Friday, April 24, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 4/23/15

  • FINALS UPDATE: The Blacklist (1.5) got back a tenth, as did The Big Bang Theory (3.6).
  • A particularly momentous episode of Grey's Anatomy (2.8) spiked by a massive 33% week-to-week. This was the show's biggest rating since the 2.8 spring premiere in January and may adjust up to the biggest rating since the season premiere's 3.1. While last night's development seems like a surprisingly big risk for a show that didn't need the ratings help, the short-term rewards are certainly being reaped.
  • But the Grey's heat no real impact on lead-outs Scandal (2.3) and American Crime (0.9), both of which were actually down from last week.
  • CBS' comedy night gave back some of its recent heat with The Big Bang Theory (3.5), The Odd Couple (2.0) and Mom (1.9) all down. It was an unwelcome development especially considering the always weirdly impactful NFL Draft will be in the mix next week.
  • On NBC, The Blacklist (1.4) had a brutal return from a couple weeks off, dropping two tenths. It may adjust up with a 1.4 -> 1.5 breakdown, but that would still be a new low.
  • Fox and the CDub were steady but low with Bones (1.0), Backstrom (0.8), The Vampire Diaries (0.6) and Reign (0.3).

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 4/22/15

  • FINALS UPDATE: Modern Family (3.0), Survivor (2.4), Criminal Minds (2.0) and Arrow (1.0) got a one-tenth bump.
  • The ABC comedy block was fully original for the first time in three weeks, but The Middle (1.8), Modern Family (2.9) and Black-ish (2.1) were all at the low end of recent originals. Only The Goldbergs (2.1) beat out some recent results in the same situation. Nashville (1.3) was back to its normal ratings, marking a second straight uptick.
  • CBS had a bit of a bounce-back from Survivor (2.3), but the crime dramas didn't really benefit from another repeat week for the competing NBC procedurals. Criminal Minds (1.9) was notably below average and CSI: Cyber stayed at 1.5.
  • Fox's American Idol (1.5), NBC's The Mysteries of Laura (1.0) and the CW's Supernatural (0.7) all inched up from lows in their last originals. Arrow had another 0.9.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 4/21/15

  • FINALS UPDATE: The Voice, Agents of SHIELD, Undateable, Hell's Kitchen and The Flash gained a tenth. iZombie (0.6) lost a tenth to hit a new low.
  • Fresh Off the Boat ended season one with its second straight 1.5, a promising finish after getting as low as 1.3 a few weeks ago. The Repeat After Me (1.1) finale and Forever (1.0) ticked up, while Agents of SHIELD (1.5) inched down in prelims (but with a 1.6 -> 1.5 breakdown, should be pretty close to adjusting up).
  • Undateable (1.3) had its worst showing yet despite The Voice (2.5) staying at least even. One Big Happy (1.1) was even, while Chicago Fire (1.6) looked good at 10/9c, growing huge on its comedy lead-in for the first time since About a Boy was still around.
  • CBS gave an original CSI: Cyber (1.2) a Tuesday whirl. With a repeat NCIS: New Orleans lead-in (1.1), it was two tenths below its post-Criminal Minds low on Wednesday, which is not really surprising. Though it may get some comparisons to a similar CSI tryout in January, the situation was not nearly as favorable; New Orleans was a half-point bigger then, and there were no original drama competitors.
  • After big nights last week, a little air came out of CW's The Flash (1.2) and iZombie (0.7), but they still avoided new lows.
  • And another post-New Girl repeat (0.6) episode of Weird Loners joined American Odyssey at 0.5, while Hell's Kitchen (1.1) also hit a season low.

Plus Power Rankings Tweaks

Thanks to omabin for the reminder about the "emergency fix" needed for some of the projected averages on the Plus Power Rankings. With only a few weeks left, most of these are not as impactful as they would've been a month ago, but they should still be an improvement on what was there before.

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 4/19/15

  • FINALS UPDATE: The ACM Awards adjusted down to 3.6, still up 9% year-to-year. Once Upon a Time (1.7), Secrets and Lies (1.5) and A.D. The Bible Continues (1.2) got welcome upticks, while American Odyssey (0.5) dropped to what seems like a very clear pull-me-now level. On cable, Game of Thrones (3.6) took a larger than usual post-premiere drop, but it remained on the narrow year-to-year upside and tied the ACM Awards.
  • After two weeks very much on the map, it only took three for A.D. The Bible Continues (1.1) to become yet another facepalm situation for NBC. It dropped a whooping six more tenths following the six-tenth week two drop, putting it already at less than half of the premiere rating. Last week, it was still Sunday's #1 broadcast series in 18-49. This week, it was a pretty distant fourth place just in its timeslot. The show's best hope now is that the similarly middle America-skewing Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS were very unfavorable competition for this show, but it would take a huge rebound to change the narrative here. And the surrounding 8/7c A.D. repeat (0.6) and American Odyssey (0.6) also took sizable week-to-week hits.
  • ABC fared much better against the added CBS competition. Though Once Upon a Time (1.6) failed to rebound from last week's low, Secrets and Lies (1.4) and Revenge (1.0) both inched up, and America's Funniest Home Videos (1.4) may have benefited from the NBA playoffs airing late in the afternoon on ABC.
  • Fox had animated anchors The Simpsons (1.4) and Family Guy (1.7) both in originals for once, with the former ticking down and the latter benefiting from a return to its usual 9/8c slot. The Last Man on Earth (1.4) was also up a bit.
  • And CBS more than tripled its usual Sunday 8-11 delivery with an above-average The Academy of Country Music Awards (3.7), whose three-hour prelim was up from last year's 3.3.

Spotted Ratings, Saturday 4/18/15

  • Fox's UFC (1.1) topped NBC's playoff hockey (0.8), but both events fell behind ESPN's primetime NBA playoff games (1.14/1.40). UFC was even with the year-ago evening, while the hockey matched the one pre-Finals postseason game last year (on May 24). 

Spotted Ratings, Friday 4/17/15

  • FINALS UPDATE: 20/20 adjusted down and the two-hour rating for The Amazing Race adjusted up to 1.1.
  • The CW's new Friday night lineup did... what a lineup introduced this late in the regular season tends to do. But newbie Cedric's Barber Battle (0.2) was rejected in particularly sound fashion, which prevented an original Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.4) from doing any better than last week's repeats. Whose Line? hit a bunch of 0.4's at this time last spring, so this isn't exactly a catastrophe, but the network may end up moving it to 8/7c to take advantage of the local programming lead-in. Leading out of Whose Line? was new drama The Messengers (0.3); it built narrowly from Whose Line? in total viewers but clearly didn't do enough to make the network look bad for treating it this way.
  • Finale night for ABC's comedies saw Last Man Standing (1.1) and Cristela (0.9) each inch down. Cristela had pretty decent retention these last few weeks, but it will likely end up suffering from ABC having so many other comedy options. And Shark Tank (1.5) was #1 as usual but unable to rebound from last week's irregularly low point.
  • Without originals for the crime dramas, CBS had a low-end two-hour edition of The Amazing Race (1.1/1.0), while NBC's Grimm (1.0) gave back last week's slight uptick.

SpotVault - The Messengers (CW) - 2014-15 Ratings

The Messengers
Fridays, 9/8c, CW

SpotVault - Cedric's Barber Battle (CW) - 2014-15 Ratings

Cedric's Barber Battle
Fridays, 8/7c, CW

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Monday 4/20/15

  • FINALS UPDATE: If you had a 1.5 or higher in the prelims, you adjusted up, meaning a tenth for Dancing with the Stars, Mike and Molly, Scorpion, The Voice and Gotham, and a very rare two-tenth upgrade for 2 Broke Girls (2.1). The first three CBS shows all hit their highest ratings in over a month (and in over two months for Scorpion).
  • Finale night for CBS' very successful drama newbie Scorpion (2.1) produced a nice bounce over the last few episodes, and CBS' comedies 2 Broke Girls (1.9) and Mike and Molly (1.9) were also narrowly up. But the momentum quickly ended at 10/9c as NCIS: Los Angeles (1.4) dropped to an abnormally low number with all of its drama competitors in play. 
  • On NBC, The Voice (2.5) took a sizable hit. This was the same week that a similar decline (3.4 -> 3.0) occurred last year, so it remained at the same mid-teens year-to-year decline that has been the norm in recent weeks.
  • ABC's Dancing with the Stars (2.0) and Castle (1.4) were both slightly down, while Fox's Gotham (1.5) remained at last week's low return number and The Following (1.2) inched up. The CW's The Originals (0.5) rebounded but Jane the Virgin remained mired at 0.4.

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