Saturday, February 29, 2020

Spotted Ratings, Friday 2/28/20


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Longtime Friday staple Shark Tank (0.7) returned to the night for the first time in almost three years and got a strong welcome, topping its last five Sunday episodes and tying American Housewife's season high in the slot. Its lead-out 20/20 (0.6) also picked up some steam.
  • CBS' Hawaii Five-0 (0.7) got an uptick on the night after its surprise cancellation, building on MacGyver (0.6). NBC (0.4/0.5/0.6) and the CW (0.2/0.1) were even-ish while Fox's WWE (0.8) was on the high end.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 2/26/20


FINALS UPDATE: The Masked Singer (1.8) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • NBC got a big return from the Chicago trio, with Chicago Med (1.2) and Chicago Fire (1.2) both rising vs. two weeks ago and Chicago PD (1.2) getting the biggest bounce (since it was the second half of a crossover with Fire).
  • They dominated CBS' two-hour return of SEAL Team (0.6/0.5), which came in toward the low end of what Criminal Minds had been doing in the last couple months. Survivor (1.4) was even at 8/7c, pulling much closer to a sagging The Masked Singer (1.7) on Fox.
  • ABC was original with The Goldbergs (0.8) but then had an hour of repeats (0.5/0.5) leading into an original Single Parents (0.5), and a Shark Tank retrospective at 10/9c (0.4) proved unable to improve on the usual Stumptown results. The CW (0.2/0.1) was even.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 2/25/20


FINALS UPDATE: Democratic Presidential Debate (2.5, +0.3) adjusted up while Democratic Presidential Debate Analysis (0.8) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • In its first Democratic presidential debate of the 2020 cycle, CBS (2.0/2.3) put up the highest preliminary ratings of the cycle to date, at least 10% ahead of last week's debate on NBC (which had a 1.8 prelim/2.1 final).
  • Elsewhere, The Conners (0.9) cooled off after a strong last couple episodes, but ABC's other comedies (0.6/0.5/0.5) were even, and For Life (0.6) continued to show promise by holding steady in week three.
  • NBC's This Is Us (1.4) and New Amsterdam (0.7) got minor boosts from the return of The Voice (1.4) in the 8/7c hour. Fox had a double-dose of 24 Hours to Hell and Back (0.6/0.6) and the CW (0.4/0.2) was even.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Spotted Ratings, Monday 2/24/20


FINALS UPDATE: The Neighborhood (R) (0.6) and Little Big Shots (0.8) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • NBC had an all-unscripted start to its spring Mondays as the season premiere of The Voice (1.5/1.6) was down in Plus from the 2.1 premiere last spring, and a bit below the 1.7 fall premiere. It led into a preview of Little Big Shots (0.9) now hosted by Melissa McCarthy, which will return to its longtime Sunday 8/7c timeslot later this week.
  • ABC's The Bachelor (1.9) tied its season high and was up from the year-ago Voice premiere night, but The Good Doctor (0.8) fell at 10/9c. Fox's 9-1-1: Lone Star (0.9) is eyeing a new series low, while the CW's All American (0.3) preliminarily continued its recent 0.3 streak.

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The Voice
Mondays, 8/7c, NBC







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Little Big Shots
Sundays, 8/7c, NBC







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Better Call Saul
Mondays, 9/8c, AMC







Spotted Ratings, Sunday 2/23/20


FINALS UPDATE: The Simpsons (0.7) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Week two of American Idol (1.3/1.4) dropped a bit but proved a helpful lead-in for The Rookie (0.8), vaulting the sophomore cop drama to a new season high.
  • There was some other upward momentum on the second Sunday of the spring, as CBS' drama trio (0.6/0.6/0.6) bounced back a somewhat (especially God Friended Me at 8/7c), while Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (0.5) inched up as well in its second Sunday episode.
  • The Fox cartoons (0.6/0.5/0.7/0.6) were closer to even (with The Simpsons down a notch and Bob's Burgers up one), as were the CW's dramas (0.2/0.2).

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Spotted Ratings, Friday 2/21/20


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The double-episode series finale of Fresh Off the Boat (0.5/0.4) came back after two weeks off and looked like a pretty standard episode for the show, while 20/20 (0.4) remained low in the last two hours.
  • CBS' MacGyver (0.6) and Hawaii Five-0 (0.6) came down a bit from their recent hot streaks, while NBC (0.4/0.5/0.7) and Fox (0.7) and the return of the CW's dramas (0.2/0.1) were all even.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 2/19/20


FINALS UPDATE: Democratic Presidential Debate (2.1, +0.3) and The Masked Singer (2.0) adjusted up while Chicago Med (R) (0.7) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Criminal Minds wrapped up its 15-season run with a two-hour finale averaging 0.8 in both hour, up by two tenths from last week and the second-highest rating of the season. It had help from a strong week two for Survivor (1.4), which built on last week's premiere.
  • Fox also grew in the 8/7c hour with The Masked Singer (1.9), but the erosion continued at 9/8c for week three of LEGO Masters (1.0). On ABC (0.8/0.6/0.7/0.6/0.4), Modern Family had a brutal night, falling to a new series low the week after its Paris uptick.
  • The 9/8c shows may have suffered a bit due to NBC's Democratic presidential debate (1.7/1.8), which dominated the last two hours. It did roughly as well as the biggest debates of the cycle back in the summer (1.6/1.9 prelims for two nights in June which adjusted up to 1.8/2.2, then a 1.9 prelim in September which adjusted up to a 2.1).

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Outlander
Sundays, 8/7c, STARZ







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Duncanville
Sundays, 8:30/7:30c, Fox







SpotVault - Good Girls (NBC) - Spring 2020 Ratings





Good Girls
Sundays, 10/9c, NBC







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American Idol
Sundays, 8/7c, ABC







Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 2/18/20


FINALS UPDATE: New Amsterdam (0.6) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC's The Conners (1.1) continued a strong February by matching last week's live episode, but lead-out comedies Bless This Mess (0.6), Mixed-ish (0.5) and Black-ish (0.5) all matched their lows. Week two of For Life (0.6) hung in there at 10/9c, losing only a tenth and topping its lead-in again.
  • On NBC, This Is Us (1.3) dropped a notch but lead-in Ellen's Game of Games (1.0) and lead-out New Amsterdam (0.7) were both up. CBS' drama trio (1.1/0.9/0.7) gained a tenth across the board. Fox (0.7/0.6) was even as The Resident returned to originals, as was the CW (0.4/0.2).

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Spotted Ratings, Monday 2/17/20


FINALS UPDATE: Manifest (0.6), 9-1-1: Lone Star (1.0, -0.2) and Prodigal Son (0.6) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • On finale night for America's Got Talent: The Champions (1.1/1.2), the show was up a tenth from its usual preliminary hours, while Manifest (0.7) also went up a notch.
  • It was another big night for Fox's 9-1-1: Lone Star (1.2), which bounced back nearly to its Super Monday result, while Prodigal Son (0.7) was even at 9/8c. Fox's lineup (1.2/0.7) could shift in finals due to NASCAR overrun.
  • CBS was even with its comedies (0.9/0.7) and down a notch with its dramas (0.6/0.6), while ABC was close to last week with The Bachelor (1.8/1.9) and The Good Doctor (0.9). And the CW's All American continued a promising recent run with another preliminary 0.3.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 2/16/20


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The broadcast Sunday spring began a couple weeks earlier than usual this year, and on top as usual was ABC with a healthy two-hour return for American Idol (1.4/1.5), down about 15% from the year-ago 1.7 premiere. The Idol opener led into an encore of the For Life pilot (0.6), which was within striking distance of the first-run rating on Tuesday.
  • The scripted premieres showed a lot less promise. Fox opened new animated comedy Duncanville (0.5) at 8:30, dropping by two tenths from its The Simpsons (0.7) lead-in and also getting out-rated by the lead-out veterans Bob's Burgers (0.6) and Family Guy (0.6).
  • And NBC could not drum up interest in its female-skewing drama duo of Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (0.4, down two tenths from its January preview) and Good Girls (0.4). Good Girls was down three tenths from last year's spring premiere (0.7), when it had a much better lead-in from World of Dance (1.0).
  • On CBS, NCIS: New Orleans (0.5) made the move to Sunday at 10/9c, where it was within a tenth of its NCIS: Los Angeles (0.6) lead-in. The clear weak link in the CBS drama trio was God Friended Me, tying its series low with a 0.4 at 8/7c. The CW's Batwoman (0.2) and Supergirl (0.2) also returned.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 2/12/20


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Week two of the Fox unscripted lineup saw a two-tenth decline for The Masked Singer (1.8) and a steep-ish 25% decline for newbie LEGO Masters (1.2).
  • Fox had another tough unscripted competitor as Survivor (1.3) returned for its two-hour 40th season premiere. The show took a roughly league-average decline vs. its spring 2019 premiere (1.6).  
  • ABC got upticks from Modern Family (0.9) and Single Parents (0.6) on the night of Modern's Paris episode, but The Goldbergs (0.8) inched down to lead off the night. NBC's Chicago trio (1.1/1.1/1.0) looked normal, as did the CW's Riverdale (0.2).

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Survivor
Wednesdays, 8/7c, CBS







Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 2/11/20


FINALS UPDATE: The Flash (0.4) adjusted up while Mixed-ish (0.5) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • ABC showed a little more Tuesday spunk than usual with a live edition of The Conners (1.1), a one-tenth uptick for its other three comedies (0.7/0.6/0.6), and a respectable start at 10/9c for new legal drama For Life (0.7). For Life looked better vs. its lead-in but still started in the same area as fall dramas Emergence (0.8) and Stumptown (0.7).
  • It was a down night vs. two weeks ago for all three CBS dramas (1.0/0.8/0.6). NBC's Ellen's Game of Games (0.9) and New Amsterdam (0.6) also downticked, though This Is Us (1.4) held up at 9/8c.
  • The CW also had bad news, with The Flash (0.3) preliminarily eyeing a new series low. And Fox's 24 Hours to Hell and Back (0.6) was even after a repeat of The Resident (0.3).

SpotVault - For Life (ABC) - Spring 2020 Ratings





For Life
Tuesdays, 10/9c, ABC







Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Spotted Ratings, Monday 2/10/20


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • After last week's Super Monday bounce, Fox's drama newbies 9-1-1: Lone Star (1.0) and Prodigal Son (0.7) fell back to normal.
  • But it was an up night for much of the rest of broadcast. The Bachelor (1.8) and The Good Doctor (0.9) were both on the upswing, as was most of the CBS lineup (0.9/0.7/0.7/0.7). At least in the prelims, the CW's All American is eyeing what would be its first 0.3 since the season premiere.
  • NBC's Manifest fell back to 0.6 and an outright third place at 10/9c, following another 1.0/1.1 hourly breakdown from America's Got Talent: The Champions.

SpotVault - MacGyver (CBS) - 2020 Ratings





MacGyver
Fridays, 8/7c, CBS







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Homeland
Sundays, 9/8c, Showtime







Monday, February 10, 2020

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 2/9/20


FINALS UPDATE: Academy Awards (5.3, +0.7) and Outmatched (R) (0.3) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The Academy Awards posted 23.6 million viewers and a 5.3 adults 18-49 rating in the time zone-adjusted fast nationals (more accurate numbers than what is listed in the table below). That would be a horrifying 31% drop in the demo vs. last year, though last year had been a significant rebound from the previous year. Pending finals, it could be the first year that Oscar lost in the demo to the Grammy Awards (5.4) since the Whitney Houston tribute-fueled Grammys in 2012.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Spotted Ratings, Friday 2/7/20


FINALS UPDATE: Democratic Presidential Debate (1.3, +0.2) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers posted. ABC aired a Democratic presidential debate, while CBS brought MacGyver back to its longtime 8/7c slot and slid Hawaii Five-0 to 9/8c.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 2/6/20


FINALS UPDATE: Last Man Standing (0.7) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers posted. NBC revamped its comedy Thursday with the double-episode return of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, plus newbie Indebted at 9:30. CBS debuted new drama Tommy at 10/9c, while the CW premiered Riverdale spin-off Katy Keene.

SpotVault - Tommy (CBS) - Spring 2020 Ratings





Tommy
Thursdays, 10/9c, CBS







SpotVault - Katy Keene (CW) - Spring 2020 Ratings





Katy Keene
Thursdays, 8/7c, CW







SpotVault - Indebted (NBC) - Spring 2020 Ratings





Indebted
Thursdays, 9:30/8:30c, NBC







SpotVault - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC) - 2020 Ratings





Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Thursdays, 8:30/7:30c, NBC







Thursday, February 6, 2020

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 2/5/20


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Three days after the Super Bowl, The Masked Singer (2.0) returned diminished; it was down a third from the year-ago winter premiere, and 20% off from the fall premiere. But Fox got a major consolation prize in the 9/8c hour with an outstanding start for unscripted lead-out LEGO Masters (1.6), more than doubling the premiere of fall TMS lead-out Almost Family which had the same 2.0 lead-in.
  • Fox had a lot of competition, not just from NBC's Chicago trio (1.1/1.1/1.1) but also from a special Wednesday edition of The Bachelor (1.4/1.3). Bachelor, however, was no help to the usual 10/9c occupant Stumptown (0.4).
  • CBS had a Survivor retrospective special (0.6) a week before the 40th season premiere, leading into a double-dose of Criminal Minds (0.6/0.5). The CW (0.2/0.1) was even.

SpotVault - The Masked Singer (Fox) - Winter Spring 2020 Ratings





The Masked Singer
Wednesdays, 8/7c, Fox







SpotVault - LEGO Masters (Fox) - Winter Spring 2020 Ratings





LEGO Masters
Wednesdays, 9/8c, Fox







Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 2/4/20


FINALS UPDATE: NCIS (R) (0.5) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • The big four simulcast the State of the Union starting at 9:00 ET. The only entertainment originals in the 8:00 hour were unscripted offerings Ellen's Game of Games (1.0) and an out-of-slot edition of 24 Hours to Hell and Back (0.8), and they were rewarded as the NBC (0.9/0.8) and Fox (0.9) SOTU coverage easily outrated ABC (0.5/0.6) and CBS (0.5/0.5) in the prelims.
  • The CW had the only scripted counterprogramming as The Flash (0.4) returned for its first new episode of 2020, leading into Legends of Tomorrow (0.2).

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Spotted Ratings, Monday 2/3/20


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Fox got an impressive Super Monday bounce as 9-1-1: Lone Star (1.3), at least for one night, looked every bit as strong as the 9-1-1 mothership, while Prodigal Son was back up to 0.8 for the first time in six episodes.
  • ABC still dominated the night thanks to three hours of The Bachelor (1.6/1.6/1.4), while NBC's Manifest (0.7) preliminarily had a crucial rebound following a steady-ish America's Got Talent: The Champions (1.0/1.1).
  • CBS' The Neighborhood (0.8) was down a notch after a week off, and all the other eye originals (0.7/0.6/0.6) matched two weeks ago. The CW (0.2/0.2) was also even.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 2/2/20


FINALS UPDATE: Super Bowl (29.9, +3.2) adjusted up while Ellen's Game of Games (R) (0.2), Super Bowl Postgame (18.2, -2.8) and The Masked Singer (8.1, -1.8) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Time zone-adjusted fast nationals (much more accurate than what is in the table below) have the Super Bowl at 99.9 million viewers, up by 1% from last year, while lead-out The Masked Singer (23.7 million viewers and an 8.1 demo rating) was only a modest improvement on last year's The World's Best (22.2 million and a 7.0) and trailed This Is Us from two years ago (27.0 million and 9.3).
    • In terms of the game's 18-49 score, the non-adjusted hourly 18-49 ratings (27.7/27.0/25.5) are suggesting a roughly 4% year-to-year decline vs. last year's preliminaries (28.5/28.2/27.1), trending a bit worse as the game went on. Last year's game adjusted up to a 31.1 final.
    • It is possible the time zone-adjusted numbers could shift enough in finals to put the game over 100 million. (Last year's game had 98.2 million in the fast nats and ended up with 98.5 million in the finals.)

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