Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
It's the season finale of Best Case/Worst Case, covering the last few shows that will air a significant stretch of episodes before the end of the regular season. But since all of these except Weird Loners should continue airing into the summer, I will again note that these averages only cover regular season episodes.
Monday, March 30, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015
- Without its usual Last Man Standing lead-in, a lead-off hour of original Cristela (0.8/0.8) went even lower than usual, another bad sign for the ABC bubble show.
- NBC saw Grimm (1.0) down a tenth in its second 8/7c week. Hart of Dixie signed off for the season and seemingly series with its usual 0.4. And Fox began a run of Friday movies with Grown-Ups (0.9), which did better than its usual 2015 series lineup on the night.
- CBS averaged a 1.9 in preliminary March Madness ratings, which would significantly trail the same night last year (2.3/3.6).
- Quick programming note: I'm out of town next week. I'll try to do daily updates, but they will likely be later than usual. There's a Best Case/Worst Case and a couple First Two Weeks posts scheduled to go up early next week, but no more full tables/Vault updates/Questions till at least Sunday, April 5. I can't 100% promise I will get the April 5 Question up, but I will do my best.
Friday, March 27, 2015
- FINALS UPDATE: American Crime (1.3) adjusted up. The CBS games (1.9/2.7) had virtually the same final ratings as the first Thursday last year (2.0/2.6).
- It looks like Scandal (2.3) is officially in crisis, as it preliminarily lost yet another tenth from last week's already alarming number and is now down a full point in just a month. It's equally staggering that this has happened while its lead-in Grey's Anatomy (2.2) is still showing no signs of problems whatsoever. We'll see next week if Grey's has benefited from no The Big Bang Theory the last couple weeks, but this kind of dynamic between the two shows is quite surprising. American Crime remained mired at 1.2.
- On Fox, Bones (1.3) was back from a 3.5-month hiatus at a tenth above the fall finale and about on par with what it did for most of the late fall run, while Backstrom (0.9) hit its usual low number with a weaker but probably more compatible lead-in.
- And NBC preliminarily saw a new low for The Blacklist (1.6). More on the March Madness ratings after finals!
Thursday, March 26, 2015
- FINALS UPDATE: Survivor (2.3) and Criminal Minds (2.1) added a tenth, putting the whole CBS lineup even week-to-week. The Middle (1.9), The Goldbergs (2.1) and Modern Family (2.9) also got a tenth of relief apiece.
- The first "post-imperial" Wednesday of 2015 saw nobody step up to the plate in the absence of Empire. CBS had the highest three-hour average, but Survivor (2.2) and Criminal Minds (2.0) were each down a tenth from their last airing against Empire. And hope seems to be dwindling for CSI: Cyber (1.4), which was even with the return of Minds as a lead-in and its first taste of Chicago PD (1.5) as competition.
- ABC also underwhelmed, with The Middle (1.8), The Goldbergs (2.0) and Modern Family (2.8) all taking major stumbles despite the lessened competition. This lineup had seemingly been overachieving against the later Empire weeks, but it's still disappointing to take this big of a hit on the first night with lessened competition. Black-ish (2.1) held the closest to its recent results. ABC rounded out the night with a Nashville "On the Record" special (0.8).
- NBC was coming back from the longest hiatus of all, and The Mysteries of Laura (1.0) quickly reverted to its season low after experiencing a spike in the Eric McCormack episode a month ago. Law and Order: SVU (1.3) was yet another 9/8c show that actually dropped noticeably in the first post-Empire week, while Chicago PD (1.5) had by far the best night in holding steady and topping Cyber at 10/9c.
- And the Empire network also laid an egg, with two hours of American Idol (1.7) going a tenth behind last week's Thursday episode. This trailed the last Wednesday episode paired with Empire by nearly thirty percent!
- Only the CW really had anything to crow about as Arrow (1.0) and Supernatural (0.7) both inched up.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
- FINALS UPDATE: The finale of The Mindy Project (0.9) dodged a new low and ended up on par with the last couple airings after repeats. The Voice (2.8) and The Flash (1.2) were also up. NCIS: New Orleans (1.8) lost a tick, making this the show's outright second-lowest episode.
- NBC's Tuesday comedy block looked less promising in week two, as Undateable (1.5) dropped about 20% and One Big Happy (1.2) about 25% to put the hour pretty much on par with typical ratings for The Night Shift after The Voice. However, they had little help from The Voice itself (2.7), which shed 15%ish for the second straight week. NBC also got some info on what The Night Shift (1.0) would be like without a The Voice lead-in by airing an original in the 10/9c hour after One Big Happy. It doesn't seem like a very surprising result in either direction.
- The CW had somewhat better newbie news as iZombie (0.7) was down just a tenth in week two. Its lead-in The Flash (1.1) could very well adjust up (it had a 1.2 in the 8:00 half-hour), but even getting to 1.2 would still mark a new low.
- ABC's 8:00 block didn't fare well after a week off, with Fresh Off the Boat (1.4) down two tenths and Repeat After Me (1.0) also hitting yet another new low. FotB has looked utterly safe, but it would certainly do well to stop the bleeding from this point forward. Agents of SHIELD (1.5) and Forever (0.9) also inched down for ABC.
- CBS saw NCIS: New Orleans (1.9) get back to normal after its disastrous 1.6 against The Voice two weeks ago. Lead-in NCIS (2.2) and lead-out Person of Interest (1.5) were even.
- And Fox's The Mindy Project (0.8) ended its season on a new low, leading out of a repeat New Girl (0.7) for the third straight week.