Thursday, May 23, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 5/22/19


FINALS UPDATE: Live in Front of a Studio Audience (1.8) and Chicago PD (1.0) adjusted up while My Last Days (0.1) and Jane the Virgin (0.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • On the last day of the regular season, special programming took over in primetime as ABC offered Life in Front of a Studio Audience (1.7/1.7/1.8), a production of All in the Family and The Jeffersons episodes. At 9:30 was a Nightline special on the two shows (1.4), and that helped boost the Whiskey Cavalier finale (0.7) to its highest rating since week two.
  • It was finale night for One Chicago, with PD (0.9) down a notch but Med (1.1) and Fire (1.1) both matching last week. CBS had a couple hours of The Amazing Race (0.9/0.7) and an uptick for the SEAL Team finale (0.7).
  • The second half of Fox's MasterChef celebrity special (0.6) was up from last week, as was Jane the Virgin (0.3) on the CW. At 8/7c, the CDub welcomed back documentary series My Last Days (0.2).

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 5/21/19


FINALS UPDATE: 1969 (0.3) and Mental Samurai (0.4) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • With a lead-in from The Village (0.6), the two-hour season finale of The Voice (1.0/1.1) picked up little to no ground from last week, and was down about 30% from the year-ago spring finale.
  • It was NCIS (1.2), not Voice, that was the top program on the last Tuesday of the season, and it was used as a lead-in for the two-hour premiere of summer drama Blood and Treasure (0.6). B&T at least so far is probably looking a little better than Salvation, CBS' last effort in the summer drama realm. (It premiered to a 0.7 after Big Brother two years ago, and never got higher than 0.4 all of last season.)
  • On finale night, ABC saw a decrease for American Housewife (0.7) but an increase for Black-ish (0.7) and 1969 (0.4). Fox's unscripted (0.8/0.5) was up, while the CW's The 100 fell to its first 0.2 of the season as The Flash (0.2) went into repeats.

SpotVault - The Bachelorette (ABC) - Summer 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - Blood and Treasure (CBS) - Summer 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - Beat Shazam (Fox) - Summer 2019 Ratings



Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Monday 5/20/19


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The Monday finale of The Voice (1.2) got an uptick, narrowing the gap with The Bachelorette (1.3/1.2) which was close to last week's premiere. In a battle of 10/9c drama finales, The Fix (0.5) preliminarily inched up while The Enemy Within (0.6) was even.
  • Fox brought back summer returnee Beat Shazam (0.7), a tenth below last year's opener, and vastly improved the 9/8c hour by pulling Paradise Hotel in favor of a 9-1-1 repeat (0.6).
  • CBS repeated The Big Bang Theory's finale (0.9/1.1), which helped lift The Code (0.7) to its best rating since the post-NCIS preview that opened its run. A Late Late Show special (0.5) rounded out the night. The CW's Legends of Tomorrow (0.3) was even.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 5/19/19


FINALS UPDATE: American Idol (1.5, +0.2) adjusted up while America's Funniest Home Videos (0.6) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The three-hour season finale of American Idol (1.3) was down from last year's 1.6 Monday finale, but even with the final Sunday of last season (which had to face the Billboard Music Awards).
  • CBS saw little benefit from the PGA Championship moving to May, as it ended well before the start of primetime. 60 Minutes (0.8) was up a tenth, The Red Line remained mired at 0.3 and NCIS: Los Angeles fell back to 0.5 for its season finale.
  • A Sunday episode of Dateline (0.7) helped boost Good Girls back to 0.5, while the CW's drama finales (0.3/0.2) were even and Fox had a movie (0.4).

Renewology: How the Renew/Cancel Model Fared in 2018-19


It's time for another Renewology post-mortem! Overall, I think this was another year that vindicated the existence of a mathematical, "ratings-only" model like this, though the results were definitely a little different from last year. Here's a link to the 2017-18 recap, which I will refer back to on a couple occasions.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Friday 5/17/19


FINALS UPDATE: No Exit! (0.3), Dateline (0.5), Dynasty (0.1) and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) (0.1) adjusted down.


Friday, May 17, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 5/16/19


FINALS UPDATE: The Big Bang Theory (3.2) and Paradise Hotel (0.4) adjusted up while For the People (0.4), Young Sheldon (2.1) and The Big Bang Theory Special (1.7) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • On the last Thursday of the season, The Big Bang Theory (3.2) finished its 12-season run with a one-hour finale, leading into Young Sheldon (2.1) at 9/8c and a TBBT retrospective (1.7) at 9:30. With an A18-49+ in the low-to-mid 330's, this will be TBBT's biggest finale and second-biggest episode ever (trailing only the season 11 premiere).
  • Big Bang managed to blunt some of the competing finales on other networks; double-dips of Superstore (0.6/0.6) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.5/0.5) were on the downswing, as were ABC's Grey's Anatomy (1.3) and Station 19 (0.8). A finals uptick allowed Paradise Hotel (0.4) to outrate its last episode on Wednesday, though it was still down a tick from the two-hour ep last Thursday.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 5/15/19


FINALS UPDATE: Chicago Fire (1.1) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • CBS aired its spring Survivor finale (1.6/1.5 from 8:00-10:00 and 1.3 in the 10:00 half-hour) and reunion (0.9 at 10:30) a week before the end of the season this year, and the finale looks to be up year-to-year (the year-ago spring finale had a 1.4 with a 0.9 reunion).
  • With a lot less drama competition, NBC was up at 8/7c with Chicago Med (1.1), even at 9/8c with Chicago Fire (1.0) and up at 10/9c with Chicago PD (1.0).
  • Fox had a MasterChef special (0.5) and still lower embarrassment from Paradise Hotel (0.3), while ABC replaced its wrapped comedies with movie Toy Story 2 (0.6), plus Whiskey Cavalier (0.4). The CW's Riverdale stayed at 0.3 for its season finale, but Jane the Virgin (0.2) gave back last week's uptick.

The CW Fall 2019 Schedule Release Thread



The CW fall schedule is here!

CW Renewology

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 5/14/19


FINALS UPDATE: The Flash (0.6) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • NBC's The Voice (1.0) got out of fractional territory for the first time since moving to the 9/8c hour, and helped New Amsterdam (0.9) to rise for its season finale. The Village remained at 0.6 at 8/7c.
  • On ABC, Black-ish (0.6) returned to the 9/8c slot and Bless This Mess (0.6) to 9:30, while the 8/7c comedies (0.8/0.6) were even and 1969 fell to its first 0.3. CBS was up with NCIS (1.1) but down with NCIS: New Orleans (0.6), and Fox's Mental Samurai hit a new low 0.4. The CW (0.5/0.3) was even.

The CBS Fall 2019 Schedule Release Thread


The CBS fall schedule is here!

CBS Renewology

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Monday 5/13/19


FINALS UPDATE: The Voice (1.1) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The Bachelorette (1.3) arrived a couple weeks earlier than last year, going a tenth below its Memorial weekend premiere in 2018. The Fix (0.4) preliminarily inched up from last week's low.
  • A special 8/7c finale (previewing its fall 2019 timeslot) went great for 9-1-1 (1.3), as the show had its highest rating in five episodes. But it was no help to Fox's Paradise Hotel resurrection (0.4), which went even lower than its Thursday premiere.
  • Free from 9-1-1 competition, CBS' The Code (0.6) and its lead-out Bull (0.7) were both up a notch. NBC was even to narrowly up with The Voice (1.1/1.2) and The Enemy Within (0.6), and the CW's superhero dramas (0.3/0.2) were steady.

The ABC Fall 2019 Schedule Release Thread


The ABC fall schedule is here!

ABC Renewology






Monday, May 13, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 5/12/19


FINALS UPDATE: American Idol (1.2) and Ellen's Game of Games (R) (0.5) adjusted up while The Red Line (0.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • American Idol (1.1) matched last week's prelim (which later adjusted up to 1.2), while America's Funniest Home Videos (1.0) and Shark Tank (0.8) were both on the uptick. CBS also had upticks in the first and last hour with 60 Minutes (0.7) and NCIS: Los Angeles (0.6), surrounding another horrible showing from The Red Line (0.4/0.3).
  • Meanwhile, with World of Dance gone, NBC opted for a movie (0.5/0.6) and an Ellen's Game of Games repeat (0.4), ushering Good Girls down to its first 0.4. Fox similarly tanked its original programming by showing a Paradise Hotel encore in the 7:00 hour (0.2), bringing The Simpsons down to an egregious 0.5, while Bob's Burgers (0.6) also dropped. The CW (0.3/0.2) was even yet again.

The Fox Fall 2019 Schedule Release Thread


Check back later today for the Fox fall schedule!

Fox Renewology

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Friday 5/10/19


FINALS UPDATE: Last Man Standing (0.9) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC brought back Marvel's Agents of SHIELD (0.4) after almost a year off, tying the 0.4 low it hit a few times late last spring. Like last season, SHIELD was no help to 20/20 (0.4/0.5).
  • Fox's comedies (0.8/0.6) and Proven Innocent (0.4) along with CBS' MacGyver (0.6) and Blue Bloods (0.8) all finished out their seasons, while Hawaii Five-0 (0.7) along with NBC's The Blacklist (0.6) and the CW's Dynasty (0.1) will be back next week.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 5/9/19


FINALS UPDATE: Grey's Anatomy (1.4) and The Big Bang Theory (2.0) adjusted up while In the Dark (0.1) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Fox resurrected early-aughts reality series Paradise Hotel (0.5) to relatively little interest, a bad sign for a network planning to air quite a bit of it in the second half of May sweeps and the early summer. The original incarnation was not a huge deal either, premiering to a 3.7 (83 Plus) in June 2003, but this is a big step below that.
  • NBC saw Superstore (0.8) inch down at 8/7c, but used a second Superstore original to improve the 8:30 slot (0.7) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.6). Law and Order: SVU (0.7) fell at 10/9c.
  • ABC's Grey's Anatomy (1.3) inched down, while Station 19 (0.9) was out of crossover mode and back to normal, ushering just-cancelled For the People down to its first 0.4. 
  • In its penultimate week, The Big Bang Theory (1.9) was even, and so was everything else on CBS (1.5/1.1/0.8/0.7). CW's In the Dark returned to 0.2 at 9/8c.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 5/8/19


FINALS UPDATE: Survivor (1.5) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Finale night for Fox's Empire (1.2) and Star (1.0) saw each show pick up a tenth from last week, but significantly trail last season's 1.7/1.3 finales. 
  • NBC's Chicago trio (1.0/1.0/0.9) returned from a week off, with Med even at 8/7c but the other two inching down to new season lows.
  • ABC was up in the 8/7c hour with The Goldbergs (1.1) and Schooled (0.9) but saw Whiskey Cavalier fall back to 0.4 at 10/9c, the first time it has done so with an original Single Parents lead-in (0.7). The lone mover on CBS was The Amazing Race (0.8), down for the third straight week since its premiere. And the CW at least preliminarily was up with Riverdale (0.3) and Jane the Virgin (0.3).

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 5/7/19


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC gave Bless This Mess (0.6) a one-time tryout in the 9/8c half-hour, where it matched the 0.6 it pulled last week at 9:30. In the 8:00 hour, American Housewife (0.8) and The Kids Are Alright (0.6) both gave back last week's upticks.
  • The rest of broadcast brought another mix of evenness and one-tenth downticks. CBS was down a notch with NCIS (to a new low 1.0) and FBI (0.8), while NBC's The Village (0.6) and Fox's unscripted shows (0.7/0.5) all surrendered their gains from last week.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Monday 5/6/19


FINALS UPDATE: Man with a Plan (0.8) adjusted up while The Fix (0.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • A week before The Bachelorette officially returns to its usual two-hour timeslot, ABC offered a two-hour Bachelorette special (0.7/0.6) which went below last week's Queen + Adam Lambert special. The Fix stayed at 0.4.
  • The Voice (1.1), Man with a Plan (0.7) and The Resident (0.8) were down a tenth, while the dramas on CBS (0.5/0.6) and CW (0.3/0.2) plus The Enemy Within (0.6) and 9-1-1 (1.1) were even.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 5/5/19


FINALS UPDATE: American Idol (1.2) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • It was a mostly down night on the first Sunday in May; the CBS numbers scrambled due to a golf overrun, but week two of The Red Line managed a pathetic 0.3 in the 90 minutes that exclusively belonged to it, while NCIS: Los Angeles appeared to pull itself back up to a 0.5 in the 10:00 hour.
  • ABC's American Idol (1.1) gave back a lot of its late April surge, returning to mid-season levels, while America's Funniest Home Videos (0.9) and Shark Tank (0.7) were also down. Also on the decline were Fox's comedies (0.7/0.7/0.7) and NBC's Good Girls (0.5). Among the few steady shows: the season finale of World of Dance (0.8), and the CW's dramas (0.3/0.2).

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Friday 5/3/19


FINALS UPDATE: Last Man Standing (0.8) adjusted up while ScreenTime: Diane Sawyer Reporting (0.5), Blue Bloods (0.7) and Proven Innocent (0.3) adjusted down.


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 5/1/19


FINALS UPDATE: SEAL Team (0.6) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • In its second year on NBC, the Billboard Music Awards (1.9/2.2/2.1) moved to Wednesday and went 10-15% below last year's 2.35.
  • The ABC comedies returned for the first time in three weeks and took hits across the board; The Goldbergs (1.0) and Single Parents (0.7) lost one tenth, while Schooled (0.8) and Modern Family (1.0) were down two. At 10/9c, Whiskey Cavalier (0.5) upticked from last week, but was still down from three weeks ago when it last had an original lead-in.
  • CBS' Survivor (1.4) and The Amazing Race (0.9) were also on the downtick, while SEAL Team (0.7) along with the dramas on Fox (1.1/0.9) and CW (0.2/0.2) were even.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 4/30/19


FINALS UPDATE: FBI (0.9) and MasterChef Junior (0.8) adjusted up while Bless This Mess (0.6) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The CBS dramas (1.1/0.8/0.7) returned with a decline for FBI, tying the show for its series low.
  • ABC was up with its first hour of American Housewife (0.9) and The Kids Are Alright (0.7), with Housewife getting up to 0.9 for the first time since February. Black-ish (0.7), Bless This Mess (0.7) and 1969 (0.4) matched last week.
  • NBC was also up at 8/7c with The Village (0.7) and even later in the night with The Voice (0.9) and New Amsterdam (0.8). Fox bucked the trend by declining at 8/7c with MasterChef Junior (0.7) but growing to 0.6 for the first time in a month with Mental Samurai.
  • And the CW featured the return of already-renewed The 100 (0.3) following The Flash (0.5). The 100 was down a tenth from last season's premiere (which was also in late April).

SpotVault - The 100 (CW) - 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - The Red Line (CBS) - Spring 2019 Ratings



Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Monday 4/29/19


FINALS UPDATE: The Big Bang Theory (R) (0.9) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Following a Queen/Adam Lambert special (0.8), which was a tenth below last week's American Idol clip show, ABC's The Fix dropped to its first 0.4.
  • Now airing after a The Big Bang Theory repeat (0.8), Man with a Plan (0.8) managed an uptick, but The Code fell back to 0.5 at 9/8c.
  • NBC was even-ish with The Voice (1.2/1.1) and The Enemy Within (0.6). Fox's 9-1-1 (1.1) passed a tenth over to The Resident (0.9). The CW's Legends of Tomorrow preliminarily got back up to 0.3.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 4/28/19


FINALS UPDATE: American Idol (1.6, +0.2) and The Simpsons (0.8) adjusted up while The Red Line (0.4) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • CBS got a very poor two-hour start from limited series The Red Line (0.5/0.4), which couldn't even get to God Friended Me series low levels on its series premiere night. Buried at 10/9c after Red Line, NCIS: Los Angeles fell to its first ever 0.6.
  • But it was a positive night especially on the rest of the big three, as American Idol (1.5/1.4) continued on another late April upswing and NBC's World of Dance (0.8) and Good Girls (0.6) were also up.
  • The Simpsons (0.7) and Bob's Burgers (0.8) were even in their returns from a couple weeks off, while Family Guy (0.8) ticked down in its first head-to-head with Game of Thrones. The CW dramas (0.3/0.2) were even.

Renewology Week 31: The CW Renews Everything, And Other Late-Breaking News


Here's a look at the big Renewology developments in week 31.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 4/25/19


FINALS UPDATE: The Big Bang Theory (1.8) adjusted up while NFL Draft (1.1) and Mom (1.0) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The broadcast home for the NFL Draft (1.2) changed to ABC, where it was preliminarily up a tenth year-to-year from last year's Fox rating for round one.
  • As usual, the Draft was mostly damaging to the broadcast entertainment options; The Big Bang Theory (1.7) was down from last week, as was Young Sheldon (1.4) in its return from a couple weeks off. But the bigger lead-in helped Mom (1.1) at 9/8c, while Life in Pieces (0.8) matched last week's 9:30 episode. S.W.A.T. was down a notch at 10/9c.
  • NBC also saw real carnage, with Superstore (0.7) down two tenths and A.P. Bio (0.4) and Abby's (0.3) both somehow finding even lower lows (sandwiching an even Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.5)). Law and Order: SVU (0.7) somehow managed to be even at 10/9c.
  • It was finale night on Fox, with Gotham (0.5) actually dropping for its series finale. But The Orville (0.7) headed into decision time on a hopeful note, posting its highest rating in the last five episodes. The CW (0.3/0.2) was even.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 4/24/19


FINALS UPDATE: Survivor (1.5) adjusted up while Riverdale (0.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • NBC's Chicago trio (1.0/1.1/1.0) was back from a couple weeks off, and all three shows matched three weeks ago.
  • Against NBC's return, CBS dropped with both Survivor (1.4) and The Amazing Race (1.0), while ABC's Whiskey Cavalier fell to its first 0.4 after another round of comedy repeats (0.6/0.5/0.5/0.4).
  • On Fox, Empire (1.1) and Star (0.9) were even, while the CW's Riverdale (0.3) had the only uptick of the night.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 4/23/19


FINALS UPDATE: MasterChef Junior (0.8) and The Flash (0.6) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • NBC flipped The Village (0.6) to 8/7c, while The Voice results show (0.9) went to 9/8c. This didn't change The Village and brought Voice down by another tenth, but NBC netted a win since it got New Amsterdam (0.8) to rise by two tenths at 10/9c.
  • On ABC, Bless This Mess (0.7) dropped a couple tenths in week two, tying Black-ish (0.7) in the demo but still building from it by about 10% in total viewers. At 10/9c, new documentary series 1969 (0.4) was a big downgrade on previous occupant The Rookie. The night led off with steady American Housewife (0.8) and a Bless This Mess pilot encore (0.6).
  • CBS snuck in some pre-sweeps repeats (0.7/0.6) and an original NCIS: New Orleans (0.6), Fox's unscripted (0.7/0.5) was even yet again, and the CW at least preliminarily got back to 0.3 for the season-maybe-series finale of Roswell, New Mexico.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Monday 4/22/19


FINALS UPDATE: Bull (R) (0.4) and Legends of Tomorrow (0.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • American Idol (0.9) finished its Monday run with a clip show, and The Fix held onto a 0.5 at 10/9c. Despite weaker ABC competition, NBC's The Voice (1.2) could not benefit, and The Enemy Within was stuck at 0.6 for a third straight week.
  • CBS finished out season one of The Neighborhood (1.0), and it was steady but its lead-out Man with a Plan (0.7) took a dip. The Code preliminarily rallied to a 0.6 at 9/8c, and 9-1-1 (1.2) was also up on Fox. The Resident (0.8) and the CW's superhero duo (0.3/0.2) were even.

SpotVault - Life in Pieces (CBS) - 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - The Amazing Race (CBS) - Spring 2019 Ratings



Spotted Ratings, Sunday 4/21/19


FINALS UPDATE: American Idol (1.3) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC's American Idol (1.2) sought another late April surge with Disney Night. Since it was live in all time zones, it should get more of a boost in finals than the season has so far. Shark Tank (0.8) was even at 10/9c.
  • NBC's World of Dance (0.7) matched last week, while Good Girls ticked back down to 0.5. CBS populated the 8:00-10:00 block with an old-skewing Motown special (0.6), leading into the Madam Secretary season finale (0.4). Supergirl (0.3) and Charmed (0.2) were even in their returns from a couple weeks off.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Friday 4/19/19


FINALS UPDATE: NBA Playoffs (0.8) and Last Man Standing (0.9) adjusted up while Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) (0.2) adjusted down.


Friday, April 19, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 4/18/19


FINALS UPDATE: Grey's Anatomy (1.3) and The Big Bang Theory (1.9) adjusted up while Station 19 (0.8) and Supernatural (0.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers to come. CBS veteran Life in Pieces returned with new episodes at 8:30 and 9:30.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 4/17/19


FINALS UPDATE: Modern Family (R) (0.5) and Single Parents (R) (0.4) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The Amazing Race (1.2) made a late-spring return on CBS. It was down from the show's breakout return in early winter 2018 (1.6), but still toward the high end of the show's premieres historically. (The 2017 premiere, in a relatively similar time of year, pulled a 0.9 on a Thursday at 10/9c.) Survivor (1.5) was even and SEAL Team (0.7) picked up a tenth with the upgraded lead-in.
  • ABC's Whiskey Cavalier fell back to 0.5 following comedy repeats (0.7/0.6/0.6/0.5), while Fox's dramas (1.1/0.9) were even. The CW's Riverdale returned from hiatus with its first ever 0.2.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 4/16/19


FINALS UPDATE: The Kids Are Alright (0.6), The Flash (0.5) and Roswell, New Mexico (0.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC added sitcom Bless This Mess (0.9) to its Tuesday lineup at 9:30. It was the network's highest-rated show on a night in which everything else was up as well; American Housewife (0.8), The Kids Are Alright (0.7), Black-ish (0.8) and the 10/9c finale of The Rookie (0.7) all picked up a tenth from last week. BTM tied previous occupant Splitting Up Together's highest rating of the season (from all the way back in October), while Black-ish had its first 0.8 in almost two months.
  • Things got even uglier on NBC, down across the board with The Voice (1.0), The Village (0.6) and New Amsterdam (0.6).
  • CBS' NCIS (1.1) inched down, but the return of FBI (0.9) at 9/8c helped NCIS: New Orleans (0.7) to rebound at 10/9c. Fox (0.7/0.5) was even and the CW was up with The Flash (0.6) and Roswell, New Mexico (0.3).

SpotVault - Game of Thrones (HBO) - Spring 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - Bless This Mess (ABC) - Spring 2019 Ratings



Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Monday 4/15/19


FINALS UPDATE: Man with a Plan (0.9) and The Resident (0.8) adjusted up while The Code (0.5) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • In the first episode in its regular Monday timeslot, The Code (0.6) was down a tenth from its Tuesday preview. The CBS comedies (1.0/0.8) and Bull (0.6) matched two weeks ago.
  • It was a rough return from a week off for The Resident (0.7) and 9-1-1 (1.1), both plummeting to new lows and down two tenths from two weeks ago.
  • NBC's The Voice (1.3) got a little rebound from last week against the basketball game, but The Enemy Within was still mired at 0.6. ABC was even-ish with American Idol (1.2/1.1) and The Fix (0.5). The CW featured the return of Arrow (0.2), now at 9/8c after Legends of Tomorrow (0.3).

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 4/14/19


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Though CBS got its dream Masters winner in Tiger Woods, it ended up with no primetime boost from the event, since the prospect of late-afternoon weather saw the conclusion moved to hours earlier in the afternoon. So the season finale of God Friended Me (0.6) along with NCIS: Los Angeles (0.7) and Madam Secretary (0.4) all tied their season lows.
  • ABC's American Idol (1.3/1.2) and NBC's World of Dance (0.7/0.8) were both on the rebound, apparently having more trouble with last week's ACM Awards than with this week's Game of Thrones premiere. 10/9c occupants Shark Tank (0.8) and Good Girls (0.6) were even. Fox and the CW were in repeat mode against Thrones.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Friday 4/12/19


FINALS UPDATE: Blindspot (0.4), Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R) (0.1, -0.2) and Penn and Teller: Fool Us (R) (0.2) adjusted down.


SpotVault - The Code (CBS) - 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - The Chi (Showtime) - Spring 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - The Bold Type (Freeform) - Spring 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - Killing Eve (AMC) - Spring 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - Fosse/Verdon (FX) - Spring 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - A Discovery of Witches (AMC) - Spring 2019 Ratings



Friday, April 12, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 4/11/19


FINALS UPDATE: Gotham (R) (0.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • NBC's Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.6) returned to the mix at 9/8c, where it was a tick below last week's Will and Grace and helped Abby's to its first 0.4 at 9:30. Law and Order: SVU (0.7) also ticked down at 10/9c, though Superstore (0.9) led off the NBC evening with an uptick.
  • CBS' Fam (0.8) inched up for its season/series finale, leading out of the last repeat Thursday for the Sheldon-verse (1.0/1.0/0.9) before TBBT's series finale in mid-May. 
  • Fox's The Orville (0.6) returned from hiatus leading out of a Gotham repeat (0.4). Week two of In the Dark hung at 0.2, leading out of an upticking Supernatural (0.4). And the ABC dramas (1.5/0.9/0.5) were all even.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 4/10/19


FINALS UPDATE: Schooled (1.0) adjusted up while NCIS (R) (0.5) and Chicago Med (R) (0.5) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • With Million Dollar Mile gone from the schedule, an older-skewing NCIS repeat (0.6) did worse at 9/8c and failed to boost SEAL Team (0.6) at 10/9c. Survivor (1.5) easily led the night again.
  • ABC got a few comedy upticks from Schooled (0.9), Modern Family (1.2) and Single Parents (0.8), and Fox's Empire (1.1) and Star (0.9) gave back last week's upticks, and NBC's Chicago shows were in repeats.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 4/9/19


FINALS UPDATE: NCIS (1.2) adjusted up while Mental Samurai (0.5) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • CBS had a weak preview for new drama The Code (0.7) at 9/8c, not even coming close to a typical episode of FBI in the hour. Next week, Code heads to the Monday 9/8c hour vacated by Magnum P.I. Its lead-in NCIS (1.1) was even, but NCIS: New Orleans (0.6) fell to a new low at 10/9c.
  • NBC shook things up with the Tuesday return of The Voice (1.2) leading into the first 9/8c episode of The Village (0.7). It couldn't improve upon its last couple airings after This Is Us, and worse yet it helped tank the return of New Amsterdam (0.7) at 10/9c; it went three tenths below the 1.0 it's pulled for every previous 2019 episode.
  • ABC's bookends American Housewife (0.7) and The Rookie (0.6) both inched down, while The Kids Are Alright (0.6), Black-ish (0.7) and Splitting Up Together (0.6) were even. Fox's unscripted (0.7/0.6) was even again, and Roswell, New Mexico returned to 0.2 after a repeat lead-in.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Monday 4/8/19


FINALS UPDATE: NCAA Championship (5.3, +0.9) adjusted up while The Big Bang Theory (R) (0.9, -0.9) and NCAA Championship Pregame (1.7, -0.3) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • CBS got back the NCAA basketball title game (4.4) after it aired on TBS last year. It'll crush last year's TBS average (4.09), but the prelim is about 20% below the last CBS game two years ago, which averaged a 5.6 prelim and adjusted up to a 7.1.
  • Opposite the big game, it was a miserable night on NBC, as The Voice (1.3/1.2) and The Enemy Within (0.6) both got demolished. ABC held much closer to last week with American Idol (1.1/1.0) and The Fix (0.5). The CW's Legends of Tomorrow was back at a preliminary 0.3 (last week it adjusted down to 0.2).

Monday, April 8, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 4/7/19


FINALS UPDATE: The Simpsons (R) (0.4) adjusted up while Ellen's Game of Games (R) (0.4) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • CBS joined the music-themed programming fray on Sunday with the Academy of Country Music Awards (1.6), which appear to have taken a step backward after three relatively steady years in the low-2's.
  • But they were still potent enough to take a couple tenths out of American Idol (1.0) and a tenth out of both preliminary hours of World of Dance (0.6/0.7). The 10:00 shows held up better as Shark Tank (0.8) was down a tenth (but barely eked out a 0.9 last week) and Good Girls managed to pull off another 0.6. Fox was also down a notch with The Simpsons (0.7) and Bob's Burgers (0.8).

Renewology Week 28: In the Dark, and A Fresh Look at ABC's 10:00 Dramas


Here's a look at the big Renewology developments in week 28.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Friday 4/5/19


FINALS UPDATE: Blindspot (0.4), The Blacklist (0.5), Dateline (0.5) and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (0.1) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The CBS dramas returned from basketball hiatus with Hawaii Five-0 (0.8) and Blue Bloods (0.8) both on the rise. Quite a few other shows were up as well, including the ABC comedies (0.6/0.5) and Fox's The Cool Kids (0.7), along with NBC's Blindspot (0.5) and Dateline (0.6).
  • And the CW bade farewell to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend with the series finale managing a 0.2 in the 8:00 hour (the show's first 0.2 since January). A 9/8c CEG special fell to 0.1.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 4/3/19


FINALS UPDATE: Single Parents (0.7) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC's comedies returned with Schooled falling to 0.8 between The Goldbergs (1.1) and Modern Family (1.1), while Single Parents (0.8) was actually up at 9:30. With the return of an original lead-in, Whiskey Cavalier (0.6) inched up as well.
  • Week two of Million Dollar Mile (0.8) shed a tenth for CBS, as did its lead-in Survivor (1.5). The drama wars swung back a bit in Fox's direction, as Empire (1.2) and Star (1.0) were both up while Chicago Med (1.0), Chicago Fire (1.1) and Chicago PD (1.0) were all down. And with an encore (0.1) of last week's premiere as a lead-in, Jane the Virgin (0.2) dropped from last week.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 4/2/19


FINALS UPDATE: Ellen's Game of Games (1.2) and This Is Us (1.9) adjusted up while The Village (0.7) and Roswell, New Mexico (R) (0.1) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The third season finale of This Is Us (1.8) was up a tenth from last week, but down a full point from the season two finale. In its third and final airing alongside This Is Us before a move to 9/8c, The Village (0.8) tried to keep itself in the mix with a preliminary week three uptick (though it may be close to adjusting down in finals). The night began with a new low for the season finale of Ellen's Game of Games (1.1).
  • CBS was down a tenth with NCIS (1.1), even with FBI (0.9) in its backdoor pilot for the Most Wanted spin-off and up a tenth with NCIS: New Orleans (0.8). ABC aired repeats of The Goldbergs (0.7) and Modern Family (0.6) in the 8/7c hour which didn't look too different from the usual original occupants. Later, Black-ish (0.7) was up a tenth while Splitting Up Together (0.6) and The Rookie (0.7) were steady. Fox's unscripted (0.7/0.6) was even.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Monday 4/1/19


FINALS UPDATE: Legends of Tomorrow (0.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • CBS was all original on season finale night for Magnum P.I. (0.7), with Magnum and lead-in comedies The Neighborhood (1.0) and Man with a Plan (0.8) all even. But Bull (0.6) returned to a new series low at 10/9c.
  • ABC was down a tenth with American Idol (1.1) and The Fix (0.5), and NBC's The Voice (1.5) was also down a notch, but The Enemy Within held at 0.8. The night's only uptick came from 9-1-1 (1.3), leading out of an even The Resident (0.9).
  • And the CW welcomed back DC's Legends of Tomorrow (0.3) for a run in the 8/7c hour, leading into a Penn and Teller: Fool Us special (0.2).

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 3/31/19


FINALS UPDATE: 60 Minutes (2.0, +0.4), NCIS: Los Angeles (1.0), Madam Secretary (0.6) and Good Girls (0.6) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • CBS had an even bigger basketball lead-in on the second Sunday of March Madness, but it was over considerably earlier than last week; 60 Minutes (1.6), God Friended Me (1.1), NCIS: Los Angeles (0.9/0.8) and Madam Secretary (0.5) started just 17 minutes late. Because these prelims are acting as if they started at the bottom of the hour, the earlier programs should adjust up if anything.
  • ABC's American Idol went three hours (1.3/1.2/1.1), outperforming the usual Shark Tank rating at 10/9c. NBC's Good Girls was back down to 0.5 following World of Dance (0.7/0.8), while Fox's The Simpsons (0.8) and Family Guy (0.9) along with the CW (0.3/0.2) were even.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Friday, March 29, 2019

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 3/27/19


FINALS UPDATE: Survivor (1.6) adjusted up while Schooled (R) (0.5), Modern Family (R) (0.5) and Million Dollar Mile (0.9) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • CBS got an OK start for reality newbie Million Dollar Mile (1.0) at 9/8c, leading out of Survivor (1.5). The show tied The World's Best Wednesday premiere from early February (which was just three days after a post-Super Bowl airing) and also tied SEAL Team's highest rating in the 9/8c hour this season. But MDM was no help to SEAL Team (0.6), which hit its second straight new low in the 10/9c hour.
  • ABC's Whiskey Cavalier fell to its first 0.5, airing after comedy repeats (0.7/0.7/0.6/0.4).
  • Back to originals for the first time in a month, NBC's Chicago series (1.2/1.2/1.1) were all even. They were ahead of the Fox dramas, as Empire (1.1) fell to a new low and Star (0.9) tied its Halloween low.
  • And the CW welcomed back Jane the Virgin (0.3) for its final season, tying its lead-in from Riverdale (0.3). Jane tied its highest rating from last season (which aired on Friday).

SpotVault - Million Dollar Mile (CBS) - Spring 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - Jane the Virgin (CW) - 2019 Ratings



Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 3/26/19


FINALS UPDATE: NCIS (1.2) and This Is Us (1.7) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Week two of The Village (0.7) dropped a tenth from last week, as did its lead-in This Is Us (1.6). It was the same for the other week two newbie, Fox's Mental Samurai (0.6), which was down alongside MasterChef Junior (0.7).
  • ABC (0.8/0.6/0.6/0.6/0.7) matched all of last week's preliminaries (though The Kids Are Alright later adjusted up to a 0.7 last week). CBS (1.1/0.9/0.7) was even vs. two weeks ago, but the CW's Roswell, New Mexico was back down to 0.2 with a repeat The Flash lead-in (0.2).

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Monday 3/25/19


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Week two of The Fix (0.6) was down a tenth, but still pulled into sole possession of second place at 10/9c as CBS aired a Mueller report special (0.4). Fix's lead-in American Idol (1.2) was even.
  • With the return of The Neighborhood (1.0) on CBS, Man with a Plan (0.8) shed a tenth, while Magnum P.I. (0.7) was flat. Most of the rest of broadcast was also close to even, including NBC with The Voice (1.6/1.7) and The Enemy Within (0.8) as well as the just-renewed dramas on Fox (0.9/1.2) and the CW's Arrow (0.3).

SpotVault - Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists (Freeform) - Spring 2019 Ratings



SpotVault - Into the Badlands (AMC) - Spring 2019 Ratings



Monday, March 25, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 3/24/19


FINALS UPDATE: Shark Tank (0.9) adjusted up while 60 Minutes (1.6, -0.5), God Friended Me (0.9) and Madam Secretary (0.5, -0.2) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The CBS Sunday lineup of 60 Minutes (2.1), God Friended Me (1.0), NCIS: Los Angeles (0.9/0.8) and Madam Secretary (0.7) started 40 minutes late due to NCAA basketball overrun. Downward adjustments are likely, especially with the earlier programs.
  • ABC was down a tick with American Idol (1.2) and Shark Tank (0.8), while NBC's Good Girls rebounded to 0.6 after another 0.8 from World of Dance. Fox's comedies (0.8/0.9/0.9) and the CW's dramas (0.3/0.2) were even.

Renewology Week 26: The Fix and The Village Premiere


Here's a look at the big Renewology developments in week 26.

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.

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