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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

RATINGS RECAP: 11/28/10

Check back later tonight for Monday's recap if final numbers are available as well as the Rundown for tomorrow. Also, come back tomorrow for the monthly freshman scorecard as we welcome in December!

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
8:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Desperate Housewives (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Brothers & Sisters
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 12.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
8:00 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 11.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2
9:00 Movie: November Christmas
Viewers: 13.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
7:58 Football Night in America Part 2
Viewers: 11.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.7
8:22 NFL Pregame
Viewers: 14.4 million, 18-49 demo: 4.8
8:31 Sunday Night Football
Viewers: 19.1 million, 18-49 demo: 7.1

FOX
7:00 NFL Overrun
Viewers: 26.6 million, 18-49 demo: 9.3
7:37 The OT
Viewers: 12.0 million, 18-49 demo: 4.8
8:00 The Simpsons
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 4.1
8:30 The Cleveland Show
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
9:30 American Dad!
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9

ABC was in repeats on the final Sunday in November. America's Funniest Home Videos were hardly affected at all and was in fact up in the demo from last week. However, dramas Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters do not repeat well and were very low. CBS had no football overrun which of course negatively impacted 60 Minutes which was down a huge 5.6 million viewers and 1.8 in the demo. These numbers are probably closer to what it will get when football ends. The Amazing Race was up half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo as it nears its fall edition finale. Finally, the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie November Christmas was a success in total viewers but low in the demo as these movies typically are. Still, it was a good showing overall.

NBC had another successful night of football though the Chargers-Colts matchup was down a hefty 4.1 million viewers and 1.7 in the demo from last week's Giants-Eagles matchup. FOX had NFL overrun which was strong as always and helped the night - particularly The Simpsons, which was up a whopping 2.8 million viewers and 1.2 in the demo, hitting season highs in both categories. What a great showing for a show that is over 20 years old! The Cleveland Show benefited from the better lead-in and was up 2.3 million viewers and a full demo point, also hitting season highs. Family Guy however was a repeat and did not experience a bump though it came close to last week's first-run numbers. Finally, American Dad! moved in the right direction as it was up 1.2 million viewers and six tenths in the demo.

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, November 30

ABC
8:00 How the Grinch Stole Christmas (SPECIAL)
8:30 Shrek the Halls (SPECIAL)
9:00 No Ordinary Family #9 "No Ordinary Anniversary"
10:00 Detroit 1-8-7 #9 "Home Invasion/Drive-By" 
ABC has shifted its schedule around about with Dancing with the Stars over for now. At 8pm are two holiday specials – the classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas and new classic Shrek the Halls. All eyes will be on No Ordinary Family as it gets a trial run at 9pm after languishing at 8pm. Finally, will Detroit 1-8-7 suffer without a Dancing lead-in? If it can maintain its audience (against easier than usual competition), that will help its lukewarm chances for renewal.
Prediction: Grinch – 8.0 million, 2.5/Shrek – 7.9 million, 2.4/Family – 8.1 million, 2.1/Detroit – 8.2 million, 1.9

CBS
8:00 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (SPECIAL)
9:00 NCIS #157 "Guilty Pleasure" (REPEAT)
10:00 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
CBS is also airing a Christmas special at 8pm – the timeless Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. A repeat of NCIS from last season is sandwiched between that and the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. All three should see decent returns while Victoria’s may take the demo crown for CBS.
Prediction: Rudolph – 9.1 million, 2.3/NCIS – 10.2 million, 2.0/Victoria – 8.4 million, 2.7

NBC
8:00 Christmas at Rockefeller Center
9:00 The Biggest Loser
It is Christmas specials galore at 8pm tonight – will they hurt each other? NBC’s annual tree lighting ceremony should be above its usual numbers in total viewers but maybe not the demo. The Biggest Loser slides to 9pm and may see slight improvements as it nears its fall edition finale.
Prediction: Rockefeller – 7.9 million, 1.8/Loser – 6.9 million, 2.5

FOX
8:00 Glee #31 "Special Education"
9:00 Raising Hope #10 "Burt Rocks"
9:30 Running Wilde #7 "Mental Flaws"
FOX is the only network with an all-new, regular lineup tonight including the return of Running Wilde from two weeks on hiatus. Expect steady or slightly improved numbers from last week for Glee and Raising Hope but Wilde may post yet another series low as it finishes off what will likely be its final 7 episodes.
Prediction: Glee – 10.9 million, 4.4/Hope – 5.8 million, 2.7/Wilde – 2.7 million, 1.3

Monday, November 29, 2010

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, November 29

ABC
8:00 Skating with the Stars
9:30 CMA Country Christmas (SPECIAL) 
ABC will not have its powerhouse Dancing with the Stars again until March. In its place for December is the spinoff Skating with the Stars which had a soft debut last week even following a huge lead-in from Dancing. It also dropped tremendously as the show went on which doesn’t bode well for this week. Following Skating is the special CMA Country Christmas. Country music fans will tune in but don’t expect anything too big.
Prediction: Skating – 6.4 million, 1.9/CMA – 5.9 million, 1.8

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #113 "Big Days" (REPEAT)
8:30 Rules of Engagement #49 "Surro-gate" (REPEAT)
9:00 Two and a Half Men #152 "Yay, No Polyps!" (REPEAT)
9:30 Mike & Molly #2 "First Date" (REPEAT)
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #3 "Malama Ka Aina" (REPEAT)
With November Sweeps over, repeat season is upon us and CBS has a night full of them. CBS shows repeat well so expect decent results by repeat standards.
Prediction: Mother – 5.2 million, 2.1/Rules – 4.9 million, 1.9/Men – 8.5 million, 2.5/Mike&Molly – 8.0 million, 2.4/Hawaii – 7.1 million, 1.9

NBC
8:00 Chuck #64 "Chuck Versus the Leftovers" (Thanksgiving)
9:00 The Event #10 "Everything Will Change"
10:00 Chase #10 "Under the Radar"
NBC is all-new with its regular Monday lineup for the last time. Following tonight, The Event will go on a three month hiatus so this week is being billed as its “Fall Finale.” We’ll see how it does when it returns on February 28, but its chances aren’t great for a renewal. Still, these shows should see some gains thanks to weakened competition on ABC and reruns on CBS. If they don’t, NBC should panic even more.
Prediction: Chuck – 5.2 million, 1.9/Event – 5.5 million, 1.8/Chase – 5.4 million, 1.5

FOX
8:00 House #133 "Now What?" (REPEAT)
9:00 Lie to Me #43 "Smoked"
FOX has a mix of old and new. A House repeat starts things off followed by a new Lie to Me. The last time Lie to Me followed a repeat (in October), it his season lows. It could dip lower this week.
Prediction: House – 4.2 million, 1.5/Lie to Me – 4.4 million, 1.5

Sunday, November 28, 2010

RATINGS RECAP: 11/27/10

ABC
 8:00 College Football
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5

CBS
8:00 CSI (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 CSI: Miami (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 48 Hours Mystery
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

NBC
8:00 Merry Madagascar
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Movie: Bee Movie
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

FOX
8:00 Movie: Click
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

RATINGS RECAP: 11/26/10

ABC
8:00 Movie: Happy Feet
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
8:00 CSI: NY (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 School Pride
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Movie: Enchanted
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

FOX
8:00 TV's Funniest Holiday Moments
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

On the day after Thanksgiving, ABC aired the movie Happy Feet to low numbers while a 20/20 interview with President and Mrs. Obama was down 1.2 million viewers and nearly a full demo point from last week. This probably would have done better had it aired on a different Friday. CBS aired repeats of its surviving Friday dramas to good numbers, particularly in the total viewer category. Blue Bloods is yet another CBS drama that seems to repeat well.


NBC's School Pride finally came to its likely end as it was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo from last week. It is unlikely this show will ever see the light of day again. Dateline was preempted by the movie Enchanted which had low numbers. FOX aired a holiday special that was low but actually above the usual combo of The Good Guys and a repeat of House.  

RATINGS RECAP: 11/25/10

ABC8:00 A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:30 Beyonce's I Am... World Tour Special
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:30 $#*! My Dad Says (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:30 Mike & Molly (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 The Mentalist (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

NBC
8:00 Taylor Swift: Speak Now Special
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 NBC's People of the Year Special
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 The Apprentice
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 NFL Postgame
Viewers: 23.1 million, 18-49 demo: 8.0

8:20 Movie: The Simpsons Movie
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9

On Thanksgiving night, the networks all altered their normal schedules to mixed results. ABC had decent results for the second airing of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and decent enough numbers from a special repeat airing of a Modern Family episode from last year but they were barely on the map with a Beyonce special which was well below last year's Beyonce special (5.2 million viewers/1.7 demo). CBS had good results from a night of repeats - particularly of note is The Big Bang Theory's numbers at 9pm, for a repeat and not in its usual time. Will CBS find a way to move Big Bang here next season? CBS seems to always get acceptable numbers for its repeats and new shows $#*! My Dad Says and Mike & Molly seemed to be following that trend.

NBC had a low-rated night with disappointing numbers for a Taylor Swift special, which should have been higher given how popular Swift has been in recent weeks with her new album. An NBC People of the Year special was equally low and The Apprentice dipped to season lows in a disastrous season as it was down three tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. FOX had a bit of NFL overrun in the 8pm half-hour which will inflate its numbers but its airing of The Simpsons Movie did not generate much interest, though it was tied for best in the demo for the night, excluding NFL.

RATINGS RECAP: 11/24/10

ABC8:00 The Middle
Viewers: 8.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
8:30 Better With You
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 Modern Family
Viewers: 10.6 million, 18-49 demo: 3.7
9:30 Cougar Town
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
10:00 Primetime Special
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

CBS
8:00 Survivor Clip Show
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 9.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 The Defenders (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

NBC
8:00 Merry Madagascar
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
8:30 Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 The Biggest Loser Special
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

FOX
8:00 Human Target
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Hell's Kitchen
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2

ABC was all-new on the final night of sweeps and the night before Thanksgiving. Last year their comedies hit series lows on Thanksgiving eve and they were all down from last week but held their own this time around. The Middle was down a million viewers and six tenths in the demo. The demo was a season low but it's still a solid result. Better With You was down two tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo, again a season low in that category. Modern Family was down 1.5 million viewers and just under a full demo point hitting season lows in both categories and Cougar Town was down five tenths in viewers and just over half a demo point, also hitting season lows in both categories. Despite the drops, these shows showed some strength on a tough night, particularly in the demo and should rebound nicely the next time new episodes air. A Primetime special on celebrity plastic surgery was up from last week's People Magazine special and about even with the Robin Roberts special from a few weeks back. ABC will bring The Whole Truth back to burn off remaining episodes starting next week.

CBS opted not to air new episodes. They aired a clip show of Survivor which was well below normal numbers and repeats of Criminal Minds and The Defenders, which had solid results for repeats, particularly in the total viewer category. NBC preempted its regular lineup for specials including the premiere of Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special which had soft results. FOX chose to air new episodes of its regular lineup. Human Target was down just over a million viewers and four tenths in the demo from last week's season premiere which isn't too bad considering it being Thanksgiving Eve, but it will be in trouble if it doesn't perk back up next week. Hell's Kitchen was down eight tenths in viewers and almost half a demo point for season lows at 9pm.

THE RUNDOWN: Saturday, November 27 & Sunday, November 28

Due to Thanksgiving Weekend, final ratings are not available yet for Weds and Thurs. Look for Ratings Recap posts either reflecting preliminary numbers or final numbers based on what's available soon!

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 College Football: Notre Dame at USC

CBS
8:00 CSI #214 "Lover's Lanes" (REPEAT)
9:00 CSI: Miami #179 "Show Stopper" (REPEAT)
10:00 48 Hours Mystery (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Merry Madagascar (SPECIAL)
8:30 Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special (SPECIAL)
9:00 MOVIE: Bee Movie

FOX
8:00 MOVIE: Click

SUNDAY

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (REPEAT)
8:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (REPEAT)
9:00 Desperate Housewives #135 "Remember Paul?" (REPEAT)
10:00 Brothers & Sisters #89 "Brief Encounter" (REPEAT)
Now that November Sweeps is over, ABC has repeats throughout the night. Obviously lower numbers can be expected.
Prediction: AFHV - 5.1 million, 1.4/Home Edition - 6.4 million, 1.8/Housewives - 6.3 million, 2.2/Brothers - 5.1 million, 1.7

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 The Amazing Race
9:00 MOVIE: November Christmas
CBS has new episodes of 60 Minutes and The Amazing Race followed by a sure-to-be heartwarming Christmas movie. Don't expect too much on the ratings front especially with no NFL overrun.
Prediction: 60 Mins - 11.6 million, 1.6/Amazing - 10.2 million, 2.7/Movie - 9.1 million, 2.2

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
8:30 Sunday Night Football: San Diego at Indianapolis
NBC has another good football game and against repeats on ABC and a movie on CBS, it should have great ratings though it may not reach the levels of last week's Eagles-Giants showdown.

FOX
7:00 NFL Overrun
7:30 The OT
8:00 The Simpsons #471 "How Munched is That Birdie in the Window?"
8:30 The Cleveland Show #28 "Another Bad Thanksgiving" 
9:00 Family Guy #149 "Excellence in Broadcasting" (REPEAT)
9:30 American Dad! #102 "There Will Be Bad Blood" 
FOX has new episodes of its animated comedies except for Family Guy. Last week saw lows across the board but with NFL overrun and less competition, they should see upticks this week.
Prediction: Simpsons - 8.4 million, 3.5/Cleveland - 6.8 million, 3.2/Family Guy - 5.6 million, 2.5/Dad - 5.4 million, 2.3

Thursday, November 25, 2010

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, November 25 & Friday, November 26

THURSDAY

ABC
8:00 A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (SPECIAL)
9:00 Modern Family #9 "Fizbo" (REPEAT)
9:30 Beyonce's I Am... World Tour (SPECIAL)
On Thanksgiving night, ABC is airing a night of specials and reruns. The second airing of the year of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving kicks things off. It is followed by a repeat of Modern Family from last Thanksgiving and then a new Beyonce concert. Expect middling numbers on this holiday night.
Prediction: Charlie Brown – 6.0 million, 1.8/Modern – 4.8 million, 1.4/Beyonce – 4.9 million, 1.7

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #64 "The Robotic Manipulation" (REPEAT)
8:30 $#*! My Dad Says #1 "Pilot" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Big Bang Theory #65 "The Cruciferous Vegetable Amplification" (REPEAT)
9:30 Mike & Molly #1 "Pilot" (REPEAT)
10:00 The Mentalist #36 "Redline" (REPEAT)
CBS has a night of reruns including comedies at 9 & 9:30 – is this a sign of things to come? Expect low numbers but this probably won’t be the last time CBS tests comedies in the 9pm hour.
Prediction: Big Bang 8:00 – 7.7 million, 2.4/$#*! – 6.0 million, 1.9/Big Bang 9:00 – 7.2 million, 2.2/Mike&Molly – 6.4 million, 2.0/Mentalist – 7.0 million, 1.8

NBC
8:00 Taylor Swift - Speak Now (SPECIAL)
9:00 NBC's People of the Year (SPECIAL)
10:00 The Apprentice
NBC has preempted its comedies for a Taylor Swift special and a NBC People of the Year special. Expect the Swift concert to be above normal 8pm levels but the special at 9pm to be below normal levels. The Apprentice could hit a season low in an already disastrous season.
Prediction: Taylor – 5.8 million, 2.3/People – 4.0 million, 1.5/Apprentice – 3.1 million, 1.2

FOX
8:00 MOVIE: The Simpsons Movie 
FOX has the network premiere of the hit The Simpsons Movie while also previewing midseason animated show Bob’s Burgers. Expect middling numbers here.
Prediction: Movie – 5.1 million, 2.0

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 MOVIE: Happy Feet
10:00 20/20 
ABC’s regular 8-10pm lineup is preempted in favor of the movie Happy Feet while 20/20 is new but will probably not come close to last weekend’s season highs.
Prediction: Movie – 4.0 million, 1.3/2020 – 5.8 million, 1.6

CBS
8:00 CSI: NY #119 "Blacklist" (REPEAT)
9:00 Blue Bloods #2 "Samaritan" (REPEAT)
10:00 Blue Bloods #3 "Privilege" (REPEAT)
CBS has opted not to repeat or air a new episode of the now-cancelled Medium and will instead slide a repeat of CSI: NY to 8pm and back-to-back repeats of Blue Bloods following that. Expect low numbers, particularly in the demo.
Prediction: CSI NY – 4.9 million, 1.2/Bloods 9:00 – 5.4 million, 1.3/Bloods 10:00 – 6.0 million, 1.2

NBC
8:00 School Pride
9:00 MOVIE: Enchanted
This appears to be the final episode of School Pride as all seven schools renovated have been shown. While there has been no official announcement, it seems highly unlikely we will ever see this flop again. It could hit series lows tonight and the movie might be low too.
Prediction: Pride – 1.8 million, 0.5/Movie – 3.4 million, 1.0

FOX
8:00 TV's Funniest Holiday Moments (SPECIAL)
FOX’s low-rated Friday is preempted by a Holiday TV special that will likely see very low ratings. Prediction: Holiday – 2.6 million, 0.6

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

WEEKEND REWIND: Top 10 Thanksgiving Episodes

It's a special edition of Weekend Rewind this week (on Wednesday!) counting down the Top 10 Thanksgiving themed episodes. As always this is based on personal opinion so enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Close Calls
Everybody Loves Raymond "The Bird"
Everybody Loves Raymond #180 "The Bird" - A hilarious Thanksgiving dinner with Robert's in-laws (played to perfection by Fred Willard and Georgia Engel) that includes a funny Thanksgiving play.
Home Improvement #160 "Thanksgiving" - The Taylors spend Thanksgiving at the Silverdome and the Detroit Lions' home game but Tim causes a power outage in the stadium. A fun episode for those who love Thanksgiving Day football.
Bewitched #119 "Samantha's Thanksgiving to Remember" - Aunt Clara sends the Stephens back to Plymouth in the 1600s where Darrin is accused of being a witch. A nice historical look at Thanksgiving.
Friends #179 "The One With the Rumor" - Brad Pitt guest stars as Will, a formerly fat friend of Monica who formed an "I Hate Rachel Greene" fan club with Ross in high school. A great episode and a great guest starring turn by Pitt.
The Cosby Show #133 "Cliff's Wet Adventure" - Cliff has to go out to get items for Clair in a storm multiple times and Denise invites Martin's ex-wife to Thanksgiving dinner. The episode is good but Cliff's performance is a standout.

10. Everybody Loves Raymond #10 "Turkey or Fish" (first aired November 22, 1996)
In the first of many Thanksgiving episodes in this classic series, Debra tries to break tradition by hosting Thanksgiving and serving fish instead of turkey. Among the many funny moments are Ray putting the fish in the dishwasher and Marie subtly trying to sabotage Thanksgiving.

The Middle "Thanksgiving"
9. The Middle #8 "Thanksgiving" (first aired November 25, 2009)
In the first Thanksgiving episode of this great young series, Frankie cancels Thanksgiving when everyone seems to have other things going on or bad attitudes. Like this series so often does, it mixes humor with heart when Axl finds Brick in the corn maze and the kids and Mike try to do Thanksgiving for Frankie.

8. Roseanne #32 "We Gather Together" (first aired November 21, 1989)
In the first of many Thanksgiving episodes, Roseanne is stressed by all the guests from both sides of the family coming over and Jackie tries to hide her new career as a policewoman from her parents. A typically dysfunctional Thanksgiving makes for a great episode about this dysfunctional family.

WKRP in Cincinnati "Turkeys Away"
7. WKRP in Cincinnati #7 "Turkeys Away" (first aired October 30, 1978)
A well-known episode from an otherwise unremarkable series, Mr. Carlson has a big Thanksgiving stunt planned that he won't let any of the rest of the staff in on. When that stunt turns out to be dropping turkeys from the sky, he utters the famous line "as God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly." That line and the reaction from the group as they recall the events makes this episode a classic. 

6. Friends #130 "The One Where Ross Got High" (first aired November 25, 1999)
No show was better known for great Thanksgiving episodes than Friends and this is one of the best. There are many great moments including Ross's reluctance in having to tell his parents he got high in college, Phoebe's dreams about Jack Gellar, and Joey and Ross wanting to escape to go out with Joey's hot roommate. But what makes this among the best is Rachel's English Trifle - which she accidentally mixes with a Shephard's Pie, and everyone's reactions to eating it.

5. The Wonder Years #53 "The Ties that Bind" (first aired November 14, 1990)
In a heartwarming Thanksgiving episode, Jack is forced to be gone during Thanksgiving after getting a promotion and Norma is noticeably upset. But when she and the family meet him at the airport in a great final scene, the kids see a tenderness in their parents not usually seen.

Cheers "Thanksgiving Orphans"
4. Cheers #104 "Thanksgiving Orphans" (first aired November 27, 1986)
In a very memorable episode, the Cheers gang has nowhere to go for Thanksgiving but they all end up together and the dinner devolves into a very funny and memorable food fight. The episode is hysterical ending with a glimpse of Norm's unseen wife Vera... with a pie covering her face.

3. Mad About You #55 "Giblets for Murray" (first aired November 17, 1994)
Paul and Jamie host Thanksgiving for their families in a great episode. From the constant attempts at getting a turkey (including lowering it to the kitchen window from the upstairs apartment), to the opposition against a buffet style meal, everything that could go wrong does go wrong. The best moment is Jamie throwing one of the turkeys out of the window.

Friends "The One With the Football"
2. Friends #57 "The One With the Football" (first aired November 21, 1996)
In the best of many great Thanksgiving episodes from this series, Ross and Monica renew their football rivalry by playing football in the park with the rest of the friends. This episode is a classic from start to finish including Chandler and Joey's competition for a Dutch girl watching and Ross and Monica's constant trash talking. Plus, who wouldn't want to being playing football on Thanksgiving with these guys? It makes you want to be there with them.

1. The Bob Newhart Show #83 "Over the River and Through the Woods" (first aired November 22, 1975)
But the best Thanksgiving episode is this classic from The Bob Newhart Show. Bob, Howard, Jerry, and Mr. Carlin spend Thanksgiving together getting drunk and watching them all try to function is a comedic masterpiece. While they are all funny, Bob steals the show as he calls himself "durrr" (Dr.) Bob Hartley on the phone and orders "more moo goo gai pan." It is comic genius throughout the episode and showcases the best of many characters who are pretty good to begin with.

RATINGS RECAP: 11/23/10

ABC
8:00 No Ordinary Family
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 Dancing with the Stars Results
Viewers: 24.2 million, 18-49 demo: 5.3

CBS
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 18.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.9
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 15.0 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2
10:00 The Good Wife
Viewers: 10.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
10:00 Parenthood
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9

FOX
8:00 Glee
Viewers: 10.4 million, 18-49 demo: 4.0
9:00 Raising Hope
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:30 Raising Hope (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9

ABC had a massive night thanks to its Dancing with the Stars fall edition finale. No Ordinary Family started things off and was up slightly from last week's lows. It was up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Next week, it will get a chance to prove its mettle at the slightly less competitive 9pm slot for three weeks. Dancing with the Stars followed as it crowned Jennifer Grey the winner and it delivered huge results, up a whopping 6.8 million viewers and 1.9 demo points. It also had its best finale numbers in years as this veteran show is showing no signs of fading. Who will the celebrities be for the winter edition?


CBS aired an all-new drama lineup and had pretty good holds against ABC's juggernaut. NCIS was down six tenths in viewers and even in the demo as it did not have to compete with Dancing. NCIS: Los Angeles did though but was only down eight tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, which is a great showing. The Good Wife did not fare quite as well as it was down 1.7 million viewers but just a tenth in the demo. While NCIS: Los Angeles and The Good Wife did hit season lows, these are pretty good results against much tougher competition.

NBC had its usual lineup and also survived against ABC but was low as usual. The Biggest Loser was down a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo, hitting a season low in that category. Without Dancing to compete with next week, it may perk up as it nears its finale. At 10pm, Parenthood was down three tenths in viewers for a season low but actually up a tenth in the demo. It still remains very low though, it will need to show some improvement when it moves to Monday to see a third season.

FOX had its regular lineup for now. Glee was down a troubling 1.3 million viewers and a full demo point, hitting season lows in both categories. There doesn't seem to be a great reason for why this was down as it did not compete with Dancing. Is it starting to fade? Or was this a bad week for the show's young audience? A new Raising Hope was down just two tenths in viewers and the demo. While the viewer total is a season low it displayed better retention out of Glee than usual. A repeat of Hope was actually up three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo, which is good news for FOX. 

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, November 24

ABC
8:00 The Middle #33 "Thanksgiving II"
8:30 Better With You #9 "Better With Thanksgiving"
9:00 Modern Family #33 "Mother Tucker"
9:30 Cougar Town #33 "When the Time Comes" (Thanksgiving)
10:00 Primetime: Celebrity Plastic Surgery Gone Too Far?
ABC has an all-new lineup on the final night of sweeps. Last year, ABC’s sitcoms were way down on the night before Thanksgiving so it wouldn’t be surprising to see some significant drops from last week despite the Thanksgiving-themed episodes. ABC hasn’t learned from last year’s problems. A Primetime special at 10pm won’t likely generate much interest. The Middle has guest star Norm MacDonald.
Prediction: Middle – 7.9 million, 2.4/Better – 6.1 million, 2.0/Modern – 10.5 million, 4.3/Cougar – 5.9 million, 2.7/Primetime – 3.9 million, 1.3

CBS
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #103 "The Uncanny Valley" (REPEAT)
10:00 The Defenders #3 "Nevada v. Carter" (REPEAT)
CBS has a new Survivor but then is airing repeats of Criminal Minds and The Defenders so expect low ratings as they smartly won’t waste new episodes on a lightly viewed night.
Prediction: Survivor – 11.0 million, 3.2/Criminal – 6.8 million, 2.2/Defenders – 5.1 million, 1.3

NBC
8:00 Merry Madagascar (SPECIAL)
8:30 Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special (SPECIAL)
9:00 The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now?
NBC has preempted its usual lineup in favor of two holiday specials including the premiere of Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special. They are also airing a special connected to The Biggest Loser which likely won’t generate much interest.
Prediction: Madagascar – 5.7 million, 1.5/Kung Fu – 6.2 million, 1.8/Loser – 5.4 million, 1.7

FOX
8:00 Human Target #14 "The Wife's Tale"
9:00 Hell's Kitchen
FOX has an all-new lineup including Human Target which bowed to soft numbers last week. A big drop on this night could be in store while Hell’s Kitchen will probably be below average.
Prediction: Target – 4.9 million, 1.4/Hell’s – 5.2 million, 1.9
 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

RATINGS RECAP: 11/22/10

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 23.7 million, 18-49 demo: 4.9
9:13 Skating with the Stars
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother
Viewers: 8.7 million, 18-49 demo: 3.5
8:30 Rules of Engagement
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
9:00 Two and a Half Men
Viewers: 14.4 million, 18-49 demo: 4.5
9:30 Mike & Molly
Viewers: 12.9 million, 18-49 demo: 4.0
10:00 Hawaii Five-0
Viewers: 12.3 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3

NBC
8:00 Chuck
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 The Event
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 Chase
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

FOX
8:00 House
Viewers: 9.2 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
9:00 Lie to Me
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

ABC had good and bad news on Monday night. The good news was of course Dancing with the Stars, which was up three million viewers and nearly a full demo point for its final performances night. The viewers is a season high but the demo couldn't match the season premiere's 5.1 demo. It should see huge results for its finale tonight. The bad news was for knock-off show Skating with the Stars which had decent overall numbers, but that doesn't tell the true story which is it dropped tremendously each half hour. It should have a rough go of it when it takes Dancing's 8pm slot next week.

CBS had a great night for its regular lineup even against the mighty Dancing. At 8pm, How I Met Your Mother was down just two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo while Rules of Engagement was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. These are good holds against tougher competition. Two and a Half Men was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo while new sitcom Mike & Molly had great results as it was up seven tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo, hitting series highs in both categories. This show is flourishing without the Dancing competition. Finally, Hawaii Five-0 benefited from no Castle competition as it was up a whopping two million viewers and half a demo point, hitting its best numbers in weeks. Overall, these were great results for the eye network.

The news was not as good over at NBC which had another low-rated night. Chuck was down six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, hitting season lows. Why NBC keeps this show in this slot (or on the air at all) is anyone's guess. The Event was down four tenths in viewers but even in the demo. The total viewers is a series low but the demo remained a 1.7 for the third week in a row. Finally, Chase also benefited from no Castle lead-in as it was up seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo to post its best numbers in awhile, though they are still low. It was actually the best performer in terms of total viewers of NBC's night. Next week is the last week for this lineup as is.

FOX was down in both hours from last week. House was down a rough 1.6 million viewers and six tenths in the demo, hitting season lows in both categories. It clearly was hurt by Dancing more than the CBS comedies were. Lie to Me was down three tenths in total viewers and two tenths in the demo, but showed better retention out of House than last week.

RATINGS RECAP: 11/21/10

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
8:00 American Music Awards
Viewers: 11.7 million, 18-49 demo: 4.3

CBS
7:00 NFL Overrun
Viewers: 23.6 million, 18-49 demo: 8.2
7:12 60 Minutes
Viewers: 17.7 million, 18-49 demo: 3.7
8:12 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 10.6 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
9:12 Undercover Boss
Viewers: 12.7 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
10:12 CSI: Miami
Viewers: 10.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
Viewers: 8.7 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2
7:56 Football Night in America Part 2
Viewers: 12.1 million, 18-49 demo: 4.4
8:22 NFL Pregame
Viewers: 17.2 million, 18-49 demo: 6.1
8:31 Sunday Night Football
Viewers: 23.2 million, 18-49 demo: 8.8

FOX7:00 The Cleveland Show (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
7:30 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
8:00 The Simpsons
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
8:30 The Cleveland Show
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:00 Family Guy
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
9:30 American Dad!
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3

ABC's regular schedule was preempted except for 7pm where America's Funniest Home Videos was up nearly a million viewers and two tenths in the demo. At 8pm, ABC aired the annual American Music Awards which were down significantly from last year's numbers - a whopping 2.5 million viewers and 1.2 in the demo. These results reverse a recent upward trend for the AMAs and is disappointing considering that there were many big name performers.

CBS had just a bit of NFL Overrun, but like usual, it had a very positive impact on 60 Minutes, which hit a season high in viewers and tied a season high in the demo. It was up a huge 5.4 million viewers and two full demo points. It is night and day for this show with NFL overrun. The Amazing Race followed and was up three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo while Undercover Boss was up a very nice 2.3 million viewers and seven tenths in the demo. This is a nice rebound for a show that had been fading. Finally, CSI: Miami was up three tenths in viewers but even in the demo which is somewhat disappointing considering it had a much stronger lead-in.

NBC had a very strong night with football. Football Night in America was up from its usual numbers while the heavily hyped Giants-Eagles matchup lived up to expectations as it had the second best ratings of the season after Vikings-Packers on October 24. It was up a very nice two million viewers and seven tenths in the demo from last week's also hyped Patriots-Steelers matchup. Look for ratings for big NFL games down the stretch to just be through the roof on all channels.

FOX's animated lineup took a hit with no NFL lead-in and against a tough NFL game on NBC. Reruns of The Cleveland Show and The Simpsons were low as expected while a new Simpsons was down a troubling 2.2 million viewers and a full demo point for season lows. The Cleveland Show was down 1.6 million viewers and seven tenths in the demo also for season lows. Things were not as bad for Family Guy which was down half a million viewers but just a tenth in the demo, though it is still a season low. And American Dad! was also down half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo hitting, you guessed it, season lows. It's obvious why this is the show being benched to 7:30pm when Bob's Burgers arrives in January.

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, November 23


ABC
8:00 No Ordinary Family #8 "No Ordinary Accident"
9:00 Dancing with the Stars Results (11th Edition Finale)
The highly successful Fall edition of Dancing with the Stars comes to an end this week and the finale ratings should be stellar as they always are. They could be through the roof given all the Bristol Palin publicity. No Ordinary Family hit series lows last week. Can it benefit from some pre-tune in?
Prediction: Family – 7.0 million, 1.9/Dancing – 28.4 million, 5.8

CBS
8:00 NCIS #171 "Enemies Domestic"
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #34 "Deliverance"
10:00 The Good Wife #31 "On Tap"
CBS has its usual lineup for Tuesday night but NCIS: Los Angeles and The Good Wife could take a hit against Dancing with the Stars. Still, numbers should remain solid. NCIS is a continuation of last week’s story.
Prediction: NCIS – 18.6 million, 3.7/Los Angeles – 14.2 million, 3.0/Good Wife – 11.1 million, 2.0

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
10:00 Parenthood #23 "Happy Thanksgiving"
NBC has its usual lineup as well. The Biggest Loser should remain disappointing and Parenthood could fall even further against Dancing despite its Thanksgiving episode.
Prediction: Loser – 6.5 million, 2.4/Parenthood – 4.6 million, 1.7

FOX
8:00 Glee #30 "Furt"
9:00 Raising Hope #9 "Meet the Grandparents" (Thanksgiving)
9:30 Raising Hope #2 "Dead Tooth" (REPEAT)
FOX has its lineup including a repeat of Raising Hope in place of Running Wilde. Wilde will return in December but be replaced in February by new midseason comedy Mixed Signals. Like everything else, the 9pm hour could be negatively impacted by Dancing. Glee has guest star Carol Burnett.
Prediction: Glee – 11.4 million, 4.7/Hope 9:00 – 5.5 million, 2.5/Hope 9:30 – 3.6 million, 1.5

PILOT REVIEW: Skating with the Stars

SKATING WITH THE STARS













Hosted by Vernon Kay and Tanith Belbin
Judges: Johnny Weir, Dick Button, and Laurie Ann Gibson

After a highly successful fall edition of Dancing with the Stars, ABC is helping to bridge the gap with Skating with the Stars. I will admit that I don't watch Dancing regularly and I only half watched the 1 hour, 47 minute premiere of Skating, but there's no guarantee the massive audience for Dancing will follow Skating for many reasons. First of all, skating is not quite as electric or dynamic when you are watching average skaters. Secondly, this format has already attempted and failed in FOX's 2006 Skating with Celebrities. Thirdly, the celebrities, host, and judges are all not household names. Granted Dancing with the Stars started out this way as well but are audiences going to want to watch Rebecca Budig and Vince Neil skate after watching the well-known Jennifer Grey and buzzworthy Bristol Palin dance?

The upside to this show is that it is visually appealing. The celebrities are actually fairly good and the format is familiar and tested as it closely follows the format of Dancing. The host is likable enough, but not as familiar as Tom Bergeron. The judges are ok but Laurie Ann Gibson is quite annoying. There is no dynamic judge though which won't help. Basically, it's an adequate fill-in for Dancing with the Stars but it will never live up to its quality or success.

Monday, November 22, 2010

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, November 22

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
9:13 Skating with the Stars (SERIES PREMIERE)
Dancing with the Stars has finally hit its finale week and the ratings should be through the roof especially with the Bristol Palin scandal that has been lighting up the internet this week. Expect massive numbers tonight and tomorrow. Its replacement for a few weeks will be the new series Skating with the Stars, based obviously on Dancing. Look for it to get a good sampling but there aren't any real buzzworthy contestants. Will the viewing audience like watching celebrities skate as much as they like watching them dance? We shall see. Castle is preempted for the night.
Prediction: Dancing - 25.9 million, 5.0/Skating - 15.8 million, 3.9

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #122 "Blitzgiving" (Thanksgiving)
8:30 Rules of Engagement #58 "Fun Run"
9:00 Two and a Half Men #171 "Ow, Ow, Don't Stop"
9:30 Mike & Molly #10 "Molly Gets a Hat" (Thanksgiving)
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #10 "Hao Kanaka"
CBS has its usual lineup including Thanksgiving offerings from How I Met Your Mother and Mike & Molly. Halloween episodes gave nice bumps to sitcoms this year, can Thanksgiving ones do the same? The first hour and 12 minutes has tough competition from ABC but Hawaii might benefit with no Castle to compete with.
Prediction: Mother - 8.5 million, 3.4/Rules - 7.7 million, 2.8/Men - 13.6 million, 4.4/Mike&Molly - 11.9 million, 3.5/Hawaii - 10.4 million, 2.9

NBC
8:00 Chuck #63 "Chuck Versus Phase Three"
9:00 The Event #9 "Your World to Take"
10:00 Chase #9 "Crazy Love"
NBC's low-rated lineup is in tact tonight and should see similar numbers. Next week will be the final week for this lineup on Monday as December brings specials and January brings The Cape and Harry's Law in place of The Event and Chase.
Prediction: Chuck - 5.3 million, 1.7/Event - 5.2 million, 1.5/Chase - 4.7 million, 1.2

FOX
8:00 House #140 "Small Sacrifices"
9:00 Lie to Me #42 "Veronica"
FOX has its usual lineup as well. This lineup rebounded last week but has tough competition so a slight drop would not be surprising.
Prediction: House - 9.9 million, 3.8/Lie to Me - 5.6 million, 1.8