Monday, June 13, 2022

The Breakdown: CW Monday in 2021-22 (All American, 4400, All American: Homecoming)




It's time for a journey through the CW Monday schedule in 2021-22...


fall

Year8:008:309:009:30Avg
2020-21Whose Line Is It Anyway?Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R)Penn and Teller: Fool Us27
292626
28
2021-22All American440027 (0%)
38 (+38%)15 (-41%)

VsAvg-11%-55%-30%
Rank11/2121/2118/21

The CW's All American returned to the fall after it (like almost all CW scripted offerings) was delayed to the winter last season. Its incredible run of growth came to an end, but it was still strong enough to grow big vs. last year's reality programming. But that growth was squandered in the 9/8c hour, where new drama 4400 was south of 50% retention on premiere night and pretty much stayed there.

winter

Year8:008:309:009:30Avg
2020-21All AmericanBlack Lightning33
4520
2021-22March440012 (-64%)
13 (-71%)11 (-46%)

VsAvg-67%-63%-65%
Rank21/2121/2121/21

All American sat out most of the winter, leaving the final episodes of 4400 to wither away after low-rated docu-drama March. March ended up moving to Sunday late in the winter to play out its last episodes.

spring

Year8:008:309:009:30Avg
2020-21All AmericanBlack Lightning26
3517
2021-22All AmericanAll American: Homecoming25 (-3%)
29 (-18%)21 (+27%)

VsAvg-21%-29%-25%
Rank14/2117/2115/21

The network found much better retention in the 9/8c hour in the spring with the launch of All American spin-off All American: Homecoming. But All American was down significantly enough vs. itself that the lineup was once again denied year-to-year Plus growth.

Rating the Ratings

NameLoAvgHiy2yPlusLabelPlusy2yResults
All American0.10.170.2-32%32marginal(CW)-14%detail
44000.00.070.1
14flop
detail
All American: Homecoming0.10.110.1
22flop
detail

All American: No more crazy growth moments for All American in season four, and in fact it took a kinda sizable drop, but it managed to eke out a second straight season as the highest-rated program on the network, and still had a higher Plus than the first two seasons. Like 9-1-1 on the Fox post, it still gets some respect in the grade for that. Let's see if it can age more gracefully than Riverdale did. Grade: C+.

4400: After all the network's new shows were relatively successful last year, we don't have a lot of recent flop comparisons for this network. But we can compare it with the cancelled Tuesday newbie Naomi from this season, and 4400 actually looks like the meaningfully weaker show in that comparison. Grade: D-.

All American: Homecoming: Pretty much what you would expect out of a spin-off airing out of its mothership, nothing more and nothing less. Feels along the same lines as last year's spring launch of Kung Fu. I gave that a C+ which may have been a little harsh, but I will repeat it here since this show had a better situation. Grade: C+.

The names in this last table link to the shows' War of 18-49 pages. Links with an asterisk(*) have been updated with the new info. Updates to younger shows will come later in the summer.

Previous Breakdowns for CW Monday: 2015-16 | 2016-17 | 2017-18 | 2018-19 | 2019-20 | 2020-21

Here's the now updated Schedules Plus for CW Monday.

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