Monday, December 5, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 12/4/16


WHAT MATTERS:
  • A regrettable fall for drama programming came to an end on ABC Sunday with the fall finale of Once Upon a Time (0.9) and the two-hour season or series finale of Secrets and Lies (0.7), as Once limped to the finish with its third fractional result in the last five episodes.
  • Fox had a national NFL lead-in, and 8:00 comedies The Simpsons (2.4) and Son of Zorn (1.3) did worse than their previous post-overrun numbers this season. However, it didn't stop Family Guy (1.6) and The Last Man on Earth (1.1) from having rather high-end results in the 9:00 hour, despite facing HBO's Westworld finale.
  • CBS didn't have a national overrun and went with repeats of Bull (0.9), NCIS: Los Angeles (0.8) and MacGyver (0.7).
  • NBC's Sunday Night Football had a very low-5 prelim, its second-lowest of the season, but it may get a bit more finals help with a West Coast team playing in the game.

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 12/1/16


FINALS UPDATE: Thursday Night Football (6.8) and Legends of Tomorrow (1.2) adjusted up while The Great American Baking Show (1.0) and The Great Indoors (1.3) and Thursday Night Football Pregame (2.7) and Supernatural (0.6) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC began its Thursday dramas' hiatus with the return of The Great American Baking Show (1.1/1.0), which was called The Great Holiday Baking Show in its late fall run last year. It was down a bit from last year's 1.2 premiere. It led out of A Charlie Brown Christmas (1.5), which had a rather soft first showing of the year (down big from last year's 2.0 on a Monday).
  • NBC took its second crack at Thursday Night Football to hugely improved results, with the ratings magnet Dallas Cowboys vaulting the game to an upper-4's prelim. After finals and the NFL Network simulcast are included, this will likely be the season's biggest TNF game, and maybe even pretty close to last week's Thanksgiving primetime game.
  • That may have contributed to a rather soft comedy night on CBS. The Big Bang Theory (3.1) and The Great Indoors (1.4) both matched two weeks ago, but Mom (1.3) and Life in Pieces (1.2) were both weaker. Pure Genius rounded it out with a 0.8, unable to bounce back from its Thanksgiving rating.
  • The CW wrapped up the four-night crossover with Legends of Tomorrow (1.1). It fell from the last couple nights but nearly doubled its usual rating and (like The Flash and Arrow) set a new series high in A18-49+. Supernatural (0.7) was pretty normal at 9/8c.
  • And after getting hugely inflated ratings for Thanksgiving repeats, Rosewood (0.7) and Pitch (0.7) were back to their normal original numbers this week. It was the last 2016 episode for Rosewood, which will move to Friday after the new year.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Friday 12/2/16


WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC was the only big four network with original scripted programming on Friday, as comedies Last Man Standing (1.1) and Dr. Ken (0.9) returned at pretty normal levels. ABC rounded out the night with an average Shark Tank (1.2) and a well-above average night from 20/20 (1.1).
  • Fox took a rare Friday victory thanks to the Pac-12 Championship Game (1.6/1.7), with a preliminary 1.1 for the pre-game show in the 8:00 hour. The game had a 1.9 when it was last on Fox Friday two years ago.
  • At least in the prelims, the CW had an above-average Friday with The Vampire Diaries (0.4) on the uptick and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend hoping to hang onto its first 0.3 of the season.
  • CBS had its annual hour of colorized I Love Lucy episodes (0.9), down two tenths from last year's special on December 23, leading into repeats of the veteran crime dramas (0.6/0.7).
  • And NBC had high-end results for Caught on Camera (0.7) and Dateline (1.1/1.2).

Friday, December 2, 2016

Cablemetrics: Vikings, Westworld, Shooter, Incorporated


These numbers are current through Wednesday, November 30.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Wednesday saw the return of History's resilient Vikings with a 0.71 demo rating. It's technically the second half of season four, but the year-to-year comparisons will be against the first half of season four since it was almost a full year ago (premiering on February 18). By that measure, it's down a relatively decent 13%.

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 11/30/16


FINALS UPDATE: Empire (2.9) adjusted up while Black-ish (1.7) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Finished with its Wednesday original series for 2016, NBC went with annual special Christmas in Rockefeller Center (1.7) and the two-hour movie Christmas of Many Colors (1.8/1.7), a second installment after last year's Dolly Parton movie Coat of Many Colors. The movie was basically even with last year, which averaged a 1.8 on a Thursday, while Rockefeller got a nice bump from last year's 1.5.
  • These holiday specials are usually bad news for the ABC Wednesday lineup, and it was clear at least in the 8:00 hour as The Goldbergs (1.7) and Speechless (1.5) each took a hit. But the network held up much better in the hours against the Parton movie; Modern Family (2.2) was even, while Black-ish (1.8) actually had a really good night, and Designated Survivor (1.3) inched up as well.
  • The four-superhero show crossover continued to do absolute wonders for the CW, as night three saw Arrow (1.3) basically double its usual delivery this season. Like The Flash on Tuesday, this will go down as Arrow's biggest episode ever in A18-49+, and was within a tenth of the raw series high. But those super-charged lead-ins have been wasted on the network's flop newbies; Frequency was stuck at 0.3 again.
  • On Fox, Lethal Weapon (1.6) and Empire (2.8) were back from yet another Wednesday interruption at preliminary new lows; however, both did a tenth better at the bottom of the hour and could be close to adjusting up.
  • And CBS had Survivor (1.9), Criminal Minds (1.4) and Code Black (1.0), which were similar or slightly better than the lineup's last full-strength outing two weeks ago.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 11/29/16


FINALS UPDATE: American Housewife (1.5) and Fresh Off the Boat (1.3) adjusted up while No Tomorrow (0.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • On another night without CBS originals, the NBC dramas took major advantage. The massive This Is Us (2.7) popped to within a tenth of its series high, and up three tenths from last Tuesday. And Chicago Fire (1.7) found some heat of its own in the 10/9c hour, up by two tenths. (Not surprisingly, they bounced even more in total viewers, where both shows appear headed for new season highs.) Even slumping The Voice (1.9) had a minor uptick, but remains an eyesore on a year-to-year basis.
  • On ABC, it was another sorta mediocre night for American Housewife (1.4), as it will once again need a finals uptick to dodge a new low. The Middle led off with another 1.6, while 9/8c comedies Fresh Off the Boat (1.2) and The Real O'Neals (1.0) were both back from a week off and inched down. After over a month off, ABC's Agents of SHIELD returned to the 10/9c hour with its usual 0.8.
  • The CW had another night of crossover glory, as The Flash (1.5) exploded to a new season high. This will likely go down as Flash's biggest historical-adjusted episode ever, which is quite a highlight in a season that has largely underwhelmed. Flash even managed to (preliminarily) drag No Tomorrow (0.4) up by a tenth at 9:00.
  • CBS was in repeats but far from forgotten, as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (2.3) had its annual potent outing in the 8:00 hour. After a somewhat large drop last year, this year Rudolph was within a tenth of steady. It helped boost repeats of NCIS (1.3) and Bull (0.9) later in the night.
  • And Fox had little recovery from its rotten outing last Tuesday; only Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.0) picked up a tenth, while New Girl (0.8) and Scream Queens (0.5) were stuck at last week's lows.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Monday 11/28/16


FINALS UPDATE: The Voice (2.1) adjusted up while CMA Country Christmas (1.0) and Conviction (0.6) and Gotham (1.0) and Lucifer (1.1) and Jane the Virgin (0.4) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The CW kicked off its four-way superhero crossover week with Supergirl (1.1), plus Jane the Virgin (0.5). (Pending a Green Bay preemption for Monday Night Football.)
  • Elsewhere, only NBC (The Voice (2.0) / Timeless (1.1)) and Fox (Gotham (1.1) / Lucifer (1.2)) had regular lineups. CBS was all repeats except for The Odd Couple (0.9).
  • ABC had its annual 'CMA Country Christmas' special (1.3) and Conviction (1.0) but is pending major MNF preemptions.

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 11/27/16


FINALS UPDATE: NFL Overrun (6.5) and 60 Minutes (2.8) and NCIS: Los Angeles (1.5) and Madam Secretary (1.0) and Sunday Night Football (6.2) and Son of Zorn (R) (0.7) adjusted up while Football Night in America (2.5) and Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (0.8) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC's drama lineup was back with a minor uptick for Once Upon a Time (1.0), then even Secrets and Lies (0.7) (which will wrap up with two hours next week) and the 2016 finale of Quantico (0.7) (which was recently granted a Monday stint after The Bachelor in 2017).
  • CBS is pending NFL overrun-muddled results for 60 Minutes (2.3 from 8:00-9:00), NCIS: Los Angeles (1.4 from 9:00-10:00) and Madam Secretary (0.9 from 10:00-11:00). These shows all started 11 minutes before the hour in the East/Central (plus Elementary at 10:49 ET), which means they could be adjusting up in finals.
  • Without a national NFL overrun, Fox mostly went into repeats (as CBS will do next week). A 7:30 edition of Bob's Burgers (1.1) was the only original, leading out of a combination of local NFL overruns plus holiday special Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (1.0). The 8:00-10:00 lineup (1.1/0.6/0.8/0.5) was all repeats.
  • And NBC's Sunday Night Football, featuring Kansas City and Denver, had a high-5's prelim.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 11/24/16


FINALS UPDATE: Sunday Night Football (6.9) and Pitch (R) (1.1) adjusted up while The Great Indoors (1.1) and Football Night in America (4.1) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • On Thanksgiving night, CBS was again the only network with original series programming. The Big Bang Theory (1.4) was the only repeat, leading into The Great Indoors (1.2), Mom (1.2), Life in Pieces (1.0) and Pure Genius (0.8). The younger-skewing Life in Pieces took a sizable hit, but everything else was only down in the 10-15% area.
  • NBC had its usual Thanksgiving primetime football game, but with a 6.0ish prelim, Steelers/Colts looks like it will decline significantly from last year's evening game (which averaged a 9.0 final).
  • Fox had a presumably massive late afternoon NFL game, boosting repeats of Rosewood (2.2) and Pitch (1.0). These numbers are ridiculous enough (including a 2.8 at 8:00) that I'm assuming the postgame show bled into the 8:00 hour a bit, but maybe somebody can clarify.
  • ABC went with a two-hour Wonderful World of Disney special (1.0) and comedy repeats (0.6/0.5). The CW had a four-pack of Whose Line Is It Anyway? repeats (0.3/0.3/0.3/0.3).

Monday, November 28, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 11/23/16


FINALS UPDATE: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (2.0) and Lethal Weapon (R) (0.9) and Empire (R) (0.8) adjusted up while Modern Family (R) (1.2) and The Hollywood Walk of Fame Honors (0.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Once a battleground for original programming despite the depressed overall viewing, this Thanksgiving Eve saw only one network in the original series game: CBS, with a two-hour Survivor (1.5) and Code Black (0.9). Survivor took a three-tenths hit from last week, which is about the norm from recent Thanksgiving Eve telecasts, while Code Black stayed at typical levels.
  • But CBS was not without competition, as some holiday specials proved potent. ABC's A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1.9) impressed in the 8:00 hour, leading into repeats of Modern Family (1.3) and Black-ish (1.1) and a Designated Survivor-themed edition of 20/20 (0.9).
  • NBC had a Macy's parade special at 8/7c (0.9) and then won the last two hours of the night with a two-hour Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving special (1.6/1.5) which did much better than last year (1.1).
  • Bringing up the rear was Fox with repeats of Lethal Weapon (0.8) and Empire (0.7), and the CW with a two-hour Hollywood Walk of Fame special (0.3/0.2).

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