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Friday, December 30, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, December 30, Saturday, December 31, & Sunday, January 1

Sorry I have been behind in the ratings recaps, I will catch up in the next day or two. Also, this weekend be on the lookout for my top 20 episodes of the year in a Weekend Rewind and the new Freshman Scorecard for January!

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 MOVIE: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

CBS
8:00 A Gifted Man #4 "In Case of Separation Anxiety" (REPEAT)
9:00 CSI: NY #151 "To What End?" (REPEAT)
10:00 Blue Bloods #12 "Family Ties" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Chuck #86 "Chuck Versus the Baby"
9:00 Grimm #2 "Bears Will Be Bears" (REPEAT)
10:00 Dateline NBC

FOX
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares (REPEAT)
9:00 Fringe #69 "Subject 9" (REPEAT)

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 New Year's Rockin' Eve: The 40th Anniversary Party (SPECIAL)
10:00 Dick Clark's New Years Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest (SPECIAL)

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #126 "Last Words" (REPEAT)
8:30 MOVIE: The Bourne Ultimatum

NBC
8:00 Grimm #3 "Beeware" (REPEAT)
9:00 Grimm #5 "Danse Macabre" (REPEAT)
10:00 New Years Eve with Carson Daly (SPECIAL)

FOX
8:00 Terra Nova #8 "Vs." (REPEAT)
9:00 Terra Nova #9 "Now You See Me" (REPEAT)

SUNDAY

ABC
7:00 Once Upon a Time #3 "Snow Falls" (REPEAT)
8:00 Once Upon a Time #4 "The Price of Gold" (REPEAT)
9:00 Once Upon a Time #6 "The Shepherd" (REPEAT)
10:00 Once Upon a Time #7 "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" (REPEAT)

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Unforgettable #1 "Pilot" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Good Wife #38 "Silver Bullet" (REPEAT)
10:00 CSI: Miami #214 "Counter Measures" (REPEAT)

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
8:30 Sunday Night Football: Dallas at NY Giants

FOX
7:00 NFL Overrun/The OT
8:00 The Simpsons #487 "The Falcon and the D'Ohman" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Cleveland Show #47 "Skip Day" (REPEAT)
9:00 Family Guy #155 "New Kidney in Town" (REPEAT)
9:30 American Dad! #115 "Gorillas in the Mist" (REPEAT)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, December 27, Wednesday, December 28, & Thursday, December 29

TUESDAY

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #5 "Co-Ed Softball" (REPEAT)
8:30 Last Man Standing #10 "Last Christmas Standing" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Middle #56 "Heck's Best Thing" (REPEAT)
9:30 Suburgatory #7 "Sweet Sixteen" (REPEAT)
10:00 Body of Proof #13 "Lazarus Man" (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 NCIS #177 "Defiance" (REPEAT)
9:00 Kennedy Center Honors (SPECIAL)

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now? (SPECIAL)
10:00 Parenthood #40 "Nora" (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 Glee #25 "Grilled Cheesus" (REPEAT)
9:00 New Girl #3 "Wedding" (REPEAT)
9:30 Raising Hope #7 "The Sniffles" (REPEAT)

WEDNESDAY

ABC
8:00 The Middle #55 "Halloween II" (REPEAT)
8:30 Suburgatory #9 "The Nutcracker" (REPEAT)
9:00 Modern Family #51 "Phil on Wire" (REPEAT)
9:30 Happy Endings #17 "Secrets and Limos" (REPEAT)
10:00 Revenge #6 "Intrigue" (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #32 "Bounty" (REPEAT)
9:00 Criminal Minds #137 "Big Sea" (REPEAT)
10:00 CSI #253 "Tell-Tale Hearts" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Up All Night #11 "First Christmas" (REPEAT)
8:30 Whitney #6 "Two Broke-Up Guys" (REPEAT)
9:00 Harry's Law #18 "The Rematch" (REPEAT)
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #273 "Scorched Earth" (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 Raising Hope #23 "Prodigy" (REPEAT)
8:30 Raising Hope #25 "Kidnapped" (REPEAT)
9:00 New Girl #1 "Pilot" (REPEAT)
9:30 New Girl #2 "Kryptonite" (REPEAT)

THURSDAY

ABC
8:00 Happy New Year Charlie Brown (SPECIAL)
9:00 Grey's Anatomy #156 "Heart Shaped Box" (REPEAT)
10:00 Private Practice #157 "Dark Was the Night" (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #65 "The Cruciferous Vegetable Amplification" (REPEAT)
8:30 Rules of Engagement #57 "The Big Picture" (REPEAT)
9:00 Person of Interest #2 "Ghosts" (REPEAT)
10:00 The Mentalist #61 "Red Gold" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Community #59 "Regional Holiday Music" (REPEAT)
8:30 Parks and Recreation #54 "Smallest Park" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Office #156 "Garden Party" (REPEAT)
9:30 Whitney #10 "Christmas is Cummings" (REPEAT)
10:00 The Office #155 "Lotto" (REPEAT)  
10:30 Up All Night #7 "Parents" (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 Bones #122 "The Blackout in the Blizzard" (REPEAT)
9:00 Bones #129 "The Change in the Game" (REPEAT) 

Monday, December 26, 2011

RATINGS RECAP: 12/25/11

ABC 
7:00 NBA Overrun
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
8:00 How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 Movie: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2


CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:00 CSI (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 The Good Wife (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 CSI: Miami (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9


NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
8:00 NFL Pregame
Viewers: 14.7 million, 18-49 demo: 4.5
8:30 Sunday Night Football
Viewers: 24.0 million, 18-49 demo: 7.7


FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
7:30 The Cleveland Show (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:30 The Cleveland Show (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:30 American Dad! (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

RATINGS RECAP: 12/24/11

ABC 
8:00 Movie: The Sound of Music
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 48 Hours Mystery
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

NBC
8:00 Movie: It's a Wonderful Life
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

FOX 
8:00 Terra Nova (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Terra Nova (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

RATINGS RECAP: 12/23/11

ABC 
8:00 Shrek the Halls
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
8:30 Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:30 Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
8:00 A Gifted Man (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 CSI: NY (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 Chuck
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Grimm (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Fringe (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

Saturday, December 24, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Saturday, December 24, Sunday, December 25, & Monday, December 26

Merry Christmas! There probably won't be any more posts until Monday but until then, check out my Weekend Rewind from last year of Top 40 Christmas Episodes: #40-#26, #25-#11, and #10-#1.

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 MOVIE: The Sound of Music

CBS
8:00 Blue Bloods #14 "My Funny Valentine" (REPEAT)
9:00 48 Hours Mystery

NBC
8:00 MOVIE: It's a Wonderful Life

FOX
8:00 Terra Nova #6 "Nightfall" (REPEAT)
9:00 Terra Nova #7 "Proof" (REPEAT)

SATURDAY

ABC
7:00 NBA Basketball
8:00 How the Grinch Stole Christmas (SPECIAL)
8:30 MOVIE: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 CSI #237 "Fracked" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Good Wife #37 "Net Worth" (REPEAT)
10:00 CSI: Miami #198 "On the Hook" (REPEAT)

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
8:30 Sunday Night Football: Chicago at Green Bay

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers #3 "Sacred Cow" (REPEAT)
7:30 The Cleveland Show #50 "Die Semi-Hard" (REPEAT)
8:00 The Simpsons #495 "Holidays of Future Passed" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Cleveland Show #29 "Murray Christmas" (REPEAT)
9:00 Family Guy #174 "Grumpy Old Man" (REPEAT)
9:30 American Dad! #104 "For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls" (REPEAT)

MONDAY

ABC
8:00 Rudolph's Shiny New Year (SPECIAL)
9:00 You Deserve It
10:00 Castle #63 "Eye of the Beholder" (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #133 "Hopeless" (REPEAT)
8:30 2 Broke Girls #6 "And the Disappearing Bed" (REPEAT)
9:00 Two and a Half Men #182 "A Giant Cat Holding a Churro" (REPEAT)
9:30 Mike & Molly #17 "Joyce & Vince and Peaches & Herb" (REPEAT)
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #12 "Hana'a'a Makehewa" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Who's Still Standing?
9:00 Fear Factor (REPEAT)
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams

FOX
8:00 House #143 "Family Practice" (REPEAT)
9:00 House #154 "After Hours" (REPEAT)

RATINGS RECAP: 12/22/11

ABC
8:00 Disney's Prep & Landing
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Grey's Anatomy (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 9.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
8:30 Rules of Engagement (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 Person of Interest (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 The Mentalist (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

NBC
8:00 Who's Still Standing?
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 The Office (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:30 Whitney (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Prime Suspect
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
8:00 The X-Factor
Viewers: 12.6 million, 18-49 demo: 3.8

On Thursday night, FOX aired a two hour season finale of The X-Factor. It was up a nice 2.7 million viewers and nine tenths in the demo. This was a strong finale showing given that it was on December 22. FOX will bring The X-Factor back for a second season next fall. Over on NBC, the final night of the week-long airings of Who's Still Standing posted similar numbers to the first night. All in all, the ratings weren't terrible given the week and the network and it wouldn't be surprising to see it come back next December. At 10pm, the last scheduled airing of Prime Suspect was up seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.

RATINGS RECAP: 12/21/11

ABC
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 Suburgatory (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:30 Happy Endings (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Revenge (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 A Home for the Holidays
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 CSI (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

NBC
8:00 Who's Still Standing
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 A Michael Buble Christmas
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
8:00 The X-Factor
Viewers: 11.2 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
9:30 I Hate My Teenage Daughter
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

FOX was easily on top on Wednesday night thanks to the final performance night of The X-Factor which was up four tenths in viewers but actually down a tenth in the demo from last week which is disappointing. Though the overall numbers aren't bad by any means, this show is nowhere near what FOX or Simon Cowell were hoping. It was followed by the final fall episode of I Hate My Teenage Daughter which was actually up seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. This is a minor positive sign as it heads to hiatus for now. We'll see how it does after American Idol later on this spring. Elsewhere, night three of NBC's Who' Still Standing was slightly above Monday's numbers and slightly below Tuesday's numbers. The annual Home for the Holidays special on CBS got very little attention.

Friday, December 23, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, December 23

ABC
8:00 Shrek the Halls (SPECIAL)
8:30 Phineas and Ferb (SPECIAL)
9:00 Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice (SPECIAL)
9:30 Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special  (SPECIAL)
10:00 20/20

CBS
8:00 A Gifted Man #3 "In Case of Discomfort" (REPEAT)
9:00 CSI: NY #150 "Shop Till You Drop" (REPEAT)
10:00 Blue Bloods #13 "Hall of Mirrors" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Chuck #85 "Chuck Versus the Santa Suit"
9:00 Grimm #1 "Pilot" (REPEAT)
10:00 Dateline NBC (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares (REPEAT)
9:00 Fringe #68 "Alone in the World" (REPEAT)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, December 22

ABC
8:00 Disney Prep & Landing (SPECIAL)
8:30 Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice (SPECIAL)
9:00 I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (SPECIAL)
10:00 Grey's Anatomy #155 "Put Me in Coach" (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #75 "The Bus Pants Utilization" (REPEAT)
8:30 Rules of Engagement #60 "Little Bummer Boy" (REPEAT)
9:00 Person of Interest #5 "Judgment" (REPEAT)
10:00 The Mentalist #56 "Jolly Red Elf" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Who's Still Standing?
9:00 The Office #160 "Gettysburg" (REPEAT)
9:30 Whitney #7 "Getting to Know You" (REPEAT)
10:00 Prime Suspect #11 "The Great Wall of Silence"
NBC is all new to start and end the night. The fourth and final night of Who's Still Standing? kicks things off. It went up on Tuesday but could be down against The X-Factor. A burnoff of Prime Suspect finishes off the night and it appears to be the last scheduled episode.
Predictions: Standing - 5.1 million, 1.6/Suspect - 3.4 million, 0.8

FOX
8:00 The X-Factor (Season Finale)
FOX has the season finale of The X-Factor. I don't expect it to be up a huge amount considering its December 22 but we'll see.
Prediction: Factor - 10.9 million, 3.7 

RATINGS RECAP: 12/20/11

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:30 Last Man Standing (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:30 Suburgatory (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Body of Proof (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 12.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers; 11.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
10:00 Unforgettable (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

NBC
8:00 Who's Still Standing?
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 SNL Presents A Very Gilly Christmas
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

FOX
8:00 Glee (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 New Girl (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:30 Raising Hope (Repeat)
Viewers; 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

Late December is upon us and everything was a repeat on the big four broadcast networks except for NBC's week-long game show Who's Still Standing? The game show took advantage of the very limited competition and it was up four tenths in the demo from its series premiere on Monday night. This is a good performance even considering the weak competition as NBC may have an ok filler on their hands. 

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, December 21

Check below this post for a review of Who's Still Standing!

ABC
8:00 The Middle #54 "Bad Choices" (REPEAT)
8:30 Suburgatory #8 "Thanksgiving" (REPEAT)
9:00 Modern Family #50 "When Good Kids Go Bad" (REPEAT)
9:30 Happy Endings #15 "Baby Steps" (REPEAT)
10:00 Revenge #5 "Guilt" (REPEAT)


CBS
8:00 A Home for the Holidays with Martina McBride (SPECIAL)
9:00 Criminal Minds #134 "Hanley Waters" (REPEAT)
10:00 CSI #245 "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead" (REPEAT)


NBC
8:00 Who's Still Standing?
9:00 A Michael Buble Christmas (SPECIAL)
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #277 "Missing Pieces" (REPEAT)


FOX
8:00 The X-Factor
9:30 I Hate My Teenage Daughter #4 "Teenage Dating"
The only network of note on Wednesday night is FOX which is airing the final performance night of The X-Factor. Considering its the final week and the competition is very low, it should be up, but I wouldn't expect it to be up a huge amount. I Hate My Teenage Daughter follows with its last scheduled episode for now and it could be up ever so slightly from last week's bad numbers.
Prediction: X Factor - 11.9 million, 3.6/Daughter - 5.2 million, 1.9

PILOT REVIEW: Who's Still Standing?

WHO'S STILL STANDING?











Hosted by Ben Bailey

Who's Still Standing is a new NBC game show airing for a week as a "four day holiday special." It is basically another twist on a standard trivia show. There is a contestant in the middle trying to win a million dollars but he first must battle 10 strangers who are trying to outlast them in a back and forth trivia contest.

THE GOOD: Um, it's harmless enough? Seriously there's nothing jaw droppingly bad about this show but it's just another standard game show with nothing new to offer. The whole family can watch and the questions are easy enough for older kids. It's fine... nothing special.

THE BAD: As is often the case, current game shows just try to be too fancy and too gimmicky and don't focus on making a quality game. This show was filled with easy and boring trivia while focusing on such a stupid gimmick as falling through the floor. The show tried to be humorous with the other contestants but it came off fakey ("street smart, book smart, etc"). Also, the first contestant of the 10 was incredibly annoying. I understand it's a family show but the questions were too easy for too long and the results were anticlimactic. Ben Bailey seemed ill at ease and perhaps seemed to know that this is a dumb show. All in all, it's completely skippable.

BOTTOM LINE: This is filler in every sense of the word. Who's Still Standing? brings nothing new to a genre that seems to be getting worse. Back when Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was huge, there were several ripoffs but even those seemed to be much better than the crap we see now. Some network could do well if they developed a real quality game show. This is not it.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

RATINGS RECAP: 12/19/11

ABC
8:00 Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:30 A Chipmunk Christmas
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 You Deserve It
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Castle (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
8:30 2 Broke Girls (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
9:00 Two and a Half Men (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:30 Mike & Molly (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

NBC
8:00 Who's Still Standing?
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Fear Factor
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

FOX
8:00 Terra Nova
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2

On Monday night, NBC was all new starting with the series premiere of Who's Still Standing? which is airing all week as a holiday special. It debuted to pretty low numbers but not disastrous considering the type of show and time of year. If it holds at these numbers on Tuesday night, NBC will probably be ok with it but we probably won't see it beyond this week unless NBC really needs a filler. At 9pm, week two of the revived Fear Factor was down a big 2.1 million viewers and a full demo point from last week at 9pm. Though the drop is steep, the overall number is good. If it can stay close to these levels, it will be a real solid filler for NBC until The Voice arrives.

FOX aired the season finale of Terra Nova which was up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. The show was underwhelming but not terrible in the ratings which makes for an interesting decision for FOX and I could honestly see things go either way. Because of the production schedule, it looks like FOX will be making its decision in January. Elsewhere on ABC, holiday specials, repeats, and You Deserve It were all low. Deserve was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. CBS was all in repeats but posted decent numbers. It's worth noting that 2 Broke Girls was easily the best demo among the repeats.

RATINGS RECAP: 12/18/11

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:00 Once Upon a Time (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Movie: The Santa Clause 3
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

CBS
7:00 NFL Overrun
Viewers: 29.7 million, 18-49 demo: 9.8
7:30 60 Minutes
Viewers: 18.5 million, 18-49 demo: 4.0
8:30 Survivor
Viewers: 13.1 million, 18-49 demo: 4.0
10:30 Survivor Reunion Show
Viewers: 9.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
8:00 NFL Pregame
Viewers: 9.0 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
8:30 Sunday Night Football
Viewers: 16.6 million, 18-49 demo: 6.1

FOX
7:00 American Dad! (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
7:30 The Cleveland Show (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
8:30 Allen Gregory
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

On Sunday night, CBS was all new but delayed by a mammoth NFL overrun (due to the Tim Tebow vs Tom Brady matchup no doubt). 60 Minutes followed and got its second best results of the season. It was followed by the fall finale of Survivor which was solid but tied a low for a fall finale. Still, this long running reality franchise continues to be a player with its finales. A 4.0 demo is nothing to scoff at against Sunday Night Football. The reunion show followed at approximately 10:30 and did pretty well considering the late start. Elsewhere, NBC's Chargers-Ravens game posted the worst total since the Saints' massacre of the Colts on October 23. ABC had repeats and movies while FOX mostly had repeats except for the season finale of Allen Gregory which tied a series low in the demo. It was most likely the series finale though nothing has been decided officially.

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, December 20

Check back later today for a review of the new game show Who's Still Standing!

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #3 "Grandparents Day" (REPEAT)
8:30 Last Man Standing #7 "Home Security" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Middle #59 "A Christmas Gift" (REPEAT)
9:30 Suburgatory #3 "The Chatterer" (REPEAT)
10:00 Body of Proof #10 "Love Thy Neighbor" (REPEAT)


CBS
8:00 NCIS #176 "A Man Walks Into a Bar..." (REPEAT)
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #44 "The Job" (REPEAT)
10:00 Unforgettable #4 "Up in Flames" (REPEAT)


NBC
8:00 Who's Still Standing?
9:00 SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas (SPECIAL)


FOX
8:00 Glee #32 "A Very Glee Christmas" (REPEAT)
9:00 New Girl #7 "Bells" (REPEAT)
9:30 Raising Hope #11 "Toy Story" (REPEAT)

Monday, December 19, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, December 19

ABC
8:00 Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special (SPECIAL)
8:30 A Chipmunk Christmas (SPECIAL)
9:00 You Deserve It
10:00 Castle #62 "Kick the Ballistics" (REPEAT)
ABC has more Christmas specials and repeats. The only thing new is low-rated You Deserve It which could slide a bit more to another series low.
Prediction: Deserve - 3.0 million, 0.8


CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #130 "A Change of Heart" (REPEAT)
8:30 2 Broke Girls #5 "And the 90s Horse Party"  (REPEAT)
9:00 Two and a Half Men #181 "Nine Magic Fingers" (REPEAT)
9:30 Mike & Molly #12 "First Christmas" (REPEAT)
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #21 "Ho'opa'i" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Who's Still Standing? (SERIES PREMIERE)
9:00 Fear Factor
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
NBC is all new starting with the game show Who's Still Standing? which will air all week. It has gotten decent promotion and there is limited competition so it could do alright. It is followed by week two of Fear Factor which got off to a good start last week. It could dip some but will still do well. Rock Center at 10pm should continue to be low.
Prediction: Standing - 7.1 million, 2.4/Factor - 7.5 million, 3.0/Rock Center - 3.7 million, 1.0

FOX
8:00 Terra Nova #12/13 "Occupation/Resistance" (Season Finale)
FOX is all new with the season (and series?) finale of Terra Nova. The epic dinosaur show has done alright but is reportedly very costly so a second season may not be financially viable. Time will tell. It should be pretty steady from last week for its finale.
Prediction: Terra Nova - 7.1 million, 2.2

Sunday, December 18, 2011

RATINGS RECAP: 12/17/11

ABC 
8:00 Wipeout (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 CMA Country Christmas
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS
8:00 Frosty the Snowman
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:30 Frosty Returns
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 The Story of Santa Claus
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 48 Hours Mystery
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

NBC
8:00 Grimm (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 WWE Salute to the Troops
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 America's Most Wanted Special
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

RATINGS RECAP: 12/16/11

ABC 
8:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 A Gifted Man (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 CSI: NY (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

NBC
8:00 Chuck
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Grimm
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

FOX
8:00 Happiness is a Warm Blanket Charlie Brown
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Ice Age Mammoth Christmas
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:30 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0 

On Friday night, NBC had its usual lineup. Chuck was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo. The end for this show can't come soon enough. At 9pm, Grimm was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for a Friday low, but the number is not that bad for mid December Fridays. At 10pm, Dateline NBC was up three tenths in viewers but down four tenths in the demo. Over on ABC, two editions of the just-cancelled Extreme Makeover: Home Edition were comparable to last week while 20/20 was down 1.1 million viewers and four tenths in the dmeo. CBS was in repeats while FOX populated the night with specials and repeats.

RATINGS RECAP: 12/15/11

ABC
8:00 A Charlie Brown Christmas
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 The Year with Katie Couric
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 10.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
8:30 Rules of Engagement
Viewers: 9.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
9:00 Person of Interest
Viewers: 12.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
10:00 The Mentalist
Viewers: 13.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7

NBC
8:00 Community (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:30 Parks and Recreation (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 The Office (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:30 Whitney (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Prime Suspect
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9 

FOX
8:00 The X-Factor
Viewers: 9.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
9:00 Bones (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5 

On Thursday night, CBS was new except for The Big Bang Theory, which was a repeat. Rules of Engagement followed the repeat lead-in and was down half a million viewers and three tenths in the demo for season lows. Will Rob! fare better or worse in January? At 9pm, Person of Interest was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. The viewer total is its best since the series premiere and this show is quietly one of the most consistent of any new drama this season. At 10pm, The Mentalist was also up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Specials populated ABC for the evening and did not do too much - Katie Couric's special posted disappointing numbers. 

NBC aired repeats of its comedies to pathetically low numbers while a burnoff of Prime Suspect hit a series low. FOX was new in the 8pm hour with the results edition of The X-Factor. It was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo from last week. This show has done well enough but it consistently seems like it should be doing better.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, December 16, Saturday, December 17, & Sunday, December 18

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
9:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
10:00 20/20
ABC is all new with its regular lineup including the just-cancelled Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which will end its long run in early January. Numbers could be down a bit from last week as it gets later and later in December.
Prediction: Home Edition 8:00 - 4.1 million, 1.0/Home Edition 9:00 - 4.3 million, 1.1/2020 - 4.6 million, 1.4

CBS
8:00 A Gifted Man #2 "In Case of All Hell Breaking Loose" (REPEAT)
9:00 CSI: NY #159 "Food for Thought" (REPEAT)
10:00 Blue Bloods #24 "Friendly Fire" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Chuck #84 "Chuck Versus the Curse"
9:00 Grimm #7 "Let Your Hair Down"
10:00 Dateline NBC
NBC is all new as well and, like ABC, numbers could be down some with December doldrums setting in more.
Prediction: Chuck - 3.0 million, 0.9/Grimm - 4.6 million, 1.5/Dateline - 4.2 million, 1.4

FOX
8:00 Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (SPECIAL)
9:00 Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas (SPECIAL)
9:30 The Simpsons #495 "Holidays of Future Passed" (REPEAT)

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 Wipeout (REPEAT)
9:00 CMA Country Christmas (SPECIAL)

CBS
8:00 Frosty the Snowman (SPECIAL)
8:30 Frosty Returns (SPECIAL)
9:00 The Story of Santa Claus (SPECIAL)
10:00 48 Hours Mystery (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Grimm #4 "Lonelyhearts" (REPEAT)
9:00 WWE Tribute to the Troops (SPECIAL)
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #280 "Educated Guess" (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 America's Most Wanted: US Marshals Special Edition (SPECIAL)

SUNDAY


ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos Christmas Spectacular (SPECIAL)
8:00 Once Upon a Time #3 "Snow Falls" (REPEAT)
9:00 MOVIE: The Santa Clause 3 - Escape Clause


CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Survivor (23rd Edition Finale)
10:00 Survivor: South Pacific Live Reunion (SPECIAL)
CBS is all new on Sunday night with the biannual Survivor finale. There is NFL overrun which could push it later but help overall numbers.


NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
8:30 Sunday Night Football: Baltimore at San Diego
NBC has a decent Sunday night game. It should do well but not be anywhere near the Giants-Cowboys numbers from last week.


FOX
7:00 American Dad! #114 "Flirting with Disaster" (REPEAT)
7:30 The Cleveland Show #39 "The Essence of Cleveland" (REPEAT)
8:00 The Simpsons #485 "500 Keys" (REPEAT)
8:30 Allen Gregory #7 "Van Moon Rising" (Season Finale)
9:00 Family Guy #154 "Road to the North Pole" (REPEAT)
FOX is in repeats except for the season (and most likely series) finale of Allen Gregory, which will likely hit a series low.

RATINGS RECAP: 12/14/11

ABC
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:30 Suburgatory (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:30 Barbara Walters Special
Viewers: 8.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3

CBS
8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 10.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1
9:00 Criminal Minds
Viewers: 12.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
10:00 CSI
Viewers: 12.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9

NBC
8:00 Up All Night (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 Whitney (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Harry's Law  (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

FOX
8:00 The X-Factor
Viewers: 10.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
9:30 I Hate My Teenage Daughter
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

On Wednesday night, CBS was all new. At 8pm, Survivor was down seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo which is surprising with the finale nearing and less competition. At 9pm, Criminal Minds was up half a million viewers and even in the demo. CSI closed the night up 1.1 million viewers and four tenths in the demo, posting its best demo number since October 5. CBS and NBC should really move CSI and Law & Order: SVU away from each other as they have both surged when the other was in a repeat. Over on ABC, Barbara Walters' annual Most Fascinating People list was way down from last week but still a decent performer. 


Over on FOX, The X-Factor was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo as it gets ready for finale week next week. At 9:30pm, I Hate My Teenage Daughter dipped three tenths in viewers and the demo in week three. This show is going nowhere fast as it continued to dive even against less competition and with a steady lead-in. Should FOX really even bother bringing it back in the spring? NBC was all in repeats and saw low numbers. 

CANCELLATION ALERT: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

In a surprise announcement today, ABC has cancelled the long running reality show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. A longtime staple of ABC Sunday night, Makeover was moved to Fridays this fall where it has tanked in the ratings. Many thought a less pressurized timeslot would lengthen this show's life but instead it couldn't make a dent on Friday night. The series finale will air on January 13 but ABC will continue to air specials next season.

ABC will bring back Shark Tank and Primetime: What Would You Do? to the Friday lineup starting a week after the series finale.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, December 15

ABC
8:00 A Charlie Brown Christmas (SPECIAL)
9:00 The Year with Katie Couric (SPECIAL)
ABC is once again airing specials on Thursday including the extended A Charlie Brown Christmas and a Katie Couric special that looks back at 2011. Both should see decent numbers.
Prediction: Christmas - 8.1 million, 2.6/Couric - 8.5 million, 2.3

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #89 "The Infestation Hypothesis" (REPEAT)
8:30 Rules of Engagement #79 "The Chair"
9:00 Person of Interest #10 "Number Crunch"
10:00 The Mentalist #80 "Fugue in Red"
CBS is all new except for the 8pm half hour with The Big Bang Theory being a repeat. This could have a ripple effect down the lineup and we could see dips across the board and perhaps even season lows.
Prediction: Rules - 8.6 million, 2.7/Person - 11.9 million, 2.6/Mentalist - 12.5 million, 2.8

NBC
8:00 Community #36 "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas" (REPEAT)
8:30 Parks and Recreation #53 "The Treaty" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Office #159 "Pams' Replacement" (REPEAT)
9:30 Whitney #4 "A Decent Proposal" (REPEAT)
10:00 Prime Suspect #10 "A Gorgeous Mosaic"
The only thing new on NBC is a burnoff of Prime Suspect. It wouldn't be surprising to see it hit a series low.
Prediction: Suspect - 3.7 million, 1.0

FOX
8:00 The X-Factor
9:00 Bones #125 "The Finder" (REPEAT)
The X-Factor is new for FOX with its final results show before finale week. It could up some from last week with that in mind and less competition.
Prediction: X Factor - 10.5 million, 3.1 

RATINGS RECAP: 12/13/11

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
8:30 Last Man Standing (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:30 Suburgatory (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Body of Proof (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 19.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.6
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 16.4 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
10:00 Unforgettable
Viewers: 11.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2

NBC
8:00 William & Kate: Inside the Royal Marriage
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 The Biggest Loser
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7

FOX
8:00 Glee
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
9:00 New Girl
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
9:30 Raising Hope
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3

On Tuesday night, NBC was all new starting with an NBC News special on William and Kate that didn't do much. The luster of the wedding is long over. At 9pm, the fall finale of The Biggest Loser was up 1.1 million viewers and half a demo point for a season high. Too bad it can't do those numbers every week. Over on FOX, Glee was dead even with last week while New Girl was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo and Raising Hope was up four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.

CBS was all new with its regular lineup and saw similar numbers to its last new airings during Thanksgiving Week. NCIS was up six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. NCIS: Los Angeles was up a 2.3 million viewers but even in the demo and Unforgettable was up nine tenths in viewers and even in the demo. ABC was entirely in repeats except for Last Man Standing which was down 1.3 million viewers and half a demo point for a series low. Considering the rest of the night was repeats and its mid December, this can be taken as a mulligan for now.

RATINGS RECAP: 12/12/11

ABC
8:00 I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 You Deserve It
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Castle (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 12.5 million, 18-49 demo: 4.2
8:30 2 Broke Girls (Repeat)
Viewers: 10.2 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
9:00 Two and a Half Men
Viewers: 14.9 million, 18-49 demo: 4.7
9:30 Mike & Molly
Viewers: 12.8 million, 18-49 demo: 4.0
10:00 Hawaii Five-0
Viewers: 11.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8

NBC
8:00 Fear Factor
Viewers: 8.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
9:00 Fear Factor
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 3.5
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

FOX
8:00 Terra Nova
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 House (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
 
NBC got some much needed good news on Monday night as the return of Fear Factor delivered really strong ratings by NBC standards. The show skewed young and gave NBC one of its best demo performances of anything outside of Sunday Night Football this season. NBC would be wise to not run this show to death as it looks like it be a good filler for the network. It did not help Rock Center much though as the newsmagazine was up six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo.

CBS experimented by kicking the night off with 2 Broke Girls at 8pm. It did quite well and held its own as a self-starter but it was a season low. This show will be an anchor someday but CBS would be wise to let it grow a little bit longer where it is. A repeat of Girls followed and garnered great encore ratings. At 9pm, Two and a Half Men was down three tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo while Mike & Molly was up a tenth in viewers but down two tenths in the demo. Hawaii Five-0 closed out the night up two tenths in viewers but down the same in the demo. It probably should have done better with such limited competition but this show has done well this fall.

Over on ABC, a Charlie Brown special did not do much at 8pm and You Deserve It slipped another two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. The Bachelor can't come soon enough for ABC. Over on FOX, Terra Nova was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo from the last airing two weeks ago. It's looking more and more like next week's season finale will be a series finale.

RATINGS RECAP: 12/11/11

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 8.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
9:00 Movie: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

CBS
7:00 NFL Overrun
Viewers: 20.8 million, 18-49 demo: 7.2
7:42 60 Minutes
Viewers: 14.7 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
8:42 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 11.7 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
9:42 The Good Wife
Viewers: 11.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
10:42 CSI: Miami
Viewers: 10.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
8:00 NFL Pregame
Viewers: 13.3 million, 18-49 demo: 4.9
8:30 Sunday Night Football
Viewers: 24.5 million, 18-49 demo: 9.4

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
7:30 The Cleveland Show (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
8:00 The Simpsons
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
8:30 The Cleveland Show
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:00 Family Guy
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1
9:30 American Dad!
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5 

On Sunday night, NFL overrun led to a good night for CBS programming. 60 Minutes was up big from last week when it didn't have an NFL lead-in but not nearly as strong as two weeks ago when it did. At 8pm, the fall season finale of The Amazing Race was up a strong 2.1 million viewers and six tenths in the demo, hitting a season high. The improved lead-in helped The Good Wife as it was up a nice 1.7 million viewers and three tenths in the demo, posting its best numbers since October 2. CSI: Miami closed out the night down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo which is good, considering it started 42 minutes later than last week.

Meanwhile on ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos started off the night up 1.2 million viewers and two tenths in the demo. Once Upon a Time followed and was down eight tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo, hitting another series low. Is this just a problem with December originals or is it the sign of worse things coming? The luster appears to be fading a bit though. The movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory did nothing at 9pm. Over on NBC, a great Cowboys-Giants game posted the best Sunday Night Football numbers since Week 2's Philadelphia-Atlanta game.

Finally on FOX, a Christmas lineup was down across the board from last week when it had an NFL lead-in. At 8pm, The Simpsons was down a big 2.6 million viewers and a full demo point as it is always the most helped by the direct NFL lead-in. At 8:30pm, The Cleveland Show did fairly well, retaining much more of its lead-in than Allen Gregory last week. Gregory will return for what will presumably be its series finale next week. Family Guy followed and was down a million viewers and half a demo point from last week while American Dad! was basically on par with The Cleveland Show in the same slot last week.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, December 14

Sorry for the Ratings Recap delays! I will have Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday up tomorrow.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #52 "Major Changes" (REPEAT)
8:30 Suburgatory #6 "Charity Case" (REPEAT)
9:00 Modern Family #49 "Dude Ranch" (REPEAT)
9:30 Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011 (SPECIAL)
ABC is in repeats to start the night and it ends with the annual Barbara Walters Most Fascinating People special. The special always does fairly well and this year should be no exception.
Prediction: Walters - 11.8 million, 3.0

CBS8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #148 "The Bittersweet Science"
10:00 CSI #261 "Genetic Disorder"
CBS is all new with its regular lineup. With NBC in repeats and ABC partially in repeats, the numbers could be up across the board
Prediction: Survivor - 12.0 million, 3.4/Criminal - 13.0 million, 3.6/CSI - 11.8 million, 2.7

NBC
8:00 Up All Night #9 "Hiring and Firing" (REPEAT)
8:30 Whitney #5 "The Wire" (REPEAT)
9:00 Harry's Law #17 "Bad to Worse" (REPEAT)
10:00 CSI #279 "Russian Brides" (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 The X-Factor
9:30 I Hate My Teenage Daughter #3 "Teenage Cotillion"
FOX is all new with its regular lineup. The X-Factor could be up a hair heading into next week's finale. Even if that is up, I Hate My Teenage Daughter could slip again, though not as badly as it did last week.
Prediction: X Factor - 11.3 million, 3.7/Daughter - 5.3 million, 2.0 

Monday, December 12, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, December 13

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #11 "The Passion of the Mandy"
8:30 Last Man Standing #6 "Good Cop, Bad Cop" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Middle #34 "A Simple Christmas" (REPEAT)
9:30 Suburgatory #2 "The Barbecue" (REPEAT)
10:00 Body of Proof #12 "Missing" (REPEAT)
ABC is only new at 8pm with Last Man Standing. Considering that the rest of the night is repeats, it wouldn't be shocking to see a series low this far into December.
Prediction: Last Man - 8.2 million, 2.3

CBS
8:00 NCIS #197 "Newborn King"
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #59 "Higher Power"
10:00 Unforgettable #11 "Spirited Away"
CBS is all new with its regular trio of dramas. They should be pretty close to where they were with the last new airings back on November 22 even though it is December because CBS is pretty steady and ABC is mostly in repeats.
Prediction: NCIS - 18.5 million, 3.5/Los Angeles - 14.4 million, 2.9/Unforgettable - 10.1 million, 2.1

NBC
8:00 William & Kate: Inside the Royal Marriage (SPECIAL)
9:00 The Biggest Loser (12th Edition Finale)
NBC is starting things off with a special on Prince William and Kate Middleton. The buzz from the wedding has died down so this may not get much attention. The Biggest Loser finale in a rough season, ratings-wise, could perk up to its best numbers yet.
Prediction: William&Kate - 6.4 million, 1.6/Loser - 7.3 million, 2.4

FOX
8:00 Glee #53 "Extraordinary Merry Christmas"
9:00 New Girl #9 "The 23rd"
9:30 Raising Hope #32 "It's a Hopeful Life"
FOX is all new with a Christmas themed lineup. Christmas episodes don't give bumps that Halloween does so expect this lineup to be pretty steady.
Prediction: Glee - 7.3 million, 3.1/New Girl - 6.9 million, 3.5/Hope - 4.7 million, 2.2 

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, December 12

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ABC
8:00 I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (SPECIAL)
9:00 You Deserve It
10:00 Castle #61 "Head Case" (REPEAT)
ABC is starting with a special that probably will be below the specials of the last two weeks. Dud game show You Deserve It and a repeat of Castle won't do much.
Prediction: Charlie Brown - 6.9 million, 1.8/Deserve - 3.0 million, 0.9


CBS
8:00 2 Broke Girls #12 "And the Pop-Up Sale"
8:30 2 Broke Girls #4 "And the Rich People Problems" (REPEAT)
9:00 Two and a Half Men #189 "One False Move, Zimbabwe!"
9:30 Mike & Molly #35 "Christmas Break"
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #36 "Alaheo Pau'ole"
CBS is trying something interesting at 8pm as they are running a new 2 Broke Girls to lead-off the night. CBS will see now if this breakout freshman hit can anchor an hour which it may do as soon as next season. I'd expect good numbers as it usually builds on its lead-in. After a repeat of Girls, new episodes close out the night and should be close to last week's numbers.
Prediction: Girls 8:00 - 11.6 million, 4.4/Men - 14.9 million, 4.9/Mike&Molly - 12.1 million, 4.0/Hawaii - 11.7 million, 3.1


NBC8:00 Fear Factor (Revived Premiere)
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
After a dreadful fall, NBC is bringing back a show from happier days, Fear Factor, which was a hit for the network during its first run from 2001-2006. The revamp seems similar to the earlier show but it has been well-promoted and could see a good premiere by NBC standards. It should certainly be up from what The Sing Off has been doing. Maybe that will even help Rock Center a little bit.
Prediction: Factor - 7.8 million, 2.2/Rock Center - 4.1 million, 1.1


FOX
8:00 Terra Nova #11 "Within"
9:00 House #139 "A Pox on Our House" (REPEAT)
FOX is new at 8pm with Terra Nova in its penultimate week. If male viewers check out Fear Factor, it could go down from last episode's numbers which won't help its case.
Prediction: Nova - 6.4 million, 2.0

Sunday, December 11, 2011

WEEKEND REWIND: Top 10 Shows of the 2000s

Here we are at the last Weekend Rewind looking at the best shows from each decade. If you want to look back, check out my top shows from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. Every other decade was all about sitcoms for me, but as you'll see, many dramas made the list for the 2000s.

Close Calls: That 70s Show (1998-2006), 8 Simple Rules (2002-2005), Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006-2007)

10. Criminal Minds (2005-present)
The 2000s had many procedural dramas and to many, this is not one of the best ones. But it is one of my favorites. It's exceedingly dark and twisted yet it does one of the better jobs of keeping suspense and intensity as other procedurals can really drag. By focusing on serial killers, the show can really delve into psychological darkness. Plus, unlike other procedurals, the show wisely does not focus too much on the personal life of the team though the team is appealing enough to enjoy some stories.
Episodes you should see: #18 "Somebody's Watching" (3/29/06), #40 "Jones" (2/28/07), #59 "Damaged" (4/2/08), #68 "Minimal Loss" (10/8/08), #81 "Pleasure is My Business" (2/25/09)

9. Cold Case (2003-2010)
No procedural of the 2000s had the quality of Cold Case, which really took the genre to a much more moving level. The perfect blending of crimes from yesteryear and present day survivors was so interesting, particularly with crimes from long long ago. It was also interesting to see the same characters now and 40 years ago (for example) as they would sit down for questioning. With brilliant use of music, the show captured different eras in each episode and the end of each show always pulled at the heart strings as criminals finally had to pay and loved ones finally got closure.
Episodes you should see: #6 "Love Conquers Al" (11/9/03), #29 "The Sleepover" (11/7/04), #55 "A Perfect Day" (11/27/05), #114 "Wednesday's Women" (10/12/08), #116 "Shore Leave" (10/26/08)

8. According to Jim (2001-2009)
Every list for me needs a mindless silly sitcom that I enjoy and for the 2000s, it's According to Jim. I know that this show didn't redefine the sitcom and the writing and plots are sometimes sitcom cliches. Yet the performances elevate this show and it has a familiarity to it that makes it easy and fun to watch. The banter and one-upping relationship between Jim Belushi and Courtney Thorne-Smith was the best part of this family sitcom. It's one of those shows that doesn't need to be anything more than it is.
Episodes you should see: #32 "The Christmas Party" (12/10/02), #58 "Scary Movie" (11/4/03), #79 "A Vast Difference' (5/25/04), #85 "Father-Daughter Dance" (11/9/04), #103 "The Bachelorette Party" (5/3/05)

7. Monk (2002-2009)
Who would have thought a show about a detective with OCD would be so enjoyable? But the USA network original programming boom started with this whimsical dramedy. Tony Shalhoub's complex performance as Adrian Monk made this a character-driven show instead of a procedural. This is a crime drama show for people who find other shows like Criminal Minds and even Cold Case too intense. It's funny more often than not yet it really looks closely at a disorder that is not commonplace on TV.
Episodes you should see: #9 "Mr. Monk and the Marathon Man" (9/13/02), #41 "Mr. Monk Gets Cabin Fever" (2/4/05), #61 "Mr. Monk Gets Jury Duty" (3/17/06), #63 "Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike" (7/14/06), #124/125 "Mr. Monk and the End" (11/27 & 12/4/09)

6. Arrested Development (2003-2006)
There has never been a show more delightfully weird than Arrested Development. It's just so absurd, there's no way of predicting what is going to happen next. One of the best ensembles in TV history is the reason this show worked as well as it did. From Jason Bateman's passive-aggressive attitude towards his family to Portia de Rossi's flakiness to Will Arnett's foolish arrogance to Michael Cera's awkwardness, each character was essential to the show. But the real scene stealers were Tony Hale, David Cross, and Jessica Walter as the bizarre Buster, flamboyant Tobias, and ice queen Lucille. And now the show is coming back! There's never been a better time to become a fan.
Episodes you should see: There are no particular episodes to see, this show is best to watch from beginning to end, in order, to fully appreciate its weirdness yet brilliance.

5. Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005)
A true classic from this era, Everybody Loves Raymond is going to be a show that stands the test of time. Why? Because like The Dick Van Dyke Show and others before it, it was never topical. It was always relational. It focused on character development, not the easy joke or relevant current humor. A first-rate cast including the best in-laws ever in Marie and Frank Barone made this show a modern classic. In 50 years, I have a feeling everybody will still love Raymond.
Episodes you should see: #84 "The Christmas Picture" (12/13/99), #95 "Bad Moon Rising" (5/8/00), #102 "Pet Cemetery" (10/23/00), #123 "The Angry Family" (9/24/01), #170/171 "Robert's Wedding" (5/19/03)

4. The West Wing (1999-2006)
The smartest show of the decade, bar none. The West Wing is an example of what we all wish Washington DC and the Oval Office was really like. The fast-paced drama is like any other workplace drama except that it takes place in the most important office in the country. Even when the dialogue is too complex for an average audience, the intensity makes every episode seem immensely important. There are many terrific performances in this stellar ensemble but the character who towers above it all is President Jed Bartlett, a thoughtful, passionate, and brilliant character. If only we had a President Barlett in real life, Washington DC might be able to get its act together.
Episodes you should see: #10 "In Excelsis Deo" (12/15/99), #16 "20 Hours in LA" (2/23/00), #22 "What Kind of Day It Has Been" (5/17/00), #40 "17 People" (4/4/01), #44 "Two Cathedrals" (5/16/01)

3. American Dreams (2002-2005)
An very underrated drama, American Dreams was a heartfelt family drama set against one of the most fascinating decades in American history - the 1960s. The show dealt with many themes from the era but was never cliche or sappy. The show uniquely used modern day artists as artists from the era on American Bandstand and the production value was incredibly strong. The real strength of this show though was the Pryor family and specifically, Brittany Snow as Meg Pryor. Snow captured all the hope of youth and the 1960s and has been my celebrity crush ever since!
Episodes you should see: #10 "Silent Night" (12/15/02), #14 "Heartache" (2/9/03), #23 "Down the Shore" (5/4/03), #25 "City on Fire" (5/18/03), #61 "It's My Life" (3/30/05)

2. Friday Night Lights (2006-2011)
For years, American Dreams was my favorite drama but I had never seen Friday Night Lights until this past year and I am beyond hooked as I make my way through the show (I am only in season 2). Every episode is powerful and real. I can't think of any show that felt more like we are just dropped into the world the show is set in. There's nothing that feels scripted, the show is just powerfully exploring relationships in a small Texas town that loves their football. Every single character on this show is excellent but there's no one better than Kyle Chandler as Coach Eric Taylor - a proud and tough yet empathetic coach who loves his family and loves his team. This is a must see for anyone (like me) who missed it the first time around.
Episodes you should see: #1 "Pilot" (10/3/06), #10 "It's Different for Girls" (12/12/06), #16 "Black Eyes & Broken Hearts" (2/14/07), #20 "Mud Bowl" (3/28/07), #22 "State" (4/11/07)

1. The Office (2005-present)
Friday Night Lights is my new obsession but the 2000s decade (at least the back end of it) was all about The Office for me. The workplace mockumentary redefined the sitcom and produced one of the best, it not the best, character of all time in Steve Carell's Michael Scott. Without Carell (as evidenced now), the show is funny but not exceptional. With Carell's portrayal of the ever-annoying yet somehow endearing regional manager, the show is pure magic. The show is iconic to my generation, which came of age during the decade and was the show for college students during its golden days. Though it is slipping in quality now, it was brilliant for many years. And it's still a shame that Carell never won an Emmy for his brilliant performance.
Episodes you should see: #7 "The Dundies" (9/20/05), #17 "Booze Cruise" (1/5/06), #28 "Casino Night" (5/11/06), #40 "Back from Vacation" (1/4/07), #71/72 "Goodbye Toby" (5/15/08)

RATINGS RECAP: 12/10/11

ABC
8:00 Primetime Nightline
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Republican Presidential Debate
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

CBS
8:00 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 The Flight Before Christmas
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 48 Hours Mystery
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

NBC
8:00 The American Giving Awards
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

FOX
8:00 Cops
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:30 Cops (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 Terra Nova (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6 

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, December 11

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (REPEAT)
8:00 Once Upon a Time #7 "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter"
9:00 MOVIE: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
ABC is only new with Once Upon a Time, which could hit another series low surrounded by a repeat and a movie even if the movie does ok.
Prediction: Time - 9.1 million, 3.0

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 The Amazing Race (19th Edition Finale)
9:00 The Good Wife #57 "What Went Wrong"
10:00 CSI: Miami #224 "Crowned"
CBS is all new but also has an NFL overrun so things will likely be delayed. Like other times, it could help the early shows (including the fall finale of The Amazing Race) with the big lead-ins but hurt the later shows with the late starts.
Prediction: 60 Mins - 16.2 million, 3.4/Race - 10.8 million, 3.1/Wife - 9.6 million, 1.9/Miami - 9.8 million, 1.9

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
8:30 Sunday Night Football: Dallas at New York Giants
NBC has a big Sunday night game between two popular TV teams so big numbers should be coming, perhaps one of the highest of the season.


FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers #10 "Burgers Wars" (REPEAT)
7:30 The Cleveland Show #41 "Back to Cool" (REPEAT)
8:00 The Simpsons #495 "Holidays of Future Passed"
8:30 The Cleveland Show #50 "Die Semi-Hard"
9:00 Family Guy #174 "Grumpy Old Men"
9:30 American Dad! #122 "Season's Beatings"
FOX is all new from 8-10pm with a holiday lineup. Despite the special theme, I doubt it will be up from last week when it had a football powered lead-in.
Prediction: Simpsons - 7.9 million, 3.3/Cleveland 8:30 - 5.9 million, 2.3/Family - 6.6 million, 3.2/Dad - 5.0 million, 2.2

RATINGS RECAP: 12/9/11

ABC 
8:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

CBS
8:00 Frosty the Snowman
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
8:30 Frosty Returns
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 Yes Virginia
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:30 The Elf on the Shelf
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 Chuck
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Grimm
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

FOX
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Fringe (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4 

Friday night had a regular lineup on NBC. Chuck started things off up six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for a season high in total viewers. Maybe it benefited from less competition on the other networks though it's not like it rose a ton. At 9pm, Grimm was dead even with its last Friday showing three weeks ago and up in total viewers from its Thursday sampling. This stabilization is a good sign for Grimm. Dateline NBC closed the night up 1.7 million viewers and seven tenths in the demo from last week when it had a terrible lead-in. Over on ABC, two episodes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was pretty much dead even with last week while 20/20 was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. CBS aired specials and repeats while FOX was in repeats. What a boring night.

RATINGS RECAP: 12/8/11

ABC
8:00 Winter Wipeout Special
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 America's Funniest Home Videos Special
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 The Great Big American Auction
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 14.0 million, 18-49 demo: 4.6
8:30 Rules of Engagement
Viewers: 10.0 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
9:00 Person of Interest
Viewers: 12.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
10:00 The Mentalist
Viewers: 13.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7

NBC
8:00 Community
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
8:30 Parks and Recreation
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 The Office
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
9:30 Whitney
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 Grimm
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

FOX
8:00 The X-Factor
Viewers: 9.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
9:00 Bones
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4

On Thursday night, CBS was on top with its first new lineup in three weeks. The Big Bang Theory started things off down 1.1 million viewers and seven tenths in the demo which isn't too surprising since its December and it had been in repeats for a couple weeks. Rules of Engagement was down nine tenths in viewers and six tenths in the demo for season lows. It will be interesting to see if Rob can do any better in this slot but I'm skeptical. At 9pm, Person of Interest was up a million viewers and two tenths in the demo for its best total viewer numbers since the series premiere and best demo since October 13. Maybe the Sunday airings helped as did less competition from ABC. At 10pm, The Mentalist was up eight tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. ABC filled the night with specials and saw modest results.  

Over on NBC, the last Thursday of originals before the lineup changes in January was underwhelming as usual. At 8pm, Community was down a tenth in viewers and the demo, clearly earning its upcoming hiatus. No word on when it will be back at this point. At 8:30pm, Parks and Recreation was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. It's surprising how much younger this show skews than Community and it may be helped slightly by 30 Rock as a lead-in in January. At 9pm, The Office was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. The last new Thursday airing of Whitney was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. It will be thrown to the wolves on Wednesday in January. At 10pm, a special airing of Grimm replaced Prime Suspect. It was no better than Friday numbers but it did do better in the demo than Prime Suspect in the demo. If it got new eyeballs to Grimm, it was worth the sampling.

Finally on FOX, The X-Factor was down half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo for a series low on Thursday. This show is not growing towards the finale which isn't a great sign for interest in the series. At 9pm, Bones was down eight tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo, easily hitting a season low despite no Grey's Anatomy on ABC. Not an impressive night overall for FOX.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, December 9 & Saturday, December 10

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
9:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
10:00 20/20
ABC has its usual Friday lineup. Expect similar numbers to last week.
Prediction: Makeover 8:00 - 4.5 million, 1.2/Makeover 9:00 - 4.7 million, 1.3/2020 - 5.2 million, 1.5

CBS
8:00 Frosty the Snowman (SPECIAL)
8:30 Frosty Returns (SPECIAL)
9:00 Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus (SPECIAL)
9:30 The Elf on a Shelf (SPECIAL)
10:00 Blue Bloods #23 "Mercy" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Chuck #83 "Chuck Versus the Hack Off"
9:00 Grimm #6 "The Three Bad Wolves"
10:00 Dateline NBC
NBC is all new with its regular lineup. Chuck should be very low as usual. Grimm may have benefited from a Thursday airing and could be up a hair. At 10pm, Dateline NBC should be up due to the better lead-in.
Prediction: Chuck - 3.0 million, 0.8/Grimm - 5.6 million, 1.7/Dateline - 5.5 million, 1.5

FOX
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares (REPEAT)
9:00 Fringe #67 "One Night in October" (REPEAT)

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 Primetime Nightline Special (SPECIAL)

9:00 ABC News Republican Presidential Debate (SPECIAL)

CBS
8:00 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (SPECIAL)
9:00 The Flight Before Christmas (SPECIAL)
10:00 48 Hours Mystery

NBC
8:00 The American Giving Awards (SPECIAL)
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #273 "Scorched Earth" (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 Cops
8:30 Cops (REPEAT)
9:00 Terra Nova #5 "Bylaw" (REPEAT) 

RATINGS RECAP: 12/7/11

ABC
8:00 The Middle
Viewers: 8.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
8:30 Suburgatory
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
9:00 Modern Family
Viewers: 12.2 million, 18-49 demo: 5.1
9:30 Happy Endings
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
10:00 Revenge
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4

CBS
8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 11.6 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
9:00 Criminal Minds
Viewers: 12.4 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
10:00 CSI
Viewers: 11.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5

NBC
8:00 Up All Night
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
8:30 Up All Night (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Harry's Law
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9

FOX
8:00 The X-Factor
Viewers: 10.7 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
9:30 I Hate My Teenage Daughter
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

Wednesday night on ABC, the demos were up across the board from the last new airings on Thanksgiving Eve, but not to the highs from earlier in the season as December continues to make things difficult for regular shows. At 8pm, The Middle was down four tenths in viewers but up three tenths in the demo. Suburgatory followed and was showed the same change as The Middle. These two series fit together perfectly. At 9pm, Modern Family was the standout as usual as it was down half a million viewers but up half a demo point. This lineup is doing well but shouldn't other shows besides Family be doing better in the demo? This is particularly true of Happy Endings which was down seven tenths in viewers and up two tenths in the demo.


Over on CBS, Survivor started off the night up half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo as the finale nears. At 9pm, Criminal Minds was down three tenths in viewers and the demo from its last new airing three weeks ago while CSI also returned and was up half a million viewers but down a tenth in the demo. Over on FOX, The X-Factor was down four tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. Shouldn't this be doing better with the finale nearing? At 9:30pm, week two of I Hate My Teenage Daughter was down a rough 1.4 million viewers and seven tenths in the demo. This show is going nowhere fast.


NBC started off with the last Wednesday airing of Up All Night which was up seven tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo from its Thanksgiving Eve episode. This show should perk up some on Thursdays where it fits better. The dramas came back to Earth after limited competition last week as Harry's Law was down a big 2.8 million viewers and a tenth in the demo while Law & Order: SVU was down an even worse 2.9 million viewers and three tenths in the demo. NBC can only compete when the competition isn't there.

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, December 8

ABC
8:00 Winter Wipeout: Deck the Balls (SPECIAL)
9:00 America's Funniest Home Videos Christmas Spectacular (SPECIAL)
10:00 The Great Big American Auction (SPECIAL)
ABC is preempting its entire lineup for specials including Christmas specials of Wipeout and America's Funniest Home Videos. Expect ho-hum numbers across the board.
Prediction: Wipeout - 6.4 million, 1.8/Videos - 6.5 million, 1.7/Auction - 5.2 million, 1.3

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #98 "The Speckerman Recurrence"
8:30 Rules of Engagement #78 "Cheating"
9:00 Person of Interest #9 "Get Carter"
10:00 The Mentalist #79 "The Redshirt"
CBS is all new with its regular lineup for the first time since November 17. Being December, it wouldn't be surprising to see numbers down across the board from that night.
Prediction: Big Bang - 14.0 million, 4.9/Rules - 9.9 million, 3.3/Interest - 11.4 million, 2.5/Mentalist - 12.1 million, 2.4

NBC
8:00 Community #59 "Regional Holiday Music"
8:30 Parks and Recreation #56 "Citizen Knope"
9:00 The Office #162 "Christmas Wishes"
9:30 Whitney #10 "Christmas is Cummings"
10:00 Grimm #5 "Danse Macabre"
NBC is all new with Christmas episodes of its comedies - they could be up or down a hair from last week. This is the last week for them until January and the last scheduled episode of Community. A special airing of Grimm is on at 10pm to give the Friday drama more exposure. I wouldn't expect it to do much better than it does on Friday but if it gets a different audience, it's worth the airing.
Prediction: Community - 3.5 million, 1.7/Parks - 3.9 million, 1.9/Office - 6.1 million, 3.0/Whitney - 4.0 million, 1.9/Grimm - 5.2 million, 1.7

FOX
8:00 The X-Factor
9:00 Bones #134 "The Twist in the Twister"
FOX is all new with its regular lineup. With more competition, it wouldn't be surprising to see it down a hair from last week.
Prediction: X Factor - 9.9 million, 3.0/Bones - 8.5 million, 2.7