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Friday Ratings, Blue Blood rules the night, Grimm Holds Strong and Fringe….

19 Nov

Friday November 18th, Blue Bloods was the overall winner of the night, with a 2.0 rating and a 6 share and over 12 million viewers.  Grimm is holding it’s on in the 9pm slot against CSI:NY, the both had a 1.6 rating and a 5 share. CSI had more overall viewers with 9.9 million vs. Grimm’s 5.4 milion.

 But if you know anything about ratings or have been reading this blog you know the rating/share is more important than overall viewers.

The rating/share represents the 18/49 demo, the holy grail for advertisers, Grimm’s overall viewer numbers are low, but the viewers they do attract are gold when it comes to advertising dollars.

A Gifted Man rose a tenth and was #2 in its time slot. Perhaps the rumors of its cancellation have been greatly exaggerated.

Here is the full analysis at TV By The Numbers

Sunday Ratings – Duh Football Wins

14 Nov

Preliminary numbers are in

Lets see how the rest of our shows stacked up, as always thanks to TV By The Numbers for the numbers.

Once Upon A Time – Was even with last week, holding steady at 3.8 rating a 9 share and 11 million viewers.

The Good Wife – 2.0 rating, a 4 share and 10 million viewers. Since the game on CBS went about 30 minutes over its hard to compare to last weeks numbers

Pam Am was up a tenth vs last week, but it is still headed for cancellation.

Want the full analysis click here

Friday Ratings

12 Nov

Blue Bloods droped 4 tenths from last week, but CBS still wins the night in the 18-49 demo, with an overall rating of 1.5 and a 5 share, total viewers for the night, 9.86 million.

Fringe hit s series low, 1.1 rating and a 3 share, total viewers 3 million. It seems like the more complex the show gets the less viewers it has.  Is this a symptom of the dumbing down of America.

Grimm held its own against CSI:NY, Grimm’s rating/share was 1.5/5 vs CSI‘s 1.7/5, but it had half the viewers, 5 million vs CSI’s 10 million.

A Gifted Man, held it’s own, if this keeps up it may get a stay of execution.  

What does it all mean, Fringe could get canclled, Nikita will get cancelled, this is most likely the last season for Supernatural and Grimm may just hang in there.

Full analysis and numbers can be found here TV By The Numbers

Monday Ratings

8 Nov

It’s sweeps people, lets see how our favorites did. 

CBS won the night in the coveted 18-49 demo, but ABC had total viewers.


The entire CBS comedy block from 8 to 10, 2 Broke Girls was second highest with 4.5 rating and a share of 11, 21/2 Men was the highest with a 5.1 rating and a 12 share.


Gossip Girl and Hart of Dixie each had a 0.6 rating and 1 share. 

Full analysis available at TV by The Numbers

Sunday Ratings – So how did we do

7 Nov

Well until Football is over ( not soon enough for me) that will dominate the ratings.

 The good news, Once Upon a Time only fell by 5% against NBC football, it was number one among scripted shows with a 3.7 18-49 rating and a 9 share with total viewers 11.38 million.

Other top winners for the night; The Simpsons and Family Guy. The Good Wife only pulled in 2.1 18-49 rating and a 5 share with 8.99 million total viewers, it was in last place in its time slot.

But the real bad news belongs to Pan Am, 1.8 17-49 rating and a 4 share, with 5.5 million total viewers.

For all the analysis check out TV By The Numbers.

Friday Ratings

5 Nov

Numbers provided by TV By The Numbers.

CBS won the night both for ratings and total viewers, thanks in large part to Blue Bloods. The Tom Selleck family cop drama that delivers a consistent diet of solid performances and good story telling. Blue Bloods was the highest rated show of the night across all networks and times.

Blue Bloods total overall viewers 12.5 million, with a  rating/share of 2.1/6.

In the 9 o’clock timeslot, Grimm had a higher rating/share, 1.8/5  then CSI: NY 1.6/5 but had less overall viewers 5.92 vs. 9.65. This was Grimm’s second week so the big question, did it hold, build or drop, well it dropped 14%, which sounds like a lot until you look at the ratings for the night. Grimm was still first place for the 18-49 demo which is very important. That will keep it on the air for a few more weeks, I expecte a full season pick up will be announced in December.

And now for my baby Fringe, rating/share 1.3/4 and 3.28 million viewers, it was up a tenth with viewers. 

For a complete breakdown and to see where your favorite show ranked click here.

Thursday Ratings – How did Bones and TVD do

4 Nov

Delaying the return of show can be a crap shoot, for Bones it was a win.  

It didn’t win the 9 o’clock hour in either rating or total viewers, but the numbers were stong compared to its competition.

Here is a breakdown

Grey’s Anatomy had the highest rating/share for the 18-49 demo with 3.6/9, Bones was second with 3.3/8.

Person of interest was number one with overall viewers 11.76 million, Bones was second with 10 million.

So Bones was a solid second place in ratings and viewers.

Lets see how The Vampire Diaries did, not so good. The Big Bang Theory just kills it every week.

Big Bang had the highest rating/share for the 18-49 demo with 5.4/16 rating/share, TVD was 4th with 1.6/5 rating/share

Big Bang was number one with overall viewers 15.98 million, TVD had 3.5 million.

Believe it or not this was a season high for TVD.

Just in case you forgot here’s a quick recap of rating/share, it specifically measures the 18-49 demo, this the group who are more likely to be influenced by advertisers and to purchase what they see advertised.

  • Ratings are defined as the estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.  
  • Share (of Audience) is defined as the percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

 Ratings courtesy of TV By the Numbers

OMG!! Tuesday All New Shows – So much to Watch

31 Oct

All new episodes tonight, we love November Sweeps!!!

Top Spot – Ringer – Why aren’t you watching this show yet.  DVR everything else at 9pm, you won’t be disappointed.


Agent Machado closes in, forcing Bridget to make a revelation to Andrew and Henry; Juliet’s partying escalates; Malcolm goes on the run after escaping his abductors.


Episode: Pot O’ Gold
A new foreign exchange student clashes with Brittany; Mercedes tries to recruit new members to Shelby Corcoran’s (Idina Menzel) glee club.

New Girl

Episode: Naked
Nick’s confidence takes a hit after Jess walks in on him in the buff; Winston researches pop culture references on the Internet


The team looks for answers when the current husband of Gibbs and Fornell’s ex-wife is abducted.

NCIS: Los Angeles

Episode: Honor
The team must establish whether a dishonorably discharged Marine committed a murder or is being framed.

Renew or Cancel Where is your show on the list

30 Oct

We are almost two months into the new TV season, and beginning November sweeps, so lets discuss what shows are “on the bubble”

Fun fact, “on the bubble” is actually a carpenter’s term, it means it “could go either way”, cancel or renew. 

Tv By The Numbers has two columns they run all season, one is the Renew/Cancel Index the other is Bubble Watch. While they are similar, Renew/Cancel is what would happen to a show if the season ended now.  Buh-Bye.  The bubble takes a guess at what will happen in May.

To determine if a show is “on the bubble” Tv By the Numbers uses the following when evaluating a shows status

  • ratings, not overall viewers, but the share of adults 18-49 (the only demo advertisers care about)
  • syndication money, it used to be a show didn’t go into re-runs or syndication until it went off the air, then it changed to 100 episodes, now the number has dropped to 88
  • who owns the show, this gets back to syndication money, a network will care more about renewing a show they own than one it doesn’t

For example Harry’s Law vs. Community, Harry’s Law has more total viewers then Community,  but they aren’t in the coveted 18-49 demo, and after this season Community will have enough episodes for syndication. It is easier to syndicate a 30 minute comedy then a one hour drama. 

This year The Big Bang Theory set a syndication deal record earning Warner Bros. 2million an episode. 

Shows likely to be cancelled


Fringe (wahhhhhhh)

Body of Proof

On the Bubble

Once Upon A Time

Hart of Dixie


Likely Renewal


Happy Endings

The Good Wife

Certain Renewal


Mike and Molly

Vampire Diaries

To see where your favorite show is on the list click here.

Then come back to discuss in the comments.

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