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Monday, December 30, 2013

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

Happy New Year! Check out my Top 20 Episodes of 2013!

MONDAY

ABC
8:00 Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (SPECIAL)
9:00 Rudolph's Shiny New Year (SPECIAL)
10:00 Castle #100 "The Lives of Others"

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #187 "Last Time in New York" (REPEAT)
8:30 2 Broke Girls #46 "And the Extra Work" (REPEAT)
9:00 Mike & Molly #69 "School Recital" (REPEAT)
9:30 Mom #5 "Six Thousand Bootleg T-Shirts and a Prada Handbag" (REPEAT)
10:00 Person of Interest #34 "2pR" (REPEAT)


NBC
8:00 Hollywood Game Night (REPEAT)
9:00 Hollywood Game Night (REPEAT)
10:00 The Blacklist #8 "General Ludd" (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 Almost Human #1 "Pilot" (REPEAT)
9:00 Sleepy Hollow #7 "The Midnight Ride" (REPEAT)


TUESDAY
 

ABC
8:00 New Year's Rockin' Eve Presents The 30 Greatest Women in Music (SPECIAL)
10:00 Dick Clark's New Years Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest (SPECIAL)

CBS
8:00 NCIS #223 "Hit and Run" (REPEAT)
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #95 "Parley" (REPEAT)

10:00 Person of Interest #35 "Prisoner's Dilemma" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 A Toast to 2013! (SPECIAL)
10:00 New Year's Eve with Carson Daly (SPECIAL)

FOX
8:00 Dads #4 "Funny Girl" (REPEAT)
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine #4 "M.E. Time" (REPEAT)

9:00 New Girl #58 "Longest Night Ever" (REPEAT)
9:30 The Mindy Project #31 "Sk8er Man" (REPEAT)


WEDNESDAY

ABC
8:00 The Middle #99 "The Potato" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Goldbergs #5 "The Ring" (REPEAT)
9:00 Modern Family #97 "Suddenly, Last Summer" (REPEAT)
9:30 Super Fun Night #2 "Three Men and a Boubier" (REPEAT)

10:00 Nashville #24 "I Don't Wanna Talk About It Now" (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 Hawaii Five-0 #54 "Ohuna" (REPEAT)
9:00 Criminal Minds #169 "The Fallen" (REPEAT)

10:00 CSI #281 "CSI on Fire" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Revolution #29 "Everyone Says I Love You" (REPEAT)
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #319 "Her Negotiation" (REPEAT)
10:00 Law & Order: SVU #320 "Surrender Benson" (REPEAT)


FOX 
8:00 Dads #9 "Comic Book Issues" (REPEAT)
8:30 Dads #10 "Dad Abuse" (REPEAT)
9:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine #6 "Halloween" (REPEAT)
9:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine #10 "Thanksgiving" (REPEAT)

RATINGS RECAP: 12/28/13

ABC 
8:00 Movie: Just Go With It
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:30 Trophy Wife (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CBS
8:00 Mike & Molly (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
8:30 Mom (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

NBC 
8:00 WWE Tribute to the Troops
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 The Blacklist (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
10:00 Saturday Night Live (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 Almost Human (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Bones (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4 

Saturday, December 28, 2013

YEAR IN REVIEW: The Top 20 Episodes of 2013

My regular Weekend Rewind looking at past CBS seasons will return next week but this week is my third annual Top 20 episodes of the year post. (Check out my past Top 20 episodes lists from 2012 and 2011).

I will provide my regular disclaimer that there are certain shows like Parenthood and How I Met Your Mother that I am behind on and have not watched new episodes in 2013. There are also many cable shows I do not watch even though I'm sure I'd love them. So this is my Top 20 episodes of the shows I watch, enjoy!

20. Nashville #21 "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" (May 22, 2013)
There probably aren't any Nashville episodes that deserve to be on this list. In fact, this episode almost worked its way off this list thanks to the ridiculous daytime soap opera-like ending of a car crash. But it made the list for two reasons. One was a dynamic performance by Charles Esten as his character, Deacon, fell off the wagon with his battle with alcoholism. But the bigger reason was the performance of the year by Hayden Panettiere and her heartbreaking song "Nothing in this World Will Ever Break My Heart Again." With Juliet having gone through ups and downs throughout the season culminating in her mother's death, Panettiere delivered a powerful moment that was not only the best scene of this mediocre show but quite possibly the most moving moment I watched on TV in 2013.

19. Go On #22 "Urn-ed Run" (April 11, 2013)
Go On was an underrated gem from the 2012-13 TV season. It wasn't always on point but when it was working, it was a nice mix of comedy and drama as it wasn't afraid to deeply explore a topic most sitcoms confine to one or two episodes in their run: death. Matthew Perry's Ryan King spent the entire season either avoiding his grief over his lost wife or in denial about it. But when time came to let go and spread her ashes, he needed help from the support group he made fun of for most of the season. In the end, they were there for him when he needed it most. While I wish this show had gotten a second season, it was a satisfying end to a show that I kept watching for its entire run.

18. New Girl #52 "Double Date" (October 1, 2013)
After a brilliant second season, season three of New Girl has been up and down. But one episode that stands out so far was a hilariously madcap episode that involved a race to a restaurant where Schmidt (Max Greenfield) tried to avoid two women find out he was dating both of them. It was a throwback to a silly feel of slapstick comedies from years past. Another highlight in the episode were Winston's (Lamorne Morris) attempts to keep the table at the swanky restaurant while everyone was delayed in their arrival. Finally the episode ended on quite possibly the best moment in the Nick and Jess (Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel) relationship so far as they tried to preemptively keep Schmidt from breaking them up by discussing their differences (Nick thinks the moon landing was a fake) and their similarities (they both think horses are from outer space).

17. Smash #27 "Opening Night" (April 20, 2013)
Smash was the biggest tease of any show I've watched since starting this blog. It had a brilliant pilot followed by many laughably bad scenes, characters, and episodes. Then it revamped for season two and showed some progress only to continuously be slowed by bad writing and shallow character development. For one episode in season two, however, it all came together and delivered its best episode since the pilot. Centered on opening night of the musical Bombshell, the episode featured great musical performances (highlighted by a fantastic duet of "That's Life" by Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty) and promising directions for storylines such as a potential split between Tom and Julia (Christian Borle and Debra Messing). Of course by the time this episode aired, the writing was on the wall for Smash, but this episode showed all the show could be. It was a little sad that it could never get to that level on a regular basis but it also made for a very entertaining episode.

16. The Middle #105 "The Christmas Tree" (December 11, 2013)
The best Christmas episode of the year belonged to a show that remains the sweetest family sitcom on the air even as this fall brought tons of new family sitcoms. As usual, the holidays appeared to be a disaster for the Hecks with Sue (Eden Sher) discovering she's allergic to live Christmas trees, Axl (Charlie McDermott) wanting to spend more time with his friends than at home, Brick (Atticus Shaffer) running a mini Ponzi scheme, and Frankie (Patricia Heaton) forcing the family to watch a foreign version of White Christmas. But a sentimental discussion with Dad (Neil Flynn) using the song "Cats in the Cradle" kept Axl at home and the Hecks ended their Christmas sweetly sitting on their porch while an equally sweet tag scene had Axl explaining the song "Cats in the Cradle" to younger brother Brick. This show works because its so relatable and it's not afraid to tug at the heart strings in a way that doesn't come across as flashy or ironic.

15. Modern Family #96 "Goodnight Gracie" (May 22, 2013)
After episodes in the Top 10 the last two years, this is the only Modern Family to make my list this year as I think it hasn't been quite as sharp as it has in years past. But the season finale in May delivered every signature feature of Modern Family to make it a classic. In an episode that centered on the family traveling to Florida for Phil's mom's funeral, it had layered storylines that were loosely connected at first and more connected as the episode went on. The subplots were top notch including Cam (Eric Stonestreet) playing bridge and gossiping with a group of catty old ladies and Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) defending every small issue in a sweltering Florida courtroom. It also had a series of misunderstandings as many great Family episodes do. And finally it had a touch of sentimentality at the end. It's too bad there weren't more Modern Family episodes this year that could pull everything together the way they did with ease in the first several seasons. 


14. Chicago Fire #31 "No Regrets" (November 19, 2013)
Chicago Fire has quietly emerged as one of the most consistently strong dramas on TV right now but it's not getting nearly the attention it deserves. There has been a great storyline this season surrounding a near forced departure of Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker). It came to a head in an action packed episode that featured a horrific crash between a tanker and commuter train. When Chicago Fire premiered, I worried that it would run out of ways to tell stories about fighting fires but here we are halfway through season two and life or death situations like the accident in this episode are just as riveting. As the hardworking gang of Firehouse 51 worked without much help, Boden was preparing to say goodbye to his men and women. This episode captured everything that works so well about the show.

13. The Middle #100 "The 100th" (October 23, 2013)
As I already discussed in #16, one thing that makes The Middle so great is its dysfunctional but heartwarming family. The other great thing about this show is the setting, smack dab in the midwest with the small town of Orson, Indiana and its little abnormalities. The 100th episode of this show celebrated the 100th anniversary of Orson and its colorful cast of characters. As Frankie and Mike reminisced about how they ended up in Orson, it was a great commentary on small town life. This show's setting is a modern day Mayberry as it celebrated the little things like its anniversary. In many ways, this is the larger theme of the show - celebrating the little things - and a 100th episode is quite a milestone for the little show that could.

12. Brooklyn Nine-Nine #1 "Pilot" (September 17, 2013)
This fall brought 14 new comedies to the networks, the most in a very long time. Without a doubt, the freshest and funniest new sitcom is Brooklyn Nine-Nine from the creators of Parks and Recreation. Comedies almost always have a tough time in the early part of their run. Even all time classics like I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Friends, and The Office took awhile to hit their stride. But Brooklyn came out firing in a way that few sitcoms are able to. Aside from the necessary exposition, it felt like a show that was well into its run because the characters were so well-defined and the writing was sharp and well suited to the actors, particularly the odd couple pairing of Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher. The best news of all is that most of the episodes that have followed so far have been equally as strong. I hope Brooklyn is around for a long time.

11. Criminal Minds #180 "Restoration" (April 3, 2013)
Like Modern Family, I don't feel as though this was the best year for Criminal Minds. But one episode stood above the pack thanks to a strong performance from Shemar Moore as Derek Morgan. When the BAU travels to Morgan's old stomping grounds in Chicago, a case is connected to a man who molested Morgan. When he's at it again, Morgan has to come to grips with what happened to him while advising the young men who are now the victims to come forward against this threat. In the age of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, it was a strong episode in general but Morgan battling his inner demons made it an especially memorable one.

10. Scandal #38 "YOLO" (December 5, 2013)
Scandal has delivered thrills all year long and it's not slowing down at all halfway through the third season. In this episode, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) discovered her mother was alive and well and spent the entire episode trying to safely send her out of the country while avoiding her father's attempts to thwart the plan. Meanwhile, Cyrus (Jeff Perry) wrestles with inner demons after setting up his partner to catch the overly ambitious vice president's gay husband in the act. These storylines seemed solid and intense for most of the episode then, in true Scandal fashion, everything was turned upside down at the end of the episode. Olivia realized it was her mother, not her father, who was the monster. And in an even more shocking twist, the vice president Sally Langston (Kate Burton) murdered her cheating husband and called Cyrus in a panic as she declared "I have committed a sin." Scandal never fails to deliver shocking moments just when you think the episode is coming to a close.


9. The Blacklist #1 "Pilot" (September 23, 2013)
The best new drama of the year is easily The Blacklist. It's a great mix of procedural with a villain of the week and an engaging overarching plot as it slowly pieces together the details surrounding the criminal at the center, Red Reddington (James Spader) and his connection to young FBI agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone). While every episode has been exciting, the best one so far remains the pilot as it set up the story very well while still catching a criminal for the week. Spader's performance as Reddington may be the best of the year and the episode set up lots of potential plot lines which are still being explored ten episodes in. With tons of thrilling moments and strong performances, this show did what a drama pilot needs to do: hook the audience. I hope this show continues to go Person of Interest style with its nice mix of procedural and serial drama. Of the many drama pilots this year, no show seemed as sure of what it plans to be than The Blacklist and it's important it sticks to that plan.

8. Chicago Fire #19 "A Coffin That Small" (March 27, 2013)
I had watched Chicago Fire all of its first season but I think this is the episode where I finally got hooked. Most episodes have the gang of Firehouse 51 playing the heroes but occasionally things don't work out and this episode explored that with the tragic death of a little boy who was stuck in a garbage chute. There were other interesting storylines in this episode including a stolen ambulance and a touching storyline involving Hermann (David Eigenberg) and his dad but it's really all about the main storyline involving the young boy. When the boy's mother tells Chief Boden that the boy wanted to be a firefighter, Boden organizes a fire truck salute. As the funeral procession goes by, the entire firehouse is there in the snow saluting the boy in a very moving moment.

7. Brooklyn Nine-Nine #6 "Halloween" (October 22, 2013)
As I already said, I think Brooklyn Nine-Nine is off to a stellar first season. The best episode of its run so far though has to be the Halloween episode because it dealt with the best dynamics in the show: the relationship between Detective Peralta and Captain Holt (Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher). In this episode, Peralta bets Holt he'll be able to steal his Medal of Valor, locked in a safe in Holt's office, before midnight. Peralta spends the entire episode dressed in ridiculous costumes and creating red herrings. This episode was pure madcap comedy and no show is doing better physical and silly comedy this season than Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It's not coming across as stupid because the show is well-written but this is definitely a show that's not taking itself too seriously and that's refreshing.

6. Parks and Recreation #82 "Leslie and Ben" (February 21, 2013)
Leslie Knope's (Amy Poehler) happy ending with Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) came in this episode but, as expected, it was never easy. They decide to get married at a gala instead of two months later like they planned but Knope's arch enemy, Councilman Jamm (Jon Glaser) nearly spoiled the whole thing. But the best episodes of Parks and Recreation throughout its entire run have been the episodes where the whole gang needs to work together under a deadline and this was the perfect example of that: Ron (Nick Offerman) makes rings, Jerry (Jim O'Heir) is an ordained minister, and Ann (Rashida Jones) makes a dress out of Leslie's accomplishments (yes, a wedding dress made out of paper). When they finally said their vows, the viewers were treated to a montage of past Parks moments which was a bit cheesy but mostly sentimental. TV's eternal optimist (Leslie) ended the episode by saying "I love my husband, I love my job, and I love my friends."

5. Scandal #29 "White Hat's Back On" (May 16, 2013)
Scandal is famous for its breakneck pace of storylines. Plots that would last half a season on other shows last half an episode on Scandal. Every once in a while they tie up some long standing plots though only to turn in another direction like a whiplash and that certainly happened in the season finale. As always, tons of things happened in this episode: Olivia Pope's crew figured out who the mole was, Cyrus had a heart attack, etc. It seemed like things were leveling off for the season when all of the sudden it was revealed to the media that Olivia was the mistress to President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn). That seemed like it was the final twist for the season but oh no, not on Scandal. Just when Olivia was ready to face the hounding media, she was whisked away to a car and a simple line by Olivia - "Dad?" - revealed that the mysterious and powerful head of B613 (Joe Morton) was Olivia's father. So much has happened since then this season that it's hard to remember what a big moment that was - but it was quite the final twist in a season that was full of them.

4. The Office #200 "Finale" (May 16, 2013)
It's been awhile since The Office was a really good show - several years actually. And it really went downhill after Steve Carell left in 2011. So I was more than ready for the show to be done when it was announced that 2012-13 would be the final season. I just hoped it would go out on a strong note and it did in a way that paid tribute to its longtime fans. Everything that made the show one of the funniest and best written sitcoms in its early years was back for the finale: sentimentality with a touch of irony and sarcasm. Best of all the episode brought back the brilliant Carell as Michael Scott. Though he only had two lines in the entire episode, they were arguably the two funniest moments of the episode. In the final scene, the Dunder Mifflin gang gathered back in the office for a final goodbye and they talked about how their work family was like a real family - just as Mary Tyler Moore famously did in her iconic show's finale. I wasn't too sad The Office was over but I'm glad it went out on a high note.

3. New Girl #36 "Cabin" (January 8, 2013)
The single episode that made me laugh harder than any other this year was actually one of the first as it aired way back in January. It was two excellent plots that made this episode so hilarious. First up was the trip Nick and Jess took to a cabin with their significant others at the time. The cabin trip led to the hilarious moment of Jess shooting a gun very poorly and then the gang getting into absinthe. Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson nailed the comedy as they were drunk off the absinthe (particularly Johnson at the dinner table). It also was a great next step in the slow building Nick and Jess relationship. A nearly equally funny subplot involved Schmidt trying to help Winston connect to his "inner blackness" which led to a very funny attempt at buying crack cocaine. New Girl had so many top notch episodes in season two but above all, a comedy should make people laugh. And as I said, nothing made me laugh harder than this episode.

2. The Following #1 "Pilot" (January 21, 2013)
My favorite pilot of the year belonged to The Following. This show was up and down as the season went on and I'm skeptical about what season two will look like when it returns this January. But no show had a better or creepier start than this one which I remember watching on a chilly January night. Everything was eerie and unsettling as notorious serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) escaped and retired FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) was brought back in the fold. In the first episode, it was impossible to know who to trust and the show was so creepy and violent, it looked like something network TV hadn't seen before. I did enjoy this show all season but I also recognized that it never quite lived up to the pilot. But that doesn't take away from what a well-constructed and chilling show it originally set out to be.

1. Person of Interest #54 "The Crossing" (November 19, 2013)
Person of Interest has been one of my favorite shows since it premiered over two years ago. But it has never been a "must see TV" type of show like Scandal where I just had to watch it as soon as I can so I didn't miss out on any twists or turns. But this year, Person of Interest gave a twist that most network shows are too afraid to try. Detective Carter (Taraji P. Henson) had spent the last several episodes trying to take down the infamous HR group who murdered her boyfriend. She had finally captured the elusive leader of HR and worked with John Reese (Jim Caviezel) to bring him in. As this was happening, it looked like Detective Fusco (Kevin Chapman) was in serious danger as he was being tortured. But Fusco escaped and Carter and Reese successfully completed their mission. It looked like a new day was dawning without HR when in the final seconds of the episode, Detective Carter was shot and killed by another member of HR. In one swoop, this show went from being a good procedural with interesting overarching plotlines to a show that was not afraid to take chances by killing off a major character. It got the show tons of buzz that it usually doesn't get and it earned respect from me in a way that others haven't (like The Following, which didn't actually kill off James Purefoy's character). It was so shocking and so sudden, but it was good TV. Person of Interest took their game to the next level with this episode and it deserves episode of the year honors for that reason.

RATINGS RECAP: 12/27/13

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:30 The Neighbors (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Garth Brooks: Live from Las Vegas
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

NBC
8:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 What We Wasted Our Year On
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Grimm (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

FOX 
8:00 Bones (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Raising Hope (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:30 Raising Hope (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

RATINGS RECAP: 12/26/13

ABC
8:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 20/20: Secrets of the Castle
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 11.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
8:30 The Millers (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 The Millers (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:30 The Millers (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Elementary (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

NBC
8:00 Parks and Recreation (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6 
9:00 The Women of SNL
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

FOX
8:00 Glee (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Glee (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

Friday, December 27, 2013

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

Check back Sunday for my Weekend Rewind of my Top 20 episodes of 2013!!

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #44 "Driving Lessons" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Neighbors #24 "September Fools" (REPEAT)
9:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)
10:00 20/20

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss (REPEAT)
9:00 Garth Brooks: Live from Las Vegas (SPECIAL)


NBC
8:00 Dateline NBC
9:00 What We Wasted Our Year On (SPECIAL)
10:00 Grimm #47 "A Dish Best Served Cold" (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 Bones #152 "The Diamond in the Rough" (REPEAT)
9:00 Raising Hope #66 "Mother's Day" (REPEAT)
9:30 Raising Hope #65 "Burt Mitzvah - The Musical" (REPEAT)


SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 MOVIE: Just Go With It
10:30 Trophy Wife #4 "The Breakup" (REPEAT)
 

CBS
8:00 Mike & Molly #61 "The Princess and the Troll" (REPEAT)
8:30 Mom #2 "A Pee Stick and an Asian Raccoon" (REPEAT)
9:00 48 Hours
10:00 48 Hours

NBC
8:00 WWE Tribute to the Troops (SPECIAL)
9:00 The Blacklist #8 "General Ludd" (REPEAT)
10:00 Saturday Night Live (REPEAT)


FOX
8:00 Almost Human #3 "Are You Receiving?" (REPEAT)
9:00 Bones #167 "The Secrets in the Proposal" (REPEAT)


SUNDAY

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (REPEAT)
8:00 MOVIE: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

CBS
7:00 NFL Overrun
7:30 60 Minutes
9:00 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors (SPECIAL)

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

FOX
7:00 NFL Overrun/The OT
8:00 The Simpsons #534 "YOLO" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Simpsons #533 "Four Regrettings and a Funeral" (REPEAT)

9:00 Family Guy #192 "Yug Ylimaf" (REPEAT)
9:30 Animation Domination High-Def (SPECIAL)

Thursday, December 26, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 12/25/13

ABC 
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:30 Trophy Wife (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:30 Super Fun Night (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Nashville (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CBS
8:00 I Love Lucy Christmas Special
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

NBC
8:00 Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Tale
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Michael Buble's 3rd Annual Christmas Special
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Hollywood Game Night (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

FOX
8:00 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
8:30 Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury
Viewers: 1.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Raising Hope (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:30 Raising Hope (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4 

RATINGS RECAP: 12/24/13

ABC
8:00 How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:30 Movie: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Person of Interest (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

NBC
8:00 Movie: It's a Wonderful Life
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

FOX 
8:00 Dads (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 New Girl (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:30 The Mindy Project (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4 

RATINGS RECAP: 12/23/13

ABC
8:00 Shrek the Halls
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 A Chipmunk Christmas
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 The Great Christmas Light Fight
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 2 Broke Girls (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Mike & Molly (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:30 Mom (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Elementary (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

NBC
8:00 The Sing-Off
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Hollywood Game Night
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
8:00 Almost Human (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Sleepy Hollow (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5 

RATINGS RECAP: 12/22/13

ABC
7:00 Movie: The Sound of Music
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

CBS
7:00 NFL Overrun
Viewers: 24.2 million, 18-49 demo: 7.1
7:56 60 Minutes
Viewers: 12.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
8:56 The Good Wife (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:56 The Mentalist (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:00 NFL Pregame
Viewers: 10.6 million, 18-49 demo: 3.6
8:30 Sunday Night Football
Viewers: 18.3 million, 18-49 demo: 6.2

FOX 
7:00 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
7:30 American Dad! (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:30 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:30 Animation Domination High-Def
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

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

Merry Christmas!

TUESDAY

ABC
8:00 How the Grinch Stole Christmas (SPECIAL)
8:30 MOVIE: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

CBS
8:00 NCIS #220 "You Better Watch Out" (REPEAT)
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #94 "Raven & the Swans" (REPEAT)

10:00 Person of Interest #33 "Shadow Box" (REPEAT)

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

FOX
8:00 Dads #11 "The Glitch That Stole Christmas" (REPEAT)
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine #11 "Christmas" (REPEAT)
9:00 New Girl #35 "Santa" (REPEAT)

9:30 The Mindy Project #9 "Josh and Mindy's Christmas Party" (REPEAT)

WEDNESDAY

ABC
8:00 The Middle #105 "The Christmas Tree" (REPEAT)
8:30 Trophy Wife #10 "Twas the Night Before Christmas... or Twas It?" (REPEAT)
9:00 Modern Family #79 "Arrested" (REPEAT)

9:30 Super Fun Night #9 "Merry Super Fun Christmas" (REPEAT)
10:00 Nashville #23 "Never No More" (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss (REPEAT)
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 #58 "Kahu" (REPEAT)

10:00 Blue Bloods #55 "Front Page News" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale (SPECIAL)
9:00 Michael Buble's 3rd Annual Christmas Special (SPECIAL)
10:00 Hollywood Game Night (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (SPECIAL)
8:30 Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury (SPECIAL)
9:00 Raising Hope #54 "The Last Christmas" (REPEAT)
9:30 Raising Hope #75 "The Chance Who Stole Christmas" (REPEAT)

THURSDAY

ABC
8:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)
9:00 20/20 Special Edition: Mysteries of the Castle


CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #134 "The Love Spell Potential" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Millers #4 "The Mother Is In" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Millers #2 "Plot Twists" (REPEAT)
9:30 The Millers #6 "Stuff" (REPEAT)

10:00 Elementary #19 "Snow Angels" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Parks and Recreation #91/92 "London" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Women of SNL (SPECIAL)

FOX 
8:00 Glee #72 "Glease" (REPEAT)
9:00 Glee #76 "Glee, Actually" (REPEAT)

Monday, December 23, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 12/21/13

ABC 
8:00 I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 Castle (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CBS
8:00 Two and a Half Men (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
8:30 Two and a Half Men (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

NBC
8:00 The Sing-Off (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 Saturday Night Live (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
8:00 Almost Human (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Bones (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, December 22 & Monday, December 23

Sorry no Weekend Rewind this week. Next week I will have my Top 20 Episodes of 2013 and then the regular Weekend Rewind will return in January!

SUNDAY

ABC
7:00 MOVIE: The Sound of Music

CBS
7:00 NFL Overrun
7:30 60 Minutes
8:30 The Good Wife #95 "Hitting the Fan" (REPEAT)
9:30 The Mentalist #96 "Devil's Cherry" (REPEAT)
10:30 Elementary #14 "The Deductionist" (REPEAT)

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
8:30 Sunday Night Football: Chicago at Philadelphia

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers #31 "God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins" (REPEAT)
7:30 American Dad! #152 "Da Flippity Flop" (REPEAT)
8:00 The Simpsons #516 "To Cur with Love" (REPEAT)

8:30 The Simpsons #538 "White Christmas Blues" (REPEAT)
9:00 Family Guy #196 "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!" (REPEAT)
9:30 Animation Domination High-Def (SPECIAL)

MONDAY

ABC
8:00 Shrek the Halls (SPECIAL)
8:30 A Chipmunk Christmas (SPECIAL)
9:00 The Great Christmas Light Fight (Season Finale)

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #186 "Coming Back" (REPEAT)
8:30 2 Broke Girls #44 "And the Big Hole" (REPEAT)
9:00 Mike & Molly #65 "Spring Break" (REPEAT)
9:30 Mom #4 "Loathing and Tube Socks" (REPEAT)
10:00 Elementary #15 "A Giant Gun, Filled with Drugs" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 The Sing-Off (Season Finale)
10:00 Hollywood Game Night Christmas Special (SPECIAL)

FOX
8:00 Almost Human #4 "The Bends" (REPEAT)
9:00 Sleepy Hollow #6 "The Sin Eater" (REPEAT)

Saturday, December 21, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 12/20/13

ABC 
8:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

CBS
8:00 I Love Lucy Christmas Special
Viewers: 8.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Hawaii Five-0
Viewers: 9.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Blue Bloods
Viewers: 10.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 Movie: It's a Wonderful Life
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

FOX
8:00 Bones (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

The top show on broadcast TV Friday night was a show that's been off the air for over 50 years. The I Love Lucy Christmas special skewed old but had a good total viewer count and was still the top demo for the night with a 1.4. I think it'll definitely be rebroadcast next Christmas with these numbers. Later in the night for CBS, Hawaii Five-0 was up half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo while Blue Bloods was down seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. 20/20 was down four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for ABC while the annual airing of It's a Wonderful Life on NBC did slightly better than it's been doing on Saturdays in recent years.

RATINGS RECAP: 12/19/13

ABC
8:00 A Charlie Brown Christmas
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 The Year
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 11.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
8:30 The Millers (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 The Crazy Ones (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:30 Two and a Half Men (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Elementary (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

NBC
8:00 The Sing-Off
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 SNL Christmas
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7 

FOX 
8:00 The X Factor
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7 

Thursday night had the season finale of The X Factor. It was up a nice 1.3 million viewers and half a demo point from last week and posted its best Thursday demo since October. However, the finale demos were a 3.1 last year and a 3.8 in 2011 so this is massive erosion. I'm not sure if this show is profitable for FOX or not but it continues to seem like a bust and each year is getting work. Simon Cowell is convinced it'll be renewed but we'll see. On ABC, the second airing of A Charlie Brown Christmas did almost as well as the first airing this year while The Year did OK from 9-11pm. NBC saw The Sing-Off drop a tenth in the demo against the finale of The X Factor. The second airing of SNL Christmas this season did well as these SNL specials do well for NBC in primetime.

Friday, December 20, 2013

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, December 20 & Saturday, December 21

FRIDAY
Friday night has a colorized I Love Lucy back on the network that made it famous over 60 years ago. It will be interesting to see how this promoted special does. Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods have very little competition in the later hours. NBC is airing the classic movie It's a Wonderful Life.

ABC 
8:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)
9:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)

10:00 20/20

CBS
8:00 I Love Lucy Christmas Special (SPECIAL)
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 #82 "Pukana"
10:00 Blue Bloods #78 "Ties That Bind"

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

FOX
8:00 Bones #148 "The Patriot in Purgatory" (REPEAT)
9:00 Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (SPECIAL)


SATURDAY

ABC 
8:00 I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (SPECIAL)
9:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #4 "Eye Spy" (REPEAT)
10:00 Castle #85 "Murder, He Wrote" (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 Two and a Half Men #212 "Give Santa a Tail-Hole" (REPEAT)
8:30 Two and a Half Men #220 "Big Episode. Someone Stole a Spoon" (REPEAT)
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 #58 "Kahu" (REPEAT)

10:00 48 Hours

NBC
8:00 The Sing-Off (REPEAT)
10:00 Saturday Night Live (REPEAT)


FOX 
8:00 Almost Human #1 "Pilot" (REPEAT)
9:00 Bones #166 "The Secret in the Siege" (REPEAT)

RATINGS RECAP: 12/18/13

ABC
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 The Goldbergs (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:30 Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013
Viewers: 8.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2

CBS
8:00 A Home for the Holidays with Celine Dion
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 CSI (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 The Sing-Off
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 Michael Buble's 3rd Annual Christmas Special
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3 

FOX
8:00 The X Factor
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3 

Friday night had the last performance night for The X Factor. It was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo from last week and it was down a whopping 1.4 demo points from last year's performance finale. Nobody cares about this show anymore, there is just so little buzz. Over on ABC, the last Barbara Walters 10 Most Fascinating People special was up just slightly from 2012. This has always been a decent end-of-year performer for ABC so they will miss it as an annual special. NBC had a win as The Sing-Off beat The X Factor head-to-head but it was down two tenths in the demo from last week. A Michael Buble NBC special at 10pm did better than a CBS Celine Dion special at 8pm.

RENEWAL ALERT: Masterchef Junior

FOX announced today that it has renewed Masterchef Junior for a second season. The latest Gordon Ramsey cooking show aired from September until November on Friday nights and got a second season. I'm guessing it will be back on Fridays again next fall as it did decently enough there for a cheap unscripted show. Masterchef Junior joins other official FOX renewals Sleepy Hollow, Bob's Burgers, The Simpsons, and Glee.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, December 19

Thursday night has a couple events: the season finale (and possibly series finale?) of The X Factor, which will probably be disappointing despite little competition. ABC has The Year, which used to be Katie Couric's special but now she's leaving ABC News so it's being hosted by Robin Roberts. NBC has another night of The Sing-Off.

ABC
8:00 A Charlie Brown Christmas (SPECIAL)
9:00 The Year 2013 (SPECIAL)

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #137 "The Deception Verification" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Millers #3 "The Phone Upgrade" (REPEAT)

9:00 The Crazy Ones #5 "She's So European" (REPEAT)
9:30 Two and a Half Men #221 "Bazinga! That's From a TV Show" (REPEAT)
10:00 Elementary #21 "A Landmark Story" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 The Sing-Off
9:00 SNL Christmas (SPECIAL)

FOX
8:00 The X Factor (Season Finale) 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 12/17/13

ABC
8:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 The Goldbergs (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:30 Trophy Wife (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Primetime: What Would You Do?
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 19.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 15.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
10:00 Person of Interest
Viewers: 12.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 The Voice
Viewers: 14.0 million, 18-49 demo: 4.0 

FOX
8:00 Dads (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 New Girl (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:30 The Mindy Project (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

Tuesday night had the finale of The Voice. But first for NBC, The Biggest Loser was up eight tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. At 9pm, The Voice was up a big 2.5 million viewers and nine tenths in the demo from last week. But it was down four tenths in the demo from the spring finale and a big nine tenths from last fall's finale. It will return at the end of February, following NBC's Winter Olympics coverage and it will have Shakira and Usher filling in for Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green as they did last spring. CBS held up pretty well despite competition from The Voice. At 8pm, NCIS was up four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. At 9pm, NCIS: Los Angeles was up the same despite tougher competition. At 10pm, Person of Interest was up half a million viewers but down two tenths in viewers from its last episode three weeks ago. 

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, December 18

Wednesday night has two big events: the final Barbara Walters Special on the ten most fascinating people of the year. With Walters retiring in 2014, this will be her 21st and final end of year special. It's always a decent draw and could be even stronger since it's the last one. Also, FOX has the last performance night of The X Factor and I don't think it'll be very strong. Elsewhere, NBC has a two hour episode of The Sing Off while CBS and NBC have Celine Dion and Michael Buble specials, respectively.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #98 "Change in the Air" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Goldbergs #7 "Call Me When You Get There" (REPEAT)
9:00 Modern Family #73 "Bringing Up Baby" (REPEAT)

9:30 Barbara Walters Special: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013 (SPECIAL)

CBS
8:00 Home for the Holidays with Celine Dion (SPECIAL)
9:00 Criminal Minds #184 "#6" (REPEAT)
10:00 CSI #285 "Double Fault" (REPEAT)
 

NBC
8:00 The Sing-Off 
10:00 Michael Buble's 3rd Annual Holiday Special (SPECIAL)

FOX
8:00 The X Factor 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 12/16/13

ABC
8:00 Prep & Landing
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:30 Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 The Great Christmas Light Fight
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother
Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
8:30 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:00 Mike & Molly
Viewers: 8.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:30 Mom
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 Hostages
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2 

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 12.7 million, 18-49 demo: 3.3
10:00 The Sing-Off
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

FOX
8:00 Almost Human
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6 
9:00 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:30 Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8 

Monday night had the final performance night for The Voice. It was actually down half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo from last week for a series low as far as finale nights go. This was a disappointing performance especially considering the competition wasn't too strong. At 10pm, The Sing-Off was down 1.1 million viewers and four tenths in the demo from last week's premiere. The drop isn't too bad when you consider last week's installment also aired in the 9pm hour. Over on ABC, week two of The Great Christmas Light Fight followed two low-rated specials. It was down 1.5 million viewers and four tenths in the demo as it looks like it will have a quickly forgotten holiday run. On FOX, it looks like last week's rise for Almost Human may have been a mirage as it was down eight tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a series low.

Only CBS had its full regular lineup. At 8pm, How I Met Your Mother was down three tenths in viewers and the demo for a season low. It's been hovering right around a 3.0 demo all season, this is the first time it's been significantly below that. At 8:30pm, 2 Broke Girls was down nine tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo. The last time it was this low in the demo was its last time airing at 9pm. I think it'll bounce back a little bit after the new year. At 9pm, Mike & Molly was up 1.1 million viewers and two tenths in the demo from last week, when it was surrounded by repeats. At 9:30pm, Mom fell three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo, tying its series low. This show swings up and down more than most. At 10pm, Hostages was up four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for its best performance since October.

RATINGS RECAP: 12/15/13

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 Revenge
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 Betrayal
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 10.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 10.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
10:00 Survivor: Blood vs. Water Reunion
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:00 NFL Pregame
Viewers: 10.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.5
8:30 Sunday Night Football
Viewers: 16.4 million, 18-49 demo: 5.6

FOX
7:00 NFL Overrun/The OT
Viewers: 27.8 million, 18-49 demo: 8.8
8:00 The Simpsons
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 3.5
8:30 Bob's Burgers
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:00 Family Guy
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
9:30 American Dad!
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4  

Sunday night had the bi-annual Survivor finale. First up on CBS was 60 Minutes which was down a big 1.2 million viewers and half a demo point even though neither week had a direct football lead-in. The two hour Survivor finale was solid as usual but it was a series low for a finale and it actually had a couple Wednesdays where it did as well or better in the demo. Overall, it could have been better but it wasn't bad for a show in its 27th edition. The reunion show did OK at 10pm. FOX's animated lineup was up to season highs across the board as it may have been helped by the lower football numbers. The Simpsons was up four tenths in the demo while Bob's Burgers, Family Guy, and American Dad! were each up three tenths in the demo.

Everything was below a 2.0 on ABC. At 7pm, America's Funniest Home Videos was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. At 8pm, Once Upon a Time fell half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo for its fall finale, tying a series low. It will not be back until March after a disappointing fall. At 9pm, Revenge was up two tenths in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. It was also supposed to return when Once did but then ABC decided to run three episodes in January where it could wilt against awards and playoff football. At 10pm, Betrayal was up half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo. On NBC, Sunday Night Football saw a season low for the Bengals-Steelers matchup, which is not too surprising.

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, December 17

Tuesday night is really only about CBS and NBC. NBC has The Voice finale which will probably see a nice bounce from the last couple episodes. CBS has new episodes of all its dramas. I think NCIS will go up from last week but it could be a little bit harder for NCIS: Los Angeles and Person of Interest against The Voice.

ABC
8:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #6 "F.Z.Z.T." (REPEAT)
9:00 The Goldbergs #3 "Mini Murray" (REPEAT)
9:30 Trophy Wife #1 "Pilot" (REPEAT)

10:00 Primetime: What Would You Do?

CBS
8:00 NCIS #245 "Homesick"
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #108 "Merry Evasion"
10:00 Person of Interest #56 "Lethe"
Prediction: NCIS - 20.4 million, 3.1/Los Angeles - 14.8 million, 2.4/Person - 11.5 million, 2.0

NBC 
8:00 The Biggest Loser 
9:00 The Voice (5th Edition Finale)
Prediction: Loser - 6.4 million, 2.0/Voice - 13.2 million, 3.7

FOX
8:00 Dads #2 "Heckuva Job, Brownie" (REPEAT)
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine #2 "The Tagger" (REPEAT)

9:00 New Girl #51 "Nerd" (REPEAT)
9:30 The Mindy Project #25 "All My Problems Solved Forever" (REPEAT)

Monday, December 16, 2013

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, December 16

Check below this post for my Weekend Rewind on CBS 1994-95!

Monday night has Christmas specials on ABC and FOX amidst some regular shows. CBS is fully new with its regular lineup and could benefit from the lack of competition. NBC has the first night of the two night finale of The Voice. It should be up from last week.

ABC
8:00 Prep & Landing (SPECIAL)
8:30 Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (SPECIAL)
9:00 The Great Christmas Light Fight
Prediction: Light - 4.8 million, 1.3

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #197 "Bass Player Wanted"
8:30 2 Broke Girls #60 "And the French Kiss"
9:00 Mike & Molly #77 "They Shoot Asses, Don't They"
9:30 Mom #12 "Corned Beef and Handcuffs"
10:00 Hostages #13 "Fight or Flight"
Prediction: Mother - 8.3 million, 3.1/Girls - 8.2 million, 2.7/Mike&Molly - 8.5 million, 2.3/Mom - 7.2 million, 2.0/Hostages - 4.1 million, 1.1

NBC
8:00 The Voice
10:00 The Sing-Off
Prediction: Voice - 13.8 million, 3.7/Sing - 7.7 million, 2.3

FOX
8:00 Almost Human #6 "Arrhythmia"
9:00 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (SPECIAL)
9:30 Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury (SPECIAL)
Prediction: Human - 5.8 million, 1.6     

Sunday, December 15, 2013

WEEKEND REWIND: CBS 1994-95 Season

CBS continued to plug along in the mid 1990s. They had the #1 show in all of TV, 60 Minutes, and the Emmy winner for the Best Drama Series (Picket Fences). They also managed a couple successful new shows in Dave's World, The Nanny, and Diagnosis: Murder. They also found some more moderate successes this year and one that eventually became a Top 10 hit. The problem was CBS just didn't have that breakout hit that really changed the network and unfortunately for them, NBC got that times two in the 1994-95 season with ER and Friends.

Check out my ABC 1994-95 Weekend Rewind

Mondays
(Sep 12-Dec 26)
8:00 The Nanny
8:30 Dave's World
9:00 Murphy Brown
9:30 Love & War
10:00 Northern Exposure (through Dec 12)

(Jan 2-May 22)
8:00 The Nanny
8:30 Dave's World
9:00 Murphy Brown
9:30 Cybill (through May 15)
10:00 Chicago Hope
"Cybill"
Monday nights started with no new shows on the night. The Nanny was a surprise hit on Wednesdays in its first season so it was given an upgrade to a higher profile slot as the lead-off to the Monday lineup while previous 8pm show Dave's World slid back to its original time of 8:30pm. Murphy Brown remained the 9pm anchor but it was clearly a show that was past its peak. It fell out of the Top 10 for the first time since 1989-90 and it wasn't as much of a buzzed-about show anymore. It was originally paired with Love & War as it had been in previous seasons. In January though it got a new companion with the new Cybill Shepherd sitcom Cybill. Also starring Christine Baranski, Cybill was a critical hit and a good companion to Murphy Brown as it marked Shepherd's first return to TV since the acclaimed 1980s dramedy Moonlighting. The 10pm hour had belonged to Northern Exposure for several seasons and the show was still a Top 20 hit. But they had launched the high profile new medical drama Chicago Hope on Thursdays where it was falling apart thanks to NBC's competing comedies and ER. CBS needed to salvage Hope so they moved it over to Mondays. While it worked out for the critically acclaimed medical drama, it was at the expense of Northern Exposure, which moved to Wednesdays and promptly fell off the ratings map. It had gone from #14 in the ratings to cancelled within a year though having series star Rob Morrow leave probably didn't help. Still, CBS had a younger and arguably more accessible drama in the very important slot.

Tuesdays
(Sep 13-Mar 7)
8:00 Rescue 911
9:00 Tuesday Night Movie

(Mar 14-Apr 18)
8:00 Under One Roof
9:00 Tuesday Night Movie

(Apr 25-May 23)
8:00 Rescue 911
9:00 Tuesday Night Movie
"Under One Roof"
CBS was on its way to keeping the Rescue 911 and Tuesday Night Movie pairing for a fourth straight year but Rescue 911 was fading so they tried a new drama for six weeks in the spring. Under One Roof starring Joe Morton and James Earl Jones was a family drama about a black family living in Seattle. There have been precious few black family dramas but this one didn't make it despite critical acclaim and an Emmy Award nomination for Jones. It only lasted for its short midseason run. Rescue 911 came back for the end of the season but then it was only renewed for midseason 1996 as it was no longer one of the top draws on CBS.

Wednesdays
(Sep 14-Nov 2)
8:00 The Boys Are Back
8:30 Daddy's Girls (Sep 21-Oct 12)
9:00 Touched by an Angel (starting Sep 21)
10:00 48 Hours

(Nov 30-Dec 21)
8:00 Various Programming
8:30 The Boys Are Back
9:00 Touched by an Angel (Dec 7-14)
10:00 48 Hours (starting Dec 7)

(Jan 4-Feb 1)
8:00 Women of the House
8:30 Hearts Afire (starting Jan 11)
9:00 Double Rush
9:30 Love & War
10:00 Northern Exposure

(Feb 8-Mar 1)
8:00 Various Programming
10:00 Northern Exposure (through Feb 15)

(Mar 8-Apr 12)
8:00 The George Wendt Show
8:30 Double Rush
9:00 Various Programming
10:00 Northern Exposure (through Mar 15)

(Apr 19-May 24)
8:00 Various Programming
9:00 Wednesday Night Movie
"Touched by an Angel"
Wednesday nights were all over the place in 1994-95. It started with three new shows occupying 8-10pm. Two new comedies led off the night - The Boys are Back, a family sitcom about parents and their grown kids. Starring Hal Linden and Suzanne Pleshette, the show lasted 16 episodes and bounced around the Wednesday and Saturday lineup until the end of January. It was more successful than its partner, Daddy's Girls, which lasted just three episodes. Starring Dudley Moore, Daddy's Girls was notable for being one of the first shows to have an openly gay actor playing a openly gay regular (Harvey Fierstein). At 9pm was the new inspirational drama Touched by an Angel starring Roma Downey and Della Reese. The show eventually became a Top 10 hit for CBS but it barely made it out of its first season alive as it floundered on Wednesdays and only aired 11 episodes. Its eventual move to Saturdays at the end of the season and into season two helped solidify it and it became a top ten hit within a couple seasons. 48 Hours occupied the 10pm hour to start the season. This lineup didn't last long and was frequently preempted in the fall. In January, CBS tried to start a brand new night of four comedies. They brought over Hearts Afire and Love & War but had two new shows as the 8pm and 9pm anchors. The highest profile was Women of the House, starring Delta Burke as her Designing Women character Suzanne Sugarbaker. Burke had an acrimonious departure from Women but made up with the creators for this show. The other newbie was Double Rush, an NYC set sitcom about a bike messaging service starring Robert Pastorelli and featuring a young David Arquette and DL Hughley. None of the four sitcoms worked and all were cancelled by the end of the season as was one late attempt, The George Wendt Show, starring the Cheers co-star. The 10pm hour was given to Northern Exposure which had been booted from Mondays. It floundered on Wednesdays and was cancelled at the end of the season after six seasons. By the end of the season, CBS had resorted to specials and a movie on a night where nothing worked all season. 

Thursdays
(Sep 22-29)
8:00 Due South
9:00 Eye to Eye with Connie Chung
10:00 Chicago Hope

(Oct 6-Dec 29)
8:00 Due South
9:00 Chicago Hope
10:00 Eye to Eye with Connie Chung

(Jan 5-May 11)
8:00 Due South (through Apr 13)
9:00 Eye to Eye with Connie Chung (through Apr 13)
10:00 48 Hours
"Chicago Hope"
CBS had ambitious plans for Thursday night at the start of the season. While Eye to Eye with Connie Chung would occupy the 9pm hour, they would start and end with new dramas. At 8pm was Due South, a Canadian crime drama. The show was cancelled after one season but renewed in Canada. CBS changed its mind and brought it back for a second season when a lot of their new shows in 1995-96 failed. At 10pm was Chicago Hope, a highly promoted new medical drama starring Mandy Patinkin and Adam Arkin among others. CBS had big plans for this show but it almost was a disaster at the start because it went up against another new Chicago-set medical drama on NBC, a little show called ER. When ER quickly proved to be one of the biggest out of the gate hits in years, CBS quickly had to move Chicago Hope. First they moved it to 9pm but it was still dealing with NBC's formidable comedy lineup that included another new show - Friends. They eventually bagged the Thursday idea and moved it to Mondays. It had a nice long run but was always seen as the "other" medical drama because ER was so huge. CBS moved Connie Chung back to 9pm and moved 48 Hours over from Wednesdays to finish the night as they let Due South air out and paired it with cheap newsmagazines. It was very hard to program against NBC Thursdays back then.

Fridays
(Sep 16-Mar 10)
8:00 Diagnosis: Murder
9:00 Under Suspicion
10:00 Picket Fences (through Mar 3)

(Mar 31-Apr 21)
8:00 Various Programming
9:00 The Wright Verdicts (through Apr 14)
10:00 Picket Fences

(Apr 28-May 12)
8:00 Diagnosis: Murder (through May 5)
9:00 Burke's Law (through May 5)
10:00 Picket Fences
"Under Suspicion"
Friday nights were pretty quiet with a group of dramas. For most of the season, Diagnosis: Murder occupied the 8pm slot while the acclaimed Picket Fences kept its 10pm slot. The 9pm hour was a revolving door, however. First up was Under Suspicion, a police drama set in Portland, Oregon. It lasted 18 episodes and aired repeats over the summer but it was not renewed for a second season. It was replaced by The Wright Verdicts, a legal drama starring Tom Conti and Margaret Colin. This one only lasted six episodes, not all of them on Fridays. At the very end of the season was season two of Burke's Law. Anytime a show doesn't begin its year until April 28 is a sign of low renewal chances. It aired into the summer but did not come back for a third season.

Saturdays
(Sep 24-Dec 31)
8:00 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
9:00 The Five Mrs. Buchanans
9:30 Hearts Afire
10:00 Walker, Texas Ranger

(Jan 7-Feb 18)
8:00 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
9:00 The Boys are Back (through Jan 28)
9:30 The Five Mrs. Buchanans (through Jan 28)
10:00 Walker, Texas Ranger

(Feb 25-Mar 4)
8:00 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
9:00 Touched by an Angel
10:00 Walker, Texas Ranger

(Mar 11-May 20)
8:00 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
9:00 The Office (through Apr 15)
9:30 The Five Mrs. Buchanans (through Apr 15)
10:00 Walker, Texas Ranger
"The Five Mrs. Buchanans"
Just like Friday nights, Saturdays were established in the 8pm and 10pm hours only they were bigger hits on Saturday as Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and Walker, Texas Ranger made for nice bookends to the night. Just like Fridays, 9pm was the problem. Most of the year, it was an ill-advised sitcom block featuring a rotation of the third and final season of Hearts Afire, Wednesday castoff The Boys are Back, and two Saturday premieres. One was The Five Mrs. Buchanans, a family sitcom set in Mercy, Indiana and starring Eileen Heckart. The show lasted 17 episodes and even got a couple tries on Mondays but CBS could not make the show work. The other new Saturday sitcom didn't come until March and it was The Office. Long before the hit NBC sitcom of the same name, there was another one starring Valerie Harper. This show lasted only five episodes. Harper hasn't tried a regular TV series since then as this and the 1990 failed sitcom City followed her public dispute with Valerie (later The Hogan Family). Amidst the many attempts by the sitcoms, there was a very brief two week run for Touched by an Angel. It must have been enough for CBS to see the potential of this lineup because it moved there in the summer and made a very strong lineup for the 1995-96 season.

Sundays
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Murder, She Wrote
9:00 Sunday Night Movie
For a seventh and final season, the CBS Sunday lineup remained 60 Minutes, Murder She Wrote, and the Sunday Night Movie. 60 Minutes was no longer the #1 show this season and Murder, She Wrote was getting old (and old-skewing despite being a top 10 hit) so the lineup was shaken up the next year as Murder was sent to the wolves on Thursday and sitcoms were brought to Sunday night.

CBS 1994-95 Stats

Shows in the Top 30
6. 60 Minutes
8. Murder She Wrote
16. Murphy Brown
18. Sunday Night Movie
21. Dave's World
22. Cybill
24. The Nanny
29. Chicago Hope

Fall Shows Survival: 3/7 (43%)
Due South, Chicago Hope, Touched by an Angel

Midseason Shows Survival: 1/7 (14%)
Cybill

Total New Shows Survival Rate: 4/14 (29%)

Cancelled/Ended Series
Northern Exposure (6 seasons)
Hearts Afire/Love & War/Eye to Eye with Connie Chung (3 seasons)
Burke's Law/Christy (2 seasons)
The Boys are Back/Under Suspicion/Daddy's Girls/The Five Mrs. Buchanans/Women of the House/Double Rush/The George Wendt Show/The Office/Under One Roof/The Wright Verdicts (1 season)

Emmy Award Nominees & Winners (Major Categories)
Chicago Hope (Nominee, Outstanding Drama Series)
Mandy Patinkin, Chicago Hope (WINNER, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series)
Kathy Baker, Picket Fences (WINNER, 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)
Cybill Shepherd, Cybill (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series)
Ray Walston, Picket Fences (WINNER, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)
Hector Elizondo, Chicago Hope (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)
James Earl Jones, Under One Roof (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)
Barbara Babcock, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)
Tyne Daly, Christy (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)
Christine Baranski, Cybill (WINNER, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series)

RATINGS RECAP: 12/14/13

ABC
8:00 The Great Christmas Light Fight (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 CMA Country Christmas (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CBS
8:00 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Frosty the Snowman
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:30 Frosty Returns
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

NBC
8:00 The Sound of Music Live! (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

FOX
8:00 UFC Fight Night
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2 

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, December 15

Sunday night is a busy night for the broadcast networks. ABC has the fall finales of its dramas and Once Upon a Time won't return until March. Revenge was originally supposed to follow that same pattern but now they will air three episodes in January. I think they should hold up for their fall finales. CBS has the bi-annual Survivor finale on Sunday but I wouldn't be shocked to see it hit a low, at least for the fall finale. FOX has Christmas episodes of its animated lineup following football and the football lead-in should help. NBC will of course be on top with Sunday Night Football but I think it could see a season low with a so-so game and lots of competition.

Weekend Rewind of CBS 1994-95 will be up later!

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Once Upon a Time #55 "Going Home"
9:00 Revenge #54 "Exodus"
10:00 Betrayal #10 "... Number 16"
Prediction: Videos - 6.8 million, 1.4/Time - 7.1 million, 2.1/Revenge - 6.2 million, 1.7/Betrayal - 3.3 million, 0.8

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Survivor (27th Edition Finale)
10:00 Survivor: Blood vs. Water Reunion (SPECIAL)
Prediction: 60 Mins - 11.1 million, 1.9/Survivor - 10.4 million, 2.7

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
8:30 Sunday Night Football: Cincinnati at Pittsburgh

FOX
7:00 NFL Overrun/The OT
8:00 The Simpsons #538 "White Christmas Blues"
8:30 Bob's Burgers #53 "Christmas in the Car"
9:00 Family Guy #218 "Christmas Guy"
9:30 American Dad! #160 "Minstrel Krumpus"
Prediction: Simpsons - 7.4 million, 3.2/Burgers - 4.8 million, 2.2/Family - 5.8 million, 2.7/Dad - 4.5 million, 2.1 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

RATINGS RECAP: 12/13/13

ABC 
8:00 Last Man Standing
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:30 The Neighbors
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Shark Tank
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Hawaii Five-0
Viewers: 9.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Blue Bloods
Viewers: 10.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Grimm
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

FOX
8:00 Bones (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Raising Hope
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:30 Raising Hope
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6 

It was a quiet Friday night. ABC started off with its comedy hour. Last Man Standing was even in viewers but down two tenths in the demo while The Neighbors was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. At 9pm, Shark Tank was the best demo of the night as usual. It was down four tenths in viewers but even in the demo. At 10pm, 20/20 was up nine tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. NBC started with Dateline NBC and it was down 1.1 million viewers and three tenths in the demo. A two hour Grimm followed. It was down a rough 1.4 million viewers and four tenths in the demo though some of that could be due to airing in the 10pm hour. This show seems to have been negatively impacted by the return of the CBS lineup but this is a surprising drop for a two hour event that was pretty well promoted.

CBS had its lineup back after a couple weeks off but everything was down. At 8pm, Undercover Boss was up half a million viewers and even in the demo but that was a clip show. It was down three tenths in the demo from its last regular episode a month ago. At 9pm, Hawaii Five-0 was down eight tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo for a series low. It seems like the momentum this show was building was dulled during these couple weeks off as Shark Tank has been stronger again lately in the hour. At 10pm, Blue Bloods was down a million viewers and three tenths in the demo as it fell with Hawaii. Two episodes of Raising Hope on FOX were each down a tenth in the demo from last week.

RATINGS RECAP: 12/12/13

ABC
8:00 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Grey's Anatomy
Viewers: 8.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
10:00 Scandal
Viewers: 9.2 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 17.7 million, 18-49 demo: 5.1
8:30 The Millers
Viewers: 10.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
9:00 The Crazy Ones
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:30 Two and a Half Men
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 Elementary
Viewers: 9.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

NBC
8:00 The Sing-Off
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 Sean Saves the World
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:30 The Michael J. Fox Show
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Parenthood
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2 

FOX 
8:00 The X Factor
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Glee (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

Thursday night had no major musical event on NBC so many shows were up a little bit while NBC was of course back to its low numbers. On CBS, The Big Bang Theory started things off up 1.9 million viewers and three tenths in the demo. At 8:30pm, The Millers was up 1.7 million viewers and two tenths in the demo. Raw numbers remain pretty good for this show but the retention continues to hover near 50%. At 9pm, The Crazy Ones was up three tenths in viewers but down two tenths in the demo to disappointingly tie a series low. The worst performance came at 9:30pm where Two and a Half Men was even in viewers and down a rough four tenths in the demo for a series low. It has never dipped below a 2 demo in its eleven year history. Despite its weak showing this year, I think it'll be back because CBS won't want both this and How I Met Your Mother to end this season. At 10pm, Elementary was up eight tenths in viewers but down a tenth in the demo.

On NBC, the third night of The Sing-Off was its weakest yet but it still beat The X Factor in the hour. At 9pm, Sean Saves the World was up four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo from its last airing three weeks ago while The Michael J. Fox Show was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. What a disappointment these two comedies have been. At 10pm, Parenthood was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. On FOX, The X Factor results show was even in viewers but down two tenths in the demo ahead of next week's finale. These numbers have been continuously bad since the baseball break and I just can't see FOX bringing this show back next fall. If they do, it certainly won't take up three hours on their schedule.

Over on ABC, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland was up a tenth in viewers but down a tenth in the demo for a new series low. As of now, ABC is advertising it as returning in March but that must be to just finish the episode order. There's no way this show is getting more episodes. At 9pm, Grey's Anatomy rebounded nicely from last week's series low as it was up 1.4 million viewers and four tenths in the demo for its best number in over a month. At 10pm, Scandal was up nine tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for its best performance since October 17. Both Grey's and Scandal are done with new episodes until February 27. Limited series The Assets will fill in for Scandal starting in January.