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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

RATINGS RECAP: 8/30/11

ABC
8:00 Wipeout (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 Take the Money & Run
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 Combat Hospital
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

NBC
8:00 It's Worth What?
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 America's Got Talent
Viewers: 11.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1 

FOX
8:00 Glee
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Raising Hope (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:30 Raising Hope (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8 

Tuesday night had America's Got Talent leading the way though it was down nine tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. Earlier in the night, It's Worth What? was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Elsewhere, ABC's Take the Money & Run was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo and Combat Hospital was down the same.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, August 31

The last day of August has a new Big Brother on CBS, new Minute to Win It/America's Got Talent on NBC, a Primetime Nightline special, and week two of FOX's Buried Treasure, followed by an encore of the pilot.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #44 "Royal Wedding" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Middle #47 "The Bridge" (REPEAT)
9:00 Modern Family #40 "Regrets Only" (REPEAT)
9:30 Modern Family #44 "Someone to Watch Over Lily" (REPEAT)
10:00 Primetime Nightline: My (Extra) Ordinary Family (SPECIAL)

CBS
8:00 Big Brother
9:00 Criminal Minds #123 "Into the Woods" (REPEAT)
10:00 CSI #249 "Father of the Bride" Part 1 (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Minute to Win It
9:00 America's Got Talent
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #264 "Spectacle" (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 Buried Treasure
9:00 Buried Treasure (REPEAT)

RATINGS RECAP: 8/29/11

ABC
8:00 Bachelor Pad
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
10:00 Castle (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 How I Met Your Mother (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Two and a Half Men (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:30 Mike & Molly (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Hell's Kitchen
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9


It was a quiet Monday as the dog days of summer come to a close. ABC had a new Bachelor Pad featuring the reveal of the new Dancing with the Stars cast during a commercial break. It was up four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Elsewhere on FOX, a new episode of Hell's Kitchen was down two tenths in viewers but up two tenths in the demo from last week's 9pm episode. And finally a new, special edition of Dateline NBC on NBC won the 10pm hour, but that's not saying much.

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, August 30

The usual suspects are new on Tuesday night, ABC's and NBC's entire lineup, while CBS and FOX are in repeats.

ABC8:00 Wipeout
9:00 Take the Money & Run
10:00 Combat Hospital #11 "Brothers in Arms"

CBS
8:00 NCIS #184 "Baltimore" (REPEAT)
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #29 "Little Angels" (REPEAT)
10:00 NCIS #173 "Ships in the Night" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 It's Worth What?
9:00 America's Got Talent

FOX
8:00 Glee #42 "Prom Queen" (REPEAT)
9:00 Raising Hope #18 "Cheaters" (REPEAT)
9:30 Raising Hope #15 "Snip Snip" (REPEAT) 

RATINGS RECAP: 8/28/11

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 20/20 Special
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:00 Big Brother
Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
9:00 The Good Wife (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 CSI: Miami (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

NBC
7:00 Madden NFL '12
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:00 NFL Preseason Football
Viewers: 8.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9

FOX
7:00 American Dad! (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
7:30 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 The Cleveland Show (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:30 In the Flow with Affion Crockett
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

Monday, August 29, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, August 29

Monday has a new Bachelor Pad on ABC, a Dateline NBC on NBC, and a new Hell's Kitchen on FOX. In other words, another boring night for TV.

ABC
8:00 Bachelor Pad
10:00 Castle #56 "To Live and Die in LA" (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #134 "The Perfect Cocktail" (REPEAT)
8:30 How I Met Your Mother #128 "Desperation Day" (REPEAT)
9:00 Two and a Half Men #175 "Lookin' for Japanese Subs" (REPEAT)
9:30 Mike & Molly #23 "Victoria's Birthday" (REPEAT)
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #23 "Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau" (REPEAT)

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

FOX8:00 Hell's Kitchen (REPEAT)
9:00 Hell's Kitchen 

RATINGS RECAP: 8/27/11

ABC
8:00 NASCAR Racing
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

CBS
8:00 NFL Preseason Football
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4

NBC
8:00 Movie: A Walk in My Shoes
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

FOX
8:00 Cops (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:30 Cops (Repeat)
Viewers; 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 American Dad! (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:30 The Cleveland Show (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

RATINGS RECAP: 8/26/11

ABC 
8:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Karaoke Battle USA
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

CBS
8:00 NFL Preseason Football
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

NBC
8:00 Friends with Benefits
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:30 Friends with Benefits
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

FOX 
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Fringe (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4 

RATINGS RECAP: 8/25/11

ABC
8:00 Wipeout
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 Expedition: Impossible
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Rookie Blue
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2 

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
8:30 Rules of Engagement (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 Big Brother
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1
10:00 The Mentalist (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 Community (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
8:30 Parks and Recreation (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 The Office (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:30 30 Rock (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 Bones (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Bones (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1 

Thursday night had an all new lineup on ABC. At 8pm, Wipeout was down seven tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. The season finale of Expedition: Impossible was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. This show had a lot of promotion but didn't do very well and probably won't see a second summer. At 10pm, Rookie Blue was up three tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Elsewhere, on CBS, Big Brother was up half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo to a strong 3.1.

Friday, August 26, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, August 26, Saturday, August 27, & Sunday, August 28

FRIDAY
It's another quiet Friday. CBS should be on top with preseason football. ABC and NBC have low rated summer shows and FOX has repeats of its upcoming fall lineup for this night.

ABC
8:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)
9:00 Karaoke Battle USA
10:00 20/20

CBS
8:00 NFL Preseason Football: Green Bay at Indianapolis

NBC
8:00 Friends with Benefits #7 "The Benefit of Mardi Gras"
8:30 Friends with Benefits #8 "The Benefit of Mentors"
9:00 Dateline NBC

FOX
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares (REPEAT)
9:00 Fringe #62 "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide" (REPEAT)

SATURDAYS

ABC
8:00 NASCAR Racing

CBS
8:00 NFL Preseason Football: New England at Detroit

NBC
8:00 MOVIE: A Walk in My Shoes
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #263 "Flight" (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 Cops (REPEAT)
8:30 Cops (REPEAT)
9:00 American Dad! #107 "A Pinata Named Desire" (REPEAT)
9:30 The Cleveland Show #26 "Little Man on Campus" (REPEAT)

SUNDAY
Sunday has a preseason game on NBC which should be strong as well as the usual new shows on CBS and FOX and a 20/20 special on ABC.

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (REPEAT)
8:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (REPEAT)
9:00 20/20: The Sixth Sense (SPECIAL)


CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Big Brother
9:00 The Good Wife #42 "Wrongful Termination" (REPEAT)
10:00 CSI: Miami #211 "Paint it Black" (REPEAT)


NBC
7:00 Madden NFL 12 (SPECIAL)
8:00 NFL Preseason Football: New Orleans at Oakland

FOX
7:00 American Dad! #106 "Stanny Boy and Frantastic" (REPEAT)
7:30 Bob's Burgers #1 "Human Flesh" (REPEAT)
8:00 The Simpsons #482 "The Great Simpsina" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Cleveland Show #42 "Your Show of Shows" (REPEAT)
9:00 Family Guy #159 "The Hand That Rocks the Wheelchair" (REPEAT)
9:30 In the Flow with Affion Crockett

Thursday, August 25, 2011

RATINGS RECAP: 8/24/11

ABC
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:30 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:30 Happy Endings
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Primetime Nightline
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

CBS
8:00 Big Brother
Viewers; 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
9:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 CSI (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

NBC
8:00 Minute to Win It
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 America's Got Talent
Viewers: 11.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5 

FOX
8:00 Buried Treasure
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 House (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8 

On a fairly busy Wednesday night, FOX had the premiere of the final new summer show Buried Treasure which did pretty much nothing, not too surprising. Elsewhere, ABC had a new airing of Happy Endings left over from last season. It was up from repeat numbers but significantly down from a repeat Modern Family lead-in. I don't think this show can do any better than Cougar Town did in the plum 9:30 slot this fall. CBS's Big Brother was down a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo. On NBC, Minute to Win It was up 1.1 million viewers and two tenths in the demo while America's Got Talent was up 1.4 million viewers and four tenths in the demo. And finally, the battle between Law & Order: SVU and CSI started (albeit in reruns). CSI won the total viewer count but SVU took the demo, which could be a sign of things to come.

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, August 25

Thursday has the season finale of Expedition: Impossible, which probably won't be back for a second summer. Additionally there are new episodes of Rookie Blue on ABC and strong performer Big Brother on CBS.

ABC
8:00 Wipeout (REPEAT)
9:00 Expedition: Impossible (Season Finale)
10:00 Rookie Blue #23 "Best Laid Plans"

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #84 "The Agreement Dissection" (REPEAT)
8:30 Rules of Engagement #69 "The Jeff Photo" (REPEAT)
9:00 Big Brother
10:00 The Mentalist #47 "Red Sky at Night" (REPEAT)


NBC
8:00 Community #46 "Paradigms of Human Memory" (REPEAT)
8:30 Parks and Recreation #45 "The Bubble" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Office #150 "Dwight K. Schrute, (Acting) Manager" (REPEAT)
9:30 30 Rock #101 "100" Part 2 (REPEAT)
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #262 "Dirty" (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 Bones #110 "The Body and the Bounty" (REPEAT)
9:00 Bones #114 "The Twisted Bones in the Melted Truck" (REPEAT)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

RATINGS RECAP: 8/23/11

ABC
8:00 Wipeout (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 Take the Money & Run
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 Combat Hospital
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

NBC
8:00 It's Worth What?
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 America's Got Talent
Viewers: 12.0 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3 

FOX
8:00 Glee (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:30 Raising Hope (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7 

On a regular Tuesday, NBC's America's Got Talent seems to be heading back in a positive direction after some disappointing drops this summer (maybe because of less competition from FOX?) as it was up a strong 1.6 million viewers and half a demo point. Earlier in the night, It's Worth What? was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. Over on ABC, Take the Money & Run was up half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo, reversing a downward trend, while Combat Hospital was down two tenths in viewers but up a tenth in the demo.

PILOT REVIEW: Buried Treasure

BURIED TREASURE









Starring Leigh and Leslie Keno

The final new summer show to premiere in a long, boring summer for network TV is FOX's Buried Treasure. I'll be honest that I was only half watching this show as I am so tired of reviewing unscripted summer fare (in fact, I may not even review summer shows next summer). Don't worry, I will have much better and detailed fall reviews! Anyway, on to the review. This show is a network attempt to capitalize on the antique pawn shop shows that are popular on cable, particularly the History Channel.

It is harmless enough and somewhat interesting. The Keno brothers go around to houses where people feel they might have something of value. Of course they have a story to tell ala any inspirational reality show and then by the end, they find out if any of their items are worth something. The reveal of course cues the tears or the disappointment that comes with finding out if they will strike it rich. It is what is is... a harmless summer reality show. Let's get on with it and bring on the fall shows! September 14 can't come soon enough.

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, August 24

Wednesday night has a few interesting programming notes. In addition to another Primetime Nightline special, ABC has a NEW episode of Happy Endings. This is unusual for a show that's coming back in the fall but they had a leftover episode from its spring run. The show hasn't been getting great repeat ratings so it will be interesting to see how it does though the real test comes in the fall. Elsewhere, FOX has the series premiere of late summer entry Buried Treasure and CBS has a new Big Brother. NBC has new episodes of Minute to Win It and America's Got Talent followed by the return of Law & Order: SVU to its fall time period. Even though both are in reruns, this is the first showdown in an interesting battle between two veteran crime shows (SVU and CSI).

ABC
8:00 The Middle #45 "Mother's Day II" (REPEAT)
8:30 Modern Family #43 "The Musical Man" (REPEAT)
9:00 Modern Family #39 "Princess Party" (REPEAT)
9:30 Happy Endings #13 "Why Can't You Read Me?"
10:00 Primetime Nightline: My (Extra) Ordinary Family (SPECIAL)

CBS
8:00 Big Brother
9:00 Criminal Minds #121 "Middle Man" (REPEAT)
10:00 CSI #248 "Unleashed" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Minute to Win It
9:00 America's Got Talent
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #260 "Possessed" (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 Buried Treasure (SERIES PREMIERE)
9:00 House #152 "Changes" (REPEAT)

RATINGS RECAP: 8/22/11

ABC
8:00 Bachelor Pad
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 Castle (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 How I Met Your Mother (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 Two and a Half Men (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:30 Mike & Molly (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 American Ninja Warrior
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:00 Hell's Kitchen
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7 

It was another quiet summer Monday. On ABC, a new Bachelor Pad was down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo from last week. FOX double pumped episodes of Hell's Kitchen. The 8pm episode was down nine tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo but the 9pm episode grew from the 8pm edition (though it was still down from last week's numbers). An American Ninja Warrior special on NBC did better than usual in the demo for the peacock network.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, August 23

ABC is new from 9-11pm and NBC is new all night with their usual combos. Elsewhere, Glee and Raising Hope return to their usual night in preparation for the upcoming season.

ABC
8:00 Wipeout (REPEAT)
9:00 Take the Money & Run
10:00 Combat Hospital #10 "Reason to Believe"

CBS 
8:00 NCIS #171 "Enemies Domestic" (REPEAT)
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #28 "Special Delivery" (REPEAT)
10:00 NCIS #172 "False Witness" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 It's Worth What?
9:00 America's Got Talent

FOX
8:00 Glee #40 "Born This Way" (REPEAT)
9:30 Raising Hope #4 "Say Cheese" (REPEAT)

RATINGS RECAP: 8/21/11

ABC 
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 20/20
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

CBS 
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:00 Big Brother
Viewers: 8.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
9:00 The Good Wife (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 CSI: Miami (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
8:00 NFL Preseason Football
Viewers: 9.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2

FOX
7:00 American Dad! (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
7:30 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:30 The Cleveland Show (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:30 In the Flow with Affion Crockett
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2 

Monday, August 22, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, August 22

Monday has a new Bachelor Pad on ABC, a special airing of American Ninja Warrior on NBC, and a two hour Hell's Kitchen on FOX (now that MasterChef is over).

ABC
8:00 Bachelor Pad
10:00 Castle #54 "Slice of Death" (REPEAT)

CBS8:00 How I Met Your Mother #133 "Hopeless" (REPEAT)
8:30 How I Met Your Mother #127 "Oh Honey" (REPEAT)
9:00 Two and a Half Men #174 "Skunk, Dog, Crap, and Ketchup" (REPEAT)
9:30 Mike & Molly #11 "Carl Gets a Girl" (REPEAT)
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #18 "Loa Aloha" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent (REPEAT)
9:00 American Ninja Warrior (SPECIAL)

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen

Sunday, August 21, 2011

RATINGS RECAP: 8/20/11

ABC
8:00 Movie: Phineas and Ferb The Movie
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
8:00 CSI (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 48 Hours Mystery (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 Gymnastics Championship
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

FOX
8:00 Cops (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 American Dad! (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:30 The Cleveland Show (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

RATINGS RECAP: 8/19/11

ABC
8:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Karaoke Battle USA
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1


CBS
8:00 Flashpoint
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 CSI: NY (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6


NBC
8:00 Friends With Benefits
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
8:30 Friends With Benefits
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3


FOX 
8:00 NFL Preseason Football
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

RATINGS RECAP: 8/18/11

ABC
8:00 Wipeout
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 Expedition: Impossible
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Rookie Blue
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
8:30 Rules of Engagement (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Big Brother
Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
10:00 The Mentalist (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 Community (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
8:30 Parks and Recreation (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 The Office (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:30 30 Rock (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 NFL Preseason Football
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1 

It was a quiet Thursday night as usual for the summer. A strong preseason NFL matchup led the way for FOX. Big Brother was the strong as usual for CBS and was up six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. Over on ABC, Wipeout was up a strong 1.4 million viewers and half a demo point. Expedition: Impossible benefited from the better lead-in and was up seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. To round out the night, Rookie Blue was up six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo.

Friday, August 19, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, August 19, Saturday, August 20, & Sunday, August 21

FRIDAY
It's another boring Friday with burnoffs and low-rated summer shows mixed in with an NFL preseason game but the official start to the fall season is exactly one month away!

ABC
8:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)
9:00 Karaoke Battle USA
10:00 20/20

CBS
8:00 Flashpoint #51 "Shockwave"
9:00 CSI: NY #145 "Out of the Sky" (REPEAT)
10:00 Blue Bloods #11 "Little Fish" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Friends With Benefits #5 "The Benefit of the Right Track"
8:30 Friends With Benefits #6 "The Benefit of Keeping Your Ego in Check"
9:00 Dateline NBC

FOX
8:00 NFL Preseason: Atlanta at Jacksonville 

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 MOVIE: Phineas and Ferb: The Movie
10:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 CSI #235 "Cold Blooded" (REPEAT)
9:00 Criminal Minds #118 "Compromising Positions" (REPEAT)
10:00 48 Hours Mystery (REPEAT)


NBC
8:00 Gymnastics: Visa Championship (SPECIAL)
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #261 "Mask" (REPEAT)


FOX
8:00 Cops (REPEAT)
8:30 Cops (REPEAT)
9:00 American Dad! #100 "Stan's Food Restaurant" (REPEAT)
9:30 The Cleveland Show #39 "The Essence of Cleveland" (REPEAT)


SUNDAY
Not too much to report on Sunday except that CBS has yanked summer entry Same Name in favor of repeats of The Good Wife, which will take the 9pm Sunday slot in the fall.


ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (REPEAT)
8:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (REPEAT)
9:00 20/20: The Sixth Sense (SPECIAL)


CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Big Brother
9:00 The Good Wife #41 "Killer Song" (REPEAT)
10:00 CSI: Miami #201 "Match Made in Hell" (REPEAT)


NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
8:00 NFL Preseason Football: San Diego at Dallas


FOX
7:00 American Dad! #105 "Fartbreak Hotel" (REPEAT)
7:30 Bob's Burgers #12 "Lobsterfest" (REPEAT)
8:00 The Simpsons #481 "Love is a Many Strangled Thing" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Cleveland Show #41 "Back to Cool" (REPEAT)
9:00 Family Guy #158 "German Guy" (REPEAT)
9:30 In the Flow with Affion Crockett

Thursday, August 18, 2011

RATINGS RECAP: 8/17/11

ABC
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:30 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:30 Happy Endings (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Primetime Nightline
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

CBS
8:00 Big Brother
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1
9:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 CSI (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

NBC
8:00 Minute to Win It
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 America's Got Talent
Viewers: 9.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
10:00 Love in the Wild
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

FOX
8:00 Mobbed (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 House (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

NBC was all new on Wednesday night including the season finale of Love in the Wild which was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. While the show was fairly consistent after initial drops, it did not do very well behind NBC's strongest summer performer. Because of that, it probably won't see a second summer but it's not out of the question. Earlier in the night, Minute to Win It was up a tenth in viewers and the demo while America's Got Talent was up dead even in both categories. Elsewhere, CBS's Big Brother continued to fly high as it was up four tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo to a very strong 3.1. This has been a very strong summer for the veteran CBS show.

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, August 18

Thursday night has the usual new shows - Expedition: Impossible and Rookie Blue on ABC and Big Brother on CBS. With So You Think You Can Dance now over on FOX, they are airing an NFL preseason game which should do decently, especially in the first hour.

ABC
8:00 Wipeout (REPEAT)
9:00 Expedition: Impossible
10:00 Rookie Blue #22 "Brotherhood"

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #83 "The Herb Garden Germination" (REPEAT)
8:30 Rules of Engagement #68 "Beating the System" (REPEAT)
9:00 Big Brother
10:00 The Mentalist #67 "Like a Redheaded Stepchild" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Community #44 "Critical Film Studies" (REPEAT)
8:30 Parks and Recreation #43 "The Fight" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Office #149 "The Inner Circle" (REPEAT)
9:30 30 Rock #100 "100" Part 1 (REPEAT)
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #259 "Pop" (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 NFL Preseason Football: Philadelphia at Pittsburgh

RATINGS RECAP: 8/16/11

ABC
8:00 Wipeout (REPEAT)
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 Take the Money & Run
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Combat Hospital
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 It's Worth What?
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 America's Got Talent
Viewers: 10.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8 

FOX
8:00 MasterChef
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7 

FOX had a strong Tuesday night with the season finale of MasterChef which was up six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo from last week's Tuesday airing and also up nicely from last summer's season finale. After a slow start, this show really became a solid summer performer for FOX and will surely be back in the future. Elsewhere, ABC did not get much mileage with new shows from 9-11pm. In its third week, Take the Money & Run was down a heavy 1.2 million viewers and four tenths in the demo as it continues to fall. Combat Hospital on the other hand was up half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo but still low. Finally, NBC's It's Worth What? was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo while America's Got Talent was down a heavy 1.1 million viewers and two tenths in the demo.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, August 17

On Wednesday night, NBC is all new including the season finale of Love in the Wild which has been mediocre in the ratings. It probably doesn't stand a great chance for a second summer but it's not out of the question. Elsewhere, CBS has a new Big Brother and ABC has a new Primetime Nightline special.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #33 "Thanksgiving II" (REPEAT)
8:30 Modern Family #41 "Two Monkeys and a Panda" (REPEAT)
9:00 Modern Family #42 "Boys' Night" (REPEAT)
9:30 Happy Endings #12 "The Shershow Redemption" (REPEAT)
10:00 Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief (SPECIAL)

CBS
8:00 Big Brother
9:00 Criminal Minds #120 "Devil's Night" (REPEAT)
10:00 CSI #247 "Hitting for the Cycle" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Minute to Win It
9:00 America's Got Talent
10:00 Love in the Wild (Season Finale)

FOX
8:00 Mobbed (REPEAT)
9:00 House #151 "Last Temptation" (REPEAT)

RATINGS RECAP: 8/15/11

ABC
8:00 Bachelor Pad
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
10:00 Castle (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:30 How I Met Your Mother (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Two and a Half Men (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:30 Mike & Molly (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Harry's Law (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX 
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
9:00 MasterChef
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4 

It was a quiet August Monday but FOX had some news to brag about. The very strong demo numbers from Hell's Kitchen and MasterChef gave FOX its best summer demo Monday in four years. Kitchen was up half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo from last week while MasterChef was up six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Elsewhere, ABC had a new Bachelor Pad which was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo from last week but it was still very solid.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, August 16

Tuesday night has the season finale of MasterChef which has done well after a slow start this summer for FOX. It will certainly be back next summer if not before. Elsewhere, ABC is new from 9-11pm and NBC is new all night, but both might take a small hit from MasterChef.

ABC
8:00 Wipeout (REPEAT)
9:00 Take the Money & Run
10:00 Combat Hospital #9 "Shifting Sands"

CBS
8:00 NCIS #170 "Enemies Foreign" (REPEAT)
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #27 "Borderline" (REPEAT)
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #16 "E Malama" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 It's Worth What?
9:00 America's Got Talent

FOX
8:00 MasterChef (Season Finale)

RATINGS RECAP: 8/14/11

ABC
7:00 i.am FIRST: Science is Rock 'n' Roll
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
8:00 CMA Music Festival
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

CBS
7:00 PGA Overrun
Viewers: 9.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
8:05 60 Minutes
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:05 Big Brother
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
10:05 Same Name
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:00 Minute to Win It
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 The Marriage Ref
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 The Marriage Ref
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9 

FOX
7:00 American Dad! (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
7:30 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 In the Flow with Affion Crockett
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:30 In the Flow with Affion Crockett
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0 

On Sunday night, FOX had the series premiere of sketch comedy show In the Flow with Affion Crockett. Not surprisingly, it got off to a slow start and then dropped from there for its second episode at 9:30pm. Elsewhere, ABC had two music specials - a 7pm special got very few eyeballs but the CMA Music Festival at 8pm did alright by summer standards in the total viewers category. CBS had a PGA overrun that delayed its lineup by an hour and the preliminary results are slightly skewed due to that so it's worth waiting until the finals are out to compare. Finally, NBC's The Marriage Ref had a double dose of episodes that was basically on par with last week and very low.

Monday, August 15, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, August 15

It's a quiet Monday night with the only new shows being the usual unscripted shows on FOX and the second week of Bachelor Pad on ABC.

ABC
8:00 Bachelor Pad
10:00 Castle #53 "Law & Murder" (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #132 "The Exploding Meatball Sub" (REPEAT)
8:30 How I Met Your Mother #126 "Last Words" (REPEAT)
9:00 Two and a Half Men #173 "Chocolate Diddlers or My Puppy's Dead" (REPEAT)
9:30 Mike & Molly #10 "Molly Gets a Hat" (REPEAT)
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #14 "He Kane Hewa'ole" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent (REPEAT)
10:00 Harry's Law #6 "Bangers in the House" (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
9:00 MasterChef 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

PILOT REVIEW: In the Flow with Affion Crockett

IN THE FLOW WITH AFFION CROCKETT











Starring: Affion Crockett

FOX's new sketch comedy from Jamie Foxx In the Flow with Affion Crockett is a complete mess. When shows get benched from a June launch date to an August launch date, it's not usually a good sign. With this show, it's easy to see why it couldn't even make the first summer cut. Basically every skit felt like a bad week on Saturday Night Live. From the beginning, it's clear that Affion Crockett was trying too hard and it went downhill from there.

The Jay-Z impression was weak and bad, the Tiger Woods skit was juvenile and bad, the "Wake Up Call" sketch was bordering on the offensive and bad, and the Gospel singer skit was mind numbingly unfunny and bad. To make matters worse, the "audience" was hooting and hollering at very unfunny punchlines while Affion Crockett continued to annoy in the studio scenes in-between the sketches. Summer TV isn't supposed to be very good but this is one of the worst.

RATINGS RECAP: 8/13/11

ABC
8:00 Movie: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
8:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 48 Hours Mystery (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 48 Hours Mystery (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

NBC
8:00 Who Do You Think You Are? (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Wrestlemania
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

FOX
 8:00 Cops (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:30 The Cleveland Show (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0 

RATINGS RECAP: 8/12/11


ABC
8:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Karaoke Battle USA
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 Flashpoint
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 CSI: NY (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

NBC
8:00 Friends With Benefits
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
8:30 Friends With Benefits
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

FOX
8:00 NFL Preseason Football
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

It was a quiet Friday night though some numbers were up due to NFL preseason football. ABC had the series premiere of Karaoke Battle USA which saw a very soft debut, particularly in the demo. Not that anything better was expected. It will probably be allowed to finish out its run unless it really tanks next week. Elsewhere, NBC's burnoffs of Friends with Benefits were down from last week while Dateline NBC was up 1.2 million viewers yet even in the demo. 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

PILOT REVIEW: Karaoke Battle USA

KARAOKE BATTLE USA









Hosted by Joey Fatone
Judges: Joe Levy, Carnie Wilson, Brian Scott

Karaoke Battle USA is a new singing competition show on ABC banished to Fridays in the summer and it's not hard to see why. Everything about this show was over the top. With the dramatic introduction, pauses, etc - it's easy to forget that this for a KARAOKE competition. They want to be like American Idol (the theme and introduction graphics seemed like a carbon copy) but it's hard to take it seriously. Host Joey Fatone is about what you would expect him to be while the judges were over the top in theatrics even though Carnie Wilson had her moments. Previous karaoke winner Brian Scott couldn't stop mentioning his championship and experience while Joe Levy acted as if this was the most important competition in the world.

There was a part of me that almost felt sad for the contestants. Here we are in a poor man's version of American Idol and yet they are acting like this is the biggest thing in the world for them. Once again, has everyone forgotten that this is a karaoke competition? I knew we were in for a bad show when the first contestant dedicated his over the top Cher performance to "America." NBC found a show that actually challenges American Idol in quality with The Voice earlier this year. Karaoke Battle USA is the umpteenth weak imitation of FOX's flagship show. Good thing it's banished to Friday nights in the summer.

RATINGS RECAP: 8/11/11

ABC
8:00 Wipeout
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Expedition: Impossible
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Rookie Blue 
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
8:30 Rules of Engagement (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Big Brother
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
10:00 The Mentalist (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 Community (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
8:30 Parks and Recreation (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 The Office (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:30 30 Rock (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 So You Think You Can Dance
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

The season finale of So You Think You Can Dance aired on FOX last night. It was up seven tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo from last week but was down three tenths in the demo from last summer's finale continuing a season long trend. ABC was all new on Thursday night but the numbers were down big across the board At 8pm, Wipeout was the strongest but fell the most as it was down 1.5 million viewers and six tenths in the demo. At 9pm, Expedition: Impossible was down a million viewers and three tenths in the demo for a series low while Rookie Blue followed and was down 1.2 million viewers and three tenths in the demo. Finally on CBS, Big Brother was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.

Friday, August 12, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, August 12, Saturday, August 13, & Sunday, August 14

FRIDAY
Friday has the NFL preseason football on FOX. It also has the series premiere of Karaoke Battle USA on ABC. It was originally intended for Monday nights but has been relegated to Fridays in the summer no less. Don't expect much. Elsewhere, there are newsmagazines, CBS has Flashpoint and NBC has burn off episodes of Friends With Benefits.

ABC
8:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)
9:00 Karaoke Battle USA (SERIES PREMIERE)

CBS
8:00 Flashpoint #50 "A Day in the Life"
9:00 CSI: NY #144 "Sangre Por Sangre" (REPEAT)
10:00 Blue Bloods #10 "After Hours" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Friends With Benefits #3 "The Benefit of the Unspoken Dynamic"
8:30 Friends With Benefits #4 "The Benefit of Forgetting"
9:00 Dateline NBC

FOX
8:00 NFL Preseason Football: Tampa Bay at Kansas City

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 MOVIE: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

CBS
8:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #26 "Black Widow" (REPEAT)
9:00 48 Hours Mystery (REPEAT)
10:00 48 Hours Mystery (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Who Do You Think You Are? (REPEAT)
9:00 Wrestlemania (SPECIAL)
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #257 "Gray" (REPEAT)


FOX8:00 Cops (REPEAT)
8:30 Cops (REPEAT)
9:00 Family Guy #156 "And I'm Joyce Kinney" (REPEAT)
9:30 The Cleveland Show #38 "To Live and Die in VA" (REPEAT)


SUNDAY
Sunday has the series premiere of In the Flow with Affion Crockett, a late summer sketch comedy entry from FOX. Elsewhere, ABC has musical specials, CBS is new from 7-10pm, and NBC is new all night. All in all, more first run programming than usual.


ABC
7:00 i.am FIRST: Science is Rock and Roll (SPECIAL)
8:00 CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock (SPECIAL)


CBS7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Big Brother
9:00 Same Name
10:00 CSI: Miami #209 "About Face" (REPEAT)


NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
8:00 Minute to Win It
9:00 The Marriage Ref
10:00 The Marriage Ref


FOX
7:00 American Dad! #102 "There Will Be Bad Blood" (REPEAT)
7:30 Bob's Burgers #13 "Torpedo" (REPEAT)
8:00 The Simpsons #480 "A Midsummer's Nice Dream" (REPEAT)
8:30 Family Guy #164 "Foreign Affairs" (REPEAT)
9:00 In the Flow with Affion Crockett (SERIES PREMIERE)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

RATINGS RECAP: 8/10/11

ABC
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:30 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:30 Happy Endings (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Primetime Nightline
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

CBS
8:00 Big Brother
Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
9:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 CSI (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

NBC
8:00 Minute to Win It
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 America's Got Talent
Viewers: 9.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
10:00 Love in the Wild
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4 

FOX
8:00 So You Think You Can Dance
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9 

NBC was all new on Wednesday night. At 8pm, Minute to Win It was up a tenth in viewers and the demo. America's Got Talent results night was down three tenths in viewers and even in the demo. It was not the demo champ of the night though like it's been most of the summer. At 10pm, Love in the Wild was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. Elsewhere, CBS's Big Brother was up a nice eight tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo to easily take the demo crown for the night. Finally, the final performance night of So You Think You Can Dance was up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, which is not too strong for a penultimate episode.

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, August 11

Thursday night has the season finale of So You Think You Can Dance which has had a down summer int he ratings. Elsewhere, CBS is new with Big Brother and ABC is all new all night.

ABC
8:00 Wipeout
9:00 Expedition: Impossible
10:00 Rookie Blue #21 "Monster"

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #82 "The Zarnecki Incursion" (REPEAT)
8:30 Rules of Engagement #67 "The Set Up" (REPEAT)
9:00 Big Brother
10:00 The Mentalist #66 "Redacted" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Community #42 "Intro to Political Science" (REPEAT)
8:30 Parks and Recreation #44 "Road Trip" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Office #147 "Michael's Last Dundies" (REPEAT)
9:30 30 Rock #99 "I Heart Connecticut" (REPEAT)
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #251 "Behave" (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 So You Think You Can Dance (Season Finale)

RATINGS RECAP: 8/9/11

ABC
8:00 Wipeout
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 Take the Money & Run
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 Combat Hospital
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 10.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 The Mentalist (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 It's Worth What?
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 America's Got Talent
Viewers: 11.5 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0 

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
9:00 MasterChef
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5 

ABC was all new on Tuesday night. At 8pm, Wipeout was down three tenths in viewers and even in the demo with last week's Tuesday episode. At 9pm, the second week of Take the Money & Run was down half a million viewers but just a tenth in the demo from its premiere, which isn't too bad. At 10pm, Combat Hospital was down six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. Elsewhere on NBC, It's Worth What? continued its decline as it was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo while America's Got Talent was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Finally, the model of consistency this summer - FOX had Hell's Kitchen up a tenth in viewers and the demo and MasterChef up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, August 10

Wednesday night has the usual new shows - a Primetime Nightline special on ABC, Big Brother on CBS, an unscripted trio on NBC, and So You Think You Can Dance on FOX. Yawn.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #48 "Back to Summer" (REPEAT)
8:30 Modern Family #30 "Halloween" (REPEAT)
9:00 Modern Family #32 "Manny Get Your Gun" (REPEAT)
9:30 Happy Endings #5 "Like Father, Like Gun" (REPEAT)
10:00 Primetime Nightline: Celebrity Secrets

CBS
8:00 Big Brother
9:00 Criminal Minds #119 "Safe Haven" (REPEAT)
10:00 CSI #246 "The List" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Minute to Win It
9:00 America's Got Talent
10:00 Love in the Wild

FOX
8:00 So You Think You Can Dance

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

RATINGS RECAP: 8/8/11


ABC
8:00 Bachelor Pad
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 How I Met Your Mother (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 Two and a Half Men (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:30 Mike & Molly (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Harry's Law (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
9:00 MasterChef
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3 

ABC was all new on Sunday night with a three hour premiere of the second season of Bachelor Pad. It was quite surprising for ABC to give this show a whole three hours but the premiere was basically on par with last year's two hour premiere. Elsewhere, FOX's Hell's Kitchen was up a full million viewers and three tenths in the demo with last week as it continues its ascent. MasterChef was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo.

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, August 9

Tuesday has ABC's regular lineup including the second week of Take the Money & Run, which had an ok debut last week. Elsewhere, NBC and FOX have their usual Tuesday unscripted combos.

ABC
8:00 Wipeout
9:00 Take the Money & Run
10:00 Combat Hospital #8 "On the Brink"

CBS
8:00 NCIS #168 "Cracked" (REPEAT)
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #45 "Rocket Man" (REPEAT)
10:00 The Mentalist #65 "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 It's Worth What?
9:00 America's Got Talent

NBC
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
9:00 MasterChef 

RATINGS RECAP: 8/7/11

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:00 Ty's Great British Adventure
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Take the Money and Run (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Body of Proof (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 8.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:00 Big Brother
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
9:00 Same Name
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 CSI: Miami (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
8:00 It's Worth What? (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 The Marriage Ref
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 The Marriage Ref
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
7:00 American Dad! (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
7:30 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:00 2011 Teen Choice Awards
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

Monday, August 8, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, August 8

ABC and FOX are the only networks airing new shows on Monday with ABC giving Bachelor Pad an unnecessary three hour launch and FOX with its regular unscripted combo.

ABC
8:00 Bachelor Pad (Season Premiere)

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #124 "False Positive" (REPEAT)
8:30 How I Met Your Mother #125 "Bad News" (REPEAT)
9:00 Two and a Half Men #172 "Dead From the Waist Down" (REPEAT)
9:30 Mike & Molly #9 "Mike's New Boots" (REPEAT)
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #13 "Ke Kinohi" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent (REPEAT)
10:00 Harry's Law #5 "A Day in the Life" (REPEAT)

FOX8:00 Hell's Kitchen
9:00 MasterChef 

PILOT REVIEW: Friends With Benefits

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS










Starring: Ryan Hansen, Dannell Ackles, Zach Cregger, Andre Holland, Jessica Lucas
Created by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
Written by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, Directed by David Dobkin

Friends With Benefits is a sitcom that is being burned off on NBC this summer. Originally intended to be a part of the 2010-2011 lineup, it never quite made it to the air until now (you'd think NBC would have been able to find a place for it considering all the sitcom bombs they aired this season). As the title implies, it focuses on two friends (Ben and Sara) who are best friends that are unlucky in love and in the meantime, they sleep with each other. As is necessary in a romantic comedy of today's day and age, they are rounded out by a quirky class of young urban friends. In the pilot, both Ben and Sara experience another bad date while two other friends hook up.

This show is not anything new. In fact, in a season that saw Happy Endings, Traffic Light, Perfect Couples, etc - it actually seems like I've already seen it. The thing is, it's not the worst of its genre and I'm surprised NBC picked the dreadful Perfect Couples to air in January over this, which was only ok at best but not nearly as bad as Couples. The show started strong (the banter between Ben and Sarah) and ended strong (a very funny tag scene) but in-between, there were lots of problems that this show would need to work out if this show was to actually have a chance of continuing. The flashbacks and flashforwards were overused here (and in the genre in general), it was way too cutesy at times, and it bordered on the side of ridiculous at times (such as the horse scene). It's not anything special, it's just not the worst urban romantic comedy of the season.

RATINGS RECAP: 8/6/11

ABC
8:00 Movie: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

CBS
8:00 CSI: Miami (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 48 Hours Mystery (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

NBC
8:00 Movie: Who is Simon Miller?
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 Cops (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:30 The Cleveland Show (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

RATINGS RECAP: 8/5/11

ABC 
8:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Primetime: What Would You Do? (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

CBS
8:00 Flashpoint
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 CSI: NY (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

NBC
8:00 Friends With Benefits
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:30 Friends With Benefits
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

FOX
8:00 Bones (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 House (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

RATINGS RECAP: 8/4/11

ABC
8:00 Wipeout
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 Expedition: Impossible
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Rookie Blue
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:30 Rules of Engagement (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Big Brother
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
10:00 The Mentalist (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 Community (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
8:30 Parks and Recreation (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 The Office (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:30 30 Rock (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

FOX
8:00 So You Think You Can Dance
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Glee (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7 

RATINGS RECAP: 8/3/11

ABC
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:30 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:30 Happy Endings (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

CBS
8:00 Big Brother
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 CSI (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 Minute to Win It
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 America's Got Talent
Viewers: 10.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
10:00 Love in the Wild
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

FOX
8:00 So You Think You Can Dance
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, August 4-Sunday, August 7

THURSDAY
Thursday has the usual new shows - all new programming on ABC, Big Brother on CBS, and So You Think You Can Dance on FOX.


ABC
8:00 Wipeout
9:00 Expedition: Impossible
10:00 Rookie Blue #20 "The One That Got Away"

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #81 "The Prestidigitation Approximation" (REPEAT)
8:30 Rules of Engagement #66 "Anniversary Chicken" (REPEAT)
9:00 Big Brother
10:00 The Mentalist #64 "The Red Mile" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Community #41 "Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking" (REPEAT)
8:30 Parks and Recreation #41 "Jerry's Painting" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Office #146 "Training Day" (REPEAT)
9:30 30 Rock #98 "Plan B" (REPEAT)
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #270 "Bang" (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 So You Think You Can Dance
9:00 Glee #30 "Furt" (REPEAT)

FRIDAY
Friday has the series premiere of the long-delayed NBC comedy Friends With Benefits. It was originally intended for the 2010-2011 season but was sent to a summer burnoff just like Love Bites. It stands no chance of anything beyond its August run.

ABC
8:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)
9:00 Primetime: What Would You Do? (REPEAT)
10:00 20/20

CBS
8:00 Flashpoint #49 "The Better Man"
9:00 CSI: NY #143 "Damned if You Do" (REPEAT)
10:00 Blue Bloods #9 "Re-Do" (REPEAT)

NBC8:00 Friends With Benefits #1 "Pilot" (SERIES PREMIERE)
8:30 Friends With Benefits #2 "The Benefit of the Mute Button"
9:00 Dateline NBC

FOX
8:00 Bones #109 "The Maggots in the Meathead" (REPEAT)
9:00 House #150 "The Dig" (REPEAT)

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 MOVIE: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

CBS
8:00 CSI: Miami #200 "Blood Sugar" (REPEAT)
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 #11 "Palekaiko" (REPEAT)
10:00 48 Hours Mystery

NBC
8:00 MOVIE: Who is Simon Miller?
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #271 "Delinquent" (REPEAT)


FOX
8:00 Cops (REPEAT)
8:30 Cops (REPEAT)
9:00 Family Guy #151 "Halloween on Spooner Street" (REPEAT)
9:30 The Cleveland Show #25 "It's the Great Pancake, Cleveland Brown" (REPEAT)


SUNDAY
Sunday has a Ty Pennington special on ABC, the usual new Sunday shows on CBS including week three of Same Name, a double dose of The Marriage Ref on NBC, and the 2011 Teen Choice Awards on FOX. Overall a busier Sunday than usual for the summer.


ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (REPEAT)
8:00 Ty's Great British Adventure (SPECIAL)
9:00 Castle #42 "Murder Most Fowl" (REPEAT)
10:00 Body of Proof #9 "Broken Home" (REPEAT)


CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Big Brother
9:00 Same Name
10:00 CSI: Miami #208 "Special Delivery" (REPEAT)


NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
8:00 It's Worth What? (REPEAT)
9:00 The Marriage Ref
10:00 The Marriage Ref


FOX
7:00 American Dad! #101 "White Rice" (REPEAT)
7:30 Family Guy #149 "Excellence in Broadcasting" (REPEAT)
8:00 2011 Teen Choice Awards (SPECIAL)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

RATINGS RECAP: 8/2/11

ABC
8:00 Wipeout
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 Take the Money & Run
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 Combat Hospital
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 9.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 48 Hours Mystery (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 It's Worth What?
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 America's Got Talent
Viewers: 11.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1 

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
9:00 MasterChef
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5 

ABC had a new show premiere on Tuesday night - Take the Money & Run. Its premiere was basically even with the premiere of 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show six weeks ago which is good enough for a summer airing. It was preceded by a new Wipeout which did alright and followed by Combat Hospital which was down a tenth in viewers but up a tenth in the demo. NBC's game show It's Worth What? was down another half million viewers and two tenths in the demo for its third week while America's Got Talent was up four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Finally, Hell's Kitchen on FOX was up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo while MasterChef was even in both categories with last week.

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, August 3

Wednesday night has the usual new shows - a trio of unscripted shows on NBC, a Primetime Nightline special on ABC, Big Brother on CBS, and So You Think You Can Dance on FOX. In other words, same old, same old.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #40 "Hecks on a Plane" (REPEAT)
8:30 Modern Family #47 "See You Next Fall" (REPEAT)
9:00 Modern Family #48 "The One That Got Away" (REPEAT)
9:30 Happy Endings #8 "The Girl With the David Tattoo" (REPEAT)
10:00 Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief

CBS
8:00 Big Brother
9:00 Criminal Minds #116 "JJ" (REPEAT)
10:00 CSI #232 "Blood Moon" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Minute to Win It
9:00 America's Got Talent
10:00 Love in the Wild

FOX
8:00 So You Think You Can Dance

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

PILOT REVIEW: Take the Money and Run

TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN










ABC's new game show Take the Money and Run has one major thing going for it. There is nothing else like it on television - a blending of a game show and a crime procedural. In this very unique premise, two people are given one hour to stash $100,000 somewhere where they hope it can't be found. Then they are "arrested" by real cops and the detectives/interrogators are given 48 hours to find the money. If they are unsuccessful, the two contestants get to walk away with the cash.

I really did love this premise going in but I don't feel like it lived up to it. It actually got a bit dry. Knowing that the whole thing was a game show made the interrogation scenes much less interesting than in a crime procedural (and the female interrogator seemed very aware she was on television). I wish more time had been spent on the hiding and actual searching for the money. The best part was that it wasn't easy to tell if the money would be found or not. It's a show that with some tweaks could work because of its premise but it needs to come across less boring for starters.

RATINGS RECAP: 8/1/11

ABC
8:00 The Bachelorette
Viewers: 9.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
10:00 The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose
Viewers: 9.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8

CBS 
8:00 How I Met Your Mother (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 Mike & Molly (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Two and a Half Men (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:30 Mike & Molly (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 Harry's Law (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

FOX 
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:00 MasterChef
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3

ABC was all new on Monday night with the season finale of The Bachelorette which was up eight tenths in viewers and even in the demo but down a lot from last year's finale. Is the long running franchise of The Bachelor/The Bachelorette finally starting to fade? A post-show special actually did better than the finale. Elsewhere, FOX's Hell's Kitchen was down half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo from last week and MasterChef was slightly behind Kitchen.

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, August 2

Tuesday night has the series premiere of another ABC summer game show - Take the Money and Run, which takes the place of 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show, which ended its first season last week. It is given an added boost by a new Wipeout lead-in. Elsewhere, FOX should be strong with its regular unscripted combo while NBC has week three of It's Worth What?, which faded badly in its second week, leading into a new episode of America's Got Talent.

ABC
8:00 Wipeout
9:00 Take the Money and Run (SERIES PREMIERE)
10:00 Combat Hospital #7 "Reckless"

CBS
8:00 NCIS #167 "Dead Air" (REPEAT)
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #43 "Enemy Within" (REPEAT)
10:00 48 Hours Mystery (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 It's Worth What?
9:00 America's Got Talent

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
9:00 MasterChef

RATINGS RECAP: 7/31/11

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 8.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:00 Big Brother
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
9:00 Same Name
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 CSI: Miami (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:00 America's Got Talent (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 The Marriage Ref
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9 

FOX
7:00 American Dad! (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
7:30 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:30 The Cleveland Show (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:30 American Dad! (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

 
There was a few new shows sprinkled in among the repeats on the final night in July. A Bachelorette special ahead of Monday's finale did not do much but was above normal ABC numbers in the Sunday night timeslot for the summer. CBS saw a season high from Big Brother which was up 1.2 million viewers and four tenths in the demo but that did not help week two of Same Name, which was down nine tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo from its lackluster debut last week. Over on NBC, The Marriage Ref was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo as it continue its poor summer run.

Monday, August 1, 2011

RATINGS RECAP: 7/30/11

ABC
8:00 Movie: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS
8:00 The Mentalist (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 48 Hours Mystery (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 48 Hours Mystery (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

NBC
8:00 Who Do You Think You Are? (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
8:00 Cops (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 Cops (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:30 The Cleveland Show (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8