Monday, August 29, 2022

The Breakdown: CBS Sunday in 2021-22 (60 Minutes, The Equalizer, NCIS: Los Angeles and more!)

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


2020-2160 MinutesNCIS: Los AngelesNCIS: New OrleansNCIS (R)111
2021-2260 MinutesThe EqualizerNCIS: Los AngelesSEAL Team142 (+28%)
296 (+12%)132 (+31%)105 (+41%)76 (+63%)
214 (+17%)119 (+36%)93 (+47%)


CBS completed its full year of huge timeslot growth driven by the arrival of The Equalizer, with this period arguably being the most impressive since it wasn't being compared with something dreadful like God Friended Me. NCIS: Los Angeles was just fine in the 9/8c hour, and the most frequent occupant at 10:30 was a brief SEAL Team event previewing the veteran CBS show's move to Paramount+.


2020-21The EqualizerNCIS: Los AngelesNCIS: New Orleans102
2021-22The EqualizerNCIS: Los AngelesS.W.A.T.101 (-1%)
118 (-8%)95 (-1%)90 (+9%)


In the winter, The Equalizer was finally compared against itself, and was down only a little bit vs. the series' opening months. That loss was recouped in the 10/9c hour, where S.W.A.T. came off an impressive Friday run and opened even more eyes with growth at 10/9c.


2020-21The EqualizerNCIS: Los AngelesNCIS: New Orleans93
2021-22The EqualizerNCIS: Los AngelesS.W.A.T.95 (+2%)
109 (-1%)91 (-2%)85 (+10%)


With the dust having settled on The Equalizer season one, the show was even closer to even in the spring. S.W.A.T. posted another impressive gain at 10/9c.

Rating the Ratings

60 Minutes*0.40.881.8-20%173big hit+2%
The Equalizer0.40.610.8-19%119solid+3%detail
NCIS: Los Angeles*0.40.490.6-19%97marginal+3%detail

60 Minutes: It was up in the fall (NFL) and spring (March Madness) and down some in the winter when sports were less of a factor. Nothing too out of the ordinary, though. Grade: B-.

The Equalizer: From a first-run ratings perspective, CBS Sunday was long one of the biggest market inefficiencies in broadcast primetime, as the net wallowed away with underperformers like Madam Secretary and God Friended Me. But The Equalizer has come in and unlocked that potential, with an assist from S.W.A.T. this year. Will newbie East New York keep the momentum going next year? Anyway, I thought about a B+ here but the growth is mostly due to airing in the fall after football I will go with merely a Grade: B.

NCIS: Los Angeles: Moving to 9:00 in the fall wasn't much of a downgrade considering how solid the 8/7c show was, and the apples-to-apples comparisons later in the season suggested a very steady to minimally down show. Grade: B-.

S.W.A.T.: Already updated.

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 CBS Sunday: 2015-16 | 2016-17 | 2017-18 | 2018-19 | 2019-20 | 2020-21

Here's the now updated Schedules Plus for CBS Sunday.

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