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Thursday, June 15, 2017

TAKING A BREAK, FOR NOW...

Hi Everyone,
I have decided to take a break from the blog for the summer. I am going to decide when the fall season rolls around if I want to pick it back up or not. But for now, I'm going to step away and see how it feels. Thanks for reading for the past nearly seven years!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, June 14 & Thursday, June 15

WEDNESDAY

ABC
8:00 The Goldbergs (REPEAT)
8:30 Speechless (REPEAT)
9:00 Modern Family (REPEAT)

9:30 American Housewife (REPEAT)
10:00 Steve Harvey's Funderdome (REPEAT)

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

NBC
8:00 Little Big Shots (Season Finale)
9:00 The Carmichael Show #23 "Shoot-Up-Able"
9:30 Superstore (REPEAT)
10:00 This is Us (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 Masterchef
9:00 The F Word with Gordon Ramsay

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


THURSDAY

ABC
8:00 Celebrity Family Feud (REPEAT)
9:00 To Tell the Truth (REPEAT)
10:00 The $100,000 Pyramid (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (REPEAT)
8:30 Superior Donuts (REPEAT)
9:00 Mom (REPEAT)

9:30 Life in Pieces (REPEAT)
10:00 Scorpion (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 The Wall (REPEAT)
9:00 The Wall (REPEAT)

10:00 Law & Order: SVU (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 US Open Golf

9:00 Love Connection (REPEAT)

CW
8:00 Supernatural (REPEAT)
9:00 Supernatural (REPEAT)

RATINGS RECAP: 6/12/17

ABC
8:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:30 NBA Countdown
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2
9:00 NBA Finals Game 5
Viewers: 24.5 million, 18-49 demo: 9.0

CBS
8:00 Kevin Can Wait (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:30 Man with a Plan (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Mom (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:30 Life in Pieces (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 Scorpion (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

NBC
8:00 American Ninja Warrior
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 So You Think You Can Dance

Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Superhuman
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CW
8:00 Supergirl (Repeat)

Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2
9:00 Whose Line is it Anyway?
Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:30 Whose Line is it Anyway? (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

RATINGS RECAP: 6/11/17

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:00 Celebrity Family Feud
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Steve Harvey's Funderdome
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 The $100,000 Pyramid
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes

Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:00 71st Annual Tony Awards
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

NBC
7:00 Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
8:00 NHL Stanley Cup Finals Game 6
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.3

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
7:30 The Last Man on Earth (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
8:30 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 American Grit
Viewers: 1.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

Monday, June 12, 2017

RATINGS RECAP: 6/9/17

ABC
8:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 NBA Countdown
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
9:00 NBA Finals Game 5
Viewers: 19.0 million, 18-49 demo: 6.8

CBS
8:00 MacGyver (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 Masterchef (Repeat)

Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Lucifer (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

CW
8:00 The Originals
Viewers: 0.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 Reign
Viewers: 0.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

RATINGS RECAP: 6/8/17

ABC
8:00 Celebrity Family Feud (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Celebrity Family Feud (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 The $100,000 Pyramid (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 Superior Donuts (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Mom (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:30 Life in Pieces (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 Bull (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

NBC
8:00 NHL Stanley Cup Finals Game 5
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5

FOX
8:00 Beat Shazam

Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Love Connection
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

CW
8:00 Supernatural (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2
9:00 Supernatural (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, June 12 & Tuesday, June 13

MONDAY
Monday night has a bunch of reality premieres on NBC and FOX. NBC has the season premiere of another successful summer franchise for them, American Ninja Warrior, as well as the season premiere of Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge. FOX has the season premiere of the long-running So  You Think You Can Dance, which isn't a big player anymore, and the series premiere of the new Superhuman.

ABC
8:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night
8:30 NBA Countdown
9:00 NBA Finals Game 5: Cleveland at Golden State

CBS
8:00 Kevin Can Wait (REPEAT)
8:30 Man with a Plan (REPEAT)
9:00 Mom (REPEAT)
9:30 Life in Pieces (REPEAT)

10:00 Scorpion (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 American Ninja Warrior (Season Premiere)
10:00 Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (Season Premiere)

FOX
8:00 So You Think You Can Dance (Season Premiere)
9:00 Superhuman (SERIES PREMIERE)

CW
8:00 Supergirl (REPEAT)
9:00 Whose Line is it Anyway?

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

TUESDAY

ABC
8:00 Downward Dog #5 "Trashed"
8:30 The Middle (REPEAT)
9:00 Black-ish (REPEAT)
9:30 Black-ish (REPEAT)
10:00 American Housewife (REPEAT)
10:30 Fresh Off the Boat (REPEAT)


CBS
8:00 NCIS (REPEAT)

9:00 Bull (REPEAT)
10:00 48 Hours: NCIS


NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent
10:00 World of Dance

FOX
8:00 Lethal Weapon (REPEAT)
9:00 The Mick (REPEAT)
9:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (REPEAT)


CW
8:00 The Flash (REPEAT)
9:00 iZombie #43 "Conspiracy Weary"

Friday, June 9, 2017

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, June 9, Saturday, June 10, & Sunday, June 11

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live
8:30 NBA Countdown
9:00 NBA Finals Game 4: Golden State at Cleveland

CBS
8:00 MacGyver (REPEAT)
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (REPEAT)
10:00 Blue Bloods (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent (REPEAT)
10:00 Dateline NBC

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

CW
8:00 The Originals #77 "A Spirit Here That Won't Be Broken"
9:00 Reign #77 "Blood in the Water"

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 To Tell the Truth (REPEAT)
9:00 20/20: In an Instant

CBS
8:00 Blue Bloods (REPEAT)
9:00 48 Hours (REPEAT)
10:00 48 Hours (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 World of Dance (REPEAT)
9:00 Dateline NBC

FOX
8:00 MLB Baseball

SUNDAY
It's a busy Sunday night with the return of ABC's Fun and Games lineup including new seasons of Celebrity Family Feud and The $100,000 Pyramid and the series premiere of Steve Harvey's Funderdome. Elsewhere, CBS is airing the Tony Awards, which will most certainly be down from last year's Hamilton-fused surge. FOX has a random new episode of Bob's Burgers and the new season of American Grit.

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (REPEAT)
8:00 Celebrity Family Feud (Season Premiere)
9:00 Steve Harvey's Funderdome (SERIES PREMIERE)
10:00 The $100,000 Pyramid (Season Premiere)

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 71st Annual Tony Awards (SPECIAL)

NBC
7:00 Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly
8:00 NHL Stanley Cup Finals Game 6: Pittsburgh at Nashville

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers (REPEAT)
7:30 The Last Man on Earth (REPEAT)
8:00 The Simpsons (REPEAT)
8:30 Bob's Burgers #129 "Into the Mild"
9:00 American Grit (Season Premiere)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

RATINGS RECAP: 6/7/17

ABC
8:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 NBA Countdown
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 NBA Finals Game 3
Viewers: 20.1 million, 18-49 demo: 7.2

CBS
8:00 NCIS: New Orleans (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Code Black (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

NBC
8:00 Little Big Shots
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 The Carmichael Show
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:30 Superstore (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 This is Us (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

FOX
8:00 Masterchef
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 The F Word with Gordon Ramsay
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CW
8:00 Arrow (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2
9:00 DC's Legends of Tomorrow (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

RATINGS RECAP: 6/6/17

ABC
8:00 Downward Dog
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:30 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Black-ish (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:30 Black-ish (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 American Housewife (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:30 Fresh Off the Boat (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Bull (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 48 Hours: NCIS
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent
Viewers: 12.5 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
10:00 World of Dance
Viewers: 8.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9

FOX
8:00 Lethal Weapon (Repeat)

Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 The Mick (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

CW
8:00 The Flash (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.1
9:00 iZombie
Viewers: 0.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, June 7 & Thursday, June 8

WEDNESDAY

ABC
8:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night
8:30 NBA Countdown
9:00 NBA Finals Game 3: Golden State at Cleveland

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

10:00 Code Black (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Little Big Shots
9:00 The Carmichael Show #22 "Grandma Francis"
9:30 Superstore (REPEAT)

10:00 This is Us (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 Masterchef

9:00 The F Word with Gordon Ramsay

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

THURSDAY

ABC
8:00 Celebrity Family Feud (REPEAT)
9:00 Celebrity Family Feud (REPEAT)

10:00 The $100,000 Pyramid (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (REPEAT)
8:30 Superior Donuts (REPEAT)

9:00 Mom (REPEAT)
9:30 Life in Pieces (REPEAT)

10:00 Bull (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 NHL Stanley Cup Finals Game 5

FOX
8:00 Beat Shazam

9:00 Love Connection

CW
8:00 Supernatural (REPEAT)
9:00 Supernatural (REPEAT)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

RATINGS RECAP: 6/5/17

ABC
8:00 The Bachelorette
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
10:00 Still Star-Crossed
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CBS
8:00 Kevin Can Wait (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:30 Man with a Plan (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Mom (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:30 Life in Pieces (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Scorpion (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

NBC
8:00 Stanley Cup Finals Game 4
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

FOX
8:00 Gotham

Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Gotham
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CW
8:00 Supergirl (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 Whose Line is it Anyway?
Viewers: 1.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:30 Whose Line is it Anyway? (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

RATINGS RECAP: 6/4/17

ABC
7:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
7:30 NBA Countdown
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6
8:00 NBA Finals Game 2
Viewers: 19.7 million, 18-49 demo: 7.1

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Madam Secretary (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
10:00 Code Black (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

NBC
7:00 Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:00 American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
7:30 The Last Man on Earth (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
8:30 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:30 Family Guy (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

Monday, June 5, 2017

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, June 5 & Tuesday, June 6

MONDAY

ABC
8:00 The Bachelorette
10:00 Still Star-Crossed #2 "The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth"

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

9:30 Life in Pieces (REPEAT)
10:00 Scorpion (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Stanley Cup Finals Game 4: Pittsburgh at Nashville

FOX
8:00 Gotham #65/66 "Destiny Calling/Heavydirtysoul" (Season Finale)


CW
8:00 Supergirl (REPEAT)
9:00 Whose Line is it Anyway?

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

TUESDAY

ABC
8:00 Downward Dog #4 "The Full Package"
8:30 The Middle (REPEAT)
9:00 Black-ish (REPEAT)

9:30 Black-ish (REPEAT)
10:00 American Housewife (REPEAT)
10:30 Fresh Off the Boat (REPEAT)

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

10:00 48 Hours: NCIS

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent
10:00 World of Dance

FOX
8:00 Lethal Weapon (REPEAT)

9:00 The Mick (REPEAT)
9:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (REPEAT)


CW
8:00 The Flash (REPEAT)

9:00 iZombie #42 "Return of the Dead Guy"

Saturday, June 3, 2017

RATINGS RECAP: 6/2/17

ABC
8:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

CBS
8:00 MacGyver (Repeat)

Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 4.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
8:00 Masterchef (Repeat)

Viewers: 1.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 The F Word with Gordon Ramsay (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

CW
8:00 The Originals

Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Reign
Viewers: 0.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

RATINGS RECAP: 6/1/17

ABC
8:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 NBA Countdown
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 NBA Finals Game 1
Viewers: 18.7 million, 18-49 demo: 6.9

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 Superior Donuts (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Mom (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:30 Life in Pieces (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

NBC
8:00 Chicago Fire (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Chicago Med (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

FOX
8:00 Beat Shazam

Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Love Connection
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CW
8:00 Supernatural (Repeat)

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

Friday, June 2, 2017

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, June 2, Saturday, June 3, & Sunday, June 4

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 Shark Tank (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 America's Got Talent (REPEAT)
10:00 Dateline NBC

FOX
8:00 Masterchef (REPEAT)
9:00 The F Word with Gordon Ramsay (REPEAT)


CW
8:00 The Originals #76 "Phantomesque"

9:00 Reign #76 "A Bride. A Box. A Body"

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 To Tell the Truth (REPEAT)
9:00 20/20: In an Instant (Season Premiere)


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

10:00 48 Hours

NBC
8:00 World of Dance (REPEAT)
9:00 Dateline NBC

FOX
8:00 MLB Baseball

SUNDAY

ABC
7:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night
7:30 NBA Countdown
8:00 NBA Finals Game 2: Cleveland at Golden State

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (REPEAT)
9:00 Madam Secretary (REPEAT)

10:00 Code Black (REPEAT)

NBC
7:00 Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly (SERIES PREMIERE)
8:00 American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World (SPECIAL)

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers (REPEAT)
7:30 The Last Man on Earth (REPEAT)

8:00 The Simpsons (REPEAT)
8:30 Family Guy (REPEAT)
9:00 Bob's Burgers (REPEAT)

9:30 Family Guy (REPEAT)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

RATINGS RECAP: 5/31/17

ABC
8:00 The Goldbergs (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
8:30 Speechless (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:30 Black-ish (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 Still Star-Crossed (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

CBS
8:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)

Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Criminal Minds (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 Code Black (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

NBC
8:00 Little Big Shots
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 The Carmichael Show
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:30 The Carmichael Show
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 This is Us (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

FOX
8:00 Masterchef
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 The F Word with Gordon Ramsay
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CW
8:00 Arrow (Repeat)

Viewers: 0.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2
9:00 DC's Legends of Tomorrow (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

On Wednesday night, FOX delivered a Gordon Ramsay night where Masterchef delivered a 1.1 demo and The F Word with Gordon Ramsay followed up with a compatible 1.0 demo. So far, FOX is having an OK summer with their unscripted shows. On NBC, Little Big Shots started things off with a OK 1.1 demo. It was followed by a solid 9pm performance for the new season of The Carmichael Show, but the 9:30pm episode dropped to a 0.7 demo. Still, Carmichael looks to be off to a better start for season three compared to season two.

RATINGS RECAP: 5/30/17

ABC
8:00 Downward Dog
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:30 The Middle (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 American Housewife (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:30 Imaginary Mary
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 American Housewife (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
10:30 Black-ish (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Bull (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 48 Hours: NCIS
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent
Viewers: 12.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
10:00 World of Dance
Viewers: 9.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.4

FOX
8:00 Lethal Weapon (Repeat)

Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Prison Break
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CW
8:00 The Flash (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2
9:00 iZombie
Viewers: 0.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

Tuesday night was a spectacular night for NBC with the grand return of summer's biggest hit, America's Got Talent. The long running show delivered 12.3 million viewers and a 2.7 demo, which was its best demo debut since 2014 and its best viewer total since 2011. Like The Bachelor, this show just seems immune to the trends on network TV. Perhaps even more exciting for NBC was the fact that the good news carried over to World of Dance, which premiered to a fantastic 2.4 demo. For comparison's sake, the only new shows that premiered stronger than a 2.4 demo this whole past season were 24: Legacy (immediately following the Super Bowl), This is Us, and Kevin Can Wait. On ABC, Downward Dog followed up its decent second week with a rough third week, dropping 1.9 million viewers and three tenths in the demo. Mixed in among repeats was the series finale of the cancelled Imaginary Mary, dropping to a series low. On CBS, 48 Hours: NCIS was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. On FOX, the finale (for now) of Prison Break was up four tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. Finally on the CW, iZombie was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, May 31 & Thursday, June 1

WEDNESDAY
Wednesday night has three premieres: the season premiere of the acclaimed but low rated The Carmichael Show on NBC, which hasn't aired in over a year, and two Gordon Ramsay premieres on FOX: the season premiere of Masterchef and series premiere of The F Word with Gordon Ramsay. They should both do OK by FOX summer standards.

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

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

10:00 Still Star-Crossed (REPEAT)

CBS
8:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (REPEAT)
9:00 Criminal Minds (REPEAT)
10:00 Code Black (REPEAT)


NBC
8:00 Little Big Shots
9:00 The Carmichael Show #20 "Yes Means Yes" (Season Premiere)
9:30 The Carmichael Show #21 "Support the Troops"
10:00 This is Us (REPEAT)


FOX
8:00 Masterchef (Season Premiere)

9:00 The F Word with Gordon Ramsay (SERIES PREMIERE)

CW
8:00 Arrow (REPEAT)

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

THURSDAY

ABC
8:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night (SPECIAL)
8:30 NBA Countdown
9:00 NBA Finals Game 1: Cleveland at Golden State

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (REPEAT)
8:30 Superior Donuts (REPEAT)

9:00 Mom (REPEAT)
9:30 Life in Pieces (REPEAT)
10:00 The Amazing Race


NBC
8:00 Chicago Fire (REPEAT)
9:00 Chicago Med (REPEAT)

10:00 Law & Order: SVU (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 Beat Shazam
9:00 Love Connection

CW
8:00 Supernatural (REPEAT)
9:00 Supernatural (REPEAT)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

RATINGS RECAP: 5/29/17

ABC
8:00 The Bachelorette
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 Still Star-Crossed
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CBS
8:00 Kevin Can Wait (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
8:30 Man with a Plan (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Superior Donuts (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:30 2 Broke Girls (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 Scorpion (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

NBC
8:00 Stanley Cup Finals Game 1
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7

FOX
8:00 Gotham
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Lucifer
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CW
8:00 Supergirl (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2
9:00 Whose Line is it Anyway?
Viewers: 0.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2
9:30 Whose Line is it Anyway? (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

On a quiet Memorial Day, it was The Bachelorette on top. It was even in viewers and down three tenths in the demo, which is pretty typical for its second week Memorial Day drop. It should rebound next week. The problem for ABC came at 10pm where Shondaland's critically panned Still Star-Crossed was DOA with a 0.5 demo. Will they really leave it here? My guess is yes since Quantico stayed all spring in this same slot. On FOX, Gotham was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo while the season finale of Lucifer was up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. On the CW, the season premiere of Whose Line is it Anyway? was ignored.

RATINGS RECAP: 5/28/17

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
8:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 The Bachelorette (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 6.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
8:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 Madam Secretary (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
10:00 Elementary (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
8:00 Celebrity Ninja Warrior
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
9:00 American Ninja Warrior All-Stars
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
7:00 NASCAR Racing
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

Monday, May 29, 2017

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, May 29 & Tuesday, May 30

MONDAY
Monday night has the series premiere of the newest Shondaland drama, the Romeo and Juliet period piece Still Star-Crossed. The show seems to have bad buzz and hasn't gotten as much promotion so I think it could disappoint, but ABC is still giving it a decent slot by summer standards. Elsewhere, FOX has the season finale of Lucifer while the CW has the season premiere of Whose Line is it Anyway?

ABC
8:00 The Bachelorette
10:00 Still Star-Crossed #1 "In Fair Verona, Where We Lay Our Scene" (SERIES PREMIERE)

CBS
8:00 Kevin Can Wait (REPEAT)
8:30 Man with a Plan (REPEAT)
9:00 Superior Donuts (REPEAT)
9:30 2 Broke Girls (REPEAT)

10:00 Scorpion (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 1: Nashville at Pittsburgh

FOX
8:00 Gotham #64 "Pretty Hate Machine"
9:00 Lucifer #31 "The Good, the Bad, and the Crispy" (Season Finale)


CW
8:00 Supergirl (REPEAT)
9:00 Whose Line is it Anyway? (Season Premiere)
9:30 Whose Line is it Anyway?


TUESDAY
Tuesday night has the premiere of summer's #1 show, America's Got Talent, on NBC. It should do well as always. It is followed by the heavily promoted World of Dance, which should get a decent sampling airing after Talent. Elsewhere, there are a few shows lingering from the season including the series finale of the cancelled Imaginary Mary and the final episode (for now) of Prison Break, which does not have any further seasons planned at this point.

ABC
8:00 Downward Dog #3 "Loyalty"
8:30 The Middle (REPEAT)
9:00 American Housewife (REPEAT)
9:30 Imaginary Mary #9 "Sleep Over" (SERIES FINALE)
10:00 American Housewife (REPEAT)

10:30 Black-ish (REPEAT)

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

10:00 48 Hours: NCIS

NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent (Season Premiere)
10:00 World of Dance (SERIES PREMIERE)

FOX
8:00 Lethal Weapon (REPEAT)
9:00 Prison Break #90 "Behind the Eyes" (Season Finale)


CW
8:00 The Flash (REPEAT)
9:00 iZombie #41 "Twenty Sided, Die"

Sunday, May 28, 2017

RATINGS RECAP: 5/26/17

ABC
8:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CBS
8:00 MacGyver (Repeat)

Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

NBC
8:00 First Dates
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 Beat Shazam (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Love Connection (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CW
8:00 Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Repeat)

Viewers: 0.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2
9:00 Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

Saturday, May 27, 2017

THE RUNDOWN: Saturday, May 27 & Sunday, May 28

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 To Tell the Truth (REPEAT)
9:00 To Tell the Truth (REPEAT)

10:00 20/20

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

10:00 48 Hours

NBC
8:00 MOVIE: Furious 6

FOX
8:00 MLB Baseball

SUNDAY

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (REPEAT)
8:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (REPEAT)
9:00 The Bachelorette (REPEAT)


CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (REPEAT)
9:00 Madam Secretary (REPEAT)
10:00 Elementary (REPEAT)


NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
8:00 Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day (SPECIAL)
9:00 American Ninja Warrior All-Stars (SPECIAL)

FOX
7:00 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

RATINGS RECAP: 5/25/17

ABC
8:00 The Goldbergs (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
8:30 American Housewife (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:30 Modern Family (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Black-ish (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:30 Speechless (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:30 Superior Donuts (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Mom (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:30 Life in Pieces (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

NBC
8:00 Celebrity Ninja Warrior
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Running Wild with Bear Grylls
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Red Nose Day
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

FOX
8:00 Beat Shazam
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Love Connection
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CW
8:00 Supernatural (Repeat)

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

The TV Summer season kicked off Thursday night with a quiet evening and FOX having the best night (!) The network premiered Beat Shazam and Love Connection to a decent 1.2 and 1.1 demo respectively. Just for comparison sake, the last time FOX did this well at Thursday 8pm was February 23 while the last time they got a 1.1 demo at 9pm Thursday was January 5. NBC had a trio of Red Nose Day themed events and did decently with Celebrity Ninja Warrior and Running Wild with Bear Grylls, but the Red Nose Day special itself was mostly ignored at 10pm. ABC and CBS only aired comedies except for 10pm on CBS, which had The Amazing Race. It was down three tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo to a new series low.

Friday, May 26, 2017

RATINGS RECAP: 5/24/17

ABC
8:00 Movie: Dirty Dancing
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

CBS
8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
10:14 Survivor Reunion Show
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

NBC
8:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 5.8 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

FOX
8:00 Shots Fired

Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Empire
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.5

CW
8:00 Arrow

Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 The 100
Viewers: 0.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

Wednesday night was the final night of the 2016-17 season and the networks headed into the summer with a mostly positive night. FOX started things off with the season finale of Shots Fired up half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo while Empire had a strong end to its season, rising eight tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo for its best result since the midseason premiere on March 22. CBS had the finale of the latest edition of Survivor. It was on par with the fall finale after a very steady season. On ABC, the critically panned update of Dirty Dancing actually did decently. Considering the fact that megabomb potential seemed to be there, this was a good showing. NBC had two episodes of Law & Order: SVU. The 9pm episode did the best numbers for the veteran drama since February and the 10pm episode was up a tenth in the demo from that. Finally on the CW, the season finale of Arrow was up three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo in its final new Wednesday airing. The season finale of The 100 was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, May 25 & Friday, May 26

The TV Summer is here and that means not much detail on the blog but I'll still update rundowns & brief ratings recaps. It'll get busier again in the fall! Happy Summer!

THURSDAY

ABC
8:00 The Goldbergs (REPEAT)
8:30 American Housewife (REPEAT)
9:00 Modern Family (REPEAT)
9:30 Modern Family (REPEAT)

10:00 Black-ish (REPEAT)
10:30 Speechless (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 The Amazing Race

NBC
8:00 Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day (SPECIAL)
9:00 Running Wild with Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day (SPECIAL)
10:00 Red Nose Day (SPECIAL)

FOX
8:00 Beat Shazam (SERIES PREMIERE)
9:00 Love Connection (SERIES PREMIERE)

CW
8:00 Supernatural (REPEAT)
9:00 Supernatural (REPEAT)

FRIDAY

ABC
8:00 Shark Tank (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 First Dates (Season Finale)
9:00 Dateline NBC


FOX
8:00 Beat Shazam (REPEAT)
9:00 Love Connection (REPEAT)


CW
8:00 Penn & Teller: Fool Us (REPEAT)

9:00 Penn & Teller: Fool Us (REPEAT)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

RATINGS RECAP: 5/23/17

ABC
8:00 Downward Dog
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:30 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 8.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4

CBS
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
Viewers: 8.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Bull
Viewers: 8.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 48 Hours: NCIS
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

NBC
8:00 Great News
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:30 Great News
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 The Voice
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9

FOX
8:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Viewers: 1.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Prison Break
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CW
8:00 The Flash
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 iZombie
Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

Tuesday night had the finales of the big franchises on ABC and NBC. On NBC, The Voice was up seven tenths in viewers and four tenths in the demo. It was a nice surge from last week but still a new low for a finale. Earlier in the night, Great News was up a bit from last week's 9pm episodes. We'll see how it does on Thursdays. ABC had a decent start for the Tuesday run of Downward Dog, which was down just a tenth in the demo from its Wednesday preview last week. It was also just two tenths below The Middle last week. This would be a decent summer run if it stays at this level. But then, the two and a half hour finale of Dancing with the Stars crashed to a new series low for the show. This was definitely a bloated finale and ABC and NBC need to find a way to not have these two competition finales air on the same night. On CBS, the season finale of Bull had to follow an NCIS repeat and it was down 1.5 million viewers and two tenths in the demo. The viewer total was a series low while the demo tied one. On FOX, the season finale of Brooklyn Nine-Nine was on par with last week while the finale (for now) of Prison Break was down half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo to a new series low. Finally on the CW, the season finale of The Flash was up a nice half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo while iZombie was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo.

SEASON IN REVIEW: 2016-17 Miscellaneous Awards

BEST RETURNING COMEDY
Superstore (NBC) - I love many ABC family sitcoms, they are my favorite genre on any network. But the best comedy of the year wasn't one of them, it was NBC's quirky but hysterical workplace comedy Superstore. I don't feel like it's exaggerating to say that Superstore is the true heir to The Office with a group of misfit but lovable employees and a dense, but well-meaning boss. It had many great episodes and wasn't afraid to occasionally mix in some heart. It had a great sophomore season.

RUNNER-UP: The Middle (ABC)


BEST RETURNING DRAMA
Chicago Med (NBC) - I have said for years that Chicago Fire is underrated when it comes to critical acclaim and I stand by that statement, but now I would say the entire Chicago franchise (except for the underwhelming Chicago Justice) maybe fits into that statement after the very strong second season of Chicago Med. My history with medical dramas is that I almost always like them at first but lose interest quickly. So the fact that I'm still very invested in Chicago Med is telling. It has great characters and intense stories that keep me engaged. A particular standout all season and especially end was Oliver Platt.

RUNNER-UP: Chicago Fire (NBC)


THE "REVENGE" AWARD (BIGGEST SEASON TWO DISAPPOINTMENT)
The Catch (ABC) - The Catch has been an odd show for me. I watched the premiere and was underwhelmed and didn't stick with it. Then I binged the first season later on and ended up really liking it. So I was cautiously optimistic about the second season, but it ended up being a big disappointment and I gave up on it after two episodes. I think the retooling into a rom-com did not work for this show and it really just couldn't ever quite figure it all out as far as what it wanted to be. It was a promising idea but ultimately a misfire from Shondaland.

THE "I'M ALMOST DONE WITH YOU" AWARD
Modern Family (ABC) - So I understand why it happened, but I was pretty disappointed to hear that Modern Family had been renewed for two more seasons. Why you ask? Well, because I have felt like its been a chore watching this show recently but because I loved it so much at one point, I feel the urge to see it through. But it has gone from being a brilliant comedy to an inconsistent one to a flat out shell of what it was. It reminds me of the end of The Office. I don't think I laughed once at the show the whole season, the characters have all become caricatures of themselves. And unlike The Office, there was no cast upheaval. It just isn't as good anymore. One more season I may have seen it through, but two? I think I might just choose to be done and check back in for the series finale whenever that is. Last year, How to Get Away with Murder "won" this award and I did in fact give it up, so we'll see what happens.

THE "BIGGEST TEASE" AWARD
Speechless (ABC)
- I was a big fan of Speechless early on. I thought the pilot was brilliant and I enjoyed the early episodes. But about halfway through the season, I found that I was barely paying attention when I was watching it and ultimately, I gave it up and pulled it from my regular viewing rotation. I don't know what happened because I love the premise, but I think I just find the family pretty unlikable and I do not enjoy Minnie Driver in the mother role. I did watch the season finale and decided that maybe I'll give it one more chance next season, but for now it was a tease that didn't blossom into a great show.



RANKING OF THE DICK WOLF SHOWS (THIS SEASON)
1. Chicago Med
2. Chicago Fire
3. Law & Order: SVU
4. Chicago PD
5. Chicago Justice

RANKING OF THE CURRENT DICK WOLF SHOWS (ALL TIME)
1. Chicago Fire
2. Law & Order: SVU
3. Chicago Med
4. Chicago PD
5. Chicago Justice

RANKING OF THE TUES/WEDS ABC FAMILY SITCOMS (THIS SEASON)
1. The Middle
2. Fresh Off the Boat
3. The Goldbergs
4. American Housewife
5. Black-ish
6. Imaginary Mary
7. Speechless
8. Modern Family
9. The Real O'Neals

RANKING OF THE CURRENT TUES/WEDS ABC FAMILY SITCOMS (ALL TIME)
1. The Middle
2. The Goldbergs
3. Modern Family
4. Fresh Off the Boat
5. Black-ish
6. American Housewife
7. Imaginary Mary
8. Speechless
9. The Real O'Neals

SHOWS THAT DID NOT HIT A SERIES LOW IN THE DEMO IN THE 2016-17 SEASON
The Bachelor
Bob's Burgers
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (tied low)
Dancing with the Stars (tied low)
Fresh Off the Boat
The Goldbergs (tied low)
The Great Christmas Light Fight
Hell's Kitchen
New Girl (tied low)
Superstore (tied low)
Undercover Boss (tied low)

SHOWS THAT DID NOT HIT A SERIES LOW IN VIEWERS IN THE 2016-17 SEASON
The Bachelor
The Big Bang Theory
Bob's Burgers (tied low)
Chicago Fire
Chicago PD
Dancing with the Stars
The Goldbergs
The Great Christmas Light Fight
Grey's Anatomy
Hawaii Five-0
Hell's Kitchen
NCIS
NCIS: Los Angeles
The Originals (tied low)
Shark Tank
Superstore
Undercover Boss
The Voice

MOST PROMISING TRAILERS FOR 2016-17 (BY NETWORK)
ABC: The Good Doctor
CBS: SEAL Team
NBC: Rise
FOX: Ghosted
CW: Life Sentence

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, May 24

The 2016-17 TV season comes to a close tonight with three hours of Survivor on CBS and three hours of Law & Order: SVU on NBC (including two new episodes). ABC has their Dirty Dancing movie that could surprise or possibly be a big bomb. FOX and the CW have finales too so it's a busy final night of the season!

ABC
8:00 MOVIE: Dirty Dancing

CBS
8:00 Survivor (34th Edition Finale)
10:00 Survivor: Game Changers Reunion Show (SPECIAL)

NBC
8:00 Law & Order: SVU (REPEAT)
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #409 "American Dream"

10:00 Law & Order: SVU #410 "Sanctuary" (Season Finale)

FOX
8:00 Shots Fired #10 "Last Dance" (Season Finale)
9:00 Empire #48 "Toil and Trouble" Part 2 (Season Finale)

CW
8:00 Arrow #115 "Lian Yu" (Season Finale)
9:00 The 100 #58 "Praimfaya" (Season Finale)

RATINGS RECAP: 5/22/17

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 10.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 The Bachelorette
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8

CBS
8:00 Princess Diana: Her Life, Her Death, The Truth
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 9.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
10:00 Running Wild with Bear Grylls
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 Gotham
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Lucifer
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

CW
8:00 Supergirl
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Jane the Virgin
Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

Monday night had some glimpses of summer programming as others were ending their season. On ABC, a one hour performance finale of Dancing with the Stars was up a nice four tenths in viewers and three tenths in the demo. It was followed by the season premiere of annual summer hit The Bachelorette, which was down a bit from last year's premiere but a still solid 1.8 demo. The Voice had a small rally of its own on NBC as its performance finale was up six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. CBS skewed old with a Princess Diana special while a James Corden special at 10pm didn't get much traction. On FOX, Gotham was down a tenth in viewers and up a tenth in the demo while Lucifer was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. Finally on the CW, the season finale of Supergirl was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo while Jane the Virgin was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

WEEKLY RECAP: May 15-21, 2017

Here is my weekly recap for Week #35. 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.

Past Week 35s:   2016

TOP 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Empire (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 2.2    17th week
2. Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.0    24th week
3. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.8    25th week
4. Modern Family (ABC, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.7    22nd week
    Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.7    23rd week
6. Dancing with the Stars (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.5    10th week
    NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.5    18th week
    The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.5    24th week
9. The Goldbergs (ABC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.4    17th week
10. Bull (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.3    4th week
    Chicago Fire (NBC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 1.3    9th week
    Chicago PD (NBC, Wednesday 10:00pm) - 1.3    2nd week

TOP 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 13.3 million    24th week
2. Bull (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 11.0 million    22nd week
3. Dancing with the Stars (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 10.1 million    18th week
4. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 9.2 million    18th week
5. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 9.1 million    25th week
6. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 8.7 million    22nd week
7. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 8.3 million    11th week
    60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:00pm) - 8.3 million    29th week
9. Scorpion (CBS, Monday 10:00pm) - 7.9 million    2nd week
    Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 7.9 million    8th week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Elementary (CBS, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.5    22nd week
2. Quantico (ABC, Monday 10:00pm) - 0.6    22nd week
    Great News (NBC, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 0.6    3rd week
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Tuesday 8:30pm) - 0.6    Special Airing
    The Toy Box (ABC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.6    5th week
    20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:00pm) - 0.6    13th week
    Making History (FOX, Sunday 8:30pm) - 0.6    8th week
8. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 0.7    17th week
    Great News (NBC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.7    1st week
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 0.7    10th week
    Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 0.7    Special Airing
    Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS, Wednesday 10:00pm) - 0.7    2nd week
    First Dates (NBC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.7    4th week
    Madam Secretary (CBS, Sunday 9:00pm) - 0.7    10th week
    Shades of Blue (NBC, Sunday 9:00pm) - 0.7    Special Airing
    Shades of Blue (NBC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.7    4th week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Making History (FOX, Sunday 8:30pm) - 1.3 million    9th week
2. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Tuesday 8:30pm) - 1.4 million    Special Airing
3. Bob's Burgers (FOX, Sunday 7:30pm) - 1.6 million    16th week
4. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.7 million    16th week
5. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 2.1 million    22nd week
    Family Guy (FOX, Sunday 9:00pm) - 2.1 million    14th week
7. The Simpsons (FOX, Sunday 8:00pm) - 2.2 million    11th week
8. Prison Break (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.4 million    4th week
9. Great News (NBC, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 2.6 million    3rd week
10. Quantico (ABC, Monday 10:00pm) - 2.7 million    13th week

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Man with a Plan (CBS)    2nd week
Tuesday - Chicago Fire (NBC)    3rd week
Wednesday - Empire (FOX)    5th week
Thursday - Grey's Anatomy (ABC)    4th week
Friday - None
Sunday - None

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Lucifer (FOX)    1st week
Tuesday - The Voice (NBC)    2nd week
Wednesday - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS)    4th week
Thursday - Scandal (ABC)    2nd week
Friday - The Originals (CW)    2nd week
Sunday - Making History (FOX)    2nd week

RATINGS RECAP: 5/21/17

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:00 Billboard Music Awards
Viewers: 8.7 million, 18-49 demo: 2.6

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 8.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Madam Secretary
Viewers: 7.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Elementary
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Shades of Blue
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Shades of Blue
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)

Viewers: 1.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
7:30 Bob's Burgers
Viewers: 1.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:00 The Simpsons
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
8:30 Making History
Viewers: 1.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Family Guy
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: None
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Making History (FOX)

SEASON IN REVIEW: 2016-17 New Dramas

Here is my look at the new dramas of the year! Tomorrow, check back for my final wrap-up of the 2016-17 season!

Past Seasons: 2015-16   2014-15   2013-14   2012-13   2011-12   2010-11

BEST NEW DRAMA
This is Us (NBC) - The biggest and buzziest new show of the year certainly earned the praise heaped on it. Tugging at the heart strings week after week, it could have easily veered into cheesy territory but real situations and struggles and dynamic performances across the board made it Must See TV even before it officially receives that label next season on Thursdays. The clever plot twist of the pilot was just the tip of the iceberg for a show that gave a completely fresh look at the family drama thanks to its generation-spanning look at one family. Broadcast TV needed This is Us in a big way and for someone who finally finished watching Parenthood last summer, it has filled the Parenthood sized hole in my heart.

RUNNER-UP: Designated Survivor (ABC) - I've had a complicated relationship with Designated Survivor this year and if I wasn't only halfway through Feud, it may have gotten bumped down to the "Worth Mentioning" category. But when Designated is good, it's very good. It's thrilling and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The problem is it just hasn't been able to figure out the kind of show it wants to be on a consistent basis. Of course it's had three showrunners with a fourth taking over in the fall, so that could be why.

Worth Mentioning: Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)/Pitch (FOX)

BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A NEW DRAMA
Milo Ventimiglia, This is Us (NBC) - As Jack Pearson, Milo Ventimiglia has found the role of a lifetime. He doesn't get to have his story in the present day, but his character permeates throughout the entire series. And that wouldn't work, the relationship and impact on the kids in the present day scenes, if it wasn't for Ventimiglia's dynamite performance. He is a flawed character yet ridiculously likable and easy to root for. His relationship with Mandy Moore and the kids might seem idealistic at times but also seems incredibly realistic.

RUNNER-UP: Sterling K. Brown, This is Us (NBC) - There are countless great performances in This is Us that they're pretty much taking runner-up spots to each other. Fresh off of his winning performance in American Crime Story, he was the heart of present-day This is Us in his role as Randall, the one who has it all together, until he doesn't. He elevates every scene he's in.

Worth Mentioning: Kiefer Sutherland, Designated Survivor (ABC)/Michael Weatherly, Bull (CBS)

BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A NEW DRAMA
Mandy Moore, This is Us (NBC) - Years after being a teen pop star and actress, Mandy Moore is back in a big way with her role in This is Us. Playing Rebecca in a variety of decades, she has perhaps the most to do in the show and she's eminently likable but complicated, like most This is Us characters. Moore was fantastic whether she was a wide-eyed young woman, a harried mom of triplets, or an older woman who lost her husband and has complicated relationships with her children. Moore effectively plays Rebecca at all ages, and that is no easy feat.

RUNNER-UP: Kylie Bunbury, Pitch (FOX) - I lament that Pitch is cancelled and also that it never quite became the show I hoped it would be. Otherwise, it may have been a star making performance for Kylie Bunbury, who was great in a demanding lead role. I hope she has something else in the near future.

Worth Mentioning: Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)/Abigail Spencer, Timeless (NBC)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A NEW DRAMA
Ron Cephas Jones, This is Us (NBC) - As the older William, who reunites with his biological son in the pilot of This is Us, and dies with two episodes remaining in the season, Ron Cephas Jones packed a whole lot into what was basically a recurring role. I'll write more about his death episode when it inevitably makes my end of year list, but I'll say now that throughout the season, Jones made William a character who may not have meant much such an integral part of the show that our hearts broke when he died.

RUNNER-UP: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Pitch (FOX) - Mark-Paul Gosselaar transformed himself physically and gave a very strong performance in Pitch as catcher Mike Lawson. His scenes with Kylie Bunbury were the scenes that worked best in the uneven but promising drama. For an actor best known for Saved by the Bell, he showed he has something more in him.

Worth Mentioning: Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)/Chris Sullivan, This is Us (NBC)




BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A NEW DRAMA

Maggie Q, Designated Survivor (ABC) - And we finally have a winner not from This is Us! While Kiefer Sutherland is relegated to not being Jack Bauer, the most action in Designated Survivor is coming from Maggie Q as FBI agent Hannah Wells. With a much better part than in the dreadful Stalker, Maggie Q has kept the show moving and I always pay a little more attention in her scenes because I know something big is likely to happen. She's the most consistent part of this inconsistent but promising drama.

RUNNER-UP: Helen Hunt, Shots Fired (FOX) - I didn't keep watching Shots Fired, but I really enjoyed Helen Hunt in every scene she was in. I wish she had been given to more, because she brought a level of class and veteran acting that made the drama seem more prestigious.

Worth Mentioning: Judy Davis, Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)/Susan Kelechi Watson, This is Us (NBC)

WORST NEW DRAMA
Emerald City (NBC) - I know this wasn't a show for me, but I just didn't get it at all. Not to rehash my pilot review but this was such a silly way to reinvent a classic story. "Let's take The Wizard of Oz and make it like Game of Thrones. Except it's on NBC so we certainly can't have the sophistication of Game of Thrones." The Wizard of Oz is beloved and can be remade and retold in different ways, but this just didn't work at all.

RUNNER-UP: Notorious (ABC) - This was ABC's laughable attempt at trying to do a TGIT show without Shondaland's involvement. It was a show that tried way too hard to be steamy and hip and it just came off super lame.

Worth Mentioning: Time After Time (ABC)/Taken (NBC)

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, May 23

Tuesday night has the regular spring showdown between the Dancing with the Stars finale and The Voice finale. As usual, they'll probably hurt each other but Dancing will take total viewers and The Voice will take the demo. Leading into Dancing is the timeslot premiere for Downward Dog, which has a tall order. Leading into The Voice, are the final two episodes of the season of Great News before its move to Thursdays next season. FOX has the season finale of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Prison Break. While Prison Break is not coming back next season, it still could come back in the future so I'll call it a season finale. CBS has the season finale of Bull and it could see a series low with a repeat lead-in and the competition.

ABC
8:00 Downward Dog #2 "Boundaries"
8:30 Dancing with the Stars (24th Edition Finale)


CBS
8:00 NCIS (REPEAT)
9:00 Bull #23 "Benevolent Deception" (Season Finale)

10:00 48 Hours: NCIS

NBC
8:00 Great News #9 "Carol Has a Bully"
8:30 Great News #10 "Carol's Eleven" (Season Finale)
9:00 The Voice (12th Edition Finale)

FOX
8:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine #89 "The Bank Job"
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine #90 "Crime & Punishment" (Season Finale)
9:00 Prison Break #89 "Progeny" (Season Finale)

CW
8:00 The Flash #69 "Finish Line" (Season Finale)

9:00 iZombie #40 "Eat a Knieval"

Monday, May 22, 2017

SEASON IN REVIEW: 2016-17 New Comedies

For the final three days of the season, I will be looking back. Today is a look at the new comedies, tomorrow the new dramas, and then some miscellaneous awards on Wednesday!

Past Years: 2015-16   2014-15   2013-14   2012-13   2011-12   2010-11

BEST NEW COMEDY
American Housewife (ABC)
When American Housewife premiered, I thought it was a lesser version of the ABC comedies I have grown to love like The Middle, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, etc. But it really fits right in with all of them and continued to find its groove as the season wore on. The cast really gels well as a family and the show is smart to mainly focus on the family with just auxiliary scenes with the friends. My complaint in the pilot was that it just seemed to be a litany of fat jokes, but it has instead found a heart and sweetness to it while still being a bit brash. In that way, it seems like a true successor to The Middle, its lead-in this past year. And considering how much I still love The Middle, that's definitely a compliment.

RUNNER-UP: The Mick (FOX) - Believe me, I'm still surprised I like this show as much as I do. It's over the top and at times, quite dark and cynical. But it's also uproarious and outrageous. It has none of the sweetness of the ABC family sitcoms and as much as I love the ABC shows, it's a little bit refreshing.

Worth Mentioning: Trial & Error (NBC)/Imaginary Mary (ABC)

BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A NEW COMEDY
Nicholas D'Agosto, Trial & Error (NBC) - Trial & Error had a lot of attention on the many wacky characters that populated its first season, but my favorite character was the straight man among all the eccentrics. As trial lawyer Josh Segal, Nicholas D'Agosto brought a sense of exasperated normalcy to a town and trial that had bizarre situations at every turn. For a show as silly as this one, it needed a grounded center. This is the type of role that people like Andy Griffith and Bob Newhart have filled in their sitcoms. I'm not comparing D'Agosto to those legends. I'm just saying that proves how important it is for the straight man to be strong and D'Agosto certainly was.

RUNNER-UP: Diedrich Bader, American Housewife (ABC) - Diedrich Bader is not my favorite character in American Housewife and in a better year for sitcoms, he may not have gotten this spot. But he is a good foil to Katy Mixon and can have some very funny moments in the nerdy husband/father role.

Worth Mentioning: Adam Pally, Making History (FOX)/Kevin James, Kevin Can Wait (CBS)

BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A NEW COMEDY
Kaitlin Olson, The Mick (FOX) - As I mentioned before, I'm pretty surprised that I watched the whole first season of The Mick. But the main reason I did was because of Kaitlin Olson in the lead role. As Mickey Molng, the aunt who has no business raising children, she is a hoot even as she is crude and outrageous like the show. Olson has great comedic timing and interacts with the kids in a way that no other character in a family sitcom does. Despite her many deficiencies, she somehow is still a character you root for. But most importantly, she is just hilarious.

RUNNER-UP: Katy Mixon, American Housewife (ABC) - I didn't care for Katy Mixon in Mike & Molly, but she is completely delightful in American Housewife. She is brash and funny and the whole center to the show. Her winning performance is a lot of what makes American Housewife a success.

Worth Mentioning: Kristen Bell, The Good Place (NBC)/Jenna Elfman, Imaginary Mary (ABC)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A NEW COMEDY
Ted Danson, The Good Place (NBC) - I didn't stick with The Good Place but in the episodes I watched, I absolutely loved Ted Danson. In fact, I found myself wishing his part was bigger than it was. As Michael, he was so goofy and weird, proving again that Danson is one of the most versatile actors around today. He has gone from likable parts on shows like Cheers to a gruff part in Becker to a villain in Damages, and now a completely offbeat character. He continues to make any show he's in better.

RUNNER-UP: John Lithgow, Trial & Error (NBC) - Another veteran actor playing an offbeat character, John Lithgow had some hilarious moments in Trial & Error as the accused Larry Henderson. I really enjoyed Lithgow in this part but I sometimes felt like the writers could have done more with him and he wasn't the best part of his show, like Danson was, which is why he's the runner-up.

Worth Mentioning: Judd Hirsch, Superior Donuts (CBS)/Cedric Yarbrough, Speechless (ABC)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A NEW COMEDY
Julia Butters, American Housewife (ABC) - I always enjoy precocious children in family sitcoms, which is why actors like Giselle Eisenberg (Life in Pieces) and Albert Tsai (Trophy Wife) have won supporting actor accolades from me in other years. As youngest daughter, the decidedly quirky Anna-Kat, Julia Butters had some great comedic moments that make her seem well beyond her years. She can make any line funny when given the chance and I only hope the show continues to use her a lot and she can continue to keep that comedic instinct even as she gets older.

RUNNER-UP: Jayma Mays, Trial & Error (NBC) - As prosecutor Carol Anne Keane, Jayma Mays was a great foil for Nicholas D'Agosto in Trial & Error. She was slightly less outrageous than the defense team, but not by much, and she had some really funny moments during the courtroom scenes.

Worth Mentioning: Leighton Meester, Making History (FOX)/Sofia Black-D'Elia, The Mick (FOX)

WORST NEW COMEDY
The Great Indoors (CBS) - This wasn't a year with an embarrassingly bad sitcom like Dr. Ken or Work It or How to Be a Gentleman. All the ones on this list weren't great, but they were passable. There were just a whole lot of "blah" sitcoms this year. Probably the most "blah" was The Great Indoors, which made millennials look like idiots and the previously cool Joel McHale look like a lame dad. It was a waste of McHale's talents and a sitcom that resorted to dumb jokes. Or at least the pilot and second episode did. I didn't watch it beyond that.

RUNNER-UP: Powerless (NBC) - I didn't hate Powerless. In fact, I thought Alan Tudyk and Vanessa Hudgens were not bad. But as I said, this wasn't a year with terrible sitcoms. Just blah ones. And Powerless was a cool premise, but ultimately a blah show.

Worth Mentioning: Man with a Plan (CBS)/Son of Zorn (FOX)

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, May 22

We have three days left in the season, but some networks are already in summer mode. ABC has the season premiere of The Bachelorette, a summer staple. Both Dancing with the Stars and The Voice have their performance finales ahead of tomorrow's finales. NBC is airing a special of Running Wild with Bear Grylls while the CW has finales of their dramas. CBS becomes the third network to air a Princess Diana special in the year honoring the 20th anniversary of her death. It is followed by the second annual James Corden primetime special.

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
9:00 The Bachelorette (Season Finale)

CBS
8:00 Princess Diana: Her Life - Her Death - The Truth (SPECIAL)
10:00 The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special (SPECIAL)


NBC
8:00 The Voice
10:00 Running Wild with Bear Grylls (SPECIAL)

FOX
8:00 Gotham #63 "All Will Be Judged"
9:00 Lucifer #30 "Sympathy for the Goddess"


CW
8:00 Supergirl #42 "Nevertheless, She Persisted" (Season Finale)

9:00 Jane the Virgin #64 "Chapter Sixty-Four" (Season Finale)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

RATINGS RECAP: 5/19/17

ABC
8:00 The Toy Box
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 The New I Love Lucy Superstar Special
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

NBC
8:00 First Dates
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 Movie: Maid in Manhattan
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

CW
8:00 The Originals
Viewers: 0.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2
9:00 Reign
Viewers: 0.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: None
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: The Originals (CW)

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, May 21

Sunday night has many season finales of shows that are coming back next year. The one exception is cancelled Making History, which is airing its series finale. ABC has the Billboard Music Awards, which should be an improvement on its regular Sunday night lineup.

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Season Finale)
8:00 Billboard Music Awards

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 60 Minutes
9:00 Madam Secretary #68 "Article 5" (Season Finale)
10:00 Elementary #121 "Hurt Me, Hurt You" (Season Finale)

NBC
7:00 Dateline NBC
9:00 Shades of Blue #25 "Behind the Mask"
10:00 Shades of Blue #26 "Broken Dolls" (Season Finale)

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers (REPEAT)
7:30 Bob's Burgers #128 "Paraders of the Lost Float"
8:00 The Simpsons #618 "Dogtown" (Season Finale)
8:30 Making History #9 "Body Trouble" (SERIES FINALE)
9:00 Family Guy #288/289 "Dearly Deported/A House Full of Peters" (Season Finale)

Friday, May 19, 2017

RATINGS RECAP: 5/18/17

ABC
8:00 Grey's Anatomy
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
9:00 Scandal
Viewers: 5.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 7.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 The Great Indoors (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

NBC
8:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 The Blacklist
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 The Blacklist
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 Masterchef Junior
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

CW
8:00 Supernatural
Viewers: 1.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Supernatural
Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

Thursday night brought two hours of a show on every single network. On ABC, the season finale of Grey's Anatomy was just one hour and it was up nine tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. It will join Empire as the only shows at a 2.0 demo or above this week. At 9pm, the two hour finale of Scandal was up a tenth in viewers but down two tenths in the demo to tie a series low. It declined over the two hours from nearly a 1.4 in the 97.:00 half hour to a 1.1 in the 10:30 half hour. CBS aired two hours of The Amazing Race. The 9pm hour was on par with last week's 10pm episode, but the 10pm episode was down a tenth in the demo. On NBC, a two hour season finale of The Blacklist was even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. FOX aired the two hour season finale of Masterchef Junior and it was up half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo. Finally on the CW, it was a, you guessed it, two hour season finale of Supernatural that was up a tenth in the demo for its best performance since March 30.

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