Many more disclaimers can be seen on the individual pages, but the most basic one is that the listed schedules are fall lineups, even when midseason replacements may have done much better. (I try to mention those midseason replacements that did better.) Please also note that the 2003-04 thru 2005-06 numbers still contain the "old" A18-49+ scores from before I filled in the missing data from those seasons. So those numbers will change (slightly) when the 2014-15 numbers are entered this summer.
More 2001-03 Schedules Plus updates: ABC | CBS | NBC | Fox | CW
|2001-02||King of Queens||Yes, Dear||Everybody Loves Raymond||Becker||Family Law||118|
|2002-03||King of Queens||Yes, Dear||Everybody Loves Raymond||Still Standing||CSI: Miami||132 |
|101 (-16%)||109 (-12%)||156 (-13%)||122 (-3%)||154 (+89%)|
|105 (-14%)||139 (-9%)|
|2003-04||Yes, Dear||Still Standing||Everybody Loves Raymond||Two and a Half Men||CSI: Miami||136 |
|87 (-14%)||100 (-8%)||148 (-5%)||137 (+12%)||173 (+13%)|
|94 (-11%)||142 (+2%)|
With the introduction of CSI: Miami, CBS' full Monday average grew over this period despite the deterioration of the Raymond/King of Queens/Yes, Dear-led comedy generation. The comedy block would continue to decline from here, bottoming out in the first couple years after Raymond exited, then finally rebounded when new tentpoles How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men started picking up steam in 2007-08.
|2001-02||JAG||The Guardian||Judging Amy||90|
|2002-03||JAG||The Guardian||Judging Amy||75 |
|70 (-23%)||67 (-15%)||89 (-11%)|
|2003-04||NCIS||The Guardian||Judging Amy||68 |
|67 (-5%)||63 (-5%)||73 (-18%)|
Even the 2001-02 lineup was significantly weaker than what CBS has gotten out of this night for the last half decade-plus with NCIS twins. And it got even uglier in the subsequent years as JAG and Judging Amy fell farther. CBS brought The Amazing Race over to the night in 2004-05, which helped turn things around initially, but the rise of NCIS was the real game-changer.
|2001-02||60 Minutes II||The Amazing Race||Wolf Lake||71|
|2002-03||60 Minutes II||The Amazing Race||Presidio Med||68 |
|62 (+4%)||83 (-9%)||61 (-2%)|
|2003-04||60 Minutes II||King of Queens||Becker||Brotherhood of Poland, N.H.||65 |
|53 (-14%)||99||77||53 (-13%)|
Wednesday, like Tuesday, was as weak as ever in these opening three years of the era, even though newbie The Amazing Race generated some interest. The lineup immediately got much better in 2004-05 because the string of failed 10/9c dramas gave way to CSI: NY. The introduction of Criminal Minds the following season made less of an immediate impact but more of a long-term one. The network would remain low at 8:00 all the way up to Survivor's move in 2010, but most of the scripted/reality options at least did somewhat better than 60 Minutes II (which ended in 2004-05).
|2002-03||Survivor||CSI||Without a Trace||179 |
|187 (-5%)||228 (+12%)||121 (+41%)|
|2003-04||Survivor||CSI||Without a Trace||190 |
|199 (+7%)||233 (+2%)||139 (+15%)|
Early in season one, Without a Trace struggled to post even half of CSI's ratings, but it was looked on more favorably because of its vast improvement on The Agency. It paid off, as WaT strengthened significantly in seasons two and three. The rise of the crime dramas helped to offset Survivor coming back to earth somewhat, leading to a stellar four-year run with a 175+ average for this night.
|2001-02||The Ellen Show||Danny||That's Life||48 Hours||49|
|2002-03||48 Hours||Hack||Robbery Homicide Division||52 |
|56 (+22%)||52 (+5%)||47 (-7%)|
|2003-04||Joan of Arcadia||JAG||The Handler||59 |
|65 (+15%)||59 (+13%)||53 (+14%)|
CBS has done well on Friday for nearly a decade now, and for much of the Ghost Whisperer/Numb3rs heydays they were basically the only network that could get any kind of audience at all on the night. So it's pretty striking to see just how much of a mess they were for the first four years of the era on Friday. They seemed to be getting their act together with the introduction of Joan of Arcadia and the move of JAG in 2003-04, but both those shows fell apart in the second year of the combo. That put them right back at about the 2001-02 level until Numb3rs came along at midseason.
|2001-02||The Education of Max Bickford||(movies)||79|
|2002-03||Becker||Bram and Alice||(movies)||63 |
|55||54||67 (-26%)||67 (-26%)|
|2003-04||Cold Case||(movies)||83 |
|86 (+57%)||81 (+21%)||81 (+21%)|
Like the ABC Sunday movie night, the CBS version was thriving in 2001-02, and that was in spite of pretty terrible lead-ins at 8/7c. (But it is worth noting that the enormous made-for-TV documentary 9/11 (16.2 rating!) inflates that 2001-02 average by a full ten points.) Also like the ABC movie night, the CBS version dropped to a large degree in 2002-03. Unlike the ABC night, CBS stuck this one out into 2003-04. They saw a pretty impressive rebound, perhaps owing in part to Cold Case cleaning up the 8/7c hour, and that kept the movie night alive for another couple years. But by 2005-06 it had returned to 2002-03 levels, and that was it.