Thursday, August 25, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 8/24/16

  • 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).
Above based on preliminary adults 18-49 ratings unless otherwise noted. Full table forthcoming!

The Breakdown: ABC Sunday in 2015-16 (Once Upon a Time, Quantico, The Family, Blood and Oil, AFHV)

It's time for a journey through the ABC Sunday schedule in 2015-16...

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 8/23/16

  • 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.

SpotVault - Halt and Catch Fire (AMC) - Summer 2016 Ratings

SpotVault - Better Late Than Never (NBC) - Summer 2016 Ratings

Cablemetrics: Fear the Walking Dead, The Night Of, Power, Halt and Catch Fire

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

Spotted Ratings, Monday 8/22/16

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).

Schedules Plus Enhanced: CW Friday

Schedules Plus is the ultimate almanac to broadcast network primetime scheduling since 2001. It features lineups for three different parts of the year, as well as A18-49+ ratings that more fairly account for historical decline. For more on the tables and charts in Schedules Plus, see this primer.

This post covers CW Friday. Originally home to the WWE's SmackDown! franchise, CW Friday has often been a dumping ground since then. The network infamously exiled staples Smallville and Supernatural to the night at the height of Dawn Ostroff's obsession with courting the young female demos. In 2015-16, the network saw its best Friday ratings since those shows left, moving Thursday fixture The Vampire Diaries and spin-off The Originals. See the 2015-16 breakdown.

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 8/21/16

FINALS UPDATE: Celebrity Family Feud (1.2) and Big Brother (1.9) and Rio Gold (2.7) and Summer Olympics (4.1) and Family Guy (R) (0.7) adjusted up while Madam Secretary (R) (0.3) adjusted down.

  • The Summer Olympics sputtered to the finish with a very weak 4.1 demo for the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, well less than half of the 9.2 for 2012's final night. Prior to 2008, the network hadn't really gotten a lot of added interest in the Closing Ceremony. But there were massive bounces in 2008 and 2012, making this return to 2004-esque behavior result in a really awful trend.
    • Remarkably, that meant the Sunday 10:30 episode of The Voice (2.7) actually had a smaller lead-in than Superstore (3.0) did on Friday. The only good news for Voice is that it started right at 10:30, so it shouldn't get much worse than this after finals.
  • NBC's weakness was welcome news for the ABC game show lineup, where The $100,000 Pyramid (1.0) and Match Game (0.9) both had two-tenth rises from last week's black hole results, and Celebrity Family Feud (1.1) was also up a tenth. Last week was so bad that they're still not back to 'normal,' but this week at least brought a little hope that they could get back there when the Olympic interference is totally gone next week.
  • Big Brother hasn't cared much about Olympics competition either way, and it stayed at 1.8 again this Sunday, while BrainDead had another 0.3. Fox offered up another round of comedy repeats (0.4/0.5/0.6/0.5/0.6/0.4).

Schedules Plus Enhanced: CW Sunday

Schedules Plus is the ultimate almanac to broadcast network primetime scheduling since 2001. It features lineups for three different parts of the year, as well as A18-49+ ratings that more fairly account for historical decline. For more on the tables and charts in Schedules Plus, see this primer.

This post covers CW Sunday, a night of programming that has literally gone extinct. While UPN didn't nationally program Sunday night, the WB did so pretty successfully with genre drama Charmed. So the powers that be tried to keep the night alive after the CW merger. Unfortunately, the un-cancelled 7th Heaven had nowhere near the power of Charmed in the inaugural season. And things got exponentially more embarrassing in the next two seasons. First, they had megaflop family drama Life is Wild, then they sold the night to Media Rights Capital, whose two dramas were as weak as anything we've ever seen on a big-five network. Starting in 2009-10, the CW gave up on trying to nationally program the night and gave it back to the affiliates. See the 2015-16 breakdown.

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