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Friday, February 28, 2014

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, February 28 & Saturday, March 1

FRIDAY
Friday night has the season premiere of Hannibal on NBC. The critically acclaimed drama struggled to find an audience in its freshman year but it has gotten a ton of promotion and could surprise by Friday standards. Everything else is new too and I expect them to be near normal levels.


ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #58 "Stud Muffin"
8:30 The Neighbors #38 "Oscar Party"
9:00 Shark Tank
10:00 20/20
Prediction: Last Man - 6.5 million, 1.4/Neighbors - 3.9 million, 0.9/Shark - 7.1 million, 1.9/2020 - 5.5 million, 1.6

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 #86 "Pale la"
10:00 Blue Bloods #82 "Open Secrets"
Prediction: Boss - 8.8 million, 1.6/Hawaii - 10.3 million, 1.6/Bloods - 12.1 million, 1.5

NBC
8:00 Dateline NBC
9:00 Grimm #57 "Revelation"
10:00 Hannibal #14 "Kaiseki" (Season Premiere)
Prediction: Dateline - 6.8 million, 1.4/Grimm - 5.4 million, 1.4/Hannibal - 4.8 million, 1.3

FOX
8:00 Bones #175 "The Fury in the Jury" (REPEAT)
9:00 Enlisted #6 "Brothers and Sister"
9:30 Raising Hope #82 "The One Where They Get High"
Prediction: Enlisted - 2.0 million, 0.7/Hope - 1.8 million, 0.6  

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 MOVIE: The Social Network
10:30 The Goldbergs #12 "You're Under Foot" (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 Two and a Half Men #225 "Nangnangnangnang" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Crazy Ones #5 "She's So European" (REPEAT)
9:00 Person of Interest #36 "Dead Reckoning" (REPEAT)

10:00 48 Hours 

NBC
8:00 NHL Hockey

FOX
8:00 Almost Human (REPEAT)
9:00 The Following #21 "Fly Away" (REPEAT) 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 2/26/14

ABC
8:00 The Middle
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
8:30 Suburgatory
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Modern Family
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1
9:30 Mixology
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 Nashville
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

CBS
8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
10:00 Criminal Minds
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2 

NBC
8:00 Revolution
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
10:00 Chicago PD
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2 

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 10.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7

Wednesday night saw ABC's premiere of Mixology amidst a disastrous night for ABC as only Modern Family was above a 1.7 demo. At 8pm, The Middle fell a heavy 1.6 million viewers and half a demo point to tie a series low last hit on November 25, 2009 (Thanksgiving Eve during its first season). At 8:30pm, Suburgatory was down nine tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo for a new series low. Will this show squeak out a fourth season? It is squarely on the bubble. At 9pm, Modern Family was down 1.4 million viewers and four tenths in the demo. While it was a bright spot on an otherwise dismal night for ABC, it tied a series low also set on that same Thanksgiving Eve in 2009. Then the premiere of Mixology happened. While it had the worst Modern Family lead-in, it easily had the worst debut in the post-Family slot. By comparison, Super Fun Night premiered to a 3.2 demo out of a 4.2 for Modern Family. This show is not going to last, I'm not even sure it will make it to May. Finally at 10pm, Nashville was down four tenths in viewers and even in the demo, tying a series low.

CBS premiered the latest edition of Survivor with a two hour premiere. It was just slightly down from its fall premiere of 2.6 and that happened before the season began so it didn't have as much competition. It got a 2.4 in its first week against full competition in the fall. So this is another solid number for a franchise that just won't die. A special episode of Criminal Minds aired at 10pm but fell seven tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo to tie a series low. Some of that could be attributed to the 10pm slot. Not having to face against the Olympics did very little to help American Idol on FOX as it was up only eight tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. It wasn't that far ahead of Survivor and those shows could only get closer in the weeks to come.

Finally on NBC, Revolution was down four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. There's not going to be room for this show next season, I don't think. At 9pm, Law & Order: SVU was up 1.6 million viewers and two tenths in the demo. As usual, this show benefited from not having to face Criminal Minds in the hour. The biggest surprise of the night on any network came from Chicago PD. A cross-over with SVU catapulted PD up 2 million viewers and half a demo point to a new series high. This is particularly impressive given that it had to air against Criminal Minds in the hour and it actually tied the veteran CBS drama. Chicago PD was already a slam dunk for renewal but this should erase any doubt. I wouldn't be surprised if we hear of a renewal for this show within a week.

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, February 27

Check below this post for reviews of Mixology and Mind Games!

Thursday has the return of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal to ABC. They have been on a long winters nap since December but should return strong. Elsewhere, CBS is flipping the timeslots for The Crazy Ones and Two and a Half Men. This should help Men but could hurt Crazy. NBC is airing Hollywood Game Night at 9pm, and that should be a step up from the cancelled Sean Saves the World and The Michael J. Fox Show.

ABC
8:00 Countdown to the Oscars (SPECIAL)
9:00 Grey's Anatomy #209 "Take it Back"
10:00 Scandal #40 "Ride, Sally, Ride"
Prediction: Grey's - 9.2 million, 2.8/Scandal - 9.4 million, 3.2

CBS 
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #151 "The Table Polarization"
8:30 The Millers #15 "You Betcha"
9:00 Two and a Half Men #239 "Cab Fare and a Bottle of Pennicillin"
9:30 The Crazy Ones #16 "Zach Mitzvah"
10:00 Elementary #40 "The One Percent Solution"
Prediction: Big Bang - 17.1 million, 5.1/Millers - 10.5 million, 2.6/Men - 8.8 million, 2.1/Crazy - 7.4 million, 1.8/Elementary - 9.1 million, 1.8

NBC
8:00 Community #91 "Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality"
8:30 Parks and Recreation #104 "Anniversaries"
9:00 Hollywood Game Night
10:00 Parenthood #83 "Just Like at Home"
Prediction: Community - 3.2 million, 1.2/Parks - 3.4 million, 1.3/Hollywood - 4.8 million, 1.5/Parenthood - 4.8 million, 1.4

FOX 
8:00 American Idol
9:00 Rake #6 "Jury Tampering"
Prediction: Idol - 9.8 million, 2.6/Rake - 3.9 million, 1.0      

PILOT REVIEW: Mixology

MIXOLOGY












Starring: Sarah Bolger, Adam Campbell, Adan Canto, Alexis Carra, Craig Frank, Ginger Gonzaga, Blake Lee, Vanessa Lengies, Andrew Santino, Kate Simses

Created by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore
Written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, Directed by Larry Charles

Mixology is a new high concept series that takes place over the course of one night at a swanky Manhattan bar called "Mix." Each episode will deal with a couple regulars (six women and five men) who meet each other at the bar while the season finale will take place when the night ends and the pieces fall into place. The pilot episode focused on Tom (Blake Lee), who was recently dumped by his fiance, and Maya (Ginger Gonzaga), an attorney who's as tough in life as the courtroom. The other characters were sprinkled throughout but each will have their own episode.

THE GOOD: I admit that when I read the log line last spring, I barely could understand how this show would even work. After watching the pilot, I understand a little bit more. And I guess it's kind of cool.

THE BAD: Even if the concept is good, the execution was terrible. I didn't laugh once during the pilot, which is a big problem with a sitcom. The show was all too self-aware that it was being dubbed as a high concept, edgy series but it came across lame. No one in the cast made any sort of impression on me and I felt like it dragged longer than several hour-long pilots have this season. I'm not sure if this is just not the type of crowd I run with, but I just don't think people talk that way to each other. I didn't buy a group of friends in a bar or even strangers in a bar, everything just felt scripted and stylized. That might work if it was intriguing or interesting, but it wasn't. Despite being "high concept," I just don't feel like I could get too connected to any characters after seeing them interact with at least 10 others on one night at a bar. The flashback scenes did nothing to add to the plot or characters.

BOTTOM LINE: ABC seems to be moving in the wrong direction with these post-Modern Family sitcoms, and they have had a lot of clunkers over the last several years. This one is arguably the worst one yet as there's just nothing appealing about this show. I don't understand why ABC puts shows like this on the night but won't give The Goldbergs a chance with the post-Modern Family slot.

PILOT REVIEW: Mind Games

MIND GAMES












Starring: Christian Slater, Steve Zahn, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Wynn Everett, Gregory Marcel, Cedric Sanders

Created by Kyle Killen
Written by Kyle Killen, Directed by Miguel Sapochnik

Mind Games is a new drama from innovative writer Kyle Killen. This show focuses on two brothers: Clark Edwards (Steve Zahn) and Ross Edwards (Christian Slater). Ross is a con man who spent a couple years in prison while Clark is an expert in human behavior but suffers from bipolar disorder. The two brothers decided to open a problem solving firm where they use psychological manipulation to find solutions to problems. The pilot deals with the dynamic between the brothers and an experimental situation at their new firm. Rounding out the main cast is the rest of the firm including Ross' ex-wife Claire (Wynn Everett).

THE GOOD: I guess I'm mildly interested in the concept behind the show though I had a hard time fully wrapping my head around it. Christian Slater always interests me even when he's in crappy shows like this one. I feel like both him and creator Kyle Killen can't catch a break, particularly Killen who was behind the brilliant but extremely short-lived Lone Star in 2010 as well as Awake in 2012. He has interesting ideas and brings new ideas to television, with this being a good example.

THE BAD: Even if I wanted to be somewhat interested in the concept, this show couldn't hold my attention. There just seemed to be a lot of yelling but yet a lot of not much happening. I know it was part of the character but Steve Zahn was too manic for me. He was just so crazy the whole episode. I didn't feel connected to the personal lives of Slater and Zahn's characters on the show. The biggest problem was this topic is just inaccessible. There was a lot of scientific mumbo jumbo, but not in the CSI way where it's in a glorified version of a profession we know. The idea of a "problem solving firm" is a foreign concept to many including myself, it's not the same as Olivia Pope being a fixer. This science-based firm concept was too hard for me to understand, and I would imagine that is true for many average people watching.

BOTTOM LINE: It's not going to work again for Killen, Slater, or the ABC Tues 10pm slot. And I knew this before I saw the ratings. ABC just has a bunch of unappealing, inaccessible new shows this season and the two that premiered this week (Mind Games, Mixology) are the worst offenders. Back to the drawing board for all involved.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 2/25/14

ABC
8:00 The Bachelor
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
10:00 Mind Games
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 17.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 13.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
10:00 Person of Interest
Viewers: 11.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8 

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 13.0 million, 18-49 demo: 3.7
9:00 About a Boy (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:30 Growing Up Fisher (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
10:00 Chicago Fire
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8 

FOX 
8:00 Glee
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 New Girl
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3 

On Tuesday night, ABC used a special episode of The Bachelor to launch the new Mind Games. The news was good for The Bachelor, which pretty much did the exact same numbers as it did on Monday. This continues to be a valuable franchise for ABC. However, it did not help the doomed Mind Games, which premiered to dismal numbers, slightly above the Killer Women premiere in January but below the Lucky 7 premiere in September. So it was 0 for 3 in this timeslot with new dramas for ABC, a mix of bad shows and a terrible timeslot. It's time for ABC to move something established here - maybe Castle? It was also another strike for creator Kyle Killen after Lone Star and Awake and star Christian Slater after My Own Worst Enemy, The Forgotten, and Breaking In.

NBC had the The Voice leading things off at 8pm after airing at 9pm on Tuesdays in the fall. It was down a full demo point from the fall, but that was a two hour episode. It was down four tenths in the demo from last spring's Tuesday premiere. NBC made a surprising last minute decision to re-air the pilots of About a Boy and Growing Up Fisher, but they did well as they were both very close to the numbers they got with their Olympics previews. Next week will be a big test for these two shows but it's a positive start and maybe the repeats got the newbies additional exposure. At 10pm, Chicago Fire was dead even with its last airing way back on January 21.

It was a low night for CBS with everything hitting season lows. NCIS was down 2.5 million viewers and half a demo point as it was clearly impacted by The Voice. NCIS: Los Angeles was down 3.1 million viewers and half a demo point for an even rougher performance considering the competition wasn't quite as bad at 9pm. At 10pm, Person of Interest was down 1.4 million viewers and three tenths in the demo. FOX is falling apart before our very eyes. Glee returned to Tuesday night and it looks like a dead show. Yet, FOX gave it a two season renewal last year so they are stuck with it for another year. They should really bury it on Fridays and get it done with in the fall. At 9pm, New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine were both down two tenths in viewers but up a tenth in the demo. What a mess this lineup is.

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, February 26

Check back later tonight for reviews of Mind Games and (hopefully) Mixology!

Wednesday night has the series premiere of Mixology on ABC. This is ABC's latest attempt to find a companion for Modern Family and it seems like it might be the worst fit yet. I expect a premiere much lower than Super Fun Night's premiere in the fall (8.2 million viewers, 3.2 demo). CBS has the 27th premiere of Survivor with a two hour episode. At 10pm, they are airing a new Criminal Minds instead of CSI. I think it will be low for Minds but high for the slot, while Survivor will probably see similar numbers to the fall. NBC has a crossover event between Law & Order: SVU and Chicago PD and could see rises for both shows. FOX has American Idol. It doesn't face the Olympics, but I don't see it being any stronger with all the competition.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #110 "The Award"
8:30 Suburgatory #49 "Blame it on the Rainstick"
9:00 Modern Family #111 "The Feud"
9:30 Mixology #1 "Tom & Maya" (SERIES PREMIERE)
10:00 Nashville #36 "They Don't Make 'Em Like My Daddy Anymore"
Prediction: Middle - 8.4 million, 2.1/Suburgatory - 5.9 million, 1.7/Modern - 10.1 million, 3.5/Mixology - 6.4 million, 2.2/Nashville - 4.8 million, 1.3

CBS
8:00 Survivor (27th Edition Premiere)
10:00 Criminal Minds #202 "Gabby"
Prediction: Survivor - 9.7 million, 2.7/Minds - 9.5 million, 2.4

NBC
8:00 Revolution #34 "Fear and Loathing"
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #334 "Comic Perversion"
10:00 Chicago PD #6 "Conventions"
Prediction: Revolution - 4.8 million, 1.3/SVU - 7.4 million, 2.0/PD - 6.8 million, 1.8

FOX 
8:00 American Idol
Prediction: Idol - 10.2 million, 2.6      

RATINGS RECAP: 2/24/14

ABC
8:00 The Bachelor
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
10:00 Castle
Viewers: 8.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother
Viewers: 9.3 million, 18-49 demo: 3.6
8:30 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:00 Mike & Molly
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:30 Mom
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 Intelligence
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 15.9 million, 18-49 demo: 4.7
10:00 The Blacklist
Viewers: 11.2 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1

FOX
8:00 Almost Human
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 The Following
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6 

The day after the Olympics continued to be strong for NBC thanks to the return of The Voice and The Blacklist. With Usher and Shakira returning to the chairs, the sixth edition of The Voice was up nine tenths in viewers but down three tenths in the demo from its fall premiere numbers. This is still a great showing, as expected. As usual, it looks like the blind auditions will be very strong while the rest of the run may drop from there. The return of The Voice obviously helped The Blacklist, which was up a million viewers and six tenths in the demo from its last airing, which was without The Voice. It was very close to what the fall finale got in December, which was the last time it aired with The Voice as a lead-in. The Blacklist proved it could be a success without The Voice in January but it will get a few more months to pad its numbers. I think NBC will move it somewhere else next season. 

The CBS lineup returned after a couple weeks off. How I Met Your Mother was barely affected by the return of The Voice as it was down just seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo with a still-strong 3.6 demo. CBS is going to miss this show a lot, it is entering its final month. The rest of the comedies took a much bigger hit. At 8:30pm, 2 Broke Girls was down 1.2 million viewers and half a demo point. In the 9pm hour, Mike & Molly was down a rough 2.1 million viewers and six tenths in the demo while Mom was down 1.8 million viewers and half a demo point. These shows are going to be in trouble without their anchor as they seem like they can only look strong when the competition is limited. At 10pm, Intelligence was down 1.7 million viewers and a tenth in the demo.

On ABC, The Bachelor was up half a million viewers and three tenths in the demo from last week, back to being right around what it was getting before the Olympics. At 10pm, Castle was up nine tenths in viewers and even in the demo as it was clearly hurt by the return of The Blacklist. As expected, the FOX dramas were lost in the shuffle. At 8pm, Almost Human was down a tenth in viewers and the demo. At 9pm, The Following was down six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for another series low. The Following is really starting to fall apart and with a star like Kevin Bacon, it can't be a cheap show. Will FOX renew this show? I think it depends on how it returns when it gets Bones back as a lead-in in a few weeks.

RATINGS RECAP: 2/23/14

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:00 Movie: The Proposal
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 Castle (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 9.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:00 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 The Mentalist (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 The Good Wife (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

NBC
7:00 Winter Olympics Special
Viewers: 12.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
8:30 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremonies
Viewers: 15.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2
10:30 Growing Up Fisher
Viewers: 8.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
7:30 American Dad! (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:00 Daytona 500 Coverage
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5 

The Winter Olympics came to a close on Sunday night. The closing ceremonies were down from the 2010 numbers as has been the case for most of these Olympics. Next up is the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero. NBC previewed Growing Up Fisher at the end of the ceremonies and it did decently but was a little down from the About a Boy preview on Saturday night, which aired later and with a smaller lead-in. The real test for both comedies will be over the next several Tuesdays. Over on CBS, The Amazing Race premiered against the Olympics but saw a series low, not just a premiere low. It has to face the Oscars next week but then maybe it can recover. There were some extenuating circumstances but this franchise seems to be getting tired.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, February 25

Tuesday night has a series premiere and it's ABC's third attempt at the Tuesday 10pm slot. Lucky 7 premiered to DOA numbers (4.4 million viewers/1.3 demo) and was cancelled after two weeks. Then Killer Women took the slot in January and started with an even worse 4.0 million viewers and 0.9 demo. It lasted longer only because ABC needed to air something against the Olympics. Now it has the Christian Slater drama Mind Games. I don't see anything in this show that makes me think it'll do better than the other two. Because ABC has a special episode of The Bachelor as a lead-in, I think it will outperform Killer Women but I think it'll struggle to even top Lucky 7. Elsewhere, NBC has night two of The Voice followed by the time period premieres of About a Boy and Growing Up Fisher. The Voice should give About a Boy a better lead-in than it had after the Olympics so it could easily top its premiere numbers from Saturday night of a 2.1 demo. Growing Up Fisher may have a bit of a tougher time. Glee returns to Tuesdays for FOX after a year and a half on Thursdays, but I think FOX will be in fourth place with its lineup. CBS is the only steady network from before the Olympics with its hit trio of dramas.

ABC
8:00 The Bachelor
10:00 Mind Games #1 "Pilot" (SERIES PREMIERE)
Prediction: Bachelor - 7.5 million, 2.2/Mind - 4.6 million, 1.2

CBS
8:00 NCIS #249 "Bulletproof"
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #111 "Tuhon"
10:00 Person of Interest #60 "Last Call"
Prediction: NCIS - 18.5 million, 3.0/Los Angeles - 14.8 million, 2.6/Person - 12.1 million, 2.0

NBC
8:00 The Voice
9:00 About a Boy #2 "About a Pool Party"
9:30 Growing Up Fisher #2 "Now You See, Now You Don't"
10:00 Chicago Fire #38 "Virgin Skin"
Prediction: Voice - 13.3 million, 4.1/Boy - 8.9 million, 2.4/Fisher - 6.4 million, 2.0/Fire - 6.9 million, 1.9

FOX
8:00 Glee #97 "Frenemies"
9:00 New Girl #66 "Sister II"
9:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine #18 "The Apartment"
Prediction: Glee - 5.5 million, 1.6/Girl - 3.5 million, 1.7/Brooklyn - 3.8 million, 1.6

Monday, February 24, 2014

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, February 24

Check below this post for reviews of About a Boy and Growing Up Fisher as well as the Weekend Rewind for CBS 2000-01!

The Olympics are over and Mondays are back to normal. The big news of the night is the return of The Voice. It will be strong and got a lot of promotion during the Olympics. I'm not sure if it will be able to top what it was getting early on in the fall, but we'll see. The Blacklist should certainly be up as well now that it has its favorite lead-in back. ABC's lineup should be up from last week against the Olympics while the CBS comedies will probably be down from their big numbers before the Olympics. The FOX lineup could easily get lost in the shuffle.

ABC
8:00 The Bachelor
10:00 Castle #121 "Room 147"
Prediction: Bachelor - 8.2 million, 2.4/Castle - 9.1 million, 1.9

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #202 "Rally"
8:30 2 Broke Girls #65 "And the Married Man Sleepover"
9:00 Mike & Molly #82 "Mind Over Molly"
9:30 Mom #17 "Jail, Jail, and Japanese Porn"
10:00 Intelligence #8 "Delta Force"
Prediction: Mother - 9.0 million, 3.3/Girls - 8.8 million, 2.6/Mike&Molly - 9.2 million, 2.3/Mom - 8.5 million, 2.1/Intelligence - 6.7 million, 1.2

NBC
8:00 The Voice (6th Edition Premiere)
10:00 The Blacklist #14 "Madeline Pratt"
Prediction: Voice - 14.4 million, 4.4/Blacklist - 10.8 million, 3.1

FOX8:00 Almost Human #12 "Beholder"
9:00 The Following #21 "Fly Away"
Prediction: Human - 5.1 million, 1.6/Following - 4.9 million, 1.6      

Sunday, February 23, 2014

PILOT REVIEW: Growing Up Fisher

GROWING UP FISHER

















Starring: JK Simmons, Eli Baker, Ava Deluca-Verley, Lance Lim, and Jenna Elfman

Created by DJ Nash
Written by DJ Nash, Directed by David Schwimmer

Growing Up Fisher is a new autobiographical sitcom from DJ Nash. The show centers on 11 year old Henry Fisher (Eli Baker) and his family. His parents are getting divorced but the unique aspect of the show is his father, Mel (JK Simmons), is blind. His mom Joyce (Jenna Elfman) is looking for a fresh start and taking up pipe smoking while sister Katie (Ava Deluca-Verley) is trying to branch out as a teenager. Rounding out the main cast is Henry's best friend Runyen (Lance Lim).

THE GOOD: I actually liked the premise and feel to this show, it just didn't all come together (more on that below). If it accomplished what it was trying to be, it was a warm family sitcom. The voice-overs seem closer to The Wonder Years than The Goldbergs, which is much more like Wonder in other ways. Finally, the whole idea of a blind father is a unique spin on the family sitcom genre. It's nice to see a different group of people being represented in a TV sitcom. JK Simmons is likeable enough as the father.

THE BAD: As I said before, I really liked the idea of Growing Up Fisher and where it was going. The problem was it didn't get there. I just found myself getting bored early and often during the pilot. The laughs were few and far-between while the plot was less than inspired. Jenna Elfman seems to be done the same sort of shtick she did in 1600 Penn last year and other shows. I just talked about Benjamin Stockham from About a Boy as one of the many great child actors this year. Eli Baker is fine but unmemorable in this one. I just wanted this show to be better than it was.

BOTTOM LINE: Growing Up Fisher is going to be a tough sell. It just doesn't have a lot going for it because there's no real draw. It's not as warm as About a Boy or as funny as other sitcoms on the air. It isn't horribly bad, it's just boring. Maybe About a Boy will be one comedy success story for NBC. This one won't be.

PILOT REVIEW: About a Boy

ABOUT A BOY










Starring: David Walton, Benjamin Stockham, Anjelah Johnson, Al Madrigal, and Minnie Driver

Created for Television by Jason Katims
Written by Jason Katims, Directed by Jon Favreau

About a Boy is a new sitcom from Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) based on the 1998 novel and 2002 movie of the same name. In this incarnation, Will Freeman (David Walton) is a bachelor and playboy without much tying him down. He strikes up an unusual friendship with the nerdy kid next door, Marcus (Benjamin Stockham) despite objections from Marcus' vegan, uptight mother Fiona (Minnie Driver). Rounding out the main cast is Will's best friend, Andy (Al Madrigal).

THE GOOD: There was a lot to like in this promising pilot. David Walton was great in the short-lived Bent as well as a recurring role on New Girl, and now he has a chance to shine in a role that fits him well. He plays the disengaged yet caring bachelor role well and has a lot of funny facial expressions in reaction to the oddities going on around him. Benjamin Stockham is off to a great start in a year where there have been lots of good child actors. The dynamic between Walton and Stockham is the strength of the show and it needs to be, since that's the whole point of the show. And like Katims' dramas, it tugs at the heart strings at the end of the show with a very sweet conclusion to the pilot.

THE BAD: I wasn't sold on Minnie Driver in the pilot. She reminds me a little bit of a less cooky version of Michaela Watkins' character from Trophy Wife. I guess my problem was she seemed a little bit too much like a "type" and Katims' shows are always so grounded in reality with real people and less stereotypes but the new-age, vegan character who meditates is becoming more of a sitcom cliche. It works a little better on a sillier show like Trophy Wife, but for a show that seems like it's going to veer towards sentimental moments, it doesn't really fit.

BOTTOM LINE: Unlike NBC's new comedy offers from the fall, About a Boy shows real potential. It has a very sweet center to it and Jason Katims hasn't let me down yet with two of my favorite TV dramas: Friday Night Lights and Parenthood. That alone would be enough for me to give this show time to grow but the promising pilot only helped its cause.

WEEKEND REWIND: CBS 2000-01 Season

CBS 2000-01
The revitalization of CBS and its transition from gentle old dramas to a network full of hit procedurals happened in 2000. After the huge success of Survivor in the summer of 2000, CBS had some buzzy new shows for the fall including Bette Midler's self-titled sitcom and the reboot of classic 1960s drama The Fugitive. But it was a quiet little show on Friday nights, CSI, that changed CBS fortunes in a big way and they made a gutsy move to go after NBC's hit Thursday lineup. They had huge success and CBS was well on its way towards the stable network it is today.

Check out my Weekend Rewind for ABC 2000-01

Mondays
8:00 The King of Queens
8:30 Yes, Dear
9:00 Everybody Loves Raymond
9:30 Becker
10:00 Family Law
"Yes, Dear"
CBS had been tinkering with its Monday comedy lineup for years as it evolved from a workplace, topical night anchored by Murphy Brown to a family night anchored by Everybody Loves Raymond. The King of Queens had become a solid lead-off show while Becker didn't really fit the theme of the night but still proved to be a good lead-out of Raymond. They found another show that fit like a glove in 2000-01. Yes, Dear centered on two couples and starred Mike O'Malley, Anthony Clark, and Jean Louisa Kelly. The show was always a "third choice" after Raymond and King, but it managed a solid six season run. At 10pm all season was Family Law for a second year. For the first time since 1991-92, the CBS Monday lineup didn't change at all over the course of the season.

Tuesdays
8:00 JAG
9:00 60 Minutes II
10:00 Judging Amy
Tuesday nights also didn't change all season and they stayed the same as the year before with the hit lineup of JAG, 60 Minutes II, and year two of critically acclaimed drama Judging Amy.

Wednesdays
(Oct 11-Feb 28)
8:00 Bette
8:30 Welcome to New York (through Jan 17)
9:00 Wednesday Night Movie (starting Oct 18)

(Mar 7-May 16)
8:00 Some of My Best Friends (Mar 7-Apr 11)
8:30 Various Programming
9:00 Wednesday Night Movie
"Bette"
One of the higher profile flops of the 2000-01 season happened on CBS Wednesday nights. Bette Midler made a splashy jump to television with a autobiographical sitcom. Despite tons of promotion and early success, Bette faded pretty quickly in terms of viewers and quality. By December, Midler was publicly complaining about the show and feuding with her on-screen husband. The show was yanked in February with a few episodes unaired. Even less successful was its partner, Welcome to New York. Starring Christine Baranski and Jim Gaffigan, the show was gone after 13 episodes and before Bette. A sitcom joined the lineup in spring but had the unfortunate situation of not having a regular partner with both Bette and New York gone. Some of My Best Friends starred Jason Bateman and Danny Nucci as a gay and straight roommate. Will & Grace was now airing on NBC so this was less groundbreaking than it may have been a few years earlier. It only lasted three episodes over the course of a month and was gone forever. All season, a Wednesday Night Movie aired from 9-11pm.

Thursdays
(Oct 12-Dec 21)
8:00 48 Hours (through Dec 7)
9:00 City of Angels
10:00 Diagnosis: Murder (through Dec 7)

(Dec 18-Jan 25)
8:00 Diagnosis: Murder (encores)
9:00 Diagnosis: Murder (Dec 25-Jan 18)
10:00 48 Hours

(Feb 1-22)
8:00 Survivor
9:00 CSI
10:00 48 Hours

(Mar 1-May 10)
8:00 Survivor
9:00 CSI
10:00 Big Apple (through Mar 29)
"Survivor"
Thursday nights started the way most recent seasons did for CBS on Thursdays: with a half-hearted effort to counter program the hit NBC lineup (not to mention Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? on ABC). This meant another season of old-skewing Diagnosis: Murder and the barely renewed City of Angels joining newsmagazine 48 Hours. All that changed in February though. CBS had such a hit with Survivor the previous summer and they had to find a place for hit. They decided to be gutsy and put it against mega-hit Friends while giving it a post-Super Bowl launch. The move paid off in a big way. While Friends stayed big, Survivor proved that two heavyweights could live in the same time period and it thrived in its second season (a season that featured a young Elisabeth Hasselbeck). It was so huge, it became the #1 show on TV that season (Friends was #5). It was joined by CSI which had been performing above expectations on Friday nights. CSI exploded on Thursdays and became a huge hit. Of course both Survivor and CSI continue to air 13 years after this big Thursday move, and they both stayed on that night for about a decade before making the move to Wednesdays. The 10pm slot was a little trickier as CBS hadn't found a good match yet. Their first attempt was Big Apple, a crime drama starring Ed O'Neill. While it seemed like it might have been a good pair for CSI, it wasn't. So it was gone after about a month while 48 Hours filled the gap. CBS had to find a better 10pm show but 8pm and 9pm were stronger than CBS had been on Thursdays in decades.


Fridays
(Oct 6-Jan 26)
8:00 The Fugitive
9:00 CSI
10:00 Nash Bridges

(Feb 2-May 4)
8:00 Diagnosis: Murder
9:00 The Fugitive (through Apr 20)
10:00 Nash Bridges
"CSI"
Heading into the 2000-01 season, the big news for Friday night on CBS was the launch of The Fugitive on Friday nights. The reboot of the classic 1960s series was a high profile new show starring Tim Daly and Mykelti Williamson. The show was supposed to revitalize CBS Friday nights. It managed to last a full season but was cancelled after that with a cliffhanger ending. Instead, the lower profile 9pm show turned into a huge hit. CBS didn't have huge hopes for CSI, a procedural drama about crime scene investigators in Las Vegas and starring William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger. Surprisingly the show regularly outperformed The Fugitive and CBS gave it a major timeslot upgrade in February when it joined the Thursday lineup after megahit Survivor. Who would have guessed in early fall 2000 that CSI would be the show still on nearly 15 years later? The upgrade to Thursdays was at the cost of Fridays as the older skewing Diagnosis: Murder came over from Thursdays and aired at 8pm while The Fugitive moved to 9pm, and Nash Bridges stayed at 10pm. Both Murder and Nash Bridges were cancelled after long runs. With CBS moving more towards CSI-type shows, the gentle Murder was cancelled after eight seasons. Nash Bridges quietly managed a successful six season run on Friday nights. So, nothing from Friday nights returned for 2001-02.

Saturdays
(Oct 7-Feb 17)
8:00 That's Life
9:00 Walker, Texas Ranger
10:00 The District

(Feb 24-Apr 14)
8:00 That's Life (through Apr 7)
9:00 Kate Brasher
10:00 The District

(Apr 21-May 19)
8:00 Walker, Texas Ranger
9:00 Walker, Texas Ranger
10:00 The District
"The District"
Saturday nights continued to evolve as CBS no longer had the hit lineup they had in the mid 1990s. They added two new shows to the night to start the season, replacing the cancelled Martial Law and Early Edition. First up was That's Life, a family drama about a big Italian New Jersey family. Starring Heather Paige Kent, Ellen Burstyn, and Debi Mazar among others, the show did enough to get a second season, but it wasn't a big hit. Walker, Texas Ranger had aired at 10pm on Saturdays since the mid 1990s, but it slid up an hour to 9pm. Its 10pm replacement was The District, a drama starring Craig T. Nelson as the chief of police in Washington DC (does it sound a little like Blue Bloods?) The District is notable because it's the most recent successful Saturday night show. It never set the ratings on fire (though it did make the top 30 in its first season), but it had a nice run into the mid 2000s even as Saturdays became a wasteland for network TV. Walker, Texas Ranger was put on hiatus at midseason and was replaced for a few weeks by Kate Brasher, a drama starring Mary Stuart Masterson and Rhea Perlman. The show lasted just six weeks and Ranger double-pumped through the end of the season. However, after a very successful nine season run, Ranger was cancelled. So CBS was definitely out with the old thanks to the success of Survivor and CSI. Long-running dramas Diagnosis: Murder, Nash Bridges, and Walker, Texas Ranger were all cancelled in the spring of 2001.

Sundays
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Touched by an Angel
9:00 Sunday Night Movie
For a fifth straight season, the CBS Sunday lineup continued to be 60 Minutes, Touched by an Angel, and the Sunday Night Movie. However, the lineup was showing cracks in the armor as Angel was starting to show its age.

CBS 2000-01 Stats

Shows in the Top 30
1. Survivor
5. Everybody Loves Raymond
11. CSI
15. 60 Minutes
16. Becker
21. Judging Amy
22. Touched by an Angel
26. JAG
27. The King of Queens
28. Yes, Dear
29. Family Law/The District/Sunday Night Movie

Fall Shows Survival: 4/7 (57%)
That's Life, Yes Dear, CSI, The District

Midseason Shows Survival: 0/3 (0%)

Total New Shows Survival Rate: 4/10 (40%)

Cancelled/Ended Series
Walker, Texas Ranger (9 seasons)
Diagnosis: Murder (8 seasons)
Nash Bridges (6 seasons)
Ladies Man/City of Angels (2 seasons)
The Fugitive/Bette/Welcome to New York/Kate Brasher/Some of My Best Friends/Big Apple (1 season)

Emmy Award Nominees & Winners (Major Categories)
Everybody Loves Raymond (Nominee, Outstanding Comedy Series)
Amy Brenneman, Judging Amy (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series)
Marg Helgenberger, CSI (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series)
Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series)
Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond (WINNER, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series)
Tyne Daly, Judging Amy (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)
Peter Boyle, Everybody Loves Raymond (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series)
Doris Roberts, Everybody Loves Raymond (WINNER, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series) 

RATINGS RECAP: 2/22/14

ABC
8:00 Movie: Shrek the Third
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CBS
8:00 Mike & Molly (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
8:30 The Crazy Ones (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 CSI (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

NBC
8:00 Winter Olympics
Viewers: 13.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8

FOX
8:00 Daytona 500 Bash at the Beach
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 The Following (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2 

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, February 23

The Olympics come to an end on Sunday night with the closing ceremonies. Week two hasn't been as strong for the Olympics but they should end well. NBC is previewing new Tuesday night comedy Growing Up Fisher after the end of the ceremonies. Elsewhere, CBS is starting the new edition of The Amazing Race but the Olympics may lead to a series low for a premiere. Look for reviews of that and About a Boy later today! And then we get back to a normal schedule starting tomorrow!

ABC 
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (REPEAT)
8:00 MOVIE: The Proposal

10:00 Castle #111 "Get a Clue" (REPEAT)

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 The Amazing Race (24th Edition Premiere)
9:00 The Mentalist #123 "The Great Red Dragon" (REPEAT)
10:00 The Good Wife #99 "Whack-a-Mole" (REPEAT)

NBC
7:00 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony
10:35 Growing Up Fisher #1 "Pilot" (SERIES PREMIERE)

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers #24 "Full Bars" (REPEAT)
7:30 American Dad! #161 "Vision Impossible" (REPEAT)
8:00 The Simpsons #537 "Yellow Subterfuge" (REPEAT)
8:30 Bob's Burgers #33 "Nude Beach" (REPEAT)
9:00 Family Guy #213 "Quagmire's Quagmire" (REPEAT)
9:30 American Dad! #160 "Minstrel Krampus" (REPEAT)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 2/21/14

ABC  
8:00 Last Man Standing (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:30 Last Man Standing (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Shark Tank
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

CBS
8:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

NBC
8:00 Winter Olympics
Viewers: 14.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.6

FOX
8:00 Bones (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Enlisted (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:30 Raising Hope (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4 

RATINGS RECAP: 2/20/14

ABC
8:00 The Taste
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Scandal (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 10.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
8:30 Mom (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 Two and a Half Men (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:30 The Millers (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Elementary (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC 
8:00 Winter Olympics
Viewers: 20.3 million, 18-49 demo: 5.0

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:00 Rake
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0 

The Winter Olympics entered their final days and it seems as Olympic fatigue is settling in as the numbers were way down from last Thursday. However, the lower Olympic totals didn't help American Idol on FOX, which tumbled to a series low. It fell a eight tenths in viewers and a big six tenths in the demo. It won't have the Olympics next week but it will have The Big Bang Theory new again and it lost to a repeat of that show this week. At 9pm, Rake was even in viewers but down another tenth in the demo. At this point it seems as though FOX will at least let it air a week after the Olympics on Thursday but I don't think it'll rebound. Over on ABC, the season finale of The Taste was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. I didn't think it would come back for a second season so I have no guesses about a third. However, there won't be the Olympics to compete with so ABC may not want to just toss aside a night like they did with Thursdays this winter. Grey's Anatomy and Scandal return next week. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, February 21 & Saturday, February 22

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #52 "Spanking" (REPEAT)
8:30 Last Man Standing #46 "Ryan v. John Baker" (REPEAT)
9:00 Shark Tank

10:00 20/20

CBS
8:00 Blue Bloods #66 "The Bitter End" (REPEAT)
9:00 Blue Bloods #67 "This Way Out" (REPEAT)

10:00 Blue Bloods #68 "Unwritten Rules" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Winter Olympics: Women's Alpine Skiing, Speedskating

FOX
8:00 Bones #173 "The Nazi on the Honeymoon" (REPEAT)
9:00 Enlisted #2 "Randy Get Your Gun" (REPEAT)

9:30 Raising Hope #68 "Burt Bucks" (REPEAT)

SATURDAY
Saturday night is notable because NBC is showing a sneak preview of About a Boy right after its Olympic coverage. However, given the way Saturday went last week and the second week has been, a show premiering at 11:05 may not get many eyeballs. It gets The Voice as a lead-in regularly though so that helps. 

ABC
8:00 MOVIE: Shrek the Third
10:00 20/20 Saturday

CBS
8:00 Mike & Molly #64 "St. Patrick's Day" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Crazy Ones #3 "Bad Dad" (REPEAT)

9:00 CSI #298 "Torch Song" (REPEAT)
10:00 48 Hours

NBC
8:00 Winter Olympics: Men's Alpine Skiing, Figure Skating, Men's Snowboarding, Speedskating
11:05 About a Boy #1 "Pilot" (SERIES PREMIERE)

FOX
8:00 Daytona 500 Bash at the Beach (SPECIAL)
9:00 The Following #20 "Reflection" (REPEAT)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 2/19/14

ABC 
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 Suburgatory (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:30 Super Fun Night
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Nashville (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CBS
8:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Criminal Minds
Viewers: 10.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
10:00 CSI
Viewers: 9.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0 

NBC
8:00 Winter Olympics
Viewers: 20.2 million, 18-49 demo: 5.0

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 10.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6 

The Olympics' second week swoon continued on Wednesday as they still dominated but the numbers weren't amazing. It was down six tenths in the demo from last Wednesday and five tenths from the same night in 2010. Despite the Olympics drop, American Idol could not steady itself. It was down a rough 1.7 million viewers and eight tenths in the demo. Yikes. The CBS crime dramas held up pretty well against the Olympics. Criminal Minds was down 2.8 million viewers and three tenths in the demo, but that was from the highly rated 200th episode. These numbers are normal for Minds this season so this is a good performance. CSI held on even better as it was down 1.4 million viewers and even in the demo. On ABC, the season finale of Super Fun Night was down seven tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo for a pretty pathetic series low. This show never did all that well and went out with a big whimper. It would be a shock if it got a second season.

RATINGS RECAP: 2/18/14

ABC
8:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 The Goldbergs (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:30 Trophy Wife (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 Killer Women
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 9.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Person of Interest (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 Winter Olympics
Viewers: 18.9 million, 18-49 demo: 5.0

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 9.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7 

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, February 20

Thursday night has the season finale of The Taste as well as new FOX shows. Will this be the last time we see Rake? Only a couple more days with the Olympics then it's back to normal for broadcast.

ABC
8:00 The Taste (Season Finale)
10:00 Scandal #39 "A Door Marked Exit" (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #142 "The Proton Displacement" (REPEAT)
8:30 Mom #9 "Zombies and Cobb Salad" (REPEAT)

9:00 Two and a Half Men #228 "Clank, Clank, Drunken Skank" (REPEAT)
9:30 The Millers #10 "Carol's Parents are Coming to Town" (REPEAT)
10:00 Elementary #32 "Blood is Thicker" (REPEAT)
 

NBC
8:00 Winter Olympics: Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing

FOX
8:00 American Idol
9:00 Rake #5 "Bigamist" 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, February 19

Wednesday night has a new American Idol and new episodes of CBS dramas Criminal Minds and CSI. A season low for Idol and series lows for Minds and CSI wouldn't be shocking. ABC has the season (and most likely series) finale of Super Fun Night as Mixology will premiere in this slot next week.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #107 "War of the Hecks" (REPEAT)
8:30 Suburgatory #46 "Victor Ha" (REPEAT)
9:00 Modern Family #100 "Farm Strong" (REPEAT)
9:30 Super Fun Night #17 "... Till the Fat Lady Sings" (Season Finale)
10:00 Nashville #31 "Tomorrow Never Comes" (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 Hawaii Five-0 #62 "Hookman" (REPEAT)
9:00 Criminal Minds #201 "Mr. and Mrs. Anderson"

10:00 CSI #310 "Love for Sale"

NBC
8:00 Winter Olympics: Figure Skating, Alpine Skiing, Women's Bobsled, Men's Snowboarding

FOX
8:00 American Idol 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 2/17/14

ABC 
8:00 The Bachelor
Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
10:00 Castle
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 2 Broke Girls (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Mike & Molly (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:30 Mom (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Intelligence
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 Winter Olympics
Viewers: 23.6 million, 18-49 demo: 5.6

FOX
8:00 Almost Human
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 The Following
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7 

The Winter Olympics saw the return of Bob Costas and they posted their best numbers for the second Monday since the 2002 Olympics. The numbers helped the premiere of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to 11.3 million viewers and a 3.8 demo. Over on ABC, The Bachelor was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for a season low. It's not against the Olympics next week but it has to face The Voice and new CBS comedies. At 10pm, Castle was down 2.2 million viewers and four tenths in the demo from its last airing, which wasn't against the Olympics. FOX's dramas were flat with last week: Almost Human was down three tenths in viewers and up a tenth in the demo while The Following was up four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Finally on CBS, Intelligence was down 1.2 million viewers and a tenth in the demo.

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, February 18

Tuesday night has the Olympics, a special airing of American Idol, and the final scheduled episode for the sure-to-be-cancelled Killer Women.

ABC
8:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #11 "The Magical Place" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Goldbergs #10 "Shopping" (REPEAT)
9:30 Trophy Wife #8 "Lice and Beary White" (REPEAT)
10:00 Killer Women #6 "Daughter of the Alamo"

CBS
8:00 NCIS #237 "Under the Radar" (REPEAT)
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #99 "Omni" (REPEAT)

10:00 Person of Interest #47 "Nothing to Hide" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Winter Olympics: Women's Alpine Skiing, Men's Freestyle Skiing, Women's Bobsled, Women's Short Track

FOX
8:00 American Idol 

Monday, February 17, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 2/16/14

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:00 Movie: Up
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Castle (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:00 Elementary (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 The Mentalist (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
10:00 The Good Wife (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

NBC
7:00 Winter Olympics
Viewers: 21.3 million, 18-49 demo: 4.9

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
7:30 American Dad! (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:30 American Dad! (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0 

RATINGS RECAP: 2/15/14

ABC
8:00 Movie: Dreamgirls
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

NBC
8:00 Winter Olympics
Viewers: 17.1 million, 18-49 demo: 4.4

FOX
8:00 Rake (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 The Following (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2 

RATINGS RECAP: 2/14/14

ABC 
8:00 Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
8:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

NBC
8:00 Winter Olympics
Viewers: 19.1 million, 18-49 demo: 4.5

FOX
8:00 Bones (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Enlisted (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:30 Raising Hope (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5 

RATINGS RECAP: 2/13/14

ABC 
8:00 The Taste
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Scandal (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 11.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
8:30 The Millers (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 The Crazy Ones (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:30 Two and a Half Men (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Elementary (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 Winter Olympics
Viewers: 22.9 million, 18-49 demo: 5.9

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 10.2 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
9:00 Rake
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, February 17

Monday is pretty much a repeat of last week with the Olympics, a new Intelligence, new FOX dramas, and a new The Bachelor. The only addition this week is Castle is new as well which could push Intelligence down. Will The Following slip even more?

ABC
8:00 The Bachelor
10:00 Castle #120 "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #192 "The Lighthouse" (REPEAT)
8:30 2 Broke Girls #55 "And the Girlfriend Experience" (REPEAT)
9:00 Mike & Molly #72 "The First and Last Ride Along" (REPEAT)
9:30 Mom #8 "Big Sur and Strawberry Lube" (REPEAT)

10:00 Intelligence #7 "Size Matters"

NBC
8:00 Winter Olympics: Figure Skating, Men's Snowboarding, Men's Freestyle Skiing, Men's Ski Jumping

FOX
8:00 Almost Human #11 "Disrupt"
9:00 The Following #20 "Reflection" 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

WEEKEND REWIND: CBS 1999-2000 Season

CBS 1999-2000
CBS had a pretty pedestrian 1999-2000 season: a couple modest new performers that managed a couple seasons with one show making more of an imprint (Judging Amy). They tried to get in on the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire craze with their own game show, Winning Lines, in early 2000. But it wasn't until the summer of 2000 when two shows changed TV forever. CBS launched two ambitious new reality shows that summer. Their big bet was on Big Brother, which had been a hit overseas. It aired nearly every single night in the summer of 2000 and did well but not spectacular. However, it's still on the air every summer nearly 15 years later. The bigger game-changer was Survivor, a reality series set on a deserted island where castaways voted each other off the island. The show was a bigger game changer than Millionaire because it set off the reality trend that was so dominant in the early 2000s and is still a factor today. It also was a mammoth hit - the season one finale in August 2000 scored 51.7 million viewers and a 22.8 demo!

Check out ABC's 1999-2000 Weekend Rewind

Mondays
(Sep 20-Feb 21)
8:00 The King of Queens
8:30 Ladies Man
9:00 Everybody Loves Raymond
9:30 Becker
10:00 Family Law

(Feb 28-Apr 10)
8:00 The King of Queens
8:30 Grapevine (through Mar 27)
9:00 Everybody Loves Raymond
9:30 Becker
10:00 Family Law (through Mar 20)

(Apr 17-May 15)
8:00 The King of Queens
8:30 Ladies Man
9:00 Everybody Loves Raymond
9:30 Becker
10:00 Family Law (through May 8)
"Family Law"
Monday nights now had two solid anchors thanks to the emergence of The King of Queens. It took over the 8pm slot this season which it held for years to come and it was a good match with Everybody Loves Raymond at 9pm. CBS also had another solid performer with season two of Becker at 9:30pm. That left the 8:30pm slot and it has often been a troubled one for CBS even into recent seasons with Partners last year. This season, the new entry was Ladies Man, a new family comedy starring Alfred Molina, Sharon Lawrence, and Betty White. Starring Molina as a man surrounded by women, the show underwent some overhauls but actually did get renewed for a second season. The second season didn't air until June 2001 as a burn-off though so it was basically a one season show. It was briefly replaced in the spring by Grapevine, a reboot of a failed show from 1992. The second incarnation, featuring Kristy Swanson and George Eads, was less successful than the first. It lasted only five episodes and then Ladies Man returned to the schedule. At 10pm was yet another new drama. After a failed cop show in 1997-98 (Brooklyn South) and a failed medical show in 1998-99 (LA Doctors), CBS tried a family/legal drama. Family Law starred Kathleen Quinlan and Dixie Carter. It wasn't a huge hit but it performed better than Brooklyn or Doctors and CBS renewed it for a second season.

Tuesdays
8:00 JAG
9:00 60 Minutes II
10:00 Judging Amy
"Judging Amy"
Tuesday nights were steady and successful all season as all three shows were in the Top 30. JAG spent its third straight year at 8pm as a solid lead-off performer while 60 Minutes II blossomed into a pretty successful newsmagazine spinoff. It was not nearly as successful as the original but a lot of newsmagazines weren't launching so this was a good thing for CBS. At 10pm, Judging Amy was the most successful new drama launch on CBS since Chicago Hope in 1994-95. Starring Amy Brenneman and Tyne Daly, the show was critically acclaimed and, like Hope, it had a nice six season run.

Wednesdays
(Sep 29-Dec 29)
8:00 Cosby
8:30 Work With Me (through Oct 20)
9:00 Wednesday Night Movie

(Jan 19-May 24)
8:00 City of Angels (through Apr 5)
9:00 Wednesday Night Movie
"City of Angels"
The comedy block on Wednesdays continued to have difficulty. This year, CBS moved Cosby to the 8pm slot after three years on Mondays. But Wednesday was where comedies went to die and that happened with Cosby too as it bombed on Wednesdays and was benched to Fridays before being cancelled at the end of the season. Its partner was a quick bomb. Work with Me starred Kevin Pollak and Nancy Travis about a married couple who worked together. The pedestrian sitcom lasted just four episodes. Repeats of other sitcoms filled most of the rest of the weeks until January when CBS abandoned the sitcom block. They launched a new drama. City of Angels centered on a mostly black staff at a Los Angeles hospital. Starring Blair Underwood, Vivica A. Fox, and a young Maya Rudolph, the show was notable for its predominant black cast in a TV drama. It had its supporters and did enough to get a second season though it quickly flamed out after that. CBS decided to switch its movie night from Tuesday to Wednesday so a Wednesday Night Movie occupied the 9-11pm slot. 

Thursdays
8:00 Diagnosis: Murder
9:00 Chicago Hope
10:00 48 Hours
Thursday nights were quiet and steady all season. Diagnosis: Murder slid up an hour to 8pm. At 9pm was Chicago Hope, which moved over from Wednesdays. Hope welcomed back original series star Mandy Patinkin for its sixth season but it couldn't survive against the NBC comedy block and, starting in January, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. It was cancelled at the end of the season. Despite having a decent run, it always seemed like the second medical show after massive hit ER from the same era. 48 Hours continued to air at 10pm.

Fridays
(Sep 24-Oct 22)
8:00 Kids Say the Darndest Things
8:30 Love & Money (starting Oct 8)
9:00 Now and Again 
10:00 Nash Bridges

(Nov 5-Jan 7)
8:00 Kids Say the Darndest Things
8:30 Candid Camera
9:00 Now and Again
10:00 Nash Bridges

(Jan 14-May 5)
8:00 Kids Say the Darndest Things (through Apr 28)
8:30 Cosby (Jan 14-28, Mar 3-Apr 28)
9:00 Now and Again
10:00 Nash Bridges
"Now and Again"
Friday nights started with another stab at a sitcom as the comedy show Kids Say the Darndest Things was paired with Love & Money, a sitcom about an heiress who falls in love with a janitor. Featuring Paget Brewster and Swoosie Kurtz, it was yanked after three episodes before burning off two more in the summer. When it was yanked, Candid Camera swiftly returned to the 8:30pm slot. But Candid was put on the back burner again as Cosby moved over from Wednesdays to finish its four year run. Cosby had an OK run but it wasn't the hit CBS was hoping for and never came close to matching The Cosby Show. At 9pm was Now and Again, an ambitious new sci-fi drama. Genre shows can sometimes work here but it didn't. It's probably an accomplishment that it managed to last a full season in the slot because this seems like it easily could have been a quick cancellation. Nash Bridges continued at 10pm as a steady presence on the night.

Saturdays
(Sep 25-Dec 25)
8:00 Early Edition
9:00 Martial Law
10:00 Walker, Texas Ranger

(Jan 8-Feb 12)
8:00 Winning Lines
8:30 Various Programming
9:00 Martial Law
10:00 Walker, Texas Ranger

(Feb 19-Mar 11)
8:00 Early Edition
9:00 Martial Law
10:00 Walker, Texas Ranger

(Mar 18-Apr 15)
8:00 Various Programming

(Apr 22-May 20)
8:00 Early Edition
9:00 Martial Law (through May 13)
10:00 Walker, Texas Ranger
"Winning Lines"
Saturdays may have looked complicated but they really weren't as Martial Law and Walker, Texas Ranger basically aired at 9pm and 10pm all season, save for a brief hiatus in the spring where movies and basketball aired. Martial Law ended up being cancelled after two seasons as CBS' once strong Saturday lineup was cratering. Another cancellation victim was Early Edition, which aired most of the season but ended after four years. It was briefly replaced in January by Winning Lines. In early 2000, pretty much every network tried to copy the mammoth success of ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire with a game show of their own. Winning Lines was an uninspired, overly complicated show hosted by Dick Clark and it did not take any attention away from Millionaire. It was quickly gone after about a month.

Sundays
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Touched by an Angel
9:00 Sunday Night Movie 
Sunday nights continued to be as steady as can be. The winning lineup of 60 Minutes, Touched by an Angel, and the Sunday Night Movie continued for a fourth straight season.

CBS 1999-00 Stats

Shows in the Top 10
8. 60 Minutes
10. Touched by an Angel
12. Everybody Loves Raymond
14. Sunday Night Movie
18. Becker
19. Judging Amy
20. JAG
23. 60 Minutes II
27. Family Law
30. Wednesday Night Movie

Fall Shows Survival: 3/6 (50%)
Judging Amy, Ladies Man, Family Law

Midseason Shows Survival: 1/4 (25%)
City of Angels

Total New Show Survival Rate: 4/10 (40%)

Cancelled/Ended Series
Chicago Hope (6 seasons)
Cosby/Early Edition (4 seasons)
Kids Say the Darndest Things (3 seasons)
Martial Law (2 seasons)
Now and Again/Work With Me/Love & Money/Winning Lines/Grapevine/Falcone (1 season)

Emmy Award Nominees & Winners (Major Categories)
Everybody Loves Raymond (Nominee, Outstanding Comedy Series)
Amy Brenneman, Judging Amy (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series)
Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series)
Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond (WINNER, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series)
Tyne Daly, Judging Amy (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)
Peter Boyle, Everybody Loves Raymond (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series)
Brad Garrett, Everybody Loves Raymond (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series)
Doris Roberts, Everybody Loves Raymond (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series) 

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, February 16

Check back later for the Weekend Rewind from CBS 1999-2000!

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (REPEAT)
8:00 MOVIE: Up
10:00 Castle #110 "Time Will Tell" (REPEAT)

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Elementary #31 "The Marchioness" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Mentalist #122 "Fire and Brimstone" (REPEAT)
10:00 The Good Wife #98 "The Next Month" (REPEAT)

NBC
7:00 Winter Olympics: Figure Skating, Women's Snowboarding, Men's Alpine Skiing, Men's Cross-Country Skiing

FOX 
7:00 Bob's Burgers #30 "The Unbearable Like-Likeness of Gene" (REPEAT)
7:30 American Dad! #159 "Faking Bad" (REPEAT)

8:00 The Simpsons #536 "The Kid is All Right" (REPEAT)
8:30 Bob's Burgers #35 "My Fuzzy Valentine" (REPEAT)
9:00 Family Guy #212 "Vestigial Peter" (REPEAT)
9:30 American Dad! #158 "Independent Movie" (REPEAT)

RATINGS RECAP: 2/12/14

ABC
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 Suburgatory (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:30 Super Fun Night
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Nashville (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS
8:00 Mike & Molly (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:30 The Beatles: The Night That Changed America (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

NBC
8:00 Winter Olympics
Viewers: 20.8 million, 18-49 demo: 5.6

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 11.7 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4 

Friday, February 14, 2014

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, February 14 & Saturday, February 15

Happy Valentine's Day!

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (SPECIAL)
9:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)
10:00 20//20

CBS
8:00 Hawaii Five-0 #74 "Ka'oia I'o Ma Loko" (REPEAT)
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 #75 "A Ia La Aku" (REPEAT)

10:00 Hawaii Five-0 #76 "Kupu'eu" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Winter Olympics: Figure Skating, Men's Alpine Skiing, Women's Freestyle Skiing

FOX
8:00 Bones #172 "The Woman in White" (REPEAT)
9:00 Enlisted #1 "Pilot" (REPEAT)
9:30 Raising Hope #67 "Deja Vu Man" (REPEAT)


SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 MOVIE: Dreamgirls

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss (REPEAT)
9:00 48 Hours


NBC
8:00 Winter Olympics: Women's Alpine Skiing, Men's Speedskating, Men's Ski Jumping

FOX
8:00 Rake #2 "A Close Shave" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Following #19 "Family Affair" (REPEAT)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, February 13

ABC
8:00 The Taste
10:00 Scandal #38 "YOLO" (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #140 "The Workplace Proximity" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Millers #5 "Giving the Bird" (REPEAT)

9:00 The Crazy Ones #9 "Sixteen-Inch Softball" (REPEAT)
9:30 Two and a Half Men #227 "The Unblessed Biscuit" (REPEAT)

10:00 Elementary #29 "Ancient History" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Winter Olympics: Figure Skating, Women's Speedskating, Men's Freestyle Skiing

FOX
8:00 American Idol
9:00 Rake #4 "Cannibal"

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 2/11/14

ABC
8:00 The Goldbergs (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 The Goldbergs (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 The Goldbergs (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:30 Trophy Wife (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 Killer Women
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS 
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 9.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Person of Interest (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

NBC
8:00 Winter Olympics
Viewers: 23.7 million, 18-49 demo: 6.6

FOX
8:00 Dads
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 Dads
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 New Girl
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2 

As the Olympics marched on, FOX's Tuesday lineup wilted to series lows. At 8pm, the final two episodes of the season saw consecutive series lows with the 8pm episode down a million viewers and four tenths in the demo. The 8:30pm episode was down from there. This wasn't a good final note for Dads, which is firmly on the bubble. Right now, I'm going to guess it's not coming back but it's too close to tell. At 9pm, New Girl was down half a million viewers and three tenths in the demo while Brooklyn Nine-Nine was down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. Both were series lows and the move to 9:30pm is not looking great for Brooklyn right now. Maybe people didn't know these were new but either way, it was a bad idea by FOX to air these against the Olympics. On ABC, Killer Women was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo.