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Friday, December 30, 2016

YEAR IN REVIEW: Top 20 Episodes of 2016

Here is my annual end of year countdown of the best episodes of the year! Enjoy!

Past countdowns: 2015   2014   2013   2012   2011

20) Black-ish #47 "Daddy Dre-Care" (ABC/May 11, 2016)
Black-ish earned the #1 spot on last year's countdown. While I enjoyed Black-ish all season, I haven't been as enamored with the show this year, especially during this fall season. But the best episode of Black-ish in 2016 wasn't one of their patented hot button issue episodes like the acclaimed "Hope" (which fell a little too forced to me). Instead, my favorite was a fairly standard sitcom episode but it delivered a lot of laughs. Everyone in the house gets sick and Dre does not want to catch it. The whiny kids coupled with Dre's hysterics about not getting sick made for a lot of funny moments. I like when Black-ish gets daring but only when it's so beautifully constructed like last year's #1 show, "The Word." I'm also OK with episodes like this, that basically exist to be funny.


19) House of Cards #43 "Chapter 43" (Netflix/March 4, 2016)
I finally caught up on House of Cards after getting Netflix in 2015 and was totally enamored with the first season and beginning of the second. I felt like it lost a step as season two continued and especially into season three. But I was finally able to watch season four at the same time as most others and thought it regained some of its mojo. The best and most shocking episode since the season two premiere was "Chapter 43" where there was an assassination attempt on Frank Underwood and a beloved character (perhaps the only beloved one) died trying to protect him. A presidential assassination attempt happens on almost every presidential drama (Scandal, The West Wing, etc). What makes this more interesting is the impact on Claire Underwood, who was feeling very conflicted about her husband even after the assassination attempt. Robin Wright is just so continually impressive in this show and her stoic response said so much in mostly facial reactions.

18) Fresh Off the Boat #34 "Rent Day" (ABC/May 3, 2016)
Similar to Black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat has been funny all year long but there was no episode that just stood so far above everything else like last year's Christmas episode, which ranked #4. Not surprisingly though, my favorite episode of the year was Jessica centered. Constance Wu is one of the consistently funniest performers in any sitcom. And this episode, where she gets scammed in her landlord business by some tenants who appear to be perfect but are the complete opposite, was a great showcase for her because she is never funnier than when she's enraged by something. I love the entire ensemble for Boat, but any episode that doesn't feature a heavy dose of Jessica is a disappointment. Episodes like this are my favorite.

17) Superstore #9 "All-Nighter" (NBC/February 8, 2016)
Superstore was such a revelation this year. It has filled the void left by The Office and Parks and Recreation for me with its funny take on the workplace. The best episode of season one was "All-Nighter" where the entire staff gets stuck in the store for the whole night. While this is a classic sitcom set-up, it requires a bit of a suspension of disbelief in 2016, but it's still a great way to get the entire cast together in an extended storyline. And the Superstore ensemble is top notch. From Glenn's car getting stolen to pregnant teen Cheyenne performing her dance recital for her co-workers to a drunk Amy, there were a lot of great moments. This was the episode where I felt like the ensemble really gelled and the show moved from promising to a very solid sitcom.

16) The People v. OJ Simpson #1 "From the Ashes of Tragedy" (FX/February 2, 2016)
One of the most talked about shows of the year, and deservedly so, was FX's riveting first installment of American Crime Story, focused on the murder & trial of the century: The OJ Simpson trial. The first episode of The People v. OJ Simpson, focusing on the murder & the infamous car chase, was one of the most fascinating episodes because of the way it evoked its 1990s setting and made a story where we know the ending so compelling. We also got to see most of the many brilliant portrayals in the series: Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark and Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran specifically but there were also many others including John Travolta's interesting (though odd) portrayal of Robert Shapiro and Cuba Gooding Jr. having the voice down perfectly as OJ himself. Some of these performances had much better episodes later on but the revelation of each of these characters made the first episode something special.

15) Blue Bloods #141 "Personal Business" (CBS/November 11, 2016)
Blue Bloods is probably the most consistent show I watch. It rarely soars to unbelievable highs but it also rarely has clunkers. It also continues to have a lot to say about police in an era where tensions with cops and the public are high. It rarely delves much into its characters' personal lives, but it did in "Personal Business." There were several good stories including a compelling case where a rape victim killed her attacker and an off-duty cop chose to hide and protect his daughter instead of save a store clerk during a robbery. Both those stories were done well but the most pivotal moment was finally another step forward in the long brewing Jamie/Eddie relationship when Eddie told Jamie she had feelings for him and they shared a kiss before the show simply left it there. Blue Bloods is known as a procedural, not a character drama, but they have done a nice job with this slow burn story.

14) Superstore #13 "Strike" (NBC/September 22, 2016)
I already sung the praises of Superstore with my #17 entry. But the comedy came back even stronger for its second season this fall, starting with a bang and an episode that saw the Cloud Nine staff on strike. This allowed for a lot of funny moments as Amy and Jonah were far more into the strike than the rest of the staff and Dina tried to put a stop to it using whatever means necessary. One of the things that Superstore does extremely well is little stories from small side plots down to just simple cutaways that have nothing to do with the main plot. One great small side plot in this episode was Garrett falling for a beautiful protester who ended up being a huge bigot. The show is not afraid of some sharp social commentary even when done in such a silly way. I can't wait for more Superstore in 2017, it was the comedy I looked forward to the most each week.

13) Chicago Fire #100 "One Hundred" (NBC/December 6, 2016)
Chicago Fire was a little show that could when it premiered in 2012 but it has spawned an empire with the fourth Chicago series joining in March, Chicago Justice. I know this isn't among TV's all time great dramas but I think it doesn't quite get the respect it deserves for being a good character drama that has managed to keep finding new and interesting storylines. The 100th episode had a small tie-in with the crew celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Molly's Bar, but more importantly, it delivered a satisfying wedding between Dawson and Casey after years of will they or won't they. And then it ended on a big cliffhanger that certainly has me interested to see what happens next. This episode did a nice job of celebrating episode 100 while propelling the show forward to its next batch of episodes.

12) This is Us #10 "Last Christmas" (NBC/December 6, 2016)
I'll only partly sing the praises of This is Us here because there is another episode still to come on the list. But the most recent episode, the Christmas episode, showed all the reasons why it is the breakout hit of the fall season on broadcast TV. The episode had the usual warmth, tugging at the heart strings, comedy, and a twist. The ensemble is terrific from top to bottom but the performance that put this episode over others in my end of year countdown was Mandy Moore's. She has been brilliant in this show and was very deserving of her Golden Globe nomination. Her heartbreaking discussion with Kate in the van on Christmas Eve was so well acted and she flawlessly portrays both a woman her age in the 80s and a woman much older in 2016. I hope she gets the Golden Globe!

11) The Middle #157 "Floating 50" (ABC/January 20, 2016)
If Blue Bloods is the most consistent drama on TV, I would say that The Middle is the most consistent comedy. It is always funny and always sweet. "Floating 50" was a great episode early in the year that focused on Mike, Axl, and Brick trying to throw a last minute surprise 50th birthday party for Frankie. Predictably, things went horribly wrong especially because Frankie went to surprise Sue at college, not knowing that Sue was coming home for the party. The thing I love about The Middle is it tends to subvert its sweet moments to also give them a touch of comedy so its not overly sappy. That was exemplified in this episode by Frankie finally getting to enjoy her party with all her friends, but via Skype because she was at Sue's college. That's a great example of why The Middle is still going strong all these years in.

10) New Girl #116 "Landing Gear" (FOX/May 10, 2016)
New Girl concluded its stellar comeback season last spring with the long gestating wedding between Schmidt and Cece. A wedding episode where things are going wrong is nothing new for a sitcom but it works well when the characters are all at the top of their game and they are here. I didn't love that they hinted they were going back down the Jess & Nick road but that has ultimately proven not to happen yet midway through the next season. The finale of the episode, when Schmidt could finally arrive and they had to have it in the apartment instead of the big plans, was near perfect. It was a beautiful montage full of funny moments. As a fan of New Girl for over five years, it felt like celebrating a wedding with your friends.

9) Mom #56 "Diabetic Lesbians and a Blushing Bride" (CBS/February 18, 2016)
Mom has never been afraid to "go there" when it comes to daring storylines especially related to alcoholism and drug addiction. And it was particularly intense in this February episode, which saw Christy and the support trying to help a 19 year old drug addict, Jodi, in the midst of Marjorie's wedding weekend. While most sitcoms would choose to have a happy ending and Jodi getting the help she needs, Mom decided to have Jodi die at the end of the episode in a heartbreaking moment. It was a stunning end to the episode and once again showed that a broadcast TV comedy is not afraid to deliver a moment like that.

8) Full Frontal with Samantha Bee #15 "Libertarian Convention" (TBS/June 13, 2016)
In the absence of Jon Stewart and David Letterman, my two favorite late night hosts are James Corden and Samantha Bee. Corden is a funny showman and his show is always a great time but it's Bee who has taken up the mantle as a warrior against the craziness of politics. She is similar to Jon Stewart but more enraged and even more biting. In a year full of big news stories, Bee was never more forceful than when she commented on the Orlando tragedy in June. Her angry monologue is must-see TV and while there is a bit of sarcasm and a few quips, it is not really a comedy show in those moments, it is a very thoughtful monologue. There was a great comedy bit later in the episode about the Libertarian Convention, but the reason this is on the list is because of Bee's opening monologue.

7) Pitch #1 "Pilot" (FOX/September 22, 2016)
Pitch was one of two rich character dramas from Dan Fogelman that premiered this fall (the other being This is Us). Unfortunately, it looks like we won't see anymore of Pitch. While I don't think it maintained its quality as much as This is Us, it was still very enjoyable. The pilot was its highest moment in my opinion with a beautifully shot pilot thanks to involvement from MLB. Kylie Bunbury was a revelation as Ginny Baker, the first female pitcher in MLB history. There were also great performances by Dan Lauria and Mark-Paul Gosselaar and a twist that didn't match the hype of the This is Us twist, but was a good twist nonetheless. I wish this show would get more time because I enjoyed the rest of the episodes as well, but it seems as though it is done, at least on FOX.

6) The Goldbergs #64 "The 'Dirty Dancing' Dance" (ABC/March 2, 2016)
The Goldbergs has done a great job parodying classic 1980s movies (their Ferris Beuller parody ranked #9 last year). This year, they not only parodied Dirty Dancing, complete with the classic "Time of Your Life" dance at the end, they also brought Footloose into the mix. In an episode completely centered on dancing, there's a great side story where Murray tries to privately learn how to dance to disastrous results. The highlight of this episode is easily the final scene when Erica's dance finally happens, she gets her iconic Dirty Dancing moment, Murray dances with Beverly, and Adam captures it all on videotape. The Goldbergs does pure joy moments better than almost other show and this was its highest moment of 2016.

5) Designated Survivor #10 "The Oath" (ABC/December 14, 2016)
I've enjoyed Designated Survivor from the start but I kept wanting it to be a little more intense and a little more urgent with bigger conspiracy stories. Well after their most recent episode, I feel like they are definitely heading in the right direction. "The Oath" was easily the best episode so far of this freshman drama. The show finally has the intensity you would expect from a show about a catastrophic terrorist attack starring Kiefer Sutherland. As Agent Wells tracks down and begins to unravel the conspiracy, President Kirkman was just beginning to realize the problems are bigger than he realized. The episode kept me on the edge of my seat and it's too bad we have to wait until March to see the rest of the season. I am hopeful that this is not a blip and instead a direction the show plans to go in. If all episodes are as good as "The Oath," then I like where this show is heading.

4) New Girl #95 "Big Mama P" (FOX/January 5, 2016)
New Girl returned for its fifth season in January and I could instantly tell things were going to go better for a show that went through some very uneven years. "Big Mama P" was probably the best episode of the show since the second season. It had some funny moments for all the characters but the reason this is placed where it is was because of Nick thinking he had Cece's mother with him when in fact, it was a stranger. This run of misunderstandings and the dialogue involved was absolutely hilarious and had me laughing out loud. Jake Johnson was at his peak in this episode with some hilarious one liners. The episode showed how good New Girl can be as a screwball comedy. The storyline between Schmidt and Cece's real mother was also enjoyable and pivotal in advancing the season-long story leading up to the wedding.

3) Scandal #83 "Pencils Down" (ABC/March 17, 2016)
Scandal had an up and down fifth season but it was very clearly at its best when it was focusing on the presidential election and "Pencils Down" was all about the three campaigns (Susan Ross, Mellie Grant, and Hollis Doyle) getting ready for the Republican Presidential Primary. It was a great hour full of compelling stories bouncing from one to the next. The episode picked up steam as it went and we got to the night of the debate. In an absolutely stellar closing sequence, the different candidates prepared to take the stage while Olivia got some dirt on Susan Ross as "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" by Diana Ross and the Supremes played. Scandal can be so good with these musical montages and this episode really revitalized my love for Scandal. It still got off track at times later in the season but when Scandal is in top form, it's still as good as any drama on TV.

2) This is Us #1 "Pilot" (NBC/September 20, 2016)
The much heralded pilot episode of This is Us got the freshman drama phenom off to a rocking start. For most of the episode, it appeared to be a very well-written, well-produced, and well-acted character drama. That would have made me excited enough. But then there was a much heralded twist in the closing moments that really put this show on another level. If you don't know the twist by now, you've been living under a rock, but I still won't spoil it. It was just an incredibly clever way to put a pilot together. If the show itself wasn't good, it would be a gimmick. But the show and the individual performances are so good too that the twist only added to everything. A great guest turn by Gerald McRaney sealed this episode's spot way up at #2.

1) The People v. OJ Simpson #6 "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia" (FOX/March 8, 2016)
Like so many others, 2016 made me completely re-interested in the OJ Simpson trial thanks to the OJ: Made in America documentary and especially FX's The People v. OJ Simpson. I loved every episode of this show, which was so deserving of the many awards it has (and will) receive. But the episode that topped them all was Sarah Paulson's tour de force in "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia." Paulson's perfect Marcia Clark was so layered and complex and the show did a great job of not hiding her faults but also making her a sympathetic character. Paulson's reaction as she arrived at the courthouse with her new hairstyle was heartbreaking. I would say her performance was the single best on TV in 2016 in what was one of the best shows of 2016. "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia" earned Sarah Paulson her Emmy Award, it will probably get her a Golden Globe next week, and it is my #1 episode of 2016.

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, December 30 & Saturday, December 31

Happy New Year!

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing (REPEAT)
8:30 Dr. Ken (REPEAT)
9:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)
10:00 20/20


CBS
8:00 MacGyver (REPEAT)
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (REPEAT)

10:00 Blue Bloods (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon
9:00 Dateline NBC

FOX
8:00 Bones (REPEAT)
9:00 Sleepy Hollow (REPEAT)


CW
8:00 iHeartRadio Music Festival (SPECIAL)


SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest (SPECIAL)

CBS
8:00 Hawaii Five-0 (REPEAT)
9:00 48 Hours

10:00 48 Hours

NBC
8:00 The Year: 2016 (SPECIAL)
10:00 Late Night with Seth Meyers New Year's Eve Special (SPECIAL)

FOX
8:00 Bones (REPEAT)
9:00 Lethal Weapon (REPEAT)

Thursday, December 29, 2016

RATINGS RECAP: 12/28/16

ABC
8:00 The Goldbergs (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 Speechless (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:30 Black-ish (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Match Game (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 MacGyver (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

NBC
8:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Chicago PD (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
8:00 College Football Pregame
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
8:30 Foster Farms Bowl
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CW
8:00 Arrow (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 Supergirl (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

RATINGS RECAP: 12/27/16

ABC
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:30 American Housewife (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Fresh Off the Boat (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:30 The Real O'Neals (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 9.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors
Viewers: 8.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

NBC
8:00 The Wall (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 This is Us (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Chicago Fire (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

FOX
8:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Repeat)

Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
8:30 New Girl (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Bones (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

CW
8:00 The Flash (Repeat)

Viewers: 0.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 No Tomorrow
Viewers: 0.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, December 28 & Thursday, December 29

WEDNESDAY

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

9:00 Modern Family (REPEAT)
9:30 Black-ish (REPEAT)
10:00 Match Game (REPEAT)


CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss
9:00 MacGyver (REPEAT)
10:00 Criminal Minds (REPEAT)

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

10:00 Chicago PD (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 College Football: Foster Farms Bowl

CW
8:00 Arrow (REPEAT)
9:00 Supergirl (REPEAT)


THURSDAY

ABC
8:00 The Great American Baking Show (REPEAT)
9:00 American Housewife (REPEAT)
9:30 Speechless (REPEAT)

10:00 Modern Family (REPEAT)
10:30 Fresh Off the Boat (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (REPEAT)
8:30 The Great Indoors (REPEAT)
9:00 Mom (REPEAT)
9:30 Life in Pieces (REPEAT)

10:00 Scorpion (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Superstore (REPEAT)
8:30 The Good Place (REPEAT)
9:00 America's Got Talent: Holiday Spectacular (SPECIAL - REPEAT)


FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen (REPEAT)
9:00 Hell's Kitchen (REPEAT)


CW
8:00 DC's Legends of Tomorrow (REPEAT)
9:00 Supernatural (REPEAT)

RATINGS RECAP: 12/26/16

ABC
8:00 Happy New Year, Charlie Brown
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Rudolph's Shiny New Year
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 The Great American Baking Show (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CBS
8:00 Kevin Can Wait (Repeat)

Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:30 Man with a Plan (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Kevin Can Wait (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:30 Man with a Plan (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 Scorpion (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

NBC
8:00 Hairspray Live (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

FOX
8:00 Gotham (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 Lucifer (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

CW
8:00 iHeart Radio Jingle Ball 2016
Viewers: 0.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:30 Whose Line is it Anyway? (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

RATINGS RECAP: 12/25/16

ABC
7:00 NBA Overrun/Postgame
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:00 Movie: Beauty and the Beast
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Speechless (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:30 Black-ish (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
8:00 I Love Lucy Christmas Special
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 The Dick Van Dyke Show: Now in Living Color
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
10:00 MacGyver (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
Viewers: 10.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.0
8:30 Sunday Night Football
Viewers: 21.4 million, 18-49 demo: 6.4

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)

Viewers: 1.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
7:30 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
8:30 Son of Zorn (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:30 The Last Man on Earth (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

Monday, December 26, 2016

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, December 26 & Tuesday, December 27

MONDAY

ABC
8:00 Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (SPECIAL)
9:00 Rudolph's Shiny New Year (SPECIAL)
10:00 The Great American Baking Show (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 Kevin Can Wait (REPEAT)
8:30 Man with a Plan (REPEAT)
9:00 Kevin Can Wait (REPEAT)
9:30 Man with a Plan (REPEAT)
10:00 Scorpion (REPEAT)


NBC
8:00 Hairspray Live (SPECIAL - REPEAT)

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


CW
8:00 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2016 (SPECIAL)

9:30 Whose Line is it Anyway? (REPEAT)

TUESDAY

ABC
8:00 The Middle (REPEAT)
8:30 American Housewife (REPEAT)
9:00 Fresh Off the Boat (REPEAT)
9:30 The Real O'Neals (REPEAT)
10:00 The Real O'Neals (REPEAT)

10:30 The Real O'Neals (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 NCIS (REPEAT)
9:00 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors (SPECIAL)


NBC
8:00 The Wall (REPEAT)
9:00 This is Us (REPEAT)
10:00 Chicago Fire (REPEAT)


FOX
8:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (REPEAT)

8:30 New Girl (REPEAT)
9:00 Bones (REPEAT)


CW
8:00 The Flash (REPEAT)
9:00 No Tomorrow #10 "No Soup for You"

RATINGS RECAP: 12/23/16

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:30 Dr. Ken (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 A Home for the Holidays
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

NBC
8:00 Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 How Murray Saved Christmas
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Movie: Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 Taraji's White Hot Holidays

Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Sleepy Hollow (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

CW
8:00 Terry Crews Saves Christmas

Viewers: 0.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2
9:00 Terry Crews Saves Christmas
Viewers: 0.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

RATINGS RECAP: 12/22/16

ABC
8:00 A Charlie Brown Christmas
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 The Great American Baking Show
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:30 The Great Indoors (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Mom (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:30 Life in Pieces (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Life in Pieces (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:30 Life in Pieces (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

NBC
8:00 Football Night in Philadelphia
Viewers: 8.4 million, 18-49 demo: 2.1
8:30 Thursday Night Football
Viewers: 17.9 million, 18-49 demo: 5.1

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen (Repeat)

Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CW
8:00 Terry Crews Saves Christmas

Viewers: 0.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2
9:00 Supernatural (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

Friday, December 23, 2016

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, December 23, Saturday, December 24, & Sunday, December 25

Merry Christmas!

FRIDAY

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

10:00 20/20

CBS
8:00 A Home for the Holidays (SPECIAL)
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (REPEAT)
10:00 Blue Bloods (REPEAT)


NBC
8:00 How the Grinch Stole Christmas (SPECIAL)
8:30 How Murray Saved Christmas (SPECIAL)
9:00 MOVIE: Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors

FOX
8:00 Taraji's White Hot Holidays (SPECIAL)

9:00 Sleepy Hollow (REPEAT)

CW
8:00 Terry Crews Saves Christmas (SPECIAL)
9:00 Terry Crews Saves Christmas (SPECIAL)


SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 Disney Prep & Landing (SPECIAL)
8:30 Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (SPECIAL)
9:00 CMA Country Christmas (SPECIAL)

CBS
8:00 Scorpion (REPEAT)
9:00 48 Hours

10:00 48 Hours

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

FOX
8:00 Bones (REPEAT)
9:00 Lethal Weapon (REPEAT)


SUNDAY

ABC
7:00 NBA Basketball/Postgame

8:00 MOVIE: Beauty and the Beast
10:00 Speechless (REPEAT)
10:30 Black-ish (REPEAT)

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 I Love Lucy Christmas Special (SPECIAL)
9:00 The Dick Van Dyke Show: Now in Living Color (SPECIAL)
10:00 MacGyver (REPEAT)

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
8:30 Sunday Night Football: Denver at Kansas City

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers (REPEAT)
7:30 Bob's Burgers (REPEAT)
8:00 The Simpsons (REPEAT)
8:30 Son of Zorn (REPEAT)
9:00 Family Guy (REPEAT)

9:30 The Last Man on Earth (REPEAT)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

RATINGS RECAP: 12/21/16

ABC
8:00 The Goldbergs (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:30 American Housewife (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:30 The Real O'Neals (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Game Changers with Robin Roberts
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss
Viewers: 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Undercover Boss
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Code Black
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

NBC
8:00 Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 Chicago PD (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

FOX
8:00 Lethal Weapon (Repeat)

Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Star (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CW
8:00 Terry Crews Save Christmas

Viewers: 0.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 Arrow (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

RATINGS RECAP: 12/20/16

ABC
8:00 Toy Story That Time Forgot
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:30 Shrek the Halls
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 The Year: 2016
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 9.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Bull (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Bull (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

NBC
8:00 Michael Buble Sings and Swings
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Tony Bennett Celebrates 90
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas

Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:30 New Girl (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Scream Queens
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CW
8:00 Terry Crews Saves Christmas
Viewers: 0.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown
Viewers: 0.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

RATINGS RECAP: 12/19/16

ABC
8:00 The Great Christmas Light Fight
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 The Great American Baking Show (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS
8:00 First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House: An Oprah Winfrey Special

Viewers: 9.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 Man with a Plan
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:30 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Scorpion
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent: Holiday Spectacular
Viewers: 9.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 The Wall
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

FOX
8:00 Gotham (Repeat)

Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Lucifer (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

CW
8:00 Supergirl (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Marie Claire Young Women's Honors
Viewers: 0.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

It may be the week of Christmas but Monday night still had a few TV events and episodes worth noting. NBC aired an America's Got Talent holiday special that did well but not quite as well as it does in the summer. It led into a preview of The Wall, which skewed younger and did OK for a preview. It will air Tuesdays at 8pm in January, leading into This is Us. CBS started things out with an Oprah Winfrey interview with Michelle Obama. It did well in total viewers but skewed old. It led into Man with a Plan at a special time and it was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for a series low. 2 Broke Girls aired at a time that will become its permanent time in February when Superior Donuts premieres. It was down eight tenths in viewers and even in the demo. At 10pm, Scorpion was up half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo. On ABC, the season finale of the short run of The Great Christmas Light Fight was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. I imagine it will be back for another run next December.

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, December 21 & Thursday, December 22

WEDNESDAY

ABC
8:00 The Goldbergs (REPEAT)
8:30 American Housewife (REPEAT)
9:00 Modern Family (REPEAT)
9:30 The Real O'Neals (REPEAT)
10:00 Game Changers with Robin Roberts (SPECIAL)


CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss (Season Premiere)

9:00 Undercover Boss
10:00 Code Black #29 "Exodus"

NBC
8:00 Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas (SPECIAL)
9:00 Law & Order: SVU (REPEAT)
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (REPEAT)


FOX
8:00 Lethal Weapon (REPEAT)

9:00 Star (REPEAT)

CW
8:00 Terry Crews Saves Christmas (SPECIAL)

9:00 Arrow (REPEAT)

THURSDAY

ABC
8:00 A Charlie Brown Christmas (SPECIAL)
9:00 The Great American Baking Show

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (REPEAT)
8:30 The Great Indoors (REPEAT)

9:00 2 Broke Girls (REPEAT)
9:30 Life in Pieces (REPEAT)

10:00 Life in Pieces (REPEAT)
10:30 Life in Pieces (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Football Night in America
8:30 Thursday Night Football: NY Giants at Philadelphia

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen (REPEAT)
9:00 Hell's Kitchen (REPEAT)

CW
8:00 Terry Crews Saves Christmas (SPECIAL)

9:00 Supernatural (REPEAT)

WEEKLY RECAP: December 12-18, 2016

Here is my weekly recap for Week #13. Please note this only covers regularly scheduled shows (no sports, specials, repeats, or Saturday shows). It also does not cover CW in the ratings section to make past year comparisons more accurate.

No comparisons to last year because I did not do this week last year.

TOP 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursday 8:00pm) - 3.4    11th week
2. Empire (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 2.7    9th week
3. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.5    12th week
4. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:00pm) - 2.3    8th week
5. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.2    13th week
    Star (FOX, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 2.2    1st week (NEW SHOW)
7. Modern Family (ABC, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 2.0    9th week
8. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.9    12th week
9. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.7    7th week
    The Goldbergs (ABC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.7    6th week

TOP 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursday 8:00pm) - 16.0 million    11th week
2. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 14.7 million    10th week
3. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:40pm) - 14.1 million    13th week
4. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 12.1 million    10th week
5. Bull (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 11.6 million    9th week
6. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 11.2 million    13th week
7. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, Sunday 8:40pm) - 10.4 million    9th week
8. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 10.0 million    5th week
9. Hawaii Five-0 (CBS, Friday 9:00pm) - 9.5 million    6th week
10. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 9.1 million    4th week
      Madam Secretary (CBS, Sunday 9:40pm) - 9.1 million    4th week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Scream Queens (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.5    9th week
2. The Exorcist (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.6    10th week
3. Elementary (CBS, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.7    10th week
4. New Girl (FOX, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 0.8    7th week
    The Great American Baking Show (ABC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.8    1st week
    Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon (NBC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.8    9th week
7. The Real O'Neals (ABC, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 0.9    4th week
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Tuesday 8:30pm) - 0.9    6th week
    Pure Genius (CBS, Thursday 10:00pm) - 0.9    5th week
    Dr. Ken (ABC, Friday 8:30pm) - 0.9    10th week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Scream Queens (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.1 million    9th week
2. New Girl (FOX, Tuesday 8:30pm) - 1.6 million    10th week
3. The Exorcist (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 1.8 million    10th week
4. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.2 million    10th week
5. The Real O'Neals (ABC, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 3.1 million    6th week
6. Hell's Kitchen (FOX, Friday 8:00pm) - 3.3 million    6th week
7. The Great American Baking Show (ABC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 3.7 million    1st week
8. Fresh Off the Boat (ABC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 3.9 million    1st week
    Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon (NBC, Friday 8:00pm) - 3.9 million    5th week
10. Dr. Ken (ABC, Friday 8:30pm) - 4.5 million    1st week

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - The Voice (NBC)    1st week
Tuesday - The Voice (NBC)    1st week
Wednesday - Star (FOX)    1st week (NEW SHOW)
Thursday - The Big Bang Theory (CBS)    4th week
Friday - Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon (NBC)    1st week
Sunday - None

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Timeless (NBC)    4th week
Tuesday - NCIS (CBS)    1st week
Wednesday - Modern Family (ABC)    2nd week
Thursday - The Great American Baking Show (ABC)    1st week
Friday - The Exorcist (FOX)    3rd week
Sunday - None

RATINGS RECAP: 12/18/16

ABC
7:00 Movie: The Sound of Music
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
7:00 NFL Overrun
Viewers: 21.6 million, 18-49 demo: 5.3
7:40 60 Minutes
Viewers: 14.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
8:40 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 10.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:40 Madam Secretary
Viewers: 9.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:40 Elementary
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
Viewers: 10.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
8:30 Sunday Night Football
Viewers: 24.2 million, 18-49 demo: 8.1

FOX
7:00 Breakthrough Prize
Viewers: 1.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:30 Son of Zorn (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:30 The Last Man on Earth (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

Monday, December 19, 2016

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, December 19 & Tuesday, December 20

MONDAY
Monday night has the series premiere of NBC's The Wall, which is part of their Voice hiatus plan. It will air Tuesdays at 8pm in January but now it gets a chance to get a sneak peek behind a heavily promoted holiday special of America's Got Talent. Elsewhere, CBS has an Oprah Winfrey interview with Michelle Obama that could do well and it will lead into new episodes of Man with a Plan and 2 Broke Girls (in their new timeslots as of February) as well as Scorpion. ABC has the season finale of the short December run of The Great Christmas Light Fight.

ABC
8:00 The Great Christmas Light Fight (Season Finale)
10:00 The Great American Baking Show (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House: An Oprah Winfrey Special (SPECIAL)
9:00 Man with a Plan #8 "Adam Steps Up"
9:30 2 Broke Girls #127 "And the Planes, Fingers, and Automobiles"
10:00 Scorpion #57 "Wreck the Halls"

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent Holiday Spectacular (SPECIAL)
10:00 The Wall (SERIES PREMIERE)

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


CW
8:00 Supergirl (REPEAT)
9:00 Marie Claire Young Women's Honors (SPECIAL)


TUESDAY

ABC
8:00 Toy Story That Time Forgot (SPECIAL)
8:30 Shrek the Halls (SPECIAL)
9:00 The Year: 2016 (SPECIAL)

CBS
8:00 NCIS (REPEAT)
9:00 Bull (REPEAT)
10:00 Bull (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Michael Buble Swings and Sings (SPECIAL)
9:00 Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come (SPECIAL)

FOX
8:00 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (SPECIAL)

8:30 New Girl (REPEAT)
9:00 Scream Queens #23 "Drain the Swamp" (Season Finale)


CW
8:00 Terry Crews Saves Christmas (SPECIAL)
9:00 Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown (SPECIAL)

Sunday, December 18, 2016

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, December 18

Sunday night has CBS with the NFL overrun so they will air their regular lineup pretty deep into December and should benefit as they usually do with the NFL. NBC has another Dallas game and Dallas is a huge draw this year. ABC has its annual holiday airing of The Sound of Music.

ABC
7:00 MOVIE: The Sound of Music

CBS
7:00 NFL Overrun
7:30 60 Minutes
8:30 NCIS: Los Angeles #179 "Tidings We Bring"
9:30 Madam Secretary #55 "The Race"
10:30 Elementary #106 "Pick Your Poison"

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

FOX
7:00 Breakthrough Prize (SPECIAL)
8:00 The Simpsons (REPEAT)
8:30 Son of Zorn (REPEAT)
9:00 Family Guy (REPEAT)
9:30 The Last Man on Earth (REPEAT)

PILOT REVIEW: Star

STAR











Starring: Jude DeMorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O'Grady, Amiyah Scott, Quincy Brown, with Benjamin Bratt, and Queen Latifah

Created by Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy
Written by Lee Daniels & Tom Donaghy, Directed by Lee Daniels

Star is a new drama from the people who created the phenom Empire and it's certainly easy to see some parallels though this is quite a different show and one that I think will have a hard time keeping the Empire crowd around. Star is centered on three girls: sisters Star and Simone (Jude DeMorest and Brittany O'Grady) who team up with a rich daughter of a star looking to make it on her own, Alex (Ryan Destiny). The three girls move to Atlanta and try to get a big break while living with Carlotta (Queen Latifah), the owner of a salon. Rounding out the main cast is Carlotta's daughter, Cotton (Amiyah Scott), neighbor Derek (Quincy Brown), and talent manager Jahil Rivera (Benjamin Bratt).

I got the feeling throughout the pilot that this show was just trying way too hard to be as buzzy as Empire with its high drama, trash talking characters, and elaborate fantasy sequences. But if Empire seems to be losing steam, this didn't have it in the first place. One of the things that made Empire's first season such a success was that it was not self aware. The producers and writers didn't know it would become a huge hit and they wrote it the way they wanted to. Since then, Empire and now Star all seem a little too self aware and the quality is diminished as a result.

The performances in Star were solid though I have to say I'm getting a little tired of Queen Latifah playing these types of roles. She was fine as she always is, but she seems to have gotten very pigeon-holed at this point. Benjamin Bratt seemed promising but didn't have a lot to do in the pilot. As for the three lead girls, they were solid but the writing didn't do any favors to Star, who could be a really interesting character, but so far seems to be every cliche in the book for a girl in her type of situation.

The filming was intentionally gritty (I'm assuming) but it actually gave it a little bit of a cheap look. I'm not a fan of that type of filming style so it could be a personal preference thing. The plot was also so convoluted in the pilot with a ton of exposition being packed in with performances, some fighting, and some twists. It felt like a show that just tried to take all the things that made a show like Empire a success and throw it all together so we ended up with a pilot that honestly felt like a mess. It's going to take a lot of work for Star to become the next big thing. Oh and by the way, an Empire crossover is inevitable, right?

WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
Ehh. I might but if I'm being honest with myself, this is not a show that's going to become part of my regular lineup so why even bother with an episode two?

Saturday, December 17, 2016

RATINGS RECAP: 12/16/16

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:30 Dr. Ken
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CBS
8:00 MacGyver

Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Hawaii Five-0
Viewers: 9.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

NBC
8:00 Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen

Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 The Exorcist
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CW
8:00 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade

Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

It was mostly normal results on a Friday night with a mix of originals and repeats. On CBS, the first two hours were new. MacGyver was up three tenths in viewers and even in the demo while Hawaii Five-0 was up a tenth in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. On ABC, Last Man Standing was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Dr. Ken was even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. After a Shark Tank repeat, 20/20 was up 1.2 million viewers and two tenths in the demo. On NBC, Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon was up a surprising seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a season high. I'm not sure what happened here. Dateline NBC was down four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. On FOX, Hell's Kitchen was even in viewers and the demo while the season while the season (and likely series) finale of The Exorcist was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon (NBC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: The Exorcist (FOX)

RATINGS RECAP: 12/15/16

I apologize I still haven't gotten around to watching/reviewing Star. It will be up sometime this weekend!

ABC
8:00 Disney Prep & Landing
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:30 Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 The Great American Baking Show
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 What Would You Do?
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory

Viewers: 16.0 million, 18-49 demo: 3.4
8:30 The Great Indoors
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 Mom
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:30 Life in Pieces
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Pure Genius
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

NBC
8:00 Football Night in Seattle
Viewers: 7.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
8:30 Thursday Night Football
Viewers: 14.7 million, 18-49 demo: 4.3

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen (Repeat)

Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Rosewood (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CW
8:00 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2016

Viewers: 1.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:30 Whose Line is it Anyway? (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

On Thursday night, The Big Bang Theory had a good week with a big episode. It was up 1.5 million viewers and three tenths in the demo. The viewer total is a high for Thursday while the demo is the best in over a month. At 8:30pm, The Great Indoors was up eight tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for its best performance since November 10. CBS clearly has faith in this show because they're not bumping it for midseason comedy Superior Donuts except for one sneak peek. At 9pm, Mom was up seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo while Life in Pieces was up four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. At 10pm, Pure Genius was down a tenth in viewers and the demo. It was very low across the board for ABC with a mix of specials and limited runs. The Great American Baking Show saw a series low in the demo at 9pm. A weak Thursday night game between the Seahawks and Rams sent Thursday Night Football plummeting to its worst performance in about a month.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: The Great American Baking Show (ABC)

Friday, December 16, 2016

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, December 16 & Saturday, December 17

FRIDAY
Friday night has a mix of new episodes and repeats including Christmas episodes of the ABC comedies. FOX has the season finale of The Exorcist after a quiet Friday night run. It's unlikely we'll ever hear of this show again.

ABC
8:00 Last Man Standing #119 "My Name is Rob"
8:30 Dr. Ken #33 "A Park Family Christmas"
9:00 Shark Tank (REPEAT)

10:00 20/20

CBS
8:00 MacGyver #11 "Scissors"
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 #154 "Ka'ili Aku"

10:00 Blue Bloods (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon
9:00 Dateline NBC

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen

9:00 The Exorcist #10 "Chapter Ten: Three Rooms" (Season Finale)

CW
8:00 The 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade (SPECIAL)


SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (SPECIAL)
9:00 20/20 Saturday
10:00 20/20 Saturday

CBS
8:00 MOVIE: Big Game
10:00 48 Hours

NBC
8:00 Pentatonix Christmas Special (SPECIAL)
9:00 SNL Christmas (SPECIAL)

FOX
8:00 UFC Fight Night

Thursday, December 15, 2016

RATINGS RECAP: 12/14/16

ABC
8:00 The Goldbergs
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
8:30 Speechless
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 Modern Family
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:30 Black-ish
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
10:00 Designated Survivor
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

CBS
8:00 Survivor

Viewers: 9.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:00 Survivor Live Reunion Show
Viewers: 6.4 million, 8-49 demo: 1.3

NBC
8:00 A Pentatonix Christmas Special
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 SNL Christmas 2016
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

FOX
8:00 Empire

Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
9:00 Star
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2

CW
8:00 12 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time
Viewers: 1.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

On Wednesday night, FOX used Empire as a lead-in for the first time ever as Empire's fall finale led into a sneak peek of the new drama that will be temporarily taking its place, Star. Empire was up six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. It rose, but it was still its second lowest result ever. It will not be back until March which isn't great for a show that seems to be losing steam quickly. At 9pm, Star had a sneak peek to a solid 2.2 demo. It certainly got sampled but we'll see how it does on its own starting in January with a surely much lower lead-in. On CBS, the 33rd edition of Survivor was up six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo from last week. This is a show that doesn't spike anymore for finales but it is in an extremely healthy state for a show that's aired two cycles a year since 2000. Holiday specials did decently for NBC and poorly for the CW.

On ABC, the comedies were up from last week's ugly drops. The Goldbergs was up eight tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo while Speechless was up nine tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. Modern Family did not air last week so it was even in viewers and down two tenths in the demo from two weeks ago. This is a new series low for Modern as it came dangerously close to going into the 1s for the first time ever. I'm sure it will happen sometime this season though probably in the spring, not the winter. At 9:30pm, Black-ish was up a strong 1.3 million viewers and four tenths in the demo. It does not have to deal with Empire for awhile now and that should help matters. At 10pm, Designated Survivor was up a million viewers and a tenth in the demo. It will now be off the air for quite awhile, which seems like a horrible decision for a serialized freshman show. I don't understand why ABC didn't decide to bring this back in January. Instead they will air Match Game while this sits on the shelf following comedies at a time of year where TV viewing is usually high.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Star (FOX)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Modern Family (ABC)

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, December 15

Check back later today (if I have time!) for a review of Star!

Thursday night has a not-so intriguing Thursday night game between the Seahawks and the struggling Rams. It will probably be down from last week. ABC has holiday shows while CBS is fully new and will try to build on last week's uptick.

ABC
8:00 Disney Prep & Landing (SPECIAL)
8:30 Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (SPECIAL)
9:00 The Great American Baking Show
10:00 What Would You Do? Holiday Edition (SPECIAL)

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #218 "The Birthday Synchronicity"
8:30 The Great Indoors #8 "Office Romance"
9:00 Mom #74 "Freckled Bananas and a Little Schwinn"
9:30 Life in Pieces #30 "Window Vanity Dress Grace"
10:00 Pure Genius #8 "Around the World in Eight Kidneys"

NBC
8:00 Football Night in Seattle
8:30 Thursday Night Football: Los Angeles at Seattle

FOX
8:00 Hell's Kitchen (REPEAT)
9:00 Rosewood (REPEAT)


CW
8:00 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2016 (SPECIAL)
9:30 Whose Line is it Anyway? (REPEAT)

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

RATINGS RECAP: 12/13/16

ABC
8:00 The Middle
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:30 American Housewife
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Fresh Off the Boat
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:30 The Real O'Neals
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

CBS
8:00 NCIS

Viewers: 14.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Bull
Viewers: 11.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 10.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 The Voice Clip Show
Viewers: 8.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 The Voice
Viewers: 12.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5

FOX
8:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:30 New Girl
Viewers: 1.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Scream Queens
Viewers: 1.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CW
8:00 The Flash (Repeat)

Viewers: 0.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2
9:00 DC's Legends of Tomorrow (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

On Tuesday night, The Voice ended its fall run rising a nice 1.9 million viewers and six tenths in the demo. It was down from last fall's finale but had a bigger spike relative to its recent ratings so that was a positive. This fall's edition of The Voice started really well but had some rough year-to-year trends as it went on. We'll see how the spring goes but the good news for NBC is they are much better equipped to weather The Voice hiatus than they were a couple years ago. The Voice will be back at the end of February. On the other end of the spectrum, it was FOX with another weak night. Brooklyn Nine-Nine was down a tenth in viewers and the demo and New Girl was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. At 9pm, Scream Queens barely stayed above a million viewers, falling a tenth in viewers and staying even in the demo.

On CBS, NCIS was up a tenth in viewers and down a tenth in the demo, tying a series low. This was a pretty bad result considering it only had to face the recap hour of The Voice. At 9pm, Bull was down a tenth in viewers and the demo. The demo is a new series low. At 10pm, NCIS: New Orleans was up six tenths in viewers and even in the demo despite the final hour of The Voice airing against it. Finally on ABC, the comedies and their Christmas episodes were up across the board. At 8pm, The Middle was up three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for a nice rebound. American Housewife was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. At 9pm, Fresh Off the Boat and The Real O'Neals were both even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: The Voice (NBC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: NCIS (CBS)

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, December 14

Wednesday night has the first series premiere since October with a sneak peek of FOX's Star. It airs at 9pm after a special time for the fall finale of Empire at 8pm. Of course, Empire had a series low last week but it's still a big draw and I think Star should get a good sampling. It will take Empire's place starting in January until Empire returns in March. On CBS, it is the Survivor finale and live reunion. It should be solid but Survivor rarely spikes for the finale anymore. ABC has holiday episodes of its comedies as well as Designated Survivor a week after most of them hit lows. I think they'll rebound a bit at least.

ABC
8:00 The Goldbergs #81 "Han Ukkah Solo"
8:30 Speechless #10 "C-h-o-Choir"
9:00 Modern Family #175 "Snow Ball"
9:30 Black-ish #58 "Just Christmas, Baby"
10:00 Designated Survivor #10 "The Oath"

CBS
8:00 Survivor (33rd Edition Finale)
10:00 Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X Live Reunion (SPECIAL)

NBC
8:00 A Pentatonix Christmas Special (SPECIAL)
9:00 SNL Christmas (SPECIAL)

FOX
8:00 Empire #39 "A Furnace for Your Foe"
9:00 Star #1 "Pilot" (SERIES PREMIERE)

CW
8:00 The Top 12 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time (SPECIAL)
9:00 The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (SPECIAL)

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

RATINGS RECAP: 12/12/16

ABC
8:00 The Great Christmas Light Fight
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 The Great American Baking Show (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CBS
8:00 Kevin Can Wait
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 Man with a Plan
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:30 The Odd Couple
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Scorpion
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 11.2 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
10:00 Timeless
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
8:00 Gotham (Repeat)

Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Lucifer (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CW
8:00 Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer
Viewers: 1.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown
Viewers: 0.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

On Monday night, the performance finale of The Voice was up 1.1 million viewers and a tenth in the demo. This was its best performance in about a month but down huge from last year's 3.2 demo for the performance finale. At 10pm, Timeless was down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. No NBC show airing Monday-Thursday has gotten a fractional demo result, will the disappointing Timeless be the first? On CBS, Kevin Can Wait was up two tenths in viewers but down a tenth in the demo. At 8:30pm, Man with a Plan was up four tenths in viewers and even in the demo. The viewer total is the best since the series premiere. At 9pm, 2 Broke Girls was up a tenth in viewers but down a tenth in the demo for a series low. At 9:30pm, The Odd Couple was up six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Scorpion closed out the night down a tenth in viewers and the demo. This whole lineup is pretty underwhelming. Finally on ABC, The Great Christmas Light Fight was down eight tenths in viewers and even in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: The Voice (NBC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Timeless (NBC)

WEEKLY RECAP: December 5-11, 2016

Here is my weekly recap for Week #12. Please note this only covers regularly scheduled shows (no sports, specials, repeats, or Saturday shows). It also does not cover CW in the ratings section to make past year comparisons more accurate.

Previous Week 12s:  2015   2014

TOP 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. This is Us (NBC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.8    10th week
2. Empire (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 2.5    8th week
3. The Simpsons (FOX, Sunday 8:00pm) - 2.3    5th week
4. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.1    12th week
5. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.9    11th week
6. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.8    6th week
7. Chicago Fire (NBC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 1.7    4th week
    Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.7    11th week
9. Kevin Can Wait (CBS, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.5    8th week
    Bull (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.5    2nd week
    The Goldbergs (ABC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.5    5th week
    The Great Indoors (CBS, Thursday 8:30pm) - 1.5    3rd week

TOP 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 14.6 million    9th week
2. Bull (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 11.7 million    8th week
3. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:00pm) - 11.1 million    12th week
4. This is Us (NBC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 11.0 million    6th week
5. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 10.2 million    9th week
    Blue Bloods (CBS, Friday 10:00pm) - 10.2 million    9th week
7. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 10.1 million    12th week
8. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 9.4 million    4th week
    Hawaii Five-0 (CBS, Friday 9:00pm) - 9.4 million    5th week
10. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 8.5 million    3rd week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Scream Queens (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.5    8th week
    Notorious (ABC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 0.5    8th week
3. Conviction (ABC, Monday 10:00pm) - 0.6    9th week
    Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon (NBC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.6    8th week
    The Exorcist (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.6    9th week
    Elementary (CBS, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.6    9th week
7. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 0.7    6th week
    Madam Secretary (CBS, Sunday 9:00pm) - 0.7    3rd week
9. New Girl (FOX, Tuesday 8:30pm) - 0.8    6th week
    The Real O'Neals (ABC, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 0.8    3rd week
    Pitch (FOX, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.8    8th week
    Dr. Ken (ABC, Friday 8:30pm) - 0.8    9th week
    20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:00pm) - 0.8    9th week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Scream Queens (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.2 million    8th week
2. New Girl (FOX, Tuesday 8:30pm) - 1.7 million    9th week
    The Exorcist (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 1.7 million    9th week
4. The Last Man on Earth (FOX, Sunday 9:30pm) - 2.2 million    9th week
5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.3 million    9th week
6. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 2.4 million    8th week
7. Notorious (ABC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 2.6 million    1st week
8. Pitch (FOX, Thursday 9:00pm) - 2.9 million    8th week
    Son of Zorn (FOX, Sunday 8:30pm) - 2.9 million    6th week
10. The Real O'Neals (ABC, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 3.1 million    5th week
      Family Guy (FOX, Sunday 9:00pm) - 3.1 million    6th week

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Kevin Can Wait (CBS)    4th week
Tuesday - This is Us (NBC)    5th week
Wednesday - Code Black (CBS)    1st week
Thursday - The Great Indoors (CBS)    1st week
Friday - Blue Bloods (CBS)    2nd week
Sunday - Sunday Night Football (NBC)     1st week

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Man with a Plan (CBS)    1st week
Tuesday - American Housewife (ABC)    1st week
Wednesday - Black-ish (ABC)    1st week
Thursday - Notorious (ABC)    2nd week
Friday - Shark Tank (ABC)    2nd week
Sunday - Madam Secretary (CBS)    1st week

RATINGS RECAP: 12/11/16

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos

Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:00 Movie: Frozen
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 The Making of Frozen: A Return to Arendelle
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 11.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:00 The Dick Van Dyke Show: Now In Living Color
Viewers: 7.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Madam Secretary
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Elementary
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

NBC
7:00 Football Night in America
Viewers: 10.1 million, 18-49 demo: 3.1
8:30 Sunday Night Football
Viewers: 26.5 million, 18-49 demo: 8.7

FOX
7:00 NFL Overrun
Viewers: 17.4 million, 18-49 demo: 5.4
7:44 The OT
Viewers: 11.9 million, 18-49 demo: 3.9
8:00 The Simpsons
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3
8:30 Son of Zorn
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Family Guy
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:30 The Last Man on Earth
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

As expected, NBC had a huge Sunday Night Football game between the Cowboys and Giants which was up a huge 8.7 million viewers and 2.6 demo points for a season high. A good Cowboys team can always bring in huge ratings. On CBS, 60 Minutes was down eight tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. Two colorized episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show followed and did decently in total viewers but skewed ancient. Seems like it did enough to get some more colorized episodes next Christmas. At 9pm, Madam Secretary was down 1.2 million viewers and three tenths in the demo for a series low. Guess it was being propped up by NCIS: Los Angeles more than it seemed
Elementary was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo, tying a series low.

On ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos was up three tenths in viewers and even in the demo. ABC aired the movie Frozen after that and it didn't pretty decently for a theatrical release on TV, which is not the big draw it was back in the 1990s and before. A special about the making of Frozen that followed and didn't do as well, but was still an improvement on Quantico. It was a big improvement on ABC's usual Sunday lineup. Finally, it was FOX with the NFL overrun for a second week. The Simpsons and Son of Zorn were both down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. At 9pm, Family Guy was down four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. The Last Man on Earth closed things out down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Sunday Night Football (NBC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Madam Secretary (CBS)

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, December 13

Tuesday night has the finale of The Voice. As I mentioned yesterday, it has had a rough end to its season so I wouldn't be surprised to see a lower than usual finale performance. ABC has Christmas episodes of its comedies leading into a Star Wars themed Jimmy Kimmel Live. CBS and FOX are new too in another pretty busy Tuesday. All the Tuesday preemptions for debates, elections, and world series are making up for lost time with pretty full December Tuesdays.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #177 "A Very Marry Christmas"

8:30 American Housewife #9 "Krampus Kate"
9:00 Fresh Off the Boat #45 "Where are the Giggles?"
9:30 The Real O'Neals #21 "The Real Christmas"
10:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live (SPECIAL)


CBS
8:00 NCIS #316 "The Tie That Binds"
9:00 Bull #9 "Light My Fire"

10:00 NCIS: New Orleans #56 "Overdrive"

NBC
8:00 The Voice Recap (SPECIAL)
9:00 The Voice (11th Edition Finale)

FOX
8:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine #78 "Captain Latvia"

8:30 New Girl #126 "Christmas Eve Eve"
9:00 Scream Queens #22 "Lovin' the D"


CW
8:00 The Flash (REPEAT)
9:00 DC's Legends of Tomorrow (REPEAT)