Friday, April 28, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 4/27/17

FINALS UPDATE: Grey's Anatomy (1.8), The Big Bang Theory (2.6) and MasterChef Junior (R) adjusted up while The Catch (0.6) adjusted down.

  • On NFL Draft night, usual victim The Big Bang Theory (2.4) is eyeing a new series low but could match its last original from two weeks ago with an upward adjustment. The other comedies The Great Indoors (1.2), Mom (1.3) and Life in Pieces (1.1) were also pretty steady.
  • If anything got weirdly hit by the Draft, it would be the unscripted properties; Fox's MasterChef Junior (0.7) got absolutely slammed against the first hour of the event, and the finale of Kicking and Screaming (0.5) along with CBS' The Amazing Race (0.7) were down as well. (EDIT: Apparently MasterChef was some kind of retrospective special...)
  • NBC tried to beef up its sweeps ratings by pulling Powerless and moving Superstore to 8:30, but was not rewarded for its efforts; the Superstore repeat (0.5) at 8/7c was below last week's Powerless, the Superstore original (0.8) fell back to its low from two episodes ago, and Chicago Med (1.0) was also down a notch. The Blacklist (0.8) matched last week's 10/9c episode.
  • On ABC, Grey's Anatomy (1.7) inched down but the rest of TGIT showed some improvement, with Scandal (1.4) and The Catch (0.7) both up from last week in the prelims.
  • And the CW had its second straight 0.5/0.3 night as Supernatural and Riverdale returned from hiatus even.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 4/26/17

FINALS UPDATE: Black-ish (1.3), Survivor (1.8) and Criminal Minds (1.3) adjusted up.

  • On the eve of May Sweeps, almost every Wednesday regular was back in original action. The one exception was Modern Family, so ABC went with a full hour of original Black-ish (1.2/1.2) at 9/8c. The series tied its lowest rating of the season, set back in early December on another night when there was no Modern Family original. 8/7c comedies The Goldbergs (1.4) and Speechless (1.2) each fell as well, hitting new season lows in the prelims. Designated Survivor (1.1) managed an uptick with a return to an original lead-in.
  • NBC was back from another long hiatus, with the improvement continuing for Blindspot as it hung at its 0.9 from late March. Law and Order: SVU (1.1) and Chicago PD (1.2) tied their season lows and were down a tenth from their last episodes pre-hiatus.
  • On Fox, Shots Fired stayed at the 0.8 it posted last week on an Empire repeat night, while Empire (2.1) was back at another new season low.
  • CBS' Survivor was ever-resilient at 1.7, leading into a low-end 1.2 from Criminal Minds and another 0.8 as Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders reunited with its mothership lead-in.
  • And the CW's Arrow and The 100 returned with their usual 0.5/0.3.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 4/25/17

FINALS UPDATE: Agents of SHIELD (0.7) and The Mick (0.9) adjusted up while 48 Hours: NCIS (0.6) and iZombie (0.3) adjusted down.

  • NBC's new comedy Great News opened with a 1.2 demo at 9:00, slipping to a 1.0 at 9:30. This is just barely worse than the opening weeks of Trial & Error, which had much bigger lead-ins. The next question is if News can avoid the big week two drop that T&E saw in its second week in the 9:00 hour.
    • Surrounding News were even The Voice (1.8) and Chicago Fire (1.3).
  • On ABC, there were three comedy repeats (0.8/0.8/0.8) leading into an original Imaginary Mary (0.8), while Agents of SHIELD (0.6) finally fell back to its usual low from the winter.
  • Fox was even across the board with Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.7), The Mick (0.8 after sitting out last week) and Prison Break (0.9).
  • CBS had drama repeats (0.7/0.8) leading into a preview of new newsmagazine 48 Hours: NCIS (0.7), which will be back to this slot in a month to eat up some early summer real estate.
  • And The Flash (1.0) returned from hiatus, ticking up from its last ep in late March. It brought iZombie (0.4) up by a tick as well.

SpotVault - Great News (NBC) - Spring 2017 Ratings

Cablemetrics: Silicon Valley, Fargo, Pretty Little Liars, Famous in Love

These numbers are current through Monday, April 24.

  • Like Veep last Sunday, Silicon Valley took a big hit in the absence of the Game of Thrones halo, down 58% year-to-year in its season four premiere. Still, 0.44 left it as the highest-rated original in this new HBO lineup, building on The Leftovers (which was down to 0.34 but is still having a big growth season overall). Veep held last week's 0.27.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Monday 4/24/17

FINALS UPDATE: Gotham (1.0) adjusted up while Quantico (0.5) and Scorpion (R) (0.6) adjusted down.

  • Numbers and analysis coming shortly. Monday highlights include the return of Gotham on Fox after nearly three months off, plus Supergirl and Jane the Virgin coming back to originals on the CW.

SpotVault - Silicon Valley (HBO) - Spring 2017 Ratings

Best Case/Worst Case: Great News

Best Case/Worst Case lays out possible scenarios for broadcast primetime TV seasons yet to premiere. Here's what's premiering tonight!

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 4/23/17

FINALS UPDATE: America's Funniest Home Videos (1.1), Little Big Shots (1.3), Bob's Burgers (0.8) and The Last Man on Earth (0.8) adjusted up.

  • Little Big Shots (1.2) was back from its Easter break, and will have to hope for some finals help to avoid a new low. Chicago Justice (1.0) was on the uptick, while Shades of Blue stuck at 0.7.
  • On ABC, it was a nice night for America's Funniest Home Videos (1.0), which typically seems to benefit from the network's late-afternoon NBA playoff games at this time of year. Once Upon a Time (0.8) and Match Game (0.7) were also up a notch from last week's Easter results, but American Crime (0.3) fell to tie its low (from the night that got Time After Time pulled).
  • Fox was back to originals, but the animated anchors were still off. That meant another original double-dip for Bob's Burgers (0.7 at 7:30/0.9 at 8:00), an even Making History (0.6), a repeat of Family Guy (0.8) and a sinking The Last Man on Earth (0.7).
  • And the CBS dramas NCIS: Los Angeles (1.0), Madam Secretary (0.7) and Elementary (0.5) all tied season lows.

Monday, April 24, 2017

A18-49+ Labels vs. True Plus Labels

This is a quick follow-up on a point I made in the introduction of the Plus daily tables. Those tables contain True Plus numbers, and I advised against using the traditional Plus labels because True ratings have a much smaller standard deviation. (That is, because they're designed to be more "fair" across the entire season, they are much more bunched together.) Here's a quick stab at some alternative labels you can try using with True Plus ratings.

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