Thursday, September 21, 2017

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 9/20/17


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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