Friday, January 20, 2012

A Word About The 2012 Mid-Season Follow Ups (Wednesday, January 18, And Thursday, January 19, 2012 Episodes)

I skipped yesterday's update, intentionally.  The main reason I did that was because I didn't want to write one, and the other reason was because I knew I would have plenty to write about today.  So, I'm combining the two posts to talk about what happened over the last two nights of television.  As always, all TV ratings numbers are from TV by the Numbers.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Follow Ups:

Notable for good ratings:  Made you look.

Notable for not so good ratings: 

Whitney (NBC, 8pm ET)

4.15 million Overall Viewers
1.6/5 in the 18-49 Demo

American Idol came back on Wednesday night, and we found out that many of the people who were propping up Whitney watch that.  Unless there is some kind of major uptick in the ratings, I just can't see how NBC can be justified keeping this really crappy sitcom.  NBC is NBC, though, so I suppose anything is possible. 

Are You There, Chelsea? (NBC, 8:30pm ET)

4.21 million Overall Viewers
1.7/4 in the 18-49 Demo

Here are the cold, hard facts.  America likes Chelsea better than it likes Whitney...just not by much.  I would normally call this a respectable slip, but, no, this is bad.  Hopefully, terrible ratings like these will keep all of the unfunny comedians/comediennes from polluting our airwaves with their unfunny crap (think Dane Cook, etc.).  I like 2 Broke Girls (CBS, Mondays, 8:30pm ET) now.  Watch that, if you want this kind of comedy, since it's, by far, the best (and most popular) of this type of show.

Harry's Law (NBC, 9pm ET)

6.41 million Overall Viewers
1.1/3 in the 18-49 Demo

If you look up the word "anemic" in the dictionary, it will show you the main title graphic for Harry's Law.  This show cannot move to Sundays fast enough.  At the ratings it's been getting, it was sure to not be picked up for another season.  Unless a miracle happens on Sundays (the day of miracles), this show will be a distant memory by this time next year.  I'm not sure what I'm rooting for, here, since I am on the fence about the quality of the show.  It's one of the better NBC shows, but the extensive re-tooling, and overtly political storylines are problems that are hard to overcome for a sophomore series.

Law & Order: SVU (NBC, 10pm ET)

6.42 million Overall Viewers
1.8/5 in the 18-49 Demo

I still haven't had time to watch the mid-season return of the series.  Was it that bad?  Again, as I've been repeating all season long, SVU, has had a series low in ratings.  It's hard to believe this franchise was once the flagship of NBC.  Now, it's just indicative of all the problems there.  I'm sorry, fans (and I've been one, for sure), but it's time to bury the franchise.  People are losing interest, and fast.  With the threatened re-tooling of "next" season, I just think it's better to let the show die.  Maybe have Stabler come into the precinct and mow everyone down, or something.  It was a good run, but the finish line was over 59 miles ago.

Thursday, January 19, 2012 Follow Ups:

Notable for good ratings:

Rob (CBS, 8:30pm ET)

11.726 million Overall Viewers
3.6/9 in the 18-49 Demo

Against the second night of American Idol, and itself, Rob didn't have a huge drop in ratings.  If these numbers hold, you can pretty much take it to the bank that this series will get a second season.  I think it will go away if it ever hits a 2.8 and anything below 10 million overall viewers.  All in all, against competition, it was a pretty good second week for Rob.

Person of Interest (CBS, 9pm ET)

14.336 million Overall Viewers
3.3/8 in the 18-49 Demo

I'm only putting this in here because it had its highest ratings yet, in the 18-49 demo.  If you're not watching this show, you're the one missing out.  It is super fun TV, at its finest.  Season 2, here we come.

Notable for not so good ratings:

30 Rock (NBC, 8pm ET)

4.084 million Overall Viewers
1.6/4 in the 18-49 Demo

Love up on this show while you can, fans, because it's time to hang it up.  It's got plenty of episodes in the can, and not enough gas in the tank.  I hope you have a fond farewell to a series that is showing us that it really is best to not wear out your welcome.  I don't watch the show, so I can't comment on its quality, but these ratings are just not enough to keep it around, even with its critical acclaim.  The numbers are way down for this season, in relation to last season, and this was a series low.  Community fans should rejoice that this *might* be a good sign for another season, as 30 Rock's numbers aren't any better in the time slot timeshare.

Up All Night (NBC, 9:30pm ET)

4.025 million Overall Viewers
1.9/5 in the 18-49 Demo 

Up All Night continues to creep toward cancellation.  The Thursday time change may have actually hurt the show.  At any rate, it should be pretty obvious to NBC that this show just doesn't have the goods to make it.  Maybe if all the writers stay up all night, they can save the show.  Nah.

The Finder (FOX, 9pm ET)

6.779 million Overall Viewers
2.2/5 in the 18-49 Demo

At face value, those numbers look pretty whatever.  However, when you consider the fact that the show was led in by American Idol, it's a disaster.  This series, in its second episode, lost 3.4 in the 18-49 demo, and nearly 11 million viewers from its lead in.  Those American Idol viewers have spoken, and the words they said were, "Awwww hellllll nawwww."  It would seem that people just couldn't turn the channel fast enough, once that show was over.  I'm actually expecting a downward adjustment for The Finder, so we'll see if that happens.  FOX, you ain't got no stinking time for spinoffs.

The Firm (NBC, 10pm ET)

3.408 million Overall Viewers
0.9/2 in the 18-49 Demo

Yes, NBC, I know the show is practically free.  However, if this show sees another Thursday, whoever is in charge of that decision needs to be sent off to rehab.  This show should immediately be put on Saturdays, or be given a solid see you later...uh, I mean see you never.

CBS continues to win, and NBC continues to fail.  Thanks for reading.


  1. Whitney and Chelsea will both probably likely get renewed since their ratings have been stronger than what most people thought they would be especially in their premiere week.

    When was the last time we had an NBC comedy get 6 million viewers at 8pm?????


  2. Keep an eye on those ratings, for a few more weeks. Whitney had a "strong" start to the season (3.3 in the 18-49, with 6.84 million viewers), but it's been performing only decently (good for NBC) for a long time (1.6 last week with 4.15 million viewers, after a 2.0 with 5.79 million viewers the week before).

    Even NBC seems to have their limits with bad ratings, unless a show is highly critically acclaimed or awards worthy. Neither of these shows are. At the point of me writing this comment, I think Chelsea has a much better chance of being renewed than Whitney does. If both those shows hit even a 2.0, for an average, I'd completely agree with their renewal prospects. If they keep falling, then they won't get to stick around, even on low bar NBC. My initial guess is that NBC was trying to isolate these shows in hopes of bad ratings. For the first week of the Whitney time slot change, that didn't happen, but, with the premiere of AI, the second week ratings dropped more than an insignificant amount.


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