cancelled Powerless and shifted the new episode of Superstore to 8:30, behind a repeat. It didn't pay off for them as it was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo to tie a series low. I assume the 8:30 decision was made to avoid The Big Bang Theory and help Chicago Med, but at this point in the season, I probably would have left the new episode at 8pm and aired a repeat at 8:30. At 9pm, Chicago Med was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo while The Blacklist was even with last week's 10pm episode. FOX was weirdly hit the hardest, perhaps because of the Draft. At 8pm, Masterchef Junior was down nine tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a new series low. At 9pm, the season finale of Kicking & Screaming was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. I really doubt this show will get a second season. Finally on the CW, Supernatural was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo while Riverdale was even.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Masterchef Junior (FOX)

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, April 28 & Saturday, April 29

FRIDAY
Friday night has the season finale of Rosewood and it could very well be the series finale of the second year drama which has languished on both Thursdays and Fridays this season. Elsewhere, ABC has a special about Los Angeles in the 1980s and early 90s.

ABC
8:00 The Toy Box
9:00 Let it Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 (SPECIAL)

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 #166 "Wehe 'ana"
10:00 Blue Bloods #154 "Foreign Interference"

NBC
8:00 First Dates
9:00 Dateline NBC

FOX
8:00 Rosewood #44 "Blistering Heat and Brotherly Love" (Season Finale)
9:00 Lethal Weapon (REPEAT)

CW
8:00 The Originals #72 "Bag of Cobras"

9:00 Reign #72 "A Better Man"

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 MOVIE: Dreamgirls


CBS
8:00 Training Day #10 "Sunset"
9:00 48 Hours
10:00 48 Hours

NBC
8:00 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

FOX
8:00 Masterchef Junior (REPEAT)
9:00 Masterchef Junior (REPEAT)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

RATINGS RECAP: 4/26/17

ABC
8:00 The Goldbergs
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 Speechless
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Black-ish
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:30 Black-ish
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Designated Survivor
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 Criminal Minds
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

NBC
8:00 Blindspot
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Chicago PD
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

FOX
8:00 Shots Fired

Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Empire
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

CW
8:00 Arrow
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 The 100
Viewers: 0.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

Wednesday night marked new episodes everywhere as we head into May Sweeps. ABC started things off with The Goldbergs, which was down four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for its worst performance since May 2014, back in its first season when it aired on Tuesdays. It is one of the few veteran shows that has not hit or tied a series low in the demo this year but it's getting close to that mark (a 1.3). At 8:30pm, Speechless was down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a series low. Modern Family had the week off so ABC went with two episodes of Black-ish. If ABC was trying to see if Black-ish could be an anchor, the results weren't great as the 9pm episode tied a series low. The regular 9:30pm episode actually built on the 9pm episode. At 10pm, Designated Survivor was even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo, getting back to the 1.1 demo it was getting for several weeks after its hiatus. On FOX, Shots Fired was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo while Empire was down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a new series low. Even Empire is heading to the 1s in the demo and could hit it before the end of the season.

It seems like the NBC Wednesday lineup is always in repeats, but it was new for the beginning of the stretch run. At 8pm, Blindspot continued to stay in the renewal conversation as it was even with its last airing three weeks ago. The other dramas took a small step back. Law & Order: SVU was up a tenth in viewers but down a tenth in the demo while Chicago PD was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. On CBS, Survivor was up six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Its 1.7 premiere for this edition seemed low, but it has gotten a 1.7 or 1.8 demo every week since. At 9pm, Criminal Minds was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo while Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders ended the night also down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. Finally on the CW, Arrow was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo while The 100 was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Survivor (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Black-ish (ABC)

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, April 27

May Sweeps begins on Thursday night with new episodes across the board except for a special instead of a regular episode of Masterchef Junior. Kicking & Screaming has its season (and likely series) finale after that. The NFL Draft will take a lot of eyeballs away on Thursday night and it has always been rough on The Big Bang Theory so a new series low would certainly not be a surprise.

ABC
8:00 Grey's Anatomy #290 "Don't Stop Me Now"
9:00 Scandal #102 "Mercy"
10:00 The Catch #18 "The Knock-Off"


CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #229 "The Cognition Regeneration"
8:30 The Great Indoors #20 "The Heartbreaker"
9:00 Mom #86 "A Cricket and a Hedge Made of Gold"
9:30 Life in Pieces #42 "Ear Scorn Registry Manuscript"
10:00 The Amazing Race


NBC
8:00 Superstore #32 "Cheyenne's Wedding"
8:30 Powerless #10 "No Consequence Day"
9:00 Chicago Med #39 "Deliver Us"

10:00 The Blacklist #85 "Philomena"

FOX
8:00 Masterchef Junior: An Extra Serving (SPECIAL)
9:00 Kicking & Screaming (Season Finale)

CW
8:00 Supernatural #260 "The Future"
9:00 Riverdale #11 "To Riverdale and Back Again"

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

PILOT REVIEW: Great News

GREAT NEWS











Starring: Briga Heelan, Andrea Martin, Adam Campbell, Nicole Richie, Horatio Sanz, and John Michael Higgins

Created by Tracey Wigfield
Written by Tracey Wigfield, Directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller

Great News is a late season entry by NBC from the people who brought us the acclaimed but niche 30 Rock. Taking place in a TV newsroom, it centers on a mother and daughter, Kate and Carol (Briga Heelan and Andrea Martin), who are pretty close until Carol starts working as an intern at the news station where Kate works. Meanwhile, Kate is trying to be more respected by her boss, Greg (Adam Campbell) and the news anchors Chuck and Portia (John Michael Higgins and Nicole Richie). Rounding out the main cast is control room guy Justin (Horatio Sanz).

I never watched much of 30 Rock, but this seems to have the same kind of feel at first glance. The pilot was smart by starting the episode showing a loving relationship between mother and daughter. It allowed for the inevitable conflict when Carol joins the newsroom a bit more enjoyable because they had already established that there is fundamentally a sweet relationship.

Briga Heelan and Andrea Martin have genuine chemistry as mother and daughter and they both give winning performances here. I enjoy seeing Martin in pretty much anything. Another strong performance was surprisingly turned in by Nicole Richie, who is far past her Simple Life days with Paris Hilton. She was well-cast and funny. I found John Michael Higgins to be a funny part, but I thought he was overdoing it a bit. He can be very funny, but he tends to push too hard and unfortunately, this part is ripe for overacting.

Still, I think the groundwork was laid for a funny show. There are strong characters, a good conflict that a lot of stories can be mined from, and a fun setting. All the pieces are there but now the show needs to put it all together, which is often the case with new sitcoms. It needs time to gel and I think it will get there.

WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
Yep. I'm already watching the second episode!

CANCELLATION ALERT: Powerless

NBC quietly cancelled Powerless this week by pulling the final three episodes from the schedule. The superhero comedy was already pulled at the last minute a couple times for Trial & Error reruns but now there are no immediate plans to air these last three episodes, sealing its fate. Superstore will air repeats at 8pm leading into new episodes at 8:30pm for the next couple weeks.

RATINGS RECAP: 4/25/17

ABC
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:30 American Housewife (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Speechless (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:30 Imaginary Mary
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Bull (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 48 Hours: NCIS
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 9.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 Great News
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:30 Great News
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Chicago Fire
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

FOX
8:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:30 The Mick
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Prison Break
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CW
8:00 The Flash

Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 iZombie
Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

Tuesday night marked the last scripted series premiere before Upfronts and well it may not have lived up to its title, it wasn't horrible news for NBC. The new comedy Great News was well above recent Trial & Error episodes and even its premiere was only two tenths behind the premiere for Trial (which followed a 3.4 demo for the This is Us season finale). The 9:30pm episode dropped to a 1.0 demo, which equals the opening night demo for episode two of Trial. All in all, it might have put itself in consideration for Upfronts but we'll see how next week goes. At 10pm, Chicago Fire was up six tenths in viewers and even in the demo. CBS had a premiere of its own but the filler 48 Hours: NCIS, which followed repeats, skewed old and was mostly ignored.

On ABC, Imaginary Mary had to follow repeats and it was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo while Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. On FOX, Brooklyn Nine-Nine was even in viewers and the demo for a third straight week. At 8:30pm, The Mick had a positive performance, rising two tenths from its lead-in. It was up a tenth in viewers and the demo from its last new episode. Prison Break finally stabilized at 9pm, rising four tenths in viewers and staying even in the demo. Finally on the CW, The Flash was new for the first time in a month and was up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo while iZombie was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Great News (NBC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: 48 Hours: NCIS (CBS)

RATINGS RECAP: 4/24/17

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 10.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 Quantico
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 Superior Donuts (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Kevin Can Wait (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:30 2 Broke Girls (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Scorpion (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 9.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 Taken
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 Gotham

Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 APB
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CW
8:00 Supergirl

Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Jane the Virgin
Viewers: 0.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

On Monday night, Gotham was back on FOX after three months off. It returned to tie a series low at a 1.0 demo. I guess it could have been worse for late April but it should have never been off the air. At 9pm, the season (and most certainly series) finale of APB was even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. On ABC, Dancing with the Stars gave back last year's Disney-themed spike, dropping eight tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. At 10pm, Quantico was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. On NBC, The Voice continued to inch down, dropping three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo while Taken was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Finally, it was a rough night for the CW's return to new programming after a month as both shows hit new series lows. Supergirl was down four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo while Jane the Virgin was down a tenth in viewers and the demo for its first ever 0.2.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: None
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Jane the Virgin (CW)

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, April 26

May Sweeps may not be officially starting until tomorrow but it feels like it's starting tonight with all new episodes across the board. The only unusual scheduling item is on ABC where they are double pumping Black-ish with two new episodes. Could they be trial ballooning Black-ish as an anchor?

ABC
8:00 The Goldbergs #92 "Fonzie Scheme"
8:30 Speechless #20 "R-u-n-Runaway"

9:00 Black-ish #21 "Sister, Sister"
9:30 Black-ish #22 "All Groan Up"
10:00 Designated Survivor #18 "Lazarus"

CBS
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #275 "Unforgettable"
10:00 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders #22 "Blowback"

NBC
8:00 Blindspot #42 "Regard a Mere Mad Rager"
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #405 "The Newsroom"
10:00 Chicago PD #81 "Grasping for Salvation"

FOX
8:00 Shots Fired #6 "The Fire This Time"
9:00 Empire #44 "Love is a Smoke"


CW
8:00 Arrow #111 "Dangerous Liaisons"
9:00 The 100 #54 "DNR"

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

WEEKLY RECAP: April 17-23, 2017

Here is my weekly recap for Week #31. Please note this only covers regularly scheduled shows (no sports, specials, repeats, or Saturday shows). It also does not cover CW in the ratings section to make past year comparisons more accurate.

Past Week 31s:   2016   2015

TOP 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.0    21st week
2. Dancing with the Stars (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.8    6th week
    The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.8    20th week
4. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.7    19th week
5. The Middle (ABC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.3    8th week
    NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.3    16th week
    Scandal (ABC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.3    6th week
    Little Big Shots (NBC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 1.3    5th week
9. American Housewife (CBS, Tuesday 8:30pm) - 1.2    4th week
10. Kevin Can Wait (CBS, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.1    11th week
     Scorpion (CBS, Monday 10:00pm) - 1.1    1st week
     Bull (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.1    3rd week
     NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 1.1    1st week
     Dateline NBC (NBC, Friday 9:00pm) - 1.1    1st week
     America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC, Sunday 7:00pm) - 1.1    1st week

TOP 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 13.3 million    21st week
2. Dancing with the Stars (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 11.2 million    14th week
3. Bull (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 10.3 million    19th week
4. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 10.2 million    15th week
5. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:00pm) - 9.9 million    25th week
6. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 9.6 million    21st week
7. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, Sunday 8:00pm) - 9.4 million    18th week
8. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 8.9 million    18th week
9. Little Big Shots (NBC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 8.4 million    6th week
10. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 7.9 million    8th week
      Madam Secretary (CBS, Sunday 9:00pm) - 7.9 million    9th week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. American Crime (ABC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.3    7th week
2. Quantico (ABC, Monday 10:00pm) - 0.5    18th week
    Elementary (CBS, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.5    18th week
4. APB (FOX, Monday 9:00pm) - 0.6    7th week
    The Catch (ABC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 0.6    4th week
    Powerless (NBC, Thursday 8:30pm) - 0.6    6th week
    Kicking & Screaming (FOX, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.6    7th week
    The Toy Box (ABC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.6    1st week
    Rosewood (FOX, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.6    21st week
    Making History (FOX, Sunday 8:30pm) - 0.6    5th week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Making History (FOX, Sunday 8:30pm) - 1.3 million    6th week
2. Bob's Burgers (FOX, Sunday 7:30pm) - 1.6 million    14th week
3. The Last Man on Earth (FOX, Sunday 9:30pm) - 1.7 million    15th week
4. Kicking & Screaming (FOX, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.8 million    7th week
    American Crime (ABC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 1.8 million    6th week
6. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.9 million    12th week
    Bob's Burgers (FOX, Sunday 8:00pm) - 1.9 million    Special Airing
8. Powerless (NBC, Thursday 8:30pm) - 2.0 million    9th week
9. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 2.4 million    18th week
    Prison Break (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.4 million    1st week

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Dancing with the Stars (ABC)    2nd week
Tuesday - NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)    3rd week
Wednesday - Survivor (CBS)    1st week
Thursday - None
Friday - Dateline NBC (NBC)    2nd week
Sunday - Little Big Shots (NBC)    2nd week

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - 2 Broke Girls (CBS)    2nd week
Tuesday - Trial & Error (NBC)    3rd week
Wednesday - Shots Fired (FOX)    1st week
Thursday - The Catch (ABC)    2nd week
Friday - The Toy Box (ABC)    1st week
Sunday - American Crime (ABC)    3rd week