Monday, December 30, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 12/29/19


FINALS UPDATE: Sunday Night Football (6.2, +1.4) and Flirty Dancing (1.0) adjusted up while Football Night in America p2 (0.9, -1.8), Football Night in America p3 (2.7, -2.5) and The OT (2.8, -0.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • As always on the last Sunday of the NFL regular season, both CBS and Fox had a late-afternoon national NFL lead-in. Fox's was much bigger (3.9 at 7:00 and 3.0 at 7:30), but it wasn't able to do much for the preview of new unscripted series Flirty Dancing (0.9), which fell from a 1.1 at 8:00 to 0.7 at 8:30.
  • A game with major NFC playoff implications sent out NBC's Sunday Night Football (5.2/4.9/4.5) with its highest prelim in about a month.

The Top 10 TV Ratings Moments of 2019


It's time for my tenth 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.

Check back soon for a few additional thoughts about the biggest moments of the entire decade. Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 12/25/19


FINALS UPDATE: NBA Basketball (2.2, +0.4) adjusted up while Mom (R) (0.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers to come.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 12/24/19


FINALS UPDATE: Movie: It's a Wonderful Life (R) (0.6) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers to come. Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Monday 12/23/19


FINALS UPDATE: The Good Doctor (R) (0.2), The Price Is Right Special (0.8), All Rise (R) (0.4, -0.2), Bull (R) (0.3, -0.2) and Prodigal Son (R) (0.3) adjusted down.


Monday, December 23, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 12/22/19


FINALS UPDATE: 60 Minutes (0.7), Sunday Night Football (4.6, +0.6) and NFL Overrun (6.4, +0.9) adjusted up while NCIS: New Orleans (R) (0.2), Football Night in America p2 (1.1, -0.4) and Football Night in America p3 (2.5, -0.7) adjusted down.


Thursday, December 19, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 12/18/19


FINALS UPDATE: Live in Front of a Studio Audience (1.2) and Survivor (0.9) adjusted up while Black-ish (R) (0.6) and Ellen's Greatest Night of Giveaways (R) (0.5) adjusted down. NOTE: The prelims are included for the 8/7c hours of Ellen and Masked Singer for now, as they were not available in finals.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Season two of The Masked Singer (1.7/2.2) ended with much less of a finale spike than season one, but the 9/8c hour still represented its first hour in the 2's since early November.
  • It had relatively hefty competition for the second half of December, as CBS had the Survivor finale (1.3/1.2/1.0) and ABC went with the second edition of its Live in Front of a Studio Audience (1.1/1.1/1.2) tradition featuring All in the Family and Good Times this time. It didn't make as much of a mark as the first, which broke out to a 1.8 in May.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 12/17/19


FINALS UPDATE: Olaf's Frozen Adventure (R) (0.9) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers to come. The season finale of The Voice went up against scripted originals on CBS and Fox.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Monday 12/16/19


FINALS UPDATE: The Great Christmas Light Fight (0.6), Bob Hearts Abishola (0.7), The Voice (1.2) and Holidays with the Houghs (0.6) adjusted down.


Monday, December 16, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 12/15/19


FINALS UPDATE: Sunday Night Football (5.0, +0.6), NFL Overrun (6.1, +1.8), The OT (3.4) and Bob's Burgers (1.0) adjusted up while 60 Minutes (0.7), Football Night in America p2 (1.0, -0.8), Football Night in America p3 (2.4, -1.3) and The Simpsons (1.7) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Usually an after-Christmas tradition, this year's Kennedy Center Honors (0.6) moved to mid-December and the show matched last year's 0.6. ABC's annual mid-December showing of The Sound of Music (0.6) was down a notch from last year.
  • Fox used the national NFL lead-in to boost its animated comedies (1.8/1.0/0.9/0.9), all of which exactly matched their last post-NFL episodes three weeks ago. NBC's Sunday Night Football (4.6/4.5/4.2) was up a little from last week's prelim.
  • And the CW got very little interest in its short-order holiday series Christmas Caroler Challenge (0.1/0.1).

    Friday, December 13, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Thursday 12/12/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Thursday Night Football (3.4, +0.9) adjusted up.


    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 12/11/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Nancy Drew (0.1) adjusted down.


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    Sundays, 9/8c, Showtime







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    Sundays, 11:30/10:30c, ADULT SWIM







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    Sundays, 10/9c, HBO







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    Tuesdays, 10/9c, USA







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    Tuesdays, 9/8c, USA







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    Tuesday, December 10, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Monday 12/9/19


    FINALS UPDATE: The Voice (1.2) adjusted up while The Great Christmas Light Fight (0.7, -0.2), The Good Doctor (R) (0.6) and Making It (0.4) adjusted down.


    Monday, December 9, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 12/8/19


    FINALS UPDATE: NFL Overrun (7.1, +1.5), 60 Minutes (2.2, +0.6), God Friended Me (0.9), NCIS: Los Angeles (0.7), Sunday Night Football (5.3, +1.2) and Supergirl (0.7) adjusted up while Football Night in America p2 (0.9, -1.4) and Football Night in America p3 (2.8, -1.3) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • The CW's Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover began with Supergirl (0.6) on Sunday, easily hitting a new season high for the show and down a tenth from the Sunday opener to last year's crossover (0.7). It also tied The Flash's premiere as the highest-rated episode on the CW this season to date. But not many viewers stuck around for the 9/8c aftershow (0.2).
    • ABC aired an America's Funniest Home Videos special (0.6) in the 8/7c hour, bumping Kids Say the Darndest Things (0.4) to 9/8c where it completely tanked to a new low. But The Rookie admirably pulled itself back up to 0.6 at 10/9c.
    • CBS primetime began at 7:45 on the East Coast, so the prelims starting at 8:00 for 60 Minutes (1.6), God Friended Me (0.8) and NCIS: Los Angeles (0.6) could see some upward adjustment in finals. (The series finale of Madam Secretary began at 10:45 ET.)
    • Fox's Miss Universe competition (0.9) was down a couple tenths year-to-year. And NBC was on the lower end with Sunday Night Football (4.3/4.3/3.8).

    Friday, December 6, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Thursday 12/5/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Thursday Night Football (5.0, +1.3) adjusted up.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Numbers to come. ABC and NBC dedicated their Thursday to holiday programming, including the ABC original movie Same Time, Next Christmas.

    Thursday, December 5, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 12/4/19


    FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Leading out of The Masked Singer (1.8), Fox's event comedy series The Moodys (0.7) opened with a performance that would be poor by most standards but managed to outperform what the network has been getting out of Almost Family lately. (Though it was not really any better than the Almost Family premiere, which had a 0.75 out of a 2.0 TMS.)
    • NBC special Christmas in Rockefeller Center (1.1) was down two tenths year-to-year, but provided another The Voice-esque lead-in for night three of Making It (0.5).
    • ABC had a soft return in the 8/7c hour, with The Goldbergs (0.8) and Schooled (0.6) returning to new lows, but Modern Family (0.9) and Single Parents (0.6) and Stumptown (0.5) were even. CBS' Survivor (1.2), SEAL Team (0.7) and S.W.A.T. (0.5) were back to normal after their odd Thanksgiving Eve showings and matched two weeks ago. The CW (0.2/0.2) was also even with two weeks ago.

    Tuesday, December 3, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Monday 12/2/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1.2, -0.3), All Rise (R) (0.5, -0.2) and Bull (R) (0.4, -0.2) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • ABC's The Great Christmas Light Fight (0.7) was preliminarily two tenths behind last year's 0.9 premiere, while The Good Doctor (0.9) had a strong fall finale by tying last week's post-DWTS result.
    • After The Voice (1.1), NBC got little interest in the return of reality series Making It (0.5), last seen ranging from 1.1 to 0.7 in a post-America's Got Talent run in summer 2018. It'll air seven more hours in the next nine days, and on premiere night couldn't even beat failed previous occupant Bluff City Law.
    • A rare Monday stop for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1.5) has it in a close race with Fox's 9-1-1 (1.4) for top program of the night, though Rudolph could come down due to football preemptions. A strong 9-1-1 did not boost the fall finale of Prodigal Son (0.7), and the CW had its usual 0.2's.

    Monday, December 2, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 12/1/19


    FINALS UPDATE: NFL Overrun (5.8, +1.3), NCIS: Los Angeles (0.8), Madam Secretary (0.5) and Sunday Night Football (6.2, +0.7) adjusted up while Football Night in America p2 (1.9, -0.6) and Football Night in America p3 (3.1, -1.5) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • An NFL overrun helped boost 60 Minutes (2.3/1.6), and CBS improved the 8:30-9:30 period even compared to other NFL Sundays with a second hour of 60 Minutes (1.1/0.9) instead of God Friended Me. But it did not have a noticeable effect on NCIS: Los Angeles (0.8/0.7) and Madam Secretary (0.4). This lineup started just a couple minutes late on the East Coast so downward adjustments shouldn't be too severe.
    • ABC and Fox both mixed a holiday special in with some of their usual originals. After ABC's Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (0.7) came Shark Tank (0.6) and The Rookie (0.5), which matched two weeks ago. Fox was on the low end with The Simpsons (0.7) and Bob's Burgers (0.6), which sandwiched Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (0.5) at 8:30.
    • The CW (0.3/0.2) was even after a week off and Sunday Night Football (5.5/5.6/5.5) picked up at least a half point from last week.

    Saturday, November 30, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Thursday 11/28/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Sunday Night Football (6.1, +0.8) adjusted up while Young Sheldon (R) (2.2, -0.6), The Unicorn (R) (1.2, -0.2) and Evil (R) (0.4) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Numbers to come.

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 11/27/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Almost Family (0.3) adjusted down.


    Monday, November 25, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 11/24/19


    FINALS UPDATE: NCIS: Los Angeles (0.7), Sunday Night Football (5.9, +1.1), NFL Overrun (7.8, +0.9) and The OT (4.1) adjusted up while Football Night in America p2 (1.6, -1.0) and Football Night in America p3 (3.1, -1.5) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • After a one-year stop on Tuesday, the American Music Awards (1.8/1.8/1.6) returned to Sunday and were basically in line with last year's 1.8 (which had been down roughly 25% from the previous year on a Sunday).
    • Fox had a huge Cowboys/Patriots game as a late afternoon lead-in, but it ended well before 8:00 and so The Simpsons (1.8), Bless the Harts (1.0), Bob's Burgers (0.9) and Family Guy (0.9) were not meaningfully different from their last NFL night two weeks ago. CBS (0.7/0.6/0.6/0.4) also looked similar to its last non-NFL Sunday two weeks ago.
    • A blowout on Sunday Night Football (5.4/5.2/4.2) was nonetheless up from last week, and the CW (0.1/0.1) was repeats.

    Friday, November 22, 2019

    Thursday, November 21, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 11/20/19


    FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • The Masked Singer (1.9) got a post-CMAs rebound, making Almost Family (even at 0.5) look even more dire by comparison. NBC's Chicago trio (1.2/1.2/1.1) and CBS' Survivor (1.2) and SEAL Team (0.7) were also up vs. their last originals.
    • Everything on ABC (0.9/0.7/0.9/0.6/0.5) matched two weeks ago, before the CMA break, and S.W.A.T. (0.5) was also even. The CW's Riverdale (0.2) edged down, but Nancy Drew clung to 0.2 at 9/8c.

    Monday, November 18, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 11/17/19


    FINALS UPDATE: NFL Overrun (6.6, +1.3), 60 Minutes (2.0, +0.4), NCIS: Los Angeles (0.7), Football Night in America p2 (2.8, +0.9), Sunday Night Football (5.1, +0.8) and Bless the Harts (0.7) adjusted up while Football Night in America p3 (2.8, -1.0), The Simpsons (R) (0.4, -0.2) and Bob's Burgers (R) (0.5) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • ABC quickly gave back last week's Sunday bounce, as Kids Say the Darndest Things (0.6), Shark Tank (0.6) and The Rookie (0.5) all went back to their low-end levels. Fox fared better, with Bless the Harts (0.6) and the Bob's Burgers (0.8) / Family Guy (0.8) duo all rising compared with their last non-NFL episodes two weeks ago.
    • CBS had NFL help (preliminary 5.3 in the 7:00 hour). The preliminary ratings starting at 8/7c for 60 Minutes (1.6), God Friended Me (0.8) and NCIS: Los Angeles (0.6) could receive some upward adjustment in finals since the primetime lineup actually started at 7:48 on the East Coast (including a dreaded 10:48 start for Madam Secretary).
    • The CW (0.3/0.2) was even again, while NBC had a below-average Sunday Night Football (4.5/4.6/4.0).

    Thursday, November 14, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 11/13/19


    FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • ABC's CMA Awards (2.0/2.1/1.8) slowed the bleeding, dropping only a tenth or two from last year's 2.1 (which had been a roughly one-third drop from the year before).
    • They also seemingly took a major chunk of audience from The Masked Singer (1.6), down a whooping four tenths from last week's two-hour edition. That helped usher the return of Almost Family (0.5) to another new low at 9/8c.
    • CBS' Survivor (1.2/1.1) was the reality show to go two hours this week, and it dropped from last week and didn't help out S.W.A.T. (0.5) at 10/9c. Most resilient on the big four was NBC's Chicago trio (1.1/1.1/1.0), while the CW's Riverdale (0.3) and Nancy Drew (0.2) would be at three-week highs if they can hold in finals.

    Wednesday, November 13, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 11/12/19


    FINALS UPDATE: NCIS (1.1) and This Is Us (1.4) adjusted up.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • It was a brutal return from a week off for ABC's comedies, with new season lows for The Conners (1.0), Bless this Mess (0.6) and Black-ish (0.5). Mixed-ish (0.6) was the only show to avoid a new low in the roundeds, but its previous 0.6 was a very high one. The network did fare a little better than usual in the 10/9c hour with an old-skewing Dolly Parton special (0.6).
    • CBS got a new low of its own from FBI (0.7) while the surrounding NCIS (1.0) and NCIS: New Orleans (0.6) were flat. NBC (1.3/1.3/0.7) and Fox (0.7/0.7) matched last week, and the CW (0.2/0.1) was repeats.

    Tuesday, November 12, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Monday 11/11/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Dancing with the Stars (0.9), The Neighborhood (R) (0.7, -0.2) and Bob Hearts Abishola (R) (0.5, -0.3) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • ABC (1.1/0.9/0.8) and repeats on CBS (0.9/0.8/0.6/0.4) may adjust due to partial preemptions/delays on the West Coast.
    • Fox's Prodigal Son (0.8) is preliminarily eyeing an uptick while lead-in 9-1-1 (1.3) was even. NBC (1.3/1.2/0.5) and the CW (0.2/0.2) were also close to their last originals.

    Monday, November 11, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 11/10/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Sunday Night Football (6.7, +0.8), NFL Overrun (6.1, +0.8) and NFL Overrun (6.1, +0.8) adjusted up while 60 Minutes (0.7), Football Night in America p2 (0.6, -1.3), Football Night in America p3 (2.3, -2.6), The Simpsons (1.8, -0.3) and Bless the Harts (0.8) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • With a national NFL lead-in, the Fox animation (2.1/0.9/0.8/0.9) got a boost, but may drop in finals since the NFL coverage ran late again. Meanwhile, CBS did not have the national NFL help and tied season lows with God Friended Me (0.6) and NCIS: Los Angeles (0.6), while Madam Secretary managed to fall to its first ever 0.3 at 10/9c.
    • The ABC lineup showed some much-welcome life with Shark Tank (0.8) rising to a new season high at 9/8c, sandwiched by upticks from Kids Say the Darndest Things (0.7) and The Rookie (0.6) as well. The CW (0.3/0.2) was even, and NBC went big with the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football (6.0/6.1/5.7).

    Saturday, November 9, 2019

    Thursday, November 7, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 11/6/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Chicago Fire (1.1) adjusted up while Nancy Drew (0.1) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Fox's The Masked Singer (2.0/2.0) returned with a double dose following two Wednesdays off due to the World Series, declining from its last original and matching its low from weeks two and three.
    • Following some huge showings against the Series, it was a down night for Chicago Med (1.1), Chicago Fire (1.0) and Chicago PD (1.0). ABC's Modern Family (0.9) also dropped a tick while the 8/7c comedies (0.9/0.7), Single Parents (0.6) and Stumptown (0.5) matched last week.
    • The only two shows to uptick on broadcast were CBS' Survivor (1.3 while its lead-out dramas (0.6/0.5) were even) and the CW's Nancy Drew (0.2, matching Riverdale (0.2) in the demo but trailing by more than 20% in total viewers).

    Wednesday, November 6, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 11/5/19


    FINALS UPDATE: NCIS: New Orleans (0.6) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • ABC got an extraordinary performance out of The Little Mermaid Live! (2.6), the biggest showing for one of these live musical events in raw numbers since Grease Live! (4.3) in early 2016. On an A18-49+ basis, it should easily top Grease (which had a 295ish) and become the biggest one of these on record. But it provided only a two-tenth boost for rookie drama Emergence (0.7) at 10/9c.
    • Against the big event, the competition had a mixed to negative night. NBC's The Voice (1.3) actually managed a rebound, but dramas This Is Us (1.3) and New Amsterdam (0.7) inched down.
    • CBS was down a tick with NCIS (1.0) but even later in the night (0.8/0.7), while Fox was steady with The Resident (0.7) but down again with Empire (0.7). The CW's The Flash (0.4) and Arrow (0.2) also dropped a tenth.

    Tuesday, November 5, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Monday 11/4/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Dancing with the Stars (0.8, -0.2), The Good Doctor (0.7, -0.2), All American (R) (0.1) and Black Lightning (R) (0.1) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • CBS gave back a bit of its recent Monday momentum, with Bob Hearts Abishola (0.7), All Rise (0.6) and Bull (0.6) all dropping a tenth while anchor The Neighborhood (0.9) was even.
    • NBC matched last week with The Voice (1.3) and Bluff City Law (0.5) as did Fox with 9-1-1 (1.3) and Prodigal Son (0.7). ABC (1.0/0.9/0.9) and the CW's repeats (0.2/0.2) appear to be pending Monday Night Football preemptions.

    Monday, November 4, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 11/3/19


    FINALS UPDATE: NFL Overrun (6.0, +1.3) and Sunday Night Football (6.7, +0.8) adjusted up while 60 Minutes (1.6, -0.3), God Friended Me (0.7), Football Night in America p2 (1.8, -0.7), Football Night in America p3 (3.8, -1.3), The Simpsons (R) (0.5, -0.5) and Bob's Burgers (R) (0.6, -0.2) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • CBS was down from last week's prelims with 60 Minutes (1.9), God Friended Me (0.8/0.7), NCIS: Los Angeles (0.6) and Madam Secretary (0.4) despite having another national NFL lead-in. There should be a bit of downward adjustment but perhaps not as much as last week (these shows started 7 minutes after their listed times).
    • Fox animation was back after a week off with The Simpsons (0.8) matching its last non-NFL rating, but Bless the Harts (0.5), Bob's Burgers (0.6) and Family Guy (0.6) all fell to new season lows. ABC had a big night from America's Funniest Home Videos (0.9) but it didn't help out Kids Say the Darndest Things (0.6), Shark Tank (0.6) and The Rookie (0.5). The CW (0.3/0.2) was even again.
    • These shows had no World Series competition this week but were up against a considerably stronger Sunday Night Football (5.9/6.3/5.4).

    Saturday, November 2, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Friday 11/1/19


    FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Though the clocks haven't changed yet, it was still a nice Friday for some of the 8/7c offerings as American Housewife ticked up to 0.7 for the first time since premiere week and The Blacklist (0.6) is eyeing a new season high in the prelims. ABC was then even with Fresh Off the Boat (0.5) and down a notch from last week with 20/20 (0.5), while NBC's Dateline (0.6) was on the high end alongside Blacklist.
    • After a one-week stop on FS1, WWE SmackDown! (0.8) returned to big Fox and was up a tenth vs. two weeks ago. CBS (0.7/0.6/0.6) and the CW (0.2/0.1) matched last week.

    Friday, November 1, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Thursday 10/31/19


    FINALS UPDATE: The Unicorn (R) (0.5) and Thursday Night Football (3.9, +1.1) adjusted up while Evil (R) (0.3) and The Good Place (0.6) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Numbers to come.

    Thursday, October 31, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 10/30/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Survivor (1.2), Chicago Fire (1.2) and World Series (6.1, +0.5) adjusted up while Single Parents (0.6) and SEAL Team (0.6) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Game 7 of the World Series (5.6), as Game 7's do, went massively ahead of the rest of the series: more than 50% ahead of the Game 6 prelim, and close to double the game on Wednesday of last week.
    • With another dose of Halloween help, ABC's comedies held up; The Goldbergs (0.9) and Schooled (0.7) matched last week, while Modern Family (1.0) and Single Parents (0.7) matched two weeks ago when they were last together. The net's only decliner was Stumptown, falling to its first 0.5 at 10/9c.
    • NBC's Chicago trio (1.2/1.1/1.1) also hung in there impressively; Fire at 9/8c was the only week-to-week decliner, while Med and PD were even. 
    • CBS' Survivor (1.1) took a hit, but the dramas SEAL Team (0.7) and S.W.A.T. (0.5) looked pretty normal. And the CW's Riverdale (0.2) and Nancy Drew (0.1) were both down, putting Nancy at her first 0.1.

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 10/29/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Mixed-ish (0.8) and World Series (4.1, +0.3) adjusted up.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Game 6 of the World Series (3.4/3.8/4.1) is headed for easily the series' highest ratings to date, but the return of the ABC comedy lineup hung in there nicely thanks to its usual Halloween bump. The Conners (1.2), Bless This Mess (0.8), Mixed-ish (0.7) and especially Black-ish (0.8) were all up vs. two weeks ago (Mixed-ish tied last week). Emergence (0.5) returned flat at 10/9c.
    • NBC was not quite as resilient, with The Voice (1.2) and This Is Us (1.4) eyeing new season lows while New Amsterdam (0.8) tied its season low. The CW was flat with The Flash (0.5) and Arrow (0.3). CBS (0.8/0.6/0.5) was in repeat mode.

    Tuesday, October 29, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Monday 10/28/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Dancing with the Stars (0.9), The Good Doctor (R) (0.4, -0.2) and Bluff City Law (0.5) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • CBS Monday continued its slow upward momentum with Bob Hearts Abishola inching up to 0.8 for the first time since the series premiere, while lead-in The Neighborhood (0.9) and the legal dramas (0.7/0.7) were even.
    • NBC was steady-ish with The Voice (1.2/1.3) and Bluff City Law (0.6), while Fox aired its first entertainment programming in a week and saw a decline for 9-1-1 (1.3) and a steady Prodigal Son (0.7). The CW (0.2/0.2) matched last week.
    • ABC's Dancing with the Stars (1.0) and repeat of The Good Doctor (0.6) are pending preemptions due to Monday Night Football.

    Monday, October 28, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 10/27/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Shark Tank (0.6), NFL Overrun (5.9, +0.9), Sunday Night Football (5.7, +0.6) and World Series (2.7, +0.3) adjusted up while The Rookie (0.5), 60 Minutes (1.7, -0.6), God Friended Me (0.8), Madam Secretary (0.4), Football Night in America p2 (1.6, -0.5), Football Night in America p3 (2.9, -1.4) and World Series Pregame (1.0, -0.2) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • The CBS primetime lineup of 60 Minutes (3.0/1.5), God Friended Me (0.9), NCIS: Los Angeles (0.7/0.6) and Madam Secretary (0.5) started 11 minutes late and may experience some downward adjustment in the finals.
    • ABC led off its Sunday with a second dose of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (0.7), but it was no help to Kids Say the Darndest Things (0.6) or Shark Tank (0.5). The Rookie (0.6) managed to grow on its Shark Tank lead-in at 10/9c. The CW (0.3/0.2) matched last week.
    • Game 5 of the World Series (2.4/2.5/2.4) looks to be down huge from last year's fifth and final game (3.9 prelim -> 4.6 final), which had a national NFL lead-in while this one did not. On the year-ago evening the Series actually won head-to-head against Sunday Night Football, but it was not even in the ballpark of last night's SNF (5.1/5.3/4.8).

    Saturday, October 26, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Friday 10/25/19


    FINALS UPDATE: World Series (2.8) adjusted up.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Against Game 3 of the World Series (2.4/2.7/2.8), it was another night of stability or even growth for the competing regular broadcast lineups. Following even comedies American Housewife (0.6) and Fresh Off the Boat (0.5), 20/20 (0.6) was up two tenths. CBS was up with Hawaii Five-0 (0.7) and Magnum P.I. (0.6), while Blue Bloods (0.6) was steady. And NBC got a rebound from The Blacklist (0.5). The CW (0.2/0.1) matched last week.

    Thursday, October 24, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 10/23/19


    FINALS UPDATE: SEAL Team (0.6) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • NBC's Chicago trio (1.2/1.2/1.1) came back to earth somewhat after last week's crossover, but Chicago Med still had its outright second-highest rating of the season, while Chicago Fire and Chicago PD tied their pre-crossover season highs.
    • ABC was only partially original for the second straight night, with the original comedies The Goldbergs (0.9), Schooled (0.7) and Single Parents (0.6) all losing a tenth while Modern Family (0.5) was in repeat mode. A Prince Harry/Meghan Markle special (0.5) rounded out the night at 10/9c.
    • On CBS, Survivor (1.3) gave back a tenth after last week's season high, while SEAL Team (0.7) was even and S.W.A.T. (0.6) edged up. Riverdale (0.3) rallied a bit for the CW, and Nancy Drew posted another 0.2.
    • Game 2 of the World Series (2.6/2.9/3.0) was barely down from the Game 1 prelims and should have a better year-to-year trend than Game 1.

    Wednesday, October 23, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 10/22/19


    FINALS UPDATE: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1.3) and World Series (3.1, +0.2) adjusted up.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Game 1 of the World Series (2.9) was down roughly 15% vs. last year's opener, which had a 3.4 prelim and adjusted up to a 3.7 final.
    • ABC had a nice showing from Halloween specials It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (1.2) and Toy Story of TERROR! (1.0), both of which were up year-to-year vs. last year's Thursday airings. But they didn't provide much boost to the comedy hour of Mixed-ish (0.7) and Black-ish (0.7), and ABC rounded out the night with a Diane Sawyer interview at 10/9c (0.5).
    • The regular entertainment lineups were pretty resilient against the World Series; NBC was even with The Voice (1.3) and slightly up with This Is Us (1.6) and New Amsterdam (0.9), while CBS (1.1/0.8/0.7) was even to slightly down. The CW (0.5/0.3) matched last week.

    Tuesday, October 22, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Monday 10/21/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Dancing with the Stars (0.7, -0.2), The Good Doctor (0.8, -0.2), Prodigal Son (0.7), All American (0.2) and Black Lightning (0.2) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • An uptick for Fox's 9-1-1 (1.5) put it on top of the Monday broadcast ratings, two tenths ahead of a declining The Voice (1.3) on NBC. Their respective lead-outs Prodigal Son (0.8) and Bluff City Law (0.5) both matched last week.
    • It was a mostly up night for CBS, with only Bob Hearts Abishola (0.7) matching last week while The Neighborhood (0.9), All Rise (0.7) and Bull (0.7) were up a notch and tied their season highs from premiere week.
    • ABC (0.9/1.0/1.0) and the CW (0.3/0.3) prelims are pending Monday Night Football preemptions.

    Monday, October 21, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 10/20/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Sunday Night Football (6.6, +0.8) and NFL Overrun (6.4, +1.6) adjusted up while 60 Minutes (0.7), Football Night in America p2 (0.9, -1.1), Football Night in America p3 (2.9, -2.0), The Simpsons (2.0) and Bob's Burgers (1.0) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Airing its Treehouse of Horror episode after a national NFL lead-in, The Simpsons (2.1) preliminarily its post-NFL rating from two weeks ago. That'd be a nice showing if it holds, since the Fox NFL lead-in was a lot weaker than two weeks ago, but it could edge down in finals because it started a couple minutes late. The Fox lineup continued with recently renewed Bless the Harts (1.1), down from its prelim two weeks ago, but Bob's Burgers (1.1) and Family Guy (1.2) held on nicely from there.
    • There was a sizable drop for week three of Kids Say the Darndest Things (0.6) on ABC, but Shark Tank (0.6) and The Rookie (0.6) matched last week.
    • The without-NFL CBS lineup was down a notch (vs. two weeks ago) with God Friended Me (0.6) but even with NCIS: Los Angeles (0.7) and Madam Secretary (0.4). The CW's Batwoman hung at 0.3 but Supergirl inched down to 0.2. NBC had a big night with the Cowboys in primetime on Sunday Night Football, with the prelims up roughly 50% week-to-week.

    Renewology Week 4: Evil Rising and Nervous Nancy


    Here's a look at the big Renewology developments in week four.

    Friday, October 18, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Thursday 10/17/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Young Sheldon (1.0), Thursday Night Football (4.2, +1.3) and Legacies (0.3) adjusted up while How to Get Away with Murder (0.4) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Numbers to come.

    Thursday, October 17, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 10/16/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Chicago Med (1.5) and The Masked Singer (2.2) adjusted up while SEAL Team (0.6), Chicago PD (1.3) and Almost Family (0.6) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • A crossover event lifted NBC's Chicago lineup in a huge way, with Chicago Fire (1.3), Chicago Med (1.4) and Chicago PD (1.4) all notching new season highs by multiple tenths. These will likely be new series highs for all three shows in Plus.
    • With the baseball playoffs rained out, there was some upward momentum elsewhere on the big four as well. Survivor (1.4) hit a new season high, but the momentum did not really continue with dramas SEAL Team (0.7) and S.W.A.T. (0.5). Fox also had an unscripted uptick with The Masked Singer (2.1), but its lead-out Almost Family (0.7) won't even have to wait till finals to get its 0.7 this time. And ABC was up a notch with comedies Schooled (0.8) and Modern Family (1.0) and even with everything else.
    • The CW's saw post-premiere dips from Riverdale (0.2) and Nancy Drew (0.2), a particularly striking drop for Riverdale since it was at a 0.42 last week.

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 10/15/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Mixed-ish (0.6) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • There were some comedy downticks for ABC's The Conners (1.1), Bless This Mess (0.7) and Black-ish (0.6), and the first two hours on NBC (1.3/1.5/0.8) were also down. CBS (1.1/0.9/0.7) and Fox (0.7/0.8) were steady (and up a notch in FBI's case).
    • The CW's The Flash (0.5) lost a tenth from last week's premiere and led into the return of Arrow (0.3) for its final season at 9/8c.

    SpotVault - Arrow (CW) - 2019-20 Ratings





    Arrow
    Tuesdays, 9/8c, CW







    CW Daily Renewology for 2019-20


    This is a look at Renewology for all CW scripted series in 2019-20, updating every day as new ratings come in. See below the table for an explanation of the numbers.

    These numbers are up to date through Friday, March 27. (Includes preliminary ratings for Friday, March 27.)

    Tuesday, October 15, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Monday 10/14/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Dancing with the Stars (0.9, -0.2) and The Good Doctor (0.8, -0.2) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • ABC's Dancing with the Stars (1.1/1.0) and The Good Doctor (1.0) and Fox's 9-1-1 (1.4) and Prodigal Son (0.8) are pending preemptions due to Monday Night Football. But it's clear 9-1-1 could not sustain its huge upper-1's level from the three-episode event to start the season.
    • CBS was steady with The Neighborhood (0.8), Bob Hearts Abishola (0.7), All Rise (0.6) and Bull (0.6), while NBC was down another notch with The Voice (1.4) and Bluff City Law (0.5). And the CW's All American (0.2) and Black Lightning (0.2) couldn't hold onto their 0.3 season premieres.

    Monday, October 14, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 10/13/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Kids Say the Darndest Things (0.8), NFL Overrun (6.0, +0.5), Football Night in America p2 (2.2) and Sunday Night Football (4.6, +0.7) adjusted up while Shark Tank (0.6) and Football Night in America p3 (3.0, -0.5) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Week two for the CW Sunday saw sizable drops in both hours, with Batwoman falling two tenths to 0.3 (albeit a high one with a 0.3 -> 0.4 breakdown) and Supergirl falling to a lower 0.3 (with a 0.3 -> 0.2 breakdown).
    • The other premiere from last week, ABC's Kids Say the Darndest Things (0.7), was also down two tenths in its second week. But the night as a whole still looks OK for ABC, as America's Funniest Home Videos (0.7) was up a notch and Shark Tank (0.7) and The Rookie (0.6) were even.
    • CBS had the national NFL lead-in for 60 Minutes (2.1), God Friended Me (1.0/0.9), NCIS: Los Angeles (0.8/0.7) and Madam Secretary (0.5). There shouldn't be a ton of adjustment since the lineup started on time on the East Coast. Fox lost that lead-in and was down a tenth vs. two weeks ago with The Simpsons (0.8) and Bless the Harts (0.6), but even with Bob's Burgers (0.7) and Family Guy (0.7). NBC had a relatively weak Sunday Night Football (4.2/4.1/3.4).

    Renewology Week 3: The CW's Premiere Week, and the Newbie Mean Reversion


    Here's a look at the big Renewology developments in week three.

    Saturday, October 12, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Friday 10/11/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Blue Bloods (0.6) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Fox's WWE SmackDown! (1.0/0.9) remained comfortably on top of broadcast, and still well ahead of what it was doing on USA Network, but took a large week two drop vs. last week's 1.4.
    • It was another rough week on ABC, as American Housewife stayed at 0.5 while Fresh Off the Boat (0.3) and 20/20 (0.3/0.4) both fell. But the other broadcasters were even to up, with CBS' Hawaii Five-0 (0.7) and Magnum P.I. (0.6) steady while Blue Bloods upticked to a new season high 0.7. NBC was flat with The Blacklist (0.5) and up with Dateline (0.6).
    • The CW finished its opening week with Charmed preliminarily hanging onto 0.2 on its new night, while Dynasty posted a familiar 0.1 at 9/8c.

    SpotVault - Dynasty (CW) - 2019-20 Ratings





    Dynasty
    Fridays, 9/8c, CW







    SpotVault - Charmed (CW) - 2019-20 Ratings





    Charmed
    Fridays, 8/7c, CW







    Friday, October 11, 2019

    Thursday, October 10, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 10/9/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Survivor (1.2) and S.W.A.T. (0.6) adjusted up while SEAL Team (0.6) and Almost Family (0.7) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • The CW's second newbie premiere of the year was Nancy Drew (0.3), down a tenth from its Riverdale lead-in (0.4). That may not seem like much, but it was a tenth bigger than last year's All American premiere in this timeslot. As for Riverdale, it was down a tenth from last year's premiere, and bounced back from a rough spring that saw a string of 0.2's and ended with a 0.3.
    • NBC was steady to up with One Chicago (1.1/1.2/1.0), including a new season high for Fire at 9/8c, while Fox was even with The Masked Singer (2.0) and will hope that Almost Family (0.8) can hold in finals this time after adjusting down to 0.7 last week.
    • The other two networks were not so steady; ABC was even with The Goldbergs (1.0) but down with Schooled (0.7), Modern Family (0.9) and Stumptown (0.6). CBS' Survivor (1.1) and SWAT (0.5) were also down.

    SpotVault - Riverdale (CW) - 2019-20 Ratings





    Riverdale
    Wednesdays, 8/7c, CW







    SpotVault - Nancy Drew (CW) - 2019-20 Ratings





    Nancy Drew
    Wednesdays, 9/8c, CW







    Wednesday, October 9, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 10/8/19


    FINALS UPDATE: The Conners (1.2) adjusted up.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Week three for ABC saw The Conners back at a preliminary 1.1 (last week it adjusted up to a 1.2 final) while Bless This Mess preliminarily inched up to 0.8. Mixed-ish (0.7) and Black-ish (0.7) were even while Emergence took a rough drop to 0.5 (following a very high 0.6 last week).
    • Some of the early season heat wore off for NCIS (1.1), down two tenths along with its lead-out FBI (0.8). NBC's The Voice (1.5) and This Is Us (1.6) were each down a tenth, while Empire (0.8) also lost another tenth in week three.
    • The CW brought back The Flash (0.6), down two tenths from last year's premiere and tying last week's finale. It led into an encore of the Batwoman pilot (0.3).

    SpotVault - The Flash (CW) - 2019-20 Ratings





    The Flash
    Tuesdays, 8/7c, CW







    Tuesday, October 8, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Monday 10/7/19


    FINALS UPDATE: 9-1-1 (1.7) adjusted up while Bluff City Law (0.6) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • The CW moved sophomore drama All American (0.3) to Monday at 8/7c, where it preliminarily got a boost after ending its first season on ten straight 0.2's. (It also had a preliminary 0.3 in A18-34, a major improvement after ending with five straight 0.1's last year.) At 9/8c, Black Lightning also returned to a preliminary 0.3, down a tenth from last year's premiere but up from three straight 0.2's to end last season.
    • Fox's 9-1-1 ended its three-part event with a third straight 1.6, but Prodigal Son (0.9) fell a tick at 9/8c.
    • CBS' The Neighborhood (0.8) fell a notch but Bob Hearts Abishola (0.7), All Rise (0.6) and Bull (0.6) matched last week. ABC was steady with Dancing with the Stars (0.8) and The Good Doctor (0.9). NBC was also even-ish with The Voice (1.5/1.6) and Bluff City Law (0.7) but could suffer in finals due to a football preemption.

    SpotVault - The Walking Dead (AMC) - Fall 2019 Ratings





    The Walking Dead
    Sundays, 9/8c, AMC







    SpotVault - The Blacklist (NBC) - 2019-20 Ratings





    The Blacklist
    Fridays, 8/7c, NBC







    SpotVault - Supergirl (CW) - 2019-20 Ratings





    Supergirl
    Sundays, 9/8c, CW







    SpotVault - Mr. Robot (USA) - Fall 2019 Ratings





    Mr. Robot
    Sundays, 10/9c, USA







    SpotVault - Madam Secretary (CBS) - 2019-20 Ratings





    Madam Secretary
    Sundays, 10:30/9:30c, CBS







    SpotVault - Kids Say the Darndest Things (ABC) - Fall 2019 Ratings





    Kids Say the Darndest Things
    Sundays, 8/7c, ABC







    SpotVault - Black Lightning (CW) - 2019-20 Ratings





    Black Lightning
    Mondays, 9/8c, CW







    SpotVault - Batwoman (CW) - 2019-20 Ratings





    Batwoman
    Sundays, 8/7c, CW







    SpotVault - All American (CW) - 2019-20 Ratings





    All American
    Mondays, 8/7c, CW







    Monday, October 7, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 10/6/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Sunday Night Football (5.6, +0.6) and NFL Overrun (7.2, +1.0) adjusted up while 60 Minutes (0.8), Football Night in America p2 (0.5, -1.1), Football Night in America p3 (2.0, -2.2), The Simpsons (2.1, -0.5), Bless the Harts (1.2) and Bob's Burgers (1.0) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • The CW began its new season on a positive note with the series premiere of Batwoman (0.5) at 8/7c, certainly the CW's most impressive newbie premiere since at least Black Lightning (a 0.8 after The Flash in early 2018). It also helped Supergirl (0.4) in its move to 9/8c, as that show was up a notch from its spring 8/7c level.
    • ABC had its own nice 8/7c premiere with its reboot of Kids Say the Darndest Things (0.9), outrating the year-ago Dancing with the Stars: Juniors premiere by two tenths. Shark Tank (0.7) was even at 9/8c while The Rookie (0.6) edged down.
    • The national NFL lead-in switched over to Fox, which rode a late-afternoon Cowboys game to a huge animation boost for The Simpsons (2.6), Bless the Harts (1.3), Bob's Burgers (1.1) and Family Guy (0.9). The lineup started a few minutes late on the East Coast so there could be a little downward adjustment.
    • CBS dropped modestly without the national NFL lead-in as God Friended Me (0.7) and NCIS: Los Angeles (0.7) started at their regular times, but there was no interest in the return of Madam Secretary (0.4) at 10/9c. NBC's Sunday Night Football (5.2/5.3/4.7) was down quite a bit from last week.

    Renewology Week 2: Stumptown and Prodigal Son Become Renewal Favorites


    Here's a look at the big Renewology developments in week two.

    Saturday, October 5, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Friday 10/4/19


    FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • For the second straight year, Fox provided the breakout Friday night moment of the season. This time, it was its acquisition of the WWE's SmackDown (1.4/1.3), which roughly doubled the ratings it has been pulling on USA in recent weeks.
    • It was a rough week two for ABC as American Housewife (0.5) fell two tenths from last week's premiere, while Fresh Off the Boat (0.4) and 20/20 (0.4/0.5) were also down. The CBS lineup of Hawaii Five-0 (0.7), Magnum P.I. (0.6) and Blue Bloods (0.6) was even.
    • NBC's The Blacklist (0.5) returned at 8/7c at the low end of its ratings from last season, tying the year-ago Blindspot premiere in the timeslot.

    Friday, October 4, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Thursday 10/3/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Thursday Night Football (4.4, +0.7) adjusted up while A Million Little Things (0.8) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Things didn't get any worse for the CBS comedy lineup in week two, with Young Sheldon (1.0) matching last week's prelims (it later adjusted up to 1.1) while The Unicorn (0.8), Mom (0.8), Carol's Second Act (0.7) and drama newbie Evil (0.6) all matched last week's finals.
    • On NBC, the 8/7c hour of Superstore (0.8) and Perfect Harmony (0.5) was even, but The Good Place (0.6) fell and, remarkably, so it did its already DOA lead-out Sunnyside (0.3). At 10/9c Law and Order: SVU managed to pull its way up to a 0.7 once again, beating its drama competition.
    • ABC Thursday was down across the board with Grey's Anatomy (1.3) losing two tenths and A Million Little Things (0.9) and How to Get Away with Murder (0.5) each down one.
    • And Fox's Thursday Night Football (3.7) was actually just a couple tenths below last week's huge prelim; we'll see if it can catch up in finals since the game featured West Coast markets.

    Thursday, October 3, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 10/2/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Chicago Med (1.1) and The Masked Singer (2.0) adjusted up while Single Parents (0.7) and Almost Family (0.7) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Fox unveiled its first scripted lead-out to The Masked Singer (1.9), but new drama Almost Family (0.8) was pretty soundly rejected by that show's audience.
    • CBS featured the returns of third-year dramas SEAL Team (0.7) and S.W.A.T. (0.6). SEAL was off a tenth from the year-ago premiere, while S.W.A.T. was down a tenth from Criminal Minds in this timeslot a year ago. At 8/7c, Survivor (1.2) inched down from last week's premiere.
    • The second Wednesday was much steadier than the second Tuesday on ABC, as the comedies (1.0/0.8/1.1/0.8) were even (and up a tenth in Single Parents' case), while week two of Stumptown followed up last week's crazy DVR growth by maintaining its 0.7.
    • One Chicago was also close to even in week two, as Chicago PD (1.0) shed a tenth but Chicago Med (1.0) and Chicago Fire (1.1) were even.

    The 2019-20 Climate Center: League Averages


    The Climate Center helps you keep up with some of this site's bigger-picture numbers on a week-to-week basis. Though most of the A18-49+ posts aren't updated until the summer, this can keep you posted on how things are developing while the season is ongoing.

    The League Averages post covers the numbers that really make A18-49+ go: the 'league average,' which is an average of all ratings for original non-sports series on the big four networks during the traditional 35- or 36-week regular season. No sports, no reruns, no specials, no movies, no sustaining programming included!

    The 2019-20 Climate Center: Networks


    The Climate Center helps you keep up with some of this site's bigger-picture numbers on a week-to-week basis. Though most of the A18-49+ posts aren't updated until the summer, this can keep you posted on how things are developing while the season is ongoing.

    The Networks post looks at some of the metrics that best get at the networks' actual strength, most importantly breaking the networks' overall averages apart by category and mostly focusing on only the original non-sports series.

    The 2019-20 Climate Center: Renewology Targets


    Ever wonder how Renewology comes up with its percentages? A key part is the network-specific target averages; the R% is all about how close a show is to its target average. This Climate Center post will illustrate the steps that go into creating those targets, within each network and category.

    The first table is simply a week-to-week list of all the network/category targets, so you can see easily how they've evolved over the course of the season. Then there's a more in-depth look at the components of the target on each network. At the bottom of these tables is a brief description of what these numbers are. For more on why they're actually used in Renewology, please see the summary of the Renewology process. (The stuff about target averages is under Step Three.)

    SpotVault - SEAL Team (CBS) - 2019-20 Ratings





    SEAL Team
    Wednesdays, 9/8c, CBS







    SpotVault - S.W.A.T. (CBS) - 2019-20 Ratings





    S.W.A.T.
    Wednesdays, 10/9c, CBS







    SpotVault - Almost Family (Fox) - 2019-20 Ratings





    Almost Family
    Wednesdays, 9/8c, Fox







    Wednesday, October 2, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 10/1/19


    FINALS UPDATE: The Conners (1.2) and The Voice (1.6) adjusted up while New Amsterdam (0.8) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Week two brought a two-tenth drop for most of the ABC Tuesday lineup, including newbies Mixed-ish (0.7) and Emergence (0.6) but also returnees The Conners (1.1) and Black-ish (0.7). Only Bless This Mess (0.7) was able to stay within a tenth of last week.
    • The other networks held up better, including just a one-tenth decline for the leading NBC lineup of The Voice (1.5), This Is Us (1.7) and New Amsterdam (0.9). That'll make the y2y situation look a little less dire for This Is Us, which fell six tenths in the year-ago week two.
    • Fox was also down a notch with The Resident (0.7) and Empire (0.9). CBS' FBI (1.0) was the lone riser of the night, surrounded by a steady NCIS mothership (1.3) and NCIS: New Orleans (0.7).

    Tuesday, October 1, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Monday 9/30/19


    FINALS UPDATE: Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) (0.2) adjusted up while Dancing with the Stars (0.8), The Good Doctor (0.9), The Voice (1.5) and Bluff City Law (0.7) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • After a rough Premiere Monday, Fox's Prodigal Son (1.0) and NBC's Bluff City Law (0.8) managed to hold steady in the week two prelims, while their respective lead-ins 9-1-1 (1.6) and The Voice (1.5/1.6) were even or slightly down.
    • But the most promising start from last week also took the biggest drop, as Bob Hearts Abishola (0.7) dropped two tenths and went well behind its steady The Neighborhood (0.9) lead-in. The CBS dramas All Rise (0.6) and Bull (0.6) were also on the downturn.
    • Preliminarily, ABC was also even-ish with Dancing with the Stars (0.9/0.8) and The Good Doctor (1.0).

    ABC Daily Renewology for 2019-20


    This is a look at Renewology for all ABC scripted series in 2019-20, updating every day as new ratings come in. See below the table for an explanation of the numbers.

    These numbers are up to date through Thursday, March 26.


    CBS Daily Renewology for 2019-20


    This is a look at Renewology for all CBS scripted series in 2019-20, updating every day as new ratings come in. See below the table for an explanation of the numbers.

    These numbers are up to date through Friday, March 27. (Includes preliminary ratings for Friday, March 27.)

    NBC Daily Renewology for 2019-20


    This is a look at Renewology for all NBC scripted series in 2019-20, updating every day as new ratings come in. See below the table for an explanation of the numbers.

    These numbers are up to date through Friday, March 27. (Includes preliminary ratings for Friday, March 27.)

    Fox Daily Renewology for 2019-20


    This is a look at Renewology for all Fox scripted series in 2019-20, updating every day as new ratings come in. See below the table for an explanation of the numbers.

    These numbers are up to date through Thursday, March 26.


    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 9/29/19


    FINALS UPDATE: NFL Overrun (5.8, +1.8), 60 Minutes (1.8, +0.4), NCIS: Los Angeles (0.8, +0.2) and Sunday Night Football (7.8, +1.1) adjusted up while Football Night in America p2 (1.4, -1.3), Football Night in America p3 (3.9, -1.9), The Simpsons (R) (0.5, -0.5) and Bob's Burgers (R) (0.7, -0.2) adjusted down.

    WHAT MATTERS:
    • Fox featured the return of The Simpsons (0.9) leading into animated newbie Bless the Harts (0.7) and the timeslot premieres of Bob's Burgers (0.7) at 9/8c and Family Guy (0.7) at 9:30. It's a big year-to-year drop for the lineup, though it can blame not getting nearly as much help from local NFL overruns. (The network had a preliminary 1.8 in the 7:00 hour last year and only a 1.0ish this year.) Harts was down a tenth from the year-ago Rel episode (it had a 0.8 at 9:30 after a 1.2 Family Guy).
    •  ABC had some good Sunday news with a big bounce for the Celebrity Family Feud (1.0) season finale, leading into the return of Shark Tank (0.7) and sophomore drama The Rookie (0.7) at 10/9c. Shark Tank basically had the raw numbers it produced at 9/8c in the fall last year (and was up from the year-ago season premiere at 10/9c), while The Rookie managed to bring all of its late-season Tuesday demo to its new night.
    • CBS primetime started at 7:46 on the East Coast but the hourly prelims for 60 Minutes (1.4), God Friended Me (0.9) and NCIS: Los Angeles (0.6) are starting at 8:00. That means these shows should be adjusting up if anything. NBC had a massive night with the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football (6.8/7.0/6.5); the prelim ratings are up double-digits from the year-ago Premiere Sunday.

      SpotVault - The Simpsons (Fox) - 2019-20 Ratings





      The Simpsons
      Sundays, 8/7c, Fox







      SpotVault - The Rookie (ABC) - 2019-20 Ratings





      The Rookie
      Sundays, 10/9c, ABC







      SpotVault - Shark Tank (ABC) - 2019-20 Ratings





      Shark Tank
      Sundays, 9/8c, ABC







      SpotVault - NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) - 2019-20 Ratings





      NCIS: Los Angeles
      Sundays, 9/8c, CBS







      SpotVault - God Friended Me (CBS) - 2019-20 Ratings





      God Friended Me
      Sundays, 8/7c, CBS







      SpotVault - Family Guy (Fox) - 2019-20 Ratings





      Family Guy
      Sundays, 9:30/8:30c, Fox







      SpotVault - Bob's Burgers (Fox) - 2019-20 Ratings





      Bob's Burgers
      Sundays, 9/8c, Fox







      SpotVault - Bless the Harts (Fox) - Fall 2019 Ratings





      Bless the Harts
      Sundays, 8:30/7:30c, Fox







      SpotVault - America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC) - 2019-20 Ratings





      America's Funniest Home Videos
      Sundays, 7/6c, ABC







      SpotVault - 60 Minutes (CBS) - 2019-20 Ratings





      60 Minutes
      Sundays, 7/6c, CBS







      Monday, September 30, 2019

      Renewology Week 1: A Very Bad Premiere Week


      I usually use this weekly column space to really dig into the weeds of individual bubble shows. We will be doing some of that later on in this post.

      But this has been a week in which the big picture really has to be addressed at the top, because it has been an uncommonly dire one. We obviously need more data before getting a strong sense of just how bad, but the news was moderately discouraging even in the realm of usually reliable returning players. It's a rough sign when things like The Voice, One Chicago and Grey's Anatomy are returning with 10-20% year-to-year declines and being hailed as some of the biggest winners of the entire week.

      However, the returnees have not been the real story. Whatever their drops end up being, everyone will have to live with it. The real story has been the rather wholesale rejection of the new network offerings. This does not seem to be a "general decline of linear ratings" story, but rather a particularly terrible class. There had been little indication prior to this year that broadcast was having trouble getting new shows sampled, at least on a relative basis. Maybe that will become a trend, but you wouldn't expect it to happen all in one year like this.

      Saturday, September 28, 2019

      Spotted Ratings, Friday 9/27/19


      FINALS UPDATE: 20/20 (0.6) adjusted up while Masters of Illusion (0.1), The Big Stage (0.1) and Red Bull Peaking (0.1) adjusted down.

      WHAT MATTERS:
      • A revamped CBS Friday saw Hawaii Five-0 (0.7) move to 8/7c while Magnum P.I. (0.6) took over at 9/8c and let into Blue Bloods (0.6). P.I. was only a tenth below where we last saw it on Monday in the early spring, but still contributed to the night in general looking weaker; Five-0 was two tenths below last year's premiere, and Blue Bloods was down three tenths.
      • ABC's American Housewife (0.7) had a solid start in its own Friday move, tying Five-0 as the top program of the night and actually beating the year-ago premiere of Fresh Off the Boat. (It also tied last season's AH finale on a Tuesday.) Meanwhile, Fresh Off the Boat (0.5) moved to the 8:30 slot and tied last year's Speechless premiere.
      • The duel of two-hour newsmagazines was just about even between Dateline (0.6/0.6) and 20/20 (0.5/0.6), while Fox had a one-hour WWE special (0.4) previewing next week's premiere of SmackDown.

      SpotVault - Dateline (NBC) - 2019-20 Ratings





      Dateline
      Fridays, 9/8c, NBC







      SpotVault - Blue Bloods (CBS) - 2019-20 Ratings





      Blue Bloods
      Fridays, 10/9c, CBS







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