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Thursday, March 31, 2016

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, March 31

Thursday night has the series premiere of Rush Hour, airing in a slot that Elementary has held for several years. With this late a premiere and only recent promotion during basketball, I'm not convinced that this is going to make much of an impact. Earlier in the night, Life in Pieces ends its first season with a double episode. It should end on a good night thanks to a lead-in from The Big Bang Theory. ABC has week two of The Catch. If it is close to last week, it has a chance. If it collapses like The Family, it'll be done.

No predictions tonight either! I am very busy right now so rundowns & recaps will be a little shorter this week & next!

ABC
8:00 Grey's Anatomy #261 "When It Hurts So Bad"
9:00 Scandal #85 "The Miseducation of Susan Ross"

10:00 The Catch #2 "The Real Killer"

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #202 "The Solder Excursion Diversion"

8:30 Life in Pieces #21 "Cinderella Fantasy Prom Dougie"
9:00 Life in Pieces #22 "Crytunes Divorce Tablet Ring" (Season Finale)
9:30 2 Broke Girls #110 "And the Pity Party Bus"
10:00 Rush Hour #1 "Pilot" (SERIES PREMIERE)

NBC
8:00 You, Me, and the Apocalypse #10 "End of Days" (Season Finale)
9:00 The Blacklist (REPEAT)
10:00 Shades of Blue #13 "One Last Lie" (Season Finale)

FOX
8:00 American Idol

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

RATINGS RECAP: 3/28/16

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 12.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 The Catch (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS
8:00 Supergirl
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Scorpion
Viewers: 8.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 8.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 11.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
10:00 Blindspot
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

FOX
8:00 Gotham
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 Lucifer
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

On Monday night, Supergirl on CBS got a big boost with some basketball promotion and its crossover with The Flash. It was up 1.2 million viewers and a strong four tenths in the demo for its best performance since February 8. It also boosted Scorpion a bit, which was even in viewers but up a tenth in the demo. At 10pm, NCIS: Los Angeles was up a tenth in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. On ABC, Dancing with the Stars was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo from last week's premiere. On NBC, both shows managed to stop the bleeding with The Voice up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo and Blindspot finally stopping its steady downward spiral by rising a tenth in viewers and the demo. Finally on FOX, Gotham was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo while Lucifer was even in both categories. These two shows have been a good match for each other.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Supergirl (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, March 30

Wednesday night has the return of Empire to the night. TV's biggest show saw declines throughout the fall and has been off the air since December. Though it will surely still be a big draw, I wouldn't be shocked to see a series low. I just don't feel the buzz about this show the way it obviously had a year ago and at the beginning of the second season in September. It will still be a win for FOX but I wouldn't be surprised if it's a loser in the expectations game. It'll also be interesting to see if it can help Rosewood like it did in the fall. Elsewhere, CBS and NBC are fully new. Criminal Minds suffered against Empire in the fall and just bid farewell to Shemar Moore, but it does have the return of popular former star Paget Brewster. NBC may be the odd one out in the ratings especially with week 2 of Heartbeat, while Nashville is the only new show for ABC.

No time for predictions, sorry!

ABC
8:00 The Middle (REPEAT)
8:30 The Goldbergs (REPEAT)

9:00 Modern Family (REPEAT)
9:30 Black-ish (REPEAT)
10:00 Nashville #78 "If I Could Do It All Again"

CBS
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #252 "Tribute"
10:00 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders #3 "Denial"

NBC
8:00 Heartbeat #3 "Backwards"
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #385 "Sheltered Outcasts"

10:00 Chicago PD #57 "If We Were Normal"

FOX
8:00 Rosewood #15 "Atherosclerosis & the Alabama Flim-Flam"

9:00 Empire #23 "Death Will Have His Day"

WEEKLY RECAP: March 21-27, 2016

Here is my weekly recap for Week #27. Please note this only covers regularly scheduled shows (no sports, specials, repeats, or Saturday shows)

Check out Week #27 from last year.

TOP 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.8    16th week
2. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.5    16th week
3. Modern Family (ABC, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 2.4    17th week
4. Criminal Minds (CBS, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 2.2    6th week
5. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 2.1    13th week
    Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.1    14th week
7. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.0    15th week
    The Goldbergs (ABC, Wednesday 8:30pm) - 2.0    13th week
9. Black-ish (ABC, Wednesday 9:30pm) - 1.9    3rd week
    Little Big Shots (NBC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 1.9    3rd week

TOP 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 15.9 million    18th week
2. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 13.4 million    18th week
3. Dancing with the Stars (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 12.5 million    11th week
4. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 11.2 million    16th week
5. Criminal Minds (CBS, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 10.9 million    8th week
6. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 10.8 million    14th week
7. Little Big Shots (NBC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 10.6 million    3rd week
8. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 9.3 million    7th week
9. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, Monday 10:00pm) - 8.8 million    7th week
10. Scorpion (CBS, Monday 9:00pm) - 8.7 million    7th week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Second Chance (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.5    10th week
2. You, Me, and the Apocalypse (NBC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 0.6    8th week
    The Family (ABC, Sunday 9:00pm) - 0.6    4th week
4. Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon (NBC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.7    6th week
    Sleepy Hollow (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.7    15th week
    Hollywood Game Night (NBC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.7    3rd week
7. Elementary (CBS, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.8    5th week
    Crowded (NBC, Sunday 9:30pm) - 0.8    1st week
9. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.9    1st week
    Nashville (ABC, Wednesday 10:00pm) - 0.9    6th week
    Heartbeat (NBC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 0.9    1st week (NEW SHOW)
    20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:00pm) - 0.9    7th week
    Grimm (NBC, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.9    7th week
    Quantico (ABC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.9    1st week
    The Good Wife (CBS, Sunday 9:00pm) - 0.9    5th week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Second Chance (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 2.1 million    10th week
2. New Girl (FOX, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.3 million    9th week
3. Sleepy Hollow (FOX, Friday 8:00pm) - 2.5 million    9th week
4. The Family (ABC, Sunday 9:00pm) - 2.6 million    2nd week
5. You, Me, and the Apocalypse (NBC, Thursday 8:00m) - 2.7 million    5th week
    Hollywood Game Night (NBC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 2.7 million    2nd week
7. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.9 million    3rd week
8. Quantico (ABC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 3.4 million    2nd week
9. Hell's Kitchen (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 3.5 million    3rd week
    Once Upon a Time (ABC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 3.5 million    1st week
    Crowded (NBC, Sunday 9:30pm) - 3.5 million    1st week

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Lucifer (FOX)    2nd week
Tuesday - NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)    4th week
Wednesday - Criminal Minds (CBS)    3rd week
Thursday - Grey's Anatomy (ABC)    5th week
Friday - Dateline NBC (NBC)    2nd week
Sunday - None

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Blindspot (CBS)    3rd week
Tuesday - Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)    1st week
Wednesday - Heartbeat (NBC)    1st week (NEW SHOW)
Thursday - The Catch (ABC)    1st week (NEW SHOW)
Friday - Sleepy Hollow (FOX)    8th week
Sunday - Quantico (ABC)    3rd week

MY TOP 5 EPISODES OF THE WEEK
1. Scandal #84 "Pencils Down"    9th week
2. Fresh Off the Boat #30 "Doing it Right"    12th week
3. The Middle #162 "A Very Donahue Vacation"    7th week
4. New Girl #106 "D-Day"    9th week
5. The Catch #1 "Pilot"    1st week (NEW SHOW)

RATINGS RECAP: 3/28/16

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 The Family
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 Quantico
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes

Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:00 Madam Secretary
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 The Good Wife
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Elementary
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

NBC
7:00 Little Big Shots (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:00 Little Big Shots
Viewers: 10.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 The Carmichael Show
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:30 Crowded
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Hollywood Game Night
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

FOX
7:00 Grease: Live (Repeat)

Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

On Easter Sunday, NBC's lineup took a major dip. It could be due to the holiday and not a trend, but we'll see. It's not too surprising that Little Big Shots took a dip as the casual family audience it aims for was probably quite preoccupied. Still, it fell a rough 2.7 million viewers and seven tenths in the demo. Next week will be much more telling. It took the comedies down with it as The Carmichael Show fell seven tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo and Crowded was down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. Only Hollywood Game Night was steady as it stayed at its series low in the demo and was also even in viewers.

On ABC, everything inched down again to more new lows. Once Upon a Time and The Family were both even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo while Quantico was down a tenth in both categories. This drop for Quantico means every new show for ABC except the recently launched The Real O'Neals and The Catch has dipped below a 1.0 in the demo. And it probably won't be long before the other two newbies do. Finally on CBS, 60 Minutes did not have a basketball lead-in and was down 2.8 million viewers and seven tenths in the demo. Madam Secretary was down nine tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for series lows. The Good Wife was down six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo while Elementary was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo despite starting 35 minutes earlier than last week.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: NONE
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Quantico (ABC)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, March 29

Tuesday night has the return of the full NBC lineup after several weeks of preview pilots following The Voice. The two Chicago shows are new for the first time since February 23 and should benefit from having The Voice back as a lead-in, though they held on pretty well in January and February. Elsewhere, CBS is in repeats from 8-10pm and then airing a James Corden special at 10pm. ABC has its regular lineup including a new Beyond the Tank, back in the troubled 10pm slot. FOX is only new on the hour with New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

ABC
8:00 Fresh Off the Boat #31 "Week in Review"
8:30 The Real O'Neals #6 "The Real Man"
9:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #58 "Watchdogs"

10:00 Beyond the Tank
Prediction: Boat - 4.4 million, 1.1/O'Neals - 3.8 million, 1.0/Marvel - 2.8 million, 0.9/Tank - 3.5 million, 0.9

CBS
8:00 NCIS (REPEAT)
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans (REPEAT)

10:00 The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special (SPECIAL)

NBC
8:00 The Voice
9:00 Chicago Med #12 "Guilty"
10:00 Chicago Fire #86 "What Happened to Courtney?"
Prediction: Voice - 10.5 million, 2.4/Med - 8.1 million, 2.0/Fire - 7.9 million, 1.9

FOX
8:00 New Girl #107 "Sam, Again"

8:30 Grandfathered (REPEAT)
9:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine #65 "Paranoia"
9:30 The Grinder (REPEAT)
Prediction: Girl - 2.5 million, 1.0/Brooklyn - 2.1 million, 0.9

Monday, March 28, 2016

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, March 28

Monday has all new episodes except for 10pm on ABC, which is a repeat of The Catch, which had a disappointing premiere this past Thursday. CBS has a Supergirl episode that will cross over with The Flash on the CW in a couple days. NBC will try to reverse some of the downward turn of The Voice and especially Blindspot, which has dropped a tenth in the demo every week since it came back from hiatus.

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
10:00 The Catch (REPEAT)
Prediction: Dancing - 11.8 million, 1.7

CBS
8:00 Supergirl #18 "Worlds Finest"
9:00 Scorpion #43 "Twist and Shout"
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #164 "Seoul Man"
Prediction: Supergirl - 6.8 million, 1.5/Scorpion - 9.3 million, 1.6/Los Angeles - 8.9 million, 1.3

NBC
8:00 The Voice
10:00 Blindspot #15 "Older Cutthroat Canyon"
Prediction: Voice - 11.0 million, 2.7/Blindspot - 5.5 million, 1.4

FOX
8:00 Gotham #38 "Prisoners"
9:00 Lucifer #10 "Pops"

Prediction: Gotham - 4.0 million, 1.3/Lucifer - 3.6 million, 1.2

Sunday, March 27, 2016

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, March 27

Happy Easter!

Easter night has ABC, CBS, and NBC going forward with their normal lineups. Numbers could be down a little bit across the board because of the holiday but it's not a huge night for other things to happen like some holidays. FOX is repeating its January hit, Grease: Live.

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (REPEAT)
8:00 Once Upon a Time #103 "The Brothers Jones"
9:00 The Family #5 "I Win"
10:00 Quantico #15 "Turn"
Prediction: Once - 3.4 million, 1.1/Family - 2.5 million, 0.7/Quantico - 3.4 million, 1.0

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Madam Secretary #40 "On the Clock"
9:00 The Good Wife #152 "Unmanned"
10:00 Elementary #90 "Ready or Not"
Prediction: 60 Mins - 9.2 million, 1.1/Madam - 9.2 million, 1.0/Wife - 7.9 million, 0.9/Elementary - 5.1 million, 0.8

NBC
7:00 Little Big Shots (REPEAT)
8:00 Little Big Shots
9:00 The Carmichael Show #11 "Gentrifying Bobby"
9:30 Crowded #4 "Rearviewmirror"
10:00 Hollywood Game Night
Prediction: Shots - 12.2 million, 2.4/Carmichael - 4.6 million, 1.2/Crowded - 3.5 million, 0.9/Hollywood - 2.6 million, 0.7

FOX
7:00 Grease: Live (SPECIAL - REPEAT)

RATINGS RECAP: 3/25/16

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:30 Dr. Ken (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

NBC
8:00 Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Grimm
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
8:00 Sleepy Hollow

Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Second Chance
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

On Friday night, FOX was anemic as usual. Sleepy Hollow was down three tenths in viewers and a tenths in the demo. There is no way FOX can renew this show. It led into the season (and most certainly series) finale of Second Chance, which was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Hell's Kitchen returns to this slot next week. On NBC, Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. This is not worse than the likely more expensive Undateable. At 9pm, Grimm was up a tenth in viewers but down a tenth in the demo. Dateline NBC closed out the night down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Its 1.0 demo was tops of the night among scripted programming. Elsewhere, CBS had basketball coverage again while ABC was only new with 20/20 and it was down four tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Dateline NBC (NBC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Sleepy Hollow (FOX)

RATINGS RECAP: 3/24/16

ABC
8:00 Grey's Anatomy
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 Scandal
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 The Catch
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9

NBC
8:00 You, Me, and the Apocalypse
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 The Blacklist (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 Shades of Blue
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
8:00 American Idol

Viewers: 8.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

On Thursday night, ABC had a new addition to the TGIT lineup but the results were disappointing. What wasn't disappointing, as usual, was Grey's Anatomy which continues to defy all sorts of problems broadcast shows are having. It was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. At 9pm, Scandal was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. Then the new Shondaland show, The Catch, premiered to a pretty weak 5.9 million viewers and 1.2 demo. It couldn't even hit the series low 1.4 demo that How to Get Away with Murder was getting recently. Some are comparing this performance to Scandal, which premiered to modest numbers late in the 2011-12 season. Scandal managed to hold mostly steady in its short season one before catching fire in season two. I don't see that happening with The Catch though. It will be lucky to get a season two. This is really a reflection of TGIT and its downward spiral (minus Grey's, of course). A year ago, The Catch probably would have premiered to a demo that was twice as good if not more. Elsewhere, CBS had basketball while NBC had You, Me, and the Apocalypse down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo and Shades of Blue even in both categories for its fifth straight 1.0 demo. Finally on FOX, American Idol was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: The Catch (ABC)

Friday, March 25, 2016

RENEWAL ALERT: NCIS: New Orleans, NCIS: Los Angeles, Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, Elementary, Scorpion, 2 Broke Girls, Mom, Survivor, The Amazing Race

CBS handed out a flurry of renewals today to veteran shows, joining The Big Bang Theory and NCIS, which were already renewed for 2016-17.

Now on the renewal list is dramas NCIS: New Orleans (season 3), NCIS: Los Angeles (season 8), Blue Bloods (season 7), Hawaii Five-0 (season 7), Madam Secretary (season 3), Elementary (season 5), and Scorpion (season 3). Of those dramas, only Hawaii Five-0 and Elementary seemed to possibly be on the bubble but they are part of the CBS syndication factory so the renewal was never much in doubt. Also renewed were comedies 2 Broke Girls (season 6) and Mom (season 4) and long time reality shows Survivor (33rd/34th editions) and The Amazing Race (29th/30th editions).

More notable is what was missing from the CBS renewal list: veteran Criminal Minds, bubble show CSI: Cyber, and all their freshman shows: Supergirl, Limitless, Code Black, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, and Life in Pieces. Les Moonves hinted most of the freshmen will come back and Minds will certainly return unless there are contractual breakdowns. It always seems to go down to the wire for that show. Cyber could go either way: it's ratings aren't very strong but it's a better international player for CBS and part of a long time hit franchise for CBS.

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

FRIDAY
Friday night has more basketball coverage on CBS and ABC is taking the night off with repeats so it'll just be NBC and FOX with regular programming. It is the season, and most certainly series, finale of Second Chance.

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing (REPEAT)
8:30 Dr. Ken (REPEAT)
9:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)

10:00 20/20

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament

NBC
8:00 Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon
9:00 Grimm #102 "Lycanthropia"
10:00 Dateline NBC

FOX
8:00 Sleepy Hollow #47 "Dawn's Early Light"

9:00 Second Chance #11 "Gelassenheit" (Season Finale)

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 MOVIE: The Ten Commandments

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament

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

FOX
8:00 Rosewood (REPEAT)
9:00 Lucifer (REPEAT)

Thursday, March 24, 2016

RENEWAL ALERT: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Last Man on Earth

FOX renewed two of its many bubble comedies today, handing out a fourth season to Brooklyn Nine-Nine and a third season to The Last Man on Earth. Both shows were part of the Sunday lineup in the fall before being sent elsewhere for Bordertown and Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life. Brooklyn was moved to Tuesdays at 9pm where it has struggled in a weak comedy lineup. It also seems to have lost some of its early critical buzz. However, it proved its worth after how weak Cooper was in its place on Sundays. Speaking of showing its worth, The Last Man on Earth was brought back to Sundays at 9:30pm sooner than planned thanks to Bordertown tanking. Both these shows have small ratings but FOX found out that it could be a whole lot worse.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Last Man on Earth join Bob's Burgers, Bones, Empire, Gotham, Scream Queens, and The Simpsons on the renewal list for next year. New Girl is sure to join while Grandfathered stands a better chance than The Grinder. Cooper Barrett and Bordertown are as good as done.

RATINGS RECAP: 3/23/16

ABC
8:00 The Middle
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
8:30 The Goldbergs
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 Modern Family
Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4
9:30 Black-ish
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 Nashville
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 9.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 Criminal Minds
Viewers: 10.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
10:00 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

NBC
8:00 Heartbeat
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 Chicago PD
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

FOX
8:00 Rosewood
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Hell's Kitchen
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

On the last Wednesday before Empire returns, Heartbeat made its time period debut for NBC and it was below anything The Mysteries of Laura has done in this slot all season. The fact that Laura is on the bubble probably means Heartbeat doesn't stand a chance. Later in the night, Law & Order: SVU was down eight tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo while Chicago PD was down nine tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. CBS had a good night starting with Survivor, which was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. A big episode of Criminal Minds boosted the show to season highs as it rose 1.1 million viewers and a strong three tenths in the demo. Despite the much bigger lead-in, the new spinoff Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders was down 1.1 million viewers and a tenth in the demo. In most circumstances, that's not a bad week two drop but this is more unimpressive because of how strong Minds was this week and that won't be the norm, especially with Empire returning next week.

On FOX, Rosewood was even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. It will get to lead-in to Empire again next week but I'm pretty sure this has been exposed as a fraud at this point. I'm not even convinced it can get back its early season mojo with Empire back. If it does, I'm not convinced it has a chance anyway. At 9pm, Hell's Kitchen was down a tenth in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. Because it gets jerked around the lineup so much, it returns to Fridays at 9pm next week. Finally on ABC, it was a pretty steady night with every show except Modern Family even in the demo. Family was down a tenth from last week. Among total viewers, The Middle and The Goldbergs were even, Modern Family was down four tenths, and Black-ish and Nashville were down a tenth.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Criminal Minds (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Heartbeat (NBC)

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, March 24

Thursday night has the series premiere of The Catch on ABC. The new Shondaland show got some promotion during the Oscars but its not a great time to launch a show in this lineup with how Scandal has performed lately. I think the best it can hope for is probably matching the season finale results for How to Get Away with Murder. CBS has more basketball coverage, while NBC is once again new to start and end the night and FOX has American Idol as it nears its end.

ABC
8:00 Grey's Anatomy #260 "I Am Not Waiting Anymore"
9:00 Scandal #84 "Pencils Down"
10:00 The Catch #1 "The Pilot" (SERIES PREMIERE)
Prediction: Grey's - 7.5 million, 2.1/Scandal - 6.4 million, 1.6/Catch - 5.5 million, 1.5

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament

NBC
8:00 You, Me, and the Apocalypse #9 "Calm Before the Storm"
9:00 The Blacklist (REPEAT)
10:00 Shades of Blue #12 "For I Have Sinned"
Prediction: Apocalypse - 2.4 million, 0.5/Shades - 5.0 million, 1.0

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Prediction: Idol - 8.5 million, 1.7

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

RATINGS RECAP: 3/22/16

ABC
8:00 Fresh Off the Boat
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:30 The Real O'Neals
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Beyond the Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CBS
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 15.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 13.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 Limitless
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 10.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:00 Heartbeat
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Chicago Fire (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 New Girl
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 Grandfathered (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:30 The Grinder (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

On Tuesday night, The Voice on NBC moved to an hour and felt the effects as it dropped four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. It led into yet another preview of a new show. This time, it was Heartbeat which didn't get much of a sampling and will likely struggle in its Wednesday 8pm slot. On CBS, NCIS managed to stay at that 2.0 demo threshold yet again as it was up eight tenths in viewers and even in the demo. It has still never gone below a 2.0 demo, but that seems inevitable at some point before the end of the season. At 9pm, NCIS: New Orleans was up a nice 1.4 million viewers and two tenths in the demo as it benefited from not having The Voice in the hour and it won't have it for the rest of the season. At 10pm, Limitless was up a million viewers and two tenths in the demo for its best performance in over a month. We'll see how it does when a new Chicago Fire comes back to the timeslot, however.

On ABC, Fresh Off the Boat remained the lone bright spot for ABC, rising half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo. At 8:30pm, The Real O'Neals was up three tenths in viewers and even in the demo. It has at least been steady since it started on Tuesdays. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is looking pretty pathetic. It was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo for another series low. It's not much better than Agent Carter at this point. A repeat of Beyond the Tank was not much better than the cancelled Of Kings and Prophets, but it might do better when it has some promotion for airing new episodes. Only New Girl was new for FOX and it was even with last week.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, March 23

Wednesday night is fully new including the time period premiere of Heartbeat. Yes, The Mysteries of Laura has survived here but Heartbeat seems like it will have trouble. Elsewhere, CBS has week two of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. It has to contend with the return of the NBC lineup but a small decline will help its already decent renewal chances.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #162 "A Very Donahue Vacation"
8:30 The Goldbergs #66 "Magic is Real"
9:00 Modern Family #161 "Express Yourself"
9:30 Black-ish #42 "Black Nanny"
10:00 Nashville #77 "How Does It Feel To Be Free?"
Prediction: Middle - 6.9 million, 1.7/Goldbergs - 6.5 million, 1.9/Modern - 8.0 million, 2.4/Black-ish - 5.9 million, 1.7/Nashville - 3.8 million, 0.8

CBS
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #251 "A Beautiful Disaster"
10:00 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders #2 "Harvested"
Prediction: Survivor - 9.1 million, 2.0/Criminal - 9.2 million, 1.8/Borders - 7.9 million, 1.4

NBC
8:00 Heartbeat #2 "Twins"
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #384 "Unholiest Alliance"
10:00 Chicago PD #56 "Kasual With a K"
Prediction: Heartbeat - 4.8 million, 0.9/SVU - 6.5 million, 1.5/PD - 6.6 million, 1.5

FOX
8:00 Rosewood #14 "Hydrocephalus & Hard Knocks"
9:00 Hell's Kitchen
Prediction: Rosewood - 3.7 million, 0.9/Hell's - 3.5 million, 1.1

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

RATINGS RECAP: 3/21/16

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 12.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 Castle
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
8:00 Supergirl
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 Scorpion
Viewers: 8.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 8.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 11.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
10:00 Blindspot
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

FOX
8:00 Gotham

Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 Lucifer
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

On Monday night, Dancing with the Stars returned to the lineup for ABC and, as expected, it skewed older than The Bachelor with a much higher total viewer count and much lower demo result. It came in below its fall premiere but in line with much of its fall performance. At 10pm, Castle was up eight tenths in viewers and even in the demo. The chief rival to Dancing, The Voice, was down 1.3 million viewers and two tenths in the demo. Not surprisingly, it took a bigger hit in total viewers. It led into Blindspot, which was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for another series low. It has dropped a tenth in the demo every week since it came back from its hiatus... and the number it came back after the hiatus was disappointing! This show looks to be flaming out quickly.

On CBS, Supergirl was down half a million viewers and even in the demo while Scorpion inched down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, tying a series low. At 10pm, NCIS: Los Angeles was dead even with last week. This show has looked better as the season has gone on. Finally, FOX was pretty steady with last week. Gotham and Lucifer were both down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. They have proven to be pretty good companions and I think a renewal for Lucifer is imminent because it managed to hold on well with both The X-Files and Gotham as lead-ins.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Lucifer (FOX)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Blindspot (NBC)

WEEKLY RECAP: March 14-20, 2016

Here is my weekly recap for Week #26. Please note this only covers regularly scheduled shows (no sports, specials, repeats, or Saturday shows)

Check out Week #26 from last year.

TOP 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 3.0    15th week
2. The Bachelor (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.9    11th week
3. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.7    15th week
4. Little Big Shots (NBC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 2.6    2nd week
5. Modern Family (ABC, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 2.5    16th week
6. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 2.1    12th week
    Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.1    13th week
8. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.0    14th week
    The Goldbergs (ABC, Wednesday 8:30pm) - 2.0    12th week
10. Black-ish (ABC, Wednesday 9:30pm) - 1.9    2nd week
     Criminal Minds (CBS, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.9    5th week

TOP 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 15.0 million    17th week
2. Little Big Shots (NBC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 13.3 million    2nd week
3. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 12.5 million    15th week
4. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 12.0 million    17th week
5. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 11.2 million    13th week
6. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:35pm) - 10.2 million    19th week
7. Criminal Minds (CBS, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 9.8 million    7th week
8. The Bachelor (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 9.6 million    3rd week
9. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 9.5 million    6th week
10. Madam Secretary (CBS, Sunday 8:35pm) - 9.4 million    15th week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Of Kings and Prophets (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 0.5    2nd week
    Second Chance (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.5    9th week
3. The Grinder (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 0.6    17th week
    You, Me, and the Apocalypse (NBC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 0.6    7th week
5. Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon (NBC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.7    5th week
    The Family (ABC, Sunday 9:00pm) - 0.7    3rd week
    Hollywood Game Night (NBC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.7    2nd week
8. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.8    2nd week
    Sleepy Hollow (FOX, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.8    14th week
    Elementary (CBS, Sunday 10:35pm) - 0.8    4th week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. The Grinder (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 1.5 million    18th week
2. Second Chance (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 1.9 million    9th week
3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.0 million    15th week
4. New Girl (FOX, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.3 million    8th week
5. Of Kings and Prophets (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 2.4 million    1st week
6. The Family (ABC, Sunday 9:00pm) - 2.6 million    1st week
7. Hollywood Game Night (NBC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 2.7 million    1st week
8. You, Me, and the Apocalypse (NBC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.8 million    4th week
    Sleepy Hollow (FOX, Friday 8:00pm) - 2.8 million    8th week
10. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.9 million    2nd week

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - The Bachelor (ABC)    3rd week
Tuesday - NCIS (CBS)    5th week
Wednesday - The Goldbergs (ABC)    2nd week
Thursday - Grey's Anatomy (ABC)    4th week
Friday - Last Man Standing (ABC)   7th week
Sunday - Little Big Shots (NBC)    2nd week

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Supergirl (CBS)    3rd week
Tuesday - Of Kings and Prophets (ABC)    2nd week
Wednesday - The Middle (ABC)    1st week
Thursday - Scandal (ABC)    2nd week
Friday - Sleepy Hollow (FOX)    7th week
Sunday - Once Upon a Time (ABC)    3rd week

MY TOP 5 EPISODES OF THE WEEK
1. The Goldbergs #65 "12 Tapes for a Penny"    11th week
2. Scandal #83 "I See You"    8th week
3. Fresh Off the Boat #29 "Tight Two"    11th week
4. Black-ish #41 "Any Given Saturday"    7th week
5. New Girl #105 "The Apartment"    8th week

RATINGS RECAP: 3/20/16

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 The Family
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Quantico
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
7:00 NCAA Tournament Overrun
Viewers: 11.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
7:35 60 Minutes
Viewers: 10.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:35 Madam Secretary
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:35 The Good Wife
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:35 Elementary
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

NBC
7:00 Little Big Shots (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:00 Little Big Shots
Viewers: 13.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6
9:00 The Carmichael Show
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:30 Crowded
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Hollywood Game Night
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

FOX
7:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)

Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
7:30 Ice Age: The Great Egg-scapade
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:00 The Passion Live
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

On Sunday night, it was another strong week for Little Big Shots. The new hit was down 1.7 million viewers and two tenths in the demo but it still dominated the night. This is a huge success story for NBC, even the 7pm repeats are doing pretty well. It also might be a candidate for Thursday nights before football starts in November next season if NBC wants it to come back before next winter on Sundays after football season. At 9pm, The Carmichael Show was down 1.4 million viewers and a tenth in the demo. Its retention in the demo was only 50% and total viewership was less than that. At 9:30pm, Crowded was pretty much dead on arrival in its new Sunday slot after OK sampling. It had only a 1.0 demo and didn't make any sort of case to get a shot at the 9pm slot. At 10pm, Hollywood Game Night was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo for a new series low.

On FOX, another live musical attempt less than two months after Grease Live did not get much attention though it was an improvement over the usual FOX Sunday lineup. Tyler Perry's The Passion Live is now the new low for a live musical though it was more of a narrow focus and production than the others on NBC and FOX. The CBS lineup got started over half an hour late thanks to a basketball overrun that was pretty strong. It helped 60 Minutes rise 1.5 million viewers and four tenths in the demo. Madam Secretary followed and was down eight tenths in viewers and even in the demo. The total viewer count is still pretty decent. The Good Wife was up eight tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Elementary moved over to Sunday nights but got a raw deal as it had to start at 10:35pm and it ended up tying its series low from November. We'll see how it does when it starts at 10pm.

And finally, ABC's Sunday lineup is disintegrating. At 7pm, America's Funniest Home Videos was down four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. It was the most watched show in the lineup and tied for the best demo... yikes. At 8pm, Once Upon a Time continued to go down as it fell another eight tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a pretty ugly result. The Family has fallen off the map completely as it dropped nine tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. And Quantico, which was once a bright spot, fell another half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo. This entire lineup is very problematic.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Little Big Shots (NBC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Once Upon a Time (ABC)

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, March 22

Tuesday night has yet another sneak peek behind The Voice. This time, it is Heartbeat, a new medical drama that was supposed to get the post-Voice slot on Tuesdays in the fall before star Melissa George's pregnancy delayed things. Now, it gets just one episode here before heading to the less desirable Wednesday 8pm slot. I think it'll get OK sampling but nothing special. Elsewhere, CBS are fully new. Something tells me this could be the week that NCIS finally dips below a 2.0 demo for the first time ever. Of Kings and Prophets has been cancelled after two episodes so Beyond the Tank will air at 10pm with a repeat before new episodes in coming weeks. Only New Girl is new on FOX.

ABC
8:00 Fresh Off the Boat #30 "Doing It Right"
8:30 The Real O'Neals #5 "The Real Spring Fever"
9:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #57 "Parting Shot"
10:00 Beyond the Tank (REPEAT)
Prediction: Boat - 4.0 million, 1.1/O'Neals - 3.4 million, 0.9/Marvel - 3.0 million, 1.0

CBS
8:00 NCIS #301 "Reasonable Doubts"
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans #42 "Means to an End"
10:00 Limitless #19 "A Dog's Breakfast"
Prediction: NCIS - 14.7 million, 1.9/New Orleans - 11.6 million, 1.5/Limitless - 5.5 million, 1.1

NBC
8:00 The Voice
9:00 Heartbeat #1 "Pilot" (SERIES PREMIERE)
10:00 Chicago Fire (REPEAT)
Prediction: Voice - 10.8 million, 2.6/Heartbeat - 6.4 million, 1.3

FOX
8:00 New Girl #106 "D-Day"
8:30 Grandfathered (REPEAT)
9:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (REPEAT)
9:30 The Grinder (REPEAT)

Prediction: Girl - 2.2 million, 0.9

Monday, March 21, 2016

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, March 21

Monday night has the latest edition of Dancing with the Stars. As usual, it should do well in total viewers but skew older than timeslot competitor The Voice or recent timeslot holder The Bachelor. It still could put a dent in The Voice's results, though and that could lead to another low for Blindspot. Elsewhere, CBS and FOX have their regular lineups and will probably be close to last week.

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars (22nd Edition Premiere)
10:00 Castle #166 "Fidelis Ad Mortem"
Prediction: Dancing - 12.2 million, 2.0/Castle - 6.0 million, 1.2

CBS
8:00 Supergirl #17 "Manhunter"
9:00 Scorpion #42 "Djibouti Call"
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #163 "The Seventh Child"
Prediction: Supergirl - 6.4 million, 1.2/Scorpion - 8.8 million, 1.5/Los Angeles - 7.9 million, 1.2

NBC
8:00 The Voice
10:00 Blindspot #14 "Rules in Defiance"
Prediction: Voice - 11.6 million, 2.8/Blindspot - 6.1 million, 1.5

FOX
8:00 Gotham #37 "Mad Grey Dawn"

9:00 Luther #9 "A Priest Walks Into a Bar"
Prediction: Gotham - 4.0 million, 1.3/Luther - 3.7 million, 1.1

Sunday, March 20, 2016

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, March 20

On Sunday night, all eyes will be on NBC and week two of Little Big Shots, which posted huge results last week suggesting it could be the first actual big hit of the 2015-16 season. But we'll see how this week goes. Meanwhile, FOX is airing The Passion Live, an Easter presentation in the vein of the live musicals. It could tap into the Christian crowd but I don't see it coming anywhere close to Grease Live. Elsewhere, there is the arrival of Elementary to the night as the CBS drama leaves its Thursday home for the difficult Sunday 10pm slot. It seems like it will post similar numbers to CSI: Cyber. The rest of CBS and the ABC lineup are the same as usual.

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Once Upon a Time #102 "Devil's Due"
9:00 The Family #4 "Feathers of Steel"
10:00 Quantico #14 "Answer"
Prediction: Videos - 5.2 million, 1.1/Once - 4.0 million, 1.2/Family - 3.1 million, 0.8/Quantico - 3.9 million, 1.1

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Madam Secretary #39 "Higher Learning"
9:00 The Good Wife #151 "Shoot"
10:00 Elementary #89 "You've Got Me, Who's Got You?"
Prediction: 60 Mins - 10.1 million, 1.1/Madam - 9.7 million, 1.1/Wife - 7.1 million, 0.9/Elementary - 5.5 million, 0.8

NBC
7:00 Little Big Shots (REPEAT)
8:00 Little Big Shots

9:00 The Carmichael Show #10 "Perfect Storm"
9:30 Crowded #3 "Brother"
10:00 Hollywood Game Night
Prediction: Shots - 12.9 million, 2.5/Carmichael - 5.3 million, 1.3/Crowded - 4.0 million, 1.1/Hollywood - 3.1 million, 0.8

FOX
7:00 The Simpsons (REPEAT)
7:30 Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade (SPECIAL)
8:00 The Passion Live (SPECIAL)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

RATINGS RECAP: 3/18/16

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:30 Dr. Ken
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Shark Tank
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

NBC
8:00 Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Grimm
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
8:00 Sleepy Hollow
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Second Chance
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Last Man Standing (ABC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Sleepy Hollow (FOX)

RATINGS RECAP: 3/17/16

ABC
8:00 Grey's Anatomy
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 Scandal
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 How to Get Away with Murder
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 You, Me, and the Apocalypse
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 The Blacklist (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 Shades of Blue
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
8:00 American Idol

Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

On Thursday night, CBS had very little action from basketball but this has changed over the years because people are watching basketball on all different channels so it can't be a big draw on any one channel. On ABC, Grey's Anatomy continued to be a beast and had no problems with St. Patrick's Day or Daylight Savings. It was up three tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Scandal continued to lose steam as it was up three tenths in viewers but down a tenth in the demo to a new series low. Not only is this show dropping in the ratings, it seems to have lost all its buzz. At 10pm, the season finale of How to Get Away with Murder was up half a million viewers but even in the demo. Last year, it had double that for its season finale... a 2.8 demo. That's some major year-to-year erosion. On NBC, You, Me, and the Apocalypse was up six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo while Shades of Blue was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Blue has held up very well with repeat lead-ins for several weeks. Finally on FOX, American Idol was up a tenth in viewers but down a tenth in the demo for a season low.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Scandal (ABC)

Friday, March 18, 2016

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, March 18 & Saturday, March 19

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #105 "Outdoor Woman"
8:30 Dr. Ken #19 "Ken's an Expert Witness"
9:00 Shark Tank
10:00 20/20

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament

NBC
8:00 Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon
9:00 Grimm #101 "Silence of the Slams"
10:00 Dateline NBC

FOX
8:00 Sleepy Hollow #46 "Incommunicado"

9:00 Second Chance #10 "Geworfenheit"

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 NBA Countdown
8:30 NBA Basketball: Golden State at San Antonio

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament

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

FOX
8:00 Rosewood (REPEAT)
9:00 Lucifer (REPEAT)

CANCELLATION ALERT: Of Kings and Prophets

After just two episodes, Of Kings and Prophets has been cancelled by ABC. First, it was delayed from a 10pm Sunday fall timeslot. Then, it got ABC's cursed Tuesday 10pm slot for midseason and premiered at an anemic 0.8 demo before collapsing to a 0.5 demo this week. It lasted even shorter than Wicked City did in the fall. So, two shows have lasted a total of 5 episodes in this slot. It must make ABC miss Forever from last year. It will be replaced by Beyond the Tank for the rest of the season.

This is just another Tuesday 10pm disaster for ABC. Since this blog started, I have seen Detroit 1-8-7, Body of Proof, Private Practice (at the end of its run), Lucky 7, Killer Women, Mind Games, Forever, Marvel's Agent Carter, Wicked City, and Of Kings and Prophets in this slot. And that's just the scripted shows. Only Body of Proof and (undeservedly) Marvel's Agent Carter lasted more than one season here and many of them have lasted just a couple weeks.

RATINGS RECAP: 3/16/16

ABC
8:00 The Middle
Viewers: 7.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
8:30 The Goldbergs
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 Modern Family
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5
9:30 Black-ish
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 Nashville
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 9.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
9:00 Criminal Minds
Viewers: 9.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
Viewers: 8.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

NBC
8:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Chicago PD (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 Rosewood

Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Hell's Kitchen
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

On Wednesday night, CBS had a series premiere that was modest but serviceable. First up, Survivor had a great night as it showed no signs of a Daylight Savings problem and was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. At 9pm, Criminal Minds was up half a million viewers and even in the demo. Will this have trouble like it did in the fall when Empire returns in two weeks? It led into the series premiere of the new spinoff series, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. It delivered an OK 8.9 million viewers and 1.6 demo. Retention was decent out of the mothership and it did do a tenth better in the demo than Code Black ever did. It depends on how it does in the weeks to come but I'd put its renewal chances slightly above 50% with this kind of start.

On ABC, The Middle had a rough night as it was down a tenth in viewers and two tenths in the demo from its last new airing three weeks ago. It was a good night for The Goldbergs, however. Though it was down a bit from its post-Oscars episode at 8pm, it was up from its last 8:30pm episode. It also had the most separation from The Middle since the season premiere. I think next season might be the year to move The Middle to Tuesdays and let The Goldbergs lead off on Wednesdays. At 9pm, Modern Family was down a tenth in viewers and the demo. Black-ish was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. Nashville returned from its long hiatus and was up a tenth in the demo for the fall finale, but still low at a 0.9 demo. Finally on FOX, Rosewood was even with last week while Hell's Kitchen was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: The Goldbergs (ABC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: The Middle (ABC)

Thursday, March 17, 2016

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, March 17

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Thursday night has the beginning of the NCAA tournament on CBS and other stations. The actual CBS ratings probably won't be much but the tournament ratings across other networks coupled with the holiday probably means trouble for the already struggling TGIT lineup (including the season finale of How to Get Away with Murder), NBC's 8pm and 10pm shows, and American Idol.

ABC
8:00 Grey's Anatomy #259 "Odd Man Out"
9:00 Scandal #83 "I See You"
10:00 How to Get Away with Murder #30 "Anna Mae" (Season Finale)
Prediction: Grey's - 7.0 million, 1.9/Scandal - 5.8 million, 1.5/Murder - 4.2 million, 1.3

CBS
8:00 NCAA Basketball Tournament

NBC
8:00 You, Me, and the Apocalypse #8 "Saviour Day"
9:00 The Blacklist (REPEAT)
10:00 Shades of Blue #11 "The Breach"
Prediction: Apocalypse - 2.0 million, 0.4/Shades - 4.1 million, 0.9

FOX
8:00 American Idol
Prediction: Idol - 7.3 million, 1.7

CANCELLATION ALERT: Person of Interest

Person of Interest got a long-delayed premiere date and cancellation announcement in the same day from CBS. The show will have its season premiere on May 3 and end its five season run on June 21 after double pumping episodes on Mondays and Tuesdays for May and June.

Person of Interest was a very hot pilot and new show in 2011. It came with high expectations and initially was underwhelming in the prime Thursday 9pm slot. However, it slowly caught on as the season went on and then it really made some noise in season two (it's best numbers of all time came in January of its second season). In 2013, it was moved to 10pm Tuesdays when CBS wanted to expand its Thursday comedy block to two hours. After two years on Tuesday with a big decline in 2014-15, it was held to midseason and saw its episode order cut to 13 so the writing was on the wall. It probably would have gotten more of a CBS syndication push had it been owned by the network and the fact that it wasn't didn't help matters.

I was a devout viewer of Person of Interest for its first three years (in fact, a highly publicized episode killing off Taraji P. Henson (pre-Cookie Lyon) was my #1 episode in 2013). But, soon after that great episode and arc, I lost interest. It got unnecessarily complicated and this was a show that I actually think could have benefited from keeping its procedural thread more regularly. Either way, I have fond memories of those first two and a half seasons and will probably watch them again at some point.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

RENEWAL ALERT: Gotham

FOX announced today that Gotham has been renewed for a third season. The Batman prequel drama was a hot commodity in season one but it faded as it went on. Then this year, it returned to disappointing numbers but held steady for the most part through the fall. It returned from a winter hiatus to decent numbers but fell this week. Either way, with FOX's major problems on other nights (Tuesdays, Thursdays without American Idol, and Sundays to an extent), this is an OK performer that also gets solid delayed viewing numbers.

RATINGS RECAP: 3/15/16

ABC
8:00 Fresh Off the Boat
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 The Real O'Neals
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Of Kings and Prophets
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CBS
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 15.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 12.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 Limitless
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 11.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
10:00 Crowded
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:30 Crowded
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

FOX
8:00 New Girl
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 Grandfathered (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:30 The Grinder
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

On Tuesday night, it was another preview night for NBC with new sitcom Crowded getting a preview after The Voice. First up, The Voice was down 2.3 million viewers and four tenths in the demo from last week, perhaps getting hit some by Daylight Savings. Then two episodes of Crowded aired and the results were not terrible. The 10pm episode delivered a 1.7 demo and the 10:30pm episode got a 1.4 demo. This at least gave it some sampling but its 9:30pm Sunday slot will be quite difficult so anything resembling promising might disappear quickly. On CBS it was a steady night. The 300th episode of NCIS was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, NCIS: New Orleans was up three tenths in viewers and even in the demo, and Limitless was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo.

Meanwhile, Tuesdays continued to be complete disasters for ABC and FOX where nothing topped a 1.1 demo. Even the usually solid 8pm anchors could not stand tall this week. On ABC, Fresh Off the Boat was down a rough eight tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. The demo is a new series low. It could only hold on so long. At 8:30pm, The Real O'Neals was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo. Retention was better this week but a 1.0 demo is nothing to brag about. It got even worse the rest of the night. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was down six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo to a new series low. And Of Kings and Prophets fell off the map even at these low standards, tumbling nine tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo for a series low. Wicked City was pulled after a 0.4 demo so this could be curtains for this show. On FOX, New Girl ended its run of solid week.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: NCIS (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Of Kings and Prophets (ABC)

RATINGS RECAP: 3/14/16

ABC
8:00 The Bachelor
Viewers: 9.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.9
10:00 The Bachelor: After the Final Rose
Viewers: 9.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6

CBS
8:00 Supergirl
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 Scorpion
Viewers: 9.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 8.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 12.5 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
10:00 Blindspot
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

FOX
8:00 Gotham
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 Lucifer
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

On Monday night, The Bachelor ended its season up nicely to a season high and also up from last year's finale. This is an absolute beast that it is strong as ever in relative terms to today's ratings. It's had another fantastic season for ABC and is still a water cooler show. The "After the Final Rose" special delivered the best 10pm numbers ABC has seen in awhile. On NBC, The Voice inched past The Bachelor but it was close. It was down a million viewers and two tenths in the demo from last week. The Bachelor was also a beast compared to The Voice in younger demos. At 10pm, Blindspot was down another three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for another series low. This is nowhere near the promising drama it was in the fall.

On CBS, Supergirl was hit by a double dose of The Bachelor and Daylight Savings, and it fell two tenths in viewers and the demo to a new series low. At 9pm, Scorpion was down two tenths in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. NCIS: Los Angeles was up nine tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo as it may have benefited from no Castle in the hour. Finally on FOX, Gotham was down half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo, tying series lows. After a couple good weeks back, this was a little more concerning. Lucifer's retention was even better, but it fell three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. I think a renewal is more likely by the week.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: The Bachelor (ABC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Supergirl (CBS)

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, March 16

Wednesday night has a series premiere with the newest attempt at a Criminal Minds spinoff, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. The new show follows the mothership and will try to do what Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior couldn't do in a similar situation five years ago. It doesn't help matters that Minds is not nearly the hit it was back then, though it has done better in recent weeks than it was doing in the fall. NBC is in repeats and not providing crime drama competition. ABC has new episodes of its comedy lineup, which always seems to struggle after a week of repeats. They lead into the return of Nashville, which hasn't been on since December but could be slightly above recent American Crime episodes. FOX has its normal lineup.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #161 "The Wisdom Teeth"
8:30 The Goldbergs #65 "12 Tapes for a Penny"
9:00 Modern Family #160 "The Cover-Up"
9:30 Black-ish #41 "Any Given Saturday"
10:00 Nashville #76 "Forever and For Always"

CBS
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds #250 "The Sandman"
10:00 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders #1 "The Harmful One" (SERIES PREMIERE)

NBC
8:00 Law & Order: SVU (REPEAT)
9:00 Law & Order: SVU (REPEAT)

10:00 Chicago PD (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 Rosewood #13 "Ballistics and BFFs"
9:00 Hell's Kitchen

RENEWAL ALERT: Little Big Shots

In an unsurprising move, NBC has renewed Little Big Shots just two episodes (and one week) into its first season. The new unscripted show, hosted by Steve Harvey, has had a spectacular start. It followed up near 100% retention of The Voice in a preview last Tuesday with a truly amazing performance in its regular timeslot. It had 15 million viewers and a 2.8 demo, which was enough to make it the most watched show of the week. It appears that anything Steve Harvey is untouchable lately and this has the added bonus of Ellen DeGeneres behind it. It seems very likely to become a central show in NBC's expanding unscripted universe with The Voice, America's Got Talent, and football.

WEEKLY RECAP: March 7-13, 2016

Here is my weekly recap for Week #25. Please note this only covers regularly scheduled shows (no sports, specials, repeats, or Saturday shows)

Check out Week #25 from last year.

TOP 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursday 8:00pm) - 3.5    17th week
2. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 3.2    14th week
3. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 3.1    14th week
4. Little Big Shots (NBC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 2.9    Special Airing
5. Little Big Shots (NBC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 2.8    1st week (NEW SHOW)
6. The Bachelor (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.2    10th week
7. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 2.1    11th week
    Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.1    12th week
9. The Voice (NBC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 2.0    Special Airing
    Life in Pieces (CBS, Thursday 8:30pm) - 2.0    10th week

TOP 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Little Big Shots (NBC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 15.0 million    1st week (NEW SHOW)
2. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursday 8:00pm) - 14.7 million    17th week
3. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 13.5 million    14th week
    The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 13.5 million    12th week
5. Little Big Shots (NBC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 12.8 million    Special Airing
6. Blue Bloods (NBC, Friday 10:00pm) - 9.8 million    16th week
7. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 9.3 million    5th week
8. The Voice (NBC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 9.2 million    Special Airing
9. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:00pm) - 8.7 million    18th week
10. Life in Pieces (CBS, Thursday 8:30pm) - 8.6 million    8th week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. You, Me, and the Apocalypse (NBC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 0.5    6th week
    Second Chance (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.5    8th week
3. Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon (NBC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.7    4th week
4. Of Kings and Prophets (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 0.8    1st week (NEW SHOW)
    Grandfathered (FOX, Tuesday 8:30pm) - 0.8    11th week
    Sleepy Hollow (FOX, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.8    13th week
    The Family (ABC, Sunday 9:00pm) - 0.8    2nd week
    Hollywood Game Night (NBC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.8    1st week
    Bordertown (FOX, Sunday 7:00pm) - 0.8    3rd week
    Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life (FOX, Sunday 8:30pm) - 0.8    4th week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Grandfathered (FOX, Tuesday 8:30pm) - 1.9 million    15th week
    Second Chance (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 1.9 million    8th week
3. Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life (FOX, Sunday 8:30pm) - 2.0 million    5th week
4. You, Me, and the Apocalypse (NBC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.2 million    3rd week
    Bordertown (FOX, Sunday 7:00pm) - 2.2 million    5th week
6. Bob's Burgers (FOX, Sunday 7:30pm) - 2.3 million    9th week
7. The Last Man on Earth (FOX, Sunday 9:30pm) - 2.6 million    12th week
8. New Girl (FOX, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.7 million    7th week
9. Sleepy Hollow (FOX, Friday 8:00pm) - 2.9 million    7th week   
10. Family Guy (FOX, Sunday 9:00pm) - 3.0 million    13th week

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Gotham (FOX)    1st week
Tuesday - Little Big Shots (NBC)    Special Airing
Wednesday - Hell's Kitchen (FOX)    1st week
Thursday - Grey's Anatomy (ABC)    3rd week
Friday - Blue Bloods (CBS)    3rd week
Sunday - Little Big Shots (NBC)    1st week (NEW SHOW)

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Blindspot (NBC)    2nd week
Tuesday - Of Kings and Prophets (ABC)    1st week (NEW SHOW)
Wednesday - The Carmichael Show (NBC)    Special Airing
Thursday - You, Me, and the Apocalypse (NBC)    3rd week
Friday - Dr. Ken (ABC)    3rd week
Sunday - Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life (NBC)    2nd week

MY TOP 5 EPISODES OF THE WEEK
1. Fresh Off the Boat #28 "Keep 'Em Separated"    10th week
2. How to Get Away with Murder #29 "That's My Baby"    5th week
3. New Girl #104 "Goosebumps Walkaway"    7th week
4. Mom #59 "Nazi Zombies and a Two Hundred Pound Baby"    5th week
5. Life in Pieces #20 "Prank Assistant Gum Puppy"    1st week

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

RATINGS RECAP: 3/13/16

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 The Family
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Quantico
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
7:00 NCAA Selection Show

Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
7:30 60 Minutes
Viewers: 8.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:30 Scorpion (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 CSI: Cyber
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

NBC
7:00 Little Big Shots (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:00 Little Big Shots
Viewers: 15.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.8
9:00 The Carmichael Show
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:30 The Carmichael Show
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Hollywood Game Night
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
7:00 Bordertown

Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
7:30 Bob's Burgers
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:00 The Simpsons
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
8:30 Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Family Guy
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:30 The Last Man on Earth
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

Sunday night marked the premiere of the new Sunday night lineup and it was a huge success story for NBC with the stunning start of Little Big Shots in its regular slot. After tremendous sampling on Tuesday, it grew in total viewers and was down just a tenth in the demo for the difficult Sunday 8pm slot. It delivered a shockingly good 15.0 million viewers and 2.8 demo. That makes it the most watched broadcast show of the week, more than The Big Bang Theory or The Voice. It's still early but this looks to potentially be the first massive hit on the broadcast networks this season. It has already been renewed for a second season. It led into The Carmichael Show at 9pm. While it delivered a new series high, retention was only at 50% in the demo and even less than that in viewers. Then a 9:30pm episode dropped from there. These would be acceptable NBC comedy numbers in most scenarios but the retention leaves a lot to be desired. At 10pm, Hollywood Game Night didn't do much, posting a series low in the demo.

Over on ABC, it was a steady night which I guess is OK, but last week was pretty troubling. America's Funniest Home Videos was down six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo from its last airing three weeks ago. At 8pm, Once Upon a Time was up three tenths in viewers and even in the demo. At 9pm, The Family was up four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Quantico finished the night up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. CBS aired the NCAA selection show for the first half hour and that led into 60 Minutes, which was down 2.7 million viewers and a tenth in the demo. Following a Scorpion repeat, the season finale of CSI: Cyber was up six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo from last week. It doesn't seem likely to return, but I wouldn't completely rule it out.

Finally on FOX, Bordertown may have gotten a boost from the afternoon lineup as it rose half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo from its last airing, which was at 9:30pm. At 7:30pm, Bob's Burgers was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. At 8pm, The Simpsons was even with last week. With Bordertown sent to 7pm, Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life is the clear weak link. It was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. At 9pm, Family Guy was up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. The Last Man on Earth ended the night down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. This may not be a hit, but Bordertown's performance in this slot makes you realize how much worse it could be.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Little Big Shots (NBC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life (FOX)