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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Law & Order: LA’ Fizzles In Relaunch, Fox, NBC, CBS Series Hit Lows

Nellie Andreeva

It was a brutal night all around with most shows hitting lows, but it was especially disappointing for NBC, whose heavily promoted relaunch of Law & Order: LA bombed, drawing a paltry 1.5/4 among adults 18-49 for its two-hour premiere and 6 million viewers. That was down 32% from LOLA‘s most original telecast on Dec. 1 before its retooling hiatus. Leading into LOLA was Chuck (1.3/4), which also didn’t help its renewal chances by slipping 13% from its most recent original March 21 to a series low.

CBS’ lineup also hit the skids. How I Met Your Mother (2.7/8) was down 10% from March 21 for a season low. Mad Love (1.9.5) was also down 10% for a series low. As it contemplates a future without Two and a Half Men or with a Charlie Sheen-less Men, the network tried out freshman Mike & Molly(2.5/6) in the tentpole Monday 9 PM slot last night. The sitcom was down 17% from its most recent original at 9:30 PM for a series low but still ranked as the highest-rated CBS program in 18-49. Following a Men repeat (2.0/5), a new Hawaii Five-0 (2.4/6) was also down 17% from March 21 for a series low, and it was trounced by ABC’s Castle (3.1/8) in the 10 PM hour. Castle was the only series in a positive territory last night, up 11% from last week, but its fast national numbers are always inflated by a … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Chaos’ Drops In Week 2, Drags CBS Down To No. 2 In Adults 18-49

Nellie Andreeva

It got ugly for CBS last night when, in its second outing, midseason dramedy Chaos (0.9/3 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers) fell 18% from its underwhelming premiere to finish a distant fourth at 8 PM in adults 18-49, behind a Kitchen Nightmares repeat on Fox. Chaos also pushed down CSI: NY (1.6/5, off 11%, 9.4 million) and Blue Bloods (1.5/4, down 12%, 10.3 million). As a result, despite Shark Tank (1.2/4) slipping 9% from last week, ABC’s unscripted lineup (1.4/4, 4.7 million) edged CBS’ scripted series (1.3/4, 8.5 million) in 18-49 for No. 1. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Raising Hope’ Gets Post-’Idol’ Bump, ‘Traffic Light’ Doesn’t

Nellie Andreeva

Gwyneth Paltrow returned to Glee last night, and the Fox dramedy (4.6/14 in adults 18-49, 12 million viewers) went up 5% in the ratings from its most recent original 2 weeks ago. After finishing tied for first place in 18-49 with CBS’ NCIS for the first time on Jan. 22, Glee returned to its status of sole demo winner on Tuesday night, with CBS’ lineup in repeats. Both Fox live-action comedies got extra sampling behind American Idol last week. That seems to have helped Raising Hope (2.8/8), which was up 17% from its last original 2 weeks ago. However, with the post-Idol exposure and a higher Raising Hope as lead-in, Traffic Light (1.5/4) was down 6% from its last original on Jan. 22, a pretty ominous sign for the midseason comedy. Fox (3.4/10, 8.6 million), the only network to air all-new programming last night, won Tuesday in 18-49, while CBS’ all-repeat lineup (2.1/6, 11.7 million) was No.1 in total viewers.

After taking a ratings hit from facing American Idol last week, NBC’s reality veteran The Biggest Loser (2.9/8) rebounded nicely, up 21%. (Parenthood was a repeat.) Following a No Ordinary Family repeat, ABC’s V (1.7/5) was down a tenth (6%) from last week to tie its series low. Detroit 1-8-7 (1.1/3), whose days are clearly numbered, was down 8% from its last telecast 3 weeks ago after getting pre-empted for the Charlie Sheen 20/20 special last week.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Event’ Down In Return

Nellie Andreeva

Fox was onto something when it scheduled serialized drama 24 like a reality series, airing it over a half-season with no breaks, a model that was subsequently adopted by another successful serialized drama, ABC’s Lost. How damaging are long hiatuses for serialized dramas? Look at NBC’s Heroes, which quickly ran out of steam, or ABC’s V, which was never able to recapture the strong ratings for its first 4 episodes that were followed by a long break.

The latest example is NBC’s new drama The Event. It was already struggling in the ratings in its initial run in the fall. But after a three-month hiatus, it returned last night down 26% from its last original on Nov. 29. The conspiracy/sci-fi drama drew a paltry 1.4/4 in 18-49 and 5.2 million viewers. At 10 PM, NBC’s midseason drama Harry’s Law (1.8/5, 9.4 million) continues to hold steady with virtually no lead-in support. It was flat in 18-49 from last week and climbed a fraction in total viewers to a five-week high and a No.1 finish at 10 PM. (The legal dramedy was helped by all-repeat competition in the 10 PM slot this week as both Hawaii Five-0 and Castle aired reruns, with Hawaii topping the hour in 18-49 with a 2.0/6.)

Also even with last week’s demo performances were Fox’s veteran House (3.8/11, 11.1 million viewers with another weird episode. We’ve had a lot of these lately) and newbie The Chicago Code (2.1/6, … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: Strong Start For ‘Secret Millionaire’, ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Down

Nellie Andreeva

Reality series Secret Millionaire started its second incarnation on American television strong, pulling a 3.3/9 in 18-49 and 12.6 million viewers in its debut on ABC last night. That was ABC’s best performance in the 8 PM hour with regular programming since March 2008 (in viewers) and November 2009 (18-49). Secret Millionaire, which once aired on Fox, was up 32% in the demo from the season premiere of veteran Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in the same slot and drew the largest audience for any program on Sunday. The Zodiak USA-produced Secret Millionaire buoyed the entire ABC lineup, lifting Desperate Housewives (3.4/8, 11.3 million) to an eight-week high in the 18-49 demo. Brothers & Sisters (2.2/6, 7.5 million) was up 16%. ABC (2.7/7, 9.8 million) won the night in 18-49 and finished second in total viewers to CBS (2.4/6, 10.9 million) with its most watched Sunday since May.

Secret Millionaire outperformed CBS’ similarly themed unscripted series Undercover Boss (2.7/7, 10.9 million) at 9 PM, which was up 4% from its last original Feb. 20. The rest of CBS’ Sunday entertainment lineup rebounded after taking a big hit against the Oscars last week. Despite facing Secret Millionaire, The Amazing Race (2.7/7, 9.8 million) was up 29% from last week and CSI: Miami (2.4/7, 10.7 million) was up 20%.

NBC’s new unscripted Sunday lineup was off to a slow start. The premiere of America’s Next Great Restaurant (1.6/4) was down 33% from the series premiere … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Idol’ Wins, Most Series Status Quo On Wednesday

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s 90-minute American Idol (7.7/22 in adults 18-49, 20.6 million), featuring performances by the 12 female semi-finalists, was down 3% in 18-49 and flat in total viewers from last week’s two-hour Wednesday edition. Vs. the comparable night last season and the boys’ semi-final round on Tuesday, Idol was up 3% and 1%, respectively, in 18-49. With Idol vs. Raising Hope as a lead-in, new Fox comedy Traffic Light (2.8/8) expectedly posted double-digit week-to-week gains, 75% in 18-49. Still, its Idol lead-in retention was only 36%. Fox easily won the night with an average of a 6.5/18 in 18-49 and 18.8 million viewers.

For the second time this season NBC is killing the ratings momentum of the Law & Order franchise by slotting a rerun right after the shows post promising gains. It happened in October when, after 2 consecutive 20%+ declines, spinoff Law & Order: LA rebounded big, up 24% in the 18-49 demo, with Law & Order: SVU (2.6/7) was also up, by 13%. But the network put reruns of both shows the following week, and both series returned down a week later, -21% (LOLA) and -22% SVU. Then last Wednesday, after getting hit by the debut of CBS’ Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior the previous week, SVU bounced back nicely, up 14% to tie Suspect Behavior for the top spot at 10 PM. But its potential upswing was halted last night with a repeat, giving Suspect Behavior an easy win … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Charlie Sheen Is A Hit

Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s special Charlie Sheen edition of 20/20 (3.3/10 in adults 18-49, 9.5 million viewers) was the top-rated program among adults 18-49 at 10 PM last night. It almost doubled its lead-in, drama V (1.8/5, 5 million, down 5% in 18-49), a rare feat for a program in the DVR-heavy 10 PM hour. This was ABC’s best performance in the slot with an hourlong program in 2 years.

However, Charlie Sheen didn’t seem to hurt CBS, the network he has been attacking for the past few weeks. Against 20/20, CBS’ The Good Wife (2.2/6, 11.3 million) was No.1 in total viewers and up 10% in 18-49 from last week despite a weaker lead-in. However, NBC’s 10 PM dramedy Parenthood (1.9/6, 5 million) got dinged, down 10% from last week.

Like V, all shows airing in the 8 PM and 9 PM hours took a hit from facing Fox’s American Idol, which is airing in an irregular Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday pattern this week. NBC’s The Biggest Loser: Couples (2.4/7) was down 11% for a season low. ABC’s freshman No Ordinary Family (1.2/4, 4.3 million) was down 14% for a series low.  CBS’ NCIS (3.8/11, 19.2 million) was down 14%, NCIS: LA (3.2/9, 15.6 million) was down 18%, tied as a season low.

However, the 8 PM hour offered a sight pretty unheard of in today’s fragmented TV universe – two shows, American Idol and NCIS, drawing audiences of 20 million viewers.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Men’ Repeat Is No.1 In Viewers, ‘Harry’s Law’ & ‘Mike & Molly’ Up

Nellie Andreeva

Viewers can’t get enough of Charlie Sheen. After a day of media blitz featuring a string of interviews with the troubled Two and a Half Men star, viewers flocked to watch him on the show that spawned all the controversy. A repeat of Men (11.6 million viewers, 3.2/9 in adults 18-49) was the most watched show on television last night. And that despite extra Sheen competition at 9 PM as the actor himself was on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight talking about the situation around Men. In a promising sign for CBS’ Mike & Molly (3.4/9, 11.4 million), which may be assigned a tentpole position sooner than originally planned given the Men turmoil, the freshman comedy was up 6% from last week to tie veteran How I Met Your Mother (3.4/10, 9.3 million) as CBS’ top program of the night in 18-49. Mother was down 3% from last week, midseason comedy Mad Love (2.7/7, 8 million) at 8:30 PM was down 4%. (CBS aired a Hawaii Five-0 rerun (1.8/5 at 10 PM) Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘CSI’ & ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Hit Lows Against ‘American Idol’

Nellie Andreeva

Two hours of Fox’s American Idol (7.2/20 in adults 18-49, 21.6 million viewers) dominated another Thursday, delivering the highest numbers on the night with non-sports programming for any network in 3 years (18-49) and 4 years (total viewers). The reality series was down 5% in the demo from last Thursday but, probably boosted by judge Jennifer Lopez’s breakdown at the end of the Wednesday’s episode, last night’s show was up 11% vs. the comparable night last season.

News was a tiny bit better for the other networks than last week when ABC and NBC posted their lowest Thursday nights with original programming this season with all of their series hitting or tying season lows in 18-49, joined by CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, which also posted a low. The rule for the shows airing against Idol last night was: reality/comedies – up or even with last week, dramas – down.

ABC’s Winter Wipeout (2.2/6) rebounded the most, up 16% from last week. But the network’s flagship medical drama Grey’s Anatomy (3.3/9) was down 11% for a new series low. Not facing Idol at 10 PM, Private Practice (2.4/7) was up 4%.

CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (3.8/11, 12.5 million) was up 3% from last week, while its new mate, veteran Rules of Engagement (2.8/8, 9.6 million) was up 8% from the last original of $#*! My Dad Says in the 8:30 PM slot. But vs. its last airing in the Monday 8:30 PM … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC, CW And Fox Up, CBS Down, NBC Flat On Monday

Nellie Andreeva

After getting a ratings hit on Valentine’s Day, ABC’s female-friendly Monday lineup had a rebounded nicely last night. The Bachelor (3.3/9 in adults 18-49, 10.3 million viewers) was up 14% from last week in the demo for a season high. Castle (2.6/7, 9 million) was up 18%. With CBS’ flagship Monday series, Two and a Half Men, in repeat, ABC edged CBS for the top spot in adults 18-49 (3.1/8), scoring its best Monday numbers in the demo and total viewers (9.9 million) in 3 months.

CBS’ midseason comedy Mad Love (2.8/7, 8 million) slipped 7% from its so-so premiere last week. Its lead-in, How I Met Your Mother (3.6/10, 9.4 million) was down 3%. With its lead-in, Two and a Half Men (3.0/8, 11.5 million), a repeat after airing its last original completed before the current hiatus last week, Mike & Molly (3.2/8, 11.3 million) was down 16% from last week when it drew its largest audience ever. At 10 PM, Hawaii Five-0 (2.7/8, 10.2 million) was less impacted, down 4% from last week in the demo. The action drama won the 10 PM slot by a razor-thin margin in the demo and comfortably in total viewers. CBS (3.0/8, 10.1 million) finished first for the night in total viewers and close second in 18-49.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Amazing Race’ Starts Slow On Slow Presidents Weekend Sunday

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s comedy block edged out competition on a quiet Sunday night, which was probably impacted by viewers’ Presidents Day weekend-related activities. It was a photo finish demo race, with Fox averaging a 2.4/7 in 18-49, ABC a 2.3/7 and CBS a 2.2/6. With no football, NBC was a distant fourth with a 1.6/5 (It aired Dateline and an SNL special). In total viewers, CBS was once again far ahead with 10.4 million viewers.

The spring cycle of CBS’ The Amazing Race (2.4/7, 9.1 million) was down 14% from the February season premiere last year. It was tied in the 8 PM hour with another reality veteran, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.4/7, 9.5 million), which was up a big 50% from last week’s low against the Grammy Awards. CBS’ Undercover Boss (2.6/7, 10.6 million) was down 21% from its most recent original on Jan. 16 when the show aired against NBC’s Golden Globes but CBS’ lineup benefited from a football lead-in that night. CSI: Miami (2.2/6, 10.5 million) was down a tenth in the demo from its most recent original on the same night, Jan. 16.

After hitting two consecutive series lows with its two most recent originals that aired against the Golden Globes (3.1/8) last month and the Grammys (2.6/6) last week, ABC’s Desperate Housewives (3.1/8, 10.5 million) rebounded 15% from last week to match its second lowest-rated telecast. Brothers & Sisters (1.9/5, 6.9 million) was up a tenth in the … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Sci-Fi Dramas Lead Friday Rebound, ‘Blue Bloods’ Returns

Nellie Andreeva

After a depressing Thursday ratings report riddled with declines and season/series lows, things looked much brighter on Friday with most shows posting week-to-week gains.

After two alarming drops, Fox’s sci-fi series Fringe (1.5/5, 4.1 million) rebounded, up 7% from last week. Its lead-in, Kitchen Nightmares (1.7/6, 3.9 million) was up 13% after slipping by about that much last week.

CBS’ The Defenders (1.3/5, 8.5 million) also reversed a down trend, up 18% in 18-49. CSI: NY (1.8/6, 10.6 million) was up 13%. Blue Bloods (1.6/5, 11.1 million) returned to its regular Friday slot close to the levels of its ratings performance there before it moved to Wednesdays for a trial run. In its last original airing on Fridays on Dec. 3. Blue Bloods drew  a 1.7/6 and 11.4 million. The cop/family drama failed to carry over a demo ratings bump from its extra exposure on Wednesdays where it averaged a 2.1/6 and 11.8 last week. However, it is clear the Tom Selleck drama has a strong base as its viewership numbers stay virtually the same no matter the time slot or the length of the hiatus. CBS and Fox finished tied in 18-49 (1.6/5) for the night, with CBS (10.1 million) dominating the total viewer race.

Supernatural (2.3 million, 1.0/4 in 18-34) was up 25% in 18-34 and 27% in total viewers from last week, while Smallville (2.2 million, 0.9/4 in 18-34) was up 13% in 18-34 and down a fraction in total … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC And NBC Sink To Thursday Lows

Nellie Andreeva

What a depressing overnight ratings report we got this morning. ABC and NBC posted their lowest Thursday nights with original programming this season with all of their series hitting or tying season lows in 18-49. CBS’ The Big Bang Theory also hit a season low. Fox’s American Idol and Bones, CBS’ CSI and The Mentalist and CW’s The Vampire Diaries and Nikita logged minimal ratings increases that in no way offset the across-the-board drops for the rest of the Thursday series. So what happened last night? There is no definitive explanation. HUT levels were down week-to-week but within the standard diviation range (4%). Ratings experts suspect that, with weather across the country improving, we’ve started to see the so-called “spring ratings slump.” Or some viewers may have started their Presidents weekend a little earlier. Here is a network-by-network rundown:

Fox’s American Idol (7.5/22 in 18-49, 21.9 million) was up 3% from last Thursday in 18-49 and flat in total viewers. Versus the same telecast last year, which was part of new judge Ellen DeGeneres’ first week on the show, the singing competition was down 21%. It easily ranked as the top telecast of the night and drove Fox to a nightly victory. At 9 PM, Bones (3.3/9, 9.9 million) was up 3% from last week in the demo.

All ABC series hit season lows in 18-49. Winter Wipeout (1.9/6) was down 14% from … Read More »

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RATINGS RATE RACE: Solid Debut For ‘Criminal Minds’ Spinoff, ‘Survivor’ Premiere Hurt By ‘Idol’, ‘Mr. Sunshine’ Takes Dive

Nellie Andreeva

The premiere of CBS’ Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior drew a 3.3 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 12.9 million viewers last night. It dominated the 10 PM hour, built slightly on its lead-in, mothership Criminal Minds series (3.2/9, 12.8 million) and ranked as CBS’ top-rated program of the night. Vs. the premiere of The Defenders in the same slot in September, Suspect Behavior was up 14% in the demo.

CBS’ Survivor was impacted by its new regular competition, Fox’s American Idol. The debut of Survivor: Redemption Island (3.2/9, 11.2 million), the first season premiere of the veteran reality show to face Idol, was down 29% from the show’s spring premiere last season in its old Thursday 8 PM slot. It was Survivor‘s lowest-rated opener and lowest-rated regular telecast ever.  Survivor didn’t go down without a fight. It dinged Idol a bit, with the 8-9 PM portion of the singing competition slipping 14% from last Wednesday.

Fox’s American Idol aired a two-hour episode (8.1/23, 22.8 million), which was down 4% from last week’s hourlong show. Vs. the comparable episode last season, Idol was down 21% but that episode was highly promoted as it featured the debut of Ellen DeGeneres as new judge. Extending Idol from an hour to two-hour this week pushed the 9 PM shows down. For instance, Criminal Minds was down 11%.

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Men’ Tops, ‘Mike & Molly’ Pops, ‘Mad Love’ Slow, ‘Chicago Code’ Down

Nellie Andreeva

Most programs were down last night, as overall TV viewership was impacted by the Valentine’s Day holiday. (Adult 18-49 TV usage was off by 6% from last week.) Most affected was Fox, which had gotten a post-Super Bowl boost last Monday. Veteran House (3.4/10, 9.9 million) was down 21% in the demo, while new cop drama The Chicago Code (2.0/5) was down 17% from its premiere last Monday.

The last original episode (for now) of CBS’ Two and a Half Men (4.2/11, 14.5 million) was down 5% from last week and tied as a season low. But the comedy starring Charlie Sheen was far and away the highest-rated program on the night in 18-49 and total viewers. (CBS plans to air Men reruns in the 9 PM slot for the foreseeable future while the show is on hiatus.) Men‘s lead-out, Mike & Molly (3.8/10, 13.1 million) bucked the down trend on the night, up 9% in the demo, and posted its largest audience ever.

News wasn’t as great for CBS’ other new half-hour entry on Monday, Mad Love. In its premiere last night (3.0/8, 8.8 million), the midseason comedy did OK by holding onto 81% of its How I Met Your Mother (3.7/11, down 3%; 9.6 million) demo lead-in. But it didn’t improve CBS’ performance in the 8:30 PM slot, as … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Grammys Slightly Up From Last Year, Most Watched In 10 Years

Nellie Andreeva

Lady Gaga in an egg and Justin Bieber resulted in a slight ratings bump for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on CBS. From 8-11:30PM, the  show, which crowned Nashville-based Lady Antebellum  as the night’s big winners, drew 26.55 million viewers and a 10.0/26 in adults 18-49.  Compared to last year’s highly-rated telecast that aired on Jan. 31, outside the February sweep, the Grammys were up a tenth (1%) in adults 18-49 (from 9.9/24) and 3% in total viewers (from 25.87 million).  It was the best delivery for the awards show in adults 18-49 since 2004 and in viewers since 2001. CBS won the night with a 8.2/22 in 18-49 and 23.7 million viewers.

The other programs last night suffered sharp declines against the Grammys. ABC’s Desperate Housewives (9.1 million), which last month hit a series low in 18-49 airing against the Golden Globes (3.1/8), sank to a new series low, 2.6/6. That was down 16% from the telecast on the night of the Golden Globes, which was the dramedy’s most recent original. Brothers & Sisters (1.8/5, 6.4 million) was down 10% from its … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ Holds Steady While Several Series Hit/Tie Lows

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s American Idol (7.2/20 in adults 18-49, 21.7 million) continues to hold up well. Its first Hollywood week episode last night was down just 4% in the demo and 1% in total viewers from last week’s Thursday audition episode. Vs. the comparable episode on Wednesday last year, Idol was down 7% in 18-49 and up 3% in viewers. At 9 PM, Bones (3.3/9, 10.1 million) was even with last week, and Fox once again topped the night with a 5.3/14 in 18-49 and 15.9 million viewers.

Last night was a mixed bag for ABC. At 8 PM, Winter Wipeout (2.2/6, 6.9 million) continues to fade against Idol after a strong start, down 12% in 18-49 from last week for a season low. Tentopole drama Grey’s Anatomy (3.9/10) was also down, by 9%, tying its season low. On the bright side, Grey’s spinoff Private Practice 2.7/7 perked up, up 8% from last week, despite its lead-in being down.

CBS’ lineup was mostly down. Big Bang Theory (3.9/11, 12.8 million) was down 9%, $#*! My Dad Says (2.7/7, 10.4 million) was down 4%, while CSI (2.8/7, 12.6 million) was down 7% to tie its series low. At 10 PM, The Mentalist (2.9/8, 14.7 million) was flat. CBS (3.0/8, 13 million) was No.2 for the night in 18-49 and viewers behind Fox.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Mr. Sunshine’ Off To Solid Start, ‘Blue Bloods’ Rebounds Big

Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s new Matthew Perry comedy series Mr. Sunshine had a promising debut last night, drawing a 3.7/10 in adults 18-49 and 10.6 million viewers at 9:30 PM. It was helped by a hot Valentine’s Day episode of Modern Family (5.0/13, 13.11 million, up 9% in the demo from its last original on Jan. 19). In the battle of the former Friends stars, the premiere of Mr. Sunshine couldn’t quite match the series premiere of Courteney Cox’s Cougar Town in the same slot (4.3/11, 11.4 million on Sep. 23, 2009 with a 4.3/12, 12.7 million Modern Family lead-in). Still, Mr. Sunshine marked ABC’s best series debut this season in 18-49, retained solid 74% of its Modern Family demo lead-in and posted the best numbers in the slot in total viewers and 18-49 since the series premiere and second episode of Cougar Town, respectively. Modern Family‘s numbers are even more impressive given its weak lead-in last night, freshman comedy Better with You (2.0/5), which was down 9% in the demo from its last original on Jan. 19 to hit a series low. At 8 PM, The Middle (2.6/7) was even with its last original. Ditto for midseason drama Off the Map (1.9/5), which finished last in the 10 PM hour.

NBC’s Law & Order: SVU (2.6/7, 8.1 million) once again won the 10 PM slot in the demo, but it was down 10% from last week. Meanwhile, CBS’ Blue Bloods (2.3/6, 12.5 million) … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: No Super Bowl Bump For ‘Glee’, Slow Start For ‘Traffic Light’

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s Glee (4.5/12, 11.5 million) picked up where it left off in December, up 2% vs. its last regular original on Dec. 7. The musical dramedy didn’t get a ratings boost from its high-profile airing after the Super Bowl on Sunday but still ranked as the top program of the night in 18-49, edging slot rival NCIS (4.2/12, 20.6 million), which was down a modest 9% vs. last week when it faced a Glee repeat and topped the 20 million viewer mark for a fourth consecutive original airing to rank as the most watched program of the night.

Also on par with its last original on Dec. 7 was Fox’s comedy Raising Hope (2.8/8, 6.8 million). But, despite favorable reviews, midseason comedy Traffic Light had a low-rated debut at 9:30 PM with a 1.9/5 in 18-49 and 4.6 million viewers overall. That is down significantly from the fall premiere of the now defunct Fox comedy Running Wilde (2.5/7) in the same slot with a similar demo lead-in from Raising Hope (3.1/8). Fox still won the night in 18-49 (3.4/9), barely edging CBS (3.3/9).

ABC’s No Ordinary Family (1.5/4, 5.2 million) was down 17% from its last original 3 weeks ago and finished a distant fourth in the 8 PM hour, tying its series low. With a new Family as a lead-in vs. … Read More »

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