Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Spotted Ratings, Monday 7/21/14

  • For the first time in 686 days, Fox's Hotel Hell (1.5) was on the air, ending a crazy hiatus for a show never actually removed from the network roster. Though it probably didn't have as many male viewers (and won't have as many DVR viewers) as previous occupant 24: Live Another Day, it pretty much brought a typical 24 same-day rating to the table (and just two tenths behind last week's finale). The 1.5 was almost exactly the historical-adjusted equivalent of the 1.9 with which it began season one in 2012, though season one aired at 8/7c with no big lead-in from MasterChef (2.1). This was a decent start, but it's unclear how committed Fox really is here given the long absence.
  • MasterChef had the only outright season high among Monday's reality veterans, but fellow series American Ninja Warrior (1.9) and The Bachelorette (1.8) were also on the high end. CBS' Under the Dome (1.5) took a big week-to-week hit, falling well behind all of them. (Once again, it followed the lead-in; Two and a Half Men (1.0) was six tenths behind last week's The Big Bang Theory.)
  • And after just one week, the CW re-arranged its Monday lineup. It helped significantly on the whole, as the boost to the Whose Line Is It Anyway? repeat (0.6) at 8:30 far exceeded the losses from weak comedies Seed (0.2) and Backpackers (0.1).

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 7/20/14

  • ABC's Sunday lineup gave back its World Cup-fueled bounce from last week... and in the case of Rising Star (1.0), it gave back that bounce and then some, dropping by 0.3 to go 0.2 beneath its previous low. Last week's World Cup lead-in was perfectly timed so that ABC execs could talk about this show's ratings momentum at press tour, but that's clearly gone now (if it was ever there).
  • Unforgettable (1.0) picked up another notch in its second week at 9/8c, putting it pretty close to what it was delivering after Big Brother last summer.
  • On cable, FX's The Strain (1.0) was down two tenths in week two, while Lifetime's new drama The Lottery (0.4) drew little initial interest.

War of 18-49 Update, NCIS (2013-14)

Let's take a look at the 2013-14 season (the eleventh overall) of NCIS on CBS.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The War of 18-49, Hawaii Five-0


Scheduling history: CBS' Hawaii Five-0 began its run on Monday at 10:00 (a night on which the original Hawaii Five-O never aired in its 12 seasons). After three seasons in that slot, CBS moved it to Friday at 9/8c for the 2013-14 season. It returns there in fall 2014.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 7/16/14

  • After a disappointing premiere, Extant (1.5) had a good hold in week two, dropping just a tenth week-to-week and brightening its prospects a bit.
  • But a good week two hold doesn't mean you've necessarily settled in, as Taxi Brooklyn (0.8) can attest after inching down again in week four. But America's Got Talent (1.3) goes original next Wednesday, which could help matters.
  • Maybe I jinxed So You Think You Can Dance (1.0) a couple weeks back when I said it was holding up nicely. It's shed two tenths each of the last two episodes, and it's now getting walloped by repeats of America's Got Talent. And again, the Got Talent originals will join the mix next week, which can't be a good thing. Dance is not even doing meaningfully better than ABC repeats (which, by the way, have been way up year-to-year throughout July). It looks like SYTYCD should settle in for another rocky ride to renewal.

The War of 18-49, Shameless


Scheduling history: All four seasons of Shameless have aired on Sunday at 9:00.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 7/15/14

  • The MLB All-Star Game (3.2) was even year-to-year and slowly continues to add total viewers (or skews slightly older, if you prefer). This game has been bizarrely steady in recent years, going from 3.1 in 2011 to 3.2 each of the last three years.
  • The game (or something else) took a sizable bite out of The Night Shift (1.1), down by two tenths on finale night despite a slightly better lead-in. An America's Got Talent recap special (2.0) did slightly better than recent in-timeslot repeats, and the show's strange hiatus finally ends next week.

A18-49+ Update: Time of Day in 2013-14

Here's a look at trends among the original series sorted by time of day on the big four networks in 2013-14:

War of 18-49 Update, Survivor (Spring 2014)

Let's take a look at the spring 2014 season (the twenty-eighth overall) of Survivor on CBS.

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