Friday, July 29, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 7/28/16

FINALS UPDATE: ABC Democratic National Convention (0.9) and NBC Democratic National Convention (1.1) and Home Free (0.6) adjusted up while Hollywood Game Night (0.6) and Legends of Tomorrow (R) (0.2) adjusted down.

  • CBS' comedy repeats (1.3/1.1) and upticking Big Brother (1.8) helped boost the final night of CBS 10/9c Democratic National Convention coverage (0.8) to its highest rating of the week, and competitive with the coverage on ABC (0.7) and NBC (0.9).
  • Those other DNC telecasts had much less lead-in help. On ABC, BattleBots (0.8) tried to keep its hat in the ring, getting a tick back after last week's big drop, but Greatest Hits (0.6) kept moving in the wrong direction. NBC featured a repeat of Running Wild (0.7) and the original return of Hollywood Game Night (0.7), which had been pulled from the schedule after getting some 0.7's on Sundays in March.
  • Elsewhere, Fox unloaded two more hours of Home Free (0.6/0.5), and will do the same to wrap up the run next week. The CW's Legends of Tomorrow repeat (0.3) is preliminarily threatening to end an eight-week streak of 0.2's, but Beauty and the Beast (0.2) is not.

Cablemetrics: Survivor's Remorse, Power, Ballers, Mr. Robot

These numbers are current through Wednesday, July 27.

  • Week two saw last week's big premieres of Power (0.82) on Starz and Ballers (0.62) on HBO each drop by more than 20%. Power is still crushing last year's deliveries, and may have spawned a miniature version of that growth story in comedy Survivor's Remorse (0.41). After two very quiet seasons on Saturday, never going higher than a 0.19, it opened its Sunday career by more than doubling that high point (and more than tripling the 0.12 season two premiere).

The War of 18-49, Unforgettable

SpotVault - Survivor's Remorse (Starz) - Summer 2016 Ratings

SpotVault - MADtv (CW) - Summer 2016 Ratings

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 7/27/16

FINALS UPDATE: With presumably a big boost from President Obama's largely post-primetime speech, all three networks' convention coverage adjusted up to 0.8/0.6/0.9. Black-ish (R) (0.8), Big Brother (1.7) and America's Got Talent (1.8) were also up. On the downswing were The Goldbergs (R) (0.6), American Gothic (0.5), The Night Shift (1.0), Penn and Teller: Fool Us (0.3), Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.4) and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) (0.4).

  • NBC squeezed an episode of The Night Shift (1.1) into the 9/8c hour. While it was a pretty good rating by TNS standards, it didn't seem to help the surrounding programs; its America's Got Talent lead-in took a big drop to 1.7 airing in just the 8/7c hour, and the Democratic convention coverage (0.7) was surprisingly way down at 10/9c. NBC only tied ABC (0.7) but still significantly led CBS (0.4) in the 10/9c hour.
  • It was a pretty low-end night for the other Wednesday staples, as well; both Big Brother (1.6) and MasterChef (1.0) were down to new Wednesday season lows, at least in the prelims. At 9/8c, both American Gothic (0.6) and the finale of Wayward Pines (0.7) were even.
  • ABC had some minor improvement from its comedy repeats (0.7/0.6/0.9/0.7), and the CW's Penn and Teller: Fool Us (0.4) and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.5) were both on the upswing (if they can hold in finals).

Schedules Plus Enhanced: NBC Thursday

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 NBC Thursday. Scripted lineups don't get much more potent than NBC's early-aughts Thursday schedules, book-ended by iconic comedy Friends and medical drama ER. After Friends ended in 2004, the numbers on this night really tanked... but so did the rest of the network, so comedy nights led by The Office were still among the brightest spots during NBC's darkest years. As The Office fell and then went away, things got ridiculously ugly for awhile, but the drama The Blacklist has at least provided some seeds for a turn-around. See the 2015-16 breakdown.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 7/26/16

FINALS UPDATE: America's Got Talent (2.3), The Bachelorette (1.4) and the CBS Democratic National Convention (0.5) adjusted up while Zoo (0.7), and NBC Democratic National Convention (1.2), Coupled (0.4) and both Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.3) adjusted down.

  • The Bachelorette (1.4/1.3) stopped off on Tuesday for its "Men Tell All" episode, looking to finish the season before the Olympics, but it was well below its usual levels and handily outrated by NBC's America's Got Talent (2.2).
    • At 10/9c, those shows led into Democratic National Convention coverage on NBC (1.3) and ABC (0.7), while CBS (0.4) lagged. These ratings improved again on the corresponding night of the Republican convention last week (1.0/0.5/0.5 respectively), but were a bit behind the DNC Tuesday in 2012 (1.2/0.8/0.7).
  • It was a brutal start for the CW's revival of MADtv (0.3), leading out of a double-shot of Whose Line Is It Anyway? originals (0.4/0.4). This opening episode managed just half the 0.6 that a MADtv reunion scored in January. Even repeats of that special, including one on Monday night, have gotten 0.3's!
  • CBS' Zoo was back up to its usual 0.8 after a brief stop at 0.7 last week, while Fox's Hotel Hell and Coupled had their typical 0.9/0.5 combo.

The Breakdown: NBC Thursday in 2015-16 (Heroes Reborn, The Blacklist, Shades of Blue and more!)

It's time for a journey through the NBC Thursday schedule in 2015-16...

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Monday 7/25/16

FINALS UPDATE: Lots of convention updates, as NBC (1.1) and CBS (0.6) went up while ABC (0.9) went down. Both of the CW's shows went down.

  • ABC (1.0), CBS (0.5) and NBC (1.0) all covered the opening night of the Democratic National Convention in the 10:00 hour. In 2012, NBC had a 1.2 for the opening night of coverage (like with the Republicans, on Tuesday instead of Monday), beating ABC (0.8) and CBS (0.7).
  • Earlier in the night, the penultimate Monday of The Bachelorette (1.9) beat out a soft-ish night from NBC's American Ninja Warrior (1.6), while Fox's So You Think You Can Dance (0.7) and CBS' repeats (0.7/0.7/0.6) lagged considerably. On the eve of tonight's MADtv revival, the CW averaged a 0.4 for a repeat of its recent MADtv reunion special.

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