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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

RATINGS RECAP: 10/30/12

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 11.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 Happy Endings
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:30 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 20/20 Special: Hurricane Sandy
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

CBS
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 18.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 16.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
10:00 Vegas
Viewers: 10.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 12.1 million, 18-49 demo: 4.6
10:00 NBC News Special: Hurricane Sandy
Viewers: 8.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9

FOX
8:00 Raising Hope
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
8:30 Ben and Kate
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 New Girl
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:30 The Mindy Project
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

Hurricane Sandy continued to alter lineups on Tuesday night but CBS was actually up in two of the three hours. At 8pm, NCIS was up a million viewers and two tenths in the demo. NCIS: Los Angeles was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Vegas recovered ever so slightly as it was even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. The bad news is that it proves that last week's big drop wasn't really a fluke and this show is one of the oldest skewing on TV. NBC had a two hour edition of The Voice which was up nine tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo from last week's one hour episode. An NBC news special replaced a planned special airing of Go On and The New Normal and did quite well.

ABC had a rough night. Some of it can be blamed on the storm but I don't think things will look much better next week for this lineup. At 8pm, Dancing with the Stars slipped 1.4 million viewers and a big half a demo point for a season low. The worst news came at 9pm though where the comedies took a nosedive. Happy Endings was down 1.3 million viewers and four tenths in the demo while Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 was down nine tenths in viewers and half a demo point. I'm willing to give some slack because of the weirdness of the week with the hurricane and scheduling, but I also don't think the picture is going to look that much prettier next week. After all, the other networks weren't down as much. This comedy lineup is not going to work. A last-minute 20/20 special replaced the scheduled Private Practice at 10pm. 

FOX's comedy lineup took a hit in the 9pm hour but the 8pm combo of Raising Hope and Ben and Kate remained exactly the same week to week. It's worth noting that in light of how much trouble FOX has had across the board this season, Raising Hope has been remarkably consistent in a difficult timeslot. At 9pm, New Girl took a hit (maybe from The Voice?) as it was down four tenths in viewers and the demo for a season low. The Mindy Project was on for the first time in three weeks but it returned down half a million viewers and four tenths in the demo. It could barely out-rate Ben and Kate despite having a much better lead-in.

RATINGS RECAP: 10/29/12

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 13.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
10:00 Castle
Viewers: 10.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
8:30 Partners (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 2 Broke Girls (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:30 Mike & Molly (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
10:00 CBS News Special: Hurricane Sandy
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 12.4 million, 18-49 demo: 4.8
10:00 Revolution
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0 

FOX
8:00 The X Factor (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7 

Monday night had preemptions due to Hurricane Sandy. CBS bagged its original programming and aired repeats instead but the shows that were new actually didn't seem too impacted by the storm. On NBC, The Voice bounced back a healthy four tenths in viewers and half a demo point from last week's one hour episode. At 10pm, Revolution was down seven tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo from its last airing two weeks ago. Considering all that was going on and the fact that it was off last week, this is not a bad drop. On ABC, Dancing with the Stars started off the night up six tenths in viewers and down a tenth in the demo from its one hour airing last week. Castle was down a tenth in viewers but up two tenths in the demo from its last airing two weeks ago. The demo ties a season high. 

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, October 31

Happy Halloween!!

ABC
8:00 It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (SPECIAL)
8:30 The Neighbors #6 "Larry Bird and the Iron Throne"
9:00 Modern Family #78 "Yard Sale"
9:30 Suburgatory #25 "Ryan's Song"
10:00 Nashville #4 "We Live in Two Different Worlds"
ABC aired their Halloween episodes last week so this week has just regular episodes after the special airing of Halloween classic It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. I think the special's ratings might be up from usual on Halloween night but the rest of the lineup could be down from last week.
Prediction: Neighbors - 6.5 million, 1.8/Family - 12.1 million, 4.6/Suburgatory - 7.2 million, 2.6/Nashville - 6.2 million, 1.9

CBS
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #167 "The Good Earth"
10:00 CSI #278 "Play Dead"
CBS is all new on Halloween night but I think the mix of Hurricane Sandy and Halloween distractions will lead to most shows being down including this trio.
Prediction: Survivor - 9.6 million, 2.6/Criminal - 10.9 million, 3.0/CSI - 10.0 million, 2.3

NBC
8:00 30 Rock #130 "There's No I in America"
8:30 Guys with Kids #7 "The Bathroom Incident"
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #301 "Friending Emily"
10:00 Chicago Fire #4 "One Minute"
Because NBC is shifting its Thursday lineup to a repeat of The Voice this week in light of Hurricane preemptions, NBC will air 30 Rock on Wednesday because it is election-themed, replacing the burning off Animal Practice. I think SVU will be down some from last week's 300th episode and Chicago Fire might follow suit.
Prediction: 30 Rock - 3.7 million, 1.2/Guys - 3.5 million, 1.3/SVU - 6.1 million, 1.6/Chicago - 5.5 million, 1.6

FOX
8:00 The X Factor
Because the World Series only went four games, FOX is starting the live shows of The X Factor a day early. I still think, as with every other network, the hurricane/Halloween mix will lead to down numbers.
Prediction: X Factor - 9.1 million, 3.2     

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

RATINGS RECAP: 10/28/12

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 9.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
9:00 Revenge
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
10:00 666 Park Avenue
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 11.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
8:00 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:00 The Good Wife
Viewers: 9.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 The Mentalist
Viewers: 10.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:00 NFL Pregame
Viewers: 9.7 million, 18-49 demo: 3.8
8:30 Sunday Night Football
Viewers: 17.7 million, 18-49 demo: 7.0

FOX
7:00 NFL Overrun
Viewers: 26.9 million, 18-49 demo: 9.5
8:00 MLB World Series Pregame
Viewers: 15.1 million, 18-49 demo: 4.9
8:30 MLB World Series Game 4
Viewers: 15.5 million, 18-49 demo: 4.7 

On a night with football and the final game of the World Series, it was just ABC and CBS airing regular shows. CBS had a low evening. Without a direct football lead-in, 60 Minutes was down a big 4.7 million viewers and 1.9 demo points. At 8pm, The Amazing Race was down a tenth in viewers and the demo but was the only CBS show to get above a 2 demo. At 9pm, The Good Wife was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo from last week when it started at 9:56pm. Maybe it should move to 10pm like many think t should? At 10pm, The Mentalist was up 2.1 million viewers and three tenths in the demo from last week when it started at 10:56pm. However, it was its lowest rated 10pm start episode this year. 

Over on ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Once Upon a Time was even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo, making it the top demo drama of the week. At 9pm, Revenge was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo. 666 Park Avenue closed out the night down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo even on Halloween weekend for this spooky show. I don't see this show getting a full season, what will ABC do with this slot in the spring? 

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, October 30

Hurricane Sandy has changed up the schedules already so who knows what will happen between now and tomorrow night. Therefore, because of potential preemptions and power outages, I will not make any predictions - just give the rundown of what's planned for now.

ABC 
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
9:00 Happy Endings #37 "Sabado Free-Gante"
9:30 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 #9 "Love and Monsters..."
10:00 Private Practice #103 "The Next Episode"

CBS
8:00 NCIS #215 "The Namesake"
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #77 "Out of the Past" Part 1
10:00 Vegas #5 "Solid Citizens"

NBC
8:00 The Voice
10:00 NBC News: Hurricane Sandy Coverage

FOX
8:00 Raising Hope #49 "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Me What to Do"
8:30 Ben and Kate #6 "Scaredy Kate"
9:00 New Girl #30 "Halloween"
9:30 The Mindy Project #4 "Halloween"

Monday, October 29, 2012

FULL SEASON ALERT: The Neighbors

The Neighbors became the first new ABC show to earn a full season with an announcement today. The much maligned show with the very offbeat alien premise was originally slated for 9:30pm on Wednesdays but switched slots with Suburgatory over the summer before it even premiered and has been airing at 8:30pm. It had a promising preview after Modern Family followed by a big second week drop when it moved to 8:30pm. Since then however, the show has stabilized as it has gotten a 1.9 or 2.0 demo every week since episode two.

This has to be considered one of the bigger surprises as The Neighbors had a horrible pilot and was one of the worst reviewed shows of the new season. I'll be honest, I haven't given it a second chance but some have said it's gotten better. It's not getting spectacular ratings but none of ABC's new shows are and ABC is showing a commitment to a show that actually seems like a pretty good fit with The Middle so far. ABC's other new shows - Last Resort, 666 Park Avenue, and Nashville have yet to get a full season or a cancellation. Nashville seems the most likely to get a full season of the three while Resort and Park have additional script orders. With this news, ABC also announced that second year series Scandal has been given a full season.

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, October 29

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
10:00 Castle #86 "Probable Cause"
ABC is all new with its regular lineup. Dancing with the Stars had a nice jump with last week's one hour episode but I could see the two hour edition being down since The Voice usually climbs big time at 9pm. I think Castle will be close to it's 2.0 demo level of two weeks ago.
Prediction: Dancing - 13.5 million, 2.3/Castle - 10.5 million, 2.0

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #165 "The Autumn of Break Ups"
8:30 Partners #5 "My Best Friend's Wedding Ring"
9:00 2 Broke Girls #29 "And the Pre-Approved Credit Card"
9:30 Mike & Molly #52 "Mike's Boss"
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #52 "Mohai"
CBS is all new with its comedy lineup. A repeat of 2 Broke Girls tied Partners regular numbers last week in the 8:30pm slot. If Partners drops from that this week, that could spell trouble for the freshman comedy. I'm not sure what to expect from this lineup this week but I think they'll all be close to their numbers from two weeks ago.
Prediction: Mother - 8.0 million, 3.1/Partners - 5.9 million, 2.1/Girls - 9.5 million, 3.5/Mike&Molly - 9.2 million, 3.1/Hawaii - 8.5 million, 2.0

NBC
8:00 The Voice
10:00 Revolution #6 "Sex and Drugs"
NBC has its regular lineup. The Voice begins its "knockout round." It took a big half demo point drop last week without the 9pm hour but I also think it might be starting to weaken so I think it'll be slightly up from last week but not at the 4.8 level of two weeks ago. I also think after a week off, Revolution could possibly see a series low.
Prediction: Voice - 12.4 million, 4.5/Revolution - 8.1 million, 2.9

FOX
8:00 The X Factor (REPEAT)
With the World Series ending in a mere four games, FOX will air a repeat of The X Factor.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

QUICK HITS: Sunday, October 28

As I did previously, I will offer Quick Hits once every so often when I have enough quick thoughts to post on the quality of the shows I'm currently watching...

-- The show that's winning the Conspiracy Contest is... Scandal over Revenge. Don't get me wrong, I am still really enjoying Revenge but the bigger the conspiracies get and the more convoluted the plots intertwine, the less interested I become. The simple Revenge driven plot of season 1 was so interesting but it can't go on forever. So while I understand why they have to twist more plots, I just don't know if I care as much. On the other hand, the plot twists and conspiracies in Scandal continue to shock me. Maybe it's because the conspiracies are more realistic with high level DC power players than the rich folks of the Hamptons, but I just love every new twist in Scandal, particularly the final scene of the most recent episode.

-- My feelings on the new shows I'm still watching in 5 words...
Go On - Sweet but not appointment viewing
Ben and Kate - Get rid of British girl
The Mindy Project - I'm about to give up
Vegas - I wish it was better
Nashville - My favorite. Love Connie Britton
Guys with Kids - Better than you would think
Chicago Fire - I haven't given up yet
Elementary - Just can't get into it

-- The best Halloween episode of the season belonged to... Parks and Recreation. I love Halloween episodes in general but this year's best was easily thanks to the (SPOILER ALERT) sweet and surprising engagement of Leslie and Ben. The scene was so masterfully played by Amy Poehler that it further proved why it is consistently the best sitcom on TV today. It's a shame that more people don't watch.

-- I wish networks would... air more busted pilots. I ultimately ended up feeling the same way about Mockingbird Lane as NBC did but it was really interesting to watch. I wish networks would still air their pilots that they don't pick up like they used to way back when. Every pilot season there are shows that I'm so interested to see that don't get picked up. It wouldn't hurt them to dump it somewhere... even a Saturday in the summer. After all, they did already pay for it.

RATINGS RECAP: 10/27/12

ABC 
8:00 College Football
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9

CBS
8:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

NBC
8:00 Revolution (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Chicago Fire (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

FOX 
8:00 MLB World Series Game 3
Viewers: 10.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8

WEEKEND REWIND: ABC 1989-90 Season

ABC 1989-90 SEASON
The previous season saw a writer's strike which impacted the amount of new shows but ABC was in pretty good shape heading into the 1989-90 season. They had the biggest breakout hit in years in Roseanne, other successful  newcomers in Anything But Love and Coach, fan favorites such as Who's the Boss?, Growing Pains, and Full House, and critical darlings The Wonder Years, thirtysomething, and China Beach. Some longtime hits of the 80s - Dynasty and Moonlighting - were gone and ABC had more younger shows which set them up well.

Mondays
(Sep 18-Dec 25)
8:00 MacGyver
9:00 Monday Night Football

(Jan 18-Mar 19)
8:00 MacGyver
9:00 Monday Night Movie

(Apr 9-30)
8:00 MacGyver
9:00 China Beach (starting Apr 16)
10:00 Capital News

(May 7-14)
8:00 The Young Riders
9:00 Monday Night Movie
"Capital News"
ABC started off Monday nights in the same way they had for a few years with MacGyver leading into football and then football was replaced by a movie when the NFL season ended. The movie did alright but ABC wanted to try some scripted programming in the 9-11pm slot. Starting in April, they added China Beach to 9pm. The show was beloved by critics but kept bouncing around the schedule as ABC couldn't get the ratings up. They paired it with Capital News, a Washington DC newspaper drama starring Lloyd Bridges that lasted a mere 5 episodes. MacGyver was briefly replaced by The Young Riders at the very end of the season and the movie came back at 9pm. ABC had such a hard time with the offseason of football because they could never carve out a regular Monday scripted presence when football took up four months every year.

Tuesdays
(Sep 19-Nov 7)
8:00 Who's the Boss?
8:30 The Wonder Years (starting Oct 3)
9:00 Roseanne
9:30 Chicken Soup
10:00 Thirtysomething

(Nov 21-May 15)
8:00 Who's the Boss?
8:30 The Wonder Years
9:00 Roseanne
9:30 Coach
10:00 Thirtysomething
"Chicken Soup"
ABC was the place to be on Tuesday nights with some of the most beloved, critically acclaimed, and popular shows on all of network TV at the time. Leading off the night was reliable veteran Who's the Boss? and it was followed by The Wonder Years which hadn't done well enough as an anchor the previous season but was a perfect bridge at 8:30pm on Tuesday. At 9pm was Roseanne which became the #1 show on television in its second year. The 9:30pm slot was initially given to another outspoken and controversial comedian. Chicken Soup starring Jackie Mason and Lynn Redgrave was given the best slot on TV but that can also be a burden. Even though the show ranked #13 for the year, ABC felt that it was not retaining enough of Roseanne's mammoth audience and it was dropping each week. It was also controversial as it was about an interfaith relationship. ABC wasn't patient with the show and cancelled it in November, replacing it with the second season of Coach. Coach actually ranked lower than Chicken Soup but ABC deemed it a better companion to Roseanne and kept it there the rest of the season. At 10pm, thirtysomething occupied the slot for the whole season. It didn't get anywhere close to as many eyeballs as the comedies that preceded it but it was a buzzy show and critical hit and ABC let it stay there for another year. Throughout the year, ABC used this hit lineup to launch shows that were scheduled for other nights such as Doogie Howser MD, Living Dolls, Elvis, Brewster Place, and Equal Justice.

Wednesdays
(Sep 28-Mar 21)
8:00 Growing Pains
8:30 Head of the Class
9:00 Doogie Howser MD
9:30 Anything But Love
10:00 China Beach

(Mar 28-May 16)
8:00 Growing Pains
8:30 Head of the Class
9:00 Doogie Howser MD
9:30 The Marshall Chronicles (Apr 4-May 2)/Brewster Place (May 9-16)
10:00 Equal Justice
"Doogie Howser MD"
"Equal Justice"
Wednesday nights were pretty good to ABC though not as dominant as Tuesdays. Growing Pains was now firmly entrenched as the lead off on Wednesday nights and continued to be a strong player. It was also very compatible with Head of the Class which continued chugging along. Rather than placing a proven anchor show at 9pm, they went with a new unconventional show in Doogie Howser MD. The comedy/drama about a teenage doctor was never a massive hit but it was a serviceable option for several years and made a star out of Neil Patrick Harris. Even with the high pressure slot of 9pm Wednesday, it landed right in-between Growing Pains and Head of the Class in the ratings. The 9:30pm slot was where the problems were on Wednesdays. The season started with Anything But Love in the slot. After placing in the top 10 behind Roseanne in its first season, season two of Love tumbled to #56 without a #1 lead-in. Despite the huge drop, it did manage to snag a midseason renewal. That was possibly because the replacements did even worse. The Marshall Chronicles was a short lived school sitcom that lasted a mere 6 episodes. At the tail end of the season, ABC tried Brewster Place which was based on a hit miniseries. The show starred Oprah Winfrey even as she was in the midst of her legendary talk show run. Her star power couldn't make Brewster Place work and most episodes aired in the early summer. The 10pm hour started with China Beach which could never do enough to stay in one timeslot as it hopped all over the lineup during its run. It was replaced with legal drama Equal Justice. The Pittsburgh based drama was critically acclaimed like the show it replaced and featured a large ensemble including a young Jane Kaczmarek and Sarah Jessica Parker. Equal Justice did slightly worse than China Beach but did managed a midseason renewal.

Thursdays
(Sep 21-Dec 14)
8:00 Mission: Impossible
9:00 The Young Riders
10:00 Primetime Live

(Jan 4-Apr 5)
8:00 Father Dowling Mysteries
9:00 The Young Riders
10:00 Primetime Live

(Apr 12-May 17)
8:00 Father Dowling Mysteries
9:00 Twin Peaks
10:00 Primetime Live
"The Young Riders"
"Twin Peaks"
Thursdays saw some stability for the first time in years and also saw some shows actually get some renewals which hadn't happened in a while on Thursdays. The lineup started with season two of Mission: Impossible. The reboot was one of many failed remakes in TV history. It probably shouldn't have been renewed to begin with and couldn't do much here before it was benched to Saturdays. When it moved, it was replaced by Father Dowling Mysteries. The drama starring Tom Bosley was picked up from NBC which had cancelled it after a season. While not a huge get, it did manage to survive two seasons on ABC. At 9pm was western The Young Riders. One of the last westerns on broadcast TV, Riders was the bright spot on Thursday night for most of the year as it ranked in the 70s instead of the 90s like the shows that initially bookended it. However, it wasn't as strong as Father Dowling Mysteries or the buzzy show that replaced it when its season ended. Still, it did enough to get a renewal. It was replaced, however, by the most talked about (though ratings challenged) show of the 1989-90 season. David Lynch's mysterious and bizarre Twin Peaks took the TV world by storm with its two hour premiere movie in April of 1990. Titled for a fictional Pacific Northwest city, Twin Peaks had everyone asking "Who Killed Laura Palmer?" as there was nothing else like it on TV at the time. It was without question one of the weirdest shows to ever air on a broadcast network. Despite the mammoth buzz, it only did ok in the ratings because it had to face NBC's Cheers. And as with any fad, it fizzled quickly in season two. But in the spring of 1990, it gave TV something brand new and completely different. At 10pm, Primetime Live had premiered the previous August. After the success of 20/20, Primetime Live was another newsmagazine that had a nice healthy run on ABC.

Fridays
8:00 Full House
8:30 Family Matters
9:00 Perfect Strangers
9:30 Just the Ten of Us
10:00 20/20 
"Family Matters"
Fridays were very unstable for a few years in the mid 1980s but for the second straight year it did not change over the course of the season. It was different from the previous season however as this fall marked the beginning of the famous "TGIF" programming block that lasted into the 2000s. The block was always family friendly sitcoms and featured lots of promotion, jingles, etc. The previous season saw Perfect Strangers lead off the night but the show moved to 9pm to replace Mr. Belvedere. At 8pm was the third season of Full House which was now a huge hit, ranking #22 in the ratings making it easily Friday's top show on any network. It was paired with a perfect companion in Family Matters. The Chicago-set family sitcom was a brassy version of The Cosby Show with a large black family at the center. The early episodes were actually a little tamer as it did not feature Jaleel White's famous Urkel character until halfway through the first season. As previously mentioned, Perfect Strangers moves to 9pm where it was showing some signs of aging. At 9:30pm for another was Just the Ten of Us. The show was the lowest rated of the block but not doing too badly. Still, it was the only comedy not from the Miller-Boyett production company and ABC decided to cancel it in favor of another Miller-Boyett show for the 1990-91 season. At 10pm was 20/20 which won its timeslot against competing dramas on NBC and CBS.

Saturdays
(Sep 30-Dec 30)
8:00 Mr. Belvedere
8:30 Living Dolls
9:00 ABC Saturday Mystery Movie

(Jan 6-Feb 24)
8:00 Mission: Impossible
9:00 ABC Saturday Mystery Movie

(Mar 3-Apr 28)
8:00 H.E.L.P. (Mar 3-Apr 14)/Sunset Beat (Apr 21-28)
9:00 ABC Saturday Mystery Movie

(May 5-19)
8:00 Elvis
8:30 Various
9:00 Saturday Night Movie
"Living Dolls"
Saturdays continued to be a problem for ABC. The 9pm slot was devoted to their rotating Mystery Movie featuring Columbo, Kojak, BL Stryker, and the new Christine Cromwell. It did alright on Mondays but was moved to Saturdays where it didn't work. The 8pm hour was rotating shows all season because nothing was working in the slot. It started with two comedies - Mr. Belvedere led off the night in its sixth and final season. It was starting to slip on Fridays and then completely collapsed on Saturdays in what amounted to a long burnoff. The show did return in July for a proper series finale. It was paired with Living Dolls, which premiered as a backdoor pilot on Who's the Boss? The show starred Michael Learned and featured a young Halle Berry, Leah Remini, and Vivica A. Fox in the ensemble. It was a huge critical bomb but it slightly outperformed Mr. Belvedere. It didn't do enough though and was yanked after 12 episodes. It was replaced by Mission: Impossible which returned to its previous slot and was cancelled after two unsuccessful seasons. Three failed freshmen followed in the 8pm slot for the remainder of the season. First up was H.E.L.P., a show that featured the three branches of NYC Emergency Services (police, medical, and fire). It featured David Caruso and Wesley Snipes before they hit it big and was one of the lowest rated shows of the 1989-90 season. It was replaced by an even bigger bomb - LA based cop drama Sunset Beat lasted a mere two weeks. At the tail end of the season, some burnoff episodes of Elvis aired in the hour.

Sundays
(Sep 24-Jan 7)
7:00 Life Goes On
8:00 Free Spirit
8:30 Homeroom (through Dec 17)
9:00 Sunday Night Movie

(Jan 14-May 13)
7:00 Life Goes On
8:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:30 Elvis (Feb 11-Mar 18)
9:00 Sunday Night Movie
"Life Goes On"
"America's Funniest Home Videos"
Sunday nights were home to lots of new programming in the 1989-90 season but to mixed results. After unscripted programming the previous year, ABC went with a family drama in the 7pm hour. Life Goes On starring Bill Smitrovich and Patti LuPone was critically acclaimed but not a huge success in the 7pm hour. However, ABC knew that 7pm Sunday was a real difficult time to program and the show managed to get a renewal. The 8pm hour was initially given to two new comedies - the supernatural Free Spirit was about a housekeeper who was actually a witch and featured a kid Alyson Hannigan. The silly show seemed better fit for Fridays than Sundays and was pulled after 13 episodes. It did fare better than the comedy it was paired with. Homeroom was a short lived school sitcom that was among the lowest rated on TV that year. It didn't even last as long as Free Spirit. ABC's fortunes in the 8pm hour changed dramatically in January when America's Funniest Home Videos joined the lineup. A special in November gave way to a January series which was an instant smash. Hosted by Full House's Bob Saget, the show was revolutionary years before YouTube made funny home videos commonplace. Even with all the changes in the world, it is still on the air today, 22 years later though it's not getting anywhere close to the 40 million viewers it was in the spring of 1990. For a brief time, it was paired with one of the stranger entries of the season, Elvis. The show was a biographical series based on the early years of Elvis Presley. Though fictional, it leaned heavily on real life events. It seemed more like a limited series which it ultimately was because it only lasted 10 episodes. It's hard to schedule shows like that anywhere on the schedule and it seemed especially weak airing behind the mammoth hit that was Videos. Various repeats and extra episodes of Videos aired at 8:30pm during the rest of the spring. Throughout the season, a movie aired at 9pm but it still was third behind CBS and NBC's competing movies.

ABC 1989-90 Stats

Shows in the Top 30
1. Roseanne
5. America's Funniest Home Videos
8. The Wonder Years
10. Monday Night Football
12. Who's the Boss?
13. Chicken Soup
18. Coach
21. Growing Pains
22. Full House
26. Head of the Class
28. Doogie Howser MD

Fall Shows Survival: 4/8 (50%)
Life Goes On, Doogie Howser MD, The Young Riders, Family Matters

Midseason Shows Survival: 3/9 (33%)
America's Funniest Home Videos, Equal Justice, Twin Peaks

Total New Shows Survival Rate: 7/17 (41%)

Cancelled/Ended Series
Mr. Belvedere (6 seasons)
Just the Ten of Us (3 seasons)
Mission: Impossible (2 seasons)
Chicken Soup/Homeroom/Free Spirit/Living Dolls/Elvis/H.E.L.P./The Marshall Chronicles/Capital News/Sunset Beat/Brewster Place (1 season)

Emmy Award Nominees & Winners (Major Categories)
China Beach (Nominee, Outstanding Drama Series)
thirtysomething (Nominee, Outstanding Drama Series)
Twin Peaks (Nominee, Outstanding Drama Series)
The Wonder Years (Nominee, Outstanding Comedy Series)
Peter Falk, Columbo (ABC Mystery Movie) (WINNER, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series)
Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series)
Patricia Wettig, thirtysomething (WINNER, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series)
Dana Delany, China Beach (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series)
Piper Laurie, Twin Peaks (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series)
John Goodman, Roseanne (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series)
Craig T. Nelson, Coach (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series)
Fred Savage, The Wonder Years (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series)
Timothy Busfield, thirtysomething (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)
Marg Helgenberger, China Beach (WINNER, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)
Sherilyn Fenn, Twin Peaks (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)
Melanie Mayron, thirtysomething (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)
Jerry Van Dyke, Coach (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series)

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, October 28

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Once Upon a Time #27 "The Doctor"
9:00 Revenge #27 "Forgiveness"
10:00 666 Park Avenue #5 "A Crowd of Demons"
ABC is all new on Sunday night with its trio of dramas. I feel like this lineup could do well in the Halloween season and people may be staying in on the East Coast with the big storm so I could see the lineup going up again.
Prediction: Videos - 6.0 million, 1.4/Time - 10.0 million, 3.4/Revenge - 8.9 million, 2.9/Park - 5.3 million, 1.8

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 The Amazing Race
9:00 The Good Wife #73 "Waiting for the Knock"
10:00 The Mentalist #99 "Red Dawn"
CBS is all new. There is no direct football lead-in which likely means lower numbers for the first three hours,  and a nice jump from The Mentalist which started at 10:56pm last week.
Prediction: 60 Mins - 11.4 million, 2.0/Race - 8.9 million, 2.5/Wife - 9.3 million, 1.7/Mentalist - 10.1 million, 2.0

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
8:30 Sunday Night Football: New Orleans at Denver
NBC has the Sunday Night game between the Saints and Broncos. With competition from the World Series, it could be one of the lower results of the season.

FOX
7:00 NFL Overrun
7:30 The OT
8:00 MLB World Series Game 4: San Francisco at Detroit
FOX has football leading into the World Series. The football matchup of New York-Dallas should be quite strong and that might boost the World Series from its first couple nights.     

Saturday, October 27, 2012

GOOD WEEK/BAD WEEK: 2012-13 Week 5

GOOD WEEK: TV'S TOP TWO COMEDIES
Last fall was dubbed the "year of the comedy" as the veteran shows were up and new shows such as New Girl, Suburgatory, and 2 Broke Girls were breaking out. This year hasn't been as strong. None of the new comedies are mass hits and second year shows are not soaring. But there are two shows that just continue to dominate the ratings - ABC's Modern Family and CBS' The Big Bang Theory are far and away the biggest hits on TV. Big Bang had a 5.0 demo this week and Modern had a 4.9. By comparison, no drama was above a 3.4 last week and the next closest show was The Voice at a 4.3. Two comedies continue to fly high even as broadcast networks are having tough sledding this season.

BAD WEEK: "VEGAS"
Vegas' week started on a good note. It's most recent episode had stabilized even though it was skewing old and then it got a full season renewal alongside Elementary. But then Tuesday night happened. Vegas stumbled badly as it fell to a very troubling 1.6 demo and the old skew continued to skew older. Period dramas have such a tough time on broadcast networks and it's looking like Vegas might go the way of The Playboy Club and Pan Am with those numbers. A 1.6 demo is by far CBS's lowest rated show outside of Friday and Saturday and I have to wonder if they are regretting the full season renewal. At the same time, they don't really have anything else to air at the moment with only Golden Boy on the bench. Still, Vegas is already well behind the lowest episodes of Unforgettable last year.

RATINGS RECAP: 10/26/12

ABC 
8:00 Shark Tank
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 20/20: All Access Nashville with Katie Couric
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

CBS 
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 CSI: NY
Viewers: 10.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 Blue Bloods
Viewers: 11.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

NBC 
8:00 Mockingbird Lane
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Grimm
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

FOX 
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Fringe
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

On Friday night, NBC offered up the pilot to planned series Mockingbird Lane, a reboot of The Munsters. The special airing did better than NBC has done in the slot in quite awhile but I don't think it did enough to make NBC decide to pick it up as a series. I do wish networks would show "busted" pilots like this more often. The good news was that the better lead-in propped up Grimm as it was up 1.1 million viewers and a big half a demo point for its best Friday demo since the series premiere a year ago. This show needs an 8pm companion even if that's not Mockingbird Lane. On ABC, Shark Tank was down a bit from its series high last week as it dropped three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. The show moves to 9pm next week to make room for Last Man Standing and Malibu Country. At 9pm was a 20/20 special with Katie Couric which did ok. A regular 20/20 followed with similar numbers to the special as it was up four tenths in viewers and even in the demo.

FOX had the season premiere of Kitchen Nightmares and it was way down from last year's season premiere. This used to be a viable Friday option for FOX but it got clobbered last night. Maybe viewers didn't know it was back? We'll see if it goes up in weeks to come. At 9pm, Fringe was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. Finally on CBS, CSI: NY was up six tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo as it seems to be perking up at 9pm. Blue Bloods followed and was up a good eight tenths viewers and two tenths in the demo.

RATINGS RECAP: 10/25/12

ABC
8:00 Last Resort
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 Grey's Anatomy
Viewers: 8.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
10:00 Scandal
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 15.8 million, 18-49 demo: 5.0
8:30 Two and a Half Men
Viewers: 12.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.7
9:00 Person of Interest
Viewers: 14.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
10:00 Elementary
Viewers: 10.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2

NBC
8:00 30 Rock
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:30 Up All Night
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 The Office
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:30 Parks and Recreation
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

FOX
8:00 MLB World Series Game 2
Viewers: 12.3 million, 18-49 demo: 3.5 

CBS had good and bad news on Thursday night. The good news started at 8pm where The Big Bang Theory was up a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo from last week for a season high in viewers and a tie in series high in the demo. It also managed to sneak past Modern Family to be the #1 show in the 18-49 demo for the week. However, Two and a Half Men followed and was down seven tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. Does Miley Cyrus make that much of a difference? The good news came back at 9pm where Person of Interest was up a tenth in viewers and the demo. It came within a tenth of Grey's Anatomy for the demo win after starting the season down 1.4 demo points down in the hour. But the good news didn't continue to 10pm where Elementary was down another six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. The show is starting to stabilize but it still doesn't seem to be dropping and saw another big second half drop.

ABC saw troubling signs at 8pm where Last Resort was down six tenths in viewers and a rough four tenths in the demo for a series low. The show was doing alright before last night for a timeslot that has been nearly impossible for ABC but a 1.3 is not a good number and it has fallen behind 666 Park Avenue as ABC's lowest rated new show. I think they'll see out the 13 episodes and maybe an extra episode or two like Pan Am last year but I'd be surprised to see this get a full season. Some are blaming the World Series but this show just doesn't seem to be able to keep the audience's attention. At 9pm, Grey's Anatomy was down another nine tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo. It has now fallen 1.4 demo points since its big 4.4 premiere and that is a bit unsettling. It managed to squeak by Person of Interest in the time period once finals were released but the gap is much much smaller. The best news for ABC came at 10pm though where Scandal was down just a tenth in viewers and even in the demo despite the big drop for the lead-in. This is the best retention it has had out of Grey's this year and shows that it has its own audience.

NBC had another pathetic Thursday as every show was below a 2 demo. At 8pm, 30 Rock was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo while Up All Night was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. The good news for Up All Night is that it routinely builds on its lead-in. At 9pm, The Office was down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a series low. This one time demo powerhouse has lost so much of its luster and it's a real good thing that it's the final season. At 9:30pm, Parks and Recreation was down two tenths in viewers but up a tenth in the demo. Rock Center with Brian Williams closed out the night up two tenths in viewers and the demo for a season high. Sad, isn't it? FOX aired Game 2 of the World Series and it continued to be down big year to year. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, October 26 & Saturday, October 27

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 Shark Tank
9:00 20/20: All Access Nashville with Katie Couric (SPECIAL)
10:00 20/20
ABC is all new starting with Shark Tank which saw a series high last week. I'm not sure it will rise again but I think it'll either hold steady or drop by a tenth at most. A 20/20 special with Katie Couric follows and could be up from Primetime: What Would You Do's numbers.
Prediction: Shark - 6.8 million, 1.9/2020 - 5.7 million, 1.5

CBS
8:00 NCIS #200 "Life Before His Eyes" (REPEAT)
9:00 CSI: NY #185 "Misconceptions"
10:00 Blue Bloods #49 "Risk and Reward"
CBS is all new from 9-11pm. I could see the shows going up a tenth maybe if NCIS is higher as an 8pm repeat but these shows continue to disappoint even post-Made in Jersey.
Prediction: CSI NY - 9.8 million, 1.3/Bloods - 10.5 million, 1.4

NBC
8:00 Mockingbird Lane (SPECIAL)
9:00 Grimm #31 "La Llorona"
10:00 Dateline NBC
NBC is all new on Friday night starting with a very interesting special. Mockingbird Lane was a planned series reboot of The Munsters from Bryan Fuller. When NBC wasn't happy with how things turned out, they initially passed on the project but will air the pilot on Friday as a special. While this will most likely be all we see, there's a chance it could still get a series order if ratings or feedback is good. It'll be interesting to see how it does. At 9pm, Grimm airs a Halloween episode and it could be up from last week.
Prediction: Grimm - 5.5 million, 1.6/Dateline - 5.1 million, 1.4

FOX
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares (Season Premiere)
9:00 Fringe #91 "The Bullet that Saved the World"
FOX is all new starting with the season premiere of Kitchen Nightmares. Even with the tough unscripted competition from Shark Tank, it should be a solid Friday performer. Fringe could be up a tenth if the lead-in is significantly better.
Prediction: Kitchen - 4.5 million, 1.5/Fringe - 2.9 million, 1.1

SATURDAYS

ABC8:00 College Football

CBS
8:00 Hawaii Five-0 #38 "Pu'olo" (REPEAT)
9:00 Criminal Minds #141 "Dorado Falls" (REPEAT)
10:00 48 Hours

NBC
8:00 Revolution #3 "No Quarter" (REPEAT)
9:00 Chicago Fire #3 "Professional Courtesy" (REPEAT)
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #300 "Manhattan Vigil" (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 MLB World Series Game 4: San Francisco at Detroit       

Thursday, October 25, 2012

RATINGS RECAP: 10/24/12

ABC
8:00 The Middle
Viewers: 8.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
8:30 The Neighbors
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 Modern Family
Viewers: 12.5 million, 18-49 demo: 4.9
9:30 Suburgatory
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
10:00 Nashville
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

CBS
8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 10.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
9:00 Criminal Minds
Viewers: 11.6 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1
10:00 CSI
Viewers: 10.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4

NBC
8:00 Animal Practice
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:30 Guys with Kids
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 Chicago Fire
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

FOX 
8:00 MLB World Series Game 1
Viewers: 12.2 million, 18-49 demo: 3.6

On Wednesday night, ABC was mostly up with its lineup of Halloween themed sitcoms and Nashville. At 8pm, The Middle was up four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for its best numbers since the season premiere. At 8:30pm, The Neighbors was up half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo. This show is holding better than anticipated though it's not as compatible with The Middle as Suburgatory was. At 9pm, Modern Family was up two tenths in viewers and the demo. The Halloween episodes for this show have spiked more in the past but this is still a good uptick as it will fight again with The Big Bang Theory for being the top demo draw of the week. At 9:30pm, Suburgatory was down a tenth in viewers and the demo from its season premiere last week. This is one of the bigger disappointments this fall as it's not holding on to the Modern Family audience than the seemingly less compatible Cougar Town and Happy Endings did. I thought this show would be doing much better in this slot. At 10pm, Nashville stabilized after last week's second week plummet. It was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo which has to be a sigh of relief for ABC. 

On NBC, the cancelled Animal Practice was down two tenths in viewers but even in the demo. It's too little, too late for this show though. At 8:30pm, Guys with Kids was down six tenths in viewers but even in the demo for the third week in a row. At 9pm, the 300th episode of Law & Order: SVU was up half a million viewers and three tenths in the demo. Congrats to this show for reaching #300 but it's well past its prime and probably should call it a day soon. Good news followed at 10pm where Chicago Fire recovered half a million viewers and three tenths in the demo as well from  last week's second week drop. This is a promising sign for a show that NBC would love to groom as a successor to SVU.  

CBS was mostly steady with its reliable lineup. Survivor and Criminal Minds were both down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo from their performances last week. At 10pm, CSI was down six tenths in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. FOX aired Game 1 of the World Series but a less intriguing matchup was down six tenths in viewers from last year's Game 1.

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, October 25

ABC
8:00 Last Resort #5 "Skeleton Crew"
9:00 Grey's Anatomy #176 "I Saw Her Standing There"
10:00 Scandal #11 "Beltway Unbuckled"
ABC is all new with its drama trio. I could see all three shows being down a touch, I don't really have a reason for that prediction, just a gut I guess!
Prediction: Resort - 6.6 million, 1.6/Grey's - 9.5 million, 3.3/Scandal - 6.0 million, 1.9

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #116 "The Holographic Excitation"
8:30 Two and a Half Men #206 "That's Not What They Call it in Amsterdam"
9:00 Person of Interest #27 "Triggerman"
10:00 Elementary #4 "The Rat Race"
CBS is all new starting with a Halloween themed episode of The Big Bang Theory. Halloween episodes are typically kind to sitcoms so I could see it being up and that might have a halo effect on the rest of the night which would be good news to Person of Interest and Elementary.
Prediction: Big Bang - 16.8 million, 5.1/Men - 13.9 million, 4.1/Person - 14.5 million, 3.0/Elementary - 11.2 million, 2.4

NBC
8:00 30 Rock #129 "Unwindulax"
8:30 Up All Night #30 "Ma'am'd"
9:00 The Office #181 "Here Comes Treble"
9:30 Parks and Recreation #73 "Halloween Surprise"
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
NBC has an all new lineup with Halloween themed episodes of all its comedies except 30 Rock. Halloween episodes usually see a boost so this lineup might see something small but it's not going to soar by any means.
Prediction: 30 Rock - 3.1 million, 1.2/Night - 3.3 million, 1.4/Office - 4.5 million, 2.3/Parks - 3.8 million, 1.7/Rock Center - 3.4 million, 0.9

FOX
8:00 MLB World Series Game 2: Detroit at San Francisco      

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

RATINGS RECAP: 10/23/12

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 12.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:00 Happy Endings
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:30 Don't Trust the B--- in Apartment 23
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 Private Practice
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

CBS
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 17.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 16.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
10:00 Vegas
Viewers: 10.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 11.2 million, 18-49 demo: 4.3
9:00 Go On
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:30 The New Normal
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 Parenthood
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9

FOX
8:00 Raising Hope
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
8:30 Ben and Kate
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 New Girl
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
9:30 The X Factor
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3

On Tuesday night, ABC finally had its 9pm comedies premiere to compete with comedies on NBC and FOX but the results were not positive. At 8pm, Dancing with the Stars was even in viewers but up three tenths in the demo for its best Tuesday demo this season. It seems to be rallying a bit after a real disappointing start. At 9pm was the season premieres of Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. Both shows came in last in the demo as they showed they can't survive without a Modern Family lead-in. None of this is surprising though because the young adult comedies don't fit after Dancing with the Stars and they don't have a large enough fan base to survive on their own. I think ABC will be much more patient with Endings than Apartment though. At 10pm, Private Practice had a lower lead-in and fell 1.4 million viewers and two tenths in the demo, tying a season low. This show definitely should end this season so it's good that it is. 

CBS' drama lineup was down across the board for season lows from the last time they aired two weeks ago. At 8pm, NCIS was down seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo while NCIS: Los Angeles was up 1.3 million viewers but down two tenths in the demo. But the real bad news came at 10pm where Vegas, which was just given a full season, plummeted a million viewers and four tenths in the demo to a real low 1.6. This is lower than any results for Unforgettable in this slot last year and it's not acceptable for a Tuesday slot even with over 10 million viewers. It just seems as though period dramas can't find mass audiences and this has to have CBS thinking twice about that full season renewal.

On NBC, everything was down some as well though not as much as CBS. The Voice was down a million viewers and three tenths in the demo from last week. Is it finally starting to drift back to the pack? We'll see next week. At 9pm, Go On was down six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo as it maybe took a hit from the ABC comedies. It still is the highest rated comedy on NBC. At 9:30pm, The New Normal was down six tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo, tying a series low in the demo. This show just isn't doing enough right now but it has a full season so NBC will be patient. At 10pm, Parenthood was down a tenth in viewers and the demo but that was good enough for it to win the demo in the hour outright for the first time this season. NBC shouldn't mess with this show in this slot. It's viewer total is low but it skews quite young especially against Vegas and Private Practice.  

On FOX, Raising Hope started off the night down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo while Ben and Kate rallied a bit as it was up three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. It may have benefited by having New Girl back after it instead of the presidential debate. At 9pm, New Girl was up three tenths in viewers and even in the demo. It won the comedy battle against Go On and Happy Endings and nearly toppled NCIS: Los Angeles to win in the demo. At 9:30pm, a special recut airing of The X Factor didn't do too much but it was an improvement over The Mindy Project.

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, October 24

ABC
8:00 The Middle #78 "Halloween III: The Driving"
8:30 The Neighbors #5 "Halloween-ween"
9:00 Modern Family #77 "Open House of Horrors"
9:30 Suburgatory #24 "The Witch of East Chatswin"
10:00 Nashville #3 "Someday You'll Call My Name"
ABC is all new with its regular lineup that includes Halloween themed episodes of all four comedies. This has proven to be successful in the past with some big jumps. I think we'll see all four shows up again this year. It's tough to say if that will extend to Nashville or not but I could see it recovering a tenth or two in the demo.
Prediction: Middle - 9.2 million, 2.8/Neighbors - 6.9 million, 2.2/Modern - 12.8 million, 4.9/Suburgatory - 8.0 million, 3.0/Nashville - 7.1 million, 2.1

CBS
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #166 "God Complex"
10:00 CSI #277 "It Was a Very Good Year"
CBS is all new. I could see the numbers being pretty steady except Criminal Minds could be down if Law & Order: SVU can get some eyeballs for its 300th episode.
Prediction: Survivor - 9.9 million, 2.8/Criminal - 11.5 million, 3.0/CSI - 10.5 million, 2.3

NBC
8:00 Animal Practice #6 "The Two George Colemans"
8:30 Guys with Kids #6 "Apartment Halloween"
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #300 "Manhattan Vigil"
10:00 Chicago Fire #3 "Professional Courtesy"
NBC is all new starting with the cancelled Animal Practice. If it drops and brings Guys with Kids down with it, it might get the hook earlier than the planned final episode on November 7. At 9pm is the 300th episode of Law & Order: SVU. Regardless of its poor current ratings, this is a great accomplishment for the show which premiered way back in 1999. I think it could see a jump for this heavily promoted episode and that could help week three of Chicago Fire.
Prediction: Practice - 3.5 million, 1.0/Guys - 4.6 million, 1.4/SVU - 7.8 million, 2.0/Chicago - 6.3 million, 1.6

FOX
8:00 MLB Word Series Game 1
FOX has Game 1 of the World Series. I don't see the numbers being anywhere close to last year as people don't seem overly interested in the Tigers/Giants matchup.   

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

FULL SEASON ALERT: Vegas, Elementary

As the full season renewals keep coming for freshman, CBS has picked up two of its dramas after axing their third new one (Made in Jersey).

New Tuesday period drama Vegas was given a full season meaning it will last longer than last year's 1960s set dramas, The Playboy Club and Pan Am. Vegas was highly touted leading up to the season thanks to the star power of Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, and Carrie-Anne Moss. The show has delivered solid total viewer numbers but has skewed really old and hasn't been a better option for Tuesday at 10pm than last year's occupant, Unforgettable. Still, CBS will be patient with the show and it might be a future Friday contender considering its audience is so old. I thought CBS should have put their new Tuesday drama at 9pm and split the NCIS twins but they did not do that and 10pm is a tough time to launch a drama.

A full season was also given to the new Thursday Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary. Like Vegas, Elementary was a highly anticipated new show in the summer with its fresh take on the Sherlock Holmes story and the creative casting of Lucy Liu as Watson. The show delivered one of the best drama premieres of the fall and it has remained one of the top new dramas even though it has had heavy drops in its first couple episodes. Right now it doesn't seem like a much better option than The Mentalist in the slot but CBS is doing the right thing in being patient with these shows because they might find an audience the way Person of Interest grew during the year last year.

RATINGS RECAP: 10/22/12

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 13.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:00 ABC News: Presidential Debate
N/A
10:30 ABC News: Post Debate Analysis
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
8:30 2 Broke Girls (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 CBS News: Presidential Debate
N/A
10:30 CBS News: Post Debate Analysis
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8 

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 12.0 million, 18-49 demo: 4.3
9:00 NBC News: Presidential Debate
N/A
10:30 NBC News: Post Debate Analysis
Viewers: 9.3 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2

FOX 
8:00 MLB NLCS Playoffs Game 7
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4

The third and final presidential debate caused more change among broadcast networks. It's not worth going into too much ratings detail on a night like this but a few things to note: Dancing with the Stars was down three tenths in viewers but up three tenths in the demo to its best numbers since the season premiere. The Voice was down a million viewers and half a demo point. We'll see how it does next week when it's back to two hours. And a repeat of 2 Broke Girls did as well as a new Partners last week in the 8:30pm slot.

RATINGS RECAP: 10/21/12

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 9.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
9:00 Revenge
Viewers: 8.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
10:00 666 Park Avenue
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

CBS
7:00 NFL Overrun
Viewers: 23.0 million, 18-49 demo: 8.2
7:56 60 Minutes
Viewers: 15.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.6
8:56 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 9.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
9:56 The Good Wife
Viewers: 10.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:56 The Mentalist
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5 

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:00 NFL Pregame
Viewers: 9.5 million, 18-49 demo: 3.6
8:30 Sunday Night Football
Viewers: 17.5 million, 18-49 demo: 6.7

FOX
7:00 MLB Pregame
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
7:30 MLB NLCS Game 6
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2

On a night when NBC and FOX both carried sports, ABC had a good night as all three of their dramas were up. At 7pm though America's Funniest Home Videos was even in viewers but down a tenth in the demo. The news was better at 8pm where Once Upon a Time recovered some from last week's fall as it was up four tenths in viewers and a good three tenths in the demo. That was good enough to tie Revolution for the second best drama demo performance of the week (a tenth behind leader Grey's Anatomy). At 9pm, Revenge was up four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for the best performance since the season premiere. The good news even extended to 10pm where 666 Park Avenue was even in viewers and up two tenths in the demo. The show got additional scripts but this is still entirely too low.

CBS's lineup was thrown for a loop as the NFL overrun which is scheduled until 7:30pm lasted all the way until 7:56pm with an overtime Patriots-Jets game. This meant the shows started nearly half an hour later than scheduled and The Mentalist didn't start until nearly 11pm. Still, the news was good for shows except for The Mentalist. 60 Minutes was up a huge 4.3 million viewers and 1.6 demo points with a football lead-in this week. The Amazing Race was up four tenths in viewers and even in the demo while The Good Wife rebounded some as it was up nine tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. The only drop came from The Mentalist which was down 2.6 million viewers and six tenths in the demo. That's not really concerning though considering it started 56 minutes later than last week.

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, October 23

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
9:00 Happy Endings #36 "Cazsh Dummy Spillionaires" (Season Premiere)
9:30 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 #8 "A Reunion..." (Season Premiere)
10:00 Private Practice #102 "You Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone"

ABC is all new and finally has its full Tuesday lineup in tact. At 8pm is Dancing with the Stars and it is more competition, not an elimination due to the odd schedule with Monday's debate. I think it'll be close to last week's numbers. At 9pm are the season premieres of Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. Both shows have their fans but have yet to achieve mainstream success. I don't see the numbers being great here, in fact I could see them land in fourth in the demo for the hour behind NCIS: Los Angeles and the comedies on NBC and FOX. Dancing isn't a huge lead-in anymore and the ceiling seems low for these shows. At 10pm, Private Practice, which is ending at midseason, is all new. It could be up in light of the recent announcement of it ending but it'll have a weaker lead-in so I actually think it might be down.
Prediction: Dancing - 13.2 million, 2.1/Happy - 5.4 million, 1.9/Apartment - 4.7 million, 1.7/Practice - 5.5 million, 1.5

CBS
8:00 NCIS #214 "Lost at Sea"
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #76 "Dead Body Politic"
10:00 Vegas #4 "(II)Legitimate"
CBS is all new with its dramas. I could see this lineup being up as it's the only option for dramas among the broadcast networks in the 8pm & 9pm hours. Of course that's been true all season so who knows.
Prediction: NCIS - 18.9 million, 3.5/Los Angeles - 15.8 million, 3.2/Vegas - 11.7 million, 2.1

NBC
8:00 The Voice
9:00 Go On #7 "Any Given Birthday"
9:30 The New Normal #7 "The Godparent Trap"
10:00 Parenthood #59 "I'll Be Right Here"
NBC is all new as well. The Voice should continue to be a beast but how will Go On and The New Normal fare with more comedies in the hour? I think they'll slip a bit but hold on to second in the demo among the comedies. At 10pm, Parenthood jumped two weeks ago to a 2.0 demo but I think it might take a step back this week because that was a surprising jump.
Prediction: Voice - 11.8 million, 4.5/Go On - 6.2 million, 2.5/Normal - 4.5 million, 1.8/Parenthood - 4.8 million, 1.8

FOX
8:00 Raising Hope #48 "If a Ham Falls in the Woods"
8:30 Ben and Kate #5 "Emergency Kit"
9:00 New Girl #29 "Models"
9:30 The X Factor 
FOX originally had the comedies planned here and then they were going to air The X Factor instead after it was messed up last week during the rain delayed baseball. They finally decided to compromise by airing comedies until 9:30pm and then expand their primetime until 10:30pm to air an hour edition of The X Factor. This was a good move because New Girl was preempted last week and will be again in two weeks for the election. I think numbers will be close to their last new airings.
Prediction: Hope - 4.0 million, 1.7/Ben and Kate - 3.0 million, 1.3/New Girl - 4.5 million, 2.7/X Factor - 7.7 million, 2.9

Monday, October 22, 2012

RENEWAL ALERT: The X Factor

In an unsurprising move, FOX has renewed competition series The X Factor for a third season that will air next fall. Featuring former American Idol judge Simon Cowell, The X Factor was FOX's "next big thing" when it launched last fall. Simon Cowell predicted 20 million viewers for the show. Though it vastly improved FOX's fall numbers, it came in well below expectations and seemed like the third option behind Idol and The Voice. The show was retooled as Britney Spears and Demi Lovato were brought on as judges this season. The show has continued to do well but not spectacular and it isn't getting the numbers The Voice. But again, FOX would be in dire straits without it. The positive side is that it boosts FOX's numbers. The downside is that FOX has limited space to launch new shows without it taking up three hours and the ones they are launching aren't working.

The X Factor joins FOX's cartoons American Dad!, Bob's Burgers, The Simpsons, and Family Guy as well as NBC's The Voice for early renewals for the 2013-14 season.

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, October 22

Monday marks the third and final presidential debate which means not too much for regular shows. CBS is making the interesting move of airing repeats of The Big Bang Theory and 2 Broke Girls, perhaps as a way to help Broke out as it has only done ok as an anchor.

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
9:00 ABC News: Presidential Debate
10:30 ABC News: Presidential Debate Analysis
ABC is all new with Dancing with the Stars. Since the competition is similar even though it's just an hour, I expect similar results.
Prediction: Dancing - 13.1 million, 2.1

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #90 "The Pulled Groin Extrapolation" (REPEAT)
8:30 2 Broke Girls #20 "And the Drug Money" (REPEAT) 
9:00 CBS News: Presidential Debate
10:30 CBS News: Presidential Debate Analysis

NBC
8:00 The Voice
9:00 NBC News: Presidential Debate
10:30 NBC News: Presidential Debate Analysis
NBC has The Voice before the debates. Even though it's just the 8pm hour, it wouldn't shock me if it was up because NBC news gets a lot of eyeballs for the debate and there might be some tune in.
Prediction: Voice - 13.5 million, 4.9

FOX
8:00 The X Factor (REPEAT)
9:00 FOX News: Presidential Debate 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

RATINGS RECAP: 10/20/12

ABC 
8:00 College Football
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

CBS
8:00 CSI (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Person of Interest (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

NBC
8:00 Revolution (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Chicago Fire (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX 
8:00 College Football
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

WEEKEND REWIND: ABC 1988-89 Season

ABC 1988-89 SEASON
ABC had some things to look forward to for the first time in a couple years after several successful shows premiered the previous season - Emmy winners The Wonder Years and thirtysomething plus Full House, Just the Ten of Us, and China Beach were among ABC's young shows that was helping to reshape the lineup. The 1988 season was delayed by a long writers' strike that lasted through much of the summer. Because of that, most shows didn't premiere until late October or early November. It was an odd start but ABC's revival continued this year thanks in large part to one brassy comedienne and her self-titled show.

Mondays
(Sep 19-Oct 3)
8:00 Monday Night Football

(Oct 10-Dec 19)
8:00 MacGyver
9:00 Monday Night Football

(Jan 9-23)
8:00 MacGyver
9:00 Monday Night Movie

(Feb 6-May 22)
8:00 MacGyver
9:00 Monday Mystery Movie: Columbo, BL Stryker, Gideon Oliver
With the writers' strike hurting the beginning of the season, ABC tried a few weeks of expanded Monday Night Football, but that didn't last long and they aired repeats of MacGyver until the show was ready to premiere on November 14. Then the regular Monday plan continued through the end of Monday Night Football and start of the movie. Then ABC tried something different starting in February. Rather than a different movie each week, they rotated three mystery series in two hour movie blocks. They aired the long-running Columbo starring Peter Falk, BL Stryker starring Burt Reynolds, and Gideon Oliver starring Louis Gossett Jr. It was a valiant effort for something different and it worked for awhile but not when they moved it to Saturdays the following season.

Tuesdays
(Oct 18-Nov 29)
8:00 Who's the Boss?
8:30 Roseanne
9:00 Tuesday Night Movie

(Dec 6-Feb 14)
8:00 Who's the Boss?
8:30 Roseanne
9:00 Moonlighting
10:00 thirtysomething

(Feb 28-Apr 11)
8:00 Who's the Boss?
8:30 The Wonder Years
9:00 Roseanne
9:30 Anything But Love (starting Mar 7)
10:00 thirtysomething

(Apr 18-May 16)
8:00 Who's the Boss?
8:30 The Wonder Years
9:00 Roseanne
9:30 Have Faith
10:00 thirtysomething
"Roseanne"
"Anything But Love"
ABC started the season with just two comedies because Moonlighting and thirtysomething weren't ready yet due to the Writer's Strike. However, they struck comedy gold when they paired the popular Who's the Boss? with a new blue collar comedy from stand up comedienne Roseanne Barr. Roseanne hit comedy gold as it was a massive hit with audiences and critics alike. The show single-handedly became ABC's new cornerstone show and was one of the most talked about sitcoms in years. Moonlighting and thirtysomething finally joined the lineup in December but Moonlighting was not the show it used to be. It was tired and the actors were ready to move on (Bruce Willis became a huge movie star thanks to Die Hard). The show was yanked from its longtime Tuesday home in February and it was moved to Sundays for one last gasp effort before cancellation. ABC used its new hit in Roseanne to create a four comedy block on Tuesday nights with Who's the Boss? and Roseanne as the anchor shows. Calling the block "Terrific Tuesday," they also moved The Wonder Years from Wednesdays to Tuesdays to strengthen the block. At 9:30pm, they launched the new Anything But Love starring Richard Lewis and Jamie Lee Curtis. The show placed in the Top 20 its first year due to its massive lead-in but it always seemed to be one of those lead-in dependent shows as it bounced around the schedule for a few years. When its quick first season ended, ABC tried another sitcom in Have Faith. The sitcom about a catholic priest was not as successful a companion to Roseanne as Anything But Love was and was cancelled at the end of the season.

Wednesdays
(Oct 19-Nov 23)
8:00 Growing Pains
8:30 Head of the Class
9:00 Wednesday Night Movie

(Nov 30-Feb 22)
8:00 Growing Pains
8:30 Head of the Class
9:00 The Wonder Years
9:30 Hooperman
10:00 China Beach

(Mar 1-22)
8:00 Growing Pains
8:30 Head of the Class
9:00 Coach
9:30 Hooperman
10:00 China Beach

(Apr 5-May 17)
8:00 Growing Pains
8:30 Head of the Class
9:00 Coach
9:30 The Robert Guillaume Show
10:00 China Beach
"Coach"
Wednesday nights were pretty stable this season and quite popular for the first half of the night. Like other nights, the shows rolled on in waves after the strike. At first were two very popular shows in the middle of their runs - Growing Pains and Head of the Class. The two shows fit together very nicely and occupied the 8pm hour for the whole year. After a few weeks of movies, the 9pm-11pm time was added back in starting with the Emmy Award winning The Wonder Years and the second season of narrowly renewed Hooperman. One of these things was not like the others in this lineup as the first three shows placed in the Top 20 while Hooperman was all the way down at #60. Still, it managed to last all the way until March. In fact, The Wonder Years moved to Tuesday first and a new 9pm show joined. After a premiere following Roseanne, Coach joined the lineup on Wednesday nights. The sitcom starring Craig T. Nelson was a popular fixture for nearly a decade on ABC but it constantly seemed to play second fiddle to shows like Roseanne and eventually Home Improvement. It bounced around a lot during its nine season run but still managed to be pretty popular at the time and even somewhat in syndication. When Hooperman was finally pulled from the schedule in March, it was replaced by The Robert Guillaume Show. The Benson star returned to ABC in a controversial sitcom featuring an interracial couple. Though ABC backed the show publicly, they aired episodes out of order and gave it a quick hook. While I can't comment on the show's quality as I have never seen it, the fact that it was controversial in a sign of how much things have changed since 1989. All year, the critically acclaimed but ratings challenged China Beach aired at 10pm. It had enough good will and did well enough to earn a third season.

Thursdays
(Nov 10-Dec 22)
8:00 Knightwatch
9:00 Dynasty
10:00 Specials

(Jan 5-19)
8:00 Knightwatch
9:00 Dynasty
10:00 Heartbeat

(Jan 26-Mar 2)
8:00 A Fine Romance
9:00 Dynasty
10:00 Heartbeat

(Mar 16-May 11)
8:00 Specials
9:00 Dynasty
10:00 Heartbeat (through Apr 6)
"Knightwatch"
The previous season had no returnees on Thursday so it was once again back to the drawing board for ABC. The entire night didn't start until November as specials and movies filled the first two months after the strike. When a new lineup came, it was the new show Knightwatch at 8pm. The gritty drama starred a young Benjamin Bratt and was about former gang members volunteering to help law enforcement. The show made it 8 episodes before cancellation. At 9pm was the final season of Dynasty. The former #1 show had fallen all the way to #57 and was cancelled at the end of the season. The Reagan era it was so associated was ending just as the show was and it got cancelled too late to give the show a proper finale though a very popular TV movie miniseries continued the story in 1991. Specials occupied the 10pm slot until January when Heartbeat returned for a second season. The show probably didn't deserve a second season and it only lasted 12 episodes before specials returned to 10pm for the remainder of the year. Later on in the season after Knightwatch was cancelled, ABC tried another new show - the offbeat romantic mystery drama A Fine Romance. The show wasn't definitely not a self starter at 8pm (ABC had troubles with this slot even way back then!) and was cancelled after 7 episodes and replaced with specials for the rest of the year.

Fridays
8:00 Perfect Strangers
8:30 Full House
9:00 Mr. Belvedere
9:30 Just the Ten of Us
10:00 20/20
It might be hard to believe but this lineup didn't change at all throughout the entire season. One year before the TGIF brand took over Friday nights, this lineup was a hint of things to come. After a successful move to Friday nights the previous spring, Perfect Strangers returned to lead off the night. It was paired with Full House which was a growing hit and the top rated show of the block. The 9pm hour wasn't as strong as Mr. Belvedere and Just the Ten of Us were both weaker entries but did enough to get renewals. Veteran newsmagazine 20/20 was finding its footing on Friday nights and was the top draw in the timeslot among the three networks.

Saturdays
(Sep 24-Nov 26)
8:00 Specials
9:00 Saturday Night Movie

(Dec 3-17)
8:00 Murphy's Law
9:00 Saturday Night Movie

(Jan 14-Mar 18)
8:00 Mission: Impossible (starting Jan 28)
9:00 A Man Called Hawk (starting Jan 28)
10:00 Murphy's Law

(Mar 25-May 6)
8:00 Mission: Impossible
9:00 A Man Called Hawk
10:00 Men (through April 22)
"A Man Called Hawk"
I guess you could say that Saturdays were slightly more stable this season for ABC and it did manage to get one show that aired on the night renewed. No shows aired until December on this night when Murphy's Law made its debut at 8pm. The light hearted dramedy starring George Segal aired at both 8pm & 10pm and couldn't make much of a dent in either slot. After it moved to 10pm, ABC brought two more shows to the night. The high profile remake of Mission: Impossible wasn't working on Sundays and moved to Saturdays. It did enough to get a second season though it was one of the many remakes that didn't live up to expectations. At 9pm was A Man Called Hawk, a spinoff of the cancelled Spenser: For Hire starring popular sidekick Avery Brooks. It was an early crime drama to star a black actor but it couldn't make things work on Saturday nights. When Murphy's Law was cancelled, it was replaced at the end of the season but the little remembered buddy drama Men. The show lasted a mere 5 episodes in the sleepy Saturday 10pm slot. And you wonder why networks don't program on Saturdays anymore.

Sundays
(Oct 9-Jan 15)
7:00 Incredible Sunday
8:00 Mission: Impossible (starting Oct 16)
9:00 Sunday Night Movie

(Jan 29-Feb 5)
7:00 Incredible Sunday
8:00 Studio 5-B
9:00 Sunday Night Movie

(Feb 26-May 14)
7:00 Great Circuses of the World (through Apr 16)
8:00 Moonlighting (starting Apr 2)
9:00 Sunday Night Movie
"Mission: Impossible"
ABC did away with its Disney movie on Sunday night and went back to regular series from 7-9pm. They started the season with two remakes of older shows. At 7pm was Incredible Sunday, a remake of the popular 1980-84 series That's Incredible! The unscripted series was full of stunts and hijinks and hosted by (among others) Growing Pains' Tracey Gold. The show lasted until February and then returned for a few more episodes in the summer months before going off the air as it couldn't recapture the magic of the original series. At 8pm was a remake of Mission: Impossible starring Peter Graves that was in a very unique position at the beginning of the season. As other shows were delayed by the writers' strike, ABC decided to use scripts from the original hit series updated to reflect the 1980s culture. This allowed ABC to get Mission: Impossible out of the gate sooner. Only a few remake episodes were made as the strike ended and the valiant effort by ABC didn't ultimately mean much. The show faltered on Sunday nights and was moved to a less pressurized Saturday slot where it narrowly got a second season renewal. When it moved to Saturdays, it was briefly replaced by Studio 5-B about a Canadian TV station. The show managed just three episodes (two of them on Sunday night) before being quickly cancelled. At the end of the season, 7pm was given to reality show Great Circuses of the World hosted by Mary Hart while 8pm was given to the final few episodes of Moonlighting. At 9pm throughout the entire season was a movie but it continued to lag in the ratings.

ABC 1988-89 Stats

Shows in the Top 30
2. Roseanne
7. Who's the Boss?
10. Anything But Love
13. Growing Pains
15. Monday Night Football
20. Head of the Class
22. The Wonder Years
29. ABC Mystery Movie

Fall Shows Survival: 2/5 (40%)
Roseanne, Mission: Impossible

Midseason Shows Survival: 2/9 (22%)
Coach, Anything But Love

Total New Shows Survival Rate: 4/14 (29%)

Cancelled/Ended Series
Dynasty (9 seasons)
Moonlighting (5 seasons)
Hooperman/Heartbeat (2 seasons)
Incredible Sunday/Murphy's Law/Knightwatch/A Fine Romance/Studio 5-B/A Man Called Hawk/Great Circuses of the World/Men/The Robert Guillaume Show/Have Faith (1 season)

Emmy Award Nominees & Winners (Major Categories)
China Beach (Nominee, Outstanding Drama Series)
thirtysomething (Nominee, Outstanding Drama Series)
The Wonder Years (Nominee, Outstanding Comedy Series)
Dana Delany, China Beach (WINNER, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series)
John Goodman, Roseanne (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series)
Fred Savage, The Wonder Years (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series)
Timothy Busfield, thirtysomething (Nominee, Oustanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)
Melanie Mayron, thirtysomething (WINNER, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)
Katherine Helmond, Who's the Boss? (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series)