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Thursday, February 28, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 2/27/13

ABC
8:00 The Middle
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
8:30 The Neighbors
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Modern Family
Viewers: 10.5 million, 18-49 demo: 3.9
9:30 Suburgatory
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
10:00 Nashville
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

CBS
8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 9.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
9:00 Criminal Minds
Viewers: 10.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
10:00 CSI
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9

NBC
8:00 Whitney
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:30 Guys with Kids
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 Chicago Fire
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 13.3 million, 18-49 demo: 3.9


On the final night of February sweeps, most ABC shows were down but Modern Family managed to tie American Idol in the demo. At 8pm, The Middle was down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo while The Neighbors was down the same. Some weeks, The Neighbors looks like an over-performer but other weeks, it looks like ABC could easily cancel it at the end of the season. This week was the latter category. At 9pm, Modern Family was down a tenth in viewers and the demo but it's 3.9 demo tied American Idol. It's only a matter of time before it beats Idol. At 9:30pm, Suburgatory had the strongest performance week-to-week as it was up four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. Finally at 10pm, Nashville was down half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo for a series low. It is being left in the dust by CSI and Chicago Fire.

Over on CBS, Survivor was down a tenth in viewers but up two tenths in the demo as it seems to be rebounding from its low premiere. It's year-to-year numbers are much better now. At 9pm, Criminal Minds was down four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. This show has been struggling recently for CBS. At 10pm, CSI was down a big 1.3 million viewers and four tenths in the demo, losing to Chicago Fire again. This show has been wildly up and down over the last couple weeks, I'm not exactly sure why it's fluctuating so much. On FOX, American Idol was down 1.1 million viewers and two tenths in the demo to its lowest numbers since the initial season way back in the summer of 2002. This show is just getting old, no matter what they do with the judges panel. However, a 3.9 demo is still strong so it's not going anywhere yet.

Finally on NBC, Whitney started off the night up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. At 8:30pm, the season finale of Guys with Kids was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. I'd be shocked if this was back for a second season but stranger things have happened. At 9pm, Law & Order: SVU was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. At 10pm, Chicago Fire continued to be the brightest spot on NBC's lineup as it was up a tenth in viewers and the demo, winning the hour once again. I think we'll see an early renewal for next season for this show since it's the only, and I mean only, NBC show that is showing some strength right now.

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, February 28

There is one more day of February but February Sweeps is over which means repeats to varying degrees on ABC, CBS, and NBC. The shows that are new could see mixed results as there is less competition but they're surrounded by repeats. I think American Idol will definitely be up but the other new shows, which are all bombs, could go either way.

ABC
8:00 Zero Hour #3 "Pendulum"
9:00 Scandal #19 "Truth or Consequences" (REPEAT)
10:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars (REPEAT)
Prediction: Zero - 5.1 million, 1.0

CBS 
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #120 "The Parking Lot Escalation" (REPEAT)
8:30 Two and a Half Men #205 "You Do Know What a Lollipop is For?" (REPEAT)
9:00 Person of Interest #27 "Triggerman" (REPEAT)

10:00 Elementary #14 "The Deductionist" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Community #75 "Alternative History of the German Invasion"
8:30 Parks and Recreation #73 "Halloween Surprise" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Office #186 "Lice" (REPEAT)
9:30 1600 Penn #7 "To the Ranch"
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #306 "Beautiful Frame" (REPEAT)
Prediction: Community - 3.5 million, 1.3/Penn - 2.5 million, 1.1

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Prediction: Idol - 14.9 million, 4.2

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 2/26/13

Check below this post for a review of Golden Boy!

ABC 
8:00 Celebrity Wife Swap
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:00 The Taste
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Body of Proof
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

CBS
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 20.7 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 17.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
10:00 Golden Boy
Viewers: 10.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

NBC
8:00 Betty White's Off Their Rockers
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:30 Betty White's Off Their Rockers
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 Go On
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:30 The New Normal
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Smash
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 Raising Hope
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
8:30 Raising Hope
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 New Girl
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:30 The Mindy Project
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

Tuesday night had the series premiere of Golden Boy on CBS as it will air twice on Tuesday before moving to Friday nights. Earlier in the night, NCIS was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo while NCIS: Los Angeles was up eight tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. Then at 10pm, Golden Boy premiered slightly above the numbers Vegas has been getting lately but well below where it premiered in September. This was a disappointing premiere number for a show that's been heavily promoted and seemingly fits better with the NCIS twins. There was also a big second half drop which is never a good sign. It's very likely, given these numbers, that neither Vegas or Golden Boy are going to get a second season.


Over on ABC, the season premiere of Celebrity Wife Swap featuring Kate Gosselin and Kendra Wilkinson was a surprise with a 2.4 demo premiere, a series high and the best non-CBS demo of the night. It's interesting how The Bachelor and now Celebrity Wife Swap of all shows have been outperforming Dancing with the Stars. It'll be interesting to see if it can hold up with less buzzy names next week. At 9pm, The Taste was down seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a series low. This show is slowly withering away. At 10pm, Body of Proof was down four tenths in viewers and even in the demo from its low premiere last week.

It was another trying evening for NBC with the 1.3 demo for Betty White's Off Their Rockers was their top draw at the night. At 9pm, Go On was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo while The New Normal was down two tenths in viewers but up a tenth in the demo. These shows have completely plummeted. The question now is, will they recover when The Voice is back or is the damage done? At 10pm, Smash was down three tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Why is NBC opting to air Hannibal on Thursdays when they could easily put it on a night with The Voice and ride out Smash's low numbers on Thursdays?

Finally on FOX, Raising Hope was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo at 8pm while the 8:30pm episode was slightly down from that. This show hasn't been as strong lately but I think a fourth season is all but assured, even if it is on a burnoff night like Friday. At 9pm, New Girl was even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. At 9:30pm, The Mindy Project was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. I really don't know what's going to happen with this show, I think it's possibly the biggest toss-up on any network. It really depends on what FOX wants to do with comedies next year.  

PILOT REVIEW: Golden Boy

GOLDEN BOY













Starring: Theo James, Kevin Alejandro, Bonnie Somerville, Holt McCallany, Stella Maeve, and Chi McBride

Created by Nicholas Wootten
Written by Nicholas Wootten, Directed by Richard Shepard

Golden Boy is a unique cop drama that follows the meteoric rise of Walter Clark (Theo James) from a cop to Police Commissioner at age 34. The series opens with Clark as Commissioner and then rewinds seven years to the start of his ascent with a heroic rescue and promotion to homicide. There, he meets a gruff but supportive partner in Don Owen (Chi McBride) as well as three other homicide officers (Kevin Alejandro, Bonnie Somerville, and Holt McCallany). Rounding out the main cast is Walter's troubled younger sister Agnes (Stella Maeve).

THE GOOD: I was skeptical of this premise but they really sold it well in the pilot. The flashforwards at the very beginning of the episode and at the very end provided lots of intrigue into where these characters will go if the show can survive long enough. Theo James is strong in the lead role, he's unlikable at times but he's supposed to be. He's a bit of an antihero and plays it well. The real standout in the cast is Chi McBride and it's easy to see why they strayed a bit from their original setup to emphasize the partnership between McBride and James. The other characters are solid but not spectacular, though it looks like they will be headed in interesting places.

THE BAD: There were times where the case of the week aspect of the show dragged. I'm fine with this show being a case of the week style, but it needs to be interesting and this one wasn't at times. The show also needs to be careful to not make the meteoric rise too meteoric. Seven years is quick for what's happening but a long time for a TV show. If the show is fortunate enough to live (and early indications aren't promising), they can't get to or near their endpoint too quickly. The show also needs to avoid overly dramatic moments like Walter shaking as he's about to shoot. It didn't play right to me.

BOTTOM LINE: All in all, this was one of the better drama pilots of the season. It took a concept that could be almost gimmicky and made it work in a believable and interesting way. The performances were strong in general with McBride as a major standout. It didn't do that well in the ratings but I'm willing to stick with it for the season. It's been a few years since there was a great cop show (the ill-fated Detroit 1-8-7). This has a chance to be the next one. Let's hope CBS is patient.

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, February 27

Check back later for a review of CBS's new drama Golden Boy!

Wednesday night marks the end of February Sweeps with all new programming across the board. Guys with Kids is airing its season (and quite possibly series) finale and it could be up a hair with a mini-Cosby Show reunion. I think shows will be close to last week and the 10pm battle with once again go to CBS then NBC then ABC.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #89 "Wheel of Pain"
8:30 The Neighbors #18 "Camping"
9:00 Modern Family #89 "Best Man"
9:30 Suburgatory #37 "Leaving Chatswin"
10:00 Nashville #14 "Dear Brother"
Prediction: Middle - 8.2 million, 2.2/Neighbors - 5.9 million, 1.8/Family - 10.3 million, 3.9/Suburgatory - 5.9 million, 2.1/Nashville - 5.8 million, 1.7

CBS
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #178 "Carbon Copy"
10:00 CSI #289 "Last Woman Standing"Prediction: Survivor - 9.6 million, 2.5/Criminal - 11.5 million, 2.8/CSI - 10.5 million, 2.2

NBC
8:00 Whitney #33 "Slow Ride"
8:30 Guys with Kids #17 "Divorce Party" (Season Finale)
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #311 "Funny Valentine"
10:00 Chicago Fire #17 "Better to Lie"
Prediction: Whitney - 3.3 million, 1.2/Guys - 3.4 million, 1.1/SVU - 5.9 million, 1.5/Fire - 6.3 million, 1.9

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Prediction: Idol - 13.9 million, 4.1

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 2/25/13

ABC
8:00 The Bachelor
Viewers: 9.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
10:00 Castle
Viewers: 10.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
8:30 Rules of Engagement 
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
9:00 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 10.4 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
9:30 Mike & Molly
Viewers: 9.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
10:00 Deception
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

FOX
8:00 Bones
Viewers: 8.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:00 The Following
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8

Monday night was another good one for ABC. At 8pm, The Bachelor was down a tenth in viewers and the demo but still very strong. At 10pm, Castle was up nine tenths in viewers and even in the demo. CBS had a pretty bad night by comparison as everything was down. At 8pm, How I Met Your Mother held up the best as it was down just three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Rules of Engagement was down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. 2 Broke Girls was up a tenth in viewers but down two tenths in the demo for a season low. For whatever reason, Mike & Molly was hit the hardest as it was down half a million viewers and a rough half a demo point for a season low. I'm not sure why this was down so hard compared to the others.
 
FOX had a solid night as well as Bones was up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo to lead off. Then at 9pm, The Following was up two tenths in viewers and down a tenth in the demo as it held up well again this week. I think it's safe to call this show a hit now but I said that a couple weeks ago then it had a dramatic drop before climbing back. Finally on NBC, The Biggest Loser was up a tenth in viewers and the demo as it will most likely be the top demo for NBC this week. At 10pm, Deception was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. 

RATINGS RECAP: 2/24/13

ABC 
7:00 Oscars Red Carpet Live
Viewers: 18.2 million, 18-49 demo: 4.8
8:30 85th Annual Academy Awards
Viewers: 40.4 million, 18-49 demo: 13.0


CBS 
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 8.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:00 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 The Mentalist (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 The Good Wife (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5


NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:00 Betty White's Off Their Rockers (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:30 Betty White's Off Their Rockers (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 SNL in the 2000s
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8


FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
7:30 The Cleveland Show (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:30 The Cleveland Show (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:30 American Dad! (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, February 26

Tuesday has the series premiere of Golden Boy on CBS. It will air on Tuesdays for two weeks before moving to Fridays. I think it will be well above what Vegas has been getting but pretty close to its premiere numbers, maybe even a little lower. Elsewhere, ABC has the first of three scheduled Celebrity Wife Swap episodes, and the Kate Gosselin-Kendra Wilkinson pairing could attract some eyeballs, sad as that is. I think NBC will remain low while FOX could be up a hair with fully new episodes in the block.

ABC
8:00 Celebrity Wife Swap (Season Premiere)
9:00 The Taste
10:00 Body of Proof #31 "Abducted" Part 2
Prediction: Swap - 6.2 million, 1.7/Taste - 5.2 million, 1.7/Proof - 5.8 million, 1.1

CBS 
8:00 NCIS #226 "Detour"
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #88 "Lohkay"
10:00 Golden Boy #1 "Pilot" (SERIES PREMIERE)
Prediction: NCIS - 20.8 million, 3.5/Los Angeles - 16.2 million, 2.8/Golden Boy - 11.8 million, 2.4

NBC
8:00 Betty White's Off Their Rockers
8:30 Betty White's Off Their Rockers (REPEAT)
9:00 Go On #17 "Ring and a Miss"
9:30 The New Normal #17 "Rocky Bye Baby"
10:00 Smash #19 "The Song"
Prediction: Rockers - 4.2 million, 1.4/Go On - 3.5 million, 1.2/Normal - 2.9 million, 0.9/Smash - 3.5 million, 0.9

FOX
8:00 Raising Hope #63 "Making the Band"
8:30 Raising Hope #64 "The Old Girl"
9:00 New Girl #42 "Tinfinity"
9:30 The Mindy Project #16 "The One That Got Away"
Prediction: Hope 8:00 - 3.9 million, 1.6/Hope 8:30 - 3.8 million, 1.5/New Girl - 4.8 million, 2.4/Mindy - 3.5 million, 1.7  

Monday, February 25, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 2/23/13

ABC 
8:00 Movie: Dreamgirls
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Vanity Fair's Hollywood
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

NBC
8:00 American Ninja Warrior
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Chicago Fire (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
10:00 Saturday Night Live (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8


FOX
8:00 Cops
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 Cops (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 The Following (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, February 25

Monday night has the usual programming except Hawaii Five-0 is a repeat. ABC could get a little Oscar bounce especially for Castle with Hawaii being a repeat. Elsewhere, The Following bounced back last week so it'll be interesting to see what happens this week.

ABC
8:00 The Bachelor
10:00 Castle #97 "Hunt"
Prediction: Bachelor - 9.8 million, 3.2/Castle - 10.4 million, 2.5

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #178 "Weekend at Barney's"
8:30 Rules of Engagement #91 "Cupcake"
9:00 2 Broke Girls #42 "And Not-So-Sweet Charity"
9:30 Mike & Molly #63 "Molly's New Shoes"
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #50 "Lana I Ka Moana" (REPEAT)
Prediction: Mother - 8.2 million, 3.2/Rules - 7.9 million, 2.8/Broke - 10.2 million, 3.5/Mike&Molly - 9.9 million, 3.1

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
10:00 Deception #8 "Stay With Me"
Prediction: Loser - 5.5 million, 2.0/Deception - 3.3 million, 1.2

FOX 
8:00 Bones #159 "The Fact in the Fiction"
9:00 The Following #6 "The Fall"
Prediction: Bones - 8.2 million, 2.2/Following - 7.9 million, 2.8

Sunday, February 24, 2013

WEEKEND REWIND: ABC 2003-04 Season

Things were bleak for ABC heading into 2003 as they were still struggling in the post-Millionaire era with flop after flop. They only had three shows in the Top 30 (one of them being the Monday Night Football game). They had renewed six freshman from the previous season but none were breakout hits and one - 8 Simple Rules - was dealt a serious below right before its second season. This season produced less renewals but also less instant reality show bombs but ABC was still chasing that elusive runaway hit. Several came in the 2004-05 season but for now, they had another troublesome season.

Mondays
(Sep 22-Dec 22)
8:00 Various Programming
9:00 Monday Night Football

(Jan 5-May 24)
8:00 Monday Night Movie
ABC did not even attempt scripted programming on Mondays this season. In the fall, they coupled Monday Night Football with various specials including several Primetime Monday news programs. In the spring, they did not go with scripted series and instead did a movie - usually three hours, but sometimes two hours with a special or encore.

Tuesdays
(Sep 23-Nov 25)
8:00 8 Simple Rules
8:30 I'm With Her
9:00 According to Jim
9:30 Less Than Perfect
10:00 NYPD Blue

(Dec 2-Feb 3)
8:00 8 Simple Rules (starting Dec 23)
8:30 I'm With Her (starting Dec 23)
9:00 According to Jim
9:30 Less Than Perfect
10:00 Line of Fire

(Feb 10-May 11)
8:00 8 Simple Rules
8:30 I'm With Her (through Apr 27)
9:00 According to Jim
9:30 Less Than Perfect
10:00 NYPD Blue
"I'm With Her"
ABC had gotten Tuesdays in somewhat working order the season before with the modest success of 8 Simple Rules, According to Jim, and Less Than Perfect. However, tragedy struck when Rules star John Ritter suddenly died less than two weeks before the season started and after only three episodes had been filmed. The show soldiered on by adding James Garner and David Spade. The initial episodes including Ritter's final ones and the few immediately after delivered huge numbers and the show was renewed for a third season. However, it's lifespan was probably shortened in the long run due to the tragedy. As for the rest of the night, According to Jim turned into a solid anchor at 9pm and Less Than Perfect managed to hold on for another season despite middling ratings. ABC premiered the new sitcom I'm With Her at 8:30pm. Starring Teri Polo and David Sutcliffe, the sitcom was about a movie star dating an average guy. The show premiered to good ratings thanks to the big Rules lead-in but it lost its audience as the season went along and was cancelled at the end of the season. At 10pm, NYPD Blue continued to air at 10pm but it dropped out of the Top 30 for the first time as the long running show was nearing its end. It was briefly replaced in the winter by crime drama Line of Fire featuring Leslie Bibb. The series followed rookie FBI agents and was criticized for being graphic. It lasted only 11 episodes before Blue came back.

Wednesdays
(Oct 1-Nov 19)
8:00 My Wife and Kids
8:30 It's All Relative
9:00 The Bachelor
10:00 Karen Sisco (through Nov 12)

(Nov 26-Dec 31)
8:00 My Wife and Kids
8:30 It's All Relative
9:00 Various Programming

(Jan 7-Feb 25)
8:00 My Wife and Kids
8:30 It's All Relative
9:00 The Bachelorette (starting Jan 14)
10:00 The Mole (through Feb 18)

(Mar 3-31)
8:00 My Wife and Kids
8:30 My Wife and Kids (encores)
9:00 Extreme Makeover (starting Mar 10)
10:00 Kingdom Hospital

(Apr 7-May 26)
8:00 My Wife and Kids
8:30 My Wife and Kids (encores)
9:00 The Bachelor
10:00 Extreme Makeover (Apr 14-May 5)
"It's All Relative"
Wednesday night started by continuing the flow from the previous season of comedies at 8pm and reality from 9-11pm. My Wife and Kids continued to lead off the night and it was paired with It's All Relative, a comedy about the relationship between a man from a traditional family and a woman with gay parents. Though this was only six years before Modern Family, it was still more of a taboo topic in 2003 and caught some protests because of that. It didn't do well anyway and was cancelled after 20 episodes. Repeats of My Wife and Kids filled the rest of the night. Returning reality shows The Bachelor and The Mole started the night but The Bachelor was in two cycles so it was replaced by The Bachelorette and then Extreme Makeover to make a revolving door of reality shows. They did try one scripted series later in the season with Kingdom Hospital, a horror series developed by Stephen King. The show had a huge cast and delivered a very strong premiere but the numbers fell pretty dramatically after that and the show was quickly cancelled.

Thursdays
(Sep 25-Jan 29)
8:00 Threat Matrix
9:00 Extreme Makeover
10:00 Primetime Thursday

(Feb 5-Apr 1)
8:00 Various Programming
9:00 Extreme Makeover
10:00 Primetime Thursday

(Apr 8-29)
8:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (encores)
9:00 Kingdom Hospital
10:00 Primetime Thursday
"Threat Matrix"
Even back in 2003, ABC was having trouble with the Thursday 8pm slot as they tried to launch Threat Matrix about a US anti-terrorism unit in the era right after 9/11 when Homeland Security was a major buzzword. The show did not catch on and going against the final season of Friends on NBC was no easy task either. It was yanked after 14 episodes. Reality shows and various specials filled most of the rest of the season save for a second, and equally unsuccessful, timeslot for Kingdom Hospital. Primetime Thursday aired in the 10pm hour all year. ABC continued to almost take a pass on the night as they couldn't make anything stick now that NBC was still strong and CBS had added Survivor and CSI to the night.

Fridays
(Sep 26-Mar 12)
8:00 George Lopez
8:30 Married to the Kellys (starting Oct 3)
9:00 Hope & Faith
9:30 Life with Bonnie
10:00 20/20

(Mar 19-Apr 9)
8:00 George Lopez
8:30 The Big House (starting Apr 2)
9:00 Hope & Faith
9:30 Life with Bonnie
10:00 The D.A.

(Apr 16-May 14)
8:00 George Lopez
8:30 The Big House (through Apr 30)
9:00 Hope & Faith
9:30 Various Programming
10:00 20/20
"Hope & Faith"
After a couple years off, ABC tried to bring back TGIF in 2003 with a new lineup of sitcoms that included returning shows George Lopez and Life with Bonnie as bookends and two newbies in the middle. Married to the Kellys was a fish-out-of-water sitcom about a family moving back to the wife's hometown of Kansas City. Hope and Faith starred Kelly Ripa and Faith Ford as sisters. The valiant attempt to bring back TGIF was far less successful than the first go round in the 1990s. Married to the Kellys was cancelled at the end of the season and Life with Bonnie tanked in its second season. Hope & Faith managed to get a second season because it did the best of the block and Kelly Ripa had a fair amount of star power. At the end of the season, ABC tried another sitcom, The Big House, which was basically The Fresh Prince of Bel Air in reverse. At 10pm, ABC mostly aired veteran newsmagazine 20/20 but they did make a rare attempt at scripted programming in the hour with a short spring run for The D.A. starring Steven Weber. The show did not do well at all in the sleepy Friday night slot as 20/20 was back after four weeks.

Saturdays
(Oct 1-Nov 4)
8:00 Saturday Night Movie
10:00 LA Dragnet

(Nov 11-May 15)
8:00 Saturday Night Movie
For the first time since the 1998-99 season, ABC tried scripted programming on Saturdays with LA Dragnet. However, it was very short lived as the second year drama was cancelled quickly and ABC spent the rest of the season airing movies and occasional repeats or specials. It's a little surprising they even tried anything on Saturday with how many problems they had.

Sundays
(Sep 28-Jan 25)
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 10-8
9:00 Alias
10:00 The Practice

(Feb 15-May 23)
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
9:00 Alias
10:00 The Practice
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
Sunday nights no longer had The Wonderful World of Disney movie after six years and instead brought America's Funniest Home Videos back to the 7pm slot it used to have and where it still airs. At 8pm, ABC started with 10-8, a standard Los Angeles-set cop procedural. Sunday 8pm is a difficult time to launch a drama like this and it only made it until Janaury where it was replaced by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The spinoff of Extreme Makeover hosted by Ty Pennington ultimately proved to be much more successful than its parent show and it ended up having a nice run in this slot. It was arguably the most successful new show for ABC in awhile. At 9pm, ABC continued to air Alias but it had difficulty finding a mass audience. The Practice returned to the night at 10pm but without several cast members as budget cuts to ensure a renewal meant about half the cast was gone. The show soldiered on for one more season and added William Shatner and James Spader to the cast. By season's end, The Practice was gone but Shatner and Spader had been quite popular and they headlined a spinoff, Boston Legal, which ran for several years.

ABC 2003-04 Stats

Shows in the Top 30
9. Monday Night Football
21. The Bachelor/The Bachelorette

Fall Shows Survival: 1/7 (14%)
Hope & Faith

Midseason Shows Survival: 1/5 (20%)
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Total New Show Survival Rate: 2/12 (17%)

Cancelled/Ended Shows: 
The Drew Carey Show (9 seasons, aired in Summer 2004)
The Practice (8 seasons)
Whose Line is it Anyway? (7 seasons, aired in Summer 2004)
The Mole (4 seasons)
Life with Bonnie/LA Dragnet (2 seasons)
Threat Matrix/I'm With Her/10-8/It's All Relative/Karen Sisco/Married to the Kellys/Line of Fire/Kingdom Hospital/The D.A./The Big House (1 season)

Emmy Award Nominees & Winners (Major Categories)
James Spader, The Practice (WINNER, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series)
Jennifer Garner, Alias (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series)
John Ritter, 8 Simple Rules (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series)
Bonnie Hunt, Life with Bonnie (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series)
Victor Garber, Alias (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, February 24

Sunday night is Oscar Night which means very little going on from the other networks as the Oscars will dominate. I think they might be up year to year as Seth McFarlane could bring some interest as host and the nominated movies have been very buzzworthy.

ABC 
7:00 The Oscars Red Carpet Live (SPECIAL)
8:30 85th Annual Academy Awards (SPECIAL)

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 The Amazing Race
9:00 The Mentalist #96 "Devil's Cherry" (REPEAT)
10:00 The Good Wife #73 "Waiting for the Knock" (REPEAT)


NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
8:00 Betty White's Off Their Rockers (REPEAT)
8:30 Betty White's Off Their Rockers (REPEAT)

9:00 SNL in the 2000s: Time and Again (REPEAT)

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers #29 "Tina-Rannosaurus Wrecks" (REPEAT)
7:30 The Cleveland Show #50 "Die Semi-Hard" (REPEAT)
8:00 The Simpsons #516 "To Cur with Love" (REPEAT)

8:30 The Cleveland Show #71 "Tis the Cleveland to Be Sorry" (REPEAT)
9:00 Family Guy #196 "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!" (REPEAT)
9:30 American Dad! #134 "Love, AD Style" (REPEAT)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

GOOD WEEK/BAD WEEK: February 23, 2013

GOOD WEEK: "THE BACHELOR"
Most long running reality series that have been major players in the last ten years have been losing some of their audience this year from Dancing with the Stars to Survivor to American Idol. But The Bachelor, which was showing lots of erosion last year, has had quite a resurgence this winter. Even against CBS's Monday comedies and FOX's successful new drama The Following, it has been climbing this season and reached a 3.0 demo that it never saw last season. It is also doing far better than Dancing with the Stars was in the fall which never happens. Also, two special Tuesday editions ABC aired have done very well. For whatever reason, The Bachelor is a hot show again, and ABC is reaping the profits.

BAD WEEK: NBC COMEDIES
Let's just do a quick recap of NBC's demo numbers this week for their comedies from best to worst

Parks and Recreation - 1.4
Community - 1.1
Whitney - 1.1
Go On - 1.1
1600 Penn - 1.0
Guys with Kids - 1.0
The New Normal - 0.9

Those are absolutely horrible numbers across the board. They probably all deserve cancellations except for maybe Parks and Recreation, so the question is does NBC clean house with their comedies? They have many dramas likely to return - Revolution, Grimm, Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Fire, and Parenthood. They also have promising sitcom pilots including vehicles for Michael J. Fox, Sean Hayes, Ellie Kemper, Christina Ricci, Craig Robinson, Mike O'Malley, and Parker Posey. My prediction is that Parks and maybe Go On stay, and everything else is cancelled.

RATINGS RECAP: 2/22/13

ABC 
8:00 Last Man Standing
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:30 Malibu Country
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Shark Tank
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 CSI: NY
Viewers: 9.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Blue Bloods
Viewers: 11.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

NBC
8:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX 
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Touch
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

On Friday night, CBS brought back Undercover Boss after two weeks of failed replacement The Job. It returned down from the numbers it was getting before The Job but I wouldn't be surprised to see it climb back up soon. At 9pm, the season (and quite possibly series) finale of CSI: NY was up nine tenths in viewers and even in the demo. I would be very surprised if CBS renewed this long running drama for another year. At 10pm, Blue Bloods was up five tenths in viewers and even in the demo. On FOX, Kitchen Nightmares was dead even with last week while Touch was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo.


Over on ABC, Last Man Standing was down seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo while Malibu Country was down the same for a series low. At 9pm, Shark Tank was even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo for a night-best 1.9 demo. At 10pm, 20/20 was up two tenths in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. Finally on NBC, Dateline NBC was down four tenths in viewers and up a tenth in the demo while Rock Center was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.

RATINGS RECAP: 2/21/13

ABC 
8:00 Zero Hour
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Grey's Anatomy
Viewers: 8.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1
10:00 Scandal
Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 17.6 million, 18-49 demo: 5.6
8:30 Two and a Half Men
Viewers: 13.4 million, 18-49 demo: 3.9
9:00 Person of Interest
Viewers: 14.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
10:00 Elementary
Viewers: 11.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4

NBC 
8:00 Community
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 Parks and Recreation
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Parks and Recreation
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:30 1600 Penn
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

FOX
 8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 13.7 million, 18-49 demo: 3.9

On Thursday night, ABC had their new trio of dramas but it looks like one of them won't be around for long as Zero Hour fell a million viewers and three tenths in the demo from its already low premiere last week. The latest Thursday 8pm bomb for ABC may not even last as long as Last Resort did. At 9pm, Grey's Anatomy was up two tenths in viewers and a good three tenths in the demo. At 10pm, Scandal was down three tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Over on FOX, a two hour American Idol was up nine tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo from last week's one hour episode.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory was down three tenths in viewers but up a tenth in the demo. This show is so far ahead every other show on TV in the demo. At 8:30pm, Two and a Half Men was also down three tenths in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. At 9pm, Person of Interest was down seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo as it went back to losing to Grey's Anatomy in the demo. At 10pm, Elementary was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. It has been quietly inching back up in the demo and closing the gap a little bit with Scandal. 
 
NBC was a mess as Community was up three tenths in viewers but down a tenth in the demo to a terrible 1.1. Two episodes of Parks and Recreation including the hyped wedding episode disappointed as they were down a tenth in the demo from last week. Yet a 1.4 demo is the highest rating any NBC sitcom has gotten this week. At 9:30pm, 1600 Penn was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo from its last airing to a new series low. And they are really thinking about adding the promising Hannibal to this night? 

Friday, February 22, 2013

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, February 22 & Saturday, February 23

No time for predictions today, sorry!

FRIDAY

ABC 
8:00 Last Man Standing #38 "Buffalo Bill Day"
8:30 Malibu Country #14 "Bowling for Mama"
9:00 Shark Tank
10:00 20/20

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss
9:00 CSI: NY #197 "Today is Life" (Season Finale)
10:00 Blue Bloods #60 "Quid Pro Quo"

NBC
8:00 Dateline NBC
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams

FOX 
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares
9:00 Touch #17 "Perfect Storm"

SATURDAY

ABC 
8:00 MOVIE: Dreamgirls

CBS
8:00 NCIS #211 "Extreme Prejudice" (REPEAT)
9:00 48 Hours
10:00 Vanity Fair's Hollywood (SPECIAL)

NBC
8:00 American Ninja Warrior
9:00 Chicago Fire #14 "A Little Taste" (REPEAT)
10:00 Saturday Night Live (REPEAT)

FOX 
8:00 Cops
8:30 Cops (REPEAT)
9:00 The Following #5 "The Siege" (REPEAT)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 2/20/13

ABC
8:00 The Middle
Viewers: 8.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
8:30 The Neighbors
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 Modern Family
Viewers: 10.6 million, 18-49 demo: 4.0
9:30 Suburgatory
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
10:00 20/20: Mad About Oscar with Katie Couric
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

CBS 
8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 9.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:00 Criminal Minds
Viewers: 10.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
10:00 CSI
Viewers: 10.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3

NBC
8:00 Whitney
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 Guys with Kids
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 Chicago Fire
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 14.4 million, 18-49 demo: 4.1

Wednesday night brought pretty usual numbers but ABC had mostly reasons to smile. At 8pm, The Middle was up six tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo as it rebounded nicely from last week's season low. The Neighbors followed suit as it was up four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. At 9pm, Modern Family was up half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo as it got back to a 4 in the demo after a couple down weeks. At 9:30pm, Suburgatory was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo despite the lead-in being up. It also finished just a tenth ahead of The Neighbors despite a much better lead-in. This is the biggest problem in the block right now.

On CBS, Survivor followed up last week's very low premiere by holding steady in week two which is better news for CBS. It was up four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. The worse news came at 9pm though where Criminal Minds fell 1.3 million and two tenths in the demo to a new series low. It seems like one of these shows underperforms every week. At 10pm, CSI rebounded as well as it was up 2.2 million viewers and four tenths in the demo. On FOX, American Idol was up nine tenths in viewers but down two tenths in the demo.


Finally on NBC, Whitney was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo and Guys with Kids was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. These are terrible numbers but they're pretty comparable to the Tuesday sitcoms. So does NBC cancel all four sitcoms, not to mention Community and 1600 Penn? They should but who knows if they will. At 9pm, Law & Order: SVU was down six tenths in viewers but up a tenth in the demo despite competition from Criminal Minds this week. At 10pm, Chicago Fire was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. It didn't come close to CSI this week because CSI was up but it was steady which is another good sign for this show.

RATINGS RECAP: 2/19/13

ABC
8:00 The Taste
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 The Bachelor: Sean Tells All
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
10:00 Body of Proof
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

CBS 
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 21.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.5
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 16.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
10:00 Vegas
Viewers: 9.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

NBC
8:00 Betty White's Off Their Rockers
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:30 Betty White's Off Their Rockers
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Go On
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:30 The New Normal
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Smash
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX 
8:00 Raising Hope
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
8:30 New Girl (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 New Girl
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:30 The Mindy Project
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

On Tuesday night, ABC had the return of Body of Proof but the return was not positive. First off, The Taste was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo from last week. At 9pm, a special surrounding The Bachelor once again proved that The Bachelor is sizzling this season as it was well above normal levels for ABC at this time. At 10pm though, despite the decent lead-in, Body of Proof returned to tie its series low with a 1.2 demo. This probably means that season three will be the final one for this show but it did cheat death last year so who knows. 

Over on CBS, NCIS was down seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo and NCIS: Los Angeles was down four tenths in viewers and a surprising four tenths in the demo. I'm not exactly sure what happened at 9pm. At 10pm, Vegas was down eight tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Golden Boy premieres with a Tuesday preview next week at 10pm. It will be interesting to see how it does compared to Vegas. FOX was down across the board. At 8pm, Raising Hope was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. After a repeat lead-in, New Girl was down half a million viewers and four tenths in the demo. This show is still pretty lead-in dependent despite being an anchor. At 9:30pm, The Mindy Project was down half a million viewers and three tenths in the demo. I think this show is still majorly on the bubble for next year.

Finally in basement NBC, things were pretty bleak. At 8pm, two episodes of Betty White's Off Their Rockers were both down from their last airing. At 9pm, the comedies continued to explore new lows as Go On was down seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo and The New Normal was down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. Both were new series lows. How low can they possibly go before The Voice returns? At 10pm, Smash was down a rough 1.2 million viewers and three tenths in the demo from its already low premiere two weeks ago. Isn't it sad that a 0.9 demo for NBC probably means cancellation but a 1.1 demo could mean a possible renewal?

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, February 21

Thursday has mostly the usual lineups across the board as the final week of Sweeps begins. Zero Hour has its second week after a very lackluster premiere last week. I think it'll be a pretty ugly week two. Elsewhere, I could see Scandal tying or surpassing Grey's Anatomy for the first time after weeks of close calls. Also, NBC is airing two episodes of Parks and Recreation instead of The Office this week which will probably bring the night's already low average down.

ABC 
8:00 Zero Hour #2 "Face"
9:00 Grey's Anatomy #188 "This is Why We Fight"

10:00 Scandal #22 "Boom Goes the Dynamite"Prediction: Zero - 5.8 million, 1.2/Grey's - 8.5 million, 2.7/Scandal - 8.2 million, 2.7

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #128 "The Monster Isolation"
8:30 Two and a Half Men #218 "Thorgwarten Middle School Mysteries"
9:00 Person of Interest #39 "Relevance"
10:00 Elementary #17 "Possibility Two"
Prediction: Big Bang - 18.5 million, 5.9/Men - 14.0 million, 3.9/Person - 15.0 million, 3.1/Elementary - 11.5 million, 2.3

NBC
8:00 Community #74 "Conventions of Space and Time"
8:30 Parks and Recreation #82 "Leslie and Ben"
9:00 Parks and Recreation #83 "Correspondent's Lunch"
9:30 1600 Penn #6 "Skip the Tour"
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #304 "Dreams Deferred"
Prediction: Community - 3.0 million, 1.3/Parks 8:30 - 3.4 million, 1.7/Parks 9:00 - 3.8 million, 1.8/Penn - 2.2 million, 1.0

FOX 
8:00 American Idol
Prediction: Idol - 13.5 million, 3.9    

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 2/18/13

ABC
8:00 The Bachelor
Viewers: 9.3 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
10:00 Castle
Viewers: 9.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3

CBS 
8:00 How I Met Your Mother
Viewers: 8.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
8:30 Rules of Engagement
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
9:00 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 10.3 million, 18-49 demo: 3.5
9:30 Mike & Molly
Viewers: 10.3 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2
10:00 Hawaii Five-0
Viewers: 9.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
10:00 Deception
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

FOX
8:00 Bones
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 The Following
Viewers: 8.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9 

Monday night was a strong one for ABC which saw great numbers for its Bachelor-Castle combo which is better than when Dancing with the Stars aired in the fall. At 8pm, The Bachelor was up an impressive eight tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo for its best rating since March 2011. This show has had a strong resurgence this year. Who would have thought it would be well above Dancing in the demo? At 10pm, Castle was up nine tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo for a season high. It was also the first time it beat Hawaii Five-0 in the demo since October 8. 

On CBS, How I Met Your Mother was down a tenth in viewers but up two tenths in the demo. At 8:30pm, Rules of Engagement was down two tenths in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. CBS keeps trying to get rid of this show but it remains incredibly reliable. At 9pm, 2 Broke Girls was down six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for its lowest demo performance since December. At 9:30pm, Mike & Molly was down two tenths in viewers but up two tenths in the demo, showing better retention out of Broke than usual and equaling it in total viewers. Despite Girls not being all that impressive as a 9pm anchor, Mike & Molly has been very strong this year. At 10pm, Hawaii Five-0 was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo for its lowest demo since November 5.

On FOX, Bones was down three tenths in viewers and even in the demo but there was great news at 9pm where The Following rebounded in a big way as it was up six tenths in viewers and half a demo point. This is a huge rebound and FOX must be breathing a huge sigh of relief with these numbers. Finally on NBC, The Biggest Loser was up a tenth in viewers and the demo for what will certainly be NBC's top demo of the week. At 10pm, Deception was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo from last week.

RATINGS RECAP: 2/17/13

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:00 Revenge
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 Zero Hour (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 9.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:00 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 9.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:00 The Good Wife
Viewers: 8.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 The Mentalist
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:00 Betty White's Off Their Rockers (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:30 Betty White's Off Their Rockers (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Saturday Night Live in the 90s (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

FOX 
7:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
7:30 The Cleveland Show
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:00 The Simpsons
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
8:30 Bob's Burgers
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 Family Guy
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:30 American Dad!
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9 

Sunday night brought the return of some normalcy for one week before the Oscars but most numbers were down substantially from where they were before the many January and February Sunday events. On CBS, 60 Minutes started off the night down 1.3 million viewers and half a demo point. At 8pm, the 22nd edition of The Amazing Race premiered pretty much exactly where it was in the fall, which is good. It also was ahead of Survivor's season premiere which is pretty surprising and impressive for Race. The news was not as good for the dramas. At 9pm, The Good Wife was down a million viewers and two tenths in the demo for a series low while The Mentalist was down 1.1 million viewers and three tenths in the demo. It doesn't seem like CBS can keep both of these underperformers so which one stays - the critically acclaimed Wife or The Mentalist, which has more syndication possibilities? My money is on The Mentalist to stay.

On ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos was down seven tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. At 8pm, Once Upon a Time was up half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo from last week's series low. It did go up but didn't get nearly as much of a rise as it probably should have. At 9pm, Revenge rebounded a little bit better as it was up eight tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo. FOX's animated shows were right around last week's levels or slightly down which is odd since the competition was lighter. This lineup is pretty weak without a football lead-in.

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, February 20

Wednesday has all new episodes across the board including an Oscars special with Katie Couric in place of Nashville on ABC. It will be interesting to see how the 10pm battle between CSI and Chicago Fire goes after a down week by CSI that led to a tie last week. Elsewhere, Survivor had a very disappointing premiere last week. I think it will be stable but not rise in week 2.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #88 "Winners and Losers"
8:30 The Neighbors #17 "Larry Bird Presents an Oscar-Winning Film by Larry Bird"
9:00 Modern Family #88 "Bad Hair Day"
9:30 Suburgatory #36 "T-Ball and Sympathy"
10:00 20/20 Special Edition: Mad About Oscar with Katie Couric (SPECIAL)
Prediction: Middle - 8.0 million, 2.1/Neighbors - 6.2 million, 1.8/Family - 10.3 million, 3.8/Suburgatory - 6.2 million, 2.1

CBS
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #177 "Broken"
10:00 CSI #288 "Forget Me Not"
Prediction: Survivor - 9.0 million, 2.4/Criminal - 12.4 million, 3.0/CSI - 10.7 million, 2.3

NBC
8:00 Whitney #32 "Breaking Dad"
8:30 Guys with Kids #16 "Rare Breed"
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #310 "Deadly Ambition"
10:00 Chicago Fire #16 "Viral"
Prediction: Whitney - 3.8 million, 1.2/Guys - 3.2 million, 1.1/SVU - 5.9 million, 1.4/Chicago - 6.2 million, 1.8

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Prediction: Idol - 13.3 million, 4.2   

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 2/16/13

ABC 
8:00 Movie: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS 
8:00 Person of Interest (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

NBC
8:00 American Ninja Warrior
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Chicago Fire (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
10:00 Saturday Night Live (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

FOX
8:00 NASCAR Racing
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, February 19

Tuesday has the return to regular programming after the State of the Union last week. ABC has the season premiere of Body of Proof which probably won't do great but could win the 10pm hour against weaklings Vegas and Smash. NBC must be hoping that Smash can somehow rise from its very weak premiere while CBS will likely keep being well ahead of the rest of the networks in the first two hours.

ABC
8:00 The Taste
9:00 The Bachelor: Sean Tells All (SPECIAL)
10:00 Body of Proof #30 "Abducted" Part 1 (Season Premiere)
Prediction: Taste - 5.5 million, 1.7/Proof - 7.3 million, 1.8

CBS 
8:00 NCIS #225 "Hereafter"
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #87 "History"
10:00 Vegas #15 "Two of a Kind"
Prediction: NCIS - 21.2 million, 3.6/Los Angeles - 15.9 million, 3.0/Vegas - 10.8 million, 1.6

NBC
8:00 Betty White's Off Their Rockers
8:30 Betty White's Off Their Rockers (REPEAT)
9:00 Go On #16 "Go Deep"
9:30 The New Normal #16 "Dog Children"
10:00 Smash #18 "The Dramaturg"
Prediction: Rockers - 5.3 million, 1.4/Go On - 4.4 million, 1.4/Normal - 3.0 million, 1.1/Smash - 4.2 million, 1.2

FOX 
8:00 Raising Hope #62 "Arbor Daze"
8:30 New Girl #27 "Fluffer" (REPEAT)
9:00 New Girl #41 "Parking Spot"
9:30 The Mindy Project #15 "Mindy's Minute"
Prediction: Hope - 4.0 million, 1.7/Girl - 4.4 million, 2.3/Mindy - 3.4 million, 1.7      

Monday, February 18, 2013

CANCELLATION ALERT: The Job

CBS has yanked Friday reality show The Job after two very low rated episodes. The reality series took over for Undercover Boss but premiered a full demo point lower than Boss with a terrible 0.9 demo. Then it week two, it dipped to 0.7 and seemed to take CSI: NY down with it. CBS will have no more of that especially with Golden Boy joining the Friday lineup soon. Boss will return to its 8pm slot, much sooner than expected. It's quite possible we'll see The Job on Saturdays at some point for a burnoff.

It has been an uncharacteristically rough year for the newbies on CBS as The Job joined Made in Jersey and Partners as quick cancellations. How I Met Your Mother and NCIS are the only official renewals for next season but there are many shows sure to join them: 2 Broke Girls, The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, CSI, Criminal Minds, Elementary, Hawaii Five-0, Mike & Molly, NCIS: Los Angeles, Person of Interest, Survivor, Undercover Boss, and (if they can lock up the actors), Two and a Half Men. On the bubble is CSI: NY, The Good Wife, The Mentalist, Rules of Engagement, and Vegas. At least three if not four of those shows are likely going to be gone.

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, February 18

Monday has all new programming once again. The most interesting show to watch is The Following, which had a troublesome drop last week. I think it will stabilize this week but then again, I thought it would stabilize last week so who knows.

ABC 
8:00 The Bachelor
10:00 Castle #96 "Target"
Prediction: Bachelor - 8.2 million, 2.6/Castle - 9.3 million, 2.0

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #177 "The Ashtray"
8:30 Rules of Engagement #90 "Cats & Dogs"
9:00 2 Broke Girls #41 "And the Broken Hip"
9:30 Mike & Molly #62 "Mike the Tease"
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #64 "Pa'ani"
Prediction: Mother - 9.3 million, 3.3/Rules - 8.2 million, 2.8/Girls - 10.5 million, 3.5/Mike&Molly - 10.1 million, 2.9/Hawaii - 9.5 million, 2.1

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
10:00 Deception #7 "Tell Me"
Prediction: Loser - 5.2 million, 1.9/Deception - 3.0 million, 1.1

FOX
8:00 Bones #158 "The Friend in Need"
9:00 The Following #5 "The Siege"
Prediction: Bones - 8.4 million, 2.2/Following - 7.5 million, 2.4      

Sunday, February 17, 2013

WEEKEND REWIND: ABC 2002-03 Season

It was the dark years for ABC in 2002 as the previous season saw the sudden collapse of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and just two non-sports shows - NYPD Blue and The Practice - were in the Top 30 (and even they were fading). ABC had renewed a couple new modest performers - Alias, According to Jim, The Bachelor, and George Lopez - but none of them were a new hit ABC needed and this year gave more of the same as the lean years continued. During this year, ABC aired the Super Bowl and had several preemptions due to the buildup and start of the Iraq War. They also tried many, many reality series in an era where American Idol and Survivor were just breaking out.

Mondays
(Sep 23-Oct 28)
8:00 The Drew Carey Show
8:30 Whose Line is it Anyway?
9:00 Monday Night Football

(Nov 4-Dec 30)
8:00 Various Programming
9:00 Monday Night Football

(Jan 27-Mar 10)
8:00 Veritas: The Quest
9:00 The Practice
10:00 Miracles

(Mar 24-May 5)
8:00 Various Programming
9:00 The Practice
10:00 The Practice (encores)
"Veritas: The Quest"
Monday nights started with another new pairing for Monday Night Football. This time, they paired The Drew Carey Show, which had gotten a two season renewal, and Whose Line is it Anyway? with the game. The problem was that Whose Line was never a major player and Drew Carey was way past its prime. This was one of those situations where the renewal was really only to add episodes to syndication because it certainly wasn't justified. The shows were banished to Fridays by November and various programs, including repeats of USA's Monk, filled the slot until football was done. When football ended, ABC tried to launch a night of dramas under the billing "Super Monday" (premiering the day after ABC aired the Super Bowl). The lineup started with Veritas: The Quest, an Indiana Jones type show. It was followed by the relocated The Practice and Miracles, a dark supernatural drama starring Skeet Ulrich. Both Veritas and Miracles were cancelled by the end of March and only aired 4-5 episodes due to many preemptions. The rest of the season saw mostly news specials occupy the 8pm hour and encores of The Practice at 10pm as Super Monday did not prove to be so super and ABC still couldn't get Monday nights going outside of football in the fall.

Tuesdays
(Oct 1-Feb 25)
8:00 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter
8:30 According to Jim
9:00 Life with Bonnie
9:30 Less Than Perfect
10:00 NYPD Blue

(Mar 4-18)
8:00 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter
8:30 According to Jim
9:00 Life with Bonnie
9:30 Less Than Perfect
10:00 The Family 

(Apr 8-22)
8:00 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter
8:30 According to Jim (encores)
9:00 According to Jim
9:30 Lost at Home
10:00 NYPD Blue

(Apr 29-May 20)
8:00 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter
8:30 According to Jim (encores)
9:00 According to Jim
9:30 Less Than Perfect
10:00 NYPD Blue
"8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter"
After tons of cancelled shows piling up on Tuesdsays in 2001-02, ABC decided to kick start a sitcom lineup with three new sitcoms and the second year show According to Jim, moving over from Wednesdays. The lineup started with a family hour and progressed to more adult-themed shows. John Ritter returned to ABC with 8 Simple Rules for My Teenage Daughter, based on the book and also starring Katey Sagal and Kaley Cuoco. The show wasn't a breakout hit but it did help ABC get more solid footing with sitcoms than they had in years. Next up was Jim, which was quietly becoming a success story for ABC. At 9pm, Bonnie Hunt returned to sitcoms after two failed 1990s attempts with Life with Bonnie, starring Hunt as a harried mom and local talk show host. The show was a fairly weak link in the bunch but it did enough to get a second season from ABC. At 9:30pm was the most adult-themed sitcom, Life with Perfect, starring Sara Rue, Sherri Shephard, Zachary Levi, and Andy Dick. The show seemed like an odd fit with the more family-themed shows it aired with but it still did enough to also get a second season making Tuesday nights much more successful this year for ABC. Both Bonnie and Perfect were pulled for a few weeks in the spring for encores of According to Jim and the new Lost at Home, a forgettable family sitcom starring Mitch Rouse, Connie Britton, and Gregory Hines. Home lasted only four episodes and Perfect was back to finish out the season. The 10pm hour was mostly occupied by NYPD Blue, which had returned to the 10pm slot after a 9pm experiment the year before. The long running cop show was past its prime though and not nearly the force it once was. It was briefly replaced by The Family, a mean-spirited Survivor style show featuring an Italian-American family as the contestants. It was one of ABC's many failed reality shows this year. 

Wednesdays
(Sep 25-Nov 20)
8:00 My Wife and Kids
8:30 George Lopez (starting Oct 2)
9:00 The Bachelor
10:00 MDs (through Oct 30)

(Nov 27-Dec 18)
8:00 My Wife and Kids
8:30 George Lopez
9:00 Various Programming
10:00 MDs (Dec 4-11)

(Jan 8-Feb 12)
8:00 My Wife and Kids
8:30 George Lopez
9:00 The Bachelorette
10:00 The Mole

(Feb 26-Mar 19)
8:00 My Wife and Kids
8:30 George Lopez
9:00 Various Programming

(Mar 26-Apr 16)
8:00 My Wife and Kids
8:30 George Lopez
9:00 The Bachelor
10:00 All American Girl (through Apr 2)

(Apr 23-May 21)
8:00 My Wife and Kids
8:30 George Lopez (through May 14)
9:00 The Bachelor
10:00 Extreme Makeover
"MDs"
Wednesday nights had a bunch of changes from 9-11pm during the year. All season long though, family comedies My Wife and Kids and George Lopez occupied the 8pm hour, delivering decent but not spectacular ratings. The first pairing for the later two hours was season two of The Bachelor on a new night and MDs, an ensemble San Francisco-set medical drama that was pulled for November sweeps then briefly returned in December before being cancelled. Starting in January, ABC aired two hours of reality programming for the rest of the year. They started with the spinoff of The Bachelor - The Bachelorette, which aired between two cycles of the parent series. The combo of the two shows was one of the more successful stories for ABC that season. At 10pm was season three of The Mole. Various reality specials aired after they were done including I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! which aired every night for two straight weeks. They brought back The Bachelor for a second cycle and initially paired it with All American Girl, which attempted to find, you guessed it, the all American girl. The show was cancelled before a winner was declared and the show finished its run on ABC Family. At the end of the season, ABC finally found a reality series that got a renewal - the makeover series Extreme Makeover managed to get a second season.

Thursdays
(Sep 26-Nov 21)
8:00 Various Programming
9:00 Push, Nevada
10:00 Primetime Thursday

(Nov 28-Dec 26)
8:00 Dinotopia
9:00 Various Programming
10:00 Primetime Thursday

(Jan 9-Feb 6)
8:00 Various Programming
10:00 Primetime Thursday

(Feb 13-Mar 13)
8:00 Profiles from the Front Line (starting Feb 27)
9:00 Are You Hot?
10:00 Primetime Thursday

(Mar 27-May 8)
8:00 Whose Line is it Anyway? (through Apr 10)
8:30 Whose Line is it Anyway? (through Apr 10)
9:00 Various Programming
10:00 Primetime Thursday
"Push, Nevada"
Thursdays were a mess all season for ABC as they no longer had Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? which had stabilized the last couple years. They didn't even start with regular programming at 8pm Thursdays, mostly airing Monk repeats from USA. At 9pm was Push, Nevada - a mystery series that included audience participation as they tried to solve the mystery for a prize. Of course the show didn't last long enough to fully flush it out but ABC was obligated to award the prize money so they released all the rest of the clues and awarded a winner on Monday Night Football. In November, ABC premiered Dinotopia, based on the miniseries of the same name. The elaborate fantasy show was a big budget attempt by ABC that failed. It was gone in just over a month. Various programs filled the slots until February when ABC premiered short lived documentary series Profiles from the Front Line at 8pm and the horrific reality show Are You Hot? at 9pm. Neither show made it very long and Whose Line repeats and other various fillers took up the space for the rest of the season. All season long, Primetime Thursday aired at 10pm.

Fridays
(Sep 27-Nov 1)
8:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
9:00 That Was Then (through Oct 4)
10:00 20/20

(Nov 8-Jan 24)
8:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
9:00 The Drew Carey Show
9:30 Whose Line is it Anyway? (starting Nov 15)
10:00 20/20

(Jan 31-Mar 14)
8:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
9:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (encores)
10:00 20/20

(Mar 28-Apr 18)
8:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
9:00 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (encores)
9:30 Regular Joe

10:00 20/20

(Apr 25-May 23)
8:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
9:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (encores)
10:00 20/20
"That Was Then"
ABC Fridays had the same shows to start and end the night all season long - long runners America's Funniest Home Videos at 8pm and 20/20 at 10pm. In between though was a hot mess for ABC with lots of filler and encores mixed in with some failed attempts. Are you realizing how much filler ABC aired this season? The 9pm slot was initially given to That Was Then, a drama about a 30 year old in a rut sent back to 1988 to redo his life starting in high school. The interesting premise didn't work on Friday nights and ABC yanked it after just two episodes. After some filler, they brought The Drew Carey Show and Whose Line is it Anyway? over from Mondays. They didn't work any better here and were pulled until summer. The Drew Carey Show probably would have been cancelled but it had a two season renewal so its final season didn't air until the summer of 2004 where it was burned off. After double pumping Videos for awhile, ABC tried to pair repeats of Tuesday sitcom 8 Simple Rules with the new Regular Joe, a pedestrian sitcom starring Daniel Stern and Judd Hirsch which lasted all of four episodes. Finally they gave up and went back to Videos encores for the rest of the year. 

Saturdays
8:00 Saturday Night Movie
Saturdays were once again devoted to movies. ABC had enough to worry about the rest of the week.

Sundays
(Sep 29-Jan 19)
7:00 Wonderful World of Disney
9:00 Alias
10:00 The Practice

(Feb 2-May 11)
7:00 Wonderful World of Disney
9:00 Alias
10:00 LA Dragnet
"LA Dragnet"
Sundays were probably ABC's most stable night. They started with the Wonderful World of Disney movie as usual leading into second year drama Alias, which was a cult hit. ABC tried to make it a bigger hit by giving it the coveted post-Super Bowl slot but it has the distinction of being the lowest rated post-Super Bowl show ever. The season started out with The Practice at 10pm but that show was falling out of favor with viewers after a top ten finish just two years earlier. It was moved to Mondays at midseason in favor of LA Dragnet, a remake of the classic 1960s series, starring Ethan Embry and Ed O'Neill. The show wasn't really a better option than The Practice but it got a second season probably in part due to ABC's ongoing struggles finding any successful new dramas.

ABC 2002-03 Stats

Shows in the Top 30
10. Monday Night Football
16. The Bachelor/The Bachelorette
29. NYPD Blue

Fall Shows Survival: 3/6 (50%)
8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, Life with Bonnie, Less Than Perfect

Midseason Shows Survival: 3/13 (23%)
The Bachelorette, LA Dragnet, Extreme Makeover

Total New Shows Survival Rate: 6/19 (32%)

Cancelled/Ended Shows
Push, Nevada/MDs/That Was Then/Dinotopia/Veritas: The Quest/Miracles/Are You Hot?/I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!/Profiles from the Front Line/The Family/All American Girl/Regular Joe/Lost at Home (1 season)

Emmy Award Nominees & Winners (Major Categories)
Jennifer Garner, Alias (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series)
Victor Garber, Alias (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)
Lena Olin, Alias (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)