Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 3/1/15


WHAT MATTERS:
  • FINALS UPDATE: The Last Man On Earth (2.4) and Dateline (0.9) adjusted up.
  • For the second straight year, the Sunday after the Oscars brought a significant positive surprise, but this time it wasn't on the network with the Oscar promotion. Fox's The Last Man On Earth premiered at a very strong 2.3 rating, which it fully held in the 9:30 half-hour. This was more than double Mulaney's premiere rating from the fall. Though clearly this simple concept pulled in significant interest on its own, it also had more help than expected from the rest of the night; The Simpsons (1.8) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.8) both had massive spikes from their event season ratings. And the return to 7:30 for Bob's Burgers (1.4) actually did better than most of its 9:30 ratings.
  • Meanwhile, the Oscar network ABC had a pretty healthy return from Once Upon a Time (2.2), which was above the last three episodes from the fall and just two tenths below the strong spring 2014 premiere. But this year's post-Once Upon a Time launch was certainly no Resurrection, as the two-hour premiere of Secrets and Lies (1.5) had a modest start at best. Of course, comparing to the 3.8 breakthrough from Resurrection isn't that fair, and a 1.5 in 2015 is clearly somewhat better than the disastrous 1.5 premiere from Red Widow a couple years ago. And it was obviously a big improvement on recent Resurrection and Revenge numbers. But it's going to have to hold up very well to have a future.
  • The big loser was CBS, which bombed pretty much across the board with new season lows for Madam Secretary (1.3) and The Good Wife (1.1) and a DOA series premiere for Battle Creek (1.0).

FULL TABLE:

InfoShowTimeslotTrue
A18-49 Skew Last LeLa Rank y2yTLa Ty2y
Once Upon a Time (R) 1.3 37% -62% -66% 1.5
Once Upon a Time 2.2 42% +29%+0.5+0.8 9/12 n/a -75% -78% 2.2
Secrets and Lies 1.5 31% n/an/an/a 1/1 n/a -87% -89% 1.5
ABC:-81%-84%
60 Minutes 1.6 15% +100%+0.8n/a 11/22 n/a +100% +14% 1.7
Madam Secretary 1.3 14% -24%-0.4-2.3 14/14 n/a +63% -13% 1.2
The Good Wife 1.1 15% -21%-0.3-0.4 13/13 n/a +100% +100% 1.0
Battle Creek 1.0 16% n/an/an/a 1/1 n/a +82% +150% 1.3
CBS:+85%+30%
The Voice (R) 1.2 29% +92% +37% 1.4
Dateline Sun 0.9 30% -25%-0.3n/a 3/3 n/a +50% -10% 1.0
NBC:+71%-2%
The Simpsons (R) 1.0 50% +25% +43% 1.3
Bob's Burgers 1.4 59% +56%+0.5-0.2 7/13 n/a +40% +100% 1.4
The Simpsons 1.8 58% +64%+0.7+0.8 11/15 n/a +50% +64% 1.8
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.8 63% +100%+0.9+0.7 8/17 +38% +125% +64% 1.7
The Last Man on Earth 2.4 53% n/an/an/a 1/1 n/a +167% +100% 2.2
Fox:+93%+80%
Big4:-47%-56%

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.

More Spotted Ratings in the Index.

91 comments:

Spot said...

Tied for a series low for the Good Wife. It will get a final season, but anything about it "deserving" it will be nonsense.

Spot said...

That's great for the Simpsons and Brooklyn Nine-Nine! Mulaney is ratings kryptonite!! Great showing from Last Man on Earth.

Spot said...

- I don't mind loosing the question for Last Man on Earth although I really didn't see it coming and thought Secrets and Lies was the one with the best chance to get there. If this holds, it will create an extremely interesting scheduling dilemma for FOX. But still early and this type of shows have propensity to fall big in subsequent weeks so we have to see. But this is very promising for now especially since it did this against the walking dead, with whom it should share a fair degree of audience! Also very nice for B99 to rebound like that and hold the entire lead-in from the simpsons!

- On ABC, one thing Spot didn't mention was the extremely impressive half hours hold from Secrets and Lies which stayed put at 1.5 throughout its entire duration including the lower viewed 9pm. OUAT did very nice too and I don't think it should have a very hard time staying close to this level for its run.

- CBS got completely nuked and those are outright horrible numbers for Madam Secretary. BC was also horrible of course but that one everyone knew it was going to turn out like that, there is no way they can schedule anything in that slot.

Spot said...

Mulaney deserved being aired against the Super Bowl to pull outright zeroes.

Spot said...

Decent return for Once Upon a Time. Could have been better, but I was terrified of a 1.7 distaster scenario. I think it should hold well here. There is no longer an artificial boost. Hoping Shield can return to a 2.0 on Tuesday

Spot said...

I thought there might be a surprise brewing for the premieres last night, but I thought Last Man on Earth had the longest odds. Nicely done.

Spot said...

Crossing my fingers for Shield too.

Spot said...

At this rate The Following will have a good year. What have FOX done to deserve this? They make an absolute mess of the scheduling and it looks like they've gotten away with it on another front.

Spot said...

Me too. I caught up on it during the weekend and it has surprised me very positively.

Spot said...

Great for Last Man on Earth. Suddenly Fox has a megahit and a solid performer. Poor. NBC, now the only one with empty pockets.

Secrets and Lies will play its order, nothing further.

Can someone please tell me why did CBS make me lose two points in the renew/cancel game for a show pulling 1.3 before its second season. Battle Creek being DOA surprised no one. CBS will see it's first scripted rating below 1.0 in the season. IDK if pulling it for the final Stalker episodes it's much better though.

Spot said...

The Last Man On Earth ratings are the biggest shock of the night. I wasn't aware The Simpsons and B-99 had any "event" episodes. I had also assumed a much bigger debut for Secret and Lies based on the amount of promotion and at least a little more solid footing for Battle Creek. For the entire night, A for FOX, B for ABC, C- for CBS.

Spot said...

I think they simply put the wrong shows in the fall! Last Man On Earth is doing massively better than Mulaney. Red Band Society is did like 20% of what Empire is doing now. Idol easily is beating Hell's Kitchen and Bones. Even Backstrom is doing better than Gracepoint. It sounds silly, but World's Funniest Fails is up double digits from Utopia!

Spot said...

I don't think FOX is overachieving, I just think they underachieved to an almost unbelievable degree last spring and last fall. It was not normal the level of rejection the entire network was getting. This feels like an overahievement just because of what it is being compared to (Empire notwithstanding obviously). I mentioned this yesterday when I made my best case worst case prediction for the following.

And to be honest I don't find their scheduling atrocious this year other than the Sunday cartoons. Which other parts do you find horrible? I don't think is brilliant but I think they've worked nicely with what they had.

Spot said...

They've made a remarkable turnaround, otoh that just makes NBC's scripted programming even worse.

Spot said...

Event season episodes is a reference to their showings against award shows.

Spot said...

Give The Amazing Race its Sunday slot back.

Spot said...

Actually for Backstrom, it's not looking so good especially when FOX seems to be doing better, but you're right, the Fall shows were just badly picked.

Spot said...

Stalker only has 3 episodes left though so it doesn't solve the issue. But they were happy with having reruns on Monday last year from 9h30 to 11h I think since mid April so I guess they could do the same here. NCIS, Scorpion or Minds could probably do close to 1.0 for a rerun.

Spot said...

Empire is definitely an over achievement, it's just that the network looks much better than it did in the Fall.

Spot said...

CBS deserves a flat out E or at least D. What were the positives from their night?

Spot said...

Cool, glad to hear it!

Spot said...

Mulaney was just downright embarrassing.

Spot said...

In case LMOE keeps its good numbers, performing around high 1s. What should Fox di comedy wise when Bordertown is waiting and both Mindy and New Girl can get one and two seasons at best?

Spot said...

At the very least it grew half a ratings point.

Spot said...

Congrats to The Last Man on Earth and Fox.
And to CBS for recognizing Battle Creek would flop and scheduling it appropriately.

Om the other hand, I'm the worst predictor in the world.
The Last Man on Earth did what I thought Secrets and Lies will score.
Secrets and Lies did what I thought Battle Creek will score.
And Battle Creek did what I thought The Last Man on Earth will score.

Spot said...

Nothing, their Fridays are better than this.

Spot said...

I think it's still very very early but in an hypothetical scenario in which these numbers hold they could do do The Simpsons-Bob's-Family Guy-Bordertown on Sundays and form a Last Man on Earth-B99 block somewhere on a weekday, probably Tuesdays at 8. But like I said, it's still very early.

Spot said...

Well, look at the bright side, you still got the question right, I didn't even get that, though I feel like I was pretty much on point with Secrets and Lies and Battle Creek though obviously way off base with LMOE.

Spot said...

Do you believe NBC's awfulness is just plain poor scheduling or are they underachieving at some extent?

A possible 0-11 for new shows looks just eye-popping terrible.

Spot said...

Both tbh, that and it was able to hide behind FOX in the Fall but not anymore, which only appears even worse, especially compared to the other networks in terms of scripted shows.

Spot said...

I think many people were with LMOE, definitely the surprise of the night.

Spot said...

They scheduled it that way, because Last Man On Earth is serialized and has fixed number of episodes (10? ).
While Mulaney was a laughing track multicam that could get back order. Though only in theory, except for Fox themselves everybody was sure Mulaney will bomb.

Spot said...

Probably a combination of both, though NBC clearly decided to go into this season favoring sophmores and returning shows over newbies. They had a fall schedule in which their most serious attempt at a new show was The Mysteries of Laura, which is a huge WTH moment. I commented about it back then. It's like in the 2012-2013 season in which networks gave the pimp slots to promising returning freshman shows (Suburgatory post MF, POI post Big Bang boosted Men, Men itself post Big Bang) instead of freshman shows. While I don't think they were anticipating the extent to which their freshman class would undperform, I also don't think they were seriously expecting that much out of it or else they would have been better scheduled to begin with.


On the other hand, it is tough to make a case for this being some serious overachievement when it seemed last year and the entire summer that NBC was back in a position of natural overachievement and of attracting casual audience. And The Voice is still going quite strong, so I would tend to believe that NBC's horrible performance is legit.

Spot said...

Has it been confirmed that LMOE cannot run for a full season? I wasn't aware.

Spot said...

Got to give credit for Once Upon a Time for getting back into the 2's for its premiere. I didn't think it would get a half-point bump from its surprisingly weak Fall finale. Maintaining this level isn't outside the realm of possibility since 3B did last year.

I do think that Once was assisted by the absence of The Amazing Race and football. CBS has essentially decided to go off the ratings map on Sundays in the name of prestige and syndication money. Battle Creek bombing is a big plus to CSI: Cyber and the other CBS dramas in contention for 2015-2016 not named Supergirl.

High-concept The Last Man on Earth definitely exceeded my expectations, but at least we only had to be right once for yesterday's Question as opposed to Spot being right three times.

Spot said...

Without 60 Minutes, they would have fallen into "D" territory. :) The absence of fooball (overruns) resulted in Madam Secretary getting Good Wife ratings and The Good Wife is getting CSI ratings. And Battle Creek, well, that's just a DOA rating as noted by Spot.

Spot said...

I went over in the question, but I thought it was going to be for Secrets and Lies.

That's a great start for Last Man on Earth, meh for Secrets and Lies, and awful for Battle Creek, which had no chance with The Good Wife as it's lead-in.

Speaking of TGW, I have a question. Between it, and Madam Secretary, which show will fall below a 1 first? The Good Wife is already at a 1.1, but Madam has to deal with DST soon.

Spot said...

Ah, yes, of course. I re-read the text. Thanks for clarifying.

Spot said...

No, I meant this season only.
If it is renewed, then they can make it 22+ episodes seasons. Though then probably it would become less serialized.

Spot said...

60 Minutes did well, yes, I hadn't even look at it yet.

Spot said...

I think NBC realized that their development cycle for the 2014-2015 season was hideous, something that was immediately evident when they announced The Blacklist would hold the post-Voice slot for two months. But even considering that fact they could have better scheduled their shows to give the returnees a better position. The comedies could have been at 8:00 on Tuesday to swap with The Voice, or on Wednesday pre-SVU which is NBC's version of Grey's Anatomy.. Or it could have been The Voice | Chicago Fire | The Mysteries of Laura/Chicago PD on Tuesday. Or SVU | Laura/Constantine on Wednesdays.


NBC basically picked nearly the worst arrangement possible because they only cared about helping The Blacklist and Chicago Fire.

Spot said...

I think Madam Secretary will hold better of two. Because I think (that's my impression, I didn't check data) Madam better endured constant lead-in changes than The Good Wife did (at least after first few episodes). In other words, I think Madam has slightly less casual audience than TGW, or slightly more fans tuning in specifically for it.

Spot said...

I don't think they cared all that much about helping Chicago Fire. They gave it a voice lead-in for the three initial weeks sure but after that has been about a boy the entire time, how is that helping it out? Other than that I agree with your main point although Laura| Constantine is probably the worst pairing in recent memory I could come up with ahah, I find that nonsensical and I am a bit surprised you have suggested that. Those gender skews are off the roof in the opposite direction one from the other.

Spot said...

LAST MAN about 0.5 higher than I thought -- Good for Fox! ... S&L 0.1 lower ... and BATTLE CREEK 0.4 lower... Interestingly, all three shows held their rating from opening half-hour to last. Best for ABC with regular series in 9-11 block since Week 2. ... Lowest of season for CBS.

Spot said...

You gotta be kidding. NBC put their returning shown in terrible situations.

1. Chicago PD - NBC constructed only possible schedule where it isn't helped (nor with direct lead-in, nor indirectly) by The Voice, Blacklist or Chicago Fire. Literally only possible such schedule.

2. Chicago Fire - Instead of nurturing it to become anchor of some night in the future, NBC dumped it to a timeslot where it leads out of sub-1.0 comedies, and thus they killed all the momentum CF had entering this season.

3. The Blacklist - their biggest scripted hit in long time they've thrown to wolves on Thursday, and thus turned possible tentpole into 4-5 seasons flameout.

Spot said...

With Empire making the expected move to 8:00, it does kind of put the kibosh on moving the comedies to Wednesdays. Tuesdays at 8:00 feels primed to go to Scream Queens if only because Fox may not want it to face TGIT and it gives them a way to program that hour fully (Scream Queens in the Fall, MasterChef Junior in the Winter, Hell's Kitchen in the Spring/Summer). Besides, between ABC's probable comedy block and male-leaning The Flash I don't know I'd want sitcoms there for Fox. That may be better, though, than facing football on Mondays or Thursdays, though...

Spot said...

That's a very respectable start for The Last Man on Earth. I don't think anyone was expecting it to do that well, especially since it was facing The Walking Dead and there's likely some audience overlap there. I do wonder if it's the type of show that has front-loaded ratings, though. Strong rebounds for the rest of Fox's lineup too



Fox is demonstrating that "big swing" shows can still do well on broadcast and that's good for television as a medium. I think the broadcast networks have become way too conservative in their development (looking at you in particular, NBC).


Battle Creek is completely DOA, and is at real risk of being pulled after next week. CBS is really struggling on the night.



Secrets and Lies is all-but-DOA, since a normal 15% week 2 drop would put it at 1.3 which is below ABC's bubble, but it probably did well enough to stay on the air.

Spot said...

I meant that either Laura or Constantine could have followed SVU, not that the two would be paired together. It would have given Constantine a stronger lead-in against pretty weak competition while avoiding a DC Comics shows between it and Arrow. Same argument for Laura, minus the comics connection.

Spot said...

Btw, just watched OUAT. And while it wasn't as good as I thought it was, nor was it as strong as last season's midseason opener, it was very good. Cruella is an amazing character and they set up the rest nicely.
I'm very interested in this storyline.

Spot said...

I agree with your points overall, probably I expressed myself poorly earlier. My point was that all summer long there was nothing with buzz or whatever you want to call it about NBC new shows. All of their efforts promotional wise etc were focused on the blacklist, the chicago twins and the voice, with some random attention to Laura and Marry Me. Even Spot mentioned so on his fall best case worst case list. So they were clearly not very confident about their freshman class (hence my comparison with the 2012/2013 season in which there were similar signs during pre-season about it) - this was my point in my previous message.

However, and probably this is where I wasn't clear before, is that they didn't execute this strategy well. I don't think strengthening your returning shows is a bad strategy if your freshman class is downright awful and I think is actually a better idea than try to force stuff to work and hurt the schedule. But NBC, despite giving signs that they knew how weak their freshman class, still forced them on on the schedule and didn't make moves to support the returning shows instead as you said (with the exception being keeping the blacklist post voice in the fall). So even this strategy was poorly executed and the result is what we are seeing.

Spot said...

Good point on the big swing shows and what it means for the development of networks overall. One thing I would note about LMOE is that it has a couple of things in it favor moving forward. While I agree that it seems the type of concept show bound to fall a lot in post premiere weeks, it should have a lead-in that is stronger than the one it had last night (Family Guy would have probably outrated B99 if it was on yesterday) and, after this month, the walking dead is gone and like you said there should be some overlap here so we should see more effect than with something like resurrection (though GOT will be occupying its place, the show still has roughly half of TWD's numbers so there is a difference)

Spot said...

Ah got it, sorry. I really felt it was odd that you were suggesting it as a pair!

Spot said...

I think part of the problem for TGW was the scheduling since Christmas. I watch CBS only for two shows - Elementary and The Good Wife - so I don't see a whole lot of promotion on the channel. Elementary I DVR and watch on Fridays, so I don't see the commercials. The Good Wife I watch live - IF I know it's on. It's one of my favorite shows and honestly, I had no idea it was coming back. I actually think that Madam Secretary probably has a more casual audience that will stay from the lead-in, while the small amount of people who watch The Good Wife watch FOR The Good Wife only and check in and out around it, but with the weird scheduling, I'm guessing a decent number didn't realize it was new. This is just my impression as well - I don't have any data to back it up.

Spot said...

Yeah, you're right about that thing. They wanted to kill two birds with one stone, and killed no birds. And they killed own ratings in a process, to make matters worse.
I mean, they half-assed supported newbies (good timeslots, but not enough promo, and most of them premiering late), and half-assed supported returnees (enough promo, but bad timeslots), with result being, not surprising, full-bad.

Spot said...

Mondays and Wednesdays are off the table like you said so it it is between Tuesday and Thursday. The Flash and Agents of Shield with its male skewing appeal complicate things on Tuesday but I am not sure that volume on Thursdays with the CBS comedies (plus TNF like you said) isn't worse. Thursdays also have a complication which is that it is the natural night for Idol to occupy at midseason for two hour so for the fall should be something easily removable which a comedy block isn't. This leaves Tuesdays despite The Flash - I think it is the least bad option, no?

And although Thursdays are complicated, I don't think a fall placement at 8pm for Scream Queens is all that impossible of a frontier. I doubt it overlaps much with football and while GA is very solid, it is not Scandal so should be doable if the show is truly strong. The Big Bang Theory would be off for most of the time so that would help too (probably just 4 or 5 head to head like this year in November). It would be asking a lot of the show but if they truly like it, I wouldn't mind.

But it's way too soon for this, I think we are getting ahead of ourselves, we need to see if the numbers hold anywhere near this.

Spot said...

Possible Mentalist treatment?

Spot said...

Exactly, that was my point, well said.

Spot said...

I think the Sunday scheduling is so bad I've been unable to look beyond it. :)

Spot said...

Fair enough on that ;)

Spot said...

I wonder if Fox's comedies have been helped by the halo effect of SNL40-driven nostalgia (especially since they star Will Forte and Andy Samberg) coupled with NBC pulling out of the young-skewing comedy business (leading to the audience actively seeking out alternatives).



CBS only does old-skewing Lorre-y multicams, ABC only does family sitcoms and NBC has absolutely nothing, leaving Fox as the only game left in town for these sorts of single-camera shows.

Spot said...

So Mulaney was the culprit all along. Fascinating. But weird-concept shows usually premiere decent than fall down hard, so we'll see. Once and Secrets...not good, but Once had zero hook so maybe I'll give it a slight pass. CBS did awful, but everyone expected that.

Spot said...

No surprise there, they were just dumb enough to let it play out even though it got a 0.4.

Spot said...

"NBC has absolutely nothing"


Now that's just sad.

Spot said...

Yup. I kind of liked the way they did Blacklist to Thursday - using the SB and a two-parter to funnel the audience to the new night - but even that didn't stick. And now you have a situation where a failed summer show has the network's best slot.

If you're going to rely on your returning shows, the least you can do is actually commit to that. If The Blacklist was considered strong enough to hold up on an island (which at the time looked a decent shout) and you think the Chicago franchise is the other lynchpin of your late-2010s schedule, you can't give *neither* Chicago show direct Voice lead-ins. Nor can you throw TBL into the fall when the concept is stronger in January and the show probably needed a hiatus after the previous season's shark-jump ending, let alone airing an "athlete" season against the NFL; they literally couldn't have put it in a worse situation, and just because I was pleased with the resulting crash doesn't mean I'm going to go easy on NBC for it.

Spot said...

And I suspect it's not as compatible as TWD, which has basically the same theme.

Spot said...

But that is good for you, because you like CSI.
Lower TGW ratings = increased chance its next season will be announced as final.
Final season of TGW = increased chance it will be shorter than 22 episodes (both TGW producers are CBS execs are always yapping it's in unfair position regarding Emmys and other awards because cable shows doesn't have to fill 22 episodes of story).
Short TGW season = increased chance CSI getting final season, as it would open Sun 9 PM in enough weeks to air 13 or so CSI episodes.

Spot said...

Yep, that as well

Spot said...

I think Once did very good. This midseason premiere is only 2 tenths bellow last spring's premiere. Which, if I'm not wrong, had "synergy" with some Disney movie, and yesterday's episode did not have such a help.

Spot said...

Yeah, Frozen.

OuaT did manage to go up half a rating point, which is good.

Spot said...

I've come to terms with CSI ending. The finale wrapped things up very well and I'm okay with it being done now. That being said, I think CSI certainly "deserves" a final season compared to the Good Wife. I'm just wondering what they do with Madam Secretary if the Good Wife only has 13 episodes. I guess Madam Secretary isn't confirmed 22 episodes, but still.

Spot said...

The Blacklist, in L+7, is now below the entirety of TGIT's line-up.


How is that move going again, Greenblatt?

Spot said...

I see The Last Man on Earth is being repeated on Fox Sports 1 at 12am on Tues night/Wed morning. I guess this is Fox trying to help those with DVRs?

Spot said...

Fun fact: The latest episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine in L+SD (1.8) beat its last original in L+7 (1.6).

Spot said...

I'm just not a fan of recreating a male-leaning comedy block into a female-leaning one a la last season's Dads | 9-9 | New Girl | Mindy. And Scream Queens would probably be the most compatible new show that Fox could pair with New Girl; since they own it they have an interest in supporting it in some way.

Spot said...

He definitely needs the boot.

Spot said...

Keep in mind that due to Zoey's pregnancy, there is a strong likelihood that New Girl is not on the fall schedule. Likely not relevant since they would just replace it with other young skewing comedies anyway but still. I understand your points and I agree that Scream Queens-Young skewing female comedy block is better than Male comedy block - Young skewing female comedy block; I just don't think there is any other place for that male comedy block.

Spot said...

ABC: I think Spot is going to wait and see how it does next week before making much of a comment on that.

CBS: No real surprise there for BC, almost everyone knew.

FOX: I do wonder how they'll schedule it with Bordertown coming in.

Spot said...

Oddly enough, Red Widow also got a 1.5 for both hours of its 2 hour premiere and that's also what Betrayal got for its premiere as well.

Spot said...

CBS was down 25% vs. the comparable night a year ago in 18-49 but up 10% in total viewers.

Spot said...

er, Greensplatt.

Spot said...

Like the ratings of most of the network's shows.

Spot said...

In the biggest shock of the season so far (sarcasm), NBC (3.1) won the the February sweeps. Without the Super Bowl, ABC would have won. Both ABC (2.0) and CBS (1.8) were up 67% and 29%, respectively from last February when they competed with a lot of repeat programming against NBC's Olympics coverage. FOX (1.5) was 4th, down 59% from last February when it carried the Super Bowl.

Spot said...

Well it was based off of Wizard of Oz. Technically it isn't Disney, unless you count Return to Oz and Great and Powerful, but yeah I see what you're saying.

Spot said...

I'd like to see more data about TV shows median age.


Last data I have is from the previous fall season. I've always wanted to know who skews older between Madam Secretary and Blue Bloods or how many shows still have its median age below 40.

Spot said...

I was ready to make a joke about Mulaney being so terrible that comedy-starving NBC rejected it but they also rejected Mindy.


Damn you, NBC, only way I can laugh at you is looking at ratings.

Spot said...

The split season schedule is definitely benefiting it because of the half-point bump last year.

Spot said...

Hopefully, it won't go the way of that other big swing show, Galavant. RIP

Spot said...

NBC still dodged a bullet with Mindy. It would have gotten half the ratings on NBC than its gotten on Fox simply because Fox had a compatible lead-in for it in New Girl.

If Mindy were on NBC it would have probably been paired with Up All Night or Whitney....

Spot said...

It makes sense to repeat new shows in general unless it's a straight out bomb.

Spot said...

The good news is that it won't have to face the same competition Galavant did, but that always felt like a burnoff bridge series with the way it was being scheduled.

Spot said...

The Walking Dead 7.53, 17% up y2y, but that's compared to episode that aired against last year's 13.1 Oscars, and thus not surprising at all.

This half-season 4 episodes are:
-4% vs 8.32 Grammys (7.25 Olympics last season)
-9% vs 7.83 SNL40 (vs 4.86 Olympics last season)
+4% vs 10.98 Oscars (vs 3.23 Olympics last season)
+17% against usual competition (vs 13.12 Oscars last season)

It seems big events were reason for TWD not breaking any records this half-season so far. But ratings monster is now heating up, and now I wouldn't be surprised if season finale sets new high (current is 8.65 A18-49).

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