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Sunday, December 30, 2012

YEAR IN REVIEW: The Top 20 Episodes of 2012

The regular Weekend Rewind looking at past seasons is preempted this week for my second annual rundown of my Top 20 episodes of the year. A quick disclaimer: this is of course based on shows I watched. I am watching the first couple years of Parenthood on DVD and I love it but I haven't gotten to 2012's episodes yet. Also, there are shows like Homeland that I'm sure I love but haven't watched yet, so this is based on what I do watch and what I enjoyed in 2012. So check it out below! And also, check outmy top 20 episodes of 2011!

20. Criminal Minds #159/160 "Hit/Run" (May 16, 2012)
The season finale of Criminal Minds was a two hours full of heart stopping drama. Set mainly around a tense bank robbery, this episode had everything that Criminal Minds fan love: twists and turns, intense action sequences, and building suspense. Then at the end of the episode, there was a very sweet sendoff to Paget Brewster as Agent Prentiss. She has such an impact on the show and it hasn't been the same without her but at least they sent her off in style in a way that made me realize I care about these characters even though they often seem like props in the procedural story.

19. New Girl #25 "Re-launch" (September 25, 2012)
New Girl has been in the opposite of a sophomore slump: it has been getting better and better after a stellar first season. It started off its second season in a real strong way with Jess losing her job. That made her neurotic tendencies even stronger. Adding in a real funny side of Winston after too many of Nick's drinks, I remember being so excited that these guys were back after a long summer off. This is the Friends of this generation in my opinion.

18. Chicago Fire #10 "Merry Christmas, Etc" (December 19, 2012)
Chicago Fire has been the surprise of the year for me. I thought it would be a mundane drama that would run out of storylines quickly (after all, how many ways can they portray fighting a fire?) But instead, the show has been building strong storylines with interesting characters as it's more about its ensemble than the fires. Honestly, give it a chance - the performances are better than you'd think. The most recent episode continued to add new levels to the characters and ended with a dramatic and unexpected moment to send the show into 2013 with new storylines to explore.

17. Scandal #14 "Defiance" (November 29, 2012)
The season's most addictive new drama just keeps twisting with each new episode. In this episode, the building conspiracy involving many of the lead players possibly throwing the election for President Grant was explored by a snooping reporter (and lover of the President's Chief of Staff) in the small town of Defiance, Ohio. As he uncovered evidence, the President celebrated a birthday. It was a good, twisty episode that also included a sometimes comical case of the week with a crazed billionaire. But then everything got real twisty in the final seconds when President Fitzgerald Grant was shot and Scandal just took things to a whole new level.

16. Alcatraz #1 "Pilot" (January 16, 2012)
Alcatraz ended up being a big fat disappointment both in quality and the ratings for FOX. But I was extremely hopeful and for good reason after one of the best pilots of the year. Alcatraz had a dark and compelling pilot about a group of prisoners that disappeared from the famed prison in 1963 and resurfaced in the present day. The show eventually got repetitive and disappointing but I remember finishing the pilot and being so excited for what was coming next. The disappointment of the series doesn't take away from the great start that captured a mood the show needed to keep.

15. New Girl #27 "Fluffer" (October 2, 2012)
This episode of New Girl captured everything that is awesome about the show: it furthered the Nick and Jess saga where Nick felt like Jess is using him like a boyfriend. The episode included a great dinner scene between Nick and Jess. The show is doing a great job of keeping these two apart so far much like Cheers did with Sam and Diane but each episode like this adds to the story. This episode also had one of the funniest "B" plots of the year when Schmidt pretends to be of the Romney sons to connect with hot young Republican women.

14. Smash #1 "Pilot" (February 6, 2012)
Smash was such an interesting show in season one - the show everyone loved to rip on but kept watching anyway (and I was no exception to that crowd). Season one was wildly uneven, ranging from a strong and creative new drama to a silly, misguided show. However, there's little dispute about the quality of the pilot which was regarded as the best pilot heading into the 2011-12 season and with good reason. It was something unlike anything else on TV, an interesting look into the inner workings on Broadway. The performances were strong and the new songs introduced were dynamic. Let's hope season two can recapture some of that pilot magic.

13. Revenge #22 "Reckoning" (May 23, 2012)
I miss Revenge from season one. I still like it this year but everything is just getting so complicated and it's starting to lose me a little bit. It was already heading down that path at the end of season one but it turned things around with a dynamic season finale filled with twists and turns as Emily came face-to-face with the white haired man and Victoria stepped on a plane doomed for disaster. So what if we all knew Madeleine Stowe wasn't really getting killed off, it ended the season with a real bang and there hasn't been as strong an episode since.

12. Modern Family #74 "Schooled" (October 10, 2012)
I think I sometimes take the greatness of Modern Family for granted as it is one of TV's strongest shows week in and week out. But every once in awhile there's an exceptionally great episode to remind me and "Schooled" was one of those episodes. Everything that makes Claire and Phil a great couple was on display as they completely embarrassed Haley when they took her to college (including Phil's book of advice - "Phil'sosophy". Meanwhile, Mitch and Cam got in a battle with some strong minded lesbian parents. As every great Modern Family episode does, this show ended on a very sweet note with Haley appreciating her parents after all.

11. Person of Interest #23 "Firewall" (May 17, 2012)
I love Person of Interest each week but I had a hard time pulling out certain episodes that stood out as the show is consistently one of the best but rarely spectacular at certain points. The season finale, however, was one of those "spectacular" episodes. Finch and Reese are completely fooled by a "person of interest" (a great guest appearance by Amy Acker). The show brilliantly tied up season one while setting up season two as Carter and Fusco finally realized they were both working for the same people and Reese begins to understand the workings of the machine. It was an action-packed, thrilling episode.

10. Parks and Recreation #73 "Halloween Surprise" (October 25, 2012)
For most of the half hour, this episode seemed like a generic Parks and Recreation episode - funny and witty with good performances. But then in the final minutes, it threw us for a loop with Ben's proposal to Leslie. As she cried and said yes, fans of the show were jumping for joy that the hopeless romantic Leslie got her storybook proposal. This is where the show differs from so many other shows like it - it is inherently sweet, not crass and not sarcastic. That's the appeal of this show and this final moment of "Halloween Surprise" was a perfect of example.

9. The Middle #68 "Get Your Business Done" (April 11, 2012)
Sometimes The Middle seems to be more of a kindred spirit to a show like The Andy Griffith Show than any show on TV today and the plot in this episode is a good example of why. When the Heck family goes to a new church, the pastor inspires Frankie and the congregation to "get your business done." She spends the rest of the episode trying to do that to consequences you might expect. This show makes great episodes out of minor things. A great side story was also in this episode involving Sue babysitting a kid her own age.

8. Dallas #1 "Changing of the Guard" (June 13, 2012)
Dallas made a triumphant return to TV on TNT this past summer with one of the more successful reboots in TV history. They did it by blending the old cast with the new - not retelling the story but continuing it. And the pilot got them off to a great start as we explored the next generation of Southfork with JR's conniving son John Ross and Bobby's well-meaning son Christopher at the center of the new generation. Of course, this episode and reboot wasn't complete without the arrival of the late, great Larry Hagman in his iconic role as JR Ewing. Hagman died during production of season two but at least we'll get a year and a half of seeing what the delightfully evil JR is up to in 2012.

7. Go On #7 "Any Given Birthday" (October 23, 2012)
Go On is the best new sitcom in a season with a very weak class of freshman sitcoms. I don't always make this appointment viewing (especially with it airing against New Girl) but I do enjoy it every time I watch it, some weeks more than others. Its best episode so far shows the real potential of this show - as Ryan prepares to spend his first birthday alone, his wacky group therapy friends take him on a scavenger hunt. It keeps his mind off his late wife until a poignant final scene that displays how this show can blend humor and emotion in a very natural way, which is tough for a sitcom to do.

6. Criminal Minds #169 "The Fallen" (November 14, 2012)
I have maintained for a long time that Criminal Minds is underrated. Of course it has many fans but most TV critics dismiss it immediately as a standard procedural that brings nothing new to the table. That argument has merit but I think Minds will sometimes exceed its procedural box and create real compelling drama. That is true in this episode which featured a brilliant guest turn by Meschach Taylor as a homeless war hero. The case of the week was almost secondary to this performance. Taylor should be considered for an Emmy, though he never will because snobby critics see the title Criminal Minds and move on to the next show.

5. Revenge #11 "Duress' (January 4, 2012)
It might not be a great sign that my favorite episode of a show came in the first airing of the year but I have already lamented Revenge's current direction. Instead, I choose to look back at when the show was at its best - that first summer in the Hamptons before the disappointing "reveal" episode, the "initiative," the unnecessary side characters. In this episode, crazy Tyler disrupts Daniel's beach-side clambake birthday dinner as Emily stays a step ahead of the game as she always does. This show seemed much simpler then when it was all about Emily's revenge and this was another fantastically twisty episode.

4. New Girl #32 "Parents" (November 20, 2012)
New Girl is the only show to get three spots on my Top 20 and they're all from the fantastic start to the second season. There were others that could have made the list too but my favorite was the Thanksgiving episode featuring Jess trying to "parent trap" her divorced parents (played excellently by Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner). That storyline alone was great but Nick's bonding with Jess' mother and Schmidt's increasingly crazy competition with his brother added to the fun of the episode. There is no more enjoyable half hour on TV each week than New Girl.

3. Modern Family #61 "Little Bo Bleep" (January 18, 2012)
The episode that had me laughing the hardest this year was courtesy of Modern Family and its brilliant new cast member in older Lily. When Lily learns some bad language ahead of being a flower girl in a wedding, Cam and Mitch desperately try to discourage the language (even as Cam repeatedly finds it hilarious). When Lily drops some major swear words at the wedding, Cam and Mitch are horrified and the audience is laughing its head off. This episode was the source of a minor controversy due to the young Lily swearing but its a great storyline that many parents have likely dealt with.

2. Scandal #15 "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" (December 6, 2012)
Right after the stunning cliffhanger of the President getting shot (see #17), Scandal picks up with an even better episode. From the opening scene of a dazed Olivia in the ER in the moments after the shooting to the steamy flashbacks that show more of the origin of Olivia and Fitz's relationship to the final twisty moment that implicated Huck as the gunman in the shooting, Scandal packed more excitement and emotion in an hour than some shows do in their whole run. It proved why it is the best drama on TV right now with this mind boggling and juicy episode.

1. Parks and Recreation #68 "Win, Lose, or Draw" (May 10, 2012)
The fantastic arc of Leslie Knope's run for City Council came to an end in this incredible episode that was the best of 2012. It featured more brilliant guest turns by Paul Rudd and Kathryn Hahn as the competition and ended the way everybody wanted it to. As Leslie's professional dreams came true, she was also forced with the fact that Ben was heading out to Washington DC. The best part of this episode though was seeing this amazingly talented ensemble working together to get Leslie elected and then partying together when she did. It captured everything that makes this show great in one episode and it was the best of the year.

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, December 30, Monday, December 31, & Tuesday, January 1

SUNDAY

ABC 
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (REPEAT)
8:00 MOVIE: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

CBS
7:00 NFL Overrun
7:30 60 Minutes
8:30 NCIS #198 "Housekeeping" (REPEAT)
9:30 The Good Wife #70 "And the Law Won" (REPEAT)
10:30 The Mentalist #77 "Blinking Red Light" (REPEAT)

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

FOX
7:00 NFL Overrun/The OT
8:00 The Simpsons #512 "Gone Abie Gone" (REPEAT)
8:30 Bob's Burgers #31 "God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-mannequins" (REPEAT)
9:00 Family Guy #166 "Lottery Fever" (REPEAT)
9:30 American Dad! #133 "Toy Whorey" (REPEAT)


MONDAY

ABC
8:00 New Years Rockin' Eve Celebrates Dick Clark (SPECIAL)
10:00 Dick Clark's New Years Rockin' Eve 2013 with Ryan Seacrest (SPECIAL)

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #155 "The Broath" (REPEAT)
8:30 How I Met Your Mother #144 "The Slutty Pumpkin Returns" (REPEAT)
9:00 2 Broke Girls #28 "And the Cupcake War" (REPEAT)
9:30 Mike & Molly #29 "Victoria Runs Away" (REPEAT)
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #40 "I Helu Pu" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 MOVIE: Enchanted
10:00 New Year's Eve 2013 with Carson Daly (SPECIAL)

FOX 
8:00 Bones #136 "The Prisoner in the Pipe" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Mob Doctor #11 "Sibling Rivalry"

TUESDAY

ABC 
8:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)
9:00 Happy Endings #36 "Sabado-Free Gante" (REPEAT)
9:30 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 #8 "A Reunion..." (REPEAT)
10:00 Nashville #4 "We Live in Two Different Worlds" (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 NCIS #211 "Extreme Prejudice" (REPEAT)
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #56 "Greed" (REPEAT)
10:00 Vegas #4 "(Il)Legitimate" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Betty White's Off Their Rockers (REPEAT)
8:30 Betty White's Off Their Rockers (REPEAT)

9:00 Betty White's Off Their Rockers (REPEAT)
9:30 Betty White's Off Their Rockers (REPEAT)
10:00 Parenthood #65 "Keep on Rowing"

FOX 
8:00 Ben and Kate #5 "Emergency Kit" (REPEAT)
8:30 Ben and Kate #7 "Career Day" (REPEAT)
9:00 New Girl #26 "Katie" (REPEAT)
9:30 New Girl #28 "Neighbors" (REPEAT)

Saturday, December 29, 2012

RATINGS RECAP: 12/28/12

ABC 
8:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Back to the Beginning with Christine Armanpour
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Undercover Boss (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Undercover Boss (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

NBC
8:00 Go On (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:30 Go On (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

FOX 
8:00 Dreamworks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:30 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Kitchen Nightmares (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

RATINGS RECAP: 12/27/12

ABC
8:00 Happy New Year, Charlie Brown
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Grey's Anatomy (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Scandal (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 12.0 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
8:30 Two and a Half Men (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 Person of Interest (Repeat)
Viewers: 10.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 Elementary (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

NBC
8:00 30 Rock (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:30 Up All Night (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 The Office (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:30 Parks and Recreation (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 The Mindy Project (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:30 The Mindy Project (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 The Mindy Project (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:30 The Mindy Project (Repeat)
Viewers; 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7 

RATINGS RECAP: 12/26/12

ABC
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 The Neighbors (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:30 Suburgatory (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Nashville (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CBS
8:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Kennedy Center Honors
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

NBC
8:00 Whitney (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:30 Guys with Kids (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Chicago Fire (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

FOX
8:00 Ben and Kate (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:30 Ben and Kate (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Ben and Kate (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:30 Ben and Kate (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, December 27, Friday, December 28, & Saturday, December 29

Check back this weekend for a special Weekend Rewind with my Top 20 episodes of 2012!

THURSDAY

ABC
8:00 Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (SPECIAL)
9:00 Grey's Anatomy #180 "Love Turns You Upside Down" (REPEAT)
10:00 Scandal #14 "Defiance" (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #114 "The Higgs Boson Observation" (REPEAT)
8:30 Two and a Half Men #188 "What a Lovely Landing Strip" (REPEAT)
9:00 Person of Interest #22 "No Good Deed" (REPEAT)

10:00 Elementary #4 "Rat Race" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 30 Rock #128 "Stride of Pride" (REPEAT)
8:30 Up All Night #26 "Home/Office" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Office #185 "Dwight Christmas" (REPEAT)
9:30 Parks and Recreation #77 "Ron and Diane" (REPEAT)
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams

FOX
8:00 The Mindy Project #6 "Thanksgiving" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Mindy Project #7 "Teen Patient" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Mindy Project #1 "Pilot" (REPEAT)
9:30 The Mindy Project #9 "Josh and Mindy's Christmas Party" (REPEAT)

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)
9:00 Back to the Beginning with Christine Armanpour (SPECIAL)

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss (REPEAT)
9:00 Undercover Boss (REPEAT)
10:00 Undercover Boss (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Go On #4 "Bench-Clearing Bawl" (REPEAT)
8:30 Go On #5 "Do You Believe in Ghosts... Yes!" (REPEAT)
9:00 Dateline NBC


FOX
8:00 Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury (SPECIAL)
8:30 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (SPECIAL)
9:00 Kitchen Nightmares (REPEAT)

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 MOVIE: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

CBS
8:00 Made in Jersey #7 "The Farm"
9:00 Made in Jersey #8 "Ridgewell" (SERIES FINALE)
10:00 48 Hours (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Chicago Fire #9 "It Ain't Easy" (REPEAT)
9:00 Chicago Fire #10 "Merry Christmas Etc" (REPEAT)
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #284 "Official Story" (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 Cops (REPEAT)
8:30 Cops (REPEAT)
9:00 The Mob Doctor #10 "Confessions"

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

RATINGS RECAP: 12/25/12

ABC 
8:00 NBA Overrun
Viewers: 9.6 million, 18-49 demo: 3.6
8:40 How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:10 Movie: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 9.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 Vegas (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 Movie: Horton Hears a Who
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Blake Shelton's Not-So Family Christmas
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

FOX
8:00 New Girl (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:30 New Girl (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 New Girl (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:30 New Girl (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7 

RATINGS RECAP: 12/24/12

ABC
8:00 Prep & Landing
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:30 Shrek the Halls
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Movie: Shrek the Third
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:30 How I Met Your Mother (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 2 Broke Girls (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:30 Mike & Molly (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

NBC
8:00 Movie: It's a Wonderful Life
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

FOX
8:00 Raising Hope (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:30 Raising Hope (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Raising Hope (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:30 Raising Hope (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6 

RATINGS RECAP: 12/23/12

ABC
7:00 Movie: The Sound of Music
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 8.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 The Good Wife (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 The Mentalist (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
8:00 NFL Pregame
Viewers: 10.2 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
8:30 Sunday Night Football
Viewers: 19.5 million, 18-49 demo: 6.7

FOX 
7:00 NFL Overrun
Viewers: 24.2 million, 18-49 demo: 7.8
7:38 The OT
Viewers: 10.9 million, 18-49 demo: 4.0
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
8:30 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 Family Guy
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:30 American Dad! 
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

Monday, December 24, 2012

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, December 24, Tuesday, December 25, & Wednesday, December 26

Merry Christmas! Check out the latest Weekend Rewind below this post and check out my Top 40 Christmas episodes (done in 2010): #40-26, #25-11, and #10-1.

MONDAY

ABC
8:00 Disney Prep & Landing (SPECIAL)
8:30 Shrek the Halls (SPECIAL)
9:00 MOVIE: Shrek the Third

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #152 "The Drunk Train" (REPEAT)
8:30 How I Met Your Mother #139 "Ducky Tie" (REPEAT)
9:00 2 Broke Girls #10 "And the Very Christmas Thanksgiving" (REPEAT)
9:30 Mike & Molly #35 "Christmas Break" (REPEAT)
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #41 "Kupale" (REPEAT)

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

FOX
8:00 Raising Hope #32 "It's a Hopeful Life" (REPEAT)
8:30 Raising Hope #54 "Last Christmas" (REPEAT)

9:00 Raising Hope #46 "Throw Maw Maw from the House" Part 1 (REPEAT)
9:30 Raising Hope #47 "Throw Maw Maw from the House" Part 2 (REPEAT)

TUESDAY

ABC
8:00 How the Grinch Stole Christmas (SPECIAL)
8:30 MOVIE: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

CBS
8:00 NCIS #197 "Newborn King" (REPEAT)
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #59 "Higher Power" (REPEAT)
10:00 Vegas #3 "All That Glitters" (REPEAT)


NBC
8:00 MOVIE: Horton Hears a Who
10:00 Blake Shelton's Not-So Family Christmas (SPECIAL)

FOX
8:00 New Girl #9 "The 23rd" (REPEAT)
8:30 New Girl #35 "Santa" (REPEAT)
9:00 New Girl #16 "Control" (REPEAT)

9:30 New Girl #14 "Bully" (REPEAT)

WEDNESDAY

ABC
8:00 The Middle #80 "Thanksgiving IV" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Neighbors #2 "Journey to the Center of the Mall" (REPEAT)

9:00 Modern Family #76 "The Butler's Escape" (REPEAT)
9:30 Suburgatory #25 "Ryan's Song" (REPEAT)
10:00 Nashville #3 "Someday You'll Call My Name" (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 Criminal Minds #158 "The Company" (REPEAT)
9:00 Kennedy Center Honors (SPECIAL)


NBC
8:00 Whitney #24 "Poor Whitney" (REPEAT)
8:30 Guys with Kids #4 "The Standoff" (REPEAT)

9:00 Law & Order: SVU #289 "Justice Denied" (REPEAT)
10:00 Chicago Fire #7 "Two Families" (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 Ben and Kate #8 "Reunion" (REPEAT)
8:30 Ben and Kate #3 "The Fox Hunt" (REPEAT)
9:00 Ben and Kate #4 "21st Birthday" (REPEAT)
9:30 Ben and Kate #6 "Scaredy Kate" (REPEAT)

WEEKEND REWIND: ABC 1996-97 Season

ABC 1996-97 SEASON
Heading into the 1996-97 season, ABC was coming off two straight years of very weak freshmen classes. On top of that, shows like Coach, Grace Under Fire, Roseanne, and Home Improvement had all dropped year to year and were showing their age. This year brought a bunch of swings and misses too but they did manage to find a few shows that had decent runs lasting into the new millennium.

Mondays
(Sep 30-Dec 23)
8:00 Dangerous Minds
9:00 Monday Night Football

(Jan 6-Feb 10)
8:00 Dangerous Minds
9:00 Monday Night Movie

(Mar 3-17)
8:00 Spy Game
9:00 Monday Night Movie

(Mar 31-May 19)
8:00 Relativity (through Apr 14)
9:00 Monday Night Movie
"Dangerous Minds"
ABC tried three different failed freshman dramas in the 8pm slot leading into Monday Night Football and then Monday Night Movie during the season. First up was Dangerous Minds, a drama based on a 1995 movie starring Michelle Pfeiffer. The show starred Annie Potts as an unconventional high school teacher in a rough school district in East Palo Alto, CA. The show only got mixed reviews and couldn't capture the magic of the film. It only lasted until February when it was briefly moved to Saturdays before being cancelled. It was replaced in March with Spy Game, a spy show done in the style of 1960s shows like I Spy and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. That style didn't work with an audience in the 1990s however and Spy Game was yanked from the lineup after a mere three weeks and burned off during the summer. The final attempt in the 8pm hour was Relativity which had failed on Saturdays earlier in the season. It was given three more weeks on Mondays but didn't change ABC's minds. Specials filled the slot the rest of the year so it was back to the drawing board for the 8pm hour.

Tuesdays
(Sep 17-Feb 25)
8:00 Roseanne
8:30 Life's Work (through Jan 28)
9:00 Home Improvement
9:30 Spin City
10:00 NYPD Blue (starting Oct 15)

(Mar 4-Apr 8)
8:00 Roseanne
8:30 Ellen
9:00 Home Improvement
9:30 Spin City
10:00 The Practice

(Apr 15-May 20)
8:00 Roseanne
8:30 Soul Man (Apr 15-29)
9:00 Home Improvement
9:30 Spin City
10:00 NYPD Blue
"Spin City"
"The Practice"
Tuesday nights had several changes during the year but it also was home to three new shows during the year that managed to reach a second season. At the anchor slots all season were Roseanne and Home Improvement. Roseanne had been in decline but was still among the top shows on TV. However, it seems as though it went on one year too long as the final season showed more declines in the ratings and an increasingly bizarre show. The final season was widely panned both at the time and by fans today as it turned the blue collar appeal upside down with ridiculous storylines and fantasy sequences. It is one of the best examples of a show not knowing when to stop. However, Roseanne has had a long successful run in syndication so it is fondly remembered for the show it was for most of its run. Home Improvement continued to air at 9pm and remained strong though it was getting older too. ABC originally placed two new shows at the 8:30pm and 9:30pm slots. At 8:30pm was Life's Work, another sitcom starring a comedian in the vein of Roseanne, Grace Under Fire, Ellen, and The Drew Carey Show. This one starred Lisa Ann Walter as a Baltimore ADA and mother of two. Unlike the many other vehicles for comedians, this one couldn't make it but it also had the unfortunate task of following a show that was on its last legs and not the lead-in it once was. After Life's Work was cancelled, it was replaced for awhile by Ellen which had temporarily changed nights. At the end of the season, ABC ran a three episode season of Soul Man, starring Dan Aykroyd as a Detroit minister. Despite only airing three episodes, ABC felt it did enough to warrant a second season. At 9:30pm, Family Ties Michael J. Fox returned to TV sitcoms after seven years in Spin City, a sharp and sophisticated sitcom starring Fox as the Deputy Mayor of New York City. The cast included Richard Kind, Connie Britton, and Barry Bostwick (as well as Heather Locklear and Charlie Sheen later on). The show always did well with critics and had a decent audience but it never became the mass breakout hit that ABC thought it would be though it had a nice six year run. For most of the year, ABC aired NYPD Blue at 10pm but they also started pulling it in the spring to try out a new drama in one of their best timeslots. In the spring of 1997, they launched The Practice, a Boston set legal drama created by David E. Kelley and starring Dylan McDermott, Camryn Manheim, and Kelli Williams among others. Its first season was moderately rated but it soon became a major hit with critics and audiences and gave ABC a rare success in the drama department (in those days). It was probably ABC's most successful drama of the 1990s this side of NYPD Blue.

Wednesdays
(Sep 18-Dec 4)
8:00 Ellen
8:30 Townies
9:00 Grace Under Fire
9:30 The Drew Carey Show
10:00 Primetime Live

(Dec 11-Feb 26)
8:00 Grace Under Fire
8:30 Coach
9:00 The Drew Carey Show
9:30 Ellen
10:00 Primetime Live

(Mar 5-Apr 23)
8:00 Grace Under Fire
8:30 Coach
9:00 The Drew Carey Show
9:30 Arsenio (through April 9)
10:00 Primetime Live

(Apr 30-May 14)
8:00 Grace Under Fire
8:30 Coach
9:00 The Drew Carey Show
9:30 Ellen
10:00 Primetime Live
"Townies"
Wednesday nights had a rotating lineup of sitcoms that mostly featured the same ones - Grace Under Fire had been one of TV's top shows but it was showing signs of decline and series star Brett Butler was having major off-screen issues with substance abuse. It was moved from the prime 9pm slot to start the season to the 8pm slot and then it was having so many troubles, it was only renewed for a midseason slot the following season - a quick fall for the hottest new comedy a few years back. The Drew Carey Show had narrowly received a renewal the season before but it broke out in its second season and became a sleeper hit for ABC. It moved into the anchor 9pm slot in December and became a buzzy show with a loyal following. Ellen started the year as the 8pm show but it moved to 9:30pm in December in light of a storyline that was unfolding. ABC and Ellen decided to make Ellen DeGeneres' character the first openly gay lead in a sitcom. It quickly became the most talked about sitcom of the season as Ellen made the cover of TIME magazine and set of a media firestorm. The "coming out" episode aired in April with guest star Oprah Winfrey and was viewed by over 40 million people and each subsequent episode carried a parental warning in light of the controversial subject matter. It shows how much has changed in the 15 years since with shows like Modern Family barely causing a stir. The fourth entry in the sitcom lineup to start the season was the new Townies, a female buddy sitcom set in Gloucester, MA. The show boasted the talents of 1980s movie star Molly Ringwald and up and coming stars Jenna Elfman and Lauren Graham but it couldn't find an audience. Of course Elfman and Graham would find better luck later in Dharma & Greg and Gilmore Girls respectively. When Townies was cancelled, ABC replaced it with Coach which had bombed on Saturdays. It aired for the rest of the season but ended its long nine year run at the end of the season. It was fitting that Coach ended the same year as its frequent companion Roseanne. Some may say that Coach was always a timeslot hit only and that's true because it could never survive on its own. But at the same time, it was far more compatible with shows like Roseanne and Home Improvement than most other shows that were ever paired with those hits. At midseason, Ellen briefly moved to Tuesdays and was replaced on Wednesdays by Arsenio starring comedian Arsenio Hall. Hall had a successful and edgy late night talk show in the early 1990s but couldn't transfer that success to a pedestrian sitcom that also co-starred Vivica A. Fox. ABC was hopeful it could be their next comedian vehicle hit but it aired a mere six episodes before its cancellation. At 10pm, ABC aired Primetime Live all season long.

Thursdays
(Sep 19-Jan 23)
8:00 High Incident
9:00 Murder One (starting October 10)
10:00 Turning Point

(Jan 30-Feb 20)
8:00 High Incident
9:00 Thursday Night Movie

(Feb 27-Apr 17)
8:00 High Incident
9:00 Vital Signs (Feb 27-Apr 10)
10:00 Turning Point

(Apr 24-May 8)
8:00 High Incident
9:00 Thursday Night Movie
Thursday nights were another wasteland for ABC this season. At 8pm was season two of High Incident. It actually managed to last a full season in the slot and even though it was cancelled at season's end, the fact that it made it an entire season in a very difficult slot for ABC has to be considered a win for this show. To start the season, 9pm belonged to Murder One which had been a very buzzy but ratings challenged show in its first season. It was tweaked and renewed but the results were not any better. ABC finally gave up on the Steven Bochco show in January after an 18 episode second season. At 10pm was the return of Turning Point which had just aired as specials the previous year. ABC briefly benched the last two hours for a movie in the winter and when the lineup came back, Murder One was replaced by Vital Signs, a documentary series hosted by Robert Urich. This filler programming aired 13 episodes that season and the slot was turned back over to a movie later that season.

Fridays
(Sep 20-Oct 11)
8:00 Family Matters
8:30 Sabrina the Teenage Witch (starting Sep 27)
9:00 Clueless
9:30 Boy Meets World
10:00 20/20

(Oct 18-Feb 14)
8:00 Family Matters
8:30 Boy Meets World
9:00 Sabrina the Teenage Witch
9:30 Clueless
10:00 20/20

(Mar 7-May 16)
8:00 Family Matters
8:30 Boy Meets World
9:00 Sabrina the Teenage Witch
9:30 Step by Step
10:00 20/20
"Sabrina the Teenage Witch"
After a couple years with nearly the exact same lineup, ABC finally changed things up on Friday night to jump start the fading TGIF lineup. They did it by putting Step by Step and Hangin' with Mr. Cooper on the back burner and launching two new shows that were bookended by popular veterans Family Matters and Boy Meets World. First up was Sabrina the Teenage Witch, a fantasy sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart, who had made her name on Nickelodeon earlier in the 90s. While not a mammoth hit, it was the most successful Friday launch by ABC since Boy Meets World three years earlier and helped breathe new life into the TGIF lineup. It was a buzzy show among ABC's target audience for the night and fit nicely with other teen-centered shows like Boy. The other new show was Clueless, which was based on a hit movie of the same name and starring many of the same cast members. This was probably the more anticipated on ABC's two new shows on Fridays but it wasn't as successful. ABC yanked it in February and cancelled it at the end of the season. However, UPN picked it up where it ran two more years. It could never quite recapture the magic of the movie though. When Clueless was pulled, it was replaced by old standby Step by Step. (Mr. Cooper didn't make it on the air until the summer when it was burned off in its fifth season. At the end of the season, ABC decided to end the long-running Family Matters and Step by Step especially in light of the success of Sabrina. CBS saw an opportunity and picked up the two shows to form a new Friday night competition. However, ABC had the last laugh when the new "CBS Block Party" lasted just one season. All season, 20/20 aired at 10pm making it the third night in a row with a 10pm newsmagazine.

Saturdays
(Sep 28-Oct 26)
8:00 Second Noah (through Oct 19)
9:00 Coach
9:30 Common Law (through Oct 19)
10:00 Relativity

(Nov 9-Feb 22)
8:00 Saturday Night Movie
10:00 Relativity (through Jan 18)

(Mar 1-Apr 5)
8:00 Dangerous Minds (through Mar 15)
9:00 Saturday Night Movie

(Apr 12-26)
8:00 Lois & Clark
9:00 Leaving LA
10:00 Gun
"Relativity"
Saturday nights were home to a wide variety of shows, none of which came back for another season. It started with family drama Second Noah at 8pm. It only lasted a few weeks though where it proved its narrow renewal wasn't worth it. ABC benched it and didn't finish the run until a summer burnoff. Equally unsuccessful was the pairing of comedies on Saturday nights. The long running Coach and the new Common Law starring comedian Greg Giraldo were an odd pairing with Second Noah and floundered on their own in a sleepy Saturday slot. Common Law was cancelled after four episodes and Coach returned to its old weekday slot. The odd flow of the night continued with romantic drama Relativity at 10pm. From the creator of thirtysomething and My So-Called Life, Relativity starred David Conrad and Kimberly Williams as a young couple. The show had its fans but was ratings challenged just like its predecessors. ABC tried to make things work but the odds were stacked against it with its bad timeslot and niche appeal. It was finally pulled in January and made a brief reappearance on Mondays before being cancelled after 17 episodes. A movie aired for awhile as well as burnoff episodes of Dangerous Minds. In April, ABC tried a new lineup with Lois & Clark, which ABC had finally tired of on Sunday night, leading the way. They followed it with two new shows. First up was Leaving LA, a police drama starring Christopher Meloni, a couple years before he made it big on Law & Order: SVU, and Melina Kanakaredes as well as a young Hilary Swank. It was followed by Gun, an offbeat anthology series that followed the same semi-automatic pistol. The anthology attracted some big names to make guest appearances but it only lasted six episodes.

Sundays
(Sep 22-Dec 15)
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Lois & Clark
9:00 Sunday Night Movie

(Jan 5-26)
7:00 Lois & Clark
8:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
9:00 Sunday Night Movie

(Feb 2-23)
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Various Programs
9:00 Sunday Night Movie

(Mar 2-23)
7:00 Lois & Clark
8:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
9:00 Sunday Night Movie

(Apr 6-May 4)
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Various Programs
9:00 Sunday Night Movie
This might look like the Sunday lineup was changed around a lot but it really wasn't. ABC just kept flip flopping America's Funniest Home Videos and Lois & Clark before their Sunday night movie. The America's Funniest Home Videos phenomenon was well past its prime and ABC kept flipping it between 7pm and 8pm. At the end of the season, the show only managed a midseason renewal after placing in the Top 5 years earlier. Rotating between the 7pm and 8pm slots also was Lois & Clark, which was in the midst of its final season. The show had always been modestly rated and it appeared ABC had enough as it was finally cancelled. 

ABC 1996-97 Stats

Shows in the Top 30
7. Monday Night Football
9. Home Improvement
12. 20/20
13. NYPD Blue
15. Primetime Live
17. Spin City
18. The Drew Carey Show
29. Ellen

Fall Shows Survival: 2/8 (25%)
Spin City, Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Midseason Shows Survival: 2/7 (29%)
The Practice, Soul Man

Total New Shows Survival Rate: 4/15 (27%)

Cancelled/Ended Series
Roseanne/Coach (9 seasons)
Family Matters (8 seasons, moved to CBS)
Step by Step (6 seasons, moved to CBS)
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (5 seasons)
Lois & Clark (4 seasons)
Turning Point (3 seasons)
Murder One/Second Noah/High Incident (2 seasons)
Life's Work/Townies/Clueless/Relativity/Common Law/Dangerous Minds/Vital Signs/Spy Game/Arsenio/Leaving LA/Gun (1 season)

Emmy Award Nominees & Winners (Major Categories)
NYPD Blue (Nominee, Outstanding Drama Series)
Jimmy Smits, NYPD Blue (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series)
Dennis Franz, NYPD Blue (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series)
Michael J. Fox, Spin City (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series)
Patricia Richardson, Home Improvement (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series)
Ellen DeGeneres, Ellen (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series)
Nicholas Turturro, NYPD Blue (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)
Kim Delaney, NYPD Blue (WINNER, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)     

RATINGS RECAP: 12/22/12

ABC 
8:00 Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
8:30 A Chipmunk Christmas
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 CMA Country Christmas
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 Made in Jersey
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 Made in Jersey
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
10:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

NBC
8:00 Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 WWE Tribute to the Troops
Viewers: 1.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
10:00 Saturday Night Live (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 Cops
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:30 Cops (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Kitchen Nightmares (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

RENEWAL ALERT: How I Met Your Mother

Reports are out today that CBS has finalized a deal to renew How I Met Your Mother for a ninth season. The deal was held up for awhile because one the stars, Jason Segel, wanted to leave and focus on his film career. However, Segel relented and decided to come back for another year in what will likely be the show's final season.

How I Met Your Mother remains a cornerstone to CBS's comedies as the lead-off Monday show. In a year that has seen lots of problems on Monday for CBS, it has been a priority of the network to get this show renewed. Still, both this show and Two and a Half Men are very old and CBS needs to find some adequate replacements very soon. Mother is the first CBS show to get renewed for 2013-14 and it joins NBC's The Voice as well as American Dad!, Bob's Burgers, Family Guy, The Simpsons, and The X Factor on FOX as the official renewals.

RATINGS RECAP: 12/21/12

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:30 Malibu Country (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Back to the Beginning with Christiane Armanpour
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
8:00 The Good Wife (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 The Good Wife (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 The Good Wife (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

NBC
8:00 Blake Shelton's Not-So Family Christmas
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Fringe
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0 

RATINGS RECAP: 12/20/12

ABC
8:00 I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 CMA Country Christmas
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 11.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
8:30 Two and a Half Men (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:00 Person of Interest (Repeat)
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 Elementary (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

NBC
8:00 A White House Christmas
Viewers: 8.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 The Office (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:30 Parks and Recreation (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

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

RATINGS RECAP: 12/19/12

ABC
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:30 The Neighbors (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:30 The Year with Katie Couric
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

CBS
8:00 A Home for the Holidays with Rascal Flatts
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4 
10:00 CSI (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 2012 Miss Universe Competition
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 Chicago Fire
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9 

FOX
8:00 The X Factor
Viewers: 8.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7 

Wednesday night was mostly filled with specials and repeats but there was some new programming. On FOX, the final performance night of The X Factor was up seven tenths in viewers and even in the demo. What a disappointing performance for this show was the competition was very weak. Over on NBC, the Miss Universe competition delivered decent ratings and helped Chicago Fire rebound nicely as it was up a big 1.9 million viewers and half a demo point. This show does decently when the competition is limited but it crashed last week against tough competition. Elsewhere, a Katie Couric special was well below last week's Barbara Walters special but it was up slightly year-to-year and a Rascal Flatts special did nothing for CBS.

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, December 21, Saturday, December 22, & Sunday, December 23

Sorry that the Friday rundown is late but oh well! It's repeat season anyway!

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #26 "Dodgeball Club" (REPEAT)
8:30 Malibu Country #1 "Pilot" (REPEAT)
9:00 Back to the Beginning with Christine Amanpour Part 1 (SPECIAL)

CBS
8:00 The Good Wife #72 "Don't Haze Me, Bro" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Good Wife #74 "The Art of War" (REPEAT)
10:00 The Good Wife #77 "A Defense of Marriage" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Blake Shelton's Not-So Family Christmas (SPECIAL)
9:00 Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays (SPECIAL)
10:00 Dateline NBC

FOX
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares (REPEAT)
9:00 Fringe #97 "Anomaly XB-6783746"

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice (SPECIAL)
8:30 A Chipmunk Christmas (SPECIAL)
9:00 CMA Country Christmas (SPECIAL)

CBS
8:00 Made in Jersey #5 "Wingman"
9:00 Made in Jersey #6 "Ancient History"
10:00 48 Hours (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (SPECIAL)
9:00 WWE Tribute to the Troops (SPECIAL)
10:00 Saturday Night Live (REPEAT)

FOX 
8:00 Cops
8:30 Cops (REPEAT)
9:00 Kitchen Nightmares (REPEAT)

SUNDAY

ABC
7:00 MOVIE: The Sound of Music

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Blue Bloods #39 "Reagan v. Reagan" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Good Wife #69 "I Fought the Law" (REPEAT)
10:00 The Mentalist #76 "Where in the World is Carmine O'Brien?" (REPEAT)

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
8:30 Sunday Night Football: San Francisco at Seattle

FOX
7:00 NFL Overrun/The OT
8:00 The Simpsons #511 "Adventures in Babygetting" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Simpsons #516 "To Cur with Love" (REPEAT)
9:00 Family Guy #196 "Jesus, Mary and Joseph" 
9:30 American Dad! #140 "National Treasure 4: Baby Franny: She's Doing Well: The Hole Story" 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, December 20

The number of new shows dwindle with Christmas only a few days away. The only new regular shows on Thursday are the season finale of The X Factor, which should do ok with basically no competition, and The X Factor.

ABC
8:00 I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (SPECIAL)
9:00 CMA Country Christmas (SPECIAL)

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #113 "The Decoupling Fluctuation" (REPEAT)
8:30 Two and a Half Men #189 "One False Move, Zimbabwe!" (REPEAT)

9:00 Person of Interest #21 "Many Happy Returns" (REPEAT)
10:00 Elementary #2 "While You Were Sleeping" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 A White House Christmas: First Families Remember (SPECIAL)
9:00 The Office #179 "Andy's Ancestry" (REPEAT)
9:30 Parks and Recreation #72 "Sex Education" (REPEAT)
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams

FOX
8:00 The X Factor (Season Finale) 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

RATINGS RECAP: 12/18/12

ABC
8:00 A Charlie Brown Christmas
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Happy Endings
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:30 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Private Practice
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

CBS 
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 19.6 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 15.5 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
10:00 Vegas
Viewers: 9.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

NBC
8:00 The Voice (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:00 The Voice
Viewers: 14.1 million, 18-49 demo: 4.9

FOX
8:00 Raising Hope (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 Ben and Kate (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 New Girl (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:30 The Mindy Project (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

On NBC, The Voice aired its fall edition finale and it was up a big 2.6 million viewers and 1.3 demo points. This show has been the major powerhouse of the fall and didn't show big declines as it had in the past. It returns March 25 with Shakira and Usher taking over the chairs for Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. Until then, NBC may have a rough go of it without the show that really carries the network. ABC had another low evening starting with the second airing of A Charlie Brown Christmas which wasn't as strong as the first airing, understandably. At 9pm, Happy Endings was even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo while Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 was up the same. At 10pm, Private Practice was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. 

Over on CBS, every show was up despite the competition from The Voice. At 8pm, NCIS didn't compete directly with the new programming on NBC and was up a big 1.9 million viewers and half a demo point from last week's troubling drop. At 9pm, NCIS: Los Angeles was up four tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo despite tougher competition on NBC. At 10pm, Vegas was down half a million viewers but up a tenth in the demo. Still, a 1.6 demo is not acceptable for this timeslot. It will be interesting to see if Golden Boy can do any better when it gets a two week trial run in the spring before heading to Fridays.

RATINGS RECAP: 12/17/12

ABC
8:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Castle (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother
Viewers: 8.7 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
9:00 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 10.2 million, 18-49 demo: 3.5
9:30 Mike & Molly
Viewers: 10.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
10:00 Hawaii Five-0
Viewers: 10.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4 

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 13.4 million, 18-49 demo: 4.2
9:30 1600 Penn
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
10:00 Take it All
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

FOX
8:00 Dreamworks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
8:30 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9 

On Monday night, NBC had the final performance night of The Voice. It was up 1.1 million viewers and four tenths in the demo. The good news is that its barely below where it was at the beginning of the season and it never saw the big drops it saw in its first two editions. It was followed by a sneak preview of upcoming Thursday comedy 1600 Penn. Given the huge lead-in, the sampling was pretty weak and now it will air on a night that NBC has major difficulty. I don't think the outlook is great for this show when it joins the regular schedule on January 10. At 10pm, the final night of Take it All was slightly up from the weaker nights at the end of last week. 

On CBS, a one hour episode of How I Met Your Mother was down a tenth in viewers but up two tenths in the demo for its best demo performance since the season premiere. At 9pm, 2 Broke Girls was down eight tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo from last week's 9pm episode. It had a slightly better lead-in this week but seems to do best when it has The Big Bang Theory as a lead-in. At 9:30pm, Mike & Molly was up six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo from its last airing two weeks ago. To round off the night, Hawaii Five-0 was up seven tenths in viewers but down a tenth in the demo. ABC mailed it in with the fourth week of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition specials which haven't done well at all. 

RATINGS RECAP: 12/16/12

The networks cut into programming to broadcast President Obama's speech at the Sandy Hook Vigil so the numbers were slightly skewed. This is how it basically shook out though.

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:00 Wipeout (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Wipeout (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:30 The Bachelorette: Ashley and JP's Wedding
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
7:00 NFL Overrun
Viewers: 26.9 million, 18-49 demo: 9.0
8:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 19.6 million, 18-49 demo: 4.9
9:00 Survivor
Viewers: 11.5 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:00 NFL Pregame
Viewers: 10.5 million, 18-49 demo: 4.0
8:30 Sunday Night Football
Viewers: 23.2 million, 18-49 demo: 8.7

FOX
7:00 The Cleveland Show (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
7:30 The Cleveland Show
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:00 The Simpsons
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
8:30 Bob's Burgers
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:30 American Dad! (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, December 19

I'll have the ratings recaps for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday hopefully later tonight. Sorry for the delay!! Wednesday only has two new episodes of regularly scheduled show - a Christmas themed episode of Chicago Fire on NBC and the final performance night of The X Factor on FOX. Despite it getting close to Christmas, I could see both shows up against limited competition. Elsewhere, ABC has a Katie Couric special which probably won't do as well as Barbara Walters last week. CBS has a Rascal Flatts special which probably won't make much of a dent and NBC has the Miss Universe Pageant which also will probably be not get a lot of eyeballs.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #75 "The Second Act" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Neighbors #3 "Things Just Got Real" (REPEAT)
9:00 Modern Family #75 "Snip" (REPEAT)
9:30 20/20 Special Edition: The Year with Katie Couric (SPECIAL)

CBS
8:00 A Home for the Holidays with Rascal Flatts (SPECIAL)
9:00 Criminal Minds #156 "Foundation" (REPEAT)
10:00 CSI #274 "Karma to Burn" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Miss Universe Pageant
10:00 Chicago Fire #10 "Merry Christmas, Etc"
Prediction: Chicago - 6.1 million, 1.7

FOX
8:00 The X Factor
Prediction: Factor - 8.4 million, 2.9  

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, December 18

Check below this post for a review of 1600 Penn! ABC has new episodes of its low rated shows including Christmas episodes of the sitcoms following the second airing of the classic A Charlie Brown Christmas. I think they'll wilt badly against the voice. CBS has Christmas themed episodes of its drama trio. I think NCIS could be up without The Voice as competition but the later dramas could be down. NBC has the finale of The Voice for the fall as it will be gone until March 25 after tonight. I think it will have very nice closing numbers as it has held much better this year. FOX is airing repeats.

ABC
8:00 A Charlie Brown Christmas (SPECIAL)
9:00 Happy Endings #42 "No-Ho-Ho"
9:30 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 #14 "A Weekend in the Hamptons..."
10:00 Private Practice #108 "Georgia on My Mind"
Prediction: Endings - 3.1 million, 1.2/Apartment - 2.6 million, 1.0/Practice - 3.3 million, 1.0

CBS
8:00 NCIS #220 "You Better Watch Out"
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #10 "Free Ride"
10:00 Vegas #10 "Estinto"
Prediction: NCIS - 18.4 million, 3.0/Los Angeles - 14.4 million, 2.5/Vegas - 9.7 million, 1.4

NBC
8:00 The Voice (REPEAT)
9:00 The Voice (3rd Edition Finale)
Prediction: Voice - 13.4 million, 4.2

FOX 
8:00 Raising Hope #45 "Not Indecent, but Not Quite Decent Enough Proposal" (REPEAT)
8:30 Ben and Kate #2 "Bad Cop/Bad Cop" (REPEAT)
9:00 New Girl #25 "Re-launch" (REPEAT)
9:30 The Mindy Project #3 "In the Club" (REPEAT)

Monday, December 17, 2012

PILOT REVIEW: 1600 Penn

1600 PENN










Starring: Josh Gad, Jenna Elfman, Martha MacIsaac, Andre Holland, Amara Miller, Benjamin Stockham, and Bill Pullman

Created by Josh Gad, John Lovett, and Jason Winer
Written by Josh Gad & Jon Lovett, Directed by Jason Winer

1600 Penn is a comedy about a dysfunctional family... only this family is living in the most famous address in the USA - the White House. The show centers on the family of fictional US President Dale Gilchrist (Bill Pullman). In his family is his second "trophy" wife, the independent minded Emily Nash Gilchrist (Jenna Elfman), screw-up son Skip (Josh Gad), and goody two-shoes daughter Becca (Martha MacIsaac) who finds out she's pregnant in the opener. Rounding out the family is the younger children Marigold and Xander (Amara Miller and Benjamin Stockham).

THE GOOD: There are good people involved with this show and the casting seems like it was solid. Bill Pullman is certainly believable as the leader of the free world even though he wasn't given much to do in the pilot. Jenna Elfman has a lot of sitcom experience and is always likable on screen. Josh Gad is playing a Jonah Hill type role but does it well for the most part and Amara Miller seems decent as the daughter. Sitcoms sometimes take awhile to gel so a likable cast is so important in the pilot to encourage people to come back and this one has a solid cast that might be worth sticking with as they iron out the kinks.

THE BAD: The problem is that there are a lot of kinks to iron out because this episode felt sort of all over the place. Josh Gad is funny but his character could border on annoying real quickly and he sort of already did in the pilot. He needs to not be too juvenile. Plus the fact that he had a major impact on foreign affairs seemed a little far fetched even for a show that is supposed to be a broad comedy. The show also felt like it didn't want to stick with a storyline and did a lot of jumping around. There's a lot of potential comedy to be developed here but it needs to be executed better.

BOTTOM LINE: NBC has been promoting this show as their answer to Modern Family but I don't see it ever reaching that level. At best, it can be a quirky family comedy with a strong cast. At worst, it can be a sophomoric and silly sitcom that squanders a potentially good premise. The pilot made me think it could go either way so I'll watch episode two. I think if I find Josh Gad's character endearing instead of annoying, that will go a long way.

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, December 17

On Monday night, ABC has more Extreme Makeover: Home Edition specials which have been kind of a dud this December. CBS has Christmas episodes of its sitcoms including a double dose of How I Met Your Mother. I think all the CBS sitcoms numbers could be down slightly against The Voice and with it being the week leading up to Christmas. Hawaii Five-0 should do well at 10pm for CBS against very little competition. NBC has the final performance night of The Voice which could be up week to week. It is followed by a sneak preview of new sitcom 1600 Penn, set in the Oval Office. It should get a decent sampling. The final night of Take it All is at 10pm and it might get its best numbers since last Tuesday. FOX has holiday specials.

ABC
8:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (SPECIAL)
9:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (SPECIAL)
10:00 Castle #84 "Secret's Safe with Me" (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #171 "The Final Page" Part 1
8:30 How I Met Your Mother #172 "The Final Page" Part 2
9:00 2 Broke Girls #36 "And the High Holidays"
9:30 Mike & Molly #57 "Karaoke Christmas"
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #58 "Kahu"
Prediction: Mother 8:00 - 8.4 million, 3.0/Mother 8:30 - 8.8 million, 3.1/Girls - 10.5 million, 3.6/Mike&Molly - 9.9 million, 3.1/Hawaii - 9.3 million, 2.4

NBC
8:00 The Voice
9:30 1600 Penn #1 "Putting Out Fires" (SERIES PREMIERE)
10:00 Take it All (Season Finale)
Prediction: Voice - 12.8 million, 3.9/1600 Penn - 9.1 million, 2.8/Take it All - 5.1 million, 1.6

FOX
8:00 Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury (SPECIAL)
8:30 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special (SPECIAL)
9:00 Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (SPECIAL)  

Sunday, December 16, 2012

RATINGS RECAP: 12/15/12

ABC 
8:00 Movie: Transformers
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS 
8:00 Movie: Elf
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

NBC
8:00 Chicago Fire (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Chicago Fire (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 Chicago Fire (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

FOX
8:00 Cops
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:30 Cops (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Kitchen Nightmares (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6 

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, December 16

Sorry no Weekend Rewind this weekend. I'm behind! It'll be back next weekend!! Tonight has many special airings including a Bachelorette wedding, the finale of Survivor: Philippines, an excellent NFL game, and some new cartoons (Family Guy and American Dad! pulled their new episodes in light of the Connecticut tragedy reportedly due to content.) I'm not making predictions with so many oddities but it should be an interesting night.

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos Christmas Spectacular (REPEAT)
8:00 Wipeout (REPEAT)
9:00 The Bachelorette: Ashley and JP's Wedding (SPECIAL)

CBS 
7:00 NFL Overrun
7:30 60 Minutes
8:30 Survivor (25th Edition Finale)
10:30 Survivor: Philippines Live Reunion Show

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
8:30 Sunday Night Football: San Francisco at New England

FOX
7:00 The Cleveland Show #67 "Menace II Secret Society" (REPEAT)
7:30 The Cleveland Show #71 "Tis the Cleveland to Be Sorry"
8:00 The Simpsons #516 "To Cur with Love"
8:30 Bob's Burgers #31 "God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins"
9:00 Family Guy #174 "Grumpy Old Man" (REPEAT)
9:30 American Dad! #125 "Wheels and the Legman and the Curse of Grandpa's Key" (REPEAT)