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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

RATINGS RECAP: 11/29/11

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing
Viewers: 10.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
8:30 Man Up!
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Body of Proof
Viewers: 9.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

CBS
8:00 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Viewers: 12.6 million, 18-49 demo: 4.0
9:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 13.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
10:00 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Viewers: 10.4 million, 18-49 demo: 4.6

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
10:00 Parenthood
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

FOX
8:00 Glee
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2
9:00 New Girl
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 3.6
9:30 Raising Hope
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4

Specials filled CBS's lineup but the classic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show helped CBS stay on top to start and end the night. The Fashion Show was up significantly year-to-year. If only a scripted series could pull a 4.6 demo at 10pm. ABC's lineup was all new except for the 9pm hour. At 8pm, Last Man Standing was up a million viewers but down three tenths in the demo. The total viewer count is the highest since the second episode but the demo is a series low... odd. At 8:30pm, Man Up! was down a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo, tying a series low in this category. ABC is just biding its time with this show in December which is all but officially cancelled. After a special repeat of The Middle, Body of Proof was down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo, showing that its performance is pretty independent from the Dancing with the Stars lead-in. That should help this bubble show's case.  


Over on FOX, the lineup was up across the board after a week off which is a good sign. Glee was up eight tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo, posting its best numbers since before the long October hiatus. At 9pm, New Girl was up seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Though it's not as hot as it was the first couple weeks, this show is a beast in the demo. At 9:30pm, Raising Hope was up half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo.

NBC seemed to benefit some from changes in regular viewing patterns. At 8pm, The Biggest Loser was up a strong 1.5 million viewers and four tenths in the demo, hitting season highs. This show improves considerably when the other competition is repeats or specials. At 10pm, Parenthood also rebounded nicely as it was up 1.2 million viewers and two tenths in the demo. The viewer total is a season high and the demo easily beat ABC. Remind me why NBC is ending this season after 18 episodes when it is one of the stronger performers on their entire schedule, skewing very young?

PILOT REVIEW: I Hate My Teenage Daughter

I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER











Starring: Jaime Pressley, Katie Finneran, Kevin Rahm, Chad Coleman, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Aisha Dee, Kristi Lauren
Created by Ellen Kramer and Sherry Bilsing
Written by Ellen Kramer & Sherry Bilsing, Directed by Andy Ackerman

I Hate My Teenage Daughter is a new multi-camera sitcom on FOX that feels like it's direct from the 1990s. It is centered on two friends and former high school outcasts Annie and Nikki (Jaime Pressley and Katie Finneran) who are raising two popular teenage daughters, Mackenzie and Sophie (Aisha Dee and Kristi Lauren). Rounding out the cast are the ex (or soon to be ex) husbands (Chad Coleman and Eric Sheffer Stevens) as well as Annie's former brother-in-law and current crush, Jack (Kevin Rahm).

THE GOOD: Well, the title is one of the funnier titles in recent years.

THE BAD: But the show doesn't come anywhere close. In fact, this is the worst pilot to hit the air so far in the 2011-2012 season. Thanksgiving is over but FOX is clearly serving a turkey this week. Who in their right mind greenlit this show? The writing is so terrible and the jokes are beyond stale. Every single line in the sitcom seemed like a setup to a joke and a lame joke at that. There's a lot I could pick apart about this disaster but Kate Finneran was the worst of the bunch. She overplayed everything, and I mean everything, from completely unrealistic delivery to over the top dramatics (falling at the bottom of the stairs). No character seemed like a real person, they seem to have come from the bad sitcom school and could be picked up and dropped in any bad sitcom without anyone noticing. It's just really really bad.

BOTTOM LINE: Don't waste your time on this show. I'm glad FOX is trying multi-camera comedies but this one really leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Multi-camera sitcoms aren't dead - CBS Mondays is thriving and ABC's Last Man Standing is off to a good start. But the genre isn't helped by crap like this that sets the sitcom back many years. It probably won't stick around long but it shouldn't have even made it this far.

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, November 30

Check back later tonight for a review of FOX's new comedy I Hate My Teenage Daughter!

ABC
8:00 The Middle #51 "Hecking Order" (REPEAT)
8:30 Suburgatory #4 "Don't Call Me Shirley" (REPEAT)
9:00 Modern Family #54 "Go Bullfrogs!" (REPEAT)
9:30 Happy Endings #5 "Like Father, Like Gun" (REPEAT)
10:00 Revenge #4 "Duplicity" (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #122 "Reflection of Desire" (REPEAT)
10:00 Grammy Nominations Concert (SPECIAL)
CBS is new at 8pm with Survivor which should be on par with its last regular airing two weeks ago. After a Criminal Minds repeat, the Grammy Nominations concert airs at 10pm and probably won't be much of a player.
Prediction: Survivor - 11.5 million, 3.2/Grammy - 5.2 million, 1.8

NBC
8:00 Christmas in Rockefeller Center
9:00 Harry's Law #21 "Head Games"
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #281 "Lost Traveler"
NBC is all new but starting off with the annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center rather than comedies. This special is always a decent performer in total viewers and should be again. Harry's Law and Law & Order: SVU are all new and could be up some with less competition.
Prediction: Rockefeller - 10.9 million, 1.8/Harry's - 7.8 million, 1.3/SVU - 7.9 million, 2.1

FOX
8:00 The X-Factor
9:30 I Hate My Teenage Daughter #1 "Pilot" (SERIES PREMIERE)
FOX is all new starting with The X-Factor which should be up significantly from last week's Thanksgiving Eve episode. It is followed by the series premiere of the new I Hate My Teenage Daughter. The sitcom has been savaged by the critics and X-Factor is not a dominating lead-in like Idol, so I wouldn't expect a big premiere as this show will probably only be with us a short time.
Prediction: X Factor - 11.1 million, 3.8/Daughter - 6.7 million, 2.3 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

RATINGS RECAP: 11/28/11

ABC 
8:00 How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
8:30 Shrek the Halls
Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
9:00 You Deserve It
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Castle (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
8:30 2 Broke Girls (Repeat)
Viewers: 9.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
9:00 Two and a Half Men (Repeat)
Viewers: 9.7 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1
9:30 Mike & Molly (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

NBC
8:00 The Sing Off
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

FOX
8:00 Terra Nova
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 House
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6 

December is nearly upon us which means many more repeats on the schedule. CBS continued to dominate Monday despite being all in repeats. Particularly strong was 2 Broke Girls' 3.3 demo for a repeat, which is a great number for the fall's biggest new hit. NBC started with the season finale of fall dud The Sing Off which was up 1.7 million viewers and two tenths in the demo with less competition. This was the best total viewer count of the season but NBC would be better off using The Sing Off as a December filler like it has in the past from now on. At 10pm, Rock Center hit or tied series highs as it was up eight tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. Still, that's nothing to write home about.

Over on ABC, holiday specials at 8pm performed decently but new game show You Deserve It crashed and burned at 9pm as it was down 4.2 million viewers and three tenths in the demo from last week's premiere airing after Dancing with the Stars. ABC is still in search of a December filler for Dancing because both this and last year's Skating with the Stars have been bombs. Over on FOX, Terra Nova did not take much advantage of less competition as it was up seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. This show will probably not be coming back. At 9pm, House was down a tenth in viewers but up a tenth in the demo.

RATINGS RECAP: 11/27/11

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 10.7 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
9:00 Movie: Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
7:00 NFL Overrun
Viewers: 26.2 million, 18-49 demo: 9.2
7:55 60 Minutes
Viewers: 17.0 million, 18-49 demo: 3.7
8:55 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 10.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
9:55 Person of Interest (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:55 Person of Interest (Repeat)

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:00 NFL Pregame
Viewers: 10.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.9
8:30 Sunday Night Football
Viewers: 20.3 million, 18-49 demo: 7.9

FOX
7:00 The Cleveland Show (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
7:30 The Cleveland Show
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
8:00 The Simpsons
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
8:30 Allen Gregory
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Family Guy
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
9:30 American Dad!
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2

There was mostly new episodes with some specials and repeats on Sunday night. On ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos was up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo from its last new airing. At 8pm, Once Upon a Time was down seven tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo, hitting series lows. This was the first sizable drop but it's still a good performance all and the drop isn't too surprising with the end of Thanksgiving Weekend. The first Hallmark Hall of Fame movie to air on ABC was low in the demo just like on CBS but the total viewership was much worse too. It doesn't seem like the Hallmark brand fits on ABC. A NFL overrun lasted nearly an hour for CBS thanks to an overtime game in San Diego. 60 Minutes immediately followed except on the West Coast and was up a nice 2.5 million viewers and eight tenths in the demo. The Amazing Race was even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo.


Over on NBC, the Sunday Night Football tilt between the Chiefs and Steelers was up slightly from last week's Eagles-Giants game. Over on FOX, the cartoons were all down from last week to season lows as this lineup is really struggling this year. First off, The Cleveland Show was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. The Simpsons followed down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. At 8:30pm, Allen Gregory slipped another seven tenths in viewers and a rough four tenths in the demo for series lows. Should FOX even air the two final episodes made? This show is a huge bomb. At 9pm, Family Guy was down half a million viewers and four tenths in the demo as it is falling apart this season. Finally at 9:30pm, American Dad! was down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo.

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, November 29

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #9 "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"
8:30 Man Up! #7 "Disciplining the Keens"
9:00 The Middle #49/50 "Forced Family Fun" (REPEAT)
10:00 Body of Proof #18 "Gross Anatomy"
ABC is all new at the beginning of the night with the comedies and end of the night with Body of Proof. Between the December doldrums and no Dancing with the Stars, I expect every show to be down with Proof probably hit the hardest.
Prediction: Last Man - 8.4 million, 2.5/Man Up - 5.9 million, 1.7/Proof - 8.3 million, 1.7

CBS
8:00 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (SPECIAL)
9:00 NCIS #174 "Recruited" (REPEAT)
10:00 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (SPECIAL)
CBS has specials to open and close the night. Rudolph is always reliable and the Victoria's Secret Show should be a player in the demo.
Prediction: Rudolph - 11.7 million, 3.6/Secret - 8.8 million, 3.2

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
10:00 Parenthood #46 "Missing"
NBC is all new with its regular lineup. It's not facing new shows on CBS or Dancing with the Stars but it is December so I expect similar numbers to last week.
Prediction: Loser - 5.8 million, 2.1/Parenthood - 4.8 million, 1.9

FOX
8:00 Glee #51 "I Kissed a Girl"
9:00 New Girl #7 "Bells"
9:30 Raising Hope #30 "Bro-Gurt"
FOX is all new. It wouldn't surprised me if numbers were slightly down from the last time this lineup was new two weeks ago.
Prediction: Glee - 6.8 million, 2.9/Girl - 6.6 million, 3.3/Hope - 4.5 million, 2.1

Monday, November 28, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, November 28

Check below this post for a Weekend Rewind looking at my favorite shows from the 1990s!

ABC
8:00 How the Grinch Stole Christmas (SPECIAL)
8:30 Shrek the Halls (SPECIAL)
9:00 You Deserve It
10:00 Castle #60 "Heroes & Villains" (REPEAT)
November Sweeps are over and specials and repeats are upon us. After a classic and modern Christmas special, ABC is airing episode 2 of You Deserve It which got off to a modest start behind Dancing with the Stars last week. Expect it to drop with a lesser lead-in.
Prediction: Grinch - 6.7 million, 2.1/Shrek - 6.9 million, 2.2/Deserve - 6.4 million, 1.4

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #122 "Blitzgiving" (REPEAT)
8:30 2 Broke Girls #3 "And Strokes of Goodwill" (REPEAT)
9:00 Two and a Half Men #180 "Big Girls Don't Throw Food" (REPEAT)
9:30 Mike & Molly #20 "Opening Day" (REPEAT)
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #17 "Powa Maka Moana" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 The Sing Off (Season Finale)
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
After a dismal fall run, The Sing Off is coming to an end. It could be up due to it being the finale and less competition. Rock Center may also be up slightly with repeats on CBS and ABC.
Prediction: Sing Off - 5.2 million, 1.6/Rock Center - 4.2 million, 1.1

FOX
8:00 Terra Nova #9 "Now You See Me"
9:00 House #163 "Perils of Paranoia"
FOX is all new with its regular lineup. Both shows could be up due to less competition across the board.
Prediction: Terra Nova - 7.2 million, 2.3/House - 8.0 million, 2.6 

WEEKEND REWIND: Top 10 Shows of the 1990s

Well it appears that the 60s and the 90s are my favorite decades since I could come up with a top 10 and 5 close calls for both those decades and couldn't think of 10 worthy shows from the 70s and 80s. Anyway, here we go. If you want to see the 60s list, click here. Also check out the 70s list and 80s list.

Close Calls: Murphy Brown (1988-1998), Newsradio (1995-1999), Just Shoot Me! (1997-2003), NYPD Blue (1993-2004), Evening Shade (1990-1994)

10. Doug (1991-1994, 1996-1999)
I couldn't make a 1990s list without looking back to my childhood with the best Nicktoon of them all. Yes it was for children, but the greatness about cartoons from this era was that they didn't treat children like idiots. They gave us well-developed characters and situations with clever humor. It was better than the other great Nicktoons of the era and it stomps all over today's cartoons.
Episodes you should see: #1 "Doug Bags a Neematoad" (8/18/91), #52 "Doug's Christmas Story" (12/12/93)

9. Home Improvement (1991-1999)
Tim Allen's first ABC sitcom was one of the biggest hits of the 1990s. It was never a huge critical success but it was good. This was a feel-good sitcom from the era that was safe and comfortable. As I've said with other shows in other decades (Who's the Boss?, I Dream of Jeannie, etc), shows don't have to reinvent the wheel or be sharply written to be enjoyable and Home Improvement is the 1990s example of that.
Episodes you should see: #13 "Up Your Alley" (1/7/92), #86 "Twas the Night Before Chaos" (12/13/94), #93 "The Naked Truth" (2/28/95), #106 "Let Them Eat Cake" (10/31/95), #151 "The Kiss and the Kiss Off" (5/20/97)

8. Wings (1990-1997)
Wings was essentially Cheers in an airport. All the elements were there but it never came close to the level of Cheers. It was still a good ensemble comedy done in a style that we don't see anymore. The fun character dynamics in this show elevated what was sometimes cookie-cutter writing. It seems like today's sitcoms are either extremely sharp or extremely terrible. There aren't as many average yet enjoyable sitcoms, like Wings. Thomas Haden Church is a standout on this series as the dim-witted Lowell.
Episodes you should see: #2 "Around the World in 80 Years" (4/26/90), #9 "The Story of Joe" (10/5/90), #37 "Ladies Who Lunch" (11/21/91), #107 "Insanity Claus" (12/13/94), #122 "Here it Is: The Big Wedding" (5/23/95)


7. Seinfeld (1989-1998)
I'll be honest, I think Seinfeld is overrated. Many would have this show as the best of the 1990s if not the best of all time. It's good but I don't think it's that good. Sure, the characters are iconic, it created many pop culture expressions, and the funny observational writing allowed entire episodes to be based on the most minute topic. But to me, it was hit and miss. There were times it was hilariously funny and other times that it fell flat. I don't need my sitcoms to be about too much, but I like them to be about more than nothing. I'm not questioning its iconic status as an all time classic, but it's just not for me all the time.
Episodes you should see: #16 "The Chinese Restaurant" (5/23/91), #30 "The Subway" (1/8/92), #51 "The Contest" (11/18/92), #116 "The Soup Nazi" (11/2/95), #134 "The Invitations" (5/16/96)

6. Roseanne (1988-1997)
Roseanne has a bad rap from classic TV fans for its bizarre final couple of seasons. But you must remember how great it was in its early years. Before it went into the Twilight Zone, it was the most realistic blue collar sitcom in the history of TV. While other TV families were wealthy or at least upper middle class, Roseanne and Dan Connor dealt with problems that Middle America dealt with. The show was refreshingly brash and didn't shy away from serious topics while managing to avoid the "very special episode" problems other sitcoms had in the 80s and 90s. The chemistry between Roseanne and John Goodman in the first several years gave us a portrayal of a very realistic yet very funny marriage. So remember the good times, not the weird fantasy sequences and plot turns of the final seasons.
Episodes you should see: #12 "The Monday Through Friday Show" (1/24/89), #30 "Boo!" (10/31/89), #53 "Becky, Beds, and Boys" (10/23/90), #71 "Scenes from a Barbecue" (5/7/91), #73 "A Bitter Pill to Swallow" (9/17/91)

5. Spin City (1996-2002)
Michael J. Fox's return to TV was even better than his first one with a unique setting - the NYC Mayor's Office. Spin City was never a huge hit but it was a sophisticated sitcom with strong writing and a strong ensemble. Fox's exasperation with a wacky cast of characters delivered some of the best workplace humor since The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Unfortunately the show had an early demise due to Michael J. Fox's departure after four years because of his battle with Parkinsons disease. Though the show soldiered on with Charlie Sheen and Heather Locklear for two more years, it was not the same.
Episodes you should see: #9 "Meet Tommy Dugan" (11/19/96), #31 "The Thirty Year Itch" (11/5/97), #36 "Miracle Near 34th Street" (12/17/97), #75 "Catcher in the Bronx" (9/21/99), #99/100 "Goodbye" (5/24/00)

4. Coach (1989-1997)
Coach was an underrated show of the 1990s. Most people credited its success to its lead-ins (often Home Improvement or Roseanne). That may be true but it was still a great show. Craig T. Nelson was hilarious as the blowhard football coach Hayden Fox and his interactions with everyone - from his understanding girlfriend Christine to his dramatic daughter and son-in-law (Kelly and Stuart) to his oddball assistant Dauber. But the best relationship was between Nelson and Jerry Van Dyke, who finally found a vehicle that gave him success. As the dim-witted Luther, he was a memorably lovable character from the era. Coach is an underrated classic from the 90s.
Episodes you should see: #17 "If a Coach Falls in the Woods" (12/19/89), #25 "Coaches Conference" (2/13/90), #30 "Sunshine on My Shoulder Makes Me Happy - A Show About Bird Ransom" (3/20/90), #88 "My True Love Gave to Me" (12/15/92), #186 "Wings Over Buffalo" (12/20/96)

3. Frasier (1993-2004)
The ultimate high-brow series of the decade if not in sitcom history, the most successful spinoff of all time was a place for sitcom fans who hated the idiocy of the many cookie-cutter sitcoms of the 1990s. Frasier was sophisticated in its writing as it was about snooty psychologist Frasier Crane and his snooty brother Niles. On paper, this sounds like a niche show for the kind of audience that watches niche cable sitcoms these days. But it was a massive hit. Why? Because of the performances. Kelsey Grammar, David Hyde Pierce, John Mahoney, Peri Gilpin, and Jane Leeves made a tight ensemble that made high brow humor accessible for a mass audience. The absolute scene stealer though was Pierce's Niles who made Frasier look like a good old boy.
Episodes you should see: #12 "Miracle on Third or Fourth Street" (12/16/93), #37 "Retirement is Murder" (1/10/95), #133 "The Show Where Woody Shows Up" (2/4/99), #134 "Three Valentines" (2/11/99), #179 "Motor Skills" (1/30/01)

2. Mad About You (1992-1999)
The 1990s were all about sitcoms set in New York City but no show captured the city better than this one, about a young, neurotic married couple. This show had good writing and plot lines, but everything about this show can really be chalked up to Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt who had amazing comedic timing and comedic chemistry. Between Hunt's nervous energy and Reiser's wishy-washy observational humor, it was a match made in TV heaven. Unlike Seinfeld, the show combined observational humor about minute details with real situations that were done with great care, particularly a marriage rift story arc that ended season 4. It could do both exceedingly well.
Episodes you should see: #22 "Happy Anniversary" (5/22/93), #29 "Natural History" (11/4/93), #43 "Disorientation" (4/28/94), #55 "Giblets for Murray" (11/17/94), #95/96/97 "The Finale" (5/5 & 5/19/96)

1. Friends (1994-2004)
The best sitcom of the decade though was Mad About You for singles. Of the many singles sitcoms of the 1990s, none was as good as Friends and no show ever managed an ensemble with six equal leads so well. Each character was so memorable in their own way and it's impossible to imagine the show without any of them. It was never just about Ross and Rachel or Monica and Chandler, it was about all of them and they grew up in front of us going from 20-something yuppies to marriage/parenthood/successful careers. They felt like our friends and when it isn't our day, week, month or even our year, they'll be there for us.
Episodes you should see: #31 "The One Where Ross Finds Out" (11/9/95), #50 "The One Where No One's Ready" (9/26/96), #57 "The One with the Football" (11/21/96), #96/97 "The One with Ross's Wedding" (5/7/98), #111 "The One Where Everybody Finds Out" (2/11/99)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

RATINGS RECAP: 11/26/11

ABC 
8:00 College Football
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:30 How I Met Your Mother (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Unforgettable (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 48 Hours Mystery
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Recap
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Movie: Bee Movie
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
8:00 Cops
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:30 Cops (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Terra Nova (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6 

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, November 27

Check back later today for a Weekend Rewind of my favorite 90s shows! Also, Good Week/Bad Week will return next week if you've been missing it!

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Once Upon a Time #5 "The Still Small Voice"
9:00 MOVIE: Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith
ABC starts off with its regular lineup after a week off. It wouldn't be surprising to see Once Upon a Time hit series lows as people are still coming off their holiday and may not be back in TV mode. The first Hallmark Hall of Fame movie to air on ABC should have the same results as CBS did for years - decent total viewership but low demos.
Prediction: Videos - 5.9 million, 1.5/Time - 10.4 million, 3.5/Movie - 9.7 million, 1.7

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 The Amazing Race
9:00 Person of Interest #1 "Pilot" (REPEAT)
10:00 Person of Interest #6 "The Fix" (REPEAT)
CBS is new from 7-9pm but it will likely be delayed due to football overrun. Instead of The Good Wife and CSI: Miami, CBS is airing two episodes of Person of Interest for extra exposure. They should do ok in total viewers but be low in the demo.
Prediction: 60 Mins - 15.2 million, 3.2/Race - 10.7 million, 3.0

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
8:30 Sunday Night Football: Pittsburgh at Kansas City
NBC has a Chiefs/Steelers matchup that isn't as marquee as the past couple weeks so it might see the lowest numbers since the Colts/Saints game at the end of October.

FOX
7:00 The Cleveland Show #38 "To Live and Die in VA" (REPEAT)
7:30 The Cleveland Show #48 "Yemen Party"
8:00 The Simpsons #493 "The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants"
8:30 Allen Gregory #5 "Full Blown Maids"
9:00 Family Guy #172 "Amish Guy"
9:30 American Dad! #121 "The Scarlett Getter"
FOX is all new starting at 7:30pm but with no NFL overrun/lead-in and people coming off a Holiday weekend, season lows could be seen across the board.
Prediction: Cleveland 7:30 - 3.5 million, 1.7/Simpsons - 5.5 million, 2.5/Gregory - 3.5 million, 1.7/Family - 5.8 million, 3.0/Dad - 4.4 million, 2.3

RATINGS RECAP: 11/25/11

ABC 
8:00 Movie: Shrek the Third
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2 

CBS
8:00 Hoops & YoYo Ruin Christmas
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:30 Elf on the Shelf
Viewers: 4.2 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: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 Movie: National Treasure - Book of Secrets
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
8:00 Movie: Iron Man
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

RATINGS RECAP: 11/24/11

ABC 
8:00 A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:30 A Very Gaga Thanksgiving
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 10.4 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
8:30 Rules of Engagement (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 Person of Interest (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 The Mentalist (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

NBC
8:00 Movie: Horton Hears a Who
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Recap
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
8:30 Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:30 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

RATINGS RECAP: 11/23/11

ABC 
8:00 The Middle
Viewers: 9.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
8:30 Suburgatory
Viewers: 8.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:00 Modern Family
Viewers: 12.7 million, 18-49 demo: 4.6
9:30 Happy Endings
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
10:00 Revenge
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

CBS
8:00 Survivor 
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 CSI (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

NBC
8:00 Up All Night
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
8:30 Up All Night (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 The Biggest Loser Special
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

FOX
8:00 The X-Factor
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
9:00 Mobbed 
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

On the biggest party night of the year, the demo took a hit across the board. ABC's comedies and Revenge as well as Up All Night, The X-Factor, and a Survivor clip shows hit season lows in the demo. ABC has been criticized each year for airing new shows on Thanksgiving Eve. I don't disagree with the comedies as they have proven that they can bounce back easily and honestly, they did quite well on Wednesday night. I am concerned for Revenge though as a serialized soap may not recover as easily from a down week. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, November 24, Friday, November 25, & Saturday, November 26

Happy Thanksgiving!

THURSDAY

ABC
8:00 A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (SPECIAL)
9:00 The Middle #33 "Thanksgiving II" (REPEAT)
9:30 A Very Gaga Thanksgiving (SPECIAL)

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #71 "The 21 Second Excitation" (REPEAT)
8:30 Rules of Engagement #52 "Handy Man" (REPEAT)
9:00 Person of Interest #3 "Mission Creep" (REPEAT)
10:00 The Mentalist #68 "Rhapsody in Red" (REPEAT)


NBC
8:00 MOVIE: Horton Hears a Who
10:00 85th Anniversary of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (SPECIAL)


FOX
8:00 Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas (SPECIAL)
8:30 Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (SPECIAL)
9:30 The Simpsons #472 "The Fight Before Christmas" (REPEAT)


FRIDAY


ABC
8:00 MOVIE: Shrek the Third

CBS
8:00 Hoops & YoYo Ruin Christmas (SPECIAL)
8:30 The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story (SPECIAL)
9:00 CSI: NY #157 "Do or Die" (REPEAT)
10:00 Blue Bloods #7 "Brothers" (REPEAT)


NBC
8:00 MOVIE: National Treasure - Book of Secrets

FOX
8:00 MOVIE:  Iron Man

SATURDAY


ABC
8:00 College Football

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #134 "The Perfect Cocktail" (REPEAT)
8:30 How I Met Your Mother #135 "Landmarks" (REPEAT)
9:00 Unforgettable #2 "Heroes" (REPEAT)
10:00 48 Hours Mystery


NBC
8:00 85th Anniversary of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (SPECIAL)
9:00 MOVIE: Bee Movie


FOX
8:00 Cops
8:30 Cops (REPEAT)
9:00 Terra Nova #4 "The Runaway" (REPEAT)

RATINGS RECAP: 11/22/11

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing
Viewers: 9.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
8:30 Man Up!
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 Dancing with the Stars Results
Viewers: 19.6 million, 18-49 demo: 4.1

CBS
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 18.5 million, 18-49 demo: 3.5
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 14.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
10:00 Unforgettable
Viewers: 10.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
10:00 Parenthood
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9

FOX
8:00 The X-Factor
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2

On Tuesday night, ABC started things off with Last Man Standing which was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. This show is doing quite well in its timeslot and it shows that there is definitely an audience for traditional, old-fashioned sitcoms. At 8:30pm, Man Up! was up four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. While not officially cancelled, Man Up! will wrap after 13 episodes to make room for Work It! so it is essentially cancelled. At 9pm, the finale of the fall edition of Dancing with the Stars was up 4.5 million viewers and 1.4 demo points. It was a good showing but down a big 4.8 million viewers and 1.2 demo points from last fall's finale. ABC will certainly be trying to get a more buzzworthy cast for the spring edition. 

Elsewhere, CBS hit season lows across the board perhaps due to Dancing with the Stars and The X-Factor. At 8pm, NCIS was down 1.5 million viewers and a half a demo point. It will likely bounce back when it airs again as it usually does. At 9pm, NCIS: Los Angeles was down 1.1 million viewers and four tenths in the demo. Finally at 10pm, Unforgettable was down a million viewers and two tenths in the demo. Yes, it was against Dancing with the Stars but this doesn't seem like it will be a Tuesday player in the long run. CBS wasn't looking for something that did about the same numbers as The Good Wife.

On troubled NBC, The Biggest Loser was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo while Parenthood was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo for season lows. The sad thing is that a 1.9 demo at 10pm isn't bad for NBC. Over on FOX, they aired a performance show of The X-Factor instead of the usual lineup. It was below its Wednesday average but made the night more competitive overall.

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, November 23

ABC
8:00 The Middle #58 "Thanksgiving III"
8:30 Suburgatory #8 "Thanksgiving"
9:00 Modern Family #57 "Punkin Chunkin"
9:30 Happy Endings #21 "Full Court Dress"
10:00 Revenge #9 "Suspicion"
ABC is all new with its regular lineup. The past two years, Thanksgiving Eve has seen big drops for the ABC shows and that should continue this year. The show hit the hardest though might be Revenge. The comedies can bounce back but I don't think it was wise to put Revenge on this night.
Prediction: Middle - 7.9 million, 2.6/Suburgatory - 7.0 million, 2.5/Family - 12.1 million, 5.1/Endings - 6.4 million, 2.8/Revenge - 7.0 million, 2.3

CBS
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #133 "With Friends Like These..." (REPEAT)
10:00 CSI #237 "Fracked" (REPEAT)
CBS is only new in the 8pm hour with Survivor. It will probably be down some as well thanks to the Thanksgiving Eve curse. The rest of the night is repeats.
Prediction: Survivor - 10.5 million, 2.9

NBC
8:00 Up All Night #10 "Week Off"
8:30 Up All Night #4 "New Car" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now? (SPECIAL)
NBC has an all new Up All Night at 8pm which could see a series low. A repeat that follows and a Biggest Loser special should do very little.
Prediction: Night 8:00 - 4.4 million, 1.7/Loser - 5.0 million, 1.6

FOX
8:00 The X-Factor
9:00 Mobbed (SPECIAL)
FOX is starting with the results edition of The X-Factor a day early and it could also see lows. At 9pm is another edition of Howie Mandel's Mobbed which aired an episode back in March too.
Prediction: X Factor - 8.4 million, 3.0/Mobbed - 6.6 million, 2.5 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

RATINGS RECAP: 11/21/11

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 19.6 million, 18-49 demo: 3.5
9:00 You Deserve It
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 Castle
Viewers: 10.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3 

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother
Viewers: 10.0 million, 18-49 demo: 4.4
8:30 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 11.3 million, 18-49 demo: 4.6
9:00 Two and a Half Men
Viewers: 15.8 million, 18-49 demo: 5.2
9:30 Mike & Molly
Viewers: 13.1 million, 18-49 demo: 4.2
10:00 Hawaii Five-0
Viewers: 10.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8

NBC
8:00 The Sing Off
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 Terra Nova
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 House
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5

On Monday night, ABC started with the final performance night of Dancing with the Stars. Though it was up 1.6 million viewers and three tenths in the demo from last week, it was down a very big 4.1 million viewers and 1.4 demo points from last fall's final performance show. All season long, this show has been way down and it looks like the finale will be no exception. At 9pm, the news was not good as You Deserve It got off to a worse start than last fall's instant bomb Skating with the Stars. Looks like ABC will be looking for a new filler next December. At 10pm, Castle was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo from its last new airing which isn't a bad showing considering it didn't have a Dancing lead-in. Maybe it is becoming more self-sufficient.

Over on CBS, everything was down some but still solid. At 8pm, How I Met Your Mother was down four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. At 8:30pm, 2 Broke Girls was down half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo, still building on its lead-in and being very strong. At 9pm, Two and a Half Men was actually up a million viewers but down two tenths in the demo, which seems like an odd showing. At 9:30pm, Mike & Molly followed suit as it was up nine tenths in viewers but down two tenths in the demo. Finally at 10pm, Hawaii Five-0 was down 1.1 million viewers and a big half a demo point. The demo is a season low, but it still easily won the 10pm hour.


Over on NBC, The Sing Off was up a tenth in viewers and the demo while Rock Center with Brian Williams was down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. The demo is a series low for this non-starter newsmagazine and it's sure to get killed in its new Wednesday slot. On FOX, Terra Nova was down half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo. After some ups and downs, this show is sliding towards its season finale in December. At 9pm, House rebounded a bit in total viewers as it was up nine tenths in viewers but it was still even in the demo.

RATINGS RECAP: 11/20/11

ABC
7:00 Countdown to American Music Awards
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:00 American Music Awards
Viewers: 12.1 million, 18-49 demo: 4.3

CBS
7:00 NFL Overrun
Viewers: 21.5 million, 18-49 demo: 7.5
7:30 60 Minutes
Viewers: 14.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
8:30 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 10.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
9:30 The Good Wife
Viewers: 9.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:30 CSI: Miami
Viewers: 9.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
8:00 NFL Pregame
Viewers: 10.4 million, 18-49 demo: 3.6
8:30 Sunday Night Football
Viewers: 20.3 million, 18-49 demo: 7.6

FOX
7:00 The Cleveland Show (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
7:30 The Cleveland Show (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
8:00 The Simpsons
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
8:30 Allen Gregory
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 Family Guy
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2
9:30 American Dad!
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4

On Sunday night, the American Music Awards was strong as it was up slightly in viewers and even in the demo from last year. So far, it seems like award shows are holding steady this season. Over on CBS, there was an NFL overrun that powered the early part of the night as 60 Minutes was up 1.4 million viewers and eight tenths in the demo but down a lot from the last NFL overrun night. The Amazing Race followed and was down a tenth in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. At 9:30pm, The Good Wife was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for a series low in the demo, which is not good news. CSI: Miami closed the night down two tenths in viewers and the demo, though it did bleed into the 11pm hour.

Over on NBC, the NFL game between the Eagles and Giants was not as strong as recent weeks which is somewhat surprising since NFC East games usually do very well. Over on FOX, The Simpsons was down a rough 1.7 million viewers and a bad seven tenths in the demo. Though it didn't have the NFL lead-in, this is still a troubling drop. At 8:30pm, Allen Gregory hit another low as it was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. At 9pm, Family Guy reversed course as it was even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo while American Dad! was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo.

FULL SEASON ALERT: Grimm

In an unsurprising move following the release of the midseason schedule last week, NBC has picked up Friday night drama Grimm for a full season, making it the first (and only) fall drama to get a full season from the peacock network.

Grimm came in with low expectations thanks to NBC's troubles and a sleepy Friday timeslot but it surprised everyone but premiering to 6.6 million viewers and a 2.1 demo against Game 7 of the World Series. It was the best debut for any NBC drama this fall. It has fallen some since its debut but it is still staking a claim in the Friday night landscape, which is surprising since NBC can make in-roads for most other timeslots all week. Many thought Grimm would move to another night at midseason but NBC is planning to keep it on Fridays. Through four episodes, Grimm has averaged 5.8 million viewers and a 1.8 demo.

Monday, November 21, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, November 22

Check below this post for a review of ABC's new game show You Deserve It!

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #8 "House Rules"
8:30 Man Up! #6 "High Road is the Guy Road"
9:00 Dancing with the Stars Results (13th Edition Finale)
ABC has the season finale of a lackluster season for Dancing with the Stars. It should be up from last week but will have a hard time coming close to last fall's 24.2 million and 5.3 demo. The 8pm comedy lead-ins could be down a hair from last week unless there is early tune-in to Dancing.
Prediction: Standing - 8.6 million, 2.5/Man Up - 6.0 million, 1.7/Dancing - 19.8 million, 3.8

CBS
8:00 NCIS #196 "Sins of the Father"
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #58 "The Debt"
10:00 Unforgettable #10 "Trajectories"
CBS is all new with its regular lineup. NCIS should be steady while NCIS: Los Angeles and Unforgettable could be down a bit with the Dancing competition.
Prediction: NCIS - 19.5 million, 3.9/Los Angeles - 14.5 million, 3.2/Unforgettable - 10.9 million, 2.2

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
10:00 Parenthood #45 "Mr. Honesty"
NBC is all new with its regular lineup. The Biggest Loser could be down some against Dancing in the second hour while Parenthood should be fairly steady.
Prediction: Loser - 5.9 million, 2.0/Parenthood - 5.0 million, 2.0

FOX
8:00 The X-Factor
With Thanksgiving on Thursday, FOX's schedule is altered again and The X-Factor is on Tuesday. Expect decent numbers but probably not as good as Wednesday.
Prediction: X Factor - 9.7 million, 3.2 

PILOT REVIEW: You Deserve It

YOU DESERVE IT








Hosted by Chris Harrison and Brooke Burns
Created by Dick de Rijk

THE GOOD: It's an admirable concept - contestants not playing for themselves but playing for someone they love who desperately needs the money. At this giving time of year, it's always nice to see people genuinely surprised by the kindness of others. The questions were challenging enough to play along at home with some clever wording in the clues that might be just enough to throw a contestant (or us) off course. Also, they didn't tease with commercials like so many other game shows in this family do.

THE BAD: It just was all kind of boring. The rules seemed unnecessarily complicated as it had a hint of Deal or No Deal to it. The show had a nice opening piece explaining the plight of the person who the contestant was playing for but then Chris Harrison followed it up with a stupid question - "can you put into words what she means to you?" Um hello, she just said it in the video piece that preceded the question. Also, the first question was obvious long before the contestant got it, at least to me.

BOTTOM LINE: This shouldn't be an instant disaster like last year's Skating with the Stars filler for ABC, but there's just not much there. It should be fine as a holiday filler but it is just that, filler. It is just your average game show with an admirable, but ultimately inconsequential (in terms of game play), twist.

RATINGS RECAP: 11/19/11

ABC 
8:00 College Football
Viewers: 9.7 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:30 2 Broke Girls (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 The Mentalist (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 48 Hours Mystery
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 Harry's Law (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Prime Suspect (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

FOX
8:00 Cops
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:30 Cops
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Terra Nova (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6 

RATINGS RECAP: 11/18/11

ABC
8:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

CBS
8:00 A Gifted Man
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 CSI: NY
Viewers: 10.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 Blue Bloods
Viewers: 12.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

NBC
8:00 Chuck
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Grimm
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

FOX
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Fringe
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

On Friday night, CBS was the only network to have any sort of night (as usual). At 8pm, A Gifted Man was down a tenth in viewers but up a tenth in the demo for its best demo performance since the series premiere. It's still up in the air what show will air after Gifted runs its course or if CBS will pick up more Gifted episodes. I'm not sure anything could do much better here. At 9pm, CSI: NY was down a tenth in viewers but even in the demo while Blue Bloods followed up 1.1 million viewers and three tenths in the demo. Bloods is really the only bonafide Friday hit on any network.

Meanwhile on NBC, Chuck was terrible as usual but dead even with last week. At 9pm, Grimm showed signs of stabilization as it was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. These numbers are definitely good enough for NBC Fridays if it stays around these levels. Many were surprised that NBC didn't try Grimm on a different night at midseason after the promise it has shown this first couple weeks. At 10pm, Dateline NBC was up eight tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo.

Over on ABC, the 8pm edition of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition rebounded some as it was up six tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo and the 9pm edition built from there. At 10pm, 20/20 was down nine tenths in viewers but up two tenths in the demo. Finally, FOX's Kitchen Nightmares was down four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo but it still won the weak hour with a paltry 1.4 demo. At 9pm, Fringe was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. The viewer total is another series low. It is now below 3 million viewers. Time to go.

RATINGS RECAP: 11/17/11

ABC
8:00 20/20 Special
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Private Practice
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 15.1 million, 18-49 demo: 5.3
8:30 Rules of Engagement
Viewers: 10.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.6
9:00 Person of Interest
Viewers: 11.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
10:00 The Mentalist
Viewers: 12.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5

NBC
8:00 Community
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:30 Parks and Recreation
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 The Office
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
9:30 Whitney
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 Prime Suspect
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

FOX
8:00 The X-Factor
Viewers: 9.7 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1
9:00 Bones
Viewers: 8.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7

On Thursday night, CBS started with The Big Bang Theory down eight tenths in viewers but even in the demo. This show has really blossomed on Thursday night this season. Will that continue when American Idol comes back? At 8:30pm, Rules of Engagement was down seven tenths in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. This show is performing well even if it's losing a lot of its lead-in but CBS will yank it temporarily for the new sitcom iRob in January. At 9pm, Person of Interest was down a tenth in viewers and the demo from its last new airing while The Mentalist was down a rough 1.5 million viewers and four tenths in the demo, hitting a season low in the demo. What is happening to this show this season?

NBC's dismal lineup was fully new on Thursday. At 8pm, Community was up a tenth in viewers and the demo. People can be upset that NBC is taking this off the lineup in January but let's be serious - it should have happened a long time ago. At 8:30pm, Parks and Recreation was even in viewers but up two tenths in the demo. This show skews very young given its terrible total viewer numbers. At 9pm, The Office was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo while Whitney was down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a series low. Good luck to this show on Wednesdays, it will need it. Finally at 10pm, the cancelled Prime Suspect was down six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo.  


ABC started things off with a 20/20 special covering Regis Philbin's departure from morning TV. It was a player in total viewers but didn't do much better in the demo than the cancelled Charlie's Angels. At 9pm, a two hour Private Practice was down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo despite heavy promotion. This show still relies on its Grey's Anatomy lead-in. Finally on FOX, The X-Factor was down four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo, hitting a Thursday low. This show is not improving as the season goes on like many reality shows do. At 9pm, Bones was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, November 21

My apologies for not updating this weekend. It has been a busy weekend and Monday is busy for me as well. I will catch up with ratings recaps soon as well as the review of ABC's new game show You Deserve It, premiering tonight as soon as possible!

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
9:00 You Deserve It (SERIES PREMIERE)
10:00 Castle #67 "Kill Shot"
ABC is all new with the final performance night of Dancing with the Stars, which should do very well. The new inspirational game show You Deserve It follows as it will be the December filler between Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor. It should do better than last year's disastrous Skating with the Stars, but it probably won't set the world on fire with its ratings. The lack of a Dancing with the Stars lead-in will probably make Castle drop some from its last airing.
Prediction: Dancing - 19.1 million, 3.4/Deserve - 10.8 million, 2.6/Castle - 10.1 million, 2.2

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #147 "The Rebound Girl"
8:30 2 Broke Girls #10 "And the Very First Christmas Thanksgiving"
9:00 Two and a Half Men #187 "Fishbowl Full of Glass Eyes"
9:30 Mike & Molly #33 "Mike Cheats"
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #34 "Ki'ilua"
CBS is all new including Thanksgiving themed episodes of 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly. The 8pm comedies should be steady while the 9pm comedies could be up with no competition from Dancing with the Stars. Hawaii Five-0 could be slightly down with Castle back.
Prediction: Mother - 10.1 million, 4.5/Girls - 10.8 million, 4.6/Men - 15.3 million, 5.5/Mike&Molly - 12.9 million, 4.5/Hawaii - 11.5 million, 3.1

NBC
8:00 The Sing Off
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
NBC is all new with its lackluster lineup. Expect more of the same from both these shows which won't be on Monday for too much longer.
Prediction: Sing Off - 4.3 million, 1.4/Rock Center - 3.6 million, 0.9

FOX
8:00 Terra Nova #8 "Vs."
9:00 House #162 "Dead & Buried"
FOX is all new with its fading lineup. This pairing seems to get weaker by the week and they could be down some again this week.
Prediction: Nova - 6.6 million, 2.2/House - 6.5 million, 2.4 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, November 18, Saturday, November 19, & Sunday, November 20

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
9:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
10:00 20/20
ABC has two episodes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and then 20/20. Makeover hit a series low last week and it might pop back up a little but not much.
Prediction:  Makeover 8:00 - 4.5 million, 0.9/Makeover 9:00 - 5.6 million, 1.3/2020 - 5.1 million, 1.1

CBS
8:00 A Gifted Man #8 "In Case of Missed Communications"
9:00 CSI: NY #170 "Crossroads"
10:00 Blue Bloods #30 "Thanksgiving"
CBS is all new with its regular lineup. Like most CBS lineups, expect steady numbers.
Prediction: Gifted - 8.5 million, 1.2/CSI NY - 9.9 million, 1.6/Bloods - 11.2 million, 1.8

NBC
8:00 Chuck #82 "Chuck Versus the Business Trip"
9:00 Grimm #4 "Lonelyhearts"
10:00 Dateline NBC
NBC is all new. Chuck should be steady and low. Grimm has been falling since its promising debut. I think it will start to stabilize but it may drop another tenth or so.
Prediction: Chuck - 3.0 million, 0.9/Grimm - 4.9 million, 1.5/Dateline - 4.4 million, 1.3

FOX
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares
9:00 Fringe #72 "Wallflower"
FOX is all new as well. Kitchen Nightmares should be steady. Fringe hit a series low last week. It may be able to pop back up a bit this week, but not much.
Prediction: Nightmares - 3.8 million, 1.5/Fringe - 3.2 million, 1.2

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 College Football

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #70 "The Apology Insufficiency" (REPEAT)
8:30 2 Broke Girls #2 "And the Break-Up Scene" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Mentalist #48 "Cackle-Bladder Blood" (REPEAT)
10:00 48 Hours Mystery


NBC
8:00 Harry's Law #20 "Insanity" (REPEAT)
9:00 Prime Suspect #8 "Underwater" (REPEAT)
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #278 "True Believers" (REPEAT)


FOX
8:00 Cops
8:30 Cops
9:00 Terra Nova #3 "What Remains"


SUNDAY


ABC
7:00 Countdown to the American Music Awards (SPECIAL)
8:00 39th Annual American Music Awards (SPECIAL)
ABC's regular lineup is preempted tonight for the American Music Awards. If the CMA Awards are any indication for awards season trends, it should be pretty even to last year.
Prediction: AMAs - 11.9 million, 4.4


CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 The Amazing Race
9:00 The Good Wife #55 "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot"
10:00 CSI: Miami #222 "A Few Dead Men"
CBS is all new but it has a doubleheader NFL game this week so the lineup will likely be delayed in some time zones. The numbers should be similar to the last time there was an NFL overrun.
Prediction: 60 Mins - 17.5 million, 3.8/Race - 11.4 million, 3.1/Wife - 10.5 million, 2.0/Miami - 10.2 million, 2.1


NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
8:30 Sunday Night Football: Philadelphia at New York Giants
NBC has a game that could be good on Sunday night and will probably be highly rated. I'd expect similar numbers to last weeks Jets-Patriots game.

FOX
7:00 The Cleveland Show #28 "Another Bad Thanksgiving" (REPEAT)
7:30 The Cleveland Show #47 "Skip Day"
8:00 The Simpsons #492 "The Book Job"
8:30 Allen Gregory #4 "Interracial McAdams"
9:00 Family Guy #171 "Thanksgiving"
9:30 American Dad! #120 "Virtual In-Stanity"
FOX is all new with a full toon lineup and no NFL overrun in most areas. I'd expect numbers to be down for the first part of the night. Family Guy could perk up with a Thanksgiving episode and American Dad! could follow suit.
Prediction: Cleveland 7:30 - 4.0 million, 1.3/Simpsons - 6.6 million, 3.0/Gregory - 4.0 million, 1.9/Family - 6.5 million, 3.3/Dad - 5.2 million, 2.5 

RENEWAL ALERT: Survivor

In an early decision for next year (but perhaps necessary due to production schedule), CBS has renewed Survivor for another two editions (#25 and #26). The long running reality show has been a durable hit for CBS for over a decade. After years on Thursday, it made the move to Wednesday last season where it has held up well against stiff competition including ABC's comedies and FOX's American Idol and now The X-Factor. In its current edition this fall, it has averaged 11.1 million viewers and a good 3.3 in the demo.

Survivor joins The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother as early renewals for the 2012-2013. CBS will have some tough calls about what to keep after this year with every veteran and new show performing decently enough.

RATINGS RECAP: 11/16/11

ABC
8:00 The Middle
Viewers: 9.2 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
8:30 Suburgatory
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
9:00 Modern Family
Viewers: 12.9 million, 18-49 demo: 5.6
9:30 Happy Endings
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2
10:00 Revenge
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6

CBS
8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 11.7 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
9:00 Criminal Minds
Viewers: 12.7 million, 18-49 demo: 3.7
10:00 CSI
Viewers: 10.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6

NBC
8:00 Up All Night
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
8:30 Up All Night (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Harry's Law
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9

FOX
8:00 The X-Factor
Viewers: 11.3 million, 18-49 demo: 3.9

After a week off due to the CMA Awards, nearly all of ABC's Wednesday night shows were down but still solid. The only exception was The Middle which was just down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. At 8:30pm, Suburgatory slid three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a series low. This is the first time it hasn't built from The Middle in the demo. This is still a very strong companion to The Middle but it's moving in the wrong direction right now. At 9pm, Modern Family was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo, hitting a season low in the demo (you know you're a hit when a 5.6 is a season low). At 9:30pm, Happy Endings was down seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. At 10pm, Revenge slipped more than most as it was down six tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo. This show would be the only hit hardest by weeks off given its serialized nature. How will it fare next week on Thanksgiving Eve?

CBS on the other hand was up across the board without the CMA Awards to compete with. At 8pm, the just-renewed Survivor was up nine tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. At 9pm, Criminal Minds was up a nice 1.3 million viewers and three tenths in the demo. This show is quietly one of the top demo performers for dramas. At 10pm, CSI was up four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Over on FOX, The X-Factor was up a million viewers and a tenth in the demo from last week.

Finally on NBC, Up All Night started things off up a tenth in viewers and the demo. This show should be able to survive here until it moves to 9:30pm Thursday in January, which will certainly help its demo rating. At 9pm, Harry's Law was up a tenth in viewers but down two tenths in the demo. This show is getting a 1.1 demo which is just way way too low but does NBC think Rock Center will do better when it will likely do the same in the demo with much less viewers. At 10pm, Law & Order: SVU was up six tenths in viewers but even in the demo, tying its series low from last week.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, November 17

ABC
8:00 20/20 Special Edition
9:00 Private Practice #84 "Who We Are"
10:00 Private Practice #85 "The Breaking Point"
ABC has a different lineup on Thursday night. With the cancelled Charlie's Angels done on Thursday, specials will air through the end of December. First up is a 20/20 Special Edition focusing on the retiring Regis Philbin (and hosted by ABC's newest personality, Katie Couric). A special two hour Private Practice event follows. It has been promoted a lot but it doesn't have a Grey's Anatomy lead-in so it could be down.
Prediction: 2020 - 7.4 million, 2.0/Practice 9:00 - 7.8 million, 2.6/Practice 10:00 - 7.1 million, 2.5

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #97 "The Flaming Spittoon Acquisition"
8:30 Rules of Engagement #77 "Shy Dial"
9:00 Person of Interest #8 "Foe"
10:00 The Mentalist #78 "Pink Tops"
CBS is all new with its full lineup. I'd expect similar numbers for the comedies while Person of Interest and The Mentalist are back after a week of repeats. With ABC likely weaker, both shows could be up from their last new airing.
Prediction: Big Bang - 15.5 million, 5.3/Rules - 11.4 million, 3.4/Interest - 12.4 million, 2.8/Mentalist - 14.1 million, 3.0

NBC
8:00 Community #57 "Documentary Filmmaking: Redux"
8:30 Parks and Recreation #54 "Smallest Park"
9:00 The Office #160 "Gettysburg"
9:30 Whitney #8 "Clarence!"
10:00 Prime Suspect #8 "Underwater"

NBC is all new with its soon-to-change Thursday lineup. Come January, Community will be on hiatus, Prime Suspect will be gone, and Whitney will be on the move to Wednesdays. In its place will be 30 Rock, The Firm, and Up All Night. For now, expect more of the same with this lineup.
Prediction: Community - 3.6 million, 1.5/Parks - 3.9 million, 2.0/Office - 6.2 million, 3.1/Whitney - 4.3 million, 2.1/Suspect - 4.8 million, 1.2

FOX
8:00 The X-Factor
9:00 Bones #132 "The Prince in the Plastic"
FOX is all new with its regular lineup. Last week saw drops for both shows. I think both might rebound some this week but not fully.
Prediction: X Factor - 10.8 million, 3.5/Bones - 9.2 million, 2.8 

RATINGS RECAP: 11/15/11

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing
Viewers: 9.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
8:30 Man Up!
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Dancing with the Stars Results
Viewers: 15.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
10:00 Body of Proof
Viewers: 9.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

CBS
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 20.0 million, 18-49 demo: 4.0
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 15.2 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
10:00 Unforgettable
Viewers: 11.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
10:00 Parenthood
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

FOX
8:00 Glee
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
9:00 New Girl
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.5
9:30 Raising Hope
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2

On Tuesday night, FOX's once promising lineup continued to deliver below expectations. At 8pm, Glee was up two tenths in viewers but down a tenth in the demo. It looks like it will stay in this range for now but this show will probably head more south in the spring. At 9pm, New Girl was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. A 3.5 is good but it was starting off over a 4. At 9:30pm, Raising Hope was up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. This show is never going to catch on and FOX can probably find a better partner for New Girl next season. 

Over on ABC, Last Man Standing has really leveled off as it was down just two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. This is doing miles better than last year's No Ordinary Family. ABC just needs some good multi-cam comedies to go with it. At 8:30pm, Man Up! was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. It has stabilized but it is not good enough to last. At 9pm, the results edition of Dancing with the Stars was even in viewers but down a tenth in the demo which is surprising since it revealed the final three. At 10pm, Body of Proof was down a tenth in viewers but up a tenth in the demo from its last airing two weeks ago. The demo is its best performance since October 4.  

CBS was steady as always on Tuesday night. At 8pm, NCIS was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. NCIS: Los Angeles followed and was down half a million viewers but even in the demo. Finally at 10pm, Unforgettable was down three tenths in viewers but also even in the demo. This is the most successful lineup of all dramas on any network. Finally on NBC, The Biggest Loser was down six tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo, reversing a positive trend the past couple weeks. Even with the state NBC is in, this show needs to be cut to an hour. At 10pm, Parenthood was down two tenths in viewers but even in the demo.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, November 16

ABC
8:00 The Middle #57 "The Play"
8:30 Suburgatory #7 "Sweet Sixteen"
9:00 Modern Family #56 "After the Fire"
9:30 Happy Endings #20 "The Code War"
10:00 Revenge #8 "Treachery"
ABC's hit Wednesday lineup is back after a week off due to the CMA Awards. It seems unlikely that the shows will be impacted from the week off though Revenge might be the most at risk. I expect each show to be up or even with its last new airing.
Prediction: Middle - 9.8 million, 3.0/Suburgatory - 9.0 million, 3.1/Family - 14.0 million, 5.8/Endings - 8.1 million, 3.5/Revenge - 8.5 million, 3.0

CBS
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #146 "Hope"
10:00 CSI #259 "Crime After Crime"
CBS is all new with a lineup that took a hit against the CMA Awards (likely some crossover audience). I think they'll all pop back up this week to levels close to two weeks ago.
Prediction: Survivor - 11.7 million, 3.5/Criminal - 12.7 million, 3.6/CSI - 10.9 million, 2.6

NBC
8:00 Up All Night #9 "Hiring and Firing"
8:30 Up All Night #3 "Working Late and Working It" (REPEAT)
9:00 Harry's Law #20 "Insanity"
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #280 "Educated Guess"
NBC is all new save for an Up All Night repeat at 8:30pm. Up All Night has hit lows the past two weeks but I think it could be up a hair this week. Harry's Law and SVU should be pretty steady. As announced Monday, come midseason NBC's Wednesday lineup will be Up All Night/Are You There, Chelsea?/Rock Center/Law & Order: SVU.
Prediction: Night 8:00 - 5.1 million, 1.9/Harry's - 7.6 million, 1.2/SVU - 7.1 million, 2.0

FOX
8:00 The X-Factor
FOX's The X-Factor hit a Wednesday low last week. Was that because of the CMAs? We'll see this week. My guess is it will be back up slightly.
Prediction: X Factor - 11.0 million, 3.9 

CANCELLATION ALERT: Prime Suspect

Another swing and miss in a terrible fall for NBC has resulted in another cancellation. NBC's high profile reboot of the classic 1980s series Prime Suspect was effectively cancelled today according to people involved with the show, though nothing official has come from NBC. It was rumored yesterday when Suspect was not on the spring schedule released by the peacock network and today it was confirmed that production is shutting down after 13 episodes.

Prime Suspect was NBC's big return to drama in the Thursday 10pm slot that has housed Hill Street Blues, LA Law, and ER. But it debuted with a very underwhelming 6.1 million viewers and 1.8 demo. NBC tried very hard to make this show work including a run of every episode so far in the 10pm slot for a week in October, but that did not help and the show has barely been a blip on the demo radar. Through 7 episodes, the show has averaged a weak 5 million viewers and a 1.4 demo. It will probably air through January though as it will have 6 episodes in the can.

For NBC, it is another flop in the fall joining fellow new series The Playboy Club and Free Agents on the cancellation list. Other new shows Whitney, Up All Night, Grimm, and Rock Center have been either underwhelming or terrible in the ratings. NBC released a new midseason schedule yesterday that included the debuts of Smash, Fashion Star, The Firm, and Are You There Chelsea? as well as the return of The Voice, 30 Rock, Who Do You Think You Are? and Celebrity Apprentice and timeslot changes for Rock Center, Harry's Law, Whitney, and Up All Night. NBC might see some improvement, but not much can be expected because everything NBC touches seems to turn to coal.

RATINGS RECAP: 11/14/11

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 18.0 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2
10:00 20/20 Special
Viewers: 12.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother
Viewers: 10.4 million, 18-49 demo: 4.6
8:30 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 11.8 million, 18-49 demo: 4.8
9:00 Two and a Half Men
Viewers: 14.8 million, 18-49 demo: 5.4
9:30 Mike & Molly
Viewers: 12.2 million, 18-49 demo: 4.4
10:00 Hawaii Five-0
Viewers: 11.7 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3 

NBC
8:00 The Sing Off
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

FOX
8:00 Terra Nova
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:00 House
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5

CBS Monday just continues to deliver unbelievable ratings as every show was up this week yet again. At 8pm, How I Met Your Mother was up a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo, posting its best demo rating since the season premiere. It is shocking how well this show is performing year-to-year. At 8:30pm, 2 Broke Girls continued to cement its breakout hit status as it was up four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for its best performance yet at 8:30pm. Everyone is talking about CBS splitting this night up, but why? Save it for next year because 8:30pm hasn't been this strong in years. At 9pm, Two and a Half Men was up a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo while Mike & Molly was up three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for its best performance since the season premiere. At 10pm, Hawaii Five-0 was up 1.4 million viewers and two tenths in the demo. The viewer total is the best since the season premiere. CBS Monday is just rocking it from top to bottom.

Meanwhile on ABC, Dancing with the Stars was down two tenths in viewers and the demo from last week ahead of next week's finale. At 10pm, a special 20/20 that had the first interview with Gabby Giffords since she was shot last January did well, particularly in total viewers as expected. FOX started things off with Terra Nova, which was down eight tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. Every time the show looks like it might be doing well enough to come back, it has a troubling drop. At 9pm, House was down a million viewers and three tenths in the demo, hitting a series low in total viewers. It's time for FOX to say goodbye to this show after this season. It's starting to collapse hard in the ratings after a couple years on the decline.

NBC continued to be off the map. The Sing Off was down a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a series low. This show has completely tanked in its first non-December run. At 10pm, Rock Center with Brian Williams was up four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. It could have been higher especially since they had Bob Costas interviewing disgraced Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Rock Center will move to Wednesdays at 9pm in 2012 while NBC is banking big on The Voice/Smash reigniting this night starting in February.