Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Ultimate SpotVault, Arrow


The Ultimate SpotVault is a fully sortable record of every single episode in the history of a veteran series. This allows you to compare both raw numbers (total viewership and adults 18-49 rating) as well as the historical-adjusted stat A18-49+ for episodes across different seasons. This table also has the lead-in's A18-49+ for each episode, so you can see which episodes had the most and least support.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 7/28/16


FINALS UPDATE: ABC Democratic National Convention (0.9) and NBC Democratic National Convention (1.1) and Home Free (0.6) adjusted up while Hollywood Game Night (0.6) and Legends of Tomorrow (R) (0.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • CBS' comedy repeats (1.3/1.1) and upticking Big Brother (1.8) helped boost the final night of CBS 10/9c Democratic National Convention coverage (0.8) to its highest rating of the week, and competitive with the coverage on ABC (0.7) and NBC (0.9).
  • Those other DNC telecasts had much less lead-in help. On ABC, BattleBots (0.8) tried to keep its hat in the ring, getting a tick back after last week's big drop, but Greatest Hits (0.6) kept moving in the wrong direction. NBC featured a repeat of Running Wild (0.7) and the original return of Hollywood Game Night (0.7), which had been pulled from the schedule after getting some 0.7's on Sundays in March.
  • Elsewhere, Fox unloaded two more hours of Home Free (0.6/0.5), and will do the same to wrap up the run next week. The CW's Legends of Tomorrow repeat (0.3) is preliminarily threatening to end an eight-week streak of 0.2's, but Beauty and the Beast (0.2) is not.

Cablemetrics: Survivor's Remorse, Power, Ballers, Mr. Robot


These numbers are current through Wednesday, July 27.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Week two saw last week's big premieres of Power (0.82) on Starz and Ballers (0.62) on HBO each drop by more than 20%. Power is still crushing last year's deliveries, and may have spawned a miniature version of that growth story in comedy Survivor's Remorse (0.41). After two very quiet seasons on Saturday, never going higher than a 0.19, it opened its Sunday career by more than doubling that high point (and more than tripling the 0.12 season two premiere).

The War of 18-49, Unforgettable



SpotVault - Survivor's Remorse (Starz) - Summer 2016 Ratings



SpotVault - MADtv (CW) - Summer 2016 Ratings





MADtv
Tuesdays, 9/8c, CW







Thursday, July 28, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 7/27/16


FINALS UPDATE: With presumably a big boost from President Obama's largely post-primetime speech, all three networks' convention coverage adjusted up to 0.8/0.6/0.9. Black-ish (R) (0.8), Big Brother (1.7) and America's Got Talent (1.8) were also up. On the downswing were The Goldbergs (R) (0.6), American Gothic (0.5), The Night Shift (1.0), Penn and Teller: Fool Us (0.3), Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.4) and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) (0.4).

WHAT MATTERS:
  • NBC squeezed an episode of The Night Shift (1.1) into the 9/8c hour. While it was a pretty good rating by TNS standards, it didn't seem to help the surrounding programs; its America's Got Talent lead-in took a big drop to 1.7 airing in just the 8/7c hour, and the Democratic convention coverage (0.7) was surprisingly way down at 10/9c. NBC only tied ABC (0.7) but still significantly led CBS (0.4) in the 10/9c hour.
  • It was a pretty low-end night for the other Wednesday staples, as well; both Big Brother (1.6) and MasterChef (1.0) were down to new Wednesday season lows, at least in the prelims. At 9/8c, both American Gothic (0.6) and the finale of Wayward Pines (0.7) were even.
  • ABC had some minor improvement from its comedy repeats (0.7/0.6/0.9/0.7), and the CW's Penn and Teller: Fool Us (0.4) and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.5) were both on the upswing (if they can hold in finals).

Schedules Plus Enhanced: NBC Thursday




Schedules Plus is the ultimate almanac to broadcast network primetime scheduling since 2001. It features lineups for three different parts of the year, as well as A18-49+ ratings that more fairly account for historical decline. For more on the tables and charts in Schedules Plus, see this primer.

This post covers NBC Thursday. Scripted lineups don't get much more potent than NBC's early-aughts Thursday schedules, book-ended by iconic comedy Friends and medical drama ER. After Friends ended in 2004, the numbers on this night really tanked... but so did the rest of the network, so comedy nights led by The Office were still among the brightest spots during NBC's darkest years. As The Office fell and then went away, things got ridiculously ugly for awhile, but the drama The Blacklist at least provided some seeds for a turn-around, and comedies Superstore and Will and Grace have made things look a bit more respectable. See the 2017-18 Breakdown.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 7/26/16


FINALS UPDATE: America's Got Talent (2.3), The Bachelorette (1.4) and the CBS Democratic National Convention (0.5) adjusted up while Zoo (0.7), and NBC Democratic National Convention (1.2), Coupled (0.4) and both Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The Bachelorette (1.4/1.3) stopped off on Tuesday for its "Men Tell All" episode, looking to finish the season before the Olympics, but it was well below its usual levels and handily outrated by NBC's America's Got Talent (2.2).
    • At 10/9c, those shows led into Democratic National Convention coverage on NBC (1.3) and ABC (0.7), while CBS (0.4) lagged. These ratings improved again on the corresponding night of the Republican convention last week (1.0/0.5/0.5 respectively), but were a bit behind the DNC Tuesday in 2012 (1.2/0.8/0.7).
  • It was a brutal start for the CW's revival of MADtv (0.3), leading out of a double-shot of Whose Line Is It Anyway? originals (0.4/0.4). This opening episode managed just half the 0.6 that a MADtv reunion scored in January. Even repeats of that special, including one on Monday night, have gotten 0.3's!
  • CBS' Zoo was back up to its usual 0.8 after a brief stop at 0.7 last week, while Fox's Hotel Hell and Coupled had their typical 0.9/0.5 combo.

The Breakdown: NBC Thursday in 2015-16 (Heroes Reborn, The Blacklist, Shades of Blue and more!)




It's time for a journey through the NBC Thursday schedule in 2015-16...

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Monday 7/25/16


FINALS UPDATE: Lots of convention updates, as NBC (1.1) and CBS (0.6) went up while ABC (0.9) went down. Both of the CW's shows went down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC (1.0), CBS (0.5) and NBC (1.0) all covered the opening night of the Democratic National Convention in the 10:00 hour. In 2012, NBC had a 1.2 for the opening night of coverage (like with the Republicans, on Tuesday instead of Monday), beating ABC (0.8) and CBS (0.7).
  • Earlier in the night, the penultimate Monday of The Bachelorette (1.9) beat out a soft-ish night from NBC's American Ninja Warrior (1.6), while Fox's So You Think You Can Dance (0.7) and CBS' repeats (0.7/0.7/0.6) lagged considerably. On the eve of tonight's MADtv revival, the CW averaged a 0.4 for a repeat of its recent MADtv reunion special.

Schedules Plus Enhanced: CBS Thursday




Schedules Plus is the ultimate almanac to broadcast network primetime scheduling since 2001. It features lineups for three different parts of the year, as well as A18-49+ ratings that more fairly account for historical decline. For more on the tables and charts in Schedules Plus, see this primer.

This post covers CBS Thursday. Just before the start of the A18-49+ era, CBS became a huge Thursday force by combining summer 2000 reality sensation Survivor with game-changing crime procedural CSI. They were quite competitive with the last years of NBC's Must See TV, then dominated in its immediate aftermath. The duo slipped considerably through the second half of the aughts, but CBS has stayed strong even after their departures from the night thanks to massive comedy The Big Bang Theory. See the 2017-18 Breakdown.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 7/24/16


FINALS UPDATE: Celebrity Family Feud (1.5), Match Game (1.2), 60 Minutes (0.9) and Big Brother (2.0) adjusted up while Madam Secretary (R) (0.4) and Family Guy (R) (0.6) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC's game shows all edged downward in week five, though Celebrity Family Feud (1.4) and The $100,000 Pyramid (1.4) still stayed relatively clear of their holiday weekend lows from three weeks ago. Match Game (1.1) tied its July 3rd low.
  • Coming off of a dominant 1.5 for a bonus Friday episode, Big Brother (1.9) posted another Sunday season high, stretching its lead on the ABC lineup even more. But that did very little for Madam Secretary (0.5) at 9/8c and nothing for the Sunday 10/9c debut of BrainDead (0.3), which somehow found yet another new low point.
  • Fox had more comedy repeats (0.4/0.5/0.7/0.5/0.7/0.5) while NBC's slow march toward the Olympics continued, led by a two-hour repeat of American Ninja Warrior (0.7).

The Breakdown: CBS Thursday in 2015-16 (The Big Bang Theory, Life in Pieces, Mom and more!)




It's time for a journey through the CBS Thursday schedule in 2015-16...

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Ultimate SpotVault, Scandal


The Ultimate SpotVault is a fully sortable record of every single episode in the history of a veteran series. This allows you to compare both raw numbers (total viewership and adults 18-49 rating) as well as the historical-adjusted stat A18-49+ for episodes across different seasons. This table also has the lead-in's A18-49+ for each episode, so you can see which episodes had the most and least support.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 7/21/16


FINALS UPDATE: ABC Republican National Convention (0.8) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • On the last night of the Republican National Convention, it looks like the big speech from nominee Donald Trump attracted some additional interest on ABC (0.7) and CBS (0.7), while NBC (1.1) was flat despite a much lower lead-in from the two-hour finale of Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (0.9). However, Trump's speech ran way out of primetime on the East Coast (and way into primetime on the West Coast), so that could complicate things in the finals.
  • At least in the prelims, it was a down night for almost everything entertainment; ABC's BattleBots (0.7) and Greatest Hits (0.7) each fell to new lows, CBS' Big Brother (1.7) and repeat of The Big Bang Theory (1.3) were also down, and so was Fox's duo of the Bones (0.8) season finale and Home Free (0.4). But again, these may be subject to some abnormal adjustments.

Cablemetrics: Power, Ballers, Vice Principals, The Night Of, Mr. Robot


These numbers are current through Wednesday, July 20.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • This week's big story is the incredible rise of the Starz drama Power. In its first ever Sunday episode, it smashed through cable's recent 1.0 glass ceiling, opening season three with a 1.10 and absolutely dominating a head-to-head three-way with dramas on HBO and Showtime. For Power, it's a new series high by more than four tenths, and 80% above its last premiere. This is pretty crazy considering season two was already about 80% bigger than season one. It's quite a growth story from 0.3ish ratings as late as midway through its first season.
    • Power often draws comparisons to the Fox megahit Empire. One of the many secrets to Empire's success is its huge appeal within both genders, and you can kinda see that in play with Power as well. The show skews much more female than most of the staple cable dramas, but also a lot more male than potentially comparable dramas like ABC's TGIT soaps. (Or maybe the cable equivalent would be the OWN dramas.) 

Schedules Plus Enhanced: ABC Thursday




Schedules Plus is the ultimate almanac to broadcast network primetime scheduling since 2001. It features lineups for three different parts of the year, as well as A18-49+ ratings that more fairly account for historical decline. For more on the tables and charts in Schedules Plus, see this primer.

This post covers ABC Thursday. The night was a complete wasteland for ABC during the years of megahits Survivor, Friends and CSI duking it out on Thursday. But a few years after the end of Friends, ABC put its hat squarely in the Thursday ring by bringing in medical megahit Grey's Anatomy. It took many years for Grey's to find a truly potent Thursday companion, fellow Shonda Rhimes creation Scandal, and then How to Get Away with Murder rounded out a night of top-to-bottom dominance soon after that. But those younger guns have faded of late, and it's Grey's Anatomy making an improbable re-emergence as queen of Thursday. See the 2017-18 Breakdown.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 7/20/16


FINALS UPDATE: America's Got Talent (2.3), CBS Republican National Convention (0.5) and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.4) adjusted up while NBC Republican National Convention (1.1) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • With more America's Got Talent (2.2) as a lead-in, NBC's Republican National Convention coverage (1.3) walloped the combined ABC (0.5) / CBS (0.4) ratings, and should set a new weekly high for NBC even if it adjusts down.
  • In another 8/7c reality logjam, Big Brother (1.7) ticked down but MasterChef (1.2) inched up in the prelims. At 9/8c, CBS' American Gothic (0.6) stopped off in the hour due to RNC coverage and, as is typical of these dramas, saw little improvement with the direct Big Bro lead-in. It narrowly lost the head-to-head with Wayward Pines (0.7).
  • ABC had another rather soft evening of comedy repeats (0.6/0.6/0.8/0.6) as The Goldbergs made the move to 8/7c.
  • And the CW's Penn and Teller: Fool Us (0.3) and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.3) each downticked in their second weeks on Wednesday.

The Breakdown: ABC Thursday in 2015-16 (Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, HTGAWM, The Catch and more!)




It's time for a journey through the ABC Thursday schedule in 2015-16...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 7/19/16


FINALS UPDATE: America's Got Talent (2.3) and Hotel Hell (0.9) adjusted up while NBC's convention coverage (1.0) and the 8:30 Fresh Off the Boat (R) (0.5) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • An America's Got Talent lead-in (2.1/2.4) helped NBC match Monday's 1.1 in day two of Republican National Convention coverage at 10/9c.
  • NBC beat the combined convention ratings from ABC (0.5) and CBS (0.5), both of which had fractional lead-ins. ABC made a brief return to a two-hour comedy night with soft-rated repeats (0.6/0.6/0.5/0.4) and will hand the night over to The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise going forward, while CBS had NCIS (R) (0.7) and a downtick from Zoo (0.7).
  • Elsewhere, Hotel Hell (0.8) inched down leading into Coupled (0.5) on Fox, while the CW wrapped up the run of Containment with another 0.3.

Schedules Plus Enhanced: CW Wednesday




Schedules Plus is the ultimate almanac to broadcast network primetime scheduling since 2001. It features lineups for three different parts of the year, as well as A18-49+ ratings that more fairly account for historical decline. For more on the tables and charts in Schedules Plus, see this primer.

This post covers CW Wednesday. It's been a decent night for the network pretty much throughout its existence, with reality hit America's Next Top Model anchoring the evening in the first few years and superhero drama Arrow taking over almost immediately after Top Model finally collapsed. But both Top Model and Arrow have struggled to launch series at 9/8c; the night was actually at its very best in 2015-16, when old reliable Supernatural did the 9/8c dirty work. See the 2017-18 Breakdown.




CW Wednesday: Full-fall

Year8:008:309:009:30Avg
2006-07America's Next Top ModelOne Tree Hill51
6735
2007-08America's Next Top ModelGossip Girl53
7037
2008-09America's Next Top ModelStylista45
6525
2009-10America's Next Top ModelThe Vampire Diaries (R)37
5420
2010-11America's Next Top ModelHellcats44
5137
2011-12H8RAmerica's Next Top Model29
2136
2012-13ArrowSupernatural47
5044
2013-14ArrowThe Tomorrow People40
4932
2014-15ArrowThe 10045
6130
2015-16ArrowSupernatural57
6449
2016-17ArrowFrequency37
5123
2017-18RiverdaleDynasty32
4519
AVERAGE:543243



UPN Wednesday: Full-fall

Year8:008:309:009:30Avg
2001-02EnterpriseSpecial Unit 260
8041
2002-03EnterpriseThe Twilight Zone38
4730
2003-04EnterpriseJake 2.031
3924
2004-05America's Next Top ModelKevin Hill45
5833
2005-06America's Next Top ModelVeronica Mars44
6028
AVERAGE:573144

WB Wednesday: Full-fall

Year8:008:309:009:30Avg
2001-02Dawson's CreekFelicity43
4838
2002-03Dawson's CreekBirds of Prey50
5149
2003-04SmallvilleAngel56
6052
2004-05SmallvilleJack and Bobby40
5723
2005-06One Tree HillRelated31
3330
AVERAGE:503844





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