Thursday, September 4, 2014

Spotted Ratings, Labor Day Weekend Roundup 8/28-8/31/14


WHAT MATTERS:
  • Of these four nights from Thursday to Sunday, the only one noticeably depressed week-to-week in overall viewing due to the holiday was Sunday, and most broadcast/cable shows were down considerably on that night. The other nights may have been lower in PUT as well if not for the return of college football. 
  • It's also worth noting that Thursday was one of the wonkiest days of the TV year due to massive NFL preseason pre-emptions. Not too much should be made of the ratings on this night because many shows had much lighter market coverage than usual, but The Quest (0.3) and the one-hour finale of renewed Welcome to Sweden (0.4/0.3) were particularly putrid.
  • The return of broadcast college football did not go well on Saturday, with ABC's Florida State/Oklahoma State game (1.9) 39% below last year's opener and Fox's USC/Fresno State (0.4) down 64%. Both of these were much worse matchups than the networks had on opening night last year, with ABC's game just barely topping the late primetime game on ESPN (1.77).
  • By far the weirdest ratings of this long weekend belonged to Reckless, which first held its usual 0.5 in a special Saturday airing due to that two-hour golf overrun a few weeks back. Then it skyrocketed to a 0.9 on Sunday. It had incredibly light competition from an America's Got Talent repeat (0.5) and an ABC telethon (which didn't count in finals but had a 0.2 in prelims). But for a show that had either a 0.5 or 0.6 for the first nine episodes, that is extremely weird. It's got one more Sunday airing to try to prove it wasn't a fluke, then will burn off the last two eps the following Saturday.

THURSDAY 8/28/14 FULL TABLE:

InfoShowTimeslotTrue
A18-49 Skew Last LeLa Rank y2yTLa Ty2y
The Quest 0.3 28% -40%-0.2n/a 5/5 n/a -54% -64% 0.4
The World's Wildest Commercials 0.6 28% n/a -45% -37% 0.9
ABC:-50%-54%
Two and a Half Men (R) 0.8 27% -50% +0% 1.0
The Millers (R) 0.8 29% -38% +0% 1.1
Big Brother Thu 2.0 45% -13%-0.3-0.6 9/10 +11% -11% +11% 2.5
Elementary (R) 0.7 28% +17% +8% 0.9
CBS:-19%+8%
Hollywood Game Night (R) 0.6 28% -37% -20% 0.7
Welcome to Sweden 0.4 28% -43%-0.3-0.1 8/8 n/a -43% -43% 0.6
Welcome to Sweden 0.3 25% -25%-0.1-0.2 9/9 n/a -57% -57% 0.6
America's Got Talent (R) 0.5 27% -17% -50% 0.8
NBC:-36%-41%
Sleepy Hollow (R) 0.5 34% -9% -41% 0.6
Bones (R) 0.6 31% -29% -8% 0.9
Fox:-21%-27%
The Vampire Diaries (R) 0.2 44% +33% +0% 0.3
The Originals (R) 0.3 60% +50% +50% 0.4
CW:+43%+25%
Big5:-27%-23%

FRIDAY 8/29/14 FULL TABLE:

InfoShowTimeslotTrue
A18-49 Skew Last LeLa Rank y2yTLa Ty2y
Last Man Standing (R) 0.6 22% +0% +0% 0.9
Last Man Standing (R) 0.6 23% -14% +0% 1.0
Shark Tank (R) 1.0 32% +5% -5% 1.6
20/20 (S) 0.9 28% +29%+0.2+0.0 12/15 -18% +29% -14% 1.2
ABC:+9%-7%
CSI (R) 0.6 16% -57% -40% 0.9
Hawaii Five-0 (R) 0.7 17% -59% +56% 1.1
Blue Bloods (R) 0.6 13% -59% +33% 0.9
CBS:-58%+0%
Running Wild (R) 0.5 34% +11% -23% 0.8
Dateline Fri (S) 0.9 25% -18%-0.2+0.1 11/11 n/a -18% -12% 1.4
NBC:-13%-15%
MasterChef (R) 0.7 42% +17% +0% 1.1
Bones (R) 0.5 30% +11% +43% 0.9
Fox:+14%+14%
Masters of Illusion 0.3 32% -25%-0.1n/a 2/5 n/a -25% +50% 0.5
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) 0.3 38% +0% +50% 0.5
America's Next Top Model Next (R) 0.2 40% +0% -56% 0.3
CW:-9%-23%
Big5:-22%-6%

SATURDAY 8/30/14 FULL TABLE:

InfoShowTimeslotTrue
A18-49 Skew Last LeLa Rank y2yTLa Ty2y
Saturday Night Football 1.9 40% n/an/an/a 1/1 -39% +58% -32% 3.1
ABC:+58%-32%
Unforgettable 0.6 17% -33%-0.3n/a 9/9 -40% -33% +100% 1.0
Reckless 0.5 22% +0%+0.0-0.3 6/9 n/a -52% -17% 0.9
48 Hours (R) 0.5 19% -57% -41% 0.9
CBS:-48%-9%
Dateline (R) 0.8 25% +88% +45% 1.3
Law and Order: SVU (R) 0.5 22% +11% +0% 0.8
NBC:+62%+31%
CFB on Fox 0.4 39% n/an/an/a 1/1 -64% +100% -11% 0.6
Fox:+100%-11%
Big4:+18%-22%

SUNDAY 8/31/14 FULL TABLE:

InfoShowTimeslotTrue
A18-49 Skew Last LeLa Rank y2yTLa Ty2y
America's Funniest Home Videos (R) 0.6 20% -25% +50% 0.9
Wipeout 0.6 31% -25%-0.2n/a 11/11 n/a -29% -25% 1.0
MDA Show of Strength Telethon n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
ABC:n/an/a
60 Minutes (R) 0.7 12% -39% -26% 1.0
Big Brother Sun 2.0 43% -20%-0.5-0.5 6/10 +11% -22% +8% 2.9
Unforgettable 1.0 21% +67%+0.4n/a 1/10 +0% +11% +5% 1.5
Reckless 0.9 26% +80%+0.4+0.4 1/10 n/a +100% +6% 1.4
CBS:-9%+0%
American Ninja Warrior (R) 0.6 33% -59% +33% 0.8
America's Got Talent (R) 0.5 26% -76% -43% 0.8
NBC:-69%-27%
Bob's Burgers (R) 0.3 46% -86% -40% 0.4
Bob's Burgers (R) 0.4 55% -60% -43% 0.8
The Simpsons (R) 0.6 52% -40% -40% 1.1
The Simpsons (R) 0.6 48% -25% -25% 0.9
Family Guy (R) 0.9 59% -18% -10% 1.3
Family Guy (R) 1.0 63% +0% -9% 1.5
Fox:-46%-25%
Big4:-46%-15%
The Strain 0.86 57% -19%-0.20
8/8 n/a


Ray Donovan 0.55 47% +17%+0.08
1/8 +12%


Falling Skies (9pm) 0.53 28% -24%-0.17
11/11 n/a


Falling Skies (10pm) 0.53 28% +0%+0.00
11/12 n/a


Masters of Sex 0.17 30% -39%-0.11
8/8 -60%


Manhattan 0.07 30% +0%+0.00
4/6 n/a



KEY (click to expand)
A18-49 - Adults 18-49 rating. Percentage of US TV-owning adults 18-49 watching the program.
Skew - Percentage of adults 18-49 within the show's total viewership.
Last - A18-49 difference (percent and numerical) from the show's previous episode.
LeLa - A18-49 difference between the show's lead-in and its lead-in for the previous episode.
Rank - The A18-49 rating's rank among the show's episodes so far this season.
y2y - Percent difference between A18-49 and the show's rating a year ago.
TLa - Percent difference between A18-49 and the network's rating in the timeslot one week ago.
Ty2y - Percent difference between A18-49 and the network's rating in the timeslot one year ago.
True - A metric that adjusts the A18-49 rating for overall viewing levels, competition and lead-in. PRELIMINARY CALCULATION. For finals, see SpotVault.

(R) - Repeat.

Much more detail on these numbers at the New Daily Spotted Ratings page.

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6 comments:

Spot said...

Spot, what is the record low for a big 4 original on a weekday? Sweden and Quest have to be candiates for that!

Spot said...

The MDA telethons both this year and last year would've had 0.2's on weeknights but they weren't counted in finals. I can't think of another original getting a 0.2 on a weeknight off the top of my head.

Spot said...

While I have you here, what do you think of Wipeouts chances of returning? It was barely down y2y for a lot of the season but has posted some pretty sucky .8's for 2 hour episodes and a .6 on Labor Day!

Spot said...

I think once you throw out the 7:00 and holiday weekend episodes, it had a good season y2y. So I see it in the same kind of boat as Motive. If it was renewed last year, it could/should be renewed this year. But the ratings are low enough that I'm not confident.

Spot said...

ABC at least did Rookie Blue's average a solid by wrapping up its season before the Labor Day weekend.

Spot said...

The Reckless phenomenon is super weird.

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