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Sunday, March 31, 2013

WEEKEND REWIND: ABC 2005-06 Season

The Weekend Rewind is back! Sorry for the delay.

ABC 2005-06 SEASON
Heading into 2005, ABC had experienced a serious renaissance. After years of failures and low ratings, ABC hit the jackpot in the 2004-05 season with the buzziest new shows to hit TV in years - Lost, Desperate Housewives, and Grey's Anatomy. They also had moderate successes with Wife Swap, Boston Legal, and Supernanny. Then in the summer of 2005, they launched a new reality franchise with Dancing with the Stars. Yes, ABC was back in a big way. But their 2005-06 new show offerings left a lot to be desired. Luckily all their new hits were still flying high so they could spare a bad year of new shows.


Mondays
(Sep 26-Dec 26)
8:00 Wife Swap
9:00 Monday Night Football

(Jan 9)
8:00 Wife Swap
9:00 Emily's Reasons Why Not
9:30 Jake in Progress
10:00 The Bachelor

(Jan 16-Feb 27)
8:00 Wife Swap
9:00 Various Programming
10:00 The Bachelor

(Mar 6-Apr 3)
8:00 Wife Swap
9:00 Supernanny
10:00 Miracle Workers

(Apr 17-May 8)
8:00 Wife Swap (through May 1)
9:00 Supernanny (through May 1)
10:00 What About Brian
"What About Brian"
Monday nights started with Monday Night Football as usual but at the end of the season, ABC's contract with the big game was up and ESPN won the rights to air Monday Night Football starting in the 2006 season, ending ABC's 36 years with the game. Knowing this was coming meant ABC started planning about life without Football. They attempted a brand new lineup in early January - starting with Wife Swap, which had been paired with football in the fall. It was followed by the new Heather Graham sitcom Emily's Reasons Why Not, based on the book, and the second season of John Stamos' Jake in Progress. Rounding out the night was the new season of The Bachelor as ABC attempted a very female-skewing night. ABC's new lineup lasted all of one week as the comedies were cancelled after one episode. Emily's Reasons became the latest one and done show joining a short list of infamy. ABC filled the hour with specials or two hour episodes of The Bachelor until March when Supernanny came to the night and was paired with Miracle Workers, a documentary/reality series about a group of specialists helping a patient with a serious disease. When it was pulled after five episodes, ABC launched What About Brian, a dramedy starring Barry Watson as a bachelor surrounded by married friends. The show was ABC's final new entry in the 2005-06 season but it was the ONLY scripted series to get a renewal. This season was no repeat of the amazing 2004-05 season.

Tuesdays
(Sep 27-Jan 24)
8:00 According to Jim
8:30 Rodney
9:00 Commander-in-Chief (Sep 27-Dec 6/Jan 10-24)
10:00 Boston Legal

(Feb 7-28)
8:00 According to Jim (encores)
8:30 Rodney
9:00 According to Jim
9:30 George Lopez (encores)
10:00 Boston Legal

(Mar 7-Apr 4)
8:00 According to Jim 
8:30 Hope & Faith (starting Mar 21)
9:00 Sons & Daughters
9:30 Sons & Daughters
10:00 Boston Legal

(Apr 18-May 2)
8:00 According to Jim
8:30 Hope & Faith
9:00 Hope & Faith
9:30 Less Than Perfect
10:00 Boston Legal
"Commander-in-Chief"
Tuesday nights experienced lots of changes over the course of the season. The two hours of comedy was gone for the fall as was long time Tuesday staple NYPD Blue, which had ended its 12 year run. Marginally successful comedies According to Jim and Rodney occupied the 8pm hour as ABC was having much more success with its dramas than its comedies. At 9pm was the ambitious new political drama Commander-in-Chief starring Geena Davis as the first female president. The drama was one of the most highly anticipated heading into the 2005-06 season and it was initially one of the highest rated. Also starring Donald Sutherland, the show had a spectacular collapse. After great ratings at the start and a Golden Globe win for Geena Davis, the show had behind the scenes turmoil, production delays, and spotty scheduling. It went from a fresh new hit to a flop within a few months. The show was yanked from Tuesdays in January and briefly reappeared on Thursdays in April before being benched to summer. The show was one of the more mishandled in recent memories by its creators and the network. It was also Steven Bochco's final network show to date. When Commander was pulled, it was briefly replaced by comedy encores. Then in March, ABC premiered family sitcom Sons & Daughters and aired two episodes a night for five weeks. The show was critically acclaimed but couldn't find an audience as it was maybe a little bit ahead of its time. At the end of the season, ABC brought Hope & Faith over from Fridays (after Rodney's cancellation) for one last ditch effort to save the show but it was cancelled after three seasons. It was paired with the long delayed season four of Less than Perfect which probably had no business being renewed. Perfect only aired five episodes and left eight unaired for its abbreviated final season. It finally got the ax after cheating death for a couple years. All season long, Boston Legal aired in the 10pm slot to decent ratings despite the turmoil earlier in the night.


Wednesdays
(Sep 28-Nov 30)
8:00 George Lopez (starting Oct 5)
8:30 Freddie (starting Oct 12)
9:00 Lost
10:00 Invasion

(Dec 7-28)
8:00 George Lopez
8:30 Freddie
9:00 Lost
10:00 Alias (through Dec 14)

(Jan 11-Mar 15)
8:00 George Lopez (starting Jan 25)
8:30 Freddie (starting Jan 25)
9:00 Lost
10:00 Invasion

(Mar 22-Apr 12)
8:00 George Lopez
8:30 Freddie
9:00 Lost
10:00 The Evidence

(Apr 19-May 10)
8:00 Alias
9:00 Lost
10:00 Invasion
"Invasion"
Wednesday nights had a little more stability than Tuesdays. They also started with two comedies in the 8pm hour - George Lopez, which moved back over from Tuesday, and the new Freddie starring Freddie Prinze Jr. Freddie lasted a full season but that was it as his name was not a big enough draw for a pedestrian sitcom. At 9pm was the megahit Lost in its second season. It was basically dead even in the ratings for its first season even as it got more complicated. They tried to pair it with another sci-fi drama, Invasion, starring William Fichtner. Invasion was the first of many Lost clones ABC paraded in the years following the drama hit's breakout first season. However, a show about water based creatures infiltrating a Florida town after a hurricane had the unfortunate issue of airing right after the devastating Hurricane Katrina. That, coupled with less intrigue, led to its demise after one season. ABC briefly aired other shows during hiatuses for Invasion including the final season of Alias which bounced around the schedule and ended up in the 8pm slot in place of the comedies and leading into Lost and Invasion. The show was never a mass hit but managed to carry ABC a little bit during the dark days of the early 2000s. But by 2006, it was well past its buzzy stage and ratings were falling hard. ABC also aired The Evidence for four weeks at 10pm. Starring Rob Estes, Martin Landau, and Orlando Jones, The Evidence showed the audience the evidence to start each episode. However, the show did not catch on as ABC often has trouble with procedurals, particularly poorly received ones. The show was burned off in the summer.

Thursdays
(Sep 29-Nov 17)
8:00 Alias
9:00 Night Stalker (through Nov 10)
10:00 Primetime

(Nov 24-Dec 29)
8:00 Thursday Night Movie
10:00 Primetime

(Jan 5-Feb 23)
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
9:30 Crumbs (Jan 12-Feb 2)
10:00 Primetime

(Mar 16-Apr 6)
8:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
9:00 American Inventor
10:00 Primetime

(Apr 13-May 18)
8:00 American Inventor
9:00 American Inventor
10:00 Commander-in-Chief (through Apr 27)
"Crumbs"
Thursday nights continued to be a problem for ABC as they tried a whole bunch of types of shows - dramas, comedies, newsmagazines, and reality during the season. They started with the final season of Alias at 8pm. It was a doomed slot for a show that was on the decline. At 9pm was Night Stalker, a remake of the 1970s crime show. The new edition lasted all of six episodes making it one of the many failed remakes. When this lineup faltered, ABC temporarily replaced it with a movie. Then in January, it brought back summer hit Dancing with the Stars for an in-season run. The show was far more successful than ABC had been on Thursdays since Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and that inspired them to bring the show back the next year as two cycles, which it has done ever since. They briefly aired the oddball family comedy Crumbs, starring Fred Savage, William Devane, and Jane Curtin, at the 9:30pm lead-out slot but these reality competitions are never great pairings with a single comedy as American Idol and Dancing have proven often. When Dancing ended and Crumbs was yanked, ABC aired extra episodes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and the new reality show American Inventor, which did enough to be renewed for midseason. Throughout the season, Primetime aired at 10pm save for a brief last ditch run by Commander-in-Chief. But airing against ER and Without a Trace, Chief could do nothing to save itself. It is also worth noting that Primetime stopped being a regular series after this season, becoming a special that eventually morphed into Primetime: What Would You Do?

Fridays
(Sep 23-Dec 30)
8:00 Supernanny
9:00 Hope & Faith (starting Sep 30)
9:30 Hot Properties (starting Sep 30)
10:00 20/20

(Jan 6-Feb 17)
8:00 Dancing with the Stars Results
9:00 In Justice
10:00 20/20

(Mar 3-31)
8:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
9:00 In Justice
10:00 20/20

(Apr 7-May 19)
8:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
9:00 Various Programming
10:00 20/20
"Hot Properties"
Two hours of comedy were officially done on ABC starting in the 2005-06 season. Instead, they had the reality show Supernanny lead off the night but it couldn't find a big enough audience and eventually moved to Mondays. They continued to try comedies in the 9pm hour - Hope & Faith was never really a solid anchor and it was even less so when it wasn't surrounded by other comedies. The third year show couldn't make it on its own and was eventually shipped to Tuesdays for a last ditch effort at renewal. That didn't happen and the Kelly Ripa-Faith Ford sitcom was cancelled after three seasons. This was one of ABC's many modest performing sitcoms that managed a multi-year run but I think ABC shortened its lifespan by keeping it on Fridays. It was paired with Hot Properties, a Manhattan-set Designing Women type sitcom about women real estate partners featuring Gail O'Grady, Nicole Sullivan, and a then barely-known Sofia Vergara. The show did air all its 13 episodes but it was not given a full season. When the Supernanny/comedies combo failed, it was replaced by the results edition of Dancing with the Stars (on a Friday!) and the new In Justice, a legal drama about wrongly convicted criminals starring Kyle MacLachlan and Jason O'Mara. The show couldn't gain a following in a sleepy Friday timeslot but also aired all 13 episodes. At the end of the season, extra episodes of America's Funniest Home Videos and repeats/specials filled the 8-10pm slot for the rest of the season. As usual, 20/20 occupied the 10pm slot all season.


Saturdays
8:00 Movies/Encores
ABC had long since thrown the towel in on Saturday nights. They started the year by airing repeats of some of their buzziest shows, but eventually just aired movies and occasional specials or sporting events.

Sundays
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
9:00 Desperate Housewives
10:00 Grey's Anatomy
Sunday's hit lineup remained in tact for the entire 2005-06 season. Reality staple America's Funniest Home Videos led off the night followed by the hit Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. It was followed by the second seasons of megahits Desperate Housewives. Though not as critically acclaimed in year two, Housewives was just as big. Grey's actually built its audience from its huge debut at midseason the year before. This was ABC's most successful lineup but they decided to break it up with a bold move for the 2006-07 season, which we'll get into next week.

ABC 2005-06 Stats

Shows in the Top 30
4. Desperate Housewives
5. Grey's Anatomy
7. Dancing with the Stars
9. Monday Night Football
15. Dancing with the Stars Results
18. Lost
24. Commander-in-Chief
23. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Fall Shows Survival: 0/5 (0%)

Midseason Shows Survival: 2/8 (25%)
American Inventor, What About Brian

Total New Shows Survival Rate: 2/13 (15%)

Cancelled/Ended Shows
Monday Night Football (36 seasons, moved to ESPN)
Primetime (15 seasons)
Alias (5 seasons)
Less Than Perfect (4 seasons)
Hope & Faith (3 seasons)
Rodney/Jake in Progress (2 seasons)
Invasion/Commander-in-Chief/Hot Properties/Night Stalker/Freddie/In Justice/Emily's Reasons Why Not/Crumbs/Miracle Workers/Sons & Daughters/The Evidence (1 season)

Emmy Award Nominees & Winners (Major Categories)
Grey's Anatomy (Nominee, Outstanding Drama Series)
Geena Davis, Commander-in-Chief (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series)
William Shatner, Boston Legal (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)
Candice Bergen, Boston Legal (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)
Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)
Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)
Alfre Woodard, Desperate Housewives (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series)

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, March 31

Happy Easter!! Easter night has some new programming including Revenge (oddly a Halloween episode) and Red Widow on ABC, all of CBS's lineup except The Mentalist, and a one hour edition of Celebrity Apprentice. With the holiday and the mix of repeats and originals, I think we'll see all originals go down.

ABC
7:00 It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (SPECIAL)
8:00 Once Upon a Time #31 "Queen of Hearts" (REPEAT)
9:00 Revenge #40 "Masquerade"
10:00 Red Widow #6 "The Captive"
Prediction: Revenge - 5.5 million, 1.6/Widow - 3.7 million, 1.0

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 The Amazing Race
9:00 The Good Wife #87 "The Wheels of Justice"
10:00 The Mentalist #95 "The Crimson Ticket" (REPEAT)
Prediction: 60 Mins - 8.4 million, 1.5/Race - 8.8 million, 2.2/Wife - 9.0 million, 1.5

NBC
7:00 The Voice (REPEAT)
9:00 The Voice (REPEAT)
10:00 Celebrity Apprentice
Prediction: Apprentice - 4.4 million, 1.4

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers #33 "Nude Beach" (REPEAT)
7:30 The Cleveland Show #69 "Turkey Pot Die" (REPEAT)

8:00 The Simpsons #517 "Homer Goes to Prep School" (REPEAT)
8:30 Bob's Burgers #32 "Mother Daughter Laser Razor" (REPEAT)
9:00 Family Guy #191 "The Old Man and the Big 'C'" (REPEAT)
9:30 American Dad! #135 "Killer Vacation" (REPEAT)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

GOOD WEEK/BAD WEEK: March 30, 2013

GOOD WEEK: "THE VOICE"
It's amazing how one show can change NBC so much. The Voice with two new coaches returned this week after NBC's disastrous winter and while all was not well across the network, Mondays 8-10pm and Tuesdays 8pm are looking a whole lot brighter. The Voice had an eye-popping 4.8 demo on Monday night, well above the languishing American Idol. It came back to Earth a little bit on Tuesday but it was still a stellar performer. It also catapulted lead-outs Revolution to decent numbers and Go On to its best number since it last followed The Voice. NBC needs more than The Voice to succeed and they can't overexpose it but it's amazing how it can bring viewers back to a network no one was watching very quickly.

BAD WEEK: CBS NEWBIES
CBS renewed a bunch of new shows this week and newcomer Elementary was among them. But other than that, it looks like no other freshman will be renewed on CBS. Made in Jersey, Partners, and The Job were cancelled quickly and it's not looking good at all for Golden Boy or Vegas. Only getting one show renewed has only happened once in the last decade for CBS: the 2007-08 strike season (The Big Bang Theory was the one renewal). CBS is the most stable network on TV but they rely on new shows replacing their aging hits. And with many shows getting up in age: CSI, Survivor, The Amazing Race, Criminal Minds, CSI: NY, How I Met Your Mother, NCIS, and Two and a Half Men - they need some new hits next season. Another year with just one will not cut it.

RATINGS RECAP: 3/28/13

ABC
8:00 Wife Swap
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Grey's Anatomy
Viewers: 9.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
10:00 Scandal
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:30 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8

NBC
8:00 Community (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:30 1600 Penn
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 The Office (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:30 1600 Penn
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0 

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 11.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
9:00 Raising Hope
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:30 Raising Hope
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

It was another tough night for the broadcast networks on Thursday night. American Idol continued to have trouble as it was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo for a series low. Where will it be a month from now? A special airing of two Raising Hope episodes including the season finale aired after Idol. Despite having a lead-in for the first time all season and a different one at that, Hope hit a season low. It might have been the special night but this was disappointing and doesn't spell good news for the special New Girl and The Mindy Project airings coming up. All three shows are renewed anyway though. CBS's basketball coverage was stronger than last week's, particularly the late Syracuse/Indiana game.

Over on ABC, Wife Swap was down eight tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo from last week'sGrey's Anatomy was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo but it's 2.9 demo was tops for the night on any network. At 10pm, Scandal was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo. Finally on NBC, things were disastrous as the 10pm repeat Law & Order: SVU's 1.0 demo was their top for the night. The last two episodes of 1600 Penn was down two tenths in the demo for a series low. While it was technically the season finale, there is no way this show is coming back next season even on NBC's comedy wasteland. Hannibal comes to NBC Thursdays next week, can it have any impact on this dreadful night?
respectable showing. At 9pm,

Friday, March 29, 2013

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, March 29 & Saturday, March 30

FRIDAY
Friday night has the return of Happy Endings on a new night as it will air two episodes every Friday for a couple weeks. The standards are lower but I think it'll struggle to come close to Last Man Standing/Malibu Country numbers.

ABC
8:00 Happy Endings #48 "In the Heat of the Noche"
8:30 Happy Endings #49 "The Straight Dope"
9:00 Shark Tank
10:00 20/20
Prediction: Endings 8:00 - 3.1 million, 0.9/Endings 8:30 - 3.2 million, 1.0/Shark - 6.8 million, 2.0/2020 - 5.5 million, 1.6

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament

NBC
8:00 Fashion Star
9:00 Grimm #38 "Nameless"
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
Prediction: Fashion - 2.8 million, 0.7/Grimm - 5.2 million, 1.4/Rock Center - 3.8 million, 0.8

FOX
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares (REPEAT)
9:00 Touch #22 "Clockwork"
Prediction: Touch - 2.5 million, 0.6

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 MOVIE: The Ten Commandments

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament
9:00 Elementary #5 "Lesser Evils" (REPEAT)
10:00 48 Hours (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Dateline NBC
10:00 Saturday Night Live (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 Cops
8:30 Cops (REPEAT)
9:00 The Following #10 "Guilt" (REPEAT)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 3/27/13

ABC
8:00 The Middle
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
8:30 The Neighbors
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Modern Family
Viewers: 9.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2
9:30 Suburgatory
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 Nashville
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

CBS
8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 CSI (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3 

NBC
8:00 Whitney
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 Whitney
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 Chicago Fire
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 12.3 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2 

Wednesday night was pretty brutal for the broadcast networks. ABC was fully new again but it was not positive. At 8pm, The Middle was down 1.1 million viewers and three tenths in the demo from its last new airing for a season low. At 8:30pm, the season finale of The Neighbors was up seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo but it followed a repeat last week. We'll see in May what ABC does with this show. It could truly go either way, it probably depends on if ABC wants to add more comedy. At 9pm, Modern Family was down 1.4 million viewers and a rough seven tenths in the demo to its lowest number since November 2009. What a bad drop, I'm not really sure what explains it. At 9:30pm, Suburgatory was up 1.1 million viewers and four tenths in the demo from last week when it followed a repeat. Finally at 10pm, Nashville was even in viewers but down a tenth in the demo for a series low. Yet, it's still ABC's top new drama. Yikes. On CBS, Survivor was the only new show and it was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.

On NBC, the halo effect of The Voice did not affect Wednesday's lineup as all as things were pretty bleak.Whitney were down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo from last week. Who knows what's going to happen with NBC's comedies next year. It's anyone's guess. At 9pm, Law & Order: SVU was up 1.1 million viewers and a tenth in the demo. At 10pm, Chicago Fire was up half a million viewers and even in the demo. It has risen more against CBS's repeats in the past and it didn't build on its lead-in for the first time since November. Looks like Fire is not burning quite as brightly as the season winds down, but it's still a slam dunk renewal. On FOX, American Idol couldn't stop the bleeding as it dipped another six tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo. This is getting pretty ugly with the year-to-year drops.
The final two episodes of the season for

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, March 28

Thursday has mostly new programming except for NBC. ABC has its regular lineup which should be pretty stable from last week. CBS has more basketball. NBC has the last two burnoff episodes of 1600 Penn surrounded by repeats so they will be uncompetitive. FOX has American Idol followed by the last two episodes of the season of Raising Hope at a special time. It should benefit a little from the lead-in but not do extremely well. It's coming back next season anyway.

ABC
8:00 Wife Swap
9:00 Grey's Anatomy #191 "Can't Fight this Feeling"
10:00 Scandal #24 "Snake in the Garden"
Prediction: Swap - 4.8 million, 1.6/Grey's - 9.7 million, 3.1/Scandal - 8.6 million, 2.7

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament

NBC
8:00 Community #74 "Conventions of Space and Time" (REPEAT)
8:30 1600 Penn #12 "Bursting the Bubble"
9:00 The Office #192 "Moving On" Part 2 (REPEAT)
9:30 1600 Penn #13 "Marry Me, Baby" (Season Finale)
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #302 "Vanity's Bonfire" (REPEAT)
Prediction: Penn 8:30 - 2.2 million, 0.8/Penn 9:30 - 2.3 million, 0.9

FOX
8:00 American Idol
9:00 Raising Hope #65 "Burt Mitzvah - The Musical" 
9:30 Raising Hope #66 "Mother's Day" (Season Finale)
Prediction: Idol - 11.5 million, 2.8/Hope 9:00 - 5.4 million, 2.0/Hope 9:30 - 4.9 million, 1.8  

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

RENEWAL ALERT: NCIS: Los Angeles, Person of Interest, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, Elementary, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, The Good Wife, The Mentalist, The Amazing Race, Survivor, Undercover Boss, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours

Just like last March, CBS renewed a flurry of veteran shows at once, renewing 14 shows today that ranged from inevitable to borderline surprising. These renewals join the already renewed The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, How I Met Your Mother, and CSI.

Filed under the "inevitable" list were scripted hits NCIS: Los Angeles for a fifth season, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods and Mike & Molly for a fourth season, and Person of Interest and 2 Broke Girls for a third season. Another non-surprise but worth mentioning renewal is Elementary, which looks like it will be CBS's ONLY renewal from this year's freshman class. Only one renewal hasn't happened in years for a network that thrives on consistency so CBS better hope next year's group is stronger to avoid their aging shows getting even older. Elementary isn't even a huge hit but it's been CBS's strongest new show by far.

More surprising renewals came for The Good Wife for a fifth season and The Mentalist for a sixth season, though these can't be considered shocking. Both shows have struggled at times on Sunday night but The Good Wife has been so critically acclaimed and The Mentalist is a syndication player. CBS should really consider flipping their timeslots on Sundays or, better yet, have them share a timeslot and do shorter episode orders.

Also renewed were reality shows 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, Survivor, The Amazing Race, and Undercover Boss. I've said it before but I think CBS should consider having Survivor and The Amazing Race share the Sunday 8pm slot and each do one cycle a year. I think it will prolong the life of both those shows. Noticeably missing from the list of renewals was Criminal Minds and Two and a Half Men, which are sure bets once they hammer out contracts. Also missing were likely cancellations Vegas, CSI: NY, and Golden Boy. And of course Rules of Engagement will have to wait, as usual, until the last minute before it gets a chance to cheat death again.

RATINGS RECAP: 3/26/13

ABC
8:00 Splash
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 13.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
10:00 Body of Proof
Viewers: 9.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

CBS
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 18.6 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 14.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
10:00 Golden Boy
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 12.4 million, 18-49 demo: 4.1
9:00 Go On
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:30 The New Normal
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Smash
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX 
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 New Girl
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:30 The Mindy Project
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

It was an interesting night for NBC as The Voice returned to the night with another stellar performance. It was down from Monday night's premiere but that was without the 9pm hour. It also was above several fall Tuesday performances. All eyes were on the 9pm sitcoms that followed - Go On was up 2.2 million viewers and nine tenths in the demo while The New Normal was up 1.2 million viewers and six tenths in the demo. The rises are nice but retention was terrible. It might have been enough for Go On to get another chance next season but The New Normal has to be officially done at this point when it can only muster a 1.3 demo half an hour after The Voice. At 10pm, Smash barely felt a bump as it was up four tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. Looks like NBC made the right move shipping this to Saturday because it's not doing anything more with The Voice starting the night. 

Over on ABC, Splash took a huge second week dive (pun intended) as expected. It was down 2.3 million viewers and nine tenths in the demo. With the initial curiosity gone and competition from The Voice, this is not surprising. But it's still doing better than The Taste was in this slot. At 9pm, a results edition of Dancing with the Stars die better than any results edition in the fall other than the finale. At 10pm, Body of Proof was up 1.2 million viewers and a tenth in the demo as it won a weak 10pm hour. 

On CBS, NCIS was down 1.2 million viewers but even in the demo despite competition from The Voice. That's a great performance for the veteran drama. At 9pm, NCIS: Los Angeles was down 2.3 million viewers and three tenths in the demo. Does the week-to-week drop in the two week planted NCIS: Red episodes mean bad news for the planned spinoff? At 10pm, Golden Boy was down 1.2 million viewers and three tenths in the demo for a low 1.4 demo. It is not looking good for this show.

Finally on FOX, Hell's Kitchen was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. It's very surprising that bothNCIS and Hell's Kitchen were not impacted by the return of The Voice. Looks like Splash took the brunt of the competition. At 9pm, New Girl was down a tenth in viewers and the demo while The Mindy Project was down half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo. FOX really made a mistake renewing Mindy. It's only going to get worse next season especially if it changes timeslots. This show did not deserve a renewal.

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, March 27

Wednesday has two season finales of bubble shows - The Neighbors and Whitney. I think both could be up some, especially The Neighbors now that ABC's comedy lineup is fully intact again. Elsewhere, repeats on CBS could propel Chicago Fire upwards (and maybe Nashville too). Also, I don't think American Idol is done slipping so I think we'll see another step back this week.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #90 "The Name"
8:30 The Neighbors #22 "It Has Begun..." (Season Finale)
9:00 Modern Family #90 "The Wow Factor"
9:30 Suburgatory #40 "Brown Trembler"
10:00 Nashville #15 "When You're Tired of Breaking Other Hearts"
Prediction: Middle - 7.5 million, 2.0/Neighbors - 5.9 million, 1.7/Family - 10.6 million, 3.8/Suburgatory - 6.2 million, 2.1/Nashville - 5.4 million, 1.7

CBS
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #172 "The Lesson" (REPEAT)
10:00 CSI #280 "Fallen Angels" (REPEAT)
Prediction: Survivor - 9.6 million, 2.6

NBC
8:00 Whitney #37 "Alex, Meet Lily" 
8:30 Whitney #38 "Cake, Cake, Cake" (Season Finale)
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #313 "Legitimate Rape"
10:00 Chicago Fire #19 "A Coffin That Small"
Prediction: Whitney 8:00 - 3.5 million, 1.1/Whitney 8:30 - 3.8 million, 1.2/SVU - 6.1 million, 1.7/Chicago - 7.4 million, 2.0

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Prediction: Idol - 12.4 million, 3.4

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 3/25/13

ABC 
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 14.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
10:00 Castle
Viewers: 10.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
8:30 Rules of Engagement
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 8.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
9:30 Mike & Molly
Viewers: 9.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
10:00 Hawaii Five-0
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 13.6 million, 18-49 demo: 4.8
10:00 Revolution
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6

FOX
8:00 Bones
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 The Following
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3 

NBC returned to relevancy on Monday night in a big way thanks to the return of The Voice, which premiered to stellar numbers. It's 4.8 demo was above the fall premiere number and tied the high it hit on several Mondays during the fall. Perhaps more interesting was the return of Revolution after a four month break. It had a big drop at the half hour but still posted a strong 2.6 demo that easily won the hour. The 2.6 demo ties a series low it hit twice in the fall before the fall finale so we'll see where things go from here but a 2.6 demo for a scripted show is NBC's best since the fall finale of Revolution... that just shows how rough a winter it's been. 


Over on ABC, Dancing with the Stars took a huge hit from the competition from NBC as it was down 2.6 Castle held up better as it was down seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Considering how far its lead-in fell, this is a good performance. On FOX, Bones was down six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo, tying a season low. The Following was down six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a series low as FOX's dramas had trouble with more competition.
million viewers and eight tenths in the demo from its season premiere last week. It is now more where it was in the fall which appears to be the new normal for this show. I still think it should move to Tuesdays with the results show on ABC's troubled Thursday 8pm slot. At 10pm,

Finally on CBS, How I Met Your Mother was down four tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo for a season low. It could be rough sailing the rest of the year for this show with Daylight Savings and the competing reality series. At 8:30pm, Rules of Engagement was down half a million viewers and just a tenth in the demo. This show continues to defy CBS's dismissing of it. At 9pm, 2 Broke Girls was up two tenths in viewers and the demo despite tougher competition. This is the first good showing from this show in awhile. At 9:30pm, Mike & Molly was up six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo, topping the night in total viewers for CBS. At 10pm, Hawaii Five-0 was down four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. All three 10pm shows were above a 2 demo, which hasn't happened in awhile.

RATINGS RECAP: 3/24/13

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 Revenge
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 Red Widow
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

CBS
7:00 NCAA Basketball Overrun
Viewers: 11.2 million, 18-49 demo: 4.0
7:46 60 Minutes
Viewers: 10.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
8:46 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 9.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:46 The Good Wife
Viewers: 9.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:46 The Mentalist
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Celebrity Apprentice
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6 

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
7:30 The Cleveland Show (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:30 Bob's Burgers
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Family Guy
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
9:30 American Dad!
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3 

On Sunday night, the networks were mostly new. First on ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos was up six tenths in viewers and down two tenths in the demo. At 8pm, Once Upon a Time was down a tenth in viewers and the demo, tying the series low it got against the Grammys. What has happened to this show? At 9pm, Revenge was down three tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Finally, Red Widow rebounded a little as it was up two tenths in viewers and the demo. This pretty much ensures it will complete its short episode order. On NBC, Dateline NBC was up six tenths in viewers and down two tenths in the demo while Celebrity Apprentice was down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo.

CBS started with a highly rated basketball overrun which helped 60 Minutes rise a million viewers and The Amazing Race was up four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. The Good Wife was up half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo. The fact that it was up while airing mostly in the 10pm hour makes me think a move to 10pm would be a good one. Finally, The Mentalist was down two million viewers and three tenths in the demo as it aired most of its episode after 11pm. Finally on FOX, only the last half of the night was new. Bob's Burgers was basically even with its 9:30pm airing last week while Family Guy was up three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo.
strong seven tenths in the demo. Starting 46 minutes late,

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, March 26

Tuesday is all new across the board including the return of The Voice to Tuesday. While it should be strong, it will probably be down from the fall but could put a dent in the other 8pm shows, especially Splash in its second week. It will also be interesting to see how The Voice impacts NBC's low rated Tuesday lineup that follows. I think Go On and The New Normal will be up but not to fall levels because the damage has been done.

ABC 
8:00 Splash
9:00 Dancing with the Stars Results
10:00 Body of Proof #35 "Fallen Angel"
Prediction: Splash - 7.0 million, 1.9/Dancing - 11.3 million, 2.3/Proof - 8.8 million, 1.5

CBS
8:00 NCIS #229 "Squall"
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #91 "Red" Part 2
10:00 Golden Boy #6 "Just Say No"
Prediction: NCIS - 18.6 million, 3.0/Los Angeles - 15.8 million, 2.8/Golden - 8.9 million, 1.6

NBC
8:00 The Voice
9:00 Go On #20 "Matchup Problems"
9:30 The New Normal #20 "About a Boy Scout"
10:00 Smash #23 "The Bells and Whistles"
Prediction: Voice - 9.8 million, 3.2/Go On - 5.1 million, 1.7/Normal - 4.8 million, 1.2/Smash - 3.3 million, 0.9

FOX 
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
9:00 New Girl #44 "Chicago"
9:30 The Mindy Project #18 "Danny's Friend"
Prediction: Hell's - 4.2 million, 1.7/New Girl - 4.0 million, 2.2/Mindy - 3.1 million, 1.7    

Monday, March 25, 2013

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, March 25

Monday is a very crowded night for the broadcast networks as everything is new. NBC is hoping they can finally crawl out of the hole with the return of The Voice (featuring new judges Shakira and Usher) and Revolution. I think The Voice will return strong but down from the fall, but all eyes will be on Revolution after a long hiatus. I think it will return on the low end of what it was getting in the fall, but that would still be a huge upgrade for NBC. Elsewhere, the other networks (particularly Dancing with the Stars on ABC) could be down with the tougher competition.

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
10:00 Castle #99 "The Wild Rover"
Prediction: Dancing - 15.3 million, 2.8/Castle - 9.9 million, 2.0

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #180 "The Time Travelers"
8:30 Rules of Engagement #95 "Catering"
9:00 2 Broke Girls #44 "And the Big Hole"
9:30 Mike & Molly #65 "Spring Break"
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #66 "Hoa Pili"
Prediction: Mother - 7.0 million, 2.7/Rules - 6.2 million, 2.0/Girls - 8.2 million, 2.6/Mike&Molly - 8.1 million, 2.4/Hawaii - 8.8 million, 1.9

NBC
8:00 The Voice (4th Edition Premiere)
10:00 Revolution #11 "The Stand"
Prediction: Voice - 11.7 million, 3.3/Revolution - 8.4 million, 2.7

FOX 
8:00 Bones #162 "The Blood from the Stones"
9:00 The Following #10 "Guilt"
Prediction: Bones - 8.2 million, 2.0/Following - 7.7 million, 2.5      

Sunday, March 24, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 3/23/13

ABC 
8:00 Splash (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 20/20
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

NBC
8:00 American Ninja Warrior
Viewers: 1.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 Chicago Fire (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 Saturday Night Live (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.2 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: 0.6 

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, March 24

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Once Upon a Time #40 "Selfless, Brave, and True"
9:00 Revenge #39 "Victory"
10:00 Red Widow #5 "The Recorder"

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 The Amazing Race
9:00 The Good Wife #85 "Invitation to an Inquest"
10:00 The Mentalist #112 "Behind the Red Curtain"

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
9:00 Celebrity Apprentice

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers #28 "The Deepening" (REPEAT)
7:30 The Cleveland Show #70 "A Vas Deferens Between Men & Women" (REPEAT)
8:00 The Simpsons #514 "A Tree Grows in Springfield" (REPEAT)

8:30 Bob's Burgers #40 "It Snakes a Village"
9:00 Family Guy #204 "12 and a Half Angry Men"
9:30 American Dad! #147 "Spelling Bee My Baby" 

RATINGS RECAP: 3/23/13

ABC 
8:00 Last Man Standing
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:30 Malibu Country
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

NBC
8:00 Fashion Star
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Grimm
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX 
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Touch
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

On Friday night, ABC started with the season finales of its comedies. At 8pm, Last Man Standing was up 1.4 million viewers and two tenths in the demo while Malibu Country was up 1.4 million viewers and three tenths in the demo. Last Man Standing will definitely be back next season and if I had to guess, I think Malibu Country will too. They have done well enough in a tough timeslot. After a Shark Tank repeat, 20/20 was up seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. CBS had more basketball on the night which preempted their regular lineup. NBC saw Fashion Star and Grimm both go up a tenth in viewers and stay even in the demo. On FOX, Touch was up six tenths in viewers and even in the demo.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

GOOD WEEK/BAD WEEK: March 23, 2013

GOOD WEEK: ABC REALITY SHOWS
ABC has had a surprising week with their reality shows. On Monday night, Dancing with the Stars returned up nicely from its disappointing fall numbers. Then on Tuesday, the new celebrity diving series Splash was a big surprise with a very solid 2.6 demo against NCIS and with Daylight Savings a factor. I thought there would be very little interest in this show but apparently I was wrong. Even on Thursday, the return of the non-celebrity Wife Swap did better in the 8pm hour than most Last Resort episodes and all Zero Hour episodes this year. Things may change this week when The Voice returns but it was a solid week for ABC's reality shows.

BAD WEEK: "SMASH"
If there's one show that symbolizes the way NBC's winter has gone, it is Smash. Filled with high expectations and a heavy ad campaign, Smash fell on its face with its winter premiere. It has continued to fall ever since reaching a 0.7 demo this week. It will be benched to Saturdays in a couple weeks but the 0.7 demo was enough to get Do No Harm yanked after two episodes a month and a half ago. The difference is how low NBC is overall so a 0.7 demo isn't all that low. It's what The New Normal got this week and just slightly below the numbers for Go On, 1600 Penn, and Community. NBC has The Voice and Revolution returning this week so it will be interesting to see if they can regain some mojo from the fall.

RATINGS RECAP: 3/21/13

ABC
8:00 Wife Swap
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Grey's Anatomy
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
10:00 Scandal
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:09 NCAA Basketball Intermission
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:28 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 Community
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 1600 Penn
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 The Office (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:30 1600 Penn
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1 

FOX 
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 11.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
9:00 Glee
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0 

On Thursday night, March Madness took over CBS which means they were way down from their regular Thursday numbers but pretty even year-to-year. ABC had a good night with the return of a fully new lineup. The premiere of the regular Wife Swap overperformed for 8pm. This is the third time in four nights a reality series on ABC has surprised me with their numbers. At 9pm, Grey's Anatomy rebounded from last week's low as it was up 1.2 million viewers and four tenths in the demo. At 10pm, Scandal returned after three weeks off and up eight tenths in viewers and even in the demo.

NBC has another terrible night as Community was up four tenths in viewers and even in the demo and two episodes of 1600 Penn were both down a tenth in the demo from last week's episode. NBC averaged a 1.0 demo for the night just like Tuesday. What a disaster. The Voice and Revolution can't come back soon enough. On FOX, American Idol was even in viewers but down two tenths in the demo. For the first time EVER, it dipped below a 3 in the demo and was beaten by Grey's Anatomy. At 9pm, Glee was up half a million viewers and even in the demo.

Friday, March 22, 2013

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

FRIDAY
Friday night has more basketball on CBS, the usual lineups on NBC and FOX, and season finales of ABC's comedies. I think Last Man Standing will definitely be back next season but Malibu Country could go either way.

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #42 "College Girl" (Season Finale)
8:30 Malibu Country #18 "All You Single Ladies" (Season Finale)
9:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)
10:00 20/20

Prediction: Last Man - 6.8 million, 1.5/Malibu - 6.2 million, 1.2/2020 - 5.4 million, 1.4

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament

NBC
8:00 Fashion Star
9:00 Grimm #37 "Mr. Sandman"
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
Prediction: Fashion - 2.5 million, 0.7/Grimm - 5.1 million, 1.5/Rock Center - 3.3 million, 0.8

FOX 
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares (REPEAT)
9:00 Touch #21 "Reunions"

Prediction: Touch - 2.0 million, 0.6

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 Splash (REPEAT)
9:00 20/20 Saturday

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament

NBC
8:00 American Ninja Warrior
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #303 "Lessons Learned" (REPEAT)
10:00 Saturday Night Live (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 Cops
8:30 Cops (REPEAT)
9:00 The Following #9 "Love Hurts" (REPEAT)
     

Thursday, March 21, 2013

RENEWAL ALERT: CSI

CBS announced that they have renewed the long running drama CSI  for a 14th season. The renewal comes on the heels of series star Ted Danson signing on for another year. CSI has endured several changes in the past several years including the departures of William Petersen then Laurence Fishburne then Marg Helgenberger. It also endured a timeslot change to Wednesday two years ago but that has paid off as the 10pm Wednesday slot is less pressure than Thursday 9pm. This year, it has had some real strong ratings outings before getting bogged down in a duel with Chicago Fire in the Wednesday 10pm slot.

CSI joins How I Met Your Mother and NCIS as the only official renewals for next year. With the cancellation of CSI: Miami last season and the likely cancellation of CSI: NY this year, it looks like the mothership will be the only CSI on the air for the first time since 2002-03. The show has been a long time success story for CBS but I have to think it only has a few more years at most in it. Still, it definitely deserves this renewal.

RATINGS RECAP: 3/20/13

ABC
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:30 The Neighbors
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:30 Suburgatory
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 Nashville (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CBS
8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 9.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
9:00 Criminal Minds
Viewers: 11.6 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
10:00 CSI
Viewers: 10.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3

NBC
8:00 Whitney
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 Whitney (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 Chicago Fire
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

FOX 
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 12.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.6

On Wednesday night, CBS was all new and saw a solid performance from its dramas. First though at 8pm, Survivor was down a tenth in viewers and the demo. At 9pm, Criminal Minds rebounded from its last airing as it was up nine tenths in viewers and a solid four tenths in the demo. At 10pm, CSI also rebounded as it was up 1.1 million viewers and four tenths in the demo. It had its largest lead over Chicago Fire in months and was just renewed for a 14th season. Over on ABC, only The Neighbors and Suburgatory were new. The Neighbors was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo from last week while Suburgatory was down four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a series low.

NBC started things off with Whitney which was down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a series low. Seriously, how low can NBC's demos go? Comedies that were staying slightly higher - Go On and Whitney - both plunged to a 1.0 demo this week. At 9pm, Law & Order: SVU was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo from its last airing. At 10pm, Chicago Fire was down two tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo for its lowest number since December 12. It will be interesting to see if this show can rebound in the coming weeks if NBC's ratings improve on other nights. Finally on FOX, American Idol was down half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo for a Wednesday low.

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, March 21

Thursday night has the beginning of the NCAA Tournament which will dominate CBS's schedule over the next couple weeks though it only does alright in the ratings compared to usual CBS programming. Elsewhere, ABC has a fully new lineup including the return of the regular Wife Swap and the first new Scandal in several weeks. Grey's Anatomy could be up with new bookends. NBC should be a disaster as only Community and two episodes of 1600 Penn are new. FOX should be close to last week with its American Idol and Glee pairing.

ABC
8:00 Wife Swap
9:00 Grey's Anatomy #190 "Idle Hands"
10:00 Scandal #23 "Top of the Hour"
Prediction: Swap - 4.4 million, 1.3/Grey's - 9.0 million, 2.8/Scandal - 7.2 million, 2.6

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament

NBC
8:00 Community #78 "Economics of Marine Biology"
8:30 1600 Penn #10 "The Short, Happy Life of Reba Cadbury"
9:00 The Office #192 "Moving On" Part 1 (REPEAT)
9:30 1600 Penn #11 "Dinner, Bath, Puzzle"
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #309 "Secrets Exhumed" (REPEAT)
Prediction: Community - 2.2 million, 1.0/Penn 8:30 - 2.0 million, 0.8/Penn 9:30 - 2.1 million, 0.9

FOX 
8:00 American Idol
9:00 Glee #83 "Guilty Pleasures"
Prediction: Idol - 11.5 million, 3.0/Glee - 5.5 million, 2.0  

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 3/19/13

ABC
8:00 Splash
Viewers: 9.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
9:00 Dancing with the Stars Special
Viewers: 9.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1 
10:00 Body of Proof
Viewers: 8.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

CBS
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 19.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 16.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
10:00 Golden Boy
Viewers: 9.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

NBC
8:00 Betty White's Off Their Rockers
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 Betty White's Off Their Rockers
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Go On
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:30 The New Normal
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Smash
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

FOX 
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 New Girl
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:30 The Mindy Project
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

On Tuesday night, ABC had a very surprising night with the series premiere of Splash. The celebrity diving competition outperformed expectations with a very solid 2.6 demo premiere. This is good for the show but I'm expecting a big fall next week with less curiosity factor and the return of The Voice. A Dancing with the Stars special at 9pm helped ABC to have its best night in months. The lead-in brought Body of Proof up a bit as it rose 1.8 million viewers and three tenths in the demo. I don't think this rise is solid enough for the show to earn a fourth season but we'll see how things go in the next couple weeks. 

CBS started off with NCIS which was down a million viewers and two tenths in the demo for its lowest showing since December 11. With Daylight Savings and The Voice coming back, its best numbers of the season are most certainly behind it. At 9pm, NCIS: Los Angeles with the unofficial premiere of NCIS: Red was up six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. At 10pm, Golden Boy was up eight tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. It is outperforming the last couple episodes of Vegas ever so slightly. 

NBC just keeps finding new lows on Tuesday night as all their scripted shows hit series lows and the 8:30pm episode of Betty White's Off Their Rockers was the top performer of the night with 3.7 million viewers and a 1.1 demo. Yikes. The good news is The Voice comes back next week. It will be interesting to see how much it can bring the comedies back up or if they're too far gone at this point. This night has been the worst in a disastrous winter. On FOX, Hell's Kitchen was down seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo but it was still a big improvement in the hour. Despite the stronger lead-in, New Girl was dead even with its last airing. At 9:30pm, The Mindy Project was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Why did this get renewed? 

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, March 20

Wednesday night has mostly new programming on every network except ABC, which only has The Neighbors and Suburgatory on the new side. I think numbers could be slightly down for a lot of shows except maybe the CBS dramas since they were awfully low last time they aired.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #83 "Life Skills" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Neighbors #21 "Mo Purses Mo Money Mo Problems"
9:00 Modern Family #85 "Fulgencio" (REPEAT)
9:30 Suburgatory #39 "Eat, Pray, Eat"

10:00 Nashville #14 "Dear Brother" (REPEAT)Prediction: Neighbors - 5.2 million, 1.5/Suburgatory - 4.8 million, 1.7

CBS 
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #179 "The Gathering"
10:00 CSI #290 "Dead of the Class"
Prediction: Survivor - 9.6 million, 2.5/Criminal - 11.1 million, 2.8/CSI - 10.2 million, 2.1

NBC
8:00 Whitney #36 "Crazy, Stupid, Words"
8:30 Whitney #30 "Space Invaders" (REPEAT)
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #312 "Undercover Blues"
10:00 Chicago Fire #18 "Fireworks"
Prediction: Whitney - 3.8 million, 1.3/SVU - 5.8 million, 1.7/Chicago - 6.5 million, 1.9

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Prediction: Idol - 13.1 million, 3.6

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 3/18/13

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 17.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2
10:00 Castle
Viewers: 11.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
8:30 Rules of Engagement
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:00 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
9:30 Mike & Molly
Viewers: 8.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
10:00 Hawaii Five-0
Viewers: 9.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1 

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
10:00 Deception
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2 

FOX
8:00 Bones
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 The Following
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5 

Monday night had the newest edition of Dancing with the Stars and the finale of The Biggest Loser. On ABC, the 16th edition of Dancing with the Stars premiered up nicely from the fall though it was down from last spring's premiere. It also didn't have to contend with The Voice which it will next week. Still, this was a positive premiere for a franchise that's been on a downward trend. At 10pm, Castle was up half a million viewers but down a tenth in the demo.

On NBC, the season finale of The Biggest Loser was up 1.8 million viewers and seven tenths in the demo for an impressive finale showing. NBC was wise to cut this down to one installment a year because it seemed revitalized a bit this winter and was one of the few bright spots for NBC in a horrible winter. At 10pm, the season (and most definitely series) finale of Deception was up a tenth in viewers and the demo. On FOX, Bones was down eight tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo while The Following was down nine tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo.

Finally on CBS, How I Met Your Mother was down 1.2 million viewers and three tenths in the demo. At 8:30pm, Rules of Engagement was down three tenths in viewers but up two tenths in the demo from last week when it was surrounded by repeats. At 9pm, 2 Broke Girls was down a rough 1.8 million viewers and half a demo point for a series low. It might get even uglier when The Voice comes back next week as this show is looking less and less like a solid anchor show as the season goes on. I don't watch the show but it sounds like quality is as much to blame as anything. At 9:30pm, Mike & Molly was down 1.4 million viewers and three tenths in the demo for a season low. At 10pm, Hawaii Five-0 was down a tenth in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. How will it do when Revolution returns next week?

RATINGS RECAP: 3/17/13

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:00 Revenge
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 Red Widow
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 10.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:00 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 8.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:00 The Good Wife
Viewers: 9.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 The Mentalist
Viewers: 10.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7 

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 Celebrity Apprentice
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

FOX 
7:00 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
7:30 The Cleveland Show
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:00 The Simpsons
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
8:30 The Cleveland Show
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 Family Guy
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:30 Bob's Burgers
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

Pretty much everything was new on Sunday night and there were mixed results. First on ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos was down a tenth in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. At 8pm, Once Upon a Time was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. It has stabilized but it is way down year-to-year and from the fall. At 9pm, Revenge was down four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. This power combo isn't turning out quite the way ABC expected. At 10pm, the wheels have fallen off for Red Widow which was down nine tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo to a terrible 1.0 demo. There aren't many episodes so ABC might see it through but it's back to the drawing board for this hour.

On CBS, 60 Minutes was down 1.4 million viewers but even in the demo. The Amazing Race was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo but it's 2.3 demo was right near the top for the night. At 9pm, The Good Wife was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. At 10pm, The Mentalist was up half a million viewers and even in the demo. On NBC, Celebrity Apprentice was up half a million viewers and even in the demo. It seems to be inching up a bit which must make NBC hopeful for one of its few shows getting above a 1.5 demo. It was a mixed bag for FOX as the 8pm cartoons were up slightly while the 9pm cartoons were down some. Despite dropping three tenths in the demo, Family Guy was still Sunday night's demo leader among the broadcast networks.

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, March 19

Tuesday night has the premiere of Splash on ABC but I think it will do very little for ABC. A Dancing with the Stars special could help Body of Proof at 10pm. CBS has the first of a two part NCIS: Los Angeles episode that is a planted pilot for NCIS: Red, a very likely member of CBS' schedule next year. NBC should be low while FOX's 9pm comedies may get a boost from the Hell's Kitchen lead-in.

ABC 
8:00 Splash (SERIES PREMIERE)
9:00 Dancing with the Stars: Exclusive First Look (SPECIAL)
10:00 Body of Proof #34 "Eye for an Eye"
Prediction: Splash - 5.5 million, 1.6/Proof - 7.8 million, 1.4

CBS
8:00 NCIS #228 "Seek"
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #90 "Red: Part One"
10:00 Golden Boy #5 "Vicious Cycle"
Prediction: NCIS - 19.7 million, 3.2/Los Angeles - 15.8 million, 2.7/Golden - 9.2 million, 1.8

NBC
8:00 Betty White's Off Their Rockers
8:30 Betty White's Off Their Rockers
9:00 Go On #19 "Go for the Gold Watch"
9:30 The New Normal #19 "Blood, Sweat, and Fears"
10:00 Smash #22 "Musical Chairs"
Prediction: Rockers - 3.5 million, 1.1/Go On - 3.6 million, 1.1/Normal - 2.7 million, 1.0/Smash - 3.1 million, 0.9

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
9:00 New Girl #43 "Quick Hardening Caulk"
9:30 The Mindy Project #17 "Mindy's Birthday"
Prediction: Hell's - 5.9 million, 2.3/Girl - 5.4 million, 2.5/Mindy - 3.9 million, 1.9    

Monday, March 18, 2013

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, March 18

Monday night has new programming across the board. ABC has the latest edition of Dancing with the Stars but after last fall's uninspiring numbers, I could see a premiere even lower than last fall. There doesn't seem to be much buzz with the latest cast. Elsewhere, NBC has the season finale of The Biggest Loser, which has been a decent performer amidst NBC's winter wreckage. They also have the season, and most definitely series, finale of Deception which should do very little against the competing ABC and CBS dramas. Finally, Daylight Savings might have an impact on the 8pm comedies on CBS as well as Bones on FOX.

ABC 
8:00 Dancing with the Stars (16th Edition Premiere)
10:00 Castle #98 "Scared to Death"
Prediction: Dancing - 13.2 million, 2.4/Castle - 10.2 million, 2.1

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #179 "The Fortress"
8:30 Rules of Engagement #94 "Role Play"
9:00 2 Broke Girls #43 "And the Temporary Distraction"
9:30 Mike & Molly #64 "St. Patrick's Day"
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #65 "Na Ki'i"
Prediction: Mother - 8.2 million, 3.0/Rules - 7.5 million, 2.4/Girls - 10.2 million, 3.2/Mike&Molly - 10.0 million, 2.9/Hawaii - 9.4 million, 2.0

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser (Season Finale)
10:00 Deception #11 "I'll Start with Hillbilly" (Season Finale)
Prediction: Loser - 6.1 million, 2.1/Deception - 3.4 million, 1.1

FOX 
8:00 Bones #158 "The Friend in Need"
9:00 The Following #9 "Love Hurts"
Prediction: Bones - 8.1 million, 2.0/Following - 8.5 million, 2.8      

Sunday, March 17, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 3/16/13

ABC 
8:00 Celebrity Wife Swap (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 20/20
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
8:00 CSI (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

NBC
8:00 American Ninja Warrior
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Chicago Fire (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
10:00 Saturday Night Live (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

FOX
8:00 Cops
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:30 Cops (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 The Following (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4 

RATINGS RECAP: 3/15/13

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 Malibu Country
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Blue Bloods
Viewers: 10.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

NBC
8:00 Fashion Star
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Grimm
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Rock Center with Brian Williams
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

FOX
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Touch
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

On Friday night, numbers were pretty brutal. First on ABC, Daylight Savings was felt at 8pm as Last Man Standing was down six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. At 8:30pm, Malibu Country was down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. This show is slipping at the wrong time for a bubble show. After a Shark Tank repeat, 20/20 was down a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo. Only Blue Bloods was new for CBS and it was down three tenths in viewers and even in the demo.

On NBC, week two of Fashion Star was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo from last week's low premiere. At 9pm, Grimm was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo, tying a season low. It doesn't help when it's surrounded by nothing. At 10pm, Rock Center with Brian Williams was down six tenths in viewers and a rough three tenths in the demo. On FOX, Kitchen Nightmares was down a tenth in viewers and the demo while Touch was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for an embarrassing new series low.