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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

RATINGS RECAP: 1/30/12

ABC
8:00 The Bachelor
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
10:00 Castle (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
8:30 2 Broke Girls (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
9:00 Two and a Half Men (Repeat)
Viewers: 10.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
9:30 Mike & Molly (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

NBC
8:00 Who's Still Standing?
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Fear Factor (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 House
Viewers: 8.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
9:00 Alcatraz
Viewers: 8.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8

On Monday night, FOX's lineup remained on top but was down some from last week against limited competition. How will it do next week when NBC is stronger and CBS is all new with their hit lineup? At 8pm, House was down a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo while Alcatraz was down six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. If both of these shows stay at these levels, that's a success. But it's also a big "if" considering the competition coming next week. We'll know more then. 

NBC aired its filler Monday lineup for the last time before its last best hope (The Voice/Smash) launch next week. Who's Still Standing? was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. This show could certainly play a filler role again sometime as its ratings weren't bad. After a last-minute Fear Factor repeat that aired instead of a controversial episode, Rock Center with Brian Williams was down big from its Republican Debate numbers last week but close to where it was a few weeks ago. It will head to Wednesdays at 9pm where it is very likely to get clobbered. Over on ABC, The Bachelor was down a tenth in viewers and the demo. This show could take a hit against The Voice next week. 

RATINGS RECAP: 1/29/12

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 10.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.5
9:00 Movie: A Smile As Big as the Moon
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 11.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
8:00 Undercover Boss
Viewers: 13.2 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
9:00 The Good Wife
Viewers: 11.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
10:00 CSI: Miami
Viewers: 10.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3

NBC
7:00 NFL Pro Bowl
Viewers: 12.5 million, 18-49 demo: 4.3

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
7:30 The Cleveland Show
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:00 The Simpsons
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
8:30 Napoleon Dynamite
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 Family Guy
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1
9:30 American Dad!
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4

On Sunday night, CBS was all new starting with 60 Minutes which was up a strong 3.3 million viewers but even in the demo. These numbers are probably a good picture of where the veteran newsmagazine will be during the spring as it won't have the football fluctuations. At 8pm, Undercover Boss rebounded in a big way without the NFC Championship Game against it. It was up 3.9 million viewers and seven tenths in the demo for a season high in total viewers. Would CBS reconsider this show's move to Friday? It seems rejuvenated after slipping last season. At 9pm, The Good Wife was up 1.6 million viewers and two tenths in the demo from its last new airing and CSI: Miami closed out the night up a tenth in viewers but down three tenths in the demo from its last new airing three weeks ago.

ABC was all new with its regular lineup from 7-9pm. Without a Championship Game against it, America's Funniest Home Videos was up a big 2.2 million viewers and eight tenths in the demo for a season high in the demo. Once Upon a Time followed and was up a strong 1.6 million viewers and three tenths in the demo as it is showing no signs of slowing down. A Hallmark Hall of Fame movie did very little yet again. Why did ABC pick up this franchise? NBC aired the Pro Bowl which was down from last year but next week, they could set ratings records with a highly anticipated Super Bowl.

FOX was all new from 7:30-10pm with its animated lineup but it was down in extreme ways from its football-powered airings two weeks ago. It's not even worth writing the huge drops for each show but The Cleveland Show was incredibly low at 7:30pm and Napoleon Dynamite didn't hold up very well as it's already in Allen Gregory territory. Family Guy was the easy high point of the night but if this is a sign of things to come in the spring for this lineup, that's not good.

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, January 31

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #8 "House Rules" (REPEAT)
8:30 Last Man Standing #4 "Last Halloween Standing" (REPEAT)
9:00 Celebrity Wife Swap
10:00 Body of Proof #18 "Gross Anatomy" (REPEAT)
ABC is only new from 9-10pm with the last scheduled episode of Celebrity Wife Swap. The show has been a good utility player but could see a series low since it is surrounded by repeats.
Prediction: Wife Swap - 4.9 million, 1.9

CBS
8:00 NCIS #190 "Enemy on the Hill" (REPEAT)
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #51 "Backstopped" (REPEAT)
10:00 Unforgettable #6 "Friended" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
10:00 Parenthood #41 "Tales from the Luncheonette" (REPEAT)
NBC is new for the first two hours with The Biggest Loser. The show could be up from last week's one hour episode that aired right before the State of the Union.
Prediction: Loser - 6.8 million, 2.3

FOX
8:00 Glee #55 "Michael"
9:00 New Girl #11 "Jess and Julia"
9:30 Raising Hope #34 "Gambling Again"
FOX is the only network that is fully new. Glee has a special Michael Jackson tribute episode that has been heavily promoted. It could see its best numbers in awhile, maybe even a season high. That should power New Girl and Raising Hope to be up some as well.
Prediction: Glee - 9.1 million, 3.6/New Girl - 8.8 million, 3.8/Hope - 5.7 million, 2.5 

Monday, January 30, 2012

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, January 30

Check below this post for #40-#31 of my Top 50 Theme Songs!!

ABC
8:00 The Bachelor
10:00 Castle #64 "Demons" (REPEAT)
ABC is new to start the night with The Bachelor. With similar competition to last week, numbers should be similar or up tonight.
Prediction: Bachelor - 8.5 million, 2.7

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #139 "Ducky Tie" (REPEAT)
8:30 2 Broke Girls #9 "And the Really Petty Cash" (REPEAT)
9:00 Two and a Half Men #185 "Thank You for the Intercourse" (REPEAT)
9:30 Mike & Molly #27 "Mike in the House" (REPEAT)
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #27 "Kame'e" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Who's Still Standing?
9:00 Fear Factor
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
NBC is all new with its filler lineup for the last week. With all things considered for NBC, this lineup did not too bad from 8-10pm and we'll probably see more of both those shows in the future. Rock Center was the bust, but that will head to Wednesdays as The Voice and Smash premiere next week in these slots.
Prediction: Standing - 6.2 million, 1.6/Factor - 5.4 million, 2.2/Rock Center - 3.8 million, 1.0

FOX
8:00 House #165 "Runaways"
9:00 Alcatraz #4 "Cal Sweeney"
FOX is all new with its pair of dramas. Both posted good numbers last week and those should hold pretty well as the competition is basically the same this week. Next week will be the test.
Prediction: House - 8.4 million, 3.0/Alcatraz - 8.5 million, 3.0 

WEEKEND REWIND: Top 50 Theme Songs #40-#31

Here's the next batch of my Top 50 Theme Songs! For #50-#41, click here!

40. The Donna Reed Show Theme (The Donna Reed Show, 1958-1966)
No other theme song better captured the innocent and sweet era of sitcoms that The Donna Reed Show is from. With a pleasant, orchestral number, the theme song was as squeaky clean as the show itself. The song and accompanying credits reflect a bygone era as the housewife in pearls readies everybody for their day. There were many shows in this category in the 50s but none had a theme song that matched the genre as well.

39. Mission: Impossible Theme (Mission: Impossible, 1966-1973)
One of the most famous theme songs, the Mission: Impossible theme delivered intensity and suspense that the show would follow up with. It has been redone many times by the remade series in the 80s, the hit movie franchise starring Tom Cruise, and countless marching bands. This is why shows today need to invest in quality theme songs because that famous theme has helped this show stay more relevant than it would have otherwise.


38. The Brady Bunch Theme (The Brady Bunch, 1969-1974)
Another of the classic "telling the story" theme songs, this one so obviously tells the story that it starts with the line "here's the story." The Brady Bunch was iconic for many reasons and the theme song with the accompanying "grid" of the family (and Alice) was just one of those reasons. But how can you think about the Bradys without thinking of the song? You can't, and that's what a good theme song does.

37. "Welcome Back" (Welcome Back Kotter, 1975-1979)
One of the most successful theme songs of all time was from a show that was only a modest hit. But the theme by John Sebastian made it all the way to #1 on the Billboard charts. The show is frankly annoying but the theme is just awesome. It might have charted higher if I had a fonder impression of the show beyond the great theme. 





36. "The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle" (Gilligan's Island, 1964-1967)
Maybe the most famous of the "telling the story" themes, Gilligan's Island explained the whole ridiculous plot for the whole ridiculous series. And of course this show even gives the entire cast (save for the "rest" that included just the Professor and Mary Ann, whose names were added for season two). And another famous line begs the age-old question, if it was a "three hour tour" - why did some of them pack so many clothes? Oh, the 60s.

35. I Dream of Jeannie Theme (I Dream of Jeannie, 1965-1970)
Sure, everybody knows and loves the theme song from seasons 2-5 and it's a good one that would make this list, but the reason this show is higher than others is because of the underrated first season theme. This theme was less hokey and much classier than the theme that followed. It gave the show more sophistication and the first season was more sophisticated as the show got sillier over time. The quality of the video isn't great but I think it's worth posting this one instead of the more classic one.

34. "Making Our Dreams Come True" (Laverne & Shirley, 1976-1983)
From the classic opening - "Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!" to the uplifting theme song, this show had a classic song that was borderline cheesy but still enjoyable. I can't identify something I specifically love about this theme song like I can for other shows, except to say that I have always liked it and still do. I'm not even sure it fits the broad, physical comedy sitcom its accompanied to but it's just a good theme, plain and simple.


33. That Girl Theme (That Girl, 1966-1971)
That Girl was the precursor to The Mary Tyler Moore Show in many ways right down to the opening credits where a young single girl explores the city. There were many incarnations of the theme song and I tend to enjoy the jazzy, instrumental one rather than the one with the lyrics. And of course, you have to appreciate that they found a way to lead into the theme song by saying the phrase "that girl" for each of the 136 episodes.

32. "As Long As We Got Each Other" (Growing Pains, 1985-1992)
Much like WKRP in Cincinnati on my last batch of songs, there's something wistful and nostalgic about this theme even though I've never see more than a handful of episodes nor do I have any special connection to the show. This is one of those shows in my opinion where the theme song trumps the show. You want the show to be more like the theme song but it's not. That doesn't take away from the sweetness of the theme.

31. Doug Theme Song (Doug, 1991-1994)
The best Nicktoon of them all also had the best theme song. As a child from the era, there are millions just like me who have such fond memories of this simple, yet memorable theme song. I even have it on my ipod, that's how much I love it. Unfortunatley I don't have the accompanying credits, just the song but that's enough. Nickelodeon in that era had it all and great theme songs were just part of it. It's no wonder Teen Nick's "The 90s are All That" block has been so successful.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

RATINGS RECAP: 1/28/12

ABC
8:00 Wipeout (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Movie: Blades of Glory
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 Rules of Engagement (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
8:30 Mike & Molly (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 CSI (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 48 Hours Mystery
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

NBC
8:00 Harry's Law (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 US Figure Skating Championships
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

FOX
8:00 UFC Fight Night
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, January 29

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Once Upon a Time #11 "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree"
9:00 MOVIE: A Smile As Big As the Moon
ABC is all new from 7-9pm with its regular lineup. Both shows could go up from last week without the mammoth NFC Championship Game against it. At 9pm is another Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. The first one for ABC, which aired in November did not do much and I wouldn't expect much better here.
Prediction: Videos - 5.9 million, 1.4/Time - 9.9 million, 3.4/Movie - 7.2 million, 1.2

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Undercover Boss
9:00 The Good Wife #60 "Another Ham Sandwich"
10:00 CSI: Miami #226 "Terminal Velocity"
CBS is all new with its regular lineup. All shows should be up from their last new airings, except for CSI: Miami which was above average with its last new airing three weeks ago.
Prediction: 60 Minutes - 8.4 million, 1.6/Boss - 10.1 million, 2.5/Wife - 9.9 million, 2.1/Miami - 10.1 million, 2.1

NBC
7:00 NFL Pro Bowl
NBC is all new with the Pro Bowl which should do ok but not spectacular as the Pro Bowl is always a mediocre draw compared to regular or playoff football.

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers #4 "Sexy Dance Fighting" (REPEAT)
7:30 The Cleveland Show #52 "There Goes El Neighborhood"
8:00 The Simpsons #498 "Moe Goes from Rags to Riches"
8:30 Napoleon Dynamite #3 "Ligertown"
9:00 Family Guy #177 "Livin' on a Prayer"
9:30 American Dad! #124 "Stanny Tendergrass"
FOX is all new starting at 7:30pm. Last time most of these shows aired two weeks ago, they were aided by a direct football lead-in so expect all to fall here. It will be interesting to see how Napoleon Dynamite wins after a strong (but football-powered) showing.
Prediction: Cleveland - 4.0 million, 1.9/Simpsons - 6.8 million, 3.1/Napoleon - 6.1 million, 2.5/Family - 6.9 million, 3.2/Dad - 5.3 million, 2.3 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

GOOD WEEK/BAD WEEK: Week 19

GOOD WEEK: FOX DRAMAS
FOX is having a run of good luck lately with its dramas after things were looking somewhat dire in the fall. In the last two weeks, Alcatraz saw strong debut and then displayed a strong week two hold, a sneak preview of Touch delivered one of the best series premieres for a drama this season, The Finder has gone up in the ratings for each of its first three weeks after a dismal start, and House returned to some of its best numbers of the season after a long hiatus. Even Fringe was up a hair on Friday night. The only show this might be bad news for is Terra Nova, which is on-the-fence for renewal and would benefit from other dramas failing.

BAD NEWS: NBC'S "HAPPY HOUR"
It seems like beating a dead horse to put NBC in this category every week, but let's face it, they are having troubles in every direction. One of the more glaring problems is Wednesday night where its 8pm hour of multicamera comedies - Whitney and Are You There, Chelsea? - are falling apart. After debuting to better than expected, but still ho-hum, numbers (2.0 demo for Whitney and 2.3 for Chelsea), they have fallen dramatically in three weeks to a 1.4 demo for both shows. Everyone says NBC needs broader shows, and that may be true, but neither of these two shows is the answer or even part of the solution.

RATINGS RECAP: 1/27/12

ABC 
8:00 Shark Tank
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Primetime: What Would You Do?
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

CBS
8:00 A Gifted Man (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 CSI: NY (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

NBC
8:00 Chuck
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Chuck
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

FOX
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Fringe
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

On Friday night, ABC had another successful outing with its unscripted lineup. At 8pm, Shark Tank was down nine tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo from its season premiere last week. Will this show be negatively affected when fellow unscripters Who Do You Think You Are? and Undercover Boss join the 8pm hour in the coming weeks. At 9pm, Primetime: What Would You Do? was down seven tenths in viewers but up a tenth in the demo from its season premiere last week. Finally at 10pm, 20/20 was down 1.5 million viewers and three tenths in the demo.

NBC aired the final two episodes of Chuck. While the show saw a season high for its finale, this show didn't really deserve to last five years with the ratings it got. Still, it had a small but loyal fanbase that is sad to see it go. At 10pm, Dateline NBC was down nine tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. FOX had its usual lineup with Kitchen Nightmares up down half a million viewers for a season low and two tenths in the demo and Fringe up a tenth in viewers and the demo.

Friday, January 27, 2012

RATINGS RECAP: 1/26/12

ABC
8:00 Wipeout (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Grey's Anatomy (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Private Practice (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 16.1 million, 18-49 demo: 5.5
8:30 Rob
Viewers: 11.5 million, 18-49 demo: 3.5
9:00 Person of Interest (Repeat)
Viewers: 10.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
10:00 The Mentalist (Repeat)
Viewers: 9.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9 

NBC
8:00 30 Rock
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:30 Parks and Recreation
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 30 Rock
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:30 Up All Night (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 The Firm
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 17.1 million, 18-49 demo: 5.5
9:00 The Finder
Viewers: 8.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8

On Thursday night, the mammoth that is The Big Bang Theory was at it again, posting new Thursday highs as it was up three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. This is now the unquestioned top sitcom on TV and to be pulling these kind of numbers in the 8pm half hour is astonishing in this day and age. Syndication has really proven to be a huge boost for this show as it is showing no signs of slowing down like it did last season in its first year on Thursday. Rob followed and was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo for its third week. Again, the numbers aren't bad overall but the retention is even worse this week which begs the question - how would this show do on its own? Not to mention, American Idol shot up in the second half hour which could be a lot of Big Bang watchers switching over and that's not a good thing. We'll have to see where things go.

Over on FOX, American Idol was down nine tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo from last week's Thursday debut. Though still strong, it actually only tied for the lead demo of the night with The Big Bang Theory and was beaten outright by that show easily in the 8pm half hour. At 9pm, The Finder rose again as it was up 1.8 million viewers and six tenths in the demo. While the competition was light, it's still impressive that it has risen 2.9 million viewers and 1.1 demo points since its debut. It may not be as DOA as everyone thought but we'll have to see how it does when it's against regular competition.

NBC was not competitive as usual. At 8pm, 30 Rock was down three tenths in viewers for a series low and even in the demo. This show is no better option than Community and its obvious that NBC needs to go in another direction at 8pm. At 8:30pm, Parks and Recreation was down eight tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a series low. This show may have been negatively impacted by no episode of The Office as the two have a lot in common, but it's still a terrible performance regardless. At 9pm, a second episode of 30 Rock was up from 8:00 but way down from The Office's usual numbers. After an Up All Night repeat, The Firm was actually up four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, but the overall numbers are slow low, it doesn't matter.

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, January 27 & Saturday, January 28

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 Shark Tank
9:00 Primetime: What Would You Do?
10:00 20/20
ABC is all new with its regular lineup. Shark Tank and Primetime: What Would You Do? premiered to decent numbers and they should hold pretty steady this week though perhaps slightly down.
Prediction: Shark - 6.0 million, 1.6/Primetime - 5.5 million, 1.5/2020 - 5.7 million, 1.6

CBS
8:00 A Gifted Man #6 "In Case of Memory Loss" (REPEAT)
9:00 CSI: NY #164 "Keep it Real" (REPEAT)
10:00 Blue Bloods #26 "Innocence" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Chuck #90 "Chuck Versus Sarah"
9:00 Chuck #91 "Chuck Versus the Goodbye" (SERIES FINALE)
10:00 Dateline NBC
NBC is all new with the final two episodes of Chuck which hang on longer than the ratings warranted. A small bump for its finale wouldn't be surprising.
Prediction: Chuck 8:00 - 4.1 million, 1.1/Chuck 9:00 - 4.6 million, 1.3/Dateline - 5.0 million, 1.2

FOX
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares
9:00 Fringe #75 "Forced Perspective"
FOX is all new with its regular lineup. Expect similar numbers to last week.
Prediction: Kitchen - 4.1 million, 1.6/Fringe - 3.2 million, 1.1

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 Wipeout (REPEAT)
9:00 MOVIE: Blades of Glory

CBS
8:00 Rules of Engagement #54 "Baked" (REPEAT)
8:30 Mike & Molly #19 "Peggy Shaves Her Legs" (REPEAT)
9:00 CSI #234 "House of Hoarders" (REPEAT)
10:00 48 Hours Mystery

NBC
8:00 Harry's Law #17 "Bad to Worse" (REPEAT)
9:00 Figure Skating US Championship

FOX
8:00 UFC Fight Night   

Thursday, January 26, 2012

RATINGS RECAP: 1/25/12

ABC
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
8:30 Suburgatory (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:30 Happy Endings (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 Revenge (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 Criminal Minds
Viewers: 13.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.7
10:00 CSI
Viewers: 14.3 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4

NBC
8:00 Whitney
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 Are You There, Chelsea?
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 19.7 million, 18-49 demo: 6.5
9:00 Touch
Viewers: 12.0 million, 18-49 demo: 3.9

On Wednesday night, FOX was all new starting with American Idol which was down 2.2 million viewers and nine tenths in the demo from its season premiere last week. This show's best days are behind it but it's still TV's top draw, for now. At 9pm, a sneak preview of the new Kiefer Sutherland drama Touch got a great sampling. It will start airing regularly in March but after this preview, FOX may be wishing it was launching now. NBC was only new in the 8pm hour but its Happy Hour continued to implode. Whitney was up two tenths in viewers but down two tenths in the demo for a series low. Are You There, Chelsea? did even worse as it was down four tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. These comedies have fallen a long way in a couple weeks. NBC is smart to try multicam sitcoms but these two shows are not the answer by any means. 

Over on CBS, Criminal Minds was up eight tenths in viewers and a strong half a demo point as it benefited from repeats on ABC and NBC. The demo is the best performance since November 16. At 10pm, CSI aired its final episode with longtime star Marg Helgenberger and it was up a big 2.3 million viewers and six tenths in the demo for season highs. Fans who may have stopped watching came back in to see Marg say goodbye but I don't think her departure will have a big impact on future ratings of the show.

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, January 26

ABC
8:00 Wipeout (REPEAT)
9:00 Grey's Anatomy #158 "Suddenly" (REPEAT)
10:00 Private Practice #77 "God Laughs" (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #101 "The Beta Test Initiation"
8:30 Rob #3 "The Pillow"
9:00 Person of Interest #8 "Foe" (REPEAT)
10:00 The Mentalist #72 "Little Red Book" (REPEAT)
CBS is all new only in the 8pm hour. The Big Bang Theory is a beast and there's no reason to believe this week will be any different. Rob could drop a little bit more from last week but it won't be nearly as much for episode 3.
Prediction: Big Bang - 15.5 million, 5.2/Rob - 11.1 million, 3.3

NBC
8:00 30 Rock #106 "Idiots are People Three!"
8:30 Parks and Recreation #59 "Bowling for Votes"
9:00 30 Rock #107 "The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell"
9:30 Up All Night #8 "First Night Away" (REPEAT)
10:00 The Firm #5 "Chapter Five"
NBC is all new for most of its night but a second helping of 30 Rock replaces The Office and there is an Up All Night repeat. The 8pm hour should be steady or even up but the 9pm 30 Rock won't be as strong as The Office and The Firm could drop further. It should be benched to Fridays or Saturdays.
Prediction: 30 Rock 8:00 - 4.4 million, 1.7/Parks - 4.4 million, 2.0/30 Rock 9:00 - 5.3 million, 2.2/Firm - 3.2 million, 0.8


FOX
8:00 American Idol
9:00 The Finder #3 "A Cinderella Story"
FOX is the only network that is fully new. American Idol may pick up steam on the heels of its strong post-football showing and so just a slight decline or even a jump from last week's numbers wouldn't be shocking. The Finder could be on par with last week because there is less competition.
Prediction: Idol - 18.3 million, 5.9/Finder - 6.7 million, 2.3

RATINGS RECAP: 1/24/12

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
8:30 Last Man Standing (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 State of the Union/Republican Response
N/A
10:30 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 12.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 State of the Union/Republican Response
N/A
10:30 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 State of the Union/Republican Response
N/A
10:30 State of the Union Analysis
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

FOX
8:00 American Idol (Repeat)
Viewers: 9.6 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
9:00 State of the Union/Republican Response
N/A 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, January 25

I'm not sure if I will review Touch now or when it officially premieres in March, probably then but if I do review now, it will be up in the next day or two!

ABC
8:00 The Middle #57 "The Play" (REPEAT)
8:30 Suburgatory #10 "Driving Miss Dalia" (REPEAT)
9:00 Modern Family #52 "Door to Door" (REPEAT)
9:30 Happy Endings #19 "Lying Around" (REPEAT)
10:00 Revenge #7 "Charade" (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 Criminal Minds #142 "Painless" (REPEAT)
9:00 Criminal Minds #150 "Unknown Subject"
10:00 CSI #263 "Willows in the Wind" Part 2
CBS is all new from 9-11pm. Criminal Minds should be up with less competition across the board. CSI has very limited competition as well and it is the highly promoted final episode for Marg Helgenberger after 11 seasons on the show so she could boost CSI to season high ratings.
Prediction: Minds 9:00 - 13.9 million, 3.4/CSI - 13.8 million, 3.3

NBC
8:00 Whitney #13 "Codependence Day"
8:30 Are You There, Chelsea? #3 "Believe"
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #282 "Spiraling Down" (REPEAT)
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #274 "Personal Fouls" (REPEAT)
NBC is all new in the 8pm hour with its new pairing of comedies. They could be up a hair with ABC in repeats and American Idol being in Week 2. If they go down, they are in even bigger trouble.
Prediction: Whitney - 4.5 million, 1.7/Chelsea - 4.8 million, 1.9

FOX
8:00 American Idol
9:00 Touch #1 "Pilot" (SNEAK PREVIEW)
FOX starts off with American Idol which will be down from last week's premiere, especially since it's only airing in the 8pm hour. A sneak preview of the new Kiefer Sutherland show Touch follows and should get a good sampling. It will start airing regularly in March.
Prediction: Idol - 19.3 million, 6.8/Touch - 10.9 million, 3.4 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

RATINGS RECAP: 1/23/12

ABC
8:00 The Bachelor
Viewers: 8.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
10:00 Castle
Viewers: 10.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
8:30 2 Broke Girls (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
9:00 Two and a Half Men (Repeat)
Viewers: 9.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
9:30 Mike & Molly (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

NBC
8:00 Who's Still Standing?
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Rock Center Special: Republican Debate
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

FOX
8:00 House
Viewers: 8.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1
9:00 Alcatraz
Viewers: 9.0 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0

On Monday night, FOX was on top thanks to good performances from a veteran and new drama. At 8pm, House was new for the first time since November 28 and it was up 1.4 million viewers and half a demo point from that date. In fact, it posted its best numbers since October 17. Maybe the promotion during the NFL game on Sunday helped? Either way, it was a promising start for its return to 8pm. At 9pm, week two of new drama Alcatraz was down 1.1 million viewers and three tenths in the demo from its series premiere last week. This is a pretty solid week 2 hold and FOX will be happy if the numbers can stay in this area. We'll see how week three does.

Elsewhere, ABC's The Bachelor benefited from repeats on CBS as it was up nine tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo for a season high. This show tends to build as the season goes on and it's a good sign that it seems to be doing that again. At 10pm, Castle was up seven tenths in viewers but down a tenth in the demo. It really shouldn't have dropped in the demo considering that Hawaii Five-0 was a repeat. Will Smash have a negative impact on Castle in a couple weeks? Over on NBC, Who's Still Standing? was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo from its last airing for a season high. NBC may want to consider keeping this show on the air on another night after next week because it's not doing any worse than most NBC shows and it's certainly cheaper. A Rock Center special covering a Republican Presidential Debate outperformed usual numbers for the show.

RATINGS RECAP: 1/22/12

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 9.3 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2
9:00 Desperate Housewives
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
10:00 Pan Am
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
8:00 Undercover Boss
Viewers: 9.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:00 The Good Wife (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 CSI: Miami (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Prime Suspect
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Prime Suspect
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

FOX 
7:00 NFC Championship Game
Viewers: 57.6 million, 18-49 demo: 21.4


On Sunday night, FOX absolutely crushed the competition with ridiculous numbers for the NFC Championship Game. The 49ers-Giants overtime tilt was up 2.7 million viewers and 1.7 demo points from the AFC Championship Game on CBS last year in primetime. The post-Championship Game slot is becoming just as important as the post-Super Bowl slot and American Idol delivered excellent numbers (19.8 million viewers, 7.9 demo) despite mostly airing in the 11pm hour. Wow! CBS was in repeats for the second half of the night but the night overall took a hit from football. 60 Minutes was down just six tenths in viewers and even in the demo as it may have had some residue from the AFC Championship Game that ended about an hour prior helping it. At 8pm, Undercover Boss was hit hard as it was down 2.3 million viewers and seven tenths in the demo from last week's season premiere. We'll see how it does this week before passing judgment.

ABC's lineup held up quite well considering the competition. America's Funniest Home Videos was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. A season low, but it was facing competition that was extremely strong. At 8pm, Once Upon a Time really held up nicely as it was down half a million viewers but just a tenth in the demo, posting a 3.2. This is a great great showing for the freshman drama. At 9pm, Desperate Housewives was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. While a series low, that's somewhat understandable. It will be interesting to see if it can rise towards the finale. At 10pm, Pan Am was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. Just two more episodes than we'll probably never see it again. NBC aired burnoffs of Prime Suspect but they did no worse than The Firm which begs the question, did NBC really need to replace Suspect on Thursdays with Firm?

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, January 24

Tuesday has the State of the Union so it's mostly repeats surrounding the address. Don't worry, February Sweeps will be here soon!

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #9 "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (REPEAT)
8:30 Last Man Standing #11 "The Passion of the Mandy" (REPEAT)
9:00 State of the Union/Republican Response
10:30 Modern Family #56 "After the Fire" (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 NCIS #189 "The Penelope Papers" (REPEAT)
9:00 State of the Union/Republican Response
10:30 The Big Bang Theory #78 "The Benefactor Factor" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
9:00 State of the Union/Republican Response

FOX
8:00 Glee #46 "I Am Unicorn" (REPEAT)
9:00 State of the Union/Republican Response 

Monday, January 23, 2012

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, January 23

Check below this post for #50-#41 of my Top 50 Theme Songs!

ABC
8:00 The Bachelor
10:00 Castle #71 "An Embarrassment of Bitches"
ABC is all new with its regular Monday lineup. The Bachelor could go up with less competition from CBS and NBC and Castle should probably be up as well with Hawaii Five-0 being a repeat.
Prediction: Bachelor - 7.8 million, 2.5/Castle - 9.8 million, 2.4

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #138 "The Naked Truth" (REPEAT)
8:30 2 Broke Girls #8 "And Hoarder Culture" (REPEAT)
9:00 Two and a Half Men #184 "Those Fancy Japanese Toilets" (REPEAT)
9:30 Mike & Molly #26 "Dennis's Birthday" (REPEAT)
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #26 "Ua Lawe Wale" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Who's Still Standing?
9:00 Rock Center: Republican Debate (SPECIAL)
NBC is airing Who's Still Standing which should be mild as usual but not terrible. It is followed by a two hour edition of Rock Center with Brian Williams featuring another Republican debate. It should be above Rock Center's usual ratings.
Prediction: Standing - 5.9 million, 1.5

FOX
8:00 House #164 "Better Half"
9:00 Alcatraz #3 "Kit Nelson"
FOX is all new with its new Monday lineup. House is back with its first new episode since November 28. Sliding back to 8pm probably won't help this aging show so I wouldn't be surprised to see it slightly down. The news should be better for week two of Alcatraz though, which did very well last week and got lots of football promotion. Expect a good week 2 hold against limited competition.
Prediction: House - 7.1 million, 2.5/Alcatraz - 9.2 million, 3.0

Sunday, January 22, 2012

WEEKEND REWIND: Top 50 Theme Songs #50-41

I am starting a new topic for the Weekend Rewind - my all time favorite theme songs. This week, check out #50-#41. Please keep in mind that I eliminated shows that used songs that were not made famous by the series (such as The Wonder Years or Parenthood). Here we go!

50. Hey Arnold! Theme Song (Hey Arnold, 1996-2004)
Hey Arnold wasn't quite like any other cartoon from the heyday of Nicktoons back in the mid 1990s. It had an edge to it that was exemplified in the jazzy, street smart theme song. Jazzy themes are always a good way to go and this is one of the best. The wacky street gang that Arnold marches along with and Helga's incessant "Hey Arnold" served as a great intro to a classic Nicktoon. "Move it football head!"


49. Petticoat Junction Theme (Petticoat Junction, 1963-1970)
The relaxing, less crazed of the two Hooterville shows also had the better theme song despite Green Acres' theme being much more famous. Mixing the sounds of the train with the laid-back feel helped set the tone for a show that rivaled The Andy Griffith Show in down-home charm. Plus, as any good 1960s sitcom does, it thoroughly explains the plot for the audience. We could use more of that nowadays!

48. Newhart Theme (Newhart, 1982-1990)
Bob Newhart's second hit sitcom was much more laid back than his initial The Bob Newhart Show and that was reflective in the theme song - a simple music-only intro composed by the famous Harry Mancini. The quaintness of small town Vermont was captured both in the images shown and the simple music. It's amazing the way a theme song can really capture a mood the show is trying to create and Newhart did just that.

47. Mister Ed Theme (Mister Ed, 1961-1966)
A very famous theme song in TV history, I happen to think it's a little bit overrated just because it's actually quite dumb. But it does deserve to be on this list because it reflects a bygone era of sitcoms and a show like this wouldn't even fly on a cable access channel. But back then, it worked. As did a theme song that starts with "a horse is a horse, of course, of course." What a different time that was.


46. Rhoda Theme (Rhoda, 1974-1978)
The successful spinoff of The Mary Tyler Moore Show went through many theme song changes over its five seasons. It's most famous is probably the monologue delivered by Valerie Harper for seaosn 1 but my favorite of the themes was season 3, which is the one posted here. It's simple yet fun and it doesn't have the "la la la la la" singing that makes season 2 nearly unbearable. If it was Season 3 for its whole run, it might have charted higher.

45. "Brand New Life" (Who's the Boss?, 1984-1992)
The 1980s were the last really great decade for theme songs. There have been some great ones since but they are fewer and further between. Many 80s family sitcoms had pleasant themes (and more are coming on this list). This is one of them and it is strong but not the best. For a show that was wildly inconsistent in quality, the theme was charming and nice and so so 1980s.

44. "Movin' On Up" (The Jeffersons, 1975-1985)
The gospel style theme song was a very famous one and the best of the Norman Lear shows. For a show that was full of attitude, the theme song reflected it very nicely and it's just so catchy!

43. "Thank You for Being a Friend" (The Golden Girls, 1985-1992)
Another very pleasant 1980s theme, The Golden Girls is not a show I watch but I have always liked the theme song. The theme song was always very well liked and has had new significance since Betty White became everyone's best friend and grandmother. In fact, if you get a chance to find a video of all the attendees singing this theme to Betty White at her 90th Birthday special that aired last week, check it out. It's a very moving moment.

42. F Troop Theme (F Troop, 1965-1967)
Another of the 1960s "telling the plot" theme songs, this show had a silly intro to a silly show but it's very catchy and memorable. So what if it has lyrics like "where pale face and red skin both turn chicken"? It's still a great theme. In fact, I like the part without the lyrics better, I just like the music.

41. Theme from WKRP in Cincinnati (WKRP in Cincinnati, 1978-1982)
There are certain theme songs that have almost a wistful feeling to theme and this is one of them. I'm not really sure how to explain it, I don't have any attachment to that era (I wasn't even born yet!) or the show (like it but not a huge fan). Yet, there's something about this theme song that really makes me feel nostalgic. I don't know why, but it must be doing its job!


#40-#31 coming up next time!

RATINGS RECAP: 1/21/12

ABC 
8:00 Movie: Over the Hedge
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Castle (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

CBS
8:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 48 Hours Mystery
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 48 Hours Mystery
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 Betty White's 90th Birthday Special
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:30 Betty White's Off Their Rockers (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 Cops
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:30 Cops
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Terra Nova (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, January 22

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Once Upon a Time #10 "7:15 AM"
9:00 Desperate Housewives #169 "What's the Good of Being Good?"
10:00 Pan Am #12 "New Frontiers"
ABC is all new with its regular lineup. It is airing against the NFC Championship Game and American Idol but may be enough of a counter audience to do alright. I would still expect drops across the board though, but not huge ones.
Prediction: Videos - 5.0 million, 1.1/Time - 8.3 million, 3.1/Housewives - 7.7 million, 2.6/Pan Am - 3.5 million, 1.1

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Undercover Boss
9:00 The Good Wife #47 "A New Day" (REPEAT)
10:00 CSI: Miami #216 "Blown Away" (REPEAT)
CBS is only new for the first half of the night. 60 Minutes should be low in the face of NFL competition while Undercover Boss will be down from last week but may not fall apart.
Prediction: 60 Mins - 7.6 million, 1.4/Boss - 10.4 million, 2.7

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC (REPEAT)
9:00 Prime Suspect #12 "Ain't No Sunshine"
10:00 Prime Suspect #13 "Stuck in the Middle With You" (SERIES FINALE)
NBC is new from 9-11pm with the final two burnoff episodes of the cancelled Prime Suspect. Basically, NBC is punting away to football this week.
Prediction: Suspect 9:00 - 3.9 million, 1.1/Suspect 10:00 - 4.1 million, 1.2

FOX
7:00 NFL NFC Championship Game: NY Giants at San Francisco
10:00 American Idol
FOX has the NFC Championship Game which will dominate the ratings. It is leading into American Idol. Some are questioning this decision but it looks like Idol could use a bit of a jolt this year anyway. It should do very well in a slot that's becoming almost as coveted as the post Super Bowl slot.
Prediction: Idol - 24.3 million, 7.8 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

RATINGS RECAP: 1/20/12

ABC 
8:00 Shark Tank
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Primetime: What Would You Do?
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

CBS
8:00 A Gifted Man (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 CSI: NY (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

NBC
8:00 Chuck
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Grimm
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

FOX
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 Fringe
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

On Friday night, ABC had good news from season premieres of two unscripted shows - both Shark Tank and Primetime: What Would You Do? delivered solid premiere numbers and Shark Tank, specifically, did very well for 8pm. For what is likely cheap programming, ABC will certainly take numbers like these for Friday night as right now it looks stronger than two hours of the cancelled Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. At 10pm, 20/20 was stronger than usual as it was up 1.7 million viewers and a tenth in the demo. 

Over on NBC, the penultimate week for Chuck was up six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. Grimm showed some strength as it rebounded from last week's lows and was up and nice 1.2 million viewers and four tenths in the demo. It is time for NBC to move this show to Thursday at 10pm and bench The Firm to Fridays. It's the only new show for the peacock network that has shown any promise. At 10pm, Dateline NBC was up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Over on FOX, Kitchen Nightmares was up a tenth in viewers but down a tenth in the demo as Shark Tank is likely a cross-appeal show. At 9pm, Fringe was up three tenths in viewers and even in the demo.

GOOD WEEK/BAD WEEK: Week 18

GOOD WEEK: "ALCATRAZ"
FOX has been in trouble with their dramas - House is aging and could be in its final season. Fringe is as good as gone. Terra Nova had lukewarm ratings while The Finder has been a bust. Only Bones has been reliable and that's on hiatus. But they got good news on Monday night with the series premiere of spooky Alcatraz. The new series delivered 10.1 million viewers and a strong 3.3 demo but the best news was that it held up well across two hours and two different episodes. While it's too soon to call it a hit, it was a very promising start and reviews have been good. FOX could certainly use a strong new drama.

BAD WEEK: NBC
When the competition increases, NBC just wilts. Aside from positive ratings from Betty White Night, NBC is in dire straits right now. Parenthood, Law & Order: SVU, and Harry's Law are hitting new lows. The comedy hour on Wednesday looks like a bust after steep week two drops. The Thursday comedies outside of The Office are barely contending and Up All Night hasn't helped in place of Whitney. The Firm is a flat out bust. NBC just has so many holes to fix. They better hope that The Voice is everything they're hoping and Smash turns out to be, well, a smash. Otherwise, what do they have? If they can hit with The Voice and Smash, they can slowly build from there. Maybe they need to have Betty White night every week?

Friday, January 20, 2012

RATINGS RECAP: 1/19/12

ABC
8:00 Wipeout
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 Grey's Anatomy
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 3.5
10:00 Private Practice
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 15.8 million, 18-49 demo: 5.3
8:30 Rob
Viewers: 11.4 million, 18-49 demo: 3.5
9:00 Person of Interest
Viewers: 14.4 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2
10:00 The Mentalist
Viewers: 14.2 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0

NBC
8:00 30 Rock
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:30 Parks and Recreation
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 The Office
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
9:30 Up All Night
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 The Firm
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 18.0 million, 18-49 demo: 5.7
9:00 The Finder
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2

On Thursday night, FOX aired night two of the new season of American Idol. While it still beat all other broadcast network shows (except in the 8pm half hour, see below), it was down significantly year-to-year and a 5.7 demo isn't towering above other shows considering several sitcoms have been above 5s for most of the year. It's still a force and will be for a long time but it's not a kill-everything-in-its-path type of show anymore. At 9pm, week two of The Finder was up 1.1 million viewers and half a demo point with a better lead-in but it still posted terrible retention. It doesn't look like the Bones spinoff will be around too long as this could be its peak number.

CBS had plenty to smile about as The Big Bang Theory not only was down just three tenths in viewers and nothing in the demo. It also beat American Idol in the half hour in the demo. What a beast this show has become on Thursday night as shows don't beat Idol often. It appears that Idol will have little to no effect on this huge hit for CBS. At 8:30pm though, week two of Rob was down 2.1 million viewers and six tenths in the demo from its premiere. While the overall numbers look good, the retention is not any better than other fillers CBS has put here. We'll have to see how it does in week three though. At 9pm, the news was good again as Person of Interest was down just half a million viewers and even in the demo from last week's series highs. This show is catching on for CBS. At 10pm, The Mentalist was up a nice half a million viewers and three tenths in the demo.

Over on ABC, Wipeout started off the night 1.2 million viewers and four tenths in the demo. This show is always one of the hardest hit by Idol with a likely similar audience. It will probably stick in these levels for the rest of its run this season. At 9pm, Grey's Anatomy was down 1.3 million viewers and three tenths in the demo. Private Practice followed and was down six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. It hit a season low in total viewers as ABC is a far cry from where it was two weeks ago against no competition. 

There was more bad news from NBC which was below a 2 all night except for The Office. At 8pm, 30 Rock was down four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo from its season premiere last week. So basically, no improvement over Community. Though would Community have sank lower against the competition? At 8:30pm, Parks and Recreation was actually up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo which isn't a horrible performance, all things considered. At 9pm, The Office was up a tenth in viewers and the demo, cracking a rare 3 demo for a scripted NBC show. Up All Night followed and was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. It's surprising that this is no better than Whitney as a companion for The Office. Finally, The Firm was down another eight tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. It finished an embarrassing eighth in the time period when you consider cable.

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, January 20 & Saturday, January 21

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 Shark Tank (Season Premiere)
9:00 Primetime: What Would You Do? (Season Premiere)
10:00 20/20
ABC is all new with its new Friday lineup including the return of Shark Tank and Primetime: What Would You Do? Both shows have been solid utility players in the past but Primetime seemed to be fading badly last season. Expect both to see ok season premieres tonight.
Prediction: Shark - 5.8 million, 1.7/Primetime - 5.2 million, 1.6/2020 - 5.8 million, 1.8

CBS
8:00 A Gifted Man #5 "In Case of Loss of Control" (REPEAT)
9:00 CSI: NY #163 "Indelible" (REPEAT)
10:00 Blue Bloods #25 "Critical Condition" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Chuck #89 "Chuck Versus the Bullet Train"
9:00 Grimm #9 "Of Mouse and Man"
10:00 Dateline NBC
NBC is all new with its regular Friday lineup. Expect more of the same from this trio of shows.
Prediction: Chuck - 3.3 million, 1.0/Grimm - 4.9 million, 1.5/Dateline - 5.1 million, 1.2

FOX
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares
9:00 Fringe #74 "Enemy of My Enemy"
FOX is also all new with its regular lineup and, like NBC, I'd expect more of the same from these two shows.
Prediction: Nightmares - 3.6 million, 1.6/Fringe - 2.8 million, 1.1

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 MOVIE: Over the Hedge
10:00 Castle #59 "Rise" (REPEAT)

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

NBC
8:00 Betty White's 90th Birthday (SPECIAL)
9:30 Betty White's Off Their Rockers (REPEAT)
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #278 "True Believers" (REPEAT)


FOX
8:00 Cops
8:30 Cops
9:00 Terra Nova #13 "Resistance" (REPEAT)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

RATINGS RECAP: 1/18/12

ABC
8:00 The Middle
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
8:30 Suburgatory
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:00 Modern Family
Viewers: 11.9 million, 18-49 demo: 5.1
9:30 Happy Endings
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
10:00 Revenge
Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 9.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Criminal Minds
Viewers: 13.0 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2
10:00 CSI
Viewers: 12.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8

NBC
8:00 Whitney
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:30 Are You There, Chelsea?
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Harry's Law
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 21.9 million, 18-49 demo: 7.4

Hurricane American Idol returned to the broadcast networks on Wednesday night, causing havoc on the rest of the night. Though Idol experienced its biggest year-to-year drop ever for premieres, I wouldn't panic if I was FOX for a couple reasons. First of all, it still dominates anything on the broadcast networks outside of football. Secondly, last year's premiere numbers were inflated thanks to curiosity for the changes of judges that occurred. Thirdly, all reality shows have been down and this is still the crown jewel of them. So, even though the drop is strong and other shows can survive against it, it's still a force to be reckoned with and will continue to be.

CBS aired new episodes of their crime dramas for the first time since December 14. Criminal Minds was up a tenth in viewers and down two tenths in the demo for a season low. It certainly could have been affected by Idol. At 10pm, CSI was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. It should be able to go up next week for Marg Helgenberger's final episode.

ABC was certainly affected by Idol - particularly the 8pm hour where The Middle was down 1.4 million viewers and four tenths in the demo and Suburgatory was down 1.7 million viewers and also four tenths in the demo. Both shows tied lows in the demo for the season with their Thanksgiving Eve performances. At 9pm, Modern Family held up very well against fierce competition as it was down just two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Happy Endings followed and was down six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for a season low in total viewers. At 10pm, Revenge didn't have to deal with Idol and was up a tenth in viewers and the demo despite increased competition from CBS. This show has broken the curse of ABC's Wednesday 10pm slot.


Poor NBC was hit the hardest with the onslaught of competition (as usual). After ok debuts last week, the "happy hour" of comedies tumbled in a big way. Whitney was down 1.6 million viewers and four tenths in the demo while week two of Are You There, Chelsea? was down a whopping 2 million viewers and six tenths in the demo. Whitney will not be a hit no matter how hard NBC tries and this is a terrible week two drop for Chelsea even with American Idol being considered. At 9pm, Harry's Law was down 2 million viewers and a tenth in the demo. Though it's total viewers is not bad for NBC, a 1.1 demo isn't going to cut it. We'll see how it does on Sunday. At 10pm, Law & Order: SVU fell 2 million viewers and two tenths in the demo for series lows. NBC is such a mess.

RATINGS RECAP: 1/17/12

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
8:30 Last Man Standing (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 Celebrity Wife Swap
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
10:00 Body of Proof
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 13.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 Unforgettable (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
10:00 Parenthood
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

FOX
8:00 Glee
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1
9:00 New Girl
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
9:30 Raising Hope
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3

On Tuesday night, FOX's comedy lineup returned pretty strong in their first new airings since December 13. At 8pm, Glee was up four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. This show doesn't seem to be ebbing as quickly at this point, it will be interesting to see how it holds up over the spring. At 9pm, New Girl was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. This show skews so young. Finally, Raising Hope was dead even in viewers and the demo despite the other shows being up. This is another show that will be interesting to monitor though I think FOX will keep it.

Over on ABC, Last Man Standing started off the night up a strong million viewers and half a demo point from last week's lows. This was a great rebound for a show that still hasn't found a companion. A repeat at 8:30pm did way better than Work It last week. Cougar Town will get its chance in this slot starting on Valentine's Day. At 9pm, Celebrity Wife Swap was up six tenths in viewers and even in the demo. With these decent numbers, ABC will likely use it as filler again down the road. At 10pm, Body of Proof  was up a million viewers but even in the demo. It really should have been up more with Parenthood faltering and Unforgettable in repeats. I don't see this show getting a third season. Over on NBC, The Biggest Loser started off the night even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. Parenthood was up three tenths in viewers but even in the demo. Though it did win the hour in the demo, it was with a weak 1.7. It will be interesting to see what NBC does here. 

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, January 19

ABC
8:00 Wipeout
9:00 Grey's Anatomy #160 "Hope for the Hopeless"
10:00 Private Practice #88 "Losing Battles"
ABC took a hit last week when the competition was stronger and now the competition gets worse with American Idol on FOX. I'd expect Wipeout to be hit hard but Grey's and Practice could be down a bit too.
Prediction: Wipeout - 6.3 million, 1.8/Grey's - 10.1 million, 3.6/Practice - 6.2 million, 2.2

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #100 "The Recombination Hypothesis"
8:30 Rob #2 "Second Wedding"
9:00 Person of Interest #12 "Legacy"
10:00 The Mentalist #82 "My Bloody Valentine"
CBS is all new with its regular lineup that dominated last week. The Big Bang Theory has its 100th episode but it is also competing with Idol. Still, I'd expect very good numbers. Rob premiered strong last week but I could see it settling around Rules of Engagement levels as soon as this week. Person of Interest and The Mentalist should be pretty steady though Person could be down a couple notches from last week's highs.
Prediction: Big Bang - 15.5 million, 5.1/Rob - 12.1 million, 3.7/Person - 13.9 million, 3.0/Mentalist - 13.4 million, 2.7

NBC
8:00 30 Rock #105 "Idiots are People Too!"
8:30 Parks and Recreation #58 "Campaign Ad"
9:00 The Office #164 "Pool Party"
9:30 Up All Night #13 "Rivals"
10:00 The Firm #4 "Chapter Four"
NBC is all new with its regular lineup. It had a lackluster premiere and could be down some this week as nothing is working for NBC on this night. The Firm could get benched or sent to Saturdays real soon.
Prediction: 30 Rock - 4.2 million, 1.7/Parks - 4.0 million, 1.8/Office - 5.4 million, 2.8/Night - 4.1 million, 2.0/Firm - 3.5 million, 0.9

FOX
8:00 American Idol
9:00 The Finder #2 "Bullets"
FOX has night two of American Idol which should see decent numbers but not as strong as Wednesday or last year. Episode two of The Finder follows. The show had a poor debut last week but its numbers should be up some with the better lead-in. The question is, how much?
Prediction: Idol - 18.3 million, 7.0/Finder - 7.2 million, 2.2

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

RATINGS RECAP: 1/16/12

ABC
8:00 The Bachelor
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
10:00 Castle
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother
Viewers: 10.1 million, 18-49 demo: 4.4
8:30 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 11.4 million, 18-49 demo: 4.6
9:00 Two and a Half Men
Viewers: 13.0 million, 18-49 demo: 4.6
9:30 Mike & Molly
Viewers: 11.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.8
10:00 Hawaii Five-0
Viewers: 10.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8

NBC
8:00 Betty White's 90th Birthday Celebration
Viewers: 13.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
9:30 Betty White's Off Their Rockers
Viewers: 12.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

FOX
8:00 Alcatraz
Viewers: 10.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3

Despite a strong debut for a new series on FOX and better than usual numbers for NBC, CBS still ruled the roost on Monday night. How I Met Your Mother was the biggest mover as it was even in viewers but up a big half a demo point. At 8:30pm, 2 Broke Girls was down seven tenths in viewers but up two tenths in the demo. It's odd with mixed directions like that but the big news is that it tied Two and a Half Men for best demo of the night. While Men is sliding a bit, Girls is just such a breakout hit. At 9pm, Men was down nine tenths in viewers for a series low but up a tenth in the demo. Mike & Molly was down eight tenths in viewers and even in the demo. The comedies all skewed younger this week. At 10pm, Hawaii Five-0 was down 1.2 million viewers and a tenth in the demo.

FOX aired the two hour premiere (two episodes) of Alcatraz which got off to a great start. It eclipsed the premiere of Terra Nova back in September and held up really well over the two hours. Critical reception has been strong for Alcatraz so FOX has to be hoping that this can be a hit considering there's a lot up in the air with their current slate of dramas. It will be interesting to see how it holds up next week in its regular timeslot - at 9pm following the relocated House.

NBC got great mileage from "Betty White Night" as her birthday celebration and a sneak preview of Off Their Rockers easily topped anything NBC has done on Mondays and this was against strong competition. It even helped Rock Center with Brian Williams which was up 2.6 million viewers and six tenths in the demo for a series high. NBC should find a spot for Off Their Rockers quickly as there is clearly viewer interest and Betty White is fresh on the mind of viewers. Over on ABC, The Bachelor was up a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo showing a little bit of growth, which is good after last week's series lows. At 10pm, Castle was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.