Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 1/15/19

FINALS UPDATE: New Amsterdam (1.0) adjusted down.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Numbers to come.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 1/3/19

FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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