Friday, September 11, 2015

The Fall 2015 Preview/Review, Friday


Welcome to The Fall Preview/Review, a look at how each broadcast network fared on each night of the schedule in 2014-15. These are basically the Schedules Plus Updates from last year, except now arranged by day of the week and with a teeny bit more focus on what's to come in fall 2015. 2014-15 year-to-year changes are in parentheses, while "VsAvg" compares 2014-15 to the full historical average and "Rank" ranks 2014-15 against all available previous occupants. Each network name links back to its now updated Schedules Plus post for this day of the week.

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ABC


8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 Avg
2013-14 Last Man Standing The Neighbors Shark Tank20/20 81
71 5110478
61

2014-15 Last Man Standing Cristela Shark Tank20/20 84
(+4%)
76 (+7%) 59 (+17%)108 (+5%)75 (-3%)
68 (+11%)
VsAvg +21% +67% +15% +35%
Rank 3/14 1/14 2/14 1/14

2015-16 Last Man Standing DR. KEN Shark Tank20/20

ABC's already dominant Friday lineup made even more strides in 2014-15, as leadoff comedy Last Man Standing and reality centerpiece Shark Tank both held up swimmingly once again. In the middle was new comedy Cristela, which found itself in the same position as Forever on the drama side: a significant improvement on the very weak previous timeslot occupant, but still squeezed out because of the network's numerous successes elsewhere. ABC will take yet another stab at 8:30 with Ken Jeong's Dr. Ken.



CBS


8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 Avg
2013-14 Undercover Boss Hawaii Five-0Blue Bloods 77
80 76 74

2014-15 The Amazing Race Fall Hawaii Five-0Blue Bloods 73
(-4%)
69 (-13%) 74 (-2%) 76 (+3%)
VsAvg +4% +16% +14% +11%
Rank 7/14 2/14 3/14 5/14

2015-16 The Amazing Race Fall Hawaii Five-0Blue Bloods

CBS' move of The Amazing Race to Friday was a disappointment, as the show wasn't even all that close to the year-ago ratings from Undercover Boss. (And Boss averaged 80 again for its Friday episodes when it filled in at 8/7c during the winter.) The Race struggles helped usher Hawaii Five-0 down just a touch, but Blue Bloods built to a series high Plus at 10/9c. They're all back again this fall.



NBC


8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 Avg
2013-14 Dateline Fri GrimmDracula 66
67 75 55

2014-15 Dateline Fri GrimmConstantine 64
(-2%)
69 (+3%) 68 (-8%) 55 (-1%)
VsAvg +22% +7% -20% +2%
Rank 4/14 7/14 11/14 7/14

2015-16 Undateable TRUTH BE TOLD GrimmDateline Fri

NBC spent a lot more money in the 10/9c hour with Constantine, but they didn't get any benefit relative to last year's Dracula ratings. (The above average also includes some 8:00 Constantine eps.) So Grimm will not be leading into a new drama this time, at least at the start, and NBC fills the third hour with its token "see, we haven't given up on comedy!" hour: an all-live season of Undateable and fellow multi-cam Truth Be Told.



Fox


8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 Avg
2013-14 MasterChef Junior Sleepy Hollow (R) 55
74 36

2014-15 Utopia Fri Gotham (R) 33
(-41%)
37 (-50%) 28 (-24%)
VsAvg -19% -34% -26%
Rank 11/14 14/14 12/14

2015-16 MasterChef Junior World's Funniest Fails

Utopia hung on for five Friday telecasts after the start of the regular season, which is three more than it got on Tuesday, but its 0.5 on Halloween was the last anyone ever saw of it. The closest thing to a win Fox had on Friday all season was the blooper show World's Funniest Fails, which averaged a 52 leading off in the winter. It's slated to return late this fall with MasterChef Junior (99/100). Can this network really move a league average weeknight performer back to Friday? They're taking their time to make sure, as this lineup isn't slated to return until November.



The CW


8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 Avg
2013-14 The Carrie Diaries America's Next Top Model Fall 20
16 23

2014-15 Whose Line Is It Anyway? America's Next Top Model Fall 27
(+37%)
32 (+96%) 22 (-5%)
VsAvg +8% -23% -7%
Rank 5/9 7/9 4/9

2015-16 Reign America's Next Top Model Fall

The real interest on the CW Friday in 2014-15 was the winter run of Hart of Dixie (24), which somehow was actually up in raw numbers from the previous mostly-Monday season. They're gonna hope for a similar miracle from CBS Studios survivor Reign, which averaged just a 23 in the post-Vampire Diaries slot last year.



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