Thursday, December 31, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 12/30/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • CBS brought back celebrity prank show I Get That a Lot (1.0) as a one-off special for the first time in nearly three years. Its 1.0 rating went well behind the 1.9 from January 2013, when it aired alongside the People's Choice Awards. Also: Code Black (R) (0.7), Criminal Minds (R) (0.9)
  • ABC (all repeats): The Middle (1.1), The Goldbergs (0.9), Modern Family (1.1), Black-ish (0.9), The Goldbergs (0.7), Black-ish (0.7)
  • NBC (all repeats): Law and Order: SVU (0.8), Law & Order: SVU (0.9), Chicago PD (0.7)
  • Fox (all repeats): Empire (0.6), Rosewood (0.5)
  • CW (all repeats): iHeartRadio Jingle Ball (0.4/0.4/0.3), Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.3) 

SpotVault - New Year's Eve Live Special Ratings, 2001-present





New Year's Eve Live Specials







SpotVault - Beauty Pageant Ratings, 2001-Present





Miss America, Miss Universe, Miss USA







SpotVault - Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Ratings, 2001-present





The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show







Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 12/29/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • CBS' annual late December presentation of The Kennedy Center Honors (0.9) took a 0.3 dip from last year, tying the 0.9 low from two years ago when it aired on Sunday. Its lead-in NCIS (R) (1.2) was the night's highest-rated program.
  • On an ABC repeat night, The Muppets stuck out like a sore thumb again: Fresh Off the Boat (0.8), The Muppets (0.5), Beyond the Tank (0.6/0.6).
  • NBC again ran a three-hour repeat lineup that will be in all originals next week: Hollywood Game Night (0.8), Chicago Med (0.8), Chicago Fire (0.7).
  • Fox also previewed next week's original lineup with repeats (except that Brooklyn Nine-Nine will be at 9/8c): New Girl (0.6), Grandfathered (0.5), New Girl (0.5), The Grinder (0.4).
  • CW (all repeats): The Flash (0.4), iZombie (0.2)

The Top 10 TV Ratings Moments of 2015


It's time for my fifth annual look back at the year's top 10 moments in TV ratings! As always, the criteria are pretty subjective, but I go for a blend of 1) relatively isolated incidents that are impressive for their sheer enormity/cultural impact and 2) moments that exemplify much larger trends in TV this year. This was mostly a bad year for new entertainment series, so I feel like there are a lot more of #1 than I would normally like, and thus I'm just releasing all 10 at once rather than try to build suspense. But please let me know about my most egregious rankings/omissions. Happy New Year!

SpotVault - Animated Holiday Special Ratings, 2001-Present - Rudolph, Frosty, Grinch and more!





Animated Holiday Specials







SpotVault - Peanuts Holiday Special Ratings, 2001-Present





Peanuts Holiday Specials on ABC







Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Monday 12/28/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: NBC adjusted down to 0.9/0.6/0.8/0.6/0.4, putting the Superstore original actually behind the 8/7c repeat.
  • After a ten-hour Nielsen delay due to a methodology change (see ShowBuzzDaily's explanation), the Monday prelims brought an all-fractional comedy night for NBC that may get even worse after finals due to a Monday Night Football preemption. It included a repeat of Superstore (0.9), a repeat of Telenovela (0.7), an original Superstore (0.9) and an original Telenovela (0.8). The "originals" had been available on demand since the shows' respective post-Voice previews 3-4 weeks ago, and given the lack of separation from the repeat numbers it seems unlikely they got much promotion. NBC also had a repeat of Blindspot (0.6) at 10/9c.
  • ABC's holiday specials Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (1.1) and Rudolph's Shiny New Year (0.7) took big dips from their respective 1.5/1.0 on this night last year. (And so did the 10/9c repeat of Castle (0.5), which had a 0.8 last year.)
  • CBS (all repeats): Supergirl (0.9), Scorpion (1.0), NCIS: Los Angeles (0.9)
  • Fox (all repeats): Gotham (0.4), Bones (0.5)
  • Once again, the CW beat its usual Monday lineup in 18-49 with repeats of Penn and Teller: Fool Us (0.5/0.5).

SpotVault - Kennedy Center Honors Ratings, 2002-Present





The Kennedy Center Honors on CBS







SpotVault - American Music Awards Ratings, 2002-Present





The American Music Awards on ABC







SpotVault - CMA Awards Ratings, 2001-Present





CMA Awards on ABC







Monday, December 28, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Weekend Roundup 12/25-12/27/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • CBS offered up another promising original edition of Undercover Boss (1.4), which matched the second Sunday episode from last year. It led out of 60 Minutes (1.4), whose preliminary number could include some regional NFL, and led into a repeat of the two-hour CSI finale (0.9).
  • The national NFL overrun was on Fox, which bumped up a repeat of The Simpsons (1.9) and had less effect on repeats of Tuesday-bound Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.1), Family Guy (1.0) and hiatus-bound The Last Man on Earth (0.6).
  • Those repeats crushed ABC's low-rated repeat marathon of The Muppets (0.4/0.3/0.3/0.3) head-to-head. ABC sandwiched The Muppets with repeats of America's Funniest Home Videos (0.8) and Shark Tank (0.5). More on NBC's football (which looks like another relatively soft outing) after finals.
  • Quick Christmas night notes: the late-afternoon NBA lead-in helped bump ABC's CMA Country Christmas (1.1) to a better rating than it got in its initial run on December 3 (0.9). The 8:00 hour also featured some special The Andy Griffith Show classics on CBS (0.8), plus NBC's burn-off of the final two episodes of Truth Be Told (0.5/0.4).

Cablemetrics: Into the Badlands, Homeland, The Affair, The Expanse


These numbers are current through Wednesday, December 23.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Had some earlier Twitter thoughts on finale Sunday for Showtime and AMC.

SpotVault - The Affair (Showtime) - 2015-16 Ratings





The Affair
Sundays, 10/9c, Showtime







SpotVault - The Affair (Showtime) - 2014-15 Ratings





The Affair
Sundays, 10/9c, Showtime







SpotVault - Unforgettable (A&E) - 2015-16 Ratings





Unforgettable
Fridays, 8/7c, A&E







SpotVault - The Expanse (Syfy) - 2015-16 Ratings





The Expanse
Tuesdays, 10/9c, Syfy







Friday, December 25, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 12/24/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC (all repeats): A Charlie Brown Christmas (1.0), It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown (0.6), The Great Christmas Light Fight (0.5)
  • CBS (all repeats): The Big Bang Theory (1.1), Life in Pieces (0.8), Mom (0.8), 2 Broke Girls (0.7), Elementary (0.5)
  • NBC (all repeats): Movie: It's a Wonderful Life (0.8)
  • Fox (all repeats): TV's Funniest Animated Stars (0.4)
  • CW (all repeats): Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (0.2), Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.2/0.2)

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 12/23/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC (all repeats): The Middle (0.9), The Goldbergs (0.9), Modern Family (1.0), Black-ish (0.8), Fresh Off the Boat (0.7), Black-ish (0.6)
  • CBS: I Love Lucy Christmas Special (1.1), Hawaii Five-0 (R) (0.7), Criminal Minds (R) (0.9) 
  • NBC (all repeats): How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1.2), How Murray Saved Christmas (0.9), Adele Live in New York (1.1), Michael Buble's Christmas in Hollywood (0.6)
  • Fox (all repeats): Empire (0.5), Rosewood (0.4)
  • CW (all repeats): Arrow (0.3), Supernatural (0.3)

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 12/22/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS: Chicago Fire (0.6) and iZombie (0.2) each dropped.
  • ABC: Fresh Off the Boat (R) (0.8), The Muppets (R) (0.6), The Year: 2015 (1.0/1.1)
  • CBS: NCIS (R) (1.2), NCIS: New Orleans (R) (1.1), Limitless (R) (0.7)
  • NBC: previewing its winter Tuesday lineup with Hollywood Game Night (R) (0.8), Chicago Med (R) (0.7), Chicago Fire (R) (0.7)
  • Fox: The Simpsons (R) (0.7), Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (R) (0.7), Taraji & Terrence's White Hot Holidays (R) (0.5)
  • CW: The Flash (R) (0.4), iZombie (R) (0.3)

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Monday 12/21/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: On a very near-season low Monday Night Football (3.45) night, the preempted markets held up pretty well in finals. The Great Christmas Light Fight (1.2) lost just a tenth and was thus just 0.1 behind last year's finale (easily the best year-to-year trend of the three episodes). And The Great Holiday Baking Show (1.1) didn't drop at all, giving it the best rating since the premiere and possibly sealing its return.
    • NBC's only drop was 0.1 for Telenovela (0.6). Supergirl (0.9) also inched down in finals for CBS, while CW's big Penn and Teller repeats held at 0.5.
  • ABC had the last of the fall finales for entertainment series programming as The Great Christmas Light Fight (1.3) and The Great Holiday Baking Show (1.1) each wrapped up. These results are pending a Monday Night Football preemption in Detroit.
  • Depending on finals adjustments, CBS may end up winning the night with repeats as they got big business out of The Big Bang Theory (1.7/1.8) at 8/7c, followed by Supergirl (1.0) and Scorpion (0.8).
  • Elsewhere:
    • NBC: Superstore (R) (0.8), Telenovela (R) (0.7), Saturday Night Live Christmas (R) (1.3) are also pending a Monday Night Football preemption.
    • Fox: Gotham (R) (0.5), Bones (R) (0.4)
    • CW: Penn and Teller: Fool Us (R) (0.5/0.5)

Monday, December 21, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 12/20/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: Undercover Boss (1.6) got a surprising two-tenth upward adjustment, putting it just a tenth behind last year's premiere. Miss Universe adjusted down to 1.6. And Sunday Night Football ended up with a season low 6.1.
  • For the second straight year, CBS is giving Undercover Boss (1.4) a short Sunday run in December before it settles in as The Amazing Race filler on Friday. This premiere was down three tenths from the 1.7 opener from last December. It led into CSI: Cyber (1.1), which was above average as CBS bumped it up to near its normal start time and nixed a scheduled Madam Secretary repeat due to the length of the NFL overrun. Both shows started a couple minutes after the hour.
  • After a successful return to broadcast on NBC last year, the Miss Universe Pageant (1.6/1.7/1.9) moved over to Fox this season and had another respectable showing. Though its controversial ending has generated a lot of buzz, with a 7:00 ET start time it was still down somewhat vs. last year's 2.0, when it aired from 8:00 to 11:00 in late January.
  • ABC went with its usual late-December telecast of The Sound of Music (0.6/1.0/1.2/1.1), this time a sing-along version. It was down a bit from the low-1's level it's maintained the last few years.
  • And Sunday Night Football (4.8/5.7/5.3) dominated but looks to have put up a relatively soft rating by its standards in the prelims. More after finals!

Cablemetrics: The Expanse, The Magicians, Into the Badlands, Fargo


These numbers are current through Thursday, December 17.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • This week saw Syfy use its three-night miniseries Childhood's End (0.43 -> 0.31 -> 0.33) as a lead-in for previews of its new drama series. On Monday and Tuesday, it was space opera The Expanse (0.33 -> 0.27), which will actually continue airing on Tuesdays through the holidays and into the winter. Wednesday brought The Magicians (0.26), which was more of a true "special preview" situation as it's not airing again until late January. At least so far, despite what seems like a bigger money investment, there's little indication that these will be the shows to get the channel out of its rut of 0.2-0.3 same-day ratings for dramas.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Friday 12/18/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: Shark Tank (0.7) and Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer (0.3) adjusted down.
  • Only Fox was in original entertainment series mode with its combo of MasterChef Junior (1.1) and World's Funniest (0.6), with both series down a tenth from last week.
  • The newsmagazines were also original as a two-hour Dateline (1.1) dominated the 9:00-11:00 block. It led out of a special edition of Caught on Camera (0.7). ABC's 20/20 (0.7) was well below average as it led out of a repeat of Shark Tank (0.8). ABC's whole night seemed to be somewhat derailed by a poor showing from the newly acquired holiday special Yes, Virginia (0.5) at 8:30, which dropped from its Last Man Standing (0.7) lead-in.
  • CBS offered up holiday specials Frosty the Snowman / Frosty Returns (0.9) and annual concert special A Home for the Holidays (0.6). Home was actually up a tenth from last year.
  • And CW had the reliably decent holiday special Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (0.4), plus a repeat of Penn and Teller: Fool Us (0.3).

Friday, December 18, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 12/17/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: The Big Bang Theory (4.1) was unchanged after finals, giving it easily the series' highest rating since its return to Thursday. Life in Pieces dropped to a 2.2, still its best rating since the series premiere, and Mom had a new season high 1.8. 2 Broke Girls (1.6) and Elementary (1.0) were at more typical ratings.
  • CBS' The Big Bang Theory (4.1), Life in Pieces (2.5), Mom (2.0), 2 Broke Girls (1.7) and Elementary (1.2) are pending preemptions in both of the local Thursday Night Football markets. St. Louis and Tampa are not huge markets, but downward adjustments are likely.
  • Another notable original this Thursday was a one-off episode of NBC's Running Wild (0.9) featuring President Obama. 0.9 is not an impressive number; in fact, it only tied Wild's low from last summer. But it was a step up from the lead-in repeat holiday specials How Murray Saved Christmas (0.5) and Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale (0.6).
  • ABC actually beat the president's Running Wild head-to-head in the 10/9c hour with the annual Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People special (0.9/1.1/1.1), which led out of the two Prep & Landing specials (0.8/0.9) and a repeat of Modern Family (0.9).
  • Fox brought up the big four rear with an American Country Countdown special (0.5) and a special edition of World's Funniest (0.5), just barely beating CW's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball (0.4).

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 12/16/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • CBS' Survivor wrapped up another healthy season with a two-hour finale (2.2) leading into the reunion at 10/9c (1.7). Both these numbers went just barely below the 2.4/1.8 to close out last fall and the 2.3/1.8 finale night from spring 2015.
  • Survivor went up against a wasteland of broadcast repeats; the only other original was the annual Nashville "On the Record" special (0.4), which was lower-rated than almost all of the repeats. ABC still finished second for the night thanks to strong comedy repeats (1.3/1.3/1.4/1.2), while NBC had holiday special Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas (0.8) leading into Law and Order: SVU (0.7) and Chicago PD (0.9). Fox had Empire (0.7) and Rosewood (0.6), while CW went with Arrow (0.3) and Supernatural (0.3).

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 12/15/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: NCIS: New Orleans (1.7) adjusted up and the 9/8c Grandfathered (0.4) adjusted down. The GOP debate averaged a 3.84 demo from 9:00-11:06 (and a 3.08 for the opening minutes in the 8:00 hour).
  • After a huge last few weeks out of The Voice, it's a bit disappointing that the show was only able to get to a 2.9 for Tuesday's two-hour season finale; this was down by four tenths from last fall's finale and matched the spring 2015 finale, not to mention it actually went well below even the 3.2 for Monday's performance finale. Another huge Republican debate on CNN probably didn't help. Leading in was a Voice clips show at 8/7c (1.8).
  • CBS brought its Tuesday drama lineup back for one last original run in 2015 and saw fairly low end numbers out of NCIS (2.1), NCIS: New Orleans (1.6) and Limitless (1.3).
  • Nobody else had anything original, and ABC fared best among the rest with holiday specials Toy Story that Time Forgot (1.1), Shrek the Halls (1.0) and I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (1.0). The Toy Story special actually improved on its first rebroadcast from a couple weeks ago when it faced The Wiz Live! A Shark Tank repeat (0.8) rounded it out at 10/9c.
  • Fox had repeats of Grandfathered (0.6), The Grinder (0.5), Grandfathered (0.5) and The Grinder (0.4) as it prepares to return to two-hour comedy on Tuesday this winter. And CW had repeats of The Flash (0.3) and iZombie (0.2).

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Monday 12/14/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: ABC's reality series each adjusted down by two tenths, leaving The Great Christmas Light Fight (1.1) a tenth behind last week's premiere and The Great Holiday Baking Show (0.9) even. CBS was much less dinged by its preemption as the only downward adjuster was Scorpion (1.8), and only by a tenth. (So it was still Scorpion's best rating in four episodes.) Jane the Virgin couldn't keep its 0.4 after finals, adjusting down to its second-ever 0.3. (The Voice was erroneously listed at 3.3 initially; it had a 3.2 prelim and kept it in finals.)
  • NBC overwhelmed broadcast primetime on its final Voice Monday of 2015. The network had a huge result at 10/9c from special Adele Live in New York, which averaged a 3.0 with over 11 million viewers. Perhaps with some help from the Adele buzz, The Voice (3.2) itself finished its Monday run on an exceptional note, easily beating last year's 2.8 performance finale and at least 0.4 points above recent weeks as well.
  • Not a whole lot else can be said yet since the only other two big networks with originals are unfortunately pending Monday Night Football preemptions. ABC had The Great Christmas Light Fight (1.3) and The Great Holiday Baking Show (1.1), while CBS had its drama fall finales with Supergirl (1.5), Scorpion (1.9) and NCIS: Los Angeles (1.4). 
  • After taking two weeks off, CW's Jane the Virgin randomly came back for one original week and hit its usual 0.4. It led out of The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (0.4), which matched its CW rebroadcasts from the last two years.
  • Fox punted with repeats of Gotham (0.4) and Bones (0.4).

SpotVault - Telenovela (NBC) - 2015-16 Ratings



SpotVault - The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC) - 2015-16 Ratings





The Great Christmas Light Fight
Mondays, 8/7c, ABC







Monday, December 14, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 12/13/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: Blood and Oil (0.8) adjusted up to avoid a new low on finale night. Sunday Night Football had a 7.0 final, a lower-end rating this season but still up 0.3 from last week.
  • With Once Upon a Time wrapped for the fall last week, ABC filled its timeslot with a special on the making of the 1930s animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (0.7). It pulled only about half of a typical OUaT rating, and that was of no help to the series finale of Blood and Oil (0.7) at 9/8c. But at 10/9c, Quantico (1.3) was able to go up a touch despite the depressed ratings earlier in the evening.
  • Fox had the national overrun again, this time without a presidential address buffering it, but it still had pretty similar numbers to last week's finals from The Simpsons (2.4), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.7), Family Guy (1.7) and The Last Man on Earth (1.3).
  • CBS wrapped up its Sunday slate for the fall with season average-ish numbers from Madam Secretary (1.3), The Good Wife (1.1) and CSI: Cyber (0.8).
  • NBC looks a little below average in the Sunday Night Football prelims for New England/Houston (6.4/6.5/5.9), but perhaps up a bit from last week. More after finals!

Cablemetrics: Into the Badlands, Homeland, The Leftovers


These numbers are current through Thursday, December 10.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The week's most interesting point probably belonged once again to Into the Badlands (1.06), which got its first look at life without The Walking Dead. Though it was down 57% from the previous airing after the TWD finale, 1.06 is still a really good same-day number by today's standards. If it can stay anywhere close to this in the last two episodes, it's gotta be back.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Friday 12/11/15


WHAT MATTERS:

  • Many of the broadcast Friday offerings wrapped it up for the fall, as ABC had another stout showing from Last Man Standing (1.3) but struggled beyond that with a new low Dr. Ken (1.1), a low-tying Shark Tank (1.4) and 20/20 (0.9).
  • CBS was also all original and toward the low end with The Amazing Race (1.0), Hawaii Five-0 (1.0) and Blue Bloods (1.1).
  • Fox had a good night as MasterChef Junior (1.2) was on the upswing, back into a tie for the lead in the 8:00 hour. World's Funniest (0.7) was also up a notch.
  • NBC stayed all fractional as Undateable (0.7) inched down, Grimm (0.9) inched up and Truth Be Told went out on yet another 0.6.
  • The CW had a Hollywood Christmas Parade special (0.3/0.2).
Above based on preliminary adults 18-49 ratings unless otherwise noted. Full table forthcoming!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 12/10/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • NBC didn't exactly find The Wiz Live! demographic numbers with its Dolly Parton TV movie The Coat of Many Colors, but it still averaged a 1.8 in the demo and was a total viewer smash with over 13 million. Its lead-in was a Michael Buble holiday special (1.2).
  • A couple big four networks were back in the scripted original game after nobody was last week. CBS had nothing particularly unusual from The Big Bang Theory (3.8), Life in Pieces (1.9), 2 Broke Girls (1.6), Mom (1.5) and Elementary (1.0), while Fox was on the low end with two hours of Bones (0.9/1.0).
  • ABC had Toy Story special Toy Story at 20: To Infinity and Beyond (0.9) leading into a rebroadcast of the original film (1.0).
  • And the CW's The Originals (0.4) gave back last week's growth on fall finale night. The Vampire Diaries logged another 0.5.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 12/9/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • As disappointing a year as it has been for Criminal Minds, maybe quite a lot of it can be attributed to the drama competition. On a night with no Empire and no SVU, Minds vaulted above its usual 1.5/1.6 level to a 1.9 last night, its best rating since the season premiere. Survivor (2.3) also had a big night, while Code Black (1.4) gave back a tenth of last week's surge.
  • ABC rebounded only a bit, and only in the Empire-less 9:00 hour with Modern Family (2.6) and Black-ish (1.7). The Middle (2.0) and The Goldbergs (2.0) were even, and the 10/9c hour became horrifying as Nashville (0.8) hit a new low for the second straight week. 
  • NBC and Fox were in special mode, with Fox getting pretty good mileage out of Taraji and Terrence's White-Hot Holidays (1.5), a holiday music special hosted by the Empire leads. NBC averaged 0.9 for three hours of magic specials. 
  • The CW was back to earth after last week's crossover bump, with Arrow (1.0) and Supernatural (0.7) each just below season average levels. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 12/8/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • NBC's Chicago Tuesday gained even more ground on its last night of 2015, as Chicago Med (2.1) and Chicago Fire (2.0) each picked up a tenth (and red-hot The Voice (2.8) gained another two at 8/7c). They won't get any help from The Voice for awhile now, but it seems increasingly certain that they'll be just fine without it.
  • CBS saw a major decline from the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (2.3), an alarming move for a show that has pretty much been around the mid-3's for most recent airings. It led out of NCIS (1.4) and NCIS: New Orleans (1.3) repeats.
  • On ABC, Fresh Off the Boat (1.2) couldn't get any finals help and thus hit a new low 1.2 this week, between even The Muppets (1.1) and Agents of SHIELD (1.3). 
  • Fox's Scream Queens made a quiet exit with a two-hour finale at its typical 0.9. 
  • And The Flash (1.3) got a finals uptick to help it avoid tying a series low, though this was still a new season low. iZombie (0.5) was on the low end as well.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Monday 12/7/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: ABC's The Great Christmas Light Fight adjusted down a tenth to 1.2, a rather disturbing 29% behind last year's surging premiere. (It's still up a bit in historical-adjusted from the 1.4 premiere two years ago.) The Great Holiday Baking Show went down two tenths to 0.9, putting it three tenths behind last week's premiere. Also, Telenovela got a tiny bit of mercy as the 10:30 edition adjusted up to 0.9.
  • There's already a surprising amount of separation between NBC's upcoming Monday comedies, as Telenovela premiered very poorly in its own post-Voice tryout. It averaged a 1.4 at 10:00, six tenths behind the similar Superstore episode last week, then tanked to a disastrous 0.8 at 10:30 (just half of Superstore's 10:30 rating). It couldn't blame The Voice, which was consistent with last week's Superstore lead-in at 2.8.
  • ABC premiered returning short-order holiday series The Great Christmas Light Fight (1.3), which took a step down from last year's 1.7 premiere but was close to the 1.4 series premiere two years ago. Alongside The Great Holiday Baking Show (1.1), it is pending a football preemption.
  • On CBS, Supergirl (1.5) inched back down to tie its Thanksgiving week low, Scorpion (1.7) was flat and NCIS: Los Angeles (1.4) had a season high with no drama competition.
  •  Fox had special "TV's Funniest Animated Stars" (0.6) and CW had superhero repeats (0.3/0.3).

Monday, December 7, 2015

Cablemetrics: The Walking Dead, Into the Badlands, Unforgettable


These numbers are current through Thursday, December 3.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The Walking Dead finished out the first half of season six with a 6.65 on November 22 and a 7.02 finale on November 29. Dead never had a positive year-to-year point in this half-season, but beyond the first couple weeks it was very healthy. The finale was just 7% below last fall.

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 12/6/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: The presidential address delay caused Once Upon a Time to adjust down (tying last week's low) and Quantico to adjust up (avoiding a new low). The Simpsons (2.3) adjusted down a whooping 0.7 and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.7) by 0.3 after accounting for the delays.
  • The broadcast scripted offerings are heavily subject to adjustment due to a 15-minute primetime interruption for a presidential address at 8:00 ET/7:00 CT. This means that the preliminary result for Once Upon a Time (1.4) includes 15 minutes of the address on the East Coast, Blood and Oil (0.9) 15 minutes of Once, and Quantico (1.1) 15 minutes of Blood & Oil. It seems possible this could hurt B&O in the finals and maybe help Quantico, but we'll see.
  • And for Fox's delayed The Simpsons (3.0), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2.0), Family Guy (1.7) and The Last Man on Earth (1.4), it probably means downward adjustments are more likely.
  • CBS and NBC were able to air their events on time by shortening 60 Minutes (1.2/1.3) and the NFL pregame show, respectively. CBS averaged 0.8 for a two-hour Frank Sinatra special, while NBC dominated as usual with Sunday Night Football.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Friday 12/4/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • Most shows were back into original mode for the first Friday in December, and most were pretty normal. That meant another dominant night for ABC with Last Man Standing (1.3), Dr. Ken (1.2), Shark Tank (1.6) and 20/20 (1.2).
  • The most discouraging result on the networks came from NBC's Grimm (0.8), which inched down to another new low and continues to struggle leading out of comedies Undateable (0.8) and Truth Be Told (0.6). 
  • Competing 8/7c reality series The Amazing Race (1.1) and MasterChef Junior (1.0) each had small rallies from last week's Black Friday originals, keeping Race ahead and Junior well shy of its promising early-season results. CBS also offered up another repeat night from its drama block with Hawaii Five-0 (0.8) and Blue Bloods (0.8).
  • The show has been summer/Friday filler for so long that it is easy to forget how big America's Next Top Model was in the CW's early years. But it wrapped up its 22-cycle run with very little fanfare, only posting its typical 0.3. Reign was also back at 0.3 after taking last week off.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 12/3/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: The Wiz Live! adjusted up to 3.4, and Thursday Night Football to 5.3. Bringing back TNF for a one-off after three NFL Network-only weeks kept more of the viewers on NFLN; it averaged a 1.46 there, which was the third-highest NFLN rating of the eight simulcasts, even though the 5.3 combined rating was only sixth-highest.
  • NBC continued its December live musical tradition into a third season with The Wiz Live!, which averaged a preliminary 11.1 million viewers and 3.3 demo rating from 8:00 to 11:00. This marks an impressive and much-welcome reinvigoration of the tradition after last year's Peter Pan Live! disappointed at 2.4, though it still fell well shy of The Sound of Music Live! (4.6) from two years ago. It's likely this will adjust up slightly since the show actually ended at around 10:45 ET and cut to local programming early. (Hourly breakdowns were 3.4/3.4/3.0.)
  • There was not a single original entertainment series on the big four on this night, as ABC plowed through its TGIT hiatus with disappointing specials Toy Story that Time Forgot (0.9), Shrek the Halls (1.0) and CMA Country Christmas (1.0/0.9). The CMA special, usually a Monday fixture, went well below its usual mid-1's delivery. CBS had a one-off return to Thursday Night Football (averaging a prelim 3.5; as usual, the final will combine with the NFL Network simulcast). And Fox went with Bones repeats (0.5/0.6). 
  • The CW was the only network in original series mode as its vampire series finally got a break from TGIT. It was of no help to The Vampire Diaries (0.5), but The Originals (0.5) did a little better than usual.

SpotVault - The Great Holiday Baking Show (ABC) - 2015-16 Ratings





The Great Holiday Baking Show
Mondays, 10/9c, ABC







SpotVault - Superstore (NBC) - 2015-16 Ratings



Thursday, December 3, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 12/2/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: Criminal Minds (1.6), Rosewood (1.5), Empire (4.5) and Arrow (1.4) all went up. That meant Arrow tied its series high from this night a year ago (and actually tied the Tuesday episode of The Flash as well). The Middle (2.0) and Black-ish (1.6) adjusted down.
  • On fall finale night for Fox's Wednesday dramas, the shows bounced back nicely from their depressed Thanksgiving Eve ratings. Empire (4.4) made it all the way back to its rating from two weeks ago, while Rosewood (1.4) was up two tenths.
  • The CW aired the back half of its The Flash/Arrow crossover, boosting Arrow (1.3) to a new season high (and a tenth below the crossover result on this night last year). Supernatural (0.9) also had a big night, tying the premiere's season high.
  • NBC aired holiday specials Christmas in Rockefeller Center (1.5), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1.5) and Saturday Night Live Christmas (1.4). ABC's comedies have historically had huge stinkers against these NBC specials, but the results were a bit more mixed on this night. The Middle (2.1) held up particularly great at 8/7c, and along with The Goldbergs (2.0) the 8:00 hour was well above its 1.6/1.7 on this night last year. However, Modern Family (2.4), Black-ish (1.7) and Nashville (0.9) were all into new season low territory.
  • On CBS, Survivor (2.1) bounced back to normal after last week's Thanksgiving Eve low, while Criminal Minds (1.5) stayed disappointing. But the momentum now seems very real for Code Black (1.5), which had another surge to tie its series high. It's not yet clear how much of this is about avoiding drama competition from Chicago PD, but we won't know till 2016; it will get another break from PD for next week's fall finale.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 12/1/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: Fresh Off the Boat (1.3) adjusted up to avoid a new low, while Rudolph (2.4) took a tick away from Limitless (1.0).
  • It was another triumphant night for NBC's new Tuesday lineup, dominating each hour as The Voice (2.6), Chicago Med (2.0) and Chicago Fire (1.9) were all on the upswing (Voice by a dramatic 0.5 points). Chicago Med was just two tenths shy of its series premiere rating from two weeks ago, and it blew away its previous series high in total viewers as the older-skewing competition (NCIS: New Orleans and Dancing with the Stars) was out of the picture this week.
  • There was no such post-Thanksgiving bounce for the increasingly problematic ABC and Fox lineups; ABC's comedies The Muppets (1.1) and Fresh Off the Boat (1.2) hit new lows again while Agents of SHIELD (1.3) maintained its low from the last two weeks. On Fox, only Scream Queens (0.9) got back a tenth, and Grandfathered (0.9) and The Grinder (0.7) couldn't rally.
  • CBS sat out its original dramas in favor of holiday classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (2.3), which took a noticeable dip from last year's 2.8 in early December. A repeat of Limitless (1.1) got a tryout at 9/8c while a repeat of NCIS: New Orleans (0.9) went to 10/9c.
  • And the CW had another typical night from The Flash (1.4) and iZombie (0.6); of greater intrigue will be how much the crossover helps Arrow tonight.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Monday 11/30/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: Finals adjustments took The Voice down to a 2.8, still up two tenths from last week (and tied with the year-ago evening), while Superstore had a passable 2.0 at 10:00 and 1.6 at 10:30. The 1.8 average is below any Blindspot result in this slot, but it is very comparable to NBC's last post-Voice sitcom block launch (a 1.9/1.6 for Undateable and One Big Happy in March). Elsewhere,
  • NBC used The Voice (2.8/3.1) to lead into two preview episodes of upcoming winter sitcom Superstore (2.2/1.9). These are going to adjust down in finals due to NBC Monday Night Football pre-emptions, and obviously the final verdict will hinge on how much. Looks OK from the prelims, but probably the most meaningful takeaway is that it didn't seem to have a particularly bad drop in the second half.
  • ABC began its Monday stretch between Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor by getting fairly DWTS-esque demo numbers out of two hours of Peanuts programming: a 50th anniversary special at 8/7c (1.8) and the holiday classic A Charlie Brown Christmas (2.0). That led into a modest start for holiday filler The Great Holiday Baking Show (1.2), which will be joined by returning The Great Christmas Light Fight starting next week.
  • The scripted offerings were all on the rebound from soft pre-Thanksgiving numbers, as Supergirl (1.6) got back a tenth (but stayed behind every result other than last week). Its CBS companions Scorpion (1.1) and NCIS: Los Angeles (1.1) were in repeats.
  • Fox surged a bit more as Gotham (1.6) was all the way back to its high end, allowing it to tie Supergirl in the demo for the first time. The last episode of Minority Report (0.7) was also up two tenths.
  • At least preliminarily, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is eyeing a rise to her first 0.4 for the CW, even as usual companion Jane the Virgin sat out for a repeat of last week's holiday commercials special (0.2). It will be interesting to see if these Monday shows can overachieve during the DWTS/Voice hiatuses as Jane did last year.

Monday, November 30, 2015

First Two Weeks, Chicago Med


WEEK ONE 
Rating: 2.2
Lead-in: The Voice (2.6)
Competition: Agents of SHIELD (1.3), NCIS: New Orleans (1.7), Scream Queens (0.9), iZombie (0.5)


Spotted Ratings, Weekend Roundup 11/27-11/29/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: On Sunday, Madam Secretary (1.3) and 60 Minutes (2.6) both adjusted up. Sunday Night Football had an 8.5, up a whooping 2.2 points from last Sunday.
  • ABC was back in the Sunday original series game with a very weak result for Once Upon a Time (1.3), a new season/series low by multiple tenths. It wasn't quite as abnormal later in the night as Blood and Oil (0.9) returned slightly up, but Quantico (1.2) inched down to tie its series low.
  • CBS' lineup started just after the 8:00 hour (finally allowing for a CSI: Cyber pre-emption!). Considering the network had a national NFL overrun, it was a fairly soft night for 60 Minutes (2.5), Madam Secretary (1.2) and The Good Wife (0.9).
  • With no sweeps and no national overrun, Fox offered up a repeat night, sprinkling in math and science awards show "Breakthrough Prize" (0.4) at 7:00 and holiday special Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (0.9) at 8:30.
  • More on cable/football after finals, but part of the broadcasters' problems may have come from NBC doing even huger than usual as New England's undefeated season came to an end on Sunday Night Football. It looks like it could be up two full points or more from last week's low.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 11/26/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: TBBT (R) adjusted down to 3.2 and Life in Pieces to 2.1. Mom went up to 1.7. The NBC football game ended up with a massive 9.0 demo rating, which was 22% above Thanksgiving night last year.
  • Thanksgiving Thursday was another particularly resounding lesson in "NFL lead-ins matter," as The Big Bang Theory (3.4) appears headed for one of the biggest repeat telecast ratings in recent memory leading out of CBS' late afternoon game. That helped to keep Life in Pieces (2.2), Mom (1.6), 2 Broke Girls (1.6) and Elementary (1.0) at pretty normal levels in spite of the depressed overall viewing. (All these shows started about two minutes later than usual, so there could be slight downward adjustments.)
    • Ultimately, it seems like programming originals on Thanksgiving is pretty worthwhile if you have the late-afternoon game helping out. But another thing to keep in mind is that CBS may not have the same kind of scheduling crunch if they lose Thursday Night Football in future seasons. 
  • On the other side of the coin, there was Fox, which got a 1.3 for a two-hour dog-themed special leading out of the late afternoon game last year. This year, lacking that lead-in, "FOX's All-Star Dog Rescue" could only muster up a third of that rating, averaging a 0.4 in both hours.
  • NBC did huge business with the Thanksgiving primetime NFL game (more on how huge after finals), while ABC averaged a 0.5 for three hours of comedy repeats (led by 0.6 for The Muppets at 8/7c and The Middle at 9/8c).

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 11/25/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: Empire (3.2) and The Goldbergs (1.3) adjusted up. Black-ish (1.0), Code Black (1.3) and the CW movie (0.4) all went down.
  • Low-viewed Thanksgiving Eve is always very unkind to younger-skewing offerings, and Empire (3.1) was no exception, dropping 30% to a new series low by a wide margin. For the most part, series have been able to recover from these types of holiday airings, though it certainly adds a little more pressure on next week's Empire fall finale. Its lead-in Rosewood (1.2) also hit a new low, but it was not down quite as severely.
  • CBS was also in the original game as two hours of Survivor (1.8) were down double digits, but they still supplied a better-than-usual lead-in for the surprisingly plucky Code Black (1.4), which was actually up to its best rating since the series premiere. CSI always seemed to overachieve in its Thanksgiving Eve 10/9c airings, holding its older audience while perhaps benefiting from less drama competition, and it looks like Code is continuing the tradition. 
  • ABC did solid work with two hours of comedy repeats (1.3/1.2/1.2/1.1), joining a Jimmy Kimmel Live repeat (0.7) to hold off NBC for third place. NBC had two hours of Saturday Night Live (0.9/1.2) leading out of a "making of" special for The Wiz Live! (0.6). That special tied last year's similar special for Peter Pan Live! (Peter Pan itself went on to do a 2.4 the next week.)
  • And the CW continued its recent Thanksgiving Eve tradition, the classic film Planes, Trains and Automobiles (0.5). It was down a tick from last year but matched the 2012 and 2013 ratings.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 11/24/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: NCIS (2.2) went up, putting it ahead of The Voice (and tied with Charlie Brown) in the 8:00 hour.
  • ABC took a rare turn atop the Tuesday standings with holiday special A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (2.2) and the two-hour season finale of Dancing with the Stars (2.4). For the Peanuts special, this was even with last year's Thanksgiving Eve telecast, and it hasn't done a higher rating since 2008 (since most of its telecasts have come on lower-viewed Thanksgiving Eve and Thanksgiving Day). Again, DWTS clearly didn't get as red-hot as it did late last fall, going at least 20% behind last fall's huge 3.0 finale, but this was basically in line with more normal DWTS behavior (and very close to the 2.4 finale from two years ago).
  • NBC had a significantly diminished The Voice (2.1), an 18% week two drop for Chicago Med (1.8) and a tiny drop from Chicago Fire (1.8). Given everything that was going against it, from a weakened lead-in to significantly increased ABC competition to the usual Thanksgiving week doldrums, it would be hard to ask for much more from Med. (And of course, it's a great result for Fire.)
  • As for those Thanksgiving week doldrums, they definitely hit the other two networks; NCIS (2.1) and NCIS: New Orleans (1.6) were low-ish while Limitless (1.3) dropped to a new low for CBS. And it got even worse for Fox's struggling Tuesday as Grandfathered (0.9), The Grinder (0.7) and Scream Queens (0.8) all hit new lows. CW got decent mileage out of a holiday commercials special (0.4) and a repeat of The Flash (0.3).

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Monday 11/23/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: After removing football pre-emptions on ABC, Castle was at its usual 1.1 while Dancing with the Stars had a 2.1. That tied a season high, but was still 16% behind last fall's performance finale as the show has not gotten quite as red-hot as it did at the end of fall 2014. Also, The Voice went up to 2.6 (matching the year-ago evening) while Minority Report somehow found yet another new low by going down to 0.5. (Worth noting this was a high-end night for Monday Night Football (5.12), which was up almost a full point from last week.)
  • Thanksgiving week began in pretty rough fashion for broadcast TV, with Supergirl (1.5) crashing down to a new low (now basically on par with a typical episode of CW's The Flash) in week five. Its CBS companions Scorpion (1.7) and NCIS: Los Angeles (1.2) were closer to even.
  • Most notable elsewhere was the fall's final head-to-head clash between The Voice (2.4/2.7) and Dancing with the Stars (2.2/2.5). DWTS and lead-out Castle (1.5) will adjust down in finals due to Monday Night Football pre-emptions, but it seems that the beginning of DWTS finale week took a chunk out of The Voice. (It happened last year as well, so The Voice should be very close to even with the year-ago evening again.) On a lower Voice night, Blindspot (1.9) also took a hit, finally ending its long run above 2.0.
  • Fox and CW also saw some minor declines with Gotham (1.4), Minority Report (0.6) and Jane the Virgin (0.4). 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 11/22/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • A national NFL lead-in boosted Fox's Sunday comedy lineup, but the ratings were still rather underwhelming as The Simpsons (2.3), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.7), Family Guy (1.6) and The Last Man on Earth (1.3) all fell behind their previous post-NFL ratings this fall.
  • ABC had an irregularly big Sunday with the American Music Awards (3.5), down a few tenths from last year's 3.8 but preliminarily avoiding a new low (as it hit a 3.4 in 2012).
  • On CBS, Madam Secretary (1.1) and The Good Wife (0.9) tied their season lows in the prelims, but CSI: Cyber (0.9) had another decent hold at 10/9c.
  • More on football/cable to come, but it looks like NBC had a weak (if still dominant) Sunday Night Football.

Cablemetrics: Into the Badlands, The Royals, The Bastard Executioner, Fargo


These numbers are current through Thursday, November 19.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • It was a legitimately impressive start for new The Walking Dead lead-out Into the Badlands (3.15), retaining 48% of its lead-in from The Walking Dead (6.51). This was better retention than the Better Call Saul pilot had (3.43 with a 7.96 lead-in), and only a handful of Talking Dead episodes historically have done better.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Friday 11/20/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments!
  • ABC built on its usual Friday dominance as Shark Tank (1.7) continued to see some late-fall redemption. It added another tenth this week, putting it three tenths ahead of its lows against the baseball playoffs. The comedy combo of Last Man Standing (1.2) and Dr. Ken (1.2) outright won at 8/7c, while 20/20 (1.4) had another good showing to take 10/9c.
  • CBS was a bit softer than usual with The Amazing Race (1.0) and Blue Bloods (1.1), but Hawaii Five-0 (1.1) was normal in the middle.
  • NBC's Undateable (0.8) was back to live originals this week, inching up from its recent level, but that was of no help to Truth Be Told (0.6) and Grimm (0.9). Dateline (1.2) had an uncommonly high rating at 10/9c which I'm sure someone will be able to explain.
  • On Fox, MasterChef Junior (1.1) inched down for the second straight week (but still ahead of the entire Fox Tuesday/Thursday lineups), and World's Funniest stayed at 0.7.
  • And CW's Reign (0.3) was back to normal after last week's high.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 11/19/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: CBS saw only small declines from the prelims; The Big Bang Theory was even and everything else dropped just a tenth or two. This left most of the lineup above last week, including season highs for Mom (1.7) and 2 Broke Girls (1.7).
  • It was a big fall finale night for TGIT as Grey's Anatomy (2.5) surged to its best rating since the season premiere, Scandal (2.4) was up two tenths and How to Get Away with Murder (2.3) had the biggest growth of all, zooming by 0.4 as it resolved the cliffhanger it has hyped all fall. But as usual, Grey's was the runaway winner on a year-to-year basis, actually beating last year's 2.4 fall finale while the other two were down over 20%.
  • NBC was pretty normal with Heroes Reborn (1.1), The Blacklist (1.5) and The Player (0.8). But TGIT's surge may have taken a chunk out of the more female-skewing drama lineups as Bones (1.0), Sleepy Hollow (0.8), The Vampire Diaries (0.5) and The Originals (0.4) all tied series lows.
  • CBS' The Big Bang Theory (3.8), Life in Pieces (2.0), Mom (1.8), 2 Broke Girls (1.9) and Elementary (1.0) are pending Thursday Night Football preemptions, though in smaller markets than usual.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 11/18/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: The Middle (2.1), Survivor (2.1), Rosewood (1.5) and Arrow (1.1) adjusted up. This put the entire ABC comedy lineup up a tenth from last week, while Arrow tied its season high with a The Flash crossover coming in two weeks.
  • Fox's megahit Empire (4.4) was back on the upswing this Wednesday, recouping two tenths of last week's season low, while its lead-in Rosewood stayed at 1.4. It's good news for Empire, but it still looks like it'll be tough to avoid a series low (currently the series premiere's 3.8) when it airs on Thanksgiving Eve next Wednesday.
  • ABC had a few upticks as well as The Goldbergs (2.2), Modern Family (2.8) and Black-ish (1.9) each packed on a tenth. Bookends The Middle (2.0) and Nashville (1.0) were even. 
  • On CBS, Survivor (2.0) and Criminal Minds (1.5) gave back last week's upticks, while Code Black (1.2) looks for its sixth 1.2 rating in the last seven episodes. NBC was on the soft-ish end with The Mysteries of Laura (1.1), Law and Order: SVU (1.4) and Chicago PD (1.4).
  • And Arrow (1.0) picked up a tick for the CW, while Supernatural stayed at 0.7.

SpotVault - Chicago Med (NBC) - 2015-16 Ratings



SpotVault - 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - 2015-16 Ratings



SpotVault - Into the Badlands (AMC) - 2015-16 Ratings





Into the Badlands
Sundays, 10/9c, AMC







SpotVault - The Royals (E!) - 2015-16 Ratings





The Royals
Sundays, 10/9c, E!







SpotVault - Donny! (USA) - 2015-16 Ratings





Donny!
Tuesdays, 10:30/9:30c, USA







Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 11/17/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: NCIS (2.2), NCIS: NO (1.7) and The Flash (1.4) adjusted up.
  • NBC had a promising start to completion of the Chicago trilogy as Chicago Med opened with a good 2.2 rating, dominating the 9/8c hour and dropping just a tenth from 2.2 to 2.1 at the half. It led out of healthy The Voice (2.6) and into ever-impressive Chicago Fire (1.9). Of some note is that this is actually the biggest raw number for a Chicago launch to date, besting the Wednesday post-SVU premieres of Fire in 2012 (1.9) and PD in 2014 (2.0).
  • CBS had a pretty off night against NBC's new lineup as NCIS (2.1), NCIS: New Orleans (1.6) and Limitless (1.4) were all on the low end. New Orleans was hoping to gain some momentum with The Voice out of the hour, but so far Med isn't looking much easier.
  • ABC and Fox were pretty even as 8:30 sitcoms Fresh Off the Boat (1.4) and The Grinder (0.9) each ticked up while The Muppets (1.2), Agents of SHIELD (1.3), Grandfathered (1.0) and Scream Queens (0.9) couldn't rally from last week's lows. ABC improved at 10/9c as a repeat of Shark Tank (0.7) stepped in for cancelled Wicked City.
  • The CW dipped into season low territory with The Flash (1.3) and iZombie (0.5).

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Monday 11/16/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: After removing MNF preemptions, The Voice went down a tick to a 3.0, still a very healthy late-season number, while Blindspot went down two tenths to 2.1. The CW's shows each lost just a tenth, putting Jane the Virgin at a new season high 0.5. Scorpion (1.7) adjusted up to dodge a new low, while NCIS: Los Angeles was up to its fourth consecutive 1.3. Gotham went down to 1.5 on Fox.
  • CBS' Supergirl (1.8) got some much-needed stabilization in week four, ticking up from last week. But much of that good news was offset by a series low night from Scorpion (1.6) at 9/8c, and NCIS: Los Angeles (1.2) was down a notch as well.
  • On Fox, Gotham continued its very consistent fall by ticking back up to 1.6, while Minority Report (0.7) returned from a week off and inched up as it nears the end.
  • ABC saw Castle (1.1) mercifully rebound by a tenth from last week's low, but Dancing with the Stars (1.8) swung down. 
  • NBC (The Voice (3.1) and Blindspot (2.3)) and the CW (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (0.4) and Jane the Virgin (0.6)) are both pending Monday Night Football preemptions. 

Best Case/Worst Case: Chicago Med


Best Case/Worst Case lays out possible scenarios for broadcast primetime TV seasons yet to premiere. Here's what's premiering tonight!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 11/15/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: 60 Minutes (3.6) and Madam Secretary (1.4) adjusted up, while CSI: Cyber (1.0) actually somehow tied its season high while airing at 10:57. Sunday Night Football (7.0) barely dodged a season low.
  • CABLE: It was a legitimately impressive start for new The Walking Dead lead-out Into the Badlands (3.15), retaining 48% of its lead-in from The Walking Dead (6.50). This was better retention than the Better Call Saul pilot had (3.43 with a 7.96 lead-in), and only a handful of Talking Dead episodes historically have done better.
  •  ABC had an above-average Sunday as it expanded Once Upon a Time (1.6) to a second hour, getting business pretty much as usual with a 1.6 rating in each hour. The half-hour breakdowns (1.7 -> 1.6 -> 1.5 -> 1.6) suggest the first hour was higher-rated than the second. But at 10/9c, Quantico (1.3) couldn't see any benefit from its best lead-in yet. It could be close to adjusting up with a 1.4 -> 1.3 breakdown, but it still seems kinda disappointing for ABC given how much stronger Once is compared with Blood and Oil.
  •  Fox once again had the comedy lineup without a national NFL lead-in, but got a little relief even with a The Simpsons repeat (1.2) at 8/7c as Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.3), Family Guy (1.4) and The Last Man on Earth (1.2) were all on the upswing vs. last week's lows.
  • CBS had the national overrun and got massive numbers out of Giants/Patriots in the late afternoon. The network then averaged a prelim 3.2 at 8/7c (mostly 60 Minutes) but was down to 1.3 at 9/8c (mostly Madam Secretary) and 1.1 at 10/9c (mostly The Good Wife). All these shows started a few minutes before the hour, so there may be some adjustments. (And CSI: Cyber got another bad break overrun-wise, as it once again had to air right at the end of the possible window with a 10:57 start time...)
  • NBC had one of its weaker Sunday Night Football efforts, and of interest on cable will be AMC's launch of Into the Badlands after The Walking Dead. More after finals!

Cablemetrics: Agent X, The Librarians, Donny!, The Affair


These numbers are current through Thursday, November 12.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • TNT finished out its original Sunday lineup with the two-hour premiere of drama Agent X, with a 0.27 in the 9:00 hour and a 0.20 at 10:00. It's at least ahead of the tanking sophomore Legends early on, but it's certainly not a promising start; it's only about equivalent to the premiere of late summer's Public Morals, which went on to become a huge bomb. Its lead-in was week two of The Librarians (0.53), which held up OK (a tenth below its 8:00 premiere but a tenth above its weak point in the 9:00 hour last week).

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Friday 11/13/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: World's Funniest (0.7) adjusted down. 20/20 was not counted in finals because it didn't air any commercials.
  • NBC had the unluckiest Friday the 13th as it preempted another live edition of Undateable due to the events in Paris, getting a 0.6 for its repeat and for an original Truth Be Told. After narrowly avoiding fractional territory last week, Grimm (0.9) got there this time, and Dateline (0.8) also slumped.
  • There were no surprises with the usual Friday leaders as ABC's Last Man Standing (1.3) continued to oscillate between 1.2 and 1.3 while Dr. Ken (1.2) and Shark Tank (1.6) matched last week and 20/20 (1.2) was down a notch.
  • On CBS, Blue Bloods (1.2) was down a tenth as The Amazing Race and Hawaii Five-0 held at 1.1.
  • Fox's MasterChef Junior (1.2) was down a tenth in its second week back on Friday, still close to the lead at 8/7c, and World's Funniest put up another 0.8.
  • I always exercise skepticism when a CW number looks high since it often gets sports preemptions, but at least in the prelims there was a new season high 0.4 for Reign. If it holds, it might be time to lump it in with the other CW dramas that have overachieved in a Friday move (most notably Hart of Dixie last year).
 Above based on preliminary adults 18-49 ratings unless otherwise noted. Full table forthcoming!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 11/12/15


 WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: CBS' finals carnage was similar to last week, with The Big Bang Theory (3.7) barely ticking down but Life in Pieces (1.8), Mom (1.5), 2 Broke Girls (1.6) and Elementary (0.8) all getting slammed by four or five tenths after adjustments. This put TBBT even with last week, LiP a tenth below last week, Mom steady but still soft, 2 Broke Girls actually ahead of its Mom lead-in, and Elementary down an ugly three tenths to a new series low. The only adjustment on the other networks was a 0.1 gain for The Blacklist.
  • Once again, CBS has to wait for finals due to a double-dose of Thursday Night Football preemptions. It doesn't mean much of anything, but The Big Bang Theory (3.8), Life in Pieces (2.3) and Mom (2.0) were all very close to last week's often heavily inflated prelims, while the return of 2 Broke Girls (2.0) at 9:30 preliminarily matched its Mom lead-in. Elementary (1.3) was down from last week's 1.5 prelim but above the 1.1 final.
  • On a steady night for TGIT, Scandal (2.2) pulled back into a tie with Grey's Anatomy (2.2) thanks to Grey's inching down from last week. How to Get Away with Murder (1.9) was even.
  • The other three networks were all eerily steady, with the only notable being Heroes Reborn (1.1) giving back a chunk (though not all) of last week's huge surge. The Blacklist (1.4), The Player (0.7), Bones (1.1), Sleepy Hollow (0.9), The Vampire Diaries (0.6) and The Originals (0.4) all matched last week.

The SpotVault's Timeslot Stats/Projections Table


Here is what's in the SpotVault's newly overhauled Timeslot Stats table, now also including projections of future averages:

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 11/11/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: Black-ish (1.8) and Code Black (1.2) adjusted down.
  • NBC finished out its annual five-hours-of-The Voice week with a one-hour Wednesday 8/7c results show (2.4), which was impressively close to the 2.5 edition on the same night last year. This helped boost Law and Order: SVU (2.0) to a season high and Chicago PD (1.6) to an above-average result as well. (These numbers were well behind last year's SVU and PD on the same night (2.4/2.2), though there was also a crossover situation in that case.)
  • Against some added NBC competition, only Fox's Empire (4.2) had a somewhat significant drop. Its lead-in Rosewood (1.4) also ticked down, returning to a tie with its October 14 low. 
  • CBS was up a tenth across the board as Survivor (2.1) and Criminal Minds (1.6) inched off of last week's lows, and Code Black (1.3) actually had its best rating since the series premiere.
  • ABC was mostly steady with The Middle (2.0), The Goldbergs (2.1), Modern Family (2.7), Black-ish (1.9) and Nashville (1.0), as Goldbergs and Nashville each inched down.
  • CW's Arrow (0.9) gave back last week's surge, and Supernatural finally hit a 0.7 after a month fluctuating between 0.8 and 0.6.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 11/10/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: NCIS (2.3) went up and Chicago Fire (2.0) went down.
  • Tuesday brought an added double-whammy of competition as The Voice (2.6/2.9) temporarily expanded back to two hours and another Republican Presidential debate aired on Fox Business Channel. (The preliminary household numbers suggest it was just a bit below the CNBC debate from a couple weeks ago, which went on to average a 2.6 A18-49.)
  • The network that really got slammed was ABC, as The Muppets (1.2), Fresh Off the Boat (1.3) and Agents of SHIELD (1.3) all dropped to new season lows. It's a particularly tough pill for the comedies to swallow since the debate didn't even start till 9:00 Eastern, but they also hadn't faced The Voice in quite awhile.
    • And newbie Wicked City (0.4) absolutely cratered at 10/9c, which is really going to put this nothing-has-been-pulled narrative to the test. It's tough these days to fall to repeat-of-anything levels, but Wicked City has pulled it off.
  • NBC's The Voice (2.6/2.9) may end up with a better rating than it got in any of its one-hour 9/8c editions, while Chicago Fire (2.1) continued its major ascension after a slow start to the season. This is certainly welcome news for the network in the week before the Chicago Med premiere.
  • CBS held up all right as NCIS (2.2) and NCIS: New Orleans (1.7) were only down a bit and Limitless (1.5) was flat. Fox's only drop came with Scream Queens (0.9), preliminarily eyeing its first journey into the zeroes, while Grandfathered (1.0) and The Grinder (0.8) stayed low. And the CW was flat with The Flash (1.5) and iZombie (0.6).

SpotVault - Mom (CBS) - 2015-16 Ratings



SpotVault - Elementary (CBS) - 2015-16 Ratings



SpotVault - MasterChef Junior (Fox) - Fall 2015 Ratings





MasterChef Junior
Fridays, 8/7c, Fox







SpotVault - World's Funniest (Fox) - 2015-16 Ratings





World's Funniest
Fridays, 9/8c, Fox







SpotVault - Agent X (TNT) - 2015-16 Ratings





Agent X
Sundays, 9/8c, TNT







SpotVault - The Librarians (TNT) - 2015-16 Ratings





The Librarians
Sundays, 8/7c, TNT







SpotVault - Legends (TNT) - 2015-16 Ratings





Legends
Mondays, 10/9c, TNT







Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Monday 11/9/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: NCIS: Los Angeles (1.3) adjusted up.
  • Week three of Supergirl (1.7) was down another half point for CBS. This is a considerably more disappointing result than the week two drop, since week two came with a lot of timeslot-related disadvantages, and it's now looking pretty unlikely that this will be a hit. If there's a silver lining, it's that these big drops are making a relatively steady Scorpion (1.8) look better; this was the first time all season Scorpion has built on its lead-in. NCIS: Los Angeles (1.2) inched down at 10/9c.
  • NBC dominated broadcast primetime with another round of The Voice (3.2) and Blindspot (2.2). Though it looks like nothing special for The Voice on a week-to-week basis, it's worth noting that this is a time of year when the show is usually fading. It's holding up a good bit better than usual as the calendar moves into November, kind of reminiscent of what America's Got Talent did in the second half of the summer.
  • ABC's Dancing with the Stars (2.0) was back into the twos for the first time since the season premiere, beginning to pick up a little of its usual late-season steam, but absolutely none of it translated to 10/9c where Castle (1.0) bombed out with another new series low.
  • And Fox had Gotham (1.5), then a repeat of Bones (0.5) stepped in for Minority Report. There has been a ton of ink spilled about how nothing has gotten pulled this fall, but "lack of repeat replacements" usually doesn't get enough credit in the reasoning. This was a textbook example, as a drama repeat couldn't even match what is likely the biggest megabomb of the fall.
  • CW was as usual with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (0.3) and Jane the Virgin (0.4).

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 11/8/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: Once Upon a Time (1.6) and Family Guy (1.2) adjusted up, while 60 Minutes (2.7) and Madam Secretary (1.3) went down. Bob's Burgers actually held its preliminary 1.4 in finals. Though it surely had football help, it was still a season high on a low-end night for the rest of the lineup. Sunday Night Football (8.4) had its best result in a month.
  • ABC's Quantico (1.3) was on the rebound from last week's result against the World Series, but only by a tenth, keeping it well behind its performance in the first month. We'll see if any of the lineup gets finals help (some appear close to adjusting up), but for now Once Upon a Time (1.5), Blood and Oil (0.8) and America's Funniest Home Videos (1.0) were flat.
  • Fox had only a few regional NFL overruns (messing up its results in the 7:00 hour), leading to another rough night. The truly alarming result came from Family Guy (1.1), which went massively behind any result from this season and even below its miserable 1.2 against SNL40 last winter. The Simpsons (1.5), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.2) and The Last Man on Earth (1.0) all tied their season lows.
  • CBS had what looks like a pretty normal overrun night with a heavily inflated 60 Minutes (3.8/2.3) followed by Madam Secretary (1.5/1.2), The Good Wife (1.1/1.0) and CSI: Cyber (0.8 in the 10:30 half-hour). All these shows started about five minutes after the bottom of the hours, so they could adjust a bit.
  • NBC had the always desirable Dallas Cowboys in primetime and looks to have put up an above-average Sunday Night Football. More after finals.

Monday, November 9, 2015

First Two Weeks, Wicked City


Reminder: the game for Supergirl is still open till 6:00 am ET on Tuesday!

WEEK ONE 
Rating: 0.9
Lead-in: Agents of SHIELD (1.4)
Competition: Limitless (1.4), Chicago Fire (1.9)


Cablemetrics: The Librarians, Major Crimes, Legends, The Affair


These numbers are current through Thursday, November 5.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Most notable this week was TNT entering the scripted original game after sitting out the first couple months of the fall. Results were decidedly mixed:
    • Sophomore drama The Librarians was the top TNT 18-49 draw out of the gate, despite what may have been a tough scheduling break; it premiered with a 0.63 at 8/7c and dropped to 0.44 when facing The Walking Dead in its second hour. It'd be pretty solid if it can stay closer to the 0.63 half as it stays at 8/7c moving forward, though the year-to-year trend looks awful right now since it went up against the big 1.27 pilot a year ago.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Friday 11/6/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: Though many shows were close in the prelims, only one finals adjustment came to pass: Blue Bloods was up to a season high-tying 1.3.
  • There's a lot of family-themed programming clashing in the 8/7c hour on Fridays. But at least for now, perhaps with the help of some extra post-DST viewership, there seems to be room for all of it. MasterChef Junior (1.3) made a very solid return to Friday, winning the 8/7c hour and opening with a raw number that it hit several times when it was last on the night two years ago. And it was down just 19% from the Friday series premiere two years ago. It's very much worth noting that this rating beat all but three of Fox's eight hours this week to date...
    • But it didn't particularly help the return of World's Funniest (0.8), which only matched the last six weeks of its initial Friday 8/7c run last winter.
  • On ABC, Last Man Standing (1.2) and Dr. Ken (1.2) were fairly normal again, and Shark Tank (1.6) finally showed at least a little life at 9/8c as it hung its best rating since week two. 20/20 (1.3) was down from last week's Leah Remini interview but still above average.
  • NBC's Grimm (1.0) had one of its better week two holds, shedding just one tenth from the premiere, while Dateline (1.0) got a little stronger at 10/9c against a lower 20/20. But comedies Undateable (0.7) and Truth Be Told (0.6) stayed very low, unable to continue NBC's week-long 8/7c upswing.
  • And CBS was pretty normal again as The Amazing Race (1.1) inched down, Hawaii Five-0 (1.1) was even and Blue Bloods (1.2) inched up.
  • The CW was slightly up week-to-week with the return of Reign (0.3), while America's Next Top Model (0.3) was up from last week's low.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 11/5/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: Yeesh. The Big Bang Theory went down just a tenth to 3.7, actually putting it within league average of the 4.1 Thursday opener last year. Everything beyond that got adjusted down at least four tenths:
    • Life in Pieces (1.9) found itself about on par with its normal Monday level;
    • Mom (1.5) had a stunningly weak opener, starting at a new series low (even behind Thanksgiving last year!) and basically a half point behind its usual spring ratings;
    • The Big Bang Theory (R) went down to 1.3, while Elementary went down to 1.1. Elementary was just a tenth behind last year's premiere, but that doesn't necessarily mean a steady season is ahead since the fall was so much weaker than the rest of the season.
    • Even on the other networks, the only adjustments were down: Bones to a 1.1 and Scandal to a 2.2 (behind its 2.3 Grey's lead-in and marking a sixth straight decline since the premiere).
  • Any definitive declarations about the new CBS Thursday lineup will have to wait for finals due to Thursday Night Football preemptions in both teams' markets. In particular, the 10/9c premiere of Elementary (1.5) looks like something that could be pretty inflated. The network also had The Big Bang Theory (3.8), Life in Pieces (2.3), Mom (2.0) and a repeat of Big Bang (1.7). My only real preliminary observation is that Mom could look somewhat disappointing if it gets whacked by the finals, since 2.0 is already toward the low end of what it was doing last spring.
  • On ABC, Grey's Anatomy (2.3) was back at 8/7c, but it was of no real help to Scandal (2.3) (unable to build from Grey's for the first time this season) and a barely-rebounding How to Get Away with Murder (1.9).
  • All week, we've seen NBC's marginal 8/7c occupants throw their hats into the ring with major surges in the first week after DST, and this night was no exception as Heroes Reborn (1.3) zoomed to its best rating since week two. But The Blacklist (1.4) and The Player (0.7) couldn't join in on the fun in the last two hours.
  • Fox's Bones (1.2) and Sleepy Hollow (0.9) were both down from last week's crossover, but it seems like a fine result for Bones considering how heavily it was hurt against Big Bang's arrival last year. The CW had another 0.6/0.4 night with The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.

First Two Weeks, Supergirl


WEEK ONE 
Rating: 3.1
Lead-in: The Big Bang Theory (4.4)
Competition: Dancing with the Stars (1.8), The Voice (3.1), Gotham / Minority Report (1.5 / 0.6), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend / Jane the Virgin (0.3 / 0.4)


Best Case/Worst Case: MasterChef Junior, World's Funniest


Best Case/Worst Case lays out possible scenarios for broadcast primetime TV seasons yet to premiere. Here's what's premiering tonight!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 11/4/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: Criminal Minds (1.5) mercifully adjusted up to draw even with SVU at 9/8c. So did Arrow (1.1), which tied its season high and also matched the year-ago evening.
  • Fox had a healthy return for Rosewood (1.5) and megahit Empire (4.6), both just barely down from their last episodes two weeks ago before the World Series. Given the added music-themed competition on ABC, Fox will happily take it, as Empire actually won head-to-head against the CMA Awards' strongest hour (4.1)
  • The CBS audience probably has some overlap with the CMAs, but it's still pretty striking just how bad the Criminal Minds crisis is getting. It was down two more tenths to a 1.4, which will be a new low even if it adjusts up, and that meant it actually lost head-to-head with NBC's Law and Order: SVU (1.5). And it's not like the surrounding CBS programming (Survivor (2.0) and Code Black (1.2)) were particularly out of the ordinary.
  • As for the awards show itself, the CMA Awards averaged a preliminary 3.8 from 8:00 to 11:00, which is likely to be down double digits from last year's 4.5. We'll see after finals if it can hold off the record low, 3.8 on a Thursday in 2012.
  • NBC had another fine night as The Mysteries of Laura (1.2) made an even stronger case with a nice post-DST upswing, while Law and Order: SVU (1.5) and Chicago PD (1.4) were pretty normal.
  • And the CW had an Arrow (1.0) uptick, but the swingy Supernatural (0.6) was back down to the low end.

Best Case/Worst Case: Mom, 2 Broke Girls, Elementary


Best Case/Worst Case lays out possible scenarios for broadcast primetime TV seasons yet to premiere. Here's what's premiering tonight!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 11/3/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: Fresh Off the Boat (1.6) adjusted up to mark its second straight increase, as did Best Time Ever (1.4). The Flash held onto its new season high 1.5.
  • The end of DST and an early end to the World Series set up pretty favorable Tuesday conditions, and the networks mostly took advantage. CBS was on a particularly notable upswing, with NCIS (2.3) at its best rating since the premiere and NCIS: New Orleans (1.9) experiencing a huge spike as competing The Voice (2.0) aired a clip show. This pair will be an interesting dynamic to watch in the coming weeks as The Voice finally returns to the 8:00 hour. Limitless (1.5) was also able to get a small uptick at 10/9c.
  • NBC also had a solid night despite the aforementioned clip show (2.0) as Best Time Ever (1.3) went out on a pretty decent note (its highest rating since the move to 8/7c) and Chicago Fire (1.8) held very close to last week's excellent rating. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Best Time Ever return at this point, though likely without the same high-priority treatment it got this year.
  • ABC was even across the first two hours with The Muppets (1.4), Fresh Off the Boat (1.5) and Agents of SHIELD (1.4), but Wicked City (0.7) dipped into even uglier territory in week two.
  • Fox began a two-day effort airing original episodes on dates originally designated for the World Series, steady with Grandfathered (1.0) and Scream Queens (1.0) but seeing The Grinder (0.8) take a disheartening dip to a new low. Overall, the network would be pretty happy if the Wednesday lineup can hold up this well tonight.
  • And The Flash preliminarily inched up to what would be a new season high 1.5, while iZombie (0.6) was even.

2015 Changes to True Formula and Projected Averages


The plan initially was to let you know what has changed with True and the Plus Power Rankings projected averages at the same time I introduced the new Timeslot Stats table for the Vault, which has more advanced details on these things. But it's become clear that just the "what has changed" portion of that undertaking makes for a really long post in its own right. So here are some of the gory details about the actual metric changes. The intro to the Timeslot Stats overhaul will come when that is ready, which I hope will be pretty soon!

SpotVault - Grimm (NBC) - 2015-16 Ratings



SpotVault - The World Series (Fox) - 2015 Ratings





The World Series on Fox







Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Monday 11/2/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: NCIS: Los Angeles (1.3) adjusted up to tie its season high, as did The Voice (3.3) to improve even more on its best y2y of the season. Dancing with the Stars (1.9) and especially Countdown to the CMA Awards (0.8) went down, making for a pretty poor showing out of the CMA special (which had a 1.2 in this slot last season).
  • CBS' Supergirl (2.2) took a big dip in week two, dropping nearly 30% from last week's post-The Big Bang Theory premiere. It's a sizable drop, but not catastrophic considering the switch from TBBT to local programming as a lead-in. It's still got "most successful newbie of the season" potential if it can stay close to this.
    • CBS had positive news at 9/8c as Scorpion (1.9) was able to hold onto last week's growth even out of a lower lead-in, while NCIS: Los Angeles (1.2) inched back down to normal after its season high two weeks ago.
  • Almost everyone else had some kind of good news on the evening:
    • NBC had a good night with The Voice (3.2) and Blindspot (2.2) both on the upswing, and this should represent Voice's smallest year-to-year decline of the season.
    • Fox's Gotham (1.6) remained unfazed by Supergirl at 8/7c; in fact, it's actually seemed like a positive, as the show has now picked up three tenths back to the premiere rating in the two weeks since Supergirl came on the scene.
    • And even the CW saw low-rated Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (0.3) and Jane the Virgin (0.4) inch back up.
  • ABC's Dancing with the Stars (2.0) and CMA preview special (1.0) are pending Monday Night Football preemptions.

2015-16 Best Case/Worst Case Show Index


Best Case/Worst Case is this site's critically-acclaimed season preview. Here's an occasionally-updated list of every single show previewed over the course of the 2015-16 season.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 11/1/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: CSI: Cyber (0.7) adjusted down. Sunday Night Football had a stout 8.2, up 15% from last week even with World Series competition. As for the Series, it ended on a series high 5.1, naturally not as good as last year's decisive Game 7 (6.6) but well above the last decisive fifth game in a World Series (4.2 in 2010).
  • Fox bid adieu to the World Series with Game 5 on Sunday night. Though they'll be a bit disappointed to get a relatively short five-game series, missing out on more big ratings for Tuesday and Wednesday, they at least got another way-past-primetime multiple-extra-inning epic to close it out. The prelims suggest this game went noticeably above the rest of the series. And even going against the World Series, the early Sunday Night Football prelims suggest that football was even or better with last week.
  • On a huge sports night with tons of extra competition in the 10:00 hour, ABC's Quantico (1.2) took an alarming week six plunge. ABC will certainly hope this is just a blip on an irregular night, but it's worth wondering if the size of this decline could be enough to spring the network into some kind of action with the flailing 9/8c hour (where Blood and Oil (0.8) preliminarily ticked down to a new low). Once Upon a Time (1.5) was also down a touch to a new low for ABC.
  • CBS didn't fare any better against the big sports night as Madam Secretary (1.1) and The Good Wife (0.9) each appear headed for new season lows.

Cablemetrics: The Walking Dead, Homeland, Fargo, Satisfaction


These numbers are current through Thursday, October 29.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Some of last week's brutal drops had some nice redemption this week. Start at the top with The Walking Dead (6.69), recouping a half-point to go just three tenths below the year-ago evening. Homeland bounced all the way back to tie the season premiere and was actually up vs. week four last year, while its sophomore lead-out The Affair (0.23) tied a series high (and remains the only currently airing show in the table below with a green year-to-year trend!). FX's Fargo (0.42) also reclaimed the vast majority of last week's enormous post-premiere drop.

SpotVault - Supergirl (CBS) - 2015-16 Ratings



SpotVault - Wicked City (ABC) - 2015-16 Ratings



SpotVault - Truth Be Told (NBC) - 2015-16 Ratings





Truth Be Told
Fridays, 8:30/7:30c, NBC







SpotVault - Being Mary Jane (BET) - 2015-16 Ratings





Being Mary Jane
Tuesdays, 10/9c, BET







SpotVault - Satisfaction (USA) - 2015-16 Ratings





Satisfaction
Fridays, 10/9c, USA







Saturday, October 31, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Friday 10/30/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: Last Man Standing (1.3) adjusted up. Game 3 of the World Series also went up a tenth to inch past last year's Game 3.
  • NBC's Grimm opened its fifth season with a 1.1, down three tenths from last year's 1.4 opener. But it was still NBC's runaway bright spot, sandwiched between the comedy hour of Undateable (0.7) / Truth Be Told (0.7, back up to the premiere rating) and the still struggling Dateline (0.8) at 10/9c.
  • At least on this night, part of Dateline's woes can be attributed to a rather huge performance from 20/20 (1.7) at 10/9c, featuring an interview with Leah Remini on the Church of Scientology. Earlier in the ABC night, Last Man Standing (1.2) and Dr. Ken (1.2) hung in there again, while Shark Tank (1.4) preliminarily inched back down.
  • Fox had its final big baseball Friday as Game 3 of the World Series averaged a preliminary 3.1 from 8:00 to 11:00. If it adjusts up at all, it will beat last year's Game 3 (3.1 on 10/24/14).
  • CBS was on the high end of normal with The Amazing Race (1.2) and Hawaii Five-0 (1.1) but on the low end with Blue Bloods (1.1). 
  • And the CW sat out Reign to show another Crazy Ex-Girlfriend repeat (0.2) leading into America's Next Top Model (0.2), which needs another upward adjustment to avoid a new season low.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 10/29/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: The Vampire Diaries (0.6) adjusted up. Thursday Night Football (6.0) was actually up just a tenth from last week after accounting for time zones and the NFL Network audience.
  • ABC broke up TGIT for a night to put its annual second airing of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1.7) at 8/7c in place of Grey's Anatomy. While it was a good night for the Peanuts special itself (even with last year's airing on the same evening), it did no favors to the rest of TGIT, as Scandal (2.3) dropped by two tenths and How to Get Away with Murder (1.8) by a pretty disappointing three tenths to a new low.
  • Fox had its own irregularity as it opened November sweeps with a crossover between Bones (1.3) and Sleepy Hollow (1.1). As usual, this was much more helpful to the second show as Hollow spiked by three tenths to a new season high, but Bones had a rather good night in its own right. (The arrival of The Big Bang Theory, which seemingly destroyed this show last year, looms next week.)
  • NBC was up a tenth for The Blacklist (1.5) but saw some more erosion for Heroes Reborn (1.0) and The Player (0.7). CW Thursday stayed pretty low with The Vampire Diaries (0.5) and The Originals (0.4).
  • Meanwhile, this was the last week of the regular run for Thursday Night Football on CBS, though it will return to CBS for a one-off in early December. With Tom Brady and the Patriots in this game, it looks like it was up at least 10% from last week in the early prelims.

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