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Monday, April 30, 2012

UPFRONTS 2012: What NBC Should Do

It is time for the annual Upfront Preview! This week I will look at what the networks SHOULD do. Next week, I make my official predictions for what they will do. And then I will analyze the official schedules when they come out two weeks from now!

This schedule is basically what I think they should do within reason given the shows that have been renewed, picked up, cancelled, etc. NBC has had a terrible year with precious few bright spots. After a disastrous fall, they shored up Monday with The Voice and to a lesser extent, Smash. When the results edition of The Voice moved to Tuesdays, it helped that night too and Grimm was a surprise on Fridays. However, Wednesdays and Thursdays are complete disasters and there are holes on other nights too. NBC has some real promising pilots especially in the drama department and they need to be aggressive. I said that last year and then felt they weren't aggressive enough. So here's what I would do.

MONDAY
8:00 The Voice
10:00 Smash
I had a really tough time with this. I understand why NBC feels the need to start The Voice in the fall and I guess at this point, I agree with them. They need a cornerstone to their network and it can't just be half a year. It might make fatigue set in sooner but oh well, NBC needs to turn things around now. I liked when I heard the idea that there were going to be different coaches in the fall and spring, but I haven't heard much recently. I feel like that would extend its life by keeping it more fresh. As for 10pm, part of me wants to put a new drama at 10pm but honestly, this is the only night working for NBC, so many other nights need more overhaul, and Smash is good counter-programming to Hawaii Five-0 and Monday Night Football. I would run Smash in the fall because of that and either give it only half a season or move it elsewhere in the spring and launch a new drama after The Voice in the spring. I would, however, use the first night of The Voice to preview one of their new dramas at 10pm and let Smash start in week two.

TUESDAY
8:00 The Biggest Loser
9:00 The Voice
10:00 CHICAGO FIRE
Tuesdays are interesting. NBC better not do two hour editions of The Biggest Loser anymore. Those episodes have been inflated for so long and it strengthens the 8pm hour to only have it there. I would air The Voice right from the start on Tuesdays with additional blind audition rounds and then the results shows. It might be overkill but NBC needs The Voice in as many spots as possible right now. They just do, given their situation. At 10pm, I would launch a promising new drama and I think a good fit would be Chicago Fire which sounds like a good traditional procedural from the logline.


WEDNESDAY
8:00 The Office
8:30 Parks and Recreation
9:00 COUNTY
10:00 Parenthood
Wednesdays need a complete overhaul. I considered putting Whitney back at 8pm but then when I decided what I wanted to do with Thursdays, I needed a spot for the aging single camera sitcoms. I would bring back The Office for one final season (as well as 30 Rock) and pair it with its companion, Parks and Recreation on a different night. Thursdays need a complete overhaul so why keep anything there. Instead, let these go to Wednesdays because most of them are on their last legs anyway and Wednesdays need something different. For the final two hours, I would pair the two Jason Katims dramas. I thought about flipping the two but I wouldn't want all the new dramas launching at 10pm. County could be good counter-programming in the very tough Wednesday 9pm timeslot.

THURSDAY
8:00 DOWNWARDLY MOBILE
8:30 UNTITLED JIMMY FALLON
9:00 1600 PENN
9:30 GO ON
10:00 Law & Order: SVU
NBC needs to kick-start what has been a very famous night for comedies since the 1980s. To do so, I would completely overhaul. It worked for ABC on Wednesdays two years ago and could dull CBS's attempt to go to four comedies here if they do. After all, networks had four sitcom blocks against each other all the time in the 1990s when sitcoms were booming and they're booming again. I would start with the two most promising multicams - shows from Roseanne and Jimmy Fallon. At 9pm, I would put the also promising 1600 Penn and then follow with the Matthew Perry starrer Go On. I'm not sure I believe that Go On will work but it's already been picked up so it has to go somewhere. At 10pm, I would get Law & Order: SVU away from CSI and put it in a slot that has been horrible to NBC recently. It can't do worse than Prime Suspect, The Firm, and Awake.

FRIDAY
8:00 Dateline NBC
9:00 Grimm
10:00 HANNIBAL
Fridays have one show that is actually working for NBC in Grimm. I would move Dateline from 10pm to 8pm so it doesn't have to directly compete with 20/20 anymore. At 10pm, I would launch Hannibal as a spooky counterpart to Grimm. If anything can work on Fridays, this could and the expectations are lower. NBC could have a nice little spookfest on Friday nights here. It seems like a perfect fit to me.

SATURDAY
8:00 Encores
NBC is not ready for Saturday originals. In fact, they're the furthest from it. But as I said last year, use it to give more exposure to new shows, not more SVU reruns!

SUNDAY
7:00 Football Night in America
8:00 Sunday Night Football 
Of course football will be here on Sunday nights in the fall and if it's another terrible fall, it will bail NBC out every week.

MIDSEASON: 30 Rock, Betty White's Off Their Rockers, Celebrity Apprentice, Fear Factor, Whitney, DADDY'S GIRLS, FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER, THE NEW NORMAL, NEXT CALLER PLEASE, BAD GIRLS, THE FRONTIER, MOCKINGBIRD LANE, NOTORIOUS
NBC has not had a great track record in the fall so I would stack up on midseason shows. 30 Rock should be renewed for one final season and air where they need it. Betty White's Off Their Rockers can plug in almost anywhere - maybe even Sunday nights at midseason. Celebrity Apprentice can continue on Sunday nights. It's not doing great but a 2 in the demo is good for NBC. Fear Factor would be a good bridge between the two editions of The Voice. I would actually renew Whitney as use it as a plug-in if one of the Thursday comedies bombs or pair it with 30 Rock on Wednesdays if County fails. As for the new shows, I think all the comedies have potential and NBC could continue to expand its comedy presence. I would just wait and see with these shows. As for the dramas, Bad Girls could be a Monday 10pm contender at midseason, same goes for Notorious. I so badly want a western on network TV so maybe The Frontier is wishful thinking. If Grimm and Hannibal work together, how great would it be to add Mockingbird Lane to the mix at 8pm?


CANCELLED: Are You There Chelsea?, Awake, Bent, Best Friends Forever, Chuck, Community, Fashion Star, The Firm, Free Agents, Harry's Law, The Playboy Club, Prime Suspect, Rock Center with Brian Williams, The Sing Off, Up All Night, Who Do You Think You Are?, Who's Still Standing?
NBC has a lot of dead weight and I would cancel all these including Community and Up All Night. NBC can't renew all their low rated sitcoms. I would also cancel Harry's Law just because the only place it might go would be Fridays and I have other thoughts for that night. Even though the total viewer number is good, it is getting below a 1 in the demo.

Tomorrow: FOX! 

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, April 30

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
10:00 Castle #80 "Undead Again"
ABC is all new with its regular lineup. Dancing with the Stars tends to rise as its finale nears and it did last week but CBS is new this week so I expect steady numbers at best. Castle should be on par with its last new airing.
Prediction: Dancing - 17.1 million, 3.1/Castle - 11.1 million, 2.1

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #158 "Good Crazy"
8:30 2 Broke Girls #22 "And the Big Buttercream Breakthrough"
9:00 Two and a Half Men #199 "Why We Gave Up Women"
9:30 Mike & Molly #45 "Bachelor/Bachelorette"
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #45 "Pa Make Loa"
CBS is all new with its regular lineup. This lineup has been trending downwards in recent weeks. I don't think it'll be worse than two weeks ago but I'm not sure it'll be better either.
Prediction: Mother - 7.4 million, 3.2/Girls - 8.8 million, 3.4/Men - 10.5 million, 3.6/Mike&Molly - 9.2 million, 3.1/Hawaii - 10.1 million, 2.5

NBC
8:00 The Voice
10:00 Smash #13 "Tech"
NBC is all new with its regular lineup. I would expect both shows to be steady even with tougher competition.
Prediction: Voice - 10.4 million, 3.8/Smash - 5.9 million, 2.0

FOX
8:00 Bones #140 "The Family in the Feud"
9:00 House #174 "The C Word"
FOX is all new. House had a nice rise last week, will that continue with the series finale only a few weeks ago? I'm not sure but I don't think it'll drop back down.
Prediction: Bones - 7.1 million, 2.1/House - 6.2 million, 2.3 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

RATINGS RECAP: 4/28/12

ABC 
8:00 Movie: The Blind Side
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 The Mentalist (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 48 Hours Mystery
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

NBC
8:00 Escape Routes
Viewers: 1.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 The Firm
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

FOX
8:00 NASCAR Racing
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, April 29

Starting tomorrow, there will be daily Upfront previews Mon-Thurs. This week - what I think the networks should do, Week 2 - what I think the networks will do, Week 3 - what they actually do!

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Once Upon a Time #20 "The Stranger"
9:00 Desperate Housewives #177 "Lost My Power"
10:00 GCB #9 "Adam & Eve's Rib"
ABC is all new with its lineup in tact for the first time in a month. I would expect better numbers than recent episodes across the board as Desperate Housewives may finally inch up towards its finale.
Prediction: Videos - 6.3 million, 1.5/Time - 9.6 million, 3.1/Housewives - 9.2 million, 2.8/GCB - 5.8 million, 1.9

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 The Amazing Race
9:00 The Good Wife #68 "The Dream Team" (Season Finale)
10:00 NYC 22 #3 "Thugs and Lovers"
CBS is all new with its regular lineup including the season finale of The Good Wife. I don't expect much to change from last week's numbers but another bad week from NYC 22 could get it yanked for May Sweeps.
Prediction: 60 Mins - 12.2 million, 1.5/Race - 9.4 million, 2.5/Wife - 10.0 million, 1.8/NYC 22 - 6.8 million, 1.4

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
8:00 Harry's Law #31 "And the Band Played On"
9:00 Celebrity Apprentice
NBC is all new with its regular lineup. I think we'll see similar results to last week.
Prediction: Dateline - 4.5 million, 1.2/Harry's - 8.4 million, 0.9/Apprentice - 6.5 million, 2.2

FOX
7:00 The Simpsons #501 "Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart" (REPEAT)
7:30 The Cleveland Show #61 "B.M.O.C."
8:00 The Simpsons #505 "A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again"
8:30 Bob's Burgers #19 "Dr. Yap"
9:00 Family Guy #184 "Mr. and Mrs. Stewie"
9:30 The Cleveland Show #62 "Jesus Walks"
FOX is all new from 7:30-10pm with its animated lineup including two episodes of The Cleveland Show. This whole group hasn't been new all together since March 18 so I think we'll see numbers closer to that date than recent weeks.
Prediction: Cleveland 7:30 - 3.0 million, 1.4/Simpsons - 5.5 million, 2.5/Burgers - 4.1 million, 2.0/Family - 5.8 million, 2.8/Cleveland 9:30 - 4.2 million, 2.2

Saturday, April 28, 2012

GOOD WEEK/BAD WEEK: Week 32

GOOD WEEK: "PRIVATE PRACTICE"
ABC has some real interesting decisions to make with its dramas as upfronts approach. They have a lot of promising drama pilots and will likely put at least three on their fall schedule. With Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Castle, Grey's Anatomy all likely or certain renewals and Missing most likely gone with Desperate Housewives ending, that leaves Body of Proof, Private Practice, GCB, and Scandal jockeying for what I see as two slots, possibly three. Proof was a likely goner until it showed strength in its final couple weeks following Dancing with the Stars. GCB has been up and down on Sundays but ABC really seems to want it to work while Scandal has held steady at a 2.0 demo for four consecutive weeks. That leaves Private Practice, which looked dead in the water when it moved to Tuesday and got a 1.7 demo after Dancing with the Stars. However, this week was much better as it rose an impressive half a demo point at a time of year where series usually see declines. I was thinking it should go but maybe ABC should give it one more year on its own somewhere and see what it can do. It certainly shouldn't return to the post-Grey's slot. For what I think they should do with all the shows, check out my daily Upfront previews starting Monday!

BAD WEEK: CBS THURSDAY
It's not too often that a CBS night would occupy this spot but Thursday was a rough go for them. The Big Bang Theory was still at a 4.1 demo but that was a season low. The worse news was for Person of Interest and The Mentalist which wilted, possibly due to competition from the NFL Draft. Interest has had a great spring but some are thinking it will move to 10pm. Another week with a 2.4 demo and CBS will be much more willing to move it as they think about what Big Bang could get at 9pm. However, it's possible that it could bounce back without the NFL Draft. We'll see. Either way, I think The Mentalist is on the move next season because CBS can do better at 10pm.

RATINGS RECAP: 4/27/12

ABC 
8:00 Shark Tank
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Primetime: What Would You Do?
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 CSI: NY
Viewers: 9.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 Blue Bloods
Viewers: 10.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

NBC
8:00 Who Do You Think You Are?
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Grimm
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

FOX
8:00 The Finder
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Fringe
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

On a low rated Friday, CBS's Undercover Boss was up two tenths in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. While the 1.6 demo is a series low, it was also the top demo of the night on any network. At 9pm, CSI: NY was even in viewers and two tenths in the demo. Falling to a 1.5 demo is probably making CBS's likely decision to cancel this veteran series easier. At 10pm, Blue Bloods was down four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo, also registering only a 1.5 demo. On FOX, The Finder started off the night down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo while the just-renewed Fringe was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo.

Over on ABC, Shark Tank started off the night down a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo from its last new airing. Primetime: What Would You Do? was down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a season low. This show should be held until midseason even if Shark Tank returns in the fall. At 10pm, 20/20 was up nine tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. On NBC, Who Do You Think You Are? was up seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for its best showing since March 23. Grimm was down three tenths in viewers and even in the demo, tying CSI: NY for the demo lead. Dateline NBC was down 1.7 million viewers and three tenths in the demo as 20/20 was the newsmagazine of choice this week.

Friday, April 27, 2012

RATINGS RECAP: 4/26/12

ABC
8:00 Missing
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Grey's Anatomy
Viewers: 9.5 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
10:00 Scandal
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 12.7 million, 18-49 demo: 4.1
8:30 Rules of Engagement
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:00 Person of Interest
Viewers: 12.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
10:00 The Mentalist
Viewers: 12.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2

NBC
8:00 Community
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 30 Rock
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 The Office
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:30 Parks and Recreation
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 Awake
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 14.9 million, 18-49 demo: 4.0
9:00 Touch
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9

On the first night of May Sweeps, every network was fully new. CBS started with The Big Bang Theory which was down six tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo from its last new episode. It's a season low but that's the nature of the beast this time of year. It was still over a 4 demo which is good. At 8:30pm, Rules of Engagement was up six tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo from last week when it was following a Big Bang repeat. At 9pm, Person of Interest was down a million viewers and a rough six tenths in the demo for a series low after several strong weeks. A likely contributor to this drop was the NFL Draft which negatively affected male skewing shows like this one. At 10pm, The Mentalist also took a hit as it was down six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. 

Over on ABC, Missing started off the night down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Grey's Anatomy followed down three tenths in viewers and even in the demo. For whatever drops it has had over the years, a 3.3 is pretty strong for a drama in spring on broadcast TV. At 10pm, Scandal was also down three tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Each of its first four episodes have gotten a 2.0 demo. While nothing earth shattering, the consistency is extremely rare for a new show so that has to be considered a positive for one of ABC's many bubble dramas. 

NBC had another low rated fiasco starting with Community which was up four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. The live episode of 30 Rock was up four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Its first live episode a couple years ago got a much bigger boost. At 9pm, The Office was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for another series low. It may be one of NBC's few shows above a 2 in the demo but it is sinking fast. At 9:30pm, Parks and Recreation was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Awake closed out the night down six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Can NBC even keep this on through May sweeps? It is doing terribly. They need to completely revamp Thursday. 
 
Finally on FOX, American Idol started off the night down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. It was a positive that it held steady against a new Big Bang and the NFL Draft. At 9pm, Touch was down nine tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo despite the lead-in holding steady. Honestly this show would be doing nothing without the Idol lead-in. Maybe FOX should cancel this one too and start fresh with Bones as the only returning drama next year.   

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 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 unscripted lineup. I could see numbers being down a bit from recently with how late in the year its getting.
Prediction: Shark - 5.2 million, 1.5/Primetime - 4.1 million, 1.3/2020 - 4.5 million, 1.4

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss
9:00 CSI: NY #178 "Slainte"
10:00 Blue Bloods #42 "Working Girls"
CBS is all new with its regular lineup. I think we'll see similar numbers to the last time all shows were new a few weeks ago.
Prediction: Boss - 8.1 million, 1.8/CSI NY - 9.2 million, 1.6/Bloods - 10.5 million, 1.6

NBC
8:00 Who Do You Think You Are?
9:00 Grimm #19 "Leave it to Beavers"
10:00 Dateline NBC
NBC is all new with its regular lineup including the first new Who Do You Think You Are? in a couple weeks. I could see Grimm go up a hair even with the increased competition.
Prediction: Think - 4.8 million, 1.0/Grimm - 4.8 million, 1.5/Dateline - 5.1 million, 1.4

FOX
8:00 The Finder #11 "The Inheritance"
9:00 Fringe #85 "Worlds Apart"
FOX is all new. I'd expect The Finder to drop against more competition while the just renewed Fringe could be steady.
Prediction: Finder - 3.5 million, 1.0/Fringe - 2.9 million, 1.0

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 MOVIE: The Blind Side

CBS
8:00 NCIS #199 "A Desparate Man" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Mentalist #55 "Red Moon" (REPEAT)
10:00 48 Hours Mystery

NBC
8:00 Escape Routes
9:00 The Firm #15 "Chapter Fifteen"
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #290 "Valentine's Day" (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 NASCAR Racing: Sprint Cup in Richmond

Thursday, April 26, 2012

RATINGS RECAP: 4/25/12

ABC
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:30 Suburgatory (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:30 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
10:00 Revenge
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

CBS
8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 9.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
9:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 CSI (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5 

NBC
8:00 Betty White's Off Their Rockers
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
8:30 Best Friends Forever
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 16.9 million, 18-49 demo: 4.8

On Wednesday night, ABC was in repeats from 8-9:30pm. At 9:30pm, week three of Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 tumbled 1.5 million viewers and six tenths in the demo from last week when it was behind a new Modern Family. A drop was expected but this was pretty severe. Still, let's reserve judgment until we see it air behind new shows again. At 10pm, Revenge was down eight tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. On CBS, Survivor was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. On NBC, Betty White's Off Their Rockers started off the night down two tenths in viewers but up a tenth in the demo. This show is really not doing badly for the peacock by their standards. The next two shows are though as Best Friends Forever was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo and Rock Center was up 1.1 million viewers and three tenths in the demo. To close out the night, Law & Order: SVU was up six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Finally on FOX, American Idol was dead even with last week.

RENEWAL ALERT: Fringe

FOX announced today that it has renewed the low-rated Fringe for a fifth and final season of 13 episodes. The cult hit has never been a ratings smash for FOX but the network has always loved it and nurtured it. It was moved to Fridays during the 2010-2011 season where expectations have been lower. Even then, it's been awfully low but with each passing day, the likelihood of a renewal grew stronger as it's not surprising that FOX would want to give the show a proper sendoff. Through 19 episodes, it has averaged a very low 3.1 million viewers and a 1.1 in the demo.

Fringe joins American Dad!, Bones, The Cleveland Show, Family Guy, Glee, Kitchen Nightmares, Hell's Kitchen, New Girl, Raising Hope, The Simpsons, and The X-Factor as renewals for next year. Sure to join them is American Idol and Cops in some capacity while Napoleon Dynamite and Touch are on the bubble. Alcatraz, Breaking In, The Finder, and I Hate My Teenage Daughter are sure to Allen Gregory and Terra Nova on the cancellation list.

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, April 26

May Sweeps is here with many season and series finales coming soon! All networks have to compete with the first round of the NFL Draft and that may affect some channels more than others.

ABC
8:00 Missing #7 "A Measure of a Man"
9:00 Grey's Anatomy #169 "Moment of Truth"
10:00 Scandal #4 "Enemy of the State"
ABC is all new but with new competition across the board, it wouldn't surprise me to see each show drop this week.
Prediction: Missing - 6.9 million, 1.3/Grey's - 9.0 million, 3.0/Scandal - 6.8 million, 1.9

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #109 "The Stag Convergence"
8:30 Rules of Engagement #84 "The Five Things"
9:00 Person of Interest #20 "Matsya Nyaya"
10:00 The Mentalist #91 "Ruby Slippers"
CBS is all new. I could see the lineup being down against the Draft but it should still be solid across the board.
Prediction: Bang - 12.9 million, 4.1/Rules - 8.0 million, 2.5/Person - 12.5 million, 2.9/Mentalist - 12.2 million, 2.4

NBC
8:00 Community #66 "Basic Lupine Urology"
8:30 30 Rock #122 "Live from Studio 6H"
9:00 The Office #174 "Fundraiser"
9:30 Parks and Recreation #66 "The Debate"
10:00 Awake #9 "Game Day"
NBC is all new with its regular lineup which should be very low as usual. 30 Rock is doing its second live show. The first one a few years ago caused a ratings jump but I don't see that happening this time around.
Prediction: Community - 3.0 million, 1.3/30 Rock - 3.5 million, 1.7/Office - 4.8 million, 2.3/Parks - 3.8 million, 1.8/Awake - 2.6 million, 0.9

FOX
8:00 American Idol
9:00 Touch #7 "Noosphere Rising"
FOX is all new with its regular lineup. I'd expect numbers to be slightly down for both shows and there is a lot of competition.
Prediction: Idol - 14.9 million, 4.0/Touch - 7.1 million, 2.1

RATINGS RECAP: 4/24/12

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:30 Cougar Town
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Dancing with the Stars Results
Viewers: 15.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
10:00 Private Practice
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 12.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 9.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 Unforgettable (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 The Voice Results
Viewers: 8.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
10:00 Fashion Star
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

FOX
8:00 Glee
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
9:00 New Girl
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
9:30 New Girl (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4 

On Tuesday night, ABC started with a repeat of Last Man Standing but the rest of the lineup was new. Cougar Town was up four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo despite a repeat lead-in this week which isn't bad but probably not good enough. At 9pm, the results edition of Dancing with the Stars was up 1.3 million viewers but down a tenth in the demo. At 10pm, Private Practice's second go-round on Thursdays was much more successful than its first as it was up a strong 1.6 million viewers and half a demo point. Did people not know it was on Tuesdays last week? Either way, this is a clutch performance for a bubble show and ABC has between now an upfronts to sort out the muddled mess of Practice, Body of Proof, Scandal, and GCB. It doesn't seem likely that all of them would return. 

NBC had a very similar week to last week. At 8pm, The Biggest Loser was down a tenth in viewers and the demo. The results edition of The Voice remained the top demo draw as it was even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. At 10pm, Fashion Star was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. Over on FOX, Glee's Whitney Houston tribute episode was up seven tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo while New Girl was even in viewers but down a tenth in the demo, which is surprising since the lead-in was up. A repeat of Girl closed out the night.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, April 25

ABC
8:00 The Middle #65 "The Sit Down" (REPEAT)
8:30 Suburgatory #17 "Independence Day" (REPEAT)
9:00 Modern Family #62 "Me? Jealous?" (REPEAT)
9:30 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 #3 "Parent Trap..."
10:00 Revenge #18 "Justice"
ABC is all new only at 9:30pm and 10pm. Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 is likely to go down since its following a repeat of Modern Family. The question is how much? That will be telling towards its renewal status. At 10pm, Revenge is all new and could be down a bit from last week.
Prediction: Apartment - 5.5 million, 2.3/Revenge - 7.1 million, 2.2

CBS
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #147 "Self-Fulfilling Prophecy" (REPEAT)
10:00 CSI #260 "Zippered" (REPEAT)
CBS is only new in the 8pm hour yet again. With ABC in repeats, I could see numbers steady or maybe up a hair from last week.
Prediction: Survivor - 10.4 million, 2.9

NBC
8:00 Betty White's Off Their Rockers
8:30 Best Friends Forever #4 "Single and Lovin' It" 
9:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #291 "Street Revenge"
NBC is all new with its low rated lineup. I wouldn't expect any worse from last week but I wouldn't expect much better either.
Prediction: Rockers - 6.4 million, 1.6/Forever - 2.9 million, 0.8/Center - 2.5 million, 0.7/SVU - 6.5 million, 1.7

FOX
8:00 American Idol
FOX is all new with American Idol. With ABC mostly in repeats, I could see the numbers going up slightly.
Prediction: Idol - 17.4 million, 5.1 

RATINGS RECAP: 4/23/12

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 17.6 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2
10:00 20/20 Special
Viewers: 10.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
8:30 2 Broke Girls (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Two and a Half Men (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:30 Mike & Molly (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 10.3 million, 18-49 demo: 3.8 
10:00 Smash
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0 

FOX
8:00 Bones
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 House
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3 

On Monday night, FOX started with Bones up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. At 9pm, House was the biggest mover as it was up nine tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. This is a good sign for the show's final stretch as it has been seeing series lows. Over on NBC, The Voice started off the night up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, going up for the first time since March 5. It should climb in its final two weeks but we'll see. At 10pm, Smash was even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo, also going up for the first time since March 5. Fun fact, this show has gotten exactly 6 million viewers four weeks in a row. Finally on ABC, Dancing with the Stars started off the night up a million viewers and three tenths in the demo for its best numbers in a few weeks. Unlike The Voice, this show is starting to gain strength towards the finale. A 20/20 special on Dancing with the Stars did numbers similar to usual occupant Castle. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

RATINGS RECAP: 4/22/12

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 9.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
9:00 Movie: Firelight
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 13.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
8:00 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 9.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
9:00 The Good Wife
Viewers: 10.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 NYC 22
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:00 Harry's Law
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Celebrity Apprentice
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1 

FOX
7:00 Married... with Children (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
7:30 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
8:00 Fox's 25th Anniversary Special
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8 

On Sunday night, CBS was all new with its regular lineup. 60 Minutes started off the night up 2 million viewers and four tenths in the demo. Getting 13 million viewers without a football lead-in is not bad. At 8pm, The Amazing Race was dead even in viewers and the demo. The Good Wife followed and was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Where will CBS put this show in the fall? Finally at 10pm, NYC 22 was down 1.5 million viewers and a tenth in the demo from its series premiere. It's not a terrible drop for Week 2 but it's a moot point since this show was DOA. FOX had a night of commemoration with its 25th Anniversary Special. A special airing of the pilot of Married... with Children did not do bad at all for a show that is over 20 years old and readily available on DVD and cable. The actual Anniversary Special did not do as well as expected but it did skew young, typical of FOX's history.

On ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos was down half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo. Once Upon a Time was up seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo from its last new airing and it hit a 3 demo for the first time since March 4. To be doing a 3 at 8pm this time of year is pretty darn good. A Hallmark Hall of Fame movie did better than the previous two but still skewed old. Over on NBC, Dateline NBC was down six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, Harry's Law was up three tenths in viewers but even in the demo, and Celebrity Apprentice was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Apprentice really should have been up since the finale is nearing and the competition was light.

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, April 24

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #16 "Tree of Strife" (REPEAT)
8:30 Cougar Town #55 "Money Becomes King"
9:00 Dancing with the Stars Results
10:00 Private Practice #95 "And Then There Was One"
ABC is new except for Last Man Standing. Having a repeat lead-in will probably make Cougar Town drop even though the shows aren't really compatible. Dancing with the Stars shouldn't be too negatively affected though so I expect similar numbers there. Private Practice had a rough Tuesday debut last week and I don't expect it to be any better this week.
Prediction: Cougar - 4.1 million, 1.3/Dancing - 13.8 million, 2.4/Practice - 5.9 million, 1.6

CBS
8:00 NCIS #198 "Housekeeping" (REPEAT)
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #55 "Honor" (REPEAT)
10:00 Unforgettable #9 "Golden Bird" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
9:00 The Voice Results
10:00 Fashion Star
NBC is all new with its regular lineup. I could see The Biggest Loser going up a bit as the finale nears. If it goes up, I could see The Voice and Fashion Star following suit.
Prediction: Loser - 7.4 million, 2.4/Voice - 9.5 million, 3.5/Fashion - 4.8 million, 1.6

FOX
8:00 Glee #61 "Dance with Somebody"
9:00 New Girl #22 "Tomatoes"
9:30 New Girl #8 "Bad in Bed" (REPEAT)
FOX is all new from 8-9:30pm. Glee is doing a Whitney Houston tribute and could be up. If that happens, New Girl might be as well. A repeat of New Girl follows because FOX decided to yank Breaking In.
Prediction: Glee - 6.9 million, 2.7/New Girl - 5.8 million, 2.9  

Monday, April 23, 2012

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, April 23

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
10:00 20/20: Dance Floor Confidential (SPECIAL)
ABC is all new on Monday night starting with Dancing with the Stars which should be right around its recent numbers, possibly up because CBS is in repeats. A special edition of 20/20 centered on Dancing with the Stars follows. I think it'll do ok but not as well as Castle usually does.
Prediction: Dancing - 16.9 million, 3.1/2020 - 7.8 million, 1.7

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #143 "Noretta" (REPEAT)
8:30 2 Broke Girls #16 "And the Broken Hearts" (REPEAT)
9:00 Two and a Half Men #192 "The Duchess of Dull-in-Sack" (REPEAT)
9:30 Mike & Molly #30 "Happy Halloween" (REPEAT)
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #32 "Lapa'au" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 The Voice
10:00 Smash #12 "Publicity"
NBC is all new with its regular lineup. I know the numbers keep trending downward but I have to think they'll finally go up this week. That is especially true for Smash which has very light competition at 10pm.
Prediction: Voice - 10.8 million, 3.8/Smash - 6.7 million, 2.1

FOX
8:00 Bones #139 "The Warrior in the Wuss"
9:00 House #173 "Body & Soul"
FOX is all new with its usual dramas. I would expect similar numbers to last week.
Prediction: Bones - 7.5 million, 2.3/House - 5.7 million, 2.0 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

PILOT PICKUP: Go On

NBC has made the first real pickup of pilot season by giving an early green light to the new Matthew Perry single camera sitcom Go On. In it, Perry plays a sportscaster who is dealing with a personal loss and finds friendship in a mandatory support group. The supporting cast includes Laura Benanti, Julie White, Suzy Nakamura, Allison Miller, and Khary Payton.

Perry was a hit on NBC for ten years as part of the Friends ensemble but has had two failed series in the years since - Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip was a lavish drama that faltered in the 2006-07 season on NBC while Perry returned to comedy in ABC's Mr. Sunshine last year. Despite airing after Modern Family, it never found its rhythm or audience. While NBC obviously likes Perry, this sounds a bit like all their other low-rated single camera sitcoms. If any network needs to go in a different direction with comedy (and in general), it's NBC. But we'll see how this goes.

Go On joins the straight to series orders of Hannibal on NBC and Mistresses on ABC as official new series for next season.

RATINGS RECAP: 4/21/12

ABC
8:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 20/20: My Extreme Affliction
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

CBS
8:00 CSI (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 48 Hours Mystery
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

NBC
8:00 Escape Routes
Viewers: 1.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 The Firm
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

FOX
8:00 America's Most Wanted Special
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8 

RATINGS RECAP: 4/20/12

ABC 
8:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Primetime: What Would You Do?
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

CBS
8:00 Mike & Molly (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 Rules of Engagement (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 CSI: NY (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

NBC
8:00 Who Do You Think You Are? (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Grimm
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

FOX
8:00 The Finder
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Fringe
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0 

RATINGS RECAP: 4/19/12

ABC
8:00 Missing
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Grey's Anatomy
Viewers: 9.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
10:00 Scandal
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 9.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
8:30 Rules of Engagement
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 Person of Interest (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 The Mentalist (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5 

NBC
8:00 Community
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:30 30 Rock
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 The Office
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:30 Parks and Recreation
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 Awake
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9 

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 15.0 million, 18-49 demo: 4.0
9:00 Touch
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1 

On Thursday night, ABC had its usual lineup starting with Missing which was down seven tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Grey's Anatomy followed and was up nine tenths in viewers and a good four tenths in the demo for its best performance since February 9. Week three of Scandal followed and it was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. The good news is that its first three weeks have been remarkably steady which isn't too common for a new show. The bad news is that its lead-in has gone up each week (and significantly this week) but Scandal stayed put. ABC has some real interesting decisions to make about its dramas.

NBC was new with its low-rated lineup. At 8pm, Community was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. NBC needs to cut ties with some of its low rated sitcoms and this would be a great one to start with. At 8:30pm, 30 Rock was up a tenth in viewers and the demo. The Office followed and was dead even with last week's series low. At 9:30pm, Parks and Recreation returned after several weeks off. It did better than Up All Night in this slot but was lower than its last new episode at 8:30pm on March 8. At 10pm, Awake was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo.

CBS was only new with Rules of Engagement which was down a big nine tenths in viewers and half a demo point. This is surprising since it held up so well last week airing amongst repeat. If it can perk back up amongst new episodes, it could probably cheat death yet again at Upfronts. FOX started off with American Idol which was down eight tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. Touch followed and was down nine tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a demo series low. I think this show would be floundering big time if it didn't have the Idol lead-in.

RATINGS RECAP: 4/18/12

ABC
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:30 Suburgatory
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 Modern Family
Viewers: 10.2 million, 18-49 demo: 4.1
9:30 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
10:00 Revenge
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3

CBS
8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 10.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
9:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 CSI (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

NBC
8:00 Betty White's Off Their Rockers
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:30 Best Friends Forever
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6 

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 16.9 million, 18-49 demo: 4.8 

On Wednesday night, ABC started with a repeat of The Middle but the rest of the night was new. At 8:30pm, Suburgatory was down three tenths in viewers and tenth in the demo. While it was a series low, this is a good performance nonetheless because it was behind a repeat for the first time and didn't see much of a drop. ABC has to be happy with that. At 9pm, Modern Family was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. It's a season low but a 4.1 isn't bad for this time of year. Week two of Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 followed and was down half a million viewers and three tenths in the demo. The viewer drop isn't bad but the demo could be better. We'll see how week three does. At 10pm, Revenge returned after several weeks off up three tenths in viewers but down a tenth in the demo. Considering it hasn't aired since February 29, this is a pretty good return from the break.

CBS was only new at 8pm with Survivor which was up a tenth in viewers and the demo from last week's low. NBC had another low Wednesday starting with Betty White's Off Their Rockers which was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. All things considered, this isn't doing terribly for NBC. At 8:30pm, Best Friends Forever was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. Just pull this one already, NBC. At 9pm, Rock Center was even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. Finally, Law & Order: SVU was up four tenths in viewers but down a tenth in the demo despite CSI being a repeat on CBS. This is a bad performance for this show as it should have gone up. On FOX, American Idol was up a tenth in viewers and down two tenths in the demo for a Wednesday low.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, April 19-Sunday, April 22

I will be out of town for a few days and probably unable to update the blog so here is the rundown for the next four days. I will post ratings recaps if I can but if not, they'll all come up on Sunday!

THURSDAY

ABC
8:00 Missing #6 "A Busy Solitude"
9:00 Grey's Anatomy #168 "The Girl with No Name"
10:00 Scandal #3 "Hell Hath No Fury"
ABC is all new on Thursday night with its regular lineup. I see numbers being pretty close to last week which will benefit Scandal if it can hold steady for a third week.
Prediction: Missing - 7.3 million, 1.4/Grey's - 9.2 million, 3.0/Scandal - 6.9 million, 2.0

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #94 "The Good Guy Fluctuation" (REPEAT)
8:30 Rules of Engagement #83 "Missed Connections"
9:00 Person of Interest #11 "Super" (REPEAT)
10:00 The Mentalist #75 "Blood and Sand" (REPEAT)
CBS is only new with Rules of Engagement. That show held up extremely well last week but it could be down without being sandwiched between two episodes of The Big Bang Theory.
Prediction: Rules - 7.7 million, 2.5

NBC
8:00 Community #65 "Virtual Systems Analysis"
8:30 30 Rock #121 "Murphy Brown Lied to Us"
9:00 The Office #173 "Angry Andy"
9:30 Parks and Recreation #65 "Live Ammo"
10:00 Awake #8 "Nightswimming"
NBC is all new with its low rated comedies and Awake. I could see 8-9:30pm being pretty close to last week. Parks and Recreation returns after several weeks off at a new time. I could see it being up from its previous 8:30pm numbers and definitely up from Up All Night's numbers. Awake could be up a hair too.
Prediction: Community - 3.3 million, 1.5/30 Rock - 3.0 million, 1.4/Office - 4.8 million, 2.4/Parks - 4.3 million, 2.1/Awake - 3.0 million, 1.0

FOX
8:00 American Idol
9:00 Touch #6 "Lost and Found"
FOX is all new with its regular combo. I think we'll see similar numbers to last week.
Prediction: Idol - 15.2 million, 4.2/Touch - 7.9 million, 2.3

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)
9:00 Primetime: What Would You Do?
10:00 20/20
ABC is new in the 9pm & 10pm hours. Similar numbers to last week are likely.
Prediction: Primetime - 4.6 million, 1.4/2020 - 4.9 million, 1.4

CBS
8:00 Mike & Molly #20 "Opening Day" (REPEAT)
8:30 Rules of Engagement #73 "Dirty Talk" (REPEAT)
9:00 CSI: NY #165 "Cavallino Rampante" (REPEAT)

10:00 Blue Bloods #27 "A Night on the Town" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Who Do You Think You Are? (REPEAT)
9:00 Grimm #18 "Cat and Mouse"
10:00 Dateline NBC
NBC is new in the 9pm & 10pm hours. Grimm has been on the upswing. I don't see it continuing to go up but it would not shock me to see it hold steady.
Prediction: Grimm - 4.8 million, 1.5/Dateline - 4.5 million, 1.1

FOX
8:00 The Finder #10 "The Conversation"
9:00 Fringe #84 "Letters of Transit"
FOX's lineup is troubled on Fridays and I wouldn't expect this week to be any better. It seems like The Finder is bringing down Fringe to even worse numbers.
Prediction: Finder - 3.8 million, 0.9/Fringe - 3.1 million, 1.0

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)
9:00 20/20: My Extreme Affliction (SPECIAL)

CBS
8:00 CSI #259 "Crime After Crime" (REPEAT)
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 #6 "Ko'olauloa" (REPEAT)
10:00 48 Hours Mystery

NBC
8:00 Escape Routes
9:00 The Firm #14 "Chapter Fourteen"
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #289 "Justice Denied" (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 America's Most Wanted (SPECIAL)

SUNDAY

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Once Upon a Time #19 "The Return"
9:00 MOVIE: Firelight
ABC is all new. America's Funniest Home Videos jumped last week and I could see it drop a hair while Once Upon a Time is back after repeats and could see a series low given the time of year. A Hallmark Hall of Fame movie follows and they haven't been doing well so far for ABC so I don't see that changing.
Prediction: Videos - 5.9 million, 1.5/Time - 8.0 million, 2.7/Movie - 5.8 million, 1.5


CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 The Amazing Race
9:00 The Good Wife #67 "The Penalty Box"
10:00 NYC 22 #2 "Firebomb"
CBS is all new. I would expect the 7-10pm numbers being similar but NYC 22 could drop from its disappointing premiere last week.
Prediction: 60 Mins - 10.5 million, 1.4/Race - 9.4 million, 2.6/Wife - 9.9 million, 1.8/NYC 22 - 7.9 million, 1.4

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
8:00 Harry's Law #30 "Breaking Points"
9:00 Celebrity Apprentice
NBC is all new with its regular lineup. I'd expect similar numbers and maybe even an uptick for Celebrity Apprentice as the competition is light and the finale is nearing.
Prediction: Dateline - 5.1 million, 1.1/Harry's - 8.0 million, 0.9/Apprentice - 7.1 million, 2.4

FOX
7:00 Married... with Children #1 "Pilot" (REPEAT)
7:30 The Simpsons #500 "At Long Last Leave" (REPEAT)
8:00 FOX's 25th Anniversary Special (SPECIAL)
FOX is preempting its regular lineup for a 25th Anniversary Special which should pull decent numbers. In an interesting move, they are airing the series premiere of Married... with Children from 1987 in Primetime (as well as the 500th episode of The Simpsons) before that.
Prediction: Anniversary - 7.8 million, 2.6

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

RATINGS RECAP: 4/17/12

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:30 Cougar Town
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Dancing with the Stars Results
Viewers: 14.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
10:00 Private Practice
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

CBS
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 18.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 11.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
10:00 Unforgettable (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5 

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:00 The Voice Results
Viewers: 8.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
10:00 Fashion Star
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5 

FOX
8:00 Glee
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:00 New Girl
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
9:30 Raising Hope
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

On Tuesday night, several shows had bad showings. On ABC, Last Man Standing started off the night down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for series lows. This show is really starting to flounder this spring but I still think its a sure-bet for renewal with a new multi-camera friend in the fall. At 8:30pm, Cougar Town was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. The results edition of Dancing with the Stars was up eight tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo from last week's lows but that didn't help the Tuesday premiere of Private Practice, which was significantly down from last week's Body of Proof season finale in raw numbers and especially retention. This is a real interesting turn of events because all of the sudden, Proof is looking better and better while Practice is looking like it can't survive without its Grey's Anatomy lead-in. Throw in GCB and Scandal and ABC has some interesting choices to make about its dramas. 


Over on CBS, NCIS was the only new show and it was up four tenths in viewers but down a tenth in the demo for a season low. NBC was all new with its unscripted trio. At 8pm, The Biggest Loser was up half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo as it climbs towards the finale and has really benefited by only being in the 8pm hour. At 9pm, The Voice Results was down a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo while Fashion Star closed out the night down two tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. NBC is wasting its The Voice lead-in on this dud of a reality show.

Finally on FOX, Glee started out the night down six tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo for a series low. This show had a decent return from hiatus last week but fell this week and has come so far from its peak just about a year and a half ago. Still, it bolsters the night for FOX as New Girl was even in viewers and down just a tenth in the demo. Glee may be fading but it has saved New Girl from reaching one series low after another. At 9:30pm, the season finale of Raising Hope was dead even in viewers and the demo. It has been renewed but where will it air? If FOX does a four sitcom block, it will certainly be in there. If not, it's anyone's guess. Honestly, even Sunday wouldn't shock me if FOX starts to break up Animation Domination.

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, April 18

ABC
8:00 The Middle #63 "Valentine's Day III" (REPEAT)
8:30 Suburgatory #19 "Entering Eden"
9:00 Modern Family #68 "The Last Walt"
9:30 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 #2 "Daddy's Girl..."
10:00 Revenge #17 "Doubt"
ABC is all new except for The Middle. It will be interesting to see how Suburgatory will fare without its compatible lead-in. My guess is it will see a series low but not a huge drop. Modern Family could possibly be up with CBS in repeats and that will help Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 for week two, which I see only having a mild drop. Revenge returns after a month and a half off. I'd expect a return number similar to where it left off.
Prediction: Suburgatory - 5.5 million, 2.0/Family - 11.1 million, 4.4/Apartment - 6.6 million, 2.8/Revenge - 7.2 million, 2.4

CBS
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #146 "Hope" (REPEAT)
10:00 CSI #258 "Brain Doe" (REPEAT)
CBS is new only in the 8pm hour with Survivor. I could see it being pretty even with last week but last week was pretty low.
Prediction: Survivor - 9.5 million, 2.7

NBC
8:00 Betty White's Off Their Rockers
8:30 Best Friends Forever #3 "Put a Pin In It"
9:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #290 "Valentine's Day"
NBC is all new with its troubled lineup. I could see everything being similar to last week except Law & Order: SVU might be up with CSI being a repeat.
Prediction: Betty - 6.0 million, 1.6/Forever - 2.5 million, 0.9/Rock Center - 2.7 million, 0.6/SVU - 5.9 million, 1.9

FOX
8:00 American Idol
FOX is all new with American Idol. With similar competition, I'd expect similar results this week - possibly even up a hair.
Prediction: Idol - 17.2 million, 5.1 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

RATINGS RECAP: 4/16/12

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 16.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
10:00 Castle
Viewers: 11.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1
8:30 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
9:00 Two and a Half Men
Viewers: 11.2 million, 18-49 demo: 3.8
9:30 Mike & Molly
Viewers: 9.5 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 10.0 million, 18-49 demo: 3.7
10:00 Smash
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9

FOX
8:00 Bones
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 House
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0 

CBS was new from 8-10pm and started on a down note as How I Met Your Mother was down eight tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo for a season low. This is a big drop and for some reason, this show seems to wilt more than most every spring. At 8:30pm, 2 Broke Girls was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. While a series low, the week to week drop was much less severe. Two and a Half Men bucked the general trend as it was up eight tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo which is a surprising performance considering the rest of the night. At 9:30pm, Mike & Molly was down a tenth in viewers and the demo. It seems like Men and Mike & Molly each have their own audience and not a ton of crossover. All things considered, Mike & Molly is doing very well against the strongest half hours of ABC and NBC's reality shows.

On a night of depressed numbers, ABC had its usual lineup. At 8pm, Dancing with the Stars was up two tenths in viewers but down a tenth in the demo. Castle followed and was down half a million viewers but even in the demo from its last airing. On NBC, The Voice was down half a million viewers and three tenths in the demo for a series low. It continues to drop but remains far and away NBC's top show. At 10pm, Smash was even in viewers but down another tenth in the demo for a series low. The retention out of The Voice was better, however. FOX was all new starting with Bones which was down four tenths in viewers and even in the demo while House was down four tenths in viewers but up a tenth in the demo.

RATINGS RECAP: 4/15/12

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:00 Once Upon a Time (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Titanic the Miniseries Part 2
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 GCB
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 11.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:00 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 9.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
9:00 The Good Wife
Viewers: 10.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 NYC 22
Viewers: 8.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:00 Harry's Law
Viewers: 8.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Celebrity Apprentice
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2

FOX
7:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
7:30 The Cleveland Show (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:00 The Simpsons
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
8:30 Bob's Burgers
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:30 The Cleveland Show
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1 

On Sunday night, CBS's lineup was all new starting with 60 Minutes which was down seven tenths in viewers and eight tenths in the demo from last week which was fueled by the Masters as a lead-in. As always, 60 Minutes rises and falls based on the afternoon lead-in. At 8pm, The Amazing Race was down a tenth in viewers and up a tenth in the demo and was the top demo draw of the night on any network... at a 2.6. At 9pm, The Good Wife was up four tenths in viewers and even in the demo from its last new episode. The series premiere of NYC 22 was dead on arrival, not surprisingly as it was CBS's annual late drama burnoff show. For some reason, CBS decided not to get behind this show and an April 15 bow on the most stable network is not a sign of renewal. 

Over on ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos started off the night on a good note as it was up nine tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo from its last new airing. The Titanic miniseries, pardon the pun, sunk in the ratings and proved to be more of a bother to ABC. It also negatively impacted GCB which was down eight tenths in viewers and a big four tenths in the demo to a series low. We'll see how it does when it comes back in two weeks to see if this was a blip or a troubling direction for the freshman bubble show. 

On NBC, Dateline NBC started off the night down three tenths in viewers but up three tenths in the demo for its best demo number since February 12. At 8pm, Harry's Law was up six tenths in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. Wow, this show skews old. At 9pm, Celebrity Apprentice was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo as it continues to slowly climb with the finale nearing. Three animated comedies were new on FOX. The Simpsons was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo from its last new airing. Bob's Burgers was up two tenths in viewers and the demo with a better lead-in. The Cleveland Show aired at 9:30pm and did much better than its usual 7:30pm numbers.

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, April 17

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #22 "This Bud's for You"
8:30 Cougar Town #54 "Ways to Be Wicked"
9:00 Dancing with the Stars Results
10:00 Private Practice #94 "It Was Inevitable"
ABC is all new on Tuesday night. The 8-10pm shows should be pretty steady with last week though the Dancing with the Stars Results could crawl back up a bit from last week's big drop. At 10pm is Private Practice, which has moved to Tuesdays for the rest of the season. I could see it perhaps slightly above Body of Proof in the demo and slightly below in viewers.
Prediction: Last Man - 7.2 million, 1.9/Cougar - 4.9 million, 1.5/Dancing - 13.8 million, 2.5/Practice - 8.9 million, 2.1

CBS
8:00 NCIS #207 "Rekindled"
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #54 "Lone Wolf" (REPEAT)
10:00  Unforgettable #10 "Trajectories" (REPEAT)
CBS is only new in the 8pm hour with NCIS. Given that the rest of the night is in repeats and this lineup has been on a downward trend, a season low wouldn't be shocking to me.
Prediction: NCIS - 16.9 million, 3.0

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
9:00 The Voice Results
10:00 Fashion Star
NBC's unscripted trio is all new. I would expect similar numbers to last week's decent results.
Prediction: Loser - 6.8 million, 2.1/Voice - 9.4 million, 3.6/Fashion - 5.1 million, 1.9

FOX
8:00 Glee #60 "Saturday Night Glee-ver"
9:00 New Girl #21 "Kids"
9:30 Raising Hope #44 "I Want My Baby Back, Baby Back, Baby Back" (Season Finale)
FOX is all new and I would expect similar numbers including for the season finale of Raising Hope. The show is renewed anyway.
Prediction: Glee - 7.1 million, 2.8/Girl - 5.5 million, 2.9/Hope - 4.0 million, 1.8 

Monday, April 16, 2012

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, April 16

Sorry for the delay!!

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
10:00 Castle #79 "Headhunters"
ABC is all new with its regular lineup. I could see Dancing with the Stars slipping a bit from last week. Castle could be up from its last new episode as Hawaii Five-0 is a repeat on CBS.
Prediction: Dancing - 16.1 million, 2.9/Castle - 10.9 million, 2.2

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #157 "Now We're Even"
8:30 2 Broke Girls #21 "And the Messy Purse Smackdown"
9:00 Two and a Half Men #198 "Mr. Hose Says Yes"
9:30 Mike & Molly #20 "The Dress"
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #31 "Ka Iwi Kapu" (REPEAT)
CBS is all new from 8-10pm with its comedy block. Comedies seem to benefit from multiple weeks in a row of new episodes so it wouldn't shock me to see everything up tonight.
Prediction: Mother - 8.5 million, 3.6/Girls - 9.4 million, 3.7/Men - 10.9 million, 3.8/Mike&Molly - 9.8 million, 3.2

NBC
8:00 The Voice
10:00 Smash #11 "The Movie Star"
NBC is all new with its regular lineup. I think we could finally see these numbers stabilize or possibly even go up after weeks of decline.
Prediction: Voice - 11.0 million, 4.2/Smash - 6.7 million, 2.1

FOX
8:00 Bones #138 "The Don't in the Do"
9:00 House #172 "We Need the Eggs"
This lineup took a hit last week and House is limping towards its finish. I wouldn't expect better news this week.
Prediction: Bones - 7.3 million, 2.1/House - 5.8 million, 1.9 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

PILOT REVIEW: NYC 22

NYC 22










Starring: Adam Goldberg, Leelee Sobieski, Stark Sands, Judy Marte, Harold House Moore, Tom Reed, Felix Solis, and Terry Kinney

Created by Richard Prince
Written by Richard Prince, Directed by James Mangold

NYC 22 is a new cop show on CBS that focuses on six rookie NYPD police officers just starting out in Upper Manhattan. Each of the six main cops have different back stories, which were only explored a little bit in the pilot. They are all being supervised by the gruff but caring Daniel Dean (Terry Kinney). The pilot showed their rocky first day on the job.

THE GOOD: This is actually a really solid cop drama. It's not reinventing the wheel by any means but not every show needs to. The cast is strong enough to overcome the potential stereotypes that make up their backstories. Each one of the six rookies showed vulnerability and uncertainty yet showed how much they care about doing the right thing. The show has a gritty nature to it that isn't quite at the levels of the iconic Hill Street Blues or NYPD Blue or last year's fantastic but underrated Detroit 1-8-7 but if could get there if it had time. All in all, it did justice to the police genre thanks to the strong cast including standout Leelee Sobieski who delivered an interesting performance in the pilot where she said very little but showed a lot.

THE BAD: Not everything was wonderful as the show might have some growing pains. For starters, the treatment of the rookies from the veteran cops seemed a little overplayed and unrealistic in the opening scene.
Would they really be that unfriendly? I may be naive but I don't think they'd be that nasty to the newcomers. Also, the angry husband didn't play real to me. The cops in the scene (Adam Goldberg and Judy Marte) did well but the guest star was way overacting. The good news is he is not a regular character.

BOTTOM LINE: This season has seen many unique shows that I've said deserve to succeed if only because they are something different. Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Smash, and Grimm are all examples from this season. However, not every show needs to be groundbreakingly different and unique. Sometimes a good cast with a familiar story can be enough and that is true with this cop drama. There's no crazy conspiracy twists or anything like that, it could just be a solid cop show if CBS gives it time, which is sadly unlikely. It's surprising they didn't try to put this on Fridays with fellow NY crime dramas CSI: NY and Blue Bloods. I must also mention that it has a theme song, which is forever a plus.

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, April 15

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Once Upon a Time #13 "What Happened to Frederick?" (REPEAT)
9:00 Titanic Part 2 (SPECIAL)
10:00 GCB #8 "Pride Comes Before a Fall"
ABC is all new for most of the night but Once Upon a Time is a repeat and the conclusion of the Titanic miniseries replaces Desperate Housewives. I could see numbers being down in general with these alterations.
Prediction: Videos - 5.2 million, 1.1/GCB - 4.9 million, 1.8

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 The Amazing Race
9:00 The Good Wife #66 "No Ordinary Lie"
10:00 NYC 22 #1 "Pilot" (SERIES PREMIERE)
CBS has its usual lineup from 7-10pm. I could see numbers being up from last week's Masters overrun (except for 60 Minutes which won't have the big lead-in). At 10pm is the series premiere of NYC 22. CBS often has a late season entry (think Miami Medical and Chaos) that isn't heavily promoted and only does ok. This will probably be that show this year but we'll see.
Prediction: 60 Mins - 10.5 million, 1.5/Race - 9.8 million, 2.7/Wife - 9.5 million, 2.0/NYC 22 - 8.2 million, 2.0

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
8:00 Harry's Law #29 "The Contest"
9:00 Celebrity Apprentice
NBC is all new with its regular lineup. I could see everything being pretty steady with last week including Celebrity Apprentice, which had a nice gain last week.
Prediction: Dateline - 5.2 million, 1.0/Harry's - 7.5 million, 1.0/Apprentice - 6.8 million, 2.1

FOX
7:00 The Simpsons #499 "The Daughter Also Rises" (REPEAT)
7:30 The Cleveland Show #53 "Dancing with the Stools" (REPEAT)
8:00 The Simpsons #504 "Beware My Cheating Bart"
8:30 Bob's Burgers #18 "Food Truckin"
9:00 Family Guy #170 "Back to the Pilot" (REPEAT)
9:30 The Cleveland Show #60 "American Prankster"
FOX is all new at 8, 8:30, and 9:30pm. I could see ok numbers even with Family Guy in repeats but nothing special.
Prediction: Simpsons - 5.4 million, 2.5/Burgers - 4.1 million, 1.9/Cleveland - 4.2 million, 1.8 

RATINGS RECAP: 4/13/12

ABC 
8:00 Shark Tank
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 Primetime: What Would You Do?
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Lionel Richie and Friends in Concert
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4 

NBC
8:00 Who Do You Think You Are? (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Grimm
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
8:00 The Finder
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Fringe
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9 

On Friday night, NBC was new from 9-11pm. Grimm was up half a million viewers and a nice three tenths in the demo. This show benefits from airing new episodes in a row as it has recovered nicely in recent weeks. At 10pm, Dateline NBC was up six tenths in viewers and eveh in the demo. FOX was barely competitive with its combo of The Finder and Fringe. At 8pm, The Finder was down five tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a series low. At 9pm, Fringe was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. This show really doesn't deserve to come back for even a shortened final season but I could definitely see that happening.  

ABC had a pretty typical evening. At 8pm, Shark Tank was down three tenths in viewers but up a tenth in the demo from its last new airing. Primetime: What Would You Do? was down a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo from last week despite having a better lead-in. At 10pm, 20/20 was up a tenth in viewers and the demo. CBS started with Undercover Boss which was down eight tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for a series low. A Lionel Richie concert special followed and did decent in total viewers but skewed old in the demo.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

RATINGS RECAP: 4/12/12

ABC
8:00 Missing
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Grey's Anatomy
Viewers: 8.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
10:00 Scandal
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 9.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
8:30 Rules of Engagement
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
9:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 10.2 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1
9:30 2 Broke Girls (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
10:00 Person of Interest (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

NBC
8:00 Community
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 30 Rock
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 The Office
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:30 Up All Night
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 Awake
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 15.8 million, 18-49 demo: 4.3
9:00 Touch
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3 

CBS had an interesting evening even though most of its lineup was repeats. The so-called "test" of comedies at 9pm saw mixed results. The repeat of The Big Bang Theory was a beast, doing a 3.1 and beating all the other networks. It's scary to think what new episodes of Big Bang could get at 9pm if CBS were to make that move, but would it weaken the 8pm hour? The news wasn't as good for 2 Broke Girls which didn't repeat as well at 9:30pm and proved it needs to grow some more. A Person of Interest repeat at 10pm did well but I still think CBS should leave well enough alone. Yes, Big Bang could be a monster at 9pm but it might be sacrificing other times, nights, and shows. CBS did have a new Rules of Engagement at 8:30pm and it was down just a tenth in viewers and even in the demo despite its lead-in being a repeat this week. This is a much better utility player than Rob and deserves to cheat death once again.

ABC was all new starting with Missing which was up seven tenths in viewers but down a tenth in the demo for a series low. The viewers have held up surprisingly well but the demo is just too low to get another season. At 9pm, Grey's Anatomy was up seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Week two of Scandal followed and it was exactly even with its premiere. It had limited competition and its lead-in was up but it's still a good thing to hold 100% of a premiere audience. That does not happen very often so consider this a good second week for Scandal. Over on FOX, American Idol was up 1.5 million viewers and four tenths in the demo while Touch was up a million viewers and even in the demo. It looks like Touch has leveled off here but how much of that is due to its big lead-in?

NBC was all new but in trouble as usual. At 8pm, Community was up a tenth in viewers and the demo. It probably should have been up more with a Big Bang repeat opposite it. At 8:30pm, 30 Rock was up two tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. The Office returned after several weeks of repeats and was down half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo for a series low. It was obvious a series low was coming at some point this season and with rumors of NBC trying to reboot the show for next year, it just needs to be put out of its misery. Yes I know a 2.2 is hard to come back on NBC these days but this show deserves to go out with what little dignity it had left. At 9:30pm, the season finale of Up All Night benefited a bit from having a new lead-in as it was up half a million viewers and three tenths in the demo. Renewal could go either way for this show which disappointed greatly this spring. At 10pm, Awake was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo.