Monday, December 31, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 12/30/18


FINALS UPDATE: 60 Minutes (R) (1.5, +0.4), The Neighborhood (R) (0.6), Sunday Night Football (4.5, +0.5), The OT (2.7, +0.4) and The Orville (1.5, +0.2) adjusted up while Football Night in America p2 (0.7, -0.8) and Football Night in America p3 (2.5, -1.0) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers to come. Fox previewed season two of The Orville after The OT, before it moves to its regular timeslot on Thursday. Expect an upward adjustment in finals, since it aired right after football in all time zones and the West Coast viewing is not included in these prelims.

Spotted Ratings, Friday 12/28/18


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.


Spotted Ratings, Thursday 12/27/18


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.


Friday, December 28, 2018

The Top 10 TV Ratings Moments of 2018


It's time for my ninth annual look back at the year's top 10 moments in TV ratings! As always, the criteria are pretty subjective, but I go for a blend of 1) relatively isolated incidents that are impressive for their sheer enormity/cultural impact and 2) moments that exemplify much larger trends in TV this year. Please let me know about my most egregious rankings and omissions. Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 12/25/18


FINALS UPDATE: NBA Basketball (2.7, +0.6) adjusted up while Black-ish (R) (0.9) adjusted down.


Monday, December 24, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 12/23/18


FINALS UPDATE: 60 Minutes (2.0, +0.2) and Sunday Night Football (5.4, +0.8) adjusted up while Football Night in America p2 (0.4, -1.4), Football Night in America p3 (2.1, -2.0) and Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (0.7, -0.2) adjusted down.


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 12/19/18


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments. (The Survivor reunion did not adjust from the 10:30 half-hour rating.)

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The season finale of Survivor had a 1.5 from 8:00 to 10:00 and a 1.2 in the 10:00 hour. Because of how total viewers are broken out, the preliminary table separates them this way, but the final rating for the reunion will probably look more like the 10:30 rating (1.0) in finals. This should be down a bit in Plus from last year's fall finale (1.9 finale, 1.2 reunion), but perhaps up from the last spring finale (1.4 finale, 0.9 reunion).

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 12/18/18


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The two-hour season finale of The Voice (1.7) was down three tenths from last fall's 2.0 finale.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Monday 12/17/18


FINALS UPDATE: The Voice (1.5), America's Got Talent Special (1.1) and 9-1-1 (R) (0.4) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • NBC dominated with part one of The Voice's fall finale (1.5/1.6), down 20%ish from the year-ago evening. At 10/9c was an America's Got Talent special (1.2), which also served in part as a preview for the upcoming winter edition.
  • Like most comedies that have aired deep into December, CBS' The Neighborhood (1.0) and Happy Together (0.7) ended on a down note. It would be a new series low for HT. The Great Christmas Light Fight finished on ABC with a 0.7.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 12/16/18


FINALS UPDATE: 60 Minutes (2.5) and Sunday Night Football (5.4, +0.5) adjusted up while Football Night in America p2 (2.0) and Football Night in America p3 (2.8, -1.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • With a big national NFL lead-in, CBS went forward with its regular lineup of 60 Minutes (2.4), God Friended Me (1.1/1.0) and NCIS: Los Angeles (0.9/0.8). Compared to the last CBS NFL lead-in three weeks ago, the 7:00 NFL half-hour (6.3) was up eight tenths and 60 Minutes (2.9/1.9) was up three tenths in both preliminary half-hours, but the dramas were not much different.
  • There were lots of specials elsewhere; Fox looks about even year-to-year with the three-hour Miss Universe competition (0.9/1.2/1.3). ABC was even or a tick down year-to-year with its annual showing of The Sound of Music (0.5/0.8/0.9/0.8). And the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball (0.2) made its way to the CW Sunday.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Friday 12/14/18


FINALS UPDATE: Fresh Off the Boat (0.5) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • In one last comedy duel before the holiday hiatus, Fox's Last Man Standing (1.0) and The Cool Kids (0.8) came out on top as usual, but ABC's Fresh Off the Boat (0.6) was the only one that managed a steady night week-to-week in the rounded numbers; its lead-out Speechless (0.4) also inched down.
  • Later in the ABC evening, things got super-ugly as Child Support (0.3) somehow found another new low, but it was a season high night for NBC's Dateline (0.8) in its return to two-hour episodes. CBS went with I Love Lucy (0.6) and Dick Van Dyke (0.5) holiday specials, while the CW had a Hollywood Christmas Parade special (0.2).

Friday, December 14, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 12/13/18


FINALS UPDATE: Thursday Night Football (5.0, +1.6) adjusted up while Young Sheldon (R) (1.0) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • NBC kept just one hour of comedy around for the second Thursday in December, and was not rewarded; Superstore (0.7) fell to a new season low, while I Feel Bad (0.4) couldn't improve at all in a special 8:30 edition. CBS also had a single comedy hour at 9/8c, which saw Mom (1.2) build on Sheldon repeats (1.1/1.1), but Murphy Brown was down to its first 0.7 at 9:30.
  • Week two of ABC's The Great American Baking Show (0.6) and the CW's Supernatural (0.4) and Legacies (0.3) were all down a tenth from last week. And Fox got a big showing from its last Thursday Night Football of the season (3.2/3.5/3.4); it could be a 5.0ish in finals.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 12/12/18


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Fall finale night was a mixed bag for ABC, with The Goldbergs (1.1) preliminarily on the downturn but the other comedies American Housewife (1.0), Modern Family (1.4) and Single Parents (0.9) all up a notch. A Million Little Things posted another 0.7 at 10/9c, in its last episode before a move to Thursday after Grey's Anatomy in the new year.
  • Following a steady Survivor (1.5), CBS was on the upswing with dramas SEAL Team (1.0) and Criminal Minds (0.8). It would be the first trip into the ones all season for SEAL.
  • NBC had holiday special editions of Ellen's Game of Games (1.2) and Little Big Shots (0.8), and the CW was even with the fall finales of Riverdale (0.4) and All American (0.2).

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 12/11/18


FINALS UPDATE: The Rookie (0.8) and Supergirl (0.8) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • It was fall finale night on ABC, which got one-tenth rebounds for comedies The Conners (1.4), The Kids Are Alright (0.9) and Splitting Up Together (0.7), and CBS, which was up a notch with NCIS (1.3) but down a notch at 10/9c with NCIS: New Orleans (0.8).
  • NBC had another week of special programming after The Voice (1.4); this time, a one-hour Darci Lynne special (0.8) and Hollywood Game Night (0.5) did considerably worse than last week's SNL.
  • And the CW finished up its three night crossover with Supergirl (0.7) hitting season high levels on a special night. Though this was basically the same as a normal The Flash rating, Black Lightning (0.4) still managed an uptick at 9/8c.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Monday 12/10/18


FINALS UPDATE: Arrow (0.8) adjusted up while The Neighborhood (1.1, -0.2), Happy Together (0.8, -0.2), Magnum P.I. (0.8, -0.2) and Bull (0.8, -0.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers to come.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 12/9/18


FINALS UPDATE: Sunday Night Football (5.9, +0.6) and The Flash (0.7) adjusted up while Football Night in America p2 (0.5, -1.2) and Football Night in America p3 (2.3, -2.1) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • With a big Dallas Cowboys game in the late afternoon that stretched into the 7:30 half-hour, Fox got an even bigger NFL boost than usual for The Simpsons (2.8), Bob's Burgers (1.8), Family Guy (1.5) and Rel (0.8). The NFL also had a good night on NBC, where Sunday Night Football (5.4/5.5/5.1) should uptick back to 6.0ish after finals.
  • CBS' God Friended Me (0.8), NCIS: Los Angeles (0.9) and Madam Secretary (0.6) aired without the NFL lead-in, and looked similar to the same situation three weeks ago (LA a little better). ABC's Dancing with the Stars: Juniors (0.6) couldn't pick up any steam on finale night, and Shark Tank (0.7) was also even.
  • The CW began a three-night superhero crossover with The Flash (0.6) taking a turn on Sunday. It was toward the low end ratings-wise by Flash standards, but better than anything Supergirl has done on the night this season. With a new lead-in, Charmed remained at 0.3.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 12/5/18


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • It was fall finale night for the two biggest Wednesday lineups, NBC's One Chicago (1.2/1.2/1.1) and Fox's Empire (1.5) and Star (1.2). Fire and Empire were both preliminarily down a notch, while PD and Star were each up a notch; notably, it was the best rating for Star since mid-October.
  • ABC's comedy anchors The Goldbergs (1.2) and Modern Family (1.3) were even, but :30 comedies American Housewife (0.9) and Single Parents (0.8) each lost a tenth. That's a new low for Single Parents. After upticking last week, A Million Little Things was back down to 0.7.
  • CBS' regular lineup returned with Survivor (1.5) inching down, while SEAL Team (0.8) and Criminal Minds (0.7) returned to normal after good showings on Thanksgiving Eve. And after ekeing out 0.3 for four weeks in a row, the CW's All American was finally back at 0.2, for the first time since its second week.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 12/4/18


FINALS UPDATE: NCIS: New Orleans (0.9) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • On the first Tuesday after This Is Us and New Amsterdam wrapped for the fall, NBC was down from last week in both their timeslots with a two-hour Saturday Night Live Christmas special (1.1/0.9). Last year, the SNL Christmas special aired on December 21 and got a 1.2.
  • Despite weaker competition, ABC's lineup lost a tenth across the board with The Conners (1.3), The Kids Are Alright (0.8), Black-ish (0.8), Splitting Up Together (0.6) and The Rookie (0.7). CBS' NCIS (1.2), FBI (1.0) and NCIS: New Orleans (0.8) all matched their last originals two weeks ago, and Fox was also even with The Gifted (0.7) and Lethal Weapon (0.7). The CW's The Flash (0.7) was the lone upticker.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Monday 12/3/18


FINALS UPDATE: Arrow (0.5) adjusted up while The Great Christmas Light Fight (0.8, -0.3), The Good Doctor (1.1, -0.3) and The Neighborhood (1.0) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • In its first NBC telecast since May 2009, Deal or No Deal (1.0) returned for a holiday special after The Voice (1.5), before it begins a new run of originals on CNBC. It at least showed more spark than in the dying days of its NBC run; this episode should finish above the league average, which DoND didn't do in its last 50 or so airings in the late aughts.
  • CBS mixed an hour of The Big Bang Theory repeats (0.8/0.8) in between originals of 8/7c comedies The Neighborhood (1.1) and Happy Together (0.8) and 10/9c drama Bull (0.7). ABC (pending preemptions due to Monday Night Football) had the fall finale of The Good Doctor (1.4). The CW (0.4/0.3) was even.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 12/2/18


FINALS UPDATE: Sunday Night Football (5.4, +0.6) and The OT (3.1, +0.5) adjusted up while 60 Minutes (1.1, -0.2), Garth: Live at Notre Dame! (1.2), NCIS: Los Angeles (R) (0.5), Football Night in America p2 (1.3, -0.6), Football Night in America p3 (2.4, -1.6) and NFL Overrun (4.5) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Without the national NFL lead-in, CBS sat out its dramas and got a strong showing from a two-hour Garth Brooks special (1.3/1.2). With the late afternoon NFL help, Fox's comedies (1.6/1.2/1.2/0.6) looked quite similar to their last eps with the big lead-in two weeks ago.
  • ABC took over the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (0.9) after a long run on CBS, putting it on Sunday at 10/9c. The result was another 40% year-to-year decline for a special that has already been on a sharp downturn. (It got a 3.4 just four years ago!) Earlier in the night, America's Funniest Home Videos (0.8) inched down, while Dancing with the Stars: Juniors (0.6) and Shark Tank (0.7) were even.
  • NBC was a little lower than usual with Sunday Night Football (5.0/5.0/4.6), while the CW was on the upswing with Supergirl (0.4) and Charmed (0.3).

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