Thursday, December 12, 2013

Schedules Plus, ABC Thursday


Over the rest of December, I will be rolling out the first edition of Schedules Plus, 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. This is not the full realization of the vision here, but I wanted to release a somewhat condensed version because the "complete" version may well be so daunting that it never gets done. The major point is that right now this only includes programs aired in the fall. Much more about the process that went into this at the bottom.

ABC Thursday


8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 Avg
2001-02 Whose Line Is It Anyway? Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?Primetime Thu 62
58 51 77
2002-03 Monk (R) Push, NevadaPrimetime Thu 48
44 33 67
2003-04 Threat Matrix Extreme MakeoverPrimetime Thu 61
43 72 68
2004-05 Extreme Makeover Life As We Know ItPrimetime Thu 46
48 34 55
2005-06 Alias Night StalkerPrimetime Thu 55
56 48 61
2006-07 Ugly Betty Grey's AnatomySix Degrees 152
105 247 103
2007-08 Ugly Betty Grey's AnatomyBig Shots 132
92 216 88
2008-09 Ugly Betty Grey's AnatomyLife On Mars 120
78 190 91
2009-10 Flashforward Grey's AnatomyPrivate Practice 122
78 171 116
2010-11 My Generation Grey's AnatomyPrivate Practice 106
53 161 105
2011-12 Charlie's Angels Grey's AnatomyPrivate Practice 104
58 151 102
2012-13 Last Resort Grey's AnatomyScandal 110
65 147 119
2013-14 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Grey's AnatomyScandal 119
52 143 162
2014-15 Grey's Anatomy ScandalHow To Get Away with Murder 163
142 171 176

Avg 69 131 99 100





2014-15 Update: ABC made its two-hour Shonda Rhimes drama block into a three-hour Shonda Rhimes drama block, and it became one of the biggest nights on television. Grey's Anatomy was somehow just barely down in Plus in the move to 8/7c, which allowed them to effectively replace the awful 8/7c occupants with another Scandal-sized player in 10/9c's How to Get Away with Murder. Things came undone somewhat in the spring, when Murder replacement American Crime (69) tanked and Scandal infamously shed 1.2 points in just five episodes. But ABC is hoping it'll all come back together when Murder returns to the saddle this fall.

Notable midseason replacements:
  • ABC brought in Dancing with the Stars (124) in the winter of 2006, generally airing it from 8:00 to 9:30.
  • In the writer's strike season of 2007-08, Lost (162) filled in for awhile at 9/8c before moving to 10/9c after Grey's returned.
  • Private Practice aired the second half of its 2008-09 season at 10/9c, averaging a 127. The short first season of Scandal averaged an 85 at the end of the 2011-12 season.
See here for more explanations/disclaimers about Schedules Plus.

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