Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 8/22/17

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

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

These numbers are current through Monday, August 21.

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

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Monday 8/21/17

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

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

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 8/20/17

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

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

SpotVault - The Last Ship (TNT) - 2017 Ratings

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

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

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

Monday, August 21, 2017

The War of 18-49, Reign

Another Thursday TVD Lead-Out

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

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

Timeslot Downgrades

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

Adults 18-49 info by season:

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

Historical-adjusted ratings by season:

4Spring 201716flop0.20-19%16161616


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

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Friday 8/18/17

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

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

Friday, August 18, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 8/17/17

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

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

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 8/16/17

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

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

SpotVault - Marlon (NBC) - Summer 2017 Ratings

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

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 8/15/17

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

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

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

These numbers are current through Monday, August 14.

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Monday 8/14/17

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

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

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

SpotVault - Bachelor in Paradise (ABC) - 2017 Ratings

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

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

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 8/13/17

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

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

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Friday 8/11/17

FINALS UPDATE: Shark Tank (R) (0.6), 20/20 (0.6), MacGyver (R) (0.5), Blue Bloods (R) (0.5), Son of Sam: The Killer Speaks (0.5), America's Got Talent (R) (0.6), Dateline (0.7), MasterChef (R) (0.4), Beat Shazam (R) (0.4) and Masters of Illusion (R) (0.1) adjusted down.

  • Preliminary ratings are inflated due to NFL preseason preemptions. Check back later for updates.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 8/10/17

FINALS UPDATE: Everything adjusted down. This led to big week-to-week drops from both The Wall (0.7) and The Night Shift (0.5) on NBC. In that light, it was a win for SNL Weekend Update Thursday to muster up a 1.2, making it easily the second-biggest program out of the broadcast offerings.

  • Preliminary ratings are heavily inflated due to NFL preseason preemptions. Despite this, NBC introduced its summertime Saturday Night Live Weekend Update specials, and ABC wrapped up The Story of Diana. Check back later for updates.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 8/9/17

FINALS UPDATE: The Goldbergs (R) (0.6), Speechless (R) (0.5), Movie: The Story of Diana p1 (0.7), Big Brother (1.9), Salvation (0.5), America's Got Talent (R) (1.3), The Carmichael Show (0.7), The Carmichael Show (0.6) and Supernatural (R) (0.2) adjusted down.

  • NBC's The Carmichael Show ended its run with a preliminary 0.8/0.7 for two episodes in the 10:00 hour, leading out of a two-hour America's Got Talent recap special (1.4). Beware because there were some local preemptions for the single NFL preseason game last night. (This problem will be much more pronounced with the Thursday and Friday ratings.)
  • Elsewhere, pending adjustments, ABC's Princess Diana miniseries The Story of Diana opened with a 1.0 rating from 9:00 to 11:00, leading out of what look like inflated comedy repeats (0.8/0.8). Big Brother broke a 2.0 in the prelims, leading into another 0.6 from Salvation. And Fox was on the downswing to season low levels with MasterChef (0.9) and The F Word (0.5).

The Breakdown: CBS Friday in 2016-17 (MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods)

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

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 8/8/17

FINALS UPDATE: NCIS (R) (0.6) adjusted up while Somewhere Between (0.3) and World of Dance (1.9) adjusted down.

  • NBC's freshman sensation World of Dance (2.0) wrapped up season one with a big finale spike, posting its best demo rating since the series premiere. It led out of America's Got Talent (2.7), which is an adjustment away from tying last week's season high.

Cablemetrics: The Sinner, The Guest Book, Ray Donovan, Game of Thrones

These numbers are current through Monday, August 7.

  • USA's short-order Jessica Biel series The Sinner opened with a 0.42 on Wednesday, building on its lead-in from Suits (0.36). At least on premiere night, that puts it ahead of the rest of the USA pack from last week.

SpotVault - Ray Donovan (SHOWTIME) - Summer 2017 Ratings

SpotVault - Chesapeake Shores (HALLMARK) - Summer 2017 Ratings

SpotVault - Younger (TV LAND) - Summer 2017 Ratings

SpotVault - Chesapeake Shores (HALLMARK) - Summer 2016 Ratings

Chesapeake Shores

SpotVault - Younger (TV LAND) - Fall 2016 Ratings

Wednesdays, 10/9c, TV LAND

SpotVault - Younger (TV LAND) - Winter 2016 Ratings

Wednesdays, 10/9c, TV LAND

SpotVault - Younger (TV LAND) - Spring 2015 Ratings

Tuesdays, 10/9c, TV LAND

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Monday 8/7/17

  • In typical The Bachelorette fashion, the season finale vaulted to a new season high by a wide margin. The y2y comparisons are not in the table since it was in a different week this year, but it was down four tenths (or essentially even in Plus) vs. last year's 2.5 finale. This marked a departure from the typical Bachelor/ette finale night, which usually has a two-hour finale + After the Final Rose (which got a 2.3 last year).
  • Despite the bigger ABC, NBC's American Ninja Warrior (1.5) inched up to tie its season high, and Midnight, Texas hung onto 0.8 in its third episode.

The Breakdown: ABC Friday in 2016-17 (Last Man Standing, Dr. Ken, Shark Tank and more!)

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

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 8/6/17

FINALS UPDATE: Big Brother (2.0) adjusted up while Candy Crush (0.4) and American Grit (0.3) adjusted down.

  • Back from a week off, ABC's Celebrity Family Feud (1.0) inched down to a new season low, as did its lead-out Steve Harvey's Funderdome (0.7).
  • On CBS, Big Brother (1.9) will once again hope for finals help for its first trip into the twos this season. This time, the half-hours (2.0 -> 1.9) are potentially promising. Candy Crush was mired at 0.5 yet again.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Friday 8/4/17

FINALS UPDATE: Shark Tank (R) (0.8) adjusted up while America's Got Talent (R) (0.8) and Masters of Illusion (0.2) adjusted down.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 8/3/17

FINALS UPDATE: NFL Preseason Football (2.5) adjusted up while Zoo (0.4) and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) (0.3) adjusted down.

  • Numbers coming soon. The NFL returned to the broadcast stage as the preseason opened with the Hall of Fame Game on NBC.

SpotVault - The Guest Book (TBS) - Summer 2017 Ratings

Schedules Plus: Network Averages on Thursday

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

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 8/2/17

FINALS UPDATE: Law and Order: SVU (R) (0.6) and MasterChef (1.1) adjusted up while Arrow (R) (0.1) adjusted down.

  • America's Got Talent (0.9) had the first of two Wednesday recap specials before live Wednesday results shows begin. It had no real effect on The Carmichael Show, which preliminarily ticked back up to its usual 0.7.
  • Despite an uptick from Big Brother (1.9), it was a rough night for the CBS drama Salvation (0.5/0.4) in its first double-pump of the season (it's got another one coming in two weeks).

SpotVault - The Sinner (USA) - Summer 2017 Ratings

The Breakdown: CW Thursday in 2016-17 (Supernatural, Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale)

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

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 8/1/17

FINALS UPDATE: NCIS (R) (0.5) and America's Got Talent (2.8) adjusted up while Somewhere Between (0.3) and World of Dance (1.7) adjusted down.

Cablemetrics: Rick and Morty, Game of Thrones, Insecure, Teen Wolf

These numbers are current through Monday, July 31.

  • Two years after its last premiere, Adult Swim cartoon Rick and Morty (1.48) returned with a breakout performance on Sunday, exploding to 44% above its 2015 premiere and 32% above its series high (which was a 1.12 in the second episode of last season). 1.48 is great, but like all things Adult Swim, it is far more impressive in the even younger adult demos; it averaged a 1.94 in A18-34, which is well within megahit territory by broadcast standards.

SpotVault - Rick and Morty (ADULT SWIM) - Summer 2017 Ratings

SpotVault - Teen Wolf (MTV) - 2016-17 Ratings

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Monday 7/31/17

FINALS UPDATE: To Tell the Truth (0.7) adjusted down.

  • To Tell the Truth (0.8) took up yet another new timeslot, at 10/9c after The Bachelorette (1.5/1.4). The show improved on its recent run of 0.6's on Wednesday after comedy repeats, and was also much higher than ABC's recent scripted offerings in the Monday 10/9c hour.
  • TTTT tied NBC's Midnight, Texas (0.8), which was down just a tenth in its second week. It led out of a steady American Ninja Warrior (1.4).
    • There were a couple other low-key maneuvers on this Monday, including CBS debuting newsmagazine CBSN: On Assignment (0.4) in the 10/9c hour. Also, the CW swapped Hooten and the Lady (0.2) over to the night, while Whose Line Is It Anyway? will make the move to Thursday later in the week.

    The Breakdown: Fox Thursday in 2016-17 (Rosewood, MasterChef Junior, Pitch and more!)

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

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