Saturday, June 29, 2019

Friday, June 28, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 6/27/19

FINALS UPDATE: Democratic Presidential Debate (2.1, +0.2) adjusted up while The Wall (R) (0.7) adjusted down.

  • Full table will be posted next week.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 6/26/19

FINALS UPDATE: Democratic Presidential Debate (1.8, +0.2) adjusted up while The Amazing Race (0.7) and Ellen's Game of Games (R) (0.7) adjusted down.

  • Full table will be posted next week.

The War of 18-49, Legends of Tomorrow

A Third Night of DC Comics

In winter 2016, with The Flash in the middle of the biggest drama season in network history, the CW picked an ideal time to expand its universe of superhero series yet again. Legends of Tomorrow, a team-up involving recurring players from Arrow and The Flash, led off the network's winter Thursdays with 3.21 million viewers and a 1.2 demo rating. It fell just a tenth to 1.1 in week two, but then another two tenths to 0.9 in week three. It stayed there for awhile, but fell to 0.7 in March and pretty much stayed there (mixing in a couple 0.6's) to end the season. It was obviously no Flash and had fallen clearly behind Arrow by the spring as well, but season one was still the network's third-highest rated show.

It continued leading off Thursday in fall 2016. It couldn't recapture anything like its early season one spark but still provided a reliable 0.6 (spiking to 1.2 for its crossover episode late in the fall). At midseason, the CW decided to let Supernatural be the Thursday anchor and see if Legends could get any benefit from a consistent The Flash lead-in. The best lead-in on the network didn't change Legends much; it scored a couple 0.7's early on before falling to 0.5's in the spring. But Legends was still a big improvement on some of the other stuff the network had tried after The Flash. It got the slot back for the fall of 2017 and mostly hung around 0.5.

Move to Monday

For the second half of season three, the CW used Legends of Tomorrow to relieve the usual Monday anchor Supergirl for a couple months; it opened on another 0.5, but fell to 0.4 for most of this period. In season four, Legends returned to Monday. After a fall of mostly 0.3's following Arrow, it was Legends that took the long hiatus this time, and Black Lightning that showed up to spell it in the winter. However, the CW opted to flip Arrow and Legends when the two reunited in the spring, and the return helped keep Legends at a 0.3 into the spring. In season five, Legends missed the fall schedule, but it got back the post-Flash slot at midseason as the show that started it all, Arrow, finished its shortened final season after just 10 fall episodes.

Adults 18-49 info by season:

12016Thursday 8:000.800.61.2detail
22016-17Thu 8:00, Tue 9:000.64-20%0.41.2detailB-
32017-18Tue 9:00, Mon 8:000.48-24%0.40.9detailC
42018-19Mon 9:00, Mon 8:000.29-40%0.20.4detailC-
52020Tuesday 9:000.22-25%0.20.5detailC
6Summer 2021Sunday 8:000.08-62%0.10.1detailD+
72021-22Wednesday 8:000.09+7%0.10.1detailC+

Historical-adjusted ratings by season:

6Summer 202113flop0.07-51%9.31171612


The War of 18-49 chronicles the ratings history of veteran primetime series. For more, see the Index.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Friday, June 21, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 6/20/19

FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

  • Numbers to come. The ABC summer rollout continued with unscripted newbies Holey Moley and Family Food Fight, plus new drama Reef Break at 10/9c. Fox launched new game show Spin the Wheel.

SpotVault - Yellowstone (PARAMOUNT) - Summer 2019 Ratings

Wednesdays, 10/9c, PARAMOUNT

SpotVault - The Detour (TBS) - Summer 2019 Ratings

The Detour
Tuesdays, 10:30/9:30c, TBS

SpotVault - Spin the Wheel (Fox) - Summer 2019 Ratings

Spin the Wheel
Thursdays, 9/8c, Fox

SpotVault - Reef Break (ABC) - Summer 2019 Ratings

Reef Break
Thursdays, 10/9c, ABC

SpotVault - Holey Moley (ABC) - Summer 2019 Ratings

Holey Moley
Thursdays, 8/7c, ABC

SpotVault - Family Food Fight (ABC) - Summer 2019 Ratings

Family Food Fight
Thursdays, 9/8c, ABC

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 6/19/19

FINALS UPDATE: Press Your Luck (0.9), Card Sharks (0.8) and Match Game (0.7) adjusted down.

  • Free from Stanley Cup competition, it was mostly good news for the Wednesday week twos. ABC's game show newbies Press Your Luck (1.0) and Card Sharks (0.9) each picked up a tenth, while Match Game (0.8) was even at 10/9c. And Fox newbie First Responders Live (0.6) also inched up in its second week.
  • The veterans were mostly steady, including MasterChef (0.7), Jane the Virgin (0.2) and the CBS originals (0.8/0.3). The lone decliner was NBC drama The InBetween (0.4), back from a week off and with a worse lead-in from Ellen's Game of Games repeats (0.5/0.7).

The War of 18-49, Blindspot

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Monday 6/17/19

FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

  • In its return to Monday, The Bachelorette (1.5) bounced back to tie its season high from two weeks ago (and was actually up from the year-ago evening). It also launched new drama Grand Hotel (0.7) at 10/9c. Hotel looked much better than the last drama with a regular post-Bachelorette berth (Still Star-Crossed, which opened with just a 0.5 in 2017) but this was definitely a less promising start than the launch of The Whispers in 2015 (1.5 after a 2.0 B'ette).
  • NBC's American Ninja Warrior (0.9) moved into its regular Monday home and tied its Wednesday episode from last week. So You Think You Can Dance (0.5) dropped a tick for Fox, while the CW welcomed back summer mainstays Penn and Teller: Fool Us (0.3) and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.2).

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 6/16/19

FINALS UPDATE: US Open Golf (1.4) adjusted down.

  • Fox dominated on Sunday with the final round of the US Open in primetime (1.5/1.5/1.3).
  • With a President Trump interview (0.6) in the 8/7c hour, ABC's The $100,000 Pyramid (0.6) and To Tell the Truth (0.6) were both down by multiple tenths from last week. And CBS drummed up little interest in its first two hours of a rebroadcast of CBS All Access series The Good Fight (0.3/0.3).

SpotVault - Claws (TNT) - Summer 2019 Ratings

Sundays, 9/8c, TNT

SpotVault - Younger (TV LAND) - Summer 2019 Ratings

Wednesdays, 10/9c, TV LAND

SpotVault - Press Your Luck (ABC) - Summer 2019 Ratings

Press Your Luck
Wednesdays, 8/7c, ABC

SpotVault - Pose (FX) - Summer 2019 Ratings

Tuesdays, 10/9c, FX

SpotVault - Krypton (Syfy) - Summer 2019 Ratings

Wednesdays, 10/9c, Syfy

SpotVault - First Responders Live (Fox) - Summer 2019 Ratings

First Responders Live
Wednesdays, 9/8c, Fox

SpotVault - Card Sharks (ABC) - Summer 2019 Ratings

Card Sharks
Wednesdays, 9/8c, ABC

SpotVault - Baskets (FX) - Summer 2019 Ratings

Thursdays, 10/9c, FX

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Friday 6/14/19

FINALS UPDATE: US Open Golf (0.5) adjusted up while American Ninja Warrior (R) (0.5), Dateline (0.5), Masters of Illusion (0.1), Masters of Illusion (R) (0.1) and The Big Stage (0.1) adjusted down.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 6/13/19

FINALS UPDATE: NBA Finals (6.4, +1.5), The Big Bang Theory (R) (0.8) and US Open Golf (0.7, +0.2) adjusted up while Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night (0.9, -1.7), NBA Countdown (1.5, -1.7) and A.P. Bio (0.3) adjusted down.

  • Numbers to come.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 6/12/19

FINALS UPDATE: Stanley Cup Finals (2.7, +0.2) adjusted up while Card Sharks (0.8) and NCIS: The Cases They Can't Forget (0.3) adjusted down.

  • ABC's new night of game shows showed almost as much strength as the old night of game shows. Newbies Press Your Luck (0.9) and Card Sharks (0.9) along with returnee Match Game (0.8) were all basically in line with the premiere results for the veteran Sunday lineup.
  • Press Your Luck managed to beat out reality staples The Amazing Race (0.8) and MasterChef (0.7) in the 8/7c hour, and there was even less interest at 9/8c in the new MasterChef lead-out First Responders Live (0.5).
  • All this came against a decisive seventh game of the Stanley Cup Finals (2.2/2.7/2.7) on NBC, which looks to have gone at least a half point ahead of Game 6 on Sunday.

The War of 18-49, Superstore

Midseason Monday Filler

Superstore began its run as part of a Monday comedy duo, designed to help NBC get through the period between seasons of The Voice. It even had its season one episode order cut to accommodate that role. But first, it got a December preview after The Voice; after Voice's 2.8, two Superstore episodes in the 10/9c hour averaged a 2.0 and 1.6. Its future companion Telenovela went on to average 1.4 and 0.9 in a similar preview the next week, so it was pretty clear that Superstore was the more promising prospect.

That dynamic played out in the winter, as Superstore opened to a 1.8 demo in its January premiere while Telenovela had a 1.3. While Superstore drifted down into the mid-1's, Telenovela was fractional starting in their fourth week together. Superstore also handily outrated The Biggest Loser, the veteran reality player scheduled from 9:00-11:00, making it the clear bright spot in this midseason lineup. That got it a renewal and a fall berth at the 2016 upfront.

Thursday Lead-off

From there, Superstore began an unspectacular but consistently decent three-year run at the beginning of NBC's Thursday comedy lineup, a thankless role head-to-head with perennial comedy megahit The Big Bang Theory on CBS. In seasons two and three, a consistent trend was Superstore's big drops in the spring; both years, it hung onto low-1 ratings for most of the season, but then got well into fractional territory down the stretch.

Season four had a somewhat different arc, looking weaker in the fall (as the whole night crumbled around a much reduced Will and Grace revival) but not dropping much in the spring. That produced some great trends in the last months of the season, even though the full season average ticked down a bit. Superstore was right back in that Thursday lead-off role for season five, and the timeslot changed around it as longtime competitor The Big Bang Theory will be out of the picture, but the ratings picture remained similar.

Adults 18-49 info by season:

12015-16Monday 10:001.470.82.0detail
22016-17Thursday 8:001.13-23%0.81.4detailB
62020-21Thu 8:00, Thu 8:300.48-34%0.40.6detailC-

Historical-adjusted ratings by season:



The War of 18-49 chronicles the ratings history of veteran primetime series. For more, see the Index.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 6/11/19

FINALS UPDATE: Press Your Luck (0.7) and The Flash (R) (0.1) adjusted down.

  • Driven off of Monday for a week by the NBA Finals, The Bachelorette (1.3/1.2) made things more crowded on Tuesday. It led into a preview of the network's latest game show revival Press Your Luck (0.8), which will make its regular timeslot debut tonight.
  • Against stronger ABC competition, NBC was down again but still on top with America's Got Talent (1.5) and Songland (0.9). CBS' Blood and Treasure fell to its first 0.4, and its lead-in crime drama repeats (0.4/0.4) were also down.

The Breakdown: ABC Tuesday in 2018-19 (The Conners, Black-ish, The Rookie and more!)

It's time for a journey through the ABC Tuesday schedule in 2018-19...

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Monday 6/10/19

FINALS UPDATE: NBA Finals (6.5, +1.3) adjusted up while Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night (1.2, -1.5) and NBA Countdown (1.7, -1.2) adjusted down.

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 6/9/19

FINALS UPDATE: Stanley Cup Finals (2.0) adjusted up while Deal Or No Deal Special (0.5, -0.2) adjusted down.

  • ABC's Sunday Fun & Games returned with the same three shows as last year: Celebrity Family Feud (1.0), The $100,000 Pyramid (0.9) and To Tell the Truth (0.8). The lineup was naturally unable to keep up with the year-ago premieres (1.8/1.2/0.8) fueled by the Kardashians on Celebrity Family Feud, and was also down some in Plus from the two-years-ago return night (1.5/1.3/1.2).
  • NBC won easily with the Stanley Cup Finals (1.9), which set up a seventh and final game on Wednesday, while CBS had the Tony Awards (0.8/0.8/0.7) which were down from last year's 1.0.

SpotVault - To Tell the Truth (ABC) - Summer 2019 Ratings

To Tell the Truth
Sundays, 10/9c, ABC

SpotVault - The Big Stage (CW) - Summer 2019 Ratings

The Big Stage
Fridays, 8:30/7:30c, CW

SpotVault - The $100,000 Pyramid (ABC) - Summer 2019 Ratings

The $100,000 Pyramid
Sundays, 9/8c, ABC

SpotVault - Queen of the South (USA) - Summer 2019 Ratings

Queen of the South
Thursdays, 10/9c, USA

SpotVault - Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) - Summer 2019 Ratings

Celebrity Family Feud
Sundays, 8/7c, ABC

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Friday 6/7/19

FINALS UPDATE: NBA Finals (4.3, +1.0) and Hawaii Five-0 (R) (0.4) adjusted up while Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night (0.7, -1.1) and NBA Countdown (1.1, -0.7) adjusted down.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 6/5/19

FINALS UPDATE: NBA Finals (4.6, +0.9) and The Amazing Race (0.9) adjusted up while Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night (0.8, -1.1) and NBA Countdown (1.2, -0.8) adjusted down.

  • Game 3 of the NBA Finals (3.4/3.9) had a slightly lower prelim than the first two.
  • Up against the Finals, NBC saw drops for week two of American Ninja Warrior (0.8/0.9) and The InBetween (0.5), as did Fox with week two of MasterChef (0.7). CBS' The Amazing Race (0.8) and the CW's Jane the Virgin (0.2) were even.

The War of 18-49, Supergirl

CBS Branches Out

Before it became part of the superhero tradition on the CW, Supergirl began its life as an attempt to take that tradition to one of the big four networks. In season one, it aired on CBS, riding a The Big Bang Theory lead-in (4.4) to 12.955 million viewers and a 3.1 viewers for its premiere on October 26, 2015. Then it became the lead-off piece in a three-drama CBS Monday, on a night where the eye has historically aired a powerful comedy block. It fell to 2.2 in week two, then never broke 2.0 again; it settled at mid-1's late in the fall, bounced back up to high-1's in the winter, and got as low as 1.3 in the spring. Most big four shows at this level would've been renewed, but instead CBS opted for a return to Monday comedy, leaving Supergirl season two to the CW.

The CW's Monday Anchor

On the CW, Supergirl stayed in its CBS timeslot on Monday at 8/7c. It only brought half the Plus of its CBS season, but that still made it the #2 show on the network behind The Flash, including a 1.1 for its CW premiere night as well as for its first crossover episode in late November. It was normally around a 0.7 for most of the season, but got as low as 0.5 in the late spring.

Season three brought a return to Monday at 8/7c but another big decline in the ratings; it got a 0.9 for the crossover and a couple 0.6's in January, but was otherwise a steady diet of 0.4's and 0.5's.

Starting a New Night

Then came season four, in which Supergirl was asked to anchor yet another big network experiment; the CW decided to return to programming on Sunday night for the first time in nearly a decade. This resulted in another down season, with mostly 0.3's and the occasional 0.4 (plus a 0.8 for a crossover episode). In season five, Supergirl gave up its anchor duties for the first time, staying on Sunday but at 9/8c, following the new Batwoman series.

The final season of Supergirl saw a move to Tuesday for the first time, where it aired at 9/8c starting in the late spring after The Flash. Most of the final season will actually take place in the late summer and fall of 2021.

Adults 18-49 info by season:

12015-16Monday 8:00 (CBS)1.671.23.1detail
22016-17Monday 8:00 (CW)0.72-57%0.51.1detailB+
42018-19Sunday 8:000.35-31%0.30.8detailC+
52019-20Sunday 9:000.22-36%0.10.6detailC
62021Tuesday 9:000.10-54%0.10.2detailC

Historical-adjusted ratings by season:



The War of 18-49 chronicles the ratings history of veteran primetime series. For more, see the Index.

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