Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Ultimate SpotVault, Empire

The Ultimate SpotVault is a fully sortable record of every single episode in the history of a veteran series. This allows you to compare both raw numbers (total viewership and adults 18-49 rating) as well as the historical-adjusted stat A18-49+ for episodes across different seasons. This table also has the lead-in's A18-49+ for each episode, so you can see which episodes had the most and least support.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 7/19/18

  • Over 15 months after its season one finale, NBC sitcom Trial and Error (0.6/0.5) returned with two episodes in the 9/8c hour. It was a weak rookie, and this doesn't really seem much weaker than the high fractionals it was getting with a The Voice lead-in late in season one. (It also got a 0.6 when tried out on Thursday in April 2017.)
  • Reality staples Big Brother (1.6) and The Four (0.9) both rose to new season highs. 
  • And ABC tried out Take Two (0.4) in the 8/7c hour, with The Gong Show (0.5) returning to its season one timeslot at 10/9c. There was no benefit to this swap, as both shows tied their season lows (with Take Two down from last week).

A18-49+ Update: Originals vs. Repeats, Comedies vs. Dramas in 2017-18

Here's a look at the different types of programming in 2017-18. This post will combine the broad programming categories (originals, repeats, sports, specials, movies) as well as the sub-categories within the original series realm (comedies, dramas, reality, news).

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 7/18/18

  • Week two for CBS' TKO: Total Knock Out (0.8) was down a tenth from last week, as were its lead-in Big Brother (1.4) and lead-out, the series finale of Code Black (0.7). Meanwhile, some viewers came back to the Fox duo of MasterChef (1.0) and 24 Hours to Hell and Back (1.0), which were both up a notch.
  • The ESPY Awards (0.9/0.9/0.8) ceremony took its sharpest decline on ABC, dropping about a third from last year's 1.4. The show has gone from a 2.2 in its ABC debut three years ago to fractional in 2018.

The Breakdown: ABC Thursday in 2017-18 (Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder and more!)

It's time for a journey through the ABC Thursday schedule in 2017-18...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 7/17/18

  • It was a virtual dead heat in the prelims between the MLB All-Star Game (2.1/2.1/2.0) and the usual Tuesday leader America's Got Talent (1.9/2.2). The All-Star Game should finish within a tenth or two of last year's 2.3, when it lost the head-to-head against Talent's 2.5. At 10/9c, World of Dance was back at a preliminary 1.3 (it adjusted down last week).
  • On the CW, The 100 was down to 0.2 in its second week at 8/7c. Lead-out The Outpost at least preliminarily grew to a 0.2 of its own.

The War of 18-49, The Last Man on Earth

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Monday 7/16/18

FINALS UPDATE: Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) (0.3) adjusted up while The Proposal (0.7) adjusted down.

  • ABC's The Bachelorette (1.5/1.6) began its late-season ascendancy, picking up at least a tenth from last week and possibly tying its season high. The Proposal (0.8) was also up a notch at 10/9c.
  • On NBC, American Ninja Warrior (1.0/1.1) continued to look a bit better in the earlier timeslot, even to slightly up vs. last week, while Dateline (0.9) had a strong outing at 10/9c.
  • CBS got no help from a TKO: Total Knock Out repeat (0.5) at 8/7c, as Salvation stayed at 0.3 (this time in the 9/8c hour) and Elementary at 0.4. And So You Think You Can Dance (0.6) was down a tick for Fox.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 7/15/18

  • CBS' Big Brother (1.4) was up for the second straight Sunday, expanding its lead on Celebrity Family Feud (1.0) which (at least preliminarily) fell to a new season low. ABC's The $100,000 Pyramid (0.9) was even while To Tell the Truth (0.8) was up a tick (though it had a 0.8 in prelims last week before adjusting down).

The Breakdown: CW Wednesday in 2017-18 (Riverdale, Dynasty, Life Sentence and more!)

It's time for a journey through the CW Wednesday schedule in 2017-18...

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 7/11/18

FINALS UPDATE: Shark Tank (R) (0.6) and The Originals (0.3) adjusted up.

  • CBS' relentlessly promoted Kevin Hart series TKO: Total Knock Out opened with a 0.9, 60% of its lead-in from Big Brother (1.5). That's certainly no better than where last year's unscripted Big Bro lead-out Candy Crush started last year (1.1 out of a 1.8), and a good bit less impressive than the 1.2 for Beat Shazam (another summer series hosted by a movie star) last summer. It was in a three-way tie for the lead at 9/8c with the second half of an America's Got Talent recap special (0.9) and 24 Hours to Hell and Back (0.9). At 10/9c, Code Black (0.8) bounced back to a high-end rating after facing the 4th of July last week.
  • Fox took a hit on a busy night for unscripted programming, with both MasterChef (0.9) and the aforementioned 24 Hours (0.9) dropping two tenths. The CW's The Originals was down to 0.2 with its first original in three weeks.

The Breakdown: Fox Wednesday in 2017-18 (Empire, 9-1-1, Star and more!)

It's time for a journey through the Fox Wednesday schedule in 2017-18...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 7/10/18

FINALS UPDATE: 20/20 Special (0.7) adjusted up while World of Dance (1.2) and The Outpost (0.1) adjusted down.

  • Back from a week off due to the holiday, NBC's America's Got Talent (1.9/2.2) and World of Dance (1.3) along with Fox's Beat Shazam (0.7) and Love Connection (0.5) were in line with two weeks ago. The Last Defense (0.5) inched up for ABC with maybe a little help from a 20/20 special on the Thailand rescue (0.6).
  • The CW moved The 100 (0.3) to 8/7c to launch new drama The Outpost (0.2), which tied last summer's premiere of Hooten and the Lady.

The War of 18-49, Scorpion

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Monday 7/9/18

FINALS UPDATE: Finals are listed below.

  • Big four ratings are uncertain till finals due to a news interruption for a Supreme Court announcement across much of the 9:00 half-hour.
  • NBC completed its Sunday/Monday shakeup with American Ninja Warrior (with a 0.9 in the 8:00 hour and a 1.0/0.8 from 9:30 to 10:30) returning to the first two hours of the night and Dateline (0.6) replacing Running Wild.
    • ABC's The Bachelorette (1.4 in the 8:00 hour, 1.4 at 9:30 and 1.0 at 10:00) looks to have gotten back to normal after last week's holiday hiccup, and Fox's So You Think You Can Dance (0.7) was also up.
    • CBS joined an NCIS: New Orleans repeat (0.4) in progress after the announcement and aired a Salvation original (0.3) at 10/9c. 

SpotVault - Sharp Objects (HBO) - Summer 2018 Ratings

Monday, July 9, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 7/8/18

FINALS UPDATE: The Simpsons (R) (0.5) adjusted up while To Tell the Truth (0.7) adjusted down.

  • ABC's game shows were close to their last originals from two weeks ago, with Celebrity Family Feud (1.1) down a notch and The $100,000 Pyramid (0.9) and To Tell the Truth (0.8) both even.
  • But CBS' Big Brother (1.3) came out on top in the first head-to-head with the Feud, ticking up from its Sunday premiere last week. (Feud looks better on a year-to-year basis, as it lost this matchup 1.8 to 1.3 a year-ago.)
  • And on NBC, Running Wild (0.3) got a severe downgrade to the Sunday 7/6 hour and lost half of its usual Monday audience. Shades of Blue posted another 0.5 at 10/9c.

The Breakdown: NBC Wednesday in 2017-18 (The Blacklist, Law and Order: SVU, Chicago PD)

It's time for a journey through the NBC Wednesday schedule in 2017-18...

Friday, July 6, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 7/5/18

FINALS UPDATE: Young Sheldon (R) (0.9) adjusted down.

  • CBS' Big Brother (1.3) rebounded significantly from the July 4th low, but was down a notch from last Thursday and posted another sharp year-to-year decline. (The show got a 1.9 on this night a year ago.)
  • Fox's repeat week continued with an encore of The Four (0.5), and that may have helped some of the unscripted competition a bit as Little Big Shots (0.8) and The Gong Show (0.6) both inched up. Later in the night, NBC was even with Marlon (0.6/0.6) as was ABC with Match Game (0.7) and Take Two (0.4).

The Breakdown: CBS Wednesday in 2017-18 (Survivor, SEAL Team, Criminal Minds and more!)

It's time for a journey through the CBS Wednesday schedule in 2017-18...

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 7/4/18

FINALS UPDATE: Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular (R) (0.8) adjusted down.

  • It was a busier than usual 4th of July in the entertainment series world as CBS stayed original with Big Brother (0.9) at 9/8c and Code Black (0.6) at 10/9c. On one of the lowest-viewed weeknights of the year, Big Brother was down about 40% vs. last week's 1.5 Wednesday premiere, and three tenths below the 1.2 on Sunday.
  • Usual Independence Day leader NBC was still on top with the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular (1.0/1.5), which was preliminarily right on par with last year's 1.3. A Macy's encore hour (0.9) dominated at 10/9c.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Monday 7/2/18

  • With the 4th of July approaching, ABC stayed original and took a bit of a hit with The Bachelorette (1.2) and The Proposal (0.7). But fellow reality staples American Ninja Warrior (0.7) and So You Think You Can Dance (0.6) went into repeat mode.
  • Several lower-rated shows remained in originals: NBC's Running Wild (0.6), CBS' drama duo of Salvation (0.4, matching last week's premiere) and Elementary (down to 0.4 for the first time since Memorial Day), along with the CW's Penn and Teller: Fool Us and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (both steady at 0.3).

The War of 18-49, Gotham

Monday, July 2, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 7/1/18

FINALS UPDATE: Bob's Burgers (R) (0.6) adjusted up.

  • ABC's game shows went into repeat mode (0.8/0.7/0.6), so CBS pretty much had the stage to itself with the Sunday premiere of Big Brother (1.2). Like the Wednesday (1.5) and Thursday (1.4) premieres, it was down two tenths year-to-year (or a bit more than a league average decline). Big Bro was absolutely no help to incompatible lead-out Instinct (0.4), which was actually down week-to-week despite a much larger lead-in.
  • The only other original on broadcast, NBC's Shades of Blue (0.5), matched last week.

The Breakdown: ABC Wednesday in 2017-18 (The Goldbergs, Modern Family, American Housewife and more!)

It's time for a journey through the ABC Wednesday schedule in 2017-18...

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Friday 6/29/18

FINALS UPDATE: Celebrity Undercover Boss (R) (0.5) and American Ninja Warrior (R) (0.5) adjusted down.

  • Full table will be posted next week. The CW's Masters of Illusion returned.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 6/28/18

FINALS UPDATE: Big Brother (1.4) adjusted up while Take Two (0.4) adjusted down.

  • Full table will be posted next week.

A18-49+ Update: The Network Race in 2017-18

Here's a look from several angles at how the big five networks fared in 2017-18.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 6/27/18

FINALS UPDATE: Reverie (0.4) and MasterChef (1.1) adjusted up while Supergirl (R) (0.1) and The Originals (R) (0.1) adjusted down.

  • Full table will be posted next week. CBS' Big Brother returned.

The Breakdown: CW Tuesday in 2017-18 (The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning and more!)

It's time for a journey through the CW Tuesday schedule in 2017-18...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Monday 6/25/18

FINALS UPDATE: Mom (R) (0.6) and Man with a Plan (R) (0.5) adjusted down.

  • Full table will be posted next week. Sophomore CBS drama Salvation made the move to Monday, and the CW's Penn and Teller: Fool Us also returned.

A18-49+ Update: The New Shows in 2017-18

Here's a look at the new scripted series on the big four in 2017-18:

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Friday 6/22/18

FINALS UPDATE: Quantico (0.4), American Ninja Warrior (R) (0.6, -0.2), Dateline (0.6), Harry Potter: A History of Magic (R) (0.2) and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) (0.1, -0.2) adjusted down.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 6/21/18

  • It was a rough start for ABC's summer Thursday lineup. 10/9c drama Take Two (0.5) skewed old and could only tie the premieres of last summer's drama failures Still Star-Crossed and Somewhere Between. And sophomore reality series The Gong Show (0.5), now at 8/7c, was massively below last year's 0.9 premiere (though it did fall as low as 0.5 for its finale last summer).
    • The bright spot in the bunch was returning game show Match Game (0.7), which was actually up from the last three times we saw it in the winter (two of which were against the Olympics).
  • Week two for the NBC lineup saw Little Big Shots (0.7) and the 9/8c edition of Marlon (0.6) each lose a tenth, but Marlon stayed at 0.6 at 9:30. The Four (0.7) was even for Fox.

SpotVault - Shooter (USA) - Summer 2018 Ratings

SpotVault - Queen of the South (USA) - Summer 2018 Ratings

SpotVault - Yellowstone (PARAMOUNT) - Summer 2018 Ratings

SpotVault - The Gong Show (ABC) - Summer 2018 Ratings

SpotVault - Take Two (ABC) - Summer 2018 Ratings

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 6/20/18

FINALS UPDATE: MasterChef (1.0) adjusted up.

  • Gordon Ramsay's MasterChef (0.9) and 24 Hours to Hell and Back (1.0) were both down a tenth in their second week together. That makes 24 Hours an even bigger win when compared with last year's The F Word, as that show collapsed to a 0.7 in its second week.
  • NBC began preparing for World of Dance's late July move to Wednesday with two hours of repeats (0.5/0.5). That was unwelcome news for Reverie (0.4), which went another tenth lower in week four. The other two drama originals Code Black (0.7) and The Originals (0.3) were both steady.

The Breakdown: NBC Tuesday in 2017-18 (The Voice, This Is Us, Chicago Med and more!)

It's time for a journey through the NBC Tuesday schedule in 2017-18...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Monday 6/18/18

FINALS UPDATE: Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) (0.2) adjusted down.

  • ABC gave The Bachelorette lead-in (1.4) to new unscripted series The Proposal (0.8). While an improvement on recent scripted series that have aired here, it barely managed half of its lead-in's rating.
  • On NBC, American Ninja Warrior (1.0) finally made the move to Monday, now at 9/8c leading out of Running Wild (0.7). ANW found itself below anything it had done on Wednesday earlier in the summer, and heavily below the year-ago 1.5.
  • The CW's Supergirl finished its season with an uptick to 0.5, and Fox's So You Think You Can Dance (0.8) was also on the upswing.

SpotVault - The Proposal (ABC) - Summer 2018 Ratings

SpotVault - Shades of Blue (NBC) - Summer 2018 Ratings

SpotVault - The Four (Fox) - Summer 2018 Ratings

SpotVault - The Affair (Showtime) - Summer 2018 Ratings

Monday, June 18, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 6/17/18

FINALS UPDATE: The $100,000 Pyramid (1.0) adjusted up.

  • It was back to earth for ABC's Sunday Fun & Games as Celebrity Family Feud (1.1) plummeted by a massive seven tenths vs. last week's Kardashian-fueled premiere. The show was up 20% year-to-year last week but actually down about the same amount vs. last year's week 2.
  • Later in the night, The $100,000 Pyramid (0.9) also took a sizable fall (though it matched week two of last year which aired at 10/9c), while To Tell the Truth (0.8) suddenly looked a lot more respectable as it matched last week's premiere.
  • On NBC, Shades of Blue (0.6) returned for its third and final season at 10/9c, coming in below the low point of last season (which also aired on Sunday at 10/9c but during the spring). It led out of an America's Got Talent encore (0.5/0.8).

The Breakdown: CBS Tuesday in 2017-18 (NCIS, Bull, NCIS: New Orleans)

It's time for a journey through the CBS Tuesday schedule in 2017-18...

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