Saturday, March 17, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Friday 3/16/18

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.)

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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