Sunday, August 28, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016
FINALS UPDATE: NFL Preseason Football (1.8) adjusted up while Life in Pieces (R) (1.1) and Code Black (R) (0.7) and Rosewood (R) (0.4) and Bones (R) (0.5) adjusted down.
- There was only one locally-broadcast Thursday night NFL preseason game, and it started at 10:00 ET. So the adjustments may not be as severe as other preseason Thursdays, though every network had at least some minor preemptions:
- ABC featured the original return of BattleBots (0.8) at what would be a pretty typical rating if it holds, plus repeats of The $100,000 Pyramid (0.7) and Match Game (0.8).
- CBS had comedy repeats (1.4/1.2), Big Brother (1.9) and Code Black (R) (0.9).
- Fox had drama repeats (0.7/0.8).
- And the CW had Legends of Tomorrow (R) (0.2) and Beauty and the Beast (0.2).
- Meanwhile, NBC had the season's first national NFL preseason game in broadcast primetime on Thursday, averaging a 1.6/1.8/1.5 in the prelims. Presumably the Olympics had something to do with none of these happening to date, but this week there will be one national game in primetime each day through Sunday.
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This post covers ABC Sunday. This night was the crown jewel of ABC's magical 2004-05 season, with reality sensation Extreme Makeover: Home Edition leading into megahit drama Desperate Housewives, and future megahit Grey's Anatomy joining them later in the season. Home Edition and Housewives joined fall 2006 drama Brothers and Sisters to create an intact four-hour lineup for a whooping five years. An heir apparent emerged in Housewives' final season, the fairy-tale drama Once Upon a Time. But finding a long-term companion for Once has proven difficult, and the numbers have gotten more dire as cable giants have taken center stage on Sunday night. See the 2015-16 breakdown.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
FINALS UPDATE: Big Brother (2.1) adjusted up while The Goldbergs (R) (0.8) adjusted down.
- A really strong post-Olympics week continued for the unscripted staples on broadcast. It may have helped that NBC moved its live America's Got Talent (2.1) from the 8:00 logjam into the 9:00 hour, though it still had a recap (1.4) do nice business at 8/7c. Talent led into an above-average showing from The Night Shift (1.1) at 10/9c.
- On CBS, Big Brother (2.0) broke a two for just the second time this season, while its lead-outs Criminal Minds (R) (0.7) and American Gothic (0.5) had tiny upticks as well.
- And Fox's MasterChef (1.2/1.4) had its own high-end night as it returned from hiatus; the 9:00 episode would represent a new season high, assuming it is counted separately in finals.
- On ABC, it was The Goldbergs' turn for a Wednesday comedy marathon (0.9/0.8/0.8/0.8), and it saw a pretty big uptick over what Fresh Off the Boat and The Real O'Neals did the last couple weeks against the Olympics. Modern Family (0.9) and Black-ish (0.7) were also improved in the 10:00 hour.
- And the CW had more Penn and Teller: Fool Us (0.4) and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.4 original/0.4 repeat).
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
- The post-Olympics return of America's Got Talent (2.2/2.5) didn't get the bounce that American Ninja Warrior saw on Monday, but it was still another stellar point in a stellar season. And it helped 10/9c reality series Better Late Than Never (1.6) to a nice start at 10/9c. This was a tenth better than where Maya and Marty opened earlier in the summer, though they may end up tying after finals.
- The other big four originals, from ABC's Bachelor in Paradise (1.4) and After Paradise (0.7) to CBS' Zoo (0.8), were up a tenth as the Olympics competition cleared out. However, ABC did bomb out in its usually troubled 10/9c hour with a The View 20th anniversary special (0.4).
- On the CW, MADtv couldn't join in on the general upward momentum, staying mired at 0.2. Fox's repeats of Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.5), New Girl (0.4) and Lucifer (0.4) all improved by a tenth from the rough numbers they put up against the Olympics.
These numbers are current through Monday, August 22.
- AMC's Fear the Walking Dead returned for the back half of season two with a 1.62 on Sunday. This was a double-digit step down from the show's previous series low (the 1.88 season 2A finale). It was barely half of the season two premiere (3.08) in April. And it was less than a third of the show's 4.93 series premiere, which was just one calendar year ago! But despite the increasingly negative trend, the show is still dominating the cable landscape rather easily. That's really just another testament to how incredibly far The Walking Dead mothership has separated from everything else in its space.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
FINALS UPDATE: American Ninja Warrior (2.0) adjusted up.
- Life after the Olympics began on NBC with a very stout return from American Ninja Warrior (1.8/2.1), which has at least tied and maybe beaten its previous season high. It was also at least three tenths above its final pre-Olympics episode. Running Wild (1.3) also looked solid at 10/9c, improving by two tenths on its Monday rating before the Olympics.
- The end of the Olympics was also good news for ABC, where Bachelor in Paradise (1.6) surged to its own new season high in the first two hours. It had about the same Plus as last season's 1.8 high (which happened to occur on this evening a year ago). At 10/9c, Mistresses (0.6) got a minor rebound but was still thoroughly unimpressive.
- Fox was the loser among the original networks with So You Think You Can Dance (0.7/0.6), back from two weeks off and at best tying its pre-Olympics level.
- CBS had more comedy repeats (0.8/0.8/0.8/0.8) and Scorpion (0.6), and the CW had more Supergirl (0.3/0.2).