Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Schedules Plus, ABC Tuesday

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 Tuesday, like ABC Friday, starts by chronicling the death of a family comedy night. In its place came the emergence of Dancing with the Stars' second night, along with an incredibly inconsistent cast of characters around it. As you might expect, all the discontinuity came because very little of this stuff worked. Only once in eleven years has this lineup hit league average in the fall, and that was when the 90-minute DWTS performance show inhabited the night.

ABC Tuesday

8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 Avg
2001-02 Dharma and Greg Spin City NYPD BluePhilly 91
74 8511085
2002-03 8 Simple Rules According to Jim Life with Bonnie Less Than PerfectNYPD Blue 96
96 102 88 81106
99 85
2003-04 8 Simple Rules I'm With Her According to Jim Less Than PerfectNYPD Blue 93
96 81 108 9490
88 101
2004-05 My Wife and Kids George Lopez According to Jim RodneyNYPD Blue 81
64 71 94 8684
68 90
2005-06 According to Jim Rodney Commander in ChiefBoston Legal 76
62 579278
2006-07 Dancing with the Stars Fall Help Me Help YouBoston Legal 111
151 151 6674
2007-08 Cavemen Carpoolers Dancing with the Stars Tue FallBoston Legal 97
73 7714473
2008-09 Opportunity Knocks Dancing with the Stars Tue FallEli Stone 81
54 133 57
2009-10 Shark Tank Dancing with the Stars Tue FallThe Forgotten 79
57 117 63
2010-11 No Ordinary Family Dancing with the Stars Tue FallDetroit 1-8-7 94
74 149 60
2011-12 Last Man Standing Man Up! Dancing with the Stars Tue FallBody of Proof 98
102 7813074
2012-13 Dancing with the Stars Tue Fall Happy Endings Apartment 23Private Practice 76
106 63 5564
2013-14 Agents of SHIELD The Goldbergs Trophy WifeLucky 7 85
127 89 6053
2014-15 Selfie Manhattan Love Story Agents of SHIELDForever 73
62 569465

Avg 85 106 73 88

2014-15 Update: Tuesday was one of ABC's few trouble spots in the fall, with Selfie and Manhattan in particular setting what would be a very easy bar for The Muppets and sophomore Fresh Off the Boat to clear. The network also saw Agents of SHIELD come down significantly from its front-loaded season one average, and newbie Forever didn't do much either. But SHIELD and Forever were big enough improvements on the horrible occupants in the last 90 minutes that the nightly decline wasn't too catastrophic.

Notable midseason replacements:
  • ABC began 2001-02 with four comedies on Tuesday, but quickly yanked What About Joan? (70) and Bob Patterson (81), bringing back NYPD Blue in early November and letting veterans Dharma and Greg and Spin City play out the string.
  • There are far too many to list on this night, but perhaps the most noteworthy was the final season of Lost (161) in 2009-10.
  • Body of Proof made the fall sked in its season two, but the first (92) and third (65) seasons were both held for midseason.
  • I put the brief Shark Tank run in the 2009-10 8/7c hole, but it actually only aired four episodes there. Then came the big opening numbers from alien drama V, which averaged a 136 in its four-episode mini-season before taking a four-month hiatus and returning to the 10/9c hour in the spring. It averaged a 99 for the full first season, then a 74 in its second and final season (this time in the 9/8c hour).
See here for more explanations/disclaimers about Schedules Plus.

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