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Monday, August 31, 2015

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, August 31 & Tuesday, September 1

MONDAY

ABC
8:00 Bachelor in Paradise
9:00 Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise
10:00 The Whispers #13 "Game Over" (Season Finale)

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (REPEAT)
8:30 The Odd Couple (REPEAT)
9:00 Scorpion (REPEAT)
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 American Ninja Warrior
10:00 Running Wild with Bear Grylls

FOX
8:00 So You Think You Can Dance

TUESDAY
ABC
8:00 Fresh Off the Boat (REPEAT)
8:30 Fresh Off the Boat (REPEAT)
9:00 Fresh Off the Boat (REPEAT)
9:30 Fresh Off the Boat (REPEAT)
10:00 Extreme Weight Loss

CBS
8:00 NCIS (REPEAT)
9:00 Zoo #10 "Emotional Contagion"
10:00 NCIS: New Orleans (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent
10:00 Hollywood Game Night

FOX
8:00 Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
9:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (REPEAT)
9:30 The Last Man on Earth (REPEAT)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

RATINGS RECAP: 8/29/15

Please note that these numbers are based on preliminary results and could be inflated due to NFL preemptions. This post will be updated to reflect final numbers when available.

ABC
8:00 Movie: Cars
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:30 Last Man Standing (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 NFL Preseason Football

Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 American Ninja Warrior (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Hannibal
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 Bullseye (Repeat)

Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Home Free (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

RATINGS RECAP: 8/28/15

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

ABC
8:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 What Would You Do?
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
8:00 NFL Preseason Football

Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 Masterchef (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Gotham (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

RATINGS RECAP: 8/27/15

ABC
8:00 Beyond the Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Mistresses
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Rookie Blue
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)

Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
8:30 Mom (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Big Brother
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
10:00 Under the Dome
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

NBC
8:00 Food Fighters
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Dateline NBC (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

FOX
8:00 Boom!
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Bones (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

Friday, August 28, 2015

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, August 28, Saturday, August 29, & Sunday, August 30

FRIDAY

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

10:00 20/20

CBS
8:00 NFL Preseason Football: Detroit at Jacksonville

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

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

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 MOVIE: Cars
10:30 Last Man Standing (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 NFL Preseason Football: Seattle at San Diego

NBC
8:00 American Ninja Warrior (REPEAT)
10:00 Hannibal #39 "The Wrath of the Lamb" (SERIES FINALE)

FOX
8:00 Bullseye (REPEAT)

9:00 Home Free (REPEAT)

SUNDAY

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (REPEAT)
8:00 Bachelor in Paradise

10:00 Save My Life: Boston Trauma

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Big Brother
9:00 Madam Secretary (REPEAT)
10:00 CSI: Cyber (REPEAT)

NBC
7:00 The Carmichael Show (REPEAT)
7:30 The Carmichael Show (REPEAT)
8:00 NFL Preseason Football: Arizona at Oakland

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 The Last Man on Earth (REPEAT)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

RATINGS RECAP: 8/26/15

ABC
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:30 The Goldbergs (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:30 Black-ish (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Celebrity Wife Swap
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS
8:00 Big Brother
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 Extant
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 The Carmichael Show
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:30 The Carmichael Show
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Last Comic Standing
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

FOX
8:00 Masterchef

Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Home Free
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

RATINGS RECAP: 8/25/15

ABC
8:00 Fresh Off the Boat (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:30 Fresh Off the Boat (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Extreme Weight Loss
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)

Viewers: 8.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Zoo
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 NCIS: New Orleans (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent
Viewers: 10.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
10:00 Hollywood Game Night
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

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

Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:30 The Last Man on Earth (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

PILOT REVIEW: The Carmichael Show

THE CARMICHAEL SHOW










Starring: Jerrod Carmichael, Amber Stevens West, Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish, with Loretta Devine, and David Alan Grier

Created by Nicholas Stoller, Jerrod Carmichael, Ari Katcher, and Willie Hunter
Story by Nicholas Stoller, Jerrod Carmichael, Ari Katcher, & Willie Hunter, Directed by Mark Cendrowski

The Carmichael Show is a new sitcom based on the stand-up of comedian Jerrod Carmichael. The best way to describe it is a black version of Everybody Loves Raymond. Carmichael plays a character named after himself and he has recently moved in with girlfriend Maxine (Amber Stevens West). They must deal with Jerrod's overbearing parents, Cynthia and Joe (Loretta Devine and David Alan Grier). Rounding out the main cast is Jerrod's brother, Bobby (Lil Rey Howery) and Bobby's ex-wife, Nekeisha (Tiffany Haddish).

The show started weakly but started to find its groove by the end of the first episode and the second episode that immediately followed was even stronger (and touched on a hot button issue in 2015 with its Black Lives Matter theme). At first, I was rolling my eyes at the tired jokes and exaggerated hand movements and facial expressions in the opening scene. But it was almost as if I was seeing a play and the actors just needed to settle down a little bit because the episode got better as it went along.

The episode really improved once Loretta Devine and David Alan Grier appeared. I have found Grier annoying in the past but he was funny here and slightly more mellowed. Or maybe he just appeared mellow because Loretta Devine was so outrageous. But she was outrageous in a good way with an exaggerated voice and a sense of self-righteousness that could have been annoying but was actually pretty hysterical. While the Republican debate has already been done on Black-ish this past season, the discussion about prayer and the Bible was pretty funny.

Black family comedies and generation gap comedies have both been staples on TV for a long time but this felt a little bit different by blending the two. The show isn't afraid to tackle news of the day in a year where racial issues have been all over the news. Despite some typical sitcom conventions, this felt fresher than most multi-camera sitcoms in recent years have felt. It's too bad NBC is dumping its six episodes over three weeks during the dog days at the end of summer.

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, August 26 & Thursday, August 27

WEDNESDAY

ABC
8:00 The Middle (REPEAT)
8:30 The Goldbergs (REPEAT)
9:00 Modern Family (REPEAT)

9:30 Black-ish (REPEAT)
10:00 Celebrity Wife Swap

CBS
8:00 Big Brother

9:00 Extant #23 "Don't Shoot the Messenger"
10:00 Criminal Minds (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent
9:00 The Carmichael Show #1 "Pilot" (SERIES PREMIERE)
9:30 The Carmichael Show #2 "Protest"
10:00 Last Comic Standing

FOX
8:00 Masterchef

9:00 Home Free

THURSDAY

ABC
8:00 Beyond the Tank (REPEAT)
9:00 Mistresses #38 "Reasonable Doubt"

10:00 Rookie Blue #73 "Breaking Up the Band"

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (REPEAT)
8:30 Mom (REPEAT)
9:00 Big Brother
10:00 Under the Dome #37 "Love is a Battlefield"

NBC
8:00 Food Fighters
9:00 Dateline NBC (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 Boom!
9:00 Bones (REPEAT)

RATINGS RECAP: 8/24/15

ABC
8:00 Bachelor in Paradise
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 The Whispers
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CBS
8:00 2 Broke Girls (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:30 The Odd Couple (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Scorpion (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

NBC
8:00 American Ninja Warrior: Clip Show
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Running Wild with Bear Grylls
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 So You Think You Can Dance
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9