Monday, December 30, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 12/29/19

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

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

The Top 10 TV Ratings Moments of 2019

It's time for my tenth annual look back at the year's top 10 moments in TV ratings! As always, the criteria are pretty subjective, but I go for a blend of 1) relatively isolated incidents that are impressive for their sheer enormity/cultural impact and 2) moments that exemplify much larger trends in TV this year. Please let me know about my most egregious rankings and omissions.

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

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 12/25/19

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

  • Numbers to come.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 12/24/19

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

  • Numbers to come. Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Monday 12/23/19

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

Monday, December 23, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 12/22/19

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

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 12/18/19

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

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

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 12/17/19

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

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

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Monday 12/16/19

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

Monday, December 16, 2019

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 12/15/19

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

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

    Friday, December 13, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Thursday 12/12/19

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

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 12/11/19

    FINALS UPDATE: Nancy Drew (0.1) adjusted down.

    SpotVault - Vikings (HISTORY) - Winter 2019-20 Ratings

    Wednesdays, 10/9c, HISTORY

    SpotVault - The Moodys (Fox) - 2019 Ratings

    The Moodys
    Wednesdays, 9/8c, Fox

    SpotVault - Making It (NBC) - Winter 2019-20 Ratings

    Making It
    Wednesdays, 10/9c, NBC

    SpotVault - Ray Donovan (Showtime) - 2019-20 Ratings

    Ray Donovan
    Sundays, 8/7c, Showtime

    SpotVault - Shameless (Showtime) - 2019-20 Ratings

    Sundays, 9/8c, Showtime

    SpotVault - Rick and Morty (ADULT SWIM) - 2019-20 Ratings

    Rick and Morty
    Sundays, 11:30/10:30c, ADULT SWIM

    SpotVault - Silicon Valley (HBO) - 2019-20 Ratings

    Silicon Valley
    Sundays, 10/9c, HBO

    SpotVault - Treadstone (USA) - Fall 2019 Ratings

    Tuesdays, 10/9c, USA

    SpotVault - The Purge (USA) - Fall 2019 Ratings

    The Purge
    Tuesdays, 9/8c, USA

    SpotVault - South Park (Comedy Central) - Fall 2019 Ratings

    South Park
    Wednesdays, 10/9c, Comedy Central

    SpotVault - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX) - Fall 2019 Ratings

    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
    Wednesdays, 10/9c, FXX

    Tuesday, December 10, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Monday 12/9/19

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

    Monday, December 9, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 12/8/19

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

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

    Friday, December 6, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Thursday 12/5/19

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

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

    Thursday, December 5, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 12/4/19

    FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

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

    Tuesday, December 3, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Monday 12/2/19

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

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

    Monday, December 2, 2019

    Spotted Ratings, Sunday 12/1/19

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

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

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