Friday, March 22, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 3/21/19


FINALS UPDATE: NCAA Basketball (1.2, +0.2) adjusted up while NCAA Basketball (0.9) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.5) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers to come.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 3/20/19


FINALS UPDATE: Empire (1.2) adjusted up while Survivor (1.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • CBS' Survivor (1.4/1.3) went to two hours, leading into the return of SEAL Team (0.7) at 10/9c. SEAL hit a new series low with its first episode this season in the tougher hour.
  • But the eye was still on top in each hour, as ABC was up a tenth with The Goldbergs (1.2) but down a tenth with all its other comedies (0.9/1.1/0.7) and even with Whiskey Cavalier (0.6). Fox's Empire (1.1) and Star (1.0) shed a tenth from last week's underwhelming spring premieres, and NBC had a two-hour The Voice recap (1.0) and a Michael Buble special (0.5). The CW (0.3/0.2) was even.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 3/19/19


FINALS UPDATE: The Kids Are Alright (0.7) adjusted up while The Village (0.8) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • NBC premiered this year's spring heir to the This Is Us timeslot, new drama The Village (0.9), at 10/9c, where it held barely half of the This Is Us (1.7) lead-in. On premiere night, it couldn't even get to the 1.0 New Amsterdam has been pulling here all year; it's possible to be weaker than New Amsterdam and still successful, but it has little cushion to work with here. It was down 25% from the Rise premiere last spring, but This Is Us was down a whooping 39% from that same night.
  • Fox had a premiere of its own with unscripted newbie Mental Samurai (0.7), which was down a tenth from its MasterChef Junior (0.8) lead-in (and in line with the second hour of MasterChef from last week).
  • ABC's comedies (0.8/0.6/0.6/0.6) returned in rather ugly fashion after The Bachelor's stint in their timeslot; the first three were all down by two tenths from three weeks ago, making a steady Splitting Up Together look better by comparison. The closest thing to a winner on ABC was The Rookie (0.7), which held onto part of its post-Bachelor uptick from two weeks ago.
  • CBS was repeats (0.7/0.6/0.5) and the CW preliminarily got a rebound from Roswell, New Mexico (0.3).

SpotVault - The Village (NBC) - Spring 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - Mental Samurai (Fox) - Spring 2019 Ratings



Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Monday 3/18/19


FINALS UPDATE: American Idol (1.2) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • American Idol (1.2/1.1) kicked off its Monday run well below anything it did on Monday last year (nearly 40% behind the year-ago 1.85 Monday premiere) and launched new 10/9c drama The Fix (0.7) to little interest. Fix could only tie where Whiskey Cavalier started with a Single Parents lead-in a few weeks ago, and was well below Whiskey's 0.9 in a week two episode after Idol. It was also down in Plus from the premiere of The Crossing (0.9), the ultimately failed occupant of this timeslot in the spring a year ago.
  • If there was any consolation for Idol, it was that The Voice (1.7) had a down night as well, and The Enemy Within (0.8) dropped along with it.
  • Fox's 9-1-1 (1.2) returned after nearly four months off, at the low end of its fall ratings, while lead-in The Resident (0.9) inched down at 8/7c.
  • CBS' Man with a Plan (0.9) looked better with a The Big Bang Theory repeat lead-in (0.9), but Bull (0.7) was down at 10/9c following comedy repeats (0.8/0.6) in the 9/8c hour. The CW (0.3/0.2) was even.

SpotVault - The Fix (ABC) - Spring 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - MasterChef Junior (Fox) - Spring 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - Billions (Showtime) - Spring 2019 Ratings



Spotted Ratings, Sunday 3/17/19


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • CBS got its first of several basketball-related Sunday jolts, as 60 Minutes (1.1) led out of the NCAA tournament selection show in the 6:00 ET hour. That helped God Friended Me (0.8) to its best rating since January, and kept NCIS: Los Angeles at its solid 0.9 from two weeks ago, though Madam Secretary inched down to 0.5 at 10/9c.
  • There was not a lot of change with two-hour reality series American Idol (1.3) and World of Dance (0.8/0.9), which matched last week's preliminary hours, but at 10/9c Shark Tank (0.9) was up a tenth and Good Girls (0.5) lost a precious one. Fox's Bob's Burgers (0.9) and Family Guy (0.8) traded ratings, while the CW (0.3/0.2) was even.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Friday 3/15/19


FINALS UPDATE: Speechless (0.4), MacGyver (0.6), Hawaii Five-0 (0.7) and Blue Bloods (0.6, -0.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers to come. Adjustments may be more likely due to NCAA basketball preemptions.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 3/14/19


FINALS UPDATE: For the People (0.5), The Big Bang Theory (R) (1.1), Fam (0.9), Fam (0.7), S.W.A.T. (R) (0.5), Superstore (0.9), A.P. Bio (0.5), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.6) and Law and Order: SVU (0.7) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Week two of the new TGIT saw drops for Grey's Anatomy (1.4) and Station 19 (0.8), tying a season low for both, but For the People (0.6) eked out a week two uptick if it holds in finals.
  • CBS' only originals were Fam at 8:30 (1.0) and 9:30 (0.8), following repeats of The Big Bang Theory (1.2) at 8:00 and Young Sheldon (0.8) at 9:00. Against a weaker CBS, most of the NBC comedy lineup fared better with Superstore (1.0), A.P. Bio (0.6) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.7) all on the rise from last week. But Will and Grace (0.6) and Law and Order: SVU (0.8) inched down.
  • Fox did better than usual with the iHeartRadio Music Awards (0.9), returning to broadcast after a three-year stint on cable. The CW's Supernatural (0.4) was even and Legacies (0.3) up.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 3/13/19


FINALS UPDATE: Chicago Med (R) (0.6) and Empire (1.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Fox's Empire (1.3) and Star (1.1) returned for the spring, down by 35% and 27% from their respective 2.0/1.5 spring returns a year ago. That's a significantly worse year-to-year trend than either of those shows experienced in the fall half of the season, and in fact they were both down from their fall finales (1.5/1.2).
  • ABC's Whiskey Cavalier (0.6) was back to leading out of Single Parents (0.8) following post-American Idol exposure last week, and it dipped by a precious tenth from what it pulled on series premiere night two weeks ago. ABC did see comedies Schooled (1.0), Modern Family (1.2) as well as SP uptick vs. two weeks ago when they were facing the gigahit The Masked Singer finale.
  • CBS said goodbye to The World's Best (0.7/0.6), leading out of a steady Survivor (1.5), and the CW was even again with Riverdale (0.3) and All American (0.2).

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 3/12/19


FINALS UPDATE: The Bachelor (2.4) adjusted up while FBI (0.9) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC's The Bachelor barrage finished up with two hours of 'After the Final Rose' (2.3) on Tuesday. Like last season when also scheduled this way, it tied the Monday finale, but we'll see if it can get find a new height in finals. The lead-in was wasted on a preview of unscripted offering Videos After Dark (0.8), which could only tie what The Rookie did last week when the lead-in was two-thirds as big.
  • Fox featured the two-hour return of MasterChef Junior (0.8/0.7). It was probably down a bit in Plus from last year's 0.93 premiere, which was on a Friday.
  • And NBC said goodbye for now to Tuesday editions of The Voice, bringing back Ellen's Game of Games (1.2) to the 8/7c hour at new low levels. In spite of the lead-in downgrade, This Is Us (1.8) managed an uptick, while New Amsterdam had the same 1.0 it's posted for every 2019 episode.
  • On CBS, NCIS (1.1) hit a low in its first post-DST episode, and so did NCIS: New Orleans (0.7) at 10/9c while FBI (1.0) was even. The CW was down with both The Flash (0.5) and Roswell, New Mexico (0.2).

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Monday 3/11/19


FINALS UPDATE: The Bachelor (2.3) and Man with a Plan (0.8) adjusted up while The Good Doctor (1.3) and The Enemy Within (0.9) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The season finale of The Bachelor (2.2) rose to a new season high, tying last season's finale, and also provided a jolt to The Good Doctor (1.4) at 10/9c. (If it holds in finals, TGD would have a new season high as well.)
  • Despite bigger ABC competition, NBC fared pretty well as The Voice (2.0) managed to stay in the twos and The Enemy Within (1.0) preliminarily pulled off a week three rebound.
  • The news was not quite so rosy elsewhere, as CBS' The Neighborhood (1.0) was down in its return to originals and also couldn't provide any help to Man with a Plan (0.7) and Magnum P.I. (0.7). On Fox, The Passage (0.8/0.7) finished up with a two-hour finale, hitting a new low in the second hour. The CW's Arrow did manage to come back up to 0.3 after last week's huge stinker.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 3/10/19


FINALS UPDATE: Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul (0.6), World of Dance (0.8) and The Simpsons (R) (0.4) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers and analysis coming shortly.

Spotted Ratings, Friday 3/8/19


FINALS UPDATE: 20/20 (0.6) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • It was a rare Friday night on which Last Man Standing was not the highest-rated Friday series, as Gayle King's interview with R. Kelly (1.2) provided a big boost to CBS' 8/7c hour and helped lift Hawaii Five-0 (0.9) and Blue Bloods (0.9) to tie their season highs.
  • Fox's comedies (1.0/0.7) were even, but Proven Innocent dipped back to 0.4. ABC was also even with the comedies (0.6/0.4) and down later in the night with 20/20 (0.7/0.6). And NBC featured the returns of Blindspot (0.5) and The Blacklist (0.5), with Blacklist dropping to 0.5 for just the second time this season.

Renewology Week 24 (Part 2): Station 19, For the People, A.P. Bio


Here's a look at some more big Renewology developments in week 24. If you missed the bonus post on Friday, I covered Good Girls and week two of The Enemy Within and Whiskey Cavalier there.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 3/7/19


FINALS UPDATE: Station 19 (0.9) and For the People (0.5) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers to come. Superstore and Station 19 returned from months-long hiatuses, while For the People and A.P. Bio had their second season premieres.

SpotVault - Good Girls (NBC) - Spring 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - For the People (ABC) - Spring 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - Better Things (FX) - Spring 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - American Idol (ABC) - Spring 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - A.P. Bio (NBC) - Spring 2019 Ratings



Friday, March 8, 2019

Renewology Week 24: Good Girls, Whiskey Cavalier, The Enemy Within


Here's a look at the big Renewology developments in the first three days of week 24. Will do a second post early next week, since there should be a lot to chew on with Thursday's ratings.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 3/6/19


FINALS UPDATE: American Idol Special (1.5) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC's big unscripted week continued with American Idol (1.4/1.5) making a one-time stop on a special night, where it was below Sunday's premiere but right in line with Survivor (1.5) for top program of the night. The show also provided a boost for episode two of Whiskey Cavalier (0.9), which (like Tuesday's The Rookie after The Bachelor) grew by two tenths week-to-week.
  • Idol had a lot of unscripted competition, as Fox finished off its reality winter with the last two hours of 24 Hours to Hell and Back (0.8/0.8), while CBS' Survivor (1.5) led into a minor rally for The World's Best (0.6/0.5). The CW was even with Riverdale (0.3) and All American (0.2).

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 3/5/19


FINALS UPDATE: The Voice (1.9) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The Bachelor (1.6) made its first of two straight stops on Tuesday, where it fared a few tenths worse than on its regular night. The lead-in upgrade helped bring The Rookie (0.8) up by a couple tenths at 10/9c.
  • NBC still won head-to-head in each hour, but was down from last week with The Voice (1.8) and This Is Us (1.7), while New Amsterdam (1.0) was even. The CW's Roswell, New Mexico got back up to 0.3 with the return of The Flash (0.6) at 8/7c.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Monday 3/4/19


FINALS UPDATE: Magnum P.I. (0.7), The Voice (2.1) and The Passage (0.9) adjusted up while The Resident (0.9) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Week two of The Enemy Within (0.9) took a sizable week two drop, skewing much older than last week with no Bull competition in the timeslot. (It was just 7% from last week in total viewers!) It fell behind a steady The Good Doctor (1.1), while their respective lead-ins The Voice (1.9/2.2) and The Bachelor (1.9/2.1) were in a virtual dead heat in the first two hours.
  • On CBS, things fell apart for Man with a Plan (0.7) and Magnum P.I. (0.6) following a repeat of The Neighborhood (0.8). The Passage (0.8) couldn't bounce back for Fox, despite a nice return from its lead-in The Resident (1.0). And the CW had a truly dreadful return from several weeks off, with Arrow and Black Lightning each managing only a 0.2.

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 3/3/19


FINALS UPDATE: 60 Minutes (0.9) and The Simpsons (0.8) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Sunday night became another ABC/NBC reality battleground, as American Idol (1.7/1.6) returned for its second ABC season and went up against NBC's World of Dance (0.9/1.0) from 8:00-10:00. Idol was down 25-30% from its 2.3 opener a year ago, while WoD will tie or go below the 1.0 series low from its Wednesday airings last summer. WoD was just a small Plus improvement on last year's premiere night from Little Big Shots (1.1) and Genius Junior (1.0), but it might end up looking better later in the spring because those shows fell quite hard.
  • At 10/9c, Shark Tank (0.9) took up residence in the hour, while NBC drama Good Girls (0.7) returned for its sophomore season. Good Girls was below everything it did after The Voice last year (its low in season one was a 0.9), and basically in line with last year's 0.8 Timeless premiere in Plus.
  • After some big stinkers two weeks ago, CBS dramas God Friended Me (0.7), NCIS: Los Angeles (0.9) and Madam Secretary (0.6) were all on the rebound, and so was the CW with Supergirl (0.4) and Charmed (0.3). Also compared with two weeks ago, Fox was even to slightly down with its animated comedies (0.9/0.8/0.8).

Friday, March 1, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 2/28/19


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC's last two hours, A Million Little Things (1.1) and How to Get Away with Murder (0.6), both wrapped for the season. HTGAWM managed to bounce back from its first ever 0.5 last week, while AMLT tied a series high it's hit five other times this season.
  • NBC had a finale of its own with The Titan Games (1.0), but it was actually down week-to-week, as were comedies Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.7) and Will and Grace (0.6). Fox's Gotham (0.6) and The Orville (0.8) were even, while CBS' Fam (0.8) and CW's Legacies (0.3) were the only originals on their respective networks.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 2/27/19


FINALS UPDATE: The World's Best (0.4) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Fox megahit The Masked Singer finished season one with a gigahit, series high two-hour finale (3.1), exploding from a 2.6 in the 8:00 half-hour all the way to a 3.8 by 9:30.
  • The new ABC drama Whiskey Cavalier showed up in its regular timeslot with a 0.7. It's a second telecast of an episode that previewed after late local news following the Oscars three nights ago. It was no better than where A Million Little Things settled in the slot during the fall (after premiering at 1.1). Whiskey could only match its lead-in from Single Parents (0.7) in the demo, while packing on over a million more total viewers. All four ABC comedies (1.1/0.9/1.1/0.7) were even with last week.
  • On CBS, The World's Best (0.5/0.4) continued its remarkable collapse in the last two hours, following Survivor (1.5) which was down a tenth from last week's premiere. The Chicago shows (1.2/1.2/1.1) were back to normal after last week's crossover bump, and the CW's Riverdale (0.3) and All American (0.2) returned on the low end.

SpotVault - World of Dance (NBC) - Spring 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - Whiskey Cavalier (ABC) - Spring 2019 Ratings



Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 2/26/19


FINALS UPDATE: FBI (1.0) adjusted up while The Gifted (0.4) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • NBC used its Tuesday premiere of The Voice (2.0) to launch a two-hour preview of World of Dance (1.4), before the former summer reality series makes the move to its regular Sunday timeslot at the end of the week. WoD was down just a bit in Plus from its season two premiere (1.7) after America's Got Talent (2.5).
  • Finale night for Fox's Tuesday drama duo (0.7/0.5) saw Lethal Weapon inch back down to its usual 0.7.
  • ABC had an uptick from its first three sitcoms, American Housewife (1.0), The Kids Are Alright (0.8) and Black-ish (0.8), but Splitting Up Together and The Rookie were stuck at 0.6. CBS (1.2/0.9/0.8) was even across the board, while Roswell, New Mexico fell to its first 0.2 leading out of a repeat of The Flash (0.2).

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Monday 2/25/19


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • NBC launched its spring cycle of The Voice (2.1) into new drama The Enemy Within (1.2). The Voice managed to outrate the 2.0 fall premiere, but was down 25% from the year-ago spring premiere (2.8) which opened on the heels of the Olympics. Enemy Within had a wait-and-see premiere; it was toward the lower end of post-Voice drama launches historically and down in Plus from last spring's Good Girls launch, but maybe a little less than The Voice itself was down.
  • ABC was in second for the night in each hour as The Bachelor (1.8) was down a tenth and The Good Doctor (1.1) was even. CBS was up a tenth across the board (1.2/1.0/0.9/0.8), meaning Magnum P.I. worked its way up to a regularly-scheduled 0.9 for the first time since October. With a different lead-in from a The Masked Singer repeat (0.7), The Passage finally fell to its first 0.8.

SpotVault - The Voice (NBC) - Spring 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - The Enemy Within (NBC) - Spring 2019 Ratings



Monday, February 25, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 2/24/19


FINALS UPDATE: Academy Awards (7.7, +1.1) adjusted up while Oscar Red Carpet p2 (2.0, -1.5), Oscar Red Carpet p3 (3.1, -1.5) and FBI (R) (0.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The preliminary hourly ratings (7.0/6.7/6.2) for the Academy Awards were slightly up on average vs. last year's 7.2/6.2/5.7 preliminaries (including a much better trend across the telecast). Last year's show adjusted up to a 6.8 final rating, and a similar adjustment this time would put it at just north of a 7.0. It won't get close to making up all of last year's drop (from a 9.1 in 2017), but it's a big step in the right direction trend-wise.

Spotted Ratings, Friday 2/22/19


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.


Friday, February 22, 2019

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 2/20/19


FINALS UPDATE: The Masked Singer (2.7) adjusted up while Match Game (0.4) and The World's Best (0.6) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Survivor (1.6) returned to CBS in very healthy fashion, just a tenth below its spring and fall premieres in 2018. But it was no help to The World's Best (0.7/0.6), which went into full-on disaster mode in its move to the 9:00-11:00 block.
  • World's Best was powerless to stop The Masked Singer (2.6), which was up two tenths for the second week in a row to tie its second-best rating ever. Lead-in 24 Hours to Hell and Back (1.1) gained a tick as well.
  • It was crossover night for One Chicago, which meant Chicago Med (1.3) was even at 8/7c but Chicago Fire (1.3) and especially Chicago PD (1.4) got sizable upticks. This came just a little shy of PD's career high in Plus (when it got a 1.9 as part of a crossover two years ago).
  • And Modern Family (1.1) was back to originals, but down to a new series low. The consolation for ABC was that the surrounding comedies Schooled (0.9) and Single Parents (0.7) each bounced back by a tick.

SpotVault - Survivor (CBS) - Spring 2019 Ratings



Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 2/19/19


FINALS UPDATE: Roswell, New Mexico (R) (0.1) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • This Is Us (1.8) had a rebound after last week's low, while its lead-in Ellen's Game of Games (1.4) was down a notch. NCIS (1.2) and FBI (0.9) were both down, as was Black-ish (0.7) (the lone mover on ABC). On Fox, Lethal Weapon (0.8) looked a little better than usual, pulling off its first 0.8 since week two of the season.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Monday 2/18/19


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • It was finale night for one of the winter's biggest year-to-year timeslot gaining lineups, America's Got Talent: The Champions (1.6/1.7) and Manifest (1.0) on NBC. But they didn't do anything out of the ordinary on finale night, with Manifest giving back a tenth after last week's surge, and trailed ABC's combo of The Bachelor (1.8/1.9) and The Good Doctor (1.1) in each hour.
  • CBS got another drop from The Neighborhood (1.1) and Man with a Plan (0.9), putting Neighborhood way off of its winter heights and back to what it was doing throughout most of the fall. Magnum P.I. (0.8) was back after a couple weeks off and matched its last January episode. And Fox was down with The Resident (0.9), but The Passage made it four weeks in a row at 0.9.

SpotVault - Ransom (CBS) - Spring 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - Proven Innocent (Fox) - Spring 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - Miracle Workers (TBS) - Winter Spring 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - American Dad! (TBS) - Spring 2019 Ratings



Monday, February 18, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 2/17/19


FINALS UPDATE: God Friended Me (0.6) and NASCAR Overrun (1.2, -0.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • On the Sunday between the Grammys and Oscars, the CBS (0.7/0.7/0.4) and CW (0.3/0.2) dramas had a one-week return to originals. All these shows tied their season lows except for Madam Secretary, which set a new one. With some help from NASCAR overrun (2.1/1.4 in the 7:00 hour), the Fox comedies (0.9/0.9/0.9) were up from their eps against the Grammys last week.
  • ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos (0.8) made the move back to 7/6c, preparing for its reunion with American Idol in two weeks, while its lead-out movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens (0.5/0.6/0.5) was in the same ballpark as NBC's older-skewing Elvis Presley special (0.6).

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Friday 2/15/19


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Fox drama Proven Innocent opened with a measly 0.5 demo, fourth place at 9/8c and less than half of its lead-in from a double-pump of Last Man Standing (1.1) in the 8/7c hour. This would be bad even on a regular network; it appears to tie last season's Ten Days in the Valley along with a bunch of summer dramas for the lowest-rated drama launch in big four history. On a network that is looking to cut scripted programming real estate, it's all the more hopeless.
  • In the 8/7c hour, ABC's comedies (0.7/0.5) were even after a week off, while MacGyver (0.7) ticked down to drop below the other two CBS dramas (0.8/0.8), as did Blindspot (0.5) to trail its lead-out The Blacklist (0.6).

Friday, February 15, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 2/14/19


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • CBS comedies Mom (1.1) and Fam (0.8) returned after giving up their hour to Celebrity Big Brother a week ago. With their lead-in Sheldon comedies in repeats (1.2/1.1), they were on the low end. But S.W.A.T. (0.9) was up at 10/9c, managing a head-to-head win against NBC's Law and Order: SVU (0.8).
  • ABC was down to a new low with Grey's Anatomy (1.4) but even with A Million Little Things (1.0) and How to Get Away with Murder (0.6). NBC got a rebound from The Titan Games (1.1), but comedies Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.8) and Will and Grace (0.7) dropped. Fox's Gotham (0.6) was down vs. two weeks ago, while The Orville had its fifth consecutive 0.7.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 2/13/19


FINALS UPDATE: Chicago Fire (1.1), Riverdale (R) (0.1) and All American (R) (0.1) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The second Wednesday edition of The World's Best (0.9) teamed up with the two-hour season finale of Celebrity Big Brother (1.0/0.9) for CBS. TWB was down a tenth from last week's two-hour average (though two tenths below what it did in the 8:00 hour). Meanwhile, the finale interest was pretty modest for CBB, which went well below the 1.4 from last year's finale.
  • CBS lost both of the first two hours head-to-head against Fox (1.0/2.4), as The Masked Singer rebounded from last week's drop.
  • With no original Modern Family, ABC was on the low end with The Goldbergs (1.1) at 8/7c and had rotten results from Schooled (0.8) at 8:30 and Single Parents (0.6) at 9:30. NBC's Chicago trio (1.3/1.2/1.1) was down a tenth from last week across the board.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 2/12/19


FINALS UPDATE: NCIS (1.4) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC finally got a look at its full post-The Conners Tuesday. American Housewife (0.9) was up a tenth from last week's timeslot premiere on State of the Union night, while The Kids Are Alright (0.7) matched last week. Then Black-ish (0.8), Splitting Up Together (0.6) and The Rookie (0.6) were back for the first time in three weeks; Black-ish and Splitting matched that night, but The Rookie fell to 0.6 for just the second time (and the first time was when it had a delayed start on January 8).
  • NBC's This Is Us (1.7) was also back from multiple weeks off, and fell pretty hard to a new series low. Ellen's Game of Games (1.5) had a small rebound from its SOTU airing last week, while New Amsterdam (1.0) was even with three weeks ago.
  • On CBS, NCIS (1.3) had its first original in four weeks, and was even, while FBI (1.0) got back on track after a hiccup following Celebrity Big Brother three weeks ago. Fox (0.7/0.5) was even while CW's The Flash (0.6) preliminarily dropped to end a three-week run of 0.7's.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Monday 2/11/19


FINALS UPDATE: The Bachelor (1.9) and Arrow (0.4) adjusted up while Man with a Plan (1.0) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The week got off to a good start for ABC with The Bachelor (1.9/1.8), even or up a tenth from last week, and for NBC with America's Got Talent: The Champions (1.6/1.9) which was up by at least a tenth. AGT lead-out Manifest (1.1) also fared well in its penultimate episode, up against a repeat of The Good Doctor (0.6) on ABC.
  • CBS' The Neighborhood (1.3) and Man with a Plan (1.1) barely budged from last week's strong returns, but Bull (0.7) was down a notch with an incompatible Celebrity Big Brother lead-in (0.8). Fox's dramas (1.0/0.9) were even, while Arrow (0.3) ticked down on the CW.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 2/10/19


FINALS UPDATE: Grammy Awards (5.6, +0.6) adjusted up while Grammy Red Carpet Live (1.5, -0.8) and The Simpsons (0.6) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The Grammy Awards were back on CBS (5.1/5.4/4.6). After last year's huge drop, this year's show down by a little less than 10% from last year's 5.4 prelim which later adjusted up to a 5.9 final. (The ceremony was in late January last year due to the Olympics.)
  • With ABC/CW in repeats and NBC waiting for after the Oscars as usual, that left the Fox cartoons The Simpsons (0.7), Bob's Burgers (0.7) and Family Guy (0.8) as the only original entertainment series on broadcast. All three crashed to new season lows.

Renewology Week 20: Man with a Plan, Moving Housewife, Manifest, Murder


Here's a look at the big Renewology developments in week 20. After a couple weeks lacking in premieres, this week had actual developments! Plus, the thoughts promised last week on a couple dramas that have been softening in the winter.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 2/6/19


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Three days after serving as the Super Bowl lead-out, The World's Best (1.0) debuted on its regular night with a 1.1 in the 8/7c hour, then fell to 0.9 at 9/8c, when it was more than doubled up by fellow really competition The Masked Singer (2.2). That might not be the end of the world for some premieres, but it is a definite disappointment on the heels of such heavy exposure; it looks like it had a smaller launch even in Plus than Hunted, the reality show CBS debuted after the AFC Championship game two years ago, and was well behind the first episode of 24: Legacy immediately after its 2017 Super Bowl run.
    • TWB led into the season finale of Criminal Minds (0.8) at 10/9c. The 2.2 marked a double-digit week-to-week decline for The Masked Singer, while its lead-in 24 Hours to Hell and Back (1.1) inched down.
  • It was a high-end night for NBC's One Chicago, with Chicago Med (1.4) eyeing a new season high while Chicago PD (1.2) tied its own season high at 10/9c and Chicago Fire (1.3) was up as well. The CW's Riverdale fell to its first 0.3 of this season (though it's been there in each of its previous two seasons).

SpotVault - The World's Best (CBS) - Winter Spring 2019 Ratings



Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 2/5/19


FINALS UPDATE: The Kids Are Alright (0.7), The Masked Singer (R) (0.8) and Roswell, New Mexico (0.3) adjusted down. (Please note that the numbers listed below for the State of the Union are the full preliminary averages; the only thing released in finals were the analysis portions.)

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The last two hours of East Coast primetime were dedicated to the State of the Union Address and Democratic response on the big four. As usual, NBC (1.6/1.3) dominated the other networks in this period, with an assist from an original Ellen's Game of Games lead-in (1.4).
  • Despite the special programming later in the night, the 8/7c hour was not without its own developments in the entertainment world as American Housewife (0.8) made the move back to Tuesday, leading off at 8/7c. At least preliminarily, it skewed a lot older on its new night, crazily posting a new season high in total viewers but a new season low in the demo. (We'll see if any of that shifts due to SOTU coverage in other time zones.) Though it had a smaller lead-in than usual, The Kids Are Alright at least preliminarily held onto its usual 0.8 at 8:30.
  • The CW stayed original all night with The Flash (0.7) and Roswell, New Mexico (0.4), and Roswell preliminarily bounced back from last week's downtick.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Monday 2/4/19


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • It was a stellar Super Monday for CBS' freshman comedy The Neighborhood (1.4), which rose to a new series high at 8/7c. Leading out was the return of Man with a Plan (1.1), and the third-year comedy managed to be up year-to-year vs. its last season premiere in November 2017. (It was a tenth below its highest points from January a year ago.) Then came Celebrity Big Brother (1.1) and Bull (0.8), which did nothing out of the ordinary.
  • The Bachelor (1.8/1.7) was ahead of America's Got Talent: The Champions (1.6/1.7) this week, while their respective lead-outs The Good Doctor (1.0) and Manifest (0.9) both shed a tenth to tie their series lows.
  • Fox saw The Passage hold at 0.9 in week four, but it was a tenth behind its lead-in from an upticking The Resident (1.0). The recently renewed CW dramas (0.4/0.3) were even again.

SpotVault - Man with a Plan (CBS) - 2019 Ratings



Monday, February 4, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 2/3/19


FINALS UPDATE: Super Bowl (31.0, +3.1) adjusted up while Super Bowl Postgame (18.3, -0.7) and The World's Best (7.0, -1.6) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The Super Bowl's preliminary household rating was a 44.9, down by 5% from last year's 47.4. A year-to-year decline of that size among total viewers would put the game below 100 million total viewers for the first time in a decade. The three hourly preliminary adults 18-49 ratings (28.5/28.2/27.1) are telling a consistent story about the declines in the demo: they are down 10% / 9% / 10% from the preliminary hours a year ago.
  • Stay tuned for more on its lead-out, new reality competition The World's Best. CBS averaged an 8.6 in the demo for the preliminary 10:30 half-hour, which is down massively from last year's 14.9 for This Is Us on the same night. But the show also started nearly ten minutes earlier (10:36) than last year's This Is Us (10:45), so that number includes much more of the show itself than the rating from a year ago.

Renewology Week 19: What's Changed Since the Fall?


Continuing our revisitation theme from last week, this week's Renewology column will take a look back at some of the more interesting bubble issues from the fall. The two areas that got a lot of chatter in these posts during the fall were CBS dramas and ABC comedies, so we'll visit both of those in some depth. Plus, a few words on the CW's mass renewal. There are at least a couple other shows that have changed a lot since the fall that I wanted to discuss (Manifest and How to Get Away with Murder), but this was running long. Maybe next week!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Friday 2/1/19


FINALS UPDATE: Hell's Kitchen (0.9) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The scripted programming on CBS and Fox was back to original after at least a week off. On Fox, comedies Last Man Standing (1.1) and The Cool Kids (0.9) were both down a tenth from three weeks ago. CBS' MacGyver (0.8) was up a tenth and Hawaii Five-0 (0.8) down a tenth to join Blue Bloods (0.8) for a very consistent night.
  • NBC was also back from a single week off with downticks for Blindspot (0.5) and The Blacklist (0.5). ABC's Speechless (0.5) also fell a notch (vs. last week), while the CW's Dynasty (0.2) preliminarily got a post-renewal uptick.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 1/31/19


FINALS UPDATE: Young Sheldon (1.8) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Will and Grace (0.8) returned to NBC, now in the 9:30 timeslot and matching lead-in Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.8). It skewed older than its lead-in, actually growing in total viewers, and was also up in the demo vs. its last few fall airings. However, Nine-Nine and its own lead-in The Titan Games (1.1) continued trickling downward, while Law and Order: SVU (0.9) was even at 10/9c after a week off.
  • It was an up night for CBS comedies The Big Bang Theory (2.4), Young Sheldon (1.9), Mom (1.3) and Fam (1.0), while S.W.A.T. (0.9) remained on the high end.
  • ABC also got an uptick with Grey's Anatomy (1.7), while A Million Little Things made it three weeks in a row at 1.1 and How to Get Away with Murder was stuck at 0.6.
  • Fox's Gotham (0.7) grew as well, while The Orville (0.7) along with the CW dramas (0.4/0.3) matched last week.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 1/30/19


FINALS UPDATE: Chicago Med (R) (0.7) and Chicago Fire (R) (0.6) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • A very cold night in America brought a lot of ratings upticks, but as usual none was more impressive than Fox's The Masked Singer (2.6), which was up a whooping three tenths from last week and doubled everything else on broadcast. Its lead-in 24 Hours to Hell and Back (1.2) was also up for the second straight week, tying its season/series high from premiere night.
  • ABC was up at the beginning of the night with The Goldbergs (1.3) and in the second half with Single Parents (0.8) and Match Game (0.6), but Modern Family (1.2) was even while Schooled (1.0) looked a bit shakier than usual at 8:30.
  •  CBS was up vs. last Wednesday with Celebrity Big Brother (1.2) and even with Criminal Minds (0.8), which had to lead out of comedy repeats (0.6/0.5). The CW (0.4/0.2) was even and NBC's Chicago series were in repeats (0.8/0.7/0.6).

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 1/29/19


FINALS UPDATE: The Flash (0.7) adjusted up while The Masked Singer (R) (0.5) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Originally slated as a State of the Union date, January 29th saw most of the big four opt for repeats after that fell through. The exceptions were a double dip of Ellen's Game of Games originals on NBC (1.6/1.7), making up for the original episode that was pre-empted by the last political interruption, and CBS' annual Super Bowl commercials special (1.0) which was down a tenth year-to-year.
  • The CW had the original scripted landscape to itself, but was nonetheless down a tenth from last week with The Flash (0.6) and Roswell, New Mexico (0.3).

Spotted Ratings, Monday 1/28/19


FINALS UPDATE: Magnum P.I. (0.8) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • It was another virtual dead heat between reality leaders The Bachelor (1.8/1.7) and America's Got Talent: The Champions (1.7/1.8), which each winning one of the two hours. At 10/9c, The Good Doctor (1.1) maintained a lead over Manifest (1.0), but was down a tenth while Manifest was steady.
  • Fox dramas The Resident (0.9) and The Passage (0.9) were both down for the second week in a row, while recently renewed Magnum P.I. remained at 0.7 after a lower Celebrity Big Brother (1.1) lead-in. (Though CBB was up from its Friday/Sunday telecasts.) The CW (0.4/0.3) was even.

SpotVault - The Magicians (Syfy) - Winter 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - Siren (Freeform) - Winter 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - I Am the Night (TNT) - Winter 2019 Ratings



Monday, January 28, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 1/27/19


FINALS UPDATE: America's Funniest Home Videos (R) (1.0), Shark Tank (0.9) and Madam Secretary (0.5) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Rent (1.4) became the latest musical production on broadcast. It was basically in line with the last couple of Fox productions (The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1.7) in October 2016 and A Christmas Story (1.5) in December 2017), but a far cry from the high points in the tradition like 2013's The Sound of Music and 2016's Grease.
  • ABC had another big night with America's Funniest Home Videos (1.3) and the 9/8c Shark Tank (1.1) tying their season highs from two weeks ago, while Shark Tank aired a second original at 10/9c (1.0). AFHV had a decisive head-to-head win against CBS' Celebrity Big Brother (1.0), while NCIS: Los Angeles (0.8) was on the downswing with an incompatible lead-in.
  • NBC had a modest American Ninja Warrior special (0.7/0.6), and the CW's Charmed (0.3) inched up from last week's low.

Renewology Week 18: The Winter Premieres Revisited; Passage, Orville, Schooled, Brooklyn, Roswell, Blacklist, Fam


Here's a look at the big Renewology developments in week 18. This week, with a lull on the premiere calendar, I'm taking a look back at all the stuff that has premiered since the new year. With some more data in the books, which perceptions have changed?

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 1/23/19


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC's Schooled stabilized at 1.1 in its third week, surrounded by even The Goldbergs (1.2) and Modern Family (1.2). However, Single Parents (0.7) fell to a new low at 9:30.
  • Fox's The Masked Singer (2.3) had its first up week, and its lead-in 24 Hours to Hell and Back (1.1) was also up a notch. NBC also got some growth with the first two hours of Chicago night (1.3/1.2/1.1).
  • Night three brought another drop for Celebrity Big Brother (1.1), followed by the returns of dramas SEAL Team (0.8) and Criminal Minds (0.8). The CW's Riverdale (0.4) dropped from its winter premiere.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 1/22/19


FINALS UPDATE: Celebrity Big Brother (1.3) and The Flash (0.7) adjusted up while The Kids Are Alright (0.8) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Finale night for The Conners (1.5) saw a nice two-tenth bump for the series, and its lead-out The Kids Are Alright (0.9) was also up a notch. The growth ended there for ABC; Black-ish (0.8) and The Rookie (0.7) were even, sandwiching a down Splitting Up Together (0.6).
  • Night two of Celebrity Big Brother (1.2) was two tenths lower than the Monday premiere. Though it had similar raw numbers to usual occupant NCIS, it was far less compatible with FBI (0.8), and that show plummeted to a new low at 9/8c. NCIS: New Orleans stayed at 0.8.
  • Week two stayed promising for Roswell, New Mexico, which hung onto a 0.4 leading out of The Flash's 0.6 for the second straight week. (Roswell was down a tick in A18-34 and A25-54, and by about 20% in total viewers, so it may have taken some hit in the un-rounded.)
  • NBC was down a tenth from last week with Ellen's Game of Games (1.6) and This Is Us (1.9), while The Gifted remained at 0.5 after a repeat of Lethal Weapon (0.5).

SpotVault - Deadly Class (Syfy) - Winter 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - Celebrity Big Brother (CBS) - Winter 2019 Ratings



Spotted Ratings, Monday 1/21/19


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • CBS brought back Celebrity Big Brother (1.4) for a second run, and it started a little weaker in Plus than the inaugural season which opened at 1.8 a year ago. Considering it was up against two reality heavyweights in The Bachelor (1.6) and America's Got Talent: The Champions (1.5/1.6), CBS will probably take it.
    • But the bigger lead-in (plus Sunday's big game exposure) did absolutely nothing for Magnum P.I., which is at its second straight preliminary 0.7 and will need more adjustment help to avoid a new low in finals.
  • While the reality staples on ABC and NBC were down a touch, the 10/9c dramas held up; The Good Doctor matched last week's 1.2, and Manifest (1.0) preliminarily managed to get back a tenth after last week's large drop.
  • On Fox, week two of The Passage (1.0) was down three tenths from last week's premiere, not a catastrophic drop but a little higher than the average newbie. It matched lead-in The Resident (1.0), which was down a notch from last week's season high.
  • And Black Lightning (0.3) made the move to Monday on the CW, where it was a tenth below its Arrow lead-in (0.4) and in line with what it did for most of the fall after The Flash.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 1/20/19


FINALS UPDATE: AFC Championship (16.3, +1.8) adjusted up while Magnum P.I. (2.4, -1.4) and Charmed (0.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers to come. Overtime in the AFC Championship led to a late start (10:39ish ET) for a special Magnum P.I. on CBS. Shark Tank was the only entertainment original elsewhere on the big four, while the CW returned to action with Supergirl and Charmed.

Renewology Week 17: The Passage Is a Toss-Up, Roswell Is a Favorite, A Million Little Things Moves


Here's a look at the big Renewology developments in week 17.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Friday 1/18/19


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • With the usually dominant Fox comedies in repeats (0.7/0.6), ABC's comedies were on the high end with Fresh Off the Boat (0.7) and Speechless (0.6) both tying season highs. That led to a strong night for 20/20 (0.7/0.8) as well.
  • CBS had matching 0.8's for MacGyver and Hawaii Five-0, marking an uptick for Mac and a downtick for Five-0. (Blue Bloods (0.6) was in repeats.) NBC was even with Blindspot (0.6), The Blacklist (0.6) and Dateline (0.6), while the CW got back up to 0.2 with the return of Dynasty (0.2), and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (0.2) followed suit.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 1/17/19


FINALS UPDATE: Mom (1.2) and Fam (0.9) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • A new timeslot provided some solid initial results for A Million Little Things (1.1), as the ABC drama went to Thursday 9/8c and tied its series premiere rating. That's a major boost over its usual 0.7's on Wednesday, and it hadn't done better than a 0.8 since week two. It's also better than what ABC usually got from fall occupant Station 19 (though Station did better on crossover nights). It was surrounded by Grey's Anatomy (1.9, up a notch from its fall finale) and How to Get Away with Murder (0.7, down a tick).
  • NBC Thursday took a noticeable hit with The Titan Games (1.3) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.9) both down by three tenths from last week. The Good Place (0.8) was down one tenth, and Law and Order: SVU (0.9) actually managed an uptick at 10/9c.
  • On CBS, week two of Fam (1.0) was down a typical two tenths, and the other three comedies (2.3/1.7/1.3) were all down at least a tenth as well.
  • Fox's dramas (0.7/0.7) were even, while the CW's Supernatural (0.4) kicked off 2019 by tying its fall finale.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 1/16/19


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Week two of Schooled (1.1) was down two tenths from last week's premiere, though it also had less help as both The Goldbergs (1.2) and Modern Family (1.2) inched down. Match Game (0.5) was down as well at 10/9c, leaving Single Parents (0.8) as the only ABC show to avoid a decline in the rounded numbers.
  • On Fox, it was a relatively stable week three for The Masked Singer (2.2), down just a tenth more following last week's sizable drop, while 24 Hours to Hell and Back (1.0) shed another tenth at 8/7c.
  • NBC's Chicago Med (1.2) and Chicago Fire (1.1) were both down from last week's returns, but Chicago PD (1.1) picked up a tenth against CBS repeat competition at 10/9c.
  • And the CW was back in business on Wednesday with Riverdale up to 0.5 for the first time since week three of the season, but All American stuck with another 0.2.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 1/15/19


FINALS UPDATE: New Amsterdam (1.0) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • After 0.5, 0.3 and 0.2 for its series premieres in the fall, the CW added a 0.4 to the mix with new drama Roswell, New Mexico (0.4). It was a couple tenths behind its The Flash lead-in (0.6), making it a much less impressive premiere than what Black Lightning did here a year ago, but it was at the high end of what Black Lightning season two has been doing in the fall.
  • NBC completed its winter lineup with the return of This Is Us (2.0) at 9/8c; while it was down a notch from the fall finale, it seemed to help out Ellen's Game of Games (1.7), which grew two tenths from last week's season premiere. New Amsterdam (1.1) was up a notch at 10/9c, matching what it was doing after TIU in the late fall.
  • ABC was down in the 8/7c hour with The Conners (1.3) and especially with The Kids Are Alright (0.8), but Black-ish (0.8) and Splitting Up Together (0.7) matched last week's address-delayed ratings. Back to airing on time, The Rookie (0.7) was up a tenth.
  • CBS' NCIS (1.3) grew a tenth from last week, while the delayed returns of FBI (1.0) and NCIS: New Orleans (0.8) both matched their fall finales. Fox's Lethal Weapon stayed at 0.7 while The Gifted dropped back to 0.5.

SpotVault - Roswell, New Mexico (CW) - Winter 2019 Ratings



Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Monday 1/14/19


FINALS UPDATE: The Bachelor (1.7), The Neighborhood (1.3) and Magnum P.I. (0.8) adjusted up while Bull (0.7) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Fox got a nice premiere rating for 9/8c genre drama The Passage (1.3), if not quite as strong as last January's 9-1-1 launch. On most networks, Passage would be starting with a lot of room to work with; on new Fox, it may have to hold up quite well from here. Its lead-in The Resident (1.1) tied with the season premiere for its highest rating this season.
  • In the unscripted wars, The Bachelor (1.6) upticked from last week's premiere and pulled to within a tenth of America's Got Talent: The Champions (1.7), which was down a notch. But ABC pulled even or maybe even a bit ahead for the full nightly average; The Good Doctor (1.2) returned with an uptick at 10/9c and handily defeated Manifest (0.9), which saw its run of 1.1's come to a crashing halt.
  • CBS had its own best-since-premiere rating with The Neighborhood (1.2), and an OK send-off for Happy Together (0.9) at 8:30. But Magnum P.I. (0.7) had a bitter start to 2019, returning on a new low as it prepares to air after the AFC Championship game on Sunday.

SpotVault - True Detective (HBO) - Winter 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - The Passage (Fox) - Winter 2019 Ratings



Monday, January 14, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 1/13/19


FINALS UPDATE: NFL Overrun 7:30 (10.1, +0.7) adjusted up while The Simpsons (3.2, -0.6), Bob's Burgers (2.1), Family Guy (1.7) and Rel (1.0) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Fox had postseason NFL (10.7/9.4) running slightly into the 8:00 hour, so there may be some downward adjustments for The Simpsons (3.8), Bob's Burgers (2.2), Family Guy (1.8) and Rel (1.1). We'll see if the comedies can match or beat last year's ratings on the year-ago evening (3.3/2.1/1.8/1.2).
  • With no Golden Globes competition, it was a breakout night for America's Funniest Home Videos (1.3) and Shark Tank (1.1) on ABC, as both built significantly on last week's already season high levels.
  • The CBS dramas (0.9/0.9/0.6) all matched last week, while the CW did well by its standards with the Critics Choice Awards (0.2/0.4/0.4).

Spotted Ratings, Friday 1/11/19


FINALS UPDATE: MacGyver (0.7), Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) (0.2) and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) (0.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Like on Thursday, the winter bounce seemed to come a week late for much of Friday. Fox comedies Last Man Standing (1.2) and The Cool Kids (1.0) both surged by two tenths from last week, while Hell's Kitchen (0.8) was up a notch. CBS dramas MacGyver (0.8) and Hawaii Five-0 (0.9) also grew by a tenth.
  • And in its first episode of the winter, NBC's Blindspot rose to 0.6 for the first time all season, joined by another 0.6 at 9/8c from The Blacklist.
  • The exception to the upward momentum was ABC, where Fresh Off the Boat (0.7) and Speechless (0.5) matched last week, while another two-hour 20/20 (0.6) couldn't hold onto last week's big surge. And the CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was back from a month off with a return to 0.1.

Renewology Week 16: Schooled, Fam, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Are Early Renewal Favorites


Here's a look at the big Renewology developments in week 16. Let's talk about some solid comedy premieres!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 1/10/19


FINALS UPDATE: Mom (1.4) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • After five years on Fox, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.2) made the move to NBC, airing at 9/8c after week two of The Titan Games (1.6). It was a nice week two hold for Titan, and Brooklyn had its highest raw ratings in over two calendar years (since New Year's Day 2017). It's a Plus level the show almost never saw on Fox without big NFL help (though it's actually rather close to the series premiere, which had a 138 in September 2013).
  • The Good Place (0.9) went to 9:30, where it was head-to-head with new CBS comedy Fam (1.2). The CBS newbie actually managed to outrate the Murphy Brown premiere (1.1) from the fall, though it also had more help from a season high edition of Mom (1.4). Earlier in the evening, the winter bounces came a week late for the Sheldon-verse, as The Big Bang Theory (2.4) and Young Sheldon (1.9) each piled another couple tenths on top of their winter premiere ratings from last week.
  • On Fox, The Orville (0.7) showed some much-needed life in its second Thursday airing of the season, growing by just over a full tenth from last week in the un-rounded prelims. ABC's Truth and Lies special on Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton (0.7) matched last week's JFK, Jr. special.

SpotVault - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC) - 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - Fam (CBS) - Winter 2019 Ratings



Thursday, January 10, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 1/9/19


FINALS UPDATE: Chicago Fire (1.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • About a quarter of the demo audience came out of The Masked Singer phenomenon (2.3) in week two, though that still left it at megahit levels and nearly double anything else on Wednesday. Its lead-in 24 Hours to Hell and Back (1.1) held up better, dropping just a tenth and still tied with its highest rating from last summer.
  • ABC featured the premiere of The Goldbergs spin-off Schooled (1.3), which promisingly managed to match both its lead-in from The Goldbergs mothership (1.3) as well as lead-out Modern Family (1.3). That's better than anything American Housewife has done in the timeslot all season, and two tenths above last year's 8:30 newbie Alex, Inc. Things soured in the second half of the ABC evening, with Single Parents falling to a 0.8 at 9:30 and Match Game (0.6) returning at 10/9c, down a third from last year's winter premiere.
  • NBC's One Chicago returned with Chicago Med (1.3) and Chicago Fire (1.3) both up from their fall finales, but Chicago PD (1.0) down a notch. It was also a mixed bag on CBS, as SEAL Team (0.8) was even against the return of Fire but Criminal Minds (0.8) managed an increase at 10/9c.

SpotVault - Schooled (ABC) - Winter 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - Project Blue Book (HISTORY) - Winter 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - Match Game (ABC) - Winter 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - Good Trouble (Freeform) - Winter 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - Ellen's Game of Games (NBC) - Winter 2019 Ratings



Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 1/8/19


FINALS UPDATE: Black-ish (0.8) and The Gifted (0.6) adjusted up while NCIS: New Orleans (R) (0.5) adjusted down. (The address ratings were not released in finals; the prelims are still listed below.)

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The 8:00 hour saw the original return of last winter's unscripted smash Ellen's Game of Games (1.5). It took the victory in a tough 8/7c hour, but still looked to have softened even relative to its lowest points last winter. It was up against ABC's The Conners (1.4, matching its fall finale) and The Kids Are Alright (1.0, up a tenth), CBS' NCIS (1.2, down a tenth) and Fox's Lethal Weapon (0.7, matching last week).
  • Then a presidential address and Democratic response threw a wrench into the 9:00 half-hour. The 20ish-minute interruption meant that ABC's Black-ish (0.7), Splitting Up Together (0.7) and The Rookie (0.6) along with Fox's The Gifted (0.5) all started late and aired in their entirety. The prelims do not match up exactly with when these shows aired, so stay tuned for finals.
  • CBS took a different approach, pulling its scheduled originals of FBI and NCIS: New Orleans in favor of repeats (0.6/0.6). And NBC took a bit of a hybrid path, pulling the planned 9:00 original of Game of Games for a repeat joined in progress (1.4), but still airing an original New Amsterdam (1.0) at 10/9c.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Monday 1/7/19


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The first Monday of 2019 saw only a partial return for broadcast programming, with many shows holding off for a week due to the NCAA football championship game on ESPN. NBC kicked off America's Got Talent: The Champions (1.8/1.9), a regular season version of the summer staple. It couldn't live up to the enormous standards of the summer edition (which opened on a 2.5 in 2018), but still did very well to give NBC a number just below The Voice's fall premiere and above its fall average.
    • AGT: Champions also became the new lead-in for Monday 10/9c drama Manifest (1.1), and despite a small lead-in upgrade it came back on the same 1.1 it posted in its last three fall outings.
  • ABC was a very close second for the night thanks to a healthy three-hour return of The Bachelor (1.5/1.5/1.4). Last season opened with a 1.5 on New Year's Day and fell to a 1.4 against the football game on the year-ago evening.
  • The only original on the other three networks was the penultimate episode of CBS' Happy Together (0.8), which got a boost from a The Big Bang Theory repeat lead-in (1.1).

SpotVault - The Bachelor (ABC) - Winter 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - America's Got Talent: The Champions (NBC) - Winter 2019 Ratings



Monday, January 7, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 1/6/19


FINALS UPDATE: Golden Globe Awards (5.2, +0.7) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Sunday event season began with NBC getting two events in one night: an NFL playoff game (with a preliminary 11.2 in the 7:00 hour) leading directly into the Golden Globe Awards (5.8/4.3/3.3). Despite a ton of erosion during the broadcast, that would average out to an increase vs. last year's 4.2 prelim, which later adjusted up to 5.0.
  • The rest of the big four brought back their regular lineups, with ABC sending America's Funniest Home Videos (0.9) originals back to the 8/7c hour to lead into Shark Tank (0.9). It was a nice reunion, as AFHV tied its season high while Shark Tank set a new one, though they were still way off of their best days together a year ago.
  • CBS had dramas God Friended Me (0.9), NCIS: Los Angeles (0.9) and Madam Secretary (0.6); it was one of GFM's better recent showings without an NFL boost. And Fox was at relatively typical non-NFL levels with The Simpsons (0.9), Bob's Burgers (0.9), Family Guy (1.0) and Rel (0.5).

Renewology Week 15: The Orville Collapses and The Blacklist Returns


Happy 2019! I have always believed that on a daily ratings basis, midseason is more interesting than fall, simply because there are more developments staggered across the calendar. The fall eventually devolves into the same old lineups airing over and over again. So I'm hoping that midseason will also prove more conducive to a weekly "column" of sorts; toward the second half of the fall, I eventually got tired of writing about the same few bubble shows (mostly ABC comedies and CBS dramas) every single week. Here goes.

Spotted Ratings, Friday 1/4/19


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers to come.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 1/3/19


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • On the opening Thursday of 2019, it was NBC's turn for a high-profile reality launch. While The Titan Games (1.7/1.8) paled somewhat in comparison to what Fox pulled off on Wednesday, it was still a very good start in its own right, only a little less impressive than what Ellen's Game of Games (2.2/2.4) did in the same week a year ago.
    • At 10/9c, NBC brought The Blacklist (0.9) back for a one-time stop in a timeslot it used to regularly occupy, before it heads for its regular timeslot on Friday.
  • Meanwhile, Fox reunited its fall 2017 Thursday duo of Gotham (0.7) and The Orville (0.6). We already know it's the final season for Gotham, and this surprisingly DOA result makes a similar fate look likely for Orville; a show that regularly built on Gotham two falls ago went a staggering three tenths behind its previous series low.
  • CBS held off on originals in the 9/8c hour for a week, but The Big Bang Theory (2.2) and Young Sheldon (1.7) were back at just a tenth above their last originals in December. The good news was S.W.A.T. (0.9) had a pretty great night at 10/9c, with a lead-in from a Young Sheldon repeat (0.9) and no SVU competition to deal with.
  • And ABC managed a virtual tie with Fox for third with The Conners repeats (0.7/0.6) and an old-skewing John F. Kennedy Jr. special (0.7).

SpotVault - The Titan Games (NBC) - Winter 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - The Orville (Fox) - Winter 2018-19 Ratings



SpotVault - The Masked Singer (Fox) - Winter 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - The Blacklist (NBC) - 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - Grown-ish (Freeform) - Winter 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - Gotham (Fox) - 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - Dirty John (BRAVO) - 2018-19 Ratings



SpotVault - 24 Hours to Hell and Back (Fox) - Winter 2019 Ratings



Thursday, January 3, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 1/2/19


FINALS UPDATE: The Masked Singer (3.0) adjusted up while Young Sheldon (R) (0.8) and SEAL Team (0.8) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The new year began on a smashing note for Fox Wednesday, as reality newbie The Masked Singer (2.9) went simply massive in its 9/8c debut. This easily more than doubled last January's launch of The Four (1.2) on Fox, and even dismantled the huge Ellen's Game of Games launch on NBC (2.2/2.4) rather comfortably. Its lead-in was the return of Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back (1.2), which was pulled up to a new series high in the process. UPDATE: The Masked Singer has ticked up to 3.0 in time zone-adjusted fast nationals.
  • Fox's opening night had little standing in the way; CBS dramas SEAL Team (0.9) and Criminal Minds (0.7) returned and were down a notch from their fall finales. The 8/7c hour along with everything on ABC, NBC and CW were in repeat mode.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 1/1/19


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Fox was the only network airing original material on the first night of 2019, flipping the timeslots of Tuesday dramas Lethal Weapon (0.7) and The Gifted (0.5). For Lethal, it marked a return to the 8/7c hour that it occupied for all of last season, and it remained in line with recent episodes. Meanwhile, Gifted fell to a new low in its 9/8c debut.
  • Among all the repeats elsewhere, Ellen's Game of Games (1.0) towered over the competition, a week before its return to originals, while ABC's 8/7c The Conners (0.7) was a distant second.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

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