Friday, May 26, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 5/25/17


FINALS UPDATE: Running Wild (1.0) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • On the first day of summer, Fox was the only network starting a new original lineup with game shows Beat Shazam (1.2) and Love Connection (1.1). This is a strong start by summer standards, but especially when compared with the summer newbies Fox was premiering a year ago: American Grit (0.8), Houdini and Doyle (0.7) and Coupled (0.5).
  • After two years of low-rated Red Nose Day specials (0.8 in 2015 and 0.6 in 2016), NBC has shrunk the official event (0.7) for the second year in a row, now occupying just the 10/9c hour. To try to drum up interest in the concept, it was tied to special episodes of the network's regular series: American Ninja Warrior (1.1) at 8/7c and Running Wild (0.9) at 9/8c. That was certainly a positive for the nightly average as a whole.
  • CBS had Thursday's only other original episode, and it was a rough night for The Amazing Race (0.6).

SpotVault - Love Connection (Fox) - Summer 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - Beat Shazam (Fox) - Summer 2017 Ratings



Thursday, May 25, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 5/24/17


FINALS UPDATE: Movie: Dirty Dancing (1.4) and Empire (2.5) adjusted up while Survivor (1.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The 2016-17 season came to an end with a slew of finale bumps. Empire (2.4) was on top with its best rating since late March (albeit still 40%ish behind the year-ago finale), and the finale of Shots Fired also picked up to its first 0.9 in over a month.
  • It's been even longer (late February) since Law and Order: SVU (1.3/1.4) has gotten this high, and it managed to come close to even Plus-wise with the year-ago 1.6 finale.
  • On CBS, Survivor (1.9/1.8) got a bit of a finale bump, and was slightly up in Plus from the spring 2016 finale (2.1). The reunion averaged a 1.4 in the 10:00 hour but that includes some finale.
  • And despite not having its regular series, ABC was very much in the mix with its three-hour reimagining of Dirty Dancing, which averaged a 1.3 in each hour.
  • Headed for Thursday next season, the CW's Arrow finished a five-year Wednesday run with an uptick to 0.6. Unlike most of the other marginal CW shows, The 100 actually gets to finish its year within the regular season, and it posted its usual 0.3.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 5/23/17


FINALS UPDATE: Dancing with the Stars (1.4) adjusted up while iZombie (0.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC and NBC both had comedies leading into their reality tentpole finales with mixed results. The maneuver helped Downward Dog (1.0) hold up rather nicely in its first week on Tuesday, but it seemingly did no favors for the 150-minute Dancing with the Stars finale (1.3) itself; it was down a whooping half point from the Monday performance finale, and three tenths behind the year-ago Tuesday finale.
  • Meanwhile, NBC's Great News (0.7/0.8) at least rallied by a touch from its low points last week, and The Voice (1.8/1.9) widened its usual lead over DWTS from 9:00 to 11:00; this was a similar Plus to last spring's 2.2 finale.
  • On CBS, Bull (1.1) was left alone to air its season finale with a repeat NCIS (0.9) lead-in, and fell to tie its series low from a month ago. It led into another edition of 48 Hours: NCIS (0.6) at 10/9c.
  • Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.7/0.6) was steady, but Prison Break (0.7) crashed to a new low against the reality finales.
  • And the CW was preliminarily on the uptick with the season finale of The Flash (1.1) and iZombie (0.4). If it holds, it would be the highest rating for Flash in almost three months.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Monday 5/22/17


FINALS UPDATE: The Voice (2.0) adjusted up while Jane the Virgin (0.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC's summer tentpole The Bachelorette (1.8/1.7) made its usual return on the last Monday of the regular season and took a slightly less than league average drop from last year's 2.0 premiere. It led out of a promising final Monday of the season from Dancing with the Stars (1.8), which was preliminarily just a tenth below the year-ago performance finale.
  • NBC's The Voice (1.9) also looked strong on performance finale night; like DWTS, it was just a tenth below what it did on the final Monday last spring. It led into a special edition of Running Wild (0.9), which fell behind recent The Wall outings in the hour.
  • CBS was the last of the big three networks to go with a two-hour Princess Diana special this month (0.7/0.8), and it mustered up roughly the same kind of upper-0 demo we saw from NBC's Dateline (0.8) on May 5 and ABC's last 100 days special (0.9) on May 7. It led into a Carpool Karaoke special (0.7) at 10/9c.
  • Fox's Gotham (1.0) was up a notch, while Lucifer (0.8) continued to look a little soft at 9/8c.
  • And the CW wrapped up its Monday dramas with the finales of Supergirl (0.6) and Jane the Virgin (0.4). If these actually hold in finals, it would continue Jane's bizarre oscillation between 0.2 and 0.4 in the last month.

SpotVault - Twin Peaks (Showtime) - Summer 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - The Bachelorette (ABC) - Summer 2017 Ratings



Spotted Ratings, Sunday 5/21/17


FINALS UPDATE: Billboard Music Awards (2.6), Bob's Burgers (0.8) and Family Guy (1.1) adjusted up while America's Funniest Home Videos (0.8) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC took over on the last Sunday of the season with the Billboard Music Awards (2.1/2.5/2.4). The show adjusted up three tenths last year in its first live-in-all-time-zones telecast, but it's still looking at close to a 20% year-to-year decline vs. last year's 3.2 final.
  • With the highest-rated shows on NBC and CBS sitting out, the only broadcast show outside of ABC to crack a 1.0 was the one-hour finale of Family Guy (1.0). It followed the finales of Bob's Burgers (0.7), The Simpsons (0.9) and Making History (0.6).
  • CBS had two hours of 60 Minutes (0.8/0.8) plus the season-enders for Madam Secretary (0.7) and Elementary (0.5), while NBC had two hours apiece of Dateline (0.8/0.9) and Shades of Blue (0.7/0.7).

Monday, May 22, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Friday 5/19/17


FINALS UPDATE: Undercover Boss (0.8) adjusted up while Movie: Maid in Manhattan (0.4), The Originals (0.2) and Reign (0.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The final Friday of the regular season brought not a single scripted original on the big four. CBS tried to mix it up to no avail with an I Love Lucy special (0.5) at 9/8c, leading out of Undercover Boss (0.7) and into a repeat of Blue Bloods (0.5).
  • NBC easily won the night with its usual First Dates (0.7) and Dateline (0.9/1.0), as Dates scored yet another victory over the two-hour finale of The Toy Box (0.5/0.6) on ABC. Fox had movie Maid in Manhattan (0.4/0.5).
  • The CW continued on with The Originals (0.3) and Reign (hoping to hold onto 0.3 for the first time this season), and both will have more new episodes deep into June.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 5/18/17


FINALS UPDATE: Grey's Anatomy (2.0) and The Amazing Race (0.8) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers and analysis coming shortly. On the first day of the last week of the regular season, it was 'Two-Hour Finale Night' as Scandal, The Blacklist, MasterChef Junior and Supernatural all wrapped up with double-length airings. CBS' The Amazing Race also aired for two hours but was not a finale.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 5/17/17


FINALS UPDATE: Blindspot (0.9) and Empire (2.2) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC got the summer off to an early start with a special preview of comedy Downward Dog (1.1) at 9:30, where it opened just below Black-ish's lowest rating of the season. But ABC had some positive news with the surrounding season finales, as The Goldbergs (1.4), Speechless (1.2), Modern Family (1.7) and Designated Survivor (1.1) were all up a tenth from last week.
  • On CBS, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (0.7/0.7) double-pumped the final two episodes of its run, leading out of ever-steady Survivor (1.7) at 8/7c.
  • NBC was even with Blindspot (0.8) and the Chicago PD (1.3) finale surrounding an upticking Law and Order: SVU (1.2), which will be back with a two-hour finale next Wednesday.
  • Fox was also close to steady with another Shots Fired (0.8) and Empire (2.1) combo.
  • And Arrow (0.5) gave back last week's uptick, leading into a seventh straight 0.3 from The 100.

2017 Upfront Answers: The CW


The schedule is coming, and with it the Upfront Answers!

CW's upfront previews: Renewology | Upfront Questions

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Fall 2017 Matchups


As upfronts week proceeds, keep track of the fall 2017 schedule matchups as they stand right now. Stand by for further updates!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 5/16/17


FINALS UPDATE: NCIS (1.5) and Bull (1.3) adjusted up while The Middle (1.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • It was a night of finales on ABC, with The Middle (1.3) picking up a tenth and cancelled Imaginary Mary (0.8) losing one. American Housewife (1.2), Fresh Off the Boat (1.0) and Agents of SHIELD (0.7) were all even.
  • CBS had its final all-original instance of a Tuesday lineup that will return intact next season. NCIS (1.4) and Bull (1.2) were even (with Bull coming back for one last original next week) while NCIS: New Orleans (1.1) went out on an uptick.
  • On NBC, things got even worse for one of the most surprising renewals of upfront season, Great News (0.7/0.6), as its lead-in The Voice (1.5) was also on the downswing. But NBC took some solace in an uptick from the Chicago Fire (1.3) finale.
  • Fox's steady Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.7/0.6) and Prison Break (0.9) will both be back next week.
  • And the CW had a preliminarily downtick from The Flash (0.9) leading into another 0.3 from iZombie.

2017 Upfront Answers: CBS


The schedule is coming, and with it the Upfront Answers!

CBS's upfront previews: Renewology | Upfront Questions

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The 2017 Renew/Cancel Big Board


This is a live record of what's renewed, what's cancelled and what's to be determined as news comes in during the newsiest days of the TV year. Everything is listed in a big table and there's also a 'live-blog' beneath the table, because it might be neat to look back on what time everything happens. Enjoy the madness, and check back often!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Monday 5/15/17


FINALS UPDATE: Dancing with the Stars (1.5) and Man with a Plan (1.1) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers and analysis coming shortly.

2017 Upfront Answers: ABC


The schedule is coming, and with it the Upfront Answers!

ABC's upfront previews: Renewology | Upfront Questions

More Upfront Answers: NBC | Fox | ABC | CBS | CW





Spotted Ratings, Sunday 5/14/17


FINALS UPDATE: NCIS: Los Angeles (1.2) adjusted up while The Simpsons (R) (0.4) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC featured the two-hour Not-So-Final Battle on Once Upon a Time (0.9), leading out of a retrospective special (0.8) at 7/6c. It was three tenths behind the year-ago finale but up a tenth from last week's musical. Then came another episode of Match Game (0.6) in the 10/9c hour, which fell to tie the low point from its 9/8c run.
  • With its fate still inexplicably up in the air, Chicago Justice (1.1) aired another episode at 9/8c and was on the upswing. Its lead-in Little Big Shots (1.3) and lead-out Shades of Blue (0.9) were also up, with Shades a particular highlight in hitting its best rating since week two of the season.
  • Fox's comedies took the night off in favor of Miss USA (0.6/0.9). It took a brutal year-to-year drop in its second year on Fox, after averaging a 1.2 in June a year ago.
  • And CBS had its own upticks in the first half of the night with 60 Minutes (1.0) and NCIS: Los Angeles (1.1), while Madam Secretary (0.7) and Elementary (0.6) were even.

Monday, May 15, 2017

2017 Upfront Answers: Fox


The schedule is coming, and with it the Upfront Answers!

Fox's upfront previews: Renewology | Upfront Questions

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

2017 Upfront Answers: NBC


The schedule is coming, and with it the Upfront Answers!

NBC's upfront previews: Renewology | Upfront Questions

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Spotted Ratings, Friday 5/12/17


FINALS UPDATE: Shark Tank (0.9) and 48 Hours: NCIS (0.7) adjusted up while The Originals (0.3) and Reign (0.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC's Shark Tank (0.8) finished out another season in weirdly dreadful fashion, falling two tenths behind its previous season low. It can blame its surroundings to some degree, as The Toy Box fell to a new low 0.5 while 20/20 (0.6) was at its lowest mark since Thanksgiving weekend.
  • ABC's loss was CBS' gain, as the Hawaii Five-0 finale (1.0) was on the upswing. It had some help from a recharged (and celebrity-themed) Undercover Boss (0.9). The network then tried another episode of newsmagazine 48 Hours: NCIS (0.6) at 10/9c.
  • On the CW, The Originals (0.4) and Reign (0.3) were bigger than usual in the prelims, but often that means preemptions...
  • And NBC was even with First Dates (0.7) and Dateline (0.8) while Fox stayed in repeat mode (0.3/0.3).

Friday, May 12, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 5/11/17


FINALS UPDATE: The Big Bang Theory (2.7) and MasterChef Junior (0.9) adjusted up while The Blacklist (0.8) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • CBS finished out its season of Thursday original comedy with at least a tenth of growth for The Big Bang Theory (2.6), another nice showing from Mom (1.5) with help from a repeat of Big Bang (1.8), and a relatively soft Life in Pieces (1.1) at 9:30. The Amazing Race, which will be back with two hours next week, was steady at last week's high-end 0.9.
  • ABC bid farewell to The Catch (0.6), while Grey's Anatomy (1.8) was even and Scandal (1.4) up a tenth.
  • NBC had upticks of its own with recently renewed dramas Chicago Med (1.2) and The Blacklist (0.9), as a repeat of Law and Order: SVU (0.5) filled in at 8/7c.
  • MasterChef Junior (0.8) was a notable exception in a sea of upticks, as it fell to what would be a new low. Brooklyn Nine-Nine repeats (0.5/0.5) rounded out the night and were not that far from the show's original ratings on Tuesday.
  • And after adjusting down from a preliminary 0.4 last week, Riverdale is back at a preliminary 0.4 and will hope to hold on this time. Supernatural had its fifth straight 0.5.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 5/10/17


FINALS UPDATE: Speechless (1.1), Modern Family (1.6), Criminal Minds (1.6), Chicago PD (1.3) and Empire (2.2) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • It was one oddly mixed Wednesday night for ABC as Black-ish wrapped up its season, with Black-ish (1.3) and Designated Survivor (1.0) both up from last week. But the first half of the night was brutal, with The Goldbergs (1.3) inching down to a preliminary new low while Speechless (1.0) and recently-renewed Modern Family (1.5) were down two more tenths from already soft results last week.
  • On CBS, the late-season strength from Criminal Minds (1.5) continued into its finale, but surrounding programs Survivor (1.7) and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (0.8) both shed a tenth in the prelims.
  • Fox had a sigh of relief with Empire (2.1), which recovered to its two-weeks-ago rating following last week's low. Shots Fired made it four in a row at 0.8.
  • NBC's Blindspot hung onto those 0.9's just long enough to get renewed, and this week was down to 0.8 for the first time since DST. Law and Order: SVU (1.1) made up for it with an uptick, while Chicago PD stayed at 1.2.
  • And Arrow is preliminarily eyeing an uptick to 0.6 for the first time since early March. The 100 was at 0.3 yet again.

2017 Upfront Questions: The CW


Part two of the upfront preview is the SCHEDULE-centric portion, examining the big-picture scheduling questions each network faces on each night in the final week before its upfront.

On each night, you can see the network's average 2016-17 ratings with its most frequent occupant in three different sub-sections of the year: "fall" (premiere week through December 31), "winter" (January 1 to the beginning of Daylight Saving Time) and "spring" (the start of DST through Thursday, May 4). You can also switch from the A18-49 ratings to the True ratings, which should make the comparisons across nights and across the season a bit more fair.

Last week's Renewology was the SHOW-centric portion, drilling more into the merits of individual shows: CW Renewology

More Upfront Questions: NBC | Fox | ABC | CBS | CW


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 5/9/17


FINALS UPDATE: The Voice (1.7) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.7) adjusted up while iZombie (0.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC had even nights for The Middle (1.2), American Housewife (1.2) and Fresh Off the Boat (1.0) and a hail Mary spike from Imaginary Mary (0.9) on the eve of its fate being decided. Agents of SHIELD hung at 0.7 again.
  • On NBC, week three of Great News (0.8/0.7) was up a tenth in the 9:30 hour, but that's probably not going to suffice; it's still below Trial and Error at its worst. The Voice (1.6) and Chicago Fire (1.2) were even.
  • Fox went into double-pump mode with Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.6/0.6) but could not bounce back from last week's low. However, Prison Break preliminarily got back last week's loss.
  • CBS' NCIS (1.4) preliminarily inched down but Bull (1.2) and NCIS: New Orleans (1.0) were steady.
  • And the CW's iZombie ticked up to a preliminary 0.4 again, leading out of another 1.0 from The Flash.

2017 Upfront Questions: CBS


Part two of the upfront preview is the SCHEDULE-centric portion, examining the big-picture scheduling questions each network faces on each night in the final week before its upfront.

On each night, you can see the network's average 2016-17 ratings with its most frequent occupant in three different sub-sections of the year: "fall" (premiere week through December 31), "winter" (January 1 to the beginning of Daylight Saving Time) and "spring" (the start of DST through Thursday, May 4). You can also switch from the A18-49 ratings to the True ratings, which should make the comparisons across nights and across the season a bit more fair.

Last week's Renewology was the SHOW-centric portion, drilling more into the merits of individual shows: CBS Renewology

More Upfront Questions: NBC | Fox | ABC | CBS | CW


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Monday 5/8/17


FINALS UPDATE: Man with a Plan (1.0), Gotham (1.0) and Jane the Virgin (0.4) adjusted up while Quantico (0.5) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • NBC's winter game show success The Wall (1.1) returned to the 10/9c hour to fill out the gap between Taken and the summer. While a big improvement on the last half of Taken's season, it was also much lower than the mid-1 ratings it was getting on Tuesday at 8/7c in the winter. It led out of an upticking from The Voice (1.9).
  • On CBS, it was a night of many finales as Kevin Can Wait (1.1), Superior Donuts (0.9) and The Great Indoors (0.7) all shed a tenth to finish out their seasons. Only Man with a Plan (0.9) and Scorpion (1.1) will return with originals next week.
  • In their second week back together, both Gotham (0.9) and Lucifer (0.9) were down a tenth.
  • ABC's Dancing with the Stars (1.5) also inched down, leading into another 0.6 from Quantico.
  • And at least preliminarily, the CW's Supergirl (0.6) and Jane the Virgin (0.3) came up from their lows.

2017 Upfront Questions: ABC


Part two of the upfront preview is the SCHEDULE-centric portion, examining the big-picture scheduling questions each network faces on each night in the final week before its upfront.

On each night, you can see the network's average 2016-17 ratings with its most frequent occupant in three different sub-sections of the year: "fall" (premiere week through December 31), "winter" (January 1 to the beginning of Daylight Saving Time) and "spring" (the start of DST through Thursday, May 4). You can also switch from the A18-49 ratings to the True ratings, which should make the comparisons across nights and across the season a bit more fair.

Last week's Renewology was the SHOW-centric portion, drilling more into the merits of individual shows: ABC Renewology

More Upfront Questions: NBC | Fox | ABC | CBS | CW


Spotted Ratings, Sunday 5/7/17


FINALS UPDATE: Little Big Shots (R) (0.6) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC livened up the second half of its primetime a bit with a two-hour documentary on the last 100 days of Princess Diana (0.9). But it didn't help out the first half of the night, where America's Funniest Home Videos (1.0) and the much-promoted musical episode of Once Upon a Time (0.8) were each down from last week.
  • NBC also gave back its upticks from a week ago, with Little Big Shots (1.2) eyeing a new low in the prelims and Chicago Justice (1.0) and Shades of Blue (0.7) also down by a notch.
  • On Fox, the one-hour finale of The Last Man on Earth (0.7) hit a new series low at an inopportune moment, with a worse lead-in than usual from Making History (0.6). The Simpsons (1.0) was even while Bob's Burgers (0.9) did better than usual for a 7:30 episode.
  • CBS was up a tick at 7:00 with 60 Minutes (0.9) and at 10:00 with Elementary (0.6), sandwiching steady NCIS: Los Angeles (1.0) and Madam Secretary (0.7).

Monday, May 8, 2017

First Two Weeks, Great News


WEEK ONE
Rating: 1.189/1.00
Lead-in: The Voice Tue Spring (1.8)
Competition: Speechless (R) (0.8), Imaginary Mary (0.8), Bull (R) (0.8), Prison Break (0.9), iZombie (0.3)

2017 Upfront Questions: Fox


Part two of the upfront preview is the SCHEDULE-centric portion, examining the big-picture scheduling questions each network faces on each night in the final week before its upfront.

On each night, you can see the network's average 2016-17 ratings with its most frequent occupant in three different sub-sections of the year: "fall" (premiere week through December 31), "winter" (January 1 to the beginning of Daylight Saving Time) and "spring" (the start of DST through Thursday, May 4). You can also switch from the A18-49 ratings to the True ratings, which should make the comparisons across nights and across the season a bit more fair.

Last week's Renewology was the SHOW-centric portion, drilling more into the merits of individual shows: Fox Renewology

More Upfront Questions: NBC | Fox | ABC | CBS | CW


Sunday, May 7, 2017

2017 Upfront Questions: NBC


Part two of the upfront preview is the SCHEDULE-centric portion, examining the big-picture scheduling questions each network faces on each night in the final week before its upfront.

On each night, you can see the network's average 2016-17 ratings with its most frequent occupant in three different sub-sections of the year: "fall" (premiere week through December 31), "winter" (January 1 to the beginning of Daylight Saving Time) and "spring" (the start of DST through Thursday, May 4). You can also switch from the A18-49 ratings to the True ratings, which should make the comparisons across nights and across the season a bit more fair.

Last week's Renewology was the SHOW-centric portion, drilling more into the merits of individual shows: NBC Renewology

More Upfront Questions: NBC | Fox | ABC | CBS | CW


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Friday 5/5/17


FINALS UPDATE: Blue Bloods (1.0) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC's Shark Tank (1.0) and 20/20 (0.9) returned from a week off, with Tank matching last time and the only broadcast show to break a preliminary 1.0. They led out of yet another 0.6 from The Toy Box.
  • On CBS, it was finale night for Blue Bloods (0.9), and it got back a tenth after last week's brutal drop. Hawaii Five-0 (0.9) was even and Undercover Boss (0.7) was down a notch in its second Friday airing.
  • The CW's The Originals (0.3) and Reign (0.2) as well as NBC's First Dates (0.7) and Dateline (0.8/0.9) were close to even. And with Rosewood wrapped, Fox went full repeat as Lucifer (0.3) joined Lethal Weapon (0.4).


Friday, May 5, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 5/4/17


FINALS UPDATE: Grey's Anatomy (1.8), The Big Bang Theory (2.5) and MasterChef Junior (1.0) adjusted up while Riverdale (0.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • One of CBS' strongest comedies, repeats of The Big Bang Theory, took over at 8:30 and seemed to lift all boats later in the night, with Mom (1.5), Life in Pieces (1.2) and The Amazing Race (0.9) all on the upswing. TBBT (R) doing better than the bubble comedies is not exactly a new phenomenon, but it's still not a great look for The Great Indoors.
  • Elsewhere, Grey's Anatomy (1.7) and Scandal (1.3) took minor dips in the prelims, while NBC finished out the Superstore season with another 0.8 at 8:30 while Chicago Med (1.1) inched up. Fox replaced Kicking and Screaming with a repeat hour of The Mick (0.5) and saw no week-to-week change, while the CW's Riverdale was preliminarily up to 0.4 for the first time in over a month.

2017 Upfront Renewology: The CW


Welcome to Upfront Renewology! This is the SHOW-centric half of the upfront preview, digging into the merits of individual shows by network. The next round will be Upfront Questions, the SCHEDULE-centric look ahead to upfront week. The following week, the schedules come out, and with them come the Upfront Answers.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

2017 Upfront Renewology: CBS


Welcome to Upfront Renewology! This is the SHOW-centric half of the upfront preview, digging into the merits of individual shows by network. The next round will be Upfront Questions, the SCHEDULE-centric look ahead to upfront week. The following week, the schedules come out, and with them come the Upfront Answers.

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 5/3/17


FINALS UPDATE: Modern Family (1.7), Criminal Minds (1.5), Chicago PD (1.2) and Empire (1.9) adjusted up while The 100 (0.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • After nearly a month off, Modern Family (1.6) was back at a painful new low, and it was no help to the shows around it either. The Goldbergs (1.4) and Speechless (1.2) matched last week, while Black-ish (1.2) was down from last week's 9:30 episode. And Designated Survivor (0.9) returned to fractional territory after recovering in the last two weeks.
  • Fox's late-season Empire struggles continued, as the show crashed again to a new low 1.8. Its lead-in Shots Fired hung at 0.8.
  • Amid a mostly down night, CBS was an exception once again. Survivor (1.8), Criminal Minds (1.4) and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (0.9) were all on the upswing. Minds had its best number since January while the other two tied season highs.
  • NBC's Law and Order: SVU (1.0) and Chicago PD (1.1) were both down a notch to new season lows, but Blindspot held up yet again at 0.9.
  • And after hitting a strong prelim 0.3 last week, this time The 100 eked out a preliminary 0.4. It followed another 0.5 from Arrow.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

2017 Upfront Renewology: ABC


Welcome to Upfront Renewology! This is the SHOW-centric half of the upfront preview, digging into the merits of individual shows by network. The next round will be Upfront Questions, the SCHEDULE-centric look ahead to upfront week. The following week, the schedules come out, and with them come the Upfront Answers.

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 5/2/17


FINALS UPDATE: The Middle (1.2) and NCIS (1.5) adjusted up while Prison Break (0.8) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • All the Tuesday regulars were back to originals, and that was not great news for NBC's Great News (0.8/0.6). Week two of the comedy tumbled by an enormous four tenths from last week in both the 9:00 and 9:30 half-hours. That instantly put it behind anything that Trial and Error had done in each of those half hours. Its surrounding programs The Voice (1.6) and Chicago Fire (1.2) were down by much less, but also hit season lows.
  • ABC's own Tuesday newbie Imaginary Mary (0.7) had a rough night of its own, dropping from last week despite the return of lead-in Fresh Off the Boat (1.0) to originals. Elsewhere on the network, The Middle (1.1) is headed for a new low in the lead-off role, but American Housewife (1.2), Fresh and Agents of SHIELD (0.7) were steady.
  • CBS had the only upticks of the evening as NCIS (1.4) and Bull (1.2) came up from their new lows from two weeks ago. However, NCIS: New Orleans (1.0) was down a notch.
  • Fox joined in on the new ugliness with new lows for Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.6) and the finale of The Mick (0.7), though Prison Break (0.9) remained resilient at 9/8c.
  • And the CW was even with The Flash (1.0) and iZombie (0.3).

Cablemetrics: American Gods, Famous in Love, Better Call Saul


These numbers are current through Monday, May 1.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • American Gods, the latest from Bryan Fuller, premiered on Starz to a 0.36, in a dead heat with The Leftovers for the premium. Power it is not, but that was close to the last Outlander premiere (0.39) from about a year ago.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Monday 5/1/17


FINALS UPDATE: Man with a Plan (1.0), Superior Donuts (1.0) and Scorpion (1.1) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • After more than three months off the air, Lucifer returned to Fox with a 1.0 demo rating, matching its lead-in from Gotham (1.0). This was below what Lucifer had been doing in the much more favorable January, but it had several points around this rating in the fall.
  • On CBS, Kevin Can Wait (1.2) got a bit of a bump with a guest spot from Kevin James' King of Queens co-star Leah Remini. But it was a terrible night for the rest of the comedies, with Man with a Plan (0.9) and Superior Donuts (0.9) both crashing to new lows. So did The Great Indoors (0.8), as it took over for 2 Broke Girls to air its last two eps on Monday. Scorpion (1.0) looked positive next to the comedies but it was also on the downswing.
  • The other three networks looked pretty similar to last week, with The Voice (1.7/1.8) down a bit on NBC leading into Taken (0.8) while Dancing with the Stars (1.5/1.6) and Quantico (0.6) were even-ish. The CW didn't get any bounce back from last week's Supergirl (0.5) and Jane the Virgin (0.2) low points.

2017 Upfront Renewology: Fox


Welcome to Upfront Renewology! This is the SHOW-centric half of the upfront preview, digging into the merits of individual shows by network. The next round will be Upfront Questions, the SCHEDULE-centric look ahead to upfront week. The following week, the schedules come out, and with them come the Upfront Answers.

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 4/30/17


FINALS UPDATE: America's Funniest Home Videos (1.2) and Chicago Justice (1.1) adjusted up while Little Big Shots (R) (0.7) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • In a rare twist, it was a mostly even or up Sunday for broadcast TV. The highlight was NBC's Little Big Shots (1.5) picking up by two tenths from its recent level. Chicago Justice held at 1.0 while Shades of Blue was up to 0.8 for the first time in over a month.
  • Fox's animated anchors The Simpsons (1.0) and Family Guy (1.2) were both up in their returns from hiatus, but nothing at the bottoms of the hours saw any benefit; Bob's Burgers (0.7) inched down while live-actioners Making History (0.6) and The Last Man on Earth (0.8) were both even.
  • ABC had another NBA-boosted high-end America's Funniest Home Videos (1.1), and this time it spilled into upticks for Once Upon a Time (0.9), Match Game (0.8) and the American Crime (0.4) finale.
  • CBS actually had the worst night by merely breaking even across the board with 60 Minutes (0.8), NCIS: Los Angeles (1.0), Madam Secretary (0.7) and Elementary (0.5).

Monday, May 1, 2017

2017 Upfront Renewology: NBC


Welcome to Upfront Renewology! This is the SHOW-centric half of the upfront preview, digging into the merits of individual shows by network. The next round will be Upfront Questions, the SCHEDULE-centric look ahead to upfront week. The following week, the schedules come out, and with them come the Upfront Answers.

Spotted Ratings, Friday 4/28/17


WHAT MATTERS:
  • A classic CBS Friday trio was reunited as Undercover Boss (0.8) returned to Friday for some late-season filler duty, leading into Hawaii Five-0 (0.9) and Blue Bloods (0.8). The Boss had last been seen getting very low-1's on Wednesdays in December and January. The new lead-in did no favors to the other two dramas, which were both fractional for the first time this season.
  • On ABC, The Toy Box (0.6) teamed up with low-rated ABC News documentary Let It Fall: LA 1982-1992 (0.6).
  • Fox had the season or series finale of Rosewood (0.5), leading into another repeat of Lethal Weapon (0.4), and both shows lost a tenth from last week.
  • NBC had First Dates (0.7) and two more back-to-earth hours of Dateline (0.8), while the CW was back to new episodes with The Originals (0.3) and Reign (0.2).

Friday, April 28, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 4/27/17


FINALS UPDATE: Grey's Anatomy (1.8), The Big Bang Theory (2.6) and MasterChef Junior (R) adjusted up while The Catch (0.6) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • On NFL Draft night, usual victim The Big Bang Theory (2.4) is eyeing a new series low but could match its last original from two weeks ago with an upward adjustment. The other comedies The Great Indoors (1.2), Mom (1.3) and Life in Pieces (1.1) were also pretty steady.
  • If anything got weirdly hit by the Draft, it would be the unscripted properties; Fox's MasterChef Junior (0.7) got absolutely slammed against the first hour of the event, and the finale of Kicking and Screaming (0.5) along with CBS' The Amazing Race (0.7) were down as well. (EDIT: Apparently MasterChef was some kind of retrospective special...)
  • NBC tried to beef up its sweeps ratings by pulling Powerless and moving Superstore to 8:30, but was not rewarded for its efforts; the Superstore repeat (0.5) at 8/7c was below last week's Powerless, the Superstore original (0.8) fell back to its low from two episodes ago, and Chicago Med (1.0) was also down a notch. The Blacklist (0.8) matched last week's 10/9c episode.
  • On ABC, Grey's Anatomy (1.7) inched down but the rest of TGIT showed some improvement, with Scandal (1.4) and The Catch (0.7) both up from last week in the prelims.
  • And the CW had its second straight 0.5/0.3 night as Supernatural and Riverdale returned from hiatus even.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 4/26/17


FINALS UPDATE: Black-ish (1.3), Survivor (1.8) and Criminal Minds (1.3) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • On the eve of May Sweeps, almost every Wednesday regular was back in original action. The one exception was Modern Family, so ABC went with a full hour of original Black-ish (1.2/1.2) at 9/8c. The series tied its lowest rating of the season, set back in early December on another night when there was no Modern Family original. 8/7c comedies The Goldbergs (1.4) and Speechless (1.2) each fell as well, hitting new season lows in the prelims. Designated Survivor (1.1) managed an uptick with a return to an original lead-in.
  • NBC was back from another long hiatus, with the improvement continuing for Blindspot as it hung at its 0.9 from late March. Law and Order: SVU (1.1) and Chicago PD (1.2) tied their season lows and were down a tenth from their last episodes pre-hiatus.
  • On Fox, Shots Fired stayed at the 0.8 it posted last week on an Empire repeat night, while Empire (2.1) was back at another new season low.
  • CBS' Survivor was ever-resilient at 1.7, leading into a low-end 1.2 from Criminal Minds and another 0.8 as Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders reunited with its mothership lead-in.
  • And the CW's Arrow and The 100 returned with their usual 0.5/0.3.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 4/25/17


FINALS UPDATE: Agents of SHIELD (0.7) and The Mick (0.9) adjusted up while 48 Hours: NCIS (0.6) and iZombie (0.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • NBC's new comedy Great News opened with a 1.2 demo at 9:00, slipping to a 1.0 at 9:30. This is just barely worse than the opening weeks of Trial & Error, which had much bigger lead-ins. The next question is if News can avoid the big week two drop that T&E saw in its second week in the 9:00 hour.
    • Surrounding News were even The Voice (1.8) and Chicago Fire (1.3).
  • On ABC, there were three comedy repeats (0.8/0.8/0.8) leading into an original Imaginary Mary (0.8), while Agents of SHIELD (0.6) finally fell back to its usual low from the winter.
  • Fox was even across the board with Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.7), The Mick (0.8 after sitting out last week) and Prison Break (0.9).
  • CBS had drama repeats (0.7/0.8) leading into a preview of new newsmagazine 48 Hours: NCIS (0.7), which will be back to this slot in a month to eat up some early summer real estate.
  • And The Flash (1.0) returned from hiatus, ticking up from its last ep in late March. It brought iZombie (0.4) up by a tick as well.

SpotVault - Great News (NBC) - Spring 2017 Ratings





Great News
Tuesdays, 9/8c, NBC







Cablemetrics: Silicon Valley, Fargo, Pretty Little Liars, Famous in Love


These numbers are current through Monday, April 24.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Like Veep last Sunday, Silicon Valley took a big hit in the absence of the Game of Thrones halo, down 58% year-to-year in its season four premiere. Still, 0.44 left it as the highest-rated original in this new HBO lineup, building on The Leftovers (which was down to 0.34 but is still having a big growth season overall). Veep held last week's 0.27.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Monday 4/24/17


FINALS UPDATE: Gotham (1.0) adjusted up while Quantico (0.5) and Scorpion (R) (0.6) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers and analysis coming shortly. Monday highlights include the return of Gotham on Fox after nearly three months off, plus Supergirl and Jane the Virgin coming back to originals on the CW.

SpotVault - Silicon Valley (HBO) - Spring 2017 Ratings



Best Case/Worst Case: Great News


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


Spotted Ratings, Sunday 4/23/17


FINALS UPDATE: America's Funniest Home Videos (1.1), Little Big Shots (1.3), Bob's Burgers (0.8) and The Last Man on Earth (0.8) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Little Big Shots (1.2) was back from its Easter break, and will have to hope for some finals help to avoid a new low. Chicago Justice (1.0) was on the uptick, while Shades of Blue stuck at 0.7.
  • On ABC, it was a nice night for America's Funniest Home Videos (1.0), which typically seems to benefit from the network's late-afternoon NBA playoff games at this time of year. Once Upon a Time (0.8) and Match Game (0.7) were also up a notch from last week's Easter results, but American Crime (0.3) fell to tie its low (from the night that got Time After Time pulled).
  • Fox was back to originals, but the animated anchors were still off. That meant another original double-dip for Bob's Burgers (0.7 at 7:30/0.9 at 8:00), an even Making History (0.6), a repeat of Family Guy (0.8) and a sinking The Last Man on Earth (0.7).
  • And the CBS dramas NCIS: Los Angeles (1.0), Madam Secretary (0.7) and Elementary (0.5) all tied season lows.

Monday, April 24, 2017

A18-49+ Labels vs. True Plus Labels


This is a quick follow-up on a point I made in the introduction of the Plus daily tables. Those tables contain True Plus numbers, and I advised against using the traditional Plus labels because True ratings have a much smaller standard deviation. (That is, because they're designed to be more "fair" across the entire season, they are much more bunched together.) Here's a quick stab at some alternative labels you can try using with True Plus ratings.

Spotted Ratings, Friday 4/21/17


FINALS UPDATE: Blue Bloods (R) (0.7) and Dateline (1.1) adjusted up while The Originals (R) (0.2) and Reign (R) (0.1) adjusted down.

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.

SpotVault - Fargo (FX) - Spring 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - Famous in Love (Freeform) - Spring 2017 Ratings



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.

SpotVault - Doctor Who (BBC-AMERICA) - 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - The Son (AMC) - Spring 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - Class (BBC-AMERICA) - Spring 2017 Ratings



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.

    Best Case/Worst Case: Imaginary Mary


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


    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





    Shots Fired
    Wednesdays, 8/7c, Fox







    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





    Dancing with the Stars
    Mondays, 8/7c, ABC







    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



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





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          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)

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