Saturday, April 22, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Friday 4/21/17


WHAT MATTERS:
  • Two years after Bruce Jenner: The Interview marked a major cultural moment with a tremendous 5.2 rating, Caitlyn Jenner was back in ABC Friday primetime on 20/20, but the ratings (0.8) were pretty standard for the series. The Toy Box (0.6) and Shark Tank (1.0) were both on the downtick as well.
  • With CBS (0.7/0.6/0.6) and the CW (0.3/0.2) both in repeats on the final Friday before May sweeps, that left Rosewood (0.6) as broadcast's only scripted original of the night. After quietly pulling You the Jury earlier in the week, Fox improved its fortunes by leading out of Rosewood with a repeat of Lethal Weapon (0.5).
  • On NBC, week three of First Dates (0.7) was even, pulling ahead of Toy Box in the 8/7c hour, while Dateline (1.0) was on the upswing.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 4/19/17


FINALS UPDATE: Modern Family (R) (1.0) adjusted up while Law and Order: SVU (R) (0.7), Arrow (R) (0.1), Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) (0.1) and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) (0.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Most of the Wednesday regulars snuck in one last repeat/pre-emption before returning to originals next week. That left a two-hour edition of Survivor (1.7) almost alone to dominate the night. It led into Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (0.8) at 10/9c.
  • ABC had another quartet of comedy repeats (1.0/0.9/0.9/0.8) leading into original Designated Survivor (1.0), and Designated preliminarily got a tenth back after last week's big slide.
  • Fox got to take a look at Shots Fired (0.8) without pre-tune assistance, since Empire (0.8) was also a repeat. It was down a tenth.
  • NBC (0.8/0.9/0.8) and CW (0.3/0.3/0.3) went total repeat mode.

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A18-49+: 2017 Ratings Races to Watch in the Last Month


As of today, we are four weeks away from the last day of broadcast upfronts and five weeks away from the first day of summer. In the coming weeks, there will be a lot more to say about renewals, cancellations and schedules, but I'd like to take this moment to preview some of the more trivial, historical matters in the 2016-17 ratings season. How is this season's new show class? How are the networks faring on a relative basis?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 4/18/17


FINALS UPDATE: The Middle (1.3) adjusted up while The Flash (R) (0.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • NBC's The Voice (1.7/1.8) went to two hours and led into the double-episode finale of Trial and Error (0.9/0.7) at 10/9c. T&E basically matched its last couple weeks in the 9:00 hour.
  • Voice was seemingly devastating to CBS' NCIS (1.3) and Bull (1.1), which both tanked to new lows by wide margins and decisively ending Bull's long streak of 1.3's. NCIS: New Orleans (1.1) fared quite well by comparison, enjoying the hiatus of Chicago Fire in the 10/9c hour.
  • On ABC, The Middle will hope for finals help to avoid 1.2 again, but American Housewife (1.2) perked up. It was also a mixed bag at 9/8c opposite The Voice, as Fresh Off the Boat (1.0) was down but Imaginary Mary (0.9) took an interesting turn upward. Agents of SHIELD continued to make a surprisingly decent case in the spring with an uptick to 0.8.
  • Week three of Prison Break (0.9) went fractional for Fox, with no help from a The Mick repeat lead-in (0.5). Brooklyn Nine-Nine hung at 0.7 in its second airing of the spring.
  • And iZombie, the CW's only scripted original this week, stuck at 0.3 out of a repeat The Flash (0.3).

Cablemetrics: The Leftovers, Veep, Doctor Who, Better Call Saul


These numbers are current through Monday, April 17.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • HBO will have to wait longer than usual for its Game of Thrones return, which would usually come about this time of year. But the network got some good news on a much smaller scale as the return of acclaimed drama The Leftovers (0.39) was up by six hundredths from its last premiere back in October 2015.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Monday 4/17/17


FINALS UPDATE: Dancing with the Stars (1.8) and Kevin Can Wait (1.1) adjusted up while Quantico (0.5) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • A Disney-themed edition of ABC's Dancing with the Stars (1.7/1.8) surged to its best rating in at least three weeks, putting it above the year-ago airing in raw numbers for the first time since the season premiere. But its lead-in Quantico was stuck at 0.6.
  • Elsewhere, it was mostly more of the same, including steady showings from CBS' 2 Broke Girls (1.0) and Fox's 24: Legacy (0.8) in their season or series finales. CBS was at 1.0 across the board for its comedy lineup, which made Kevin Can Wait (1.0) look a lot worse than usual, but looked good in the 10/9c hour as Scorpion (1.1) was on the uptick. 24 led into a fourth consecutive 0.6 from APB.
  • On NBC, The Voice (2.0) was preliminarily down a notch, leading into Taken (0.9) which was preliminarily up a notch.
  • And the CW finished out its final Supergirl hiatus with another repeat (0.2).

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 4/16/17


FINALS UPDATE: Bob's Burgers (R) (0.4) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • On Easter Sunday, NBC's Little Big Shots went into repeat mode in the 8:00 hour (0.8), but its lead-out dramas Chicago Justice (0.9) and Shades of Blue (0.7) held up OK, with Justice inching back down to tie its low from two weeks ago.
  • ABC had a special on Disney nature documentaries (0.6) in the 7/6 hour, leading into Once Upon a Time (0.7), Match Game (0.6) and American Crime (0.4). Like Justice, Match Game inched down to match its season low, while the surrounding dramas held steady.
  • CBS had the best Easter by a long shot thanks to a nice showing from a two-hour special on The Bee Gees (1.2). But that lead-in was of no help to Elementary (0.6) at 10/9c.
  • And Fox's comedy repeats (0.3/0.6/0.4/0.6/0.4) did a good bit worse than last week, perhaps hurt by a repeat Ice Age special (0.3) in the lead-off role.

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SpotVault - Veep (HBO) - Spring 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - The Leftovers (HBO) - Spring 2017 Ratings



Monday, April 17, 2017

First Two Weeks, Imaginary Mary


WEEK ZERO (Wednesday 8:30 preview)
Rating: 1.375
Lead-in: The Goldbergs (1.7)
Competition: Survivor (1.8), Blindspot (0.9), Shots Fired (1.0), Arrow (0.5)

Spotted Ratings, Friday 4/14/17


FINALS UPDATE: Shark Tank (1.1) adjusted up while The Originals (0.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Each of last week's unscripted premieres lost a tenth in week two, leaving The Toy Box and First Dates each at 0.7 while You the Jury fell to an even more egregious 0.3.
  • A couple other shows took a Good Friday hit, with Shark Tank (1.0) down two tenths in the prelims and CBS newbie MacGyver (0.8) falling to a new low on its finale night. But CBS' Hawaii Five-0 (1.0) and Blue Bloods (1.0) along with Dateline (0.8), Rosewood (0.5) and the CW dramas (0.4/0.2) all matched last week.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 4/13/17


FINALS UPDATE: Grey's Anatomy (1.8), The Big Bang Theory (2.5) and Chicago Med (1.1) adjusted up while Scandal (1.3) and The Amazing Race (0.8) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • After a couple repeat-laden days, everyone was back to originals on Thursday, with ABC seeing a bounce at 9/8c for the 100th episode of Scandal (1.4). Surrounding programs Grey's Anatomy (1.7) and The Catch (0.7) were both even.
  • NBC's Trial and Error tried (and failed) to make its case in a different timeslot, plummeting to a new low 0.6 in a special Thursday lead-off episode. Later in the night, NBC said goodbye to The Blacklist: Redemption, even at 0.7 leading out of another 1.0 from Chicago Med.
  • On CBS, The Big Bang Theory (2.4) is headed for another new low, and fellow comedies The Great Indoors (1.2), Mom (1.3) and Life in Pieces (1.1) were also on the downtick. The Amazing Race made it three in a row at 0.9 to start the season.
  • Bringing up the rear were Fox's MasterChef Junior (0.9) and a new low for Kicking and Screaming (0.5), then the CW's Supernatural (0.5) and Riverdale (0.3).

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 4/12/17


    FINALS UPDATE: The Goldbergs (R) (0.8), Speechless (R) (0.8), Modern Family (R) (0.9), Black-ish (R) (0.8) and Designated Survivor (0.9) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Fox was the only network airing its regular original lineup in its entirety, and Empire (2.3) was able to stop the bleeding in its fourth airing of the spring. However, its lead-in Shots Fired ticked down to 0.9.
    • With Criminal Minds off for the next two weeks, spin-off Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders filled in with a double-dip (0.9/0.8), and did a little better leading out of one hour of Survivor (1.7). Next week it will be Survivor that airs two hours.
    • Across the other three networks, only Designated Survivor (1.1) was original, leading out of repeat comedies (0.9/0.9/1.0/1.0). NBC (0.8/0.8/0.8) and the CW (0.2/0.2/0.2) were all repeats.

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 4/11/17


    FINALS UPDATE: The Middle (1.3) adjusted up.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.7) returned after over three months off, dropping by two tenths from its lowest point during the fall. After The Mick hung at 0.8, Prison Break (1.1) took a steep four-tenth drop in its second week back on the air, but it still eked out a second straight nightly win in adults 18-34 (1.0).
    • ABC was the only other network in full original mode, but that didn't help comedies The Middle (1.2) and American Housewife (1.1), which were both down again to new lows. Fresh Off the Boat was even at 1.1, while its lead-in Imaginary Mary ticked down to 0.8 (tying The Real O'Neals' low point in the slot). With no original competition, Agents of SHIELD managed another 0.7 in its second airing of the spring.
    • NBC's The Voice (1.6) easily topped the night despite airing a clip show, and was not much weaker than last week. Trial and Error (0.9/0.8) managed to stabilize at 9/8c, while Chicago Fire (0.6) was a repeat.
    • The CW's iZombie ticked down to 0.3 in week two, with a 0.2 repeat The Flash lead-in. CBS was all drama repeats (0.9/0.7/0.7).

    SpotVault - Better Call Saul (AMC) - Spring 2017 Ratings



    SpotVault - Angie Tribeca (TBS) - Spring 2017 Ratings



    Cablemetrics: Better Call Saul, Archer, Angie Tribeca, Into the Badlands


    These numbers are current through Monday, April 10.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • AMC's Better Call Saul (0.70) returned on Monday and clearly remains a part of the cable elite. But like the season two premiere, it opened on a new series low; it was nearly a tenth below last season's low point and 34% behind last season's opener.

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Monday 4/10/17


    FINALS UPDATE: Dancing with the Stars (1.6), Kevin Can Wait (1.2) and The Voice (2.1) adjusted up.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Numbers and analysis coming shortly.

    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 4/9/17


    FINALS UPDATE: 60 Minutes (1.6), Madam Secretary (0.8) and Chicago Justice (1.0) adjusted up.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • CBS' coverage of an extended finish to the Masters overran all the way to the end of the 7:00 hour on the East Coast, putting 60 Minutes (1.5), NCIS: Los Angeles (1.1) and Madam Secretary (0.7) on the air an hour after their scheduled times while Elementary was preempted.
    • On NBC, there was no bounce-back from last week's carnage against the Academy of Country Music Awards; in fact, Little Big Shots (1.3), Chicago Justice (0.9) and Shades of Blue (0.7) all matched last week's lows.
    • ABC's Once Upon a Time (0.7) gave up a tenth for a second straight week, dropping to a new low, but had a minor consolation as Match Game (0.7) grew a tenth from last week's return. American Crime stayed at 0.4.
    • And Fox began a hiatus for its comedy lineup (0.4/0.5/0.8/0.6/0.8/0.5), which will also sit out next week on Easter.

    Sunday, April 9, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Friday 4/7/17


    FINALS UPDATE: Shark Tank (1.2) adjusted up.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Friday broadcast TV got a lot more unscripted, as three new reality series took over for scripted hours that wrapped last week. In the 8:00 hour, it was a dead heat between ABC's The Toy Box (0.8) and NBC's First Dates (0.8). NBC can at least say that Dates came in about in line with a typical episode of the previous occupant Grimm, while Toy Box fell a tad behind what the ABC comedy hour usually does.
      • Neither show was able to provide any life to its unscripted lead-out; ABC's Shark Tank (1.1) was sharply down after over a month without an original, and NBC's Dateline (0.8) was also on the low end.
    • The loser of the bunch was Fox's You the Jury (0.4), but even it was not that much weaker than the previous scripted occupant Sleepy Hollow (which got to 0.4 three times in March). Rosewood hung at last week's 0.5 low.
    • CBS stayed all scripted and pulled into the Friday lead with MacGyver (0.9), Hawaii Five-0 (1.0) and a downticking Blue Bloods (1.0). And the CW's The Originals will hope to hold onto its preliminary 0.4 this time after adjusting down last week, while Reign stuck at 0.2.

    Friday, April 7, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Thursday 4/6/17


    FINALS UPDATE: The Big Bang Theory (2.7) and The Blacklist: Redemption (0.7) adjusted up while Scandal (1.2) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • After one of its strongest showings of the season last week, TGIT came crashing down with three-tenth drops for both Grey's Anatomy (1.7) and Scandal (1.2), marking a new low for both. Scandal seemingly got ravaged by a couple brief news interruptions related to a military strike in Syria.
    • But even they probably didn't have the most brutal drops on this broadcast night; that would belong to NBC's Superstore (0.8), which was back from a week off and plummeted by a baffling three tenths. NBC had a minor consolation as Powerless (0.6) and Chicago Med (1.0) each bounced back a tick from last week's ugliness. The Blacklist: Redemption (0.7) gave back last week's uptick, but got a clutch finals upward adjustment to avoid a new low.
    • CBS had easily the best night in a generally down landscape, with The Big Bang Theory (2.7) and both the 9:00 comedies (1.4/1.2) on the upswing. 
    • Fox and the CW did not emerge unscathed either, as MasterChef Junior (0.9), Supernatural (0.5) and Riverdale (0.3) all shed a tenth to tie their series lows.

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 4/5/17


    FINALS UPDATE: The Goldbergs (1.6), Speechless (1.4), Modern Family (1.9), Criminal Minds (1.3), Law and Order: SVU (1.2) and Shots Fired (1.0) adjusted up while Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (0.7), Arrow (R) (0.2), Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) (0.2) and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) (0.2) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Week three of Fox's latest Wednesday lineup saw a pair of small drops from Shots Fired (0.9) and Empire (2.2).
    • After a strong showing last Wednesday alongside the Imaginary Mary premiere, comedies The Goldbergs (1.5), Modern Family (1.8) and Black-ish (1.3) all tumbled by multiple tenths. Goldbergs tied its season low while Modern Family hit a new one, and Black-ish had its lowest point of the season with an original lead-in. Speechless returned to the 8:30 slot matching its last original three weeks ago at 1.3. Designated Survivor also hung on with a 1.1 at 10/9c.
    • One of the few stories of Wednesday resilience remained Blindspot (0.9), which has looked like a stronger show since its last return from hiatus. At 10/9c, Chicago PD (1.3) was also a success story for NBC, upticking from its last two weeks, while lead-in Law and Order: SVU stayed at 1.1.
    • CBS' Survivor (1.7) and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (0.8) gave back upticks from last week, while the Criminal Minds mothership stayed at last week's low-end 1.2.
    • The CW was in repeat mode with Arrow (0.3) and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.3/0.3).

    SpotVault - iZombie (CW) - 2017 Ratings



    SpotVault - Prison Break (Fox) - Spring 2017 Ratings



    Wednesday, April 5, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 4/4/17


    FINALS UPDATE: The Middle (1.4) and NCIS (1.6) adjusted up.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Fox's latest revival effort had a successful start, as Prison Break came out of the box with a very young-skewing 1.5 demo to top the 9:00 hour (and it easily won the whole night with a 1.3 A18-34). That's the same demo at which 24: Legacy started in February, 20 hours after airing post-Super Bowl, so count this as a noticeably more impressive showing. It led out of comedies New Girl (steady at 0.9 in its possible series finale) and The Mick (downticking to 0.8).
    • ABC featured the timeslot premiere of Imaginary Mary (0.9), which looked like a typical The Real O'Neals episode leading out of Fresh Off the Boat (1.1), and an uptick in its return from hiatus for Agents of SHIELD (0.7). The 8/7c comedies fared relatively poorly, with The Middle (1.3) and American Housewife (1.2) each hitting new lows after two weeks off.
    • On the CW, iZombie was back nearly a full year after its last airing with a 0.4 rating, a number it fell to just once last season. It led out of the season finale of Legends of Tomorrow (0.6)
    • CBS' NCIS twins mothership (1.5) and New Orleans (1.0) were each down a tenth, surrounding a seventh consecutive 1.3 from Bull.
    • And on NBC, it got even worse for Trial and Error (0.9/0.7), down yet another tenth in each half-hour leading out of a softer The Voice (1.9). At 10/9c, Chicago Fire pulled itself all the way up to 1.3, but that was still a new season low.

    Cablemetrics: Big Little Lies, The Walking Dead, Into the Badlands


    These numbers are current through Monday, April 3.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • HBO's Big Little Lies finished out its The Night Of-like trajectory with a new series high at 0.66, over a tenth above its previous peak. Both of the HBO minis shook off an early stinker result, slowly inched up during the mid-section of the season, and ended on three consecutive new series highs.

    Tuesday, April 4, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Monday 4/3/17


    FINALS UPDATE: NCAA Championship (7.1) and The Voice (2.2) adjusted up while The Big Bang Theory (R) (1.2), NCAA Championship Pregame (1.9) and Taken (0.8) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • A year after airing on TBS for the first time, the NCAA men's basketball national championship game returned to CBS. Back on broadcast, it appears headed for a significant year-to-year increase after averaging just a 4.52 on cable last year. It averaged a 5.6 prelim from 9:00 to 11:00 and should go up after West Coast viewing is incorporated after finals.
    • Most of the competitors took a hit, with The Voice (2.1) down by three tenths and Dancing with the Stars (1.6/1.5) losing at least one. Their respective lead-outs, Taken (0.9) and Quantico (0.6), also inched down to tie their season lows. Fox's dramas 24: Legacy (0.8) and APB (0.6) tied their low points as well.
    • And the CW punted with repeats of Supergirl (0.3) and Penn and Teller: Fool Us (0.2).

    First Two Weeks, Shots Fired


     Still open today: Trial and Error

    WEEK ONE
    Rating: 1.127
    Lead-in: Local programming (plus Empire (2.8) lead-out)
    Competition: The Goldbergs (R) (1.0), Speechless (R) (1.0), Survivor Spring (1.7), Blindspot (0.9), Arrow (0.5)

    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 4/2/17


    FINALS UPDATE: Little Big Shots (1.3) adjusted up.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • ABC saw some improvement in its last two hours by replacing cancelled Time After Time with Match Game (0.6). Still, the game show went well below the lowest rating (0.9) of its winter Wednesday run.
    • Almost everything else on broadcast was on the decline, but no drop was more ugly than Little Big Shots (1.2). Its lead-outs Chicago Justice (0.9) and Shades of Blue (0.7) inched down again, as did Once Upon a Time (0.8) on ABC.
    • Fox's comedies were also on the downswing, including a new low for Making History (0.6). The Simpsons (0.9) and The Last Man on Earth (0.8) at least looked OK on a year-to-year basis, especially since LMOE had a repeat lead-in from Family Guy (0.7).

    Monday, April 3, 2017

    First Two Weeks, Trial and Error


    WEEK ZERO (Tuesday 10/9c preview)
    Rating: 1.376/1.03
    Lead-in: This Is Us (3.4)
    Competition: People Icons (0.6), NCIS: New Orleans (1.2)

    SpotVault - The Amazing Race (CBS) - Spring 2017 Ratings



    Spotted Ratings, Friday 3/31/17


    FINALS UPDATE: Last Man Standing (1.1) adjusted up while The Originals (0.3) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • On a night full of finales for broadcast TV, the highest-rated one was ABC's veteran comedy Last Man Standing (1.0), matching last week. But its lead-out Dr. Ken (0.7) did not leave a positive final impression, inching down to a new series low. ABC then had yet another Shark Tank repeat (0.7), as the show prepares a return to originals next week alongside newbie The Toy Box. 20/20 (0.8) rounded out the night.
    • The only confirmed series finale of the bunch was Grimm (0.9), as the sixth-year NBC Friday staple ticked up to tie its season high. It led into two hours of Dateline (0.9/1.0).
    • Fox was also in finale mode with the season or series finale of Sleepy Hollow (0.5), matching last week. Its lead-in Rosewood (0.5) returned to originals, but apparently the viewers couldn't tell; it matched last week's repeat and was a new low for originals.
    • CBS was back from its March Madness hiatus with MacGyver (0.9) and Hawaii Five-0 (1.0) on the downtick, but Blue Bloods (1.1) inched up at 10/9c.
    • And on the CW, the surprisingly impressive start for The Originals continued with another preliminary 0.4 in week three, leading into Reign (0.2).

    Friday, March 31, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Thursday 3/30/17


    FINALS UPDATE: The Big Bang Theory (2.6) adjusted up while Grey's Anatomy (2.0), Scandal (1.5), Mom (1.2), Superstore (R) (0.6) and Powerless (0.5) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • CBS was back from its March Madness hiatus with a new occupant in the 10/9c hour: reality veteran The Amazing Race (0.9), regularly scheduled in the 10:00 hour for the first time in over a decade. Race was an improvement on previous occupant Training Day but down noticeably from its last premiere, a 1.3 on a Friday in February 2016. Leading in was a soft return for the comedies The Big Bang Theory (2.5), The Great Indoors (1.4), Mom (1.3) and Life in Pieces (1.1).
    • On NBC, Powerless (0.6) was back at 8:30 after being preempted for Trial and Error repeats the last two weeks, and hit a new series low (also only tying last week's T&E repeat). It led out of a repeat of Superstore (0.7). After that came a terrible showing from Chicago Med (0.9), at a new low by two tenths, while The Blacklist: Redemption (0.8) was actually up.
    • TGIT had a strong night, with Grey's Anatomy (2.1) and Scandal (1.6) each growing by multiple tenths to their best numbers since mid-February. The Catch (0.8) was preliminarily up a tenth, which would tie its season high from the premiere.
    • The CW also looked solid as Supernatural (0.6) and Riverdale (0.4) returned from hiatus, with the former rebounding from its series low.
    • And Fox's MasterChef Junior (1.0) inched down to a new season low, leading into another 0.6 from Kicking and Screaming.

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 3/29/17


    FINALS UPDATE: Modern Family (2.1), Survivor (1.8) and Chicago PD (1.2) adjusted up.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • ABC previewed its new Tuesday sitcom Imaginary Mary (1.4) in a special Wednesday 8:30 edition. It was up a tick from what Speechless did here two weeks ago, but maybe a bit weaker than what Speechless would've done considering it was a positive night for lead-in The Goldbergs (1.7) as well as lead-out Modern Family (2.0). Later in the night, both Black-ish (1.5) and Designated Survivor (1.1) were even with their last episodes.
    • On Fox, Shots Fired (1.0) lost just a tenth in its second week, even as Empire (2.4) fell pretty hard to a new series low in its second episode of the spring.
    • NBC's Blindspot (0.9) continued to show a little life in the spring, holding onto last week's uptick on another low night for Law and Order: SVU (1.1) and Chicago PD (1.1).
    • CBS' Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (0.9) also tried to make its case, bouncing back from last week's low even as Criminal Minds (1.2) was down. Survivor hit its fourth straight 1.7 to open the spring.
    • And Arrow headed into its last hiatus of the season with another 0.5, while The 100 stuck at 0.3.

    SpotVault - Imaginary Mary (ABC) - Spring 2017 Ratings



    Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 3/28/17


    FINALS UPDATE: American Housewife (R) (0.8) and The Flash (0.9) adjusted up while Legends of Tomorrow (0.5) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • A 12-season run finally came to an end on Tuesday, as Fox's crime drama Bones (1.0) exited the stage with a new season high and its first trip into the ones since December 2015. The rare bit of positive mojo for Fox even seemed to spill into the 8/7c hour a bit, as New Girl (0.9) and The Mick (0.9) were both up.
    • On NBC, it was a rough second week in the 9/8c hour for Trial and Error (1.0/0.8): down two tenths from last week at 9:00 and three tenths at 9:30. Its lead-in from The Voice (2.1) was down two tenths from last week, while Chicago Fire (1.4) was down just one.
    • Despite a little added Fox competition, CBS looked pretty normal with its fully-renewed trio of NCIS (1.6), Bull (1.3) and NCIS: New Orleans (1.1). The mothership ticked up from its new series low two weeks ago.
    • ABC had more comedy repeats (0.8/0.7/0.8/0.7) leading into the finale of People Icons (0.5), which couldn't make it three weeks in a row of growth and instead fell back to the series premiere number.
    • And the CW's The Flash (0.8) is eyeing a new series low but may have a shot at an uptick in finals. Despite that downswing, Legends of Tomorrow preliminarily held onto last week's 0.6.

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    Cablemetrics: Big Little Lies, Into the Badlands, The Walking Dead


    These numbers are current through Monday, March 27.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Big Little Lies (0.54) rose to another new series high on Sunday, up by a full tenth from last week. AMC also had a nice Sunday with The Walking Dead (4.88) and week two of Into the Badlands (1.49) both on the upswing.

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Monday 3/27/17


    FINALS UPDATE: The Big Bang Theory (R) (1.3), The Great Indoors (1.0) and The Voice (2.4) adjusted up while Quantico (0.7), Scorpion (R) (0.7), Taken (1.0) and Jane the Virgin (0.3) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Numbers and analysis coming shortly. CBS gave bubble comedy The Great Indoors a different look, on Monday at 9:30 after Superior Donuts.

    Monday, March 27, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 3/26/17


    FINALS UPDATE: Madam Secretary (1.1) adjusted up while America's Funniest Home Videos (0.9), NCAA Overrun (5.2), 60 Minutes (2.5), Little Big Shots (R) (0.6) and Family Guy (1.0) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • With the game of the year in college basketball as a lead-in (preliminary 5.3 in the 7:00 half-hour), CBS' 60 Minutes (3.0/2.3), NCIS: Los Angeles (1.6), Madam Secretary (1.1/1.0) and even Elementary (0.8) are all eyeing their best numbers since football season. These shows all started 4 minutes after their listed start times on the East Coast, so it's possible there could be some slight downward adjustments.
    • Fox's The Simpsons had the week off, so the network went with two originals of Bob's Burgers (0.8/0.9) at 7:30 and 8:00. Making History clung to 0.7 again at 8:30, while Family Guy (1.1) was even and The Last Man on Earth (0.9) ticked up.
    • It was a nice night for the other two 8/7c occupants, with Little Big Shots (1.7) and Once Upon a Time (0.9) each bouncing back a bit. NBC's Chicago Justice (1.0) and Shades of Blue (0.8) steadied in their fourth Sunday episodes, but ABC continued to get even more ghastly with Time After Time staying at 0.4 and another drop at 10/9c for American Crime (0.3). Looks like this is the first 0.3 for an in-season big four scripted series on a night other than Saturday...

    Saturday, March 25, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Friday 3/24/17


    FINALS UPDATE: NCAA Basketball (1.7) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • On the second Friday of CBS' March Madness hiatus (2.2/2.2/2.8), ABC comedies Last Man Standing (1.0) and Dr. Ken (0.8) along with the NBC drama Grimm (0.8) were all even, one week before they wrap for the season next week. ABC had another Shark Tank repeat (0.7) leading into 20/20 (0.7), dropping well behind Dateline (0.9/1.0) in the last two hours.
    • Fox's Sleepy Hollow was also a week out from its finale, leading out of another repeat from Rosewood. Both shows were up to 0.5 after hitting 0.4 each of the previous three Fridays.
    • And the CW's The Originals continued to impress early on in its fourth season, hitting a preliminary 0.4 this week after just barely missing out on the number last week. Reign rounded out the night with 0.2 yet again.

    Friday, March 24, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Thursday 3/23/17


    FINALS UPDATE: NCAA Basketball (2.1) adjusted up while NCAA Basketball (2.0), Trial and Error (R) (0.6) and Supernatural (R) (0.2) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Numbers and analysis coming soon.

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 3/22/17


    FINALS UPDATE: Law and Order: SVU (1.2) adjusted up.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Fox's brightest bulb Empire (2.8) was finally back for the spring, and up a tick from the 8/7c fall finale. However, that left it about 40% behind the 4.8 for the year-ago spring premiere. It had little help from its new lead-in, the new drama Shots Fired (1.1), which opened below Lethal Weapon's lowest rating of the season.
    • NBC's Blindspot (0.9) and Law and Order: SVU (1.1) were back for the first time in four weeks. Blindspot tried to keep itself in the NBC picture by upticking from its last couple episodes of the winter, even on a night when SVU and Chicago PD (1.2) were each tying their series lows.
    • ABC had a night of repeat comedies (1.0/1.0/1.1/0.8) leading into Designated Survivor (1.1), which finally came back to earth a bit in a tougher situation than its first two eps of the spring.
    • On CBS, Survivor (1.7) and Criminal Minds (1.3) were steady while Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (0.8) inched down.
    • And the CW was even with Arrow (0.5) and The 100 (0.3).

    SpotVault - Shots Fired (Fox) - Spring 2017 Ratings



    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 3/21/17


    FINALS UPDATE: Black-ish (R) (0.8), The Voice (2.3) and The Flash (1.0) adjusted up.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • On NBC's first Tuesday without This Is Us, the network took a major step down at 9/8c with new comedy Trial and Error (1.2/1.1). The good news for T&E is that this was basically in line with the 1.4/1.0 it pulled in the 10/9c hour after This Is Us last week. Both The Voice (2.2) and Chicago Fire (1.5) were on the downswing without This Is Us in the middle.
    • Fox had its regular lineup of New Girl (0.8), The Mick (0.8) and Bones (0.8). It was a new low for The Mick, which was in repeats last week when New Girl fell to its first 0.8 of the season. Meanwhile, Bones was on the uptick in its penultimate episode.
    • On the CW, The Flash (0.9) had a musical crossover with Supergirl, but it was actually Legends of Tomorrow (0.6) that was on the upswing week-to-week.
    • And it was repeat mode for CBS (0.9/0.8/0.7) as well as ABC's comedies (0.9/0.8/0.8/0.7). The networks' only original was the third episode of People Icons (0.7), which grew for the second week in a row.

    Best Case/Worst Case: Shots Fired


    Best Case/Worst Case lays out possible scenarios for broadcast primetime TV seasons yet to premiere. Here's what's premiering tonight!


    Cablemetrics: Into the Badlands, Big Little Lies, The Arrangement, Underground


    These numbers are current through Monday, March 20.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • After 15 months off, AMC's sophomore drama Into the Badlands returned with a 1.42 demo rating, retaining less than a third of its lead-in from The Walking Dead (4.72). That's a far cry from the November 2015 series premiere (3.15) as well as the other two episodes that aired after The Walking Dead (2.27 & 2.46). Of course, Dead itself was getting much bigger raw ratings back then (with a 6.51, 6.65 and 7.02 in those weeks). Like last year, Badlands will get three weeks of The Walking Dead as a lead-in before setting out on its own.

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Monday 3/20/17


    FINALS UPDATE: Dancing with the Stars (2.1) adjusted up while Quantico (0.7) and Taken (0.9) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • ABC's Dancing with the Stars (2.0/2.1) had an outstanding return, up by at least two tenths from its spring 2016 premiere and roughly tying the fall 2016 opener during pre-premiere week. Perhaps the even greater miracle was that it actually bumped up the struggling Quantico (0.8) by a couple notches, though the 0.9 -> 0.6 breakdown suggests it could be a 0.7 after finals.
    • The return of the older-skewing Stars did not bode well for the competition. On CBS, it was still another week of downward movement for comedies Kevin Can Wait (1.1), Man with a Plan (1.0), Superior Donuts (1.0) and 2 Broke Girls (1.0). The only small consolation was that Scorpion hung in there at 1.1 at 10/9c.
    • And it was a brutal night for Fox's 24: Legacy (0.8), crashing by two tenths following one of its relatively more promising points last week. APB was stuck at last week's 0.7 low.
    • The Voice (2.2/2.5) stayed on top but took a slightly bigger hit than it usually does in this spot. Taken (1.0) followed it downward, going to a new low by two tenths.
    • The CW's Supergirl (0.6) dipped to a new low, and Jane the Virgin stayed at 0.3.

    Introducing Daily Tables Plus!


    If you weren't here in this blog's early days, you may not remember the days when each War of 18-49 post had just one table, with only raw adults 18-49 ratings. With the advent of A18-49+ came new tables, using Plus numbers that allowed for fairer comparisons over time.

    Today, it's time to bring that spirit to the tables you see every day, on the Daily Spotted Ratings posts. Like the War version, it translates many of the raw numbers from the daily table into Plus. These tables will have a lot of things going on that may not immediately come to mind, so I'm going to use this intro post to review a few of the important caveats with using these Plus numbers. The first official one will show up on Monday's post later today. The default view is still the raw numbers table, so if you don't "believe" in Plus then your only difference will be the two little buttons at the top and bottom of each table. Without further ado, click the Plus button above the following table and let's create a Daily Table Plus!

    Some thoughts on these new numbers after the jump...

    SpotVault - Into the Badlands (AMC) - Spring 2017 Ratings



    SpotVault - Dancing with the Stars (ABC) - Spring 2017 Ratings



    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 3/19/17


    FINALS UPDATE: Little Big Shots (R) (0.7) and Little Big Shots (1.6) adjusted up while Bob's Burgers (R) (0.6) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • An already terrible ABC lineup became an outright black hole this Sunday. Once Upon a Time (0.8) inched down to a new low, but still looked like a champ in comparison with lead-out dramas Time After Time (down two tenths to 0.4) and American Crime (down a tenth from last week's premiere to 0.4).
    • NBC's still leading the entertainment landscape, but it too lost some more steam this week. Little Big Shots (1.5) was down two more tenths, as was Chicago Justice (1.0). Recently renewed Shades of Blue (0.8) lost a tenth.
    • Fox was steadier than its counterparts, but still had one-tenth slippage from The Simpsons (1.0) and The Last Man on Earth (0.8). Bob's Burgers (0.8) and Family Guy (1.1) were even, while Making History managed to hold at 0.7 in week three.
    • A March Madness lead-in (preliminary 3.5) helped boost CBS' 60 Minutes (1.8/1.5) but did little for NCIS: Los Angeles (1.2/1.1), Madam Secretary (0.8) and Elementary (0.6). The CBS lineup started 35 minutes after the hour and thus may adjust.

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Friday 3/17/17


    FINALS UPDATE: NCAA Basketball (1.3) and Dateline (0.8) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • A week after The Vampire Diaries wrapped for the series, the CW brought back spin-off The Originals (0.3) in its vacated timeslot, and it opened at the low end of TVD's results this season (as well as the low end of its own Friday results from last season). Reign had its familiar 0.2 at 9/8c.
    • On ABC, comedies Last Man Standing (1.0) and Dr. Ken (0.8) tied last week's below-average results. The network then had another two-hour Truth & Lies special (1.0/1.1), this time on the Manson family. The last special (on the Menendez brothers) had a 1.7 on a Thursday back in January.
    • NBC continued with Grimm (0.8) and two-hour Dateline (0.8/0.9), while Fox remained off the map with yet another repeat of Rosewood (0.4) leading into original Sleepy Hollow (0.4).
    • And CBS dominated the night with its first Friday of March Madness coverage (1.4/1.8/1.4).

    SpotVault - The Originals (CW) - Spring 2017 Ratings



    Friday, March 17, 2017

    Spotted Ratings, Thursday 3/16/17


    FINALS UPDATE: The Catch (0.7), The Blacklist: Redemption (0.7) and The Vampire Diaries (R) (0.1) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • CBS began its Thursday March Madness hiatus with low-1's throughout the night, and pretty much everyone else held up OK. On ABC, Grey's Anatomy (2.0) ticked back into the twos, while Scandal (1.4) was even and The Catch (0.8) matched last week's premiere.
    • On NBC, Chicago Med (1.4) had a major surge for an apparently eventful episode, and that preliminarily helped The Blacklist: Redemption (0.8) tick back up to its premiere rating. In the 8:00 hour, Superstore (1.1) led into a decently sampled encore of the Trial and Error pilot (0.8). 
    • Fox's Kicking and Screaming (0.6) got even worse in week two, falling below the low point of previous occupant My Kitchen Rules. The CW went totally off the map with two hours of The Vampire Diaries repeats (0.2/0.1).

      Cablemetrics: Greenleaf, Baby Daddy, Young and Hungry, Feud: Bette and Joan


      These numbers are current through Wednesday, March 15.

      WHAT MATTERS:
      • OWN's summer success Greenleaf returned in the spring, and the result was a new series low 0.48 and 43% behind its June 2016 series premiere (though that's still near the top of scripted cable this week).

      Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 3/15/17


      FINALS UPDATE: The Voice (R) (1.6) adjusted up while The 100 (0.3) adjusted down.

      WHAT MATTERS:
      • Though the Tuesday comedies withstood the arrival of DST well, there was no such luck for ABC's The Goldbergs (1.5) and Speechless (1.3), with each comedy crashing by two tenths. But ABC had much better news later in the night as Designated Survivor (1.3) held steady in its second episode of the spring. More difficult conditions are ahead, especially next week with the return of Chicago PD and a comedy repeat lead-in, but it has been an impressive return thus far.
      • Elsewhere, it was a positive finale night on Fox with Lethal Weapon (1.3) and Star (1.3) each up a tenth. On CBS, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (0.9) kept itself in the mix by holding steady while the mothership (1.3) returned at 9/8c. NBC had a two-hour The Voice recap (1.6) while the CW's Arrow (0.5) and The 100 (0.3) were both on the downswing.

        Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 3/14/17


        FINALS UPDATE: The Middle (1.6) and This Is Us (3.4) adjusted up while Trial and Error (1.4) and Trial and Error (1.0) adjusted down.

        WHAT MATTERS:
        • NBC megahit This Is Us went out on an absolutely triumphant note, exploding to a new series high 3.4. But the show that will be inheriting its timeslot, comedy Trial and Error, had a rough two-episode start (1.4/1.0) in the 10:00 hour.
        • The arrival of DST was unkind to 8:00 anchors NCIS (1.5) and New Girl (0.8), with the CBS procedural posting its second new series low in the last three episodes. But ABC's comedies noticeably bucked the trend, with The Middle (1.6) actually scrounging out an uptick.

          SpotVault - Imposters (BRAVO) - Winter Spring 2017 Ratings



          SpotVault - Detroiters (Comedy Central) - Winter Spring 2017 Ratings



          SpotVault - Greenleaf (OWN) - Spring 2017 Ratings



          SpotVault - Trial and Error (NBC) - Spring 2017 Ratings





          Trial and Error
          Tuesdays, 9/8c, NBC







          SpotVault - Baby Daddy (Freeform) - 2017 Ratings



          SpotVault - Young and Hungry (Freeform) - 2017 Ratings



          SpotVault - American Crime (ABC) - Spring 2017 Ratings



          Thursday, March 16, 2017

          First Two Weeks, Making History


          WEEK ONE
          Rating: 0.928
          Lead-in: The Simpsons (1.1)
          Competition: Once Upon a Time (0.9), NCIS: Los Angeles (1.3), Little Big Shots (2.0)

          First Two Weeks, Time After Time


          WEEK ONE (two-hour premiere from 9:00-11:00)
          Rating: 0.651
          Lead-in: Once Upon a Time (0.9)
          Competition: Madam Secretary (0.8), Elementary (0.6), Chicago Justice (1.4), Shades of Blue (1.0), Family Guy (1.2), The Last Man on Earth (1.0)

          First Two Weeks, Chicago Justice


          WEEK ZERO (Wednesday 10/9c as part of Chicago crossover)
          Rating: 1.685
          Lead-in: Chicago PD (1.9)
          Competition: Movie: When We Rise p2 (0.6), Bull (R) (0.7)

          Spotted Ratings, Monday 3/13/17


          FINALS UPDATE: The Bachelor (2.7) and Kevin Can Wait (1.3) adjusted up while Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala (R) (0.2) adjusted down.

          WHAT MATTERS:
          • The finale for The Bachelor (2.7) and After the Final Rose (2.4) both spiked from last week, but still came a couple tenths shy of the year-ago telecasts.
          • The DST bug might have been offset by winter weather on the East Coast (PUT was up 2% week-to-week), but there was still a one-tenth drop across the board for the CBS comedies (1.3/1.1/1.1/1.1) and Scorpion (1.1). 
          • NBC held up fairly well, with The Voice (2.6) down a tenth and Taken (1.2) steadying in week three. 
          • Fox's 24: Legacy (1.0) had a helpful rally back into the ones. However, APB (0.7) fell to a new low.

          Spotted Ratings, Sunday 3/12/17


          FINALS UPDATE: 60 Minutes (1.2), Chicago Justice (1.2), Shades of Blue (0.9) and The Last Man on Earth (0.9) adjusted up while Bob's Burgers (R) (0.6) adjusted down.

          WHAT MATTERS:
          • Sunday is technically the first day after DST, but for the second straight year Once Upon a Time (0.9) managed to hold steady in this episode, and this year so did America's Funniest Home Videos (1.0). But there was not much else to crow about on ABC, as Time After Time (0.6) shed a tenth in week two and American Crime (0.5) premiered invisibly at 10/9c.
          • NBC continued to dominate despite drops from Little Big Shots (1.7), Chicago Justice (1.2) and Shades of Blue (0.9).
          •  Fox's The Simpsons (1.1) also seemingly bucked the DST math, but Making History (0.7) took a brutal two-tenth hit in week two, while Family Guy (1.1) and The Last Man on Earth (0.9) were also down a notch.
          • The worst potentially DST-related hit came from NCIS: Los Angeles (1.1), which was down two tenths at 8/7c for CBS. Madam Secretary (0.8) and Elementary (0.6) stayed even.

          Saturday, March 11, 2017

          Spotted Ratings, Friday 3/10/17


          FINALS UPDATE: Blue Bloods (1.0) and Grimm (0.7) adjusted down.

          WHAT MATTERS:
          • The Vampire Diaries ended a great eight-year run with a 0.4 for a recap special in the 8/7c hour, and up just a tenth week-to-week for the series finale (0.5) at 9/8c. It still tied TVD's best rating since making the move to Friday in January 2016.
          • Crossover night did not particularly liven up CBS' MacGyver (1.0) and Hawaii Five-0 (1.1); the former was down a notch week-to-week while the latter was even. Blue Bloods came back from two weeks off and was even at 1.1.
          • On ABC, Last Man Standing (1.0) stumbled to a new season low, while Dr. Ken (0.8) was down to tie its low. Shark Tank (0.9) was in repeat mode.
          • NBC livened up a bit with Emerald City gone, as the return of two-hour Dateline (1.0/1.1) put the franchise back into the ones for the first time since January. Grimm had its familiar 0.8 at 8/7c.
          • And Fox had another miserable Friday with a second straight combo of Rosewood repeat (0.4) and Sleepy Hollow original (0.4).

          Friday, March 10, 2017

          Spotted Ratings, Thursday 3/9/17


          FINALS UPDATE: Mom (1.4), Powerless (0.7), Chicago Med (1.1) and The Blacklist: Redemption (0.7) adjusted down.

          WHAT MATTERS:
          • ABC's The Catch (0.8) returned to round out the TGIT lineup for the spring, tying its season one finale (which was the ugliest point of the first season run). It led out of Grey's Anatomy (1.9) and Scandal (1.4), which were both down after taking the last one and two weeks off, respectively.
          • Fox debuted new reality series Kicking and Screaming (0.7) after MasterChef Junior, and it could only manage to tie the low point of previous occupant My Kitchen Rules (and was two tenths below where that show began).
          • On NBC, it was back to reality for Chicago Med (1.2) and The Blacklist: Redemption (0.8), which gave back all of their post-The Voice bounces from a week ago. That still left Redemption with its entire series premiere audience, so it could've been worse. Superstore (0.7) was a repeat, but an original Powerless (0.8) actually ticked up.
          • CBS had one final all-original Thursday before its March Madness hiatus. The Great Indoors (1.4) looked worse than usual, on the downswing while The Big Bang Theory (2.8) was even and 9/8c comedies Mom (1.5) and Life in Pieces (1.3) ticked up. Training Day (0.7) gave back half of last week's bounce.
          • On the CW, recently renewed Riverdale (0.4) was preliminarily even as its lead-in Supernatural (0.5) ticked down.

          SpotVault - The Catch (ABC) - Spring 2017 Ratings



          SpotVault - Kicking and Screaming (Fox) - Spring 2017 Ratings



          SpotVault - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS) - Spring 2017 Ratings



          SpotVault - Survivor (CBS) - Spring 2017 Ratings



          SpotVault - Underground (WGN America) - Spring 2017 Ratings



          SpotVault - The Americans (FX) - Spring 2017 Ratings



          SpotVault - Feud: Bette and Joan (FX) - Spring 2017 Ratings



          SpotVault - The Arrangement (E!) - Spring 2017 Ratings



          Thursday, March 9, 2017

          Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 3/8/17


          FINALS UPDATE: Star (1.2) adjusted up while Law and Order: SVU (R) (0.7), Law and Order: SVU (R) (0.8) and Arrow (R) (0.2) adjusted down.

          WHAT MATTERS:
          • It was a night of premieres on CBS, with a two-hour Survivor (1.7/1.6) leading into the hastily-scheduled Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (0.9) at 10/9c. It feels like a pretty modest return by Survivor standards, especially compared to the 2.3 fall opener, but it was still about the same Plus as the 1.9 which opened last spring (which later grew into low-2's for most of the season). Meanwhile, Beyond Borders opened on a new series low and only about in line with a low-end Code Black episode (though it was an improvement on the recently pulled Doubt).
          • On ABC, the big news was the return of Designated Survivor (1.3), which looked fairly robust coming off of a very lengthy in-season hiatus. This would be up from the fall finale and tied for the show's best rating since week four. It led out of comedies The Goldbergs (1.7), Speechless (1.5), Modern Family (1.9) and Black-ish (1.4), which were all on the downside in the prelims. We'll see after finals if this is officially the week Modern finally drops below a 2 for the first time.
          • Fox had the penultimate week of the Lethal Weapon (1.2) and Star (1.1) combo, and it was a fairly soft night for both; Weapon had a new series low, while Star couldn't bounce back from last week's low with a repeat lead-in.
          • And there were drama repeats on both NBC (0.8/0.9/0.7) and the CW (0.3/0.2).

          First Two Weeks, Taken


          Still open today: The Blacklist: Redemption

          WEEK ONE
          Rating: 1.6
          Lead-in: The Voice Spring (3.1)
          Competition: Movie: When We Rise p1 (0.7), Scorpion (1.2)

          Wednesday, March 8, 2017

          Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 3/7/17


          FINALS UPDATE: The Middle (1.5) and This Is Us (3.0) adjusted up.

          WHAT MATTERS:
          • The Voice (2.6) and This Is Us (2.9) were back together again for the first time in 2017, and it helped the huge drama to a major upswing, landing just shy of its series high. However, it wasn't all rosy for NBC as Chicago Justice (1.3) had a fairly modest outing in another out-of-timeslot effort at sampling in the 10/9c hour. That's at least a couple tenths below what Chicago Fire usually does in the slot.
          • ABC's comedies The Middle (1.4) and American Housewife (1.4) were both on the low end in their first 2017 outings against The Voice, while Fresh Off the Boat (1.1) and The Real O'Neals (0.9) looked pretty normal. The alphabet found something even lower than Agents of SHIELD with the premiere of four-week newsmagazine series People Icons (0.5) at 10/9c.
          • On the CW, The Flash (0.9) and Legends of Tomorrow (0.5) each took a hit, with the latter actually dipping to a new series low.
          • CBS dramas NCIS (1.6), Bull (1.3) and NCIS: New Orleans (1.1) were all even with their last originals two weeks ago.
          • The night's only repeats were Fox's New Girl (0.5) and The Mick (0.5), but Bones (0.7) stayed original.

          Cablemetrics: Feud: Bette and Joan, The Arrangement, Big Little Lies, Homeland


          These numbers are current through Monday, March 6.

          WHAT MATTERS:
          • The Sunday after the Oscars brought fairly mixed news to the broadcasters, but on cable it was mostly positive:

          Tuesday, March 7, 2017

          Spotted Ratings, Monday 3/6/17


          FINALS UPDATE: Kevin Can Wait (R) (1.0) adjusted up while Taken (1.2) adjusted down.

          WHAT MATTERS:
          • It was a down night for both of the reality tentpoles, as NBC's The Voice (2.7) stayed on top but was down a little more sharply on a year-to-year basis in week two. It led into week two of Taken (1.3), which was down by three tenths from last week's premiere.
          • Meanwhile, ABC extended The Bachelor (2.2/2.0/1.6) into the 10:00 hour, making up for last week's lost hour due to When We Rise.
          • On Fox, 24: Legacy (0.9) went fractional for the first time in its fifth Monday airing, while APB stayed at 0.8 in its first week against both Bachelor and Voice.
          • Superior Donuts (1.2) was the only original on CBS, leading out of The Big Bang Theory (1.5) and Man with a Plan (1.2) and into Kevin Can Wait (0.9) and Scorpion (0.8).
          • The CW had another 0.7 from Supergirl, leading into a repeat of Penn and Teller: Fool Us (0.3).

          First Two Weeks, The Blacklist: Redemption


          WEEK ONE
          Rating: 0.789
          Lead-in: The Blacklist (0.9)
          Competition: How to Get Away with Murder (1.4), Training Day (0.6)

          Spotted Ratings, Sunday 3/5/17


          FINALS UPDATE: Time After Time (0.7) and NCIS: Los Angeles (1.3) adjusted up.

          WHAT MATTERS:
          • NBC finished out a dominant week with one last dominance, as Little Big Shots (2.0) returned to top the broadcast Sunday landscape once again. It was weaker than its 2.8 timeslot premiere a year ago, but had a nice recovery from its 1.7's at the end of last season. It led into a solid timeslot premiere for Chicago Justice (1.4) and a 1.0 at 10/9c from sophomore drama Shades of Blue. It was the same 1.0 Shades pulled throughout the second half of last season (albeit usually with much worse lead-ins).
          • Outside of NBC, cracking Sunday night remained a struggle. It got especially ugly on ABC, where the two-hour premiere of Time After Time (0.7/0.6) had an awful premiere leading out of a fractional return from Once Upon a Time (0.9). Time After Time started even lower than last year's failed The Family on the night, and it would have to hold up well just to stay even this close to year-ago Family ratings.
          • On Fox, the premiere of Making History (0.9) was not quite as much of an eyesore, and at least on premiere night looked better than the later episodes of Son of Zorn. But it was still a couple notches below its The Simpsons (1.1) lead-in and Family Guy (1.2) lead-out, and also rated below The Last Man on Earth (1.0) at 9:30. Fox opened the night with a repeat (0.5) and original (0.8) of Bob's Burgers.
          • CBS had the only night without a premiere, but was back to all originals after sitting out against the Oscars last week. NCIS: Los Angeles (1.2) inched up from two weeks ago, but Madam Secretary (0.8) and Elementary (0.6) were both down.

          Sunday, March 5, 2017

          Best Case/Worst Case: Time After Time, Making History, Little Big Shots, Shades of Blue


          Best Case/Worst Case lays out possible scenarios for broadcast primetime TV seasons yet to premiere. Here's what's premiering tonight!


          Spotted Ratings, Friday 3/3/17


          FINALS UPDATE: Movie: When We Rise p4 (0.4) adjusted down.

          WHAT MATTERS:
          • With CBS in repeats, ABC's Shark Tank (1.4) was the only non-fractional program on broadcast, and matched last week's season high in a special 8/7c airing. It led into the last two hours of When We Rise (0.5/0.4), which roughly matched the Thursday telecast.
          • It was finale night for Emerald City (0.7), which was up a tenth after a string of 0.6's through the second half of its order. It was sandwiched by steady Grimm (0.8) and Dateline (0.8).
          • The CBS dramas (0.7/0.8/0.7) as well as Fox's Rosewood (0.4) were all in repeats, and that helped usher an original of Sleepy Hollow to a new low 0.4.
          • A week before its series finale, The Vampire Diaries stayed at 0.4, leading into another 0.2 from Reign.

          Friday, March 3, 2017

          Spotted Ratings, Thursday 3/2/17


          FINALS UPDATE: Movie: When We Rise p3 (0.4) and Life in Pieces (R) (1.1) adjusted down.

          WHAT MATTERS:
          • An hour of The Voice blind auditions was cut off by the presidential address on Tuesday, and NBC plugged it into Thursday (2.3), providing sizable boosts to Chicago Med (1.7) and week two of The Blacklist: Redemption (1.0). It was easily Med's best rating since making the move to Thursday.
          • NBC had little resistance from the usual Thursday leaders, with ABC enduring another three hours of When We Rise (0.5/0.4/0.5) including a documentary on the event in the 8:00 hour. CBS went with comedy repeats (1.6/1.3/1.5/1.2), including The Big Bang Theory anchoring both hours. Of some note is that the Life in Pieces repeat actually tied last week's original, while Training Day (0.8) saw a noticeable uptick in its first airing since the death of series lead Bill Paxton.
          • On Fox, MasterChef Junior (1.1) inched down against The Voice, but My Kitchen Rules (0.8) got a tenth back.
          • And the CW had a bit of a sigh of relief as Riverdale was able to get back to 0.4 after last week's big drop. Supernatural stayed at 0.6.

          Thursday, March 2, 2017

          Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 3/1/17


          FINALS UPDATE: The Goldbergs (1.8) and Criminal Minds (1.3) adjusted up.

          WHAT MATTERS:
            • NBC's week of dominance rolled into Wednesday with significant bumps for Chicago Fire (1.7) and especially Chicago PD (1.9) as part of a three-way crossover. It was a new season high for PD and almost certainly will go down as the show's highest single-episode Plus in its history. That set the table for a strong launch at 10/9c for Chicago Justice (1.7), which went ahead of everything PD had done in the 10/9c hour this season.
            • On ABC, Modern Family managed to cling to a 2.0 in an 8:30 airing, building noticeably out of its lead-in from The Goldbergs (1.7). But that was no help for night two of When We Rise, as the low-rated ABC event ticked down to 0.6.
            • CBS had the finale of Hunted, which finished up with another respectable 1.2. But Criminal Minds (1.2) ticked down against the huge PD. A repeat of Bull (0.7) occupied the 10/9c hour and ticked up from last week's episode of the pulled Doubt, as Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders gets ready to take over the hour next week.
            • Fox's Star (1.1) was also on the downswing, hitting a new series low, but it also had to deal with a repeat of Lethal Weapon (0.7) as a lead-in.
            • On the CW, Arrow (0.6) ticked up from last week's low, while The 100 preliminarily hung at 0.4 yet again.

            SpotVault - Chicago Justice (NBC) - Spring 2017 Ratings



            Wednesday, March 1, 2017

            Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 2/28/17


            FINALS UPDATE: Fresh Off the Boat (1.1), The Real O'Neals (1.0) and The Wall (R) (1.0) adjusted down.

            WHAT MATTERS:
            • Numbers and analysis coming shortly. A presidential address effectively reduced the entertainment night to one hour; NBC had its first Tuesday edition of The Voice, while ABC tried out the 9:00 comedies Fresh Off the Boat and The Real O'Neals an hour earlier.

            Best Case/Worst Case: Chicago Justice


            Best Case/Worst Case lays out possible scenarios for broadcast primetime TV seasons yet to premiere. Here's what's premiering tonight!


            Cablemetrics: The Walking Dead, Big Little Lies, Major Crimes, Sun Records


            These numbers are current through Monday, February 27.

            WHAT MATTERS:
            • The Academy Awards have never been a major stumbling block for The Walking Dead, and this year was no exception; it was down just 6% to a 4.95 this week. That point was down 19% from the year-ago telecast against the Oscars, basically the same trend as the -20% from week two.

            Tuesday, February 28, 2017

            Spotted Ratings, Monday 2/27/17


            FINALS UPDATE: Scorpion (1.2) adjusted up.

            WHAT MATTERS:
            • It was another healthy return to the stage for NBC's The Voice (3.1), down by just three tenths from the year-ago spring premiere (and two tenths below the fall 2016 premiere). But the early prospects do not look positive for new drama Taken (1.6), which started even lower than the fall bow of Timeless (which had a 1.8 out of a similar 3.0 lead-in). It could be more successful than Timeless if it holds up well, but the 1.8 -> 1.4 half-hour breakdown does not seem promising on that front.
            • On ABC, a one-hour edition of The Bachelor (2.4) led into a very low-rated start for weeklong miniseries When We Rise (0.7), which had a 0.9 in the 9:00 half-hour but fell to 0.6 in the 10:00 hour.
            • CBS tried to stay afloat by subbing a repeat of The Big Bang Theory (1.3) into the lead-off role. It was a tenth below last week's Kevin Can Wait, and Man With a Plan (1.2) also declined by a tenth, but Superior Donuts (1.2) and 2 Broke Girls (1.2) stayed even. Scorpion (1.1) was down a tenth at 10/9c.
            • Fox mercifully got some stabilization in the fourth week for 24: Legacy (1.0) and APB (0.8).
            • And the CW had an even Supergirl (0.7) leading into downticking Jane the Virgin (0.3).

            SpotVault - The Voice (NBC) - Spring 2017 Ratings



            SpotVault - Taken (NBC) - Spring 2017 Ratings



            Spotted Ratings, Sunday 2/26/17


            FINALS UPDATE: Academy Awards (9.1) adjusted up.

            WHAT MATTERS:
            • The Academy Awards on ABC appear headed for another year-to-year decline, and will likely post the ceremony's first single-digit adults 18-49 rating ever after finals. It averaged an 8.7ish in the prelims, but should adjust up considerably due to West Coast live viewing. (It went from a 9.7 prelim to a 10.5 final last year.) See recent Oscars ratings.
            • Nobody else put up original programming resistance to Oscar, and Fox was the best of the rest with a six-pack of comedy repeats (0.6/0.6/0.9/0.9/0.9/0.8). Seems likely that Fox's Daytona 500 coverage in the afternoon helped here? CBS went with 60 Minutes (0.8/0.7) and NCIS: Los Angeles repeats (0.6/0.5) while NBC had two hours of Dateline (0.7/0.9) and movie Neighbors (0.5/0.4).

            Monday, February 27, 2017

            Best Case/Worst Case: Taken, The Voice


            Best Case/Worst Case lays out possible scenarios for broadcast primetime TV seasons yet to premiere. Here's what's premiering tonight!


            Saturday, February 25, 2017

            Spotted Ratings, Friday 2/24/17


            FINALS UPDATE: Last Man Standing (1.2) and Shark Tank (1.4) adjusted up.

            WHAT MATTERS:
            • ABC's Shark Tank (1.3) and Shark Tank-themed 20/20 (1.0) both upticked as the show passed the much-promoted $100 million in deals milestone. Earlier in the night, Last Man Standing (1.1) will hope for a second straight upward finals adjustment to match last week, while Dr. Ken (0.9) bounced back from last week's low.
            • We've seen the best and the worst of MacGyver in the last two weeks, and this week (1.1) it was back to the middle of that range. Hawaii Five-0 (1.1) inched down and Blue Bloods (0.8) was a repeat.
            • The other three networks were steady across the board: NBC with Grimm (0.8) / Emerald City (0.6) / Dateline (0.8), Fox with Rosewood (0.6) and Sleepy Hollow (0.5), and the CW with The Vampire Diaries (0.4) and Reign (0.2).

            Friday, February 24, 2017

            Spotted Ratings, Thursday 2/23/17


            FINALS UPDATE: How to Get Away with Murder (1.4) and Training Day (0.6) adjusted down.

            WHAT MATTERS:
            • It was a disappointing night for The Blacklist franchise, with The Blacklist: Redemption launching to a mere 0.8 (below the mothership's series low) at 10/9c. It led out of The Blacklist, which hung at its usual 0.9 in a special 9/8c edition; any benefit it may have seen from the earlier hour was seemingly cancelled out by the weak and incompatible Powerless (0.7) lead-in. The closest thing to a bright spot for NBC was Superstore, which hung on to a 1.1 at 8/7c.
            • On ABC, How to Get Away with Murder (1.5) had a strong end to its season, growing by two tenths and actually beating last season's 1.4 finale. It led out of slightly down Grey's Anatomy (2.0).
            • After pretty much hanging steady for the last three weeks, it was a brutal episode five for Riverdale (0.3), down a full tenth from last week even in the un-rounded. Supernatural (0.6) also ticked down for the CDub.
            • When The Big Bang Theory (2.8) took a big dip last week, the lead-out comedies held on pretty well, but this time all three (1.5/1.4/1.2) shed a tenth. 
            • And on Fox, MasterChef Junior (1.2) bounced back a bit after last week's drop.

            SpotVault - The Blacklist: Redemption (NBC) - Winter Spring 2017 Ratings





            The Blacklist: Redemption
            Thursdays, 10/9c, NBC







            Thursday, February 23, 2017

            Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 2/22/17


            FINALS UPDATE: The Goldbergs (1.8), Speechless (1.6) and Lethal Weapon (1.4) adjusted up.

            WHAT MATTERS:
            • After an already DOA premiere last week, things got much worse in week two for CBS' Doubt (0.6), which fell to less than half the demo of its Criminal Minds (1.3) lead-in. (And a 0.6 -> 0.5 breakdown means it's actually south of an un-rounded 0.60.) Throw out the Saturday editions of Ransom, and it is tied with a few Elementary episodes as CBS' lowest-rated scripted episode of the season. It will be interesting to see if this situation prompts a quick action out of CBS.
            • On ABC, 8:00 comedies The Goldbergs (1.7) and Speechless (1.5) inched down, Modern Family (2.0) was even, Black-ish (1.6) up a tenth and Match Game (0.9) steady.
            • Fox had another immediate post-renewal downtick with Lethal Weapon (1.3), but not so with Star (1.2).
            • NBC saw Law and Order: SVU (1.3) inch down between even Blindspot and Chicago PD (1.3), but even at 0.8 is not a good thing for Blindspot.
            • And on the CW, Arrow (0.5) is eyeing a new series low in the prelims, but The 100 continued to cling for dear life to a 0.4.

            Best Case/Worst Case: The Blacklist: Redemption


            Best Case/Worst Case lays out possible scenarios for broadcast primetime TV seasons yet to premiere. Here's what's premiering tonight!


            Cablemetrics: The Detour, Big Little Lies, Crashing, Bates Motel, Billions


            These numbers are current through Tuesday, February 21.

            WHAT MATTERS:
            • TBS had big news on Tuesday from its sophomore comedy The Detour, which returned with a new series high 0.57 at 10:00 before dropping to 0.46 (still even with the second half of last year's premiere) at 10:30.
            • The star-studded HBO miniseries Big Little Lies opened with a 0.31 same-day demo rating. That merely put it at the high end of recent modest HBO premieres like The Young Pope (0.30), Vinyl (0.25) and The Night Of (0.26, though again that number was not really indicative of what it did in future episodes). It led into a comedy hour of Girls (0.27), which has continued to trend well in its final season, and newbie Crashing (0.17).

            SpotVault - Bates Motel (A&E) - Spring 2017 Ratings



            SpotVault - The Detour (TBS) - Spring 2017 Ratings



            Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 2/21/17


            WHAT MATTERS:
            • NBC's last Tuesday without The Voice saw The Wall go out with a 1.4 rating, leading into one-tenth upticks for This Is Us (2.5) and Chicago Fire (1.6).
            • On CBS, NCIS (1.6) and NCIS: New Orleans (1.1) were both down after last week's crossover, with the mothership (preliminarily) hitting a new low. They surrounded Bull, which posted its fourth straight 1.3.
            • ABC's American Housewife (1.4) ticked down, but the 9/8c comedies Fresh Off the Boat (1.1) and The Real O'Neals (0.9) each inched up from last week's Valentine's Day lows. Agents of SHIELD headed into hiatus with its fifth 0.6 in the last six episodes.
            • Fox saw an uptick for New Girl (1.0), but The Mick (0.9) will need some finals help to avoid a new low, and Bones (0.7) was down as well.
            • And the CW's The Flash (1.0) and Legends of Tomorrow (0.6) were back from a week off and both shed a tenth in the prelims.

            Tuesday, February 21, 2017

            Spotted Ratings, Monday 2/20/17


            FINALS UPDATE: Quantico (0.6) adjusted down.

            WHAT MATTERS:
            • It was another week of rough drops for Fox's new dramas, as 24: Legacy (1.0) and APB (0.8) each shed another two tenths. Considering 24 was right on the verge of adjusting up to 1.3 last week, that means it must have dropped at least as much in the un-rounded as it did last week. 24 is now tied with Gotham's season low in the hour, and APB is significantly weaker than anything the previous occupants were doing on the night.
            • On NBC, the finale of Timeless (0.9) tried to make one last case by upticking to its usual January level. But the 0.6 and 0.7 from earlier this month are not forgotten, and it got an assist from an American Ninja Warrior (1.4) special that did better than any episode of Celebrity Apprentice in the timeslot.
            • It was a down night for CBS comedies Kevin Can Wait (1.4), Man with a Plan (1.3) and especially Superior Donuts (1.2), which shed two tenths. Those declines made steady 2 Broke Girls (1.2) and Scorpion (1.2) look a bit better by comparison.
            • After weeks hovering around 2.4, The Bachelor (2.5) finally upticked to a new season high. Its lead-out Quantico (0.7) is in for another finals sweat, with a 0.8 -> 0.5 breakdown yet again.
            • And on the CW, Supergirl (0.7) gave back last week's uptick, but Jane the Virgin held at 0.4.

            Monday, February 20, 2017

            First Two Weeks, 24: Legacy


            Still open today: Superior Donuts | APB

            WEEK ZERO (Sunday 11:00 ET post-Super Bowl preview)
            Rating: 6.1
            Lead-in: Super Bowl Postgame (21.8)

            WEEK ONE
            Rating: 1.48
            Lead-in: Local programming
            Competition: The Bachelor (2.4), Kevin Can Wait (1.5), Man with a Plan (1.4), Celebrity Apprentice (0.9), Supergirl (0.7)

            Spotted Ratings, Sunday 2/19/17


            WHAT MATTERS:
            • Numbers and analysis coming shortly. NBC celebrated its 90th anniversary with a three-hour special, while CBS previewed its digital-only series The Good Fight at 8/7c. ABC's To Tell the Truth and Fox's Son of Zorn each wrapped up their seasons.

            Saturday, February 18, 2017

            Spotted Ratings, Friday 2/17/17


            FINALS UPDATE: Last Man Standing (1.2), Shark Tank (1.2) and Hawaii Five-0 (1.2) adjusted up.

            WHAT MATTERS:
            • A week after some of their strongest results of the season, the CBS dramas swung all the way back in the other direction, starting with MacGyver (0.9) dropping into the zeroes for just the second time. Hawaii Five-0 (1.1) and Blue Bloods (1.1) were also below average.
            • It was also a down night for ABC, as Last Man Standing (1.1), Dr. Ken (0.8) and Shark Tank (1.1) all fell to numbers they hadn't seen since the fall. (Though unlike the CBS shows, they saw these numbers pretty frequently during the fall.) At 10/9c, 20/20 (0.9) held off a Making a Murderer-themed Dateline (0.8) for second place.
            • The other networks trailed as usual but were steadier. NBC's Grimm (0.8) bounced back from last week's low and pulled back ahead of Rosewood (0.6) on Fox. At 9/8c, Emerald City (0.6) and Sleepy Hollow (0.5) were both even again. And the CW matched last week with The Vampire Diaries (0.4) and Reign (0.2).

            Friday, February 17, 2017

            Spotted Ratings, Thursday 2/16/17


            FINALS UPDATE: Grey's Anatomy (2.1) and The Big Bang Theory (2.8) adjusted up while Scandal (1.6) adjusted down.

            WHAT MATTERS:
            • Barring an extreme finals miracle, Thursday brought the first trip beneath 3.0 since 2008 for The Big Bang Theory (2.7). However, its lead-out comedies The Great Indoors (1.6), Mom (1.5) and Life in Pieces (1.3) all hung in there. The struggles continued at 10/9c for Training Day (0.7), which fell again to tie the lowest result from Pure Genius in the timeslot.
            • In TGIT world, Grey's Anatomy (2.0) was down for the third straight week since its winter return, but Scandal (1.7) edged up and the penultimate How to Get Away with Murder settled in at 1.3.
            • It didn't get any better for Powerless (0.8) in week three, as it remained well below its Superstore (1.1) lead-in and Chicago Med (1.2) lead-out. The Blacklist (0.9) stayed fractional as it prepares to launch the Redemption spin-off next week.
            • After showing some life last week, Fox's pair of MasterChef Junior (1.1) and My Kitchen Rules (0.7) each took two-tenth hits this week.
            • And on the CW, Riverdale swung back down to 0.4 following last week's uptick. Its lead-in Supernatural was up, hitting its first 0.7 since making the move to 8:00.

            First Two Weeks, APB


             Still open: Superior Donuts

            WEEK ONE
            Rating: 1.5
            Lead-in: 24: Legacy (1.5)
            Competition: The Bachelor (2.4), Superior Donuts (1.4), 2 Broke Girls (1.3), Celebrity Apprentice (0.9), Jane the Virgin (0.3)

            SpotVault - Doubt (CBS) - Spring 2017 Ratings



            Thursday, February 16, 2017

            Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 2/15/17


            FINALS UPDATE: Speechless (1.6) adjusted up while Blindspot (0.8) and Law and Order: SVU (1.4) adjusted down.

            WHAT MATTERS:
            • The new CBS drama Doubt (0.8) got off to a bad start, going behind even the premieres of Pure Genius (1.0) and Training Day (0.9) from earlier in the season. It was also behind almost all the episodes of previous occupant Code Black (the only exception was its one random 0.7 from November). Might we see Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders here shortly? Earlier on CBS, Hunted stayed at 1.2 while Criminal Minds (1.3) inched up from last week's low.
            • On ABC, it was a rough drop for Modern Family (2.0), and Speechless (1.5) also inched down. They were sandwiched by even The Goldbergs (1.8) and Black-ish (1.5), while Match Game (0.9) fell to its first fractional result of the season.
            • Fox's Lethal Weapon (1.4) recovered to its usual level after last week's low, and pulled back ahead of Star (1.2) as it inched down to tie its low.
            • On NBC, Law and Order: SVU (1.5) stayed strong as it shed only a tenth from last week's 400th bump. Chicago PD (1.3) was even and Blindspot (0.9) will hope for a second straight finals uptick to get even.
            • And the CW's Arrow (0.6) and The 100 (0.4) were steady again in the prelims.

            First Two Weeks, Superior Donuts


            Still open today: Training Day | Powerless

            WEEK ZERO (Thursday 8:30 preview)
            Rating: 1.9
            Lead-in: The Big Bang Theory (3.1)
            Competition: Grey's Anatomy (2.3), Powerless (1.1), Hell's Kitchen (1.1), Supernatural (0.6)

            Wednesday, February 15, 2017

            Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 2/14/17


            FINALS UPDATE: American Housewife (1.5) adjusted up while Agents of SHIELD (0.6) and Tough Mudder: The Challenge Within (0.2) adjusted down.

            WHAT MATTERS:
            • Valentine's Day and presumed lower viewing levels brought several small drops to broadcast, but nothing too alarming. ABC's Fresh Off the Boat (1.0) probably had the worst drop, down by two tenths to a new season low, while surrounding comedies The Middle (1.5), American Housewife (1.4) and The Real O'Neals (0.8) were all down one, and Agents of SHIELD held at 0.7 at 10/9c.
            • CBS tried to charge up Tuesday with a crossover between NCIS (1.8) and NCIS: New Orleans (1.2). NO was indeed up two tenths from last week, but that still only got it back to its usual number from the fall. They sandwiched Bull, which stayed frozen at 1.3.
            • NBC had small drops from The Wall (1.4) and This Is Us (2.4), but Chicago Fire (1.5) was steady at 10/9c.
            • On Fox, New Girl (0.9) was down a tenth, The Mick (1.0) even, and Bones (0.8) up a tenth.
            • And the CW used Valentine's Day to sample one of its digital properties, the unscripted show Tough Mudder (0.3), on a bigger stage. It led into a repeat of The Flash (0.2) at 9/8c.

            Best Case/Worst Case: Doubt


            Best Case/Worst Case lays out possible scenarios for broadcast primetime TV seasons yet to premiere. Here's what's premiering tonight!


            Cablemetrics: The Walking Dead, Legion, Humans, Girls, Imposters


            These numbers are current through Monday, February 13.

            WHAT MATTERS:
            • AMC shot back to the top of the charts with Sunday's return of The Walking Dead (5.72), which beat out all but the first couple episodes of the fall run. It was 15% behind the year-ago spring premiere, which is an improvement on the show's trends at the end of the fall (-25%ish in the last three weeks).

            Tuesday, February 14, 2017

            Spotted Ratings, Monday 2/13/17


            FINALS UPDATE: The Bachelor (2.4) adjusted up while Quantico (0.6) adjusted down.

            WHAT MATTERS:
            • It was a mixed at best week two for the new Fox drama lineup, as 24: Legacy (1.2) took a typical-ish week two drop at 8/7c while APB (1.0) tumbled much more. At this point, 24 has the same rating as a high-end Gotham, while APB is a below-average Lucifer, and it's only week two.
            • On CBS, things were mostly steady, which was good news for the second Monday edition of Superior Donuts (1.4). 
            • ABC's Quantico (0.7) gets to sweat out finals once again, with another preliminary breakdown of 0.8/0.5. The Bachelor inched down but outrated the year ago evening (which was against the Grammys, to be fair).
            • On NBC, Timeless (0.7) mercifully rose after last week's collapse, but was still a long way from the 0.9's it was posting in January. And a disappointing season of Celebrity Apprentice (0.9) ended in anti-climactic fashion, with a mere one-hour finale that couldn't even build from its The Wall repeat lead-in.
            • And the CW was preliminarily on the upswing with Supergirl (0.8) and Jane the Virgin (0.4).

            SpotVault - Humans (AMC) - Winter Spring 2017 Ratings



            SpotVault - Girls (HBO) - Winter Spring 2017 Ratings



            SpotVault - Girls (HBO) - Spring 2016 Ratings





            Girls
            Sundays, 10/9c, HBO







            First Two Weeks, Training Day


            Still open: Powerless

            WEEK ONE
            Rating: 0.88
            Lead-in: Life in Pieces (1.3)
            Competition: How to Get Away with Murder (1.3), The Blacklist (0.9)

            Monday, February 13, 2017

            First Two Weeks, Powerless


            WEEK ONE
            Rating: 1.08
            Lead-in: Superstore (1.2)
            Competition: Grey's Anatomy (2.3), Superior Donuts (1.9), Hell's Kitchen (1.1), Supernatural (0.6)

            Spotted Ratings, Sunday 2/12/17


            FINALS UPDATE: Grammy Awards (7.8) adjusted up while America's Funniest Home Videos (1.1), 60 Minutes (1.2), Grammy Red Carpet Live (2.1) and Dateline (R) (0.7) adjusted down.

            WHAT MATTERS:
            • After a stop on Monday last year, the Grammy Awards returned to Sunday with a preliminary 7.3ish rating. That is basically in line with last year's 7.4 prelim, which later adjusted up to 7.7. See the recent Grammy ratings history. It seems likely to beat out AMC's The Walking Dead return as the top program of the night.
            • Fox was the only broadcast network that dared to try a regular lineup, and they were not rewarded for their efforts; The Simpsons (1.0), Son of Zorn (0.6), Family Guy (0.9) and Bob's Burgers (0.8) all completely crashed to new season lows by wide margins.
            • The other two networks had dueling theatricals, with ABC's The Blind Side (0.9) beating out NBC's Fast & Furious 6 (0.6/0.7/0.7).

            Sunday, February 12, 2017

            Spotted Ratings, Friday 2/10/17


            WHAT MATTERS:
            • It was a big night for the CBS dramas, with MacGyver (1.2) and Hawaii Five-0 (1.3) each up two tenths to tie their highest ratings since the new year. Blue Bloods (1.2) was up a tenth at 10/9c.
            • The CW brought back Reign (0.2) for its final season, where it may well be poised to peel off a long run of 0.2's just like previous occupant Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It led out of The Vampire Diaries, which preliminarily ticked up to 0.4.
            • ABC's comedies sat out in favor of an hour of Peanuts Valentine's specials (1.0), leading into a steady Shark Tank (1.3) and narrowly down 20/20 (0.9).
            • The other two networks stayed low, though Rosewood (0.7) picked up a tenth to tie a downticking Grimm (0.7) for third at 8/7c. Emerald City (0.6) and Sleepy Hollow (0.5) stayed even at 9/8c.

            Friday, February 10, 2017

            Spotted Ratings, Thursday 2/9/17


            FINALS UPDATE: Riverdale (0.5) adjusted up while The Great Indoors (1.5) and Mom (1.5) and Powerless (0.8) and Chicago Med (1.1) adjusted down.

            WHAT MATTERS:
            • NBC's comedy Powerless (0.9) went fractional in week two, putting it below the series low of previous occupant The Good Place at this very early stage. It led out of a downticking Superstore (1.1), but the dramas Chicago Med (1.2) and The Blacklist (0.9) were even.
            • Week three of TGIT brought some more small drops for Grey's Anatomy (2.1) and Scandal (1.6), but How to Get Away with Murder held at 1.3.
            • Fox installed MasterChef Junior (1.3) as its new Thursday anchor. It matched last year's 1.3 premiere (on a Friday) and was above most of what Hell's Kitchen had been doing in this slot. It also put a little jolt back into My Kitchen Rules (0.9), which recovered from last week's 0.7. 
            • On CBS, usual 8:30 occupant The Great Indoors (1.6) was back, surrounded by steady-ish showings from The Big Bang Theory (3.0), Mom (1.6) and Life in Pieces (1.3). Week two of Training Day (0.8) lost a precious tenth at 10/9c.
            • And the CW's week of steadiness continued with Supernatural (0.6) and Riverdale (0.4). Of course, the nature of rounding means Riverdale could actually be down 15% or it could be up from last week's 0.43 final, but it was notably up a touch in total viewers.

            SpotVault - MasterChef Junior (Fox) - Winter Spring 2017 Ratings



            Thursday, February 9, 2017

            Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 2/8/17


            FINALS UPDATE: The Goldbergs (1.8) and Modern Family (2.3) and Blindspot (1.0) adjusted up while Black-ish (1.5) adjusted down.

            WHAT MATTERS:
            • ABC's comedy anchors were back to originals for the first time in four weeks. All the comedies were down from the last time they were all together, especially The Goldbergs (1.7) at 8:00, while Speechless (1.6), Modern Family (2.2), Black-ish (1.6) were down more modestly from that night. (Black-ish was up from three weeks ago with a repeat lead-in.) Match Game stayed at 1.0 in the 10/9c hour.
            • NBC was also back to originals after a multi-week hiatus, with a surge for the heavily promoted 400th Law and Order: SVU (1.6). Surrounding it was another disappointing 0.9 from Blindspot, plus a softer Chicago PD (1.3) at 10/9c.
            • On CBS, the struggles continued for Criminal Minds (1.2) as it posted a new series low, again matching its lead-in from Hunted (1.2). At 10/9c, Code Black (0.9) wrapped up season two with a return to normalcy after showing some spark last week. It will certainly have its eye on the performance of Doubt in this timeslot going forward.
            • Fox's Star (1.3) stayed resilient but its lead-in Lethal Weapon (1.3) inched down to a new low.
            • And in their second week back together, Arrow (0.6) and The 100 (0.4) made it six straight CW shows this week that have matched last week.

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            It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
            Thursdays, 10/9c, FXX







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            It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
            Wednesdays, 10/9c, FX







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            It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
            Thursdays, 10/9c, FX







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            It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
            Thursdays, 10/9c, FX







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            It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
            Thursdays, 10/9c, FX







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            It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
            Thursdays, 10/9c, FX







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            It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
            Thursdays, 10/9c, FX







            SpotVault - Workaholics (Comedy Central) - Winter 2015 Ratings





            Workaholics
            Wednesdays, 10/9c, Comedy Central







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            Workaholics
            Wednesdays, 10/9c, Comedy Central







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            Workaholics
            Thursdays, 10/9c, Comedy Central







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            Wednesday, February 8, 2017

            Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 2/7/17


            FINALS UPDATE: The Middle (1.6) and The Wall (1.5) and This Is Us (2.6) and New Girl (1.0) and The Mick (1.0) adjusted up.

            WHAT MATTERS:
            • All the original lineups were back in play on Tuesday, and most lineups were on the soft side compared to their January norms. NBC dominated again, despite drops from The Wall (1.4), This Is Us (2.5) and Chicago Fire (1.5).
            • After two weeks off, ABC was back to original comedies, and The Middle (1.5) came down from its string of 1.7's in January. American Housewife (1.5) and Fresh Off the Boat (1.2) both matched three weeks ago, while The Real O'Neals (0.9) and Agents of SHIELD (0.7) ticked up at least in the prelims.
            • On CBS, NCIS was also a little softer, while Bull (1.3) and NCIS: New Orleans (1.0) could not recover from their rough outings two weeks ago.
            • Fox went total fractional with New Girl (0.9) leading into new season lows from The Mick (0.9) and Bones (0.7).
            • And the CW stayed steady with The Flash (1.1) and Legends of Tomorrow (0.7).

            First Two Weeks, Riverdale


            WEEK ONE
            Rating: 0.51
            Lead-in: Supernatural (0.58)
            Competition: Scandal (2), Special: Mary Tyler Moore: Love Is All Around (0.8), Chicago Med (R) (0.8), My Kitchen Rules (0.7)

            Cablemetrics: The Expanse, The Magicians, The Fosters, Switched at Birth


            These numbers are current through Monday, February 6.

            WHAT MATTERS:
            • After its breakthrough season two premiere, The Magicians (0.37) took a 29% drop in week two. A drop of that size is never a good thing, but 0.37 still puts it at the high end of its season one ratings.

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            24: Legacy
            Mondays, 8/7c, Fox







            Tuesday, February 7, 2017

            Spotted Ratings, Monday 2/6/17


            FINALS UPDATE: The Bachelor (2.4) and Superior Donuts (1.4) adjusted up.

            WHAT MATTERS:
            • Just 20 hours after it finished airing its Super Bowl episode on the East Coast, 24: Legacy made its timeslot premiere with an underwhelming 6.2 million viewers and 1.5 demo rating. It's still well within acceptable territory by Fox standards, but it's really only one typical drop away from being at the same level as the evicted Gotham and Lucifer. If there was a silver lining for Fox, it was that newbie APB did exactly the same 1.5 at 9/8c. For a show with seemingly much less brand awareness than its lead-in, it's a surprisingly decent start.
            • On CBS, it was the timeslot premiere for Superior Donuts (1.3), which fit in OK among a generally down night for comedies Kevin Can Wait (1.5), Man with a Plan (1.4) and 2 Broke Girls (1.3). At 10/9c, Scorpion (1.2) inched down as well.
            • Things got even more miserable on NBC, where Celebrity Apprentice (0.9/0.8) continued going in the wrong direction despite making some news this week, and Timeless (0.6) suddenly and completely melted down after several weeks at 0.9.
            • On ABC, The Bachelor held at a dominant 2.3, but with a 0.8 -> 0.5 breakdown, Quantico (0.7) will have to sweat out a potential adjustment into even more embarrassing territory.
            • And the CW was even with Supergirl (0.7) and Jane the Virgin (0.3).

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