Sunday, December 15, 2013

Schedules Plus, ABC Sunday


Schedules Plus is another innovative application of the historical ratings statistic A18-49+. I hope this will be the ultimate resource for comparing the evolution of shows, networks and timeslots over time, complete with ratings numbers that make a fair adjustment for the collective decline. Right now this only includes programs aired in the fall. Much more about the process that went into this at the bottom.

ABC Sunday looks at one of the most consistent lineups on any network. Setting aside that America's Funniest Home Videos is always at 7:00, the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Desperate Housewives pairing aired together for seven full seasons (plus a few extra weeks at the beginning of fall 2011). Perhaps even more improbable was five full seasons out of a completely intact four-hour lineup during the Brothers & Sisters years.

ABC Sunday


8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 Avg
2001-02 (movies) AliasThe Practice 102
77 104 125
2002-03 (movies) AliasThe Practice 91
61 101 111
2003-04 10-8 AliasThe Practice 80
61 92 86
2004-05 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Desperate HousewivesBoston Legal 184
171 261 120
2005-06 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Desperate HousewivesGrey's Anatomy 206
147 249 223
2006-07 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Desperate HousewivesBrothers and Sisters 152
131 201 124
2007-08 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Desperate HousewivesBrothers and Sisters 156
138 203 128
2008-09 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Desperate HousewivesBrothers and Sisters 135
113 176 115
2009-10 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Desperate HousewivesBrothers and Sisters 117
99 151 101
2010-11 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Desperate HousewivesBrothers and Sisters 104
90 136 87
2011-12 Once Upon a Time Desperate HousewivesPan Am 109
139 116 71
2012-13 Once Upon a Time Revenge666 Park Ave 101
129 101 72
2013-14 Once Upon a Time RevengeBetrayal 82
116 82 47
2014-15 Once Upon a Time ResurrectionRevenge 90
130 74 66

Avg 114 146 105 122





2014-15 Update: One of the biggest surprises in the fall was just how heavily the use of Frozen characters boosted the early weeks of Once Upon a Time. Even with a significantly down second half, it ended up very close to even in raw numbers. Despite Once's fall boom, sophomore Resurrection completely melted down, but the network was still up in the last two hours since even those bad numbers crushed last year's Betrayal ratings. (And 9/8c midseason entry Secrets and Lies (89) also did well.) Still, Resurrection and Revenge were among the weakest links on the network, so they were both axed in favor of new dramas.

Notable midseason replacements:
  • Both Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Grey's Anatomy began their Sunday runs as midseason replacements. Home Edition averaged a 100 in 2003-04, becoming much stronger when Housewives came around, while Grey's averaged a 199 in 2004-05.
  • During the 2007-08 writer's strike, ABC briefly had an all-unscripted lineup on the night during the winter with Oprah's Big Give (112) at 9/8c and Here Come the Newlyweds (99) at 10/9c.
See here for more explanations/disclaimers about Schedules Plus.

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