Week Six (October 26-November 1)

how the new shows didCBS started the week off by giving all four of its freshman series a full season pick-up.  No show deserved its pick-up more than Scorpion.  Losing The Big Bang Theory as a lead in, only to have The Millers, has not been a disservice to the freshman drama.  It slipped a mere tenth this week and has been one of the biggest surprises of the fall season.  NCIS: New Orleans and Madam Secretary continue to be a force in total viewers, taking the top two spots.  The weak link of the new pack was Stalker, which dropped to a new 1.6 low.

The show with the best week was ABC’s Black-ish.  Facing the World Series on Wednesday night, Black-ish climbed three tenths week-to-week, while its lead in grew one tenth.  With its spike, it tied How to Get Away with Murder for the top rated new series of the week.  Quite impressive for ABC and the two series’.  Week three of Cristela held even with the Halloween holiday, a big positive for the new comedy.  Forever looks to be on its way out, dropping a tenth to tie its all time low.

NBC got itself into more trouble this week.  Week three of Marry Me dropped yet again, this time to a 1.5 demo.  Even with The Voice as a lead in, Marry Me is struggling big time.  After a slow start last week, Constantine crashed and burned in week two, falling five tenths in the demo.  We can give it a slight pass this week because of Halloween, but if there is no uptick, its likely 13 and done.  Speaking of done, NBC announced A to Z and Bad Judge had been cancelled.  For the (few) fans, the network will air all 13 episodes.

Right in the middle of the pack is The CW.  The Flash and Jane the Virgin each slipped a tenth this week, dropping them to 1.4 and 0.4 demo, respectively.  This was another strong outing by The Flash, and Jane the Virgin continues to post year-to-year gains in its timeslot.

As has been the case, FOX is in a bad position, even with the World Series.  Gracepoint remained at its 0.8 low and Utopia crashed in its return to a paltry 0.5.  Neither show should be on the schedule, but FOX has too many other problems to worry about at this point.  Again, the only shining light for FOX this week (besides the World Series) was Gotham; it remained above a 2.0 yet again.  Time for a schedule shakeup FOX.
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Week Five (October 19-25)

how the new shows didAs far as new shows go, no network had a better week than CBS.  They have four new series on the air, and all were up or even week-to-week.  NCIS: New Orleans was up two tenths from last week for its second best performance yet (despite a declining NCIS lead in), Madam Secretary inched up without the NFL, and Scorpion held strong, even with The Millers as its new lead in.  Stalker was also even with last week, but its retention was a tad worse.  As per usual, the top three most watched new shows, NCIS: New Orleans, Madam Secretary, and Scorpion, belonged to CBS.

With declines on the week, the CW still rewarded its two freshman series with a full season order.  The Flash fell for the second straight week, but the CW is not turning away a show doing a 1.5 demo.  After an OK premiere, Jane the Virgin also slipped.  The year-to-year timeslot increases, however, have been significant.

As has been the case most of the time this season, ABC had some shows do well, and others fall.  Breakout drama How to Get Away with Murder increased for the first time this season, giving the network a sigh of relief.  If ABC needed evidence Murder was a big show, it lies in the fact it was only one of two 10 o’clock shows on broadcast for the entire week to do better than a 2.0 demo (it did a 3.0!).  Black-ish had an odd week, growing in total viewers but shedding a tenth in the demo.  ABC’s Tuesday comedy block is one step closer to extinction.  ABC pulled the plug on Manhattan Love Story after four low rated episodes.  Selfie will replace it (at least for a week), but its not doing well either.  Come on ABC, nobody cares if you cancel it either.

NBC’s comedy troubles continued this week.  After a promising debut from Marry Me, it fell five tenths and demonstrated horrible retention in both total viewers and the demo.  Over on Thursday nights, both Bad Judge (1.0) and A to Z (0.9) fell to new lows too.  Perhaps NBC just isn’t cut out for comedy anymore.  On the drama side of things, Constantine started OK on Friday, and The Mysteries of Laura dipped a tenth.

The network with the most trouble this season has been FOX.  Luckily for them, the World Series has begun, pre-empting a number of shows that had been struggling (including Red Band Society and Utopia).  The shows that weren’t pre-empted, however, fell from the previous week.  Gotham remains a glimmer of hope on the FOX lineup, declining only a tenth from last week.  Gracepoint held from its series, even with Bones airing an encore for a lead in.

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Week Four (October 12-18)

how the new shows didAs per usual, CBS dominated among total viewers this week, with NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, and Madam Secretary taking the top three spots.  Despite the solid finish in viewership, Scorpion was the only drama from CBS to finish in the top five in the demo (finishing tied for third).  CBS is having a very average season when it comes to their new offerings.

NBC debuted one of the two new series on the week.  Marry Me, which followed The Voice, got off to a solid start, finishing seventh on the week in viewership and fifth in the demo.  Before we make any judgments, its best to wait for a few more weeks of data.  Elsewhere, after spending some time in the middle of the pack, The Mysteries of Laura jumped to number five in viewership for the week.  Whether that is good enough remains to be seen.

The other network to debut a new series this week was The CW.  Monday nights premiere of Jane the Virgin ranks last in both measures for new series, but that is not what matters here.  What does matter is that the new drama scored the best numbers in its timeslot in nearly two years.  We still need more data, but that is at least a promising start.  Meanwhile, week two of The Flash impressed, falling only two tenths from its big debut.  The Flash will finish tied for seventh in the demo on the week.  Not too shabby for a new series from The CW.

ABC gave How to Get Away with Murder and Black-ish full season orders last week, and this week, both shows were down 10% and 14%, respectively.  Despite the week-to-week drops, both will finish as the top drama and comedy in the demo yet again this week.  Cristela dropped a mere tenth in its second week, giving promise to the Friday night comedy block.  As for the rest of the ABC lineup, its probably one they would  rather forget.  Tuesdays are quickly becoming a disaster again, with Selfie and Forever falling to new lows.

Finally, good ole FOX brings up the rear.  Again, the only series to show any traction is Gotham, which will finish tied for third on the week in the demo.  Everything else is way down the list (way, way down).  Last weeks DOA Mulaney perked up a tenth, as did all-but-cancelled Red Band Society.  Ten-part mystery Gracepoint dropped to a new low and came within a tenth of dud-Utopia.  Simply put, FOX is a mess.

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How the New Shows Did (UPDATED)

As many of you already know, Nielsen made errors in their ratings reports for the first three weeks of the season.  At long last, I have updated my numbers with the correct numbers.  I made changes only do the charts in the ‘How the New Shows Did’ posts.  For quick reference, I have provided the links within this post.

If anyone notices any additional errors, please let me know!

Week One: September 21-28
Week Two: September 28-October 4
Week Three: October 5-11

Week Three (October 5-11)

how the new shows did

Once again this week, CBS will claim the top three most watched new shows of the season, with NCIS: New Orleans leading the pack.  After a promising second week, Scorpion shed nearly 20% of its demographic audience, so we will have to keep an eye on it to see where it stabilizes.  Only two shows (with final numbers) were up week-to-week in the demo, and CBS had one of them.  Thanks to the NFL overrun, Madam Secretary jumped two tenths from its second episode.  The numbers are very old-skewing, but with the NFL scrambling numbers, CBS may wait until midseason to see how it really performs.   Finally, week two of Stalker suffered at typical 15% drop from its already disappointing premiere.

No network had a better week for a new series than The CW.  The Flash stormed out of the gate with nearly 5 million viewers and 1.9 A18-49 demo.  Its demographic performance was the sixth highest on the week, yes sixth!  The Flash finished ahead of thirteen other new series this week.  While the show is likely to slip, this very promising start is great news for The CW.

ABC was the most inconsistent network, with some shows performing very well, and others tanking.  On the positive side, How to Get Away with Murder was the top-rated drama, and after a hard drop in week two, Black-ish recovered quite nicely.  Halfway through the week, both earned full season orders.  On the opposite side of the spectrum, week two of Selfie and Manhattan Love Story was not good for either series, both fell more than 25 percent week-to-week.  Let’s hope both are off the air sooner rather than later!

Last year was all about NBC, but this year has been less promising thus far.  The only new show finding any traction is The Mysteries of Laura, and its demographic performance is lacking.  In addition, the comedy offerings are, once again, not the strong point for NBC.  Week two of Bad Judge held even vs. its debut, but a 1.3 A18-49 is nothing to brag about.  The only other new comedy from NBC, A to Z, fell 17 percent from its already low debut, so its likely 13 and out.

Finally, at the very bottom of the totem pole was FOX.  Besides promising Gotham, everything else is struggling for FOX.  Get this: four of the five lowest-rated new shows belong to FOX and three of those shows are below 1.0 A18-49 already (Utopia, Red Band Society, and Gracepoint).  If Mulaney slips at all this week, it will be the fourth show to join that list.  For midseason, FOX is going to have to do a total revamp of their schedule, or the bad news will only continue. Continue reading