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.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Schedules Plus: Network Averages on Sunday


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

Monday, September 4, 2017

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Friday, September 1, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 8/31/17


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

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

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