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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

Please note these are based on preliminary results. This post will be updated to reflect final numbers when available.

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: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 The New I Love Lucy Superstar Special
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.8 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: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
8:00 Movie: Maid in Manhattan
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CW
8:00 The Originals
Viewers: 1.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 Reign
Viewers: 1.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

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)

THE RUNDOWN: Friday, May 19 & Saturday, May 20

FRIDAY
Friday night has a two hour finale of The Toy Box on ABC, which should be very low rated. CBS is airing an I Love Lucy special, which will skew old as usual. NBC and the CW have their regular lineups.

ABC
8:00 The Toy Box (Season Finale)
10:00 20/20

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss (Season Finale)
9:00 The New I Love Lucy Superstar Special (SPECIAL)
10:00 Blue Bloods (REPEAT)

NBC
8:00 First Dates
9:00 Dateline NBC

FOX
8:00 MOVIE: Maid in Manhattan

CW
8:00 The Originals #75 "Queen Death"
9:00 Reign #75 "Coup de Grace"

SATURDAY

ABC
8:00 American Housewife (REPEAT)
8:30 Downward Dog (REPEAT)
9:00 20/20

10:00 20/20

CBS
8:00 NCIS: New Orleans (REPEAT)
9:00 Training Day #13 "Elegy" Part 2 (SERIES FINALE)

10:00 48 Hours

NBC
8:00 Stanley Cup Playoffs
10:00 Saturday Night Live (REPEAT)

FOX
8:00 MLB Baseball

UPFRONTS 2017: The CW's Official Schedule

Last but not least, here is the CW schedule!

Check back next week for my wrap-up of the 2016-17 season!

MONDAYS
8:00 Supergirl (3rd Season)
9:00 VALOR
The CW is moving Jane the Virgin to another night and giving a prized new show one of their decent lead-ins from Supergirl. Valor has been a hot pilot and it will be given a chance to succeed but I don't know what I think of this pairing. I guess of any of the superhero shows were going to be a lead-in, maybe this is the best option?





TUESDAYS
8:00 The Flash (4th Season)
9:00 DC's Legends of Tomorrow (3rd Season)
Tuesdays will go back to the winter pairing of The Flash and DC's Legends of Tomorrow. It was a successful pairing but it's a little surprising that the CW is not using what is easily their biggest lead-in on a new show. That being said, it seems likely that they are planning to give this slot to Black Lightning at midseason since Legends of Tomorrow doesn't make full seasons of episodes.

WEDNESDAYS
8:00 Riverdale (2nd Season)
9:00 DYNASTY
Wednesday nights goes from being a superhero/supernatural night to a soapy night as they will pair sophomore Riverdale with their splashy new update of 1980s iconic drama Dynasty. While these two are both soaps, they don't share much else in common as Riverdale is more for teens while Dynasty will likely appeal to an older crowd. The CW is also not giving these shows any sort of superhero support, but maybe they are hoping the branding of the night will pay off. It's a risk, but I get what they're trying to do here.


THURSDAYS
8:00 Supernatural (13th Season)
9:00 Arrow (6th Season)
The CW is putting Arrow and Supernatural together again after some time apart, but now Supernatural will lead off the night while Arrow moves to 9pm. Arrow had a rough decline this year and is now not clearly ahead of other CW shows not named The Flash. So there was less of an inclination to use it as a lead-in and they needed to find a show that could air against This is Us and Scandal. And so Arrow gets the task. It's decent counter programming.

FRIDAYS
8:00 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (3rd Season)
9:00 Jane the Virgin (4th Season)
The CW is basically giving up on Fridays and leaving it for their critically acclaimed but very low rated dramedies. Ceazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin are a great pair with each other and truthfully they wouldn't do much better on another night, if at all. Still, we may see a 0.1 demo at some point from this lineup next year.

MIDSEASON: BLACK LIGHTNING, LIFE SENTENCE, The 100, iZombie, The Originals
As mentioned, I expect Black Lightning to go to Tuesdays at 9pm. Life Sentence fits best with the Friday dramedies, but I expect it to get a better slot for a launch while The Originals probably returns to Fridays. The 100 and iZombie will probably get slots based on how the fall goes.

CANCELLED/ENDED: Frequency, No Tomorrow, Reign, The Vampire Diaries

Thursday, May 18, 2017

RATINGS RECAP: 5/17/17

ABC
8:00 The Goldbergs
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
8:30 Speechless
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Modern Family
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:30 Downward Dog
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Designated Survivor
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

CBS
8:00 Survivor
Viewers: 8.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.7
9:00 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

NBC
8:00 Blindspot
Viewers: 4.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 Chicago PD
Viewers: 6.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

FOX
8:00 Shots Fired
Viewers: 2.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Empire
Viewers: 6.1 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2

CW
8:00 Arrow
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 The 100
Viewers: 0.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

Wednesday night had four finales and a premiere on ABC. At 8pm, The Goldbergs was up a tenth in viewers and the demo while Speechless was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. At 9pm, Modern Family was up half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo. It was followed by the series premiere of Downward Dog, which will air on Tuesdays through early summer. The sneak peek premiere was below Black-ish numbers, but did OK. It will have to surprise on Tuesday to last beyond this summer. At 10pm, the season finale of Designated Survivor was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. On CBS, Survivor was even with last week. It was followed by the final two episodes of the cancelled Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. The two episodes were down a tenth in the demo from last week's episode to tie a series low. This cancellation was deserved.

On FOX, Shots Fired was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo while Empire had another good week as it was down two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. After declining all year, Empire has been pretty steady in recent weeks. On NBC, the season finale of Blindspot was up four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Law & Order: SVU was up six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo while the season finale of Chicago PD was up three tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Finally on the CW, Arrow and The 100 both tied series lows. Arrow was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo while The 100 was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Empire (FOX)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (NBC)

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, May 18

With the season winding down, there is a two hour finale on every network except CBS: Scandal on ABC, The Blacklist on NBC, Masterchef Junior on FOX, and Supernatural on the CW.

ABC
8:00 Grey's Anatomy #293 "Ring of Fire" (Season Finale)
9:00 Scandal #105/106 "Tick, Tock/Transfer of Power" (Season Finale)

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (REPEAT)
8:30 The Great Indoors (REPEAT)
9:00 The Amazing Race
10:00 The Amazing Race

NBC
8:00 Law & Order: SVU (REPEAT)
9:00 The Blacklist #88/89 "Mr. Kaplan" (Season Finale)

FOX
8:00 Masterchef Junior (Season Finale)

CW
8:00 Supernatural #263 "Who We Are"
9:00 Supernatural #264 "All Along the Watchtower" (Season Finale)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

UPFRONTS 2017: CBS's Official Fall Schedule

Here is the CBS schedule!

Past CBS schedules: 2016   2015   2014   2013   2012   2011

MONDAYS
8:00 (Sep) The Big Bang Theory (11th Season)/(late Oct) Kevin Can Wait (2nd Season)
8:30 9JKL
9:00 (Sep) Kevin Can Wait/(late Oct) Me, Myself, and I
9:30 (Sep) ME, MYSELF, AND I/(late Oct) Superior Donuts (2nd Season)
10:00 Scorpion (4th Season)
As usual, Mondays are a mess schedule wise because The Big Bang Theory will be over for a little over a month. It's actually even a little messier than indicated here because CBS will air one episode of Young Sheldon on Premiere Monday before premiering 9JKL the next week. Then in September the 9pm hour is Kevin Can Wait and the new Me, Myself, and I. In late October, Kevin Can Wait moves to 8pm, Me, Myself, and I moves to 9pm, and Superior Donuts begins its second season at 9:30pm. I do like the way this is giving new shows a chance to succeed, but it's also mixing single cam and multi-cam, which they are also doing on Thursdays. The only consistency with this whole night is Scorpion, which is a solid 10pm performer.

TUESDAYS
8:00 NCIS (15th Season)
9:00 Bull (2nd Season)
10:00 NCIS: New Orleans (4th Season)
Despite NBC sending This is Us to Thursdays, CBS is keeping the status quo on Tuesdays. This is a night that is working well so I understand, but I also think they had a real chance to launch something at 9pm against a bunch of comedies on the other networks. But, it also may be a boost to Bull, which was quickly dwarfed by This is Us this past fall.

WEDNESDAYS
8:00 Survivor (35th Edition)
9:00 SEAL TEAM
10:00 Criminal Minds (13th Season)
After 12 years airing on Wednesdays at 9pm, Criminal Minds finally makes the move to 10pm. This definitely needed to happen and could have a couple years ago. For a show that's as old as Minds is, it made no sense to keep leaving it in the same slot when Survivor could provide a better lead-in to the new show. The new show is not S.W.A.T. with Minds alum Shemar Moore. It is the David Boreanez drama SEAL Team, which seems like a good CBS show. I think this is a good lineup.



THURSDAYS
(Sep)
8:00 Thursday Night Football

(Nov)
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (11th Season)
8:30 YOUNG SHELDON
9:00 Mom (5th Season)
9:30 Life in Pieces (3rd Season)
10:00 S.W.A.T.
As usual, football will air on Thursdays through the end of October. Then there is a new lineup that will once again try a new show at 8:30pm and 10pm. The 8:30pm show is the highly anticipated prequel to The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon. It gets a one-off airing in September and then will start airing regularly in November. If any show can retain well out of Big Bang, a prequel seems likely. At the very least, it should start off strong. The 9pm hour with Mom and Life in Pieces remains the same but will have to face off against This is Us and the final season of Scandal. The comedies do go multi-camera/single camera in both hours, which doesn't always work well. At 10pm, S.W.A.T. will try to do what Rush Hour, Pure Genius and Training Day couldn't do in the past two years. It has a tall order and I'm not feeling great about its chances to make a dent. At the very least, CBS should give it a preview premiere somewhere else.

FRIDAYS
8:00 MacGyver (2nd Season)
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (8th Season)
10:00 Blue Bloods (8th Season)
Fridays will stay the same as MacGyver was a pleasant surprise this past season and Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods are as steady as veteran drama comes. No big surprises here.

SATURDAYS
8:00 Encores
10:00 48 Hours (31st Season)

SUNDAYS
7:00 60 Minutes (50th Season)
8:00 WISDOM OF THE CROWD
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (9th Season)

10:00 Madam Secretary (4th Season)
CBS is giving a new drama the football/60 Minutes lead-in (on some Sundays). This was a great move for NCIS: Los Angeles this past season but I'm not convinced that Wisdom of the Crowd is the best choice. It seems like S.W.A.T. or SEAL Team would have been a better fit. NCIS: Los Angeles moves back an hour while Madam Secretary inherits the dreaded 10pm slot that gets delayed big time on some NFL Sundays. It was already struggling at 9pm so it could get pretty low at 10pm.




MIDSEASON: BY THE BOOK, INSTINCT, The Amazing Race, Code Black, Elementary, Man with a Plan, Undercover Boss
Only two new shows sit on the bench while some veteran shows like Code Black, Elementary, and surprisingly Man with a Plan are held as well.

CANCELLED/ENDED: 2 Broke Girls, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Doubt, The Great Indoors, Hunted, The Odd Couple, Pure Genius, Ransom, Training Day

TO SUM UP:
There are several things I like about this schedule. CBS's cornerstone shows are so old and they have launched solid but not breakout hits for years now. They are launching more new shows than any other network but impressively, five of the six are put in a good position to succeed (sorry, S.W.A.T.). I like when networks with a bunch of moderate performers are bold enough to give their better slots to new shows. It's the only way they have a chance of breaking out. Of course the new shows also have to be good, which is the second piece to the puzzle.

RATINGS RECAP: 5/16/17

ABC
8:00 The Middle
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:30 American Housewife
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Fresh Off the Boat
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:30 Imaginary Mary
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

CBS
8:00 NCIS
Viewers: 13.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Bull
Viewers: 11.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
10:00 NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 9.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 8.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:00 Great News
Viewers: 3.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:30 Great News
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
10:00 Chicago Fire
Viewers: 6.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

FOX
8:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Viewers: 1.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 Prison Break
Viewers: 2.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

CW
8:00 The Flash
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 iZombie
Viewers: 0.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

Tuesday night was finale night with many shows airing their season finales. ABC had finales across the board. At 8pm, The Middle was up three tenths in viewers and even in the demo while American Housewife was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo in its last Tuesday new episode airing before it heads to Wednesday next season. At 9pm, Fresh Off the Boat was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. The series finale of cancelled Imaginary Mary followed and was even in viewers and down a tenth in the demo. At 10pm, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was even. It won't be back in September because it's being held for midseason. On CBS, the NCIS season finale was down a tenth in viewers and up a tenth in the demo while Bull, which still has one more week, was even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. At 10pm, the season finale of NCIS: New Orleans was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo.

On NBC, The Voice was even in viewers but down a rough two tenths in the demo for a new series low. It was no help to Great News, which did not show that it earned its renewal and timeslot upgrade as both episodes were down a tenth in the demo from last week with the 9:30pm episode dropping to a 0.6 demo. At 10pm, the season finale of Chicago Fire more than doubled its lead-in, rising four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. On FOX, two episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine were counted separately, but on par with last week's two episodes, which were counted as one hour. At 9pm, Prison Break was even. Finally on the CW, The Flash was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo to tie a series low while iZombie was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Chicago Fire (NBC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: The Voice (NBC)

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, May 17

Wednesday night has a bunch of season finales including the ABC comedies and Designated Survivor as well as dramas on CBS and NBC. ABC also has a sneak preview premiere of new comedy Downward Dog, which got some attention a year ago around this time during Upfronts. It will air on Tuesdays after this premiere so it could benefit from a good sampling. The pilot was also available online early.

ABC
8:00 The Goldbergs #95 "Graduation Day" (Season Finale)
8:30 Speechless #23 "C-a-Camp" (Season Finale)
9:00 Modern Family #188 "The Graduates" (Season Finale)
9:30 Downward Dog #1 "Pilot" (SERIES PREMIERE)
10:00 Designated Survivor #21 "Brace for Impact" (Season Finale)

CBS
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders #25 "Abominable"
10:00 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders #26 "The Ripper of Riga" (Season Finale)

NBC
8:00 Blindspot #45 "Lepers Repel" (Season Finale)
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #408 "Conversion"
10:00 Chicago PD #84 "Fork in the Road" (Season Finale)

FOX
8:00 Shots Fired #9 "Come to Jesus"
9:00 Empire #47 "Toil and Trouble" Part 1


CW
8:00 Arrow #114 "Missing"
9:00 The 100 #57 "The Chosen"

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

UPFRONTS 2017: ABC's Official Fall Schedule

Here is the ABC schedule!

Past ABC schedules: 2016   2015   2014   2013   2012   2011

MONDAYS
8:00 Dancing with the Stars (25th Edition)
10:00 THE GOOD DOCTOR
Monday nights will once again pair Dancing with the Stars with a new drama. Last year, it was Conviction, which looked good on paper but didn't work out. This time, it is The Good Doctor, a medical drama starring Freddie Highmore that has gotten some decent buzz already. It will be in a similar situation as Conviction last year: airing after Dancing and competing against (likely) Scorpion plus a new NBC drama. I thought Conviction would do well and I thought Deception seemed like a better fit, but it's a great opportunity for ABC to launch a show. If The Good Doctor is the right show, it has a real chance here.

TUESDAYS
8:00 The Middle (9th Season)
8:30 Fresh Off the Boat (4th Season)
9:00 Black-ish (4th Season)
9:30 THE MAYOR
10:00 THE GOSPEL OF KEVIN
Tuesday nights remain a comedy block, but there are some significant changes. After three years airing behind Modern Family, Black-ish has been given an anchor role on a Tuesday night that got easier with the departure of This is Us from the night. It will be paired with the seemingly compatible The Mayor, which is shockingly the only new comedy to premiere on ABC's fall schedule. Earlier in the night, The Middle remains at 8pm but it is now paired with Fresh Off the Boat, moving back to its old slot. At 10pm is a new drama in a slot where ABC has had a ton of trouble. The Gospel of Kevin sounds promising, but this is such a troubled timeslot for ABC and it will have an unproven lead-in. I just don't feel too high about its chances.

WEDNESDAYS
8:00 The Goldbergs (5th Season)
8:30 Speechless (2nd Season)
9:00 Modern Family (9th Season)
9:30 American Housewife (2nd Season)
10:00 Designated Survivor (2nd Season)
Wednesday nights are not being used for anything new, but there is one big change. American Housewife will move over from Tuesdays at 8:30pm to Wednesdays behind Modern Family. No question this is a timeslot upgrade, but it's still a significant risk. This sort of move can help a show break out, but ABC learned a hard lesson when they tried to do the same thing with promising sophomore Suburgatory a couple years ago. While I think Housewife is deserving, I'm a little surprised they didn't just leave it paired with The Middle, which is such a natural companion. Also, with the stability of the rest of the night, I'm surprised they didn't try a new comedy in the 9:30pm slot. The Goldbergs, Speechless, Modern Family, and Designated Survivor all remain in the slots they held this whole season.

THURSDAYS
8:00 Grey's Anatomy (14th Season)
9:00 Scandal (7th Season)
10:00 How to Get Away with Murder (4th Season)
Thursday nights gets the main TGIT crew back together as they will hold Shondaland's For the People for midseason. I wonder if this was planned the whole time or decided once NBC put This is Us in the 9pm slot. We may never know for sure. Either way, this is a reliable but obviously declining lineup that now has much tougher competition from NBC. It is the final season of Scandal, so there will certainly be a big push from ABC in that regard.

FRIDAYS
8:00 Once Upon a Time (7th Season)
9:00 MARVEL'S THE INHUMANS
10:00 20/20 (36th Season)
Friday nights are undergoing a major makeover to a genre night. The renewal of Once Upon a Time seemed dumb to me, but if they were going to renew it, putting it Fridays at 8pm is not a bad idea. The bigger surprise is that the long-announced Marvel's The Inhumans has been dropped on Friday nights. I certainly expected a better timeslot for this show and I have to wonder if it's not what ABC planned. It's only supposed to have eight episodes so Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is slotted to take its place. Stalwart 20/20 remains at 10pm.

SATURDAYS
8:00 Saturday Night Football

SUNDAYS
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (28th Season)
8:00 To Tell the Truth (3rd Season)
9:00 Shark Tank (9th Season)
10:00 TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY
As most know by now, American Idol is slotted for Sunday nights in March, so the fall lineup definitely has a placeholder feeling. To Tell the Truth is definitely filler while Shark Tank can bounce in and out of the lineup and plug in where needed. New straight to series drama Ten Days in the Valley starring Kyra Sedgwick is primed for a limited run and it will certainly have a tough time attracting an audience in this timeslot. Obviously, this is a low priority night in the fall, but ABC is hoping things will turn around in March.

MIDSEASON: ALEX INC., AMERICAN IDOL, THE BACHELOR: WINTER GAMES, THE CROSSING, DANCING WITH THE STARS JUNIOR, DECEPTION, FOR THE PEOPLE, ROSEANNE, SPLITTING UP TOGETHER, UNTITLED GREY'S ANATOMY SPINOFF, The Bachelor, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Quantico
ABC has a ton on deck for midseason led by American Idol. Some are winter filler like The Bachelor: Winter Games and perhaps Dancing with the Stars Junior. I expect a new drama to premiere after American Idol so that could be The Crossing, Deception, the newly announced Grey's spinoff, or perhaps For the People. I actually don't know where ABC is going to put all these shows.

CANCELLED/ENDED: American Crime, Big Fan, The Catch, Conviction, Dr. Ken, Imaginary Mary, Last Man Standing, Notorious, People Icons, The Real O'Neals, Secrets and Lies, Time After Time, The Toy Box

TO SUM UP:
There are some things I like about this ABC schedule. They should have never renewed Once Upon a Time or Quantico, but at least one is buried on Fridays and the other held off the fall schedule. I get launching four dramas because they need to find some dramas that work, but they are in tricky slots. And I don't understand ABC actually reducing the number of comedy hours on the schedule in the week. That is easily what's working best for them and I just don't understand why they would get rid of an hour and only launch one new sitcom in the fall. ABC has made some real bonehead schedule decisions in the past and I don't think there's any major catastrophe here. I just think it is not playing to its strengths or giving its new shows the best chances to succeed.

RATINGS RECAP: 5/15/17

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 10.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
10:00 Quantico
Viewers: 2.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 Man with a Plan
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 5.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:30 Kevin Can Wait (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 Scorpion
Viewers: 7.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 9.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
10:00 The Wall
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0

FOX
8:00 Gotham
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Lucifer
Viewers: 3.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

CW
8:00 Supergirl
Viewers: 1.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Jane the Virgin
Viewers: 0.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Man with a Plan (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Lucifer (FOX)

WEEKLY RECAP: May 8-14, 2017

Here is my weekly recap for Week #34. 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 34s:   2016   2015

TOP 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.7    24th week
2. Empire (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 2.2    16th week
3. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.9    24th week
4. Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 1.8    23rd week
5. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.7    23rd week
    Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.7    22nd week
7. Modern Family (ABC, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.6    21st week
    Criminal Minds (CBS, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.6    3rd week
9. Dancing with the Stars (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.5    9th week
    Mom (CBS, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.5    6th week

TOP 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 13.4 million    23rd week
2. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursday 8:00pm) - 13.0 million    24th week
3. Bull (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 11.0 million    21st week
4. Dancing with the Stars (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 10.0 million    17th week
    60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:00pm) - 10.0 million    28th week
6. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, Sunday 8:00pm) - 9.4 million    21st week
7. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 9.3 million    24th week
8. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 9.0 million    17th week
9. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 8.7 million    21st week
10. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 8.3 million    10th week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Quantico (ABC, Monday 10:00pm) - 0.5    21st week
    The Toy Box (ABC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.5    4th week
3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 0.6    9th week
    The Catch (ABC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 0.6    7th week
    20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:00pm) - 0.6    12th week
    Match Game (ABC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.6    4th week
    Elementary (CBS, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.6    21st week
8. Great News (NBC, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 0.7    2nd week
    The Great Indoors (CBS, Monday 9:30pm) - 0.7    1st week
    48 Hours: NCIS (CBS, Friday 10:00pm) - 0.7    2nd week
    First Dates (NBC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.7    3rd week
    Madam Secretary (CBS, Sunday 9:00pm) - 0.7    9th week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.6 million    15th week
2. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 2.1 million    21st week
3. The Toy Box (ABC, Friday 8:00pm) - 2.3 million    1st week
4. Prison Break (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.4 million    3rd week
5. Quantico (ABC, Monday 10:00pm) - 2.5 million    12th week
6. Great News (NBC, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 2.6 million    2nd week
    Match Game (ABC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 2.6 million    2nd week
8. Imaginary Mary (ABC, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 2.8 million    2nd week
9. Gotham (FOX, Monday 8:00pm) - 3.0 million    8th week
    The Catch (ABC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 3.0 million    1st week
    Masterchef Junior (FOX, Thursday 8:00pm) - 3.0 million    1st week
    Once Upon a Time (ABC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 3.0 million    7th week

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Jane the Virgin (CW)    2nd week
Tuesday - Prison Break (FOX)    2nd week
Wednesday - Empire (FOX)    4th week
Thursday - Chicago Med (NBC)    6th week
Friday - Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)    6th week
Sunday - Shades of Blue (NBC)    1st week

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - The Great Indoors (CBS)    4th week
Tuesday - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)    2nd week
Wednesday - The Goldbergs (ABC)    2nd week
Thursday - Life in Pieces (CBS)    1st week
Friday - 20/20 (ABC)    2nd week
Sunday - Match Game (ABC)    1st week

RATINGS RECAP: 5/14/17

ABC
7:00 Once Upon a Time Clip Show
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:00 Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Match Game
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 10.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 9.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Madam Secretary
Viewers: 7.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
10:00 Elementary
Viewers: 4.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

NBC
7:00 Little Big Shots (Repeat)
Viewers: 3.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
8:00 Little Big Shots
Viewers: 7.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 Chicago Justice
Viewers: 5.7 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 Shades of Blue
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
Viewers: 0.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
7:30 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
8:00 2017 Miss USA Pageant
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Shades of Blue (NBC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Match Game (ABC)

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, May 16

Tuesday night has many finales, including the entire ABC lineup. For cancelled Imaginary Mary, it is a series finale after its short spring run. Great News got a huge timeslot show of faith by NBC in their fall schedule, I'm sure they would love to see it show some signs of life.

ABC
8:00 The Middle #191 "Fight or Flight" (Season Finale)
8:30 American Housewife #23 "Can't Hide it Anymore" (Season Finale)
9:00 Fresh Off the Boat #60 "This Isn't Us" Part 2 (Season Finale)
9:30 Imaginary Mary #8 "Last Dance with Mary" (SERIES FINALE)
10:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #88 "World's End" (Season Finale)

CBS
8:00 NCIS #330 "Rendezvous" (Season Finale)
9:00 Bull #22 "Dirty Little Secrets"
10:00 NCIS: New Orleans #71 "Poetic Justice" (Season Finale)

NBC
8:00 The Voice
9:00 Great News #7 "The Red Door"
9:30 Great News #8 "Celebrity Hacking Scandal"

10:00 Chicago Fire #114 "My Miracle" (Season Finale)

FOX
8:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine #87/88 "Your Honor/The Slaughterhouse"
9:00 Prison Break #88 "Wine-Dark Sea"


CW
8:00 The Flash #68 "Infantino Street"
9:00 iZombie #39 "Dirt Nap Time"

Monday, May 15, 2017

UPFRONTS 2017: FOX's Official Fall Schedule

Here is the official FOX schedule!

Past FOX schedules: 2016   2015   2014   2013   2012   2011

MONDAYS
8:00 Lucifer (3rd Season)
9:00 THE GIFTED
Easily FOX's biggest hope in its 2017-18 schedule comes on Monday nights and its first ever Marvel series, The Gifted. FOX is already promoting the show big time and I'm sure it will get the vast majority of FOX's summer and NFL promo spots. FOX needs a show like this to premiere big but as ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. proved, a big launch doesn't necessarily lead to long term success. Its lead-in will be Lucifer, which has been a steady player and will move an hour earlier. This is one of four nights on FOX with at least one sci-fi/supernatural show and one of two nights where both shows fit that mold.

TUESDAYS
8:00 Lethal Weapon (2nd Season)
9:00 The Mick (2nd Season)
9:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (5th Season)
Tuesday is a comedic night for FOX. Even though the lead-in is a drama, it is the buddy cop show Lethal Weapon, which seems capable enough of leading off a night as it seemed more independently strong leading into Empire than Rosewood did last year. It will lead into comedies The Mick and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The Mick is FOX's new comedy hope and this can be considered a small timeslot upgrade as it will likely get a better lead-in. Brooklyn Nine-Nine has become a filler at this point so it gets the low-priority 9:30pm slot. I'd imagine the short final season of New Girl will air on this night at some point during the season.

WEDNESDAYS
8:00 Empire (4th Season)
9:00 Star (2nd Season)
For two years, many advocated for FOX moving Empire to 8pm and they resisted. Last year, an Empire/Star pairing on Wednesdays seemed very likely but Star ended up being the winter replacement for Empire. Well FOX is finally making these moves as Empire moves to 8pm and is paired with fellow Lee Daniels music drama Star. FOX could have made this a huge power play move a year ago, but it feels a little too late now. Empire is still one of TV's top shows, but it's trajectory is impossible to ignore. Star did OK but didn't break out. This should still be a solid night for FOX but not what it could have been had they done it this season.

THURSDAYS
8:00 Gotham (4th Season)
9:00 THE ORVILLE
Thursdays is another genre night for FOX. After three years on Mondays, Gotham moves to Thursdays at 8pm as the lead-in to the Seth MacFarlane sci-fi dramedy The Orville. I'm not sure what I think about the dark and moody Gotham leading into the sillier The Orville. I'm also far from sold on The Orville in general. This could be a tough night for FOX just as it was this past fall, especially with NBC strengthening themselves on the night, football to compete with, and ABC still a presence with their TGIT lineup. It's counter programming on FOX's part which is not a bad idea, but it's not particularly effective counter programming.

FRIDAYS
8:00 Hell's Kitchen (17th Edition)
9:00 The Exorcist (2nd Season)
After the surprise renewal for The Exorcist, FOX is keeping the status quo on Friday nights with the exact same lineup they had in Fall 2016. Hell's Kitchen is a reliable option for 8pm Fridays while I can't imagine FOX is expecting anything better for The Exorcist from its low Fall 2016 numbers. I'm sure this will be a different lineup in the spring but FOX has many problems on its schedule and Fridays remain low priority.


SATURDAYS
8:00 FOX Sports Saturday

SUNDAYS
7:00 NFL Overrun/The OT/Animated Encores
7:30 Bob's Burgers (8th Season)
8:00 The Simpsons (29th Season)
8:30 GHOSTED
9:00 Family Guy (15th Season)

9:30 The Last Man on Earth (4th Season)
Sunday nights will once again have a new comedy in the mix: FOX's favorite new comedy from development, Ghosted. It will try to be more successful than Son of Zorn was but the problem with FOX Sundays remains the same. It will do well on NFL lead-in nights, but struggle without the lead-in and especially after football ends. The rest of the night remains the same and it can be solid on NFL nights, but these shows are getting long in the tooth. I think if FOX really wants to reinvent Sundays at some point, they need to be a little more daring than this.

MIDSEASON: 9-1-1, LA TO VEGAS, THE RESIDENT, SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO, Masterchef Junior, New Girl, The X-Files

CANCELLED/ENDED: 24: Legacy, APB, Bones, Kicking & Screaming, Making History, My Kitchen Rules, Pitch, Prison Break, Rosewood, Scream Queens, Shots Fired, Sleepy Hollow, Son of Zorn, You the Jury
24: Legacy and Prison Break have not officially been cancelled, per se. They are both going to take another break. Like The X-Files, some of these revival shows may pop up whenever they are able to get another season from creators that they are happy with.

TO SUM UP:
I think this is a better schedule than FOX's terrible effort last fall, but I just don't think it goes far enough for a network that had another horrid season. They are attempting to be the sci-fi/supernatural channel that the CW used to have command of. That's not a horrible idea because they need an identity. I know it takes a lot to launch them, but I would have gone with more shows picked up and placed on the fall schedule because the more they take chances on, the better chance of a hit. None of their shows, aside from The Gifted, on the schedule or on deck seem likely to change FOX's fortunes. They need to have better development seasons.

CANCELLATION ALERT: The Odd Couple, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

As networks are unveiling their schedules, CBS was still in the business of cancelling some shows. They axed The Odd Couple after three seasons and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders after two.

The Odd Couple was able to cheat death last year by having a better than expected late spring run. It even managed to land on the fall schedule this year after CBS expanded its comedy hours. But it was easily the weak link of the Monday sitcom block and ended its season early. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders was an underperformer last year that also managed to get renewed partly due to its worldwide appeal with its setting and the brand name. But it could never get itself going this year. Spinoffs of Criminal Minds have now lasted a total of three seasons while the mother ship is heading into its 13th season in the fall.

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, May 15

Monday night has several season finales including Quantico (whose fate is STILL up in the air), Man with a Plan, and Scorpion. For the CBS lineup, the two finales are surrounded by repeats. NBC has another airing of The Wall before their summer lineup starts.

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
10:00 Quantico #44 "RESISTANCE" (Season Finale)

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (REPEAT)
8:30 Man with a Plan #22 "Buzzer Beater" (Season Finale)

9:00 The Big Bang Theory (REPEAT)
9:30 Kevin Can Wait (REPEAT)
10:00 Scorpion #71 "Scorp Family Robinson" (Season Finale)

NBC
8:00 The Voice
10:00 The Wall

FOX
8:00 Gotham #62 "Light the Wick"
9:00 Lucifer #29 "God Johnson"

CW
8:00 Supergirl #41 "Resist"

9:00 Jane the Virgin #63 "Chapter Sixty-Three"

Sunday, May 14, 2017

UPFRONTS 2017: NBC's Official Fall Schedule

Here is the official NBC schedule!

Past NBC schedules: 2016   2015   2014   2013   2012   2011

MONDAYS
8:00 The Voice (13th Edition)
10:00 THE BRAVE
In a schedule with quite a few surprises, Monday night was the least surprising as The Voice will once again launch a new drama and it's one that sounds a lot like other post-Voice shows. The thriller military drama The Brave (formerly known as For God and Country) gets the coveted post-Voice slot and will try to do a better job than Timeless or Taken. Unlike last year, it appears to have a chance to be here all year if the ratings are good.




TUESDAYS
8:00 The Voice (13th Edition)
9:00 Superstore (3rd Season)
9:30 The Good Place (2nd Season)
10:00 Chicago Fire (6th Season)
Tuesdays turned out very surprising because NBC made the big move of sending This is Us to Thursdays (more on that below). So now Tuesdays have turned into a seemingly low priority night, at least for now (Rise could end up getting the 9pm slot after the Olympics). After The Voice, the Thursday 8pm hour moves to Tuesday at 9pm. Superstore has a built in audience but it's kind of surprising that the post-Voice slot goes to a sitcom now entering its third year. Still, it was a decent pairing with The Good Place last fall and that could happen again. Chicago Fire stays put at 10pm and I do like that. I liked the idea of This is Us leading into something new, but with it gone from the night, Fire definitely needed to stay.

WEDNESDAYS
8:00 The Blacklist (5th Season)
9:00 Law & Order: SVU (19th Season)
10:00 Chicago PD (5th Season)
Wednesdays are staying pretty conservative for NBC. They will bring The Blacklist over to the night after a couple years on Thursdays. It was once the This is Us making the big move, but it's not much of a priority anymore. That's why I'm surprised it's still on the fall schedule and not on Friday. But I guess NBC didn't want to mess too much with Wednesday and they will keep Law & Order: SVU and Chicago PD in their slots too. I would have at least considered Chicago PD taking over the 9pm slot because it has a lot more years left than SVU.




THURSDAYS
8:00 WILL & GRACE
8:30 Great News (2nd Season)

9:00 This is Us (2nd Season)
10:00 LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS
Thursdays are by far the biggest swing for NBC. They are officially reviving the "Must See TV" moniker as well to bring back one of their big hits from that era and the most popular new drama of this season. The much hyped reboot of Will & Grace comes back to 8pm. The show ran for many years on Thursdays but these reboots are always a question mark. As of now, it's only for 12 episodes, but it could be extended. Current struggling freshman Great News gets a big sign of faith with a great timeslot. NBC obviously wants this show to work in a big way and they are giving it all the tools for success they can. Then at 9pm, NBC makes a big move with TV's top new show This is Us moving from Tuesdays at 9pm to Thursdays at 9pm. This didn't work for The Blacklist a couple years ago but it famously worked for CSI and Grey's Anatomy back in the day. I understand what they're trying to do here, but it's also a big risk that needs to pay off for them or they are going to have a ton of trouble. They are blowing up an extremely successful Tuesday night to really make a play on Thursdays. This is Us will also get the coveted post-Super Bowl slot. This is Us is followed by the eight episode limited series Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. I'm surprised NBC is using the This is Us lead-in for a brand name limited series instead of a new drama, but that is the plan. NBC will have football in November and December on Thursdays and the plan for now is that Chicago Med will take over the 10pm slot after that.

FRIDAYS
8:00 Blindspot (3rd Season)
9:00 Taken (2nd Season)
10:00 Dateline NBC (27th Season)
Unlike last fall, NBC is actually trying on fall this year, but it's still with low priority shows. Blindspot managed to snag a renewal after a steady spring, and it will be tasked with leading off the Friday night lineup. It will lead into this year's surprise renewal, Taken. I thought NBC might go with shows that skew older like Chicago Justice or Chicago Med or Law & Order True Crime, but they are going with shows that they hope might skew a little younger. It's a tall order for a couple of very modestly rated dramas. Dateline NBC continues at 10pm.



SATURDAYS
8:00 Dateline Saturday
10:00 Saturday Night Live (Encores)

SUNDAYS
7:00 Football Night in America (12th Season)
8:30 Sunday Night Football
NBC has football on Sundays in the fall as always. At midseason, the plan is for Little Big Shots and Shades of Blue to continue at 8pm and 10pm while unscripted show Ellen's Game of Games with Ellen DeGeneres takes over 9pm.

MIDSEASON: A.P. BIO, THE AWESOME SHOW, CHAMPIONS, ELLEN'S GAME OF GAMES, GENIUS JUNIOR, GOOD GIRLS, THE HANDMADE PROJECT, REVERIE, RISE, Chicago Med, Little Big Shots, Shades of Blue, Timeless, The Wall
NBC has the Winter Olympics in February so they will certainly use them to launch new shows, most notably Rise. There is not as much on the bench as some years and some unscripted properties like The Wall, The Handmade Project, The Awesome Show, and Genius Junior may end up as January filler or pushed to summer. As I mentioned, I could see Rise going to Tuesdays 9pm after the Olympics while Chicago Med is going to Thursdays at 10pm. There is no plan for Good Girls, Reverie, A.P. Bio, or Champions right now.

CANCELLED/ENDED: The Blacklist: Redemption, Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon, Emerald City, Grimm, The New Celebrity Apprentice, Powerless

FATE TBD: Chicago Justice, First Dates, Trial & Error
Chicago Justice and Trial & Error still have a chance for renewal, but nothing has been decided yet. I think NBC will renew Trial and cancel Justice. Nothing was announced on First Dates either, but I doubt it will be back even with steady Friday ratings.

TO SUM UP:
NBC has made some big changes, even while only premiering three new shows (and two are conceived as limited series). Aside from Mondays, there are risks on every night. No risk is bigger than Thursdays and NBC's whole season hinges on how things go there. If This is Us breaks out even more, it could make NBC even stronger. If it falters, they have messed up a lot of things. It will be interesting to see!

RENEWAL ALERT: Code Black

CBS announced today that it has renewed medical drama Code Black for a third season. The show has now escaped death twice with its chances improving as the spring goes on both years and it has managed to eke out renewals thanks to being replaced by weaker shows and internal support at CBS. We'll see if it can manage to pull of a surprise like last fall and end up again on the fall schedule.

RENEWAL ALERT: New Girl

As FOX gets ready to unveil its schedule tomorrow, it renewed New Girl for a seventh and final season. It will be an abbreviated season, believed to only be eight episodes. Once a flagship show of the network, it has been relegated to filler duty in recent years after diminishing returns. The cast seems ready to move on but it will be nice for fans of the long-running series to see a proper conclusion. I'd imagine this will not air in the fall but maybe around January.

THE RUNDOWN: Sunday, May 14

Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday night has the two hour season finale of Once Upon a Time on ABC. It is also the final episode for many stars of the show as it will undergo a re-boot for next season. It is also the season finale of NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS and Chicago Justice on NBC. For Justice it could be a series finale as NBC has been radio silent on its future and that's not a great sign. FOX is airing the Miss USA Pageant

ABC
7:00 Once Upon a Time: The Battle Begins (SPECIAL)
8:00 Once Upon a Time #132/133 "The Final Battle" (Season Finale)
10:00 Match Game

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 NCIS: Los Angeles #192 "Unleashed" (Season Finale)
9:00 Madam Secretary #67 "Revelation"

10:00 Elementary #120 "Scrambled"

NBC
7:00 Little Big Shots (REPEAT)
8:00 Little Big Shots
9:00 Chicago Justice #13 "Tycoon" (Season Finale)
10:00 Shades of Blue #24 "The Quality of Mercy"
FOX
7:00 Bob's Burgers (REPEAT)
7:30 The Simpsons (REPEAT)

8:00 66th Annual Miss USA Pageant (SPECIAL)

RATINGS RECAP: 5/12/17

ABC
8:00 The Toy Box
Viewers: 2.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Shark Tank
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 20/20
Viewers: 3.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CBS
8:00 Undercover Boss

Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Hawaii Five-0
Viewers: 8.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
10:00 48 Hours: NCIS
Viewers: 5.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

NBC
8:00 First Dates
Viewers: 3.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7
9:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 4.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 Lucifer (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 Lethal Weapon (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3

CW
8:00 The Originals
Viewers: 0.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.3
9:00 Reign
Viewers: 0.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.2

It was another very quiet Friday night. On CBS. Undercover Boss was up half a million viewers and two tenths in the demo for a better night. At 9pm, the season finale of Hawaii Five-0 was up two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. It was the only show to get a 1.0 demo or above. At 10pm, 48 Hours: NCIS was quiet in its second airing. On ABC, The Toy Box was down half a million viewers and a tenth in the demo for a series low. Shark Tank's season ended on a down note as the show dropped four tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for a new series low. At 10pm, 20/20 was down seven tenths in viewers and a rough three tenths in the demo. On NBC, First Dates was down three tenths in viewers and even in the demo for its fifth straight 0.7 demo. Dateline NBC was down seven tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Finally on the CW, the just-renewed The Originals was even while Reign was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: 20/20 (ABC)

RENEWAL ALERT: Timeless, Elementary, The Amazing Race

Three renewals were handed out today. Easily the most surprising was Timeless on NBC because the show had been cancelled just a couple days ago! But its dedicated creators and perhaps fan support as well helped NBC to reverse the decision and now the show will be back for a 10 episode run sometime in 2018. This was an impressive coup by Sony and the people behind Timeless as it looked like the show had a good chance of coming back, but hope seemed gone after the cancellation. It sounds like NBC is interested in trying to air it earlier in the night than 10pm.

Also renewed were Elementary and The Amazing Race on CBS. Elementary does very poorly in linear ratings but has a huge syndication deal that makes CBS money. The Amazing Race is a reality staple that has bounced around the schedule on CBS and can be a solid filler that can be depended on.

CANCELLATION ALERT: The Great Indoors

CBS has cancelled The Great Indoors after one season. The show got the best lead-in on CBS, airing after The Big Bang Theory. It had a very up and down year. There were weeks where it aired behind a new episode of Big Bang and struggled to get 50% retention and then there were weeks where it performed surprisingly well. But the tide turned against it as the season went on and it did very poorly in a couple Monday airings, indicating it would be in big trouble without its lead-in.

PILOT PICKUPS: Champions

We are close to the end of the pilot pickups but NBC handed out another pilot order to comedy Champions today.

Champions comes from and stars Mindy Kaling. It is centered on a gym owner and his deadbeat brother whose lives are turned upside down when a former fling shows up at his doorstep with a teenage son he didn't know he had. In addition to Kaling, Champions also stars Anders Holm, Andy Favreau, JJ Totah, Mouzam Makkar, and Nina Wadia.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

RATINGS RECAP: 5/11/17

ABC
8:00 Grey's Anatomy
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 Scandal
Viewers: 5.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
10:00 The Catch
Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 13.0 million, 18-49 demo: 2.7
8:30 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
Viewers: 10.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.8
9:00 Mom
Viewers: 8.1 million, 18-49 demo: 1.5
9:30 Life in Pieces
Viewers: 6.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
10:00 The Amazing Race
Viewers: 4.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

NBC
8:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
Viewers: 2.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Chicago Med
Viewers: 7.0 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
10:00 The Blacklist
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

FOX
8:00 Masterchef Junior

Viewers: 3.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
9:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

CW
8:00 Supernatural
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:00 Riverdale
Viewers: 1.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4

On Thursday night, CBS had three season finales for its comedies. The Big Bang Theory was up six tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for its best number since April 6. At 9pm, Mom was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo while Life in Pieces ended its season quietly, dropping a tenth in viewers and the demo. At 10pm, The Amazing Race was even. On ABC, Grey's Anatomy was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo while Scandal was down a tenth in viewers and up a tenth in the demo. At 10pm, the series finale of just cancelled The Catch was even with last week. ABC made the right call on this one. On NBC, the season finale of Chicago Med was up six tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo despite a 0.5 rerun lead-in. At 10pm, The Blacklist was up a tenth in viewers and even in the demo. On FOX, Masterchef Junior was down three tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo. Finally on the CW, Supernatural was down a tenth in viewers and even in the demo while Riverdale was even in viewers and up a tenth in the demo for its best performance since March 30.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: Chicago Med (NBC)
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: Life in Pieces (CBS)