Shaking up the summer routine a bit in 2016. Here are some details:
Friday, May 27, 2016
- FINALS UPDATE: Bones (0.9) and Modern Family (0.8) adjusted up.
- ABC's making a big investment in the game show space this summer, and it started with the two-hour return of 500 Questions (0.8/0.9) as a five-night bridge between the end of the regular season and the start of the NBA Finals. This was a step down from the very low 1's it got for most of its similar run last year, but ABC is at least not going to be using it as a lead-in to anything important this time around. Repeats of Modern Family (0.7) and Black-ish (0.6) rounded out the night.
- Fox plowed into the early summer weeks with its regular Thursday lineup of Bones (0.8) and American Grit (0.5), both of which were disappointingly down a tenth from last week when the competition was far fiercer.
- NBC had the return of special "Red Nose Day" (0.6/0.5), down a bit more from last year's already soft special (0.8). Strong (0.7) inched up at 8/7c.
- It was repeat mode to open the summer for CBS, with comedies (1.4/1.0/1.0/0.9) leading into a just-installed repeat run for Code Black (0.7). The CW also had repeats with Legends of Tomorrow (0.3) and The Flash (0.3).
Thursday, May 26, 2016
- FINALS UPDATE: Law and Order: SVU (1.6) and Finding Nemo (1.3) adjusted up. Supernatural (0.7) adjusted down.
- It was a fairly anticlimactic final night of the 2015-16 season, with most of the biggest Wednesday shows already done for the season. The lighter competition was good news for Law and Order: SVU (1.5), which won the night with a surge to its best rating in a couple months. It was surrounded by Heartbeat (0.7) and Chicago PD (1.4), which were both steady.
- Fox will have to wait a little while longer for a non-fractional summer series result, as Wayward Pines returned for season two with a 0.9 rating, still pretty passable by Fox standards. This was just a tenth behind last year's series premiere, but season one had notable post-premiere growth that may be tough for this run to match. Its lead-in was Rosewood (0.8), which took a huge dip to a new low with no Empire lead-out.
- ABC ended the four-year run of Nashville with just a 0.9, up just a tenth from recent results. It actually had a fairly normal-sized lead-in as the network aired movie Finding Nemo (1.1/1.4), in preparation for the sequel Finding Dory's upcoming release.
- CBS' final edition of primetime The Price is Right (1.2) ticked up, but two more original hours of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (1.0/1.0) hit new lows once again.
- The CW seemed to benefit a bit from the lightened competition as Arrow (0.8) and Supernatural (0.8) both had season finale rises.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
- FINALS UPDATE: The Voice (2.2), The Flash (1.3) and The Real O'Neals (1.1) adjusted up.
- It was a rough Tuesday finale night for the Monday reality staples, as Dancing with the Stars (1.5/1.6) and The Voice (2.1) were both down roughly 30% from last year. These shows have usually struggled on this second night since they cannibalize each other, but in this case they were actually at or near performance season low levels. DWTS can at least pin some of the blame on a much reduced lead-in from comedies Fresh Off the Boat (1.2) and The Real O'Neals (1.0), compared with a bonus The Bachelorette (1.9) hour last year.
- FOTB and O'Neals were each up a tick from last week. The Voice's lead-in was a one-hour Voice recap (1.4).
- Not even Gordon Ramsay may be able to save this Fox summer, as his Hotel Hell (0.8) made a soft return at 8/7c. It hadn't been seen since summer 2014, when it did almost double these ratings with big MasterChef lead-ins. It led into Coupled (0.5), which managed to match last week's awful premiere.
- CBS had the Big Brother-themed edition of The Price is Right (1.1) at 8/7c, leading into two more hours of Person of Interest (0.9/0.9).
- It was a slightly soft finale night for The Flash (1.2), but it looks like a strong bet to adjust up with both a 1.3 in the 8:30 half-hour, plus over a minute overrun into the 9:00 hour. Meanwhile, Containment (0.5) hopes to hold onto a rounded 0.5 for its entire regular season run.
These numbers are current through Monday, May 23.
- On a busy final Sunday of the traditional regular season, AMC previewed its new drama Preacher (0.90) at 10/9c after the season finale of Fear the Walking Dead (1.88). Preacher can be a long-term AMC player if it holds anywhere close to that, of course, though it is worth noting that Into the Badlands had very similar retention of a much larger lead-in (3.15 out of 6.51) back in the fall. Preacher also has to wait two weeks for its next original episode, as it will sit out Memorial Day weekend next Sunday.