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Monday, November 24, 2014

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, November 24

Monday night has the first night of a two night Dancing with the Stars finale so that show could pop and that may hurt The Voice in the process. Week two of State of Affairs airs on NBC and I think it could have a troubling drop. CBS is replacing the cancelled The Millers with a repeat of The Big Bang Theory before Mike & Molly arrives in December. FOX has the fall finale for Gotham. Even with lots going on, there'll be more preemptions than usual with two football games being played (thanks to the rescheduled Bills-Jets game), so we'll have to see if that has an impact.

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
10:00 Castle #136 "Kill Switch"
Prediction: Dancing - 14.8 million, 2.4/Castle - 9.6 million, 1.9

CBS
8:00 2 Broke Girls #77 "And the Brand Job"
8:30 The Big Bang Theory #160 "The Locomotion Interruption" (REPEAT)
9:00 Scorpion #10 "Talismans"

10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #129 "Traitor"
Prediction: Girls - 7.8 million, 2.0/Scorpion - 10.3 million, 2.0/Los Angeles - 8.9 million, 1.7

NBC
8:00 The Voice
10:00 State of Affairs #2 "Secrets & Lies"
Prediction: Voice - 10.7 million, 2.9/State - 7.1 million, 1.8

FOX
8:00 Gotham #10 "LoveCraft"

9:00 Sleepy Hollow #23 "Magnum Opus"
Prediction: Gotham - 7.0 million, 2.4/Sleepy - 4.8 million, 1.7

Sunday, November 23, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 11/22/14

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

ABC
8:00 College Football
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

NBC
8:00 Dateline Saturday

Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 State of Affairs (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 Saturday Night Live (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

FOX
8:00 College Football
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, November 23

Sunday night has two big events in primetime: The American Music Awards on ABC, which always do well, and a Cowboys-Giants SNF game, which is a big draw even when one of the teams isn't playing well (Giants). CBS should still be on the map thanks to having the NFL overrun, but FOX will probably be left in the dust. It could be real ugly for Mulaney in its new 7:30 slot, and Family Guy is airing yet another rerun.

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 42nd Annual American Music Awards (SPECIAL)
Prediction: Videos - 7.3 million, 1.8

CBS
7:00 NFL Overrun
7:30 60 Minutes
8:30 Madam Secretary #10 "Collateral Damage"
9:30 The Good Wife #122 "The Trial"
10:30 CSI #324 "Road to Recovery"
Prediction: 60 Mins - 16.8 million, 2.7/Madam - 12.8 million, 1.6/Wife - 10.8 million, 1.4/CSI - 8.6 million, 1.2

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America

8:30 Sunday Night Football: Dallas at NY Giants

FOX
7:00 The Simpsons #550 "Brick Like Me" (REPEAT)
7:30 Mulaney #6 "Patriot Acts"

8:00 The Simpsons #560 "Covercraft"
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine #30 "USPIS"
9:00 Family Guy #220 "Grimm Job" (REPEAT)
9:30 Bob's Burgers #71 "Dawn of the Peck"
Prediction: Mulaney - 1.5 million, 0.4/Simpsons - 4.2 million, 1.9/Brooklyn - 3.2 million, 1.5/Burgers - 3.8 million, 1.5

Saturday, November 22, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 11/21/14

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

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:30 Cristela
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Shark Tank
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

CBS
8:00 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Hawaii Five-0
Viewers: 10.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Blue Bloods
Viewers: 11.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

NBC
8:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Grimm
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Constantine
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

FOX
8:00 Masterchef Junior (Repeat)

Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Gotham (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

Friday night had the CBS lineup return after a week off. The Amazing Race was dead even with its last airing, Hawaii Five-0 was up a million viewers and even in the demo. The viewer total was a season high. At 10pm, Blue Bloods was also dead even with two weeks ago. Over on ABC, the 8pm hour took a step back. Last Man Standing was up a tenth in viewers but down two tenths in the demo while Cristela was up two tenths in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. The more I see of the Cristela ratings, the more I think ABC will try Fresh Off the Boat here at midseason, whether it's a good fit or not. At 9pm, Shark Tank was up two tenths in viewers and the demo for a nice rebound while 20/20 was up 1.3 million viewers and four tenths in the demo - must have had a better story this week! Finally on NBC, Dateline NBC was down three tenths in viewers and even in the demo, Grimm was up four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, and Constantine was even in viewers but up a surprisingly strong three tenths in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Cristela (ABC)

Friday, November 21, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 11/20/14

ABC
8:00 Grey's Anatomy
Viewers: 8.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:00 Scandal
Viewers: 10.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1
10:00 How to Get Away with Murder
Viewers: 9.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 14.6 million, 18-49 demo: 4.1
8:30 Mom
Viewers: 10.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:00 Two and a Half Men
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:30 The McCarthys
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Elementary
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Bad Judge
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:30 A to Z
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Parenthood
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

FOX
8:00 Bones

Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 Gracepoint
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

Thursday night had the fall finale for the TGIT shows and How to Get Away with Murder got a nice bounce. The other two were at their usual strong numbers but didn't get a bounce, which is surprising. Grey's Anatomy was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo for a third straight week. Scandal was even in viewers and actually down a tenth in the demo. But Murder jumped half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo for its best performance since October 9. The three shows will not return until January 29. Over on NBC, The Biggest Loser was down two tenths in viewers and the demo for a series low. This show has been a big bust on Thursdays. At 9pm, Bad Judge was up three tenths in viewers and even in the demo while A to Z was even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. Parenthood had a stronger night as it rebounded four tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo from last week's series low. It handily beat Elementary in the demo.

CBS had a troubling drop from The Big Bang Theory at 8pm. It was down 2.3 million viewers and four tenths in the demo. I'm not sure what explains this drop - maybe some CBS affiliates were carrying the Obama speech or maybe Big Bang has a big crossover audience with the President? We'll have to see what happens when it comes back during what is usually its strongest time of year, December and January. At 8:30pm, Mom was down nine tenths in viewers and just a tenth in the demo despite the lower lead-in. Retention was stronger this week. At 9pm, Two and a Half Men was down two tenths in viewers and up a tenth in the demo while The McCarthys was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. Elementary closed out the night dead even with last week although last week was pretty horrible. This looks like the new normal for Elementary so CBS has to do something about it. Finally on FOX, Bones was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo for a fourth straight week. Gracepoint was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: The Biggest Loser (NBC)

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, November 21 & Saturday, November 22

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #73 "Changing Light Bulbs"
8:30 Cristela #7 "Enter Singing"
9:00 Shark Tank
10:00 20/20
Prediction: Last Man - 6.8 million, 1.4/Cristela - 5.2 million, 1.1/Shark - 7.8 million, 1.9/2020 - 5.4 million, 1.3

CBS
8:00 The Amazing Race
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 #101 "Ka Hana Malu"
10:00 Blue Bloods #97 "Power of the Press"
Prediction: Race - 5.9 million, 1.1/Hawaii - 9.4 million, 1.2/Bloods - 11.0 million, 1.3

NBC
8:00 Dateline NBC
9:00 Grimm #71 "Cry Luison"
10:00 Constantine #5 "Danse Vaudou"
Prediction: Dateline - 7.7 million, 1.4/Grimm - 4.9 million, 1.2/Constantine - 3.2 million, 0.9

FOX
8:00 Masterchef Junior (REPEAT)
9:00 Gotham #8 "The Mask" (REPEAT)


SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 College Football: Southern California at UCLA

CBS
8:00 NCIS (REPEAT)
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (REPEAT)

10:00 48 Hours

NBC
8:00 Dateline Saturday Night Mystery

9:00 State of Affairs #1 "Pilot" (REPEAT)
10:00 Saturday Night Live (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 College Football: Oklahoma State at Baylor

Thursday, November 20, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 11/19/14

ABC
8:00 The Middle
Viewers: 8.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
8:30 The Goldbergs
Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:00 Modern Family
Viewers: 10.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.7
9:30 Black-ish
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
10:00 Nashville
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

CBS
8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 9.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:00 Criminal Minds
Viewers: 10.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
10:00 Stalker
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

NBC
8:00 The Mysteries of Laura

Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 Chicago PD
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Red Band Society
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

All the networks except FOX had pretty solid Wednesday nights. The ABC comedy lineup was particularly strong. At 8pm, The Middle was up two tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo for season highs. It's about time this show showed a little life. It was surprisingly the weak link of a strong lineup for the first couple months. At 8:30pm, The Goldbergs was up two tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo as well. The demo was the highest since the season premiere while the viewer total was the highest since the series premiere. At 9pm, Modern Family rebounded in a big way as it jumped 1.1 million viewers and half a demo point, also having its best night since the season premiere. Black-ish didn't get the bounce the other three shows did. It was even in viewers and up just a tenth in the demo. It was only two tenths ahead of The Goldbergs in the demo despite a lead-in that was 1.5 demo points higher. Nashville closed out the night for ABC down two tenths in viewers and up a tenth in the demo.

Over on CBS, Survivor was up four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Criminal Minds was up three tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Stalker closed out the night with a nice little rebound. It was up a million viewers and two tenths in the demo. Though not overly impressive, the CBS 10pm shows have all been up this week. Does that bode well for Elementary? On NBC, The Mysteries of Laura was up seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo from its last airing two weeks ago. After last week's crossover event, Law & Order: SVU and Chicago PD both came back to earth. SVU was down 2.1 million viewers and six tenths in the demo while Chicago PD was down 2.2 million viewers and also six tenths in the demo. They're still a little up from what they were getting before the crossover, though. Finally on FOX, Hell's Kitchen was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo while Red Band Society was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo for a third straight week.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Modern Family (ABC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Red Band Society (FOX)

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, November 20

Thursday night has the fall finales of the ABC dramas including the big murder mystery reveal on How to Get Away with Murder. I think all three will go out on high notes and Scandal and Murder have a chance to pop big. Elsewhere, things should be close to normal. NBC will probably be brutally low and we'll see if Elementary can recover from last week's disastrous 1.0 demo.

ABC
8:00 Grey's Anatomy #220 "Risk"
9:00 Scandal #56 "Where the Sun Don't Shine"
10:00 How to Get Away with Murder #9 "Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me"
Prediction: Grey's - 8.8 million, 2.6/Scandal - 10.8 million, 3.5/Murder - 10.6 million, 3.2

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #169 "The Champagne Reflection"
8:30 Mom #26 "Forged Resumes and the Recommended Dosage"
9:00 Two and a Half Men #250 "Thirty-Eight, Sixty-Two, Thirty-Eight"
9:30 The McCarthys #4 "Supporting Jackie"
10:00 Elementary #52 "Bella"
Prediction: Big Bang - 17.1 million, 4.6/Mom - 10.8 million, 2.5/Men - 8.5 million, 2.0/McCarthys - 6.0 million, 1.4/Elementary - 6.8 million, 1.1

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
9:00 Bad Judge #8 "The Cat's Out of the Bag"
9:30 A to Z #8 "H is for Hostile Takeover"
10:00 Parenthood #99 "Lean In"
Prediction: Loser - 4.2 million, 1.1/Judge - 3.0 million, 0.8/A to Z - 2.3 million, 0.6/Parenthood - 3.5 million, 1.0

FOX
8:00 Bones #198 "The Puzzler in the Pit"
9:00 Gracepoint #8 "Episode 8"
Prediction: Bones - 5.4 million, 1.3/Gracepoint - 3.2 million, 0.7

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 11/18/14

ABC
8:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 Forever
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 18.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 16.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
10:00 Person of Interest
Viewers: 9.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 10.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
9:00 Marry Me
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:30 About a Boy
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Chicago Fire
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

FOX
8:00 Masterchef Junior
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 New Girl
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:30 The Mindy Project
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

On Tuesday night, NBC reverted back to its regular lineup. At 8pm, The Voice was down six tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo for a season low in a regular slot. The comedies rebounded a little at 9pm from their last airing two weeks ago, but were still pretty weak. Marry Me was up half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo while About a Boy was up seven tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo. The best news came at 10pm where Chicago Fire was down 1.3 million viewers but just a tenth in the demo from last week, when it followed The Voice and had a crossover story line with the Wednesday dramas. CBS rebounded with less NBC competition. At 8pm, NCIS was up six tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. NCIS: New Orleans was up a strong 1.9 million viewers and three tenths in the demo. The viewer total was the best since the series premiere. At 10pm, Person of Interest was up eight tenths in viewers and also three tenths in the demo.

On ABC, a Shark Tank rerun of 8pm was an improvement over Selfie. I wonder if ABC will let Selfie air at all in this slot to finish out its run? At 9pm, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Forever closed out the night up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. It's not really earning its full season yet. Finally on FOX, Masterchef Junior came back a bit after two very strong weeks to open its season. It was down six tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. At 9pm, New Girl was down two tenths in viewers but up a tenth in the demo from last week despite the lower lead-in. It was just a tenth off of Marry Me despite a lead-in that was more than a full demo point lower. The Mindy Project closed things out down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Chicago Fire (NBC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Forever (ABC)

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, November 19

Wednesday has a pretty normal night. ABC has Thanksgiving episodes of its comedies which could allow for a small bounce. NBC will come back to earth after last week's crossover episode but if they can be above where they were before last week, that's a positive.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #127 "Thanksgiving VI"
8:30 The Goldbergs #30 "A Goldberg Thanksgiving"
9:00 Modern Family #128 "Three Turkeys"
9:30 Black-ish #8 "Oedipal Triangle"
10:00 Nashville #51 "You're Lookin' at Country"
Prediction: Middle - 8.3 million, 2.0/Goldbergs - 7.9 million, 2.2/Modern - 10.4 million, 3.4/Black-ish - 8.0 million, 2.6/Nashville - 5.5 million, 1.4

CBS
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #218 "The Boys of Sutton Place"
10:00 Stalker #8 "Skin"
Prediction: Survivor - 9.5 million, 2.2/Criminal - 10.3 million, 2.4/Stalker - 7.3 million, 1.5

NBC
8:00 The Mysteries of Laura #9 "The Mystery of the Dysfunctional Dynasty"
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #351 "Spousal Privilege"
10:00 Chicago PD #23 "Assignment of the Year"
Prediction: Laura - 8.0 million, 1.3/SVU - 7.7 million, 1.7/PD - 6.9 million, 1.6

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen

9:00 Red Band Society #8 "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car"
Prediction: Hell's - 4.0 million, 1.4/Red Band - 2.9 million, 0.9