Saturday, July 30, 2022

Spotted Ratings, Friday 7/29/22


FINALS UPDATE: Blue Bloods (R) (0.2), Dateline (R) (0.3) and WWE SmackDown! (0.5) adjusted up while World's Funniest Animals (R) (0.0) and World's Funniest Animals (R) (0.0) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers posted.

Friday, July 29, 2022

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 7/28/22


FINALS UPDATE: Press Your Luck (0.5) and Big Brother (0.8) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers posted.

The War of 18-49, Legacies


The Second Vampire Diaries Spin-Off

Two years after The Vampire Diaries signed off as the most successful drama of the pre-superhero years on the CW, and a year after the final season of its first spin-off (The Originals), the TVD universe stayed alive on the network with the premiere of Legacies. It may not have had the mothership as a lead-in, but it did have a still potent Supernatural, and Legacies held onto a pretty solid chunk of that audience. The series premiere was underwhelming at 0.29, but it leapt up to 0.37 the next week and spent most of the rest of the season somewhere in the 0.3's (while Supernatural was usually hitting 0.4's at 8/7c).

The pairing returned for season two, with Legacies arguably looking even more impressive. Its fall ratings were almost even year-to-year in Plus while Supernatural took a noticeable dip.

Thursday Falls Apart

But that last dose of Supernatural in fall 2019 proved to be the high water mark for Legacies. It started in winter 2020 when Legacies had to air after the disastrous Riverdale spin-off Katy Keene. That took a chunk out of Legacies' ratings, but it still held up admirably, building big on Katy and posting massive DVR gains to boot.

Then the show didn't air again for 10 months due to COVID-19 production delays. When it came back in January 2021, it actually had a lead-in that was every bit as strong as Supernatural in the new drama Walker. But it was attracting a far older audience and was never really a good fit. Legacies had an even worse Plus after the early Walker eps than it did following Katy Keene. Then Walker fell off hard and fast, and Legacies pretty much followed suit. It was down to 0.1's for good in the spring and summer of that season. By the second half of season four, with Walker still down 40% or more year-to-year, Legacies was struggling to even hang onto 0.1's. That left Legacies as a casualty in an uncommon flurry of CW cancellations after the 2021-22 season, a harrowing result for a show that had shown so much potential in the first two seasons.

Adults 18-49 info by season:

SeasYearSlotAvgy2yLoHiResultsGrade
12018-19Thursday 9:000.310.20.4detailB-
22019-200.23-24%0.20.3detailB+
320210.12-47%0.10.2detailC-
42021-220.08-38%0.00.1detailD+

Historical-adjusted ratings by season:

SeasYearA18-49+LabelNow22y2yLoHiPremiereFinale
12018-1932marginal(CW)0.1722.09413131
22019-2028marginal(CW)0.15-12%20.75353526
3202119flop0.10-33%10.86282619
42021-2215flop0.08-21%7.84241218

AVERAGE:24flop


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

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Spotted Ratings, Monday 7/25/22


FINALS UPDATE: The Bachelorette (0.7), Don't Forget the Lyrics! (R) (0.3) and Beat Shazam (R) (0.3) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers posted.

Monday, July 25, 2022

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 7/24/22


FINALS UPDATE: America's Funniest Home Videos (R) (0.4), Celebrity Family Feud (0.5), The Final Straw (0.4), Big Brother (0.7), Weakest Link (R) (0.3), Beat Shazam (R) (0.2) and The Simpsons (R) (0.2) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers posted.

The Breakdown: CBS Thursday in 2021-22 (Young Sheldon, United States of Al, Ghosts and more!)




It's time for a journey through the CBS Thursday schedule in 2021-22...

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Spotted Ratings, Friday 7/22/22


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers posted.

Spotted Ratings, Thursday 7/21/22


FINALS UPDATE: No adjustments.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers posted. ABC, CBS and NBC simulcast the January 6th Committee hearing.

SpotVault - The Final Straw (ABC) - Summer 2022 Ratings





The Final Straw
Sundays, 9/8c, ABC







SpotVault - The Challenge: USA (CBS) - Summer 2022 Ratings





The Challenge: USA
Wednesdays, 9/8c, CBS







SpotVault - The Bachelorette (ABC) - Summer 2022 Ratings





The Bachelorette
Mondays, 8/7c, ABC







SpotVault - The $100,000 Pyramid (ABC) - Summer 2022 Ratings





The $100,000 Pyramid
Sundays, 10/9c, ABC







SpotVault - Press Your Luck (ABC) - Summer 2022 Ratings





Press Your Luck
Thursdays, 8/7c, ABC







SpotVault - Generation Gap (ABC) - Summer 2022 Ratings





Generation Gap
Thursdays, 9/8c, ABC







SpotVault - Claim to Fame (ABC) - Summer 2022 Ratings





Claim to Fame
Mondays, 10/9c, ABC







SpotVault - Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) - Summer 2022 Ratings





Celebrity Family Feud
Sundays, 8/7c, ABC







SpotVault - Big Brother (CBS) - Summer 2022 Ratings





Big Brother
Wednesdays, 8/7c, CBS







Friday, July 22, 2022

The War of 18-49, Magnum P.I.


An Underwhelming Monday Rookie

Just two years after returning to its traditional two hours of Monday comedy, in fall 2018 CBS gave up on the plan once again and returned to drama programming at 9/8c. But newbie Magnum P.I. immediately looked like a much weaker option than the last drama they used for this role (Scorpion in fall 2014). With help from The Big Bang Theory (2.5) and Young Sheldon (1.7) on Premiere Monday, Magnum mustered up a 1.1 demo, and it fell to a 0.9 the next week when the regular Monday comedy hour took over. It mostly pulled 0.8's going forward that season, even hitting some 0.7's down the stretch. And while Scorpion had usually built from the comedy hour at 9/8c, Magnum generally matched it at best, and was often down a bit. Magnum ended up only barely improving on a very weak comedy hour from the previous season, and didn't seem to be the answer for the Monday 9/8c hour.

New Life on Friday 

But it got renewed and sent off to Friday, where it would have to fit in on a night that already had three established properties in MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods. For fall 2019, Magnum aired at 9/8c while Hawaii moved to 8/7c. While Magnum still wasn't anything special, and usually lost a little bit of Hawaii's demo, it was at least more competitive with the standard historically. And it looked better following a winter hiatus, matching and sometimes outrating its MacGyver lead-in during the spring.

With Hawaii Five-0's cancellation coming into the 2020-21 season, CBS had a much clearer trio of Friday dramas, and they were consistently steady year-to-year in Plus. That included Magnum continuing to match or edge MacGyver, and it actually tied what Hawaii Five-0 had done at 9/8c during Magnum's winter hiatus the previous season. The cancellation of MacGyver gave Magnum a much more volatile lead-in situation in season four, but it looked solid for the fall/winter (after S.W.A.T. and Undercover Boss) before falling off a bit when CBS premiered the flop reality series Come Dance with Me.

But for a third straight year, CBS swung the axe on a solid Friday night performer, and this time it was Magnum P.I. that got cancelled. As well as this lineup has seemed to stack up with CBS Fridays of the past, it seems pretty clear at this point that it's not good enough for CBS to keep intact. Perhaps CBS just doesn't want to overspend on veteran dramas when so many shows have proven capable of big numbers here (including shows that struggled on weeknights like Magnum and S.W.A.T.). This fall, CBS will replace Magnum with the new firefighter drama Fire Country. But unlike MacGyver, Magnum was able to find a second home, and has been picked up for two short seasons at NBC.

Adults 18-49 info by season:

SeasYearSlotAvgy2yLoHiResultsGrade
12018-19Monday 9:000.850.72.4detailC
22019-20Friday 9:000.65-24%0.50.8detailB
32020-210.52-21%0.40.6detailB
42021-220.42-19%0.30.5detailB

Historical-adjusted ratings by season:

SeasYearA18-49+LabelNow22y2yLoHiPremiereFinale
12018-1990marginal0.466925412272
22019-2079hit(Fri)0.40-12%671047073
32020-2180hit(Fri)0.41+1%64937864
42021-2282hit(Fri)0.42+2%61987667

AVERAGE:83hit(Fri)
CAREER:331utility


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

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 7/20/22


FINALS UPDATE: Big Brother (0.7), Chicago Med (R) (0.3) and MasterChef (0.5) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers posted. The ESPY Awards were back on a weeknight after averaging just a 0.24 on a Saturday last year.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Spotted Ratings, Tuesday 7/19/22


FINALS UPDATE: MLB All-Star Game (1.6, +0.4) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers posted. The MLB All-Star Game aired on Fox. Last year's edition averaged a 1.4 prelim/1.84 final

The Breakdown: ABC Thursday in 2021-22 (Station 19, Grey's Anatomy, Big Sky)




It's time for a journey through the ABC Thursday schedule in 2021-22...

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Spotted Ratings, Wednesday 7/13/22


FINALS UPDATE: Shark Beach with Chris Hemsworth (0.3), Shark Tank (R) (0.3), Big Brother (0.7) and The Challenge: USA (0.4) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers posted.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Spotted Ratings, Monday 7/11/22


FINALS UPDATE: The Bachelorette (0.7), Claim to Fame (0.4) and American Ninja Warrior (0.4) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers posted. ABC's The Bachelorette returned, leading into new competition series Claim to Fame.

Monday, July 11, 2022

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 7/10/22


FINALS UPDATE: America's Funniest Home Videos (R) (0.5), Celebrity Family Feud (0.7) and Bob's Burgers (R) (0.2) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers posted. ABC's game show Sunday lineup returned with 9/8c newbie The Final Straw sandwiched by veterans Celebrity Family Feud and The $100,000 Pyramid. NBC revived reality series Who Do You Think You Are? in the 7/6c hour, following three seasons on NBC and seven on TLC in the 2010s.

The Breakdown: NBC Wednesday in 2021-22 (Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD)




It's time for a journey through the NBC Wednesday schedule in 2021-22...

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Spotted Ratings, Friday 7/8/22


FINALS UPDATE: S.W.A.T. (R) (0.3) and WWE SmackDown! (0.5) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers posted.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Monday, July 4, 2022

Spotted Ratings, Sunday 7/3/22


FINALS UPDATE: America's Funniest Home Videos (R) (0.3), Celebrity Family Feud (R) (0.3), Celebrity Family Feud (R) (0.4), 60 Minutes (0.3) and NCIS: Los Angeles (R) (0.2) adjusted up.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers posted.

Spotted Ratings, Friday 7/1/22


FINALS UPDATE: Shark Tank (R) (0.4) and WWE SmackDown! (0.5) adjusted up while Penn and Teller: Fool Us (R) (0.0) adjusted down.

WHAT MATTERS:
  • Numbers posted.

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