Monday, December 16, 2013

Schedules Plus, CBS Monday


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.

CBS Monday is revered for its two-hour comedy block, now the longest-running active block on TV (though it's breaking up in fall 2014!). However, the lineup historically hasn't had anything like the ratings dominance of NBC Thursday during the Must See TV years. In fact, in the years after Everybody Loves Raymond and before How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory came to life, the two-hour average actually went below the league average! But the night's ratings were long propped up by one of the A18-49+ era's strongest 10/9c programs, CSI: Miami.

CBS Monday


8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 Avg
2001-02 King of Queens Yes, Dear Everybody Loves Raymond BeckerFamily Law 119
120 123 179 12880
122 154
2002-03 King of Queens Yes, Dear Everybody Loves Raymond Still StandingCSI: Miami 132
100 108 155 121153
104 138
2003-04 Yes, Dear Still Standing Everybody Loves Raymond Two and a Half MenCSI: Miami 136
87 101 149 137172
94 143
2004-05 Still Standing Listen Up Everybody Loves Raymond Two and a Half MenCSI: Miami 137
78 76 155 144183
77 149
2005-06 King of Queens How I Met Your Mother Two and a Half Men Out of PracticeCSI: Miami 119
85 87 127 105157
86 116
2006-07 How I Met Your Mother The Class Two and a Half Men The New Adventures of Old ChristineCSI: Miami 115
88 82 127 92149
85 109
2007-08 How I Met Your Mother The Big Bang Theory Two and a Half Men Rules of EngagementCSI: Miami 124
106 99 150 123134
102 136
2008-09 The Big Bang Theory How I Met Your Mother Two and a Half Men Worst WeekCSI: Miami 133
126 133 170 104132
130 137
2009-10 How I Met Your Mother Accidentally on Purpose Two and a Half Men The Big Bang TheoryCSI: Miami 142
125 110 176 187127
118 181
2010-11 How I Met Your Mother Rules of Engagement Two and a Half Men Mike and MollyHawaii Five-0 132
133 122 176 132115
128 154
2011-12 How I Met Your Mother 2 Broke Girls Two and a Half Men Mike and MollyHawaii Five-0 160
172 180 210 158121
176 184
2012-13 How I Met Your Mother Partners 2 Broke Girls Mike and MollyHawaii Five-0 124
152 98 160 13799
125 149
2013-14 How I Met Your Mother 2 Broke Girls Mike and Molly MomHostages 111
180 134 115 11163
157 113
2014-15 2 Broke Girls Mike and Molly ScorpionNCIS: Los Angeles 116
120 11613595
118

Avg 116 143 127 129





2014-15 Update: This may only be the 12th best CBS Monday in 14 years, but to lose How I Met Your Mother and still grow year-to-year was a win. NCIS: Los Angeles improving on the dreadful year-ago occupants was a given, but the real victory came in the other hours. 2BG and Mike and Molly held up just fine with no HIMYM, and the decision to kill another comedy hour paid off as Scorpion was one of the biggest new CBS dramas this generation.

The Big Bang Theory and newbie Life in Pieces air here for just over a month before moving to Thursday; Supergirl takes over at 8/7c for the late fall.

Notable midseason replacements:
  • Rather than rehash every single year of the night's most common midseason replacements, I'll just point to their War of 18-49 pages: Old Christine and Rules of Engagement.
The 2013-14 lineup listed above does not include initial 8:30 occupant We Are Men (101). Because it was pulled so quickly, its two-episode average had an even bigger A18-49+ than Partners, though I think it was an even bigger failure.

See here for more explanations/disclaimers about Schedules Plus.

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