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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 4/29/14

ABC 
8:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 The Goldbergs
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:30 Trophy Wife
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Celebrity Wife Swap
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

CBS 
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 17.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 14.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
10:00 Person of Interest
Viewers: 11.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 11.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
9:00 About a Boy
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:30 Growing Up Fisher
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Chicago Fire
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

FOX 
8:00 Glee
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 New Girl
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:30 The Mindy Project
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

Tuesday night was pretty rough for NBC. At 8pm, The Voice was down a tenth in viewers and the demo for another season low. Once again, The Voice is slipping pretty badly as the edition goes on. At 9pm, About a Boy was down six tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo for a new series low. This was a pretty rough drop for a show that's been building a lot of goodwill. It really calls into question if it can do anything at all without The Voice lead-in. Growing Up Fisher was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for a new series low as well. For a show on the bubble, this wasn't a good showing. At 10pm, Chicago Fire was not impacted as it was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. 

On ABC, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. started out the night even in viewers and up two tenths in the demo. After its early slide, it has been very stable for several months now. At 9pm, The Goldbergs was up three tenths in viewers and the demo. Not only did it beat New Girl but it also beat About a Boy for the first time. Just when it looked like it was slipping again with its 1.4 demo last time, it had a nice rise again. Put this show on Wednesdays already! At 9:30pm, Trophy Wife was up four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. The rise shouldn't matter for a renewal at this point. Celebrity Wife Swap did not follow the upward trend as it was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.

On CBS, NCIS recovered nicely from its season low as it was up two tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo from its last airing. At 9pm, NCIS: Los Angeles did not follow suit as it was up a tenth in viewers but even in the demo. Person of Interest was up six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo at 10pm. Will NCIS: Los Angeles or Person of Interest be on the move next season? Because it seems certain that one of them will. On terrible FOX, Glee was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. New Girl was even in viewers and down a tenth for another series low. The news is just getting worse by the week for this show. It was almost beat by The Mindy Project for the first time until it adjusted up in the finals. The Mindy Project was up a tenth in viewers and the demo.

UPFRONTS 2014: What ABC Should Do

ABC has had a rough year with their new shows from underperformers like Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Goldbergs to several straight up bombs. They do have one of TV's top success stories in Scandal though and they also have several cornerstone shows. I think ABC needs to shake up its schedule for than they usually do because they can't keep letting shows fail in the same slots (like three of them bombing on Tuesday at 10pm).

Past Years: 2013   2012   2011

MONDAYS
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
10:00 DANGEROUS LIASONS
I have often advocated for ABC to move Castle and I'm saying it again. This is not because I think Dancing with the Stars is a great lead-in but because Castle is needed elsewhere. Plus, if NBC does in fact move The Blacklist, there may be a chance for a new show to gain some ground here. I would propose the soapy Dangerous Liasons, which would be a good fit out of both Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor. Part of me still thinks The Bachelor should be the show airing two cycles but Dancing has done alright this spring and it might keep The Bachelor fresher to just do one cycle a year.

TUESDAYS 
8:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9:00 AMERICAN CRIME
10:00 Castle
The comedy block on Tuesday hasn't worked for a couple years now so I think it's time to abandon that idea. Despite underperforming, I would give Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. one more chance on Tuesday at 8pm and hope it can at least level off. At 9pm, I would try a new drama and the dark, gritty American Crime would be an interesting choice, even if it seems more like a 10pm show. ABC had three failed new dramas in the 10pm slot this year with Lucky 7, Killer Women, and Mind Games. All three bombed horribly and so it's time for ABC to move an established show here. I think the best bet to get ABC out of the doldrums in this slot is for them to move Castle over a night.

WEDNESDAYS
8:00 The Middle
8:30 The Goldbergs
9:00 Modern Family
9:30 FAR EAST ORLANDO
10:00 HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER
First of all, ABC needs to correct one of the most egregious errors of this year and put The Goldbergs where it belongs: on Wednesdays between The Middle and Modern Family. I don't blame them for trying to jump start Tuesdays but when it was clear it wasn't working, this show should have moved because it has surprised at times on Tuesdays. It is a perfect fit with the existing anchor shows. At 9:30pm, ABC needs to add another family show - not a show like Super Fun Night or Mixology. I think the 90s-set Far East Orlando could be an interesting addition. I think ABC needs to save either Revenge or Nashville for midseason. Both shows have some serious issues and ABC needs to take more chances in the fall. I would bench Revenge and ship Nashville to Sundays so I could launch the new Shonda Rhimes drama How to Get Away with Murder. It shouldn't be with the other two Shonda Thursday dramas but it should be nearby. It could be an upgrade from Nashville if it catches on.

THURSDAYS
8:00 CRISTELA
8:30 KEEP IT TOGETHER
9:00 Grey's Anatomy
10:00 Scandal
Pretty much the only thing ABC has not tried in the Thursday 8pm slot is comedies so why not give it a try with two new multi-camera sitcoms? They might be able to carve out an audience before The Big Bang Theory returns after CBS' eight weeks of football. Cristela has been testing well and Kevin Hart is attached to Keep It Together and he's a huge name right now. Both have minority leads and that population is underrepresented on sitcoms right now. Basically what is there to lose? Another drama here would be ridiculously foolish and Shark Tank has proven to be better on Fridays. The hit Shonda dramas should stay from 9-11pm. Some think Scandal should be a lead-in somewhere else but this is one of those "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" situations for me. There's no saying that Scandal will be as strong elsewhere or that a different drama would do as well. People have made Thursday 10pm appointment viewing for Scandal. No reason to mess with that.

FRIDAYS
8:00 Last Man Standing
8:30 THE WINKLERS
9:00 Shark Tank
10:00 20/20
I would keep Fridays mostly the same except I think ABC can do better than The Neighbors at 8:30pm and a multi-camera family comedy like Last Man Standing makes more sense. Henry Winkler's vehicle The Winklers is a great fit with Last Man because it also features an aging sitcom veteran in a new family sitcom. It seems like it could have the same type of audience. I wouldn't move Shark Tank or 20/20.

SATURDAYS
8:00 College Football
As usual.

SUNDAYS
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Once Upon a Time
9:00 Resurrection
10:00 Nashville
I think Sundays need to not be the main focus because 8pm is solid with Once Upon a Time. 9pm is a question mark with Resurrection because it has been consistently falling, but it could revitalize itself if it has a big season finale and can market itself well over the summer. I would save Revenge for midseason and instead put Nashville at 10pm. I guess Nashville could live another season but I would maybe only give both it and Revenge a half-season and see which one is stronger or if both need to go if ABC can find some new drama success stories. Let them duke it out in the Sunday 10pm slot between the two halves of the season. Maybe one will surprise.

MIDSEASON: AGATHA, AN AMERICAN EDUCATION, THE ASTRONAUTS WIVES CLUB, THE CLUB, IRREVERSIBLE, SECRETS & LIES, The Bachelor, Revenge
I don't think ABC needs to keep a lot of its bubble shows. In fact, I would only save The Bachelor and Revenge for midseason unless they want to keep a filler show like Celebrity Wife Swap or The Great Christmas Light Fight. ABC could do some split seasons again with fillers in-between. It didn't work great this year but it might work better if they have better fillers. That's where I see the dramas potentially going while sitcoms An American Education and Irreversible could go any number of places especially since I had four hours of sitcoms on the fall schedule.

CANCELLED: The Assets, Back in the Game, Betrayal, Black Box, Celebrity Wife Swap, The Great Christmas Light Fight, Killer Women, Lucky 7, Mind Games, Mixology, The Neighbors, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Suburgatory, Super Fun Night, The Taste, Trophy Wife
ABC's bubble shows like Suburgatory, The Neighbors, Mixology, and Trophy Wife should not survive. It's time for ABC to be more aggressive.

Tomorrow: CBS!

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, April 30

Wednesday night has all new programming across the board. It will be interesting to see how things shake out but I could see American Idol slipping while Chicago PD may get the benefit of being part two of a crossover with Tuesday's Chicago Fire.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #116 "The Optimist"
8:30 Suburgatory #55 "Dalia Nicole Smith"
9:00 Modern Family #117 "Sleeper"
9:30 Mixology #10 "Liv & Jim"
10:00 Nashville #41 "Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad"
Prediction: Middle - 7.5 million, 2.0/Suburgatory - 5.7 million, 1.7/Modern - 9.2 million, 3.3/Mixology - 4.0 million, 1.5/Nashville - 4.9 million, 1.3

CBS
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #208 "Fatal"
10:00 CSI #316 "Kitty"
Prediction: Survivor - 9.4 million, 2.3/Criminal - 9.8 million, 2.3/CSI - 9.1 million, 1.8

NBC
8:00 Revolution #39 "$#!& Happens"
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #340 "Post-Mortem Blues"
10:00 Chicago PD #12 "8:30PM"
Prediction: Revolution - 4.0 million, 1.2/SVU - 6.6 million, 1.7/PD - 6.8 million, 1.8

FOX8:00 American Idol
Prediction: Idol - 8.4 million, 1.9    

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

CANCELLATION ALERT: Almost Human

We are getting close to upfronts which means we'll start seeing cancellations and pickups soon. The first one came down tonight with FOX cancelling bubble drama Almost Human. The show got off to a strong start airing after football for one Sunday but then it was up and down on Mondays. At first it appeared to be a much weaker option that damaged the Bones/Sleepy Hollow combo that had previously been airing on the night. Then it started to perform a little better despite erratic scheduling. I thought FOX might give it another chance, especially since it fits into their half season model that so many dramas have, but that didn't happen.

Almost Human joins Raising Hope and The X Factor as official FOX cancellations with Rake and Enlisted sure to join them. Officially renewed are Bob's Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Bones, Family Guy, The Following, Glee, Masterchef Junior, The Mindy Project, New Girl, The Simpsons, and Sleepy Hollow. With American Idol, Hell's Kitchen, and Kitchen Nightmares sure to join that list, the only true bubble shows remaining are Dads and Surviving Jack. I guess it depends on what kind of direction FOX wants to go with its comedies.

RATINGS RECAP: 4/28/14

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 15.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
10:00 Castle
Viewers: 10.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

CBS
8:00 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
8:30 Friends with Better Lives
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 Mike & Molly
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:30 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 Person of Interest (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 11.6 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
10:00 The Blacklist
Viewers: 10.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7

FOX
8:00 Bones (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 The Following
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

It was a good Monday night as most shows were up week-to-week. The best news came for Dancing with the Stars on ABC. It was up a strong 1.8 million viewers and four tenths in the demo for its best numbers since the spring premiere. It is significantly up year to year which is impressive for a reality franchise that seemed on a continuous downward spiral. It looks like airing one day a week may be a "less is more" situation for ABC and it's finding an audience again. The big rise also helped Castle, which was up six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for its best showing since February 3. On NBC, The Voice was up four tenths in viewers and even in the demo while The Blacklist was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.

FOX had the season finale of The Following. It was up just four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo and was down 1.2 demo points from last year's season finale. The wheels really came off of this show this year and I don't think it's going to be any better next year for FOX. Finally on CBS, 2 Broke Girls continues to do pretty admirably in its new 8pm slot. It was up seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. At 8:30pm, Friends with Better Lives was up seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo as well. It has held up pretty well in its first four weeks, but will it be enough to get a renewal? I'm not so sure. At 9pm, Mike & Molly with guest star Susan Sarandon was up three tenths in viewers and the demo for its best performance since March 3.

RATINGS RECAP: 4/27/14

ABC 
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 Resurrection
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 Revenge
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 10.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:00 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 The Good Wife
Viewers: 9.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 The Mentalist
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2 

NBC
7:00 American Dream Builders
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
8:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Believe
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Crisis
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX 
7:00 Bob's Burgers
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
7:30 American Dad!
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:00 The Simpsons
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:30 Family Guy
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4 

It was a busy Sunday night but only two shows went above the 2 demo. On ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos started things off up nine tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo for its best performance since January 5. Not bad at all for a late April 7pm showing. At 8pm, Once Upon a Time proved that last week's Easter dip was an aberration as it went back up 1.3 million viewers and half a demo point. That must be a sigh of relief for ABC. The news was not nearly as good for Resurrection as it was up four tenths in viewers but down two tenths in the demo for another series low. It has now dropped almost two full demo points since its March 9 premiere. At 10pm, Revenge was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. On FOX, Bob's Burgers was up a strong eight tenths in viewers and half a demo point. It's trying its best with the horrible position FOX has put it in. American Dad! was even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. The Simpsons was down a tenth in viewers and the demo and Family Guy was down four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Finally, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey was dead even with last week despite a much better lead-in.

On CBS, 60 Minutes was up 1.5 million viewers and two tenths in the demo. This show still does very well with total viewers, even when it doesn't have a football lead-in. At 8pm, The Amazing Race was up eight tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. The Good Wife was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo while The Mentalist was down a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo to tie a series low. Not a good time for this show to be going to series lows as many consider its chances of coming back very very small. Nothing topped a 1.0 demo on NBC's pathetic lineup. American Dream Builders was up three tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Dateline NBC was up 2.1 million viewers and two tenths in the demo. Believe was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo while Crisis was up three tenths in viewers and even in the demo.

UPFRONTS 2014: What FOX Should Do

This week, I am sharing what I think each network should do with their fall lineup. This is not a prediction but a suggestion. I have not seen any of the pilots so it's just based on descriptions, pedigree, etc. Since FOX is in a different model of development, most of the shows have already been picked-up and FOX is full of limited series models. They need a lot of new shows because this year was a rough one this side of Sleepy Hollow. The X Factor was cancelled and American Idol, The Following, and New Girl are all fading fast.

Past FOX suggestions:   2013   2012   2011

MONDAYS
8:00 Bones
9:00 Sleepy Hollow
FOX has a lot of things to consider with the cancellation of The X Factor and so many shows with smaller orders. I think the best thing for Mondays is to keep some stability with the other nights changing up. That means Bones at 8pm all season long in what should probably be its final season. Like this year (except for that brief Friday run of Bones), it can be paired with Sleepy Hollow in the fall and The Following in the spring. That will allow FOX 9pm Mondays to be new all season and stability is necessary on a network where there's a lot of upheaval.

TUESDAYS
8:00 BACKSTROM
9:00 New Girl
9:30 The Mindy Project
Honestly, I don't know what to do with Tuesdays. Comedies haven't worked and Glee hasn't either. I guess I would keep New Girl and The Mindy Project in the 9pm hour if only because I wouldn't want to subject a new comedy to this night. At 8pm, I would try something completely different - maybe Rainn Wilson's Backstrom, though that could be the second coming of failed dramedy Rake. Tuesdays are going to be a problem no matter what and there's a lot of directions they can go in.

WEDNESDAYS 
8:00 HIEROGLYPH
9:00 Almost Human
FOX still has American Idol coming in the winter so I think their best bet is to air two shows with limited orders and the ambitious Hieroglyph would be a great lead-off. If any new show could be a self-starter, this might be it and they need something to do that with The X Factor gone. Almost Human hasn't been renewed for a second season yet but I think it should get another chance. Considering how things have been on Mondays since it's been gone, it really wasn't doing that bad. It may crash and burn but it deserves a second chance. 

THURSDAYS
8:00 Masterchef Junior
9:00 MULANEY
9:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
FOX also has the American Idol results show to consider at midseason so I think they should try to carve out a comedy/reality presence here (which they are sort of trying this spring). I would move Masterchef Junior over from Fridays but any Gordon Ramsey series would suffice at 8pm. At 9pm, I would pair the promising new comedy Mulaney with the critically acclaimed Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Brooklyn isn't going to get any better with New Girl on Tuesdays. Why not give it a chance somewhere else?

FRIDAYS
8:00 Glee
9:00 WEIRD LONERS
9:30 Surviving Jack
FOX foolishly renewed Glee for two years a year ago and now the wheels have come off completely on the once hugely popular show. Since they have one more year of it, it needs to be buried on Fridays. It doesn't belong anywhere else. Since they're already committing to Fridays, I would pair it with two comedies that can be easily cancelled if things go south but they could be a better option than this year's failed Raising Hope and Enlisted. Weird Loners sounds like it might be a tonal fit with Glee while I would really like to see Surviving Jack get a second chance, even if that means Fridays.

SATURDAYS
8:00 College Football/Encores
As expected.

SUNDAYS
7:00 NFL Overrun/The OT/Animated Encores
8:00 GOTHAM
9:00 Family Guy
9:30 The Simpsons
I think it's time for FOX to use the big fall football lead-in on something other than The Simpsons. Yes, it's not every week but I think they need the exposure for a new show and the one that might draw football fans in the most is the dark sounding, ambitious Gotham. I would save Bob's Burgers for midseason and let Family Guy and The Simpsons share the 9pm hour. FOX has a huge lead-in with the late NFL games and they need to utilize it on a show that's newer than 25 years old.

MIDSEASON: BORDERTOWN, CABOT COLLEGE, EMPIRE, GRACEPOINT, LAST MAN ON EARTH, WAYWARD PINES, American Idol, Bob's Burgers, The Following, Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares
With the short season orders and newer approaches, FOX should have a lot on deck. I already discussed the existing returning shows. As for the new ones, Cabot College and Last Man on Earth can be comedy or a third comedy with the Idol results show. Bordertown, Empire, and Wayward Pines are all tricky to schedule but maybe Idol should only be an hour on Wednesdays for much of its run and a drama could follow it. FOX will likely save at least one or two dramas for summer 2015 and Empire sounds like it could be an effective summer drama.

CANCELLED: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Dads, Enlisted, Raising Hope, Rake, The X Factor
Nothing surprising on the cancellation list.

Tomorrow: ABC!

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, April 29

Tuesday night is fully new but no season finales for a change! The full slate of competition this close to May could have a negative impact on several shows and wouldn't be surprised to see most drop or, at best, stay even with their most recent episode. Chicago Fire has a crossover with Chicago PD but that's more likely to help PD than Fire.

ABC 
8:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #20 "Nothing Personal"
9:00 The Goldbergs #21 "The Age of Darkness"
9:30 Trophy Wife #20 "There's No Guy in Team"
10:00 Celebrity Wife Swap
Prediction: Agents - 5.8 million, 1.8/Goldbergs - 4.8 million, 1.5/Trophy - 2.9 million, 0.8/Wife - 3.2 million, 0.9

CBS
8:00 NCIS #256 "Shooter"
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #118 "One More Chance"
10:00 Person of Interest #66 "Beta"
Prediction: NCIS - 16.8 million, 2.2/Los Angeles - 14.9 million, 2.1/Person - 11.1 million, 1.8

NBC
8:00 The Voice
9:00 About a Boy #10 "About a Boy's Dad"
9:30 Growing Up Fisher #10 "First Time's the Charm"
10:00 Chicago Fire #44 "A Dark Day"
Prediction: Voice - 11.4 million, 2.8/Boy - 6.8 million, 1.8/Fisher - 5.5 million, 1.5/Fire - 7.1 million, 1.8

FOX 
8:00 Glee #106 "Back-Up Plan"
9:00 New Girl #71 "Dance"
9:30 The Mindy Project #45 "Girl Next Door"
Prediction: Glee - 2.4 million, 0.9/Girl - 2.4 million, 1.2/Mindy - 2.1 million, 1.0      

Monday, April 28, 2014

UPFRONTS 2014: What NBC Should Do

It's hard to believe that it's Upfront season already! This week, I am writing what I think each network SHOULD do based on some already-known things like renewals and pickups. I have not seen any pilots so this is purely based on reading about them and what I feel might be best for each network. Today is NBC!

Check out what I said NBC should do in past years: 2013   2012   2011

MONDAYS
8:00 The Voice
10:00 STATE OF AFFAIRS
NBC needs to use The Voice to launch new dramas while it's still a viable hit. The Blacklist has proven itself as a stand alone success. NBC has several epic, mini-series type dramas on the docket for next year but this slot needs to belong to a long term show with a procedural element to it, much like The Blacklist. Looking at their list of pilots, I think the best option is State of Affairs, a political drama starring Katherine Heigl. Maybe it can capture the DC drama that Scandal has on Thursdays. If all goes well, it can run the full season here like The Blacklist. If not, NBC has plenty of other dramas to launch with the spring edition of The Voice.

TUESDAYS
8:00 The Voice
9:00 A TO Z
9:30 About a Boy
10:00 Chicago Fire
The best news for NBC on Tuesdays this year is that Chicago Fire has proven to be a capable self-starter at 10pm and it doesn't need The Voice as a lead-in. Therefore, I would keep The Voice at 8pm as it has been this spring instead of sliding it back to 9pm where it was last fall. The comedies at 9pm have been serviceable and I think NBC's best bet is to renew both of them but only air one in the fall. About a Boy has been the stronger show but it has also had the 9pm post-Voice slot. I would move it back half an hour to 9:30pm and give the 9pm slot to a promising comedy such as A to Z, which is described as a "whimsical" comedy set at an online dating company. It sounds like it could be a tonal fit with About a Boy. Chicago Fire should, and probably will, stay at 10pm.

WEDNESDAYS
8:00 MISSION CONTROL
8:30 TOOKEN
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
10:00 Chicago PD
Wednesday nights are interesting. I think the 9-11pm hours should stay put assuming NBC can get Law & Order: SVU removed. It's clear that SVU doesn't have many years left with these contract issues for a veteran show. Hopefully another year would be enough time for Chicago PD to be ready to take the 9pm slot. Revolution has done OK in the 8pm hour but NBC can't keep all their dramas and that show likely has nowhere to go but down. I would try a comedy block on Wednesdays instead of the typical NBC night of Thursdays. I would save Parks and Recreation as a filler and try new sitcoms here. The 60s space comedy Mission Control and the sitcom from Tina Fey, Tooken, seem like a fun pairing. NBC needs to try to carve out a comedy presence somewhere and they might have better success going against the ABC Wednesday block instead of the CBS Thursday block.

THURSDAYS 
8:00 The Biggest Loser
9:00 The Blacklist
10:00 EMERALD CITY
It's time for NBC to fully give up the "Must See TV" dream on Thursday nights. Comedies haven't worked here in a very long time and it's time to end them for now. The 8pm hour needs to be stronger and it will have to deal with competition from football and then The Big Bang Theory on CBS. A show that can handle that, in my opinion, is The Biggest Loser. It's the best option for a tough hour - better than sitcoms or a drama. The Blacklist has to go somewhere because it needs to vacate the Monday 10pm slot for a new drama. Looking at NBC's whole schedule, I think their best bet is Thursday at 9pm with hopes it can stand on its own and launch a new 10pm drama. Moving a hit show here has worked before with CBS (CSI) and ABC (Grey's Anatomy). It's time to strike while it's hot and maybe NBC can be competitive again on Thursdays. I would use the 10pm slot for one of NBC's limited series - they have several on deck: Emerald City, The Slap, and Heroes: Reborn. I think the biggest swing (and the one to try in the fall) is Emerald City. Maybe the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz can help build some momentum for this show.

FRIDAYS 
8:00 Dateline NBC
9:00 Grimm
10:00 Parenthood
NBC moved Dateline NBC to 8pm this year and that worked out pretty well. They tried to air some cult shows after Grimm in Dracula and then Hannibal and that didn't work out so well. NBC has two major bubble shows around right now in Parenthood and Revolution. I think they should renew one of them, that one being Parenthood, and air it on Fridays. I think it would be a slight upgrade to the slot and Parenthood probably wouldn't do much worse on Fridays at 10pm than it is on Thursdays at 10pm. It would even have a better lead-in than it's had most of this year!

SATURDAYS 
8:00 Encores
Of course. Now is not the time to start worrying about Saturdays.

SUNDAYS 
7:00 Football Night in America
8:30 Sunday Night Football
Football is of course the Sunday plan. The problem, as usual, is midseason. With Celebrity Apprentice coming back, that might be good for Sundays and maybe something they can launch after the Super Bowl like Heroes: Reborn?


MIDSEASON: AQUARIUS, COERCION, EPIC FUNNIES, HEROES: REBORN, MR. ROBINSON, THE PRO, SALVATION, THE SLAP, Celebrity Apprentice, Growing Up Fisher, Hollywood Game Night, Parks and Recreation, The Sing Off
NBC should have lots of deck for midseason as they have to bridge the seasons of The Voice and fill in Sunday night plus account for potential flops. Among returning shows, Celebrity Apprentice can go to Sundays while Hollywood Game Night and The Sing Off can be December/January fillers. Growing Up Fisher and Parks and Recreation can be on tap for a comedy block somewhere if things don't go well on Tuesday at 9pm or Wednesday at 8pm. They could also take the Thurs 8pm slot if NBC only does one edition of The Biggest Loser. As for the new shows, I would launch one of their new miniseries premieres directly after the Super Bowl and Heroes: Reborn is the most name brand. The other dramas (Aquarius, Coercion, Salvation, The Slap) can go wherever there's a need while comedies The Pro and Mr. Robinson could be late season entries if a block finishes its season early. NBC could also consider split seasons for some shows with some of these entries having shorter replacement runs. Epic Funnies is an already picked up comedy show like America's Funniest Home Videos and can easily be a filler anywhere.

CANCELLED: American Dream Builders, Believe, Community, Crisis, Dracula, Hannibal, Ironside, The Michael J. Fox Show, Revolution, Sean Saves the World, Welcome to the Family
Aside from the obvious choices, it is time for Community to end. It's had enough years of squeaking out renewals for very low ratings. Revolution is a tough call but I think it'll only go lower if it stays. Same with Hannibal, which has a ton of critical love but can't get any traction.

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, April 28

Check below this post for a review of Black Box!

Monday night has the season finale of The Following on FOX. Last year, the show saw a big spike for the finale but I don't think that will happen again. Elsewhere, CBS' comedy lineup could inch down again while ABC and NBC will probably be steady unless The Voice continues to drop.

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
10:00 Castle #126 "Law & Boarder"
Prediction: Dancing - 14.5 million, 2.3/Castle - 9.5 million, 1.8

CBS
8:00 2 Broke Girls #71 "And the Free Money"
8:30 Friends with Better Lives #4 "Pros and Cons"
9:00 Mike & Molly #89 "Who's Afraid of JC Small?"
9:30 The Big Bang Theory #140 "The Workplace Proximity" (REPEAT)
10:00 Person of Interest #52 "The Perfect Mark" (REPEAT)
Prediction: Girls - 6.9 million, 2.0/Friends - 5.2 million, 1.6/Mike&Molly - 7.1 million, 1.9

NBC 
8:00 The Voice
10:00 The Blacklist #20 "The Kingmaker"
Prediction: Voice - 11.1 million, 2.9/Blacklist - 10.8 million, 2.8

FOX 
8:00 Bones #177 "The Spark in the Park" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Following #30 "Forgive" (Season Finale)

Prediction: Following - 4.8 million, 1.5      

Sunday, April 27, 2014

PILOT REVIEW: Black Box

BLACK BOX










Starring: Kelly Reilly, Ditch Davey, David Ajala, Ali Wong, Laura Fraser, David Chisum, Siobhan Williams, with Terry Kinney, and Vanessa Redgrave

Created by Amy Holden Jones
Written by Amy Holden Jones, Directed by Simon Curtis

Black Box is a new drama focusing on an interesting topic not often explored on TV: bipolar disorder. Catherine Black (Kelly Reilly) is a brilliant neurologist who secretly has bipolar disorder. She talks regularly to her therapist, Dr. Helen Hartramph (Vanessa Redgrave) and her brother Josh (David Chisum). In the pilot, she reveals her condition to boyfriend Will (David Ajala) but it's still a secret from those she works with including showboat new surgeon Dr. Ian Bickman (Ditch Davey). Rounding out the main cast is Josh's wife Regan (Laura Fraser), co-worker Dr. Ina Lark (Ali Wong), and Josh and Regan's daughter (or is she?) Esme (Siobhan Williams).

THE GOOD: This show is really an interesting look at bipolar disorder. It's cleverly crafted and Kelly Reilly convincingly plays Catherine both as an intense neurologist and an unhinged woman suffering from a debilitating disorder during manic episodes. There was a lot going on the pilot and lot of characters to introduce but the show did it effectively, which can be hard to do with first episodes. I felt like we got to know each character well and they set up several plotlines including Catherine's troubling relationships with Dr. Bickman and boyfriend Will as well as the family element and the conversations with her therapist. That is a lot of ground to cover in one episode yet I didn't feel lost nor did I feel like they shafted some story and character development.

THE BAD: There were some procedural elements in this show that caused some eye rolling from me. First of all, there was an unnecessary amount of medical jargon thrown around and that always just seems like a show is trying to brag. Secondly, is Catherine the only doctor who can really figure things out? For example, no one else in the medical center was able to handle the boy with the brain tumor except Catherine? Seems like it's trying to play her as the hero too much when in reality, she would be one of many brilliant minds. The jazz music was interesting and gave the show a unique feel but it too often made me feel like I was eating lunch at Panera.

BOTTOM LINE: I feel like ABC completely blew it with the advertising for this show because it was not what it seemed. They tried to play up the scintillating side for the Scandal audience, but that is really not what the show is about. Judging from the pilot, it is more about bipolar disorder than anything else. That may be a turn off to some people but I find it pretty interesting!

RATINGS RECAP: 4/26/14

ABC
8:00 Movie: Despicable Me
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Nightline Prime
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CBS 
8:00 Two and a Half Men (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
8:30 Bad Teacher (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

NBC
8:00 Dateline Saturday
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Saturday Night Live (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX 
8:00 NASCAR Racing
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

WEEKEND REWIND: CBS 2004-05 Season

CBS 2004-05
CBS was getting a couple hits each season and they struck it big time in 2003-04 with smash hit Two and a Half Men as well as steady (and now huge) drama NCIS. They also had a critical smash in Joan of Arcadia and another new reliable procedural in Cold Case. The 2004-05 season saw the end of family sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, which had been the top comedy on CBS for nearly a decade. It also launched a new CSI into the crime drama family. However, as a whole, the 2004-05 season was a weak one for new shows. CBS had so many existing hits though, they could afford a down year.

Check out my ABC Weekend Rewind from 2004-05.

Mondays
8:00 Still Standing
8:30 Listen Up!
9:00 Everybody Loves Raymond
9:30 Two and a Half Men
10:00 CSI: Miami
"Listen Up!"
For a third straight year, the Monday lineup stayed the same all season though it was different from the previous season. Yes, Dear was gone from the night as Still Standing moved up to 8pm. The new 8:30pm entry was Listen Up! Jason Alexander's second post-Seinfeld sitcom featured him as a sportscaster based on Tony Kornheiser from ESPN's popular Pardon the Interruption. His on-air foil was played by Malcolm-Jamal Warner and the show also focused on his family. The show was a solid performer and lasted the whole season but didn't live to see a second season. 9pm was the final year for Everybody Loves Raymond. It only had a 16 episode order as Ray Romano was certainly ready to be done. CBS dealt with that through more repeats (a "best of Raymond" run in the spring) and occasionally testing Two and a Half Men out in the 9pm slot. Men was blossoming at 9:30pm and being groomed to take over for Raymond. When Raymond ended in May after nine seasons, it had 32 million viewers watching the finale, possibly the last "huge" numbers we'll ever see for a series finale. CSI: Miami continued to chug along at 10pm.

Tuesdays
(Sep 28-Oct 26)
8:00 NCIS
9:00 Clubhouse (through Oct 19)
10:00 Judging Amy

(Nov 16-May 10)
8:00 NCIS
9:00 The Amazing Race
10:00 Judging Amy (Nov 23-May 3)
"Clubhouse"
Tuesday nights continued to book-ended by NCIS and Judging Amy. NCIS was picking up viewers in its second season while Judging Amy was not as strong in the ratings as it had been. Despite still decent numbers and continued critical acclaim, Amy was cancelled by CBS at the end of the season after six years to the ire of its fans. The 9pm hour started with Clubhouse, a gentle sports and family drama starring Dean Cain, Christopher Lloyd, and Jeremy Sumpter. The show was a pre-Friday Night Lights drama and couldn't capture viewers mixed between two procedurals. It lasted a mere five episodes (and only three in its regular Tuesday slot). It was replaced by The Amazing Race, which was rushed to air and then aired two editions almost back to back. The show had been relegated to summer the season before but it came in as a pinch hitter and has never left the regular season since.


Wednesdays
(Sep 29-Feb 9)
8:00 60 Minutes II
9:00 The King of Queens (starting Oct 27)
9:30 Center of the Universe (Oct 27-Jan 19)
10:00 CSI: NY

(Feb 16-May 18)
8:00 60 Minutes II
9:00 The King of Queens
9:30 Yes, Dear
10:00 CSI: NY
"CSI: NY"
Wednesday nights were stabilized in the 10pm hour thanks to the latest CSI spinoff. CSI: NY starred Gary Sinise and Melina Kanakaredes. It wasn't nearly as big as the original CSI or CSI: Miami but it was another strong procedural in the CBS wheelhouse and had a nice, long run. 60 Minutes II continued at 8pm but was cancelled at the end of the season as CBS decided to focus all its newsmagazine efforts on the original 60 Minutes. The 9pm hour was a comedy block again, though it didn't start until the end of October, perhaps to give CSI: NY a more comfortable start with crime drama repeats. The King of Queens continued to air at 9pm. It carved out a decent presence on Wednesdays, but was pressed back into service on Mondays the following season with Raymond ending. This season, it was first paired with Center of the Universe, a family sitcom that brought John Goodman back to TV after Roseanne and the short-lived Normal, Ohio. The all-star cast also featured Jean Smart, Olympia Dukakis, and Ed Asner. However, it couldn't hold enough of the King of Queens audience and CBS had a trusty veteran in Yes, Dear sitting on the bench. Center of the Universe was cancelled after 10 episodes.

Thursdays
(Sep 23-Dec 9)
8:00 Survivor
9:00 CSI
10:00 Without a Trace

(Dec 16-Feb 10)
8:00 Wickedly Perfect (Jan 6-20)
9:00 CSI
10:00 Without a Trace

(Feb 17-May 19)
8:00 Survivor (through May 12)
9:00 CSI
10:00 Without a Trace
"Wickedly Perfect"
For most of the 2004-05 season, the Thursday night lineup remained Survivor-CSI-Without a Trace. CBS' most reliable and complete lineup helped them dominate Thursdays now that Friends was gone from NBC. As usual, Survivor took a short hiatus in the winter between editions. That spot was briefly filled by Wickedly Perfect, a new reality show looking for the next "domestic diva" along the lines of Martha Stewart. Hosted by Joan Lunden, the show couldn't even last the full Survivor hiatus, and was burned off on Saturdays for the rest of its run.

Fridays
(Sep 24-Jan 21)
8:00 Joan of Arcadia
9:00 JAG
10:00 Dr. Vegas (through Oct 29)


(Jan 28-May 13)
8:00 Joan of Arcadia (through Apr 22)
9:00 JAG (through Apr 29)
10:00 Numb3rs
"Numb3rs"
Friday night started with two dramas that ended after the 2004-05 season. First up was Joan of Arcadia in just its second season. Despite critical raves and Emmy nominations for Drama Series and Lead Actress, Joan lost viewers and momentum in its second season, and was cancelled at the end of the season. Joining the cancellation heap was JAG after 10 years, nine on CBS. The show was always a steady performer but never a mammoth hit for CBS. One of its biggest accomplishments was spinning off the hit NCIS and proving NBC wrong for cancelling it after one season back in 1996. The 10pm slot started with Dr. Vegas, a medical drama starring Rob Lowe. The show lasted all of five episodes on Friday nights before it was cancelled and replaced by various repeats for months. CBS found a more suitable show for Friday nights with Numb3rs. The procedural crime drama starred Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch, and Peter MacNicol. It premiered after the AFC Championship Game on a Sunday night and delivered big numbers, then it had a solid but quiet run on Friday nights for several years.

Saturdays
8:00 Various Programming/The Will/Wickedly Perfect
9:00 Various Programming
10:00 48 Hours
CBS pretty much gave up on Saturday night starting in the 2004-05 season. They aired repeats of their dramas from 8-10pm for much of the season with 48 Hours at 10pm. For one night in January, CBS premiered reality show The Will, about families competing for a loved one's will. The universally panned show lasted all of one episode before getting cancelled. CBS also briefly aired a burnoff of Wickedly Perfect on Sundays.

Sundays
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Cold Case
9:00 Sunday Night Movie
Sunday nights continued to be steady as can be with the lineup of 60 Minutes, Cold Case, and Sunday Night Movie. While past its heyday as CBS' best night in the 1980s and 1990s, this was still a solid lineup for the network. The movie was hit a little hard by ABC's sudden new hits of Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy.

CBS 2004-05 Stats 

Shows in the Top 30
2. CSI
5. Survivor
7. CSI: Miami
8. Without a Trace
10. Everybody Loves Raymond
11. Two and a Half Men
17. Cold Case
19. Sunday Night Movie
21. CSI: NY
22. NCIS
25. The Amazing Race

Fall Shows Survival: 1/5 (20%)
CSI: NY

Midseason Shows Survival: 1/3 (33%)
Numb3rs

Total New Show Survival Rate: 2/8 (25%)

Cancelled/Ended Series
JAG (10 seasons)
Everybody Loves Raymond (9 seasons)
60 Minutes II (7 seasons)
Judging Amy (6 seasons)
Joan of Arcadia (2 seasons)
Listen Up/Dr. Vegas/Clubhouse/Center of the Universe/Wickedly Perfect/The Will (1 season)

Emmy Nominees & Winners (Major Categories)
Everybody Loves Raymond (WINNER, Outstanding Comedy Series)
Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond (Nominee, 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)
Conchata Ferrell, Two and a Half Men (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series)
Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series)   

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, April 27

Check a few posts down for a review of Bad Teacher! I will have a review of Black Box as well, as soon as I can find a place to watch it online!

Also check back often this week and this month because starting tomorrow, I will begin my Upfronts series with a week of what I think each network SHOULD do!

Sunday night is fully new with every network having their regular lineups. But it's Sunday and it's almost May so I could see things being fairly low. In fact, there's a chance nothing will break a 2.0 though Resurrection or Family Guy could.

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Once Upon a Time #63 "A Curious Thing"
9:00 Resurrection #7 "Schemes of the Devil"
10:00 Revenge #64 "Revolution"
Prediction: Videos - 5.5 million, 1.3/Time - 6.2 million, 1.9/Resurrection - 6.8 million, 1.9/Revenge - 5.0 million, 1.3

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 The Amazing Race
9:00 The Good Wife #109 "Tying the Knot"
10:00 The Mentalist #135 "Brown Eyed Girls"
Prediction: 60 Mins - 9.8 million, 1.3/Race - 8.2 million, 1.8/Wife - 9.1 million, 1.4/Mentalist - 9.0 million, 1.4

NBC
7:00 American Dream Builders
8:00 Dateline NBC
9:00 Believe #8 "Together"
10:00 Crisis #7 "Homecoming"
Prediction: Dream - 2.2 million, 0.5/Dateline - 3.8 million, 0.9/Believe - 4.1 million, 0.9/Crisis - 3.5 million, 0.9

FOX 
7:00 Bob's Burgers #64 "The Kids Run Away"
7:30 American Dad! #169 "Rubberneckers"
8:00 The Simpsons #549 "What to Expect When Bart's Expecting"
8:30 Family Guy #228 "Baby Got Black"
9:00 Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Prediction: Burgers - 1.9 million, 0.7/Dad - 2.2 million, 1.1/Simpsons - 3.4 million, 1.6/Family - 4.1 million, 2.0/Cosmos - 3.4 million, 1.3      

Saturday, April 26, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 4/25/14

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 Last Man Standing (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Shark Tank
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

CBS
8:00 Unforgettable
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Hawaii Five-0
Viewers: 9.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Blue Bloods
Viewers: 11.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

NBC
8:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Grimm
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Hannibal
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Kitchen Nightmares
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2 

It was a typical Friday night with nothing topping a 1.8 demo. On CBS, Unforgettable was up four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Hawaii Five-0 was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. At 10pm, Blue Bloods was dead even with its last airing. On ABC, the season finale of Last Man Standing was up seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. This show should, and most likely will, be renewed next season. At 9pm, Shark Tank was up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo while 20/20 closed out the night down a big 2.5 million viewers and four tenths in the demo. On NBC, Grimm was down three tenths in viewers but up a tenth in the demo from its series low two weeks ago. Hannibal was down three tenths in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. On FOX, the 8pm episode of Kitchen Nightmares was on par with last week while the 9pm episode was up three tenths in the demo.

RATINGS RECAP: 4/24/14

ABC
8:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Grey's Anatomy
Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
10:00 Black Box
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 16.4 million, 18-49 demo: 4.5
8:30 The Millers
Viewers: 10.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:00 Two and a Half Men
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:30 Bad Teacher
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
10:00 Elementary
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

NBC
8:00 Parks and Recreation
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 SNL Shorts
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0 

FOX 
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 American Idol
Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:30 Surviving Jack
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0 

There were two series premieres and a season finale on a busy Thursday night. First up on CBS, The Big Bang Theory was up a tenth in viewers and down two tenths in the demo for its worst performance since a year ago this week. It tends to swoon a bit in the spring and after a week or more off so this isn't too surprising. At 8:30pm, The Millers was down a tenth in viewers and the demo as it held up pretty well. At 9pm, Two and a Half Men built on its lead-in as it was down two tenths in viewers but up a tenth in the demo. This show should have been at 9pm all along. At 9:30pm, the series premiere of Bad Teacher got off to a decent start. It did better than any show in this slot since Two and a Half Men on January 9 and it easily outperformed anything The Crazy Ones was getting here. However, this was a series premiere so it could easily be the next Crazy Ones in a week or two. For now, it was a solid start. At 10pm, Elementary was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo despite no Scandal or Parenthood in the hour.

On ABC, Grey's Anatomy was down half a million viewers and three tenths in the demo for its lowest numbers since March 13. It appears that Grey's is impacted by the lack of Scandal more than I thought it would be. At 10pm, the series premiere of Black Box took Scandal's place and the results were not very good. It had a disappointing 1.5 demo number, which is less than half of what Scandal got last week. I thought it would be able to get a better sampling. It will suffice for the end of the season but that's probably all we'll see from it. On NBC, the season finale of Parks and Recreation was up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. It will be back next season, but will it be in the fall or midseason? Finally on FOX, Hell's Kitchen was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo, American Idol was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, and Surviving Jack was down four tenths in viewers and even in the demo.

RATINGS RECAP: 4/23/14

ABC
8:00 The Middle
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
8:30 Suburgatory
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Modern Family
Viewers: 9.6 million, 18-49 demo: 3.5
9:30 Mixology
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 Nashville: For the Record
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
9:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 CSI (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Chicago PD (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Viewers: 9.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1 

ABC's comedy lineup was back in full force on Wednesday. At 8pm, The Middle was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo, which is not bad since it usually comes back weak after a couple weeks off. At 8:30pm, Suburgatory was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. At 9pm, the Modern Family trip to Australia was up six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo while Mixology benefited from a new lead-in and was up four tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. Elsewhere, Survivor was dead even with last week on CBS while FOX's American Idol inched back up half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo.

PILOT REVIEW: Bad Teacher

BAD TEACHER












Starring: Ari Graynor, Sara Gilbert, Ryan Hansen, Sara Rodier, with Kristin Davis, and David Alan Grier

Developed for television by Hilary Winston, Based on characters created by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky
Written by Hilary Winston, Directed by Don Scardino

Bad Teacher is a new sitcom based on the hit 2011 movie starring Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake. The watered-down sitcom version has a similar premise but a little more suitable to network television and a continuing series. Trophy wife Meredith Davis (Ari Graynor) has just been through a divorce and is looking for a new rich husband. Despite a complete lack of qualifications, she takes a job at a school with lots of rich and single dads thanks to a friend's daughter (Sara Rodier). Rounding out the main cast is other school staff members: the emotionally unstable principal Carl Gaines (David Alan Grier), uptight enemy of Meredith's, Ginny (Kristin Davis), nerdy Irene (Sara Gilbert), and easygoing gym teacher Joel (Ryan Hansen).

THE GOOD: The absolute best part of this show is Ari Graynor. I haven't seen the movie so I can't compare her to Cameron Diaz, but I thought she was genuinely funny and entertaining in this show. Her comedic timing was top notch, especially in her speech during the Job Day when she's called out for faking her resume and when she is trying to get to the bottom of how many cars are in a boy's garage. Her character is nothing more than a caricature and she probably could have given it a little more depth, but on the surface level it was very funny. There were other small moments that were very funny too including the introduction of Ginny's student teacher. This was nothing but fluff but it did make me laugh.

THE BAD: Given that I am a teacher, I always have problems when schools are not depicted accurately. I'm not saying they can't poke fun at a school, because they certainly can. But how Meredith got and kept her job seems a little far-fetched with her behavior and lack of qualifications, and I have a hard time accepting the premise because of that. This must be how firefighters feel about Chicago Fire. The worst member of the ensemble is Sara Gilbert, who is trying WAY too hard here. I know her character is supposed to be annoying, but she should be annoying to other characters not the viewers. She can do better than this and I groaned every time she opened her mouth during the pilot. I came close to saying the same thing about David Alan Grier.

BOTTOM LINE: Bad Teacher felt much more like an ABC show than a CBS show. I don't think it will last very long but I thought the humor and Ari Graynor were strong enough for the show to have a solid foundation. It could also be a one trick pony but if Graynor can give her character some depth to match her humor, this could be a really fun show.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, April 24, Friday, April 25, & Saturday, April 26

I will be out of town for a couple days but when I get back on Saturday, I will have reviews of Bad Teacher and Black Box!

THURSDAY
Thursday night has two very late-in-the-season series premieres. Black Box is a new drama that's taking Scandal's spot on ABC for a couple weeks, but don't expect it to do anything close to Scandal numbers. Things could go better on CBS where Bad Teacher could get a solid sampling, most likely better than recent numbers for The Crazy Ones. Elsewhere, NBC has the season finale of Parks and Recreation with a one hour episode.

ABC 
8:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live: Behind the Scandalabra (SPECIAL - REPEAT)
9:00 Grey's Anatomy #217 "Change of Heart"
10:00 Black Box #1 "Kiss the Sky" (SERIES PREMIERE)
Prediction: Grey's - 8.2 million, 2.5/Black Box - 6.8 million, 1.8

CBS 
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #156 "The Anything Can Happen Recurrence"
8:30 The Millers #20 "Tomlandia"
9:00 Two and a Half Men #244 "Lotta Delis in Little Armenia"
9:30 Bad Teacher #1 "Pilot" (SERIES PREMIERE)
10:00 Elementary #45 "The Man with the Twisted Lips"
Prediction: Big Bang - 16.8 million, 4.7/Millers - 10.7 million, 2.6/Men - 9.8 million, 2.5/Bad Teacher - 8.5 million, 2.2/Elementary - 8.1 million, 1.8

NBC
8:00 Parks and Recreation #111/112 "Moving Up" (Season Finale)
9:00 SNL Shorts (SPECIAL)
Prediction: Parks - 2.9 million, 1.1

FOX 
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
9:00 American Idol
9:30 Surviving Jack #5 "Something to Talk About"
Prediction: Kitchen - 4.8 million, 1.6/Idol - 7.6 million, 1.7/Jack - 4.2 million, 1.0

FRIDAY
Friday night has the season finale of Last Man Standing among lots of other new programming. I think it'll be a pretty normal Friday.

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #64 "Mutton Busting" (Season Finale)
8:30 Last Man Standing #58 "Stud Muffin" (REPEAT)
9:00 Shark Tank
10:00 20/20
Prediction: Last Man - 5.8 million, 1.2/Shark - 7.1 million, 1.8/2020 - 7.0 million, 1.6

CBS
8:00 Unforgettable #33 "East of Islip"
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 #91 "Pe'epe'e Kainaka"
10:00 Blue Bloods #87 "Custody Battle"
Prediction: Unforgettable - 7.5 million, 1.0/Hawaii - 9.4 million, 1.4/Bloods - 11.5 million, 1.4

NBC
8:00 Dateline NBC
9:00 Grimm #63 "Nobody Knows the Trubel I've Seen"
10:00 Hannibal #22 "Shiizakana"
Prediction: Dateline - 5.4 million, 1.1/Grimm - 5.2 million, 1.3/Hannibal - 2.4 million, 0.8

FOX 
8:00 Kitchen Nightmares
9:00 Kitchen Nightmares
Prediction: Nightmares - 2.9 million, 0.9

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 MOVIE: Despicable Me
10:00 Nightline Prime

CBS
8:00 Two and a Half Men #232 "Mr. Walden, He Die. I Clean Room" (REPEAT)
8:30 Bad Teacher #1 "Pilot" (REPEAT)
9:00 NCIS #242 "Alibi" (REPEAT)

10:00 48 Hours

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

FOX 
8:00 NASCAR Racing

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 4/22/14

ABC
8:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 The Goldbergs (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:30 Trophy Wife (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 Celebrity Wife Swap
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS 
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 10.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 10.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Person of Interest (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 11.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
9:00 About a Boy
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:30 Growing Up Fisher
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 Chicago Fire (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9 

FOX 
8:00 Glee
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 New Girl (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:30 The Mindy Project
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

Tuesday night had a mix of repeats and originals. On NBC, The Voice was down half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo for a season low. The good news was it didn't have a negative impact on About a Boy as that show was down a tenth in viewers but up a tenth in the demo. This show is certain to get renewed. At 9:30pm, Growing Up Fisher was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. On ABC, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was up half a million viewers but down two tenths in the demo from last week, when it aired at 9pm. Celebrity Wife Swap was down a tenth in viewers and the demo from last week's season premiere. Finally on FOX, Glee was up a tenth in viewers and down a tenth in the demo while The Mindy Project was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo.

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, April 23

Wednesday night has ABC's lineup almost back to all new though there is a Nashville special instead of a regular episode. Modern Family is in Australia for their episode and that, as well as limited competition, could help it climb a bit. The only other new shows on Wednesday are Survivor and American Idol.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #115 "The Wind Chimes"
8:30 Suburgatory #54 "No, You Can't Sit With Us"
9:00 Modern Family #116 "Australia"
9:30 Mixology #9 "Dominic & Kacey"
10:00 Nashville: On the Record (SPECIAL)
Prediction: Middle - 7.0 million, 1.9/Suburgatory - 5.5 million, 1.5/Modern - 9.8 million, 3.5/Mixology - 4.5 million, 1.7

CBS 
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #195 "Strange Fruit" (REPEAT)
10:00 CSI #301 "Passed Pawns" (REPEAT)
Prediction: Survivor - 9.4 million, 2.2

NBC
8:00 Law & Order: SVU #332 "Betrayal's Climax" (REPEAT)
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #328 "Rapist Anonymous" (REPEAT)
10:00 Chicago PD #9 "A Material Witness" (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Prediction: Idol - 8.6 million, 1.9    

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 4/21/14

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 14.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
10:00 Castle
Viewers: 9.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

CBS
8:00 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
8:30 Friends with Better Lives
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Mike & Molly
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:30 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9 

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 11.2 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
10:00 The Blacklist
Viewers: 11.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8 

FOX 
8:00 Bones
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 The Following
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4 

CBS Mondays are hurting without How I Met Your Mother, but it probably could be worse. At 8pm, 2 Broke Girls was down a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a series low, but a 2.1 at 8pm is not the worst thing. Week three of Friends with Better Lives was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Mike & Molly was down two tenths in viewers and the demo. On NBC, The Voice was down seven tenths in viewers and a rough four tenths in the demo for its first live show, but The Blacklist was down only two tenths in viewers and even in the demo despite a weaker lead-in so it was a good night for NBC's drama hit. On ABC, Dancing with the Stars was down seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. This show has held up very well this spring. At 10pm, Castle was dead even with its last new airing almost a month ago. Finally on FOX, Bones was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo while The Following was dead even for a third straight week. It has had the same demo for six straight weeks.

RATINGS RECAP: 4/20/14

ABC 
7:00 It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Movie: In My Dreams
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 8.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:00 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 The Good Wife
Viewers: 9.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 The Mentalist
Viewers: 8.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

NBC
7:00 American Dream Builders
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
8:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Believe
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Crisis
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9 

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
7:30 American Dad! (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:30 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4 

Easter Sunday had a mix of new and repeat episodes along with a few specials and that led to low numbers. CBS saw The Amazing Race fall 1.1 million viewers and a tenth in the demo, The Good Wife drop six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo to tie a series low, and The Mentalist drop three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. On ABC, Once Upon a Time tumbled half a million viewers and three tenths in the demo for a series low. We can maybe chalk this up to Easter and a different lead-in and lead-out, but it needs to recover next week. NBC's Believe was one of two shows to rise as it was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, but Crisis was down four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. The only other riser was Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on FOX, which was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, April 22

Tuesday night has a bunch of repeats mixed in with some originals. The originals may benefit a little bit from repeats but that doesn't happen much. I think the best chance for a rise is the NBC lineup from 8-10pm.

ABC
8:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #19 "The Only Light in the Darkness"
9:00 The Goldbergs #15 "Muscles Mirsky" (REPEAT)
9:30 Trophy Wife #15 "Happy Bert Day" (REPEAT)

10:00 Celebrity Wife Swap
Prediction: Marvel - 5.4 million, 2.0/Wife - 3.0 million, 1.0

CBS 
8:00 NCIS #241 "Better Angels" (REPEAT)
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #106 "The Frozen Lake" (REPEAT)

10:00 Person of Interest #51 "Mors Prematura" (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 The Voice
9:00 About a Boy #9 "About a Kiss"
9:30 Growing Up Fisher #9 "Desk/Job"
10:00 Chicago Fire #32 "Rhymes With Shout" (REPEAT)
Prediction: Voice - 12.1 million, 3.1/Boy - 7.5 million, 1.9/Fisher - 6.0 million, 1.6

FOX 
8:00 Glee #105 "Opening Night"
9:00 New Girl #57 "Menus" (REPEAT)
9:30 The Mindy Project #44 "An Officer and a Gynecologist"
Prediction: Glee - 2.2 million, 0.9/Mindy - 1.8 million, 0.8

Monday, April 21, 2014

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, April 21

Monday night has mostly new episodes except for 9:30-11pm on CBS. I think week two of CBS' lineup without How I Met Your Mother will not go as well as the first. Everything else should be close to normal levels.

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
10:00 Castle #125 "That 70s Show"
Prediction: Dancing - 14.9 million, 2.3/Castle - 9.9 million, 1.9

CBS 
8:00 2 Broke Girls #70 "And the New Lease on Life"
8:30 Friends with Better Lives #3 "Game Sext Match"
9:00 Mike & Molly #88 "Mike's Manifold Destiny"
9:30 The Big Bang Theory #139 "The Raiders Minimization" (REPEAT)
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #105 "Recovery" (REPEAT)
Prediction: Girls - 6.8 million, 2.1/Friends - 5.1 million, 1.6/Mike&Molly - 7.1 million, 2.0

NBC 
8:00 The Voice
10:00 The Blacklist #19 "The Pavlovich Brothers"
Prediction: Voice - 11.8 million, 3.3/Blacklist - 10.8 million, 2.7

FOX 
8:00 Bones #188 "The Nail in the Coffin"
9:00 The Following #29 "Silence"
Prediction: Bones - 5.5 million, 1.4/Following - 4.2 million, 1.4    

Sunday, April 20, 2014

RATINGS RECAP: 4/19/14

Check below this post for a Weekend Rewind for CBS 2003-04!

ABC
8:00 Movie: The Ten Commandments
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
8:00 Mike & Molly (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
8:30 The Millers (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 48 Hours
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

NBC
8:00 Dateline Mystery
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Saturday Night Live (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 UFC Fight Night
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

WEEKEND REWIND: CBS 2003-04 Season

CBS 2003-04
Year by year, CBS was building a lineup full of solid hits. This past year, they added CSI: Miami,  Without a Trace, and Still Standing, all of which cracked the Top 30. This year was huge for them. They only launched eight shows but three turned into big hits: NCIS, Two and a Half Men, and Cold Case. Two of those are still on today and have been cornerstones of the CBS lineup for a decade.

Check out my ABC Weekend Rewind from 2003-04

Mondays
8:00 Yes, Dear
8:30 Still Standing
9:00 Everybody Loves Raymond
9:30 Two and a Half Men
10:00 CSI: Miami
"Two and a Half Men"
Monday nights remained steady as can be all season. With The King of Queens on the move to Wednesdays, Yes, Dear slid up to the 8pm slot and was paired with Still Standing in its second season. It wasn't the strongest hour but it was serviceable. Yes, Dear was only renewed for a midseason order after this year. Everybody Loves Raymond continued to dominate at 9pm but CBS needed to find a new anchor because Raymond was getting old. They did just that when they launched Two and a Half Men. The vulgar sitcom starring Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer was an instant hit with viewers and a departure from the gentler family sitcoms that were all over the CBS lineup. Men was one of the most recent comedies to be a smash hit out of the gates and it's still going strong in its 11th season now. CSI: Miami continued to be a strong performer at 10pm.

Tuesdays
(Sep 23-Mar 9)
8:00 NCIS
9:00 The Guardian
10:00 Judging Amy

(Mar 16-30)
8:00 NCIS
9:00 Century City

10:00 Judging Amy

(Apr 6-May 18)
8:00 NCIS
9:00 The Guardian (through May 4)
10:00 Judging Amy
"NCIS"
JAG was on the move to Fridays and in its place on Tuesdays was a spinoff, a little show called NCIS. The Mark Harmon starring crime drama didn't make a big splash in its first couple years but it was a decent enough performer. Over time though, it became the most watched drama on TV, which it still holds today in its 11th season. Just like Men on Mondays, CBS struck gold with this show but it wasn't apparent from the beginning. It was only getting 11-12 million viewers in its first season and now it gets 17-20 million viewers. Hard to believe considering how much overall viewing has gone down in the decade since its premiere. 9pm and 10pm continued to be The Guardian and Judging Amy. For a very brief time in March, The Guardian was replaced by Century City, a futuristic drama set in 2030 in Los Angeles starring Nestor Campbell and Viola Davis. The show lasted just a couple weeks before it was yanked and The Guardian was back. However, CBS felt they could upgrade on the night and cancelled The Guardian at the end of the season after three years. 

Wednesdays
(Sep 24-Nov 26)
8:00 60 Minutes II
9:00 The King of Queens (starting Oct 1)
9:30 Becker (starting Oct 8)
10:00 The Brotherhood of Poland, NH (through Oct 22)

(Dec 3-Mar 10)
8:00 60 Minutes II
9:00 The King of Queens
9:30 Becker (through Jan 28)
10:00 48 Hours

(Mar 17-May 19)
8:00 60 Minutes II
9:00 The King of Queens
9:30 The Stones (through Mar 31)
10:00 48 Hours
"The Brotherhood of Poland, NH"
CBS revamped Wednesdays yet again but things didn't really get better. 60 Minutes II slid back up to 8pm where it had been at times the previous year. CBS tried a new comedy hour at 9pm with veteran sitcoms The King of Queens and Becker. King survived and did pretty well in its new Wednesday slot but Becker was already on the decline and this just sped up the process. It was cancelled after 13 episodes, ending its six season run. Aside from a very brief (three episode) midseason run of new sitcom The Stones starring Judith Light, the 9:30pm slot was a rotating wheel of repeats of comedies. The 10pm hour was initially given to a new warm family drama The Brotherhood of Poland, NH. Created by David E. Kelley and starring Randy Quaid, John Carroll Lynch, Chris Penn, and Elizabeth McGovern, Brotherhood wasn't along the same lines as the other CBS dramas coming on the air. It didn't fit with the crime procedurals and was yanked after just five episodes. The rest of the season was 48 Hours at 10pm as Wednesday night still didn't have any flow to it.

Thursdays
8:00 Survivor (Sep 25-Dec 11/Feb 5-May 13)
9:00 CSI
10:00 Without a Trace
Thursdays was the top night for CBS with three hit shows: Survivor (in two editions, as usual), CSI, and Without a Trace. There was no reason to mess with this hit lineup.

Fridays
8:00 Joan of Arcadia
9:00 JAG
10:00 The Handler (through Jan 30)
"Joan of Arcadia"
Friday nights brought a trio of dramas including two newbies. At 8pm was Joan of Arcadia, a family drama about a girl who could see and talk to God. Starring Joe Mantegna, Mary Steenburgen, Amber Tamblyn, and Jason Ritter, the show was critically acclaimed out of the gate and even nominated for an Emmy in its first season. It was a surprise success story on Friday nights but it was short lived as the show only lasted one more year. JAG moved over from Tuesdays and was the first of many CBS dramas to spend its final couple years on Fridays. At 10pm was The Handler, a crime drama set in DC and starring Joe Pantoliano. The show lasted just 14 episodes. When it was cancelled, repeats of other dramas filled the 10pm slot for the rest of the season.

Saturdays
(Sep 27-Dec 20)
8:00 48 Hours (through Nov 29)
9:00 Hack
10:00 The District

(Jan 17-Mar 13)
8:00 Star Search
9:00 Hack
10:00 The District

(Mar 20-May 15)
8:00 Various Programming
10:00 The District (Apr 10-May 1)
Saturday nights were a bit of a mess as this was the last season where CBS really made a serious effort with the night. 48 Hours started at 8pm but was needed on Wednesdays. It was replaced by Star Search for awhile, which floundered in its second season on Saturday nights. 9pm was the second season of Hack, but it was cancelled after year two and the 8pm slot became movies and specials starting in March. 10pm was The District, but it was cancelled at the end of the year after four quiet seasons. This was one of the most unheralded shows to run as long as four years.

Sundays
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Cold Case
9:00 Sunday Night Movie
"Cold Case"
After striking out with comedies the previous season, CBS found a new hit drama to bridge 60 Minutes and the Sunday Night Movie. Just like Murder, She Wrote and Touched by an Angel before it, they found a feel-good drama in Cold Case, a procedural that blended past crimes and present investigations. The show featured many flashbacks and heartwarming moments as it pieced together the puzzle each week. Starring Kathryn Morris and Danny Pino, it became a reliable Sunday night performer for several years.


CBS 2003-04 Stats

Shows in the Top 30
2. CSI
5. Survivor
9. CSI: Miami
10. Everybody Loves Raymond
11. Without a Trace
15. Two and a Half Men
17. Cold Case
18. 60 Minutes
26. NCIS
28. Still Standing

Fall Shows Survival: 4/6 (66%)
Two and a Half Men, NCIS, Joan of Arcadia, Cold Case

Midseason Shows Survival: 0/2

Total New Shows Survival Rate: 4/8 (50%)

Cancelled/Ended Series
Becker (6 seasons)
The District (4 seasons)
The Guardian (3 seasons)
Hack/Star Search (2 seasons)
The Brotherhood of Poland, NH/The Handler/Century City/The Stones (1 season)

Emmy Award Nominees & Winners (Major Categories)
CSI (Nominee, Outstanding Drama Series)
Joan of Arcadia (Nominee, Outstanding Drama Series)
Everybody Loves Raymond (Nominee, Outstanding Comedy Series)
Anthony LaPaglia, Without a Trace (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series)
Amber Tamblyn, Joan of Arcadia (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama 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)
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 Robert, Everybody Loves Raymond (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series)