Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Monday 6/27/16

  • FINALS UPDATE: The Bachelorette (2.0) adjusted up to pull ahead of American Ninja Warrior and top the night. Most of CW's Whose Line? repeats adjusted down by a tenth, but at 0.3/0.3/0.4/0.4 it was still a nice evening for them.
  • NBC took Monday night as swimming US Olympic Trials (1.2) filled the 8:00 hour and American Ninja Warrior (1.8/2.1) was on the upswing as it got bumped into the last two hours. It's another tepid showing from the pre-Olympics stuff, which had a 2.0 on this night four years ago. However, American Ninja Warrior had almost identical raw numbers to that night four years ago, when it had a 1.9 at 10/9c leading out of a 3.0 America's Got Talent.
  • ABC's The Bachelorette (1.9/2.0) was down a bit from last week but still very close to the year-ago evening, but Mistresses (0.7) remained a really weak retainer at 10/9c.
  • The struggles persisted for the other scripted originals as well. On CBS, BrainDead (0.5) couldn't bounce back from its week two drop and stayed way behind CBS' repeats of comedies (0.9/0.9) and Scorpion (0.7).
  • And Fox's Houdini and Doyle (0.4) retained less than half of its lead-in from an upticking So You Think You Can Dance (0.9). The silver lining is that Dance seems to have stabilized compared with last year.
  • The CW served up four strong repeats of Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.4/0.4/0.4/0.5), which will return to originals in two weeks alongside Penn and Teller: Fool Us.

A18-49+ Update: Originals vs. Repeats, Comedies vs. Dramas in 2015-16

Here's a look at the different types of programming in 2015-16. This post will combine the broad programming categories (originals, repeats, sports, specials, movies) as well as the sub-categories within the original series realm (comedies, dramas, reality, news).

Schedules Plus Enhanced: Fox Tuesday

Schedules Plus is the ultimate almanac to broadcast network primetime scheduling since 2001. It features lineups for three different parts of the year, as well as A18-49+ ratings that more fairly account for historical decline. For more on the tables and charts in Schedules Plus, see this primer.

This post covers Fox Tuesday. Thanks to American Idol and its very successful drama companion House, this night has housed many of the strongest lineups on record. That changed when Fox moved Idol to a Wednesday/Thursday arrangement in 2011, though the dramedy Glee kept the network solid for a couple more years. Since then, it's pretty much been all downhill, with many an ill-fated comedy block taking the network ever-closer to the ratings basement.  See the 2015-16 breakdown.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 6/26/16

  • FINALS UPDATE: Celebrity Family Feud (1.6) adjusted up to dodge a new series low (instead tying its series low from 4th of July weekend last year). Big Brother (1.6) also got a tenth back to avoid a new low.
    • On cable, Game of Thrones finally got its first 4.0+ of the season, and it was by a wide margin with a new series high 4.35. That was up 5% from last year's finale, and means the show has been up in raw numbers every week this season except for the premiere.
    • And the BET Awards were a strong second with a 1.95 average on BET. It was simulcast on several other networks, but it looks like the highest it got elsewhere was a 0.22 on Nick at Nite and a 0.19 on Comedy Central.
  • The most heavily-branded lineup in summer TV is ABC's "Sunday Fun & Games," and it opened to somewhat unexpected results. The first note is that Celebrity Family Feud could only muster up a 1.5, which is a new series low and a bit surprising considering it had actually been getting low-1's even for recent repeats. It also had the biggest entertainment programming competition with the Sunday premiere of Big Brother (1.5), which has now been down in the teens year-to-year for all three of its opening nights. (Including a 1.9 on Wednesday and a 1.7 on Thursday).
  • But ABC's news brightened a lot from there, as newbie The $100,000 Pyramid (1.7) pulled off an upset in actually growing from the Feud. Then another revival, Match Game (1.5) at 10/9c, held quite well from there. So it made for a surprisingly consistent night, and at a great level by summer standards.
  • NBC also helped to liven up the Sunday summer landscape with a four-hour helping of US Olympics trials, with diving (0.7) at 7/6c, swimming (1.0) at 8/7c and gymnastics in the last two hours (1.4/1.3). NBC only had one hour of these trials on the comparable 2012 night (a 1.2 at 7/6c), so the comparisons should be a bit more apples-to-apples over the rest of this week.
  • Fox was stuck deep in the cellar with the finale of Cooper Barrett's Guide (0.3) leading into comedy repeats (0.4/0.6/0.5/0.6/0.4).
  • Updates to come on cable, as Game of Thrones' finale seeks its first un-rounded 4.0 rating in a season that has produced two 3.96's, a 3.95 and a 3.92.

The Breakdown: Fox Tuesday in 2015-16 (New Girl, Grandfathered, The Grinder, Scream Queens)

It's time for a journey through the Fox Tuesday schedule in 2015-16...

SpotVault - Big Brother (CBS) - Summer 2016 Ratings

SpotVault - American Gothic (CBS) - Summer 2016 Ratings

SpotVault - BattleBots (ABC) - Summer 2016 Ratings

SpotVault - In an Instant (ABC) - Summer 2016 Ratings

SpotVault - In an Instant (ABC) - 2015 Ratings

In an Instant
Saturdays, 9/8c, ABC

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