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Thursday, January 31, 2013

PILOT REVIEW: Do No Harm

DO NO HARM












Starring: Steven Pasquale, Alana De La Garca, Michael Esper, Ruta Gedmintas, and Phylicia Rashad

Created by David Schulner
Written by David Schulner, Directed by Michael Mayer

Do No Harm is a new medical drama on NBC with a Jekyll and Hyde twist. Smart and successful neurosurgeon Dr. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale) becomes the evil Ian Price at 8:25pm every night and he stays that way until 8:25am the next morning. Rounding out the main cast are co-workers of Cole including his boss Dr. Young (Phylicia Rashad) as well as a potential love interest, Dr. Lena Solis (Alana De La Garza), and a woman from his past, Olivia Flynn (Ruta Gedmintas).

THE GOOD: Do No Harm seemed to get better as it went along in the pilot which gives me a little bit of hope for future episodes. The "Hyde" side (Ian Price) was far more entertaining as Pasquale seemed to relish that side of his role and the character was much more interesting. The show seems like it might have some interesting stories to tell and I think the cast is good but I'm skeptical if they have the vision to make things work.

THE BAD: The problem was that this show was really boring for a good part of the episode. The show seemed to just be flipping between the two sides and yet they wouldn't even show the "Hyde" part right away, just the aftermath. Some shows get too deep into the back story in the pilot but I actually felt like this show needed a little more. I was a little confused and pretty bored during the first 15 minutes. They needed to show more of the evil side sooner and it wouldn't have hurt to connect some of the back story a little bit more. Finally, when you  have a talent like Phylicia Rashad, why use her so sparingly and in a seemingly inconsequential role.

BOTTOM LINE: The main thing from this show was I felt it just wasn't living up to its potential by any means. The storytelling and structure were weak even with an interesting idea. They seemed to get bogged down with the medical side of things too which isn't what this show should be about. I remember when pilot season was happening, it came down to this and Jason Katims' County for a pickup. I was disappointed at the time that this won out and I'm disappointed now.

RATINGS RECAP: 1/30/13

ABC
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:30 The Neighbors
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:30 Suburgatory
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 Nashville (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials
Viewers: 9.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 CSI (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

NBC
8:00 Whitney
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:30 Guys with Kids
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 Chicago Fire
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 15.8 million, 18-49 demo: 5.5 

On Wednesday night, American Idol towered over the competition as it was down three tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Over on NBC, their shows wilted against American Idol as Whitney was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo while Guys with Kids was down 1.1 million viewers and two tenths in the demo to tie a series low. Law & Order: SVU was down a rough 2 million viewers and four tenths in the demo. Chicago Fire held up the best though it was against repeats and not Idol. It was down seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. The real test for this growing show is next week when both CSI and Nashville are new.

Meanwhile, ABC aired repeats of their anchor shows which led to lows for the shows at the half hour. The Neighbors fell 1.1 million viewers and four tenths in the demo while Suburgatory dropped 1.4 million viewers and also four tenths in the demo. These last couple weeks have actually made The Neighbors look like a stronger show than Suburgatory because it's getting higher viewer totals and a similar demo with a much lower lead-in.

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, January 31

Thursday night is the first night of February Sweeps. NBC has a beginning and an end as 30 Rock will end its seven year run with a one hour finale. I think it'll see a small bump but nothing big, much like Private Practice last week. After an hour of The Office, NBC is premiering its new Jekyll and Hyde drama Do No Harm but I think it'll have a real tough time against Scandal and Elementary in a slot that hasn't worked for NBC since ER went off the air. CBS is all new with its lineup including the pre-Super Bowl episode of Elementary but I think numbers will be down a bit across the board with tougher competition. ABC has new episodes of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal which should be close to usual while FOX has American Idol and Glee. I think Idol will take a big hit with The Big Bang Theory back.

ABC
8:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)
9:00 Grey's Anatomy #185 "Bad Blood"

10:00 Scandal #19 "Truth or Consequences"
Prediction: Grey's - 8.6 million, 2.9/Scandal - 8.2 million, 2.7

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #125 "The Copper/Kripke Inversion"
8:30 Two and a Half Men #215 "Run, Steven Staven! Run!"
9:00 Person of Interest #36 "Dead Reckoning"
10:00 Elementary #13 "The Red Team"
Prediction: Big Bang - 19.5 million, 6.1/Men - 14.6 million, 4.3/Person - 15.5 million, 3.1/Elementary - 11.8 million, 2.3

NBC
8:00 30 Rock #137/138 "Series Finale" (SERIES FINALE)
9:00 The Office #189 "Junior Salesman"

9:30 The Office #190 "Vandalism"
10:00 Do No Harm #1 "Pilot" (SERIES PREMIERE)
Prediction: 30 Rock - 5.1 million, 1.7/Office 9:00 - 4.4 million, 2.1/Office 9:30 - 4.2 million, 2.2/Harm - 4.5 million, 1.7

FOX
8:00 American Idol
9:00 Glee #78 "Naked"
Prediction: Idol - 14.1 million, 4.3/Glee - 6.2 million, 2.2      

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 1/29/13

ABC
8:00 The Taste
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 Happy Endings
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:30 Happy Endings
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

CBS8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 22.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.8
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 17.3 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1
10:00 Vegas
Viewers: 11.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9

NBC
8:00 Betty White's Off Their Rockers
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 Betty White's Off Their Rockers
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Go On
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:30 The New Normal
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3 

FOX8:00 Raising Hope
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
8:30 Raising Hope
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 New Girl
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
9:30 The Mindy Project
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

On Tuesday night, CBS's dramas came back with gusto after a week off as CBS completely dominates this night with The Voice gone. At 8pm, NCIS was down eight tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo but still stronger than it was for most of the fall. At 9pm, NCIS: Los Angeles was down three tenths in viewers but up four tenths in the demo for its best demo performance since the second episode of the season. At 10pm, Vegas was down a tenth in viewers and up three tenths in the demo, posting its best demo since October 9. It was still somewhat low though and the competition was very limited at 10pm so it could still be doing better. However, the uptick is a good sign as this show still might be able to snag a Friday slot next season.

Over on ABC, week two of The Taste fell a million viewers and a rough half a demo point from its decent series premiere last week. This is more what I was expecting even though last week surprised me. At 9pm, a double airing of Happy Endings continued to flop. The 9pm episode tied a series low but the 9:30pm episode grew from the lead-in and did better than the cancelled Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. NBC started with Betty White's Off Their Rockers and both episodes were down from last week. The worst news came at 9pm where the comedies continued to struggle in a big way. Go On was dead even with last week while The New Normal was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for a series low. I know NBC wants this show to work but it's lower than numbers 30 Rock, 1600 Penn, and Up All Night are/were getting on Thursdays not to mention the low-rated Wednesday comedies. Might be time to try to salvage Go On and can this one.

Finally on FOX, they aired an hour of Raising Hope to replace the cancelled Ben and Kate. The 8pm episode was on par with last week while the 8:30pm episode was slightly down from the lead-in but up substantially from Ben and Kate's numbers. That seemed to propel New Girl as it was up six tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo for its best demo since October 23. This is no doubt what FOX was hoping for by giving it a better lead-in. At 9:30pm, The Mindy Project was up a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo for its best demo since October 9. Isn't it sad that a 1.7 is the show's best demo since early October?

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, January 30

Wednesday has a mix of new episodes and repeats. ABC only has new episodes of The Neighbors and Suburgatory which could result in season lows for the shows without their more sturdy first-run lead-ins. NBC is all new and could be up with less competition, especially Chicago Fire. Even against less competition, I still see American Idol taking another small drop.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #79 "The Safe" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Neighbors #14 "The Back Nine"

9:00 Modern Family #81 "When a Tree Falls" (REPEAT)
9:30 Suburgatory #33 "Yakult Leader"

10:00 Nashville #7 "Lovesick Blues" (REPEAT)
Prediction: Neighbors - 5.8 million, 1.7/Suburgatory - 5.5 million, 1.9

CBS
8:00 Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials (SPECIAL)
9:00 Criminal Minds #164 "The Pact" (REPEAT)
10:00 CSI #276 "Wild Flowers" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Whitney #29 "Sorry!"
8:30 Guys with Kids #13 "Me Time"
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #307 "Criminal Hatred"
10:00 Chicago Fire #13 "Warm or Dead"
Prediction: Whitney - 4.4 million, 1.5/Guys - 4.2 million, 1.5/SVU - 8.0 million, 2.0/Chicago - 8.3 million, 2.3

FOX8:00 American Idol
Prediction: Idol - 15.4 million, 5.2  

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 1/28/13

ABC
8:00 The Bachelor
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
10:00 Castle (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:30 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:00 2 Broke Girls (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:30 Mike & Molly (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
10:00 Deception
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2 

FOX
8:00 Bones
Viewers: 9.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
9:00 The Following
Viewers: 10.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3 

Monday night was a huge night for FOX as they seem to finally have something going for them. At 8pm, Bones was up eight tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo for a season high. At 9pm, week two of The Following was down three tenths in viewers but up a tenth in the demo. This was the first new drama all season to grow in week two which is huge. FOX is sure to put marketing muscle in overdrive on this show now because it's clearly connecting with viewers. Over on NBC, The Biggest Loser was up a tenth in viewers and down a tenth in the demo as was Deception with the latter show continuing to fall. The Bachelor was up three tenths in viewers and even in the demo for ABC.

RATINGS RECAP: 1/27/13

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
8:00 Once Upon a Time (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Movie: The Makeover
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 11.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 The Good Wife
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 The Mentalist
Viewers: 10.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9

NBC
7:00 Pro Bowl Pregame
Viewers: 9.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
7:30 NFL Pro Bowl
Viewers: 12.2 million, 18-49 demo: 4.0

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
7:30 The Cleveland Show
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:00 The Simpsons
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
8:30 Bob's Burgers
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 Family Guy
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
9:30 American Dad!
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2 

It was quiet Sunday night where the NFL Pro Bowl posted good but not great numbers for NBC and a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie bombed on ABC. CBS and FOX had regular programming. CBS started with 60 Minutes featuring a joint interview with President Obama and Hillary Clinton. It was up from its last airing without an NFL lead-in. At 9pm though, The Good Wife fell six tenths in viewers and a rough four tenths in the demo for a series low. I've been defensive of this show but this is too low and CBS has too many successful dramas. Will this be its last year even with all the accolades? At 10pm, The Mentalist was down a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo. FOX's animated lineup was down across the board from its last new airing two weeks ago.

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, January 29

Tuesday night has new programming across the board. ABC has week two of The Taste which could see a sizable dip from last week's decent two hour premiere. At 10pm, ABC is re-airing last week's well-received late night episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live with Matt Damon. CBS has the return of their dramas and NCIS was way up in its last showing but I think it'll come down some. NBC has its regular lineup except for Dateline NBC at 10pm. The lineup has struggled mightily yet I think the comedies could inch up a bit at 9pm. FOX has an hour of Raising Hope to replace the cancelled Ben and Kate. It'll be interesting to see if better 8:30pm numbers can help New Girl.

ABC
8:00 The Taste
9:00 Happy Endings #46 "The Marry Prankster"
9:30 Happy Endings #47 "Our Best Friend's Wedding"
10:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live (REPEAT)
Prediction: Taste - 4.9 million, 1.7/Endings 9:00 - 3.2 million, 1.3/Endings 9:30 - 3.5 million, 1.4

CBS
8:00 NCIS #223 "Hit and Run"
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #85 "The Chosen One"
10:00 Vegas #13 "Road Trip"
Prediction: NCIS - 20.6 million, 3.6/Los Angeles - 15.8 million, 2.6/Vegas - 10.5 million, 1.6

NBC
8:00 Betty White's Off Their Rockers
8:30 Betty White's Off Their Rockers
9:00 Go On #15 "Pass Interference"
9:30 The New Normal #15 "Dairy Queen"
10:00 Dateline NBC
Prediction: Rockers 8:00 - 5.5 million, 1.5/Rockers 8:30 - 5.8 million, 1.7/Go On - 4.3 million, 1.4/Normal - 3.5 million, 1.3/Dateline - 4.0 million, 1.2

FOX
8:00 Raising Hope #58 "Modern Wedding"
8:30 Raising Hope #59 "Yo Zappa Do" Part 1
9:00 New Girl #39 "Cooler"
9:30 The Mindy Project #13 "Harry & Sally"
Prediction: Hope 8:00 - 4.2 million, 1.7/Hope 8:30 - 4.4 million, 1.8/New Girl - 4.7 million, 2.3/Mindy - 3.5 million, 1.6    

Monday, January 28, 2013

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, January 28

Monday has week two of The Following on FOX. I think it'll see a nice hold from its strong premiere numbers as buzz has been good and it did well in DVR gains. Elsewhere, CBS and Castle are in repeats which may help the competing shows rise or at least stay steady.

ABC
8:00 The Bachelor
10:00 Castle #85 "Murder, He Wrote" (REPEAT)
Prediction: Bachelor - 7.8 million, 2.6

CBS 
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #143 "Noretta" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Big Bang Theory #97 "The Flaming Spittoon Acquisition" (REPEAT)
9:00 2 Broke Girls #31 "And the Three Boys with Wood" (REPEAT)
9:30 Mike & Molly #42 "Peggy Goes to Branson" (REPEAT)

10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #49 "Kanalua" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
10:00 Deception #4 "One, Two, Three... One, Two, Three" 
Prediction: Loser - 6.2 million, 2.4/Deception - 3.8 million, 1.4

FOX
8:00 Bones #155 "The Twist in the Plot"
9:00 The Following #2 "Chapter Two"
Prediction: Bones - 8.8 million, 2.2/Following - 9.3 million, 3.0  

Sunday, January 27, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 1/26/13

ABC
8:00 The Taste (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 48 Hours (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

NBC
8:00 US Figure Skating Championships
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

FOX
8:00 UFC Fight Night
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

WEEKEND REWIND: ABC 1999-00 Season

In the 1998-99 season, ABC had a rough go of it. They had renewed four marginally performing series while long time series and tentpole show Home Improvement had ended. The number of successful shows was dwindling rapidly as the only returning Top 30 scripted shows were The Drew Carey Show, NYPD Blue, Dharma & Greg, and Spin City. Then in the summer of 1999, ABC launched Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? with Regis Philbin. The show was a smashing success and ABC rushed to bring it back for an even more successful November run. With their fall lineup suffering anyway, ABC became a slave to Millionaire and started airing it three times a week. The results was huge initially as it took over the top 3 spots in the Nielsen ratings. ABC was flying high but the show ultimately left the network in even worse shape when fatigue set in due to overexposure and ABC was left with a very thin bench. But for 1999-00, the impact of Millionaire changed ABC's fortunes in a big way.

Mondays
(Sep 20-Jan 3)
8:00 20/20 
9:00 Monday Night Football

(Jan 24-Apr 24)
8:00 Monday Night Movie
10:00 Once and Again
After the failed experiment of Monday Night Football at 8pm, ABC went back to airing a show before the game and they went with the safe bet of another 20/20 installment. At midseason, ABC stuck with a movie from 8-10pm. At 10pm, ABC moved Once and Again, which had a very successful run in NYPD Blue's Tuesday slot for the fall. It didn't do quite as well on Mondays but was still a successful new drama which were few and far between for ABC.

Tuesdays
(Sep 21-Nov 30)
8:00 Spin City
8:30 It's Like, You Know... (through Nov 2)
9:00 Dharma & Greg
9:30 Sports Night (Oct 5-Nov 2)
10:00 Once and Again

(Dec 7-28)
8:00 Spin City
8:30 Oh Grow Up
9:00 Dharma & Greg
9:30 Sports Night
10:00 Once and Again

(Jan 11-Apr 4)
8:00 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
9:00 Dharma & Greg
9:30 Sports Night
10:00 NYPD Blue

(Apr 11-25)
8:00 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
9:00 Dharma & Greg
9:30 Talk to Me
10:00 NYPD Blue

(May 2-16)
8:00 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
9:00 Dharma & Greg
9:30 Sports Night
10:00 NYPD Blue
"Once and Again"
Tuesday nights started with a sitcom block as they had for many years but they were without Home Improvement which had ended its long run. Spin City returned to 8pm after airing for a year at 9pm. This was Michael J. Fox's final season on the show as he announced his battle with Parkinson's and left the show with a one hour sendoff in May. At 8:30pm was It's Like, You Know... which probably shouldn't have even gotten a second season and was off the night by November. The new Tuesday anchor slot was given to Dharma & Greg while 9:30pm remained the beloved but ratings challenged Sports Night. November sweeps was dominated by Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? on every night and when things returned to normal in December, Oh Grow Up had moved over from Wednesdays but it didn't fare any better on Tuesdays. In January, Millionaire became a regular series and got the 8pm slot on Tuesdays. The move helped Dharma & Greg improve its fortunes while Spin City was shipped to Wednesdays and Oh Grow Up was cancelled. Sports Night ran through April when it was replaced by Talk to Me, a little remembered sitcom starring Kyra Sedgwick which lasted just three episodes. Sports Night returned after the quick demise of Talk to Me but it didn't do enough to get a third season. It almost moved to HBO but that fell through too and the show has joined the list of the "series that were cancelled too soon." At 10pm, ABC originally planned to let the new family drama Once and Again air until November when they would bring NYPD Blue back. However, Once and Again, a family drama starring Sela Ward and Billy Campbell became a surprise hit of the fall season. ABC didn't want to mess with a good thing and attempted to slide NYPD Blue back to January or move it elsewhere. Creator Steven Bochco balked at both ideas but ultimately agreed to let it start in January and run for 22 consecutive weeks while Once and Again moved to Mondays after football ended. It would have been interesting to see if Again would have lasted longer (it only lasted three years) had it been allowed to stay on Tuesdays and would NYPD Blue have worked on a different night?

Wednesdays
(Sep 22-Nov 3)
8:00 Two Guys and a Girl
8:30 Norm
9:00 The Drew Carey Show
9:30 Oh Grow Up
10:00 20/20

(Nov 10-Jan 5)
8:00 Two Guys and a Girl
8:30 It's Like, You Know... (Dec 8-Jan 5)
9:00 The Drew Carey Show
9:30 Norm
10:00 20/20

(Jan 19-Mar 15)
8:00 Two Guys and a Girl
8:30 Norm
9:00 The Drew Carey Show
9:30 Spin City
10:00 20/20

(Mar 22-Apr 26)
8:00 Two Guys and a Girl
8:30 Then Came You
9:00 The Drew Carey Show
9:30 Spin City
10:00 20/20

(May 3-24)
8:00 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
9:00 The Drew Carey Show (through May 17)
9:30 Spin City
10:00 20/20
"Oh Grow Up"
Wednesday nights were one of the few nights not hijacked by Millionaire in January and as a result, the lineup struggled all year long. The year started with some underperformers at 8pm with season three of Two Guys and a Girl (the Pizza Place was no more) and season two of Norm. Both shows had trouble but still managed to get a renewal because ABC's comedy slate was getting weaker and weaker. The Drew Carey Show continued at 9pm but it was starting to show its age though it remained one of the top comedies on the network. At 9:30pm was new sitcom Oh Grow Up, a buddy sitcom that didn't do that well as was one of the many Millionaire casualties. In November, Grow moved briefly to Tuesday while It's Like, You Know... came over to Wednesday, but both were gone at the end of the year. Due to Millionaire moving to Tuesday, Spin City left 8pm Tuesday for 9:30pm Wednesday where it stayed the rest of the year. Near the end of the year, Norm ended its season early to make room for Then Came You, another forgettable sitcom from this era. It lasted six episodes as a spring replacement while special airings of Millionaire finished up the season. All year long, 20/20 aired at 10pm.

Thursdays
(Oct 7-21)
8:00 Whose Line is it Anyway?
8:30 Whose Line is it Anyway?
9:00 Wasteland
10:00 20/20

(Oct 28-Jan 6)
8:00 Whose Line is it Anyway?
8:30 Whose Line is it Anyway?
9:00 Various Programming
10:00 20/20

(Jan 13-Mar 23)
8:00 Whose Line is it Anyway?
8:30 Whose Line is it Anyway?
9:00 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
10:00 20/20

(Mar 30-Apr 6)
8:00 Whose Line is it Anyway?
8:30 Whose Line is it Anyway?
9:00 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
10:00 Wonderland

(Apr 13-May 25)
8:00 Whose Line is it Anyway?
8:30 Whose Line is it Anyway?
9:00 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
10:00 20/20
"Wasteland"
Thursday nights did better than they had in years for ABC thanks to, you guessed it, Millionaire. The beginning of the year saw a double airing of Whose Line is it Anyway? at 8pm followed by Wasteland at 9pm. Wasteland was an angsty young adult drama about a group of 20-somethings in Manhattan. The show became yet another Thursday drama failure for ABC as it lasted only three episodes. Various programming filled the slot until January when Millionaire finally made ABC competitive on the night and put a dent into NBC's Must See TV, the first real challenge it had in years. 20/20 aired for most of the year at 10pm but it briefly was replaced by Wonderland, a controversial medical drama set inside a mental institution. It lasted only two episodes. Are you realizing how many shows lasted 2-6 episodes? 20/20 returned to take its slot back. It's worth noting that people complain about the lack of broadcast TV hours with Saturday thrown to the wolves and so much reality on the schedule. But look at this era - 20/20 took up an hour four out of five nights during the week and before that, movies were much more common. So I don't think there's that much less now.

Fridays
(Sep 24-Oct 8)
8:00 The Hughleys
8:30 Boy Meets World
9:00 Sabrina the Teenage Witch
9:30 Odd Man Out
10:00 20/20

(Oct 15-Jan 7)
8:00 Boy Meets World
8:30 Odd Man Out
9:00 Sabrina the Teenage Witch
9:30 The Hughleys
10:00 20/20

(Jan 14-Mar 17)
8:00 Boy Meets World
8:30 Various Programming
9:00 Sabrina the Teenage Witch
9:30 The Hughleys
10:00 20/20

(Mar 24-Apr 28)
8:00 Boy Meets World
8:30 The Hughleys
9:00 Sabrina the Teenage Witch
9:30 Making the Band
10:00 20/20
"Making the Band"
The 1999-00 season marked the end of TGIF. Though comedies aired on the night the next season, the TGIF moniker was gone until a brief revival in 2003 after this year. Gone with it were all the comedies that started the year on the night - The Hughleys and Sabrina the Teenage Witch were both cancelled by ABC only to be picked up by UPN and WB respectively. Boy Meets World ended after seven successful seasons on the night. The new sitcom Odd Man Out, a family sitcom about a teenage boy living in a family of women, only made it until early January. Though the order of the sitcoms moved around some, the open slot when Odd Man Out was cancelled was filled by repeats. Finally in March, ABC launched Making the Band in the midst of the boy band craze from the late 1990s and early 2000s. The show featured the now incarcerated Lou Pearlman putting together a boy band that became O-Town and had a couple successful songs. At 10pm, 20/20 remained in its slot. Making the Band was the only show in the TGIF block to return for another season as TGIF bit the dust after a successful run throughout the 1990s.

Saturdays
8:00 ABC Saturday Night Movie
After years of trying scripted programming on Saturdays, ABC finally gave up and instead aired a movie with various specials at times throughout the season.

Sundays
(Sep 26-Dec 19)
7:00 Wonderful World of Disney
9:00 Snoops
10:00 The Practice

(Jan 9-May 21)
7:00 Wonderful World of Disney
9:00 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
10:00 The Practice
"Snoops"
Sunday nights were pretty steady during the year for ABC as Wonderful World of Disney continued to air from 7-9pm. At 9pm was a new David E. Kelley drama to go with The Practice. Steamy spy series Snoops starring Gina Gershon and Paula Marshall got off to a good start but faded quickly and was pulled in December in favor of another weekly installment of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? At 10pm all year was The Practice which had finally vaulted into the Top 10 of the Nielsens after two straight Outstanding Drama Series wins at the Emmys. The show had a brief peak period though and this was its strongest season in the ratings before it started to slide.

Shows in the Top 30
1. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? - Tues
2. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? - Thurs
3. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? - Sun
7. Monday Night Football
9. The Practice
15. NYPD Blue
17. Dharma & Greg
21. The Drew Carey Show
24. Monday Night Movie/Spin City

Fall Shows Survival: 1/5 (20%)
Once and Again

Midseason Shows Survival: 1/4 (25%)
Making the Band

Total New Shows Survival Rate: 2/9 (22%)

Cancelled/Ended Series
Boy Meets World (7 seasons)
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (4 seasons)
The Hughleys/Sports Night/It's Like, You Know... (2 seasons)
Oh Grow Up/Odd Man Out/Snoops/Wasteland/Then Came You/Wonderland/Talk to Me (1 season)

Emmy Award Nominees & Winners (Major Categories)
The Practice (Nominee, Outstanding Drama Series)
Dennis Franz, NYPD Blue (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series)
Sela Ward, Once and Again (WINNER, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series)
Michael J. Fox, Spin City (WINNER, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series)
Jenna Elfman, Dharma & Greg (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series)
Michael Badalucco, The Practice (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)
Steve Harris, The Practice (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)
Holland Taylor, The Practice (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series) 

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, January 27

Sunday night has a mix of programming including some new episodes on CBS and FOX which could be up from their last airings against less competition. NBC has the Pro Bowl which isn't usually a huge draw, especially compared to other NFL games. ABC has a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie which tends to skew old.

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (REPEAT)
8:00 Once Upon a Time #25 "Lady of the Lake" (REPEAT)
9:00 MOVIE: Hallmark Hall of Fame - The Makeover


CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 NCIS #217 "Shell Shock" Part 2 (REPEAT)
9:00 The Good Wife #81 "The Seven Day Rule"
10:00 The Mentalist #107 "The Red Barn"
Prediction: 60 Mins - 9.1 million, 1.4/Wife - 10.6 million, 2.0/Mentalist - 11.1 million, 2.2

NBC
7:00 NFL Pro Bowl

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers #22 "Beefsquatch" (REPEAT)
7:30 The Cleveland Show #73 "Wide World of Cleveland Show"

8:00 The Simpsons #519 "The Changing of the Guardian"
8:30 Bob's Burgers #34 "Broadcast Wagstaff School News"
9:00 Family Guy #199 "The Giggity Wife"
9:30 American Dad! #143 "Blood Crieth Unto Heaven"
Prediction: Cleveland - 3.3 million, 1.5/Simpsons - 6.2 million, 2.8/Burgers - 4.4 million, 2.3/Family - 6.5 million, 3.3/Dad - 5.1 million, 2.5  

RATINGS RECAP: 1/25/13

ABC  
8:00 Last Man Standing (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:30 Malibu Country (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 CSI: NY (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

NBC
8:00 Betty White's Off Their Rockers (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 Betty White's Off Their Rockers (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

FOX 
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 The Following (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

Saturday, January 26, 2013

GOOD WEEK/BAD WEEK: January 26, 2013

GOOD WEEK: "THE FOLLOWING"
FOX has had a real rough fall especially with its new shows - The Mob Doctor and Ben and Kate have been cancelled while The Mindy Project has been a huge disappointment. FOX has very little on the bench so its last best hope is The Following. So far, so good after a strong Monday premiere that gave FOX some hope for the future. Now of course the 3.1 demo premiere is similar to last year's failed Terra Nova and Alcatraz, but the show has had real positive feedback. The best sign to me is that it held up well over the hour which means it didn't turn off viewers with the gore and spookiness. FOX is running it for 15 weeks straight and the competition isn't any tougher until The Voice and Dancing with the Stars return in late March. 

BAD WEEK: TUESDAY COMEDIES
Heading into the season, there was a lot of talk about how much comedy there was on Tuesday night including a logjam at 9pm. Now several months in, the results are not good. ABC's adult 9pm block has tanked with Happy Endings struggling and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 yanked this week. NBC was doing well until The Voice ended and now Go On and The New Normal have been in freefall, plunging to new lows. FOX's sitcom block has struggled mightily with Ben and Kate cancelled and New Girl being the only show that can break a 2.0 demo. Tuesdays seem like a wasteland for broadcast TV out of the NCIS twins on CBS and it looks like comedy is not the answer.

Friday, January 25, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 1/24/13

ABC
8:00 Last Resort
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Grey's Anatomy
Viewers: 9.0 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
10:00 Scandal (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

CBS 
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 11.5 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2
8:30 Two and a Half Men (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 Person of Interest (Repeat)
Viewers: 10.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 Elementary (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

NBC
8:00 30 Rock
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 Parks and Recreation
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 The Office
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:30 1600 Penn
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 15.7 million, 18-49 demo: 5.2
9:00 Glee
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6

On Thursday night, FOX started things off with American Idol which was down six tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo from last week's two hour episode. This isn't a bad week two drop for the show especially since it lost the higher rated hour. At 9pm, Glee benefited a bit from the lead-in as it was up 1.5 million viewers and six tenths in the demo. Still, it was a far cry from the numbers it used to get after American Idol as its ceiling is awfully low now. Over on ABC, the series finale of the cancelled Last Resort was up four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. At 9pm, Grey's Anatomy was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. 

NBC had yet another low Thursday night. At 8pm, 30 Rock was up four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo ahead of next week's series finale. It will be interesting to see how much it can gain for the final night. At 8:30pm, Parks and Recreation was even in viewers and down two tenths in the demo. At 9pm, The Office was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. Only The Office and The Biggest Loser cracked a 2.0 demo for NBC this week, yikes. At 9:30pm, 1600 Penn was up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, reversing the downward trend a bit. At 10pm, Rock Center was down seven tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo.

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, January 25 & Saturday, January 26

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #27 "High Expectations" (REPEAT)
8:30 Malibu Country #2 "Baby Steps" (REPEAT)
9:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)

10:00 20/20

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss (REPEAT)
9:00 CSI: NY #181 "Reignited" (REPEAT)
10:00 Blue Bloods #45 "Family Business" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Betty White's Off Their Rockers (REPEAT)
8:30 Betty White's Off Their Rockers (REPEAT)
9:00 Dateline NBC

FOX
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares
9:00 The Following #1 "Pilot" (REPEAT)

SATURDAY

ABC 
8:00 The Taste (REPEAT)
10:00 20/20: Special Edition

CBS 
8:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #57 "Betrayal" (REPEAT)
9:00 48 Hours (REPEAT)

10:00 48 Hours

NBC
8:00 Figure Skating: US Championships

FOX 
8:00 UFC Fight Night from Chicago

Thursday, January 24, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 1/23/13

ABC
8:00 The Middle
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
8:30 The Neighbors
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 Modern Family
Viewers: 10.8 million, 18-49 demo: 4.2
9:30 Suburgatory
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
10:00 Nashville
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9

CBS
8:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Criminal Minds
Viewers: 11.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1
10:00 CSI
Viewers: 11.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6

NBC
8:00 Whitney (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:30 Guys with Kids (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Chicago Fire (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
 8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 16.1 million, 18-49 demo: 5.5 

On Wednesday night, week two of American Idol was down 1.8 million viewers and half a demo point from last week's premiere. It wasn't a terrible drop but it remains down significantly year-to-year. Over on CBS, Criminal Minds was down eight tenths in viewers but up two tenths in the demo. At 10pm, CSI was up four tenths in viewers and a good three tenths in the demo, tying a season high. It will be interesting to see how it does when Chicago Fire is new again. 

On ABC, The Middle started the night off up four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for its best demo since November 14. The Neighbors followed and was up three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo as it seems to be holding up ok against American Idol. At 9pm, Modern Family was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo despite the lead-ins being up. At 9:30pm, Suburgatory was even in viewers but down a tenth in the demo. One of the biggest disappointments of the season has been how poorly this show has done in a dream position after Modern Family. At 10pm, Nashville reversed some of its momentum as it was down a million viewers and three tenths in the demo. 

RATINGS RECAP: 1/22/13

ABC
8:00 The Taste
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
10:00 Private Practice
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 12.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 11.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 Vegas (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

NBC
8:00 Betty White's Off Their Rockers
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:30 Betty White's Off Their Rockers
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 Go On
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:30 The New Normal
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Parenthood
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8 

FOX
8:00 Raising Hope
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
8:30 Ben and Kate
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 New Girl
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:30 The Mindy Project
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

Tuesday night was a night of beginnings and endings for ABC. At 8pm was the series premiere of new reality cooking series The Taste. The show had a very respectable sampling and outperformed many predictions with a 2.1 demo premiere. It's nothing amazing but a solid start. At 10pm was the series finale of Private Practice which ended after six seasons. It was up 1.2 million viewers and three tenths in the demo for the series finale. This show lost a ton of momentum when it moved away from the Grey's Anatomy lead-in it had for many years and disappeared relatively quietly less than a year later.

NBC had a rough night as nothing cracked a 2 in the demo. At 8pm, Betty White's Off Their Rockers was up a tenth in the demo while the 8:30pm airing was even. The hope of a rebound from the 9pm comedies last week was shattered when Go On and The New Normal plummeted to series lows as Go On was down half a million viewers and a rough four tenths in the demo while The New Normal was even in viewers but down two tenths in the demo. These comedies have completely fallen apart. How far down will they go before The Voice comes back? At 10pm, the season finale of Parenthood dropped a tenth in viewers and the demo. While the ratings were down for the finale, I'd be shocked if this show was not renewed for a fifth season after it won its timeslot most weeks.

Finally on FOX, Raising Hope was up four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Considering everything with this lineup, it's not doing horrible. At 8:30pm, Ben and Kate was up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo but that was not enough to get it yanked from the lineup as FOX announced Wednesday. At 9pm, New Girl rebounded from its series low as it was up four tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo for its best demo since November. Finally at 9:30pm, The Mindy Project was up three tenths in viewers and even in the demo.

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, January 24

Thursday has a mix of repeats and new episodes. Of particular note is the return of Glee after several weeks off. It is also paired with American Idol for the first time since its second season and I think it'll do better than it's been doing though I think Idol will be down from last week. Elsewhere, ABC has the final episode of the cancelled Last Resort and NBC could face another drop from 1600 Penn. It will also be interesting to see if Parks and Recreation can keep up the momentum at 8:30pm that it had last week.

ABC
8:00 Last Resort #13 "Controlled Flight Into Terrain" (SERIES FINALE)
9:00 Grey's Anatomy #184 "Walking on a Dream"

10:00 Scandal #6 "The Trail" (REPEAT)
Prediction: Resort - 5.5 million, 1.2/Grey's - 8.5 million, 2.9

CBS
 8:00 The Big Bang Theory #117 "The Exact Obliteration" (REPEAT)
8:30 Two and a Half Men #204 "Four Balls, Two Bats, and One Mitt" (REPEAT)
9:00 Person of Interest #25 "Bad Code" (REPEAT)
10:00 Elementary #7 "One Way to Get Off" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 30 Rock #136 "A Goon's Deed in a Weary World"
8:30 Parks and Recreation #79 "Women in Garbage"
9:00 The Office #188 "Customer Loyalty"
9:30 1600 Penn #4 "Meet the Parent"
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
Prediction: Rock - 3.7 million, 1.4/Parks - 3.8 million, 1.8/Office - 4.0 million, 2.0/Penn - 2.8 million, 1.2/Rock Center - 4.5 million, 1.2

FOX 
8:00 American Idol
9:00 Glee #77 "Sadie Hawkins"
Prediction: Idol - 14.9 million, 5.0/Glee - 8.2 million, 2.8    

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

CANCELLATION ALERT: Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, Ben and Kate

Two Tuesday night sitcoms were yanked from their lineups this week and while the networks have yet to officially cancel them, they are dead enough for me to consider them cancelled.

First up, ABC's second year sitcom Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 was yanked this week in favor of a double helping of Happy Endings. The show had a solid debut late last spring airing behind Modern Family but it fell on its face this fall airing in an adult comedy block with Endings as it couldn't even beat disappointing competing comedies The Mindy Project and The New Normal. Apartment still has several unaired episodes which could get burned off in the summer but it's incredibly unlikely that we'll see it again during the season. Endings will get to finish off its season and it's heading into the all-important season four but its numbers are awfully low too so who knows what will happen.

Also yanked was FOX's Tuesday newbie Ben and Kate. The show has been the weakest link in FOX's weak sitcom lineup. Despite horrible numbers since the premiere, FOX ordered additional episodes of the show and professed its faith in the show. But it appears their patience has run out and it's quite possible that they think it's bringing down New Girl in the lineup. They will double pump Raising Hope most weeks until March 12 when the whole first hour of the comedy block will be replaced by a new season of Hell's Kitchen.

RATINGS RECAP: 1/21/13

ABC
8:00 The Bachelor
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
10:00 Castle
Viewers: 8.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother
Viewers: 10.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.7
8:30 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 10.5 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2
9:00 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 11.6 million, 18-49 demo: 3.7
9:30 Mike & Molly
Viewers: 10.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
10:00 Hawaii Five-0
Viewers: 9.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
10:00 Deception
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

FOX
8:00 Bones
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:00 The Following
Viewers: 10.4 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2

On Monday night, it was a promising start for FOX's new thriller The Following. First off though, Bones was up half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo for its best demo performance since September. Then at 9pm, The Following had a very good debut. It was slightly below last year's premiere of the failed Alcatraz but the good news was it stayed steady across the hour which means people weren't too scared by it. Reaction has been very positive so it'll be interesting to see where it goes from here. It's FOX's last best hope for a new hit this season.

Over on ABC, The Bachelor was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. For those keeping score at home, The Bachelor is outperforming most weeks of Dancing with the Stars in the same slot in the fall. That's great for The Bachelor but it's supposed to be the interim show. At 10pm, Castle was down three tenths in viewers but up a tenth in the demo for its best demo performance since November 19. On NBC, The Biggest Loser was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo while Deception continued its plummet as it was down half a million viewers and three tenths in the demo. While NBC will probably let it run its course, this was probably the final nail in the coffin for this disappointing show.

Finally on CBS, How I Met Your Mother started off the night down four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo from last week's season high. After a repeat of The Big Bang Theory, 2 Broke Girls was down nine tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo. Girls should be getting a better demo than Mother, not the same demo. At 9:30pm, Mike & Molly was down six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. Finally at 10pm, Hawaii Five-0 was up three tenths in viewers but down a tenth in the demo. Looks like the extra exposure on Sunday night did nothing which proves CBS did not make the wisest choice.

RATINGS RECAP: 1/20/13

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:00 Revenge
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
7:00 NFL AFC Championship Game
Viewers: 47.7 million, 18-49 demo: 16.8
9:53 NFL Postgame
Viewers: 26.0 million, 18-49 demo: 9.1
10:16 Hawaii Five-0
Viewers: 13.0 million, 18-49 demo: 3.5

NBC
7:00 The Biggest Loser (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 The Biggest Loser (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
7:30 The Cleveland Show (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
8:30 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:30 American Dad! (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6 

Sunday night was all about football as CBS's broadcast of the AFC Championship Game dominated all ratings. It was significantly below last year's championship game numbers on FOX though but still towering above everything on TV. It was followed by Hawaii Five-0, which posted its best numbers since the last time it followed a Championship Game in 2011. However, it wasn't overly strong and it seemed like a curious choice for CBS when they could have given the slot to one of their upstart shows such as Person of Interest or 2 Broke Girls or even the series premiere of Golden Boy. The upside to Hawaii seems awfully limited at this point.

ABC's dramas got slaughtered against the competition from the playoffs. First up though, America's Funniest Home Videos was actually up a tenth in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. Then Once Upon a Time and Revenge both plunged to series lows - Time was down half a million viewers and four tenths in the demo while Revenge was down four tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. For whatever reason, ABC dramas are taking next week off even though competition is limited and then bringing them back on Feb 13 just in time to compete with the Grammys which could result in more series lows.

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, January 23

Ratings for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday will hopefully be up later tonight! Wednesday night has new programming on ABC, CBS, and FOX which is the same as last week. American Idol will likely go down from last week's season premiere and that may help ABC and CBS inch up a bit.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #85 "The Friend"
8:30 The Neighbors #13 "Dream Weavers"
9:00 Modern Family #85 "Fulgencio"
9:30 Suburgatory #32 "Chinese Chicken"
10:00 Nashville #11 "You Win Again"
Prediction: Middle - 8.5 million, 2.4/Neighbors - 6.3 million, 1.9/Modern - 11.8 million, 4.4/Suburgatory - 6.6 million, 2.5/Nashville - 6.8 million, 2.2

CBS 
8:00 Criminal Minds #171 "Magnificent Light" (REPEAT)
9:00 Criminal Minds #175 "Magnum Opus"
10:00 CSI #285 "Double Fault"
Prediction: Criminal 9:00 - 12.4 million, 3.0/CSI - 11.4 million, 2.4

NBC 
8:00 Whitney #25 "Sex, Lies, and Alibis" (REPEAT)
8:30 Guys with Kids #3 "Marny Wants a Girl" (REPEAT)
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #297 "Above Suspicion" (REPEAT)
10:00 Chicago Fire #3 "Professional Courtesy" (REPEAT)

FOX 
8:00 American Idol
Prediction: Idol - 16.5 million, 5.7    

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, January 22

Check below this post for a review of FOX's new drama The Following! Also please note that I will no longer do reviews of reality shows (like tonight's The Taste). As a trade off, I will review scripted shows that premiere during the summer!

Tuesday night has lots going on. ABC has the series premiere of reality cooking show The Taste but I don't think it'll make much of a dent on Tuesday night even with CBS in repeats. It is followed by the series finale of Private Practice after six seasons and 111 episodes. The show has really disappeared since its move to Tuesdays so I don't think it'll get a big turnout for the finale. Elsewhere, NBC has the season finale of Parenthood which has been impressive this year and could see a season high. The comedies on NBC and FOX could be up with CBS in repeats.

ABC
8:00 The Taste (SERIES PREMIERE)
10:00 Private Practice #111 "In Which We Say Goodbye" (SERIES FINALE)
Prediction: Taste - 6.3 million, 1.8/Practice - 5.1 million, 1.4

CBS
8:00 NCIS #216 "Shell Shock" Part 1 (REPEAT)
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #70 "Neighborhood Watch" (REPEAT)

10:00 Vegas #5 "Solid Citizens" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Betty White's Off Their Rockers
8:30 Betty White's Off Their Rockers
9:00 Go On #14 "Comeback Player of the Year"
9:30 The New Normal #14 "Gaydar"
10;00 Parenthood #68 "Because You're My Sister" (Season Finale)
Prediction: Rockers 8:00 - 5.8 million, 1.6/Rockers 8:30 - 6.5 million, 1.8/Go On - 5.0 million, 1.8/Normal - 3.5 million, 1.4/Parenthood - 5.3 million, 2.2

FOX
8:00 Raising Hope #57 "What Happens at Howdy's Doesn't Stay at Howdy's"
8:30 Ben and Kate #13 "Bake-Off"
9:00 New Girl #38 "Pepperwood"
9:30 The Mindy Project #12 "Hooking Up is Hard"
Prediction: Hope - 3.8 million, 1.7/Ben and Kate - 2.5 million, 1.2/New Girl - 4.0 million, 2.1/Mindy - 3.3 million, 1.6

Monday, January 21, 2013

PILOT REVIEW: The Following

THE FOLLOWING












Starring: Kevin Bacon, Jeananne Goossen, Natalie Zea, Shawn Ashmore, Valorie Curry, Nico Tortorella, Adan Canto, Kyle Catlett, Maggie Grace, and James Purefoy

Created by Kevin Williamson
Written by Kevin Williamson, Directed by Marcos Siega

The Following is a new dark and psychological thriller from Kevin Williamson, writer of many horror films including Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. The show is also notable for being the first TV vehicle for popular film star Kevin Bacon. In the show, Bacon plays former FBI agent Ryan Hardy who is brought back when the serial killer he captured, Dr. Joseph Carroll (James Purefoy), escapes from prison and resumes his killing spree with the help of his many cult followers. Rounding out the cast is other FBI agents and people from Carroll's past including his ex-wife (and Ryan's ex-lover as well) Claire (Natalie Zea).

THE GOOD: This might be my favorite pilot of the season. The dark and chilling feel permeates throughout the whole episode and this show really succeeds where so many other horror shows (such as The River) failed. If every episode is like the pilot, it will be a harrowing experience to watch every Monday night because there were more jumpy moments than I've experienced in a long time. Kevin Bacon is a real coup for this show and his presence, plus the whole Silence of the Lambs feel to the show, makes it feel like a movie. James Purefoy may not be Hannibal Lecter but he's pretty fascinating as the professor turned killer. There are many flashbacks used in the pilot but unlike Deception, they serve a real purpose in creating the mythology and back story.

THE BAD: Honestly, I don't really have anything to say here. At first, I was worried that they were going to have too narrow a storyline and run into trouble down the road. However, the ending of the pilot showed me that they know exactly where they are going and there are tons of stories to tell. Plus, Kevin Bacon has only committed to 15 episodes a season which should help keep the show fresh. So basically I have no complaints.

BOTTOM LINE: The Following really pushes the limits for broadcast TV but that's a good thing in an era where network TV seems timid and bland compared to cable for most people. This show is certainly not for everyone but I hope subsequent episodes live up to the spookiness and heart stopping moments of the pilot. I'm really excited to see where this show goes and I'll be sad if it disappoints!

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, January 21

Monday has new programming on all four networks. Of particular interest is the series premiere of FOX's serial killer drama The Following starring Kevin Bacon. The show got a ton of promotion during the NFC Championship Game on Sunday and it has gotten attention for how dark it is. I think it'll get a strong sampling but it will be interesting if audiences accept the very dark subject matter. Elsewhere, CBS should have another strong night and Hawaii Five-0 could go up after the Sunday night special airing. Week three of Deception will likely continue to sink for NBC.

ABC
8:00 The Bachelor
10:00 Castle #93 "Death Gone Crazy"
Prediction: Bachelor - 7.4 million, 2.5/Castle - 8.8 million, 1.9

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #174 "Ring Up!"
8:30 The Big Bang Theory #116 "The Holographic Excitation" (REPEAT)
9:00 2 Broke Girls #38 "And Too Little Sleep"

9:30 Mike & Molly #59 "Molly's Birthday"
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #61 "Hana I Wa'la"
Prediction: Mother - 9.9 million, 3.7/Girls - 12.2 million, 4.1/Mike&Molly - 10.8 million, 3.4/Hawaii - 10.1 million, 2.6

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
10:00 Deception #3 "A Drop of Blood and a Microscope"
Prediction: Loser - 6.5 million, 2.4/Deception - 3.8 million, 1.4

FOX 
8:00 Bones #154 "The Corpse in the Canopy"
9:00 The Following #1 "Pilot" (SERIES PREMIERE)
Prediction: Bones - 8.3 million, 2.2/Following - 10.4 million, 3.4      

Sunday, January 20, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 1/19/13

ABC 
8:00 20/20
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Movie: Blades of Glory
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 Deception (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Chicago Fire (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

FOX
8:00 Cops
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 Cops (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Kitchen Nightmares (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7 

WEEKEND REWIND: ABC 1998-99 Season

Heading into the Fall of 1998, ABC was in rough shape. Only two new shows from the previous season (plus one in the summer) were coming back for a second year and a dwindling number of ABC shows were placing near the top of the ratings. The 1998-99 season was another rough one that saw the end of their last big hit left from the successful mid 90s years (Home Improvement). However, there fortunes were about to change, albeit temporarily, in the summer of 1999 with a little game show called Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Mondays
(Sep 21-Dec 28)
8:00 Monday Night Blast
8:20 Monday Night Football

(Jan 18-May 10)
8:00 20/20 (starting Feb 1)
9:00 Monday Night Movie
Since MacGyver went off the air in 1992, ABC had tried to find a successful companion to Monday Night Football and had failed year after year. This season, they decided to bag the idea of a lead-in series and instead moved the start time of Monday Night Football up with a short showcase before it called Monday Night Blast. The result was a decline for Football (despite a higher ranking) and ABC quickly bagged the idea for the 1999 season. When the football season ended, ABC did not go with scripted programming as it had the previous year. They simply aired one of the many editions of 20/20 and a movie.

Tuesdays
(Sep 22-Mar 2)
8:00 Home Improvement
8:30 The Hughleys
9:00 Spin City
9:30 Sports Night
10:00 NYPD Blue (starting Oct 20)

(Mar 9-16)
8:00 Home Improvement
8:30 The Hughleys
9:00 Spin City
9:30 Sports Night
10:00 Strange World

(Mar 23-May 11)
8:00 Home Improvement
8:30 The Hughleys
9:00 Spin City
9:30 Sports Night (through May 4)
10:00 NYPD Blue
"Sports Night"
Tuesday nights were much more steady than they had been the previous season. Home Improvement made the move from its longtime 9pm tentpole slot (it had aired there since 1994). In January, Tim Allen and Patricia Richardson decided to make this the final season of Home Improvement. The one hour series finale drew 35 million viewers as the show had an extremely successful run in the 1990s. It has also lived on in syndication and remains one of the iconic 90s shows. For its final season it was paired with a new family sitcom - The Hughleys starring comedian D.L. Hughley. The show proved to be a decent performer in its first season but it wasn't a breakout hit that could replace Improvement. After a year on Wednesdays at 8pm, Spin City moved to a more appropriate 9pm time taking the slot that Improvement had held for so many years. The show was always a decent performer but never quite seemed to live up to expectations. It led into Sports Night at 9:30pm, a very different comedy from Aaron Sorkin that was critically beloved but ratings challenged. The single camera show starring Peter Krause, Felicity Huffman, and Robert Guillaume among others might have worked better today but in the late 90s era of multicam sitcoms, it seemed out of place. It did manage to get a renewal but that was more due to critical acclaim than ratings. NYPD Blue continued to air at 10pm as the network's strongest drama. It was briefly replaced for a trial run by Strange World, a sci-fi drama that lasted just two weeks in its timeslot before it was yanked and Blue was brought back early. Overall, Tuesday was probably the least of ABC's concerns this season though the departure of Home Improvement loomed over the night.

Wednesdays
(Sep 23-Dec 2)
8:00 Dharma & Greg
8:30 Two Guys and a Girl
9:00 The Drew Carey Show
9:30 The Secret Lives of Men (Sep 30-Nov 11)
10:00 20/20

(Dec 9-Mar 17)
8:00 Dharma & Greg
8:30 Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place
9:00 The Drew Carey Show
9:30 Whose Line is it Anyway?
10:00 20/20

(Mar 24-May 12)
8:00 Dharma & Greg
8:30 It's Like, You Know... (through May 5)
9:00 The Drew Carey Show
9:30 The Norm Show
10:00 20/20
"The Norm Show"
Wednesday nights had more sitcoms and two of the three new shows survived but ABC's standards were lower than in the past due to the lower ratings their shows were getting. After a successful first season, Dharma & Greg was moved quickly into the 8pm slot to lead off the night and it proved to be a respectable self starter. It was followed by season two of Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, which was one of many late 90s forgettable sitcoms on ABC that managed to last longer than you think. It did enough to get a third season. At 9pm was The Drew Carey Show, which was still making the Top 20. The 9:30pm slot was initially given to bland sitcom The Secret Lives of Men, a divorced buddies sitcom starring Peter Gallagher and Bradley Whitford. Its quick cancellation allowed Whitford to sign on for The West Wing the following season. When Men was cancelled, it was replaced by sketch comedy show Whose Line is it Anyway? which had a successful run in the summer of 1998. Hosted by Drew Carey, it did well with his sitcom and was a utility player for the network for years. In the spring, even though Two Guys and Whose Line got renewals, the 8:30 and 9:30 half hours were replaced with new sitcoms. At 8:30pm was It's Like, You Know... an LA-set friends sitcom that included Jennifer Grey playing herself (much like James Van Der Beek on Don't Trust the B---- now). It snagged a second season renewal but it didn't last long in year two. It's also worth mentioning that ABC had some pretty horrible show titles in this era between this one and Pizza Place. At 9:30pm was The Norm Show, another sitcom showcasing a comedian - this time Norm MacDonald. The show also featured Laurie Metcalf and (eventually) Faith Ford and manage to last longer than you'd think, just like Two Guys. All year long, one of the many 20/20 editions aired at 10pm.

Thursdays
(Oct 1-29)
8:00 Vengeance Unlimited
9:00 Thursday Night Movie

(Nov 5-Dec 3)
8:00 Various Programming
9:00 Thursday Night Movie

(Dec 10-31)
8:00 Vengeance Unlimited
9:00 Thursday Night Movie 
  
(Jan 7-Feb 25)
8:00 Vengeance Unlimited
9:00 Cupid (through Feb 11)
10:00 Various Programming

(Mar 4-Apr 29)
8:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
9:00 The Drew Carey Show (encores)
9:30 Spin City (encores)
10:00 Various Programming
"Vengeance Unlimited"
Thursdays were, as usual, a big mess for ABC. The season started out with new crime drama Vengeance Unlimited at 8pm. It was about a mysterious figure who solved otherwise ignored crimes (sounds like Person of Interest, doesn't it?). The show was benched for November sweeps but returned in December for another brief and unsuccessful run. A movie occupied the rest of the night in a sign that ABC was throwing in the towel on the night. In January, they bagged the movie in favor of Cupid, which had been unsuccessful on Saturdays. It was no more successful on Thursdays and was pulled for good in February. The 10pm slot became a variety of special programming for the rest of the season. In March, ABC brought back America's Funniest Home Videos, which had been on hiatus, on a different night. After years of decline, the long running comedy show was cancelled at the end of the season only to be brought back during the 2000-01 season. ABC opted to air repeats of their successful tentpole comedies in the 9pm hour for the rest of the year in the second sign that they gave up on the night this year.

Fridays
(Sep 25-Apr 2)
8:00 Two of a Kind
8:30 Boy Meets World
9:00 Sabrina the Teenage Witch
9:30 Brother's Keeper
10:00 20/20

(Apr 9-23)
8:00 Sabrina the Teenage Witch
8:30 Boy Meets World
9:00 Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place
9:30 Brother's Keeper
10:00 20/20

(Apr 30-May 14)
8:00 Home Improvement (encores)
8:30 Boy Meets World
9:00 Sabrina the Teenage Witch
9:30 Brother's Keeper
10:00 20/20
"Two of a Kind"
ABC was coming off a horrible year for TGIF so they decided to revamp the night again only to have another unsuccessful season. They thought that the return of the Olsen Twins to ABC would do the trick so they launched the new sitcom Two of a Kind starring the tween-age Olsens in the 8pm slot. Two of a Kind ended up being a disappointment in the ratings. It did show a little sign of hope in the summer of 1999 reruns but by then, it had been cancelled. The mainstays Boy Meets World and Sabrina were sandwiched in the middle of the block while 9:30pm was given to another freshman - Brother's Keeper, an Odd Couple themed sitcom about brothers. The show lasted a full season but was cancelled at the end marking the second year in a row that both new shows added to the lineup had failed. With Boy Meets World and Sabrina declining as well, the end was in sight for TGIF. 20/20 continued to air at 10pm.

Saturdays
(Sep 26-Dec 26)
8:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
9:00 Fantasy Island
10:00 Cupid

(Jan 9-23)
8:00 Saturday Night Movie
10:00 Fantasy Island

(Jan 30-Mar 27)
8:00 Various Programming

(Apr 3-24)
8:00 The Big Moment
9:00 Saturday Night Movie
"Cupid"
ABC made yet another valiant effort to make Saturday nights work this season but once again struck out with two new dramas just as they had the previous season. First off though, they started with America's Funniest Home Videos on a new night where it struggled mightily. They paired it with some light escapist dramas compared to the heavier crime dramas the previous season. First up was a reboot of the popular 1970s/80s anthology Fantasy Island. Starring Malcolm McDowell as Mr. Roarke, the show could not recapture the magic of the earlier series and didn't work for a 90s audience as it joined the long list of failed TV reboots. At 10pm was Cupid, a romantic dramedy starring Jeremy Piven as a man who thinks he is Cupid. The show was unsuccessful but interestingly, ABC brought it back over a decade later in a reboot only to have it fail again. When the Saturday dramas were yanked (after a brief 10pm move for Fantasy Island), it filled the night with specials and movies until the game show The Big Moment premiered in April. Unlike the upcoming Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Moment failed to find any audience and was pulled by the end of June. And it was back to the drawing board again on Saturdays.

Sundays
7:00 Wonderful World of Disney
9:00 20/20
10:00 The Practice
ABC Sundays did not change all season long as the lineup and move away from a Sunday night movie proved to be successful. Wonderful World of Disney returned at 7pm where it aired family movies all year long though they didn't have a breakout hit like the Cinderella reboot a year earlier. At 9pm was yet ANOTHER edition of 20/20 as ABC aired the newsmagazine on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays this season. At 10pm was a bold move. After years of movies on Sunday night, ABC brought scripted programming back by airing The Practice at 10pm. This was a great move as the show, fresh off an Emmy win for Outstanding Drama Series, showed a major improvement in the ratings and nestled itself in for a nice Sunday run and the beginning of ABC's strong drama presence on Sundays that continues today.

ABC 1998-99 Stats

Shows in the Top 30
4. Monday Night Football
10. Home Improvement
12. NYPD Blue
14. The Drew Carey Show/20/20 (Friday)
16. 20/20 (Wednesday)
24. Dharma & Greg
25. Spin City

Fall Shows Survival: 2/8 (25%)
The Hughleys, Sports Night

Midseason Shows Survival: 2/4 (50%)
It's Like, You Know..., The Norm Show

Total New Shows Survival Rate: 4/12 (33%)

Cancelled/Ended Series
America's Funniest Home Videos (10 seasons)
Home Improvement (9 seasons)
Two of a Kind/Brother's Keeper/Fantasy Island/Cupid/Vengeance Unlimited/The Secret Lives of Men/Strange World/The Big Moment (1 season)

Emmy Award Nominees & Winners (Major Categories)
The Practice (WINNER, Outstanding Drama Series)
NYPD Blue (Nominee, Outstanding Drama Series)
Dennis Franz, NYPD Blue (WINNER, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series)
Jimmy Smits, NYPD Blue (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series)
Michael J. Fox, Spin City (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series)
Jenna Elfman, Dharma & Greg (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series)
Michael Badalucco, The Practice (WINNER, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)
Steve Harris, The Practice (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)
Holland Taylor, The Practice (WINNER, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)
Lara Flynn Boyle, The Practice (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)
Kim Delaney, NYPD Blue (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)
Camryn Manheim, The Practice (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)