Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 8/22/17

FINALS UPDATE: NCIS (R) (0.5) adjusted down.

Cablemetrics: The Last Ship, Survivor's Remorse, The Sinner, Game of Thrones

These numbers are current through Monday, August 21.

  • TNT veteran The Last Ship (0.34/0.30) was back on the Sunday scene, about two months later than it usually premieres due to production delays. This was only a slight Plus decline from its last premiere (a 0.41/0.39 doubleheader in June 2016). While that may seem acceptable, it is worth noting that Last Ship took a big post-premiere surge last year, to 0.57 in week two and settling around 0.5 for most of the season. So the show will have a high bar to clear if it wants to stay close to these trends going forward.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Monday 8/21/17

FINALS UPDATE: Bachelor in Paradise (1.3) and American Ninja Warrior (1.3) adjusted down.

  • Monday primetime got a shake-up thanks to a presidential address in the 9:00 half-hour on the East Coast, breaking up the Bachelor in Paradise (1.4 from 8:00-9:00; 1.3 from 9:30-10:00 and 1.0 for the 10:00 half-hour), American Ninja Warrior (1.4 from 8:00-9:00; 1.3 from 9:30-10:00 and 1.1 for the 10:00 half-hour) and So You Think You Can Dance (0.7 from 8:00-9:00; 0.6 from 9:30-10:00 and 0.8 for the 10:00 half-hour) telecasts into two chunks.
  • ABC preempted BiP lead-out To Tell the Truth in favor of a Black-ish repeat (0.6), while NBC aired Midnight, Texas (0.6) in its entirety starting at 10:30 ET.

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 8/20/17

FINALS UPDATE: America's Funniest Home Videos (R) (0.8), Candy Crush (0.4), US Amateur Golf Championship (0.2), Family Guy (R) (0.5) and The Simpsons (R) (0.6) adjusted down.

  • Numbers coming shortly. Beware some minor NFL preseason preemptions, including Fox in New Orleans and ABC early in primetime in Los Angeles.

SpotVault - The Last Ship (TNT) - 2017 Ratings

SpotVault - Survivor's Remorse (STARZ) - Summer 2017 Ratings

The Breakdown: CW Friday in 2016-17 (The Vampire Diaries, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Reign and more!)

It's time for a journey through the CW Friday schedule in 2016-17...

Monday, August 21, 2017

The War of 18-49, Reign

Another Thursday TVD Lead-Out

Period drama Reign stepped into a Thursday 9/8c timeslot after The Vampire Diaries that had seen yearly turnover. It didn't start nearly as well as previous occupant Beauty and the Beast, which had popped to a 1.2 on a simulcast debate night. Instead, Reign managed just a 0.8 for its 10/17/13 premiere, leading out of a 1.3 from TVD. And it appeared to be in real trouble when it fell right to a 0.6 the next week. However, it hovered around 0.6, mixing in a few 0.7's and a few 0.5's, for most of the rest of the season. Though it got softer at the end of the season, with a mix of 0.4's and 0.5's, it still marked a slight improvement on Beauty and the Beast's Plus from the year before. It got renewed, and became the show to snap the long streak of turnover at 9/8c; both TVD and Reign returned to their timeslots for 2014-15.

Unfortunately, it was the softer late spring version of Reign, rather than the fairly decent fall/winter one, that showed up in season two. This time, it hung around 0.4 for most of the season, with the occasional 0.3 or 0.5, before dropping to a consistent 0.3 in the spring. Some of this can be pinned on the TVD lead-in, as that show really kicked into its decline phase this season as well. But it was still clear that Reign had lost any claim as a schedule staple. Fortunately, it was a CBS Studios production, and that meant the studio wanted to keep it alive for awhile longer.

Timeslot Downgrades

To the surprise of some, Reign made it back onto the fall schedule for 2015, albeit downgraded to Friday night. After hitting 0.3ish throughout that run, it took three months off and returned to Mondays in the late spring and early summer with more 0.3ish ratings. Season four didn't premiere till February, once again spilled well into June, and was a steady diet of 0.2's.

Adults 18-49 info by season:

12013-14Thursday 9:000.580.40.8detail
32015-16Fri 8:00, Mon 8:000.29-23%0.20.4detailC
4Spring 2017Friday 9:000.20-32%0.20.2detailC

Historical-adjusted ratings by season:

4Spring 201716flop0.20-19%16161616


The War of 18-49 chronicles the ratings history of veteran primetime series. For more, see the Index.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Friday 8/18/17

FINALS UPDATE: Blue Bloods (R) (0.4), MasterChef (R) (0.5) and Beat Shazam (R) (0.4) adjusted down.

  • Numbers coming soon. Preliminary ratings are inflated due to NFL preseason preemptions. (In this case, most of the large market preemptions were Fox affiliates.)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 8/17/17

FINALS UPDATE: Big Brother (2.1) adjusted up while Boy Band (0.5), The Big Bang Theory (R) (1.0), The Wall (0.9), SNL Weekend Update Thursday (1.2), Great News (R) (0.5), The Night Shift (0.6), Beat Shazam (0.7), Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.3) and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) (0.3) adjusted down.

  • Numbers coming soon. Preliminary ratings are inflated due to NFL preseason preemptions.

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