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Thursday, October 31, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 10/30/13

ABC
8:00 The Middle
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
8:30 Back in the Game
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:30 Super Fun Night
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 Nashville
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

CBS
8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 9.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:00 Criminal Minds
Viewers: 10.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
10:00 CSI
Viewers: 9.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7 

NBC
8:00 Revolution
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1 

FOX 
8:00 MLB World Series Game 6
Viewers: 19.2 million, 18-49 demo: 5.7 

Wednesday night was all about the sixth and final game of the World Series that saw the Boston Red Sox win for the third time in ten years. The competition led to drops for most other series though the 8pm hour of ABC was the least affected. The Middle was down three tenths in viewers and even in the demo while Back in the Game was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. After a Modern Family repeat, Super Fun Night fell six tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo to a series low. So of its four new comedies, ABC had three get a 1.7 with just Trophy Wife getting a 1.4 this week. There don't seem to be any clear answers but The Goldbergs seems to be the safest bet to get a full season. At 10pm, Nashville was down two tenths in viewers and the demo to a series low. I know it was against the World Series but a 1.4 demo is not acceptable and Nashville seems to be on more of a downward trend.

CBS saw drops across the board with series lows either tied or reached. Survivor was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo to tie a series low, Criminal Minds was down a million viewers and three tenths in the demo, also tying a series low, and CSI was down a million viewers and four tenths in the demo hitting a series low outright. This was a rough night for CBS as their shows might have more crossover with baseball fans. On NBC, only Revolution was new but it held up as it was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. It has leveled off but the problem is it has leveled off at a 1.4 demo. Both Revolution and Nashville with their 1.4 demos are big question marks for third seasons.

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, October 31

Happy Halloween! The holiday probably means depressed ratings, particularly in the 8pm hour. ABC has the classic special It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, which always does well but usually airs for the first time earlier in the Halloween season. CBS has repeat of The Big Bang Theory bookending The Millers and The Crazy Ones but series lows for those shows are likely. NBC has an SNL special at 8pm which could ever so slightly boost the 9pm comedies.

ABC 
8:00 It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (SPECIAL)
9:00 Grey's Anatomy #203 "Thriller"
10:00 Scandal #34 "More Cattle, Less Bull"
Prediction: Grey's - 9.0 million, 2.9/Scandal - 9.2 million, 3.1

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #124 "The Bakersfield Expedition" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Millers #5 "Giving the Bird"

9:00 The Crazy Ones #6 "Hugging the Now"
9:30 The Big Bang Theory #131 "The Tenure Turbulence" (REPEAT)
10:00 Elementary #30 "An Unnatural Agreement"
Prediction: Millers - 8.2 million, 2.2/Crazy - 7.4 million, 2.0/Elementary - 8.5 million, 1.7

NBC
8:00 SNL Halloween (SPECIAL)
9:00 Sean Saves the World #5 "Nobody Puts Sean in the Corner"
9:30 The Michael J. Fox Show #7 "Golf"
10:00 Parenthood #74 "The M Word"
Prediction: Sean - 4.4 million, 1.2/Fox - 4.0 million, 1.2/Parenthood - 4.2 million, 1.3

FOX8:00 The X Factor
9:00 Glee #91 "The Quarterback" (REPEAT)
Prediction: Factor - 5.2 million, 1.7  

RATINGS RECAP: 10/29/13

ABC
8:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 The Goldbergs
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:30 Trophy Wife
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 19.3 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 14.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
10:00 Person of Interest
Viewers: 12.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9 

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 The Voice
Viewers: 11.6 million, 18-49 demo: 3.6

FOX 
8:00 The X Factor
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5 

On Tuesday night, The Voice annihilated The X Factor. NBC started off the night with The Biggest Loser which was down six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. At 9pm, The Voice was two hours and the 10pm hour seemed to have a negative impact as it was down 1.5 million viewers and half a demo point. Its 3.6 demo was still tops though. Over on ABC, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a repeat but the good news was there was no negative impact on the comedies that followed as The Goldbergs was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo while Trophy Wife was up two tenths in viewers and the demo. This is arguably the best performance for the comedies yet even though their overall numbers were low. It also goes to show that there is very little crossover audience with Marvel. I really think ABC is either going to try these shows out on Wednesday or air them all year on Tuesday. I don't see them abandoning either show yet.

On CBS, NCIS started the night off up three tenths in viewers and even in the demo. At 9pm, NCIS: Los Angeles was even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. Person of Interest closed the night down 1.2 million viewers and three tenths in the demo. While a big fall and a season low, it doesn't usually have to face The Voice so I don't think this is a terrible performance. Finally, FOX had a disastrous night with The X Factor as a special Tuesday airing was left in the dust with a series low. Some of this could be chalked up to the different night but the problem is bigger than that. Against a hot franchise, The X Factor just looks like a dud. FOX would have been better off with its comedies.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, October 30

Wednesday has lots of Halloween themed episodes but ABC has a repeat of last year's Modern Family Halloween mixed into its block which will probably mean another drop for Super Fun Night. Law & Order: SVU is a repeat as well with another repeat at 10pm. The repeats of SVU and Family might mean a rise for Criminal Minds. Finally FOX has Game 6 of the World Series which might be the last one if Boston call pull it off.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #101 "Halloween IV: The Ghost Story"
8:30 Back in the Game #6 "Night Games"
9:00 Modern Family #77 "Open House of Horrors" (REPEAT)
9:30 Super Fun Night #5 "Go With Glorg"

10:00 Nashville #27 "It Must Be You"
Prediction: Middle - 8.5 million, 2.3/Game - 6.8 million, 1.8/Night - 5.2 million, 1.8/Nashville - 5.6 million, 1.6

CBS
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #192 "In the Blood"
10:00 CSI #301 "Passed Pawns"
Prediction: Survivor - 9.4 million, 2.4/Criminal - 12.2 million, 2.9/CSI - 9.9 million, 2.0

NBC 
8:00 Revolution #26 "Dead Man Walking"
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #319 "Her Negotiation" (REPEAT)
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #320 "Surrender Benson" (REPEAT)Prediction: Revolution - 5.2 million, 1.4

FOX8:00 MLB World Series Game 6: St. Louis at Boston     

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 10/28/13

ABC 
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 13.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
10:00 Castle
Viewers: 10.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
8:30 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
9:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:30 Mom
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
10:00 Hostages
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2 

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 13.2 million, 18-49 demo: 4.3
10:00 The Blacklist
Viewers: 10.5 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1

FOX
8:00 MLB World Series Game 5
Viewers: 14.5 million, 18-49 demo: 4.1 

Monday night had the World Series on FOX and more good ratings but it seemed to have little or no impact on the rest of the broadcast networks. On NBC, The Voice was down half a million viewers and even in the demo while The Blacklist had its first rise of the season as it was up a tenth in viewers and the demo. It is now ahead of Revolution year to year as that show had a 3.0 demo on this night last year (out of a 4.8 for The Voice). It is without the question the biggest new hit of the fall season. Over on ABC, Dancing with the Stars was down a tenth in viewers but up a tenth in the demo while Castle was up a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo.

On CBS, How I Met Your Mother was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo for a fourth straight week. At 8:30pm, 2 Broke Girls was up three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for its best demo number since the season premiere. Moving this show back to 8:30pm was clearly the right move. Another repeat of The Big Bang Theory was solid as usual but Mom was down seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo after last week's rise. Next week, it will be paired with Mike & Molly, which will have its season premiere. Let's see how compatible Mom is with its third different lead-in of the young season. At 10pm, Hostages was down three tenths in viewers and even in the demo for a fourth straight week.

RATINGS RECAP: 10/27/13

ABC 
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 Revenge
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Betrayal
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 10.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:00 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 The Good Wife
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 The Mentalist
Viewers: 8.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3 

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:00 NFL Pregame
Viewers: 10.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.6
8:30 Sunday Night Football
Viewers: 16.9 million, 18-49 demo: 6.3

FOX
7:00 NFL Overrun
Viewers: 25.6 million, 18-49 demo: 8.9
8:00 MLB World Series Game 4
Viewers: 16.0 million, 18-49 demo: 4.6 


Sunday night had major sports competition from Sunday Night Football and the World Series, leaving little room for ABC and CBS once again. ABC did see some rises in the first half of the night though. At 7pm, America's Funniest Home Videos was up half a million viewers and three tenths in the demo for a season high. At 8pm, Once Upon a Time was up a tenth in viewers and the demo. Revenge couldn't follow suit though as it was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo, tying the series low it set agains tthe Grammys last February. This show is falling apart even faster in season three. At 10pm, Betrayal was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. The fact that it's been holding steady probably means ABC is going to ride this dud out.

On CBS, 60 Minutes started out the night down two tenths in the demo from the last time it didn't have a football lead-in. At 8pm, The Amazing Race was down eight tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, hitting a series low. CBS Sundays are low in general this year but the long running Race seems to be particularly down. At 9pm, a buzzy episode of The Good Wife was up four tenths in viewers and even in the demo while The Mentalist was up a million viewers and a tenth in the demo from last week when it aired at 10:30pm. Both Sunday dramas are struggling but The Good Wife has actually been stronger than The Mentalist this season.

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, October 29

Tuesday night has some alterations to the usual lineup. First off ABC has a repeat of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. leading into new Halloween episodes of the comedies. I don't think the repeat will have a very negative effect because there doesn't seem to be a ton of crossover audience anyway, but I could be wrong. They could very well plummet. NBC has a two hour The Voice and no Chicago Fire for the week so the 10pm hour could be affected with The Voice in the hour. FOX is preempting its comedies for a special airing of The X Factor, which could be slightly below its usual numbers but above FOX's regular numbers for Tuesday.

ABC
8:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 "Pilot" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Goldbergs #6 "Who Are You Going to Telephone?"

9:30 Trophy Wife #6 "Halloween"
10:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)
Prediction: Goldbergs - 5.0 million, 1.6/Trophy - 4.0 million, 1.2

CBS
8:00 NCIS #240 "Oil & Water"
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #102 "Big Brother"
10:00 Person of Interest #51 "Mors Praematura"
Prediction: NCIS - 19.4 million, 3.1/Los Angeles - 15.0 million, 4.5/Person - 12.6 million, 2.1

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
9:00 The Voice
Prediction: Loser - 6.5 million, 1.9/Voice - 13.4 million, 4.2

FOX
8:00 The X Factor
Prediction: Factor - 6.7 million, 1.9   

Monday, October 28, 2013

QUICK HITS: Monday, October 28

Well this is actually not so quick but here goes...

Choosing to Be Optimistic...
Studying broadcast TV ratings can often be depressing because of how they have dropped over the years but here's one reason to be optimistic. On ABC, CBS, and FOX - their top three new shows from this fall are outperforming their top three new shows from last fall at this point, respectively. Take a look:

New show demos through October 28 of both years:

ABC
2012 Nashville (2.3), The Neighbors (2.0), Last Resort (1.7)
2013 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (3.3), Super Fun Night (2.5), The Goldbergs (2.1)

CBS
2012 Elementary (2.5), Partners (2.1), Vegas (2.0)
2013 The Millers (3.1), The Crazy Ones (2.8), Mom (2.2)

FOX
2012 The Mindy Project (2.1), Ben and Kate (1.6), The Mob Doctor (1.2)
2013 Sleepy Hollow (3.0), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.7), Dads (1.5)

The only network without this trend is NBC:
2012 Revolution (3.4), Go On (2.8), The New Normal (2.0)
2013 The Blacklist (3.2), Dracula (1.8), The Michael J. Fox Show (1.5)

Veteran shows often decline but if networks can find successful new shows, that's a plus and each network has at least one new show to gloat about if not more.

Midseason Thoughts
FOX has announced midseason plans and NBC has announced a couple things. Here are my brief thoughts on FOX and what some other networks should consider:

FOX: I love that they are reducing the results show of American Idol to an half hour towards the end of the season. It's far overdue and should have been done with The X Factor as well. I think FOX should consider down the road building a comedy block with three comedies and the results shows of these reality franchises. I think it's smart to launch Rake after the NFC Championship Game. My biggest complaint is keeping The Mindy Project where it is. The show is a dud and can't even outrate the struggling 8pm comedies. Why did FOX give up on the promising Us & Them but this show continues to air?

ABC: ABC only has Suburgatory and Mixology on the bench as far as comedies go and their biggest problem is not any of their new comedies, it's The Neighbors. So I would at least extend, if not give full seasons, to all their new comedies. None are breaking out but all, even Trophy Wife, deserve a little bit more time. Suburgatory can replace The Neighbors on Friday and the others can stay put though ABC should really consider letting The Goldbergs or Trophy Wife have a chance after Modern Family. Mixology seems like a complete non-fit. I would either air it at the tail end of the season at 9:30pm Mondays after Dancing with the Stars or save it for summer. It's not going to fit with any other shows. As for the dramas, Resurrection should not go to Sundays at 10pm where it is sure to die. Slide Revenge back an hour and air it at 9pm. Also don't put any scripted drama on Thursdays at 8pm. Tuesdays at 10pm is tough too but that might be a slot for Killer Women. I would air Minds Games as a temporary replacement for either Nashville or Scandal when the shows have their winter hiatus. Probably Nashville because that slot needs more help in general. So basically this is what I would do:

Monday
8:00 The Bachelor (Jan)/Dancing with the Stars (Mar)
9:30 Mixology (late April)
10:00 Castle
Tuesday
8:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
9:00 The Goldbergs
9:30 Trophy Wife
10:00 Encores & Specials (Jan)/Killer Women (Mar)
Wednesday
8:00 The Middle
8:30 Back in the Game
9:00 Modern Family
9:30 Super Fun Night
10:00 Minds Games (Jan)/Nashville (Mar)
Thursday
8:00 The Quest (Jan)/The Taste (Mar)
9:00 Grey's Anatomy
10:00 Scandal
Friday
8:00 Last Man Standing
8:30 Suburgatory
9:00 Shark Tank
10:00 20/20
Sunday
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Once Upon a Time
9:00 Revenge (Jan)/Resurrection (Mar)
10:00 Betrayal (Jan)/Revenge (Mar)

CBS: Hostages is obviously a goner and Intelligence is already slated to take its spot, that's fine. CBS doesn't have much else on the bench so there's not a ton to do but the biggest issues are finding a way to get new comedies Bad Teacher and Friends with Better Lives on the air. With How I Met Your Mother ending, CBS needs to try as many comedies as possible to get ready for next season. I think what makes the most sense is for 2 Broke Girls and The Millers to take a short hiatus and give these new shows a chance after their two biggest performers. I would also end The Good Wife's season early to make room for new drama Reckless. So this is what I would do:

Monday
8:00 How I Met Your Mother
8:30 Friends with Better Lives (Jan)/2 Broke Girls (Mar)
9:00 Mike & Molly
9:30 Mom
10:00 Hostages (Jan)/Intelligence (late Feb)
Tuesday
8:00 NCIS
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
10:00 Person of Interest
Wednesday
8:00 Comedy Repeats/Survivor (late Feb)
9:00 Criminal Minds
10:00 CSI
Thursday
8:00 The Big Bang Theory
8:30 The Millers (Jan)/Bad Teacher (Mar)
9:00 The Crazy Ones
9:30 Two and a Half Men
10:00 Elementary
Friday
8:00 Undercover Boss
9:00 Hawaii Five-0
10:00 Blue Bloods
Sunday
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Specials (Jan)/The Amazing Race (late Feb)
9:00 The Good Wife (Jan)/Reckless (late Mar)
10:00 The Mentalist

NBC: NBC has the most interesting choices. I think they need to focus most of their energy on the post-Olympics time. With only about a month to kill until the Olympics in February, I would just air burnoffs and reality shows in January besides the already announced launch of Chicago PD. They also should focus mainly on dramas because that is where they're finding success. I would officially cut the Thursday comedy block to an hour and move The Biggest Loser to the 8pm slot. To do so, I would double up Community and Parks and Recreation and air them on Tuesdays as well so they can finish their episode order. So this is what I would do:

Monday
8:00 Reality Filler (Jan)/The Voice (late Feb)
10:00 The Blacklist
Tuesday
8:00 Community & Parks and Recreation (Jan)/The Voice (late Feb)
9:00 Hannibal (Jan)/About a Boy & The Family Guide (Mar)
10:00 Chicago Fire
Wednesday
8:00 Revolution (Jan)/The Night Shift (late Feb)
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
10:00 Chicago PD
Thursday
8:00 Community & Parks and Recreation (Jan)/The Biggest Loser (late Feb)
9:00 The Michael J. Fox Show
9:30 Sean Saves the World (Jan)/Undateable (late Feb)
10:00 Parenthood
Friday
8:00 Dateline NBC
9:00 Grimm
10:00 Dracula/Crossbones (Mar)
Sunday (after Olympics)
7:00 Dateline NBC
8:00 Reality Show
9:00 Crisis
10:00 Believe

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, October 28

Monday has Game 5 of a close World Series so that may have a ripple effect on broadcast network with things being slightly down. However, there probably won't be as much interest in a Rams-Seahawks Monday Night Football matchup on ESPN so it could really go either way, I don't think we'll see a whole lot of movement either way.

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
10:00 Castle #111 "Get a Clue"
Prediction: Dancing - 12.8 million, 1.9/Castle - 10.4 million, 1.8

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #191 "No Questions Asked"
8:30 2 Broke Girls #54 "And the Piece of Sheet"
9:00 The Big Bang Theory #119 "The 43 Peculiarity" (REPEAT)
9:30 Mom #6 "Abstinence and Pudding"

10:00 Hostages #6 "Sister's Keeper"
Prediction: Mother - 7.5 million, 2.9/Girls - 7.2 million, 2.5/Mom - 6.9 million, 2.1/Hostages - 5.1 million, 1.2

NBC
8:00 The Voice
10:00 The Blacklist #6 "Gina Zanetakos"
Prediction: Voice - 13.5 million, 4.2/Blacklist - 10.1 million, 2.9

FOX
8:00 MLB World Series Game 5: Boston at St. Louis      

Sunday, October 27, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 10/26/13

ABC
8:00 College Football
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
8:00 Two and a Half Men (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:30 2 Broke Girls (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Elementary (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

NBC
8:00 Grimm (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 The Blacklist (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 Saturday Night Live (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

FOX 
8:00 MLB World Series Game 3
Viewers: 12.5 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3

WEEKEND REWIND: CBS 1989-90 Season

Check out my Weekend Rewind for ABC's 1989-90 Season!

CBS had a couple rough years in the mid 1980s. But there were signs of turning the corner in the previous season. The ratings still weren't great but CBS had some critical smashes with Murphy Brown, Beauty and the Beast, Wiseguy, and Designing Women. CBS premiered an abnormally large number of shows this season but only three stuck and none were game changers. CBS did get a surprising hit in the summer of 1991 with Northern Exposure.

Mondays
(Sep 18-Oct 30)
8:00 Major Dad
8:30 The People Next Door (through Oct 16)
9:00 Murphy Brown
9:30 The Famous Teddy Z
10:00 Designing Women
10:30 Newhart

(Nov 13-Jan 15)
8:00 Major Dad
8:30 The Famous Teddy Z
9:00 Murphy Brown
9:30 Designing Women
10:00 Newhart
10:30 Doctor, Doctor

(Jan 29-Feb 26)
8:00 Major Dad
8:30 City
9:00 Murphy Brown
9:30 Designing Women
10:00 Newhart
10:30 Doctor, Doctor

(Mar 5-Apr 23)
8:00 Major Dad
8:30 City (through Apr 16)
9:00 Murphy Brown
9:30 Designing Women
10:00 Newhart
10:30 His & Hers

(Apr 30-May 21)
8:00 Major Dad
8:30 Newhart
9:00 Murphy Brown
9:30 Designing Women
10:00 Various Programming
"Major Dad"
CBS had six comedies on Monday nights. To my knowledge, this is the longest a network ever went with six comedies on a night as that lineup almost never works. The season started with three returning sitcoms and three new ones. The returning Murphy Brown remained as the 9pm anchor while Designing Women and Newhart took the 10pm hour. One of the more successful new shows was Major Dad starring Gerald McRaney as a Marine and family man. The show had a nice four year run. The other two shows were not nearly as successful. The Famous Teddy Z starred a young Jon Cryer as a hotshot young agent and lasted half a season. It also had the rare feat of a cancelled series winning a major Emmy Award when Alex Rocco won Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. The People Next Door was a very bizarre sitcom about a man who saw everything he imagined realized. Critically panned, the show was quickly cancelled after five episodes. The cancellation of The People Next Door had a domino reaction among the other shows. Teddy Z moved to 8:30pm while Designing Women and Newhart slid up half an hour. Doctor Doctor had aired in the summer of 1990 but was rushed back to air in November. It actually did get renewed for a third season. In late January, after The Famous Teddy Z was cancelled, it was replaced by City, a workplace sitcom that brought back Valerie Harper to TV after he highly publicized departure from The Hogan Family a few years earlier. One final sitcom, His & Hers, was brought in. Starring Martin Mull and Stephanie Faracy, His & Hers only made it 13 episodes. At the very end of the season, CBS finally decided the three hours of comedies weren't going to work and they were left with their three returning shows and Major Dad. Newhart aired at 8:30pm for the final four episodes of its successful eight year run including perhaps the most memorable series finale of all time. 

Tuesdays
(Sep 19-Nov 14)
8:00 Rescue 911
9:00 Wolf
10:00 Island Son

(Nov 21-May 22)
8:00 Rescue 911
9:00 Tuesday Night Movie
"Wolf"
CBS had aired a Tuesday Night Movie for most of the last several years but in this season, they went with three new shows. The reality documentary series Rescue 911 was a hit at 8pm and a cheap option for CBS for many years. The two dramas that aired at 9pm and 10pm were not as successful. Wolf was a detective drama starring Jack Scalia while Island Son was a Hawaiian medical drama starring Richard Chamberlain. Shows like Island Son with aging stars is one reason CBS got (and still has, to an extent) a reputation for being a network for old people. The new dramas didn't work. Wolf was cancelled while Island Son moved to Thursdays for another shot where it didn't work. The dramas were replaced by, you guessed it, a movie. But at least they had Rescue 911 to start out the night now.


Wednesdays
(Sep 20-Dec 6)
8:00 A Peaceable Kingdom (through Nov 15)
9:00 Jake and the Fatman
10:00 Wiseguy

(Dec 13-Jan 21)
8:00 Beauty and the Beast
9:00 Jake and the Fatman
10:00 Wiseguy

(Jan 31-Mar 14)
8:00 Grand Slam
9:00 Jake and the Fatman
10:00 Wiseguy

(Mar 21-Apr 11)
8:00 Normal Life
8:30 Sydney
9:00 Jake and the Fatman
10:00 Wiseguy

(Apr 18-May 23)
8:00 Sydney
8:30 Normal Life (through Apr 25)
9:00 Jake and the Fatman (through May 9)
10:00 Various Programming
"A Peaceable Kingdom"
Wednesdays were a little bit of a mess, especially in the 8pm hour. The 9pm and 10pm shows stayed the same as Jake and the Fatman aired all season while Wiseguy aired through April when it was replaced by specials. Both shows were solid performers but not smash hits. The 8pm hour started with A Peaceable Kingdom, a drama set at the Los Angeles Zoo and starring Lindsay Wagner and Tom Wopat. The show lasted only seven episodes as a family drama didn't really fit with the crime dramas that followed. In December, Beauty and the Beast took over. Despite the critical acclaim, it had been held until midseason and only lasted a couple weeks before it was pulled again and burned off in the summer, ending after three seasons. In late January, Grand Slam became the next victim. The show had gotten a post-Super Bowl debut but it was one of the bigger flops to get that honor. The action drama lasted a mere six episodes. In March, dramas weren't working so CBS tried two new sitcoms - Normal Life starred Dweezil and Moon Unit Zappa and Cindy Williams while Syndey starred Valerie Bertinelli and a young Matthew Perry. The two comedies flipped late in the season but both only aired 13 episodes and were quickly forgotten.

Thursdays
(Sep 21-Dec 7)
8:00 48 Hours
9:00 Top of the Hill
10:00 Knots Landing (starting Sep 28)

(Dec 14-Mar 29)
8:00 48 Hours
9:00 Island Son
10:00 Knots Landing

(Apr 5-19)
8:00 48 Hours
9:00 Max Monroe: Loose Cannon
10:00 Various Programming

(Apr 26-May 17)
8:00 48 Hours
9:00 Falcon Crest
10:00 Knots Landing
Thursday nights had 48 Hours air all season at 8pm. The show was a reliable newsmagazine for the hour. They also had Knots Landing at 10pm for most of the season. The problem was the 9pm hour. First up was Top of the Hill, a DC set political drama that lasted just eight episodes. When it was cancelled, failed Tuesday drama Island Son was given another chance on Thursdays but it didn't fare any better here. In April, it was another chance for another new drama - Max Monroe: Loose Cannon had aired a few episodes on Friday and also didn't fare any better here. The final entry was Falcon Crest, which moved over from Fridays for its final couple episodes. The opulent 1980s had ended and the soaps that helped define the era on TV were on their last legs. Falcon Crest was the first of the big three on CBS (with Dallas and Knots Landing) to depart as it was cancelled after nine seasons.

Fridays
(Sep 22-Dec 15)
8:00 Snoops (through Dec 8)
9:00 Dallas
10:00 Falcon Crest (starting Sep 29)

(Jan 5-Feb 2)
8:00 Max Monroe: Loose Cannon (through Jan 26)
9:00 Dallas
10:00 Falcon Crest

(Feb 9-Mar 16)
8:00 The Bradys (through Mar 9)
9:00 Dallas
10:00 Falcon Crest

(Mar 30-May 11)
8:00 Small Talk (starting May 4)
8:30 Various Programming
9:00 Bagdad Cafe
9:30 Sugar and Spice
10:00 Dallas
"Bagdad Cafe"
CBS had a lot of changes on several nights but none were more unstable than Fridays in the 1989-90 season. Most of the season had long-running soaps Dallas and Falcon Crest in the 9pm and 10pm slots. The 8pm slot was initially Snoops, a crime comedy-drama set in Washington DC and starring Tim Reid and his wife Daphne Maxwell-Reid. It was cancelled after 10 episodes. In January, Max Monroe: Loose Cannon launched. The police drama lasted just a month on Fridays before it was shipped to Thursdays where it didn't last long either. In February, CBS tried a revival of the Bradys with the hour long drama The Bradys. The Brady family had been in a sitcom, a cartoon, a variety hour, and a TV movie but now they were in a very melodramatic drama and the tone just didn't work at all. It was quickly gone and forgotten and the Bradys were next seen in the big screen spoof The Brady Bunch Movie. Finally in late March, Falcon Crest moved to another night and Dallas moved back to 10pm. The 8pm hour was mostly specials and then unscripted comedy series Small Talk at 8pm at the tail end of the season. The 9pm hour was given to two new comedies. Bagdad Cafe was based on a movie and starred Whoopi Goldberg and Jean Stapleton. It had middling ratings but the pedigree and stars were enough to get it a renewal. Its partner, family sitcom Sugar and Spice, was not as lucky as it was cancelled after seven episodes.  

Saturdays
8:00 Paradise
9:00 Tour of Duty
10:00 Saturday Night with Connie Chung
Saturday nights stayed the same all season. Western drama Paradise and military drama Tour of Duty were paired with another new newsmagazine, Saturday Night with Connie Chung. Tour of Duty and Saturday Night were cancelled while Paradise renewed. But for one season, it was perhaps the most stable Saturdays had been in a long time.
 
Sundays
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Murder She Wrote
9:00 Sunday Night Movie
CBS's hit Sunday lineup stayed exactly the same for another year. It was one of the most stable and most successful lineups on TV.

CBS 1989-90 Stats

Shows in the Top 30
7. 60 Minutes
13. Murder She Wrote
22. Designing Women
24. Sunday Night Movie
27. Murphy Brown

Fall Shows Survival: 2/10 (20%)
Major Dad, Rescue 911

Midseason Shows Survival: 1/10 (10%)
Bagdad Cafe

Total New Shows Survival Rate: 3/20 (15%)

Cancelled/Ended Series
Falcon Crest (9 seasons)
Newhart (8 seasons) 
Tour of Duty/Beauty and the Beast (3 seasons)
Wolf/The People Next Door/The Famous Teddy Z/Island Son/A Peaceable Kingdom/Top of the Hill/Snoops/Saturday Night with Connie Chung/Max Monroe: Loose Cannon/Grand Slam/City/The Bradys/His & Hers/Normal Life/Sydney/Sugar and Spice/Small Talk (1 season)

Emmy Award Nominees & Winners (Major Categories)
Murphy Brown (WINNER, Outstanding Comedy Series)
Designing Women (Nominee, Outstanding Comedy Series)
Edward Woodward, The Equalizer (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - eligible due to summer 1989 airings)
Angela Lansbury, Murder She Wrote (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series)
Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown (WINNER, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series)
Delta Burke, Designing Women (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series)
Alex Rocco, The Famous Teddy Z (WINNER, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series)
Charles Kimbrough, Murphy Brown (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series)
Julia Duffy, Newhart (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series)
Faith Ford, Murphy Brown (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series)

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, October 27

Check below this post for a review of NBC's new Dracula!

Sunday night has Game 4 of the World Series and Sunday Night Football which means it will be another big sports night. I think that will mean low numbers for ABC and CBS, once again similar to last week.

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Once Upon a Time #49 "Good Form"
9:00 Revenge #49 "Control"
10:00 Betrayal #5 "...Nice Photos"
Prediction: Videos - 5.2 million, 1.1/Time - 7.2 million, 2.2/Revenge - 6.5 million, 1.6/Betrayal - 3.2 million, 0.8

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 The Amazing Race
9:00 The Good Wife #95 "Hitting the Fan"
10:00 The Mentalist #121 "The Red Tattoo"
Prediction: 60 Mins - 10.5 million, 1.5/8.5 million, 2.0/Wife - 9.3 million, 1.4/Mentalist - 9.0 million, 1.3

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
8:30 Sunday Night Football: Green Bay at Minnesota

FOX
7:00 NFL Overrun/The OT
8:00 MLB World Series Game 4: Boston at St. Louis     

Saturday, October 26, 2013

PILOT REVIEW: Dracula

DRACULA











Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw, Thomas Kretschmann, Victoria Smurfit, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Nonso Anozie, Katie McGrath

Created by Cole Haddon
Written by Cole Haddon, Directed by Steve Shill

Dracula is a new NBC drama with a fresh take on the Dracula story. In this imagining, Dracula (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) lives in Victorian London in the late 1800s posing as American Alexander Grayson, a wealthy businessman promoting new scientific innovations. In reality, Dracula is seeking revenge on those who have wronged him but he may be sidetracked when he meets a woman, Mina Murray (Jessica De Gouw), who reminds him of his dead wife. Rounding out the main cast is Grayson's butler and confidante Renfield (Nonso Anozie), Mina's fiance, reporter Jonathan Harker (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), a woman entranced by Grayson, Lady Jayne Wetherby (Victoria Smurfit), and the man who revived Dracula from the grave, Abraham Van Helsing (Thomas Kretschmann).

THE GOOD: The thing I liked most about Dracula was the unique setting. It's not every day you see 1800s Victorian England as a setting for a network drama. It was lavish and interesting to watch. I'm not one to nitpick details but it seemed like they did a nice job with committing to the era and style. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is a standout in the lead role. He is mysterious and dark and that works perfectly for the image he is trying to create. He delivers a subtle approach to Grayson and a nearly manic approach to his altar ego and strikes the balance quite well. The supporting cast seems solid too but so far, it seems like it's all about Meyers in the lead role.

THE BAD: There were times where the pilot was slow moving which seems to be a common pratfall of period dramas. I'm all for taking time with stories but there were a few times where it felt like there was no reason that nothing was happening. The show did a good job of its style but then it seemed to switch it up with the fight scene on the top of the roof. All of the sudden, they had a slow motion moment and obviously choreographed fighting. That seemed to clash with the vision and mood of the show up to that point and I hope they stay away from those types of moments in the future.

BOTTOM LINE: I'm not a vampire or Dracula fan so I don't really have any way to compare this with other shows in this family. That being said, I was intrigued enough by the setting and premise to come back for another week. I'm not sure if it will eventually veer into the "too creepy" or "too boring" territory because I could see it heading down either of those paths, but I enjoyed the pilot and specifically Meyers. It's a good dark companion to Grimm on Friday nights.

RATINGS RECAP: 10/25/13

ABC 
8:00 Last Man Standing (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 The Neighbors (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Shark Tank
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 Hawaii Five-0
Viewers: 9.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Blue Bloods
Viewers: 11.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3 

NBC
8:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 Grimm
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 Dracula
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

FOX
8:00 Masterchef Junior
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4 
9:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:30 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7 

Friday night had the premiere of NBC's new lineup. Dateline NBC started things off at its new 8pm time. It was up four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. At 9pm, the third season premiere of Grimm delivered its best Friday demo in a year as it continues to have its own audience on Fridays. Two years ago, it had a very surprising premiere and now here it is with its own niche on the night. At 10pm, the series premiere of Dracula was very compatible, at least for this week with a solid 1.8 demo premiere that topped the series premieres of Welcome to the Family, Ironside, and Sean Saves the World for NBC. Dracula did have a big drop at the half hour so we'll see how week two goes, but it's a good start. It's worth noting that NBC had better demo numbers for Grimm and Dracula than anything that aired on Wednesday or Thursday for them this week. 

CBS started things off with Undercover Boss which was down six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo from last week's season high. At 9pm, Hawaii Five-0 was up seven tenths in viewers and even in the demo despite new scripted competition on NBC. At 10pm, Blue Bloods was up seven tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Over on ABC, Shark Tank was up seven tenths in viewers and even in the demo even though it had repeats as a lead-in. At 10pm, 20/20 was up a big 2 million viewers and three tenths in the demo. Looks like it benefited from not having Dateline as competition in the hour. Finally on FOX, Masterchef Junior was down a tenth in viewers and up a tenth in the demo.   

GOOD WEEK/BAD WEEK: October 26, 2013

GOOD WEEK: "MOM"
The new shows, especially the huge crop of sitcoms, are still finding their way. Many have gotten a vote of confidence with a full season order from their network. But no show proved itself more worthy this week than the CBS Monday sitcom Mom, which was up three tenths in the demo for its best numbers since the series premiere. Mom has had a tough task considering it's been the new show on a night that has already seen upheaval when CBS finally decided 2 Broke Girls was not worthy of being a 9pm anchor. Whether its Girls or repeats of The Big Bang Theory, Mom has had good retention and it will have its third different lead-in when Mike & Molly has its season premiere on November 4. The show is finding itself creatively and audiences seem to be responding. This performance is certainly more impressive than the other two new CBS sitcoms despite lower raw numbers because The Millers has horrible retention out of The Big Bang Theory and The Crazy Ones has been somewhat underwhelming.

BAD WEEK: ABC'S NEW SITCOMS
This has been the fall of the sitcoms and aside from the two cancelled ones, Welcome to the Family and We Are Men, people seem mixed on their appeal with every show having its set of fans. None are out of the gate smashes in the ratings like dramas The Blacklist and Sleepy Hollow but ABC's new batch has been really disappointing in the ratings. The Goldbergs is bleeding a huge amount of its Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. lead-in, same goes for Super Fun Night out of Modern Family. Back in the Game hasn't proven as compatible with The Middle as many thought it would be, and Trophy Wife is the lowest performer of them all. ABC is also having trouble with returning sitcom The Neighbors on Friday nights. With only Marvel having received a full season, ABC has some decisions to make with only two comedies on the bench. Namely, will it keep the Tuesday and Friday sitcom block in addition to their Wednesday lineup? I think ABC will be patient with these shows, but they have to make some decisions.

Friday, October 25, 2013

FULL SEASON ALERT: Dads

In a move that defied preseason odds, FOX has picked up freshman sitcom Dads for a full season. Dads was met with near universal scorn from critics before the season started and it has only had modest ratings, but it has done enough for FOX to give it the full season. In doing so, it appears they will keep their sitcom block of Dads, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl, and The Mindy Project in place for the spring despite middling ratings because FOX has found a place for their other sitcoms. Raising Hope and newbie Enlisted will air on Fridays while the new 90s set sitcom Surviving Jack will air after a half hour American Idol results show in late spring. Their last sitcom, Us & Them, was essentially cancelled before it aired and probably won't air until summer. In their moves, FOX also announced a January 19 start for Rake (after the NFC Championship Game), and the return of American Idol on January 15 and The Following on January 20.

Dads has averaged 3.8 million viewers and a 1.5 demo through six airings this season. It has been a better fall for FOX's new shows as Brooklyn Nine-Nine was given a full season as well and Sleepy Hollow has already been renewed for next season. Next up is drama Almost Human, which premieres after football on November 17 and then will air on Mondays.

RATINGS RECAP: 10/24/13

Check back tomorrow for a review of NBC's new drama Dracula!

ABC
8:00 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Grey's Anatomy
Viewers: 8.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
10:00 Scandal
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 17.0 million, 18-49 demo: 5.2
8:30 The Millers
Viewers: 10.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
9:00 The Crazy Ones
Viewers: 8.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:30 Two and a Half Men
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
10:00 Elementary
Viewers: 8.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8 

NBC
8:00 The Voice (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 Sean Saves the World
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:30 The Michael J. Fox Show
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Parenthood
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

FOX 
8:00 MLB World Series Game 2
Viewers: 13.4 million, 18-49 demo: 3.6

On Thursday night, Game 2 of the World Series fell six tenths in the demo from Game 1 but still had a good showing. NBC had its first Thursday without Welcome to the Family. A repeat of The Voice did better than the cancelled Family but not much better than Parks and Recreation usually does in the hour. At 9pm, Sean Saves the World was up six tenths in viewers and even in the demo while The Michael J. Fox Show was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. So basically the cancellation of Welcome to the Family did very little to the 9pm comedies, good or bad. At 10pm, Parenthood was dead even with last week. I wonder how this show would be doing if it had stayed on Tuesday at 10pm with a lead-in from The Voice.

Over on CBS, The Big Bang Theory started off the night down eight tenths in viewers but even in the demo. At 8:30pm, The Millers fell a rough 1.6 million viewers and half a demo point. This is a bad drop considering the lead-in was steady. It also posted a pretty terrible 52% retention out of Big Bang, which has been low enough to get other shows cancelled. Next week is a Big Bang repeat but a new episode of The Millers so things will likely be worse. We'll see what happens in two weeks. At 9pm, The Crazy Ones was down seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, which is not bad considering how much the lead-in fell. At 9:30pm, Two and a Half Men rebounded from last week's series low as it was down a tenth in viewers but up two tenths in the demo. At 10pm, Elementary was up two tenths in viewers and a good three tenths in the demo. It still should probably be higher but this was a nice rebound.

Finally on ABC, week three of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland was down a tenth in viewers and the demo. So the Thursday 8pm slot fails again. I'm sure ABC won't have this show go beyond 13 episodes so what will ABC try in this slot in the spring? At 9pm, Grey's Anatomy was down a tenth in viewers but up a tenth in the demo. At 10pm, Scandal slipped nine tenths in viewers and a troubling four tenths in the demo. This show has swung up then down every week so far this season, will it follow that trend and rise again next week? Both Law & Order: SVU and Scandal had sexting related episodes and both fell pretty hard this week. I'm sure there's no correlation but that's just an observation.

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

FRIDAY
Just in time for Halloween, Friday night has the season premiere of Grimm and series premiere of Dracula. NBC had surprise success launching Grimm in late October two years ago and the two dramas have gotten a lot of promotion during Sunday Night Football and The Voice this week. I think we'll see a respectable start and Grimm pretty much has its audience by now with Dracula the bigger question mark. Dateline NBC moves to 8pm which might help both it and 20/20 as they won't be against each other.

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #43 "Back to School" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Neighbors #5 "Halloween-ween" (REPEAT)
9:00 Shark Tank
10:00 20/20
Prediction: Shark - 6.2 million, 1.8/2020 - 5.2 million, 1.3

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 #76 "Kupu'eu"
10:00 Blue Bloods #72 "Lost and Found"
Prediction: Boss - 8.5 million, 1.6/Hawaii - 9.0 million, 1.5/Bloods - 10.7 million, 1.3

NBC
8:00 Dateline NBC
9:00 Grimm #45 "The Ungrateful Dead" (Season Premiere)
10:00 Dracula #1 "The Blood is the Life" (SERIES PREMIERE)
Prediction: Dateline - 5.9 million, 1.4/Grimm - 5.9 million, 1.7/Dracula - 5.5 million, 1.5

FOX
8:00 Masterchef Junior
9:00 The Simpsons #532 "Treehouse of Horror XXIV" (REPEAT)
9:30 The Simpsons #510 "Treehouse of Horror XXIII" (REPEAT)
Prediction: Junior - 3.8 million, 1.3

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 College Football

CBS
8:00 Two and a Half Men #206 "That's Not What They Call it in Amsterdam" (REPEAT)
8:30 2 Broke Girls #39 "And the Psychic Shakedown" (REPEAT)

9:00 Elementary #21 "A Landmark Story" (REPEAT)
10:00 48 Hours

NBC
8:00 Grimm #45 "The Ungrateful Dead" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Blacklist #3 "Wujing" (REPEAT)
10:00 Saturday Night Live (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 MLB World Series Game 3: Boston at St. Louis        

Thursday, October 24, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 10/23/13

ABC
8:00 The Middle
Viewers: 8.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
8:30 Back in the Game
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Modern Family
Viewers: 10.3 million, 18-49 demo: 3.9
9:30 Super Fun Night
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
10:00 Nashville
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

CBS
8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 9.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:00 Criminal Minds
Viewers: 11.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
10:00 CSI
Viewers: 10.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1

NBC
8:00 Revolution
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Ironside
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8 

FOX
8:00 MLB World Series Game 1
Viewers: 14.4 million, 18-49 demo: 4.2 

Wednesday night had Game 1 of the World Series on FOX, which was up six tenths in the demo from last year's Game 1. It also had the 300th episode of CSI on CBS. But first on the eye network, Survivor was down six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a season low. At 9pm, Criminal Minds was up half a million viewers and even in the demo. It has been between a 2.6 and 2.8 demo all season so far. At 10pm, CSI's 300th episode saw a little bump as it was up a million bumps and a tenth in the demo. I'd be surprised to see this show reach 400 but stranger things have happened and it's still doing fairly well among CBS dramas.

Over on ABC, the 100th episode of The Middle was dead even with its last airing two weeks ago. At 8:30pm, Back in the Game was down a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo to a series low. This show isn't holding on to its lead-in like many thought it would. Will ABC try The Goldbergs or Trophy Wife here at some point? At 9pm, Modern Family was down six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. At 9:30pm, Super Fun Night was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Though retention was slightly better, it's still not doing very well as a lead-out of Family, but then again nothing seems to do that well with Family and is still the top demo draw among ABC's new comedies. At 10pm, Nashville was down three tenths in viewers and even in the demo for a third week in a row.

Finally, NBC had a terrible night. At 8pm, Revolution was down four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. For the first time all season, it didn't drop but it held steady at a 1.4, which is awfully low. Honestly the win for Revolution this season is that it didn't fall flat on its face without The Voice like Smash last year, but a season three seems unlikely. At 9pm, Law & Order: SVU was down a rough two million viewers and four tenths in the demo. I'm not sure what happened here, maybe there is more crossover between baseball fans and SVU than other shows? At 10pm, the final airing of the cancelled Ironside was down nine tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo, further earning its cancellation. Although not announced, I wouldn't be shocked to see the remaining episodes surface on Saturday at some point.

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, October 24

Thursday night does not have Parks and Recreation and Welcome to the Family as Parks was put on hiatus until a double airing on November 14 and Family was cancelled. In its place, a repeat of Tuesday's The Voice airs, and it might actually do better and could slightly help its lead-out Sean Saves the World. Elsewhere, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland could fall again which would pretty much end any little chance it has left. FOX has Game 2 of the World Series.

ABC
8:00 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland #3 "Forget Me Not"
9:00 Grey's Anatomy #202 "Map of You"
10:00 Scandal #33 "Say Hello to My Little Friend"
Prediction: Wonderland - 3.9 million, 1.0/Grey's - 9.0 million, 2.8/Scandal - 9.1 million, 3.2

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #141 "The Romance Resonance"
8:30 The Millers #4 "The Mother Is In"
9:00 The Crazy Ones #5 "She's So European"
9:30 Two and a Half Men #229 "Alan Harper, Pleasing Women Since 2003"
10:00 Elementary #29 "Ancient History"
Prediction: Big Bang - 17.2 million, 5.0/Millers - 11.7 million, 3.0/Crazy - 9.1 million, 2.3/Men - 8.8 million, 2.2/Elementary - 9.1 million, 1.7

NBC
8:00 The Voice (REPEAT)
9:00 Sean Saves the World #4 "Shut Your Parent Trap"

9:30 The Michael J. Fox Show #6 "Teammates"
10:00 Parenthood #73 "Let's Be Mad Together"
Prediction: Sean - 4.1 million, 1.3/Fox - 3.8 million, 1.3/Parenthood - 4.2 million, 1.3

FOX 
8:00 MLB World Series Game 2: St. Louis at Boston   

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 10/22/13

ABC
8:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
9:00 The Goldbergs
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:30 Trophy Wife
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 19.0 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 14.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
10:00 Person of Interest
Viewers: 13.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2 

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 The Voice
Viewers: 13.1 million, 18-49 demo: 4.1
10:00 Chicago Fire
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1 

FOX
8:00 Dads
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 New Girl
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:30 The Mindy Project
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3 

Tuesday night had another drop from Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as it dropped half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo. The numbers are decent but this is nowhere near what ABC was hoping for. At 9pm, The Goldbergs rose for the first time as it was up a tenth both in viewers and the demo. The retention was also better than last week considering Marvel was down. At 9:30pm though Trophy Wife was even in viewers but down a tenth in the demo for a series low. ABC has to figure things out with four modestly performing new comedies, trouble with the Friday comedy lineup, and only two comedies on the bench (Suburgatory and the new Mixology). I think we'll see some decisions in the next 2-3 weeks. At 10pm, a repeat of Shark Tank did better than last week's Scandal repeat. ABC still hasn't announced what will permanently occupy this slot though there are rumors of former occupant Body of Proof being resurrected.

Over on CBS, NCIS was up two tenths in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. It doesn't seem to be negatively impacted by Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at all. At 9pm, NCIS: Los Angeles was also up two tenths in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. The best news for CBS came at 10pm where Person of Interest was up half a million viewers for a season high and even in the demo. It also beat Chicago Fire for the first time in the demo so that's a big plus for CBS and Person seems to have finally stabilized a slot that has been trouble for CBS.

On NBC, The Biggest Loser started off the night down half a million viewers and three tenths in the demo from last week's season premiere. If it can level off here, that will be just fine for NBC in this slot. At 9pm, The Voice was up a tenth in viewers and the demo which is good for a show that always fades as the season wears on. At 10pm, Chicago Fire fell six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo despite its lead-in being up. This show is still doing fine but it doesn't seem to really be benefiting from its lead-in anymore as it hovered just below these numbers last year. I think it would actually do about the same even if The Voice wasn't in front of it.

Finally, FOX had a pretty bad night as usual. At 8pm, Dads was up two tenths in viewers but down a tenth in the demo. FOX still hasn't announced a decision on whether this show will get a full season or not. I think it'll at least get some additional episodes. At 8:30pm, Brooklyn Nine-Nine had the best week-to-week performance as it was up four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for its best demo performance since the second episode. It actually topped New Girl in total viewers and was just two tenths behind it in the demo. Speaking of New Girl, that show was up two tenths in viewers but even in the demo. The Mindy Project continued to be the weakest link as it was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. FOX really should not keep going with this show, it's never going to catch on.

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, October 23

Wednesday has two milestones - the 100th episode of The Middle, which has quietly had a great run on ABC over the last four years. Even more impressive is the 300th episode of CSI. As far as live-action, scripted primetime shows, only Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Lassie, My Three Sons, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Knots Landing, Dallas, Law & Order, ER, and Law & Order: SVU are in the 300 episode club and CSI joins them tonight with an episode that features the return of former star Marg Helgenberger. Elsewhere, Ironside has been cancelled but will air one final episode and FOX has Game 1 of the World Series.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #100 "The 100th"
8:30 Back in the Game #5 "She. Could. Go. All. The. Way!"
9:00 Modern Family #102 "The Help"
9:30 Super Fun Night #4 "Engagement Party"
10:00 Nashville #26 "Don't Open That Door"
Prediction: Middle - 8.5 million, 2.3/Game - 6.2 million, 1.9/Family - 10.5 million, 3.9/Night - 5.8 million, 2.0/Nashville - 5.9 million, 1.6

CBS
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #191 "Route 66"
10:00 CSI #300 "Frame By Frame"
Prediction: Survivor - 9.8 million, 2.5/Criminal - 11.3 million, 2.8/CSI - 10.2 million, 2.3

NBC
8:00 Revolution #25 "One Riot, One Ranger"
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #325 "October Surprise"
10:00 Ironside #4 "Uptown Murders"
Prediction: Revolution - 5.2 million, 1.4/SVU - 6.9 million, 1.7/Ironside - 4.3 million, 0.9

FOX
8:00 MLB World Series Game 1: St. Louis at Boston      

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 10/21/13

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 13.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
10:00 Castle
Viewers: 10.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
8:30 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:30 Mom
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
10:00 Hostages
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 13.7 million, 18-49 demo: 4.3
10:00 The Blacklist
Viewers: 10.4 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0 

FOX
8:00 Bones
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 Sleepy Hollow (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0 

On Monday night, things were pretty close to average for most shows. On CBS, How I Met Your Mother started things off down four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. At 8:30pm, the second week of 2 Broke Girls in the 8:30pm slot was down six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. After an improved The Big Bang Theory, Mom was down a tenth in viewers but up three tenths in the demo for its best showing since the series premiere. This was an impressive performance from Mom which has been extremely compatible with whatever has been in front of it this season. It looks like it earned its full season. At 10pm, Hostages was dead even in viewers and the demo for a third week in a row.

Over on ABC, Dancing with the Stars was up four tenths in viewers but down a tenth in the demo while Castle was down half a million viewers and three tenths in the demo. I'm not sure what explains Castle swinging up and down lately. On NBC, The Voice was down two tenths in viewers and the demo. The Blacklist was down half a million viewers but even in the demo for the first time all season as it has stabilized and is looking more and more impressive especially with its huge week two DVR gains reported. Finally on FOX, the wedding episode of Bones was up three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. This was to be the final Monday showing of Bones but it will now get two additional Mondays paired with Sleepy Hollow because Almost Human's planned November 4 debut was pushed back to a two day debut starting after football on November 17.

RATINGS RECAP: 10/20/13

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 Revenge
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 Betrayal
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
7:00 NFL Overrun
Viewers: 25.3 million, 18-49 demo: 8.6
7:30 60 Minutes
Viewers: 15.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
8:30 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 8.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:30 The Good Wife
Viewers: 9.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:30 The Mentalist
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
Viewers: 8.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1
8:00 NFL Pregame
Viewers: 15.3 million, 18-49 demo: 5.5
8:30 Sunday Night Football
Viewers: 26.9 million, 18-49 demo: 10.0 

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
7:30 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:30 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:30 American Dad! (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1 

Scripted broadcast programming was left in the dust by another great week of The Walking Dead and the huge Broncos-Colts game on NBC which delivered a season high and astonishing 10.0 demo. CBS had an NFL overrun but it didn't give as much power as usual. 60 Minutes was down a full demo point from the last time it followed the NFL. At 8:30pm, The Amazing Race was up eight tenths in viewers and even in the demo even though its lead-in was up 1.3 demo points. This is a real disappointing performance. At 9:30pm, The Good Wife was up half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo. This show always seems to do better when it starts closer to 10pm. At 10:30pm, The Mentalist was down 1.6 million viewers and a tenth in the demo for a series low. I think this show is definitely a goner after this year while The Good Wife could still go either way.

ABC had a pretty bad night. At 7pm, America's Funniest Home Videos was up three tenths in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. At 8pm, Once Upon a Time dropped four tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. It seems very likely that this show will fall into the 1s this year which it just barely avoided last season. At 9pm, Revenge was up two tenths in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. I know it's a third year show which means it will likely get renewed for a fourth season for syndication reasons. But this show is falling fast and I think it'll get pretty ugly if it goes another year. At 10pm, Betrayal inched up six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. The rise might buy it some time but it's not going beyond its 13 episode order with these numbers. 

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, October 22

Tuesday night has the usual lineup. ABC might be done dropping with Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. but the comedies took another dip last week. How they do tonight might play a role in whether their extra scripts ordered becomes a full season order. Shark Tank repeats are taking over for Scandal repeats at 10pm. Elsewhere, Dads is another show that might need to have a good week to help its network's decisions.

ABC
8:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #5 "Girl in the Flower Dress"
9:00 The Goldbergs #5 "The Ring"
9:30 Trophy Wife #5 "The Tryst"
10:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)Prediction: Marvel - 8.1 million, 2.9/Goldbergs - 5.2 million, 1.6/Trophy - 4.4 million, 1.4

CBS
8:00 NCIS #239 "Once a Crook"
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #101 "Unwritten Rule"
10:00 Person of Interest #50 "Razgovor"
Prediction: NCIS - 19.0 million, 3.2/Los Angeles - 14.9 million, 2.7/Person - 12.5 million, 2.2

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
9:00 The Voice
10:00 Chicago Fire #29 "A Power Move"
Prediction: Loser - 6.8 million, 2.1/Voice - 13.2 million, 4.2/Fire - 8.5 million, 2.4

FOX
8:00 Dads #6 "My Dad's Hotter Than Your Dad"
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine #6 "Halloween"
9:00 New Girl #55 "Keaton"
9:30 The Mindy Project #30 "Bro Club for Dudes"
Prediction: Dads - 3.5 million, 1.5/Brooklyn - 3.8 million, 1.5/Girl - 4.0 million, 1.9/Mindy - 2.8 million, 1.4       

Monday, October 21, 2013

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, October 21

Check below this post for the Weekend Rewind from CBS 1988-89!

Monday night has the second week of the new CBS lineup which showed some improvement last week. Also, there is the final Monday airing of Bones, which will head to Fridays in November. It's hard to believe a show that is still getting 2s will be benched to Fridays. Sleepy Hollow is a repeat which could benefit the 9pm competition.

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
10:00 Castle #110 "Time Will Tell"
Prediction: Dancing - 12.8 million, 2.0/Castle - 10.8 million, 2.1

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #190 "Knight Vision"
8:30 2 Broke Girls #53 "And the Cronuts"
9:00 The Big Bang Theory #130 "The Closet Reconfiguration" (REPEAT)
9:30 Mom #5 "Six Thousand Bootleg T-Shirts and a Prada Handbag"
10:00 Hostages #5 "Truth and Consequences"
Prediction: Mother - 7.8 million, 2.9/Girls - 7.9 million, 2.6/Mom - 7.6 million, 2.1/Hostages - 5.0 million, 1.2

NBC
8:00 The Voice
10:00 The Blacklist #5 "The Courier"
Prediction: Voice - 13.5 million, 4.4/Blacklist - 11.1 million, 3.1

FOX 
8:00 Bones #172 "The Woman in White"
9:00 Sleepy Hollow #1 "Pilot" (REPEAT)
Prediction: Bones - 7.5 million, 2.1    

Sunday, October 20, 2013

WEEKEND REWIND: CBS 1988-89 Season

Check out my Weekend Rewind for ABC's 1988-89 season!

Things were getting pretty bleak for CBS after years of no new hits. In fact, they hadn't had a breakout hit since Murder She Wrote back in the 1984-85 season. They were down to just five shows in the Top 30 with three of them on Sunday night. They also lost two long-running hits in Magnum PI and Cagney and Lacey and several other shows were getting old. Luckily, their fortunes changed some this season as they finally had that elusive hit in the critically acclaimed and viewer favorite Murphy Brown, though even that show didn't break the Top 30 in its first year and the rest of the class tanked. The 1988-89 season was impacted early on by a prolonged Writers Strike in the summer of 1988. Many new shows didn't premiere until late October or early November.

Mondays
(Oct 24-Nov 21)
8:00 Newhart
8:30 Coming of Age
9:00 Murphy Brown (starting Nov 14)
9:30 Designing Women (starting Nov 14)
10:00 Various Programming

(Nov 28-Mar 13)
8:00 Newhart (starting Dec 12)
8:30 Kate & Allie (starting Dec 12)
9:00 Murphy Brown
9:30 Designing Women
10:00 Almost Grown (through Feb 27)

(Mar 20-May 22)
8:00 Live-In
8:30 Heartland
9:00 Murphy Brown
9:30 Designing Women
10:00 Newhart
10:30 Kate & Allie
"Murphy Brown"
Monday nights started with the usual set-up though they briefly went to three hours of comedy at the end of the season. The year started with the aging Newhart moving to the 8pm slot. It was paired with Coming of Age, which had aired just three episodes in the previous season. It was quickly cancelled in year two and replaced by veteran Kate & Allie in its final season of a six year run. In November, their new 9pm hour debuted with newbie Murphy Brown taking over the 9pm anchor slot. The show was a success and eventually revitalized CBS Mondays though it did not make the Top 30 in its first year. Though Murphy has not aged well, it was a topical hit that earned much critical acclaim and awards. It was seen as a new Mary Tyler Moore for the late 1980s. It also helped Designing Women to become a bigger success in its third season as the two shows were very compatible. Various programs aired in the 10pm hour, thanks to the strike, until the end of November when Almost Grown premiered. The romantic drama starring Timothy Daly and Eve Gordon did not do much and was cancelled after 9 episodes. In March, CBS tried three straight hours of comedy which has never worked in broadcast TV history. It didn't work here either thanks to a pair of new weaklings in the 8pm hour. Live-In, a New Jersey set sitcom, and Heartland, starring Brian Keith, were both family comedies that didn't fit with the workplace comedies that followed. They both had short spring runs before being cancelled. The Newhart/Kate & Allie combo moved to the 10pm hour but comedies never really work in the hour. Kate & Allie was cancelled after six seasons while Newhart was clearly on the downswing after seven seasons.

Tuesdays
(Oct 4-Nov 1)
8:00 High Risk
9:00 Tuesday Night Movie

(Nov 15-Dec 27)
8:00 TV 101 (Nov 29-Dec 20)
9:00 Tuesday Night Movie

(Jan 3-May 16)
8:00 Tour of Duty
9:00 Tuesday Night Movie
"TV 101"
Tuesday nights had a movie at 9pm all season while three different shows were attempted in the 8pm hour. First up was High Risk, a Wayne Rogers hosted reality show that was really just filled until the Writers Strike ended. In November, TV 101 launched. The show was set at a high school and starred Sam Robards as a journalism teacher who taught his class how to produce a TV news program. The show was not particularly notable except it featured a young Matt LeBlanc. The show was given two more chances on Wednesdays and Saturdays but CBS couldn't make it work anywhere. CBS found a show to stick, at least for the rest of the season, in January with the second season of Tour of Duty. The show was critically acclaimed but it could never find a strong audience.


Wednesdays
(Sep 21-Oct 19)
8:00 Various Programming
9:00 The Equalizer
10:00 Wiseguy

(Oct 26-Dec 28)
8:00 The Van Dyke Show (through Dec 7)
8:30 Annie McGuire
9:00 The Equalizer
10:00 Wiseguy

(Jan 4-Feb 15)
8:00 TV 101 (through Feb 1)
9:00 The Equalizer
10:00 Wiseguy

(Mar 1-May 10)
8:00 Hard Time on Planet Earth
9:00 Jake and the Fatman (starting Mar 15)
10:00 Wiseguy
"Annie McGuire"
Wednesday nights had lots of different lineups shuffle through though Wiseguy aired at 10pm for the entire season. The season started with specials at 8pm thanks to the strike leading into The Equalizer at 9pm. The show had been marginally successful but it was cancelled at the end of the run after four seasons and 88 episodes. At the end of October, CBS tried a new comedy block at 8pm with two familiar stars - The Van Dyke Show starring Dick Van Dyke and Annie McGuire starring Mary Tyler Moore. Bringing these two beloved CBS stars back in new sitcoms seemed like a good idea but neither show could gain traction and they were both cancelled quickly, with Moore staying slightly longer than Van Dyke. These two shows were two more of the many examples of stars trying to recapture the glory of earlier smash hits but finding less success. It's a very hard thing to do because a new show will constantly be compared to the classic show. Tuesday castoff TV 101 replaced the sitcoms but it only lasted three weeks. In March, a new lineup took over from 8-10pm. At 8pm was Hard Time on Planet Earth, a science fiction show starring Martin Kove and set in the future. The show was a flop with critics and viewers and lasted for 13 episodes. Jake and the Fatman had been on the bench until midseason but it came to 9pm and aired its 11 episode second season there. The drama was renewed for a full third season after a decent performance.

Thursdays
(Sep 22-Oct 20)
8:00 48 Hours
9:00 Thursday Night Movie

(Oct 27-Mar 16)
8:00 48 Hours
9:00 Paradise
10:00 Knots Landing 

(Mar 30-May 25)
8:00 48 Hours
9:00 The Equalizer
10:00 Knots Landing (through May 18)
"Paradise"
Thursday nights were delayed like most nights due to the strike as just 48 Hours and a movie aired. At the end of October, the movie was replaced by the new western drama Paradise starring Lee Horsley. This is one of the most recent true westerns that lasted more than a season. I personally would like to see networks try westerns again. There have been some in development in recent years but nothing picked up. It was paired with Knots Landing, which was aging but still successful. In late March, The Equalizer replaced Paradise to run out its final season.

Fridays
(Oct 28-May 19)
8:00 Beauty and the Beast (starting Nov 18)
9:00 Dallas
10:00 Falcon Crest
Fridays were the same for the second straight year with the marginally rated Beauty and the Beast and the aging soaps Dallas and Falcon Crest. The 1980s were coming to a close and the opulent soaps that defined dramas of the era were on the decline.

Saturdays
(Oct 8-22)
8:00 Live! Dick Clark Presents
9:00 Simon & Simon
10:00 West 57th

(Oct 29-Dec 31)
8:00 Dirty Dancing
8:30 Raising Miranda (started Nov 5)
9:00 Simon & Simon
10:00 West 57th

(Jan 21-Feb 18)
8:00 Dolphin Cove
9:00 The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (started Jan 28)
10:00 West 57th

(Feb 25-Mar 25)
8:00 Dolphin Cove (through Mar 11)
9:00 TV 101
10:00 West 57th

(Apr 8-15)
8:00 Paradise
9:00 Saturday Night Movie

(Apr 22-May 27)
8:00 Paradise (started Apr 29)
9:00 Jesse Hawkes
10:00 West 57th 
Saturdays had many different attempts from 8-10pm with newsmagazine West 57th airing all season at 10pm. The rest of the night was a mess though. It started with the short-lived variety show Live! Dick Clark Presents and the final season of Simon & Simon, which was cancelled after eight seasons. In late October, two comedies premiered. Dirty Dancing was a TV adaptation of the popular 1987 movie. Like so many other shows based on hit movies, it flopped quickly. It was paired with the family sitcom Raising Miranda starring James Naughton and featuring a young Bryan Cranston. Both shows were gone around the new year. The new 8pm occupant was Dolphin Cove, a gentle family drama set in Queensland, Australia. It was paired with the short-lived second season of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and then the final attempt for TV 101. Finally in April, Paradise moved to the night as Saturday was a common place for westerns to find themselves. It was paired with a late entry, crime drama Jesse Hawkes starring Robert Conrad and his sons Shane and Christian. After all these changes, the only Saturday show to live on into the 1989-90 season was Paradise as even West 57th was cancelled.

Sundays
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Murder She Wrote
9:00 Sunday Night Movie
For another year, Sundays were extremely steady with three extremely popular entries - 60 Minutes, Murder She Wrote, and the Sunday Night Movie.

CBS 1988-89 Stats

Shows in the Top 30
5. 60 Minutes
8. Murder She Wrote
27. Knots Landing/Sunday Night Movie
29. Dallas

Fall Shows Survival: 2/10 (20%)
Paradise, Murphy Brown

Midseason Shows Survival: 0/5 (0%)

Total New Shows Survival Rate: 2/14 (14%)

Cancelled/Ended Series
Simon & Simon (8 seasons)
Kate & Allie (6 seasons)
West 57th (5 seasons)
The Equalizer (4 seasons)
Coming of Age/The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (2 seasons)
Live! Dick Clark Presents/High Risk/The Van Dyke Show/Annie McGuire/Dirty Dancing/Raising Miranda/Almost Grown/TV 101/Dolphin Cove/Hard Time on Planet Earth/Live-In/Heartland/Jesse Hawkes (1 season)

Emmy Award Nominees & Winners (Major Categories)
Beauty and the Beast (Nominee, Outstanding Drama Series)
Wiseguy (Nominee, Outstanding Drama Series)
Designing Women (Nominee, Outstanding Comedy Series)
Murphy Brown (Nominee, Outstanding Comedy Series)
Ron Perlman, Beauty and the Beast (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series)
Ken Wahl, Wiseguy (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series)
Edward Woodward, The Equalizer (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series)
Linda Hamilton, Beauty and the Beast (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series)
Angela Lansbury, Murder She Wrote (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series)
Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown (WINNER, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series)
Jonathan Banks, Wiseguy (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)
Joe Regalbuto, Murphy Brown (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series)
Peter Scolari, Newhart (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series)
Meshach Taylor, Designing Women (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series)
Julia Duffy, Newhart (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series)
Faith Ford, Murphy Brown (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series)