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Monday, March 31, 2014

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, March 31

Monday night is a big night for CBS. First up is the series finale of the beloved How I Met Your Mother after nine seasons. Originally a perennial bubble show, Mother blossomed into one of CBS' biggest hits and they will certainly miss its presence on Monday nights. I think it will have a nice bump for the finale, it could even be higher than my prediction. It is followed by the series premiere of Friends with Better Lives, which CBS is hoping will fill the Mother void. With the big lead-in, it should have a strong sampling but we'll see where things go from here when the whole Monday lineup becomes suspect. It is also the season, and most likely series, finale of the low-rated Intelligence at 10pm. Elsewhere, the competition could take a hit from the Mother finale though The Blacklist may be OK at 10pm without a new Castle in the hour.

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
10:00 Castle #112 "Like Father, Like Daughter" (REPEAT)
Prediction: Dancing - 13.5 million, 2.1

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #207/208 "Last Forever" (SERIES FINALE)
9:00 Friends With Better Lives #1 "Pilot" (SERIES PREMIERE)

9:30 Mom #21 "Broken Dreams and Blocked Arteries"
10:00 Intelligence #13 "Being Human" (Season Finale)
Prediction: Mother - 11.8 million, 4.5/Friends - 10.3 million, 3.4/Mom - 8.8 million, 2.4/Intelligence - 5.8 million, 1.3

NBC
8:00 The Voice
10:00 The Blacklist #18 "Milton Bobbit"
Prediction: Voice - 12.2 million, 3.4/Blacklist - 11.2 million, 2.8

FOX
8:00 Bones #185 "The Turn in the Urn"
9:00 The Following #26 "Freedom"
Prediction: Bones - 5.5 million, 1.3/Following - 3.9 million, 1.3      

Sunday, March 30, 2014

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, March 30

Sunday night could see rises for CBS because of a direct lead-in from the NCAA Basketball tournament. Also, The Good Wife has such a buzzy episode last week, I wouldn't be surprised to see it spike. Resurrection and the NBC dramas are probably not done dropping yet so we'll see how that goes.

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Once Upon a Time #59 "Quiet Minds"
9:00 Resurrection #4 "Us Against the World"
10:00 Revenge #61 "Addiction"
Prediction: Videos - 6.5 million, 1.3/Time - 6.6 million, 2.0/Resurrection - 8.1 million, 2.2/Revenge - 5.2 million, 1.4

CBS 
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 The Amazing Race
9:00 The Good Wife #106 "The Last Call"
10:00 The Mentalist #132 "Violets"
Prediction: 60 Mins - 12.8 million, 2.5/Race - 9.3 million, 2.0/Wife - 9.6 million, 1.6/Mentalist - 8.3 million, 1.4

NBC
7:00 The Voice (REPEAT)
8:00 American Dream Builders

9:00 Believe #4 "Defection"
10:00 Crisis #3 "What Was Done to You"
Prediction: Dream - 3.2 million, 0.7/Believe - 4.7 million, 1.1/Crisis - 4.9 million, 1.2

FOX 
7:00 Bob's Burgers #60 "The Kids Rob a Train"
7:30 American Dad! #166 "Stan GHoes on the Pill"
8:00 The Simpsons #546 "You Don't Have to Live Like a Referee"
8:30 Family Guy #225 "Secondhand Spoke"
9:00 Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Prediction: Burgers - 2.8 million, 1.3/Dad - 2.9 million, 1.4/Simpsons - 3.9 million, 1.8/Family - 4.2 million, 2.1/Cosmos - 4.0 million, 1.6      

RATINGS RECAP: 3/29/14

ABC
8:00 Mixology (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
8:30 Mixology (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2
9:00 20/20 Saturday
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 Nightline Prime
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CBS
8:00 2 Broke Girls (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
8:30 Mom (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

NBC
8:00 Dateline Saturday
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Saturday Night Live (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

FOX
8:00 Almost Human (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 The Following (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3 

RATINGS RECAP: 3/28/14

ABC 
8:00 Last Man Standing
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 The Neighbors
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball
Viewers: 8.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
10:00 NCAA Basketball
Viewers: 10.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.6

NBC
8:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 Hannibal
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX 
8:00 Rake
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Enlisted
Viewers: 1.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:30 Raising Hope
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

PILOT REVIEW: Surviving Jack

SURVIVING JACK












Starring: Christopher Meloni, Rachael Harris, Connor Buckley, Claudia Lee, Tyler Foden, Kevin Hernandez

Inspired by the Book "I Suck at Girls" by Justin Halpern
Created by Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker
Written by Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker, Directed by Victor Nelli Jr.

Surviving Jack is a new family sitcom set in 1991 in Southern California. Jack Dunlevy (Christopher Meloni) is an ex-military man and doctor who is scaling back his hours at work so his wife Joanne (Rachael Harris) can go to law school. Gruff Jack is taking on more responsibility with his two teenage kids: awkward and hormonal Frankie (Connor Buckley) and rebellious Rachel (Claudia Lee). Rounding out the main cast are Frankie's two friends Mikeya and George (Tyler Foden and Kevin Hernandez)

THE GOOD: First of all, I love the 1990s setting! This is the first sitcom I've seen set in the 1990s from a nostalgic/historical perspective. The soundtrack and look to the show were fun in an era that's seeming more and more dated by the day. Christopher Meloni is funny as the dad and got better as the episode went along. At first, he seemed a little too gruff and too much of a caricature but the slightly softer moments he had played better and were funnier. Connor Buckley is strong as the gangly, awkward freshman in high school and the dynamics between him and Meloni seem authentic. Overall, it was a solid start to a fun family sitcom.

THE BAD: There have been SO many family sitcoms this year that they are starting to run together because so many of them have had some sort of combination of awkward teen boy or rebellious teen daughter (Mom, The Michael J. Fox Show, Sean Saves the World, The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife, Growing Up Fisher). I feel like people who write family sitcoms need to broaden the stereotypes a little bit and stay a little more grounded in reality. Some of the early lines from Meloni seemed a little fake like they were unnecessarily playing up the "gruff dad" approach.

BOTTOM LINE: Despite the stereotypes - as far as family sitcoms go, Surviving Jack did not seem quite as enjoyable as The Goldbergs but more so than the others. The dynamic between Meloni and Buckley is at the heart of this show and the realness of it means this show has promise. It didn't get great ratings but I'm going to enjoy it while I can. Keep the 90s music coming!!

CANCELLATION ALERT: Mind Games, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

ABC cancelled two shows late this week. Mind Games and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland were added to the scrap heap in a year of drama bombs for ABC.

Mind Games was cancelled after five episodes and will be pulled immediately from the schedule. Following in the footsteps of the disastrous Lucky 7 and Killer Women, Mind Games bombed in the Tuesday 10pm slot. It premiered to a very low 3.6 million viewers and 1.1 demo. It tumbled to a 0.6 demo the following week and then regained a few viewers after that but never approached the 1.0 demo again. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland was the latest victim of Thursday at 8pm on ABC. Despite the success of the parent show, it received very little attention. It premiered to 5.8 million viewers and a 1.7 demo. By November, it was below a 1.0 demo. It took a couple months off and returned just as low. ABC's biggest problems is they cannot find a way to fix Tuesday at 10pm or Thursday at 8pm and these two shows are just the latest examples.

Mind Games and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland joined The Assets, Back in the Game, and Lucky 7 in the official cancellation category with Betrayal, Super Fun Night, Mixology, and Killer Women sure to join them. Slam dunk renewals include Dancing with the Stars, The Bachelor, America's Funniest Home Videos, Scandal, Grey's Anatomy, The Middle, Modern Family, Last Man Standing, Shark Tank, Once Upon a Time, and likely Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Resurrection, The Goldbergs and Revenge. Bubble shows include Nashville and The Neighbors and it's not looking good for Trophy Wife. ABC is the only network with no official renewals. Resurrection repeats and then Celebrity Wife Swap on April 15 will replace Mind Games while Once Upon a Time in Wonderland airs it series finale next week.

RATINGS RECAP: 3/27/14

ABC
8:00 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Grey's Anatomy
Viewers: 8.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
10:00 Scandal
Viewers: 9.0 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
10:00 NCAA Basketball
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6

NBC
8:00 Hollywood Game Night (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Hollywood Game Night (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Parenthood
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4 

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 American Idol
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:30 Surviving Jack
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3 

On Thursday night, FOX premiered a new sitcom but it didn't go very well. First up though, Hell's Kitchen was up a tenth in viewers and the demo at 8pm. American Idol's results show shrunk to half an hour and was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for a new series low. Who would have thought we'd see the day when Hell's Kitchen tied American Idol in the demo? At 9:30pm, the series premiere of Surviving Jack had an old-skewing soft debut. Idol doesn't mean anything as a lead-in anymore and this show only got mild attention that's likely to drop from here. On ABC, the just cancelled Once Upon a Time in Wonderland was down a tenth in viewers but up two tenths in the demo. The series finale airs next week. At 9pm, Grey's Anatomy was up three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo while Scandal was down a tenth in viewers and up two tenths in the demo. On NBC, Parenthood was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for its best performance since October 3.

RATINGS RECAP: 3/26/14

ABC
8:00 The Middle
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
8:30 Suburgatory
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Modern Family
Viewers: 10.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.6
9:30 Mixology
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 Nashville
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

CBS
8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 9.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 CSI (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2 

NBC
8:00 Prince Harry's South Pole Heroes
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Chicago PD (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9


FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 9.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2 

On Wednesday night, ABC was fully new with originals. At 8pm, The Middle was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. At 8:30pm, Suburgatory was also down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. I'm thinking this is going to be cancelled but that could change again next week. At 9pm, Modern Family was up seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for its best performance since November 13. At 9:30pm, Mixology was up 1.2 million viewers and four tenths in the demo from last week when it followed a repeat of Family. It's decent enough to let it run the course of the season but that's it. At 10pm, Nashville was up a tenth in viewers and down a tenth in the demo despite the competition being in repeats and the lead-in being better. Only Survivor was new on CBS and it was up four tenths in viewers and down two tenths in the demo. Finally on FOX, American Idol was down half a million viewers and even in the demo.

Friday, March 28, 2014

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, March 28 & Saturday, March 29

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #60 "Project Mandy"
8:30 The Neighbors #42 "Close Encounters of the Bird Kind"
9:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)
10:00 20/20

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament

NBC
8:00 Dateline NBC
10:00 Hannibal #18 "Mukozuke"

FOX
8:00 Rake #10 "50 Shades of Grey"
9:00 Enlisted #9 "Paint Cart 5000 vs the Mondo Spider"
9:30 Raising Hope #86 "Man's Best Friend"

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 Mixology #2 "Liv & Ron" (REPEAT)
8:30 Mixology #3 "Bruce & Jessica" (REPEAT)
9:00 20/20 Saturday

10:00 Nightline Prime

CBS
8:00 2 Broke Girls #43 "And the Temporary Distraction" (REPEAT)
8:30 Mom #6 "Abstinence and Pudding" (REPEAT)
9:00 48 Hours (REPEAT)

10:00 48 Hours (REPEAT)

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

FOX
8:00 Almost Human #12 "Beholder" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Following #25 "Teacher's Pet" (REPEAT)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, March 27

Thursday night has the series premiere of Surviving Jack on FOX. It is following American Idol, whose results show is now just half an hour (that may actually help it). However, Idol isn't much of a lead-in anymore and it did absolutely nothing for Rake, so I don't think Surviving Jack is going to get much traction. CBS has its basketball lineup and it will be up from last week with less games on the other networks. NBC only has a new Parenthood while ABC should be strong again outside of the 8pm hour.

ABC
8:00 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland #12 "To Catch a Thief"
9:00 Grey's Anatomy #213 "Do You Know?"
10:00 Scandal #44 "Mama Said Knock You Out"
Prediction: Wonderland - 3.2 million, 0.8/Grey's - 8.5 million, 2.5/Scandal - 9.3 million, 2.9

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball

NBC
8:00 Hollywood Game Night (REPEAT)
9:00 Hollywood Game Night (REPEAT)

10:00 Parenthood #87 "Fraud Alert"
Prediction: Parenthood - 4.5 million, 1.3

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
9:00 American Idol
9:30 Surviving Jack #1 "Pilot" (SERIES PREMIERE)
Prediction: Hell's - 5.5 million, 1.9/Idol - 8.9 million, 2.1/Jack - 6.4 million, 1.7     

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 3/25/14

ABC 
8:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 The Goldbergs (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:30 Trophy Wife (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Mind Games
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 17.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 15.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
10:00 Person of Interest
Viewers: 12.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0 

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 12.5 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
9:00 About a Boy
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:30 Growing Up Fisher
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 Chicago Fire (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX 
8:00 Glee
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 New Girl
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

On Tuesday night, FOX was miserable as usual even with the season finale of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. At 8pm, Glee was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. At 9pm, New Girl was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo for a series low. Wow, this show has fallen hard, just like it's lead-in. The season finale of Brooklyn was up a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo. It built on its New Girl lead-in but was still pretty bad. However, a 1.2 or 1.3 demo gets you renewed these days on FOX. On NBC, The Voice started things off down eight tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for a season low. At 9pm, About a Boy continued to show strength as it was down just two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. How would this do without The Voice lead-in though? At 9:30pm, Growing Up Fisher was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. I think both sitcoms will get renewed.

CBS saw small gains across the board. At 8pm, NCIS was up four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo with the first part of its backdoor pilot for the New Orleans spinoff starring Scott Bakula - being planned for 2014-2015. I don't think the ratings say anything about viewers' interest in a new show because this si right where NCIS has been lately. We'll see how it does next week with part two. At 9pm, NCIS: Los Angeles was up 1.3 million viewers and a tenth in the demo. At 10pm, Person of Interest benefited from Chicago Fire being a repeat. It was up 1.3 million viewers and three tenths in the demo for its best performance since February 4. On ABC, Mind Games followed all repeats but was down just three tenths in viewers and even in the demo.

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, March 26

ABC 
8:00 The Middle #113 "The Walk"
8:30 Suburgatory #52 "Catch and Release"
9:00 Modern Family #114 "Las Vegas"
9:30 Mixology #5 "Fab & Jessica & Dominic"
10:00 Nashville #39 "Your Wild Life's Gonna Get You Down"
Prediction: Middle - 7.1 million, 1.9/Suburgatory - 5.0 million, 1.5/Modern - 9.1 million, 3.2/Mixology - 4.0 million, 1.5/Nashville - 5.5 million, 1.5

CBS
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #191 "Route 66" (REPEAT)
10:00 CSI #297 "Take the Money and Run" (REPEAT)
Prediction: Survivor - 9.6 million, 2.6

NBC
8:00 NBC News: Prince Harry's South Pole Heroes (SPECIAL)
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #334 "Comic Perversion" (REPEAT)
10:00 Chicago PD #6 "Conventions" (REPEAT)

FOX 
8:00 American Idol
Prediction: Idol - 10.3 million, 2.4  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 3/24/14

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 14.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
10:00 Castle
Viewers: 9.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother
Viewers: 9.0 million, 18-49 demo: 3.5
8:30 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:00 Mike & Molly
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:30 Mom
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 Intelligence
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 12.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.7
10:00 The Blacklist
Viewers: 10.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8 

FOX 
8:00 Bones
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 The Following
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4 

Monday night saw big numbers for the next to last week of How I Met Your Mother. It had a big jump of 1.2 million viewers and six tenths in the demo. It should easily go over a 4 demo for the one hour series finale next week. The rest of the lineup only improved slightly. At 8:30pm, 2 Broke Girls was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Things could get ugly when this show has to take over the 8pm slot. At 9pm, Mike & Molly was up a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo while Mom was up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. At 10pm, Intelligence was down three tenths in viewers and even in the demo. On ABC, week two of Dancing with the Stars was down seven tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. This is not a bad drop from a decent debut. At 10pm, Castle was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. 

On NBC, The Voice fell back after last week's jump. It was down six tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo. The better news for NBC came at 10pm where The Blacklist was down two tenths in viewers but up a tenth in the demo despite the lead-in being down. This is another good sign that this show is going to be OK when NBC inevitably moves it from this slot next season. FOX's lineup continues to get completely lost. At 8pm, Bones was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Hard to believe it was actually doing better on Friday but maybe FOX has moved this show one too many times. At 9pm, The Following was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo.

RATINGS RECAP: 3/23/14

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 Resurrection
Viewers: 9.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
10:00 Revenge
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

CBS
7:00 NCAA Basketball Overrun
Viewers: 11.6 million, 18-49 demo: 4.0
7:30 60 Minutes
Viewers: 11.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0 
8:30 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 8.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:30 The Good Wife
Viewers: 9.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:30 The Mentalist
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3 

NBC
7:00 The Voice Recap Special
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:00 American Dream Builders
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Believe
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Crisis
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

FOX 
7:00 Bob's Burgers
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
7:30 American Dad!
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:00 The Simpsons
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
8:30 Family Guy
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7  

Most shows were down on Sunday night. NBC's new Sunday lineup is not panning out for them. The new reality series American Dream Builders was DOA at 8pm. Airing at the same time where ABC had many great years of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, American Dream Builders was not able to tap into the feel good Sunday crowd. A recap of The Voice did better at 8pm last week. At 9pm, week two of the regular timeslot for Believe was down 1.5 million viewers and three tenths in the demo to a weak 1.2 demo. It's already heading below what bubble shows Parenthood and Revolution are getting so this looks like a short term player for NBC. Same goes for Crisis as its second episode was also down 1.5 million viewers and three tenths in the demo. The only good news for this show was it built on Believe for the second week in a row.

ABC saw everything take a step back. At 7pm, America's Funniest Home Videos was up half a million viewers but down a tenth in the demo. At 8pm, Once Upon a Time was down nine tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. After two solid weeks back from its winter hiatus, it stumbled a bit this week. But the news was worse for week three of Resurrection at 9pm. It was down 1.8 million viewers and six tenths in the demo. Yes, it had a surprisingly huge premiere but it has fallen an alarming 1.3 demo points in just two episodes since its premiere. It's probably not done leveling off yet even if it doesn't dip as much in the weeks to come. Either way, this does not seem like ABC's big new hit anymore. At 10pm, Revenge was down half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo. A 1.5 demo is not great by any means but it's still an improvement on a timeslot that has been tough for ABC in recent years. 

On CBS, the NCAA Basketball coverage spilled over into primetime but the only show it helped was 60 Minutes as it was down four tenths in viewers but up three tenths in the demo. With everything starting half an hour later, The Amazing Race was up four tenths in viewers and even in the demo, The Good Wife was up seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, and The Mentalist was up seven tenths in viewers and even in the demo. The Good Wife had a bombshell episode so it will be interesting to see if that show rises in the weeks to come. FOX's animated lineup was all within a tenth in the demo from last week's numbers but week three of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey was down seven tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. Its third week was not nearly as promising as its second week.

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, March 25

ABC
8:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #13 "T.R.A.C.K.S." (REPEAT)
9:00 The Goldbergs #14 "You Opened the Door" (REPEAT)

9:30 Trophy Wife #9 "Russ Bradley Morrison" (REPEAT)
10:00 Mind Games #5 "Cauliflower Man"
Prediction: Mind - 2.5 million, 0.7

CBS
8:00 NCIS #252 "Crescent City"
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #114 "Zero Days"
10:00 Person of Interest #63 "Allegiance"
Prediction: NCIS - 17.5 million, 2.5/Los Angeles - 14.5 million, 2.4/Person - 11.2 million, 1.9

NBC
8:00 The Voice
9:00 About a Boy #5 "About a Plumber"
9:30 Growing Up Fisher #5 "Work With Me"
10:00 Chicago Fire #30 "Joyriding" (REPEAT)
Prediction: Voice - 13.8 million, 3.6/Boy - 7.2 million, 2.1/Fisher - 6.3 million, 1.7

FOX
8:00 Glee #101 "New Directions"
9:00 New Girl #69 "Mars Landing"
9:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine #22 "Charges and Specs" (Season Finale)
Prediction: Glee - 2.2 million, 0.9/New Girl - 3.0 million, 1.5/Brooklyn - 2.8 million, 1.3  
    

Monday, March 24, 2014

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, March 24

Monday night has all networks with new and regular lineups. ABC could see Dancing with the Stars slip back a bit form last week's premiere. CBS has the penultimate episode of How I Met Your Mother and that could bring it and the CBS comedy lineup up a bit.

ABC 
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
10:00 Castle #124 "The Greater Good"
Prediction: Dancing - 14.1 million, 2.3/Castle - 10.1 million, 1.8

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #206 "The End of the Aisle"
8:30 2 Broke Girls #68 "And the Not Broke Parents"
9:00 Mike & Molly #86 "The Dice Lady Cometh"
9:30 Mom #20 "Clumsy Monkeys and a Tilted Uterus"
10:00 Intelligence #12 "The Event Horizon"
Prediction: Mother - 9.0 million, 3.1/Girls - 7.8 million, 2.4/Mike&Molly - 8.1 million, 2.0/Mom - 7.5 million, 1.9/Intelligence - 5.4 million, 1.1

NBC
8:00 The Voice
10:00 The Blacklist #17 "Harrison Lee"
Prediction: Voice - 13.2 million, 3.8/Blacklist - 10.8 million, 2.7

FOX 
8:00 Bones #184 "The Carrot in the Kudzu"
9:00 The Following #25 "Teacher's Pet"
Prediction: Bones - 6.1 million, 1.5/Following - 4.2 million, 1.4      

Sunday, March 23, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 3/22/14

ABC
8:00 Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Nightline Prime
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
10:00 20/20 Saturday
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
10:30 48 Hours
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

NBC
8:00 Dateline Mystery
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Crisis (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

FOX 
8:00 Almost Human (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 The Following (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, March 23

No Weekend Rewind this week... it's a very busy time of year for me! I will try to get the next one up as soon as I can.

Sunday night is a full night for the networks. Most interesting to watch will be week three of Resurrection and week two of Believe and Crisis. I think Resurrection will do pretty well while it could get ugly for the NBC dramas. NBC also has a reality premiere: American Dream Builders at 8pm but I don't think it will have much of an impact.

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Once Upon a Time #58 "The Tower"
9:00 Resurrection #3 "Two Rivers"
10:00 Revenge #60 "Disgrace"
Prediction: Videos - 6.2 million, 1.4/Time - 7.5 million, 2.3/Resurrection - 9.9 million, 2.8/Revenge - 5.8 million, 1.6

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 The Amazing Race
9:00 The Good Wife #105 "Dramatics, Your Honor"
10:00 The Mentalist #131 "White as the Driven Snow"
Prediction: 60 Mins - 11.8 million, 1.6/Race - 8.6 million, 1.9/Wife - 8.8 million, 1.3/Mentalist - 9.1 million, 1.3

NBC
 7:00 The Voice: Battle Rounds Recap (SPECIAL)
8:00 American Dream Builders (SERIES PREMIERE)
9:00 Believe #3 "Origin"
10:00 Crisis #2 "If You are Watching This, I Am Dead"
Prediction: Dream - 4.4 million, 1.2/Believe - 5.2 million, 1.3/Crisis - 5.4 million, 1.3

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers #59 "Uncle Teddy"
7:30 American Dad! #165 "I Ain't No Holodeck Boy"
8:00 The Simpsons #545 "The War of Art"
8:30 Family Guy #224 "Fresh Heir"
9:00 Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Prediction: Burgers - 2.5 million, 1.2/Dad - 2.9 million, 1.5/Simpsons - 4.5 million, 2.0/Family - 5.0 million, 2.3/Cosmos - 4.8 million, 1.9

Saturday, March 22, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 3/21/14

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:30 The Neighbors
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Shark Tank
Viewers: 8.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:55 NCAA Basketball
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5 

NBC
8:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Grimm
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 Hannibal
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9 

FOX
8:00 Rake
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Enlisted (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:30 Raising Hope
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

With CBS continuing basketball coverage, it was a pretty quiet night for ratings news. NBC had Dateline NBC up a sizable 1.5 million viewers and three tenths in the demo, Grimm up a tenth in viewers and down a tenth in the demo, and Hannibal up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. On ABC, The Neighbors was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, Shark Tank was up eight tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, and 20/20 was up 1.5 million viewers and even in the demo. Finally on FOX, Rake was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo and Raising Hope was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo for a new series low. What a boring night.

Friday, March 21, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 3/20/14

ABC
8:00 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Grey's Anatomy
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
10:00 Scandal
Viewers: 9.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:18 NCAA Basketball
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

NBC
8:00 Community
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 Parks and Recreation
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Hollywood Game Night (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Parenthood
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3 

FOX 
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 American Idol
Viewers: 8.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

Thursday night had the NCAA Basketball tournament on CBS and the results were way below CBS' usual Thursday numbers as well as last year's tournament. Having so many games on so many networks has completely diluted this for CBS and they should really consider letting it fully be a cable offering, at least in the early rounds. Several competing shows were up without the CBS lineup including The Big Bang Theory. On NBC, Community was up half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo. The jury's still out on this one for next year. At 8:30pm, Parks and Recreation was up four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Finally at 10pm, Parenthood was up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo

On ABC, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland was up three tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Grey's Anatomy followed and was up seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Finally, Scandal dominated the 10pm hour and was up nine tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Lastly on FOX, Hell's Kitchen was down two tenths in viewers and the demo from last week's premiere. At 9pm, American Idol was down half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo for a series low. It nearly dipped below a 2.0 demo but was adjusted up in finals so it hasn't hit that low point yet. Still, it's just getting uglier. There's no reason Idol should have been down with CBS well below normal and NBC in repeats.

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

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #55 "Breaking Boyd" (REPEAT)
8:30 The Neighbors #41 "Uncle Benjamin"
9:00 Shark Tank
10:00 20/20

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament

NBC
8:00 Dateline NBC
9:00 Grimm #60 "The Show Must Go On"
10:00 Hannibal #17 "Takiawase"

FOX
8:00 Rake #9 "Hey, Good Looking"
9:00 Enlisted #3 "Pete's Airstream" (REPEAT)
9:30 Raising Hope #85 "Para-Natesville Activity"


SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe (REPEAT - SPECIAL)
9:00 Nightline Prime
10:00 20/20 Saturday

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament
10:00 48 Hours Mystery

NBC
8:00 Dateline Mystery
10:00 Crisis #1 "Pilot" (REPEAT)

FOX 
8:00 Almost Human #11 "Disrupt" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Following #24 "Unmasked' (REPEAT)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 3/19/14

ABC
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 Suburgatory (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:30 Mixology
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Nashville (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CBS
8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 9.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:00 Criminal Minds
Viewers: 10.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
10:00 CSI
Viewers: 10.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0 

NBC
8:00 Revolution
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 Chicago PD
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 9.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2

Wednesday night was a pretty boring night with nothing topping a 2.5 demo. That 2.5 demo belonged to Survivor which was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. It handily beat American Idol in the 8pm hour. At 9pm, Criminal Minds was down six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, tying a series low it has hit two other times this season. Will CBS or NBC budge on moving their crime drama from this slot next season? At 10pm, CSI was dead even with last week as it handily took care of the 10pm hour. ABC was almost fully in repeats but Mixology was new and it plunged six tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo for a series low.

NBC had a rough night. At 8pm, Revolution was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for a series low. This show is most likely a goner. At 9pm, Law & Order: SVU was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo despite a guest appearance from Alec Baldwin. At 10pm, Chicago PD was down a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a series low. It didn't really earn its renewal stripes after the announcement this week. FOX had American Idol fall another half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo to tie series lows it has hit on Thursday. It was only a 2.0 demo in the 8pm hour as this deterioration is continuing for TV's former top show.

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, March 20

Thursday night has the beginning of March Madness coverage on CBS. It should do fairly well but I don't think it will have a negative impact on other shows, especially female-skewing ones like Scandal and Parenthood.

ABC
8:00 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland #11 "Heart of the Matter"
9:00 Grey's Anatomy #212 "We Gotta Get Out of This Place"
10:00 Scandal #43 "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang"
Prediction: Wonderland - 3.3 million, 0.9/Grey's - 8.1 million, 2.4/Scandal - 8.8 million, 3.0

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament

NBC
8:00 Community #94 "Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons"
8:30 Parks and Recreation #107 "Galentine's Day"
9:00 Hollywood Game Night (REPEAT)
10:00 Parenthood #86 "The Offer"
Prediction: Community - 2.7 million, 1.0/Parks - 3.0 million, 1.2/Parenthood - 3.5 million, 1.2

FOX 
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
9:00 American Idol
Prediction: Hell's - 5.2 million, 1.9/Idol - 9.1 million, 2.3

RENEWAL ALERT: Grimm, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD

NBC handed out renewals today to three dramas that were obvious pickups: Grimm, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD.

Grimm was renewed for a fourth season. Talk about a little show that could, the show should have been quickly forgotten with a Friday night slot in its first season (2011-12). Instead, it carved out a niche audience and has been solid ever since. NBC has tried to find it a partner this year with both Dracula and Hannibal but neither can hold on to much of Grimm's audience, which is decent by Friday standards. NBC has tried it on Mondays and Tuesdays for short time periods in the past but it didn't work so they have finally realized it belongs (and should stay) on Fridays.

Chicago Fire was renewed for a third season. Another little show that could, this one was low on NBC's priority list in 2012-13 with big premieres like Revolution and Go On to worry about. But it quietly surprised on Wednesday nights, often building on its Law & Order: SVU lead-in. NBC realized what they had and upgraded it to a better timeslot this year airing after The Voice in the fall. That helped a little bit but it has been remarkably steady even without a direct lead-in from The Voice. The show has also spawned a successful spinoff...

Chicago PD was a midseason spinoff this year from Chicago Fire. It took Fire's old Wednesday night timeslot and has done fairly well. It had one very impressive night crossing over with Law & Order: SVU and building on the lead-in. Most of time it is just very compatible. This is a franchise NBC is establishing so they probably had a low threshold for renewal, but it has done pretty well so it's renewal was a sure thing from pretty early on. Look for many more crossovers between the Chicago shows.

These dramas join previously announced NBC renewals The Blacklist, The Voice, Celebrity Apprentice (which has not aired this season), and Parks and Recreation. Other sure or likely renewals include About a Boy, The Biggest Loser, Hollywood Game Night, and Law & Order: SVU. Bubble shows are Community, Dracula, Growing Up Fisher, Parenthood, and Revolution. It's not looking promising for Hannibal and the new Believe and Crisis.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 3/18/14

ABC 
8:00 Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 The Goldbergs
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:30 Trophy Wife
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Mind Games
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 17.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 14.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
10:00 Person of Interest
Viewers: 10.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

NBC 
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 13.3 million, 18-49 demo: 3.6
9:00 About a Boy
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:30 Growing Up Fisher
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 Chicago Fire
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9

FOX
8:00 Glee
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 New Girl (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1 

Tuesday night was another good one for NBC as three of the four shows were up from last week. At 8pm, The Voice was down two tenths in viewers but up a tenth in the demo. The best news came in the 9pm hour where About a Boy was up a tenth in viewers and the demo while Growing Up Fisher was up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. NBC needed these shows to stabilize and they did while facing a new NCIS: Los Angeles as opposed to a repeat last week. I think Growing Up Fisher is even more impressive because it has less of the halo effect from The Voice. Say what you want about its lead-in but these numbers are good enough to get renewals with the state of NBC's comedy. At 10pm, Chicago Fire was down two tenths in viewers but even in the demo. The good news is it held steady even when it had to face a new Person of Interest in the hour this week.

CBS was new again after a week of repeats. At 8pm, NCIS was down eight tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. For the second week in a row, it hit its lowest number since the season one finale back in May 2004. At 9pm, NCIS: Los Angeles was down two tenths in viewers but up two tenths in the demo as it had excellent retention out of the mothership. I think next year is the year this show finally moves to a new slot, but I've been wrong about that the last couple years so who knows. At 10pm, Person of Interest was up three tenths in viewers but even in the demo. This show has had weak numbers the last couple weeks. I'm not really sure why but we'll see how the rest of the season goes for this one to see if it's the start of a bad trend.

On ABC, a Marvel special was lower than the usual Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. numbers. However, once again The Goldbergs proved it has an entirely different audience as it was up three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for its best performance since January 14. This show is absolutely coming back next year. At 9:30pm, Trophy Wife was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Mind Games slipped back again as it fell three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. The 100th episode of Glee gave it an ever so slight bump as it was up half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo. What a weak show this is now. A repeat of New Girl took Brooklyn Nine-Nine down to a new series low as it was even in viewers but dropped a tenth in the demo.

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, March 19

Wednesday night has ABC in repeats except for Mixology. That could mean slight rises for some of the other shows and will most definitely mean a new series low for Mixology. Alec Baldwin is guest starring on Law & Order: SVU.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #108 "The Carpool" (REPEAT)
8:30 Suburgatory #47 "Open Door Policy" (REPEAT)
9:00 Modern Family #101 "The Late Show" (REPEAT)

9:30 Mixology #4 "Cal & Kacey"
10:00 Nashville #34 "It's All Wrong, But It's All Right" (REPEAT)
Prediction: Mixology - 3.4 million, 1.3

CBS 
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #205 "The Edge of Winter"
10:00 CSI #313 "Uninvited"
Prediction: Survivor - 9.8 million, 2.6/Criminal - 11.1 million, 2.5/CSI - 10.5 million, 2.0

NBC
8:00 Revolution #37 "Why We Fight"
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #337 "Criminal Stories"
10:00 Chicago PD #9 "A Material Witness"
Prediction: Revolution - 4.3 million, 1.3/SVU - 6.5 million, 1.6/PD - 6.2 million, 1.7

FOX 
8:00 American Idol
Prediction: Idol - 10.9 million, 2.6      

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 3/17/14

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 15.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
10:00 Castle
Viewers: 10.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
8:30 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 Mike & Molly
Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:30 Mom
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 Intelligence
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1 

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 13.5 million, 18-49 demo: 4.1
10:00 The Blacklist
Viewers: 11.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7 

FOX 
8:00 Bones
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 The Following
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4 

Dancing with the Stars returned on Monday for its 18th edition and the results were not bad. It was down from recent premieres, but they didn't have to face The Voice. It was actually up from every episode in the fall except the premiere. I think this overperformed since I felt like there wasn't a lot of buzz this time around. At 10pm, Castle was up 1.6 million viewers and two tenths in the demo from its last airing two weeks ago. On NBC, The Voice rebounded as it was down three tenths in viewers but up four tenths in the demo. Its demo is hurt against The Bachelor while total viewers are weaker against Dancing with the Stars. At 10pm, The Blacklist was dead even with its last airing two weeks ago though its lead-in was stronger then so that's encouraging.

On CBS, How I Met Your Mother was up a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo. Only two more weeks for this show. At 8:30pm, 2 Broke Girls was down 1.2 million viewers and four tenths in the demo for a series low. Does CBS really want to try this as an anchor show again in April? At 9pm, Mike & Molly was dead even with last week despite having a new lead-in this week. At 9:30pm, Mom was down 1.3 million viewers and two tenths in the demo for a series low. Intelligence closed out the night down 1.3 million viewers and two tenths in the demo for a series low. FOX was completely lost in the shuffle with both shows hitting series lows. Bones was down a million viewers and three tenths in the demo while The Following was down nine tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Who would have guessed that Almost Human would be a stronger lead-in than Bones?

RATINGS RECAP: 3/16/14

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:00 Resurrection
Viewers: 11.3 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1
10:00 Revenge
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 11.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
8:00 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 8.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 The Good Wife
Viewers: 8.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 The Mentalist
Viewers: 8.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

NBC
7:00 The Voice Special
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 Believe
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 Crisis
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
7:30 American Dad!
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:00 The Simpsons
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
8:30 Family Guy
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:00 Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

Sunday night had the premiere of NBC's new Sunday drama lineup and the results were not too impressive, as expected. Believe followed up its solid 2.7 demo premiere after The Voice to a 1.5 demo in its timeslot premiere. No surprise, it took a huge drop after the preview episode indicating that people didn't like what they saw in the preview episode and were unwilling to follow it to a new slot. The same thing happened with Intelligence on CBS in January. At 10pm was the premiere of Crisis. The good news is it actually built on Believe's demo which means it was a bit of a self-starter. The bad news is it still had a very low number that's likely to drop from here. I feel like NBC might have been better off airing Crisis as the preview show behind The Voice because it may have a little bit more upside.

Resurrection had a strong second week for ABC. But first on the alphabet network, America's Funniest Home Videos was down six tenths in viewers and even in the demo from its last new airing back in January. Not bad at all considering Daylight Savings. At 8pm, Once Upon a Time was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. This show seems a little bit revitalized since its winter hiatus. Week two of Resurrection was down 2.6 million viewers and seven tenths in the demo. While that's a big drop, last week had a huge premiere so it's not unexpected. It still posted big numbers and it seems to be having a halo effect on the whole night for ABC. At 10pm, Revenge was down four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. It has poor retention but so far seems to be a big improvement in the 10pm timeslot. ABC was wise to switch the originally planned slots for Resurrection and Revenge. 

FOX's animated was all up slightly: Bob's Burgers and American Dad! were up two tenths in the demo, The Simpsons were up three tenths in the demo, and Family Guy was up a tenth. Cosmos: A Spacetime Oydssey held up very well in week two. It was down eight tenths in viewers and just a tenth in the demo from last week's premiere. CBS started with 60 Minutes up six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. At 8pm, The Amazing Race was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. This show is having a weak cycle so far. At 9pm, The Good Wife was down half a million viewers and even in the demo. The Mentalist closed out the night down 1.3 million viewers and three tenths in the demo. Not a good performance for a show that didn't get an early pickup from CBS.

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, March 18

Tuesday night has mostly all new lineups except for a New Girl repeat and an ABC Marvel special at 8pm instead of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. CBS' lineup is back in full force and that could have an impact. Glee is celebrating its 100th episode, but it's so far off the radar now, it's not really drawing any attention.

ABC
8:00 Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe (SPECIAL)
9:00 The Goldbergs #18 "For Your Own Good"
9:30 Trophy Wife #17 "The Wedding" Part 2
10:00 Mind Games #4 "Apophenia"
Prediction: Goldbergs - 4.8 million, 1.5/Wife - 2.9 million, 0.9/Mind - 2.5 million, 0.8

CBS 
8:00 NCIS #251 "Rock and a Hard Place"
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #113 "Between the Lines"
10:00 Person of Interest #62 "Root Path"
Prediction: NCIS - 17.5 million, 2.5/Los Angeles - 14.3 million, 2.1/Person - 11.0 million, 1.9

NBC
8:00 The Voice
9:00 About a Boy #4 "About a Girl"
9:30 Growing Up Fisher #4 "Trust Fall"
10:00 Chicago Fire #41 "When Things Got Rough"
Prediction: Voice - 13.3 million, 3.5/Boy - 7.1 million, 2.0/Fisher - 6.1 million, 1.6/Fire - 6.8 million, 1.8

FOX
8:00 Glee #100 "100"
9:00 New Girl #63 "Prince" (REPEAT)
9:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine #21 "Unsolvable"
Prediction: Glee - 2.8 million, 1.1/Brooklyn - 2.4 million, 1.1      

Monday, March 17, 2014

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, March 17

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Check below this post for my review of NBC's new Crisis!

Monday night has the latest edition of Dancing with the Stars. With no extremely buzzy cast members and competition from all three networks, it could see its lowest premiere yet. Elsewhere, I think the CBS lineup will rebound a little bit as only some of the shows were new last week. The Voice could take a slight hit from Dancing even though it shouldn't be any more competition than The Bachelor was. I think Bones on FOX could rise as people get used to it being back on Mondays.

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars (18th Edition Premiere)
10:00 Castle #123 "The Way of the Ninja"
Prediction: Dancing - 12.8 million, 2.2/Castle - 9.5 million, 1.8

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #205 "Gary Blauman"
8:30 2 Broke Girls #67 "And the Kilt Trip"
9:00 Mike & Molly #85 "Three Girls and an Urn"
9:30 Mom #19 "Toilet Wine and the Earl of Sandwich"
10:00 Intelligence #11 "The Grey Hat"
Prediction: Mother - 8.2 million, 2.8/Girls - 7.5 million, 2.4/Mike&Molly - 8.1 million, 2.1/Mom - 7.1 million, 2.0/Intelligence - 5.8 million, 1.2

NBC
8:00 The Voice
10:00 The Blacklist #16 "Mako Tanida"
Prediction: Voice - 12.9 million, 3.5/Blacklist - 10.6 million, 2.6

FOX 
8:00 Bones #183 "The Repo Man in the Septic Tank"
9:00 The Following #24 "Unmasked"
Prediction: Bones - 7.0 million, 1.8/Following - 4.8 million, 1.5      

PILOT REVIEW: Crisis

CRISIS










Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Rachael Taylor, Lance Gross, James Lafferty, Max Martini, Michael Beach, Stevie Lynn Jones, Halston Sage, Max Schneider, Joshua Erenberg, and Gillian Anderson

Created by Rand Ravich
Written by Rand Ravich, Directed by Phillip Noyce

Crisis is a new kidnapping thriller set in and around Washington DC. When students from a very privileged high school including the president's son are kidnapped, it throws the nation into crisis mode. Key players include FBI Agent Susie Dunn (Rachael Taylor) who is working the case which involves her powerful sister Meg Fitch's (Gillian Anderson) daughter (Halston Sage). Marcus Finley (Lance Gross) is a rookie secret service agent who is betrayed by his partner. Francis Gibson (Dermot Mulroney) is an ex-CIA agent who is accompanying his daughter (Stevie Lynn Jones) on the trip, but there's also more to that (I won't spoil it if you want to check the pilot out). The pilot was basically laying the pieces for the series.

THE GOOD: I thought this was a pretty intriguing start to a series. It definitely left a lot more on the table for a longer run than the other kidnapping show this season (CBS' Hostages). There are a lot of pieces to this puzzle and the pilot didn't answer many questions. Instead, it introduced tons of characters that were all connected by this kidnapping. Now if the series turns out to be too many questions, that will be a problem. But for a pilot, this was fitting and interesting. It was hard to pick out specific characters in a pilot that was full of exposition, but veterans Dermot Mulroney and Gillian Anderson seem like early standouts. Rachael Taylor is better here than she was in her last two series (ABC's failed Charlie's Angels reboot and 666 Park Avenue).

THE BAD: I liked a lot of things they were doing in the pilot but some of the acting from the teens didn't working for me. I just felt like some of the dialogue as they were being kidnapped came across as fake considering their present situation. Also, the show had a few too many plot cliches amongst the high school crowd (a teacher/student affair, the outcasts versus the popular girl, the nerdy/fat kid who didn't make it with the rest of them). I don't think this show aims to be a typical high school drama so they don't need to make stereotypes. And as always with a show like this, I worry that they will lead us down a road to no return or stretch the appropriate length of a plot to keep the series going (if it lasts that long, that is).

BOTTOM LINE: I'm surprised that NBC chose Believe to showcase over this one because this shows more promise and it seems like it's following in the footsteps of high stakes thrillers that have been hits recently like Scandal and The Blacklist. That being said, I remember reading how they halted production for awhile in the fall to redirect the plot so maybe a promising pilot is going to evaporate into a weaker series. But I'll hold out hope that this is going to be a thrilling new series.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 3/15/14

Check below this post for my Weekend Rewind from CBS 2001-02!

ABC 
8:00 Resurrection (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Nightline Primetime
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 20/20 Saturday
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
8:00 Movie: Summer Dreams
Viewers: 1.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
10:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

NBC
8:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Believe (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 The Following (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3 

WEEKEND REWIND: CBS 2001-02 Season

CBS 2001-02
Things were turning around for CBS in the early 2000s thanks to two mammoth Thursday hits: Survivor and CSI. They also had a solid Monday comedy lineup and other reliable performers like JAG, Judging Amy, and The District. All in all, this was the beginning of a very stable era for CBS that continues today. They didn't find many new success stories this year but they did get a long term performer in The Amazing Race, which is still on today.

Check out ABC's Weekend Rewind for 2001-02

Mondays
(Sep 24-Mar 11)
8:00 The King of Queens
8:30 Yes, Dear
9:00 Everybody Loves Raymond
9:30 Becker (starting Oct 1)
10:00 Family Law (through Mar 4)

(Mar 11-Apr 22)
8:00 Yes, Dear (Apr 8-22)
8:30 Baby Bob
9:00 Everybody Loves Raymond
9:30 Becker
10:00 Family Law (through Apr 15) 

(Apr 29-May 20)
8:00 The King of Queens
8:30 Yes, Dear (through May 13)
9:00 Everybody Loves Raymond
9:30 Becker
10:00 Various Programming
"Baby Bob"
CBS spent most of the year with the same lineup it had in 2000-01. Mega-hit comedy Everybody Loves Raymond was surrounded by compatible and steady family comedies The King of Queens and Yes, Dear as well as Ted Danson's Becker. In the spring, Yes, Dear and then The King of Queens each took a short hiatus while CBS premiered Baby Bob. Based on a character from commercials for freeinternet.com, the show was widely panned. Why do networks think making a show based on a commercial is a good idea? ABC learned the same lesson a few years later with Cavemen. Despite the universal scorn from critics, Baby Bob managed to get a second season thanks to its stellar timeslot. However, that season did not air until the summer of 2003 in burn-off mode. Family Law aired at 10pm until the middle of April but it was cancelled after three seasons despite making the Top 30. The show lasted longer than the couple one season shows that had preceded it in the timeslot, but it never made much of an impact. Plus, CBS had plans on Monday night for the CSI spinoff that became CSI: Miami.

Tuesdays
8:00 JAG
9:00 The Guardian
10:00 Judging Amy
"The Guardian"
CBS kept its 8pm and 10pm hour the same with the steady JAG and critically acclaimed Judging Amy. The new 9pm drama was The Guardian. The Pittsburgh-set legal drama starred a pre-The Mentalist Simon Baker as an ex-drug addict required to do community service in the legal realm. The show, also starring Dabney Coleman, was another one of those so-so performers like Family Law and it managed a modest three season run. Baker, of course, came back to CBS in 2008 on the more successful The Mentalist.

Wednesdays
(Sep 26-Dec 5)
8:00 60 Minutes II
9:00 The Amazing Race
10:00 Wolf Lake (through Oct 24)

(Dec 12-Feb 27)
8:00 60 Minutes II
9:00 Various Programming

(Mar 6-May 15)
8:00 60 Minutes II
9:00 The Amazing Race (starting Mar 13)
10:00 48 Hours (through May 8)
"The Amazing Race"
CBS revamped Wednesday nights after failed sitcoms and a movie didn't work the previous season. 60 Minutes II moved over from Tuesday and took over the 8pm slot. At 9pm, they launched the new The Amazing Race. After Survivor and Big Brother, this was the third CBS reality show launched in the early 2000s that became an institution on the network. Race had modest beginnings though as it didn't do all that well, but CBS was patient with it. It never became anything like Survivor but the fact that it's still on TV in 2014 is a testament to its staying power. It aired in two cycles just as it usually does with various programming and movies filling the in-between time. The new 10pm entry was Wolf Lake, a drama about a group of werewolves living outside Seattle. The show lasted only five episodes. When CBS cancelled, UPN picked up the unaired episodes but didn't make any more. It was replaced by lots of specials and random airings until 48 Hours added a regular second edition on Wednesday nights in March.

Thursdays
(Sep 27-Jan 17)
8:00 Survivor (starting Oct 4)
9:00 CSI
10:00 The Agency

(Jan 24-Feb 21)
8:00 CSI (encores)
9:00 CSI (through Feb 7)
10:00 The Agency

(Feb 28-May 16)
8:00 Survivor
9:00 CSI
10:00 The Agency (through May 9)
"The Agency"
Thursday nights were set from 8-10pm with the hugely successful pairing of Survivor and CSI. Survivor would never again reach the heights of its second season in spring of 2001 but it was still a mega-hit. And CSI was just getting stronger in its second season. CBS needed a strong 10pm show to go with these two and Big Apple didn't cut it. They tried The Agency this year. Starring Beau Bridges, Gil Bellows, Will Patton, Daniel Benzali, Rocky Carroll, and others, the show was about the inner workings of the CIA. It had the interesting timing of being all about national security and premiering right after 9/11. In fact, the first episode actually had to do with Al Qaeda but it was shelved temporarily. The show maybe benefited from its unplanned timeliness, but it still didn't do enough to stay in the Thursday 10pm slot. It did get a second season on Saturday though. CSI repeats bridged the gap between the two Survivor editions but that was the only change to this lineup.

Fridays
(Sep 28-Oct 19)
8:00 The Ellen Show
8:30 Danny (through Oct 5)
9:00 That's Life
10:00 48 Hours

(Oct 26-Nov 16)
8:00 Various Programming
8:30 The Ellen Show
9:00 That's Life
10:00 48 Hours

(Nov 30-Jan 11)
8:00 Various Programming
8:30 The Ellen Show (Dec 28-Jan 11)
9:00 That's Life
10:00 48 Hours

(Jan 28-Mar 8)
8:00 Various Programming
9:00 First Monday
10:00 48 Hours

(Mar 29-May 10)
8:00 AFP: American Fighter Pilot (through Apr 5)
9:00 First Monday (through May 3)
10:00 48 Hours
"The Ellen Show"
CBS made another attempt to carve out a comedy presence on Friday night in 2001-02. Ellen DeGeneres returned to TV after her groundbreaking ABC series Ellen. In The Ellen Show, DeGeneres also played a gay character, but it was less of a focus. Co-starring Jim Gaffigan, Martin Mull, and Cloris Leachman, it couldn't find an audience on Fridays despite numerous attempts by CBS. They tried to air it on Monday here and there and DeGeneres' had a widely acclaimed hosting turn at the Emmys after 9/11, but it didn't translate to viewers. It didn't help that it was paired with an instant bomb in Danny, a family sitcom starring Daniel Stern and Joely Fisher. The show lasted all of two episodes. When it was cancelled, Ellen slid to 8:30pm following repeats or specials. Then it was on hiatus for awhile before being given one last ditch effort in January, after which CBS abandoned the comedy block entirely. In late March, CBS tried the reality show AFP: American Fighter Pilot but it was cancelled after two weeks. Perhaps trying to capitalize on the post-9/11 patriotism, the show didn't connect. The 9pm hour was also failed shows mixed with repeats and specials. The first attempt was season two of That's Life. The show had been narrowly renewed from the season before but it only aired half a season before it was gone. Then in January, CBS premiered First Monday, a legal drama about the Supreme Court and starring Joe Mantegna, James Garner, and Charles Durning. It seems like there were a lot of legal/political shows at this time. The show aired its full 13 episodes but didn't see a second season. All year long, 48 Hours aired at 10pm. 

Saturdays
(Sep 29-Nov 10)
8:00 Touched by an Angel
9:00 Citizen Baines
10:00 The District

(Dec 15-May 11)
8:00 Touched by an Angel
9:00 Various Programming
10:00 The District
"Citizen Baines"
After five years on Sunday nights, Touched by an Angel returned to Saturdays this season. The show had gone from almost cancelled to a Top 10 hit to an old-skewing show that needed to go back to a lower pressure slot. Adding Valerie Bertinelli to the cast, it did alright enough on its old night to get one more season. It was initially followed by Citizen Baines, a family drama starring James Cromwell as an ex-senator who returns home to Seattle with his grown daughters. The show lasted just six episodes and CBS never found another show to air in the 9pm slot as repeats of Touched by an Angel, The District, and The Agency aired for the rest of the season. The District continued to air new episodes at 10pm all season.

Sundays
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 The Education of Max Bickford (through Apr 21)
9:00 Sunday Night Movie 
"The Education of Max Bickford"
Except for one ill-fated comedy block in 1995-96, CBS Sunday nights had been either Murder She Wrote or Touched by an Angel, surrounded by 60 Minutes and a movie, for almost two decades. When Angel moved to Saturdays, they needed a new 8pm drama and they followed in the gentle, family-friendly format that made Murder and Angel such big hits. The Education of Max Bickford seemed like a great fit for the night. Starring Richard Dreyfuss as a professor at an all women's college and co-starring Marcia Gay Harden, it aired a full season but was one and done. This was probably the most high profile failure of the season for CBS as they hoped it would be the next landmark Sunday show. They went back to comedy in this hour for 2002-03.

CBS 2001-02 Stats

Shows in the Top 30
2. CSI
4. Everybody Loves Raymond
6. Survivor
11. Becker
13. 60 Minutes
14. JAG
16. Judging Amy
19. The King of Queens
20. Yes, Dear
22. The Guardian
25. Baby Bob
30. 60 Minutes II/Family Law

Fall Shows Survival: 3/8 (38%)
The Amazing Race, The Guardian, The Agency

Midseason Shows Survival: 1/3 (33%)
Baby Bob

Total New Shows Survival Rate: 4/11 (36%)

Cancelled/Ended Series
Family Law (3 seasons)
That's Life (2 seasons)
Wolf Lake/The Education of Max Bickford/The Ellen Show/Danny/Citizen Baines/First Monday/AFP: American Fighter Pilot (1 season)

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

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, March 16

Sunday night has a lot to watch for. NBC has the premiere of its new drama pairing: episode two of Believe following a preview after The Voice, and the series premiere of Crisis. I think it'll be a rough go for these two shows on a night where CBS and ABC already air dramas not to mention several cable dramas. ABC has week two of Resurrection. Even a sizable drop from last week's huge premiere would still be a good number. We'll have to see where this one levels off. FOX has week two of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and I could see that taking a sizable dip.

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Once Upon a Time #57 "Witch Hunt"
9:00 Resurrection #2 "Unearth"
10:00 Revenge #59 "Struggle"
Prediction: Videos - 5.8 million, 1.3/Time - 7.1 million, 2.2/Resurrection - 11.7 million, 3.2/Revenge - 5.8 million, 1.7

CBS 
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 The Amazing Race
9:00 The Good Wife #104 "A Few Words"
10:00 The Mentalist #130 "Grey Water"
Prediction: 60 Mins - 9.4 million, 1.4/Race - 8.1 million, 1.8/Wife - 9.1 million, 1.4/Mentalist - 9.8 million, 1.6

NBC 
7:00 The Voice: Best of the Blind Auditions (SPECIAL)
9:00 Believe #2 "Beginner's Luck"
10:00 Crisis #1 "Pilot" (SERIES PREMIERE)
Prediction: Believe - 6.2 million, 1.5/Crisis - 5.9 million, 1.4

FOX 
7:00 Bob's Burgers #58 "Mazel-tina"
7:30 American Dad! #164 "Introducing the Naughty Stewardess"
8:00 The Simpsons #544 "The Winter of His Content"
8:30 Family Guy #223 "3 Acts of God"
9:00 Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Prediction: Burgers - 2.1 million, 0.8/Dad - 2.5 million, 0.9/Simpsons - 4.0 million, 1.7/Family - 4.4 million, 2.0/Cosmos - 4.8 million, 1.7 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

GOOD WEEK/BAD WEEK: March 15, 2014

GOOD WEEK: SCI-FI PREMIERES
Even in an era of diminishing results, it seems like the networks can still get people to turn out in droves for premieres of sci-fi shows and that was proven twice this week. On Monday, NBC's Believe got a prime slot premiering after The Voice and it delivered a strong 10.6 million viewers and 2.7 demo, on par with recent numbers for The Blacklist but with a lower lead-in. Just a day earlier, ABC's Resurrection was even stronger with a stunning 13.9 million viewers and 3.8 demo for its premiere. These two shows got off to hot starts but so did Intelligence in January and many other sci-fi shows that fizzled out before that (think of The Event, V, FlashForward, etc in recent years). They will have to hold up well competing in the same Sunday 9pm timeslot. It's going to be a tougher road for Believe as NBC tries to carve out a scripted presence on the night.

BAD WEEK: FOX FRIDAY
Look, I know that numbers are getting worse and worse for the networks but Friday is just an embarrassment for FOX. Its new trio of Rake, Enlisted, and Raising Hope were all under two million viewers and a 0.7 demo. While I know FOX moved Rake so it could be more competitive on Thursdays, they may as well have cancelled it outright. Repeats of Bones, reality shows, anything could do better on this night. Since their stuck with Glee anyway, move it over to Fridays. Enlisted is sure to be cancelled as well and Raising Hope will finish its four year run in early April. But time to just pull the plug on Rake.