Friday, November 17, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 11/16/17


WHAT MATTERS:
  • Week three for the CBS Thursday lineup saw a little downward movement across the board, with The Big Bang Theory (2.6) down a tick or two and Young Sheldon (2.1), Mom (1.4), Life in Pieces (1.1) and S.W.A.T. (0.9) each losing one.
  • On ABC, TGIT was mostly steady again, though Grey's Anatomy (1.8) gave back last week's 300th episode uptick. Fox saw The Orville (0.9) go fractional for the first time in over a month. And NBC did a little better at least in the prelims with its second week of Thursday Night Football (2.8).

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 11/15/17


FINALS UPDATE: The Goldbergs (1.5) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • On a night full of upticks for the big four, perhaps the most crucial one came on CBS, as newbie SEAL Team (1.1) shot back up to a healthy number after three straight declines. Surrounding it were Survivor (1.7) and Criminal Minds (1.0), up a tenth apiece. This is the only regular lineup that will stay on air next week for Thanksgiving Eve.
  • After last week's CMA Awards preemption, ABC rebounded across the board vs. its numbers against the World Series two weeks ago with The Goldbergs (1.4), Speechless (1.1), Modern Family (the net's only two-tenth gainer at 1.7), American Housewife (1.3) and Designated Survivor (0.8).
  • NBC's Chicago PD (1.2) got a big rebound after last week's stinker, with an assist from a special edition of The Voice (1.4) at 9/8c. The Blacklist remained at 0.9 leading off.
  • On Fox, Empire (2.0) was back into the twos for the first time in over a month, but that made a steady Star (1.2) look kinda iffy by comparison.
  • The CW did not join in on the positive momentum, as Riverdale remained at 0.5 and Dynasty at 0.2.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 11/14/17


FINALS UPDATE: Fresh Off the Boat (1.1), Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (0.7) and The Flash (1.0) adjusted up while Bull (1.1) and Law and Order True Crime (0.9) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • It was a slightly up Tuesday for all things NBC, from The Voice (2.0) to This Is Us (2.6) to the finale of Law and Order True Crime (1.0).
  • Meanwhile, ABC had a couple downticks, including The Middle (1.3) at 8/7c and a more crucial one for Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, which was back to its 0.6 low from two weeks ago (when it was against the World Series). The other comedies were even, leaving The Mayor at 0.7 for the third week in a row.
  • On CBS, NCIS: New Orleans (1.1) was up a tenth while the other two dramas were steady (1.5/1.2). Everything on the other two networks matched last week, which meant The Mick was stuck at 0.7 again.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Monday 11/13/17


FINALS UPDATE: Kevin Can Wait (1.3), The Voice (2.0) and The Gifted (1.0) adjusted up while Dancing with the Stars (1.4) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • CBS made yet another change on Monday with the return of Man with a Plan (1.0) at 8:30. Despite an impressive lead-in from Kevin Can Wait (1.3), MwaP tied its lowest raw rating from last season, and looked a bit weaker in Plus than the fall episodes last season. With its third different lead-in in as many weeks, Superior Donuts (0.9) shed a tenth, putting it squarely between its premiere rating after 9JKL but a tick below what it did after a repeat of The Big Bang Theory last week.
  •  The Good Doctor (1.9) was back at huge levels after last week's preemption and seemingly helped drag Dancing with the Stars (1.4) upward with it.
  • With the exception of Valor (0.2), which gave back last week's uptick, everything else on broadcast matched last week.

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 11/12/17


FINALS UPDATE: Sunday Night Football (5.8) and The OT (3.6) adjusted up while Wisdom of the Crowd (0.7), Football Night in America p2 (1.8) and Football Night in America p3 (3.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Fox's comedies got a national NFL lead-in for just the second time all season. As always, The Simpsons (1.9) got the biggest boost, but it was actually Ghosted (1.3) and Family Guy (1.4) that came closer to their last episodes with NFL help back in early October. The Last Man on Earth (0.9) rounded out an uptick night for the network.
  • Meanwhile, CBS got a rare look at Wisdom of the Crowd (0.8), NCIS: Los Angeles (0.9) and Madam Secretary (0.6) without national NFL help. Wisdom and LA each did a little better than two weeks ago without NFL help, when they were also facing the World Series, but Wisdom still took a big dip from last week's NFL-inflated rating.
  • On ABC, The Toy Box (0.5) and America's Funniest Home Videos (1.0) were both at season high levels, while Shark Tank (0.9/0.8) dropped a bit less at 10/9c this time, in its last of three original double-pumps.
  • NBC had the Patriots and Broncos on Sunday Night Football with a 5.0ish prelim, the show's best performance since the last time the Pats were on three weeks ago.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Friday 11/10/17


WHAT MATTERS:
  • The CBS Friday lineup flexed a little muscle, as MacGyver (0.9), Hawaii Five-0 (1.1) and Blue Bloods (1.0) were all on the upswing to high-end results.
  • Blindspot remained the best of the rest in the scripted world, posting a 0.7 for the third straight week. Meanwhile, the finale of Inhumans remained at 0.5, leading out of another 0.5 from Once Upon a Time. The Exorcist (0.4) couldn't hold onto last week's uptick and was back to its usual rating. And Jane the Virgin continued to oscillate around the 0.250 mark, back up to a 0.3 in the rounded numbers this week.

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 11/9/17


FINALS UPDATE: The Big Bang Theory (2.8) and Thursday Night Football (4.0) adjusted up while Thursday Night Football Pregame (1.5) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The new CBS lineup held up swimmingly in week two, with The Big Bang Theory (2.7) poised to go above last week after finals, while Young Sheldon (2.2) stayed well within megahit territory for another week and Mom (1.5) actually picked up a tenth. The only show to decline at all was S.W.A.T. (1.0), but losing just one tenth for week two of a newbie is still encouraging.
  • The other broadcast entertainment programs were also eerily steady with last week; in fact, the only movement anywhere was with the 300th episode of Grey's Anatomy (1.9). It was up a tenth from last week and may be up two after finals. 
  • It all came against a fairly modest showing for the NBC premiere of Thursday Night Football (2.5), though this game is likely to adjust up heavily since it featured two Pacific time zone teams.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 11/8/17


WHAT MATTERS:
  • After facing Game 7 of the World Series a year ago, the CMA Awards on ABC (3.3/3.5/2.9) were bumped a week later in 2017, allowing them to dominate the broadcast night and bounce back by a few ticks after last year's big drop.
  • Fox's Empire (1.8) and Star (1.2) returned from two weeks off for the World Series, with the former matching its last episode and Star inching down.
  • The CBS and NBC dramas did not look good on the heels of preemptions last week; SEAL Team (0.9), Criminal Minds (0.9), Law and Order: SVU (1.1) and Chicago PD (0.9) all hit new season lows. The 8:00 hour proved a little more resilient as Survivor (1.6) and The Blacklist (0.9) both matched last week.
  • On the CW, Riverdale (0.5) finally ended its run of 0.6's (at least in the prelims). And after scoring a full season yesterday, Dynasty (0.2) was unable to follow its fellow newbie Valor up to 0.3.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 11/7/17


FINALS UPDATE: The Middle (1.4) adjusted up while The Mayor (0.7) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • After a brutal Halloween/World Series combo last Tuesday, the broadcasters got most of the way back to normal this week. That included a 0.5 rebound for chart-topper This Is Us (2.5), but it's still going to finish at least a couple tenths behind its lowest pre-Halloween point of the season. The penultimate episode of Law and Order True Crime (0.9) was also on the uptick.
  • On CBS, it was a best-since-season-premiere night for NCIS (1.5), leading into Bull (1.2) and NCIS: New Orleans (1.0) which were at more typical levels.
  • The only down show of the night was The Mick (0.7), returning from two weeks off due to the World Series and eyeing a season low. Brooklyn Nine-Nine remained mired at 0.6, but Lethal Weapon (1.0) was up a notch.
  • On ABC, everything was up a tenth from last week: The Middle (1.3), Fresh Off the Boat (1.0), Black-ish (1.1), The Mayor (0.8) and Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (0.7).
  • The CW's The Flash (0.9) also got back to normal after a soft showing last week, as did Legends of Tomorrow (0.5).

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Monday 11/6/17


FINALS UPDATE: Dancing with the Stars (1.2), Living Every Day: Luke Bryan (0.8) and The Gifted (1.0) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • After a disastrous start last week, CBS injected some juice into its Monday comedy lineup with a repeat of The Big Bang Theory (1.1) at 8:30. Leading out of Kevin Can Wait (1.2), it was three tenths better than last week's 9JKL in the slot. That helped Superior Donuts (1.0) perk up noticeably from last week's premiere, while 9JKL (0.8) held last week's rating in the move to 9:30. With easier competition than usual, Scorpion (0.8) ticked up at 10/9c. Next week, Man with a Plan takes over at 8:30.
  • On ABC, The Good Doctor took the night off in favor of a CMA special featuring future American Idol judge Luke Bryan (1.0). The network is pending preemptions in both Monday Night Football markets (Detroit and Milwaukee).
  • NBC's The Brave (1.0) also appeared to benefit from a weaker ABC, back up to its usual number after dropping big a week ago. The Voice (1.9/2.0) was even to slightly up.
  • On Fox, Lucifer (1.0) was up to its best rating since the season premiere, perhaps benefiting from the end of DST, while The Gifted matched last week's 1.1. And the CW had an uptick of its own as Valor (0.3) tried to put itself back in play. Its lead-in Supergirl remained at 0.5.

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 11/5/17


FINALS UPDATE: 60 Minutes (2.5), Sunday Night Football (4.9) and Family Guy (1.1) adjusted up while Madam Secretary (0.6), Football Night in America p2 (2.1), Football Night in America p3 (3.1), The Simpsons (R) (0.7) and Bob's Burgers (1.4) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The late afternoon national NFL lead-in (featuring the Dallas Cowboys) swung over to CBS, helping boost 60 Minutes (2.4), Wisdom of the Crowd (1.1), NCIS: Los Angeles (0.9) and Madam Secretary (0.7) up from last week's numbers against the World Series.
  • Fox had NFL help of its own, as the late-afternoon Redskins/Seahawks game which played in several major markets boosted the 7:00 half-hour (1.5) and spilled into the 7:30 half-hour with Bob's Burgers (1.6). Later in the night were The Simpsons (1.3), Ghosted (1.0), Family Guy (1.0) and The Last Man on Earth (0.8); it looks like a particularly below-average night for Family Guy and low-end results for everyone else.
  • On ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos (0.9) returned to the 8:00 hour, and Shark Tank (0.9/0.7) was actually down at 10/9c after doing well against the World Series last week.
  • NBC's Sunday Night Football was at a season low in the prelims, and we'll have to see if the Raiders audience out west can pull it up to last week's season low 4.8 in the finals.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Friday 11/3/17


WHAT MATTERS:
  • All the Friday originals were back in place, and without a whole lot of movement. NBC showed some promise as Blindspot (0.7) matched last week's premiere and Dateline (1.0) was up, tying its season high and topping the night outright.
  • Dateline's 1.0 was on top because Hawaii Five-0 (0.9) inched down from its usual level. Back at 8/7c, MacGyver (0.8) was also down a notch, while Blue Bloods hung at 0.9.
  • On Fox, The Exorcist was back up to 0.5 for the first time since premiere week, leading out of a steady Hell's Kitchen (0.8).
  • And it was status quo on ABC, with 0.5's across the board for Once Upon a Time, Inhumans and 20/20. The CW's Jane the Virgin couldn't hang onto last week's 0.3 and re-joined Crazy Ex-Girlfriend at 0.2.

SpotVault - S.W.A.T. (CBS) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Life in Pieces (CBS) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Mom (CBS) - 2017-18 Ratings



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Friday, November 3, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 11/2/17


FINALS UPDATE: Will and Grace (1.6) adjusted up while Young Sheldon (2.2), Mom (1.4), Life in Pieces (1.2) and S.W.A.T. (1.1) adjusted down.
  • This put Young Sheldon (2.2) down by more than 40% from its Premiere Monday preview in September, but still within clear smash territory for now. Big downward adjustments for Mom (1.4) and Life in Pieces (1.2) put them up in Plus but down in raw from last year's premieres, with a major lead-in upgrade.
  • And at 10/9c, S.W.A.T. was up a tenth from last year's Pure Genius premiere in this slot, and fell just a tick behind its Life in Pieces lead-in. I would argue not quite as much promise as the SEAL Team premiere, but it's in contention.
WHAT MATTERS:
  • For the only time this fall, all five networks had their regular entertainment lineups on at the same time, and it was timeslot premiere night for CBS powerhouses The Big Bang Theory (2.7) and Young Sheldon (2.4). Later in the night, Mom (1.8) and Life in Pieces (1.5) returned to the 9/8c hour, and drama newbie S.W.A.T. (1.3) debuted at 10/9c. CBS is pending Thursday Night Football preemptions in New York City, so stay tuned for finals.
  • Last year, one of the big surprises of the fall was how well Superstore and The Good Place did against the return of CBS. This year, they were not quite as heroic, as both sank to season low 1.0 ratings in the 8:00 hour. But NBC took equally sizable hits later in the night as well, including Will and Grace (1.5) and Chicago Fire (1.0). In between, it was an especially rough night for Great News (0.7) at 9:30.
  • On Fox, The Orville (1.0) was not able to hold onto last week's big surge and fell back to a more typical number at 9/8c, leading out of another 0.9 from Gotham. ABC's TGIT (1.8/1.1/0.9) and the CW's Supernatural (0.6) and Arrow (0.5) all exactly matched last week.

Renewology: November Sweeps Bubble Watch (Comedy Edition)


It's time to talk about some bubble shows! Check out yesterday's drama post.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 11/1/17


FINALS UPDATE: The Goldbergs (1.3), Speechless (1.0), Survivor (1.6), The Blacklist (0.9) and World Series (8.2) adjusted up while SEAL Team (R) (0.5) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Fox went big with Game 7 of the World Series, averaging a preliminary 7.0 from 8:00 to 11:00. But the outcome was not in huge doubt for most of the game, so it looks like it may not have gotten quite the Game 7 bounce of recent Series past.
  • ABC was the only big four opponent that plowed forward with its full regular lineup. The network seemed to get whacked harder in the first half of the night, when it was facing most of the usual entertainment competition; The Goldbergs (1.2), Speechless (0.9) and Modern Family (1.5) all shed two tenths. But American Housewife (1.2) was down just one and Designated Survivor actually matched last week's 0.7.
  • On the other two networks, the 8:00 show stayed original while the last two hours got preempted. Survivor (1.5) was down a couple notches, but NBC's The Blacklist managed to match last week's 0.8.
  • The CW also went original, with Riverdale managing to hold on to yet another 0.6 while Dynasty stayed at 0.2.

Renewology: November Sweeps Bubble Watch (Drama Edition)


Let's talk about some bubble shows! Comedies coming tomorrow.

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 10/31/17


FINALS UPDATE: The Middle (1.2) and World Series (6.0) adjusted up while Law and Order True Crime (0.7) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Halloween converged with a monstrous Game 6 of the World Series (4.9/5.0/5.5), leading to a slew of ratings declines on the other broadcasters. This game should probably be expected to adjust up a little more than usual, since it ended before midnight ET/9:00 PT.
  • The worst decline came from This Is Us (2.0) on NBC, since it had the added triple whammy of a The Voice recap special (1.0) as a lead-in. Its newbie lead-out Law and Order True Crime (0.8) was down two tenths, mimicking The Brave's drop on Monday. 
  • CBS was down two tenths across the board with NCIS (1.2), Bull (1.0) and NCIS: New Orleans (0.9). ABC's 8:00 hour of The Middle (1.1) and Fresh Off the Boat (0.9) was also down two tenths, but the remaining programs Black-ish (1.0), The Mayor (0.7) and Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (0.6) lost just one.
  • The second-biggest drop on broadcast came from CW's The Flash (0.7), which was down three tenths after a great showing last week. Its lead-out Legends of Tomorrow (0.4) shed one tenth.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Monday 10/30/17


FINALS UPDATE: Lucifer (0.9) adjusted up while Dancing with the Stars (1.4) and The Good Doctor (1.9) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Life after The Big Bang Theory began for CBS Monday as Kevin Can Wait (1.2) moved to the lead-off role and Superior Donuts (0.8) opened season two at 9/8c. Though Kevin made a strong transition to the lead-off slot, it was a miserable night for all the other comedies. 9JKL tumbled all the way to a 0.8, Superior Donuts opened on a new series low, and Me, Myself and I crashed to 0.7 after three weeks at 0.9.
  • It was also a rough night on NBC, with The Voice (1.9) down three tenths and The Brave (0.8) down two. But NBC's loss was ABC's gain, as Dancing with the Stars (1.4) and The Good Doctor (1.9) both gained a tenth from last week (and were very close to gaining two tenths, with respective 1.45/1.94 finals).
  • Fox Monday mimicked Fox Thursday and saw some encouraging upticks in the middle of the World Series coverage, with Lucifer (0.9) ekeing out an upward adjustment in finals and The Gifted (1.1) rebounding after three straight weeks of declines.

SpotVault - Superior Donuts (CBS) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Blindspot (NBC) - 2017-18 Ratings



Monday, October 30, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 10/29/17


FINALS UPDATE: Sunday Night Football (4.8) adjusted up while 60 Minutes (1.2), Wisdom of the Crowd (0.7), Football Night in America p2 (1.4), Football Night in America p3 (2.7), The OT (4.3) and World Series (5.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Sunday night marked the only collision between the World Series (5.4/5.5/5.7) and the NFL. NBC's Sunday Night Football (4.3/4.5/4.0) appears headed for a season low, while the World Series looks to have exploded ahead of the first four games which had preliminary ratings in the 2.9 to 3.9 range. The baseball game had an assist from Fox's late afternoon NFL window, but was also a thriller game that stretched deep into late night Sunday.
  • With Ten Days in the Valley pulled earlier this week, the only scripted series to go up against all of this were CBS' Sunday dramas Wisdom of the Crowd (0.8), NCIS: Los Angeles (0.8) and Madam Secretary (0.6). The prelims don't look pretty, and these numbers will be uncertain until finals because they started about a half hour late in a bunch of major markets. 60 Minutes averaged a preliminary 1.5 at 7:00 but that includes a lot of local football.
  • Meanwhile, ABC had a second run of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1.0) leading into two original hours of Shark Tank (0.9/0.9). Tank would be down a tenth from last week, but managed to more than double last week's Ten Days in the Valley rating at 10/9c.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Friday 10/27/17


FINALS UPDATE: MacGyver (0.9), World Series (3.9) and Jane the Virgin (0.3) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • On the fifth Friday of the season, NBC's Blindspot (0.7) finally showed up in the 8:00 hour. It was a new series low for Blindspot, and tied Grimm's lowest rating in the hour last season. But since it was a big improvement on Law and Order True Crime repeats, it helped bump Dateline (0.8/0.9) back up.
  • Fox dominated with Game 3 of the World Series (3.3/3.5/3.3), which fell squarely in the middle of the 3.0 and 3.9 prelims from the first two games.
  • On CBS, Hawaii Five-0 had the night off as a Michael Jackson Halloween special (1.1) aired to nice ratings at 8/7c. MacGyver (0.8) was bumped to 9/8c and led into Blue Bloods (0.9), and both shows matched last week.
  • And ABC's Inhumans (0.5) saw a one-tenth rebound after last week's brutal drop, but Once Upon a Time (0.5) did not.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 10/26/17


FINALS UPDATE: Thursday Night Football (3.4) adjusted up while Thursday Night Football Pregame (1.4) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • On Fox's World Series off day, The Orville (1.2) had a particularly impressive showing, coming back from a repeat last week and rising to its highest rating since the move to Thursday. Gotham was even at 0.9.
  • Grey's Anatomy (1.8) was also back after a week off, but its ratings went in the other direction with a three-tenth drop. Its lead-outs Scandal (1.1) and How to Get Away with Murder (0.9) saw no rebound despite the return of their lead-in. 
  • With their fall finales looming next week, NBC had a strong night as Superstore (1.2), Will and Grace (1.8), Great News (1.0) and Chicago Fire (1.2) were all on the uptick.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 10/25/17


FINALS UPDATE: World Series (4.2) adjusted up while Designated Survivor (0.7) and The Blacklist (0.8) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • After breezing through Tuesday's game in about two and a half hours, the Dodgers and Astros went roughly four and a half hours in an epic Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday. So unlike Game 1, last night the World Series was a big part of the mix for primetime on the West Coast. The preliminary 3.9 for Game 2 was actually as high as the final for Game 1, but there may not be as much of an adjustment since there's a lot of West Coast viewing included this time.
  • The competitors had a mix of steadiness and one-tenth drops. CBS' SEAL Team was back at a preliminary 1.0 after adjusting up from 1.0 to 1.1 last week, and Survivor (1.7) was also down a notch in the prelims. Criminal Minds stayed at 1.0.
  • On ABC, it was frequent adjuster The Goldbergs (1.4) and American Housewife (1.3) on the downtick, while everything else was even. And NBC's The Blacklist (0.9), Law and Order: SVU (1.2) and Chicago PD (1.1) were all steady.
  • And the CW's Riverdale got a win as it managed to hang onto 0.6 in week three. But Dynasty could not eke out a third 0.3, and was down to 0.2 for the first time.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 10/24/17


FINALS UPDATE: Fresh Off the Boat (1.1), Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (0.7), This Is Us (2.8) and World Series (3.9) adjusted up while Law and Order True Crime (1.0) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The World Series opened on Fox with a low-3 prelim from 8:00 to 10:30. It shouldn't come as much surprise that this is massively down from last year (Game 1 had a 5.4 prelim/5.6 final), which was a true banner year for baseball, but it may have trouble even getting to the low end of Game 1 ratings historically. (My lowest on record was a 3.4 in 2014, then a 3.6 in 2006 and 2012.) Worth noting we may see these games adjust up more because there's a West Coast team involved.
  • The good news in a lower-rated World Series is it probably won't have too much impact on the competition. But a notable exception on opening night may have been ABC's middling drama Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, which took a crucial crash to 0.6 in week four after pulling off a steady 0.8 last week. The ABC comedies all matched last week with the exception of Fresh Off the Boat (1.0), which was down a tick.
  • Like on Monday, NBC was down a couple tenths or so with The Voice (1.9), and This Is Us (2.7) followed it downward. At 10/9c, Law and Order True Crime will hope to hold onto its preliminary 1.1 this time after adjusting down last week.
  • CBS' dramas were all even, and the CW (which has a history of getting dinged by the Series) actually got an uptick from The Flash (1.0) and a steady Legends of Tomorrow (0.5).

Cablemetrics: The Walking Dead, Outlander, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Mr. Robot


These numbers are current through Monday, October 23.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The Walking Dead (5.03) returned for what looks like another year as the biggest entertainment program on TV. It'll take a few weeks to really get a gauge on how fast this show is bleeding, because it was never going to to live up to the show's most impressive performance ever, the 8.36 at the start of last fall. While it was actually pretty close to the Plus of its 2014 and 2015 season premieres, it was also just the second Dead premiere to come in lower than the previous season finale.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Monday 10/23/17


FINALS UPDATE: The Big Bang Theory (2.8) and The Voice (2.2) adjusted up while The Good Doctor (1.8) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • In its final Monday episode before moving to Thursday next week, The Big Bang Theory (2.7) was even to very slightly down, while its lead-outs 9JKL (1.4) and Kevin Can Wait (1.2) rebounded a bit as they prepare to handle the 8:00 hour on their own next week. Me, Myself and I (0.9) and Scorpion (0.8) both matched last week.
  • On ABC, The Good Doctor (1.9) will need a finals assist to extend its 2.0 streak to five weeks, while its lead-in Dancing with the Stars (1.3) gave back last week's Disney bump. The network was preempted in Washington, DC for Monday Night Football.
  • Fox led off a World Series-heavy week with its regular Monday dramas Lucifer (0.8) and The Gifted (1.0), which were both down a tenth.
  • NBC's The Brave was steady at 1.0 despite a decline from its The Voice (2.2/2.1) lead-in, while the CW's Supergirl (0.5) and Valor (0.2) were both even in week three.

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 10/22/17


FINALS UPDATE: Shark Tank (1.0), NCIS: Los Angeles (1.1) and Sunday Night Football (6.5) adjusted up while Madam Secretary (0.8) and The Mick (R) (1.1) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • CBS had the national NFL overrun for the second straight week, and this time its lineup started just a few minutes after 7:30, so everything might be subject to slight downward adjustments. From the prelims we have so far, it looks like a pretty strong night for 60 Minutes (2.8/2.1), an even Wisdom of the Crowd (1.1), slightly down NCIS: Los Angeles (1.0), while Madam Secretary's 10:30 half-hour was actually up to 0.9.
  • Meanwhile, Fox appears to have gotten some help from its local market NFL overruns, with a 1.3 in the 7:00 half-hour (which was a repeat of The Mick for most markets), while Bob's Burgers (1.3), The Simpsons (1.6) and Ghosted (1.1) would all be up from last week if they hold. The 9:00 hour of Family Guy (1.2) and The Last Man on Earth (0.8) was even.
  • ABC had a dip from Shark Tank (0.9), fractional for the first time all season, but everything else matched last week. And NBC's Sunday Night Football featured a Super Bowl rematch between the Patriots and Falcons. The mid-to-high-5 prelim suggests it should finish over a 6 after finals, which would be SNF's best number in at least a month.

SpotVault - The Walking Dead (AMC) - Fall 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - Mr. Robot (USA) - 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - Good Behavior (TNT) - Fall 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - The Shannara Chronicles (SPIKE TV) - 2017 Ratings



Monday, October 23, 2017

War of 18-49 Updates for Cable 2017: Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Pretty Little Liars and more!


Here's a quick catch-up on War of 18-49 pages for cable shows that have already existing War pages. Click the names in each one of these tables to see the now-updated War of 18-49 page. The last version of this was 11 months ago, so we're covering seasons that have concluded since then. (I'm gonna try to start doing these more frequently so that these pages don't go many months without updates.) See also last week's summer broadcast update.


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Friday 10/20/17


WHAT MATTERS:
  • It was a devastating Friday night for ABC's genre dramas, as Once Upon a Time (0.5) and Inhumans (0.4) both tanked by two tenths.
  • The CBS dramas were much steadier, with MacGyver (0.8), Hawaii Five-0 (1.0) and Blue Bloods (0.9) all matching last week. Fox was also even with Hell's Kitchen (0.8) and The Exorcist (0.4), but NBC's Dateline (0.7) had a rough night, dropping two tenths below all of its first three results of the season.
  • And on the CW, Jane the Virgin (0.2) wasn't able to hold onto 0.3 for a second week on Friday. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend stayed at 0.2.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 10/19/17


FINALS UPDATE: Thursday Night Football (4.5), Gotham (0.9) and Supernatural (0.7) adjusted up while Thursday Night Football Pregame (1.5) and Arrow (0.5) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Grey's Anatomy had the night off on the last Thursday before November sweeps, and Halloween specials It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1.4) and Toy Story of TERROR! (1.1) filled in at a long way below their respective 2.2/2.0 ratings on a Wednesday a year ago. With no Grey's lead-in, both Scandal (1.1) and How to Get Away with Murder (0.9) were down a tenth.
  • On NBC, it was a particularly brutal evening for 9:30 comedy Great News (0.8), which fell by two tenths and went back to retaining less than half of its lead-in from Will and Grace (1.7). Earlier in the night, Superstore (1.1) was even and The Good Place (1.1) down a tenth, while Chicago Fire hung at 1.1 at 10/9c despite the weaker lead-in.
  • Fox's The Orville went into repeat mode (0.6) for a week, but Gotham (0.8) stayed original and was down a notch.
  • And week two for the Supernatural (0.6) / Arrow (0.6) reunion saw the former down a tenth, but Arrow matched last week's premiere.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 10/18/17


FINALS UPDATE: The Goldbergs (1.5), Survivor (1.8) and SEAL Team (1.1) adjusted up while Criminal Minds (1.0) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Several of the shows that showed promising steadiness in week three followed it up with big dips in week four. That included CBS' newbie SEAL Team (1.0), which fell by two tenths the week after scoring a full season order. It looked like a particularly weak link in the lineup since Survivor (1.7) and Criminal Minds (1.1) were both even. The Fox pair of Empire (1.8) and Star (1.3) was also down two tenths apiece.
  • On the CW, Riverdale (0.6) was down two tenths from last week's explosive opening, but that still kept it ahead of every raw number from season one. Dynasty managed to hang onto a preliminary 0.3 in the demo, but a big dip in total viewers (from 1.3 million last week to under a million this time) suggests it might be a much weaker 0.3.
  • On ABC, comedy anchors The Goldbergs (1.4) and Modern Family (1.7) both inched down from last week's finals, while Speechless (1.1) and American Housewife (1.4) were even. At 10/9c, Designated Survivor fell to its first 0.8.
  • And NBC saw Law and Order: SVU (1.2) even, surrounded by preliminary downticks from The Blacklist (0.9) and Chicago PD (1.1).

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 10/17/17


FINALS UPDATE: NCIS (1.4), The Voice (2.2) and This Is Us (2.9) adjusted up while Black-ish (1.1) and Law and Order True Crime (1.0) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The ABC comedy lineup mostly continued moving downward in its third week, with a particularly rough point for 9:30 newbie The Mayor (0.8) as it shed two more tenths. Anchors The Middle (1.3) and Black-ish (1.2) were down a tenth in the prelims, while Fresh Off the Boat (1.1) stabilized after taking the biggest drop last week. At 10/9c, drama Kevin (Probably) Saves the World kept itself in contention by hanging at 0.8 in week three, this time matching its Mayor lead-in.
  • On NBC, the slippage stopped in week four for This Is Us (2.8), and with a 2.9 -> 2.8 breakdown it looks likely to be up week-to-week in the finals. That was a good point since its lead-in The Voice (2.1) was down at least two tenths from last week. Law and Order True Crime remained at 1.1 at 10/9c.
  • CBS saw another drop from NCIS (1.3), but its lead-outs Bull (1.2) and NCIS: New Orleans (1.1) stayed surprisingly close by.
  • Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.6) gave back last week's uptick, while Lethal Weapon (0.9) also inched down. The Mick was even at 0.8.
  • And on the CW, both The Flash (0.9) and Legends of Tomorrow (0.5) were down from last week's premieres.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Monday 10/16/17


FINALS UPDATE: The Big Bang Theory (2.8), Me, Myself and I (0.9), The Voice (2.4) and Lucifer (0.9) adjusted up while Dancing with the Stars (1.4), The Good Doctor (2.0) and 9JKL (1.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Despite preemptions in both Monday Night Football markets, ABC had the healthiest night as Dancing with the Stars (1.4) was up a tick on Disney Night and The Good Doctor pulled off a fourth consecutive 2.0 or better in the 10:00 hour.
  •  It was another tough night in CBS comedy land as 9JKL (after adjusting down to 1.2 in finals) and Kevin Can Wait (1.1) both shed another two tenths. Me Myself and I (0.9) eked out a finals uptick, matching last week.
  • Elsewhere, the 8:00 veterans The Voice (2.4), Lucifer (0.9) and Supergirl (0.5) matched last week while their newbie lead-outs The Brave (1.0), The Gifted (1.1) and Valor (0.2) were down a tenth.

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 10/15/17


FINALS UPDATE: America's Funniest Home Videos (0.9), 60 Minutes (2.3) and Sunday Night Football (5.6) adjusted up while Wisdom of the Crowd (1.1), Madam Secretary (0.7), Football Night in America p2 (2.3), Football Night in America p3 (3.0) and Ghosted (R) (0.7) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • With a late afternoon NFL lead-in, the CBS lineup started right at 7:30 on the East Coast just like during premiere week. (In fact, there were over 10 minutes of postgame/commercials separating the end of the NFL and 60 Minutes.) After 60 Minutes (2.2), Wisdom of the Crowd (1.2) and NCIS: Los Angeles (1.1/1.0) were both just a little behind what they did with NFL help two weeks ago, while Madam Secretary (0.8) had its first 10:30 episode.
  • Meanwhile, Fox didn't have national NFL help this week. Animated comedies The Simpsons (1.3), Family Guy (1.2) and Bob's Burgers (1.1) along with The Last Man on Earth (0.8) were all reasonably close to what they did on Premiere Sunday, but Ghosted (1.0) was down several notches at 8:30.
  •  It was mostly status quo on ABC, which meant more horrible numbers from The Toy Box (0.4) and Ten Days in the Valley (0.4), surrounding America's Funniest Home Videos (down a tenth to 0.8) and Shark Tank (1.1). NBC's Sunday Night Football was in the general vicinity of 5.0 in the prelims, as it has been pretty consistently since the start of the regular season.

Monday, October 16, 2017

War of 18-49 Updates for Summer 2017: America's Got Talent, The Bachelorette, Big Brother and more!


Here's a quick catch-up on War of 18-49 pages for the summer broadcast shows that have already existing War pages. Another edition of this for cable is coming soon! Click the names in each one of these tables to see the now-updated War of 18-49 page.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Friday 10/13/17


WHAT MATTERS:
  • The CW's premiere week ended with dramedies Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (0.2) and Jane the Virgin (0.3) reuniting on Friday, after occupying Monday together two years ago. The 0.2 is a familiar number for Crazy, which had it for all 13 episodes last year, while Jane was preliminarily able to hold onto 0.3 in a Friday move after actually hitting 0.2 a few times on Monday last spring.
  • On ABC, Once Upon a Time held onto last week's 0.7 premiere, but Inhumans (0.6) and 20/20 (0.6) were both down a tenth.
  • CBS' Hawaii Five-0 (1.0) and Blue Bloods (0.9) were both down a notch in the prelims, leading out of another 0.8 from MacGyver.
  • And Fox's Hell's Kitchen (0.8) will hope for a third straight uptick in finals, while The Exorcist (0.4) couldn't even muster up a 0.5 in the prelims this time. NBC's Dateline (0.8/0.9) was down a tenth from last week in both hours with a lower lead-in from a repeat of Law and Order True Crime (0.4).

SpotVault - Jane the Virgin (CW) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW) - 2017-18 Ratings



Friday, October 13, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 10/12/17


FINALS UPDATE: Grey's Anatomy (2.1), Thursday Night Football (4.6), Will and Grace (1.8) and Gotham (0.9) adjusted up while Thursday Night Football Pregame (1.8) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • On night four of the CW premiere week, Arrow (0.6) made its first ever timeslot move and now airs out of Supernatural (0.7). It looks like a productive pairing so far, as both of the veterans were down just a tenth from last year's premieres.
  • The second week of the reunited TGIT triumvirate saw Grey's Anatomy (2.1) even and How to Get Away with Murder (1.0) on the rebound, but Scandal (1.2) dropped two tenths from last week's premiere.
  • NBC had a little slippage from hourly anchors Superstore (1.1), Will and Grace (1.8) and Chicago Fire (0.1), but the bottom-of-the-hour comedies The Good Place (1.2) and Great News (1.0) were both even.
  • And Fox had another nice night from The Orville (1.0), bouncing back by a tenth after last week's big drop. A finals adjustment helped Gotham (0.9) to match last week.

SpotVault - Supernatural (CW) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Arrow (CW) - 2017-18 Ratings



Renewology: The CW's Premiere Week and Un-Rounded Numbers


Happy Friday. In this post, I will have a quick word on the CW's newbie premieres and a much longer, wonkier word about some things that are going on here with un-rounded numbers this fall.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 10/11/17


FINALS UPDATE: The Goldbergs (1.5), Survivor (1.7), The Blacklist (1.0) and Empire (2.0) adjusted up while Dynasty (0.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • It was opening night for the CW's reboot of Dynasty, but in the end it was the returnee Riverdale (0.8) that actually stole the show. The sophomore opened on a new series high by a mile, after premiering at 0.5 and hitting a bunch of 0.3's late last season. Keeping in mind that female-skewers of the CW past like Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill rarely went above a 60 Plus, the network has to be elated with how this went down at least for one night.
    • But considering the Riverdale heat, it was a pretty flat start for Dynasty (0.4). Since it comes from the lesser CBS studio, it is too early to discount it, but a 0.4 -> 0.3 breakdown means it is not even on the upper side of 0.4.
  • At least in the prelims, it was a bit of a shaky night for ABC in the 8/7c hour as The Goldbergs (1.4) and Speechless (1.1) lost two tenths again. But things were steadier from there, with Modern Family (1.8) down one tenth and American Housewife (1.4) and Designated Survivor (0.9) both even.
  • CBS and Fox both saw their lineups stabilize in week three, which was welcome news for the newbie SEAL Team (1.2) between Survivor (1.6) and Criminal Minds (1.1). Empire (1.9) led the night and matched last week, while Star (1.5) remained a big win for Fox as it was actually up a tenth (though it was very close to a 1.5 last week).
  • And NBC had one-tenth slippage from The Blacklist (0.9) and Law and Order: SVU (1.2), but Chicago PD (1.2) was even.

CW Daily Renewology for 2017-18



SpotVault - Dynasty (CW) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Riverdale (CW) - 2017-18 Ratings



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 10/10/17


FINALS UPDATE: Bull (1.3), The Voice (2.4), Lethal Weapon (1.0), The Mick (0.8) and The Flash (1.1) adjusted up while NCIS: New Orleans (1.0) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • In week two for ABC Tuesday, The Middle (1.4), Black-ish (1.3), The Mayor (1.0) and Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (0.8) were all down two tenths from last week's premieres. Fresh Off the Boat (1.1), after barely ekeing out a 1.4 in finals last week, was down three. Those are not huge week two drops for newbies Mayor and Kevin, but not exactly promising either since they were both pretty mediocre to begin with.
  • Night two of the CW's fall rollout saw the season premiere of The Flash (1.0), down three tenths year-to-year, while Legends of Tomorrow (0.6) continued to do its thing at 9/8c, matching last year's Thursday premiere.
  • It was a rough night on Fox, where Lethal Weapon (0.9) and The Mick (0.7) both shed two tenths after holding up decently last week. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.7) tried to keep itself in the conversation by matching Mick this week.
  • NBC led the way again with steady The Voice (2.3) and Law and Order: True Crime (1.1) sandwiching another 10%ish drop from This Is Us (2.8).
  • And the CBS lineup stabilized this week, with NCIS (1.4) and Bull (1.2) both even while NCIS: New Orleans (1.1) upticked into a tie for the preliminary lead at 10/9c.

SpotVault - The Flash (CW) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Legends of Tomorrow (CW) - 2017-18 Ratings



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Monday 10/9/17


FINALS UPDATE: The Good Doctor (2.0) and The Big Bang Theory (2.9) adjusted up while 9JKL (1.4), Kevin Can Wait (1.2), Me, Myself and I (0.9), Scorpion (0.8) and The Brave (1.1) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • It was a soft start to the CW's new season, as Supergirl (0.5) was only able to tie its low point from last spring, and down by more than half from its CW premiere from a year ago. And there was little interest in its new lead-out Valor (0.3), which looked no better than a typical Jane the Virgin episode on its series premiere night.
  • On Fox, it was a normal to slightly high week two drop for The Gifted (1.2). The good news is it really wasn't down any more than its Lucifer lead-in (0.9).
  • ABC's The Good Doctor (1.9) came down from its stratospheric heights from the first two weeks, but was still massively ahead of its Dancing with the Stars (1.3) lead-in.
  • And The Brave (1.2) had a steady (or maybe even slightly up) third week, leading out of a slightly declining The Voice (2.4/2.5).
  • And the prelims make it look like a steady night for CBS, but CBS is pending a Monday Night Football preemption in Minneapolis.

SpotVault - Valor (CW) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Supergirl (CW) - 2017-18 Ratings



Spotted Ratings, Sunday 10/8/17


FINALS UPDATE: Sunday Night Football (5.8) adjusted up while NFL Overrun (6.6) and The OT (4.4) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The late afternoon NFL lead-in jumped over to Fox, where The Simpsons (2.2) got a big boost but still paled in comparison to a lot of its post-NFL ratings from last year. The lead-in juice was only able to keep Ghosted (1.4) even with last week's premiere, and same with Family Guy (1.4), but The Last Man on Earth (1.0) was actually up a tenth at 9:30.
  • Meanwhile, it was week two for Wisdom of the Crowd (1.0) on CBS. It had a decent week two hold considering 60 Minutes (1.1) was a point weaker, but NCIS: Los Angeles (1.0) fell just as much at 9/8c. Madam Secretary (0.8) opened a new season at 10/9c in pretty reasonable fashion by this timeslot's standards. (Elementary's season high last season was 0.8.)
  • And on ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos (0.9) joined the Sunday gang with a new regularly-scheduled slot at 8/7c. Despite a 0.4 lead-in from The Toy Box, Videos came within a tenth of last year's 7/6c premiere. Shark Tank had a 1.1 at 9/8c, while Ten Days in the Valley (0.4) was down a tenth from last week's already DOA start.

Monday, October 9, 2017

SpotVault - Madam Secretary (CBS) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC) - 2017-18 Ratings



Spotted Ratings, Friday 10/6/17


FINALS UPDATE: Hawaii Five-0 (1.1), Dateline (1.0) and Hell's Kitchen (0.9) adjusted up while The Exorcist (0.4) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Rebooted Once Upon a Time (0.7) took over its new role at the start of the ABC lineup in soft fashion, tying its lowest rating from last spring and down by almost half from last year's 1.3 Sunday premiere. Week two of Inhumans (0.7) settled into the 9/8c hour, dropping two tenths from last week's premiere.
  • Week two of the CBS lineup saw MacGyver (0.8) and Hawaii Five-0 (1.0) hold even while Blue Bloods (1.0) was down a tenth. And The Exorcist held on at 0.5, leading out of a 0.8 from Hell's Kitchen (tying last week's prelim but needing an uptick to match last week's final).

SpotVault - Once Upon a Time (ABC) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Scandal (ABC) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Thursday Night Football (CBS) - Fall 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) - Fall 2017 Ratings



Friday, October 6, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 10/5/17


FINALS UPDATE: Grey's Anatomy (2.1) and Thursday Night Football (5.0) adjusted up while Thursday Night Football Pregame (1.8) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Premiere Thursday's big event Will and Grace (2.0) took a pretty sizable fall in week two, and its lead-out Great News (1.0) was down considerably as well. Perhaps the best news for NBC on Thursday has been the surrounding hours, especially 8/7c where Superstore (1.2) and The Good Place (1.2) took much smaller drops and were within a tenth of the same night last year. Chicago Fire (1.2) took a slightly harder fall at 10/9c but remained a historical-adjusted improvement on last year's Thursday dramas.
  • On ABC, the original TGIT lineup was filled out as Scandal (1.4) opened its final season in the 9/8c hour. It came in toward the high end of what it was doing last spring, and 30% behind its January 2017 premiere. Grey's Anatomy (2.0) and How to Get Away with Murder (0.9) were both down in the low teens from last week's premieres.
  • After an excellent hold last week, The Orville (0.9) couldn't keep it up in its second try against full competition, but Gotham stabilized at 0.9. And CBS' Thursday Night Football had about the same low-3's prelim as last week.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 10/4/17


WHAT MATTERS:
  • Every series was on the downswing on the second Wednesday of the season, with some of the steepest drops coming from Fox's Empire (1.9) and Star (1.4). Empire will need an upward adjustment to avoid tying its low point from last season.
  • CBS' SEAL Team (1.2) took a typical-ish drop for a week two newbie, and its surrounding programs Survivor (1.6) and Criminal Minds (1.1) each shed two tenths.
  • ABC was down two tenths almost across the board with The Goldbergs (1.6), Modern Family (1.9), American Housewife (1.4) and Designated Survivor (0.9). Speechless (1.3) lost just one.
  • NBC had pretty good holds relatively speaking, with The Blacklist (1.0) and Law and Order: SVU (1.3) and Chicago PD (1.2) all losing just a tenth.

ABC Daily Renewology for 2017-18



CBS Daily Renewology for 2017-18



NBC Daily Renewology for 2017-18



Fox Daily Renewology for 2017-18



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 10/3/17


FINALS UPDATE: Fresh Off the Boat (1.4) and The Voice (2.3) adjusted up while Law and Order True Crime (1.1) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.6) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The ABC Tuesday lineup came on the scene a week late, with the final season of The Middle (1.6) leading the way in healthy fashion. After Fresh Off the Boat (1.3) at 8:30, Black-ish (1.5) moved to a new night and appears fairly anchor-worthy so far. However, there was pretty mediocre premiere retention for its new comedy lead-out The Mayor (1.2) at 9:30. At 10/9c, drama newbie Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (1.0) was not exactly dazzling, but certainly not as hopeless as Sunday's Ten Days in the Valley.
  • On NBC, This Is Us (3.1) shed close to 20% from last week's series high premiere, but its lead-out Law and Order True Crime (1.2) was crushed even harder. Even The Voice (2.2) was down at least a few tenths for the network.
  • CBS' NCIS (1.4) and Bull (1.2) were both down from last week's premieres, but NCIS: New Orleans (1.0) held steady. And on Fox, comedies The Mick (0.9) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.7) both matched last week while Lethal Weapon (1.1) was down a notch.

SpotVault - The Middle (ABC) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - The Mayor (ABC) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (ABC) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Black-ish (ABC) - 2017-18 Ratings



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Monday 10/2/17


FINALS UPDATE: The Big Bang Theory (3.2) and The Voice (2.6) adjusted up while Dancing with the Stars (1.4), The Good Doctor (2.2), Kevin Can Wait (1.3), Scorpion (0.8), The Brave (1.1) and Legends of Tomorrow (R) (0.1) adjusted down. That means a full week two hold for the Good Doc.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Week two began with a big dose of reality for a CBS Monday without Young Sheldon. The Big Bang Theory (3.0) still topped the night easily, even after losing about a quarter of last week's massive premiere audience. But newbie 9JKL barely held half of its lead-in, and the 9/8c comedies Kevin Can Wait (1.4) and Me, Myself and I (1.0) were each down more than a third from last week's premieres. Scorpion (0.9) was also down, though just a tenth.
  • Fox brought its Monday lineup into the mix a week late, with newbie The Gifted (1.5) and its lead-in Lucifer (1.1) both starting pretty well.
  • NBC's The Voice (2.5) and The Brave (1.2) were both just a hair behind last week's finals, but The Brave could be a downward adjustment candidate with a 1.3 -> 1.0 breakdown.
  • And ABC had preemptions in both Monday Night Football markets, so stay tuned for finals, but we can say for sure that The Good Doctor (2.4) continued to build by huge quantities out of its Dancing with the Stars (1.6) lead-in.

SpotVault - The Gifted (Fox) - Fall 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - Lucifer (Fox) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - 9JKL (CBS) - 2017-18 Ratings



The 2017-18 Daily Year-to-Date Rankings



The 2017-18 Climate Center: League Averages



The 2017-18 Climate Center: Networks



The 2017-18 Climate Center: Renewology Targets



Spotted Ratings, Premiere Sunday 10/1/17


FINALS UPDATE: 60 Minutes (2.1), NCIS: Los Angeles (1.3) and Sunday Night Football (5.8) adjusted up while Ten Days in the Valley (0.5), Wisdom of the Crowd (1.3) and The Simpsons (R) (0.5) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • CBS had the first late-afternoon NFL lead-in of the regular season, and its lineup started right at the scheduled 7:30 start time. After 60 Minutes (2.0) at 7:30 was new drama Wisdom of the Crowd (1.4/1.3). Usually NCIS: Los Angeles was in the 1.5-1.7 range on national NFL nights, but it also looks like this will be a weaker NFL/60 Minutes than usual. Meanwhile, NCIS: LA (1.2) made the move to an hour later, and a repeat of SEAL Team averaged a preliminary 0.8 in the 10:30 half-hour (but ran to 11:30 on the East Coast). 
  • The Fox comedies were back for another season on Sunday, with newbie Ghosted (1.4) looking promising at 8:30 between The Simpsons (1.4) and Family Guy (1.3). Bob's Burgers (1.3) opened the season at 7:30 (not sure if it includes any local NFL overruns). The Last Man on Earth (0.9) was the weak link, but all these shows at least preliminarily looked really good, matching their premieres from a year ago (and Bob's would be up if it holds). Next week will see the comedies get a likely monster NFL lead-in from Cowboys/Packers.
  • And ABC's latest Sunday revamp included a dreadful start for sophomore dud The Toy Box (0.4) in the 7/6c hour, but promising growth from there for Shark Tank (1.1/1.4) on its new night. But the Shark Tank lead-in was no help for new drama Ten Days in the Valley (0.6), which on premiere night could only match last fall's Sunday lows for Secrets and Lies and Quantico.

Monday, October 2, 2017

SpotVault - Wisdom of the Crowd (CBS) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - The Toy Box (ABC) - Fall 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - The Simpsons (Fox) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - The Last Man on Earth (Fox) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Ten Days in the Valley (ABC) - Fall 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - Shark Tank (ABC) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Ghosted (Fox) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Family Guy (Fox) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Bob's Burgers (Fox) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - 48 Hours (CBS) - 2017-18 Ratings



Premiere Friday Renewology: Inhumans and The Exorcist


Here are a few quick thoughts on what Premiere Friday says about the renewal/cancellation landscape. These are based on prelims and I probably will not get around to updating this page with the finals.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Premiere Friday 9/29/17


FINALS UPDATE: Hell's Kitchen (0.9) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Life after Last Man Standing and Shark Tank began on ABC Friday with the two-hour premiere of Marvel's Inhumans (0.9/0.8) and 20/20 (0.6). For now, Inhumans was not that much weaker than what those shows did on the year-ago Premiere Friday, but this type of show does not have a sterling history of post-premiere holds.
  • On CBS, the drama trio of MacGyver (0.8), Hawaii Five-0 (1.0) and Blue Bloods (1.1) returned intact from last season. MacGyver was only able to tie its weak finale low from last season, while Hawaii Five-0 also matched its finale and Blue Bloods was up a tenth.
  • Fox also brought back its fall 2016 lineup of Hell's Kitchen (0.8) and The Exorcist (0.5). Exorcist did not live up to Fox's faith in it, opening on a new series low and just half of the year-ago series premiere. It was also a soft showing for Kitchen, which had never gone fractional in its 2016-17 season.
  • We'll see Blindspot on NBC in a few weeks, but for now the network simply went with a repeat of Law and Order True Crime (0.5) and two hours of Dateline (0.8/0.9).

Friday, September 29, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Premiere Thursday 9/28/17


FINALS UPDATE: Thursday Night Football (4.8), Superstore (1.3), The Good Place (1.4), Will and Grace (3.0) and Gotham (0.9) adjusted up while How to Get Away with Murder (1.0) and Thursday Night Football Pregame (2.0) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • On Premiere Thursday, NBC popped in a big way with its revival of Must See TV sitcom Will and Grace (2.9). Excluding Olympics and Super Bowl lead-outs, this will be the first NBC sitcom episode to crack a 200 in A18-49+ since... the finale of Will and Grace in 2006.
    • In terms of W&G's ability to lift all boats around it, the results were mixed but had some clear positives. Superstore (1.2) looks like it will be just a touch below last year's premiere in Plus, but an improvement over some of its ugliness late last season. The Good Place (1.3) basically matched the demo of its post-America's Got Talent preview last week, which seems like a win. And W&G's lead-out Great News (1.3) eked out a new series high, but was still at less than half of its lead-in. The biggest winner of all was the drama Chicago Fire (1.5), which looked great in its move to a new night (topping last year's 1.4 Chicago Med premiere on the night).
  • Meanwhile, it was TGIT time on ABC, with the two-hour return of Grey's Anatomy (2.3) leading into How to Get Away with Murder (1.1). Grey's Anatomy was amazingly healthy once again vs. last year's 2.5 premiere, but Murder fizzled a bit considering how well it ended last year. The network's nightly average got a lot of help year-to-year since the second hour of Grey's got compared against last year's 1.1 Notorious launch.
  • Fox's Gotham (0.8) and The Orville (1.1) marched onward after making their timeslot debuts last week. It was a promising showing for Orville, matching last week when it had less competition, and the lineup still looks like an improvement on last year's Rosewood / Pitch duo (they got a 0.7/1.1 for their premieres on this night last year).
  • And CBS had its first game of Thursday Night Football, after the first two weeks of TNF were cable only (presumably a ploy to get all five CBS games counted in the network's regular season average). As usual, expect these games to adjust way up in finals because the final ratings will include the simulcast rating with NFL Network, though last night's game was mucked up a bit by a weather delay.

SpotVault - Will and Grace (NBC) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Superstore (NBC) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Grey's Anatomy (ABC) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Great News (NBC) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Chicago Fire (NBC) - 2017-18 Ratings



Thursday, September 28, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Premiere Wednesday 9/27/17


FINALS UPDATE: Survivor (1.8) adjusted up while Arrow (R) (0.2) and Supernatural (R) (0.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • After three solid debuts last year, this year's Premiere Wednesday had only one series opener: the CBS drama SEAL Team (1.5). It is a fine start, holding most of its Survivor (1.7) lead-in's demo and topping the night in total viewers with almost 10 million. Criminal Minds (1.3) did all right as it finally made the move to 10/9c. Survivor (1.7) continued a soft-ish start for the reality franchises this fall, down at least 20% from last year's 2.3 fall premiere.
  • Fox took over the lead on Premiere Wednesday with the return of Empire (2.4), now at 8/7c on a regular basis for the first time and leading into fellow Lee Daniels series Star (1.8). Empire was down 40%ish from its year-ago premiere, but it's gotten pretty used to trends like that in the spring half of last season. An upward adjustment would tie it with last season's finale. The bump for Star was solid, as it zoomed back ahead of its entire Wednesday run in 2017, and had close to the same Plus as its post-Empire preview in December 2016.
  • ABC plugged in sophomore American Housewife (1.6) at 9:30 after three years of Black-ish in the timeslot. At least on premiere night, Housewife was not too indistinguishable from a typical Black-ish episode - acceptable, but not a breakout.
    • As for the returnees, Modern Family (2.1) was down a little more than league average in its return, while The Goldbergs (1.8) held up nicely at 8/7c. At 8:30, sophomore Speechless (1.4) looked like a weaker link than it was even last spring, and certainly compared with its 2.0 launch last fall. At 10/9c, Designated Survivor (1.1) was of course down huge from last year's 2.2 launch but toward the high end of what it was doing in the spring.
  • And NBC saw The Blacklist (1.1) take over at 8/7c, where Blindspot aired all of last season. Early indications are that the show may see some benefit from airing in the earlier hour; it was never higher than 1.0 in all of its winter/spring 2017 episodes. Its veteran lead-outs Law and Order: SVU (1.4) and Chicago PD (1.3) appear to be down a bit in Plus, after opening with 1.8 and 1.6 last year.

Premiere Wednesday Renewology: The "Solid," "Fine," "OK" SEAL Team Premiere


Here are a few quick thoughts on what Premiere Wednesday says about the renewal/cancellation landscape. These are based on prelims and I probably will not get around to updating this page with the finals, but I'm trying to anticipate some things that could happen in finals.

SpotVault - The Goldbergs (ABC) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - The Blacklist (NBC) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Survivor (CBS) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Star (Fox) - Fall 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - Speechless (ABC) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - SEAL Team (CBS) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Modern Family (ABC) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Law and Order: SVU (NBC) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Empire (Fox) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Designated Survivor (ABC) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Criminal Minds (CBS) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Chicago PD (NBC) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - American Housewife (ABC) - 2017-18 Ratings



Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Premiere Tuesday 9/26/17


FINALS UPDATE: Bull (1.3), The Voice (2.7) and This Is Us (3.9) adjusted up while Law and Order True Crime (1.6), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.7) and Legends of Tomorrow (R) (0.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • After a quiet start to the season, NBC roared into the lead on Tuesday with the return of last year's mega-smash This Is Us (3.8). The show exploded to another new series high, double digits ahead of last season's finale and a full point ahead of last year's series premiere. It was another down night for its lead-in The Voice (2.6), but it could at least beat Monday's rating if it gets adjustment help.
    • However, NBC had a second straight premiere with 50% or less retention in the 10/9c hour with the short-order anthology series Law and Order: True Crime (1.7).
  • Fox got its fall programming under way with the returns of Lethal Weapon (1.2), The Mick (0.9) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.8). On a new night, Lethal Weapon matched the low point from its first season but is still clearly a success story; and it is noteworthy that the show skewed much younger with competition from NCIS. (Last year's 1.2 came with almost six million viewers, while this episode had just 4.266 million.) Meanwhile, both Mick and Brooklyn bounced back from their results late last season, but still scored well below their respective 1.3/1.1 Tuesday premieres.
  • CBS brought back last year's Tuesday trio of NCIS (1.6), Bull (1.2) and NCIS: New Orleans (1.0). The year-ago evening involved Bull's 2.2 series premiere, but both of the NCIS series were down close to 30% from Premiere Tuesday last year.
  • And it was ABC's turn to delay its regular lineup for a week, instead going with a Dancing with the Stars-themed Celebrity Family Feud (1.3) and two hours of Dancing with the Stars (1.2). It was a very competitive outing for the Feud, beating its last five ratings from the summer.

Premiere Tuesday Renewology: Law & Order True Crime and Fox's Bubble Comedies


Here are a few quick thoughts on what Premiere Tuesday says about the renewal/cancellation landscape. These are based on prelims and I probably will not get around to updating this page with the finals, but I'm trying to anticipate some things that could happen in finals.

SpotVault - This Is Us (NBC) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - The Mick (Fox) - Fall 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - NCIS (CBS) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Lethal Weapon (Fox) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Law and Order True Crime (NBC) - Fall 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - Bull (CBS) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox) - 2017-18 Ratings



Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Premiere Monday Renewology: Uncertain Starts for Me, Myself & I and The Brave


Here are a few quick thoughts on what Premiere Monday says about the renewal/cancellation landscape. Gonna try to get back into doing these "columns" on a somewhat regular basis this season.

Spotted Ratings, Premiere Monday 9/25/17


FINALS UPDATE: The Big Bang Theory (4.1) and Young Sheldon (3.8) adjusted up while Dancing with the Stars (1.4), The Good Doctor (2.2), Me, Myself and I (1.6), The Brave (1.3) and So You Think You Can Dance (0.5) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • CBS made a massive Premiere Monday splash with the debut of Young Sheldon (3.7), which held almost all the lead-in from its parent series The Big Bang Theory (3.9). That puts it ahead of last year's Kevin Can Wait premiere, and virtually certain to become the highest scripted series premiere on record in A18-49+. (2 Broke Girls' 301 in 2011 is the only one that has cracked a 300.) This will throw some more intrigue into CBS' Young Sheldon rollout plan; the show is slated to sit on the bench from now until November 2. Can the eye really leave a potential megahit comedy on the shelf for six weeks??
    • The Young Sheldon hype shouldn't completely obscure that it was an incredible night from TBBT (3.9) in its own right. This will be the biggest historical-adjusted performance in the history of the show, probably over a 350 Plus.
    • Later in the night, Kevin Can Wait (2.3) was back for season two, and it managed to come pretty close to last year's premiere after making news with its replacement of Erinn Hayes with Leah Remini in the off-season. It led into new comedy Me, Myself and I (1.7), which held up OK at 9:30. But the CBS momentum was gone by 10/9c, as Scorpion (1.0) was down considerably from last year's premiere with a lot more competition.
  • ABC had its own extremely impressive start with 10/9c drama The Good Doctor (2.4), which built big on its lead-in from Dancing with the Stars (1.5). This was well over double the measly 0.9 premiere of Conviction a year ago, and on a Plus basis should handily outrate anything Castle ever did in eight seasons with this timeslot. The network may adjust down in finals due to a Monday Night Football preemption in Dallas.
  • This left NBC as a bit of a Premiere Monday afterthought, even though it was close behind CBS for the nightly average with two hours of The Voice (2.3/2.8). Voice was down at least 20% year-to-year. New drama The Brave opened with a 1.4 at 10/9c (including a shaky 1.6 -> 1.2 half-hour breakdown). This was down four tenths from the Timeless premiere a year ago and even more steeply behind The Good Place, which had a 2.3 for the hour on Premiere Monday.
  • Fox stayed out of the Premiere Monday mix, instead wrapping up the So You Think You Can Dance season (0.6/0.5). Lucifer and The Gifted will join the fray next week.

SpotVault - The Good Doctor (ABC) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Young Sheldon (CBS) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Kevin Can Wait (CBS) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Me, Myself and I (CBS) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - Scorpion (CBS) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - The Brave (NBC) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - The Voice (NBC) - Fall 2017 Ratings



Spotted Ratings, Sunday 9/24/17


FINALS UPDATE: Celebrity Family Feud (1.1) and Sunday Night Football (6.3) adjusted up while The Simpsons (R) (0.4) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • On the eve of a new fall season, CBS gave its first national late-afternoon NFL lead-in to Star Trek: Discovery, a new drama that will air the rest of its season on the streaming service CBS All Access. It is currently listed with a 1.6 average in the 9:00 hour (while 60 Minutes had a 2.5 in the 8:00 hour), but Trek actually started at 8:48 on the East Coast so it could go higher than this in finals.
  • Meanwhile, it was the last night of Summer Fun & Games on ABC, and Celebrity Family Feud (1.0) returned to originals alongside Steve Harvey's Funderdome (0.8) and The $100,000 Pyramid (0.6). The original CFF lead-in helped bring the latter two up from their lows last week.
  • Fox got decent mileage out of two-hour special Who Shot Biggie & Tupac? (1.1), while it looks like a fairly soft outing for Sunday Night Football on NBC with a low-5's prelim.

SpotVault - The Good Place (NBC) - Fall 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - The Orville (Fox) - Fall 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - Gotham (Fox) - 2017-18 Ratings



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



SpotVault - 60 Minutes (CBS) - 2017-18 Ratings



SpotVault - South Park (Comedy Central) - Fall 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - Better Things (FX) - Fall 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - The Deuce (HBO) - Fall 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - Outlander (STARZ) - 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - Broad City (Comedy Central) - 2017 Ratings



SpotVault - Vice Principals (HBO) - 2017 Ratings



Monday, September 25, 2017

Renewology: What's Changed for 2017-18


While there are some tweaks for 2017-18, the basic Renewology structure is the same. So I recommend looking back on the intro and especially the summary of the process from this time last year. This just works as an amendment to that.

Just want to say off the top that Renewology will be back, and is ready to run as we speak. But it's possible it could be delayed a bit to start the season, depending on whether we will have a source for viewing levels this season. If not, the estimates for viewing levels (which I get using shares) can be kinda sketchy, as I found out when I put out some R% using the estimates during premiere week last year. I have a rough idea for something that will hopefully make these estimates a little more reliable, but I didn't want to waste much time on it till I knew if I would have to.

Spotted Ratings, Friday 9/22/17


FINALS UPDATE: 20/20 (0.6), Masters of Illusion (0.2) and Masters of Illusion (R) (0.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers coming shortly.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 9/21/17


FINALS UPDATE: The Big Bang Theory (R) (1.2) adjusted up while American Ninja Warrior (R) (0.8) adjusted down.

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

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 9/20/17


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

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

Renewology: A Look Back at the First Season


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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 9/19/17


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

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

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


These numbers are current through Monday, September 18.

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

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Monday 9/18/17


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

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

A18-49+: 2016-17 Season Recap


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


A18-49+: 2015-16 Season Recap


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


Monday, September 18, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 9/17/17


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

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

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Friday 9/15/17


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


Friday, September 15, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 9/14/17


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

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers coming shortly.

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 9/13/17


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

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

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


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

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


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 9/12/17


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

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

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


These numbers are current through Sunday, September 10.

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

Spotted Ratings, Monday 9/11/17


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

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 9/10/17


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

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

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


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

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


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


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

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


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Friday 9/8/17


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


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



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



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



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



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



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





Will and Grace
Thursdays, 8/7c, NBC







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





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







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





Will and Grace
Thursdays, 9/8c, NBC







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





Will and Grace
Thursdays, 9/8c, NBC







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





Will and Grace
Thursdays, 9/8c, NBC







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





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







Friday, September 8, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 9/7/17


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

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

Schedules Plus & The Breakdown Index for 2016-17


Schedules Plus
Schedules Plus is the ultimate almanac to broadcast network primetime scheduling since 2001. It features lineups for three different parts of the year, as well as A18-49+ ratings that more fairly account for historical decline. For more on the tables and charts in Schedules Plus, see this primer. New this year, the day and network names also link to their own pages, which compile the averages of all networks/days on that particular day/network.

Schedules Plus: Daily Averages on NBC


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

Schedules Plus: Daily Averages on Fox


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

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 9/6/17


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


Schedules Plus: Daily Averages on ABC


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

Schedules Plus: Daily Averages on CBS


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

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 9/5/17


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


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