Friday, May 25, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 5/24/18


FINALS UPDATE: The Last Days of Michael Jackson (1.0) and Young Sheldon (R) (1.0) adjusted up while Life in Pieces (R) (0.6) adjusted down.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 5/23/18


FINALS UPDATE: Empire (1.7) and Star (1.3) adjusted up while Survivor (1.4), Survivor reunion (0.8, -0.3) and The Originals (R) (0.1) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • On the last day of the regular season, only one show pulled off a nice season finale spike: NBC's Thursday-bound Law and Order: SVU, which was up two tenths to a 1.2 overall, including a 1.3 average in the 10:00 hour. It was down just a tenth from last season's two-hour finale.
  • Meanwhile, Survivor (1.5/1.4) matched or even went a touch below last week, finishing at least 20% behind the 1.9 finale from last spring. Fox was even with Empire (1.6) and actually down a touch with Star (1.2). And ABC sat out the last Wednesday with movie Toy Story 3 (0.7/0.6) and a 20/20 special (0.5).

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 5/22/18


FINALS UPDATE: Roseanne (2.5) and NCIS (1.3) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC said goodbye to nine-season comedy staple The Middle, which averaged a 1.8 in its regular 8:30 timeslot and fell to 1.6 for the second half of the one-hour finale. Though The Middle couldn't get back to its levels from the early Roseanne weeks, this was up multiple tenths from what it's been doing earlier this month. Its lead-in Roseanne (2.4) ended the spring on a season low, and Splitting Up Together (1.0) didn't look so hot leading out of Middle at 9:30. For the People headed into a long off-season with its third 0.5 in the final four weeks.
  • On NBC, The Voice completed its limp to the finish with a 1.5/1.4 for its two-hour finale from 9:00 to 11:00. Even though it didn't have to go up against Dancing with the Stars like in previous years, this will be down considerably from last spring's 1.9 finale. (Last spring's finale also had to lead out of Great News (0.7/0.8), while this one got a Voice recap (1.1).)
  • CBS' NCIS (1.2) ended the season even or narrowly down, leading into a repeat (0.7) and the return of newsmagazine 48 Hours: NCIS (0.5). The CW's The Flash (0.8) ended the season well, but it was no help to The 100 which was stuck at 0.3. Fox went with a movie (0.4/0.5).

Renewology: A Look Back at the Second Season


My recap of the Renewology maiden voyage in 2016-17 was actually published in late September, but I'm doing this one four months earlier because there is a lot of stuff fresh on my mind! I'm also feeling better about how things went for the model this year, which may be another motivating factor...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Monday 5/21/18


FINALS UPDATE: Supergirl (0.4) and iZombie (0.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Spring reality staples Dancing with the Stars (1.1) and American Idol (1.6) were together for the first time, ending their seasons with one-hour and two-hour finales. DWTS was up a touch from the last couple weeks, while Idol bounced back markedly from last Sunday but still fell a bit below the live shows from previous weeks.
  • The ABC shows combined for a nightly win over NBC, which had its last Monday of The Voice (1.5) and another installment of Running Wild (0.7). Both networks easily beat out Fox's Miss USA competition (0.6), which was down two tenths from last year when it aired on a Sunday.
  • On CBS, the last two Monday originals standing were the only two that got renewed: Man with a Plan (1.0) and Elementary (0.5). Sandwiched by The Big Bang Theory repeats (1.1/1.0), MWAP was in the ones for the second week in a row. The CW's Supergirl (0.5) and iZombie (0.3) were both even and will continue airing into the summer.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 5/20/18


FINALS UPDATE: Billboard Music Awards (2.4, +0.3) adjusted up while Dateline (0.6, -0.3), Family Guy (0.8) and Bob's Burgers (0.7) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • After six years on ABC, the Billboard Music Awards (1.9/2.2/2.1) moved over to NBC. Since the show aired live in all time zones, it should get some boost in finals and end up down around 10% year-to-year; last year had a 2.3 prelim and 2.6 final.
  • The Billboard move proved to be a double-whammy for ABC, as it became tough competition for the network's Sunday finale of American Idol (1.3). It was down at least three tenths from last week, and America's Funniest Home Videos (0.9) and Deception (0.6) were also on the downswing.
  • Fox's animated anchors The Simpsons (0.8) and Family Guy (0.9) inched down for their season finales, but the final Fox episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.8) and 7:30/9:30 editions of Bob's Burgers (0.7/0.8) were even. CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles (0.8) was also steady in its two-hour season finale from 8:00 to 10:00.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Friday 5/18/18


FINALS UPDATE: 20/20 (0.4), Blindspot (0.5), Harry and Meghan: A Love Story (0.2) and Life Sentence (0.1) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • On the last Friday of the season, ABC's Once Upon a Time (0.5) couldn't even manage a one-tenth uptick for its series finale. Agents of SHIELD was also steady at 0.5.
  • The Hawaii Five-0 (0.7) season finale was back down to tie its low from two weeks ago, leading out of another 0.6 from Celebrity Undercover Boss. But NBC was on the upswing with Blindspot (0.6) and Dateline (0.8), as was Fox with the two-hour finale of MasterChef Junior (0.7/0.9).
  • The CW (which looks like it may be pending a preemption) was the latest to offer a royal wedding special (0.3), while Life Sentence hopes to hold onto a preliminary 0.2.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 5/16/18


FINALS UPDATE: Survivor (1.5) and The Blacklist (0.8) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • NBC gave its 10/9c hour over to another royal wedding special (0.6), and its lead-in dramas The Blacklist (0.7) and Law and Order: SVU (1.0) were both down a tenth. The lack of Chicago PD was much-welcome news for Code Black, which perked up to a season high 0.8 on CBS. Survivor (1.4) had its lowest prelim of the season while SEAL Team (0.9) was even.
  • Fox dominated with Empire (1.6) and a four-week high for Star (1.3), and ABC got a couple post-cancellation upticks for Alex, Inc. (0.8) and Designated Survivor (0.6) while the renewed comedies (1.2/1.3/1.1) all matched last week. The CW's Riverdale (0.4) and The Originals (0.3) were also steady.

2018 Upfront Answers: The CW


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

CW's upfront previews: Renewology | Upfront Questions

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





Fall 2018 Matchups


As upfronts week proceeds, keep track of the fall 2018 schedule matchups as they stand right now. Stand by for further updates!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 5/15/18


FINALS UPDATE: The Middle (1.5), NCIS (1.3) and Chicago Med (1.0) adjusted up while The 100 (0.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • CBS was all the way back to normal with NCIS (1.2) in the week after Pauley Perrette's departure. Following it was a two-hour season finale for NCIS: New Orleans, with a rare 1.0 in the 9/8c hour (though still worse than what Bull usually did here) followed by a 0.8 at 10/9c.
  • On Fox, a seven-season run for New Girl (0.6/0.6) ended quietly, up a tenth from last week while leading out of a MasterChef Junior recap special (0.5).
  • ABC was very close to last week with Roseanne (2.6), The Middle (1.4), Black-ish (1.2), Splitting Up Together (1.0) and For the People (0.5). NBC was up with The Voice (1.4) but down with Chicago Med (0.9), while Rise finished its run with its usual 0.7 in the middle. And the CW matched last week with The Flash (0.7) and The 100 (0.4).

2018 Upfront Answers: CBS


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

CBS's upfront previews: Renewology | Upfront Questions

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





Tuesday, May 15, 2018

2018 Upfront Answers: ABC


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

ABC's upfront previews: Renewology | Upfront Questions

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





Spotted Ratings, Monday 5/14/18


FINALS UPDATE: The Big Bang Theory (R) (1.1) and Man with a Plan (1.0) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Recently axed Lucifer (0.8) became the second show in as many days to end its season on an uptick in the midst of a huge online fan campaign. It was the show's first trip back to 0.8 since late March. Lead-out The Resident (0.9) also ended its season well.
  • CBS plugged in a repeat of The Big Bang Theory (1.0) at 8/7c, keeping Man with a Plan at 0.9 while Superior Donuts (0.9) joined in on the post-cancellation upswing trend in a big way. (It was the first 0.9 for Donuts since early March.) Elementary had 0.6 for the third week in a row at 10/9c.
  • Reality staples The Voice (1.6) and Dancing with the Stars (1.1/1.0) were even to slightly up, while the 10/9c lead-outs Running Wild (0.8) and The Crossing (0.5) were slightly down and even. The CW stayed on the high end of its spring levels with Supergirl (0.5) and freshly renewed iZombie (0.3).

Monday, May 14, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 5/13/18


FINALS UPDATE: American Idol (1.7) and Genius Junior (0.6) adjusted up while Genius Junior (0.5) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • NBC had two-hour finales for Genius Junior (0.6/0.5) and the still pending Timeless (0.6/0.6), which was up a tenth from last week. The ratings could shift a bit due to a nearly 15 minute golf overrun.
  • On ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos (1.2) got a little NBA bump and American Idol (1.6) should be even or down a tenth from last week if it gets its usual finals surge. The recently cancelled Deception remained at 0.7.
  • CBS preempted this week's Instinct; though that turned out not to be a death knell for the show, 60 Minutes (0.8) did improve the 8/7c hour a touch. NCIS: Los Angeles stayed at 0.8 as it prepares for a two-hour finale next week, and Madam Secretary inched up to 0.6.
  • And Fox also got a little improvement with NBC-bound Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.8), Family Guy (1.0) and a 9:30 edition of Bob's Burgers (0.8).

2018 Upfront Answers: Fox


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

Fox's upfront previews: Renewology | Upfront Questions

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





Sunday, May 13, 2018

2018 Upfront Answers: NBC


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

NBC's upfront previews: Renewology | Upfront Questions

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





Saturday, May 12, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Friday 5/11/18


FINALS UPDATE: Blue Bloods (0.9) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • It was an uptick night for CBS dramas Hawaii Five-0 (0.8) and Blue Bloods (0.8), even though they got little help from the return of Undercover Boss in celebrity form (0.6). This was below everything the Boss did in its late-season Friday run last year (0.8/0.7/0.9/0.8).
  • Everything on ABC (0.5/0.5/0.5) was also up a notch, but NBC's Blindspot (0.5) and Dateline (0.6/0.7) along with the CW dramas (0.1/0.1) were closer to even. Fox was close to its usual MasterChef Junior levels with a two-hour Meghan Markle special (0.6/0.7).

Friday, May 11, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 5/10/18


FINALS UPDATE: Grey's Anatomy (1.9), The Big Bang Theory (2.9) and Young Sheldon (2.2) adjusted up while Quantico (0.4), Supernatural (0.4, -0.2) and Arrow (0.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The wedding season finale on The Big Bang Theory (2.8) did not get the show anywhere close to its season premiere heights, but it was still ahead of last season's 2.7 finale, up at least four tenths from last week, and the show's best rating since February 1. And the momentum continued throughout the night, with Young Sheldon (2.1) up two tenths, the first half of the Mom finale (1.5) up a tenth from last week, Mom at 9:30 (1.3) handily outperforming Life in Pieces, and S.W.A.T. (0.9) also up a notch.
  • It was also a momentous night on Grey's Anatomy (1.8), which was up at least two tenths at 8/7c. But that was no help to Station 19 (0.9), which dropped at 9/8c. Quantico settled in at 0.5 at 10/9c. 
  •  NBC also fared better than usual with a double-length Chicago Fire season finale (0.9/1.1), and Fox was up a tenth with Gotham (0.7) and Showtime At the Apollo (0.6). The CW (0.6/0.4) is pending a baseball preemption in New York.

2018 Upfront Questions: The CW


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

On each night, you can see the network's average 2017-18 ratings with its most frequent occupant in three different sub-sections of the year: "fall" (premiere week through December 31), "winter" (January 1 to the beginning of Daylight Saving Time) and "spring" (the start of DST through Thursday, May 3). You can also switch from the A18-49 ratings to the True ratings, which should make the comparisons across nights and across the season a bit more fair.

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

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


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 5/9/18


FINALS UPDATE: The Blacklist (0.8) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC had a very mixed night, with some recovery for Modern Family (1.3) and American Housewife (1.1) in the 9:00 hour. But Alex, Inc. (0.7) and Designated Survivor (0.5) both plummeted to what they had been doing in late April with much less lead-in support. For Designated, that included its first ever 0.2 in adults 18-34.
  • The other networks provided a mix of steadiness and one-tenth drops. NBC's The Blacklist fell to its first 0.7, while Law and Order: SVU (which was renewed while the episode was airing on the East Coast) inched down to 1.1. The Chicago PD finale stayed at 1.2.
  • Fox's Empire (1.6) and the CW's The Originals (0.3) also shed a tenth preliminarily, but Star (1.2) and Riverdale (0.4) matched last week. Everything on CBS (1.5/0.9/0.7) was even.

2018 Upfront Questions: CBS


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

On each night, you can see the network's average 2017-18 ratings with its most frequent occupant in three different sub-sections of the year: "fall" (premiere week through December 31), "winter" (January 1 to the beginning of Daylight Saving Time) and "spring" (the start of DST through Thursday, May 3). You can also switch from the A18-49 ratings to the True ratings, which should make the comparisons across nights and across the season a bit more fair.

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

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


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 5/8/18


FINALS UPDATE: The Voice (1.3) and Chicago Med (1.1) adjusted up while Bull (1.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • NCIS said goodbye to original cast member Pauley Perrette with a season high-tying 1.6 demo rating, up at least four tenths from last week. The boost definitely carried through to Bull (1.3), which was up two tenths, but NCIS: New Orleans (0.8) somehow dropped at 10/9c.
  • Even a much bigger NCIS was unable to faze Roseanne (2.6), as it matched last week's final and beat last week's prelim. The Middle (1.5) and Black-ish (1.2) also tied last week, but the network was down a tenth in the second half of the evening with Splitting Up Together (1.0) and For the People (0.5).
  • Fox's Lethal Weapon (0.8) was up in what turned out to be Clayne Crawford's final episode, while a move to doubling up at 9/8c did nothing for New Girl (0.5/0.5). NBC (1.2/0.7/1.0) matched last week and the CW was actually on the upswing with both The Flash (0.7) and The 100 (0.4).

2018 Upfront Questions: ABC


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

On each night, you can see the network's average 2017-18 ratings with its most frequent occupant in three different sub-sections of the year: "fall" (premiere week through December 31), "winter" (January 1 to the beginning of Daylight Saving Time) and "spring" (the start of DST through Thursday, May 3). You can also switch from the A18-49 ratings to the True ratings, which should make the comparisons across nights and across the season a bit more fair.

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

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


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Monday 5/7/18


FINALS UPDATE: Dancing with the Stars (1.0), Man with a Plan (0.9), The Voice (1.5) and Supergirl (0.5) adjusted up while The Resident (0.8) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Guest spots from Chris Rock and Adam Sandler brought the still not-yet-renewed Kevin Can Wait back up to 1.0 for its second season finale. But the momentum did not extend later in the night, as Man with a Plan (0.8) and Superior Donuts (0.7) stayed even. (Both will be original again next week following a The Big Bang Theory repeat.) Elementary (0.6) was also steady.
  • NBC had the return of Running Wild with Bear Grylls (0.9), which is back on a regularly-scheduled basis for the first time in two years. It matched last week's Good Girls finale, but The Voice (1.4/1.5) gave back all of its uptick from last week.
  • Fox's Lucifer (0.7) and The Resident (0.9) were both on the rebound after last week's lows. On ABC, the second week of Dancing with the Stars (0.9/1.0) was down a tenth or two from last week's premiere, while The Crossing (0.5) matched last week. And the CW's iZombie (0.3) is hoping for an uptick as a final decision on its fate awaits.

2018 Upfront Questions: Fox


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

On each night, you can see the network's average 2017-18 ratings with its most frequent occupant in three different sub-sections of the year: "fall" (premiere week through December 31), "winter" (January 1 to the beginning of Daylight Saving Time) and "spring" (the start of DST through Thursday, May 3). You can also switch from the A18-49 ratings to the True ratings, which should make the comparisons across nights and across the season a bit more fair.

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

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


Monday, May 7, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 5/6/18


FINALS UPDATE: American Idol (1.8) adjusted up while America's Funniest Home Videos (1.0) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Only a bit of the Disney bounce wore off for American Idol (1.7/1.6), which was down just a tenth from last week's prelims in each hour. If it can actually pull off an adjustment to 1.8, that would be the show's best rating other than Disney Night since week two. America's Funniest Home Videos (1.1) and Deception (0.7) were also down a tenth.
  • Little Big Shots left the NBC schedule, saving its remaining episodes for a summer run, and an extra original of Genius Junior (0.5) did much worse than even the diminished LBS. The 9/8c Genius (0.6) and Timeless (0.5) were not really any worse than usual.
  • On its season/series finale night, The Last Man on Earth tried to make one last case, holding at 0.7 despite a drop from Family Guy (0.9) and actually pulling into a tie with Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.7), which was down two tenths at 8:30. CBS got upticks from Instinct (0.7) and NCIS: Los Angeles (0.8), but Madam Secretary (0.5) was down.

2018 Upfront Questions: NBC


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

On each night, you can see the network's average 2017-18 ratings with its most frequent occupant in three different sub-sections of the year: "fall" (premiere week through December 31), "winter" (January 1 to the beginning of Daylight Saving Time) and "spring" (the start of DST through Thursday, May 3). You can also switch from the A18-49 ratings to the True ratings, which should make the comparisons across nights and across the season a bit more fair.

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

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


Sunday, May 6, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Friday 5/4/18


FINALS UPDATE: MasterChef Junior (0.7) adjusted up while Dynasty (0.1) and Life Sentence (0.1) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • On season finale night for MacGyver (0.6), it was a terrible night for all three of the CBS dramas. Mac hit its first ever 0.6 just a week after its first ever 0.7; Hawaii Five-0 fell to 0.7 after never getting below 0.9 all season; and Blue Bloods (0.7) found a new series low as well.
  • Fox's MasterChef Junior (0.6/0.7) was also on the downswing in its return from an NFL Draft preemption last week, and ABC's Once Upon a Time (0.4) gave back last week's uptick while NBC was even with Blindspot (0.5) and Dateline (0.7). The only network that appears to have upward momentum is the CW (0.2/0.2), but it looks like there's a preemption here as Life Sentence would be up by over 100% in total viewers.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 5/3/18


FINALS UPDATE: The Big Bang Theory (2.4) and Gotham (0.6) adjusted up while Station 19 (1.0), Life in Pieces (1.0) and Showtime At the Apollo (0.5) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers to come. NBC aired its final comedies of the 2017-18 regular season with the finales of Superstore, A.P. Bio and Champions.

SpotVault - Colony (USA) - Summer 2018 Ratings



2018 Upfront Renewology: The CW


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

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 5/2/18


FINALS UPDATE: Modern Family (1.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC's The Goldbergs (1.2), Modern Family (1.3) and American Housewife (0.9) returned to originals after two weeks off, and Goldbergs and Housewife are both eyeing new lows in the prelims. Alex, Inc. (0.8) and Designated Survivor (0.6) both bounced back a bit with more lead-in support.
  • It was a healthier return for NBC's Law and Order: SVU (1.2) and Chicago PD (1.2), with SVU amazingly two tenths above the year-ago evening (when it was facing a strong Criminal Minds episode). The Blacklist continued with 0.8's at 8/7c.
  • Fox's Empire (1.7) and Star (1.2) along with CBS' Survivor (1.5), SEAL Team (0.9) and Code Black (0.7) were all close to last week, with SEAL inching up from last week's low. On the CW, Riverdale and The Originals each hit 0.4 again.

2018 Upfront Renewology: CBS


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

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 5/1/18


FINALS UPDATE: Roseanne (2.6) and Chicago Med (1.0) adjusted up while The 100 (0.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Back from a week off, the gigahit days came to an end for Roseanne (2.5), which shed close to a quarter of its demo rating from two weeks ago. This single week-to-week drop wouldn't have looked so severe if Johnny Galecki hadn't been on the episode two weeks ago, but the show is now in a territory where we can't completely rule out it falling out of 300 A18-49+ territory for the season (though it would need more steep drops to come).
  • Later in the night, The Middle (1.5) took a similar drop (in its case compared with three weeks ago). Black-ish (1.2) and Splitting Up Together (1.1) were actually up from the Alex, Inc. night two weeks ago, and down just a tenth from when they led out of The Middle three weeks ago. And For the People clawed its way back up to 0.6 at 10/9c.
  • CBS' dramas (1.2/1.1/0.9) were also back from a week off and basically matched two weeks ago, but things got really ugly for Fox's Lethal Weapon (0.7), LA to Vegas (0.5) and New Girl (0.5), as well as The Voice (1.2) on NBC. Rise stayed at 0.7 and Chicago Med (0.9) inched down.
  • On the CW, The Flash matched last week's 0.6, while The 100 will be hoping to hang onto a second straight 0.4 in finals.

2018 Upfront Renewology: ABC


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

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Monday 4/30/18


FINALS UPDATE: The Voice (1.7) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Dancing with the Stars (1.2/1.1) made a much later than usual appearance on the spring scene, opening up a four-week May sweeps event. Based on the premiere ratings, that reduction was warranted; it was barely over half of last spring's 2.1 premiere. Maybe that comparison is a bit unfair since that premiere was late March rather than the end of April, but it's still way down in Plus from the 1.6ish it was doing at this time a year ago.
    • It also dealt a seeming death blow to genre lead-out The Crossing (0.5), which had been holding up OK after Idol but collapsed by two precious tenths this week.
  • DWTS' arrival was seemingly a good thing for The Voice (1.6), which was up at least a tenth from last week, while the Good Girls season finale (0.9) preliminarily matched last week.
  • But it was a mostly down night for the scripted options elsewhere. CBS' Kevin Can Wait (0.8) and Superior Donuts (0.7) are eyeing new lows, sandwiching an even Man with a Plan (0.8). Elementary (0.6) took over for a mostly-summer run in the 10/9c hour and was a notch below Scorpion's season low.
  • Fox's Lucifer (0.6) and The Resident (0.8) were also down a tenth, though CW's Supergirl (0.5) bucked the trend and eked out an uptick.

SpotVault - Elementary (CBS) - 2018 Ratings



SpotVault - Dancing with the Stars (ABC) - 2018 Ratings



2018 Upfront Renewology: Fox


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

Monday, April 30, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 4/29/18


FINALS UPDATE: American Idol (1.9) and The Simpsons (1.0) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Disney Night came to American Idol as the show went live in all time zones. It got a major week-to-week bounce even in the preliminary ratings (1.8/1.7), and I'm assuming it would be subject to more upward adjustment than usual given the new arrangement? Stay tuned. Also on the upswing were its surrounding programs, America's Funniest Home Videos (1.2) and Deception (0.8), by two tenths apiece if they manage to hold in finals.
  • Against a bigger ABC, the CBS dramas (0.6/0.7/0.6) and NBC reality (0.8/0.6) stayed really low, though NBC's Timeless (0.6) did get a useful uptick at 10/9c. Fox had a better night, as Bob's Burgers (0.8) and The Simpsons (0.9) were even while Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.9), Family Guy (1.0) and The Last Man on Earth (0.7) all went up.

2018 Upfront Renewology: NBC


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

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Friday 4/27/18


WHAT MATTERS:
  • Night two of NFL Draft coverage on Fox (0.6/0.6/0.5) was actually a little worse than the usual MasterChef Junior rating. It was behind the CBS dramas (0.7/0.9/0.8) and about on par with NBC's Blindspot (0.5) / Dateline (0.6/0.7) in the nightly race.
  • On ABC, Agents of SHIELD (0.4) mercifully did not get any lower on Avengers premiere weekend, and Once Upon a Time (0.5) actually edged up.
  • The CW's Life Sentence made its move to Friday with a familiar 0.1, and its preliminary total viewership (495,000) was actually above the last couple Wednesday episodes. Dynasty eked out a 0.2 at 8/7c.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 4/26/18


FINALS UPDATE: Grey's Anatomy (1.5), The Big Bang Theory (2.0), Young Sheldon (1.8) and Supernatural (0.5) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC's Quantico (0.5) was back for season three to begin a 13-episode run that will extend deep into the summer. It led out of new season lows for Grey's Anatomy (1.4) and Station 19 (0.9). Quantico tied its lowest rating from last year, but last year it actually once had a 0.5 with a 1.8 lead-in!
  • On Fox, the NFL Draft (1.1/1.2/1.1) made its broadcast network debut with a simulcast of the NFL Network production. It was nowhere close to what the draft did on ESPN last year (2.78), but it will be worth keeping an eye on whether it made a dent in ESPN's usual delivery. In households, ESPN went from 4.8 last year to 3.9 this year.
  • There was a vintage Draft night bloodbath (with some help from The Avengers as well) on the other broadcast networks, especially in the 8:00 hour when the Draft is at its strongest. The Big Bang Theory (1.9) took a half-point hit, while Young Sheldon (1.7) was down two tenths, but CBS held up better later in the night with Mom (1.3), Life in Pieces (1.0) and S.W.A.T. (0.8).
  • NBC's Superstore (0.7) and A.P. Bio (0.5) fell to new lows in the 8:00 hour, while Champions held at 0.4 and Chicago Fire (0.9) was down a tenth. And the CW's Supernatural (0.4) and Arrow (0.3) were also on the low end.

    SpotVault - Quantico (ABC) - 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - Archer (FXX) - 2018 Ratings



    The 2017-18 Renew/Cancel Big Board


    It's the return of the Renew/Cancel Big Board: a live record of what's renewed, what's cancelled and what's to be determined on broadcast TV as news comes in during the newsiest days of the TV year. Below the table, there's an also live-updating timeline, because it might be neat to look back on what time everything happens. (Here's last year's version.)

    This year I am trying to capture the entire 2017-18 renew/cancel timeline, dating back to decisions made in 2016. Beginning on Monday, May 7, the timeline will start including the time like last year. Before the craziness arrives, please let me know of any omissions or errors. (Also, please refer to the disclaimer at the bottom, as that might cover some of your suggestions.) Thanks!

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 4/25/18


    FINALS UPDATE: Modern Family (R) (0.8) and Empire (1.7) adjusted up.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Things got darker for the CBS drama lineup with Criminal Minds out of the picture on Wednesday, as SEAL Team (0.8) dropped two tenths to tie its series low while Code Black (0.7) returned to the 10/9c hour after over 14 months off. That tied Code Black's 0.7 low from last season (in November 2016 against Game 7 of the World Series), but everything else last season was a 0.9 or higher.
    • And those CBS results came even as NBC's heavy hitters were in repeats (0.6/0.7); only The Blacklist (0.8) at 8/7c was original. ABC also snuck in repeats of its comedy anchors (0.7/0.7) on the eve of sweeps, going original with Alex, Inc. at 8:30 (0.7) and 9:30 (0.6). With an Alex lead-in, Designated Survivor fell to its first 0.5 at 10/9c.
    • Fox was down but still dominant with Empire (1.6) and Star (1.2), while the CW's The Originals was able to hold onto last week's nice 0.4 premiere rating.

    SpotVault - Code Black (CBS) - 2018 Ratings



    Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 4/24/18


    FINALS UPDATE: The Voice (1.6), Chicago Med (1.0) and LA to Vegas (0.7) adjusted up while Deception (0.7) and Rise (0.7) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • It was the first Tuesday in five weeks without an original episode of Roseanne, but it didn't stop ABC from taking another Tuesday title on the back of four strong Roseanne repeats (1.3/1.3/1.5/1.5). It was big enough to even provide some lift for Deception (0.8), which (if it can hang on after finals) outrated its last couple Sunday airings on a special night.
    • On the CW, The 100 (0.4) was back for season five in solid fashion following a low-end The Flash (0.6). It tied last year's premiere, which also had a 0.6 lead-in (from Arrow).
    • The other 8/7c originals may have benefited a bit from the Roseanne break, as Lethal Weapon (0.9) was up a tick and The Voice (1.5) was even and may be up after finals. However, Fox's comedies were stuck at 0.6/0.6, and NBC saw another 0.8 from Rise leading into an oddly large drop to 0.9 for Chicago Med. CBS (0.7/0.7/0.6) was in repeats.

    SpotVault - The 100 (CW) - 2018 Ratings



    A18-49+: 2018 Ratings Races to Watch in the Last Month


    Four weeks from the end of the season, here's a quick look at how the 2017-18 ratings landscape is going to look.

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Monday 4/23/18


    FINALS UPDATE: The Resident (0.9) adjusted up.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • American Idol (1.3/1.4) drew closer than ever to The Voice (1.5) on Monday, though that was more about The Voice than Idol; preliminarily, it was down a whooping three tenths week-to-week, while Idol was close to even. 10/9c dramas The Crossing (0.7) and Good Girls (0.9) matched last week's finals.
    • CBS' originals took the night off in favor of Sheldon-verse repeats (1.0/1.0/1.0/1.0), which as always meant better ratings than the usual occupants. A Carpool Karaoke special (0.8) also improved the 10/9c hour vs. last week's Scorpion finale. Elsewhere, Fox's The Resident (0.8) along with CW's Supergirl (0.4) and iZombie (0.2) ticked down.

    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 4/22/18


    WHAT MATTERS:
    • All the regular broadcast lineups were back in place on Sunday, which helped American Idol (1.5) to rebound by multiple tenths. But that was no help to its lead-out Deception, which tanked to 0.6 for the first time as it prepares for a special original following a Roseanne repeat marathon on Tuesday.
    • The CBS dramas were back, and roughly in line with three weeks ago when they didn't have help from The Masters. That meant a return to 0.6 for Instinct and a small drop for NCIS: Los Angeles (0.8), while Madam Secretary matched last week's 0.6.
    • On Fox, Family Guy (0.9) returned but was unable to boost The Last Man on Earth (0.6), while Bob's Burgers (0.8) and The Simpsons (0.9) gave back last week's upticks. All things NBC matched last week (0.6/0.8/0.6/0.5)

    SpotVault - Westworld (HBO) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - Into the Badlands (AMC) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    Friday, April 20, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Thursday 4/19/18


    FINALS UPDATE: Grey's Anatomy (1.7) adjusted up while S.W.A.T. (0.8), Supernatural (0.5) and Arrow (0.3) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Table will be posted on Sunday.

    Thursday, April 19, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 4/18/18


    FINALS UPDATE: Modern Family (R) (0.8), The Voice (1.5) and Empire (1.8) adjusted up.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • With The Voice (1.4) airing at 8/7c, NBC's Law and Order: SVU (1.4) and Chicago PD (1.2) got a big jolt. (In addition to Voice, they usually bounce back from their first episodes after hiatus anyway.)
    • Against a stronger NBC, CBS' Criminal Minds (1.0/0.9) did fairly typical ratings with its two-hour season finale. It could turn out to be a series finale, but Minds did get at least one more return to the Wednesday 9/8c hour it occupied for 12 years. Survivor (1.6) matched last week.
    • Empire (1.7) was nicked a bit against The Voice, but alongside Star (1.3) was still enough for another Wednesday victory on Fox. 
    • ABC's Alex, Inc. (0.6) went straight from the Roseanne lead-in on Tuesday to a repeat of The Goldbergs (0.7) on Wednesday, tanking to three tenths behind what it did after an original last week. The only other ABC original Designated Survivor held onto its 0.6 at 10/9c.
    • And with Life Sentence exiled to Friday, the CW welcomed The Originals (0.4) to the night to air its final season, where it continued the impressive streak it began on Friday last season. Unless it adjusts down, it will finish ahead of anything Dynasty or Life Sentence have done there all season. Riverdale's musical episode (0.4) inched off of its low from three weeks ago.

    SpotVault - The Originals (CW) - 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - The Expanse (Syfy) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 4/17/18


    FINALS UPDATE: Alex, Inc. (1.3), NCIS (1.2), Lethal Weapon (0.8) and The Flash (0.7) adjusted up while For the People (0.5) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • In Johnny Galecki's return to Roseanne (3.4), the show took little to no week-to-week drop as it heads into a repeat night next week. This week, the gigahit lead-in juice was squandered on a special Tuesday showing of Wednesday comedy Alex, Inc. (1.2), which took an enormous drop relative to last week's The Middle (2.0). That difference resonated later in the night, as Black-ish (1.1) and Splitting Up Together (1.0) each fell by two more tenths.
    • It was a rough night elsewhere on the big four, especially in the 8/7c hour as CBS' NCIS (1.1) got rolled in its return after a week off and NCIS: New Orleans (0.8) also fell to a new low (though Bull (1.1) held up better).
    • Fox also saw a big 8/7c drop with Lethal Weapon (0.7) in its second episode of the spring, while LA to Vegas (0.6) and New Girl (0.6) fell as well. And NBC was down at 8/7c with The Voice (1.5), but Rise stayed at 0.8 and Chicago Med somehow managed an increase to 1.2.
    • And the CW said goodbye to a highly successful season one of Black Lightning with another 0.5, while The Flash was stuck at last week's 0.6.

    Tuesday, April 17, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Monday 4/16/18


    FINALS UPDATE: American Idol (1.4) and The Voice (1.8) adjusted up while Good Girls (0.9) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Fox dramas Lucifer (0.7) and The Resident (0.9) were back from multiple weeks off, with the latter impressing once again, while the CW's Supergirl did well to hold onto a 0.5 in its first episode in over two months. Preliminarily, it also brought iZombie (0.3) up a notch with it.
    • The Monday reality staples were both down, but NBC's The Voice (1.8/1.7) pulled a little farther ahead of ABC's American Idol (1.3/1.4). The same was true in the 10/9c drama duel as Good Girls looks to hold onto another 1.0 while The Crossing (0.7) inched down again in week three.
    • CBS' Kevin Can Wait (0.9) and Man with a Plan (0.8) ticked down, while Superior Donuts (0.8) and Living Biblically (0.6) were even. Scorpion (0.7) also matched last week as it wrapped up for the season, with an uncertain future awaiting.

    Monday, April 16, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 4/15/18


    FINALS UPDATE: Little Big Shots (0.8) and Bob's Burgers (0.9) adjusted up while Genius Junior (0.6) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.8) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • CBS had a turn at Sunday dominance with the Academy of Country Music Awards (2.0/2.3/2.1), two weeks later in April than last year, and were very close to even with last year's 2.1 rating.
    • ABC had a decidedly mixed night as the spring late afternoon NBA playoffs boost really kicked in for America's Funniest Home Videos (1.2), then American Idol (1.3) fell to a season low against the ACMs, then the network zoomed back up to a big 1.7 average in the 10/9c thanks to its George Stephanopoulos interview with James Comey.
    • On NBC, Little Big Shots (0.7) got clobbered, though Genius Junior managed to hold onto its 0.7 at 9/8c. In a much busier than usual 10/9c hour, Timeless fell to its first 0.5.
    • Fox was unaffected in the 8/7c hour as The Simpsons (1.0) inched back into the ones and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.9) was up at 8:30 as well. But a special second Brooklyn (0.7) took a dip at 9/8c, and so did The Last Man on Earth (0.6).

    Saturday, April 14, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Friday 4/13/18


    FINALS UPDATE: Agents of SHIELD (0.5) adjusted up while Taken (0.4) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • The big four bumped their 9:00 Eastern/8:00 Central programming forward by approximately 15 minutes due to a live presidential address, so the preliminary averages for everything in the last two hours will be a bit scrambled.
    • This interruption came on the first night that Fox's MasterChef Junior (0.7/0.7) went to originals in both hours, and it was down a tenth from last week. ABC (0.4/0.4/0.4) also seemed to take a hit on this night, while CBS (0.8/0.9/0.8) and NBC (0.5/0.6/0.7) looked relatively steady.

    Friday, April 13, 2018

    Thursday, April 12, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 4/11/18


    FINALS UPDATE: The Goldbergs (1.3), Survivor (1.6) and Empire (1.9) adjusted up while Harry Potter: A History of Magic (0.2) and Masters of Illusion (R) (0.1) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Fox continued to rule on Wednesday as Empire (1.8) and Star (1.3) promisingly matched last week. Empire was only around -20%ish year-to-year, which is a marked improvement.
    • In week three, ABC's Alex, Inc. managed to hold onto its 0.9, despite it being a down night for all the other comedies (1.2/1.4/1.1).
    • All the CBS/NBC dramas were back in play with NBC's The Blacklist (0.8), Law and Order: SVU (1.1) and Chicago PD (1.1) all coming in on the low side, something we've seen before when SVU and PD return from multi-week hiatuses. CBS' Criminal Minds (0.9) was also down against the return of PD, though SEAL Team (1.0) actually inched up despite a lower lead-in from Survivor (1.5).

    Wednesday, April 11, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 4/10/18


    FINALS UPDATE: Roseanne (3.5), The Middle (2.0) and Lethal Weapon (0.9) adjusted up while Black-ish (1.3) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • ABC's Roseanne (3.4) stayed in giga-hit territory in week three, dropping by 0.5 in the prelims for a low-teens decline week-to-week. The other comedies The Middle (1.9), Black-ish (1.4) and Splitting Up Together (1.2) followed in similar fashion, with SUT falling just a bit farther behind its Black-ish lead-in this time. At 10/9c, the aura finally wore off for For the People, which crashed back to the 0.6 it pulled in the last week pre-Roseanne.
    • On Fox, New Girl (0.7) was back for its final season at 9:30, airing its first new episode in over a calendar year. It didn't look particularly different from what The Mick had been doing in the hour, and fell behind everything it did last season. Lethal Weapon (0.8) also returned from hiatus on Fox, dropping to a new season low in its first episode since Daylight Saving Time.
    • ABC may have gotten some help from lighter competition on the other two networks; NBC's The Voice (1.3) was in recap special mode (though Rise (0.8) and Chicago Med (1.1) held steady), while CBS went with an NCIS repeat (0.7) and a two-hour Elton John special (1.0/0.9). On the CW, The Flash returned to a new low 0.6.

    SpotVault - The Last OG (TBS) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - Ransom (CBS) - 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - New Girl (Fox) - 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - Imposters (BRAVO) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    Tuesday, April 10, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Monday 4/9/18


    FINALS UPDATE: American Idol (1.6) and Kevin Can Wait (1.0) adjusted up.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • ABC's The Crossing had a decent week two hold, dropping just a tenth to 0.8 in week two, and with a 0.9 -> 0.8 breakdown it looks relatively unlikely to hit a 0.7 after finals. It had some help as American Idol (1.5) was up at least a tenth from last week's low against the basketball game.
    • But NBC's Good Girls (1.0) took sole possession of the lead at 10/9c, and will hope to hold in the ones for the first time in three weeks after finals. In the first two hours, The Voice (1.8/1.9) was roughly even.
    • CBS was back from a week off, steady in the first half of the night with Kevin Can Wait (0.9), Man with a Plan (0.9) and Superior Donuts (0.8). But Living Biblically (0.6) plunged to a new low at 9:30, and Scorpion (0.7) was down as well. The season finale of Legends of Tomorrow (0.4) as well as iZombie (0.2) were even on the CW.

    Monday, April 9, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 4/8/18


    FINALS UPDATE: America's Funniest Home Videos (R) (0.9) adjusted up.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • CBS had another dose of Sunday sports assistance in the late afternoon with the final round of the Masters golf tournament. It didn't spill over into primetime at all, but still had a tangible effect on 60 Minutes (1.5) and Instinct (0.9), and helped NCIS: Los Angeles (0.9) and Madam Secretary (0.6) a bit as well.
    • ABC's American Idol (1.5) and Deception (0.7) both fell, while Fox got a couple upticks with Bob's Burgers (0.8) and The Last Man on Earth (0.7). NBC's Little Big Shots (0.9), Genius Junior (0.7) and Timeless (0.6) were all even after a week off.

    Saturday, April 7, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Friday 4/6/18


    FINALS UPDATE: Agents of SHIELD (0.6) adjusted up.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • NBC's Taken (0.4) began a two-week stop in the 8/7c hour with Blindspot on hiatus. It did bounce back a touch from last week's first-ever 0.3, but was still below anything Blindspot has done there this season. This allowed Dateline (0.7) to expand back to two hours, which was a positive for the network's ratings.
    • CBS' Hawaii Five-0 (0.9) and Blue Bloods (0.8) each shed a tenth, ABC's Once Upon a Time (0.5) and Agents of SHIELD (0.5) were even, and Jane the Virgin returned from a week off with a 0.2 on the CW.

    Friday, April 6, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Thursday 4/5/18


    FINALS UPDATE: Grey's Anatomy (1.7) and The Big Bang Theory (2.4) adjusted up while Mom (1.3), Supernatural (0.4) and Arrow (0.3) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • It was another mixed bag on ABC Thursday, as Station 19 (1.0) suggested that it overachieved some last week and slid back by two tenths in week three. But Scandal (0.9) went the opposite way, upticking from its rough start in the 10/9c hour last week.
    • Elsewhere, the CBS comedies (2.4/1.9/1.3/0.9) all inched down in their second weeks after March Madness. Fox (0.7/0.6) and NBC (0.8/0.6/0.9/0.5/1.0) matched last week, meaning no finale uptick for Will and Grace (0.9). And the CW's Supernatural (0.4) and Arrow (0.3) got destroyed in the finals due to an NYC baseball preemption, posting their lowest numbers since Thanksgiving.

    Thursday, April 5, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 4/4/18


    FINALS UPDATE: The Goldbergs (1.4), Survivor (1.7) and Empire (1.8) adjusted up while Designated Survivor (0.6) and Life Sentence (0.1) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • ABC's new sitcom Alex, Inc. (0.9) took a two-tenth drop in week two, putting it behind anything Speechless did with an original The Goldbergs lead-in. (Speechless did get to a 0.9 on March 14 when it led off the night.) It was a low-end night for Goldbergs (1.3) as well, though Modern Family (1.5) perked up a bit at 9/8c. American Housewife (1.2) and Designated Survivor (0.7) looked pretty standard.
    • Fox stayed on top on Wednesday with Empire (1.7) and Star (1.3) both down 10-15% from last week's spring premieres.
    • On CBS, SEAL Team was off for the night and replaced by an NCIS repeat (0.7) at 9/8c. Surrounding it, Survivor (1.6) and Criminal Minds (1.0) both inched down. The Blacklist (0.9) was the only NBC original, and the CW's Life Sentence (0.2) came up from last week despite a repeat lead-in.

    SpotVault - Legion (FX) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - Famous in Love (Freeform) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    Wednesday, April 4, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 4/3/18


    FINALS UPDATE: Rise (0.8) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • ABC's Roseanne revival phenomenon (3.9) came only part of the way back to ratings reality in week two, staying very close to what was the previous highest regular episode on broadcast this season: 4.1 for The Big Bang Theory's season premiere. It's a little steeper drop than the typical week two of a new show, but still a smaller decline than Will and Grace saw in its second week back. Considering the unthinkable point it was starting from, that goes down as a win.
    • This week, Roseanne was only a half hour, and The Middle (2.2) returned to begin its final stretch of episodes at 8:30. That was easily a season high for Middle, and its first time in the twos since January 2016. The 9:00 hour fell hard with much-reduced lead-in support, but Black-ish (1.5) still tied with the season premiere for the second-biggest episode of the season. And Splitting Up Together (1.4) once again exhibited great retention at 9:30. For the People (0.8) was down just a tenth at 10/9c.
    • A few viewers migrated back to the other networks, as NBC's The Voice (1.8), Rise (0.9) and Chicago Med (1.1) were all up a notch from last week. CBS' Bull (1.2) and Fox's LA to Vegas (0.7) also edged up.

    Tuesday, April 3, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Monday 4/2/18


    FINALS UPDATE: The Crossing (0.9) adjusted down. The basketball game averaged a 4.09 on TBS + 0.55 on TNT + 0.19 on TruTV.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • ABC began life after The Good Doctor with new genre drama The Crossing (1.0) premiering in unspectacular fashion at 10/9c. This kind of show doesn't have a great history of holding up well post-premiere, but it was available online for awhile and faced a big basketball game last night. The network's mojo was also a bit diminished earlier in the night, as American Idol (1.4) was down multiple tenths from 8:00 to 10:00.
    • NBC's The Voice (1.9) also ticked down, though Good Girls preliminarily was able to stay even at 0.9. The other two networks mostly sat out against TBS' NCAA basketball championship, though in CBS' case that meant doing better numbers than usual with repeats of the Sheldon shows (1.3/1.2/1.1). That helped bump the lone original Living Biblically (0.8) up a notch.
    • On the CW, Legends of Tomorrow (0.4) was even and iZombie took the night off in favor of a Penn and Teller: Fool Us special (0.3).

    SpotVault - The Crossing (ABC) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - Siren (Freeform) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    Monday, April 2, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 4/1/18


    FINALS UPDATE: Dateline (0.8) and Bob's Burgers (0.7) adjusted up.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • On Easter Sunday, NBC got much better numbers than its usual lineup thanks to special Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert, which averaged a 1.7 from 8:00 to 10:00 and a 1.5 in the 10:00 half-hour (when it handed off to a special Dateline (0.7) to round out the night). That gave it a narrow head-to-head edge against American Idol (1.6), which was down just a tenth for ABC. After Idol, Deception (0.8) is eyeing an uptick preliminarily but has been getting some savage downward adjustments in finals.
    • On CBS, Instinct (0.6) got its first airing with a non-sports-inflated 60 Minutes (0.7), and the results were not pretty as it went even below Wisdom of the Crowd's series low. NCIS: Los Angeles managed to pull CBS back up to a 0.8 at 9/8c, but Madam Secretary tanked right back to 0.5 at 10/9c.
    • Fox's animated anchors The Simpsons (0.9) and Family Guy (0.9) were even, but there were some downticks at the bottoms of the hour with Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.8), The Last Man on Earth (0.6) and especially Bob's Burgers (0.6).

    Spotted Ratings, Friday 3/30/18


    FINALS UPDATE: Blindspot (0.6) adjusted up while Dynasty (0.2) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • CBS Friday returned after March Madness with a strong night for Hawaii Five-0 (1.0), back into the ones for the first time in almost two months. Surrounding it, MacGyver (0.8) inched down and Blue Bloods (0.9) was even.
    • On ABC, Once Upon a Time (0.5) picked up a notch but 20/20 (0.4) lost one at 10/9c. A tough week for NBC continued with Blindspot (0.5) and Taken (0.3) somehow getting even lower. Fox's MasterChef Junior (0.8) was steady.
    • And the CW's Dynasty (0.3) will be looking to pull off the elusive +200% growth in rounded numbers. (I'm thinking there may be a preemption involved here, but we'll see!)

    Friday, March 30, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Thursday 3/29/18


    FINALS UPDATE: Grey's Anatomy (1.8), The Big Bang Theory (2.5) and Chicago Fire (1.0) adjusted up while S.W.A.T. (0.8) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • With no direct Chicago Fire competition, it was a nice second week for the Grey's Anatomy spin-off Station 19 (1.2), actually on the uptick week-to-week from its two-hour average last week (and matching what it did in just the 9:00 hour). That came despite a drop from its lead-in Grey's Anatomy (1.7). But the network had much worse news in the 10/9c hour as Scandal (0.8) had a rough start to its final four episodes. It shouldn't be a surprise that the 10/9c hour is much tougher than the situation Scandal previously had, but even the previous occupant How to Get Away with Murder only got down to 0.8 once this season.
    • CBS was back from its March Madness hiatus and on the low end with The Big Bang Theory (2.4), Young Sheldon (2.0), Mom (1.4), Life in Pieces (1.0) and S.W.A.T. (0.9). But that was nothing compared to the massacre on NBC, as stalwarts Superstore (0.8), Will and Grace (0.9) and Chicago Fire (0.9) all went fractional while A.P. Bio (0.6) and Champions (0.5) fell to new lows of their own.
    • Fox (0.7/0.6) matched last week while the CW's Supernatural (0.7) is eyeing a big uptick for a Scooby Doo-themed episode.

    Thursday, March 29, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 3/28/18


    FINALS UPDATE: SEAL Team (0.9) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • ABC's extensive rollout kept on churning with new sitcom Alex, Inc. (1.1) premiering at 8:30 between The Goldbergs (1.4) and Modern Family (1.4). It basically looked like a typical episode of Speechless on premiere night. So it kinda depends on how you feel about how Speechless was doing, but there's certainly not a ton of room to maneuver for Alex. The network also offered an encore of Splitting Up Together (0.8) instead of American Housewife at 9:30, while Designated Survivor hung onto what looks like a shaky 0.7.
    • Fox was back to its fall Wednesday lineup of Empire (2.0) and Star (1.5). The former was down by close to 30% from its 2.8 spring 2017 premiere. (It looks better in the table because the year-ago evening was Empire's second episode of the spring.) However, both shows did pick up some from their fall finales (1.9/1.3).
    • NBC's dramas sat out in favor of a two-hour The Voice recap (1.3) and a low-rated Andrew Lloyd Webber special (0.6). That was really welcome news for Criminal Minds (1.1), which boomed to its best rating since early in the fall, but facing Voice didn't move the needle for Survivor (1.7) or SEAL Team (1.0).
    • And the CW had a brutal night as Riverdale fell to 0.3 and Life Sentence didn't even have to wait for an adjustment to post its first 0.1.

    SpotVault - The Americans (FX) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - Alex, Inc. (ABC) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    Wednesday, March 28, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 3/27/18


    FINALS UPDATE: Roseanne (5.2), The Voice (1.7) and The Mick (0.7) adjusted up while Splitting Up Together (2.1) and Bull (1.1) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • The power of nostalgia in the TV world has become clearer in recent years, but the revival of Roseanne (5.1) took it to another level entirely on Tuesday night. Over 20 years after its last episode, the series returned with (excepting the post-Super Bowl This Is Us) the highest adults 18-34 rating (3.1), 18-49 rating (5.1) and 25-54 rating (6.8) for an original non-sports series this season. (Only Sunday's 60 Minutes beat it out in total viewership.) There wasn't even anything this high in adults 18-49 or adults 25-54 on broadcast last season (again excluding the post-Super Bowl episode).
    • There were still two hours left in ABC's night after the Roseanne explosion. Veteran Black-ish (2.6) got to be the direct lead-out and had its highest raw number since early in season one. New comedy Splitting Up Together (2.2) then launched really well at 9:30. There was then a major drop at 10/9c with week three of For the People (0.9), although it still eked out a new series high.
    • The big loser among the counterprogrammers was NBC, as The Voice (1.6) continued a rough week by dropping at least a half point week-to-week, and Rise (0.8) tanked by three tenths at 9/8c. When some order was restored by the end of the night, Chicago Med (1.0) did perk up enough to win the 10/9c hour.
    • On CBS, NCIS (1.3) was down a couple notches at 8/7c, but Bull (1.2) and NCIS: New Orleans (0.9) looked relatively normal. Fox's comedies LA to Vegas (0.6) and The Mick (0.6) both lost a tenth, while Black Lightning posted another 0.5 with a repeat The Flash lead-in.

    SpotVault - Splitting Up Together (ABC) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - Roseanne (ABC) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    Tuesday, March 27, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Monday 3/26/18


    FINALS UPDATE: American Idol (1.7) and The Good Doctor (1.7) adjusted up while Good Girls (0.9) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • The Good Doctor finished off a huge season one by upticking to 1.7, matching its lead-in from American Idol (1.7) which was also up from last week. Their gains were NBC's losses, as The Voice (2.0) took a sizable hit and Good Girls (0.9) also dropped a tenth at 10/9c.
    • The other three networks were all virtually even with last week, the one exception being CBS' lead-off comedy Kevin Can Wait (0.9) which went fractional for the first time.

    SpotVault - Trust (FX) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - The Terror (AMC) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - Silicon Valley (HBO) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - Billions (Showtime) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - Barry (HBO) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    Monday, March 26, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 3/25/18


    FINALS UPDATE: Bob's Burgers (0.9) adjusted up while Deception (0.7), Instinct (1.3) and The Simpsons (0.9) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • It was a Stormy night on CBS, as the network's late afternoon NCAA basketball game went into overtime (averaging a 5.9 in the preliminary 7:00 hour) and led right into a heavily-anticipated interview on 60 Minutes (4.0, including a 4.7 for Stormy Daniels in the 7:30 half-hour). Assuming it looks similar in finals (it actually started at 7:35 ET) it will go down as 60 Minutes' highest adults 18-49 rating since it pulled a 4.8 after an NFL playoff game in January 2016. That lead-in provided a significant boost for week two of Instinct (1.6/1.3) and even helped bring NCIS: Los Angeles (1.1/1.0) and Madam Secretary (0.7) up somewhat.
    • It was a rough second week for NBC's unscripted duo of Little Big Shots (0.9, down two tenths from the 8:00 episode last week) and Genius Junior (0.7, down three tenths from last week's premiere). Timeless (0.6) shed a tenth for the second straight week.
    • The other two networks held up better; week three of American Idol (1.6/1.7) inched down on ABC, while the surrounding programs America's Funniest Home Videos (0.9) and Deception (0.8) matched last week. And Fox got a rally from The Simpsons (1.0), while Brooklyn Nine-Nine stayed at the 0.9 in its second week back on Sunday. Family Guy (0.9) was the only show to downtick on Fox, while Bob's Burgers (0.8) and The Last Man on Earth (0.7) were even.

    Saturday, March 24, 2018

    Friday, March 23, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Thursday 3/22/18


    FINALS UPDATE: NCAA Basketball (2.7) and A.P. Bio (0.8) adjusted up while NCAA Basketball (1.9) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • In a two-hour firefighter duel, NBC's Chicago Fire (1.2) narrowly came out on top, even on series premiere night for ABC's Grey's Anatomy spin-off Station 19 (1.1). The preliminary hours (1.2/1.1) had Station doing just a tenth better in each slot than Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder last week. Much as Scandal is down, it's still a long way from Scandal numbers to actual cancellation territory, but it's perhaps not as much cushion as Station would've liked out of the gate.
    • Elsewhere on NBC, A.P. Bio (0.8) didn't quite live up to the promise of last week, ticking down while its lead-in Superstore (1.1) was up a notch, but it's still looking a bit better than it did in the previous couple weeks. Fox's Gotham (0.7) bounced back from last week's first-ever 0.6.

    SpotVault - Station 19 (ABC) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - Shadowhunters (Freeform) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - Krypton (Syfy) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    Thursday, March 22, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 3/21/18


    FINALS UPDATE: The Goldbergs (1.6), Modern Family (1.7) and Survivor (1.8) adjusted up while Speechless (1.2) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • ABC had a second straight big comedy night as all the Wednesday regulars returned to originals, with The Goldbergs (1.5), Speechless (1.3), Modern Family (1.6) and American Housewife (1.3) likely all pulling their best ratings since January. At 10/9c, Designated Survivor (0.7) hung onto last week's uptick.
    • Fox's 9-1-1 (1.7) got an uptick to finish season one, and it tied Survivor (1.7) for the Wednesday lead. Its lead-in The X-Files (0.9) bounced back from last week's low.
    • With a repeat of SVU (0.8) at 8/7c, NBC's Law and Order: SVU (1.4) and Chicago PD (1.3) also had their best ratings since January. And on CBS, SEAL Team (1.0) inched back into the ones, between steady Survivor and Criminal Minds (0.9).

    Wednesday, March 21, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 3/20/18


    FINALS UPDATE: The Middle (1.4), The Voice (2.2) and LA to Vegas (0.7) adjusted up while The Flash (R) (0.2) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • NBC drama newbie Rise (1.1) made the move to its regular 9/8c slot after The Voice, dropping a tenth from last week's 10/9c premiere. Normally that would be a good week two hold (assuming it holds in finals), but the timeslot probably got easier on balance with the move to an earlier hour after a live-heavy The Voice lead-in (2.1). Chicago Med (1.2) continued its impressive season by ticking up from Rise at 10/9c.
    • A week before the Roseanne revival shakes up ABC Tuesday, comedies The Middle (1.3), Fresh Off the Boat (1.0) and Black-ish (1.1) all had solid rebounds. However, week two was not kind to legal drama For the People (0.6), which gave up two crucial tenths.
    • CBS was repeats (0.8/0.8/0.6), and the Lethal Weapon hiatus continued while The Flash began a break of its own. That left Fox's LA to Vegas (0.6) / The Mick (0.7) hour along with the CW's Black Lightning (0.5) as the only originals on those nets. LA to Vegas fell to a new low at 9/8c, but The Mick actually grew from it with its first 0.7 in over a month.

    Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Monday 3/19/18


    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Week two for the pairing of American Idol (1.6) and The Good Doctor (1.6) saw both shows down two tenths. The pairing fell a bit farther behind NBC as The Voice (2.2/2.3) was down a tenth or two and Good Girls (1.0) looks like a decent bet to match last week after finals.
    • Fox had a nice night as Lucifer (0.8) and The Resident (0.9) picked up a precious tenth, but CBS was on the downswing with its first three comedies (1.0/0.9/0.8) and even with Living Biblically (0.7) and Scorpion (0.8). The CW's iZombie ticked back down to 0.2.

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    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 3/18/18


    FINALS UPDATE: America's Funniest Home Videos (0.9), American Idol (1.8) and Bob's Burgers (0.8) adjusted up while Deception (0.8) and 60 Minutes (1.4) adjusted down. (Please note the NCAA overrun rating is the preliminary; finals were not available.)

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Week two of ABC's American Idol revival (1.7/1.8) took a more than 20% hit week-to-week, as did lead-out crime drama Deception (0.9).
    • The network got some new unscripted competition from NBC as veteran Little Big Shots (0.8/1.1) had a two-hour premiere from 7:00 to 9:00 and new game show Genius Junior (1.0) premiered at 10/9c. For Little Big Shots, the 8:00 episode was down by nearly half from last year's 2.0 premiere (which came a couple weeks earlier in March, to be fair). Genius Junior fared better but still down relative to the first Sunday episode of Chicago Justice, which had a 1.4 last year. Week two of Timeless (0.7) shed a tenth at 10/9c.
    • On CBS, new crime drama Instinct began its run (1.0) starting at 8:37 on the East Coast after a March Madness-inflated 60 Minutes (1.7/1.4). NCIS: Los Angeles (0.9/0.8) and Madam Secretary (0.6 at 10:30) rounded out the night. These numbers could come down just a touch in finals since they started 7 minutes later than the listed times.
    • And the Fox comedies were fully back after most had been on hiatus for more than two months, as Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.9) took over for Ghosted in the 8:30 half-hour. As we saw earlier in this show's run, it clearly fits in a lot better here than it did on Tuesday, as it actually managed to build on a very low rating from The Simpsons (0.8). At 9/8c, Family Guy (1.0) and The Last Man on Earth (0.7) held up better than The Simpsons, coming back near the low end of their fall ratings.

    SpotVault - Little Big Shots (NBC) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - Instinct (CBS) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - Genius Junior (NBC) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    Monday, March 19, 2018

    Spotted Ratings: The Mobile Version


    If you are viewing this site on a mobile device, you are (hopefully!) noticing that the text looks much more readable, both in the posts and especially in the comment sections. I've finally put out a mobile-specific view that isn't just a badly scrunched-up version of the desktop view. I couldn't figure out a way to get all of my various bits of functionality through the "mobile versions" that Blogger offers, so I tried scraping something together by hand, and it has been a long time in the making. It only activates based on the size of your window, so if you are on a desktop and want to see what it looks like, you can manually resize the window and eventually it will change.  The desktop version should look exactly as it did before.

    Saturday, March 17, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Friday 3/16/18


    FINALS UPDATE: NCAA Basketball (1.1) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • CBS dominated Friday with March Madness (1.2/1.2/1.1), while NBC got a little stronger week-to-week with Taken (0.5) and the return of Dateline (0.6) at 10/9c. ABC (0.5/0.5/0.6) and MasterChef Junior (0.9) matched last week.
    • On the CW, after nine weeks falling somewhere between 0.15 and 0.20, Dynasty finally fell to the network's first rounded 0.1 for an original series this season. Jane the Virgin stayed at 0.2.

    Friday, March 16, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Thursday 3/15/18


    FINALS UPDATE: A.P. Bio (0.9) adjusted up while NCAA Basketball (1.4) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Almost three and a half years after their breakout September 2014 premiere, the original TGIT trio of Grey's Anatomy (1.8), Scandal (1.1) and How to Get Away with Murder (1.0) had their last night all together. It was the fourth season finale for Murder, which was well behind last year's 1.4 finale, while Scandal will be back in two weeks to play out its last four episodes in the 10/9c hour following Station 19.
    • The start of March Madness (1.9/1.7/1.4) on CBS meant a break for the network's dominant regular Thursday lineup, and a little upward movement for the NBC comedies A.P. Bio (0.8) and Will and Grace (1.2), while bookends Superstore (1.0) and Champions (0.7) were flat. Chicago Fire (0.6) was a repeat, preparing to unload two originals next week against the Station 19 premiere.
    • Things got ugly for Fox's Gotham (0.6), which fell to its first 0.6 just a week after hitting its first 0.7. The CW had a special and a repeat (0.2/0.2).

    Thursday, March 15, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 3/14/18


    FINALS UPDATE: The X-Files (0.7) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • It was an unwelcome start to DST for Speechless, which fell to a new low 0.9 for two episodes in the 8/7c, without help from its usual lead-in The Goldbergs and lead-out Modern Family. American Housewife (1.0) was down a tenth with a repeat Modern lead-in (1.0), while Designated Survivor was up to 0.7 for the first time since its return from hiatus.
    • The 8:00 hour was also down on NBC with The Blacklist (0.9) and Fox with The X-Files (0.8). However, Law and Order: SVU (1.3) picked up a notch for NBC with less CBS competition, and 9-1-1 (1.6) may have a shot at doing so after finals with a 1.7 in the 9:30 half-hour.
    • On CBS, the already dominant Survivor had the best hold among the 8/7c shows, posting yet another 1.7 to top the night. After an NCIS repeat at 9/8c (0.6), Criminal Minds (0.9) was even.
    • And the CW's Riverdale is once again eyeing its first 0.4 of the season and will need finals help to avoid it. But this week, newbie Life Sentence did not need to wait for finals to post its 0.2.

    Wednesday, March 14, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 3/13/18


    FINALS UPDATE: Black-ish (0.9), NCIS (1.5), The Voice (2.3) and This Is Us (2.8) adjusted up while Rise (1.2) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • For the second straight season, NBC used a This Is Us finale (2.7) in mid-March to preview the show that will take over its timeslot next week. This year, that show was the high school drama Rise (1.3). That's not too promising, but it did manage to fare better than last year's Trial and Error preview (1.4/1.0 with a 3.4 lead-in). It matched the Chicago Justice preview that followed the penultimate This Is Us (3.0) last year, but that may not be the case after finals (Rise has a 1.4 -> 1.1 breakdown).
    • ABC had its own drama premiere going head-to-head with Rise, but For the People managed just a 0.8 at 10/9c, with little help from a low-end ABC comedy night (as The Middle (1.1) and Black-ish (0.9/0.8) both dipped to season lows). This was better than anything we've seen from Kevin (Probably) Saves the World in quite awhile, but presumably it's got to hold up really well from here.
    • Fox's Lethal Weapon had the night off (posting 0.5 for a repeat at 8/7c), but comedies LA to Vegas (0.7) and The Mick (0.6) were unfazed. CBS' Bull (1.2) and NCIS: New Orleans (1.0) both upticked, leading out of an even NCIS (1.4). And the CW matched last week with The Flash (0.7) and Black Lightning (0.5).

    SpotVault - Rise (NBC) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - For the People (ABC) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - The Arrangement (E!) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - The Royals (E!) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    Tuesday, March 13, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Monday 3/12/18


    FINALS UPDATE: The Voice (2.4) and iZombie (0.3) adjusted up while Good Girls (1.0) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • At least for one Monday, there was room for both The Voice (2.3) and American Idol (1.8) to do their respective things, as Voice was nicked only a bit vs. last Monday while Idol shed a half point vs. Sunday's premiere. The 10/9c hour took a major turn in ABC's direction as The Good Doctor (1.8) had an enormous recovery from its 1.3 low two weeks ago. NBC's Good Girls, which actually beat Good Doc head-to-head two weeks ago, dropped another two tenths to 1.1 in week three.
    • CBS was mostly repeats, but originals of Man with a Plan (1.0) and Living Biblically (0.7) both matched last week. (Their repeat lead-ins also matched what Kevin Can Wait and Superior Donuts did in the timeslots last week.) Fox's The Resident (0.8) gave back its uptick from last week.

    Monday, March 12, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 3/11/18


    FINALS UPDATE: Bob's Burgers (R) (0.5) and Bob's Burgers (0.8) adjusted up while Deception (1.2) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • American Idol returned, but the Death Star did not. The iconic reality series was back with a 2.1 rating in the 8:00 hour and a 2.4 rating at 9:00, a very far cry from the 400 or higher Plus premieres it managed in its prime but maybe a teeny bit better in Plus than where it premiered in the last years of its Fox collapse. We won't have to wait long for the next test for Idol, as it has to go head-to-head with The Voice on Monday starting tonight. New crime drama Deception (1.3) launched reasonably at 10/9c.
    • Two other networks held off on most of their regular Sunday lineups to throw some special counterprogramming at Idol. Fox's 'lost' OJ Simpson interview pulled a solid 1.2 demo from 8:00 to 10:00, while a three-hour American Ninja Warrior on NBC grew from a 0.7 at 7:00 to a 0.9 in both of the Idol hours.
      • Both of these networks did have one regularly-scheduled show return; NBC's Timeless was back from its May un-cancellation with a 0.8 at 10/9c, while an original Bob's Burgers posted a 0.7 at 7:30.
    • CBS' regular lineup was mostly back, with a 0.9 for a double-dose of 60 Minutes and NCIS: Los Angeles (0.9) and Madam Secretary (0.6) coming back toward the low end of their ratings from the fall.

    SpotVault - Timeless (NBC) - 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - Deception (ABC) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - American Idol (ABC) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    Saturday, March 10, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Friday 3/9/18


    FINALS UPDATE: Agents of SHIELD (0.5), Blue Bloods (0.8), Taken (0.4) and Confronting Putin (0.4) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • In the Friday prelims, it was an up night for ABC's Once Upon a Time (0.5), Agents of SHIELD (0.6) and 20/20 (0.6), as well as MacGyver (0.9) and Blue Bloods (1.0) on CBS.
    • NBC's Blindspot (0.6) was down a notch, while there was little interest for another Megyn Kelly interview with Vladimir Putin (0.5) at 10/9c. Fox's MasterChef Junior (0.9) matched last week's premiere. Numbers may be subject to adjustment due to college basketball preemptions (with the big North Carolina ones being on CBS and NBC).
    • The CW's low-rated newbie Dynasty made the move to Friday and held onto its usual 0.2.

    Friday, March 9, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Thursday 3/8/18


    FINALS UPDATE: Young Sheldon (2.1), S.W.A.T. (0.9), Superstore (1.0), A.P. Bio (0.7), Will and Grace (1.0), Champions (0.7) and Chicago Fire (1.2) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • NBC's midseason comedy predicament got even more dire with the premiere of Champions, as the newbie joined the NBC lineup with a rough 0.7 rating at 9:30/8:30c. It had little help from Will and Grace, which dipped to another new low at 9/8c. The other two hours were a bit better for NBC as Superstore (1.0) recovered a tenth at 8/7c and Chicago Fire (1.2) benefited from its crossover with Chicago PD.
    • Elsewhere, TGIT (1.7/1.1/0.9) took a tumble after last week's crossover, and Gotham fell to its first 0.7 on Fox. However, the CBS lineup had a decent second week after the Olympics as The Big Bang Theory (2.6) recovered by a notch, as did Life in Pieces (1.2) and S.W.A.T. (0.9). Young Sheldon (2.1) and Mom (1.5) were even.

    SpotVault - MasterChef Junior (Fox) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - Life Sentence (CW) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - Champions (NBC) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    Thursday, March 8, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 3/7/18


    FINALS UPDATE: The Goldbergs (1.5) and Riverdale (0.5) adjusted up while Chicago PD (1.2) and Life Sentence (0.2) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • The CW's new dramedy Life Sentence averaged a 0.3 demo on premiere night, leading out of a 0.4 from Riverdale. Since it comes from the far stronger WB studio, it's probably going to have to hold up extremely well from here.
    • It was a slightly up night for most of the big four, including all of ABC's comedies (1.4/1.2/1.4/1.1), though Designated Survivor could not bounce back from its first 0.6. 
    • On CBS, SEAL Team (0.9) inched back up in its return to 9/8c, while its lead-in Survivor (1.7) matched last week's strong premiere. Criminal Minds (0.9) was on the downswing at 10/9c, in its first airing in over a month.
    • All of the dramas on Fox (0.9/1.6) and NBC (1.0/1.2/1.3) were also up a tenth. 

    Wednesday, March 7, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 3/6/18


    FINALS UPDATE: This Is Us (2.3) adjusted up while Lethal Weapon (0.9) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • ABC squeezed in a couple extra hours of The Bachelor with a big two-hour 'After the Final Rose' (2.2/2.1) on a special night, nearly maintaining Monday's heights. That big lead-in went to the season finale of low-rated Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (0.7), which (at least preliminarily) managed to pick up another tenth.
    • ABC's heavy female presence was bad news for NBC, as This Is Us (2.2) fell to its lowest rating since Halloween and The Voice (2.1) was well off its pace from the rest of the season so far as well. However, Chicago Med (1.4) held up great at 10/9c, maybe getting a little bit of de facto lead-in support from The Bachelor?
    • Elsewhere, NCIS (1.4) was on the rebound after a weak return last week, while Bull (1.1) and NCIS: New Orleans (0.9) stayed even. Fox (1.0/0.7/0.6) and the CW (0.7/0.5) also matched last week.

    Tuesday, March 6, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Monday 3/5/18


    FINALS UPDATE: Superior Donuts (0.9) and The Voice (2.5) adjusted up.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Week two of NBC's Good Girls (1.3) held up pretty well, staying ahead of The Brave's track as that show fell to a 1.1 in week two. (However, the 1.5 -> 1.1 half-hour drop looks pretty severe...) Its lead-in The Voice (2.4/2.5) continued to look healthy, comparing nicely with the 2.7 in week two of last season.
    • A disappointing season of The Bachelor got some consolation at the end, as the three-hour season finale (2.2) took a particularly large jump to well within season high territory. It was still a bigger than league average drop from last season's two-hour finale (2.7), but it was the show's healthiest trend this season.
    • On Fox, there was some interesting separation as Lucifer dipped to a rather underwhelming 0.7 but The Resident (0.9) actually perked up in its second episode back from hiatus.
    • CBS was almost completely even with last week, the only exception being a one-tenth dip for week two of Living Biblically (0.7) which put it at the low end of 9JKL's ratings in the slot. On the CW, iZombie (0.2) shed a tenth in week two.

    Monday, March 5, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 3/4/18


    FINALS UPDATE: Academy Awards (6.8) adjusted up while Oscar Red Carpet p2 (2.1) and Oscar Red Carpet p3 (3.2) adjusted down. (The Billy Graham numbers included below are based on the prelims, as finals were not available.)

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Early indicators suggest a particularly steep decline for last night's Academy Awards. The prelims from 8:00 to 11:00 averaged a 6.4ish, down about 25% from last year's 8.7 prelim. Last year's show adjusted up to 9.1 in the finals. More Oscars ratings.

    Spotted Ratings, Friday 3/2/18


    WHAT MATTERS:
    • On the first Friday after the Olympics, the only hour to crack a 1.0 was the first half of the two-hour MasterChef Junior premiere (1.0/0.9). This was down from last year's 1.3 premiere on a Thursday, but basically the same Plus as the show's last Friday season premiere (a 1.3 in fall 2015).
    • It was a bitter return for ABC's Once Upon a Time (0.4), which got the axe since last we saw it. It responded by opening its final spring run on a new series low, and it also brought Agents of SHIELD (0.5) and 20/20 (0.5) down with it.
    • NBC's Blindspot (0.7) and Taken (0.5) were actually both up from their last pre-Olympics episodes, while Dateline (0.6) was down a notch.
    • And CBS had some slippage in the first two hours with MacGyver (0.8) and Hawaii Five-0 (0.9) but was steady at 10/9c with Blue Bloods (0.9). With an iZombie repeat (0.2) for a lead-in, Jane the Virgin fell to 0.2 on the CW.

    Friday, March 2, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Thursday 3/1/18


    FINALS UPDATE: Scandal (1.2), S.W.A.T. (0.8), Superstore (0.9) and A.P. Bio (0.7) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • ABC was back from the Olympics with Grey's Anatomy (2.0, matching its rating from the first night of the Olympics) and a crossover between Scandal (1.3) and How to Get Away with Murder (1.1). In typical crossover fashion, the event was more beneficial for the second show; it was a fairly standard 2018 rating for Scandal but a season high for Murder.
    • NBC's new comedy A.P. Bio got the Grover Cleveland treatment in its official Thursday premiere night, with a 0.8 at 8:30 (leading out of 1.0 for Superstore) and a 0.7 at 9:30 (leading out of 1.1 for Will and Grace). It still looks a little better than Great News did all fall, but that is really not saying much (and it was a good bit weaker than The Good Place at 8:30). Chicago Fire (1.1) continued a strong week for the Chicago franchise, becoming one of the very few shows this week to outrate its last pre-Olympic episode.
    • CBS' post-Olympic scripted slump largely continued; Mom (1.5) held up well but The Big Bang Theory (2.5), Young Sheldon (2.1), Life in Pieces (1.1) and S.W.A.T. (0.9) were all toward the low end. 
    • With The Four over, Fox moved on to its spring Thursday lineup with a steady Gotham (0.8) and a weak showing for the first regular run of Showtime At the Apollo (0.6).
    •  And it was business as usual on the CW with the returns of Supernatural (0.6) and Arrow (0.4).

    SpotVault - Showtime At the Apollo (Fox) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    SpotVault - Atlanta (FX) - Spring 2018 Ratings



    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 2/28/18


    FINALS UPDATE: Speechless (1.1) adjusted up.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • CBS had the top program on the first post-Olympic Wednesday as the two-hour return of Survivor (1.7) actually matched last spring's premiere and was just a tenth behind the fall premiere. But SEAL Team fell to a new low 0.8 in its first ever airing at 10/9c.
    • On ABC, it was a particularly weak return for Modern Family (1.3) at 9/8c, which was at a new series low by multiple tenths. The surrounding comedies The Goldbergs (1.3), Speechless (1.0) and American Housewife (1.0) were not much better, all tying their season lows. And 10/9c drama Designated Survivor (0.6) was back from its long winter hiatus at a new series low.
    • Fox also took a hit across the Olympics, though 9-1-1 (1.5) remained on top of the scripted world and managed to only tie its low point from week two. However, The X-Files (0.8) fell again to a new low at 8/7c.
    • NBC took a relatively modest hit in its return, and Chicago PD (1.2) was steadiest of all the scripted players at 10/9c. The Blacklist (0.9) was down a tenth and Law and Order: SVU (1.1) down two.

    Wednesday, February 28, 2018

    Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 2/27/18


    FINALS UPDATE: Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (0.6) and The Voice (2.4) adjusted up.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • After lots of premieres on Monday, it was mostly the usual early winter lineups returning from the Olympics on Tuesday. The big exception was NBC's Tuesday premiere of The Voice (2.3), which was basically even in Plus with last year's spring premiere (2.6). Unlike Monday, it did not hold up as well vs. the fall Tuesday premiere (2.7) which was paired with the huge This Is Us premiere. Later in the night, This Is Us (2.5) and Chicago Med (1.4) were pretty close to normal levels in their returns.
    • ABC's The Middle (1.2) and Fresh Off the Boat (0.9) were both even with three weeks ago, while Black-ish (0.7) snuck in another repeat as it prepares to double up on For the People's premiere night in two weeks. Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (0.5) managed a small rebound after last week's ugliness against the Olympics.
    • It was a low-end night for pretty much everyone else, with Fox's comedy hour of LA to Vegas (0.7) and The Mick (0.6) both dipping to new lows leading out of Lethal Weapon (1.0). The CBS dramas (1.2/1.1/0.9) all returned below average, as did The Flash (0.7) and Black Lightning (0.5) on the CW.

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