Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Schedules Plus, CBS Wednesday

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.

At the very beginning of the A18-49+ era, CBS Wednesday was a problem night. But developing CSI: NY and Criminal Minds in back to back seasons cured a lot of ills. The 8:00 hour remained a problem for pretty much those dramas' entire time together, but starting in fall 2010 CBS locked it down by moving Survivor to the night. A second former Thursday megahit joined when the original CSI took over 10/9c in 2011, creating a solid three-hour lineup that was intact for three years.

CBS Wednesday

8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 Avg
2001-02 60 Minutes II The Amazing Race FallWolf Lake 72
59 90 65
2002-03 60 Minutes II The Amazing Race FallPresidio Med 68
62 86 56
2003-04 60 Minutes II King of Queens BeckerBrotherhood of Poland, N.H. 65
53 100 7853
2004-05 60 Minutes II King of Queens Center of the UniverseCSI: NY 88
46 90 87130
2005-06 Still Standing Yes, Dear Criminal MindsCSI: NY 93
53 6298123
2006-07 Jericho Criminal MindsCSI: NY 102
71 113 121
2007-08 Kid Nation Criminal MindsCSI: NY 96
70 110 109
2008-09 The New Adventures of Old Christine Gary Unmarried Criminal MindsCSI: NY 101
68 74120112
2009-10 The New Adventures of Old Christine Gary Unmarried Criminal MindsCSI: NY 103
69 76128108
2010-11 Survivor Fall Criminal MindsThe Defenders 121
143 136 85
2011-12 Survivor Fall Criminal MindsCSI 132
139 144 115
2012-13 Survivor Fall Criminal MindsCSI 126
133 136 109
2013-14 Survivor Fall Criminal MindsCSI 122
132 132 101
2014-15 Survivor Fall Criminal MindsStalker 119
138 127 91

Avg 89 114 99 101

2014-15 Update: Survivor had another banner year in 2014-15, dropping less than the league average for both the fall and spring (134) seasons. But the network as a whole regressed, as Criminal Minds gave back most of the Survivor gains with a slight drop at 9/8c, then 10/9c occupants Stalker and CSI: Cyber (82) fell well shy of CSI's previous production. They'll try again with Code Black this fall, and they well may be trying again multiple times (especially since a Criminal Minds spin-off sits on the shelf).

Notable midseason replacements:
  • CBS' last tweak to this lineup before CSI came in was the spring 2011 Criminal Minds spin-off Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (92).
See here for more explanations/disclaimers about Schedules Plus.


Spot said...

They should have stayed with the schedule of 2011-12.. I completely loved it

Spot said...

I would love to know the Alias ratings, they were that bad?

Spot said...

How to Live was 2012-13, it was just so late in the season it may as well have been in the next one. ;)

Spot said...

Still gutted about Eastwick. Every time I see its name, I cry a little.

Spot said...

2007-08 and then 2008-09... talk about sophomore slump. =|

Pushing Daisies was such a cute little quirky show. I liked it.

Spot said...

Wow at how strong Wife Swap and The Bachelor were back in the day. Seeing Wife Swap that strong is shocking! Seeing Happy Endings there breaks my heart a bit, still sad about its cancellation. They really shouldn't have screwed up with the 2011/2012 lineup apart from trying something like How to Live after Modern Family. Suburgatory and Revenge should have never left their original timeslots, it was such a good lineup for them that year!

Spot said...

To be fair, it wasn't a normal hiatus due to the Writers Strike, I am sure that played a huge part, especially with freshman shows that had less established audiences.

Spot said...


Spot said...

This is just sad. I think a huge problem was that ABC never realized what you were saying, which was how big DH was. They expected their newer shows to be able to withstand what that show did but they were never as huge to begin with. That was a huge miscalculation on their part and will cost them greatly.

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