Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Fall 2015 Preview/Review, Wednesday


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 The Middle Back in the Game Modern Family Super Fun NightNashville 107
109 93 188 9478
101 141

2014-15 The Middle The Goldbergs Modern Family Black-ishNashville 122
(+14%)
119 (+9%) 130 (+39%) 190 (+1%) 136 (+44%)80 (+2%)
124 (+23%) 163 (+15%)
VsAvg +24% +14% +1% +14%
Rank 3/14 5/14 7/14 3/14

2015-16 The Middle The Goldbergs Modern Family Black-ishNashville

ABC put four family comedies together, and the result was one of the season's biggest ratings bonanzas. The Goldbergs and Black-ish each improved their own timeslots by 40%ish and were able to drag past-their-prime lead-outs Modern Family and Nashville to minor growth as well. The best trend among the incumbents actually belonged to lead-off comedy The Middle, which was up to a historical-adjusted series high in its sixth season. These five will stay together in 2015-16, though Nashville is supposed to make room for Secrets and Lies at midseason.



CBS


8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 Avg
2013-14 Survivor Fall Criminal MindsCSI 122
132 132 101

2014-15 Survivor Fall Criminal MindsStalker 119
(-2%)
138 (+4%) 127 (-4%) 91 (-9%)
VsAvg +55% +12% -7% +18%
Rank 3/14 6/14 10/14 5/14

2015-16 Survivor Fall Criminal MindsCODE BLACK

Survivor had another banner year in 2014-15, dropping less than the league average for both the fall and spring (134) seasons. But the network as a whole regressed, as Criminal Minds gave back most of the Survivor gains with a slight drop at 9/8c, then 10/9c occupants Stalker and CSI: Cyber (82) fell well shy of CSI's previous production. They'll try again with Code Black this fall, and they well may be trying again multiple times (especially since a Criminal Minds spin-off sits on the shelf).



NBC


8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 Avg
2013-14 Revolution Law and Order: SVUIronside 74
73 95 56

2014-15 The Mysteries of Laura Law and Order: SVUChicago PD 88
(+18%)
72 (-0%) 97 (+2%) 94 (+68%)
VsAvg +7% +6% -4% +2%
Rank 7/14 6/14 5/14 4/14

2015-16 The Mysteries of Laura Law and Order: SVUChicago PD

Thanks to the Empire breakthrough on Fox, NBC stayed in the big four cellar on Wednesday yet again, where they've now been for more than a decade! However, this was actually one of NBC's better efforts on the night over that decade, largely thanks to Chicago PD patching up the 10:00 hour. The Mysteries of Laura was flailing late in the season, but its Plus for the full season nearly matched last year's Revolution, and SVU improbably inched up again. After a pity renewal for Laura, NBC is standing pat here, which means there's no real shot to crawl out of fourth.



Fox


8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 Avg
2013-14 The X Factor Wed 95
95 95

2014-15 Hell's Kitchen Red Band Society 69
(-28%)
80 (-16%) 58 (-39%)
VsAvg -15% -39% -27%
Rank 10/14 13/14 14/14

2015-16 ROSEWOOD Empire

Fox's first attempt to replace The X Factor in the fall didn't go so well, with both Hell's Kitchen and especially the drama Red Band Society going significantly behind the average that got X cancelled after three seasons. But at midseason, Fox really turned it around with the biggest broadcast drama of the A18-49+ era in Empire (303), and it's the understatement of the week to say that should set them up for improvement this fall. It stayed at 9/8c, leaving the new Morris Chestnut procedural Rosewood to lead off.



The CW


8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 Avg
2013-14 Arrow The Tomorrow People 40
49 32

2014-15 Arrow The 100 45
(+13%)
61 (+24%) 30 (-4%)
VsAvg +12% -7% +5%
Rank 4/9 7/9 4/9

2015-16 Arrow Supernatural

The CW's comic book-fueled breakout in 2014-15 didn't come solely on the back of newbie The Flash; there was also a huge upswing for the third-year drama Arrow, which had a long string of low-1 ratings following its first crossover with Flash on December 3. If not for The Flash, this year of Arrow actually would've become the biggest A18-49+ drama season in CW history!

But sophomore The 100 was still in pretty marginal territory, and so it's coming off the bench in 2015-16. Supernatural showed up on Wednesday in March, averaging a 39 for its late-season Wednesday episodes, and it'll be back again this fall.



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