Friday, September 22, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 9/21/17


WHAT MATTERS:
  • Fox got a jump on the busy Thursday landscape by debuting its duo of Gotham (1.0) and The Orville (1.1) a week before the start of the regular season. Though there will be a lot more competition next week, it looks like a passable start; Gotham matched the first half of last year's finale and was down three tenths from the year-ago premiere, while Orville tied the year-ago premiere of Pitch in this timeslot. In Plus, they are a better pair than anything Rosewood and Pitch did on this night last fall, at least for now.
  • The only big four summer original still airing on the summer's final Thursday was Zoo (0.5), which had its typical number despite a lower lead-in from comedy repeats (1.2/1.0/1.1/0.9). Beware of Thursday Night Football preemptions in the early part of primetime on the West Coast. (It looks particularly evident with NBC's American Ninja Warrior repeat (1.1/0.8).)
Above based on preliminary adults 18-49 ratings unless otherwise noted. Full table forthcoming!


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 9/20/17


FINALS UPDATE: Big Brother (2.2) and America's Got Talent (3.0) adjusted up while Salvation (0.5) and The Good Place (1.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • As the summer ended for many a reality staple, NBC's comedy The Good Place (1.4) kicked off its second season in the 10/9c hour, leading out of a huge finale from America's Got Talent (2.7/3.0). Good Place dropped heavily from 1.7 to 1.2 at the half, and the 10:30 raw number represented a pretty typical Thursday delivery for the show last season. Talent will either match or beat its 2.8 finale from a year ago.
  • On CBS, Big Brother (2.2/2.1) was very impressive as well, topping its year-ago finale (which was on premiere Wednesday). If it can eke out a 2.2 after finals, it would be a new multi-season high for the series. It led into the finale of Salvation (0.6) in the 10/9c hour, which would actually be its highest rating in a couple months if it holds on.
  • MasterChef (1.0/1.2) was the one lost in the shuffle, actually declining by a couple tenths week-to-week (and three tenths year-to-year) in both hours.

Renewology: A Look Back at the First Season


A new season is nearly upon us, so it's time to revisit last year's new feature Renewology. This post will be a hopefully candid look back at how it did last year, while there will be another post very soon detailing what is coming up for the new season. Check out the intro to Renewology, explanation of the process, and the daily Renewology posts by network (ABC | CBS | NBC | Fox | CW) which will be heavily referenced below.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 9/19/17


FINALS UPDATE: America's Got Talent (3.0) adjusted up while The Paley Center Salutes The Best of Will and Grace (1.1) and The Orville (R) (0.4) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • America's Got Talent (2.9) had a monster final Tuesday of the season, rising to what would be a new season high against virtually no competition from the other broadcasters. However, there was only tepid interest in Talent's last Tuesday lead-out, a Will & Grace-themed Paley Center special (1.2).

Cablemetrics: South Park, American Horror Story, Vice Principals, Better Things


These numbers are current through Monday, September 18.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Comedy Central's veterans South Park (0.96) and Broad City (0.51) teamed up on Wednesday, with South Park still near the top of the cable rankings but giving back all of its big premiere night growth from last year. It did give a nice boost to Broad City, which was +11% from last year's premiere (when it didn't have such a lead-in).

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Monday 9/18/17


FINALS UPDATE: Dancing with the Stars (1.6), To Tell the Truth (0.7), Supergirl (R) (0.2), Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) (0.2) and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) (0.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • It was a bit of a sluggish start by Dancing with the Stars (1.6) standards, as the fall staple returned at 24% behind both the fall and spring premieres in 2016-17. It barely eked out a head-to-head win against American Ninja Warrior (1.5) on NBC, a head-to-head that DWTS won more convincingly on the year-ago evening (2.1 to 1.7). And it helped bump To Tell the Truth (0.7) back to the high end of its modest summer results.
  • NOTE: For the next four weeks, the one year/two year etc. links below (as well as the Ty2y numbers in full tables) will be comparing with fifty-three weeks ago, in order to line up the last week of summer and the first three weeks of the regular season with when those things happened last year. Once we get a few weeks into the season, those 'what week of the season' distinctions become less important, so we will switch back to the usual fifty-two week comparisons. (Also, it seems like holidays, midseason and the end of the regular season in 2018 will all line up on a 52-week basis, so it makes sense to drop it pretty quickly.)

A18-49+: 2016-17 Season Recap


The A18-49+ season recaps combine all of a season's updates in the A18-49+ theme posts.


A18-49+: 2015-16 Season Recap


The A18-49+ season recaps combine all of a season's updates in the A18-49+ theme posts.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 9/17/17


FINALS UPDATE: Primetime Emmy Awards (2.5) and Sunday Night Football (7.1) adjusted up while 60 Minutes (0.9), The Orville (2.2), The Simpsons (R) (1.0) and Family Guy (R) (0.7) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • A weather delay in Denver bumped Fox's late afternoon NFL window deep into primetime, with preview #2 for The Orville starting well after 8:30 on the East Coast. Fox averaged a preliminary 3.5/1.7 in the half-hours that should cover most of the ET airing, but stay tuned for finals.
  • Meanwhile, CBS went with the Primetime Emmy Awards (2.2/2.3/2.0), in a rare turn a full week before the start of the TV regular season. It will need a sizable upward adjustment to avoid a fourth consecutive double-digit decline in the demo. Last year's ceremony had a 2.5 prelim and adjusted up to a 2.8 final.
  • After a couple weeks off, Steve Harvey's Funderdome (0.6) and The $100,000 Pyramid (0.5) were lost in the shuffle upon their return, and had little help from a repeat of Celebrity Family Feud (0.6) as a lead-in.
  • And it was the second Sunday game for Sunday Night Football. Its low-6 prelim means it is going to be well below last Sunday's Cowboys-boosted affair.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Friday 9/15/17


FINALS UPDATE: ACM Honors (0.6), America's Got Talent (R) (0.7), Masters of Illusion (0.2), Masters of Illusion (R) (0.2) and Penn and Teller: Fool Us (R) (0.2) adjusted down.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 9/14/17


FINALS UPDATE: Truth and Lies: The Murder of Laci Peterson (0.9) and Chicago Fire (R) (0.7) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers coming shortly.

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 9/13/17


FINALS UPDATE: American Housewife (R) (0.7) and America's Got Talent (2.1) adjusted up while Midnight, Texas (0.6) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The schizophrenic Midnight, Texas (0.7) aired its penultimate episode on a special night. At least in the prelims, it was actually up from the Monday edition, despite a weaker lead-in from Marlon (1.2/1.0).
  • Among the Wednesday reality staples, MasterChef (1.2/1.4) posted what would be a new season high in each hour, while America's Got Talent (2.0) and Big Brother (1.8) were both barely down.

The War of 18-49, News and Sports Series Thru 2016-17


Here are War of 18-49 records for currently airing news/sports series.

Jump to a show: 20/20 | 48 Hours | 60 Minutes | America's Funniest Home Videos | CFB on Fox | Dateline Fri | NBA Saturday Primetime | Saturday Night Football | Sunday Night Football | Thursday Night Football


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 9/12/17


FINALS UPDATE: The Flash (R) (0.2) adjusted down. (Please note that the Hand in Hand event was not officially counted in finals; its prelims are included here.)

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The 8:00 hour had a charity event simulcast across the entire big four for the second time in a five-day span; this time it was the hurricane relief effort Hand in Hand, which averaged a 1.1 on NBC and a 0.7/0.6/0.4 on the other networks.
  • It was an unfortunate break for America's Got Talent (2.3/2.2), which slid into the 9:00-11:00 timeslot. Fox's pilot encore of The Orville (0.5) built on its Hand in Hand lead-in (0.4).

Cablemetrics: American Horror Story, Fear the Walking Dead, Outlander, The Deuce


These numbers are current through Sunday, September 10.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • FX's American Horror Story (2.02) returned to top the cable world on Tuesday, but the -27% was easily the show's steepest year-to-year decline for a premiere in series history. But it's a series that has been famous for its huge declines in the post-premiere weeks, so there is room to make up ground if it settles more smoothly this time.

Spotted Ratings, Monday 9/11/17


FINALS UPDATE: To Tell the Truth (0.6), The Big Bang Theory (R) (1.0), Kevin Can Wait (R) (0.8), Mom (R) (0.8), Life in Pieces (R) (0.6), Scorpion (R) (0.5) and Midnight, Texas (0.6) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Preliminary ratings may be affected by Monday Night Football preemptions on ABC (Los Angeles), CBS (Minneapolis) and NBC (New Orleans).
  • Indefinite Nielsen ratings delays continue.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 9/10/17


FINALS UPDATE: Sunday Night Football (9.1), NFL Overrun (6.3), The OT (4.4) and The Orville (2.7) adjusted up while America's Funniest Home Videos (R) (0.9), Miss America Pageant (1.1), NCIS: Los Angeles (R) (0.5), Football Night in America p2 (2.1), Football Night in America p3 (4.7), The Simpsons (R) (0.8) and Family Guy (R) (0.7) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The Orville opened to a preliminary 2.3 rating, leading out of national NFL coverage in the 7:00 hour. The prelims seem potentially promising, as Orville was about on par with the Son of Zorn number from a year ago even as the NFL ratings in the 7:00 hour are a lot lower. And it could adjust up in finals when West Coast viewing (which was also immediately after football) is incorporated. But we'll see if any craziness ensues with the finals.
  • Elsewhere, after a slow start on Thursday, Sunday Night Football was on the upswing on Sunday, with an 8.0ish prelim that topped the Sunday opener from a year ago. And ABC's Miss America Pageant appears to be down just a bit from last year's 1.3.
  • Due to the effects of Hurricane Irma in Tampa, Florida (where Nielsen happens to have its data center), ratings are delayed indefinitely. The delays fall on a busy Sunday night for the broadcasters; Fox previewed new drama The Orville after its late-afternoon NFL games, NBC surely dominated with its first Sunday edition of Sunday Night Football, and ABC had the annual Miss America competition. Stay tuned.

The War of 18-49, Post-2013 Fox Scripted: Empire, Gotham, The Last Man on Earth and more!


Here are War of 18-49 records for currently airing Fox scripted series that are not yet four years old (and thus don't have stand-alone War pages).

Jump to a show: Empire | Gotham | Lethal Weapon | Lucifer | Star | The Exorcist | The Last Man on Earth | The Mick


The War of 18-49, Post-2013 CW Scripted: The Flash, Supergirl, Jane the Virgin and more!


Here are War of 18-49 records for currently airing CW scripted series that are not yet four years old (and thus don't have stand-alone War pages).

Jump to a show: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend | iZombie | Jane the Virgin | Legends of Tomorrow | Riverdale | Supergirl | The Flash


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Friday 9/8/17


FINALS UPDATE: 20/20 (0.6), Blue Bloods (R) (0.4), America's Got Talent (R) (0.5) and Beat Shazam (R) (0.3) adjusted down. (Please note that the EIF Presents event was not officially counted in finals; its prelims are included here.)


SpotVault - American Horror Story (FX) - Fall 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - You're the Worst (FXX) - Fall 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - Sunday Night Football (NBC) - Fall 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - CFB on Fox (Fox) - Fall 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - Saturday Night Football (ABC) - Fall 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - Will and Grace (NBC) - 2005-06 Ratings





Will and Grace
Thursdays, 8/7c, NBC







SpotVault - Will and Grace (NBC) - 2004-05 Ratings





Will and Grace
Thursdays, 8:30/7:30c, NBC







SpotVault - Will and Grace (NBC) - 2003-04 Ratings





Will and Grace
Thursdays, 9/8c, NBC







SpotVault - Will and Grace (NBC) - 2002-03 Ratings





Will and Grace
Thursdays, 9/8c, NBC







SpotVault - Will and Grace (NBC) - 2001-02 Ratings





Will and Grace
Thursdays, 9/8c, NBC







SpotVault - The X-Files (Fox) - 2001-02 Ratings





The X-Files
Sundays, 9/8c, Fox







Friday, September 8, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 9/7/17


FINALS UPDATE: Sunday Night Football (7.7) adjusted up while Football Night in America p3 (3.1) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The NFL regular season returned to NBC with the Thursday opener for Sunday Night Football. Last year's opener adjusted up from an 8.5 prelim to a 9.4 final. So the 7.2 opening prelim puts NBC down 15% year-to-year.

Schedules Plus & The Breakdown Index for 2016-17


Schedules Plus
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. New this year, the day and network names also link to their own pages, which compile the averages of all networks/days on that particular day/network.

Schedules Plus: Daily Averages on NBC


This is a compilation of NBC's Schedules Plus averages by day of the week, providing a look at how the network has evolved over time on each night. These averages come directly from the net's Schedules Plus posts, which are linked in the table headers below. As with the individual Schedules Plus, it is important to keep in mind that these are not averages of every single thing that aired on the network, but just the most frequent occupant in each timeslot in each section of the year. See the Schedules Plus primer for more.

Schedules Plus: Daily Averages on Fox


This is a compilation of Fox's Schedules Plus averages by day of the week, providing a look at how the network has evolved over time on each night. These averages come directly from the net's Schedules Plus posts, which are linked in the table headers below. As with the individual Schedules Plus, it is important to keep in mind that these are not averages of every single thing that aired on the network, but just the most frequent occupant in each timeslot in each section of the year. See the Schedules Plus primer for more.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 9/6/17


FINALS UPDATE: Big Brother (1.9) and MasterChef (1.2) adjusted up while Modern Family (R) (0.5), Marlon (1.2) and Marlon (0.9) adjusted down.


Schedules Plus: Daily Averages on ABC


This is a compilation of ABC's Schedules Plus averages by day of the week, providing a look at how the network has evolved over time on each night. These averages come directly from the net's Schedules Plus posts, which are linked in the table headers below. As with the individual Schedules Plus, it is important to keep in mind that these are not averages of every single thing that aired on the network, but just the most frequent occupant in each timeslot in each section of the year. See the Schedules Plus primer for more.

Schedules Plus: Daily Averages on CBS


This is a compilation of CBS's Schedules Plus averages by day of the week, providing a look at how the network has evolved over time on each night. These averages come directly from the net's Schedules Plus posts, which are linked in the table headers below. As with the individual Schedules Plus, it is important to keep in mind that these are not averages of every single thing that aired on the network, but just the most frequent occupant in each timeslot in each section of the year. See the Schedules Plus primer for more.

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 9/5/17


FINALS UPDATE: Bachelor in Paradise (1.3) and America's Got Talent (2.6) adjusted up while Black-ish (R) (0.5), Hollywood Game Night (1.0), The Flash (R) (0.1) and Legends of Tomorrow (R) (0.1) adjusted down.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Schedules Plus: Network Averages on Sunday


This is a compilation of all the broadcast networks' Schedules Plus averages on Sunday, providing a look at how the network race has evolved over time on this night. These averages come directly from the night's Schedules Plus posts, which are linked in the table headers below. As with the individual Schedules Plus, it is important to keep in mind that these are not averages of every single thing that aired on the network, but just the most frequent occupant in each timeslot in each section of the year. See the Schedules Plus primer for more. The 'Avg' column and the charts cover only ratings for the big four networks.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Friday, September 1, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 8/31/17


FINALS UPDATE: Battle of the Network Stars (R) (0.6), Battle of the Network Stars (R) (0.5), The Gong Show (R) (0.4), Kevin Can Wait (R) (0.5), Kevin Can Wait (R) (0.5), Big Brother (1.5), Zoo (0.4), The Wall (R) (0.5), The Wall (R) (0.5), The Night Shift (0.6), Beat Shazam (R) (0.6), Love Connection (0.5), Penn and Teller: Fool Us (R) (0.2), Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) (0.2) and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) (0.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers to come. Preliminarily ratings are extremely inflated due to preseason NFL preemptions.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 8/29/17


FINALS UPDATE: Lethal Weapon (R) (0.5) adjusted up while NCIS (R) (0.6), America's Got Talent (2.6) and Hollywood Game Night (1.0) adjusted down.


Cablemetrics: Game of Thrones, Ballers, The Sinner, Halt and Catch Fire


These numbers are current through Monday, August 28.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Game of Thrones packed on nearly a point for its season finale, ending its penultimate run with its third new series high of the season at 5.70. This was the year it officially became a worthy peer to The Walking Dead; though it still trails a bit in season average, its finale outrated the last Dead episode by 0.28 points. Since Dead will probably have aired at least another 1.5 seasons by the next time we see Thrones, you have to like Thrones' chances to outrate it when they are next compared.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Monday 8/28/17


FINALS UPDATE: Bachelor in Paradise (1.7) adjusted up while To Tell the Truth (0.7) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The two-hour reality shows returned to normalcy after last week's presidential interruption. We'll see if local preemptions in Houston bring any of these down, but at least in the prelims it was an up night for almost everything. ABC's Bachelor in Paradise (1.7/1.6) surged back to tie or beat its premiere rating, and To Tell the Truth (0.8) preliminarily upticked from its first original in this slot four weeks ago.
  • On NBC, American Ninja Warrior (1.5) and Midnight, Texas (0.9) were (at least preliminarily) up by multiple ticks from last week, and Fox's So You Think You Can Dance (0.8) also picked up a tenth.

    SpotVault - Halt and Catch Fire (AMC) - 2017 Ratings



    The Breakdown: CBS Sunday in 2016-17 (60 Minutes, NCIS: Los Angeles, Elementary and more!)




    It's time for a journey through the CBS Sunday schedule in 2016-17...

    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 8/27/17


    FINALS UPDATE: NFL Preseason Football (1.9) adjusted up while America's Funniest Home Videos (R) (0.9), Celebrity Family Feud (1.1), Steve Harvey's Funderdome (0.7), The $100,000 Pyramid (0.6), Candy Crush (0.4) and Dateline (R) (0.8) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Celebrity Family Feud (1.2) was back with its first new episode in three weeks, and it had a nice uptick to top the show's last few originals. Steve Harvey's Funderdome (0.8) and The $100,000 Pyramid (0.7) were both even, and CBS was also close to steady with Big Brother (1.8) and Candy Crush (0.5).
    • All the preseason NFL on Sunday was nationally broadcast, with Fox's late afternoon game overrunning into the early part of primetime (1.5) and apparently boosting the comedy repeats (0.9/0.9/0.8/0.8/0.8). NBC had a fully primetime game (1.7/1.7/1.5).

    Saturday, August 26, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Friday 8/25/17


    FINALS UPDATE: NFL Preseason Football (1.4) adjusted up while What Would You Do? (R) (0.6), 20/20 (0.7), MasterChef (R) (0.5), Masters of Illusion (R) (0.2), Masters of Illusion (R) (0.2) and Penn and Teller: Fool Us (R) (0.2) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Preliminary ratings are inflated due to NFL preseason preemptions. CBS had a nationally broadcast game. The most significant preemption on another network was Fox in Detroit.

    Friday, August 25, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Thursday 8/24/17


    FINALS UPDATE: Boy Band (0.6), The Big Bang Theory (R) (1.1), Kevin Can Wait (R) (0.9), Big Brother (1.7), Zoo (0.4), The Wall (0.8), SNL Weekend Update Thursday (1.3), Great News (R) (0.6), The Night Shift (0.7), Beat Shazam (0.7), Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.3) and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) (0.3) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Preliminary ratings are inflated due to NFL preseason preemptions. Major market preemptions include CBS in Miami/Jacksonville, NBC in Philadelphia and the CW in Charlotte.

    The Breakdown: ABC Sunday in 2016-17 (America's Funniest Home Videos, Once Upon a Time, Secrets and Lies and more!)




    It's time for a journey through the ABC Sunday schedule in 2016-17...

    Thursday, August 24, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 8/23/17


    FINALS UPDATE: Big Brother (1.8) adjusted up while Speechless (R) (0.4), Salvation (0.4), Marlon (1.1), Law and Order: SVU (R) (0.6), Arrow (R) (0.1) and Supernatural (R) (0.2) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • NBC's Marlon (1.2/1.0) held up well in week two, shedding a tenth for the 9:00 episode and staying even at 9:30. Its lead-in America's Got Talent (2.0) was preliminarily down a tenth from last week, staying ahead of Big Brother (1.7) in what could be that show's lowest rating on a main night since the opening week.
    • Meanwhile, Fox's MasterChef (1.0/1.1) expanded to two hours for the first time this season, tying its season high in the 9:00 hour. It'll be in double-pump mode for the rest of the summer.

    Schedules Plus: Daily Averages on the CW


    This is a compilation of CW's Schedules Plus averages by day of the week, providing a look at how the network has evolved over time on each night. These averages come directly from the net's Schedules Plus posts, which are linked in the table headers below. As with the individual Schedules Plus, it is important to keep in mind that these are not averages of every single thing that aired on the network, but just the most frequent occupant in each timeslot in each section of the year. See the Schedules Plus primer for more.

    Schedules Plus: Network Averages on Friday


    This is a compilation of all the broadcast networks' Schedules Plus averages on Friday, providing a look at how the network race has evolved over time on this night. These averages come directly from the night's Schedules Plus posts, which are linked in the table headers below. As with the individual Schedules Plus, it is important to keep in mind that these are not averages of every single thing that aired on the network, but just the most frequent occupant in each timeslot in each section of the year. See the Schedules Plus primer for more. The 'Avg' column and the charts cover only ratings for the big four networks.

    Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 8/22/17


    FINALS UPDATE: NCIS (R) (0.5) adjusted down.


    Cablemetrics: The Last Ship, Survivor's Remorse, The Sinner, Game of Thrones


    These numbers are current through Monday, August 21.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • TNT veteran The Last Ship (0.34/0.30) was back on the Sunday scene, about two months later than it usually premieres due to production delays. This was only a slight Plus decline from its last premiere (a 0.41/0.39 doubleheader in June 2016). While that may seem acceptable, it is worth noting that Last Ship took a big post-premiere surge last year, to 0.57 in week two and settling around 0.5 for most of the season. So the show will have a high bar to clear if it wants to stay close to these trends going forward.

    Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Monday 8/21/17


    FINALS UPDATE: Bachelor in Paradise (1.3) and American Ninja Warrior (1.3) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Monday primetime got a shake-up thanks to a presidential address in the 9:00 half-hour on the East Coast, breaking up the Bachelor in Paradise (1.4 from 8:00-9:00; 1.3 from 9:30-10:00 and 1.0 for the 10:00 half-hour), American Ninja Warrior (1.4 from 8:00-9:00; 1.3 from 9:30-10:00 and 1.1 for the 10:00 half-hour) and So You Think You Can Dance (0.7 from 8:00-9:00; 0.6 from 9:30-10:00 and 0.8 for the 10:00 half-hour) telecasts into two chunks.
    • ABC preempted BiP lead-out To Tell the Truth in favor of a Black-ish repeat (0.6), while NBC aired Midnight, Texas (0.6) in its entirety starting at 10:30 ET.

    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 8/20/17


    FINALS UPDATE: America's Funniest Home Videos (R) (0.8), Candy Crush (0.4), US Amateur Golf Championship (0.2), Family Guy (R) (0.5) and The Simpsons (R) (0.6) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Numbers coming shortly. Beware some minor NFL preseason preemptions, including Fox in New Orleans and ABC early in primetime in Los Angeles.

    SpotVault - The Last Ship (TNT) - 2017 Ratings



    SpotVault - Survivor's Remorse (STARZ) - Summer 2017 Ratings



    The Breakdown: CW Friday in 2016-17 (The Vampire Diaries, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Reign and more!)




    It's time for a journey through the CW Friday schedule in 2016-17...

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    The War of 18-49, Reign


    Another Thursday TVD Lead-Out

    Period drama Reign stepped into a Thursday 9/8c timeslot after The Vampire Diaries that had seen yearly turnover. It didn't start nearly as well as previous occupant Beauty and the Beast, which had popped to a 1.2 on a simulcast debate night. Instead, Reign managed just a 0.8 for its 10/17/13 premiere, leading out of a 1.3 from TVD. And it appeared to be in real trouble when it fell right to a 0.6 the next week. However, it hovered around 0.6, mixing in a few 0.7's and a few 0.5's, for most of the rest of the season. Though it got softer at the end of the season, with a mix of 0.4's and 0.5's, it still marked a slight improvement on Beauty and the Beast's Plus from the year before. It got renewed, and became the show to snap the long streak of turnover at 9/8c; both TVD and Reign returned to their timeslots for 2014-15.

    Unfortunately, it was the softer late spring version of Reign, rather than the fairly decent fall/winter one, that showed up in season two. This time, it hung around 0.4 for most of the season, with the occasional 0.3 or 0.5, before dropping to a consistent 0.3 in the spring. Some of this can be pinned on the TVD lead-in, as that show really kicked into its decline phase this season as well. But it was still clear that Reign had lost any claim as a schedule staple. Fortunately, it was a CBS Studios production, and that meant the studio wanted to keep it alive for awhile longer.

    Timeslot Downgrades

    To the surprise of some, Reign made it back onto the fall schedule for 2015, albeit downgraded to Friday night. After hitting 0.3ish throughout that run, it took three months off and returned to Mondays in the late spring and early summer with more 0.3ish ratings. Season four didn't premiere till February, once again spilled well into June, and was a steady diet of 0.2's.

    Adults 18-49 info by season:

    SeasYearSlotAvgy2yLoHiResultsGrade
    12013-14Thursday 9:000.580.40.8detail
    22014-150.38-34%0.30.5detail
    32015-16Fri 8:00, Mon 8:000.29-23%0.20.4detailC
    4Spring 2017Friday 9:000.20-32%0.20.2detailC

    Historical-adjusted ratings by season:

    SeasYearA18-49+LabelNow17y2yLoHiPremiereFinale
    12013-1431marginal(CW)0.3821424221
    22014-1523flop0.28-26%18302418
    32015-1620solid(CWFri)0.25-11%14272121
    4Spring 201716flop0.20-19%16161616

    AVERAGE:22flop


    The War of 18-49 chronicles the ratings history of veteran primetime series. For more, see the Index.

    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Friday 8/18/17


    FINALS UPDATE: Blue Bloods (R) (0.4), MasterChef (R) (0.5) and Beat Shazam (R) (0.4) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Numbers coming soon. Preliminary ratings are inflated due to NFL preseason preemptions. (In this case, most of the large market preemptions were Fox affiliates.)

    Friday, August 18, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Thursday 8/17/17


    FINALS UPDATE: Big Brother (2.1) adjusted up while Boy Band (0.5), The Big Bang Theory (R) (1.0), The Wall (0.9), SNL Weekend Update Thursday (1.2), Great News (R) (0.5), The Night Shift (0.6), Beat Shazam (0.7), Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.3) and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) (0.3) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Numbers coming soon. Preliminary ratings are inflated due to NFL preseason preemptions.

    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 8/16/17


    FINALS UPDATE: MasterChef (1.0) adjusted up while Salvation (0.4) and The F Word (0.5) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • NBC's America's Got Talent (2.1) joined the Wednesday fray, winning its first original head-to-head against Big Brother (1.9) on CBS. Talent was a bit below its first Wednesday original last summer, a 2.4 on July 13, but matched the 2.1 for its first Wednesday original after the Olympics.
      • Talent led into the double-episode premiere of late-summer sitcom Marlon (1.3/1.0). Two years ago, similarly scheduled sitcom Mr. Robinson averaged a 1.2/1.0 with a 1.5 lead-in, while The Carmichael Show had a 1.1/0.9 leading out of a 1.6 from Talent.
    • ABC's comedies sat out in favor of the CMA Music Festival (1.0/1.5/1.2) (labelled 'CMA Fest' for short this year). It appears the show will be even or slightly up from the 1.2 it has posted in the last couple years.
    • And after Big Brother, CBS went with a double-pump of Salvation (0.5/0.4) for the second time in three weeks.

    SpotVault - Marlon (NBC) - Summer 2017 Ratings



    The Breakdown: Fox Friday in 2016-17 (Hell's Kitchen, Rosewood, Sleepy Hollow and more!)




    It's time for a journey through the Fox Friday schedule in 2016-17...

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 8/15/17


    FINALS UPDATE: Somewhere Between (0.3), Hollywood Game Night (1.2), The Flash (R) (0.2) and Legends of Tomorrow (R) (0.2) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • After a breakout Monday premiere, ABC's Bachelor in Paradise (1.0/1.1) was much lower as it took up shop on its second night. The competition is admittedly tougher on Tuesday, but this is a really wide gulf; last year the Tuesday ratings were usually within a tenth or two of the Monday ratings. It will be interesting to see which version shows up next week.
    • Meanwhile, the timeslot after America's Got Talent (2.8) went back to Hollywood Game Night (1.3), which easily beat all of its Thursday results from earlier in the summer but was still a good bit lower than what World of Dance has been doing in this slot.

    Cablemetrics: Game of Thrones, Insecure, Claws, The Sinner


    These numbers are current through Monday, August 14.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Game of Thrones exploded to another new series high 4.98 on Sunday. As I said on here a few weeks ago, new series highs are nothing new for GoT, but this is the first time in three years that it has hit multiple series highs within the same season. With the finale still ahead, it seems likely that at least one more is coming.

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Monday 8/14/17


    FINALS UPDATE: Bachelor in Paradise (1.6) adjusted up while The Gong Show (0.7) and Midnight, Texas (0.7) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • After months of controversy, ABC's Bachelor in Paradise (1.5) returned to healthy ratings, topping its own 1.4 premiere from a year ago and even outrating some of the mid-section of the recently wrapped The Bachelorette season. It led into a special Monday edition of The Gong Show (0.8) at 10/9c, boosting that series to its best numbers since its first couple weeks.
    • On NBC, American Ninja Warrior (1.4) inched back down and narrowly lost the head-to-head with Paradise, while Midnight, Texas clung to 0.8 again at 10/9c.
    • And Fox improved its overall Monday average by expanding So You Think You Can Dance (0.7) to a second hour.

    SpotVault - SNL Weekend Update Thursday (NBC) - Summer 2017 Ratings



    SpotVault - Bachelor in Paradise (ABC) - 2017 Ratings



    The Breakdown: NBC Friday in 2016-17 (Caught on Camera, Grimm, Dateline and more!)




    It's time for a journey through the NBC Friday schedule in 2016-17...

    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 8/13/17


    FINALS UPDATE: Big Brother (1.9) adjusted up while America's Funniest Home Videos (R) (0.8), 60 Minutes (1.0), The Simpsons (R) (0.4), Bob's Burgers (R) (0.5) and Teen Choice Awards (0.5) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Several West Coast markets were preempted in the early part of primetime for an NFL preseason game, and CBS' Big Brother (1.9 in the 8:30 half-hour) and Candy Crush (0.6 at 9:30) were delayed by 18 minutes on the East Coast due to golf overrun. Stay tuned for updates!
    • At least in these prelims, ABC's Steve Harvey's Funderdome (0.8) ticked up despite a repeat lead-in from Celebrity Family Feud (0.9), while The $100,000 Pyramid was even at 0.7. Fox had the Teen Choice Awards (0.6/0.5), which were even to narrowly up vs. last year.

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