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Friday, March 24, 2017

RENEWAL ALERT: Bull, MacGyver, Kevin Can Wait, Man with a Plan, Superior Donuts, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Madam Secretary, Life in Pieces, Mom, Survivor, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours

As they often do, CBS handed out a flurry of renewals all at once, joining the previously renewed The Big Bang Theory and NCIS

CBS renewed five freshman for a good showing for the new class. Dramas Bull and MacGyver and comedies Kevin Can Wait, Man with a Plan, and Superior Donuts were all given second seasons. Most of these were expected but perhaps Superior Donuts was the most on the bubble. However, it has fit in very well in the Monday lineup and CBS rewarded it with a renewal.

Several mainstay dramas and comedies got renewals too: Hawaii Five-0 (season 8), Blue Bloods (season 8), NCIS: Los Angeles (season 9), NCIS: New Orleans (season 4), Scorpion (season 4), Madam Secretary (season 4), Life in Pieces (season 3), Mom (season 5), Survivor (35th/36th edition), 60 Minutes (season 50!), and 48 Hours (season 31). None of these are major shocks. Maybe the most on the bubble was Madam Secretary but even that's not surprising.

The shows notably missing from this list are 2 Broke Girls, Code Black, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Elementary, The Great Indoors, Hunted, and Undercover Boss. At least a few of those will get renewed and it could be several of them. Shows that are not likely continuing are The Odd Couple, Pure Genius, Ransom, and Training Day.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, March 23

Thursday night has a mix of new episodes, repeats, and basketball. Only ABC and FOX have fully new nights of their regular lineups. NBC has a Chicago Med repeat in the middle of its night which could hurt The Blacklist: Redemption.

ABC
8:00 Grey's Anatomy #286 "Till I Hear It From You"
9:00 Scandal #97 "A Traitor Among Us"
10:00 The Catch #13 "The Dining Hall"

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament

NBC
8:00 Superstore #29 "Mateo's Last Day"
8:30 Powerless #6 "I'ma Friend You"
9:00 Chicago Med (REPEAT)
10:00 The Blacklist: Redemption #5 "Borealis 301"

FOX
8:00 Masterchef Junior
9:00 Kicking & Screaming

CW
8:00 Supernatural (REPEAT)
9:00 Supernatural (REPEAT)

RATINGS RECAP: 3/20/17

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 12.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
10:00 Quantico
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS
8:00 Kevin Can Wait
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 Man with a Plan
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Superior Donuts
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:30 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Scorpion
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 10.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
10:00 Taken
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 24: Legacy
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 APB
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CW
8:00 Supergirl
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Jane the Virgin
Viewers: 0.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

On Monday night, Dancing with the Stars returned in a surprisingly big way. It delivered 12.1 million viewers and a 2.1 demo. This was on par with its fall premiere and way up from last spring's 1.8 demo premiere. I thought this season didn't have much buzz but apparently I was wrong. This was a very healthy return. It was barely any help to Quantico though, which was up eight tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. It looks like it will get to continue to air here the rest of the season but that's a waste by ABC. On NBC, The Voice took a hit from Dancing. It was down 1.5 million viewers and two tenths in the demo. No surprise that it took a big hit in total viewers. At 10pm, Taken was down a million viewers and a rough three tenths in the demo. After an OK hold last week, the wheels fell off here and its chances are looking pretty bad again.

It was another week of inching down for more series lows for the CBS comedies. Kevin Can Wait had a rough outing, dropping nine tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. The other comedies also hit series lows and they clearly suffered in total audience drops thanks to the return of Dancing with the Stars. Man with a Plan and Superior Donuts were both down a million viewers and a tenth in the demo while 2 Broke Girls was down eight tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. At 10pm, Scorpion held on better as it was down just a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. On FOX, 24: Legacy was another show that had a rough week, dropping six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. Yikes. At 9pm, APB was down four tenths in viewers and even in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: 24: Legacy (FOX)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

WEEKLY RECAP: March 13-19, 2017

Here is my weekly recap for Week #26. 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 26s:   2016   2015

TOP 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. This is Us (NBC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 3.4    18th week
2. The Bachelor (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.7    11th week
3. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.6    16th week
4. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.5    15th week
5. Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.0    16th week
6. Modern Family (ABC, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.9    17th week
7. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.7    14th week
8. The Middle (ABC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.6    6th week
    The Voice (NBC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.6    Special Airing
    60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:35pm) 1.6    9th week
    Little Big Shots (NBC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 1.6    3rd week

TOP 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 14.2 million    18th week
2. This is Us (NBC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 12.8 million    14th week
3. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 12.2 million    16th week
4. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 11.7 million    13th week
5. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:35pm) - 10.9 million    20th week
6. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 10.4 million    12th week
7. Little Big Shots (NBC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 9.6 million    3rd week
8. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, Sunday 8:35pm) - 9.1 million    15th week
9. The Bachelor (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 8.4 million    11th week
10. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 7.9 million    5th week
      Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 7.9 million     5th week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Sleepy Hollow (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.4    11th week
    Time After Time (ABC, Sunday 9:00pm) - 0.4    3rd week
    American Crime (ABC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.4    2nd week
4. People Icons (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 0.6    3rd week
    Kicking & Screaming (FOX, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.6    2nd week
    Elementary (CBS, Sunday 10:35pm) - 0.6    16th week
7. APB (FOX, Monday 9:00pm) - 0.7    2nd week
    Bones (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.7    7th week
    The Catch (ABC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 0.7    1st week
    The Blacklist: Redemption (NBC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 0.7    2nd week
    Making History (FOX, Sunday 8:30pm) - 0.7    2nd week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Making History (FOX, Sunday 8:30pm) - 1.6 million    3rd week
2. New Girl (FOX, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.8 million    19th week
    Sleepy Hollow (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 1.8 million    11th week
    Time After Time (ABC, Sunday 9:00pm) - 1.8 million    3rd week
5. Kicking & Screaming (FOX, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.9 million    2nd week
    Bob's Burgers (FOX, Sunday 7:30pm) - 1.9 million    11th week
    American Crime (ABC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 1.9 million    1st week
8. The Last Man on Earth (FOX, Sunday 9:30pm) - 2.0 million    12th week
9. Family Guy (FOX, Sunday 9:00pm) - 2.3 million    11th week
10. Bones (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.5 million    6th week

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - The Bachelor (ABC)    4th week
Tuesday - This is Us (NBC)    10th week
Wednesday - Black-ish (ABC)    2nd week
Thursday - Chicago Med (NBC)    4th week
Friday - Truth and Lies: The Family Manson (ABC)    Special Airing
Sunday - 60 Minutes (CBS)    6th week

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Man with a Plan (CBS)    2nd week
Tuesday - Trial & Error (NBC)    1st week (NEW SHOW)
Wednesday - The Goldbergs (ABC)    1st week
Thursday - Kicking & Screaming (FOX)    1st week
Friday - The Originals (CW)    1st week (New Season)
Sunday - Time After Time (ABC)    2nd week

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, March 22

Wednesday night has the series premiere of Shots Fired on FOX followed by the return of Empire. Shots Fired seems like it will be a tough sell for audiences while Empire was on the decline before it went on hiatus but still one of the top draws on TV. It will be interesting to see what it comes back to. Elsewhere, everything except ABC is fully new. ABC only has a new Designated Survivor, which has had a couple good weeks but now must follow repeats. NBC's lineup is back in tact for the first time in a month.

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

9:30 Black-ish (REPEAT)
10:00 Designated Survivor #13 "Backfire"

CBS
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #272 "In the Dark"
10:00 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders #16 "The Devil's Breath"

NBC
8:00 Blindspot #39 "Evil Did I Dwell, Lewd I Did Live"
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #402 "Genes"
10:00 Chicago PD #78 "Remember the Devil"


FOX
8:00 Shots Fired #1 "Hour One: Pilot" (SERIES PREMIERE)
9:00 Empire #40 "Sound and Fury"


CW
8:00 Arrow #109 "Kapiushon"
9:00 The 100 #52 "Gimme Shelter"

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

RATINGS RECAP: 3/19/17

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Time After Time
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
10:00 American Crime
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

CBS
7:00 NCAA Tournament Overrun
Viewers: 12.6 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
7:35 60 Minutes
Viewers: 10.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:35 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 9.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:35 Madam Secretary
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:35 Elementary
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

NBC
7:00 Little Big Shots (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:00 Little Big Shots
Viewers: 9.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 Chicago Justice
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Shades of Blue
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
7:30 Bob's Burgers
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:00 The Simpsons
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 Making History
Viewers: 1.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Family Guy
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:30 The Last Man on Earth
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

On Sunday night, CBS had the NCAA tournament running into primetime and making the shows start 35 minutes late. 60 Minutes benefited from the bigger lead-in and was up nine tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo. NCIS: Los Angeles didn't benefit from the halo effect as it was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. At 9:35pm, Madam Secretary was down six tenths in viewers and even in the demo while Elementary was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. On FOX, Bob's Burgers was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo for a solid 7:30pm showing. The Simpsons was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Making History and Family Guy followed and were both down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. At 9:30pm, The Last Man on Earth dipped to a new series low as it was even in viewers but down a tenth in the demo.

It was a really ugly night for ABC. At 7pm, America's Funniest Home Videos was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. It topped the night for ABC with a 0.9 demo. At 8pm, Once Upon a Time hit a new series low, dropping four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. And then it got REALLY ugly. At 9pm, Time After Time was down half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo to a horrific 0.4. American Crime ended the night down eight tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, also getting a 0.4. These ABC dramas are getting CW numbers. Yikes. Finally on NBC, everything was down but it wasn't as brutal as the ABC showing. At 8pm, Little Big Shots was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo. At 9pm, Chicago Justice was down seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. If it gets renewed (and I think it will), I think it is Friday-bound. At 10pm, the just renewed Shades of Blue was down seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: 60 Minutes (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Time After Time (ABC)

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, March 21

Tuesday night should be NBC's for the taking with ABC and CBS mostly in repeats. Trial & Error takes over the 9pm slot after an underwhelming premiere following the This is Us finale last week. It will be interesting to see if it can do better at an earlier slot though The Voice will not be as strong a lead-in as This is Us was last week. FOX and the CW are new as well with their regular lineups.

ABC
8:00 The Middle (REPEAT)
8:30 American Housewife (REPEAT)

9:00 Fresh Off the Boat (REPEAT)
9:30 Black-ish (REPEAT)

10:00 People Icons

CBS
8:00 NCIS (REPEAT)
9:00 Bull (REPEAT)
10:00 NCIS: New Orleans (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 The Voice
9:00 Trial & Error #3 "The Other Man'
9:30 Trial & Error #4 "An Unwelcome Distraction"

10:00 Chicago Fire #108 "Telling Her Goodbye"

FOX
8:00 New Girl #136 "Misery"

8:30 The Mick #12 "The Wolf"
9:00 Bones #245 "The Day in the Life"

CW
8:00 The Flash #63 "Duet"
9:00 DC's Legends of Tomorrow #31 "Fellowship of the Spear"

Monday, March 20, 2017

RENEWAL ALERT: The Big Bang Theory

CBS announced today that it has renewed The Big Bang Theory for an 11th and 12th season, which will take it through 2019.

The veteran comedy is still one of the top shows on TV and CBS paid a pretty penny to keep it around. It is a syndication beast and the vital cog that keeps the entire CBS comedy lineup afloat so this was probably money well spent. I'd be surprised if it goes beyond 12 seasons though. 12 seasons will put it ahead of long running comedies like Cheers, Friends, Frasier, and M*A*S*H. In fact, when it finishes season 12, it will tie My Three Sons and Two and a Half Men and only trail The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as the longest running live action sitcoms.

CBS has not made many renewals yet but The Big Bang Theory joins NCIS and Big Brother on that list. Sure renewals are Blue Bloods, Bull, Hawaii Five-0, Kevin Can Wait, Mom, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Survivor and probably Criminal Minds. Likely renewals include Life in Pieces, MacGyver, Madam Secretary, Man with a Plan, and Superior Donuts. On the bubble is 2 Broke Girls, Code Black, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Elementary, The Great Indoors, Hunted, and Undercover Boss. Doubt has been cancelled and it's not looking good for The Odd Couple, Pure Genius, Ransom, and Training Day.

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, March 20

Monday night is fully new. ABC has the premiere of Dancing with the Stars for its 24th edition. The cast doesn't seem all that interesting but that hasn't stopped it from being relatively stable even in its old age. It could have an impact on The Voice, which is starting its battle rounds but I also think the CBS lineup could take a hit.

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars (24th Edition Premiere)
10:00 Quantico #36 "LNWILT"

CBS
8:00 Kevin Can Wait #20 "Double Date"
8:30 Man with a Plan #17 "Doctor No"

9:00 Superior Donuts #8 "Man Without a Health Plan"
9:30 2 Broke Girls #136 "And the Alley-Oops"
10:00 Scorpion #66 "Broken Wind"

NBC
8:00 The Voice
10:00 Taken #4 "Mattie G"

FOX
8:00 24: Legacy #8 "7:00PM-8:00PM"
9:00 APB #7 "Risky Business"

CW
8:00 Supergirl #36 "Star-Crossed"
9:00 Jane the Virgin #58 "Chapter Fifty-Eight"

Sunday, March 19, 2017

RATINGS RECAP: 3/17/17

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 Dr. Ken
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Truth and Lies: The Family Manson
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

NBC
8:00 Grimm
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 Rosewood (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Sleepy Hollow
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

CW
8:00 The Originals

Viewers: 1.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 Reign
Viewers: 0.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

On Friday night, CBS had more basketball which kept their drama lineup off the air. With The Vampire Diaries over, the CW replaced it with its spinoff, the new season of The Originals. The season premiere was down a tenth in the demo from the usual results of The Vampire Diaries. At 9pm, Reign was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. On ABC, Last Man Standing was up half a million viewers and even in the demo while Dr. Ken was up half a million viewers and even in the demo. Another true crime special, Truth and Lies: The Family Manson did decently for Friday night. On NBC, Grimm was even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo while Dateline NBC was up three tenths in viewers and down two tenths in the demo. Finally on FOX, Sleepy Hollow was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Truth and Lies: The Family Manson (ABC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: The Originals (CW)