Friday, September 30, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 9/29/16

FINALS UPDATE: Superstore (1.3) and The Good Place (1.3) adjusted up while The Big Bang Theory (R) (1.3/1.3) and Kevin Can Wait (R) (1.1/1.1) and Bull (R) (0.8) and The Flash (R) (0.3) adjusted down.

  • Week two was more hopeful for Pitch (up to 58%) and Notorious (still a long shot but up to 32%) after small/no drops.
  • The biggest week-to-week swing in R% to date was Rosewood, shooting all the way up to 66% in week two. It rose when the model expected a drop and had the Fox target come down a lot in the same week, hence an enormous move. Way too much of a swing in my opinion, but if it actually sustains a 0.8, it would admittedly not be that far from the rest of the Fox pack...
  • In the prelims, we're taking a likely optimistic guess at what the NFL Network football rating will be (about 10% below the NFLN-only opener last year). If it comes in below that, and/or if the CBS repeats adjust down to reduce competition, these percentages could come down some in finals.
  • ABC's Notorious (1.1) tried to hang on in week two, preliminarily matching its premiere rating as surrounding programs Grey's Anatomy (2.4) and How to Get Away with Murder (1.3) were both down a touch.
  • The Thursday sledding got even tougher on NBC, as Superstore (1.2) took a big hit 8/7c and (at least in the prelims) lost out to even a repeat of The Big Bang Theory (1.4) in their first head-to-head duel. The Good Place (1.2) remained a solid match at 8:30, but the dramas Chicago Med (1.3) and The Blacklist (1.1) dipped further in week two as well.
  • On Fox, Rosewood (0.8) woke up a bit from last week's nightmare opening, while Pitch (1.0) held off the fractionals in week two.
  • CBS had a one-week break from Thursday Night Football, using it to repeat its Monday comedies (1.4/1.3/1.4/1.2) and Bull (0.9). These numbers will probably come down in finals since the network still had some local preemptions for TNF (which was carried nationally on NFL Network only).

First Two Weeks, Designated Survivor

Games still open: Kevin Can Wait | Bull | This Is Us | Speechless

Rating: 2.2
Lead-in: Black-ish (2.0)
Competition: Big Brother (2.0), Chicago PD (1.6)

First Two Weeks, Speechless

Games still open: Kevin Can Wait | Bull | This Is Us

Rating: 2.0
Lead-in: The Goldbergs (2.0)
Competition: Survivor Fall (2.3), Blindspot (1.3), Lethal Weapon (2.2), Penn and Teller: Fool Us (R) (0.3)

What's Changed in the True Formula for 2016-17

This took longer than hoped, but here are some details on what's changed in the True formula from the 2015-16 version to the 2016-17. It is the fourth and final piece of the large Renewology intro, following the general intro, tables and charts details, and summary of the Renewology model. If you want more details on the formation of the True formula, you can go back and piece together all my old posts. Perhaps some day I will do a better documentation, but this post is just about the changes from the 2015-16 version to the 2016-17 one.

SpotVault - Code Black (CBS) - 2016-17 Ratings

Code Black
Wednesdays, 10/9c, CBS

SpotVault - Criminal Minds (CBS) - 2016-17 Ratings

Criminal Minds
Wednesdays, 9/8c, CBS

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 9/28/16

FINALS UPDATE: Criminal Minds (1.9) and Blindspot (1.3) and Law and Order: SVU (1.6) and Lethal Weapon (2.0) and Empire (3.7) adjusted up while Penn and Teller: Fool Us (R) (0.3) and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) (0.3) adjusted down.

  • Not a great start for Code Black (37%), which is immediately at the bottom of the CBS totem pole.
  • Not a ton of movement elsewhere. The solid holds were good news for Speechless and Lethal Weapon. The model cooled a bit on Blindspot (81%) in its second regular episode, but it's still a noticeable improvement on previous occupant The Mysteries of Laura.

  • The promising premieres of week one continued to hold up decently in week two. In the 8:00 hour, Speechless (1.8) was down two tenths from last week's premiere, dipping slightly behind its The Goldbergs (1.9) lead-in which shed a tenth. And Lethal Weapon (1.9) took its own low-teens drop, remaining a significantly improved option on Rosewood; a year ago, Rosewood was just a tenth higher with nearly two more points of Empire lead-out juice (5.5 last year; 3.6 this year).
  • The only newbie that took even a slightly above average drop was the ABC drama Designated Survivor (1.8), down by four tenths (or 18%) in its second week. But with this kind of show, ABC will still take that, especially since the network's most alarming week two drop came from DS' lead-in Black-ish (1.6). Modern Family (2.3) had a low-teens drop at 9/8c.
  • On CBS, dramas Criminal Minds (1.8) and Code Black (1.2) were back and matched their 2015-16 season finales. In another year of turmoil in the main cast, Minds was only 10% behind last year's opener, and looked a bit more like the stronger Minds that showed up in the second half of last season. Code Black was 20% behind the year-ago series premiere, but never faced this level of drama competition from ABC.
    • Survivor (2.1) was down two tenths at 8/7c.
  • NBC's Law and Order: SVU (1.5) was the peacock's only steep dropper in week two, probably thanks to the arrival of Minds as competition. Sandwiching it were Blindspot (1.2) and Chicago PD (1.5), each down just a tenth.

First Two Weeks, This Is Us

Games still open: Kevin Can Wait | Bull

Rating: 2.8
Lead-in: The Voice Tue Fall (3.4)
Competition: Agents of SHIELD (1.1), NCIS: New Orleans (1.4)

First Two Weeks, Bull

Games still open: Kevin Can Wait

Rating: 2.2
Lead-in: NCIS (2.2)
Competition: Dancing with the Stars Special (1.5), The Voice Tue Fall (3.4), Scream Queens (1.0), MADtv (0.2)

The 2016-17 Daily Year-to-Date Rankings

The 2016-17 Climate Center: Networks

The 2016-17 Climate Center: League Averages

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 9/27/16

FINALS UPDATE: The Voice (3.3) adjusted up while Scream Queens (0.7) adjusted down.

  • Despite week two drops, the ABC and Fox shows all came close to last week's R% numbers (which still mostly feel too high to me). Other than Nine-Nine, these shows dropped more in True than the projections guessed, but those were offset by the decreases in where we project the network averages to end up. The True formula is still very kind to Agents of SHIELD due to its incompatibility with DWTS, and it'll be interesting to see if it turns out to have been overrating it when it gets a younger-skewing lead-in in two weeks.
  • The worst night according to the formula was actually had by Bull, which fell to 70% in week two. Again, a lot of this is about the network targets rather than the show itself, as CBS seems to be overachieving in general. But it was still only an OK week for Bull itself, and its projected late-season True dropped a bit.
  • In the first full-fledged night of week two for primetime entertainment series, This Is Us (2.6) remained a huge winner. It was down just two tenths from its already stellar premiere, and still retained most of its The Voice (3.2) lead-in. This was actually tied with the second week of Blindspot (2.6) from a year ago, which is a huge compliment.
  • On CBS, Bull (1.9) also held up fairly well in week two, shedding three tenths week-to-week and dropping behind its NCIS (2.1) lead-in. The network also had a reasonable positive at 10/9c as premiere week underachiever NCIS: New Orleans (1.5) ticked up.
  • Elsewhere, though, the struggles got more real. ABC's Agents of SHIELD (0.9) shed two tenths from its decent premiere a week ago, leading out of two more hours of Dancing with the Stars (1.4/1.3).
  • Fox also had a rough second Tuesday, with a downtick from Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.0) and two-tenth declines from New Girl (1.0) and Scream Queens (0.8).

First Two Weeks, Kevin Can Wait

Rating: 2.6
Lead-in: The Big Bang Theory (3.8)
Competition: Dancing with the Stars Fall (1.7), The Voice Fall (3.3), Gotham (1.3), Supergirl (SR) (0.2)

Renewology Roundup: What to Expect in Week 2

Hope you have enjoyed the first week of Renewology. The projection-of-future-declines component means that it is most interesting in the very earliest weeks. But these are also the times when we have very, very little to go on in terms of where the network averages will end up. So for this first Renewology Roundup, here are a few thoughts on things to look out for in week two of the numbers. I promise that these columns will be a lot less wonky, and more about the shows themselves, going forward!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Monday 9/26/16

FINALS UPDATE: The Big Bang Theory (3.6) adjusted up while The Voice (3.2) adjusted down.
  • On a sky-high night for overall viewing, I added the full 8:00 ratings on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, plus Monday Night Football, as cable competition. It still graded out as an easier hour than last week, especially with the debate lead-out factor in the mix. I'm not sure if the formula is still being too harsh or not, but I'm not sure what else I could've reasonably done. Even if the slot was a lot easier, Kevin Can Wait's uptick is impressive, but it still dropped a touch in R% due to the CBS target rising by about a tenth in week two. (More on this tomorrow.)
  • On the second Monday of the season, the big four broadcasters set their primetime lineups aside from 9:00-11:00 to air the first presidential debate. Early numbers suggest it went considerably higher than the comparable debate in 2012.
    • Preliminary debate numbers:
      • NBC (5.4), ABC (3.1), CBS (2.8), Fox (1.8) 
  • That meant only a miniature version of the week two primetime clash, in the 8:00 hour. CBS had a key week two for Kevin Can Wait (2.7), leading out of The Big Bang Theory (3.5). NBC's The Voice (3.3) and ABC's Dancing with the Stars (1.8) aired condensed versions, while Fox went with just Gotham (1.2). We will hold off till finals on analysis.

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 9/25/16

FINALS UPDATE: Once Upon a Time (1.3) and Sunday Night Football (7.6) adjusted up while everything on Fox adjusted down: Family Guy (R) (0.8), Bob's Burgers (1.1), The Simpsons (1.4), Son of Zorn (1.1), Family Guy (1.3) adjusted down.

After these adjustments, it seems even clearer that there is an issue with how a new component in the True formula is counting the sports competition for the Fox shows. In particular, Bob's and Simpsons should clearly be higher, even if Bob's wasn't renewed already. I went ahead and posted this table but I may be doing some kind of emergency fix for this situation. I'll work on this and get into it a bit more in the True formula update article later this week.

  • It looks like a rough season is ahead for ABC's Sunday drama approach, and it started with Once Upon a Time (1.2) and Quantico (1.0) each returning to tie their spring finales. However, these were predictably hefty declines from their 1.8/1.9 openers a year ago. In the middle was the return of Secrets and Lies (1.0) after a 16 month hiatus. On a historical-adjusted basis, this was a little worse than its 1.5 premiere from that season, and about on par with the show's 1.3 low point. But it's clear that S&L's late-season heat from spring 2015 is long gone.
  • In the prelims, Fox's animated staples got off to a solid start, with Bob's Burgers (1.3) and The Simpsons (1.6) each preliminarily up a tenth from last year's openers, while Family Guy (1.4) was down just a tenth. But the live action offerings at the bottoms of the hours were less impressive; Son of Zorn (1.2) was 20% below the year-ago Brooklyn Nine-Nine (which had full retention on premiere Sunday a year ago), while The Last Man on Earth (0.9) took a disturbing dip from its year-ago 1.4 opener. These shows could get a bit adjusted due to local NFL overruns (which are probably included in the 1.1 Family Guy (R) at 7:00).
  • On CBS, the national NFL overrun led into 60 Minutes (2.3 from 8:00 to 9:00) and the two-hour premiere of NCIS: Los Angeles on a new night (1.4 from 9:00 to 11:00). These shows actually started at 7:51 and 8:51 on the East Coast, so expect adjustments.
  • NBC had a dominant Sunday Night Football; more after finals.

SpotVault - Quantico (ABC) - 2016-17 Ratings

Mondays, 10/9c, ABC

SpotVault - Secrets and Lies (ABC) - Fall 2016 Ratings

Secrets and Lies
Sundays, 9/8c, ABC

SpotVault - Once Upon a Time (ABC) - 2016-17 Ratings

Once Upon a Time
Sundays, 8/7c, ABC

SpotVault - The Last Man on Earth (Fox) - 2016-17 Ratings

The Last Man on Earth
Sundays, 9:30/8:30c, Fox

SpotVault - Family Guy (Fox) - 2016-17 Ratings

Family Guy
Sundays, 9/8c, Fox

SpotVault - The Simpsons (Fox) - 2016-17 Ratings

The Simpsons
Sundays, 8/7c, Fox

SpotVault - Bob's Burgers (Fox) - 2016-17 Ratings

Bob's Burgers
Sundays, 7:30/6:30c, Fox

SpotVault - NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) - 2016-17 Ratings

NCIS: Los Angeles
Sundays, 8/7c, CBS

SpotVault - 60 Minutes (CBS) - 2016-17 Ratings

60 Minutes
Sundays, 7/6c, CBS

Monday, September 26, 2016

SpotVault - MacGyver (CBS) - 2016-17 Ratings

SpotVault - Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) - 2016-17 Ratings

Hawaii Five-0
Fridays, 9/8c, CBS

SpotVault - Blue Bloods (CBS) - 2016-17 Ratings

Blue Bloods
Fridays, 10/9c, CBS

SpotVault - Dr. Ken (ABC) - 2016-17 Ratings

Dr. Ken
Fridays, 8:30/7:30c, ABC

SpotVault - Last Man Standing (ABC) - 2016-17 Ratings

Last Man Standing
Fridays, 8/7c, ABC

SpotVault - Shark Tank (ABC) - 2016-17 Ratings

Shark Tank
Fridays, 9/8c, ABC

SpotVault - 20/20 (ABC) - 2016-17 Ratings

SpotVault - The Exorcist (Fox) - 2016-17 Ratings

The Exorcist
Fridays, 9/8c, Fox

SpotVault - Dateline Fri (NBC) - 2016-17 Ratings

SpotVault - Hell's Kitchen (Fox) - 2016-17 Ratings

Hell's Kitchen
Fridays, 8/7c, Fox

SpotVault - Superstore (NBC) - 2016-17 Ratings

Thursdays, 8/7c, NBC

SpotVault - Chicago Med (NBC) - 2016-17 Ratings

Chicago Med
Thursdays, 9/8c, NBC

SpotVault - The Blacklist (NBC) - 2016-17 Ratings

The Blacklist
Thursdays, 10/9c, NBC

SpotVault - How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) - 2016-17 Ratings

How to Get Away with Murder
Thursdays, 10/9c, ABC

SpotVault - Notorious (ABC) - 2016-17 Ratings

Thursdays, 9/8c, ABC

SpotVault - Grey's Anatomy (ABC) - 2016-17 Ratings

Grey's Anatomy
Thursdays, 8/7c, ABC

SpotVault - Pitch (Fox) - 2016-17 Ratings

Thursdays, 9/8c, Fox

SpotVault - Rosewood (Fox) - 2016-17 Ratings

Fridays, 8/7c, Fox

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Premiere Sunday Best Case/Worst Case: Son of Zorn and Week 2 premieres!

Best Case/Worst Case lays out possible scenarios for broadcast primetime TV seasons yet to premiere. This year, it will fully cover the new shows, plus a few brief thoughts on some other shows (usually limited to sophomores and on-the-move/particularly interesting veterans). Feel free to add your predictions on what I don't cover. Here's what's premiering tonight. I'm also throwing the week two premieres into this post, since there are surprisingly few week two premieres and even fewer actual interesting ones.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Friday 9/23/16

FINALS UPDATE: Hawaii Five-0 (1.4) adjusted up while Masters of Illusion (0.2) and Masters of Illusion (R) (0.2) adjusted down.

  • CBS made a huge Premiere Friday splash with a truly explosive premiere from MacGyver (1.7) at 8/7c. It's been almost three years since a Friday night drama hit even a raw number this high (Bones and Hawaii Five-0 each hit 1.8's in 2014). On a historical adjusted basis, you'd definitely have to go at least back to the Numb3rs premiere (a 5.0/123 Plus in January 2005) and probably back to Law and Order: SVU's run on the night in the early 2000s. The show skewed much younger than the other CBS crime dramas, with less than a million more total viewers but a 0.4 advantage in the demo.
    • MacGyver also helped its compatible lead-out Hawaii Five-0 (1.3), which easily trounced its 1.0 year-ago premiere and was near its highest raw number of last season. And Blue Bloods (1.3) matched last year's opener.
  • Though overshadowed by CBS, Fox also had a nice opening Friday with the return of Hell's Kitchen (1.1) and premiere of drama The Exorcist (1.0). Hell's tied its last Friday premiere in January, while Exorcist has given itself a chance to be much stronger than Fox's recent scripted efforts on the night.
  • ABC may be seeing its run of Friday dominance slipping away; Last Man Standing (1.1) returned well in the lead-off spot, but Dr. Ken (0.9) tied its season one low point, and Shark Tank (1.1) had a particular stinker at 9/8c. (It never got as low as 1.1 on Friday all of last season.) 20/20 (0.7) was also soft.
  • NBC had Superstore (0.6) and The Good Place (0.6) encores, plus Dateline (0.8/1.1).

Friday, September 23, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 9/22/16

FINALS UPDATE: Grey's Anatomy (2.5) and Thursday Night Football (6.1) and Superstore (1.5) and The Good Place (1.4) adjusted up while Notorious (1.1) and The Flash (R) (0.2) and Supernatural (R) (0.2) adjusted down.

  • The model became more pessimistic along with the ratings on night four of the season, opening Rosewood (28%) and Notorious (25%) as big long-shots to be renewed. (These numbers may still be too high, though.) Subjectively, Pitch actually could be a bit low at 41%, but this formula doesn't weigh lead-ins as heavily as our eyes do sometimes.

  • After three solid days to open the new season, Premiere Thursday brought plenty of red meat for the broadcast TV schadenfreude crowd. For ABC Thursday, usually the night's defining scripted lineup, it was immediately clear that Scandal is missed. Grey's Anatomy (2.4) was still pretty close to its usual self, down just four tenths from last year's premiere. But its lead-out Notorious (1.2) was a very, very pale imitation of Scandal even on premiere night with measly 50% retention. How to Get Away with Murder (1.4) managed to perk up at 10/9c, but was still at barely half of last year's 2.6 premiere!
  • NBC's Thursday revamp may have some potential for long-term improvement, but it was far from a breakout and demonstrated the difficulty of starting over on the night. Sophomores Superstore (1.4) and Chicago Med (1.4) both returned toward the low the end of their season one raw numbers. Superstore's lead-out The Good Place (1.3) had good retention, while The Blacklist (1.3) made a fair transition to the 10/9c hour.
  • And Fox had a rough start to its latest remake of Thursday night, as sophomore Rosewood (0.7) opened even lower than all of its without-Empire episodes from last season, and provided the year's first fractional scripted result by a wide margin. New drama Pitch (1.1) built by a lot on its lead-in, and can safely be called a better start than Notorious in context, but the concept clearly didn't bring in interest on a wide scale.
  • CBS had its second week of Thursday Night Football; more after finals.

Premiere Friday Best Case/Worst Case: MacGyver, The Exorcist and more!

Best Case/Worst Case lays out possible scenarios for broadcast primetime TV seasons yet to premiere. This year, it will fully cover the new shows, plus a few brief thoughts on some other shows (usually limited to sophomores and on-the-move/particularly interesting veterans). Feel free to add your predictions on what I don't cover. Here's what's premiering tonight!

Cablemetrics: American Horror Story, Mr. Robot, Fear the Walking Dead, Z Nation

These numbers are current through Wednesday, September 21.

  • Maybe it is possible for American Horror Story to have a bigger collapse than last year?! It was down almost a full point in week two to 1.79, and -17% compared to week two of last year (after a -7% on premiere night). However, this is an irregular time of year for it to premiere, and it's never gone head-to-head with the return of broadcast competition for week two. So we'll see. Fellow Wednesday breakthrough South Park (0.97) also had a sharp week two decline, but still had better raw numbers than the year-ago week two.

SpotVault - Designated Survivor (ABC) - 2016-17 Ratings

Designated Survivor
Wednesdays, 10/9c, ABC

SpotVault - Black-ish (ABC) - 2016-17 Ratings

Wednesdays, 9:30/8:30c, ABC

SpotVault - Modern Family (ABC) - 2016-17 Ratings

Modern Family
Wednesdays, 9/8c, ABC

SpotVault - Speechless (ABC) - 2016-17 Ratings

Wednesdays, 8:30/7:30c, ABC

SpotVault - The Goldbergs (ABC) - 2016-17 Ratings

The Goldbergs
Wednesdays, 8/7c, ABC

SpotVault - Empire (Fox) - 2016-17 Ratings

Wednesdays, 9/8c, Fox

SpotVault - Lethal Weapon (Fox) - 2016-17 Ratings

Lethal Weapon
Wednesdays, 8/7c, Fox

SpotVault - Chicago PD (NBC) - 2016-17 Ratings

Chicago PD
Wednesdays, 10/9c, NBC

SpotVault - Law and Order: SVU (NBC) - 2016-17 Ratings

Law and Order: SVU
Wednesdays, 9/8c, NBC

SpotVault - Survivor (CBS) - Fall 2016 Ratings

Wednesdays, 8/7c, CBS

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 9/21/16

FINALS UPDATE: Empire (4.2) adjusted up while Designated Survivor (2.2) adjusted down.

  • Very promising starts for Designated Survivor (96%), which will apparently need a The Muppets-esque collapse not to survive at this point, and Lethal Weapon (91%). The least promising of the three was Speechless at 80%, since it gets compared against the strong ABC comedy department.
  • The True formula liked Blindspot's week two a lot better than the post-Talent preview. I think 84% is too high but I don't think it's that far off... it was definitely a better showing than The Mysteries of Laura, which was perennially in the 50s last year.
  • Seems kinda clear at this point that the preseason "target" guesses were too low. Will be interesting to see if they adjust a lot next week when they account for all the stuff that has overachieved this week. I may come up with a way to have the R% week-to-week changes be based on applying the most recent "target" to both weeks, but we'll see what they look like.
  • The hits kept coming on day three of the new season. Wednesday's star of the show was Kiefer Sutherland's ABC drama Designated Survivor (2.3), which built on its lead-in from Black-ish (2.0). It nearly doubled the year-ago Nashville premiere rating. The premiere is only the first step for this kind of show, but it's got a lot of cushion to remain a major improvement in the hour.
    • Earlier in the ABC evening, new comedy Speechless (2.0) opened with the same rating as its The Goldbergs (2.0) lead-in.
    • The returning ABC comedies, The Goldbergs (2.0 in a move to 8/7c), Modern Family (2.6) and Black-ish (2.0), were all down a little less than 20% from last year's premieres (2.4/3.2/2.4 respectively).
  • On Fox, Lethal Weapon (2.2) started promisingly as a lead-in to Empire (4.1). It was helped by its mega-hit lead-out, to be sure (growing from 1.9 to 2.4 at the half), but this was just two tenths behind last year's Rosewood (2.4) launch (while Empire was down a whooping 2.6 points from the same night). Empire opened at about the same rating as its season finale (4.1), but the trend remains downward for premieres from last year's fall (6.7) and spring (4.8).
  • NBC premiered its crime drama lineup to strong results. It started with a solid transition to the 8/7c hour for Blindspot (1.3), followed by Law and Order: SVU (1.8) and Chicago PD (1.6). The procedurals may look a little better than will be the norm going forward, since there was no CBS drama competition. But Blindspot beat the year-ago The Mysteries of Laura (1.2), SVU matched its 1.8 premiere a year ago, and PD was down just a tenth despite the significantly added competition from ABC.
  • And CBS had a healthy opening to the latest Survivor season (2.3), and a healthy close to its summer season with the season finale of Big Brother (2.0). Both were down two tenths year-to-year.

Premiere Thursday Best Case/Worst Case: Notorious, Pitch and more!

Best Case/Worst Case lays out possible scenarios for broadcast primetime TV seasons yet to premiere. This year, it will fully cover the new shows, plus a few brief thoughts on some other shows (usually limited to sophomores and on-the-move/particularly interesting veterans). Feel free to add your predictions on what I don't cover. Here's what's premiering tonight!

SpotVault - This Is Us (NBC) - 2016-17 Ratings

This Is Us
Tuesdays, 9/8c, NBC

SpotVault - Agents of SHIELD (ABC) - 2016-17 Ratings

Agents of SHIELD
Tuesdays, 10/9c, ABC

SpotVault - Scream Queens (Fox) - Fall 2016 Ratings

Scream Queens
Tuesdays, 9/8c, Fox

SpotVault - New Girl (Fox) - 2016-17 Ratings

New Girl
Tuesdays, 8/7c, Fox

SpotVault - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox) - 2016-17 Ratings

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Tuesdays, 8/7c, Fox

SpotVault - Bull (CBS) - 2016-17 Ratings

Tuesdays, 9/8c, CBS

SpotVault - NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) - 2016-17 Ratings

NCIS: New Orleans
Tuesdays, 10/9c, CBS

SpotVault - NCIS (CBS) - 2016-17 Ratings

Tuesdays, 8/7c, CBS

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 9/20/16

FINALS UPDATE: NCIS (2.2) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.1) adjusted up.

  • The formula agrees that it was a very promising night for both newbies, with This Is Us at 94% and Bull at 84%.
  • At least with these early PUT estimates, it puts all the returnees on strong footing as well. It seems too kind to SHIELD and the Fox veterans, but SHIELD gets a lot of credit for its very incompatible lead-in... and these may be shows that are prone to larger post-premiere declines than the formula expects out of a generic returnee.
  • A promising premiere week for new shows continued into night two as the dramedy This Is Us had a very strong 2.8 start, leading out of two more hours of The Voice (3.1/3.6) which actually upticked slightly from premiere Monday. If it holds in finals, this will probably be an even bigger Plus than last year's Monday Blindspot premiere.
  • CBS' Michael Weatherly drama Bull (2.2) was also a big premiere night positive, actually building on its lead-in on premiere night. It was surrounded by the NCIS franchise, with the 8/7c mothership (2.1) down four tenths year-to-year and NCIS: New Orleans (1.4) barely hitting a new low in its move to 10/9c.
  • Fox opened its Tuesday season with comedies Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.0) and New Girl (1.2) leading into the season two premiere of Scream Queens (1.0). Nothing broke out, but all these shows were up from their late-season results in 2015-16.
  • ABC continued its pre-debates holding pattern into Tuesday, with a special edition of Dancing with the Stars (1.5) leading into incompatible Marvel's Agents of SHIELD (1.1) at 10/9c. It'd be a fine start to SHIELD's 10/9c life, though, as this would beat every episode since the spring premiere. 
Dancing with the Stars Special1.5
Agents of SHIELD1.1
NCIS: New Orleans1.4
The Voice Tue Fall3.4
This Is Us2.8
Brooklyn Nine-Nine1.1
New Girl1.2
Scream Queens1.0
The Flash (R)0.3
Halt and Catch Fire0.10

Premiere Wednesday Best Case/Worst Case: Speechless, Designated Survivor, Lethal Weapon and more!

Best Case/Worst Case lays out possible scenarios for broadcast primetime TV seasons yet to premiere. This year, it will fully cover the new shows, plus a few brief thoughts on some other shows (usually limited to sophomores and on-the-move/particularly interesting veterans). Feel free to add your predictions on what I don't cover. Here's what's premiering tonight!

SpotVault - The Good Place (NBC) - Fall 2016 Ratings

The Good Place
Thursdays, 8:30/7:30c, NBC

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